Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Wilfrid N. Dow Memorial
Wilfrid N. Dow Memorial

Wilfrid N. Dow

Wilfrid N. Dow

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Wilfrid Dow, 91, a lifelong Skagit Valley resident, passed away at his home in Burlington on February 6, 2020.

Wilf was born on January 29, 1929 in Sedro-Woolley, WA, the son of Wilfrid N. & Evelyn (Adema) Dow.  He was raised and attended school in Sedro-Woolley, graduating with the class of 1947. He attended Skagit Valley College until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving two years during the Korean Conflict.  After his return from the Army he joined his father in partnership at the Arctic Lockers in Sedro-Woolley.

On September 3, 1953 he was united in marriage to Barbara Evans and they made their home and raised their family in Sedro-Woolley.

After Barbara finished her education and began teaching, Wilfrid sold the family business and returned to college where he also majored in education.  He spent 27 years as a Driver’s Ed. Teacher at the Sedro-Woolley High School.

In 1988 they built their dream home on Clear Lake, where they spent 30 years providing many fond memories for family and friends.

Wilf was a member of the Sedro-Woolley Lions Club for over 50 years.  He loved fishing, farming, teaching and storytelling.  There were numerous memories created around the campfire at the lake.  More than anything else, he loved his family, especially his wife.  They were married for 64 joyful years.

Wilf is survived by his children and their spouses, Bob & Patricia Dow and Beth & Bob Ward; five grandchildren, Meagan Schwab (Eric), Tara Jensen (Chris), Tasha Ward (partner Sarah), Barbara LeClair (Angelo) and Raj Dow; five beautiful great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Barbara, and 2 sisters, Gretchen Heuterman and Marjorie DiBlasi

The family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful staff at Creekside Assisted Living. They have been incredibly loving and caring and to the nursing staff at United General Hospital for their kindness to us all in the last week of Wilfrid’s life.

A Life Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley with Rose Torsett officiating.  Private interment will be at the Green Hills Cemetery in Burlington.  A Fellowship gathering will follow at the Sedro-Woolley  High School cafetorium.


  • Kathy Follman

    We lived next to Barb and Wilf for 10 years here on Clear Lake. They were great neighbors and made living here more fun. Hearing and seeing the action of their beach BBQs and stopping by for a moment. There was lots of love and laughter going around. Many summer days Wilf would be working outside, we would stop and talk for a minute or just wave at each other, I miss that.
    We have missed them both since Barbs passing and Wilf moving to Creekside. He was such a happy, welcoming person.
    We will enjoy seeing him live on through his grandkids and great-grandkids laughing, playing and having BBQ’s on the beach.

  • Patrick

    Mr. Dow was my drivers ed instructor, back in the day. Kindest teacher I ever had.

  • Allen

    Mr Dow was a hilarious inspiration spirit. he travels through Europe inspired me to do my own. His ability to connect with all different types of energy and enable students to be their own was unparalleled. Only had him for one quarter but one of the few legendary teachers at Sedro-Woolley that is imprinted in my head forever.

    Much LOVE!!!!!!!!

  • Pat Cain

    Wilfred will be missed I knew him at CREEKSIDE and also him in Lion’s God be with him

  • Elizabeth Dow Hightower

    I’m thankful for the many sweet memories I have of time spent with my cousins Barbara and Wilfrid! I truly look forward to spending eternity with them in heaven one day. Beth and Bobby, my love and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve your dad’s passing!