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

MySource Tacoma News Tribune Obituaries (2009-July)
Author The News Tribune
Abreviation TNT
Place Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
Year range 2009 - 2009
Surname Abbott
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-July). (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 (July 2009)

The following list of obituaries and memorials were published in the Tacoma News Tribune for the month of July 2009. This list contains 334 entries.

Alice M. Combes

Alice Mae Combes (nee Geil) was born in Wellington, Kansas 10/3/1911. She married her husband, Ernest Lucius Combes on 10/10/1937. He was a Pastor and U.S. Army Reserves Chaplain. She lived in Hawaii for 23 years, California for 25 years, and Washington for 6 years. She passed away in her sleep on 7/25/2009. She is survived by 2 sons, Samuel and Timothy, 3 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
Pub Date: 7/31/2009

Erik Jason Prue

Born Jan. 2, 1967 in Tacoma, Wa to Beverly and Earl Prue passed away on July 17, 2009 in a tragic auto accident in Shanghai, China. Erik is survived by his mother Beverly, father Earl, sister Stephanie, his children, son Jason Lee and daughter Ashley Kay Ann, an Uncle and many Aunts and cousins. Erik was a member of the Mt. Tahoma class of 1985. After high school he joined the Navy where he served and retired after 20 years. Erik was working for Caltrop Corp. in China for the past 2 years. He was loved by many and will be truly missed. Services will be held on Saturday Aug. 1st at noon at the South End Neighborhood Center. 7802 South L St. Tacoma.
Pub Date: 7/31/2009

James Clinton Edwards

James C. Edwards was born on Dec. 26, 1921 in Tacoma, WA. He passed away and went to be with the Lord on July 28, 2009 at Life Care Center of Federal Way. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Pearl, his three children, Shelley Mang and her husband Eddie, Scott and his wife Diann, and Todd, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandsons. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:30pm on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at Northwest Church, 34800 21st Ave SW, Federal Way, WA 98023.
Pub Date: 7/31/2009

David Robert Davis

July 14, 1938 - July 23, 2009 With his unexpected passing, Dave Robert Davis left many memories and much love in the hearts of the people closest to him. He graduated from Stadium High School and worked in many sales positions including, the family owned business, Lee-Davis Fish & Tackle. After selling Dock St. Landing which Dave and wife Jan Owned, He worked at Larson Motors where he recently retired after 11 years. He was preceded in death by parents, Les and Ruth Davis, stepson Jeff Thornton. He is survived by loving wife Jan, daughter Leslie and son Jeff. stepsons Gary, Stacy, and Chris, sister Nancy, 7 grandchildren and much loved friend Sheryl McCoy who has been their roommate in Harmony(!) for many years. There will be no service at his request. We will celebrate his life on August 9th at the V.F.W. Hall, #10018, located at 4741 N. Baltimore from 2::00 - 7:00 To David from Jan: WHO LOVES YOU BABY?
Pub Date: 7/31/2009

Linda D. Longmire Julius

Linda D. Longmire Julius, age 62, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009, in Tacoma WA. She is now with her mother. Linda was born to her parents, Betsey and Warren Longmire in Tacoma, WA. Linda is survived by her Dad, Warren Longmire, her step-mother, Laura Longmire, her Daughter, Laura Julius, her sisters, Betty Moe and Judy Westgard and many family and friends. Linda worked for over 30 years in the dental field. She was a gifted artist and created beautiful oil paintings. She also had a great love and compassion for all animals. A celebration of life gathering will be held in memory of Linda on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Laura Julius, in Rochester, WA. Linda will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
Pub Date: 7/31/2009

Patti Reeves

On July 15th, 2009, Patti Reeves of Tacoma Washington passed away unexpectedly due to complications during surgery. She was born March 17th, 1965 in Ogden Utah. She grew up in Ogden and graduated from Weber High School. Patti moved to Tacoma and had spent the last 7yrs here. She loved Puget Sound and going fishing on the boat. Patti is survived by her significant other Dan Baker of Tacoma whom she loved calling “boyfriend”, and spent every moment with. Patti is also survived by her mother Jeniel Black, brothers Casey, Kelly, Brad and many nieces nephews, aunts and uncles. Patti touched the lives of many people with her smile and positive attitude. A memorial to celebrate Patti’s life will be held on August 2nd 10:00 a.m. at Owens beach in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 7/31/2009

Ruth DuBois Weigel

Ruth was born August 8, 1928 in Tacoma, WA and passed away peacefully July 23, 2009, at Dash Point, surrounded by family. She is survived by daughters Teri Weigel (Gary Anicich) of Dash Point, Washington, Joni (Weigel) Congleton (Paul) of Denver, Colorado; son Dr. Rex Weigel (Charlene) of Hilo, Hawaii, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. No memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to My Father's Home orphanage in Bali, Indonesia, at P.O. Box 738 Snohomish, WA 98291 ( ), or to a charity of choice. Please share memories and condolences at .
Pub Date: 7/31/2009

Floyd Eugene Wanamaker

After waging a valiant battle for the past five and a half months following a routine surgical procedure, Floyd Eugene Wanamaker answered God’s call home at 7:50 PM on Thursday, July 23, 2009 with his beloved wife, son and daughter at his bedside. Being of Finnish-German Heritage, Floyd exemplified the innate Finnish quality of “Sisu” by maintaining an unwavering will to live up to his last breath. A proud veteran of the US Navy, devoted Weyerhaeuser Company employee, loving Son, Brother, Father, Uncle and Great-Uncle, Floyd was born in Saint Maries, Idaho on May 7, 1930 to Buford Floyd and Anna Marie (Rautio) Wanamaker. Floyd’s formative years were spent in Wallace, Idaho and Portland, Oregon, and he graduated from Wallace High School in 1948. With his appointment to Midshipman in the United States Naval Reserve in 1948, Floyd entered the University of Idaho that year, majoring in Accounting, and was awarded his degree in Business in 1952. As a Lieutenant (J.G.), he served in combat during the Korean War and the Operation Passage to Freedom campaign in Vietnam. Receiving his Honorable Discharge from the US Navy in 1955, Floyd was recruited by Weyerhaeuser Company in 1956, and began his career of a remarkable 43 years as an Internal Auditor based in Minneapolis, MN for five years, traveling across the U.S. to the company’s numerous facilities. After transferring to Longview, WA a fellow colleague introduced him Lillian Lucille Eko, and they were wed on August 22, 1964. Floyd and Lucille would have celebrated their forty-fifth Anniversary this year, just thirty days after Floyd’s passing. As Weyerhaeuser established themselves in Federal Way, WA, Floyd and Lucille relocated to the then growing development of Twin Lakes, where they built the home they shared for the past 37 years. Son Matthew Eugene was born on May 19, 1972, followed by daughter Melody Elaine on May 10, 1974. Floyd truly enjoyed his 43 year long association with Weyerhaeuser and his fellow employees, and as an Accountant/Financial Manager within Corporate Research and Development, he reluctantly retired on February 19, 1999. Although the past 16 years of his life were significantly impacted by several major health crises, Floyd kept active mentally and physically by walking his beloved canine “daughters”; added to his long-established coin collection; voraciously solved crossword puzzles and Jumble word games; enjoyed listening to various music genres and fanatically watched Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Turner Classic Movies. Floyd is survived by his brother, John Edward (Pauli) Wanamaker; sister, Sandra Elaine (Wes) Kisler; his wife of 44 years, 11 months, Lucille; son, Matthew Eugene; daughter, Melody Elaine; eight nieces and nephews, and canine companions Sasha and Sophia. Floyd’s family suggests memorials may be made in his name to the following organizations: The American Heart Association; Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network; The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; the Lymphoma Research Foundation, or the Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International (DANSI). A Memorial service for Floyd will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way, WA on Friday, July 31, beginning at 11:00 AM. Viewing will be held at Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary in Centralia, WA on Saturday, August 1 at 12:30 PM. Floyd’s Graveside Committal and Interment service will be conducted at Mountain View Cemetery in Centralia, WA on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Earnest L. Rhynes, Jr.

Born 3/20/1972; passed away 7/25/2009 in Tacoma, WA. Visitation Fri., 7/31 from 5-8p.m. at House of Scott, 1215 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma. Funeral services Sat., Aug. 1, 2009 11a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 South I St., Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Cynthia Ann Bledsoe

Born Jan 3rd 1964; passed away 2am July 28th at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by friends and family. She is survived by her mother Sheila, brothers James and Robert, sister Krishinda, daughters Tyler and Fanisha, sons Michael and DJ, granddaughter Chloe, and grandsons Adayen and Logan. She was known for her caring heart, cheerful spirit, and willingness to help others. Donations for her burial would be graciously appreciated through the Cynthia Bledsoe Memorial Fund at any US Bank branch. Contact the family for questions at .
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Zachery James Oliver

Born May 26, 1988; passed away July 25, 2009. He is survived by his parents Calvin and Marilyn, brother Sam, and sister Beth, along with much family and friends. He is loved by many and will always be missed. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2009 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn at 2:30pm. Arrangements by Yahn and Son Funeral Home, Auburn.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Chase A. Hartnell Tinsley

Chase was born October 31 1990 to Steve and Margaret Tinsley. Our beloved Chase was taken from us much too soon on July 25, 2009. Chase attended Alpac Elementary, Olympic Middle School, Auburn Riverside High School. Chase was a talented athlete and played basketball, football, and baseball. His greatest passions were cars and vacationing in the Caribbean and Mexico. He is survived by his Father, Mother, Sister Stephanie, Grandmother Ruth Tinsley and countless Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents George and Helen Hartnell and Fred Tinsley. Chase will be dearly missed and forever remembered. Services will be held at All Saints Church in Puyallup August 1st at 11:00 am.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Kenneth Charles Amor

October 12, 1929 - July 25, 2009 Kenneth Charles Amor passed away in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday July 25th, following a four year battle with cancer. He died at home surrounded by his family. Ken was born to Charles and Lillian Amor on Oct. 12, 1929 in Reading, England. He immigrated to the United States after World War two and arrived July 15, 1946 on Ellis Island, with his mother Lillian and younger brother John. His older sister Beryl followed two years later. As a young man, Ken worked as a truck driver and printer prior to joining the U.S. Army in 1951. He served with distinction in the Korean Conflict as a demolition specialist. He was honorably discharged on August 14th 1952. After the war he married Dorothy Kemp in 1953 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their first son arriving in 1955. They moved to Butte, Montana where Ken began work as a printer for the Butte Daily Post. While in Butte Ken and Dorothy expanded their family with the births of 2 more sons and 2 daughters. The family moved further west to Tacoma, Washington in 1963. There he began working for the Tacoma News Tribune, retiring as a printer in 1984. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement, living as a snowbird. He wintered in Yuma, Arizona and Florida and visited his many friends that he made so easily. In 2000 he married Helen Miller in Punta Gorda, Florida. They were sweethearts before Korea, and found each other again after 50 years. They both felt truly blessed. Ken is survived by his wife Helen Amor. One sister Beryl Aborgast. Five devoted children, Steve Amor, Terry Amor and wife Teri, Mindy Ford and husband Gary, Barb Miller and husband Ron, Tim Amor and wife Pat. Grandchildren, Stephanie Stevens, Gary II and Chrystal Ford, Amber Hunt, Brian and Kelly Miller. Great-grandchildren, Naudya and Talen Miller, Marquis and Nia Ford, Devyn and Jaden Stevens, and Keaten Hunt. Ken is preceded in death by his mother Lillian Phillips, father Charles Amor, stepfather Ginge Phillips, brother John Amor, great-grandson Scout Flesher. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Liao and all his staff at the the Puyallup Oncology Clinic for the wonderful care they gave our father these past four years. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday August 1st at Fir Lane Funeral Home. 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, Washington 98387. Graveside service will follow with Military Honors. The reception will be held at 9245 South G Street Tacoma, Washington. We will miss our Dad, yet find comfort when the five of us children unite and discover a little bit of him in each of us. We know how lucky we were to call him Dad.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Sharlona Quantay White

On February 15, 1976 in East St. Louis, IL, happiness, love and joy filled the hearts of family and friends when it was announced that Rose Stevenson and Lonnie White were the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Sharlona Quantay White. On Wednesday July 22, 2009 at the age of 33 Sharlona's work was finished and this precious Angel was called to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sharlona moved with her family to Tacoma, WA, in 1983 where she attended public schools and graduated from Henry Foss High School in 1994. She was the proud parent of daughter Zeunna Woodruff and son Zaron Braggs. She operated her business, ZnZ Wear, selling custom and designer clothing, jewelry and accessories on Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, University Place, and was an active vendor at most Northwest community festivals and fairs. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her beautiful smile, laughter, generous heart, community service, an accent of a flower in her hair, and her love for others, especially her mother. Sharlona was the youngest of 4 siblings, a woman of faith and a member of Edwards' Temple Church of God and Christ. Sharlona will be loved and missed by her mother Rose Braggs, daughter Zeunna, son Zaron Braggs, brothers Randy Stevenson, Maurice Stevenson, sister Patrice Stevenson, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Sharlona was preceded in death by her father Lonnie White, grandparents Annie Mae and Jesse Stevenson, aunt Jenie V. Stevenson, and uncles Charles L. Stevenson, Garrett E. Stevenson and Kenneth E. Stevenson. All services are being held in Tacoma - Wake is on Thurs., July 30, 2009, 4-8 pm, at Tuell-Mckee. Previewing at 12 pm and Funeral is at 1 pm at Mount Tahoma Seventh Day Adventist Church Fri., July 31st. Repast is at SDA Church Fri. July 31st at 4:00. Please contact Mt Tahoma SDA Church for donations and contributions at 253-572-6470. Family and friends are most welcome to attend all events. Our family would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers, flowers, donations, and encouraging words and support. Please visit for addresses and to sign on-line guest book. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Francis John “Frank” Kaiser, Sr.

Passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 27, 2009. Frank was born Nov. 24, 1923 in Seattle, WA. He spent his youth in the Seattle and Federal Way area, and after graduation proudly served our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned to Washington State after the war, resided in the Tacoma area, and for the last three decades called Puyallup, and the valley he loved, his home. Frank worked for and retired from the Washington State Juvenile Detention Program. After retirement, he dedicated many volunteer hours to the City of Puyallup Crime Prevention and D.A.R.E. programs. He was a member of VFW, DAV and Puyallup Aerie of Eagles. Frank is survived by his children Patricia (Bill) Gisler - Orting, Francis Kaiser, Jr. - Lakewood, Gerald (Jessica) Kaiser - Kennewick, Leonard Kaiser - Tacoma, Barbara (Grant) Baker - Puyallup, Theresa (Larry) Thompson - Eatonville, thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson. Viewing is Sun., 8/2/2009 from 1 to 6 at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup, (253) 845-1172. Burial will be conducted at Tahoma National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Frank’s memory by sending a donation to the Disabled American Veterans Association.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Carolyn Marie Orlowski

11/23/1938 - 7/30/2008 It was one year ago today that Carolyn Orlowski beloved wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, Sister, and Friend passed away but her love and legacy will live forever. The world isn't as bright since this light left the world as we know it but her presence lingers in our hearts and our memories.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

John R. Peterson

12-26-1960 - 7-30-1998 As you continue to dance freely in heaven, we are all being watched over by God, including your granddaughter. We will continue to miss you tremendously till we meet again. Your family.
Pub Date: 7/30/2009

Roberta Jane Fabina

"Bobbee" Roberta was born on January 24, 1923 in Newberg, OR and passed away July 23, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. She was a graduate of Stadium High School and was the originator of "Little Below the Knee Club" after WW2. Roberta had a fierce loyalty to her family & friends and was very generous. She is survived by her husband Nicholas S. of 63 years, son Nicholas L., and 2 grandsons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Graveside Services will be Friday, July 31, 2009 at 1:15 pm at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Janice Lee McHaney

7/1/1951 - 7/23/2009 Lives on through son Phillip Derby, father George, brothers Ron and Gary (Daly), grandson Coleman Coggin, and numerous extended family and friends. Celebration of Life party on Saturday Aug. 1., 2009 from 4pm - 7pm at 3530 Oas Dr. W ~ U.P.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Adam Ellis Beatty

Adam is made whole again. He left us peacefully Sunday, July 26. For seven years he fought with intention. Each day he did live strong—in purpose and in his faith. Not once did he choose to let an opportunity pass by whether it was to cross the country for an experimental treatment or take his jeep to Elbe to plow through a new snowfall. He looks forward to the day when we can be together again, whole, complete, rejoicing not only in our Lord’s love, but His Presence. Those who knew him remember his wonderful and infectious smile, his willingness to help someone in need, and especially his willingness to just listen. He loved working on his trucks with his brother Matt and friend Sven. Matt and Adam built several big trucks and booming sound systems. He was more than just a typical big brother for his sister Annie, always giving her advice and offering counsel. They spent a lot of time together being at home and taking drives, always talking with each other. New phones were a passion. He loved target practice at the firing range. Whether in a hospital in Boston, or confined to bed at home, texting let him be connected with friends and family. He found a passion working at Cascade Offroad. Adam was born in Puyallup, Washington, on March 23, 1983. He graduated from Bethel High School and Pierce College. He did not fight alone. At his side each day were his mother and father, Bobbie and Wyley Beatty, brother Matt Beatty, sister Annie Beatty; grandmothers Mamie Wong and Bea Beatty; aunts and uncles, Jackie and Laddy Kite, Mike Wong, Tim and Becky Wong, Eva and John Mitchell, Sally Barto, Becky Beatty, Jenny Kramer, and John and Carla Stratfold; cousins Abbie and Lauren Kite, Erik Wong, Natalie and Ryan Wong, David Wescott, Sarah and JP Aebersold, Tyler Abersold, Isaac and Noah Stratfold. Also, many, many other relatives, friends, former teachers, and neighbors lifted Adam with their prayers and their presence. Adam was especially proud of the support they showed at the annual Dragonslayer Sarcoma Bike, Trike, and Hike fundraiser and treasured pictures from those events. We thank each of those persons. Services will be Sunday, August 2, at Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church, 22316 106th Ave E, Graham, Washington 98338 at 4 p. m. Memorials can be sent to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, 2065 NW Miller Rd., #404, Portland, OR 97229 or through
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Jim Beni

Age 67, passed away in his home as a result of cancer on July 25, 2009. Jim was born on May 15, 1942 to James and Anna Beni and lived as a resident of Tacoma. He was married to Janet Ann Beni for 42 years. Together they raised a loving and faithful family. Jim owned and operated Pacific Plumbing and Heating along with his father and brother, Gene Beni. He was a true tradesman and took pride in having hard to find parts and quality service. More importantly he loved helping people. Jim is survived by his wife Janet, two children Jeff and Janee’, and four grandchildren. Jim’s services will include a Vigil on Thursday, July 30 at 7pm and Funeral Mass on Friday, July 31 at 11am, services will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Sumner, 1401 Valley Avenue East.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Susan Dorene Ruiz

Born Oct. 19, 1953 in San Luis Obispo, CA. passed away peacefully on July 26, 2009 at home in Puyallup, WA. with her husband at her side after a long illness. She was a '71 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School and received her Bachelors in Nursing at Fresno State in 1976. In recent years she spent countless hours performing a labor of love making quilts for Project Linus, an organization that helps children in need. She also loved to raise dahlias. Her beautiful smile will be missed. She was preceeded in death by her father Herman Joseph Gingg and her mother Kathryn Mary Gingg. She is survived by her loving husband Andy, son Adam, stepson Kevin, sister Teresa Witte. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Susan Ruiz Memorial Fund c/o Franciscan Foundation P.O.Box 1502 Tacoma, WA. 98401. A memorial service will be held in her honor at the Center for Spiritual Living Church of Tacoma 206 N. "J" St. on the corner of Division and "J" 11:00am Saturday Aug 1, 2009. Luncheon to follow.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Jerry Estill Combs

Jerry Estill Combs, passed away July 14, 2009 in his ocean retreat. Survied by two brothers, Lester & Roy Combs and sister Bobby Vanover. His many friends at Multicare will miss him. I will see you in heaven, love you, Janice Griffin.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Karen Y. (Patmore) Smith

Karen Y. Smith (Patmore) was born on 11/10/1960 in Everett, WA and passed away on 7/27/2009 in Puyallup, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Freda Patmore. She is survived by her daughter Sarah. brother William (Sandra) Hooper, sisters Janet Slavens and Debbie (Kelly) Murphy, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Service to be held 11AM Monday 8/3/2009 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA; interment to follow at Fir Lane Memorial Park. Arrangements made by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. See full obituary at .
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Sharon Irene Barclay

Sharon, age 47, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2009. While at a family reunion in Boise Idaho, Sharon drowned on the Payette River on a river-rafting trip. She was born Sept. 16, 1961 in Tacoma to Douglas Carter of Graham and Sharon Carter of Tacoma. Sharon graduated from Bethel High School in 1980 and continued her education in the health care field. Being of Haida Native American decent, she experienced pride in learning of her culture and sharing that with her children. Sharon enjoyed 27 years of a loving marriage to her high school sweetheart, Richard Scott Barclay. They were married on July 10, 1982 and she spent most of those years traveling with her husband and family with the Army until they retired last year. Sharon shared her loving heart donating countless hours in supporting the USO while her husband served his country in Iraq. As a recent resident of Lakewood, WA, she was finding great joy in owning her first home. She was a loving mother to her four children, a strong, independent woman who served her family, community and church. She was a "Twilight" fanatic, but enjoyed many hobbies, especially sharing her gift of cooking, entertaining and decorating. Everyone loved Sharon's egg rolls, cookies and pies. She loved her work helping and taking care of people as an ER Tech and a medical insurance coordinator for Maxim Health Care of Tacoma. Christmas was her favorite time of year and she took with her wonderful experiences and memories of her life here on earth with family and friends. She leaves behind her loving husband, Richard, her four beautiful children, Alicia, Richard Jr., Brittany and Crystal; her father and mother, sister, two brothers, an aunt and many other family members and many friends. A special thank you to all her family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances that have crossed paths and brought her joy in this life. And for Robin, Aaron and Kip of Summers Funeral Home in Boise, Idaho, we express a heart full of eternal gratitude for their service and support. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 31 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Lakewood Stake Center, 10018 Far West Drive SW, Lakewood, WA. Viewing is at 12:00 to 1:30 pm; services begin at 2pm. No Graveside service will be held at this time.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Shirley Doreen Crabtree

Shirley was born October 25, 1931 and passed July 23, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Ronald, also her parents Charles Sr. and Selma (Anderson) Laviguer, brothers Charles Jr. and harry and sister Donna. Survivors include two sons Ronald (Juanita) and Anthony, one daughter Karen (Vern) Bowie, sister Coralie, Janice, Sherry (Mat), brothers Jerry and Michael. 7 grandchildren James (Sara), Lisa and Kelli Bowie, Brittany, Zachary, Bailey and Briley Crabtree, 2 great grandchildren Jacob and Kayla and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Shirley’s greatest joys were her family, friends, quilting, church involvement and Mariners baseball. A Celebration of life will be held at Calvary Community Church at 15116 Gary St. in Sumner, WA on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 11 AM.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Virginia (Ginny) Jermy

Virginia Jermy, 85, a resident of the Tacoma/Pierce County area for over 60 years, died July 22, 2009. She was a board member of the charitable women's sorority "Beta Sigma Phi" and also held membership in the Tacoma Elks and the Gig Harbor Eagles. She enjoyed Swing Dancing, knitting and sewing, and rockhounding every where she traveled. Family members include her husband Frank; children Barbara, Jean, Thomas, Douglas and Frank; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; 3 brothers. Family services were held yesterday at Haven of Rest. Remembrances may be made to Hospice Care Center, 570 Lebo Blvd, Bremerton, WA 98310. Arrangements by Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor 851-9991. Please sign online guestbook at
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Rose Manibusan

July 29, 1954 - February 5, 2009 Today would've been your 55th Birthday, and even though you're not here with us to blow out your candles or open your presents, the memory of your laugh, your smile and your voice remains with us always! It's for all those special little moments and memories that today we celebrate the day that you were born! So to you Mom, today especially, we would like to say a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! We love and miss you so much from your family!
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Scott Arthur Menghini

July 29, 1969 - May 14, 2009 Forever in our hearts and minds. You are missed so much. Love Mom, Harley and family.
Pub Date: 7/29/2009

Arthur Leavitt Lancaster

7/20/24 - 7/25/09 Survived by wife of 56 years, Shirley (Kay) Lancaster, daughter Joan Lancaster, sister Martha Kemp, nephews Bill Kemp, Jim (Cindy) Kemp and their families. Born in Seattle to Daniel & Marion Lancaster, Art went to the old Sunnydale Grade School, Highline High School, and Washington State University. He served 3 years in the Army during WWII, was a member of Des Moines Masonic Temple 245 and Past Captain of the Nile Patrol. Private services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice House 2901 Bridgeport Way W University Place, Wa 98466 or the Humane Society of Tacoma 2608 Center Street Tacoma WA 98409
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

Maria (Herwig) Paul

8-27-1907 7-22-2009 Professional artist. Survived by son Charles W. Hall, grandsons Charles and Curtiss Hall, and 3 great-grandchildren. Her brush touched the hearts of many. Graveside service Wed., 11 am, Haven of Rest.
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

Alice Caroline (McHaney) Krebs

Alice passed away peacefully on July 24, 2009. She was our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her's was a simple life that graced many. Alice was born in Tacoma, Washington on November 11, 1921, the third eldest of eight children born to Walter and Beatrice McHaney. Married in 1950 to Gordon Martin Krebs, they had 6 children and resided most of their married life in University Place, Washington. The Great Depression and World War II was the backdrop of her formative years. These events helped develop her key traits of generosity and love of people. She truly viewed each phase of life as an opportunity for serving others. Alice's jobs were many, but her occupation as attendance and accounts clerk at Curtis Junior High was her favorite. Upon retirement, foremost among her volunteer commitments were her many years as a baby rocker and as a greeter in the Family Surgical Waiting Room at her beloved Tacoma General Hospital. First Christian Church of Tacoma was her church home and family for her 87 years of life. Alice was an active participant serving in Children's Ministry, the Chancel Choir, as a deaconette, and as an elder. She is survived by her 5 children (Richard Krebs, Roger Krebs, Randy Krebs, Kathy Siqueland, Becky Krebs), 9 grandchildren (Josef, Marli, Tifanie, Kevin, Tessa, Phillip, Mikkel, Stefan and Mary Alice), 4 siblings, many extended family and numerous friends. Alice is preceded in death by her husband Gordon, baby daughter Cynthia Anne, and two granddaughters Brandi and Amber. "Take what God gives you and do your best." -Alice Krebs. Viewing will be held on Fri. July 31, 2009 4-8pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Memorial services celebrating Alice’s life will be held Sat., August 1, 2009 at 1pm at First Christian Church, 602 N. Orchard, Tacoma. Private family graveside services will be held. Please sign online guest book at
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

David A. Harris

Born 8/21/1957 in UT passed away 7/26/09 in Tacoma. Visitation will be held Sat. 8/1 from 9-11 a.m. at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-1414 with funeral services following at 11 a.m.
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

Debra Ann (Cook) VanLierop

Debra A. (Cook) VanLierop, 51, passed away July 21, 2009 in North Liberty, Iowa. Debbie was born in Tacoma July 29, 1957. She is survived by sister Sandra Carl, brother Larry Cook, and children Haley and Andrew Kaperick. She is preceded in death by her mother Elsa Cook, father Harold Cook and daughter Angel. Though Debbie was taken from us too early, we will never forget her generous, loving spirit. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 4:00PM on Friday July 31, 2009 at the McNallen Home. For more info email .
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

Frank Eugene Adams, Col (Ret.)

Frank Adams, born June 29, 1923 in Everett, Wa. passed away quietly at St Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma at 4:00 am Friday July 24, 2009 at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Lance Corporal Michael Eugene Adams UCMC, a Vietnam War casualty. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Neshma (Nicki) L. Adams (Hassan), son Mark R. Adams, daughter Dena G. Gomez and his grandchildren: Michael R. and Amanda N. Adams; Jason, Joshua and Jon Purnhagen. Frank also has 4 great grandchildren ranging in ages from 2 to 10 years. During WWII, after graduating from Grand Coulee H.S., Frank volunteered for the Army Air Corp. He became a navigator, was commissioned and assigned to the 755th Bomber Squadron in the European theater of operations. Frank flew a number of combat missions in the B-24 Liberator bomber over Germany during 1944-1945. On January 16, 1945, on a mission over Germany, his bomber was hit by flak and the crew was forced to parachute from the crippled bomber. During the incident Frank sustained injuries earning him the Purple Heart. During the war, Frank also was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf cluster. While still on active duty, Frank met and subsequently married Neshma in Dalhart Texas on Dec. 16, 1945. In 1947 Frank resigned from active duty, returning to Spokane and joining the Wash State Air National Guard. He was again called to active service in 1951 in support of the Korean War. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 1958 with a BBA. Frank worked full time and raised a family of three children while attending Gonzaga. After graduating from Gonzaga, Frank accepted a full time position with the Wash. State Air National Guard. Frank was promoted to Colonel in 1966 and retired in 1978. His last position with the National Guard was as the Director of Personnel Management, HQ Wash. ANG, Camp Murray. After retiring Frank served as Executive Director for the Washington State National Guard Association until 1982. Frank was deeply loved and will be forever missed by his entire family. There will be in memorial Service for Frank on Friday, July 31st at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood Wash. 98499. A reception will follow. He will be buried at Spokane Memorial Garden on Aug. 8 with a grave side commitment ceremony at a time yet to be determined. Spokane Memorial Garden Tel No. 509-448-2620. Instead of flowers, please donate and send remembrances to St. Mary's Church in the name of Frank Adams to the address provided above. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

Jeanne Carol Greer

Jeanne Greer born September 18, 1934 passed away peacefully at home on July 25, 2009 with family by her side. Jeanne's strength, humor, and love for life will never be forgotten. Jeanne is survived by her husband Fred Greer, daughter Carla Stewart (Gaylon), Caren Purbaugh (Jon), stepdaughters Anne Greer, Carol Dietz, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, July 31, 2009 at Mountain View in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

David G. Brown

8/17/1944 - 7/28/2008 A year ago we lost you, forever we will love you. Love, Penny, Karen, and Julie
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

James Palmer Scott

James Palmer Scott, 57, a 10 year Tacoma area resident and former 28 year Wenatchee resident, died of accidental drowning while swimming near Gig Harbor on Monday, July 20, 2009 He was born on June 16, 1952 at Hot Springs, South Dakota. At the age of two, following an accident in which his mother died, he and his father moved to Chelan. He was later adopted by the Scott family in Chelan at a young age. In his early teen’s he was taken in as a foster child by Lloyd and Ann McHargue. James graduated from Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee in 1971. While in high school, he met his wife to be, Deborah Horner. They were married for 18 years and had two children together. He went to work at ALCOA in Wenatchee and worked there for over 20 years before moving to Tacoma where he made his home. He has worked at the Concrete Technology Corporation in Tacoma for the past four years. He was a member of the Laborers International Union of North America, Local # 252. James was a former member of the Freewill Baptist Church in East Wenatchee. He especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, canoeing, motorcycle riding and music. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jenny & Jeremy Hoffert, Wenatchee; his son, Joshua Scott, Anchorage, AK; foster parents, Lloyd & Ann McHargue, Shelton: foster brother, Jeff McHargue, Olympia; foster sister, Tamy Wattum, Snohomish; two grandchildren, Jacob Scott, Portland, OR and Haedyn Dean Hoffert, Wenatchee and one step-grandson, Nathan Seth Hoffert, Wenatchee. A Tribute was held earlier in Tacoma. Please sign in or leave a memory for the family by visiting Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.
Pub Date: 7/28/2009

William Louis Schryer

Age 68, died July 19, 2009 in Kapowsin. He was born July 18, 1941 in Clallam County, Washington to Robert and Veda Schryer. He is a veteran of the Army and a lifetime member of the VFW. Bill is survived by his wife, Lori of the home, daughters Lisa Yabbara, Tiffany Duvall, and Jennifer Schryer, sisters Geraldine, Phyllis, Verle, Barbara and Georgie, and 9 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service is Sunday, August 2, 2009, 3:00PM at the Orting Eagles Hall. Arrangements are by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, WA.
Pub Date: 7/27/2009

Florence (Flo) A. Stasney

Florence (Flo) A. Stasney, 75, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away July 17, 2009 in Puyallup WA. She was preceded in death by parents Polly and Earl Adams, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by Husband Edward J. Stasney of Puyallup WA, and 8 children; Randy and Linda Davis of Bonney Lake WA, Kris and Dave Lindemuth of Everett WA, Mike and Janis Davis of Seattle WA, Tony and Laurie Davis of Sumner WA, Cindy and Bryan Stauffer of Wichita KS, Dan and Carina Davis of Enumclaw WA, David and Bryony Stasney of Coeur d’Alene ID, Deanna and David Foffonoff of Coeur d’Alene ID, along with 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A Celebration of her Life will be held at the Puyallup Eagles on August 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. No gifts please. Donations in memoriam can be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation at or call 1-800-327-4545
Pub Date: 7/27/2009

John Kenneth Grusz

Of Auburn, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was 62 years of age. John was born on November 5, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Chester and Irene Grusz. He was raised in Chicago and graduated from Willow Park High School in 1964. John also attended Stout State University in Wisconsin, and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. After college John started his career with International Harvester as a Sales Associate. In 1977 John moved to Seattle with his family to accept a promotion with International Harvester as a Regional Sales Manager, and has lived in the area ever since. Throughout his life, John was a man who wore his heart on his sleeve and was the first person to offer help to friends and family. With his infectious laugh, John had the rare ability to find the silver lining in every situation and was considered a great friend by all. John volunteered as a local youth baseball and basketball coach for his sons' various teams in Bellevue, WA. In his free time John loved to relax at his mountain cabin above Lake Cle Elum, in Ronald, WA, where he enjoyed the outdoors with good friends, family, and conversation around a bonfire. John was also an active member of Southcenter Rotary since September, 1985. He also enjoyed the game of golf, the Huskies, BBQing, cards, and was a devoted and passionate sports fan. He was an eternal optimist who always displayed a positive attitude. He is survived by his mother Irene Grusz of Lisle, IL, uncle Florian Grusz of Chicago, IL, sister Maryann Groner of Bloomington, IL; two sons, Christopher J. Grusz of Sammamish, WA, Bryan J. Grusz and wife Jennifer of Bellevue WA; and two grandchildren, Carter and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by his former wife Janis E. Grusz of Issaquah, WA, and companion Shelli Scales of Auburn, WA. A funeral service and Mass will be held on July 31, 2009 at 11 AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Issaquah, WA. Please call (425) 392-5516 for location and directions or visit . The family suggests remembrances to Southcenter Rotary in John's name, which can be sent to Southcenter Rotary, Attention: Brian Frederick, Treasurer, P.O. Box 88744, Seattle, WA 98138 Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at .
Pub Date: 7/27/2009

LCDR. John Francis Reilly USNR, (Ret.)

