MySource:BobC/Tacoma News Tribune Obituaries (2009-November)

MySource Tacoma News Tribune Obituaries (2009-November)
Author The News Tribune
Abreviation TNT
Place Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
Year range 2009 - 2009
Surname Alexander
Van Sickle
Publication information
Type Newspaper
Publication Serving the Puget Sound area, The News Tribune is the third largest newspaper in the State of Washington.
The News Tribune. Tacoma News Tribune Obituaries (2009-November). (Serving the Puget Sound area, The News Tribune is the third largest newspaper in the State of Washington.).
Name The News Tribune
Address 1950 South State Street, P.O. Box 11000, Tacoma, WA 98405; Phone: 253-597-8742

Obituaries (November 2009)

The following list of obituaries and memorials were published in the Tacoma News Tribune for the month of November 2009. This list contains 328 entries.

Marilyn Davies Muir

Born Tacoma, Wa 11-30-29; died Marin County, Ca 5-8-09. Leaving to grieve sons Gordy & Bruce and grandson Riley, cousins Ron Romine, Lacey; Colleen Kerth, Fircrest.
Pub Date: 11/30/2009

Martha Ireland

8/29/1924 to 11/25/2009 Mom went peacefully, surrounded by her loving children Janet Neiman, Marie McGowen, Harry (Linda) Ireland, Pat (Dick) Kauppila, and Mike (Jackie) Ireland. Mom was born in Smithville, MO, the youngest of 12 and the last surviving “Corum” sibling. Mom met Dad in 1942 during WWII while temporarily stationed in Kansas City, MO, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to his death in 2002. They moved to Fox Island in 1956, and after raising the family she went back to school in the late 60's to become a computer programmer during the infancy of the Tech Age. Grandma I, as known by her 20 grandchildren, 26 great- and 6 great-great-grandchildren, was also very special to her many friends at the Fox Island Alliance Church, her Pinochle Gals, and her years of volunteer work through Cootiette Club, Fox Island Grange, and American Lake Veterans Hospital. A celebration of her life will be held at the Alliance Church on Fox Island on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 1PM. Remembrances may be made to the Fox Island Alliance Church, Hospice of MultiCare, or your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Willie B. Montgomery, Jr.

9/26/1947 - 11/24/2009 Son of Betty L. Wright (Montgomery) and Willie B. Montgomery, Sr., the 62-year old veteran was a wonderful husband, father, and brother, and his passing will be mourned by many. Those among the bereaved include his 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 3 grandchildren, his wife Lisa Montgomery, his daughter Saquarra Montgomery, his son Simeon Montgomery and daughter-in-law Melissa, his stepson Jason Knox, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He joins his parents, his sister Nancy Montgomery, and his niece LaShanda Soares in Heaven. Truly, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. May He Rest In Peace Viewing will be held Tuesday, December 1st from 2:00PM until 9:00PM at Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park. Services will be held Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 1:00PM at Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009


Apr. 1917 - Nov. 23, 2009 Born in Michigan Millie leaves behind her daughter-in-law Karen (Cabage) Conrad - grandsons Michael (Kim) and Daniel (Brandy) Cabage, four great grandchildren - Rick, Lauren, Kelly, Tommy and one “on the way”, Audrey. She is predeceased by her only son, Tommy; and her husband, Tom; and is the last of her siblings. Millie will be vastly missed by her family and many friends. Noted for her lovely smile and great cooking, though she declared that we’ve not yet tasted “her best”. There will be no formal funeral at her request, but a Celebration of Life is planned for Sat., Dec. 5 from 10:00-4:00pm at her family home. Please donate to your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

LaVonne Mulholland

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, LaVonne Marie Mulholland passed away peacefully in Auburn on November 14, 2009, after suffering a stroke on November 6th. She was born in Tacoma, September 13, 1924. LaVonne was a loving and generous woman. She had many circles of friends including the Methodist church, CID group, Dance Club and bridge partners. LaVonne treasured her family first and foremost. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1942 and married her beloved husband Fred three months later. Fred and LaVonne met on a blind date while attending a Harlem Globe Trotters game. On September 25, 2009 LaVonne and Fred celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary surrounded by family and friends. LaVonne retired in 1974 from the Tacoma School District where she was a cook. Fred retired from the Tacoma Police Department in 1972. They enjoyed many years as snow birds in Hemet, CA. They lived most of their lives in Tacoma but most recently lived at Wesley Homes Retirement Community in Auburn. LaVonne was an excellent cook and an accomplished seamstress. Many were blessed by her talents, but especially her daughter Lynn for whom LaVonne made costume after costume for ballet performances. Her passing is mourned by many, but especially by her husband Fred, son Ron (Zondra), daughter and son-in-law Lynn & Steve Roberts, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. A memorial in celebration of LaVonne's life will be held on Thursday, December 3rd at 2:00 PM at Community of Christ church, 6912 40th Street West, University Place, WA. Remembrances may be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation, 425 Pontius Ave N, #300, Seattle, WA 98109.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Robert Clark Dunnington

Born in Orting, Washington 8-24-1926, passed away on 11-21-2009 in Puyallup, Washington. He enjoyed camping, fishing, golf, and skiing with family and friends. He retired from The Boeing Company after 32 years of service as a procurement manager. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patsy, his sons Jeff and Ted and his wife Suzi, his brother-in-law Bob Melz, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at Regency Rehabilitation Center and Good Samaritan Hospital for their care and concern. There will be a memorial service and reception at Powers Funeral Home, 320 West Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA, Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 1:00PM for those who would like to attend.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Frances E. Baese

Died unexpectedly, but peacefully on Nov. 16 in Gig Harbor. She was born Frances Trueblood on 12/20/1922 in West Baden, IN. Fran attended Arsenal Tech HS in Indianapolis, earning a full scholarship to Butler Univ., where she graduated with a BS degree in Bus Admin in '44. During WWII she worked for the US Civil Service in Honolulu, where she met and married her Marine Corps husband and returned to live in MI, where her only daughter was born. She worked for General Motors starting in '52 in the stenographer pool to earn enough money to buy a TV, and retired 35 years later. Her brains and org. talent, plus her typing and shorthand skills, helped her advance as a secretary until she was reached the top position of Exec. Sec to the Gen Mgr of Buick, working with ten different Gen Mgrs until '87. After retirement she moved to the SF Bay area to be near her oldest sister, Helen, and her daughter. She returned to Hawaii many times, since she loved the islands. She was an avid reader of biographies, worked word puzzles every day, and was a devotee of Big Band music and all movies from the 40's. Fran was known for her generosity and kindness by her friends and strangers - she was a deeply caring individual to all people she met. She moved to WA with her daughter's family in '96, and enjoyed the harbor town. She survived breast cancer in '05; it was the only time she was hospitalized in her life. She was still living on her own, driving her Buick, and enjoying family outings until her passing. She was preceded in death by her sisters Eldean Trueblood of Seattle, Helen Trueblood of SF, and Jane Trueblood of IN. She's survived by her daughter Barbara A. Baese and son-in-law Rich Mollicone of GH, and a family of Dandies who loved their 'grandma' and her cookies. We know that her favorites, Manny and Bentley, met her at the Rainbow Bridge. Her ashes will be returned to the Bay Area to be with her sister. Any donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009


Jacob (Jay) Burke passed away in Tacoma, Washington on November 25,2009. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Cornelia (Connie) Reese Burke, who passed away December 1, 2005. Jay was born on November 28, 1921 in Jenkins County Georgia. He was the son of Ralph Burke and May Bell Messex . His wife Connie was the daughter of James O Reese and Alma Reynolds of Millen Georgia. Jay joined the US Army in 1938 at the age of 17, to help his rural Georgia family during the depths of the Great Depression. He served in the US Army Infantry for the next 22 years and fought in both World War II and the Korean War. By the end of his career he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After retiring from the Army, Jay and Connie moved their family to Tacoma Washington. They both had fallen in love with the Northwest during his service at Fort Lewis. He went on to work for the State of Washington in various managerial roles and retired a second time after many years of service. Later in life he obtained both a BA and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University and through this example taught his children the value of education and hard work. In 2009 Jay was married to his second wife Elizabeth Weir Burke. Elizabeth gave so freely with her love and comfort during Jay's final months that his children will be forever grateful to her. Jay is survived by two sons, his son James R Burke (Issaquah, WA) along with his wife MaryBeth and their daughters Lisa, Kelly and Ryan, his son Larry T Burke (Bainbridge Island, WA) along with his wife Maggie and their daughter Katherine and he is survived by his daughter Shelby R. Burke (Lakewood, WA ) along with her daughter Randi. Jay is also survived by many great grand children. He will be remembered by all of his family as a loving and supportive father.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Sandra Darlene Kiening

May 10, 1954 - Nov. 18, 2009 Sandra 55 of Bonney Lake, WA. passed away at home surrounded by her family Wed., Nov. 18th after her courageous battle with lung cancer. She is survived by husband Richard of 37yrs, son Frank, daughter Trina, 4 grandchildren Samantha 7, Lilly 3, Deanna and Tasha 16 and on great-grandson. Sandi was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to babysit. She also enjoyed volunteering, shopping and fishing and was always getting her hair and nails done. She is also survived by her 5 loving sisters and mother Darlene. We are devastated and will miss you so very much and you will forever be in our hearts. P.S. Don't have to much fun up there without us! Memorial Services will be held Thurs. Dec. 3rd 1:00pm at Chapel Hill Pres. Memorial Chapel. Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

John Herbert (Jack) Browne

May 3, 1920 - Nov. 15, 2009 He was born in Tacoma, WA to John Herbert McLeod and Helen Louise (Hubbell) Browne, and attended Stadium High. He married Kathleen (Katie) Cecelia Cleary upon her graduation from Stadium in 1942 and joined the Army Air Force, graduating from pilot training in 1943, just after his oldest son was born. He was a B-17 pilot with the 15th Army, 301st Bombardment Group, 419th Bomb Squadron stationed in Foggia, Italy. His experiences during the war made him a lifelong pacifist. After the war he began working for a collection agency, and he and Katie had four more children. The family moved to Richland, WA in 1953, where he opened a new branch of the agency, and then joined Sears. In 1963 the family relocated to Seattle. They divorced in 1966. In 1967 he met Naomi (Jauron) Tobias, who had 3 wonderful sons, and spent the next 42 years helping to raise them on Vashon, where he worked for King Co. Solid Waste. He was a longtime member of the Vashon Booster Club and the Vashon Island Golf & Country Club. He was also a member of the Pharaoh's Club in Tacoma. After Naomi's sudden death in January, 2008, he moved back to Seattle . The epitome of a “hail fellow, well-met,” he was a sportsman, a scholar, and an athlete. As we were growing up, he read us poetry and stories, taught us how to garden, raise chickens, and enjoy really good jazz music. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a way of connecting with people that put them instantly at ease. He had a wonderful, lively, searching mind, and made wry cracks, recited poetry, and sang songs right up to the end. He is survived by his children and step-children: John (Vicki) Browne, Colleen (Dan McKillop) Browne, Shelley (Herb) Johnson, Shannon (Jeff) Bertuch, Tim (Julia) Tobias, Mark (Jodie) Browne, and Dan (Dinece) Browne, 25 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at The Grange on Vashon Island, Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 2-5PM. See you there!
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Patricia Jean Dennett

Oct. 3, 1947 - Nov. 19, 2009 Patti was born in Tacoma, WA and resided in North Tacoma all of her life. On November 19, 2009, after a brave battle with cancer, she passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and loved ones. Patti was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Gary Sr., sons Michael, Daniel (Kristine), and Gary Jr., her granddaughters Victoria and Amanda Akin (Cole), great-granddaughter Samantha "Sam", and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. God bless and protect her soul. Please visit to view the full obituary and sign the online guest book. There will be a celebration of Patti's life on December 5, 2009 from 12 to 4pm at Pt. Defiance Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore St., Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Betty Ree (Rupp) Tallman

Our “MEME” was born Feb. 7, 1930 in Burlington, WA, and passed away in Tacoma, WA on Nov. 20, 2009. As an infant, Mom was adopted by Ben and Bessie Rupp, and grew up along the Columbia River in Skamokawa and Cathlamet, WA. She later moved to Hammond, OR and graduated from Warrenton High School in 1947. In 1948 Betty married Richard A. Tallman, and they started their family in Astoria, OR. In 1968, the Tallmans moved to Tacoma, WA, where Mom enjoyed family, gardening, cooking, camping, cribbage, and her teams: M's, Seahawks, Huskies, and her favorite, Boise State BRONCOS! Survivors include children Gloria (Paul) Bader of U.P., WA, Sallie (Stacey) Fogg of Meridian, ID, Dick (Laurie) Tallman of Tacoma, WA; granddaughters Lynne, Nicole, Kristina (John), Marci (Felix), Katie and Emily; great-grandchildren Kayla and Aaron; and a niece, Jackie (Rupp) Brown, of Olympia. Betty was preceded in death by husband Rick, her parents, brothers Jim and Gene Rupp, and sister Uta Roberts. At Betty's request, no services will be held. Please consider a memorial donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. A special thank-you to Norma Stokes for her years of friendship and assistance. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253.272.1414. Please sign the online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Viola Martha Nilsen Woods

Our dear mother, Viola Martha Nilsen Woods, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after a four-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease and all its many complications. Viola was born in Tacoma, Washington on July 2, 1922 to Nils and Martha Nilsen, immigrants from North Norway who laid a strong, loving foundation for the generations who follow them. Viola was preceded in death by her loving husband, Larry Woods, who left us in 1986; her parents, and two brothers who passed away early in their lives. She is survived by her brother Noble Russell Nilsen and his wife Lucile, Port Ludlow, Washington; son Phillip Raymond Woods and fiancée Judy Michael of Tacoma; daughter Christine Martha Wilhite and husband Owen of Kirkland, Washington; daughter Delores Louise Luttropp and husband Peter of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and son Lawrence William Woods of Tacoma. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored beyond all bounds. To those who cared for her for the past two and one half years in Coeur d'Alene; Dr., Susan Melchiore, the staff at Coeur d'Alene Homes, the staff at Hospice of North Idaho; our family at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d'Alene who ministered to her; our family at Emmanuel Lutheran Church who prayed faithfully for her; to all our friends and family who supported her and us during this difficult time: There is no earthly way to thank you for your love and care. There will be a memorial service in Tacoma, Washington after the Christmas Holiday Season; an announcement will follow at a later date. There will be a gathering to honor her memory at Coeur d'Alene Homes, 624 West Harrison, on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 1:30 pm. English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d'Alene, is in care of the arrangements. If desired, memorials may be made in her name to Trinity Lutheran Church, Martha Circle, 812 North 5th Street, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814; Emmanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1315 North Stevens, Tacoma, Washington 98406; Viola Woods Memory Care Garden Project; Coeur d'Alene Homes, 624 West Harrison, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. More importantly, we ask you to take a few hours someday and seek out a nursing home or an Alzheimer's care facility and spend some time visiting with residents. Take a treat, read a magazine, or just sit and hold the hand of someone who is in need of love. Vaer sa god, Viola.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Robert W. Hecker

Robert W. Hecker, passed away on Nov. 20th 2009. He was a master bookbinder his entire working life. He loved being in the motorhome and going to new places. He liked woodworking and yard work. He is survived by his wife, Lois and his children Celeste of CA., Pamela (Tom) of Vancouver, Wa., Amy (Donald) Tacoma and Chris (Keri) of CA. His stepchildren Greg, Gary (Debi), Sue (Jack) all of Tacoma and Becky (Ed) of NV. Bob has 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his family and extended family. Service will be Tue. Dec. 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Rembrances can be made to Fransican Hospice House.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Robert William Busha

Robert was born November 1, 1924 (All Saints Day) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of child of Edward and Mary Busha and had 7 siblings. He possessed an adventurous spirit and hitch-hiked around the country with friends as a young boy. He joined the Army Rangers in WWII and served his country with honor - eventually getting wounded in France. He was proud of being one of only 1500 soldiers who participated in all three major invasions during that war. After recovering from his injuries, his first job was with Cook and Brown Electric Company. He later moved his family to Torrance California, working for Harvey's Aluminum. After retiring, he married his beloved Nellie and joined her in his adopted state, Washington. They had 37 special years together. He enjoyed planting flowers (doing 'God's work' as he used to call it), landscaping, carpentry and other projects to help out family, friends and neighbors. He was proud to help beautify his beloved cities of Tacoma, Fife and Browns' Point. "I've had a wonderful life", he always used to say - "I'm a lucky man." He is survived by 6 children, Robert Busha, Susan Busha Howe, Steven Busha, Amelia Busha Wilson, Christopher Busha and Angelia Busha Council, 14 grandchildren, countless great-grandchildren and even his first great-great grandchild. Funeral Services will be held, Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 10:30 am at the Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel, 1002 So. Yakima Ave. Tacoma. Robert will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington. The family wishes to thank the Franciscan Hospice Care for their wonderful assistance during his final two months. The family suggest that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneyfuneral . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Wayne O. Pieper

Sept. 23, 1926 - Nov. 19, 2009 Wayne Pieper was born in Pearl City, IL to Melvin and Gladys Piefer. After serving in the Army at Fort Lewis, he settled in the Tacoma area to continue his career as a floral designer. He eventually purchased Mountain View Florist, where he became known for his innovative work. Wayne truly approached floral design as an art form, "food for the body, flowers for the soul". His passion for his life's work kept him studying and teaching floral design long after his retirement in 1984. Wayne remained a student of floral art and generously shared his creative beliefs with others. Throughout his life he embraced life's changes and challenges by "turning the page and moving on." In recent years, Wayne volunteered at St. Clare Hospital, the Lakewood Area Shelter Association, the Historical Society, and at local gardens. Wayne always was independent and active. He attended University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St. W., University Place, where his service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Survivors include two sisters, Iola Cline and Carol (Wayne) Koeller, and a brother, Ronald (Donna) Piefer, all in Illinois. Survivors also include 10 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends whose lives all were touched by this true floral artist. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Mark Shannon Jackson

Sept. 23, 1950 - Nov. 24, 2009 Our father, Mark S. Jackson, 59, passed away November 24 in Federal Way. He was born in Puyallup on Sept. 23, 1950, and graduated from Puyallup H.S. He attended W.W.U., earned a degree in political science and history, and in Urban Studies from U.P.S. He was hired as DuPont's first city planner in 1976, and worked with Weyerhauser to preserve the history of DuPont while developing Northwest Landing. He served as mayor from 1987-1991, and went on to work for the Department of Ecology. His passion for the outdoors led him to work in the garden and among plants and nature. He was a diehard fisherman, a loving father, and loyal friend whose wit and laughter could lift any spirit. He is remembered by loving children Emily, Kathleen, and Patrick, their mother Barb, father Bill, his sister Gail, brother Bruce, cousin Karen, forever friend John McDonald, and many dear friends and family. We extend graciousness for the life he had, and find solace in knowing that his mind, body and soul are at peace. Please join us in celebrating his life at the DuPont Community Church, 502 Barksdale Ave, at 1pm on December 5th, 2009.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Connor L. Stamey

STAMEY, Connor L. of Graham, WA passed away on November 16th from a hard-fought battle with cancer. At 86 years old, he was a decorated WWII Veteran, and retired from Boeing Aircraft Company in 1989. He was a member of the Christ Community Babtist Church. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette, daughters, Teresa Daugherty of Port Orchard, Sharon Baker of San Diego, Luana Prueter of Issaquah, and Lynn Yantzer of Sumner, and his son, Eric Stamey of Kent. Also suviving, his 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The service will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Spanaway at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4th.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Mary Frances "FRANKY" Strand

Was born July 13, 1924 in Los Cruces. New Mexico and passed away in Tacoma, Wa. on Nov. 18th, 2009. Her life was filled with joy and blessings. Her treasure was her family as well as many friends and neighbors. Mary is survived by her four children Bill, Tom, Mike and Kristen Strand, as well as her older brother Pat Patterson and his wife Betty. Her grandchildren are Ashley, Christian, Sam, Savannah, Shelby, Mahina and Gabriel. She was "Grandma Franky" to Jill, Kevin and Frank and is also survived by her former daughter in law, Karolyn, and her "best friend" Terri LaFarge. Mary spent most of her life in Federal Way where she raised her children. She enjoyed family vacations, swimming, numerous crafts and social events. She spent many years touring the world on cruises with her husband, Bill, after his retirement. Mary had a very sunny disposition" and always looked for the best in everyone. She never complained and her great attitude was an inspiration to all who knew her. We will think of her often and raise a glass of merlot in her memory. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. There will be a memorial service for Franky on the 6th of December 2009, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Peoples Retirement Community 1720 East 67th St, Tacoma, Wa. 98404. Peoples is located right off Portland Avenue and 67th St in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Winston Randolph Blakey

Winston R. "Randy" Blakey, 73, a longtime resident of Washington State, ascended to God's heavenly gates November 17th, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. Randy was born in Covington, VA, to Winston and Mary Blakey April 17th, 1936. Randy grew up in Covington, VA as the eldest of 6 children. After graduating from Watson High School, he enlisted and retired from the U.S. Air Force (23 years) and the City of Tacoma (10 years). Whereas Randy battled Parkinson's disease for almost 30 years, he never let it get in the way of his Ham Radios, love of bologna, Tootsie Pops, and football. He was preceded in death by his parents Winston and Mary, and siblings Barbara Ann and Paul. He is survived by his children Carma Renninger (Harry) of New Jersey, Rea Blakey of Maryland, Brian and Paul (Gabriella) Blakey of New Mexico, and Hallie Blakey of Washington; grandchildren Blake and Blair Crosby of Maryland; sisters Pat Collins, Doris Banks (Walker), and Rose Wilson of Illinois and Cathy Blakey of Washington; many nieces, nephews, and godchildren, whom he loved very much. Interment service will be held 12/3/2009 Tahoma Nat'l Cemetery, 10:15, with memorial service to follow at Shiloh Baptist Church of Tacoma at noon.
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Billy Joe Clark

4/14/1962 - 11/29/2004 We will always love and miss you so very much. -- Kim and Allysha
Pub Date: 11/29/2009

Andrew "Sonny" McCloud, Jr.

Dec. 03, 1921 - Nov. 27, 2009 Andrew "Sonny" McCloud, Jr., 87, of Yelm, WA, died early Friday morning, November 27, 2009 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He was taken to the hospital Thursday evening with complications of a weakening heart after a large family gathering for Thanksgiving and early celebration for what would have been his 88th birthday on December 3, 2009. Andrew was born on December 3, 1921 at Mud Bay, WA just west of Olympia to Andrew McCloud I, and Angeline Tobin McCloud on the James Tobin Indian homestead allotment. At age seven he moved to Franks Landing on the Nisqually River where his mother "Angie" had married Bill Frank, Sr., who died at age 104 in 1983. Andrew's mother died in 1986 at age 95. In August of this year, Andrew and his wife Edith Kanine McCloud had observed a Second Wedding celebrating their 65 years of marriage. Most of their twelve living sons and daughters and their families attended that celebration and many of them were also at his Thanksgiving Birthday dinner on Thursday. Also with him at the home and then at the hospital were his younger sister, Theresa Maiselle Bridges and brother, Billy Frank, Jr., both of Olympia. A member of the Puyallup Indian Tribe, Andrew was a retired member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 77 (Seattle). In his nearly forty years as a journeyman lineman, which began for him in the 1950s, he had worked throughout the union's Washington, Idaho, and Western Montana regions, and additionally from Northern California to Southeast Alaska. In his youth and into his forties he also had been a fisherman on the Nisqually River. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Andrew married Edith Kanine after receiving a medical discharge. They purchased a twenty-acre home site in Yelm, Washington where they raised their family - now grown to include grandchildren, great grand children, and even great-great grandchildren. In recent years Andrew traveled regularly back and forth between Yelm and Pendleton, OR where his wife, Edith continually worked in cultural education and language programs for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where she is an enrolled member. In addition to his wife, Edith at the family home in Yelm, Andrew is survived by his sons, Andrew, III (Melinda) McCloud of Nisqually Reservation, WA; Mike McCloud of Pendleton, OR; Kenny (Mary) McCloud of Yakima, WA; Raymond (Abbey) McCloud of Tacoma, WA; and daughters, Patricia (Larson) Kalama, of Warm Springs, OR; Billie (Danny) McGee of Nisqually Reservation, WA; Norma (Frank "Sonny") Eaglespeaker of Yelm, WA; Marcella (Otto) Eaglespeaker of White Swan, WA; Gail (Rudy) Hernandez of Fife, WA; Angie McCloud of Pendleton, OR; Rosie McCloud Johnson of Killeen, TX; and Maiselle "Mazie" (Monty) Altaha of Yelm, WA. Andrew is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a great-great grandson and by many nephews, nieces, and cousins, as well as by his sister, Maiselle Bridges and brother Billy Frank, Jr. He was preceded in death by his son, Russell McCloud and daughter, Linda Rose McCloud, as well as by his two older sisters, Rose Fredericks John and Elsie McCloud Capoeman of Taholah, Quinault Indian Reservation, WA; and by his younger brother Don McCloud of Yelm, WA. Wa Shat religious services for Andrew will be led by Armand Minthorn of the Confederation of Umatilla Tribes, beginning at 6pm Sunday, November 29, 2009 at Wa-He-Lut Indian School Gymnasium at Franks Landing on the Nisqually River, 11110 Conine Ave. SE, Olympia, WA (Interstate I-5, Exit 114). Following the Wa Shat service and prayers the evening wake will be opened to other religious denominations and speakers, prayers, drummers, and singers, with Frank "Sonny" Eaglespeaker providing spiritual guidance during this period. The services will suspend at midnight and resume at 9am Monday, November 30th. Wa Shat Interment Services will follow at the Tobin Family Cemetery of the Squaxin Island Tribe (2347 Gravelly Loop NW in Mud Bay, Highway 101 North, Exit at Steamboat Island mile marker 360), exclusively officiated by Armand Minthorn. Arrangements are in care of Forest Funeral Home, Olympia, Washington.
Pub Date: 11/28/2009

Daniel Kendersi

Feb. 8, 1952 ~ Nov. 5, 2009 Daniel was a kind-hearted man with an unforgettable sense of humor. He is survived by his mother Madeline (Mansfield) Kendersi, brother Michael (Norma) of Mesa, AZ, and sister Jo (John) Scheidt of Port Orchard. He had a large extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. We love our Daniel and will miss him very much. For all who cared for Dan, thank you from my heart. Mother
Pub Date: 11/28/2009

Ira kenneth Light Jr.

A Steilacoom Pioneer Passes. Ira Kenneth Light Jr., Fondly known as Ken, passed away Thanksgiving morning. A fourth generation Steilacoomite, he was born there on September 27, 1927. After graduating from Clover Park High School, he was drafted in the Army, and spent time in WWII serving in the Philippines. Upon his return, he attended the College of Puget Sound, and graduated in 1951. That same year he married Jane Bair, and they spent the first two years of their married life in Holden, where he was a cost accountant with Howe Sound Mining Company. Upon their return to Tacoma, he was appointed Chief Clerk of the Tacoma Traffic Violations office. Following that, he spent 28 years working in management at the Bon Marche. He was most proud of being responsible for opening both the Tacoma and Southcenter Malls. He was active in church and served on the Town Council in Steilacoom. His greatest joy, however, was his family. Ken was a loving husband, a wonderful dad, and an incredible grandfather, who had an infectious sense of humor and warm smile. He loved to read, walk, fish, garden, and sit by the bonfire at Hood Canal. He is survived by his wife, Jane, of 58 years, daughter Joan (Paul) Lesh, daughter Martha (Stan) Flemming, daughter-in-law Robin Light (Jim Veirs), and nine grandchildren. Son Gary predeceased him in 2001. He leaves a host of extended family and friends. Join us in a celebration of Ken’s life on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 1:00pm at St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church, N. 36th and Gove in Tacoma. Memorial donations may be made to the church or the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association.
Pub Date: 11/28/2009

Jan Marie Boush

June 5, 1950 – Nov. 20, 2009 Jan had an angelic and loving heart which glowed when she was with her son and grandchildren. She was sensitive, gentle, and compassionate toward all. Jan was gifted with the talent of creativity and could make anything beautiful. She treasured her family and friends as unique and special gems. There will be a void in the hearts that knew her. Jan is survived by her son J.K. Boush, his wife Dixie, grandchildren Cruz and Santiana, her brothers Marc Goetz, Jeff Goetz, their wives and families, and her mother-in-law Rose Johnson. Jan was preceded in death by her husband Robert Boush Jr, and her parents Jack “Hap” and Anne Goetz. “God’s love anchors you to a higher place to find peace.” Memorial will be held Monday, November 30th at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church at 11 AM, immediately followed by a reception at The Attic downtown Sumner. Jan found joy in supporting YMCA’s Camp Seymour. Donations in her honor would allow deserving children the opportunity to attend camp.
Pub Date: 11/28/2009


Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend Fred E. Starkey, JR died Nov. 21, 2009, at home surrounded by family. Born Oct. 16, 1926 to Fred and Beatrice Starkey in Portland, OR. Gunnery instructor in US Navy, WWII veteran, active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Survived by wife, Beatrice Kay and combined children: Ronald (Barbara) Starkey, Julie (Richard) Coffman, Pamela Sherman, Todd (Jamey) Starkey, John (Rose) Starkey, David (Becky) Wartena, Darren Wartena, Mark Wartena, Michael Wartena, DaraLynn (Steve) Breiter, Justin (Heidi) Wartena, Chris Wartena, Joylynn Farias, sister Betty (Al) Kromminga, brother William (Arda) Starkey, 49 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren (w/2 in hopper). Fred was preceded in death by his first wife Phyllis & 3 grandchildren. His varied skills included heavy construction, church building contractor, Seattle transit operator and photography. Fred loved serving with Sheriff’s Posse in Spokane. Funeral services - Dec. 1, 2009 - 9am. Viewing and 10am services in Puyallup LDS Chapel, 1015 13th St. SW. Interment - Tahoma National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Pub Date: 11/27/2009

Doris Langlow

Doloris “Bubs” Langlow June 16, 1929-November 21, 2009 Although our hearts are saddened by our loss, we find comfort in knowing she has been reunited with her daughter Lisa. With family surrounding her, she went peacefully to heaven. We will miss our mom, wife, grandmother and friend whom has touched each one of us in her own special way. She brought smiles to all who knew her and heaven got a little brighter with her passing. Bubs was born in Emporia, Kansas and lived in Hill City, S.D. before her family relocated to Puyallup in 1940. She graduated from Puyallup High School and in 1950 married the love of her life, Stanley C. Langlow. They lived and raised their family in the Tacoma area their entire marriage. Bubs enjoyed her many friends and time spent at Fircrest Golf Club. She loved the winters with her family at White Pass and summers at Lake Chelan and Dash Point. She devoted her entire life to her family and loved us all, unconditionally. Bubs was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Blanche Ballew and her daughter Lisa Langlow. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years Stanley C. Langlow, son Scott (Cindy) grandsons Nick (Nicole) Alex, son Gregg (Debbie) grandchildren Jennifer, Jessica, Rob and great-grandson Aiden, son Steve (Tammy) grandchildren Stanley, Creighton “CJ”, Hannah, sisters Claudette “Dee” Bergman and Marlene Mestrich (Chris) . A memorial service will be held at University Place Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 4th at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any remembrances be sent to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma, WA in the name of Doloris “Bubs” Langlow.
Pub Date: 11/27/2009

Gordan Douglas Knight

Gordon was born on May 21, 1953; passed away Nov. 2, 2009. Gordan lived his adult life in Eliot, Maine where he enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Leah and three beautiful grandchildren, also his mother Grace Freeman and father Bruce Knight, step-mother Vera Knight, siblings Bruce, Larry, Tamie, Douglas, John and Betty. A remembrance reception will be held on Dec. 5th, 12:00 noon at 7817 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 11/27/2009

Jerry W. Brown, Sr.

