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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 2 Debbie A. Bradley Evelyn Elaine Saux-Curley Page 3
Debbie A. Bradley
Claudia Jean “Momma J” Johnson Kathleen Ann “Kate” Burns Phyllis Darlene Christian Cullop
Harry Dawson Linvel Ray Hatton Carol Jean Landberg Sharon Dianne ‘Lucky’ Morgan
Page 11 Laurie Ann Reagan Marilyn Marx Betty A. McGhee Barbara Jeanne Sleasman
Walter Vernon Dhooghe Daniel Hartough Walter F. Smith
Michael Eugene Bender Carmen Hazel Ainsworth Elaine Mabel Tackett
Robert J. Hathaway William Vern Anensen Sr. Larry Bridenback Mildred “Millie” Cundari
(Marilyn) Jane Gardner Crew Ronald Harold Branham
Barbara Elizabeth Blum Hoyne Loretta Flavia Shannon Robert Dale Ashcroft
Page 7 Cynthia Marie Trautman Donald L. “Mr. T” Tackett
Page 8 Peter “Pete” William Kruger Jr. Theodore Clements Doris Winters
Oliver J. Jhanson Aletta I. LaRocque Jack Gill
Notable Deaths Page 15 — Cream drummer Ginger Baker Page 16 — Baseball player, broadcaster Ron Fairly, Actress Diahann Carroll
Connie L. Campbell Reid Lawrence “Larry” Abbott
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At the Manila American Cemetery, a total of 53,383 gravestones and names stand in testament to hard won freedom those soldiers never lived to see realized.
Debbie Ann Bradley of Hoquiam passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. She was 60. Debbie was born April 2, 1959, in Aberdeen, Washington, to John and Margaret (Holm) Darnell. Debbie was raised up John’s River in Ocosta and graduated from Ocosta High School. On May 26, 1989, Debbie married the love of her life, Jim Bradley, in Aberdeen. He survives her at the family home. She had worked for Ocean Spray Cranberries for 10 years from 1985 to 1995 then went to work for Hoquiam School District at Emerson Elementary School for 15+ years as a para educator. Debbie loved to travel; her passion was being around water when she and
Jim went on vacations. Two of her favorites were Lake Chelan and Hawaii. In addition to her loving husband, Jim, she is also survived by her son, Keaton Bradley of Hoquiam; stepson, James Bradley of Olympia; two sisters Arline Heath of Aberdeen and Peggy Jimenez of Hoquiam. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother John Darnell and sister Connie Jacobson. A celebration of life was held Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen. To share memories or leave a condolence for the family please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen.
Evelyn Elaine Saux-Curley Evelyn Elaine Saux-Curley, 67 years of age and a lifetime Harborite, died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam, Washington. She was born on Jan. 3, 1952, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Frederick William and Margaret M. (Chenois) Saux and was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation. She was raised in Taholah and there she attended school as well as at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon. Following her high school graduation from Chemawa Indian School, she returned to the Taholah area and began her employment with the Quinault Indian Nation. She had attended the Pentecostal Church. Her number one to watch was wrestling. She also liked TV soap operas and game shows. She enjoyed playing pool, walking on the beach, collecting eagle feathers, going to the casinos, working puzzles, especially word search, shopping and going to concerts. Evelyn is survived by: her daughters, Amanda Curley of Taholah and Gladys
Curley of Elma; her sons, Neil Kaiama of Raymond and Larry Kaiama; a brother, Harold Curley of Taholah; her sisters, Marie Saux of Taholah, Rosie Hill of Spanaway, Jeannie Marsden of Lacey, Esther Allen of Elma and Evelyn Chenois of Aberdeen, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Donald M. Saux; Lowell Curley (Poe), Michael Curleybear, Louie Curley, Nadine Curley Perez and Christine Curley Rodrequez. Her funeral service was Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Taholah School gymnasium in Taholah, Washington, with Everett Masten Jr., officiating. Interment followed in the Taholah Cemetery. Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam, Washington. Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.
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Claudia Jean “Momma J” Johnson
Kathleen Ann “Kate” Burns
Phyllis Darlene Christian Cullop
Claudia Jean “Momma J” Johnson, 69, of Bonnie, Illinois, formerly of Montesano, Washington, peacefully passed away in hospice care on Sept. 30, 2019, at Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, surrounded by family. She was born Dec. 26, 1949, in Pasco, Washington, to the late John and Edith (Winslow) Tyrrell. She married Albert “Al” Johnson on March 15, 1969 and he preceded her in death in February of 2007. Those who are grieving the loss of this amazing woman include sons; Bryan (Christina) Johnson of Bonnie, Doug Johnson of DaClink, Illinois, Greg (Keri) Johnson of Christopher and Jamey (Tanya) Johnson of Mt. Vernon. Beloved grandchildren include Bryan (LaKaela) Johnson Jr, Austin Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Trevor Johnson, A.J Johnson, Hunter Reynolds, Reece Johnson, Kaleb Johnson & Olivia Kay Johnson; great-grandchildren Meilah Johnson and Heaven Johnson; sisters Sharon (Ed) Zillyett and Pat Collins of Washington, as well as her ride-or-die bestie Francie Minkler, also of Washington. Momma J, also lovingly known as Grammy J by her grandchildren, possessed a unique ability to create and spread joy whenever possible. In recent years, she was best known for creating googly eye masterpieces which will surely be discovered from Illinois to Washington for years to come. In addition to spending time with her slightly dysfunctional family, she loved to go to the ocean, gamble in casinos, create zany and unique crafts, pull pranks, eat seafood, troll Facebook and play online games with friends. She was of the Christian faith. Visitation was held at Johnston’s Funeral Home in Ina on Thursday Oct. 3. A memorial service followed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you purchase googly eyes and continue Momma J’s mission to spread joy by placing eyes in the funniest places you can find. For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.johnstonfuneralhome. com.
Kathleen Ann “Kate” Burns, age 64, a longtime resident of Westport, died on Oct. 7, 2019, at her home in Westport. Kate was born on Nov. 29, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Aberdeen to Otto Joseph and Cathrine (Bridges) Fitterer. She was raised in Westport and attended schools in Ocosta. On June 6, 1979, she and William Matthew Burns were married. The couple made their home in Westport, where William was a commercial fisherman and Kate worked at B and C Pizza, Englund Marine and Washington Crab. She also volunteered for the food bank and the VFW Post 3057 Ladies Auxiliary. She had been a member of the South Beach Christian Church for many years. She loved beach combing, looking for glass floats, rock hunting and mushroom picking, but above all, loved spending time at the local casinos. Surviving relatives include three sons and their wives, Ottie Joseph and Michaela Burns of Aberdeen, Jeff Allen and Candi Burns of Portland and William Matthew Jr. and Jessica Burns of Westport; three grandchildren, Susan Ann Burns, William Matthew Burns, III and Aiden Thomas Burns; brothers, Frank Fitterer and Otto Joseph Aldridge and sisters, Jeanette Stroschein and twin sister, Carolyn Foster. She was preceded by her husband, William, a brother, Otto Fitterer and her parents, Otto and Cathrine Fitterer. A graveside service was held at Aberdeen’s Fern Hill Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 12, followed by a memorial service at the South Beach Christian Center, 1360 SR 105 in Grayland, Washington. A reception followed at the Westport VFW Post 3057, 211 E. Pacific in Westport. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Providence Sunshine House, 3301 Ensign Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506 or to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3057, 211 E. Pacific, Westport, WA 98595. Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam. Please take a few moments of your time to record your comments for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.
Phyllis Darlene Christian Cullop passed away in Vancouver, Washington, at the age of 85. She was born Aug. 23 1934, in Scobey, Montana. She was the 12th of 13 children born to Vern and Annie Christian. Verne had four previous children from his first wife, so there was a total of 17 children. The family moved to Elma, Washington, where she attended grade school and graduated Montesano High School in 1952. After her father’s death, the family moved to Medford, where she met and married Donald Cullop in April 1954. They had one daughter, Gladys. Phyllis attended business school before opening her own business, Cullop’s Employment Agency. Soon she was offered a job she couldn’t refuse as the executive secretary for the chamber of commerce, one of her favorite jobs. Donald and Phyllis moved to Portland, where they ran several businesses, including The Wagon, a country western night spot, and the Ace of Diamonds. Phyllis loved running restaurants and gathering people together. They moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, for more business opportunities in 1974. They owned many more businesses in Ketchikan, including The Anchor Inn, The Harbor Inn, The Helm, The Salty Sea Bakery, The Laundry Center, The Rainbow Gift Shop, The Pioneer, and Mr. C’ s. For each restaurant, Phyllis enjoyed writing a weekly menu and Gazette. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2015. Following Donald’s death, she moved back to Montesano, where she lived the remainder of her life. A true child of the depression, Phyllis never forgot being poor. She loved the finer things in life. In every community she lived in, she took joy in bringing people together and feeding them good food. Phyllis passed away Oct. 2, 2019, following a series of strokes. She is survived by daughter Gladys and her husband Russell, her grandsons Chris and his wife Amanda, Mark and his wife Kristin, and six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Porter, Emma, Olivia, Lily and Amelia. She will be buried in Elma, Washington, next to Donald in the Masonic Cemetery.
