Monday, February 21, 2011

Washington Obituaries 02/21/2011


Addie Wea

Addie WEA Born Oct 15, 1924 passed away at home Feb 18, 2011. Survived by sons; Tyree, Ronald, Joseph, and Michael Forest; Melvin and George Wea; daughters, Joyce (Goosby), Marlene (Oliver), Rhonda Forest, Addie Forest-Walton and Elizabeth Brown; sisters, Gladys and Flossie. Also many grand and great-grandchildren, family and friends. Memorial service Thurs Feb 24, 2011 at 5pm at Primm Tabernacle AME Church, 4455 S. Brandon St., Seattle



Andrew Paul

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Merritt Funeral HomeAndrew Paul, 84, of Beverly (Priest Rapid), Washington went to the Creator on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Andrew was born July 14, 1926 in Inchelium, Washington to Phillip and Christine (Andrews 



Arlon D. Cook

Of Spokane went to be with the Lord Friday, February 18, 2011. Arlon was born in Imperial, Nebraska. Arlon is survived by his wife, Leta; four children, Cheryl, Michael, Marcia, and Jeffrey; eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. A graveside memorial will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, 211 Government Way, Spokane. Visitation will be Monday and Tuesday 9am-8pm at RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME 4305 N. Division Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission, Spokane or Holy Family Hospital Foundation, Spokane. Online guestbook at



Arnold William (Butch) Covel

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

RICHLAND - Arnold William (Butch) Covel, 57, of Richland, died Feb. 11, 2011 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Arnold was born on Aug. 8, 1953, in Duluth, MN to Robert and Margaret Covel. Later that year, t




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Bare, Rosetta Gail Ruth

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:00 AM 

Rosetta Gail Ruth Bare passed peacefully in the arms of her loving parents on February 14, 2011. Rosebud was born on May 26, 2010. .....



Bette Ann (Rice) Wilder Backstrom

Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:00 PM 

Bette Ann Rice was born September 15, in Pomona, CA, to James William Rice and Mabel Graham Rice. Bette spent her early life in Southern California, including Glendale and Pasadena. At Age ten, her father's oil business took the family to Houston, TX. It was there that Bette attended St. Agnes Girls' Academy and accepted her Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.



Betty Jean Vogelheim

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff

Betty Jean (Mackey) Vogelheim, of Rogers City, MI, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Christie), Kim Michael (Yvonne), and Andrew (Rose); daughters, Trini (Darrell 



Betty L. Ferguson

Passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 17th. We all have a beautiful angel looking over us. Betty was born in Coeur d'Alene on March 11th 1934 to John and Mildred Strobel. She grew up in the Rose Lake area attending all 12 school years at the Rose Lake Community School. She was very involved in school activities including co-captain of the basketball team. She made many friends in school who continued to be friends all her life. She graduated in 1951., Betty met her first husband, Richard (Dick) Donohoe in elementary school. They married in 1952 until his death in a logging accident in June 1957. They had two daughters: Candy and Robin. Betty married her second husband, Percy Ferguson, July 17th 1959. They had four children: Gina, Tony, Evan and Mark. Percy passed away in February 1998., Betty wore many hats in her life. Raising her six children was her favorite role. Later in life she volunteered at the Hospice Thrift Shop in Post Falls for 10 years. She was very proud of her volunteer work., Our Mom was well loved for her straight forward no-nonsense manner which was always given with a dose of humor and love and swift kick in the rear if needed. She will be greatly missed., She is survived by her six children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren (yes she was busy), as well as numerous nieces and nephews who all loved her. Betty was the youngest of five. She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Jack Strobel and Helen Chatfield are her remaining living siblings., The celebration of her life will be held at 10am on Thursday February 24th at English Funeral Home in Coeur d'Alene. The family asks that any donations please be made to Hospice of North Idaho.



Beverly Jean (Carlson) Call

Beverly Jean (Carlson) CALL Beverly Jean Call passed away peacefully with her family in attendance on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at the age of 76 at home in Bellevue, Washington. She fought a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Myrtle Carlson of Wilder, Idaho. She is survived by her husband, Dwight Call of Bellevue, Washington, daughters Deborah Call of Renton, Washington and Lisa Hawk (Howard) of Medina, Washington, son Gregory Call (Carolyn) of Oakland, California and five wonderful grandchildren. In addition she is survived by her sister Gayle Neumann (Werner) of Lynnwood, Washington and her brother Larry Carlson (Annette) of Caldwell, Idaho. Beverly was born November 11, 1934 in Caldwell, Idaho. She grew up on the family farm in Wilder, Idaho and graduated from Wilder High School in 1952. Attending the University of Idaho for 4 years, she graduated in 1956 with a degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. During her junior year she met Dwight Call who then was a student at Washington State University. Beverly and Dwight married in September 1955 and both graduated in 1956. Their first jobs took them to Portland, Oregon where Beverly taught school for one year in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The focus then moved on to becoming an active mother and expert on moving. For 15 years she was responsible for organizing and moving their family many times as her husband was pursuing his career with Westin Hotels. In 1971 the family settled and remained in Bellevue. Beverly excelled at motherhood and parenting and was always active in the schooling of her children and the school system itself. Always finding time for her community, she was active for many years in the Overlake Service League and the Friendship Circle among other organizations. She enjoyed life to the fullest and exuded joy and happiness in everyday living. A big part of her life was entertaining family and friends. Much of this took place in the summer at the Cabin on the shore of Lake Cavanaugh 90 minutes North of Bellevue. She was also active in the La Paloma community in Tucson during the winter enjoying golf, bridge and other activities with family and friends. She also enjoyed travel with her husband visiting places both near and far. Her grace, smile and easy way will be missed by her family and friends. An informal celebration of her life will take place at Overlake Country Club, 8000 NE 16th Street, Medina, on March 5 beginning at 3 pm with a reception to follow. The family suggests that remembrances be made to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, 801 Broadway, Suite 701, Seattle, WA 98122.



Bill J. Hutton

Having served the Lord splendidly in this life, He called Bill Hutton home on February 15, 2011. Born February 17, 1938 in Delta, CO to Levi and Bertha Hutton along with twin brother Bob, Bill graduated from Sunnyside (WA) High School in 1956 where he won the title of state boxing champion. While serving in the US Army, Bill married Sandra "Sandy" Zepp before settling in Burien, WA where he found employment first with Standard Oil. In 1966 they moved to the Spokane Valley where he began working for Zep Manufacturing Co. In 1981 Bill began working as the minister of education at Pines Baptist Church. After attending Dallas Baptist Theological Seminary, Bill and Sandy moved in 1987 to East Wenatchee where he served as associate pastor at Eastmont Baptist Church. In 1998 Bill was called to serve as pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Suncrest, WA where he continued to serve until his recent retirement. He is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Sandra (Zepp) Hutton; twin brother Bobby J. Hutton of Madrid, Spain; sister Carolee Pellegrino of Peoria, AZ; their children: Doug (Kathy) Hutton of Nine Mile Falls, JoLynn (Jerry) Yates of Greenacres, and LeAnne (Matt) Watrous of Ellensburg; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. Among his hobbies were gardening and spending time with his grandchildren, all of whom he adored. A time of visitation will be Monday, February 21, 2011 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at Dishman Baptist Church, 315 N. Argonne Rd, Spokane Valley, WA. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the graveside service which will be at Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake at 1:30 pm following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Bill Hutton to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association (, ), 1-888-733-6741.



