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For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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 6, 2009. Surviving 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 Eatonville, Washington 98328, at 2 p.m. There will be a reception following the service. 
    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.  

George "Lad" Van Cleve
June 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 away 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 Funeral

     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 Southwest.
     Her mother was Susie Fiander Scoggins, a daughter of Robert Fiander, the first white settler in this part of Pierce County. 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 talent.

Martha O'Neil
June 4, 1912 - October 8, 2009

Martha O'Neil

           October 14, 2009

         Martha O'Neil June 24, 1912 -  October 8, 2009 After 97 years of flowing with the seasons of the year, Martha O'Neil 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).
       Memorial Services 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.


Memorial Service

Kevin D. Iams
April 25, 1983 - August 25, 2009

     Kevin D. 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 family's home.

Jim McKee
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 of Al and 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, and spending 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.  Also 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 Jr.
June 2, 1920 - May 6, 2009

      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 Air 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.
    Mr. 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: Kelly), son 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 Eldridge

     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 Puyallup.




Memorial Started at Clear Lake for Greg Eldridge

                                                                                                                                                        (photo by Bob Walter)

      June 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.

In Memoriam

Lance Luttrell Powell

You are invited to celebrate and remember the life of Lance Powell.

The viewing 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 more information.

Memorial 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.

If you 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.


Elijah Jay Neyman
February 6, 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. Hilliard 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 reception.

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 1970.
     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 attending.
     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 www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.

Peggy Jane Denton
May 12, 1950 - January 11, 2009

     Peggy Jane Denton Born May 12, 1950 in Milwaukee, WI., passed away Jan. 11, 2009. She moved to Auburn in 1953; educated in Auburn school system, graduating June 1968. Peggy graduated from Gonzaga University. Later she received a Master's degree in speech pathology from WWU. Peggy lived in Eatonville for 28 years. She was a speech therapist in the Eatonville, Bethel, White River and Franklin Pierce School Districts. Her passion was children. She is preceded in death by her son, father and mother. Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 16th, 3pm, at Northend Community Church, located at 3502 N. Mullen St., Tacoma, WA 98407. In lieu of flowers, donations to "Make A Wish Foundation" would be appreciated.

Kelly Longsworth
October 10, 1960 - December 20, 2008

     Kelly Longsworth of Eatonville, born October 10, 1960, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2008. She fought a long and difficult battle with several ailments, but now is at rest and no longer in pain. She did many things in her life, but was the happiest while making jewelry and working at Alder Lake Park.
    She is survived by her husband Steve Longsworth and her sons Kristian, Ian and David Nason. A memorial is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, December 28 at the Lions- American Legion Hall 123 Rainier Avenue North in Eatonville.

A Happy Day Fishing...

Creating Beauty...

Photos courtesy of Steve Longsworth

Scott Steven Fuhrman
April 23. 1956 - December 6, 2008

Scott Steven Fuhrman

 December 13, 2008
     Our most dear and beloved left this life far too early at age 52 on December 6, 2008. Scott was  born April 23, 1956 in Puyallup, Washington where he spent most of his childhood years in the outdoors. Scott was an active athlete and sportsman and he loved basketball (Go Gonzaga), football (Go Cougars), but most of all he enjoyed hunting and spending time in the woods. He graduated from Eatonville High school in 1974 and was honored as an All American Football athlete in 1973 and 1974. Scott joined the United States Army and served his country from 1975 to 1978 and then was honorably discharged. Scott worked for US West/Qwest for over 20 years as a lineman then went on to run his own business. He also worked for the Forest Service and most recently Okanogan County Public Works. Scott married his wife of 11 years on November 25, 1997 and shortly thereafter moved to Tunk Valley to live his dream. Scott loved the valley, mountains and wildlife and always felt that he had finally found home. He was a loving and good daddy to his cherished young girls and he provided a wonderful home and life for his family.
Scott was also a very proud Grandpa to Saga Nordmark and Grace Fuhrman. Scott will be remembered most by those he loved as a warm, loving person who always "hit the nail on the head" and never beat around the bush. He always had the ability to make people laugh and appreciate all that life had to offer. He could always make something out of nothing and often said he was the "richest man on earth" because he loved his life so much. 
He enjoyed playing poker, spending time with his family and hunting and was especially proud of his Boone and Crockett buck taken in 2005. Our loss has left a deep hole in our hearts and we will ensure that Scott continues to live his dreams through his family, friends and all those he loved. He touched the lives of many, in many ways. Scott is survived by his wife Heather Fuhrman, children little Sage Fuhrman, young Halla Fuhrman, Daniel Fuhrman, Kate Nordmark and Jim Fuhrman; grandchildren Saga Nordmark and Grace Fuhrman; brothers Mark Fuhrman and Lance Fuhrman; Mother Billie Fuhrman and Father Ralph Fuhrman. Scott will also be thoroughly missed by special friends, Bill, Louie, Travis and Dave-annual hunting camp was always a special time, for Scott and his friends.

Peggy Lilloren
May 22, 1949 - September 7, 2008

Peggy Lilloren

     September 16, 2008

     Peggy Lilloren Born May 22, 1949 in Morton, Washington to parents Ed and Ethel Lane, passed away September 7, 2008. She graduated from Eatonville High School 1968. She married Arnie Lilloren July 23, 1970. Survived by husband Arnie, mother Ethel Lane, brothers, Edward Lane of Longview, Don Lane (Gloria), Patrick Lane (Ann) and Mike Lane, all of Eatonville, Washington as well as Rick Lane (Jody) of Castle Rock, Washington. Survived by sisters Sharon Garcia (Lorenzo) of Texas and Dorothy Danz (Fred) of Florida. She was preceded in death by her father Ed Lane, sister Connie and brother Ron. Peggy will be remembered by friends and family as a generous and spirited person. She was a fun, loving, independent person who found much joy in family as well as her loyal pets: Sissy, Sassy, and Suzy. A private family burial is being held at Mineral Cemetery in Mineral, Washington on Saturday, September 13th. A celebration of her life is being planned for Saturday, October 4th at the Mineral Event Center in Mineral, Washington, 11a.m. to 3 p.m. We encourage all who knew and loved Peggy to join us as we celebrate her life.


Leif Thorvaldson
February 6, 1939 - September 12, 2008

     September 16, 2008

     Leif Otto Thorvaldson, born Feb. 6, 1939, in Port Chester, New York, died Sept. 12, 2008. He graduated from the University of Washington and did further study in languages at Yale University. 
     Major Thorvaldson retired from the Air Force and used his retirement time pursuing his many interests which included carving, woodworking, electronics, reading--all activities accompanied by the music from his large collection.
     Leif had extensive network of computer friends from all over the world and was generous with his time helping out those less computer savvy.
     He was a warm, kindly, humorous person with many friends who will mourn him as will his sisters--Margit Thorvaldson of Eatonville, and Elsie Kristoffersen of Lakewood, WA, his niece, Anne Marie Kristoffersen of Lakewood, his nephew, John Kristoffersen of Walla Walla, grand nieces and nephews and cousins in Norway.
     According to his wishes, there will be no burial ceremony.


In Memoriam
Ruby Haynes Rulien

January 2, 1918 - August 8, 1998

     Ruby Haynes Rulien circa 1952, Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico. Here Ruby models a grey and dusty rose dress she made for an Officer's Wives Club fashion show. Ruby was born and raised in Eatonville. She left town in 1936, had many adventures and traveled the globe. But no matter where she went, and how many accolades and awards she was given, being chosen Eatonville May Queen in 1936 remained her proudest moment until her death, in her Eatonville home, ten years ago.
     She was the only daughter of Anne Christensen Haynes and Otto Haynes, both descendents of Eatonville area pioneers.

Edith Erickson
Memorial Service August 20, 1:30 p.m. Eatonville United Methodist Church

Edith Erickson

     August 7, 2008

     Edith was born 4-27-1914 at Canfield on the high plains of central Idaho where her grandparents had homesteaded about 1900. She was the only daughter of Ray and Ethel Shinn and had 3 brothers. Maurice and Louis (widow Rowena) predeceased her. She is survived by brother Marion (wife, Lorena) of Lewiston, Idaho. In 1938 she married Einer Erickson who passed away in 2003. She is survived by daughter, Geneal Palmer (Willett) of Eatonville, Granddaughter Elizabeth Dompier (Chad) of Renton, and Grandson Darin Palmer (Abigail) of DesMoines. Blake and Keegan Dompier, her great grandsons were the joy of her life.
     In retirement she became the perpetual volunteer. Several times she worked with exchange students or adults who found English challenging. She tutored her neighbor to become a U.S. citizen. She volunteered for the Red Cross and numerous church and community committees in Colfax. It was a proud day when several years after her move to Eatonville to be near her daughter, Colfax honored her by naming her the first annual Edith Erickson Community Service Award recipient.
     One of her joys in retirement was having time to write. She carefully researched to write 5 history books. She also did genealogy and wrote stories and poems of her life and observations which she shared with her family. She enjoyed gardening and remained actively involved in several organizations. She rarely missed lunch at the senior meal site and greatly appreciated the caring shown by the workers and volunteers there. After she was widowed she enjoyed traveling with her family. She was a member of the Eatonville Methodist Church.
     A memorial will be held August 20, 2008 at 1:30 at the Methodist Church in Eatonville with internment at the Colfax cemetery on September 6, 2008.

In Memoriam

     "May your spirit live, and may you spend a million years, your face to the North  Wind, your two eyes beholding happiness." ~ Ancient Egyptian Blessing

Roy J. Kazda
June 22, 1908 - September 26, 1988

How you loved Mount Rainier, Puget Sound and "your" wild mountain blackberries.
You are always in our lives, in the air we breathe.

 Love, Steve Kazda, Olympia; Louise K. Carson, Eatonville; Granddaughter Heather R. Kazda, Albuquerque

JoAnne "Dody" Colyer
September 17, 1939 - February 18, 2008

     "Dody" Colyer was born September 17, 1939 in Bay City, Michigan; peacefully passed away on February 18, 2008. She is survived by her stepsons Grant (Patricia) Colyer of Auburn, John Colyer of Eatonville, and her daughter Tamara (Dave) Pearce of Shade Gap, PA, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family members. JoAnne graduated from Eatonville High School in 1958. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will long be remembered by patrons of the Big Foot Tavern (formerly The Sportsman Tavern) in Eatonville, where she was a bartender for more then 20 years before retiring in 1998. A graveside service will be held at the Glacier View Cemetery, Eatonville on March 15, 2008 beginning at 1:00 pm. A memorial reception will follow at the Mt. Rainier Eagles Hall.

