In Memory

Stuart W Avery - Class Of 1939

Stuart W Avery

Stuart W. Avery, 85, passed away on January 5, 2006 in Kirkland, Washington.  He was born October 31, 1920 in Pasadena, California to Freda and Wayland Avery, the second of three children.

In September of 1939 he married Margy McLane '40, his high school sweetheart.  They had five children:  Suzy (Walt) Meader of Woodinville, Washington, Douglas Avery of Los Angeles, and Leslee (Ray) Beausoleil of Redmond, WA.  Grandchildren include:  Julie (Mike) Young, Aimee Meader, Jenny (Mitch) Thomas, Jill Avery, Kristin (Mike) Patterson, Lauren (Ben) Jilbert, Kyle, and Eve Beausoleil.

He served his country in the Army during World War II, being one of the first units to land in Anzio, Italy.  In 1945, he was honorably discharged as Lt. Colonel and stayed with the National Guard in California.  He earned a BS degree from USC and taught Criminal Investigation at Pasadena City College.  After 20 years of service, he retired from the L.A. County Sheriff's department in 1976 and moved to Medford, Oregon.

In 1989 he married Joyce Barlow, whom he met while dancing with the Rambling Rogues Square Dance Club.  Blending their families, Stu added four more children, Kathryn (Tom) Bettencourt of Shady Cove, Scott (Sue) Barlow of Central Point, Chad (Michelle) Barlow of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Linda (Lynn) Teuscher of Spanish Fork, UT; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Stu loved playing bridge, computers and always enjoyed having a dog.  He enjoyed fishing in the Vancouver Islands and canning his own catch.  He loved golfing and won golf tournaments.  As a member of the R.V.C.C., all the while teaching several of his grandchildren to love the game also.  Traveling in his motorhome took him to many states and Mexico.  Other traveling took him to Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Caribbean, Panama Canal, and Alaska.

He is also survived by his brother, Wayland Avery '35.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margy Avery '40; his sister, Aileen '40; and two infant children, Diane and Ronny Avery.