Lincoln High School
Class of 1953
Recent Obituaries

February 17, 2018 - Robert Bruce Merritt and Sylvia Kirkebo Dittmer

Robert Bruce Merritt. Was born in Seattle, WA on March 26, 1935 to Charles and Clara Merritt. He passed away September 28, 2016. After a brief, proud stint in the Marine Corps, Bob went on to graduate from the University of Washington. He became a CPA and spent most of his adult life in Alaska. Bob was an active member in the Rotary in Juneau. He enjoyed hiking, skiing and Camping. Most of all he enjoyed people. Bob made many friends wherever he went. Bob is survived by his sister, Donna Stith, and his niece, Sandy Stith. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home Lakewood, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Toys for Tots or to a charity of your choice.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Oct. 5, 2016

Sylvia Kirkebo Dittmer was born August 28th, 1935 and passed away May 2nd, 2016. She was survived by loving friends and family. She is dearly missed. Words of comfort may be expressed for Sylvia Dittmer by clicking on the tribute tab above. Service and Life Stories information is being developed by the family and will be posted as soon as it becomes available- please check back.

From Sylvia's cousin (Peter Quam):

Sylvia was my first cousin. She grew up with her Mom and Dad in the Fremont district of Seattle, on Dayton Avenue. She attended Phinney Ridge Lutheran, where she was confirmed. I particularly remember her being a very serious student in high school; she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953 as one of three valedictorians (with a 4.00 GPS). She then went to Pacific Lutheran University, where she majored in Elementary Education. At PLU she sang in the Concert Chorus (she was a wonderful alto) and served as editor of the campus newspaper, "The Mooring Mast". She spent her professional career as an elementary school teacher in the South Seattle area. She loved traveling. I miss her wit and caring.

From Tani Stafford (Sylvia's goddaugher):

Sylvia was my godmother. She loved to hike, ski and folk dance. I have wonderful memories of hiking with her in the Olympics and skiing up at the Snoqualmie Mountaineer's lodge, where we played lively "Hearts" and "Spoons" card games in the evening with eveyone. Will always remember her beautiful smile. -Tani Stafford

January 17, 2018 - Edward John Bennett

Edward John Bennett, 82, of Oak Harbor, Washington passed away on December 27, 2017.

Ed was born June 12, 1935. We were advised of his passing by his son Mark Bennett.

November 2, 2017 - Lois Ilene Anseth Simmons

Lois Ilene (Anseth) Simmons, 81, of Fargo, ND passed peacefully from this world on August 2, 2017 at her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Lois was born December 10, 1935 in Williston, ND to parents Willard and Myrtle Anseth. In February of 1956 she married Martin Simmons and they went on to have five children.

Lois spent her life serving others and loving her family. After she and Marty were married she joined him in Germany where Marty was serving in the Army. While in Germany they had a child, Marlis, who passed away at the age of three weeks. Marty was honorably discharged from the Army and they came back to the United States to bury and grieve the loss of their first-born daughter.

Lois put her education on hold while Marty pursued his career to become a pastor. Together they would serve under the leadership of God as pastor and wife.

Lois taught piano lessons for 30 years and during that time she went on to finish her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She also worked for the FSA office in Ashley, ND where she retired in 1997. After Marty retired they spent several winters going south to Arizona for the winter.

Lois dearly loved her family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to read, swim, knit, play games, visit and reminisce with family and friends.

Lois' devotion to Marty and his career was endless. She played piano and organ for the church. She sang in the choir, started a youth choir and participated in many Bible studies and church groups. She was a true disciple of the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Marlis.

She is survived by her husband, Martin Simmons; son, Bill (Julie) of Detroit Lakes, MN; son, Bob (Cheryl) of Fargo; daughter, Nancy (Scott) Mueller of Fargo; daughter, Cynthia (Terry) Baumann of Halliday, ND; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Nan (Glenn) Goehring of Fargo; sister, Mary (Mark) Lind of Princeton, WI along with several nieces and nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11am, Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Lutheran Church of the Cross, West Fargo, ND.

Condolences and memories may be shared at

Arrangements by Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home - Fargo, ND.

October 23, 2017 - Barbara Lee Nelson Cheek

Barbara Lee Cheek, Child of God, was born in Springfield, Missouri on October 25, 1935 to Curtis and Gertrude (Ahonen) Nelson. She peacefully journeyed to heaven on October 6, 2017. A loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend, Barbara touched many through her friendship, kindness, and faith in God. A lifelong educator, Barbara began her career in the Edmonds School District after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 1957. She retired in 2003 from Pierce College in Puyallup as a Professor and Director of the Reading Dept. Barbara was an active member of Living Word Lutheran Church, an avid reader, and lifelong vocalist. She joyfully shared her talents in many choral groups and productions. Barbara will best be remembered as a devout Christian, a caring wife and mother, and a supportive friend. She is survived by her sons Michael, Paul and wife Stacy, and Daniel and wife Suzanne; sisters Merri, Dorothy, and Janet, brother Ralph; and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Michaela, Gregory, Zara, and Alex. She was preceded in death by her mother and father in 1991, husband Lee in 2006, daughter-in-law Susan in 2008, grandson Dillon in 2002, and granddaughter Shannon in 2013. Memorials may be made in Barbara's name to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or to Living Word Lutheran Church-Puyallup. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, October 14, at 1:00 PM at Sunrise Baptist Church, located at 12115 Shaw Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home, 253-845-1172.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Oct. 11, 2017

July 21, 2017 - Philip Carl Unick

In Memory of
Philip Carl Unick
February 21, 1935 - June 27, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of Weller Funeral Home, Arlington, WA.

Mavis Dodge Amundson submitted the following comments to supplement Phil's obituary:

"To me, Phil was our most likable classmate. Boys liked him. Girls liked him. And it's easy to see why. He was super friendly, and he had a great smile. He drove a turquoise/blue convertible, and he was truly king of the road. Sitting next to Phil in that car was every girl's dream.

"His family owned the Aurora Drive-In, and Phil used to get us in free to see the movies. Some of us were stashed in the trunk. When I think of Phil with all of us piling out of his car, I see him laughing. Actually, we were all laughing.

"Hearing the news that Phil had died was like hearing that Peter Pan was gone forever or that over the rainbow didn't exist. We all loved Phil and were happy to be his friend."

Janet Olsen Bradford added the following:

"Phil Unick's brother Ken passed away on June 30th. Very sad for both. Ken was my brother in law, married to my sister Carol. As of now have not heard about any service. It would be for both brothers. Will let you know when I know. Janet Olson Bradford"

Arnt Thorkildsen shared his ponderings on obituaries:

"I never thought that i would "Enjoy" reading the obituaries that Darrell Bangerter posts

"But, I do

"I enjoy reading about old classmates lives. What they did in life. Who they married and where they lived.

"Mavis Dodge's comments on Phil Unick are perfect, and Don Bishop's comment about what kind of student he was at Lincoln is priceless... "'i wasn't that good...and i wasn't that bad"

"His words not only describes me..but, am sure that he was speaking for so many of us as well

"As i look back at my own time at Lincoln, i now realize that it was not so much about education, as it was about life and growing up...and the beginning for us to understand what life was all about. 60 years later we are all still learning..the lessons of life

"The sadness is that we will all...someday ...have our own Obituaries...and i hope that yours as well as my own...will make people say...he/she had a wonderful life.

Arnt J. Thorkildsen"

Jack Hawker wrote:

Re Phil Unick. I didn't know Phil well but have a friend that was in the same USMC Boot Camp Platoon at San Diego as Phil. He told me Phil was named Platoon Guide for the graduation parade from Boot Camp. This was quite an honor. Jack"

Janet Olsen Bradford reports:

"I have information on the celebration of life for Ken and Phil Unick. September 8th from 2 to 8 PM at Maltby Community Club. 8711-206th S.E., Snohomish WA 98296. Hope this helps. I won't be coming up then, but the following week. Janet Olson Bradford"

If anyone else would like to add comments to Phil's obituary or any other recent obituary, please feel free to submit them to us.

June 6, 2017 - Joyce Newgard Adair and Brad Everson:

Joyce K Adair (Newgard) - September 25, 1935 – April 30, 2017

Joyce left us to join her beloved husband, Bob, on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Joyce was born in Seattle on Sept. 25, 1935. She was 81 years old.

To put it simply, Joyce was truly an amazing mother, wife and friend. She was deeply devoted to her family, adored her three boys beyond words, welcomed friends with a huge hug and sincerely cared for anyone she met. She was the most generous, selfless and giving person you could have ever imagined. The most common comment heard when remembering Joyce is “Wow, what a nice lady.” Joyce had an incredible capacity to love. She judged no one and accepted everyone.

For many years, Joyce helped to manage the family beer distribution business in Moses Lake. After the business was sold, she worked at Commercial Collections until she retired. Moses Lake was a perfect place to raise her three boys Brian, Kyle and Todd. There were countless days spent on the lake water-skiing in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

Joyce will always be remembered for creating perfect, fun-filled family holidays. Thanksgiving was her specialty. She would start cooking early in the morning and by dinner time there would be a family feast like no other. It amazed everyone that even in her final days she announced that she didn’t think she’d be up for the task of cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. Bless her incredibly huge heart.

Joyce is survived by her three sons, Brian, Kyle (Kerri) and Todd (Lisa) Adair, her grandson Nick Lannoye and her brother Jerry Newgard and his wife Veronika. In addition to her family, Joyce is also survived by many friends that she considered family and most lovingly called her “Mom.” Her circle of love was huge and full.

A joyful service to remember and honor Joyce will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 1 p.m. at Lifetime Celebrations by Washelli located at 18224 103rd Ave NE, Bothell, Wash. A reception will follow at Todd and Lisa Adair’s home in Bothell. Join us for a Moses Lake tradition of Chico’s pizza and Olympia beer, a couple of Joyce’s favorites.

Please visit to leave a note for the family and sign the guestbook.

Bradford Lynn Everson - September 15, 1935 - May 14, 2017

Salem - Bradford L Everson passed away May 14th in Salem, Oregon at the age of 81. Brad was born September 15, 1935 in Seattle, Washington to Francis and Nora Everson. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle and then joined the Navy in 1953. He graduated from University of Washington in 1961 with a BA in Social Work and then received his MSW from Portland State University in 1967. He also attended Northwest College of Law and Portland State University School of Urban Affairs. Brad dedicated his life to helping people as a counselor, social worker, and mentor. He worked as a juvenile court counselor as well as a marriage and family counselor in Multnomah County. He then moved to Salem where he became the Executive Director of The Catholic Center for Community Counseling. After a short time he opened his private practice until he began working at the Oregon State Hospital where he remained until he retired in 1993. Brad married Oddny in October 1963 in Portland. They moved to Salem in 1972 where they raised three children. Brad was an avid runner and cyclist. He completed 23 marathons including Boston. He participated in numerous bike rides including Seattle to Portland many times. He was a charter member of the Phidippides running club, a member of the Salem Bicycle Club, and a member of Sons of Norway. He enjoyed theater and was a season ticket holder to Pentacle Theater and longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In his retirement, he relished the time he spent with his grandchildren. Brad is survived by his wife Oddny Everson their children Kyle Everson (Donna) of Salem, Nilsen Everson (Dana) of Carlsbad, CA, and Kari Owen (Jim) of Salem; grandchildren Mackenzie, Mikael, Kristina, Kylee, Keegan, Linnea, and Duncan. He is also survived by his sister Sharon Gooch of Lake Stevens, WA and his brother Keith Everson of Marysville, WA. A celebration of life will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marion/Polk Food Share or Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. The family thanks Titus, Davina, Diane, and Andrea at Golden Care Adult Foster Home for their care.

April 6, 2017 - Don Bishop and Thomas Dyrness

Don “Snoopy” Bishop passed away April 1, 2017 peacefully at his home in Morton.

Bishop was born in Seattle on April 19, 1935 to Ralph and Ruth Bishop who lived on Haller Lake. As a child, he would join his sister Patsy and brother Ralph Jr. (Sonny) as Ruth would take the children on bus ride down to KJR Radio Studios where the older children were regular singers on Uncle Frank’s Children Hour radio program. In 1939 “Little Donnie” made his singing debut on the program. His singing career was derailed by a mysterious health ailment that was so serious the doctors sent him home and told his mother “make him comfortable,” it’s only a matter of time. Fan mail from his radio listeners helped inspire him to a full recovery.