Passed away in Tucson, AZ on 23 July 2009. He was 87. He had struggled with valiant effort these last months with cancer. A withering battle often marked with wracking painÉto his last he quit himself a man. A good lifeÉand a brave death. "Jack"was a US Naval officer in WWII who fought with the Naval Landing Force in the Pacific and landed on both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Later he served in Korea. He left active duty to work for the Boeing Company in Seattle and Washington, D.C. from the late 50's until the early 70's. Leaving Boeing, he worked for the State of Washington as a Director of Economic Development. He and his one wife of 46 years, Ruth, nee Salter, retired in Selah, WA until her death in 1998. They had six children, Christopher, Michael, Pamela, Jonathan, Colleen and Patrick, who will miss him dearly, along with many grandchildren and friends. He was born in Saint Maries, Idaho on 13 December 1921. He attended Gonzaga University and graduated from the University of Idaho, having also attended Columbia University in New York. Being native to the Northwest, he had from his boyhood cast flies into area streams and passed his love and conserving care of the wild places on to his children. He also led groups of friends to Alaska each summer in search of the wily King salmon, and in the fall he hunted the hills for upland birds with his dog Sam. Jack will have his funeral Mass offered at Saint Maries Immaculate Catholic Church on Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 10:30 AM and thereafter be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saint Maries, near to his Irish father and next to Ruth, his wife. Full military honors will be rendered; Taps will be blown. An adventurous man of intelligence, honor, and humor, he will be buried close to the Saint Joe River, a stream that he loved near a forest old enough to remember his name in the town of his youth. Like the riverÉall things return. And soÉ"We commend unto Almighty God the soul of our shipmate departed and commit his body unto the deep; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection, when the Sea shall give up her dead unto eternal lifeÉat the trump of the angel and the coming of the ChristÉeven Jesus who is the Savior and Lord." Amen.
Pub Date: 7/27/2009

Major Glen Edward Coburn

US Army (Ret) Passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz, CA, July 14, 2009 with his wife Margaret and granddaughter Nicole at his side. He was 93 years old. A native of Missouri, he joined the US Army in 1934 at age 19 and began his career in the Philippines. In WWII he served in France and Germany, and was awarded a Purple Heart. In the 1950s he served in Korea. Glen and Margaret were married for 71 years. For the past 24 years the Coburns have resided in Aptos, California. Glen is survived by his loving wife Margaret, his daughter Charlotte Watts (WA) and son Glen Coburn (MI). Daughter Phyllis Clem predeceased him in 1995. Major Coburn will be buried at Fort Logan in Colorado.
Pub Date: 7/27/2009

Guyida Pearl White

"NANA" On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, our beautiful Mom and Nana went to heaven at age 92 to join her husband, Hank, who preceded her in death by 56 years. She leaves behind 3 children: Deane White [Judy], Lorraine Geer, and Virginia Roth [Lee]; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren with 3 more on the way. Mom/Nana died peacefully at home, surrounded by many of her loved ones. Mom/Nana dedicated over 50 years as a member of the Rebekahs, where she "ran the show". She will be greatly missed and forever cherished. Please join us as we celebrate Mom/Nana's long and full life here on earth Thursday, July 30, 2009, Noon, at Hill Funeral Home, (253) 845-1172, 217 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, followed by graveside services at Woodbine Cemetery and luncheon at South Hill Best Western. Viewing will be held Wednesday, July 29th from 2-6pm. Our family would like to thank Dr. Estrada, Renee, and Pastor Al Hoenhaus for all their love and kindness. Please send donations in lieu of flowers to American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Kenneth Allen Clifford

.Kenneth Allan Clifford, 93, born June 4, 1916, and by God's grace, graduated into heaven July 10, 2009. He was married 63 years to Ruby Carlton, and is survived by 3 children, Jay Clifford, Judy Mortenson, and Kay Archie, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great children. He lived most of his life in Tacoma. Celebrate his homecoming 1 PM, July 31 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Paul “Herbie” Haines

1953 – 2009 Beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin passed away quietly at his home in Tacoma, Washington last week. A lifelong surfer, he will be remembered for his exceptional style, cheerfulness and camaraderie. A memorial service will be held in Lake Worth, FL, on August 8, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Surf Rider Foundation .
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Patricia Ann Mcleod

A Gathering to Honor Her Memory will be held Sat 8/1/09 from 1-6pm at Don & Pat McLeod's House. Bring your favorite dish to eat and come join us.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Wayne M. Graves, Jr.

Age 52, passed away July 16, 2009. Wayne was born to parents Miriam C. and Wayne M. Graves, Sr. on August 19, 1956 in Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. He is survived by his Mom, Miriam, his sons Ian and Tyler, his sisters Carol (Peter) Viser and Miriam (John) Tveit, his brother John (Kathy) Graves, his nephew and niece Michael and Allie Graves. Wayne graduated from Stadium High School in 1974, where he was a member of its first varsity soccer team. In the years following high school he loved playing soccer with his friends, and in recent times enjoyed following the local professional sports teams. He will be missed by family and friends. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 4:00pm at Saint Marks Lutheran Church by the Narrows, 6730 North 17th Street, Tacoma, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tacoma Pierce County Youth Soccer Association.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Mary Elaine Utterback

Aged 95, passed away July 15, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Raymond C. Utterback. Mary Elaine was active in many churches throughout her life and was truly one of Christ's followers. She especially enjoyed her volunteer work for several years at TBN in Federal Way. he often said that since she had family, she had everything. She was buried in Tahoma National Cemetary in Kent. She is survived by her children, Raymond Dennis Utterback (Jacqueline) of Manteca, CA, Randall Utterback (Vicky) of Puyallup, WA, and Tamara Ellingson (David) of Lake Tapps, WA, her grandchildren Michelle Bell, Mike Utterback, Katrina Utterback, Sondra Herbert, Rick Ellingson, Matt Ellingson, Michelle Menchaca, and Andrea Allison, and 8 great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all! A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at her daughter’s home on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 1:00pm.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Bruce Leighton Palmer, Jr.

Aug. 7, 1952 - Jul. 20, 2009 At Bruce's request, no services were held. Bruce is survived by wife Carolyn of 35 years, sisters Beth Palmer and Carole Erwin.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Barbara G. Haynes

August 25, 1926 - July 25, 2009 Barbara Gertrude Haynes was born in Iroquois Falls, Ontario, Canada to Michael and Helena Duffy Devine. She died peacefully at her daughter's home in Tacoma due to Alzheimer's on July 25, 2009. Barbara grew up in a company town where her father was the Abitibi paper mill manager. She was the oldest of 10 children and was a top student in her high school. She attended college in Toronto, Ontario. At Christmas time in 1944 she began dating, John Haynes, a handsome American submariner on leave from the South Pacific. They wrote constantly to each other and were engaged in 1945 and married on June 22, 1946. Jack liked what he saw of the Pacific NW passing through Seattle on his way to the submarines USS Ray and USS Cabrilla. After his discharge from the Navy he sought work in the Seattle area and landed a job as an electrician at St. Regis. He worked there for 39 years as an electrician on the pulp side. Barb followed her 'Johnny' out west shortly thereafter and they started their marriage of 52 years. Barbara considered raising her 4 children to be her biggest accomplishment. Her children all graduated from different Universities in Washington and Oregon and acquired 8 total degrees. One became special education teacher, another was a fund raiser, one a medical doctor and one was even a rocket scientist. After her children were in Woodland Grade School, Barbara got a job working at Brown & Haley for the Sales Manager as a secretary. She worked there for 25 years. Barb and Johnny had more to do as they moved into their retirement years: grandchildren. Watching games, transporting the kids to skating and taking great driving vacations were among a host of activities through the 80's and 90's. John died in March of 1998. Barb's health declined after a stroke in 2003. She lived with her daughter Vivian in Tacoma at the time of her death. Her dedicated caregiver, Mary, was a comfort to her last years. She is survived by sons Frederick (Heidemarie), Erin (Cherie) and daughter Vivian Devine Haynes Hallberg (Joe). Michael (Kris) died in 2004. Barbara had 8 grandchildren, Elizabeth, John, Kelly, Joey, Tommy, Emily, Danny, and Baby Colleen (died 1990). Also survived by her seven step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by seven of her wonderful siblings. Her nephews, nieces, and cousins number above 80 people, and are spread from Australia and China to Newfoundland. Memorials may be made to The John F. and Barbara Haynes Scholarship at Puyallup High School Puyallup, WA, The Alzheimer's Society of Washington (1-800-493-3959), or just give a hug to someone who needs one!!! Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 12 noon at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup. Arrangements are by Hill Funeral Home, Puyallup (253-845-1172).
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Clifford “Speed” Wheeler

Born 7/3/1938 in Clark, SD; died 7/20/2009. Clifford was a very proud Navy vet, as well as an accomplished diesel mechanic, welder, and heavy equipment operator. His favorite pastime was going to the gun range and flying, both Cessnas and ultra-lights. Speed leaves behind his wife Mary, sons Shane, Nate and Darrell, daughter Noel, sisters Alice and Betty of South Dakota, 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. At Speed’s request, there will be no funeral services.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Chris John Badgley

Chris John Badgley passed away July 11, 2009 after a courageous battle against the symptoms of Scleroderma. He was born January 23, 1958 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA. He was raised and educated in Washington State. Chris worked in the construction industry manufacturing and installing tub surrounds and countertops. The majority of his career was with Rich Phillips at Counter Craft, with the last two years with Chuck Maiwurm and co-workers at Contour Countertops. One of Chris’ passions was the sharing of the family hobby - restoration of vintage military vehicles. Anyone who has ever crossed paths with Chris is aware of his natural mechanical aptitude. He was always helping someone, as was his gift to others. Chris participated in the restoration of a 1942 White M16A1 Half Track. Although owned by Chris Brown, a family friend, it was Chris’s dream to own a Half-Track someday. Chris was President twice of the Puget Sound Military Vehicles Collectors Club (PSMVCC). Members in the club quickly became his extended family. He was an avid participant in “green machine” events that included the Arlington Air Show, Olympia Air Show, Kelso Air Show, various Fourth of July Parades and the annual Auburn Veteran’s Day Parade. Wandering through antique stores finding that special piece of military history and his love for cats also filled Chris’s life. His cat Mama Booboo was always on his lap giving Chris great comfort. Chris is survived by his wonderful family: His natural father, Jerry Peters; his parents Joyce and Chuck Badgley; sisters June (Greg) Birk, Jeanene (Jeff) Mayovsky and brothers Bryan (Leslie) Badgley and Kindall Badgley. He will also be missed by his nephews Doug, Brayden, Ben and Matt. Chris also leaves behind his wife Terri and his sons Cody Badgley and Josh (Martha) Sell and his grandchildren: Kayla, Katy, Maddy and Adam. Chris’s greatest joy was to see his son’s achievements and to help them with their projects. As part of the Four Musketeers, which is continued by Dave Goff, Tim Baars and Al Kuehn, Chris’s absence will leave a hole A Special Thanks to Dr. Joe Z Wang for his compassion and being a team player with the family. In addition, the family is Grateful to the nursing staff on First Medical and the Special Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital for their compassion to Chris and support given to wife Terri, mother Joyce and sister Jeanene. Dr. Wang go fishing! Everyone is welcome to the Celebration of Life for Chris to be held at the Kelley Farm located at 20021 Old Sumner Buckley Hwy E on Saturday, August 1, 2009 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Lunch will be catered; no additional food will be needed.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Dale Rickaby

Dale Rickaby (“Rick,” or “Skip” to his family) left this world and was reunited with his wife Joan on July 15, 2009. Rick was born in McAllen, TX on February 28, 1933 and graduated from Kennewick High School in 1951, marrying Joan in September of that year. Rick joined the Army National Guard while still a minor, and after working as a Radiation Monitor at Hanford for many years, chose to make the military his full-time career. Two heart attacks ended his military service, and Colonel Rickaby retired in 1993. He and Joan enjoyed 56 years of marriage and 14 years of retirement before her passing in 2007. Rick is survived by his two daughters, Debra Barro of Spokane, Washington and Sharon Rickaby of Richland, Washington; one grandchild; and five great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorial services with full military honors will be held Thursday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Please sign online guest book at
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Delores Ann Syrovatka

Delores Ann Syrovatka, 74, born in Mitchell, SD, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2009. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where she was active as a volunteer. She was involved with the school when her children attended, she was a Girl Scout Leader, later she was active at Bellarmine and a member of Philomethea. Delores enjoyed family gatherings, quilting with her friends, scrapbooking, and working out at the YMCA. She is survived by her husband Ray - together they would have celebrated 54 years of marriage in October - her children Mona, Vickie (Steve) Norlin, Gregg (Cheryl), Bob (Hanne), and Bill. Delores is also survived by her grandchildren Craig and Megan Coyne, Andrew and Kristina Norlin, Randy (Aimee), Brittany and Nick, Devin and Brenden, as well as a great-grandson Brycen. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 11:00 am, St. Patrick Catholic Church. Inurnment at Haven of Rest Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Franciscan Hospice House or the American Cancer Society. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Bernice E. Burnett

February 2, 1921 - July 6, 2009 A bright, loving light went out in the world on the 6th of July when Bernice passed away. Bernice was born to Arthur L. Olson and Anna C. Olson on February 2, 1921, in Calvin, ND. Bernice's parents moved to Tacoma, WA in 1934. Bernice graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma. She worked as a bookkeeper at Harmon Furniture. Bernice married her beloved husband, Frisco Burnett (pro bowler), in 1940. Bernice's interests were spending time with her loving family and she also loved to bowl. Bernice also had a deep love and appreciation for music, including big band music and accomplished jazz artists. Bernice, Frisco and young daughter Elizabeth moved to Portland, OR in 1959. Bernice worked for Marco Investment Company as a bookkeeper for over forty years. Bernice moved back to Tacoma in early 2005, where she lived at the Clare Bridge Memory Care Center, and to be closer to her brother Raymond A. Olson (Dolores). Bernice is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Burnett of Puyallup, WA, her brother Raymond A. Olson (Dolores) of University Place, WA, her brother-in-law Ralph Burnett (Wally) of Tacoma, WA; she also has two grandchildren, Anthony Marez, Vancouver, WA and Kevin Marez, San Diego, CA, two great-grandchildren, Lavin A. Marez of Los Angeles, CA, and Jordan Marez of Tacoma, WA, special friends Sylvia Clouse (Dick) and Marlene Saunders (Tom). Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Frisco Burnett, in 1962, daughter Elouise Marez in 1998, granddaughter Valerie J. Marez in 2003, and grandson John Binder in 2005. A private interment was held on 7/13/2009, at Mountain View Funeral Home Memorial Park and Crematory in Lakewood, WA. There will be a celebration of Bernice's life at the Clouse home at 10435 10th Ave. Ct. S., in Tacoma, WA, on Saturday, August 8, 2009, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The family suggests memorials may be made in her name to the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Home Health and Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements made by Mountain View Funeral Home Memorial Park and Crematory.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Gary Lynn Wright

Gary went to be with our Lord Sunday, July 19, 2009 at Linden Grove Nursing Home in Puyallup, WA. He was 68 years old. He was born Feb. 14, 1941 in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by a brother, Michael (Diane) Wright, sisters Barbara Brooks and Vickey (Dennis) Gronau of Washington, and Faith Anderson of Missouri, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 11am July 31, 2009 at Sumner Assembly of God, 1400 Silver St. in Sumner, WA.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Ila Mae Hillgren

In loving memory of a wonderful wife, a caring mother, and proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Ila was born January 7, 1931 in Ames, Nebraska. She passed away on July 21, 2009, peacefully, surrounded by many loved ones. Ila is survived by her husband of 28 years, Dwight Hillgren of Yelm, nine children: Paul and Shirley Koellner of Puyallup, Karen and Larry Kuler of Federal Way, Vicki Henson of Bonney Lake, Robin Rowe of Roy, Lori Timm of Yelm, James and Carrie Timm of Yelm, Pam Ginnoff of Casper, Wyoming and Jeff Timm of Orting; many grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the care of Mills & Mills in Tumwater. Per Ila's request no services will be held. Close family will be having a celebration of her life in the near future. Donations made to a charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated. Ila will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

James Edward Warmouth

James Edward Warmouth, 78, died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009 in University Place Care Center. He was born November 19, 1930 in Staten Island, New York. He retired from the Army in 1972, and afterwards worked for the Civil Service. He loved bowling, tennis, and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Maria Warmouth, one daughter, Grace Koreyasu of Honolulu, Hawaii, and her daughters Rachel and Jessica, one son, Ritchie Warmouth of Columbia, South Carolina, wife Cecilia, and his two sons, Ritchie, Jr. and Julio, two brothers, Charles Warmouth of Florida and Richie Warmouth of California. Viewing will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 from 3-9p.m. Funeral service will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 4100 A Street South, Tacoma, Washington 98444, on July 29, 2009 at 10:00a.m..
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Keith E. Housiaux

July 13, 1935 - July 20, 2009 Keith passed away at home after a brief illness. He was born to Richard and Louella Housiaux in the state of Wyoming. He is survived by his sister Valorie (Russell) Williams, daughter Cheri Housiaux, sons Dean and Guy Housiaux, nieces and nephews Giner Blowers, Tina Rauch, Kevin Lewis, and Richard Lewis. Preceded in death by his parents and brothers Darrell, Ronald, and sister Carol. He will be missed by his family and the many friends he made over his lifetime. No services will be held at his request.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Edna Marie DeLoach

Longtime Lakewood, WA resident Edna Marie DeLoach passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Ridgecrest, CA at the age of 86. Edna was born September 21, 1922 in Hayworth, OK. A memorial in celebration of her life will be held at Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma, WA on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 11:00 am, with interment following at Mountain View Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Jacqueline C. Moats

March 20, 1932 - June 10, 2009 Born in Tacoma, WA on March 20th, 1932, Jackie passed away peacefully on June 10th, 2009 after a short but valiant fight with lung cancer. Mom was adopted at birth by Stanley and Marigold Olsen, raised in the Proctor district of Tacoma, and graduated from Stadium High School with the class of 1950. A marriage with William R. Moats produced three boys, W. Michael, (Karen) of Tacoma, Stanley R. of Puyallup, and Duane P. (Cindy) of Puyallup. Mom raised the three boys on the Moats Berry Farm in the Puyallup valley just outside of Alderton. From there she lived in Sumner and Puyallup, working as a bookkeeper for various firms. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Delores. Mom is survived by sister Cheri Pickett (Roy) of Charlotte, NC, her three boys, grandchildren Andy (Kristina), Analise, Colin, Steven, Caitlin and Shelby. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Emma and Mackenzie, nieces Susan, Cindy and Sandra, and nephew Tim. We would like to thank Franciscan Hospice for giving Mom peace and for helping her prepare for her next journey. Mom wanted no services for her passing, so the boys will be granting her last wish for her ashes to be spread in the Tacoma area.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Marie A. Gratzer “Gramomi”

Marie Antonia Gratzer was born to Joseph and Emma (Kummer) Fox on August 1, 1915. She passed away at home on July 18, 2009. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Susan Gratzer, grandsons Jared and Jacob and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband William in 1981 and her only son Billy in 1989. A Memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 1219 15th Street N.W., Puyallup, WA. Private graveside services will be held at the Spanaway Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the church in her memory. Arrangements by Fir Lane Memorial.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Mary Lou Michaelson

Passed away on July 20th, 2009 after a long, courageous fight with lung cancer. She was born in Tacoma, Washington on July 8th, 1938 to Frank and Edna Charleson. Mary Lou is survived by her sister, Joanne Renner (Al), her sons and daughter, Brent (Melinda), Steve, Paul, Julie (Dan), and grandkids Kristen, Brian, Ezra, and Olivia. Mary Lou was a sister, mother, grandmother, and friend, and will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. Rosary will be Thursday, July 30th, 2009, 7:00 pm and services will be July 31st at 12:10 pm. Both will be at St. Leo Church in Tacoma. Please read a full, detailed obituary at .
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Ruth E. Rowntree

Ruth passed away 19 July 2009 in Gig Harbor, from complications due to Parkinson's disease. She is survived by her loving husband Ken Rowntree, and a brother Tim Howes. She was born in Springfield, MA 15 August 1917 and was the oldest of the five Howes children. She graduated from High School with honors in 1933. After High School her education included Radcliffe College, George Washington University, University of California San Francisco and USAF Air Command and Staff College. After working in Holyoke Massachusetts for several years Ruth joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in October 1942 and in 1943 she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps. Ruth's career field was Budget Management that took her to Army Bases in Illinois and Georgia before going to Wiesbaden, Germany in 1946. While in Germany many Officers were offered the option to stay in the Army or change to the new service, the United States Air Force. Fortunately Ruth chooses the Air Force because in 1949 her next duty assignment was to Hamilton AFB, CA where her future husband Ken Rowntree, a pilot, was stationed. Their first meeting at a party was LOVE at first sight and so marriage followed on 14 January 1950 in Carson City Nevada. In 1951 Ruth and her husband transferred to McChord AFB, Tacoma where Ruth worked in the Budget management office. In 1953 she was notified that she was on orders to go back to Germany but did not want to have a long separation from her husband so she resigned her commission as a Major. From 1953 to 1959 Ruth did volunteer work at Tacoma's Indian Hospital. She was an active member of the Tacoma Unit of the Women's Overseas Service League and served as National Service Chairperson, Vice President and was National President from 1996 to 1998. From 1959 to 1977 Ruth moved with her husband as he was transferred to new and interesting places and made friends in Yuma AZ, San Diego, CA, Everett, WA and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. At Elmendorf AFB she worked for the Command Civil Engineers as a budget officer from 1965 to 1977 and retired as a GS 12 with a total of 23 years combined Military and Civil Service time. Ruth's retirement with her husband was always fun and interesting. At first living in Olympia and belonging to the Olympia Yacht Club where she was President of the Wife's club for one term. She greatly enjoyed boating in their 42 foot Grand Banks, cruising the San Juan Islands and the Canadian inland waters. Ruth was a wonderful shipmate and an excellent skipper and navigator. In 1987 she and husband moved to Anacortes to start a bus service between Oak Harbor and Sea-Tac Airport that became a big success. Four years later there was an offer to buy the business so it seemed a good time to follow a lifelong dream. The business, home and boat were sold and a 40 foot motor home was purchased. The next 3 years were spent visiting all of the contiguous United State and all Canadian Provinces. Northern States in the summer and Southern States in the winter. In 1994 Ruth felt the need for a home so a move to Shelton was made. Two years later another move to Tacoma was made. During these times 6 months of winter were spent with motor home in Arizona and 6 months at home. The last 8 years of Ruth's life she had Parkinson's disease. Each passing year the disease became worse, a condition that required her to live in an Assisted Living home in June 2004 and in 2006 a move into a skilled nursing facility was necessary. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. The Funeral will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery with Military Honors on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 2:30pm Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

William Thomas Requa

William Thomas Requa, 75 of Lacey, died Friday, July 17, 2009 at his home. William was born February 11, 1934 in Tacoma, Washington to William O. and Janet (Mackie) Requa. He grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School in 1952. William "Bill" met the love of his life and soul mate, Debbie, in 1982 and moved to Olympia in 1985. On July 20, 1991 he married Debbie (Moorman) Kivi, who survives. William retired after working forty-two years for US West/Qwest. He enjoyed fishing, riding dirt bikes, camping, golf, hunting, boating and spending time with his children, grandchildren and pets. Survivors in addition to his wife include, his former spouse, J. Caroline Requa of Tacoma; four sons, Dale Requa, Todd Requa, Andrew Requa and William Moorman; two daughters, Lori Johnson and Ann Means; also twelve grandchildren. Bill was "Papa" to many more children. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 1, 2009 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 5930 Mullen Road SE, Lacey, WA. Please leave condolences online at; . Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, (360)753-1065
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Jessica Emerson

6/9/1986 - 7/26/2007 It's hard to believe that it has been two long years since you passed. You are missed every minute of every day! Love you Jess-Lynn! Mom, Dad, and Amanda
Pub Date: 7/26/2009

Nolan Carson Hibbard

July 25, 1925 - June 21, 2009 Nolan passed away on June 21, 2009 after a long and courageous struggle with prostate cancer. He was born in Tacoma, WA July 25, 1925 to David and Gertrude Hibbard. Nolan graduated from the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. He was a proficient fine artist in painting and sculpture. He retired from the Oakland, CA Museum after 30 years. He is survived by his wife Linda and sons Noel and Carson. He also leaves behind his sister June Kanz of Tacoma, his brother James Hibbard of Mexico, 4 nieces and one nephew. Private services were held.
Pub Date: 7/25/2009

Mable L. Greene

NOW VISITING OLD FRIENDS, MABLE L. GREENE at 6 a.m. July 22nd passed away painlessly in her sleep at age 97. She was preceded in death by her husband Ewald Greene (Gee), her daughter Gloria Murphy, and grandson David Millard. Surviving Mable are her grandchildren Jan Millard Saxton (Bill) and Jeff Millard (Nancy); great grandchildren are Kevin (Jan and Bill), Jeremy and Ciera (Jeff and Nancy), Ryan, Ali, and Drew Millard (David and Barbara); also, a friend of Gloria’s who called Mable “Mom” Kim Jorgenson. Mable’s many talents were put to use in thousands of hours of volunteer work. She received many awards, among them 1960-1983 award from Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland; several awards from Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in Portland for her unequaled contribution of energy and wisdom and for her dedicated service; during World War 2 she was honored for giving over 1,000 hours of service in military hospitals; she was given an honor award by the American Mothers, Inc. of Oregon and nationally; she became International Women’s President of United Commercial Travelers of America. In her later years, Mable worked 18 years for Washington State Employment Security. During the era of early television, she worked for Frasers Gift Shop in downtown Tacoma, Frasers had a tv program called “Tis Proper”, Mable was the hostess of the program and had many interesting guests on the show including Betty MacDonald who had written the then popular novel “The Egg and I” which was made into a movie. Mable was a born speaker, she was comfortable on radio, TV, and the podium anywhere, and traveled to many countries speaking as a fund raiser to obtain millions for Physicians and Surgeons research. After retiring, Mable lived for 17 years at Tahoma Terrace, still volunteering at Mason Methodist Church; teaching arts and crafts to handicapped and needy children, organizing vespers, serving for two terms as president of the Terrace Resident Club, and she served six years on the Board of Directors. Mable’s closest friend in her later years, Doris Wurfel, said Mable always had style, good timing, and did things the best way, she died as she lived. Remembrances may be given to Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma. A private burial and service will be made in Everett, WA.
Pub Date: 7/25/2009

Daniel Vincent Riedstra

7-25-88 to 6-8-08 Happy 21st Birthday Dano I can talk to you, be inspired by you, I can laugh with you, I can walk with you, I can remember you, I can learn from you, I can hear you, I cannot see you, I cannot touch you, I cannot hug you, I cannot kiss you. I can’t call you on your birthday and sing Happy Birthday. I can’t see your wish list so that I can buy you a gift. I can’t give you a birthday hug and kiss. I can’t celebrate with you. I can hold some of your ashes. I can hurt and long for you. I can think about you. I can share my sadness with family and friends in Vegas like we planned for your 21st birthday. I want to do what I cannot and not what I can. Thinking of you everyday, Mom.
Pub Date: 7/25/2009

Iona J. Gregory

3-22-1926 passed on 7-21-2009 Survived by her son, daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. She was a great home health- care nurse for the City of Tacoma and cared for those that needed help. We will miss you and all the memories you left behind for us to smile upon. We love you! Services will be in the Garden Chapel at Mt. View Funeral Home Sat., July 25th at 1 pm.
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

Jackie Irvine

6/21/58 ~ 7/10/09 Family members contact Haven of Rest, 253-851-9991
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

Beverly Jean Nelson-Volkirch-Henderson

Beverly Jean Nelson-Volkirch-Henderson, born on July 19, 1930 in Portland, Oregon, passed away July 18, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Colman (Burke) Henderson and daughter Teri Marie. Survived by daughter Diana (Shane) Allen, sons John (Lori) Volkirch, Dennis Volkirch and Tony Henderson. Granddaughters Rhonda, Amy, Jennifer, Amanda, Haley, Victoria and Emily. Great-granddaughter Emma and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Puyallup. Graveside services will be held July 27,10:00am at Firlane Memorial Park in Spanaway, WA. with memorial to follow at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Puyallup. 1219 15th St. NW Puyallup, WA.
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

Rachel Najjemba Kalebu

Famously known as Mama Ray, born to Kosea and Katherine Kalebu April 27, 1947, passed away July 9, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. Memorial services will be held at Southside SDA Church in Tacoma, Washington, July 25th at 1:30pm, followed by graveside service: 4:45pm at Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, Washington.
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

Earl Virgil Murphy

Memorial service held at New Beginnings 3501 - 58th. ST Tacoma, WA. on 7/26/09 @4pm.
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

David L. Evans

Passed away July 22, 2009 at the Franciscan Hospice House. He was born to David L., Sr. and Frances (Benson) Evans on November 29, 1925 in Tacoma, WA. He was 83 years old. He attended Stadium High School until he joined the Navy. Married Mildred Stapleton January 9, 1948. Two daughters Leslie and Carolyn were born to this union. He worked for the City of Tacoma as a police radio dispatcher. He went on to work for the FAA in electronics then as a pilot. Because of his work the family lived in many places, from Alaska to the Panama Canal zone. His hobby was barbershop singing. He joined the Midnight Sons Chorus in Anchorage and later the Totem-Aries in Tacoma. He directed both choruses and was a member of several quartets. He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister Virginia Longozo, one niece Ruthie, nephews Tom Longozo, Dick and Dave Flath, and grandson-in-law Jeremy Fischer. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, sisters Ruth Updike, Fran Nelson, and Rachel (Edward) Wright, daughters Leslie (Rolland) Anderson, Carolyn Evans and friend David Shankle, grandchildren Allen (Rosetta) Anderson, and Sarah Anderson Fischer, great granddaughters Savannah and Ashlynn Anderson, special extended family Afton Boehm and son Christopher, Karen Corkins and his barbershop family. Memorial services will be held July 25, 2009 at the First Christian Church at 6th Ave. and Orchard in Tacoma at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers direct memorials to Harmony Explosion in care of Jamie and Mollie Peterson, 1308 7th St., Snohomish, WA 98290, in Dave’s name.
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

Ronald Barenaba

Ronald Moses Kaiwilohia Barenaba (Army MSgt Ret.), 78, died July 21, 2009. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at the LDS chapel, 10018 Far West Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA. Viewing is from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Born 10 Sept 1930 at Laie, Hawaii, Ron was the son of the late Abraham and Emma (Moses) Barenaba. He graduated in 1948 from Kahuku High School. Ron married Love Keliiliki in Laie. They are parents of five children: Colinda (Rodney) Salanoa, Love (Manu) Tafua jr., Gay (Clifford) Aalona, Rona (Brian) Scott, and Ronald (Kera) Barenaba Jr. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Ron was a lifelong member and former bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a member of the 6th Army Advanced Marksmanship Training Unit, member of the All-Army Rifle Team, and record-holding Presidential sharpshooter. He was awarded the Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star for heroism, and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster for service in Vietnam.
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

Robert A. Allred

In Loving Memory of My Best Friend and Partner. 7/24/1929 - 3/11/2005 Happy 80th Birthday, Bob. Spook and I are trying to adjust without you. Still miss you. Always in my thoughts. Love you - Don.
Pub Date: 7/24/2009

Donna L. Brown

01-09-1926 / 07-20-2009 Passed away peacefully with family present. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ken, son Stephen Brown (Lauri), daughter Margaret Burrell, brother James Murphy (Janice), seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Gordon Brown (Anne). A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 5510 N. 44th St., Tacoma, WA, 11AM Saturday, 7/25/2009 with reception following Mass.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Carole S. MacAnally

5/21/41-7/5/09 Born in Atlanta, GA, Carole moved to the Northwest with husband, Barry, in 1969 when he was stationed at Fort Lewis. After his death in 1973, Carole stayed in Lakewood to raise her two daughters. In 1985, she established Tacoma Medical Transcription, which her daughters continue to run. Carole was a loving mother, a strong, independent woman and a great cook. Carole is survived by daughters Christy (Randy) and Karen, as well as her mother France, sister Susan and brother Jay. Please sign the online guestbook at the TNT website.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Robert E. Metcalf

Born on November 30, 1927 in Graceville, MN; passed away July 11, 2009 at his home in Tacoma. Bob grew up on a farm during the Great Depression with very few amenities. Being very thrifty, living a simple life with few luxuries stayed with him for life. He was hired into the Boeing Company immediately after college. He spent the majority of his working career in the aerospace industry, retiring in 1993. Among Bob's favorite hobbies was repairing cast-off, broken devices, electrical and mechanical. If not repairable, he saved the parts. Bob is survived by numerous cousins in South Dakota and a lot of friends in Montana and Washington. At his request there are no services. Arrangements are being handled by Curnow Funeral Home and Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Constance Gaspar Casey

Constance was born 2/2/1923 in St. Ignace, MI, and she passed away 7/20/2009 in Milton, WA surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 63 years, Richard, children Pamela (Tim) Cox, Jeffrey (Ava) Casey, Richard G. Pamela) Casey, Constance (Steve) Sholdra, Paul (Teresa) Casey, sister Georgiana, 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorial service to be held 11AM, Friday, 7/24/2009 at St. Martin of Tours in Fife, WA, with inurnment to follow at Gethsemane Cemetery. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at .
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Lewis V. Panico

December 3, 1927-July 20, 2009 Lewis (Vito) passed away on July 20. He was born Dec. 3, 1927 to Mike and Agie Panico in Tacoma. He graduated from Stadium H.S. and entered the Army in 1945. He was especially proud of being Commander of Amvets Post 5 in 1980. He is preceded in death by his wife Marjorie and brother Lawrence. Vito is survived by his step-daughter Carolyn Casey his longtime devoted caregiver and his sister Clara Lutz and family, as well as those who call him grandpa especially Tina Corona and family and Ashley and his great grand-daughter Cara. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rita's Church on Monday, July 27, at 10:30 am. Reception will follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Franciscan Hospice. Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery on July 28, at 11:30am. Please sign on-line guest book at .
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Gwen H. Daniels

Gwen Daniels died Monday, July 20, 2009 at the age of 77 after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Gwen was born on Sept. 12, 1931 in Glasgow, Montana to Charles and Viviene Hovey. She met Richard Daniels while both were attending Pacific Lutheran College. They were married on June 29, 1952. At the time Gwen became a member at Parkland Lutheran Church where she served her Lord for many years as an organist and choir director. She was preceded in death by her husband Rick, her parents, and her brother Larry Hovey. She is survived by her children Jonna Johnson (Joe), Matthew Daniels (Dawn), Charles Daniels (Vivian), Todd Daniels (April), eleven grandchildren, brother-in-law Allen Daniels, sister-in-law Sue Daniels, sister-in-law Jean Watkins, and 7 nieces and nephews. Her children would like to thank God for blessing them with loving parents. Public viewing will be Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 3-8 PM at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary. Funeral services will be at Parkland Lutheran Church on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 2PM with graveside service immediately following. Memorials may be given to Parkland Lutheran School or the National Parkinson Foundation. Please sign our guest book at
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Harry J. Zumstein

Harry J. Zumstein went to his eternal home with Jesus on July 16th. Born August 17, 1923 to Dorsey and Mabel Zumstein in Hyde City, PA, Harry was raised in Bradford, PA where he graduated high school and farmed until joining the Army in December 1942. After WWII and his time as a POW, he proudly continued serving our country in the Air Force until June 1974. Upon his “first” retirement, he moved to Clatskanie, OR where he spent 13 years working maintenance for the local school district. His “second” retirement brought him back to this area, where he lived from 1993 until his death. Harry leaves behind his legacy of courage, honor and loyalty in God, family and country. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marjorie; his 4 children, Barbara Barber (CA), Teresa Swift (CA), David Zumstein (ID) and Karen Duncanson (WA); 6 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 2 great-granddaughters. A private ceremony with full honors is scheduled at Tahoma National Cemetery. A memorial time of fellowship will be held at Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church at a future date.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009


James Castillo, 60 of Tacoma, WA passed away July 20, 2009. James was born November 9, 1948 in Denver, CO. James is survived by his wife Sheila Castillo, sons, Anthony and Steven Castillo, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He loved to fish, camp and put airplane models together. A Memorial service will be held Friday, July 24, 2009, 11:00 AM at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary, 220 134th St. S., Tacoma, WA 98444. Please sign our guest book at
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

LaVerne Carol Bouchat

LaVerne, age 85, passed away July 18, 2009. She was born December 20, 1923 in Juneau, Alaska to Estonian parents John and Selma. She was the youngest of their four daughters. She married Bruce Holbrook and moved to Seattle, WA where she worked as a secretary at Todd Shipyards. They moved to Gold Bar, WA. After Bruce’s passing, LaVerne married Franklin Bouchat and lived in Sultan, WA. She was a secretary for Fern Bluff Grange for many years and a Grange insurance agent. She was a member of Alaska Yukon Pioneers (AYP) and was a Matron for Eastern Star. Her passion in life was gardening and flower arranging. She was a member of many garden clubs, a Washington State lifelong floral judge and judged many flower shows including Monroe Evergreen State Fair. She had lived in the Tacoma area for the last 18 years. She loved to travel and journeyed to California, Alaska, Hawaii, most of the other 50 states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and enjoyed many cruises. She leaves behind John Marzullo, her daughter Lela (Mike) Eisenbacher, three grandsons John (Ashely), Kendall (Robin), and AJ (Kim), a great-granddaughter Kaitlyn, nieces Jeannette Breiddal, Maren, and Hallie, and two nephews Bruce and Dennis Holbrook. A special thank you to Lucy, Jonete and Ingrid She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Funeral service will Saturday July 25th at Noon at Evergreen-Washelli, Seattle.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Ken “Kenny” Riley

Life Celebration Services Sunday, 26 July 2009, 1 - 4pm at Lakewood Elks Lodge.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Lois Ann (Palm) Hoppe

Lois was born on November 21, 1936 in Rugby, ND and passed away July 19, 2009 in Fargo, ND. She graduated from Lincoln H.S. in 1954. She was a homemaker, good with flowers, and arts and crafts. Survived by her husband Norman, of 51 years, sons, John (Susan), Gregory (Nicole), one grandson, Kyle, and 4 granddaughters, Jessica, Samantha, Brittany, and Emily. Preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers. Lois was a very kind, loving person. Viewing: Monday, July 27th, from 11am-9pm at Mountain View Funeral Home; services: July 28th, 10am, Valley Chapel at Mt. View.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Laurence Hutton

March 4, 1923 ~ July 16, 2009 Services will be held on July 24, 2009 at 10 am at Price Helton Funeral Home in Auburn, WA. Come and Share a Memory
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Margie E. Senkowski

Margie E. Senkowski, a 32 year resident of Fox Island, passed on July 22, 2009, at 86 years of age. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1922, she was a school teacher for over two decades and later worked as a travel agent in Tacoma. Margie is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Raymond Senkowski; her two loving sons, Ray Senkowski of Great Falls, Virginia, and Glen Senkowski of Harvard, Massachusetts; as well as her grand children Jennifer Senkowski, Nichole Senkowski, Raymond Senkowski and Mary Bethea. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2009, at 2:00 PM at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. Online condolences may be sent to guest book.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Rosalie Lundin

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 21, 2009. She was born on January 6, 1938 to Arnie and Laura Henton in Missoula, MT, graduated from Fort Vancouver /Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, WA in 1956 and The Vancouver Business College in 1958. She married Charles in 1960 and worked for Tacoma Water as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Water for 26 years until her retirement in 2003. She loved gardening, traveling, and hosting birthday parties and holiday dinners at her home. She had a unique love for her grandchildren and included them on some of her wonderful travels. She is survived and will be missed greatly by her husband of 48 years, Charles; her children, Lori Broberg (Tracey), Edward (Cara), and Teresa Moody; her brother, Michael Henton (Kathy); 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. A memorial service will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Milton on July 25 at 2:00pm.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Norman Fleming Ross

Sunrise: Feb. 26, 1932 Sunset: July 19, 2009 Service to be held at Mountain View in the Garden Chapel at 4:00pm on Saturday, July 25.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009


A Memorial service will be held Friday, July 24, 2009, 11:00 AM at Weeks’ Dryer Mortuary, 220, 134th St. S.., Tacoma, WA 98444.
Pub Date: 7/23/2009

Carl Lee Livingston Sr.

