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Place Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
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Obituaries (August 2009)

The following list of obituaries and memorials were published in the Tacoma News Tribune for the month of August 2009. This list contains 360 entries.

Amel " Val" Valpoon

10-12-1939 8-28-2009 Even though our time together was not long enough his love, kindness and generosity will live on in the voices of those who knew him. He leaves behind a loving wife of 41 years Charlene Valpoon, two daughters Leeron Valpoon and Bridy Lane(Manu); the apples of his eyes his grandchildren Kapuanani and Kamanu, and his brother Lee R Valpoon, as well as many close personal friends. Our Ohana wishes to extend a heartfelt Mahalo to the staff at Tacoma Lutheran nursing facility for their care and kindness to " Val". Service will be held at Moutain View Funeral home on September 1, 2009 in the Aspen Chapel. Viewing will begin at 8:30 with service to folllow. His final resting place will be at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Pub Date: 8/31/2009

Anita K. Anderson

Anita Anderson was born in Early, Iowa on January 9, 1917. At 92 years of age and on August 27, 2009, her heart failed at Allenmore Hospital. It was there that she breathed her last and followed her husband and joined her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her four children, Judy Greinke, Kathy Robison, Mary Beth Quinsey and Rick Anderson, 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Services are being held at Mountain View Cemetery in Tacoma on Wednesday September 2, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at 1:00 pm. Donations may be made in her name to the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities at 6315 S 19th, Tacoma, WA 98466.
Pub Date: 8/31/2009

Dorinda “Punki” Faye Plate

Dorinda passed away in her sleep on August 17th, 2009, no longer in pain and free to fly on the wings of angels. She was born October 15th, 1951; at 57 left us way too early. She will be missed dearly and will never leave our hearts. Her memories will be ours to keep forever. There are many loved ones waiting there to greet her; there is a party in Heaven because the one we love has joined them at last... Those we love don't go away they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Your memories are our keepsake, with which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts. A celebration of life will take place in Tri-Cities Washington on Sept. 5, 2009. For info or to contact the family go to e-mail mrs.romaine26@gmail.com .
Pub Date: 8/31/2009

Earl M. Mahnkey Jr.

Earl M. Mahnkey Jr. passed away on August 27, 2009 after an extended illness. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, April 7, 1947. Earl was a graduate of Wilson High School (Tacoma) and Central Washington University. He retired from the State of Washington, Dept. of Labor and Industries. As an avid sports fan, Earl was a season ticket holder for Seattle Mariners games, a loyal Washington State University Cougar fan, and TV supporter of the Seahawks. Earl enjoyed traveling. His favorite places were the Philippines, Europe, Hawaii and Mexico. He visited Las Vegas frequently and enjoyed playing poker with friends, especially his cousin Jolene. Mostly Earl enjoyed spending time with family. He is survived by his mother, Mary Mahnkey; sisters, Karen (Keith) Moorhead, and Nikki Blevins; niece, Lisa (Bill) Harrison; grand nephew, Levi Harrison; grand niece, Madison Harrison. He was predeceased by his father, Earl M. Mahnkey, Sr. Services are scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2009 at St John Bosco Church in Lakewood, WA. Rosary will begin at 10:00 am and Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, Washington 98466. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.funeralalternatives.org Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, (360)753-1065
Pub Date: 8/31/2009

Kenneth “Ken” Milholland

Husband, father, grandfather and teacher to young and old, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 31, 2009. He was born Puyallup, WA on June 7, 1931. He was preceded in death by Maryann, his wife of 51 years, parents Oscar and Dorris Williams, brothers Jerry and Wayne, sister Carol and nephew Hans. Ken is survived by his daughter Janet, son Michael (Kristin), grandchildren Kelsey and McKenna, nephew Mitch (Shelly) and niece Jill (Mike). In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Future Farmers of America Foundation. A special scholarship fund will be set up in Ken’s honor. Please mail donations to PO Box 14633, Tumwater, WA 98511. A memorial service/reception will be held at 1:00 pm on September 11, 2009 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds at 3054 Carpenter Road SE Lacey, WA 98503. Please visit the online memorial including photo gallery, guest book, and memorial service directions at www2.mem.com .
Pub Date: 8/31/2009

Zachary T. Mewes

Zack was born on September 11, 1986 to Lorraine Bush and Martin Mewes in Reno, Nv. Zack passed away on August 15, 2009 after battling cancer for several years. Zack will always be remembered for his very own unique style, his generous love of people, no matter who you were or what your circumstance and his love of food. He was always ready for a BBQ, to talk you into buying a pie or sharing his last package of Romen noodles with you. His generosity towards others and life were well beyond his years. Zack will be greatly missed by his mother, two sisters, Glenda Taylor and Marie Burns, two nieces, Breanna and Naomi, four nephews, Calvin, Jason, Isaiah and Joshua. And by all who's lives he touched. Zack was preceded in death by his father. You will alwasy be our shining star on the stairway to Heaven...
Pub Date: 8/31/2009

DOROTHY JEAN MYERS

Funeral services will be held at Weeks’ Dryer Mortuary on Sept. 1, 2009 at 1:00 PM; graveside following at New Tacoma Cemetery.
Pub Date: 8/31/2009

William Vernon Dufrin

“Bill” CW2 U.S. Army, Ret. Born June 10, 1933 in Garden City, KS, and died Aug. 11, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. Bill proudly served his God and our country his entire life. He retired from the U.S. Army, then worked with and retired from the Pierce County Sheriff Dept. Bill was a longtime member and past chaplain of the V.F.W. post #2224, and a member of the R. Vernon Hill American Legion Post #67 of Puyallup. He is survived by his dear friend and companion, Lorraine Howard, by the mother of his children, Dorothy Carey, by his son Rodney, by his daughter Rebecca, 2 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and by his brother, Jack Dufrin, of New York. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A committal service with full military honors will be held at 1:15pm on Wed., Sept. 2, 2009 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Arrangements made through Hill Funeral Home, Puyallup, (253) 845-1172.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Sherrie D. Klein

“The Pirate” 3/20/1963 - 8/9/2009 Sherrie, age 46, of Tacoma, WA, passed away Aug. 9th after a 2-1/2 year battle with cancer. Preceded in death by her brother Randy, she is survived by her parents Jerry and Kathy Klein, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a special nephew, Robert. She graduated from Mt. Tahoma in 1981 with many jobs to follow, including her passion as a jeweler. She will be missed by special friends Debbie, Dana, and Jody, and many more, especially her beloved dog Pearl, her best friend. Also a special thank you to her cousin Lorie Armstrong and Auntie Marya Hale. A celebration of her life will be at Dawson’s Tavern, 5443 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma on 9/5/2009 at 9:00p.m. for those who would like to attend.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Fran Wager

1914 - 2009 On August 10, 2009, Frances Adeline Wager quietly slipped off the planet. Born to William and Eva Kerr, Frances and her younger sister, Betty (previously departed) were the original "Tacoma girls". Inspired by her enterprising father, Fran's passage through life was purposeful, marked by a generous assortment of activities, close friendships, a loving family and an underlying desire to excel in all her chosen endeavors: leadership positions with Rhodes (Amfac) Department Store, Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Shrine Band Wives' Club and First Christian Church. Fran was also a founding member of "The Clef Dwellers" while attending Stadium High School - Tacoma's first all-girl dance band. It can be said, however, that the music really began for her when Roy Wager rolled into town fresh from the "Big Band" capitals of New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles. With a uniquely sophisticated and soulful sound, Roy dazzled Fran with his trumpet playing and his charm. Eventually, Roy would leave the bright lights behind and together the two would settle in Tacoma and create a family (Sons: Michael, Lakewood; William, Thailand and; Paul, Seattle; with granddaughters, Anya and Jessica). But the music never stopped. With a subtle and steady hand on the family's tiller, Frances guided them always forward and purposely. Roy provided the security, wrapping them in his strong and gentle arms, he gave them all a "center of calmness" enveloping them daily with that sweet, sweet sound. Roy exited the stage a few years ago for a nearby universe but no doubt was preparing for his first set of the evening when Fran swept through the doors on August 10. "Just in time," he would gently smile. "This next song I've been saving just for you." A private family gathering has been held in her honor. Memorials may be made to Crippled Children's Hospital c/o Afifi Shrine Temple.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

George E. Stowell

4/3/1955 to 8/10/2009 George left us for heaven after 78 days in the ICU at UW Medical Center following a lung transplant, the result of Alpha 1 Anti-trypsin Deficiency. Though his body may have been weak, his wit, his charm and his heart were as strong as ever. George grew up in Olalla, Wash. before joining the Air Force and moving down to Texas. Soon enough, however, he was back up in the northwest where he fell in love with and married his former neighbor, Leslie Nelson. Over time, they had 2 daughters together and George went back to school for a degree in Computer Engineering. After graduating from UPS he got a job at Boeing, but more than that, he enjoyed camping with family and friends, bird watching and rafting down the Nisqually River. After he and Leslie divorced, George began traveling the world, seeing China and the Philippines as well as visiting and supporting his daughters at school. He later married Mercy Gachuma, whom he met in a coffee shop in Gig Harbor. They were best friends and constant companions until the moment he left this world. George will be missed by his wonderful wife Mercy, daughters, Natalie and Marilyn, stepdaughter Doreen, parents Ruth and Eric Johnson, uncle Ron Mills, sisters Tracy Vonhof-Mills, and Cynthia Volkmann, brother Paul Stowell, as well as nieces and nephews, Chris, Robert, Josiah, Julia and Ruth. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sept. 5, 2009 at Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave S. in Des Moines, WA.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Burnell Warren Kansanback

Born April 9, 1920 in Flandreau, South Dakota, and passed away August 25, 2009 in Auburn, Washington. Burnell was a farmer in South Dakota until he moved to Auburn in 1960. He then drove trucks for American Concrete for 4 years and for Miles Sand & Gravel for 17 years until retirement. He was an active member of the Roy Pioneer Rodeo Association, Auburn FIrst United Methodist, and a former member of the Green River Saddle Club Association. Burnell is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ardis Kansanback, son Warren Kansanback, daughter Betty Cannon, sister Eleanor Heesch, brother Vernice Kansanback, grandson Michael Cannon, and three great-grandchildren. Burnell was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Lillian Kansanback, sisters Lucille Luck, Mildred Webber, and brother Kenneth Kansanback. A visitation will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Price-Helton Funeral Home, 702 Auburn Way N. in Auburn, WA. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 2nd at Price-Helton at 11:00 AM, with burial to follow at 2:30 PM at Buckley City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Price-Helton Funeral Home. Online sentiments may be journaled at WWW.MEM.COM .
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Dixie Brotman

Born July 13, 1954, a devoted wife, mother, and beloved friend, passed away on August 22, 2009. We were all so fortunate to have shared our lives with such a loving and caring person. Dixie will always be remembered for the song in her heart that she shared with all of her family and friends. She was a consummate caregiver, always thinking of others before herself. She enjoyed quiet evenings at home, and had a love of good books and movies. She was a J.P. Patches Pal, and as a member of the Tacoma Humane Society she will also be remembered for her great love of animals, especially for her love for Mac and Tucker. Dixie will be greatly missed by all who had the tremendous gift and pleasure of having known her. We are all so thankful and blessed for the time she shared with us. Dixie is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Arlen Brotman, son Jared Fredrickson, father Charley Wilkinson, mother and stepfather Jodi and Don Stanton, sisters Patty Gibble (husband Lynn) and Vicki Block (husband David), as well as a host of nieces and nephews who will always cherish her memory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Tacoma Humane Society. A celebration of Dixie’s life will be Sunday, October 4th, 2009, 5pm to 8pm, at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Everyone is invited to sign and share a memory of Dixie on her Memorial Register at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Bryan Ralph Marvin

Bryan,70, passed away in Tacoma August 24, 2009. He was born in Tacoma March 27, 1939 to Ralph and Mayabelle (Kronlund) Marvin. Bryan was an employee of Pacific Northwest Bell/Quest for 26 years. He is survived by his wife Betty Jean and five children: David Marvin (Sharon); Brock Marvin (Jeannie); Tracie Haines (Tom); Mark Meath (Stephanie); and Gary Meath (Kassie). They have nine grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Bryan will take place at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 3, at the University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St. West. The family suggests that anyone wishing to make a contribution in Bryan’s memory might consider MultiCare Hospice of Tacoma, P.O. Box 5200 MS: 3901-1HH, Tacoma, WA 98419 or the University Place Presbyterian Church. Please see the full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Col. Lee R. Pair

Colonel (Retired) Lee Pair, born March 27, 1932; parents Reverent Roy and Rena Pair (deceased); died on Saturday, August 22, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington after an extended illness of Parkinson’s and pneumonia. Survivors include his wife, Agnes, two children, Cheryl and Stephen, three grandchildren, Adam, Sydney, Evan, and sister, Ruth. Lee was very close with his older brother Joe, also an Air Force pilot, who died in an aircraft accident early in his career. Lee received his commission through the ROTC program at Southern Methodist University and married Agnes July 1, 1955 just prior to completing pilot training. He flew some of the best fighters of the time which included F-94, F-102, F-106 and the OV-10 in Viet Nam. While in Thule, Greenland, 48 years ago, Lee survived a mid-air collision by ejecting from his severely damaged aircraft into the most inhospitable area in the world, the Greenland ice cap. After 26 hours a half-frozen “Leaper” was finally rescued. After 30 years in the air Force, and overseas assignments in Thule, Viet Nam and Germany, Lee and Agnes retired in Tacoma. Lee was not yet ready to moth-ball his flight suit and for the next four years flew part-time for a company in Boise, Idaho. In later years Lee became a QUIET BIRDMAN, an organization he loved because it gave him an opportunity to spend time with other pilots. He loved flying and was always one of the most respected pilots of those fortunate enough to fly with him. Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery at 1PM, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. In lieu of flowers, please donate to FRANCISCAN HOSPICE in University Place, or a charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Dorothy Jean Myers

Dorothy was born to John and Anna Patterson June 18, 1929 in Greensburg, PA. She passed away in her sleep on Aug. 25, 2009 at the age of 80 years. She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Surviving family includes her husband Robert of 59 years, daughters: Kathy (Larry) Wyatt, Jonie (David) Emrick, grandchildren Jillian, Levi, Cody, Alex, and great grandson Bradley. Funeral services will be held at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary on Sept. 1, 2009 at 1:00 PM; graveside following at New Tacoma Cemetery. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Dorsey Elwood Moody

Dorsey Elwood Moody of Puyallup, WA died on 23 Aug. 2009 at 10PM at the age of 84 in his home. He was born 24 Oct. 1924 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska He was an active Elder in the LDS church. Survived by his wife Dorthy Moody his Sisters Twila Joiner of FL, Bonnie Blanscet of WA, and Doreen Martin of MT, son Brad Moody of WV, stepdaughter Dearlena Kimber of WA daughter Pamela Stovel of WA son Jerald Moody WA son Dorsey R Moody of WA, 9 grandchildren 5 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Tue. Sept. 1, 2009 at 2 pm in the Ridgecrest LDS Church 12407 Military Rd E Puyallup, Interment will be at the Tahoma National Cemetery. Dorsey Elwood Moody was a man of many hats with a variety of interest and hobbies. He would freely share his wisdom and always had time to converse on any subject with anyone. He will be missed. Looking back with memories Upon the path you trod, We bless the hours we had with you, And leave the rest with God
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Eleanor E. Howard

February 16, 1922 - August 20, 2009 Daughter of Gifford and Mable Horsman, she was born and raised in Tacoma, married to John P. Howard for 57 years, and lived in the Puyallup area for 40 years. John and Eleanor had 7 children, John (Joyce), Daniel (Cathy), Gary (Linda), Robert (Kristine), Mark (Linda), daughters Glenda (John) Cobun and Donna (Eric) Apple. She had 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She retired from Bethel School District as head cook at Spanaway Elementary. Her husband John and sons Gary (Linda) and Mark preceded her in death. She is survived by 2 brothers, Donald Horsman (Pat) of Oregon and Gifford Horsman of Tacoma, sisters-in-law June Raney of California and Lorrane (Ed) Saylor of Puyallup, Jacquetta Horsman of Tacoma, many nieces and nephews, and special friend Lou Holyoak. Graveside services at Old Tacoma Cemetery Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at 2:00pm with reception to follow. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Florence Marie (Lewis) Clements

Florence was born November 18th, 1918 in Weiser, Idaho to Ernest and Anna Lewis. She passed away peacefully at home on August 24th, 2009. Florence was married to Durward Clements, and to this union four children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband Durward, daughter Janet Fogle, and son Darwin Clements. She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara (Gordon) Hess and Michelle (Jim) Foran. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Pauline (Lyle) Maddox, Darlyne Clements, daughter-in-law, and family friend Roger Wade. Our beautiful mother touched many lives in her 90 years. She was a constant source of inspiration and a mentor to her children and others. She was such a good person and cared deeply for her family, friends, and her caretakers, Teresa, Jack, Scully, Jeff and Samantha. We would like to thank Group Health Hospice for their help and kindness. There will be no funeral at Florence's request, but there will be a celebration of her life and Darwin's life to be announced at a later time. Thank you for sharing your wisdon and the life lessons, Mother. Tell Dad, Janet, and Darwin that we love them. We will see you all in Heaven! -- Love, Barbara and Michelle
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Carol A. Engel

June 24, 1941 - August 23, 2009 Memorial service will be held in October, details to follow.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Mary Christena Kimbrough Bush

Mary C. Kimbrough Bush went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2009. She was born in Union, Nebraska to John and Grace Hoback. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles W. Kimbrough. Mary was married to Raymond G. Bush on May 14, 1987. Their love for each other will last forever. Mary was bestowed an Honorary Life Membership by the Association of Federal Employees for her many years of active service. She was a Life Member of the Tahoma Terrace Residents’ Club. Mary is survived by her husband Raymond G. Bush of Tacoma, Washington. She also leaves behind her sister Opal Everett, brother Kenneth Hoback and wife Betty of Union, Nebraska, stepdaughter Sharon Pybas and husband Bill of Gig Harbor, Washington, and stepson Raymond G. Bush, Jr. and fiancée Gigi McGee of Miami, Florida. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Family members wish to thank the staff of Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care for the compassionate care they extended to Mary. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Joshua William Prendergast

October 5, 1973 - August 21, 2009 Our beautiful Joshua went home to Jesus, and his Lord replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master's happiness!" (Matthew 25:21) We had the miracle of Joshua in our lives for 35 years, and we are eternally grateful. He was a kind, tender-hearted, gentle, generous, mighty man of God. Protective and loyal, Joshua was the caretaker of many hearts - above all his precious daughter Gracie, who was truly the apple of her daddy's eye. He was the “BEST DADDY EVER,” and his extravagant love for his Gracie has given us a profound example of our Father's heart for all His children. Joshua is also survived by his parents Bill and Linda Prendergast, his sister Joy Lin, and preceded by his grandparents Bill and Virginia Tichy and Bill and Emma Prendergast. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Joshua's name to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org . “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40: 30-31)
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Eleanor Elizabeth Howard

Eleanor Elizabeth Howard A fun companion, A kind and caring friend, A fabulous fellow gardener, A lover of red roses. I will miss you. Love, your Gardener.
Pub Date: 8/30/2009

Jean Trauba

Age 70, of Sun City, Georgetown, Texas passed away August 15, 2009 at Christopher House/Austin Hospice. She was a former resident of Lakewood, WA. Jean was predeceased by her parents Henry and Ruby Remmert of Taylor, TX; father-in-law and mother-in-law Dr. Norbert Trauba and wife Gladys of Olympia, WA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Betty Trauba of Los Banos, CA; sister-in-law Ann Gallagher of Olympia, WA and brother-in-law Albert Mann of Seattle, WA. She is survived by her husband Norbert of Georgetown, TX and her 3 children, Traci Smith and husband Doug of Lake Jackson, TX; Jay Trauba and wife Kimberly and their daughters, Courtney and Danielle of Grapevine, TX; and David Trauba of Bellaire, TX. She is also survived by sister Patricia Greinert and husband Frank of Austin, TX; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dr. Thomas Trauba and wife Susan of Loomis, CA; sister-in-law Mary Mann of Lacey, WA; brother-in-law John Trauba of Lacey, WA; and brother-in-law Patrick Gallagher of Olympia, WA and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins. A memorial Mass was held August 22, 2009 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown, TX.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Bernice Ramsdell

Bernice Ramsdell, born in Garetson, SD, passed away peacefully at her Fircrest home August 26, 2009, at the age of 85. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward, Bernice is survived by her daughter Trudy and son Greg (Lori), granddaughters Kristen (Trevor) and Emily, great granddaughter, Annabelle, and three sisters and one brother. Bernice will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Service will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 1:00 p.m. in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

James Christian Nielsen

Born in Tacoma, WA June 22, 1926. God called him to His Heavenly Home on August 25, 2009. Jim was a baptized, confirmed, active member of the Lutheran Church his entire life. He was preceded in death by his parents Jens and Amelia Nielsen. A veteran of World War II, Jim started his career working alongside his father in his machine shop in South Tacoma. He then worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad shops in South Tacoma as an apprentice blacksmith for 14 years. Under the Veterans Bill, he studied to become a journeyman blacksmith. He worked as a blacksmith in Pasco, WA, and then for 3 years at the King St. Station in Seattle, WA. In 1961, the City of Tacoma hired Jim as a blacksmith. He worked in the equipment rentals shop repairing and also designing equipment. He was the last blacksmith to work for the City of Tacoma, and was recognized for this at his retirement, on June 30, 1997, with a plaque commemorating his 35 years of service. It was the culmination of 53 years of work. Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, camping, and gardening; he really enjoyed fixing and repairing things and even re-roofed his own home. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn, of 58 years, his caring, loving daughter Marsha Pizarro, his 4 grandchildren, Carlos (Tina) Pizarro, Lisa Pizarro, James Christian Pizarro (Yvonne), and Bradley Pizarro (Danielle), 10 great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Carolyn Castellanos, Austin, Bradley, Sincere, Andrew, Tatiana, Antonio, Jessica, Giovanni Pizarro, his sister Marion Triggs, his brother Robert (Barbara), brother-in-law Harry Decker (Rose, deceased), sisters-in-law Mary Walters, Rebecca Zerbel, many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and his many friends. He will be greatly missed by all. Graveside services at Mountain View Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 at 10:30 am. Memorial services will follow at 2:30pm at the United Lutheran Church, 1231 S. 76th St., Tacoma, WA. Viewing Sun. Aug. 30, 11am to 9pm, and prior to graveside services at Mountain View Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the United Lutheran Kitchen Fund. Jim was a loving, kind and gentle man, and he will be dearly missed by all.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Robert (Bob) S.Shea

Born May 25, 1958 to Daniel and Diane Shea in Seattle, Washington, Bob grew up in Olympia and served three years in the Marine Corps. He worked in the furniture manufacturing industry as a Production Engineer for over 18 years and lived in the Graham area. A loving husband and father, brother and uncle, he had the most generous heart and wonderful sense of humor. Bob is preceded by his father and mother, Daniel and Diane. He is survived by his wife Vicki, daughter Samantha, step-daughter Emma, brothers and sisters Mark, Beth, Joan, Beverly and Diane, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, 09/01/2009 at 3:00 at the AMVETs Hall at 5717 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98409.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Lillian Amanda (Lindberg) Levorson

Lillian passed away on August 25, 2009 at the age of 93. She was born to Ben and Mary Lindberg, homesteaders from Norway, on Sept 6, 1915 in Bottineau, North Dakota. She had two brothers, Elmer and Roy, and four sisters, Alice, Clara, Sally and Mabel. Lillian moved to Tacoma and met and married Alvin Levorson in 1941. They had two children, Lois and Annette. Lillian was a warm and welcoming person whose door was always open. She was a born nurturer and mothered many children besides her own through being a foster mother, a sunday school teacher, a loving grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law, and loving friend to many. She enjoyed her flower garden and cooking meals to share with others. Her home was often the gathering place for holidays and celebrations. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and sisters, her two daughters, and her husband of 65 years. She is survived by her son-in-law, Dan Macomber, and her two grandsons, Allen and Ben Macomber, and many other relatives. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 at 7 p.m. at United Lutheran Church, 1231 South 76th Street, Tacoma, 98408. Donations may be made to the church.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Geraldine Burge

Of Lakewood passed away 8-24-09 of natural causes at the age of 75. Geraldine is survived by her children, Daniel, Glenda, Jeannie, Tom, James, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Services will be held Sept. 2nd, 2009, 11:15 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA. She will be buried next to her late husband, Truman Burge.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Carol Sue Widland

Carol Sue Widland 8-31-46 ~ 8-13-09 Passed away suddenly. Carol is survived by husband Brian Widland, sons, Robin Powell and Ricky Powell, daughter Tonja Powell, all of Tacoma; sisters, Micky Ferguson, Katie Gregovich, Bonnie Newton, and brother, Peter Ronich. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Sister Philomena Rosaire Glynn, OSF

Sister Philomena Rosaire Glynn, OSF, 90, died in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, on August 25. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 70 years. Sister Philomena Rosaire was born in County Galway, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1935 and professed her first vows in 1939. Her two sisters, Sister Teresa Helene Glynn (now deceased) and Sister Ellen Glynn, also entered the congregation. Sister Philomena Rosaire earned a B.A. in Education from Holy Names College, Spokane, and an M.S. in Education from San Diego College for Women. She ministered primarily in elementary education, both as teacher and principal. In later years she served in healthcare, working first as a certified chaplain and later as a volunteer chaplain. Sister Philomena Rosaire ministered for 26 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She taught at St. Charles School in Tacoma. From 1987-1997, she was a chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and then served as a volunteer chaplain until 2005. In 2005 she began her prayer ministry at St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, a ministry she continued until her death. She also taught in both Tekoa and Spokane, Washington; in California (Wasco, San Diego, and Riverside); in Portland and Baker, Oregon; and in Worland, Wyoming. All services will be held in St. Ann Convent Chapel, 6602 S. Alaska Street, Tacoma. The Vigil will be at 3 Pm Sunday, August 30th. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. on August 31st, 2009. Sister Philomena Rosaire is survived by two sisters, Sister Ellen Glynn and Teresa Power, and two brothers, Michael Glynn and Martin Glynn, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 6602 South Alaska St. Tacoma, Wa 98408. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Virginia Mae Higdon R.N.

Virginia was born in Spencer, SD, June 30, 1930, and passed away August 21, 2009 in a family care home from the effects of a long-term struggle with Alzheimer's. She was pre-deceased by her parents William and Idella Higdon and her niece Connie Anne Higdon, and survived by her brother Robert E. Higdon (Marlene), four nephews, eight grandnieces and nephews, and one great-grandnephew. Virginia was a Registered Nurse for over 36 years, and at the time of her retirement was head nurse in the birth ward at Tacoma General Hospital. She also held a teaching degree in nursing, and was court certified to testify in court trials concerning birth actions. The family wishes to thank her friend Sue Adams for her care and support for Virginia. We also wish to thank Doloris Noreen and her family at the group home, who were so kind and helpful during her last days. At Virginia's request there will be no funeral service and she will be entombed at the Tacoma Mausoleum. Donations on her behalf can be made to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital or The Tacoma Rescue Mission. Please leave online condolences at www.TacomaMausoleum.com . Arrangements by Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary, 253-474-9574.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Joseph L. White

August 1936 ~ August 2007 We miss you very much
Pub Date: 8/29/2009

Linda Gene Pruitte

Born 11/25/1949 in Bozeman, MT passed away 8/18/2009 in Puyallup, WA. Survived by partner Gary Englert, daughters Michelle Hudson (Kimo) and Angela Pruitte, brother Chuck Verwolf, 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by husband Roy and mother Nona. Memorial: Fri. 9/4/2009, 11am at Powers Funeral Home, 15124 E Main St., Sumner, WA. Reception will follow at VFW Rec Park, South Prairie, WA. Please visit www.mem.com to leave thoughts and messages.
Pub Date: 8/28/2009

Dr. Keith (Keung-Sang) Chun

Dr. Keith (Keung-Sang) Chun, of Federal Way, died Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at St. Francis hospital. He was born on October 29, 1929 in South Korea, graduated from Seoul National University in Dental Studies, had his own dental practice in Seoul Korea until he immigrated to the U.S. in 1974 with his family. Dr. Chun was known for his kindness, generosity, and good nature towards people. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joanne (Chung-nim) Chun, and his three children, Vickie Lingwood, Frederick Chun and Paulette Lee and their respective families including 5 grandchildren, James, Portia, Steffan, Cammionne and Morgan. Service will be held on Saturday, August 29th at Acacia Memorial Park in Shoreline.
Pub Date: 8/28/2009

Maude E. Huntoon

In Loving Memory Born June 17, 1925; passed away July 17, 2009. Survived by son Reginald H. Davis, Jr., daughter Judy L. Woodcox, daughter Kathleen A. Osberg, son Kendall A. Davis, Sr., daughter Vickie L. Badger, 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Lil, May, and June, as well as hundreds of friends. Preceded by son Gregory D. Davis, daughter Donna M. Wood, husband Irving E. Huntoon, and grandson Joshua N. Davis. Services are private.
Pub Date: 8/28/2009

Helen Irene Kanzler

Piano Playing Wonder Broom Sweeper Extraordinaire Born to Earl and Lucy (Foskett) Pace, Sunnyside, WA. on March 12, 1916. Helen died in her home, with her three daughters at her side, on August 24, 2009 at the age of 93. August 24th was and mom’s 62nd wedding anniversary. Mom joined dad for this anniversary celebration. Helen was preceded in death by husband Bill, grandson Kenny, sisters Marian and Verna. She is survived by daughters Dorothy (Ron), Barbara (Tim) and Cathy. Helen is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, sister Donna and many nieces, nephews and friends. Helen was Queen of “Fate Day” during her senior year of high school in Sunnyside, WA in 1934. As Queen she remembered riding in an open cockpit airplane as one of her prizes. She loved playing the piano and spent her entire life playing for herself, her family, weddings, the Lakewood Community Orchestra, and the Summit Singers, a senior singing group. As adults, the four “Pace Girls” spent much of their time talking and laughing through special lunches together. Getting lost on the way to these lunches was a specialty. On ocean vacations, for family reunions, Helen spent her time sweeping the floors of the cabins while Bill washed all the windows. She became the family sweeping icon and he the window washing icon. What fun we had teasing them about that. The last 14 years we spent our family reunion at her niece April’s property, on the Tilton River, just outside Morton, WA where she retired from her sweeping duties. Helen worked for Talcott Music House in Yakima, WA before moving to Tacoma. She then spent one year at Seattle Pacific College studying music. Helen then went to work for the Tacoma Housing Authority where she met her husband, Bill. After working for THA she worked many, years for Ted Brown Music Company in downtown Tacoma until she finally retired at age 65. Helen was a member of the American Business Woman’s Association for many years and enjoyed the fellowship of this group of business women. Helen lived a long, good, productive life. A nephew said ”When Helen joined the Kanzler family she brought class to us.” She indeed was a classy lady who will be missed by family and friends.
Pub Date: 8/28/2009

Elaine Frances Crawford

Was born in Gig Harbor, Washington on January 29, 1929 and passed away on August 23, 2009. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound. She was a social worker and was employed by DSHS where she retired after more than 20 years. She liked gardening, walking, reading and enjoyed listening to classical music, especially opera. She sang in the Tacoma Civic Chorus for many years. A Memorial service will be held at the Tacoma Lutheran Home, 1301 N. Highlands Pkwy., Tacoma, WA 98406 on September 1, at 2:00 P.M.
Pub Date: 8/28/2009

Patrick Wayne McCoy

Was born October 8, 1963 in Grants Pass, OR, and passed away at the age of 45 on August 26, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Viewing times will be at the House of Scott Funeral Home, 1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA from 3PM to 5PM on August 29th, 2009. There will be a graveside service the following morning at 10 AM at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-4012. In lieu of flowers, donations to MultiCare Good Samaritan Home Health and Hospice, 3901 Fife Street, Tacoma, WA 98409, are requested by the family. Services provided by The House of Scott Funeral and Cremation Services 253-572-9555.
Pub Date: 8/28/2009

Wally Vicaire

1-11-38 ~ 8-23-09 Free spirit, jokester, sportsman, incurable romantic, everyone’s friend -- just a few ways our Dad touched so many. Wally began his journey of life on the Micmac Reservation in Quebec, Canada. He was devoted to family, loved being a barber, and proudly served his country in the Army. He is survived by daughters, Crystal and Melonie. His charm and zest for life will be missed. Join us for a celebration of his life on 8/30, 4pm, Rainier View Christian Church.
Pub Date: 8/27/2009

Kevin D. Iams

April 25, 1983 -- August 25, 2009 Those of us who knew him loved him, because he was just so easy to love. Kevin had a tender heart and his love for others knew no bounds. He was a much-loved son, an adored brother, and a cherished grandson. The Baublits and Iams family with the aunts, uncles and many cousins, all had a special place in his heart and he in theirs. He will be so missed. Life is immortal. Love is eternal. Death is a horizon. And a horizon is simply the limit of human sight. All of us can almost see him still. Kevin is survived by his mother and stepfather, Beverly and Terry Wilson, father and stepmother KW and Gretchen Iams, brother Bryan (Sarah and nephew Clayton) Iams, sisters Ashley and Taylor Kurth, stepbrothers Micah (Melanie and nephew Tanner) Wilson and Darian (Masako, nephews DJ and Iain, nieces Lita and Amber) Wilson, grandparents Nancy Iams, Don and Dee Baublits, Shirley Cox, and Carol Kurth and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crossing Church, 10625 Pacific Ave. S, Tacoma, or to your favorite charity. Memorial services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Eatonville Baptist Church, 825 Eatonville Highway, Eatonville. Arrangements by Fir Lane Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 8/27/2009

MARY JEANETTE OWENS

Born in Page, North Dakota, on June 10th, 1936, our sweet Mary passed on August 17th, 2009, at the age of 73. Every day and in every way she tried to help anyone and everyone she could. She is survived by her four children, sons, James and Thomas, daughters, Melody Vance and Tammy Harte. She is also survived by her two sisters, Frances Karr and Rebecca Culbertson, seven Grandchildren and twelve Great Grandchildren and two very dear friends, Joseph James and Sharon Hoskinson. For info or to contact the family go to e-mail b1uem00n@comcast.net . A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at Sunnyside Beach, Steilacoom, on Saturday, August 29th, from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
Pub Date: 8/27/2009

Charles A. Byrne

Charles "Charlie" Byrne passed away on August 23rd after a long illness. Charles was born on February 4, 1921 in Tacoma, WA to Carl and Mayme Byrne. He attended St. Patrick Parish School and graduated from Bellarmine in 1939. In 1939 he joined the Coast Guard as a Machinist Mate. During WorldWar II he served on oil tankers in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad and in 1948 he joined the U.S. Post Office (Tobee) from which he retired in 1976. He recently received his 60-year NALC pin. In 1946, he married Hildegarde Burich, and they celebrated 50 years together before her death in 1997. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he was a member of the Fourth Degree. He and Hildegarde enjoyed participating in many Knights of Columbus activities. He was a regular "cook" at Breakfasts at Saint Patrick's. Charlie is survived by son Michael of Puyallup, granddaughter Crystal Inks (Kerry), great-grandchildren Miranda, Keira, Isabel and Scott, and his dear friend Grace Harse. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Catherine Bade, and many nieces and nephews and their families. Vigil will be held Friday, August 28th at Church of Saint Patrick, 1001 North J Street, Tacoma, at 7:00 PM. Funeral service will be on Saturday, August 29th, 2009, at 11:00 AM, also at Church of Saint Patrick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of Saint Patrick or the charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 8/27/2009

Dorothy V.(Dotty) Nicewonger

Dorothy V. Nicewonger born in Kaloa, Kauai to parents Theresa and Manuel P. Medeiros, passed away Aug. 22, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. At the age of 18 years Dorothy moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. While there, she met her future husband, Sherwood Nicewonger. Sherwood and Dorothy are survived by three sons, David, Michael and Christopher Nicewonger; grandchildren, Joseph, John, Jody and Cory Nicewonger, Marion Allen, Christopher Nicewonger and Catherine Nicewonger, Michael Rice; great-grandchildren, Devon, Michael and Mariah; sisters, Theresa (Harry) Warren, Elizabeth Chaves; brothers, Robert (Violet) Medeiros, Herbert Medeiros, and Matthew Medeiros, many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brother Harold Medeiros and sister Annie Tavars. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 at 11am at St. Patrick Church, North 12th and J. Street, Tacoma, WA 98403. Committal service to follow at 2:15pm at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Please sign on-line guest book at www.tuellmckee.com Arrangements entrusted to Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414
Pub Date: 8/27/2009

Maurine Howard Chisholm

Family and friends of Maurine Howard Chisholm will gather to celebrate her life of 92 years Saturday, August 29th at 11:00 a.m., at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial located at 6025 82nd Street in Lubbock, Texas. She passed away August 21, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. She lived in Tacoma for the last ten years. Maurine was born in Ellis County, Texas on January 1, 1917, to Ben Forbes and Lucy Rogers Forbes. After her mother’s death during the influenza epidemic of 1919, Ben Forbes married Roxie Moore and the family moved to Smyer, Texas. Maurine attended Smyer school during her elementary years, graduated from Lubbock High School, and attended Texas Tech. During her eighteenth year she married Marshall Howard, and they moved to Vega, Texas, during the “Dust Bowl” years. They returned to Lubbock in 1945 and five years later settled in Littlefield, Texas, where Marshall opened a farm supply business. In 1953 Maurine began working as the Secretary for the Superintendent of Littlefield Schools. She worked there until retiring in 1980. Marshall Howard passed away in 1964, and in 1966 Maurine married J. E. Chisholm who served as mayor of Littlefield from 1965 until his death in 1979. Maurine was a devoted Christian and was active in the First Methodist Church of Littlefield. She dearly loved her family and friends. She was always there for her sons, and she lovingly supported each of their activities and interests. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and she enjoyed playing bridge with friends. She found great joy in serving the needs of others. She is survived by her two sons, Dan Howard and his wife, Kay of Lubbock, Texas and Dale Howard and his wife Gail of Tacoma, Washington; her grandchildren, David Howard and wife, Laura of Charlotte, NC, Beth Hittle and husband, Karl of New Braunfels, TX, Linda Watson and husband, Dal of Midland, TX, Chris Howard and wife, Kylisa of Seattle, WA, and James Howard and wife, Nicole of Fresno, CA; and her great grandchildren, Melanie Watson, Katie Hittle, James Howard, Kyle Hittle, Will Watson, Andrew Howard, Luke Watson, Jackson Howard and Grayson Howard. Maurine is also survived by J. E. Chisholm’s sons, Kip Cutshall and wife, Phyllis of Littlefield, Texas and Johnny Basden and wife, Patricia of Odessa, Texas; her grandchildren Debi Blake and husband, Donny, David W. Cutshall, Sheri Tyler and husband, David, Heather Basden and Johnny Basden; and her great grandchildren Brian Blake, D.J. Tyler, Doug Tyler, Lee Tyler, and wife, Michelle, Scott Leo, Rebecca Basden, and Johnny Wayne Basden, III. Other survivors include Maurine’s brother-in-law, Bill Howard and wife Mary of San Antonio, Texas, as well as many loving nieces, nephews and their families. Maurine was preceded in death by her parents, her only brother, Jimmie Forbes and wife Sue, and her only sister, Loraine Forbes and wife Sue, and her only sister, Loraine Forbes Pollard and husband Bud. Maurine was as beautiful in spirit as she was in person. She was a gracious, elegant and kind person, who brought great joy to the lives of others. Her sense of humor was remarkable for her being able to laugh at herself and to teach others to avoid taking themselves too seriously. We will miss her very much. The family wishes to thank the many people who made her life comfortable and peaceful in her last days. We are grateful to the staff at Narrows Glen, where she lived for nine years. Thank you from our hearts to Edith Posadas and the staff at Madison Manor Adult Family Home, who were so caring towards Maurine. We also appreciated the help of the Franciscan Hospice team. In particular we give our grateful thanks to Mary Lynn Cvitanovic, who always helped Maurine with loving kindness, and went above and beyond in her devoted care. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 700 West 14th Street, Littlefield, Texas 79339, or Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, Washington 98466.
Pub Date: 8/27/2009

