Miscellaneous Thurston County, Washington Obituaries


John E. “Pappa John” Lortz, 70, a 15-year resident of Yelm, died of renal failure Tuesday, March 20 [2001] at Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia.

He was born Jan. 28, 1931, to John G. and Bernadine (Davis) Lortz in Potlatch, Idaho.

Mr. Lortz married Lilian Sansom. They divorced.

He served in the Air Force 1950-70. He retired as a senior master sergeant. He was an airplane mechanic.

Mr. Lortz enjoyed fishing, hunting, gold panning, gardening and carpentry.

He is survived by: five sons, Eugene B. Allen of Colfax, Michael J. Lortz of Puyallup, Rex A. Lortz and Donald C. Lortz, both of Spanaway and Eldon W. Lortz of Tacoma; two daughters, Jeanette L. Yastrum of Purdy and Jonnie G. Newell of Spanaway; a brother, David Lortz of Sequim; two sisters, Lillian Orcutt of Sacramento, Calif., and Marybeth Sharp of Florida; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four nieces; and four nephews.
A memorial service is March 31.

Gladys E. (Moreland) Parks, 91, 28-year resident of Yelm, died April 1, 2001 at home.

She was born April 27, 1909, to Edward and Edna (Crider) Frederick in Ashby, Ala.

Gladys married Lloyd Parks, he preceded her death. She married Fred E. Moreland, he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Moreland worked as a nurses’ aid. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Yelm Moose Lodge.

Gladys enjoyed traveling, Reno, crocheting, embroidering and reading. In her younger days she liked fishing. She babysat for people until her late 80s.

Mrs. Moreland is survived by two sons, Roger Moreland of Montevallo, Ala., and Robert Moreland of Lakeside, Calif.; two daughters, Edna LeMoine and Linda Brown both of Yelm; and one sister, Mavis Payne of Cottonwood, Ala. She was preceded in death by her son, James L. Moreland, who died in the Vietnam war.

Funeral services were held April 5 in Lacey. Burial is on April 12, at Ashby Cemetery, Montevallo, Ala.

Allen R. “Al” Morse, 90, a 25-year resident of Yelm, died at home of natural causes Tuesday, March 13 [2001].

He was born Sept. 10, 1910, to Charles and Harriet (Renchen) Morse in Minneapolis, Minn.

Mr. Morse married Marion Murray on July 2, 1932. She preceded him in death.

He served in the Army and was honorably discharged on June 3, 1933. His rank upon discharge was corporal.
Mr. Morse was a printer.

He was a member of Olympic Senior Center.

Mr. Morse enjoyed playing cards. He read three to five books a week and did a daily newspaper crossword puzzle. He took up computers at age 80 and spent endless hours surfing and shopping online.

He is survived by a son, Charles Morse of Bothell; two daughters, Jacqueline Meredith of Yelm and Dorothy Morse of Kent; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held March 31 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Seattle.

Ruth Louise Papworth, 88, a two-year resident of Yelm, died of pneumonia, Wednesday, March 28 [2001] at St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma.

She was born Aug. 24, 1912, to Horace and Beulah (Thomas) Wesley in Osceola, Mo.

She married Parley G. Papworth Sr. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Papworth worked as a seamstress for a taxidermist.

She enjoyed sewing and yard work.

Mrs. Papworth is survived by two sons, Parley G. Papworth Jr., of Poland, Maine, and Wesley A. Papworth of Roy; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Raymond Alan Findlay, 70, 22-year resident of Lacey, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, March 17 [2001], at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia.

He was born Nov. 19, 1930, to Anthony and Vivian (Dahl) Findlay in Hibbing, Minn.

He married Marcia Tawes on April 6, 1974.

Mr. Findlay served in the Army.

He was a surveyor.

Mr. Findlay was a member of the Operating Engineers of Seattle and Portland, the National Rifle Association, the Olympia Elks Lodge and U.S. Shooting.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia Findlay of Lacey; two sons, Ryan Findlay of Yelm and Troy Findlay of Lacey, two daughter, Joyce Ann Reddick and Vickie Rayburn, both of Hermiston, Ore; a sister, Jean Velo of Arlington, TX; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deanda Anne (Woodruff) Lawton, loving wife and mother, died March 19 [2001], due to complications of kidney failure.

She was born July 29, 1961, to Delbert (Dean) and Charlene Woodruff.

Deanda moved to Yelm at age 5, and has lived here since.