10/18/1938 to 7/19/2009 Carl Lee Livingston, Sr. passed away peacefully July 19, 2009 at the age of 70. Carl was a loving husband, father and friend. He leaves behind his wife Queen Livingston, children, Carl Jr., Monte, Gary, Anthony, April, Lysander, and Senora; 14 Grandchildren and 3 greats; sisters, Patricia, Linda, Carol, Bonnie, Denise & Sandra, and a host cousins, loving family members and friends. Carl worked for The Boeing company for 39 years. He will be missed by all. The family will attend a private service. Please send condolences, c/o, The family of Carl Livingston, 3315 E. Roosevelt Ave., Tacoma, WA, 98404. For information call Pat Armstrong, 253-221-3367.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Willis Larry Bentley

11-15-1942 - 07-11-2009 After a courageous battle with cancer, Larry left this life at his home in Westerville, Ohio on July 11, 2009 to join his family and loved ones in Heaven. He is survived by three children, Greg Bentley of Texas, Kimberly Bentley of Westerville, Ohio, and Scott (Christine) Alverson of Florida; four grandchildren, Christopher Smelley, Mattison Townsley, Spencer and Aiden Alverson; his four siblings, Yvonne Richardson, Will Bentley, Judy White, and Kay Bentley; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who will deeply miss him. Larry was born in Puyallup, Washington in 1942, raised in Dieringer, Washington, and graduated from Sumner High School before joining the U. S. Air Force. He served in Grafenwoer, Germany, and was stationed at Korat AFB, Thailand with missions into Cambodia and Vietnam. Larry was awarded the Bronze Star during his Vietnam War tour. He retired from Holloman AFB in New Mexico after over 20 years of service. He was exposed to Agent Orange during his Vietnam War tour, and battled cancer that ultimately took his life many years later. After military retirement he worked as an engineer for the Leibert Corporation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling, but spending time on his Harley touring the country was a favorite pastime. A trip that was very special was through the Black Hills of South Dakota. His daughter, Kim, accompanied him, and they both enjoyed the time they were able to spend together. Preceding him in death were his parents, Willis and Alice Bentley, and an infant sister, Beverly Jean Bentley. Memorial services to be held Wednesday, August 19, 2009.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009


12/4/1943 - 7/18/2009 She was born on December 4, 1943 in Artesia, CA and passed away on July 18th peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Mary was a 63 year resident of Tacoma and Fircrest, WA. She attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, Aquinas Academy and graduated from Stadium High School. She worked for Pacific Northwest Bell and Masterman Vending. She retired in 2000 and enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Mexico, Montana as well as attending several fun Irish “Hardy Family” reunions. Being a devoted mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend gave her so much joy. Mary enjoyed opening her home to many of her children’s friends. She also enjoyed gardening, music, and traveling. Her family has wonderful memories of yearly vacations on Anderson Island, Lake Chelan and at the family summer home on Long Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, John E. Hardy and Lois Jansen Hardy, and her in-laws, John and Rose Naccarato DeFazio. She is survived by her loving family and friends, including Roger DeFazio, her children, Lori (Tim) Gavranich, Loren and Christian DeFazio, her sister and friend, Pat Hardy Macaluso, nephews Sean and Dean Macaluso, her two beautiful granddaughters, Chelsea and Caitlyn Gavranich. In addition the Gavranich Family, her 55 first cousins and 11 aunts and uncles survive her. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., on July 24, 2009 at 11 am. A special thank you to Dr. Krishnadasan, Dr. Oliveira, Franciscan Hospice and their staff, Karen, Pat and Tina for their care and concern. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home. Please leave on-line condolences at Donations may be made to St. Charles Borromeo, St. Leo’s Food Connection or Franciscan Hospice. Her Irish eyes are now truly smiling as she clips her coupons in Heaven.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Dr. Cecil H. Bell, Jr.

2/3/1935 - 7/13/2009 Dr. Cecil H. Bell, Jr. was born in Nashville, TN to parents Geneva and Cecil Bell. In the fourth grade, he and his family moved to Richland, WA, where he graduated from Richland High School in 1953. He then attended the University of Puget Sound, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Biology. He was granted a Rockefeller Brothers Theological scholarship and attended Boston University Theological School for one year. While at BU, he explored other disciplines and realized psychology was his field. He earned his master’s degree in General Psychology at Boston University in 1960. Afterward, he enrolled in US Air Force Officer Training School. Upon completion, he was assigned to the Office of Special Investigations, working in counter-intelligence and criminal investigation activities. He was then assigned to the Pentagon and later transferred to Morocco, North Africa. After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he achieved his PhD in Social Psychology and Personality Theory at Boston University. He married Dianne in 1968, and has lived in Federal Way, WA ever since. He taught for 30 years at the University of Washington Graduate School of Business, Department of Management and Organization. He is the author of numerous publications and the co-author of a well-known book in his field of study, "Organization Development: Behavioral Science Interventions for Organization Improvement." Cecil was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the first of June and passed away with his wife at his side. A private funeral was held Saturday, July 18, 2009 at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been created in the memory of Cecil H. Bell, Jr. at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to support the work for earlier diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Cecil is loved and missed for many reasons, including his devotion to family, his pursuit of academic excellence, and his support of friends, students and colleagues in their pursuit of success. He is survived by his wife Dianne Bell, sister Betty Norton, brother John Bell, and six nieces and nephews.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Ann R. Roberts-Jennings

Ann passed away peacefully in her home on July 18th. She was born to Fred and Myrtle Roberts on August 19th 1948. After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1966 she worked as a civil servant in the graphics dept. at Fort Lewis for over 20 years. Ann married John Taylor in 1968 and in 1977 they gave birth to daughter, Brooke. Ann belonged to several professional and personnel clubs and organizations throughout her life. Ann Moved to Sprague in 1989 where she married LTC (Ret) Michael Jennings, the love of her life, in June of 1993. They took pleasure riding horses, antiquing, fishing, playing cards and traveling by car. She also enjoyed caring for the many animals she had throughout her life. Ann belonged to the Bethel Lutheran Church in Tacoma and St. John Lutheran Church in Sprague. Ann will be missed by daughter Brooke (Jon) Overstreet, grandchildren Mya and Grayson of Sprague WA, brother Allen (Judy) Roberts of Tacoma WA, niece Kris (John) Nicholas and great niece Holly and great nephew John of Longmont CO, and nephew Wayne (Lisa Smith) Roberts of Tacoma WA. Services will be held at the St. John's Lutheran Church, July 25th @ 2 pm.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Charles Maurice Delaire, Sr.

Charles M. Delaire, Sr. of Edgewood, WA passed away on July 18, 2009. He was 83 years old. Charles spent 24 years in the United States Air Force throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Charles was the owner and operator of ALL-LINES Ins., Agency in Silverdale, WA for many years where he retired. He enjoyed collecting pocket watches and gardening vegetables. He was a member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, and eldest daughter Sibyl M. Robbins. Charles is survived by his wife Sibyl M., sons Charles M., Jr. (Dawn), Stephen M. (Chaney), Carl M., Craig M. (Amanda), Stewart M., Christopher M. (Tracey). Daughters include Cynthia M. Edwards (Charles), Charlotte M. Meyers (Dennis), and Claudia M. Sieb (Eric). Also included were 25 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Charles is also survived by three sisters and one brother. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Martin of the Tours Catholic Church, 2303 54th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424, on July 27, 2009 at 11:00 am. Rosary will be recited at 10:30 am prior to Mass. Full Military Honors will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington, WA at 3:00 pm. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Dean H. Sellin

Dean H. Sellin, 68, of Tacoma, passed away May 12, 2009, of COPD. There were no services. His remains were scattered in Commencement Bay. Dean is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Jo-Li Sellin, of Anchorage. Also, an aunt and uncle in Ephrata, an aunt in San Francisco, and cousins in Washington, California, Maryland, Montana, and Germany. He is also survived by his numerous good and true friends who mourn his loss in Tacoma, from Hawaii to Hong Kong and Taiwan, and from Sydney to Skagway and North. Dean was born in Seattle in 1940 and raised in Anchorage. Settling on the West Coast in 1962, Dean embarked on two careers, the longest of which was most satisfying: escorting Pacific Rim tours, including Alaska, for Grand Circle Travel, then a subsidiary of AARP. He retired from Pierce (County) Transit after fourteen years in 2005. Dean’s family extends sincere thanks for the compassion shown him by Franciscan Hospice, Allenmore Medical Center, and Orchard Park. Memorials may be made to an organization that cares for animals the way Dean did: The Dugan Foundation, Box 7028, Tacoma, WA 98417.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Earl H Price, Lt Col. USAF (Ret.)

Died at home in the presence of family members following a brief illness on July 10, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Loretta “Lori” Price, his daughter Ramona Kaukl, and his grandson, Andrew Earl Price. He is survived by his daughter Rosemarie Clark (Terry), son William L Price, and son Earl L Price (Myrna), as well as 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Earl was born July 23, 1920 to William M and Annie Price at Malad City, Idaho, the sixth of eight children. He was raised in the rural surroundings of Malad Valley and learned early the value of hard work and persistence. He later graduated from high school in Nampa, Idaho. Earl felt the call to service and joined the Idaho National Guard as a teenager. As war tensions grew, he found himself in the US Army with field artillery. After the US entry into World War II, he transferred to the US Army Air Corps. He went on to earn his pilot wings and began flying combat missions over Germany as a B-17 pilot. His crew was shot down on a mission over the Ruhr industrial region in August 1943. He was captured and became a prisoner of war until liberated by advancing Allied armies in May 1945. As World War II became a part of history, Earl met Loretta Long at Bowman Field, Kentucky. A pilot herself, she was immediately swept off her feet and they married in 1946. Earl and Lori remained married for more than 60 years, raising their four children on three continents, in several towns and many homes. After the war, Earl retrained for flying, but found his niche in a career in US Army intelligence and later transferred to the fledgling US Air Force and its Office of Special Investigations agency. He retired in 1963 from a military career that spanned 23 years. Earl completed a subsequent career with the Civil Service as an industrial security specialist for the Department of Defense and retired again in the early 1980's. Earl was an avid golfer who especially enjoyed playing his home course, Ft. Lewis Golf Course. He carded holes-in-one on three different holes and was proud of his "trophies." Until shortly before his passing, he remained active caring for his large yard and garden. He was well-known among neighbors and friends for his remarkable worth ethic, his dry sense of humor, and love of family. Earl H Price was given full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on July 20, 2009. He is now at well-deserved rest with Loretta for all time.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Ballard “Ray” Melton

In loving memory of Ballard "Ray" Melton, who was carried on the wings of angels July 19, 2009, after 73 years on this Earth. He was born to George and Virginia Melton (both deceased) in Indianapolis, IN on April 17, 1936. He grew up on a farm in Oden, IN with his two brothers, Rex (deceased) and Jim. He was stationed at McChord AFB during his service with the U.S. Air Force. Ray married the love of his life, his bride, Betty Bowyer, on June 28, 1957. They were blessed with three sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He retired in 1992 from the Pierce County Road Department after 28 years of dedicated service. He is survived by his bride of 52 years, Betty Melton; brother Jim (Dixie); Jim's favorite sister-in-law Bev; sons, Ray (Kim), Jim (Lin, deceased), and Kenny (Tonya); grandchildren, Chamagne (John), Charese (Larry), Amy, Eric, Erica, Danny, and Dustin; great-grandchildren, Grayson and Ella; and their beloved dogs, Molly and Panda Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Virginia, brother Rex. Services held at the Fox Island United Church of Christ on July 25th at 2 PM. Contributions may be made in Ray's name to the Fox Island United Church of Christ.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

John Benjamin Hall

John was born August 27 2009 in Boston, Mass and went to be with the Lord on July 16 2009 in University Place. Wa. He is survived by his loving wife Louise of 22 years, daughter Angelita, grandson Warren, brother Frank Hall (Gladys), family and friends. I would like to thank his Group Health Doctors, Home Health and Hospice staff for there wonderful care. A special thank you to Franciscan Hospice House staff and Dr. Brazina. A celebration of Life will be held 2PM Thursday July 23 at Tacoma Lutheran Home 1301 Highlands Parkway N, Tacoma, Wa. Please see full Obituary at
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Laurence Hutton

March 4, 1923 ~ July 16, 2009 This magnificent man of generous heart and spirit peacefully died at his home in Pacific WA at the age of 86. To say that he will be missed doesn't convey the loss felt by his wife, Lois, of 65 years. Together, they shared two daughters, Lynda and Connie, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. My husbandÉour fatherÉour grandpaÉour papaÉour dear and wonderful friend has died. We will miss him soÉ.more than words can say. Come celebrate his life on July 24, 2009 at 10 am at Price Helton Funeral Home in Auburn, WA, followed by a sharing of memories at the Eagles Club.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Perry William Hook

On the evening of July 18, 2009, after a long illness, Perry Hook returned home to be with the Lord. Perry was born on March 9, 1944 in Tacoma, Washington to Hayes D. and Melvine Hook. Perry was a hard worker and extraordinary father who loved God, life, family, and antique cars. As a hobby, Perry loved to spend time restoring cars. He won many awards including 2003 Father of the Year, Longshoreman Production Awards, and the Puyallup Dragway Championship, just to name a few. Perry graduated from Stadium High School in 1962, and began work as a journeyman longshoreman. He completed a thirty-five year career as a longshoreman for ILWU Local #23 at the Port of Tacoma . He leaves to remember his life his wife of twenty years, Jackie, daughters Katrenia Parker (Shawn), Monique Hook-Fickling (Turk), Anita Hook-Wambaugh (John), and Shelley Wyke, his stepson William Watkins (Sylvia), his brothers Art and Robert and sister Lenora, and grandchildren Broc Parker, Bo Harvey Parker, Austin Wambaugh, Samone Watkins, Nathan Watkins, and numerous nieces and nephews. Based on his love of racing and vintage collectible cars, we invite antique car lovers to drive their restored vehicles to the services. Viewing will be held Friday, July 24, 2009 from 1:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. at Mountain View. Services will be Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 11:00a.m. at St. John Baptist Church, located at 2001 South “J” Street. Following the service, interment and a dove release will occur at Mountain View Memorial Park.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Fred Z Borja

Passed away July 18, 2009. Fred was a 22-year retired First Sergeant of the US Army and a Vietnam veteran. Fred is survived by his wife and best friend, Patty Borja, three children, Brandon Borja (son) of Culpeper, VA; Leslie Borja (daughter) of Stockbridge, GA, Nicholas Borja (son) of Tacoma; six grandchildren, Manny, Matthew, Baylie, Isaiah, Elijah and Avery Ann; and two brothers, Antonio Leon of Homestead, FL and Alex Leon of Sinajana, Guam. Fred is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and all his dear friends at Patriot's Landing in DuPont, WA. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU DAD! Esta agupa« (Until tomorrow). Wednesday, 7-22, 1:00-9:00 p.m., Visitation/Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood. Thursday, 7-23, 10:15 a.m., graveside memorial at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA. Saturday, 7-25, 11:00 a.m., Celebration of Life and memorial at Patriot's Landing, 1600 Marshall Circle, DuPont, WA.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Pauline Sarah Ginnis

Pauline passed away in the early morning hours of July 19th, due to complications from her battle with cancer. It is with heavy hearts, and open eyes that we say goodbye to our loving mother, wife, sister and friend. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Alex Ginnis. Pauline had 6 children, George, Linda, Joe, Rebecca, Nancy and Alex. She was predeceased by her daughter Rebecca, whom she always wished to be reunited with. She was a doting, wonderful grandmother to 20 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Our entire family will never be the same. She was a guiding light to many, and a beacon of hope for all of us to follow during our darkest hours. Pauline was born on April 30th, 1924, in Omar. West Virginia. Our nana had a storied past, marked along the way with many outstanding achievements. These include volunteering her time with the March of Dimes Organization, Amvets and Sisters of Penelope (just to name a few). She loved to go gambling with her husband, and enjoyed many wonderful vacations with her friends and family. Much of her time was dedicated to caring for others. Pauline has touched the hearts of everyone around her for many years. We know she is at peace, resting comfortably beside all of her loved ones who have passed before her. She has left our lives vacant, the firm, infectious love that we once knew will be sorely missed. We will always love and miss you, our beautiful nana. It is our privilege to honor Pauline with a trisagio (wake) to be held at 7:00pm, Thursday, July 23rd at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Chapel. Funeral services will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Fri., July 24th at 11:30am. She will be laid to rest next to her daughter at New Tacoma Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Philoptochosphil (Philanthropic society) of St. Nicholas Church.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Roger B. Wilson

Roger B. Wilson died unexpectedly on July 20, 2009. He was 66. Roger was born in Evanston, IL. August 29, 1942 to George and June Wilson. Roger is survived by his wife of 22 years, Catherine Wilson, sons, Chris and Chad, grandchildren, Tyler and Amy, brothers Mark and Matt and sister, Susan, two nephews and a niece, as well as his many friends. After retiring, Roger and Cathy spent their time between Tacoma and AZ. Roger enjoyed golfing, fishing, travel, and perhaps most of all, practical jokes. The service for Roger will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove St., Tacoma, on Friday, July 24 at 11:00am. Roger requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be given to charities of choice supporting children. A memorial fund has been set up in Roger’s name at Green Hill School.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Lacy Leonard Wilbert

September 30, 1967 - July 2, 2009 Lacy is preceded in death by his parents Christine Mitchell and Fred Wilbert and survived by sister Patricia Wilbert, brothers Eric Mitchell and Trevor Wilbert. Grandparents Frank and Shirley Dotson. He will also be missed by his many aunts, uncles and cousins. May he rest in peace.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Soo Kyung Kim

She passed away peacefully on July 19, 2009 surrounded by devoted family. She was born to Sun Yong Kim and Bo Bae Lee on December 6, 1938, in Seoul, Korea. After the Korean War, she and her family settled in Inchon, Korea. She graduated from teacher school and taught elementary school for many years. She enjoyed 49 years of happy and loving marriage with her high school sweetheart, Hae Yim Kim. She and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1971. She worked at Buffelin Woodworking Company in Tacoma for over 20 years before retiring in 1994. She enjoyed teaching, gardening, sports, but mostly sharing her love and generosity by cooking and doting over family and friends. She was dedicated to her church, Tacoma Central Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Hae Yim; daughter, Hui Chong Mooney; sons, Chae Kon, Chae Song and Chae Mun (Wilson); 6 grandchildren; 3 older sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral will take place at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009 at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9221 Chambers Creek Rd. W. University Place, WA, 98467.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Bob Markholt

With his beloved family by his side, Bob Markholt passed away at Swedish Medical Center on July 19, 2009 from complications of lymphoma. Bob was born in Seattle on February 1, 1937 to the late Ottilie (Kepner) Markholt and the late Bob Dombroff. Bob and his brother Lee grew up on a small farm in Parkland, Washington. Bob graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of science and from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington State University in St. Louis with a master’s degree. He was a passionate and committed union activist and lifelong advocate for social justice. His rich life experiences included work as a social worker, a timber faller, a meat cutter and a founder of several worker cooperatives. Bob was the recruiter for the Apprenticeship Opportunities Project at Center for Career Alternatives. He became part of the tenured faculty at Seattle Vocational Institute and built on his own experience with community issues to create his “life’s work”, the dynamic Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training program (PACT). Bob brought the perfect combination of compassion and tough love, together with his own dedication, persistence and ability, to help his students overcome obstacles, change their lives, and build self-esteem, self-respect and self-sufficiency. Bob believed deeply in his students, and worked tirelessly for their success. With an unprecedented success rate, the PACT program helped students find opportunities as carpenters, electricians, brick layers, laborers, painters, sheet metal workers, cement masons, plumbers, and roofers. Bob’s vision led to a recent expansion of the program to help students outreach to green jobs. A friend, mentor and life coach, Bob taught positive thinking, perseverance and accountability for personal actions to give disadvantaged young men and women a message of hope and guidance for a way out of poverty through education and acquired skill. Bob was awarded the Washington Association of Occupational Educators Annual Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. He served on many boards and organizations in the community including the Washington State Labor Council Committee for Job Retention/Economic Development, Governor’s Advisory Board for Employee Ownership, Rainier Chamber of Commerce committees on Youth, Education and Social Service and Regional Transit, CAMP Youthbuild Advisory Board, Secretary/Treasurer of the Northwest Community Services Food Bank, Seattle Area Public Health and Safety Network Board Member, Pee Wee Division Coach of the Rainier District Little League, Founding Board Member of Schools First!, Steering Committee Member of the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, the Garfield Community Center, and Board Member of the Seattle Community College Federation of Teachers Local 1789. Bob is survived by his wife Mary Alice Theiler; his brother Lee Markholt; his children Bobby Markholt (Sherry), Anneke Markholt, Joe Markholt (Sona), Lee Markholt, Al Markholt (Maude), and John Theiler; his grandchildren Amanda, Dustin and Uriah; his great-grandchildren Caleb, Zyniah, and Mary Catherine; his nieces Lee Ann, Anna and Amy; and his many students, co-workers and dear friends. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the community for their many acts of kindness and support, and are deeply grateful to the doctors and nursing staff at the Swedish Medical Center for their compassionate care. An informal gathering will be held at the Garfield Community Center at 23rd Avenue and East Cherry Street (2323 E. Cherry Street) in Seattle on Thursday, July 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 for Bob’s family, friends, students and community members. A formal Memorial Celebration will be scheduled in August. Tax-deductible memorial contributions may be made to SVI-PACT and sent to the attention of Diane Davies, 2120 S. Jackson Street, Seattle WA 98144.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Elijah Diego Batson

I hear it’s heavenly inside the Pearly Gates - give Mom my love. Go tell Jesus Elijah’s Mama’s on the line. Like a comet blazing across the evening sky, gone too soon. Like a rainbow fading in a twinkling eye, gone too soon. The past ten years have not stopped our tears. Love, Mom, Essence & family.
Pub Date: 7/22/2009

Melvin Arnold Thorsen

4/5/28 ~ 7/16/09 Melvin was born in Tacoma, WA to Morris and Mabel Thorsen. Lifetime resident of South Tacoma/University Place, attended Edison Elementary, Gray Middle School and Lincoln H.S; retired longshoreman, Local 23. He enjoyed being an amateur radio operator and frequent road trips to the Arizona desert. Preceded in death by Shirley, wife of 58 years. Survived by daughters Karin Thorsen DeLand and Amy Thorsen; granddaughters Genevieve, Dorothea, and Angelina, and grandsons, Wyatt, Colten, and Thorsen, great grandchildren, Annabelle, Colin, Aaron, Matthew, and Melanie. Remembrances in Melvin’s name may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A funeral service will be held Fri., July 24th at 2pm in The Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery.
Pub Date: 7/21/2009

Pauline Sarah Ginnis

85 years of age. Passed away during the morning hours of July 19th, 2009. Services will be held at St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church at 11:30am. Burial to follow at New Tacoma Cemetery. We will always love you, our beautiful nana.
Pub Date: 7/21/2009

Ballard “Ray” Melton

In loving memory of Ballard "Ray" Melton, who was carried on the wings of angels July 19, 2009, after 73 years on this Earth. He was born to George and Virginia Melton (both deceased) in Indianapolis, IN on April 17, 1936. He grew up on a farm in Oden, IN with his two brothers, Rex (deceased) and Jim. He was stationed at McChord AFB during his service with the U.S. Air Force. Ray married the love of his life, his bride, Betty Bowyer, on June 28, 1957. They were blessed with three sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He retired in 1992 from the Pierce County Road Department after 28 years of dedicated service. He is survived by his bride of 52 years, Betty Melton; brother Jim (Dixie); Jim's favorite sister-in-law Bev; sons, Ray (Kim), Jim (Lin, deceased), and Kenny (Tonya); grandchildren, Chamagne (John), Charese (Larry), Amy, Eric, Erica, Danny, and Dustin; great-grandchildren, Grayson and Ella; and their beloved dogs, Molly and Panda Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Virginia, brother Rex. Services held at the Fox Island United Church of Christ on July 25th at 2 PM. Contributions may be made in Ray's name to the Fox Island United Church of Christ.
Pub Date: 7/21/2009

Nora Uro

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our beloved Nora. She passed unexpectedly at St. Joseph’s Hospital due to medical complications on July 5, 2009. She leaves behind a wonderful husband, Hank, and two beautiful daughters, Noelle and Angela. Nora was born in San Diego, California on Nov. 13, 1951, to Gloria and George Golightly. Nora has a sister named Susan Hoye and also has a nephew Jeremy Hoye and niece Stacey Hoye. The family moved to Federal Way, Washington where she graduated from Federal Way High School in 1969. Directly from there, she attended and graduated from Renton Vocational Technical College with a degree in accounting. She worked in the corporate office of Pay-N-Save in Seattle for a short period before marrying in 1971. Shortly thereafter, she had children and dedicated her life to her two daughters and her husband, which was her greatest joy in life. Nora loved people and always had a friendly smile to whoever she met. To her, a stranger was just a friend that she had not talked to or met. One of her favorite past times was to travel with her family to Disneyland and Disney World or cruise the seven seas and bonding with family. She is known by others to be a woman who wore wacky and funny hats or would extend a helping hand by asking, “How can I help you?” As her husband puts it, “Mom was like a fine diamond with her (stunning) personality and the way she thought of herself and others in a positive way (illuminated brightly).” A private wake was held at the Sizzler Restaurant.
Pub Date: 7/21/2009

Geraldine “Gerri” (Anderson) Potts Gustafson

Our beloved Gerri passed away June 26, 2009. She was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 8, 1924 to Lucy and Otto Anderson. She retired after many years as a secretary of the Tacoma branch of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. Her interests were sewing, quilting and travel. She was preceded in death by her son Craig Potts, her husband Robert Gustafson, her sisters, Jacqueline (her twin) Anderson, Naida Senter, Lucielle Sharrick, Pearl Udd, Carrie “Sissy” Headley, Beverly Daser, and her brothers, Carter and William Anderson. She is survived by her sister Betty Jo Thayer, her daughter Judy Nelson, her grandchildren, Jeff Nelson, Jill Williams, Jacqueline Nelson, Davin Potts, three great-grandsons, several nieces and nephews and her good friend Charlotte Zenk. There were no services at Gerri’s request.
Pub Date: 7/21/2009

Corrine E. Janowski

Age 73 passed away on July 16, 2009, with her family and friends by her side. She is survived by her loving husband, Charles, of 53 years, three children, Shelley, Brian (Diana), and Julie Turner (Ron), and a host of family and friends who will miss her dearly. She was born on November 16, 1935, in Seaside, Oregon. Corrine was an avid gardener, especially with her roses. She also enjoyed camping, razor clam digging, and spending quality time with family and friends. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466, and/or the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 7/20/2009

Carmela “Connie” Ann Peacher

Passed away peacefully, after a long battle with lung cancer and was escorted to heaven through her faith in Jesus Christ on July 15, 2009. Connie was born in Italy October 9, 1922 and then immigrated with her mother and father to the United States at the age of seven. Connie and her parents moved from New York to Connecticut where she graduated from High School. She then married Joseph Battisti and moved to California. In 1974 she married Lawrence Peacher and both moved to Washington State where she passed away. Connie survived her daughter Barbra, sisters Gloria and Linda. She is survived by her husband Lawrence, son Pete Battisti, daughter in-law Karen Battisti, grandchildren, Kathrin, Anthony, and Tanner, her brothers, Tony, and Johnny. The family would like to thank the staff at Group Health, Group Health Hospice, and Merrill Gardens Assisted Living for their kindness and compassionate care. Thank you also to Puyallup Tacoma Boys for always treating Connie like a queen with little gifts of flowers and fruits when she shopped. Services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:00 am at Powers Funeral Home in Sumner, WA. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service. Burial will be at Sumner City Cemetery immediately following the service.
Pub Date: 7/20/2009

John Neal Finstuen

The Reverend John Neal Finstuen (b. March 9, 1948) died of complications from myelodisplasia on Friday, July 17, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He was 61 years old. A native of Tacoma, WA (Lincoln High School 1966, Pacific Lutheran University 1970), John was, as he put it, “a great appreciator of everyday things.” His delight in the everyday of life was greatly enriched by the presence of his beloved and cherished wife of thirty-nine years, Katherine (Kappy) Finstuen. Although they had wonderful experiences apart from the everyday, beginning with their courtship on a European tour sponsored by PLU in 1968, they walked, talked, ate, and read together as husband and wife but also as best friends. He did likewise with his sons, Peter and Andrew, daughter Katherine, daughters-in-law, Jessica and Ingrid, and grandson, Carl John. In each of their lives, he was a rock and a loving advocate. He is survived by his sister Carol Gray and family and mother Norma Finstuen. John was preceded in death by his sister Geraldine Brown and his father Arnold Finstuen. John was deeply loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. This attentiveness to the everyday defined his vocation as a minister in the Lutheran Church (ELCA). After graduating from Yale Divinity School in 1974, births, marriages, and deaths were constants in his everyday as were the joys and sorrows of the everyday lives of the people he served. For thirty-four years he shouldered this work by God’s grace and responded to it by preaching the Gospel of Jesus the Christ and by administering the sacraments at congregations in Chelan, Woodinville, and Spokane, WA and at six interim appointments in Washington and Oregon. He retired in 2008 due to his illness. Services are scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Narrows in Tacoma (6730 N. 17th St.) and on Friday July 24th at 1 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church in Portland, OR (1820 NE 21st Ave). The family requests that memorials be donated to Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 7/20/2009

Major Glen Edward Coburn

US Army (Ret) Passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz, CA, July 14, 2009 with his wife Margaret and granddaughter Nicole at his side. He was 93 years old. A native of Missouri, he joined the US Army in 1934 at age 19 and began his career in the Philippines. In WWII he served in France and Germany, and was awarded a Purple Heart. In the 1950s he served in Korea. Glen and Margaret were married for 71 years. For the past 24 years the Coburns have resided in Aptos, California. Glen is survived by his loving wife Margaret, his daughter Charlotte Watts (WA) and son Glen Coburn (MI). Daughter Phyllis Clem predeceased him in 1995. Major Coburn will be buried at Fort Logan in Colorado.
Pub Date: 7/20/2009

Cheryl Ann "Suzy" Abbott

Cheryl Ann "Suzy" Abbott, born 7/1/55 in Joliet, IL passed away unexpectedly on 6/20/09. All those who love her and hold her near, our love always. Ardith, Barb, Phylis & Carol
Pub Date: 7/20/2009

Scott Alexander Shindle

July 20, 1979 - April 5, 2004 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of your birth. Forever in our minds and hearts; always remembered for being a loyal friend, caring brother and loving son. Happy Birthday. Love, Mom, Dad, Christopher, Yvonne, Ryan and Logan
Pub Date: 7/20/2009