Billy D. Zink

Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, in Phoenix AZ. January 23, 2011, due to multiple health problems. Born in Dodge WA., to Jess J. and Jessie P. Zink, he grew up in Starbuck WA., and enjoyed the Palouse area and swimming in the Tucannon River. He graduated from North Central High School where he starred in football and baseball and went on to play in the minor leagues before injuring his shoulder. He married Joan Maurer in 1954 and went to work for the family business with his father. Later he attended college at EWU and received his degree in education, and started his 30 plus year career at Rogers High School in Spokane, where he taught PE and later Drivers Education. Dad had a life long love for the game of golf and coached the Rogers golf team for many years, and enjoyed watching his sons play in local tournaments and area Pro-Ams. He liked to travel and frequently would go to Hawaii during the Christmas school break. He loved hunting, boating, playing cards and especially fishing at Pend Oreille Lake. He and mom spent the summers at Mac Donald's resort near Bayview, ID. and the winters on the golf course in Phoenix, AZ. Dad made friends easily and will be missed by his fishing, hunting and poker buddies, and most of all, by his family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Joan, his children Jerry (Tracie) Zink, and Mike (Carrie) Zink, his brother Ken (Betty) Zink, Seattle, WA., his grandchildren Jamie, Ryan and Ashley Zink and numerous nieces and nephews., A celebration of his life will be held Saturday February 26, 2011 at the Eastpoint Church, E. 15303 Sprague Ave. Spokane WA. at 11 AM., Per his wishes, his final resting place will be in Starbuck WA., at his favorite hunting spot. We thank all of you for your heart felt support and continued friendship during this difficult time. Donations can be sent to your local Hospice in recognition of their wonderful help in our time of need.



Brendon Wood Corey Fowler

Brendon 'Wood' Corey FOWLER July 11, 1974 ~ February 11, 2011 Brendon died in his sleep in Vancouver, WA. Brendon was a 1992 graduate of Juanita High School and spent 14 years as a professional musician, songwrit er and booking agent in Hollywood, CA. He handled book ings for The Roxy, Molly Malones and several other clubs in LA. Brendon lived life to the fullest.. and then some! He had a smile as big as forever and a heart of compassion that was even bigger. He was loved and respected by countless friends from Seattle to LA. Brendon your presence, both on stage and off, lifted our hearts and gave us so much joy. You absolutely rocked! You sang from the heart which so few artists can claim. Brendon is survived by his parents, Chuck and Karen, and his younger brother, Troy. 'CloudsNow I'm gonna dance on those clouds'...I'm Okay Now Mom. Zephaniah 3:17.



Caswell, Karla Ann Vina (Martin)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:00 AM 

Karla Ann Vina Martin Caswell passed February 9, 2011 following a short illness. Karla was born to C.M. 'Pat' Martin and Violet Stone Martin .....



Charlotte Schindel Whipple

Sunday, February 20, 2011 1:00 PM 

Charlotte Schindel Whipple was born September 16, 1912, in Hotchkiss, CO to parents, Jesse T. and Mary J. Reynolds. She passed away February 17, 2011. Charlotte was one of four children; her siblings were Vivian L. Reynolds McCormick, Jesse T. Reynolds Jr. and Marry Reynolds Whipple, all deceased.



Chlorene Moeller

MOELLER, Chlorene, On February 14, 2011 Chlorene Moeller was reunited with the love of her life, William (Bill) F. Moeller Jr at the gates of heaven. Born in Russellville, Arkansas on July 20, 1922 to William and Dora (Kinslow) Myers, Chlorene attended school at Johnson County Public Schools. She later moved to Seattle and worked as a waitress, it was here that she met Bill who was working in a foundry while awaiting his Army draft. They were married on August 10, 1942 and she moved to Harrington, WA to live on the family farm until Bill was discharged from the Army. They remained in Harrington until 1953 when they moved to Ritzville, WA and Bill managed the Marcellus Grange Supply and Chlorene was a homemaker. As her children grew older she worked outside of the home for Harder Ranch, Ritzville Cleaners and sold Minnesota Woolens. She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents, brother: Sam Myers (Edna) of Clarkston, WA, sisters: Ruby Wright of Jackson, MS, Myrtle Dumer (Harold) of Milwaukee, WI and her daughter Irene Moeller of Spokane. She is survived by her three sons Samuel F. Moeller (Vickie) and Bruce Moeller (Connie) of Spokane and Walter E. Moeller (Linda) of Walnut Creek, CA and daughter-in-law Julie Barringer (Wes) of Spokane. She was loved by and will be missed by 10 grandchildren: Rose Miller (Ray), Heather Konsbruck (Matt), Erik Moeller (Tania) Brad Moeller (Jenny), Jeff Moeller (Jennifer), Jon Moeller (Tara), Jennie Moeller, Amy Moeller (Eric), Lisa Michaud (Neal) Amber Moeller and 11 great-grandchildren. The family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Spokane rather than flowers. Visitation will be held Monday, February 21, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ritzville with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. Arrangements entrusted to DANEKAS FUNERAL HOME, RITZVILLE.



Clarence B. Villars

Clarence B. VILLARS Age 97. Born December 7, 1913, in Fredricktown, MO. Passed away February 10, 2011 in Seattle WA. A World War II veteran and a retired Postal Worker. He is survived by his daughters Carmen, Daphne Villars and son Darren Villars, and a granddaughter Peace Carlson, as well as numerous nieces, and nephews. A graveside service will be at the Sunset Hills Memorial in Bellevue WA. on Friday, February 25th at 10:30 am. Followed by a Celebration of Life at the family home.



Clinton Rigg

Reverend Clinton Rigg passed away on February 15th 2011., His memorial will be held on February 26th at 2:00 p.m., at North Hill Christian Church, N. 4620 Post. 



Cody Dezellem

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:00 PM 

Cody Dezellem passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at Central Washington Hospital. He was born August 11, 1984, to Stuart and Raelynn Dezellem at Omak, WA. Cody was raised in Bridgeport, WA, where he graduated high school in 2003. He was involved in many school clubs and activities, including FBLA, FFA and Honor Society.




Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:00 AM 

Anima Bose, 85, of Pullman, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at a Pullman adult family home of age related causes. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, Wash., is handling the arrangements. [...]



DEATH NOTICE: Betty J. Askins

Monday, February 21, 2011 3:00 AM 

Betty J. Askins, 88, a longtime Pullman resident and retired Pullman School Teacher, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at the High Gate Senior Living Center in Yakima, Wash., of age related causes. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family. [...]



DEATH NOTICE: Eugene P. Osmun

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:00 AM 

Eugene P. Osmun, 75, of Colfax died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, in Colfax. The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Bruning Funeral Home Chapel in Colfax. Burial will follow in Colfax Cemetery. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is in charge of the arrangements. [...]



DEATH NOTICE: Marv F. Druffel

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:00 AM 

Marv F. Druffel, 46, of Colton died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at his Colton home. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, Wash., is in charge of the arrangements. [...] 




Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:00 AM 

Ruth C. Bode of Moscow died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Pullman. She was 97. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow. [...]



Daniel & Lorraine Nickerson

Daniel & Lorraine NICKERSON Daniel and Lorraine passed peacefully surrounded by family on January 8th, after courageous battles with cancer. They were both 87. A celebration of their lives is planned for May 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Vernon, WA.



Death Notice - Douglas Treib

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:58 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

April 15, 1952 - Feb. 15, 2011 



Death Notice - Mildred Palmer

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:58 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

July 7, 1922 - Feb. 17, 2011 



Delbert Ray Sollinger

Delbert Ray Sollinger age 82, of Ferndale, passed away in Bellingham, Sunday, February 13, 2011. Born July 29, 1928 in Sumas, Washington. He attended Nooksack Valley High School and served in U.S. Army during the 



Della Bruce

Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Powers Funeral HomeDella Bruce, a former Yakima resident, passed away, peacefully on February 15th, 2011. Born in 1919, Della was 91 years old and had resided at Nisqually Valley Care Center in McKenna, WA for the past three ye



Della Passmore

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:32 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

May 1, 1933 – Feb. 16, 2011



Delores F. Roller

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Langevin-Mussetter Funeral HomeYAKIMA - Delores (Faye Marie) Roller, age 68, of Yakima, WA passed away Sunday, February 13, 2011. She was born in Yakima May 25, 1942 to Val and Ida Roller. Delores loved playing Bin 



Don "Frosty" Frostad

Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:00 PM 

Don Frostad, 68, died peacefully on February 4, 2011, from pneumonia at the end of a lengthy hospital stay. He was born and raised in Wenatchee, WA, moving his family to the Bellevue area in 1972. Don passed away in the perfect circle of love felt by his adored daughters, Amy, Kirsten, Alix and Jody; and his wife, Jeanne, the love of his life, partner and best friend for over 47 years.




