Daniel J. Furey, 67, of Sequim, Washington and a native of Oak Park, died on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Growing up in Oak Park, he attended St. Edmund Grammar School, class of 1967; he was also a proud graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1971, where he was a dedicated member of the OPRF football team for four years.
He attended Northern Illinois University, eventually moving on to work for BNSF Railroad. The railroad work, which he loved, brought him to destinations throughout the West and Northwest U.S. It was in his “engineer” days in Washington State that he met Anne Dalton, whom he fell in love with and married. He had been a true railroad engineer for his first 20+ years, living and operating freight and coal trains in locations in Montana, Idaho, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California. He continued “driving trains” for BNSF, but eventually was brought into BNSF operations management. He retired in 2019 after almost 40 years with BNSF to Sequim, outside Seattle.
His love of travel brought him to his favored U.S. destinations, including a recent Alaska cruise, of which he and Anne shared beautiful videos, pictures and stories. His family and friends recall that his could have been the loudest voice in the room, but he chose rather to be that room’s best “listener.” An extraordinary storyteller of his life “riding the rails,” he was active in local Sequim and Edmonds municipal civic administrations where he faithfully served on various city commissions.
In addition to his wife Anne, Daniel Furey is survived by his two sons, Patrick (Ashley) and Kevin (Allie) Furey; and his brothers, Jim (Jacqueline), Mike (Maureen), and Bill (Kathleen) Furey. He was preceded in death by his parents, June and John J. Furey.
Funeral services are private. A memorial service will be held in Seattle at a later date. The family is being assisted locally by Peter B. Kennedy & Co. Funeral Directors.