William S. (Bill) Young
May 17, 1927 – November 5, 2017
William Stacey “Bill” Young passed away at 12:05 a.m. the morning of Sunday, November 5th, surrounded by family.
Bill was born May 17th, 1927 to Alfred (Doc) and Anna (Ann) Young in Everett, WA. He had one sister, Marilyn, and one brother, Jim.
He spent the majority of his life in Machias, WA being raised there and returning to raise his family of 5 there on the banks of the Pilchuck River. The Pilchuck River was a thread that ran from his childhood, through his life, and continues through his children’s lives, his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives. After serving in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and 1946, Bill returned to Machias and worked for Everett Bottling Co. as a driver-salesman. He eventually went to work for Nalley’s for several years before moving to Blue Bell. When Blue Bell was bought out he went to work for Pratt Foods in Everett, WA until his retirement.
Bill made many friends along the way during his working years from co-workers to business owners. In retirement he was able to enjoy his property on the banks of the Pilchuck. His greatest job, however, was raising 5 children on his own as a single father. While it wasn’t always easy, Bill Young never gave up and never quit his kids! He provided a great upbringing and great foundation for his kids and grandkids!
He was a longtime member of the Schwartzmiller/ Snohomish Sauerkraut Band playing trombone and trumpet for decades in parades and events around the Northwest. He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Club 170 and a lifetime member of the Pilchuck Yacht Club.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Alfred (Doc) and Anna (Ann), his sister Marilyn, brother Jim, daughter Karen as well as too many friends to mention. He is now reunited with them all and many more!
He is survived by his children, Linda Wells (George), Lori McCulloch (Mark), Dane Young (Stacy), Daryn Young (Yvonne), along with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and very special girlfriend Betty Greenlee. He will be missed by all who knew him.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 19, at 12:05 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish, WA 98296.
Gary Wayne Harshman
December 7, 1949 – September 28, 2017
A kind and loving father, brother, uncle and friend, Gary Wayne Harshman passed away peacefully on the 28th of September 2017, less than 3 months before he was to celebrate his 68th birthday.
Gary was born on the 7th of December 1949 in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated Franklin Pierce High School in 1968 and then in 1973 earned Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Washington in Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology. After college, Gary worked as an ecologist and environmental consultant studying the impacts and risks associated with energy-related and other industrial development in Washington. Gary was also active in terrestrial and aquatic resource development and coastal resource planning throughout the Northwest, and was very active in the area of public involvement and citizen education with regard to environmental issues. He was particularly proud of his involvement in the development of public service announcements for Seattle/King County and the EPA, as well as interpretive programs, trail layout and display design for waterfront projects sponsored by Washington State, NOAA, the Port of Anacortes, and others.
An exceedingly intelligent, humorous and true ‘Renaissance man’ with active interests in the arts, science, antiques and fine wines, Gary’s humanity touched many, many hearts during his all too brief time with us, and we are confident that his wisdom, love and caring spirit will live on through them. We will miss him very much, but are consoled in the knowledge that he is now resting in God’s loving arms.
Gary leaves behind his three children, Andrew, Lana and Natalie; siblings, Joni and Dale; three nephews, Mathew, Daniel and Joshua; and many more who knew and loved him. A Memorial gathering will be held on the 12th of November at Legion Hall, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett, WA 98201, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Michael T. Kelly
Michael T. Kelly, retired Art teacher at Valley View Middle School in Snohomish, passed away September 29 at his home.
He is survived by his son James, his pride and joy; and sisters, Barbara, Sara, Linda and JoAnn; and extended family members and friends.
A memorial will be announced at a later date.
Our beloved son and brother, John McLeod, died from his struggle with lung cancer on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Glasgow, MT, at the age of 48.
John graduated from high school in Monroe, WA. Several years later he moved to Montana. John enjoyed his job as the head of building maintenance in the Opheim School District.
He is survived by his parents Bill and Pat McLeod in Glasgow MT, his brother Ken (Traci) McLeod and niece Emily McLeod of Monroe, WA and aunts/uncles Marti Gould of Kirkland WA, Ginny (Bob) Temple of Riverside, WA, Marji (Bob) Phillips of Central Point, OR and Larry (Sue) McLeod of Arizona.
Funeral services will be held in private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to the Opheim School District #9D, PO Box 108, Opheim, MT 59250.
Duane “Butch” Smith
Feb 19, 1933 – Sept 29, 2017
Butch passed away peacefully on September 29, 2017 at the age of 84. He joins his brother Deb, sisters Dorothy and Dee.
He leaves behind his wife Patricia - “Patty” – of 48 years, sisters Donna, Dale Joan and many nieces and nephews.
Butch was born in Snohomish and spent his entire life in the Snohomish area. He always played with toy cars, trucks and machinery which became his lifetime love and allowed him to play with the “Big Ones” through his lifetime working in the forestry and trucking business.
Butch had a dry sense of humor. Quiet in his own way but always got his point across. He was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends.
He served 2 years in the US Army during the Korean Conflict in Germany.
Butch and Patty were involved in a longtime Friendship Club, Whirly Birds Square Dance Club, as well as many camping and motorhome trips with friends.
Celebration of Butch’s Life will be held on Saturday October 21, at 1 PM at Bauer Funeral Home 701 1st Street in Snohomish.
Nellie Marie Wedler
February 19, 1926 –
September 13, 2017
Nellie Marie Wedler passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the age of 91 at 11:10 a.m. within the Providence Hospice facility in Everett Wash. Nellie was born on February 19, 1926.
Nellie’s passing marks the end of a love story spanning over 80 years. It began in 1937, Nellie Marie Cranmore and Virgil Morgan met while attending Arlington High School where they dreamed of life while walking hand in hand.