Ivan Oliver “Casey” Swanson
December 9, 2007 - January 4, 2007

"Casey" Swanson

      February 21, 2008

     "Casey" died at the age of 99. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1927.
     "Casey" was one of eight children born to Swedish immigrants who had a homestead in Weyerhaeuser
where he worked together with neighbors to raise poles and to string wire to bring the first electricity out from Tacoma. In the 1920s. After high school, "Casey" played baseball for Eatonville for the Valley League, earning the name "Casey" as the leading batsman of the League, and he worked in Alaska stringing and maintaining electric lines.
      In the 30’s, he worked as a brakeman on the railroad in the days of the steam engine, and he was a logger in the days when a 500-year-old tree was cut down by two men, each with an end of a crosscut saw. He and his wife Margaret, who passed away in 2002, purchased The Triangle in Eatonville. In the 40s and 50s he was a milkman for Swan Lake Dairy and owner of the Elbe General Store. His last job was as a carpenter. He spent his retirement years working in his forest at The Triangle.
    He was 90 when he and Margaret moved to Seattle, when she needed nursing care. His last two years were spent at Greenwood Point Group Family Home on Lake Sammamish.
    Surviving him are: sister: Jessie Poteete: children: Ruth Swanson Ferris, Rodney Swanson and  wife, Susan, Stanley Swanson: grandchildren: Paul Swanson, Kent Swanson, Jeffery Swanson, Joshua Swanson,Cynthia Burt, Christopher Ferris
    A short video and more stories can be found at http://www.johnburt.com/vid2007_casey.php


EHS Class of 1927...

     Twenty students made up the graduating class of 1927 stands in front of Eatonville High School 81 years ago. Today this building, along with the other brick school building is being renovated. "Casey" is in the last row, far right wearing a white shirt.


EHS Basketball Team...

"Casey" is in the back row far right with his arms folded.

Frank John Mettler, Jr.
March 27, 1914 - January 18, 2008

Frank Mettler, Jr.

     Frank John Mettler, Jr. Was born in Ferndale, WA on March 27, 1914 to Frank and Katherine Mettler. He was the oldest of three children and proud of his Swiss heritage. He was milking cows before 8 years of age, and working in the woods by the age of 14. He quit school to help the family. He was driving a log truck at 16 years old for the Elbe Saw Mill. He worked in the woods doing everything from cat skinning to tree topping. He married Rose Suter in 1937. They lived in Mineral, Carlson and Elbe, and raised a house full of boys: Sonny, Jim, Punk, Dave, and Rob. During this time, he managed to be a member of the Eatonville School Board for 20 years and a lifetime member of the Tacoma Swiss Society and the Swiss Sportsmen's Club of Tacoma. He was mill manager for Bob Lyle of Lyle Wood Products in Morton until he retired in 1974.
     He married Marie Hull in 1979 and added her children, Jesse, Joe, Mike, Sam, Susie, Belva, and Bonny, to his family. They moved to the P.L.S. Ranch and became caretakers, haying, working on his tractor, feeding cattle, selling hay, and watching the elk for 17 years. Retirement to him was driving his John Deere lawnmower, building birdhouses, and feeding his flock of birds. Frank died at the Morton General Hospital on January 18, 2008. He was 93 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Rose Mettler, brother Joe Mettler of AK, and stepchildren Sam Hull, Bonny Hull, and Susie Raley. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Marie Mettler, his sister Katherine Wittwer of Elbe, his children and stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 
    Viewing time was held on Thurs. Jan. 24th at Brown's Mortuary from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, with a Rosary at 6:30 pm. Funeral services were held on Fri., Jan. 25, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morton, WA at 11:00 am.     The family would like to thank the Morton General Hospital for their care of their father, Frank. The doctors, nurses, assistants, and all staff were wonderful to him and to the family. Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Frank Mettler to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morton, WA, or the Tacoma Swiss Society, 9205 198th Ave. E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391.

Marvin Fitzer
November 9, 1913 - December 11, 2007

Marvin Fitzer

     Marvin Fitzer, 94, passed away of natural causes with his family present at "The Ranch" on December 11, 2007. He was a lifetime resident of the Eatonville - Elbe area. He was born in Eatonville on November 9, 1913, to Rudolph and Eunice Fitzer. Marv was a talented athlete. He was the last surviving member of the 1931 Eatonville Class "B" State Championship Basketball team, and went on to play basketball for Southern Oregon College. He was a successful independent businessman, who logged and sawmilled in Western Washington and Alaska. Marv was a 57-year member of the Mt. Tahoma Masonic Lodge. He was an exceptional husband, father and grandfather - simply a remarkable man. Marvin was preceded in death by his wife Ruth of 52 years, brothers Kenny, Harold and Melvin, sons Donald and Ronald, granddaughters Christina and Suzanne. He is survived by his sister Virginia Rothlisberger of Sun Valley, Arizona, daughter Shelley and her husband Tim Surface, son Trace and his wife Cathy, grandchildren Lauren, Lindsay and Kristin, as well as TJ, Julie and Peter, and numerous nieces and nephews. A very special thanks to Gail Cromer, Fran Dimmitt, Jutta Sokol, Kim LaFrance and Vivienne Kelland for their devoted and loving care of Marv. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eatonville Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 1155, Eatonville, WA 98328, or any charity of your choice. Family and friends were invited to a memorial and celebration of Marv's life on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Eatonville Community Center.


Logging Trucks, Silent Memorial to
 Marv Fitzer...

(photo by Bob Walter)

     December 22, 2007: The tongues of their rear bunks in a silent salute, a fleet of Fitzer logging trucks sit alongside Center Street West in honor of Marvin Fitzer during his memorial service Saturday morning. A huge, standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Community Center to pay tribute. Fitzer died of natural causes at the age of 94 on December 11, 2007.

Jim Allen Snyder
August 21 1928 - November 22, 2007

     Jim Allen Snyder Loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, neighbor and friend Jim was born August 21, 1928 in Eatonville, WA; passed away November 22, 2007 in Renton, WA at the age of 79. He was the loving father of Carol M. Rasmussen of Eatonville, Donna Snyder of Renton, and Jimeen (Mitch) Sauget of Lakewood, WA; grandfather of Allen, David (Tina), Rob (Amy), Tim (Nikki), and Scott (Amber); great-grandfather of Leah, Ethan, Autumn, Dylan, Madison, Brianna, Malachi, Elijah, Israel, and Makenzie; brother of Donal (Joan) Snyder and family, and Esther Larison and family. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2007 at the United Methodist Church in Eatonville. 

Bud Blancher
November 20, 2007

     Bud Blancher "One of a Kind" Bud was the original "Sandals and Socks Guy, Just a little bit different!" He never found a thing he couldn't make a little more comfortable, run a little smoother, a little more efficient, a little quieter, or make a little more noise, if that was the effect he wanted. He loved to travel (in his own way, of course). In 1960 he spent 13 months riding his 10-speed bicycle around the perimeter of the US, working at airports and even a season in an offshore oil drilling rig to help finance the trip. A couple of years after that, he spent over a year in Europe, working and traveling over 10,000 miles on a Lambretta motor scooter, sleeping in a tent and eating local food. More than one of his trips involved a bicycle hanging from the wing strut of a Piper Cub. (A guy's got to be able to get to town from the airport, after all.) Most of his life revolved around flying and working on airplanes. His airplane mechanic career started at Thun Field in Puyallup and eventually wound up at Eatonville airport, where he and his wife Candy made their home for nearly 30 years. One of his good ideas led him to developing a better shoulder harness on an inertia reel (more comfortable) for small airplanes. He made one for himself first, then his friends. One thing led to another, and a business was formed (Bud's Aero Specialties or BAS Inc), which now has sold over 12,000 of these harnesses all over the world. He still had about 20 projects in various stages in his shop, and about 1000 more in his head until the day he died, at age 75, on November 20, 2007. "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ' Holy S---, What a ride! '" That was Bud. A celebration of Bud's life is planned after the holidays at Eatonville airport.


Phyllis Colyer Porter
January 4, 1931 - November 24, 2007

     Phyllis Colyer Porter was born on January 4, 1931 in Tacoma, to Ralph and Ivy Campbell Colyer of Eatonville and passed away on November 24, 2007 in Seattle after losing a medical fight which began in her childhood. Phyllis' last remaining sibling of seven children is Velora Colyer Ugles. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, James Porter, her four sons, James Porter, Jr., Clifford and (Carol) Porter, Michael and (Bonnie) Porter, David and (Cheryl) Porter. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, who meant so much to her. Phyllis grew up in Eatonville and graduated from Eatonville High School. After raising her family, Phyllis attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and graduated in 1970 with a degree in Education. She began her career in teaching, and in 1973 she chose to be the head accountant at Tacoma Diesel, the family owned business, and set up the accounting system, where she worked until she retired. A Memorial service was held on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m., at the University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th Street W., University Place, WA., 98466. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to Camp Arnold (Salvation Army) 33712 Webster Road E., Eatonville, WA 98328


Dick A. Taylor
November 18, 1934 - November 13, 2007

Dick Taylor

     November16, 2007

    Dick Tayolor, "Chief," Nov. 18, 1934 - Nov. 13, 2007 Dick passed away after a sudden illness at his home on the King Homestead at Ohop Bob in Eatonville, WA. Born to Margaret Elaine (King) Taylor and Roscoe (Rusty) Hinkley Taylor in Tacoma, WA., Dick lived his whole life in Eatonville where he participated fully in the town. He was the fire chief in Eatonville for 12 years; a Master Mason F&AM #228 and Scottish Rite 32 degrees member; member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3158 and Centralia-Chehalis Elks Lodge #2435. He was the Ohop Grange Master for 15 years, and a 50 year member. He was a Charter Member of the Eatonville Historical Society. Dick retired from Weyerhaeuser Company as a log scaler after 35 years. He was a Democratic Precinct Committee man for 30 years and one of the highlights of his life was shaking hands with John F. Kennedy at Cheney Stadium.
     Dick managed and lovingly cared for the Rainier Pioneer Cemetery. He was very proud of his home and gardens and enjoyed the many clocks he had collected from the old timers in the area. He also sang at many funerals. He was a very caring and loving son, taking care of his mother until her passing in 1990 at the age of 97. Dick is preceded in death by his father, Rusty, mother, Margaret and brothers, Shirley Roscoe (SR) Taylor and Sterling Aster Taylor. Leaving behind his niece Margaret, nephews, John, Gregg and Rocky and many, many cousins - not forgetting his little companion, Meesha. 
     We would like to express a special thank you to Fire District 15 for their wonderful friendship  with Dick and all their support and care. Another thank you to Franciscan Hospice Care and our special nurse Fran. Viewing will be held from Friday Nov. 16, 2007 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Fir Lane Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Fir Lane Funeral Home, 924 E. 176th. St. Spanaway, WA. 98387. Graveside service following at Rainier Pioneer Cemetery in Eatonville, WA, with a reception to follow at Ohop Grange.