Donald FROSTAD Donald Frostad, 68, died peacefully on February 4, 2011, from pneumonia at the end of a lengthy hospital stay. Don passed away in the perfect circle of love felt by his adored daughters, Amy, Kirsten, Alix, and Jody; and his wife Jeanne, the love of his life, partner and best friend for over 47 years. Don was raised in Wenatchee and was actively involved in team sports with a particular passion for skiing. Don was a Dean's List graduate of St. Martins College. He then went on to highly successful careers at Xerox and later in the real estate and mortgage banking industries. Don loved boating and being on the water. "Frosty" was an amazing man with many accomplishments, a "Jack of all Trades". Don was a true gentleman and a wonderful husband, father, father-in law, and grandfather. His 12 grandchildren will forever cherish the life stories he shared with them. He will be remembered and admired by his friends for his wisdom, gentleness, positive attitude, and his brilliant quirky wit. A memorial for Don will be held in the spring.



Donald L. Santy

Donald L. SANTY Don Santy, 88, of Surprise, Arizona and a former Seattle resident, died February 14, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nancy. Don was born July 22, 1922 and grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He owned Association Management, Inc. Don was an active member of Downtown Rotary Club of Seattle, Kiwanis and Lions Club as well as the Seattle Yacht Club. Don resided in Arizona for the past ten years. One of Don's greatest accomplishments was writing his personal memoirs that spanned his life beginning in Green Bay, on to Chicago, around the world in the Coast Guard during World War II, his work with youth, and his wonderful life with his wife Nancy. A celebration of his life will be held in Washington this summer.



Donald W. Monroe

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff

Keith & Keith Funeral HomeDonald (Don) W. Monroe, 83, passed away Tuesday February 15, 2011 in Yakima after a brief illness. Don was born July 30, 1927 in Naches, Washington to Scottish immigrants William and Theresa Mon



Dorothy L. Sutton

Dorothy Lucille Sutton passed away on Monday February 14th from complications from a stroke suffered in November of 2009, she was 79 years old. Born on November 20, 1931 in Spokane, Dorothy married James D Sutton on Dec 16, 1950 in Colville and raised a family of six children in Spokane. In addition to raising her family Dorothy attended Kinman Business School, volunteered as a Cub Scout Den Mother and had various careers from Interior Designer to In Home Care provider., Dorothy is survived by her children Suzanne Chafee (and husband Mike) of Vine Grove KY, James David Sutton Jr. (and wife Cyndi) of Kalama WA, Cindy Lundberg (and Husband Boyd) and Kayleen Sutton of Spokane, WA, Robert Sutton (and wife Lisa) of Ridgecrest CA, Sally Rawlings (and husband Ian) of Palmer AK, Dorothy is also survived by twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, siblings, Sam Lundin, of Rochester, WA, Floyd Lundin, of Kent, WA and Donna Nelson, of Spokane, WA; Also numerous nieces and nephews as well as grand and great nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in Dorothy's name can be made to the Priest River Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1626, Priest River, ID 83856.



Duane Howard Larson

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:00 PM 

Duane Howard Larson, of Wenatchee, WA, passed away peacefully February 13, 2011, after a battle with cancer and pneumonia. Duane was born March 29, 1931, in Bisbee, ND, to Gunder and Ella Larson. Duane and his family lived in Bisbee, ND until 1938. During 1938, the Larson family moved to Ballard, WA, where Duane was raised and educated.



E. Garvin Holman

E. Garvin Holman, 94, recently residing in Mountlake Terrace, WA, passed December 11, 2011 due to natural causes. Garvin was born in 1916 in the city of Hobbs, New Mexico and was the son of Beulah Mae Garvin and William Proctor Holman. After growing up in Texas and attending local college, Garvin married Nola Ducote in 1939 in Dallas, Texas., Being in sales, Garvin and Nola traveled to and resided in various states such as Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and California before finally settling down in Washington state in the city of Edmonds in the late 1950s. Garvin was a dedicated father and husband whose main hobby was making jewelry in his spare time., Garvin's gentle and kind spirit and great sense of humor will be greatly missed., Garvin is survived by his eldest son and wife, Garvin Jr. and Welly; daughter and husband, Theresa and Gordon Williams; son, Michael; and son and wife, Joseph and Tuuli; four grandchildren, Nathan, Makenzie, Janelle, and Sonny; as well as numerous cousins; other family members; and friends., Garvin was predeceased by his father in 1925; mother 1974; and other siblings over the years; as with second son, Jerry, in 1963; and loving wife, Nola, in 2002., A special thanks to Ramona and family for the loving, respectful, and dedicated care provided at her adult family care home and Linda from Snohomish County Hospice care., Garvin is buried at Holyrood Cemetery, Shoreline, Washington., A memorial will be held on February 26. Call Theresa at 206.546.3463 for details., In lieu of flowers, Garvin would appreciate donations to the, or Providence Hospice Care of Snohomish County.



Edna Emma (Liebrecht) Duncan

Monday, February 21, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Smith Funeral Home LTD and CrematorySUNNYSIDE - Edna Emma (Liebrecht) Duncan, 80, Sunnyside resident passed away on February 18, 2011 in Sunnyside after a long struggle with emphysema, chronic obstructive pul 



Effie Irene Reid

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:30 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

Jan. 8, 1920 - Feb. 11, 2011 



Ethel Kristjanson Sigmar

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Ethel Sigmar, wife of Pastor Harald Sigmar, and matriarch of her Icelandic Kristjanson family passed away in on February 16. With the heart of a champion and the soul of a goddess, Ethel lived with the spirit of humor, grit, humility and grace



Frances Strode

Thursday, February 17, 2011 4:01 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

April 22, 1919 - Feb. 15, 2011 



Frank Kent

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:57 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

Oct. 13, 1926 - Feb.10, 2011 



Gail Hazel Wiemers

WIEMERS, Gail Hazel, Longtime resident of Rathdrum, Idaho, Gail passed away February 9th, 2011, in Coeur d'Alene Idaho., She was born to Palmer and Hazel Hoiland on July 23, 1936, in Minnesota., She was preceded in death by two infant brothers: Owen and John Hoiland, a son Wesley and a granddaughter, Jessica Haller., She is survived by her husband Lloyd, five children; Russ and Debbie Wiemers, Joel Wiemers, Tim Wiemers all from Rathdrum. Rebekah and Blayne Terril of Post Falls, and Peter and Jennifer Wiemers of Coeur d'Alene. She had six grandchildren; Adam, Mandy, Amber, Cori , Alex, and Tylee. Gail also had four great grandchildren: Sadie, Carson, Cole and Jace., She is also survived by five siblings; Dean Hoiland of Grangeville ID, Iris Hoiland, Linda Smith, Betty Steiner and Donna Ward, (all from Rathdrum Idaho) and several nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws., Following her marriage to Lloyd Wiemers in 1953, they moved to Rathdrum in 1954 where they raised their family. Gail was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Although she only had an 8th grade education she attended North Idaho College, earned an AAS in nursing and worked as an LPN, until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and her parakeets. She loved museums, books, history, and her family. Most of all she loved her spiritual brothers and sisters in the congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses which had grown from one congregation in the Coeur d'Alene area to nine congregations, including the Lakeland congregation she attended when she died. She was known for the big, heartfelt hugs which she gave freely. She will be truly missed., A memorial will be held on March 5, 2011 at 4:30 at the Rathdrum Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 8162 W Nagle Rd.



