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John Bratholm
February 9, 1960 – February 12, 2018

     John was a very familiar figure in Eatonville. He always gave his time, energy and amazing sense
of humor freely to the community. This photo shows him with mic in hand during MC "duties" at a Lions Club Casino Night raising funds to help Dollars for Scholars. (photo by Bob Walter)

A Beautiful Obituary Like None Other...

   John was a religious man who did not wear it on his sleeve. He is survived by his wife, Tammi Bratholm, his children, Johnny, Randi (grandson) Rosemary, Jake, Erika, sister Connie Harmon (Rick), mother and father-in-law, Jo and Don Records, his many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins, and his "brothas from anotha mother" Brian Neely and Tony Powell. John is predeceased by his parents Connie and Lud Bratholm, brother-in-law Mike Horner, and countless dear friends.

   John and I (Tammi) met at St. Joe's in the mental health unit, August 18, 1994, both suffering from severe depression. The day after I was admitted, I came into the lunchroom and the first person I met was John. He was sitting at the table eating and offered me a seat. After I sat down, he offered me a single cookie in a bowl, saying, "Would you like a bowl of cookie?" It was the first time I laughed since I was admitted.

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David Arthur Williams October 4, 1923 - February 6, 2018

      Dave and JoAnne at his 80th birthday celebration. He and JoAnne had been married over 53 years when this photo was taken. Both were graduates of Eatonville High School.

      David Arthur Williams On Tuesday, February 6th, at age 94, David passed away peacefully with the love of his life at his side in Puyallup, Washington. David, better known to his friends as Dave, was born October 4, 1923 to Arthur and Dorothy Williams in Seattle,
     Washington. Dave spent the  majority of his childhood in  Eatonville, Washington, where he graduated from Eatonville High School in 1941. He later settled in this same town, where he would raise his own family.
     Soon after graduation, Dave joined the Navy where he proudly served his country during WWII and the Korean War.
     A telephone man and electrician by trade, Dave worked for Pacific Northwest Bell and Mashell Telephone Company, and co-owned C&W Electric before retiring at the age of 73. Dave also dedicated much of his time serving various organizations as well as his community as a Sound Credit Union board member, an Eatonville Town Council member, the Eatonville Lions Club president, and a partner at Barney's Corner Mini-Mart.
    Dave was a world traveler who loved to share stories of his many adventures; his favorite always being of his time spent in Thailand. He loved his morning coffee with friends, and his time spent with family.
    He is survived by JoAnne, his loving wife of 67 years; brother John, sister Marion; children Diane, Michael (Monica), and John (Vicki); 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Dave was a loving and caring man who will be missed by all who knew him.
    Service will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 1 pm; graveside service at 2 p.m., with reception to follow.


Memorial Service    

February 8, 2018: Celebrate the life of Lois Daly  Brown. Memorial Service 3 p.m. Thursday, February 15 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church - 229 Antonie Avenue North, Eatonville. Reception to follow.


Frank Ruisch
July 4, 1935 - January 15, 2018

     Frank Ruisch longtime resident of Eatonville, Washington, passed away on January 15, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup after a brief illness.
    He was born on July 4, 1935 in Magyorpolany, Hungary. He worked as a baker in East Germany in the 1950’s until tiring of the police state there he escaped through the “Iron Curtain” and immigrated to the USA.   
    Frank worked for several years as a baker in New Jersey before coming to Eatonville. Frank worked for the Town of Eatonville from September 1978 to December 1998 as the Water & Sewer Superintendent. Frank was named “Water Operator of the Year” in 1995-1996 by Evergreen Rural Water of Washington.
    He was preceded in death by his brothers and and his partner of 30 years Maxine Games. He was one of seven brothers and is survived by only his youngest brother Andrew Ruisch of New Jersey as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Hungary. Burial will take place at the Eatonville Cemetery. No services will be held at his request.

Gary Henricksen
September 20, 1934 - October 7, 2017

Gary Henricksen...

      Gary Henricksen Passed away at his home on Oct. 7th, 2007. Gary was born on Sept. 20th, 1934 to Fred and Ann Henricksen. He had a sister, Rahma and a brother Harley, who preceded in death. Gary grew up in Ohop Valley, he graduated from Eatonville H.S. in 1952. Gary worked at the Game Farm, the State Hwy. Dept. and logging with his father but in Dec. 1962 he started up his new business, Lakewood Car Wash. Opening day they washed 462 cars! He retired from the car wash business in 1998.
     After retirement he returned to Eatonville in 2001, with his partner Lynette Burns. She passed in July 2017. He is survived by his son Don (Tina), granddaughters Tara, Brittany, Hayley and Lindsey, his daughter Terri (Jim). Gary loved the outdoors, fishing, travel, motorcycling and spending time with family and friends. We will miss you forever, you were deeply loved. We will cherish our memories. A celebration of life will be at the Eatonville Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 15th at 1PM.


Eugene M. Pecchia
Lt. Col Ret. USAF
February 17, 1934 – September 19, 2017

Gene M. Pecchia

     Eugene M. Pecchia passed away peacefully on September 19th, 2017 in Spokane, WA. He was 83. Gene was born on February 17, 1934 to Angelo and Regina Pecchia of Eatonville. He graduated with the Eatonville High School class of 1952. During his childhood, he was the self-proclaimed class clown, enjoyed playing sports, and dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. So great was his resolve, he could legally fly a plane before he could drive.
    He went on to attend Seattle University, but soon thereafter returned to his passion for flying by enlisting in the United States Air Force. As an Aviation Cadet at the USAF Air Training Academy, Williams AFB, Arizona, Gene specialized in Fighter Pilotage and graduated in 1955. While serving in Moses Lake, WA in 1958, he met his wife Emma of 59 years, an Air Force nurse.
    Once married, they lived in and traveled to many different places from England to South Carolina, and back to Washington. For the past 22 years Gene and Emma have split time between their homes in North Port, Florida, and Deer Park, WA.
    Gene served his country with courage and honor for over 20 years as a fighter pilot. He flew 140 combat missions during his two tours in the Vietnam War. Gene earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for demonstrating "exemplary courage and outstanding aerial skill" in completing a mission over North Vietnam on September 21st, 1966. Following his time in the Air Force, he joined the Air National Guard in Spokane WA, where he could focus on being both a pilot and a very present father to his four children.
    On one occasion serving in the Air Guard, he was honored in the Spokane Newspaper for guiding a lost private pilot to the airport on a dark, cloudy night. And on another, he volunteered to make an urgent delivery of a respirator needed for a baby in Oregon. He picked the fastest plane available and it took him just ten minutes to deliver it from Geiger Field to Portland! He retired from the Air Guard in 1977.
    Over the years, Gene pursued many passions and hobbies in his usual persistent manner. He achieved a BS in business while raising his children and owning/operating several small businesses. He exercised his love for flying by owning his own airplane for 30 years, including regular stops in Eatonville to visit family and attend class reunions.
    He was up for trying anything at least once and could  never be found  sitting still for long. Beekeeping, woodworking, gardening, fishing, and even crochet were some of his favorite hobbies, but his greatest passion was golf! He also enjoyed huckleberry picking and loved to make his signature huckleberry pie, always striving to strike the perfect balance between tart and sweet. Each attempt was his own personal experiment, with his family being his taste-testers and the grandkids his occasional assistants.
   Gene is survived by his loving wife, Emma; sons Greg (Trudy) and David (Vaishali), daughters Carol and Mary (Rob), and 8 grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.
   A Funeral Mass is to be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Eatonville, 229 Antonie Avenue North. Interment with Military Honors at Eatonville Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

Young Gene Pecchia

Gene Pecchia's Activities List from EHS Annual

                                                                                                                                                                              (photo by Bob Walter)

Gene Pecchia was buried in the Eatonville Cemetery with military honors.

    (Publisher's Note: To members of the Eatonville community you are "new" to the area the Pecchia family, Gene's parents Regina and Angelo, were business people for many decades. And, they were in a business everyone enjoyed immensely. Before TV, long before computers and streaming films and videos, people escaped to the "movies" for entertainment.
    Gene's dad, Angelo, came to America from Italy in 1910 and after visiting various places settled for a time in Aberdeen, Washington where he joined the National Guard and worked in the shipyard helping the war effort during World War I.
    After moving to Orting Angelo bought a candy store which led him on the path to his movie business. The man Angelo rented his candy store from was unable to repay a debt to Angelo and offered him the Orting movie theater which he owned to cancel the debt.
    Although Angell had never even seen a roll of film he took the offer and through the years built a sizable chain of theaters on this side of Mount Rainier. In 1922 he bought the Eatonville theater before "talkies." The first "talkies" in Eatonville were shown in 1930.
    In 1931 Angelo traveled back to Italy to visit relatives and returned with a wife, Regina. Together the Pecchias raised their family, grew their ever - enlarging theater business and were a vital part of Eatonville's history.
   Generations of Eatonville folks filled the Roxy theater thrilling to early "flickers" and  grew with the industry as men such as C. B. DeMille's epic color films. Many residents of the area recall receiving their first kiss in the Roxy balcony.
    Both Angelo and Regina had excellent heads for business and with hard work and dedication built a sizeable empire of theaters and raised outstanding children, Gene was one of them.
    In the mid-90s when Dean Waddles and partner Mike bought the theater they made certain the vintage neon Roxy was restored and working. The colorful, glowing sign is still one of the most outstanding sights on Mashell Avenue and is a reminder of years long past.
    An interesting little note: Although everyone in the area mispronounced their last name Angelo and Regina just lived with it. The name is pronounced "Peckeeo" not "Peacheeo," and Regina was known by kids as Mrs. Peach.
    The history of this remarkable family. and the local theaters, can be found in The History of Tacoma Eastern Area [Bootstrap Book] by Jeannette Larin Hlavin and Pearl Engle titled "The Movies Come to Eatonville.)

Cameron Scott Wright
1962 - September 12, 2017

Cameron Wright...

      Cameron Scott Wright died suddenly and much too soon on September 12, 2017. He was born in 1962 in Novato, CA, but it was never really home. In 1977, his mother moved the family to Eatonville, WA. Here, he found home. He loved the outdoors, camping, being on the lake with his kayak where he found tranquility. He lived a few other places but always came back home.
      He served in the US Army and was stationed in to South Korea. Later, he  became a  talented mechanic and worked on large military vehicles at JBLM (Joint Base Lewis and McChord).
     Most of all, he loved his church at Center Point where he actively served the Lord in singing and playing guitar on the worship team and during Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery was dear to his heart as he loved, laughed, and ministered to those who struggled in life like he had and together they found healing and God’s purpose.
     He was greatly loved back by those he ministered to sharing Christ’s deep love. His dry humor and corny jokes will be greatly missed.
     He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his mother, Lois Brown; sisters Michel Landerman, Shannon Lyman, and Abbi Wonacott; his nieces Morgan Landerman, Desiree Saifert, and Michaela Wonacott, as well as, nephew Keenan Wonacott. Cameron is preceded in death by his father, James Scott Wright and grandparents Clair and Lois Daly.
     Cameron's Memorial will be on Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. at Center Point Church in the Eatonville High School Auditorium with reception to follow at the Center Point property shop.

Wilmetha (Willy) White

     Wilmetha (Willy as most knew her), a 60+ year resident of Eatonville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Puyallup, Wa. of Congestive Heart Failure. She was best known for her kindness and sweet nature. Always a smile, doing what she could for everyone she knew. She was Mrs. Claus for over 20 years for the Town of Eatonville, a volunteer at the senior meal site for many years and was a member of the Eatonville Methodist Church.
     Mom always looked forward to their Thanksgiving dinner every year. Lots of hustle and bustle in the preparation. She was also the chief cook and bottle washer (as she called herself) at their fishing resort, Wendy's, on Tanwax Lake. Nobody could beat those burgers she made. People would drive down from Seattle on a Sunday afternoon just to have one of her burgers with that special "goop" she put on it.
     Willy was preceded in death by her husband, Stan, daughter Nancy, granddaughters  Naomie and Dana, her parents, two sisters, and two brothers. She is survived by children Carolyn of Puyallup, Rick (Jude) of Pt. Angeles, and Margie (Randy) of Eatonville, seven grandsons-Ed, Carl, Gerry, Rick, Gary, Mike and Andy, 22 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. At this time, no services are planned.

Louie Mettler

Louie Mettler and a Buddy...

     Louie Mettler passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017, surrounded by family. Louie asked that we share these words . . .
     Louie wasn’t ready to leave. Too many roads to ride, too many things see. Son of Louis and Anna Mettler, he leaves a wife Kathy of 55 years, a son Lincoln, daughters Diane and Connie, as well as four granddaughters.
     Louie spent two years in the Army, was a dairyman, and later retired from McChord AFB as a chief stationary engineer. He loved his kids and was proud of their accomplishments
     After riding many years on his Harley through the U.S. and Canada, age and injuries ended that. He bought a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder and was on the road again. In the back field of the Mettler property, facing the mountain, is a cement post. Beside it the resting place for his ashes. On a clear night, if you listen carefully, you may hear the faint roar of the Spyder heading across the sky.
     The family will be holding a memorial service to celebrate his life on Sunday, September 10, at 2 p.m. at the Ohop Grange. All friends are welcome.

Loretta L. McLaughlin
December 13, 1932 - August 3, 2017

Young Loretta McLaughlin...

     Loretta I. Mclaughlin died peacefully on August 3, 2017 at the age of 84. Loretta is survived by her husband Laurence Mclaughlin Sr. “Larry” and her six children Laurence Jr., “Mack”, Janet, Debra, Jim, Barb, Chris and her loving granddaughter Machell. Loretta is also survived by many numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
     Loretta was born on December 13, 1932 in Springfield Colorado and graduated from Homedale High School in Idaho. She is one of seven children and is survived by tow sisters.
    The memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at Homespun Ministries, 37117 103rd Ave. Ct. E. in Eatonville, Washington. Reception to follow the service.

Lynette Burns
July 11, 1950 - July 8, 2017

Lynette and Gary...

     Lynette Burns, born July 11, 1950, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
She leaves behind Gary Henricksen, her partner of 22 years, her son Carey Wheeler, daughter-in-law Casey, Grandchildren, T.J., Jonathon, Adaline, Victoria and her many friends. Lynette will be deeply missed by all that had the privilege of knowing and loving her.
    A celebration of her life was held at the Eatonville Eagles on Sunday July 16, 2017.