Unfortunately, World War II set the high school sweethearts on different paths, resulting in separate marriages. Both led happy, fulfilling lives raising children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
After 70 years both Nellie and Virgil’s spouses passed away, and as fate would have it, Virgil Morgan and Nellie Wedler reunited and continued where they left off before the War; hand in hand once again dreaming of what life had in store.
Sadly, Nellie passed away. By her side Virgil held her hand, and as they had done once before they had to say goodbye as Nellie passed from Virgil’s sturdy hands to our Heavenly Father’s.
Nellie was preceded in death by husband John J. Wedler; son James D. Wedler; sisters Vantella & Ellery Tyler, Hazel & Oliver Tyler and Ida Mae Bruseth.
She is survived by the Love of her life, Virgil Morgan; son Dan, wife Tracey, and their children Hayley and Nicholas Wedler; daughter Diane Ericksen and her companion Jerry Rasmussen; and grandson Matthew Wedler, only son of James.
Herman Louis “Lou” Miller
May 23, 1957 – August 29, 2017
Herman Louis Miller fought the good fight, but ultimately lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, August 29 surrounded by family and friends.
Known as “the fix-it guy”, Lou could be found either on the top rung of a ladder or on his hands and knees always repairing something somewhere. In fact, he spent the last two decades-plus working as the Facilities Supervisor at LOUD Technologies (Mackie), getting paid to do what he loves! He was always willing to give a helping hand to friends and family with their personal repairs, as well.
Lou’s favorite thing to do was work with his hands, although riding his Harley with friends on a warm day was a close second.
When word of Lou’s passing was announced, it became obvious the impact he had on those around him. People shared amazing stories, pictures and spoke of his infectious laugh… he was always ready with a joke or two, as well.
Lou was born on May 23rd, 1957 in Long Beach, CA, but grew up in Washington state. He is survived by his sister Alice Fay Miller, half-brothers Charles Edward Johnson and Richard Ashley Johnson, half-sister Patricia Gail Johnson and his beloved speckled hound, Tucker.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Friday, September 22 at one of Lou’s favorite spots – Todo Mexico in Snohomish – from 3-10 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
As they say, “Grief is the price of love, but well worth it.” Gone, but never forgotten. RIP Lou, you were one-of-a-kind and are dearly missed.
Richard Louis Tuengel
With deep sorrow we announce the passing of our amazing husband, father and grandpa, Richard Louis Tuengel, 85, of Seabeck WA.
Richard is survived by the love of his life for over 59 years, Joyce Earlene Tuengel; four children; James, Debora, Cathy, Pat and two grandchildren; Chalynn and Skyler.
Richard retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force in Feb.1971. Always a worker, he spent the next 27 years as a Barker Operator for Seattle Snohomish Mill and upon retiring he spent several years building gates for Cascade Fence until he was forced by his family to enjoy retired life and move closer to his children in Seabeck. Richard found joy in P-57 Mustang Planes, new cars and gardening.
A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at the family’s residence in Seabeck on Saturday, September 9th, 12- 6pm. In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations to be given in Richard’s name to the Franciscan Hospice House, University Place Tacoma, WA. Please visit Richard’s online guestbook at www.lewischapel.com
Michael C. Scofield
Michael C Scofield, 48, of Snohomish WA died peacefully on July 9th, 2017.
Michael enjoyed sports, working on cars and helping others. He was a great father, brother, son and friend who will be dearly missed and always loved.
For those who would like to come share memories of Michael, a celebration of his life will be held on August 20th at 2pm until dusk at Hill Park, Snohomish Wa.
Joyce Acker Tingley
November 25, 1932 – June 28, 2017
Joyce Acker Tingley, age 84 of Ballard Washington, died peacefully in her home on June 28, 2017 surrounded by her children. Joyce was born Joyce Anne McCarty on November 25, 1932 in Sultan Washington. She spent most of her childhood in Monroe, and graduated from Snohomish High School in 1951. At an early age Joyce discovered a passion for music that would last a lifetime. She performed with the Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church Choir, the Choir of the Sound and participated in musical theater productions at the Bothell Senior Center. Singing brought joy and happiness both to her and those fortunate enough to hear her, this was never truer than when she sang her signature song Skylark.
On April 28th, 1951, Joyce married Bill Acker of Index WA. They raised three children and eventually settled in the town of Lake Forest Park. In 1969 Joyce began a career in early childhood and preschool education through Shoreline Community College. She taught for 27 years, imparting her love of learning and sense of community to generations of children and parents in Shoreline. In 1996 she retired, earning an accommodation from the Governor for her years of service to the people of Washington State. In 1995, at age 63, Joyce fulfilled her lifelong dream and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch University. After retirement from teaching Joyce operated the Richmond Beach post office, becoming a fixture of the community. She was an active volunteer at the Assistance League of Bellingham, and, in her later years, remained active within her community in Ballard.
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Lori Heiberg, and her husband Tim of Lincoln City, Oregon, her son Tim Acker and his wife, Bev, of Stanwood, Washington and her son, Andy Acker and his partner JR of Honolulu, Hawaii, grandchildren Adam, Emily, Ally, Katy, Tim and Josh and great-grandchildren Ty, Laina and Violet.
Please join the family at a remembrance service and celebration of Joyce’s life on Saturday August 5 at 3:00 PM at the Innis Arden Clubhouse located at 1430 N.W. 188th Shoreline, WA. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Assistance League of Bellingham.
Matthew Barrett Allen Davis
January 25, 1980 – June 14, 2017
Matthew Barrett Allen Davis, 37, of Snohomish, WA passed away peacefully in his sleep while camping by himself June 14, 2017.