As a teen, he used earnings from several part time jobs to pay for flying lessons in a seaplane at Kenmore Air. Later, after receiving his pilot’s license, he would own his own small Cessna and he was part of a group of community members who helped to establish the airstrip at Morton.

A life-long love of cars and racing began in 1949 when he won the award for the fastest speed during the Apple Box races on Holman Road. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953 where he was an admittedly average student. “I wasn’t too good but I wasn’t that bad. The problem is my brother and sister were always top of their class. Teachers were always asking if I was really Ralph’s brother.”

A member of the Ramblers hot rod club, his 1934 Ford pickup was twice featured on the cover of Hot Rod magazine and also graced the cover of the 1956 Seafair Autorama program.

In 1961 while working at auto parts distributor Fremont Electric, a friend from the Coast Guard Reserves, Bill “No-Profit Moffet” asked Bishop to come work for him in Morton. “I told him I wouldn’t work for him but if he could find a way for me to buy in, I’d like to be his partner.” The result was a business partnership that lasted nearly 30 years. Morton Supply & Equipment sold auto parts, dynamite, motorcycles, jet skis, sailboats and snowmobiles. To help sell sailboats he formed a sailing group which held regattas on Mayfield Lake and he was a member of the Lewis County Drift Skippers snowmobile club and helped organize many snowmobile trips to Eastern Washington and Idaho.

In 1962 Bishop lived above the store and rented out a trailer home across the back parking lot to a first-year speech therapist from Minnesota. An attentive landlord, he regularly checked in on the renter and on August 8, 1964 he married Ethelyn Gilman in Marble, Minnesota.

Twice president of the Morton Chamber of Commerce, Bishop and his wife created a Snoopy costume he would wear in the Jubilee Parade for years to help promote his business. The character was so popular he began appearing during event changeovers in the Logger’s Jubilee Arena show where he would jump an ATV into the log rolling pond and soak spectators in the first few rows. Jubilee announcers dubbed him “Snoopy” Bishop and the nickname stuck. Bishop was the last of the “Four Dons,” Gayman, Rowe and Whiteside who spearheaded the construction of the town’s Jubilee Parade Float for many years.

A participant in the first-ever Jubilee lawnmower drag race down main street with good friend Dana Wolfe and the VanCleves, he raced every Jubilee until he finally retired at age 71, sometimes competing against all three of his sons.

An avid winter sportsman, he enjoyed ski and snowmobile vacations, spending time at the family campsite in Ocean Park, working on his hot rod panel and cross country drives in the family’s “Yellow Bus,” a St. Regis crummy he customized into a motorhome. In retirement, he remained active in the Chamber of Commerce, served on the Hospital Foundation and was Chairman of the Finance committee for the Morton United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in the creation of the Morton Teen Center, a life-long dream. He loved the town of Morton and the opportunities it provided him and he continued to contribute however he could until his last days.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn of Morton, sister Pat (Bob) Watson, Sister-in-Law Patty Bishop and sons David (Jinyi) and Ted (Deanna) of Seattle and Andy of Helotes, Texas, exchange student sons German (Lily) Rodriguez of Sammamish and Oscar (Isabelle) Rodriguez of Ensenada, Mexico and six grandchildren, Annika, Ben, Magnus, Tor, Brooks and Miles.

Donations can be made to the Morton Teen Center, Hospital Foundation, Husky Scholarship Fund or Morton United Methodist Church.

Don's funeral service will be held at 1 PM on April 19th in the Morton Washington Methodist Church (4th & Main). Following the funeral there will an open house at the Bob Lyle Community Center (700 Main Ave in Morton)

Thomas Dyrness of Lynnwood, Washington passed away on March 15, 2017. Tom was born on April 19,1935.

December 9, 2016 - Perry A. Kennedy

Perry Ailsa Kennedy, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, partner and friend, died peacefully at home with family on October 30th, two days before his 82nd birthday. An activist, writer and filmmaker, his documentaries will be screened at the Grand Illusion Cinema on January 8th, 2017, 11-3, followed by a memorial reception.

October 4, 2016 - Joann Barker Larsen, Dennis Clark, Joe Johnston, Don Lundberg and Robert Stenstrom:

Joann Virginia Barker Larsen, passed away November 2, 2015 after a short illness. Joann was a 1953 graduate of Lincoln High School. She married John W. Larsen in 1956 and they lived in Southern California for 45 years, then retired to Minden, Nevada. John passed away in 2006. They had been married for 51 years.

Joann is survived by her three children, their spouses and thirteen grandchildren. She loved to travel, making several trips to Europe and visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Romania, Russia, Cyprus and Macedonia. Joann often talked fondly of her years at Lincoln and the friendships she made there.

Dennis Clark died on September 3, 2016 in Bothell, Washington. His services were held at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington It was a Graveside Military.

Judge Joseph E. Johnston ~ October 1934 - September 2015 ~ "It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of retired Judge Joseph E. Johnston. Judge Johnston was elected to the Superior Court in June 1986 and served on the court from January 1987 until his retirement in October 2002.

"He served as Presiding Judge of the Superior Court from 1995 to 1997. He received the Knafman-Campbell award from the San Bernardino Bar Association in 2001.

"Judge Johnston was admitted to the California State Bar in 1968. Prior to that time, he served in the US Marine Corps from 1953 to 1955. He received his BA from the University of Washington and JD from Southwestern University School of Law. He served as a Deputy District Attorney with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office from 1968 through 1970, and was in private practice in Ontario from 1970 to 1987. After he retired from the bench, he served as mediator and arbitrator with IVAMS.

"He was much loved and very highly regarded by his colleagues, court staff and members of the legal community. He will be greatly missed.

"Judge Johnston was preceded in death by his wife. Katherine, and is survived by four children and many grandchildren."

His funeral service was held in Ontario, California on October 14, 2016.

Donald L. Lundberg passed away on September 23, 2016 of natural causes. Saturday, October 1st at 3:30 will be his inurnment at Washelli Cemetery. Dianna Lundberg, his wife, would like to invite friends and family to a Life Celebration at the Wallingford Senior Center on October 22nd from 2:00-4:00 PM. He is loved and will truly be missed.

Robert Stenstrom passed away on January 19, 2011. He lived in Bethesda, Maryland.

June 16, 2016 - Carolyn Ward Edwards, John McHenry and Marilyn Parson Lohman:

Carolyn June Ward Edwards, 81. A Celebration of Life for Carolyn June Edwards of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church, with Reverend Mike Clark officiating. On June 10, 2016, Carolyn June Edwards passed away at the Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Missouri after a brief illness. A resident of Mountain Home, Arkansas for the past 22 years, Carolyn was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain Home. She was also an active member of the Alley-White American Legion Post 52. Carolyn was born on April 7, 1935, in Kansas City, Kansas, and grew up in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Soon after the death of her father, age 11, she moved with her mother to Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Seattle and then attended the University of Washington and was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. During her time in Seattle she met and married her husband, the late Lyndel Edwards. In 1966 they eventually settled in Springfield, Virginia.In Springfield, Carolyn was active with her church; teaching Sunday School, visiting women in jail, and bringing food and clothing to families in need. She was also active in local politics and worked as a volunteer on many campaigns for the Democratic Party. Carolyn was committed and devoted to being generous with her time, money, talents, and always enjoyed serving others. After raising her family, Carolyn went to work for the J.C. Penney Company in Springfield, Virginia and managed the ladies pocket book department. Carolyn was recognized several times over the years for exemplary customer service. In 1986, she went to work for the Central Intelligence Agency and retired from the agency after eight years of service. While at the CIA, Carolyn was a Security Officer Supervisor and was again recognized often with certificates and awards for her excellent service. As a middle-aged woman, Carolyn discovered belly dancing and loved to perform and entertain. During her years in Mountain Home she often visited nursing homes and performed for the residents and enjoyed discussing the history and significance represented by the art of belly dancing. Belly dancing allowed her to do her favorite things; entertain and make people happy. Most of all Carolyn was proud of her family and cherished her time with them. Carolyn leaves her family with many wonderful memories and an enduring love. She taught us to be compassionate to everyone and she will be dearly missed. Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Howard Ward, her mother, Sallie Ward (Brooks), and her husband, Wilmer Lyndel. She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Edwards of Chattanooga, Tennessee, her sons, Paul Edwards and his wife Michele Connolly of Westwood, Massachusetts, John Edwards and his wife Kim and grandson Chisu of Fairfax City, Virginia, her son Robert "Bobby" Edwards and his wife Melinda and grandchildren Tara, Mary-Carolyn, Robert, and Seraphina of Colorado Springs, Colorado, her brother and sister-in-law Alton Smith and his wife Carolyn (Edwards) of Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Carolyn will be privately inurned at the Kirby's Tucker Memorial Mausoleum, Mountain Home, AR.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

John P. McHenry (March 25, 1935 - May 9, 2016)

A celebration of a life well lived.

John McHenry passed away May 9, 2016, after a brave five-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Seattle, Washington, on March 25, 1935, to Jacob and Margaret McHenry (Ostrander), an only child who lived a life surrounded by his parents and grandparents who nurtured his ever-inquisitive mind.

After graduating from Lincoln High School, Seattle, in 1953, he joined the Army during the Korean War. He spent two years mainly in Germany with wife Deanna.

After returning to Seattle, he began to work at Boeing while attending the University of Washington, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

A job offer as a research engineer at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park brought the family to California. Later, he received a Master of Arts in business from the University of Santa Clara in California.

John Prausa, a friend and co-worker of many years, recalls John's career at SRI. Not long after joining SRI, John began making important research contributions in the areas of radar and communications.

In 1986, John was appointed vice president of the systems development division and later senior vice president of the engineering research group.

Throughout his career, John managed many of SRI's largest and most important programs and fostered many new areas of research and technology. He was a respected leader and inspiration for his staff.

Don Nielson, another co-worker, says, "I'll never forget John — no airs, no bluster, what-you-see-is what-you-get integrity. John was fun to be with yet a leader when needed."

Family was always at the center of his life, and he was a "hands-on dad" to his two sons, Jeffery and Michael, despite his demanding work schedule.

He was a Little League coach for many years, taught them to ski and how to set up a campsite, spent hours playing basketball, always instilling good sportsmanship.

Most important, he expected honesty and for them to take responsibility when things went wrong.

Jeff and his wife, Rosana, have two daughters, Melissa and Natalie.

Jeff recalls a story about John joining his adult softball team at the age of 50: "He boldly told me he could hit better than some of my teammates.

"People came up to me and asked what it felt like to be playing with your dad. I said pretty great, but he better not hit better than me.

"He ended up being one of our better hitters that year. I was so very proud of him and still am."

Mike remembers his father as the ultimate role model. They worked together on many projects, everything from wiring a trailer, bathroom remodels, building sheds and a greenhouse.

John always made sure they measured everything excessively to ensure solid engineering.

Mike and John shared many miles of skiing and hiking together. They were best friends.

John's friends were from all walks of life, and he kept his friends for years.

Jean Amick, a friend for 50 years, remembers John as a quiet, intelligent man who was a loyal and trusted friend who was always there when you needed him. He was successful in his work and in his life. He loved sailing and skiing, and at 80 years old was still doing both until cancer took over.

"I admired him so much," Jean says.

Ray Hogue, a high school friend of Jeff's, remembers John as mysterious and larger-than-life:

"If someone had told me he had been to the moon, I don't think I would have questioned it — that picture in his family room, climbing into the cockpit of a jet fighter, certainly caught my attention.

"The more I got to know John, the more I liked him. He was clever without being arrogant and intense without being overbearing.

"And best of all, he was the same guy whether he hit a home run or struck out."

The McHenrys retired in 1997 and moved to Lake Tahoe. While there, John taught adaptive skiing at Alpine Meadows. He gained great satisfaction helping the disabled enjoy the sport.

The call of the Northwest returned them to Port Angeles. He enjoyed being on ski patrol at Hurricane Ridge, sailboat racing and tutoring fourth-grade math at Dry Creek School.

Several things stand out in his wife Deanna's mind about her husband of 61 years: "He read a lot and was always questioning and wanting to know about new things, especially quantum physics, and he had a great zest for experiencing life to the fullest.