                                              Earl                 Krones

November 27, 1918 - November 4, 2007


     Earl Raymond Krones Born Nov. 27, 1918; passed away at home Nov. 4, 2007. Earl is survived by his  sister Bertha Sharpe of Coos Bay, OR. He was preceded by his wife Elizabeth. Funeral services was held on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 10am in the Eatonville Methodist Church, 185 Marshall St., Eatonville, WA


McKenzi Lee Loucks
February 15, 1977 - October 27, 2007

McKenzi Lee Loucks

     McKenzi was born February 15, 1977 and passes away peacefully in her sleep on October 27, 2007. She was a very giving and caring young woman who through her faith in Jesus has overcome many trials in her short life. She has been working in the medical field for the past ten years. McKenzi is survived by her 9 year old son Vincent, who was the love and joy of her life. She was also survived by her mother Susan Henricksen of Tacoma; brothers Matthew and Jeremy; sisters Savannah, Sophie, Stephanie and Kim; her grand parents Ray and Jackie Henricksen of Eatonville; many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and Vincent and Vic Hackney of Tacoma. She was preceded in death by her father Jack R. Loucks. Kinzi will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
    Memorial services will be held on Thursday, November 1st. at 2:00 PM at Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St. Tacoma, WA.


Michael Roy Jamison
November 23, 1989 - September 17, 2007

Mike Jamison

     September 21, 2007

     Michael Roy Jamison Nov. 23, 1989 - Sept. 17, 2007 And the beat goes on (in his own words). Some call me a poet, others a guitarist, and then some a lyricist. Me? I say I'm an artist of music. I'm a senior at Eatonville High . Lets see, I play guitar - I absolutely love that thing. I call it my "Baby." I run track, play tennis, and am a pole-vaulter. I love it to death; it's so much fun! And it's what I'm meant to do. I am a religious man believe it or not, and a lot of things I do revolve around that (but there's also a lot that don't, unfortunately). I'm out with my friends a lot; it's just what I do. I wear cowboy boots almost daily, and you won't catch me without a hat on my head, unless someone takes it and that don't usually last long. I like to sit round the fire at night and just chill, it's a passion and a way of life out here.
      Mike was born November 23rd, 1989 in Seattle, WA and passed away surrounded by family and friends on September 17th, 2007. He was survived by his mom Trish Ellis (Chris) and dad Jamey Jamison (Sabrina); brothers Jeremy and Jesse Jamison; grandparents Patti and Ralph Steuber, Joanne Jamison and Patricia Ellis; aunts, uncles and cousins - greatly loved but too many to mention - along with many other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfathers Lincoln "Buzzy" Jamison (1981) and A.W. "Buddy" Ellis (2006). Memorial service at Eatonville High School, 302 Mashell Ave. in Eatonville Saturday, September 22nd (12 noon) with reception to follow. Viewing will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home & Chapel , 924 E. 176th. St. Spanaway, WA. 98387 on Monday September 24th, 2007 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM; Graveside service to follow. 
    The family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made at any Key Bank in the name of Michael Jamison to help with hospital and funeral costs. And the beat goes on.

Andrew Martin Parker
August 26, 1958 - August 11, 2007

Andy Parker

       August 14, 2007

      Andrew Martin Parker departed in warlike fashion on August 11, 2007 after a fearless 32 month battle with brain cancer.
      Andy, lived his life true to his full name: Andrew, strong, manly and one of the 12 apostles, and Martin as the warlike man intent upon obtaining a black belt in TaeKwon-Do who unselfishly shared his valuable knowledge with all. Andy also remained a true and proud member of his Sioux heritage.
      Andy was born on August 26, 1958; the 12th of 15 children born to Gordon and Rita Parker of Seattle, Washington. Andy was considered the most affable of the Parker children, the most like his father, who cherished the Pacific Northwest and shared his love of nature with family and friends.
      Andy was blessed with true family bonds and was married to Julie (Williams) his wife of 25 years whom he met and fell in love with during his high school years at Foster, in Tukwila, Washington.  Andy and Julie raised their three sons; Anthony (25), Nate (22) and Luke (19), in Eatonville Washington, where they were embraced by the beauty of the outdoors as well as by the close-knit community whose support was freely given and much appreciated over the years. Andy was proud of his first grandchild, Gordon Andrew, born to Anthony and Sarah  July 15, 2007 - a welcome bundle of joy.
      Andy was preceded in death by his father Gordon, his brother Daniel and niece Annette. Andy is survived by his continued, close-knit family.
      Andy will be sadly missed by his many friends and family.
      A celebration of Andy’s life will begin at 12 noon at St. Andrews Parish, Sumner, Washington, after an 11 a.m.  mass, Thursday,  August,  16, 2007.

Andy Parker at the Relay For Life...

                                                                                         (photo by Bob Walter)

      Andy is embraced by his sons, Luke, left, and Nate, after the Survivor's Lap during the Eatonville Relay For Life June 14, 2007. He wears a medal given to all cancer survivors who took part in the opening lap of the Relay. 

Johnnie Paranto

1931 -  2007




Johnnie Mae Paranto June 13,1931 - August 10, 2007

      August 10, 2007


     Johnnie M. Paranto passed away peacefully and without pain, on August 10, 2007,after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Her husband Arlen was at her bedside continually throughout her illness. She and Arlen made daily trips to Puyallup for nearly a year for treatments. 
     Johnnie Mae was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 13,1931 to Raburn and Vera Hendricks. She later moved to Eureka, Kansas where Phillips Oil Co. employed her father. She finished High School and was a very popular student, becoming their Homecoming Queen. 
     Johnnie went to Wichita to work for Beech and Boeing Airplane Companies as a secretary. She met Arlen Paranto at Boeing where he volunteered to go from Seattle, to “tool up” for the B-52 bomber. She followed Arlen to Seattle shortly after, and was employed by Boeing in the Public Relations Department in the Administrations office. 
     Johnnie transferred to the Tooling Superintendent Office, as a secretary, and later to the Mechanical Engineering Manager. Johnnie and Arlen were married during this time. Johnnie was loved by all her Boeing workers who had nothing but high praise for her work. Arlen and Johnnie later built a summer cabin on Lake Ohop and loving the Eatonville area, quickly added on to the cabin and moved here in 1971.

     Johnnie had always been a close partner in Arlen’s outside interests, including running a large vending business that covered 1000 miles. She also helped him design and build the cabin, handling much of the cement mixing.
     She became a good friend of Yolanda Marianni and helped her in the liquor store and later bought the building and laundromat and started “Johnnie’s Laundromat.” Johnnie loved to talk to people and with her “southern” approach soon learned everything about them. She would have made a great FBI investigator. Her beautiful smile always won people over.

     Johnnie was willing to try lots of things. She started skin diving in Puget Sound with Arlen, became a very good bowler and bowled in several leagues and national tournaments, played Pool, and loved to travel to Reno and Vegas for gambling. 
     She was an excellent “basic strategy” blackjack player and could sit at a table for hours. She quickly became the dealer’s and player’s favorite with her personality, smile and chatter. 

     Johnnie was and excellent housekeeper, great “southern cook” and a meticulous dresser. She was an excellent seamstress, making special dresses for their granddaughter. She also loved to knit and  made many beautiful sweaters.

     Johnnie’s love for Bingo was her passion in later years and she was lucky enough to keep ahead of  the game. When she first came to Eatonville and played Bingo at the Eagles, she would play 24 hard cards, resting them in her lap and fingering through them to cover the numbers called. One of her later to be good friends gave her a nickname. When Johnnie bingoed, Shirley Johnson would say “ Little Miss File Clerk Again”

     Johnnie leaves Arlen, their son Steve and Granddaughter Kourtney, her sister Angelle Phipps of Yukon, Oklahoma. One brother Clete, and three sisters, Minnie Mercedes, Jesse Fry, Rebecca Moore, preceded her in death. They had large families and mourn her, as she was very special to them. A special thanks to the Blooms and Cossalmans for their considerate support.

     At Johnnie’s request there will be a cremation and no services or following events. She wanted to be remembered as she was when last seen.

     I miss you darling and will always carry your smile with me.

The Parantos Always Enjoyed
 Each Other's Company...

                                                                                  (photo by Gene Holt)

     Arlen and Johnnie Paranto in May 2005 attending an Eatonville Eagles event. The couple were together for fifty-three years.

Arnold Vincent Baardson
March 4, 1919 - July 27, 2007

Arne Baardson 

      July 30, 2007

      Born in Pillager, Minnesota on March 4, 1919, Arnold V. Baardson passed peacefully on July 27, 2007 surrounded by family. His early exploits included work with the Civil Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) as a teenager, being a champion level Golden Gloves boxer, and supervising a Midwestern rural electrification crew at the age of 21. He married his first wife, Gladys, in 1939, and had two sons, Arlen and Wallace. Drafted into the Army during World War II, he served as a sergeant in the 4th Armored Division, participating in the Battle of the Bulge and Patton’s march across Europe.
     He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds to his leg and head and the Silver Star for extracting wounded soldiers from an encircled village in France. He was personally offered a field commission from General George S. Patton that he turned down. A former commander noted in early 2007, “Everyone in the battalion knew him.  He was always wherever the action was.” After the war, he was stationed a year in Japan where he helped reconstruct their industrial base.  
     After his first release from military service, as a union representative for the American Federation  of Grain Millers, he helped negotiate labor agreements with the mayor of Minneapolis, Hubert H. Humphrey.
     During the Korean War, he was called back to service.  Working as a Chief Warrant Officer in the Corps of Engineers, he helped build Grays Army Airfield at Ft. Lewis and the main roads at Yakima Training Center.
      In 1958, he settled in Eatonville with his second wife, Audrey.  Here they raised their three children, Bruce, Brenda and Brett on a 100 acre farm located near Clear Lake. During the 1960s and 1970s, he worked a variety of
jobs and remained active in union activities, serving as the vice president for his local bargaining unit.  In 1979, he retired as the Diesel Shop and Road Crew Foreman for the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary. 
     He was active in the Eatonville Community, belonging to the Eagles and American Legion and serving several years as a member of the Eatonville Planning Commission.  He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
     He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Audrey; sons Arlen (Mary Ann) of Minneapolis, MN, Wallace (Yvonne) of Bremerton, Bruce (Colleen) of Eatonville, and Brett of Hazen, ND, and daughter Brenda Rodriguez (George “Rusty”) of Eatonville; grandchildren Debra, Doug, Duane, Diane, Brian, Austin, Vinny, Angela, Steven and Shane; and great grandchildren Toni and Richmond.
     There will be a graveside service at the Eatonville Cemetery on Thursday, August 2nd, at 5:00 pm and a memorial
service at the Eatonville Eagles on Saturday, August 4th, at 1:00 pm.  Donations in his memory can
be made to the Diabetes Association of Pierce County, P.O. Box 110427, Tacoma, WA 98411.


Community Gathered for Former Mayor's Service...


                                                                                                           (photo by Bob Walter)


      This photograph and tri-cornered flag were displayed during memorial services for Harold Parnell, Saturday July 28. Pictured is young man who, like others of the "Greatest Generation" gave up a good part of their carefree days to fight during World War II. 


