Miscellaneous Thurston County, Washington Obituaries

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Robert F. Wright, 88, died Aug. 3 [2001] in Puyallup. He was born Dec. 9, 1912, in Montana.
He was a life-long resident of Yelm.
Graveside services were held Aug. 8, at Firlane Cemetery.
 

Bob Kelley, 52, died Monday, July 23 [2001], at his home in Yelm.
He was born on Dec. 27, 1948 in Clarkston, Wash.
 

Jacob C. Belz, Sr., died Thursday, Aug. 2 [2001], at his home of leukemia.
Services are 10 a.m., Friday Aug. 10, at the First Presbyterian Church, Tenino. Graveside services are at 2:30 p.m. at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer/Leukemia Research Center or the University of Washington School of Medicine for Cardiac Research.
 

Morris Paul “Morry” Goodwin, 67, a lifelong resident of Thurston County, died at Puget Sound Health Care Center in Olympia, on Friday, July 6 [2001], from complications of cancer.
Morry was born Aug. 4, 1933, to Wilbur A. and Cleo (Lindbach) Goodwin in Centralia. Services were held Saturday, July 14 at the Grand Mound Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to Cure for Lymphoma Foundation, 215 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016-6023, or the Make A Wish Foundation, 1-800-722-9474 ext. 5555.
 

Cora Edna Zeiler died July 22 [2001] at Black Lake General Hospital.
She was born Sept. 23, 1924 to Willet and Sophie Fredricks in Tacoma.
Cora and her late husband Les raised their family on Clear Lake in the Bald Hills and off of Railway Road on the canal. Funeral services were July 25 at Yelm Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to the Zeiler family at 1021 Kingsview Ct., Yelm, WA 98597.
 

Donald Lyle Smithlin died unexpectedly on July 12 [2001].
He was born May 18, 1929, in Tacoma. He was a Yelm resident.
He was educated at Marymount Military Academy and Bellarmine Prep School. He retired from McChord Air Force Base as an industrial radiologist.
Mass of Christian burial was held July 19, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, followed by a graveside service at Fir Lane Memorial Park.
 

Laura Leah McQuinn, 60, of Yelm, died Thursday, July 19 [2001] at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, after a long illness.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1941, in Middletown, Ohio.
No services will be held.
Memorial may be made to Yelm Fire District, P.O. Box 777, 709 Mill Road, Yelm, WA 98597
 

Jack Stevens Foote died Thursday, July 19 [2001].
Jack was a radioman on the U.S.S. Selfridge, stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. At his request, there will be no services.
 

Carol (Jerry) L. Manley, died July 20 [2001].
He was born on Nov. 30, 1930.
Inurnment at Rainier Cemetery.
 

Staci Curin Ward, 34, a lifetime resident of Yelm and Olympia, died peacefully in her home Friday, July 6 [2001].
Ward was raised in Yelm, baptized and confirmed in Emanuel Lutheran Church.
She was born April 13, 1967.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to a memorial fund in memory of her mother and for Lexie Curin Ward at the O-Bee Credit Union, 3900 Cleveland Ave. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501.
Funeral services were held July 10.
 

Betty Elaine (Jameson) Skewis, 71, a long time resident of Yelm, died Monday, June 18 [2001].
She was born Oct. 10, 1929, to Irvin and Sarah Jameson in Rock Run, Penn.
In 1952, she married Ralph Everson Skewis. They moved with their family to Yelm in 1964.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children’s Hospital in Seattle.
 

Catherine Marie Strader, beloved wife of Bud Strader, died July 1 [2001].
Marie was the proud mother of Cyndi, John, Sharon, Steve, Rick, and Pam. She has many grandchildren.
Memorial service are at 1 p.m., Saturday July 7, at the Yelm Eagles.
 

Russell Lee Groff, 48, a 21-year resident of Yelm, died Wednesday, June 27 [2001], at Providence Centralia Hospital.
He was born on May 1, 1953, to Dan and Lela (Curtain) Thomas in Yakima, Wash.
Russell married Treasure G. Rodrigues. He was a laborer.
 