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Walter Vernon Dhooghe Walter Vernon Dhooghe, age 69, a longtime Harborite, died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Dhooghe was born on April 7, 1950, in Missoula, Montana, to Vernon J. and Frances R. (Morrison) Dhooghe. Prior to moving to Quinault, the family had lived for a short time in Yakima. Walt had attended schools in Quinault where he was a standout basketball player. He continued playing basketball in recreational leagues for many years. He also was in numerous bowling leagues. He had a natural interest of how things worked. In his youth, he would save his allowance until he was able to go to Brennan’s and buy toys trucks. He would spend his time taking them apart and rebuilding them. Walt was also an avid fisherman and hunter. He also loved animals, especially his beloved puppy, Sorcha. On Jan. 9, 1971, he and Tina Judd were married in Aberdeen. He worked in the logging industry for over 40 years, much of it being self-employed. Surviving relatives include his wife of 48 years, Tina Dhooghe of Hoquiam; children and their spouses, W. Brian and Missy Dhooghe of Hoquiam, Mindy and Matt Oldham of Maryland, Joe and Tiffany Dhooghe of Hoquiam, Kristi Davenport of Aberdeen, Michael and Sarah Dhooghe of Hoquiam and Jordan and Kayla Dhooghe of Hoquiam; his mother and her husband, Frances and Ray Sexton of Montesano and a sister and her husband, Lynn and Jack Adams of Central Park. The extended family has 13 grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. His father, Vernon and a granddaughter, Ronni died previously. A celebration of life with a potluck meal was held on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Hoquiam Elks. Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam. Please take a few moments of your time to record your comments for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.
Walter F. Smith
Longtime Hoquiam teacher Daniel Hartough passed through heaven’s gate on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Born in 1931 to Lois (McCullough) and Leslie Hartough, he never married but was a huge part of his extended family. Dan and his brother, Jack, were raised with a tight-knit group of McCullough cousins. He helped instill a strong sense of family in his niece, nephews and their children. He was a graduate of the HHS class of 1949 and played basketball and baseball during those years. He was a huge fan of the Mariners and Seahawks and never failed to weigh in on his opinion of the current teams. Dan served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, entering service, with Jack on the same day. He received his teaching certificate from Western Washington College and was employed by the Hoquiam School District from 1955 to 1989. Dan was influential in his love for learning and science, and he was extremely caring and generous. He taught hundreds of Hoquiam students at Washington Grade School, many of whom remember him as a favorite teacher. He cared deeply about his fellow educators, remembering several of them fondly in letters and stories. Along the way, he received notes from former students thanking him for his inspiration. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack and sister-in-law, Mary Lou. He is survived by niece, Cathy Hartough Solway (Dave); nephews John Hartough (Linda) and Joe Hartough; their children Jacob Hartough (Antoinette), Jeremy Hartough (Megan), Meredith Mitrovich and Savannah Hartough. Dan is also survived by four greatgreat nephews and nieces Owen, Mia, Ophelia and Braden. A graveside service was held on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at Hoquiam’s Sunset Memorial Park with military honors. A memorial reception was held directly afterward at the Hoquiam VFW Hall. Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam. Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.
Walter F. Smith, 95, of Frances, Washington, passed away at his family home surrounded by his loved ones on Oct. 5, 2019. Walt was born to Polish immigrants Frank and Ludwicka Szmul. Walt later changed his name to Smith because nobody could pronounce Szmul. Walt is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Irene, who survives at the family home. Walt is also survived by his children, Mary Frost (Wayne) of Raymond, Walter (Gerry) of Australia, Bob (Kim) of Colville, Washington, Sheldon (Patty) of Indianapolis, Shannon (Jim) of Raymond, Brent Dennis (Debra) of Beaverton, Oregon, Craig Dennis (Barbara) of Park City, Utah, Randy Dennis (Teresa) of Beaverton, Oregon and Julie Stroh (Ken) of Bonney Lake. Grandchildren include Caleb, Colten, Olivia (Mike), Shawn, Tonja (Brian), Emma (Wes), Bryan (April), Megan (Steven), Hannah (Saum), Eric (Stephanie), Ethan, Kyle, Brandon (Skyler) and Rylan and 10 great- grandchildren. Walt landed his first logging job when he was 17, working for Weyerhaeuser. During his lifetime, Walt worked not only for Weyerhaeuser but for McCorkle Brothers, Karnas Logging, with his half brother Joe Paulis, and for Mallory Logging Company, where he cut timber at Trap Creek. When he was employed by Les Wilson and Alexander Logging the crew traveled by boat from South Bend to the woods by Smith Creek and launched the vessel at the logging camp. For 10 years Walt worked with Jim Oatfield. Walt then was a co-owner and operator of Willapa Logging for 18 years before he retired. Donations may be made to the Willapa Harbor Helping hands, Elks Special Therapy programs, or to a charity of your choice. A service was held at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances on Saturday Oct. 12, 2019. A burial followed at Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit www. StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.
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Michael Eugene Bender
Carmen Hazel Ainsworth
Elaine Mabel Tackett
Michael Eugene Bender passed away in his home on Sept. 28, 2019. He went to be with his parents, Nick Joseph Bender (2012) and Lucetta Ellen Smalley (2016) and daughter, Katie Ellen Bender (1990). Michael has four surviving daughters, Sarah (AJ) Kurtz of Puyallup, Kristin (Rob) Leidle of Seattle, Arika (Cliff ) Armstrong of Arizona and Haley (Shane) Kohlmeier of Aberdeen. He had seven grandchildren (so far), Andie and Gage Kurtz, Camden and Reece Leidle, Isla Armstrong, Caspar and Desmond Kohlmeier. He is also survived by his siblings, John Bender, Nikki Bender Smidt and Boyd Bender. He was born on May 4, 1958, in Aberdeen, Washington, and graduated from Montesano High School in 1976. He held the 4x100 relay record in track for 29 years. He worked for the Laborers’ Union for over 30 years with most of it as a superintendent at Rognlins Inc., where he retired from in 2016. He was well respected by his crew and a perfectionist to the work he completed. When his daughters were younger, he spent his days after work coaching their sports teams. He resided in Montesano for his whole life. Michael was a loyal Huskies fan often taking road trips to watch them play even on Christmas Day; the only time he missed a home game was when Kristin was born (don’t worry he made sure it was on in the hospital room). He loved the game of golf, even going as far as having a putting green in his backyard. If you ever got the pleasure of playing with him, you’d learn quickly that golf was not the only four letter word used on the course. He had one of the best senses of humor and a quick wit about him. His love of Bruce Springsteen was well known. He saw him in concert multiple times. He would have done anything for his family and was a loyal friend to many. His services were held at St John’s Catholic Church in Montesano on Friday, Oct. 11, with a graveside committal service at Wynooche Cemetery. A reception followed at the parish hall next to the church. In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations in his name to the Chimps Sanctuary Northwest. He had a big heart for the chimps and donated to them monthly for many years.
Carmen Hazel Ainsworth passed into eternity on Oct. 3, 2019, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was 2 ½ weeks shy of her 91st birthday. Carmen was born in Elma, Washington, to Roman and Hazel Simbe on Oct. 21, 1928. She attended Weatherwax High School, graduated in 1946 and served as a cheerleader. Following high school, she worked at the Bijou Theater selling tickets. And later she worked in the Becker Building for Dr. Austin. She worked with special needs kids in the Aberdeen School District and retired in the late 1980s as a teacher’s aide. She enjoyed playing golf and traveling with her husband Ned. Following his passing, she traveled to the Mariners spring training and enjoyed attending games at Safeco Field and watching them on TV. She also enjoyed following the Seahawks. For a brief time, she served as a trustee for the Aberdeen Museum of History. She was accomplished at sewing/knitting and was always creating something for someone. She was preceded in death in 1998 by her husband Ned and is survived by her sons Randall (Sherry) Ainsworth, Roger (Karen) Ainsworth, her brother Ramon (Jackie) Simbe, grandson Brandon (Sarah) and her great-grandsons Baylor and Grady, grandson Ryan (Traci) Ainsworth, and her great-granddaughters Maci and Raelynn, grandson Jeremy Reed, granddaughter, Erica Tomlin and special friend Leonard Young. A celebration of her life was Thursday, Oct. 10, at Fern Hill Funeral Home. Following interment, at Fern Hill Cemetery, a reception was held at the Rotary Log Pavilion. The family suggests that donations be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 451, Aberdeen, WA 98520. A card of condolence or of a memory can be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com Arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.