Friends and Relatives say Good-Bye...



     by Dixie A. Walter
     July 30, 2007


     The lovely, historic United Methodist Church on "main street" was filled with friends, relatives and neighbors during the memorial service for Harold Parnell - former business person, volunteer fire fighter, town council member and former elected mayor from 2002 to 2004, until a stroke felled him.
     Methodist Pastor Paul Walker told those gathered the church was "almost filled to capacity" as people brought out more and more chairs to accommodate the numbers of people gathered. There was a large turn out by members of Eatonville's volunteer fire fighters in honor of a man who had spent decades as a volunteer.
     The most prevalent thoughts were about Harold's sense of humor. Stories were told that had  the little church shaking with laughter. One story, in particular, was about Harold hearing the fire alarm in the wee hours,  getting all his gear ready, then as he's leaving the house Jackie reminds him he doesn't have pants on.  
     Many in the audience spoke lovingly of Harold's kindness and willingness to help when needed.  The church, which is Rockwellian in its charm, was part of Harold's work. It seemed if anything had to be for the church Harold was there with hammer, nails, ladder and elbow grease to help get the job done.
     It was noted by those remembering Harold, and his wife of close to 65 years, Jackie, as being people who cared enough about kids to open a center where kids could hang out, play pool and other games. As adults, those kids still appreciate that opportunity.
    Perhaps the most eloquent speaker was Interim Fire Chief Josh Wikander,  who told how Harold was his "role model" and how much he looked up to him, and his dedication to the volunteer fire department. Josh became a volunteer while a high school student. 
    Harold liked to paint in oils and brought his sense of humor into play after having fun with the story about almost going to a fire call with no trousers. Josh said Harold painted a picture of himself running out the door of his house bare legged while Jackie is in the background waving his pants. The painting is in the fire hall.
    Pastor Walker told of a time when racism was still working in Eatonville. In the early 1960s Ogie Enwall owned Swan Lake Dairy and supplied delivered milk to homes and stores. Ogie hired a black man to milk at his dairy. At the time Parnell's had a grocery store on Mashell Avenue. One day some people came to the store and asked Harold to boycott Swan Lake Dairy because a black man was working there. 
    Harold replied, "That is ridiculous" and wouldn't join the boycott. Sad to say, others did, and Ogie, who was color-blind was forced to let the black man go. Not a shining moment in the town's history. But some people, like Parnells, didn't fall into that racist thinking. 
    When all is said and done the best part of Harold and Jackie Parnell was their extraordinary love story. They would have been married 65 years this August. The couple stuck together through everything life threw at them and still remained in love. That is a gift.

Virgil Ralph Butler
1918 - 2007

Virg Butler

       Our much loved father, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2007, just three months following the passing of our mother, Marjorie J. Butler March 14 of this year.
     Virgil was born in Mogadore, Ohio in 1918. He went to Suffield High School, played both football and basketball. He later worked for Goodyear Corporation and at the age of 19 traveled as a crew member on the Goodyear Blimp up and down the Eastern Seaboard. 
       He met Marjorie skiing at Mount Rainier in 1941 while he was in the Army and stationed at Fort Lewis. They were married September 9, 1942,  and enjoyed almost 65 years of good living and many friends in the community of Eatonville, until four years ago when they relocated to Covington, Washington to be closer to their family.
    His service in the Army during World War II encompassed assignments in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany.  He was a First Sergeant with the 3rd Ordinance Battalion. He maintained contact with the members of his company throughout his life, visiting many reunions over the years. He returned to Eatonville in 1946 to begin his life with his wife and daughter Joyce Elizabeth.
    Virgil was an active member of the Eatonville community for many years and serviced as a Mason, member of the Lions Club, the American Legion and as a volunteer firefighter. His career with Tacoma City Light spanned over 30 years with most of his time spent at the power house at Alder dam.
    Virgil and Marjorie left Eatonville four years ago to move to the Kent/Covington area where Marjorie resided in an Alzheimer’s facility with Virgil nearby. Virgil is survived by two daughters and their families; Robin and Lannie Jaquish of Covington and Joyce and Fred Galassi of Kent; Grand children Grant Jaquish of Seattle; Joslin Jaquish of San Diego; Shannon Galassi of Seattle; Scott and Molly Galassi of Kent; and Steven Galassi of Kent; and great grandchildren Ethan and Carys Galassi of Kent, Washington.
     Virgil was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, two sisters; Eldean Senter and June Fascnaght, and by his great grandson Quinn Butler Galassi.
     The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Quinn Butler Galassi memorial fund, Children’s Hospital, , 50020/S200, Seattle, Washington, 98145-5020.
     Many thank yous from the family for all the kind words and remembrances.  Our parents were wonderful people, fortunate to have had a lifetime of Eatonville memories and friends.  Eatonville represents to us three generations worth of good living and a multitude of extraordinary people. They could not have asked more from life and we are forever grateful.
     No services are planned at this time.

A Man who Loved Laughter...

     A member of the "Greatest Generation," Virg Butler's sweatshirt says it all. This photo was taken by Arlen Paranto in May 2006 while Arlen, Bill Jones and  Larry Doll visited  with Virg in Covington, Washington. Arlen said Virg, "...regaled us with funny stories and jokes. He has tons of them."


Harold Richard Parnell
January 23, 1922 - July 4, 2007

                                                                                    (photo courtesy of Parnell family)

Former Eatonville Mayor Harold Parnell

       July 9, 2007

      Harold Richard Parnell, a long time Eatonville resident, passed away on July 4, 2007.  Harold was born January 23, 1922 to Charles and Nell Parnell in Jacksonville, Florida, the youngest of three boys.  He moved to Ashford with his family in 1936 and graduated from Eatonville High School in 1941.  Following graduation he served six years in the United States Navy.  In 1942 he married Jacqualin Van Eaton.  He returned to Eatonville in 1948. Harold worked in the local mill, was an Union Oil distributor, owned a local grocery store, worked for Boeing and the local school district. 
    Community minded, Harold served on the Eatonville Town Council in the 1950’s and 60’s, and as Mayor of Eatonville from 2002 to 2004.  He was an Eatonville volunteer fireman for 28 years.  He was a long time active member of the Eatonville Methodist Church.  A local artist, he participated in the Eatonville Art Festival for many years.
    Harold is survived by Jacqualin, his wife of  64 years, a son Rick, and four grandchildren.  Remembrances may be made to the Eatonville Methodist Church. 
A memorial service will be held at the Eatonville Methodist Church on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m.


The Parnells...

                                                                   (photo by Arlen Paranto)

     Jackie and Harold Parnell during a gathering of the historical society at the T. C. Van Eaton Cabin, the first home in Eatonville. Jackie's father, Frank, was the first settler's child born in what is now Eatonville. The Parnells would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August.


Leslie Eugene Roley
June 14, 1929 - June 19, 2007

     On June 19, 2007 Les made the ultimate journey to be with his father W. Clay Roley, his mother Edith Catron Roley, and his brother Dale Arlen Roley. Les was born June 14, 1929, and lived his entire life in Pierce County, much of it in Midland area. Les was the loving husband of Audrey Mills Roley, his wife of 52 years. He was the father of Michael Clay Roley (JoAnn) of Midland, Washington, and Patrick Charles Roley (Norma McKinney) of Renton, Washington. He was grandfather to Nicole, Shane, and Katie Roley. He was uncle to Eric and Chris Roley, great-uncle to Amanda and Amber Roley. Many cousins and loving in-law families survive him. Les completed elementary school at Midland Grade School. Since Midland did not have a high school, he attended and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1947. He graduated from University of Puget Sound in 1952 where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. These fraternity brothers are still fast friends. Life to Les was serving his community. When the boys were in Scouts, he served as president of Mt. Rainier Council and Explorer Search and Rescue. He was actively involved with Kiwanis for over fifty years. He served as president in several clubs, but Sunrisers of South Hill was a special joy for him. The family attended All Saints Episcopal Church, where he was Senior Warden at a rambunctious time of building a new church. After retirement, he became a Master Gardener, and he loved helping people with their vegetable problems. Most of all he loved having a captive audiences where he could tell all his 'jokes'. After his family, his special love was the Midland Fire Department No. 4. He began his volunteer service in Civil Defense group. Then he joined the fire department and rose through the ranks to become the first full-paid chief. Whenever he left the district and returned to it, he drove by the station - just checking. In his quiet, dignified manner, Les was able to motivate his men to become highly skilled in their firefighting profession, never asking anything of them that he was not willing to do, and they always responded. As a result, the patrons of Midland 4 had a full complement of firefighters and one of the few volunteer districts in the state that had a waiting list. His men went the extra mile because they didn't want to disappoint him. What a wonderful ability to guide an organization. Also, he had another captive audience for his stories. A special day for the family was when all four generations became members of the Sons of the American Revolution - Clay, Les, Mike Pat, and Shane. It was a thrill for him to walk through his great-great-grandfather's house built in 1798 in Laurel Hill, Pennsylvania. The family invites you to celebrate his life on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11 :00 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 205 96th St, Tacoma, Washington. Remembrances can be sent to Sunrisers Kiwanis Club Children's Fund c/o Ron Pearson, 14508 136th Ave E, Puyallup, Washington 98374. Perhaps you can remember and share some of his stories.   

George Kreger
January 26, 1928 - June 5, 2007

     George Kreger was born January 26, 1928 in San Antonio, TX and passed away June 5, 2007 in Puyallup, WA at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his wife Raymonde Lucienne, whom he met in France and brought back to America to marry, and son Paul, who died in Vietnam. He is survived by his son Joe Kreger and daughter Michelle Bell, both of Tacoma; granddaughters Kelly Jo (Paul), Carrie, Danielle and Desiree; grandsons Robert (Dawn) and Michael; great grandchildren Carson, Camron, Nolan and Jazmynn; and stepmother Bea and step-sister Janice, both of Boise, Idaho. George left Lincoln High School to join the Navy and finished twenty years of service in the Air Force. He worked at Tacoma Boat as a pipefitter. His favorite hobby was making wine titled "By George." George was a member of the Eatonville Eagles for 40+ years. He was past president and supported the club by holding many offices throughout the years. A memorial will be held Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m. at the Eatonville Eagles Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eatonville Eagles Aerie #3158, Eatonville, WA. He will be deeply missed by all.

Sally Ann Block
October 25, 1943 - April 19, 2007

      Sally Ann Block passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at the age of 63. She was called home long before we were ready. Sally was born in Tacoma, WA on October 25, 1943 to George and Elsie Henley, who preceded her in death. She spent most of her years in Eatonville, and loved entertaining and spending time with friends and family. Sally always found the good in people, and would lend a warm and caring hand to those in need, selflessly devoting herself to others. Sally enjoyed collecting china, antiques, Hummels and Elvis memorabilia. She loved traveling, whether to visit family and friends, or to vacation in Hawaii, Germany, Reno and Mexico (her favorite). Sally is survived by her husband of 44 years, Wallace Block, and their three children, Michael of Seattle, Lynda (Steven) Mazel of Deatsville, AL, and Gary of Bothell; brother George (Mary) Henley; sisters Janice (Daniel) Ahrendsen, Gail Morris, and Diane (Rick) Simons, as well as many nieces and nephews and their children. Sally will be terribly missed by those who love her. We are so proud of her and who she was, and will forever have her in our hearts. We look forward to seeing her again. Following a private graveside service, a memorial service and reception will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, April 27 at the Eatonville Baptist Church. Please join the family in celebrating a truly special person's life.