Jerry W. Brown, Sr. born Sept. 26, 1934, Seminole, OK~ passed away Nov. 23, 2009. Tacoma, WA Jerry came to Washington as a small child. He was raised on the Olympic Peninsula in a logging family that grew to include 10 children. After graduating from Port Angeles High School he married Yvonne Watts. Their path led to Southeastern Alaska and produced four children. Jerry was a top timber cutter there for 15 years. With children in their early teens Jerry moved his family back to Washington. He bought Madrona Beach Resort on Camino Island and Twin City Bowling Lanes in Stanwood where he acquired his great love for the sport. For the rest of his life he participated in several leagues and developed many friends as a result. The early 70’s brought many changes and eventually a new wife and two more little daughters. During this time Jerry had many of his logging poems published. Two songs he wrote were recorded in Nashville. He was one of the founding members of the Washington Folklife Council. For the next 30 years Jerry and Pam owned and operated Custom Shirt Shop. Starting in North Bend, expanding to Auburn and Puyallup and settling permanently on South Tacoma Way. Fifteen of those years they also had Dande Co., Awards. At one time or another most of the people in the family worked in the businesses. He was a charter member of The South Tacoma Business District. After selling the businesses by 2005 he retired to his home woodshop and continued his writing. Jerry spent his whole life taking the responsibility of being a big brother very seriously. He held family above all. He was a “genuine, good man” with a heart of gold. Jerry was predeceased by: father Ona; mother Sarah (Macfarland); brothers Ronald, Sr., Richard, and Joe and grandson John. Some of us blessed by Jerry’s life are: wife Pamela; brothers Ed (Marilyn), Lloyd (Diane) and Bill; sisters Barbara, Ona “Jean” Jones and Jennie; sons Jerry “Wayne”, Jr. and Charley (Sherry); daughters Janet (Heath) Dubuque, Sara “Diane” (Steve) Hall, Jessie Brown and SkyAnn (Chad) Morgan; grandchildren Jerry W. (Adrian), Ryan (Robyn), Trisha (Gabe) Thompson, Mitchell Hogan, Casey Allis, Chris (Gina) Allis, Tiffany, Kenny and Michelle, Sarah (Gene) Martin, Joe Hall, Shane (Kendra) Shackley, Jade Morgan and Avery Morgan; great grandchildren Georgia Ann, Jerry Michael, Ethan, Jude, Dylan Thompson, Mia Thompson, Cory Allis, Angel Allis, Austen Griffin, Damian Martin, Candice Burks, Tanner, Zane Nored and expecting another next April. Also of great importance in Jerry’s life are numerous nieces and nephews and his long time friend John Walker. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at Piper-Morely-Mellinger Funeral Home 5436 So. Puget Sound, Tacoma (472-3353 on Saturday Nov. 28, 2009, 11 a.m.
Pub Date: 11/27/2009

Robert Charles Morris

1943 - 2009 On Sunday morning Oct. 18, 2009, Bob (RC) Morris passed away after a year long battle with cancer at home, with his beloved wife by his side. Bob, was born in San Francisco CA, on Aug. 13, 1943 to David & Theresa Morris. He was a star athlete at Washington High School, where he lettered in Football, Baseball & Basketball. He played for the North in the Shriner's Football game on July 26,1961.In 1962, he moved to Los Angeles, to attend & play football for UCLA. He was inducted into the the Washington High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Bob resided in Southern California & worked in the Mortgage until 1982, when he returned to San Francisco. After 24 years in the Bay Area, he moved to Gig Harbor to retire with his wife Linda. Survived by his wife, daughter Erin, sisters Katherine, Betty & brother David, as well as a host of cousins, nieces & nephews, spanning the generations. He is also survived by a large extended family of friends throughout the west coast & around the country. No formal services were held. Go to "bobmorris" to sign his guest book.
Pub Date: 11/26/2009

Danielle Shon Raymond

Danielle graced our lives for 19 years and will be loved and missed by all. Services will be Sat. Nov. 28th at 11a.m. in the Moutain View Valley Chapel.
Pub Date: 11/26/2009

Donna J. Hart

Donna J. Hart went to be with her Lord & Savior Nov. 23, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray L. Hart. She is survived by her sister Janice Ligon & her 3 children, Judy Erickson, Sandy (Wayne) Hammer, Dennis (Sue) Hart. The twinkle in her eye was from her 8 grandchildren& 4 great grandchildren. Visitation @ Hill Funeral Home 845-1172, 217 E. Pioneer, Puyallup, Sat. Nov. 28 10am- 12pm. Funeral services at 1pm. Interment immediately after @ Orting Cemetery. Reception immediately following Funeral @ Golden Rose Mobile Home Park, 6216 107th Ave E, Puyallup 98372
Pub Date: 11/26/2009

Joan Agnes Allen Chilton

Joan Agnes Allen Chilton was born July 25, 1936, in Pipestone, Minnesota, and passed away November 23, 2009 in Seattle. She moved with her family to the Auburn area when she was a young girl, where she attended and graduated from Auburn High School. Joan then married and had three children; Mark, Mike and Cathy Chilton-Tabor. She retired from a Tacoma law office after working for more than 20 years. Joan lived in the South Tacoma area for many years. She was an avid reader and loved animals, music, gardening, and bonfires. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Gene) and her 6 grandchildren, John, Casey, Catherine, David, Josh and Samantha. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 28th at 11:00am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1201 No. J St. Tacoma, WA 98403. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/26/2009

Laurie H. (Wilson) Jones

Laurie passed away Nov. 20 2009 quietly at home with family after a 2+year battle with cancer. She loved gardening, cooking, sailing. Her greatest pride were her boys. A graduate of Wilson High school 1975 then started a 32 year career in television with a 2 year break to sail to Mexico. Lauries latest endeavor was the LiL Beach Hut in Home Wa. and her famous Bongo burger. preceded in death was her father Bob Wilson. Survived by her husband Mark sons Benjamin, Timothy and Patrick, brothers Mike and Paul Wilson, sister Monica Budzius and mother Carry. Memorial service and celebration of her life will be at the Longbranch Improvement Club at 4312 Key Peninsula Hwy South Longbranch Nov. 28 1:00 pm.
Pub Date: 11/26/2009


Marie A. Blahm, 80, a resident of the Tacoma area for over 50 years, passed away November 22, 2009. A military wife, she was a charter member of AREWS and NAGOPS. Family members include David, her husband of 64 years; sons John, Robert, Richard, Larry and Edd; sister Sylvia Dougan; brother Malvin Willcuts; 20 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, November 28 at Oakwood Hill Funeral Chapel, 5210 South Alder St., Tacoma 98409
Pub Date: 11/26/2009

Robert A. Carey

Robert A. Carey was born on Jan. 10, 1956 in Chardon, OH and went to be with the Lord on Nov. 19, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Rob enjoyed camping & making his famous "Hobo Hash". Among all of the things he loved, his most precious things in life were God, his wife, his family and his two grandsons. He had a gentle heart and would do anything for anyone. He was always willing to help & took pride in employing his family & friends. He didn't just teach them how to work, but Rob was a leader, a true friend and a real man amongst men. Rob is survived by his wife of 30 years Anita; son, Mario Carey; daughter, Monica Carey; grandchildren, Dylan & Robbie Carey; brothers, Merle & Tom Carey; sister, Barbara Carey-Fuson & many other family & friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd & Ruth Carey. A celebration of Rob's life will be at New Heart Worship Center (33415 Military Rd. S. Auburn, WA 98001) Sat., Nov. 28th, 2009 at 1pm.
Pub Date: 11/26/2009

Ilse Christine Sullivan

11/26/1919 - 10/3/2003 Miss you, love Sully
Pub Date: 11/26/2009

Larry C. Replogle

"Chief" Larry C. Replogle passed away November 23, 2009. He was born August 30, 1943 in Visalia, CA. Following High School he graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in physical education. He joined the Air Force in 1972 where he served in the Fire Dept. After completing his active duty he went on to serve as a civilian fire fighter on McChord AFB. He retired in 2000 as Fire Chief after a 33 year career. In 2004 he joined the maintenance staff at the University of Puget Sound & served as the supervisor of the dept. until his passing this week. Larry will be remembered for his leadership, sense of humor, work ethic and strong friendships. He is preceded in death by his parents Falous & Geneva Replogle. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Donna, and his children Andrea, her husband Derek, Shelly, Shane, Amy, and his many friends and his brothers in the fire dept. Service will be held at the McKenna Community Church on the corner of Highway 702 and 40th Ave S. in Roy WA on Friday November 27th 2009 at 2:00PM. Remembrance may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Stephen Daniel Shull

Age 36, of Lakewood, WA, passed away Friday, November 20, 2009. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 27, 2009, 6pm, at Powers Funeral Home, 15124 Main Street in Sumner, WA. Stephen was born May 20, 1973, in Great Falls, Montana, to Dan and Kay Shull. He was raised and educated in Great Falls before earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from DeVry University in Phoenix, AZ. He moved to Lakewood, and went to work as a route salesman for Unifirst Leasing Company. Stephen enjoyed skiing, wakeboarding, boating, playing pool and darts, and having fun with his family and friends. He was a devoted uncle. Survivors include his parents, Dan and Kay Shull of Great Falls, MT; a sister, Courtney Rohleder of University Place, WA; a niece, Isabella Rohleder; a nephew, Mason Rohleder; and brother-in-law, Lenny Rohleder. He was preceded in death by his brother, Patrick C. Shull. Online sentiments can be journaled at . Powers Funeral Home of Sumner is in charge of arrangements.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Robert Carol Young

Age 84 died peacefully on Sunday, November 22, 2009. Robert is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Dave) Morgan and Susan (Dennis) Christel; sons, Robert P. (Lorann) Young, and Victor G. (Crystal) Young; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gordon (Judy) and Tommy (Radiance) Young. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia in 2001. Robert graduated from Sam Houston State University, and served in the US Navy. He met his bride to be, Virginia Ellen Hansen, at the Bremerton Naval Hospital. They were only separated by Virginia's death. After their marriage he started his working career at Sears and then moved to Washington in 1951. With the team work of Mel Korum and his father- in-law Harry P. Hansen, he established Puyallup Tractors. A helicopter was his joy, which he used to assist Pierce County Sheriff's department. His peace was found at his beach house on Dabob Bay, where he enjoyed being with his family. At Mr. Young's request, there will be no services held. All family, extended families, and Bob's friends are invited to a get-together at Vic & Crystal Young's home: 3:00 pm to 9:00pm, Saturday November 28th. The address is 2641 S. 375th Pl, Federal Way, WA 98003. The family has entrusted arrangements to BONNEY-WATSON Federal Way, 1535 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA (253) 839-7317. Please sign the guest book at .
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Albert Frederick Horst

Albert Frederick Horst passed away suddenly in his home on November 21, 2009. He was born on September 9, 1917 in Tabor, Idaho to Rudolph Horst and Marie Fassbender. He spent much of his youth in Kellogg, Idaho. Albert met the love of his life, Bessie, in 1938 and they married that same year. On August 22nd of this year, they celebrated 71 years of marriage. In 1942, they moved from Anaconda, Montana to Tacoma, bringing their boys Rudy and Robert. Their daughter Darlene and son Gary were born soon after. Albert joined the army in November 1943. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the army as a carbine sharp-shooter for which he received commendations. He was a recipient of the European/African/Mid-Eastern Service Medal. He returned to Tacoma and worked as a welder for Tacoma Todd Shipyards. Albert found his calling with the Northern Pacific Railroad. He worked for them for many years and retired at the age of 60 from the South Tacoma Yard. He enjoyed and appreciated his years with the NPRR while Bessie worked as a surgical nurse at Northern Pacific Hospital (later Puget Sound Hospital). Al, Bessie, and their children enjoyed years of fishing, camping, and RV’ing with friends. They spent a lot of quality time at Lake Cushman where they entertained family and friends for many years. Albert loved to spend time working in the garage on projects, including his carving. He and Bessie were both members of the Eagles. Albert is survived by his best friend and wife, Bessie. Their children and spouses: Rudy (Phyllis), Robert (Lorraine), Darlene Beausoleil (Larry) and Gary (Patricia). Grandchildren Randall, Perry, Janelle, Raymond, Kevin, Lisa, Steven, Machaell, Duane, Gary, Kimberlee and 23 great grandchildren who were lucky to have so many years with great grandpa. He will be missed. Funeral services, and public viewing will be held Friday the 27th at The Church of the Visitation, 3314 South 58th Street, Tacoma, beginning at 10:00 AM. Preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 10:30 AM. A reception will follow immediately after the service in the church hall. Private internment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Deputy Mayor George Dill

Aug. 19, 1934 - Nov. 19, 2009 Puyallup's Deputy Mayor George Dill passed away on November 19th at the age of 75. George retired from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 following 23 years of service. He served 4-1/2 years in Vietnam and was honored with the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and other awards. George also contributed to the Puyallup community as an educator. He received a Bachelors degree in business from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Pacific Lutheran University. He served for several years as a Pierce College faculty member, instructing students in Business and Accounting. Deputy Mayor Dill served on the City of Puyallup's Civil Service Commission and Salary Commission prior to being elected to the Puyallup City Council in November of 2005. He began his first term on the Council in January 2006 and was re-elected to a second term of office representing District 1 in the last election. George was a lifetime member of Puyallup's VFW Post #2224 and the American Legion Post #67. He volunteered alongside his wife at the Puyallup FISH Food Bank, where George also served on the Board of Directors. He had dedicated many hours as a volunteer of the Puyallup Public Library and the Puyallup Police Department. George and his wife, Shu, shared their downtown Puyallup home with pets rescued from the local shelter. Memorial donations may be made to the Puyallup Valley FISH Food Bank or to Support America's Armed Forces. A public memorial service will be held Monday, November 30, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup. A reception will follow.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Beverly May Dittus-Flood

Beverly May Dittus Flood, age 85 died in her home in Auburn Wa, on Tuesday November 17th, 2009. The cause most likely her failing heart and coronary artery disease. Born in Aberdeen South Dakota March 10th 1924 She was the second to the eldest child of four. She lived on a farm with her husband John M Dittus for 8 years, and then to Washington where her husband worked as a machinist for 32 years. She attended College and obtained her degree as an Lpn, which she briefly worked as. Beverly was also very active in her church Glendale Lutheran, in Burien WA & taught Sunday School for many years. She also sang in the choir and was active in a ladies group. Upon moving to Auburn WA, she was part of three quilting groups. Messiah Lutheran Church was also a large part of her life. She had many friends and was loved by many people. Survivors include her sister Darlys Potter, daughters, Judy Rackley of Renton Wa, and Jane Fairchild of Camas WA, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and very dear friends. Beverly was preceded in death by her daughter Nancy Kamm, Both brothers Bill & James, Her late husband of five years James L Flood, and her former husband John M Dittus. Services will be held at 1 pm, Friday, November 27th, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn. Reception/luncheon to follow all friends and family are welcomed. Please visit online guestbook and detailed history at
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Marion L. Thompson

Born 12-28-1923 in Nashua, Minn. passed away 11-21-2009. Married Douglas Thompson 1940. Survived by children - Nancy Brown Lynnwood, WA., David (Kim) Tacoma, WA., Linda Page Fife, WA., Judi (Ron) Lelm Lidgerwood, N. Dak., Steve (Margie) Hillsboro, Ore., sister Dianne Wheeler, brother Richard Lysne, thirteen grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters and one great grandson. She toughed the hearts of everyone who was privileged to know her. Viewing on Friday 11/27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Services on Saturday 11/28 at 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Celebration of Life Chapel.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Violette Browne

Died Nov. 21, 2009 of age related causes. She was born March 26, 1908 in Cheney Wa. to Fred and Mabel Smith. She was married to Walt Browne in 1929. He died Dec. 2, 1974. She was actively involved in the PTA and was awarded an honorary lifetime membership. She was also dedicated to working with the Ellen Satterlee Orthopaedic Guild. She was a longtime resident of Day Island and was a poll worker in that precinct for over 30 years. Survivors include her daughter, Pat Hansen (Dick) of Eugene, Or., her grandsons, Mike (Barbara) and Mark (Katie) and three great grandchildren, Mathew, Haily, and Maggie. A private family gathering will be held.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Evelyn B. Roller

Evelyn B. Roller passed away on November 20, 2009 at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Evelyn is survived by her sons Richard P. Roller of California and Jon J. Roller (Gail) of Olympia, WA; four grandchildren David Roller, Traci Breiner, Teri MacDougall, and Steven Roller; and four great-grandchildren. Evelyn moved to Washington in 1973 from Philadelphia, PA. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and husband, J. Price. Evelyn will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, November 30, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Fred Charles Peacher

Fred Peacher passed away November 21, 2009 at the age of 60. He was born on April 9, 1949 in Salinas, California to Charles and Geogene Peacher. Fred lived most of his life in the Tacoma and Orting area. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968. In 1970, he joined the Navy and served two years. He was a member of the Longshoreman's Local #23 in Tacoma. Fred is survived by his sisters Nancy (Dave) Ausbun, Sally Ausbun, and Linda (Mike) Meyers, and his brother Jim. Per his request, no services are planned. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

John Denman Emley

John, 91, died Friday, November 20, 2009. He was born in San Francisco on May 16, 1918. He attended Washington, Mason and Stadium schools in Tacoma and Reed College in Oregon. He married Margaret Lorraine Moberg on Valentines Day, 1946. John is survived by two sons, Richard Lane and James Dale. John began his career as a property manager in 1936. He retired in 1985 from the office of William Riley. Throughout his life, John was very grateful to Bill Good and Bill Riley. They gave him a hand up when he needed one. John was a lay-reader and senior warden at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church. On Sunday, December 6, John’s church will offer prayers of thanksgiving for his life at their regular 8:00 AM worship service. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12 St. Tacoma, Washington 98465.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Alex A. Cox

June 13, 1924 ~ Nov. 21, 2009 Alex was born in Jamestown, N.D. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a lifetime member of VFW 969. Alex is survived by his wife Jeannie; daughter Lexie Stuck (Kory); and grandson, Justin; 3 step-children, Cindy, Julie and Kevin Weaver; 17 grandchildren and great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Don and Jim; 2 sisters, Donna and Gerry. Memorial service will be held Sat., Nov. 28th, 2pm, in the Garden Chapel at Mt. View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009


Passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Sylvia. "Everybody loved Buster" and he will be missed by all. A memorial will be held 11/28/09 at 6:00 PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2006 Taylor St., Milton, WA.
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Robert Leroy Vormestrand

Robert went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 21, 2009. He was born April 12, 1931 in Bantry, North Dakota. He moved to Eatonville in 1942 and then to Sumner in 1946. He graduated from Sumner High in 1949. He excelled in football and basketball, at which he received a scholarship to play for UPS. He joined the National Guard Reserves during the Korean War. He was best known as a skilled mechanic and service station owner of Grandview Chevron until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and a member of Grace Place. Robert enjoyed fishing, clamming, boating and gardening. He was a loving husband, wonderful dad and an incredible grandfather. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart Charlotte (Clerget) of 58 years, brother Glenn (Doris), son Kim (Gloria), daughter Cindy, grandchildren Jill (Rob), Kyle, Troy and great-grandchildren Brock and Sierra. Please join us in celebrating his life on Sat. November 28, 2009, 1:00 PM at Grace Place, 3801 S Union Ave, Tacoma, WA, 98409. The family request donations be made to Grace Place. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountain
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Eileen E. Porter-Young

The passing of a loved one is a time to look at your inner self. The wife of Cy Young, Eileen E. Porter-Young passed away peacefully November 14, 2009 at the family home knowing that her family was there and well. Eileen was born in Nanaimo, BC to Earl and Florence Jones on October 25, 1931. As our beloved wife, mother, grandmother (Tutu), and great-grandmother, she leaves behind her husband Cy Young, three children, Brent Porter of Tri-Cities, Brenda Kiser of Key Pennisula, and Cheryl Tobler of the family home. Eileen also leaves a brother Ed Jones of Nanaimo, BC, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Eileen will be remembered for her support and loyalty to KPVI (Key Peninsula Veterans Institute), veterans and their families. The Aisle of Honour reflects her efforts for the last 17 years as an everlasting symbol of love and appreciation for all veterans. Reverend Brandt will conduct a graveside service which will be held at the Vaughn Cemetery on November 28 at 2:00 PM. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the family home. Donations may be made to your favorite organization. “HONOUR THE DEAD BY HELPING THE LIVING”
Pub Date: 11/25/2009

Dolores Joan Pendleton

Age 77 passed away peacefully on November 22, 2009. She was born in Tacoma on September 26, 1932 to Dalton and Creta Duncan. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Tacoma and the University of Wisconsin. She married Robert Pendleton in August, 1953. She worked for many years at Puget Sound National Bank and later Columbia Bank. She was an Assistant Vice President and Risk Manager at Columbia Bank at the time of her retirement in 2002. She enjoyed flying airplanes in her 60's. She also enjoyed traveling, her friends and most of all her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Robert in January, 1989. She is survived by her daughters Karyn (Allen Hart), and Kristine (Bruce Johnson); grandchildren Maggie (Don Tremble), Kevin Johnson and Emily Johnson; great granddaughter Alise Tremble. She is also survived by her sister Gloria (Charles Neagle) and loving nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff and residents at Stafford Suites in Sumner and Life Care Center of Puyallup for their loving and special care. Funeral Services are at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Garden Chapel on Friday, November 27th at 1:00pm. Visitation will be from 10:00-noon at the main building prior to the service.
Pub Date: 11/24/2009

Alice Dawson

Aug. 27, 1926 - Nov. 20, 2009 Born in Camden, New Jersey, Alice leaves behind her daughter Debra (Paul) Stickney, son William (Carol) Staab, stepson Arend (Darlene) Dawson, stepson James (Dianne) Dawson, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Alice was a kind and gentle soul, loved by all who knew her. At her request, there will be no service.
Pub Date: 11/24/2009

Forrest William Worthington

Forrest W. (Bill) Worthington, 75 passed away November 16, 2009 in Seattle, WA. He was born May 12, 1934 in Seattle. He was a resident of New Castle and Bellevue until recently. Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jean A. Worthington in 2007. They both attend Lincoln High School in Seattle. Bill earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U of W and served in the Air Force. He was an accomplished golfer and aerospace engineer. He is survived by his son Steve Worthington (Jill) and brother Clinton Worthington (Diana), grandsons John and Benjamin Worthington. Memorial service at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, 1111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, Nov. 28th 2pm. Memorials may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research.
Pub Date: 11/24/2009

Leatter Tureaud (Big Mamma)

Leatter Tureaud was born April 14, 1914 in Longview, Texas, and passed away on November 17, 2009. Services will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, in Chambers Creek Chapel.
Pub Date: 11/24/2009

Margaret Dulmage

Margaret was born on July 15, 1913, in Upson, Wisconsin. She went to be with the Lord on November 21, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Phillip Dulmage and her son Douglas. Margaret is survived by her children Allan Trochim of Kelso, Washington, Rosemary LaRue of Tacoma, Muriel Gresh of Las Vegas, Nevada, David Trochim of Gig Harbor, Elizabeth Stanton of Gig Harbor, and special granddaughter and companion, Lori Trochim of Seattle, Washington. She also has scores of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Margaret was an outstanding cook and baker. She baked every day, and gave everything she made to others, much to the chagrin of her family! She and her husband loved going dancing at the Eagles, Moose Lodge, or anywhere they could. They attended Life Center faithfully every Sunday, until their health prevented them from doing so. A wonderful mother, grandmother and friend! She loved the staff at Life Manor Assisted Living, who so lovingly cared for her. We will all miss her so much, but know she is reunited with all those that went to Heaven before her, especially all her friends from Upson! Instead of a memorial service, the family requests that all who knew her call someone they love and wish them a special blessing. Please leave online condolences or a favorite memory at .
Pub Date: 11/24/2009


Passed on at 83. Dick was a merchant seaman during WWII and a veteran of the Korean War. He was a commercial fisherman for 15 years, an owner of Tacoma Marine Supply and Spirit Trailer Mfg. He developed The Woods Business Park in Gig Harbor. Dick enjoyed time in East Cape on the Sea of Cortez near Cabo San Lucas during his retirement. He was a 30+ year member of the Tacoma Elks. He lived his life to the fullest until his passing on Nov. 19, 2009 Dick is survived by his daughter, Katie; son, Rick (Sheila) & granddaughter Ava; and his life companion of 26 years, Janet Fritz. We wish you fair winds and calm seas as you journey to your destination. Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of your choice. There will not be a service at his request but a celebration of life will be arranged at a later date.
Pub Date: 11/24/2009

Keith Haller ‘Dad’

8/8/1974 - 11/24/2008 You have been in Heaven for a year now. You are always in our hearts and prayers. The wonderful memories we have of you will always be with us. You are deeply missed and loved so very much. Love, Mom, Dad, Curtis, and your children Tyler, Joey, and Olivia.
Pub Date: 11/24/2009

Vitaly J. Denchik, Jr.

7/21/1975 - 11/23/2004 You lived, you laughed, you loved, and I am living proof, That you were something special, there was only one of you. We miss you five years later, on this cold November day As if this was just yesterday, as if it were today. Love, Mom, Dad, your sisters and brothers
Pub Date: 11/23/2009

George Wayne Herrington

1913 - 2009 George was born April 20, 1913 in the then sleepy mining town of Telluride, CO, the son of Charles B. Herrington and Verna A. Till. He died Nov. 9, 2009 at home in Lakewood with his family. In the 96 years between those dates, he lived a life full of hard work and countless adventures. He attended high school in San Diego, CA and graduated cum laude in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1936. George was a man of integrity. Intelligent, hardworking, with plenty of common sense, he was a power of strength for his family. George and his wife of 62 years, Ruth Carter Herrington owned their electric contracting business, “Herringtons” in the Spokane Valley. After retiring George and Ruth enjoyed traveling throughout the world. With inquisitive minds and outgoing personalities, they always seemed to make a new crop of friends wherever they went. George is survived by his daughter Julie Preston, Alexandria, Va. son Bob Herrington (Judy), Lakewood, Wa., 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and his loving companion, Hilda Bailey. A private memorial gathering will be held for the family.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Clarence Francis Rego

1917 to 2009 Passed peacefully on Friday, November 13th. He lived in India for much of his life, working for the NW Railway and then Esso Oil Company. In 1973 he moved his family to Toronto, where he began a third career at Canada Trust. His wife Jean preceded him in glory in 1989. He leaves behind his son Robin (Linda) in Tacoma, two daughters, Viola (Romesh) Athaide in Toronto and Maria (Benjamin) Lobo in Ottawa, five brothers, and three sisters. He never met a stranger, and made friends everywhere he traveled, remembering special greetings in many languages. When visiting Tacoma he made Visitation Church his spiritual home and leaves many friends there. Donations suggested to Visitation Church, Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Travis Stanley Jackson

Age 26, of Eads, Tennessee, died November 18, 2009 at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Germantown, TN. Travis was one of the first brain tumor patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the family has a special thanks to Dr. Larry Kun for his kindness and care. Also, thank you to the staff of St. Jude, LeBonheur and the Methodist Hospital System of Memphis, Tennessee who has rendered loving care throughout the years. Travis was a graduate of Collierville High School. Travis is survived by his parents Andrea & Stan Jackson, brother Sean Andrew Jackson, paternal uncles Bruce (Kristina), Paul (Nancy) & David (Cheri) Jackson; cousins Erik, Emily, Annie, P.J., Lisa, Kara, and Brian; Janet Jackson; maternal uncles Tyron (Linda) and Kevin (Debbie) Phillips; and cousins Alan, Daniel, and Dana. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Frank & Helen Jackson and his maternal grandparents Andrew & Thelma Phillips. Memorials could be sent to St. Jude or the American Cancer Society. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel 901.725.0100
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Betty Irene Holt

Age 82, died November 16, 2009 in the Alzheimer’s Wing of Tacoma Lutheran Home (TLH). She was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon on March 5, 1929, to parents Virgil an Marie Baker. At an early age the family moved to Tacoma, where she resided until she met and married her husband George P. Holt. They were married 38 years until he passed away July 4, 1994. Together they had their only child, Steven Michael. She leaves behind her son Steven (Chrissy) Holt of Federal Way, Wa.; step-son David (Linda) Holt of Portland Oregon; brother Roy Baker of Albion, Wa.; sisters, Marcia Berry and Sandy Repuszynski both of Tacoma; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grand children; numerous nephews and nieces; Valerie Johnson, a wonderful valued friend; her precious pets, Pugsley and Smokey. A special thank you to the caregivers at TLH, Alpine wing for their loving care. She is preceded in death by her husband George; parents; baby brother Jackie; sisters; Verna and Catherine; step-daughter Eileen Holt. At the families request donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Wing at TLH, or any Hospice Facility. At her request there will not be a service but a gathering of family and friends, time to be set at a later date.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Allyn L. Moore

Age 84 passed away peacefully on October 29, 2009 in Omak, WA surrounded by family and friends. Al was born November 28, 1924 in Tacoma, WA to Lloyd Francis Moore and Clara Elizabeth Michael Moore. He served as a gunner in the US Navy during WWII and was a lineman with the Snohomish County PUD until retiring in 1981. He led an active, independent life to the end. Al is survived by his children Bruce Allyn Moore (Colleen), Hollis Moore Hepper (Douglas), Teresa Moore Anderson, and his sister Carol Taylor Wilsey (Glen). He leaves a legacy of humor, kindness and giving to his eight grandchildren: Shiloh, Rebekah, Patricia, Crosby, Emelia, Katherine, Taryn and Kyle. A graveside service is planned for Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2:00 in Riverside WA followed by a Celebration of Life at the Okanogan Eagles Club. A Celebration closer to Puget Sound is planned for spring 2010.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Josephine Yobbe

Age 86 , passed away November 17, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Yobbe. She is survived by daughters Mary Garey (Ron), Teresa, and Rebecca, and sons Michael, Patrick, and William (Jana). She is also survived by grandchildren Nicole, Sean, and Joseph, and great-grandchildren Sean Aaron, Kaylee, and Ryan, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. At her request, no services will be held.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Donald Kenneth Westcott

Age 92, passed away Nov. 20, 2009. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, April 9, 1917 to Hilda and James Westcott. Donald enlisted in the US Army at age 17, served proudly, and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. During his army career his wife and young son settled in Tacoma. Following his retirement from the Army, Don held a second career as a letter carrier with the US Postal Service, retiring in 1979. Many in Tacoma will remember him for his conscientious, prompt delivery of their mail, and generous caring manner as a co-worker, friend, and neighbor. Numerous among us will smile as we recollect the good conversation and off-color jokes shared with him over coffee or a drink. He was preceded in death by his son Donald F. Westcott, and grandson Donald Kevin Westcott. Don leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Marjorie A. Westcott, daughter-in-law Nancy Westcott, two grand-daughters, Kimberly Norsby (Jeff) and Connie Jones (Bobby), and three great-grandchildren, Kenneth Donald Norsby, Stormy Alexis Jones, and Damien Kevin Jones, and numerous distant nieces and nephews. We will remember him as a caring husband, beloved daddy, our papa, grandpa and uncle Don. “Dirty old man” will forever capture his essence. We thank Greg, Herme, Ian, and Josh at Longterm Care Alternatives for the loving personal care they extended our Papa and family. At Don's request there will be no service.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Baily Gregory Bennett

B orn June 19, 2005; passed away on November 17, 2009. He was surrounded with love by his mommy and daddy when he took his last breath. Baily was a beautiful 4 year old boy who loved preschool, toy cars, Thomas trains, firetrucks, his doggy and two kitties, and his family and friends. He is survived by his daddy and mommy, Mark and Heather Bennett, his sister Hanna, his brother Caleb, and many grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, November 24th, 2009, at Life Center Church. 1717 S. Union Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405. We love you and miss you, Baily.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Maryann Rita (Cook) Anderson

Born December 10, 1948. Died November 14, 2009. She was a loving mother of 8, grandmother of 20, gifted artist, talented writer, humorist, devout Roman Catholic and a registered nurse. She believed we always have choices. A Catholic mass will be held in her honor Sunday, Nov. 29th, at 2pm at Holy Cross Parish, 5510 N. 44th St., Tacoma, WA 98407. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Mt Angel, OR.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Merritt D. Nelson

Born May 25, 1917 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Bruce and Sadie Nelson. Merritt moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Roosevelt High School. From there to Tacoma he attended College of Puget Sound. He married Marjorie Schwalen in 1942. He entered the U.S. Army that year, and took part in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving the Bronze Star. In 1958 he took a branch of his father's business and developed Merritt Nelson Construction Co. where he installed and repaired sewers and septic tanks. After twenty-six years he retired. He was an active member in Home Builders Association, Sitz Mark Ski Lodge at Crystal Mountain, Rotary Number 8, attending over 50 years of meetings, Tacoma Elks, Fircrest Golf Club, St. Nicholas and St. Charles Borromeo Church. He loved to ski and prided himself on teaching his children and grandsons the love of snow skiing. He spent many years at his vacation home on Lake Tanwax, gardening and remodeling and water skiing. Later, he enjoyed many retirement winters with his late wife Marjorie, enjoying family and friends in Palm Desert at their residence. Merritt and Marjorie leave four children: Stephanie, husband Ted, Goodyear, AZ; Bruce, Mill Valley, CA; Lee, wife Leslie, Hailey, ID; Keith, wife Mary Ellen, Eugene, OR; three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Monday, 9AM, 7112 S. 12th, Tacoma. Memorial donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Wayne T. Roper

Born on 1-12-50 in Mundelein, IL left us suddenly Tues. night Nov. 3, 2009. Wayne had a great heart and loved his kids dearly. He joins his parents in heaven and his daughter Casey. Survivors include daughter, Amanda Horn (Dustin), grandsons Andrew and Hunter, sons William and Cody Roper, ex-wife Cathy Roper, brother Brian Roper. Services for Wayne will be held Sat., Nov. 28th at 1pm at Genesis Reality, 32014 32nd Ave S., Federal Way. Contact 253-324-9591 for directions. 406-280-0219 for info. Tuell Mckee Funeral Home are handling cremation.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Dean Richard Housiaux

Dean was born Feb. 23, 1953 and passed away Nov. 11, 2009 in Seattle. He was a wonderful man to have around. He is survived by his daughter Niki, son Sean, 2 grandkids, mother Marlys, his Aunt Valeri and cousins of Port Orchard. Private services will be held at a later date.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Michael Patrick Furlong

Died November 18, 2009. He was born June 2, 1959 in Seattle to William and Cecilia Furlong. Michael attended the University of Washington and was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked for Boeing Aerospace. Mike loved all things outdoors: traveling, camping, hiking, gardening, flying, and walking his dog. He will be missed by many. Michael is survived by his spouse Kathryn Furlong, his parents William and Cecilia, his sisters Monica (Curt) and Anne, and his nephews Kevin and Brett. Michael was predeceased by his brother Kevin and his sister Teresa. Michael's service will be held at noon on November 25, 2009 at St. John's Vianney Catholic Church on Vashon Island. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2:00pm on December 5th in the view room at the Museum of Flight.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Eve K. Cowell

Eve passed away Nov 18, 2009. Preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Cowell. Survived by her daughters Sharon Harlan (William), Deborah Machado (John), and Rebecca Williams (David), 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009


Jim Elsner, age 51 passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Nov. 15th. He is survived by his children Philip, Jonathon and Jessica; his father Walter; siblings Louise (John), Kathleen, Michael (Jody) and Patricia; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Phyllis and brother-in-law Lloyd. Jim attended St. Frances Cabrini Elementary and graduated from Clover Park High School. We will all miss his infectious laugh and friendly fun-loving personality. Services will be held at St. Francis Cabrini Church 5505 108th St SW Tacoma, WA at 11:00 am on Monday, Nov 23rd. Online bio at
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Ursula Anderson Allen -- Jackson