Jolyn Hamilton

Jolyn was born in Seattle, Washington on Sept 10, 1960 to David and Barbara Lisk and passed on to the Lord on August 23, 2009 in Puyallup, Washington. Jolyn is survived by her beloved husband, Gary, her two sons and their wives, her cherished grandson Noah as well as her father, sister and brother. Jolyn got her greatest strength from her strong faith in God. She lived her life by always keeping her priorities in order. She cherished time with family and friends and all who knew her were changed forever by her contagious laugh and joy of life. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend and was a second mother to many including her boys' friends and those she worked with. Some of Jolyn's greatest joys were spending time at Cannon Beach with her family and shopping at the stores in downtown Sumner with friends. You could always find a bag of chocolate in her home, her purse or in her car. Jolyn loved her home, her garden and spending time with family and friends. She cherished spending time with her husband Gary and you could often find them enjoying a day out on their boat together. It was very important to Jolyn to share with those in need so in lieu of flowers, the family asked that you honor Jolyn by donating a gift in her name to World Vision. To donate call 1-888-511-6519, they ask you for a source #105429304. A Memorial service will be held at 10am Saturday, August 29 at Calvary Community Church, 15116 Gary Street, Sumner WA.
Pub Date: 8/27/2009

First SGT Jose San Nicolas Crisostomo

"Joe Sinbad" Joe SN Crisostomo was born August 29, 1949 in Inarajan, Guam and passed away August 18, 2009 in Kabul, Afganistan. He was the husband of Patricia Leon-Guerrero Crisostomo of Spanaway, father of Charlotte Marie Crisostomo-Perez (deceased) (husband Charles IV), their children Amalia Patricia, Alyssa Marie, Charles IV of Spanaway, Tricia Renee Crisostomo-Meyers (husband Randall T. Meyers), their children Nia Koreen, Joseph Thomas, Faith-Renee (deceased) of Surprise, AZ, Jeffery Joe Leon-Guerrero Crisostomo (wife Dawn Rodriquez) their children Javier Lorenzo, Christina Marie, Gabriel Jose, Dominic Jeffery of Spanaway, Dominic Jay Leon-Guerrero Crisostomo of Spanaway; parents Joaquin and Joaquina Crisostomo (deceased) of Guam; brothers Pedro (Betty) of South Carolina, Vicente (Veronica) of Las Vegas, Juan (deceased) wife Julia of Las Vegas, Rofino (Mary) of Maryland, Joaquin Jr. (deceased) wife Ruth of Guam; sisters Andrea (Pedro-deceased) Villagomez of Las Vegas, Ana (Pedro-deceased) Atoigue of Las Vegas; parents-in-law Antonio Leon Guerrero (deceased) and Delgadina of Guam; brothers-in-law Arthur (Lou) Leon-Guerrero of Guam, Henry (Angie) Leon-Guerrero of Guam, Frankie (Maureen) Leon-Guerrero of Calif, Anthony (Sat) Leon-Guerrero of Guam, William Leon-Guerrero of Spanaway, Ricky (Mary Ann) Leon-Guerrero of Texas, Richard (Diana) Leon-Guerrero of Guam; sisters in law Doris (Mariano-deceased) Nauta of Guam, Catherine Leon-Guerrero of Guam. Visitation 9:30-10:30 Friday, Aug 28, 2009 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church with a graveside service to follow at Fir Lane Memorial Park. Fir Lane Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Leroy Townsend

1/11/57 ~ 8/21/09 Services will be held Sat., Aug. 29, 11am, Bethlehem Baptist Church, E. 48th & Portland Ave. Donations at any Key Bank, for Leroy Townsend Memorial.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Barbara Payne Glick

12-10-21 to 08-21-09 Barbara was born in Fremont, NE, and passed away in Tacoma. She is survived by her sister, Bonnie; son, Dean; daughter, Melissa; their spouses, two grandchildren, two nieces, and extended family. A funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K St in Tacoma on Friday, August 28, 2009, at 10AM, with burial to follow at Masonic Memorial Park, 455 North St, Tumwater at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Barbara Payne Glick Scholarship for Piano at The Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023, Attn: Victoria Brand. See full obituary, and share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Jerry L. Justus

2-1-52 - 8-4-09 A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at Span-A-Park Eagles on Saturday the 29th of August 1-4.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

James (Buster) F. McSpadden

4/28/26 - 8/19/09 A real cowboy, born in Alpine, TX, grew up on a ranch loving horses. Buster lived a full life and his passion for horses never wavered. He earned a purple heart while courageously serving our country in the navy during WWII. He worked as a movie stunt man for a short time, participated in numerous rodeo events for many years, and retired as a sheet metal worker. His wife, children, grandchildren and friends will miss his presence and unconditional love. Committal Service at Tahoma National Cemetery Friday, 8/28, 10:00am, Celebration of Life following around 12:00 pm, Puyallup.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Jozef Kasiniak

Age 85. Open casket vigil 8/26/2009, 7pm-7am. Funeral 8/31/2009, 11:00am, both at Holy Trinity Church in Bremerton.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Anna Louise Ward

Anna Louise Ward was born on April 14, 1916 in Eatonville, WA to Cyrus and Agnes Snow. She passed away peacefully at age 93 on August 21, 2009 in her home surrounded by her loving family. She graduated from Eatonville High School in 1934 and was salutatorian of her class. After graduation, she worked for Williams Potato Chip Co. in Seattle. She married her high school sweetheart Fred (Hugh) Ward. The couple started their family while living in Alder. They eventually settled in Tacoma to raise their family and ran Ward's Grocery for many years. Anna Louise was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She was an excellent cook - a couple of her specialties were Ice Box Cookies and banana cream pies. She loved all sports. There were many evenings she had the Mariners on TV and another game playing on the radio. Anna Louise was an avid bowler - she bowled until her age was greater than her average. She also loved family camping trips and playing cards. Anna Louise was a devout member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she attended daily mass and led the rosary. She was also involved in Mother's Club and Altar Society over the years. She truly lived her faith. Preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, Anna Louise will be greatly missed by her six children: Maureen (Terry) Armstrong, Dennis (Janet) Ward, Mary (Clarence) Slone, John (Denise) Ward, Patty (Palmer) Koon, Mike (Jayme) Ward and by 17 grandchildren and 18 1/2 great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Church at 4520 McKinley Ave. in Tacoma, WA 98404. The Rosary will be recited prior to the services at 10:30 am in the church. The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to Franciscan Hospice for all their support the last few months. If desired, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Altar Society or Franciscan Hospice. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Kay Ruth Whitlock

August 11, 1936 - August 23, 2009 On the morning of August 23, 2009, Kay Ruth Whitlock cast loose her earthly bindings to enter into the next world, devoid of pain and suffering. Kay, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, moved on to the next world following a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was a woman of great compassion, with an open heart and open door for anyone needing solace and refuge from the world. Kay put her generous heart and education to work by spending over 20 years in service to the youth of the greater Pierce County area as an employee of Dyslin's Boys Ranch in the late 70's and later as a guard and control specialist at Remann Hall Youth Detention Center. In the early 90's, Kay retired from service but not from life as she went on to raise one grandson and care for her family and all others in need. Kay was preceded in death by her mother Ruth McIntyre and step-father Roy T. McIntyre, as well as several beloved aunts and uncles and her Grandfather Fred Lindenau. She is survived by her three children Ruth Kalles with her husband Norman, Howard Whitlock, and Elaina Whitlock; as well as her six grandchildren Ryaan Whitlock, Morganne Kalles, Anthony Whitlock, Justin Whitlock, Spencer Whitlock, and Elaina-Lee; two great-grandchildren Carsen and Keiantae; and her younger sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Mike Pima and their children Chris Pima (wife Malia) and Katherine Pima-Goetz (husband John). Services are to be announced at a later date via email to all interested. Inquiries may be made at kay_whitlock@hotmail.com.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Valdis Marie Sisson

Dee died peacefully at home, in the arms of her husband, early in the morning of August 14, 2009. She was 91 and a half. She was proud of that half. Dee was born January 26, 1918 in Clifford, North Dakota, to Helmer and Mildred Knudson. She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1936, and from North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) in 1940, with a B.S. in Home Economics, followed by an internship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She then served six years as a hospital dietitian in the Army during and following World War II, 1941-1947. At Safeway Headquarters in Oakland, California, she met her future husband, Dan. On April 10, 1948, they were married in the chapel of Stanford University where Dan had completed his undergraduate studies. They raised their three sons and one daughter while living in Alameda, Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. Dee worked 17 years at Saga Food Services in Menlo Park, California, and retired as Chief Dietitian. In 2002, she and Dan moved to Gig Harbor after living 54 years in the Bay Area. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 61 years, Daniel Sisson, their four children, Robert of Fair Oaks, CA, Paul (& Emily) of Seattle, Margaret (& Lauren) Colman of Gig Harbor, Philip (& Susan Clark) of San Rafael, CA, and their six grandchildren, Kelly, Michelle, Darryl, David, Jeffrey and Katie. Her one brother, Edward, died as an infant in 1921. Dee was an avid reader and a lover of music. She treasured photos and delighted in her daily walk. Yet her greatest passion by far was food, food with family and friends. She loved to cook and she cooked to love. She leaves behind a legacy of loving devotion to family, cheerful hospitality, great meals, kindness to all, determination through adversity, and unshakable faith in Christ. She was and is a constant source of inspiration. The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks for the love and support from all who shared in her life. A memorial service to celebrate Dee’s life will take place at Peninsula Lutheran Church, 6509 38th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA on September 12, 2009 at 11am. All are welcome. Remembrances may be made to the Peninsula Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice. Directions: call 253 851-3511.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Donald Harley Spencer

Donald Harley Spencer, beloved father and friend, passed away August 20 at the age of 83. He served his country for 34 years with pride in the Merchant Marines, and loved to travel, garden, and meet new friends. He is survived by his daughters Anne-Marie and Janette, his brothers Fred and Harley, and a large extended family. Funeral services will be held at 4pm on Friday, August 28, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma. For the full obituary, go to www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Esther Olive (Penhallick) Rogers

Esther was born on the the 3rd of December 1917 in Moses Lake, Washington, the fourth sister of seven daughters, and passed away in Tacoma, Washington on the 23rd of August 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Claire H. Rogers, father Martin Penhallick, mother Jerania Olive Ketchum, sisters Victoria Suko, Ada Burt and Alberta Penhallick. Esther is survived by her sisters Viola Swanson, Roberta Crooks, Constance Snyder, sister-in law Louise Blaise and numerous nieces and nephews. Esther grew up in Moses Lake, graduated from Moses Lake High School and attended Eastern Washington College of Education. She was the 1939 Apple Blossom Princess from Moses Lake to the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival. She and her sister, Roberta, traveled to Anchorage, Alaska in 1940 & 1941but they returned to Spokane to help care for her sister Ada who was dying of Tuberculosis. Esther married Claire H. Rogers in 1944 and made Seattle her home until her death. There were no children of this union. She worked for the U. S. Postal service for 17 years and following her husbands passing in 1970 she divided her time between Seattle and Moses Lake where she had real estate interests in both cities. Esther was the matriarch of the family whose counsel and leadership was treasured by all. Esther was an avid reader, loved to work in her yard and travel with her sister Roberta and her husband. The onset of Alzheimer's disease curtailed her activities over the last few years. Always a fighter, she lived in her house until May of this year and then moved to an assisted living facility in Tacoma. A memorial service will be held in the E. W. Chapel at the Evergreen-Washelli Funeral home, 11111 Aurora Avenue N., Seattle, WA at 10am on the Saturday, August 29, 2009. Internment and graveside services will be at the Penhallick Family Plot, Section Six, Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, Washington at 12:30 PM on the Tuesday, September 1, 2009. The Family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and the Staff at Narrows Glen, Weatherly Inn, Group Health, St Joseph's Hospital, North West Hospital and Orchard Park for their compassionate care during this period. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation in Esther's name.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Evlyn May Hoff

Evlyn May Hoff (98) died Aug. 11, 2009. She was born near Upham, ND on Aug. 20, 1910 to August Julius and Ella Ann Joers. She married Henry Albert Hoff in 1929. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews, YMCA friends and church friends. Viewing at New Tacoma Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 28th from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Graveside services at 2:00 pm. Memorial services at Tacoma Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1301 So. Baltimore St., Tacoma, WA 98465 on Saturday, Aug. 29th at 1:00 pm. Enter from So. 12th and Baltimore St., one block west of Orchard St. A guest luncheon will be at 12:15 pm.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

George Campbell

George was born in Brooks, Alberta on September 7, 1912 to Charles and Alma Campbell, and passed away on August 23, 2009. He leaves his loving wife, Evelyn, of 68 years, son Darrell, daughter Vicki Campbell Stasch (Dick Shirk), grandsons Morgan Stasch (wife Jennifer) and Brandon Stasch (wife Meg), two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Alexandria Stasch and Drew Campbell Stasch, several nieces and nephews, and a grand-dog, Louie (cocker spaniel) Shirk. He spent his career working as a ship fitter at Bremerton Naval Ship Yards. He was a member of Tacoma Area 3 Eagles. George loved the outdoors. In his younger years he enjoyed salmon fishing and deer hunting. In his later years he enjoyed playing cards many a day at the South Park Senior Center. George was a handyman, continuously repairing his and Evelyn's home. Remembrances can be made to your local favorite charity. Please visit www.oakwoodhillfuneralchapel.com .
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

GORDON LaVERN STRASBAUGH

Gordon LaVern Strasbaugh, 92, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2009. He was born in Pennsylvania on November 19, 1916. He served in the U.S. navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attacks in 1941, where he worked as a marine machinist. He was a father to three sons. While living in Tacoma, he worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, where he retired after 35 years. He also worked at Formite in Tacoma for several years before fully retiring. For the last forty-six years he made Gig Harbor his home. He was an avid deer, elk and bear hunter and enjoyed hiking and camping in the woods and meadows of Eastern Washington. He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; a son, Donald (Darlene); step-daughters, Barbara and Terri Will five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene; and two sons, Robert and Gordon, Jr.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Jay Bunting

Jay Bunting, 88, of Tacoma passed away Aug. 24, 2009. Jay was born Sept. 10, 1920 in Neva, Tennessee, and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. Private services are being held in his remembrance.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Joanne Cowan

Joanne Cowan was born May 10, 1911 and passed away Aug. 22, 2009. She married John Cowan Nov. 18, 1933 and they had a family of 15 children, 44 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Joanne was a devout Catholic and was organist at her parishes. She was involved in church study groups and activities. Her kitchen was always the center of her family activities and she loved to bake and cook for family and friends and was best known for her bread and bun making. Her strength and devotion to family, church and community will be greatly missed. Memorial service is Sat. Aug. 29, 2009, 11:00AM at Sts. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church, 213 Leber St. NW, Orting, WA. A Reception will follow at the Orting Lions Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tacoma Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1012, Tacoma, WA 98401 OR Catholic Community Services, 100 23rd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144. Arrangements are by Powers Funeral Home, Sumner.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Kathryn (Henderson) Barton

Kathy passed away peacefully on August 21, 2009. She was born in Tacoma on January 23, 1946 to Bob and Marguarite Henderson. After graduating from Stadium High School in 1964, she married Charles Barton on September 30, 1965 and had three children. Kathy worked at St. Joseph's Hospital for 28 years. Along with nursing, she was a beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend. Survived by her husband, Charles, children; Laura (Steve) McConnell, Steven (Brandy) Barton and Jenni (Corey) Cosentino, grandchildren: Sawyer, Bailey and Brandt, siblings: Dave Henderson and Marilyn (Ed) Moisio, mother-in-law, Dolores Ryan and sister-in-laws, Teri Gallagher and Diana Bell. She will also be missed by several nieces and nephews and extended family who truly adored her. An open house Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Ed and Marilyn Moisio on Saturday between 4pm-7pm. In lieu of flowers you can make a contribution to Franciscan Hospice House or the Humane Society. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com and find additional open house information or call Mountain View Funeral Home at 253-584-0252.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Lee A. Pierson

Lee A. Pierson, 73, a Gig Harbor resident all his life, passed away Aug 19, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol. Lee was a Navy Veteran and retired from The Washington Natural Gas as a field service supervisor. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of Gig Harbor Eagles and Washington Back Country Horseman Association. Family members include sons Victor L. (Maria) Pierson of Chambersburg, PA, Rod (Sherrie) of Lakebay; grandchildren Nicole, Jacob, Natalie, Elizabeth; twin brother Leo (Karen) Pierson of Olalla; several nieces and nephews; friends and cousins and a special friend Margaret Japhet. Memorial services were held at the Gig Harbor Eagles Club. Interment at Haven of Rest Memorial Park in Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Gig Harbor Eagles. Please leave online condolences at www.havenrest.com .
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Lyle L. Pierman

Lyle was born in Galesburg, Michigan on 3-16-35. He slipped from this world on 8-23-09 surrounded by his loving family and caring friends. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1973. In 1956 he met and married his wife, Connie, in England. They traveled together throughout his military career and retired in Lakewood in 1973. Lyle then went to work for Boeing for 20 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and nature, especially boating, camping, and bird watching. He was a man devoted to his family, and an active member of the TOA, DIYC, and Overlanders RV club. He loved his fellow members and enjoyed the many outings and events with his friends there. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, siblings, son, Duane, and daughter, Kelly, he is survived by his devoted wife, Connie, beloved daughter, Donna, grandchildren, his esteemed Bryan (Melissa), his darling Kerri (Carlton), his buddy Jordan and great-grandson Brooklyn – bird watcher in training. Thank you to all the friends who have supported and loved Lyle and his family during his short, painful battle with prostate cancer. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hospice House for their caring, comfort, and compassion. Donations to Hospice House. Services will be held Fri, Aug 28, 2009, 3pm, at Mountain View Valley Chapel, followed by a potluck celebration at TOA. Please sign the online registry at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Marie T. Gould Formerly Marie Theresa Schubert Baker

Marie passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma, WA on August 8, 2009 after a lengthy illness in the presence of God, her son and daughter. She was born August 22, 1918 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Carl G. and Hilda A. Schubert and attended Indianapolis Elementary School #58, graduating from Arsenal Tech High School in 1935 and Butler University in 1939. Marie completed her Dietetic Internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago in 1940 and was a Registered Dietitian at Indianapolis General Hospital. She married Michael D. Baker, a WWII Army Air Corps Lab technician, on May 29, 1941 and moved to Noblesville, Indiana in 1948 to be near her brother's family and her parents. Marie received her MA in education from Butler University in 1959 and was an elementary teacher for 19 years in Noblesville, IN. She loved to travel and visited England, Germany and the Scandinavian countries with her sons in 1971. After retiring she became a freelance write and photographer, publishing poetry and articles about antiques. Marie attended both the Central Writers Conference and the Midwest Writers Conference at Ball State University in Indiana. Marie moved to Tacoma, WA to be near her eldest son after her first husband passed away. In 1995, she married Roger Gould, a WWII Marine pilot. She visited Germany with Mr. Gould to see her father's hometown of Faulkenberg. She was a member of Noblesville Writer's Group, Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in Noblesville and First Lutheran Church in Tacoma, American Association of University Women, Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Kappa Gamma, Noblesville Library Board, Indiana Retired Teachers, and National Teachers Association. She lived in Tacoma Lutheran and Wynnwood Assisted Living for ten years. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Michael Baker, her second husband, Roger Gould, and her son, Curtis A. Baker, a retired Air Force Major, Fayetteville, NC. She is survived by her son, Michael C. Baker of Tacoma, WA; daughter, Susan J. Cayton of Perrysburg, OH; grandchildren, Carrie Anne Cayton-Sullivan and Catherine Glori Cayton of Perrysburg, OH, and Carl Alan Baker of Charlotte, NC. Viewing will be held at New Tacoma Funeral Home, 9212 Chambers Creek Rd W, University Place, WA on Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with a committal following at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA. In lieu of flowers you may donate to your favorite charity or to St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma Lutheran Home or Wynnwood Assisted Living.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Dustin Leon Miller

May 29, 1982 - August 23, 2009 Dusty passed away Sunday morning in his hometown of Puyallup, WA. A Graduate of PHS Class of 2001, he then enlisted in the US Air Force where he was stationed at Luke AFB, Arizona until 2004. He was a military firefighter and Gulf War Veteran. Always true to his cowboy roots, Dusty worked hard and played harder; he loved bow and duck hunting with his best buddy, Hoss, watching Matt Kenseth win Nascar, working in his garage on cars and trucks, listening to country music and riding his Harley. Loyal to everything and everyone that he loved, he will be forever missed. Dusty is survived by his parents; Tim and Pat Miller, brother; Brandon (Alicia) Miller, new nephew; Blake John Miller, special friends; Rhiannon and Cash, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Viewing is Thurs. Aug. 27, 2009, 4-8PM and Funeral Service is Fri. Aug. 28, 2009, 1:00PM, all at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371, 253-845-0536.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Peter Ludwig

Peter Ludwig, born October 22, 1951 in Seattle, passed away unexpectedly August 18, 2009 at his home in Lakebay. Peter will be deeply missed by his mother Rose Ludwig and his wife Chanetta, their daughters Rebecca (Mike) Deem, Jennifer (Joshua) Myers, and his sons Patrick, Daniel, Nathaniel, Jeffrey and Andrew. His grandchildren Jordan and Jeremiah as well as several more family members and friends. Peter enjoyed being a wood turner, gardener, rock hound, stargazer and beekeeper. He was a Christian man who loved the Bible and Old Hymns of Christian Faith. You may leave condolences online at www.havenrest.com
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Ruth Eugenia Ross

Ruth E. Ross, nee Yocks, was born to Sophia and Jacob Yocks March 11, 1919 in Belleville. She died July 30, 2009 at Franciscan Hospice House in Tacoma, WA and is now with our Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Kenneth “Tex” Ross, her siblings Charles, Clifford, Leroy, William, and Betty. Mrs. Ross was an exercise director for 46 years, a mother, and homemaker. Ruth was a member of the YMCA, Moose, Senior Citizens, and Elks. She and Tex loved to dance, play cards, and swim. Surviving are her daughter Corliss (Jerry) Lester, four granddaughters, Erica (Scott) Taylor, Sarah (Adam) Hogenson, Ruth Lester, and Marie Lester, two sisters, Dorothy Schneider and Mae Schoenborn, two great-granddaughters, one great-grandson, one sister-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville Family YMCA, or American Cancer Society. Funeral: cremation with a family service will be in Gig Harbor, WA, where she lived for the past two years.
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Bertha Marie Zevenbergen Rice

We said goodbye to our amazing Mom on August 23, 2009. She was born May 14, 1915 on an Indian reservation in a teepee in Walthill, Nebraska. Her father, John Bowman, was an Indian agent; her mother was Mary Elizabeth Bowman. At age 2, her grandparents adopted her. Bertha worked 21 years for Day's Tailored Clothing, starting by stacking pants on shelves. Hollis and Judd Day recognized her intelligence and people skills and she became supervisor of their Seattle Woolen Mills warehouse. More than 50 people respected her leadership. She was proud of her accomplishments. Family and friends will always remember her smile and wonderful laugh. Bertha was happiest when she was caring for others or sharing her many talents. She was a fabulous cook. Her other interests were reading (favorite author Danielle Steel), dancing (loved Dancing with the Stars), crocheting, her flower garden, and cribbage. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 30 years, Neal Zevenbergen; Earl Rice, her loving husband of 12 years; and son-in-law T. Warren Sand. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen Sand and Betty Lou Lane (Leon), four grandchildren, Debra Hallock (Jeff), Michael Lane (Ivy), Matthew Lane (Carey), and Marc Lane (Sabrina), and seven great-grandchildren, Tamara Buschell (Josh), Evan Hallock, Chad Lane, Alexandria Lane, Jason Lane, Taylor Lane, and Katelyn Lane. The family appreciates the years of outstanding care given by Dr. Janice Olson and Dr. Melvin Henry. Family graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM, Monday, August 31, 2009 followed by a memorial service at 1:00 PM in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Bertha requested that donations be made to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital or the Make A Wish Foundation. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/26/2009

Howard J. Curran

"Kansas Tornado" Howard was born on March 27, 1918 in Pratt, Kansas and passed away peacefully on August 16, 2009. He was a highly decorated WWII Ace, and he served valiantly during the Korean War. Howard retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1959. He worked for the US Postal Service until his retirement in 1983. He was predeceased by his first wife Joan in 1956 and his oldest daughter Pat in 1999. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline, his son Mike, his daughter Marylou, his brother Dick, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Elaine C. Durman-Hernandez

“Just gone to see Elvis” Born Sept. 4th 1942 in Monterey, Ca. Died Aug. 20th 2009 in Tacoma, Wa.. Elaine passed away peacefully. She is now with the Lord, watching Elvis perform live. Elaine is survived by mother Shirley Summers, son Dan (Kim) Bennett, daughters Nancy (Kevin) Gordon and Tina (Jose) Julio and brother Randal. Elaine was preceded in death by daughter Patty and her beloved Nana. Elaine was very proud of her 8 grandchildren. Elaine loved her family and friends. She loved “The Value Village” and spent many hours shopping for bargains for her family and friends. She loved giving. We will all miss you. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, August 26th, 10:00am at Amazing Grace Church, 4300 North Stevens, Tacoma, Wa.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

NORA E. DUBRASKY

É..”Love Never Ends.” Born on August 17, 1916 to John and Isabella Hodge, Portland NY, Nora died on August 19, 2009. Nora married Frank Dubrasky in April, 1949. They were equal partners and cherished each other in good times and in bad. Nora is survived by her loving husband Frank, her brothers Wes and Roy Hodge, nieces and nephews and many friends. Preceded in death by her parents, her beloved son Paul and her brother Lester Hodge. Burial service will be on August 27, 2009, 10:30 am, Mountain View Memorial Park. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1615 6th Avenue, Tacoma. Memorial donations may be made in Nora’s name to Trinity Presbyterian.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Betty Tiffany

Betty Tiffany was born on Jan. 17, 1928 in the country near Brainierd, MN. Her family moved to Tacoma, WA when she was 14 years old. She passed away peacefully at home in Puyallup, WA on Aug. 18, 2009. She will be greatly missed by her friends from Eagles (REAC) and Collins Grange and especially by her family of five children: Rodger Tiffany, Diane Tiffany, Rose (Randy) Krebs, Jerry (Shelly) Tiffany, and Greg (Joni) Tiffany and her six grandchildren: Jake (Ashley) Tiffany, Kevin Krebs, Tessa Krebs, Justin Tiffany, Shane Tiffany, and Lexi Tiffany. She is preceded in death by her husband Matthew Tiffany and grandchild Jimmy Tiffany. Memorial service is at Mt. View, in the Garden Chapel on Sat., Sept. 19, 2009 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Beverly “June” Davis (Hall) (Brandt)

Beverly was born in Fruitland, Idaho on June 24, 1935 and died in Graham, WA on August 21, 2009. She is survived by her husband, William Davis; children, Thomas Brandt, Kenneth Brandt, Patrice Boyer, Peggy Miller, Penny Watson, Pamela Kraai, Paula Minkler, Cathy Johnson, Vicky Gorham and Gary Davis; twenty-three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Marilyn Novak, Bob Hall, Marla Miller, Jerry Hall and Cheryl Barnard. Beverly was preceded in death by father, Wayne C. Hall; mother, Margaret E. Tschirgi; and grandson, Bradley A. Randall. Loving wife, mother and grandmother, Beverly opened her heart and her home and was a befriended mother to many people. Humorous and quick with the wit, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, history, reading, talking on the phone and exploring old graveyards and ghost towns. Viewing will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2009 with graveside and memorial services at 1:00 p.m. at Firlane Memorial Park in Spanaway, 253-531-6600.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Mary Jean Robbins

Born January 18th 1936 in Tacoma, Washington, passed away August 19th 2009. Survived by son Martin “Marty” (Shani) Robbins, daughters Joan (Kevin) Scudder, Janet Mcqueen, Jean (Joel) Schossow, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, sister Violet (Stan) Estep, brother John Hughes. She is preceded in death by her husband James Robbins. Viewing will be Wed. and Thurs, Aug. 26 & 27th at Mountain View Funeral Home. Burial services will be held Friday, August 28th at 1pm Garden Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home. Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Donald Edward Kremer

Donald Edward Kremer was born December 1, 1929, in Billings, Montana, to William and Clarabelle Kremer and passed away on August 22, 2009, in Tacoma, Washington, as a result of a series of strokes. Don is survived by his wife, Leta; daughters Kimberly Scafturon (Randy) of University Place, WA, and Kellie Oydna (Bernt) of San Diego; beloved grandchildren Ryan Kremer Case (Amanda), Benjamin Kremer Oydna, Megan Evelyn Johnson, Ethan Thomas Oydna, and Olivia Leigh Oydna; a precious new great-grandson Weston Kremer Case, whom he never met; brothers Lyle Kremer (Carolyn) of Federal Way, WA, and Bill Kremer of Puyallup, WA; sister Sally Ruzick (Bob) of Powell, WY; mother-in-law Evelyn Thornton of AZ; and dear friends Bruce and Kay Randall. Don graduated from Cody High School in Cody, WY, in 1948. He served four years in the Air Force during the Korean War with the 15th Radio Signal Group. He attended Central Washington State College and received his BA in Education in 1958 and his MA in 1961. He completed graduate studies at the University of Washington. He was a teacher, coach, administrator and principal in the following Washington school districts: Walla Walla, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Bremerton, Clover Park and Steilacoom. At his request, there will be no public service. He will be interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Memorials may be made in his name to the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, 409 S. J St., Tacoma, WA 98405.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Floyd Gay Mathis

In Our Hearts Forever Age 95, born 5/23/1914, in Griswold, Iowa, passed away in Sumner, Wa. on 8/18/09. Preceded in death by father Clarence Emory Mathis and mother Maude Gay, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Maudie E. Mathis, sons Ronald Mathis (Sue Morris) of Tempe, Arizona, David Mathis (Marti) of Pt. Ludlow, Wa., daughter Susan Kandle (David) of Puyallup, Wa., 2 half brothers, Hilmer and Cleo Mathis, 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. Memorial - Wednesday 8/26/09, 10:00am, Franklin House, 5713 Parker St., Sumner, Wa.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Gerald W. “Jerry” Tyler

Jerry’s conversations most often began with “Have you heard the one about...? Jerry was famous for always having a joke ready when he met you, called you, or passed on an email. Those calls and jokes will be so missed. Jerry left us to be with our Savior Saturday, August 22, 2009 after a valiant fight with a long-term illness. In 1937, Jerry was born in Port Angeles to Ruby and Philo Tyler. After completing high school he left for the Navy. He soon married his high school sweetheart, Benita Sandberg and they had two sons. Benita preceded him in death in 1993. Jerry’s career in sales began as a shoe salesman for Blocks and Nordstrom. He entered real estate at a time when interest rates were in the high teens but, since no one had explained to him that was a bad market, he proceeded to sell, sell, and sell some more. During his successful, nearly 50-year career as a real estate professional, Jerry was an agent, a broker and or owner for many offices, a senior residential appraiser (SRA), and developer, as well as friend and mentor to many agents, and lifelong friend to his client base. Early in his career, he worked along side his father as they appraised properties for the construction of I-5. Later, he and his partners developed many communities throughout Pierce County. In 1997, he married a longtime friend, Linda Lundquist. They often joked that it was in their pre-nups that she must get her real estate license, and she did, enabling them to work as partners for his remaining years as Jerry and Lin Tyler. Jerry’s life was about family and his devotion was unsurpassed. His pride of his sons, his love for his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his sister was the cloth he was made of. He loved to travel, he loved to play and have a good time, he worked continuously, but his family was his motivation. Jerry leaves behind his wife, Lin Tyler, two sons, Mike (Maria) Tyler, Don (Terri) Tyler, step-daughter Jennifer Wilson, step-son, Joe (Cathie) Wilson, 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, his sister Joane (Leroy) McKee, and numerous “honorary” children and grandchildren. The family offers undying gratitude to Jerry's caregiver, Debby Perdue, a member of our family forever. We offer our respect and gratitude to Multicare Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Multicare Hospice, 3901 S. Fife, Tacoma, WA 98409. Visitation will be Friday, August 28th from 1 to 8PM. Services will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery, Saturday, August 29th, at 11:30 AM, in the Chambers Creek Chapel.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Joshua Allen Louvrak

Joshua is a wonderful person, deeply loved by his brother, mother and father. He will never be really gone to those of us who love him, and there are many who do - cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends. Joshua was only a freshman in life and he lived by his own rhyme and reason. But he graduated far too soon. He often wore his heart on his sleeve but also found strength to hold things inside so that what was in his heart was not always reflected on his face. Joshua is survived by his brother Brian, his mother Kaye, and his father Troy. The immediate family will hold their own private memorial. For those of you who knew and loved Josh, the family requests that in your own remembrance of him that you do something nice for humankind; open a door for someone (literally and figuratively); pick up the litter you see while out walking; say hello and offer a hand to the elderly; don’t cut people off in traffic; and don’t flip off those who cut you off. Tell your family that you love them. Tell your friends too. Be as kind as you can be. And when you are hurting, call those who love you so they can help. 15 years ago Joshua chose Gus from a litter of black Labradors, because Gus was hiding alone under a bush. We like to believe that Joshua is with Gus. He is now far away from us at home. But he will never be far away in our hearts. Please sign online guest book at: www.thenewstribune.com
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Kyung (Kay) Ja Parsons

Kyung (Kay) Ja Parsons - Nov. 10, 1940 in Seoul South Korea passed away in Tacoma, WA. on Aug. 20th 2009. A beloved mother and grandmother is survived by her daughter Theresa & Dennis Brown and son Pastor Greg & Angie Parsons, four granddaughters: Erica & Lindsey Dalesky and Mikayla & Jaiden Parsons; also survived by her two sisters in Seoul Korea, Sook Hyang & Soon Ja, nieces & nephews. Memorial Service at Faith Family Church ( www.ffconthehill.com ) in Milton, WA. Wed. Aug. 26th at 1p.m.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Gail McQuillin

Memorial service Thursday, Aug. 27th at 2:00 p.m., Manitou Park Presbyterian Church, 6613 S. Cheyenne, Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Nunzio Parisi

Nunzio Parisi was born in Summersville, Massachusetts on February 17, 1923 to Dr. Fiore and Frances Parisi and passed away peacefully at his home on August 23, 2009. He grew up in Yarmouth, Maine, graduating from North Yarmouth Academy High School, Yarmouth, Maine and Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. He earned his medical degree at Still College, Des Moines, Iowa. Nunzio is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Virginia Lucille Parisi and brother, Herbert Parisi. He is survived by his son, Allan D. Parisi and his fiancé, Phyllis Chastain; daughter, Theresa S. Martin and husband, Gary Martin; sisters, Frances Parisi, Elena Bruno, Antoinette Doyle, Angelina Olenczak, and Maria Vowles; brother, Lawrence Parisi; grandchildren, Michael Parisi, Dick Schleif, Julie Schleif, Sarah Isakson, Ken Schleif, great grandchildren, Travis Strote, Megan Strote, Molly Strote, Tristen Isakson, Rob Walts and Stephanie Romero. Services will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Evergreen Chapel. A reception will follow the service at the home of Nunzio Parisi.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers of Naselle, Washington passed away on August 20, 2009 at the age of 75 after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born in Tacoma, Washington in January of 1934. He was raised in the Tacoma-Puyallup area and attended Puyallup High School where he met his bride of 53 years, Sharron Hanson. They were married October 28, 1955. Richard worked in the construction business and was a member of the Operating Engineers, Local #612 for 54 years. He also owned his own business, Richard Rogers Trucking. He sponsored and coached girl's baseball for 8 years. He also built and operated the Puyallup drag strip. Richard loved racing cars and was a force to be reckoned with in his day! He raced Top Fuel and funny cars. He began to race his own funny cars in the 70's. Richard gave his Monza a feminine name, "Miss Debra", named after his daughter. He raced the Monza until 1982 with best ETs in the sixes. Richard also enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling. He and Shay spent many happy, fun-filled times at their winter home in Cle Elum, eating, playing cards and snowmobiling with their family and their many, many friends. Richard was a "one of a kind" type of guy. There was never a dull moment when he was around. He made life very interesting! He did things HIS way and had a hell of a good time doing it! The most important thing you should know and remember about Richard is that he loved all children and animals unconditionally. Richard was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ted and Grace, and his brother Gary. He leaves behind his beloved wife Shay, daughters Debi and BJ, brother Duane Butler and wife Doris, his beloved granddaughter Katrina (Katie) Shay who was always in his thoughts and heart until the day he died. Richard leaves a host of other family members and friends too numerous to name, but you know who you are. In lieu of flowers, please remember Richard by donating to Harbor's Home Health & Hospice, 201 7th St., Hoquiam, WA 98550, who provided excellent and very professional care, or to the animal shelter in your area. A celebration of Richard's life will be held at 1pm Saturday, August 29, 2009 at Walt Austin Racing, 5110 184th St. E., Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Sonia Ann Corvin

Sonia passed unto the Lord on August 22, 2009. She was born in Ballard on April 19, 1936. Sonia graduated from Stadium High School in 1954, where she was called 'Punky'. She wrapped meat at Sibs Grocery Store on 26th and Pearl before becoming employed at University Place School District as a school bus driver. She retired in 2001, after 33 years of dedicated service. Sonia is preceded in death by Sib and Pearl Carstensen (parents), Mike Kroeger and Mitch Kroeger (sons). Her survivors include John Corvin (husband), Marlin Kroeger, Marty Kroeger (sons), and Michelle Kroeger (granddaughter), who will all miss her deeply. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/25/2009

Benhart Inderbitzin

Born to Martin and Eva Inderbitzin on October 27, 1933 in Tacoma WA. Ben passed on August 21st, 2009 at the age of 75 years. He was well loved by all who met him. He is survived by his wife Bettye, children Robert, Pam (Frank), Scott (Laurie), John (Kim), Anthony, and Marty (Denise). He is also survived by his sister, Edna Brown, 10 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren. Ben was pre-deceased by his parents and brother Michael. Services will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Chapel on Saturday, August 29th, 2009 at 1:00 pm.
Pub Date: 8/24/2009

Dorinda “Punki” Faye Plate

Dorinda passed away in her sleep on August 17th, 2009, no longer in pain and free to fly on the wings of angels. She was born October 15th, 1951; at 57 left us way too early. She will be missed dearly and will never leave our hearts. Her memories will be ours to keep forever. There are many loved ones waiting there to greet her; there is a party in Heaven because the one we love has joined them at last... Those we love don't go away they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Your memories are our keepsake, with which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts. A celebration of life will take place in Tri-Cities Washington on Sept. 5, 2009. For info or to contact the family go to e-mail mrs.romaine26@gmail.com .
Pub Date: 8/24/2009

Doyce Ray Pike

Doyce Ray Pike, 80, of 10207 Holly Ln. SW, died Wednesday the 19th of August. He was born Heber Springs, Ark., and resided in Lakewood since 1961. Survivors include his beloved wife, Lavetta Jean. Three daughters, Darlene (Glen) Whitbeck, Janice (Joe) George, Debra (Steve) Weinman, One son Donald (Marie) Pike. Three sisters and two brothers. Twenty grandchildren and 21 grandchildren. Mt View Funeral Home in charge. Tuesday, Aug. 25th at 1pm at the Garden Chapel. Viewing at conclusion of service.
Pub Date: 8/24/2009

E. Eleanore Saunders

Jan. 21, 1921 - Aug. 20, 2009 Eleanore passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She is survived by her daughter Sharon(Bob) Skelton and Son Mike (Jamie) Laeuger, step-son Mike (Ann) Saunders, Step-daughter Maureen Saunders, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She will be forever missed. The family would like to thank Andy and Christine at Bonney Lake Adult Family home for their loving care of Eleanore.
Pub Date: 8/24/2009