Michael Q. Bolden

1/25/1953 - 7/6/2009 Graduate of Lincoln High School, 1971, served in the U.S. Navy. Survived by sister Joann, brother Steve, numerous nieces and nephews. Services in the Mountain View Valley Chapel on 7/22/2009 at 1pm.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Leah Kathryn Madden Pairoa

Age 37, died suddenly on July 5, 2009. Her kind heart, happy nature, and warm smile embraced everyone who knew her. Leah graduated from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, WA and Principia College in Elsah, IL. She was an award-winning photographer who enjoyed travelling, listening to opera, and playing basketball. For the past fifteen years Leah worked as a caregiver and nursing home administrator. Her gentle, yet spirited, demeanor provided joy and comfort to those in her care, as well as to her friends and family. A memorial service will be held in her honor August 1, 2009, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church at 308 4th Ave. South, Kirkland, WA. Those who attend will be asked to write memories of Leah in a book that will be given to her son, Micah. When you live a large and generous life, you leave a large and lasting legacy. Leah's legacy of unconditional love leaves an eternal mark on her family and friends.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Linda D. McLeod

Age 63, of Tacoma, Wash., passed away peacefully July 12, 2009 with her family by her side. She is survived by her three daughters, Shellie Holland and Renae Green of Puyallup and Carrie McLeod of Tacoma, as well as her five grandchildren.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Gail Marie Josephson

Aug. 4, 1938 - June 9, 2009 Gail Marie Josephson, 70, of Puyallup, Wash., previously of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009. Gail was born Aug. 4, 1938, to William A. Walker and Ruth (Cederholm) Walker, of Nevada, Iowa. At the age of 7, Gail's family moved to Ames, Iowa. Following graduation, Gail attended Iowa Lutheran Hospital Nursing School, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1959. Gail worked in the OB ward of Mary Greeley Medical Center. Gail married Paul R. Josephson Jr. Aug. 16, 1959 in Ames. Gail and Paul moved to Rochester, N.Y., in 1961 and then in 1971 they moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where they resided until July 2008, when they moved to Puyallup, Wash. Gail was a registered nurse in Fort Collins. Gail loved to travel and visited places including the Holy Land, Egypt, Sweden, Russia, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., with her siblings and their spouses and traveling the continental U.S. Gail enjoyed sewing, needlework, Women's Bible Study, Sunday School class, AAUW events, gardening, camping, and watching sports. Gail especially loved doing for others and the less fortunate. Gail is survived by her husband Paul, son Kevin Josephson, daughters Kimberly (Ken) Starr and Kari Josephson, brothers Fred (Darlene) Walker and John (Zoya) Walker, sister Nancy (Stein) Williams, grandchildren, Chelsea and Julie Starr. Survivors also include nine nieces, seven nephews, 20 grandnieces, 16 grandnephews, one great-grandniece and one great-grandnephew. A memorial service will be held 2pm August 29, 2009 at Rainier View Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Rd. S., Tacoma. Memorials can be made in her honor to Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation, Birthways birthing unit, 1111 Duff Ave., Ames, Iowa 50010.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Louise M. Edwards

Born in Fairmont, West Virginia to Collin and Jessie Manley and while an infant they moved to Dupont, WA where her father was employed by the Dupont Corporation. She graduated from Lincoln High School and then to Business College. Employed by many firms in her career but also worked for the City of Tacoma for twenty-seven years. She retired from the Identification and Records Division of the Tacoma Police Department. She sponsored many air tours to Reno and Mexico with groups from her circle. After retirement she spent winters in a condo in the vicinity of Palm Springs, CA. always coming home to Tacoma and Gig Harbor for the Christmas and Easter Holidays with our family. She and husband Sherman danced and belonged to three dancing clubs. Even after retirement she and her husband continued to attend and participate in Forensics associations and other science organizations. Other than her husband she leaves a son Jerry Williams, a step-daughter Judy Buck and grand and great grandchildren in her family of joy. A memorial in celebration of her life is planned to be held at the Gove Masonic Temple, South 38th and Sheridan Streets on July 25th beginning at 11 a.m.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Spencer Clark Harrington

Born Jan. 6th, 1988 at Tacoma General Hospital; died July 10th, 2009. Beloved son of Albert Carter and Vicki Farabee-Harrington. Survived by girlfriend and unborn baby, sisters Jamie Rose and Casey Martin, great-grandmother Alice Clark, grandparents Sandy and Arlene Farabee, uncle Scott Farabee, cousins Greg and Larissa Matteau and David Farabee. Attended Foster High School. Worked at Seattle Bulk Rail. Memorial will be held at Seahurst Park in Burien July 24th at 4:00.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Marie Geraldine Rakos

Born July 24, 1929; peacefully passed to her heavenly home on July 11, 2009, surrounded by family. Marie was preceded in death by parents Emma and Axel Haglund, brother Robert, and husband Albert Rakos. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Marie was a teacher, choral leader, and church organist. She was active in the Finlandia Order of Runeburg, and led several choral trips to Finland. Marie's life was spent in church, family, nature, and expressing her gift of music -- honoring God, and all who knew her. Marie is survived by brother Richard, children George, Andrew, Virginia, Daniel, Anne, Paul, Joel, and Barbro, seventeen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial will be held 4PM July 24, 2009 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2553 Tacoma Ave S., Tacoma. Gifts may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

MSgt Leo Frank Ressler

Born on December 5, 1923, in Mandan, North Dakota, and passed away July 13, 2009. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sieglinde; daughters Linde Heinold, Brigitte (Lothar) Nikolai, Leola (Bernard) Johnston, Kathleen (Gilbert) Moore; eight grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. Full military service to be held July 20th at 10:15 AM at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Franciscan Hospice. See the full obituary and share memories/condolences at .
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Denese S. Pedersen

Denese was born July 21, 1932 into a Navy family in San Pedro, CA. and traveled a lot while growing up. She was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. Later they moved to the Bremerton area where she was co-valedictorian of her 1950 Silverdale High School Class. After graduation she joined the Army and traveled some more. She was an Aide at the creation of the United Nations at the Presidio and later spent several years in Tokyo. After leaving the Army she worked for Pacific Finance; for TWA on the delivery of their first 707’s and later was a customer service representative for the IRS. As President of the King County Boundary Review Board she defined the initial boundaries for the incorporation of Federal Way and Woodinville. She was on the Draft Board for many years and was also a Trustee for Highline Community College. She was a Professional Tax Preparer for Puget Sound Bank. As a key member of Citizens to Save Puget Sound she helped to get METRO to drop their plan for a sewage outfall tunnel under Burien, and move the outfall down the river and out at Alki Point. She was elected “Burien Woman of the Year” in 1982. A skillful judge of horses, her two Morgan mares were both World Champions. Very active in Democratic politics, and a member of the League of Women Voters and the Evergreen Democratic Women’s Club, she ran unsuccessfully for the State House and Senate. She would have been a very good legislator. Dee died peacefully after a long illness on July 13, 2009. Preceded in death by son William; her husband Ray, three sons, David, Karl and Alex and two brothers Martin and Lee survive her. Services will be private.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Bruce P. Warren

Died July 16, 2009 at his home in Mukilteo. Born June 12, 1934 in Tacoma, WA to Harold and Ruth Warren. Preceded in death by his wife Jeanette M. Warren. He leaves behind his brother Gaylord Warren, his 4 children, Suzanne Harford, Gregory Warren, Keith Warren, and Georgia Laban, and 12 grandchildren. A reception will be held at the Bay Café at Fisherman's Terminal in Seattle, WA at 11:00AM on July 24, 2009.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Donna E. Pratt

Donna Pratt was born July 19, 1926 in Tacoma, WA and passed away July 15, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Donna was preceded in death by her son, Mark Pratt, in 1991 and by her husband, Oliver Pratt, in 1997. She is survived by her children, Rhonda Hinshaw and Paul Pratt, and by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Viewing will be 1:00-9:00 PM on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at .
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Evelyn I. Linthicum

Evelyn Irene Cathey was born in Wichita, KS on Aug. 8, 1924, and passed away in Federal Way, WA on June 24, 2009. Her beloved husband of 63 years, Ralph Linthicum, preceded her in death in 2007. For many years they had a foster home for children with special needs, and adopted four of these loved children. She is survived by children Woody (Lisl), Barbara, Ruth, Randy, James (Amber), grandchildren Brett, Daniel, Ryan, Kyle, Adrien, James, Preston, and many other dear family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Federal Way Sr. Ctr., 4016 S. 352nd St., Auburn, at 5 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2009.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Linda Kay Joseph

Born July 5, 1957 Went to Heaven July 16, 2009 She was born in Tacoma, WA. Linda leaves behind her only son, William Morris, mother Lorraine, sisters Deborah Joseph and Nancy Murphy (John), brothers David Joseph (Rick) and Ralph Murphy (Alma). Also, aunt Loretta Napoleon and special cousin Curtiss Napoleon, Sr. Linda was employed at Puyallup Tribe's Bingo Palace and moved on to the Casino. She loved spending her weekends shopping at swap meet, garage sales with her mom. She loved watching videos and spending time with her nephews and nieces. She was very proud of her son William. Linda will be greatly missed, but will be forever in our hearts and our prayers. The family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Alan Shelton for all his care. Wake will be Sunday July 19, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. and services will be Monday July 20, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., both at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home. .
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Daniel Vincent McElligott Sr.

O f Tacoma, passed away July 13, 2009 at age 76. Mr. McElligott served the citizens of the United States for 50 years. He was a 30-year U.S. Army combat veteran, retiring as a CW4 in 1983, followed by a 20-year Civil Service career, also with the Army. Mr. McElligott was preceded in death by his first wife Loretta Jennifer McElligott, and is survived by his wife Sukie, four sons, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He's also survived by two sisters and three brothers. Services will be held at 11 AM July 20, 2009 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Spanaway, followed by a 2:15 PM interment at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Maxie W. Fields Sr.

On July 13, 2009, Maxie W. Fields Sr., 88, peacefully made his final journey to abide forever with his Lord and Savior. Born February 27, 1921 to Tollie Fields and Cynthia Hull in Learned, Mississippi, he was the second of ten children. He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Melissa A. Dawkins. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce M. Fields, his brother Coolidge Fields of Jackson, MS, his children, Phillip L. Fields, Sharon Gilmore (Fields), Maxie W. Fields, Jr., Barbara J. Fields, Patricia D. Fields and Elder Michael W. Fields, sixteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Viewings will be at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday, July 18th from 1:00AM - 9:00PM and Sunday July 19, 9:00A - 9:00PM. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 East Portland Avenue Tacoma, Washington.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Lester "Reed" Richardson

Passed away on June 23rd 2009. This kind and gentle man was born in Texas to a military family and was raised and educated in Washington State. After serving in the Army for two years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Reed joined the Washington State Patrol. After two years with the State Patrol, Reed returned to college and earned a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in 1982. He had a successful career as an accountant, working at several business firms, and taught business classes at Pierce College. Reed relocated to Southern California in 1999, continuing his work as an accountant.,He was a member of Saint Michael's Parish in Poway, where he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, sponsored several RCIA candidates, and taught one year of High School Religious Education. He also was a volunteer for the International Relief Team of San Diego that served victims of the Cedar Fires. Reed's hobby was woodworking, and he loved to play golf and watch sports on TV. Devoted husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather, Reed was predeceased by his father L.R. He is survived by his loving wife Teresa, his mother Emma Frances, daughter Lara Jaeger and her husband Geoff, grandchildren Megan, Jessica, Jake and Lucy, son Raymond, brother Bob and his wife Rayanne, stepchildren Daniel, Olivia, and Victoria, step-grandsons Jason and Garrett, his Uncle Buddy, Aunt Betty, Uncle Fred, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm at St. Ann Catholic Church, 7001 Park Ave, Tacoma, reception to follow. Reed is truly loved and will be missed by all.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009


Russell H. Keyes (Russ) passed away peacefully with his family at his side on July 13, 2009. He was born August 14, 1924 to Edward and Anne Keyes, in Tacoma, WA. During school at Stadium High School in Tacoma, he was a star athlete becoming the Washington State heavyweight wrestling champion. Eager to join the fight during World War II, but fearing he would not pass the eye exam; he memorized the eye chart by listening to the soldiers in line in front of him. This resourcefulness paid off and Russ joined the Marine Corps as a member of the 1st Marine Division as a scout and sniper. He was involved in many tough battles in the South Pacific on the islands of Peleliu, Guadalcanal and Okinawa and was responsible for saving countless lives of his fellow soldiers. Towards the conclusion of the conflict, a copy of the Tacoma News Tribune sent to him by family was used as proof the war had ended, enabling him to bring in 60 enemy soldiers that had surrendered. Upon his return from the war he attended the University of Puget Sound where he was a standout player on the football team. Soon after he married Constance Espeland and together they started their family. Russ went to work at his father-in-law’s Desoto dealership in Tacoma as a grease monkey and due to his persuasiveness, positive attitude and work ethic eventually became one of their top salesmen. ‘No’ or ‘can’t’ were not in his vocabulary. Russ’s desire to do it “his way” soon lead him to break out on his own, ultimately owning Keyes Ford in Gig Harbor. Seeking another challenge he tried his luck at real estate development and as luck would have it he was very good at it. He developed residential condominiums in Kirkland and after buying Newport Yacht Basin in Bellevue, was the first developer in the NW to condominiumize boat moorage slips. Russ received many requests from marinas all over the world seeking advice on how to emulate his methods to convert marinas to condominium moorage slips. For thirty years Russ owned office buildings and marinas on Westlake Avenue North on Lake Union. During his ownership of these properties he came into contact with many people who would come to confide in him, ask advice or just talk and laugh for hours while he stood in his property manager’s office (he rarely had an office of his own). A selfless person, he constantly encouraged and helped others to realize their dreams and entrepreneurial aspirations resulting in their success with businesses of their own. During this time his family moved from Tacoma to Mercer Island, where they resided for 39 years. An avid boater, auto enthusiast and general Mr. fix-it, he spent many enjoyable days on his boat with Konnie, and many hours in his garage and marina tearing apart and rebuilding cars, boats, and anything else that may or may not have needed fixing. Although retirement was not something he knew the definition of, after selling his office buildings he did slow down a bit to enjoy traveling the world and dividing his time between life in Florida, boating in the San Juans, and being with his wife, family and friends. As anyone who has ever crossed paths with Russ can attest - including many cashiers at hardware, auto supply and marine supply stores - he was a unique and unforgettable person. He was someone we will always remember for his sense of humor, optimism, strength and courage. We will all miss him very much. Russ is survived by his wife Constance, his son Russell Keyes (Meredith), daughters Laurie McVey (Mark), Elizabeth Monrean (Mark) and Carrie Keyes; six grandchildren, Hilary, Stephanie, Jennifer, Thomas, Russell and Parks and one great-grandchild, Tyler. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to your local hospice. A celebration of Russell’s life will take place August 3, 2009 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at Salty’s restaurant on Alki in West Seattle.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Valerie Jean Moceri

Was born in Tacoma on Aug. 20 1961. Valerie, at the age of 47, passed away on Wednesday, July 15. She is survived by her fiancé Kevin Carver, four children, Lance Moceri, Tawny Moceri, Ginger Bohaker, and Nicky Travis. She has one granddaughter, Tessa Weeks. Valerie is also an aunt to Matt, Robyn, and Kristen Clark. Valerie would like to give special thanks for everything that her family and friends have done for her. Valerie enjoyed gardening, going to the horse race track, and going to the car race tracks to support her fiancé Kevin. Her favorite thing to do was to go to the ocean, get her feet in the sand, and watch the waves come ashore. Service will be held at Fir Lane, 924 176th St. E. Spanaway, at 11 a.m. July 22, 2009. Family gathering held afterwards at the Elk Plain Grange, 21817 Mountain Hwy E., Spanaway 98387.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Alrick A. Hendricks Jr.

Was born on November 11, 1990 in Tacoma, WA. He departed this life on Sunday July 12, 2009. He was a loving person with a smile that could light up any room. We will miss him dearly. Services will be held at 11:00 am., Monday, July 20, 2009 in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Viewing on Sunday at 3pm.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Peter Braun Sr.

Was called to Heaven to be with the angels. He will be forever loved and missed by his children Peter Jr., Erika and Willie, grandchildren Taylor, Peter III, Zachary, Jessica (Lyn), Nichalus, and Andreas, and best friends Maxy and Deedee. A memorial gathering will be held at noon July 25, 2009, at 5716 108th St. Ct. SW, Lakewood.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Bob Alek

(Robert Aleksich) We miss you more than words can say. Nothing is the same without you. You are always on our minds & forever in our hearts. Son Joey, Sister Helena, Brother Al, friends & family.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Roger Dale Vogt

7/20/1939 - 7/15/2008 We will be thinking of you on your birthday and wishing you were here. You are in our thoughts every day, we miss you so much. Our love forever, Sharon, Holly, Alex, Gabby, Gabe & all your grandchildren.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Ronald L. Kiesel

Ronald L. Kiesel 3/9/1935 - 7/16/1983 You are simply unforgettable.
Pub Date: 7/19/2009

Kathryn Madden Anderson

1916 to 2009 Born in Friday Harbor, Washington, February 29th to Gladys (nee Guard) and Raymond Madden. Kathryn’s birth was followed by sister Florence Prentiss (deceased), brother James Madden (deceased) and sister Molly Madden of Friday Harbor. She went to the Lord July 12, 2009, in her home surrounded by family. A fiercely loyal Husky, Kathryn attended the University of Washington where she met dashing NROTC candidate Thomas W. Anderson of Tacoma, Washington. They were married in March 1938 until his passing in January 2000. They began their marriage in Seattle, Washington but were soon off to Norway where Tom worked for the Norwegian government as a civil engineer leaving Norway shortly before Hitler’s invasion. After Tom’s naval service during World War II, the family returned to Tacoma. Tom and Kay were the loves of each other’s lives and were blessed with three sons and their families who survive them: Tom and his wife Juli with their children, Erin, Chris and Douglas Anderson; Jim and his wife, Mimi with their children, Ashley and John Anderson, Brian Howe and his wife Andi, and Julianne Howe; and Steve with his children Stephanie and her husband Josh Anderson, Bruce and Alexis Anderson. Seven great grandchildren joined the family. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Barbara Anderson and many Madden, Prentiss, Anderson and Eddy nieces, nephews and their families. Kathryn was the biggest, best supporter for each of us making each of us feel most loved. Always active in the community, Kathryn rose to top leadership positions in any organization she joined including The Tacoma Art Museum, Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma Garden Club, Aloha Club to name a few. She and Tom always supported each other’s professional and community roles. Kathryn and Tom were members of and regularly attended University Place Presbyterian Church until their health declined. She faced each challenge determined to find the solution and make it happen. She was wise, kind, loving, compassionate and true to her friends treating everyone with grace, dignity and respect. According to her wishes, there will be no services but Tom and Kay’s ashes will be placed together as they planned. Although Kathryn loved flowers, she was a tireless fund raiser for many organizations. Please consider memorial gifts to Tom and Kathryn Anderson Scholarship Fund at Pacific Lutheran University, Native Garden Endowment Fund with Tacoma Garden Club, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and Franciscan Hospice. Our family is especially grateful to Esther Githinji, Purity Wakaba, Josephine Mburugu, Evelyn Fernando and many others for their kind, loving and gentle help with Kathryn over several years. Thank you very much, ladies.
Pub Date: 7/18/2009

Richard Grant Harrington

Born Sept. 26, 1930 in Seattle, Washington passed away in Lynnwood, Washington on July 13, 2009. There will be a public Viewing on Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beck's Funeral Home, 405 Fifth Avenue S in Edmonds; 425-771-1234; . Full obituary to follow at a later date.
Pub Date: 7/18/2009

Gerda K. DeRosier

Our wonderful Mom, Oma, great Oma and friend, went to be with the Lord at the age of 77 on July 14, 2009, after a two year battle with cancer. Predeceased by her loving husband of 51 years Richard (5-12-07). Survived by her three sons John, Joe (Tami) and Willie (Lisa). Also by her grandchildren Jason, Amy, Emily, Justin, Michael, Nicole, Rachel and Josie. Blessed by six great grandchildren Dylan, Carter, Mason, Eathen, Bryce and Mercedes. We want to give some special thank-yous to the following people: Nancy Haughee (Parish Nurse at Pilgrim Lutheran Church), Dorothy Prybylski (Widow and Widowers/Chaplin at Good Sam Hospital), Dr. Liao and staff, Multicare Hospice, Dr. Romig and staff, Dr. Saffari and staff, Dr. Utt and staff and Dr. Wagner (her chiropractor). A service to honor her life will be on Wednesday, July 22 - 11am, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (10510 136th St. E - Puyallup, WA 98374).
Pub Date: 7/18/2009

Jon Knowles Whiting

(Lt. Col. US Army Ret.) Jon K. Whiting, age 75, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on July 13, 2009 after a courageous nine-year battle with cancer. Jon is survived by his wife of 49 years, Hildegard, of Giessen, Germany, his three children and spouses, Leslie (Jerry), Jeanette (Will), Ian (Krista), seven grandchildren, brother Ted, sister Mary, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jon was born on October 20, 1933 in Santa Cruz, California, the third child of Leslie and Marjorie Whiting. After graduating from Santa Cruz High School, he attended and played baseball at the University of San Francisco. Upon graduation in 1955, Jon began his 22-year career as an officer in the United States Army. Lt. Col. Jon K. Whiting served his country proudly overseas in Korea, Germany and Vietnam, as well as numerous bases stateside. Jon retired from the Army in 1978 and settled with his family in Lakewood, Washington, where he began his second career as a realtor/property manager. Jon will be interred with military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a cancer charity.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

P/C Robert L. Hess

1/11/1930 - 7/14/2009 Bob passed away after a short battle with melanoma. He is survived by his wife Cher, daughter Melody and son-in-law Mike, stepchildren Cory Casie and Regan, daughter-in-law Jen, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters, Shirley, “Our Angel” Donna, Lorraine (John), and Janet, many nieces and nephews who will miss their “Uncle Bob”, and many loving cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Laurence and Ellen, son Bobby, brother-in-law Jim, and nephew Mike. Bob had many friends. He especially treasured his friends at Tacoma Yacht Club, where he was a member and Past Commodore. He will always be an inspiration to us all. “Sail on, Bob” No services at his request. Donations may be made to Franciscan Hospice.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

John Wallace Sousie

1942 - 2009 John Sousie, a longtime Tacoma resident, passed away July 14, 2009 at the age of 66. The past two years, John fought hard the complications of Lewy Body Dementia. John was born October 23, 1942, in Elma, WA to Doris (Evans) and John B. Sousie. He was raised in Elma, graduating from Elma High School in 1961. John worked at Simpson Timber Co., and attended Grays Harbor College. He then moved to Tacoma to study carpentry at Bates Vocational Technical College, where he became a journeyman carpenter. John served in the Navy from 1965 to 1967. He and Janet (Williams) were married August 27, 1966, and she joined him at Pacific Beach, WA, where John served at the Pacific Beach Naval Facility. Upon discharge from the Navy, John and Janet moved to Tacoma, WA, where they raised their two daughters, Deborah and Christine. John worked 34 years in the construction industry, the last 17 of those with Rushforth Construction before his retirement in 2002. John was a member of the Tacoma Elks and Carpenters Union 470. John was an outdoors person who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping and golfing. Since his retirement, John enjoyed his family and grandchildren and working in his large yard with his faithful dogs at his side. John was preceded in death by his father, John B. Sousie. His mother Doris Sousie resides in Elma. John is also survived by his wife Janet, daughters Debbie (Daren) Rohde of Fircrest and Christine Sousie of Tacoma. The grandchildren who will miss Grandpa are Nick and Kate Rohde, and Marcellus, TJ, and Riley Watkins. John is also survived by sisters Betty (Cliff) Reichel of Olympia and Bonnie (Chuck) Ulmer of Sicklerville, NJ, nephew Shawn Brumley of Dufer, OR, and nieces Susan Ulmer and Jennifer Fuhrmeister, both of New Jersey. Many thanks to the wonderful, kind, tireless individuals who have cared for John the past few months especially the staff of Avamere Highlands. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held Monday, July 20, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, Tacoma, WA. Memorial donations may be made to either the Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Association.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

Glenn “Popeye” Medlin

Beloved husband of Marie went to be with the Lord on July 9, 2009, after a sudden illness. He was a quiet and gentle man, loved by all who met him. He served in the army during the Korean War and retired from Weyerhaeuser. Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Clyde, and his stepdaughter Yvette. He is also survived by sons Mark (Dani), Matthew (Bobbi), stepson Scott and large extended family. He will be really missed by all, especially his buddy Quentin. Glenn leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. The family would like to thank the cardiac staff at St. Joe’s and University of WA hospitals for their care and compassion during Glenn’s stay. There will be a Celebration of Life on July 20, at Bethany Baptist Church, 713 South Hill Park Dr., Puyallup at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

Lloyd D. Thomas

Jan. 26, 1919 ~ July 11, 2009 Peacefully passed away Saturday July 11, 2009. Lloyd leaves behind his wife of 63 years Loretta and their three children David, Aleta and James. Lloyd is also survived by five grandchildren Cindy, Christy, James, Mariann, Bill and six great grandchildren. Lloyd lived an active life in the Tacoma area belonging to the CCC’s and served in the Army was wounded and a POW during WWII. He retired from Tacoma City Light after 30+ years. Lloyd was very active in church and community activities and was proud of his position as Chaplin with the local Purple Hearts, VA Chapter. His love and contributions to family, church and community will be missed. Services will be Saturday, July 18th at 2:00p.m. in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood, WA.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

Lilly Elizabeth Manning

Lilly was born on March 30, 1942, and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on July 13, 2009. She is survived by her loving husband Jerry of 48 years, daughters Lori, Brinda (Sean), four grandchildren, Stephen, Brianna, Nicholaus, Crystal, four sisters, three brothers, and a host of family and friends who will miss her dearly. Lilly was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Kristal. There will be a Celebration of Life service on July 22, 2009, 2:00pm at Bethany Open Bible Church, 8415 Waller Rd. E., Tacoma, WA 98446.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

Peter Whitehead

Peter Whitehead 1929 - 2009 Peter Whitehead passed away peacefully July 13, 2009 at the age of 80. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to California in 1959 with wife Barbara, daughter Elaine, and son David. They then had son Mark and daughter Sharon. He and Barbara later retired to Gig Harbor, Washington in 1990. His passion for cycling started at a very early age that took him on many adventures through the countrysides of Scotland. His love of competition took him all the way to a national championship in Pennsylvania at the age of 55. He also had a love of raising budgies, cockatiels and finches with multiple aviaries of over one hundred birds at one time. He was a sheetmetal tradesman and a great one at that. He had a sense of humor that lives through us all. He brought so much laughter to his family and dear friends. No matter what he was going through, he would always hang on to his sense of humor. He was the beloved "Poppy" to granddaughters Shauna, Molly, and Anna, and gr andsons Peter and David. We will all miss him tremendously. We love you Dad & Poppy. A memorial service will be held 2p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009 in Gig Harbor's Chapelhill Presbyterian Church in the Prayer Chapel.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

Anton "Tony" Merkel

Tony passed to his heavenly Savior on Monday, July 13, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Tony was born in Ashley, North Dakota in 1939 to Adam and Clara Merkel. He moved to Tacoma with his family in 1955. Tony was proud to have graduated from Stadium High School where he sang in the Madrigal choir, and from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He held a deep love for his country and actively supported political campaigns, serving as president of the Pierce County Young Republicans in 1966. Tony began working at an early age, delivering newspapers, sweeping the barbershop, and setting pins at the bowling alley. He held numerous jobs growing up and was well-known as a hard worker. After many years of work in the building materials industry, Tony realized his dream of owning his own business in 1989, and worked tirelessly to see his business flourish. He loved being close to the water, and yearly vacations at the ocean were a special retreat. Tony was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where he was active on the building committee, served two terms each as president and vice-president of the congregation, and sang in the choir. Tony married his wife Lois in 1962, and celebrated 47 years of marriage this year. Tony was a devoted husband and father whose greatest joy was providing for his family. His favorite moments were those when his wife, children and grandchildren were home safe and happy. Tony instilled strong values in his family including love of God, a sense of history and patriotism for our country, the significance of a unified and loving family, a strong work ethic, and the importance of sharing with those in need. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Millie Silcott, his niece Georgiann Elliott, and his nephew Tim Silcott. Tony is survived by his wife Lois, son Glenn Merkel, daughter Lynn Swanson and husband Eric, and daughter Deann Holliday and husband Brian. Grandchildren Daxon and Camden Swanson will forever miss their Papa Tony. Tony is also survived by his sister Ramona Merkel, sister and brother-in-law Gladys and Robert Gunter, sister Ann Rapp, and several nieces and nephews. Viewing is Friday, July 17, 10 AM to 5 PM at New Tacoma Funeral Home. Funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church, 3410 6th Avenue, Tacoma, with graveside service to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the ALS Association in memory of Tony Merkel, 19110 66th Ave. S., Suite G101, Kent, WA 98032. Tony will be in our hearts forever.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

Alrick A. Hendricks Jr.

Was born on November 11, 1990 in Tacoma, WA. He departed this life on Sunday July 12, 2009. He was a loving person with a smile that could light up any room. We will miss him dearly. Services will be held at 11:00 am., Monday, July 20, 2009 in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Viewing on Sunday at 3pm.
Pub Date: 7/17/2009

Frances E. Blewer

Frances Blewer was born March 12, 1913 to Eberhard and Sara Bruns of Whatcom County, WA. She passed away at home July 14, 2009. A memorial service will be held 11AM Friday, July 17, 2009, at First Baptist Church, 1219 15th St. NW, Puyallup.
Pub Date: 7/16/2009


Gary, age 64, passed away July 11 with his family and friends by his side. He is survived by his wife Carol, son Gary, daughter Shannon, grandchildren Wyatt and Bree, sister Barbara Robak, niece Perri Ann Rathbone and nephews John (Sheila) Robak and Chris (Lori) Robak. Gary served in the US Navy for 3 years and reserves for several additional years. He was a Civil Engineering Tech for the US Forest Service for 20 years until he moved onto his dream of driving 18-wheelers. Gary loved the outdoors and spent many years hunting and fishing. He is loved and will be missed by all. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m., on July 18 with family and close friends at his residence.
Pub Date: 7/16/2009

Jerold Hansen

Jerold Hansen (Jerry), age 77, passed away Saturday, July 11th of lung cancer at Harbor Retreat Adult Family Home in Gig Harbor. Jerry was born in Big Fork, MN December 30, 1931. Preceded in death by his parents Jerome and Mary Hansen, his sister Mary Morris, and brothers Edward and David, he is survived by his brother Roger Hansen and his wife Kathy of Kirkland, WA, sisters-in-law Mary Hansen of Valpariso, FL and Nancy of Enumclaw, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry finished his last two years of school at Grand Rapids AG school, MN. He played football for two years. Jerry was an avid boxer and went to the finals in the Golden Gloves. After high school, Jerry joined the Navy. He was an aircraft mechanic for a corsair fighter squadron on the carrier Princeton. In the 1950’s, when Jerry was 26, millionaire Bill Waggoner Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, hired Jerry, with all his experience working on Corsair engines, to be his crew chief for the unlimited hydroplane, “the Maverick”. Driven by Bill Stead of Reno, she established temporary residence at Lake Tahoe. They say Jerry was probably the youngest hydroplane crew chief in the country. Jerry moved to Herron Island in the 70’s. He opened his auto repair shop in Long Branch, WA. Selling his house on Herron Is., he rented a place from his good friend Mick Sanders in Feb. ‘09. Many thanks to Don Lind of Long Branch, who made the schedule for Jerry’s months of cancer treatments. He called Jerry’s friends, and they all pitched in these many months. A million thanks to his wonderful friends for helping my brother in his time of need. Jerry had many friends in Gig Harbor, Key Center, Home, Herron Island, and the Long Branch area. Special thanks to Ellen Gladkikh, owner of the Harbor Retreat Adult Family Home of Gig Harbor for the excellent care of my brother. Thanks also to Franciscan Hospice. Graveside services will be at Bonney Watson Memorial Park in Sea Tac at a later date.
Pub Date: 7/16/2009

Laura Ristine Lenhart

Laurie was born in Seattle on Feb. 4, 1953 and passed away peacefully on July 8, 2009 in Sequim, WA. She was a 1971 graduate of Clover Park High School, and in 1975 received her B.A. in Education from the University of Washington, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Laurie was preceded in death by her father, Will Ristine, and is survived by her husband Jimm Johnson; son Pat Lenhart; mother Mary Lou Ristine; uncle Paul Fitterer S.J.; sisters Elli (Al), Elizabeth (Dennis), Mindy (Ken), Joan (Mike), and brother John (Denise), as well as 12 nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th St. SW in Lakewood. Memorials may be made to Greater Lakes Mental Health, 9330 59th Ave SW, Lakewood, 98499 or the American Diabetes Assn, . A luncheon reception to follow. Arrangements by Mountain View. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 7/16/2009


MAY 23, 1926 - JULY 11, 2009 James was 83 years old and was born in Tacoma, WA. He lived in Spanaway, WA the majority of his life. James was preceded in death by his wife Zennia and is survived by 3 children - Ronald Hoskins, Sharon (Dennis) Fortin, and Michael (Pamela) Hoskins; 18 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 3 siblings - Richard Hoskins, Margaret Zemanek, Patrick Hoskins. Funeral services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Viewing on Thursday, July 16th from 3-9 pm and funeral service on Friday, July 17th at 2 pm in the Valley Chapel at Mt. View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 7/16/2009

Olinda Hoffman

Olinda, 87, went peacefully to be with her beloved Savior on Friday, July 10, 2009, in Tacoma. Olinda was born in Hardin, Montana, October 21, 1921, to Charlotte and Jacob Herman, and was the youngest of nine children. She grew up in a caring family in Laurel, MT and moved to Tacoma when she married Henry Hoffman, June 28, 1941. She and Henry enjoyed 55 years of devoted marriage. Olinda, a founding member, attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 59 years, during which time she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes, sang in the choir, served on the alter guild and with LWML. Family and her deep abiding faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord were the focus of Olinda’s life, consistently sharing the gospel with all who would listen. Her family and friends were blessed by her loving kindness, wisdom and ever present helping hands. In difficult times, one could always hear Olinda saying, “I’m not going to worry, things will work out, God will provide,” and He did. Raising her family gave Olinda much joy and fulfillment. When her children were young, Olinda participated in the PTA, served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and was active in community affairs. Later she worked for the Tacoma Public School System as a cook and baker for 15 years, until 1983. Olinda was a woman with many interests. She was a culinary and baking expert. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, was an excellent seamstress and gifted in several varieties of needlework. Other hobbies included: ceramics, cake decorating, flower arranging, oil painting, playing the piano and organ, and writing poetry. She loved giving and sharing all of these things with others. Olinda was preceded in death by her parents, all her brothers and sisters, her husband of 55 years, and a granddaughter. She is survived by her son, Larry Hoffman and his wife Sandra, of Tacoma; daughter Gloria Ford and husband Gary of Auburn; son Kenneth Hoffman of Lynnwood; Grandchildren Philip (Ellen) Hoffman, Stephanie Hoffman, Matthew (Angelina) Ford, Timothy (Shawna) Ford; and great grandchildren Amira, Atalya, Caleb, Tyler, and Zackary. All will deeply miss her. Olinda’s family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Brooks, the nursing staff at St. Joseph Medical Center, the Franciscan Hospice Staff, and Olinda’s many wonderful in-home caregivers. Viewing is Saturday, July 18th, Noon to 9pm and Sunday, July 19, 9am to 1pm at Mountain View Funeral Home. The graveside farewell is Sunday, July 19th, 1:30pm at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Tacoma, followed by a memorial service at 3pm, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 140 East 56th St., Tacoma, WA, 98404. A light buffet will follow the service. Memorials may be sent to the Hoffman family in care of Larry Hoffman, 4108 61st St. East, Tacoma, WA 98443. These will be dispersed to Olinda’s favorite Christian ministries. Please leave your remembrances and see details and photos online at www.OlindaHoffman .com .
Pub Date: 7/16/2009

