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Remembering Phyllis Feiring Pulfer, 1926-2016

The family of Phyllis F. Pulfer, 89, is sharing this remembrance with the community, as she was a graduate of West Seattle High School and a member of its Hall of Fame:

Phyllis Feiring Pulfer passed away on Sept. 29, 2016, at Washington Odd Fellows Home, surrounded by family. She was born on Dec. 7, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Howard Farbach and Helen McGrath Farbach. After her mother’s passing when she was still quite young, she was raised by her grandparents in Seattle and later adopted by her maternal aunt and uncle, Odene and Arthur Feiring. She graduated from West Seattle High School and attended the University of Washington. She took time away from her studies at the University, worked for a time, and later transferred to the University of Oregon. It was there that she met a rather dashing fellow who was going to college on the GI bill. Robert B. Pulfer and Phyllis were married on June 17, 1948.

Phyllis and “Bob” started a family, and after his graduation, he went to work for the Corps of Engineers, which took them to several locations along the Columbia River. They had 6 children in 8 years and she enjoyed being a mother. She was awarded “mother of the year” in 1962 and was active in Camp Fire, PTA, and her church. She returned to complete her degree in her 40s at Whitman College while raising her children, and with very limited vision. She graduated from Whitman College in 1969 with a degree in Economics. She took a job at Blue Mountain Action Council and advanced to Executive Director within a few short years. She retired from BMAC in 1992 and continued in her role as chairman of the Human Rights Commission for the state of Washington.

Phyllis will be remembered for her tireless advocacy for social justice. She fought for the rights of the educationally and economically disadvantaged, the differently abled and the victims of bigotry and injustice. She served on many boards of directors in the community helping to steer organizations to financial solvency. While at BMAC she instituted programs to help winterize homes, developed training and employment for disadvantaged youth, created the Day Care Center at the Migrant Labor Camp, and many more services to the benefit of those in need in the community. She was particularly interested in adult literacy and helped to start Project Read. She was interested in women’s rights and served on the board of Planned Parenthood and started the local NOW chapter. Her ability to work with parties across the spectrum of political and economic entities to create a lasting legacy of care for all the members of the community is legendary.

Those who worked for her have praised her ability to bring out the best in themselves as she encouraged them to fulfill their potential. She listened to the concerns of those around her and had a keen eye for simple solutions. She had a soft heart and a ready tear, but she did not get mired in the emotional aspects of the job at hand. There are few social service organizations in the valley that did not benefit from her time and energy.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her mother, father, Sister Patricia Bristow, and son Bruce James Pulfer. Her husband Robert Pulfer died two days following her passing. She is survived by daughters Janet Velez (Ray), Marianne Pulfer (Richard Thurston), Kathleen Burgess (Aaron) ,and Nadean Pulfer (Irving Rosenberg), and a son, Ross Pulfer. She dearly loved her 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren who will remember her fondly.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Teen Center/Blue Mountain Action Council (homeless shelter for teens) or organization of your choice, through Herring-Groseclose Funeral Home.

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Celebration of life December 4th for Kathleen Rock Ramee, 1944-2016

Family and friends will gather December 4th to remember Kathleen Ramee, and are sharing this remembrance with the community:

Kathleen Rock Ramee, 72, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 1, 2016. She was born in Seattle to Edward Arthur Rock and Bernice Christine Lunde Rock. As a young adult, she traveled the world and stayed in Norway for a couple of years where she worked as a cook on a farm. She continued to live her Norwegian heritage throughout her life and passed on the traditions to her family. She lived many years in Wyoming, enjoying the wild west, and came back to her home in Seattle in 2004.

Her true calling was raising her girls as a single mom. She loved her kids more than anything and supported them in everything they did. Kathleen was adventurous, brave, independent, a free spirit and a true and wise friend. She loved good food, golfing, crocheting, travel, going to the casino and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. Kathleen was vibrant and always lit up a room and will be loved and remembered by all that met her. She was a living example of her favorite Sophia Loren quote, “After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”

She is survived by her daughters, Kimberly McDonald and Kelley Murphy, and her grandchildren, Celia and Cypress McDonald, and by her brother, Gordon Rock.

Please join us in celebrating her life on December 4, 2016 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm at the Sanctuary at Admiral in West Seattle. Please dress as mom would have liked – colorful and bright, with some sparkle thrown in for good measure.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please watch a beautiful storm with waves crashing upon the rocks, and hug your loved ones often and tell them you love them. That would make her smile knowing that love abounds.

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Memorial service Friday for Marcia Chesterfield, 1937-2016

Family and friends are sharing this remembrance of Marcia M. Chesterfield, 79:

Marcia Mage (Chesterfield), beloved daughter of Max and Adele Mage, died at home with her family beside her on Tuesday, October 11, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Seattle in 1937, she attended West Seattle High School, where she met her future husband of 62 years. They raised their family in West Seattle and later became longtime residents of the Shelter Bay community in La Conner.

