Willa Mae Buitenveld, 93, passed away Sept. 14, 2012 at Harrison Hospital, Bremerton WA.
"Billie" was born August 19, 1919 in the family farm house on the Yellowstone River near Worden, Montana to Walter and Eula Jane Howard. Her brothers Clyde, Curtis and Clifford dubbed her Billie and it stuck with her throughout her life. She graduated from Eastern Montana College of Education in 1938 with diploma in Elementary Education. She married her soul mate William Maxwell (Max) Buitenveld on December 26, 1939 in Billings, Montana.
Billie and Max moved their family to Bainbridge Island in 1951. They were active members of the Congregational Church where Billie played the organ and sang in the choir. She taught in the Bainbridge Island School District before starting her private pre-school. She taught private piano lessons for many years. Billie was involved in the Head Start program and helped with fund raising and volunteered many hours of teaching time to ensure the continuation of the program when the federal funds stopped. Billie moved her private preschool into her home and called it the “Gingerbread House” which became known simply as “Billie’s School.” She retired from teaching at age 78, but continued to be an advocate of early education. She filled her time volunteering in the local and state Grange, the Evergreen Singers and the Senior Citizen group.
Billie will be remembered for many wonderful qualities including her determined spirit, her curiosity for learning and enthusiasm for life. Illness and life challenges did not slow her: she battled the effects of many surgeries, crippling arthritis, and breast cancer with determination. Through it all she remained positive and embraced life. She loved being surrounded by family and friends and was always the first one to propose a party. She enjoyed going to lunch with her friends, playing the piano, and raising a toast to a good time. At 93 she was still a force to be reckoned with. She has touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew her.
Billie was preceded in death by her husband Max, her daughter Sally Simpson and her three brothers Clyde, Clifford and Curtis. She is survived by her sons Curtis (Kay) of Poulsbo WA, Harlan (Betty) of Shelton, WA, and Stephen (Debra) of Rolling Bay, WA, her 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Harrison for the wonderful care they provided her and the family in her last days.
Family and Friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life to be held October 14, 2012 at 1:00PM at Kiana Lodge. The family suggests contributions to the Island School or other charity of your choice.
Alicia June B Woodall, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at her residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on June 9, 1922. She was 90 years of age. Services will be private at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Jim K.J. Johansson, passed away Sept. 8th after a short but serious illness, He was at home surrounded by a loving family.
He was born in Seattle on April 1, 1923 and lived on Bainbridge Island most of his life. He attended Lincoln Grade School and Bainbridge High School, graduating in 1941. Jim had many Japanese friends and was devastated when, in the following year, working in Los Angeles, he received news of their deportation to detainment camps. During WWII young Johansson became an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines transporting troops, frequently under fire, to various locales in the South Pacific. He suffered a permanent hearing loss from that time.
After the war, he intended to resume his education in law begun at the University of Washington. There were, however no places available until the following year. He was persuaded by a Naval friend to register for the law school at the University of Montana and to live at a boarding house in Missoula. He met Anne, his future wife while she was visiting her aunt across the street from Jim's temporary quarters. She had enrolled at the university, which she had planned to attend for two years and then return to the Middle East where she had been living with her parents. Her future plans included graduation from the American University at Beirut and application at the U.S. State Dept. Fate was to decide otherwise. They were married in 1949, shortly before Anne's eighteenth birthday. The young couple supported themselves as owners and sole workers in "Jim and Jack"s Sweater Shack, selling sweaters to college students. (Anne replaced Jack when he resigned). When Anne became pregnant the following year with their first child (another Jim) and Jim was still in school, they sold the store and Jim went to work for the realtor who had negotiated the sale of the store. In 1951 a second child (David) was born. In 1952 the couple returned to Bainbridge Island and the Johansson family home to assist Jim's father in caring for Jim's mother who was seriously ill. Subsequently three more children were born: Steven 1953, Christine 1954, and Michael, 1955.
Johansson worked for Henry Broderick in Seattle and then opened a branch office on the island in the original Bainbridge Review building at the ferry dock and eventually his own company on the site of the present Macdonalds and eventually where the Johansson-Clark is now.