Keith Jerome Malcom
June 6, 1924 – April 15, 2017

Keith and Delores Malcom

     Keith was born in Eatonville, Washington and lived there for 92 years. He graduated from EHS in 1942, joined the Navy and served for three and a half years before opening his own meat market in the Red and White Store, formerly located in the parking lot of Kirk’s Pharmacy.

     He was actually born in the second story of the pharmacy, which used to be a hospital. He married Delores Jones in 1949 and they began their lives together as husband and wife, business partners and parents. They were happily married for 66 years and enjoyed that time together with family and friends.

     Keith and Delores worked as grocers, restaurant owners and opened various businesses in town. In 1963, after 17 years in the Red and White with Jess Dawkins, they made the jump and built Malcom’s Shop Rite (now Medical Billing). He managed the store from 1963 to 1979 and employed local people.

     They build Malcom’s Deli in the 70’s (now Bruno’s), then the Shell station. In 1987 they built the Milltown Center, then the Mill Village Motel in 1992. Along with these projects, they also built the storage units, the mobile home park and office space across from Arrow Lumber. Keith enjoyed his business endeavors and worked until he was 90 years old. These establishments connected the family with customers, friends and visitors of this town.

     Keith was one of the oldest members of the Lions’ Club and enjoyed and contributed to their service and community projects. He recently received an award from the American Legion for 70 years of membership. He dedicated his life and time to help build this community and employed many of its youth and citizens. He was a man of integrity and led more by example than by words.

     Keith and Delores were both members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Keith was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Jones Malcom, parents Olaf and Jessie Malcom, brothers Barney and Bruce and sister Muriel.

     He is survived by his son Gary, and daughters Kathy (Mike) Knelleken, Linda Rosenow, and Diana (Waylan) Jumper along with 8 grandchildren: Lindsay (Dave) Spencer, Jared Knelleken, Hilary (Nick Gavin) Knelleken, Matthew Knelleken, Brooke and Jessie Rosenow, Shelby and Riley Jumper. Great grandchildren are Amelia, William and Margaret Spencer, Madelyn Knelleken and Easton Gavin.

    Graveside services were held prior to the Memorial at the Catholic Church. Following the Memorial friends and relatives filled The Woodsman hall in celebration of Keith's life.     


Connie M. Curtis
January 8, 1948 – April 14, 2017

Connie Curtis

     Our beloved wife and mom, Connie M. Curtis was born January 8, 1948 and passed April 14, 2017. Survived by husband Ray of 50 years, daughter Stephanie (Mike) Suter of Vancouver, Washington, Son Christopher (Sandy) Curtis and grandaughter Kylie all of Yelm, Washington. Survived by a sister and also survived by a special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Edwina and Pat. Connie leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, a great niece and a great nephew. Connie loved life, family and friends. She will also be missed by her little furry lap buddy, Ford.


Madora Jane Dawkins
1919 - December 16, 2016

Madora and Jess Dawkins

See Her Obituary Here

Thomas Edward Haff
June 25, 1954 - November 25, 1916


Tom Haff

    Thomas Edward Haff (Tom), 62, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at his home in Nampa, Idaho. He was born June 25, 1954 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia to Dorothy M. (Reynolds) and Joseph H. Haff, Jr.
    Tom spent his early years in Tangiers, Morocco, where his father was stationed with the Army Attache at the American Embassy. After returning stateside, he resided in California and Fort Lewis. After his father retired from the army, the family settled in Auburn, Washington whe...re he graduated from Auburn High School. Tom joined the US Navy and served as a Yeoman First Class in Hawaii during the Viet Nam War.
     In 1976 he met and married Francie Taylor of Kent, Washington.
     For over 25 years Tom worked as a spar mill operator and maintenance mechanic at the Boeing
Company. After retiring from Boeing, Tom and Francie moved to Nampa, Idaho eight years ago from Eatonville, Washington.
    Tom was best known best for being "Mr. Fix It", trying new things like setting off small rockets and flying hobby drones. He also enjoyed watching boxing and was a devoted, lifelong Seahawks fan.
    Tom is survived by his wife of 40  years, Francie, daughter Piper Andrisek (Anthony),  two grandchildren, Avery and Mason, all of Meridian, ID; over 30 cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends including, Waymond and Mary Favors of Eatonville. He also leaves behind his beloved puppy, Lucy and cat, Suki.
   The family would like to thank Treasure Valley Hospice. A guest book has been posted at Bowman
Funeral Home. For donations, the family has opened a Tom Haff Memorial Fund at www.GoFundMe.com


James "Jim" Dean
October 26, 1932 - October 5, 2016

       James L. "Jim" Dean October 26, 1932 - October 5, 2016 Surrounded by his loving wife and three daughters, our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, and friend passed away from a short battle with cancer. Jim was born in Monroe, Washington to William and Isobel Dean. After graduating from Shelton High School in 1951, he served in the United States Navy and then attended Western Washington University where he met his wife, Carole. Jim's career at TPU (Tacoma Public Utilities) spanned 30 years, starting as a hydroelectric utility worker and retiring as a project manager of Tacoma City Light's Alder and LaGrande Dams.
      Not ready to call it quits, he worked six more years for Grant County PUD at Wanapum Dam. Jim had many interests throughout his life. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and gardening, but most of all he enjoyed encouraging and supporting his grandchildren through many sporting and academic events. Jim is survived by Carole, his wife of 61 years, and their three daughters, Sue Doll (Dan), Nanci Thibault (Mike), and Jan Burgess (Jeff), as well as nine grandkids and ten great-grandkids, all of whom he loved very much.
      Jim will be remembered as a true gentleman with a quick wit, a wonderful laugh, and a kind, humble heart. We'll miss you forever, Dad. At Jim's request, there will be no services. Memorial donations can be made to Eatonville's Relay For Life , P.O. Box 1078, Eatonville, WA 98328, or Eatonville Community Center's Backpack Program.


Margit Thorvaldson
July 19, 1928 - August 27, 2016

See Her Obituary Here

Muriel Dow Tucson
June 26, 1927 - July 17, 2016


       Muriel Dow Tucon was born to Arnold and Ada Dow on June 26, 1927 in Eatonville, Washington along with her twin Margie. She grew up working on the Dow family farm between Elbe and Mineral. She attended school in Mineral, Chehalis, Elbe and Eatonville graduating from Eatonville High School in 1946.
      In 1950 she married Arnold Michelson and they had three children, Debbie, Louis and Susan. She was employed at the Eatonville Telephone Company as a switchboard operator while they raised their family. Muriel devoted many years as a member of the Mount Rainier Aux, their bowling team and a term as Madam President of the Aux. She also worked several years in the Eagles lounge.
     In 1993 she married long time family friend Jim Tucon, where they enjoyed many wonderful adventures and road trips. to Alaska, Nevada, Mexico, California, Oregon and Washington.
     Muriel is survived by her husband Jim, twin sister Margie, her children, Debi Hallmann (Joe), Louis Michelson, Susan Michelson; stepsons Jim Tucon Jr., (Angie), Danny Tucon, daughter Peggy (Steve) Bence. Grandchildren, Joe Hallmann, Jr., (Carolyn), Christine Hallmann, Sharmane (Steve), Torres, Lucas (Janelle) Michelson, Carlee Michelson and Numerous Great Grandchildren.
     Celebration of life will be July 30, 2016 at Ohop Grange Hall, 41608 Mt. Hwy. E., 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Betty Irene Kimmerly Sander
September 14, 1938 - June 29, 2016

                                                                                                                                                 (photo by Bob Walter)

     Betty and Joe Sander were married 64 years until Joe's death March 21, 2015. To learn more about Betty and Joe please see Tribute to Joe Sanders.

     Betty Irene Kimmerly Sander, a long time resident of Alder, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2016. Betty was born in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada on September 14, 1928. She moved with her family to Tacoma, Washington at age 15, then to Alder when she married Joe Sander in 1950. She is survived by four children, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A private family memorial was held at her daughters home.

Ray Henricksen
January 31, 1928 - May 12, 2016

 Ray Henricksen

     Ray was born in Eatonville WA on January 31, 1928 and passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on May 12, 2016. He graduated from Eatonville High School and remained close friends throughout the years with his classmates. Shortly after high school Ray entered into the logging industry. In the 1960’s Ray branched out into road building and land clearing, and during that time he and Jackie owned and operated two convalescent homes in Oregon. Loving the outdoors as he did, and always looking ahead for new adventures, it was then that he owned and operated Lynch Creek Quarry in Eatonville with his son Mark and daughter Terry for several years. One of his biggest ventures was when he, Jackie, Mark and Terry built the Tanwax Greens golf course. The course opened in 1996, it was quite an accomplishment. When most reach their 70’s they retire; not Ray he decided to take on one more big road building job in Cle Elem. From there he semi-retired and took on an occasional local road job. Ray was never one to stop and rest, at 80 years old he could still be found tinkering around in his shop or working out on his property. Ray was preceded in death by his wife Jackie of 67 years. He is survived by his sons, Larry (Lisa), Mark (Katy), daughters Susan, Gaille (Gary) Finley, Terry (Jim) Hatton, 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. There will be a private family grave side service at Bethany Cemetery where Ray will be laid to rest. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 731 Eatonville 98328

Vera Esther Talley Byrd
February 25, 1918 - April 14, 2016
 Lived 98 Years, 49 Days

Vera Byrd

      Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother. Survivors: Children: Carl (Lynda) Byrd, Beulah (Bill) Fitzer, IdaBelle (Ken) Wilson. Grandchildren: Glenn Byrd, Kim (Mark) Liebich, Pam (Joe) Burris, Christine Fitzer (KC Krusey), Andrew Rohr (Doug Keeney). Great Grandchildren: Alex Rohr, Kate Rohr, Alexa Burris, Nathan Burris, Jordan Liebich, Derek Liebich. Sister: Mildred Boyd. Preceded in Death, Parents: Fred and Clara Talley, Husband of 58 years, Victor Byrd, Sister: Ruby Hays, Grandson: Bill Fitzer.
     Lifelong member Church of Christ and a founding member of Dogwood Garden Club.
     Born: St John, Kansas. Married: Everett, WA. First home in Toledo, WA
     Vera’s table was an important part of who she was. A gracious, loving, giving hostess, she opened her home to many over the
years, whether for a night or a year. Many children and women have sat in Bible classes taught by Vera. She tutored children in the Eatonville School District. She and her husband served as house-parents for young girls and boys at Mt. Dora Christian Home and Bible School for several years.
     While she and her husband worked in both the Richfield Oil and Standard Oil of CA Wholesale Distributorships in La Grande and Eatonville, Vera found time to serve as both a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed sewing, decorating by wall-papering as well as gardening. And Vera was a pro on Riding Lawnmowers. Vera loved flowers, dogs, birds, cats and many farm animals.
    The family thanks Multi-Care and Franciscan Hospice units for their kind, professional care. Burial in Lone Hill Cemetery, Toledo WA and Memorial service Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Fir Lane Funeral Home, 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, WA 98387. Family will host a reception at Lakeview Church of Christ, 1709 – 112th St S, Tacoma WA 98444 following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Vera may be made to: Dogwood Garden Club. Send in care of Mary Bewley, 39817 Meridian, Eatonville, WA 98328.

Joan Dorothy DeLaurenti
December 22, 1935 - December 31, 2015

Joan DeLaurenti

     Joan passed away peacefully at her home on December 31, 2015. Joan was born in Lewistown, Montana to Al Dresen and Esther Dodge (Grooms) on December 22nd, 1935. When Joan was nine- years-old her family moved to Tacoma, then later to Eatonville where she spent the rest of her life.
     Joan had a wonderful philosophy on life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her home and her family were her life. If she wasn’t making something for her family and friends you would find her outside working in the yard.
     Joan worked at the Eatonville Eagles as a waitress where she enjoyed laughing and visiting with her friends. She loved entertaining and threw great Holiday parties. She truly lived by her Red Hat Motto, “If it ain’t fun we ain’t doing it.”
     Joan is survived by her husband Jerry DeLaurenti, sons Don Painter (Karen) Dan Painter (Pam) daughter Diane Painter, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, two bothers and four sisters. Joan was preceded in death by her daughter Denise and her grandson Justin.
     A celebration of life will be held at the Eatonville Eagles Hall at 2:00 Saturday January 16. Joan was a member of the AW Bridge Orthopedic Guild for over 55 years; memorials may be made to them in her honor.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Henricksen
April 22, 1930 - December 18, 2015

Jackie Henricksen...

     Jackie was born in Tacoma on April 22, 1930 and passed away at the age of 85 on December 18, 2015. She enjoyed having company and she always had homemade pie, cookies or cake to serve. She could, and often did, cook a great meal from her pantry in a moment’s notice. Jackie loved working in her yard and in the spring it was as eloquent and beautiful as she was.
     During her 67 years with her husband Ray she wore several hats. Bookkeeper and administrator for 2 nursing homes they owned in Oregon, dispatcher and book keeper for their business at Lynch Creek Quarry, she helped build and landscaped Tanwax Greens GC the family owned business and throughout all that she was a hands-on mother of five.
     She loved going to luncheons and laughing till they cried with her “birthday club gals” many of which she went to Eatonville High school with.
     Jackie was survived by her husband of 67 years Ray Henricksen of Eatonville,  Larry (Lisa) Henricksen, Susan Henricksen, Gaille (Gary) Finley, Terry (Jim) Hatton, and Mark (Katy) Henricksen. She was often referred to as “cookie grandma” by her numerous grand and great -grand children.
      Jackie will be laid to rest at a private family service at Bethany  Cemetery.  There will  be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. on Wednesday December 30 at Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church, 22316 106th Ave East, Graham WA.
     The family would like to give special thanks to Pioneer Place Memory Haven for their love and care. In lieu of flowers the family encourages that donations be made to South Pierce Fire & Rescue #17 at 5403 340th St. E. Eatonville 98328.

Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life for Delores Malcom


   Delores Jean Jones was born in Brainerd, Minnesota on July 8, 1931 and moved West to Eatonville, Washington when she was in 5th grade. Her parents were Clarence and Helen Jones and she was the oldest of eight children. She met Keith Malcom when she was working for his brother Barney at his restaurant where their love story began.
    She was May Queen in May of 1949, graduated in June, turned 18 in July and married in August to begin the life as a loving wife, mother and business partner. In the early 1960’s, they built Malcom’s Shop-Rite, the first of many businesses in Eatonville.
    Meanwhile, they had their first child, Gary, followed by Kathy, Linda and Diana. All of the kids were employed at the store and some later at the restaurant “The Deli”. Delores went on to realize her vision for the “Town and Country Gifts” shop. She enjoyed all aspects of the business including decorating, buying, creating displays and importing beautiful Amish and other hand crafted furniture. But her true delight was in visiting, meeting and connecting with customers, family and friends.
   Keith and Delores spent many happy years traveling to places like Hawaii (many times with the entire family), France, Quebec, going to Grocer Conventions with friends and later to numerous Navy Reunions meeting new acquaintances along the way. They loved living in and entertaining in their summer home on Clear Lake. Delores was a wonderful cook, decorator, mother, grandmother and wife.
   She loved and appreciated her son-in-laws, Mike Knelleken and Waylan Jumper as well as her grandchildren: Lindsay (Dave) Spencer, Jared Knelleken, Hilary (Nick Gavin) Knelleken, Matthew Knelleken, Brooke and Jessie Rosenow and Shelby and Riley Jumper, Her great grandchildren are Amelia, William and Margaret Spencer, Madelyn Knelleken, and Easton Gavin.
   Delores and Keith are members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and of a community which they embraced. Delores was a lovely woman and we will remember her guidance, beauty, generosity and love.

     November 17, 2015: A Memorial Mass will be held for Delores Malcom at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Saturday, November 21, at 11 a.m. - 229 Antonie Avenue North in Eatonville.
     Following the Mass will be a Celebration of Her Life at the Lions/Legion Hall beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Malcoms Among First EHS Graduates to Receive Awards of Distinction

    In 2010 the Eatonville School District began a new program dedicated to Eatonville High School graduates who have served with distinction. Delores and Keith Malcom were rightfully among the first honorees. This is what was said about Delores and Keith Malcom when they received the award.

 Keith and Delores Malcom - Classes of 1942 and 1949

    The Eatonville that you know and see today is to a large part a reflection of the dreams and hard work of Keith and Delores Malcom. Mr. and Mrs. Malcom have spent the greater part of their adult lives promoting business prosperity and infrastructure development within the borders of our community to the benefit of all the citizens.
   The willingness to shoulder the personal risk associated with starting businesses or constructing new buildings benefits us all by ensuring that good jobs are available locally and revenue remains in our community. We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Malcom for doing so much to make Eatonville such a great place. Delores Malcom was May Queen in 1949. We are all blessed to have alumni like the Malcoms.

Patty Ann (Daly) Rath
July 17, 1953 - October 7, 2015

     Patricia Ann Rath (Patty, Patty cakes) Age 63, lived in Seaside, OR and passed away on October 7, 2015 at OHSU in Portland, OR after a long courageous battle with Interstitial Lung Disease. Patty was born on July 27, 1953 in Puyallup WA to Lola and Pat Daly. She was a loving sister to Pam Drake, Kay Lucht, and Greg Daly. Patty graduated from Eatonville High School in 1971 and married her "best buddy" Bruce Rath June 12, 1971 at the Eatonville Methodist Church. She worked at the Mountain View Cafe‚ as a teen, then drove bus for the Eatonville School District for 16 years. She is survived by her husband Bruce Rath, sons, Bruce (Joellen), Brian (Sarah), and Tim (Caroline), grandchildren, Skylar, Kaitlyn, Easton, Hailey, Eli, Colby, Father, Pat Daly, mother-in-law Lorraine Rath, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was a wonderful friend to many, full of love, life, and generosity. Most of all she was the best grandma to her grandkids and loved them more than life itself. Please join us in celebrating Patty's life Saturday, October 17, 2015. Family grave side service at Eatonville Cemetery 10 a.m. Memorial Service at Eatonville Baptist Church 2 p.m. with reception to follow. Thank you in advance to Fir Lane Funeral Home, Eatonville Baptist Church, family, and friends. Patty loved you all very much!

George Gonzalez Memorial
George's Jam from Rock and Roll Heaven Sunday, July 19, Eagles Hall Eatonville

     From Tammi Bratholm via Facebook - July 6, 2015: "Please join us to celebrate the life of an incredible man, George Gonzalez. George's Jam from Rock and Roll Heaven will be at Eatonville Eagles on Sunday, July 19 at 5 p.m.
     "If you play an instrument bring it! Dress in your best hippy attire. There will be a potluck, if you would like to bring something please message me. We miss George terribly as do so, so many others. Help spread the word. "
      [Publisher's Note: George is pictured above with his wife Cindy (Smith) as they entertained at at an Eatonville Relay For Life Event to  fight cancer. George passed away June 26 after a brief struggle with cancer. Cindy and George were a long-time, highly popular couple prominent in the musical culture in the area. Our condolences to the families. The Gonzalez's were longtime neighbors of ours and they were excellent neighbors as well as excellent musicians who were committed to helping the community when they could.] Facebook photo

Doris Johanna Enwall Kay
May 1, 1947 - May 31, 2015

     Doris Johanna Enwall Kay  May 1, 1947-May 31, 2015. Doris was born in Tacoma, WA to Mary and Ogie Enwall. She passed away in Auburn WA. Doris graduated from Eatonville High School, Class of 1965 and from Pacific Lutheran University. Doris and Danny Kay married in 1968 (divorced). Doris is survived by her daughter Hilary (Brian) Cahill of Maple Valley, son Ian Kay of Issaquah, and grandchildren Flannery and Penelope Cahill.Also surviving are sisters Mary Ellen (Dave) McBroon of Redondo Beach, CA and Evelyn Enwall Agostinelli of Shohomish, Wa.  A memorial will be held this summer.  Doris loved her family deeply.

Duane "Sam" Reichel
August 16, 1933 - May 8, 2015

     Duane “Sam” Reichel was born in Tacoma, August 16, 1933 to John and Beatrice Reichel. He was the middle child with two older sisters Berniece and Betty, a younger brother Cliff, and sister Kay. He spent his childhood living in the Roy/ Lacamas area. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1951. He was drafted into the army and spent two years at Ft. Richardson, Alaska during the Korean War. He returned and married his wife Norma Walters of 60 years on March 25, 1955, then moved to Eatonville shortly thereafter. As the great dad he was, he instilled a love of baseball into his children, which he coached for 15 years including several championship teams. He also had a love of gardening, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, and an interest in guns. As an avid motorcyclist, he toured across the western U.S. from Fairbanks to the Grand Can- yon mostly with his wife Norma, including many trips to Yellow- stone National Park. He will be forever remembered as a kind, gentle man who would do any- thing for everyone. He was a very proud member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and valued his Indian ancestry. He was also a member of the Ohop Grange for over 60 years. He was a retiree of the WSDOT. He is survived by his wife Norma; sons Ron, Perry (Deborah), Dave (Bridgit), a daughter Patricia (David); grandchildren Dianna, Andrew, Danielle, John, Megan, Michaela, Alfred, Tyler and; great-grandchildren Baylee, Zivah, Barbara and MacKenzie. His service was Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Eatonville Baptist Church.

Karen Sue Swanson
October 28, 1938 - May 2, 2015

Karen Swanson...

     Karen Sue Swanson, 76, passed away, May 2, 2015 in Puyallup, WA. She was born October 28, 1938 to William Fred Derrick and Beulah Esther McCabe in Olympia, WA. Karen graduated from Olympia High School, married Roy Leonard Swanson, and was a 53-year resident of Eatonville, WA. A graveside service were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Masonic Memorial Park, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501.

Albert Conant Jr.
January 11, 1931 - February 26, 2015

     Al Conant is survived by wife Wanda (Terri) Conant; daughter Debbie (John) Owens; son James (Laura) Conant; daughter Pamela (Jerry) Curtis; son Christopher Conant; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at Conant residence, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Take 320th to 41st Avenue East, 31511 41st Ave. E. (end of road).

Maxine L. (Manning) Games
February 22, 1924 - March 10, 2015

     Maxine L. (Manning) Games was born on February 22, 1924 and died on March 10, 2015. She is survived by Frank Ruisch, her partner of 26 years.
      Services were held at Mt. View Cemetery (Lakewood) on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Garden Chapel.

Arthur Charles Newell Hamilton
July 18, 1935 - January 31, 2015

Pat Hamilton...

     Arthur passed on January 31, 2015 in St. josephs Hospital, cause, failure of multiple organs. “Pat” as he was known to friends was born on July 18, 1935 in Donnybrook, ND. The family moved to Eatonville shortly after. Pat was the second child born to Art and Leona Hamilton. Pat was preceded in death by both parents and an older sister, Shirley Johnson. He leaves behind two brothers Larry and wife Beverly of Goodyear, Arizona and Dean and wife Carolyn Holden of Tacoma. Lots of nephews and nieces, cousins and many, many friends. He always loved Eatonville and was a writer and contributor to The Dispatch newspaper there, writing a regualr column for many years. He was very active with the Eagles Lodge and was very proud of the award he received from them just days prior to his death. The Eagles, the Historical Society and the garden for the kids at his apartment, trying to get a novel into publication, were what kept him busy in his latter years. He said there are a multitude of people he wants to thank. First of all the wonderful staff at St. Josephs and Good Sam Hospitals. Also, the wonderful crew from the Life Care Center in Puyallup, and those great and helpful neighbors and management at the Westwood Apartments. With all the wonderful care, he thought he would make it back to the place he loved, Eatonville. Rest in Peace, Beloved Brother Pat. A memorial Service was held at the Eagles Lodge in Eatonville from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 14th. Donations may be made to the Eagles Youth Activities Program.

Dale Leonard Smith
September 17, 1966 - January 16, 2015

     Eatonville recently lost a key member of its community. Dale Leonard Smith was known by many people in our small town, and was a man who wore many hats; husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Clever and resourceful, he was one of those people who knew how to get things done at work, home, and for anyone in need.  Earlier this month, our beloved Dale passed away suddenly from complications due to an undetected yet advanced stage of heart disease. He was surrounded by his loving family when the Angels came to take his spirit home. Dale was born and raised in Eatonville. He graduated from Eatonville High School and went to work for Keith and Dolores Malcom. He became a friendly face for locals and travelers alike while working in and around Mill Village. Dale is survived by his wife of 16 years, Jamie Smith, and his step-sons, Damien and Gavan, his parents, Eugene, “Bud” and Carol Smith, and his brothers, Richard of Eatonville, and Donald of Tacoma.
    A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on March 7 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Eatonville.

Thomas Frank Van Eaton Jr.
June 25, 1922 - February 17, 2015

     Thomas Frank Van Eaton Jr, 92, passed away February 17 at his home in San Jose, CA. He was born in Eatonville, WA June 25, 1922 to TF “Judge Frank” and Elizabeth Van Eaton, and was the grandson of town founder T. C. Van Eaton. He left Eatonville after graduating from EHS to serve his country in the Navy. It was while stationed in California at Moffett AFB that he met his beloved Lorraine Murillo. They married in 1946, settled in San Jose and along with her brothers ran the family bakery until he retired in 1994. The tales of growing up in Eatonville always held a special place in his heart. He lost his wife of 49 years in 1995. He is survived by his children Patricia (Tony) Martinez, Mary (Robert) Perez, Thomas III (Betty) Van Eaton and Lorraine (Joseph) Van Eaton-Chang, many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services were held February 28, arrangements by Willow Glen Funeral Home in San Jose, CA.

Pearl Jeannette Gates Smith
April 8, 1937 - February 9, 2015

     Pearl Jeannette Gates Smith passed away February 9, 2015 surrounded by family. She was born on April 8, 1937 in Tacoma, WA. Jeannette and Ed have lived in Eatonville, WA the past four decades. Jeannette was known for her kind and caring personality. She had an amazing talent for painting and a green thumb for gardening. She enjoyed traveling as well. Jeannette was a member of the Red Hatters and the Eagles Club in Eatonville. She also participated in the Dead Players and the Eatonville Art Festival. Jeannette and Ed were owners of the Yard Place and Two Creeks Greenhouses in Eatonville. Jeannette is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ed Smith; her children, Kerry Lathrop, Kathy Clarke (Brian), Kenny Smith (Marlene), Krisi Kistenmacher (Dale); her six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; her sister, Janice Reynolds, and her brother, Bob Gates.
A Celebration of Life were held on February 22, 2015 from 1-4 pm at the Eagles Club in Eatonville, 100 Weyerhaeuser Road North.

A. Byron Coburn
January 10, 1951 - November 25, 2014

Bryan "Cobey" Coburn

     A. Byron Coburn “Cobey” passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 25, 2014. Byron was born to Margorie and Gerald Coburn in Morton, Wash. on Jan. 10, 1951. He was a proud lifetime resident of Eatonville, graduating from Eatonville High School in 1970, where he loved to spend time on the family farm, riding horses, hunting and take his grandkids fishing at the kids pond. He was preceded in death by his father Gerald Coburn, sister Cathy Shelley, stepdad Tom Noel and grandson Hunter Smith. He is survived by his mom, Margorie Noel, son Brady Coburn, daughters Heather Smith, Angie Coburn and Jennifer Coburn-Armstrong, grandchildren Tristin Coburn-Armstrong, Makenzie Smith and Barley Coburn. There was a celebration of life at the Eatonville Eagles on Dec . 6 at 4 p.m.
    People who wish to make donations may do so through the Eatonville High School for the Equestrian Program.

Clifford Murphy Jr.
January 1, 1933 - November 20, 2014

Cliff Murphy...

     Clifford L. Murphy Jr., 81 of Eatonville, WA died November 20, 2014 in Puyallup, WA. He was born to the late  Clifford L.
Sr. and Aline L. Murphy January 1, 1933 in Champaign, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Nancy (Jim) Griggs, and one son, Robert W. (Leslie) Murphy.
     He is survived by his wife Kerri Murphy of Eatonville, sister Ann (Kenny) Bloomquist of Northport, Michigan, his children William C. (Mary Jo) Murphy of Bloomington, IL, Rebecca Murphy (Patricia Hoagland) of Champaign, IL, Toniel (Greg) Thomas of Kent, WA, Chris (Julie) Murphy of Orting, WA, and Ashley Murphy (Mitch Overton) of Puyallup, WA. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     Two of Cliff’s lifelong passions were flying and woodworking. In Seattle, he pursued his love of aviation and set up a Cessna dealership, General Aviation, Inc. In the 1970′s and ‘80s, Cliff was known to many as a voice over the radio serving as the “Eye in the Sky,” flying the KVI Skywatch throughout the Greater Seattle metropolitan area. He often used his prowess on the pool table to raise funds for various local charities.
     In 1972, he opened The Wood Box, a combination antique and woodworking shop. He offered antique restoration and custom-built pieces, which were often created from nothing more than a photo. He was an avid archer and enjoyed many outdoor activities, including hunting the grounds surrounding his beloved Mount Rainier. He was a longstanding member of the Carbon Canyon Model T Club. He was the proud owner of his 1926 Ford Model T, which he drove like a crazy mountain man, without solid brakes or proper reverence for the Rules of the Road.
     Cliff truly loved the town of Eatonville. He served a term as mayor of the town and participated in holiday parades, attended many of the local events and supported the town in every way. Most every morning he could be found at the local bakery enjoying the camaraderie and fellowship of friends and family over coffee.
     An Irish wake was held in his Eatonville home on Saturday, November 22. Many friends attended, memories were shared and stories were told. His family and friends were surrounded by laughter and love. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, November 29 at the Eatonville Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eatonville Youth Connection.