Marcia was beloved for her cheerfulness and kindness and she devoted herself to a life of service and caring for others. She is survived by her husband John Chesterfield, sons Bob (Diana) and Paul, daughter Leanne (Stephen) Chesterfield Pike, grandchildren, Shanah Pike Walter, Robert Pike, Sarah Pike, Jacob Chesterfield and siblings, Mark (Barbara), Mage, Julia (Terry) Gangon and Merritt Mage.

Services are tomorrow (Friday, October 28) at West Side Presbyterian Church in West Seattle, at 1 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Hospice of the Northwest.

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Remembering Betty Cook, 1918-2016, and her ‘long and amazing life’

Family and friends are sharing this remembrance of Betty Cook, 98:

Betty Jane Eleanor Carl Cook
March 1918-October 2016

Betty Cook succumbed to her battle with time, and passed away peacefully in West Seattle, where she called home for over 70 years of her long and amazing life.

Betty was born and raised in Seattle, and graduated from Franklin H.S. and then attended the University of Washington where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.  Through her career she worked for her father (Roland A. Carl) who owned the Pacific Coast Coal & Oil West Seattle, and also enjoyed a long relationship working at Cascade Heating and Air Conditioning in Ballard.  

No one can accuse our mother of being idle as she was active in the community in many different ways.  She was a member of the PTA at Alki Elementary as well as an active member of the Electrical Women’s Round Table (E.W.R.T) in the Seattle area.  She remained an active member of the University of Washington Arboretum Society in her later years. For several years our family was involved with the local TYEE Triumph club; as sports car enthusiasts we traveled and participated in autocross events as well as rallies and oh yes, an occasional party or two.

Our family forged many longstanding and cherished relationships throughout their time as members of the car club.

Throughout the years our family spent many summers east of the mountains at Lake Chelan where Mom and Dad eventually settled in at Sun Ray Shores, a small tight-knit community where again many cherished relationships were made.

In looking back over our mother’s 98 years, it is hard to imagine all of the things she has witnessed as well as participated in over her nearly century on this earth.  She most certainly did not get shortchanged!  Our mother was a force, and in looking for words to describe her, some that come to mind are strong, direct, wise and always loving.

Betty loved her family!  She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Frank Cook as well as her oldest daughter, Barbara Rideout (Cook).  She is survived by her two other children, Patricia Woeck (Cook) and Harry Cook, and her grandchildren, Jennifer Frisch (Woeck), Rob Woeck, Jason Rideout, and Andrew Cook, along with 8 greatgrandchildren.

We will always take with us, that when she would see us she would say “you’ll never know how much I love you”, well Mom….we all knew.

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Remembering Judi Campbell White, 1940-2016

The family of Judi Campbell White is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Judith Elizabeth Campbell White, 76, of Federal Way, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2016 after a four-year battle with uterine cancer. Judi is survived by her loving husband Dennis; siblings Nancy and David; children Erin (Sean), Mike, Gillian, Mat, Tim (Lorrie); grandchildren James, Nicole, Josh, Alex, Rachel, Kaylei, and Caden; sister-in-law Juanita Lavallee; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her sweet little dog Tazzy.

Preceding her in death was her beloved mother Marion Pomeroy.

Judi was a business owner, avid reader, gardener, card player, had a beautiful singing voice, and was a devoted sports fan who enjoyed watching the Huskies, Mariners, and Seahawks. She will be remembered fondly as “West Seattle’s mother of all baseball moms,” carting all of her kids to practices/games/camps in West Seattle and beyond, and for having one of the most enthusiastic voices in the stands.

Judi was a true beauty inside and out and was never heard uttering an unkind word about anyone. She will be deeply missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

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Memorial service Wednesday for Guy Gallipeau, 1929-2016

October 9, 2016 5:21 pm
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Family and friends will gather Wednesday to remember Guy Gallipeau. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Guy H. Gallipeau
February 27, 1929 – September 16, 2016

Survived by longtime companion and fiancée Mabel Aide, as well as a brother, Joseph, his wife, and 2 nieces. World War II Veteran and auto mechanic.

Some passions were GOD, baseball, dancing, lighthouses, and local politics. He loved well and was well loved. He is greatly missed.

Service at Holy Rosary on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 10 am. Reception follows service. Internment, noon @ Forest Lawn.

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Remembering Bob Foote, 1960-2016

Family and friends are remembering Bob Foote, 55, and sharing this tribute with the community:

Robert (Bob) Foote was born on December 6, 1960, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. As a child, he emigrated with his family to the USA. They settled in West Seattle where the family became active in Tibbetts United Methodist Church. Bob attended elementary and secondary schools in the Seattle Public School system, graduating from West Seattle High School in the Class of 1978.

Bob was interested in music and sports, living an active lifestyle which included bicycling, hiking, climbing (rocks, trees, and mountains) and playing soccer. He enjoyed music technology and ran lighting and sound systems for numerous youth group musicals and dances. He participated in several youth mission trips working to repair and paint buildings, boat docks and hiking trails at United Methodist Church Camps in Washington and Alaska. Bob was also active in Boy Scouts of America and earned the God and Country Award while in high school.

