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Obituaries » Edward James McAllister
October 9, 1938 - July 16, 2020
Edward James (Jim) McAllister passed away at Hospice House of Tacoma on July 16, 2020. He succumbed to his battle with cancer, but being the strong ex-marine that he was, he fought to his last breath. He was predeceased by his wife Dixie, who died in July of 2019.
Ed was born on October 9th, 1938 in Great Falls, Montana to Ed and Esther McAllister. He was one of 8 children. The family moved from Montana in 1940 to Wickersham, Washington. In 1942 the family moved to Bellingham, Washington, then on to Condon, Oregon. In 1945 they moved to Tucson, Arizona and eventually they moved to Vancouver, Washington where he finished high school and then enlisted in the Marines. Ed served his country while being stationed in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan. He was also a drill Sergeant at Camp Pendleton. Prior to the finish of his 4 years, his commanding officer asked him to re-up for another year. Ed agreed to another year if they gave him a week pass to Tokyo. The Marines granted his request and Ed finished his 5 years as an E5. Upon completion of his enlistment, Ed returned to Washington and set down his roots.
Ed enrolled at the University of Washington, under the GI Bill, where he studied International Business. He left after his junior year, as he had enough of the immaturity of the students attending his classes, as he had faced such vastly different experiences in his life by that time. It is also noteworthy that Ed applied at Annapolis and missed qualifying by a fraction of a percentage point.
Among his life’s work and after his serving his country, Ed had several different career paths: he worked as a Boeing Machinist, he worked as a security specialist at the Seattle World Fair, and he was a clerk at the 50th Street Market. He then worked for the Washington State Patrol where he was a patrolman and as a self -defense instructor, and as a BAC technician and instructor. He and his wife Dixie were 7-11 franchisees and upon his retirement, one of his great passions was volunteering for the Veterans Administration at the American Lake Golf Course.
Ed and Dixie married on October 31st, 1972. Together they raised their children from previous marriages. Ed brought Pamela and John McAllister, and Dixie brought George and Anna Suzuki. The family lived in Wedgewood, Sandpoint, and Lake Forest Park. Ed and Dixie were 7-11 franchisees for 27 years. They owned and operated a store at Sandpoint, and also Lake City. Ed and Dixie retired to Roy 16 years ago.
Ed had many passions and was an avid sports enthusiast. He loved to bowl, golf, play cards and garden. He was hard working and talented at many things, and there was little that he could not fix. Besides being a world traveler through the Marines, Ed travelled to Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Hawaii to spend memorable times with family and friends. He and Dixie always participated in their grandchildren’s events. He loved his children, his grandchildren, his siblings and extended family. He spend most of his last few years providing amazing and unfaltering love and care for Dixie, as her illness’s progressed until her passing in July of 2019. His cancer was discovered in April of 2019 and true to his form, he put Dixie’s well being ahead of his own. Even as her care needs increased to 24 hour a day care, he refused to stop providing the care. He never lost his patience with her, and he always kept her best interest at heart.
Besides his family and sports and his gardening, some of his favorite things were: participating in the Catholic Church, playing board games and card games with his family, driving and riding with Dixie in “her” van, and visiting with friends and family. Jim was especially fond of playing pinochle. He and his siblings grew up playing this game so much that he could tell at the bidding what most of the players had in their hands, and he seldom lost.
Ed was a very strong and straight forward man. He was known for his honesty, his integrity, his willingness to help others, and his politeness. He was very intelligent and well-spoken and had a very funny, dry wit.
Ed and Dixie had 2 cats that they referred to as “their babies”. The cats had them well trained to jump up when they meowed to go out, come in, wanted food, and when they wanted the sink faucet turned on so they could get a drink from the running water.
Ed is survived by his son George and his daughter-in-law Angie, his daughter Anna and his son-in-law Phil, his daughter Pamela, and his son John. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 1 brother, 6 sisters and 5 brothers-in-law.
Ed has passed on to his place in Heaven and has been reunited with his love Dixie. They are 2 bright angels who are not in pain any longer. For that we are eternally thankful as it makes our sorrow and loss more tolerable. His humor and wit and his love for his family will be greatly missed and remembered by all.
Services were held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Tacoma, WA. Due to the covid-19 restrictions the services were restricted to immediate family members only.
Private interment at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to CHI Franciscan Hospice House.