Jerry Wayne Carl

Jerry Wayne Carl, age 73, went to the arms of her Savior on August 21, 2009 after a lengthy illness. As she took her last breath on earth, she took her first breath in Heaven. She is remembered for her quick wit, intelligence and generous spirit. She was a single mother in the 1960's, and her sacrifices allowed her children to become strong, independent members of society. Mrs. Carl retired from Puget Sound Educational Services District as a transportation coordinator in 1996. She was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother and aunt. She was preceded in death by her parents Kelly and Dicie Lunday of Lawton, OK. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Larry Dean Carl, and sons Michael Morrison (wife Madeline) of Simi Valley, CA, Dan Morrison (wife Anita), daughters Glenna Allbritton of Shreveport, LA, Joy Beth Carl White of Tacoma, WA, sister Myrna May in Lawton, OK, and cousin Robert Lunday (wife Barbara) of Covington, WA. She is also survived by grandchildren Joshua Morrison, Sarah Anne Vecchi (husband Jeremy), Jeremy Greene (wife Aimee) and Ivy Deanne Carl. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, August 25th at 3pm at Highland Hill Baptist Church at 901 Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highland Hill Baptist Church.
Pub Date: 8/24/2009

G. E. "Pete" Peterson

Pete Peterson passed away peacefully August 21, 2009 at home in Tacoma. Pete was born March 13, 1922 in Clifton, KS to Peter Peterson and Edith Cornelia Graves Peterson. He attended Pleasant Peak School, which was a small country schoolhouse located on land owned by his grandfather. He often talked about riding an old white horse named Polly to school. He attended Clifton High School in Clifton, KS, and often attended the class reunions there. He later attended college in San Jose, CA. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was first stationed in Hutchinson, KS, where he met Margaret Griggs, whom he later married. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Edgecombe, APA164, a combination troop carrier and hospital ship, which took him all over the South Pacific, and many places including Enewetok Island and Leyte before going back to San Diego, CA. After their marriage in 1945, Pete and Margaret lived in San Jose, CA and Billings, MT before moving to Tacoma, WA in 1967. He was employed at the Post Exchange at Fort Lewis, where he gave little decorative pins to people along his route before retiring in 1984. He and Margaret sold antiques at some of the antique malls in the area for five years. He was active in church, Ever-active, senior aerobics, golf, and the Tacoma North Rotary Club. If you needed something done, Pete was right there to volunteer in any way he could. Among other things, the Rotarians sponsor high school exchange students, and as a result he made some lasting friendships with people from other countries. He will be missed by many people throughout the community. He loved people, and often took lattes and little gifts to people such as the "girls at the bank". He loved his grandchildren dearly and was very proud of each of them. Besides his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his sons Robert (Phyllis) Peterson of Everett, WA and David (Bobbette) Peterson of Boise, ID, grandchildren Joel, Emily, Esther Peterson and Nathanael (Kristofer) Audell, great-grandson Kane Audell, sister Marcine Johnson of Concordia, KS, brothers LaVerne (Mary) Peterson of Wamego, KS, sister-in-law Maxine Peterson of Clay Center, KS, Marlin "Bill" (Brenda) Peterson of Clay Center, KS, and many nieces and nephews. We wish to thank the many caregivers he has had who looked after him lovingly these past few years. Memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at University Place Presbyterian Church at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tacoma North Rotary - Al Schlaht Memorial or to your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 8/24/2009

Robert Paul Mason

"Jesus loves me, this I know!" Born September 6, 1956 to Paul and Hilde Mason in Anniston, Alabama. They moved to Tacoma in 1958, where they made their home. Robert attended Geiger Elementary and Hunt Junior High School and was confirmed at St. Mark’s by the Narrows Lutheran Church. He was a graduate of Wilson High School, after which he worked as a machinist at Tacoma Cable Craft. Robert owned Brothers Painting Company, named so in honor of his two brothers. In 1990 he made a career change when he started working for the Pacific Maritime Association, where he achieved the status of Class "A" Longshoreman at Local 23. Robert was a hard-working family man and a loving father with a good heart. We will always miss his sense of humor that touched so many lives. He was truly one of a kind. We love you dearly. Rest in heavenly peace my son, our father and our brother! Preceded by his father Paul Mason, his brothers Roy Mason and Richard Mason, and Robert's former wife Georgina Mason, Robert is survived by his mother Hilde Mason, his sons Travis Mason and wife Jessie and Ben Mason, sisters Mary Grote and Brandy Collins and husband Rocky, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at St Marks Lutheran Church by the Narrows (253-752-4966), August 30th, 2009 at 3PM.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Martha Ann Thorsen

12-12-1932 to 8-7-2009 Martha Ann was born on Dec. 12, 1932 to Albert (RED) and Florence (Wright) Thorsen in Bemidji, MN. She attended Edgewood Elementary school and Bemidji High school until her family moved to Sumner, WA in 1950. Martha Ann graduated high school in Sumner, WA. She attended nursing school, graduating as an LPN, and worked in Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA until she retired. After retiring, she took care of her aging mother and her brother. After Martha Ann's mother passed away, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. All her life Martha Ann enjoyed being with her family and friends, knitting, gardening, and Rosemaling painting. She is survived by her brother Thomas Thorsen of Auburn, WA, and numerous cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Rebecca Thorsen. There will be a graveside memorial service at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 17, 2009 at Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to the National Organization for Parkinson's Disease.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Edward N. Tuck

1911 – 2009 On August 17 Ed sailed into the sunset, after a brief illness, to join his beloved wife of 59 years Angela (Peg) Kreger Tuck. Ed was born on November 28, 1911 at Glenwood Farm on San Juan Island to Washington Pioneer Norman P. and Else (Johnson) Tuck. Ed and Peg spent the first 19 years of marriage on San Juan Island where Ed worked at Roche Harbor Lime and Cement, farmed, and raised their family. In 1950 Ed and Peg moved to Houston, Texas where Ed learned the tire business and in 1955 moved to Tacoma where they started T & T Tire from which he retired and the business is still in the family today. Ed and Peg always had a boat - from a rowboat with 2 sets of oars to their beautiful motorsailor “LaVida” - and enjoyed endless hours cruising the inland waters of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, Canada and to Baja. Rarely did the boat leave the dock without many family and friends aboard. They enjoyed traveling especially to Mexico, South Pacific islands, New Zealand, Australia and Norway. Ed was an avid cribbage player, loved geography, always read the funnies first and enjoyed an occasional little nip! Ed is survived by children Ruth Youngberg (Tiny), Etta Hill (Jim), Eddie Tuck (Joan), Sara Joyce “Cookie” Lowe, Josie Hauser (Fred), 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his wife Peg of 59 years; his companion of later years, Virginia Sandwith; and son-in-law Don W. Lowe. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with an interment at the Valley Cemetery on San Juan Island. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Hallie Lucille (Miser) Winfrey

23 Dec 1911 - 16 Aug 2009 To see full obituary go to www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Kathryn “Katie” Marie (Brehan) FLYTE

Age 27, of Puyallup, WA died August 11, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. Katie was born April 17, 1982; grew up in Burien, attended Hazel Valley Elementary, Ford Middle School and graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 2000. Katie is survived by her beloved husband Kenny and children Jacob James (2 years) and Abbigail Marie (1 month), father Jack Brehan (other-mother Sharon), siblings Tad Brehan (Kerry), Dawn Peretti (Rico), Jill Brehan (Greg), Kelly Brehan, Steve Brehan (Kathy), Jeff Ohlinger (Miranda), Shelley Campbell (Mike), Jim Ohlinger (Chris), mother Maryann Anderson, siblings Derek Ollom, Robby Martin (Lisa), Dawn Martin (Shawn), Genevieve Jonker (Mike), Bernadette Khochtali (Mohammed), Christina Beagle, mother-in-law, Tari Flyte, sisters-in-law, Nicola Payette, Rachel Payette, Amanda Edwards and a large extended family. Seven months into her second pregnancy, Katie was diagnosed with double pneumonia, and later the H1N1 influenza (Swine Flu) and ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome). On June 30th, while Katie was in a chemically induced coma, doctors performed an emergency C-section and delivered 2 lbs.14 oz. baby Abbey. Katie fought a courageous battle that lasted 44 days. Katie’s fighting spirit and story touched many people. The family is so proud of how she lived her life. Her belly laugh and beautiful smile will always be remembered. Katie was a devoted mother and her joyful outlook will live on in her children. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 29th at 9:30am at Puyallup Foursquare Church, 601 9th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98372. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the extensive medical personnel who cared for Katie and continue to care for Abbey. Special thanks to the community for their outpouring of support. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to be made at any Boeing Employees Credit Union location, www.becu.org or BECU P.O. Box 97050 Seattle, WA 98124-9750 or any Frontier Bank. Reference Account Name: Flyte Family Benevolent Fund.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Heidi L. Pritchard

Age 40, of Beavercreek, Ohio, and formerly of Tacoma, Washington, passed away Friday, August 14, 2009. She was born May 6, 1969 in Ellensburg, Washington. She was a 1987 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, a graduate of the University of Washington, and also received her Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. She is survived by her husband of 13 years, David E. R. Pritchard, her adorable 7-year-old son, Shane E. R. Pritchard, mother and stepfather, Sandra and Richard Walters, sisters Rebecca S. Erickson and Kellie Erickson, stepsister Colleen Crooks, stepbrothers Todd and Tim Cranmore, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her father Gerald R. Erickson, and daughter Lucianne K. Pritchard. Heidi was a loving and caring U.S. Air Force wife, mother and devoted follower of Jesus Christ. She was very supportive and adoring to those privileged friends she carried in her heart, and had a love for Pugs that brought her much joy and comfort. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St. West, University Place, WA 98466, www.uppc.org . If desired, donations may be made to the Global Mission Fund through the Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene, 1850 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45432, (937) 426-3926, www.bcnazarene.com. To send a special message to the family, please visit www.NewcomerDayton.com .
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Joyce Lucille Peterson

Apr. 11, 1931 - Aug. 18, 2009 Joyce passed away at home in Midland, WA after a 15-year battle with cancer. Joyce married her high school sweetheart Donald (Pete) Peterson on June 25, 1949, just after graduation from Lincoln High School. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Joyce enjoyed quilting and belonged to several quilting guilds. She provided many quilts to cancer patients going through chemotherapy. Joyce also leaves behind daughters Linda (Fred) McMahan, Pennie (Lee) Combs, and son Donald (Cindy) Peterson. She had 6 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Mountain View on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009 at 2pm in the Celebration of Life Center. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank Franciscan Hospice for all their support the last few months.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Earl Richard Reinke (TPD)

Earl Reinke, 75, passed away on August 7, 2009 after a short illness. A graveside inurnment service will be held on Wednesday, August 26 at 10:30 AM at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, Washington. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Gregory Lee Earhart "Big G"

Gregg was born Jan. 24, 1955 and passed away suddenly Aug. 18, 2009. He is survived by his daughter Amy, father Robert (Mary), brothers Wes (Barbara), BJ, Scott (Kathy), and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Nina Morris Cearley. His larger than life personality was loved and will be missed by his family, friends, friends of Dr. Bob & Bill W., and Tammy. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 10:00 am at the South Park Community Center. For a more complete life story, please visit www.tacomamausoleum.com . Arrangements by Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary, 253-474-9574.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Larry Eugene Franklin, Sr.

Larry Eugene Franklin, Sr., born April 10, 1948, in Sevierville, Tennessee, died August 8, 2009 in Tacoma in the presence of God, family, and friends. Larry graduated from Laughbon H.S. in 1966 in Dupont, and from Fort Lewis College in 1980 in Durango, Colorado with a B.S. in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude. Stationed in Louisianna, Thailand, and New Mexico, Larry served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1975. Combining his love for kids and sport, Larry coached youth basketball, baseball, and football in the Graham area for more than eight years. Larry worked at Bradken in Tacoma for twenty-four years. In addition to his mother Ella Franklin and brother and sister-in-law Philip and Rebecca Franklin, Larry is survived by his wife Anita of 43 years and children Paul and Lisa Hursh, Joel and Ramie Franklin, Sam Franklin, and Larry Franklin, Jr., and grandchildren Amanda, Aylla and Estella. Inurnment services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2009, at 10:00 AM, followed by a memorial service at noon at the LDS Church, 6901 224th Avenue East in Graham.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Murdoc A. Gordon

Oct. 11, 1918 ~ Aug. 19, 2009 Murdoc A. Gordon passed away at home on August 19, 2009. "Gordon" was born on October 11, 1918 in Chicora, Mississippi to John and Margaret Gordon. He was the youngest of eight children. Gordon entered the military at the beginning of World War II, and retired from service in 1960 as a chief warrant officer. He met the love of his life, Anna Maria, while serving in Berlin after the war. The two were married in 1948, and both worked hard their entire lives raising two daughters, Patty and Chris, and overseeing their business interests in real estate. Gordon is survived by his daughters, his stepson Tom Seeberg (Inge), his grandchildren David, Kevin, Kyle and Sara, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He liked to fish, listen to music and to bake. Gordon will be remembered for his work ethic, resourcefulness, and his honesty. The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to Sound Options and Franciscan Hospice for their excellent care and support. A funeral service will be held on August 30, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery with viewing at 1:00pm.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Thomas Paul Taylor

On Friday August 14, 2009 Thomas P. Taylor was called home to heaven to be reunited with his beloved wife Sarah. Tom, born on September 7, 1939 to Marion Langsford and Orval Taylor, dedicated over thirty years of his life serving in the United States Navy and Civil Service. After receiving numerous honors, Tom retired in 2001 with a Navy rank of Store Keeper 1st Class. After retiring, Tom occupied much of his time serving as an executive board member for America’s Credit Union. Besides his genuine love for crunching numbers, Tom and his late wife Sarah shared a love for travel. Their extensive travels led them to many exotic locations such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and various areas of New Zeeland. Tom, known as “Big Grandpa” to his many grandchildren, had a very giving, generous heart. His love for not only his close friends and family but also his many co-workers was always evident in the sly grin gracing his face. Those that had the pleasure of knowing him will remember him fondly as a man of dignity with a heart of gold. Tom is preceded in death by his loving wife Sarah Taylor, parents Marion and Orval, and sister Carol Love. He is survived by his brother Steve Royce, daughters Linda O’Hara, Victoria Nye and Catherine Smith, son Christopher Taylor, stepdaughter Ginger Winger and step-son Eric Ness, as well as his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren we will all miss him dearly. Services for Tom will be held at 1:30pm on Friday, August 28, 2009 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. To sign guest book, please go to: www.funeralalternatives.org . You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray he’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of all the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memories and let them live on. You can cry and close your mind or you can do what he would want smile, open your eyes, love and go on. ~David Harkins
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Ronald Wayne Silkworth

Ron, born June 30, 1931 in Mineral, WA, passed away peacefully August 9, 2009 in Seattle, WA from complications of Parkinson's disease. He graduated from Morton High School in 1950, went to business school in Seattle, and was in the navy from 1951-1955. He married Marilyn Morgan on Nov. 1, 1958. They had two children, Kimberly Ann and Brian Paul. He was employed at the Port of Seattle from 1962 until his retirement in 1989. He started in maintenance at Fishermen's Terminal and worked his way into management, retiring as Manager of Small Boat Harbors, Fishermen's Terminal and Shilshole Bay Marina. He enjoyed his model train collection, his collection of 78 RPM records, loved dancing, and doing landscape gardening. He had a very dry sense of humor and surprised many people with his one-liners. He was a member and elder of University Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of the Pacific Coast Congress of Managers and Harbormasters, American Legion Post 171, Mineral, WA, USS Philippine Sea Association and Port of Seattle EXPorters. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and sister. He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 50 years, his children Kimberly (fiance John Frazer) and Brian (partner Bill Colter), his grandchildren Brian and Michelle Moos, his cousin Doreen Nilsen, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held 11 AM Thursday, September 10, 2009 at University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98155, followed by committal at Evergreen Memorial Park, Seattle. Memorials may be made to University Presbyterian Church Deacon's Fund, Mineral Presbyterian Church, Mineral American Legion, Providence Hospice of Seattle, Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation, or charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Ruth Elizabeth Myers

Ruth Elizabeth Myers age 52, of Mill Pond Road, went to the outstretched arms of God Thursday, August 20, 2009. Born in Tacoma, WA, she was a daughter of the late James E. and Elisabeth Ruth Allen. She was a dedicated wife of 30 years to her late husband, Paul Myers, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. She was preceded in death by her beloved English Cocker Spaniel, Trixie. Survivors include stepson Jeff Myers and wife Chrissy of Myrtle Beach, grandson Todd Myers of Pickens, SC, brothers Ed Allen and wife Patty of Tacoma, WA, Joseph Allen of Tacoma, WA and Jimmy K. Allen of Tacoma, WA, a dear friend of 23 years, Mariann Lackey of Myrtle Beach, and her dog Muffie. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com . Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Ruth Elizabeth Myers

Ruth Elizabeth Myers age 52, of Mill Pond Road, went to the outstretched arms of God Thursday, August 20, 2009. Born in Tacoma, WA, she was a daughter of the late James E. and Elisabeth Ruth Allen. She was a dedicated wife of 30 years to her late husband, Paul Myers, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. She was preceded in death by her beloved English Cocker Spaniel, Trixie. Survivors include stepson Jeff Myers and wife Chrissy of Myrtle Beach, grandson Todd Myers of Pickens, SC, brothers Ed Allen and wife Patty of Tacoma, WA, Joseph Allen of Tacoma, WA and Jimmy K. Allen of Tacoma, WA, a dear friend of 23 years, Mariann Lackey of Myrtle Beach, and her dog Muffie. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com . Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Gerald Edward "Gunner" Hermsen, CWO-4, USN

Son of Edward Paul Hermsen and Beatrice Geneva Ball. Born: Tacoma, WA, on February 1, 1922; died on August 15, 2009. Jerry attended Lincoln High School in Tacoma, and was active in the Sea Scouts, which led him to enlist in the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday. Prior to WWII he served on "Four Stack" destroyers as a Gunner's Mate. During WWII he was assigned to duties in Belfast, Ireland and Liverpool, England. In Liverpool he met his bride, Irene Francis Graham. "Rene" was serving in the WRENS (Royal Navy). They were married in Liverpool, and Rene traveled to Tacoma while Jerry continued to serve for the duration of the war. Jerry mustered out of the Navy and worked in Tacoma as a typewriter repairman, and later became top salesman for Nalley’s Foods. On the outbreak of the Korean War, he reenlisted in the Navy and made the service his career until retiring with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-4) in 1969. While in the Navy, he completed his GED; one of the highlights of his life was qualifying for command of a vessel at sea. He participated in the development of much of America's early missile program, becoming a hardhat diver, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and nuclear weapons expert. As a Navy Diver, Dad worked with the U.S. Navy's first trained dolphin "Tuffy" during the "Sea Lab" project. Jerry served and resided with his family in military bases from Bremerton, WA to San Diego, CA and from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico to Kauai, HI. He was a three war veteran, with services that included the North Atlantic campaign of WWII, the amphibious landings at Inchon, Korea, and WestPac cruises during the Viet Nam conflict. Upon his retirement from active duty, he attended the University of San Diego, earning his BA in History and a master’s degree in Education. He worked and taught in the field of archeology in San Diego County until he was recalled to government service as a weapons specialist for the Navy and Marine Corps. He was employed in that field for a decade, retiring with a total of 45 years of Federal service. He was well known in San Diego region as the curator of the Star of India Museum, and was an amateur watercolor artist, a respected collector of militaria, and a contributor to the San Diego Aerospace Museum. Preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Irene. Survivors include his younger brother Thomas Hermsen. He is also survived by his children: Timothy Hermsen (Deirdre) and their sons Owen and Liam; Michael Hermsen; Patrick Hermsen (Karen) and their son Alexander; John Hermsen (Alexis), their son Keir and daughter Jette; and Nora Hermsen Middleton (Rick) and their sons Cole and Bryce. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 24th, 2009 at 10:00 at St. John's Parish, Encinitas, CA, where he was a long-time parishioner. Interment at Fort Rosecrans on Wednesday, August 26th at 2PM. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, they mount up to the heavens. Psalms 107, 23-24
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

William John Grubb

Sept. 10, 1921 - Aug. 17, 2009 Pop is now at peace with his beloved wife Laura Elizabeth Grubb in the hands (arms) of the Lord. William was a part of the Tacoma School District for 40 plus years. He leaves behind many memories and friends that will miss him. Pop loved to travel and camping was his favorite way to visit the countryside. He would take along the family and when they were young with his wife Laura they would pack up most every weekend and head out. This was a large part of his life and legacy to his children. He also loved looking and shopping through magazines for little gadgets that caught his eye. Bill is preceded in death by the love of his life - Laura Elizabeth Grubb and his parents William and Ursula Grubb. He also leaves behind many family members; a sister, Bonnie (Douglas) Ray; his children: Monte Sr. (Debi) Grubb; Michael (Rhonda) Grubb and Thomas (Laura) Grubb; also beloved grandchildren, Monte Jr. (Stacy) Grubb; Loree (Stan) Howard; Michele Ward; Scott Grubb; Steven Grubb; Eric Grubb; and Jason (Carrie) Grubb and many great grandchildren and Family. A viewing will be held at 1:00pm with services to follow at 2:00pm on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 in the Chambers Creek Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery.
Pub Date: 8/23/2009

Jerry Parker

4-8-1963 - 8-19-2009 Jerry Parker, 46, of Roy, passed away Aug. 19, 2009. He is survived by parents Francis and Mitsuko Parker, brothers and sisters John Main, Lillian Green, Mickey Parker, Kathy Moyer and Glen Parker. He is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. Jerry loved and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing and listening to music, Mariners and Seahawks games. Viewing will be 4-8 PM, Sun. Aug. 23, 2009 with a funeral service 11:00 AM Mon. Aug. 24, 2009, both at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary, 220 134th St. S., Tacoma, WA 98444. A brief graveside service will follow at 1:30 PM at the Roy Cemetery. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
Pub Date: 8/22/2009

Thomas Erskine

Age 88, of Graham, WA, died at his home on August 20, 2009. Born March 15, 1921, in Barada, Richardson County, NE, Thomas was the fifth of eight children of Charles Edward and Eva Ham Erskine. He graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, NE. Thomas and Mabel Catherine Banker were married at St. Ann's Church in Houston, TX on May 29, 1943. Thomas was sworn into the U.S. Army Air Corps in August, 1942 and was commissioned 2nd Lt. at Midland, TX in November 1943. He entered active duty on March 4, 1944, and served as a navigator/bombardier with the 513th Squadron, 376th Heavy Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. He was stationed in North Africa and Italy, taking part in missions over Italy and Ploesti Oil Fields in Poland. Following his discharge from active duty in June of 1945, Tom began work with the Bell Telephone Co., working in Omaha, NE, Sioux Falls and Yankton, SD and Seattle, WA. He retired from the phone company in February 1980 after 32 years. He and Mabel moved to Graham, WA. Thomas and Mabel were part of the founding members of St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church in Bellevue, WA. Thomas completed training as a Deacon in the Catholic Church and was ordained in the first Deaconite class of the Archdiocese of Seattle. He served as Deacon at St. Madeleine Sophie in Bellevue and later at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Eatonville, WA. Thomas retired from parish work in 1982, and continued to respond to parish needs as requested. Thomas was preceded in death by Mabel, who died on November 18, 1996, after 53 years of marriage. Thomas later married Mary Margaret (Maggie) Horlander on October 21, 2000. Tom and Maggie treasured their friends, traveling, and especially family gatherings with Tom's seven and Maggie's six children and their offspring. Thomas Erskine is survived by his wife, Maggie Erskine, his sisters Dorothy Ormsby, Virginia Miller, Bonnie Heetland, and Ruth Maddox. In addition to his deceased wife Mabel Catherine Banker Erskine, his brothers Charles Erskine, James Erskine, and sister Francis Schleicher preceded him in death. Thomas is also survived by his children: Mabel Smith, Mary Lou (Gaylen) Mulloy, Thomas W. (Theresa McDermott) Erskine, Theresa Ann (James) Zimmerman, Mimi Marie (Michael) Jacobson, Marian Jane (Richard) Gommermann, Margaret Mary (James) Campbell. Of the Erskine children Thomas celebrated the lives of 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his step-children M. Eleanor (Michael) Block, Laura (Tom) Grigsby, Army Brigadier General Thomas A. Horlander, Carole (Jim) Donaldson, Barbara (Randy) Beck, and Shanta Horlander. The Horlander grand- and great-grandchildren number 12 and 3, respectively. Viewing will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 25th, followed by the Rosary at 10:30 am and the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am, all at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 229 Antonie Ave. N. in Eatonville, WA. A reception in the parish hall will follow with interment at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to St. Leo's Food Connection, St. Vincent De Paul, or the Eatonville Family Agency. Please sign the on-line guest book at www.dryermortuary.com .
Pub Date: 8/22/2009

Larry D. Powell

April 9, 1937 - August 4, 2009 Our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend Larry D. Powell died in Federal Way, Washington, August 4, 2009. He was born in Independence, Oregon, graduated from North Salem High School, and attended Willamette University. Larry married Deanna Parsons November 29, 1958, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. He is also survived by daughter and son-in-law Jillonne and Mark McLain of Puyallup, son and daughter-in-law Brock and Sunne Powell of Auburn, and three grandchildren, Andrea McLain, Mitchell McLain, and Blake Powell. Larry was an artist, a writer, and a baker. He spent most of his career in retail bakeries in Oregon and Washington as a cake decorator. He wrote "Larry Powell's Big Book of Cake Decorating," and was a contributing editor to a bakery trade magazine for 14 years. He traveled across the country teaching cake decorating and making friends wherever he went. Because of his dedication and contributions to the baking industry, Retail Bakers of America named him as an Emeritus Member of that organization. A celebration of Larry's life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2009, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 405 E Street NE, Auburn, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a favorite charity.
Pub Date: 8/22/2009

Floyd Eugene Borneman

Floyd will be missed by family and the many friends he has made over the years as a pipe fitter. Born in Manchester, WA January 20, 1946. He was caring, wise, and ornery to the end. He is survived by wife Chey, sons Brad, Andy, Luke, grandsons Ryan, Collin, and Dylan. He passed away peacefully August 19, 2009 at age 63.
Pub Date: 8/22/2009

Janet Handlan

Janet Handlan born in Waterloo, NY passed away at age 78 on Thursday, August 6, 2009 from long battle with cancer. She lived in Anaheim, CA for 49 yrs, retired as an apartment manager with the Wesseln Co. and moved to Gig Harbor, WA 3 yrs ago. She is survived by her brother Floyd (TX),4 children, Stephen(Yelm), Kathleen(Gig Harbor), Tim (Anaheim), Tom (Fox Island), 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. With her wit and grace, Janet was loved and respected by all who were blessed to know her. In remembrance of Janet donations may be made to the Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 8/22/2009

Kenneth D. Higgins

Was born April 10, 1948 in Vancouver, WA and passed away August 19, 2009. He is survived by his mother Alice Higgins, brothers William and Bruce Higgins, sister Penny Specht, his dear friend Paulette Beach and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Charles W. Higgins. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at 2pm at the Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 1965 S. Union Ave., Tacoma. In lieu of flowers donations to the Humane Society would be appreciated.
Pub Date: 8/22/2009

James F. Mullin

Aug. 27, 1918 ~ Aug. 22, 2008 One Hell of a Guy Jimmy, it has been a year since you left. We all miss you and your loving smile dearly. Love, your family
Pub Date: 8/22/2009

Robert W. Gray

Born 12-4-1951 in Morenci, AZ; passed away 8-7-2009 in Olympia, WA. He leaves behind his parents Dale and Betty Gray, his brothers William (Karen) of Deridder, LA, Larry (Cindy) of Spanaway, and Dennis (Lori) of Port Orchard, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was interred at Tahoma National Cemetery. On Bob's request, there will be no formal funeral services.
Pub Date: 8/21/2009

JoAnn Adele Dabson Kundert

Born in Minneapolis, MN to Lloyd and Irene Dabson on 11/26/1939; passed unto the Lord peacefully, surrounded by family, 8/19/2009 at home. Her father, mother and younger brother preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Chuck Kundert of Fife, WA, her son Kevin and Arlene and Arlene’s children, who considered her Grandmother, of Albuquerque, NM, son Kraig and Elaina and Elaina’s daughter Lauren, who thought of JoAnn as a grandmother, of Lakewood, WA, Kraig’s daughters Nicole and Sara, and many other young people who called her Grandmother. Memorial service Sat., Aug. 22, 2009 at 1:00pm, Puyallup Community Baptist, 1318 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, WA 98371. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home, (253) 845-1172.
Pub Date: 8/21/2009

EUNICE ROSE MIZE WIGHT

Eunice was born June 5, 1918, in Clinton, Maine, to Frank and Hilda Smith Small. She died Monday, August 17, 2009, in Puyallup, Washington. Eunice married Cecil Mize in 1954; he passed away in 1990. She then married Stephen Wight in 1991, he also preceded her in death. She spent most of her life in Puyallup and is survived by nieces, nephews and step-children. Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 22, at Mountain View Celebration of Life Building, Aspen Chapel in Lakewood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Puyallup Salvation Army.
Pub Date: 8/21/2009

Ruth J. Newman

Ruth Josephine Newman, 86, beloved wife, mother, and G-Ma passed away on August 18, 2009. Ruth was born in Kelseyville, CA and settled the Tacoma area in the 1950's with her husband and two sons. Ruth will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and the time she spent with her teenage grandchildren and their friends. Her bags were always packed for a trip with family or friends. Ruth will be greatly missed by her sons Don and Richard (Jocelyn), grandchildren Anson, Lacey and Ben (Krystal), great-grandchildren Mason, Nolan, Colson, Bradleigh, Brenden and Ryan, and her countless friends. Ruth has been reunited with her loving husband of 41 years, George. Graveside services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood on Saturday, August 22 at 2:30 pm. Following services, a reception to celebrate Ruth will be held at The French Hen, 8807 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood.
Pub Date: 8/21/2009

Frederick B. Emrick

12/4/1929 ~ 8/21/1999 The beauty of a life well lived becomes a legacy. Nothing loved is ever lost and you were loved so much. Your family.
Pub Date: 8/21/2009

Iona Rohlman

8/21/1900 - 2/2/1995 Always remembering the good times together. Love, Dolores
Pub Date: 8/21/2009

Kimberley Sue Hall

9/4/1968 - 8/21/2006 Kim, We Love and Miss You very much. Rest In Peace. Love, Dad and Kids
Pub Date: 8/21/2009

A. Vaughan Abercrombie

1912 - 2009 Rev. A. Vaughan Abercrombie passed away in Pensacola, FL, on Tuesday, June 2. He was 96. From 1956-1964 he was the minister at First Congregational Church in Tacoma. He was the son of Alex V. Abercrombie, Jr. and Mary Wilkinson Abercrombie of Nichols, CT. He was born December 27, 1912, in Bridgeport, CT, where his mother gave birth after traveling several miles in a horse-drawn wagon through a snowstorm to a midwife. Rev. Abercrombie grew up in Nichols, graduated from high school in Bridgeport, and entered Marietta College in Ohio in 1933. While in college, he was a circuit pastor. He drove an old Durant touring car around to four small rural Congregational churches, preaching at two of them on alternate Sundays. After graduation in 1937, he served churches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also commuted to Harvard Divinity School for further theological training. In 1956 Rev. Abercrombie drove his family – by then it included his wife, four children, a dog and a cat – across the country from Rhode Island to Washington State, where he accepted a call to the Tacoma church. His family entered enthusiastically into life in the Northwest. Boating on Puget Sound soon became their favorite activity. All four Abercrombie children graduated from Stadium High School. “My favorite memory of Tacoma is my wedding at First Church with Dad officiating,” said Rev. Abercrombie’s daughter Lois A. Street, who lives in Connecticut. From 1964-69 Rev. Abercrombie led his denomination at the national level as Executive Secretary of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Later he became minister of the Congregational church in East Orange, New Jersey. In 1981 Piedmont College in Georgia awarded him an honorary doctorate. Rev. Abercrombie was also an inventor who held three U.S. patents, including one for an original design and operation of a plastic packaging machine. After his retirement in 1978, he mastered computer technology and spent much time writing. He thought and wrote about what he called “our spiritual environment – the feelings, attitudes, values, and commitments that make us human and humane.” Besides his wife of 71 years, the former Charlotte Manning, Rev. Abercrombie is survived by a sister, Helen A. Rogers, of Chardon, OH; two daughters, Lois A. Street, of Ridgefield, CT, and her husband James O. Street; and Lucia A. Harvilchuck, of Pensacola, FL; two sons: Paul M. Abercrombie of Snoqualmie Pass, WA; and David M. Abercrombie of Marco Island, FL, and his fiancée Margi C. Adams. Other survivors include four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Pensacola on Sunday, July 26. Commemorative donations may be made to: The A. Vaughan Abercrombie Memorial Fund, c/o Dr. Thomas M. Richard, National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, PO Box 288, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 53154-0288
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Ruth Elaine Klein

7/18/1928 - 8/13/2009 Funeral services will be Friday, August 21st, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Washington.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Donald Eugene Wells

Don was born in Rhinelander, WI on Aug. 17, 1932; he went Home to Jesus on Aug. 13, 2009 from Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA. A Memorial/Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, Aug. 23 at 3pm in the Sans Souci Mobile Estates Clubhouse, located on South Hill in Puyallup, S. on Meridian, E on 128th St. a half mile, then turn left into Sans Souci. All are welcome. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milner & Helen Wells, and a sister, Amanda Hackett. Don is survived by his wife Romona, whom he married in 1954, and six children: Darwin, Mark (Lori), Joel (Pam), Lynn (Jim) Peterson, Annette (Casey) Ward, and John (Aubree); eleven grandchildren: Jeremy & Jesi, Craig & Michael, James & Marcia & Jason, Conner & Molly, and Mason & Frankie; also three great-grandchildren: Henry, Mckenzie, and Victoria. He was a Rhinelander High School graduate, served four years in the US Navy on the USS Mellette (APA-156) during the Korean conflict, was employed by the Rhinelander Paper Co. for 32 years (supervisory position the last 10), moved to Puyallup, WA in 1983 where he purchased his uncle's plumbing business, Wells Plumbing, and partnered with son-in-law Jim until Don's retirement in 1995. He was a member of the Executive Board at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhinelander, and attended services faithfully at All Saints in Puyallup. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, a president of the union at the Rhinelander Paper Co., a charter member and a president of the Rhinelander Chapter of the ARC, a player on the snowshoe baseball team in Tomahawk, WI, scoutmaster for a developmentally delayed troop at The Friendly Village (Rhinelander), a life member of the Sumner Sportsman's Club (WA), and was employed by Sans Souci as head of maintenance from 1996-2005. He enjoyed many things in life, such as hunting, fishing, camping, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, waterskiing, bowling, trapshooting, carpentry, golf and gardening (including flowers). Don was a family man and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We will miss him terribly, but are at peace that he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Cremation services were provided by Curnow Funeral Home in Sumner, WA.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Donald Gene Norman

Gone Fishing! Donald Gene Norman Age 83, born 8/17/1925, in Chadron, Nebraska, went with Our Lord on 8/12/2009. Preceded in death by his father and mother, Guy and Beth Norman, and one son, Larry Norman. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Norman, his daughters Terri Otterson (David), Corrinne Cunningham (Cal), 1 brother, Marvin, 3 sisters, Helen, Vivian, and Carolyn, 6 natural grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, 7 stepchildren, and many step-grandchildren. We know he’s fishing for the Big One with the Lord.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Glenn A. Panchot

Glenn Arthur Panchot, 85, a Gig Harbor resident for 22 years, peacefully passed away August 11, 2009. He was born to Clarence and Ida Panchot in Big Sandy, Montana on March 10, 1924, and was a very proud member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Graduated from Big Sandy High School and moved to Tacoma, where he attended the College of Puget Sound (now the University of Puget Sound). His career took him into the insurance field, with Hanson and Rowland Insurance in Tacoma, Dooly and Co. in Portland, Oregon, and he retired from the State of Washington Insurance Department as a Certified Financial Examiner. Glenn was a living definition of “gentleman” - kind, generous, accepting, spirited, honest, dignified, loyal, caring, respectful, gracious, and fun-loving with a twinkle in his eye! He was a man loved by his friends and cherished by his family. He was a member of the Gig Harbor Welcome Club and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fircrest. Predeceased by his parents, his sisters Mildred Hoffman and Eunice Briggs, and his first wife, Carol. He is survived by his wife Sharon, sons David (Kathy) and Rod (Rose) of Portland, Oregon, daughter Lori (Kevin) Jenkins of Gig Harbor, grandchildren Corinne Panchot, Jessica (Alex) Miles, Katie Panchot, Ryan Panchot, Nick Panchot, Kyle Jenkins, Kelsie Jenkins, and Casey Jenkins, and several well-loved nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate Glenn’s life will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fircrest on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM. Remembrances in Glenn’s name may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Rory Glenn Williams

July 1, 1964 ~ Aug. 11, 2009 Viewing: Fri., Aug. 21st, 2-7pm, House of Scott, 1215 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma. Funeral service: Sat. Aug. 22nd, 11am, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 S "I" St., Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, for more information on donations, call 253-576-5021.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Richard Dean Houghton

On 08-12-2009 Richard Dean Houghton passed away at the Franciscan Hospice in Tacoma, Washington. He was born on 04-01-1945 in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from West Bremerton High School in 1963. He was a devoted husband to Jessamy Houghton. He retired from the US Army Reserves and also from the Puget Sound Navel Shipyard as a Sheet Metal Mechanic. In his retirement years he enjoyed RV camping with his wife, granddaughter Marissa and friends. Fishing was his first love and he couldn't get enough of it. He enjoyed working with his father-in-law, Jesse Halland, repairing lawn mowers. He also enjoyed working with and doing things for family, friends and neighbors. He had many good times with friends but one who will always be considered an adopted brother was John Libner of Bremerton, a long time childhood friend. Preceding Richard in death were his parents Bill & Marie Houghton, mother-in-law Margaret Halland and brother-in-law, Lee Sumrall. Surviving Richard are his wife Jessamy, sister Billie Marie Sumrall, son Robert (Jennifer) Houghton, Daughter Jennifer (Danny) Ballsmith, step-daughter Shelley Osmore, step-son Barry Osmore, grandchildren Zoe Ballsmith, Marissa Cabalse, Cesar Mitchell, Jesse Osmore, Kyle Osmore & James Osmore, nephew Jeff Sumrall (special friend Brianna) and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held on 08-29-2009 at 11am at the Sumner City Cemetery. Address: 12324 Valley Avenue E., Puyallup, Wa. 98372. A reception follows at the VFW Hall at 120 2nd St. NE, Puyallup, Wa. 98372. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's behalf to the American Heart Association.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Martin P. Hostetler

Passed away August 19th. He is loved and survived by his mother Anna Minchau, wife Ilene Evans, 3 children, Eddie, Angela and Jenaver Hostetler, stepchildren Jamie and Katie, siblings Carol, David, Doug, Peggy, Bev, Bruce and Terry. Services at New Tacoma Cemetery, 1:00 PM, 8/21/2009.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Robert W. Winskill