Matthew was born in Redmond, Washington to Marshall and Emma Davis on January 25, 1980. Matthew leaves behind his son Roland Davis, age 7. He is survived by his sister Shyra Shenker, nephew Levi Shenker, his parents, grandparents Carole and Allen Messenger and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a loving son, father, brother and uncle.
Matthew was a life-long learner. He loved playing youth soccer, baseball and riding the ski bus to Mt. Baker. He attained Eagle Scout rank and coordinated the building of a cow wash at the Skagit Fairgrounds. Matthew graduated from Mount Vernon High School and went on to attend Skagit Community College, Everett Community College, Olympic College and Western Washington University. An accomplished outdoorsman, he loved kayaking, hiking, camping, scuba diving, cycling and frisbee golf.
Matthew was passionate about the Arts, singing in high school and college choirs, and performing frequently in local theatre. An avid reader and writer, Matthew penned short stories and plays. He was instrumental in writing “Bowlin’: The Musical”, a collaborative project which was performed at Mount Vernon High School. Matthew loved Thomas Family Farm, working as a farm hand during the day and emcee for the famed Zombie Paintball ride every October.
Of all his achievements, his proudest was to be called Father by his son Roland. They were great friends and confidants. They loved to read, play electronic games, watch shows, hunt for Pokemon, swim, geocache, set traps for Santa and have long philosophical discussions.
There will be a gathering to celebrate Matt’s life on Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 PM at Thomas Family Farm at Crossroads, 9010 Marsh Rd. in Snohomish WA. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift of a photo of Matt or a donation to the college fund for Roland.
Patricia Rose Price Knott
October 24, 1930 – June 13, 2017
Patricia Rose Price Knott, 86, Santa Maria, CA, passed away on 13 June, 2017 after a brief illness. Patricia was born in Snohomish, Washington on 24 October, 1930. Patricia (Pat)and her husband Tom moved to Santa Maria eighteen years ago.
Pat attended Central Grade School, Snohomish Junior High, and graduated from Snohomish High School in 1949. After graduating from Western Washington State College (now Washington State University) in 1953, Pat began a 37-year career as an elementary school teacher. Twenty-eight of those years were with the El Monte School District.
Pat loved reading, baseball, traveling with her husband Tom, and visits from family. After she retired in 1986, Pat and her husband Tom traveled extensively in Europe, Australia, and the US. Pat was a huge fan of the California Angels.
Pat is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Tom Knott; five step-children, numerous step-grandchildren, nephews Dan Dittmer, Mike Price, Matt Price, Edd Price, Ritch Price, and nieces Kathleen Johnston, and Stefanie Plummer.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur (Mac) McWithy Price, Sr. and Olive Christine Chapelle Price; brothers Wilbur McWithy Price, Jr., Richard Albert Price, and Curtis Alfred Price, and sister Peggy Olive Price Dittmer.
A graveside service for family and friends, was held Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, at the Santa Maria cemetery. A Celebration of Pat’s life is scheduled on Saturday, 21 October, 2017 at the Sunnyhills’ Senior Mobile Park Recreational Center. Funeral arrangements are by Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to your favorite charity in memory of Pat.
To leave a condolence for the family visit www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com.
Randall C. Rush
November 20, 1955 – May 20, 2017
Randy was born on Nov. 20, 1955 in Tacoma, WA to Clem and Dottie Rush and passed away May 20, 2017 in Snohomish, WA.
He loved antiques from the time he was small which eventually led him to a career at The Antique Warehouse in Seattle and later when they moved to Snohomish. Randy loved the city of Snohomish and made it his home.
Randy was very artistic, writing poetry and having many articles published in magazines and other publications.
A gathering will be held on River Walk (below Todo Mexican Restaurant) Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Randy was a son, brother, uncle and friend to many.
Peace and love to you, little brother. Sis (Julie)
Edwin C. Stocker
September 21, 1926 –
June 1, 2017
For 90 years, Ed Stocker has been a fixture of the Snohomish Valley. He passed peacefully, after a brief decline in his health, on June 1, 2017.
Born in Snohomish, WA on September 21, 1926 to Edwin F. and Sarah K. Stocker, Ed Jr. committed his life to agriculture and helping those around him.
Upon graduating from Snohomish High School in 1944, Ed enlisted in the Army and was already at Fort Benning, GA when the recruiting officer came knocking at the door with a draft notice for him. His abilities qualified him for Officer Candidate School; and he was in Alaska preparing for an invasion of Japan when the war ended. He was ready to continue with a career in the military, until he was asked to return home by his father and take an ownership position in the growing dairy farm along Old Highway 1-A (now Airport Way) south of Snohomish.
With a love for agriculture and cows that stayed with him for a lifetime, Ed worked to improve the dairy and simultaneously serve his community. He started the Bicycle Tree 4-H club and recruited local youth to participate in its activities. It was while he juggled the demands of the farm and the 4-H club, now a 75 member organization, that he made a bet on the number of record books his 4-H club would turn in with the administrative assistants at the Snohomish County Extension Office. After losing the bet, he settled his debt with a chicken dinner at one of the local restaurants. Soon after, he asked a certain assistant to chaperone a roller skating party for his club. Ed and Edith were engaged a few months later and were married later in the year, on September 7, 1957.
While the nature of the small family farm grew and was changed by challenges and opportunities, Ed never wavered in his commitment to farming. While they raised their young family, Ed worked construction jobs to make ends meet. Often he put in full days building custom houses around the County and would return home to tend to the farming needs until the wee hours of the night, catching a few hours’ sleep before returning to his tools the next day.
