Steve Lind Memorial Service
November 8, 2009
Stephen G. Lind of Eatonville, Washington, lost his battle
with cancer and went to be with our Lord, Friday, November
members of his family include his wife, Jill, his
daughter, Erica, granddaughter, Alexa, son, Reid, brother,
Stan and sister, Marsha. He was 64.
A memorial service will
be held Sunday, November 15, 2009, at the Eatonville High
School, 207 Carter Street East
98328, at 2 p.m. There will be a reception following the
Steve was passionate about his work
in planning and building the new CenterPoint Church. The
family requests, in lieu
of flowers, donations be made
to the CenterPoint Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 900,
Eatonville, Washington 98328.
"Lad" Van Cleve
11, 1923 - October 22, 2009
Lad Van Cleve
October 27, 2009
George P. (Lad) Van
Cleve June 11, 1923 - October 22, 2009. The world
has lost one of its best. Lad, age 86, passed
peacefully at home in Eatonville. He was a beloved
member of the community, known for his eye-twinkling
smile and his huge, generous heart. Lad was born in
North Dakota, but moved to Eatonville when he was
eleven years old. He worked as a mechanic at his
family's Ford dealership, Van Cleve Motors, from the
time he returned after World War II until his
retirement in 1993. Everyone knew Lad was the master
mechanic and could fix anything. He is survived by,
his wife of 58 years, Rosemarie, son Steve
(Paulette) Van Cleve, daughter Chris (Glenn)
Campanoli of Tacoma, grandsons David and Jon Van
Cleve of Florida, and his sisters Ruthie (Rich)
Williams and JeanAnn (Jim) Miller. His funeral mass
will be held Friday, October 30, at 1:00 p.m., at
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in
Eatonville. A reception to celebrate his life will
be held afterward in the fellowship hall. Donations
may be made to the Eatonville Fire Department or Our
Lady of Good Counsel building fund.
Martha O'Neil, lifelong resident of Eatonville, died last week. Funeral
services will be held Thursday, October 15 at
Mountain View Memorial Park in Tacoma, 4100 Steilacoom Boulevard
Her mother was Susie Fiander Scoggins, a daughter of
Robert Fiander, the first white settler in this part of Pierce
She was married to the late Lloyd O'Neil. For many years Martha had a
pottery business in Eatonville and was very successful with her creative
June 4, 1912 - October 8,
Martha O'Neil June 24, 1912 - October 8, 2009
After 97 years of flowing with the seasons of the year,
departed this life on the beautiful Fall day of October
8, 2009. She will be remembered as a strongly
independent woman who was filled with optimism to the
end. To her dying day Martha was sure she would win the
Readers Digest Sweepstakes. She prided herself in being
Eatonville's oldest resident. She would not entertain
the thought of not living out her days in the home in
which she raised her three children, nurtured her eight
grandchildren, her fourteen great grandchildren, and two
great, great grandchildren.
She found much
joy in the special friendships established in Eatonville
and in particular with her dear friend Kaye Dorn.
All of us will treasure the happy times spent with
Grandma in her kitchen, garden, and ceramic shop
learning from her great artistic and domestic skills
while being enchanted by tales of the pioneering days.
Martha is preceded in
death by her husband Lloyd, her parents Westley Scoggins
and Susie Fiander Scoggins, and her
siblings Myrtle Scoggins Forgey and Robert Scoggins. She
is survived by her three children Peggy O'Neil Higgins
(husband Robert), Larry O'Neil (wife Margie), and Don
O'Neil (deceased wife Judy).
were held on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in
the Garden Chapel at the Mountain View
Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood 98496.
The family is asking that memorial donations be made to
the Eatonville Fire Department/EMS, PO Box 291,
Eatonville, WA 98328. The family request no flowers. The
O'Neil family would like to thank the Eatonville Fire
Department/EMS, Kirk and Suzanne at Kirk's Pharmacy in
Eatonville for all they have done for Martha as well as
Dr. Mark Craddock for all the special nurturing and care
he has given to his oldest patient over the years.
Kevin D. Iams
April 25, 1983 - August 25, 2009
Iams April 25, 1983 -- August 25, 2009 Those of us who knew him loved him,
because he was just so easy to love. Kevin had a tender heart and his
love for others knew no bounds. He was a much-loved son, an adored
brother, and a cherished grandson. The Baublits and Iams family with the
aunts, uncles and many cousins, all had a special place in his heart and
he in theirs. He will be so missed. Life is immortal. Love is eternal.
Death is a horizon. And a horizon is simply the limit of human sight. All
of us can almost see him still. Kevin is survived by his mother and
stepfather, Beverly and Terry Wilson, father and stepmother KW and
Gretchen Iams, brother Bryan (Sarah and nephew Clayton) Iams, sisters
Ashley and Taylor Kurth, stepbrothers Micah (Melanie and nephew Tanner)
Wilson and Darian (Masako, nephews DJ and Iain, nieces Lita and Amber)
Wilson, grandparents Nancy Iams, Don and Dee Baublits, Shirley Cox, and
Carol Kurth and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the Crossing Church, 10625 Pacific Ave.
