Leif Roald Schillios, 77, who climbed Washington's six major peaks, traveled the world for the Boeing Company, and in retirement joined the ranks of golfing elite with a hole-in-one, died March 13 at home in Edmonds.
Born Sept. 15. 1926 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, to Lutheran Pastor Magne and Helga (Jorgensen) Schillios, natives of Norway, he was the youngest of eight children. The family moved to Anacortes where he spent his early years before his father was called to the Highland Lutheran Church, near Vancouver, Washington. He graduated from La Center High School in 1945, joining the U.S. Army and earning his American citizenship. He subsequently served in the Merchant Marine, aboard troop ships bound for Korea. He later attended the University of Washington and took an interest in mountaineering, climbing the state's tallest peaks, including Mount Olympus.
In 1950, Mr. Schillios married Adelia Shattuck, began a family and upon moving to the Seattle area became active in the Prince of Peace Lutheran congregation, teaching Sunday school along with such prominent members Don "Capt. Puget" McCune and entertainer Stan Boreson, who with Pastor Ole Nordsletten, all helped break ground for the church's current sanctuary.
Mr. Schillios joined the Boeing Company in 1950 and in 1965 was assigned to its Geneva, Switzerland office for 5 years. He traveled throughout Europe, the Near East and Africa, providing after-market services to the international airline community. He later continued similar service representing Air Spares, Inc., of Tacoma before retiring in 1991.
It was then that Leif took an interest in golf, encouraged by his wife, Shirley, whom he married in 1983. Golf quickly became something of an obsession. Besides numerous golfing vacations throughout the Northwest, to Palm Desert, Calif., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., he played regularly in the Senior Circuit and served as an official at the PGA Tournament held at Sammamish. The highlight of his golfing career was a hole-in-one on the 16th link at Lynnwood Golf Course.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Edmonds, daughters Susan (Jack) Harrington, Hansville, and Carol Schillios, Edmonds; and son Stephen Schillios, Kelso; as well as his children's mother, Adelia Nims, Edmonds. He is also survived by step-children William Orr, Seattle; Carol (Thomas) Watson, Snohomish; and Christopher Orr, Seattle. Also 5 grandchildren Andrea (Michael) Spencer; Richard Blake; and Jake, Kari, and Erik Schillios; and eight step-grandchildren: Jason Clark, Paul Orr, Jennifer Orr (Jose), Christopher, Benjamin, and Paige Gould, Leah (Taylor) Stimmel, and Jenna Orr. His sisters, Dorothy, Lyla, Irene, and Sylvia, and many nephews and nieces also survive. He was pre-deceased by sister Nora and brothers Harold and Rolv.
A memorial celebration will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, March 27 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave. NE (at 145th St.), Shoreline. Reception to follow at 2 p.m.: 5th Avenue Grillhouse, Edmonds. Donations in Leif's memory may be made to the Schillios Development Foundation or charity of your choice.