Elaine Mabel Tackett, 82, Westport resident and wife of Don ‘Mr. T’ Tackett (see page 7), passed away on Friday morning, Oct. 18, 2019, nine days following her husband, at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, Washington. Elaine was born on Aug. 9, 1937, in Renton, Washinton, to Roy and Mabel (Palmer) Proctor. She grew up in Renton and graduated from Renton High School in 1955. On June 13, 1955, she went to work for City of Renton Parks and Recreation Department and met fellow employee Don Tackett. Five months later the two got engaged and on Feb. 4, 1956, Donald married Elaine Proctor in Renton, Washington. They moved to Bellingham, where Don was going to school at Western Washington State College. Soon after their second child, Don dropped out of school and went to work for the Boy Scouts, while Elaine raised the kids. Once the kids were in school, Elaine went to work in the medical profession, serving as an admitting clerk and office administrator for emergency room services in Ellensburg and then at Riverton Hospital in Seattle when Don was teaching school in Federal Way. When Don got the job at Hoquiam High School, Elaine went to work for Dr. Korvel in Aberdeen for five years and then at St. Joseph’s Hospital for seven years until her retirement in 1987. When Don retired in 1993, they had a home built on the lower Hump River where they lived for the next five years. Elaine loved the area and she enjoyed working outside making the property a pristine park-like area with trails and gardens around the property. In 1998, they took their fifth wheel and explored North America for the next two years. When they returned, they built a home in Westport behind their son’s home and settled down. Elaine kept busy in her retirement. She enjoyed writing, especially journaling and volunteering for several organizations in Grays Harbor, including Meals on Wheels, PAWS and the Westport South Beach Food Bank. Elaine is survived by her son, Lon (Margo) Tackett of Westport; three daughters, Laura Tackett of Aberdeen, Peri (Ray) Shapansky of Westport and Jennifer (Jon) Henderson of Montrose, Colorado; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Donald “Mr. T” Tackett and a former son-in-law Ryan Redifer. A celebration of Elaine and Don’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the 7th Street Theatre in Hoquiam. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.
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(Marilyn) Jane Gardner Crew (Marilyn) Jane Gardner Crew (“Janey” and “Blue Eyes” to her family) was born in Denver, Colorado, to Joseph Edgar and Edith Josephine Gardner on April 11, 1930. Jane’s very young years were spent on the family farm in Otis, Colorado, where her parents hosted summer programs for troubled city kids. PBS did a documentary on the program, called “The Fresh Air Fund.” As many farming families during the Depression, the little family was forced to pack up the Model A Ford to travel from Colorado to Oregon and back again, staying with family and friends to make ends meet. Jane’s parents were extremely kind and compassionate people, giving to others in need during those hard years, and Janie never forgot to live by their example: she would always be willing and able to offer help to friend or family member in need. But heartbreakingly, while the family was living with maternal grandmother Nana in Denver, Janey’s mother was taken from her at the tender age of 5 by uterine cancer. Jane and her dad traveled back to Oregon to spend much of their time on Uncle John Gardner’s farm in Salem during those sad years after her mother’s death. Janey became ‘the little mother” staying home to care for their small upstairs apartment while her father worked— copying down in a childish hand important recipes like “how to make hot chocolate”. Jane grew up during the Depression and came of age during the 1940s, the war years when strong, independent and capable women in the movies like Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis were her idols. Katharine Hepburn was an especially favorite. Jane always prided herself on being a strong practical and capable woman too. After graduating from Salem High School in 1948, she did office work to put herself throgh school, as one of the first women in her family to earn a college degree. She graduated from Oregon College of Education in 1952. That was followed by her first teaching job as a third grade school teacher in Willamina, Oregon, which inspired her to go on to do grad work at U of O. with a focus
on remedial reading. The summer before attending U of O Jane got a job waitressing at Crater Lake Lodge, where she met a bellhop, “a character from Oberlin college named John Crew who pestered her with crazy questions!” — and there ensued many intellectual discussions around the campfire. John also wooed her by writing silly limericks about her, and staging an adaptation of a Gilbert & Sullivan production where she apparently sang one of the lead numbers “I’m Called Zanie Janie” to the tune of “I’m Called Little Buttercup”. Jane and John were married in August of 1954 in Eugene, honeymooning in John’s old army pup tent while attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And true to her strong and independent nature, it was a great source of pride to be able to pay back her stepmother every last penny of the $50 borrowed for the wedding in record time. Jane and John lived in student housing at the University of Oregon while finishing their postgraduate work in education and history, respectively. After graduation, they moved to Richland, Washington, to teach the children of scientists recruited for the Handford project. There Jane taught first and sixth grades while John taught high school in quonset huts left behind by the military. After a few years, the couple had their first daughter, Karen. A few
years later the family moved to Beaverton, Oregon, for John’s new high school position. There they had their second daughter, Pam, and Jane taught Sunday school at the local Methodist church. In 1963, the family moved to a beautiful old Craftsman house in Aberdeen, Washington — a delight for the girls who loved to peel the paint from the window sills and the wax in strips from the floors, challenging Jane’s best attempts to keep a tidy home. In the big farmstyle kitchen, Jane baked cherry and cinnamon rolls with the girls’ help. Jane wrangled her two girls those happy early years, leading a Blue Bird troop as her mother had been a Campfire leader before her. In 1967 the family moved to the home in Central Park where Jane and John lived the next 50 years. For the most part they were inseparable, always working side by side, and the house is a testament to their independent DIY mindset. By his side each year up through John’s 87th year, together they painted their house, made bookcases, shelves, tables, vanities, entertainment centers, telephone desks, picture frames and paper towel holders. Jane, having inherited her father’s excellent carpentry skills, turned out many professional projects. Jane, also like her mother, was an amazing seamstress, sewing her own wedding dress, most of her
girls’ dance/theatrical costumes and teaching them the joy of sewing their own clothes. After the girls were older, Jane returned to the workforce as film clerk at the downtown Aberdeen library, a special ed teacher, aide and substitute in the Aberdeen school system. And finally, she provided patient, compassionate and loving caregiving to her own father, Joe Gardner; John’s dad, Jarvis; and her aunt Elsie before they passed. Family was the center of her life as a devoted daughter, wife and mother, and yet also, strong, capable, independent, and practical, we found among her writings pamphlets for careers in forestry among other things. She and John both loved the outdoors, camping and hiking, and the family spent every summer camping in national forests. Jane passed from this world on Aug. 18, 2019, finally reunited with her mother and husband John, embraced in love by her daughters and grandsons in the sweet cozy room where she was blessed to spend her final year in daughter Pam’s home. Pam, Karen and the caregivers who were like cherished friends — Nancy, Michelle, Kayla and Wendy — were all honored to care for this woman who grew sweeter and more childlike toward the end. Blessing us with smiles of delight, she had forgotten all the hardships of her life but she never forgot who we were. Thank you Mom, for the gift of You. We love you. Jane was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, in 2016. She is survived by her daughters: Karen Crewe of Bellevue and Pamela Erickson (Ken) of Aberdeen; grandchildren Joseph Crewe-Sullam, Sam Crewe-Sullam, Rebecca Sowders (Ben), Daniel Erickson (Amanda), James Erickson; two great-grandsons, Evan and Eric Sowders. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date due to family obligations. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital —that children should not be parted from their parents was very important to her.
Ronald Harold Branham Ronald Harold Branham, 75, died Sept. 22, 2019 in South Bend, Washington. Ron was born in Jenkins, Kentucky in 1944, to Orbin and Hazel Branham and spent his first three years of life in Pound, Virginia. He moved to the Raymond area around 1947 and graduated from Willapa Valley High School in 1962. Ron worked for Weyerhaeuser most of his life until retiring in 2009. He was proud of the many bridges he helped construct around the area. Ron is survived by his wife, Ronda, two daughters, Kathy (Chris) Morgan and Robyn Branham; a sister-in-law, Susie Branham, several cousins, nieces and nephews, a stepdaughter, Stephanie Engibous and his man’s best friend, Butch. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Sharon Mullins Floyd and his twin brother, Donald Branham. A remembrance for Ron was held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Raymond Eagles lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Willapa Harbor Helping Hands. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.
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Cynthia Marie Trautman Cynthia Marie Trautman passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, after complications from a heart attack. She passed surrounded by many family members and friends who loved her. Born March 23, 1960, to Albert and Barbara Keen in Raymond, Washington,she grew up primarily in Hoquiam, where she started school and eventually graduated high school in 1978 in the top 10. At 16, her big brother Joe passed in a tragic car accident. It had a lasting affect on her, as did losing her friend Diana to a motorcycle accident in Hawaii in their 20s. Cindy never forgot these memorials and both deaths left a hole in her heart. Many of the same friends who had also lost their friend Diana and who had helped her through losing her brother Joe, were at her side when she left us. Her girlfriends Cheri, Shannie, Kathy, Tracy and Denise were more like sisters to Cindy and she loved them more than we could ever express. Cindy met Scott while working for the pulp mill in Cosmopolis. After many years of friendship, which turned to a partnership for more than 25 years, they finally married on 12/30/2018. When they met, Scott had four young kids. Stepping into a step-mom roll was more than difficult but not a task too big for Cindy. She was always at Scott’s side and someone the kids could count on especially when they grew up and had families of their own. She loved being a grandma to all of the grandkids. She enjoyed scrap booking baby books for them, making them Halloween costumes, thinking up crafts that they would enjoy, showing them how to garden, cook and bake, but mostly enjoyed going to their many sporting events with
Scott to root them on. She and Scott always had much in common. They both shared a love for the outdoors going hiking, skiing, fishing, clam digging, photography adventures, traveling and creating memories wherever they went. She earned her associates in applied science degree from Grays Harbor College after the mill closed and then took a job with the Aberdeen School District working in the kitchen at Aberdeen High School and then Central Park Elementary, where she worked until she passed. She loved her job, the staff she worked with and especially the kiddos. Cindy is survived by her husband Scott at their home in Aberdeen; mom Barbara Johnson of Hoquiam; stepdaughter Alysha Trautman Bruner (Mike) of Aberdeen; grandkids, Merryn, Mylan, Brayton and Layne; stepdaughter Justyne Trautman Welch (Corey) of Lake George, New York, Grandkids Corbyn and Jack; stepson Emersyn Trautman (Tasha) of Renton and Stepson Sevye’ Trautman of Lake Tahoe, California. Many uncles, aunts and cousins. She is preceded in death by her Dad Al Keen, stepdad Don Johnson, brother Joe Keen, grandmother Evelyn Riggs, motherin-law Wilma Trautman and her beloved pets Shadow and Rowdy. A celebration of life was held at the Central Park Elementary in Aberdeen on Saturday Oct. 19, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made in her name to the Central Park PTO or the Harbor Homeless BackPack program. Checks can be sent to Central Park Elementary, please tag the memo line in Cindy Trautman’s memory for either PTO or the backpack program.