As his son Michael said, "Dad was all about family and friends. He loved music, golfing, working in the yard and going to Manitou Beach with his dog, "Tessa" His other attachments were the Washington Huskies, the Seattle Mariners, and the San Francisco Giants. He was the best father and friend a son could have".
Jim Johansson is survived by his wife, his five children, eleven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Rollingbay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the helpline the house on Bainbridge Island.
William Osmun, 92, died in his home on September 8th from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Bill was born in Elizabeth, N.J. where his father, Willis Osmun had a dental practice.
After graduation from Dartmouth College in 1942, Bill joined the Army Air Force. He served in the South Pacific Theater as a cryptographer for the duration of WWII. At the end of the war, having been discharged from the Army Air Force, he went to Yale where he earned his MFA in art history.
In 1947, he went to England to attend the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London where he pursued his studies in art history, wrote his thesis and got his PHD.
Upon returning to the United States, Bill was employed as a curator at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City for a number of years. In 1957 he moved to California to take a position as a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles. He was one of the prime movers in building a new building for the LA County Museum of Art and moving it to its present location in the early 60’s. He loved encouraging contemporary artists in the area, visiting their studios and organizing exhibitions.
In Los Angeles, Bill met and married his wife of 45 years, Eugenie Osmun. They lived in Santa Monica until their retirement to Bainbridge Island in 1988.
Reading was always a passion for Bill. He could almost always be seen with a book, magazine or newspaper in his hands. His knowledge was encyclopedic in almost any subject, but especially in art history. At the same time, he was a truly modest person.
Bill is survived by his wife, Eugenie, by 2 daughters, Tatyana and Martha, and a son, Peter; 6 grand sons, Justin, Alexander, Thomas, Theodore, Nicholas and Nicholas.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 30th at 12 noon at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church, 26580 Breidablik Pl. NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Driving directions can be found on St. Elizabeth website: www.stelizabethorthodox.org.
Remembrances can be made to the St. Elizabeth Building and Maintenance Fund or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home. Please sign the guestbook for the family.
Robert E. Endter, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Stafford Healthcare at Belmont in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on January 11, 1926. He lived in Port Gamble for 4 years and in Ketchikan, Alaska and Bainbridge Island for the past 58 years.
Bob worked as the terminal manager for Boyer Alaska Barge Lines for 50 years. A US Navy Veteran, he is survived by his wife Virginia Endter of Bainbridge Island, children; Bobbi Endter of Bainbridge Island, Debbie Ensley and Becky Benz and her husband Mike of Arizona, grandson's Tyler and Chris Benz of New York, NY, sister Susie Long and her husband Ronnie of Grove City, Ohio and brother Curtis Endter and his wife Barbara of Columbus, Ohio.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kitsap County Humane Society or the Seattle Children's Hospital. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Marian F Richey, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on January 15, 1914. She was 98 years of age.
Marian’s great grand parents, John and Lydia Low came with the Denny Party to land at Alki Point, with the Denny Party and the pioneers of Seattle in 1850. The first pioneer child born there was Nettie Low who later married George Foster.
She lived in Alaska with her parents Claire Frasier Foster and Frank Foster. She had four siblings two of whom died as young men. Frank was a lawyer and US representative for the Territory of Alaska.
Marian went to Stanford and the University of WA with a degree in English Literature. She was a Librarian for a time; married Julius Edward Richey, Capt. USCG and had three girls, Ann Richey, Betty Chesssman and Katy Nollman. She loved to fish, cook fresh food, pick wild blackberries, make jams and preserves. Marian was dedicated to catching crab and digging clams at low tide. She missed her Marrowstone Island home on the water when leaving became a necessity.
She gracefully endured, continuing to read and be a serious threat at the Scrabble board. She had memorized much poetry and could recite it even through her last days. Her force of character will endure. Meanwhile, her daughters say, “Hope the fishing is good where you are!”
Dan Lewis Hornick, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on August 27, 1939 and was 73 years of age.
Dan had a passion for flying, ships and sailing. He enjoyed golfing and building models. Dan was a past agent for the Elliott Bay Yacht Company and also worked in management for the Luckys and Safeway Grocery Stores. He was a former electrician in the US Navy. Dan was a member of the Bainbridge Island Yacht Club.
