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James Lee Schoettler, Jim, passed to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ on April 12, 2017.

He was born in Salem, Oregon on November 14, 1931 to Ruth Sadd Schoettler and LeRoy James Schoettler. Following the death of his father in 1944, Jim and his mother and sister, Shirley, moved to Tacoma to live with family. He attended Stadium High School and later graduated from College of Puget Sound (now University of Puget Sound) in 1954.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Lois Jean Secreto on November 22, 1952 in Tacoma and together they raised three children: Stephen, John and Carolyn. Jim and Lois moved from their Lakewood home to Suquamish in 1986 where Jim opened and managed the Poulsbo Albertsons grocery store. He retired after 35 years from Albertsons in 1993. Jim was very active in his community. His philanthropic work included leadership roles spanning several decades with the Poulsbo Lions Club and First Lutheran Church. In 1992, Jim was named Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year.

Jim (affectionately known as Papa) was devoted to his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed attending their many sports activities and taking them fishing. In addition to Jim’s dedication to his family, community, and church, Jim loved to travel, planning many trips with Lois, to Hawaii and Europe over the years. After 57 years of marriage, Lois passed away in 2010 and Jim continued to reside in their Suquamish home with his beloved Labrador, while diligently serving his community for the rest of his life.

Jim leaves behind a loving family, his three children Stephen, John, Carolyn, their spouses and grandchildren Sarah Schoettler Overmyer, Erin Eley Maggard, David Schoettler, Julie Schoettler Carnahan, Zachary Eley and Michael Schoettler.

A memorial service for Jim will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Avenue NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to First Lutheran Church, Poulsbo Lions Club or North Kitsap Fishline. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home. Please sign the online guest book for the family.

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Aurel G. Lungu, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on March 10, 2017 and was 84 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Raymond  Chang, the Halford R. Clark Professor of Natural Sciences, emeritus, died last week on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on March 6, 1939 and was 78 years of age.

Raymond lived under the shadow of war for most of his childhood. Following the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, his parents, along with their eight children, moved from Shanghai to the relative safety of Hong Kong, then a British Crown Colony. Raymond was born there in 1939. When Japanese troops entered Hong Kong in late 1941, the family returned to Shanghai, where they lived through Japanese occupation and liberation by Allied troops. The civil war that followed and the founding of the People’s Republic of China caused the family to flee again-- back to Hong Kong.

At age 16, Raymond traveled by himself to London, following an older sister. After a preparatory course in English, he entered Woolwich Polytechnic College at the University of London to study chemistry. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1962 with First Class Honors and sailed to America aboard The Queen Mary to begin graduate studies at Yale, where he received both his master’s and Ph.D. He completed his postdoctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis, and spent one year teaching at Hunter College before coming to Williams in 1968 on what was supposed to be a three-year limited appointment.

As the only faculty member from China at the time, Raymond often went outside of his field to explain Chinese culture and language to curious students. For several years he taught a popular Winter Study course, a one-month introduction to Chinese language and calligraphy. When he tried to gather background materials for his course, he found no book on the Chinese language that was written for the general reader. He and his wife Margaret, a librarian and writer who taught children’s literature at MCLA, then wrote a popular introduction to the Chinese language, Speaking of Chinese. Raymond drew on his boyhood experiences to select the proverbs, describe Chinese grammar, and write the calligraphy used in the text.

Raymond was known by several generations of students as an outstanding teacher. They loved him for his clear, concise delivery that made it as easy as possible to grasp even the most complex and arcane elements of thermodynamics. His classes were invariably peppered with gently humorous stories, and no joke was too corny to tell or failed to capture his delighted laughter. He was a master of performing classroom demonstrations and was known for inventing several that are still favorites in the Chemistry Department.