Mavys Irene Benson, 88, of Tacoma, died June 11 [2001] at Heartwood Nursing Home.
She was born June 13, 1912, in Media, Ill. to Albert and Ester (Gibson) Benson.
She married Edward Benson, Sr., on Sept. 6, 1930.
Mrs. Benson was a retired custodian of Federal Way School District.
She is survived by: Patti Davis, of Illinois.; Carol Messer of Yelm; Sherry Reading of Rainier; Homer Benson of Shelton; Edward Benson, Jr. of Tacoma; Al Benson of Roseburg, Ore.; Robert Benson, Sr. of Tacoma; two sisters, Margarette Eply of Kent, and Madeline Goodrich of Mount Vernon; 23 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and 17 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, one daughter and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 15.
 

Tammy D. Finster-Brooks, 39, of Yelm, passed away at her home Sunday, June 17 [2001].
She was born Nov. 13, 1961, in Billings, Mont. 
She was retired from the U.S. Army where she was a electronics repair technician at the the rank of sergeant.
Tammy is survived by: her daughter, Theodora Brooks of Myrtle Creek, Ore.;  Parents, Glynn and (Jackie) Fish of Medford, Ore.; two sisters, Cathy Hale Dillard, Ore, and Glynna Jones of Myrtle Creek; one brother, William Fish of Dillard; and her very close friend, Linda Dominguez of Yelm.
Memorial services were June 21 at Yelm City Park.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Tammy’s name.
 

Glen LeRoy McCarten, 71, a resident of Yelm since 1945, died at Capital Medical Center, Olympia, on Monday, June 11 [2001].
He was born Aug. 30, 1929, in Devils Lake, ND. He graduated from Yelm High School in 1949 and attended Bates Vocational Institute in Tacoma for two years. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army from 1950-53.
Glen worked for Yelm Telephone Co. from 1959-94 as an engineer. He was a Yelm volunteer firefighter for 25 years.
He enjoyed gardening, travel, home improvement projects, wood working, model railroads and was a small farmer. He was a past Worshipful Master of Yelm Lodge no. 244, Yelm Moose Lodge no. 1905 and served on the Ritual Team for many years. He was also past president of Washington Independent Telephone Association.
He is survived by: his wife, Sonja M. McCarten, of Yelm; three sons, Jeffrey Allan McCarten, Rodney Lee McCarten, both of Yelm, and Wayne LeRoy McCarten of Olympia; two sisters, Audrey Champion of Yelm, and Linda Byrd of Olympia; and one granddaughter, Brooke Marie.
A memorial service is 1 p.m., Friday, June 15 at the Yelm Moose Lodge.
The family suggests memorials to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1201, Olympia, WA 98507.
 

Anna Marie Larson, 34, a long-time resident of Olympia and Tenino, died from complications of AIDS on Sunday, May 27, 2001, at Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia.
She was born July 24, 1966, to Norman L. and Beulah L. (Harris) Larson in Seattle.
Ms. Larson was a 1989 graduate of Tenino High School.
She enjoyed making Indian dream catchers, caring for and loving animals, and spending time with good friends and her cat, Willie.
Ms. Larson is survived by her companion, Steve Thiel; two brothers, Duane Larson of Rainier and Nick Larson of Tenino; two sisters, Carol Kelsey of Rainier and Cheryl Mattson of Tenino; her mother, Beulah Larson of Tenino; and 10 nieces. She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Larson.
Graveside inurnment was Friday, June 1.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to United Communities Aids Network, 1204 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia, WA 98506.
 

Martin Joseph Strbic, 36, a resident of Yelm, died on Thursday, June 7, 2001 at his home.
Martin married Nikki Ann Bell on Aug. 27, 1988, in Tacoma.
He attended McKenna Community Church.
He was a frequent volunteer at the Yelm Schools. He loved to play basketball, baseball and soccer. He worked as a gardener for Beautiful Lawns of Washington.
He is survived by: his wife, Nikki; two daughters, Alycia Lynnette and Kathryn Marie all of Yelm; one brother, Duane Strbick’; one sister, Debbie Strbic; mother, Nancy K. West; stepfather, David McDonald; stepbrother, Robert McDonald; aunts; uncles, nephews; nieces; many friends; and Jesus Christ.
He was preceded in death by his father Gerald L. Strbick.
Services are at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at McKenna Community Church, 4108 B 350th St., McKenna.
 