July 13, 1917 - September 28, 2009 Our beloved mother passed away quietly at her home in Sun City, Arizona on September 28, 2009. Ursula was long time resident of Tacoma, Washington. Relocating from Timberlake, So Dakota with her three children Barbara, Loretta, and Gloria in 1947 after being widowed from the tragic death of her 1st husband, "Chic" Anderson. Ursula later married Walter Allen, also a long time resident of Tacoma - where they finally settled in the Lakewood area. She is survived by her husband Jim Jackson, daughters Loretta Stromberg-Landry and Barbara Daviscourt and some 50 other descendents. She will be remembered and will be fondly missed as a kind and compassionate, loving person. Devoted wife, mother, and grandparent with a zeal for writing profound poetry. With her passing and final resting place at Holyrood Cemetery comes an end to an era that once was.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Ampthia Marlene (Miller) DeLaVergne

July 15, 1934 - November 16, 2009 Our darling mother closed her beautiful blue eyes and slipped away, Jesus taking her hand for the final journey to Heaven, no walker or wheelchair needed, free of earthly shackles, finally free of pain. A woman with a childlike faith in God, she lived a full life that had its share of tragedy and joy, our Mama could always laugh, really laugh; especially at herself. She loved the flowers in her yard, in better, younger days working tirelessly; planting, pruning and weeding. Her daughters all share her passion and you can see the legacy of our beautiful mother in each of our gardens. Mom enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping; playing pinochle with Grace, Cody, Barbara, Sada, Del and Margie, dinners with Carmie and Fred and monthly lunches with all the sisters at Kricketts. Her adventuresome spirit reveled in traveling the US with dad in their motorhome, wintering in Arizona and flying off to Hawaii for sun and relaxation. She also enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching movies, coloring with her grandkids and watching them swim in the pool just outside her bedroom window. Her favorite activity was going shopping, she was generous and kind and always willing to help out if someone was a little low on funds. She delighted in Christmas; the trees, the lights, the colors and the beautifully wrapped gifts, she never forgot anyone, we are going to miss her so much. She is survived by George, her loving husband of 53 years, daughters, Ellen (Patrick) Campion, Denise (Fletcher) Debely all residing in Spanaway, Diane (JB) Rupert of Enumclaw and son Kim. Grandchildren; Holland Smith, Rachel Campion, Tiffany and Cody Huston, Michael and Lauren Pichler, Christina, Marisa and Shawnte DeLavergne, and Shanti Jelinek, 13-great grandchildren and 1-great great grandchild to date. Sisters Carmela (Fred) Huggler, Cleo Sweaney and Earnestine Kelley and brother Calvin in Iowa. Mom was (sadly) preceded in death by her beloved daughter Terrilynn (Bruce) Jelinek of Eatonville. The family wishes to express its gratitude for the wonderful care mom received while at Heartwood Nursing home this past 10 months. The nurses, the aids, even the maintenance staff were truly amazing. Another thanks is due to the hospice nurses that came in every day. Mom felt loved and cared for, you treated her with dignity and respect, for that we owe you an eternal debt. A celebration service and reception will be held at South Lakeshore Christian Church 1740 South 84th St. Tacoma, WA 98444 2:00 pm Wednesday November 25th.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Kevin David Porter

Kevin suddenly passed away on November 16, 2009 in Fall River, MA. Kevin was born on February 15, 1961 at Kagnew Station, Asmara, Eritrea, East Africa, where his family was stationed with the U.S. Army. The family then moved many times until settling in Tacoma in 1972 when their Dad retired from the military after more than twenty years of service. Kevin had so many good friends in the neighborhood where he lived, and also around Tacoma. One of his favorite pastimes was to go fishing with his brothers Rick and Mike. In his late teens, Kevin worked for quite a while as a fry cook at the KFC on 6th and Division, but eventually was given the chance to work and learn the tile trade from Floyd Moore (a relative of Kevin's friends on South Verde Street). A big project when Kevin first started was at the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, where he helped to lay tile over the dirt flooring which had been there since 1907 when it opened as a farmers' market. After Kevin left Tacoma, he continued working in the tile business for some time, but eventually started working in showrooms on displays and sales (kinder on the knees). Everyone who knew Kevin will remember him for his easygoing, joking ways, and will miss him very much, especially his brothers, sisters, and family. Kevin is survived by his two daughters, Samantha (13) and Danielle (11), whom he loved very much and who also love him very much; his mother Monica, brothers Rick (Janna) and Mike (Stacey), sisters Cathy (Luke), Teresa, Monica (Jack-dec'd), and Karen (Jeff), in addition to niece Jillian and nephews William (Billy), Kevin-Geoffrey, and Ryan. He is also survived by many relatives in California, Hertfordshire, England, and South Wales. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence F. Porter, Jr. Goodbye Kev, we love you. A memorial service for Kevin will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2pm at the Chapel in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Albert Curtis Thompson

Left to be with the Lord on October 5, 2009. He was born in Belvidere, IL. Baptized in Baraboo, WI on July 29, 1920. He was one of four children born to William and Ceclia Thompson. His parents died when he was very young and Albert was sent to live on his Uncle Henry and Aunt Olga's Klitzman farm in Brooklyn, WI. When of age he joined the United States Army and was sent to Vancouver, WA to the 7th regiment. Two years later he sent for his sweetheart Alice Odegard and they were married. A short time later he was sent to the South Pacific and remained there until the war ended in 1945. He received the Purple Heart and 7 clusters, Silver Star, Bronze Star and numerous decorations and medals. He was commissioned on the battle field by General Douglas MacArthur and went on to become a Colonel. He traveled extensively during his Army years: France, Germany, and many other European countries, Australia, New Quinea, The Philippines, Korea and throughout all the Islands of the South Pacific. He retired from the military after 24 years. Al and Alice settled in Washington as they had always liked the Pacific Northwest. Al went to work for Weyerhauser and retired in 1978. There was never a day that went by when Al wasn't helping someone, somewhere. He was a remarkable man and did many good deeds. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. Preceded in death by his wife Alice, his brother Arnold Thompson, sister Josephine Thompson. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Radke, nephews Gary and Roger Thompson, Howard Radke Jr. and his dear friend and companion of 24 years Lillian Ybarra. Al enjoyed riding the train and took his final ride to be buried in Cooksville Cemetery in Wisconsin. Service was held at Cooksville Lutheran Church & graveside service with a 21 Gun Salute and Taps. Pastor Margo Martens officiating. Arrangements by Piper Morley Mellinger Tacoma, WA and Allen Meredith, Evansville, WI. One of Al's favorite sayings as he closed the door was "Keep Smiling."
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

MSGT Melvin Rae

Melvin was born 11/28/1936 in Roundup, Montana, and passed away 11/18/2009 in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his only daughter, 3 grandchildren, and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret. Funeral service to be held Tuesday, 11/24/2009 at 10AM at the Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499, with reception to follow.,Private burial at Tahoma National Cemetery. Melvin will now be 39 forever resting in Heaven. Please see full obituary at .
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Dorothy Boerenbeker

Mountain View Funeral Home is attempting to locate Mr. Roland Harding, son of Dorothy Boerenbeker who passed away 10/17/09. Please call 253-584-0252.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Olive June Drugge

Olive June Blindheim Drugge, 81, a lifelong Hoquiam resident died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. Olive was born in Aberdeen to Amandus and Marie (Grebstad) Blindheim. Olive graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1946. She married Arnold Waldemar Drugge of Montesano on February 17, 1950 in Hoquiam and together they raised 6 children. She worked for DSHS for 25 years and retired in 1993. Olive was active in numerous community organizations including PTA, Saron Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, Grizzly Alumni amoung others. Due to her passion for helping people, she received a number of awards including Mother of the Year, State Employee of the Year and Grizzly Roll of Honor. Her unwaivering faith in God influenced everything in her life and family gatherings brought her the greatest pleasure. Olive is survived by her husband of 59 years, Arnold, her six children, Bob (Debbie) of Puyallup, Diane Floyd (Russ) of Tacoma, Linda Isaacson (Tom) of Aberdeen, Patty Halverson(Al) of Normandy Park, Dean of Seattle, Karen Ingram (JD) of Lacey; 19 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and two sisters, Joanne Marr and Margaret Bennett (George) of Hoquiam. She was preceded in death by her father, Amandus, mother, Marie and brother, Arnold. Funeral Services are at 11:00AM Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at Saron Lutheran Church. Visitation is at Coleman Mortuary 422 Fifth St. in Hoquiam on Monday, November 23, 2009 from 12 noon until 7pm. The family expresses appreciation for the tender care from Providence Oncology and Harbors Hospice. The family suggests donations to Saron Lutheran Church P.O. Box 517 Hoquiam, WA 98550. Please take a moment to record your thoughts for the family at where you can find a complete obituary.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Diane Jane Childers

On the dark and stormy morning of November 10th, 2009, Diane Jane Childers journeyed to her next adventure with the same tenaciousness she carried in life. She was born May 2nd, 1945 in Vallejo, California, and spent the rest of her life in Washington, always surrounded by friends, family, and her beloved pups. Her infectious and unique laugh carried her through a lifelong love of learning at Mount Rainier High School, Western Washington State College (BA Education), and City University (MA Applied Behavioral Science). Diane always encouraged the heart of everyone around her, never leaving anyone to question that they must pursue their life's dreams and goals, just as she had. She had a successful career as a top salesperson at US West Yellow Pages, but her real passions included Seattle Mariners baseball with friend Erna, skiing Crystal, hiking Mt. Rainier, cruises with Christine, volunteering, and exploring the world. Her favorite organizations included YMCA of Pierce County Domestic Violence Project, CG Jung Society, Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County, and the Christ Episcopal Church of Puyallup - she would be happiest if those who wished to remember her would donate to one of those organizations or one that supports cancer or leukemia. Diane was preceded in death by parents Raymond and Evelyn Childers and brother Roy Randall. Her wit and wry sense of humor will especially be missed by brothers Lloyd Barnett (Sandra), Joseph Barnett (Colette), sister Phyllis Wagner, cousins Robert Kearney (Midi) and Celeste Fralick (Joe), nieces (especially Kayla, Toni, Pascale, and Valerie), and her babies Buddy and Smokey. A funeral with communion will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church of Puyallup on Friday, December 4th, 2009 at 4:00 P.M. A celebration of Diane's life will be held on Saturday, December 5th at two o'clock in her home.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Edward William Foley

Passed away peacefully at his home Nov. 15, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Ed was born Jan. 31, 1942 in Council Bluffs, IA. Ed was a longtime member of Pierce County Law Enforcement and did security work. He was an avid supporter of our military and veterans. He also had a great love of all small pets, especially his two beloved cats. Ed is survived by his mother Wilma Jean Foley, his brother Michael J. Foley, wife Marilyn, his brother Dennis P. Foley, his sister Lynda M. White, husband Fred, sister Patricia J. Drashil, husband Dwayne, and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. There will be no services at his request. Any memorial donations may be sent in his name to the Veterans Administration or Pierce County Humane Society.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Dorothy Pearl Stewart Carlson

Sept. 12, 1914 - Nov. 17, 2009 Dorothy Pearl Stewart Carlson, owner and co-founder with her father Emmett Stewart of Stewart's Meat Market in McKenna, WA, died at the young age of 95 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 in Yelm. Dorothy was born in Leadore, ID on Sept. 2, 1914, to Emmett E. and Maude Stewart; she lived most of her life in McKenna, where she was a successful business owner for 76 years. Dorothy began her career in the market in 1933, and was widely recognized as an expert on specialty sausages. She passed along her "Old Time" secret family recipes that are still used at Stewart's today. Up until recently, she was actively involved, answering the phone and talking to customers. They would always see her in the office or talking to the Stewart's staff behind the counter. Dorothy loved her family. She especially loved watching her grandchildren grow up, and hoped they would continue the "Stewart's Meats" family tradition. Survivors include her son, Stewart (Butch) Carlson (wife Jeanne); grandchildren April Sage (husband Cody), Brian Carlson, (wife Babette), Deborah Carlson and Krystal Carison Tirey (husband Joe); seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Tom Stewart, and two sisters, Evelyn Herness and Annabelle Wright. Dorothy will be missed by her family and the thousands of loyal Stewart's Meat Market customers. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at the Lake Lawrence Lodge. Graveside services will follow 3 p.m. at Fir Lane Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Spanaway. A memorial scholarship fund has been set up in Dorothy P. Carlson's name. Donations can be made at any KeyBank.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

John F. Schmidt

Sept. 12, 1918 - Nov. 17, 2009 John is survived by his loving wife, Katherine, who was constantly by his side; his children, Sheila, Melinda, and Jeff; his five grandchildren and one great grandchild. John saw combat in the Navy during WWII, retired from Flett Dairy as pasteurizer, and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He loved to hunt, fish and garden. Most of all he loved his wife of 65 years. Thanks to the Tacoma Lutheran Home and Hospice for their care. There will be no services as his request. Donations in John's memory may be made to Hospice.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

William J. Richardson

Master at Arms First Class. Memorial services will be held on Monday, November 23rd, 2009, at 11am, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 805 4th St NE, Auburn, WA 98002 for Master at Arms First Class William James Richardson, "Bill", 33, who died Thursday November 12, 2009. Bill was a Washington State Native and was very proud to call the Pacific Northwest home. He attended Terminal Park Elementary School, Olympic Junior High School, and graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, WA. He spent the last fourteen years serving active duty in the U.S. Navy, first as a Seabee, and then as a Master at Arms. Some of his favorite pastimes included listening to classic rock music, playing Texas Hold Empoker, muscle cars, playstation, NFL football, and anything ESPN. He was a whiz at sports and presidential knowledge. He dreamed of becoming a father and a high school history teacher. He was a devoted and beloved husband and will be missed by all who knew him. Bill is survived by his wife Heather Leigh Moore Richardson of New Iberia, LA, mother Weslynn Richardson of Auburn, WA, brother Joel Richardson of Auburn, WA, and grandmother Grace Marshall of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Roy Richardson of Independence, MO and grandfather James Wesley Marshall of Portland, OR. Pall bearers will be Joel Richardson, Jan Marshall, John Marshall, Jeff Marshall, HT1 (SW) Ricardo Cantu, and Cole LeMay. Honorary pall bearers will be Wesley Richardson, Leanne Marshall, Lindsey Marshall, Andrew Martin, and MA2 Jonathan Pritchard. Klontz Funeral Home in Auburn, WA is handling all of the arrangements.
Pub Date: 11/22/2009

Edward Allen Rasmussen

August 1944-November 2009 Born in Puyallup and survived by his two sons. Graduated from the University of Washington and was an Engineer at PSNS. Best known for his hilarious guest appearances as "Doctor Doomsday" on KIRO radio's sports talk show in the 70's and 80's and as a local dance DJ until his passing. Private memorial to be held in December.
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Caroline Biener

Caroline Biener died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at the age of 86. She was born Apr. 17, 1923 in New York, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband William and sister Eleanor. Caroline was the loving mother of Bill (Pat) Biener of Hereford, TX, and Roy (Barbara) Biener of Tacoma, WA; sister of Charlie (Pat) Beck, John (Pat) Beck, Hellen Scarito, and Anna Putzer; grandmother of Ronna, Denise, Charlie, and Stacey; great-grandmother of Brittney, Chloe, and Kane. A Memorial service will be held Mon. Nov. 23, 2009 11:00 AM at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary, 220 134th St. S., Parkland, WA 98444. Please sign our guest book at
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Daniel Thomas McDonald

Died on Nov. 17th, 2009 surrounded by his children, Rebecca Proulx, Jacob McDonald, Andrew McDonald, and Rachael McDonald. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren. He was born on Nov. 20th, 1953 to Ruth Burns and Donald McDonald, the youngest of 8 children. Dan was passionate about life and all it had to offer. He was a devoted father who loved his children and grandchildren, and committed 25 years to firefighting. All those who knew him and loved him will miss him deeply. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 23rd, 2009, 1:00pm, at St. Nicholas Church, 3510 Rosedale St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Burial services immediately following at the Longbranch Cemetery. Sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Kim Marie Qually

Kim Marie Qually passed away November 17, 2009. She was born September 15, 1951 to Shirley & Art Qually. Kim graduated in 1969 from Cascade High School in Everett before moving to Hawaii and obtaining her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii in 1974. She lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for 19 and has always considered it her true home. In 1991, Kim obtained her law degree from the University of Puget Sound Law School in Tacoma, Washington and worked her last 17 years for the Washington State Department of Revenue on property tax issues. Many have benefited from Kim’s counsel, friendship, and humor. Kim adored animals and especially loved her cats, Queenie, Sam, Olivia, Keiki, and Isabel. Kim was preceded in death by her mother and father and survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Teri Qually of Mukilteo, her nephew Cooper Qually of Vancouver, her cousin Tracey McDowell and Uncle Gordon McDowell of Seattle, her Department of Revenue family, and close friends. Kim had been battling metastatic melanoma and was taken from us far too soon. A celebration of Kim’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2009, at the Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin’s University located at 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA, 98503. Kim had requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Please go online to to make a memorial gift in Kim’s memory.
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Leora Mullan

Leora Virginia Mullan, 92, passed away on November 19, 2009. She was the youngest child of early Tacoma pioneers Frank and Margaret Berry. Leora was born June 26, 1917 at home on North 28th Street, and was a life-long resident of Tacoma. She was proud of her Croatian heritage and early Tacoma roots. Leora attended St. Patrick's Grade School and graduated from Aquinas academy in 1934. On July 20, 1940, she married Philip Charles Mullan. They had three children, Phillis, Kathy and Nick. Lee attended Tacoma Secretarial School, and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for different accounting firms. After retirement, she worked in the office at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Leora's Catholic faith was important to her; she was active in her church and served as a Eucharistic minister. In her younger days, she loved to play tennis and participated in city tournaments. She was a member of the Slavonian American Benevolent Society (SABS), and also belonged to a group of ladies, "The Old Town Gals", who grew up together and met regularly for lunch, reminiscing about the early days of Tacoma and their Old Town Croatian family ties. Leora also loved to travel. She enjoyed gambling in Reno and traveling in Europe, including special trips to the wedding of her grandson, Tom and wife Maria in Spain, and to visit her parents’ home town on the island of Hvar, Croatia. Leora enjoyed playing bridge and continued to play using special lights and enlarged cards when macular degeneration claimed most of her sight. When her vision failed, Leora, an avid reader, switched to listening to books on tape, which became her main source of recreation. Leora was preceded in death by her husband Phil in 1977, daughter Phillis in 1985, her brothers Tony and Mitchell Berry, and sister Margaret DePolo. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Larry Buzzard, Lynnwood, and son and daughter-in-law Nick and Mary Jane Mullan, Gig Harbor. Leora's grandchildren are Tom (Maria) Mulledy, Madrid; LeeAnn (Chris) Kooley, Gig Harbor; Jeannie (Neil) Gorrell, Olympia; Shannon (John) Smith, Snohomish; Katie (Gary) Talcott, Burien; Nick (Debbie) Mullan, Gig Harbor; Rob Mullan, Seattle; and Colleen (Drew) Wilson, North Carolina. She is also survived by thirteen great grandchildren: Lola and Tom Mulledy, Amanda and Tanner Kooley, Will Wilson, Sarah, Emma, Andy, and Ben Gorrell, Anika Smith, Ashley Talcott, Alyssa and Connor Mullan. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Florence Berry of Bellevue and Kathryn Polky of Tacoma and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Family suggests donations be made to the Sisters of Saint Dominic, who taught Leora, Phil, and their children at St. Patrick and at Aquinas: Friends of the Tacoma Dominicans, 935 Fawcett Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98402. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Virgil S. King

MSG, USA Retired July 18, 1917 - November 18, 2009 Virgil went home to be with Our Lord and Savior. Born in Massena, Iowa, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jane A. King, in June 2008. He is survived by his four children, Richard (Sharon), Thomas (Lea), Philip, and Mary Ann, two grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law. Viewing will be on Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:00 PM- 8:00 PM, at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Monday, Nov 23, 2009 at Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home 253-472-3353 .
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Norma Jean (Reese) Biggs

Norma Jean was born in Canton South Dakota on June 19, 1926 & lived in Tacoma, WA most of her life. She passed away peacefully, after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by her family in her home on Nov. 10, 2009. Preceded in death by the love of her life, Eldon Hutchison on May 29, 2009. Survived by her children: Janice Pelela (Paul), Dale Bertucci, Joe Biggs and Carolyn Wilsie (Donald), 8 grandchildren & 11 great grandchildren.
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Virginia Wood Ganz

Virginia Wood Ganz passed away September 14, 2009. Born in Lebanon, MO, August 20, 1941, she grew up in CA and graduated from Lone Pine High School in 1959. She became a stenographer and later married and raised her children. She loved crafts, a hot bath and a good book. She is survived by her husband James "Gary", daughters Cindy and Emily, son Edward, and grandchildren Brandon, Melissa and Shawn. A private service was held 9/18/09.
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Wilma C. Harrell

Wilma Harrell, born on May 9, 1919 in Fife WA, went to be with her Savior on November 14, 2009. She attended Fife High School, and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1941. Wilma spent her career as an elementary school teacher, retiring from the Puyallup School District. Her husband, Jim Harrell, preceded Wilma in death. Wilma was a strong Christian, attending First Covenant/Praise Covenant Church in Tacoma her entire life. There is no doubt that she is now in the presence of Jesus. Memorial service to be held at the Tacoma Lutheran Home, on Monday, November 23, at 1:00 in the afternoon. If desired, donations can be made in Wilma's name to Praise Covenant Church, Tacoma.
Pub Date: 11/21/2009

Frank N. Olsen

“Grumps” Frank N. Olsen, 79, passed away on Nov. 16 at his home in Federal Way. Born on Jan 16, 1930 in Tacoma, to Justin and Anne Olsen, Frank attended Lincoln High School and in 1951, married the love of his life, Yvonne. He earned a BA in engineering from PLU and spent many years working at Boeing as a safety engineer. At Boeing, he worked on many missile and weapons systems, including the Saturn booster rockets for the Apollo program. More important than work for Frank was his private life and family. He was an avid salmon fisherman, who also enjoyed netting smelt and eating crab. Frank’s sharp sense of humor and enjoyment of life was shared with his friends and passed onto his family. Frank is survived by Yvonne Olsen, his wife of 58 years, his sister Sonja, and his three children and their spouses: Julie and John Enges, Eric and Susan Olsen, and David and Anne Olsen. Frank loved and was immensely proud of his five grandchildren: Justin, Michael, Christopher, Tyler, and Meghan. An informal open house will be held on Nov. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the family home. The family suggest donations be made to the Federal Way Lions Club scholarship fund, P.O. Box 3552, Federal Way, WA 98063. Please sign the online memorial at .
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Barbara G. Corley

1926 - 2009 "I will raise you up on eagle's wings and hold you in the palm of my hand" Barbara was born February 16, 1926 in Lewiston, Idaho, and went home to be with the Lord on November 15, 2009. Born to Ned and Blanche (Magee) Cochran, she was raised in Olympia and later moved to Tacoma. She graduated in 1948 from St. Joseph School of Nursing and then practiced nursing for over 15 years at St. Joseph Hospital maternity ward in Tacoma. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Gilbert H Corley, and her daughter Linda. Survived by children, Gilbert (Krisy) Corley Jr., Tacoma, Philip Corley, Tacoma, Belinda Corley-Hernandez, Tacoma, Cameron (Denman) Corley, Seattle; grandsons, Gabriel (Premiss) Corley-Hernandez, Alex and Jack Corley and 3 great grand kids Michael, Jaydyn and Gabriel Jr. Corley-Hernandez.; sister Nancy Cochran, Seattle; brother Dennis (Eileen) Cochran, Olympia, numerous nieces and nephews. Gil and Barbara owned and operated Gil Corley Co., in Seattle for 43 years, providing Christmas decorations to many retailers on the west coast. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Barbara was an avid golfer and bowler; she also loved traveling the world. Barbara was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows, Tacoma Elks, Seattle College Club and was a follower of the U of W Huskies football program. The family would like to thank the Great Shepherds Adult Home, Seattle and Providence Hospice of Seattle for their care and support. Memorial service will be held Sunday, November 29,2009, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows, 6730 North 17th St., Tacoma, WA 98406. Reception will follow immediately after to celebrate Gil's and Barbara's lives. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local Cancer Society, Hospice organization, St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows or a charity of your choice. Please sign an on-line memorial at
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Bruce B. Corp

Apr. 15, 1940 - Oct. 25, 2009 Bruce was born in Miami, AZ, the son of Leslie and Claudine Corp. His parents moved to Washington in search of work, eventually settling in Tacoma on McKinley Hill. After high school, Bruce joined the Army and enjoyed his tour of duty as an MP while stationed in Germany. After his discharge from the military, he worked as a corrections officer for Tacoma City Jail. He was a son, husband, father, grandfather, and brother who had a super sense of humor, a quick wit, an infectious laugh, and a crooked half-smile when he was caught in a fib or when he’d put one over on us. He was preceded in death by his father Leslie, and the love of his life and best friend, his wife Pauline. He is survived by his mother Claudine, daughters Renée (Chip) Johnson of Denver, CO, and Shelly Corp of Tacoma, 4 grandchildren, and sisters Ramona (Jim) Marshall, Brenda (Willis) Hawks, and Linda (Greg) Higginbotham. Our family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Rehab for Bruce’s care and their friendship. Private services were held.
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Duane Huss

Duane Huss, age 76, went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2009. He was born February 13, 1933 to Edward and Margaret Huss in Sioux City, Iowa. He was prEceeded in death by his brother Larry. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Beverly; sons John and Gordon (Brenda), four daughters, Kimberly, Kristina, Lisa (Darrell), and Lori (Scott); 10 grandchildren; sister Jeanette (Harold), brother Lyle (Collette); and numerous nieces and nephews. Duane will be remembered for his humor, devotion to his family, and love for Jesus Christ. He will be greatly missed. Services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, November 23, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Jesse Silva

Jesse Silva, 85, of Tacoma, WA, was born in Dongan Hills, Staten Island, NY on May 10, 1924 and passed away Nov. 17, 2009. Jesse served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, earning a Purple Heart and Silver Star as a Tech. Sergeant during the WWII and Korean Wars. He was an active member of the Eagles and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jesse enjoyed his family, playing golf and fishing. He is survived by his significant other of 30 years, Betty Smith; daughters Joan Bates, Nancy Huseman and Pam Lavin; brother Peter Silva, sister Marjorie Rohn; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park on Nov. 21th at 1:30pm.
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Eduard Aaron Knaack

July 4, 1951 - November 5, 2009 A memorial service is planned for Tues., Nov. 24, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at the VA hospital, American Lake. Interment at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Laura Timm

Our beautiful and gracious mother passed away quietly November 17, 2009. An extremely giving woman, she leaves behind her husband, Erwin, of 62 wonderful years. Born in Butte, Montana and then moving to Spanaway, Laura worked for Puget Sound National Bank for 30 years as one of the first woman bank auditors in Tacoma. She leaves behind daughters, Binda McFeran, Debbi Wambold (Bill) and Patti Bortoluzzi (Bob) along with 6 grandchildren and her Westie dog, Casey. Having a love for beautiful fashion and music, Laura will be remembered for her impeccable dress and lovely voice. A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Sat. November 21 at Merril Gardens in Puyallup.
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Nancy Ann (Carrick) Courtney

Passed away on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at the age of 76. She was a beloved wife to her husband of 53 years, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her husband Bob, son Don, daughters Elaine and Carolyn, grandsons Taylor, Michael, and Tyler, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed and loved by all who knew her. At her request, there will be no service.
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Irene 'Nonnie' Maitland

The heart of our home, "Nonnie", passed away November 17, 2009. She was born in Seattle, October 7, 1919, and raised in Anacortes. Her loving husband, Wesley (papa), infant daughter, Ellen Irene, and grandson, Michael Stead, Jr., preceded her in death. Irene is survived by her loving daughters, Iris Maitland, Veva Maddox and son-in-law Mike Maddox of Steilacoom; grandchildren, Patrick (Chandra) Stead, Sean Stead, and Darrin Nemec of Tacoma, Scott (Kathleen) Maddox of Ketron Island, Sara (Jon) Lemming also of Steilacoom; and eight great grandchildren, Cassandra, Jesse, Joel, Jayson, JJ, PJ, Barrett and Lila. We would like to express our gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to Zilpha McCarty and Lori Ek for their loving care, help and support; and to Franciscan Hospice, particularly Benni, Tahvee, Sara, and Natasha. Irene's main purpose in life was loving and caring for her family. Her life was an example of unconditional love. She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church and Ladies Oriental Shrine. Please feel free to bring a picture, memento, or "special story" to either share or leave for us to enjoy at a later time. Memorial services will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery on Monday, November 23, at 1:00 pm in the Chambers Creek Chapel. Please sign our online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Carolyn Ann Larson “Toppy”

Toppy was born on August 27, 1943 in Lakeport, CA, the daughter of Woodrow and Minnie Watkins, passed away on November 16, 2009 at St. Claire Hospital from heart failure. She is survived by husband Larry Larson, sons Scott Palmer and Donald Palmer, 3 sisters, 1 brother, 3 step-children, and numerous grandchildren. After spending her early years bouncing around the country, the family settled in Tacoma nearly 60 years ago. Toppy was full of life and would do anything for family and friends. Our lives will never be the same without her but her memory will never be forgotten. There will be a viewing 3-9pm, Sunday, 11/22 at Mt. View. Services will be at Mt. View in the Garden Chapel at 11am, Monday, 11/23, with reception to follow.
Pub Date: 11/20/2009

Brock Daniel Boyd

06-19-1991 to 11-15-2009 Brock has gone to be with the Lord on the wings of an Eagle. Brock was a graduate of Lakes High School and member of Lake City Community Church. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and numerous friends. A memorial service will be held at Lake City Community Church on Saturday November 21 at 10:00 a.m. Please make donations to Lake City Youth Ministries 8810 Lawndale Ave SW Lakewood WA 98498. Please join us at to see full obituary and share in remembrance of Brock.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Ralph E. Harrison

Age 75, of University Place, WA, passed away Nov. 15, 2009 at home from a courageous battle with cancer. Ralph was born March 14, 1934 in Brownsville, OR to Arthur and Wilma (Warren) Harrison. Ralph served in the Marine Corps as a Sergeant and was in the Korean War. He was an active member of the St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Boy Scouts of America, and the Lions Club. He enjoyed being with his family and Boy Scouts. He achieved the Eagle Rank and was awarded the Silver Beaver. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Teresa Isabel (Alvarez) Harrison; sons Ralph E. Harrison Jr. (Cari) and Peter E. Harrison (Melanie), daughters Mary Harrison, Dian M. Burrows (Rick), Rosalie Gallagher (Mike), and Susan Neyman (Alex); brothers Warren Harrison (Sherry), Jim McQueen (Judy), of Albany, OR and Leo McQueen (Pat) of Scio, OR, sister Frieda Ryder (Bob) of Albany, OR; and 12 grandchildren. A Rosary will be held Nov. 19 at 7pm at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Tacoma. A service will be held Nov. 20, 2009 at 11am at St. Charles Borromeo, with a burial to follow at New Tacoma Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Boy Scouts of America, 4802 S. 19th, Tacoma, WA 98405, or Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way, University Place, WA 98466.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Betty Lea Till

Born January 15, 1926 in Leachville, Arkansas; passed November 15, 2009. Widow of Delmar S. Till. Beloved mother of four surviving children, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Past member of Eagles #1387, Buckley and VFW Enumclaw.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Mary Ann (Erickson) McDonough

Mary Ann passed away at home surrounded by her family on November 16, 2009. Born in University Place on June 30, 1936, she was a lifetime resident of University Place where she was raised on the family farm at 3708 Bridgeport Way W. She served the University Place School District as a bus driver for 18 years. She is survived by her son, Roy Todd Bond (Paula), daughters, Becky Allen (Steve) and Cindy McKeen (Dave) along with 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma. Memorial services to be held at Trinity Church on Saturday, November 21st at 11 am.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Timothy Charles Bonnett

Passed away November 14, 2009. He was born October 9,1957 to H. Charles and Dorothy Bonnett. He lived his whole life in the Sumner Valley. Graduated from Sumner High School in 1976. Married to Marie (Hailey) September 1, 1979. He worked in the automotive parts business for the past 30 years. Preceded in death by Father H Charles, father-in-law Arthur Hailey and sister-in-law Linda Hailey. Survived by wife of 30 years Marie, daughters Tia and Kari, mother Dorothy, sisters Rowena O'Del and Jo Lynn Tully (John), mother-in-law Lois Hailey, brother- in-law Art Hailey (Teresa), nieces and nephew Christina, Jacqueline (Shawn), Melissa, Marc and Megan, great nieces Angelica and Isabel and great nephew Gabriel. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Community Church on Friday, November 20, 2009, at 10:00 am.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Sharon Ann Long

Sharon Ann Long died peacefully Nov. 10, 2009 with family by he side. She was born on July 22, 1956 in Rapid City, So. Dakota to Joseph and Eileen Mifsud-Ellul. She graduated from Mt. Tahoma then became a L.P.N. and worked at Western State Hospital. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting baby blankets for Linus Foundation, playing pogo and her three babies, Puppers, Taffy and Julie. She is survived by her three children Karl, Chrissy, Kelly, sister Dianne, brother Michael, two grandchildren Erin and Ian A service will be held at Faith Family Church, 1702 Milton Way, Milton, Wa., Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 12 p.m. Flowers or Memorial donations may arrive between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Sun Yol Boomhower

Sun Boomhower, age 64, was born in Korea on December 18, 1944 and passed away on November 16, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA. She was married on December 2, 1968 to David Boomhower in Seoul, Korea. She enjoyed her work at Ft. Lewis, but loved to crochet and knit. Sun also enjoyed traveling with family and friends. She is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Angela; two wonderful grandsons, Chris and Alex; two sisters; two brothers; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A visitation is scheduled from 3 pm - 5 pm, TODAY, November 19, 2009 at New Tacoma Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10 am Friday, November 20, 2009, in the Chambers Creek Chapel of New Tacoma Cemetery. Please sign our online guestbook at . Memorial donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Junior J. Cabanas

07/12/1933 ~ 11/19/2007 Two years gone by and still today we cry. You had a heart of gold, one of the best to behold. You were generous loving and kind. These are the memories you left behind. We love you, your family.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Bradly Dean Naron

9-18-63 ~ 11-19-99 Brad has been gone for 10 years. We miss his humor and kindness that kept us all together. We know he is still singing in the heavenly choir. Ps 13:6. Love always, from your family.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Christopher Michael Moore

Nov. 19 1959 - Nov. 19 2007 Happy Birthday, Bro! We all keep you in our thoughts. We love and miss you soo very much. Love, your friends and family.
Pub Date: 11/19/2009

Richard L Perry

02/28/1937 – 11/10/2009 Passed away following a long and hard fought battle with cancer. He leaves behind two sons John Hodges, Ron Perry, daughter Sandy Perry, sister Patricia Beaston, brother Ron Perry, daughter-in-law Laura Perry, and six grandchildren and many close friends. Born in Fresno CA, the son of Stanley Perry and Frances Walton, he spent the past 48 years as a resident of Tacoma WA, where he met and married Caryle Perry his wife of 39 years. A Memorial Service will be held November 20th from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Tacoma AmVets hall on 56th and Tyler. All friends and family are encouraged to attend and celebrate the wonderful memories we had with him.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Richard John Metzger, Sr.