S, Tacoma, or to your favorite charity. Memorial services was held at 2
p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Eatonville Baptist Church, 825
Eatonville Highway, Eatonville. Arrangements by Fir Lane Funeral Home.
Douglas Leroy Gregerson
Celebration of Life Saturday, July 11...
July 8, 2009: Douglas Leroy Gregersen Leaving his
legacy behind in the hearts of everyone he knew.
Douglas Leroy Gregersen 49, passed away
July 2, 2009. Doug's educational pursuits endowed him
with a diploma from Eatonville High School and
ultimately led him through an electrical
apprenticeship to become a lineman where he advanced
to become Superintendent. Doug devoted his entire
career to Ohop Mutual Light Company where he spent 30
years. Doug is survived by his father Leroy, brother
Dwayne, and sister Diane. Doug also left behind his
wife Jennifer and children Christopher and Haley. He
was preceded in death by his mother Mary. A
celebration of his life is planned for July 11, 2009
at Eatonville Baptist Church 11:00 a.m., with
visitation following. Graveside immediately following
in Mineral and a reception will be held at the
October 6, 1951 - June 20, 2009
Jim, doing what he loved.
June 22, 2009
Our loving husband, brother and father, Jim McKee was
born on October 6, 1951 in Tacoma. He was the son
Ruth McKee. He left us unexpectedly the morning of June
20 with his dear Lucy by his side. He was raised in
Tacoma, but called Eatonville home where he learned
farming from his mother-in-law. There he and Lucy raised
two beautiful daughters, Karly and Kate.
He loved fishing, garage sales, “junkin,”
hunting, the annual family ocean getaway, the outdoors,
time with his three wonderful girls. His happy-hour buddy Bennet (his
three-year-old great nephew), and most recently the
family dog Hank, were his biggest fans. He was employed
at Jones Chemicals for over 30 years. Before he was
taken from us so soon, he got to enjoy two separate
fishing trips. One with Karly and her boyfriend Paul, to
Lake Lenore and this last Tuesday with Kate to Kapowsin
Lake where he caught the only fish!
He was preceded in death by his
parents. He is survived by his wife Lucy, their two
daughters Kate and Karly.
by his sisters Linda (Ray) Arment, and Joan (Hal) Dimond and
dozens of nieces, nephews and family members including
his much loved Swiss family. He will be missed by his
shooting buddies, Ron, Wes, and Dave. Please keep your
cherished memories of Jim in your hearts forever.
The memorial potluck service will be held Sunday, June 28 at the
Swiss Sportsman's Club, 9205 198th Ave., Bonney Lake
at 2 p.m., beverages and desserts provided (casual
attire). Jim valued education and enjoyed tutoring and
teaching in his spare time. His wish was that memorials
be made to Eatonville Dollars for Scholars, P. O. Box
1155, Eatonville, 98328, in memory of Ida Schilter
Karlin or Suzanne Surface. Lucy and her girls would like
to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.
Raymond F. Arment
June 2, 1920 - May
June 22, 2009
Born in Philadelphia, the only child of Raymond and Helen
(Nee: Gentel) Arment, on June 2, 1920. He resided
in Elkins Park and Jenkintown, PA until moving to Bradenton,
FL in 1989, where he enjoyed golf, bicycling, sailing and
making friends. He was a member of the American Legion, SS
Peter and Paul Church, and the Union League.
Mr. Arment enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1941.
During WWII he served in the 446th Bomb Group, 8th
Force. While in stationed England, he attended Norwich College
of the Arts. He was a graduate of the Drexel Institute of
Technology, School of Architecture.
Arment was a retired Registered Architect, with multiple state
licenses, and held National Council of Architectural
Registration Board certification. Mr. Arment was the Past
President of the Pennsylvania Society of Registered Architects
and member of the American Institute of Architects.
In his practice he designed numerous educational and
institutional buildings. Prior to retirement he was a staff
architect for Rohm and Haas Chemical Corporation.
He is predeceased by his wife Maude (nee: Carragher)
Arment. He is survived by his wife of 27 years Eileen (nee:
Raymond, wife Linda; daughter JaneMarie, husband
John McEachern; step-son John Martin, four grandchildren:
Melanie, Catherine, Jennifer, and Sean and three great
grandchildren: Amanda, Mikala and Cameron.