All the while Ed spent time helping others. While Edith took over the 4-H club, Ed was involved in many other civic efforts. He served on the Snohomish Planning Commission, the Evergreen State Fair Board, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Snohomish Food Bank, Farm Bureau, Snohomish Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Services, and Cattleman’s Association and until his death, the Noxious Weed Board. He had a hand in many of the assets that serve the community including the original livestock barns at the Fairgrounds in Monroe, the original Hal Moe pool in Snohomish, the Snohomish Food Bank and the Snohomish Youth Soccer Association.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Sarah Stocker; his sister Ethel Schoknecht and brother Stanley Stocker. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Edith; his brother Charles Stocker (Lu); daughter Diane McInnes; and sons Allen Stocker and Keith Stocker (Janet); along with seven grandchildren: Catherine, Laura, Allen, Colin, Brendan, Ivan and Raleigh; seven great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services are handled by Bauer Funeral Chapel in Snohomish. A viewing will be held on Friday, June 9th. Graveside services will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery on Saturday, June 10th, followed by a reception at the Zion Lutheran Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers to the family, please consider a charitable contribution to the Snohomish Food Bank, Zion Lutheran Church, or your favorite charity.
Diane Faye Sturlaugson
April 5, 1948 – May 29, 2017
Diane Faye Sturlaugson, age 69, lifelong Snohomish resident, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 29, 2017 on Whidbey Island.
Diane was born in Snohomish on April 5, 1948, one of three daughters born to Harry and Hester (Bickford) Purtteman. Diane attended Snohomish schools, and was a 1966 graduate of Snohomish High School. On December 10, 1966, Diane married Melvin J. Sturlaugson. The couple made their home in Snohomish and raised their three children there. Diane was employed for over 35 years as a school bus driver for the Snohomish School District, retiring in 2013. Diane was a multi-talented hostess whose greatest joy was serving her host of family and friends.
Diane is survived by her beloved husband of over fifty years, Mel; her three children, their spouses and seven grandchildren: Kim and Steve Douglas of Lake Stevens (Taylor, Drew, Luke), Matt and Tiffany Sturlaugson (Colten, Grace, Gunnar) of Snohomish and Sarah and Ryan Henderson (Grant) of Snohomish. Diane was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Marilyn Ford and Phyllis Estep.
A private family graveside will be held at G.A.R. Cemetery. A Memorial Ser-vice will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Life Point Church - 14619 28th Street NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258.
Memorials are suggested to Seattle Children’s Hospital, M/S S-200, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5000. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.
Ofelia Maria Davis
March 18, 1931 – May 14, 2017
Ofelia Maria Davis passed away peacefully at home on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017 surrounded by all 11 of her children.
She was born March 18, 1931 to Chauncey E. Mann and Lucia DeLuna in Santa Maria, TX. She had two sisters, Della and Gloria, one brother, Marcello, and three stepbrothers, Charles, William and Montie.
On November 11, 1951, Ofelia married the love of her life, Shirley “Chale” Davis. She was the mother of 12 children all born between 1952 and 1964, which included three sets of twins! Having lost their first son, Charles, on Jan. 8, 1952, seven days after birth, they lived with their 11 children in Brownsville, TX until 1966. It was then that Shirley began working for Boeing on the 747 program which moved the family to Washington State. The family lived in Seattle for four years before settling and raising the kids in Snohomish, WA, where all 11 children graduated.
In 1990 Shirley retired from Boeing and Ofelia retired from Providence Hospital. With the children raised and on their own, they moved back to Brownsville, TX to enjoy a simple life among family and friends there. They would often travel to different states and back to Snohomish visiting their children, 23 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
After the death of Shirley on March 22, 1995, Ofelia eventually returned to Washington in 2013 to live closer to her children. She settled in downtown Snohomish in a cute townhouse with a pretty covered front porch, two white rocking chairs, potted flowers everywhere and did what she enjoyed most: rocking in her chair while watching the birds at the bird feeders. She was very happy there.
As a child, Ofelia loved running track and playing softball. She had many stories to tell, often of how she was one of the fastest runners! As her children got older, she enjoyed going to all of their games and events (no easy task with 11 children!). Snohomish football games, baseball or track, you would always see her show up in her blue van decked out with spirit! She also loved watching the Seahawks and Mariners games, usually wearing her team gear in full support. She spent years traveling to Chelan to watch the boys play softball. She and Shirley loved the time with the team and all of their families.
Ofelia was a very active member of the American Legion in Brownsville, TX, participating in numerous funerals and memorials supporting our Veterans. In Snohomish, she was a member of the Snohomish Senior Center where she enjoyed playing bingo.
Ofelia was proceeded in death by her parents, Chauncey and Lucia, her husband Shirley, brother and sister, Marcello and Della, her son Charles and grandson Joshua.
She is survived by her sister Gloria, and children Marshall Davis (Emma), Dawn Martin, Clayton Davis (Sylvia), Anthony Davis (Sandi), Penelope Davis, Forrest Davis, Melody Roberson (Dean), Dean Davis, Debbie Thomas (Marv), Yvette Cochran (Jim), and Yvonne Young (Daryn), along with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and step grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.
There will be a Celebration of Life on June 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Rd., Snohomish, WA 98296. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Snohomish Senior Center.
Robert Joseph (Bob) Heirman
November 20, 1932 – April 29, 2017
Bob Heirman, 84, was called home to Jesus on Saturday, April 29th, at 6:15 a.m. after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. At time of death, he was surrounded by his wife and children. A golden ray of sunlight shone through the window and his face was lit up brightly.