"He made our life fun and always interesting."

The McHenry family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming love, praise and sharing their special memories of John.

A private memorial and scattering of John's ashes will be held later this summer.

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 5, 2016

Marilyn Parson Lohman passed away Thursday April 14, 2016 In Salem, Oregon. She had been in the hospital almost 4 weeks, first with severe bladder and kidney infection. Was just getting over that and got pneumonia. Then was just getting over that and her kidneys started shutting down. She put up a tough fight, but in the end her tired body gave up. She was at peace and no pain. On Sunday Apr 10th we had an impromptu party where all three grandkids came. She was so happy! Her daughters, Cheryl and Karin were at her side when she passed.

She wanted me to send this note from her to you:

Love to you all !!
I am blessed to have known all of you.
And forgive me if I ever have hurt you.
I forgive any hurt from you to me.
Thank you for all your love!
Love each other.
Love God, Abba, Yahweh

Love from Marilyn

A memorial service/celebration of life will be held but is not planned yet.

February 5, 2016 - Nels Elmer Person

Nels Elmer Person - April 1, 1935 ~ October 3, 2015 - Was born April 1st 1935, in Seattle Washington. He was the second of four children born to Henry and Mary Person. Nels developed a love for the water and boats very early in his life. As a child his passion for the ferry boat was obvious when his mother told him after a lost tooth, that the fairy was going to bring him money, and his response was to ask if the ferry was really going to land on the beach at his house. Nels graduated from Lincoln high school in Seattle in 1953, where he was an avid swimmer. He worked for the Washington State ferry system and then a couple of privately owned ferry systems all of his adult life. Everyone that knew him would agree that he was never happier than when he was at the wheel of a boat.

Nels is survived by his wife Jacqueline Person, children Patty (Tom) Wigington, Erik Person, Chris Williams, multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren, three siblings Elna (Bob) Ryan, Alan Person, Richard (Karen) Person, and several nieces and nephews. Nels was preceded in Death by his parents Henry and Mary Person.

November 19, 2015 - Sharron Welsch Reams

Sharron (Welsch) Reams - September 17, 1935 ~ November 10, 2015 - On November 10, 2015 we lost the love of our lives. Sharron Reams of Bellevue, passed away with her husband by her side and surrounded by her loving family.

Sharron was the master of unconditional love. She was a most incredible woman, wife, mother, friend, and absolute savior of those left by the wayside. She was funny, fun, and made a point to always look at the positive side of life even during the most difficult of times. Sharron's family joins in saluting their wonderful wife, mother and grandmother for the lifetime of love and caring she exemplified.

Even in her profession as librarian at Mark Twain elementary it was unconditional love, to the students, teachers, and parents, where people still talk about her and asked her to come back to work at the library.

Sharron is survived by her loving husband Bill, daughter Susan, son Jay, and granddaughters Emily, Mollie and Savannah. Emily has followed in her grandmother's footsteps and has also become a teacher. Mollie and Savannah will soon graduate from Gonzaga University and the University of Washington. Sharron's son Scott passed away in 2014 and is also greatly missed.

When the grandchildren were in elementary school, Grandma Sharron read weekly to their classes and read to them whenever she could. She read the classics, but also knew the latest wonderful fun book. She believed reading to be a most important thing, and she read to her children each night at bedtime. Sharron continued to volunteer in her grandchildren's elementary schools reading to other children to share the importance of being a good reader.

In celebration of Bill and Sharron's fiftieth wedding anniversary Sharron took the family on a memorable Inside Passage Alaskan cruise. She planned excursions like dog-sledding, visiting glaciers and wonderful shows and entertainment. This was just one of many incredible vacations or educational trips she organized for her family and grandchildren.

Sharron was a devoted lover of animals. All of the Reams dogs and cats were rescued from animal shelters and lovingly cared for throughout their lives. Her family remembers many times where she would pull over in the Country Sedan and we would together rescue stray cats and dogs, or wildlife. Sharron even took care of the Squirrels at her home in Medina and generations of squirrel mothers would bring their tiny baby squirrels to mom for peanuts.

Together Sharron and Bill created an amazing marriage and friendship based on love and respect for each other. Their love and respect held them together through many beautiful, memorable years. Sharron provided a lovely home for her family taking care of every need.

Sharron was a native Washingtonian, born in Seattle. She was a Lincoln High School graduate and cheerleader. Sharron then attended the University of Washington graduating with a degree in Education and later returning to take Master's degree courses in Library Science. While at the UW, Sharron became a Husky cheerleader and Vice President of Kappa Alpha Theta UW sorority.

Sharron became a teacher and began working in California. On a trip back to Seattle, she planned to attend a dance with her male friend who often took her to dances and events. Her friend had met someone else who he had also asked as his date. So, he asked his friend Bill Reams, "Hey, would you take my good friend Sharron to the dance?" Little did Sharron and Bill know that this date would turn into a permanent life-long love. Bill and Sharron lived together for 57 years and just celebrated their wedding anniversary.

After marriage, Bill and Sharron adopted three children, Susan, Scott, and Jay. They took these babies home and gave them all the happiness that anyone could receive and unconditional life-long love. Sharron and Bill even participated in their children's birth searches, meeting birth family members when the children wanted to find out more about their biological back-ground. But, Sharron's children always knew who their real mom was and that God had made a special plan for them to be the children of Bill and Sharron Reams.

A celebration of 80 years of an incredible and exemplary life is planned for Sharron Reams at Overlake Golf and Country Club on Tues., Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m., 8000 NE 16th St., Medina, WA 98039.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Seattle Humane Society or, to the Washington Adoption Reunion Movement in Sharron's memory.

November 8, 2015 - Mary Jane Muenter Krie:

Mary Jane Muenter Krie was born on October 4, 1935 in San Francisco, California and grew up in various lighthouses along the West Coast. Her father was a Coast Guard Chief. Mary Jane met and married Harold (Red) F Krie Jr. on March 14, 1987 in Burien, Washington. She worked for the Division of Aging Seattle, King County. Mary Jane loved sewing, jewelry making and camping and above all spending time with her family.

Mary Jane is survived by her sons Bob and Bill Spaulding; Dean, Cliff and Jimmy Krie. Daughters Colleen Messmer, Julie Vale and Yvonne Williford. Twenty-one Grandchildren, one Great Granddaughter and three Great Grandchildren on the way

Mary Jane passed away in the Seattle area on November 4, 2012.

October 26, 2015 - Marylynne Ketzenbarger Larson:

MaryLynne L. Larson (Ketzenbarger)

Born April 28, 1935 in Seattle WA and passed away peacefully on October 9, 2015 in Edmonds, WA with her family surrounding her.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Miller, Debby Bayard, Nancy Banschbach, Dorothy Olson, Carl Larson and Mary Feigner; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy W. Larson.

MaryLynne grew up in the Green Lake area, graduated from Lincoln High school, and moved to Edmonds in 1958 where she raised her family and ran a daycare. She enjoyed family gatherings, spending time at the beach, doing craft projects and helping others whenever she could. Her loving kindness and generosity will be missed by all.

Private services will be held.

Guestbook at

Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 25, 2015

September 27, 2015 - Yvonne Irene Taylor Michl:

September 7, 1935 - September 18, 2015 Yvonne I. Michl (Taylor) was called home to be with her Lord on Friday, September 18, 2015. She was born on September 7, 1935 in Seattle, Washington to Harry and Arabella Taylor. Yvonne grew up in Richmond Highlands, Washington and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953. Following high school, she attended Washington State University. In November, 1954. she met the love of her life, Frank "Mich" Michl on a blind date. They were married one year later on October 15, 1955 and settled down in Edmonds where they lived for the next 12 years before moving to Stanwood in 1968. After moving to Stanwood, Yvonne worked at Bayliner Boats in Arlington, and Hartney's Clothing Store in Stanwood before beginning her 18-year employment with the U.S. Post Office in Stanwood. She retired from the Post Office in 1998. Over her lifetime, Yvonne developed long-term friendships with co-workers and customers. Yvonne and Mich enjoyed many years of traveling in their retirement years with their truck and 5th wheel. They enjoyed 16 years of being "snowbirds" and traveling many places wintering in Salton Sea, California. They explored beautiful locations and met wonderful friends along the way. Yvonne had many interests and hobbies which included gardening, canning, sports, reading, traveling, and being with her ever-growing family. Yvonne is preceded in death by her parents. Harry P. Taylor, Sr., and Arabella Irene Taylor; brother, Harry P. Taylor, Jr.; and nephew, "Scottie" Taylor. Yvonne leaves behind her special love of 60 years, Frank "Mich" Michl; daughter, Terry and Vic Stenger; son, Mich and Berna Michl; daughter, Heidy and Bob O'Connor; and daughter, Tracy Pearson. Also left behind are the joys of her life. her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Angie, Andy, Ben, and Nathan Pedersen; Nicholas, Emily, Cydney and Saylor Stenger; Andrew, Beth, Aurora, Arabella, and Archer O'Connor; Brett Stenger; Amy, Ryan and Norah Hart; Jessica and Bjorn Anderson; Austin Michl; and Dalton, Logan; and Colton Fatigate. Also left behind are numerous relatives to include nieces. nephews. sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and cousins whose lives she touched. Services will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015. at Camano Chapel at 11:00 a.m., with lunch to follow. The address for Camano Chapel is 867 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282. Phone is (360) 387-7202. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 4585 California Ave., S.W. Seattle, Washington 98116 or
American Cancer Society.

September 9, 2015 - Donald Olson:

Don "Bompa" Olson was born on February 19, 1935 to Bert and Rosie Olson in Aberdeen, Washington. He went to be with his Lord and Savior, his beloved wife, and all his loved ones that have gone before on September 6, 2015. Don enjoyed woodworking, working on cars and boats, traveling, and gardening, especially bonsai. Don and Millie met in 1949 when Don was only fourteen. They met at Pike Street Covenant Church in Seattle, Washington, when the Olson family sat behind the Excell family during a songfest. There was an instant attraction between Don and Millie and they were married three and a half years later. They spent their honeymoon in Vancouver, Canada. They moved into their first brand new apartment in the Seattle Center near the Opera House. They stayed there until they bought their first home at the Meadowbrook Golf Course, also in Seattle. A business opportunity arose; they packed up their trailer and newborn son, Kim, and moved to Southern California. They bought a home in La Mirada, and their second child, Cindy Lu, was born. They moved back to Seattle when they got the opportunity to become part owners for a souvenir booth at the World's Fair. They both had lots of fun. Shortly after the World's Fair ended, they moved back to Southern California. They lived there until another business opportunity moved them back to Seattle, where they lived on Nob Hill. Then the family settled in Los Gatos, where the children did well in school, graduated, and started families of their own. From there, Don and Millie moved to Lake Wildwood to build a home on the lake. The family, including the grandchildren who were arriving, enjoyed spending time together on the lake. Don and Millie moved back to the Bay area, bought a boat, and enjoyed adventures traveling up and down the coast, as well as overseas. In 2000, they moved to the Sacramento area to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. They settled in, bought a motorcoach, traveled across country, joined a church, became involved in a small group Bible study, and made many friends. Millie went to be with her Lord and Savior, and all of her loved ones that have gone before on September 17, 2012. It may be hard to believe, but this is the story of a 58 year long, loving and romantic marriage between Don and Millie, which has blessed them with two children, Kim and Cindy, six grandchildren, Bentley, Jacoby, Brittney, Nickie, Brooke, and Natalie, seven great-grandchildren, Anika, Tre, Lucy, Harper, Milli, Finnon, and Hudson, and an eighth great-grandchild on the way.

September 9, 2015 - Margaret Joan Evans Krueger:

Margaret Joan “Joanie” Evans Krueger, of Laguna Niguel, California, died of numerous causes on June 30, 2015, at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Lake Forest, California. A memorial service is planned for September 12, at Dana Point, California.

Joanie is survived by her husband Jack, her son Phil, grandchildren, Sean Philip and Stephanie Marie, and sister Pat Dempsey. Another son, Terry, died at age 18 in an accident in 1974.

Joanie was born September 9, 1935, in Wadena, Saskatchewan. She grew up in the Green Lake area of Seattle. As a teenager, she worked as an usherette and cashier at the old Arabian Theater on 77th and Aurora. After graduating from Lincoln, she married Jack Krueger, and the couple started a family. From the start, Joanie was a loving wife and mother.