Mrs. Lawton was a loving and caring person to all. She enjoyed reading, taking long drives in the country with the love of her life, Timothy.

Mrs. Lawton is survived by: her husband of 21 years, Timothy; one son, Brandon of Yelm; two daughters, Colleen and Bethany of Yelm; her father, Dean of Rainier; one brother, Daniel of Shelton; and numerous relatives and friends who loved her and will deeply miss her.
She was preceded in death, by a son, Ryan, and mother, Charlene.

Despite her long illness, she brought joy, love and laughter to those around her.

Lawrence John Oudean, 68, died March 18, 2001.

Memorial services for Mr. Oudean will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday March 24, at Rainier Chapel, 206 Binghampton Street, Rainier.

A full obituary will appear in next week’s edition of the Nisqually Valley News.

Elisabeth L. (Fuller) Richardson, 79, a 41-year resident of Yelm, died Thursday, March 8 [2001], of heart failure at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center.

She was born Dec. 12, 1921, to Fredrick and Susan (Wright) Milburn in Kansas City, Mo.

Elisabeth taught in the Tacoma Clover Park School District from 1960 to 1982.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Yelm. She was also a member of the Washington Education Association and National Education Association.

Elisabeth is survived by: one son, Lynn Fuller of Port Orchard; one daughter, Jan Goodwin of Yelm; two grandsons, Eric Fuller of Denver, Colo., and Ty Fuller, of Port Orchard; three granddaughters, Amy Powell of Port Orchard, Jackie Burns of Joplin, Mo., and Brooke Goodwin of Seattle; one great-grandson, Ty Fuller; and one great-granddaughter, Sarah Johnson.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 17, at the First United Methodist Church, Yelm. Burial was March 13, at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Norma J. Belcher, 52, a resident of South Bend and six-year resident of Thurston County, died of cancer on Wednesday, March 7 [2001], at Capital Medical Center, Olympia.

She was born Jan. 19, 1949.

She married Dennis on Aug. 10, 1991.

Mrs. Belcher was a homemaker.

She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, collecting antiques, camping and spending time with her dogs.

Mrs. Belcher is survived by: her husband, Dennis of South Bend; three daughters, Kelly Strong of Bothell, Linda Dain of Olympia, and Jennifer Dyck of Vancouver, B.C.; a brother, Jack Atkins of Rainier; three sisters, Virginia Cummings of Tenino, Patricia Arlint of Olympia, and Donna Strand of Bellevue; her mother, Mary Atkins of Rainier; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services were held on March 13, at Calvary Cemetery, Tumwater.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society, 1551 Broadway, Ste. 200, Tacoma, WA 98402-3332.

Robert R. “Andy” Anderson, 71, a 36-year resident of Yelm, died of heart failure Sunday, Feb. 18 [2001], at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia.

He was born April 12, 1929, to Roy and Mildred (Stephens) Anderson in Wardensville, W. Va.

Mr. Anderson married Geita McKendry on Sept. 18, 1953.

He served in the Air Force 1950-60. His rank upon discharge was staff sergeant. He was a commissary officer in the civil service.

He was a member of the Nisqually Valley Baptist Church.

He enjoyed cooking for his family and loved to garden and watch his grandchildren’s sports events.

Mr. Anderson is survived by: his wife, Geita Anderson of Yelm; three sons, Tim Anderson of Olympia, Terry Anderson of Matlock and Bob Anderson of Astoria, Ore.; two daughters, Patty Stuard of Rochester and Peggy North of Tumwater; three brothers, Lloyd and Kenneth Anderson, both of West Virginia and Wayne Anderson of Maryland; three sisters, Muriel Hutter of Va., Nellie Ruddle and Kay Funkhouse, both of W. Va.; 16 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, William; a brother, Lawrence; and two sisters, Ellen Wratchford and Elizabeth Fink.

A memorial service was held Feb. 26, at First Baptist Church, Yelm.

Memorial donations can be sent to Nisqually Valley Baptist Church, 9205 336th Ave., Roy, WA 98580 or to the
Diabetes Foundation, Northwest Burn Foundation and Heart Foundation.

Betty M. Henderson, 73, a 30-year resident of Yelm, died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 21 [2001], at Capital Medical Center, Olympia.

She was born July 19, 1927, to Kermit and Goldie (Dilly) Angell, in Denver, Colo.

She married Charles W. Henderson on July 31, 1945. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Henderson was a homemaker.