Gladys L. Tracy, 68, of Lacey, died May 17, 2001, in an auto accident in Scottsbluff, Neb.
She was born on Dec. 21, 1932 in Mitchel, Neb., to Perley and Eleanor (Phillips) Weston. She married Lester Tracy on Oct. 4, 1957.
Gladys was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, and spending time with her family and her beloved dog Bandit.
She is survived by two sons, Stanley Tracy of Sheridan, Wyo., and Kenneth Tracy of Rainier and two daughters, Belinda Elkins of Sutherlin, Ore., and Bobbi Teall of Olympia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Tracy, son, Terry Tracy, and one great-granddaughter.
A family gathering will be held Saturday, June 30, 2001, at Mountain Greens Community, 5140 Yelm Hwy., Lacey.
 

Brendan Michael McGinty, 21, died Sunday, June 3, 2001 in Tucson, Ariz. in an auto accident.
Brendan, originally from Olympia, was due to be married on June 21, 2001. He leaves behind his fiance Luna and 9-month-old son, Jaden.
Brendan is survived by: his parents, Jim and Billie McGinty of Olympia; brother, Brian McGinty of Yelm; sister, Katie Tokarczyk of Corvalis, Ore., fiance, Luna Hauter of Bisbee, Ariz.; and son, Jaden McGinty, also of Bisbee.
A memorial celebration was held June 8. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund for his son, Jaden McGinty, at
any Twin County Credit Union branch.
 

Woodrow Wesley Samples, 46, of Yelm, died June 1 [2001].
He married Marlene MooLin Seto on April 22, 1977, in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Woodrow enjoyed music, playing guitar, raising his children and being out in nature. He was a dedicated husband and father and he lived for his family.
Mr. Samples is survived by his wife, Marlene of Yelm; two sons, Woodrow Samples, Jr. and Kyle Anthony Seto Samples both of Yelm; two brothers, Charles Robert Ray and John Edward Ray; five sisters, Sharon K. Evans, Joyce Ellen James, Tammy DeMello, Betty Lundberg and Linda Moore; his mother and father, Wanda Harriet Freese and Eugene Freese; numerous nieces and nephews; in-laws; and dear friends.
Services were held June 8 in Olympia.
The family requests live plants for the family to plant in Samples’ honor.
 

Gordon Kampfer, 83, died of cancer May 20 [2001] in Tacoma.
For more than 35 years he lived in Yelm, where he owned and operated Gordon’s Garden Center. He specialized in roses and offered more than 800 varieties. His horticultural knowledge was uncommon and he drew inspiration from his love of nature’s beauty.
Gordon was born in Newberg, Ore. May 10, 1918 to immigrant parents. His love for flowers and gardening was inspired by his Norwegian mother. He learned the value of hard work as a young man by working in the family enterprise in the Willamette Valley.
After graduating college and pursuing several professions, he moved to Yelm in 1965 and opened Gordon’s Market, a small grocery store on the main street. It soon expanded to include the small beginnings of what would become the garden center.
He recently completed a fifth term as president of an organization of independently-owned garden centers through the Northwest.
He is survived by: his wife, Marie; four children, Wes Kampfer, Marilyn Edgar, Stephanie Gaudy and Larry Kampfer; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren and through marriage an extended family of daughter Lujean Caddey; two granddaughters; and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Harriet Oas and brother, Lynn Kampfer.
A private memorial service is planned.
 

Dean F. Bohan, 73, a 33-year resident of Rainier, died May 24 [2001] at home after a long illness.
He was born April 25, 1928 in Newcastle, Wyo.
Dean married Myrdel Bohan on June 30, 1949 in Custer, SD.
He was a well known water well driller before retiring. He enjoyed yard work and spending time with family.
Mr. Bohan is survived by four daughters, Bobbie Robbin of Packwood, Twila Reise of Yelm, Roni Bohan of Puyallup and Kathy Mallon of Salkum; one son, Mike Bohan of Rainier; one sister, Ruth Singleton of Boise, Idaho; one brother, James Bohan of Boise; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrdel.
A celebration of his life is 1 p.m., Saturday June 2, at the family home, 12515 133rd Ave. SE, Rainier.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Tenino Family Practice Clinic.
 