Joan "Nancy" Christensen
March 25, 1930 - September 9, 2014

     Joan "Nancy" Christensen was born March 25, 1930, and passed away peacefully in Palm Springs, California on September 9, 2014. Joan was born and raised in Eatonville, and attended nurses training at Tacoma General Hospital upon her graduation from high school. After becoming a registered nurse, she married Dick Christensen, also of Eatonville. Joan and Dick managed, then owned, Christensen's Department Store. They also traveled extensively during that time and fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands. In 1988 they retired to Maui and lived the Hawaiian life for 19 years.
     They enjoyed entertaining and hosting many family and friends. They subsequently moved to Indio, California, and enjoyed many sunny winters there. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Jessie Pravitz, brother William Pravitz, and sisters Patricia Williams and Virginia Nelson. She is survived by her husband Dick Christensen, son Rick (Dana) Christensen, daughters Jan (Steve) Rose and Kay (Chris) Davis, her grandchildren, Michelle (Michael) Christensen Quayle, Justin (Sasi) Christensen, Mark (Lindsay) Rose, Erik Rose, and Brett Harris, and great-grandson Liam Christensen. Joan always called Eatonville home, and enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends. She was known for her sense of humor and endless energy. She will be greatly missed. The family requests that any remembrances be made to the
American Heart Association
     Memorial services will be held at the Eatonville Methodist Church, 185 Mashell Avenue North, on November 15, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Patricia Catherine Mettler
November 18, 1942 - October 26, 2014

Patricia Mettler...

     Patricia Catherine Mettler Age 71, of Eatonville, Washington, passed away October 26 after a 10-month battle with cancer. Pat was born on November 18, 1942 to Ernest and Mildred Christian in Morton, Washington. She married Jim Mettler on May 5, 1962, and they were devoted to each other for 52 years. In 1972 she began 32 years of service as a school bus driver in the Eatonville School District, retiring in 2004. She was well-known and well-loved throughout her community for her warmth and generosity of spirit. She was devoted to family, visiting regularly and attending as many of her grandchildren's school events as she could, even as her health failed.
    A scholarship fund has been set up in her memory, and donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Pat Mettler Memorial Scholarship, Eatonville Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 1155, Eatonville, WA 98328. A celebration of life will be held later this winter. Pat is survived by her husband Jim Mettler of Eatonville, her brothers Harrison Christian of Eatonville and Larry Christian of Tacoma, her sister Pam Holt of Eatonville, her daughter Kelli Bacher (Kevin) of Eatonville, her sons Jim Mettler (Shaun) of Camas and Jason Mettler (Jennifer) of Olympia, and grandchildren David, Daniel, Kiley, Thomas, and Matthew.


Dixie L. Miller
September 10, 1930 - September 18, 2014

                                                                                  (courtesy photo)

Lisa (Miller) Bonagofsky with her Late Mother Dixie Miller

       October 1, 2014

    Much loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Dixie Miller, long time Eatonville resident, was born September 10, 1930, in Aberdeen, Washington, and passed away after a long illness September 18, 2014. Dixie was preceded in death by her loving husband Louie and great-grandson Jax Kai Thrall.
      She is survived by her sons; Louie (Carol), Dan (Norrine) and Steve. Her daughters; Linda (Rick) Dolman, Laura (Jim) Conant, Lisa (Bob) Bonagofsky. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
      Dixie’s other loves were dancing with her long-time companion; Glen Clarke, gardening and spending time with family at the beach cabin. Donations in Dixie’s memory may be made to the Ladies of the Elks, Aberdeen, Washington.

Martha Elizabeth Parrish
February 25, 1913 - June 16, 2014

Martha E. Parrish

     Martha Elizabeth Parrish, 101 years old, passed away at Heritage House in Morton, June 16, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born at Dr. A.W. Bridge’s Lumberman’s Hospital in Eatonville on February 25, 1913 to William and Elizabeth (Muery) Breuer. She grew up on her parents’ farm on Ohop Lake and attended school in Eatonville where she graduated in 1931. She met Preston Parrish, her future husband, on her walk to school.
     After High School she attended business college in Seattle and returned home to Eatonville where she worked at Malcolm’s Meat Market keeping books, wrapping meat, working at the counter or anywhere else she was needed. She married Preston Parrish in August of 1935 at Montesano, Washington.
     They settled down on a piece of land at the confluence of the Mashell and Little Mashell Rivers, where they built their own home and raised their three children, Donna, Florence and Raymond. Preston passed away suddenly on May 26, 1971 shortly before he was to retire. Martha never remarried. She always said she had the very the best in her husband, Preston.
     In Martha's lifetime she was a busy wife and mother. She participated in many fun activities with her husband and children that included hunting, fishing, camping and traveling. Martha was active in 4-H, Girl & Boy Scouts, Preschool, PTA and Orthopedic.
     Martha loved gardening and was one of the primary organizers and first president of the Eatonville Dogwood Garden Club. Besides her garden club projects, she planted and tended many personal gardens through the years, both for the beauty and to preserve food for her family.
     After the loss of Preston, Martha picked up in earnest, an old hobby from childhood—drawing. She spent many years taking art courses all over Western Washington in various media including oil, pastel, acrylic, chalk, charcoal, and water color. Martha painted many pictures, giving most of them to family and friends.
     Martha loved Eatonville and her view of Mount Rainier, but she also enjoyed exploring the world. She began traveling as a child when her mother would take her to California to see her grandmother and other relatives and she traveled by train with her parents to Elbe to attend services at Elbe Lutheran Church.
     Martha and Preston enjoyed camping and fishing in Washington and Oregon and traveled parts of the US in their camper. They visited Hawaii together before Preston passed away. She went on several driving tours across the United States and Canada and she visited Alaska twice. She took a four week tour of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji with friends and visited for three months in the Philippines with her good friend, Margaret.
    Martha was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth (Muery) Breuer, her brother Alfred Breuer and her husband Preston W. Parrish. She is survived by her two daughters, Donna (Terry) Kust of Morton and Florence (Wayne) Bernard of Eatonville and her son, Raymond (Cheryl) Parrish of Eatonville. In addition to her children, she leaves behind nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and one step-great-great grandchild, two nieces and many other relatives and friends.
    A Celebration of Martha’s Life will be held at the Eatonville Community Center on Saturday, July 12 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Her family invites you to share your memories of her while joining them for cake and coffee.

Shirley M. Daniel
August 27, 1916 - June 3, 2014

     Shirley M. Daniel was born August 27, 1916. She passed away peacefully June 3, 2014 at the age of 97. Shirley was always vibrant and full of energy. She grew up on a large ranch in Wyoming. When she was older she attended college and earned a teaching degree. She married Lewis Daniel in 1936 and moved to Eatonville to raise their family. Shirley was chairman on the Eatonville School Board for 10 years, a member of the Lady Lions and a volunteer at Northwest Trek for 25 years.
     She belonged to many groups such as IRBQ (I’d rather be quilting), Pinochle Club, bowling leagues and pool teams. Shirley loved salmon fishing out of Westport, she enjoyed gardening and traveling and was always ready for her next adventure with family and friends. She is survived by son Tim (Aleta) Daniel and his family, Tracie (Ed), Sheila, Dyson and Damon. Also by son Ed Daniel and his family, Ron (Lori), Seth and Shane.


Candlelight Vigil for Dead Couple

                                                                                                                                                                          (photo by Bob Walter)

     A candlelit poster of Julie Renee Johnson stands along Washington Avenue North in Eatonville during the candlelight vigil on May 22. Johnson was the victim in an apparent marital murder-suicide. Keith Johnson was her husband. Both of the deceased had friends and relatives in and around Eatonville. A sad testament to the double tragedy, and its affect on this small community, manifested in twin vigils, one across the road from the other.
     Everyone was very respectful of others, and friends ambled across the street in both directions to remember, to offer support, and to talk with members of the other vigil.

Keith Johnson
September 2, 1973 - May 15, 2014

     May 21, 2014

     Keith was born on September 2, 1973 to Dave and Kathy. He was the first grandchild on Kathy’s side and a baby boy at that. He was the first of three sons that Dave and Kathy would welcome into the family. He was born, raised and attended school in Eatonville and loved the outdoors and all that knew him would say he was most comfortable there.
     He made sure his children knew about the outdoors and used it to help them learn about life. Keith’s humor added to this learning experience for not only the children but all that came in contact with him. Keith could make a whole room laugh for hours on end and he always had one more story that in his words ‘you were going to like this one.’
     Keith was a member of the local labor union doing both sheetrock and general construction. He was well respected in the trades by all who came in contact with him. Keith also had a gift with helping others. A recent example of this was Keith provided assistance to a local church as they begin to build their new home of worship. There were many more examples, too many to list here, but he never shunned away from helping.
     Keith is survived by his son Tate, daughter Delayney, mother Kathy [Jim], father Dave [Teresa], brothers Kurt and Kevin, grandmothers Audrey and Dottie, along with many uncles, aunts, nephews, niece and cousins.
     A joint memorial service for Keith and Julie Johnson will be held on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 1 PM. The location will be the Ohop Grange located at 41608 Mountain Hwy E [State Hwy 7 and 416th], Eatonville, WA. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the ‘Mary Katherine Barry Guardianship Fund for the Johnson Children of Eatonville’ through any Key Bank location. Pastor Jonathon Cross will preside over the memorial service

Julie Rene Johnson
October 23, 1976 - May 15, 2014

Julie Johnson

     May 22, 2014

     Julie Rene Johnson, 37, of Eatonville, passed away May 15, 2014. She was born in Tacoma on October 23, 1976 to Ralph and Loreli Eaton. Julie graduated from Eatonville High School and Clover Park Vocational School. She was an Executive Secretary for Frank Russell Company in Tacoma for many years, as well as a Customer Service Representative at First Citizens Bank in Eatonville.
     A loving daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend, Julie is survived by her parents Ralph and Loreli, her children Blake Millam (Keely McCauley), Tate, and Delayney Johnson, grandson Jayce McCauley, grandparents Ed and Delores Flieger, and her many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Her wonderful spirit, joy, and kindness will be celebrated with a memorial service on Wednesday, May 28, at 1:00 pm at the Eatonville Baptist Church, 825 Eatonville Highway West.

Jesse Alva (Jay) Dawkins, Jr.

Jay Dawkins

     January 3, 2014

     Born July 7, 1942 in Tacoma, Washington and died peacefully in his sleep in Roseburg, Oregon on December 22, 2013,
after a courageous 10-month battle against esophageal cancer. Survived by his wife, Connie, of 24 years; daughter, Holly Losli; son, Forrest Behm; grandchildren, Levi and Jesse Losli, and Jonah and Noah Behm. Also survived by his mother, Madora Dawkins; Sisters Suzanne Lustie and Anita Dawkins; and brothers Steve, Mark and Dan Dawkins. Jay, as he was known by friends and family, grew up in Eatonville, and graduated from Eatonville High School in 1960.
     He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Puget Sound, the alma mater of his now deceased father (Jesse, Sr.). Jay took a teaching job in the Los Angeles area, and later was accepted into Officer’s Candidate School for the Navy, in Pensacola, Florida, which he successfully completed, being commissioned as an ensign. Jay became part of an elite group when he was trained as a Naval Aviator and qualified to fly the A7 Corsair, a carrier-based jet bomber.
     During the Viet Nam conflict, he flew nearly 200 missions off the aircraft carriers “Enterprise” and “Constellation.” On one night mission, he was forced to eject over the Gulf of Tonkin, where he floated for hours in shark and poisonous sea snake-infested waters, before being rescued by helicopter. He described those as the longest prayer-filled hours of his entire life.     
    After his Navy years, Jay became a securities and commodities broker for DuPont. Following this, he pursued an entrepreneurial passion, buying, restoring and selling small civilian airplanes. He also owned a business and operated the fixed wing airfield in Richfield, Utah, while supplying major oil and mineral exploration companies’ efforts in the area. Over the past twenty years, Jay and his wife Connie have been general contractors, building homes in Roseburg.
    Jay was a man of faith and loved the Lord. He adored his beautiful wife Connie and his kids Holly and Forrest. Those closest to Jay knew how he found great joy in clowning around and telling funny stories. He had an endless supply of jokes and he loved to make people laugh.
    Although we are saddened by Jay’s passing, we know he was ready to meet the Lord. Jay’s favorite Bible verse was: Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, whom shall I send and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I, send me.” (Is. 6:8)
    A memorial service will be held in Roseburg, Oregon, in later January. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Voice of the Martyrs and the A-7 Corsair 2 Associations Scholarship Fund.