In later years, Joanie and Jack lived in Buckeye and Phoenix, Arizona, then moved to Southern California to be near their family.

Joanie will be missed by her many friends and family.

June 21, 2015 - Bernita L. Tausan Howard:

Bernita L Howard of Seattle, Washington passed away on June 3, 2015 from cancer. Born June 26, 1935 in Seattle, she is predeceased by her parents George Nicolai Tausan and Marian Elizabeth Hill. She married Thomas William Howard in 1972. They spent 39 years together until his passing in 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa (Tim) Radermacher of Issaquah, her husband's children, Thomas (Jody) Howard of Coldwell, ID and John Howard of Reno, NV as well as Lisa Turpin (Jeffrey Hemple) of Oak Harbor, WA; nine grandchildren, Adam Winchester, Thomas Howard, Malissa Howard, Amanda Howard, Jonathan Howard, Sophia Howard, Jesse Pierce, Nikki Pierce, Shaina Akins; and three great grandchildren, Skylynn, Ciara and Breona. Bernita (also known as "Bernie" by her friends) was a long time resident of Lake City. She worked at Pacific NW Bell (and its many successors) for 30 years until she retired after which she and Tom spent their retirement years in Grayland, WA.

Private services will be held on Anderson Island. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Published in The Seattle Times on June 21, 2015

June 9, 2015 - Karla Lois Bridgham Dittman:

Karla Lois Bridgham Dittman passed away peacefully in her sleep the quiet early morning hours of May 20, 2015. We can take comfort in knowing she did not suffer in the end of her life. She died of ovarian cancer. She was 80 years old, and still beautiful. Named for her parents, Karla Lois was born at Swedish Hospital, September 30, 1934 to Emma Lois Bridgham (Barnhardt) and Carl Bridgham, in Seattle, Washington. Surrounded by music in her family, Karla loved to sing and dance as a child. This influence would stay with her throughout life. Both her parents were talented musicians, mom played piano and Carl the saxophone and clarinet. Karla's father had his own radio show. Her maternal grandparents played mandolin, guitar and violin. She performed and sang in the Glee Club at Hamilton Jr. High, and then on into high school. Karla's paternal grandparents immigrated from Germany, and she would tell that in her earliest memories as a little girl, German was spoken in the house. And they all played music. It was a joyous time. Sadly, her father would suffer a serious illness some years later, unable to be with his family. Karla was a devoted daughter, caring for both her parents the remainder of their lives. Karla attended Lincoln Senior High School in Seattle, WA. She met her future husband, Mel Dittman, on a blind date arranged by her older half-brother, Bud. He knew a handsome young man in the Army from South Dakota, who was stationed at Ft. Lawton, WA. The couple were pen pals during Mel's tour of duty in Korea, and when Mel returned home to the Port of Seattle, he was met by Karla and her family. They fell in love and were married on May 29, 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church in Presho, South Dakota. From there, the newlyweds headed westward and set up their first home in Mountlake Terrace, north of Seattle close to Karla's family. Their first 3 children were born there, then a fourth on the way! Having outgrown the nest, they moved to a larger home in Alderwood Manor, later changed to Lynnwood. Together they raised four children. Karla was involved in the early years in the Lutheran Church. She sang in the choir. She taught Sunday school. She is remembered as someone who did a lot for other people. She remained in touch with close friends from the church the rest of her life. She had many friends. In later years, she joined the Unity Church. She was involved with the March of Dimes and regularly donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . Karla attended Edmonds Community College where she achieved a 2-year Associates of Arts Degree. She sang in the Sno-King Chorale. She took guitar lessons, she loved to sing. Karla worked 15 years at Frederick & Nelson as a Cosmetics Consultant. Karla took flying lessons at Paine Field, Everett, WA and obtained her flying license in 1977. Later, she went back to school for continuing education. She had a strong interest in psychology, wanting to be a counselor. During this time, she worked as a teacher, tutoring college students at Edmonds C.C. Mel and Karla spent their retirement years in Ellensburg, WA. They enjoyed the smaller town atmosphere, gardens, fruit trees, neighbor's horses, yearly parade and rodeo, plus motor-homing to Yuma, AZ for warmer temperatures in winter. The couple just recently relocated to the Stanwood, WA area to be near their children. Karla's passing is a sad loss for family and friends. She will be missed. She was a beautiful soul, sweet and kind, warm and caring, smart and intuitive. She was a devoted and loving mother, wife, and grandmother. Karla lived life enthusiastically, eager to experience all that life had to offer. She enjoyed reading, crafts, children, family cats and dogs, travel, time spent with friends over lunch, shopping, yoga, Tai Chi, she loved being on the beach. She took great pride to raise her children with strong positive family values, she wished a better life for them than her own. Her positive outlook was a gift to many. Karla and Mel had a big heart for all their grandchildren, doing many things with them and for them. Of notable mention, Karla never missed one of her childrens' or grandchildrens' birthdays, or holiday to send a cute card. She leaves behind her sweet cat Molly. Karla is preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents Alfonzo Sherwood and Minnie Sherwood (Friday Harbor, WA), maternal grandparents Joseph Barnhardt and Eleanor "Nellie" Sherwood Barnhardt (Friday Harbor, WA), paternal grandparents Heinrich "Henry" Bridgham and Elizabeth "Betty" Bridgham, her mother Emma 'Lois' Bridgham (Barnhardt), father Carl Bridgham (Walla Walla, WA), half-sister Shirley Jo Williams (Trammil), half-brother Edward "Bud" Trammil, aunt Josephine "Joie" Schmidt (Barhardt), and uncle Lloyd Barnhardt. Karla is survived by her husband Melvin Merle Dittman, 84 years old. They were married 61 years. Their four children in birth order are: daughters Kelli Jo Dittman Allen and Melanie Ann Dittman, sons Eric Wayne "Ric" Dittman and Darrin James Dittman. She has seven grandchildren; Aaron Joseph Allen, Taylor Jury, Nichole Dittman, Brittany Dittman, Alyssa Dittman Coker and Ric's adopted sons Sean & Adam Dittman, three great grandchildren; Liam Kimble (father Taylor Jury), MacKenzie Coker and Dante' Coker (mother Alyssa Dittman Coker). Both Mel and Karla have a large extended family of many nieces, nephews, and cousins. There are places in our hearts that we will forever treasure. Your smile, your humor, your stories, and generosity will be remembered in our hearts forever. We love and miss you, our dearest Karla. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25th @ 2 pm at Unity Church in Lynnwood, Washington. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Karla's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at

April 27, 2015 - Richard Seslar:

Richard Seslar, who was born on July 4, 1934, "went to see the other side of the universe" on June 27, 2014. At the time of his death he lived in the Kenmore, Washington area with his wife, May. We just learned that May passed away on April 19, 2015. "They are off on another adventure." "'See ya later'".

April 8, 2015 - George Ralph Holmstrom:

George Ralph Holmstrom was born on August 24, 1935 in Laurium, Michigan to parents Henry W. and Effel Irene (Lundberg) Holmstrom. He died on April 1, 2015 of pancreatic cancer. In 1946 the family moved in two vehicles from Royal Oak. In the first car in the front seat were the parents and in the back were sister Pat and brothers Bob, Ralph, and Norm. The second vehicle, a pickup was driven by brother Ron. They settled in Richmond Beach with apple orchards and gravel roads. (Now known as Innis Arden) When high school days came Ralph and his buddies Robert Shortt and Tommy and Dee Tucker caught the bus for Lincoln High School in Seattle where he graduated from in 1953. Shortly after Ralph joined the Navy. After boot camp in San Diego he was in the Pacific. The quelled a riot in Formosa and spent a fair amount of time in Tokyo where he accidently bumped into his brother. Since the ship was going to be there for a while, they asked for volunteers to go to Korea and he did for six months. Then the Navy sent him to Yale University for a year to learn Chinese. Shortly before the end of that year, the war ended and so did his enlistment. So he went back to San Diego to be discharged. He got his driver’s license, picked up his brother’s car and a pretty female passenger and drove to Seattle. He then went to the University of Washington for a year. Running out of money he then hired on to Boeing. Four weeks later, because he had been a radio tech in the Navy, they sent him to electronic tech school for 18 weeks. He kept that title for 37 years and never once got laid off. Boeing sent Ralph to Colorado, Huntsville, Tucson, and Oklahoma City where a 6 week stint turned into 7 months. Toward the end, for 3 years he spent time in Shemya in the Aleutian Islands. Ralph retired from Boeing on January 1, 1995 to get the early handshake. In his personal life, Ralph met Mary Caroline Hawkins (aka Carol) at his brother’s wedding and got married on May 7, 1960. They had a son and daughter. Carol got Ralph to join West Seattle Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He also was a commissioner at Camp Burton and a charter member of the Museum of Flight. He was a member of the Alki Masonic Lodge for 39 years and member of the American Legion in Burien. There were many parties and fun times and they took many trips. In the early days it was to Bothell to see his parents and brother’s family and to Vancouver, BC to pick up Carol’s grandfather who came from Ottawa yearly. Ralph and Carol went to Hawaii and Disneyland many times as well as Disneyworld in Florida. But in 1989Carol was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and after two strokes died on July 1, 1992. Six years later on May 30, 1998 Ralph married Alice May Morgan. Ralph was greeted in heaven by his wife, Carol holding leases to dogs Pepe, Brindell, and Bo followed by his parents and her parents Wilson and Molly Hawkins. Behind them was his brother Henry Ronald (Jeanne) and their son. Then sister Patricia (aka Ingrid Irene) with her husband Richard Smith and son Michael followed. Ralph is survived by wife Alice M., son Charles Ralph and daughter Catherine Joy Holmstrom all of Seattle. He is also survived by brothers Robert Edward (Jan), Norman Roy (Lynn), many nieces and nephews and finally his cat Bandit. Visitation for Ralph will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 11:00am to 1:00pm with the funeral service at 1:00pm all at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188. In lieu of flowers memorials in Ralph’s memory may be made to Franciscan Hospice.

February 19, 2015 - Barbara Jean Kimbrough Calderon and Ronald Roy Williamson:

Barbara J. Calderon, 79, died on Thursday, February 12, 2015. She was the loving wife of Solly “Sol” Calderon.

Services and interment for Barbara will be held in Seattle at a later date.

Barbara was born in Kansas on January 12, 1936 to the late Harold and Lee (Champagne) Kimbrough. For most of her life Barbara worked in the hospitality industry dedicating her life to the service of others.

In addition to her husband, Barbara is survived by two sons: Scott and Jeff; a sister: Linda: and two grandchildren.

Condolences may be left on Barbara's page at

Ronald Roy Williamson
November 18, 1934 - February 11, 2015

In Loving Memory

Survived by his beloved wife, Judith; daughters, Melissa (Phillip) Ackerman and Rosanne Williamson; son, Ronald "Joe" (Maria Lizza) Williamson; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a sister, Patricia Holman.

Funeral Information

Private Inurnment Service, Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent WA. There will be a Celebration of Life Service to be announced at a later date.

February 11, 2015 - Marjorie Ann Dopps:

Marjorie Ann Dopps ~ January 01, 1935 - January 27, 2015

Faith, Family and Friends

Marjorie Ann Dopps, a lifelong Seattle resident, passed away on Tuesday, January 27 at the age of 80, with her daughter holding her hand. Marjorie was the only child of Forest and Madge Dopps. She is survived by her three children: Patrick Quinn, John Petheram and Wendy (Petheram) Carpenter, eight grandchildren (Scott, Angelina, EJ, Brian, Kristina, Sarah, Ryan and Eric) and three great-grandchildren that meant the world to her.

Marjorie began her working career with the telephone company in downtown Seattle until she became a wife/mother. After returning to work, she spent the next 20+ years with SAFECO Insurance CO in the University Tower, where she made many lifelong friends.

Marjorie's life can be defined by these simple words: Faith, Family and Friends. Marjorie loved to spend hours upon hours in her garden or reading a book with a cat curled up in her lap.

Marjorie started attending Lake City Presbyterian Church at the age of five where she had been singing in the choir until she had to move into a full time care facility last March.