He was also a warm and approachable teacher in person, and his consummate skill and flair as a science educator meant that his impact on the training of new members of the chemistry faculty was particularly important. At least six current members of the department credit him with having provided essential mentoring at some point in their development as teachers. For some, this meant learning the inner workings of planning a lecture on a dense and abstract mathematical topic, although these sessions often initially induced terror when the beginner realized Raymond conducted these masterful classes with his notes on a few 3x5 cards or the odd Post-It note. For others, Raymond might offer advice about handling a challenging classroom situation or about how to productively absorb and apply disappointing criticism to become a more positive and adaptable instructor. And for every one of these colleagues, even after he retired and the professional mentoring was offered over the telephone, Raymond remained an unquenchable source of enthusiasm for the beauty of scientific ideas, the power of experimental surprises, and the deep satisfaction that comes from sharing these with young minds.

Raymond also taught countless students and chemistry teachers beyond Williams through his many textbooks. A prolific author, he produced chemistry textbooks for nearly 50 years, throughout his career at Williams and then during his retirement as professor emeritus. Among the many textbooks he authored, his widely used general chemistry textbook, first published in 1976 and now in its 12th edition, set the standard for general chemistry textbooks around the world. Simply referred to as “Chang” among the chemistry community, his text was translated into eight languages. He wrote textbooks on spectroscopy, physical chemistry, and industrial chemistry, as well.

He also drew from his childhood experiences and co-authored children’s books with Margaret. He is best remembered for In the Eye of War, a novel for children about a Chinese family living in occupied Shanghai. Also with his wife, he created the texts for several picture books based on traditional Chinese tales, among them The Cricket Warrior: A Chinese Tale and The Beggar's Magic: A Chinese Tale.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, Margaret, he is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Chang and her husband, Peter Stiepleman of Columbia, Mo.; his grandsons, Isaac, Ezra, and Jacob; a sister, Rita Wong of Upland, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews living on both sides of the Pacific Rim.

Our thoughts are with Raymond’s family and many friends.


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Jessica Lynn Santos, passed away on ​Friday, April ​7, 2017 in Suquamish, Washington. She was born on February 25, 1994 and was 23 years of age.​

Jessica (Jess) was a giving person who loved her family and friends. She will be remembered for her funny, bubbly, goofy personality. The bonds she forged with those around her were like no other, and the faith and confidence she had in people created loving relationships. Jess loved to dance, sing, color and help others. She was a very beautiful soul on the inside and out. Jess supported all aspects of her culture, especially youth programs.

She is survived by her parents Gloria (Adam), Robert and her siblings; Veronica (Benjamin), Daniel, Denita (Joseph), Erica, Nathan and grandmother's Charlotte and Linda. Jessica also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Robert Cardiel, great-grandparents; Delphina and Luis Hurtado and Louie Morago, James Henry Sr. and Alice Henry.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at ​11 AM at ​The House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish, Washington. Interment will take place in the Suquamish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Suquamish Tribe North American Indigenous Games Fund. Please sign the online guest book for the family​. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Robert Leigh Burger, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017 at The Wyatt House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on October 26, 1929 and was 87 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Kaye Frances (Klopfenstein) McKerchar, age 87, passed away on April 5th, 2017 in Poulsbo, Washington joining her beloved husband Walt in heaven.

Kaye was born on October 27, 1929 in Tacoma, Washington. She was the third of four children born to Catherine and Frederick Klopfenstein.

In Tacoma, she attended local schools, including Annie Wright Seminary, and graduated from Stadium High School. She went on to attend several colleges, including Stephens College in Missouri, University of Puget Sound, and in 1955 graduated from Western Washington College (now University) with an Education Degree. It was at University of Puget Sound that she met and married John Jennings in 1951. They had one child, Patrick “Rick” Jennings in June 1952.

After returning to college and completing her degree in 1955, Kaye taught for over twenty years in the Highline School District. During this time, she met and married Dave Jennings, who was the primary paternal person for Rick.

In 1975, Kaye took a sabbatical from teaching to obtain her Master’s in Education. During that time, she met Walter McKerchar in Burien, where they were married in 1977. Shortly after, the couple moved to Poulsbo. There they built two houses that each had great views of Hood Canal. Frequently they would see a submarine passing by.
As Walt spent time in the electromagnetic business, he and Kaye did much traveling, both in and out of the country. Kaye had many great memories of the places they visited and people they met.