One of Bob’s hobbies included the mixing of musical tracks, experimentation with synthesizers and other instruments, and with recording technology. Bob played guitar in a band for several years and enjoyed composing original music. Long before digital software and hardware made multi-media presentations easily accessible to everyone, Bob could be found putting together photographic, musical and lighting presentations to entertain and educate others.

Bob’s work life involved travel, as he engaged in electrostatic painting, initially as an employee and later as a small business owner who served a number of large and small customers across the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest part of the United States. Bob loved people, animals, and sharing his humorous stories, thoughts and photos on social media.

He died unexpectedly of heart disease and related complications on September 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, leaving behind his wife of 16 years, Laura Crawford; his parents, Roy and Mary Foote; a sister, Cathy Babbitt; and niece and nephew, Rose and Derek Babbitt of Seattle, Washington.

Memorials may be made to Seattle Humane, a non-profit animal welfare organization, located at 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005.

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Memorial Mass next Friday for Pierre Dorratcague, 1920-2016

Family and friends will gather next week to remember Pierre Dorratcague, 96. Here’s what his family is sharing with the community:

Pierre Dorratcague passed away peacefully on September 25, 2016 at Providence Mt. St. Vincent after visits from his loving family.

He was born in New York City on February 4, 1920 and attended the Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA degree and a BS degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University in January 1942. He worked at Western Electric in radar development. Pierre received special permission to go into the Navy as an officer and was commissioned in 1942. He received radar training at Harvard and MIT and was assigned to run an early-warning radar installation in the South Pacific. As the fighting moved north in the Pacific, he was assigned to install and train air crews in operating and reading radar in the planes of a new torpedo bomber squadron.

While training at the air station at Astoria, Oregon, he met his future wife Carolyn King. After a two-month courtship, Pierre proposed just before going overseas on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. He flew in the squadron commander’s aircraft, operating the radar guiding the squadron. Upon returning home he married Carolyn in Portland on July 25, 1945. After transferring to the reserves, Pierre went to work for Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore. In 1949 Pierre moved to Seattle to work for Boeing. He worked on several military programs, including radar systems, missile guidance, and electronics. Pierre ran the countermeasures development and testing in the Air Force’s B1 bomber. He retired from Boeing in 1985. Pierre served in the naval reserves for 30 years and retired with the rank of Captain. He participated in the naval Sea Scouts program and was national president.

He loved playing tennis and competed in the Senior Olympics. Pierre was a charter member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and served as a volunteer for many years. After retirement Pierre and Carolyn travelled extensively in the US and Europe, visiting relatives in France.

Pierre was preceded in death by his parents Dominique and Maria Dorratcague and his grandson Peter Dorratcague. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Carolyn; son Dennis and daughters Adriane Bouker, Michele Prociv, and Nicole Monroe; grandchildren David Dorratcague, Marc Bouker, Carolyn Love, Matthew Prociv, Paul Prociv, Jonathan Prociv, and Dominique Monroe; great-grandchildren Ava Bouker, Alex Prociv, and Elise Dorratcague. Pierre will be tremendously missed. The family appreciates the kindness and care of the staff at Providence Mt. St. Vincent in West Seattle.

A rosary will be held at 3:45 PM October 6 in the chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW. A Mass will be offered at 11 AM on October 7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 7000 35th Ave SW. A reception will follow immediately at the Walmesley Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pierre’s memory may be made to Providence Mount St. Vincent.

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Memorial service Tuesday for Bob Gamrath, 1922-2016

September 15, 2016 9:00 am
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A memorial service is planned next Tuesday for longtime West Seattleite Bob Gamrath. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

Robert Gamrath passed away peacefully on September 13, 2016, at 93 years of age.

Born in Opheim, Montana, Bob grew up on the family ranch. Bob attended Opheim High School. At age 22 Bob met Mary Trichilo while he was stationed on Treasure Island in the U.S. Navy. Mary and Bob were married in 1945, came to Seattle on their honeymoon, and ended up living in West Seattle for the rest of their lives. Mary preceded Bob in passing in 1999.

Bob was the father of Sandra, Christy, Thomas, and David Gamrath – all of Seattle. Thomas preceded him in passing in 1975. Bob’s brothers Elmo, Dwight, and Jay also preceded him in passing.

Although Bob left Montana for Seattle in 1941, Bob always held Montana near in his heart, and visited often throughout the years. After completing his apprenticeship as a machinist, Bob joined the Civil Aeronautics Administration in 1947. Bob joined Boeing in 1953 in Shop Load. Bob excelled at Boeing, steadily advancing, and reached the level of Vice President, General Manager of the Fabrication Division, with responsibilities covering Boeing’s manufacturing facilities in Auburn and Seattle, WA, Portland, OR as well as in Georgia and Canada. Bob retired from Boeing in 1988.

Bob stayed active in his retirement, including volunteering in many leadership positions, including at the Italian Club of Seattle. A handyman’s handyman, Bob was highly skilled at carpentry, electrical, plumbing, machining and other skills, and spent much time in these endeavors.