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Donald L. “Mr. T” Tackett Donald Lee “Mr. T” Tackett, 87, Westport resident and former teacher at Hoquiam High School, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at his home in Westport. Don was born on May 16, 1932, in San Francisco, California, to Lonzo Luscious and Violet May (Baldwin) Tackett. His family moved around the Bay Area, Oakland and Santa Cruz when he was young and eventually landing in Renton, Washington. He attended Renton High School and was 1st chair drummer as a freshman. He graduated from Renton High School in 1950. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 and served in the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged after 2 years. He returned to Renton where he went to work for Boeing and then for Renton Parks & Rec Dept. It was while working there that he met and fell in love with a fellow employee, Elaine Proctor. Donald went to Western Washington Community College in Bellingham. That winter, he quit school and on Feb. 4, 1956, Donald married Elaine Proctor in Renton. Elaine lives at the family home. Don went to work for the Boy Scouts of America in Everett, working as coordinator for the next seven years from 1961-1968. It was during this time that Don’s love of teaching and helping develop young person’s lives grew and at the age of 36, with a wife and four kids in tow, he went back to school, Central Washington State College, to earn his teaching degree. Those years were hard, and Don worked hard to pass his classes and provide for his family. One Christmas, not having enough money to buy a tree, he found a tumbleweed, painted it white and hung Christmas lights and ornaments on it. Following his graduation in 1970, they moved to Federal Way, Washington, where he taught at Kilo Junior High. Things were still tight and he often taught private lessons in exchange for food to feed his growing family. In 1975, the teachers in the school district went on strike. A friend of Don’s in Hoquiam called him and asked him to come to Hoquiam and teach. They found a home in Aberdeen and he spent
the next 18 years at Hoquiam High School. Don and Elaine moved to the lower Hump River in 1993-1998. Following his retirement in 1995, he substituted for a few years around the area, but in 1998, they took their fifth wheel and explored North America for the next two years. When they returned, they built a home in Westport behind their son’s home and settled down. Don enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go hiking and at one time was a member of the Mt. Pilchuck Search and Rescue Squad. He loved to paint on anything, be it saw blades, buoys or the side of someone’s RV. He was an avid reader and channel surfer. He was part of the “Tiger Cruise” with his son-in-law, Ryan Redifer, for six days from Hawaii to San Diego, California, on the U.S.S. George Washington. His student’s called him “Mr. T,” but his family called him “BK” which stood for “Book of Knowledge.” Don formed a trio back in the late 1960s called “The Don Tackett Trio.” He coached Hoquiam High School football for awhile. Don was proud of his country and his time in service. He started the Veterans Day tribute at the 7th Street Theatre in the mid 1970s, which continues to this day. Don will be honored as one of the 19-20 Wall of Distinction honorees for the Hoquiam School District at its Veterans Day program. He was very humbled when he received this news. He was honored with his name on the Vet’s wall in Westport. Don was survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine Tackett of Westport (who died a few days later — see Page 5); his son, Lon (Margo) Tackett of Westport; three daughters, Laura Tackett of Aberdeen, Peri (Ray) Shapansky of Westport and Jennifer (Jon) Henderson of Montrose, Colorado; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a former son-in-law Ryan Redifer. A celebration of his and Elaine’s life will be today, Nov. 16. (See Page 5 for details.) Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.
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Peter “Pete” William Kruger Jr. Peter “Pete” William Kruger Jr., age 64, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington. He transitioned peacefully with his loved ones by his side and one of his favorite songs playing softly in the background. Pete leaves behind his beloved children and grandchildren, daughter, Tori Willis and husband Jeramy; son Tyson Kruger, and grandsons, Isaac, Elijah and Jay Willis, all of Shelton, Washington. Also surviving Pete are his father Peter Kruger Sr. (Lillian); sister Kathi Neilsen (Steven), brother Michael Kruger (Sally), sister Michelle Drengson and brother Tully Kruger (Vicki), his partner Teri Goos, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Pete was preceded in death by his brothers, Eric Kruger and Clinton Kruger, mother Donna DeCoy, step-mother Barbara Kruger and step-father William DeCoy. Born in Olympia, Washington, on Sept. 23, 1955, to Peter Kruger Sr. and Donna (Badgley) Kruger, Pete spent the first several years of his life in Shelton, Washington. He was part of the “Capital Hill Gang” with the Medcalfs and Armstrongs during that time. After his parents divorced, Pete moved with his mom to Aberdeen, Washington, where he made many lifelong friends and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1973. He then moved back to Shelton and went to work for his dad at OK Roofers. Pete lived in Shelton the remainder of his life. In June, 1980, Pete married Patrice (Tricey) Bieniek of Shelton, Washington, and just over a year later, they started their family. Tori and Tyson were the center of their lives. There were many memorable family vacations to Disneyland, Sun Lakes, snow skiing trips, as well as weekends spent boating, and of course, at the ballpark. Pete had a very strong work ethic. He spent many years as a roofer, and eventually took over the family business. He was a member (now an elder) of the
Squaxin Island Tribe and commercially fished and harvested geoduck for decades. Many of you will recognize the term “jumper at the rock” from those fishing days. Pete eventually retired from a long career in roofing, and went to work for Skookum Creek Tobacco Co., where he worked until February 2018, when a serious back injury forced him to retire. As an adult, being on the water was a big part of Pete’s life. He was also an avid fan of the UW Huskies, Seahawks, Mariners and, back in the day, the Seattle Sonics. He could recite crazy sports statistics. Pete played softball for years and made many good memories with a great deal of good people during those times. He also liked cars, nice cars, which were always kept clean and shiny. Music was also a big part of Pete’s life, and he liked to play it (loudly), on high-end stereos he had in those cars. He could play the air guitar and lip sync like no other. Aside from spending time with the family, the greatest source of gratification for Pete came from coaching youth sports. From T-ball, to youth basketball, to baseball, to fast pitch, he spent many, many years on the sidelines, coaching kids. He especially loved coaching Tori in fast pitch. The two of them would sometimes disagree about a signal he was giving from the third baseline, and the interaction was fun to watch from the bleachers. Always sporting a hat and a new pair of Nike Cortez shoes, Pete will be remembered for his big heart, selflessness, generosity, his quick wit and contagious smile, for how hard he worked as well has how hard he played. For his commitment to his family and friends. He was well loved and will be sorely missed. A celebration of life was held on Saturday Oct. 26, 2019, at The Pavilion at Sentry Park, 190 W Sentry Drive, Shelton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a local youth sports organization in Pete’s name.
Theodore Clements Theodore Clements, a Raymond resident, died May 6, 2019, at the Willapa Harbor Care Center, He was 91. He was born Aug. 26, 1927, to Theodore and Creda (Spaulding) Clements in Los Angeles. Theodore attended school in San Francisco and later joined the military in 1942. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1975. After retiring from the military he worked as a diesel mechanic at East Bay Ford
in Oakland, California, for 22 years, retiring in August of 1997. Preceding Theodore in death are his parents, his wife, Janice, three sisters; Beverly Belding, Ruby Miranda, Dollie Clark, his brother, Clarles Clements and two daughters Samantha Lynn and Catherine Granato. Theodore is survived by son Lance Clements of Aberdeen, his sister Creda Tucker
(AKA Tootsie), numerous grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A celebration of Theodore’s life was held Saturday, Nov. 2, at New Life Fellowship in Raymond with a potluck following at the church. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit www. StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.
Doris Winters Doris (Dorie) Winters passed away Oct, 8, 2019, to dance forever with our dad, Bill. She was born May 18, 1928, to Tony and Stella Misitano and was raised in a loving family in Cosmopolis, Washington. Mom had many happy memories of family life with her devoted parents, sister and brother. Her greatest joy was being a supportive wife and mother. In their 55 years of marriage, they enjoyed many travels and family events. During dad’s logging years, she never failed to rise in the wee hours to pack his lunch. She is survived by daughters Valerie Raines and Vickie Winters; sister, Phyllis Davidson; brother, David (Karen) Misitano; sister-in-law, Lorna Sherwood; grandchildren Gina Raines Watkins and Jase (Holly) Raines; great-grandsons Zachary, Kolton and Dawson Watkins; beloved nieces and nephews and granddogs Lexy and Bo. She is also survived by special friends Esther Gowan, Harold (DJ) Raines and Harvey Harner. She was a vibrant, kind, sweet soul who has left those who loved her bereft.