He was a life-long resident of Snohomish, Washington and was born to Edward and Hazel Heirman in Everett, WA at Providence Hospital. He attended Fobes School from the 1st – 8th grades then went on to graduate from Snohomish High School in 1951.
He always had a love of trains, and followed in his father’s footsteps. Bob started working for The Great Northern Railroad shoveling coal for the steam engines at the age of 17. He went on through his railroad career never missing a day from work. He retired from Burlington Northern Railroad in 1994 after working for them for 43 years.
Bob was a life-long member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, served 57 years as Secretary/Treasurer of the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club, President of Snohomish County Sportsmen’s Association since 1975 and was also a member of the Snohomish Tillicum Kiwanis. Bob was a poet, historian, naturalist, environmentalist, sportsman, artist, tenor, guide and author. Bob has written three books with his most popular book titled “Snohomish, My Beloved County.”
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Ed & Hazel Heirman, brother Bud Heirman, daughter Margaret Puchelt, great-grandson Keagan Hodges and beloved fishing partner Henry Grill. Bob is survived by his wife of 43 years, ClaraJean Heirman; children Robin (Mike) Devon, Jo (Rob) Morken, Sandee Garcia, Barbara Schwab, Craig Marker and Erin (Bill) Aber. He leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren with two more on the way, cribbage partner and best friend Ralph Dahlquist, The Grill Hill Family, nephew Donald Heirman, his late daughter’s husband, Rick Puchelt and many, many other friends, family and loved ones.
In prior years Bob was an avid oil painter and their home is still decorated with his art. He would paint for hours while listening to his favorite Irish tenor, John McCormack. He loved to visit nursing homes where he would sing all the classic songs of 1890 with his late pianist Marge Schultz. You would often find Bob with his red hat on, in his old green truck driving through town, or in earlier years on the river’s edge steelhead plunking and reciting poetry. He was an environmentalist that planted creeks with baby Coho salmon and planted trout in local lakes and beaver ponds. A County park was dedicated to him after his years of preserving the Snohomish River. The park is titled “Bob Heirman Wildlife Park at Thomas’ Eddy” and most recently, County Executive Dave Somers has declared Earth day in Snohomish County will now be known as Bob Heirman Day. As Bob would say, he “truly is a legend in his own mind.” We couldn’t agree more.
Viewing will be held Friday, May 5th, 6-8 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church located at 1512 Pine St., Snohomish. A rosary will also be held during this time.
Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 6th, 1 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1512 Pine Street, in Snohomish with a reception immediately following.
Graveside service at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Fobes. Very limited parking.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Father Milhton Scarpetta, Providence Healthcare & Hospice of Everett, the members of Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and the Snohomish County Sportsmen’s Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club or Providence Hospice & Homecare of Snohomish County in Bob’s honor.
Funeral is entrusted with Bauer Funeral Home.
Paul Henry Schaus
January 14, 1923 – April 12, 2017
Paul Henry Schaus passed away peacefully, at home, on April 12, 2017. He was predeceased by his first wife, A. Romaine (Rayhill) Schaus after more than 50 years of marriage. He is survived by his second wife Nola Deierling Schaus; his children, Steve (Ellen), Jon (Dee), Faith (David Waschke), Margaret (Jim Noonan); 11 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He is also survived by Nola’s children, Dale (Kathryn), Joni (Don Siewert), Dell (Renee); her 4 grandchildren and her 3 great grandchildren.
Paul was born in Cornelius, Oregon, on January 14, 1923 to the Rev. Paul H. Schaus, Sr.
and Elsa (Dittrich) Schlaus. He was the third of 5 siblings and the only son. He was predeceased by his parents and 3 of his sisters. His youngest sister, Lenore Dolphin, survives him.
The Schaus family moved from Oregon to Snohomish in the mid-1930’s where Paul’s father served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church for nearly 3 decades. Paul graduated from Concordia High School in Portland, Oregon in 1941.
Paul served with the 487th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He earned the Bronze Service Arrowhead, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1946 with the rank of Technical Sergeant.
Paul worked for Weyerhaeuser for 33 years, rising from work in the planing mill to Sales Supervisor. He retired in 1984.
While working full time, raising a family, and maintaining a small farm, Paul attended school at night to earn his college degree. His dedication and persistence paid off when he received his BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1972.
A gifted and self-taught carpenter, Paul
built “the cabin,” a family vacation home, near
Granite Falls, overlooking Mt. Pilchuck and the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. It was the site of many wonderful gatherings for family and friends.
Service to church and community was an important part of Paul’s life. He was a congregation member of Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish from his teenage years until his death. He served Zion in many capacities, including president, trustee and elder. Paul was also active in the United Way of Snohomish County, the Everett Chamber of Commerce and the Snohomish Tillicum Kiwanis.
Paul was loved and admired by all who knew him. His deep faith in God was demonstrated in his
kindness, loyalty, honesty and ability to love unconditionally.
Paul loved gatherings of family and friends; rooting for the Mariners, Seahawks and Huskies; raising big, beautiful vegetable gardens; making jam to give as holiday gifts; and his John Deere tractor. His passing leaves a huge void in our lives and hearts. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish, WA on April 24, 2017, followed by graveside services and reception.
Remembrances may be made to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County or Zion Memorial Fund.
Virginia J. Heser
December 25, 1927–
February 18, 2017
In Loving Memory of
Virginia J. Heser
Her Loving Family
July 21, 1943 – December 22, 2016
A celebration of life to honor former Monroe Mayor Donnetta Halverson-Walser will take place 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Rock Church Monroe (16891 146th St. S.E. #145, Monroe).