He is survived by his wife Katherine (Kay) Hornick of Bainbridge Island, children: Tod Hornick (Dianne) of Port Ludlow, WA, Dan D. Hornick (Joan) of Poulsbo, WA, also cousin Kay Walsh of Bainbridge Island and granddaughter Sherri Larson. Dan was preceded in death by his father John Hornick, mother Merle C. Hornick, brother Robert J. Hornick and mother inlaw Dorothy Shipton. He was also preceded in death by his angel dog Sammy just nine days before Dan's passing.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association or any charity supporting Leukemia research. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Annette Eileen Swanson, passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on October 1, 1955 and was 56 years of age.
She graduated from North Kitsap High School and the University of Washington. She was a loving wife, mother, artist, and homemaker, who courageously battled Lyme disease for over 25 years.
Annette is survived by her husband, Ron Swanson; children, Alissa Swanson, Ryen Swanson & Elaina Trostad; grandchildren, Domenic Miller, Merrilee Miller, Olivia Baker; siblings, Bob & Nancy Bale, Carol & Steve Pace, Glen & Tina Bale, Concetta (Tina) Scott-Masterjohn & Rob Schalansky, Larry Swanson, Bruce Swanson, Carol Swanson, Steve & Glenna Swanson, Richard & Pam Striker; in addition to several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, home health aides, dear friends & loved ones. She was preceded in death by her brother,Freddy Bale; her parents, Walter & Phyllis Bale, Vernon & Bernice Swanson; and her sisters, Merrilee Striker & Solveig Swanson.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 10:00-10:45 AM at St. Olaf Catholic Church followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at the church. The graveside service will follow at 1:00 PM at First Lutheran Church Cemetery in Poulsbo. A reception will then be held at the First Lutheran reception hall. Sign the online Guest Book for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Kouang Prachansiri, passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born December 18, 1922 in Pakse, Laos. He was 89 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Marjorie Irene Phillips, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday August 15, 2012 with her family by her side.
Marjorie was born in Mahnomen Minnesota to Melbourne and Irene Petersen. She went on to graduate from high school and beauty college in Tucson Arizona. She has lived in the Poulsbo area for the last 40 years and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
While living in the Poulsbo area she made a lot of friends while owning and working in a number of Beauty Salons.
Marjorie will always be remembered for her spontaneous laughter and that she truly cared for others.
Marjorie is survived by her two sons: Dale Barber and Troy Barber along with five Grandchildren: Ashley, Patrick, Wayne, Zachary, and Vincent; and her mother Irene Petersen, brother John Petersen, sister Jeanette Swansonwho live in Arizona. She was preceded in death by her father Melbourne Petersen.
A memorial service is being held at the Gateway Fellowship in the Munger Chapel on Friday, August 24th at 1:00 PM located at 18901 8th Ave NE Poulsbo Wa 98370. The phone number is 360-779-5515.
Marjorie Elizabeth Ibsen, went to be with her Lord in her home August 12,2012. Marjorie was born in Seattle, WA. June 11, 1916.
She was preceded in death by her son Jack Ibsen. Marjorie’s optimistic outlook and lover of life inspired so many in her 96 years of life.
She is survived by her husband Gerald Ibsen, her children Par Ibsen, Joy (Clyde) Rohlinger, Jerry (Linda) Ibsen, Marjee Ibsen, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on August 16, at 10:30 AM, at Sunset Hills Memorial Park 1215 145th Place Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98007
Dr. Robert William Hansen, Jr., passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2012 at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on November 19, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 73 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
William Wheeler, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2012 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on June 8, 1944 and was 68 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Gertrude L. Franke, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Belmont Terrace in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on April 10, 1927. She was 85 years of age.
The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 12 noon at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington. Inurnment will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Julius L. Curry, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Park Rose Care Center in Tacoma, Washington. He was born on March 13, 1947 and was 65 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Akio Suyematsu, a Japanese-American farmer against all odds cultivated a legacy that will live forever.