Dorothy Kidd, 83, 50-year resident of Roy, died May 20, in McKenna.
She was born Sept. 8, 1917, in Spokane.
Prior to retiring she was a librarian. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, arts and crafts and gardening.
Dorothy is survived by: her children, Janet and (John) Jones of Yelm, David and (Elizabeth) Kidd of Roy, and Kenneth Kidd of Yakima; two sisters, Betty Nevers of Spokane, and Elaine Hansen of Moses Lake; brother, Douglas McIlveen of Spokane; nine grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were May 29 in Spanaway. Burial was at Fir Lane Memorial Park.
 

Memorial service for Edward R. “Bud” Palmer Jr., is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at Yelm Eagles Lodge, State Highway 507, off Koeppen Road, Yelm.
He was a volunteer at Wolves and Friends Thrift Shop.
Military services by the V.F.W.
 

Emmitt L. “Tiny” Goodwin, 73, a 35-year resident of Yelm, died of complications from diabetes Friday, May 11 [2001], at home.
He was born March 9, 1928, in Haleville, Ala., to G.W. and Minnie (Head) Goodwin. He married Dorothy Branham on May 1, 1956.
He served in the Army 1945-66 and retired as a staff sergeant.
Mr. Goodwin worked in customer service and at a grocery store.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He liked gardening, cooking, traveling, animals and spending time with his family.
Mr. Goodwin is survived by: his wife, Dorothy Goodwin of Yelm; two daughters, Bonnie Simmons and Becky Thomas, both of Yelm; two brothers, Billy Goodwin of Double Springs, Ala., and J.B. Goodwin of Toledo, Ohio; four sisters, Lily Feltman, Ruth Riddle and Faye, all of Double Springs Ala., and Betty Adkins of Georgia; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Thursday, May 17.
 

Jon D. Huddleston, 63, an 18-year resident of Yelm, died from complications of a stroke Tuesday May 15 [2001], at home.
He was born Nov. 29, 1937, to J.C. and Ada Appleby (Davis) Huddleston in Carthage, Tenn.
Mr. Huddleston married Nancy Jo Lee on Dec. 27, 1960.
He served in the Army and was a lieutenant colonel upon his discharge.
He was a museum curator at Fort Campbell, Kent, and a historian for I Corps, retiring in 1996. He was a life member of Clan Donald and a member of Yelm Prairie Historical Society. He enjoyed crafting Celtic and Scottish knives and was internationally recognized for his talent and craftsmanship.
Mr. Huddleston is survived by: his wife, Nancy Jo Huddleston of Yelm; three daughters, Cheri Butcher of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn., Wendy Huddleston of Olympia, and Tammy Alonzo of Lacey; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, May 18, at Yelm Methodist Church.
 

Edward Reid Palmer, Jr., 66, a longtime resident of the Rainier area, died of hypertension Friday, May 11 [2001], at home.
He was born Nov. 28, 1934, to Edward R. and Dorothy C. (Brink) Palmer in Seattle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Palmer.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was a Merchant Marine for 30 years.
Mr. Palmer was a life member of Veterans of Foreign War, Cooties, Eagles Club and the National Riffle Association.
He was an avid fisher and a volunteer at Wolves & Friends Thrift Shop in Yelm.
Mr. Palmer is survived by: three sons, Russell Palmer of Snohomish, and Eugene and Edward Palmer, both of Tacoma; a sister, Dorothy Hobson of Yelm; six grandchildren; and one nephew. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janette Palmer.
A private family inurnment is planned.Nisqually Valley News, May 25, 2001
 

Ione Rose King, wife of Orval, died March 25 [2001].
She was also a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, at 14510 Mud Run Road, Yelm.
Guests are asked to bring a dish for the barbecue. Call 360-458-8431 for information.
 

Luther J. Chrisenbery, 81, a 10-year resident of Yelm, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, of cancer at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia.
He was born April 23, 1920, to William and Arvilla (Rinker) Chrisenbery, in Lincoln, Mo.
Luther married Juanita Franklin on April 1, 1929, in Yuma, Ariz.
He was self-employed as a truck driver and delivered for the Nisqually Valley News.
He was a member of Yelm Prairie Christian Center.
Luther enjoyed bowling, gardening and was active at the Yelm Senior Center. He had made his home in Roseburg, OR., 25-years before moving to Olympia.
Mr. Chrisenbery is survived by: his wife, Juanita Chrisenbery of Olympia; one son, Stan Chrisenbery of Fullerton, Calif., two daughters, Anita Seratt of Kent, and Sue Gumbish of Bellingham; one brother, Larry Chrisenbery of Roseburg, OR.; one sister, Jeannie Anderson on Oklahoma City, Okla.; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 12, at Yelm Prairie Christian Center. Burial at Odd Fellows Memorial Park, Tumwater.
 