Junior Joe Littlefield

Passed away peacefully July 13, 2009. Memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Valley Baptist Church in Pacific. Arrangements by Yahn & Son Funeral Home and Crematory, Auburn, WA.
Pub Date: 7/16/2009

Wayne G. Ruffcorn

Wayne G. Ruffcorn of Olympia passed away peacefully July 13th at the age of 90, surrounded by his loving family. Born in a sod house in Reeder, North Dakota on October 20, 1918 to Albert and Viola Mae Ruffcorn, Wayne was raised on a farm in the mid-west, and developed a love for animals and the outdoors. Wayne graduated high school in Dunlap, Iowa in 1937 and shortly thereafter joined the Army Air Corps to defend our country in WWII. During this time he met and wed Mary Anna Squair of St. Edward, Nebraska. After his military service, Wayne was a Registered Biological Photographer for 35 years at Madigan Army Medical Center. His passion was raising Arabian horses in Yelm and he was an avid fisherman. Wayne met his current wife Ann while ballroom dancing, and they married in 1988. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife Mary Anna, brothers Howard and Al. Wayne is survived by his wife Ann, Olympia, WA, sister Zona Travis of Omaha NE, daughter Linda Harvill, Salt Lake City, UT, and son James (Debbie) Auburn, WA; grandchildren are Nathan, Brayton, Sequim, WA, Melissa (Chris), great-grandson Lucas, Stratham NH, step-grandchildren Brent and Lindsay Hogenson, Auburn, WA, niece Anita Nimtz, Ames, IA, nephews David Travis, Chicago, IL, Howard and Les Ruffcorn, Yakima, WA. We have indeed lost a truly amazing man and father who will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held in his honor at the Grand Holiday Ballroom, 1522 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA, Friday, July 17, 2009 at 11:00am (parking is across the street). Graveside services will be Saturday, July 18th at 11:00am at Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Condolences may be left online for the family at Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, (360) 753-1065.
Pub Date: 7/16/2009

Robert L. Murphy

Age 74, a Port Orchard resident since 1981, died of lung cancer on July 11, 2009. Robert was retired from St. Gobain Containers. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. Family members include his wife, Patty, and his 9 sons, 4 daughters, 4 sisters, 1 brother, and many grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00, Saturday July 18, 2009 at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Gig Harbor.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Mary Ann Soos

April 3, 1945 - July 11, 2009 We were not ready to say goodbye to our mom, grandma, sister and wonderful friend. Mary Ann was loved by Larry Soos, who preceded her in death two short years ago; 2 children, Tami Hiatt (Ben), Terry Soos, (Cyndi Hodge), brothers Robert L. Rhoads (Mary), Richard L. Rhoads (Denise), 6 amazing grandkids, Tyler, Bryah, Katey, Kayla, Forrest, Marshall, nieces, nephews and many special friends. The joys of Mary Ann’s life were being with her family and friends. Whether it was helping Tami and Terry at the bar, watching her grandkids in all their different activities, going to dinner with Lynne and Donna every Friday night, or the occasional jackpot at the casino, she loved her life. Mary Ann will be remembered as the grandma who spoiled her grandkids, as a mother who was always there no matter what, as a proud and devoted wife, a friend to everyone she met, and the best lunch lady Wilson ever had! The past two years have been tough for her after losing Larry. She was very grateful to all those who supported her during her time of grieving. We all must believe she is up in heaven with Larry now, looking over us. Please join us for a CELEBRATION OF LIFE HONORING MARY ANN SOOS on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the home of Tami and Ben Hiatt, 4215 64th St. E., Tacoma, 98443 at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Clyde G. Nelson

Clyde Gailen Nelson passed away June 25, 2009. He was born in Leeds, ND on August 5, 1921. Clyde was a US Marine during WWII, serving in the Battles of Guadalcanal, Cape Esperance and Okinawa. He married his beloved wife Adelyne of 65 years on April 21, 1942. He retired from Sears as a Service Manager in 1975. Clyde was a resident of Puyallup and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for 64 years. Clyde was well-known for his repair work, particularly watches and clocks. He enjoyed socializing, lunch at McDonald's, travel, camping, fishing and their cabin in Morton. Preceded in death by daughter Gayle, son Gregory and wife Adelyne. Survivors include grandchildren Scott, Teresa, Roxanne, Anna Gayle, Deja and 2 great-grandchildren. Military honors with committal at Woodbine Cemetery July 25th, 9:30 a.m. Funeral service to follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Nancy Gail Rogers

February 16, 1951 - July 9, 2009 Nancy was born in Tacoma and passed away after a brief illness in Tacoma. She graduated from Puyallup High School. Nancy was predeceased by her father Lloyd McSwain. She is survived by her 4 sisters, 3 brothers, 5 children. and 9 grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, located at 4041 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma, WA 98409, on July 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Henry Frank Poston, SR.

Henry Frank Poston Sr. passed on to his eternal reward at the age of 92 on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at his daughter’s home. Frank was proceeded in death by his wife of 65 years, Myrtle Eudora. He is survived by sisters, Gertrude, Ersula and Elizabeth and his brother Lawrence. Frank and Myrtle were blessed with 5 children, Sandy Poston Wolbert, Frank Poston Jr., Peggy Poston Holmes, George Poston and David Poston, 17 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren, a large extended family and many dear friends. Frank retired from Garrett Freightlines and enjoyed sports of all kinds including baseball, golf, camping, hunting, fishing and he and Myrtle loved to travel. He was a long standing member of Central Baptist Church, Tacoma where he leaves behind many friends. Frank’s retirement hobby was wood carving. He carved wildlife, the turtle being his favorite, airplanes, which he carved into weathervanes with moving propellers, and walking canes made from twisted apple wood branches from his own trees. Frank was a decorated World War II veteran and will be buried with military honors next to his wife at the Tahoma National Cemetery, Covington, WA. The family will gather after the service at the home of Frank & Linda Poston to celebrate Frank’s life. Please share remembrances on the Tuell-McKee website at Frank believed Jesus Christ made a way for all who believe to enjoy eternal life with the Creator by dying on the cross, raising from the dead and defeating death forever. His family hopes you too will believe and join Frank in Heaven someday. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Leroy Cubean Jr.

Leroy Cubean Jr. 1949 - 2009 Preceded in death by his mother Magnolia Cubean, father Leroy Cubean Sr., and sister Chirey Mason. Leroy leaves behind his wife Pamela Cubean, sons Lee and Zaki Cubean, daughter Barbaralee, his sisters Claudette Smith and Patricia Cubean. brothers, Donald Cubean, James Earl Cubean, Peter Lynn Cubean, James Muhammed and David Lee Cubean. And a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. A going home Celebration will be held on Saturday July 18, 2009 from 2pm on at Jefferson Park, 3920 N. 9th St. in Tacoma, WA. Please come and help the family celebrate a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and friend that Leroy was. Feel free to bring a dish to share with the family.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Joseph Marvin Stiner

Mar. 23, 1933 - Dec. 13, 2008 Joseph is survived by wife of 52 years Barbara, son David, 2 daughters Jana and JoEllen. Also 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service and internment will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery on July 23rd at 11:15 a.m. in Kent.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Patricia Lou Collins (King)

Mar. 31, 1938 - July 10, 2009 Pat is survived by her best friend and companion Jerry Maxam, children Chuck, Geri Lynn, Diane, John (Kasi), Mike (Mary), step-children Linda and Tommy, close friends Gus and Karen, 10 beloved grandchildren. We all loved her and will miss her very much. Bye, Momma and Grama.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Marguerite E. (Mickey) Zier

Mickey passed away peacefully July 9th, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mickey was born May 12, 1933 in Everett, Washington to Everett D. and Carolyn Loveland. She was a 1951 graduate of Everett High School. She is survived by husband Donald, daughters Christine Donelly (Tom), Jennifer Hurd, and son Mark Zier (Sandy), sister Patti Raczon (John), 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Mickey was preceded in death by sister Carol D. Agnost, brothers William Loveland and George Guttormsen, parents Everett D. and Carolyn Loveland, step-mother Anna Loveland, and her favorite pet, Nicholas, her beloved shih tzu. Mickey was an excellent cook and homemaker who also like to sew and crochet. She loved to play Bingo. Her happiest moments were cooking and baking for her family gatherings and watching the Seattle Mariners. Mickey worked for many years as a food server at Lakewood's Love's Woodpit BBQ Restaurant and tended bar at the Jade Palace in University Place. Mickey was a member of Eagles Auxiliary #3602 in Ocean Park, WA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc, Multiple Sclerosis or Franciscan Hospice.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Russell Carlsen

Russ Carlsen, born April 26, 1928 in Oakland, CA, passed away unexpectedly June 27, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Russ lived his first 51 years in California before moving to Gig Harbor 30 years ago. Russ was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a member of the American Legion and the NRA. He retired from US West, belonged to the Telephone Pioneers of America and was a member of the US Power Squadron. He will be dearly missed by his friends. Russ will be deeply missed by his wife of 57 years, Norma; his daughters: Debra C. Bailey of Gig Harbor, and Pamela C. (Charles) Shannon of Battle Ground; his grandchildren: Erik, Ryan and Jeffrey Bailey, and Rebecca Shannon; his sister, June Moore; nephews and niece, Larry Hemphill and Alan & Kim Carstensen. No public services will be held at this time. Remembrances may be made to: Washington Veteran's Home, P.O. Box 698, Retsil, WA 98378; (360) 895-4700; OR to: Heart Association. Arrangements by Haven of Rest.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Thomas A. Burnett

Sept. 27, 1922 - July 6, 2009 Tom passed away in Puyallup, Washington. He served in the Navy from 1940-1960 and the Naval Reserve from 1960-1970. Tom leaves behind his wife, Bea, of 63 years. Also, his four children- Beverly, Marc, Karen, and Sue, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Tom will be buried at sea by the US Navy.
Pub Date: 7/15/2009

Christopher “Frosty” D. Frost

6/16/30 - 7/11/09 Frosty passed away at home with friends and his wife at his side. Frosty was born in Olympia, Washington. He worked for N.P. & BN. Railroad for 42 years. He is survived by his wife Elaine, son Gary M. Frost, (Shary), daughter Lauri M. Jones, (Greg) grandson Kevin C. Jones. Frosty will be greatly missed by family and all that knew him including his extended family in AA of 29 years. He was deeply involved in AA service and spent his time working with others and trying to walk the walk of AA. A special thanks to Norm R. and Mark O. for their loving help and care. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Franciscan Hospice. They gave peace and loving care in his time of need. A Memorial will be held in his honor at 5:00PM Saturday July 18th at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church 140 East 56th Street, Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Vergel A. Lorenz

Age 62, passed away July 9, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. Vergel was born December 26, 1946 in Lemmon, SD to Edward and Elma Miller Lorenz. He is survived by his parents, wife, daughters, sisters and brother. He is preceded in death by 1 granddaughter. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00 pm at Mountain View Memorial Park, Garden Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA. Ph. 253-584-0252. Family and friends welcome. Please sign online guestbook at
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Sidney R. Luttinen

Born June 11,1934 in Seattle, WA and passed away at his home surrounded by his family and friends July 12, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Sidney graduated from the UW in 1956 with a BS degree in Chemistry and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, UW Alumni, and an avid Husky football season ticket holder since 1971. Sidney served 30 years and retired from the US Army Reserves on 6/11/ 94 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his service he received the Legion of Merit Award and served on the command and staff at the University of Nevada (Reno). Sidney was employed by Penwalt Corp. from 4/1/1957 in the sales department and in 1972 he became the district sales manager and later in 1981 became the district purchasing agent, retiring 8/1/90. Later in life, he followed Tacoma HS sports and received the Tacoma School Senior Citizen District Gold Card Club for his support of youth activities and was also a past member of the Tacoma Elks. Throughout his life he had a passion to travel and see the world including China, South America and his native ancestry Finland. Sidney is survived by his loving companion Fran Schruefer; Son, Michael (Wendy) Luttinen; daughter, Susan Luttinen; twin-brother, Carlyle (Sandra) Luttinen; grand-daughter, Kendal Luttinen; step-son, Steve (Sherri) Smolinske; step-daughter, Kathy (John) Riggs; 4 step-grandchildren, Nicole, Chris, Derek and Jacob. Preceded in death by beloved wife Judith Smolinske in 2002, and son Kenneth Luttinen in March of 2009. Service with full military honors to be held 11:15AM Thursday, 7/16 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. Memorial service to follow at 1:30PM Thursday, 7/16 at Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd, Tacoma, WA 98406. The family wishes to thank Dr. Wadsworth, Heart Warming Care, Multicare Hospice. Memorial Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Skyline Presbyterian. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Esther Pearson

Esther passed on July 12, 2009. She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was born on June 19, 1919, in Ravnkilde, Denmark. She immigrated to the United States at age 3. She lived in the Tacoma area for 87 years and was very proud to have been a 50-year resident of Lakewood. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1937. She married Herbert Gustafson and the union brought daughter, Lois (Richard) Gustafson/Pusich of Geyserville, CA. After Herbert passed away in 1949, she married Stanley Pearson, which brought daughter, Alice (Doug) Payne of Lakewood. She was a proud, independent Danish woman that enjoyed gardening and good books. Her family brought her much pleasure. She had four grandsons: Rick Pusich, Christopher Pusich, Erik Payne and Torey Payne. She has two great grandsons: Nicholas Pusich and Joseph Pusich. She will be greatly missed. Private services will be for immediate family at Esther's request. Thanks to caregivers at Franciscan Hospice House, Heartwood Extended Care, and Willows Assisted Living. A special thanks to Dr. Waltman and staff, and Pastor Foege of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Richard Neal Bennett

If love could have kept you alive, you would have lived forever ... In memory of Richard Neal Bennett , born in Kent, Washington on June 20, 1926... passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 11, 2009. Preceded in death by his brothers Gene, Melvin and Burt. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Virginia, his sons Kent & wife Diana and Larry & wife Rosalie, daughter Linda & husband Richard, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Richard grew up in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. The family moved to Tacoma in 1943 when he was 17 where he took a job at the Tacoma Rubber Stamp Company. In 1944, at age 18, he joined the Navy and was stationed on the USS Markab, a destroyer tender serving the South Pacific during WWII. There he saw action during the Phillippine campaign. After returning from the war, Richard worked tirelessly for 44 more years at Tacoma Rubber Stamp, never missing a day from sickness to support his family. Richard (Dad) could fix anything. He built by hand the house he raised his family in. He was completely unselfish and always had a smile on his face. Family was everything to him.. his love of family, the outdoors and his spontaneous drives in the car are being passed on by his children and grandchildren to their own. His love of nature was exemplified in his beautiful dahlia garden which he shared with everyone and will be a lasting tribute to the beauty of his spirit. A private extended family memorial is planned at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday, July 18th at 1:30pm, followed at 3:30pm by a BBQ in his honor at the family home for family, friends and neighbors. We love you so very, very much Dad
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Joseph M. Murray

Joseph M. Murray, 76 of Gig Harbor since 1991, died July 3rd while traveling in Canada with his wife, Therese. He was born in Philadelphia, only son of Joseph H Murray and Margaret Hugues. A lifetime in the insurance industry was marked by his innovation, sense of humor and often unorthodox approach. After retirement his true passion was revealed in his assiduous pursuit of good citizen practice and 'right' political thinking. In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by his sons Michael and Mark (Corey), his daughters Kathleen Fenelly (Raymond), JoAnn den Hartog (Marc), Carol Loughridge (William), eight grandchildren and his sisters, Eileen Pyka (Jim) and Margeurite McGinty (Mickey). The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 16th, 11 a.m., at St Nicholas, in Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Missions, 9001 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Warren Herbert Otto

July 16, 1921 - July 13, 2009 Dad passed away peacefully on July 13,2009. Survived by his 2nd wife Betty Jane Otto of Eugene Oregon and his seven children, Michael Otto, Douglas Otto, David Otto, Patricia Otto, Mary Margaret Otto-Druin, Daniel Otto and Mark Otto. Grand Children Jeff Otto, Greg Otto, Chris Otto, Tim Otto, Ben Otto, Katie Culver, David Culver and Madeline Otto. Dad’s life can be described in four parts; Part I: Child of the great depression. He was born in York Nebraska to Herbert and Alice Otto on July 16, 1921. Dad grew up in the great Depression. He and his brother Harold at their fathers side, farmed with horse drawn implements on the family farm and somehow managed to eke out an existence during the dust-bowl; “the dirty thirties” as dad described it. To his last days, Dad could not watch documentaries about the Depression and dust bowl days, so deep were his feelings in having lived thru it. Part II: Upon graduation from High School in York Nebraska, he enrolled in college and completed a year of studies before the beginning of WWII. Dad enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and became a Marine Corps Aviator as a Navigator and Bombardier. He was assigned to Marine Corps Squadron VMB 612, flying PBJ’s (B-25’s) out of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Dad Completed 17 missions over Tokyo Bay. His most memorable mission occurred when enemy flak knocked out an engine on his B-25 over Tokyo Bay. He successfully navigated the crippled bomber 600 miles over the Pacific Ocean back to Iwo Jima, at night. Semper Fi Dad! Part III of Dad’s life was coming back to the family farm in Nebraska after the war to farm and start a family. He was married to Lorraine Mary McSharry of Greely Nebraska in October of 1948. Dad was a hell of a farmer and stockman. He won the Nebraska State corn growing championship in 1948 with an average yield of 180 bushels per acre. This was before modern Hybrid Seed Corn and other agricultural breakthroughs since 1950. Part IV: Dad was also a politician. He was Chairman of the York County Democratic Party and was elected as a delegate to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago Ill. Dad met personally with Robert Kennedy on the night of his victory in the Nebraska primary in May of 1968. Two weeks later RFK was assassinated. I can’t remember a time in discussing politics with Dad, when he would fail to talk about the despair he still feels about this seminal event in American History. So, we have indeed lost another of the “Greatest Generation”. Well played Dad. You led the way. We will miss you. A memorial service will be held at the Otto family farm at York Nebraska during the fall harvest season. Details will be provided prior to the service.
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Mary Hudina

Mary Hudina, 99, was born to Martin & Helen Casperson in Tacoma, WA and passed away in Tacoma. She was married to Pete Hudina for 63 years until his passing in May of 2003. Mary was a loving wife and the mother of Carolyn (Don) Brooks of Tacoma. She is also survived by her grandchildren Cindy, Darrin and Danny, five great-grandchildren Chelsea, Michael, Brandon, Shandra and Aubrianna, and one great-great-grandchild, Kaya. Mary was active in the Daughters of Norway and was a lifelong member of Faith Temple Church in Tacoma. Viewing will be held Thursday, July 16th 2009 from 4-8pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA, 253.272.1414 with funeral services at Tuell-McKee to follow on Friday July 17th at 10am. Internment at Mountain View Cemetery will follow. Please sign online guest book at
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Ken “Kenny” Riley

Passed away on July 10, 2009. Eighty-one years of happy fishing. Beloved father, grandfather and friend. Life Celebration/Memorial services on July 26th. Location and details contact 253-582-0476.
Pub Date: 7/14/2009

Dr. Charles Emmett Marshall

Dr. Charles Marshall, 93, of Las Vegas passed away June 18, 2009. Charles was born March 22, 1916 in Oklahoma. He was an alumnus at the University of Chicago (BS Anatomy 1938, MD 1942, intern and resident Otolaryngology 1942-1945). He served in the military from 1945-1947 as an Army MD at Madigan General Hospital in Fort Lewis, Washington. He continued working as an eye, ear, nose, and throat surgeon at Tacoma General Hospital until 1975. He retired his practice and moved to Reno, Nevada, where he lectured at UNR for many years. Dr. Marshall made it possible for many students to obtain their dreams by providing scholarships such as: The Charles and Mary Marshall scholarship, The Paul R. Cannon Fund at the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago, and the Dr. Charles E. and Mary Q. Marshall Student Scholarship at University of Nevada Reno. He was also a Charter Member of Stanford’s Founding Grant Society. Charles also donated funds to the University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine in memory of his late wife. The funds were used to establish an Augmented and Alternative Communication Lab in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Dr. Marshall also supported Friends of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University; Stanford Medicine Cardiac Research Fund; Cancer research and treatment at Stanford University; Endocrinology; Dogs for the Deaf; Deafness Research Foundation (DRF); March of Dimes; and Diabetes Research. In 2000, he moved to Las Vegas to reside with his niece and her family. He is survived by his nieces and nephews Marylou Taxopoulos and her husband Bobby, Melanie Fathman, Anne Christner, Kathy Wilke, Jan Burgdorfer, Richard R. Marshall and Ronald Marshall; brother John Marshall; great nieces and nephews Irene Taxopoulos, Kerri Petersen, Wendy Prickett, Dennal, Bryan Taxopoulos and Kevin Marshall; and several great-great nieces and nephews Heather, Emma, Sophia, Delaney, Dylan, Joshua and Taylor. Uncle Charles your memory lives on through your generosity and kindness to many. May you rest in peace! His family held a private memorial at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Las Vegas.
Pub Date: 7/13/2009

Oliver L. Nightingale

September 16, 1945 - July 3,2009 Service to be held Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Shiloh Baptist Church 1211 South "I", Tacoma, Washington 98405 Time: 11:00AM John 16:33 "These things i have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; But be of good cheer, i have overcome the world."
Pub Date: 7/13/2009

Gerda Zielke

08-30-1940 - 06-07-2009 Funeral Service July 14, 4:00 p.m. LightHouse Christian Church Flowers can be sent to the church.
Pub Date: 7/12/2009

Dorothy Reese

1-8-1917 to 7-7-2009 Dorothy was a longtime University Place resident. She was preceded in death by her husband, Greg, in 1982. She is survived by her sons, Frank Lee of Auburn, Jerry Reese of Puyallup, and Bob Reese of Glendale, Arizona, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Grandson Richard Lee has lived with Dorothy as her constant companion and caregiver for many, many years. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009 in the Chambers Creek Chapel with viewing from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Pub Date: 7/12/2009

Barbara Elayne McClain

11/23/31 - 6/25/09 Bobbie, born in longview passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Her loving husband Bill of 56 yrs by her side. Preceded in death by her parents and son Patrick she is survived by children Chuck, (NM) Maureen (Jon CA) Shawn (Tacoma) Danny (Sheryl Olympia) and Katie OR 15 grandkids & 3 great grandkids. She will be so very much missed.
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Robert Woolnough

1941 - 2009 “Bob” passed away peacefully July 1, 2009. He was 67 years old. Bob was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Tacoma in 1962. He loved it so much he decided to stay. Bob is survived by his loving wife Ann of 40 years; sons Shannon (Tiffani) and Morgan (Mallori); his sisters Elaine and Marion; grandchildren Brett and Hailey. Bob will be deeply missed by all his family and friends. A “Celebration of Life” will be held July 18, 2009 from 1-4pm. Please call 253-565-6898 for more information.
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Lester Elliott Greer

At Peace Lester Greer, 90, passed away July 8, 2009. One of 7 brothers, Lester was born in Tacoma on May 20, 1919 to John and Katarina Greer. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Frances Katherine; their 3 children, Lester (Shirley), Diane (Fred) Imhoff , and Mike (Larea); 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren, and one brother, Fred ‘Fritz’ Greer. He is preceded in death by a great-grandson, Justin Elliott. Lester enjoyed a long life and left a family legacy filled with love, deep rooted family values, and a strong work ethic. At the family’s request, no service is planned. Please send memorial contributions to Franciscan Hospice.
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James William "Bill" Warren

Bill Warren, 79, former resident of Bothell, died July 5, 2009 in Lacey, Washington. Bill was born August 1, 1929 in Lamar, Colorado. On November 22, 1975 in Spokane, he married the former Tish Lubahn, who survives. Bill had worked twenty-four years for R. C. A. - General Electric, retiring in 1994. A private family service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. Please leave your memories and condolences online at . Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, 888-753-1065.
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December 26, 1953 - June 29, 2009 The sixth daughter of Jean and Bob Ricks, Shirley was born in Tacoma and passed away at home in Boise, Idaho surrounded by her loving family after a valiant struggle with cancer. Shirley grew up in Pierce County graduating from Eatonville H.S., class of 1972. She married Alvin Lines on June 19, 1973. Shirley’s greatest pleasures and accomplishments were being a loving and devoted wife, a nurturing stay at home mamma and a much loved Grammie. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints serving in many capacities. Shirley is survived by her husband, 11 children, 19 grandchildren, 8 sisters, 2 brothers, many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Shirley was loved and respected by all who knew her. We were not yet ready to say goodbye but know she was welcomed on the other side by her Savior, who she loved so much; her infant daughter Emily, her sister Ruth and many others who were waiting to love her. Condolences to the family may be sent c/o Jennifer Slade, 17206 66th Ave. Ct. E., Puyallup 98375.
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William R. Benston

DOB 08-27-52 Passed 06-26-09 William graduated from Franklin High School in 1970. He was a Cosmetology school and Truck Driving school graduate. William lived the majority of his life in the Parkland-Tacoma area. When not in WA he owned his own Landscaping business in Midland, TX and drove a big rig across the U.S. Preceded in death by his father Alfred (Bud) Benjamin Jr., brother Jim Benston, and daughter Rachael M. Spears. Bill fought cancer for 10 years. He is survived by his mother Shirlee Benjamin, sisters Lori Maas and Theresia Wilkinson, nieces Keri Ann Maas and Elise Wilkinson, Heather and Andrea Benston, nephew Josef Wilkinson (Amber) and thier children Cassidy and Kalob. Many friends that love him and miss him, and his beloved dogs Bessie and Butch. After cremation a memorial service will be held Sunday July 19, 2009, 1:00 PM at the Village Green Community Center, 2902 85th St. S., Lakewood, WA 98499. Please sign the guest book at
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Donald Victor Manning

Donald Victor Manning, age 77, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, on July 3, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. He was born in Las Animas, CO on Jan. 28, 1932, grew up in Green River, WY and was preceded in death by his parents John and Salina Manning, and a great grandson, Dante Davis. Donald is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alice, and his six children, Susan (Tom) Gallwas, Catherine (Ned) Gerhart, Donna (Richard) Mairs, David (Melinda) Manning, John (Sheryl) Manning, and Mary Manning (John McMillan). He is also survived by his 17 Grandchildren, Thomas, Rob (Megan), & Amy Gallwas, Julian and Colin Gerhart, Sarah (Greg) Urquhart, Emily Murphy, Melissa (Rob) Vulliet, Jennifer Stephens, Jonathan, Charity, Andrew, Hope and Faith Manning, Jennifer Collins, Amanda (Daniel) Davis, and Eric Warren. He also leaves behind six great-grandchildren. Also surviving him are his brother Gilbert (Vivian) of Waseca, MN, sisters Eleanor (Richard) Waggener of Laramie, WY, and Marion Sears of Boise, ID and many nieces and nephews. Don was very active at the Pt. Defiance Sr. Center, after which he and Alice moved to Tahoma Terrace, where they lived for seven years and where he will be greatly missed by all his friends. There he was active in pinochle, Mex. Dominoes, calling Bingo, leading his exercise class, attending weekly Communion Services and never missing a party or gathering if he could help it. He worked at Container Corp. of America for 30 years, but was forced to retire when his kidneys failed. His kidney transplant served him well for 13 years. He also served as custodian at Holy Cross, usher at St. Patrick’s, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and served his country in the United States Air Force. Our “Gentle Giant” was well loved by his family and all who knew him. He had a great devotion to praying the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day. We are so happy for him, and so very sad for all of us how are left to mourn him. Rosary Service will be held at Holy Cross Church, 5510 N. 44th St. in Tacoma on Tues. July 14th at 7pm. The Funeral Mass will be held the next day, Wed. July 15th at 11am at St. Patrick’s Church, 1011 N. J St. in Tacoma. Receptions will follow each service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Patrick’s School 1112 N. G St., Tacoma, WA 98403 or to Care Net Pregnancy, 1209 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253.272.1414. Please sign online guest book at
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Dorothy Eleanor Wyse

Dorothy Eleanor (Pierson) Wyse was born in St. John Washington on July 31st, 1918 to Earl and Winnifred Pierson. She was the firstborn to a family that eventualy grew to a total of 9 children. She graduated Colfax High School in 1936 with honors at the top of her class. She met and married James Wyse in Pullman after meeting playing in a dance band while Jim was attending WSU. It was a marriage that lasted a lifetime until Jimmy's death in 1988. Dorothy continued to live independantly enjoying music, books, travel, aerobics and volunteer work until she died on July 6th 2009 of heart failure. Dorothy is survived by her three children: Penni, Marty and Wendy; her three grandchildren: Tarik, Marcus and Tim and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Doris, Francis, Randy Robby, Sally and Nancy (predeceased by two of her brothers John and Earl Jr.) Memorial service will be July 15th, 1:00pm at Grace Baptist Church in Tacoma with viewing on July 14th 1:00-9:00pm at Mountatin View where she will be buried. If so desired, donations can be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF), the American Heart Association or the Tacoma Orthopedic Guild.
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Gerald M. Gillespie

Gerald M. Gillespie, born October 19, 1961 in Hankinson, N.D. died July 4, 2009 in Puyallup. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 11 a.m. at the Sumner United Methodist Church, 901 Wood Ave. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
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Gunda M Lorenz

Gunda Lorenz, devoted mother, loving wife, dies at 87. Mrs. Lorenz was an avid gardener and watercolor artist, who brought joy and friendship to all around her. She passed away at her home on Wednesday morning with her husband and family members by her side. Born in Saal an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany, she married Mel Lorenz and for over sixty years they shared a wonderful life together. She made close friends where ever she lived. Gunda is survived by her four children and loving husband. Mrs. Lorenz often painted pictures of her flowers, and scenes from the Bavarian Alps, Italy and other special places she lived in and traveled to. Her paintings are treasured memories for her husband, sons, daughter, grandchildren, and friends. She also made every holiday a special occasion for her family and friends. She inspired traditions carried on by her family, such as singing “Silent Night” before opening gifts on Christmas Eve. She was the center of the family, keeping everyone in close contact with each other and friends--never forgetting their important dates and life’s events. During retirement she loved to travel, visit Germany, enjoy the company of her grown children and their families, and to relax. One of her favorite places was Hawaii with its incredible flowers, people, beaches and ocean. A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday July 14, 2009 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th St. SW Lakewood, WA 98498. The Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:00am and Memorial Mass at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Pastoral Fund.
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Vernon D. Martin

July 14, 1922 – July 2, 2009 Born in Quincy, WA and moved to the Puyallup area in 1966 with his four sons. Vern was known for his story-telling of growing up on a ranch in Quincy and the antics and escapades of our family and the people of the time. Vern loved spending time with his family, listening to music, was a talented musician, being the camp cook, horses, baseball, reading a good western. Vern was survived by his wife Karen, his sons, Doug (Marj), Steve (Janet), Dan (Joy) and Jeff (Sue); 7 grandchildren and 7 Great-grand children. A memorial service will held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 11 am at the Chapel at Hill funeral home at, 217 E Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. Hill Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. (253-845-1172)
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Lisa C. Mascaro

Lisa C. Mascaro, 44, a Gig Harbor resident for the past 8 years and a Washington resident for the past 21 years, passed away July 9, 2009. Lisa was a Catholic and worked for the Emerald Queen Casino as the food and beverage manager. Family members include her husband Pete of 14 years. Son; Ryan Gennette and daughter, Jennifer Gennette. And son, Michael Mascaro. Viewing will be held Tuesday 7/14 from noon to 5:00 at Haven of Rest Funeral Home Gig Harbor. Interment at Mission Hill Cemetery California.
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Kim Marie Howe

On the morning of July 8, Kim finished her work on Earth at age 55 and was laid in the hands of Our Lord. She would tell you that hers was a life filled with blessings. She was the first of three children born to Jake and Pat Bujacich, followed by Karen (John) and Jack (Cindy). It was such a blessing to be raised in a very loving family in a town (Gig Harbor) where everyone you knew was a cousin, aunt, uncle or classmate. Growing up in a family of fishermen was extra special. Her greatest blessing--she would say--were her children: Aaron John Scott (a carpenter and mountain climber), and Hilary Jane Scott Anderson, whose recent wedding was a highlight in Kimi's life. Kim married David Howe in 1995 and joined her two children with his three wonderful kids (Kirsten, Andrea and James). This made for a revolving door of family and fun. David and Kimi loved their golf and spending time at the family beach cabin. Together they were quite a team. Kim also loved her time with grandkids, quilting, cooking, sewing and loving on kitties. Kim had an extraordinary 35-year career at St. Josephs Hospital as a CT tech and then as the manager of diagnostic imaging. Her Franciscan family was important to her and the love they poured her way during her illness was the kind about which they write movies. Kim chose to always put others before herself. As a result, we know that she is deeply loved by many. Our family would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, food, cards, razor clams, prayers and well-wishes to our Kimi. She was touched by your love. A mass celebrating her life with be held at St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma on Thursday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. Remembrances can be made to: The Franciscan Foundation ("Kim Howe" Fund), 1149 Market Street, Tacoma WA 98401-1502 or The Mustard Seed Project, P. O. Box 182, Vaughn, WA 98394.
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Our wonderful, caring, fun-loving Donna Mae left us June 19th to be with the love of her life, Don, who preceded her in death. Those she left mourning & missing her beyond words are her mother, Virginia Hyler; step-father, Bob Shephard; brothers, Dana (Vicki) & Jeff (Shannon); sisters, Denise Andersen (Mark) & Missy Furter (Robert); nieces and nephews who so loved her; cousin, Marme (Marilyn Stephens); the child she couldn't have, Robbie, who took such good care of her & his two boys Robert & Sam; Barry who she loved to beat at cribbage & so many very good friends & co-workers. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 18th , 5-9 p.m. at the Puyallup VFW, 120 2nd St. NE. Please join us with a toast to her & stories to share. She'll be looking down on us & smiling. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society. Arrangements under the direction of Grand Departures Funeral Services, 253-538-5119.
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Penny W Walsh

Penny W. Walsh, born September 3, 1944 in Olympia, WA, passed away on July 3, 2009. She will be remembered for her contagious laugh, positive attitude and unconditional love of family and friends. She enjoyed life to the fullest and her hobbies included gardening, quilting, baking, clam digging and camping. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert L. Walsh and father Werner Schmid. Penny will be greatly missed by her mother Alberta Schmid, sister Judy (Robin) Goodman, brothers Werner Schmid and Michael (Kathleen Wells) Schmid, daughters Melanie (Randy) Mohoric and Marianne Simon, son John (Jamie) Simon and her loving dog, Lily Cler. She was the adoring grandmother to Ashley and Andrew Mohoric and Donnie Miller. Please join the family for a celebration of Penny’s life Sunday, July 19th, Mid-County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave E, Tacoma from 12-3pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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Sophie “Ruth” Huggins