Akio Suyematsu was born October 30, 1921 on a small farm in Port Madison, on Bainbridge Island. He was the oldest son of seven children born to Yasuji and Mitsuo Suyematsu. In 1928 the family purchased forty acres of timberland in Akio’s name. This was due to the Asian Exclusion Act that made it illegal for his parents to own land.
Here the family faced pioneer conditions forging the house and livelihood from the raw land. For the next three decades, the land was painstakingly cleared one stump at a time, eventually to be transformed into the Suyematsu Farm on Day Road.
Through the first half of the 20th century, the family was poor with food being a constant concern. They would often seek to buy the cheapest fish from the local docks to can for food stores. Affording health care was beyond their means. Akio witnessed his youngest brother Yasuo die at the age of 9 due to unknown causes.
Akio attended Bainbridge Island schools and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1942, the same year he and the rest of the Japanese American community were forced into internment camps during WWII. Akio was one of the few to meet his graduation requirements prior to exclusion. There was some resistance within the school leadership regarding Akio’s standing. It took a letter of advocacy from his shop teacher affirming Akio’s above average performance that enabled him to earn full credit. This letter was found recently in a wallet Akio carried throughout his WWII years.
Akio found his academic strengths and gifts in vocational classes. He developed into an expert mechanic, machinist, and welder and could have easily found trade work, but this life did not appeal to him. However, Akio would apply all of these skills to survive as a farmer over the coming decades. He rebuilt his first tractor many times and even today it still runs like new.
On March 30, 1942 the Suyematsu family and the rest of the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American community were the first to be uprooted by the US Government and sent to the WWII internment camps. They were forced to leave behind a bumper crop of strawberries just months away from harvest and allowed to take only what they could carry. It was a terrible time as Akio’s father Yasuji had been taken into custody when two blasting caps (dynamite was regularly used to clear stumps but was made illegal for Japanese to own) were found on the farm. This was a very stressful time as it was not clear his father would be returned but he eventually was after several days. Other families were not so lucky.
The family was sent to the Manzanar Relocation Center near Death Valley, CA. Living conditions were extremely harsh and the heat was especially hard on the elders such as Akio’s parents. The family requested along with other Bainbridge Islanders to be transferred to the Minidoka internment camp in Idaho.
In 1945 while in camp Akio was drafted into the US Army. He trained for the 442 all Japanese American Regimental Combat Team but the war ended before his deployment. He and his brother Toshio who was also drafted then served as military police in Germany until 1947.
Upon returning to Bainbridge Island from his term of service, Akio found the farmland “a mess”. Their family house had been looted and Akio expected the farm to be foreclosed upon. Since starting their farm it was not uncommon for the family to be cheated. Mr. Suyematsu never received payment for the timber that was originally logged off their land. After the War, they were forced to deal with the compounded interest caused by not being able to farm for years. As such, Akio was surprised when the mortgage holder offered to let Akio keep the land for the back payment of all interest. Akio worked extremely hard for many years to repay this debt. He was forever grateful for this act of kindness. Akio continued to use horses to plow his fields for many years after others converted to tractors because he could not afford one until after his debt was repaid.
This act of kindness shaped Akio’s outlook on life. In turn, he has helped an entire new generations of farmers establish themselves with similar acts of kindness on this very same land.
Akio Suyematsu was the last Japanese American farmer on Bainbridge Island. He has become a local legend for having produced the finest strawberries, raspberries, Christmas trees and pumpkins. He pioneered organic and sustainable farming on the Island before these became popular practices. His farmland is more fertile after 84 years of operation than when it started. The Suyematsu Farm has become the longest, continuously operating working landscape in Kitsap County. Throughout the decades, Akio has received numerous awards for his acts of farming and conservation, and now has an annual farming award established in his name.
In 2001, Akio sold part of his beloved farmland to the City of Winslow on Bainbridge Island, not to develop as most others have, but with the right for him to farm it for the rest of his life and with the expectation it be kept in perpetuity as working farmland.
At 90 years of age, Akio could still be found out weeding his pumpkins, tending his rows of raspberries, and maintaining his reputation of having the most immaculate fields ever.
