Gary Wayne Mohr 1942-2017
Gary Wayne Mohr, 75, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2017 in Mount Vernon, WA due to complications from kidney cancer.
Gary is survived by his wife of 12 years Beverly J. Mohr.
Beverly was Gary’s everything. He is also survived by sons of his previous marriage Scott P. Mohr and Chad M. Mohr, grandchildren Mieesha L. Mohr, Ashiono E. Mohr, Ava I. Mohr and brother Gregory K. Mohr. On his wife’s side he is survived by her daughters Becky Smith, Terrin Eichwald, and Danette Cox.
He is preceded in death by his parents Sigmund T. Mohr and Frankie J. Mohr. He is preceded in death on his wife’s side by her daughter Cassandra Hinckley Carter.
Gary was born on March 7, 1942 at Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, OR. He graduated from Portland Community College in 1967 with a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology while also working for Exact Electronics in Hillsboro, OR fabricating electronic equipment for production and new products.
In 1968 he moved to Redmond, WA and accepted a position as an Electronics Design Technician at
Sundstrand Data Control where he worked for 28 years progressing through Junior Design Engineer, Design
Engineer and then to Senior Manufacturing Engineer. He primarily worked on accelerometers for the
aerospace industry. He retired from Siemens Medical aft er working for 5 years as a Senior Manufacturing
Engineer on ultrasound transducers.
At the age of 14 he acquired his amateur radio license with the station call sign W7CRW and maintained
interest through retirement. He was primarily interested in building a variety of electronic equipment and
trying out the various operating modes. Gary was a member of the Radio Amateurs of Skagit County radio
club and did volunteer work with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services Organization. He acquired his
private pilots license in 1967 and up to 1977 had fl own/owned a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub (his favorite) and a 1948
Piper PA-16 Clipper- in 1977 he fl ew the PA-16 up to Alaska to sell. From a very early age he had an interest in
photography that lasted through retirement including, from about 1977 to 1987, running a part time business
repairing old cameras and setting up a dark room. In 1987 he developed an interest in sailing, joined the United
States Power Squadron and received his award for completing all their courses of which celestial navigation
was his favorite. In about 1999 he became a volunteer Celestial Sight Checker in their education department.
Over the years of boating he owned a 26’ Balboa and a 1964 Hinckley 35’ Custom Pilot and did cruising that
included single hand circumnavigation of Vancouver Island and a trip to Juneau, AK. In 1991 he acquired his
open water scuba diving certifi cate.
A special gratitude to Gary’s sons who have always remained loyal and loving to their father and stood
by him throughout his life and during his passing. Gary loved his Aunt Colleen dearly and she was always
a constant support to him. Also, thanks to Richard Rohweder and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services
Organization who were always a friend to Gary. Bob Ruff , who worked with Gary was a constant and caring
friend throughout his life.
A celebration of Gary’s Life will be held on May 7, 2017 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm at the Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW) in Redmond, WA. 4330 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.
Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.