Robert W. Winskill, age 83, died on July 9, 2009. Bob Winskill was born in Tacoma on October 30, 1925. He attended Washington Elementary School, Mason Jr. High and was a graduate of Stadium High School. After service in the U.S. Army during World War II, he graduated from the College of Puget Sound in 1947. He was an Eagle Scout, and avid outdoorsman, an accomplished mountain climber (he was a summit guide at Mount Rainier), and skier. He and his brother Ed would remind others that they still had there original REI cards...from 1951. Bob moved to San Francisco in 1954 to work for the Ray Oil Burner Company at the behest of his father, Edward F. Winskill, who was a longtime dealer for the company. Bob held a succession of executive positions at the Ray Burner Co, at that time the oldest manufacturer of combustion equipment in the world. In 1957, he became vice president of Western Boiler Co. of Los Angeles, and in 1965 was appointed president of Orr & Sembower, Inc., of Middletown, Penn. In 1980 he founded Combustion Systems Associates, a firm which specialized in the marketing of combustion technology in China and several other countries. He was one of the pioneers of the American trade with China in the 1970s. Bob was a member of the Olympic Club (San Francisco), the Sausalito Rotary Club, and many professional organizations In 1960 Bob built a cabin in Homestead, on the ridge above Mill Valley, California. Over the years it evolved into a beautiful, yet rustic custom abode in the trees overlooking the valley. He later acquired a ranch on the Russian River in Healdsburg north of San Francisco, where he hunted, entertained his many friends and established a vineyard. Though he sold his grapes to area wineries, Bob liked to make wine and became quite a connoisseur of reds. For many years and up to the time of his death, Bob wrote a weekly column for the Marin Scope Community Newspapers, including the Mill Valley Herald and other local newspapers in California. In his columns, he often wrote about Tacoma and its history, and reflections of his boyhood and youth here. At the time of his death Bob resided in Sausalito in yet another unique home built by he and his partner where he was well known for his many gatherings, his consummate cooking, and his quick wit and love of debate. Robert W. Winskill was preceded in death by his parents, Edward F. and Margaret Winskill and his brother Dr. Edward M. Winskill, of Tacoma. He is survived by his partner, Ghodrat Kholghi, by his niece Elizabeth Winskill Friedrich of Kennewick, and nephews Ed, John, and Don Winskill of Tacoma, and Bob and Jim Winskill of Gig Harbor.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Royal E. Lantz

Royal was born in Tacoma on May 24, 1926, and peacefully passed away at home on August 15, 2009. He served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific, and received 5 service medals. Survived by his wife Virginia, a brother, Raymond of McKenna, 4 sons, Robin of Eatonville, Steven of Rochester, Royal M. of McKenna, and Shane of Eatonville, 1 daughter, Lisa, of Seattle, stepdaughters Susan of McKenna and Dawn of Alaska. He had 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson. Service will be held at 11 A.M. on August 21, 2009 at Fir Lane Memorial Cemetery. Royal will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

BEATRICE ELIZABETH THOMPSON

The beautiful life of Beatrice Thompson ended August 10, 2009. Beatrice was born in Albany, OR on January 5, 1926 and attended schools in Southern California and Albany, OR, graduating from Albany High School in 1944. She graduated from Oregon State College (now University) in 1948 with a major in Human Biology and minors in Physical Education and Camping Education. Beatrice taught Physical Education at San Diego High School for three years and then went to Istanbul, Turkey where she again taught Physical Education for another three years. In 1954, Beatrice entered the U. S. Army as a Second Lieutenant and attended the Physical Therapy program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She remained in the Army for almost 25 years attaining the rank of Colonel. She worked in various Army hospitals in the U. S., Germany, Japan, and Vietnam. In 1962 she received an MA Degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University and then taught in the Army Physical Therapy program for three years. Beatrice received a Bronze star medal for her work at the field hospital in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and a Legion of Merit medal upon her retirement in April 1979. While in Japan Beatrice became an avid bird watcher and upon her arrival in Tacoma in 1970, she was one of the early members of the Tacoma Audubon society where she has been an active member and supporter for almost 40 years. In March 1991, Beatrice married George A. Doolittle. He is a Canadian who retired as a Wing Commander in the Royal Canadian Air Force. They met while on a bird watching trip in Chile. Beatrice was remarkably kind and sensitive to other people and their needs. She gave generously to many charities for women's and children’s causes and for the environment. Beatrice is survived by her husband George Doolittle and by her sister Harriet Moench of Tigard OR. A memorial service will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland OR at 1:00 PM October 2, 2009. In lieu of Flowers contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Isaac Thomas Mattich

10-22-97 ~ 8-20-06 Another year gone by... You turned 11 in Heaven, watched Sami turn 4. Alex finished Jr. High, yet their hearts miss you more. Your friends will start 6th grade, your family still mourns. You welcomed new angels and our hearts remain torn. Not a day goes by without feeling your love, longing to see you, sensing your hugs. We will always love you, our “Little Man.” Mommy, Daddy, Alex & Sami
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Kelly Nelaine McCarthy

8-20-1978 - 11-02-2002 We know you are joyfully joining your dad in Ireland today on the trip he promised you long ago. Have a wonderful birthday. Love, your family and friends
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Therese F. Lanzon

8/20/1928 - 3/30/2009 Mom, we miss you! JeanMarie, PattiAnn and Marycatherine
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Gerald A. Beechie

Aug. 20, 1932 ~ April 22, 2005 Gone, but never forgotten.
Pub Date: 8/20/2009

Elizabeth M. Hagen

Born in St. Cloud, MN on December 9, 1935. Passed away in Yelm, WA on August 17, 2009. Married Robert B. Hagen August 27, 1953. Survived by husband Robert, 7 children: Karen Corpuz, Diane Loiland (Knute), Derek, Kenneth, Joseph (Michelle), Sharon Mudge, James (Marion), 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; brothers: Ben & Al; sister Mary Ann. Viewing will be at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Lacey on Thursday, August 20th, 2009 from 2 PM to 8 PM with Rosary at 7 PM. Address: 5930 Mullen Rd. SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Funeral Mass will be at St. Columbans Catholic Church in Yelm, WA on Friday, August 21, 2009 at 11 AM. Address: 506 1st St. South, Yelm, WA 98597. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Tacoma, WA. Address: 5212 70th St. West, Tacoma, WA 98467.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Joseph Julien Renggli

Born January 9, 1913 in Tacoma to Frank & Monica Renggli, he was the third child in a family of four brothers and two sisters. He died on August 14, 2009 at the age of 96. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School in Tacoma, and then started working. As a young man he worked in the mines in Alaska. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged at Ft. Ord on November 15, 1945. He married Marie Albert at Holy Rosary parish in August of 1942. A lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and President of the Visitation parish Men's Club, he remained an active member of Visitation parish until his children were raised and he and Marie moved to St. Pat's parish in north Tacoma, where he ushered at Mass for many years. A member of the Tacoma Elks, he gave many hours of service to this organization. He worked for Buchan's and Orowheat bakeries delivering bread and pastries for many years, and he especially liked his daily route on the Mountain Highway. He & Marie loved to dance and they attended many Swiss picnics. A widower since 1987, he helped many people keep their lawns in top shape once he retired. An affable, gracious man, he delighted many with his stories and positive attitude toward life. He is survived by his two sisters, Mary Murphy of Tacoma and Frances Hansen of Seattle, and his daughter, Sharon, and his two sons, Gary (Pat) & Albert (Shirley), and his grandchildren Danielle (Paul), Tim (Pilar), Jeff (Valerie), & Scott (Vanessa), and by his nine great grandchildren, Paulina, Whitney, Nathan, Paige, Julian, Cole, Sergio, Hope, & Cruz. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Patrick Parish on Friday, August 21st, 2009 at 11:00 am with his nephew, Fr. John Renggli, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Michelle L. Rawley (Kersey)

Born March 28, 1978 in Jacksonville, NC; died Aug. 3, 2009 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Survived by fiance Spencer Joly, Winlock, WA, parents James and Barbara Kersey, Spanaway, sisters Nicole (Tom) Hickman, Tacoma, Toni (Bryan) Vanwinkle, San Diego, CA, Alexandra (Dan) Finney, 29 Palms, CA, and brother James R. Kersey. Also survived by various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, a nephew, and close friends. A service was held Aug. 6, 2009 at the First Pentecostal Church in Sumner, WA. Special thanks to those who helped at the accident scene and thanks to the staff at Madigan. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 253-863-2800.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Helen E. (McSay) Stoumbaugh

Helen was born on October 2, 1917 in Merino, CO to Charles and Catherine McSay, and on August 15, 2009 began her long-awaited journey home to be with her beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Helen married George Stoumbaugh on September 3, 1938 in Denver, CO. To this union 7 children were born. The family relocated to Tacoma, WA in 1953. Helen was preceded in death by her husband George in 1975, her son Marlin in 1993, her sister Ruth Harrison, and brother Theron McSay. Helen is survived by her six children, Robert Stoumbaugh, Georgia Twaites, Bonnie Holland, Ellie Carosa, the twins Donna (Roy) Tracy and Lonna (Al) Holmquist, and two adopted daughters, Julie Davies and Chris Hawkins. She also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, her church family, and many friends. Our beautiful mother touched many lives during her 91 years. She was a constant source of inspiration and a mentor to her children, grandchildren and her community. Her main interest, love, and joy, was her Christian faith and her family. She was a member of the Disciples of Christ Church, the president of the women's fellowship, elder for the church, taught Sunday school, Bible school, and volunteered for the food bank. Not only was Helen a loving, patient, respected and understanding mother, but a pillar of her community. Thank you for the introduction to Jesus Christ and have a safe and exciting journey. We will join you soon. Viewing will be held from 1-8 PM on Friday August 21, 2009 at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek RD. W. A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 11:00 AM on August 22, 2009 at Fircrest Presbyterian Church, 1250 Emerson ST., Fircrest WA, luncheon and graveside services to follow.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Donald Robert Richardson

Jan. 2, 1955 / Aug. 16, 2009 Donald passed away on Sun., after a hard battle with leukemia. He touched the lives of all those he met, and will be dearly missed by all. Donald is survived by his mother, sister, brother, family, and his favorite great nephews. Services will be held at Fir Lane Cemetary, Spanaway Tuesday, August 25, at 2pm
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

William “John” Sisul

John was born August 23, 1935 in Tacoma to Elizabeth and John Sisul. He graduated from Bellermine High School where he was known for his football and basketball talent. He was well known in sports circles. He received a scholarship to Portland State University for basketball. After that time, he was recruited by Idaho State University to play football on a scholarship. John taught school at Holy Cross for several years and retired from Fick Foundry. His survivors are his wife Joan; his sisters JoAnn Sisul, Judy (Darrol) Smith, and brothers Tom and Dick Sisul; his step-sons Mark Longrie (Joy), Larry Longrie(Connie), and the delight of his life his two granddaughters Kelsey and Amberose Longrie; John was preceded in death by his brother Frank; and his faithful and talented garage-sale dog Mikey. The memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood on August 23, 2009 at 3 pm. The family suggests donations to either St. Joseph's Dialysis Unit, Christ Lutheran Church or Tacoma Rescue Mission.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Louise Freeman Straw

Louise passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 15th, 2009 at the age of 92. She was born Louise McMahon on July 5, 1917 in Centralia, Washington, and graduated from Centralia High School in 1935. In 1939, Louise married John Freeman and moved into her house in Tacoma, where she would live for the next 70 years. An avid downhill skier and a very active member in the Tacoma Mountaineers, Louise climbed and skied many of the mountains and peaks of the Cascades with John in the 1940's, 50's, and 60's. She continued to hike at Mt. Rainier well into her 70's, and visited the park with her family as often as she could. Her husband John passed away in 1969, and she began running Crown Machine Works, an amazing accomplishment at that time. In 1973 she married Chet Straw, and they ran the company until 1984, when they retired. Louise spent a lifetime caring for others, and sacrificed personally so that those who were less fortunate would not have to do without. She made everyone around her feel special, especially her beloved daughter and all of her grandchildren. Louise was preceded in death by both John and Chet, twin brother Leo, brother Mike, sister Evelyn, step-daughter Barbara, and countless friends. She is survived by her daughter Joanne and son-in-law Dennis Weller, five grandsons, one granddaughter, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Louise at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Tacoma on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM, where she was a parishioner for over 70 years, followed by entombment at Calvary Cloisters We will all miss her sense of humor, and her kind and generous heart. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Martin Kilber

Martin E. Kilber, 70, lost his six-month battle with pancreatic cancer on August 14, 2009. He passed away peacefully at his home in Puyallup, Ardis, his wife of 48 years, and daughter, Tamara, at his side. Martin was born June 24, 1939 in Hazen, North Dakota. He attended school and worked on the family farm until joining the United States Army at age 18. He married Ardis F. Walter in 1961, and the couple settled in Tacoma while Martin completed his military service. He then enjoyed a long career as a heavy equipment operator, belonging to Local #612 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. In 1996, Martin retired, but continued his avocation as a life-long independent investor. He also maintained membership in the Elks, Eagles, and AmVets organizations, and at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Marty loved attending his grandchildren’s activities, polka dancing, and cruising the world. A personal highlight was attending the second inauguration of President George W. Bush. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Marty leaves his wife, Ardis, daughter Tamara (Joe), and grandchildren Carson, Joseph and Sophia Kabel of Olympia, Washington, brothers Edgar, Loren (DeLoa), Albert (Marguerite) and Bob, sister Irene, and many nieces and nephews. Martin was preceded in death by daughter Tracy, parents Martin and Amalia (nee Lauf), brother Elmer, and sisters Alice, Helen and Elsie. The family extends sincere appreciation to Hospice Care, and Pilgrim Lutheran Pastors Jepsen and Schumacher and Parish Nurse Nancy Haughee for all the attention and care Marty received in his last weeks. Visitation will be held from 4-8 P.M. Thursday, August 20 at the Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Avenue, Puyallup. A funeral service will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 10510 136th St. E., Puyallup, WA 98374 on Friday, August 21. Call 253 848-3680 for the time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Martin Kilber

Martin E. Kilber, 70, lost his six-month battle with pancreatic cancer on August 14, 2009. He passed away peacefully at his home in Puyallup with Ardis, his wife of 48 years, and daughter, Tamara, at his side. Martin was born June 24, 1939 in Hazen, North Dakota. He attended school and worked on the family farm until joining the United States Army at age 18. He married Ardis F. Walter in 1961, and the couple settled in Tacoma while Martin completed his military service. He enjoyed a long career as a heavy equipment operator, belonging to Local #612 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. In 1996 Martin retired, but continued his avocation as a life-long independent investor. He also maintained membership in the Elks, Eagles, and AmVets organizations, and at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Marty was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and an enthusiastic polka dancer. In his retirement, he particularly enjoyed cruising the world and attending his grandchildren’s activities. A personal highlight was attending the second inauguration of President George W. Bush. Marty leaves his wife, Ardis (nee Walter), daughter Tamara (Joe), and grandchildren Carson, Joseph and Sophia Kabel of Olympia, Washington, brothers Edgar, Loren (DeLora), Albert (Marguerite) and Bob, sister Irene, and many nieces and nephews. Martin was preceded in death by daughter Tracy, parents Martin and Amalia (nee Lauf), brother Elmer, and sisters Alice, Helen and Elsie. The family extends sincere appreciation to Hospice Care, and Pilgrim Lutheran Pastors, Gary Jepsen and Steve Schumacher, and Parish Nurse Nancy Haughee for all the attention and care Marty received in his last weeks. Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. Thursday, August 20 at the Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Avenue, Puyallup. The funeral service will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 10510 136th St. E., Puyallup, WA 98374 on Friday, August 21 at 12 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or to Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Mildred A. Dobbs

May 29, 1929 - Aug. 13, 2009 Mildred Dobbs life long resident of the Puyallup valley. She is survived by her children Daniel and Eileen Dobbs of Federal Way and Gloria Dobbs of Missoula, MT. She was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Helena Heil, and Husband George Dobbs. Services will be held at Hill’s Funeral Home 217 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA 98372. Thurs. Aug. 20th, Viewing 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., memorial service at 1:00 p.m., reception following.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Myrtle (Hard) Parker

Myrtle passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2009. She was 89 years old. Born on July 5, 1920 in Olympia, WA to Vern and Edith Hard. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Tacoma where she graduated from Lincoln High in 1939. For several years she worked for the IRS. She met and married Bob Parker in 1943. Myrt and Bob built a house at Browns Point where she was a Cub Scout Den Mother and together she and Bob were charter members of The Browns Point Methodist Church as youth counselors and choir members. Later they moved to Harstine Pointe where they constructed their second home. There she was loved dearly by family, friends and neighbors. Her parents, three brothers and two sisters have preceded her. She is survived by her husband, Bob, three nieces, and a nephew. Memorial service: 1pm, Aug. 29th at the Harstine Community Hall.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Arthemise (Pat) Rackleff

Pat passed away August 15, 2009 at the age of 93. She was born in Marshfield, OR in 1916, and married Angus (Gus) Rackleff in 1936. She lived in Europe, Japan, and many U.S. locations as a military wife. She lived in Lakewood, WA since 1960, and was a member of the St. Frances Cabrini church. She was a 15-year volunteer with the Red Cross at Madigan Army Hospital, also St. Clair Hospital for several years, and at the Lakewood Food Bank. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Angus Rackleff, and all her siblings, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Survived by sons George (Linda) Rackleff of Puyallup, WA, Brian Rackleff of Winlock, WA, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Our entire family would like to thank the in-home caregivers, especially Debbie and Steve. Your love and dedication made Mom's last years full of life and love. Funeral service will be at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA, on August 20, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. at the Celebration of Life Center/Aspen Chapel. Burial will be in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR.
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

Donald E. Hay

We have lost a beloved son, brother and uncle. Don was born in Tacoma, on May 19, 1953 to Roberta and Otis Hay. He passed away on August 11, 2009 at his home in Mineral, WA. Don worked for Guest Services Inc. at Mt. Rainier National Park for 34 years in many capacities the last being Procurement Distrubution Manager. He was a dedicated employee and enjoyed his job. He is survivied by his parents, Roberta and Otis Hay, sister Nancy (Jim) Witter and brother Clifford (Nikki) Hay. He also leaves behind to mourn his loss his nieces and nephew and their extended families. Don was kind, patient and caring and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and co-workers. He enjoyed the outdoors especially the old family cabin at Evergreen on the Queets River and the new cabin on the Clearwater River from where he loved to fish, dig clams and spend time visiting family. He also liked taking cruises and traveling to different parts of the world, enjoyed other cultures, scenery and especially their cuisine. Don enjoyed listening to country western and old time music. A memorial service will be held for Don at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21st at the Fir Lane Memorial Chapel with a reception to follow. A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 20th from 2:00-7:00 p.m. A private family burial service will be held Friday morning at the New Tacoma Cemetery. Please sign the online guestbook at www.firlane.com .
Pub Date: 8/19/2009

ELMA L. LORENZ

1924-2009 Elma Lena Lorenz was born October 25, 1924 to Gust and Caroline Huber Miller in Zap, North Dakota. She married Edward Lorenz October 24, 1941. Elma passed away August 12, 2009 at age 84. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, one son, Vergel Lorenz, one grandson, Greg Lerew, three great-grandchildren. She is survived by her former husband, Edward Lorenz, four children, Darlene Dunn, DuWayne Lorenz, Tracy Martin, Donna Martin, fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Visitation: 12:00-1:00 PM. Funeral service: 1:00 PM, Wednesday August 19, 2009 New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road W, University Place, WA 253-564-1311 Graveside committal and reception after the service.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

George Parkerson

Age 89, resident of Tacoma, WA, passed away on 8/14/09. He was born in Cumberland, WA, on 12/24/19, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Parkerson. He is a WWII veteran, who served with the 109th Engineers Battalion (Combat) in Africa and Italy, receiving a Purple Heart. Prior to his military service, he worked in coal mines near Cumberland. He was a member of the Labors' Union in Tacoma, spending most of his working years in construction (concrete). He was also a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Tacoma. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (8/25/25 to 8/21/02); two sisters, Anne and Elizabeth Tost; and two brothers, William and Lee Parkerson. He is survived by a son, George of San Francisco, CA; daughter, Ruth (Carl) McCrady of Tacoma, WA; sister, Beverly Read of Seattle, WA; two brothers, Andrew and Robert of California; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup, WA, on Saturday, August 22 at 1:00pm. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home, 253-845-1172. Donations can be made in his name to Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma at 3901 South Fife Street, Tacoma, WA, 98409.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Charles H. Coomber

August 24, 1929 - August 13, 2009 Chuck Coomber was a Husband and Provider. He was a Father and Brother. He was a Friend. He lived as though strangers were only friends that he had yet to meet. He met few people he did not like and even fewer that he would avoid talking to. He loved to share a story, whether it was his or something he read in the paper. He was a Lifelong Boy at Heart who loved to Ride Fast and Throw Hard. Whether it was a car or a boat, a ball to toss or a rock to skip, his excitement was obvious. It was always accompanied by a big laugh and even bigger smile. He was a Fisherman. He spent most of his life on or around the waters of Puget Sound. He would come home proudly from a day at the Point, back in the 50’s, and present his catch of salmon for the evening meal. As age caught up and the runs diminished, he fished less but still enjoyed the thrill of a catch. He was a man of Good Appetite,even though he claimed to have lost sense of taste and smell. His favorite foods ranged from pancakes with syrup to grilled salmon and from greasy burgers with fries or a shake to New York Steak. He was known, however, to turn up his nose at spinach or liver and onions. He was a Proud man. He was proud of the accomplishments of family and friends but spoke seldom of his own achievements. He was recognized by the Washington State Governor for his spotless 32 year safety record as a commercial driver. He was proud to wear the Greyhound Company uniform at work each day. He was a Professionally Respected man. He was elected president of the drivers union by his peers at Greyhound. He was a man with Ticklish Feet. He would only remove his shoes among those who earned his trust. He was a Simple man. In this age of Transportation Specialists and Sanitary Engineers,he preferred to describe himself as a Professional Bus Driver. He loved his chosen work and felt blessed to make a good career of it. He enjoyed a good hug and the comfort found in the company of those he loved. That was Chuck Coomber, our father. He will be dearly missed.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Harro Egon Druckrey

Beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather died peacefully at the age of 79. Born in Germany, Harro arrived in the United States at a young age and made Washington his home. He enjoyed camping with his young family and had a passion for the water and sailing. Following his retirement from Tacoma Boat, Harro and his wife Rita spent countless hours on the water in their sail boat along with their extended family. Harro and Rita valued each others company while traveling the United States and many countries around the world. Harro is preceded in death by his first wife Guro and stepson Gregory. Harro is survived by his wife Rita, sister Lillian, brother Wolfgang, daughters Stephanie and Katrina, and son Erik. His extended family includes daughter Anna, son Curt, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The sails will be hoisted for Harro's last sailing trip over the Puget Sound for a private memorial. Family and friends are invited for pot luck at the Druckrey home on Saturday, August 22nd at 1 pm.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Michael Jay Petry

Born in Tacoma, WA May 6, 1942 and passed away in Lakewood, WA August 12, 2009. Grew up in Tacoma, graduate of Lincoln High School, served in the Army in Germany and Thailand. Predeceased by parents Virgil J and Margaret H Petry, sister Carol Lee and wife Julie. Survived by children Kenneth, Christina, Debra, Jeffrey and Richard; brothers Dennis (Janet) Petry and Richard (Eva) Killian; sisters Maurine Gramling and Kathleen (Vernon) Noel, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At Michael’s request there will be no funeral service; his final resting place will be with wife, Julie, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the home of Kathy and Vernon Noel on Saturday, August 22, 2009, 2-5PM, at 3217 88th St. S., Lakewood, WA 98499.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Vincent Joseph Jasionkowski

Born July 7, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio, passed away August 13, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Georgie Ann. He is survived by daughters Deb, Julie and son Rod, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Vince was a devoted Moose member since 1975, he served as a trustee May 2008-Apr 2009. He loved cooking and participating in all activities for the Moose and spending time with his Moose brothers. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer or Heart Association Memorial Services will be 1:00pm, Monday, August 24, 2009 in the Mt. View Garden Chapel. A reception to celebrate Vince’s life will begin at 2:30pm at the Lakes Moose Lodge 1865, 4220 109th SW, Lakewood.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Dr. Esperanza Gurza

Dr. Esperanza Gurza passed away August 13, 2009 after a long illness. She was born in Torreón , Mexico on July 20, 1925. A resident of the US for 60 years, she received her BA with honors from UPS, her MA with honors at U of O, and her doctorate with distinction at the U. of CA, Riverside. She taught in various schools and universities, and finished her career after 21 years at UPS. Her affiliation with Sacred Heart church in Tacoma and Seattle U School of Theology kept her doing the humanitarian work she enjoyed. She will be immensely missed by her teacher, colleague, long time friend, and companion Dr. Jacquie Martin, her family in Mexico, and by her many friends, colleagues and students. A campus remembrance will be held at Kilworth Chapel at UPS, Thurs. Aug. 20th at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Gurza scholarship c/o the department of Foreign Languages & Literature at UPS.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Henry Miller

January 28, 1924, the angels delivered Henry to his parents, George Miller and Gracy Williams of Killona, Louisiana. He was one of five children. August 13, 2009, while he slept, the angels took him by the hand to see his parents once again. Because he served his country for 21 years in the US Army, he will be honored this week for his participation in WWII and the Korean War. He is survived by his sister, Mary Brown; 3 sons, Robert (Marcy), Larry, and James; 3 daughters, Gladys Sheridan, Joyce Grimes, and Diane Durham; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. The interment ceremony will be held at the Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St., in Kent, Washington, Thursday August 20th, at 1:15p.m.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Sally S. Mellinger

Sally S. Mellinger, Age 71, was born in Puyallup, WA on January 6, 1938 and passed away on August 14, 2009 after a short illness. She grew up in Tacoma, WA attending Washington Elementary School, Mason Junior High School and Stadium High School. Sally met her husband (Charles) of 51 years upon entering Mason Junior High School. After Sally’s freshman year at Washington State University, they were married and resided in Pullman, WA until her husband, Charles, graduated thence moving back to Tacoma. For over 30 years, Sally enjoyed her annual winter vacation to the Hawaiian Islands, with the “Big Island” her favorite. In the summer, she accompanied her husband to Alaska, where they fished for Salmon, Halibut and enjoyed nature at its finest. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Mortimer (Mort) and Dorothy Woodward. Sally leaves behind a loving family, including her husband Charles, a daughter, Lisa L. Mellinger of New York and a son, Charles C. Mellinger III of the home, a sister Ann Valnes of Gig Harbor, WA and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A private family graveside memorial will be held.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Thor R. Hanson Jr.

Thor Roland Hanson Jr. passed away during the night in his Hillsboro, Oregon home Aug 13th, 2009. He was 56 years old. Thor attended Washington Park High School, Parkland, WA. He worked in auto & furniture sales in the Tacoma/Seattle area for several years before moving to the Portland area in the early 1990's. There he continued working in Auto sales until late 2008, when he began working for Hanson Construction Company, Inc, Vancouver WA. Thor is survived by his wife Donna, daughters Jill Thurley (Tualatin OR) & Lori Brunecz, (Fairview, OR) Parents Thor R. Hanson Sr & Kathryn Hanson (Vancouver WA) Brothers David Hanson (Vancouver WA) John Hanson (Battle Ground, WA) Ronald Holmes ( Mobile AL) & Donald Holmes (Mobile AL) , 4 grandchildren & 1 great-grand child. Thor was proceeded in death by a brother Richard A. Hanson & sister Francis Holmes. A Memorial Service will be held Thurs. August 20th, at 3:00pm in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel in Vancouver WA. (360-892-6060)
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Marjorie J. Martin

Was born on June 1, 1927 and passed away peacefully, with her children by her side, on August 11, 2009. Marge’s greatest happiness was being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother bringing joy and smiles to her family and friends. She had a big heart and will always be remembered for her selfless dedication and willingness to serve. Marge will be dearly missed by her daughter Laurie (Abraham), son Tim (Robin); grandchildren Abby, Cassie, Garrett, Timmy, Heather, Jonathan, Michelle (Bobby), Jared and Jesse; great-grandchildren AmberRose, Carissa, Danny, Emma Mae-Lynn, Evan and her countless friends. Marge has been reunited with her husband of 45 years Martie, father Edward, mother Clara, sisters Betty, Pat, brother Pete, and her special aunt & uncle, Marge & Bob. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 19, 4:00-7:00pm at Mountain View in Lakewood. Memorial services will begin at 10:00am, Thursday, August 20 at Mountain View. Following services, a reception to celebrate Marge will be held at St. Frances Cabrini in Lakewood from Noon – 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts, serving as a humble testimony to Marge’s commitment in making Catholic education affordable, may be made to establish the "Grandma Marge" Scholarship Fund as part of the 21st Century Fund - an Endowment for Cabrini Students. Gifts should be sent to St. Frances Cabrini, 5621 108th Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.
Pub Date: 8/18/2009

Alfred (Al) E. Johnson

Alfred (Al) E. Johnson of Bonney Lake, WA returned to our Savior August 13, 2009. Born March 10, 1932 in Billings, MT to Joseph & Christina Johnson. Alfred served in the US Navy from 1950 - 1954, he worked for Burlington Railroad for 38 years. After retiring he loved to travel. He is survived by his wife Lorraine; brother Karl Johnson of Billings, MT, two sons Monty (Michel) of Sunnyside, WA; Wayne (Vonna) Johnson of Selah, WA; one stepdaughter Sharon (Lee) Cole of Spanaway, WA and grandchildren; Danielle, Sean, Kelly, Deanna, Sheri and Shawn. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 20, 2009 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1316 Ryan Rd in Buckley, viewing at 10:00 a.m., with services at 11:00 a.m. Burial at Tahoma National Cemetery. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home, (253) 863-2800.
Pub Date: 8/17/2009

Lyn J. Morgan-Ledbetter (Sisich)

Rosalyn ("Lyn") J. Morgan-Ledbetter (Sisich) was born on April 2, 1939 to Peter and Rosalyn Sisich in Anaconda, Montana, passed away on August 12, 2009. She was predeceased by her father in 1989 and her mother in 2008. Lyn was a "tough cookie" who always knew the difference between right and wrong. Her youth was spent ice-skating the frozen ponds in Deer Lodge, Montana, playing "crack the whip" and pretending to teach school, her ultimate career. World War II brought her to Tacoma where "Daddy" Pete repaired military ships and salmon fished in Puget Sound while Mom took care of her and sister Gay (Michael). The family moved back to Spokane and brother Lew was born. Big sister Lyn loved caring for her little brother. Lyn's grandparents moved in which made for a happy houseful. Sunday Dinners at home with "Bessie and Mom" making homemade breads and meals were some of her fondest memories. Lyn graduated from North Central High School with honors in 1956, was a NCHS "Red Feather", earned a letter in tennis was a member of the math club, and worked at St. Luke's Hospital right by the house. Although accepted to Vasser College in New York, Lyn attended Eastern Washington University where she was the Homecoming Queen in 1959, President of Louise Anderson Hall, a member of the ROTC and dated the quarterback of the football team. Lyn then moved to Los Gatos, CA where she taught at Truman Middle School. She often remarked, "I moved to California for a year and stayed for 40." While living in the bay area of California, Lyn had a successful side career in modeling and enjoyed going to the jazz clubs in San Francisco to listen to some of the greats. Lyn cherished her family. Nieces Kim (Jeff), Colleen (George) Sidira, Clara and Emma and nephews Mikey (Jenny) and Peter were treasures whom "Auntie Lyn" adored. Lyn's only child Stuart was born in 1970 in Santa Monica to she and husband Stan and after a few years, the family moved to Long Beach, CA. Times were great with friends and family, trips to the beach and summer BBQs by the pool. Lyn also had many special times with her in-laws, Wilma and Earl Morgan, sister-in-law, June (Terry) and brother-in-law Bill (Keri). Lyn enjoyed many great outdoor adventures with the Morgan family including camping and waterskiing trips. Christmas at the Morgans in Woodland Hills were some of Lyn's favorite memories. In 1976, Lyn helped put to crack in the "glass ceiling" and bought a house in Long Beach, CA. While working a full time job and raising Stuart, Lyn earned a Masters Degree in Education Administration and held many jobs in the ABC Unified School District. Lyn quickly worked her way "up the ladder" and retired as an Assistant Principal but her favorite job was as a guidance counselor at Whitney High School where she could help kids better themselves. Lyn had many fond memories of all the students she worked with in education (too numerous to mention here) and all of the colleagues and friends she met while working at ABC Unified. In 1985, Lyn married long-time companion Charlie Ledbetter and along with son Stuart, moved to Fullerton, California. Lyn and Charlie enjoyed many good times together, traveling to Palm Springs, Spokane, Lake Arrowhead and Hawaii for vacations, going to Ram games and getting to know her new in-laws, Murrell and Ruth Ledbetter whom she cared for dearly and Charlie's children and grandchildren. Lyn was especially close with granddaughter Sara and grandson Sinjin whom she adored. After retiring in 2001, Lyn helped care for Charlie's parents. In 2008, son Stuart married Danica and gave Lyn the daughter she never had. Granddaughters Sierra and Grace Rosalyn provided a special sparkle to Lyn's eyes and enjoyed all the special things that "Grandma Lyn" enjoyed too like collecting dolls and thimbles. Lyn travelled to Gig Harbor for Grace Rosalyn's birth and ultimately decided it was her desire to stay to be closer to her family there and in Spokane. From 2003 on, Lyn and husband Charlie became each other's caretaker, taking turns helping each other through a multitude of health issues and cancer treatments. Much thanks go to all of Lyn's medical providers who helped her have an extended, good quality of life. Of special note are Dr. Alan Silberman and Dr. Gregory Sarna and the nurses and staff of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. David Park and all the staff at the Virginia Crosson Cancer Center in Fullerton and Dr. Lauren Colman, Connie Werner, Dr. Michael Rieke and all the staff at Multicare and the physical and occupational therapy teams at St. Joseph's in Tacoma, WA, especially Jay, Chris and Nurse Sheila, for their support. Many thanks to the team at Franciscan Hospice as well. Lyn wanted everyone to know that she did not "lose" her battle with cancer. In her heart, she felt she won. She prevailed against every odd ever dealt to her and proved to the world that "life" can offer fantastic moments even in less than optimum circumstances. In typical fashion for Lyn, her final days with us were consumed with concern about others - trying to make sure no one worked too hard trying to help her. No words can ever describe the love her family and friends had for her nor can they describe the love she had for them. Lyn was a remarkable woman who favored the accomplishment of "Mom" the most. Mom, you will be forever missed and never forgotten. A Vigil service will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 7:00pm at the Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Church of St. Patrick in Tacoma, WA. A reception will follow the service at the Fircrest Golf Club. Interment at Deer Lodge Cemetery in Deer Lodge, MT. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/17/2009

Timothy Robert Adair

Timothy Robert Adair was born September 6, 1951. He passed away August 12, 2009, ending an 11 year battle with cancer. Tim is survived by his wife Becky, daughters Stephanie and Brianne, son Joel, stepsons Brandon and Thane Hanson, mother Nettie Wornoff, sister Sandra Daugirda, brother Tony DiCarlo, and grandchildren Jessica, Jakob, Spencer and Lucia. Tim was a wonderful man, an inspiration and example to all who loved him. We love you, Tim. Inurnment will be Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 2:00p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery. The Memorial Celebration will follow at Madrona Links Golf Course in Gig Harbor, 5:00 p.m. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/17/2009

Anita Joan Mendes

01/20/1942 - 08/05/2009 Survived by children Judy, Richard, and George Anderson, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-granchildren.
Pub Date: 8/16/2009

Willis Larry Bentley

11/15/1942 to 07/11/2009 Memorial Service at Valley Bible Church 14202 Stewart Road in Dieringer, Washington on Wednesday August 19 at 6 pm. Dinner to follow in the Fellowship Hall next door.
Pub Date: 8/16/2009

Anabell Muse

A loving daughter, devoted mother and grandmother passed away on Aug. 8, 2009. She was born in Spokane, Washington on October 20, 1959 and raised in the Tacoma area. She is survived by her three children and loving family and friends, who will miss her deeply.
Pub Date: 8/16/2009

Lloyd Edward White

Born 2-22-23 to Lloyd A. and Signe Johnson White, Lloyd passed away August 7, 2009. Lloyd attended Lowell Grade School in Old Town Tacoma until the family moved to Orting during the Depression. He graduated from Orting High School in 1941, attended CPS, (now UPS) and graduated from UW with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Lloyd apprenticed with his grandfather, Edward Johnson of Tacoma and worked in the shipbuilding industry in Tacoma and Seattle. His career centered on boat building activities for the US Government and commercial ventures, finishing his career at Tacoma Boat Building Company. Lloyd was a member of several organizations including Masonic Lodge Fairweather #82, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Acacia Fraternity. Lloyd is survived by his wife Helen (Haugen), daughters Laurie (Rick) Randall of Federal Way and Kim (Mitch) Mackenroth of Gig Harbor. He is also survived by his sisters Marjorie Dial (Seattle), Nancy White (Orting) and brother Donald R. White (Olympia) and was preceded in death by his brother Allen S. White, (Bremerton). The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of St. Clare Hospital, Signature Home Health Care and Heartwood Extended Care. They provided great care and compassion for Lloyd and his family. In lieu of flowers, the family request that you take time to enjoy a visit with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
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Ronald G. Peters

Born 2-28-64, Greg passed into Heaven 8-4-09. He is survived by his mother, Merle Harrison, brother Bob Peters and family, and numerous longtime friends. Private services.
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Helen Mae Rye

Born May 10, 1924 in Roundup, Montana. Helen passed away August 8, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. She was predeceased by her daughter Cheryl, and grandson Bryan Renken. She is survived by her sister Shirley Ferkovich (Bill) of Sacramento, CA., special friend of 38 years Jim Hotz, and grandson Todd Renken (Janet Damson, Angelica, and Natasha) all of Tacoma, also like a second daughter Janet Chappell, of Benicia, CA. Helen will be missed dearly by all that knew and loved her. In honor of her wishes there will not be a memorial service. The family ask in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
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Casimir F. Karamon

Casimir F. Karamon of Parkland, Washington passed away at the age of 88 of natural causes on November 09, 2008. A committal service will be held at Calvary Cemetery on August 22, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
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Raymond (Ray) John Kelleher

Died at Providence St. Peters Hospital on July 28, 2009 from post-surgery complications. He was born on December 10, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, received a BA degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and earned a Masters in Divinity degree from Seattle University. He was a woodworker, prize-winning writer, teacher, and at the time of his death he was a certified chaplain at Franciscan Hospice in Tacoma. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 12 PM at South Bay Grange Hall in Olympia. All are welcome. At a later date Ray's ashes will be interred at the Delphi Pioneer Cemetery off Waddle Creek Road. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice in Tacoma. Memorials at www.raykelleher.weebly.com .
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Garceda Franklin

Died. Any info please call 253-566-1008.
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Dorothy Elizabeth Ervin

Dorothy Ervin was born October 5, 1911 in South Bend, Washington and passed away August 12, 2009 in University Place, Washington. She is survived by her son, Paul James, and his wife, Dana James; grandchildren, Shawna, Paul and Wayne James; brother, Bo Hall, and three great-grandchildren. Ms. Ervin loved camping and traveling with her husband, Everett, and she was a talented gardener who enjoyed growing both flowers and vegetables. Viewing will be held from 10:00AM-1:15PM on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, with graveside services following at 1:30 PM in Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Dorothy Vandenbulck

Dottie Van 83 was born on April 5, 1926 in Rome, NY. She went with God on Aug 7, 2009 in Puyallup. Dorothy is survived by her husband Kenneth , son Joseph & dauther in law Vickie. She also had 3 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren. Celebration of her life was held by family.
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Dr. Robert W. Kunkle

Dr. Robert W. Kunkle passed away on August 9th, 2009. He was respected and admired as a surgeon, loved as a husband and family member, and cherished as a kind and compassionate friend. May the love, care, wisdom and generosity that defined his life be an inspiration to the many lives he touched. He will be remembered for his integrity and warmth, his memory everlasting in our hearts. He will be loved, honored, and missed by all. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 22nd from 3-6pm at his home on Fox Island. Please contact Michelle Atkins at mnmatkins02@msn.com for further information. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to a memorial fund at Columbia Bank.
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BEVERLY METCALF

Granny was born December 15, 1936 and died August 11, 2009. She was one of 13 children. She was married to Melvin Metcalf who predeceased her. For many years she was employed at Bimbo’s Restaurant, then at Manorcare Gig Harbor. She is survived by her children Ro (Pat), Becky, Mona, and Jeff Ross; grandchildren Heather (Rob), Rebeckah (DeVonne), Tiffany (Jeremy), Dylan, Rachel, Laura, Isabelle (Jordan), Jamie, Kellie, Annie and Jeffrey; great grandchildren Tyler, Jordan, Ryan, Mel, Ashtyn, Alex, Damsel, Jacob, Jonathon, Shyla and Rachay; siblings Lucille, Glenna, Bob, Betty, John and Connie plus several nieces and nephews. Thanks to GHC Hospice workers and the staff at Orchard Park who helped care for her. Donations may be made in her name to Hospice Foundation of Group Health. At her request, there will be no services. In her memory, please read a book, play a game of cards, do a crossword, or go fishing!!
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James Robert Paulson

