Miscellaneous Skagit County, Washington Obituaries

Charles Myers Jr.

 Charles Albert Myers, 63, of Egegik, Alaska, died Sept. 26, 1999, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

 He was born Feb. 7, 1936, in Herenden Bay and worked as a hunting guide and a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, flying, cooking and storytelling.

 He is survived by his mother, Marion Myers of Anacortes; aunt, Nancy Shetler of Anacortes; son and daughter-in-law, James and Teresa Myers; daughter, Timi Myers; brother, Bob Myers; grandchildren, Aurora Prosch, Brunon, Chelann, Tawnie Myers and Melissa and Jaime Myers; sister-in-law, Alpha Myers; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Memorials may be made to the Alaska Native Medical Center, 4315 Diplomacy Dr., Anchorage, Alaska, 99508.

Betty Edler

 Betty J. Edler, 71, of Anacortes, died Oct. 10, 1999. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle

 She was born June 17, 1928, in Noonan, N.D., the daughter of John and Beatrice Bowler. She was raised in South Dakota, but became a loyal northwesterner.

 In 1957, Betty married Owen H. Edler of Mount Vernon.

 Betty was extremely proud of her Irish ancestry, celebrating St. Patrick's Day with gusto. She was a regular attender at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes.

 Surviving are her sister, Meredith Morrison of Nampa, Idaho; two nieces, Ellen Piro and Susie Heithecker; and nephew, Mike Morrison.

 "She loved to laugh. Hope she found a gang of angels with a good joke book. Be at rest, Betty."

Harold Yeoman

 Harold M. Yeoman, 84, of Anacortes, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, in a local care center.

 He was born April 11, 1915, in Fremont, Iowa, the son of Floyd R., Sr., and Blanche M. Yeoman.

 Harold was a journeyman plumber, completing his apprenticeship before enlisting in the Navy in 1942 for the duration of World War II. He returned to Bellingham upon his discharge in December 1945.

 He and Margaret M. Bergsma were married Dec. 29, 1945, in Bellingham, residing there until 1955 when they moved to Fidalgo Island and later to Anacortes.

 Harold worked at the Shell Refinery for 13 years, a member of OCAW Local 1-591, before returning to work in construction out of Local UA40 (now 265) of Bellingham until retirement.

 His daughter, Karen Ann, preceded him in death in 1965. Also preceding him in death were his parents and siblings, Floyd R., Jr. in infancy, Mary Frances Branham and Betty Ann Hoffman.

 Mr. Yeoman is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters, Sue of Miami, Fla., Evan Gwen Christel of Durango, Colo.; granddaughter, Jordana Kai Dunton of Anacortes; siblings, Katharyn (Ralph) Rees, Floyd R., Jr., of Bellingham and Larry F. of Camano Island and their families; and special friends, Don Morrow of Ferndale and Gene Derig of Anacortes.

 No funeral services will be held. Private interment is in Fernhill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Anacortes Library building fund.

Thomas Scoggins

 Thomas J. Scoggins, 77, of Anacortes, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, Oct. 22, 1999.

 He was born Oct. 12, 1922, in Electra, Texas, the son of Lee and Mattie (Rice) Scoggins. He was a graduate of Wichita Falls High School, Texas, and also studied at the Wichita Engineering School and worked over two years at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, Calif.

 On July 11, 1941, he married Valeire L. Turner, his high school sweetheart. They had 58 memorable years together.

 Tom enlisted in the Air Force on Dec. 31, 1943, and served in World War II as a navigator. He earned an award for Meritorious Service, Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal, Victory Medal and on Sept. 19, 1945, earned his wings.

 Tom loved to travel and worked construction jobs for many years, traveling the United States with his family. He chose the Pacific Northwest in which to settle and in July 1958 began working for the Texaco Refinery, retiring in 1978.

 Tom loved people and never met a stranger. He always made friends and was willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed one. He loved to stream fish, go camping and was an avid pilot. He liked to "tinker" with broken machinery and could fix anything.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dorothy Lee.

 Surviving are his wife, Val; two daughters, Linda Sinclair and her husband Robert of Anacortes and Sandra Thomas of Lake Stevens; three grandchildren and their spouses, Tommie Wynn and her husband, Kelly, of Anacortes, L. Jon Crosby and his wife, Khisti, of Nashville, Tenn., and Rick Galinson and his wife, Geanie, of Studio City, Calif.; 14 great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Bill Wooding.

 Memorials in his name may be made to a favorite charity.

Roberta Mejlaender

 Well-known local pianist Roberta Marion Westmoreland Mejlaender, 70, of La Conner, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999.

 She was born and raised in Everett and graduated in 1951 from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma. She retired in 1987 after 30 years of teaching elementary special education in the Renton School District, where she lived and raised her four children.

 A world traveler, Roberta retired to Shelter Bay in La Conner and remained active in the community until her passing.