In addition to spending time traveling, Kaye was greatly involved in helping people in the North Kitsap community. She was very proud that she could help those less fortunate through her involvement in organizations such as North Kitsap Fishline, Central Kitsap Foodbank, and Cancer Society Shop in Silverdale. She was also dedicated to helping people through her church by setting up thrift shops and helping a refugee family get established.

Faith was very important to Kaye. In addition to being a regular attender and involved at St. Antony’s, she started Bible studies at her home. This Bible Study continued to meet faithfully when Kaye moved into assisted living.
One of Kaye’s greatest loves was gardening. She constantly worked on making beautiful yards and gardens whenever she could.

Kaye was preceded in death by both of her parents and her sister Elizabeth (Bettie) Fitterer. Her brother, Mac Klopfenstein, died during World War II while piloting an aircraft. She is survived by her sister Karen (Michael) Gee of Cle Elum, WA. and her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Judy Jennings of Richland, WA. Kaye has two grandchildren and five great grandchildren, along with many loving nieces and nephews.
Kaye’s family is especially grateful for the wonderful friends who visited her. The family also appreciated the care and attention she received at Martha and Mary in Poulsbo.

There will be a celebration of her life on Sunday, May 21st,2017 starting at 4:00 pm at St. Antony of Egypt Episcopal Church in Silverdale, WA. Memorials can be sent to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at PO Box 19024 Seattle, WA 98109.
Arrangements are under care of Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island.

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James B. Pasnick, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home in Seattle, Washington. He was born on May 18, 1964 and was 52 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Irving Dibble Smith Jr, former Bainbridge Island resident/entrepreneur/father & friend passed on recently on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the age of 93 - following his wife DONNA LEE SMITH, who preceded him on August 21, 2016.

He was born on November 4, 1923 to Irving D., Smith Sr. & Ruth Homan Smith in Seattle, Washington and was the grandson of King County Superior Court Judge E. Everett Smith, a member of one of Seattle's pioneer families.

During the Great Depression, Irv lived on Wing Point with his sister Ellen & parents. Those memorable days as a young boy inspired him later, with wife Donna to return to Bainbridge in 1963, making the Island their permanent home & work place, graduating their 4 children - Cyndy, Larry, Sue & Libby from Bainbridge High School (BHS) - all of whom still share ties with the Island.

Irv served in WWII as an Army Pilot over Britain, then married Donna Lee Luckenbach (1926-2016) shortly thereafter. They were married, inseparable for over 65 years.

Remembered on Bainbridge for their devotion to family, education, PTA Sukiyaki Dinners, community, friends, tennis, and Island Lumber, together they also enjoyed a successful professional partnership: Irv developed the Ne-Si-Ka Bay Residential Waterfront Community, Poulsbo in the late 1970's, while Donna (a Realtor® with Deschamps Realty) listed & sold these same Ne-si-ka Bay homes - well into 1991, at the time of her retirement.

During their later years, travel & golf took them south to Arizona until 2013, when they returned to the Pacific Northwest to rejoin the family one last time. Irv & Donna are survived by their 4 adult children, 7 adult grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Their memories are cherished every day.

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Thomas  MacVane, Veteran, passed into the arms of our Lord March 31, 2017 at home surrounded by loved ones. Born Thomas Stanley MacVane to Henry  and Eva Clarke MacVane on June 20, 1930 in Portland, Maine, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Charlotte Sears MacVane; his parents; and brother, Ritchie. He is survived by brother, Donny and his family; children, Ellen (Ron Arbour), Susan (Vince Armstrong), Todd, Jay (Heather), Beth (Mike Brundige); grandchildren, Kyle (Michelle), Scott, Grace (Alex), Dane, Lance, Ty, Troy, Cole, Emma, Cara, Daphne; great-grandson, Liam; and loving friend and companion, Lillian Murphy.