Memorial services and burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 6701 30th Ave SW, on September 20, 2016 at 10:00, with a viewing beginning one hour earlier.

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Celebration of life next Saturday for Charles Rhett Richards, 1988-2016

Family and friends will gather next Saturday (September 17th) to celebrate the life of Charles Rhett Richards. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with the community:

Charles Rhett Richards, 28, passed away July 30, 2016.

Born on February 6, 1988 in Seattle, he lived a very full and engaging life, always on the go. Son of Pat and Paula, brother to Emmett (Becky) and Wes (Shay), and uncle to CeeCee and Clara. He moved to Bellingham in 2009, where he graduated from WWU with a Bachelor in Business.

After college he traveled Europe, Australia, and the United States to visit friends, family and to live life on the go. He lived life in a matter most wouldn’t dare, always seeking something new to experience, see, or do. He filled every life he touched with love and joy, finding worth in all, resulting in countless friendships. A warm and wonderful man, he brought enthusiasm to every endeavor. You will forever be in our hearts and thoughts, Rhett; please watch over us all until we meet again.

Celebration of Life: Our Lady of Guadalupe, 7000 35th Avenue SW, on September 17th at 1:30 pm. Memorials can be sent to Catholic Community Services in Rhett’s honor.

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Remembering Sylvia Ann Mickelson, 1928-2016

The family of longtime West Seattleite Sylvia Ann Mickelson is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Sylvia Ann (Alger) Mickelson passed away peacefully on August 14, 2016 at the age of 88.

Sylvia was born to Milla and Thomas Alger, who immigrated from Norway. Sylvia was born and raised in West Seattle and preceded in death by Earl M. Mickelson, her husband of 65 years. Sylvia graduated from West Seattle High School in 1946 and attended the University of Washington.

Sylvia’s spirit is carried on by her three children, Susan Scott (Daniel), Chris Mickelson (Kimberly), Bart Mickelson; four grandchildren, Shawna Clark (Steve), Christiana Mickelson-Bigsby (George), Trine Mickelson, Tristen Mickelson; great-grandchild George Bigsby V; sister Beverly Alger; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Sylvia’s family was very important to her, and the grandchildren put a sparkle in her eye until the very end.

Sylvia lived 50 years in the same home and neighborhood in West Seattle where she had made many lifelong friends whom will miss her greatly. Sylvia was a longtime member of the West Seattle Eagles, and the West Seattle Yacht Club. She was a dedicated volunteer for the American Heart Association.

We want to thank Sylvia’s many caretakers over the years, most recently Maricris and Paul, in whose home Sylvia resided, who took exceptional care of her the past year, along with her dedicated caretaker Fely Tugade. Services will be private. Remembrances may be sent to the American Heart Association.

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Longtime West Seattleite Joe Sutter, ‘father of the 747,’ 1921-2016

(Boeing photo, republished with permission)

Boeing has announced the passing of a legend, Joe Sutter, 95, who also happened to be a longtime West Seattle resident. Mr. Sutter is best known as “the father of the 747,” but the message from Boeing Commercial Airplanes president/CEO Ray Conner adds that he had accomplished much more:

This morning we lost one of the giants of aerospace and a beloved member of the Boeing family. … Joe lived an amazing life and was an inspiration – not just to those of us at Boeing, but to the entire aerospace industry. He personified the ingenuity and passion for excellence that made Boeing airplanes synonymous with quality the world over.

Early in Joe’s career, he had a hand in many iconic commercial airplane projects, including the Dash 80, its cousin the 707 and the 737. But it was the 747 – the world’s first jumbo jet – that secured his place in history.

Joe led the engineering team that developed the 747 in the mid-1960s, opening up affordable international travel and helping connect the world. His team, along with thousands of other Boeing employees involved in the project, became known as the Incredibles for producing what was then the world’s largest airplane in record time – 29 months from conception to rollout. It remains a staggering achievement and a testament to Joe’s “incredible” determination.

Long after he retired, Joe remained very active within the company. He continued to serve as a consultant on the Commercial Airplanes Senior Advisory Group, and he was still a familiar sight to many of us working here. By then his hair was white and he moved a little slower, but he always had a twinkle in his eye, a sharp mind and an unwavering devotion to aerospace innovation and The Boeing Company. Fittingly, he was on hand to celebrate our centennial at the Founders Day weekend. He was one of a kind.

Joe was loved. He made a difference in the world. He made a difference to us. We will miss him and cherish our time with him.

Here’s a biographical tribute video from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which awarded Mr. Sutter its Lifetime Achievement trophy in 2013:

He also told the story of the first jumbo jet in a book published in 2007 and titled simply “747.”

ADDED 8:26 PM: The Seattle Times has added more information to its report on Mr. Sutter’s passing, including quoting his son as saying he had a bout with pneumonia just before his death.

