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Roy Gorud: 1934-2023

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Roy William Gorud was born March 4, 1934, in Seattle to Anders and Kaspara Gorud. He graduated from Ballard High School in 1952 and earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Seattle University.

He was drafted into the Army after college and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. Once he was discharged, he returned home to the Seattle area and began his teaching career in the Shoreline School District as an elementary and middle school teacher.

While working at Hillwood Elementary, he met his first wife, Barbara Breuer, and they married in June 1965. They raised two daughters, Kristi and Kara. After teaching, he became a high school counselor, predominantly at Shoreline High School, until it closed in 1986.

He finished his counseling career at Shorewood High School, retiring in 1992. After Barbara's passing, Roy met Page Kuhn and they married in May 2001. Roy was an avid golfer and bowler. He enjoyed traveling, especially family vacations in Sunriver, Oregon, and Palm Springs, California.

He volunteered at Northwest Hospital and loved retired life with Page in their town of Edmonds. He was involved with Masons, the Nile Golf Club, and Nile Shriners.

Roy is survived by his daughters Kristi Waldal (Ken) of Snohomish and Kara Lawson (Sean) of Marysville,; stepdaughters Lisa Evans (Scott) of Roanoke, Virginia, and Shannon Kuhn (Mike McCaffrey) of Hermosa Beach, California; and grandchildren Drew and Kari Schroeder, Elyse and Nathan Waldal, and Rachel, Kyle, and Katie Evans.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Gorud (deceased 1996) and second wife, Page Gorud (deceased 2022); his two brothers, John and Steinar Gorud; and two sisters, May Walker and Karin Scovill.

He always said how lucky he was through the course of his life – with his experiences, and with his family and friends. But what he didn't realize was WE were the lucky ones to have him in our lives.

He will be dearly missed.