Kenneth J. Reynolds, 75, a 24-year resident of Yelm, died of pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Providence St. Peters Hospital, Olympia.
He was born May 30, 1925, to Kenneth and Edna (Layton) Reynolds in Annapolis, MD.
Memorial service was held on Monday, May 14 at 4p.m. at Yelm Prairie Christian Center, 501 103rd Ave. N.E., Yelm, WA.
He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946. Became a police officer in Seattle Washington where he was a foot policeman, and walked his beat in the downtown Seattle area. He continued his career in law enforcement and became the Chief of Police in Grand Coulee Washington for 15 years. Then went on to become the Deputy Sheriff for Okanogan County where he retired in 1977.
He worked in civil service for the Department of Defense in Bremerton and Fort Lewis.
He then decided to retire to take care of his grandchildren. Ken loved his family, friends, baseball, peanuts and iced tea. Proceeded in death by his daughter Pat Hammer of Yelm, and Ed Espirito of New Jersey. He is survived by his wife of 47 years France L. Reynolds and daughter Gail A. Rivas and son-in-law Adam Rivas of Yelm; Brother-in-law Virgil & Chuck Haynes; grandchildren: Rikki Fairbanks of Yelm, Keith, Kevin, Siscily and Aaron Espirito of Seattle, Javier Espirito of New Jersey, Sam Hammer of Olympia, Chris Hammer of Seattle, Dominic & Taylor Rivas of Yelm, great grandchildren; Rachell & Michelle Fairbanks of Yelm; Allison Espirito of Spokane; niece Susan Topper ;great niece Shanna Balsoma of Baltimore, Maryland; and numerous nieces, cousins and friends
 

William “Bill” Brown, 57, a 26-year resident of Yelm, died of complications of emphysema Tuesday, May 1 [2001], at home.
He was born April 18, 1944, to Gus and Mary (Christiansen) Brown in Butte, Mont.
Mr. Brown married Karin Gilbert on Nov. 9, 1970.
He was a truck driver.
Mr. Brown was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie no. 4144.
He enjoyed hot rods, antique cars and fishing.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Karin Brown of Yelm; a son, James Brown of Yelm; six daughters, Debbie Brown of Federal Way, Angela Terwilliger of Browns Point, Christine Jimenez of Yelm, Jennifer Pioquinto of Lacey, Leona Parker of Spanaway and Theresa Galvin of Roy; a brother, Burton Hastings of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; three nieces; and three nephews.
A family gathering took place Sunday, May 6, at the family home.
Memorial donations can be sent to the American Lung Association, 2625 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121.
 

Earl Forrest Campbell, Jr., husband, father and grandfather, died Saturday, May 5 [2001] of natural causes.
He was born June 14, 1922, in LeMers Iowa.
He is survived by: his wife, Lois; daughters, Janet (Lyle) Nutter and Sandra (Ray) Rager; sons, Don (Rosalie) Cox and Ken (Robin) Cox; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita (Wally) Craig and Wilma (Chuck) Harkins. He was preceded in death by one sister, Vivian Johnson, and one brother, Donald Campbell.
Earl grew up on an Iowa farm and plowed fields with a 16-horse hitch.
He moved to Orting and graduated from Orting High School in 1941.
Earl lived in the Tacoma-Roy area most of his life. He was a Word War II Navy veteran, retired teamster and a member of New Life Christian Center in Yelm.
Nicknamed “Plunger” in high school, “Grump-pa” and “Forrie.” He had a good sense of humor. He loved fishing and gardening.
Services were held Wednesday, May 9, at the New Life Christian Center, Yelm.
 