Dianne Fincham
June 18, 2013

     Dianne Louise (Wehr) Fincham passed away at 6:50 p.m. on June 18 in Tacoma General Hospital. A former resident of Lehighton, Penn., she resided in Eatonville, Wash. for the past 16 years with her husband of 44 years, Robert L. Fincham. She was very proud of the 20 years she spent as an English teacher at Tamaqua Area High School in Pennsylvania and would often speak lovingly of her students and the ways they interacted with her. After moving to the west coast in 1986, she became an active partner with her husband in a rare conifer nursery and gained many new friends in another part of the country. She was a caring and giving person who survived cancer and was free of this dreaded disease, perhaps the proudest achievement of her life. She is survived by her father, Thomas Wehr of Lehighton, her brother, Gary Wehr in Florida, her husband, Robert Fincham of Eatonville, and a son, Eric Fincham of Tacoma, Wash. A celebration of Dianne’s life will be announced at a later date to take place in Eatonville. Please consider making donations in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Marcus Pruitt
August 28, 1944 - June 13, 2013

     Marcus Neil Pruitt Beloved Brother and Uncle Marcus Neil Pruitt of Eatonville, WA, born August 28, 1944 in Seattle, WA, passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2013. Marcus expressed his life-long love for baseball by building his own Field of Dreams where family and friends have gathered for over 20 years. Marcus was an active member of Olympic Ski Club and a key organizer of the Pierce County Men's Baseball League. A National Board Certified Teacher, he taught for Oakville, Eatonville, and Tacoma Public Schools. Marcus was preceded in death by father Robert T. Pruitt, mother Meryl G. Pruitt, sister Danelle Pruitt, and nephews Adam Pruitt, Darrin Wiemer, and Tony J. Pruitt. He is survived by siblings Freeman Pruitt (Jean Pruitt), Tim Pruitt, Wes Pruitt (Pat Pruitt), Steve Pruitt, Val Sivertson (Mark Sivertson), and Merri McBride (Doug McBride), as well as nephews and nieces Rod Pruitt, Danette Weyn, Todd Wiemer, Diana Root, Brian Wiemer, Michael Pruitt, Spencer Pruitt, Cameron Pruitt, Aaron Pruitt, Drew Pruitt, Rosalea Pruitt, Kara Harris, Eric Sivertson, Zarin McBride, and Haley McBride. He is also survived by numerous nieces/ nephews -in-law and great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for July 6th at 2:00 pm at Marcus's baseball field (1/4 of a mile from Pioneer Farm on Ohop Valley Road E.), followed by a celebration of Marcus's life at Ohop Grange, 41608 Mountain Hwy. E, Eatonville, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marcus Pruitt Memorial Field Maintenance Fund at Key Bank.

Jack Chappell
June 30, 1926 - May 22, 2013

     May 28, 2013

     John “Jack” Harvey Chappell, our loving husband, dad and grandpa passed away May 22, 2013. Jack was born in Tacoma, Washington and lived most of his life in Ashford, National, Elbe and later in Eatonville. Attended Eatonville High School and enlisted in the Army 1944. Serving during World War II in various war theaters overseas.
    Worked on the construction of the Alder Dam. The rest of his career, he worked as a logger. Retiring from Weyerhaeuser after 30 plus years. He established the Pierce County Fire District 23 and served there as a fire commissioner, fire chief and EMT [Emergency Medical Technician]. Active in the Mount Rainier Lions club and later transferred to Mineral Lake Lions.
    He served as a board member of the Eatonville School District for many years He played baseball in the Army and on the National Loggers Softball team sponsored by Weyerhaeuser, and was the player-coach for many years.
   The Lions Club also sponsored a softball team which Jack coached. He was joined on the team by sons Jackie and Chuck. A highlight of the tournament was when they all three hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. Jack received the MVP [Most Valuable Player] of the tournament held at the Eatonville High School field.
    Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lucy Chappell, great-granddaughter Chelsea Oakes, grandson Douglas Chappell, step-daughter Carol, brother Everett Chappell, sister Gladys Sawyer, sister Shirley Clevenger.
    He is survived by his loving wife Delores; daughter Carolyn (Jim); son Chuck (Di); son Jackie; daughter Bev; step-daughters Peggy (Glenn), Barbara (Michael), Bev (Greg) and Janet. He is also survived by his sister Myra and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
    A memorial will be held in his honor at the Eatonville Baptist Church on Friday, May 31 at 1 p.m.

Kenneth F. Kildahl


     April 19, 2013

    Our beloved Ken, age 65, passed away on March 29, 2013 in Puyallup after a long illness.
    Ken was born in Seattle to parents Frank and Marilyn Kildahl. Since childhood, he enjoyed the outdoors with his family.
They spent many summers fishing, camping, and backpacking in the Cascade Mountains.
    Ken graduated from Glacier High School in 1966. A year later, he and Linda were married and they moved to Santa Rosa, California, where Ken attended college and graduated from Sonoma State College, with a degree in Biology.
    His dream was always to return to Washington and work for the Washington Dept. of Game. His dream came true, and he was hired as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer in 1971. After several years stationed in Tacoma, he transferred to Eatonville, where he remained until his retirement in 2003.
    Ken took great pride and care in his work and will be remembered for his dedication to the community he served and the wildlife he protected. Even in his retirement, Ken took special care to make sure the Eatonville Kids' Pond was stocked with trout each year for the opening day of fishing season.
    Ken served for several years on the Eatonville Town Council and the Pierce County Community Action Board. He was a charter member of the Nisqually Land Trust and was a past member of the Eatonville Lion's Club and the Eatonville Sportsman's Club.
    He enjoyed traveling to Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, California, and throughout Washington with his family. The Cle Elum/Salmon la Sac area was a special favorite.
    Ken is survived by his wife, Linda, of Eatonville; a sister, Karen Cyr, of Burns Lake, B.C.; son Jeff and his wife, Linda of Olympia; daughter Amy Sniezak and her husband Michael of Eatonville; and grandchildren Lindsay and Brenden Sniezak.
    A family gathering will be held at a later date.
   Memorials may be sent to: The Nisqually Land Trust, 1420 Marvin Rd. NE, Suite C PMB 243, Lacey, WA 98516

Tom Noel, Jr.
August 31, 1923 - March 24, 2013

     Tom Noel Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31, 1923. Tom grew up in South Carolina and attended Clemson College, then to the Air Force to be a pilot. Tom moved to California to start a family having 2 boys Timothy and Tommy and a daugter Cindy. Tom pursued his job and moved to Puyallup in 1977 where he worked in sales with Boeing. Eatonville would soon be his home and the place where he married Margorie Coburn. Together they lived on the Eatonville farm where Tom loved to do many things, but his true love were the hayfields, where he spent many hours on his tractors. Tom was an active member of the Lions club and the Eatonville Eagles. Tom was preceded in death by parents Thomas & Lutie Noel, son Timothy Noel, granddaughter Katie, great grandson Hunter Smith, stepdaughter Cathy Shelley. Tom is survived by wife Margorie Noel, son Tom Noel, daughter Cindy (Bob) Guas, stepsons Byron & Bruce (Michelle) Coburn, grandchildren Lundy, Tessa, Summer, Lauren, step grandchildren Brenda, Carla, Brady, Jerry, Heather, Ambeer, Angie, Jennifer, Cody, Christopher, Kyle and great grandchildren Jesse, Garrett, Tristin, cKenzie, Barley, Madyson, Ashley, Tanner, Hensley, Ashley, Ryan.
     A celebration of life will be held at the Eatonville Eagles Hall, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013.


Beatrice "Bea" Beatty

     Beatrice "Bea" Kathryn Beatty Died peacefully on March 17, 2013 in Seattle. She fought bravely and gracefully as health challenges presented overwhelming obstacles. Doctors at University of Washington marveled at her perseverance, thoughtful intellect and most of all, her delightful charm. She was a quintessential lady always dressed beautifully with her red lipstick and upswept hairdo. All her life, Bea's passion was community service. In the early years, while raising five children and working, she worked diligently with the school PTA, serving as President twice at Jennie Reed elementary, once at Lincoln High School. She was also Vice President of the Tacoma School District PTA, where she worked with the initial planning committees of both Mt. Tahoma and Foss High Schools. We remember her years of work on school carnivals, fun fairs, and countless school levies. She received letters of thank you from many school principals for her "diligent work on school and school related issues." She was presented with the Golden Acorn Award for her school service. After her husband, Bill, died in 1975, Bea assumed his role as a member of the Board of Trustees of First Baptist Church. She served as the wedding planner for many years, was chairman of the memorials committee and the remodel of the church parlor. After she moved to her son, Wyley's, in Graham, Bea became a member of Eatonville United Methodist Church. She created and worked for many years on the Break Bread Program, to provide a hot meal for the homeless and needy once a week. The program is still serving the community today. Bea created a wonderful home for her husband, Bill, and their family of five very eclectic children. She was proud of them all. She supported them through challenges and celebrations alike. Her son, Wyley and his wife Bobbie, had three children, Matthew, Adam and Annie. It broke her heart when Adam died at age 26 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Bea's daughter, Eva (John) Mitchell has two children, David Wescott and Sarah Aebersold Wescott, and delightful grandson, Tyler Aebersold. One of Bea's joys during her last few months of life was to hear stories about Tyler's latest antics. Bea loved traveling to England and Hawaii, with her daughter, Carla Stratfold (John) and their sons, Isaac and Noah. Her daughters Sally Barto and Becky Beatty (Jenny Kramer), were great at taking Bea to wonderful lunches and dinners out. She loved a good steak and a martini! One of Bea's great joys was "The Birthday Club" a lively group of women who formed about 60 years ago, and to this day, still gather to celebrate. Myra Rose, Carole Wilson, Barbara Perez, and Kay Castele, we are sorry you have lost your Bea. We are grateful to the residences Bea has resided in these last three years, Marymoor and Seattle Medical Care. The caregivers in these facilities gave Bea great comfort. We are grateful, as well, to the doctors in the University of Washington Infectious Disease team. A memorial service for Bea held March 27, 2013 in Eatonville United Methodist Church at 11:30. Donations to the church 185 Mashell Ave. N. Eatonville, WA 98328.


Carmen Stiltner Ceccanti

     With love and respect, we announce the passing of our mother, Carmen Ceccanti. Carmen passed away peacefully on March 13, 2013 to be with her Lord in heaven. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Emilio (Mel) Ceccanti.
Born and raised in Morton, Wash., Carmen married Mel in June 1944 and spent most of her married life on a farm near Elbe, Wash. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling in their motorhome, spending their winters in Yuma, Ariz. A good card game could always be had at their home, where Carmen could fix a meal and never miss a deal. They moved from the farm to Eatonville, Wash. and spent 20 years enjoying the small town. When visiting at dinner time, you were always invited to enjoy a meal with them. She is survived by her four children: Mary Lou and Ron Franzen, Judy and Jim Flanders, Karen and Tom Smallwood, and Mel and Betsy Ceccanti. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and also a great-great-grandchild.
She had a special affinity in her heart for children. She had a great sense of humor and was generous, kind, gentle and had compassion for her family and friends. Carmen lived a life that was a wonderful Christian example for her family.

Delores Sutherland
May 29, 1932 - March 12, 2013

     Delores L. Sutherland "Suds" Born in Sumner, WA., May 29, 1932, Delores passed away at home on March 12, 2013 in Everett, WA. Suds graduated from Stadium HS, Tacoma, WA, then earned her BS from UW. After teaching in Eatonville, then Stanwood, she began her years at Everett HS coaching tennis and basketball. She retired in 1984, then took up golfing and loved every minute of it. She was predeceased by parents Hannes and Grace Sutherland. She is survived by brother Ed (Trudy) Sutherland, sister Margaret (Sid Cone) Rickett, niece Linda (Bill) Pixler, nephews Glenn Rickett, Steve Sutherland, and Mike Sutherland as well as many cousins. During the past few years Delores battled lymphoma. She was strong and wouldn't let it stop her from her favorite pastime - golfing. She also loved tending her flowers, the ocean/clamming, and her family. Suds was blessed with many friends through coaching and golfing. She was well-known for her sportsmanship, her wit and unique personality. A "Celebration of Life" will be held April 6, 2013, 3:00 pm at Legion Golf Course, Everett. Everyone is welcome. A special thank you to Laraine Taplin and Linda Miller for "being there" for Suds. A family gathering will take place at a later date. Delores, you are loved and will be deeply missed.

Richard Hermsen Sr.
September 23, 1924 - March 3, 2013

     Richard (Dick) J. Hermsen, Sr. September 23, 1924 - March 3, 2013 Richard (Dick) J. Hermsen, Sr., of Elma, Washington, passed away peacefully at Mother Joseph's in Olympia, with family by his side, on March 3, 2013. He was 88. Dick married Valeria H. Banaszak, his best friend of 64 years, on May 1, 1948. She survives him at the family home. Dick and Val had four children, Richard (Rick) Jr., Michael (Janet), Michelle, and Jeff. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, a brother, Donald, and a sister, Patricia. He loved spending time with family. Dick grew up in Tacoma, and graduated from Bellarmine Prep, CPS (UPS), and Oregon State University, recieving his Master's in Education. He started his educational career at Mary M. Knight, also teaching at Winlock, Napavine, and White Pass. He started his administrative career as principal at Eatonville, and retired as an administrator of Elma High School in 1981. He was a lifetime member of the Elma Eagles, Elks # 593, VFW, and the Lions Club, once reigned as District Governor, and was involved in many of their services. He was a leader and also a sports enthusiast. He served in the US Army, World War II, from 1943 to 1946. 57 years later he was awarded the Bronze Star. Dick was preceded in death by two brothers, Joey and Jack (John), and his parents, Dorothy and Joe Hermsen. Services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elma. A Celebration of Life will follow from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the church, 501 W. Waldrip, Elma, Washington.
Pub Date: 3/7/2013

Evelyn Dean Guske
December 23, 1914 - February 27, 2013
Memorial Service at Ohop Grange March 23 for Evelyn Guske
Descendent of First Local Pioneer Settler

                                                                                                      (photo by Bob Walter 2004)

       Evelyn Guske and her daughter Sharon Aguilar smiled for the camera duing Evelyn's 90th birthday party held in 2004 at the Eatonville Methodist Church. Among her other community achievements Evelyn was a mainstay in helping put together A History of Pierce County Washington which was published by the Heritage League in Pierce County in 1990.

       March 6, 2013

Evelyn M. Guske died peacefully in her sleep on February 27, 2013 at the age of 98. She was born on December 23, 1914 on
the George Dean Farm near Kreger Lake, Eatonville, in the same house her mother was born in. Evelyn was one of four children with two sisters and one brother. She was the daughter of Oscar and Daisy (Dean) Lowell. She was raised on the Dean Farm and graduated from Eatonville High School in 1934.
      She married Fred (Fritz) Guske, Jr. on December 12, 1934. They acquired 160 acres next to Fred Guske, Sr, and began farming. In the beginning, it was very challenging with no cleared land, electricity, roads, water or buildings. Through hard work and time, they made the farm into a producing unit. Evelyn raised chickens and sold eggs well into the 1970’s.
      Evelyn was a 70 year member of Ohop Grange #812, and received a meritorious Service Award from the state extension service for 27 years of leadership as leader of the Silver Lake 4-H Club. She supervised the first clean up of the Indian Henry Indian Cemetery as a community service project. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mountain Star Chapter #179 O.E.S., a charter member of the Dogwood Garden Club, Silver Lake Club, Loggerettes Bowling Team, and the Eatonville Historical Society. She was a senior elder in the Snohomish Tribe of Indians.
     She is survived by three children, Sharon Guske Aguilar, Jack Dean Guske, and Thomas Aubrey  Guske, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
     Questions asked about Evelyn frequently were: “Is she still driving?” and “Is she still mowing the lawn on her riding lawnmower?” She continued to do both well into her 90’s. One lasting memory for many young men was her tasty and very abundant meals served to the Hay Crews. She was also always very active in food preparation at the grange to include the Ohop Smorgasbords. She was extremely proud of her gardens and had a knack for raising African Violets.
      A memorial celebration of life will be held March 16, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ohop Grange. Any memorials  in her name should go to the Ohop Grange or the Snohomish Tribe of Indians

Gary Martin Guffey
March 7, 1936 - January 10, 2013

Gary Guffey and Claudia...

