David William Oiness, age 58, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Maple Falls, WA at the age of 58.
Dave was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2013 after experiencing symptoms for over a year prior. During his last year and a half, Dave continued to live his adventurous life to the fullest with fishing trips to Alaska and Canada, hiking, camping, and hunting with his family. He was also able to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding and watch his son graduate from Mount Baker High School.
Dave is survived by his wife, Karen, of 31 years, daughter Kelsey Strachila (Dan), son Jacob, mother Marilyn Rasmussen (Jerry), sister Tracy Marcelli, father-in-law Ken Eggert, and numerous brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by father Marvin, grandfather and grandmother Ted and Helen Gettle, and mother-in-law Beverly Eggert.
Dave was born in Bellingham, WA on May 3, 1957 to Marvin and Marilyn Oiness. He graduated from Sehome High School in 1975. In 1981, he began working at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club as a groundskeeper and worked his way up over 33 years to head mechanic. Dave married Karen, his high school sweetheart, in Maple Falls, WA on December 17, 1983.
A celebration of life gathering is scheduled for Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 2pm at the Strachila Farm South End in Acme, WA at 2826 Valley Hwy, Deming, WA 98244. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dave’s life. Flowers may be sent to 5210 Galbraith Rd. Acme, WA 98220. Cards may be sent to 7770 Uphill Dr. Deming, WA, 98244. Donations to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter may be sent to 19115 68th Ave. S. Suite#105 Kent, WA 98032 or Whatcom Hospice at 2806 Douglas Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225.