Alice Marie Kueffner Hilger, 67, died Saturday, May 5 [2001].
Beloved wife of Dr. John Hilger, Alice was the mother of six. She had 15 grandchildren.
Born Aug. 2, 1933 in St. Paul, Minn. to Ruth and Walter Kueffner, Alice graduated from Visitation Convent. She attended the University of Minnesota and married John Hilger on June 17, 1954. They lived in Montreal, Canada then St. Paul, Minn., Albuquerque, NM, and Jacksonville, Fla. during her husband’s medical training.
In 1969, she, her husband and their six children moved to the Pacific Northwest and settled in Tacoma.
She is survived by: her husband, John; sister, Diane Kueffner Weinfurtner (Ned); children Andrea Duffy (Brian), Kathryn Kingen (Gerry) , Nick Hilger (Maria), Kurt Hilger, Dan Hilger (Luann), Jim Hilger (Chong); and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral Services were May 9. Remembrances may be made to Sisters of Visitation or Bellarmine Preparatory.
 

JoAnn F. Manske, 63, a 20-year resident of Yelm, died of cancer Saturday, April 28 [2001], at home.
She was born Aug. 30, 1937, to Herbert and Mabel (Gillespie) Johnson in Tacoma.
Ms. Manske was a veterinary assistant in California.
She liked animals, cats, birds and art. She had many friends.
Ms. Manske is survived by a daughter, Deanna Dressel of Tacoma; a brother, Kenneth Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Darlene Austin-Ney of Yelm; and four grandchildren.
At her request, there were no services.
 

Ida A. ‘Donna’ Squire, 74, former resident of Yelm, died April 12, 2001, of cardiac disease at Puget Sound Health Care Center.
She was born on Jan. 15, 1927, to Joseph and Hulda (Zinger) VanNess in Puyallup, Wash.
Ida married Fred R. Squire and later divorced.
She was a homemaker and artist.
Ida was interested in arts and crafts of all varieties. If she could think of it, she could do it.
Ida is survived by: her significant other, Jim Rankin of Yelm; two daughters, Lauren Hill of Roy and Lynn Johnson of Covington; one sister, Margaret Frank of Grandview; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, three nieces and five nephews.
A family gathering is at 6 a.m., Sunday, April 24, at Grayland Beach, Grayland. Access by state park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Assured Hospice, 1800 Cooper Point Road, Olympia, WA 98502.
 

Harold Dean Baker, 69, of Yelm, died Sunday April 15 [2001] of heart disease at Capital Medical Center, Olympia.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1932, to Fay Wilburn Baker and Pauline Lorraine Monsey in Loving, Texas.
Harold married Jo Ann Boggs on July 9, 1976. He served in the Navy for 20 years. He was an electrician for Norwalk-LaMirada School District in Norwalk, Calif.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He liked cooking, gardening, genealogy, pets, family and church work.
Mr. Baker is survived by: his wife, Jo Ann Baker of Yelm; son, Rudy Moraga of Yelm; four daughters, Karen Weaver of Safford, Ariz., Marlene Martin of Tucson, Ariz., Kathy Burkland of Donnelly, Ida., and Terry Christensen of Snohomish, Wash.; three brothers, Kenneth Baker of Hutchinson, Kan., Stanley Eoff of Vancouver, Wash., and Richard Slayton of Corpus Cristi, Texas.; one sister, Johnnie Jo Caswell of Arlington, Kan.; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, eight nieces and 12 nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Fay and mother Pauline.
Visitation is 12:30-2 p.m., Friday, April 20, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14023 Clark Road S.E., Yelm. Funeral services are at 2 p.m.
 

Kenneth E. Hansen, 68, a 50-year resident of Yelm, died of cancer Friday, April 13, 2001, at Capital Medical Center, Olympia.
He was born April 4, 1933, to Aaron and Leona (Worthan) Hansen in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He married Betty Hansen on May 1, 1960.
Mr. Hansen served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was retired from the Washington Department of Transportation.
Mr. Hansen was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and a past master of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a fire department member.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, bowling, playing cards, golfing, camping and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Hansen of Yelm; two sons, Wes Hansen of Olympia and Jim Butler of Yelm; two daughters, Judy Roundsley of Olympia and Bonnie Wold of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Lucille Reploge of Shell Rock, Iowa; and his father, A.E. Hansen of Stroud, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Leona Suited and a daughter, Deana Butler.
Memorial service are at 1 p.m., Friday, April 20, at the Yelm Moose Lodge.
Memorial donations can be made to Western Washington Oncology, 3920 Capital Mall Drive S.W., Suite 100, Olympia, WA 98502
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.


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