Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA

Adolf ‘Ade’ Karl Eitner

Adolf ‘Ade’ Karl Eitner

Saturday, October 29th, 2022

Our beloved dad, Papa, and Uncle Ade was born to parents Adolf and Irma (“June”), on January 20, 1933, in San Francisco California.  Ade attended Loyola High School with his younger brother Don. He completed his engineering degree at Santa Clara University, where he was in ROTC, player-coached their wrestling team, and established lifelong friendships. While at Loyola, he met the love of his life, Irma Darrow (our beloved Mom, Nana, and Auntie Irma). They married in October, 1955.  Ade and Irma moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where dad served as 1st Lt. in the US Army, and where their first child, David (Loni) was born. Following his service, they returned to California, where their three daughters were all born: Kathryn (John), Mary (Duane) and Jeanette (Vince).

Dad loved his family, God and his Catholic faith. He was dedicated to his work and career, yet always made time for family, church and community.  Ade was an athlete and extremely competitive. He loved and appreciated good food, friendships, and travel.  He found great joy in his home, garden, entertaining, and friendships old and new.

Ade had a long career at Western Gear Corp in Everett, where he was General Manager and Vice President. They moved to Everett in 1967, raising their family there, returning to California in 1984, where he worked at WesTech Gear Corp.  Dad then purchased and ran his own company, LJ Engineering, in Huntington Beach, selling in 2001, but continued consulting until 2006.

Irma died in 2008, and in 2012 Ade returned to Everett.  In later years, he valiantly took on the ailments associated with Parkinson’s Disease, and was blessed to have an amazing care team, therapists, doctors and coaches.  He especially enjoyed his time in Rock Steady Boxing!

Ade was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, a grandson and two sons-in-law, and we are all taking comfort in imagining joyous reunions in heaven.

His surviving four children, 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren (with one on the way) will all miss him dearly.  Ade was above all, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother and we will never forget his love in our lives.

Ade’s funeral will be Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 1:00pm at Our Lady of Hope Church (formerly Immaculate Conception) 2501 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA 98201. A Rosary will be offered Friday evening at 6pm in the church.  Reception immediately following funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Hope Church, Everett WA or Rock Steady Boxing, Snohomish WA.

Please share your memories of Ade and sign the online guest register.




  • Joan Kafer

    Sending prayers to all the Eitners. You had wonderful parents, and I hope you find peace in many lovely memories. xo

  • Maureen Buennagel

    I have 3 very vivid memories of Mr. Eitner. The first one is at the Western Gear Picnic. Picture this…forehead on bat turning fast circles around the bat then trying to run in a straight line. My second memory is watching the Eitner car fly by us on Sunday mornings on highway 2 on the way to Stevens Pass. Yes, he was a fast driver! My third memory is him racing down the slopes at breakneck speeds.
    My dad used to say that “Ade worked hard and played hard”. I know he loved his family and was proud of them.

  • Mike Schireman

    Ade was truly a great guy. Being my brother’s father-in-law, I was fortunate to spend some great days and evenings with him, together at family events and holidays. Each time he greeted me the same way, a firm handshake, with his other hand on my shoulder and a big smile. He was so proud of his family, each and everyone of them, and it showed each time they were together. I count myself as blessed and very fortunate to have known him and been able to spend special times him. My prayers and love to all the family and those who called him friend.
    With love,
    Mike, Allison, Taylor and Carson

  • George M Metcalf

    Ade was a wonderful family man. I feel truly honored that I could call him friend. He and I had many conversations about my military time and law enforcement. He always showed genuine interest. He also was supportive when my wife (Angel) died. He will be truly missed by so many. My prayers go out to his beautiful family. May God bless you all and find consolation he is in a much better place now.

  • Judy Edmund

    My sincere condolences for your loss. i worked with Ade at Western Gear from about 1974 until he went to California including a number of years as his secretary. He was a great boss. Since I live in Germany I did not see him often, thr last time about 5 yesrs ago. He will be missed.

  • Lisa Fox-Soreff

    I will never forget the kindness he showed us at the adoption of our daughter in China. All of the photographs we have of our very first meeting with our daughter were so lovingly taken by him. He will be in our hearts always.