Michael McBride

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Michael McBride
April 27, 1943 - Jan. 22, 2011

Michael Edward McBride, age 67, died with his family by his side on Jan. 22, 2011, in Walla Walla.

Mike was born to Walter Edward McBride and Catharine Elizabeth (Price) McBride on April 27, 1943, in Hutchinson, Kan. Mike was a determined and mischievous young man. The stories of his escapades are numerous. He was very involved as an Eagle Scout and proud of his achievements.

Mike attended high school and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. He continued his education at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. While attending school, he met Sheryl Pierson. They were married in June of 1962, and had a son, Scott Edward McBride.

In order to pursue his interest in the aeronautical engineering field, Mike attended school at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. Upon his return to Hutchinson, he met his second wife, Joyce Marie (Garmon) McBride. They were married March of 1970, and had a daughter, Michelle Lee McBride.

The family lived in Wichita, Kan. Mike was employed at the Boeing Company and worked on the structural design of the B52 Bomber and 757 commercial airplane. Throughout his career, he also had contracts to work for other companies. These include McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St. Louis and Gulf Stream Aerospace Corporation in Oklahoma City.

After working in the aircraft industry for many years, Mike chose to leave the field to pursue other interests. In 2004, Mike moved to Walla Walla to be with his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, watching their sporting events, participating in and teaching yoga and taking long walks to Pioneer Park. Mike has always loved animals and developed a close relationship to the family dog, Bernie. Mike was a very caring individual and enjoyed helping others in need. He volunteered as an escort at Walla Walla General Hospital.

As Mike's Alzheimer's began to worsen, he moved to the Odd Fellows Home. He developed a strong relationship with several of the staff members. Despite his struggles, Mike continued to entertain people around him with his never-ending sense of humor and jokes.

Mike is survived by his daughter, Michelle Coleman; son-in-law, Andy Coleman; and grandchildren, Kelsey, Kamryn and Drew Coleman, all of Walla Walla. He is also survived by two sisters, Vicki Trevisanut in Kingston, Mo. and Jodee Maas in Salmon, Idaho, in addition to three nephews and six nieces. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and son, Scott.

Mike's family would like to thank the caring staff at Odd Fellows for their love and support over the last few years. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Private family services will be held.

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