Many people have never had the opportunity to see an angel, or simply do not look well enough to see them walking among us. This doesn't mean they don't exist! We are truly some of the lucky ones, for not only have we seen an angel, but she was our mother, our grandmother and our friend.

Funeral Information

We hope you can join us as we celebrate Marjorie's life at Lake City Presbyterian ( on Sunday, February 15, 2015 immediately after their worship service/coffee hour. We should begin at noon and will follow with a small luncheon. Marjorie would request that you wear your favorite color, or something that reminded you of her and happy times.

Donations Information

Marjorie loved her church and flowers, and the family has requested memorial donations to Lake City Presbyterian Church Choir or Altar Flowers or, to a charity of your choice. Donations Link: Lake City Presbyterian

December 4, 2014 - Shirley Janette Lothe Hogle and Barbara Lou Atkins Green:

Shirley Janette Lothe Hogle passed away at her home in Sun City West on Sunday, November 16th, 2014, just past Midnight. She had been weakened by Breast Cancer over these past 2½ years. Shirley was born to Reba and Lawrence Lothe in Madison, Wisconsin on August 19th, 1935. She moved with her family to Washington State in the early 1940’s, going to schools in Kent, Bremerton and finally moved to Phinney Ridge, Seattle. She attended Hamilton Junior High and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953.

She attended a Business College and landed a position with Prudential Insurance Company. She met her Future Husband, Brock Hogle, in 1955, the year he graduated from the UW and received a Reserve Commission in the US Air Force. They dated while he attended UW Grad School. She became engaged just before he reported for Active Duty on Christmas Day, 1956.

They were married in Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church on August 24, 1957. They flew to Houston, Texas where Brock was going to Navigator School at Ellington AFB. Shirley went to Prudential and got a job there. Their first Duty Assignment was an Air Refueling Squadron in Bangor, Maine. Shirley went to work at Prudential there. Brock became a Navigator on a SAC COMBAT READY CREW, flying KC-97 TANKERS, built in Renton, Washington.

When Brock’s Crew went TDY to the Azores for 90 days, Shirley went by Greyhound to Seattle to work in the Insurance business, her fourth Insurance job in 4 different states. She returned to Bangor and Brock finished out his 3 year Active Duty Requirement.

They bought a home in Shoreline in 1960, where their Daughter Colleen was born. Their Son Scott was born in 1964. She was a STAY AT HOME MOTHER, there for the family. After both children graduated from College, they sought Sunshine and Blue Skies in Sun City west, AZ, buying a home there in 2009. They sold their Shoreline home on Halloween, this year and became Full Time residents in Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Brother Reginald, Sister Audrey and Daughter Colleen. She is survived by Husband, Clifford Brock Hogle, Son Scott Brian Hogle and Brother Donald Lothe. No services are planned, per her request. Her Ashes will be added to the family Nitch in Holyrood Cemetery, Shoreline, next to Colleen’s remains sometime in the near future.

Barbara Lou Atkins Green, 77, of Wenatchee, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

She was a Wenatchee resident for 10 years and she was a lighting consultant for Seattle Lighting for 15 years and then was a manufacturer representative for James W. Green.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Green of Wenatchee; her children, Michael James Green of Oak Harbor, WA., Randy Green of Lynnwood, WA., Jeffery Green of Missoula, Montana, and Tim Green of New York, New York; one brother, John Atkins of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee.

Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at Arrangements are by Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home.

August 13, 2014 - Betty Jean Torkelson Paradie:

Betty Jean (Torkelson) Paradie 78, peacefully passed away December 20, 2013. She is now reunited with her husband, Stan. She loved playing bridge, gardening, and all animals. Betty leaves behind daughters, Cindy (Steve) Swain, Michelle (Michael) Brower; sisters, Grace Rillo, Mary DeWeese; five grand-children; two great-grandchildren. A "Celebration of Life" will be on February 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Contact family for more information. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Providence Hospice or Lupus Foundation.

August 7, 2014 - Rita Corina Sanchez Harr:

Rita Harr passed away on her eightieth birthday with her family and loved ones at her side on June 2, 2014. Rita was born in Albuquerque, N.M. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle and worked for the Boeing Co. in Everett, she was the vice president of the ladies auxiliary at the Monroe V.F.W. She helped with their cancer aid and research bulletin to raise funds to help the fight. Being a five time cancer survivor herself, Rita volunteered at The Cancer Center, Providence Hospital of Everett. Helping those to deal with the disease that took her. Rita is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Gloria, Shelly, and Donna; son, Donald; sisters, Brenda and Denise; brother, George; six grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Life isn't about surviving the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

June 25, 2014 - Helen Loraine Argus:

Helen Loraine Argus was born April 8, 1935 in Seattle, Washington. She passed away on June 12, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Helen was bedridden for the last two years of her life. She attended Haller Lake Grade School prior her years at Alexander Hamilton Jr. High School and Lincoln High School.

April 29, 2014 - Bonnie LaRae Berrett Dalton:

Bonnie LaRae Berrett Dalton (May 1, 1935 ~ April 13, 2014) passed away surrounded by family on April 13, 2014. Bonnie was born to Josephine Jensen and Floyd Edward Berrett on May Day in 1935. Raised in Seattle with her brother Frank and her sister Judy Ane (twin sisters Jeanne and Janice died as infants), Bonnie was devoted to her family and formed genuine, lasting friendships. As a teenager, Bonnie was so beloved that her peers wrote her in on the ballot to elect her as president of the Lincoln High School Girl's Club. She continued to lift, inspire, and lead her fellow students at Brigham Young University as AWS president. It was deeply important to Bonnie to reach individual women while imparting energy and encouragement to many.

Bonnie met Gene Wray Dalton her senior year. They fell in love and were married in the Idaho Falls temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1957. Bonnie and Gene moved to Texas and then to the Boston area. In their 14 years there, they formed cherished friendships and welcomed five daughters to their home. They then chose to settle in Provo, Utah, where three more daughters were born into their family.

Bonnie served extensively in the Primary, Relief Society, and Young Women. She served on the Young Women's General Board, insightfully contributing to the redesign of Personal Progress. Bonnie also taught as an elementary school teacher, pouring enormous effort into understanding how each child learns. She immersed her students in poetry, theater, and reading, instilling in them a love of language.

After 40 years of marriage, Gene passed away in 1997. Characteristically, Bonnie turned to service, traveling to the Marshallese Islands for a season to teach at the Queen of Peace High School. As a couple, Bonnie and Gene had planned to serve an LDS mission. In 2004, Bonnie singly fulfilled that hope in the Boston mission.

Bonnie actively sought opportunities to serve in every stage of her life. She opened her home to foster children, foreign exchange students, daughters of friends, and many women during their BYU education. As a teacher and leader, Bonnie deliberately set aside the extraneous in order to find true needs and seek untapped capacities to meet them. As a mother, sister, daughter, and friend, Bonnie was unfailingly giving and loyal. She lived her life with conscious intent, indefatigable in her efforts to lift and better and love the many lives she touched.

Bonnie will be missed by her surviving sister Judy Ane Berrrett, daughters Denise Dalton, Carrie Sandholtz (Kurt), Sara Dalton (Stuart), Beth Tueller (Jim), Rachel Knudson (Garth), Josie Esplin (Todd), Louisa Hudock (Robert), Jennie Bowen (Brigham), 36 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Friday, April 18, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 East North Temple Drive, Provo, UT and Saturday, April 19, from 9:30-10:30 am. A memorial service will follow at 11 am. Interment in East Lawn Memorial Hills, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah.

Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in Deseret News on Apr. 15, 2014

April 9, 2014 - Marie Carmel Blaschka Bowers:

Bowers, Marie "Carmel" of OCEANSIDE -- Marie "Carmel" Bowers passed away on March 10th, 2014 at a lovely young age of 78. She lived in Oceanside, CA for the last 20 years and Bellevue, WA the previous 27 years. Carmel, the youngest of 10 children, was born to parents Leo and Angeline (Stibre) Blaschka and was raised in Seattle, WA, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1953. Affectionately known by her family as the "Butterfly," Carmel married and was then widowed, left singlehandedly to raise three children, Cindy, Craig and Cheryl. Carmel's talent was make-up artistry and she worked primarily as a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician for over 35 years. Her childhood dream of living in sunny California brought her to Oceanside where she spent thousands of hours volunteering within the community. Her passion was with the Tri-City M.C Auxiliary, KOCT TV, and Brother Benno's Thrift Store. Carmel also volunteered with the Oceanside Senior Police, Women's Resource Center, Meals on Wheels, Moonlight Amphitheater, Harbor Days, Days of Art, Operation Thank You for military families and beach clean-ups and was an interview Board member for police cadets. Our "Butterfly" positively touched many hearts throughout her life and most recently, had formed a most beautiful friendship with Oceanside resident, Robert Mikulay, to whom we are infinitely grateful for helping to take such good care of our Mom. Carmel is survived by her daughter, Cindy Fenick and husband Steve of Spokane Valley, WA; and her daughter Cheryl Bowers, also of Spokane, WA. She is preceded in death by her son, Craig Bowers. There will be a service honoring Carmel Bowers at the Tri-City Medical Center, Lower Level, Gen. Assy. Rm #2 at 2:30 pm on March 18th. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations be made to the Tri City MC Auxiliary, KOCT TV or Brother Benno's.

Published in U-T San Diego on Mar. 18, 2014

April 5, 2014 - Robert Earl Smith:

Robert Earl Smith of Desert Hot Springs, California passed away in March 2014.

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January 29, 2014 - Grace Eleanor McAvoy Kunzler:

Grace Eleanor McAvoy Kunzler, of Bellevue, WA, died Thursday, January 23, 2014. She was 78 years of age. Grace was born on June 2, 1935, in Seattle, WA to Marie Loretta Sutter and John Matthew McAvoy. She was the youngest of 11 children.

She was raised in Seattle and graduated from Lincoln High School. She began work as a C-Copy File Clerk for The Boeing Company in 1953. Within a few months, she met Richard J. Kunzler who was working as a Boeing engineer. He had a car, a boat, and a house. She thought he was a millionaire. After a whirlwind courtship, they married on December 23, 1954. They had three daughters, Janine, Conni, and Ronda, and they were all sealed in the Logan, UT, Temple in 1961.

Grace had many attributes that made her beloved. She enjoyed people, and could make friends with anyone of any age. She was always quick to welcome new people at church and in the neighborhood, and delighted in hosting celebrations for new babies, weddings, and other events in addition to just having friends stop by. In the last several years of her life, she befriended and loved the people who cared for her.

She liked singing, and could think of a song for every situation. During her life she was part of a trio and several church choirs, including one where she traveled to Salt Lake City, UT, and sang in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

She was always engaged in church service, holding leadership positions in the primary, young women’s organization, and the Relief Society. She also loved to be her husband’s home teaching companion, serving faithfully and helping many people. She served in the Seattle Temple for many years and cherished her time spent there.

With her husband, Grace served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from March 1993 to February 1994 in North Carolina - Charlotte. She had a soft spot for the people there and gained many friends.

She loved to laugh—and brought much laughter to her family and friends. She was a loving mother, and was embarrassingly proud of her children and grandchildren. As one friend said, “Grace lived up to her name.”

She is survived by her daughters, Janine Sherman (Lewis) of Littleton, CO; Conni Kunzler of Arlington, VA; and Ronda Rodney (Brett) of Renton, WA. She leaves eight grandchildren, Leslie, John, Natalie, Mark, and Lauren Sherman; Erika Rodney Johnson, and Alisha and Madalyn Rodney. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard J. Kunzler, and her 10 siblings, John Mathew McAvoy, Milton Wadsworth McAvoy, Marie Francis McAvoy Wells Holman, Robert Louis McAvoy, Dorothy Elizabeth McAvoy Haroldson, Edgar Allen McAvoy, Margaret Louise McAvoy Clayton, Lucille Evelyn McAvoy Cutter, Charles Henry McAvoy, and Martha Gertrude McAvoy LeClaire.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the LDS Bellevue South Stake Center, 15205 SE 28th St. Bellevue, WA 98008. Viewing from 11:00 – 12:00 and funeral services at 12:30pm. A graveside service will be held following the funeral at Sunset Hills Memorial Cemetery, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. Arrangements entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home of Issaquah, WA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the missionary fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s on-line guest book at

December 31, 2013 - Arline E. Shulmier Daniel::

Arline E. (Shulmier) Daniel, 78, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on Christmas Day 2013. Three Children, Evelyn, David, and Dean. 13 Grandchildren, 20 Great-Grandchildren. Large extended family near and far. An amazing mom, grandma, GiGi, and friend. World traveler. Lincoln High School Alumni. Went home to be with her savior Jesus Christ. The funeral service for Arline will be held Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Life Center First Assembly-God, 1717 S Union Ave, Tacoma, Washington at 2:00 PM. Published in The Seattle Times from December 28 to December 29, 2013.

