Herbert D. Nightingale, a resident of Burlington, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2003 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 75 years. He was born May 7, 1927 in Walla Walla, Washington, the son of Henry and Ruth Kienholz Nightingale. Herb grew up in the Walla Walla area and there attended school. Herb served with the US Navy during WWII. After the war, he attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, graduating in 1949 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration. He attended University of Washington’s Graduate School of Business Administration focusing on accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1953. Herb came to Sedro-Woolley in 1956 where he worked as a comptroller for Skagit Corporation until the mid 1970’s. He then joined the CPA firm Larson, Gross, Thompson, & Nightingale as a partner in Mount Vernon. He later operated his own practice Nightingale & Matheson for many years. He was married to Marilyn Worline on August 3, 1963 in Sedro-Woolley. Herb was a member and past president of the Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club, a member of Central United Methodist Church, Skagit Golf & Country Club, AICPA, and a member and past president of the Society of CPA’s.
Herb is survived by his wife Marilyn at their family home in Burlington. A sister Carol Nightingale of Des Moines, WA. Four children, Carolyn Scheif and her husband Ron of Indianapolis, IN, David Nightingale and his wife Celia of Olympia, WA, Stephen Nightingale and Sheri Morgan of Burlington, WA, and Randy Nightingale and his wife Chris of Snoqualmie, WA. 5 grandchildren, Reed and Joel Nightingale, Christine Scheif, and Spencer and Sophie Nightingale.
Herb often used the term ‘a real gentleman’ to describe someone he admired, and he had many gentlemanly qualities himself. He was a man who took his responsibilities seriously, and he dealt honorably and ethically with his associates and clients. Although somewhat reserved and formal in manner, he treated people with courtesy and consideration. He loved and was loyal to his family; he made and kept lifelong friends. He took more pride in his children’s worth and accomplishments than in his own. His family will greatly miss their own ‘real gentleman.’
Memorial Services will be Saturday, February 8, 2003 at 1:00PM at the Central United Methodist Church on Polte Road in Sedro-Woolley with Pastor Mark Johnson officiating. Private interment services will be at Hawthorne Memorial Park in Mount Vernon. Memorials are suggested to Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club, Sedro-Woolley Central United Methodist Church, or Queens Medical Center memo: Social Work Dept. Attn: Corporate Secretary Office 1301 Punchbowl St. Honolulu, HI 96813. You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of Herb by signing our online guest book at www.lemleychapel.com. Arrangements and services under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.