 Music being dear to her heart, Roberta was active musically in Skagit County. She was choir accompanist and organist at La Conner and Anacortes-Bayview Methodist churches, was rehearsal pianist and orchestra member for the La Conner Schools-Community Theater productions and accompanied the Banjo Band, Skagit Valley Chorale and Shelter Bay Chorus.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any special contributions be made to "Roberta's Music Fund" at the La Conner branch of Bank of America. Funds will be donated in her memory to support music programs for children in La Conner.

 Surviving are her sister, Caryl; brother-in-law, Vern; nephews, Steve and Russell Gay; her four children, Greg, John, Ivar and Sonja Mejlaender; daughters-in-law, Vicki and Mary Mejlaender; and grandchildren, Sten, Kelsey and Bjorn Mejlaender.

Leonard Moore

 Longtime Anacortes resident Harry Leonard Moore, 91, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Island Hospital, Anacortes.

 He was born Oct. 7, 1908, in Villisca, Iowa, the oldest son of Harry Elmer Moore and Eva Gourley Moore.

 Leonard graduated from Villisca High School in 1926 and moved with his family to Anacortes, where he got his first job at the Anacortes Lumber and Box Factory, working for his future father-in-law, Charles J. Deane.

 He enrolled at Washington State University in 1928, left a year later to work, returning in 1930 to finish his sophomore year in chemistry before the Great Depression forced him to quit. He was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity and both the boxing and wrestling teams, ending as the 129-pound wrestling champion for the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He remained an avid Cougar fan for the rest of his life. (Later, he also was a great fan of Anacortes High School athletes.)

 He returned to Anacortes and met Margaret J. Deane at an Eagles Club dance, where she asked her older brother if it was OK to let Leonard drive her home. Fortunately, he said yes.

 On Sept. 5, 1936, Leonard and Margaret were married in the Christian Church at 10th Street and M Avenue, which is now the Anacortes Community Theatre. They made their first home at 2014 O Ave., next to the present-day Lutheran Church. Gilbert Leonard Moore was born there in 1938 and Kenneth Charles Moore in 1942. In 1946, they moved to 1203 20th St., where they lived for the next 43 years. Debra Jan Moore was born there in 1955. In 1989, the Moores moved to their current home on Seventh Street.

 Leonard worked for the Washington State Welfare Department as a visitor, making home visits in the Upper Skagit area from 1936 to 1941. He began work at the Anacortes Coos Bay Pulp Mill in 1941, but the mill shut down during the war. From 1942 to 1945, he worked as a U.S. Customs agent, returning to the mill when it reopened after the war as Scott Paper Co. He began as a cook's helper in the digester and worked his way up to production manager, hiring many, many Anacortes kids during his career before he retired at the age of 64 in 1972. He then picked up his U.S. Customs career again in 1973 and worked until retiring in 1994 at the age of 85.

 He interrupted his Customs career a second time to join his wife in Washington, D.C., for a two-year stint in the office of U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson, a lifelong friend of the family. Leonard was a lifelong liberal Democrat who got great joy out of haranguing some of his conservative friends and who also cast his last absentee ballot shortly before he died.

 Just to stay busy, he also got in about 40 years as a volunteer fireman for the Anacortes Fire Department from 1934 to 1973 -- community service for which he was very proud.

 Leonard and Margaret were married for 63 wonderful years. Leonard's greatest love was for his wife and family. He always talked about what a great family he had.

 Until his death, Leonard enjoyed attending activities at the Anacortes Senior Center. He was a regular there Monday through Friday with the "lunch bunch," and danced with Margaret on every occasion there was danceable music. He loved attending the birthday parties on the last Friday of each month and appreciated the wonderful music of Don McDugle's Melodians.

 He loved life, he loved his family and friends. He loved the community of Anacortes, his home for 74 years. He loved the mountains, the trees and his view of Guemes Channel.

 Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Eva Moore; his brother, Clark C. Moore; his brother-in-law, Gilbert Deane; and his sister-in-law, Phyllis Deane Wylie.

 He is survived at home by his wife, Margaret, and he leaves the following families: Gib and Judy Moore and their families, Kim and Rick Back and sons, Mac and Tyler, Kent and Christine Moore and son, Jacob, and Kirk and Kelly Moore and son, Eli; Ken and Ann Moore and son, Ryan; Debby and Dave Morrison and daughter, Tillie; and numerous other relatives and friends.

 Donations in Mr. Moore's name may be made to Anacortes Senior Center or Anacortes Public Library Foundation.

 <I>Leonard Moore was featured in a story in the <I>Anacortes American<I> in January 1998 on the occasion of the Washington State University Cougar football team's Rose Bowl appearance. Moore, a WSU letterman in 1928 and 1929 in boxing and wrestling, lent his letterman's sweater to his son, Gib, who wore his father's sweater to the 1998 Rose Bowl game.<I>

Gary K. Wiggins Jr.

 Gary K. Wiggins Jr., 43, of Anacortes, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, in a Bellingham hospital.

 He was born Nov. 16, 1956, in Moscow, Idaho, the son of Gary and Jackie (Nicoll) Wiggins, who were living in Pullman and attending Washington State University. Gary was raised in Anacortes and Kodiak, Alaska.