1915 - 2009 Died peacefully November 11th after a long bout with Parkinson’s. Born in Mr. Carmel, IL, Dick came to the Pacific Northwest as an Army Lieutenant after WWII, where he met and married Molly Smith in 1947. Widowed in 2006, his children include his stepson Rolfe A. Metzger, Redondo Beach, CA, Nancy Brandt, Danville, CA, Richard J. Metzger, Jr., Arlington, VA, Mary Lou Metzger, Seattle, WA, and Bruce Metzger of Tacoma, WA. A commemoration in early 2010 will be announced later.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Gerald F. (Jerry) White

1922 - 2009 A member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Jerry was very proud to have been an usher for 60 years. He worked for ASARCO for over 40 years. Jerry attended Bellarmine High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard during WWII. He and his wife Hilda raised three children, Carey, Donna and Jerry. Jerry belonged to the Elks, Eagles, AMVETS, and VFW. He and Hilda belonged to Driftwood Dance Club, Aristocrats trailer club, and Rolling RV's. They enjoyed spending time at Cowlitz Timber Trails and traveling with their trailer. He was preceded in death by his wife Hilda, parents John and Nora White, and his brother John J. (Jack) White. He is survived by his children Carey Nyman (Dave), Donna Stanley (Randy), and Gerald M. White (Teri), cousins John Daly and Nora Chris Boze. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and longtime friend Jennie Freeman. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 10:30AM with a reception following in the church hall. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank the staff of The Village Retirement and Assisted Living and Franciscan Hospice for the care they gave Jerry over the last year. nline condolences may be left at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home (253) 572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Margaret Lorraine Paul

4/22/1928 - 11/14/2009 Margaret was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1928, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on 11/14/2009. She is survived by her husband, John Paul, her son Steve (wife Sandi), her granddaughter Leah Anne Cawley (husband Nick, living in Atlanta, GA), her grandson Brian (fiancée Renee Vanderveer, living in Puyallup), great-granddaughter Baylee Marie Paul, and two sisters, Mrs. Orville (Lily) Sovereign and Mrs. Fred (Austy) Carson. Margaret graduated from Stadium High School in 1946. She met her husband John in 1946 at the Lakewood Ice Rink, and they married on 6/16/1950 (59 years). She took her first job as confidential secretary for Weyerhaeuser soon out of high school, worked there until a few months before Steve was born, and took on the role of being a full-time mom. She rejoined the workforce 13 years later, and retired from the State of Washington as a confidential secretary for the Regional Administrator in 1990. She attended First Covenant Church in Tacoma (married there), and in her early years sang in the church choir. She always loved music and had the voice of an angel, and on her last day in her earthly body was soothed by the sounds of hymns from a Hospice worker from Franciscan. Margaret and John had a wonderful life together, traveling to Hawaii nearly every February, taking cruises to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera and to Alaska. She and John shared several trips with son Steve, his wife and her grandkids, so her children and grandchildren, too, have taken on the tradition of taking yearly family vacations together. Always dressed to the nines, she was truly a girly girl in every way (never did her shoes not match her outfit whether traveling, going to work, or out to dinner). Always a wonderful grandma, nearly every Sunday until her grandkids were out on their own the family would get together for a traditional roast beef dinner and home-baked pie. Several years ago she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and spent the last 3 years of her life at Tacoma Lutheran Home. Her love for her family always was important to her, and she did get to share some time with her great-granddaughter Baylee the day before she died. Our thanks go to the staff at Tacoma Lutheran Home, Alpine Wind, and Franciscan Hospice. Services will be held for Margaret at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road W in University Place, on Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Viewing will be Thursday, November 19 from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. The family suggests donations be made in Margaret's name to the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, 400 Mercer St., #401, Seattle WA 98109.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Joseph Patrick Moses Starr

Born Dec. 10, 1936; passed away Nov. 14, 2009 to meet his creator. Preceded in death by his older sister Dorothy Marie George Miller Limberhand, younger sister Norma Lee Starr Gobin, a daughter, Dora Lee Starr, and grandbaby Lillian Starr, his parents Lillian Saluskin (Moses) and Norman Starr. His passions and love upon this earth was as a fisherman, Bingo player, Casino, birdwatcher and womanizer. He fixed boats and hang fishing nets. He was a teacher to all the young fishermen. His heart was full of love as he opened his home to so many of his family and friends. Left behind is his daughter Janice E. Starr Delgado, sons Joseph P. Starr, Jr. and George Leonard Starr, all of Tacoma, grandchildren Barbara Richardson, Vernon Cultee, Dora Starr, Lawrence Hatch, Kanum Cultee, Joseph Starr, Joselene Starr, Harvey Starr, Kathleen L. Starr, Joanne B. Starr, Leona M. Starr and Johnathan C. Williams, greatgrandson Brenner Richardson, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and many stepsons and stepdaughters. Services will be Wed., Nov. 18, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Muckleshoot Shaker Church. Burial to follow at Cushman Cemetery in Tacoma. Dinner to follow at the New Elders Bldg, Puyallup Tribe. Joe Moses will be very much missed, his loving caring heart flowed throughout the state. Educated at Chemowo, OR, also a Boys Farm in Colorado, he learned to box. He did farm labor, picked cherries, apples, and fruit in the Yakima Valley. Special Thanks to Devita Staff and workers.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Mary Olivia Ebeling Hoover

Born Ft. Benning Georgia April 2, 1941. Father James Ebeling, mother Mable; serving in US ARMY 30 yrs during World War II both deceased. Survivors - husband Mel Hoover Jr; - married 42 years; son's Joe, Jerry, Monte, daughter's -Laurie Ann, Jennie, Laurie, brother Jim and grandchildren. No funeral services: Died in her sleep Oct. 31, 2009.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Mary L. Lohkamp

Born Nov. 25, 1933; called to Heaven Nov. 15, 2009. Devoted mother and grandmother, she is survived by Dale Clark and wife Judy DuCharme and Willene Clark, granddaughters Lynette and Sandy DuCharme, great-grandsons Savone Thomas and Reese Johnson, great-granddaughter Alexis Black, brothers Arnold and Clayton Jensen and their wives. A memorial service will be held at East Side Community Church, 4420 Portland Ave., at 11 a.m., Saturday 21, 2009.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Alex Louis Ginnis

Born: January 19, 1957 Died: November 13, 2009 Today, we attempt to verbalize the pain, sorrow and regret we feel at the passing of our son, father, brother, uncle, and dearest friend Alex. Alex "Baby Al" Ginnis was born on January 19th 1957, in Tacoma, to Alex and Pauline Ginnis. His life was cut short, on November 13th , 2009 at the age of 52. Alex possessed a huge heart and was a caring and thoughtful human being. Alex lived his life the way he chose, with no regrets. He had a will that surpassed us all, and a passion for life that few could mimic. We will remember his bright spirit and warm heart forever. He is survived by his father Alex Ginnis, his sisters Nancy and Linda, his brothers Joe, Richard and George, his son Andre, former wife Joyce and many loving friends, like Paula DeLong. He participated in many activities as a young man, including performing his duty as an altar boy at St. Nicholas church, and playing football. He graduated high school in 1975, from Washington, in Tacoma. He attended Central Washington University, and became a Longshoreman shortly thereafter. Alex was a third generation Greek Longshoreman, led by Louis Ginnis and Alex Ginnis Sr. and a proud member of ILWU #23 for 36 years. He was an avid fisherman, taking up many chartered trips in pursuit of his passion. He held season tickets to the University of Washington Huskies football games, and loved to watch various sporting events. He was an animal lover, and had an array of different animals in his life. One of his favorite dogs, Rex, gave him many years of loyalty and love. Alex was extremely proud of his Greek heritage, and chose to, on many occasions, let that fact be known. May he live on, in the shadows of the great men of the past, forever echoed in our hearts and minds. Our lives will not be the same without you, Alex. May you rest comfortably, eternally at peace. There will be a viewing on Thursday, November 19th between 1 and 9 p.m. at Mt. View. Services will be held at Mt. View Funeral Home, Aspen Chapel, at 2:00p.m. on Friday, November 20th. Reception to follow. Celebration of Alex at Gloria's Restaurant & Bar after the reception.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

John Eugene Frick

John E. Frick passed away on October 30th, 2009 after a long battle with Parkinson disease. Born on February 5, 1926 to Ralph and Opal Frick in St. Louis, MO. John graduated from High School and joined the Navy. After serving in the Pacific, John returned to St. Louis and after taking classes at Washington University on the GI Bill, he started his long career in the footwear industry. He married Lois Sund on March 6, 1955. John moved the family to California, where he worked as a manufacturer’s rep for Dr. Scholl’s, covering 3 states. But the allure of being his own boss led him to open a chain of shoe stores in Santa Clara County, beginning in the mid-1960’s. By the mid-1980s, John sold the stores and became a general contractor, selling kitchen remodels. This he did up until his retirement. After Lois passed away in 1986, John met Eleanore Long. They had a wedding ceremony in Los Gatos in 1990 and a few years afterwards moved to Gig Harbor, WA on Henderson Bay to be near Elly’s elderly parents, Homer and Beulah Howe. In the Gig Harbor years John and Elly were active in the Gig Harbor United Methodist Church and the choir and caring for Elly’s aunt and parents. They loved spending winters in Baja Mexico, driving there in their RV. John also spent time volunteering for FISH in Gig Harbor. Unfortunately, the Parkinson disease got to the point that John moved into the Cottesmore Nursing Home in 2008. The staff was wonderful with John in his remaining time. John leaves behind his beloved wife, Eleanore Long, two sons, Mark and wife Laurie in Texas, Peter and wife Claudia in California, step daughter Melody Long of Washington and step son Mike Long and wife, Maria of California and five grandchildren, as well as three siblings, Erma Hawkins of Florida, Ralph and Gloria Frick of California, Dan and Carolyn Frick of Florida. The family requests remembrances be made to Washington State Chapter, American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), PO Box 75169, Seattle, WA 98175. A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 11am at the Gig Harbor Methodist church.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Juan M Garcia

Juan passed away peacefully Nov. 9, 2009 at the age of 70 in Olympia. He leaves behind 2 daughters, Tina & Kari, along with 7 grandchildren. Memorial will be held Sat., Nov 21 at 1PM, Open Bible Church in Centralia, 902 Alder St.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Magdalene Dorothy Larsen

Magdalene Dorothy Larsen, age 95, born May 15, 1914, passed away on Nov. 12, 2009. She was born in East Helena, Montana, and moved to the Tacoma area as a young girl. Educated in Tacoma schools where she met her future husband Elmer Larsen. Together, they were married 62 years. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by her son David Larsen of Tacoma, sister Patricia Durpree of Tacoma, granddaughters Courtney Rydman (Eric), Bay City, WA, Holly Rydman (Mark), Olympia, WA, and 6 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to special friend Vicki Larsen and the doctors and nurses, 6th Floor Tacoma General Hospital, for the excellent TX and care during Magdalene's illness and passing. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Luetta Marie Young

Passed away on November 17, 2009. Lu was born July 3, 1929 in Isabel, South Dakota, to Luis and Mable Gellner. The family moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in the late 1930s, where Lu and her 5 siblings grew up. In 1948 she met Bill Young, an Army musician with the 2nd Infantry Division band, in Coeur d'Alene to play for a patriotic parade. Lu and Bill were married on August 25, 1951 in Coeur d'Alene and Lu's married life began with 8 months as an Army bride at Fort Worden, Washington. On May 7, 1952 her only child, Stanley Allen Young, was born in Coeur d'Alene. Lu was principally a home-maker, but also spent several years as a retail clerk. During the 1960s and 70s Lu and Bill were "missile migrants" between Seattle and Vandenberg AFB, CA, for The Boeing company. They retired to Tacoma, WA in 1987. Since 2000 Lu has been an Alzheimer’s patient in a care facility in Lompoc, CA. She is survived by her husband Bill, son Stan and his wife Yvonne, their children: Jessica, Cory and Sean, all of Lompoc, CA; and her brother Phillip Gellner of Twin Falls, Idaho.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Winfield Scott Frith

Passed away on Nov. 11, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. He was born Aug. 30, 1930 in Tacoma, WA. He graduated from Puyallup High School and spent most of his life in the Puyallup valley. Sonny was in the Navy for a brief time, and was discharged in 1951 after his father passed away. He retired from the University of Washington in 1986, was a Catholic, a life-time member of ACLU, and a friend of Bill W. for over 35 years. Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Winfield and Blanche (Brewer) Frith, and his two brothers, Fred and Doug. He is survived by his sisters Yvonne Iles and Donna Yeomans, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial service will be held at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup, Friday, Nov. 20th, 2009 at 12:00 pm, with a reception to follow at the Fred Oldfield Heritage Center, Puyallup Fairgrounds, Red Gate (9th and 4th Street). Private interment at a later date. Family requests remembrances to the American Heart Association or Cascade Animal Protection Services. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home, 845-0536
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Andre M. Horne

Sunrise 7/26/64 ~ Sunset 11/9/09 Born 7/26/1964 in Tacoma, WA to Rev. Dr. Charles and Johnnie L. Horne, and passed away unexpectedly 11/9/2009 in Federal Way, WA. Andre is survived by his parents, Rev. Dr. Charles A. and Johnnie L. Horne, 3 brothers, Charles V. (Sandra), Michael A., Roderik Horne, nephew Daniel, niece Faith, and numerous extended family and friends. Service to be held 11AM Saturday, 11/21/2009, at St. John Church Transformation Ministries Intl., 2001 S. J. St, Tacoma, WA 98405. Private entombment will occur at Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please see full obit at .
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Wendall “Pel” Pelham

The evening of November 14, 2009, while holding hands with his adoring wife Jean, Wendall “Pel” Pelham passed from this world after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born May 20, 1933, in Bakersfield, California, to Ila Hooks and Samuel Pelham. Wendall married Jean Brancato in 1973. He served 30 years as a career Army officer and logistician, retiring in 1983 when he began a new career as a computer consultant. Wendall had an enormous zest for life and a keen sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, 2 sisters and a brother; 5 sons, 19 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Wendall was preceded in death by daughter Wendy and granddaughters Stephanie and Jennifer. A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. at Lake Tapps Christian Church. A private graveside will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please see for the complete obituary.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Laura Ann Steinthal

The Steinthal and Van Dyk Family have given the Lord an angel. Laura lost her two year battle with breast cancer on November 16, 2009. Laura was a daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, beppe and beloved friend. Laura was born in California on March 12, 1957 and moved to Sumner Washington where she met and married her husband Mike Steinthal of 35 years. Laura lived for her two children, Tara Radford (Aaron) and Josh Steinthal (Heather), her two beautiful granddaughters Ariel and Addison Radford, and grandson Tristan. She is also survived by her parents Corty and Pinky Van Dyk, in-laws Jim and Fran Steinthal; her 5 siblings, Ida, Rich, Corrie, Ralph and Gertie, brother-in-law Ron (Lori). Laura has 13 nieces and nephews that she always cheered on and adored. The memorial will be held on Friday on November 20, 2009 at 10am, Sumner Presbyterian Church in downtown Sumner; viewing Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 6pm-8pm at Powers Funeral Home in Sumner. Please send a donation in Laura's name to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Private ceremony at gravesite. Following immediately will be a celebration of Laura's life at the church.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Donald Jerome Stuhr

Together Again Donald Jerome Stuhr, born on March 17, 1921 near Buffalo, Minnesota, youngest son of Rudolph and Rose Stuhr, passed away on November 12, 2009. Don served in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington where he met his future wife, Ruth Simpson. They married in 1948 in Minneapolis, where they raised two daughters. In 1964, the family moved to Tacoma and established their home in Lakewood. Don worked as an auto mechanic and retired from the IAM in 1981 after 38 years of service. Don was a member of Amvets Post #1 for over 20 years, Eagles Lodge #3 over 25 years and a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4322. Don is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, after 57 years of marriage. Survivors are daughters, Margaret Stuhr of Lacey, Washington; Janet Stuhr Wood and son-in-law Harold Wood of Visalia, California; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Gerrick of Blaine, Minnesota and Margaret Peterson of Tacoma; two brothers-in-law, JR Rogers and Chuck Peterson of Tacoma, a well as many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank friends and neighbors, as well as many health care professionals, for their help and kindness to Donald during the last 3 years. The Rosary will be recited 10:30AM Friday, November 20, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. The family suggests donations may be made to St. Francis Cabrini School in Donald’s memory, 5505 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home, 253-472-3353.
Pub Date: 11/18/2009

Ralph Carroll Andersen

“Daddy” went to be with the Lord on Nov. 15, 2009. He was born on March 20, 1917 to Ragnvald and Sofie Andersen, both of whom immigrated from Norway in 1902. He lived in Everett with his brother and two sisters, then moved to Bremerton, where he and his family resided until moving to Tacoma in 1950. He was a sales representative until his retirement in 1979. During those years in Bremerton his love of music led him to be the lead vocalist with Perl Maurer’s band. He leaves behind his wife of 71 years, Beverly, his daughters Mary (Dan) Wicks, Texas, Kris (Keith) Ohm, Federal Way, and Paige (Kim) Dixon, Puyallup, nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Private services will be held. Arrangements through Tuell-McKee Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Rick Zimmer

1956 - 2009 On Thursday the 12th of November, 2009, Rick A. Zimmer picked up his fishing rod and walked into the light. He is now happily residing in Fisherman's Heaven and Steelhead Hell. He was born on March 29, 1956 to Herb and the late Maggi Zimmer, and graduated from Curtis High School with the class of 1974. He worked for Tacoma Boat and later for Xerox. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, but his real passion was fishing. In his early years as a deck hand and eventually a skipper in Westport, his knowledge, instincts and capabilities were unsurpassed. He knew the Kalama River like the back of his hand, and countless friends and acquaintances benefited from his skills as a companion and guide. The salmon and steelhead population are breathing a huge sigh of relief at his passing. Rick was wealthy in the number and quality of his friends. No one did friend better than Rick. He was a wonderful father to his beloved daughter Shannon, and an untiring mentor to many other youngsters who were lucky enough to go into the field or onto the water with this gentle giant. His patience was infinite and his generosity with his time and resources was limitless. At the time of his death he was engaged to Tronni Wood. As a couple the total was more than the sum of the parts. Their relationship greatly enriched the lives of both. Rick is survived by his fiancée Tronni, his beloved daughter Shannon, father Herb and stepmother Sallie Zimmer, his brother Todd Zimmer, and his sister Dana and brother-in-law Pat Moore. A service will be held celebrating the life of this exceptional man at Rick and Tronni's home at 15 West Shore Ave. S.W. in Lakewood on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Donations in Rick's memory can be made to the Shannon Zimmer Trust Fund at Columbia Bank.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Anna L Eldred

Anna L. Eldred, 87, of Tacoma; died at home November 8. Born in 1922 in Black Diamond; she married Robert in 1939. He died in 1998. Anna loved her garden, especially her fuschias. She was a "snowbird" wintering in Mesa, AZ for many years. Surviving are 2 daughters, Jeanne M. White of Tacoma and Veda A. Fisher (Craig) of Severn, MD; 6 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren, sister Mary Cranor of Valdez, AK. She is preceeded in death by a daughter, Ellen A. Day. Graveside services were held in Sandpoint, ID. Memorial contributions: Multicare, Good Samaritan Hospice, 3901 S. Fife Street, Tacoma 98415-0200. A celebration of Anna's life will be held at Anna's Tacoma home, Saturday, November 21 from 1-4 PM; family and friends are welcome.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Howard B. Schroeder

Aug. 17, 1921 - Nov. 12, 2009 Howard Schroeder, 88, veteran of WWII, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home with family. His sweetheart, Marie, preceded him in death Jan. 21, 2006. Sixty-five years of marriage gave them 4 children, Donna Peck (Bill), Linda Barnett (Bob), Lani Schroeder, and Maria Lewis, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Born in Arcadia, Iowa to Bernard Schroeder and Elizabeth Beyer, Howard was proud of his farm heritage. Graduating from a one-room schoolhouse with an 8th-grade education, he went on to create a legacy. Howard left the Midwest to serve as a Navy radio operator, stationed on Enewetak Atoll. Returning home in 1946, Howard and Marie began building the American Conservatory of Music, operating it for 31 years. His voluntary service to church and community over several decades was extensive. He solicited funds and materials to construct a Boys Club for East Tacoma, receiving the Boys Club Bronze Keystone for 15 years of service. He was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus and fund raiser for Sacred Heart Parish. Howard and Marie taught ballroom dancing, organized a Senior Combo, “The Smoothies,” entertaining at senior centers around the valley area. His phenomenal memory and story-telling of his childhood and life events will be missed. He was devoted to his faith, family, and the Mariners. Visitation is Wed., 11/18, 11am, Rosary at 7pm , Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup. The Mass of Christian Burial is Thurs., 11/19/2009 at 10:30am, All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup. Entombment at Mountain View Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Diana Jane Kelly (Holmstrom)

Born 1/7/57 in Seattle, WA. Passed away 11/15/09 in Tacoma, WA. Preceded in death by parents Lloyde & Kathleen along with husband Rocky. Survived by children Ryan Kelly & Dawn Hensiek (Walter), brothers Terry (Sharron), Brad (Margaret), Mark (Val), grandchildren Aurora, Tylen & Tyson. Graduated from Stadium High (1975). Was employed as Account Receivable at Econline Optical. Thanks to Tacoma General Hospital ICU Staff. Piper-Morley 472-3353 .
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Oliver Sewell

Former resident Oliver "Ole" Earl Sewell of Sequim, WA, passed away on November 8th, 2009 in Sequim. He was born January 22nd, 1913 in Seattle, WA to Earl Ray and Sadie (Warner) Sewell. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Naomi (Williams) and Mitsuko Sewell, three sisters, Alberta, Arlene and Violet, and one brother, Marvin "Mike" Sewell. Ole is survived by his sons Earl (Karen) Eugene Sewell of Kelso, Gary (Carol) Sewell of Longview, two daughters, Janice (late husband Riley) Arlene Jorden of Tacoma, Della (late husband Marion) Ilene Harmon of Longview, two sisters, Lottie (Al) Trevino and Marguerite Ayers, all of Sequim, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous step- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Ole was a retired log truck driver and spent most of his life in the Hood Canal area. He lived and worked hard all of his life, and had many stories to tell of his many escapades. He loved to hunt that “jumpin” meat and fish the Straits. Ole was a “Tough Old Bird.” He will be missed by his family and many friends. Ole will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Naomi. “The only woman he ever really loved.” There will be no services at his request. Arrangements are by Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Leslie L. Fowler

Leslie L. Fowler, of Orting, passed away November 13, 2009. Born January 24, 1932 in Crosbyton, Texas. Beloved husband of Kazuko Fowler and father to Iuya Hopper, Nona Braun, David, Ivan and Thomas Fowler. A viewing will take place from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, November 18, at Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Margie Anna Stumpf

Margie Anna Stumpf left us peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2009 to meet with her husband Jack and her Lord and Savior. She was born July 27, 1915 in Britton, SD. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and the YLI. Margie lived an amazing and full life. She loved her family and friends so dearly. She sold Avon for 48 years. She enjoyed playing cards, putting together puzzles, and eating out. She leaves behind her children Linda (Ken) Hoffman, Tom (Sandy) Stumpf, Gayle (Tom) Jensen; grandchildren Natalie, Corey, Christopher, Casey, Nicole; great-grandson Michael; brothers Wesley (Marie) Funston, Marvin (Ag) Funston and David (Shirley) Funston. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Jacob C. Stumpf, in 1993, and her sister Ellen (John) Brownlee. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home, 1002 S. Yakima Avenue in Tacoma. A family graveside service will be at Calvary Cemetery at 9:00 am Thursday, November 19, 2009, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 7001 S. Park Ave. in Tacoma. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home (253) 572-6003.Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home (253) 572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Francis (Frank) R. Frierson

Passed away on: November 13, 2009 at age 87. Born in Long Beach, California June 14 1922. Survived by wife Dorothy of 63 years; two children, Tom (Liz) Frierson, Betty (Jeff) Pierce; three grandchildren, Whitney (Yoshi) Takaba, Erin Pierce, Brian Pierce; great-granddaughter, Mia Takaba. A W.W.II and Korean War Veteran. Retired Air force at McCord AFB in 1962. Distinction: The first enlisted man at McCord to receive the new rank of Chief Master Sargent. Retired in 1982 as an Alaska Airlines 727 Captain. Distinction: Union MEC Chairman 1976 - 1980. Interests included family, friends, pets, racing sailboats at the Tacoma Yacht Club, gardening, BSF, golf, and racquetball. During their lives in Washington State, he and Dorothy owned and lived in ten different homes in the South Puget Sound area. A memorial service is on Friday, November 20 at 10:30am at Patriot’s Landing Retirement Home in Dupont, Washington.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Rose Mary Harter

Rose Mary Harter died in Anchorage, Alaska on November 4 at the age of 94. Rose was born in St. Anthony, North Dakota in 1914. She grew up in the Mandan/Bismarck area. In 1938 she married Ellis W. Harter of Bismarck. During World War II Ellis was stationed briefly at Fort Lewis. After the war Ellis and Rose decided that they wanted to make their home in Tacoma and moved there in 1946. Rose worked at various downtown businesses including Klopfenstein's and Gunderson Jewelry. After her retirement she spent several years as a volunteer at Christmas House which was a charity that distributed holiday gifts and clothing to families in need. She generously contributed her considerable organizational skills to this work and enjoyed helping others. She was a talented seamstress who was able to repair or create garments with amazing skill. Rose taught sewing as a volunteer at Rehmann Hall and also sewed extensively for friends and neighbors. Rose was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish in North Tacoma. As a member of the Altar Society she participated in many church functions. After Ellis died in 1984, she continued to be active in various other groups until her health no longer permitted it. She moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 2005 in order to be closer to her only child, Toni Harter McDermott. She is survived by Toni and Don McDermott, grandchildren Megan and Andrew McDermott and great grandson Peter McDermott. She also has family in the Mandan/Bismarck area including one sister and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. In February there will be a funeral mass at St. Patrick's followed by a burial at New Tacoma Cemetery. Specifics about the service will be published in the Tribune and the St. Patrick's Parish bulletin.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Nancy Lee Pullin/Earley

The Pullin/Earley family lost their treasure, Nancy Lee Pullin/Earley-mother, wife, grandmother passed November 8, 2009, at home in Centralia, WA. Nancy was born in Puyallup on December 30, 1930 & as a young woman, was a member of Rainbow, volunteered for Children's Orthopedic Hospital, March of Dimes, & Waller Road School PTA. Later in life she was involved with the Centralia Homemakers' Club, Lewis County Diabetes Chapter & enjoyed playing on a Centralia bowling team. Recently, she became a spokesperson for the South Sound Chapter of MDA/ALS organization. Nancy is survived by her husband, Ron Earley of Centralia, WA, Ron's children, David Soloman, grandchildren Benjamin & Angela of Olympia, daughters Terri Marko & family, Michelle Hanel & family & Diane Terrell & family; her sister, Janet (Carlson) Heiden & nephew Justin Kroll of Puyallup; her nieces Julie Lou Lippman & Jill Jueling of Tacoma; Nancy's son, Steven Pullin & wife Vicki, grandsons Boone & Morgan Barclay, great granddaughter Holly Barclay of Tacoma, WA; Nancy's son Rod Pullin & granddaughter Makayla of Centralia; Nancy's son Dale Pullin & wife Kathy & grandsons Andrew & Aaron of Centralia. A memorial will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 11:00 am at Cook's Hill Community Church, 2400 Cook's Hill Rd. Centralia, WA 98531; church reception to follow. Please make donations to the MDA/ALS Association, South Sound Chapter, 633 N Mildred St., Suite D, Tacoma, WA 98406, in memory of Nancy Earley. Please sign the guestbook at . Nancy Lee Pullin/Earley
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Janet Marie Mahaffie

Went to be with the Lord on November 14, 2009 after fighting a long battle with cancer. She was a beautiful and loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and friend. She was born in Spokane, WA May 19, 1944, and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1963. Bonney Lake, WA was where she most recently resided. Janet worked for the News Tribune for the last 24 years. She was a loyal member of Puyallup Foursquare Church, and will be greatly missed by all. Janet leaves behind her husband David Mahaffie, three daughters, Cindy Peery and husband Pete, Shelly Core and husband Bill, Teresa Caron and husband Denis, stepson Alan Mahaffie and wife Danielle, stepdaughter Michelle Acuff and husband Scott, and stepson Mark Mahaffie and wife Rebecca. She cherished her 18 grandchildren and her great-granddaughter. Siblings are sisters Clarene, Donna, Jolynn and husband Jack, Linda and husband Frank, and brother Joey and wife Julie. Janet was preceded in death by her mother Clara and father Joseph Jeromchek, sister Barbara Miller, and two grandsons, Brandon and Anthony Core. Memorial service will be 10:30am Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Puyallup Foursquare Church. Memorial donations can be sent to SCCA Children’s Oncology Department. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/17/2009

Russell Eugene (Gene) Winebrenner,

10/4/27-11/9/09 Russell Eugene (Gene) Winebrenner slipped peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior in Heaven as members of his family stood by him. Gene grew up and lived most of his life in the Calumet Region of northwest Indiana, before moving with his family to Tacoma, Washington, in 1979. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth; an older sister, Katherine; a son, Dale, and his wife, Heidi, together with their two young children, Paul and Katherina; a daughter, Lynn Bucher, and her husband, Steve, along with their two grown children, Christopher and Jennifer. There will be a memorial service at 2 pm on Saturday, November 21st, 2009, at Central Baptist Church, "The Church on the Hill", at 5000 67th Avenue West, University Place, Washington, 98467. Donations in remembrance of Gene may be made to The Benevolent Fund of Central Baptist Church to help people in need, in lieu of flowers if desired.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

James C. Ware

1943 - 2009 Jim passed away on November 3, 2009 in Yuma, AZ. He was born in Salisbury, NC to Clarence and Azalea Ware. He moved to Tacoma, WA as a young man and went to work in the prosthetic field, making and fitting artificial limbs. He was the owner of Puget Sound Prosthetic Service for many years. As an amputee himself, Jim had an understanding and compassion for his patients and cared deeply for each of them. After retiring in 2002, Jim started spending winters in Arizona, where he took up the game of golf and enjoyed riding his bicycle and spending time with friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his son Butch, stepson Brad, brother-in-law Steve, and father-in-law Glen. He is survived by wife Sherrill, daughters Julie Ware, Jennifer Ware, sons Alan (Anne) Ware, Kenny (Sandy) Ware, and grandchildren Rocky, Michael, Ricky, Thomas, and Keisha. He is also survived by sister Elizabeth (Willie) Diaz and brother Jerry (Sandy) Ware, as well as many nieces and nephews. A gathering of Jim's friends was held in Yuma on November 8, 2009. His family members will be present at the interment of his ashes in Tacoma, WA at a future time.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Irene M. Peck

5/3/1914 to 11/10/2009 Survived by her husband Wally, daughter Nola Whitney, grandchildren Kitty Hammer, Susan Robinson, Terry Riley, and Kathy Burge. Memorial luncheon at Puyallup Eagles November 30, 2009 at 11am. Memorial donations to Puyallup Eagles Aux #2308.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Ardelle B. Elliott

7/26/25 - 10/22/09 An army wife for her last 50 years (20 on active duty and 30 in retirement in University Place, WA). Being a devoted wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, pet owner, accomplished artist and a high fashion model were her delights. But perhaps her greatest delight was dancing. She loved the many fantastic Puget Sound musicians who provided her the opportunity to dance at least twice a week for the last 30 years. Ardelle is survived by her husband, Col. (ret.) Wayne Elliott; daughter Debra Joy and her husband Ron Dee; son, Michael Wayne Elliott; 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A celebration of her life will be held in her honor at Life Center's Gray Chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. followed by a reception in the foyer of Life Center. Please sign online guest book . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Julie Ann Donoghue

Aug. 31, 1940 - Nov. 11, 2009 Julie was born in Tacoma, WA, the only child of Harold and Jeanne Rock. She graduated from Aquinas Academy (Bellarmine Prepatory School) in 1958, Washington State University in 1962, received a Master’s in education at Seattle University in 1964, and taught in elementary education for the next 18 years. As a very loving and outgoing lady, she made friends all during her lifetime of volunteer activities in the community, at church, and especially at Seattle Children's, where this last April she received the A.M. Clise Award for distinguished service to the Hospital (over 40 years). She enjoyed life and was so very dedicated to her family and friends. A great cook and hostess who had a special knack for dinners and parties - fun times for all. How very much she enjoyed boating and cruising in Puget Sound and British Columbia waters. And in recent years trips to the Baltic countries, Ireland, Panama, Australia/New Zealand, the Caribbean, and most recently Alaska. Our beloved Julie is survived by her husband Joe, son James, daughter Victoria (David) Stuby, son Jake (Pamela) Donoghue, and five wonderful grandchildren, McKenzie and Sean Stuby, Hailee, Madeline and Taylor Donoghue. A celebration of Julie's life will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Issaquah, WA, 220 Mt. Park Blvd., on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers Julie would have preferred donations made to Seattle Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50020, Seattle, WA 98145-5020. .
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Betty Rachel Thoren