Ruth went to be with her husband Art on 6/15/09. She was an avid traveler, square dancer, bowler, seamstress & Tacoma Stars Historian. Ruth is survived by 2 children: Denis/Patty Huggins & Artie Sue Hillius; grandchildren: Dale, Doug, Denis, Cody, KC & Lori; great-grandchildren: Jake, Baylee, Kemper, Tanner, Cameron, Ryder, Reece, Isabelle, Devon & Abby. Open House Memorial on 7/18/09 from 1-5pm @ 12902 18th Ave E, Tacoma (253-531-7962). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Research Assoc.
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Richard Cottler Rehn

Sept. 25, 1930 - July 5, 2009 Richard (Dick) Rehn passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday July 5, 2009. Dick's love of family and friends was always evident. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and had a natural gift of making everyone he came in contact with feel important. Dick gradutated from Lincoln H.S. in Tacoma and served in the U.S. Navy. Dick leaves behind his wife Betty and children Rick Rehn and Kari (Rehn) Beuthien, grandchildren Scott and Joshua plus 2 great grandchildren. An open house to celebrate his life will be held Saturday July 18, 2009 from 1-4pm at 1120 S. 299th Place Federal Way, Wa. Friends and Family are welcome.
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Susan Marie Bays

Susan, beloved wife of Joseph Bays of Federal Way, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 8th. Susan was born in Seattle October 26, 1945 and is survived by her husband Joseph, daughter Paula Omtvedt of Kent and Kathy Johnson of Gig Harbor, grandaughters Sarah Devine and Susan Omtvedt of Kent and great-grandson Aden Omtvedt of Kent. Susan suffered from congestive heart disease and emphysema. She finally lost the battle and went peacefully to join her father, John Lindquist, in a better place with less pain. Susan has lived and worked in Federal Way since 1974, except for a short 2-1/2 years in Juneau, Alaska. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her so much. Susan wished to be cremated and her wishes will be honored. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at the Belmor Mobile Park clubhouse, 2101 S. 324th St, Federal Way, on Friday, July 17th beginning at 2:00 pm. Donations in her name to the American Heart Association will be appreciated.
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August 29, 1939 - July 3, 2009. The Rev. Dr. James Allen Rimbach, age 69, died suddenly on July 3, 2009, in Longview, WA. while on a brief vacation at the coast. He was born August 29, 1939 in Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, his parents the Rev. and Mrs. R. W. Rimbach, and his brother John Edward Rimbach. Dr. Rimbach is survived by his two sisters Caroline Marie Rimbach and Dr. Evangeline Lois Rimbach of Tacoma, his niece Heidi Seitz of Westerville, Ohio, and his nephew Christian Rimbach of Marion, Ohio. Dr. Rimbach was a graduate of California Concordia College, Oakland, CA. He received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, IN, his master’s in sacred theology degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, and his doctor of philosophy degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. He served as assistant pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD and as parish pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, Pullman, WA and Redeemer Lutheran Church, Waukegan, IL. For a total of 16 years, during two tours of service, he was a professor at two seminaries in Hong Kong: Concordia Theological Seminary, Yau Yat Chuen, Hong Kong and Lutheran Theological Seminary, Shatin, Hong Kong. Since Dr. Rimbach left for his second tour of service in Hong Kong in 1997, he remained a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Tacoma. He retired from the seminaries in 2006 and moved at that time to Tumwater, WA. A memorial service for Dr. Rimbach will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 6202 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, on Saturday, August 15, at 11:00 a.m. Memorial gifts for the "Dr. James Rimbach Scholarship Fund for Students from Myanmar" may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church.
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Diana Marie Royer

Very loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie and friend. After a three week hospital stay, Diana left this world surrounded by her family on June 25, 2009. Please join us to celebrate the life of an exceptional woman who touched the lives of many. Services will be held July 18, 2009 at the Royer home in Puyallup from 1 to 5pm. No flowers please. Contributions can be made to Tacoma General Hospital in Diana's name. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories, sign an online guest book and read a complete obituary at
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Veryl L. Conner

Veryl L. Conner, born September 1, 1917, at Bird Island, Minnesota. Passed away peacefully on July 9, 2009. She is predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Dale B. Conner. She is survived by her son, George B. (Christie) and daughter Judy (Fred) Harmon: 7 grandchildren, Cheryl Paras, Leslie Peters, Erik Shaw and Teri L. Shaw; and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings: George (Margie) Mokler, Leonard (Jo Anne) Carlson and Phyllis (Don) Rhead. The joys of her life were her husband, being a mother, being a grand and great grandmother, gardening, handwork, singing, music and Hawaiian vacations. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday July 15, 2009 at Fir Lane Memorial Park at 2:00p.m. Fir Lane Memorial Park is located at 924 East 176th Street; Spanaway, WA. The family wants to thank the staff of King's Manor, Hospice Multi-care and Home Instead for the exceptional care given to Veryl in her last months of her life. She will be greatly missed by her family.
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James Leonard Flood

Was born February 5, 1926 in Johnson City, New York. He passed away July 8, 2009 in Auburn, Washington. He worked as a machinist for Boeing and retired in 1998. His hobbies included fishing and hunting. James was a Masonic member in New York and attended Messiah Lutheran in Auburn. He is preceded in death by his wife Ethel. James is survived by his present wife Beverly, daughter; Patrica Jean Stanley, stepson; David, stepdaughters Gail and Linda, 16 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and adopted son Keith Calkin. Inurnment services will be held, 1:00 PM, Wednesday July 15, 2009 at Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn. Arrangements entrusted to Price-Helton Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way West University Place, WA 98466 or Messiah Lutheran Church, 410 H. Street NE Auburn, WA 98002
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Timothy A Easley

02-21-1976 - 07-13-2008 Tim, We love and miss you so much and think about you daily. Your smile, sense of humor and your easy going manner will remain in our hearts forever. Love, Mom, Dad, Paul, Amy and Beau
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Leslie D Noren

1-27-56 - 7-11-05 You are in my thoughts daily. Thank You for the wonderful memories. Your forever in my heart.
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Dorothy “Dolly” Harrington-Morris

Nurse, mountain climber, skier, hiker, and beloved wife of John D. Morris, passed away on June 22, 2009 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Funeral services will be at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Tacoma on July 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 602-530-6992, or Catholic Outreach Center at 602 264-4357.
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Virginia “Jinney” King Lauenborg

Peacefully passed away on July 3, 2009 and the age of 90. Jinney will be greatly missed by her entire family: children, David (Joyce), Donna (Shaan); grandchildren, Angela, Lindsey (Brian), Emily, and Trevor; great-grandsons, Avrey and Kaleb. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Mary, Ruthie and the love of her life, husband, Pete. We would like to thank Kym's Cottage (Rosie, Jan, and Kym) for the loving care they provided during the last days of Jinney's life. Also, thanks to Summit View Clinic (including Dr. Alston and his nurse Kathy) for their fabulous, prompt, and very flexible care they've provided over the last few years. I know if she could, my Grandma Jinney would want to make a special mention about the loving care her daughter Donna has provided for the last 2 years. She would thank Donna for the great food, clean house, the unconditional love, and especially the fudge.
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Yasmin (Yazzy) J. Downie

Yasmin (Yazzy) J. Downie age 53 fought a courageous 2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was called home on June 30th, 2009 while surrounded by her family. Yasmin was born May 28th, 1956 to Lester and Agnes Heffner. She was survived by her son Joseph, and her daughter Alexandra. She is further survived by her mother Agnes and sisters Helen, Colleen, and brother David. She was preceded by her father Lester. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
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Patrick James Howe

1923 - 2009 Patrick James Howe was born to James J. Howe and Hazel Fox in Dickinson, North Dakota on March 2, 1923. He passed away peacefully on July 8, 2009 with his wife Melba by his side. Pat served in the US Navy during WWII. He worked as an engineer for Burlington Northern Railroad for over 40 years. Pat was a big part of the community in Tacoma, WA. He was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, the Elks and TOA and a volunteer at the VA Hospital. His favorite activities were camping, boating, golf and breakfast after church with friends. Most importantly, he spent his time with family and his wife Melba, whom he loved very much. He is survived by Melba, his wife of 64 years, son Jim, daughters Janet and Patty and son-in-law Tom Watters. He was a wonderful grandpa to six grandchildren, Janelle Louis (Robert), Mindy Drake (Rob), Patrick Mittlestead (Shaina), Becky Scott, Jessie Beaty (Geno), and Brandon Howe (Ann). He also had five great-grandchildren, Breanna, Angel, Mason, Noah and Max. His funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church this Monday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m. Arrangments by Mountain View Funeral Home. Internment at Calvery Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Pat’s name. Special thanks from the family to the Doctors and staff at St Joseph Hospital. Especially Dr. Kelly and nurses Robert McGruder and Holly Opland.
Pub Date: 7/10/2009

Carlene Michele Christensen

Carlene M. Godsey-Christensen, 46, passed away in her home on Sunday, June 28, 2009. She is survived by her 5 year old son, Joseph, her daughter Donnica Delamter, as well as her mother, Donna Mc Elroy, and Sister's and Brothers: Cheryl Laurendeau, Leanne Mc Elroy, Aleada Pendland, Lloyd (Bill) Godsey and Vincent Mc Elroy. Carlene was a very kind-hearted woman who touched many lives and will be missed by many, more than she would ever know. In loving memory of my sister, Carlene M. Godsey-Christensen. A memorial gathering to celebrate Carlene's life will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 2:00pm, at the Puyallup Nazarene Church located at 1026 7th Ave. S.W., Puyallup, WA. 98371. Email Cheryl for further information:
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David L. Mirkovich

David L. Mirkovich, born November 2, 1942, passed away unexpectedly at home on July 6, 2009. David grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School in 1960. He lived over 30 years in the Gig Harbor / Port Orchard area, before moving back to Tacoma three years ago. David was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Gig Harbor. While he retired from Simpson Lumber as a machine operator, David's employment and interests were diverse. He had been a barber at the shop in downtown Gig Harbor, as well as at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle, where he cared for celebrity guests such as James Dean. David was a commercial fisherman out of Gig Harbor, with Pete Babich and Adam Ross, and participated in catching the original Shamu and Namu in 1968. He also served as a cook for Foss Tugs, and cooking became something he greatly enjoyed. David will be deeply missed by his son, Christopher (Irene) Mirkovich of Vaughn; his daughter, Katie Mirkovich (Matthew Gleason) of Tacoma; and his granddaughter, Madisen Mirkovich. He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years Helen Margaret (Bannon) Mirkovich in 1999, and his son, Adam in 2005. Other family members include: his brothers, Andrew Mirkovich of Bellevue and Donald Mirkovich of San Diego; his sister, Valerie Frohlich of Tacoma; and numerous other relatives. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale Street, Gig Harbor. Entombment will be at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Arrangements by Haven of Rest.
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Fred A. Clark

Fred A. Clark, 87, passed away on July 3, 2009 in Lacey, Washington. He founded Puget Sound Meat Supply in Tacoma, was a retired Air Force Lt. Col, volunteer fireman in University Place, a member of Paramount Christian Church in Lacey, Horace W. Tyler Masonic Lodge, Afifi Shrine Temple and Scottish Rite. He was an active member of Wally Byam Caravan Club International and wintered in Mesa, Arizona. He was preceded in death by wives Shirley and Beverly, and is survived by his wife Phyllis; son, Gary Clark (Carol); daughter, Pat Palmer (Hal); 6 step-children; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In accordance with Fred's wishes, there will be no service. A memorial will be held in Mesa at a later date.
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Fred Alex Fox, Sr.

Fred Alex Fox, Sr., 65, died July 7, 2009 in Puyallup. He was born to Anthony and Ruth Fox Feb. 11, 1944 in Puyallup, WA. Fred was a Drywall Contractor and Landlord in this area for many years. He enjoyed his family, motorcycle riding and Street Rods. He loved talking to the people who attended the car events, especially when they stopped to admire his cars. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother; Dick Fox. Fred is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandy Fox of the home, sons; Fred (Darcy) Fox, Jr. of Roy, Bill (Marci) Fox of Graham, and Travis (Tanya) Fox of Puyallup, twin-brother; Bill (Linda) Fox of Spanaway, brothers; Don Fox of Tacoma and Tony Fox of CA., sister; Connie (Bob) Knoblauch of Sumner, grandchildren; Nathan Fox, Rachel Fox, Leah English, Samantha Fox and Alex Fox. A time of viewing is Sunday, July 12, 2009, 5:00-7:00PM & Mon, 9:00-11:00AM. Funeral Services is Monday, July 13, 2009, 11:00AM at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup, WA, 98371. A reception will follow at the Puyallup Eagles. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Marguerite F. Attebery

It is with great sorrow that we say good bye to our beloved Marguerite. With her family gathered together, Marguerite was suddenly taken from this world to begin her journey to Heaven. Marguerite was born in Eveleth, Minnesota to Florence and Myles Furlong. After her father’s death, and her graduation from Hibbing High School, she and her family moved to Tacoma, where she met and married Jim Attebery. Together, they built their first of many homes in Lakewood. Marguerite was a stay at home mother while raising her three children. When her children were all in school, Marguerite joined the work force, in real estate then went into banking and retired as a branch manager for what is now Bank of America. Her retirement years meant spending incredibly special time with her cherished children, Lynda Hamilton, Lyle Attebery, Leslie Attebery (Chuck Bock) and grandchildren: Michelle Robinette (Jeff), Carrie Casey (Joe), James and Jared Attebery, Madison Phipps (Ron) and MacKenzie Attebery Bock. It didn’t stop there, however, as she was blessed with and thoroughly enjoyed her great grandchildren: Joey and McKenna Casey, Max, Jack, and Nick Robinette and her last “Precious” Phoenix Phipps. She will be deeply missed by all of her family, including her brother Richard Furlong (Pat), her sister Elaine Erchul (Frank) and their families including many nieces and nephews. Marguerite had many life long friends and in the past several years met and enjoyed many new friends. Most will remember an elegant “pretty in pink” lady, who was so gracious. She had a contagious smile matched by her excellent sense of humor and a very caring personality. She leaves behind an enormous void that will never be filled. Heartfelt thanks go to the wonderfully caring people at Tacoma General Hospital. A memorial service will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Monday, July 13, 2009, 1:00 PM, which will be followed by a celebration of Marguerite’s life at the Lakewood Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marguerite’s name to Caring For Kids 6132 Motor Avenue SW Suite W-1 Lakewood, WA 98499. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
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Maggie was born to William and Carrie Gear on Feb. 23, 1942 in Greenville, Miss. and left to be with her LORD and Saviour on July 5th, 2009. She will be remembered as a humble and faithful servant of her LORD, a devoted mother and wife, a loving sister and dear friend. Maggie was preceded in death by 4 sisters. She will be deeply missed by her devoted husband of 42 yrs, William Sr., sons William Jr. (Laurie), Greg, Ron (Marshella), and Jeff (Jeanne), mother Carrie Gear, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, as well as many relatives and friends. Besides her love of family, she was known for 30 years of dedication to service at New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ. Maggie served as State Hospitality Board President, District Women’s Dept. Hospitality Coordinator, President of Local Hospitality Board, as well as, a member of the Mother’s Board, Annual Appreciation Committee, and Pastor’s Aide Committee. Her love of cooking and community was also felt in the Tacoma School District for 22 years prior to her retirement in 2007. While cooking was high on her list of loves, having won a blue ribbon at the Puyallup Fair for her 7-Up Pound Cake, she also found glory in caring for others as a CNA in local nursing homes. A heartfelt thanks to the staff of TG CVICU and Medical Unit for the compassionate care provided during her brief illness. Viewing will be at Mountain View Funeral Home on July 13, noon-9pm. A Homegoing Celebration will be held on July 14, 11:00 a.m. at New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
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Dortha Irene Spotts

May 30, 1932 / July 3, 2009 Dortha passed away peacefully. To see full obituary go to
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Virginia Ida Jones

Virginia Jones, 76, of Eatonville, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2009. She was born December 30, 1932, and graduated from Eatonville High School. Virginia married her loving husband, the late Ernie Jones, and continued living in Eatonville. Virginia loved watching her children and grandchildren play sports at Eatonville High School, and also loved watching the Mariners, Seahawks, and Huskies. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Eatonville High School athletic department. Virginia is survived by her brother Roy Swanson; sister Mary Lou Michael; Sister-in-law Jackie Hendrickson; Brother-in-law Dennis Daugherty; and 6 children, Pat Jones, Jody Kast, Dawn Reeves, Fred Jones, Kevin Jones, and Bambi Agnew. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at the Methodist Church in Eatonville on Saturday, July 11, at 7:00 pm.
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Wilma Pauline Kersey

Wilma went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2009. She was born in Harold, SD on Sept. 29, 1917, to Eula and Otis Carr, the second of five children. They moved to California in 1928, settling in Chula Vista. In 1998, she moved to Puyallup to be closer to family. Her life centered around family and church friends and activities and she loved to travel. Her husband of 45 years, Willard, preceded her to Heaven. She is survived by a brother, Willis Carr of San Diego, a son, Dennis (Pamela) of Hamilton, OH, and a daughter, Beverly (Jim) Miller of Puyallup, 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Burial was at Glen Abbey in Bonita, CA on July 6th. A memorial service will be held at Rainier View Christian Church in Parkland on Sunday, July 12th at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc. or the Northwest Parkinson's Fdtn.
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Darleen Dee Barker

“Munner” Darleen Dee Barker, 64, returned to Heavenly Father Monday, July 6, 2009 after courageously battling cancer. Darleen was born October 8, 1944 in Canastota, New York. Darleen is survived by her husband, Thomas Barker; mother, Kathleen Hogan; mother-in-law, Margie Caudle; her brother Michael (Debbie) Fratini; Sister, Shirley Wight; her children, Tammy Giauque, Gerald (Gabriella) Giauque, Desaree (Brian) Hague, Dana (Nichole Houser) Giauque, Darleen (Michael) Allen, Jina (Jeff) Olson, Toshihiro (Jeanne) Watanabe; 16 grand-children, Aaron, Jordan, Jawnee, Keoni, Madeleine, Mikayla, Molly, Baylee, Rochelle, Spencer, Kenji, Samuel, Jintana, Mia, Philip, Kalena, and great granddaughter, Raina. Darleen was predeceased by granddaughter, Kathleen Ellis. Also, Darleen is survived by countless friends, who she loved very much. Viewing will be held Friday, July 10, 2009 from 4pm-8pm at Curnow Funeral Home, Sumner, WA. An additional viewing will be Saturday, July 11, 2009 beginning from 10am-10:40am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 12407 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 12407 Military Rd E, Puyallup. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Association, click on "Mosaic of Hope" search for "Munner" and place your donation or click on “Donate Now” and place your donation. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at
Pub Date: 7/9/2009

Iva M. Gosenberg

1913 - 2009 Passed away into the hands of her Heavenly Father at Orchard Park Care Center on 7-7-09. She was born in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada on 2-27-13 to Howard and Catherine Vickers (both deceased) preceded by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, 3 grandsons and her husband Guy (1976). She is survived by her daughter Dorine (Darrell) Doyle of Port Orchard; sons, Gary of Seattle, Richard of Puyallup, and Bryan of Tacoma. 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was the last member of her pioneer family. The circle is complete. She will be missed by family and friends. Special thanks to Penny and Connie for their special ministering in her final hours, and to the caregivers at Orchard Park Care Center, especially Marcy and Nicki for their help and care these last three years. There will be no funeral service, per her request. She will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery. Please sign online guest book at
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Georgia Eunice Ram

1941-2009 Georgia was born June 30, 1941 in Santa Rosa, California; passed away July 3, 2009 in Tacoma, WA at the age of 68. Georgia is survived by her husband Donald and 4 sons: Ronald, Randall, Jonathan and Jonas. A Memorial service will be held Friday, July 10, 2009, 11:00 AM at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary, 220 S. 134th St., Parkland, WA 98444.
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George J. Gunovich

A native of Tacoma Washington, George was born September 3, 1921 and passed away July 3, 2009. He proudly served in the Navy during the 2nd World War in the Pacific. After his military service he became a salesman for Continental Bakery serving military installations, commissaries, NCO Clubs and other military facilities for nearly forty years. Through his life, work and fraternal organizations he made many friends. He was a life member of the Tacoma Elks #174 for over 63 years, life member of VFW #969, Puyallup Eagles #2308 and the Teamsters Union Local 117. George is survived by wife, Geraldine "Gerry", brother Donald and his wife Dorothy, son, Dr. Richard Gunovich "Rick" (Mary) of Marietta, Ohio, son, David Gunovich (Jana) of Fircrest, Washington, step-daughter, Maureen Freeman (Michael) of Tacoma, step-son, Robert McCall Jr (Terri) of Orting, Washington, grandson, Blair Gunovich of Marietta, Ohio, step-grandchildren, Brian and Mark McCall, Lori McCall Lidstrom, David and Scott Freeman, Christina Freeman Hasbrook, great-granddaughters Abigail, Madaline, Elaina, Ava McCall, great-grandsons Mason and Carson McCall and Ryan Hasbrook. A Vigil will be on Sunday, July 12, at 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Monday, July 13, at 11:00 am. Inurnment at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic School in George's name. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/9/2009

Robert Jay “Bob” Dietrich

Age 44 left us June 29, 2009 surrounded by his family and closest friends. Bob and his family fought a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer, choosing to help the medical community through studies and guidance with the Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center. Bob was born August 22, 1964 in Tacoma, WA. He was the second of four children. Bob graduated from Sumner Senior High School in 1982 and in 1985 completed an Associate of Arts degree at Green River Community College. In 1989 he married his sweetheart Becky Conklin of Bonney Lake, WA. Together they have two children, many pets, and too many friends to count. He worked in the aerospace industry for Hexcel in Kent, where he was called upon to serve as a first responder for safety. Bob also served the Bonney Lake Fire Department for over 20 years as a lieutenant. Bob was active with his kids, coaching their fast pitch and baseball teams for several years. In the afternoon at home, you’d see him practicing with them in their batting cage whether raining or not. Bob was also an active sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and sharing those times with his friends and his son. The family was always included as the outings were part of an afternoon boating Lake Tapps or in Gig Harbor at the family cabin, or camping along the coast, clamming and crabbing. Bob is survived by his wife, Becky, a daughter, Meghan, and a son, Blake, all at home. He is further survived by his mom, Dolores, two sisters, a brother, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his dad, Fred. His memorial service will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 11 AM at Powers Funeral Chapel in Puyallup, WA. A gathering time following the memorial service will be at the Prairie Ridge Community Center in Bonney Lake. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Robert Dietrich Benefit Fund at Mt. Rainier Bank, 29290 Hwy 410, Buckley WA 98321.
Pub Date: 7/9/2009

Aileen Yoshii Voyles

Aileen Yoshii Voyles, 86, passed away July 5, 2009. She leaves a legacy of high standards, spunky independence, and generosity. Her love and laughter will be missed. Aileen is survived by her children: Ann M. Voyles, W. Joyce Ames, and Carl L. Voyles (Tammy); seven grandchildren: Benjamin Ames (Ivy), Jason McLendon, Stephanie LePelley (Brad), Jennifer Hebert (Toby), Jonathan Ames, Tamara Ahola, and Amanda Voyles; and sixteen great-grandchildren. Aileen was preceded in death by her husband, C. Lee Voyles, and a great-grandson, Elijha Hebert. Services will be held at 2 p.m., July 13, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood. On-site visitation July 12, noon to 9 p.m.
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Bette Jane Western

Bette Jane Western, "Nanny G. Ward", 86, died July 6, 2009 in Puyallup. She was born to Reuben and Mabelle (Johnson) Carlson on Feb. 22, 1923 in Joliet, Illinois. She served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bette enjoyed playing the piano and had played at church for many years. Work was always her hobby and had worked for the City Of Sumner many years and was their oldest living employee. She also had a passion for shopping and loved going to Portland, OR with her grandchildren to do just that. She is survived by Daughters: Debra (Keith Joseph) Grow of Graham and Teresa (Jim) Schindele of Puyallup; Brothers; Glenn (Rachel) Carlson and Carl (Carolyn) Carlson, Both of Illinois., Grandchildren; Ron Shreve, Jessica Shreve, Jordan Shreve, Joshua Grow, Tim Schindele, Kurt Grow, Katie Trudeau, Janay Joseph, Carlee Joseph. Viewing is Fri. July 10, 2009 at Powers Funeral Home from 1:00 to 2:30PM before the Funeral Service Fri. July 10, 2009, 3:00PM at Powers Sumner Funeral Home, 15124 Main St., Sumner, WA. Private Family interment with Military Honors will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent.
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Charles P. Heintz

Gone To Mow The Heavenly Lawns and Fish The Golden Ponds. Charles was born December 27, 1931 in Rochester, New York and died July 7, 2009 in Lakewood, Washington. Charlie served his country in the United States Army for 27 years. He served time in Korea from 1951 through 1953 in the First Calvary. He also served in Vietnam from 1965 through 1968, and again in 1971 through 1972. While in Vietnam he earned two Bronze Stars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Remember Ashau Valley 1967! Charlie was a lifetime member of the AMVETS, The VFW-Post #2329, Aerie 3 Eagles and the Moose Lodge #1865. Charlie is preceded in death by his mother and father (Sophie and Peter Heintz), brother Jacob, and sisters Sophia, Madeline, and Margaret. He is now reunited with his grandson Aaron Ducharme. Charlie is survived by his wife Hildegard of 46 1/2 years, son Charlie, daughters Lydia Helmholz (Steve) and Diane Maclean (Darrel), granddaughters Ashley Heintz and Carrissa Hass, grandson Nigel Ducharme (Amber), and soon to come to this world, a great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brothers Peter and George, his sister Marie Heiman (Elmer), many nieces and nephews, and many more relatives in Germany. Charlie loved fishing, crabbing, gardening, and his all time favorite, making his favorite wine. Charlie was a provider to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. You'll always be loved! Special thanks for the care and compassion to Dr. Oliveira, Dr. Baker, and all the nurses and support staff of Northwest Medical Specialties. Viewing will be held from 12:00 to 9:00 PM Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, July 10, 2009 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
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Estelle Schottine Villwock

Estelle Schottine Villwock, 59, of Platteville, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at her home. Funeral Services will be held 2:00pm Friday, July 10, 2009 at the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home, 1245 N. Water St. in Platteville, WI. She was united in marriage to Michael Villwock on April 4, 1970 in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Her husband, Michael, passed away on May 6, 2009. Estelle passed away July 1, 2009 peacefully in her sleep to join him. They shared a love that continued after 39 years of marriage. Estelle was an example of the best this world has to offer. She was a mother, a nurse, an executive, a scholar, and a friend. While she left us all too young, she lived a full life of experiences and adventures. She loved this world and will miss us all, as we will miss her deeply. She is survived by two sons, Dan (Melissa) Villwock and their children, Bryan and Brennan of Platteville, WI; John (Aubra) Villwock and their son, Draven, of Seattle, WA; a sister, Mary (Wally) Goeglein of Whitewater, WI; two brothers, Thomas (Toni) Kettwig of Poinciana, FL; and Dan (Katherine) Kettwig, of Port Orchard, WA.
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Marvin G Guffey

Former Tacoma area resident passed away in Kansas City, Missouri on June 28, 2009. Marvin was born in Ardmore, Missouri on January 5, 1932. He was pre-deceased by his wife Lois and two daughters, Debra and Marva Lee. He is survived by his ten remaining children; Marvin, Michael, William, Thomas, Marjorie, George, Frank, John, Jane, Mary, and twenty-five grandchildren. A date for a celebration of his life will be announced later.
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Harold, a long time Tacoma resident, passed away on July 5, 2009. Born May 2, 1930 in Bellingham, WA to Don and Edvarda Jacobsen, originally from Norway. Harold married his beloved wife Ruth (Strom) on August 31, 1951 in San Diego, CA. Harold and Ruth had four children and enjoyed the time they spent raising them together. Harold was a proud Norwegian, a devoted UW Husky football fan, and a lifelong member of the maritime industry in the Port of Tacoma. He served as president and received the Master Mariner honor of the Port of Tacoma Propeller Club. Harold worked in commercial fishing with his father prior to joining the Marines. After serving his country in the Korean War, Harold returned to Tacoma to own and operate Tacoma Marine Supply and J&G Marine Supply, which he passed on to his sons. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John, his beloved wife Ruth, and two granddaughters Kristen and Erin (Ken and Sue). He is survived by his children: Sheryle Grove, Don (Stephanie) Jacobsen, Ken (Sue) Jacobsen, and Kathy (Rick) Holmgren; 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Harold also leaves behind his beloved companion, his dog Jake. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be sent to the Theodore Jacobsen Jr. and Sr. Endowed Fisheries Scholarship at the University of Washington. Funeral services will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery Chapel on Monday, July 13th at 1:00pm. “Bestefar, we’ll miss you and we love you.”
Pub Date: 7/9/2009

Hilleary “Hilly” Jensen

Hilleary gained her freedom on Independence Day 2009 at the age of 35. She taught 4th grade at University Place Primary. Hilleary's passion was teaching and her students were her children. She will be greatly missed by all. Hilleary is survived by her mother Tina Jensen; father Jeff Jensen; sister Heidi Miller (Tony), children Jordan, Lauren, and Eric; brother Tom Jensen (Rochelle), children Brielle, Ian, Essie, Abbi, and Naomi; special uncle and aunt Terry and Joanne Stone. She is also survived by several cousins, many friends, and favorite dog Dundee. Memorial service is 7/11/2009 at Fircrest United Methodist at 1:00 pm., 1018 Columbia, Fircrest, WA 98466. Ladies attire capris and flip flops! In lieu of flowers please donate to the Hilleary P. Jensen memorial fund at any Columbia Bank. Her faith and gifts touched many people and has gone on before us in Eternal Worship.
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Jane Ireland Fleisher Campbell

Jane Ireland Fleisher Campbell, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away June 21, 2009 at Narrows Glen after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Jane and her twin sister, Sally, were born in New York City, New York on August 30, 1931 to Charles and Fredericka Snyder. Her mother died when the girls were four years old, and their grandmother wanted to put them up for adoption, however, their father had different ideas. He married his wife's sister and she became a loving wife and mother to the two girls. Charles Snyder was a graduate of Yale University as an Industrial Engineer and his profession brought him and his family to the Northwest in 1948. Jane graduated from Stadium High School in 1949. She met and married Harreld "Skip" Fleisher in 1952. Jane and her family moved to Sequim, WA in 1970, where they owned and operated a building supply company for 26 years. Jane worked part time in the business and did much volunteer work in the community. Gardening, reading, and many lifelong friendships were her greatest pleasures. Upon Skip's death in 2005, Jane moved to Tacoma, WA, where she met and married a wonderful man, Lieutenant Colonel Robert B. Campbell, on July 30, 2008. Jane is survived by her husband, Colonel Campbell, her children Mary Anne Murdock and Charles Fleisher, her grandsons Sam Murdock and Ben Murdock, and her nephews Sam Landers, Michael Landers, and David Landers. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made to the Franciscan Foundation, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466. A memorial service will be held on July 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Narrows Glen, 8201 Sixth Ave, Tacoma WA 98406.
Pub Date: 7/9/2009

Kenneth Martin Gunter

Kenneth Martin Gunter was born November 13, 1924 in Davis City, Iowa to parents Rollie Admiral Gunter and Mary Lois Carrico. He went home to be with the Lord on July 6, 2009. Ken grew up in Colville Washington and graduated from Chewelah High School. He served in the Army in WWII. He work for Greyhounds lines for over 40 years and was a bi-vocational Southern Baptist Minister. Pastor Gunter served in churches through out the state of Washington including Ephrata, Moses Lake, Quincy, George, Othello and recently at University Place Care Center. He was a member at Olympic View Baptist Church in University Place. He is survived by his wife, Helen, six children; Wayne Gunter, Jack Gunter, Valerie Carpenter, Peter Gunter, Melissa Green Sohlstrom, Michelle Glover, and 14 grandchildren. A memorial services will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 11am Olympic View Baptist Church 4707 Elwood Dr. W. University Place, WA 98466 253 565 3995. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ken's honor to Fanciscan Hospice House 2901 Bridgeport Way W. University Place Wa 98466.
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Matthew James Nunnally

Was born on November 8, 1960 in Puyallup, WA; he passed away on July 7, 2009. He was 48 years old. He is survived by his 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren, his parents Jim and Joyce Nunnally, brother Chuck & Diane (sister-in-law) Nunnally, sister Bev & Larry (brother-in-law) Schoenbachler, 4 nieces, 3 nephews, 3 great nephews, and 1 great niece. Memorial service to be held at the Orting Eagles Hall on Saturday July 11, 2009 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers please donate memorials to Orting Alumni Assn.
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Verna Grace Vandenberg

1/10/22 ~ 6/29/09 Mom was born Verna Grace Higgen to John and Frieda at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In Tacoma in 1939 she graduated from Stadium High School. In 1940 Verna married Harry Vandenberg, also a lifetime Tacoma resident, and had two sons, Richard and Donald. In 1953 she received her LPN from Bates Vocational and then worked at St. Joseph’s, Tacoma General, Mary Bridge and Good Samaritan. Dad died in 1978, and my brother Don passed on in 2006. Mom also outlived her brother Fred. Mom stayed active swimming at the Family YMCA, attending TACID and playing bridge with close friends. Mom’s greatest joy, however, was her family. At 87 she was thankful to have been blessed with grandchildren Christina and Rick, as well as, great grandchildren Ariana and Evander. She is also survived by daughter-in-law JoDee, son-in-law Ludwig and sister-in-law Lucille, and five nephews John, Ed, Ken, Howard and Michael. Our family thanks Tacoma Lutheran Home and Franciscan Hospice for their attention to her comfort and care. Verna will always be remembered by a very blessed and grateful family for the joy she brought to our lives. At Verna’s request, no services are planned.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Marc Winston Tillis

12/25/56 ~ 6/25/09 Stadium High School, Class of ‘75, unite. Another Tiger has fallen. After years of doctors, oxygen, and severe heart disease, Marc was taken in an instant by a heart attack. Born and raised in Tacoma, Marc joined the St. Paul Baptist Church through baptism at an early age. The highlight of his religious life was singing in concerts with the church choir. His favorite was the Hallelujah Chorus. Marc was a proud member of the Stadium High School Class of 1975. While there, he played on the football team. He also attended college at Ft. Steilacoom. The work force didn’t particularly appeal to Marc although he worked in his father’s business for many years, worked at The News Tribune, Safeway, West Coast Grocery, and eventually became an insurance salesman. Marc’s specialty was having a good time. He loved to meet up with the gang from his high school days and make the rounds at nearly every club in town. Marc was a friendly, happy-go-lucky guy. When health issues became the center of his world, Marc went in a different direction and his life spiraled downward. He made unwise choices, but he retained his humor and his mind was razor sharp. Marc was a well-read man who went to the library as long as he was able to see. He was nearly blind and unable to read for the past few years. Marc has joined his grandparents, Alma and Puella Giles; his father, Alexander Tillis, and his brother, Ray Giles. He is survived by his mother, Eunice; his sister, Karen; and his nephew, Ray Giles. Marc was Trey’s (family dog) favorite person in the world. Marc also leaves behind a host of friends, including his special friend, Debbie Bogue; and his very best friend, John English. Marc lived a hearty life. He was a rich man when he died. He was rich in family and rich in friends. He had those two things in abundance. Because of those alliances, Marc will have a beautiful sendoff when his family, friends, and church family gather one last time to see him and remember him. Viewing will be at Mt. View Funeral Home on Friday, July 10 from noon until 9 p.m. and again at his service on July 11, at 10 a.m. at the St. Paul Baptist Church, 2225 South 19th Street in Tacoma. An online guest book is available at www.mountain . Many thanks to Pastor and Mrs. Curtis J. Haynes and the St. Paul Baptist Church family. Thanks to the Stadium gang: John English, Greg Wilford, Paul Douglas, Johnny Satterwhite, and Stadium High School. Thanks to all of the medical professionals who helped Marc through the years. Thanks to Greg Williams at Mt. View. Thanks to the members of the Ray Gibson’s Caballeros Club. Thank you to Keith Perry, Tiffany Perry, Gloria Morris, Margaret Parnell, and Wendy Jones. A special thank you to Marc’s girlfriend, Debbie Bogue for caring for Marc through his illnesses. A reception celebrating Marc’s life will be announced at the service.
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Roseanna Goode