Velma Boyles
July 1907 - March 2007

     Velma Boyles was born July 30, 1907 in Tacoma, WA to Susie & Kellar LeMaster. She was raised on a farm near Silver Lake. She attended Silver Lake grade school and graduated from Eatonville High School, class of 1923. She then attended Bellingham Normal School for 2 years and received a lifetime teaching certificate. She taught school for 2 years in Marysville and then taught at Edgerton one-room school in Ohop Valley. She married Matteus Kjelstad in 1930. They made their home n the Kjelstad farm in Ohop Valley for the next 54 years. Velma then began teaching again in the Eatonville District in 1942, during World War II. Later, she had charge of the libraries in the District 3 grade schools, and also taught library usage plus some remedial reading. She continued her own schooling during summer terms, earning her degree and 5th year credits from PLU. Velma & Matteus raised their 2 daughters, Carolyn and Charlotte, on their Valley farm, and were active members of the community. She and Matt were active members of Ohop Grange #812 and Bethany Lutheran Church. Velma was also a member of the Ohop Ladies' Aid, Mt. Star Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, Stella Hagen Orthopedic Guild. She was widowed in Jan. 1984 and married Fred Boyles in Dec 1985. She made her home with him on his farm on Stringtown Rd. in Eatonville. When Fred passed away in 1993, Velma moved back to her mobile home on the farm in Ohop Valley, beside the farmhouse where her daughter & husband were living. She was also preceded in death by her 3 brothers, Clarence LeMaster, Kelmar LeMaster and Ross Le Master. She is survived by daughters Carolyn (Steve) Burwash, Charlotte (Lucio) Sorre, 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, stepdaughter Rosemary (Phil) Nordstrom, stepson John (Barbara) Boyles, 5 step-grandchildren, 1 step-great-granddaughter. Services 1:30 P.M. Friday, March 23, 2007 at Bethany Lutheran Church. Donations may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or Cemetery, Ohop Grange #812 or Good Sam Hospice. Fir Lane Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Marjorie Jordan Butler
November 26, 2007 - March 14,1921

Marge Butler

     March 17, 2007 

     Life long resident of Eatonville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 14, 2007.
     Marjorie was born in Bremerton, Washington, November 26, 1921, to Cecil C. and Ethel J. (Wilcox) Jordan.
     Marjorie came to Eatonville in 1937 from Winlock, Washington and attended High School here until her graduation in 1938. She then attended Secretarial School in Tacoma, Washington and returned to Eatonville to work first for the Manager of the Mill and later as Secretary to the President of Eatonville State Bank.
     Marjorie met her lifelong mate, Virgil R. Butler, skiing at Mount Rainier in 1941 while he was in the Army and stationed at Fort Louis. They were married on September 9, 1942 and enjoyed a long and wonderful life together raising their children, and working in the community of Eatonville until four years ago when they relocated to Kent, Washington to be closer to their family.
     Marjorie was an active member of the Eatonville community for many years. She was the first woman councilmember elected to the Eatonville City Council, a source of great pride to her family; Church Treasurer for the United Methodist Church; Stella Hagen Orthopedic Guild member, Eastern Star and countless civic activities and community support during the thriving 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  
     Her career with Eatonville State Bank (now Key Bank) spanned over thirty years. She retired in 1983 as Operations Manager of the Eatonville Branch. She was kindly appreciated by the many residents she assisted with their banking transactions and financial needs – a job in which she took much pride and respectful care.
     Marjorie resided at the Weatherly Inn at Lake Meridian; an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility, for the past four years and benefited greatly from their care. Their memories included comments about her gracious and loving nature. The family wishes to express their most heartfelt appreciation for the ease and comfort of the days spent in their loving care. 
     Marjorie is survived by her husband, Virgil R. Butler who resides in Covington, Washington; two daughters and their families; Robin and Lannie Jaquish of Covington and Joyce and Fred Galassi of Kent; Grand children Grant Jaquish of Seattle; Joslin Jaquish of San Diego; Shannon Galassi of Seattle; Scott and Molly Galassi of Kent; and Steven Galassi of Kent; and great grandchildren Ethan and Carys Galassi of Kent, Washington. 
     Marjorie was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Jordan, and her great grandson Quinn Butler Galassi. 
     The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Quinn Butler Galassi memorial fund, Children’s Hospital, 50020/S20, Seattle, Washington, 98145-5020.
     Many thank yous from the family for all the kind words and remembrances. Our mother remains a strong and positive presence in our lives and in the strength of this family and friends whose lives she shared so graciously.
     No services are planned at this time.

Brenda Potter
Died February 17, 2007

     In loving memory of Brenda Potter who died doing what she loved. Viewing Friday, 4-8 p.m.,  held at Funeral Alternatives, 1410 Main St., Sumner, 253-863-2800. Funeral services Sat. 3:00 p.m. at Homespun Ministries, Graham, 360-832-4315. For directions go to www.homespunministries.org . Died at 4:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 17, 2007.

Eunice Booth
August 20, 1913 - February 8, 2007

                                                 Eunice Booth

     Eunice Booth passed away on February 8, 2007, in Eatonville at the age of 93. She was born on August 20, 1913, in Gopher, South Dakota and later moved to Eatonville in 1943. Eunice was a volunteer at the Senior Center for 28 years, a 4-H member and leader for 50 years, and active in the grange. She will be remembered by her love to garden, picking berries, and baking for everyone. Eunice is survived by her 3 sons, Glen Rasmussen from Hong Kong, France Rasmussen from Portland, and Don Rasmussen from Eatonville. She has fifteen grandchildren and thirty two great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held at the Living Word Assembly of God Church in Eatonville, WA at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2007.

Jennetta Burgess
August 16, 1918 - January 15, 2007

Jennetta and Balis Burgess

    January 23, 2007
     Jennetta M. Burgess was born August 16, 1918, in  Tacoma, WA, to Edward F.  and Lois  E. Morgan. She  passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2007, at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 58 years, Balis M. Burgess Jr., in 1998. Her only sibling, Edward Jr., died in 1954. Balis and Jennetta resided at Clear Lake, north of Eatonville, for approximately 50 years, later moving to Parkland until Balis passed away. Jennetta will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and good friend to many. She will especially be remembered for her quick wit and great sense of humor which she retained to the end. She will also be remembered for her many potlucks and family picnics as she was a wonderful cook and gracious hostess. She treasured the many memories she had of the cruises and trips she and Balis were able to take during their later years. She and Balis also enjoyed collecting antiques of all kinds. Jennetta is survived by her children: Sharon (John) Erickson, Susan (Andy-deceased) Andrews, Candace (Richard) Dickey, all of Eatonville, and Balis (Jackie) Burgess of Tacoma. 
     She is also survived by nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. The family would like to give special thanks to very loving caregivers Mary Feltes and Joanne Keeney. Also very special thanks to Elinda, Jana, and Betty, of Multicare Hospice, and all the rest of the Hospice team, for all their care and support. Special thanks to Dr. Munoz, Dr. Benjamin, Kara, and Christina, of Internal Medicine NW and their staff for all their wonderful care, and Dr. Toosie, who did Jennetta's last two successful surgeries. There will be a casual memorial celebration of Jennetta's life at the home of Susan Andrews, 35404 Eatonville Cutoff Rd. E., Eatonville, on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, from 12:00 noon until 6:00PM. Please stop by and share your memories of Jennetta with us. There will be no funeral service per Jennetta's wishes. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Multicare Hospice, PO Box 5200, Tacoma, WA 98415.


Delores "Dee" Bamford

     Delores "Dee" Clara Bamford age 56 died 1/17/07 of complications from pancreatic cancer. She left behind her husband Dale, sons Dan and Dale, daughter-in-Laws Betsy and Joy, granddaughters Grace and Cecilia, grandson Cole; and one in the oven. Mother Dorothy Young; Brothers Don and Dick Young; Sister Diane Siguaw. Dee had many travels and vacations that most people will never experience; yet it was the love of her family and friends that gave her the most pleasure. She loved her animals and left behind: 42 chickens, 15 ducks, 8-geese, 1-ferret, 3-doves, 3-horses, 3-burros, 3-dogs, and 1-turtle. She provided their care up to within 2 weeks of her passing. Dee loved working her three jobs at: Graham Fire and Rescue, Meyers Creations and Wildflower Veterinary. Her co-workers were an extension of her family. She was a Volunteer Firefighter who drove all the equipment, operated fire pumps and was an EMT. Her fellow firefighters expanded her family by an additional 80+ people. Her love of horses created a long list of friends, many in the Lariettes, Pierce County Sheriffs Posse and Back Country Horsemen. Thank you for being her friend. Dee, we love and miss you. Celebration of Life service will be held at the Tacoma Sportsmen Club (164 and Canyon) at 1PM on 1/27/07. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Elsie May (Boettcher)
 Van Eaton
March 10, 1915 - December 6, 2006

     Elsie Van Eaton, seated, celebrated her ninetieth birthday in 2005 with her five children: Left to right: Pat Van Eaton, Dr. Tom Van Eaton, Margaret Nell Neyman, Joan Jordan and Terry Van Eaton. Elsie, matriarch of the town's founding family, died at her home in Eatonville with daughter Joan and daughter-in-law Edwinna by her side, along with two caregivers.

       December 8, 2006

     Elsie May (Boettcher) Van Eaton was born March 10, 1915 to pioneer immigrants Margaret (Fyfe) and Ernest H. Boettcher. She grew up in Alder, Washington and graduated Salutatorian from Eatonville High School Class of 1932. Elsie was very active in high school. She was in the Girl's Club from her  freshman through her senior years. She participated in the Latin Club for three years; was in Operetta two years; during her sophomore and senior years she participated in debate; played Mrs. O'Mara in "All-of-a-Sudden Peggy," a three-act comedy put on by the senior class; was Associate Editor of the The Cruiser annual as a senior; won the first year typing cup and was secretary of the student body.  In July of 1932 she married her high school sweetheart John Van Eaton, son of Eatonville's founder Thomas Cobb Van Eaton. Elsie and John were married over sixty-five years.
       Elsie was an accomplished pianist, a world traveler, gourmet cook, seamstress, business woman, gardener and a voracious reader. She had a love of music, flowers and an appetite for adventure which she fueled with fast cars, flying and world travel. Her strong love for her family made her a champion of her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's education and endeavors.
      She was preceded in death by her husband John and two grandchildren, John Jay Van Eaton and Melissa May Neyman. She is survived by her five children: Joan (Mike) Jordan, Terry (Sharon) Van Eaton, Patrick (Edwinna) Van Eaton, Dr. Thomas M. (LouiseAnn) Van Eaton, Margaret Nell Neyman, eighteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren. She is survived by a sister Kathleen (Ladd) Smith and brother Bill (Robin) Boettcher.
       A Memorial Service will be held at the Eatonville Baptist Church December 16 at 2 p.m. Remembrance donations may be made to L'Arche Tahoma Hope Community, 11716 Vickery Road East, Tacoma Washington, in
lieu of flowers.

