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Whidbey Crosswind The Puget Sound Veterans’ Monthly | NOVEMBER 2014

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Former Crosswind editor remembered for kindness By RON NEWBERRY

After a half century in the funeral service business, Gary Wallin thought he had seen it all. Two years before Eileen Brown’s passing this fall, she had furnished Wallin with an obituary only to resubmit a revised copy about every six months. “She was the consummate planner,” said Wallin, owner of Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor. “That’s just who she was.” But it wasn’t until shortly after Brown’s passing on Sept. 27 when the scope of Wallin’s statement was truly revealed. At Brown’s memorial service, Marcus Cushway spoke before a large gathering of friends and family and shared how his mother had left behind a thick, three-ring binder, detailing how she wanted her personal affairs to be handled. Cushway told the group that as he turned the pages of the binder and got near the end, he found a document he didn’t expect to see but was amusing nonetheless. It was his obituary. “I told Marcus, ‘That’s a first,’” Wallin said. “I’ve been doing this 52 years. Never have I seen a mother who left her son’s obituary. When he shared that with the group here, it brought the house down. Everyone was roaring.” And that, Wallin said, was how Brown would have wanted her service to be. “She wanted it to be a party,”

he said. Brown died at the age of 73 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease and other health issues. For more than 30 years, she wrote columns that appeared in Whidbey Island newspapers, starting with the base newspaper at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the Crosswind, where she became editor in 1985. She later worked for the Whidbey News-Times and Whidbey Weekly. Through her writing, she shared human-interest stories about people in the community and promoted causes that she believed benefitted Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. One of those causes was the creation of a historic center that would showcase the history of the PBY Catalina and other aircraft based at NAS Whidbey. In 1998, Brown was one of 13 original members who started the PBY Memorial Foundation, which brought the naval air museum to Oak Harbor. She was still on the board of trustees when she died. “Eileen Brown had a lot to do with nurturing the concept of creating a memorial of some kind for the veterans who flew the PBY and aviators who flew out of NAS Whidbey,” said Wil Shellenberger, the foundation’s president.

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Eileen Brown, right, listens to a speaker in late July at the grand opening of the PBY-Naval Air Museum at its new downtown Oak Harbor location on Pioneer Way. Brown, one of the founders of the PBY Memorial Foundation, died Sept. 27 at the age of 73. I felt one of those rare individuals who really put the community above all else,” Shellenberger said. “She always looked for ways to improve the world around her. I just thought she was a model citizen. I think there is a lot to be learned just from knowing Eileen Brown and how she lived.”

Shellenberger said when he first started as president of the foundation three years ago, he met with Brown monthly for advice.

Brown was recognized as NAS Whidbey Island Civilian of the Year in 2001 and received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award when she retired from working for the base newspaper in 2004.

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Even in her weakened condition, Brown stayed involved with the naval air museum as much as she could. She joined fellow original PBY Memorial Foundation members Win and Donna Stites at the grand opening of the museum’s new location on Pioneer Way in July. “Eileen was always giving of herself and always had time to talk and was never too busy to help a friend,” Win Stites said. “Eileen was always there, so it is hard to believe she is not with us anymore.” On Sept. 23, four days before her death, Brown attended the foundation’s monthly luncheon at the Chief Petty

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The award-winning film “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” tells a story of combat veterans healing from the scars of war. The Whidbey Veterans Resource Center, operating out of the American Legion Post 141, will be hosting a fundraiser and screening of the film at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Clyde Theater in Langley. “It’s really an extraordinary overview of the healing that can go on,” said Greg Stone, president of the WVRC board. “The film describes the wonderful healing power of bringing people from the battle together.” The film follows a group of American veterans of

the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars who return to the battlefield of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, where they meet with veterans of the People’s Army of Vietnam to plant trees on the site of the wartime combat base. The donation-only event the is be one of the critical events in the WVRC’s fundraising campaign, Stone said. Lucas Jushinski, a veteran himself and owner of Island Alternative Medicine in Freeland, has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations. “We’re trying to encourage people (to donate) but the main thing is to see this wonderful film,” Stone said. The Khe Sanh Garden that was created in the course

of this film is a world sanctuary dedicated to honoring the memory of fallen soldiers from all sides of armed combat and reconciling in peace with former enemies. “My hope is that this film will help many who are interested in moving through personal struggle by way of reconciliation within themselves and forgiveness towards their enemies,” said filmmaker Luke Hansen in a news release. “While the Khe Sanh Peace Garden project is helping veterans of war in a very moving way, this film really applies to all who are looking to find personal peace and reconciliation.” The film was awarded earlier this year Best Documentary Feature by the 2014 American Movie

Awards. The news came just weeks after the film celebrated its World Premiere in Khe Sanh, Vietnam and its U.S. Premiere in Seattle in April. Hansen said Seattle was selected for the film’s U.S. premiere because it is the hometown of many participants of the 2012 Vietnam trip that serves as the film’s subject. Additionally, PeaceTrees VietNam is headquartered in Seattle, an organization providing support to the film and the Khe Sanh Peace Garden project. More information about the file and the Khe Sanh Peace Garden project can be found at and

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Island County will join with all Washington counties in the creation of regional coalitions to address a rising population of veterans in crisis.