Born on July 21, 1943, Donnetta was raised in Jerome, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966, teaching in Morton, Washington before moving to Monroe in 1967. Donnetta’s life was filled with grace, love, accomplishment and community advocacy. She passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, with Fred, her husband of 45 years, at her side. Donnetta dedicated her life to service, spending 28 years in public education and 32 years in local politics, including service on the Monroe City Council, the Monroe Civil Service Commission, the U.S. 2 Safety Coalition, the Snohomish County Senior Services board of directors, the Snohomish County League of Women Voters and two terms as Monroe’s mayor. She is survived by cherished family members including her sons and daughters-in-law; Scott and Stacey and Matt and Kimberly; her grandchildren, Morgan and Nathan, born of Matt and Kimberly; her brother, Gordon Halverson; niece, Candace Burnikel and nephew, Rod Stevens.
Donnetta was best known for her kindness, compassion, elegance and unassuming strength. She was commended for her extraordinary skill as an educator and her steadfast commitment to the betterment of her community. No task was too formidable for Donnetta.
She made a lasting, positive impact on those who knew her, including family members, countless students and numerous professional colleagues.
Friends are invited to share memories of Donnetta during the celebration, which will include a catered lunch by Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant of Monroe. In lieu of flowers, guests may donate to the Monroe Public Schools Foundation Donnetta Walser Memorial Scholarship. In recognition of Donnetta’s passion for literacy, new and gently-used adult and children’s books will be collected during the event for distribution to the Monroe School District and Providence Hospital.
A special room rate of $113.31, including tax, is available at the Best Western Sky Valley Inn (1-877-794-3111), located at 19233 S.R. 2 in Monroe. Reservations must be made by March 18, 2017, and guests should specify the Walser Celebration of Life Memorial when making their reservation.
Barbara J. Vicent
March 23, 1943 –
January 17, 2017
Born in Yuba City, California on March 23, 1943, Barbara passed away in Seattle on January 17, 2017 at the age of 73. A lifelong learner, she held Master’s degrees in both Chemistry and Education and was the first of her family to graduate from college, which she attended at the University of California, Davis, completing a degree in Chemistry. Barbara married the Reverend Salvador Jose Vicent in 1966 and moved their family to Snohomish County in 1970, where she lived in Snohomish, Everett, Lynnwood and Edmonds for 46 years. She spent nearly 40 years working as a CPA and was an active community volunteer at Blood Works and Living Wisely Thrift Store, as well as serving on the board of Work Opportunities.
Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband (1994), parents Lois and Norbert Rehermann, and brother David Rehermann. She is survived by her daughter Sophia Vicent (Gerardo Capiel) and granddaughter Ava Capiel, of San Francisco. She is also survived by her son Scott Vicent and siblings Frank Rehermann (Judy), Daniel Rehermann, and Julia Colson (Barton), and many other extended family members.
Deeply spiritual, Barbara spent many years in the Episcopal church serving Jesus Christ. Her recent spiritual life was with the Ananda Community of Bothell, where she inspired many by completing yoga teacher training at the age of 70. This community’s love and light gave Barbara and her family strength and courage in the final weeks of her fight with cancer and was a blessed part of her life.
Her sharp intellect, broad smile and dry sense of humor will be greatly missed. Barbara was a wonderful mother, sister, friend, and accountant. Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish on Saturday, February 18 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Doctors without Borders or Southern Poverty Law Center.
Ada Jane Walbrun
December 9, 1929 –
January 14, 2017
Ada Jane Walbrun passed peacefully on January 14th 2017 after losing her battle with the flu and pneumonia. Many family members were by her side throughout her last day.
She was born to Ted and Ada Irish on December 9, 1929 in Sultan, Washington and remained a lifetime resident. On June 30, 1946, upon his return from active duty, she married Rudie Walbrun. Together they built the family home on their property along the Wallace River, where they raised their five children, Richard (Joan) of Stanwood, Nickolas (Kris) of Custer, Lucinda Lu (Ron) Stever of Lake Stevens, Randy (Kathy) of Snohomish, and Candace Felt of Mukilteo.
Preceding her in death were her father and mother, husband Rudie of 58 years and son Richard. She is survived by her brother Merton Irish, Sultan, grandchildren, Ron (Leslie) Stever Jr., Ryan (Hellena) Stever, Robert (Lindsay) Walbrun, Keith (Natalie) Walbrun, Tessa (Mike) Boccongelle, April (Matt) DeSpain-Tonjes, Angie (Darryl) Mcnielly, Jacob (Toni) Walbrun, Matt Walbrun, Michael Walbrun, Chris (Toni) Walbrun, Rudy Walbrun, James Hjelm, Dave Hjelm, 21 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
During her life she was an active member of the Sultan VFW, Woman’s Improvement Club, Garden Club, Sultan PTA, Cub Scout Den Mother and Campfire Girl Leader. We will miss her dry “English” humor, her ability to listen without taking sides. Most of all we will miss her support and love. Graveside services will be held at 12 pm January 28 at the Sultan Cemetery followed by a reception at the Sultan Fern Bluff Grange. In lieu of Flowers donations can be sent to the Noah Center of Stanwood.
Orville (John) Joseph Boling
June 26, 1934 – January 3, 2017
On January 3, 2017, reunited with his beloved parents, Orville and Joey Boling, passing away at his residence of fifty years in Snohomish, Washington.
Survivors include brother James Boling (Sandy), Olympia, WA and sister Karen (Bob) Beerbower, Elma, WA and many fond nieces and nephews.
John was born June 26, 1934 in Elma where he honorably attended and graduated from its high school. Higher education degrees were attained from a combined enrollment at the Universities of Washington and Western Washington (Bachelor of Arts) and Seattle University (Master’s in Education).