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Connie L. Campbell Reid Connie Louise Campbell Reid passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Connie was born on Nov. 9, 1949, in Aberdeen, Washington, to William O. Campbell and Nancy J. Campbell of Aloha, Washington. Connie attended schools in Hoquiam, graduating in 1968 with one of the largest graduating classes. She married Eugene Patrick Reid on July 16, 1966, in Hoquiam, Washington, where they made their home and raised two children, Tricia and Keith. She later attended Grays Harbor College earning her associate degree and furthered her education by earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting. Shortly after college graduation, she began working for ITT Rayonier in both their Hoquiam and their Seattle offices as a log accountant, retiring after 30 years. She made many lifelong friends during this time. She later went back to work for Alcan Forest Products LP for Roger Redifer and continued working until March of 2019, only leaving due to her illness. She loved to work and would always say, “maybe just one more year, then I’ll retire”. While not working, Connie loved camping, traveling, (especially her trips to Hawaii and many summer family trips to Reno), spending time in her garden, reading, knitting, spending time with her two beloved dogs, Coco and Morgan, and most of all, spending time with her family. Her most favorite time of year was Christmas when her family would be together. Connie is survived by her loving
husband of 53 years, Eugene Patrick Reid, at the family home in Central Park; her two children, Tricia (John) Parsons of Montesano and Keith (Paula) Reid of Cosmopolis; her grandchildren Dani (Zac) Andrews of Hoquiam, Amber Carner of Las Vegas, Nevada, John Ramsey (Cheri) of Shelton, Maranda Reid (HB) of Lacey, JT (Ivelisse) Skipper of Olympia and Jordan Skipper of Cosmopolis; her sisters Karen (Larris) Vlach of Spanaway and Susan (Richard) King of Port Orchard and her brother, Gary (Lori) Campbell of Kansas City, Missouri. Connie was preceded in death by her younger sister, Carolyn Rought of Port Orchard, Washington, and her parents, William and Nancy Campbell of Port Orchard. Connie was forever grateful for all the love and support of family and friends during her brave battle and especially grateful for the endless loving care received by her husband, Pat, her sister Karen and her daughter Tricia. A celebration of life will be held on Nov, 23, 2019, at the Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society. Connie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be dearly missed in presence and forever engrained in our hearts and souls. Please take a few moments of your time to record your comments for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.
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Lawrence “Larry” Abbott Lawrence “Larry” Abbott passed away on Sept. 27 at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. He died of natural causes. He was 98. Larry was born on April 3, 1921, in Heglar, Idaho. During WWII he served with the 797th Engineering Company in the Southeast Asian Theatre, including Burma. His service awards include an American Theatre Service Medal, an Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a Victory Medal. After the war, Larry married Loreta Fuller on Feb. 16, 1947, in Grants Pass, Oregon. They later moved to the Pacific Northwest where Larry worked at Camp Grisdale and at Rinehart Motors. He then started Larry’s Flying A Mobil Service Station in Montesano. He also worked at Early Tire for 24 years. Larry lived in Montesano for 27 years, where he served as mayor pro tem, on the city council and at the
Lions Club. Larry was instrumental in starting the Montesano Civil Defense. Larry owned the North Beach Café in Pacific Beach and later worked as an independent paper carrier for the Aberdeen Daily World. He proudly served as Commander of Hoquiam VFW No. 1135 for five years. Larry is survived by two brothers, Robert Kenyon and Jim Abbott and a sister, Margaret. Also a special niece, Cecilia Worthington and children Marlene Muller, Larry Robert Abbott and daughter-in-law Donna. He had 11 grandchildren and numerous greats. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Hoquiam VFW No. 1135, followed by a potluck at the VFW. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Family Mortuary. Memorial donations may be sent to: Hoquiam VFW #1135, 407 7 th Street, Hoquiam, WA 98550.
Karen Meikle Karen Meikle, age 63, of Aberdeen, Washington, passed away Sept. 19, 2019, in Olympia, Washington. She was born in Pasadena, California, to Gordon and Lillian Meikle, on July 31, 1956. Karen graduated from La Canada High School, La Canada, California, and earned both bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. She was also certified in the Suzuki teaching method. Her passion for the violin took her to DeKalb, Illinois, where she taught strings programs grades four through 12 and subsequently to Aberdeen, Washington. Karen thought of her students as her kids, and she loved to teach, inspire and celebrate their successes and growth. Karen performed with many different choral and orchestral
groups throughout her life. She loved to travel, swim in the ocean, find rays of sunshine, enjoy the company of her friends, and going to the theater and symphony performances. Karen was loved and admired by the family members grieving her loss. Siblings, Thomas (Susan) Meikle, June (Jeffrey) Schutt, Bruce (Patricia) Meikle, Marilyn Meikle, nephews and nieces, Robert, Katherine (Dante), James (Elisabeth), Jennifer, Garrett, Emily and great-niece Autumn. She was predeceased by both parents and nephew Brandon. Karen created cherished families of close friends in DeKalb, Illinois, Medford, Oregon, Victoria, BC, and Aberdeen, Washington. A celebration of Karen’s life took place on Oct. 12, 2019, at the Aberdeen High School auditorium.
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Harry Dawson Harry Dawson, 72, died Oct. 1, 2019, complications from pneumonia at Mason General Hospital in Shelton, Washington. He was born Nov. 27, 1946, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Wanda Watkins (Dawson) and William Rhoades. He was raised by his stepfather Drury Dawson. Harry loved to fish and hunt with his family but mostly with his uncle Fred Calica. In January of 1964 Harry joined the Navy, soon thereafter married his wife, Gladys, on Aug. 10, 1967. Harry is survived by his sister Kathy Hubbard and brother David Dawson, son Fredrick Dawson, daughters Deseri Emery and Tina Coburn. Harry also has three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Graveside services were held on Oct. 12, 2019, at Shoestring Cemetery in Onalaska, Washington. A gathering took place at Shoestring Valley Community Church following.
Carol Jean Landberg Carol Jean Landberg of Elma, Washington, passed away on Oct. 16, 2019. She was born Jan. 10, 1951, to Roger and Martha Landberg. She was a lifelong resident of Grays Harbor. She worked at Oakhurst Nursing Home in her earlier career. When she retired she was a cook at the Rusty Tractor. Carol lived with her long-term life partner, Mike Donalson. She loved birds and always had as many as she could around. She was an avid reader and a kindhearted person. We will miss her sharp retorts and self- deprecating humor. She has two surviving family members — a sister, Rose Landberg of Seattle, and a brother, Roger Landberg Jr. of Elma. Bye bye Birdie you have flown home, we will join you when we can. You will always be loved and missed.
Linvel Ray Hatton On Thursday Sept. 19, 2019, Linvel Ray Hatton met his Lord, face to face, at the age of 84. Linvel was born on Nov. 12 1934, in Jeffersonville, Kentucky, to Emma and Lonnie Hatton. The Hatton family moved to the Westport area in 1937, after spending time in northern Michigan. Linvel was the eldest of seven siblings; Mary (Gabbard), Jack, Jerry, Sandy (Oxley), Don, and Ron. The family home was just blocks away from the old Ocosta School. Linvel spent his youth and young adult life logging and hunting. He worked alongside his father in the logging industry. He had the privilege of working in logging during the era of steam donkeys and Shay railroad engines. He graduated from Ocosta High School in 1952. During high school he played football, basketball and boxed. Linvel traveled to California during the year of 1953 and met his wife, Gloria Fiscus. They were married on Aug. 13, 1954. They raised three children; Tony, Rene (Larson) and Laurie (Cooper). Linvel became involved in the sales and manufacture of aluminum patio covers for mobile homes and started several successful businesses in this field over the next 33 years. Linvel was also an avid fly fishermen and outfitter. He fished many of the streams and lakes of the Pacific Northwest. He often spent deer and elk hunting season
as a packer for outfitter Calvin Henry, a lifelong friend. He would rise at 4 a.m. to catch, feed and saddle horses for paying hunters and then trail them to the best locations. He enjoyed this work and used his vacation time to be a part of this hunting event. Linvel had a zest for life and an infectious smile. His great work ethic came from his Kentucky hill ancestors. He had a strength of character that carried him through many difficulties and changes in his life. Linvel was preceded in death by his father, Lonnie Hatton, mother Emma Hatton, brothers Jack Hatton and Ronald Hatton, sister Mary (Gabbard), niece Amy Benham and nephew Shannon McDaniel. He is survived by his wife Teddy, his three children Tony, Rene (Larson), Laurie (Cooper) and grandchildren Mike Tersieff, Mark Tersieff, Andrew Larson, Kate (Holeski), Mandy Larson, Thomas Cooper, Daniel Cooper, Virginia Cooper, Lauren Cooper, and Samuel Cooper, his brothers Jerry and Don, his sister Sandy (Oxley), and several nieces, nephews and 13 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Saturday Nov. 9, 2019, at the Ocosta Recreation Hall, 45 Ocosta 6th St., Aberdeen. In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make a contribution to the Luis Palau Association, P.O. Box 50, Portland, Oregon, 97207 or Flying H Youth Ranch, 370 Flying H Loop Naches, WA 98937.