She enjoyed camping, sewing, crocheting, going on the road in her motor home, playing bingo and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Henderson is survived by: two sons, Dwayne “Spark” Henderson of Elma and Michael Henderson of Spokane; three daughters, Brenda Peters of Seattle, Mary Lou Johnson of Tenino and Charmayne “Shad” Frost of Rainier; two brothers, Robert Angell of North Carolina and Charles “Jack” Angell of Arizona; a sister, June Ferebee of Arizona; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Jo.

Graveside services were held Friday, Feb. 23, at Masonic Memorial Park, Tumwater.

Memorial donations can be sent to Rainier Senior Center, 108 Michigan Ave. S., Rainier, WA 98576 or Rainier Fire Department.

Francis (Frank) H. Story, 69, died Feb. 13 [2001], in an adult care center, Vancouver, Wash., of diabetes complications and renal failure.

He was born Jan. 19, 1932, to John G. and Annabelle (Harris) Story in The Dalles, Ore.

He lived in Goldendale, Wash., until May 1934, when the family moved to Yelm.

Frank attended Yelm schools, and moved to Vancouver, Wash., in 1959 where he met and married his wife, Claudine (Prentice) Story, who preceded him in death.

He worked for the City of Vancouver for 30 years, retiring in 1993.

Frank enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens, and working on and trading cars. He also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping and traveling.

Mr. Story is survived by: a daughter, Jennifer, and granddaughter, Catlyn, both of Vancouver; one brother, Durk and wife Sandy of Yelm; one sister, Darlene and husband, Don Barnard of Yelm; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Clara, Dayle, Delma, Donna, Mayble and Winona, and one brother, William.

Graveside services and memorial will be held at a later date.

Leanna Wilson, 59, a 50-year resident of Rainier, died of injuries after being struck by a car Tuesday, Feb. 20 [2001], at Madigan Hospital, Tacoma.

She was born May 4, 1941, to Bill and Betty (Barker) Hensley in Olympia.

She married William Wilson in March 1983. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wilson worked at the Washington State Library.

She was a member of the Eagles and Moose lodges.

Mrs. Wilson enjoyed crocheting, cribbage and raising and showing rabbits.

She is survived by: a son, Elliott Cram of Rainier; a daughter, Ellie Hernandez of Oregon; her twin brother, Leonard W. Hensley of Rainier; two sisters, Alice Essensa and Beth Wriglesworth, both of Rainier; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; eight nieces; and one nephew.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Rainier Chapel, Rainier. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent.

Betty A. Walker will be remembered in a funeral service at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001 at New Life Christian Center, 13036 Morris Road SE, Yelm.

Memorials may be made to New Life Multipurpose Fund, 13036 Morris Road SE, Yelm, WA 98597.
A full obituary for Walker appeared in the Feb. 16 Nisqually Valley News.

Mary Margaret McNulty, 80, a 70-year resident of Thurston County, died Thursday Feb. 15 [2001], at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia.

She was born Dec. 31, 1920, to John and Rosemary (Clark) Hoffman in Chanute, Kansas.
Mary graduated from Olympia High School.

She had resided in Yelm for a number of years.

Mary was a personnel officer for the State of Washington Department of Personnel.

She was an active member of St. Columban Catholic Church. Mary was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Elks Auxiliary.

She enjoyed traveling and ballroom dancing and music.

She is survived by her long time companion, Arthur Darling of Raymond; three daughters, Coralee McLemore of Shelton, Mary Ellen McLemore of Nevada and Roberta Ritter of Olympia; four brothers, Ben Jones of Colville, Mern Jones of Yelm, George Jones of Forks and Dan Jones of Elma; three sisters, Betty Hoffman on Hoquiam, Darlene Adriene of Banning, LA., and Milly Pederson of Shelton; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23, at St. Columban Church, Yelm.

Ray R. Sayer, 86, a lifelong resident of Rainier, died of pneumonia Monday, Feb. 12 [2001], at Capital Medical Center, Olympia.

He was born Sept. 11, 1914, to John and Minnie Sayer in Roy.

Mr. Sayer married Sylvia Fish Longnecker. She preceded him in death. He married Elsie P. Berg on Dec. 10, 1982, in Yelm.

He served in the Army from 1933 to 1937.

Mr. Sayer was a logger for Weyerhaeuser and other companies. He retired in 1979.

He was a member of Masonic and Moose lodges and Eagles.

