Barry Eronson
Barry Eronson
Barry Eronson
Barry Eronson
Barry Eronson
Barry Eronson

Obituary of Barry Lynn Eronson

Barry Lynn Eronson’s Obituary


Barry Eronson was born in Los Angeles, CA in March of 1948 to Jewel and Conrad Eronson.  Barry lived most of his early years in Kirkland, WA, attended grade school, Jr. and Sr. High, graduating from Lake Washington High School in 1966, He worked at PACCAR with his father and brother, David, learning to be an electrician until he was drafted into the Navy in June, 1967. He served on the Destroyer, Everett F. Larson as an electrician. His duties took him to Vietnam for two tours of duty, the Philippines and Hong Kong. He returned to San Diego, left active service and served in the reserves in Seattle WA until his separation in September, 1973. Barry attended University of Washington and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He then went to work for Puget Power/Puget Sound Energy as a draftsman and moved through the ranks to Engineering technician, Local manager, Cle Elum WA, Operating Manager, Kittitas County,  Superintendant Substation Department, Human Relations and Labor Relations Administrator, Developed an Engineering Training Program and Operations Manager, North King Division leaving PSE in 1994.

He had his own business, Eronson Consulting and Services and worked primarily in Snohomish County as Property Management for electrical utilities from 1997 to 2000.

From 2000 to 2005 he worked for Potelco, out of Sumner WA, as a Director of Engineering and then Vice/President of Northsky Engineering, a subsidiary of Potelco, teaching and training the engineers he hired throughout Puget Sound, until his retirement in 2011. 

Barry met Paula (Rice) on leave in 1971 and then again in March of 1972. It was love at second site! They were married in July of 1972 and lived in Kenmore WA for 28 years. Subsequent homes were Tacoma WA and Auburn WA.  They celebrated their 51st anniversary last July. He is survived by his wife, Paula, daughter, Havala, son Paul (Angie) and two grandsons, Eddie and Andrew, and son Allan and grandson Hayden. He is also survived by three brothers, John (Judy), Steve (Bev), Vince and two sisters, Teresa (Jim) and Connie (Marie). His brother David and sister Nancy preceded him in death. He has cousins and nieces and nephews in Newport WA, Port Angeles WA, Los Angeles CA, Spokane WA and all around the Puget Sound.

In 1981 Barry went back to school at Northwest College, Kirkland WA graduating Summa Cum Lauda, with a BA in Ministerial Studies while continuing to work full time at PSE and raising a family.  Throughout the years thereafter he taught Sunday school, was a part-time pastor of Friends Church in Tacoma, and a chaplain at the Transportation for Christ Truck Stop Ministries in North Bend, WA. Barry came to know his Lord, Jesus Christ in 1973 and served in many different churches and denominations throughout his life. He shared his beliefs with many people but never imposed them, and showed unconditional love and acceptance to anyone he came in contact with, whether through church, work or with the many medical personnel and drivers for the last seven years of being a dialysis patient. Barry was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, causing diabetes and subsequently kidney failure as well as heart and lung issues from asbestos when he was ordered to scrape asbestos from the ceiling in the ships engine room. He was a real trooper, considered it his job and responsibility to go three times a week for dialysis. The last year he went only to the VA dialysis center in Seattle, as he felt safe and well cared for by those medical teams. But one week ago he decided he had climbed his personal mountain long enough and spent a week saying goodbye to friends and family and went peacefully into the night Saturday April 20th.

Barry will be profoundly missed by his close and extended family and so many people he interacted with through his professional life and ministry.

We love you Barry and will see you on the other side.




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