December 31, 2013 - Judith Arlene Munn Robinett:

Judith Arlene Munn Robinett ~ Aug 24, 1935 - Aug 9, 2013. A loving mother who will be truly missed. She raised 6 biological and 6 step-children, and was a grandmother to 31 and a great grandmother to 16. She attended Lake City Elementary, Hamilton Jr High, and Lincoln High but was unable to graduate with her class of 1953.

June 17, 2013 - William L. Devine:

William (Bill) Devine, 77, of Burien, Washington, passed away on June 7, 2013. He is predeceased by his parents, Howard and Odetta Devine, and his daughter Katherine Merry Devine. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly; his children, Sherrie Devine and Charlene Devine-Gonzales, along with grandchildren, Jeff, Randy, Greg, Amanda and Christina, seven great-grandchildren, his sisters Barbara Feist and Carol Whaley and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill loved and lived life to the fullest, never met a stranger and always had a kind word and corny joke to share with his innumerable friends and customers, to keep everyone around him smiling. They were better for having known him. He worked for over 35 years in fire equipment sales and service and was loved and respected by his peers.

He was also an antique car enthusiast and valued member and former officer of the Dodge Brothers Club. An avid jazz lover, gifted photographer and dedicated Mariners fan, he found happiness in each day of his life, leaving a legacy of such joy and memorable moments to all who knew and loved him.

We will be celebrating his life on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Greenwood Funeral Home at 1:30pm, where he will be interred later in the evening. All are invited to a private viewing before and after the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to your favorite charitable organization. For any additional information, please contact Greenwood Funeral Home at 425-255-1511.

June 4, 2013 - John David Steffen:

Dave Steffen, age 76, went to be with the Lord early Tuesday, October 25, 2011. He was born in Seattle, Washington. Dave is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Terry; son, Trent; stepsons Tom Davis (wife Robin), Mike Davis, Jack Davis (wife Rachel). He leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Brittany, Courtney, and Jake. Dave taught public school music for 27 years in the Seattle area. For the last 20 years he has lived in Arizona using his musical gifts to bless many hearts in several churches, the last 6 years at Fountain Hills Baptist Church. He loved his Lord so much and He will be missed by family and friends.

May 22, 2013 - More obituaries:

Howard Meacham (1st and 2nd photos) of San Gabriel, California passed away on June 9, 2010 of cancer. Howard was born on September 20, 1935. He was almost 75 when he passed. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Meacham, his children: Dale Meacham, Eric Meacham, Stacy Meacham Bertolette and Kelly Meacham Allen. His granddaughter Brooke Bertolette, 14 months; and soon to be born Patrick Howard Allen.

Irene Klave Helm (3rd and 4th photos) was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Seattle, and died May 1, 2013, of heart-related issues at her home in Mesa, Arizona. She lived in Shoreline, Washington as a young wife and mother, then in 1976 she moved to the San Francisco-Bay area as a single mother of three. She supported her family by running a company that put on casino parties as money-raisers for non-profits. In 2007, she moved to Mesa. She had three children; Tracy, Kim and Brad; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held May 11, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona.

April 29, 2013 - Two more obituaries:

Dona Nita Cloud (1st and 2nd photos) was born January 22, 1936 and passed away on January 4, 2013. Dona had suffered with Alzheimer's Disease in recent years.

Cliff David Lawson (3rd photo) of Edmonds, Washington was born November 16, 1934 and passed away on March 16, 2002.

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April 27, 2013 - Three more obituaries:

Beverly Dale Slusser (1st photo) of Fruitland, Idaho was born November 4, 1935 and passed away on May 31, 2009.

John Rodney Hilderman (2nd photo) of Pensacola, Florida was born December 24, 1934 and passed away on December 26, 2010.

James Harrison White (3rd and 4th photos) of Shoreline, Washington passed away on April 17, 2013 at home in Shoreline surrounded by his beloved family after a brave battle with cancer. He married Carolyn Ruosch December 23, 1956. They had 56 wonderful years. After two years of duty in the Navy, they settled in Shoreline and raised their four sons. Jim served 12 years in the Seattle Fire Department and 43 years in the Shoreline Fire Department, retiring as Captain of the part-paid department. Jim loved flying and boating with his family. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, brother Bruce (Judy), four sons, Russell (Gail), Richard (Laurie), Kevin (Jody), Robert, grandchildren, Marcus, Laurel, AJ, Justin, Sarah, Rachel, Austin, Trevor, Harry (all "Whites"), Olivia, William, Joseph Finney and one precious great grandson Micheal James. He was wonderful, kind and very loved. The family would like to thank Group Health Hospice for its wonderful care. Services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, Washington. Thursday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Remembrances may be sent to the Shoreline EMS Donations Fund, 17525 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline, Wa 98133.

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April 4, 2013 - Four obituaries:

Kenneth Rudy Hauselman (1st photo) of Camarillo, California was born Febuary 9, 1935 and passed away on August 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Diane.

Craig Stonehocker (2nd photo) of Tacoma, Washington passed away after back surgery on October 20, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Sallie.

Gerald Pattison (3rd photo) of Seattle, Washington passed away on November 17, 2012. His death was reported by a friend.

Richard LeRoy Legler (no photo available) of Stanwood, Washington was born July 17, 1935 and passed away on February 17, 2012. He is survived by his wife DE.

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March 22, 2013 - Warren Olson:

Warren J. Olson, 75, Fairbury, IL died at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.

A memorial service was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury, with Rev. Tom Krieger officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
He was born Feb. 25, 1935 in Duluth, MN, a son of Eilert and Jennie Jacobsen Olson. He married Peg Vaughan on June 20, 1964 in Fairbury. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Heidi (Jeff) Rieger, Bettendorf, IA; Jennifer (Ron) Rebholz, Bloomington; two grandchildren, Abbey and Ryan; one brother, Ronald (Phyllis) Olson, Laurel, MD; one sister, Helen Gerber, Fairbury, and several nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Lincoln High School, Seattle, WA attended the University Washington. Seattle, WA and graduated from Banking School of Southern Illinois. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He retired from Bluestem National Bank, Fairbury, where he was a director.

Mr. Olson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury, where he was past president, a choir member and a Sunday school teacher.

He was a member of the Elks Club in Pontiac and part of the scholarship committee, Lions Club, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Livingston County Bankers. President of Fairbury Jaycees, and served on the Fairbury Hospital board and swimming pool board.

As an avid runner for many years, he took part in creating the Vermillion Valley Striders running club and could be seen running all around town.
The family suggests memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community.

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March 18, 2013 - Joy Proffitt Schaefer:

Joy Proffitt Schaefer passed away in October 2, 2004 in Mt. Angel, Oregon. She is survived by her sister Linda, daughter Tracy, son Casey and granddaughter Melissa. She raised two successful kids and had a long successful career as a primary school teacher in Salem, Oregon. She lived in Salem for 45 years. According to her son Casey, she lived her life with style and flair! Joy is interred at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle.

January 17, 2013 - Sandra Arnstein Naon:

Sandra Arnstein Naon was born September 17, 1936 in Seattle, WA. She passed peacefully at home on November 30, 2012. She is survived by her partner in life, Albert Shemarya, sons, David (Kathy) and Jeff (Lori) Naon, grandchildren Zachary, Benjamin, Jack, & Harper, and sister Linda Arnstein Zweig of San Francisco. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Jack Naon (1990) and her oldest son, Craig (2011). Sandy enjoyed traveling the world, the theater, movies, tennis, mah jong, bridge, reading, walking, socializing with friends, entertaining and anything else she could cram into a day with her Albert.

Funeral services will be held Mon., Dec. 3rd at 1:30pm at Sunset Hills in Bellevue, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Seattle AIDS Alliance or Gilda's Club.

December 31, 2012 - Donald Lee Bonner:

Donald Lee Bonner passed away in Selah, Washington on October 9, 2012. Don made two large contributions to the our class in 2011 even though his health did not permit him to join us at the reunion luncheon. So, as we enjoy future reunions we can remember Don and his generosity which will help us to continue the reunion activities as long as we are physically able to do so. Don was born on December 11, 1934 to Harrie and Minnie Bonner. His wife, Tammie, preceded him in death by ten years. They are survived by their 4 children: Lisa Shepard and Dan, Lance and Blake Bonner. Don worked for the Washington State Department of Licensing during his entire working career. He began as a clerk and progressed to the level of Assistant Director before retiring. He also served in the United States Air Force as a young man.

November 1, 2012 - Donald Bjornsen:

Donald "Don" R. Bjornsen was born in Seattle, Washington on October 18, 1938 to Thomas and Neoma Waite Bjornsen. He passed away after a brief illness on February 1, 2012 at Spring Estates in Kenmore, Washington. He was 78 years old. He was a resident of the Seattle area for most of his life.

Don faithfully served our country in the United States Army. He, also, worked and retired from Sears after serving 28 years as an auto mechanic.

He met his best friend and love of his life, Joanne M. Anderson, when she was 16 years old. He came over to her parent's house to trim the hedges and it was "love at first sight" for her. Standing on the porch, admiring him from afar, Don returned several times to "check up" on the hedges. They courted for several years and were married a total of 57 years. They shared many passions including camping, hiking, biking, skiing, and gardening together. They had two sons; Thomas and Jeffery Bjornsen.

Don leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Joanne Bjornsen; younger brother, Maurice Bjornsen; sons, Thomas (Mary) Bjornsen and Jeffery (Mary) Bjornsen; five grandchildren, Kaley, Sadie, Erik, Tait, and Haaken; many loving extended family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Bothell First Lutheran Church, 10207 NE 183rd St., Bothell, WA on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Associate or Group Health Hospice

August 23, 2012 - Earl O. Lane:

Earl O. Lane, age 77, longtime resident of South Whidbey, died peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2012 after an extended illness.

Mr. Lane was born in Philadelphia, Penn., on April 10, 1935. His family moved to Seattle when he was ten years old. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle in 1953. [Editor's note: Earl attended Haller Lake Elementary School and Alexander Hamilton Jr. High before Lincoln High.] In January, 1955 Earl joined the US Air Force and served his country for 23 1/2 years, attaining the rank of CMSgt. He was stationed at various bases in Washington, California and Alaska. He also did a tour in Thailand during the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Air Force, he and his family remained in Alaska for an extra year and then settled on South Whidbey, in 1979. He managed the boat launch at Bush Point for a couple of years and then returned to the aerospace industry at Boeing. He is a retired Battalion Chief of the Bush Point Fire Station. He was a patient teacher and mentor to many young men and women he worked with.

Earl married Beverly Shanrock on Jan. 6, 1957. Together they raised a family and traveled with their children extensively and supported every activity they were involved in. When they had grandchildren, they followed their activities with the same care and passion. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly; his children and their spouses, Cheryl and Larry Hardie, Nanette and David Streubel, and Terry and CJ Lane; by his grandchildren, Marc and Alex Hardie, Amanda and Nicholas Streubel and Lindsey and Casey Lane; his beloved chocolate lab, Sassy; and by various nieces and nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Edith Lane; his brother, James Lane, and his son, Earl Richard Lane.

Earl loved the outdoors. Camping, hunting and fishing were an integral part of his time in Alaska. He loved to fish for pike at Lake Minchumina, as well as Copper River Salmon in Chitina. He also had his light aircraft license and loved to fly to places you could not get to by car.

Services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 1:15 p.m. There will also be a memorial barbecue held at the Greenbank Progressive Club in Greenbank on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. Please come join us and feel free to share stories you may have about Earl with the family. Earl will be missed, not only by his family, but by his countless friends!