Dorothy Maris (Gavin) Bickford
April 16, 1918 - December 6, 2006

     Dorothy Martis (Gavin) Bickford April 16, 1918 - December 6, 2006. Our beloved Grandma "B" passed into our Heavenly Kingdom December 6, 2006 at her home with family nearby. Dorothy was a longtime resident of Eatonville. She was employed for many years by the Eatonville School District. She was a devoted member of Bethany Lutheran Church. She enjoyed being part of the bell choir. After retirement she became an avid golfer. She served as treasurer of Lake Spanaway Ladies Golf Association. She volunteered at the Eatonville Senior Center, where she made many friends. Her greatest love was family. She is survived by granddaughter Debra and grandsons Daniel, David and Joey. She was delighted by great-granddaughter Emma and great-grandsons Trevor, William, Wyatt and KJ. She was preceded in death by her husband Ivan (Deb) Bickford in 1976, son William (Bill) Bickford in 1995, infant son James Guy Bickford in 1942, and longtime companion Joe Mestas in 1993. Her family will be creating a journal of memories about Grandma "B". You are invited to participate by bringing a written paragraph about a special memory or fun story that you wish to share. Her memorial service will be held where she worshipped, Bethany Lutheran Church, 26418 Mountain Highway East, Spanaway, Washington, 98387 on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 1 p.m. She will be deeply missed. Please sign the online guest book at www.faofwa.com

Richard Alan Crisman
July 3, 1942 - November 25, 2006

     December 6, 2006

     Richard Alan Crisman Born July 3rd, 1942 in Tacoma, died Nov. 25th, 2006 in Eatonville. Survived by wife Shirley, sons Richard, Travis, and Troy, and 5 grandchildren. Memorial services will be December 11th, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Parkland United Methodist Church, 123rd and A Street, Tacoma, WA. Please sign the online guest book at www.faofwa.com

Helen Gordon Asplund
March 23, 1911 - November 30, 2006

     December 6, 2006

     Helen Gordon Asplund Born March 23, 1911 in Seattle, passed away November 30, 2006 in Tacoma. She was a teacher for Eatonville High School for many years and was a substitute teacher until she was 84. She drove school bus for 35 years and did much community service. Helen was a member of the Ohop Grange for 72 years, charter member of Epsilon Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma, the Silver Lake Club, the Ohop Ladies Aid, and the Radio Club of Tacoma. She traveled to many places including China, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonas Asplund, daughter, Naida Bohlman, grandson Jack Elliott and her brother, Walter Gordon. She leaves children, Sally (Ben) McKay of Eatonville, Nancy (Jack) Elliott of Naches and Nels of California; 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Memorial services were held Wednesday, December 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 26418 Mt. Hwy East, Spanaway. Contributions may be made to the Ohop Grange, PO Box 717, Eatonville, WA 98328 or Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 1155, Eatonville, WA 98328. Arrangements under the direction of Funeral Alternatives of Washington 253.863.2800. Please sign the online guest book at www.faofwa.com


Granddaughter of Town Founder Passes...
Elizabeth (Van Eaton) Myers
May 18, 1927 - October 22, 2006

                                                        (photo courtesy of Jackie Parnell)

     November 12, 2006: 

      Elizabeth Lucille Myers, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, fondly remembered as Betty Lou, daughter of Thomas Frank and Elizabeth L. Van Eaton, was born in Eatonville May 18, 1927, was awarded the school Tennis Cup and graduated from Eatonville High School in 1945.
     A graduate of Western Washington University, she taught at  Eatonville  Elementary  School from 1956-1959 and later moved to southern California where she married, raised a family and continued her teaching career. Betty spent her retirement years living in Sun Lakes, Arizona, where she remained active playing tennis and bridge, and was involved in many community activities. 
    After a brave battle with breast cancer, Betty died peacefully Sunday, October 22, 2006, with her husband Robert and daughter Donna Lindsay by her side. She is also survived by two sons, David Frank and Wayne Noah Myers; three grandchildren, Michelle DeLappe, Beverly Neubauer and Kyle Myers; and two siblings, Thomas Frank Van Eaton, Jr., and Jacqueline Parnell. 
    Betty was pre-deceased by her sister Mary Jane Van Eaton Elkins, and her brother Harley Jamison Van Eaton. She was a granddaughter of Eatonville Town Founder Thomas Cobb Van Eaton. Her father, the late Frank Van Eaton, was the first settler child born in Eatonville.
    Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 19, at the Eatonville United Methodist Church, followed by refreshments. The community is invited.

Susan (Bonagofsky) Mason
March 29, 1965 - July 23, 2006

     July 31, 2006
      Susan Renee (Bonagofsky) Mason Susan Mason, born March 29, 1965 in Centralia, passed away July 23 in Rochester. Susan was raised in Eatonville, graduated from Tenino High School and attended Pierce College in Steilacoom. She had a successful career in the insurance industry. Susan was a very energetic woman who always wore a smile and had many stories to share. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, playing golf, arts and crafts, gardening, caring for her pets and spending time with her family. Susan was dedicated to her nieces and nephews and was very supportive in their academic and extracurricular activities. Her kind heart and generous nature touched many lives. Susan is survived by husband Tom Mason of Rochester, daughter Emily, mother Rosemary Bonagofsky of Tenino, who was not only her mother but her best friend, sister Karen (Greg) Chamberlain of Tenino, brothers Bill Bonagofsky of Oklahoma, Jerry (Kris) Bonagofsky of Graham, Bob (Lisa) Bonagofsky of Graham, Dan (Kristie) Bonagofsky of Chehalis, and nieces and nephews: Jennifer and Philip Palermo, Jessica, Julia, Whitney, Josh, Jordan, Brianne, Kylon and Baylee Bonagofsky, Zack and Zeb Chamberlain. She was preceded in death by her father Frank Bonagofsky and her beloved cocker spaniel Rosie Marie. The Rosary was prayed at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2006 at St. Columban Catholic Church in Yelm with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Graveside services followed at Forest Grove Cemetery, Tenino. A gathering will take place at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 149 Keithahn St. S., in Tenino. Memorial donations may be made to Providence St. Peter Foundation, Chemical Dependency Center, 413 Lily Rd NE, Lacey, WA 98506. Services under the direction of Sticklin Funeral Chapel, Centralia.

Memorial Services to be held in Yelm Saturday...

Ruth Elizabeth Carson 
 February 9, 1910 - April 24, 2006

                                                  (2004 photo by Bob Walter)    

May 18 , 2006

       Ruth Elizabeth Carson of Yelm, Washington, passed away on April 24, 2006, at Easthaven Villa. She was born February 9, 1910, to William Henry and Ella Frances Moon at Lake Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada.
       She grew up in Nebraska, received a Masters of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1942, taught high school and college biological sciences in Nebraska and Kansas. She met and married Zachariah (Jim) Carson in Alaska in 1949. They built their first home near Kettle Falls, in northwestern Washington, moving to Yelm in 1979 where her husband preceded her in death in 1996.
       Ruth was an active member of Yelm Community Methodist Church, the Nisqually Reach Nature Center and Friends of Yelm Library.
       She is survived by two sons and their families:  James Randall and Sue Carson of Canby, Oregon, their sons Jason of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Geoffrey and Elizabeth of Canby and their children, Kaitlin and Zachary; Terrance Lee and Louise Carson of Eatonville, Washington, and his daughter Annie of Eatonville; a nephew, John W. Moon, of Tacoma, and a niece, RoseAnne Rosenstock of Lincoln, Nebraska.
     A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at Yelm Community Church, a potluck gathering to follow at the Methodist Church.
     Contributions may be made to Friends of Yelm Library.

Mother by Marriage becomes a Mother 
of the Heart...

     Note from a daughter-in-law:  Ruth was my mother-in-law, but actually took the place of my mother in my feelings many times, because my own mother passed away in 1982 at the too young age of sixty-four.
     Ruth not only lived a long life, but a very good one ,and had a library project going at Easthaven in her last months. She cared about the important things in life: family, friends, work and her interests which were mostly in the natural sciences. She never missed a chance to give some information to people about this amazing world of ours; she wrote a column for the Easthaven Newsletter about some features of the outdoors and I always learned a new thing.
     I will miss our time together. We were frequent travelers on the road because of medical appointments and we often shared ideas. Our last trip together was a trip to Olympia just a week before she passed away. After a fairly difficult procedure in getting an arm brace fitted because of her broken elbow, we stopped at a Stone Cold Creamery and she had a vanilla/strawberry ice cream. Mine was vanilla/coffee. I knew she would like it. We always have some regrets about the things we don't do for people we love but I have no regrets about that day.
     Terry and I continued with our plans to go to Norway and then Ukraine where there was a blacksmithing conference. When we saw the huge storks and their nests in western Ukraine, we knew Ruth was with us. She would know their Latin names, of course.
     We can't thank the staff at Easthaven enough for their wonderful care and love of Ruth Carson. We especially thank one red headed "saint" who ministered to Ruth with special love in her last days. Saints often work with a sense of humor along with their great dedic
n. Thanks again, Ellen.

     Louise Kazda Carson


Nell Van Eaton Hale
October 20, 1916 - February 17, 2006

                     (photo courtesy Elsie Van Eaton)


     February 27, 2006

     Nell Van Eaton Hazle Hale died Friday, February 17 in Port Orford, Oregon. She was the last, and youngest child of Eatonville town founder Thomas Cobb Van Eaton and his third wife Nellie Appleby Van Eaton. Nell was born in Eatonville October 20, 1916. She was preceded in death by her brothers Robert (March 9, 2003), John (December 27, 1997), and half-sister Anne Crowe (October 1, 1996), daughter of Nellie by a previous marriage. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Hazle, and second husband, Lincoln Hale.
     Nell graduated from Eatonville High School in 1934. She was an excellent tennis player who won a trophy while at EHS. The 1934 EHS yearbook shows thirty-seven students in Nell's senior class. She was vice-president of the Girl's Club, an honorary member of the Music Club and played Mrs. Caroline Bloodgood in the senior play "Are you a Mason?" Nell was also on the honor roll throughout her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
     She was an active, athletic woman who was a long time member of The Mountaineers, an organization founded in 1906 by Seattle area mountain climbers. The Mountaineers are celebrating their Centennial this year. The group's mission is "To be the premier Northwest outdoor recreation club, dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and protection of natural areas." Nell was awarded six Peak pins for mountain climbing and was twice photographed for National Geographic Magazine. 
     Nell lived in Seattle and worked forty years for Pacific Northwest Telephone Company in the Assets and Inventory department, before moving to Port Orford, Oregon. She is survived by her only child Stephanie (Hazle) Collins, and her husband Ryan Collins of Port Orford, Oregon.


