Military veteran

Ret. Major Ronald H. Mikulski, 68, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at his home in Licking.

He was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Chicago, Ill.

He attended Parks College, the first federally approved school of aeronautics and popular with pilots, in the 1960s. As a retired Air Force major and Vietnam War veteran, he has flown dozens of different aircrafts and was part of the special services unit in Vietnam, where he was a helicopter pilot. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary heroism in Vietnam and six air medals. He received recognition from the Army for coining the phrase, “Be All You Can Be.”

He lived most of his life in Washington. He was an active community leader. He was president of the Tacoma Jaycees, president of the Tukwila Chamber of Commerce, director of the Tacoma Arthritis Foundation and member of the Seafair Unlimited Hydroplaning Association. He owned the R.Mikulski Advertising U-10 and assisted with the opening of the Boeing Museum of Flight’s Red Barn.

He enjoyed careers as an advertising agency owner of Mikulski, Tucker & Harrison as well as a real estate agent. He was an award-winning public speaker, published author and held a secondary black belt in judo.

He enjoyed with family, fishing, sailing, hunting, guitar playing, fencing, tennis and most recently historical gun collecting. He loved to tell a good story.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Rackner; a son, Jeffrey Tucker; a sister, MaryAnn Bates; and two granddaughters.

Services are 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Billie Walker officiating. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ellis Prairie Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any veterans’ organization. Online condolences may be sent to


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