Gerald Michael "Jerry" Foster

Gerald "Jerry" Michael Foster was born April 6, 1946 in Bellingham, Washington. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in Bellingham on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. He was 64 years old. Jerry is survived by his daughters Shelly and Nicole and sons Michael "Mike", Kevin, and Jamey; grandchildren Tiffany, Nick, Garrett, Landon, Maddy, Bella, Katie, Jaden, and Kailer; and great-grandson Levi. Surviving siblings include Milton "Sonny," Barbara (Allen), Rick, Larry and Dave. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ferne and Milton Foster, his infant brother Raymond, and his grandson John Michael. Jerry entered the Air Force when he was 17 and served in Vietnam. He looked forward to his yearly fishing trip with his brothers Sonny and Rick. He loved singing and writing, fishing, camping, spending time with his family, walking in the parks by the water, taking numerous photos to document family activities, and making others laugh. Above all, Jerry loved his family and adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. He was a generous soul and gave so much to everyone in need. He will be truly missed by all. You may share your thoughts and memories of Jerry on-line at




Henry Jenkins Henry Jenkins passed away Feb 9, 2011, at the age of 92. Born at Spirit Lake, Idaho on Mar 3, 1918, he came to the Puyallup Valley in 1934. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo, in 1981. He served in the military during 



Hadley, Ernest L.

Monday, February 14, 2011 1:00 AM 

Ernest L. Hadley born January 30, 1915 in South Dakota passed away February 10, 2011 at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital after a short illness. In .....



Helen Lorraine Knishka

Monday, February 14, 2011 1:00 PM 

Our beloved mother, Helen Lorraine Knishka, 92, passed away February 11, 2011, in Wenatchee. She was born on July 22, 1918, in Ulysses, NE to Herman and Rosie Grady. The family moved to Seattle in the 1930's. She then married Sam Knishka on March 18, 1939. Together they developed land and built homes and she helped him paint and stain the woodwork.



Helene Tsutsumoto Yorozu

Helene Tsutsumoto YOROZU Helene Tsutsumoto Yorozu died on Sunday, February 13 in Seattle, Washington, surrounded by her husband and many family members. She was 78 years old. She is survived by her dedicated and loving husband of nearly 55 years, Arthur S. Yorozu; her sister May Mori, her husband, Jun and their children Jeanne, Rick and Ken, all of the Los Angeles, California area. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sally Tsutsumoto and her children: Guy Tsutsumoto, his wife Kathy Kozu and their children Erin and Alec; Jan Tsutsumoto Gokami and her husband, Glenn Gokami and their son, Brooks, all of the Seattle area; Tracy Tsutsumoto and her husband Mike Katayama, New York City; and Thomas Tsutsumoto, Honolulu. There are an additional nine nieces and four nephews. They include: Joyce Yorozu Larson, Christine Yorozu, Kenneth Yorozu, David Yorozu, Betsy Takahashi, Ada Takahashi, Robert Fujii, Susan Tripp, Joanne Yorozu, Patty Schultz, Judy Yorozu, Kei Ann Snyder and Rick Erlandson. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Stella Takahashi, Yae Yorozu and Jean Yorozu and brother-in-law F. Lee Erlandson. Helene was born in Seattle on September 30, 1932. She attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. At nine years of age, she and her family were interned at Minidoka, Idaho during World War II. In 1945, Helene returned to Seattle with her family, where she completed her high school education. She graduated from Garfield High School and continued her education at the University of Washington. She graduated from the UW in 1955, majoring in elementary education and minoring in physical education. She was the president of the Orchesis Dance Club at the UW. She began her career as a Seattle Public School teacher in 1955 and taught primarily the fourth and fifth grade, finishing her 25-year teaching career in 1982 at Emerson Elementary School. Helene inspired many of her students to become teachers. The first class she taught was invited to Helene and Art's wedding and they continued to gather for periodic reunions with their spouses and families. Their 35th reunion was held at the Yorozu residence. In 1956, Helene married Art Yorozu. The two were inseparable, enjoying each other's companionship. They traveled throughout the world together. They also enjoyed going to Reno where they met many friends and had great times. Besides teaching, Helene was an accomplished modern dancer, actress and Japanese classical dancer. She performed in the "Teahouse of the August Moon" production in the lead role of Lotus Blossom at the 1962 World's Fair. Helene will be remembered as a gracious hostess to all who visited her and Art's home, a fabulous baker and cook, a graceful, kind and giving friend, mentor to all who entered her life and a favorite "Auntie Helene" to her nieces, nephews and children of their friends. Helene was preceded in death by her parents, Nobuichi and Harumi Tsutsumoto and her brother, Ben Tsutsumoto. A memorial service will be held at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church (3001 - 24th Avenue South, Seattle 98144) on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Helene Yorozu's name to Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, Nikkei Concerns (1601 East Yesler Way, Seattle 98104) or charity of your choice.



Hermania A. Anslinger

Passed away February 14, 2011. She was born June 26, 1915 in Haubstadt, Indiana., A gifted artist that worked in various mediums, from a carver of exquisite Victorian furniture's, to tiny porcelain tea-pots, with clients from many countries. She was one of ten miniature artists in the world. A great and gallant lady with a feisty sense of humor and a wonderful friend. At her request no services will be held.



In Loving Memory of Kenneth Lloyd Tesh

Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:00 PM 

Ken was born at home on March 31, 1928, in Yakima, WA. He left home at a young age, then joined the Army in 1950. After being discharged from the Army, he returned to the Yakima area, where he met and married Alice May Matthews on May 23, 1953. 



In Memory of Norma Thompson

Monday, February 21, 2011 1:00 PM 

Today would have been your 100th birthday. We have such good memories of you. Life isn't the same without you. We were so fortunate to have had you for so many years. We love and miss you.



In loving memory of Alice (Bromfield) Curtis

Sunday, February 20, 2011 1:00 PM 

Alice (Bromfield) Curtis was born June 19, 1930, in Cashmere, WA, and passed on, after a courageous battle against cancer, February 16, 2011, in Kirkland, WA, surrounded by her loving family. Alice was preceded in death in 1986 by her loving husband, Bill Curtis. They were married for 35 years.



Jack E. Day

Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:00 PM 

Jack Day passed away Sunday, January 2, 2011, while in the company of his loving wife of 29 years, Joyce. After a battle with dementia, the Lord took Jack peacefully in his sleep at the family home. Jack was born January 20, 1932, to Charlie and Lena Day near Springfield, IL. After a very difficult early childhood, Jack moved to the Wenatchee area with his mom and sister, Jerry, where other than during his military service, he remained throughout his life.



Jacqueline Cleone "Jackie" Johnson

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cleone Johnson quietly left her body to join Christ in Heaven February 10, 2011., Jackie was born November 29, 1927 in Iowa where she met the love of her life William "Bill" Johnson and married in 1948. They resided in Edmonds, WA for 43 years., Jackie worked at Yvonnes, which later became Kinderbritches, for over 30 years., Jackie will be deeply missed by her children, son, Craig and his wife, Christy; daughter, Carole and her husband, Grant; and daughter, Cindy. She also shared in the lives of her eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren who will deeply miss her presence., Preceded in death by "Her" Bill, she now shares once again their endless Love., Memorials may be made to Washington State Chapter of American Parkinson Disease Association.