Remembering Delorise ‘Dee’ Reeves, 1929-2016

Family and friends are remembering Delorise Pauline Reeves, who died this week at age 87. Here’s the tribute they are sharing with the community:

Delorise Reeves (Dee/Grandma D), age 87, entered eternal life on August 15, 2016. She was born on February 26, 1929, to parents Lester and Sarah Burton. Dee was the youngest of eight children. In 1945 she married Joe Bates. They had three children; in 1964 the marriage ended. Dee met Harry Reeves at Boeing and they married in 1967.

Always inclusive, Dee joyously welcomed anyone into her home and family. Everyone who spent time with her was bound to feel loved and accepted without judgement. She often went out of her way to take family members to classes, appointments, interviews and anything else that was needed. She never said no.

Her spirit is carried on by three children, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Son Larry Bates (Cris), grandchildren Erik, Kerry, and James. Son David Bates, grandchildren Andrea and Pauline; and daughter LeeAnn Tiede (Tom Jr.), grandchildren Matthew and Kirstin; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends, and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.

We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Dee, among them: Rats cannot survive after being struck by a rock catapulting from a slingshot. Also: shining a flashlight in family members’ eyes never ceases to be a great source of entertainment. Never say no to pet sitting, but while in your care feed them as many table scraps as possible. You could expect your dogs to be pleasantly plump upon your return. Stay young at heart and flirt with as many cuties as possible. No conversation is off limits. If your phone call goes unanswered, continue to call until they answer. Persistence is key. Never let a day go by where you don’t laugh. Be active, play tennis, go camping and bowl with ferocity. Maintain lasting friendships. Never say no to a board game with your family. Thermostats have a mind of their own, they cannot be trusted. Give to every charity that asks. Swear that you haven’t donated to any, and act confused as to why they are sending you calendars. Attend church at least once a week and help out with whatever is needed.

Dee was everyone’s biggest supporter and will be missed fiercely. She is reunited with her husband Harry, her sisters, and many loved ones.

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Remembering Elmer E. ‘Buzz’ Watson, 1920-2016

Family and friends are remembering Elmer E. “Buzz” Watson, who died last weekend. This remembrance is shared by his daughter, who says they wrote it together:

Elmer Earl ‘Buzz’ Watson, 95, died July 30th, 2016. following a long life well lived.

He is survived by his son, Gary Watson (Deborah) and granddaughter Kristina Watson (Brock Towler) and great grandson, Miles Towler, grandson Michael Watson (Gillian), and daughter Rebecca Watson (Darwin Nordin). He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Roeder (her children, Catherine, Cristine, Eric, Aaron) of Bellingham.

Buzz, son of Rachel and Elmer Watson, and great-great nephew of Ernest Watson of Whidbey Island fame (1886 historical house still stands as a B&B in Coupeville), grew up on a 120-acre dairy farm in Sumas, Washington, during the Depression, where he learned how to milk, and avoid being kicked by, a cow.

When not doing farm chores, or riling his sister Dorothy, he spent a lot of time hunting & fishing in the nearby woods & streams. Once or twice a year, his family ventured to the big city – Bellingham – to see the sights. When he was 17, the family sold the farm and moved to Bellingham, where he attended Western Washington College of Education (now WWU) for two years before moving to Seattle to work for the Western Electric (Ballard) phone company for a brief time. In 1941, he joined the Marine Corps, completing his flight training in Eastern Washington and Corpus Christi, Texas, where he graduated as Second Lieutenant. After meeting at a friend’s wedding in 1943, he wooed and married Jacque Lee Crawford in just one week. They honeymooned on the train, en route to North Carolina, and on the night they arrived, not able to find a room in a hotel, asked a police officer if they could spend the night in jail. After finding a home in Morehead City, NC, he received advanced flight training in preparation for active duty in WWII. He served 4 1/2 years as Captain at Midway Island, where he flew a B-25 Mitchell.

Personal highlights included shooting skeet with actor Robert Stack in Hawaii, and fishing off the islands for tuna. Following the war, he served 14 years in the Marine Corps Reserves, and was honorably discharged as Lieutenant Colonel in 1960. His military service was followed by several post-war jobs, gas station attendant, bread truck driver, bank teller at Bellingham National Bank – anything to make ends meet. He then worked for 35 years as a public servant – Deputy Collector for the Internal Revenue Service – and later was promoted to Supervisor of the Bellingham IRS office. He was feared but fair, finding creative ways for people owing tax to pay what was owed to the government (or as he liked to say owed to their neighbors).

Following his retirement from the IRS, he worked part-time as a real estate agent and enjoyed driving clients around and sharing stories about Whatcom County. Following his divorce from Jacque in 1972, he was awarded custody of his daughter Rebecca (unusual for that time) and was a single father for 4 years before marrying Josephine Durnan in 1976 (they divorced in the late ’80s). He lived in Bellingham (rented an apartment from beloved friend Cheryl) until suffering a stroke in 2012, which brought him to West Seattle, where he lived at Daystar Retirement Village, to be closer to his daughter who cared for him until his passing.