Betty R. Thoren, 86, passed away peacefully at her home on November 10, 2009. She was born September 20, 1923 and raised on a farm in Leland, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho, then obtained a graduate certificate in social work at the University of Utah. She began her career in social work in 1945, working for the American Red Cross in Tacoma. In the mid '50's she earned her teaching certificate and then taught at the elementary level in the Clover Park School District, where she was respected and appreciated by students, parents, and colleagues alike. She retired from teaching in 1982. Her heart for serving others led her to be involved in many community-related and volunteer activities. She was also very active in her church, where she served in many capacities, including as an Elder. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edgar Meddins, her second husband, Robert Thoren, of 50 years, and her brother, Dwight Hoffman. She is survived by her sister-in-law Melva Hoffman and sons James, Leland (Victoria) and Jeffrey (Peggy) and grandchildren Hillary, Houston, and Emily. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and friend and she will be dearly missed. A celebration of her life will be held at Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Ave. SW in Lakewood, at 2:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 21, 2009 with a reception to follow.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Sally Jo Armstrong

Born 8/19/1935 in Artesia, CA and passed away 11/9/2009 in University Place, WA. Sally is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Von of University Place, WA; son, Marc (Jane) Armstrong of Santa Cruz, CA; daughter, Libby (Steven) Wallace of University Place, WA; 5 grandchildren, Lauren (Justin) Arnold, James Wallace, David Armstrong, Matt Armstrong, Emily Armstrong; and 1 great-grandson soon to be born. At Sally’s request, there will be no service. Donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., U.P. WA 98466 or Everlasting Path Adult Family Home, 3530 Sunset Drive W., U.P., WA 98466. Please see full obit at
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Cecil K. Moss

Cecil stepped peacefully from this world into the next where God and the angels were waiting for him after a long illness on Nov. 4, 2009. He was born to Andrew and Matilda Jane Moss on June 14, 1920 in Laurel, Miss. He grew up and graduated from Basin High in Lucedale, Miss. As a member of the "greatest generation", he enlisted and served in the Navy in WWII. After the war, he lived most of his life in Seattle where he was active in business, was a member of the Toastmasters Club and was an officer in the Seattle Restaurant Assoc. Cecil completed a management business course from the University of Washington and owned C.M. Supply Co. for a while. He loved to travel, spending time at the beach, building something or working in his yard and flowers. He was charming and witty and could make something bad, better. Cecil lived life to the fullest. His motto was: Keep your dreams alive; live life with a purpose; create something beautiful: a home, a garden, a table, a poem or whatever would make someone happy; learn to squeeze the most out of every moment, the beauty, the joy, the love; be aware of the world around you; determine TO LIVE ALL of your life. We moved to Fircrest in February 1998 where Cecil became a member of Temple Baptist Church. He had a kind and generous heart and was loved by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael, father, mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Monnette, HIS GIRL, Annie (Bob); two grandsons, Joseph and Garrett (Melissa); granddaughter, Andrea (Cameron); 3 great grandsons, Colby, Gabe and Zachary; and brother Harry of Lucedale, Miss. At his request, there will be no service. There will be a Celebration of Life for Cecil at his home in Fircrest at a later date.
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Chuck passed away November 11, 2009 after a lengthy illness. He was 78 years old. He was born and raised in Tacoma, graduating from Lincoln High School, and then served in the Naval Reserves. Chuck was a Food Broker, retiring from Fenwick & Pickett Inc. All who knew Chuck knew that he and his wife Barbara were avid "Husky" fans, attending many games. He also loved golf and classic cars, especially his 40 Ford. He and Barbara were members of the Classic V8 Regional Car Club. Chuck was a member of the Masons, Afifi Shrine and the Elks Club. These last few years he especially looked forward to the lunches with his longtime buddies in all areas of the grocery business. "Thanks Guys." Chuck is survived by his wife Barbara of 50 years, daughter Delinda (Terry) Peterson, granddaughters Ashley Lewis and Hannah Moline, great-granddaughter Heavianna, and dear family friend Shirley Peluso and family. Services will be celebrated at Mountain View Funeral Home's Celebration of Life Center Aspen Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Shrine Hospital for Children. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Richard Charles Toth

Died at home on November 10, 2009. Dick was born September 7, 1926, in Milwaukee,WI, to Steven and Gizella Toth. He and big brother Wally were first-generation Americans, raised on love and Hungarian cooking. After a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he joined, then presided over, Kappa Sigma fraternity. With a bachelor's of economics in hand, he began a lifelong career in printing and business forms. In his early days as a salesman, his company took advantage of his bachelorhood: he worked in a half-dozen cities and states in rapid succession before landing in Toledo, OH. There, a chance workplace meeting sparked a lifelong flame: Dick and Marylou (Carl) married on October 19, 1957. Soon joined by three daughters and a son, they resided in Wilmette, IL until a change of jobs brought them to Tacoma, WA in 1974. Dick was president and general manager of Pioneer Business Forms - then the oldest continuously operating business in Washington state - for 13 years. He was dedicated to the company's integrity and to the well being of the scores of people who worked there, from pressroom to front office. Dick loved to travel. He and Marylou journeyed extensively in North America, Africa and Europe, where Barcelona and the architecture of Gaudi were a special delight to his heart. Theater was a large part of their lives: they were members of an amateur Gilbert and Sullivan troupe in Illinois, held season tickets at repertories in Tacoma and Seattle, and volunteered for years at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Dick was a longtime member of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club, where he enjoyed socializing even if more than one golf ball got the better of him. He baked a mean kolács, mixed the ultimate gin martini, and reveled in groan-inducing wordplay. Dick leaves behind Marylou, his beloved wife, best friend and partner in all life's joy. He is also survived by daughters Claire (David Dietze, Billy, Betsy of Summit NJ); Liz Leske (Raymond Jr., Nathan, Matthew of Gig Harbor); Catherine (Kent Glenzer of Salem MA); and son Casey (Jennifer of Tacoma). We are bereft at his passing. We imagine that he has gone to a new place, designed perhaps by Gaudi, and that he was joyously greeted there by his parents, his brother, and Spooky, the most wonderful of dogs. Please join us for a remembrance reception at the Pantages Theater, Sunday, November 29, 2009, between 2 and 4 p.m.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Gary James Gale

Gary James Gale peacefully passed away at home on November 9, 2009. He was born July 7, 1935, and grew up in the Puyallup Valley where he farmed and played sports, graduating from Puyallup High School in 1952. After earning his teaching certificate in business from Pacific Lutheran College (PLU) in 1957, he taught and coached for 30 years in the Tacoma School District at Lincoln and Mount Tahoma High Schools. Hard work defined his life although he found time for friends, tree farming, bridge, trailer camping, fishing, building and enjoying his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Norma; four children, Wendy (Tim) Ramsaur, Kimberly Gale, Darcey Torrey, and Gordon (Michelle) Gale; and five grandchildren, Brett, Cale, Tesa, Elizabeth and Matthew; three sisters, Judy (Ben) Smith, Susan Baughn, and Barbara Haugen. Gary’s memorial service will be held Friday, November 20, at the United Methodist Church in Puyallup, WA located at 1919 W. Pioneer Ave. at 2 p.m., reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Non-perishable food contributions will be accepted for the Puyallup Food Bank before his memorial service or donations can be made to the Good Samaritan Foundation for Oncology Services at 402 15th Ave. S.E., Suite 101, Puyallup, 98372.
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Gene Wallace Robertson

Gene Wallace Robertson passed away November 6, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born November 19, 1939 to Bruce and Cordelia Robertson. Gene graduated from Puyallup High School, then joined the Army where he served as a photographer in Korea. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington. Gene then joined the U.S. Treasury Department -Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) where he served as a Special Agent. He retired after 20 years of service. In 1992 Gene and his wife Linda started The Robertson Group, a private investigation company specializing in video surveillance. Gene was a nationally recognized expert in the field of photography and video surveillance and member of several professional associations. Gene was known as a man of the highest integrity. Gene was also known for his good sense of humor and as a great storyteller. He was a valuable and loyal friend and will be missed by many. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Linda, and his 2 adoring children Gregory and Pilar. He has 5 grandchildren, Robbie, Gregory, Cole, Toby and Hope. He is also survived by his brothers and sister, Donald, Reed and Chiquita. A memorial service with family and friends will be held on Saturday November 21st at: The Attic 823 Main St. Suite A Sumner, WA 98390 From 1:00PM to 5:00PM For details and updates please visit:
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Gordon Chris Hulst

Gordon C. Hulst went home to be with the Lord on November 12, 2009. He died from a blood clot in his brain that caused severe hemorrhaging. He slipped into his Father's presence encircled by family and friends. He was born in Seattle, Washington on November 29, 1949, the third of four children of Richard and Gloria Hulst. He grew up in Tacoma, attended Tacoma Public Schools, and graduated from Wilson High School in 1968. Gordon attended Everett Community College prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. He married the love of his life, Pam McIntosh, in 1976. He began his career as a construction framer, then managed large-scale residential and commercial construction. Gordon pursued life with passion, enthusiasm, and grace. He was an airplane pilot, mountain biker, hiker, climber, and pickle ball player. He was an avid boater, fisherman, and enjoyed whale-watching. Gordon personified qualities of Christian character that included quiet servant leadership, personal integrity, compassion for others, diligence, devotion to God's Holy Word, and passion for the Great Commission. He served as a beloved member of Lake City Community Church and applied his construction skills to numerous mission projects in Alaska and Oregon. A devoted father and beloved grandfather, Gordon Hulst is survived by his wife Pamela, son Aaron Hulst, daughter Andrea Warness (Leif), and grandson Carter Warness, as well as his parents Richard and Gloria Hulst, sister Judi Hulst, brother Tom (Linda) Hulst, and brother Howard Hulst (Delayne). A celebration of Gordon's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Lake City Community Church, 8810 Lawndale Ave. S.W., Lakewood, WA. Contributions on behalf of Gordon Hulst can be made to Lake City Community Church Building Fund.
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James A. Gongas

In loving memory of James A. Gongas. Born July 5, 1917 and passed away peacefully on Nov. 9, 2009. We will remember Jim for his passion for life and love for his church. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting and most of all gardening. He was a hard worker and a member of the Laborer International Union of North America. Jim was preceded in death by his sons Mike & Patrick. He is survived by his sister Helen, daughter Lynn, son James, and step children Paulette, Elizabeth, Jimmy, Gloria & numerous family members. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. We will forever remember your loving smile and sense of humor. My sincere thanks to Aaron, his grandson for all his love and support. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday, November 20th from 12pm-2pm. in the Celebration of life building.
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Janice Marie Burgess

Janice, born June 28, 1947, passed away November 10, 2009 at home surrounded by her family. Janice loved car shows, Bingo, and most of all going to the casinos with Dan and David. Janice is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Anna Marie Pierce. She is survived by her partner-in-life of 22 years Dan Teebken; her children, Carl (Tammy), Michael (Rhonda), Donny (Gina), Marty (Sandy), David, Kym, Jessica, and Beckie; 17 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild; 2 brothers, Marty Pierce, Johnny (Corinna) Pierce; 3 sisters, Starr Pierce, Julie (Bill) Gutherie, Mary Anna Leopard; and numerous nieces and nephews. We love you and you will be greatly missed. Services private.
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Raymond (Ray) E. Hiller

June 26, 1922 - Nov. 12, 2009 Ray passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Tacoma. Ray graduated from Stadium High, class of '41. He served in the Navy in WWII. He retired from Educators Manufacturers, where he was a certified purchasing manager, retiring in 1987. Past clubs: Purchasing Management Assoc. of Tacoma, TOA, Tahoma Dance Club and Antlers Away RV Club. Currently a member of Tacoma Elks #174. Ray was preceded in death by his son Terry. He is survived by his wife Dorothy of 66 years and his sons Ronald (Bonnie), Redmond, OR, and Donald, Tacoma. He leaves 2 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. At his request there will be no service. Remembrances may go to Mason Methodist Church, Puppets and Praise Min. of Redmond, OR, Franciscan Hospice, or the charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Maxine "Mickey" M. Jamison (Malloy-Long)

Mickey passed away 11-12-09. No service at her request. Many thanks to staff at Welcome Home Care and Hospice.
Pub Date: 11/15/2009

Barry Norris Stokke

Sept. 17th, 1935 - Nov. 9th, 2009 Born in the first Gig Harbor hospital, Barry was a lifelong resident, graduating from Peninsula High School in 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents Nels and Kristine Stokke of Gig Harbor. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Karen (Pahl) Stokke, 5 children, Julie Allen, Barry (Shelly) Stokke, Renae (Bill) Thwing, David (Sandi) Stokke, and Maria (John) Hilligoss, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Arnold Stokke, sisters Norma Hitter and Judie Colglazier, and numerous nephews and nieces. He retired after 37 years at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Barry was a volunteer firefighter for Pierce Co. Dist. 5 for 25 years, holding the titles of Lt. Capt. and Chief of Volunteers. Barry's many activities included over 40 years of hunting at the Hi Mom Camp on the Wynoochee River. He also loved fishing, clam digging, shrimping, and camping. Memorial service at Believers Fellowship Church, 4112 Hunt St. NW, Gig Harbor at 2 pm on Nov. 19, 2009. Remembrances may be made to Pierce Co. Fire Dist. 5 or Multicare Hospice.
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Trudy L. Clippinger

Trudy L. Clippinger has lost her battle with liver cancer and has joined Richard, departing us on October 2, 2009. Trudy is survived by her children Don Clippinger, Lauri Meyer, Gary Clippinger, and several grandchildren. Trudy’s family, friends, neighbors, and Richard’s children were blessed with her love and friendship and are thankful for the time they had with her. All of us here, including Charlie, will miss her tremendously. Thank you, Trudy. No services were held at Trudy’s request. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Trudy L. Clippinger.
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Florence Locke

Nov. 15, 1916 - Feb. 22, 2008 Hello, Love! Think of you every day. We love and miss you. - Norma, Sheri, and families.
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Hazel Winfield Farber

1919 - 2009 Born in Newark, New Jersey, Hazel came to Tacoma in 1941 after she married her life partner, Irving Farber. Together they operated LeRoy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma. After Irving's death in 1965, Mrs. Farber continued to take care of customers until her retirement in 2006. She was a member of Temple Sinai and then Temple Beth El. Hazel is survived by her sons, Jim Farber (Sue Long), Steph Farber (Phyllis Harrison); granddaughters, Rachel Klee (Nate), Rebecca Farber, and Shoshana Farber. Graveside services will be held Sunday, November 15, 2009, 2:00 pm, Home of Peace Cemetery, 5421 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood, WA 98464. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/14/2009

Brandon Scott James

1972 - 2009 Brandon was born in Tacoma, WA on August 14, 1972, and passed away peacefully on November 10, 2009 after a two-month illness. He is survived by his parents John and Suzanne James of Gig Harbor, twin brother Jason (Melody) of Gig Harbor, brother Douglas (Kimberly) of Collierville, TN, nieces Katelyn, Taylor, Madison and Tori, grandparents John and Edith James of Leavenworth, WA, aunts and uncles Nancy and Carl Babiar of Leavenworth and Frasia and Bruce Wright of Scotland, and cousins Dawn Darling, Marc Babiar, Susan Edwards, Leigh Venera, and Robbie and Teddy Wright. Brandon attended schools in the West End of Tacoma, graduating from Wilson High School, Class of 1991. He lettered three seasons in soccer, and twice was voted by his teammates as the outstanding defensive player. Brandon attended Pacific Lutheran University for three years. During those years he worked several summers for the Frank Russell Company. An outstanding car detailer, many of the cars he detailed were trophy winners at Porsche Club events and Mustang and Corvette shows. Brandon also loved animals, especially the family Chow. Brandon was a very outgoing young man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of Brandon’s life will be held at the Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd., Tacoma, WA on November 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM. The family wishes to thank the staff of Saint Anthony’s Hospital, the Hospice team and staff of Manor Care Health Services of Gig Harbor, and especially the outstanding and loving care of the staff and volunteers at Franciscan Hospice House in University Place. Donations in Brandon’s memory may be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, PO Box 1502, Tacoma WA 98401. Please leave condolences at .
Pub Date: 11/14/2009

Willie Mae Griffin

Born October 17, 1932, in New Orleans, LA, Willie Mae died peacefully at the age of 77 on October 24, 2009. As a young girl she was a Debutante in New Orleans, and was a graduate of Gilbert Academy. This consummate wife and mother was a charitable and committed person. She volunteered at the County-City Building during the Grecco era. She received an award for exceptional service and attendance at the Beacon Center. Her diverse artwork was often displayed there. The combination of expert cooking and Southern hospitality made Willie Mae’s house the place to be. She was preceded in death by parents Willie and Hazel Clark and husband Jack Griffin. She is survived by their only child, Erin, three sisters, and six brothers. Erin would like to thank the University Place Franciscan Hospice House for their care and support. Willie James Griffin Born January 7, 1933 in Bolton, MS, Jack died unexpectedly at the Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital on February 3, 2009. He was 76. While in the Army, he served in Vietnam and Korea. He was in the 51st Airborne Infantry and the 82nd Airborne “E” Company before retiring in 1977. He was employed at Boeing from 1977 until his retirement in 1995. Because of his concern for his fellow veterans, he volunteered at the African American PTSD Association. As a counselor and national treasurer, he helped countless veterans to obtain their well-deserved benefits. He was an avid golfer and obtained a 165-yard “hole in one” on the Fort Steilacoom Golf Course. At the time of his death, Jack was survived by his wife Willie Mae, daughter Erin, his mother Eva Bell, and brother Clifford. On October 24, 2009, his cherished wife of 52 years of marriage joined him. A celebration of the joyful reunion of Willie Mae and Jack will be held on November 21, 2009 at Lakeview Congregational Church, 4606 108th St. SW, at 1:00pm. Please share memories and condolences at or .
Pub Date: 11/14/2009

LTC Darwin C. Miller USA Ret.

2/10/1925 ~ 11/14/2007 Two very lonely years have passed. I love you every minute I live. Your wife, Helga.
Pub Date: 11/14/2009

Don "Donnie" Garrett

Age 67, of Enumclaw, died Nov. 12, 2009. Born on August 11, 1942, the adopted son of David and Florence Garrett, he grew up in the Black Diamond-Enumclaw area, graduating from Enumclaw High in 1960. After high school, Don served in the Army Reserves, and married his wife, Pat, in 1964. A 51 year employee of the Garrett Enumclaw Co., Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, travel, grandchildren, kids, family, and his animals. He was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He is survived by wife Pat; sons Michael and wife Lynn, of East Lansing, MI, Christopher and wife Dzintra, of Puyallup, WA, Adam and his wife Kaylee, of Enumclaw; grandchildren Austin, Lauren, Hannah, Christian, Alex, Nik; and cousins Larry, Les, Alice and Nancy. A celebration of Don's life will be held Saturday, November 14, 2009, 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Enumclaw. Memorials may be made to Plateau Outreach Ministries, 1362 Cole Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022, or Trinity Lutheran Preschool, 24711 SE 440th, Enumclaw, WA 98022. Arrangements by Weeks' Enumclaw Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Joan (Gerty) Hondle

Age 86 Joan (Gerty) Hondle was born in Dickinson, North Dakota to Peter and Rose Reisenauer. She graduated from Dickinson High School in 1940. Joan was married to her husband Bill for 68 years, and was the loving mother of four children, Gloria, Roger, Bill and Bruce, was grandmother to five and great-grandmother to seven, and great-great-grandmother to one. Joan was a dedicated homemaker, very active in church circles and the PTA. She was a recipient of the Golden Acorn award. Joan was very talented in cake-decorating, knitting, crocheting, ceramics, china painting, and most of all oil painting. She loved to bake, cook, and enjoyed having holiday dinners with her family. Joan enjoyed traveling and visiting relatives in Montana and Dickinson, ND. She also enjoyed accompanying her husband Bill when he participated in various trapshooting organizations. Joan will always be remembered by all with whom she associated in her many activities. Visitors to her home often commented enthusiastically upon the beauty she skillfully portrayed in the many paintings upon her walls. Most of all, she will be remembered for her devotion as a loving wife and mother. Memorial services will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, November 21, 2009 in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center with a reception to follow. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Robert Dale Sizer

Bob Sizer, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2009. He was born on August 31, 1926, and is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Veronica Aline Sizer, his adoring children Dale, Scott and Jan, as well as 3 grandchildren, Jaclyn and Casey Sizer and Nicholas Lucas. He was the youngest of eight children, born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and is survived by his sisters Alice Ludes and Betty Bennett. Bob served in the military and was a WWII Navy Veteran. His mantra throughout his life was "giving," and he was associated with many charitable organizations. He was a member of the Lions Club, which sponsored the Rainier School in Buckley, Washington for the mentally disabled, and was on the Board of Directors for the Jessie Dyslin Boys Ranch for 30 years and acted as President for 5 of those years. He was a board member of the Union Hills Country Club, and a past President of the Oakbrook Country Club in Tacoma, Washington.
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Mark Evans

Born 8/2/1949 in Tacoma, passed peacefully at home 11/8/2009, after a year-long ordeal with a brain tumor. Mark lived his entire life in the Spanaway, Parkland, South Hill areas of Pierce County and spent his entire working career in the grocery business in the area. Mark was a quiet man. For many it was hard to know him, although few could not recognize and appreciate the results of his mechanical and hands-on talents. To describe or list, the ways in which Mark supported and valued his kids, grandkids, family and friends is truly impossible. They were his life and he was devoted to them. Anyone who knew Mark could expect that he would wish for no funeral or memorial services. Respecting that, we would like to extend invitation to join us at the Puyallup Eagles – Daffodil Aerie #2308 – on Sunday morning, 11/22/2009. Have breakfast (Omelettes) from 8:00-11:00AM and share fond memories. The Eagles Aerie is located at 5th St. NW & 3rd(Near the Sounder Station). here is a large – empty on Sunday mornings – parking lot, so please come, have breakfast, bring your cars if you can and join us in remembering a great guy. Please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Rilda Jepsen Keffer

Born August 3, 1916 in Grand Island, Oregon and passed away November 6, 2009. Rilda is survived by her son Dr. Carl Jepsen of San Diago, CA; Elaine Shadle and husband Ed of Spanaway, WA; Rilda's youngest Daugter, Diane Padilla of Olympia, WA passed away in 2005. Rilda is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Rilda raised her family on their raspberry farm in North Puyallup and worked at Hunt-Mottet. She loved to sew, knit, crotchet and play her violin. Her passion was focused on church activities where she was a significant investor in the Destiny Christian Church in Puyallup. Services will be held at Firlane Memorial Park Cemetery, Spanaway; November 17 at 11:00 AM.
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Bryan R. Pollock

Bryan R. Pollock went home to be with the Lord Monday, November 9, 2009 following a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 21, 1951 in Albuquerque, NM, the second son of Ralph B. Pollock and Lucie L. (Nunns) Pollock. At an early age, his family moved to the Northwest where he attended schools in Washington and Oregon. He graduated from Sunset High School, Beaverton, in 1970. While a student at Portland State University, he came to the Lord through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Following graduation in 1974, he worked a short time for General Foods, then joined Campus Crusade as a journalist for Worldwide Challenge magazine. This work gave him opportunities to minister in California and Mexico. While in Mexico, the Lord called him to full time pulpit ministry. He left Crusade to attend Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. It was during this time he met Susan Lyn Phillips, whom he married May 16, 1987. Their first year together was spent in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada as an intern at Circle Drive Alliance Church. Upon completion of the internship they returned to the U.S., where he began his first pastorate at Bethesda Baptist Church in Tacoma, WA. In 1999, he left Bethesda to plant a new work, Pilgrim Bible Church, where he remained as pastor until his death. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and children: Sarah, Jonathan, David, Josiah, Esther, Daniel, Hannah, Grace and James, all of Tacoma; as well as his mother Lucie, and brother Jeffrey of Sumner, WA; and father and mother-in-law Gerald and Joleen Phillips of Beaverton, OR and brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Irma Phillips of Mission Viejo, CA and their children Brandon and Alexa; and many cousins, aunts and uncles. A devoted father, Bryan was committed to all aspects of his children's lives, especially their home education, which led him to serve on the board of Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington. But, most importantly, he shared his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Bryan's life will continue to stand as a powerful testimony to all who knew him. Stalwart faithfulness, holy affection for God, passion for the truth of God's Word, loving father, husband, and pastor -- these are just a few of the qualities that shone from his life. A memorial service will be at 11:00AM, on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Life Center, 1717 S. Union Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405. A fund has been established for the ongoing support of his family. Checks made out to Pilgrim Bible Church can be sent to 14207 81st Ave. E., Puyallup, WA 98373, designated for the Bryan Pollock Memorial Fund. For more information, please go to . Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252 Please sign the online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Karen Sue Williams

Karen was born October 9, 1956, and passed away unexpectedly at her home in Portland on October 15, 2009. Karen was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt; a genuinely sweet person loved by all who knew her. We all hope to see her again in Heaven one day. Preceded in death by her mother Ilene Carpenter, Karen is survived by her sister Judy, brothers Steve and Ray, nieces and nephew.
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Pearl Margery Pasic

Pearl Margery Pasic was born March 5, 1919 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and passed away November 11, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. Pearl was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, was a volunteer at St. Joseph Medical Center, and a member of Rotary, and PEO. She is survived by daughter Lynn (Ray) Randall, son Charles (Nancy) Pasic, and grandchildren Laura and Katie Randall. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, four brothers, and one sister. Viewing will be held from 1:00-9:00 Friday, November 13, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 14, 2009 in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Betty J. Dean

It has been a painful two years since you left us to sleep with the angels. We love and miss you so very much. Mom, you will be in our hearts always. Dad, Leslie, Mike, Bruce, and your little darling, “Muffy”
Pub Date: 11/13/2009


Services to be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home Sat., Nov. 14, 2:00pm with reception to follow at Patricia Johnston’s home to celebrate her life.
Pub Date: 11/13/2009

Fay Ellen Webb

Age 73 died Nov. 8, 2009 in Lakebay, WA. She was born Feb. 18, 1936 in Tacoma to Albert and Lois DeRocher. They preceded her in death. She was a CPA for many years and a Partner in the firm of Knight, Vale & Gregory. She is survived by lifetime partner, Jeannette Kirschman; brothers, Thomas DeRocher of Spanaway and Peter (Sharon) DeRocher of Ocean Shores; an aunt, Eileen Giovanazzi of Riverside, CA and nieces and nephews, Connie, Dennis, Harold, Becky, Debbie, Nancy, Tom, Mike, Kenny, Steven, Brent, Cindy and Gail. Viewing is Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. 2-5PM and Funeral Service Monday, Nov. 16, 1:00PM at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup. Interment will follow in Sumner Cemetery, Sumner, WA. Memorials may be made to Reasons to Believe, Second Chance Ranch Or The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Daryll Holm Deritis

Born in Tacoma March 14, 1938, and died peacefully at home November 3, 2009, with his loving family at his side. Daryll is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Joyce, his 4 children, Barbara Petersen, Alan Rogers, Stacy Patterson and Steven Thornton, his 5 grandchildren, his brother Don, and his niece and nephews. Daryll graduated from Lincoln High School, was in the Marines, and owned his own company for many years before retiring 9 years ago. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and helpful friend to many, always generously sharing his time and knowledge with others. He is greatly missed! At his request no service will be held. Please leave online condolences at .
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Luke A. Morrison

Born on September 2, 1980 in Eugene, Oregon died suddenly on November 7, 2009 in Gig Harbor. Adored son of John and Ronnie; brother of Jesse and Matthew; grandson of Andree d'Angelo. Memorial mass 11am, Saturday November 14th at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Gig Harbor. Arrangements entrusted to Michael Lanza Funeral Director, 253-851-7608.
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Doris Loretta Knutson

Doris Loretta Knutson went home to be with Jesus Monday November 9, 2009. Born March 31, 1922, she was the beautiful daughter of Sherman and Mabel Barden. In 1940, she married the love of her life, William (Bill) Knutson in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1954 they moved to Washington where Bill worked as a cement mason and Doris worked as retail clerk. They lived in Tacoma, Lacey and Puyallup. Doris was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles and Milan. She is survived by her sons Gary (Sally), Ken (Starr) and Don (Lynda), foster daughter Sandy Naquin, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services will be November 14 at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Memorial Park, at the Garden Chapel, in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Dorothy Zachow

Dorothy Zachow born in Spokane, WA January 28th, 1910, died at Avalon Care Center, Federal Way, WA, Nov. 7, 2009. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Zachow, her parents Frank and Rose Turley, her sister Edith Zachow, and brother Paul Turley. After the Turley family moved to Tacoma in 1918 Dorothy graduated from Stadium high and the College of Puget Sound. She had been a member of First Presbyterian Church Tacoma since 1926. She is survived by her son David of Tacoma and nieces and nephews. Services will be at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma on Friday, Nov. 13th at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/12/2009


John Dunlop passed away at his home in Port Orchard, WA November 3, 2009 after a brief illness. He was 80 John was born in Aurora, Ill. on Feb. 5, 1929 to Winifred and William Dunlop. He graduated from East High School in Aurora in 1947, from Macalester College in St. Paul Minn. in 1950 and from the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago in 1955. An open house to celebrate his life and see the family will be held Saturday, Nov. 21st at the family home from 1 to 4pm. The family suggests donations to the Kitsap Humane Society or the Great Peninsula Conservancy ( ) Please designate Banner Forest. Online memorial at .
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Lila V. Reinhart

June 7, 1920 - Nov. 6, 2009 Born in Sheridan, WY where she spent most of her childhood. Married Fred “Tuff” Reinhart in 1937 and spent 52 wonderful years together until his passing in 1989. Moved to the Tacoma area in 1942 where they finished raising their children. They moved to Puyallup in 1966 where she remained until her passing, which was the 20th anniv. of her husband’s death. She was a very loving, caring, giving wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma and called “Mom” by many others, including special friend Patricia Johnston. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her. She loved ceramics, crochet, and baseball. She was an avid Mariner fan. Preceded in death by her husband Fred C. Reinhart, children Neal Reinhart (Eileen), Rodney Reinhart, Sharon Schneider. Survived by her sister Beverly Krembs, daughter Virginia Thomas (Richard) and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services to be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home Sat., Nov. 14, 2:00pm with reception to follow at Patricia Johnston’s home to celebrate her life
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Leno J. Boni

Leno was born September 19, 1917 in Butte, Montana and died November 04, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his children Sally (John), Mike (Pat) and Mark, his brother Louie, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah, and his sister, Lena. Rosary will be held Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:00 am followed by the funeral mass at 11:30 am. It will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 608 South 34th St., Tacoma, WA. Please see full obituary at
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Lorraine Elizebeth Holland

Lorraine Elizebeth Holland passed into the arms of our Lord Jesus on November 7, 2009. Lorraine was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on September 29, 1921, one of 13 children, to John and Caroline Knutson. Lorraine was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Martin who went to be with our Lord on November 3, 2008. Lorraine is survived by a sister, Pearle Bradley of Port Angeles, her children, Sharon Carlstrom (Tom) Gig Harbor, Tim Holland (Linda) Arlington, Joel Holland (Mari Lou) Puyallup, Carol Reindl (Wes) Napa CA, Mark Holland (Shar) Bonney Lake, Cindy Connelly (Mike) Bonney Lake, 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. Lorraine, with her generous heart and loving spirit, will be greatly missed every day by her family and friends. Lorraine worked through Copes and lovingly cared for many elders. Special Thanks to Cindy and Mike, who cared for Mom in their Bonney Lake home. Thank you also to the wonderful Hospice staff for your care and support. A Service will be held on Nov. 14, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. Tacoma. A celebration of her life will follow in the Reception Center.
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Marcia Peckskamp (Holder)

Marcia was born in Tacoma, WA on 2/19/1939, and passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on 11/6/2009. She attended Sherman Grade School, Mason Junior High School, and graduated from Stadium High School in 1957. Next to family, her passions were sewing and creative crafts. Family and friends will cherish her beautiful creations. Preceded in death by her parents Jessie and Bob Holder, and a brother, Bob, Jr. Survived by her husband Jerome, daughters Shelli Pruitt (Rod), Tammy Wheeler (Bob), and Kris Mitton (Randy), her sister Sandy Pratt (Don), her grandchildren Brittnee, Chase, Erica, Nicole, Tiffanie, and Zachary, and great-grandchild Danica. Between Marcia and Jerome they had six children, 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Join us to celebrate her life on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 at 2:00pm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 North Stevens, Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Walter E. BERG