James Robert Paulson July 18, 1919 ~ August 7, 2009 Was born in Mankato Minnesota to loving immigrant parents. He lived most of his life in Tacoma Washington where he graduated from both Stadium High School and University of Puget Sound. He served as student body president for the University and played on the basket ball team. Upon graduation, he enlisted in Officer Candidate School for the Navy and attended Columbia University to earn the rank of Lieutenant. After marrying the love of his life, Marijane Lewis, he was shipped to the Pacific Theater in 1942 where he eventually took command of a sub chaser turned mine sweeper. His tour of duty took him to Guam, Pearl Harbor and up into the North China Sea and the Sea of Japan where his boat was the lead mine sweeper for the fleet. He also did patrols in the Aleutian Islands where he and his crew of 28 brave sailors had to battle the elements, sometimes 150 knot winds and 90 foot seas. His family always enjoyed hearing the hair-raising sea stories from those experiences. Jim returned to his bride after the war and earned his master’s degree in accounting at the University of Washington, while holding down various jobs like merchandizing manager for Rhodes Brothers. Jim’s father Andrew had passed away the year he was born of the flu, so he developed the head of household role, and at the age of seven he began selling newspapers for the News Tribune. The work ethic he learned from selling newspapers well into his college years, served him well after graduation when he was immediately named partner in the accounting firm Johnson and Paulson. They built that little business over the years and were eventually bought by Ernst and Whiney, a large national accounting firm. Jim and a friend started Alaska Fish Fertilizer in Seattle and built that business over the years when they finally sold it at their time of retirement. He also was active in the community putting together mergers and acquisitions for private individuals. He eventually retired from accounting and became president of Comerco, a holding company for several small companies, which he had been instrumental in purchasing. In the early 80’s Clorox Company bought Comerco and Jim became a member of the Board of Directors for Clorox. Throughout his professional career Jim served on various community boards, most notably University of Puget Sound where he served 25 years, often as Chairman of the Finance Committee and as Chairman of Building and Grounds. He and Norton Clapp put together the successful project to start a Law School for the University. He was eventually designated by the President of the University as an Honorary Permanent Board Member. Jim also was the founding member of and original contributor to the Greater Tacoma Foundation. He also served on the Boards of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Pierce County Medical, Gensco, and American Savings and Loan. He served as President of the Tacoma Club, and Vice President of the Board of Tacoma and Golf Club, and Finance Chairman of the Springs Golf and Tennis Club in Rancho Mirage California. He participated on the committee for reorganization of the Tacoma School District. He and Marijane raised their four children in Lakewood Washington. In his spare time, Jim loved to play tennis and golf with lifelong memberships to the Lakewood Racquet Club, Tacoma Country and Golf Club, and The Springs Golf and Tennis Club. He and Marijane also loved to dance and play bridge. They were members of El Choclo, a dance club and played duplicate bridge in regular club groups. They loved their Tollycraft boat and spent many wonderful summers in Desolation Sound in their later years. They loved to travel Hawaii being their favorite destination. Jim truly led a full and blessed life of dedication and service to his family, his companies, his country, and his community. He is preceded in death by his wife Marijane. His surviving family are Majorie Keiffer of Allyn, WA, his brother-in-law Richard Lewis of Fircrest, Timmi and Rick Ryerson of Ketchum Idaho, Jim and Sheryl Paulson of Bothell, Nancy and Paul Crabtree of Lakewood, Bruce Paulson of Portland Oregon. He has eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren who all adored him and will miss him very much. Services to be held at New Tacoma Cemetery August 22, at 4PM with reception following. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Greater Tacoma Foundation.
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Norma Jane McIntosh

Jan. 1, 1921 - Aug. 12, 2009 Norma was born in Spokane, Wa., attended W.S.U. and was a Tri-Delt at U.of Idaho. She enjoyed golfing, bowling and bridge. Her husband Mac, preceded her in death 21 yrs. ago. Her surviving family includes daughter Bonnie, son Marc, granddaughter Lisa Pleiss and sister Donna Warner. At Norma's request, there will be no memorial service, but anyone who wishes may contribute to the American Lung Assoc. Our family would like to thank the staff at Manorcare for all of the loving, devoted care they provided for her.
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Harriet Newsham

Jan. 25, 1933-June 28, 2009 Memorial services and a celebration of her life will be held on August 23, 2009 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and AFIFI Shrine Center at 1:00 PM at 817 and 815 South Vassault, respectively in Tacoma, WA. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to Rite Care of Washington c/o Scottish Rite masons helping children communicate and/or Shrine Children's Hospital Transportation Fund at the above address. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
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Janice Walthers

Janice Walthers of South Prairie passed away with a tear on her cheek August 6, 2009. She was born Sept. 2, 1951 in Lafayette, Indiana. Her red hair, blue eyes, love, sympathy, compassion for others will be missed. Special thanks to Brenda, Christopher, Jeremiah and Lee Ann, caregivers of the the heart. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
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Joseph B. Hamilton

Joseph B. Hamilton, 79, died August 13, 2009 in Tacoma of complications following heart surgery. He was born September, 29, 1929 in Rome, Kentucky. Joe is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joan, sons Daniel (Diane) and Thomas (Amy), daughter Kathleen (Wesley) and sisters Augustine and Myrtle (Leo). He is also survived by 8 grandchildren. Joe was raised in Tacoma and resided in Eatonville for 47 years before returning to Tacoma. Joe was a graduate of Bellarmine Prep and the University of Washington. Joe shared his love of life with family and friends. He enjoyed snow skiing, drag racing, vintage cars, and driving his new convertible. A Rosary will be held Monday, August 17, 2009 at 7 pm Gaffney's Funeral Home, 1002 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma. A memorial service will be held at the St. John of the Woods Catholic Church, 9903 24th Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98445 at 11 am on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John of the Woods Catholic Church. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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Joy Glenn Ostrander

Joy (Joe) Ostrander, born January 22, 1916 in Fullerton, NE, was the eighth of William and Minnie Ostrander’s ten children. He married LaVerne Wyman on September 1, 1938 and soon moved to Tacoma. They had one daughter, Karen, and two grandchildren, Eric and Wendy. Joy served in the army as a truck driver in World War II. He was employed at Johnson Millwork as a builder, then for 20 years at Darigold as a driver. He was a talented cabinet and furniture craftsman. A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed life, spending time with family and friends, dancing, playing cards and games, and being a tease. He kept a beautiful yard and spectacular roses. Joy was preceded in death by his parents, 8 of his brothers and sisters, his wife, LaVerne, of 58 years, and his grandson, Eric. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Anderson of Tacoma, granddaughter, Wendy Anderson of Skagway, AK, brother, Dale Ostrander of Tacoma, and many other relatives and friends. Joy’s services will be held Monday, August 17: graveside at 10:30 at Mountain View Cemetery; memorial service at 1:00 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 East 38th Street, Tacoma; reception following in the church hall. Donations in his memory can be made to Wright’s Park Conservatory/ Tacoma Parks, Franciscan Hospice, or Bethlehem Lutheran Church bell choir.
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Phillip Roger McMahon Sr

June 17, 1929 - August 10, 2009 Phillip Roger McMahon Sr was born June 17, 1929 in Tacoma, WA. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with illness, on August 10, 2009. He will be missed by his wife, Mona, his family and his friends. At his request, no memorial services are planned.
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Larry L. Dykes

Larry L. Dykes passed away at home on August 12, 2009 at the age of 62. Larry served as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant in Vietnam for which he earned multiple combat decorations, after which he had a long career as a professional recruiter. Larry is survived by his wife (Judi), mother, two children and three grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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Leslie Bowman Sr.

Leslie Bowman Sr., born September 23, 1907, went to be with the Lord on July 25, 2009 at his home in the arms of his loving wife Frances of seventy-three years. Leslie lived a full, vigorous and varied life. He is survived by his wife, Frances; daughters Darlene (John) and JoAnn (Rich); sons Les (Kari) and Darrell (Joyce); eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Leslie was a member of Life Center Assembly of God church where he worshipped for many years. He demonstrated his devotion to God by living a life characterized by humility, integrity, wholesome living and selfless service to others. Leslie loved his church and the nature of his service was always genuine and with total commitment, without thought of personal gain or reward. Leslie was born in Burlington, North Dakota. He attended Minot State teachers college and after completing his education he taught in a one-room school house. He moved to Washington State in 1953 where he was employed by the Bremerton Naval Shipyard until he retired in 1962. After retiring, Leslie remained very active, volunteering at his church, gardening, camping and traveling in their motor home. He was also a lifetime member of the local Good Sam R.V. Club where he served as president for sixteen years. Leslie was Republican Committee Chairman for district 26 and volunteered in the Republican booth at the Puyallup Fair. Leslie loved to have the entire family for a traditional Fourth of July barbeque and Leslie and Frances enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with their family in their welcoming home. Leslie was well-read and no matter what time of day you would stop by their home, you would often find him reading his Bible. A favorite memory of all of his family was when he would recite poetry which he had memorized while attending elementary school. Leslie was dearly loved by his family and his church family and he will live on in their hearts forever. Leslie's family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Janice Olson, Dr. Timothy Chung and their staffs for the loving care that was given to their father. Memorials in Leslie's honor may be made to the Life Center Super Club at 1717 So Union Ave, Tacoma WA 98405. A celebration of Leslie's life will be held on September 25th at 2:00 p.m. at his home church, Life Center Assembly of God in Tacoma, WA.
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Louis Andrew Yanak

Lou passed away peacefully on August 10, 2009. He was born on June 15, 1930 near Elyria, Ohio and was the second son of five children born to Frank and Rose Yanak. He married Betty Larson Yanak on April 19, 1954 at St Georges Catholic Church and together they raised seven children; Lisa, Thomas, Charles, Mark, Matthew, Richard and Anne. Louis is preceded in death by his father, mother and loving wife Betty and is survived by his siblings, Frank, Richard, Robert, Mary Ann, all seven of his children, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Lou loved to spend time with his family camping and teaching his sons how to fish and his daughters how to dig worms and play cribbage. His funeral Mass will be held at St Andrews Catholic Church in Sumner on Friday, August 28 at 12 noon, and a Rosary Service will precede it at 11:30 AM.
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Warren Barry Anderson

Loving and faithful husband of 56 years, devoted father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Warren went to be with the Lord on Aug. 10th, after an extended illness. Warren was born in Aberdeen, WA on April 27th, 1926 to T. Murray and Helen Anderson. He graduated from Stadium HS in 1944 and served 2 years in the army. After attending UPS and photography school he worked for the Tacoma News Tribune as a news photographer for 30 years. He married his wife Geralyn in 1953 and raised 3 children. They traveled the US and Europe and had many adventures. Warren was known for his humor, artistic abilities and adventurous spirit. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church for 40 years and sang in the choir. He was a skilled photographer and potter and enjoyed bicycling. He is survived by his wife Geralyn; children: David (Kitty), Dan, Louise (Ted); grandchildren: Elisha, Israel, Esther, Joshua, Jake, and Kyle; nephews, nieces and cousins. A viewing will be held on Aug. 22, 9-11:15 followed by a graveside service at 11:30 at Mountain View Funeral Home; 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Tacoma. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 22 at 2:30p.m. at Grace Baptist Church; 2507 N. Vassault, Tacoma. Donations to: Parkinsons Research and Grace Baptist Church
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Thomas E. Butkovich

November 6 1969 - August 10 2009 Tom is now with his beloved wife. Rest in peace my son. Tom is survived by his son Thomas Snyder Butkovich 2 brothers James and Kieth Butkovich his mother Patty Archer. Tom was a iron worker out of Local 86. A memorial service will be held at Bethany Open Bible Church 8415 Waller Rd. on the 22 of August at 1PM. In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a small donation to your local food bank.
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ELIZABETH (Betty) HENRY

Of Hansville Nov 28th 1926 to Aug 8th 2009 Betty died at Harborview Hospital in Seattle very shortly after suffering a stroke. Betty was born to Ann and George Stokes in Port Albernie, BC, but spent most of her formative years in Victoria, BC. She met and married Bob her husband of 62 years in Victoria shortly after his return from Canadian Military duty in Europe In World War II. She spent all of her married life as a loving wife and mother and homemaker throughout Bob’s long banking career. This took her to several cities in British Columbia, Seattle, and a final 20 years in Tacoma. In 1984 retirement took her to Hansville, where she has been active in the community and endeared herself to many friends. Betty is survived by her husband Bob of Hansville, Son Bill of Eatonville, daughters Joanne Henry (Jon Seward), Colleen (Don) Kainz and grandchildren Bobby and Donny Kainz in Tacoma, sister Marion Donaldson in Victoria. She was preceeded in death by son Guy. The family will hold a celebration of her life at the Hansville Community Center on Saturday Sepember 26th at 2PM.
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Kenneth Edwin Pawlicki

Passed away peacefully in his home on August 3, 2009. Ken was born September 4, 1936 in Bay City, Michigan to parents Edwin and Florence Pawlicki. Growing up in the Polish community of Bay City, Ken was proud of his heritage and shared many traditions and memories with his family. As a young man, he worked on a freighter on the Great Lakes. Serving in the Army, Ken fought in the Korean war for two years. He went on to graduate from Michigan State University, with a degree in Packaging Engineering, a field in which he pioneered. He also achieved a masters degree in business from the University of Washington. He traveled the world for business and pleasure, before settling with his wife and children in Browns Pt., WA in 1969. Ken was an avid outdoorsman with a love of the natural world that he instilled into his family. He was a fly fisherman who tied his own flies, a sailor (Star Fleet), and snow skier. He enjoyed camping and fishing trips to Montana. Ken was appreciative of the arts; he was extremely well read, cared about visual art, and listened to a wide variety of music. He was very creative, curious, and loved lively conversations and debates. Ken was an icon who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Ken is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy, and his four children: Peter (wife Susie), Kate, Tom, and Brook Pawlicki. He was the proud grandfather of his only grandson, Robert. Ken is also survived by his brothers: Joe of Bay City, MI, and Mark (wife Emma) of Redding, CA. A Memorial Service will be held at The Browns Point Improvement Club on August 23rd from 1:00-4:00.
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Paul Lee Jasperson

Paul L. Jasperson, age 72, passed away on August 7, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. Paul was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was born in Ballard, WA on July 27, 1937, then moved to South Seattle with his family and attended Foster High School. He served our country 4 years in the US Navy and spent 30 years working for the Seattle Police Department. He is survived by his wife Donna; sister Leila; brother Jim; daughters Audrey, Judy, Margaret and step-sons Reid, Kenny, and David along with their spouses; 14 grandchildren and his 2 canine buddies Birdie and Goldie. He had " A Remarkable Dash”. In lieu of flowers remembrance may be made in Paul’s name to the Anderson Island Crime Task Force, 7802 126th Avenue, Anderson Island, WA 98303, Attn. Kendel Lyman.
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Ronald M. Curtis

Ron was born June 20, 1939 and passed away in the early morning of August 1, 2009 after a long battle with Mesotheilioma. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon, his sons Ed (Melissa) and Chris (Amy) and grandchildren Dylan, Kendall and Jesse. Ron worked for US Oil in Tacoma for over 30 years and retired in 2007. Ron could always be found working in his garden and creating a masterpiece in his shop. A memorial will be held on Saturday August 22, 2009 at The Kingdom Hall in Spanaway (14002 C. Street, Tacoma) at 2pm. Sincere thanks from the Curtis Family to the Franciscan Hospice House where Ron spent his final days and received the best care possible.
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Vivian May Curtice

Vivian May Curtice, born May 18, 1911 in Multnomah County, Oregon died August 11, 2009 in Edgewood, WA. She leaves 4 daughters, Barbara (Gordon) Kinsman, Eatonville, Arlee (Bob) Johnson, Mesa, AZ, Glenda (George) Pirie, Federal Way, Marcia Denton of Fife; 1 son, Wilford Alan Curtice, Graham; 14 grandchildren, 25Ú great-grand children and 8 great-great grandchildren; many nephews, nieces and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 1/2 years Wilford G. Curtice and oldest son James. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at 1:00 in the Chambers Creek Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery.
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WANDA ZAK LUCHINO

Wanda Zak Luchino, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, died of natural causes on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009, with her family at her side. Wanda was born of Polish descent on November 19th, 1915, in PeEll, Washington. She graduated from PeEll High School and the next day left for Tacoma, Washington, where she worked for the Nalley Food Company. It was here that she met her future husband, Adrian Thomas Luchino. They had 71 wonderful years together and raised their family in the Pacific Northwest in the same homestead. Wanda was a self-employed beautician and copartner in property management projects. Her two most favorite things in life were dancing with her husband and gardening, both of which she did with great pizzazz and flair. She loved to surround herself with beauty, and created it where ever she could, with an eye for detail and excellence. She was a creative master in the kitchen, enjoyed reading, pinochle, ceramics and painting, razor clamming at their beach cabin, and hardly ever missed a Mariners game. Her voluntary service to her church and the community over several decades was extensive. Along with her husband and a handful of volunteers, she raised money to initiate the establishment of the Metro Park located at 44th and McKinley; she also worked to solicit funds and donated materials to establish a Boys Club for East Tacoma, which later became the United Way supported Eastside Boys and Girls Club. Wanda is survived by four of her five children: Gerald (deceased) and Alice Luchino of Annandale VA, Frederick and Judy Luchino of Lakewood, WA, Newell and Catherine Luchino Mitchell of Hilton Head Island, SC, Michael Luchino of Greenbrae, CA, and Gary and Rosemarie Luchino Nepper of Lakewood WA. Their families include 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 20th, 2009. Rosary begins at 9:30 am, Mass at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Parish at 4520 McKinley Avenue in Tacoma, WA 98404. Mass and Reception will follow with burial at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice, or the Sacred Heart Parish Altar Society, or the St. Joseph Medical Center Dialysis Unit, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401 www.foundation.fhshealth.org . Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneyfuneralhome.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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Marjorie J. Martin

Was born on June 1, 1927 and passed away peacefully, with her children by her side, on August 11, 2009. Marge’s greatest happiness was being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother bringing joy and smiles to her family and friends. She had a big heart and will always be remembered for her selfless dedication and willingness to serve. Marge will be dearly missed by her daughter Laurie (Abraham), son Tim (Robin); grandchildren Abby, Cassie, Garrett, Timmy, Heather, Jonathan, Michelle (Bobby), Jared and Jesse; great-grandchildren AmberRose, Carissa, Danny, Emma Mae-Lynn, Evan and her countless friends. Marge has been reunited with her husband of 45 years Martie, father Edward, mother Clara, sisters Betty, Pat, brother Pete, and her special aunt & uncle, Marge & Bob. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 19, 4:00-7:00pm at Mountain View in Lakewood. Memorial services will begin at 10:00am, Thursday, August 20 at Mountain View. Following services, a reception to celebrate Marge will be held at St. Frances Cabrini in Lakewood from Noon – 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts, serving as a humble testimony to Marge’s commitment in making Catholic education affordable, may be made to establish the "Grandma Marge" Scholarship Fund as part of the 21st Century Fund - an Endowment for Cabrini Students. Gifts should be sent to St. Frances Cabrini, 5621 108th Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.
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Pastor Larry Jones

1 Dec. 1952 - 21 Aug. 2004 “I’m Blessed” Pastor Larry Jones was a walking example of “love in action” His legacy of love continues through 2nd Chance Church which he cofounded and through the hundreds of lives he touched. He was a true man of God in the church, in his community, and on his job. Pastor Jones is truly missed and loved and will never be forgotten. Please join us in honoring the memory of the man at American Lake Park, Saturday, August 22nd. For more info call Irmgard 582-4667.
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Justin Marks Wolfe

10-6-73 - 08-13-92 "Gone Fishing" It's been '17' years since you went away, yet your smile is always with us, like it was just yesterday. Memories of you that forever last, bring us warm thoughts of you in the past. Love all enduring until the end, when we'll all finally meet together again. Always remembering... Mom, Dad, & Sis
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Sharon Colleen Pitzing, LPN

Birth 9-13-38 Death 8-07-09 Daughter of Harvey-Vernie Hogan. Celebration Mass:St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Lakewood, Mon. Aug. 17th at 11:00am; Rosary at 10:30am.
Pub Date: 8/15/2009

Melvin DuWayne Grant Allen

DuWayne was born on April 4, 1961 in Orange, California. Passed away July 9, 2009 in Orting, Washington. He is survived by his parents Melvin and Sharon Allen, son Joshua, sister Sherri, brother Robert and many family members and friends.
Pub Date: 8/15/2009

Kenneth Bruce Donaldson

July 24, 1924 - July 26, 2009 Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 17, 2009 in the Aspen Chapel, Mountain View Celebration of Life Center. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.
Pub Date: 8/15/2009

Ted J Fox

Was born on January 7, 1942 in Tacoma, Washington. He died peacefully in the arms of his wife at his home in Quincy, Washington on August 13, 2009 after a courageous battle with mesothelioma cancer. Ted was the son of George N. and Margaret E. Fox of Fircrest, Washington; the brother of Ric and Jeanne, University Place and Peggy Ann and Bruce, Gig Harbor; the father of Terry and Theresa, Eric and Caroline, Andrew and Julie, Melanie and Robby, Kimberley and Steve; the grandfather of Cassandra, Kristina, Samuel, Taylor, Corey, Hunter, Maryn, Alexander and MargaretAnn; the great grandfather of Breelynn; and the husband, best friend and soul mate for forty-seven years of Joyce. While they all feel deep anguish at losing him, they feel equally deep relief that he has at last been released from the unrelenting pain and fatigue that had become his constant companion. From his rowdy tempestuous teen years, through his hard drinking, fun loving twenties and thirties, to his more responsible, sober forties and beyond, he remained constant in the goodness of his soul. While he was at times quick to temper and often very opinionated, he was never mean spirited. The sheer number of his really good friends and the devotion of his family show how much he was loved and respected. Aside from the loss of his companionship, the world has lost a tremendous source of information. We don’t know anyone who had the absolute knowledge of the Puget Sound and all of its variables that Ted had. Ted was the quintessential ‘Jack of all Trades’. However, he was the master of most of them. He had been a golf caddy and golf professional. He was a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He had been a lumber jack and a truck driver. He was a journeyman mechanic and a journeyman carpenter. He made custom cabinetry. He was a professional fisherman. He worked as a laborer and a heavy machine operator. He managed a maintenance department with a multimillion dollar budget for Clover Park School District until he retired. Ted’s biggest problem after retirement was time management. He had so many interests and hobbies that he had a hard time scheduling them all in. Ted was a talented golfer who belonged to the Fircrest Golf Club in Fircrest, Washington for years. He was always ready to get up at ‘0-dark 30’ to go hunting or fishing. He was an avid and talented fisherman whether for a Salmon on the Puget Sound or a Steelhead on one of Washington’s rivers. He was a dedicated hunter and he fostered that love for the sport in all of his sons and grandsons. He was especially fond of duck hunting. Duck season was always excitedly awaited by all of his ‘boys’. He insisted that all of the children attend gun safety classes and practice good sportsmanship. He was a major sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. Right up to the end he talked of hunting British Columbia and Montana again. Ted’s over-riding love and passion was his family. He cared deeply for each and every member and was always there to help out at a moment’s notice. He gave freely whatever help was needed whether it was a loan from the ‘bank of Ted’, advice on how to solve a problem, or even a ‘kick in the butt’ if necessary. He was a popular friend, a supportive father and a superb husband. All dogs and babies loved him! Ted left a tremendous hole in the lives of a multitude of people. He will be sorely missed. Ted has requested that we not have formal funeral services. We will have a celebration of his life sometime in the near future. E-mail notification will go out concerning the time and place for it. If you wish to send flowers, he would rather that you send them to a loved one that is still with you. If there was any lesson in this whole ordeal with cancer, it was that life is too short. You may not have as much time together as you think. He would ask that you not waste it.
Pub Date: 8/15/2009

Margaret A. Veliz

Oct. 17, 1931 - Aug. 15, 2002 Despite the sorrowful farewell of undying remebrance the dead are all too soon universally forgotten. You never will be. Joe Veliz Jr.
Pub Date: 8/15/2009

Ellen B. Cobble

Ellen Bessie Cobble passed away peacefully in her residence on the 3rd of August after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. In Oakley, Idaho, a small farming town, Ellen was born February 2nd, 1924 to Francis Noah Lee and Effie May (Strong) Lee. It was there she met her husband of 61 years, Lee F. Cobble, a World War II veteran, who passed away in 2002. Together, they had two children, William and Steve. The family spent time in Germany, Steilacoom, Ellensburg, and eventually retired to Orting, Washington. Ellen would probably describe herself as being an old -fashioned country gal who enjoyed the small important things in life. She was an excellent seamstress, cook, and gardener. Her ability to light up the darkest of rooms and warm the coldest of hearts made her a truly amazing woman. Ellen was part of the greatest generation and embodied the values that make this country great. One of her lasting contributions was instilling those values into her children and grandchildren through love and affection; and being the cornerstone of strength during challenging times. Her life was dedicated to family. Heaven will be a better place with her presence. Ellen is survived by her brother Jack Lee, son William (Marilyn) Cobble, and her grandchildren Lisa (Gary) Binner, Deborah (Wayne) Rumbaugh, Melissa (Albert) Chavez, Heidi (Joey) Mertlich and Sam Cobble. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Cobble, son, Steve Cobble, and grandson, David Cobble. A memorial service will be held on August 19th at 11:00 am, at Tahoma National Cemetery:18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: 1100 Fairview Ave N. PO Box 19024 Seattle WA, 98109. Funeral arrangements made by Edwards Memorial Center.
Pub Date: 8/14/2009

John T. Stephens

John T. Stephens, born July 9, 1930 in Wylie, TX. died August 8, 2009 in Tacoma. He was loved by all and will be missed dearly. A funeral service will be held on Monday Aug. 17, 10 a.m. at the Sumner United Methodist Church, 901 Wood Ave. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Tahoma National Cemetery. Please sign the online guest book at www.curnowfuneralhome.com If you would like to make donations in honor of him they can be made to the Veteran’s Hospital. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
Pub Date: 8/14/2009

MSgt. John Dustin Koeppen, Ret.

Passed away August 8, 2009. He was born August 10, 1930 to Mary Elizebeth and John Forrest Koeppen in Marion, Indiana. After high school, John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he became a pilot. He retired after 26 years. Next John earned his A&P license from Clover Park Technical College, where he also taught Auto Mechanics. After teaching he became the head of maintenance at the Narrows Airport. He retired after a few years thinking it was for good. Shortly after that he went to work for The Boeing Co. to do the work he most enjoyed. John was a customer support rep., working closely with the customer and inspecting the airplane as it moved down the assembly line. After Boeing, he was a customer rep. for a small airline starting up on the East coast. Loving the outdoors as he did, John was an avid hunter and fisherman. He so looked forward to each hunting season (deer, elk). He also loved flying his airplane until he felt he was “getting too old.” He also enjoyed woodworking. John is survived by his wife Charmagne, and step-children Collette Marie Rice (Lenny), Vincent Michael Willard, and Christine Barbara Moore (Gary). He leaves his brother Richard Koeppen (Barbara) of Cape Cod, MA, and his sister Rebecca Koeppen (Gary) of Colorado, and grandchildren, Kelsey and Emilly Moore, and Nicole Rice. John will be greatly missed by all. There will be a memorial service Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m., in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., in Lakewood. A gathering will follow in the Oak Room.
Pub Date: 8/14/2009

Ralph Vargo Williams

SOUTHLAKE -- Ralph Vargo Williams died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at a hospital in Grapevine. Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, to remember and celebrate the life of Ralph Vargo Williams. The Rev. Dr. John McKeller will officiate. Interment: 9 a.m. Friday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ralph Williams Scholarship Fund at the Carroll Education Foundation, Box 93041, Southlake, Texas 76092. Ralph was born Feb. 16, 1943, in Tacoma, Wash. He was a UCLA graduate and a member of White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, where he served on the finance committee and Administrative Board. Ralph was a past member of the Southlake Planning and Zoning Commission and the Southlake Building Board of Appeals. He was a founding member of the Southlake Breakfast Club and founding member and treasurer of the Carroll Education Foundation. He was a Christ Haven capital campaign member in 2008. He was a Southlake resident for 14-plus years. Ralph was an avid Carroll Dragon football fan and band booster. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Veronica of Tacoma, Wash. Survivors: His wife, Sherri; son, Stephen; son, Thomas; daughter, Veronica; sister, Kay Walters and husband, David, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; father-in-law and wife, Ken and Betty Hare of Keller, and mother-in-law, Pat Hare of Gatesville; and brother-in-law, Brent Hare and wife, Mary, and their daughter, Phoenix, of North Richland Hills.
Pub Date: 8/14/2009

Athedella V. Powell

Aug 10th 1924 - Aug 14th 2007 You are dearly missed, but will always remain in our hearts. Your loving sons, Anthony, Michael and family.
Pub Date: 8/14/2009

Carl Edwin Baber, Sr.

Age 68, died August 8, 2009. Beloved husband of Aida, father to son Carl, Jr. and wife Dawn and daughter Kelsey and husband Mark Wilkening. Doting grandfather to Katherine Linnea, Isabella Madison, Markus Jaden, Halle Joy and Zavion Michael. Carl enjoyed his life as a successful Director of Inflight Services for both United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, but thrived in his role as a family man and lived for the time spent with family since his retirement four years ago. Carl was loved and respected by all who were blessed to know him. Please join his family in celebrating his life at 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 15th, 2009 at Lake City Community Church, 8810 Lawndale Avenue, Lakewood 98498. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be sent to Lake City Community Church Food Bank and Worship and Arts Ministries. Please visit Carl’s obituary and guestbook online at www.yahnandson.com .
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Lawrence Edward Henning, Sr.

Aug. 14, 1942 - Aug. 4, 2009 Known to his friends and family as Larry, he was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota and moved to the Seattle area when his parents relocated in 1945. Larry graduated from Woodside High School in 1962 and worked at A.O. Smith as a sandblaster until 1981 when he retired due to poor health. He was an avid supporter of the local limited hydro races, a member of the APBA & an occasional participant in the Competition Jet races at Lake Spanaway and Lake Sammamish. His favorite hobby was building R/C Airplanes. A member of the Mount Rainier R/C Society, he was often found out at Pfiffer Field flying and displaying his latest creations until his health no longer permitted. Larry is survived by his son Lawrence Edward Grove and his grandson Christopher Lawrence Grove. A private family memorial will be held later this month. Please sign the online memorial guestbook at www.bonneywatson.com .
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

David E. Neal

Beloved husband and father passed away Aug. 10, 2009 after a battle with cancer. He was born in Patterson, NJ on Nov. 23, 1946. He graduated from high school in Otego, NY; served in the Navy for 4 years and went to Delhi Tech for an associate degree. He enjoyed wood carving and blacksmithing. He is survived by his wife, Teodora, daughter Alijah and brother Rich. He worked for Tacoma Water for 27+ years. Private service.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Ronald J. Micheles

Born 10-28-52, Tacoma, WA Died 8-2-09, Tacoma, WA Preceded in death by his father Leo M. Micheles. Leaving behind his mother Marlis Micheles, his wife Kathy. His son’s Anthony Micheles, Ricky Micheles, da ughters Sherri Micheles, Rheanna Micheles. Brother Bob Micheles, sisters, Patti and Diana. Ron was a devoted longshoreman, a loving father and husband. Devoted to the care of his horses, dogs and cat. He’s truly at peace now with his higher power. Internment at Tahoma Cemetery, Kent, WA., Aug. 17th at 3 PM. Directions 1-425-413-9614.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Eddy D. Davis

Eddy D. Davis, of Tacoma, Washington died Monday August 10, 2009 at his winter home in Sun City West, Arizona. Born September 2, 1918 on a small farm in Oxville, Illinois, Eddy emerged from his humble roots to pilot C-47s in WW II, including flying in the initial wave of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. He wore his “First Into Normandy” cap proudly and took great pleasure from a later private meeting with Winston Churchill. His flying skills were further recognized as he was to be selected as Billy Graham’s pilot on his first visit to the Holy Lands. After 25 years with the US Air Force, Eddy went on to found Flex-a-Lite Corp. a successful auto parts manufacturing company which, after 45 years remains a Tacoma based family business. Not only was Eddy successful in the military and business worlds, he was also an extraordinary golfer. As one of the orginal members at Oakbrook Country Club, Eddy “The Iron Man of Oakbrook” remained an active member for over 40 years. Of all Eddy’s many accomplishments, he was by far most proud of and fulfilled by his own family. Eddy leaves us to join his late wife of 63 years, Margaret (11/6/04) and is survived by his daughter Linda and husband Rainer Willingham, son Don Davis and his wife Brenda, grandchildren Eddy and wife Sherelle Willingham, Lisa and husband Craig Chissus, Scott Davis, and great-grandchildren Austin and Mikala Chissus, and Jentzen and Jaerden Willingham. Graveside Services for immediate family and friends are at 2:30 P.M. Saturday Aug. 15, 2009 at Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. Lakewood, Wa. Followed by a “Celebration of Eddy’s Life” at Oakbrook Golf & Country Club 8102 Zircon Drive S.W. Lakewood at 5:00 P.M. In Lieu of flowers please send donations in Eddy’s name to : Oxville, Methodist Church, c/o Laine Comford 310 N. Bluff, Bluff, Il. 62621
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Roland C. Bailey

Father, husband, provider, veteran. Born on March 7, 1935 in Chattanooga, TN and departed Aug. 8, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. He served 23 years in the US Army. Roland received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his master’s degree from the University of Washington. He was a member of the Cassia Lodge Order #5 and of the Tacoma Northwest Travelers RV Club as well as a respected deacon/past Trustee at Allen A.M.E. Roland was preceded in death by his wife Frances Ann Bailey as well as his father and mother, Bert and Augusta Bailey. He is survived by numerous family members and loved ones including children: Glemious (Matthew), Leon, Delores (Jerome), Frank, Jarvis, Ted, Sonya, Roland Jr., Lamborghini, and Aleshia; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law: Betty Jean Gardner and Sophia Washington of Natchitoches, LA. Viewing held on August 14, 1-9 p.m at Mt. View Funeral Home. Services will be held on August 15, 2009, 1 p.m., in the Valley Chapel at Mt. View.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

James “Jimmy” William Smith, Jr.