     January 22, 2013

I dreamt I saw an eagle fall, And when he landed I heard him call, "Weep not for me, for I'm a flyer, My dreaming calls me even higher." (Phillips)
    Gary Martin Guffey, 76, of Puyallup, WA, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 10, 2013. Born in Seattle, WA to Woodrow and Cecile Guffey he lived most of his life in Eatonville, WA.
    Gary was a passionate man who enjoyed being a recreational pilot. He was a Marine veteran and had a long career in law enforcement as a police officer, and retired as a Lieutenant from the WA ST Dept. of Corrections. In his spare time he enjoyed flying planes, playing cards with his family ("and a quarter") and traveling with his best friend and wife Claudia on his Goldwing and in their motorhome.
    Gary was extremely loving and proud of his children, Gary A. Guffey of Rainier and his wife Ramona, Terri Guffey of Puyallup, Kelly Adamson and her husband Richard, of Puyallup and Michael Guffey and his wife Erin of Sumner, WA. He is also survived by his wife and best friend, Claudia (Wessman) Guffey and his two brothers Jim Guffey of Bend, OR and Bob Guffey of Helena, MT.; as well as his 6 loving grandchildren and other friends.
    Memorial donations may be made as a Tribute gift in Gary's name at the Lewy Body Dementia Society's website. https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/LewyBodyDementia-LBD/OnlineDonation.html


Connie Hellyer Memorial Service Friday, September 28...

(photo by Bob Walter)

Sunrise at Northwest Trek Circa 1975.

     "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams."    
       ~ Ashley Smith

      September 12, 2012

     A public celebration of life for Constance Hellyer, co-founder of Northwest Trek, will be held Friday, September. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Tacoma at the University of Puget Sound’s Kilworth memorial chapel, North 18th and Warner Street.
     Mrs. Hellyer died July 28 at the age of 97, six years after the passing of her husband of nearly 70 years, David T. Hellyer, MD. Fondly known as “Doc” and “Connie,” the couple donated the land and vision for the wildlife park, and remained involved throughout their lives.
     For more about her many faceted life please see
Connie Hellyer.

Connie Hopkins Hellyer
November 8, 1914 - July 27, 2012

Constance Hopkins Hellyer, 97, died Friday, July 27, at Tacoma's Laurel House, while held as always in the loving hearts of family and friends both near and far. Laurel House is the assisted living wing of the Narrows Glen retirement community, where Connie lived from 2005 until early 2011, when she moved to stay for eight months in Puyallup, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Richard Oliver.

     She entered Laurel House in early November, 2011. Connie's death concludes a remarkably positive and sustained attempt to remain with family and friends for more years to come, an attempt cheered by all. Connie continued in high spirits through the end, a gift as always to those who surrounded her.

    Connie was for more than sixty-nine years married to the late Dr. David T. Hellyer, and together with him donated the land that is now Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville. While totally devoted to Dr. Hellyer and her entire family, she was a highly accomplished individual as well.

    Connie and David together raised three daughters Constance Anne Hellyer of Seattle, Dorothy Oliver  of Puyallup,  and Tirrell Kimball of New Gloucester, Maine who grew up in Lakewood, in Chicago, and at Horseshoe Lake in Eatonville, on the land that became Trek.

    The Hellyers served the Tacoma community widely, he in the primary role of pediatrician, she in the primary roles of musician, teacher, and active supporter of community groups. The Hellyers received the Community Service Award from the Rotary Club of Tacoma in 1996, the Margaret Douglas Award for Achievement in Conservation Education from the Garden Club of America in 1999, and the American Red Cross Wilderness Rescue Award for Tacoma in 2000. Both have also been widely recognized and thanked for their gift of the Eatonville land, and for helping Trek in its early years begin to realize its potential.

    Connie's individual activities and accomplishments were many. In some of her numerous roles, she was: Musician and supporter of arts. Connie studied piano from childhood and grew into a fine player and teacher. She later took up cello, which she played in a family orchestra with her husband and children. She served on the first board of Tacoma Philharmonic, Inc., and as president of the Women's Philharmonic League. She and her husband hosted a series of string quartet performances in their homes.

    Her interest in the arts was not confined to music; she helped to lead Allied Arts of Tacoma, and was president of the Aloha Club in 1965 and 1966. Pilot. In 1932, Connie learned to fly, and soloed in an open-cockpit Warner Fleet Biplane. Cook. Connie studied cooking at the Garland School in Boston . The meals she created were consistently splendid. She was renowned for her homemade bread, which she continued baking until her nineties, sometimes bringing the rising dough with her as she traveled by car so she could knock it down at appropriate times. Gardener. Connie belonged to the Tacoma Garden Club and the Dogwood Garden Club of Eatonville.

    She kept wonderful and welcoming gardens in her own homes. Friend and teacher to children. Connie taught piano at Children's Home in San Francisco , at Settlement House in Boston , and at Children's Home in Tacoma. In 1939 and 1940, she played piano in a radio program for children. She brought music to children in the polio ward of local hospitals in 1942 and 1943. She gave special attention to children as a docent in two different area parks.

    Traveler. As a child and adolescent, Connie traveled widely with her family. She studied in England, Switzerland, and Paris. With her husband she saw much of the world. Homemaker. Connie grew up in an affluent family sometimes served by cook and chauffeur, yet delighted in every home she made later with her family in a variety of places and circumstances.

     As a contrast, during the second world war, with David at medical school in Chicago, she raised her children alone in a basic cabin at the lake in Eatonville, cooking over a wood stove and pumping water by hand. Several of their homes, like that on Chambers Creek in Lakewood, had a touch of casual elegance. Others on Crane Island in the San Juans and at a ranch in Wyoming were more rustic, yet still warm and fun.

    Thinker and reader. Connie was executive secretary for all the mid-western state chapters of Federal Union, Inc., in 1943 and 1944. She spoke well on many subjects. She read whole libraries with contents of great variety. Had she survived one hundred more years, additional publishers and authors would have been required to support her.

    Naturalist. Like her husband, Connie was friends with fauna and flora alike. She served as a docent for years at both Northwest Trek and Fort Defiance Park. In the 1970s, she wrote a series of essays about Trek's wildlife, for publication in Seattle 's Pacific Search magazine. Author. In 1994, Connie completed "Greatly Blessed," a book of personal memories produced for family and friends. In 2000, her three daughter compiled and printed "Northwest Trek Journal," a collection of the essays Connie had written about Northwest Trek and its wildlife, with a few by her husband added.

    Spouse and mother. These were her favorite, longest, and most successful roles. Her long marriage to David was so right, so consuming and dedicated, so close that neither Connie nor anyone else thought she would long survive his death in 2006. But she did, a fact allowing her to remain a loving, encouraging, and helpful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother for six more years.

    Camper. Swimmer. Horseback rider. Dancer. And more. In sum: The world has lost a wonderful and accomplished presence. If Connie was, as she often said, blessed by her life, so was her world. Connie's death occurred after years of declining strength and mobility, a period when she modeled for the world how to accept with grace and good humor both increasing confinement and decreasing physical freedom.

    She was grateful and her family remains grateful for all the support and assistance she received in those years from organizations and individuals too numerous to list. Connie was born in Evanston , Illinois, on November 8, 1914. Her parents were Marion Stinchfield Hopkins and Lambert Arundel Hopkins. Her sister Anne was born in 1911 and died in 1994. Her brother Lambert (Larry) was born in 1913 and died in 1999. Her brother Thayer was born in 1917 and died in 2001.

    She married David Tirrell Hellyer at Yale University on June 20, 1936. She studied not only in Europe and at the Garland School, but in Santa Barbara, California, and at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, New York . Survivors in addition to her daughters include the spouse or partner of each, Connie Anne's partner Frank Little, Doro's husband Richard (Dick) Oliver, and Tirrell's husband Richard (Rick) Kimball; seven grandchildren, Alexander Babbit, Victoria Babbit, Graham Babbit, Anne Corning, Stephanie Cunningham, David Kimball, and Stephen Kimball; eight great-grandchildren, Nicholas Babbit, Mary Babbit, Isabella Nilsson-Babbit, William Cunningham, Caroline Cunningham, Miles Kimball, Teija Kimball, and Serene Kimball; the spouses of her grandchildren; nieces and nephews; many friends at Narrows Glen and Laurel House; and many other friends around the world.

    An eighth treasured grandchild, David Babbit, died in 2004. Also surviving Connie are her love for family and friends, for the numerous causes she supported, for nature, and for the wide world of all and the love so many others return to her still. Donations in memory of Constance Hellyer may be made to the Northwest Trek Foundation or the charity of your choice . A celebration of Connie's life will be held at a date to be announced.

Douglas Scott Chappell
June 23, 1972 - July 29, 2012

     Douglas Scott Chappell Born June 23, 1972, Great Falls, Montana, tragically taken from us July 29, 2012. Left to treasure him are mom Rhea (Lance) Gillispie and father Chuck (Diana) Chappell; brothers Jason (Wendy) Chappell, their sons Tyler and Brandon; Josh (Julie) Morgan, their daughters Emmie and Ruby; Christoper (Yvette) Gillispie, their son Ryelan; grandfather Jack (Delores) Chappell; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousin, and dear friends. Doug joined the Marine Corps following high school. He was a heavy equipment operator for Mount Rainier National Park. Doug had an infectious personality. He loved life, he loved children. He always made you laugh! A celebration of Doug's life will be this Saturday, August 4, 2012, 1:00 P.M., at Graham Emmanuel Baptist Church, 22316 106th Avenue East, Graham, Washington. Remembrances honoring Doug may be made to the EYSA (Eatonville Youth Sports Association).

Celebration of Doug Chappell

      August 6, 2012

     I want to thank all of you for celebrating Doug's life with us.

     It helps to lessen the pain knowing how many lives Doug joyfully touched and the smiles and laughter Doug so freely gave to others.

     I want to especially thank Mount Rainier National Park for the very special tribute they gave to Doug.

    Doug, you will be dearly missed, but happily remembered, son. I am looking forward to the day our Lord returns so we will never be separated again.

    Our entire family thanks all of you so very much.

    Chuck Chappell


Connie Hopkins Hellyer
November 8, 1914 - July 27, 2012

Constance Hopkins Hellyer, 97, died Friday, July 27, at Tacoma's Laurel House, while held as always in the loving hearts of family and friends both near and far. Laurel House is the assisted living wing of the Narrows Glen retirement community, where Connie lived from 2005 until early 2011, when she moved to stay for eight months in Puyallup, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Richard Oliver.
 She entered Laurel House in early November, 2011. Connie's death concludes a remarkably positive and sustained attempt to remain with family and friends for more years to come, an attempt cheered by all. Connie continued in high spirits through the end, a gift as always to those who surrounded her.
Connie was for more than sixty-nine years married to the late Dr. David T. Hellyer, and together with him donated the land that is now Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville. While totally devoted to Dr. Hellyer and her entire family, she was a highly accomplished individual as well.
Connie and David together raised three daughters Constance Anne Hellyer of Seattle, Dorothy Oliver  of Puyallup,  and Tirrell Kimball of New Gloucester, Maine who grew up in Lakewood, in Chicago, and at Horseshoe Lake in Eatonville, on the land that became Trek.

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Dave Ellis
1947 - 2012

                                                                                                                       (2009 photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Northwest Trek Marketing and Public Relations Manager Whitney DalBalcon, far left, and Trek's Deputy Director Dave Ellis, far right, recently met with Eatonville Centennial Committee members Sharon Aguilar, Bob Walter and Dixie Walter (not pictured) to discuss ways the Northwest Trek staff could be involved in promoting the centennial celebration.

    Dave Ellis, Deputy Director of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, died at home Tuesday, July 17. He was 65. He leaves an indelible imprint on the 725-acre zoological park he loved. He dedicated two-thirds of his professional life to Northwest Trek, having arrived at the wildlife park near Eatonville on Jan. 17, 1985.
    He died on Northwest Trek’s 37th anniversary; July 17 was a date he celebrated every year for the contribution the wildlife park has made to the local community and to efforts to preserve a variety of species.
    With nearly 28 years at Northwest Trek, Ellis served the wildlife park, its animals and its human visitors for close to three-quarters of its existence. More recently, Ellis’ leadership was instrumental in a collaborative effort to preserve the Oregon spotted frog by giving the endangered species a head start before release into the wild. He passionately believed it’s not too late to make a difference in the survival of the once-abundant amphibians.
    But perhaps his most enduring legacy is the long record of solid and successful accreditation reports from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), said Gary Geddes, director of the Zoological and Environmental Division of Metro Parks Tacoma, which oversees operation of the wildlife park. Geddes added, “We got our first accreditation in 1985, and it was because of the work he did."
    AZA accreditation is crucial because it distinguishes a zoological park as a premier facility worthy of and eligible for participation in animal reproduction and other conservation programs. Fewer than 10 percent of the approximately 2,400 animal exhibitors licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are accredited by the AZA.
    Ellis was known throughout the wildlife park and in the larger Metro Parks Tacoma organization as a warm, compassionate, caring man, Geddes said. He was an outdoorsman who came even more alive with a fishing line in the water, skis on the snow or hiking boots on a trail. Ellis, Geddes and Northwest Trek Operations Manager Chip Heinz climbed to the summit of Mount Rainier together in 1987.
    Ellis also was active in and passionate about the community in which he worked and lived, having served, along with his wife Nancy, on the Eatonville Town Council and on a number of committees, boards and other civic groups. Whether he was working at Northwest Trek or in the community, Dave Ellis showed the same true-compass character, Geddes said. It was a trait many emulated.