According to him, he was the best fisherman in Bellingham, and enjoyed many fishing trips with friends near Point Roberts, Stuart Island, and off Vancouver Island. He especially enjoyed the fishing trips to Alaska with son Gary, and to HiHume Lake in Canada with daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Darwin. He enjoyed golfing (was a huge Fred Couples fan) and watching the Mariners (when they were winning). A personal friend of Senator Scoop Jackson, he was (and undoubtedly still is) a yellow dog Democrat, and enjoyed seeing Barack Obama elected twice. He was also happy to see Hillary Clinton be nominated as the democratic candidate for President this year. He loved to cook (a foodie before it became trendy), made a mean apple pie and was always asked to barbecue the salmon for friend/family gatherings. Later in life, one Thanksgiving weekend, after a brief introduction by Darwin and Rebecca, he took up painting and produced many beautiful landscapes. He loved his family very much, and was very grateful for all their love, and proud of all their many accomplishments.

His family is saddened by his passing but is grateful that he had the courage to find his own path to a dignified end, and is finally at peace. The family thanks Daystar Retirement Village, Synergy HomeCare, & Kline Galland hospice for their support. At his request, there will be no memorial service. In his honor, please consider a donation to your favorite environmental organization, preferably dedicated to river or ocean conservation efforts –,,, Also, don’t forget to vote!

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Celebration of life this Friday for Lis Rudolph, 1965-2016

Family and friends will gather Friday to celebrate the life of Lis Rudolph. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Elisabeth R. Rudolph (Gabler), born December 11, 1965, was in a fatal accident on July 16, 2016, and died on July 17th.

She is survived by her loving family: her husband, Scott Rudolph, and her children Cole, Cooper, Christopher, and Audrey. Also mourning her loss are her parents Jack and Idella Gabler and brothers Jon and his family, and Jim and Steve.

Lis graduated from Sealth High School in 1983 and Seattle Pacific University. Lis was an honored employee of the Seattle Fire Department’s FMO Division. A celebration of Lis’s life will be held Friday, July 29th, 2016, at Shorewood Foursquare Church at 7 p.m., 10300 28th Ave SW.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lis Rudolph to Shorewood Foursquare Church (for the school), World Vision, Antioch Adoptions, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, or directly to Scott and Lis’s family/children through Seattle’s Bravest Charity (a licensed 501c3 charity), earmarked for Lis Rudolph’s family.

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Remembering Muriel ‘Mert’ Pearson, 1926-2016

July 24, 2016 7:02 pm
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A funeral Mass is planned next Wednesday for Muriel “Mert” Pearson. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing with the community:

Muriel Pearson, 90, went to Heaven on July 6, 2016. She was born in St. John, North Dakota on May 7, 1926, the eldest child of Willie and Anna Garceau.

Muriel came out to Seattle in 1945 and rented a house with 3 of her sisters in White Center. She worked several clerical jobs over the years; one of them at Boeing. She met, then married Keith “Bud” Pearson on September 15, 1950, in a double wedding with her sister Lorraine and her husband Harold Foster at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. Later, Bud and Mert would co-own what was formerly Digby’s Tavern in Morgan Junction from 1973 to 1981. Once they retired, they moved to Lake Limerick in Shelton and again to Sumner.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Pearson, his wife, Lisa Pearson and her grandchildren, Amelea, Stephan, and Grace and great-granddaughter, Samantha of White Center, as well as her daughter, Kimberly Ann Pearson, and her grandchildren, Darby and Hannah Kenyon of Sumner.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Keith “Bud” Pearson and her sisters, Doris Gardner, Aurora Skeleton, Juliette Pearson, and Neoma Jones as well as her parents and many other Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Her funeral mass will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Sumner, Washington, next Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 10:30 am.

There will be a small one hour reception at St. Andrew after the funeral mass.

Muriel Pearson will be buried next to her husband at Tahoma National Cemetery at 1:15 pm.

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Memorial planned for Maxine Bundy, 1915-2016

Maxine Bundy, who died last month at age 100, will be remembered at a service on August 5th. Here’s the tribute her family is sharing with the community now:

Maxine F. (Davenport) Bundy
August 30, 1915 to June 26, 2016

Mom was born Frances Maxine Plant on August 30, 1915, in small-town La Grange, Missouri. She would be the second of five children. At the time she was born, her father was in Montana working on a ranch. When he received the news, he hopped on a train and headed home to see his new baby girl. Maxine’s dad, always searching for the perfect job to support his growing family, moved them to Montana, where Mom spent some of her childhood years. From there, the Plant family moved to the Pacific Northwest. They lived in and around Seattle, primarily Rainier Beach.

Mom attended Emerson grade school and graduated from Franklin High in the class of 1934. Following high school, she attended comptometer school and went to work for Bell Telephone and Telegraph as a service rep. She met and eventually married Follin Davenport in December of 1940. In 1946, daughter Nancy was born and in 1949, son, Michael. Mom’s focus for the rest of her life would be the lives of her children and their families. She made sure that her children had all the opportunities she and Follin could afford. That included ballet lessons, ski lessons, music lessons, and more. She was active in the community as PTA president at Schmitz Park Elementary, Welcome Wagon, West Seattle High School Ski Club, Girl Scout co-leader, Cub Scouts and finally Fiorini Ski School. Many may remember our mom as having worked at Russell’s Jewelers.