Dr. David Hellyer Guestbook

          (photo courtesy of Northwest Trek Foundation)

      Those of you who knew David Hellyer may wish to sign the online guestbook at the Mountain View Web site.  Hellyers gave us Northwest Trek and David volunteered his time at Eatonville's Well Child Clinic at one time. Many of you knew David and cared about him. The book is checked daily by his family. If you wish to sign the book please see Memorial Obituaries

David Tirrell Hellyer
October 19, 1913 - January 20, 2006

(photo courtesy of Northwest Trek Foundation)


      January 24, 2006

     After a life of dedication to his family, his patients and the natural world David Hellyer has left a lasting legacy, especially for children.
     He was a physician, naturalist, superb horseman and amateur architect. With spirit and dedication he created the wildlife park “Northwest Trek” preserving a beautiful native habitat and sanctuary for Northwest Wildlife. His friend Murray Morgan wrote “He has lived one of the most useful and varied lives of anyone I know. His memoirs “At the Forest Edge” (Pacific Search 1985, reprint U of W Press 2004) reflect the dry humor, the astonishing range of expertise, and the combination of charm, creativity and energy that have made his career possible.”
     He was born in Kobe, Japan, where he spent his early childhood, followed by 6 years in Lausanne, Switzerland. At the death of his father in 1925 he, his mother and older brother George (d.1996) moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he attended “The Cate School.” 
     The day after he graduated from Yale University, June 19, 1936 he married Constance Thayer Hopkins of Santa Barbara and they came to the Pacific Northwest and their first home in Lakewood, where their 3 daughters were born in 1937, 1938 and 1940. During this time he and two partners formed Ski Lifts, Inc. building and operating the first ski tows in the northwest at Mt. Baker, Snoqualmie Pass, and Mt. Rainier. 
     He also began his study of medicine, entering the University of Chicago in 1941, graduating in 1945. After a year’s internship at Harborview Hospital in Seattle he served in the US Navy as medical officer on the US Mobile in the Pacific, returning to the U. of Chicago as a two year resident in Pediatrics, beginning his practice in Tacoma in the fall of 1948.
     In the spring of 1937 David and Connie purchased a section of land that had been logged then decimated by fire in the early 20’s. There, on its small lake they built a cabin, which became central to their family life and their nieces and nephews. (In the peace of this remote area, after the day’s activities, evenings were devoted to reading aloud by kerosene lamp, warmed by the open fire.)
     By 1965 the land had recovered enough to support a successful cattle operation “Horseshoe Lake Ranch” supervised by Charlie and Ila McKasson.
     Fifteen years later, Dr. Hellyer realized and described in his memoirs, “the land had come of age and it’s destiny should be determined by the highest and best use for which it was suited. The concept of a protected place where North American wildlife would find a varied and suitable habitat, where people, especially children, might experience animals in the dignity and beauty of a nearly wild state within a natural setting, began to take form.”
     He will be lovingly remembered by the families in his Pediatric practice and his students at the University of Washington Medical School where he was a “Professor Emeritus.”
     Dr. Hellyer’s life was greatly enriched by wife Connie, daughters Constance Conway, Doro Oliver and Tirrell Kimball, his grandchildren Alexander Babbit, David Babbit (d. 2004) , Victoria Babbit, Graham Babbit, Anne Corning, Stephanie Cunningham, David Kimball and Stephen Kimball, his  5 great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Mary Babbit, Isabella Nilsson-Babbit, William Cunningham and Miles Kimball and his niece and nephews, Marion King, Harold Hellyer (d.1989), Robert Hellyer and David R. Hellyer.
     Dr. Hellyer’s family is grateful to Hospice for their sympathetic care during his brief illness and death. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Trek Foundation, P. O. Box 1819, Eatonville, Washington 98328 or Mary Bridge Hospital.

George Sharpe Jr.

     January 26, 2006

     We regret to announce that George Sharpe Jr. passed away on Jan 23, 2006 in Tacoma, WA.  He was a longtime resident of the Eatonville area and a member of The American Legion Post 148.  George served in Korea and was a prisoner of war twice.  He was captured by the North Koreans, escaped, and several days later while attempting to escape and evade to the American lines was recaptured by the Chinese.
     A celebration of George's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2006 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel, with graveside services at 1:30 p.m. at Alder Cemetery, with military honors.

Edith Loden 1909 - 2005


    January 11, 2006
     Edith M. Loden - January 15, 1909 - December 30, 2005. Born in a log cabin on the north shore of Silver Lake to Axel Berg and Mary Anne Mattix-Berg, Edith never strayed far from her beloved Silver Lake community. In her childhood, the family moved to a farm on the southern shore, where her dad farmed and established and ran a boat rental business. Edith met her future husband, Axel, while they worked in a logging camp, she was a cook, and he liked the cooking. They married on November 2, 1928. After the birth of their son, Richard, they opened, and Edith ran, Silver Lake Store, restaurant and gas station until 1939, while Axel continued as a logger. During this period, their daughter, Betty was born. Edith then "retired" until 1948, when Axel built and operated a sawmill where she became the "queen chain." During these years, Edith was an active member of  Ohop Grange, Silver Lake Club, Ohop Ladies Aid, a 4-H leader, wife, mother, and grandmother, which was easy stuff for this pioneer lady. Edith leaves a son, Richard, daughter Betty and her husband, David, Richard's two daughters, Karen and Kimberlie, Betty's two sons, Paul and Richard, and the following great-grandchildren: Kristi, Kurt, Kacy, Keith, Margaret, and Ted and two great-great-grandchildren, Kaylin and Kourtnie. Gram-Gram you will remain forever in our hearts. We will celebrate your life on your 97th birthday with family and friends at Ohop Grange on January 15 at 1 p.m., hosted by Ohop Grange and Silver Lake Club. Arrangements made by Fir Lane Funeral Home. Interment in Bethany Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ohop Grange, 41608 Mountain Highway East, P. O. Box 717, Eatonville, WA 98328.

Jessie Hewitt 1917 - 2005


       December 27, 2005

       Her physical beauty outshone only by her strong spirit, Jessie Middleton Thornton Fitzer Hewitt succumbed to her decade long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease on December 22, 2005.  Born in the Canadian Rockies to immigrant parents from Scotland , Jessie and her family moved to Seattle in 1931. She married Kenneth Fitzer in 1934, and after their family settled  in Elbe, Jessie became a substitute mother to two generations of children as a bus driver for Columbia Crest School .  She was awarded the Golden Acorn by the school PTA for her years of service to the students.  During the summer months, she was the Paradise gift shop manager at Mount Rainier .
      Jessie married Walter Hewitt in 1962 and they moved to the Eatonville area in 1969, where she lived until becoming a resident of Pioneer Place Care Facility in 2001. Jessie was predeceased by her parents, her siblings Vivian Stevenson, Alexander Thornton and Richard Thornton, her nephew James Thornton, her former husband Kenneth, her husband Walter, her daughter Norma Eisentrager, and her grandson Bill Fitzer. 
       She is survived by her son William Fitzer and his wife Beulah, her granddaughter Christine Fitzer, her nephews Bob Stevenson, Tom Fitzer, Steve Fitzer, Dick Fitzer, Trace Fitzer, Dick Rothlisberger, Gene Rothlisberger, Brian Rothlisberger, Lenny Rothlisberger, and Lynn Rothlisberger,  her niece Shelly Fitzer-Surface, her former brother-in-law Marvin Fitzer,  former sister-in-law Virginia Rothlisberger, and her former caregiver Madeline Potts. 
      Jessie was a long time member of the Eatonville Church of Christ.  The family asks that remembrances be sent to the Bill Fitzer Memorial Technology Scholarship Fund to benefit Eatonville High School students  (P O Box 403, Eatonville, WA 98328).
      Burial at Mt. View Mausoleum at 10:30 a.m., December 31, 2005.  Memorial Service at noon, Saturday, January 14, 2006, at Eatonville Community Center.

Norma Treadwell 1921-2005


     December 11, 2005

     Norma Yvonne Treadwell, died on December 10, 2005 at Lacey, WA. She was born in Craigmont, ID on February 24, 1921 to Myra and Elmer Stone.
      Norma spent most of her childhood in Tacoma and returned to Craigmont to complete high school. After graduation she met and married Ray Arthur Treadwell in 1938. They moved to Tacoma, WA in 1940 and settled in Eatonville, WA in 1941 where they lived for 38 years. They enjoyed raising their family there and made many life-long friends. 
     After working for St. Regis Lumber Co. as an executive secretary for many years, Norma and her dear friend, Marge Butler, were the first women  elected to the Eatonville Town Council. Norma later became the Town Clerk of Eatonville and retired in 1979, at which time she and Ray moved to Lacey to be near family. They had been married for 52 years when Ray died in 1990.
     An avid reader all her life, Norma was also an accomplished pianist, organist, artist and loved
playing golf. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles and became a devoted Mariners fan in her later years. Her family and friends enjoyed her sense of humor and witty one-liners.
     She is survived by her children, Linda (Gary) Feldtman, Michael (Sharon) Treadwell, and Kathryn (Bob) Miller; nine-grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and her brothers, Raymond
Stone of Coeu d’Alene, ID and Ed “Charlie” Stone of Denver, CO.
     A private service and gathering with friends and family will be held at a later date.

Valerie Burdick 1917 – 2005

Valerie June (Britton) Burdick 

     November 30, 2005

     Valerie June Burdick (Britton) born June 19, 1917, passed away November 27, 2005. Valerie was born in  Wolf Point Montana. She is survived by her lifelong friend and sister, Roma Britton. She attended Business College and worked for Paramount Electric as a bookkeeper. In the 1950’s, her adventurous spirit led her to buy an old inn, where she raised her late son, Phillip, in an idyllic rustic setting. She had a passion for horticulture, became a Master Gardener, and used her knowledge to turn a field into an arboretum. Children held a loving corner of her heart, and her kindness and thoughtfulness touched hearts and changed lives. We will miss her. Memorial services will be announced in the spring.

Joe Johnson 1927 - 2005

There will be a celebration of Joe's life Sunday. November 6 at 2 p.m. in the Eatonville Eagle's Hall.