Sharon Dianne ‘Lucky’ Morgan Sharon Dianne ‘Lucky’ Morgan, 73, Hoquiam resident and former CNA for Beverly Enterprises, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. Sharon was born on July 26, 1946, in Colville, Washington, to Harry and Mildred (Burr) Kroening. At the age of 17 she moved to Aberdeen, where she graduated from Weatherwax High School. Shortly before graduation she married Bill Morgan in 1964. They would later divorce. Sharon went to work tending bar at “Dutch’s Tavern,” where she was given the nickname of “Lucky.” Later she went to work for Beverly Enterprises working in local nursing homes as a CNA. She enjoyed crafting, drawing and playing bingo. She was kind and genuine, strong-willed and quick-witted. You could always count on her for a
smile or a laugh. Sharon is survived by two sons, Jack Morgan of Hoquiam and Daniel (Lavonne) Morgan of Aberdeen, a daughter, Kelly (Darren) Byrne of Adelaide, Australia, a brother, Jerry Kroening of Newport, Washington, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sharon was preceded in death by granddaughter, Lisa Morgan in January, a son Brannon Morgan and two sisters, Shirley Leighton and Phyllis Kroening. There was a graveside service for her on Friday Oct. 18, at Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen, WA. Everyone was welcome. A card of condolence or of a memory can be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com Arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.
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Laurie Ann Reagan Aberdeen Church of Christ member Laurie Ann Reagan passed away peacefully at her home in Grayland, Washington on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. She was 65. Laurie was born Feb. 4, 1954, in Santa Ana, California to Louis (“Bill”) and Evelyn (Williams) Westphal. Laurie was raised in Santa Cruz and graduated in 1972, from Branham High School in San Jose, California. She also lived in Citrus Heights, California from 1983-2016. On March 16, 1973, Laurie married the love of her life, Glenn Howard Reagan, in Sunnyvale, California. He survives her at the family home. Laurie owned and operated Laurie Ann’s Daycare from 1976-1992 and Western Awards from 1990, until she retired in 1995. She had been a member of the Church of Christ since 1964, a CSF Honor Society member, and enjoyed playing women’s softball. She loved gardening and helping others with their gardening. She also enjoyed corresponding and providing hospitality, women’s sports, and cheering on her beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition to her husband, Glenn, she is also survived by her father Louis W. “Bill” Westphal of Carmichael, California, son Seth (Jennifer) Reagan of Woodinville, Washington, daughter Sara (Fred) Parenzin of Rancho Cordova, California, brother Brett Westphal of Idaho Falls, Idaho, sister Shawna Lynn Obeso of Carmichael, California, five grandchildren, Tate, Finn and Margot Reagan, Anthony and Ciara Parenzin, and her beloved black lab Duke. A memorial service for Laurie was held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the Aberdeen Church of Christ, 5121 Olympic Hwy. In honor of Laurie’s life spent in California, a memorial service took place on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Folsom Church of Christ, 900 E. Natoma St., Folsom, CA 95630. To share memories or to leave a condolence please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen.
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Marilyn Marx, 68, a resident of Hoquiam, passed away Sept. 7, 2019, due to complications from a stroke. Marilyn was born Sept. 19,1950, in Norfolk, Virginia to George E. and Eveline M. (Wood) Marx. She was raised in West Seattle and graduated from Pacific High School in 1968. She lived there until moving to the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area in 1978. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing bingo and being with her grandchildren. Marilyn is survived by her daughters; Kaylyne (Brock) Stockton of Lacey, Washington and Julia (Rex) Lau of Aberdeen, Washington, brothers; Malcolm, Maurice, Winston, Martin, Geoffrey and George, sisters; Sheila Dombroski, Theresa Gordon, Marietta Marx, Abigail Ketzenberg and Laura Marx, grandchildren; Dakkota Marx, Ethan Stockton, Rayven Lau and Skyy Stockton and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both her parents, brothers, John and Raymond, sisters, Beverly Smith and Karen Stewart. There was a memorial service for Marilyn on Oct. 4 at the Hoquiam VFW with bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the Hoquiam Elks.
Betty Ann McGhee, 93, lifetime resident of Aberdeen and Hoquiam and former bookkeeper for ITT Rayonier Chemical Division, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam, Washington. Betty was born on Jan. 1, 1926, in Aberdeen to Harper and Anna (Kinninski) Coons. She graduated from Weatherwax High School. She married Richard McGhee. He passed away in 1985. She worked for ITT Rayonier for over 40 years. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen and enjoyed cooking and homemaking. Betty is survived by her daughter, Vicki (Steve) Petitt of Elma and grandchildren, Dereck VanDyke and Ryan Petitt; great-grandchildren: Magan and Matthew VanDyke and Jonah Beach and a nephew, Larry Marrs. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy McGhee and a sister, Norma Coons There was a celebration of life on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen. A reception followed. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.
Barbara Jeanne Sleasman Barbara Jeanne Sleasman passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 74. Barbara was born on April 30, 1945, to Leo and Regina Colson and resided in South Bend, Washington. She is survived by her husband, Lon Sleasman at the family home, her three children and their spouses, Lisa Hurd (Donny), Allen Sleasman (Heidi) and Leslie Torgerson (Terry), her six grandchildren, Matthew Hurd, Jacob Hurd, Natalie Hurd, Savanah Sleasman, Kaitlyn Torgerson and Tyrus Torgerson, as well as three step-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Leo Colson, her mother, Regina Colson and a brother, Kenneth Colson. The family requests donations in Barbara’s name be sent to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam. A funeral service and celebration of Barbara’s life was held Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 1200 Soule Avenue in Hoquiam, with Pastor W. Kent Gravley officiating. Please take a few moments of your time to record your comments for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.
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Robert J. Hathaway Robert Joseph Hathaway, a longtime South Bend resident, died Sept. 2, 2019, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. He was born Dec. 28, 1955, to Lorence and Mary (Doyle) Hathaway in Aberdeen, Washington. Robert graduated from Ocosta High School in 1974. Robert worked as a building inspector, a firefighter, as fire marshall for the Raymond Fire Department, and even taught fire safety at all three local schools, where he was known as “Fireman Bob.” He earlier worked in the logging industry and as a handyman in his later years. In 1990 he married Theresa Willeford at her grandparents’ home in South Bend (the home of Ole and Grace Simonson). Some of Robert’s hobbies included woodworking, crafting bowls and many other forms of artwork. Robert is preceded in death by his
parents and his brother, Thomas. Surviving Robert are his wife, Theresa, his daughter, Kristine Marie Hathaway of Portland, his stepson, Michael Willeford of South Bend, his sister, Beth Howe of Hoquiam, and two brothers Loren C. of Montesano and Gerald W. of John’s River. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Raymond Fire Department, Catholic Social Services, Helping Hands or St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond. There was a memorial held on Oct. 19 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond, with a reception and honors following at the Raymond Elks Lodge. An inurnment was held on a later date at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.
Larry Bridenback Lifelong McCleary/ Elma resident Larry Bridenback passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. It was his 73 birthday. He was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Elma, Washington, to Richard Bridenback and Shirley (Farrar) Bridenback Rakoski. Larry graduated from Elma High School in 1964, then attended Grays Harbor College. He worked at Simpson Door Plant for 38 years. After retiring, Larry served on the Elma School Board for 14 years. During that time, he also served on the District 4 School Board and as a state school board WIAA representative. He was a hunter, fisherman and avid supporter of all things Elma.
Larry is survived by sisters Pamela Bridenback and Janet Bridenback Dykstra, niece Karli (Torey) Mielke, great nieces Summer and Tilley, step-siblings Connie, Charles, Craig and Christine Rakoski, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Shirley, stepfather Ted Rakoski, nephew Kevin Bridenback and step-nephew Ryan Clark. A celebration of life was held Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Elma High School gymnasium. Memorials may be made to the Elma Wrestling Booster Club at P.O. Box 2125, Elma, WA 98541. Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary
William Vern Anensen Sr. (Bill) William Vern Anensen Sr. (Bill) passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in his home. He was born April 1, 1954, in Elma, Washington. Bill was a lifelong resident of McCleary and graduated from Elma High School in 1972. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard and retired from Washington State DOT as an electrician. Bill loved the outdoors whether it be hunting, camping or fishing. He was always quick to make a joke as he had a great sense of humor. He was a firm believer in supporting local businesses, especially the local grocery store and “watering hole.” Bill enjoyed visiting with friends and family and reminiscing
about the good ol’ days. Bill is survived by his wife, Rooney Anensen, children Heidi (Alan) Miller of Tacoma, Washington, William Jr. (Jessica) Anensen of McCleary, Washington, Travis Anensen of Tumwater, Washington, Jeanna (Juan) Alcala of Olympia, Washington, stepsons, Michael Stickles of La Conor, Washington, Matthew Stratton of Twisp, Washington and several grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Evelyn Anensen, brothers Robert and Garry Anensen and step -son Marcus Stickles. A celebration of life was held Oct. 12, 2019, at the McCleary VFW hall.
Mildred “Millie” Cundari Mildred “Millie” Cundari, of Aberdeen, passed away on Oct. 5, 2019, at age 104. She was born Sept. 21, 1915, to Marko and Matilda Bebich. Her brother, Martin, sisters Mary Williams and Tuni Tolomei preceded her in death. Her husband, Arden Webb, died in 1955. In 1966 she married Frank Cundari, who preceded her in death in 2012. Millie retired as a supervisor from the Washington State Department of Liquor Licensing after 25 years of service. She enjoyed many activities such as skiing, hiking, golf and bowling. She was always ready to go. Traveling was one of her favorite adventures. Italy and her homeland of Croatia were some of her favorite trips. Lunch at Duffy’s with her sisters and friends was a highlight of
every week. Her trust in God and His faithfulness grew with each year. She aged with vigor and cheerfulness. She leaves daughters Judith (Loren) Lloyd, Kathleen (David) Berger and step-daughter Janet (Allan) Parker. Her life was enriched by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. A funeral Mass was held Oct. 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by a graveside service and then a reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s, “Feed the Hungry” program. To share memories or express condolences please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Harrison Family Mortuary is honored to assist the family.