Growing up on Long Island, Maine, where their mother was the schoolteacher, Tom and his brothers learned the family trade from their father a lobsterman and owner of an ice delivery business. A Portland High graduate, he earned a BS from Maine Maritime Academy in 1952.  In the summer of 1953, Tom met the love of his life Charlotte, a kindergarten teacher from Boston who was vacationing on Long Island. They married six months later and together they adventured across the country raising their children (who hit the parent lottery!).

After serving in the U.S. Navy, the majority of his career was spent with subsidiaries of Union Carbide including Linde in Southern California, Domsea Aquaculture on Bainbridge Island and London Chemical in Chicago.  He retired in 1990 as president of KTI Chemical in Sunnyvale California.

Happily retired, Tom and Charlotte built the "Charley J,” his dream commercial tuna fishing boat. They went on to enjoy several years of summers fishing from their cottage in Maine and winters spent on Bainbridge Island with children and grandchildren always on the scene.

Those fortunate to know him would likely agree that Tom could best be described as a people person. He loved to visit, talk and laugh always showing a genuine interest in others. He reveled in meeting new people, helping family and friends, telling stories, solving problems, fishing, building, fixing, gardening, taking drives, playing poker and Scrabble.  With a “get her done” drive, Tom was always anxious to start a project and see it through to sometimes mixed results. His family often joked about his mantra “Not all jobs worth doing are worth doing well”!  Truly a loving, generous and dependable husband, father and friend the impact of his life will continue to ripple. Through all life’s ups and downs, he considered himself a lucky man, blessed by family, friends and the love of God. He is missed already.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2 p.m. at Bainbridge First Baptist Church, 8810 Madison Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island.

The family gratefully acknowledges his friend and Pastor Dan Wymer.

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Larrie S. Schmidt, passed away on Thursday, March 30 , 2017 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on June 25, 1944 and was 72 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Craig Truth Anthony Griffeth, 47, passed away unexpectedly on March 28, 2017, following a long and courageous struggle with addiction.

Truth, known as “Tony” as a child, was born on April 25, 1969 in Los Angeles, California and grew up primarily in Seattle and Anchorage, sprinkled with months living overseas with his family in Avignon, France, and Krakow, Poland.

Truth battled his way back from a period of addiction early in his life to earn his GED, an Associate’s degree from North Seattle Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He devoted his career and his personal life to helping others struggling with the insidious, deadly disease of addiction. Truth’s quest for knowledge of both self and the Universe led him into many adventures – in books, travel and human connection. Truth was unfailingly generous with his hard-earned knowledge, love, spirit and time.

The light and loves of Truth’s life were, and will forever be, his three children, Maile (13) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Malia (12) and Malakai (9) of Suquamish, Washington. Truth’s best self was never more evident than when he was able to spend time with his kids and watch their special talents blossom and grow.

Truth is survived by his children; Deanna Romero, dear friend, ex-wife and mother of Malia, Malakai and Truth’s stepsons Max, Marc and Manny; dear friend and Maile’s mother, Aisha Williams; his sisters, Kim Romo of...

Please spread the word that addiction is a disease, it is a nightmare for the addict and all who love them. Please show support not condemnation.
There will be a celebration of Truth’s life held at a later date.

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Mary Shirley Barnett, died peacefully on March 28, 2017 in Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

Shirley was born in Pittsfield, Maine to Ernest and Regina Shirley on November 4, 1926. She graduated from Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston, Maine and also graduated from The New England Hospital for Women and Children as a registered nurse in Boston, Massachusetts.

She married Webster Gesner Barnett on September 10,1949. They have four children: Andrew, Stephen, Rebecca Barnett Campbell and Elizabeth Barnett; Five grand children and two great grandchildren.

Mary welcomed each individual with a warm and gracious heart, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. She served her church family and community through volunteer efforts. Mary had a zest for travel and was fortunate to see many ports of call. Her passion for water led to many memorable beach adventures.