July 30, 1972 ~ August 5, 2009 James is survived by his mother Joyce M. Smith and sister Monique Smith; his children, Shalyse Smith, Ja’Mari Smith, Jamae’ Smith and Janaia Smith. He is preceded in death by his father, James William Smith, Sr. and brother, Jamal Bradley. Viewing will be on Friday, August 14, 2009 from 2-9 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 S “I” St., Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Ryan Scott Seward

March 12, 1963 – August 4, 2009 Loving husband and devoted father, he is survived by his wife Karin, sons Patrick and Kanady, and daughter Ciaran. He will be missed.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Michael C. Hurt

Michael Carter Hurt, born Sept. 7, 1943 in Kokomo, IN, passed away in Tacoma, WA on August 10, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Susan Clay (Lines) Hurt, and two sons, Michael Carter Hurt II and Justin Patrick Hurt. He is preceded in death by his parents Eldon and Jane (McCool) Hurt, and his sister Patricia (Hurt) Whitman. Michael served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971 and graduated in 1973 with a Juris Doctorate from the Univ. of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He spent 34 years as a practicing Attorney in family and business law. In addition to his private practice, he served as a Municipal Judge in Menomonee Falls, WI (1988-2007), a reserve Municipal Judge in Milwaukee, and as a Court Commissioner in Waukesha County Circuit Court. He was a past president of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity at the Univ. of the Pacific, the Municipal Judges’ Assoc. of Wisconsin, and the Menomonee Falls, WI Kiwanis Club, where he also served as Lt. Governor. Michael was also a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Education Committee (1995-2006), the State Bar of Wisconsin, and Waukesha County Bar Association. He held an Adjunct Professorship at Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. A devoted husband, father, and active member of the community, Michael started the first Teen Court in Wisconsin, was a longtime board member of the local YMCA, and an avid golfer. After retiring in 2007, Michael and Susan moved to DuPont, WA. A Memorial service will be held Friday, August 14, 2009 at 7pm at the Chapel at Tacoma Lutheran Home, 1301 N. Highlands Parkway, Tacoma, WA. Services will also be held in Wisconsin at a later date. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253.272.1414. Please sign the online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Michael Don Wells

Mike 60, born December 5th, 1948 in Rapid City, SD, passed away Sunday August 9th in Tacoma, WA. Mike and his family came to Tacoma in 1964 where he graduated from Stadium HS in 1968. After serving in the Army he worked for Milwaukee Railroad until starting with the Boeing Co. in 1979. Mike was still employed by Boeing and was looking forward to retirement this year. Mike and Judy celebrated their 37th year of marriage in March. Mike enjoyed being a clown in the Shriners where he was known to everyone as Lu We Gi. He also enjoyed boating and tinkering around in his garage fixing whatever anybody brought to him. Mike would help anyone with anything they needed done. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Mike leaves behind a loving family, including his wife Judy, daughters Cortney (Joel) Young, Michelle (Mike) Roll, grand kids Brock, Saylor, Irish, Kylie and Carson. He is preceded in death by his father Don, mother Marguerite, and brother Randy. Funeral services will be held Saturday August 15th at 2:00 pm at Mt. View Funeral Home with a reception following in the Willow Room. In remembrance of Mike (Lu We Gi) donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Phyllis E. Gee

Phyllis Eileen St. James Brooks Gee was born on May 13, 1922 and was called by our lord on August 6, 2009 after spending 5 years at Life Care Center in Puyallup. She had suffered from dementia for many years and suffered a debilitating stoke in December of 2003. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and lived most of her adult life in and around Seattle. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, 3 half sisters and her first husband, John H. Brooks. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John H. Gee, daughters Karen Roberts and Marilyn Borders, a son Ken Brooks and a stepson Jerome Gee. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 8 gggrandchildren. Phyllis enjoyed sewing, gardening and traveling. A memorial will be held at the clubhouse at Town and Country Mobile Manor, 5616 - 113th Ave E, Puyallup, WA at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2009.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Sandra Ann Roseberry

Sandra Ann Roseberry, 67, died July 28, 2009 in Seattle. She was born Jan. 29, 1942 in Burlington, Indiana to John and Irene (Crider) Van Meter. Sandra is survived by; Children, Samuel (Mary) Roseberry, Jr., Mischelle (Dean) McCormick, Robert Roseberry and Gregory Roseberry; Siblings, John (Karen) Van Meter, Mary Sharp, Vicki (Jerry) Bradley, Rebecca Ali and Joe Van Meter; 9 Grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Roseberry, Sr. Memorial Service is Sat. Aug 15, 2009. 1:00PM at Eastside Christian Church, 5816 McKinley Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404 followed by a Potluck at the Church.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Jerry "Boots" Gehrke

07/10/57 - 08/13/07 Everydays a life time without you, hard to get through, since you've gone.
Pub Date: 8/13/2009

Donald R. Mathison

3-8-1928 – 8-9-2009 Donald Richard Mathison, born in Algona, Iowa to Victor and Erma (Goodge) Mathison, passed away in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Heddy, sons Ken (Pat), Dennis (Sue), and Barry (Judy) Mathison, daughter Darla Mathison, brother Roy (Phyllis) Mathison, 8 Grandchildren, 13 Great-Grandchildren and his Feathered Friends, “Rosey” and “Reno.” He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ruby, and his beloved first wife of 47 years, Phyllis. Memorial Services will be held today, Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 10am at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. (253) 272-1414. Please sign online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Titus John “Johnny” Fields

Age 31, of Bonney Lake, Washington, went to be with the Lord August 3, 2009. Titus was born August 14, 1977 in Auburn, Washington to John and Polly Fields. He is survived by his mother, Polly Fields, and his siblings, Matt (Chere’), Jodi, Jack (Angie), Mike and Joshua (Michelle). He is preceded in death by his father, John Fields, and his brother Larry. Titus graduated from White River High School in 1995 and from Pacific Lutheran University in 2000. He was active in sports, particularly wrestling, and was a participant and leader in his church’s youth group. A memorial service will be held for Titus on Sunday, August 16 at 6pm at Rainier Hills Christian Fellowship, 23711 Entwhistle Rd., Buckley, WA. (253) 862-2163. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Generation Church at Rainier Hills Christian Fellowship.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Bonnie Delores (Long) Woody

Bonnie Delores (Long) Woody, 84, passed away August 8, 2009. She was born November 12, 1924 in Tacoma, WA. to William Thomas Long and Bertha Mae Johnson. She was also supported by stepmother Rita Long who have all preceded her in death. Bonnie was a Reno area resident since 1971. She was married to Marvin R for 46 years, until he lost his fight on November 4, 1993. Bonnie was an avid bowler and earned numerous state, city and senior titles and awards. She held many positions including league secretary, director for the greater Reno WBA, member of the local 500 and 600 Club, and Bowler of the Year in 2006 in the High Sierra Match Club. Her greatest accomplishment was being inducted into the Greater Reno WBA Hall of Fame in 1993. Bonnie worked for the Foster Grandparents program for many years, starting at Bailey Charter Elementary School with first graders and finished at McCord Child Care Center at Truckee Meadows Community College with infants. Bonnie is survived by her daughters Laura (Jerry) Ashworth of Sun Valley, NV; Debbie (Howard) Miles of Elko, NV and Kari (Craig) Erickson of Sparks, NV; six grandchildren, Tim, Nikole, Randy, Garin, Rhiannon and Karra; 3 great grandchildren, Clay, Phoenix and Latiana; half sister, Carol Pulley of Tacoma, WA and many nieces, nephews and friends. Chapel services will be held on Friday, August 14th at 11am at Walton Sparks Funeral Home, 1745 Sullivan Lane, with burial immediately following at Mountain View Cemetery on Stoker Avenue.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

MSgt. Robert L. McGlauflin

Born March 1, 1932 in Calais, Maine. Passed away on Aug. 9, 2009 in Lakewood, WA. He retired Dec. 1974 after 22 years in the USAF. He is survived by his loving long time partner Gerda, daughter Debra, son Kenneth and a very special little boy Williams, to whom he was his Mr. Mackie A memorial gathering and reception will be held at Lakewood Elks, 6313 75th. St. W., Lakewood, WA. 98499 on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, 12:00 to 4:00 PM In lieu of flowers, please donate to a cancer charity.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Diane Marie Ketcham

Diane Marie Ketcham passed peacefully on July 31, 2009. Diane was a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Born on January 5, 1929, Diane was an only child who was adored by her family, and who was especially close to her grandparents, her step-father, and her Aunts Vi and Pat. Diane grew up in Tacoma, and graduated from Aquinas. She was a beautiful woman, and an accomplished dancer. Diane had a long and devoted married life to her husband Donald, dedicating herself to being a wife and mother. She loved to throw parties, to travel and to collect jewelry. As a pilot's wife through the military and Boeing, Diane had the opportunity to live all over the United States and to travel all over the world. She especially loved England and Greece, where she lived with her family for more than two years. Diane was also a longtime resident of Fox Island, and was very involved in her community in her younger days. People still talk of the Can Can dancers she led at FICRA Fair, and she was the only parks commissioner Fox Island ever had. Diane was extremely proud of her husband and her three sons, and was devastated when she was preceded in death by her eldest son Marty. She is survived by her husband, her son Matt, her son John, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Diane passed at home, as was her wish, and will be laid to rest at the Fox Island Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Franciscan Hospice, which was instrumental in caring for Diane at the end.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Ralph Eugene Wooldridge

Died peacefully at home Wednesday, August 5, 2009 after fighting a courageous year and a half battle with cancer. Ralph was born in Bronough, MO July 7, 1937. Before retiring Ralph worked for Franklin Pierce School District 20 years. Baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness over 55 years ago he enjoyed his activity in the ministry. Ralph enjoyed playing golf, playing the guitar and doing things with his family. He never lost his sense of humor and he will be dearly missed. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years Tillie. Two daughters; Yvonne (Mark) Gibson of Portland, OR and Melinda Wooldridge of Tacoma. Three grandchildren Sarah, Mark Jr. and Brianna Gibson of Portland, OR. One brother Glenn Wooldridge of Moundville, MO, one sister Ester Nelson of Collingsville, OK., nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2308 S. Cushman in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Earl Richard Reinke (TPD)

Earl Reinke, age 75, was born in Snohomish, WA on November 15, 1933 and passed away in Tacoma on August 7, 2009 after a short illness. He grew up in Tacoma, attending Concordia Lutheran School and graduating from Lincoln High School (class of 1954), where he met his wife of 53 years, Donna (Kennel) Reinke. After graduation, he was on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hector in Asia. After being honorably discharged, Earl returned to Tacoma and joined the Tacoma Police Department in 1959. He retired in 1980 after 21 years of service. In retirement, Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf tournaments with his police "buddies", metal scrapping and playing the slots at local casinos. Earl is survived by his wife Donna, two beautiful daughters Dr. Robin Elizabeth Reinke of Tacoma and Rhonda Elaine Reinke-Sund of Yelm, a brother Ralph Reinke of Tacoma, two sisters Mary Grbich and Alice Moss of Tacoma, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister, and his loyal hunting dog Skipper. The family would like to thank Dr. Paula Schulze for 25 years of excellent care. We love and appreciate you. We'd also like to thank the wonderful staff of doctors and nurses at Allenmore Hospital ICU Department. At Earl's request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, 2608 Center St., Tacoma, WA 98409. An open house for friends and family in remembrance of Earl's life will be held at the home of Dr. Robin Rienke 5322 23rd Ave NE in Tacoma on Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For further information, call (253) 927-0981. P.S. Dad, hope you find that diamond mine up there. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Ella Louise Messick

Ella Messick passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 4, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ella was born in Sunnyside, WA, on July 28, 1951. A Bethel H.S. graduate, Ella was a lifelong resident of the Tacoma area. She loved fishing, music, dancing and day trips. Ella was preceded in death by her father Frank Mayhak. She is survived by her loving husband Larry Messick, son Greg (Lindsay) Stril, daughter Athena (Darrin) Rayner, step-daughter Cheryl (Matt) Palmquist, one granddaughter Madison, three step-grandsons Kaci, Nathan and Daniel, mother Louise Mayhak, two brothers Delbert and George Mayhak, three sisters Thelma (Carl) Landers, Pauline (George) Dickman and Rosella Berreman. Memorial Services will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park, 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, on Saturday August 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The family extends its heartfelt thank you to the Multi-Care Good Samaritan Hospice Group. Please sign online guestbook at www.firlane.com
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Esther Ruth Werner

Esther Ruth Werner passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital with family members by her side. She was born in Merricourt, North Dakota, to Henry and Johanna Giesler on October 7, 1925. She attended school in North Dakota prior to moving to Tacoma, Washington at age 19. She married Benjamin Werner on June 28, 1947. While attending beauty school in Tacoma, Esther worked at Brown & Haley. Once certified, Esther worked for about 40 years as a hair stylist at various shops including Rhodes Beauty Salon, People's Store, the Doric Hotel, and Art Brown Beauty Salon. She retired in 1989. Esther was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Ben Werner; her parents; three sisters Hulda Dallman, Martha Edgerly and Ella Jones, four brothers Oscar, Robert, Fred and Henry (Jr.) Giesler. She is survived by her daughter Teresa (Delmar) Gunns Jr.; granddaughters Jennifer (Kenton) Becker, Jamie Gunns, Jessica Gunns; sister Ivy Klose and brothers Harold and Herbert Giesler; and many special nieces and nephews. Esther was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Time spent with family and watching the Mariners were her greatest joys in life. She will be greatly missed. Viewing at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup will be on Thursday, August 13, 2009, from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 14, 2009, at Hill Funeral Home, 217 East Pioneer Avenue, Puyallup, WA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hospice Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. A special thank you to the Critical Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital for the care and support given to Esther and her family during her final days.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Ken Troup

Ken was born Oct. 18, 1956 and died Aug. 6, 2009. He graduated from Kennedy High School and University of Washington. He worked for Hertz Rent a Car and the Teamsters Union. At the time of his death he was the Secretary Treasurer for Local 589. He loved sports and his family. He is survived by a daughter Nikola, significant other Kim Pisha, his parents Francis and Della Troup, a brother Mike, a sister Linda and husband Scott, and many cousins. Rosary will be recited 10:00 am followed by Funeral Mass on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 at 11:00 am, reception at 12:00 noon all at St. John Bosco Catholic church in Lakewood Wash. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Mary Catherine Gallagher

Mom passed away on Sunday August 9, 2009. She was born in Aspinwall PA. on July 6, 1918. She now joins her husband, and our father, John M. Gallagher in Heaven. She is survived by her daughter Nancy Gallagher VanPevenage of Puyallup WA., daughter Maureen G. Martin, her three sons John Jr., Jeffery and Nancy's twin brother Kevin, mom's brother Harry W. Mclaughlin Jr., sister Isabelle Rea, and six grandchildren. She was a beautiful person with an abundance of love and happiness and will be missed. We know she now rests in peace and joy with our Lord. A private memorial service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Longview, WA. and a mass will be held at St. Scholastic Church in Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers we request memorial contributions to your local food bank.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Frank B. (Bud) Gantzer Jr.

Ret. CMSgt. USAF, 75, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at St. Peter Hospital in Oly, WA. Bud's celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am, Sat., Aug. 15, 2009 at Grace Community Covenant Church, 5501 Wiggins Rd. SE, Olympia, WA 98501. In lieu of flowers send donations to Grace Community Church. Sign guestbook at www.oakwoodhillfuneral.com .
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Dave Thomas

6/12/1943 ~ 8/12/2002 Seven long years without you. You are forever loved and missed. Love, your family.
Pub Date: 8/12/2009

Ronald L. Clark

Feb. 9, 1947 ~ May 2, 2009 Was born in Eureka, Montana, where he spent his early years. In 1960 he came to Tacoma to live with his father, Virgil, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his stepmother Mary LohKamp, siblings, Dale Clark, Judy DuCharme, and Willene Clark; two nieces, Lynette and Sandy DuCharme; two great nephews and one great niece. Ron worked as a self-employed landscaper and formed a company with his cousin David Clark. He pushed the lawnmower for many years until his health started to fail. He spent his last days under the loving care of his brother Dale and wife Jana, along with a family friend, Bill Leach. Ronald enjoyed big campfires and walks in the forest. He was at ease and found peace when God called him home. A potluck to celebrate Ronald’s life will be held 12 noon, Aug. 22nd, 3615 374th St. S, Roy, 360-400-0448.
Pub Date: 8/11/2009

Gary Lee Zahl

Gary passed away August 8, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Tacoma, August 27, 1942. He lived in Everett and worked at the Naval Base there. Gary is survived by his wife Rose, daughter Nicole, brother Mike (Donna), and sister Diane (Jerry). Gary requested no funeral service.
Pub Date: 8/11/2009

Woodrow Fisher Jones, Sr.

July 24, 1918 – August 8, 2009 Woodrow Fisher Jones, the last surviving child of Johnnie & Katy Jones, of Huntsville TX, went to be with his Lord on August 8, 2009. Woodrow leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Vivian, his three children, Woodrow Jr., Jeane Jones Parker, and Michael, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a large extended family to mourn his passing. After graduating from high school in Huntsville, Mr. Jones married his neighborhood sweetheart, Vivian Brazill. After his WWII service in the Navy, his wife’s uncle convinced him to take a chance on Washington, and the family arrived here in 1946 in the uncle’s new Lincoln. After sharing housing in the Hilltop area and finally getting a good job with the Federal Civil Service as a painter at Ft. Lewis, the Jones’ moved into the family home near Stanley Elementary School, where he resided until his death. Shiloh Baptist Church, where his brother-in-law, the Rev. E. S. Brazill served as pastor, was his church home. He proudly served the church in many roles, and led the Board of Deacons for many years. By his quiet leadership and gentle manner, his message of respect for self and community, contribution through service, and love of God and family, was a beacon of strength to all who knew him. Woodrow will be greatly missed by his family and the Shiloh Community, but we know that he has gone to that promised better place, and he will be welcomed as a “good and faithful servant.” Arrangements are being handled by The House of Scott, 1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405-3927. There will be a wake at the House of Scott on Thursday, August 13, 6-8 PM. The funeral will be at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 S I St. Tacoma, WA 98405-5022, on Friday, August 14, at 11:00 AM.
Pub Date: 8/11/2009

Jean Elaine Duckworth

Loving and faithful wife, devoted mother, grandmother, friend, and servant of her Lord, passed away from an extended illness Friday August 7, 2009. She was born in Sequim, Washington on July 3, 1939 to William (Roy) and Helen Curtis. She was raised in Yakima where she met her husband Lloyd Duckworth. They were married in Yakima on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1965 and eventually moved to the Puyallup area where they raised their three children, Steven, Jeffrey, and Jennifer. Jean was a talented legal and executive secretary, retiring from the Puyallup School District in 2002. Jean also was co-founder of Angel One Foundation. Visit the website at www.angel-one.org for more details. A Celebration of Life service will be Friday, August 14, 2009 at 6:00pm at NW BEST office’s (IDC Medical Bldg) at 1412 SW 43rd St, Renton, WA. 98057 and burial will take place at West Hills Memorial Garden cemetery, Yakima, August 15, 2009 at 1:00pm. Jean was a precious treasure. Her beautiful presence, voice, and kind loving spirit will be missed. Go with God to wholeness and peace.
Pub Date: 8/11/2009

Russell M. Heldman

Russ, 89, born June 21, 1920, Spokane, WA, passed away August 9, 2009 in Fircrest, WA. He worked in the boat business most of his life and in the most recent years, loved building things in his workshop. His loves were of animals and flying. He was preceded in death by Jane, his wife of 61 years and daughter Becky. He is survived by his brother Roger Heldman, son Johnny Heldman (Jan), daughter Jan Kowalski (Mark), grandchildren John, Shane, Amy and Lana, great granddaughter Casey. He will be missed by family and friends.
Pub Date: 8/11/2009

Josephine Alberta Gray-Dolin

Was called to Heaven to be with the angels on June 11, 2009. She is survived by a brother, Harry (Sylvia) Joslin; two children: Joseph (Geri) Dolin & Toni (Don) Thompson; 3 grandchildren, Rich (Christi) Coutu, Joe Coutu, & Chris (Holly) Dolin, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces & a nephew. In Helena, she worked for the VA, the office of the Adjutant General and Department of Vital Statistics. In 1965, she moved to Tacoma, WA where she worked for Agricultural Dealers Supply and then for Tacoma Community College where she retired in 1985. In 1987, she moved to Spokane, WA where she lived until her death. Services will be held at the First Christian Church, 311 Power St. Helena, MT on August 15, 2009 at 10:00. Please sign Josephine's online guestbook at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.
Pub Date: 8/11/2009

Clifford Dee Wright, Jr.

Born August 27, 1955 in Seattle WA; died August 4, 2009 in Puyallup WA. Cliff is survived by his wife Janice; and surviving family members: Robin (Nancy) Reece, Earl Reece Jr, and Pat Jeffords.
Pub Date: 8/10/2009

Daniel Colin Cline

Daniel Colin Cline (D-Child) touched the people he met with his love, wit and gentle spirit. As a local musician he lived his life by the lyrics "You get by with a little help from your friends" and "The love you take is equal to the love you make." To view full obituary notice and memorial service details, please go to www.edwardsmemorial.com . Contributions can be made to the “Danny Cline Memorial Fund” at any Wells Fargo branch.
Pub Date: 8/10/2009

Sister Antoinette Fermo

Sister Antoinette Marie Fermo, OSF, 82, died in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, on August 5. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 61 years. Sister Antoinette (Mary Jane Fermo) was born in Tacoma, where she was a member of St. Rita Parish and graduated from St. Leo High School. She entered the congregation in 1945 and professed her first vows in 1948. Sister Antoinette ministered primarily in childcare and in domestic work. At the time of her death she ministered as a volunteer and in prayer ministry at St. Ann Convent in Tacoma. Her ministry in the Diocese of Spokane included working at both St. Joseph Home and St. Anne Home as well as at the YWCA Daycare. From 1994 - 2001 she volunteered at St. Joseph Family Center. She also ministered in Portland, Oregon, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All services will be held in St. Ann Convent Chapel, 6602 S. Alaska Street, Tacoma. The vigil will be held at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, August 11. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 12, at 11 A.M. A Memorial Mass will also be celebrated in Spokane at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior Street, on Friday, August 21, at 10 A.M. Sister Antoinette is survived by her sister, Rose Baker, nieces and nephews, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name designated for St. Ann Convent can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253.572.6003.
Pub Date: 8/10/2009

Dani Gail Elenga

Was born Nov. 27, 1961 in Denver, CO, and died on July 19, 2009, near Pinedale, WY. She attended schools in Ramstein, Germany, Gig Harbor and Tacoma, WA, and graduated from Wilson High School in Tacoma in 1978, the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in Landscape Architecture in 1986 and a B.A. in Fine Arts in Painting in 1988. She later added a degree in Web Design from Washington Lake Technical College. She was an outstanding student, a gifted painter, loved art, and promoted plants and environmentally sound gardens, with emphasis on native plants to sustain native animals and insects. Her sense of community drove her to support people in need. Dani moved from Bellevue, WA, to Colorado Springs, CO, to care for her father for the last four years of his life. She met her friend Daniel Wahlen two years ago who shared her interests and helped her. Dani and Daniel, and another couple from Colorado Springs, Edward J. Rudolf and his wife Gwen Rudolph, were killed in a two-car crash near Pinedale, WY, when Daniel tried to avoid a deer crossing the road. Dani died in a helicopter on the way to a trauma center in Idaho. She was preceded in death by her father Lester Elenga and her friend Daniel Wahlen. Dani is survived by her mother, Sigrid Elenga, and her stepfather, Steve Smyth, her brothers Glenn and Robin Elenga, her sister-in-law Maureen, her niece Sofia, her nephew Otto, her aunts, Gertrude, Dolores, Vroni, Helgard, Birgit, and their husbands and children, and many cousins on either side of the family in the United States, England, Holland, and Israel, and a host of friends in Colorado Springs and the greater Seattle area. The burial will be at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Lakewood, WA, at 11 am on August 14th. Rabbi Bruce Kadden of Temple Beth El, Tacoma, will officiate. A reception will follow at Temple Beth El. A memorial service led by Rabbi Don Levy will be held at 11 am on August 25th at Temple Beit Torah in Colorado Springs, CO.
Pub Date: 8/10/2009

Arbutis Germain

"Butte" Germain was born April 5, 1925 to a large farming family, the Heffners, in Wisconsin. She passed away on August 5, 2009. She is survived by her 3 sons, Joseph, Rodman, and Randolph Germain, and her daughter Lee O'Leary. Arbutis also had 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was one of the "Rosie the Riviters" during WWII, where she met her husband. She was an Army wife for many years, moving wherever her husband was stationed until his death in 1980. She was a waitress for over 50 years, always loving to serve others. Arbutis loved to garden, and her baking skills were unsurpassed. Her dinner rolls will be missed by all. She moved to Puyallup 9 years ago to be close to family. At her request, there will not be a memorial service.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Dudley E. Lewis

* Piggy Back RidesÉ.Even When You are Too Old * Fishing, Fishing, FishingÉ.Using the Ties You Made * Spirit Lake, Idaho/Childhood Home, Annual Summer Vacations & Retirement Home * Motorboats & Water Skiing, Golf Balls & Carts, Blackberry Picking and Jam Making, Hiking, Hiking, Hiking * You Can Never Cook Too Much Food or Have Too Many Flowers * Telling Jokes and Laughing A Lot * Friday Night Popcorn and The Flintstones Our beloved Dad and grandfather was our teacher, role model and family patriarch. He led by example and taught us that your word was your bond, honesty and living your life with integrity were important, caring about people and helping others is something you do, and working hard is a recipe for success. Dudley was born in Billings, MT on July 13, 1923 to Elbert Lewis and Vesta Smith, and peacefully passed away at his oldest daughter's home in Tacoma on July 28. His childhood years were spent in Spirit Lake, ID, and he graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1941. Dudley excelled and lettered in track, baseball and basketball, and was voted the Best All Around Athlete. Dudley was offered a basketball scholarship to Weber State University, but instead chose to join the Navy and during WWII he was stationed in the South Pacific. It was important to our Dad that his daughters and granddaughters graduated from college, and we made sure we did. Our Dad was happy and optimistic, fun, kind, and a gourmet cook. Barbequeing, holiday gatherings, and having family dinners were an important part of his life. Fine dining and dancing at The Top of the Ocean were also important. He meticulously and lovingly cared for his flower and vegetable gardens and his perfect green lawn. He was an avid outdoorsman and a passionate fly fisherman. Our Dad loved his hunting dogs Trouble and Lucy. He always remembered birthdays, holidays, and any special occasion with gifts, cards, food, flowers and always his weekly phone calls. He was an avid sports fan, and loved watching the Mariners, Seahawks, Cougars and Huskies. Dudley spent his life in the building trades and was an independent business owner. He built our childhood home. In his last position he served as the Secretary of the Painter's Union and was proud that he made a positive impact on the union's finances. After retiring he enjoyed traveling to New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Mexico, and playing golf. Spirit Lake, ID was an important part of his life. We spent our childhood summer vacations at Sedlemayer's on the Lake. After retirement our Dad lived in Spirit Lake, Hemet, CA, and Walla Walla, WA. The last four months of his life were spent in Tacoma, and he was cared for by his daughters. During this time he enjoyed simple pleasures that included watching the young eagles with his new binoculars, the ferry boats on Puget Sound, fishing on the Dash Point Dock, planting carrot seeds, and smoking a salmon. He is survived by daughters Dorothy Lewis, Shelley Miles (Randy), and Victoria Lewis, granddaughters Ali Criss, Allison Miles, and Jessica Miles, longtime companion Ginny Jones, and his former wife of 45 years, Donna Lewis, sisters Georganna Smith (Kenneth Ray) of Cantonment, FL and Shirley Christian (Chris) of Bagdad, FL, brother Jay Tanta (Barbie) of Auburn, WA, and special friend John Pleasants of Spirit Lake, ID. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Wanda, and brothers Dean and Glenn. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Franciscan Hospice staff, and especially Nurse Nadean, special caregivers and friends Judy Nash, Bill and Sylvia Bonnell, and Ginelle Lawrence. We also give special thanks to the compassionate care of Dr. James Wilson and Nurse Nancy, Dr. Neil Hannigan and Mandy, Dr. Michael Johnson and Nicole, Dr. Matthew Stroemel and Dr. Robert Carmody, both of Walla Walla, and the entire staff of Federal Way DaVita. At his request there will be no public service. Our family will gather and spread his ashes at his beloved Spirit Lake, ID. Our Dad was very charitable and donated to many causes. Remembrances to Franciscan Hospice or the Emergency Food Network would make him smile. We will cherish his memory forever. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253.572.6003.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Harvey John Schwichtenberg

5/26/1949 - 8/1/2009
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Edward Leonard Enticknap

5/3/1922 - 8/1/2009 Edward L."Ted" Enticknap was one of those rare individuals who took his personal interests and made them both his avocation and his vocation. He built and flew model airplanes as a child and into his adult years. After serving in the Pacific in World War II, he became a precision model builder with the Boeing Wind Tunnel Department, where he spent his entire working career. His interests evolved from flying model airplanes to collecting model airplane engines, and he developed a national network of associates with whom he corresponded for decades, with each letter perfectly hand printed in pencil. He was known for his lengthy phone discussions of the history and design elements of various model engines. Ted's salty language and impish humor were legendary. He loved cars and tractors and drove his blue ‘64 Studebaker for years. He was active in the local Studebaker Club and served as chief mechanic for all the Studebakers driven by his family members over the years. Another area of interest was local government. He attended every city council meeting of the City of Federal Way from its founding in 1990 until the effects of Parkinson's Disease forced his retirement from the meetings, just 3 years ago. The Federal Way City Council recognized his dedication with the declaration of "Ted Enticknap Week" in early 2007. He loved the outdoors and had a passion for protecting local salmon habitat. He made sure every key employee and elected official in Federal Way was given the "salmon tour" to educate them on the fragile ecosystem. He was an active volunteer with the Friends of the Hylebos and was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife Ruth, children Jean, Joan, David (Debbie), and Steven, grandchildren Andrea (David Parr) and Jeff (Cari), and 5 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the kind caregivers of Aegis of Northgate for making his final years pleasant and comfortable. Remembrances may be made to the Friends of the Hylebos, PO Box 24971, Federal Way, WA 98093; Thistle Theatre, 6344 NE 74th St. #103, Seattle, WA 98115; or Steel Lake Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 South 308th St, Federal Way, WA 98003.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

‘Jon Jon’ Mataruso,

7/23/1938 to 7/24/2009 Joins his parents Michael and Mary Mataruso. Survived by his daughter Michelle Bellue, grandchildren Shannon, Justine and Spencer, and brother Steve Mataruso. Celebration of his life Sun., Aug. 16, 2009, noon, at the Opal Tavern, South Tacoma Way.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Christine Renee Godwin

Born April 15, 1969 in Vallejo, CA, and passed away August 5, 2009 after a short illness. Christine could find beauty in everything and appreciate the simple things. She spent her time making sure her family was well taken care of. She is survived by her loving husband Chris, four beautiful daughters, Remy, Stephanie, Serina, Angelique, and handsome son Eeon. Also her parents Mike and Esther Podplesky, brothers Mike Jr. and Jerry. May she rest in peace with her daughter Melanie, who passed away February 22, 2004 at the age of 13. A service will be held at Edwards Memorial in U.P. August 11, 2009 5-8pm. She will be missed dearly by many, for she truly was one of a kind.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Venicia M. Wannberg

Born January 25, 1923, Venicia passed away August 6, 2009. A Stadium HS graduate, Venicia was a lifelong resident of Tacoma. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Henry Wannberg. Her surviving family includes daughter Calley Frey, Palm Springs, brother and sister in-law Buss and Laura Mitchell, San Jose. Also Tom and Cheryl Mitchell, Gig Harbor, Bill Mitchell, Seattle, Mimi Mitchell, from Sammamish, Martin and Carmen Mitchell of Seattle, and Rob Mitchell from San Francisco. Her "second" family, who loved her very much, includes Mike, Dee Dee and Bailey Ness. We want to thank the caring staff at Evergreen Manor in Federal Way who took such good care of Venicia. She will be missed by all who knew her. Honoring Venicia's wishes, a memorial service will be held in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewood, Tuesday, August 11th at 1pm with reception to follow.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Richard D. North

Dick North, 85, a longtime Tacoma resident and business owner, went to be with the Lord on August 5, 2009. Dick was born in Seattle on April 8, 1924 to Dr. Charles and Charlotte North. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1942, and was appointed to King's Point Merchant Marine Academy. Upon receiving his commission as a second officer, he immediately began serving his country on Liberty Ships in the South Pacific. After WWII, he returned to the Northwest, and graduated from the University of Washington with triple degrees in History, Business Administration and Economic Geography. In 1950 Dick married the love of his life, Janice Ludwig, at Tacoma First Presbyterian Church. In 1954 he graduated from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Janice and Dick made their home in Tacoma and opened North Drug on 6th and K Streets. The pharmacy was a fixture of Tacoma for many years. Out of his compassion for others, Dick helped found both Medicine for Missions and Commencement Terrace Retirement Community. Dick was a passionate horticulturist. During his lifetime he gave away hundreds of trees and plants to friends and family. Tacoma is a more beautiful place because of his life. He donated rare plants and trees to the Tacoma Park District, First Presbyterian Church, Life Center, Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma Community College and Tacoma General Hospital. Dick's life was marked by his generous spirit. He will be greatly missed for his loving care for his family, his well-informed opinions on economics, politics and history, and his unflagging faith in Jesus Christ. Dick was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Charles and Ed North. He is survived by his wife Janice, daughter Jan (John) Winskill, son Rick (Kathleen) North, and grandchildren Christopher and Matthew Winskill, and Erik and Kelly North, as well as his brother Albert (Lillian) North, sisters Louise North, Patricia Stamets, and sister-in-law Mary North. A celebration of Dick's life will be held on Monday, August 10, 2009, 2:00 PM, at Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to University Place Presbyterian Church Youth Programs, 8101 27th Street West, University Place, WA 98466, or Young Life, 4901 Gustafson Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Please leave online condolences at www.havenrest.com . Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Eugene F. Kelly

Eugene F. Kelly, 83, born on May 21, 1926 in Tacoma, WA, died August 7, 2009, also in Tacoma. A lifetime Tacoma resident, he attended Bellarmine High School. Eugene was a Navy veteran and was in Bikini at the time of the atomic tests. He was also co-owner of Floral Delivery Service. Eugene is survived by his sister, Sheila Kelly Fong (Edwin) of Honolulu, HI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene F. Kelly and Elizabeth Claire Rigney Kelly. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 12:10 pm, St. Leo's Catholic Church. Interment Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The American Cancer Society. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Jeannette Boespflug

Jeannette passed away peacefully on the evening of July 14, 2009. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph in 1988 and their daughter Celeste in 1990. Surviving her are children Cecilia Hymer (Jerry), John Boespflug, Cynthia Gemmell (Dave), Kawecha "formerly Clarice" Street (Park), Colette Boespflug, Camille Beck (John), ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, her sisters Rosemary Kaufman and Gerry Haugen, who cherished her unconditionally, six sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Our warmest regards to Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence for her fabulous and respectful care. Memories and information online at www.curnowfuneralhome.com .
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Jeffery Paul Nation

Jeff left us too soon and will be in our hearts forever. Born April 22, 1949 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away July 24, 2009 at his home in Sumner, WA with his family by his side. He fought a courageous battle against esophageal cancer for over a year. He is survived by his wife Denise of 32 years, daughter Erica, mother Shirley Nation, brother Dennis Nation and sister Cindy (Duane) Moats, all of Puyallup, WA, and lots of extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society in Jeff’s name. Memorial service will be held on Sat., Aug. 22, 2009 at 9:30 AM at Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, 253-845-1172. Interment will follow at Sumner Cemetery, and then a gathering at the family home.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Kenneth Dean Milholland

Ken Milholland, husband, father, grandfather and teacher to young and old, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 31, 2009. He was born in Puyallup, WA on June 7, 1931. He was preceded in death by Maryann, his wife of 51 years, parents Oscar and Dorris Williams, brothers Jerry and Wayne, sister Carol, and nephew Hans. Ken graduated from Puyallup High School in 1949. After graduation, he attended Washington State University for a short time before joining the Coast Guard. He served on the icebreaker Northwind as an engineman. After serving in the Coast Guard, he returned to Washington State University and finished his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1958, returning in 1970 to complete his Masters in Agriculture Education. He was a lifelong, devoted Cougar. There was no doubt that Ken would follow his father Oscar into the teaching profession. Ken did his student teaching in Dayton, WA, and took his first teaching assignment in Waitsburg until 1961. He then taught in Toledo until 1965 and retired from teaching in Olympia in 1986. He was the Future Farmers of America advisor at all three schools. Ken received several awards for his tireless work with the Future Farmers of America, including the state and national Honorary American Farmer Degree. After retiring from teaching in 1986, Ken went to work for the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Vocational Education until his second retirement in 1997. There he served as the FFA contest coordinator at the district and state level and the national coordinator for the FFA Public Speaking contest and represented the state at a national level helping to update FFA policy and shaping its future. Ken was a member of the Washington Fair Commission from 1999 through 2005, spending 3 years as its chairperson. Ken was proud of his Quinault/ Cowlitz Indian heritage. For Ken, family and friends always came before him. Ken loved the outdoors and fishing. This love probably grew from his years at the YMCA camp on Lake Tapps. Ken had a unique and disarming sense of humor and was an artist who could use metal, wood and flowers as his medium. Ken is survived by his daughter Janet, son Michael (Kristin), grandchildren Kelsey and McKenna, nephew Mitch (Shelly), and niece Jill (Mike). In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Future Farmers of America Foundation. A special scholarship fund will be set up in Ken's honor. Please mail donations to PO Box 14633, Tumwater, WA 98511. A memorial service/reception will be held at 1:00 pm on September 11, 2009 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey, WA. Please visit the online memorial including photo gallery, guest book, and memorial service directions at www2.mem.com .
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Leah Fendel

Leah Fendel, our beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully August 5, 2009. Born December 1st 1915, she was preceded in death by her husband William and her son William Jr., Leah is survived by her daughter Joyce Ryden (Duane), sons Paul (Edith) and Robert (Dolly) Fendel, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed bowling and loved her romance novels. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Viewing Monday, August 10th from 1-9pm. Graveside services Tues., August 11 at 11:30am both at Mt. View Funeral Home, Tacoma
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Louise Lena Shadowvine

Louise Lena Freeman of University Place was born September 12, 1921 in Little Rock, AR to Mollie Vaughn and Frank Freeman. She and her twin sister were the last of eleven children. She married James Shadowvine (deceased), also a twin, March 1938. Louise and family moved to Chicago, IL in 1942. She was employed with the Illinois State Mental Health Hospital, where she was a dedicated worker for thirty-five years. She retired in 1989. Louise was blessed with many talents. An accomplished swing music pianist, she used her talents to corral her grandchildren into establishing the first children’s choir at Gospel Tabernacle COGIC in Chicago. Louise was passionate about fund raising for her favorite charities. She led many capital campaigns using both traditional and unorthodox fund-raising methods. In retirement, Louise moved to Tacoma in 1990. She became a member of Evangelistic Center COGIC. She was very active in her church until her transition. Louise leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Lou Alice Walls (WA), Dorothy Brown (AZ), Bertha Vaughn-Wanzer (IL), one son, James Stanford (GA), eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and fourteen great-great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at House of Prayer COGIC, 6602 S. Ferdinand St., Tacoma, 11:00 am. Interment at New Tacoma Cemetery. Arrangements by House of Scott 253-572-9555
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Alphonso Tuley, Jr.

Mr. Alphonso Tuley, Jr. was born July 20, 1924 in Tampa, Florida and was the only child of Mr. Alphonso Tuley, Sr. and Mrs. Lucille Tuley. He grew up and attended local schools there. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, and was then inducted into the Army-Air Force. After three years he was stationed in Orlando, FL at the air force base, where he met and was married to Elizabeth Miles, the local branch librarian. They were transferred to Camp Walters, Texas, and later to Mannheim, Germany. Alphonso and Elizabeth had two sons while they were stationed in several places in Germany. Alphonso D. was born in Frankfurt, and the late Alan Winston was born in Heidelberg. Another son, Robert of Sacramento. They were transferred to Ft. Lewis, WA in 1962, moved to Tacoma in 1963, and retired from the Army in 1964. 20 years later he retired from the Port of Tacoma as a machinist. The Family's first church was Holy Communion Episcopal Church, and they have been active members of St. Luke's Memorial Episcopal Church for more than 35 years. He leaves to mourn his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth, his sons Robert and Alphonso, a daughter-in-law, Julie, an ex-daughter-in-law and her husband, 4 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and many nieces and nephews and cousins and friends. We will mourn a great loss. My husband was God's greatest creation! Viewing will be held on Monday, August 10th, 2009 4-8pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Funeral Services with Full Military Honors will be held at St. Luke's Memorial Episcopal Church at 3615 N. Gove St. in Tacoma, on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 2pm with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Graveside services at New Tacoma Cemetery in University Place will follow the reception. Arrangements entrusted to Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253.272.1414. Please sign online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com .
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Janet A. Coughlan

October 27, 1938 ~ July 23, 2009 Janet is at rest and pain free after a short battle with leukemia. She was born in Seattle and settled in Tacoma in 1974. Among survivors are her husband of 50 years Doyle E. Coughlan, daughters: Kelly Coughlan-Mainard, Bonnie Bentz, Marcie Coughlan, her brother Donald Dever of Edmonds as well as seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Janet enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and gardening. And she will be missed by all.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Pete ‘Moon’ Munoz

Pete died peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Aug. 5th after fighting a courageous 8-month battle with cancer. His wife Sharon was at his side. Pete was born to Pedro and Betty Munoz on May 2, 1948 in Frankfurt, Germany, where his father was stationed in the Army. The family lived on several military bases as Pete grew up, and settled in Lakewood in 1967. He attended Clover Park Voc-Tech, and graduated as a Journeyman Carpenter, then worked for many years at Evergreen Modular Homes. At the time of his death he was a Maintenance Supervisor at the Clover Park School District, where he had been employed for 17 years. Pete was always generous with his time. He was the first one called when a problem arose or advice was needed. He was cheerful and eager to help anyone with anything. Pete loved playing the drums. He played with several bands in Germany and the popular Lakewood band Muf in the late 1960's. For the last 11 years he was the drummer for The Blue Juice Band. They played at many functions in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Pete and Sharon loved Mexico so much they got married there, and continued to travel there frequently. Pete is survived by his wife Sharon, with whom he shared 22 happy years, his cherished daughter Abbie Chalcraft (Doug), parents Pedro and Betty Munoz, sisters Rita Thompson (Richard), Loretta Clark (Michael), and his brother Harry Munoz (Valerie), niece Andrea, nephews Brian, Phillip and Alexander, and grandchildren Trevor and Ali. His brother-in-law Gary Leigh Young preceded him in death. He is also survived by his former wife Anne Munoz (Robert Verhorst), the mother of his daughter Abbie. The family would like to thank Dr. Frank Senecal and his staff and also Franciscan Hospice for their exceptional care. Also deepest thanks to the many friends who provided love and support and unselfishly gave their help during this difficult time. Pete was rich in friends who became family by bonds of the heart, and they are especially treasured. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held on September 12th, 2009 at 4:00pm at the Steilacoom Community Center. Please sign online guestbook at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Stephen G. Bisson

Stephen G. Bisson passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 5, 2009. Steve was born on November 30, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. Steve served in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966. From 1966 to 1973 Steve worked at Boeing. He loved anything to do with airplanes, and had a wealth of knowledge about any World War II airplane. Steve proudly served the citizens of Pierce County as a Sergeant with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for 33 years from 1973 to 2006. Steve's work ethic remained a constant for his fellow Deputies, and he mentored hundreds of current and former members of the Sheriff's Department. Steve was an avid photographer and Cobra car enthusiast. He and his wife Eileen enjoyed countless travels to take pictures of the scenery together. They also enjoyed many trips in the Cobra with their Cobra club. Steve is survived by his wife, Eileen, son Stephen (Christina) Bisson, daughter Jody (Tim) Tucker, and his former wife, Kathy. He is survived by his grandchildren Amber, Travis, Julie, and Mikayla. Steve is also survived by his mother Margaret, sisters Jane, Marian, and Claire (Rich), and brothers Bob (Loretta) and Chris. Steve was embraced by Eileen's large family, and is survived by numerous loving in-laws, nephews and nieces. A public viewing will be held on August 12, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a private family viewing to follow. Funeral services will be held on August 13, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lakewood. Graveside services will follow the service at Mountain View Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Steve's memory to the Pierce County Chaplaincy Program at any TAPCO Credit Union branch.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Anthony J. Feist Jr.

Was born on June 5, 1947 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 4, 2009. Tony, we all love you very much; you are a mighty blessing! A celebration of his life will be held at Lighthouse Christian Center on August 17th, 2009 at 11:00AM, 10711 80th Ave E, Puyallup, WA 98373.
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Lyle Richard Knesal

8/9/1912 - 1/14/2009 Remembering Dad On your 97th birthday we celebrate your lifetime of incredible accomplishments and countless kind gestures. We especially thank you for being a true father to both of us. We miss you every day. Love, Al & Kitty
Pub Date: 8/9/2009

Evelyn Jacobs Stewart

4/27/1921 - 8/4/2009 Evelyn was a lifelong Washington resident who lived most of her life in Fircrest. She touched the lives of many people and will always be remembered as a strong, positive, beautiful woman. She was fun-loving and had a deep love for her family and friends. She joins her son Charles, and is survived by her husband of 68 years, Alfred, son Mitchell, daughter Michelle Jonasson (Rick), granddaughter Karly, grandson Jacob Downs (Angie), and great-grandson Liam Stewart Downs. The family extends its heartfelt Thank You to the caring staff of Orchard Park, Hospice, and Dr. Waltman and staff. Honoring her wishes, there will be no service.
Pub Date: 8/8/2009

Eleanor E. Bell

Age 93 passed away on August 6, 2009. She was preceded in death by husband Robert Bell in 1981 and son-in-law Gary Seldal in 2009. She is survived by her 5 children, Wilber Bell (Donna), Wayne Bell (Maureen), Marlene Pebler (Carl), Patti Seldal and Larry Bell. She had 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Anna Rose Weick and sister Rita Jacobs (Earl). Viewing Tuesday August 11th from 4pm - 8pm at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup. There will be a funeral mass Wednesday August 12th at 11:00am at All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup, followed by a burial at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way. You can also visit www.mem.com .
Pub Date: 8/8/2009

Clifford Dee Wright, Jr.