Thereafter, prior to joining the faculty at Snohomish High School in 1956, he served in the U.S. Army in its ‘Special Services’ Division (Intelligence), stationed in Washington D.C. area.
During his 38 years at SHS he taught English Composition and Literature. His students will vouch for his exemplary motivating astuteness in his subjects, which enlightened an awareness of the practicality in one’s future life of grammatical correctness and appreciation for the Arts, particularly chosen literary works he assigned and lectured upon in his classroom.
Furthermore he was a devoted, faithful attendee of ‘Panther’ sports events, and to this date he was ever proud of living in Snohomish, where he was fondly nicknamed “Charlie,” rather innocently derived during a poker game with former students. He lent his presence ongoing at class reunions and involvement with many former students’ families, spouses and offspring included.
While a longstanding mem-ber of the Wallingford Metho-dist Church in Seattle, he de-voted countless volunteer hours to both Church committees and to humanity advocate organizations to which it had affiliation and sponsorship. A notable dedication was his Care Giver role for at least five AIDS patients, all of whom he endured their struggles and ultimate deaths.
John relentlessly related to, and accepted human diversity, not only within his classroom enrollments but furthermore in a societal census.
Special persons who survive John are: his caregiver Ron Amisson who dutifully administered his necessary wellness and prescribed health care during this past year’s debilitating confrontation with cancer; and longtime companion, with social, event, mutual friendship presence, and near daily communicative contact, Aldena Maynard, also a teaching colleague.
The following composition, written upon learning of his passing, and this obit, are written by a sixty year close friend. With heartfelt mode and manner he subjectively and objectively wishes to convey an aggregate reflection upon his life. It depicts what fond sentiment, and thereto, what memories shall prevail within our own respective hearts, souls, and minds as we survive our dear friend, associate, colleague, uncle, brother, and humanity patriot.
WHERE IS OUR UNCLE CHARLIE’S SOUL TONIGHT, AND TO WHAT IS HIS PRESENCE OF MIND AS SUCH?
We will never know will we? Someday maybe we will upon our own demise.
Will not be in the ‘matter’ to which we relate today, being only dust from his cremation escaped into the wind;
Life hereafter one’s last breath remains a surreptitious mystery we all behold and are entranced profoundly;
But in Charlie’s real life there was no suspense as to his grace, congeniality, never abandoning loyalty to his kind and kin;
Despite surging waves at high tide, figuratively washing over his footprints in the sand, those same waves return to the sea;
They will once again, and repetitively, rinse that same beach where those memorable impressions remind us of Him .. always and ever;
Candlelight sheds comforting healing for the heart ... never snuffed, ever flickering,
Will revel Charlie’s instruction for all of Us ---
“Rest in Reason ... Live in Passion ... Love is the beauty of one’s soul”;
He often coined such purpose in life to which he adhered and truly believed,
Hence would wish conveyance to his survivors to inspire themselves by such guidance and direction.
Candlelight, Candlelight ... salute, honor, remember him with kindness and charitable goodwill towards others;
Along with simulating his abundant humor and wit, his patent mode and manner, into a gratuitous savoring of others well being.
TO CHARLIE: ‘Amazing Grace, How Sweet His Sound and Soul” eternally.
A Celebration of Life gather-ing will be held at the Thomas Family Farm (Crossroads of SR-9 and Marshland Road) at 2:00 Sunday, January 29, 2017.
Family requests donations be made to the Snohomish Education Foundation in the name of John Boling, P.O. Box 1312, Snohomish, WA 98291-1312.
Eugene Paul Gatterman
December 18, 1936 –
December 17, 2016
Gene passed away on December 17, 2016 in Arlington, WA. He was born in Monroe, WA on December 18, 1936. Gene graduated from Monroe H. S. in 1955. In December of 1958 he married Barbara Laizure. His surviving children are Michael (Cherie) Gatterman, Kristine Gallant and Steve Gatterman.
Gene married Naomi Raplee in May of 1977. They were married 39 years. He is survived by Ronald Raplee and Suzanne, Charles (Patrice) Raplee, E. Wayne (Kathryn) Raplee and Kathy Ann Raplee.
Gene is also survived by His sister Barbara Foye, 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins. Gene helped parent 15 foster children over the years and continued a wonderful family association with them.
He was a past president of the National Truss Council for 4 years and worked in the millwork industry for over 30 years. He started Gene’s Tax Service and built it up as his retirement job where he served many loyal customers for over 20 years.
He volunteered as a little league coach, a Cub Scout Pack Leader for 15 years and a volunteer Firefighter for Monroe, 2 years, and Snohomish for 35 years.
There will be a celebration of his life on January 29, 2017 at the Gleneagle Golf and Country Club from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Donations may be made to the Arlington Fire Department in Gene’s memory.
Margaret Ellen Moon
1/6/1924 – 11/30/2016
Margaret Ellen Moon was born January 6, 1924 in Anacortes, Washington to her parents Harry and Joyce Cook. She grew up on March Point and graduated from Anacortes High School. She followed her brother Frank to college at Washington State College. She studied home economics and received her bachelor degree. It was there she met Charles Moon, whom she married.
Ellen and Chuck had their first son, Gary, in 1947 and together they moved to Alaska where they homesteaded five acres. They built a log cabin in Spenard, near Anchorage. In 1949, their second son, Bob, was born.
Ellen and her family returned to the Puget Sound area in 1952 in time for the birth of their third son, Paul. They settled in Snohomish and resided there for more than sixty years. Ellen enjoyed gardening, especially hybridizing rhododendrons. Even in her nineties she wanted to sneak a cutting from a plant she wanted to start. Ellen was a devoted wife and mother as she supported the career of her husband and reared their three boys. Her pies and sweet rolls will not be forgotten.