James D. Miller

MILLER, James D., Jim entered eternal rest on February 18, 2011. Born January 12, 1935 in Columbia, PA to Lloyd and Margaret Miller, he was raised in Marietta, PA, and graduated from East Donegal H.S. in Maytown, PA. Following H.S. served his country in the USAF and honorably discharged from Fairchild AFB as a SSGT in 1957. He attended Temple Community College and Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, PA. He returned to Spokane and was employed as a funeral director at Hazen & Jaeger and Smith Funeral Homes. He was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Oriental Lodge #74, Eastern WA Lodge of Research #310, Spokane Chapter OES #163, and the Inland Empire Past Masters Association. He enjoyed living in the Pacific Northwest most of his life and especially liked to hunt and fish., He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Darlene; daughter, Janna (Victor) Nicholson of Chattaroy; two sons, James C. (Janine) Miller of Miami, FL and Erik (Tiffany) Miller of Spokane; his sisters, Mary DeCarlton of Mt Joy, PA and Margaret "Peggy" (Joseph) Brenner of Columbia, PA; stepdaughters, Desiree (Charlie) Jones of Kent, WA, Dawnelle (Frank) Thornton of Seattle, WA, and stepson, Darby Cole of Kirkland, WA; five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Edward G.H. Miller., Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, February 21st, 12:30 p.m. till 8 p.m. and also, Tuesday, Feb 22nd, 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. at RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME, 4305 N DIVISION, SPOKANE, WA., A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at, 2 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt, Spokane, WA 99205. Masonic Graveside service to follow at 3:30 p.m. at Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials be made to Messiah Lutheran Church Building Fund. Guestbook



Jaye H. Evans

Thursday, February 17, 2011 4:03 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

Jan. 16, 1935 – Feb. 12, 2011



Jeanette Marion

Monday, February 21, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff

Smith Funeral Home LTD and CrematoryOn February 10, 2011, Jeanette Marion made her courageous journey home. She was born on September 9, 1919 to Fred and Sadie Matthias in to a family of eight children. She grew u 



Jeanne Moramarco

Thursday, February 17, 2011 4:01 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

Dec. 10, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2011 



Jerome S. Dodge

Born October 31, 1949, in Wichita, Kansas to Joella A. Howell and Jerome Dodge. He passed away peacefully at the family home on January 31, 2011. He moved to Spokane on July 17,1963 and graduated from Shadle High School in 1967., He is survived by his loving wife, Colleen, his son Kenneth "Mac" Dodge in Austin Texas; his parents Joella and Bill Howell of Boise, sister Sandra, brother Donald (Sandy) Howell, niece Merideth Howell, nephews Joe (Jennie) Howell and Mike (Amber) Howell, stepson Tate, (Loria) and grandchildren Justyn, Gavyn, Bryce and Aeydin. He worked at Spokane Foundry at Kaiser Trentwood and drove a school bus for Loon Lake School District., He will be remembered by his many friends as a sincerely nice and honest person. A memorial will be held in the summer, in Springdale, near the creek.



Jerome Vaughn

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:30 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

Sept. 27, 1920 - Feb. 7, 2011 



Joe Byron Vance

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Einan's Funeral HomeJoe Byron Vance was born on May 18, 1958 in Spokane, WA to Bruce and Lois Vance. Joe was tragically taken from us on February 12, 2011 at age 52. Joe is survived by his wife of 32 years Lorri Mc 



John M. McClure

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

John M. McClure, pastor, chaplain, counselor, pilot, painter, passed away February 9 at age 95. John was born December 16, 1915 in Eldon, Iowa. Preceded in death by daughter Ester Davidson, he is survived by five children and his wife of



Juanita A. Springer

Passed to be with our Lord February 5, 2011, she had just celebrated her 87th birthday. Juanita was born in Indianapolis, Indiana January 30, 1924 to George and Myrtle Grace Langford. They moved to Spokane, WA where her father, George Langford, helped found KFPY which is now KXLY, where he retired as Head Engineer in 1970. Juanita attended Lewis and Clark High School where she was active in Chorus, Drama and sang Opera. She met William E. Springer while he was stationed at the Naval Base in Kirkland, WA. They married on June 5th, 1943 and moved to his hometown of Elizabethtown, Indiana. Juanita attended Business School while William got his degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. They had two children Stephen and Nancy Springer. After divorcing in 1958, Juanita returned to Spokane and became a Dental Assistant and Office Manager for Dr. Dominic Dire until she retired 30 years later. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority where she organized fund raisers for many organizations and charities. She was a wonderful single mother and sacrificed much to raise her children. She was a fantastic cook and had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She even endured "Band Practice" in the basement, her son Steve being a musician, so from then on, to all our musician friends she was known as Mom. She was kind and many times generous to the point she went without. She spoiled us all rotten, but she loved her family beyond measure. She is survived by son Stephen E. Springer and daughter Nancy A. Springer; grand- children Christopher T. Smith, Andrea R. Smith Borges, Jessie L. Apperson; five great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy M. Davis and niece Bobbie A. Stephens of Everett, WA; brother Wesley G. (Barbara) Langford; and nephews Jeff, Mike, "Too Slim" Tim and Randy Langford. She was laid to rest at Fairmount Memorial Park next to her father and mother on February 14, 2011. We will always love you and never forget you our Dearest Juanita, Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Champion, Friend -¦ We will all miss you till we meet again, in the Heavens in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please sign Juanita's online guestbook at, Arrangements have been entrusted to:



Juanita Caroline "Tootsie" Krusoff

Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:00 PM 

Juanita Caroline "Tootsie" Krusoff, age 72, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2011, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was born on July 1, 1938, in Springfield, MO, to Jack and Hazel Pittsley. Juanita came to Oroville in 1942. On August 31, 1957, she married Jordan Krusoff in Wenatchee. In 1961, they started the Oroville Trading Post, where he ran the shop and she ran the hardware store and was the bookkeeper.



Kathy (Hatmaker) Hankins

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Telford's Chapel of the ValleyKathy (Hatmaker) Hankins, 63, was called home to the Lord on Friday, February 11, 2011. She was born in Leavenworth, WA on January 16, 1948. Kathy was raised in Leavenworth with three brothers, gradu



Kurtz, Larry Alan

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:00 AM 

Larry Alan Kurtz, 63, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 5, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Larry was born August 7, 1947 in Cle Elum, Washington. ..... 



Leon S. "Stan" Bergerud

Monday, February 14, 2011 1:00 PM 

Leon S. "Stan" Bergerud, 77, of Quincy, WA died Friday, February 11, 2011, UFF-DA! Stan, proud of his Norwegian heritage, was born to Lynden P. and Selma (Tukua) Bergerud in Aastad Township, MN, on his grandfather's homestead, June 23, 1933. He moved to Vancouver, WA with his family in 1942, and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1951.



Letty Morrissette

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:59 AM - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff 

Jan. 11, 1955 - Feb. 14, 2011 



Lofgren, Walter N.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:00 AM 

Walter N. Lofgren passed away on Feb. 13th, 2011 due to a massive stroke. He was born on Sept. 8, 1917 to Andrew and .....



Lorraine Boyer

Lorraine Boyer a resident of Birch Bay, Washington, passed away peacefully with her husband and son at her side Feb 13, 2011 after a battle with cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital. Born in New Westminster, B.C. on August 15, 1940 to Marguerite and William "Bus" Bell. She was a compassionate, caring and overall wonderful woman who worked at Birch Bay Business Park for over 20 years, and was an active member of her community. She was survived by her husband Hank, her two sons Wayne (Jane) and Bill, as well as her granddaughter Heather, her step children Carl (Tami) and Laura (Robert), her brothers Maurice, Russell (Carolyn), and John (Cecil) , and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her coworkers, customers and pets Andy and Misa. A Special thanks to Dr. Morrison and the staff of the ICU at St. Joseph's. In lieu of flowers a donation in memory of Lorraine can be made to the



Margaret A. Cordes

CORDES, Margaret A., Margaret passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011. She was born in Spokane, January 24, 1939, to Hap and Tan Wright., A 1957 graduate of Lewis, & Clark High School, she also attended Eastern Washington College. In April 1962, Margaret married Karl H. Cordes, after which their two children, Mark and Julie, were born. She was employed with Spokane School District #81 Food Service, eventually retiring in 1999. Margaret enjoyed sewing, was active in the Whitworth Women's Auxiliary, and served in several capacities at Whitworth Presbyterian Church. Margaret was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. Her care, thoughtfulness, and incredible wit will be joyously remembered and missed by everyone who knew her., Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Karl, in 1989. Survivors include: Son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Jennifer Cordes; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Tom Yearout; grandsons David Yearout and Braeden Cordes; granddaughters Laurie Yearout and Kaila Cordes; sister Janet Orr; sister/brother-in-law, Annetta and Don Farr; a niece, three nephews, their spouses, children and grandchildren., A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Whitworth Presbyterian Church, 312 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane 99251. In lieu of flowers, Margaret's family members suggest donations in her name to Whitworth Church, Whitworth University, or the Parkinsons Foundation.