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Jody, Kevin and Mary-Ann Bailey of Cottage by the Cove Adult Family Home for their loving care of Earl; and also to the nurses at Whidbey General Home Health Care and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to WAIF, PO Box 1108, Coupeville, WA 98239.

April 8, 2012 - R. Clint Howard:

R. Clinton HOWARD 5/8/1935 ~ 3/31/2012 - A sweet, kind, gentle man, Clint died peacefully March 31 at the American Lake VA Hospital after a courageous struggle with multiple sclerosis. A Seattle native, Clint was the youngest son of Ella and Lenn Howard.He graduated from Lincoln High School, and the University of Washington, where he majored in Communications and minored in Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He spent two years of military service in Europe as a sports writer for the Army newspaper, Stars and Stripes, then returned to Seattle to work in public relations for KING TV. His extended PR career included The American Plywood Association, the Northwest Kidney Association, and Development Director of Providence Hospitals in Everett and Seattle. Among Clint's fondest memories were panning for gold at "the ranch" in Chesaw, attending Husky football games by boat, and the Husky Rose Bowl games. A founding member of the NW "Rat Pack", Clint relished regaling audiences-any audience-with his stories and irreverent humor. He loved his house on Dorffel Drive and his home in Lacey. Most of all , he cherished his children; they were the center of his life. Clint is survived by his loving wife, Judy, son Kent Howard of NYC, daughter Cathy Cooper of Chelan, stepsons Michael and Matthew Zimney, brothers Jack and Dick Howard, and former wife, Mary Anne Howard. Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter. A memorial service will be held April 21, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Epiphany Parish, 1805-38th Avenue, Seattle, WA

March 12, 2012 - Donald Otto Evans:

Donald Otto Evans, born on May 5, 1935, passed away on September 6, 2003 in Milton, Washington at the age of 68 years. Don's passing was reported by Kenneth Donohue, his neighbor, close friend and LHS '53 classmate. I was unable to locate an obituary for Don. If you would like to supplement this information, please send your thoughts to the webmaster at

December 4, 2011 - Peggy Ullman Hedstrom:

Peggy C. HEDSTROM, 76, passed peacefully away on November 28, 2011 surrounded by her loving sisters, significant other and devoted care giver. Peggy was born in Seattle on April 16, 1935. She attended Lincoln High School and graduated from Washington State University. Peggy was well loved by all. As her role as Pastors wife Peggy's positive influence touched many over the years. Her family is grateful for the commitment and devotion of her many, many friends and community members who helped her through the last year with visits, cards, dinners and most importantly their love. Peggy never lost her smile, her optimism or her faith through a long and trying illness. Peggy is preceded in death by her husband, Irving Hedstrom, father Ernest Ullman, mother Agnes and brother, Keith. She will be sorely missed by her dear and devoted companion, Gene Chard, sisters, Carol Folsom, Barbara Nelson, Karen Seims, niece Deborah Brownstein, step children, John Hedstrom and Bev Leerar, and numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and a plethora of friends! A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, 7 December, at 11:00 am at Berean Bible Church, 2345 185th. St., Shoreline, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army.

October 26, 2011 - Martha Gebert Houk:

Martha Houk - Mom had to wait a short time before she jumped on her airplane. She was at home and at peace. I am sure Dad, Dick, Zoe and all of her other friends and family were waiting for her. She leaves me, Linnie her daughter. Grand Cats, Lena and Lois as well as many friends and family and her son Ray. Thank you to the people at Hospice, although that is not enough for what you do. Have a great flight Mom it's just the beginning. Funeral service will be Friday 10/28 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle 98133. Remembrances: American Cancer Society or The Humane Society.

Martha passed away on October 22, 2011. She served as a member of our Reunion Committee beginning with the 25-year reunion. She has been a faithful supporter of LHS activities over the years. Martha was one of our Songleaders during our senior year. She is shown in the photo with some of the Reunion Committee members a few years ago. She will be missed.

October 5, 2011 - Orville Pettibone:

Orville Melvin Pettibone, Jr. May 19, 1935 - Sept. 5, 2011 ~~ After a brief but courageous battle with cancer Orv passed into the hands of the Lord at home surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Pettibone; six children, Matt (Susan) Pettibone, Delene Pettibone, Sam (Suzanne) Pettibone, Shelley Furrer, Jodi Ferguson and LeMaye West; his eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margie Simpson and Dona Werner.

Orv, husband, father Poppo and brother, accomplished much in one lifetime. He was a natural leader, a hard working man with a big heart and a huge sense for fun and adventure. Orv was a character who lived to pull the next great prank. It was his fun spirit and caring nature that drew people to him and touched many hearts along the way.

While raising a young family, Orv pastored a church in North Seattle, WA. He then sold building materials for several years before becoming a successful home builder. Later he and Shirley owned and operated a retail cabinet business in Woodinville, WA before retiring in 1993.

Orv was an active community member and held a sacred spot in his heart for children. He supported many children's charities, coached baseball from Pee Wee to American Legion and was an active volunteer at the Maltby Food Bank until his illness prevented it. Orv loved nature, hunting, fishing and was an avid gardener. He could often be found barefoot roto-tilling or weeding in his vegetable garden. While his earthly presence will be dearly missed, memories of Orv and his spirit will forever bring a smile and live on within us.

The family invites those who wish to honor Orv to attend his memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 17 at Evergreen Funeral Home, 4504 Broadway in Everett.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to Providence Hospice or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital .

October 1, 2011 - David McAllister:

David E. McAllister was born Oct. 12, 1933 in Seattle, WA and passed away May 6, 2011 in Yakima, WA. Dave's life encapsulated one theme, service to others. His contribution has left its mark in this world that will impact many generations to come. He raised a loving family and cultivated countless friendships. Dave married Patricia Hagen on September 8, 1953. Dave entered the U.S. Navy in March of 1953 and was assigned to Navy firefighting duty. He was stationed at the Boeing Fire Department and then again as a civilian firefighter at the Sand Point Naval Air Station. He earned a degree from Oklahoma State University where he majored in Trade and Industrial Education with a minor in Fire Protection Technology. He then worked at the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau. Dave retired as Fire Chief of Bellevue, Washington in 1974. After retirement Dave moved to Victor, MT, and joined the Ravalli County Sheriff's office as a detective. Dave went on to establish a highly successful investigation and security business, Omni-sentinel. Dave moved to Yakima in 1989 and was employed part-time as a senior analyst for Fire Solutions, Inc. He is survived by his wife Patricia McAllister, a son Michael McAllister, and a daughter Julie Swedin. He is also survived by his grand children Brianna McAllister, Anna and Eric Swedin; a brother Kenneth McAllister, a nephew Robert McAllister and his daughter Jamie, a nephew William McAllister, and a niece Tammy Mooney. Dave was preceded in death by a brother Wilfred McAllister, his mother Viola Jones, and father Virgil McAllister. Dave is survived by friends too numerous list. A Celebration of Life for retired Fire Chief Dave McAllister will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 3225-148th Avenue S.E. Bellevue, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home, 1010 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.

September 10, 2011 - William Squibb:

William "Bill" John SQUIBB June 20, 1934 ~ September 1, 2011 Born in Seattle to Hubert and Militene Squibb. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and football. He attended the U of W on a basketball scholarship and was drafted into the Army 2 years later. He married Pat Carrol and they had 4 children. For 20 years he played semi-pro baseball, and worked for Burke Sales and later for the Tradewell Grocery chain as a Western Division Marketing Manager. He then met Marilyn Pope and they wed May 26th, 1989. His favorite hobbies were golf and dancing. He was the life of the party and had a great sense of humor. Bill is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, his children: Mike Squibb, Teresa Erdahl, Susan Small (Bill), and Steve Squibb. He had 4 step-children: Diane Willardson (Steve), Wayne Leigh (Barbara), Susan Weese (Tom), and Kris Pope (Angela).Combined he had 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grands. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Sharon Squibb Brown. There will be a memorial service at Evergreen-Washelli in Seattle on Saturday, 9/17/2011 at 2:00 p.m.

June 16, 2011 - Norma Larsen Zimmer (LHS Class of 1941):

Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" on "The Lawrence Welk Show" for 22 years and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra, among others, died Tuesday, May 10, of natural causes in Brea, Calif. She was 87.

Until 1982, when the show ended, Zimmer sang solos, did duets with Jimmy Roberts and waltzed with Welk to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes, dubbed "champagne music." She appeared with the orchestra on the road for three years, then stopped when she decided to raise a family.

Welk's previous Champagne Lady (the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra's lead female singer), Alice Lon, was fired in 1959 -- he thought she exposed her legs too much on camera. After protests, however, Welk tried (and failed) to get Lon back. The show experimented with several different singers over the course of a year, and Zimmer officially joined Welk as his Champagne Lady on New Year's Eve 1960.

Born Norma Larsen in Larson, Idaho, she grew up in Seattle. She sang with a succession of vocal groups including the Norman Luboff Choir, the Pete King Chorale and the Ken Darby Singers and appeared on television variety shows during the 1950s.

As part of a quartet called the Girlfriends, she sang backup for Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Bing Crosby, including on Crosby's famed recording of "White Christmas."

Zimmer appeared on the orchestra's public TV specials that have aired (along with repeats of the series) since 1987. She also took part in a tribute to Welk and his show held earlier this year at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Zimmer made several film and TV appearances, including one with Crosby in the 1950 film "Mr. Music" and in an episode of "I Love Lucy" and was the voice of the White Rose in the 1951 Disney film "Alice in Wonderland."

Survivors include two sons. Her husband, Randy Zimmer, died in 2008.

June 16, 2011:

Mildred Reski Falkenhagen passed away in Renton, Washington on March 24, 2009. She was born in March 1935. We were notified of her passing by her husband Jan. [No further obituary was available to the webmaster. If you wish to submit a tribute, please feel free to do so.]

It appears that John W Chaplin passed away on June 14, 2008 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Our John Chaplin was allegedly born on October 24, 1935. The reported death showed a birthdate of October 24, 1934. If any of you know John and are in a position to challenge his passing, please contact the Webmaster. The John Chaplin who died in Arizona served in the military during the Korean War.

Ruth Benedict Lotzenhiser passed away in Anaheim, California on June 24, 2006. She was born in September 1935. [No further obituary was available to the webmaster. If you wish to submit a tribute, please feel free to do so.]

April 17, 2011 - Arthur A. Hunt:

Arthur A. Hunt passed away in Richmond, Virginia on April 16, 2011 after a 4-1/2 month battle with brain and lung cancer. An obituary will be posted here when available. In the meantime here are the last two entries in his CaringBridge journal:

"Yesterday morning at around 12:15 am, Dad peacefully gave up his brave fight and went to a much better place.He was the best husband, father, granddaddy and father-in-law ever and we are so happy that he is pain free forever. We love you so much Dad and we will miss you."

"We spent the afternoon finalizing plans for Dad's service. It will be Tuesday, April 19th at 11:00 am at St. Matthew's Epsicopal Church, at the corner of Forest and Patterson Avenues here in Richmond."

"We thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and kind messages over these past months. The support and love from so many people from all over has meant more than we can ever thank you enough for."

HUNT, Arthur Adams, 76, a certified financial planner, died Saturday, April 16, 2011 after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Courtney Stormont Hunt; a son, Charlie Hunt and his wife, Malissa, of the Outer Banks of North Carolina; a daughter, Courtney Hunt Edwards and her husband, Tom Edwards, of Richmond; two sisters, Nancy Hunt Turner and Judy Hunt Campbell, both of Seattle; and a brother, James Hunt of San Francisco; as well as five grandchildren, Elizabeth Edwards, Grace Edwards, Jamie Edwards, Whitney Gamiel and Malinda Brothers; and one great-grandchild, Janelle Dunton. Art was a native of Seattle and a cum laude graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor's of arts degree in economics. While there, he also became a brother of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. A charter and honored member of the Kiwanis Club in Richmond, Art was also a former president of the Richmond Gentry and enjoyed volunteering at Meals on Wheels for many years. He was an avid tennis player and skier and a member of the Three Eye tennis fraternity. A longtime member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, he served on the Vestry, sang in the choir and chaired both the Endowment Committee and TGIF, a weekly prayer breakfast. Art was a principled man of great dignity and a kind, gentle friend to all. Art and Courtney met at Virginia Beach, where Art was an officer in the U.S. Navy. They lived in Bellevue, Washington, before moving to Richmond. Art was a real estate broker and the district sales manager for the Union Envelope Company in Richmond. Services for Mr. Hunt will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at the corner of Forest and Patterson Avenues on Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Matthew's Endowment Fund or the Salvation Army.