Akio Suyematsu passed away peacefully on July 31 at the Kline Galland nursing home surrounded by family and supported by friends and colleagues.
During his lifetime, Akio mentored a successive generation of master and junior farmers who will carry on his legacy on his land. Each year over a thousand students, visitors and interns come to visit, study and train at the historically recognized Suyematsu Farm. Akio’s raspberries are served in the school lunch program at his alma mater and featured as a “Bite of Bainbridge” attraction. Today, the Suyematsu Farm is considered a valuable community asset. Out of Akio’s experience of exclusion, his farm has become one of the most diverse and inclusive places on Bainbridge Island.
Akio Suyematsu is predeceased by his parents, Mitsuo and Yasuji Suyematsu, his sister and brother-in-law, Kimi and Tom Kamo, and his younger brothers, Isamu, Toshio and Yasuo Suyematsu. He is survived by his brother Yoshimitsu and sister-in-law Joan, his sister Eiko and brother-in-law Zenji Shibayama, his sisters-in-law, Grace (Toshio) and Hime (Isamu) Suyematsu, 14 nieces and nephews and 15 grandnieces and grandnephews.
The Suyematsu Family wishes to thank all of Akio’s friends for their love and support over the many decades of hardship and success. A special thanks goes to Kline Galland for their exceptional care and the Cook Family Funeral Home for their thoughtful handing of Akio’s final arrangements.
A Celebration of Akio’s Life will be held on Sunday August 19th from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at the Suyematsu Farm, 9229 Northeast Day Road NE, Bainbridge Island.
Tax deductible donations may be sent on Akio’s behalf to the BIJAC Woodward Fund: Please Click Here and/or The EduCulture Project at Global Source Education: Click Here.
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Carmen S. Wilson, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on February 2, 1945 and was 67 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Douglas Elliott, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on May 21, 1932 and was 80 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Howard Springer, Howard was born at King County Hospital in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1922. He passed away at home on July 18, 2012. His father was Roy Stanley Springer and his mother Katherine Davidson.
Howard spent a lot of time in the Philippines where his father was a teacher and then a pharmacist, employed by the American Drug Company. When Howard was in 6th grade his parents enrolled him in Montezuma School for boys in Los Gatos, California. He attended through his freshman year in high school. Howard attended Salem High School through 10th grade where his parents had a farm in Gervais, Oregon. Then it was back to the American School in the Philippines for his Junior and Senior year of high school.
In 1940 Howard attended Cal Tech in Pasadena, California. Then he moved on to the Southwest Missouri Teachers College for one semester. In the fall of 1941 through the spring of 1941 he attended the University of Missouri. During this time, Howard had met Muriel Daggett who was in the Spars and they were married in 1944. They had two sons , James Daggett Springer born November 7, 1945. And Roy Daggett Springer born May 7, 1947. They were divorced in 1958.
Howard was in the Coast Guard at this time and was discharged in 1945. He attended the University of Washington and received a degree of Mechanical Engineer. Then in 1950 and 1952, he received a degree of as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer from the University of Michigan.
Howard Springer is a life member of the Port Madison Yacht Club. He was one of the founding fathers that established the club in 1956.
He is a life member of the Kitsap Live Steamers Club in Port Orchard, Washington. He participated in all of the activities and enjoyed his Makado 282 Steam engine called "Engine No. 5." of the Malloney Creek Logging Company.
He worked for Carl J. Nordstrom a Naval Architect. Then in 1958 he started working for Marco (Marine Construction and Design Company.) Since he was recently divorced and knew Spanish the company sent him down to Iquique, Chile to start a shipyard to build fishing vessels. The shipyard flourished and continued building six boats a month. The fishing vessels were under contract with the Chilean Government for fishing anchovies. It was then he met his second wife, Jean (Lund) Ferguson. They were married in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 16, 1962. Jean had four children so we all moved down to Iquique, Chile. It was a wonderful experience for Jean and the children. Howard and Jean 50th Wedding Anniversary would have been next month on August 16, 2012.