Marjorie Ann Thrawley

Born September 5, 1919 - Passed on to re-join her husband of nearly 52 years of marriage, James R Thrawley, on November 30, 2010. She was the first born to Edwin B Tidd, Sr. and Mary Margaret Neuman. She was preceded in death by her daughter Mary Anne Bedal, brothers, Art and Don, and sister, Virginia. She is survived by her son James E Thrawley, daughter-in-law Judy, grandchildren Daniel, Deborah, Pamela, Laurie and Aaron, numerous great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Edwin B. Tidd, Jr. and sisters Meriam Long and Helen Fulbinger. Marjorie was best known for her accomplishments in the business world as a bookkeeper for Tom (Hat) Freeman Clothiers, and the Bon Marche in the 50s and 60s. Her love of games with family and friends will never be forgotten as well as her love of Bingo. A very special thanks goes to Sullivan Park Care Center for their excellent care during her last years.



May, Marilyn

Friday, February 18, 2011 1:00 AM 

Marilyn Jean May, January 19, 1947 – January 29, 2011 Marilyn age 64 passed away at home in Kittitas, WA with her loving daughter ..... 



Mays, Mary Evelyn (Denio)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:00 AM 

Mary Evelyn Mays, 86 years young, was born on January 25, 1925 in Bakersfield, California to Truman and Bertha Denio. She passed away on February .....



McIntosh, Marlys M.

Monday, February 14, 2011 1:00 AM 

Marlys M. McIntosh was born on Feb. 7, 1925 and passed away peacefully on Feb 10, 2011. She was preceeded in death by her husband .....



Michelle L. (Schuldt) Mason

Sunday, February 20, 2011 1:00 PM 

Michelle L. (Schuldt) Mason, born January 29, 1957, died as the result of a fatal car accident December 17, 2010. She lived most of her life in the Lake Chelan Valley. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at Lake Chelan Lutheran Church, 208 Nixon Street, Chelan, WA.



OBITUARY: Emma M. Byers

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:00 AM 

Emma M. Byers, 95, formerly of Deary, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.Emma was born in Deary on Feb. 6, 1916, to Joseph S. and Carrie Perry. She attended the first 11 years of school in Deary. Following her father's death, she moved to Coeur d'Alene to complete her [...]



OBITUARY: Marv F. Druffel

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:00 AM 

Marv F. Druffel, 46, of Colton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at his Colton home. A viewing for family and friends will be noon-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the Colton High School Gymnasium. Vault interment will follow [...]



OBITUARY: Mary Elizabeth 'Bette' Biffle

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:00 AM 

Just after sunset on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, as she slept embraced in the love of her family, Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Biffle left behind her earthly body.Bette was born in Lenoir City, Tenn., on Jan. 11, 1925, the only child of Evelyn Lee (Monger) and Allen Crenshaw Taylor. The family moved to El Paso, Texas, at the height [...]



OBITUARY: Ronald Alan Wesley Rathbun

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:00 AM 

Ronald Alan Wesley Rathbun of Moscow died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Good Samaritan Village after losing a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was 70.Ron was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Moscow to Fred and Edith Weaver Rathbun. He graduated from Moscow High School in 1958 then attended an electrical college in Chicago, Ill. He returned [...]



OBITUARY: Sandra L. Thompson

Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:00 AM 

Sandra was born on July 12, 1951, in Seattle, Wash., to Frances L. Hoover and Cora L. Hoover. She passed away Feb 14, 2011, at her home in Garfield, Wash. She is survived by her beloved husband of 26 years, Thomas E. Thompson, of Garfield, Wash.; her three daughters, Jeannette Gordon, Jodi Fixel and Vallerie Streng; five grandchildren; [...]



OBITUARY: Thomas Anton 'Oscar' Johnson

Saturday, February 12, 2011 3:00 AM 

Thomas Anton "Oscar" Johnson, 76, passed away on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Mont. He was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on May 28, 1934, to John Anton and Ella (Jarvis) Johnson.Oscar received his early education at Bovill Grade School and graduated from Deary High School in Idaho in 1952. He [...]



Orville Joseph Mayer

Orville was born in Colton, WA, to Ursula and Charles Mayer, and was taken from his family as a result of a rare cancer in Sun City West, AZ. His professional career was dedicated to the grain industry. He served as Manager of St. John Grain Growers, Director of a variety of grain organizations and he traveled to the Orient as well as New Zealand and Australia promoting wheat sales and learning about a new type of wheat storage. He had a wonderful life with his wife of 60 years Clara Mae (Verzani) Mayer who survives him at the family home. Family was the most important part of his life and he leaves behind in addition to his wife six children Christy and Gary Jones, Spokane, WA; Greg and Kathy Mayer, Colfax, WA; Nancy Greenwalt, Ritzville, WA; Brian and Chris Mayer, Maui, HI; Lori and Jon Tiessen, Anacortes, WA and Todd Mayer, Ritzville, WA, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The Rosary will be recited and the funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at St. Gall's Catholic Church, Colton, WA. Memorials may be made to the House of Charity, P. O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA 99210 or a charity of your choice.



Orville Richard "Joe" Gault

Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:00 PM

O. R. "Joe" Gault passed away suddenly Sunday, September 23, 2010, doing what he loved. Joe was born, April 1, 1947, to O.E. "Slim" and Lena Gault at Wenatchee, WA. Joe was raised on the family farm in the Wenatchee area where, along side his brother, Jack Day, his father taught him the value of hard work. This served Joe well throughout his life, including in school.



Paul Oliver Lawrence Jr.

Paul Oliver Lawrence Jr., of Snohomish, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on February 16, 2011 due to a massive heart attack while playing his beloved basketball., Paul was born April 22, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Paul Oliver Lawrence Sr. and Barbara (Knockum) Lawrence., Raised in Hawaii, Paul first came to the Northwest to play college basketball as a shooting guard for the Seattle University Redhawks and continued to be a presence on local courts and playgrounds. He graduated from the university in 1989 with a degree in Public Administration., Based in Everett, Lawrence joined Maximum Sports Management in 2001 and was the main contact for many of Maximum's NFL clients. He was well-known in the business for his integrity and ability to create excellent relationships with players and management alike., Before coming to Maximum Sports Management, he worked in sportswear design and manufacturing and sports marketing., Paul is survived by his dear family; wife, Holli (Grover); daughters, Ashlee and Dominique; son, Trey; mother, Barbara; brother, Tyrone (Rachel); nephew, Tyrone Jr.; niece, Tiffany; sisters-in-law, Heather Grover and nephew, Tyler, Heidi Llerenas (Miguel) and neices, Sarah and Daisy, Hayley McClellan (Jeff) and nieces, Janelle Farnsworth and Lindsey; nephews, Cody Farnsworth and Luke; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Milt and Susie Grover., His father, Paul Oliver Lawrence Sr., preceded him in death., Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 329 Avenue A, Snohomish., Viewing will be Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Bauer Funeral Chapel, 701 First Street, Snohomish., In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Paul O. Lawrence Children's Memorial Fund. Donations may be made at any Chase Bank branch.



Points, Donald R.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:00 AM

Donald R. Points was born on October 14, 1948 in Ellensburg. He was precede in death by his mom and dad Margaret and Merrell Points. ..... 



Robert Rosson

Of Kennewick, Washington, died February 5, 2011 in Spokane, Washington., He was born November 11, 1924 in Alicel, Oregon. He was 3 years old when his family migrated across the Columbia River from, Wallula to Hover on a water current ferry. He was raised by a widowed mother and attended Kennewick schools and Washington State University., He was a design engineer during two years construction of the "F" and "H" Reactors for Atkinson-J.A. Jones at Hanford and Chief Architectural Engineer for McNary and Ice Harbor dams for Corps of Engineers at Walla Walla. He spent 21 years with AEC and ERDA at Hanford as part of the Project Engineering team on 100 KE, KW, and N Reactors, and many other nuclear support facilities. The next 10 years was spent with Vitro Engineering Co. at Hanford and then a year as Project Manager for WPPSS #2 reactor substructure contractor. After eight years employed by J.A. Jones Engineering Department he retried in 1987., He is a Navy veteran of, and a licensed Real Estate Broker., Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife Marguerite of 59 years and his sister Loverne Taylor. He left behind sister, Dorothy Hughes of Richland; daughter, Gaylene (Dan) Harris of Spokane; son, Garry (Barb) Rosson of Seattle; grandchildren, Jon Rosson of Seattle; Nikkole (John) Duvall of Kennewick; Jarred (Brandy) Ralls of California; Josh Harris of Seattle, and (great-grandchildren) Aliyanna and Jaylen Ralls, also his best friend "Ticker"., The family wishes to thank all the wonderful caregivers at Waterford and Hospice of Spokane for their caring and compassionate support., The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Hospice of Spokane or Alzheimer's Foundation in his name.



