It was in April, 1941 that Richard Birnel, now 88 and living in Fircrest, joined the local carpenters union. He was followed in May by Ray Gores, now 92 and living in Tacoma. Robert Ruff, now 88 and living in Lakewood, followed a month later.
Each of these veterans will be honored at a Carpenters Local Union No. 470 gathering on Saturday evening. The event will include a social hour, dinner and the award of years-of-service pins to union members, said Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters Representative Kathy Swan.
Along with Birnel, Gores and Ruff – who will be given their 70-year pins – 162 other members will receive recognition for service, beginning with those who have been union carpenters for at least 10 years.