1930 - 2009 Roseanna passed away on July 1, 2009 at University of Washington Medical Center after a short battle with leukemia. She is survived by her husband, Gary Goode of Gig Harbor; daughters, Connie Cashmore (Bob) of Silverdale, Susie Happ of Fraser Michigan, and Karen Goode of Milton; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Betty, her brother Lloyd, her first husband Robert Sage and her son Daniel Sage. Roseanna was born in Yakima, Wa, to Charles and Vernice Dworak. She grew up in Yakima and attended Eisenhower High School. She was a Master Gardner and loved spending time and working in her beautiful garden. She also enjoyed traveling with her friends on bus tours to different destinations in the Northwest. A celebration of Roseanna’s life will be held at a family home on July 25th. Please contact the family at 253.682.9743 or email for details. Donations in her memory can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Steven W Krogh

1942 - 2009 Steve passed away at his home in Lake Havasu City, AZ on July 2nd, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Omak, WA, and moved as a young child, with his family, to Tacoma, WA. After graduating from Franklin Pierce High School, in 1960, he joined the Air Force, where he spent twenty years before retiring. Steve is survived by his wife Joy, parents Glen and Irma Krogh, son David Krogh, grandchildren Ashley and Riley, sisters Glenna Nyegaard (Jack), Sherrill Ware (Jim), his nieces and nephews, and many friends.
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Caroline Marie Fick

6-14-1963 6-18-2009 May our much loved Caroline be at peace with our Lord. We remember her as caring, generous, bright, witty and loving. She is preceded in death by her brother John. She leaves her parents, Brenda Fick, Ted Sr. (Pam), brother, Ted (Cheryl), sister, Kathryn. We thank her special friend, Fr. “Bix” Bichsel, who presided at services and burial at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials in her memory to Guadalupe House, 1417 S. G St., Tacoma, WA 98405-4437.
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William "Bill" Kachelmyer

Bill passed away suddenly and peacefully July 5, 2009 at the age of 80. Born in Mankato, MN to Frank and Mary Kachelmyer, Bill joined the U.S. Army at a young age. He served in Korea, Viet Nam, and Cold War Germany, before retiring in 1972 after 20 years and 6 days, making University Place his home. His respect and admiration for his country, its Armed Forces, and the men and women who served, endured throughout his life. He enjoyed a long, comfortable retirement working occasionally and traveling regularly, quietly touching lives as he went. Bill's legacy is born out in his quiet demeanor, kind spirit, and his steadfast and unselfish devotion to his family. He is survived by Lucy, his wife of over 51 years; his daughters, Teri Hemphill and Sue Mros (Brian); son, Tom Kachelmyer; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brother, Joe Kachelmyer; and sister, Angie Quirk. We all strive to live up to the example he has set for us. A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2009 at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Rd W, University Place, WA.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Clarence H. “Bunny” Bundrock

Bunny, a World War II veteran, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on the morning of July 4, 2009. Born April 9, 1917 in Waubay, South Dakota to Henry and Anna Bundrock, he was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters. Bunny came to Tacoma in World War II as a skipper of the crash boat (P-16) stationed at Point Defiance Boathouse Pavilion. There he met and married Roberta O’Leary Bundrock, the love of his life. He left her four days shy of their 65th wedding anniversary, but his last words to her were, “I have always loved you”. They had two daughters, Shirley Prather (Bill) and Diane Bundrock King (Gary), two grandsons, Dan Prather (Tiffany) and David Prather, and two great-granddaughters Mackenzie and Alexis Prather. After the war in 1945, Bunny began working for the Metropolitan Park District at Point Defiance Boathouse, and eventually became manager. He loved to camp with his family, hunt and fish. He served as a school board member for the Ruston K-8 School District and attended Zion Lutheran Church. In 1972, Bunny retired from the boathouse after 30 years of service. There will be a graveside memorial at Mt. View Memorial Park on Friday, July 10th at 11:30 A.M. Please sign the online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

David Stewart

David Stewart went into the presence of the Lord on July 4, 2009. he was born October 7th, 1915 in Victoria B.C. He served his country in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later went to Portland, Oregon to Bible School. He served several churches as pastor for over 40 yrs. His final pastorate was at Lake City Community Church in Lakewood. He returned to Canada in retirement. He is predeceased by his first wife Marjorie “Midge”, grandson Jeff Sweet, and grandson in law Julian Dabbagh. Survived by wife Shirley of 24yrs. four children and spouses, three step daughters and spouses, 21 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Memorial Services at Woodlawn Funeral Home 2310 Clearbrook Rd. Abbotsford B.C. Canada on Saturday July 18th at 10 AM in Tacoma Washington Sunday, July 19th at 2 PM at Lake City Community Church 8810 Lawndale Ave. SW, Lakewood
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

John Peter Karna

John Peter Karna, age 83, passed away on July 4, 2009 in Enumclaw, Washington. The oldest of 14 children, John was born on December 9, 1925 in Michigan, North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ardith Elaine Karna, and his mother Eleanor and father Oscar Karna. John is survived by his three children, John Dennis Karna (Ruth, Tucson, AZ), Debbie Ann Craig (Jeff, Enumclaw, WA), and Duane Richard Karna (Kathleen, Muncie, IN); his nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. John is also survived by three brothers, Donald, Robert, and Steven Karna, and two sisters, Susan and Carol. John P. Karna served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 as a painter 2nd class, sailing on the USS Klondike AD/AR 22. He married Ardith "Elaine" Bjorge in 1947 in North Dakota and, with Elaine, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. He and Elaine attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington and, together, they enjoyed travel, family, and photography in their retirement years. John worked for the Cammerano Brothers' distributors for 29 years, first as a truck driver/delivery person for Rainier Beer and, later, as a wine salesman for the same company. He was a member of the Teamsters Union as well as the Elks Club in Tacoma, WA. A graveside service with the Reverend Richard H. Foege presiding will be held on Friday morning, July 10th at 9:30 am at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington, Washington. For further information, contact Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood, WA., at #253-584-0252. A memorial fund, in the name(s) of John Peter Karna and Ardith Elaine Karna, has been established at and may be forwarded to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 N. Stevens Street, Tacoma, WA. 98406. Contributions, in the name of John Peter Karna, may also be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, Tacoma, WA., 98466.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Kenneth (Kenny) L. Bell

Kenneth (Kenny) L. Bell age 73, passed away peacefully July 5, 2009, surround by family and loved ones. Kenny was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by Pamela Bell, his loving wife of 25 years, 8 children, 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 5 sisters, 2 brothers, and scores of loving friends & relatives. Ken was born and raised in Spokane WA. In the 1950's he played pro baseball with the Dodgers organization. Ken was a pilot in the United States Air Force. He spent his last 30 years residing in Tacoma. In 1993 Kenny retired from Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a lifetime member of Am-Vets, Pheasants Forever, and an avid sportsman. A celebration of Kenneth Bell's life will be held Saturday, July 11th, 2009, at 1:00p.m. at the Tacoma Am-vets, 5717 South Tyler. Sandwiches and beverages are provided. Please bring your favorite dish or desert to share. In honor of Kenny's personal dress code, blue-jeans are MOST appropriate. In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Tacoma General Cancer Ward, PO Box 5296 409-1-PHIL, Tacoma, WA 98415-0296. Please see full obituary and share your memories and condolences at .
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Douglas Leroy Gregersen

Leaving his legacy behind in the hearts of everyone he knew. Douglas Leroy Gregersen 49, passed away July 2nd 2009. Doug's educational pursuits endowed him with a diploma from Eatonville High School and ultimately lead him through an electrical apprenticeship to become a lineman where he advanced to become Superintendent. Doug devoted his entire career to Ohop Mutual Light Company where he spent 30 years. Doug is survived by his father Leroy, brother Dwayne, and sister Diane. Doug also left behind his wife Jennifer and children Christopher and Haley. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary. A celebration of his life is planned for July 11, 2009 at Eatonville Baptist Church 11:00am, with visitation following. Graveside immediately following in Mineral and a reception will be held at the family's home.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Lee L. Keeney

Lee L. Keeney, a longtime resident of the Enumclaw/Black Diamond area, died July 1, 2009 at the age of 88. He was born April 27, 1921 in Harrison, ID. Lee was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed. He loved fishing, hunting, flowers and especially his garden. Lee proudly served his country during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Favro Keeney of Enumclaw; daughter, Vicki (Bill) Harp of Black Diamond; step-sons, Joe (Sally) Androsko of Black Diamond and Edward Sellers of Auburn; step-daughter, Dorothy Cooper of Mesa, AZ; 9 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his step-daughter Roslyn Purrington. An inurnment will take place Sat., July 11, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park, Enumclaw. Celebration of Life will be held at the Black Diamond Community Center directly following the inurnment. Memorials may be made to: Swedish Medical Center Foundation for Cancer Institution, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122. Please sign the online guest book at
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Travis Ray DuBois

May 17, 1979-June 26, 2009 Travis Ray DuBois was born on May 17th, 1979 in Poway, CA. He was returning home from work when a car accident tragically took his life at the age of 30. Travis loved being outdoors. His hobbies included cooking, camping, fishing, gardening, and he played bass guitar for the band “Suffer the Heat”. Just before his untimely passing, Travis found out he was going to be a father for the first time. His fiancée, Heather Burris, is expecting at the beginning of next year. Travis is survived by his fiancée, Heather Burris, his mother, Julia Jezek, father, Gary DuBois, brother, Brandon DuBois, sister, Brittany Morrison, grandparents, Dick and Pat Dunn, cousin, Robert Sander, as well as many other family members and friends. A memorial service was held on July 2nd, 2009 at San Luis Rey Valley United Methodist Church in Oceanside, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Heather and their expected child at Citi Bank, in care of Julia Jezek.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Jesse L. Selby

Of Tacoma, Washington. Born January 12, 1927 in Fulton, Missouri, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2009. Mr. Selby was a veteran of the US Army and retired as a First Sergeant after an honorable 28-year career that spanned World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. After retirement, Mr. Selby started a second career as a civil servant for the US Air Force and while he enjoyed his work, his first love was being a soldier. Mr. Selby was preceded in death by his wife, Ok Cha, after more than 40 years of marriage. Mr. Selby is survived by his daughters, Linda (David) Novak of Graham, Washington, Trenda (Tom) Voegtle of Arlington, Virginia and his grandchildren, Jesse, Andrew and Kimberly. Mr. Selby will be laid to rest, joining his wife, at Tahoma National Cemetery, at a private family service.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Richard Ernest Smith

Richard Ernest Smith, age 80, of Tacoma, WA passed away on Friday July 3, 2009 at Franciscan Hospice House in University Place. Richard was born in Ripley, Ohio on October 24, 1928 to Daniel Edward and Minnie Mabel Smith. He joined the United States Army in 1946, serving in World War II and Vietnam, retired after 20 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant in November of 1970. After retiring from the Army, he worked as a Security Guard for a number of years at Tacoma General Hospital. Richard will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday 7/10/09 at the Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Chapel, burial to follow Tacoma Cemetery.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009


Robert E. Woolard, 82, passed away July 5, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. He was born November 16, 1926 in Tacoma, WA. For many years he worked for Tacoma Smelter. Survivors include two daughters, Doreen L. Nygren and Christine L. Thomas; five Grandchildren and 7 Great-Grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2009 at Mountain View Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Joan F. McCullough

September 17, 1931 Joan died July 5, 2009 after a short battle with cancer. Proceeded in death by husband Vernon, and brother James (Jeanie) Tracy. She is survived by her daughter Lynne (Dan) Tiedeman; Grandsons, Chris, and Mike; brother, John (Doreen) Tracy; Sisters, Mary (Timothy) Hopkins, Kathleen, (Gerald) Haagen, Sharon (Robert) Schibig; many well loved nieces and nephews, and her dog, Maggie. She loved her friends and activities at Harvest Gate and was a member of the Tacoma Power Squadron. We wish to thank Dr. Janice Olson, and staff for their kindness and care. We would also like to express our gratitude to Jerri and Bob Clark. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Harvest Gate Clubhouse in Puyallup, WA. Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Tanya Marie Samuelson

Tanya Marie Samuelson was born on June 11th, 1970. She left us unexpectedly and much too soon at the age of 39 on July 3rd, 2009. Generous to a fault, she lit up any room she walked into. She is known for her big heart, generous spirit and enormous capacity to love. If she had a dollar and you needed one, it was yours. She leaves behind an enormous hole in the lives of all who love her. Known for her love of fashion she worked as a stylist on commercial shoots and had a shop in Old Tacoma selling vintage clothing. She was an artistic free spirit that had the capacity to make anyone laugh. Tanya loved antiquing, hunting for treasures at value village and country music. Most of all Tanya loved her two boys with all her heart. She is survived by her two sons, Julian Samuelson, 19 and Renner Samuelson, 2. Her parents Jim and Barb Samuelson, sister Darnell Samuelson and brother-in-law James Forsness, sister Amy Samuelson-Engels and brother-in-law Kerry (Dave) Engels, nephews Kerry and Konner, grandmothers Doris Hollingsworth and Hildur Samuelson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who will all miss her dearly. We love you sweet, sweet girl. You leave behind a place in our hearts that will never be filled. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in her name to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital or to the The Julian and Renner Samuelson Fund at Bank of America. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 10th, at 1:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Puyallup followed by a reception at the Puyallup Fair Grounds.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009

Ming Lee Dildine

April 14, 1942 - July 8, 2008 We miss our Sweet Ming; hers is a huge loss to so many. The big smile, the loud and hearty laugh, sense of humor, positive attitude, an uncanny ability to make friends, love of parties, cleverness and creativity-she knew a lot about everything. She loved her husband, Don, daughter Kimi, and extended families. She loved her job and co-workers at Suburban Opticians and her church family and friends at St. Andrews Episcopal. She also loved the 5th Avenue Theater, good restaurants, babies, computers, traveling, knitting, weddings, school choirs, jewelry making and her friends in Emblem Club. She loved graphic design and accounting- she could do payroll while designing an ad to put on disc and send to 10,000 by Friday! Nothing about computers scared her!! She knew profit & loss, and the next customer coming in the door! She took care of everyone and everything; was passionately loyal; the consummate confidante and nurturer. We assumed it was a Chinese thing-but now we know, it was a Ming-thing. God Bless You, dear one. Love, Your BFF, Pam.
Pub Date: 7/8/2009


"Sauce" Masayasu Shimojima, 87 of Pacific, WA died on July 4, 2009 in Auburn. He was born on March 1, 1922 in Auburn. Survived by his wife Rosie; son, John (Janis); Daughters, Brenda Kikuchi (George); Donna Hutchens; Linda Lewis (Harry); Shelley Roberts (Steve); Grandchildren, Marc (Petra), Larry (Fawn), Grant, Jesse and McKenzie. Great-grandchildren, Grace, Sophia, Kari and Roy. Memorial Services Friday 1:00 PM July 10, 2009 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Auburn. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to the Sauce Shimojima Memorial C/0 St. Matthews Church, 123 L St, Auburn, WA 98002. Family and friends can sign the online guest book at .
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Barton Wallace “Wally” Roberts

2/6/28 - 7/3/09 Wally gave up the fight July 3, 2009 surrounded by his 3 sons. Born and raised in South Tacoma, he attended Arlington Elementary, as did his father and his sons. He graduated from Lincoln High School. Wally served in the US Army and retired from the University of Puget Sound. He is survived by his sons Bruce, Mark and Danny, sisters Florence (Gerald) Dorfner, Lynn (Danny) Thomas, grandchildren Lori, Carmen, Kevin, Allison, and Amanda, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Wally is preceded in death by his wife Dolores, father Alvin, mother Edith, and infant daughter Lori. At Wally's request no services will be held. Donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice, whom the family would like to thank for their care and assistance in Wally’s final days. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Julius J. Schatz “Schatzie”

Born April 1936 in Ballston, Oregon, left us on June 30, 2009. He was raised in So. Tacoma, went to Visitation School and graduated from Bellarmine; joined the Army serving in Germany and England. He went to work for the Fire Dept., Jake Keller Roofing, Mar-Jon Contractors, and retired from the Tacoma School District. He was a life member of the V.F.W. and member of Laborers' Local 252. He leaves behind his wife Arlene, and his closest family: sisters, Betty and Clara; step-daughter, Lorain; grandson Jarrit; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Ann Wayne; also extended family: 7 children, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Viewing will be Wed., 7/8, from 11am-9pm at Mountain View Funeral Home. Services Thurs., 2pm in the Garden Chapel at Mt. View. TILL WE MEET AGAIN ALOHA! Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Dave Kealoha Limpahan

Born Feb. 13, 1953 in Honolulu, HI; passed away June 15, 2009 at his home in Tacoma, WA. Dave will be greatly missed, and he was deeply loved by mother Martha Limpahan of Hawaii, partner Dale Brewer of Tacoma, son Dale (Tiffany) Brewer Jr., daughters Christina (Sammi) Satterla-Brewer and Christina (PJ) Hernandez, brothers Theodore Limpahan Jr., Ellery Limpahan and Jonathan Limpahan, sisters Donna Medeiros and Debbie Turner, 10 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, friends Julie Alexander, Tyson Mentzer, and Sharon Brewer. A memorial celebration will be held on Sat., July 11, 2009 at 3:00pm at the New Heart MCC/UCC, 759 S. 45th Street, Tacoma, WA 98418. Please sign the guest book at . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Ryan J. Enfield

Born on 5/23/79 in Tacoma, Wa. passed away 7/1/09. Ryan spent his life in Lakewood always near his loving parents Mark & Lila Enfield and his siblings Jessica & Randy and grandparents Gerry Dart and Roger & Rosemary Enfield and many more extended family and friends who will carry his memory on. Please join the family for a celebration of Ryan's life Saturday, July 11th at 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Lakewood, 5400 112th St. SW, Lakewood, Wa. 98499. In lieu of flowers please share a memory and see the full obituary at
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Charles E. Taylor III

Charles “Chuck” E. Taylor was born on June 30, 1940 in Tacoma, Washington. He passed away at home surrounded by his family on July 4, 2009. He grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School. Chuck was a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard after which he attended the University of Washington where he majored in economics and mathematics. He was a C.P.A. in Tacoma for over forty years. Chuck was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of South Tacoma and on the board of the Tacoma-Pierce County Boys and Girls Club. Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Lisa, sons Charlie (Tammy), Christopher, daughters Tracy (Gary) and Nancy (Leiv), grandchildren, Jennie, Charles, Amy, Olivia, Lauren, Finn, Evan and Beck. He will be greatly missed by his sisters, Joanne Robinson, Elizabeth Hausfeld (Gordon), Sandy Mueller-Adams (Darrell) and brother Chris Taylor (Joyce). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pierce County Boys and Girls Club or the American Cancer Society. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Tacoma on Thursday, July 9th at 11:00am.
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Donald Franklin Mildon

Donald Franklin Mildon born Tacoma, Washington 10/26/1925. Dad was 83 when he passed away 07/03/2009. He is with his wife Neva now, they were together 55 years 1948 to 2003. Dad was a WWII vet. He will be missed by his friends and family. Survived by Sons Lewis & Brad and grandchldren Will, Mariah, Amanda, and 4 greatgrand children. No services
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Henry (Hank) Eugene Burke, Jr.

Henry (Hank) Eugene Burke, Jr., born May 8, 1929, Tacoma, passed away on July 4, 2009. He is survived by his four children, Tim, of Point of Rocks, Maryland, Mike (Roderick) of Oxnard, California, Cathy of Amherst, NH, and Margaret of Tokyo, Japan, his six grandchildren and his brother Bill as well as many nieces and nephews. Hank was a career electrical engineer who worked on the electrical systems of the lunar excursion module used in the Apollo moon landing and the Grumman EA6B Radar Jamming aircraft. A native of Tacoma, Hank worked as a telegrapher for the Northern Pacific Railway as a means of putting himself through Bellarmine High School. In 1946 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps to save for college and saw extensive combat in the Korean War. Following his discharge from the Marine Corps he attended Notre Dame University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. After raising his family on Long Island, NY, he returned to Tacoma in retirement. The Burke family wishes to express its gratitude to Jim Fredrickson of Tacoma, boyhood friend and caring helper since Hank's return to Tacoma. The family also wishes to thank the devoted staff of Wynwood/Brookdale Assisted Living facility who took such excellent care of Hank following a major stroke in 2003 until his hospitalization three weeks ago and subsequent transfer to hospice care. Wake to be held on Wednesday evening July 8, 2009 at Gaffney Funeral Home on 1002 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Charles Borromeo on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM. Interment at Tahoma National Cemetery. Semper Fi! Please leave online condolences at . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 7/7/2009


Maury was born November 26, 1962 and passed away peacefully at his home on Fox Island July 5th, 2009 after an eight-week struggle with esophageal cancer. Maury graduated in 1981 from Wilson High School and from Washington State University in 1986 where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Maury was a fine craftsman and owner of Maenhout Construction. He enjoyed the challenge of building custom homes and conducting major renovations. Maury was a "people" person and enjoyed the connection with friends, family, and community. His interests included coaching PAA Girl's Soccer, golf, snow mobiling, skiing, motorcycling, boating and tailgating. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty years, Jodi (Boskovich), son Max, and daughter Mandy, parents Red and Florence Maenhout, sister Mary, and brothers Mark (Kim), Matt (Debbie), Mike, Marty (Sherry), Monte (Kari), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their thanks to all the friends, and neighbors for all their help, support, and generosity. A memorial service to celebrate Maury's life will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Haven of Rest. GO COUGS!!
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Charles R. Miller

May 23, 1947 - June 30, 2009 Memorial Service will be held Sat. July 11th, 2009 at 12PM at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 5314 E. Portland Ave. Tacoma, WA 98404. Online obituary at
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Ted B. Ellis

October 2, 1932 - June 30, 2009 “Going to see a Man about a Horse” Ted a retired Longshoreman and Dispatcher, passed away on June 30, 2009 as a result of a fall. He is survived by his wife, Joan and sons Robert, Kevin (Cristee) and John; daughters Joanne (Randy) Whitman and Dianne Ellis; brothers Charles (Myrna) and Richard (Phyllis) and sister Elaine Gardner; stepchildren Lisa Stewart, Alan Marcoe, Janet Baker, Laura Frelin, Bruce Marcoe, Judy Dubenic, Chris Marcoe, Paul Marcoe and thier respective spouses; grandchildren Ryan (Melisa) Whitman, Sean, Kelly, Courtney (Dave) Berg, Cody, Wyatt, Cassidy, Mitch, Zachary, Dylan, Rader Cockle, Brennan Cockle, Connor Cockle and Katie; great-grandchildren Sam Whitman, Grace Whitman, Sydney Whitman, Ava Berg and Olivia Berg; sixteen step-grandchildren and five step-great grandchildren. Ted dearly loved his grandchildren and gave them all special nicknames. He loved hunting, sports, his animals and gardening. Shortly before his death, he and John planted an unusual garden, of which he was especially proud. Donations may be made in Ted’s name to the Laura Baron Benefits Fund at any branch of the Timberland Bank. Viewing will be Thursday, 7/9/09 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am, also at Powers Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Phyllis E. Weaver

Phyllis E. Weaver passed away peacefully at home, June 30, 2009. Phyllis was born June 12, 1958 in Seattle, Washington. She is survived by daughters Casandra and Vanessa, her son Jason, five grandchildren Leila, Jada, Leimia, William, and Tavon, Phyllis's parents, Rudy and Thelma Jones, brothers Tony Jones and Richard Jones, sister Mary Alexander, and several nieces and nephews. Phyllis was full of life and had a laugh that was contagious. We loved her and we will miss her very much. Viewing will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, Friday, June 10, 2009, 1pm-9pm. Services will be held at Mountain View Celebration of Life Building, Aspen Chapel, Saturday, June 11, 2009, 11 a.m. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Carl Phillips

7/7/58 - 1/10/02 Happy Birthday to our beloved son. You are always in our heart and thoughts. Love Mom & Dad In Memoriam
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Kenneth Wayne Kugler

Forty-five years after your birth we continue to love you. Thirty years after your death we still have a heavy heart. Today we celebrate your life. Love, Mom, Tami, Jon
Pub Date: 7/7/2009

Lisa Marie Raymond

April 18, 1966 to June 30, 2009 Lisa left us for a better place and will be greatly missed. She spent most of her life in the Gig Harbor area. She is survived by parents Richard and Tiiu Raymond, four sisters, one brother, and several nieces and nephews. We wish to thank Franciscan Hospice for all their love and assistance. There will be no service.
Pub Date: 7/6/2009

Audrey G. Humes Conner

Audrey G. Humes Conner 102 Years Young June 10, 1907 - June 30, 2009 With her daughters by her side she began her next journey to Heaven. Audrey was born to Harry A. and Anna Reitan Humes in Staples, MN. Graduated from Lincoln H.S. in Tacoma, Class of 1926. She worked as a phone operator until her marriage to Paul W. in 1941; Paul passed away in September 2005. Their two daughters, Suzanne Clemens and Paulette DeLoma (John M). Her travels took her to the South Pacific and Europe. She was a member of Westminster Church for 40 years. Audrey is the last of six siblings, besides her two daughters, her grandchildren; Craig Clemens (Beth), Andria Boyle (Gerrit), John P. DeLoma (Karla) and Kari DeLoma, her great grandchildren; Jaymez , Hayleigh, Kreig Jr., and Jack Clemens, Derek and Kayla Boyle, Maddi Larson; numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved, each and every one, because family was important to her. And special thanks to her "adopted" daughter and granddaughter. Donations to the Westminster Memorial Fund would be appreciated. The last 2 years was enhanced by the wonderful staff at The Village and the Group Health Hospice Team. A memorial celebration will be Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 12:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5236 East B Street, Tacoma. (253) 472-4795
Pub Date: 7/6/2009

Russell Dean Wells "Papa"

February 4, 1937 - June 23, 2009 Russ passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 23, 2009. Born in Corvallis Oregon to Jack & Katherine Wells (both deceased) He served in the Army from 1959-1961. Russ spent his professional career in the Marine Industry. He retired in 1998. Survivors include his wife Alicia; children Jason Wells (Crystal), Amy Chambers, Chris Linden (Melissa), Rachael Epling (Darrell); grandchildren, Aiden, Skylar, Makenzie, Lucian. He also leaves behind his sister Kay Frances Anicker (Edward) and family. His spirit lives within all those who knew and loved him. The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff at Hospice during his final days. Service to be held July 9, 2009 2:00PM at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent. WA. Reception to follow at Edline-Yahn Covington Funeral Chapel, Kent, WA.
Pub Date: 7/6/2009

Geraldine J. (Smith) Hickey

February 9, 1926 - July 3, 2009 Was a proud and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Friends and family alike appreciated her spirit of joy and kindness. She was born in Tacoma, the oldest of four daughters of Bill and Vitalia Pessemier Smith, and was married for 58 years to Maurice Hickey, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Aquinas Academy. Gerry was a resident of Spokane, Wa. since 1963. She was strong in her Catholic faith and was a long-time volunteer at Holy Family Hospital. She enjoyed gardening and knitting (having knitted over 5,000 caps for newborns at the hospital through the years). She had five children: Kathy (Mitch) Finley, Tim Hickey (who preceded her in death), Dan (Vera) Hickey, and Trish (Dave) Christenson, all of Spokane, and Terry Harvey, of Seattle, plus eight grandchildren. Her sisters were Nadine Shea (who preceded her in death), Patricia Edman and Jackie (Dave) Peterson, of Tacoma. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 am on Thursday, July 9, at Assumption Catholic Church with private inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery, both in Spokane.
Pub Date: 7/6/2009

John S. Jochim

Funeral service: Wed., July 8th, 2:00pm for John S. Jochim, New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chamber Creek Rd. W. University Place, Wa.
Pub Date: 7/6/2009

Gary Lee Daschofsky

Gary was born November 27, 1944 and passed away on July 3, 2009. He will be missed greatly by his wife, Dalene, children, Scott Daschofsky, Jerry Daschofsky (Tiffany), Tony Matukonis (Amber), Sheri Matukonis, Diana Vreeman (Kyle) and 6 grandchildren: Chaz, Malia, Mackenzie, James, Bradley, and Caiden. The joys of his life were his family and friends, vacations, fishing, bowling, and his dog, Millie. He retired from Commencement Bay Corrugated. A memorial celebration of his life will be at the Puyallup Eagles, Thursday, July 9, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 7/6/2009

Gladys Mae (Winch) Scheiderer

Left this earth on Thursday, July 2, 2009 to be with her LORD and Savior at the age of 73. She was preceded into death by her husband Fredric E. Scheiderer, and parents Wilbur and Viola (Bean) Winch. She leaves behind her siblings: Charlotte (Winch) Swetz, Delores (Winch) Knutson, Maurice and William Winch, Margaret (Winch) Dix, and Judy (Winch) Palmateer. She was the beloved mother of: Renee (Scheiderer) Swetz, Becky (Scheiderer) Love, Randy, Steve, and John Scheiderer. Her adored grandchildren include: Crystal, Sarah and Austin Swetz; Melissa, Virginia, Adam, Tim, Terri, Fredric, Robert and Joshua Scheiderer; Christina and Matthew Love.
Pub Date: 7/6/2009

Loren Hancock

"Sharing Jokes with Jesus" Loren Hancock was born December 13, 1937 in Chehalis, WA to Sterling and Thelma Hancock, and passed away peacefully June 29, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. He grew up in Riffe, WA, attended Mossyrock schools for 11 years, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1956 after moving to Tacoma his senior year. He married Elaine on August 17, 1957, and would have celebrated 52 years of marriage this year. Loren was a professional truck driver and owner of Western Building Materials in his early career. He later followed a calling by God and became an ordained minister to preach the gospel. He was a longtime member of the Full Gospel Fellowship International. During the later years of his life he was proud to be the pastor of Larchmont Community Church of the Brethren in Tacoma. Loren enjoyed dining with family and friends, listening to Country Gospel music, texting and reading the Word of God. He also loved to travel, attend a good potluck, and fellowship with friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine, his four children, Steve (Tracy), Lori (Tony), Tim, Shari (George), five grandchildren, Brian, Julie, Steven, Ryan and Matthew, niece Beverly and family, and Yvonne Koecke and family. Loren was the perfect example of a Christian. He allowed God to use him, and in return, many lives have been touched. Everyone who met Loren loved him and has a funny story to tell, as humor was one of Loren's strong points. Loren would not want any sadness; he would only want us to have joyful hearts and to always be right with God. Donations may be made to Larchmont Community Church of the Brethren's new parking lot fund. Services are scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Larchmont Community Church of the Brethren, 324 E 84th St, Tacoma WA 98445, with viewing to be held at 9:30 a.m.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Ronald Lee Wood

"The happiest man on earth left us too soon". Ronnie was born July 12, 1951 and died July 1, 2009. Ronnie's humor and laughter was like a magnet, he was so full of life. I don't think the word 'stress' ever dropped by to visit him. His passing has broken many hearts. When I see you in Heaven Ronnie, I'm going to kick your butt for this. Ronnie - say hello to God for us and let him know the lotto numbers he sent us were wrong. We all miss and love you so much, Ronnie. Ronnie enlisted in the US army in September 1971, and was honorably discharged September 1974. Ronnie is survived by his step father, Alex LaFountaine, his brothers, Gregg, Dell, Jeffery, Mark, Jim and Alex, and sisters, Linda and Anna.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Penny K. Van Dyke

“Grandma” Dec. 14, 1944 - July 1, 2009 On Wednesday, July 1, 2009, Grandma was released from all her pain and peacefully followed the Lord to be her family’s guardian angel. Grandma will be remembered for her kind heart and joyful spirit. She truly was an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend and she will forever live in our hearts. Penny is survived by her husband and best friend Paul, her two children Phil and Pam, son-in-law Jay, her four grandchildren, Jon, Jessie, Josh and Jaime and her siblings Jerry (Sue), Sharon (Tony), Doug (Karen) and Debi (John). She was preceded in death by her parents Lorin and Florence Emery. Penny was a blessing to all and will be truly missed. Viewing will be held 1-9 pm Monday, July 6th and Tuesday, July 7th from 11-9 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 o’clock pm Wednesday, July 8th 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Donations can be made to http://www.first
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Margareta Gransow

1-21-1921 ~ 6-24-2009 Margareta, a beloved resident of Stratford Heights Apts (University Place), passed peacefully into the Lord’s loving arms. A proud American citizen, she received an award from Pierce County on July 3, 2003 for 50+ years of faithful voting. She was an excellent cook, and worked at Sherwood Inn for 20+ years. Preceded in death by husband George (SFC Army Ret.), 2 brothers and parents. Survived by brother, Herbert (Lore) Loffelmann, niece Alexandra (Hans) Rachner of Ingolstadt, Germany, and many friends. Graveside services on July 10, 2009 at 11:00 at Mt. View Memorial Park. A potluck Celebration of Life at Stratford Heights will follow. We will miss Margareta’s laugh and her love of life.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Lawrence L. Fontana Sr.