Roger Alan Lasswell

Passed away January 3, 2011, at his home in North Hollywood, CA. Born in Republic, WA, on April 20, 1928, to Harriett Margaret Sorenson and William Curtis Lasswell, he was raised in Spokane, WA, where he graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark High School in 1946. He attended Gonzaga U. and the U. of Washington, where he was an intramural boxing champion and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, graduating in 1950 with a BA in Economics. Roger received the highest score ever recorded on the National Law School Admission Test and attended USC Law School., He joined the U. S. Navy in 1951 and was sent to Japan where he worked until 1953 as a news correspondent with the Navy Public Information Office and later as announcer at the Tokyo headquarters of Armed Forces Radio Services. He received international publicity with friend Don Tuschoff in 1953-54 for hitchhiking around the world, visiting 27 different countries and colonies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe for less than $900 apiece., Roger (as Todd Lasswell) pursued a career in stage, screen and television in Hollywood and New York, appearing in "Suddenly Last Summer" with Lillian Roth, in "Prehistoric Planet" with Wendell Corey and in many other productions. Roger and his partner Bill Reilly founded and operated Multiteck Industries, one of the first entities to import high quality machine parts and automotive electrical products from Japan. Roger loved thoroughbred racehorses and one of his proudest moments was receiving a trophy from the mayor of Phoenix when his horse Leinster House won the Phoenix Gold Cup in 1980., Roger was preceded in death by his parents and by his only brother, William Curtis Lasswell, Jr., of Spokane, WA. He is survived by his nephews Stephen Lasswell (Ann) of Phoenix, AZ, and Kevin Lasswell (Denyce) of Highlands Ranch, CO, his sister-in-law Sharon Lasswell of Spokane, and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Stephen can be reached at email



Ruth Elizabeth Loeffler

Passed away New Year's Day in Fairfield, WA. She was born October 22, 1917 in Ruff, WA and raised in Pine City. She graduated from Pine City High School and attended Kinman Business College,, graduating in 1937. While employed in the Spokane area, she met Leroy "Bud" Loeffler. They married in 1939, settling in the Fairfield area and raising four children. She was active in the Zion Lutheran Church and the Women's Circle. Ruth was devoted to her family and friends and she loved to garden, try new recipes, travel, and boat on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Her wonderful smile and caring charm will be fondly remembered by all those she knew. Ruth is survived by her children, Kaye Ferrel of Walla Walla, Karen Felber of Spokane, Robert (Sharon) Loeffler of Redmond and Rick (Cheryl) Loeffler of Fairfield. She also leaves behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by Bud and grandson Timothy Felber. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairfield with luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, PO Box 324, Fairfield, WA 99012.



Ruth Evelyn Madden

Ruth Evelyn Madden, 93 of Marysville, Washington, passed away on February 14, 2011. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 1:00 p.m., at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, 4200 88th ST NE, Marysville, Washington 98270 | 360-653-9400.




Sally Kaye (Senn) HOOPER Sally Kaye (Senn) Hooper, 75, of Bellevue, WA, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 31, 2011 at Overlake Hospital, after an unexpected medical emergency. A bright light has dimmed, but is now shining with the Lord. Sally was born on Sept. 16, 1935 in Spokane, WA to Clement and Alice Senn. She grew up in Sunnyside, WA, the oldest of 4 children. She attended Washington State University and graduated in 1958 in Home Economics/Education. She started teaching High School in Vancouver, WA, moved to Chehalis, WA and retired from the Bellevue School District after 30 years at Interlake High School. Sally married Paul Hooper on August 22, 1959. Together they had 3 sons, Todd (Martie), Craig (Jill) and Jeff (Betsy). Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Paul and her parents. She is survived by her 3 sons, grandchildren Taylor, Kelly , Clay and Johnna; brothers Ron and Don Senn and sister Sherrill Mozey. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at 1st Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. Remembrances may be made to the Puget Sound Blood Center. An online guest register is available at




Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:00 AM 

Marv F. Druffel, 46, a Colton, Wash., farmer, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at his Colton home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the Colton High School Gymnasium. Burial will follow at St. Gall Catholic Cemetery in Colton. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, Wash., is in charge of the arrangements. [...]



Samuel Merlyn Chavis

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Samuel Merlyn Chavis went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, February 12, 2011. He was born to Ada and Sam Chavis on December 27, 1928 in Prosser, WA., He grew up in Mount Vernon and Auburn, WA., Merlyn attended the Seventh Day Adventist Academy in Auburn, WA. He joined the Merchant Marines in December, 1945, and served on small crafts in the Philippines during, . He worked as a painter and was a member of the Painters Trust Union. Later, he became a Master Taper, working for U.S. Drywall and doing his own contracting. He taught three of his step-sons his trade., Merlyn's favorite hobby was Ham Radio. He acquired his radio license, call letters W7IKG, in 1956 and was upgraded to the advanced license, W7XM, in 2006. He built his own radio equipment and enjoyed this hobby immensely, chatting with people all over the world. He was a member of the Radio Club of Tacoma for many years., Merlyn spent his retirement years in Spokane, WA with his wife Reni and their many beloved pets. He enjoyed making his own salsa and canning it, along with growing an ample vegetable garden, and of course, his favorite hobby: Ham Radio. He also enjoyed playing guitar, going crabbing and shrimping in his boat on the Puget Sound, and cheating at card games with his girls., Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents and seven of his eight siblings. He is survived by his wife Lorene (Reni), sister Jean Fenimore (Stan); his six daughters: Merlynda (Kevin) Childers, Marie (John) Jackson, Missy (Mike) Morehart, Michelle (Ralph) Smith, Marty (Keith) Barnes, and Marita (Gary) Senum. He had fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren with one more great-grandchild on the way when he passed. He is also survived by his step-children Tom (Cesalee) Clark, Jim (Lorie) Clark, Diana Clark, Dan Webster, Clay (Leslie) Webster, sixteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren., Merlyn spent the last three years in the Spokane Veterans Home. The family would like to thank the staff for taking such good care of Merlyn, with a special thanks to Sue Lindley. We are all especially grateful to Merlyn's step-daughter, Diana, for the loving care she gave him every day at the Veterans Home., There will be a memorial/celebration of life service for Merlyn on Sunday, March 6th at the Colbert Chapel, 4922 E. Bernhill Rd., Colbert, WA 99005, at 2:00pm. A reception will follow.



Sarah E. Minaker

Sarah E. MINAKER Sarah E. Minaker was born in Greenville, South Carolina on March 10, 1934. After losing her battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, she went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 16, 2011. Sarah was pre ceded in death by her son Stan Smith, husband Kenneth Minaker and sister Doris Goodlet. She is survived by her daughter Karen Payne, grand-daughter Melissa Payne, daughter-in-law Jacque line Ames (David and Angela) all of Renton, sisters Carolyn Brown (Ralph) and Joyce Ann Stallings, brother James Poteat (Joan) and nieces and nephews in South Carolina. She is also survived by the Minaker step-children John, David (Gerry), Wes, Mark (Linda), Kent and Evelyn as well as grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Sarah worked many years for Paccar and retired from Boeing. She and her husband Ken were active members of New Life Church of Renton. They enjoyed traveling, creating many wonder ful memories. Sarah enjoyed her role as grandmother to Melissa and was an integral part of her children's lives. The loss of her son Stan was a true test of her strong faith; but she pulled through with grace and was a wonderful example for us all just as she was in the final months of her life. Sarah had many wonder ful friends that we are so grateful for and the family would like to say "thank you" for your support in the last year. Special recogni tion to her 'grand-puppy' Pico de Gallo for his companionship. A celebration of Sarah's life will be held on Saturday, February 26th, 11 AM at New Life Church, 15711-152nd Ave SE, Renton, WA. Private interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetary, Renton, WA. Arrange ments by Chapel of the Resurrec tion Funeral Home. Our sincere graditude to Providence Hospice. The family suggests donations to: Sarcoma Foundation of Ameri can, 9884 Main Street, Damascus, MD 20872 or a charity of your choice.