Greg Allen Eldridge
May 6, 1949 - May 23, 2009
Greg passed away May 23rd in a tragic accident on the lake where he
loved to be. Greg was born May 6th, 1949 in Portland,
Oregon to Lois and Leonard Flomer. He lived many places around the
world, as his step-father Phil Eldridge was in the military. Greg
loved life and wanted everyone to have fun with him. He enjoyed
jet-skiing, snowmobiling, coaching little league baseball, yelling at,
and cheering on, the Seahawks, golf, camping and spending time with
his amazing daughters, family, and friends. He was a very generous man
and helped many friends throughout his life. Greg is survived by his
daughters, Coral (Patrick) Johnson of CA, Nicole Fritz, of Portland OR
and Kacie Eldridge-Johnson of Puyallup WA, two grandsons, Kai and Finn
Johnson (CA), brother Bob (Nancy) Paulson of Auburn WA, niece Jennifer
(Chris) Bradley of Federal Way WA, and adopted son Matt (Julie)
Eldridge of Puyallup, WA. He also leaves behind many, many friends,
including his life long friend Mason Elvrom, who was like a brother to
Greg. A memorial service was held Sunday May 31st at 3:00 PM at the
United Methodist Church in Sumner WA. A reception celebrating Greg’s
life was held immediately after the service at 6914 113th St. Ct. E
Memorial Started at Clear Lake for Greg Eldridge
(photo by Bob Walter)
2, 2009: Friends of Greg Eldridge started a memorial and card on Clear
Lake this weak. Eldridge was killed in a jet-ski
accident on Clear Lake Sunday, May 23. He crashed into another jet-ski
which was being driven by a friend. Eldridge was pronounced dead at
the scene despite efforts by lake residents and firefighters to revive
him. Among those who tried to save Eldridge's life was longtime Clear
Lake resident, and Eatonville High School teacher, Mark Dawkins who
also teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at EHS. Firefighters
from District 15 were also on the scene.
Lance Luttrell Powell
invited to celebrate and remember the life of Lance Powell.
will be held on Friday May 15th and Saturday May 16th
from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Curnow Funeral Home located
at 1410 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390. Please call (253) 863-2800 for
Service will be held at the family’s residence on Tuesday May 19th
at 2:00 p.m. Location is 10611 Ohop Valley Ext. Rd E., Eatonville, WA
98328. All are welcome to attend and share.
would like to help the family during this difficult time, you may make
a deposit to the Lance Powell Donation Account at Key Bank in
Eatonville. All proceeds will help cover medical and funeral expenses.
Our deepest sympathy goes out
to the family.
2009 - April 5, 2009
Elijah Jay Neyman Baby Eli was born February 6, 2009 and left us
on April 5, 2009. He was the son of Marisa A.
and Christopher J. Neyman. He is survived by his grandparents,
Margaret (Van Eaton) Neyman and Mary and Chris Hilliard, and
great grandparents, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Please join us on Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m. at Fellowship
Christian Church, 860 E. 38th St., Tacoma for a memorial and
Clarence "Pete" Pearson
April 26, 1937 - March 26, 2009
Clarence "Pete" Pearson passed away March 26, 2009. He was
born April 26, 1937, in Elma, Washington, to Harvey and Alta
(Mowry) Pearson. He graduated from Elma High School in 1955. He
earned his bachelors degree from Washington State University in
1959 and his masters degree at Wisconsin State University in
He married Linda Hanson of Kelso on June 12, 1960. The
marriage produced two children, Gerald and Valerie, but
ended in 1965. He married Colleen Whyatt on July 24, 1970 and
together they had a son, Daniel.
Pete had an extensive teaching career beginning in 1959:
vocational agriculture and chemistry teacher, Winlock High
School 1959-1962, vocational agriculture and chemistry teacher,
Eatonville High School 1962-1974, and vocational agriculture and
forestry teacher, Elma High School 1974-1989. He retired from
teaching in 1989 with 30 years served. He also owned and
operated a family dairy farm from 1967-1993, farming 250 acres
with 350 head of cattle. He sold the two dairies he owned in
1993 and went into the flower (dahlia) business with son Dan.
Pete also served his community and state. He was a State
Farm Bureau board member, member of the State Board for
Vocational Education, president of the State FFA Foundation,
master of the Sharon Grange, member of the National FFA Forestry
Committee, member of the Grays Harbor County Fair Board, an
American Dahlia Society senior judge, active in the Evergreen
State Dahlia Association, served on the Elma School Board from
1989-2001, and served two terms on the State Commission for
Student Learning. In 1984, he was honored with both the Bishop
Foundation Youth Leader of the Year award and the Daily
World's Citizen of the Year award.
Pete was still enjoying life raising dahlias and going
to garden shows in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco each
spring until 2008. He lived on the family farm and was
able to get his hands in the dirt on a daily basis. He died
there on March 26, 2009, with his children by his side.
Pete was preceded in death by his wife Colleen in
November, 2006. Pete is survived by his oldest son Gerald
"Jerry" (Sherrie) of Oakville, his daughter Valerie (fiancé
Roger Bolden) of Auburn, and his youngest son Dan (Mieke) of
Oakville. Pete's grandchildren include Val's daughter, Melanie,
Jerry's daughter and son, Michelle and Ben, and Dan's daughter
and son, Alyssa and Collin. Pete is also survived by his uncle,
Charle's "Tom" (Laura) Mowry of Elma, first wife Linda Hanson of
Corvallis, Oregon, four sisters-in-law and their families and
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A service was held at the Grays Harbor County
Fairgrounds on April 6th, 2009, with close to 500 people
Donations may be made to the Elma FFA or the Grays Harbor
County Fair/honorary bench fund. Please visit and sign the
online tribute to Clarence Pearson at