Lena Gillian
Died June 20, 2012 Age 92

     Lena Gillilan, loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away June 20. She had resided in Eatonville most of her life. She just celebrated her 92nd birthday. One of her passions was sports, and she rarely missed a sporting event that her family was involved in. She loved the Mariners and the Seahawks and was learning to enjoy the Sounders. She was a member of the Eatonville Eagles Auxiliary and Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd (Slim) Gillilan, her parents Joe and Jeanne Morris, two brothers – Andy and Jim Morris, and a niece Jill Morris. She is survived by her daughter Sandy Williams (Mac), grandson Tim Christian (Claire) and his children Cade and Nola, granddaughter Annette Christian and her children Tim Petersen (Sammi Jo) and Tucker Acimovich (Zach), and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her special extended family – Sandy Grimsley (Bob) and their son Bobby and his family and daughters Shelly and Brenda and their families; also members of the Emery families who have kept in touch with her over the years. At her request, there was a graveside service July 3 at the Eatonville Cemetery, with a reception following at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Because of her love of sports, donations are suggested to EYSA (Eatonville Youth Sports Association) at PO Box 909, Eatonville, WA 98328.

Floyd Ames "Beb" Larkin Celebration of Life June 9

     Beb, licensed as KL7CTH, at his "home station" at Fort Richardson, Arkansas 1958.  Beb graduated from Eatonville High School in 1956 and joined the Army. His dad, Floyd Larkin Senior, and brother, Bob, were ham radio experts, Floyd Senior was licensed in 1931.
     The boys began their radio careers very young and gave demonstrations during high school at school events so other students could understand their "strange ways."
     The Larkins moved to Eatonville in 1950 and Beb's parents, Floyd and Gina, published the Dispatch from 1950 until their deaths. After the death of his dad Beb ran the newspape with his motherr for many years. When Gina died Beb ran the Dispatch by himself until selling in the early 1970s.
     Beb is perhaps better known as the Dispatch owner than for his radio experience. However, ham radio played a large part in Beb's life and he had a room full of equipment, dedicated to his passion for amateur radio. (courtesy photo)

Celebrate Beb's Life and Contributions to
 the Community, Saturday, June 9...

     from Bob Larkin
As most of you know, Beb Larkin passed away February 19, 2012. There will be a gathering to honor Beb's life and
achievements at the upstairs Braden room of the Lions Club Hall in Eatonville, 123 Rainier Avenue North. This will be on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 1 to 3 p.m. Refreshments, including Beb's favorite, the turkey sandwich, will be available. Please come and share your verbal remembrances along with any pictures or items that bring good Beb memories. Everyone is welcome to attend
    See Beb's obituary

Larkin "Boys" Help During Cold War...

     In a web site titled Radio Larkins Beb explained the "prominent role" RACES played in the family during the "cold war." RACES means Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. It was developed by FEMA and the FCC. Beb wrote, "Sunday evenings were occupied with the RACES net, at which time we would gather the flock for emergency preparedness."
    Pictured are left to right: Bob, seated, Beb and their dad Floyd. This photo was taken in 1955 - Floyd had been elected Eatonville mayor in 1952 and his term ended in 1956. (courtesy photo)

Floyd Ames (Beb) Larkin

       March 5, 2012

     Floyd Ames "Beb" Larkin, 73, died Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup of congestive heart failure, following a series of illnesses. He leaves his brother Robert Larkin of Corvallis, Oregon, his  sister-in-law Janet Larkin, a nephew Michael Larkin, a niece Patti Larkin, other family members and many friends.
     Born in Seattle, the son of Floyd Albert and Georgina Osgood (Swanstrom) Larkin, he had been a resident of  Eatonville since 1950. In his early years, Beb (he always liked being referred to by his  nickname, that was pronounced Beeb) helped the family print The Eatonville Dispatch. He also started a  life-long interest in amateur radio, being licensed as W7SLB in 1952. After graduating from Eatonville High School in 1956, he joined the U.S. Army where he would learn additional  electronic skills and rise to the rank of Sergeant. He served in Alaska until his discharge in 1959.
     Following his army service, Beb attended Centralia College and then, co-published with his mother, The Dispatch from 1962 until 1973. After selling the newspaper, he  started several enterprises in the electrical and electronics field, using his considerable aptitude  with electricity and mechanics. He owned Mashell Electric until his death, providing a variety of services in the community. In 1981 he co-founded United Control Corporation, a manufacturer of electronic equipment. He was widely known about the community for his abilities, enthusiasm and cheery approach for "making things work."
    Beb's particular interest in amateur radio was talking to foreign countries He received many awards for achievements in this area. He served two terms as president of the Valley Amateur Radio Club in Puyallup.
    His strong interest in family history led to many ancestral discoveries and acquaintances around the country. Animals were important to Beb, and at different times his collie Stevie and cat Cuter ruled the household.
    A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in his name can be made to the Virginia Mason Foundation in Seattle.

Kathy Dawkins
August 1950 - February 2012

     February 29, 2012: Kathy Dawkins Was born Aug. 21, 1950 and died Feb. 24, 2012. She was raised on McNeil Island with her brother John and sister Georgeann. Preceding her in death were her parents George and Kay Klopf. Kathy attended elementary school on McNeil and eventually attended Visitation on the mainland. By junior high school she was attending public school and graduated from Lakes High School in 1968. She was a busy little cheer leader through those happy years and loved the social interacting that went with it. After graduation Kathy attended beauty school and worked as a beautician until she married the first time and started her family. She is survived by her two kids, Michael and Sharon Harden, as well as two granddaughters, Kylee and Jada.
      Kathy is also survived by the love of her life and soul mate, Mark. Their almost 33 years together were marred only by their ending. They enjoyed their time together and were each others' best friend. They were a natural fit. Their home on Clear Lake was where they lived their entire marriage. They considered a perfect weekend as one starting Friday night by shutting their gate, and not opening it again until Monday morning. Kathy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just before her 59th birthday. She fought the fight with this ugly disease for almost 3 years before it overtook her strong healthy body. Her family mourns her passing, as do her many friends. Thanks for being a part of her beautiful existence. A memorial service will be held at the Eatonville Baptist church at 825 Eatonville Highway, Eatonville, WA at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Kathy and Mark...

     This photo was taken during the 2005 Art Festival shows the "soul mates" in happier times.

Thomas Stuart Carlson
May 4, 1958 - February 12, 2012

Tom Carlson

    February 23, 2012: Tom was born in Tacoma, Washington to Betty and Bob Carlson on May 4, 1958. Both of Tom’s parents preceded him in death as well as his older brother Tim Carlson. Tom is survived by his aunt Karen (David) Manning and uncle Carl (Valerie) Rotter as well as two cousins, Don and Jameson Van Eaton.
    Tom lived in Eatonville, Washington in his early years and graduated from Eatonville High School. He lived for many years in the Puyallup area and worked in construction.
    Tom spent his final days surrounded by family and friends and especially enjoyed visiting with long-time friends Tim (Ann) Hurley and John (Vicky) Williams . As has always been their way, the three friends visited and shared laughter on their last visit.
    We shall meet, but we shall miss him - There will be one vacant chair - We shall linger to caress him when we breathe our evening prayer
    A celebration of life will be held at the Lions’ Club Hall in Eatonville, Washington on Saturday,  February 25, beginning at 2 p.m.  Arrangements by Edwards Memorial.

Cathy Coburn Shelley
March 28, 1948 - December 30, 2011

       January 3, 2012

      Cathy G. Shelley passed away peacefully at her home, with family on December 30, 2011. She was 63. Cathy was born in Morton on March 28, 1948 to Gerald and Margorie {Dow} Coburn . She was raised on the Coburn family farm in Eatonville, an Eatonville graduate of 1966, and was a lifetime Eatonville resident.
      She was an active member of the Eatonville Eagles , as well as the Red Hat Society. She loved music, sports, quilting, but most of all she loved her family. Cathy is preceded in death by her father Gerald Coburn, she is survived by her mother Margorie {Dow} and husband Tom Noel, daughter Brenda Shelley, son Jerry and wife Shelley Shelley, grandchildren Jessi, Garrett, Ashley, and Tanner , brother Byron Coburn, brother Bruce Coburn, many nieces and nephews.
      There will be a celebration of life for Cathy at the Eatonville Eagles on Saturday, January 7, at Twelve O’clock . The family asks that any donations be made in her name to Relay for Life.

Woodrow "Woody" Wilson
April 15, 1913 - December 16, 2011

        December 20, 2011

     Woodrow Wilson, 98, was born April 15, 1913 in Tilden, Ill., to Clarence and Mary Wilson. Woodrow was preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank, wife Jennie, and oldest son Gary. He is survived by his three sons Arne, Randy and Herb, Wilson. Woody had nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. He passed away Dec. 16, 2011.
     Woodrow came to Eatonville in about 1932 or ’33 with the CCCs (Civilian Conservation Corps) out of Illinois. His first real job was a coal miner in 1930 in Illinois. After that, he spent two summers in the CMTCs (Civilian Military Training Camp) where he graduated from the cavalry. He always liked horses. After the CCCs, he went to work for Walkers Logging.
     He married Jennie [Overli] in 1936 after Jennie Graduated from Eatonville High School. When World War II broke out, he was on his way to Alaska where he worked as a civilian lineman for some Army facilities.
     After his tour was over there, he came back to Eatonville and worked on the Alder Dam from start to finish. He then returned to Illinois after WWII, where he went back to the coal mines for about six months. He then returned to Eatonville where he spent most of the rest of his career as a logger and he retired from Weyerhaeuser at age 65.
      Woodrow was an avid outdoorsman, as he loved to hunt and fish. He always reminded the sons about the family record for biggest elk, salmon and halibut.
      Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 22 at the Eatonville Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Gravesite service at Eatonville Cemetery with a potluck luncheon following at the Eatonville Eagles, 100 Weyerhaeuser Rd. North.

Paulette Marie (Hale) Hermsen  September 20, 1950 - October 31, 2011

Paulette Hermsen Two Years Ago - Family Photo.

     November 5, 2011

     Paulette Marie (Hale) Hermsen September 20, 1950 - October 31, 2011 Paulette, 61, a lifetime Eatonville resident, passed away with family by her side on Oct. 31, 2011. Her short battle with cancer took her home to be with the Lord. Paulette was very active in the community. For eighteen years she was the May Day coordinator, and for over forty years a member of the Ohop Grange and the Eatonville Eagles. She also helped the community in many other ways. Paulette was known as the "Demo Lady" at McChord and Fort Lewis who thoroughly enjoyed her job. She loved life - cooking, baking, canning, clam digging, traveling, gardening, being with family, and the occasional trip to the casino. She especially enjoyed her time with grandsons Jonathon and Dominik. Paulette was preceded in death by her parents John and Dorothy Hale of Eatonville and brother John (Corky) Hale. Surviving are devoted husband of 39 years, Rick, daughter Stephenie (Eatonville), son Rick and daughter-in-law Erica (New Hampshire), grandsons Jonathon and Dominik, sister Jeanette (Gordon) Mierke (Arizona), and brother Ricky (Idaho). The family would like to extend many thanks to all those who sent cards, flowers, food, and especially their thoughts and prayers. Paulette will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2:00pm at Fir Lane Memorial Park Chapel, 924 East 176th Street in Spanaway. The service will be immediately followed by a celebration of life at the Ohop Grange, 41608 Mountain Hwy E in Eatonville.


Services for Joyce Chainey Friday, November 11, 2 p.m. Eatonville Baptist Church
825 Eatonville Highway...

     Joyce Chainey, lifelong resident of Eatonville died last week after years fighting cancer. Here Joyce glows during her 70th birthday party at Glacier View Park this past September 11. Photo by Bob Walter.

Olen Johnson Jr.

     Olen J. Johnson Jr. went to be with the Lord on the 12th of September. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Marie Johnson and is survived by his four children, son Olen J. Johnson III, daughter Kathleen Marie Johnson (Veneklasen) who resides in Missouri, sons John T. Johnson and Jody H. Johnson. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Olen was retired US Air Force and an active member of the Masonic Lodge and was also a member of American Legion Post 148 in Eatonville.
     He passed doing one of his many loves, traveling across country to see relatives’. He was also an accomplished pilot who loved aviation and lived life to its fullest, he will be missed by all.


Charles Matheny Died in California October 1 at Age 89

                                                                                                                               (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Charles Matheny stands by his sculpture made from steel from the old mill site. The work of art was reconfigured after the administration at the time said the work was dangerous. The cattails and winding blackberry vines were also removed.

Charles Matheny Left a Legacy...

     by Bob Walter
     October 5, 2011

     Charles Matheny, a native son of Eatonville who grew up here while the sawmill was still the center of activity, and its steam whistle was the town’s timekeeper, died on Saturday, October 1 in California after a long illness, according to his wife, Carole. Living just west of Los Angeles for many years, Charles often came to visit his old Eatonville friends, and on one of his visits, spotted the old steam whistle languishing in a goldfish pond. He got an idea, purchased the whistle from its owner, and spent over 13 years restoring it and creating a memorial tribute to the mill days. Using the skills he’d honed working as an artist and jeweler through the long span of his career, his fond memories of Eatonville are now encapsulated in his symbolic creation.  All of this was done on his own time and at his own expense and donated to the town.
    The memorial was composed of steel beams gleand from mill buildings, and is topped by the iconic steam whistle, which Matheny converted to run on an air compressor rather than steam, with a water line attached, sending up a mist of water vapor to simulate steam. The representational sculpt stands in Mill Pond Park today next to the Van Eaton Cabin, though in form, it is quite different from his original vision, which had included winding blackberry vines, also made of rusty steel (see image). The beautiful vines were never installed because of supposed safety concerns, and the configuration, meant to symbolize the mill’s roof line and towering walls, was also revised to comply with the concerns of the town administration at the time – the beams becoming five straight towers of varying heights.
    I talked with Charles many times over the years. About four years ago, Charles and I discussed the location for the sculpt which was still being debated. He had first wanted to erect it at Nevitt Point. When that plan was nixed, he asked about placing it at the corner of Center Street East and Madison, at the northwest corner of the old mill grounds. But the town indicated they would not bury or move the power lines which run along that street. Charles was running out of time he wanted the sculpt to be in its place before he died. “I can’t fight [the forces that prevent the proper installation of the sculpt]; I have to take what I can get,” he said. Ever the optimist, Matheny added, “Now, having it erected close to the mill pond or burner is my dream site…very close to where it (the whistle) originally was.”
    The South Pierce County Historical Society, which had moved the Van Eaton Cabin to its current site along Mashell Avenue South in the mid-1990’s, agreed to have the towers and whistle installed near the cabin, just across the field from the mill pond, where the burner stood until a huge windstorm in late 2006 brought it down.
With help from Rich Elliff (who lives in the home built by Charles’ grandfather and Eatonville’s first rural postal carrier, Fred Matheny), and electrician Mike Williams, the water and air lines to the whistle were connected to a compressor, housed in a shed built by Elliff and his brother Roger. A timer was also installed.
    Amid a gathering of friends and history buffs on a November day in 2008, Charles had the honor of operating the controls, and the whistle came alive again. Today, except during the colder winter months, the whistle blows at noon each day, like it did in days gone by.
    ENN will follow this notice with Charles Matheny’s obituary as soon as it becomes available.