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Barbara Elizabeth Blum Hoyne Barbara Elizabeth Blum Hoyne peacefully passed away on Oct. 13, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 76. Barbara was born in Oakland, California, on Dec. 24, 1942, and was the only child of Lawrence and Marion Blum. She graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California, and attended Diablo Valley College. She married John M. Hoyne on Feb. 6, 1965 at Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont, California. Barbara lived in Oakland, California, from 1965-1970, Gatun, Panama, from 19701978, Incline Village from 1978-1981, Aberdeen, Washington, from 1981-2000 and Boise, Idaho, from 2000 to present. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Lawrence Vincent and Marion Josephine Blum and daughter Elizabeth Anne Hoyne. Barbara was very active in her community and never met a stranger. She enjoyed the friendships she made through the LeBois Miata Club, Welcome Club, Monday Night Dinner Group, volunteering at the Morrison Center, Bunco and Farkle group and was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church attending St. Johns in Boise. She loved to travel, visiting at least 57 countries. Barbara was a loving wife, mother and wonderful friend to many throughout her life. She will be missed. She is survived by her husband, John M. Hoyne, of Boise, Idaho, and two sons, Lawrence Hoyne (Christine) of Rolling Hills Estates, California, and John C. Hoyne (Donna) of Boise, Idaho. She was very proud of her five grandchildren, Harrison and Hudson Hoyne of Boise, Idaho, and Thomas, Katherine and Charlotte Hoyne of Rolling Hills Estates, California. She has two cousins, Janet Boscovich of Danville, California, and Michael Oakey of Walnut Creek, California. There was a celebration of life open house held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Louie’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant located at 2500 E Fairview Ave, Meridian, Idaho, 83642. Arrangements under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City, Idaho. www.bowmanfuneral.com 208-853-3131
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Loretta Flavia Shannon Loretta Flavia Shannon passed away on Oct. 12, 2019, in Raymond, Washington. She was born on April 13, 1915, in Frances, Washington, to Francis and Elizabeth (Kroll) Strozyk. Loretta was a 1933 graduate of Lebam High School. On April 30, 1940, she married Harold E. Shannon. Harold passed away in 1986. Loretta was recognized as a talented artist and gardener and for contributing many beautiful hand-knitted and crocheted items to family members, veterans, and those in need of a warm hat or afghan. She was a lifelong member of Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond. Her family has the privilege of sharing the memories and history she preserved in her journals and photo albums.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Felix Strozyk and Edward Strozyk (Julia), nephew Conrad Strozyk (Alene), niece Ellen Pekola (Henry) and greatgreat nephew Ross Jones. Survivors include five great -nieces and nephews, six great-great nieces and nephews, 13 greatgreat-great nieces and nephews and one great-great-great-great niece. There was a funeral mass at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church on Oct. 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon following in honor of Loretta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.
Robert Dale Ashcroft Robert Dale Ashcroft passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at his home in Copalis Beach, Washington, at the age of 71. Robert (Bob) was born on July 9, 1948, to Bernard and Vera Ashcroft. He was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and later resided in Federal Way, Washington, where he graduated from Federal Way High School. He raised his daughter Tammi, in Enumclaw, Washington, before retiring from Boeing and moving to Copalis Beach. He is survived by his daughter and her spouse, Tammi Grant (Murray), along with his two granddaughters, Ashlynn and Kadence, who were the loves of his life. He is also survived by his older brother, Larry Ashcroft. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Ashcroft, his mother, Vera Ashcroft and his younger brother, Thomas Ashcroft.
Bob was a loving father, a wonderful friend to many and the best Papa in the world to his two granddaughters. He will be dearly missed in presence and forever engrained in our hearts and souls. A celebration of life will be held at his Copalis Beach home on Saturday, May 23, 2020. If you would like to get a hold of his daughter, Tammi, you can email her at email@example.com and she can respond.
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Oliver J. Jhanson Longtime McCleary resident Oliver John Jhanson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Providence St. Peter Hospital. He was 76. Oliver was born on April 20, 1943, to Ogden and Marguerite (Bordon) Jhanson in Elma, Washington, where he attended school before joining the U.S. Navy. After Oliver’s honorable separation from the military, he worked at McCleary Simpson Door as a yard/kiln supervisor. He retired after 43 years. Oliver was also a retired volunteer firefighter for the McCleary Fire District and member of the volunteer McCleary Ambulance Service. In 1962, Oliver married the love of his life, Deanna (Walkup) Jhanson. Together they built a family and spent many happy years. Deanna passed in 2012. Oliver enjoyed carpentry, hunting and camping. In his spare time he was also
Aletta I. LaRocque a draftsman for various projects. Oliver is survived by his children LeeAnn (George) Owlett of Elma and Scott Jhanson of McCleary; mother, Marguerite Jhanson Marshal; five siblings; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Deanna Jhanson; father, Ogden Jhanson; granddaughter Justina Jhanson and siblings Leonard Jhanson, Randy Jhanson, Dolly Mae Jhanson and Phoebe
Diebert. A graveside service with military honors was held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the McCleary Cemetery. A celebration of Oliver’s life and reception followed at the McCleary VFW WA Post 5564. To share memories or express condolences please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com Harrison Family Mortuary is honored to assist the family.
Jack Gill Jack Gill, a lifelong resident of Grays Harbor County, died on Sept. 4, 2019, at the age of 96. Jack was born in Hoquiam, Washington, in 1923. He was the last surviving member of 17 siblings. Jack was drafted into the U. S. Army as an infantry soldier in February 1943, serving first in the Aleutian Islands in the “Williwaw War” and then in campaigns in Northern France where he later repatriated prisoners at the end of WWII. He was honorably discharged as a private first class in Feb. 1946. Jack married Lois Tiala in Grayland, Washington, on April 16, 1949. They lived in Westport from then on and were owners and operators of the Knotty Pine Tavern
in Westport, Washington, between 1951 and 1988. Jack was an avid deer hunter and steelhead fisherman. You could often run into him in the fall and winter on the logging roads in the Johns River, Wishkah or North River areas. Jack is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lois, two sons, Gary and Larry, four grandchildren, Chelsea, Ethan, Taylor, and Lindsay and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack has requested no memorial service. Condolences can be sent to Gary Gill at 393 Stone Road, Sequim, WA 98382. Donations in memory of Jack can be sent to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. 8th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Aletta Ione LaRocque of Aberdeen passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was 96. Aletta was born Oct. 2, 1922, in Halliday, North Dakota, to Mangus and Mary (Sabins) Fuglseth. On March 7, 1942, Aletta married Arthur P. LaRocque in Dunseith, North Dakota. They moved to Grays Harbor in 1944. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sons of Norway, Aberdeen Eagles and the Golden Agers. Aletta enjoyed cooking, canning, traveling, dancing, playing bingo, fishing and clam digging. Aletta is survived by her son, Don (Diane) LaRocque of Cosmopolis; brothers Einar (Jan) Fuglseth and Kenneth (Marilyn) Fuglseth; five grandchildren; Donny (Lauri) LaRocque Jr., Terri (Dave) Brophy, Tracy (Steve) Miller, Lisa (Michael) Bond and Krisi Dixon; seven great-grandchildren; Jeff, Erin, DJ, Colby, Kasey, Sydney and Morgan and also four great-great grandchildren; Ethan, Maycie, Kyler and Ellie. Aletta was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, sister Ardella (Bill) Miller, sister Doris Mae Scnaible and granddaughter Jill Warner. A celebration of life was held Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Cosmopolis Lions Club. Private graveside services took place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Cosmopolis. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association in Aletta’s name. To share memories or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com . Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen.