Son of Hugo Berg and Hannah (Larson) Berg, immigrants from Sweden to America in the early 1900's. Walt was born December 19, 1918 in Harper, Washington. He died at home October 24, 2009 in Gig Harbor, Washington. His mother became ill when he was two years old and he was raised in various foster homes until he was twelve when his father remarried. He and his family, like so many others, suffered greatly during the Depression. He fished in near-by Puget Sound for the family's sustenance and rode his bicycle selling newspapers in a Hooverville Community. He graduated from Cleveland High School. Walt and Marion Moore were married and together they raised five Children. Walt is survived by his children, Marilyn Berg Iarusso, Brian (Annabelle), Pamela Hart (Jerry), twins, Jeff and Jim (Belinda); grandchildren, David, Steve, Alyssa, Brody and Emmalyn; great-grandchildren, Brady, Ethan, Aiden, Dahlia, Marley and Taylor and his beloved cousin, Martha Johnson. Walt was a longtime employee of the Boeing Company. He will be remembered for the changes he made which helped the workers of the company. Early on, he served as an Aero Mechanics union shop steward, as a respected secretary treasurer and as president of more than 42,000 union employees: all hourly workers of Boeing benefitted. Upon his election, he brought respect for union proposals during labor contract negotiations. He hired expert wage consultants, resulting in gains for all hourly Boeing employees. Pension benefits were increased for hourly workers. Walt made great contributions to those who did not have the benefit of union wages. He and others lobbied the government for low income housing. With the aid of Senator Henry Jackson and Senator Warren Magnuson, the union was awarded $12,000,000 to construct five apartment buildings at no cost to the union. Today, they have a value of $50,000,000. Walt came to the aid of the grape workers in California headed by Ceasar Chavez. Television and radio programs were aired resulting in one of the first recognitions of farm workers by the national AFL-CIO. He also traveled to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Space Program. Walt retired as a Grand Lodge Representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. A true "man of the people", Walt was active and interested in union affairs up until the time of his death. He loved a good political discussion and was a proud card-carrying member of the Democratic Party. Walt found great pleasure in landscaping his property and growing beautiful flowers. His many interests included remodeling and improvement projects at his Gig Harbor home that he shared with his wife of 30 years, Arlene. He was a great chef, a good neighbor and a friend to many. He loved his dogs, Webster and Sundae. He is survived by his wife, Arlene and beloved step-daughter, Tami Byrd (Ken), grand-daughters, Marissa and Katy Jo. While his presence will be missed, Walt's spirit lives on in everyone he touched. Well done, Walt, till we meet again. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Walt's life will be held November 14 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Anthony's Restaurant, 8827 No. Harborview Drive, in Gig Harbor, WA 98332. In lieu of flowers, please make remembrances to Franciscan Hospice, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401.
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

King Richard Palmer

Who in the hell was King Palmer? Friend, joker, inventor, entrepreneur, father, lover, spouse, brother, grandfather, protector, and provider. Born in Tacoma, Washington on January 3, 1944. King believed in living life, working hard but most importantly taking time to have fun. King wanted to remind us all that when we get to the pearly gates we will be asked by our maker if we have enjoyed the life we were given. He said his reply would be YES! On October 23, 2009 King did his last wheelie all the way to heaven. (I am sure he enjoyed not having to wear a helmet on his last ride!).
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Dotti Alexander

11/12/25 - 11/14/07 Happy birthday mom. We think about you every day and love and miss you so much-Love, from Phil and your family.
Pub Date: 11/12/2009

Andrew Mathew Bitz

10/21/69 - 10/21/90 Andy was born in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Lincoln High School. He was loved very much and will be very missed. His survivors include his father Andrew Bitz, Stepmother Jody Bitz, his two children Tyler & Andrea Elkins, his two brothers Dennis Bitz & Devin Bitz, and two sister-in-laws Christine & Amber. Also many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A memorial gathering will be held at the VFW on McKinley Ave., Tacoma, WA. on 11-15-09 @ 1:00pm
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Virginia (Ginny) Margaret Stevens

1931 - 2009 On October 29, Ginny lost her valiant battle against pancreatic cancer while at home surrounded by loved ones. Ginny was born in Sunnyside, WA to parents Virgil and Lois Seay. Ginny was preceded in death by her two sons, Michael Stevens (Mary) and Richard Stevens (Samantha), her parents and brother Virgil Seay, Jr. Ginny is survived by her two daughters, Kelli Stevens-Roberts (Ron) and Vicki Stevens (David), sister Jeanne Johnson, nieces Linda and Rose and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family. Ginny's kids, grandkids and great-grandkids were the light of her life. A celebration of Ginny's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Clover Park Vocation Technical School Rotunda Building. Condolences may be left online for the family at Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, (360)753-1065
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Roberta Nadine Selland (Bobbie)

5/31/1936 - 11/7/2009 Preceded in death by husband Bill, survived by children William (Bill) Selland, Steven Selland (Dorothy), Tracie McKinnon (Jim), sisters Patricia Richardson (Frank) of Georgia, Teddie Bock (Don) of Seattle, Julie Bales (Ed) of Oregon, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. All who knew her loved her, and she will be missed. Bobbie was active in the Women’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 969, and her service will be held there Thurs., Nov. 12, 2009 at 2pm.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Annabelle B. Fairbanks

Born Nov. 12, 1909 in Deer River, MN passed away Nov. 3, 2009. She is survived by her sons Patrick and Cliff Fairbanks, a daughter Delores Deichert, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Private graveside services will be held at Fir Lane Cemetery in Spanaway.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Charles P. Westaby

Charles passed away 11-06-09 after a courageous battle with Leukemia. He was born in Yakima, WA 7-30-35 to Charles & Helen Westaby. Charles leaves behind his loving wife Eleanor, his daughter Lisa (John) Hillman and two grandchildren, Kyaira & Gabriel, his step children Victor & Richard Knarreborg, & Elaine (Ed) Myers. Services will be held Mon. 11/16/09 at 2pm in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. Private burial will be held later at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Daniel Joseph Malone

Daniel Joseph Malone, 63, of Orting passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sat. Nov. 8. Dan was a hardworking, caring man who was loved by many. Please join us for a celebration of his life at the Orting Eagles on Mon. Nov. 16 from 1-3 p.m.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

David Scott Bentley

David, a son, brother, husband, father, and friend. One sold out to adventureÉ full of passion and relentless with optimism; he never sat down to dine with fear. On October 29th, 2009, at age 45, he passed from this life to embrace the greatest Treasure of all. Born in Tacoma WA on April 28th, 1964, David was a resident of Tacoma/Gig Harbor and later St. Croix VI. At each destination, David harvested an abundance of memories as he was great at cultivating an atmosphere of celebration. Whether racing down the powdery slopes of the Pacific Northwest, sailing through the beautiful waters of the Caribbean, or setting off in his plane to dance with the clouds, he mastered the concept of “Live each day to the fullest.” David is survived by his wife, Teri (Hughes) Bentley, his children, Lexi, Beau, and Dane Bentley, along with one great grand child, Kailani Bentley. His father and step-mother, Lorne and Linda Bentley, his grandmother, Liv Lee, and sisters, Susan Hoskinson and Sonja Olson, step-children, Jordan, Janae, Julianna, and Jenna Hughes. David, you will be greatly missed. Services will be held on 11/16/09 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church at 2:00pm. 7700 Skansie Avenue, Gig Harbor. Donations can be made to Soroptimist International of Gig Harbor. PO Box 2761 Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Checks s/b made out to SIGH ”David Bentley Memorial Flight bags”. 100% will be used toward the cost of assembling/providing the Flight Bags, which are the foundation of Project Safe Harbor.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009


DEC. 8, 1914 - NOV. 5, 2009 Wallace H. Potucek, 94, passed away peacefully at Manor Care. He was born in Tacoma to Joseph and Ethel Potucek. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in 1933 and College of Puget Sound (UPS) in 1937 with degrees in business, economics and a minor in music which was always a big part of his life. From the age of 14 he was an accomplished trombonist. He worked for Tacoma City Light from 1938 to 1941. Wally enlisted in the Navy (Seabees) and was stationed in Pearl Harbor during WWII. He began working for his father's company (Potucek Construction) in 1945 building custom homes and land development until he retired in the early 1970's. Wally was a member of numerous organizations including the Tacoma Elks since 1937 and currently held the longest membership at the time of his passing. He was also a proud member of the Afifi Shrine, Afifi Shrine Yacht Club, Royal Order of Jesters, Tyler Masonic Lodge, Tacoma Scottish Rite, Seabees Veterans of America, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. Wally also served as one of the original Board of Directors at Western Community Bank, now Key Bank, for 20 years. He has been an active member of the University Place Presbyterian Church since 1958. Wally is survived by his wife Wava of 28 years, her daughters Jan Muse and Aliesha Alexandar (Bill Thompson), one grandchild and one great grandchild. Surviving children from his first marriage are Pam Rehnstrom (Stu), Jenifer Bierman (Jim), Jeff (Linn) and John (Monica), 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Wally was preceded in death by his son Brian (Kip) Potucek in 1988. Wally's passing has left emptiness, but we are able to rejoice in our sorrow because of his faith in Jesus Christ, and now his eternity in heaven. (John 3:16). The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to all of the staff at Tacoma Manor Care who loved and cared for Wally. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday November 16 at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th Street W, University Pl., WA 98466. The family requests contributions be made to Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, Portland, Oregon or the charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Gary S. Milton

Gary Stuart Milton passed away on Nov. 4, 2009 in Graham, WA. He was born on April 20, 1938 in Tacoma, WA to Wayne and Madge Milton. He was an engineer for the phone company for 30 years until retiring in May 1993. He was very proud of his service time in the Air Force. He enjoyed photography, drawing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Lori Milton of Tacoma, Michele and her husband David Standley of Tacoma, 4 grandchildren, Melissa Hazel of Midland, Paige Hazel of Tacoma, Katie and Mathew Baller, 2 great-granddaughters, Alaina and Vanessa, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held Sat., Nov. 14, 2009, 1:00pm, at Sumner Assembly of God Church.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Ian Nathaniel Lombardi

Ian Nathaniel Lombardi, beloved son of Ken and Julia, passed away on October 23, 2009. He was born on January 5, 1983 in Kailua, Hawaii. He lived in Gig Harbor most of his life and accomplished much in his aspirations; graduating from Apresious Culinary Academy in Florence, Italy, after which, he and his mother designed and built Merende, an Italian cafe in Tacoma. He was also able to rise to the level of black-belt in Tai-Kwon-Do. He leaves behind his mother, father, and siblings, Peter, Joseph, Rachel, and Courtney, as well as a wealth of extended family members and friends. He will be sorely missed.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Mildred “Millie” B. Schaefer (Kiely)

Millie was born 6/29/53 in New York City and passed away suddenly on 11/7/09 in Tacoma, her home for 44 years. She is survived by her loving husband Jim Schaefer, son Jason Sawyer (Tammy) step-daughter Kimberly Curry (Jamey), and 5 grandchildren: Jordan, Sonia, Jason, Nickolaus and Briana. Millie is also survived by her parents Gene and Mildred Cooley; her siblings Maureen Kiely, Mary (George) Wolford, John (Kathy) Kiely, Maurice Kiely, Keith (Chris) Kiely, Eileen (Virgil) Dawkins and numerous nieces and nephews. At her request there will be no services. Her husband, son, and family will host a celebration of her life November 14th, 1-5pm, at the VFW, 4741 N. Baltimore St. Please sign online guest book at
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Sharon E. Cliett

Sharon E. Cliett was born in Yakima, WA, on May 31, 1937, and died on November 6, 2009. She graduated from Yakima Valley College School of Nursing, and studied at Evergreen for her B.A. degree. She spent the early part of her nursing career at the University Hospital in Seattle, followed by many years' work at Western State Hospital. She is survived by her daughter, Camilla Gorky, of Plano, TX, her brother James Cliett, of Yakima, her dear friend, Janet McCarty, and various cousins.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

David LeRoy Clark

Sunrise: Dec. 21, 1948 Sunset: Nov. 6, 2009 Born in Eureka, MT to Helen and Harold Clark, he was the youngest of 8 children. David is survived by children Leanne and Scott Peek, Aleece Chappell, and Adam Clark; step-children Pamela and Nick Morgan, Geoff and Kristie Fischer, Craig Fischer; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; wife of 17 years, Anne; brother and sister-in-law Don and Patty Clark; sisters Margaret and Effie; 4 sisters and brothers-in-law; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Jacie Clark, mother of David's children, preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2009. David lived most of his life in Tacoma, enlisted in the Army and Army Reserves, owned and operated Puget Sound Lawn Care until his illness forced him to retire. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home. A memorial get-together for family and friends will be held in Puyallup this evening. There will be no services per David's request. Many thanks to the doctors and staff of St. Joseph and Tacoma General hospitals, and Tacoma Fire Depts. over the past for all that you've done for David. We will miss him so very much, but he is on another journey, so please wish him God's speed. Until we meet againÉ.. Anne and Family
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Warren Leroy Anderson

Warren Leroy Anderson, born May 2, 1935, passed away November 6, 2009. He is survived by long time partner Joyce Norquist, two children Steven Anderson and Michael Anderson, daughter-in-law Gloria Anderson, and grandchildren Kirsten, Carli, and Paul. A celebration of life will be at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA on November 16, at 11:00 a.m. in the Garden Chapel. Potluck reception to follow services. Please send remembrances to American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 11/11/2009

Gladys E Peterson

Born 1-4-1911 in Crawford, Nebraska and went home to tend the Lords garden on 11-4-09 in Puyallup Washington she was 98. She is survived by her children Robert, Dennis (Marna)and Jan (Paul) 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Elmer, great grandson Tony and her special companions Ray and Homer. Gladys was employed by the Fife School District for 28 years and was active in many community service organizations. Memorial Service to be held Thursday 11-12-09 at the Sumner Presbyterian Church at 2pm. Reception to follow. Viewing Wednesday from 5-7pm at Curnow Funeral Home in Sumner. Grandma we will miss you. You made a difference in our lives.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Masako Christian

Born in Kobe, Japan in 1933 to Shigeo and Mitsuko Inukai, Masako passed away comfortably at home on November 3rd after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by a daughter V. Tina Christian of Seattle, son Karl E. Christian of Tacoma, stepson Lewis K. Christian (Carol) of Laurel, Md, sister Yoko Yoshimoto (Masahiko), brother Kenichi Inukai, brother in law Atsuheko Itoh, and a host of nieces and nephews all in Japan. She was predeceased by her husband Lewis Christian, son Lewis H. Christian, a sister Yasko Itoh and her parents. The viewing will be Friday, November 13th from 12-9pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW in Lakewood. The funeral will be held on Saturday, November 14th at 2:00 at Mountain View Funeral Home, Garden Chapel. The family encourages donations to: Franciscan Hospice/Franciscan Foundation, 2901 Bridgeport Way W, University Place WA, 98466.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Flora Cormier

Born, February 28, 1917 passed away, November 2, 2009. Viewing 12-7 PM Wed. at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thurs. at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 23rd and So. Alaska. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

David D. Hemmings

Dec. 29th, 1947 - Oct. 29th, 2009 Born and raised in Puyallup, he graduated Puyallup High in 1966. He went on to graduate from Central University, worked at Weyerhaeuser for many years and soon became a C.P.I.M. David loved spending time with friends and family, he enjoyed playing poker, watching sports, and umpiring little league games. Survived by son Tyler (Jennifer) Olsen, daughter Meryl (Ryan) Puddy, five grandchildren; Samantha, Jake, Spencer, Natalie, and Carter; his sister Debbie (Dan) Herbrand, a number of nieces and nephews and his beloved dog 'Boobie'. David was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Hemmings, mother Darlene Hemmings, and sister Tanya Deutsch. We wanted to celebrate David's life at the Firwood Tavern but due to uncontrollable circumstances a celebration will be held at Mama Stortini's Wine Cellar (3207 E. Main Ave., Puyallup) Friday November 13th at 12pm.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Donna Sue Foldvik

Donna Sue Foldvik, Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend Donna Sue Foldvik of Tacoma, WA passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. She was 67. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Ronald W. Foldvik, and by her children: Kathy (Jim) Dressel, Danny (Sheila) Foldvik, Kaye Foldvik, Shaun Foldvik, Chris Foldvik, 9 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and many extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred and grandson, Joshua. A celebration of life will be held November 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Jacob Smith House located at 4500 Intelco Loop SE, Lacey, WA.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Nardina Lundell

Nardina Ezildia Lundell passed away November 7, 2009, a peaceful end to a long life. She was born in Moclips, WA on March 28, 1914. She and her family moved to Tacoma when she was a young girl, with her eight brothers and sisters. She loved to dance and sing during her younger years. She enjoyed reading, gardening, crocheting, cooking and baking. She was a part of history made. She was on the first professional women's softball team called the Tigerettes. The team went all the way to the championships and won. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Richard, and grandson Richard Harnish. She is survived by her daughter Sally (Harry) and son Carl (Sally); grandchildren Christy Aldrich, Scott Harnish, Nick Lundell (Tarah), Tim Lundell, and Darlene Morales (Ben); twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. The family would like to thank all of the wonderful caregivers at Pioneer Place for their loving care. Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Viewing will be on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 from 9:00 AM-9:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home. Services will be at 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2009 in the Garden Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Lena Lee Phipps

Passed away peacefully at home November 7 2009. Born August 5 1933, To Theodore R. And Elizabeth L. Gillman in Butler Tennessee. Lena lived in Tacoma Washington for 59 years. Lena loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, her home, gardening, canning and cooking. Lena loved her Family and had a great compassion for all animals, especially Dogs. She leaves behind her devoted husband Fred Phipps, of 59 years. Her 2 Sons Don Phipps, his wife Debbie, of Tacoma and Ron Phipps, his wife Jackie of Allyn. Eleven Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. One sister Nina Jo Earl. Lena is proceeded in death by, one Daughter Debbie Phipps and Grandson Donald Phipps. Services At : New Tacoma Cemeteries & Funeral Home November 12, 2009 Viewing 11:30 Service to Follow At 12:30 p.m.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Mabel Griese Rud

The Rud family lost a treasure and God gained a hardworking South Dakota farm girl November 5, 2009 with the passing of Mabel Griese Rud, our amazing mother, grandmother and great grandmother. A 92 year old member of that “Greatest Generation” (who are departing our world every day now) she showed us how to live our lives and made it look easy. As was her wish, mother will be rejoining her husband of 39 years, Hans, at a beautiful spot she loved overlooking the Puyallup valley. Born April 3, 1917, into a large farm family in Tolstoy, SD, she was the youngest of the 7 children of Ed & Matilda Griese and worked side by side with her family during some of the toughest times this country has ever seen. Too young to drive the tractor she worked in the kitchen feeding the field hands accounting for her wonderful cooking and strong work ethic. In 1937 she married the love of her life, Hans Rud, also from a large farm family. In 1943 they moved to Washington state to pursue a better life; Hans working in a shipyard welding on Liberty ships and Mabel caring for their children. After the war they moved to Centralia where they lived before opening a small business in Puyallup, WA. She lived in downtown Puyallup for 49 years and loved walking, traveling, working in her yard and was a literal “quilt factory” for her church. Mabel was preceded in death by her husband, Hans in 1976; her parents and her four sisters Laura, Sylvia, Edna and Agnes. Her oldest son, Kenneth Hans Rud, was killed in action in Viet Nam in 1967 and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. She is survived by two brothers: Lyle Griese of Gettsburg, SD and Lloyd Griese of North Highland, CA; daughter Linda (Tom) Newman, son Kendall (Sandi) Rud; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Services will be November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup. Comments and photos re-visiting her life can be viewed at Contributions can be made to Franciscan Hospice House and their incredible staff in University Place.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Vernon James

Vernon JAMES passed away November 1, 2009, in Puyallup, WA. He was born July 16, 1928, in Ohio and lived in Washington state 51 years. Vernon was preceded in death by Martha Fay, his wife of 51 years. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Sarah Lovett (Dan), and Kathy James, 3 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren and many beloved step-children and step-grandchildren. A family graveside service was November 7 at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at Orting Christian Church November 14 at 1 p.m., 112 Varner Avenue in Orting. Memorials may be made to Bonnie Brae Church of Christ, the James Fund in care of Wm B Gulick, 5331 Carteret Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832-7316.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

In Loving Memory of

Charnita A. Boyd Johnson Sept. 15, 1962 - Nov. 10, 2007 Time must be standing still! Seems like yesterday we smiled at each other, said hello to our loved ones together, and hugged our children and parents. We all miss you and love you. Thinking of you every day Boyd & Johnson Family
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Melissa Lee Carlson (Scalici)

Happy 50th Birthday, Sweetheart. I miss you with all my heart. All my love, Mummy.
Pub Date: 11/10/2009

Eric James Kropelnicki

4/22/1980 - 11/9/2003 Think of him as living In the hearts of those he touchedÉ For nothing loved is ever lost And he was loved so much Love, Mom, Dad, Adam and Family
Pub Date: 11/9/2009

Jacqueline George

12/11/52 – 10/31/09 Jackie was born in Castleton, VT and grew up in Delray Beach, FL. She was a wonderful loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed gardening and crafts. She is survived by her sister Bonnie, sons Rick and Donny, grandchildren Zachery and Alexis and many friends. Her love and kindness touched many and she will truly be missed. Join us to celebrate her life at Holy Disciples Church in Puyallup, Thurs. Nov. 12 at 1:00pm.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Garth Lincoln Butler

1919-2009 Remembered for his laughter, poetry, and jokes, our dad and grampa will be missed. Born in Tacoma, he was an active Tacoma Outboard Association member, motorcycle racer, and sports enthusiast. To know him was to love him and to know him was to laugh. He is survived by his two children Michael and Joanne Butler, daughter-in-law, Pat Butler, and grandchildren Chris and Michelle Butler along with their spouses Sherilyn Butler and Eston Stiles. Please send remembrances to Living Grace Ministry Church at 106 S. 28th St., Tacoma 98402. Please sign online guestbook at . Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Beulah G. Palmer

1922 - 2009 Beulah was born on August 23, 1922, and passed away peacefully on October 31, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur A. Palmer; daughter, Gae A. Palmer; and son-in-law, Earl O. Stanley. Beulah is survived by her daughter, Darlyeen L. Stanley; granddaughters, Earlyeen (Kerry) Eaton, Deleva (Aaron) Stultz, and Kari Palmer; grandson, Kurt Palmer; and great grandchildren, Jalyeena, Ayla and Shane Dawson.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

William F. Dowdy

1943 - 2009 "Bill" passed away quietly at home October 19 2009. He is survived by 3 daughters, 2 sons, 16 grandchildren, and 6 great- grandchildren. Please share memories and condolences at the Edwards Memorial Online website.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Theresa A. Berilla

A lifetime resident of Enumclaw, passed away Auburn on October 21, 2009 after a long struggle with cancer and other medical issues. She retired from Rainier School in Buckley. Surviving family members are brothers Bill Berilla and Mike and wife Carleen Berilla, sisters Lena Bradford and Mary Berilla, and numerous nieces and nephews. No services are being held at this time. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Roy J Thorpe

Born at home near Reynolds, ND, on April 5, 1916, Roy Thorpe left this life at 93 on October 27, 2009 at Tacoma Lutheran Home. Survivers include sons Gary and Jerry (Janet); daughter Barbara Moore; sister Francis Zarling; grandson Eric (Annika) and great granddaughter Linnéa. Preceding him in death were his parents Gustav and Inga as well as siblings Jesse, Hazel, Gladys, Mayme, and twin sister Esther. Sue, his wife of 68 years, died in February 2008, after which Roy’s health and zest for life declined. Proud of his Norwegian heritage, Roy looked forward to a bottomless cup of coffee, family activities, his many friends, community lutefisk dinners and the homemade leftse sent for many years by his mother. He raised his young sons in a farm-like setting where they grew chickens, rabbits, fruit, and vegetables. Later in life, having served in the Merchant Marines during WWII, he found great joy in his cabin cruiser, selling cars and hunting with friends. A memorial service has been scheduled, for 3:00 pm at the Tacoma Lutheran Home, on November 15th. (1301 North Highlands Pky) Please inquire at for details. Donations in Roy’s memory would be welcome at Tacoma Lutheran Home.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Joan A. Carbone

Born in Springville, Utah Aug. 1, 1936, passed away peacefully at St. Clare Hospital on Nov. 3rd, 2009. Joan and her husband Jack were blessed with 35 years of companionship and love. All who knew her will miss her big smile and loving heart. She is survived by her husband Jack, sister Jean (Dean) Allan of Mapleton, Utah, 4 children: Michael (Cheryl) Madsen, Scott, Tracie (Patrick) Carbone, KC (Myra), 4 step-children, Dan (Susan) Carbone, Mitch, Patrick (Tracie), and Pamala (Richard) Lee. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Services will be held at 12:00 Nov. 10, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Park. Garden Chapel. (584-0252), Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

George R Marincin

Born in Tacoma on July 18, 1928 died in Tacoma on November 3, 2009. George was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Anne, all of his siblings Anne, Michael, Robert, Elizabeth and Clarence; and one daughter Susan Ann. He is survived by his wife, Mabellene and five children; George Richard II 'Rick' (Victoria), Sharon Wicken, Sallie (Michael Blake), Shirley Scott (Kevin) and Sonja Angeline (Scott). He enjoyed his 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grand-children and never tired of talking about them. Graveside service Nov 14th 11:30 at Mt. View, memorial service at Good Shepherd Lutheran following at 1 pm. Donations can be made in his name to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Concordia Lutheran School. A guest book for condolences is available at
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Cynthia Lee Diel-Nichols

Born June 6, 1951 in Tacoma; died October 23, 2009. Cindy graduated Stadium High School, and received an Associate of Arts degree from Tacoma Community College in Business Administration, Sociology and Real Estate. She was a Community Outreach Volunteer, volunteered at the Seattle Crisis Clinic, was a disc jockey and karaoke singer, skydiver, and enjoyed many other sports. Cindy's greatest love had been to care for her many cats along with a special friend, Dannie, who has shared her life until the end. Cindy is survived by son Mitchell Nichols, brothers Kevin Diel, and Douglas Diel with wife Sharon and nieces Tina Thomson, husband David, Trisha Olsen, husband Jerrimi, along with great-nieces Veronica Griggs, Adriana and Chelsea Thomson, great-nephews Tyler and Joshua Olsen, and ex-husband Lyle Nichols. Her mother Bonnie Lee Walker Diel Stickney and father Richard Roland Diel have passed. Memorial service will be held at Tacoma First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Avenue South, on Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be sent to The American Lung Association. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-472-6003.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Eugenia (Jenny) Gilbert

Born October 15, 1924, Jenny passed peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by her family, on November 4, 2009. Jenny was born in Poland. During the war she and her family was forced to flee to Germany. After the war she met a young American soldier, Jim Gilbert of Johnstown PA, who became the love of her life. They were married in Nuernberg, Germany, and spent over 50 years together. As a military family they spent time in Germany, New York, and Pennsylvania before settling in Tacoma in 1959. When Jim retired, Jenny and Jim became dedicated Tacoma Mall walkers. They loved camping and travelling in their motor home. After Jim's passing, Jenny became very active at the Eagles Aerie #3 in South Tacoma, where she worked many hours volunteering in food service as well as serving as an officer in the Auxiliary. In 2001 she was honored as Mrs. Eagle of the year. Jenny was able to continue to travel with her family to many places. They have been members of Hope Lutheran Church for over 45 years. Jenny's legacy will continue on in her daughters Karin Brown of Yelm, WA and Bonnie (Mike) Doyle of Tacoma, WA, 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is now with her Lord and in the arms of her beloved husband Jim. Viewing will be Monday, November 9th, 2009 from 1 PM to 9 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home, with graveside service November 10th at 10:30 AM and a memorial/celebration of life service at Hope Lutheran Church, 7209 South Puget Sound, beginning at 1 PM. Arrangements made by Mountain View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Donna-Rue Munsey

Donna-Rue Munsey, 92, was born in Tacoma and died peacefully Thursday morning in Gig Harbor. Donna-Rue was the only child of Ralph and Sarah Teats. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1935, and attended University of Washington. She produced education television programs for 12 years at KPEC-TV and KCPQ-TV. In retirement, she was president of the Aloha Club and served on the board of the Tacoma Art Museum. She married Bennett T. Munsey in 1941. They were residents of Portland, Oregon for 17 years, returning to Tacoma for their final 47 years together. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her two children, Bennett G. Munsey of Anacortes and Kim (Mrs. Patrick) Klock of Gig Harbor, and three grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00, Saturday, November 14th, 2009 at Haven of Rest Memorial Park in Gig Harbor. The family would like to thank all the caring people who made her life comfortable these last eight years.
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Frank was born December 25, 1924 in New York, NY. He left with Jesus on November 3, 2009. He is survived by his first wife, Eileen and his three children plus his second wife, Jan and her three children. Frank had a total of nine grandchildren and three great-grandsons. Memorial services will be at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Gig Harbor at 2PM November 14, 2009. Donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN are suggested. Please see Frank’s full obituary at
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Georgie May Chase

Georgie Chase, born 12/12/1915 in Max, ND, raised in Palouse, WA, and residing in Puyallup the past 65 years, passed away peacefully 10/31/2009. Preceeded in death by her husband, Leslie Chase. She is survived by her sons Terrence and Dean Barnes, and 4 generations of grandchildren. Georgie had a full life of family and travel. She was known for her keen sense of humor. She will be greatly missed. Private services will be held, memorial donations made to favorite charity.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Harry Allen Sanders

Harry Allen Sanders, age 83, a resident of Tacoma, died on November 4, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. He was born on April 24, 1926 in Tacoma, WA at Tacoma General Hospital to Ruth & Victor Sanders. Mr. Sanders was a graduate of Stadium High School with his 65th year Reunion this past September. He married Donna Irene Casebolt on June 8, 1948 in Olympia, WA. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many. He worked in both the electronics and photography fields, having numerous employers locally in the Tacoma and surrounding areas. Principally working as a television repairman, he gave many tireless late night hours of service to the community in meeting the needs of his family. The greatest point in his career came as he was invited to be on staff a Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute, where he blossomed as a teacher and department head for the college, earning numerous awards. He served in the community as a member and officer of the Photography Club and also in the Pierce County Civil Defense Disaster Organization. He also served in his church doing what he loved bestÉmissionary work and serving as the Audio Visual Specialist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Tacoma for over 43 years. He also served as a Stake Mission President and Seattle Temple Worker. He is survived by his five children: Irene Smith of Puyallup, WA; Ken Sanders (Devera) of Saratoga Springs, UT; Elva Haggett (Chris) of Los Angeles, CA; Brent Sanders (Glenda) of Tacoma, WA; and Barb Muir (Dan) of Orting, WA; along with 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Stephens (Doug) of Bakersfield, CA, and a brother, Don Sanders (Velda) of Lindsay, CA. Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, granddaughter Candice Haggett, and four brothers, Julius, Kenneth, Gene, and Morris. Funeral services will be held on November 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1102 S Pearl St in Tacoma. Interment will follow at New Tacoma Cemetery. Viewing is scheduled from 10:00 AM until service start at the church. Please sign our online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Robert Sheldon

January 11, 1935-October 14, 2009 Born in Bakersfield California to Dorothy and Walter Sheldon, Bob lived the latter part of his life in Washington state. He attended Monterey Bay Academy, Pacific Union College, and Loma Linda University. As a physical therapist, he demonstrated a true gift for working with the elderly, and gained the respect of his peers with the knowledge that came with his 40 years of service. Bob was an avid cyclist and an enthusiastic skier. He also enjoyed the ocean, be it under the water in scuba gear or atop its waves on a sailboat. A religious man, Bob turned to the book of Psalms for comfort. Bob is survived by his three children, Steven Sheldon, Cynthia Sheldon, and Brandy Sheldon Bassett; his brother, Dr. Richard Sheldon; and four grandchildren. Bob will be remembered during a memorial service at the North Hill Adventist Fellowship at 10106 36th Street East Edgewood, Washington, at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon, on November 14, 2009. Remembrances may be sent to the American Heart Association at in Bob's honor.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Frances May McCoy

January 19 1921-October 13 2009 Frances left her body at Heartwood Ext. Health Care. She was a lifelong resident of Tacoma, WA and daughter of Franklin and Agnes Poole. She was widow of John E. McCoy. Frances loved life. She enjoyed sightseeing, playing her organ, time with family and friends and sharing a good meal. She will be lovingly remembered. A graveside service will be held on Sun., Nov. 15, 2pm at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 So. Tacoma Way.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Nancy J. (Olsen) Dripps

Nancy J. Dripps, beloved Mom, Grandma, great-grandmother, and friend, born January 13, 1928, passed away October 31, 2009. Nancy, a lifelong resident of Tacoma, graduated from Stadium High School in 1946, and then retired from the Tacoma School District Food Service in 1993. Since 1993 she enjoyed a life of volunteer work at both Christensen Elementary and Tacoma general Hospital. At T.G. she was known as the "Medical Records' Mom". Nancy was a huge Mariners fan and all-around baseball enthusiast. She welcomed her backyard birds, and was delighted when she had the chance to play cards or dominos with her elementary school girl friends. She enjoyed traveling, both in and out of the U.S., but her favorite trips were to visit her dear friend Helen in both Arizona and Colorado. Nancy was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her, but will always be remembered for her wonderful smile and good heart. We all rejoice she's home with the Lord and past loved ones. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Allan, in 1996. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Bob) Otto, Tacoma, son Larry, Tacoma; granddaughters Megan of Spokane and Caitlin of Tacoma; great-granddaughter Akaiyah, Tacoma; special friends Pearl Klier, Maple Valley, and Marjorie Sams, Tacoma. A service of Remembrance and Celebration will be held at 2:00pm, November 14th, 2009 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98444. Memorials are suggested to Franciscan Hospice, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401, or to Trinity Lutheran Church. Entombment at New Tacoma Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-472-6003.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Erik Charles Karnath

P assed away November 3, 2009. He is survived by his father William Karnath, mother and second father Ellen and Richard Nelson, brother Andy, Andy's fiancée Kelsey Brennan and goddaughter and niece, Jadyn. He is also survived by his brother Bryan Nelson, and sister Kristin Gildea. Erik was an extremely talented and gifted young man. He owned and played several guitars, a banjo, a mandolin, and keyboard. He wrote and recorded his own music. This past summer Erik played all the music for a college friend's wedding. He also loved to paint and draw. His works went from traditional landscapes to impressionism and modern art. He loved writing. He spent a lot of time journaling and writing song lyrics. Erik was a voracious reader. His taste in books ran all the way from science fiction to tracts dealing with the environment and ecosystem. He was also very physical. He was into yoga, mountain hiking, and running. He once raced in the Vancouver (BC) marathon. He was a very intelligent young man. He graduated from Western Washington U. with a degree in Psychology. And, as a boy, he scored high enough on the SAT to receive the Johns Hopkins award presented through the University of Washington. Erik was involved in the family business with his brother and father. Erik focused on graphic and web design. He developed the company catalog, collaborated with manufacturers in the development of the company website, and customized literature for individual clients. Erik was a good friend. His friends from college were the most important part of his life. They shared music and laughter, hiking and camping, and lots of conversation. Erik left us much too soon. We miss his wry sense of humor, his unique insight into issues of the day, his unique sense of organization, and his compassion for others. And Erik will always be in our hearts because he touched us and made us better people for knowing him. We love you, Erik. Services will be held this Friday at 11:00 am in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Sumner, Washington. Interment will follow at the Sumner cemetery. Donations in Erik's name may be made to the North Cascades Institute.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Howard Burdette Lucas