Ellen is survived by her three sons (and their spouses), Gary E. Moon (Sonja), Robert Moon (Nancy), and Paul F. Moon (Kathy); five grandchildren, Stacy Grover (Jason), Austin Moon, Dustin Moon, Garrett Moon (Caitlin), and Julian Moon; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony Grover and Veronica Grover; her sister-in-law Jeanne Goetz; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Charles E. Moon; her brother Dr. Harry Frank Cook and her daughter-in-law Linda Moon.
Memorials may be given to Alzheimer Society of Washington.
Chad Robert (Hayler) Thomson
April 21, 1969 - December 8, 2016
Chad Robert Thomson was born April 21, 1969 to Ken and Delaine Thomson in Renton, WA and grew up in Snohomish. He was born with asthma and had to overcome many obstacles with daily breathing issues.
When Chad was only a boy he was introduced to golf by his grandfather, Arnold Keller, and he knew this was his sport. In junior high he excelled rapidly, winning many tournaments and played on the school team. In high school he played on the varsity team and received a letter in golf. Chad graduated from Snohomish High School in 1987. He went on to Bellevue Community College and played on the golf team there, also.
Chad was well known for always being the funny guy, joking and smiling with everyone. He truly had no enemies.
Following his college time he had a battle with alcoholism and he won; staying sober for over 15 years.
Over the years Chad was employed at the Snohomish Golf Course, Overlake Golf Course, Machias Grocery and Everett Golf and Country Club. His hobbies were golf, music and food.
On August 8, 1997, Chad married Dottie Drake and had his son, Zachary. He adopted his daughter Kristin a few years later. He helped raise his stepchildren, Heather, Bobby, Renee and Tommy. The marriage dissolved in 2012.
Chad had to fight his alcoholism again and in June of 2015 he won that battle again, meeting some great people along the way, including his friend Anthony Giamanco whom he loved taking road trips and visiting with often. When he passed he was very proud to have 531 days sober.
After his recovery Chad was diagnosed with the rare brain disease P.S.P. Thought to be non-terminal, this disease had many physical complications including falls, difficulty swallowing and loss of balance.
Though Chad fought each day looking for positive hope, he passed away peacefully December 8, 2016, at the age of 47, from Hypertension heart failure.
Chad is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Delaine Thomson; sister Tracy D. (Darren) Stultz; children Kristin Nicole Thomson and Zachary David-Hayler Thomson; niece Amanda Ward and nephews Anthony Stultz and Riley Stultz.
Services will be held January 8, 2017, 2 p.m. at the Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the memory of Chad Thomson to PSP. org.
Thomas Lee Trombley
January 21, 1933 - December 6, 2016
Thomas Lee Trombley, 83, of Monroe, Washington passed away peacefully on December 6, 2016. Tom was born on Jan. 21, 1933 to Leona and Stuart Trombley. Tom lived and worked most of his life in the Monroe area; logging, home building, and operating T8 Ranch Fencing Company with his son, Tim. Tom spent many years on annual cattle drives in Ellensburg, reading books about local history, and watching sporting events on TV. He was happiest riding horses, family holidays and events and holding court around the stove in the shop. Tom also enjoyed spending time at their ranch in Tonasket. Tom was a member of Monroe Eagles and Tualco Grange for many years.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Shirley, and their 8 children: Steve (Terry) Trombley of Worland, WY, Suzanne (Bruce) Mayfield of Las Vegas, NV, John Trombley of Monroe, Jane Trombley (Steven) of Republic, WA, Tim (Genny) Trombley of Monroe, Terri Darnelle of Monroe, Russ (Joy) Trombley of Bothell, WA, Greg (Anita) Trombley of Monroe; sister Cathy (Bill) McCain of Wasila, AK; uncles Roland Jones of Bremerton, WA and Dan (Jean) Jones of Everett, WA; 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart and Leona Trombley and sisters, Carrine Trombley Blair and Betty Trombley Cavner.
A memorial service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe on January 7, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sky Valley Food Bank 233 Sky River Parkway, Monroe WA 98272 or the Monroe Fire Department, 163 Village Court, Monroe, WA 98272.
In honor and memory of Tom, please feel free to “Cowboy Up” and wear your western gear to his life’s celebration.
Nyla Arlene Walter
September 24, 1919 - December 3, 2016
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Nyla Arlene (Childers) Walter, 97, died peacefully on December 3, 2016. She was vibrant, led an active, independent life, and was loved by all whose lives she touched.
Nyla was born on September 24, 1919 in Milliken, CO, the daughter of William and Ruth Childers. She graduated from high school in Rickreall, OR. She liked to brag about graduating 3rd in her class (out of a class of 3).
Nyla was married in Yuma, AZ on March 14, 1942 to a handsome US Navy sailor Lew C. Walter of Bayard, NE.
Nyla is survived by her sister Bonnie DeVore (93) of Salem, OR; sons James (Masayoshi) of San Francisco and Wade (Sharon) of Vancouver, WA; grandson Wade (Jennefer) Walter of Snohomish, WA and granddaughter Erin (Aaron) Reddekopp of Renton, WA; great grandsons Derek Parker of Monroe, WA, Dillon Walter of Everett, Wa, Spencer and Aiden Reddekopp of Renton, WA.
Nyla was preceded in death by her husband Lew Walter (2005) and daughter Janice Helen (1967), parents William and Ruth, sister Alice and brothers Floyde, Harold, Dale.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the United Methodist Church, 2400 Lake Avenue, Snohomish, WA 98290.
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