Age 84, passed away in Federal Way on June 28th, 2009. Born in Seattle, WA, March 29, 1925, Lawrence spent 20+ years in the Auburn area, as well as Ballard in Seattle from 1952 to 1979. He coached little league in Ballard and was exalted ruler of the Ballard Elks in 1964. Lawrence was also very active in the Sons of Italy in Auburn. He started working as a supply man for what began as Pacific NW Bell in the 1950's, which eventually became Qwest, where he retired in the early 90s. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Armido and Victoria (Remolif), and his wife Lorraine. He is survived by his sons, Scott Fontana Sr., Larry Fontana Jr. and Randy Fontana, a brother, Louis Fontana, grandchildren Scott and Christopher Fontana, Xavier, Whitney, and Jacob Rodrigues, and Sergio Moses, as well as numerous nieces, a nephew, and cousins. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Price-Helton Funeral Home, 702 Auburn Way N., Auburn, WA 98002. Funeral Mass will be said Friday July 10, 2009 at Noon at Holy Family Catholic Church in Auburn, with burial following at Greenwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park in Renton, WA. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff of Garden Terrace, of Federal Way, for their loving support and care of Lawrence over the last 3 years. Your kindness will not be forgotten. Online sentiments can be journaled at . Price-Helton Funeral Home of Auburn has been entrusted with arrangements. 253.833.1165
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Michael Robert Thompson

April 25, 1955 - June 27, 2009 Mike Thompson was born in Rochester, New York to Harold and Margaret Thompson. His family moved to Tacoma, where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973. Mike is survived by his best friend and loving wife Connie of 33 years, mother Margaret, brother David, and other family members. His father and his youngest brother Eric preceded him in death. Mike's passion to enjoy life encompassed his love of being on the water as captain of his boat. He was an active member of the Tacoma Power Squadron and the Tacoma Yacht Club, where he gained many lasting and meaningful friendships. Mike was an employee of the US Postal Service for over 21 years. Mike was a special person who usually had a big smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. Please join us to celebrate Mike's life and share stories of how he touched your life. His celebration of life will be held at Tacoma Yacht Club, August 9th, 2009, 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Tacoma General Hospital Oncology Unit, 6J. This can be done by contacting the Office of Philanthropy at 253-403-1264 or by mail to: MultiCare Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 5296, MS: 40 9-1-PHIL, Tacoma, WA 98415.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Frances Elizabeth Fuller

Fran passed away on June 17, 2009 at Newport House, Bellevue, WA . Our thanks to the staff and Evergreen Hospice. Fran was born Oct. 13, 1916 in Plevna, MT to Nick and Elizabeth Weinschrott. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold, and sisters Catherine Barry and Marie Rosacker. Fran enjoyed her careers and many friends at Milwaukee Railroad, Olympic Savings Bank and Lilyblad Petroleum in Tacoma. Fran is survived by her brother Karl Weinschrott; children, John Fuller (Jean) and Virginia Robinson; three granddaughters, Laurie Alexander, Lynn Bailie and Karen Fuller: and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. John of the Woods, 9903 - 24th Ave. E., Tacoma, on July 8, 2009 at 11:00am. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s guest book,
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Grace Harriett Brown

Grace H. Brown, 95, of Tacoma, WA died peacefully Friday June 5th at St. Francis hospital in Federal Way. Grace was born on April 14, 1914 and enjoyed a long wonderful life. She is survived by her daughter Yvonne Brown; grandchildren Tammy Reuter, Johnny Beale, Mike Luchino, Paul Luchino & Sid Stafford and 7 great grandchildren. Grace was preceded in death by her husband Frank Brown and her daughter Elaine Brown Leech. She always had a warm smile and was a caring mother and grandmother.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

John R. Vargo

January 15, 1940 - June 21, 2009 John was born at the old St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington to Beatrice and John P. Vargo. John wanted all to know he had a great life filled with love and laughter, thanks to his wonderful family and friends. Having tasted and rejected the bitter in life, John enjoyed the sweet surrounded by those who survive him: Cheryl, his incomparable wife of 35 years, and four strong, self sufficient children, Tracie Manolides, Suzanne Tone (Cary), Jeff Durham (Jennifer), and Michele Magruder (Tom). Five grandchildren, Michael Manolides, Hunter Durham, Madison Magruder, Jonathan (JV) Magruder, and Maclairen Magruder. John’s close family and friends sustained the sweet life for John. He returned the favor until his last days, by offering up his humor and guile despite a deteriorating condition. John thanks everyone who visited, sent encouraging messages and good wishes while he fought lung cancer. He believed these caring friendships helped his fight. John wants us all to be aware of early symptoms, and not to ignore or delay investigation of respiratory problems. John had stopped smoking 30 years before, yet the “insidious, damnable cancer” found a way into his body. An open house celebrating John’s life will take place on July 12th from 2-5 at the Tacoma Yacht Club, 5401 No. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma 98407. Memorials can be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Lloyd Grant Milam

Lloyd Grant Milam (”Grant”) died unexpectedly of natural causes on June 9, 2009 at his home in Marina, California. Grant was born on January 30, 1957 in Puyallup, Washington, the son of Harold Milam and Jo Copple Grant Milam. He attended school at Maplewood, Woodland, and Fruitland Elementary Schools in Puyallup, before moving on to Kalles Junior High and Rogers High School, from which he graduated in 1975. During his school years, Grant enjoyed running cross country for Rogers and playing the trumpet. As a child he enjoyed trips to Westport with his family and visiting his father’s family near Boone, North Carolina. Grant attended Washington State University before moving to Seattle and later earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington. He married Robin Baird in 1982, and was the proud father of two sons, Baird and Benton Milam. Grant devoted much of his life to raising his sons, Baird and Benton, and was active as a boy scout leader. He was extremely gifted in math and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking. Grant moved with his family to the Salinas/Monterey Bay area of California in 1992, and he resided in that area until his death. He has now rejoined his mother Jo, who preceded him in death. Grant leaves behind his father and step-mother, Harold and Ann Milam of Tacoma; sons, Baird and Benton Milam, and sister Janet Milam (Howe), nephews, Kevin and Tom Howe, and niece JulieAnne Howe. Other surviving Pierce County relatives include Bob and Alice Milam (uncle and aunt) and cousin, Patty Harper. A private family memorial service will be held at Sumner Cemetery. Grant’s beautiful mind and gentle soul will be missed.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Marvin Allen Peterson

Marvin Allen Peterson was born February 6, 1926 on Peterson Road in Puyallup, and passed away June 27, 2009 in University Place. He grew up in Tacoma, where he attended Stadium High School. He later married Lois Otto on July 1, 1950. Marvin was a Navy veteran on USS Lunga Point in World War II. Later he served as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years, and worked at The Puyallup Fair's "Red Gate" and Staff Pro at the Tacoma Dome. Marvin enjoyed playing slow pitch, bowling, tending to his garden in the Proctor Community Garden, spending time at Debbie and Don's cabin, sailing on Connie's boat, and watching his grandsons' sporting events. He was a member of Mason United Methodist Church and the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 130. Marvin is survived by his loving wife, Lois, his daughters, Debbie Koprek (Don) and Connie, son Mark (Teresa), grandchildren Jodie (Gary), Julie (Ron), Kim, Nathan, Justin, Christopher and Daniel, 10 great-grandchildren, his sisters Betty Linzy and Darlene Alongi, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Amy Peterson, and his sister Linda Kreide. A memorial will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 1 pm at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison, Tacoma, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mason United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Merye L Dague

Merye was born June 28, 1921 in Wagoner, OK and died peacefully at Franciscan Hospice on June 28, 2009. After graduating from Oklahoma College for Women she pursued many interests and careers: lab technician, a stint of modeling in New York, physical education teacher, office manager and YWCA recreational director. For the past forty-five years she has lived in Lakewood, WA where her love of animals manifested itself in docent work at the Point Defiance zoo, involvement with animal rescue and many animal and nature oriented trips ranging from the Amazon to Africa. Predeceased by her husband, Dr. Alvie Dague, she will be sorely missed by her family: daughter Kristy and grandsons Eli and Diego Maez , son Bruce Dague, sister Catharine Barry, nephew Michael Barry, and niece Robin Kuchenbacker. A date for a celebration of her life will be announced later.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Michael James Laughlin

Michael J. Laughlin, 74, of Missoula, MT, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2009 at St. Patrick Hospital. He was born November 14, 1934 in Hurdsfield, ND, the son of Carlton S. and Helen M. Laughlin. He attended Hurdsfield Public Schools, Holy Rosary Grade School, and graduated in 1953 from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, WA. He graduated in Commercial Science from Seattle University. Michael worked at Western Weighing and Inspection Bureau for Railroads throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. He was all things Montana, with an amazing gift for storytelling and laughter. He loved fishing, hunting, and Grizzly sports! He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert E. Laughlin, of Tacoma. His family includes his sister, Joyce Harrington, and her husband Jack; nieces and nephews Chuck Harrington, Anne Marie Harrington, Joan Harrington, Colleen (Laughlin) Pardo and her children, and Kevin Laughlin. Rosary and Funeral Mass were conducted at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on June 29th. Final services and burial took place in Hurdsfield, North Dakota. The family suggests that memorials be made to Bellarmine Prep or a charity of the donor's choice.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Laura M. Treadwell

Passed away peacefully June 26; survived by sisters Jo and Brenda, children Robert, Mikeal, Kathy and Shana, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Mountain View 584-0252.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Ronald W. Schiesz

Passed on June 29, 2009 at the age of 74 in Tacoma, Wa. Ron was a lifelong resident of Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School, Class of 1953. He had retired from the City of Tacoma as a supervisor. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Tacoma Elks Club #174. Ron had a zeal for poker, was a sports enthusiast and a connoisseur of wine. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Marlene, Fircrest; daughters, Kimberly Hoffman (Gregg), Browns Point; Shawn Boen, Tacoma, and the apple of his eye, granddaughter, Ashley Wright, Browns Point. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Ron’s name to the American Cancer Society. He will be forever loved and missed by his friends and family. Arrangements provided by New Tacoma Cemetery. “FOREVER ON THE GREEN”
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Sherilyn Roberton Stroud

Sheri Stroud, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2009, surrounded by family and friends. Sheri was born to James and Wanda Roberton on June 10, 1953 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She experienced a wonderful childhood, enjoying music, travel, and other interests with her family. Sheri attended Auburn Adventist Academy and Sehome High School in Bellingham, where she graduated in 1971. It was there that Sheri met her future husband, Malcolm Stroud. After working as a dental assistant in Bellingham, Sheri completed nursing training and worked for years as a family practice LPN in Federal Way, loved by the many patients who received her compassionate care. Sheri married Malcolm Stroud on December 30, 1973 in Bellingham, and together they raised two beautiful daughters, Shannon (31) and Kelsey (22). They welcomed son-in-law Adam Anderson into their family in 2005. Their grandson Gavin, born to Shannon and Adam in 2007, added a whole new dimension of love and joy to Sheri's life. Every moment they spent together was precious and brought sunshine to Sheri's days. Sheri shared her passion for life, music, and books with her mother and closest friend, Wanda. Sheri loved flowers, gardening, visiting with her best friend Lyn, and spring retreats with A Circle of Friends. Sheri enjoyed a special relationship with her father-in-law, Mel Stroud, watching the Mariners and appreciating his wonderful home-made cookies. Sheri will be greatly missed by her husband Malcolm Stroud, daughter Shannon (Adam) Anderson and grandson Gavin Anderson, daughter Kelsey (Adrian Ackers) Stroud, mother Dr. Wanda Roberton, father Dr. James Roberton, brother Jon (Carol) Roberton, niece Lyndsay Roberton, mother-in-law Frankie Stroud, Carone family (Chuck, Lyn, Chelsea and Amanda), longtime friend Marlene Edling, and many other wonderful friends. "Sheri, may you fly over us with wings growing stronger every day, knowing you will be forever loved and in our hearts." Sheri's life will be celebrated at 6 pm on July 10, 2009 at Browns Point Improvement Club in Lighthouse Park. In lieu of flowers, please spend extra loving time with your family and friends.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Vicki Rose Gordon

Vicki was born in Spokane, WA on September 9, 1956; she passed fearlessly onto eternal healing on June 28, 2009. Vicki completed her courageous journey of life at home surrounded by loved ones. We have lost a wonderful woman who gave everything and asked for nothing in return. She is survived by son David (Danin), grandchildren Nathaniel, Isaac, and Kenadi, and siblings Rikki (Jay) and Gary (Linda). Also countless amounts of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. She was not only loved by many but her compassion for others was tremendous. Please join us for a celebration of her life at S. Tacoma Eagles, 7037 S. Pine St., on July 18, 2009 from 3-9pm. Feel free to bring a favorite dish and story to share.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Wanda Jo Franklin

Wanda Jo Franklin was born December 28, 1925 in Oklahoma City, OK to parents Denton D. and Beulah Belle James, and passed away in University Place, WA on June 24, 2009. She moved to Dallas, TX at the age of 5 and lived there until her move to Seattle in 1951 and then Tacoma in 1952. Wanda is survived by two daughters Rose Marie Kelly and Suzanne Thurman, a grandson Cain M. Thurman, and a brother Charles E. Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, John Sorenson Franklin. She had a gentle and loving spirit. At her request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the American Heart Association. Special thanks to the caring staff at the Franciscan Hospice House, and at the Bernadette Jones Adult Family Home for their care of Wanda over the last year. Sign online guest book at Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA. 253.272.1414.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Charles E. Miller

Was born in Winnemucca, Nevada on October 5, 1921, and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 2, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Stella, two daughters, Gloria Lindstrom (John) and Karen Bernoux (Denis), two grandchildren, Charlie Pinchak (Kelli) and Jenni Pinchak, and two great-grandchildren, Abbey and Blaine Pinchak. Chuck proudly served his country in World War II. Following the war he married Stella, and brought her from Pennsylvania to live in Washington State. He was extraordinarily gifted with anything mechanical, and retired in 1983 after working for over 50 years repairing Studebakers, Fords and Mercuries. He had a wonderful sense of humor and approached life with a smile. Each life he touched was better for having known this gentle, caring man. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the care and compassion of the Mulitcare Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice team who cared for Chuck during his final days. A memorial service to celebrate Chuck's life will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 1:00 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located at 1315 N. Stevens, Tacoma, Washington. Inurnment with full military honors will be held at the Tahoma National Cemetery promptly at 2:30 on Thursday July 9th, located at 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, Washington.
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Marjorie Helen Salzman

Was born July 6, 1926 in Bay City, MI to Edward and Lillian Ruehrwein. She died July 3, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. She grew up in Oak Park, IL, and graduated from North Park College Academy, Class of 1944. She attended Brenau College, Gainesville, GA 1944-45, and attended Carthage College, Carthage, IL 1946-47, majoring in Home Economics. Marjorie graduated from Pacific Lutheran College 1956 B.A., majoring in Psychology and Elementary Education. She taught kindergarten and grade school in Franklin Pierce School District. She was a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed reading, ballroom dancing, piano playing, and sewing. Marjorie was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, WA. She was married for 25 years to H. Mark Salzman, August 16, 1947 until his death November 30, 1972 (Athletic Director & Coach at PLC/PLU, Tacoma, WA) later marrying Edward Leroy Brown, July 13, 1978 until his death September 30, 1983 (Principal, Franklin Pierce High School). Marjorie is survived by her children Cheryl Ann Weise and husband Volker of Germany, and Mark Edward Salzman and wife Martha of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Jennifer, Jeffrey and Hans Hendrik Falk, Matthew Salzman and Mandi McDonald; great-grandchildren Wil Salzman and Luci McDonald; brother Edward William Ruehrwein of Batavia, IL. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert George Ruehrwein. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Avenue S., Tacoma, WA 98444. Please sign the online guestbook at .
Pub Date: 7/5/2009

Ron R. Berard

8/9/50 ~ 6/14/09 Ron, a longtime Lakewood resident, passed away peacefully in his sleep. A 1968 graduate of C.P.H.S. Ron went on to enlist in the U.S.A.F., and spent a tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon returning he worked at Western State Hospital. Ron is survived by sisters, Denise & Kristine & brother Jack. Ron has been laid to rest with his parents Ed & Ursula at Mt. View in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 7/4/2009

Brian Bradshaw

On 25 June 2009 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw was killed in action in Afghanistan. Brian was born at Madigan Army Medical Center on 8 October 1984 to Paul and Mary Bradshaw. From Steilacoom and Visitation schools, Brian went on to Bellarmine High School and then graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2007. His community service started with participation in the March of Dimes and continued with Pierce County Search and Rescue, as leader and counselor at CYO Camps, as well as many other community projects. Love of backcountry sports and activities led him through the ROTC program and into the US Army. Having completed Airborne training, Brian received Infantry Officer training and earned his Ranger qualification at Ft. Benning, GA. His service to his country continued at Fort Richardson, AK and in Afghanistan. His many friends, his love of others, and his sense of humor lead us to a celebration of Brian's life on Sunday afternoon. A Mass of Christian Burial and reception will be held on July 6th at 11 A.M. at Saint John Bosco Church in Lakewood. Brian will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery. Brian is survived by his parents, Paul and Mary (Gillis) Bradshaw; his brother, Robert Bradshaw; his grandmothers, Nancy Gillis of Hudson, Massachusetts, and Virginia Bradshaw of Parsons, Kansas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles Bradshaw and John Gillis, and his aunt, Cathy Gillis and uncle, John Bradshaw. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Brian's name to either Pacific Lutheran University or to CYO Camps through Saint John Bosco Church. Contact: Paul or Mary Bradshaw, 501 3rd St., Steilacoom, WA 9838 (253) 226-3777
Pub Date: 7/4/2009

Brian John Lupfer

4/30/1960 to 7/4/2008 You are loved and missed inside and outside the walls.
Pub Date: 7/4/2009

Bob McCarthy

June 8, 1937 ~ July 4, 2004 Five years have passed and you are still so alive in our hearts but it will take the rest of our lives to forget how quickly we lost you. Our wonderful memories of you, your love for your family and grandchildren, your contagious smile and laugh, your teasing and jokes are our comfort and will stay with us forever. Your loving wife & children.
Pub Date: 7/4/2009

Harry A. Soloos

Formerly of Tacoma, WA, was born December 24, 1921 in Tacoma. He moved to Salem, Oregon ten years ago, where he passed away on June 30, 2009. Private arrangements will take place. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem.
Pub Date: 7/3/2009

Lillian Elnora Rice

Lillian “Tyke” Jespersen was born in Lakeview January 28, 1932. She married Aulden “Lud” Rice in 1947, and the couple raised their family in Spanaway. They were active members of Lakeview Congregational Church. Tyke was well-known for her loving, gentle, generous, and caring spirit. Memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Lakeview Congregational Church on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. A potluck lunch will follow.
Pub Date: 7/3/2009

Marilyn J. Shaffer

Marilyn J. Shaffer, age 76, passed on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, John T. Shaffer, three children, Jane, John, and Bob (Carla), seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A faithful Christian, she devoted her entire life to family, home, and the happiness of others. The family wishes to express special thanks to the caring staff of Franciscan Hospice House. A memorial service will take place at New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home TODAY, Friday, July 3, 2009 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Franciscan Hospice House or St. Joseph Medical Center. We love you, "Missy."
Pub Date: 7/3/2009

Ret. Doc. Roger C. Jones

Of the Gentle Doctor Pet Clinic, went to be with Jesus on Monday, 6/15/2009. He is now whole and pain-free. He was 74 on 3/13/1935 and leaves his wife Carmen, daughters Julie Jones and Liza (Brian) Murphy, grandsons Taylor, Scott and Jay, stepsons Casey (Wendy) Treat, Dale (Jeri) Treat, and 6 step-grandchildren. Memorial service will be Monday, 7/6/2009 at 2 p.m. at Christian Faith Center, Federal Way.
Pub Date: 7/3/2009

Lydia Lacock

On July 1, 2009 a longtime resident of Puyallup and permanent fixture as a waitress at Cattin’s Restaurant in Puyallup, Lydia Lacock, passed away. She had worked at this establishment through many name changes; she started when it was known as "Little Black Sambo's" some 35 years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband John of 56 years. She leaves behind four daughters, Barbara, Shirley, Terry, and Laura, and one son, John. Services will be held on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at Valley Christian Center, 732 Ryan, Sumner, WA. Services will start at 11:00 AM.
Pub Date: 7/3/2009

Ronda Marie Burl

Ronda Marie Burl, Born July 23, 1971, passed away suddenly June 22, 2009 in Yelm, WA. She is survived by her husband; Michael; daughter, Christina; Mother, Loreena Simpson (Charles); father, Arturo Hernandez (Cathy); brothers, Bruce Hernandez (Holly), Arturo Hernandez, Jr. “JR”; Juan Hernandez (Jessica), Antonio Hernandez (Angela); sister; Terry Carter (William) and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 10:00 am at the New Life Christian Church, 13036 Morris Rd. SE, Yelm, WA 98597 with a reception at the church to follow. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 pm at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood, WA 98499. Viewing will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Monday July 6, 2009 from 10:00am-9:00 pm.
Pub Date: 7/3/2009

Jeanette “Squeak” Frick

July 3, 1929 to March 10, 2004 Happy Birthday, Mom - Gramma Squeak! We love and miss you tons! Char, Trish, Jen and Andrew.
Pub Date: 7/3/2009

Elsie Jean Dorsey

9/29/1928 to 6/29/2009 Preceded in death by her husband Richard, survived by her 2 children, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Graveside services 10:00 Monday, July 6, 2009, Mountain View, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood WA 98499, 253-584-0252. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 E. Portland, Ave, Tacoma WA 98404.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Helen M. Dail

Age 86, passed away Sunday, June 28th, 2009. Her memorial is scheduled for Friday, July 3rd at Mountain View Cemetery in the Garden Chapel. The service begins at 1:00 p.m. Pre-ceremony viewing is arranged for Thursday, July 2nd at Mountain View Cemetery. Helen was born in Drumheller, Alberta in 1922 to Joseph and Pauline Burzynski. Helen was preceded in death by her sisters Ann Burzynski and Carol Zarski. She is survived by her children Alex Dail and June Lowe, as well as her sisters Josie Rutar, Loretta Sauers, Louise Gilley, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Canada. She was loved and respected by her family and friends.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Bonita June Kilian

Bonita June Kilian, 83, of Arlington, Washington died Tuesday, June 28, 2009 at her home in Arlington. She was born on June 28, 1926 in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of Syver and Anna (Rud) Olson. Bonita was raised in Tacoma and married John Kilian right after World War II ended. She was a homemaker and also worked as a secretary for the University of Oregon and The Torrington Bearing Company. The couple moved to Alaska where their first four children were born. From Alaska, the family moved to Federal Way, WA, The Dalles, OR, Tucson, AZ, Eugene, OR, and Seattle, WA. Following their retirement, John and Bonita moved to Cortes Island, B.C., living there for thirteen years before returning to Washington and settling in Arlington. While living on Cortes Island, Bonita sang with the Cortes Singers. Bonita loved cooking, sewing, gardening, and traveling. Her latest project was making quilts for all of her great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary Parish in Anacortes, WA. Bonita is survived by her husband, John C. Kilian of Arlington; son, James T. Kilian of Mountlake Terrace, WA; daughters, Theresa L. Benshoof of Seattle, Judith A. Benshoof of Fairbanks, AK, Mary E. Sheetz of Seattle, Ella M. Gray of Seattle, and Barbara D. Pearce of Seattle; grandchildren, Seth, Amy, Andrew, Tina, Christopher, Kala, Steven, Aaron, John, Molly, Evan, Leah, Sarah, Anthony, and Hannah; and five great-grandchildren, Manny, Katrina, Bess, Jayden, and Lily. Rosary will be held at 10:15 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2009 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Vu Tran officiating. Interment will be at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Bonita, please sign the online guest register at .
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Diane M. (Kennedy) Kiske

Diane Marie (Kennedy) Kiske born March 27, 1949 and died peacefully on June 28, 2009 after a 3-1/2 year battle with cancer. Diane grew up in Tacoma, graduated from Curtis High School in 1967, and eventually made her home in North Bend, WA. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, John; three loving sons- Shawn, Justin (Gina), and Jack; her father Jack Kennedy; sister Judi (Charlie) Leavins; and brother Archie Kennedy. She was preceded in death by her mother Mildred Kennedy and sister Sherry Kennedy Steinlight. Please share memories and sign the guest book at
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Doris D. Johnston

Doris D. Johnston – Age 75, passed away at home on June 26 2009. She is survived by her sister, her 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, as well as many other loving friends and relatives. A service will be held at Puyallup Evangelical Church in the Best Western Park Plaza, 620 South Hill Park Drive, on July 12th at 1:00. Reception following.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Frederick James Felch

Frederick James (Jim) Felch passed away quietly on June 28th at the age of 53, surrounded by friends and family. He will be remembered for his quick wit and his life-long goal of helping others. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Andrea. He will be remembered by his wife Linda, son Christopher, daughter Brandy (Brittany), grandchildren Taylor, Savannah, and Caleb Kamke, his mother Laura, and sisters Nancy Wagner and Carla Gould. No funeral will be held; a private remembrance will be held at a later date. Jim will be interred at Haven of Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Kamke Kids College Fund at the Pt. Fosdick Branch of Bank of America.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Richard L. Roberts,

June 28, 2009 Age 82 is survived by many family members & friends. A memorial service will be held later at Tahoma National Cemetery. Remembrances suggested to charity of you choice. Arrangements: COLUMBIA FUNERAL HOME.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Lenette Pollard

Lenette was born February 8, 1938 in Oakland, California to Ethel Cecilia Pease and Leonard Huber. She passed away June 25, 2009. Lenette lived in Portland, Oregon during her early childhood years, then with her aunt Mary Fitzgerald in Marysville, Washington until age seven. Her mother Ethel was remarried to Eric Johanson in 1947 and moved to Ballard, Washington at age nine. She had a step-brother, Eric, and step-sister, Rosanne, from Eric’s earlier marriage. Lenette graduated from Ballard High School in 1956, and attended the University of Washington for two years. Lenette followed a study program in medical technology. She withdrew from college shortly after marriage, but continued her education with some extension classes. Lenette and Robert married on February 28, 1958 at Crown Lutheran Church in Ballard by Pastor G.B. Rundstrom. She met her love Robert at James Monroe Junior High School in Ballard. Lenette worked as secretary to the Dean of the University of Washington Medical School from 1960 to 1964. During this time Lenette and family moved to Edgewood in July of 1964. Lenette worked in the dental practice for the next 43 years as office manager, dental assistant, and receptionist. During this 43-year period Lenette raised two sons, taught Sunday school, vacation bible school, and was an active member of many local women’s clubs. Lenette was an active part of the dental practice as it expanded to a satellite practice in the San Juan Islands. The home port was Fisherman’s Bay on Lopez Island. This two-day-a-week practice was to last 23 years. Lenette’s hobbies included skiing, spinning, knitting, sewing, gardening, calligraphy, painting, and swimming. Lenette’s early athletic interest in skiing led to participation in ski patrol and some competitive giant slalom events. Her enthusiasm for skiing was passed on to her husband and sons Rob and Chris. Lenette took great pride in the accomplishments of her sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. Any mention of achievement by her grandchildren was sure to bring a smile to her. Lenette retired in 2007 due to failing health. Her long six-year battle with cancer was more than she could conquer. She left this life at 2:30 p.m. June 25, 2009. This world lost a wonderful soul, wife, mother, and grandmother. Robert lost his best friend and the treasure of his life. Survivors include her children, Robert Pollard Jr. (Belinda) and Chris Pollard (Bonnie), and grandchildren Robert Pollard III, Trevor Pollard, Erica Pollard and Andrew Pollard. Memorial service 2 p.m. July 5, 2009 at Mt. View Lutheran Church, Edgewood, WA.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009


Mitzi Turner died peacefully with her family around her on June 30, 2009 following complications from a heart attack. Mitzi was 93 years old. She was born in Enumclaw, Washington on February 27, 1916. She was the second eldest of 6 sisters and 1 brother. Mitzi married William “Bill” Turner in 1931 and lived until her death in their family home in Sumner, Washington. Besides raising two children, she worked throughout her life. Her last position was a baker for the Sumner school lunch program. She routinely made cookies, rolls and buns, and bread for the entire school district. Mitzi was most famous for her cinnamon rolls, however. Mitzi was continually requested to make them for friends, family or to donate them to charity events. Until her death, Mitzi lived unassisted at her home, volunteered twice a week at the Sumner food bank, was active in her church, belonged to a knitting club and raised her own vegetables and flowers in her garden. Mitzi was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Bill and is survived by her daughter Marilyn Crawley of Lacy Washington, son Jim Turner of Vancouver, Washington, sister Barbara Hilde of Enterprise, Oregon, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church at 623 9th Ave SW Puyallup, Washington at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on July 7, 2009. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association or the Sumner food bank.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Ruth Mozzelle Overman

Mom passed peacefully at her home on Lake Tapps at the age of 89. She now is in heaven with her husband Irvin, sons, Larry, Glen, and Neil. We love you Mom Linda, Gerene, all your relations. Celebration of life August 2nd Lake Tapps.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

David John Both

July 2, 1952 - January 29, 1983 Your bright star in the sky that will never be forgotten. My brother and best friend I know your with your true father Jesus. Love you forever, your brother Ronald.
Pub Date: 7/2/2009

Arley M. Baker

11-14-1920 6-28-2009 Arley left us on Sunday, June 28th to join his beloved wife Margaret. Those left to mourn his passing are his daughters, Marlene Kardash, Becky (Karl) VanDeventer, son-in-law Mike Sellers, 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-granddaughters, extended family and many friends. He will be met in Heaven by his parents Charles Baker and Helma Borden, daughters Eileen Crabtree and Cathy Sellers, and son-in-law Tom Kardash. Arley was a WWII veteran, a lifetime member of the American Legion, Post 138, 40 & 8, and the VFW. A retired mechanic from the Logistics Center at Ft. Lewis, Arley was a devoted father, grandpa, uncle and friend. His love and kindness will be greatly missed. Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m., funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2009 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 8602 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood. Arrangements under the direction of Grand Departures Funeral Services, 253-538-5119.
Pub Date: 7/1/2009

Brunhilde Covin

Brunhilde Covin, our beloved Mom, born March 16, 1938, entered eternity with courage on June 25, 2009, surrounded by the love of her husband, children grandchildren and great grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society: 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit . A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 2, 2009 in the Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery. "Though the flower withers, the seeds remain."
Pub Date: 7/1/2009

Christine (Emig) Wise

“Gone To The Ocean” August 29, 1951 – June 27, 2009 Christine R. (Emig) Wise “Gamma Mikey” taken from us on 6/27 surrounded by her entire family and many friends. Christine was an unselfish and loving women that lived for her family and grandchildren. The experience of being a grandmother was the highlight of her life. She loved to laugh and spend time at the ocean with her loving husband Gordy. Christine was born and raised in Tacoma in a close and loving family. Graduated from Lincoln H.S. in 1969. Christine worked her whole life in the eye care services and enjoyed her work. Christine was preceded in death by her father Thaddeus “Mike” Emig Sr., mother Monica (Kerrigan) Emig and brother Thaddeus Emig Jr. Survived by her husband Gordy; brother Craig (Barbie) Emig; 3 daughters, DeAnna (Mike) Boltz, Nicky Peterson, Melissa (Mike) Smerer; 4 grandsons, Mikey, Carter-bug, Logan, Kody; 2 step-children, Nick and Vanessa Wise; 2 lifelong friends, Darla Jensen, Michelle Frasier. Rosary to be held 7PM Monday, 7/6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 424 S. 30th St., Tacoma, WA 98402. Graveside service to be held 1PM Tuesday 7/7 at Calvary Cemetery, 5212 70th St. W., Tacoma, WA 98467. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at
Pub Date: 7/1/2009

Courtney Zenz

Courtney Zenz, born January 14, 1988 in Tacoma, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 23, 2009 at her Adult Family Home in Gig Harbor. Courtney was a 2006 graduate of Peninsula High School and a 2009 graduate of Henderson Bay Extended School. She is survived by her mother, Dede Zenz, and her twin sister, Brittney Zenz, both of Sound Beach, New York. Private services will be held. She will be missed by many, for she put a smile in the heart of everyone she met.
Pub Date: 7/1/2009

Gertrude L. Hood

Gertrude was called to eternal home with our father June 19th 2009. She is survived by her 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Services July 8th at 1:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Oak Room
Pub Date: 7/1/2009


Harriet Louise Newsham entered this world on January 25, 1933, and left us before we were ready on June 28, 2009, after a short, brutal battle with central nervous system lymphoma. Harriet was born at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii, and, while growing up, lived in several states with her military family. After graduating from Roy High School, Harriet served as a member of the Women's Army Corps as a still photographer with the Third Armored Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky. After her enlistment, she married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence T. Newsham, and together they raised four children: Mike (Laurie) of Fort Worth, Texas; Mark (Edie) of Enumclaw, Washington; Laura (Richard) of Anchorage, Alaska; and Leslie (Dave) of Eagle River, Alaska. Six grandchildren also survive her: Lydia, Kayla, Alaina, Holly, Marcus, and Lucas; as well as her newest angel, great grandson Nicholas of Evansville, Indiana. Harriet was a consummate homemaker who made it all look effortless: a wonderful cook and baker extraordinaire and a gracious hostess for many memorable gatherings of her extended family and friends. Harriet was also an expert seamstress, a skilled craftswoman, an accomplished artist, and an active member of the Red Hat Society. Harriet was proud to be one of the original vendors of the Puyallup Farmers Market and spent countless Saturdays sharing her talents with the buyers of her dolls, bears, and assorted other critters. Harriet enjoyed backyard bird watching and incorporated this passion into the décor of the homes she and Larry shared throughout their years together. In their retirement, Harriet and Larry traveled the globe extensively, but her favorite place was her "little piece of paradise" on the North Shore of Oahu where they owned a condominium unit on the shores of Turtle Bay. A portion of her remains will be sprinkled on the waves. Harriet's cremated remains will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, it was Harriet's wish that donations be made to a cause dear to her heart: Rite Care of Washington, c/o Scottish Rite Masons, Helping Children Communicate , 817 South Vassault, Tacoma, Washington 98465. Please sign our guest book at
Pub Date: 7/1/2009


IGNACIO O. DURAN, Sr., passed away peacefully on June 27, 2009 in Puyallup. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 3pm at Yahn and Son Funeral Home, Auburn. (253) 833-8877.
Pub Date: 7/1/2009

John D. Rockie

John D. Rockie, age 87, a Gig Harbor resident since 1977, recently passed away. He was a building contractor, career Air Force officer and geography professor. After retirement, he volunteered with Peninsula FISH and Red Cross, and was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Gig Harbor. John enjoyed playing the french horn and piano, singing in the church choir, photography, golf, swimming, hiking, painting, and building houses. He was a WSU graduate and avid fan (go Cougs!). Family members include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; brother Dwain (Virginia); daughter Carol (Eric); sons John and David (Laura); granddaughter Angela (Ryan); grandsons Michael and Matthew (Elizabeth); nine great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be Monday, July 6, 2009, at the United Methodist Church of Gig Harbor: family greeting at 5:30 pm and service at 6:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John Rockie Memorial Fund at the United Methodist Church of Gig Harbor, 7400 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335; the WSU Foundation for the Rockie Family Scholarship, PO Box 641927, Pullman WA 99164-1927; or the PSU Foundation for the William and Edith Rockie Scholarships, PO Box 243, Portland, OR 97207-0243. Arrangements are by Haven of Rest.
Pub Date: 7/1/2009

Kira Lenore Jefferson

Missing you SO MUCH Baby Girl, on the 10th anniversary of your birth. Life is NOT the same without you. You were taken too soon. We miss your smiles, singing and being funny. Loving you Forever Kira, Grammy, Grampy, Kagen, Aunt Jenny, Uncles CJ, Jeff and John. XXXXXXOOOOOOO
Pub Date: 7/1/2009

James Miller Hoy

September 21, 1918 - June 24, 2009 James Hoy passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 24th 2009. Born in Tacoma to Orlo and Erma Hoy, James graduated from Stadium High School in 1936 - He attended Washington State University and earned a BS in Math. He served in the Army during WWII in the Aleutian Islands. After the war he went to the University of Washington, earning a degree in Engineering. He married Catherine Marie Olson in September of 1946. He then served at Boeing as an engineer, rising to Chief of Structures Technology for the 747. He retired from Boeing after a 38-year career. His passions were his family, boating, traveling, and playing bridge. He is survived by three sons: Kenneth and Deborah Hoy of Gig Harbor, Don and Judi Hoy of Port Angeles, Douglas and Cheryl Hoy of Beaverton, OR; seven grand-children, and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine who died in July 2006. In lieu of flowers please send remembrances (may be sent to the Alzheimer's Organization). The family will be having a private memorial service. Arrangements are by Haven of Rest.
Pub Date: 7/1/2009