Passed away November 5, 2009 at the age of 85. He was born July 30, 1924 to Fred and Elva Lucas in Aberdeen, WA. Howard grew up in Oroville, WA with his parents and brother, Ronald. Shortly after his honorable discharge from the US Army in 1946, Howard moved to Tacoma. He began working as a freelance photographer and for several attorneys as a private investigator. In 1973, the Tacoma Police Department hired him as a forensics technician, and he retired in 1986 after a distinguished career. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and spent many years of his retirement teaching the art to vacationers on several cruise lines. Howard is survived by daughters Penny (Daniel) Nelson and Cheryl (Christopher) Murphy; stepdaughters Sharon, Patti, and Lynn; grandchildren Lydia, Alyssa, Michael, and Nicholas; and great-granddaughters Alexandra and Ava. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 1 PM, at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood. To learn more about Howard's life, or to share memories, please visit his online guest book at .
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Raymond Clayden Ewings

Raymond Clayden Ewings of Burien died October 30 in Seattle with family by his side. Ray was born in Tacoma on July 18, 1927. He was the second of Alfred and Dorothy (Olson) Ewings' seven children. He spent his elementary years at Visitation School in Tacoma, and graduated from St. Martin's High School, Lacey. In the U.S. Navy, he served in the Pacific during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. Between and following military duties, Ray earned degrees in Sociology from St. Martin's University, Lacey, in 1950 and in Education from Seattle University in 1957. Ray married Marge Forshag in 1964, and they raised three children, residing in Kent, then in Burien. In addition to being a devoted husband and father, he was dedicated to teaching. Ray taught intermediate grades in the Renton School District for 30 years, beginning in the late 1950s. He enjoyed coaching assignments in baseball and basketball, and was particularly proud of his basketball teams at Henry Ford School. This passion for sports was based on Ray's considerable baseball talents displayed playing at St. Martin's University. Off the field later in life, he was an enthusiastic fan of amateur and professional sports. Ray is survived by Marge, his wife for 45 years, as well as daughters Judy Ewings, Yakima, and Maria Ewings M.D., Boise, Idaho; one brother, Albert, Seattle, and one sister Veronica Von Rozsa, Sunnyvale, CA. He was preceded in death by his son Mark, brothers Bernard and Patrick, and sisters Therese Bachmeier and Mary Helbling. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Frances of Assisi Church, 15216 21st SW, Burien WA 98166, (206) 242-4575. The family asks that memorial gifts be made in Ray's name to Sea Mar Community Care Center, 1040 S. Henderson, Seattle, WA 98108, in support of their many services.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Shirley M. Wytko

Shirley M. Wytko 79, retired Judicial Asst District Court #4 in Buckley, died Nov. 5, 2009. A visitation will be held Mon., Nov. 9, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service, Tues., Nov. 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. both at Weeks' Funeral Home, Buckley. Burial will take place at Buckley City Cemetery.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009

Lucy B. Marshall

Sunrise Mar. 9, 1917 Sunset Nov. 5, 2009 Survived by son Martin (Nona) Brazier and a host of friends and family. Celebration service at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Tacoma, WA, where she attended for over 64 years, on Thurs., Nov. 12th, 2009 at 11:30AM. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA on Wed., Nov. 11th from 1-9PM.
Pub Date: 11/8/2009


Born on October 31, 1930, passed away in her home on October 31, 2009. She will be laid to rest at Mountain View Memorial Park aside her husband Aaron. She will be remembered and missed by her many friends. At her request, there will be no service.
Pub Date: 11/7/2009

Harold Kenneth Nordstrom

June 8 1943 - Nov. 3 2009 Harold passed away at home surrounded by his family. Survived by his loving wife of 44 years Georgeanne (G.G.); son Michael (Danielle & 3 grandchildren); daughter Laura (Dan & 3 grandchildren); sister Nellie May; brothers Ross & George; many nieces & nephews. With a warm smile and quick sense of humor, Harold loved life, family, friends, his ’55 Cadillac & ice cream. Fishing, camping, tinkering w/cars, card games & playing w/grandchildren, filled his life with joy. He touched the lives of people with his smile, fix-it attitude, skills and willingness to help. He was loved by all who knew him. A memorial service w/potluck luncheon will be at 11:00, Sat., Nov. 14 at Portland Ave Evangelical Free Church. Please consider a donation to American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 11/7/2009

Kathleen Mary O’Bryan

Kathleen Mary O'Bryan, born February 02, 1971, passed away October 11, 2009. A graduate of Evergreen State her life choices took her to Asia and a teaching career in Japan. Daughter of the late Janet V. O'Bryan she is survived by her father, Frank O'Bryan, families of Tara Banfield (sister), brother Kevin O'Bryan, Uncle Jack (Okanogan, WA) and Aunt Judy Bicknell of Victoria, B.C., and an aggregate of cousins in Washington and British Columbia. A celebration of Kathleen's life, and time with us, is scheduled for Sunday November 15 @ 3:00 PM at The Varsity Grill, 1114 Broadway, Tacoma.
Pub Date: 11/7/2009

Raymond George Beuning

Ray Beuning passed away November 4, 2009 after a courageous three year battle with cancer. Ray was born September 22, 1926 in Millwood Township Stearns County Minnesota to Joe and Mary Beuning. He graduated from Melrose (Mn) High School and then earned an accounting degree from the University of Minnesota. He initially went to work for Western Electric of St. Paul, Mn where he met his wife of 59 years, Arlene (Rehome). He also worked briefly for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing and served a short stint in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. In 1950 he accepted a position with Weyerhaeuser, a partnership that would last 33 years and bring him to Tacoma in 1960 and again in 1971 after stops in Toronto and Chicago. Following his retirement from Weyerhaeuser he spent nine years with Puget Sound National Bank. Ray was an accomplished bowler and spent much of his free time over the past four decades at Tower Lanes, Frontier Lanes or the Narrows Plaza Bowl. When not busy on the lanes he could be found in his garden tending to his roses or tomato plants. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mary, sister Erma, brothers Ralph and Alphonse and infant son Gregory. He also leaves behind a large legacy. In addition to his wife Arlene, he is survived by 11 children; Dennis (Monika) Beuning of Keswick, Ontario Canada, Charles (Elaine) Beuning of Crystal Lake, Il., Francis (Ivy) Beuning of Algonquin, Il., Mary Ellen Beuning of University Place, David (Rene) Beuning of Tacoma, Diane Steffens of Tacoma, Kevin Beuning of Tacoma, Janice McDonald of Tacoma, Thom (Chris) Beuning of University Place, Debbie (Andy) Osborn of Lacey, Donna Barker of University Place, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am Monday, November 9, 2009 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 5510 N. 44th St in Tacoma. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Please make donations to the Holy Cross Building Fund. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Medical Center for their care the past three years.
Pub Date: 11/7/2009

Wesley R. “Red” Hinton

Wesley, age 81, passed away at his Puyallup area home on October 26, 2009. He was born in Port Townsend and attended schools there and in Neah Bay, Orting, and Kapowsin. He served in the Army for several years and was retired from Foss Tugboat Company. He enjoyed traveling and camping with his RV. He is survived by three sisters, Doris, Mary, and Linda, and one brother, Douglas. By his request there will be no services.
Pub Date: 11/7/2009

Bessie W. Petty

1929 ~ 2009 Bessie passed away on Oct. 31, 2009. She is survived by children: Ann (CT) Mumford, Annie L. Saulsberry, Willie J. Petty, Lonnie Petty, Lennie Petty, Yvonne Petty, 8 brothers, 3 sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many extended family members. Viewing will be at Piper Morley Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov. 7th, from 10 am - 5 pm. On-line at Funeral will be held on Nov. 9, 2009 at Oasis of Hope Ctr., 1937 So. G St. at 11:00 am. Arrangements by Piper-Morley Funeral Home. 472-3353
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Violetta Alice Arnold

Age 91 passed away peacefully November 3, 2009 at Orchard Park Nursing Home in Tacoma, WA. She was born in Monroe WA on June 21, 1918. Her early life was spent in Monroe, then to a Mennonite community in Pretty Prairie, Kansas and then in Seattle WA. Violetta met and married Casper E. Arnold in January 1945 after his service with the Marine Corps in WWII. Their 1st son, Donald was born in Sapulpa, OK. The family returned to Monroe WA and then to the Burien area where their 2nd son Ron was born. The family finally settled in Auburn WA. Violetta is survived by her 2 sons, Donald (Marsha) Arnold and Ron (Annette) Arnold, sister Ethel Putnam in Kailua, Hawaii as well as numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, November 8th at 2pm at the Federal Way United Methodist Church, 29645 51st Ave S., Auburn, WA where Violetta was a founding member. Please make donations to World Vision in her name.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

William Grant Matheny

Born Dec. 24th, 1915, died peacefully on Oct. 29th. He grew up in Tacoma, graduating from Lincoln HS in 1934. As a member the “Greatest Generation”, he enlisted in the Army Air Core the day after Pearl Harbor. He served the next 4 years in the Pacific as a B29 bombardier. For the last 36 years he had resided in Puyallup. In his final moments, he was surrounded by his loving family, among them his wife of 67 years, Betty Ann, daughter Sandy, sons Mike and Roger, and several of his many grandchildren. Services will be held at Powers in Puyallup on Tues, Nov 10th at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow at Hi Cedars golf club in Orting.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Gregg Jakeman

Born in Calexico, CA, passed away Nov. 1, 2009 at the age of 53. Gregg spent his many years in Tacoma as a certified welder, general contractor, and motorcycle fabricator, having built his own classic Harley. He spent his free time skiing at Crystal, sandrailing the Oregon dunes & riding motorcycles with his wife & many friends. Gregg is survived by his wife Leslie, mother Pearl, brothers Paul (Chris) and Fred, sisters Annette & Suzanne, nieces Nicole (Christian) & Carrie (Steve). Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8th at 11:30, meeting at “The Fish.”
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Marian J. Cooter

Marian J. Cooter of Lakewood, WA died on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. She was 81. She is survived by daughter Gretchen (Gary) Winters of Des Moines, WA; son Detrick Cooter of Lakewood, WA and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Hope Chapel, 421 W. "E" St, Shelton, WA on Monday, November 9, 2009 @ 1:00. Online condolences may be sent to the family at . The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

John F. Gaston

May 27, 1928 – Nov. 2, 2009 Please note: Mom wrote dad’s obituary prior to her own death in Sept. 2009 and wanted to share a summary of his life in her own words. Our beloved father passed away peacefully in Dupont, WA after suffering from a stroke almost 4 years ago. John was born in Tacoma where he attended Stadium High School, University of Puget Sound and University of Washington where he received his Business Degree in 1950. He was inducted into the Army and sent to Germany as Military Police and in 1953 discharged from the service and married his college sweetheart, Wendy Gaston. John went into the investment business and it became his lifetime focus. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity, Tacoma Club and the Tacoma Country Club and was a past president of Gyro Club. He is remembered for his dedicated interest in investments and his clients’ welfare, his integrity, honesty and loyalty to family and friends. He had high moral standards and a strong belief in God but also a sense of the ridiculous. His “off the wall” Irish wit will be remembered by many. After his retirement his interest in “all things German” was significant and he loved to practice his German, especially teaching his granddaughter basic German words. He also loved gardening, particularly pruning as well as non-fiction reading and history. John is survived by his son John Jr. (Kathryn) of Bellevue and granddaughter Marissa, who was a source of joy and much good natured teasing; his daughter Katherine Sherwin (Chris) of Heber City, UT, his brother Richard (Judy) of Reno, NV and Palm Desert, CA and his sister Ann Dagman (C. Dennis) of Colorado Springs and their families. John was preceded in death by his wife Wendy of 56 years. They are now together again and forever. Note from our family: Dad will be remembered for his sense of humor, intellect and his vivacious personality. His dedication to his family and his attention to detail with investments was undeniable. We will always remember dad with his German collectibles, along with him working in the yard and the garden with his rose bushes. Dad touched all of our lives profoundly and will forever be in our hearts. The family would like to extend their gratitude to both Karen Hartley and Sandy Brizuela, who were a source of positive thinking and support for the family over the years. A memorial mass will be held at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th Street SW, Lakewood, WA at 11am on November 14th. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow from 1pm to 3pm at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, 13204 Country Club Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA. The family invites John and Wendy’s many friends and family to both the mass and Celebration of Life. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Please sign online guestbook at for condolences and remembrances.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

James William Salyers

Was born in Allentown, PA on Sept. 3, 1935 and passed Oct. 28, 2009. Jim came to WA. After joining the Army he made WA his permanent home. His first marriage produced 4 children. Jim was lovingly called “Boomer” by his friends because his whole world revolved around baseball and football - the UW Huskies being his passion. I couldn’t swear to it but I believe he still holds the record for the most home runs hit at Peck Field. Jim worked for WNGC for several years, General Beer and then B&B Glass. Jim is preceded in death by his sons, Jimmy, Steven, Scott, and step-son, Joey Hook. He is survived by his wife Carol of 29 years, daughter Robin (Rod), step-sons Randy (Laurie), Kelly (Shaki), step-daughter Nona Hook. He leaves 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind sister Lois Scotchell, of FL, and brother Richard, of PA; also 3 special friends, Harv, Dane, and Paul. A celebration of his life will be held Nov. 8, 2009, at 2pm at his home.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Louise Gale Moeck

Was born on October 13, 1921 in Ketchikan, Alaska, and died on October 24, 2009 in Lynnwood, Washington at the age of 88. Louise lived a life filled with love, happiness, adventure, and a natural ability to meet new people who would become life-long friends. She had many adversities in her life, which she always met with a smile, twinkle in her eyes, and a wonderful sense of humor. Louise truly enjoyed her family and life, and is well-loved by her family members and many true friends. We love you! Steve, Nancy, Mark, Mary Ann, Jens, Samantha, Brian, Jessice, Russell, and Tyler. In honor of Louise, we ask that donations be made to your local food bank, or the county's Meals on Wheels program.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

MS/SGT William M. Goretzka

05/31/26 ~ 08/06/2006 11th Airborne, Vietnam, WWII, Invastion of France & Korean War.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

George F. Elgar, Sr.

Deceased, Ret. US Navy Filipino Veteran, who served three USA Presidents in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I miss you, Dad. -Your trustworthy daughter, Betsy
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Major Carroll W. Bennett

Major Carroll W. Bennett 1919 - 2004. Decorated veteran of WWII, served in the Air Force till 1961, a beloved Dad and Grandfather.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Brig. Gen. M.D. Roush USA (Ret)

Honorably served our country for 29 years. Korean War Veteran, Super Husband, Awesome Teacher, and Dad of a very proud son. Way to go, Dad!
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Johnnie Patterson

Johnnie Patterson Jr. was a veteran of the US Army and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He completed a three year tour of dutin in Hanau, Germany and retired as a Staff Sergeant on June 1, 1973. We love you and miss you and thank you for your service.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

T/SGT Charles Duren, USAF

Proudly served 1951 - 1971 Very loved and missed husband, Dad, and grandpa
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

Vernon McCord

Served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 23 years during World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam, and retired as Chief Petty Officer. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He is greatly missed by family and friends.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

John Hrvatin

Served in the South Pacific on Saipan and did duty in Korea on the USS Gallup PF51MM3/C 1943 to 1953. John Hrvatin MM 3/C
Pub Date: 11/6/2009

SGM Francisco C. Champaco

Served three different tours in Vietnam and was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, Air Medal, and CIB. He retired from the U.S. Army with twenty-three years of service.
Pub Date: 11/6/2009


A longtime Tacoma resident, mother, and community activist. Born Oct. 20, 1914, Justine passed away peacefully at her home on Oct. 28, 2009 surrounded by her three devoted sons James, Ronald and Jerome. Please join the family for the celebration of her life. The viewing: Friday, Nov. 6th, 3-9pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 7th, 10am at Allen AME Church, 1223 Martin L. King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

LaVerne (Judie) Berglund

Age 87, a descendant of the pioneer Mounts family, went home to Jesus on November 4, 2009 after a long illness. Born to Helen (Mounts) and Arthur Price in Portland, OR, she was raised in Raymond, WA, and then Tacoma. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Berglund, a highly-decorated U.S. Army officer. Together, they lived and travelled all over the world. She is survived by daughter Deborah, cousins Linda (Mounts) DeMeerleer, Woodinville; Sandra (Mounts) Long, Julian, CA; Roberta Mounts, Las Vegas, NV; plus many nieces and nephews. No services will be held. Please make a donation to the Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society. Many thanks to the staff of Rainier Vista Care Center (Puyallup) for their kindness, services and support on her end-of-life journey.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Dale Larson

Born 5/15/28 to Helmer and Margret Larson and passed away 11/1/09. A graduate of Lincoln High School and five years at College of Puget Sound (now UPS); served in the Korean War, stationed in Germany for two years. Preceded in death by mother and father and sister, Shirley. Survived by wife of 60 years, Nina, of the home, two sons, Colin (Charlott) of Texas, Michael (Marie) of Tacoma, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and aunt Janet Milton of Detroit. Dale spent many years enjoying fishing, hunting, and get-togethers with the old jocks at the Elks Club. Services: Sat., Nov. 7th at 2:00pm, Mt. View Funeral Home in the Aspen Chapel in the Celebration of Life Building.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Robert Gene Jensema

Born 7/3/64 in Redlands CA, passed away on 10/30/09 in Bremerton, WA. Roberts father Ronald G. Jensema passed away on 2/13/09. Robert is survived by his mother Diane Coonce, grandmother Evelyn, step-mother Betty, sister Deborah, brothers Tod, Craig, Erik, step-brothers Richard, Tom, and John, daughter Tara, granddaughters Hailey and Adrianna, multiple aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Marion and Gerald Neubauer and paternal grandfather Clarence Jensema. A private family memorial service will be on 11/7/09.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Mary E. Murphy

Born April 16, 1917 in Tacoma to Frank and Monica Renggli, she was the fifth child in a family of four brothers and one sister. She died on November 3, 2009 at the age of 92. She attended Holy Rosary Grade School and St. Leo's High School. She married Carl Benson in 1941, who died unexpectedly three months after their marriage. After several years, she married Les Murphy, who died in 1969 after a lengthy illness. She had been a widow for 40 years. Mary worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for 30 years. Not ready for retirement, her interests turned to real estate, and she soon received her license. She was also enthusiastic about nutrition and beauty, which led her into a successful Shaklee business. She received awards for sharing her expertise as a Beauty Advisor and nutrition consultant. She remained in business well into her 80s. A member of St. Patrick parish for over 50 years, she served several years as a Eucharistic Minister at Mass. Her four brothers, Frank, Martin, Joe and Tony Renggli, predeceased her. She is survived by one sister, Frances Hansen, of Seattle, 25 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and nephews. A wonderfully thoughtful and gracious lady, with an eye for the beautiful in life, she was admired greatly by all who knew her. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Parish on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at 11:00 am with her nephew, Fr. John Renggli, officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Remembrances in her honor may be made to St. Patrick Parish, 1001 North "J" St., Tacoma, WA 98403. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Berton Walkley

February 2, 1919 – October 27, 2009 Berton Walkley, Resident of Milton 39 years passed away. He is survived by his four children: Linda Strong, Paul Walkley, Steve Walkley, Mary Kay Walkley, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. His wife Katherine preceded him in death 1998. Services November 7, 2009 Noon, Gethsemane Cemetery, Federal Way WA, reception follows. Donations may be made to Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia WA Special Care/Critical Care
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Jack LeeRoy Smith

Jack L. Smith passed away on November 2, 2009. Jack was born August 19, 1933 in South Prairie, WA. He is survived by his significant other of 21 years Helen Jones her daughter Joann and family, son Bill (Brenda), daughter Kathy, grandchildren Travis (Kori), Brent (Katie), Andrew and Joel. He is preceded in death by son Ricky and daughter Nancy. He served our country in the Arm Forces for many years, He retired from Simpson Paper Mill in 1995. Viewing will be held at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup, Sat. Nov. 7th from 11am-12:45pm. Services will be at 1pm. Reception to follow at the funeral home.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Marie C. Strauss (DeKrey)

Marie C. Strauss, born in Pettibone, North Dakota on March 22, 1912, passed away on November 1, 2009. Marie taught in the rural schools in Pettibone for seven years. She was an active member in several churches over the years and was a member of United Church in University Place. Survivors include daughter Muriel Clough; grandsons, Brien Clough and wife Shanon, Kevin Clough and wife Camille; great-granddaughter Gracie Clough; and great-grandsons Santana Clough and Dakoda and Sequoia Waddell; in-laws Ole and Lorraine Tokheim; nieces, a nephew, and many cousins. Preceding her in death were her husband Harold, son Eugene, son-in-law Danny Clough, a sister, Henriette Knoblich, former brother-in-law Gottlieb, brothers John and Leroy DeKrey, and sister-in-law Lou. Graveside services will be held in Mountain View Memorial Park TODAY, Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM, with Rev. Ken Rhoe officiating. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Mary K. Reopelle

Mary was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 19, 1959 to William and Mary Cromie and was called home to our Lord on October 30, 2009 after a courageous battle with complications from the swine flu. After coming to Tacoma in the early 1980’s, she met and married Mark Reopelle. They were blessed with two wonderful children Becky and Danny. For 25 yrs they made their life in the McKenna/Yelm communities. Besides her husband and children, Mary is survived by her brother and 2 sisters, along with many nieces and nephews, and a large extended family. Mary will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. A casual memorial service will be held 11 AM on Saturday Nov. 7th, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 206 3rd Street SE, Yelm, WA 98597. For more information visit Please make donations to your favorite children’s charity.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Thora Berlina Larsen

Ninety-eight years young, born Dec. 11, 1910 in Enumclaw, WA. Resident of Tacoma 42 years, moved to Onalaska, WA in 1982. She worked in some of the best restaurants of Tacoma for over 40 years, leaving us peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 30, 2009. Beloved mother of Donna McCormack, Onalaska, WA and Louis Larsen, Renton, WA. Proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Waiting to greet her on the other side are her husband Louis, 2 sons, Robert and Kent, and son-in-law Jim. Graveside visitation will be Saturday the 12th at 11:00 AM.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Ora Jean Young

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God (NIV, Psalm 20:7) Our Mom was a woman of faith who loved and trusted God. (Ora) Jean Young was born in Bassano, Alberta, Canada to Stephen John and Helen Josephine McGuire on April 10, 1923. She was a loving mother, devoted wife, and loyal and caring friend. She passed on to join her husband, Lonnie D. Young, in Heaven on Friday, October 30, 2009. She is survived by her three sons, Mark P. Young, Paul A. Young, and Stephen W. Young, daughter-in-law Anne Young, grandchildren Rocio, Miquel, Justin, Elizabeth, JD, and Kelly, and great-grandchildren Darrin, Kyra, Cassidy, Thatcher, and Jeffrey. Funeral services will be held in the Mountain View Aspen Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Tacoma, WA 98499, (253) 584-0252, at 2p.m. Friday, November 6, 2009.
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William Fred Armstrong

William Armstrong passed away at the age of 70, on the morning of Nov. 1st to a battle with brain cancer. He died peacefully in his home around family and friends. He is survived by his wife Sharon, his 2 daughters, and 6 step children. Every life that he has touched, has been blessed. Join us to celebrate his life at the Elks Club in Tacoma on Sat Nov. 7th at 1:00pm.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Donald (Barney) Bowen

11/5/39 - 12/14/08 We are celebrating your 70th birthday with you in our hearts. You will be in our thoughts and our lives forever. Miss you more than words can say. Love Diana, Gene, Jackie, Shelley, Mark, Donnie and Annette, and all eight grandkids.
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Johnnie Patterson Jr.

7/21/1927 - 11/05/2008 It’s hard to believe it has been one year since you left us. Although, you are not here physically, your spirit will always be with us forever. We miss you very much. Love. Your wife Bobbie, sons Johnnie III, Patrick (Lisa), grandchildren and great grandson. In Loving Memory of my Husband
Pub Date: 11/5/2009

Lisette Estrada

6/28/1999 - 10/30/2009 Passed away after fighting a courageous battle of cancer at the age of 10. She is survived by her father (Jose), mother (Irma), brother (Edgar) and her younger sister (Jennifer). She will be missed but always remembered. Rosary services will start November 3 at 7 pm at 9823 Sheridan Ave S, Tacoma. Mass is arranged for November 4 at 7 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 4520 McKinley Ave, Tacoma. Any donation can be sent to Lister Elementary, 2106 E. 44th St, Tacoma, 98404. Checks may be made out to Jose M. Estrada.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Margaret T. Burrows

Age 89, passed away peacefully at home on November 1, 2009. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Leslie W. Burrows. She is survived by her children: Alice Anderson, William (Karen) Burrows, Ann (Gary) Smith, and her step-daughter Sandy (Ardel) Johnston. In addition, she is survived by three generations of grandchildren. She lived in Puyallup for over 60 years, was a retired Puyallup elementary school teacher, and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Puyallup. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7, at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Puyallup. Donations may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church of Puyallup or the Fish Food Bank - Puyallup.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Myrna Ray Asbjornsen

April 7, 1941 - October 30, 2009 After retiring from the Banking Industry, Myrna spent a lot of her spare time painting beauty & love in all of our hearts & homes. To honor her memory; are husband Roy, sons Bryan, Roy Jr. & Craig; daughters Katrina, Hope & Adeline; 10 grandchildren; sisters Dona Eby & Peggy Bolt; brothers Bill Merrick & James Johnson; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins. She was preceded by brother DeVern Johnson, parents DeVern & Doris Johnson of Yakima. A Graveside service will be held Thur., Nov. 5th, - 1:00 P.M. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.
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Margret Elizabeth Ward

August 7, 1922 - October 31, 2009 Margret was born in Seattle to Clara Francis and Axel Swanson. She joined the Salvation Army Church in 1938 and volunteered numerous hours. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Clifford Ward, her daughter Melode Motycka (Bill), grandchildren Elizabeth Feigen (Eric), Jeffrey Sutton (Jana), great grandchildren Kyle, Lindsay, Madeline and a girl expected in March. Her greatest joys were her family and her church. Memorial to be held at the Salvation Army 1110 S. Puget Sound, Tacoma, 11:00am, Friday, November 6, 2009.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Beverly Nayer

Beverly J. Nayer, 85, a Gig Harbor resident since 1965, died Oct 29, 2009. Bev was very creative and owned Cellar Arts & Crafts in Gig Harbor, and was a realtor at GH Realty. She was a loving mom and grandma, and was a member of GH United Methodist Church. Family members include her son Mark of Grapeview and daughter Nancy of GH. She had four grandchildren, Aaron, Joe, Kyle and Josh. Memorial services will be 3:00 pm, Sunday Nov 8, 2009 at Haven of Rest Chapel, Gig Harbor. Interment at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Please sign the online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Earl Donald Anderson

Earl "Don" Anderson passed away peacefully on October 28, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Earl was born May 5, 1920 in Ralph, South Dakota, and grew up in Inchelium, WA. He served our country in WWII in the Army Air Corp in the Pacific. Upon his return, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Puget Sound and worked for the Standard Oil Co., B&F Grocery, and finally was self-employed in plumbing repair until his late 80's. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maria, and their three children: Martha (Kevin) Howerton, Sonia, and Donald Joseph. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. At his request, there will be no services held. Guest book and more at .
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Ernie Coffey

Ernie Coffey was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 11, 1940. He passed peacefully on Sunday, November 01, 2009 at home in the loving care of his beloved wife, Helen. Ernie was preceded in death by his eldest son, Michael Coffey. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Helen, his son, Bob Coffey (Kim), his daughter, Janice Priebe (Bill), and daughter-in-law, Pam Coffey. The pride of his life was his precious grandchildren and he will be forever remembered by Collin & Aaron Coffey, Kayla & Karli Priebe, and Sean & Brendan Hagens. Ernie had been ill for many years but it didn't keep him from enjoying the company of his family. He also enjoyed looking out at his beautiful view from his home and dreaming of his past passions such as fishing and golf. He will be greatly missed. A gravesite memorial service will be held at Gethsemane Cemetery on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm. A reception will follow. Donations can be made in Ernie's honor to the American Association of Kidney Patients. Please visit the family's online guest register at
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Evelyn was born on March 15, 1919 in Seneca, Kansas. She was the oldest of 9 children of Roy and Teresa Becker. Evelyn went to meet the Lord on October 31, 2009 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Forrest (Shorty) Rohrs, brother Leroy and two grandchildren. She is survived by her three daughters, Margie Williams of Puyallup, Doreen Harvey (George) of Golden Hills, Ca and Delores Stein of Tacoma and one son, Gary McAtee of Aberdeen, two sisters, Mary Jo Berges and Alice Fairfield and five brothers, Harley Becker, Donald Becker, Phillip Becker, Ronnie Godbout and Richard Godbout, 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 8 great, great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Evelyn served as High Priestess of L.O.S. Ahlab Court #67. She belonged to Fern Chapter of Eastern Star for 48 years, Corinthian Eastern Star and Ladies of the Nile of Tacoma, Wa, in which she served in many different positions. Evelyn enjoyed her many friends, especially her Friday night group and her Friday afternoon bingo with the OLD FOLKS. She loved playing cards and especially giving the boys a bad time. Our family would like to thank all of our many family and friends for their thoughts and prayers during this trying time, especially Jeannie Strand for her love and support. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 4pm at the So. Tacoma Masonic Center, 5405 So. Puget Sound Avenue, Tacoma. The family suggest Donations can be made to L.O.S. Unfunded equipment fund in Evelyn’s name.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009


George Riecan, Sr., age 85; passed away on Oct. 30, 2009 at his home in University Place surrounded by his family. Mr. Riecan, WWII Veteran & retired union factory worker, originally from So. Illinois, moved to Tacoma in 1981. His wife of 57 years, Leona, passed away March 9, 2008. He is survived by his son, George M. Riecan, local attorney, his wife, Peggy and their 3 children: Dustin (Rachel) Iacobazzi Riecan, Courtney (ne: Riecan) (Josh) Corpeno and Cameron Riecan, along with great-grandchild, Caleb Corpeno. Many relatives and friends survive in Illinois. A private service and Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Leo's "The Food Connection" Tacoma. Please see full obituary and leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

George Warren May

George was born in Tacoma, WA to Warren and Helen May on September 19, 1944 and died October 28, 2009. A proud Italian, George owned and operated Georgio's Italian Restaurant for many years. He later joined the Robert Larson Auto Group where he worked for 19 years retiring in 2008. George's Brittany Mia was his pride and joy, as well as his constant companion. Mia was a certified therapy dog and together they visited local hospitals bringing smiles to the faces of all who came in contact with them. George will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm in the Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Margaret C. Sullivan,

Graham, Washington Margaret Sullivan, born in Everett on June 11, 1921, went home to be with God, October 31, 2009. Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother loved, protected, sheltered and taught by word and deed. She lived her faith and inspired us all by example. Preceded in death by husband Harold and daughter Edie Sullivan-Wayne, she is survived by sister Marie Little, daughters Lora Dizmang, Joyce Finch and Annette Sullivan, grandchildren Charity, Isaac, Larkin, Megan, Elijah, Lora Rose, Leah and great-grandchildren Roselise and Steven. Margaret was a dedicated educator and an avid reader who was passionate about learning. She knew her life's vocation after falling in love with teaching in Ms. McKenzie's first grade class at Garfield Elementary. After graduating from Everett High School in 1939, she continued to Seattle Pacific College (SPU), earning her bachelor's degree and teaching certification. Margaret taught in the Bethel School District for over 25 years, retiring from Thompson Elementary at age 67. Margaret continued her love for teaching and gift as an educator by volunteering at Spanaway Elementary until the age of 87. She regularly volunteered for the Spanaway FISH food bank. Margaret touched the lives of many by treating people with respect, and seeing everyone as a unique and special individual with unlimited potential. She encouraged the best in everyone, whether young or old, and treated each with compassion, love and forgiveness. She had a penchant for puns, a gracious quick sense of humor, and a smile and wink for everyone. She loved her family, church and her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was respected in her community and will be greatly missed by the people whose lives she touched. Margaret was a member of the Spanaway United Methodist Church (SUMC) for over 40 years and acted as the financial secretary for several years. Viewing is at Fir Lane Funeral Home, Friday November 6th from 10-7 and Saturday November 7th from 10-11. Memorial service will be at SUMC at 11:30, Saturday, November 7th. A reception/potluck celebrating her life will follow interment. You may send flowers to SUMC or make a tax deductible donation in her name to: B.E.S.T., P.O 742, Graham, WA 98338.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Carolyn Logan

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a great woman. Carolyn Louise Logan passed away early October 17, 2009, at the age of 69, after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Carolyn’s survivors, her mother Mae C. Estep, 8 children, Debbie, Carla, Diana, Doug, Donald, Marilyn, Leo and Billy; 21 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren, will miss her greatly, but will love and cherish the time we had with her forever. In loving memory, Carolyn’s Family.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Kay Donna Coghlan Minor

Kay, age 76, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2009. Kay was born December 31, 1932 in Aberdeen, Washington to King and Elsie. She lived most of her years in Ocosta, Tacoma, Roy, and Tenino, WA. Kay is survived by her husband James of 56 years, children: Doug (Margaret), Rick (Carol), Sharron (Ron), Robin (Keith), Todd (Dawn), (Chris) she was preceded in death by her son David; grandchildren: Doug, Jennifer, Sarah, Michael, Ashley, Katie, Jessica, Karissa, and Elisabeth; great-grandchildren Breanna, Kaylie, and Tanna. Kay was a great mother, grandmother, and homemaker; she loved baking, decorating and spending time with her grandchildren. Her smiles and hugs will be greatly missed. Services will be held on November 6, 2009 at 2:00pm at Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 5725 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater, Washington.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Frederick F. Greer

Lifetime Tacoma resident Fred Greer passed away peacefully in Everett, WA on October 31, 2009 with family by his side. Fred was born in Tacoma on January 1, 1912. Fred proudly served in the US Army during WWII and after an honorable discharge worked at the American Smelting & Refining Co. (ASARCO) in Ruston, WA. Retiring as a Furnace Foreman in 1971. Fred will be remembered by many in the Ruston area as he was a frequent patron of many of the local establishments as well as a member of the Narrows VFW for many years. Fred will also be remembered as a man with a huge heart, who worked hard, and was never afraid to lend a hand. Fred was a wonderful story teller who lived nearly a century, he will be greatly missed. Fred leaves behind daughters: Anne Greer, Carole Anne Dietz, Carla Stewart (Gaylon), Caren Purbaugh (Jon), 7 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends who loved him dearly. Fred is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Greer, July 25, 2009. Service will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Lorine Mae (Buicy) D'Ambrosio

Lorine Mae (Buicy) D'Ambrosio, 85, formerly of Des Moines and Federal Way, passed away October 31, 2009 in University Place, WA. She was born March 1, 1924 in Martinsdale, Montana, where she grew up and met her first husband George Buicy. They moved to Washington in the 1940's where they raised their two children Gary and Wanda. She worked at Woodside Elementary School as a teacher's assistant for special needs children until she retired. She enjoyed camping, sewing, square dancing, gardening and was a member of the North Hill Garden club for many years. George passed away in 1992 and she later married Joe D'Ambrosio. They enjoyed spending time together taking trips and dancing at the Auburn senior center. She was proceeded in death by her parents, son Georgie, husbands George and Joe. Lorine is survived by her son Gary (Jill) Buicy of Federal Way; her daughter Wanda (Robert) Miller of Tacoma, WA; brothers Frank Feeback of Martinsdale Montana; Robert (Janine) Feeback of Billings Montana; sisters Luella Reynolds of Walla Walla, WA; Betty Luther of Billings Montana; Loretta (Bob) Voller of Billings Montana; four grandchildren Gary Brett Buicy, Holly Nicole Buicy, Brent Lacey (Teresa) Tibbetts, Christopher George (Tara)Tibbetts and three great grandchildren Alexis Tibbetts, Emma Tibbetts and Sophia Tibbetts. A visitation will be held Thursday November 5th from 4:00PM-7:00PM at Yahn and Son Funeral Home in Auburn. A graveside service will be held Friday November 6th at 2:00PM at Mt. View Cemetery in Auburn. Please visit our website at if you would like to leave a tribute for Lorine. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or the Tacoma Humane Society.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Lynn J. ("Bud") Webber, Jr.

