Brigadier General Pat O'Grady passed away quickly and peacefully from a stroke on February 27th surrounded by his family.
Pat was born in Seattle, WA on January 3rd 1922 and graduated from Seattle Prep. He began his flying career in 1940 at the age of 18. He entered the US Army Air Corps in 1943 and flew over the China-Burma-India "Hump" during World War II. He continued military service with the Air Force and retired in 1978 as Brigadier General and Commander of the Air National Guard in Portland, OR.
Pat was hired in 1946 to fly for West Coast Airlines. After many mergers, he retired from Republic Airlines in 1982.
Pat has logged in more than 37, 000 accident free flying hours in more than 120 makes and models of aircraft. He was a proud member of OX5, QB's, Monday Lunch Bunch, Order of Daedalians, ALPA, AOPA, P-38 National Association, Air Force Association, Willapa Harbor Pilots Association, RARE, and RNPA.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Martha; daughters Teri Rice, Peggy Sedwick and Kathleen O'Grady-Graham; brother Mike O'Grady, grand daughters Christine Ochoa, Erin Figy, Emily Gorchels and Audra Degg; grandsons Patrick and Declan O'Grady-Graham and great grand daughters Taylor Ochoa and Kayla Gorchels.
Mass will be at St. Philomena Catholic Church at 1790 South 222nd, Des Moines, Wa 98198 at 11:00 on Friday March 6th followed by a service at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery at 1:30. An Irish Wake will follow at the Normandy Park Community Center (Cove) at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive, Normandy Park, WA 98166 at around 3:30.
Memorial donations can be made to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128 to the General O'Grady fund. This will be used to refurbish the F-102 at this museum that has his name on it.