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too inpatient, one should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach waiting for a gift from the sea”
~~~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In honor of Mary Barnett donations can be made to:
Virginia Mason Foundation / Dr Picozzi/ Pancreatic Cancer Research
PO BOX 1930
Seattle, WA 98111

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Interment will take place at the church cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Vivian A. Golding, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at The Caring Place Adult Family Home in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on November 4, 1930 and was 86 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Ruth  Nagy, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at her residence in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on September 19, 1924 and was 93 years of age. The Mass of Christian Burial is pending at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington and will be updated on the funeral home website. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Charles Garnie Quitslund, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was 83 years of age.

Born January 6th, 1934 in Portland Oregon to Phelps and Leona Quitslund, Garnie passed away on March 24th while tending to his garden. Ever the avid gardener, Garnie took great delight in sharing its bounty with friends and family. Visits with Garnie’s meant receiving an assortment of fresh vegetables. Garnie’s passions were varied and ran deep. He enjoyed exploring the outdoors by way of hiking, camping, photography, or any other means to be with nature. When son Josef moved to Alaska, so too did Garnie’s interest for Alaska, the Yukon Territory and the First Nation tribes.

Driven by a spirit for service and contribution rather than achievement, Garnie’s selfless passion for giving is his legacy. A long time Bainbridge Island fixture, Garnie worked quietly behind the scenes, committed to the preservation of open space, natural habitat, and native traditions. Named Citizen of the Year in 2002 by the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club, Garnie was honored for his commitment to community service. His tireless efforts as an advocate for greater self-governance led to the Island’s Home Rule Charter; his work with Habitat for Humanity preserved affordable housing; his leadership and fund raising efforts purchased the Blakely Harbor Park; his persistence preserved the Grand Forest, and the list goes on.

Garnie was proceeded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Roberta “Bobbie”. He is survived by sisters Sonya, Tanya and Ingrid; sons Eric (Diane) and Josef; grandchildren Aaron (Kadi), Tim (Danielle), River, and Rose; great grandchildren Landon, Sawyer, Owen, and Payton, Kaleb, and Olivia.

A celebration of life will be held on April 15th, 1:00 at the House of Awakened Culture, 725 NE Parkway, Suquamish. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chief Kitsap Academy, PO Box 498, Suquamish, WA 98392. Garnie’s memory will be included during St. Cecilia’s April 22nd Mass. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Anne  Bowden, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Harbor House - Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on November 17, 1925 and was 91 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Richard Alan Fallows, of Bainbridge Island,WA died on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at The Ridge in Silverdale,WA.

He was born on February 15, 1943 in northern CA. He attended San Mateo High School where he met his wife to be Ronni Zemel (Fallows). He then attended University of California, Berkeley and did his professional study of dentistry at Northwestern University in Chicago IL. He and Ronni were married in 1964 in San Mateo, CA. They have two sons, Scott and Keith.

He served as a dentist in the USPHS, division of Indian Health Services from 1966 until 1969 in Fort Defiance, AZ and Taos, NM. They returned to Saratoga, CA in 1969, with Scott (born in 1968) and Rich practiced Dentistry in until 1992. Keith was born in 1970.

Richard was dedicated to providing the best possible care for his patients at all times. He had an extensive list of jokes that he generously shared with his patients and a very well developed sense of humor. He served on numerous Boards in the Saratoga area and was an Examiner for the State Board of Dental Examiners. Upon his retirement from Dentistry in 1992, he worked for and was on the Board of U.S.Cotton Inc. in NM. He and Ronni lived in Santa Fe, NM from 1992 until moving to Bainbridge Island, WA in 2004.

In 2008 he was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s and struggled with the disease until his death. Rich was a very special soul, who touched all who came to know him.

He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife of 53 years, Ronni (Bainbridge Island, WA), his son Scott and grandchildren Jai and Leela (Bayfield, CO), son Keith, his wife Susie, his grandsons Aden and Luca (Whidbey Island, WA). Rich loved sharing his passions for sailing, skiing, horseback, and hiking with family and friends. In July a memorial service will be held in WA to celebrate his beautiful life.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on July 16, 2017 from 5-8 PM at Kiana Lodge in Suquamish, Washington.