Born August 27, 1955 in Seattle, WA; died August 4, 2009 in Puyallup, WA after his long battle with diabetes. Preceded in death by parents Clifford and Lucy Wright Sr. Cliff is survived by his soul mate and loving wife Janice (Jeffords) Wright, his children and step children, Nolan, Christopher, Sara, Erin, Charlene and grandchildren Jasmine, Alexandria, Anthony and Jeremiah. He is also survived by his loving sisters Charmayne (Wright) Tubig (husband Robert) and Lucy (Wright) Phillips. Cliff was humbled by the impact of his diseases but fought hard to make it through every obstacle. He was a warrior. He drew his strength from the love of his grandkids. He was "Papa". The family would like to thank Cliff's caregiver, Mitch Gunter and Central Pierce County Paramedics for all their care and support. A memorial service will be held at 3pm on August 8 at Spanaway Christian Center, 2201 215th Street East, Spanaway WA 98387. Reception following at Sprinker Recreation Center, Cascade Room, 14824 C St. S, Spanaway.
Pub Date: 8/8/2009

Jacqueline J. Feld

Sept. 22, 1963 - July 11, 2009 Survived by husband Glen E. Feld. Resides at 13610 12th Av. So. Tacoma, Wa.
Pub Date: 8/8/2009

Anna Inez Davis Hallock

Tacoma – July 30, 2009 Anna was born March 25, 1924 in Kentucky. She was the daughter of Thomas and Lizzie (Holden) Bennett. Anna is survived by five children, Thomas Davis of University Place, Sharon (Dave) Gundy and Charles (Catherine) Davis of Tacoma, Paul (Melody) Davis of Fircrest and Nancy (Raymond) Dihle of Portland, Oregon. Also surviving are her precious grandchildren: Ashley, Stacy, Jonathan, Christopher, Caitlyn, Joe, Cassie, Phillup, Elizabeth, Haley, McKenzie and Mason. She was one of the last of her generation in her family and she was preceded in death by her second husband, George Hallock. She is survived by her first husband and good friend, Edward Davis. Anna was a meat wrapper at Safeway for many years and was an avid follower of the stock market, political news and country music. A celebration of her life was held on Sunday, August 2, 2009. Her family is grateful for the support of family and friends at this time. www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 8/8/2009

Ryan Scott Seward

Touched many lives with his love and kindness. Memorial will be 8/10/09 at the LDS Church, 13420 94th Ave E Puyallup, WA, at 1pm. Instead of flowers, we ask for donations to any US Bank for a college fund.
Pub Date: 8/8/2009

Keith Haller

“Dad” 1974 - 2008 You are deeply missed. Love Mom, Dad, Curtis, and your children Tyler, Joey and Olivia. Happy Birthday!
Pub Date: 8/8/2009

Gerald Goad

11-24-38 to 08-04-09 Survived by wife Judy, sons Jim and Stan, daughter Geralee, 4 grandchildren, and 7 brothers and sisters. Memorial Luncheon at Puyallup Eagles August 10th at 11am. In lieu of flowers donations to Multicare and Good Samaritan Hospice.
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Bill S. Chard

Bill Chard passed away of natural causes on July 14th in Olympia, WA at the age of 47. We will miss you Bill. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday 8/9/2009 at the Keg Restaurant in Tacoma, 2-6 pm.
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Ralph W. Hubbard

Born September, 19, 1917 in Presho, S.D., and passed away August 3, 2009 at Auburn Regional Medical Center. Ralph is survived by his beloved wife Shirley, daughters Janet (Jim) Blodgett & Becky, (Bruce) Riehl, and sons, Dan (Cindy) Hubbard, Bruce (Betsy) Hubbard. He is survived by 10 grandchildren & 10 great-grandchildren. Ralph lived most of his adult life in Tacoma/Puyallup area. He was a respected & admired bank manager and vice-president for Puget Sound National Bank. During the 1940's Ralph served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. Ralph married Shirley Tolstad in 1945 and in recent years has selflessly dedicated himself to providing for her care & comfort. An interment ceremony will by held Tuesday August 11, 2009, 2:30 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent WA.
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

David Thomas Rickard

David Rickard, age 79, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on July 31, 2009 at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. David was the youngest of four sons of Samuel and Ada Rickard, born in August of 1929 in Rangoon, Burma. David graduated from Piedmont High School in the Bay Area and Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. In 1960, David married Marcia Savage, who remains his loving wife of 49 years of marriage. He had a distinguished 26 year career in the US Air Force, where he served as a Fighter Pilot and Intelligence Officer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1980. David then began a second career in Banking, working for Puget Sound Bank and Columbia Bank in Tacoma. David was an avid outdoorsman and a passionate fly fisherman. He enjoyed sharing his fly-fishing knowledge and skill with many friends over his lifetime. David was a very kind and compassionate man, often going out of his way to help people he barely knew. David loved life, loved his family and loved his country. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his wife Marcia and two sons: Matthew (Pam) and Ted (Ilene) and three grandchildren: Ashley, Damon and Trace; his three brothers: Sam (Leesburg, VA), John (Lewisville, NC) and Donald (Pagosa Springs, CO). The family would like to thank the I.C.U. Staff at St. Clare Hospital and Pastor Walt Kellcy of First Baptist Church Lakewood, of which David was an active member. Interment service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA on August 14th at 10:15 followed by a Memorial service celebrating David’s life at 12 noon at First Baptist Church Lakewood, 5400 112th St. SW Lakewood, WA 98499. (253) 582-1000. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 78851, Phoenix, AZ 85062.
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

David Malcolm Bonfoey

David was born February 12, 1953 and passed away on June 22, 2009 in Thailand, surrounded by his family. David and his family recently moved to Chiang Mai Thailand where they had a home built, making it their permanent residence. David graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 1972. After graduation, David enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his training he was stationed in Vietnam and Thailand. It was in Thailand where he met his future wife, Noi. Out of that union was born JR and Christina. After his tour with the Army, he returned to Washington and initially went to work for Sperry Univac and then then on to Boeing, in the military aircraft division, where he retired after 25+ plus years. David is survived by his wife Noi, children JR and Christina, 2 grandchildren, Jade and Cain, and numerous nieces and nephews, 2 sisters, Sharon Koeingsfeld, Linda Marasco, Richard Bonfoey. David was a practicing Buddhist. Services were held in Thailand. One of David’s favorite quotes: Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does the work. Mark Twain
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Robert Nickles Anderson

Day Island Resident Robert Nickles (Bob) Anderson, beloved father of Nick Anderson of Arlington, Virginia and Sydney Susan Anderson of New York City, passed away on July 27, 2009 in Bedford, Virginia from Parkinson's disease. He was 94. A Tacoma native, he was for fifty seven years married to Hermione (Hermie) Anderson who passed away in 1997. He was the son of Sue Nickles Anderson and Sydney Sharpless Anderson, a founder of the Fircrest Golf Club and former business editor of the News Tribune. An excellent golfer from an early age, he maintained a lifelong love of the game playing until age 90. He was an active member of the Bedford YMCA senior citizens' exercise program until age 93. After graduating from Stadium High School in 1933, he then completed an undergraduate business degree from the College of Puget Sound. He spent his professional career as a sales representative for various office supply and building materials companies. A job transfer took the family to Dallas, Texas from 1951 through 1962, but they returned to Tacoma in 1963, back to the place they loved the most, Day Island. His sociability and good humor will be missed by all who knew him. Having been a member of the Tacoma Elks Lodge for many decades, he spent the last ten years of his life in the caring environment of the Elks National Home in Bedford, Virginia. The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Elks National Home, 931 Ashland Avenue, Bedford, Virginia 24523.
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Joseph F. O'Boyle

Joseph, 54, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence August 3, 2009. He was born in Longview, WA on October 5, 1954 to Francis A. and June M. (Pederson) O'Boyle. Joe married the former Pamela Burke on October 7, 1977 in Alton, IL, she survives. Joe graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL in 1975. He owned his own funeral home from 1995 to 2002 in Kelso, WA. In March of 2005, he started working for Mountain View Funeral Home, where he was still currently employed. Joe is survived by his wife Pamela, two daughters Amber O'Boyle of Longview, WA and Marissa O'Boyle of Kent, WA, two sons Shealor and Trevor O'Boyle of West Seattle, WA, one granddaughter Bailee Brookhart, two sisters and their husbands Maureen and Bob Schroeder of Las Vegas, NV and Susan and Bob Parvey of Longview, WA as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. His parents precede him in death. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Friday, August 7, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma, WA with a memorial service at 7:00 PM Saturday, August 8, 2009 in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center with Father Michael Durka officiating. A memorial visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM Monday, August 10, 2009 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kelso, WA with Father Mel Straz officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to your local hospice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Lois A. Tatum

Lois A. Tatum died at home Sunday, August 2, 2009 from breast cancer. She was 64. Lois was born Nov. 10, 1944 in Nyack, NY. She grew up in Congers, NY where she graduated from Clarkstown High School and married William Bauer. To that union two children were born, Cathy and Billy. In 1977, Lois and her son Billy moved to Tacoma, WA. She joined the staff of Group Health in 1988. She was a proud member of Local 23 and served as the shop steward for many years. Her sunny disposition and caring nature drew countless friends. Lois was also known for her second job, bartending. She started in the late 70’s at the Mardi Gras in Seattle and then moved across the street to Deano’s until it closed in 2007. She also tended bar for many years at the Coach House in Tacoma. A memorial celebration will be held at the Local 76 Union Hall on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 11:00am. All are welcome.
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Marie Waddell Hunt

Marie Hunt, 91 year of age, passed away on August 4, 2009 at 6:45am due to natural causes. She was born February 6, 1918 in New York, NY. She worked as a secretary during World War II in New York City. She moved to Washington DC. and became a civil service worker for the Navy where she met and married Elisha Hunt on February 6, 1954. They gave birth to their son, Calvin, in Washington DC and then were transferred to Fairbanks, Alaska. They then moved to Spokane, WA where they gave birth to their second child, Sonya. The Hunt family was transferred finally to McChord Air Force Base in 1967 and lived in Parkland since then. She was a devoted friend and mother. She also was dedicated to improving the environment and a ferocious recycler. She loved to drive and do aqua-aerobics. She fiercely survived ovarian and breast cancer. She is survived by her son, Calvin Hunt, his wife, Margaret, and grandson, Elisha, of New Jersey; and her daughter, Sonya Hunt, and granddog, Malaysia, who lives in Tacoma. Visitation begins at 12:00pm and the funeral service at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 8 in the Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure by calling (877) 465-6636 or by visiting www.komen.org .
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Masie C. Lovick Jr.

Masie C. Lovick Jr., age 54, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, WA on Sunday, August 2, 2009 after a short illness. Born June 1, 1955 in Marion, OH. He was a Diesel Mechanic Technician for 30 yrs at Ft. Lewis Army Base and was a veteran in the U.S. Army. He retired 2007. Survivors include his wife Alvesta Lovick, daughters: Reniesha Lovick and Latasha Lovick, four grandchildren: Shawn, Jarrell, Alexia and Masie Amir, and his sister Barbara Lovick. Masie was preceded in death by his father Masie C. Lovick Sr. and his mother Odesta M. Miller. Services will be held Sat. Aug. 8th, 1pm at Greater Joy Church at (COGIC), 5443 S. Thompson St., Tacoma, WA 253-473-0131
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Thomas C. Archer

May 23,1947 August 3, 2009 Tom is off chasing that yellow line and finding the best fishing holes. Good fishing my love Tom is surivied by his wife Patty Archer 3 son's James Kieth Tom Butkovich a brother Larry Archer a sister Christine Danielson and 3 grandsons. A memorial service will be held at Bethany Open Bible Church 8415 Waller Rd. at 1PM on the 15th of Aug. In lieu of flowers we ask that a donation be sent to the Good Samaritan Foundation MS 402-1-FND PO Box 5299 Tacoma, WA 98415
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Sylvia Jane Thomsen

Music was her life, music was her joyÉ Sylvia went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 3, 2009. She passed away peacefully with her husband by her side after a courageous 5 year battle with Ovarian cancer. Sylvia was blessed with a wonderful musical talent and a marvelous singing voice. She conducted several choirs, as well as sang with numerous choral groups, including the “Clef Dwellers”. Her pride and joy was a 70 voice choir in Indio California. She was very active in hiking and water activities, but her favorite was voyage cruising with many trips to Hawaii. Sylvia retired from the Tacoma School District as a secretary and finished her career out at Central School District. She is survived by her loving husband Denton (Bud) Thomsen, by her daughter’s Ingrid Gay (Charles) and Gretchen Martinson, and her son, John Martinson (Debbie); 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; stepchildren Tim Thomson (Sally), Janet Oliver (Larry), Bob Thomsen (Pam), Mike Thomsen (Lisa), 10 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. She has gone home to join Parents; Charles and Martha Throssell, sisters; Merle Patchell and Marie Harrison, brother; Charles Throssell and her son Greg Martinson. All family and friends are welcome to the viewing scheduled for Sunday August 9, 2009 from 3-5 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held on Monday August 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View. A special thanks goes out to Manor Care and hospice, we couldn’t have walked through this process without them. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Franciscan Hospice.
Pub Date: 8/7/2009

Joseph Emanuel Kelley

"You will always be alive in our hearts and our memories" Joseph lived from 5/19/89 - 8/3/09 A celebration of his life will be held on 8/9/09 524 McNaught, Roy, WA 98580 @ 4pm for directions call 253-330-9227 To see full obituary go to www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Xotchil (Sochi) Angela Navarro Adamson Hill

9/13/1950 - 07/25/2009 Called Xotchie by her family, she is survived by her husband Phillip Hill, her children Christian Adamson, June Liechti-Adamson, Jesse Adamson, her grandchildren Cody, Gabriel, and Ryan, her mother Lillian Navarro, brothers and sisters Miguel Navarro, Pamela Stage, Mark Navarro, Christina Donnelly, Ron Navarro and lots of nieces and nephews. Originally from the San Gabriel Valley near Los Angeles, Xotchie and Phillip moved to the Tacoma area about 10 years ago, loved it and stayed. Xotchie made friends quickly, was an amazing cook, and loved to entertain. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know her. Vaya con Dios Chickie.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Shane Thomas Zitkovich

Born 7/7/1983 in Mount Vernon, WA and passed away unexpectedly 8/2/2009 in Tacoma, WA. Shane is survived by his mother, Tammy Letellier; father, Thomas Zitkovich; sister, Nichole (Jeremy) Parks; grandmother, Marie Letellier; grandfather, Steven Zitkovich. Funeral service to be held 10AM Wednesday, 8/12 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Interment with military honors to follow at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

RICHARD FABIANI

Died July 25, 2009 at the age of 60. Rick was raised in Sumner, WA and graduated from Sumner High School where he was a 3 sport letterman. He attended WSU and graduated from U.P.S. where he played football and baseball. He retired from Tacoma School Dist. after 30 years of teaching and coaching. He is survived by his parents, Ruby and George of Edgewood WA, sons Michael and Jeff of Tacoma, and Joan, the mother of his children, also of Tacoma. A Memorial service will be held on Monday Aug. 10 at 2:00 PM at DeLong Elem School, 4901 So. 14th in Tacoma. Family suggests memorials to be made to American Heart Assoc. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Elisabethe E. Marcil

February 6, 1928 - August 3, 2009 Elisabethe Marcil was born February 6, 1928 in Darmstadt, Germany to Wilhelm and Melanie Seip. She married Wilmer Marcil on March 4, 1964 in Wiesbaden, Germany. She entered the U.S. in September of the same year at Charleston, S.C. They lived in several locations until her husband retired from the U.S. Army in 1972, at which time they made their home in Tacoma, WA. Elisabethe worked for Weyerhaeuser as a bindery worker for eight years, as well as a book binder for the Stars and Stripes Newspaper before she was married. She enjoyed bowling for many years. Elisabethe was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and a brother. She is survived by her husband, Wilmer Marcil, and a brother. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, August 10, 2009 at New Tacoma Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way, University Pl, WA 98466.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Gwendolyn Ann Greenhouse

Gwendolyn Ann Greenhouse went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2009 at the age of 55 years old. She was born on January 19, 1954 to Jimmie & Gertrude Wortham in Carrollton, Georgia. Gwendolyn worked 35+ years for the federal government. She loved the Lord and served her church faithfully until death. Left with precious memories are her husband, Carl Douglas Greenhouse; four brothers, Jimmy, David, Reverend Ricky (Alvenia), Nathanial (Beverly); sister-n-law Corliss (Henry) Mincey; brother-n-law Gregory (Surphyre) Greenhouse; three children, Hester Paige, Demetrius (Elizabeth) Greenhouse and Samantha (Brent) Jones; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Gertrude Wortham. Services will be held Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 11am at the Greater Christ Temple Church, 1926 South G Street, Tacoma, Washington, 98405. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington, 98499.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Kenneth (Kenny) Franklin Johnson

Kenneth (Kenny) Franklin Johnson, resident of Harmony, Washington, passed away August 4, 2009 at his home. Kenny was born January 11, 1933, spent his childhood in Mossyrock, graduated from Puyallup High School in 1952, and worked his entire career as a working shareholder at Puget Sound Plywood. After retiring from the plywood plant, he moved back to Mossyrock to live on the farm where he spent his youth. Ken loved the Lord, modeled the Fruit of the Spirit in his daily life, and attended Mountain View Baptist Church in Centralia. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Baptist Church in Centralia at 10:30 am, August 7, 2009, followed by a graveside service at Dunn Cemetery in Mossyrock at 2:00 pm. Please leave condolences online at; www.funeralalternatives.org. Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, (888)753-1065
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Kenneth Donaldson

Services for Kenneth Donaldson have been cancelled from TODAY and will be rescheduled at a later date. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Anthony Edwin Kowalchuk

Anthony Edwin Kowalchuk 6/22/1979 - 8/1/2009. Survived by wife Shawnndale, his beloved daughter Nevaeh Lynn, mother Cindy and Rick Cherry, father Anthony of Texas, grandparents Joe and Eva Gordon, grandmother Delores Breckenridge, uncle Chris Breckenridge and his son Christopher. He was preceded in death by his sister Tami Fay Kowalchuk and his Grandpa Edwin Breckenridge. Graduated Mt. Tahoma, class of 1997, with honors. Tony loved to go fishing with his daughter. He will be missed by everyone. A public pot luck celebration of his life will be held Friday, 8/7/2009, 6p.m. at 4611 59th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98443. For directions, call 253-219-3416.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Thomas McMullin

Thomas McMullin, beloved husband, father and soon-to-be grandfather passed away Monday, August 3, 2009. Tom was born in Miles City, Montana, to Carl and Mary McMullin, on March 1, 1948. Tom is survived by his wife Kaye (Riedesel) McMullin; son Joshua (Ariel) McMullin of Lakewood, Washington; his brothers Jerry and Pat McMullin of Spanaway, Washington; brother James McMullin of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Tom is preceded in death by his sister, Mona Jo Malone of Colorado Springs; two other siblings, John and Betty Lou; and his parents Carl and Mary McMullin. After his service in the U.S. Navy, Tom became a registered CT technician; he worked for 25 years, finishing his career at St. Claire Hospital. He was actively involved in South Tacoma Assembly of God where he served as a board member and developed close relationships with his church family. Viewing will be held at South Tacoma Assembly of God, 7227 S Puget Sound Avenue, Tacoma, WA from 10-11 AM on Monday, August 10, 2009 with funeral services to follow at 11 AM. He will be laid to rest at New Tacoma Cemetery.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Thorvald Olaf Olsen

Thorvald (Thor) Olaf Olsen died peacefully on Monday, August 3, 2009 in his 88th year. He is survived by Zelda, his wife of 63 years, and his children, Becky (Roy) McNairy of Puyallup, Dave (Donna) Olsen of Fife, Chris Olsen of Kent; and 3 grandchildren. A resident of Puyallup, he was born in Tacoma, graduated from Lincoln High School in 1938, served the Army during World War II, and worked 36 years for Pacific NW Bell until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Tacoma Banjo Band, the Puyallup Eagles, and a past member of Brookdale Golf Club. Though quiet in his manner, he was passionate about music, humor, and his family. Thanks to Linden Grove staff for his good care. Thor will be buried at the Sumner Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, August 17th. Donations in his honor can be made to the American Heart Association, 708 Broadway, Suite 330, Tacoma, 98402.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Marla Dee Hill

In loving Memory of, Marla Dee Hill, 8/31/75 - 8/6/08 You left us too soon. We miss you and, You’ll be in our hearts forever.
Pub Date: 8/6/2009

Anna Thomas

Age 102, born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 23 1906, passed away on July 31 2009. She leaves behind a lifetime of memories and love. A dedicated mother, grandmother and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, her spirit and giving heart touched everyone she met. Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2009 at Calvary Cemetery in Tacoma at 1:00 pm.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Patricia Ann Wallace

Age 62, passed away at her home the morning of Thursday, July 30, 2009. She was born July 24, 1947 in Denver, Colorado. Patricia was the daughter of Patrick William and Virginia Ann McCartney. She was a strong Christian woman who served our lord Christ Jesus faithfully. Patricia utilized her spiritual gifts of compassion and giving in a variety of different ways, but is best known for doing so through her talents of arts and crafts. Although she loved to give, her devotion was striving to meet the needs of all God's children, friend or stranger. Patricia is survived by her sisters, Carol Nuttman and Jean Valenzuela, children Christina Howard and her husband Dale, Sean Wallace and his wife Karie, seven grandchildren, who were the love of her life, Maria, Jordyn, Scot, Christian, Elayne, Aidan and Destinie, her niece Carol Ann Nuttman and her daughter Haley, nephews Patrick and Robert Valenzuela. Patricia was a past worthy matron of Cedar Chapter #173 order of the Eastern Star. She worked her entire 30-plus year career for the phone company once known as Pacific NW bell, which is currently called Qwest. The funeral services will be on 8 August, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery, located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, Washington. For anyone wishing to view Patricia one last time and say their good-byes, a viewing is possible on Friday, 7 August, 2009 between the hours of 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. In lieu of gifts or flowers, Patricia would like donations to be made to the American Cancer Society. Donations can be made by mail, phone at 800-227-2345, or online at www.cancer.org .
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Patsy Ann Mahaulu (Lobb)

Age 72, died July 30, 2009 at her home in Lakewood, WA after a short fight with cancer. Patsy was born September 22, 1935 in Wenatchee, WA. Patsy, a pillar of strength to her family and friends, was known for being a prankster, life of the party, and always best dressed. Patsy is survived by her mother Patricia Lobb, daughters Sandy Thompson (Scott), Carrie Musgrave (Patrick), Cheryl Camacho (Guy), and Patricia Mahaulu-Stephens (Prentice). Also survived by her brothers Howard (June) and Victor, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Patsy's family will be celebrating her life on August 8th, 2009 at her residence in Lakewood, WA. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be used to support cancer patients.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Edith M. Callecod

At the age of 92, born in Chicago, IL, Edith passed away peacefully in her home on August 2, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, U.S.N. Pearl Harbor Survivor Chief Harvey Callecod (1995) and son, David (1979). She is survived by brother George Zambenini (Irma), sister Irene Vanlieu, sons Wayne (Linda), John (Linda), Keith, daughter Annetta (Bill), 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 great, great-grandchildren. Edith was a talented seamstress and was passionate about crocheting and cooking. She touched the lives of many people and will always be remembered as a strong, loving, beautiful woman. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Salvation Army. There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Barbara (Norton) (Robberson) Stevens

Born March 30, 1924 in Seattle WA; passed away July 21, 2009. Known by her friends and family as Bobbie. She is survived by her son Mike Robberson (Kerri), stepdaughter Susan Renz, niece Muriel VanHousen (Chuck Stevens), grandchildren Lisa Robberson, Melissa Robberson and Nick Robberson, and many other family members. She was a kind, sweet, gentle woman who touched many lives. She will be missed by all who knew her. Services are 1:00pm Friday, Aug. 7, 2009 at Powers Funeral Home, 320 West Pioneer Ave., Puyallup. Reception following service.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Geneva Alberta Stocking (Shafer)

Born November 21, 1921; passed away on July 30, 2009. Geneva was born in Roy, Washington and was the 9th of 14 children. She met our father, Bob in 1940 and they were married in 1941. They had 8 children, 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Celebration of Geneva's life will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2009 with an Open House from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at 16914 140th Ave. East, Puyallup, 98374. Please sign our guestbook at dryermortuary.com
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Dale Lee Blowers

Dale L. Blowers our beloved husband, daddy, grandpa and friend, passed away peacefully June 21, 2009 with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer. Dale served as a helicopter crew chief in Vietnam and flew many courageous missions. In 1970 Dad followed Mom home from the West End Tavern and after some convincing, they were married in 1970. They were then joined by two daughters Shelby and Kimberly. Over the years they were blessed with two grandsons Zachary and Eric and two granddaughters Courtney and Clara, with a fifth grandchild on the way. Dale is survived by his best friend and wife Joan. His daughter Shelby and her husband and dads partner in crime Jason and their daughter Clara. And daughter Kim and her fiance Mario, and her children Zachary, Courtney, and Eric. And granddaughter Emily. Also left to mourn him are several brothers and sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles, friends and his best friend and brother Dennis and Joleen Blowers. We would like to thank Hospice and Hospice House for all the love and care you gave him especially his nurse Carol, and Chaplain Sherry. Dr. Yee and his staff. And especially his boys, Charlie Moffet, Bud Wintermute and Gary Fairchild. And special friends Bob and Celeste Merry. We love you and miss you so much. You will always be the very best Husband, Daddy, Grandpa and Friend that ever was. We will always love you. Sleep well. We'll be seeing you.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

David Jeffrey Lane

David Jeffrey Lane, 48, passed away of natural causes in Sherman Oaks, CA, July 20, 2009. David attended Thomas Jefferson HS and graduated from Washington State University. Upon graduation, David moved to Los Angeles where he had a successful career as a bond broker and served on the Board of the Olive View UCLA Medical Center Foundation. David is survived by his daughters Nicole, Vanessa and Gianna, mother Claudia Lane, grandfather Roy Larson, brother Doug Lane and sister Debra Coates. David is predeceased by his father John Lane, infant sister Shelly Nanette Lane, grandmothers Lula Larson and Florence Lane Pfeffer, grandfather Carl Lane. Memorial service is 11:00am, Friday, August 7 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 515 S. 312th, Federal Way, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Olive View Foundation http://www.oliveviewfoundation.org . David will be in our hearts forever.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

David Lee Igo

David L. Igo, born Mar. 8, 1952 in Alleghany, VA, passed away at his home in Longbranch, WA on July 31, 2009. David proudly served his country as a pilot in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his mother Edith Owens, a brother Herb Igo, and a sister, Linda McDaniel. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253.272.1414.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Edwin Ernest Lee

Edwin Ernest Lee, our beloved father, grandpa, and brother, was born in Tacoma, WA on January 15, 1947, to Edwin Richard and Ella Mae Lee. He went to be with the Lord on July 28, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his four children Troy (Robyn) Lee, Gidget (Marty) Balcos, Robin Lee, and Crystal (Matt) Thompson. He also has four brothers and three sisters: Gary (Eiko) Lee, Linda Olson, Duane (Sue) Lee, Dennis (Anita) Lee, Cindy (Richard) Leach, Susan (Clifford) Kuntz, and LeRoy (Penny) Lee; along with 13 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his devoted dog Brownie. His favorite past times were going to the drag races, passion for fast cars, riding his Kawasaki back in the day, rocking out to good music, laying in the sun, watching TV and debating politics, eating tacos and ice cream, being with his family, he loved to watch the Bugs Bunny and Road Runner cartoons, and he got a kick out of the little ones by smashing and kissing their cheeks and frightening them by saying “buda-bahhhh” while chasing them off. Dad we will miss you dearly, thanks for many wonderful memories. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 9, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at Tanwax Lake / Camp Lakeview in the Timber Lodge located at 32919 Benbow Dr. E. Graham, WA. ( www.camplakeview-wa.com ). The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made at any Key Bank to the Edwin Lee memorial fund. Dad the Coyote will never catch the Road Runner.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Frank Leo Sidorski Jr.

Frank Leo Sidorski Jr., born October 8, 1938, passed away on August 2, 2009. Frank is survived by his wife Nancy, children JoAnn and Ronald, stepson Robert Cosier, brother Ron Sidorski (Dana), sisters Ellen Hoskins (Don), Sharon Kahler, Junean Robbins and Billie O’Brien and by his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents June Kinney and Frank Sidorski Sr. A gathering in remembrance will be held Sunday, August 9th from 2-5 PM at Ellen & Don’s home. For more information call 253-845-0236
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Fujiko (Nagashima) Bartley

Fujiko (Nagashima) Bartley passed away on July 28, 2009 at the age of 63. She had a long battle with lung cancer since November 2004. She was born in Japan in 1945. In Tokyo, she married James Bartley, Jr. in 1973. Fujiko be came a naturalized U.S. citizen in July 1974 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Including James, Fujiko is survived by two sons, Scott Lewis Bartley and Toby Sadatoshi Bartley; also three grandchildren, Kate, Ella, and Grace Bartley. A graveside service will be held 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Please leave condolences online at; www.funeralalternatives.org . Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, (360)753-1065
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Harold Kenneth Ellison

Harold passed on August 2, 2009, one month shy of his 82nd birthday. He is survived by his wife, Jackie also of Tacoma, his sister, Elizabeth, Alaska, son, Randy Ellison, Olympia, daughter, Cindy Christenson, Kirkland, and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, Roger Ellison, 11 brothers and sisters. Harold served in the US Navy until 1946. He married Jackie in 1947 (61+ years). Harold worked at Mt. Rainier Ordinance Depot in Tacoma, TAD Ordinance Depot in Utah, and retired with 32 years of service to the Federal Government from GSA in Auburn, WA
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Paul Richards, Jr.

Jan. 19, 1969 - Aug. 2, 2009 Son of Barbara Richards and Lee Stafford. Paul leaves behind his two beloved dogs, Lilly and Mojo, two brothers and two sisters, Brandon (Clarissa) Stafford, James Stafford, Misty Stafford, Darlene Jackson, great aunts Elsie Baker, Georgina King George, and Geraldine Williams, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. Paul loved animals, reading books, putting puzzles together, having F-U-N as he put it, and always had to have the "latest and greatest" gadgets. Paul was a proud member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. He enjoyed stick games, potlatches, coastal music, and making beautiful necklaces for the Puyallup Canoe Family. He could always make you smile with his witty personality, easily made friends, and was loved by many and will be missed by all. Paul has gone to join his dad Paul Richards Sr., grandma Delores Stafford, niece Alicia Stafford, uncle Joe Lopez Sr., and cousins Joe "Brian" Lopez Jr. and Pamela Case. Wake TODAY at 7:00 pm, and funeral service Thursday at 10:00 am, both at Chief Leschi School, 5625 52nd E., Puyallup, WA 98371. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Lois Jill Colburn

Lois Jill Colburn, beloved wife and mother, passed away at her home in Gig Harbor on the evening of July 24, 2009 after a long and extremely courageous battle with cancer. The youngest of two daughters, Lois was born on July 22, 1944 in McKeesport, PA to Marjorie and Theodore Decima. Her family later moved to Lake Worth, FL where Lois attended Lake Worth High School where she was a varsity cheerleader. She was introduced to her high school sweetheart and future husband, Rodney Colburn, through a mutual friend and they were married on January 3, 1963. Although it wasn’t long enough, they enjoyed 46 1/2 years together and raised three loving children. Lois was truly loved by her children and they feel blessed to have had such a wonderful mother. With her genuine, caring spirit and beautiful smile, it was no surprise that Lois had a myriad of friends and still kept in touch with several girlfriends from her childhood days. She was a lifelong Episcopalian and her faith is what sustained her throughout her illness. Lois was an excellent cook and her famous handmade dinner rolls were the highlight of holiday meals. She will always be remembered for her never-ending selflessness and honest, Christian morals. She is survived by her husband Rodney; son Jeff (Julie); daughter Jill MacDermot (Rory); son Craig (Tammy); grandchildren Dylan, Evan, Sharla, Alec, Ryan and Tristan; sister Dotti Matheson (Mike). Although she is gone from this world, she will always be loved and NEVER forgotten. Her spirit will be carried in the hearts of her family forever until we are reunited in heaven. Our family would also like to thank the following people: Dr. Henry Kaplan of Seattle and all of our wonderful hospice caregivers for not only their heart-felt compassion and care, but also for treating her with dignity. As a family, our prayers are with everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, September 4, 2009 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7701 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name to St. John’s Episcopal Church would be appreciated.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Edmidio D Costantini

Mountain View graveside gathering, 8/9/09, 3:00 PM. Follow blue line to site. Friends welcome!
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Kenneth A Anderson

On his 89th birthday, Kenneth A. Anderson passed away peacefully from natural causes. Kenny was born on July 29, 1920 in Bismarck, ND and lived a long, healthy life in Puyallup, WA until his death on July 29, 2009. He was a Navy vet, belonged to the Puyallup Eagles for over 50 years, was a member of the VFW and enjoyed golfing to pass time. Ken retired from Howard S. Wright Construction 27 years ago. He is preceded in death by his wife Roseabelle Anderson and is survived by his son Kenneth Anderson, Jr., step son, Jerry Rohrs and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Gravesite service is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2009, 11 am at the Sumner Cemetery.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Eva Mae “Pinky” Stolen Knapp

Pinky passed away peacefully August 2, 2009 at her home in Auburn, Washington surrounded by her loving family. Born to Blanche & Jimmy James Christmas Day 1927 in Tacoma. Her life was spent nurturing her family in the Fife-Milton area. Her love of music was passed on to her family in many aspects. She was preceded in death by husband Kjell in 1985. She is survived by husband Jim Knapp who she married August 18, 1989 & her dog Buddy Holly who was always by her side; her children, Sharon (Dennis) Braun, Sandy (Lon) Herron, Don (Gloria Sehlin) Stolen, Terry (Cindy) Stolen, Debbie (Jack) Britton, Chris (Marv) Query; stepchildren, Tammy (Jerry) Gunderson, Kim Knapp, Jimmy (Stephanie) Knapp, 37 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren with 3 more coming soon. Family thanks Hospice, Virginia Mason staff and all who loved her on her journey to heaven. Services Aug. 8th at 3:00, Brooklake Community Church, 629 So. 356th, Federal Way. “Now I know I found my cabin and I know the Lord is there.”
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Woodrona Bilyeu

Woodrona Bilyeu born Jun. 20, 1920 in Wingo, KY passed away in Tacoma on Aug. 3, 2009. She graduated as Valedictorian from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Master’s Degree, and worked for the Department of Defense for many years. She loved to play softball and bowl. She is survived by her two sons Gordon and Mark Smith, a daughter Dawn Ecklund, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren Viewing will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 from 4-8pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Funeral service will be held Friday Aug 7 at 10am at Tuell-McKee with a graveside service at Mountain View Cemetery to follow. Please sign online guestbook at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

Jerry R. Lattimore

6/3/45 ~ 8/5/06 In our hearts your memory is kept to love, to cherish, and never forget. Love your wife Eileen, kids and family.
Pub Date: 8/5/2009

HENRY DAVID VERNON

10-22-53 - 7-29-09 Tonight, when we look up, we won't think of them as stars; we will think of them as beacons of G-d's love shining in the night, welcoming David safely home. David is survived by his brothers Earl and Conrad Vernon and sister Cathy Elliott. Donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to Chabad of Pierce County, 1889 N. Hawthorne, Tacoma, WA 98406.
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

Robert D. Cope

Bob Cope passed away on August 1, 2009 at his home in Hoodsport, WA. He was born in Puyallup, WA on May 25, 1934 to Robert and Eleanor Cope. Bob grew up in the South Prairie\Orting area, graduating from Orting High School in 1953. During high school he played and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After high school, Bob attended Washington State University graduating with his forestry degree in 1957. He was on the WSU football team and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He remained an avid WSU Cougar fan his entire life. Directly after college Bob joined St. Regis\Champion Paper Company working in the woods outside of Orting. He worked his way through the ranks there and was transferred to Maine to become General Manager of Timberlands in 1974. His last position with Champion was Director of Resource Stewardship where he served on the Maine Governor's task force which developed the Maine's Atlantic Salmon Conservation Plan. He was very active with the American Pulpwood Association, co-founding the Industrial Forestry Forum and serving as Chairman of the Northeastern Technical Division. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Maine Forest Products Council. In 1996 he was the first industry professional to be awarded the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chuck Yeager Award for making a difference in fish and wildlife conservation. He was also awarded the Albert D. Nutting Award from the Maine Forest Products Council and the Patrick Henry Citation from the National Guard Association of the United States. Bob had been a volunteer fireman with the Orting Fire Department and a member of the Orting Lions, Orting Eagles, The Puyallup Elks, The Scottish Rites of Free Masonry Valley Lodge #71 and the Shriners. Upon retirement Bob and Jenny moved to their home on the Canal in Hoodsport, WA. Relaxing was not in his nature and he kept busy shrimping and crabbing at the canal. He also became very active in the Orting Eagles, serving as trustee the last few years. He not only served as trustee but you could find him doing everything from dishes to maintenance at the club. He renewed many old friendships and made many new at the Eagles. He was awarded the 2008 Eagle of the Year Award. His other enjoyment in retirement was his family. He was the driving instructor for the grandkids and the clam digging instructor for them all. He was an active supporter of the Orting High School football and wrestling programs. You could always find him on Friday nights on the sidelines following the ball up and down the football field watching his grandson's play. Survivors include his wife Jennifer, children Candy(Chuck) Baskett, Carol Skinner, Carla(Gary) Ferguson, Chuck (Kirsten) Cope, Tonya(Dave) Foster, Jeff Ary and Leah West. Grandchildren, Nathan, Cody, Adriane, Boone, TJ, Sam, Jackie, Mason, Morgan, Kasie, Nick, John and Connor and four great grandchildren. Brother Bill (Shirley) Cope, Mother Eleanor Cope, first wife, Monalee Cope and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Viewing Thurs., 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup. Graveside Service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 1:00pm at Orting City Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at the Orting Eagles. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Bob Cope Memorial Scholarship, Orting Alumni Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 46, Orting, WA 98360.
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

James Carlton

Husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away August 3rd, 2009 at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife Lorella; daughters Cynthia (Derak) Hextell, Janice (Josh) Kilgus and grandchildren: Dallas Hextell, Dylan Mullen, Alex & Zach Kilgus; brother Larry (Barbara), sisters Loretta (Marvin) Cortelyou and Linda (Ken) Scott; and nieces and nephews. Born: August 21, 1945 in Los Angeles, Ca. He grew up in Kelso, WA. Graduated Kelso High School in 1963, graduated from Lower Columbia College in 1966. Married Lorella Gillogly on August 27, 1966. He had a successful career as a computer engineer for IBM, Alaska Airlines, and was a current employee at PEMCO Insurance in Seattle, Wa. Jim was selfless, loving, loyal, dedicated, always willing to help anyone in need, and he had a great sense of humor. "The steps of a good man are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take."- Psalms 37:23. A Memorial Service will be held at United Church of Christ, 726 - 6th Ave, Fox Island, WA 98333, on Saturday Aug 8th, at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Dallas Hextell Foundation at www.dallashextellfoundation.org . Arrangements by Haven of Rest. Sign online guestbook at www.havenrest.com .
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