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NOTABLE DEATHS — GINGER BAKER, DRUMMER FOR CREAM By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times
Ginger Baker, esteemed as one of the most virtuosic drummers ever to sit behind a kit through his innovative work with English rock bands Cream and the shortlived Blind Faith, died on Oct. 6. He was 80. His Facebook page posted, “We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning. Thank you to everyone for your kind words over the past weeks.” Baker’s family had previously issued statements on Twitter and Facebook saying that he was “critically ill” and asking fans to “please keep him in your prayers.” Baker revealed in 2013 that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after a lifetime of smoking. He underwent open-heart surgery in 2016. He also suffered chronic back pain from degenerative osteoarthritis. Baker formed Cream in 1966 with guitarist Eric Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce. Clapton had emerged as a stellar guitarist during his stint with the Yardbirds, while Baker and Bruce both established their credentials as members of the Graham Bond Organization. In concert, Cream pushed rock to new extremes of volume and expanded the boundaries of rock song conventions, with each member frequently taking extended solos, live and on record, bringing the music to new pinnacles of technical and creative dexterity. It was not, however, at the expense of chart success: Cream logged a handful of hits in short order, with signature songs including “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Badge,” “I Feel Free” and its hallmark reworking of a Robert Johnson blues number, “Crossroads.” Peter Edward Baker was born Aug. 19, 1939, in Lewisham, a borough of south London. He grew up in postwar England admiring jazz drummers including countryman Phil Seamen, from whom he took lessons as a teenager — although he described himself as largely self-taught — as well as American drummers such as Max Roach, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Baker injected rhythmic complexity and dizzying flourishes into his playing, pushing his instrument’s role in a rock setting well beyond basic timekeeping, reflecting the expansive mindset of the dawning psychedelic era. “He changed the game,” said John Sykes, incoming chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Cream in 1993. “I was in awe of him because he was
trained as a jazz drummer and played in a completely different way, and sounded different from most (rock) drummers, like Charlie Watts.” Cream released four albums before disbanding in 1968, among them “Fresh Cream,” which included Baker’s five-minute drum solo on the track “Toad,” which quickly became a highlight of the group’s concerts. Baker went on to form the supergroup Blind Faith, teaming again with Clapton, as well as bassist Ric Grech from the band Family and organist-singer Steve Winwood from Traffic. The quartet released just one album, “Blind Faith,” and then disbanded. That segued into Ginger Baker’s Air Force, a rock fusion group with which he toured and recorded in the early 1970s, before moving to Lagos, Nigeria, to indulge his fascination with African music, collaborating at one point with Nigerian
saxophonist Fela Kuti. “He understands the African beat more than any other Westerner,” Nigerian drummer Tony Allen once said. Among the other ensembles Baker was part of in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s were the Baker Gurvitz Army, progressive rock band Hawkwind and Masters of Reality. Along the way, he struggled with heroin addiction, which he said he overcame in 1981. In 1994, he formed the Ginger Baker Trio with bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Bill Frisell, and briefly took part in BBM, a power trio that reunited him with Bruce and also featured Irish blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore. Baker, Clapton and Bruce came together again in 2005 for four shows at the Royal Albert Hall, documented in a live recording. Bruce died in 2014 at age 71. Baker published his autobiography, “Hellraiser,” in 2009, and resumed touring in 2013 and 2014 with Ginger Baker
Jazz Confusion, consisting of saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, bassist Alec Dankworth and percussionist Abass Dodoo. When heart surgery was required in 2016, Baker wrote on his blog, “Just seen doctor … big shock … no more gigs for this old drummer … everything is off … of all things I never thought it would be my heart.” That same year, he was ranked No. 3 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time,” behind first-place finisher John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and the Who’s Keith Moon. “Gifted with immense talent, and cursed with a temper to match, Ginger Baker combined jazz training with a powerful polyrhythmic style in the world’s first, and best, power trio,” Rolling Stone wrote at the time, referring to Cream. “The Londonborn drummer introduced showmanship to the rock world with double-kick virtuosity and extended solos.”
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NOTABLE DEATHS — RON FAIRLY, BASEBALL PLAYER AND BROADCASTER By Ryan Divish The Seattle Times
With an unmistakable style featuring a self-deprecating sense of humor and unique voice, Ron Fairly was a distinctive presence on the Seattle Mariners radio and television broadcasts for 14 seasons. His home-run call of “There it goes. See ya later!” was used for many a memorable home run in the franchise’s history. Like his friend and colleague Dave Niehaus, that voice will now have to live on in recordings and fan memories. On Oct. 30, Fairly passed away at age 81 after a years long battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. “Ron was a key voice
in our history,” said Kevin Mather, Mariners president and CEO, in a news release. “He joined our team at the start of an important era of Seattle baseball, beginning the same year as Lou Piniella and bringing over a decade of exciting baseball to our fans on TV and
radio. Our thoughts are with his three sons: Mike, Steve and Patrick; and his grandchildren.” Born on July 12, 1938, in Macon, Georgia, Fairly spent 50 years in baseball as a player and broadcaster, including as a color commentator and fill-in play-by-play voice for Mariners television and radio from 1993 to 2006 and also as a fill-in in 2007 and 2010. “Ron was not only a great broadcaster, he was a great friend,” Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs said in a release. “He loved the game of baseball and everyone in it, and it showed. He was one of the best storytellers I’ve ever been around. “Dave, Ron and I spent a lot of hours together traveling, dining and calling baseball games and Ron’s
passion for the game, his love of his family and his loyalty to his friends always stood out to me.” Friends and colleagues often called Fairly by his nickname, “Red,” which came from dense forest of brownish-red hair that slowly faded into gray in the later years. “Red was a true gentleman of the game and in life,” said Kevin Cremin, former Mariners radio producer/engineer, in a release. “He spanned many eras of baseball and had great stories to tell about all of them. He will be missed.” Born in Georgia, Fairly was raised in Southern California, where he blossomed into a standout athlete. He graduated from Jordan High School in Long Beach, where he starred
in basketball and baseball. He opted to attended the University of Southern California as a finance major to play baseball, eschewing a basketball scholarship offer from UCLA head coach John Wooden. Fairly became an All-American for the USC baseball team, helping lead it to the 1958 NCAA championship. He was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958 following the College World Series, and made his MLB debut that same season. Fairly played 21 seasons in MLB with six different teams: the Dodgers (195869), Montreal Expos (196974), St. Louis Cardinals (1975-76), Oakland Athletics (1976), Toronto Blue Jays (1977) and Los Angeles Angels (1978). In 2,442 games, he
compiled a lifetime average of .266 with 215 home runs and 1,044 RBI. He was a two-time All-Star (1973 and 1977) and played in four World Series (1959, 1963, 1965 and 1966), winning three championships (1959, 1963 and 1965). His 215 home runs are the most in MLB history by a player without a single 20-homer season, and he is one of fewer than a dozen players to appear in more than 1,000 games in the infield and in over 1,000 games in the outfield. He turned to broadcasting in 1979 for KTLA as part of the Angels radio/ television team until 1986. Beginning in 1987, he broadcast the San Francisco Giants, where he remained until joining Seattle in 1993.
NOTABLE DEATHS — ACTRESS DIAHANN CARROLL By Nardine Saad Los Angeles Times
Diahann Carroll, the elegant star of stage and screen who changed the course of television history as the first African American woman to shatter stereotypes, in 1968’s ground-breaking sitcom “Julia,” and to win a lead actress Tony Award, died on Oct. 4. She was 84. The Oscar-nominated actress and breast cancer survivor, who also starred in “Dynasty” and “White Collar,” died of cancer, her daughter Suzanne Kay said Friday. The leggy beauty burst on the scene among the first black actresses to star in studio films. Assisted by her breathy, deep voice, the established recording artist debuted on the big screen in 1954’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of “Carmen Jones,” a retelling of the Bizet opera with an all-black cast alongside Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte and Pearl Bailey. In 1959, she headlined the musical “Porgy and Bess” with Dandridge, Sidney
Poitier and Sammy Davis Jr. The dynamic entertainer, whose TV credits also include “A Different World” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” sang in nightclubs and on the Broadway stage, headlined in Las Vegas with her fourth husband, Vic Damone, and notched Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations. Carroll was nominated for a lead-actress Oscar for her turn as a welfare mom in the 1974
comedy “Claudine” and earned a Tony Award in 1962 for Richard Rodgers’ “No Strings.” In the late 1960s, Carroll was cast in “Julia,” the enormously successful NBC sitcom that featured her as a war-widowed nurse raising a son. The pioneering role was a departure from predecessors that typically tapped black women to play domestic workers and was credited with shattering stereotypes ahead of “The Cosby Show,” which didn’t premiere until 1984. “That experience for television,” she said in a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television, “everyone was on the line and everyone was scared because we were saying to the country, ‘We’re going to present a very upper middle-class black woman raising her child and her major concentration will not be about suffering in the ghetto. We don’t know if you’re going to buy it but this is what we’re going to do. Take a different point of view of blacks in the United States.’” In the Aaron Spelling hit series “Dynasty,” Carroll embodied
another atypical black woman on television: the deliciously catty Dominique Deveraux, Blake Carrington’s long-lost, illegitimate half-sister, whom she emphatically dubbed the “first black bitch on prime-time television.” “Very often it has been made light of. I think it is important that we allow actors who represent the Third World to portray roles that are not necessarily sympathetic,” she told the Washington Post in 1985. “And the other end of the spectrum that we are offered very often is we are so sympathetic, so wonderful, so good and so marvelous that we are totally unbelievable. Somewhere in the middle, I thought it would be interesting to try to create a new character. There are some things about Dominique that are perfectly likable, there are other things that are completely self-centered. And I think she will remain that way.” Perhaps taking a page out of Deveraux’s handbook, Carroll persevered in Hollywood with her long-cultivated combination of
class and sass, turning heads with her extravagant taste in clothing and lavish lifestyle. “Dominique brought a shot in the arm when ‘Dynasty’ needed it. I had a hell of a good time when I was there,” she told TV Guide. Born Carol Diahann Johnson in 1935 in the Bronx, she moved to Harlem with her parents at a young age. With their support, she enrolled in dance, singing and modeling classes and attended Music and Art High School with Billy Dee Williams, who would later costar with her in “Dynasty,” “Lonesome Dove: The Series” and the widely panned “Star Wars Christmas Special.” By 15, the leggy teen was modeling for Ebony, and by 18 she got her big singing break after winning the televised talent show “Chance of a Lifetime” in 1954. She received a cash prize in addition to being booked at the famed Latin Quarter nightclub in New York City. Carroll is survived by her daughter, who is a journalist and producer, and two grandchildren.