 A lifelong commercial fisherman, Gary worked as a captain of king crab vessels out of Kodiak to the Bering Sea.

 He was a member of Anacortes Elks Lodge 1204, the Alaska Fishermen's Union and the National Corvette Club.

 A loving and caring person, he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

 Surviving are his father and his father's wife, Gary and Jan Wiggins of Anacortes; his mother, Jackie Nicoll of Anacortes; his sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Mike Thompson of Seattle; his sister, Jennifer Forney of Anacortes; two nephews, Michael Thompson Jr. and Bronson Forney; two nieces, Nicoll and Sheena Ferrari; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his dog, "Killer."

 Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 3615 Fleming, Everett, 98203.

Nelle Creel

 Former Anacortes resident Nelle A. "Ma" (Alexander) Creel, 95, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at her home in Texas.

 She was born Aug. 4, 1904, in Blakely, Ga.

 Her husband, Harold Creel, was the manager of the Texaco refinery in Anacortes from 1959 to 1969 and they lived at 2804 Oakes Ave. until 1977. "Pa" Creel preceded her in death.

 A homemaker and a world traveler, Mrs. Creel was known for her many types of needlework. "Ma" was a true southern lady -- friendly, kind, gracious, elegant. She was a longtime member of PEO sorority and Windrest UMC (Roots). She will be greatly missed.

 Also preceding her in death is a daughter, Carolyn Soderberg.

 Surviving are a daughter, Alexandra Bakarich of Ramona, Calif.; a son, Preston Creel of Woodbury Heights, N.J.; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 227 Lewis St., San Antonio, Texas, 78212.

 Memorial services were Monday, Feb. 21, at Windrest Methodist Church with interment at Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio.

Josephine A. Sullivan

 Josephine A. Sullivan, 84, lifelong Bow resident, died unexpectedly Monday, April 3, 2000, at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.

  Born Feb. 27, 1916, at Edison, she was a daughter of Alfred J. and Alice E. (Schumaker) Hoffman. She was educated at Edison, where she graduated from Edison High School in 1934.

 During World War II, she worked for the Boeing Company on B-17 aircraft assembly.

 On Sept. 29, 1950, she married E. Harvey "Mike" Sullivan in Mount Vernon. The couple made their home at Bow, where they owned and operated a dairy and crop farm. Mr. Sullivan died in 1991.

 She was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Edison and also attended Saint Charles Catholic Church in Burlington. Mrs. Sullivan was also a member of the Sunset Orthopedic Guild; Territorial Daughters, Chapter 2; and the Skagit Valley Historical Society.

 Her interests included flower and vegetable gardening, canning, cooking, a love of pets, and remembering and caring for her many relatives and friends.

 Survivors include her daughter, Lynn Diak of Bow; three sons, Richard Sullivan of Bow, James Sullivan of Bow, and Kelly Sullivan and Christina Dykstra of Samish Island; four grandchildren, Vanessa Diak, Mike Sullivan, Jill Sullivan and Carly Sullivan; two sisters, Helen Weinz and Winifred "Winnie" Houser; one brother, Charles Hoffman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Harvey "Mike" Sullivan; infant grandchild, Sarah Jean; sister, Frances Costanti; and two brothers, Lawrence Hoffman and Claude Hoffman.

 Visitation was at Hulbush Funeral Home in Burlington. Graveside services were Friday, April 7, at Bow Cemetery.

 Remembrances are suggested to Edison Volunteer Fire Department, 5837 Chuckanut Dr., Bow, 98232, or your favorite charity.

Betty Langdon Steadman

 Betty Langdon Steadman, 75, died March 28, 2000, in Auburn, Wash.

 She was born in Sumas on Sept. 1, 1924, to George and Margaret Langdon. She lived in Anacortes for 40 years, and graduated from Anacortes High School in 1943.

 She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ray Steadman. She is survived by two sons, Robert and Dennis Alexander; a daughter, Susan Adkins; a sister, Mabel (Loren) Lambert; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 At her request, no services or memorial was held.

Colleen Joyce Warren

 Colleen J. Warren, 69, of Anacortes, died Thursday, April 6, 2000 in Anacortes.

 She was born Dec. 29, 1930 in Astoria, Ore., the daughter of James and Kathleen (Ammerman) Graves. She was raised and received her schooling in Astoria, graduating from Astoria High School. Colleen then completed her nurse's training in Portland, Ore.

 She married Leslie D. Warren on Sept. 27, 1965 in Reno, Nev. They lived nine years in Astoria and three years in Alaska before moving to Anacortes in 1976. While in Anacortes, Colleen spent 17 years working as a medical secretary.

 She is survived by her husband, Leslie D. Warren of Anacortes; a daughter, Kathleen Marie Russell of Astoria; two stepsons, Leslie James Warren of Anacortes and Richard Allen Warren of Boise, Idaho; a sister, Elizabeth Price of California; four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. 

 A memorial service was April 11 at Anacortes First Baptist Church with the Rev. Duane Eastman officiating. Memorials are suggested to Anacortes First Baptist Church.

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