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Thomas Anthony Coultas, died peacefully March 20, 2017 surrounded by his family at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. Born on May 23, 1942 in Bemidji, MInnesota, Tom's family moved to Bainbridge I sland when he was six months old. He counted himself as a lifelong resident of Bainbridge, graduating from Bainbridge High School in 1960, and stayed close to his classmates, "The Untouchables," for more than fifty six years.

Tom attended Olympic College following his high school graduation and then transferred to Central Washington University to finish his Bachelor of Arts in Education. Tom met is city girl Diane, while attending CWU in Ellensburg. They were married September 23, 1966 in Seattle. After two years living in Edmonds, Tom and Diane bought property in Kingston, built a home, and raised their family, children Jennifer and Tom, in the community where he resided for nearly fifty years.

Tom valued education and sharing his knowledge with others. He spent twenty seven years with the Edmonds School District as an Industrial Arts Educator. He maintained friendships with many students following their graduation. In addition to teaching, he spent summers as a Commercial salmon fisherman.

Tom was a visionary who could see unlimited possibility and potential in people and things. He spent twenty four years serving as Kingston Port Commissioner and was instrumental in the redevelopment of a tiny old marina into a beautiful modern marina that serves as a civic destination for the community.

Tom was much loved by his family and friends for his wit and wisdom. He left an impression upon everyone he met, and was known for both his tenacity and kindness. He leaves behind his wife of fifty years Diane; daughter Jennifer of Los Angeles; son Tom (Jenn) of Kingston and grandchildren Madison and Aaron of Los Angeles.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on April 22, 2017 at Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, WA. Please sign the online guest book for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Garet Benjamin Barney, passed away on March 20, 2017. He was 40 years of age.

Garet was the son of Michael and Monte Barney, and he was born on August 24, 1976, in Pendleton, Oregon. His parents moved their family to Southern California when Garet was four years old. He graduated from Saddleback High School.

Following high school, Garet was called to the New York, New York North Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served as an assistant to the mission president, President Ronald A. Rasband (now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). He loved being a missionary. He loved his missionary companions. He loved the people that he met and taught. Most importantly, he loved sharing his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

After returning home from his missionary service, Garet attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, where his most important accomplishment was meeting Mindy Love Crane. Both Garet and Mindy transferred to Utah State University to continue their studies, and Garet graduated with a Bachelor's Degree having double majored in Finance and Economics, and minored in International Business, Spanish, and Music.

Garet made a career as a financial analyst working at the Naval Base in Keyport, Washington. He was loved and respected by all of his co-workers.

After transferring to Utah State University, Garet finally gathered up enough courage to ask Mindy to join "team Barney," and they were married in the LDS Seattle Temple on June 30, 2001. Their eternal union was blessed by the addition of six beautiful children. Garet was a devoted husband and father, and his family was his greatest joy.

A giant of a man in so many ways, he was a "man large in stature, and also having received much strength of the Lord." He had a laugh that could fill a room (or maybe several rooms), and he loved to laugh. He could find humor in any situation, and was never afraid to laugh at himself. He loved to learn and was an exceptional listener and a trusted friend. Music was a large part of his life, and he was an exceptionally talented singer and performer.

Garet's was a life of service. He did not know how to give any less than 110%. He served faithfully in his church in many different capacities. He was a remarkable youth leader that truly loved every young man that he served. He was a loving Bishop of the LDS Silverdale 1st Ward, and a model of Christlike love and compassion.

