Donald A. Serry, 86, who made a vital positive difference in the lives of thousands of people in Kitsap County with decades of humanitarian works, and was one of the most highly decorated Scouting figures in Kitsap County history, died Oct. 5 in Port Orchard from congestive heart failure.
Mr. Serry, introduced as "Mr. Kitsap" at the 2007 Armed Forces Ambassador Scholarship Program, was heavily honored and held in high esteem both for the leadership positions he held and for creating programs that helped people throughout the region in a myriad of ways.
"Mr. Serry exemplifies what is good in our nation, our state and our country. His service to others is with the belief that service to our fellow citizens is what makes our country unique and great among all nations," it was said of him when he was nominated for the J.C. Penny Gold Rule Award.
"He is not a one-time volunteer, but an individual whose entire life has included significant service and caring for others. The moral and character values developed in childhood and in Scouting have become a lifelong foundation which he has used to improve the quality of life for his fellow citizens."
His community volunteerism included leadership in the Kitsap County Historical Society, Federal Managers Association, Kitsap Peninsula Visitors and Convention Bureau, National Association of Retired Federal Retired Employees, United Way of Kitsap County, Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council, a Master Counselor and member of Masonic Lodge #117, Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church and many other organizations and programs. In every instance, he helped to greatly improve the growth and effectiveness of these organizations to enrich the lives of people in his community.
Some of his greatest achievements were in Scouting, were he held a life-long passion. He joined Troop 512, at the age of 12, in 1936, awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 1942 and was almost continuously involved with Scouting for the rest of his life. He won many prestigious Scouting awards including the Lifetime Scouter Award, Extra Mile Award, the Unit Scouter of the Year, the District Award of Merit, the Order of the Arrow Vigil Award and the Silver Beaver Award. He was a registered adult Scouter for 41 years.
Honors received included: J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award; NARFE Federation Special Service Award, Kitsap Peninsula Visitors and Convention Bureau Tourism Award; Lutheran Social Services Helen Norris Community Service Award; Armed Forces Celebration Committee Civilian Grand Marshal of the 1999 Armed Forces Day Parade; Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce Thunderbird Award (2000); Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service Award (2002); Silverdale Dandy Lions Whaling Day Parade Grand Marshal (2003); and Washington Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award (2003).
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Donald E Serry (1900 - 1985)
Thelma I Wade Serry (1902 - 1998)
Shirley May Conner Serry (1927 - 2005)*
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Softly falls the light of day, As our campfire fades away. Silently each Scout should ask, "Have I done my daily task? Have I kept my honor bright? Can I guiltless sleep tonight? Have I done and have I dared, Everything to Be Prepared.|
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