The number of veterans in crisis will continue to rise, according to Island County Veteran Services Coordinator Gera ld Pfannenstiel. Roughly 26 percent of post-9/11 veterans have a service-connected disability compared to only 14 percent of the total veteran population, Pfannenstiel said. Veterans ages 18 to 30 are more than twice as likely to be homeless compared with non-veterans of the same age. In addition, the number of homeless women veterans has increased 141 percent between 2006 and 2010. “As a result of the myriad of challenges already here and/or on the immediate horizon, we must be compelled to meet these challenges with as much fire-

power as we possibly can; we owe them that much,” Pfannenstiel told commissioners last week. The local coalition comprises Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and King counties. Island County has the largest veteran population per capita in the state. Island County Veterans Services provides emergency financial assistance, case management and other supportive services to indigent veterans and their dependents. Financial assistance may consist of paying for rent/mortgage and/or utility bills that may be in arrears or at risk of being shutoff. The office provides vouchers for food, fuel, work specific clothing and/or school clothing and supplies for dependent children. We also provide assistance with Department of Veterans Affairs claims for compensation, pension, health care

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Whidbey Island honors its veterans Musical tribute, parade among patriotic events

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The guest speaker will be Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Zaldivar. This marks the 10th year of this community-wide event, which is sponsored by the Oak Harbor Area Council, Navy League of the United States.


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Whidbey Island residents will have a number of opportunities to celebrate Veterans Day this year.

The third annual Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade will begin later that day at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8., in downtown Oak Harbor along Pioneer Way.

While Veterans Day is officially Tuesday, Nov. 11, local events are being held the weekend prior. “A Musical Tribute to our Veterans” will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center.

World War II veterans Eva Brown, Francis Skinner and Pat Ricketts will serve as the Grand Marshals.

This year’s ceremony will feature musical performances by the An-O-Chords barbershop chorus, the Daybreak Trio, the Oak Harbor High School Harbor Singers and Treble Choir, the All-Island Community Band, and the Oak Harbor High School


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Navy Wives Club cooks up a book By MICHELLE BEAHM

The key ingredient to a good cookbook is variety. That’s something Debbie Garcia knows well. Garcia is president of the Navy Wives Club of America Whidbey Island. The club recently created “What’s Cooking in Whidbey Island,” which members are selling to raise money for scholarships and charities. “We have a lot in here, really,” Garcia said. “It’s a good cookbook. We’re really happy with it.” With about 50 recipe contributors and more than 300 recipes, the cookbook is divided into sections including appetizers, main dishes and desserts. “We just went wild,” Garcia said. “We didn’t try to limit it or steer anybody in a certain direction.” This isn’t the first time the Navy Wives Club of Whidbey Island has published a cookbook. About 20 years ago, they tried selling one. That one didn’t work out well. This time, however, less than

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Get cooking For more information or to purchase a cookbook, email to nwca150@gmail. com or call 360-929-1452. a month after the cookbooks arrived printed and bound, the club is considering a second order. The group started with 220 cookbooks. After members purchased copies for friends and family, Garcia estimates there are only 80 copies left. They plan to sell the books at various holiday bazaars on the island, including at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ Rebekahs table. Though the official divvying of profits won’t be decided until after all the proceeds are in, Garcia knows where they plan to put it. After using the proceeds to pay off the cost of printing — which Garcia says they’ve already raised enough for — proceeds will go to scholarships, North Whidbey Help House and toward taking care of a section of Maple Leaf Cemetery

adopted by the club. That area of the cemetery, “Babyland,” is where children who died are buried. Years ago, Garcia said, military families moving away asked the club to take care of their children’s graves. Eventually, the club started taking care of the entire area. The annual scholarship is awarded to a military dependent graduating from Oak Harbor High school. “Our scholarship is small … We’re giving $300,” Garcia said. “We kind of look at it like, whatever we can do to help.” The cookbook sells for $12.50, plus shipping, if necessary. Garcia said she is hoping the group will sell out the first printing by year’s end. “Hopefully it’s a hit,” she said. “It’s got a lot of really good recipes in it.”

The cost is $10 for singles and $18 for couples. There will be both a silent and a live auction. The group reports having many nice items this year, so the members urge residents to bring a friend. The auction is the auxiliary’s main source of income for its programs. The nonprofit group helps veterans and their families; it supports the National Home Program, cancer aid and research, Adopt-A-Unit and much more. Anyone interested in helping can call 969-1517. Established 1914, members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars set out to serve veterans the communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform.