      October 31, 2005

     Joseph Fogel Johnson, a lifelong resident of Eatonville, Joe was born on March 28, 1927 in Tacoma and passed away on October 25, 2005. Joe’s father Grant died when he was only 2 years old and his mother Marguerite then married Ras Hansen and they raised Joe and his sister Jean. Joe left high school in 1943 and joined the Navy to fight in World War II. After returning home he took up trucking and started his own business in 1955. This was his 50th year hauling logs. In his free time, Joe loved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, golf and watching sports were favorite activities. Joe also sponsored many adult and youth recreation teams.
     Known as “Papa” to the kids and “Humpy” to everyone else, he endured countless hours of work in the shop but was also famous for cooking family breakfast and along with his wife Linda, hosting slumber parties almost weekly.
    Joe was a charter member of the Eatonville Eagles as well as a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Charles Grant Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Linda (Rind), sister Jean Conquest of Sun City, Arizona, sons Jim, Mark (Sherrie) and daughter Kim (David) Abicht, all of Eatonville, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
   The family is planning a celebration of Joe’s life on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. at the Eagles in Eatonville. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Karen Vojtecky 1948 - 2005

       November 1, 2005

     Karen Irene (Robbie) Vojtecky Born on March 8, 1948 at Tacoma General Hospital and passed away peacefully in her sleep October 28, 2005 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Karen is survived by her loving husband of 36 years Jim Vojtecky, her daughters Nicole Dexter, Jamie Mackie and four grandchildren: Kaitlin and Jason Dexter, Faith and Ashley Mackie. In addition she left behind her brother Brad Robbie and her grandmother Effie Robbie. Her passing was preceded by those of her beloved parents Betty and John Robbie. Karen was a native of Eatonville, graduated Eatonville High School in 1966 and maintained friendships with all who knew her. She met Jim at a wedding reception at Ft. Lewis in 1968 and they both knew it was love at first sight. Jim went AWOL from Vietnam in 1969 to marry his sweetheart in Honolulu.
     Karen agreed to spend the first 25 years of their marriage in California, retire and build their dream home in Washington where they could spend their golden years. Karen made friends easily and touched so many lives wherever she lived. She socialized with senators and congressman, she danced and joked with movie stars and had a standing invitation to come and stay with a four-star general and his family. Karen was a small-town girl with a big city passion for life. 
     Nothing was too small or too big for Karen to give of herself. She devoted her life to her family; she supported every endeavor her children and grandchildren attempted. She was a small woman with a backbone of titanium when it came to encouraging her friends and family to reach for the stars. Karen's loving nature and pure heart will live on in the hearts of her children and grandchildren who miss her greatly. Throughout her life Karen loved to play the guitar and took classes in college refining her skills. 
     She enjoyed softball and instilled a love of the sport in her daughters. Karen loved baking and it wasn't unusual for her to make 40 gingerbread houses in December to give to friends and neighbors as Christmas gifts. Bowling became a terrific sport she could enjoy with Jim and they competed locally in California and in Las Vegas. Mom often expressed herself through painting and crafts throughout her life. She loved her horses and always had room for cats and dogs. 
     Most recently going to the movies with close friends was a passion with a desire to see them all. Mom's most favorite activity was always socializing with friends and family. Memorial services will he held on Saturday, November 5, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Eatonville Baptist Church located at 825 Eatonville Hwy., Eatonville. We love you Karen and will embrace the example you have set by living life on your own terms .

Carol Simpson 1952 - 2005 

      Memorial services for Carol Divelbiss Simpson will be held Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 1 p.m. in the Eatonville Baptist Church, 825 Eatonville Highway. A reception will follow in the church.

     October 24, 2005

     Carol Jean (Divelbiss) Simpson Born August 2, 1952 and passed away October 21, 2005. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, James Simpson, her, daughter Laura, husband Thom Bridgham, son Gregory Simpson, granddaughters Hanna and Amelia Bridgham; and Shelby Beagle Simpson. In addition, she leaves behind her mother Delores and husband Jack Chappell, four sisters; Peggy and husband Glenn Kays, Barbara and husband Michael Smith, Beverlee and husband Gregory Martin, and Janet with her husband Michael Gallagher. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Arthur Divelbiss. Carol was a native of Eatonville and graduated in 1970 from Eatonville High School. 
     Throughout her life she brought joy and love to her entire family and a multitude of friends. Carol was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. As a mother, she doted on her children and later her grandchildren showering them with love, nurturing their aspirations, and paving the way for their success. Known for her love and devotion to her husband of 31 years, dedication to her mother, and the lifelong ties with her four sisters, her life is a splendid example of the best a family can be.
     Carol worked as a Library Assistant for 22 years in Eatonville High School. Daily she touched and influenced the lives of Eatonville High School students providing assistance, direction and coaching. Whenever help was needed and for whatever reason, Carol was there to provide information, resources and especially personal support. She always had a smile on her face and a willingness to help wherever needed. As a lifelong resident of Eatonville, her dedication to the community has garnered her countless friends. 
     Loved by her family, respected by friends and acquaintances, she will be greatly missed. Carol also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and their children whose lives she influenced and who will miss her love and support. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 29th at Eatonville Baptist Church. Bethany Lutheran Church Pastors will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Eatonville High School Dollars for Scholars. P.O. Box 1155, Eatonville, WA 98328.

Carol Simpson's Family Expresses Gratitude to Community...

       November 7, 2005

      The family of Carol Simpson wishes to express profound gratitude to all our friends and the Eatonville community for your love, support, kindness and prayers. There are no words that can adequately express our true appreciation to each of you for your thoughtfulness, comfort, and the works of charity we received during this painful time. 
 We are so thankful to be part of this little corner of the world that shared a communion of love to remember Carol. Carol loved her community and the love in return has helped to lift our spirits through this difficult period.

     "Each life is a miracle that changes the world.... and leaves it a better place than it was before."
 (Author Unknown)  

      Jim, Laura, & Greg Simpson and the Chappell, Kays, Smith, Martin, & Gallagher Families.

Full of Hope - Class of 1970

                                                                                                                                         (photo courtesy of Bobbi Allison) 

Much Loved, and Tragically Killed, Carol Divelbiss Simpson Prompted the Sharing of this Photograph...


    October 26, 2005: Most of these cute kids are identified - a few are not, and some last names are missing. If you know their names please send them to ENN. We will be happy to identify the kids for history's sake.
    Left to right -  Back Row: Diana Olson, Roy A., Camille Malsome, Debbie Michelson, Jerry B., Steven  Peter, David Selby, Bobbi Allison, Jan Haynes.
    Middle Row: Left to right: Roger Crumley, Stanley Nelson, Bradley Robie, Monte King, Gary Dick, Byron Coburn, Michael Hermsen, Mike Gayda, Roxy Hugh, Heri B.
    Front Row: (L to R) Carol Divelbliss, Sandra Pritts, Jeannie ?, Valerie Graeber, Karen Ford, ??, Ken Olson, Bill Wold, ??, ??  Eatonville Elementary School Teacher is Mrs. Fred Boyles, a fixture in the district for decades.

Tony Hrvatin - 1921 - 2005

       October 8, 2005: Antonia, "Tony," Teresa Hrvatin, 84, died at her home in Eatonville Thursday, October 6, 2005 with family by her side. Tony was born in Jelsame`, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) October 3, 1921. She came to the United States at age two with her father Anton Hrvatin and Mother Teresa Hrvatin. The family came through Ellis Island off New York City. She worked for the Barnett family at the Gateway Inn for 25 and helped raise the Barnett children. She also worked for Malcom's grocery store for fifteen years and later for Eatonville Market.
      Toni worked as a cashier at a local grocery store for 20 years. She is remembered for her famous dahlias, devotion to her family, friends and church. A gentle and generous woman she shared her beautiful flowers with her church as well as friends. Judy Justice, owner of Judy's Tan & Tips across the street from Toni's house, recalled how Toni would bring her bouquets of colorful dahlias to decorate her shop. Toni is remembered fondly by all her knew her for her gentle, friendly personality.
      She is preceded in death by her parents; sister Mary Hrvatin-Wood; sister Virginia Hrvatin-Forseth; loved ones: Alysssa, Kara, Julie, Jake and Jim Salvey: Mackenzi, Parker, and Dennis Wood; Maurice, Lisa, Lauren, Carolyn and Bryce Forseth; and Chuck, Joan, Gavin, Emily and Heidi Forseth.
Toni's Vigil/Rosary Service was at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. Her Funeral Mass was Thursday, October 13 at 11a.m. at the church. Interment was at Eatonville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eatonville Fire Department.

Dursom McBride...

     Goldia Dursom McBride Age 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Garden Terrace Alzheimer's Center in Federal Way on October 1st 2005. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held at 3 PM at the Eatonville Baptist Church on Saturday, October 8th. Viewing at Weeks Dryer Mortuary in Parkland, 220 134th St., So., Tacoma on Friday October 7th, 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Dursom was known to most in Eatonville as Mama Cruiser. She was any Cruiser team's biggest fan. Born December 25, 1913 in Coal Hill, Arkansas to Bertha and Sydney Hurst, she was the oldest of 3 children. She married William Arthur McBride December 21, 1935. They moved to Cle Elum in 1950 and then to Eatonville in 1955. She was preceded in death by husband Bill, daughter Peggy Jean, son Kevin Zane and granddaughter Shelly Colleen Morrison.She is survived by daughters, Billie Dean Morrison (Ron) of Tucson, AZ and Joyce Cheryl McBride (LC Campbell) of Federal Way; sons, Terry Allen (Cynthia) of University Place and Douglas Ray (Merrilee) of Fife. She leaves 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 12721 30th NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125.

    Lola Daly

      Lola Daly of Eatonville, born August 17, 1934, in Onoway, Mich., died on October 2, 2005. She is survived by her husband John P. Daly; daughters Patty (Bruce) Rath, Pamela Drake, Kay (Dennis) Lucht, and son Greg Daly of Eatonville; siblings Shirley Goble of Morton, Tom Hilliker of Roseburg, Ore., Earl Hilliker of Eatonville, Judy Williamson of McMinnville, Ore., Onalay Clevenger of Portland, Ore., Maxine Hilliker of McMinnville, Ore., Lou Rae Nelson of Willamina, Ore.; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Lola is predeceased by her parents Vernon J. Hilliker and Harriet L. Strayer and her sister Carol Joy Hilliker. Services will be at the Eatonville United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 8, 2005, at 1 p.m. A Celebration of Lola's Life will be held at a reception at the church following the service.

Judith Bertram

      Judith Ann Bertram, born April 14, 1947; passed away suddenly on August 11, 2005 with her entire family and dear friends at her side. She is survived by her husband Pat Bertram, son Chris (Jennifer) Bertram, daughter Nicole (Tom) Zurfluh, and son Pete Bertram, as well as her three beautiful granddaughters: Grace, Alivia and Reese. Funeral services will be held on August 20, 2005 at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church in Eatonville.

Eleanor Cochrum


Eleanor Cochrum 1914-1005

Eleanor G. Cochrum Eleanor passed away quietly on February 12, 2005, at the age of 90. She was born July 11, 1914 in Keokuk, Iowa, to Marryon Issac and Bessie Munch. Eleanor was a 1933 graduate of Sumner High School, and married Elmer in 1934. They had two daughters, Margol and Diane. She spent most of her years in the Eatonville and Puyallup area. "Gram" to everyone is remembered for her travels, sewing, knitting, Mountain Bars and the color blue. Gram left us with many memories that we can reflect on with a smile and warm heart. A younger Eleanor was active in Eastern Star, Girl Scouts, and Garden Club. She was proud to be lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. Always wanting to stay healthy, Eleanor loved her swimming aerobics and walking. Eleanor was the oldest of six children and is survived by her sister, Bess Potucek. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer, sisters Margaret Carol, June and brother, Robert. Her two grandsons Joe, Jr. and Steven Tucci also preceded her in death. The many survivors that were blessed to have Gram in their lives for so many years include daughters, Margol (Joe) Tucci, and Diane (Brendan) Gallagher. Grandchildren, Gary (Amanda), Stephanie, Liz, Julie (Tony), Missy (Todd). Great grandchildren, Michael, Joe III, Megan, J.J., Jennifer , Matt, Jeff, Katie, Kellie, Alex, Ethan, Mary, Tori, Issac, Luke, and great great grandchild, Darren. A celebration of Eleanor's life will be March 1, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eatonville Methodist Church. To honor Gram let's all wear blue!

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