Lynn James ("Bud") Webber, Jr. passed away on Oct. 29, 2009 in Puyallup at age 71, after a three month battle with melanoma cancer. He was born in St. Ignatius, MT on Feb. 28, 1938. He was tribal elder of the Salish and Kootenai Tribe in Montana and a member of the VFW. He attended Western Washington University, served in the U.S. Army, and worked for Alberto Culver, American Thread Co., and The City of Tacoma. He was dedicated to his family and was extremely proud of his grandchildren. He generously included extended family and friends in many memorable activities over the years. Bud enjoyed spending time in the woods and was a thoughtful steward of the land. He was a native plant enthusiast and had an affinity for rhododendrons. He spent his summers building a second home in Montana that eventually became a summer vacation destination for the family. Memories of big meals, card games, hiking, fishing, canoeing, playing pitch, and sharing stories on the front porch will stay with us forever. Lynn is survived by Eileen, his wife of 47 year; sons Jim (Linda), Dan (Kris), Dale (Alison), and Jason; grandchildren Rachel, Hannah, James, Sarah, Danny, Andrea, and Caden. He is also survived by his sisters Doreen Mussman, Joyce Coffel, and brother Douglas. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Puyallup, 412 W. Pioneer, at 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 7th. Remembrances may be made to the Tacoma East Side Boys and Girls Club, 614 E. 64th St., Tacoma, WA 98404, attn: Gary Klein.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Marie C. Strauss (DeKrey)

Marie C. Strauss, born in Pettibone, North Dakota on March 22, 1912, passed away on November 1, 2009. Marie taught in the rural schools in Pettibone for seven years. She was an active member in several churches over the years and was a member of United Church in University Place. Survivors include daughter Muriel Clough; grandsons, Brien Clough and wife Shanon, Kevin Clough and wife Camille; great-granddaughter Gracie Clough; and great-grandsons Santana Cough and Dakoda and Sequoia Waddell; in-laws Ole and Lorraine Tokheim; nieces, a nephew, and many cousins. Preceding her in death were her husband Harold, son Eugene, son-in-law Danny Clough, a sister, Henriette Knoblich, former brother-in-law Gottlieb, brothers John and Leroy DeKrey, and sister-in-law Lou. Graveside services will be held in Mountain View Memorial Park on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM, with Rev. Ken Rhoe officiating. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Sharon Maria Hammeken

My darling wife passed away peacefully on November 1, 2009. She was born on October 24, 1942 in Seattle. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Steve, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, four brothers and numerous relatives and friends. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, son and daughter, grandson, and a sister and brother. She loved people and was loved by all. She enjoyed gardening and sewing and did interior design for many years. Services will be held at 12:00 PM Friday, November 6, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel followed by a reception. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Phyllis Jean McVicker

March 15, 1928 - Nov. 4, 2004 Mom, Can't believe 5 years have passed already. In our hearts it still feels like just yesterday. Your ever present love is felt in each of us and we know you are the angel we need keeping an eye on us all. We love you the mostest. Ray and your 3 angels.
Pub Date: 11/4/2009

Charles Edward Whitson

Charles E. (Chuck) Whitson, 65, Loving Husband, Father, and Papa passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and friends October 30, 2009. Chuck was a decorated war veteran of Vietnam war. He survived by his wife Phyllis of 42 years, 6 children: Bill(Veronica), Bud(Linda), Ron, Rick(Susy), Carol(Keith), and Patti(Steve). 9 brothers and sisters, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Services will be held at 10am November 5, 2009 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints~ 6901 224th St E. Graham, WA 98338. Graveside services at Mountain View~4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW. Lakewood Please sign online guestbook @
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Donald R. Wombacher

Donald R. Wombacher died peacefully at Allenmore Hospital, Oct. 30th 2009 in Tacoma Washington. Don was born in Lawrence NE and raised in Shelby NE where he graduated ninth in his class from Shelby High School. Don joined the Navy to see the world, however, the Navy also brought him out to the Pacific Northwest where he stayed and started his career and family. Don worked a Letter-Pressman, for Print Northwest until his retirement. Don spent many years coaching little league baseball. He belonged to Bellarmine Boosters The Eagles, and the Knights of Columbus. Don loved, Mariner's baseball, the Ellensburg Rodeo, and love to camp and fish. He believed there were only two kinds of music Country and Western. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends at the VFW but his priority was always his family. He is survived by 11 siblings, 5 children, 18 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at Gaffney's Funeral Home located at 1002 So. Yakima at 4:00 p.m. Friday Nov. 6th. Reception following the service at the VFW Narrows Bridge Post Hall 4741 N Baltimore St Tacoma, WA 98407. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home (253) 572-6003.
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Ian Nathaniel Lombardi

Ian Nathaniel Lombardi, beloved son of Ken and Julia; passed away on October 23rd, 2009. He was born on January 5th 1983 in Kailua, Hawaii. He lived in Gig Harbor most of his life and accomplished much in his asperations; graduateing from Apresious Culinary Academy in Flourence, Italy, after which, he and his mother built and designed Merende, an italian cafe in Tacoma. He was also able to rise to the level of black-belt in Tai-Kwon-Do. He leaves behind his mother, father, and siblings, Peter, Joseph, Rachel, and Courtney, as well as a wealth of exteneded family members and friends. He will be sorely misssed.
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Helen L. (LaCoursiere) Hoffman

Jan. 11, 1921-Oct. 30, 2009 Helen was born and raised in Tacoma. She was one of four children and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1938. She was a proud member of the Salvation Army. Later she worked at Fort Lewis and retired as chief of the civilian payroll section in 1973. Helen was a wonderful, loving wife and mother who also enjoyed her many animal friends. Helen has left behind her sister Rose, son Wayne (Dorothy), daughter Tina (Alan), grandchildren Kimberlee and Angela, and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as many friends, all of whom will truly miss her. Viewing will be held from 10:00-2:00 and 6:00-9:00, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Larry J. Farrell

June 15, 1942 - Oct. 29, 2009 Larry was born in Sewell Chili, and moved to Tacoma when he was five years old. He worked as a glazier for over 30 years. He is survived by his friend Deborah Pate, ex-wife Carol, sons Glenn and Dale, 3 grandchildren, Savannah, Brian and Olivia. A memorial service is being held in the Mountain View Garden Chapel at 1pm on Nov. 7, 2009
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Kenneth Russell Frasier

Of Kerrville, Texas, formerly of Tacoma, died October 4 of esophageal cancer. He was 75. He was born in Kings Valley, Oregon to Eugene and Leone Frasier. He married Coreen Johnston in 1954, and they had three sons before they divorced in 1973. He married Hazel Gaither in 1978. He served in the United States Air Force for 10 years as a flight engineer and a missile technician. He moved his family to Tacoma in 1968, and went to work for the Boeing Co., and retired as an aircraft machinist. He is survived by his wife Hazel of Kerrville, Texas, his sons and their wives, George and Sue Frasier of Halsey, Oregon, Gene and Jennifer Frasier and Gary and Cathy Frasier, both of Hillsboro, Oregon, stepdaughter Vanessa Strand and Malcom Welch of Kirkland, and stepson Donald and Alejandra Gaither of San Antonio, Texas. A sister, Mary Sue Farnworth of Eugene, Oregon, a brother, Ronald Frasier of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a brother Robert Frasier of Roseburg, Oregon also survive. Kenneth had 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Two grandsons, Daniel Frasier and Graeme Frasier, died previously. At his request there will be no services.
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Eileen LaBell

Of Lakewood WA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 29, 2009 at the age of 85. Preceded in death by her parents Fred and Daisy, husbands Dutch and Jake, brothers Robert and Herbert, and son Allen. Survived by 3 siblings, Norma, Beverly and Donald, her children Leona May, Dale, Marlene and Darlene, stepchildren Don, Cathy, Dale and Danny, 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Her Celebration of Life service will be held at the South Tacoma Eagles, 7037 S. Pine St., Tacoma, WA Nov. 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations to Franciscan Hospice are requested by the family. You may view the full online obituary and sign the guest book at, .
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Joanne Marie Thomas

2/28/1944 - 11/3/2008 In Loving Memory of our wonderful mother and grandmother; Joanne M. Thomas. Not a day goes by that we don't grieve your loving and adventurous nature, your beautiful smile, your infectious laughter, and our Sunday dinners. You are loved and missed every day. We are so thankful for having so many wonderful memories. Love, Rhonda, Ron, Hillary, Tom, Allie, Ryan, Jodi and Cheyenne.
Pub Date: 11/3/2009

Walter E Challender Jr.

Age 67, left our lives on October 30, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Frances, his 5 children, 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many loving friends. Walter was a Master of Lakewood Lodge #304, a Worthy Patron of Vida #35, and a member of Guiding Star #99. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2009, 2 p.m., at the Scottish Rite, 817 S. Vassault, Tacoma, WA. The family requests that donations be made in Walter's name to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 11/2/2009

Ernest James Fazio

Ernest James Fazio was born on July 1st, 1926 in Tacoma, WA. His parents, Ignazio and Angelina, both immigrated from Italy. Ernie served in the US Army during WWII with tours of duty in Japan and the Philippines. During his tour he was awarded the Purple Heart. Ernie’s true joy was his family and friends. He enjoyed sharing stories, Sunday dinners, a glass of red, and an occasional bowl of ice cream. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary, children Diane (Mark) Snyder, Lori, Robert, Mark (Beth), grandchildren Stephanie, Sarah, Morgan, Nicholas and Colby, brothers Frank, Jim and George, and many nieces and nephews. He will be in good company with siblings Tony, John, Albert, Mary and Lena. Ernie worked at Fick Foundry for 44 years and was a Charter Member of St. Charles Borromeo. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 at 11AM at St. Charles Borromeo. Rosary will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7PM at Piper Morley Mellinger Funeral Chapel, 472-3353. Donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, WA/AK Chapter, 530 Dexter Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle, 98109.
Pub Date: 11/2/2009

Ethel I. Wright

11-3-1915 to 10-30-2009 Ethel was born in Hibbing, MN on 11-3-1915 and died three days before her 94th birthday in Tacoma, WA on 10-30-2009. She married Gordon Wright in 1937. She worked for 27 years as a medical secretary at Western State Hospital. Ethel was an active member in the Cedar Chapter Order of Eastern Star, and was a past Matron and Grand Representative. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Gordon in 1970, and is survived by her two daughters, Janice (Ron) Jensen and Gerry (Gary) Johnson, 8 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She loved people and being involved life's many activities. We love you. Services will take place in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 10:00 A.M.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Barbara Jean Coyer

Age 66, of Port Orchard, lost her battle with cancer on October 29, 2009. She was surrounded by loved ones as she went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ, whom she deeply loved. Barbara was born on April 23, 1943 in Quincy, Illinois. Passionate about a life of serving others, she graduated from Saint Vincent School of Nursing in 1964. Barbara dedicated 43 years to nursing and loved every day of it. In addition to nursing, Barbara's passions in life were her church, family, friends, hiking, and enjoying each day to the fullest. She approached life with grace and dignity, and though her strength of body declined, her personal courage and deep faith sustained her to the end. Barbara is survived by her husband of 42 years, Donald, and their three children, Brian, Todd, and Kara (and spouses). A viewing will be held at Rill Chapel in Port Orchard on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:00. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2009 at St. Gabriel's Church in Port Orchard. Please attend. In lieu of flowers and other thoughtful gestures, the family requests memorials are made to the American Cancer Society/ colon cancer. Online memorial at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Sandra Rae Wahlstrom-Smith

Age 69, of Auburn, went to be with the Lord on October 25, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. Sandie is survived by her loving husband Webster (Carl) Smith; daughter Robin (Don) Leadbetter; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son Tim, parents Herbert and Theresa Wahlstrom and brother Lee. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made to American Cancer Society in Sandie’s name. Please visit www.yahnandson. com for the online guestbook and further service information.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Russell E. Bucy

Age 88, passed away October 26 in Enumclaw, WA. Born in Chillicothe Ohio in 1921, Mr. Bucy was a longtime resident of Seattle and Renton, WA and lived in Enumclaw WA since 1989. He proudly served aboard the USS Essex in WWII and was employed for 35 years at Fisher Mills in Seattle. He was preceded in death by Alice, his wife of 54 years, William Wren his eldest son, his brother Robert, sister Dorothy McVicker and grandson Robert Barr. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Sharon Barr of Arlington WA, a son, Colonel USA (ret) Russell Bucy and daughter-in-law Lynne of Gig Harbor WA; brothers Carl and Charles, sisters Irene Lowery and Jean Foor all of Chillicothe Ohio; grandson Dr. Christopher Barr, granddaughters Denise Greg, Kerry Barr, Allison Barr, Megan Johnson and Amanda Bucy; great-grandchildren Ryan and Jason Barr, Lindsey Henry and Ashley Greg, and great-great granddaughter Peyton Henry. Mr. Bucy will rest at Washington Memorial Park in SeaTac, WA.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Albert Rogers, Jr.

Albert Rogers, Jr., born March 23, 1921 in Warrior, Alabama to Albert and Lucille Rogers, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 27, 2009 after an unexpected but peaceful passing at home. Al had served in the US Army during WWII, and later served his country as a civilian instructor training US Army helicopter pilots during Vietnam. Al had lived in Florida, Arizona, and California. In Canyon Country, CA he was the owner and executive chef of Roger's BBQ. He also enjoyed being a helicopter pilot in Santa Barbara, shuttling crew members to off-shore oil drilling. For the past 10 years, Al and his wife Heather called Gig Harbor home, where he attended Waypoint Church and was a member at the Elks and the Eagles. He and Heather met dancing, something they both enjoyed for the last ten years. Al also enjoyed gardening when it involved using his John Deere tractor. The family has many happy memories of the delicious meals he and Heather prepared for them. Al loved his cats and had a special affection for Spunky, the one he had rescued from the woods. Al will be deeply missed by his wife Heather, his daughters Ruth James and Susan Diamond, and his sons Jimmy, Jerold, and Richard Rogers. He is also survived by his step-daughters, Karin Williamson, Julia Brown, Renee Taylor, and Janice Sparks, and his step-sons Rick, Spencer, and Glynne Taylor. Many grandchildren loved Papa Al. Al was preceded in death by his brother Ray Rogers. A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 on November 8th, 2009 at the Gig Harbor Eagles. Remembrances may be made to Humane Society,, 253-284-5803; or Waypoint Church, PO Box 269, Vaughn, WA 98394. Please leave a note or memory for his family on Al's guestbook at
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Avys P. Hathaway

Avys was born on February 8th 1917 in MarMarth, North Dakota. She passed away on October 22, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. Avys is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert, and their son Geoff. She attended the University of Washington while working at Paradise Lodge on Mount Rainier. After World War II she worked for Pacific Northwest Bell and retired in 1985. Since 1952, Avys was an active member of Soroptimist International of Seattle Metropolitan (SISM), a charitable organization where she has an endowment fund in her honor. She also enjoyed skiing, traveling, and craft-work with her friends. An informal gathering to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday November 8th, 2009 at the Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Avenue North in Seattle, between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Memorial donations may be mailed to: SISM Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 2676, Seattle, WA 98111.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Karl C. Perryman

Born 10/4/32 in AL passed away 10/30/09 in Tacoma. Funeral services will be held on Thurs. 11/5/09 at 11 a.m. at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253-272- 1414 with burial following at 1 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Robert Russell Holland

Born 3/17/1943 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away 10/29/2009 in Tacoma, WA. Robert is survived by his significant other Constance Holland, 2 sons, Dean (Kathleen) and Greg (Amy), 2 daughters, Brenda McCloud and Lisa (Dan) Hilligoss, mother Jean Swanson, step-father Herb Swanson, 9 grandchildren, and 4 sisters. He worked his whole life as a welder and spent his retirement years building miniature train sets. He loved animals, especially his cat "Tucker". Service will be held 10AM Tuesday, 11/3/2009 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Service with military honors to be held 1PM 11/3 at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Jacklyn Jean Shephard

Born April 17th, 1954; passed away peacefully at home on October 17th, 2009. Many knew her as the "Origami Lady". Memorial services will be held on November 14th, 2009 at 1pm at the South Lakeshore Christian Church, 1740 S 84th St. Tacoma, WA 98444. Flowers may be sent to that location or, for those who would prefer, donations may be made in her name to The Nature Conservancy ( ) or for Leukodystrophy research to Hunter's Hope Foundation ( ). Please share memories and see the full obituary at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Edith Harris

Born October 16, 1932, Spring Creek, North Dakota. Passed away October 29, 2009, Bellevue, Washington. Edith passed away from complications after hip surgery. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Anthony, children Terri (Paul Nelson), David (Sheila), Toni (Mike Armstrong), Marc (Karen), 9 grandchildren: Julie, Ryan, Nicole, Karin, Brian, Brad, Craig, Matt and Melissa; 9 great-grandchildren: Taylor, Zach, Zaya, Max, Nathan, Ryder, Kaydin, Ava and Tyler; and many nieces and nephews. Edith was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Alice Giste, and siblings Jane, Joe, Les and Doug. She is survived by Phyllis, MaryLou, Jerry, Mike, Gary and Tom. "Gaga" enjoyed spending time with her family and sharing her passion of gardening with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an active volunteer at the Sumner Senior Center and Food Bank. Viewing, Tuesday, November 3, 5-8 pm, Curnow Funeral Home, 1410 Main Street, Sumner. Private graveside service, followed by a public memorial service Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 2:00 pm, Sumner Methodist Church, 901 Wood Ave. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home (253) 863-2800. Please sign the online guestbook at . Memorials may be made to the Sumner Food Bank.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Antoinette Marie Lanza Bourne

December 9, 1932 - October 28, 2009 Our darling mom, Antoinette Marie Lanza Bourne, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2009. Mom was born in Tacoma on December 9, 1932. She attended McCarver School and was a graduate of Lincoln High Class 1950. Mom faithfully attended her McCarver and Lincoln High School reunions at every chance. In 1955, she married Dr. Marvin L. Bourne, and they made their home in Fircrest, WA. Toni received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1962 where she majored in fine arts. Although she lived most of her life in Tacoma, she enjoyed travels to Europe - with Italy being her favorite of course - and destination ski resorts. Toni enjoyed skiing with her “Ski Gals” friends her whole life! Her career was in graphic arts and she worked in the engineering department of the Port of Tacoma, retiring from there in 1996. She will be fondly remembered by her Port co-workers for her comical “Bourne Reports”. In her later years, Mom was a volunteer with Memorie Singers and enjoyed performing and being in the spotlight whenever she had the chance. Mom was also a long time member of the Tacoma Sons of Italy Lodge and a member of the Tacoma Elks. Mom never hesitated to go against the crowd and let her opinion be known. Toni was fun, loving and independent. She adored her family, and was so proud of each of her children and grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered by all her family including her many cousins, nieces, nephews, and her dear friends. Antoinette is preceded in death by her parents, Vito Lanza, Katherine (Riggio) and Lester Wells. She is survived by her brother Victor (Martha) Lanza; daughters Jeanette Bourne, Lauren (Bill) Knight, Sharon Bourne Rushing; son Martin (Kim) Bourne; grandchildren, Christopher and Brenden Rushing, Elizabeth Bourne and Ben Villahermosa, Aaron, Christine and Gina Knight. We love you, Mom! We know you are singing with the angels now and skiing on the perfect snow in Heaven. In memorial of our mother, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Viewing will be held at Piper-Morley Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 4th from 10 am to 7 pm. Please sign the on-line guest book at . The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Thursday, November 5th at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 1403 S. Ainsworth Avenue, Tacoma. Graveside service will be at Calvary Cemetery following the reception.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Imogene E. Deane

Imogene was born in Ord, Nebraska on July 16, 1915 to Lawrence and Noma Anderson. She passed away peacefully at home on October 29th at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by Ray Deane, her husband of 46 years, and her 6 siblings: Leroy, Iler, Berge, Walwyn, Elgin and Evelyn Anderson. She is survived by her 2 children, Larry Deane and Lori (Bob) Pippin; grandsons James (Hermie) Pippin and Jason (Dana) Pippin; great-grandsons Jeremy, Ryan and Justin Pippin; and numerous extended family. She moved to Washington as a young woman to help her brother with his new dental office. During World War II she lived in Seattle and worked at the shipyards. She married Ray in 1946, and they lived on a small farm and were owners of Tacoma Meats. Later they owned and operated 3 motels in the South Tacoma area and then moved to a home in University Place. At semi-retirement they managed The Bluffs and Bell Terrace Apartments in Tacoma. After Ray's death she moved to Tahoma Terrace, a retirement community, for 14 years and finally into her daughter's home in University Place. She enjoyed taking trips, especially their tour through Europe, a cruise to Alaska, Hawaii, and visits back to Nebraska. She was also very talented in her hobbies of woodcarving, sewing, ceramics, and knitting. She will always be remembered as such a Lady with a beautiful, sunshine smile for everyone. She especially loved her family and friends, but loved to socialize. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed. Her family would like to thank the Hospice staff and Christina for their excellent, kind and gentle care. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2009 in Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery, with a reception to follow. Please sign our online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

CW4 (ret) William G. "Jerry" Grogan

Jerry was born March 18th, 1938 in Sequim, Washington to William C. and Dorothy Grogan. He was raised and attended high school in Stanfield, Oregon. Jerry joined the service and served his Country honorably as a combat engineer. His bravery during his three tours of Vietnam earned him a purple heart and multiple other medals. He retired after 26 years of devoted service with honors from the U.S. Army as an officer. Upon retirement he became a field supervisor with COBRA Corp. and later a purchasing manager with Bunce Rental. Jerry was a great man, dedicated to his country, and extremely well-read. Jerry enjoyed intellectual banter with family and friends and most importantly he loved his family. Jerry passed away on October 23rd, 2009, at home where he wanted to be. Jerry is survived by his sons Eric, Todd, and Willy, and close family friend Janet, who was thought of as a daughter by Jerry, as well as eight grandchildren, his siblings Sharon, Mike, and Shelby, and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Joyce, and brothers Chuck and Kevin. At his specific request, there will be no services held.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Mary Lucy Duren

June 20, 1951 - October 7, 2009 Born in Tacoma, and raised in Gig Harbor, Washington, Molly remained in the Northwest throughout her life. She moved from Seattle to the Oregon Coast in the mid nineties. She cherished her time with friends and family. She loved to cook and was happiest when making special dinners for those she loved. In recent years, she was an observant Catholic and never missed a Mass, and was a thoughtful and dedicated volunteer for community charities. She is preceded in death by parents Gloria and Herbert, siblings Lane and Christina. She is survived by daughter Carol McLaughlin, siblings Julia, Timothy and Thomas, nieces Julie, Ann, Melissa, Takayo and Charlotte. Her life will be remembered at funeral services held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Arch Cape, Oregon on November 7th at 1pm.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Marvel Larraine (Ziemke) Cooley

Marvel Larraine (Ziemke) Cooley passed away peacefully on October 26, 2009 at the age of 89. She was born in Garden City, MN to Henry and Emma Ziemke on June 29, 1920, and was the 3rd of 6 children. Mom enjoyed cooking and baking, especially around the holidays, for her family and friends. She always had a vegetable garden and liked working in her flower beds in the yard. She enjoyed being active in her church. Marvel was preceded earlier this year in death by her husband of 66 years, Barto, and is survived by sisters Dolores (Kerm) Wiederhoeft and Dorothy (Orin) Wiederhoeft in Minnesota, children Leroy, Elverne, and Sharon (Ray) Davenport, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at King's Manor and Regency of Puyallup for their kindness, care, and support of Mom. Viewing will be from 2:00 to 9:00 PM November 3, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home with a graveside service at 11:30 AM, November 4, 2009 at Mountain View Memorial Park. There will be a memorial service at 1:00 PM, November 4 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, located at 140 E. 56th St. in Tacoma, with reception following. Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where Barto and Marvel had been members since 1949. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Alida O. Matheson Dillington Pennington

Oct. 4, 1921 - Oct. 30, 2009 Alida was born in Nome, North Dakota to Olaf and Anna Davidson. Brother Earl Davidson deceased, sister Agnes Haugen deceased, sister Myrtle Peterson. Alida married Francis Matheson and they had 6 children, Ann Marie (John), Olaf Matheson (Jan), Dennis Matheson (Dale), Roselyn Wilfong (Ron), Darlene Sprecher (Ken), Steven Matheson (Sandy). After his passing she married Harold Dillingham. He had two childreen, Michael and Patty. They all spent many happy, memorable years at the lake before his sudden passing. Mother loved company. She loved God with all her heart and made sure He was a part of her life each day. She spent many hours praying for her family and friends. She sang in the choir at church and participated in many other activities there. She came to Washington in 1941 and worked for various doctors and hospitals, Pierce County, Boeing, and manager for Red Cross meal sites. She married Joe Pennington in 1978 now deceased. Leaves his family. Mary Oxier (LLoyd), Vera Anderson (Eric), Pat Richardson (Charles), Larry Pennington (Kathryn), 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Commital at Sumner Cemetery Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 10am, memorial following at Mountain View Lutheran Church, Edgewood, WA, 11:30am. Hill Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Roger William Hondle

Our Dad, Roger William Hondle, born February 26, 1947, lost his battle with cancer on October 29, 2009. Dad will be missed by many for his sense of humor, compassion, generosity, and companionship. Dad leaves behind wife Zoeanne, son Jason (Kathleen), daughter Roseanne (John) Starcher, grandchildren Laura, Jason Jr., Aaron, great-grandchild Faith, sister Gloria, brothers Bill and Bruce, and parents Bill and Gerty, along with many friends. Dad also leaves behind golfing buddies Richard, Griff, Ed, Doug and Greg. We know he is in Heaven looking down on us making a hole-in-one. Memorial to be held at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home Friday, November 6, 2009, at 2pm. Please sign the online guest book at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Janyce Lynne Fehner

Passed away peacefully Sunday, October 11, 2009 in her Federal Way home surrounded by her family. Janyce fought a courageous 3Ú year battle with cancer. Janyce was born in Seattle on October 1, 1942 to John and Helen Crilly. She graduated from Highline High School in 1960, and later received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Washington. Janyce retired from the United States Postal Service in 1999. Janyce is survived by her husband of 18 years, Charles Fehner, her daughter Megan Holt, and her grandchildren Mia and Elijah Holt. A memorial service will be held at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, located at 1829 S. 308th Street, Federal Way, on Friday November 27th at 2:00pm. A potluck reception will follow the service in the Starkey Friendship Center. Memorial contributions can be made to: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023; Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation, 425 Pontius Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98109; or Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 S. 308th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

MSG Joseph R. "Richard" Sabourin

RETIRED MSG Joseph R. "Richard" Sabourin (retired), 68, died Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at his home in Lakewood. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on October 21, 1941. He graduated high school in Canada, and went on to receive his BA degree in Maryland and his Master's degree in law enforcement in Alabama. Richard served two terms in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Meritorious Service Medal, retiring after 20 years. While he was stationed in Korea, Richard met and married Sin Ok Pak on January 31, 1967 in Seoul, Korea. Richard began his second career as a Correctional Officer for the Pierce County Sheriffs Department. He retired after 16 years because of ill health. Richard's interests included home projects, golfing, and riding horses. His family and friends will miss his kind spirit, great conversations, and calming ways. Sin was blessed and honored to have such a great husband and friend. His survivors include his loving wife, Sin; two sisters, Lucy and Linda; five brothers, Maurice, Jack, Paul, Clifford and Ronnie. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at St. John Bosco Parish, followed by a graveside scheduled for 2:15pm at Tahoma National Cemetery. Visitation is from 1pm to 9pm Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Anne J. Lobberegt

The matriarch of our family passed away, peacefully, on October 25,2009 at the age of 103. Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, and friend has gone to be with her Lord and to once again hold hands with her beloved husband, Harry Sr., for all eternity. She will leave a great vacancy in our lives. Her family and friends will carry the memory of this much-loved lady forever in their hearts. Anne is survived by her children Joanne, Jack, and Harry (Margaret). A celebration of her life will be held at First Christian Church in Tacoma on November 7th, 2009 at 2 PM. Private interment services will be at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle. Her family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful loving care provided by Franciscan Hospice, with special thanks to Rob, Suzanne, and Judy. Remembrances may be made to Franciscan Hospice or to First Christian Church in her name.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Mary Virginia Klein

Virginia Klein went quietly in her sleep on October 26th. It was a peaceful end to a long life. Born August 19th, 1921 in Mitchell, South Dakota, Virginia moved at a young age to the south end of Tacoma. She graduated from Lincoln High and attended the U of W. Virginia married Carl Klein on January 2, 1942. In 1947, they purchased a home with six acres on south Ainsworth Avenue. They spent the rest of their lives there. No one kept a household running more smoothly or took greater interest in her children. She taught them manners, the importance of hard work, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Virginia’s handwriting was pure artistry, as were her cinnamon rolls. She loved camping, church, the Mariners, and a corny joke. Virginia was disabled by a stroke in 1990, but remained sharp as a tack until the end. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Carl, and her daughter, Debra. Sons Roger and Ron (Margo) reside in Tacoma. A service for Virginia will be held Saturday, November 7th at 4:00 PM at the South Lakeshore Christian Church, 1740 So. 84th St., Tacoma. A reception will be held at the church. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the South Puget Sound Boys & Girls Clubs, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma WA 98402.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Wilson Decker

Wilson Steven Decker was born in Los Angeles, CA to Marion and Wilson G. Decker on April 10, 1929, and passed away at Madigan Army Medical Center on October 22, 2009. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Joseph and James. He is survived by his loving wife Keiko, sisters Kate, Judy and Marion, brother Thomas, and numerous nieces and nephews. After high school graduation, Wilson joined the Air Force in 1952 and commenced a career which would cover 28 years. Upon completing pilot training, he flew B-26 aircraft in Korea, then B-57s and B-66s in Japan and Germany, and later, C-135 and C-141 transports. He would excel in each aircraft type he flew, reaching the qualification of Flight Examiner. As his career progressed, Wilson reached the rank of Lt. Colonel, and served at Headquarters 5th Air Force and as the Director of Operations, 475th Airlift Wing at Yokota AB, Japan. At the time of his retirement in 1980, he was the Air Base Commander, 60th ABG, Travis Air Force Base. After his retirement, Wilson occupied himself with his church, his home, and with his Yorkshire dogs. He will be forever remembered as an outstanding pilot, a fine officer, a devoted husband, and a cherished friend. A Funeral Mass for Wilson will be held at the McChord AFT Catholic Chapel at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 5, 2009, followed by interment at Tahoma National Cemetery at 2:15 PM. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 11/1/2009

Lewis Richard Van Sickle

3/28/1943 - 11/01/2008 Hard to believe it has been one year since you left us. We think of you every day and miss you very much. Love, Mary Ellen, Lorie, Lisa, Chris,and grandchildren.
Pub Date: 11/1/2009