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Janet Howard Zuvela’s grandmother never spoke of her family. She speculates that perhaps, buried somewhere deep in the annals of family history, lies a secret, a quarrel, or a figurative skeleton in the closet responsible for her grandmother’s silence. It was only four years ago that Howard Zuvela walked into her best friend’s kitchen and, unbeknownst to her, encountered one of her maternal relatives, Wickliffe Guy Newell III, for the first time. “She didn’t know she had a family … when we all showed up just a few years ago, she was overwhelmed,” said Wickliffe Guy Newell III. Since then, Howard Zuvela has embraced her newfound family and has hosted regular reunion barbecues, relishing in the group’s inclusivity. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Howard Zuvela and sev-

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Wickliffe Guy Newell III said he learned of his namesake’s life story through the family’s stories and research on the Internet — the same way by which he and Howard Zuvela were able to connect, with the additional aid of mutual friends and acquaintances on Whidbey. He first began trying to find his greatgreat grandfather’s burial site about seven years ago.

Armed with the knowledge that his great-great-grandfather was buried at one of two Pacific Northwest Bayview Cemeteries, he mounted his bike and rode to Whidbey where he visited Langley City Hall and informed staff of his desire to find his ancestor’s grave, which he supposed would be located at Langley’s Bayview Cemetery. Much to his surprise, he said, he received an answer almost immediately; a former mayor of Langley was present and said he had gone to school with members of the Newell family. Due in part to work by the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island, records regarding Bayview cemetery graves had been established. Moments later, the two were driving to Bayview Cemetery where Wickliffe Guy Newell III laid eyes on the place where his great great-grandfather had been laid to rest; a numbered marker rose from the ground, no name was present. “I always wanted to make sure he had a nice headstone so family could go there and find him,” said Wickliffe Guy Newell III. With help from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a veterans memorial program, Visser Funeral Home and friends in Island County, Wickliffe Guy Newell III saw to it that his ancestor received a proper marble headstone in mid-September of this year. “I felt a lot of relief; it felt pretty good,” said Wickliffe Guy Newell III, adding that it appears that many individuals are unaware of their deceased relatives’ burial places, or simply don’t care to find them. “It is kind of a sad thing. I didn’t want that to happen. I wanted one of my grandkids or great grandkids to find out [where Wickliffe Guy Newll I and other ancestors were bured].” Surrounding Wickliffe Guy Newell’s grave are nine other Newell family members, some of whom have also been interred without proper headstones. According to family members, plans are in the works to ensure that all of the deceased, including Wickliffe Guy Newell’s first wife, receive their own markings.

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MSRP.................$32,309 Dewey Discount .. -$2,410

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MSRP.................$31,706 Dewey Discount .. -$2,707




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Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

MSRP.................$30,634 Dewey Discount .. -$1,835






Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive FDD Package 15

MSRP.................$32,208 Dewey Discount .. -$1,309 VIN# 4S4BSAHC5F3222138 STOCK# 99681



Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive ERB Package 01

MSRP.................$24,056 Dewey Discount .. -$1,157


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NOTICE Washington State law requires wood sellers to provide an invoice (receipt) that shows the s e l l e r ’s a n d b u y e r ’s name and address and the date delivered. The invoice should also state the price, the quantity delivered and the quantity upon which the price is based. There should be a statement on the type and quality of the wood. When you buy firewood write the seller’s phone number and the license plate number of the delivery vehicle. The legal measure for firewood in Washington is the cord or a fraction of a cord. Estimate a c o r d by v i s u a l i z i n g a four-foot by eight-foot space filled with wood to a height of four feet. Most long bed pickup trucks have beds that are close to the four-foot by 8-foot dimension. To m a k e a f i r e w o o d complaint, call 360-9021857. WeightsMeasures/Fire woodinformation.aspx

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Transitioning Out of the Military?

The Port of Seattle Can Help! Veterans Fellowship Program The Port of Seattle’s Veterans Fellowship Program assists veterans in transition from active duty to the civilian work environment. The program supports you through exposure and experience in the civilian workplace while refining skills and abilities necessary for successful integration into civilian organizations. Through career guidance from the Port of Seattle, backed by the dedication and work ethic reflective of your service in the armed forces, you will have the opportunity to successfully transfer your military experience into the civilian workplace in a six-month fellowship. WHAT AWAITS YOU AT THE PORT OF SEATTLE While gaining invaluable on-the-job experience and training during your fellowship with the Port of Seattle, you receive individualized career assistance through: • Exposure to the civilian work environment and to corporate business practices • Identification of your transferable skills • Resume writing guidance and interviewing practice • Planned and informal networking opportunities with other organizations and civilian employees As a fellow you receive appropriate compensation for your work. Basic health care benefits are provided for you and your dependents. Our program is recognized as a best practice by Hire America’s Heroes, a Seattle-based consortium dedicated to helping men and women leaving active duty to refine their skills and focus on the abilities necessary for the current business environment.

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Whidbey Crosswind, October 31, 2014  

October 31, 2014 edition of the Whidbey Crosswind

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