April 13, 2011 - Marilyn Spurr Rall:

Marilyn Kay Spurr Rall passed away on April 9, 2011. She was born in 1935. Marilyn is survived by her husband Ron Rall and four children. Ron and Marilyn were classmates at Lincoln High. Most of us will remember that Marilyn was our Mrs. Lincoln on T-Day in 1953. Services for Marilyn will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Westgate Chapel, 22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, Washington 98020

March 20, 2011 - Byng W. Nixon (Faculty):

Byng W. NIXON Byng W. Nixon, age 92 passed away on March 17th at the Warm Beach Senior Community Center in Stanwood, WA. He was born to Edith Fernee' and Jesse Dale Nixon on October 30, 1918 in Seattle. Byng attended Seattle Public schools and graduated from Lincoln High School (Seattle) in 1937. He went to the University of Washington on a football scholarship. UW Linemen Glen Conley and Byng Nixon both attended Lincoln High, then UW, and then played on the Tacoma Indians together. They were called "The Birdcage Twins" because they wore facemasks, nothing but a plastic bar, on their helmets. The UW team also played in a bowl game in Hawaii and travelled there by boat which took about a week. During his senior year, Byng married Eudora F. Britten on January 31, 1941. Upon his graduation from UW in 1941, Byng played semi-professional football for the Seattle Bombers and Tacoma Indians while also working at Todd Shipyard. Byng began his teaching career with Seattle Public Schools as a physical education teacher. Byng taught for most of his career at Lincoln High School at which he was the head track and field coach, and asst. football and basketball coach plus the Dean of Students. He retired from the Seattle Public Schools in 1979. Byng spent his time outside of school painting houses, fixing things for his family and friends. He built two homes for his family, one on Camano Island and one in North Ballard. Byng and Eudora enjoyed dancing at the Elk's Club and going on trips to places like Las Vegas, Ireland and China. Byng was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Eudora, his daughter, Patricia L. Ingraham, and his sister, Mickey McAllister. He is survived by his sons, Mike B. Nixon (Amy), Dr. Tim J. Nixon (Beccie) and his daughters, Kathy D. Madigan (Larry) and Maureen L. Setterberg (Dan) and sister-in-law, Patricia Bell (Bob). He has 13 grandchildren: Diane Dixon, Sandra Ingraham, Kathy Dorr, Dan Ingraham, Dave Ingraham, Bill Nixon, Sean Nixon, Kelly Madigan, Megan Madigan, Seth Setterberg, Nick Setterberg, Samantha Nixon and Blake Nixon. Byng also has 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Our family is very thankful for the wonderful care provided by the Warm Beach Senior Community Center for our father. Viewing, Thursday, March 24th, 4 to 7 pm, Beck's Funeral Home, Edmonds. There will be a celebration of Life at Holy Rosary Church, Edmonds on Friday, March 25th at 10:30 am followed by a reception in the church hall. Flowers are welcome, however, if preferred, donation may be made to the: Hope Heart Institute or the American Heart Association . Sign Byng's on-line Guest Book at

March 16, 2011:

Ronald W. Douglas Beloved aunt, uncle, cousins and loving sister Bette Douglas Marshall along with many friends will greatly miss Ron's infectious interest in living.

Born to Bill and Delnora Douglas in Seattle, Washington on July 28th, 1935 and passed on September 18th, 2009.

Since college his career was international banking which provided Ron with rich knowledge and appreciation of the world's history and cultures.

At Ron's request there will be no services.

Wilbur Clarke was born on May 31, 1935 and passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2009. Wilbur was last known to be living in Morrisville, North Carolina. [No further obituary was available to the webmaster. If you wish to contribute an obituary or a tribute, please feel free to do so.]

March 6, 2011:

Louise Marie Shapely Holm, of Everett, passed away Aug. 18, 2007, after a very brave battle with cancer.

Born April 23, 1935 in Anacortes, Louise lived in Clinton for 22 years.

She is survived by son, Glenn and his wife Vanessa Martin; eight grandchildren, Sean, Joshua, Cody, Colvin, David, Ian, Peter and Julia Jean; as well as her brother, Louis Shapley.

A graveside service was held on Friday, Aug. 24 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Edmonds. Arrangements were under the care of Beck’s Funeral Home, Edmonds.

Richard Ronald Ploof, 75, died July 3, 2009 in Bothell, WA. He was born on March 28, 1934 in Seattle, WA. No services were planned for Richard. [No further obituary was available to the webmaster. If you wish to contribute an obituary or a tribute, please feel free to do so.]

Arlene Rowena Gaskell Bristow, 73, of Renton died Feb. 13, 2009, in Renton. She was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Seattle. Bristow lived in Renton and Maple Valley for more than 40 years. She worked as an administrative assistant at Valley Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford Bristow.

Survivors include her sons Bob Bristow of Renton and Trent Hurley of Prescott, Ariz.; stepsons Doug Bristow of Sumner and Robin Nelson of Post Falls, Idaho; stepdaughter Pamela Bristow of Yakima; brother John Gaskell of Olympia and sister Beverly Simmons of Camano Island.

A private cremation was held. A Celebration of Life will be held March 6 at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Memorials should be made to King County Humane Society. Arrangements were by Faull-Stokes Mortuary, Renton.

Richard William Danielson, 73, died August 24, 2008 in Bothell, WA. He was born on December 22, 1934. He was married to Janine Jacobson Danielson and prior to their residence in Bothell, they lived in Mill Creek, WA. [No further obituary was available to the webmaster. If you wish to contribute an obituary or a tribute, please feel free to do so.]

March 3, 2011 - Roy Layne Ray:

Roy Layne Ray was born July 27, 1934 in Miles City, MT to Layne and Bernice Ray. He died in Everett, WA on February 27, 2011. Roy is survived by his wife, Sharon (Sherry); six children, Bob, Terry, Randy, Sherry, Becky and Cassy; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Allen Ray; and four nephews. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was loved immensely by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at New Life Center, 6830 Highlands Drive, Everett, WA. Reception to follow at Fairway Estates Clubhouse. Donations in Roy's memory may be made to New Life Missions. Arrangements are under the care of Solie Funeral Home & Crematory.

March 3, 2011 - James Tollefson:

JAMES L. TOLLEFSON ~ FEB 1935 - SEPT 2010 He's rounding third, headed for Home!... James L. Tollefson, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on September 18, 2010. He was 75 years old. Jim joined the Air Force after high school and went on to become a navigator of KC-135s and OV-10s. He retired as a Major after 23 years of distinguished service to his country, including combat operations in Vietnam. In 1979, he joined the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Division of Measurement Standards until his retirement in August, 1997. Jim was an avid softball player, and during his retirement years he played on numerous championship teams in the Modesto and Sacramento areas, where he was known for his hustle and high batting average. Second base will not be the same without him; and if you were impressed by his batting, just imagine the grounders he will be beating out in that Better Place. Jim will be remembered mostly for the caring and devoted relationship he shared with his wife and best friend of 26 years, Chris. Jim and Chris were always seen together in and around Modesto, whether running errands, working out at the gym, or eating at their favorite restaurants. Their families ask that you remember them both in your prayers; that Jim's generous, honorable and well spent life is celebrated and his many wonderful traits are carried forward by his loved ones; and that Chris is comforted in her loss, and quickly regains her vibrant spirit and love of life. A memorial service will be held in his honor at the San Joaquin Valley Veteran's Memorial on October 7, 2010 at 2:00pm. Please consider a donation in Jim's remembrance to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation ( ... He slides at the plate, safe by a mile!

March 3, 2011 - Fylena (Lena) Dyk:

Lena B. Dyk, 83, of Ellensburg died May 21, 1999 in Ellensburg. Born in Manhattan, Montana, she lived most of her life in Seattle until moving to Ellensburg two years ago. Previously, she had worked for the state Department of Health.

Survivors include four brothers, Egbert of North Carolina, and Martin of Ellensburg, Dick of Seal Beach, Calif., and Robert Dyk of Spokane; six sisters, Lucille Morgan of Ellensburg, Nettie Miller of Lakewood, Colo., Ruth Johnson of Grants Pass, Ore., Esther Stout of Kirkland, Rhoda Ensign of Yakima, and Dorothy Moulton of Portland, Ore.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Steward and Williams Chapel in Ellensburg, Washington.

[Note: Lena graduated with the Lincoln High Class of 1953 at the age of 36 after completing a correspondence course. She resided at Firland Sanatorium. I can't imagine any of us actually knew Lena, but she was one of us.]

February 18, 2011 - Benjamin Stuart MacWatters:

Benjamin Stuart MacWatters, age 76, died peacefully at his home on October 23, 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Ben was born April 17, 1934 in Richmond, VA to Lester and Teel(Reams) MacWatters and grew up in Seattle, WA and eventually settled in Mustang in 1976. He served in both the Naval Reserve and the US Air Force where he manned a radar site in Alaska. He was a graduate of Mercer University with a career in electronics and computing. After a career spanning 32 years with the FAA, he eventually retired in 1994. Ben liked spending time in his garden and tinkering with the pool; and enjoyed spending time with friends, neighbors and family, especially with his grand and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers Les, Herman, Chuck and Dick. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Rose of the home, three children Kevin, Connie and Ken. Also by grandchildren Alexa, Scott, Katherine and Stephen, great grandchildren Christian and Adelyn and one brother Ashby. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn’. in care of the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Yukon Cemetery, Yukon, OK under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma.

January 20, 2011 - Marcelle Jean Cole Spath:

A service for Marcelle J. Spath will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. A reception follows at the church. Mrs. Spath died Sept. 30, 2009, at the age of 74. She was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Seattle and attended Lincoln High School. She graduated from the University of Washington with a teacher's degree in 1956 and began her teaching career in Long Beach, Calif. She returned to the Northwest a few years later and taught home economics at Sequim High School. She and Myron Spath married in 1962. The Spaths lived on a dairy farm where they fed the livestock, moved the irrigation system and searched for birthing cows. She enjoyed having her nephews and nieces visit the farm and spend time with her and her husband. Mrs. Spath is survived by her stepson Terry Spath; brothers Don and Ron Cole; and sisters Vi Somers and Marjorie Scott.

January 20, 2011 - Joan Yvonne Brockey Sullivan:

Joan Brockey Sullivan was born April 2, 1935 in Bottineau, ND and passed away peacefully at her home in Snohomish, WA on October 6, 2008 after succumbing to lung cancer. She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, William Sullivan, and parents Donna Mabbitt of Council Bluffs, IA and Coyle Brockey of Seattle. Joan and Bill reared their two daughters in Seattle and often traveled throughout the U.S. in connection with Bill's job inspecting missile sites for Boeing. Gardening was one of Joan's passions along with interior design. Inside or out, she never hesitated to tackle any improvement to her surroundings. Whether the job required painting, digging, hammering or refinishing, Joan would always complete it with a flourish and her own stamp of creativity. Joan will be remembered by those who knew her as a kind, resourceful and loving friend and by her immediate family as a cherished Mother and Grandmother. She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Mike) Collier of North Bend, and Susan Palmer of Snohomish; grandchildren: Mike Collier, Jr., Joseph Collier, Kaylie Collier, Ryan Collier, James Palmer, Kelly Palmer, and Chloe King; sister, Jean Brown of Woodinville; her brothers, Jerry Brockey of Tucson, AZ and Dale Mabbitt of Bebee, IA, as well as, Mike Mabbitt, Clarence Brockey and Dorothy Joseph; her uncle, Jack (Elaine) Reas of Mill Creek; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was recently preceded death by her long-time companion, Christian Thorsborg. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 10 at Beck's Funeral Home, 405 Fifth Ave. S, Edmonds, (425) 771-1234. The Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 11, at Holy Rosary, 630 - 7th Ave. N, Edmonds; with Interment following at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline. Remembrances may be given to the Providence General Foundation (specifying New Providence Cancer Center on check memo line), P.O. Box 1067, Everett, WA 98206; or call 425-258-7500.


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