Jack L. Rutledge

Jack L. Rutledge went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 2, 2009. He attended Olympic View Baptist Church. He was past master of Masonic Lodge #164 and a member of the Nile Shriners. He worked at Seafirst Bank, Puget Sound Bank and also worked part time as a service manager at Peterbilt after retirement. He was an avid Husky fan and a Mariner fan. He enjoyed being with his buddies each week for Tuesday afternoon poker. The love of his life was his Country and his family. He leaves his wife Patty of 52 years, his son Rick (Doris) and 2 grandsons Jeffrey (currently active duty Air Force) and Jonathan of University Place; his son Michael and granddaughter Makayla of Spanaway and daughter Lisa Marsh-Gyer (Norman) and granddaughters Sierra and Hailey Marsh, Hannah Gyer, and grandson Joshua Gyer of University Place. He also leaves one brother of Springfield, Missouri and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held at Olympic View Baptist Church, 4707 Elwood Drive West, University Place on Saturday August 8 at 2:00PM.
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

Joseph Allen Silva

Joseph Silva died peacefully in his home with his beloved wife of 54 years Maryann at his side in Gig Harbor, WA on August 1, 2009. Joe was born on August 12, 1933 in Fremont, CA. His parents, Jack and Emily Silva of Fremont, CA preceded him in death. Joe had a great love of music and sang in his church choir throughout his life. He also enjoyed cars, boating, fishing and airplanes. He graduated from Washington High School in Fremont, CA in 1951. He attended San Jose State University in California for 2 years, majoring in music. He retired from the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Oakland, CA in 1989. He was a committed volunteer for many years at the Peninsula Fish Food Bank and was an active member of his church, Peninsula Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor. Joe is survived by his wife Maryann; his children Larry Silva of Curlew, WA, Carol Silva of Gig Harbor, WA and Jeff (Becky) Silva of Fremont, CA. He also had 4 grandchildren, Katy (Elan) Stewart of Tacoma, Emily Silgard of Tacoma, Caroline Silva of Curlew, WA and John “JJ” Silva of Gig Harbor and one great-grandson, Drake Stewart of Tacoma. In addition, his brother Jack Silva of Fremont, CA and sister Joyce Novo of Salinas, CA. Memorial services will be held on Thursday August 6, 2009 at 11am at Peninsula Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor. The family would like to give special recognition and thanks to Dr. Lauren Colman and his staff for their compassion and caring through this very difficult time. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Peninsula Lutheran Church or Peninsula Fish Food Bank.
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

Henry Martin Qualheim

July 26, 1971 - July 29, 2009 Henry was born and lived his whole life in Tacoma, WA. He was a loving son, father, a good friend and great cook. He will be greatly missed. Henry is survived by his parents, Erling and Mary-Margaret Qualheim; four daughters; Amanda Marie, Kelsie Lynn, Cassandra Lee, and Brianna Mae; five brothers and sisters, Donald Ray Kvalheim, Pamela Dee Qualheim, Erling Birger Qualheim III, Erica Jean Seter, and Aaron Michael Qualheim. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 11:00 am at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Private Interment at Tahoma National Cemetery is scheduled on Monday, August 10, 2009. Graveside visitation will be permitted starting Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations be made to The American Heart Association. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

DONALD K. RIPLEY

Passed from this life on August 2, 2009 at the age of 74 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease and complications from diabetes. Born October 16, 1934 in Lewiston, Idaho to Rose and Kenneth Ripley, he resided in Tacoma since 1945. He was preceded in death by his parents and family friend, Mary Frances (Curry) Rychner. Don is survived by Geri Kanesta-Ripley, his wife of 37 years; parents-in-law, Ida & Percy Kanesta; sisters-in-law: Terry Kanesta-Brislin (Mike); Bernie Peterson (Rick); Sarah Kanesta; Dori Kanesta-Crouch (Jim); brothers-in-law: Lynn (Vicki Hall-Kanesta); Lindsay (Tina); Michael (Michelle); 16 nieces/nephews and 20 great nieces/nephews. Extended family: Phillip Rychner; Lisa Parham (Perry) children, Jake and Jennifer; Bryan Rychner. Don retired from AT&T with 42 years of service and from the Roy Fire Dept. 17 as volunteer after 26 years of dedicated community service. Don was a member of the AT&T Telephone Pioneers of America and 38-year member of the Tacoma Elks. The family extends its heartfelt thank you to the Franciscan Hospice staff and to the incredibly caring and compassionate caregivers at We Care Adult Family Home especially Marilou Bragg and her parents, Melinda and Trinidad Tobaco who lovingly cared for Don the last two years of his life. A memorial Mass will be held at Visitation Catholic Church on Thursday, August 6 at 11 am. A celebration of his life will follow with a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Vincent DePaul-Visitation Catholic Church, 3314 South 58th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

Seymour (Tim) Marvin Fox

Went to be with his Lord July 25, 2009. Born Sept. 26, 1918 in Mankato, MN to Gladys and Jay B Fox, 3rd of 4 children, raised and educated in Lincoln, NE. Came to Tacoma in 1938 and joined Stoker Lad Co. Served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as control tower operator at McChord and as Station Chief in North Africa. Returned to Tacoma, became co-owner of Stoker Lad, and on April 27, 1946 married Betty Jean Perry, his soul mate for over 60 years until her death. Actively volunteered in church, Boy Scouts, Rainbow Girls, the Billy Graham Crusade, chaplain team at Washington Correction Center for Women, and Fish Food Bank. Was on the City of Tacoma committee to write two mechanical codes and chaired the gas fitters examining board for several years. Chaired the national committee writing a guide for residential heating, including solar heat, for the sheet metal contractors association. Survived by his children Marge (John) Fife, Kathy Fox (Doug McDonnell), Jay (Jan) Fox, Gene (Grace) Fox, and Bill (Peggy) Fox, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He’ll be greatly missed. Memorial service will be held at 1PM on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 at St. Luke’s Memorial Church at N. 36th and Gove in Tacoma. Remembrances may be made to the Peninsula Fish Food Bank.
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

Nichollas Jon Newell

4/11/85 - 8/4/08 Nick, you've been in heaven for a year. You are happy and free, but we sure do miss you. Thanks for all the love and laughs. NickNewell.com
Pub Date: 8/4/2009

Patricia Ann Wallace

Age 62, passed away at her home the morning of Thursday, July 30, 2009. She was born July 24, 1947 in Denver, Colorado. Patricia was the daughter of Patrick William and Virginia Ann McCartney. She was a strong Christian woman who served our lord Christ Jesus faithfully. Patricia utilized her spiritual gifts of compassion and giving in a variety of different ways, but is best known for doing so through her talents of arts and crafts. Although she loved to give, her devotion was striving to meet the needs of all God's children, friend or stranger. Patricia is survived by her sisters, Carol Nuttman and Jean Valenzuela, children Christina Howard and her husband Dale, Sean Wallace and his wife Karie, seven grandchildren, who were the love of her life, Maria, Jordyn, Scot, Christian, Elayne, Aidan and Destinie, her niece Carol Ann Nuttman and her daughter Haley, nephews Patrick and Robert Valenzuela. Patricia was a past worthy matron of Cedar Chapter #173 order of the Eastern Star. She worked her entire 30-plus year career for the phone company once known as Pacific NW bell, which is currently called Qwest. The funeral services will be on 8 August, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery, located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, Washington. For anyone wishing to view Patricia one last time and say their good-byes, a viewing is possible on Friday, 7 August, 2009 between the hours of 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. In lieu of gifts or flowers, Patricia would like donations to be made to the American Cancer Society. Donations can be made by mail, phone at 800-227-2345, or online at www.cancer.org .
Pub Date: 8/3/2009

Colonel Thomas E. Watson Jr.

Colonel Thomas E. Watson Jr., U.S. Army Retired, passed away peacefully at his home in DuPont, Washington, on July 30, 2009 at age 89. He is survived by his wife, Katharine Fuller Watson (Kitty), his brother John E. Watson, and his three children, Josepha Louise Jewett, Gerald Alan Watson, and Austin Geoffrey Watson, and by his six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Tommy was born on December 27, 1919 in San Francisco and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland in 1941 whereupon he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Regular Army. Tommy was a true soldier of the greatest generation, placing his boots on all the major beaches of Europe in WW-II, receiving the Silver Star in Korea defending the Yalu River crossing, and prevailing in hand-to-hand combat in Vietnam. In 1970, Tommy and Kitty moved to Fircrest, Washington, and Tommy forged another successful fifteen year career as a Stockbroker. Tommy is remembered for his devotion to family, allegiance to country, and his great sense of humor. We honor him in his passing. A private family service is planned.
Pub Date: 8/3/2009

Dorothy Chieko Jinguji

Dorothy Chieko Jinguji passed away on July 25, 2009 after a brief battle with lymphoma. She was born June 30, 1920 in Fife, WA to Tanimatsu and Tome Norisada. She graduated valedictorian of the Fife High School class of 1938. Following the WWII internment of Japanese Americans, she returned to the Tacoma area and worked her way up to personnel manager at Fort Lewis. She married Jim Masayoshi Jinguji on May 29, 1955. She was a longtime member of Whitney Memorial United Methodist Church. She loved to travel with her family, making trips to Japan, Australia, Italy, Greece, Spain, Israel, Tahiti and Russia. She is survived by her four children: Daniel, Elizabeth, Teresa (Todd) Robbins, Thomas (LeeAnn) and five grandchildren: Mayumi and Rebecca Robbins, Laura Jinguji, Kelly and James Jinguji. The funeral service celebrating her life will be held August 7, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup WA, with reception following. A graveside service will be held on August 7 at 3 p.m. at New Tacoma Cemetery. For more information and to share memories, please see www.mem.com .
Pub Date: 8/3/2009

Frances Koster Schultz Byford

Frances Byford, 86, died peacefully July 8, 2009 in Olympia, WA. She was born on August 10, 1922 in Salida, Colorado to two World War I veterans, Harold R. and Olive Wallace Koster. She had one brother, F. Wallace Koster, who preceded her in death. Husbands also preceding her were Albin J. Schultz and Charles B. Byford. She is survived by a daughter, Judy Nordhaus (Richard), two sons, Wally Schultz (Alma) and Peter Schultz (Karen), and a stepdaughter, Pam Easley (Darrell). She has 10 grandchildren who were her traveling companions throughout her life. Also surviving are 9 great-grandchildren. Frances earned master’s degrees from the University of California Berkeley at San Francisco, and Western Washington University in Bellingham. She held diverse positions in the nursing field during her 60-year career, including Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Washington, teaching at Northern State Hospital, private duty nurse, charge nurse at Western State Hospital, Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health, and as a counselor in her own practice. Her curiosity and desire to learn caused her to be a world traveler and host to foreign exchange students. She developed a lasting friendship with Christoph Meier and his family in Germany. She was an avid genealogist, bridge player, collector of artifacts, VW Bug enthusiast, breeder and shower of Siamese cats, reader, gardener and birder. Her love of opera, theater and classical music were lifelong, as was her involvement in the Episcopal Church. Volunteering was her way to better her community, serving in various ways in Menlo Park, CA, Sedro-Woolley, WA, and especially in Steilacoom, WA after her retirement. At her request, a funeral service will not be held. The family will be gathering at a later date to celebrate her life. Special thanks are extended to Olympics West for their concern for, and excellent care of, Frances. Memorials in her honor may be made to The Society of St. Margaret, 17 Highland Park Street, Boston, MA 02219, an Episcopal Religious Order of which her granddaughter is a member. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 8/3/2009

Otto C Schroeder

Otto Schroeder passed away on July 31, 2009. He was born on July 7, 1923 to Carl and Beaulah Schroeder. Otto became the man of the house at age 12 when his dad died, and cared for his mother and sister Anna for the rest of their lives. Otto graduated from Puyallup High in 1941, where he was captain of the basketball team, two-time champions of the Puget Sound Conference. Otto and Frances Koch met in the Tacoma Shipyards, and were married three months later, on March 20, 1944. Their first child was born nine months later, shortly before Otto joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific. After he returned, six more children were born over the next 17 years. Frances and Otto bought a home in South Tacoma within walking distance of Visitation Parish and School, where all seven children attended. Otto and Frances have been members of the parish for over 55 years. Otto was a Scoutmaster, leader of the Visitation Men’s Club and Holy Name Society, called bingo, cooked pancake breakfasts and more. He and Frances enjoyed many Saturday nights dancing at the VFW Hall. He was a big fan of the Seahawks, Sonics and Mariners and spent many hours cheering them on. Above all, his whole life was spent protecting and providing for his family. Otto was the guy you wanted on your team or in your foxhole. Otto is survived by Frances, his wife of 65 years, and his children Carl Schroeder (Margaret), Valerie Evans (Derryl), Kathy Schroeder, Mary Ann Schroeder, Paul Schroeder (Gretchen), and Tom Schroeder (Maria). He was a loving grandpa to 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family extends its heartfelt thank-you to the Franciscan Hospice staff and to the incredibly caring and compassionate staff at the Franke Tobey Jones Health Care Center. Services will be held at Visitation Church at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 5th, followed by a reception at the church hall. Condolences can be given online at www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
Pub Date: 8/3/2009

ROSA HENDERSON

Rosa Henderson passed away July 29, 2009 at the age of 83 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Born December 8, 1925 in Burnett, Washington, she resided in the Sumner area for most of her life. She worked in the Sumner School District for many years before retiring in 1971, but the main focus of her life was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Rosa was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Don in 2006. She leaves two children, Dick (wife Jaclyn) Henderson and Lisa (husband Dewayne) Reynolds, and a beloved granddaughter, Sara Reynolds. She also leaves sister Louise Novak, and numerous other family members. Before her illness, Rosa was a talented oil painter, and an avid knitter. She and Don enjoyed traveling, and camping with the Good Sams of Puget Sound. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in memory of Rosa to the Alzheimer's Association or American Heart Association. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Hill Funeral Home, 217 East Pioneer Avenue, Puyallup, 253-841-4455. Viewing to be held Friday, August 7, 2009 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. Private interment to be held at Sumner Cemetery.
Pub Date: 8/3/2009

Mirella Ropella

7/6/1931 - 8/3/2005 It has been four years and I love and miss you more as time goes by. You are the love of my life. All my love, John Love from all of the family.
Pub Date: 8/3/2009

Maurice E. Forseth Sr.

"Maury" Maurice Edward Forseth Sr., a lifelong resident of Tacoma passed away on July 28, 2009 at the age of 83. Maury was born in Tacoma to Charles Martin Forseth and Janet Meroy Forseth. Maury grew up during the “great depression” in the south end of Tacoma and attended Park Avenue Elementary, Stewart Junior High and Lincoln High School. He joined the US Navy in September 1943. Maury was a Veteran of World War II serving aboard the USS Hendry in the South Pacific Theater and he also served in the Korean War. He was a member of the Local 367 Meat Cutters Union, Past Master in 1964 of the Royal A. Gove Masonic Lodge and a longtime member of the Tacoma Elks Lodge #174. Maury was a local small businessman and owned and operated A&M Meats and Parky’s Tavern. Maury was a “people person” and he lived for conversation with his customers. More importantly, he loved helping people in need. Maury’s passion was fishing for trout and salmon. He was a dedicated pet owner and was very fond of dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Martin and Roderick, his sisters Isabel and Catherine and his twin sister Mable. He is survived by sons Jon E. Forseth, Charles A. Forseth and Maurice E. Forseth Jr., nine grand children and three great grand children as well as several nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4th from 4-8pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave., Tacoma. Graveside services with military honors will follow on Wednesday, Aug. 5th at 11am at New Tacoma Cemetery in University Place. Donations may be made to the Tacoma Humane Society. Funeral arrangements by Tuell- McKee Funeral Home, 253.272.1414. Please sign online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Avis Gentra Prater

(Retired Navy) Avis Prater, Joe, was born December 10, 1914 in Redtop, Missouri. He passed away at Good Samaritan at 6:00P.M. on July 30, 2009 at the age of 94. He was preceded in death by his wife Clarice Prater. He is survived by his son David F. Prater and his wife Carma Lea Prater. Joe has two grandsons, David and Donald. He served in the Navy for 27 years and was in thirteen major war engagements. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was also a Pearl Harbor survivor and served on the U.S.S. Nevada. Joe retired from the Navy in 1966 and worked at St. Elizabeths for 10 years in Oakland, California. He is a lifetime member of the Elks #174 and the V.F.W. His favorite song is “God Bless America.” At Joe’s request, there will be no service.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Eleanor Bermingham

1940 - 2009 Our dear friend passed suddenly in Tacoma on July 14th, 2009 from a cerebral aneurysm. Eleanor arrived in Tacoma in August of 2001 to serve Habitat for Humanity as a Jesuit Volunteer. In August of 2002 she become the Director of Family Services at Habitat, retiring in May 2008. Over the years Eleanor was a tremendous advocate for affordable housing. She was a leader and mentor to many at Habitat as she worked tirelessly to make home ownership possible for over 100 Habitat for Humanity families. Eleanor loved to take her friends out for crabbing excursions on her boat and home, the "Second Draft". She traveled the world and served the underprivileged generously. Her presence will be missed, but her heart and soul will remain. All friends are welcome to honor Eleanor's life in a memorial service at St. Patrick church on N. 12th and J Street, Tacoma, on August 6, 2009 at 11am. Reception following at St. Patrick's hall.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Adam Ellis Beatty

Adam is made whole again. He left us peacefully Sunday, July 26. For seven years he fought with intention. Each day he did live strong—in purpose and in his faith. Not once did he choose to let an opportunity pass by whether it was to cross the country for an experimental treatment or take his jeep to Elbe to plow through a new snowfall. He looks forward to the day when we can be together again, whole, complete, rejoicing not only in our Lord’s love, but His Presence. Those who knew him remember his wonderful and infectious smile, his willingness to help someone in need, and especially his willingness to just listen. He loved working on his trucks with his brother Matt and friend Sven. Matt and Adam built several big trucks and booming sound systems. He was more than just a typical big brother for his sister Annie, always giving her advice and offering counsel. They spent a lot of time together being at home and taking drives, always talking with each other. New phones were a passion. He loved target practice at the firing range. Whether in a hospital in Boston, or confined to bed at home, texting let him be connected with friends and family. He found a passion working at Cascade Offroad. Adam was born in Puyallup, Washington, on March 23, 1983. He graduated from Bethel High School and Pierce College. He did not fight alone. At his side each day were his mother and father, Bobbie and Wyley Beatty, brother Matt Beatty, sister Annie Beatty; grandmothers Mamie Wong and Bea Beatty; aunts and uncles, Jackie and Laddy Kite, Mike Wong, Tim and Becky Wong, Eva and John Mitchell, Sally Barto, Becky Beatty, Jenny Kramer, and John and Carla Stratfold; cousins Abbie and Lauren Kite, Erik Wong, Natalie and Ryan Wong, David Wescott, Sarah and JP Aebersold, Tyler Abersold, Isaac and Noah Stratfold. Also, many, many other relatives, friends, former teachers, and neighbors lifted Adam with their prayers and their presence. Adam was especially proud of the support they showed at the annual Dragonslayer Sarcoma Bike, Trike, and Hike fundraiser and treasured pictures from those events. We thank each of those persons. Services will be Sunday, August 2, at Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church, 22316 106th Ave E, Graham, Washington 98338 at 4 p. m. Memorials can be sent to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, 2065 NW Miller Rd., #404, Portland, OR 97229 or through nwsarcoma.org
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Rawleigh Nickolas Irvin, Jr.

Age 59, passed from this life on July 31, 2009. Rawleigh was born May 31, 1950 in Tulsa, OK to Freda and Rawleigh Irvin, Sr. He was raised in the Spanaway area most of his life and graduated from Bethel High School, Pacific Lutheran University (BA), and the University of Washington (MSW). He spent the last 26 years of his career at Pierce County Juvenile Court in several capacities, retiring in 2006 as the "computer guy". In retirement he enjoyed his children and grandchildren, fishing, gardening, cooking, and spending time at his lake cabin. Rawleigh is survived by his mother, Freda Irvin, wife Joni, son Rawleigh III (Amy), daughter Kristen (DJ), and sons Andrew and Adam of the home, grandchildren Railen, Kamden and Alex, sisters Terry (Caesar) and Kathy (Phil), and numerous other extended family members. Rawleigh's gentle nature, quick wit, and ready smile will be greatly missed. The grace, dignity and fortitude with which he handled his illness has been an inspiration to all who knew him. A Memorial Mass will be held in his honor at St. Leo Church, 710 S. 13th St., Tacoma, at noon on Friday, August 7, 2009. A celebration of his life will follow at the adjoining CCS Building Great Room. In leiu of flowers Rawleigh requested donations be made to Washington Council of Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 2652, Issaquah, WA 98027.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Roy Gene Welch Sr.

Age 67, passed away from a brain aneurysm Friday July 24, 2009. Roy was born August 18, 1941 in Tacoma, WA to James and Ida Welch. Roy was the “Good Ole Boy” on the Long Haul Road from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay for 30 years. He considered himself a true Alaskan Sourdough. Roy graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, WA. Roy started truck driving for Tam Engineering and drove for 16 years with them and ended his career with Sourdough Freight Lines of Fairbanks AK. Married to Barbara Jean Packard of Tacoma. They decided to move to Fairbanks, AK for the opportunity to be part of the new Alaska Pipeline. Roy earned the Alaskan Outstanding Trucker of the Year in 1997. Roy was a loving and devoted husband, dad and grandpa. He loved fishing (when in WA) at Lake Ohop, his second home. Roy Sr. is survived by his wife Barbara Jean Welch, his brother Jim Welch (Joanne), his children Roy Welch Jr., Dianna Fritz (Fred), Debbie Nelson (Russ), Cindy Hamlin, Catherine Shively (Terry), Darrell Hamlin, and Dennis Hamlin, his grandchildren Elizabeth, Tasha, Alex, Lilly, Mandy, Erin, Duncan, Genna, Crystal, Joel, and 5 great-grandchildren. A funeral/memorial in Roy’s honor is planned for Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 2:00 in the Mountain View Aspen Chapel. His family invites all who enjoyed the pleasure of being part of Roy's life.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Pat Estefan

Age 77, passed away July 25, 2009 in Tacoma. Pat was a retired office administrator who worked at both the Tacoma Actors Guild and the Tacoma Little Theatre. Pat is survived by her two sons, Jeff A., Playa del Rey, CA, and Mark E., Tacoma; daughter Susan A. Williams, Tampa, FL; and grandson Ryan Elias, Tampa FL. Per her wishes, no services will be held.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Frances Marie Lemos

Born 7/21/1920 in Santa Clara, CA, and passed away 7/30/2009 in Fircrest, WA. Frances is survived by her son-in-law, James Helms, 11 grandchildren, 28 great- grandchildren. and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Frank Lemos, 3 daughters, Judy Helms, Janice Fisher, and Mary Alice Dickenson. Funeral service to be held 3:30PM Monday, 8/3/2009, at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Interment to follow at El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, CA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Anne Margrethe Larson

Born May 2, 1939, has gently crossed over. She was and will always be our shining light. Her humanitarian spirit teaches us to help less fortunate people. We remember some of her work: she lobbied for the HR1 project (removal of in-state food tax); worked as a paralegal at Puget Sound Legal Aid, and the many years involved in PTA. She last served as Parent Coordinator at Whitman Elementary. She is survived by her three children, Elizabeth (Manny) Leon, Teresa (Michael) Erickson, and Paul (Dana) McCormick. Also by her grandchildren Matana McCormick, David Drake, and Aleya McCormick, along with Sebastian McCormick, Mom's great-grandchild. She will be remembered by her brother Richard Swearingen and sister Mabel Hess. Burial arrangements were made through Curnow Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on August 4, 2009 at 7:00pm at Camp Edgewood in Milton, right next to the Rainbow Connection, 1228 26th Ave. Ct., Milton, WA 98354.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Emidio Dominick “Ed” Costantini

Born Nov. 13, 1917, Vineland, N.J. died peacefully July 27, 2009, age 91, at Heartwood Extended Health Care. Emidio and his wife of 63 years Evelyn, who predeceased him in 2006, owned and operated Mt. View Realty, Inc. in Tacoma. He became known as “Mr. Ed” to his peers and clients. Emidio was a true “BOCCE" enthusiast to his friends with Tacoma Lodge Sons of Italy in America. He held various offices druing his membership. He was a member of a team responsible for the “BOCCE" courts at Fircrest. Emidio is survived by two daughters, predeceased by 1 stepson in 1974 and 1 grandson in 2008, 11 grandchildren, 12 great and 4 great-great grandchildren. A special thanks to the staff at Heartwood Extended Health Care, and to family friend Rev. Durwood Wilson. Emidio was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Papa, we proved God does answer prayers. Love forever from your family.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

John H. McVey

December 4th 1952 - July 20th 2009 Our father, brother and best friend passed away at Tacoma General Hospital on July 20th 2009. He leaves behind his son, James (Sonia), granddaughter Niamh of California and daughter Jodi of Oklahoma. He also leaves behind his significant other of 17 years, Elaine Callaghan, and her children Forrest, Brian and Tom. He is also survived by his brother Leonard (Denise) and sisters Karen, Cindy (Rick) Willett, Laura, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Gwenneth and a sister and brother. He loved to play cribbage and poker. He loved to fish and spend time at Westport; his recent visit was on Memorial day with Elaine. He was a member of Local 252 and retired in 2008 after 30 years. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1974 after 2 years of service. We'd like to thank everyone for the gifts of food and help that was given to our father. At his request there will be no service.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Ruben Richard Wakeley, Jr.

Dick Wakeley was born 9/25/1939 in Commerce, OK, and died peacefully at his Puyallup home of prostate cancer on Thursday, July 23, 2009. Survivors include his wife Linda, and their two sons, Richard and Robert (Carey) Wakeley; sisters Gladys Tidwell, Lowetta Hoskins and Ruby Husted; 3 grandchildren, and numerous extended family members and friends. Memorial services and a celebration of his life will be held at Rock Creek Gardens on August 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society Relay For Life fund, in care of Joshua Keaton, or to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Please see the full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Douglas William Kepler

Douglas William Kepler, born August 1, 1952 in Great Falls, Montana, died July 27, 2009 in Tacoma. He was retired from Western State Hospital after many years of dedicated service as an institutional counselor. Survivors include his siblings, Larri O'Brien and Henry Kepler from the Tacoma area, and Grace De Luca, Clinton, Washington, Christine Leknius, Sun City, Arizona, and Kathleen Gallegos of Oxnard, California, and many nieces and nephews. Doug's favorite pastimes included spending time with friends and family. He looked forward to Super Bowl Sunday each year and never missed the annual blues festival in Winthrop. We will miss his special smile and his generous spirit. There will be no services at his request. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Edna Mae Peterson

Edna Mae was born August 24, 1922, and passed away suddenly July 29, 2009. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was very active in church, and loved to quilt and bake for those she loved. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ed, son Scott (Sue), grandchildren Melanie (Bill), Carolyn (Aaron), Steven, and great-grandchildren Emily, Jacob, Matthew, Jared and Allyson, also her sister Barbara and family. Services will be held August 6, 2009 at 11:00am at the Tacoma LDS Stake Center at South 12th and Pearl. We all loved her very much and will miss her dearly.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Fern Lucille Harkness

Fern Lucille Harkness, age 88, passed away July 29, 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer disease. Fern joins her husband Marion Everett Harkness who passed away in 1981. Marion was a retired Tacoma firefighter. She was born August 21, 1921 in Wagner, South Dakota to William and Maude DeNoma. Fern is survived by two sons, Mark Harkness and Mil Harkness both of Tacoma and daughter Susan Harkness-Williams of Sunriver, OR. Fern is also survived by daughter in law Linda Harkness and son in law David Williams. Fern leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was a long time Tacoma resident. Fern was a home maker and active in her growing children’s schooling. She also participated in the Women’s Firefighter Auxiliary where she was a committed fund raiser for the organization. Mrs. Harkness regularly volunteered at the Tacoma General Hospital Burn Unit. Fern became very involved in her church where she made many new friends. She enjoyed reading, gardening, square dancing and travelling. Marion and Fern retired and became snow birds spending many months in the southwest. Fern Harkness was a mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend and a force of nature. She will be missed. Please join us in celebrating Fern’s life on Wednesday, August 5th at 11 am at Mountain View Funeral Home. The address is 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW Lakewood, WA 98499. Following memorial services there will be a reception at the Mountain View Hall. Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Grace E. Winfrey

Grace was born August 28, 1929 to the large and loving family of John and Annie Bell (Warren) Williams. She left this life on July 28, 2009 at home surrounded by the love of her children. Her early life was spent in the Texas area, where she was educated, worked, and her sons Elvin and Glynn were born. She spent many summers visiting her sisters and brothers and teaching her children the importance of love and being a close-knit family. These teachings continued when as an Army bride her family moved to Tacoma and was completed by the birth of her daughter, Phyllis, and the arrival of her "daughters by choice" Bettye and Margret, and one stepson, Cecil McKay, Jr. She worked hard in her church and spent many an hour visiting and cooking for those who could not do it for themselves, showing them the love and kindness that truly was in her spirt. Surviving relatives include two sons, Elvin Walker Jr. of Roy, Washington, Glynn (Sandy) Walker of Tacoma, one daughter, Phyllis McKay Latham, of Tacoma, two sisters, Mae City of Austin, Texas and Viola (Calvin) Hampton of Covington, Washington, one brother, Willie Williams, of Houston, Texas, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Viewing will be August 5, 2009, 2-9pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood, Washington. Funeral services will be the following day, August 6, 2009, 11:00 am, at Tacoma Central 7th Day Adventist Church, 1301 S. Baltimore, Tacoma, Washington.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

David Andrew Hamilton

In Wenatchee, on July 22, at the age of 58, David Andrew Hamilton of Tacoma and Oroville. An inspiration to all who were priviledged to know him, David fully embraced his homeward journey with cancer. He leaves to mourn his wife Aline Lesage, his daughter Jessica Maxine Hamilton, his parents Duane and Lucy (Lucille) Hamilton, his brother Hugo Hamilton, his step-children Sophie Pilon, Nicolas Pilon and Karine Pilon Borrowman, his aunt Jennie Holmquist, his uncle H.W. (Huck) Huckstadt, and a number of cousins and friends. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Dr. Serena Malhi and the entire oncology team at the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, to all attending staff at the Noth Valley and Central Washington hospitals, and to the volunteers at Our House in Wenatchee. A memorial service and celebration of David's life will be held at the New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Rd. W. in Univeristy Place, on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 2 p.m. All welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Our House, Cancer Care of NCW, P.O. Box 2044, Wenatchee, WA 98807. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Dorothy E. Wood Jones

Issac Wood was a pioneer settler of Lacey, Washington. His great-great-granddaughter, Dorothy Wood Jones, was born in Olympia in 1926. She joined Delta Delta Delta at WSU. She graduated from the UW School of Nursing/Swedish Hospital. She admired the work ethic, high standards, and lifelong friendships she formed there. A Supreme Court Justice married Dorothy and Robert M. Jones, architect, in 1950 in Olympia. They moved to a house Bob designed in Fircrest that was featured in Life Magazine. As a Tacoma School nurse, she was gracious, respectful and compassionate. She was comfortable visiting homes in the most dangerous neighborhoods because she had a rapport there. She had breathing problems and a heart attack. With her husband, 2 children, and her grandson holding her hands, Dorothy took her last breath. Their longtime friend, Dr. Dwayne Weeks, will be celebrating Dorothy's life Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 2 pm at the Weeks-Dryer Mortuary in Parkland and on Friday, August 7th at 2 pm at the Ruddell Road Pioneer Cemetery in Lacey. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Cecil Gilmore

Lewis Cecil Gilmore died peacefully at home with his wife and daughters on August 1, 2009 at the age of 89. He has touched and enriched many lives and we will miss him. Cecil was born on July 13, 1920 in Doty, Washington to a family with eight children. He left home at the age of 15 and worked on a dairy farm, graduating from Valley High School in Menlo. He went to Washington State University, completing an agricultural degree. During WWII, he served in a medical unit in North Africa and Italy. Cecil taught Vocational Agriculture 15 years in Pe Ell, Washington. In 1961 he moved his family to Tacoma and taught science and math at Mason Junior High. He retired in 1975 with his first wife Dorothy of 32 years who passed away in 1979. He married Yvonne in 1980. Cecil enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, square dancing, and woodworking. He was involved in many organizations, including FFA, Grange, Kiwanis, Gig Harbor Twirlers Square Dance Club, Skyline Presbyterian Church, and McDonald's Coffee Club. He is survived by his wife Yvonne of 29 years, daughters Linda (Rodney) Rock of Anderson, CA, Karen (Jon) Ost of Tacoma, stepdaughter Lynn (Rich) Reed of Adelaide, Australia, stepson Dean Goodrich of Tacoma, brother Clarence Gilmore of Chehalis, and six grandchildren. A viewing of our dear Cecil will be on Tuesday, August 4th from 5 to 8pm at Haven of Rest of Gig Harbor. A celebration of his life will be at the Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd., Tacoma at 2pm Wednesday, August 5, 2009.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Margaret E Dobrinski

Margaret “Meg” Dobrinski was reunited in heaven with her husband “Ski” on July 2, 2009. Meg battled the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease with the help of her loving family, many friends, and caring attendants at Patriots Landing. During her life, Meg spent her childhood in Liverpool, England and then in the late 1950s moved to the United States with her cherished daughter, Helen, and her devoted husband. They had two more children, Steve and Tom, and raised their family in the company of good neighbors in Edgewood, Washington. Meg enjoyed reading the newspaper, seeing a compelling film and debating politics. Meg’s smile and quick wit will be remembered forever by her surviving children and their spouses; Helen (Terry), Steve (Nicole) and Tom (Erin). Her grandchildren will hold dear the memories of her making them finger-noodles and soldiers at a moments notice. Meg’s generosity will be fondly remembered by her step-grand children and great grandchild as well. You will be sorely missed, Mom, but we know that you and dad are in your matching recliners watching over us all. We love you!
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

William Jonathan Udo

October 29, 1929-July 27, 2009 Absent from our sight but never from our hearts. The Lord blessed us with a father/stepfather who was a true living example of Christ's love. He lived his life loving others and being a great mentor and friend. Thank you, Lord, for his life! He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Donna, daughter Janine Fleming (Mark), stepdaughters Connie Bock (Ray), Lori Lastufka (Don), Linda Westebur (Steve), and stepson Doug Lastufka (Val). He had 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, along with 4 nieces and 2 nephews, his sister, Doris Borg, 90, of Sidney, MT, and her daughter Sylvia (Genard) Kjos. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Graham, WA, August 8, 2009 at 2:00 PM. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Nydia Patricia Spangler “Pat”

Passed away peacefully on July 30, 2009. Born in Trieste, Italy on May 5, 1921, she attended nursing school and worked outside of Rome prior to WWII. After the war, Nydia came to America and continued her nursing career at Providence Hospital in Seattle, For 25 years she was the Central Supply supervisor at Western State Hospital in Steilacoom, WA. With boundless energy, Nydia served the Retired Public Employees Chapter 10 in Tacoma and the Executive Board of the Retirees Council in Olympia. She married James Spangler in 1969, and together they made the world a better place. They loved to travel, especially to Mexico and Hawaii, were active in the USCG Auxiliary, the Holiday Ramblers Club, many service organizations, and enjoyed life to the fullest! An active member of he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Nydia was known for her selfless, humanitarian service. She and Jim served as temple workers in the Seattle Washington LDS Temple, and as missionaries to the LDS Institute. She loved with all her heart and was loved by many in return. Survived by her husband Jim and brothers Aulo and Edoardo Caropresi of Italy. Funeral services will be held Wed., August 5, 209, 11:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4219 Beckonridge Dr. W., University Place, WA 98466. Viewing prior to service at 10am. Interment at New Tacoma Cemetery. Arrangements made by Forest Funeral Home, Olympia, WA, 360-943-6363,
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Thomas V. Kidwell

Services will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 11:00am, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3315 S 19th St, Tacoma.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Orville Spurgeon

The Breadman went home to our Lord. This great man knew thousands of you. Funeral Home 1 PM, Graveside 2 PM, on 8-7-09. New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home, 9212 Chambers Creek Rd. W., University Place, WA 98467, 253-564-1311.
Pub Date: 8/2/2009

Vera G. Graves

12/23/1908-7/27/09 Grandma passed away peacefully in her sleep after providing 100 years of blessing to all who knew her. She finally was called home to be reunited with her Husband, Frank Graves & daughter Carol Cross and many more relatives & friends. She is survived by her other daughter, Doreen Gideon, 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren & two great, great grandchildren. A time of celebration and remembrance for close family & friends will be held at Glen &Sheri's on Saturday, 8/8/09 at 1:00P.M.
Pub Date: 8/1/2009

Jeanne Luana West

8/31/1947 - 7/24/2009 Jeanne was born 8/31/1947 in Honolulu, HI to Howard and Veva Clark, and passed away peacefully on 7/24/2009. Jeanne is survived by her husband William E. West of Graham, WA; brothers Thomas J. Clark of California and Richard Clark of Puyallup, WA; and sister Linda Sizemore of Wayneville, MO. Jeanne was a 1967 graduate of Magic Valley Christian College in Alidon, ID. A special thank you to Helen L. Kerns (sister of Howard Clark) of Buffalo, NY for being the best friend Jeanne could ever ask for, your daily phone calls, always ended with “smoochies”, meant the world to her. Brother Thomas J. Clark was very special to Jeanne, and everything he has done throughout this process will not be forgotten. Jeanne and Jean McGel of the Pink Panthers were extremely close and partners in crime - a special thank you for your help and support. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008.
Pub Date: 8/1/2009

William (Bill) Lester Butler

8/7/1934 - 7/24/2009 Bill passed away at home, surrounded by the family that loved him, after a long battle with emphysema and cancer. He fought his battle with great strength and courage to spend more time with the family he loved. He spread joy to many with his great love of music and his quirky sense of humor. We will always love and miss him. A Celebration of Life is being held at the Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup on 8-15-2009 from 2-4pm.
Pub Date: 8/1/2009

Betty G. Frisby

Betty Frisby died Wed. July 29, 2009 at the age of 81. Betty was born on Feb. 5, 1928 in Parkland, WA to Luther and Dorothy Edmunds. Betty enjoyed many hobbies, such as dolls and dollhouses, sewing, gardening, painting, and yard sales. Betty is survived by her sons Christopher Eggleston (Dori) and Floyd "Benny" Frisby (Christine), her cousin Shirley Eggleston, grandchildren Jason, Adam, Raini, and Dakota, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, Loyd, of 42 years preceded her in death. Betty was a very Devout Christian in the Oneness Religion. A memorial service will be held Mon. Aug. 3, 2009, 11:00 AM, at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary, 220 134th St. S., Parkland, WA 98444, with a reception following. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
Pub Date: 8/1/2009

Patti Reeves

On July 15th, 2009, Patti Reeves of Tacoma Washington passed away unexpectedly due to complications during surgery. She was born March 17th, 1965 in Ogden Utah. She grew up in Ogden and graduated from Weber High School. Patti moved to Tacoma and had spent the last 7yrs here. She loved Puget Sound and going fishing on the boat. Patti is survived by her significant other Dan Baker of Tacoma whom she loved calling “boyfriend”, and spent every moment with. Patti is also survived by her mother Jeniel Black, brothers Casey, Kelly, Brad and many nieces nephews, aunts and uncles. Patti touched the lives of many people with her smile and positive attitude. A memorial to celebrate Patti’s life will be held on August 2nd 10:00 a.m. at Owens beach in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 8/1/2009

William W. (Wes) Manning Jr.

Wes died 7-28-09 at age 84. He served in the Army in the Pacific and Japan during WWII and the Korean wars, was awarded the Silver Star; retired from Boeing after 36 years and was a lifetime member of the Puyallup Elks. He's survived by wife Frances, son Harold (Rancy); daughters Barbara and Shirley (Richard); granddaughters Andrea (Billy) and Dyan; great grandchildren Drew and Mason; Sister Pat (Lenny) and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Swedish Hospital in Seattle for the transplant program. A service will be held at a later date.
Pub Date: 8/1/2009
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