Shirley A. Kolbeck

Shirley was born on September 22, 1939 in Spokane and passed away on February 12, 2011 in Spokane. She was raised in Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1958., Shirley is survived by her son Michael Kolbeck of Spokane, daughter Cheryl Kolbeck of Kirkland, granddaughter Jessica Kolbeck of Everett, brother Alan Pharness of Spokane, uncle Wallace Pharness, aunts Betty Pharness and Evelen Hamer, nieces Julie, Nicole and Andrea, daughter-in-law Ann Kolbeck, sister-in-law Signe Pharness, numerous cousins, former husband of 24 years Bert Kolbeck and her precious kitty Brandy. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Joyce Pharness., Shirley was a homemaker and enjoyed many hobbies, one of which was genealogy. She traced her family history back to Col. William Barret Travis who fought at the Alamo. She loved camping in the Montana wilderness with her family, gardening, cooking and canning. She also enjoyed sewing, crafts and reading. Shirley later became a certified nursing assistant and worked for Sunshine Gardens until 2009., Shirley will always be remembered for her bright and beautiful smile, soft demeanor, a wonderful and kind soul and for her love of animals. She was the best Mother, grandmother, sister and aunt anybody could ever wish for. Her family will greatly miss her., Private ceremony pending.



Sidney Clarence Wyatt

Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:00 PM 

Sidney Clarence Wyatt, age 89, of Republic, WA, died February 14, 2011, at home, with his family. He was born February 12, 1922, in Trinidad, WA, to Clarence and Amy Wyatt. Sid was born at Crescent Bar and went to school at Trinidad and Quincy, graduating in 1942 from Quincy High School.



Steven A. Birdsall

Steven A. BIRDSALL Age 52. Loving husband of Polly Vaughn. Devoted father of Madison and Kellen. Son of Richard and Arlene Birdsall. Teacher at Maple Hills Elementary for 22 years. Celebration of life 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 22 at Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley. Full obituary and on-line guest book: WWW.FLINTOFTS.COM.



Steven Leroy Dotson

Friday, February 18, 2011 3:02 PM - Yakima Herald-Republic Staff 

Merritt Funeral HomeSteven Leroy Dotson, 61, of Wapato passed away Monday, February 14, 2011 at the VA Hospital in Seattle. Steve was born May 10, 1949 in Yakima to Clarence and Esther (Wittenberger) Dotso




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Thomas E. "Tom" Carney

Sunday, February 20, 2011 1:00 PM 

Thomas E. "Tom" Carney was born July 30, 1937, in Huron, SD, the youngest of eight children. He moved to Wenatchee, WA in 1946, and attended school there until joining the Navy from 1955 through 1958.



Vella Kenny

Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:00 PM 

Vella Johnson Kenny, age 90, passed away February 10, 2011. She was born January 12, 1921, in Wenatchee, WA and was raised on Badger Mountain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Kenny, whom she married in 1939; sisters, Alyce Cadman and Dorothy Fosdick; and brothers, Jack and Martin Johnson.



Vern Duane Hall

Vern Duane HALL Born February 17, 1961. Passed on February 12, 2011. He unexpectedly passed peacefully in his sleep. We are thankful he is with the Lord.He is survived by is wife of 26 years, Janet Hall, his beloved daughter Jessica Hall, his brother Ron Hall. His outgoing and compassionate nature made him a multitude of great friends who will truly miss him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northwest Kidney Center Foundation. Please consider becoming an organ donor.



Virginia Varnell Dunn

Virginia Varnell DUNN Ginna died January 28, 2011 in Seattle. She was born November 3, 1916 in Spokane, Washington and moved to Seattle at age 7. She was the only child of Elizabeth and George Varnell. Her father was Sports Editor of the Spokane Chronicle and later, for many years, the Seattle Times, and was a nationally known collegiate football referee. Her grandfather, Patrick Henry Winston, was Washington State Attorney General from 1897 to 1901. Ginna grew up on Capitol Hill and attended Seward Elementary, Lowell School and Broadway High School. She was a 1937 graduate of the University of Washington, where she majored in English, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During World War II Ginna worked for the government as a censor reading mail to and from the war front. On December 29, 1945 she married Maurice Spencer (Mike) Dunn. They lived in north Seattle on family property that is now part of the Dunn Gardens. Mr. Dunn was the first and long-time manager of the First Hill branch of Peoples Bank. Ginna's many community activities included full-time volunteer librarian at Broadview Elementary School, an early member of the Board of ACT Theatre, and President of the Lakeside Mothers Club. Ginna is survived by her daughter Virginia (Vinny) Dunn of London and two sons, Patrick Dunn and Ned Dunn of Seattle, her daughters-in-law Susan Dunn and Patty Carr, and her eight grandchildren: Eden Sanders, Kate Sanders, Rachael Sanders, Oliver Sanders, Katherine Dunn, Sara Kirschenman, Michael Dunn and Carson Dunn. She was predeceased by her daughter Dorothy in 1950, her husband Mike in 1981, and her son-in-law Raymond Sanders in 2002. A memorial service will be held at the Florence Henry Memorial Chapel in The Highlands at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 26. For directions, call (206) 363-4319. Remembrances and celebration at 12:00 Noon, February 26 at the Seattle Golf Club, 210 NW 145th Street. Memorial contributions in Ginna's name may be made to St. Dunstan's Church of the Highlands Parish, P. O. Box 33029, Seattle, WA, 98133; The Dunn Gardens, P. O. Box 77126, Seattle, WA, 98177; or the Mike and Ginna Dunn LEEP Endowment, Lakeside School, 14050 1st Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA 98125.




William Bruce Warr Born April 10, 1961, was taken by the Lord February 18th, 2011. He will be missed by his loving wife Sheri of 31 years, daughters Jaclyn Cheri and Jennifer Lynn, parents Bruce and Jeannine Warr, and sister Sue. Please go to



Wade Allen "Badger" Buff

Wade Allen BUFF - aka "Badger" Born 3/4/1956 ~ Passed onto the other side 2/11/2011. He's up there smiling while sitting with his toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold Bud in his hand. Life is good today. Wade is survived by his beloved Mother Billie Buff and her companion, Phil Garcia; his nephew, Kyle Buff and a vast collection of extended family and friends. All of whom will miss his crafty will and sly humor.



Wilburn Raymond "Ray" McCarrell

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:00 PM 

Wilburn Raymond "Ray" McCarrell Moses Lake, WA



William W. Baker

William W. BAKER William W Baker of Everett was born August 21, 1940 in Seward, Nebraska and passed away peacefully on January 17th, 2011. Bill was an active and highly respected lawyer with the Anderson Hunter law firm in Everett for 24 years before he was appointed by Governor Gardner to become a judge on the Washington State Court of Appeals in 1990, where he served until his retirement in 2008. His life was full of wonderful family, friends, and colleagues with whom he enjoyed sports, games, intense competition, fishing, food, travel, cards, racquetball, golf, books, cooking and travel. He especially enjoyed the many days spent at his home on Decatur Northwest in the San Juan Islands where he had many wonderful friends. He contributed fully to his community and profession, always striving to improve justice and quality of life for all. Bill is survived by a large and loving extended family. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, February 25th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the new Rose Hill Community Center at 304 Lincoln Avenue, Mukilteo, WA. 98275, (425)263-8180.

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