Garet was a bright light in this world and he will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Garet was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wayne and Hazel Barney. He is survived by his wife, Mindy; his children: Jaden, Gracie, Sydney, Lily, Ruby, and Ali; his parents: Michael and Monte Barney; his siblings: Trevar Garvin and Jessica Caravella (Sal); his grandparents: Jim and Bobbie May; his father and mother in law: David and Cindy Crane; his brothers and sisters in law: Melissa Hillam (Sam), Scott Crane (Sarah), Rebecca Ricks (Bart), Dallin Crane (Paola), Tyler Crane, Hannah Vance (Taylor), and Julia Crane; he is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 9:00 -10:30 AM and the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Stake Center on Nels Nelson Road in Silverdale, WA. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup, Washington. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Roy Wayne Zocher, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on July 4, 1932 and was 84 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Medora Jeanne Brown, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on February 16, 1932 and was 85 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9-10:45 AM followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Silverdale Stake Center on Nels Nelson Road in Silverdale, WA. Interment will take place at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Howard Junior Croker, left this life on March 19, 2017 and returned to the arms of his loving wife
Rachel, who preceded him in death just three months ago.

Born August 10, 1926 in Detroit, MI to Howard and Marion Croker, a US Navy family, Howard Junior spent his childhood on the move from Michigan to Massachusetts to his eventual high school graduation in San Pedro, CA. It was there, just before his 18th birthday that Howard joined the Navy. He was a proud veteran who served in the Pacific until the end of the war. During his time in the service, Howard began boxing. At 6’5” with hands like mitts, Howard must have been an intimidating opponent to see enter the ring.

Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Howard married Rachel Ann Hilstad in January, 1947 on Bainbridge Island. Once married, he enlisted in the Coast Guard, which had Howard and his bride on the move again. They spent the first three years of their marriage stationed in the Yaquina Head lighthouse in Oregon. It was here their two children, Thomas Roland and Mari Rae were born.

Once his USCG duty was over, the Crokers returned to Bainbridge Island where they settled and raised their family. Howard began working at the Bremerton Navel Shipyard - a job he would retire from after thirty five years of service, including time in the Coast Guard after the war.

His love of machines and mathematics became his hobby as he constantly maintained and repaired everything around the home and taught math at the shipyard. Our ‘Papa’ Howard will be lovingly remembered as a storyteller and jokester - tales often punctuated with his signature wink and a gentle squeeze on the leg. As one of the Greatest Generation, Howard served his country with hard work and devotion to family, there was never an expectation of entitlement. His example of love and sacrifice was his greatest gift to his family and friends.

Howard is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 70 years, Rachel, and his parents. He is survived by his brother Vernon Croker, son Thomas Croker (Luanne) and daughter Mari Loverich (Wayne); Grandsons Christopher Croker (Tara), Chad Croker, Tom Loverich (Stacy), Eric Loverich (Johnene); Great Grandchildren Maddie and Parker Loverich, Isabelle, Nolan and Sophia Loverich, Cole, Ciara and Catie Croker, Estella and Pearl Croker. Howard was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church until the end.

The family would like to thank Pastor Paul for the loving comfort he provided to Howard and family, especially during this difficult time. Also to Dr. Rogers, nurse Kimberly and the Wyatt House staff for their care over the last three years.

A celebration of life will be at 1:00 Saturday, April 1st at Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Road NE, Bainbridge Island. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Lois J. Melcher, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on June 21, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was 73 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Donald Noel Gray, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 25, 1947 in Ontario, Canada. He was 69 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Robert  Day, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Fir Acres Adult Family Home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on September 11, 1922 in Sheen, England and was 94 years of age.

Robert was an English film director. He directed more than 40 films between 1956 and 1991. Robert worked his way up from clapper boy to camera operator, then cinematographer, in his native England, and began directing in the mid-1950s. His first film as director, the black-comic The Green Man (1956) for the writer-producer team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, garnered fine reviews and a classic notoriety.

Using this as a starting point, Robert went on to become one of the industry's busiest directors. He relocated to Hollywood in the 1960's and directed many TV episodes and made-for-TV movies. He occasionally had small parts in his own productions, including The Haunted Strangler (1958), Two Way Stretch (1960), the TV mini-series Peter and Paul (1981). In the 1970s and 1980s, Robert would direct episodes for numerous American television shows, including Barnaby Jones, The F.B.I., Dallas, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and Matlock.

While filming in Rio de Janiero, Robert met future wife Dorothy Provine, "It was love at first sight", she would later say. After marrying, they lived in Los Angeles, where son Robert Jr. was born. They later moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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