                                                                                                                                                         (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Detail of the Matheny Sculpt showing the painstaking work done to make blackberry vines that twined around the sculpt originally. These were taken off and the cattails were removed also. For more about Charles Matheny and his gift to the town please see The Whistle Sings Again.

Bernice L. Sjoblom

     Bernice L. Sjoblom Bernice L. Sjoblom was born November 5, 1928 in National, WA to James and Laverna Daly. She died September 19, 2011 at the age of 82 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her sister Margaret Barnett; brother Pat (Elise) Daly; son Lonnie (Kathy) Sjoblom; daughters Sonjia (Phil) Ford, Susan (Fred) Miller, Connie Sjoblom; 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson. Preceded in death by Husband Stanley Sjoblom; parents James and Laverna Daly, sister Dorothy Hale, and grandson Terry Miller. Services will be held Saturday October 1 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church, 229 Antonie Avenue North,  Eatonville, WA. Remembrances may be made to The Eatonville Family Agency at P.O. Box 1764 Eatonville, WA 98328.

Arne O. Haynes
November 24, 1924 - August 23, 2011

     Arne O. Haynes, born November 24, 1924, frequently said, “I was born in Eatonville and I will die in Eatonville.” Born in the “Hospital” above what is now Kirk’s Pharmacy, Arne passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones.
    Arne graduated from Eatonville High School in 1942 and joined the US Army Air Corps in 1943. He was qualified as a pilot in B-17s and B-29s and was soon to be deployed when WWII ended. Before coming home he made a detour through Los Angeles to visit a sibling. There he met his wife to be Lillie Dael. After only three dates he knew she was the one and made her his wife.
     Arne and "Lil" returned to Eatonville where he worked with his brother and father in the O. E. Haynes & Son’s hand split cedar shake roofing business. Arne was recalled to service during the Korean War and flew combat missions as a forward air controller in the “Mosquito Squadron.”
     In 1954 he began a new career as the owner of the local telephone company now known as Rainier Connect. Arne was a leader in the Industry locally and nationally. He pioneered the introduction of many new technologies to better serve the residents of Eatonville and the surrounding areas.
     He served as the President of the Washington Independent Telecom Association and was elected to the Boards of three National Telecom Associations. Arne was an avid golfer, tennis player, and story teller. He had a strong commitment to community serving in the Lions Club, the Volunteer Fire Department and the Town Council. He was truly proud to be a part of one of Eatonville's pioneering families as a third generation Eatonville resident.
     Arne is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lillie Dael, his son Skip Haynes (Carolyn) of Lakewood, daughter Roni Johnson (Larry Henson) of Eatonville, three grandchildren: Heidi Burlingame (Brian) of Lakewood, Brian Haynes (Aimee) of Lakewood, Courtney Bromund (Andrew) of Auburn and six great grandchildren: Madeline & Jillian Burlingame, Ben, Jack & Sam Haynes, and Troy Bromund.
     He lived an incredible life and words cannot express how much he is missed.
     Services will be held Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Council in Eatonville. The Eatonville  Volunteer
Fire Department or the charity of your choice will appreciate memorial gifts.

Arne Haynes Passes Away at Home with Family by his Side
November 24, 1924 - August 23, 2011
Services Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church - 229 Antonie Avenue North, Eatonville

Arne circa 1943 after earning his wings in the Army Air Corps, later the Air Force.

      by Dixie A. Walter
      August 24, 2011

     Arne Haynes died peacefully at home Tuesday evening August 23, 2011. He was 86. He was a lifelong resident of Eatonville and long- time owner of  Mashell Telephone Company, now Rainier Connect. Arne was also my lifelong uncle. And no one could ask for a better uncle. He was generous, kind, social and a lot of fun. A member of the "Greatest Generation" Arne signed up for military with the Army Air Corps right after graduating from Eatonville High. Later Arne served in Korea.
     Arne was born November 24, 1924. He was the son of Anne Christensen Haynes and Otto Haynes. Grandfather Nels P. Christensen bought the fledgling telephone company in 1910. His son, Arne's Uncle Dan Christensen, had no children and left the telephone company to his nieces and nephews. Arne worked for Dan at the little company. When his beloved Uncle Dan died suddenly at 49, Arne was the only one to take over the family business.
     He kept pace with telephone technology bringing newer services to the community. In addition to being hugely involved with the telephone company, Arne served on the town council, was a dedicated member of the Eatonville Lions Club, with an outstanding perfect attendance record for decades and also served many decades as a volunteer fireman.. He and his wife Dael have been married since World War II and have always made their home in town. They had two children, son Skip and daughter Roni Johnson.
     I never heard Arne say an unkind word against another person. He was like his mother Anne in that respect and also Otto, his dad. Arne and Dave Williams were at my grandmother's house, trying to look in the windows, when my mom, Ruby Haynes Rulien, was giving birth to me. Arne and Dave were high school kids in 1940. So my Uncle Arne had been a constant in my life since birth.
    All those who loved him will mourn his passing, but we will also celebrate his zest for life, his accomplishments, service to his community and, did I mention, Arne was always a lot of fun. Just a funny, easy-going and enjoyable man to be with. He was a terrific uncle to me, and a terrific great-uncle to my daughter, Yatie (Leslie Shore), as she grew up. I'm sorry my 13-year-old granddaughter, Anne, didn't know Uncle Arne the way we did.
    When Arne retired from the phone company his son, Skip, took over, today Arne's grandson, Brian, in now running the company. The company has been a family business for 100 years and is the oldest family held business in Eatonville.
    It was a privilege being related to Arne. He was a gentle man, smart, and a lot of fun.

Brian Keith Rice
December 25, 1967 - May 27, 2011

Brian Rice

      Brian K. Rice, born the day of our Lord’s birth, Dec. 25, 1967, passed away on May 27, 2011 and now is at peace and is in his eternal resting place with Jesus Christ.
      Born and raised in Tacoma and Eatonville, Brian graduated from Eatonville High School in 1986. At the time of his passing, he was the owner of the Tall Timber Restaurant in Eatonville. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
      Survived by his loving daughters, Ashley and Mackenzie; parents, Leonard and Sharon; siblings, Eric, Tom (Stephanie), Patty, Leonard - Skip (Kristie), Charles (Allie), and Cynthia; granddaughter, Jillian; a very special young man, Nicholas; and numerous family members and friends.
      You were a special gift that family and friends will cherish the rest of our lives. You made your own path during your short years, and now you are walking hand-in-hand with God.
      You will forever remain at our side and in our hearts. Nothing can change the loving pride in every thought of you.
      A funeral service will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery on Monday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m.
      Contributions may be made at any Key Bank or Columbia Bank location for the Brian Keith Rice Memorial Fund, c/o
Leonard and Sharon Rice.

       To view the Guest Book, Sign the Book and watch a Video Tribute please see New Tacoma Cemeteries & Funeral Home


George Willett Palmer
April 10, 1932 - March 9, 2011

Willett Palmer

     George Willett Palmer was born in Tacoma on  April 10, 1932 to Edmund and Ellen Palmer. He spent his childhood on a small farm in Puyallup before relocating to Eatonville in 1945. He continued to reside and operate that farm until his death. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1950 and ran the family dairy until he went to college when he switched to beef cattle.
      He graduated with an AA from Highline Community College then attended Eastern Washington State University where he graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 1968. Over the years he had several different jobs including driving school bus and freight trucking before he purchased his first log truck. Eventually he purchased a skidder and was involved in logging and land development. He enjoyed new challenges.
     He is survived by his wife, Geneal, daughter, Beth Dompier (Chad), son Darin (Abby), sisters, Margaret Bodenhorn, Lida Clark, Florence Bond (Oliver), all of Tacoma, brother Glenn (Donna) of Longview, grandsons, Blake and Keegan Dompier, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Edmund.
     He was a long time member of Grange, Lions, Masons, Scottish Rite and Shrine.
     He lost his battle of more than 10 years with multiple myeloma on March 9, 2011. Graveside services will be held at the
Eatonville Cemetery at 1 p.m. on March 18 followed by a memorial service and informal reception at the Eatonville Methodist Church at 2 p.m.
     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Eatonville Lions Club(POB 385, zip 98328), Shriners Hospitals (2900 Rocky Pt Dr. Tampa, FL 33607,) the American Cancer Society (POB 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718), Leukemia, Lymphoma Society (Donor Services, POB 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202), Eatonville Methodist Church (POB 205), or the charity of your choice.


Memorial Service for Local Businesswoman...


Jackie Van Eaton Parnell
Memorial Service January 15

   Jackie Parnell, age 87, a life-long resident of Eatonville, passed away on December 28, 2010. She was the daughter of Frank Van Eaton, the first white child born in Eatonville and a granddaughter of town founder, T. C. Van Eaton. In the above photo, circa 2005, she stands near the cabin where her dad was born.
    A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Eatonville United Methodist Church, 185 Mashell Avenue North.  Donations may be made to the Eatonville United Methodist Church.

Frank Allister Mahler

Frank Mahler...

     Frank Allister Mahler, 59, beloved teacher, husband, and father, passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, following a year-and-a-half-long battle with cancer. A long-time resident of Edgewood, Frank was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he spent his early childhood. At the age of 11, he and his family relocated to Vacaville, CA. After graduating from California State University at Sacramento, Frank moved to Seattle, where he met Karleen Sakumoto. On March 3, 1979, they were married in Hilo, Hawaii. Frank received his master's in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound in 1996. Frank was a well-loved teacher of 13 years at Eatonville Middle School, where he taught both English and History. He was voted Teacher of the Year 09-10 by the students who loved him.
     Additionally, he led student tours to Washington, DC, and started the journalism and yearbook programs. Frank continued to teach until this past year. Frank is survived by his wife Karleen, his two sons, John and Alex, his mother Shirley Mahler, two sisters, Joanne Bohannon (Giles) and Susan Bartling (Martin), three brothers-in-law, Dale and Ryan Sakumoto and Mark Sakumoto (Felina Panem Sakumoto), and seven nieces and nephews. A celebration of Frank's life will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup. Former students are encouraged to bring projects from his class and will have an opportunity to share fond memories of Mr. Mahler Donations strongly suggested to the Eatonville Dollars for Scholars, Frank Mahler Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1155, Eatonville, WA 98328.

Fred Matthews Memorial Service and Reception Tuesday, November 9
"A Gentleman and a Gentle Man"

      November 6, 2010: The celebration of Fred L. Matthews will Tuesday, November 9 at 11 a.m. at Fir Lane Memorial Park, 176th Spanaway, Washington. Family visitation will be held Monday, November 8 from 2:30 - 7 p.m.
     A reception will be held at the Lions/ Legion Hall from 2 - 5 p.m., 123 Rainier Avenue North in Eatonville.
     Fred Matthews was very active in the community. Here he is pictured, left, in 2005. He holds a used and faded American
flag during the Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony at Mill Pond Park.  Chester Tomczak prepared to lay a MIA flag on the flames. Jim Vojtecky looked on as American Legion Post 148 held their annual ceremony to respectfully destroy flags which are no longer usable. Photo by Bob Walter.




Carl Andrus Langberg
August 21 1910 - September 30, 2010

(September 2009 photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     October 1, 2010: After a brief illness Eatonville Centenarian Carl Langberg passed away  peacefully September 30 at home in a Tacoma assisted living facility. He was born and raised in the area and just celebrated his 100th birthday at Clear Lake August 21, 2010 with family and friends. He lived 100 years, 36,565 days.
     Carl was born August 21, 1910 and passed away on September 30, 2010. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends. A lifelong resident of Eatonville, he was an active part of the community. Carl was predeceased April 8, 2010  by his wife, Lora, of 77 years. He is survived by his daughter Lorna Hay of Vancouver and sons David (Linda) of Olympia and Aron (Karen) of Eatonville, eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
      A memorial service was held at Bethany Lutheran Church Saturday, October 5, 2010.

More About Carl from Daughter-in-Law Linda Langberg,
 Written For his 100th Birthday...

     Carl Andrus Langberg was born on farm outside of Eatonville on Stringtown Road August 21, 1910. He grew up as the youngest of six with five older sisters. Listen to a one minute video as Carl tell about his very interesting, and near fatal birth Carl's Birth as Told by Carl.
     His father, Soren Knutson Langberg, (went by Samuel) came from Denmark as a young teen. His mother, Anna Sophia Gustavsdaughter (Berg), also came to the United States as a young teen-age girl with her three older brothers. Samuel and Anna met in Tacoma in about 1906 where Anna was running a boarding house with her four daughters from a previous marriage.
     Carl attended the old Rainier Grade school which was located on the corner of the Mountain Highway and Springtown Road. And later attended Eatonville High School. He was married to his wife Lora Delphine Lyon Langberg for 77 1/2 years until her death April 8, 2010. Lora was the daughter of Eatonville's education icon B. W. Lyon. The school's football field and track is name for him.
     Carl's working life consisted of farming, logging, working in the Ship yards, and finally, as an electrician for Tacoma City Light until he retired after 30 years. He now has been retired for more than 35 years!
     He has lived his entire life within a 30 mile radius of Eatonville. He has three children, Lorna, David and Aron eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.


Sharon Norberg Van Hoof

     Sharon Norberg Van Hoof Sharon was born April 7, 1943 and was adopted at birth as was her brother Bill, by Helmar and Gerry Norberg who raised them. Sharon worked for the United States Postal system in Auburn where she enjoyed many friendships. She served for several years on the Eatonville Planning Commission. She is survived by her brother-in-law Le Roy King and several cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Living Word Assembly of God Church in Eatonville at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 12, 2010, followed by refreshments at the church. Interment will be in the Eatonville Cemetery.

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