Mr. Sayer was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed the outdoors, digging clams, traveling and camping.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Sayer of Rainier; a son, Robert Sayer of Olympia; four stepsons, Gene Longnecker of Illinois, Carl Longnecker of Yelm, Sheldon Longnecker of Rainier and Cliff Kinnaman of Rochester; a daughter, Eileen Stouffer of Bremerton; three stepdaughters, Barbara O’Brien of Florida and Pat and Carol Kinnaman, both of California; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 15, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey.

Memorial donations can be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter, 12721 30th Ave. N.E. Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125.

Keith Craig died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001. He was born in Williams Lake, North Dakota on Jan. 29, 1930. He was the sixth of seven children born to William and Reith Craig

Keith served in the Navy. He married Mary McEvoy on July 22, 1948.

He worked for KING as a news cameraman and later for KIRO. He also worked for eight years at the Department of Natural Resources and later for KSTW in Tacoma until retiring in 1992. After retirement, he managed the Moose Lodge in Yelm and Yakima Eagles.

He was a loving father and husband. He is survived by: his wife, Mary; son Daniel; daughters Teresa Ebel and Karen McDonald; son-in-law David; grandson Cameron; and sister Una Clark of Zimmerman, Minn.

A memorial service is at 1 p.m., Saturday Feb. 17, at the Sammamish Valley Grange Hall, 14654 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville. Donations can be made to the University of Washington Medical Center or the American Heart Association.

Betty Ann Walker, 66, of Yelm, died Sunday Feb. 11 [2001], of cancer at Columbia Capital Medical Center.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1934 to Jesse and Anna Mae (Davis) Brown in Baton Rouge, La.

Betty married Chuck Walker in California and he preceded her in death.

Betty was the owner and operator of the Clearwood store in Yelm.

She was a member of the New Life Christian Center and the Clearwood Community Activities.

She is survived by one son, Walt Johnson, Jr. of Walla Walla; one daughter, Linda Ross of Yelm; two brothers, Eulon Brown of Walla Walla, and James (Bud) Brown of Caldwell, Idaho; three sisters, Kathy Goyne of Vancouver, Wash., Patricia Britton of Graham, Pauline Harshfield of Milton Freewater, Ore.; and six grandchildren.

Harold Kent Dawson, 87, a 21-year resident of Yelm, and former longtime resident of Alaska, died of natural causes Saturday, Jan, 27, [2001] at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

He was born Aug. 25, 1913, to Robert and Abigail (Van Houten) Dawson in Wellman, Iowa.

Mr. Dawson married Josephine Appel on Jan. 16, 1936. She preceded him in death.

He served as a staff sergeant in the Army from 1944 to 1946 on the island of Attu in the Aleutian Islands.

He was chief of police in Sitka, Alaska, in the 1930’s, and he was chaplain of the territorial legislature before Alaskan statehood.

Mr. Dawson was a master carpenter, and he started a major prison ministry after the age of 80. He enjoyed gardening and bird watching, and he was a published author.

He is survived by two sons, Kent Dawson of Juneau, Alaska, and Dan Dawson of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Ethel Dassow of Mercer Island; two grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.

A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 17525 Highway 507 S.E., Yelm.

Memorial donations can be made to Seventh Day Adventist Church, P.O. Box 520, Yelm, WA 98597.

Arvilla E. Johnson, 84, of Yelm, died of natural causes Jan. 30 [2001] at home.

She was born on Dec. 26, 1916, to James and Rosa (Horstman) Brown in Twin Brooks, S.D.

She married Gerald E. Johnson on Feb. 16, 1965, in Puyallup.

Mrs. Johnson was a counselor for Cascadia Juvenile Diagnostic Center in Tacoma.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, Jerry Johnson of Yelm; one son, Gary Quick of Ramsey, Minn.; one daughter, Judy Chaffin of Medford, Ore.; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held on Feb. 8, at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Lacey. Inurnment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Helen Virginia Stellman, 79, Holts Summit, Mo., died Jan. 12 [2001], at the Oak View Living Center.

She was born May 24, 1921, to Ernest and Lillian Hollyoak Schurb, in Tacoma.

She married Glenn J. Stellman on Nov. 2, 1940, in Everett.

She attended schools in Tacoma. She was a seamstress for various drapery companies in Tacoma.

Mrs. Stellman is survived by her husband, Glenn Stellman of Holts Summit; one son, Ronald D. Stellman of Spokane; two daughters, Lillian Daughton of Sultan, and Glenna Henry of Holts Summit; one sister, Hazel Lamreau of Auburn; four grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and one great-great-grandson. A son, Stanley Stellman, died July 9, 1990.

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