Arvin (Al) Pile

Pile_arvin(1).jpgArvin (Al) Pile, 88 years old, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 16, 2013with his family by his side.  Arvin was born on March 16, 1925 to E.E. Pile and Jessie (May) Pile in Bloomfield Kansas and attended school in Smith Center, Kansas.  In 1952 he moved to Washington. Arvin married Lorna Johnston in Tacoma, Washington on July 11, 1969.

He worked on farms in Eastern Washington for many years. After moving to Western Washington he became a heavy equipment operator for Simpson Timber Company.  Al retired from Simpson, and never one to remain idol, went to work for Lake Cushman Development Company building a network of roads and developing park sites for lot owners.  He later worked as a Security Officer for Lake Cushman Development Co.

Al was a member of the Shelton Trailblazers Motorcycle Club and the Hood Canal CB Club where he had the “handle” of Grumpy.  He and Lorna were Arizona “snowbirds” for many years.  Among Al’s various hobbies were rock-hounding and fabricating metal yard art.  He loved blue grass music and would go to every jam session or performance that he could.

He is survived by his wife Lorna; daughters Janet (Greg) France of Wenatchee and RaeGene Churchill (Michael Simmons) of Union; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Hoodsport Fire Hall on Finch Creek Road beginning at 1pm.  The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.