Mom enjoyed the out of doors. She camped, skied, hiked, tried her hand at golf and even did a bit of fishing. She enjoyed hunting for wild blackberries and mushrooms with her sisters. Mom was a great seamstress, making clothes for herself and her daughter. She was always the consummate homemaker. Her home was always very neat and clean.

Follin passed away in 1985. In 1993, Maxine married Bill Bundy, a former neighbor. Throughout their 16-year marriage they enjoyed life and each other. They traveled widely, served in their church, entertained, and spent time with their families.

When Bill passed, Mom moved to Bridge Park, and for the next seven years she lived an active single life. She enjoyed the company of two special groups of ladies there and at church who supported and looked out for one another.

Mom has been described as warm, sweet, lovely, stylish, unique and indeed she was. As her children, we always knew her to be there in times of need, a companion and a good listener. She was a caring and able caregiver who was there through broken bones, measles, bee stings and more.

It should also be said that our mother was an avid Seahawk supporter.

Maxine is survived by her son, Michael Davenport (Nancy), her daughter Nancy Bringolf (Rick), seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Phyllis Keithly, of Yuma, Arizona.

A memorial service is planned for August 5, 2016, at 2 pm, West Side Presbyterian Church, West Seattle.

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Memorial service Wednesday for Rick Herzog, 1949-2016

A memorial service for Rick Herzog, 67, is planned Wednesday at Hope Lutheran. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing with the community:

Born January 28, 1949 in San Jose, California, Rick left us June 13, 2016, after suffering a sudden heart attack at West Seattle Golf Course.

A proud graduate of West Seattle High School (’67), Rick earned his BA from Concordia University, in Seward, Nebraska. His career began with the Washington State Ferries, before later retiring from the University of Washington.

It was while working a Seattle-Winslow ferry run that he would meet his wife of 30 years, Diane; they were married August 15, 1974, and later moved to Lake Forest Park in 1981. An avid golfer throughout his life, Rick was surrounded by many lifelong friends, in the neighborhood where he grew up, and playing the game that he loved. He will be missed.

Preceded in death by his parents Fred and Jan, and wife Diane, Rick is survived by his son Nate, son Morgan & daughter-in-law Allison, sister Deborah Bessette & brother-in-law Steven, brothers-in-law Dave Drain, Dennis Drain & sister-in-law Marsha, Dale Drain & sister-in-law Tina, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services to be held Wednesday, July 6, 2 pm at Hope Lutheran Church in West Seattle.

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Celebration of life on July 16 for Marshall M. Eaton, 1941-2016

A celebration of the life of Marshall M. Eaton is planned in West Seattle on July 16th. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing with the community:

Marshall McHugh Eaton
December 12, 1941–June 8, 2016

Lifelong West Seattle resident; died at the VA hospital on June 8 from the effects of acute myeloid leukemia.

Marshall was born at Swedish hospital to Florence and Robert Eaton. He attended Gatewood, Madison, and West Seattle High, and graduated from South Seattle College. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol Ann; sons Kevin Doyle (Yvonne) of Cheyenne, WY, and Mark Eaton; daughters, Ann-Marie Oliver (Danny) and Marguerite Eaton; three grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother Bill Eaton and sister Roberta Miller, loving nieces and nephews, longtime friends Elmo Lewis and Dennis Johnson, and many other dear friends.

He was a loving and devoted family man, and will forever be remembered for his sense of humor, love of cars, and ability to fix just about anything. The family wishes to thank the VA hospital, doctors, nurses, and staff for their care, kindness, and support shown to Marshall since his diagnosis. There will be a Celebration of Life for Marshall, July 16 at 2:00, at St John the Baptist Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 3050 California Ave. SW, in West Seattle.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation, or any veterans’ charity.

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Remembering ‘Nonni’: Paulina D. Megale Beard, 1925-2016

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Three memorial and celebration events are planned next week for Paulina D. Megale Beard, whose family is sharing this remembrance:

Heaven just got a whole lot better.

Paulina Domenica Megale Beard (“Nonni”) 90, of Seattle, passed away June 22, 2016 at home, surrounded by family.

Paulina was born in Coos Bay, Oregon to Italian immigrants Joseph and Domenica Megale on December 25, 1925. She went to high school at Marshfield High in Coos Bay and went on to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Oregon. Paulina married Thomas Beard on October 22, 1953, and lived in Oregon before settling in Seattle.

While raising her six children, Paulina worked full time as a Dental Hygienist until she retired after 52 years at the age of 79. She had such a loyal following of patients that she was deemed “PB Only” as most patients would insist on only seeing her for treatment.

