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Obituary: Ferm, Olaf “Ole”

Sun., Feb. 23, 2014

FERM, Olaf “Ole” Passed away on February 8, 2014 in Seattle, WA.

He was born in Souris, ND., in 1924, joined the Navy in 1942, and met his sweet- heart in San Francisco while stationed there.

He and Pat were married in 1945 and moved to Spokane in 1946.

Ole worked as an electrician for Maxwell’s Electric, and the Spokane School District.

He became an electrical inspector for the state in 1974, and it was then that he saw the need for the, “Ferm’s Fast Finder Index”: A Guide to the National Electrical Code.

He both wrote and published many editions and did it all manually, every three years, when the National Electrical Code was updated.

His goal was to provide a tool that would help all electricians.

It is still being published and sold today.

Ole was a devoted husband, father, and friend.

He enjoyed many years of hunting deer and various game birds, fishing with Pat, playing pool, and organizing outings and games for the kids in his neighborhood.

In 2009, Ole and Pat left their beloved Spokane and moved to Seattle to be near their daughters.

Ole is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters, Peggy (Dwane) and Barb (Peter); granddaughter, Eva (Sam); and great-granddaughter, Fiona.


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