Aside from her children, Paulina was most proud of her Italian heritage. At the age of 5, her family moved to Reggio Calabria before permanently moving back to the States when she was 9. She traveled often to visit family in Italy, many times bringing her children along in an effort to keep the families meeting up generation after generation.

Paulina enjoyed a stiff Manhattan, traveling, making big Italian dinners for family and friends, and she could play a mean game of gin rummy. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family both near and far.

Paulina is survived by her sister Eleanor (Owen) Murphy (Worcester, MA); brother Dr. Joseph Megale, Jr.; daughters Celeste Beard, Mary (Joel) Halpin, Josann Boever, Paulina (Steve) Elliott, and Celine (Stefan) Leigland; son John (Roxanne) Beard; six grandchildren Brigitte Halpin, Thomas Boever, McKinley Beard, Olin Leigland, Finn Leigland, and Tanner Beard; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Paulina is preceded in death by her parents, and brother Dr. Domenic Megale.

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Ti amo, Mamma.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Providence Hospice of Seattle and Swedish Palliative Care for their overwhelming support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle. Condolences may be left in Paulina’s online guestbook.

Rosary will be held at Holy Rosary Parish, West Seattle on Thursday, June 30th at 5 PM. Funeral service will be held at Holy Rosary Parish, West Seattle on Friday, July 1st at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Holyrood Cemetery, Edmonds. Celebration of life will be held Friday, July 1st at 5:00 PM at Rainier Golf & Country Club.

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Celebration of life June 18th for Mark E. Moore

Family and friends will gather on June 18th to celebrate the life of Mark Moore, 62. Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared with the community:

Mark Edward Moore, 62, of Seattle, passed away on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 with his loving wife, daughter, and son at his side.

Mark was born on August 3, 1953, to Elna and Dean Moore. He was the youngest of the couple’s four children.

He was a graduate of West Seattle High School and in 1979 married his wife, Susan Geary. Mark and Susan had two children: daughter Danielle, who was born in 1980, and son Kelsey, who followed in 1982.

For over 2 decades, Mark worked for Kings Command Food Inc., where he held multiple positions. Mark was a sports enthusiast. He was a die-hard Seattle sports fan and loved to watch the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sonics play. And on sunny weekends, you could often find him playing 18 holes at Foster Golf Course.

He was preceded in death by his father Dean and his sister Susan.

He is survived by his wife Susan Moore, daughter Danielle Ellis, son Kelsey Moore, mother Elna Brown, brother Douglas Moore, sister Cheryl O’Brien, and granddaughter Holly Ellis. Mark was a loving husband, father, son, and friend, and will be greatly missed.

Please join us to celebrate Mark’s life on Saturday, June 18th, between 1 pm and 4 pm at the White Center Eagles, located at 10452 15th Ave SW.

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Funeral Mass next Monday for John W. Sisson, 1932-2016

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Family and friends will gather next Monday to remember John W. Sisson. Here’s the notice they’re sharing with the community:

John W. Sisson, beloved husband and father, passed away at home in his sleep May 25th.

He was born in Minnesota in 1932. He was the son of Frank and Ruth Sisson. He spent a 35-year career in public service as an auditor for the General Accounting Office. He loved horses, boats, camping, reading, dogs, sports cars, WWII aircraft, and especially his family. He would always make time for his family.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Monday, June 6th, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 7000 35th Avenue SW in West Seattle.

In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to either the Union Gospel Mission or the Seattle Humane Society.

Please visit his memorial web page here.

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Celebration of life June 5th for Renee Amundson Rundle, 1937-2016

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Family and friends will gather on June 5th to celebrate the life of Renee Rundle, 79. Her family is sharing this tribute, remembering her as a woman of “many talents”:

Renee Marion Amundson Rundle passed away peacefully on April 28, 2016 after a valiant battle with multiple illnesses.

She was born in North Dakota on February 11, 1937 to Julia and Gerhard Amundson. While she was still quite young the family moved to Seattle, Washington. Renee attended West Woodland Elementary School, James Monroe Middle School and graduated from Ballard High School in 1955. She married Clayton Rundle in 1956 and they welcomed their daughter Michelle into their family in 1968.

She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington. Throughout her career she worked for PR firms including Bernhagen & Associates and Ehrig & Associates. She also was the Editor for the Alki News. Most recently she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle.

Renee had many talents. In her younger years she was an accomplished majorette, a member of the Ballard High School and All City Band, and on her high-school yearbook staff. Later in life she pursued many interests including traveling, sailing, playing on a softball team, and studying the universe, meditation, and art. She loved writing and poetry and dreamed of having her poems published. She was also passionate about her community and not afraid to speak up if something needed to be addressed, as she often did for Alki. Though her physical health limited her at times, her spirit was strong and she was always seeking and open to new adventures.

Renee is survived by her daughter Michelle Rundle, sisters Gwen Cleveland (Arne) and Janet Woodfield (Ed), and multiple nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Please gather with us to celebrate her life at 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 5, in the Fellowship Hall of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th St, Seattle. Per her wishes, please also come dressed in brightly colored party clothes. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity in her honor are welcome.

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