Howard was preceded in death by his son, James Springer on October 18, 2008. His surviving children are Roy Springer (Kathy) of Hermiston, Oregon, Jerry Springer (Rosemary) of Poulsbo, Teresa Brown (Steve) of Santa Rosa, California, Bill Springer of Poulsbo and Don (Linda) Springer of Bainbridge Is., Washington. His grandchildren are Steve Springer (Jeanette) of Oak Harbor, Washington Loren (Clare) Springer of Port Orchard, Washington, Tim (Jennifer) Springer of Seabeck, Washington, Stephanie Springer of Poulsbo, Washington, Richard (Davida) Brown of Gervais, Oregon, Matthew (Rebecca) Brown of Ohio, Jon Brown of Leander, Texas, and Anthony Brown of Santa Rosa, California, Alexis Springer of Seattle, Washington, Donny Springer (Marisa) of Gresham, Oregon, Jennifer (Jeff) Beesler of Silverdale, Washington. Howard has 12 great grandchildren.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Bainbridge Island, (Corner of Madison and 305). Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
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Jackie Ann Reynolds, (Bohlman), born November 5, 1969 and passed July 16, 2012. Resident of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Kingston Washington. She was 1 of 2 children born to Larry Bohlman and the late Carmelita Faye Ives. She was the beloved wife of Anthony T. Reynolds and mother of 2 children. Michael Reynolds (Natashe), Chad Reynolds Brittaney.
Treasured Grandchildren, Jadyn, Izaiah, Isaac and Naomi. Sister, Kari DeCoteau (Dennis). Many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunties, uncles and friends.
Jackie, a blessing and treasure to all. A woman of Christian faith, family centered homemaker, loved to start her day dancing with grandchildren, helper in time of need with everything she had, inspired smiles and laughter. A true compassionate giver that found joy and surprise in all things. Every day was a new adventure, treasure hunt and opportunity to give love.
She enjoyed treasure hunting with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, visiting family and friends, shopping, antiquing, collection of tea cups, gardening, learning new crafts, dancing, and volunteered with Sharenet. Her beautiful life song is already missed.
Family and Friends are invited to attend a service Monday, July 23, 2012, 1:00 pm. At the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Center, 31912 Little Boston Rd. NE, Kingston WA. Viewing to be held at 12 noon. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Robert James Best, 73, passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Crete, Nebraska on February 9, 1939 and moved to the Panama Canal Zone at age two with his parents, Earle and Phyllis McGowan Best. He graduated from St. Mary's School in Balboa, Canal Zone and Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California. He received a BS degree from Florida State University.
He began his employment with the Panama Canal Company in 1962 with the Locks Division; he was later a U.S. Customs Criminal Investigator, and he retired from the Marine Bureau in 1995 as an admeasurer. Upon retirement, he moved to Poulsbo, Washington and worked as a consultant for the American Bureau of Shipping, where he enjoyed assignments in Alaska, Canada, Samoa and the U.S. West Coast.
Bob's passions were his family and baseball. He was a member of the first Panama Canal Zone Little League team to travel to the states for the Little League World Series, he played in the Ban Johnson league in Kansas, and he played winter ball in The Republic of Panama. Throughout his life, he managed or coached in many baseball organizations while continuing to to actively play on several leagues. He was also an avid golfer and obtained a hole-in-one the day after his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Panama Canal Society, and he was an Lifetime Member of the Elks. He touched many lives with his generous spirit and unconditional love. He was a humble man who always looked out for the less fortunate and gave from his heart.
He is survived by his wife Ann of Pouslbo, Washington; daughters Patricia Cowles of Vicenza, Italy; Michele Best Miller (Grant) of Gilroy, California; and Shari Best Laterrade (Remy) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; sons Gregory Cowles (Jennifer) of Leander, Texas; and Dennis Cowles (Dena) of Haleiwa, Hawaii; granddaughters Casey Cowles, Kaylee Cowles, and Rebecca and Jacqueline Miller; sisters Patricia Aho of Phoenix, Arizona; Mary Mullen (Tom) and Joan Young (Ken) of Jacksonville, Alabama; and brother William Best of La Mirada, California. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Robert J. Best, Jr.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated on July 27, 2012 at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Burial will be at the Corozal American Cemetery in Panama. Arrangements were entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island. Please sign the online guestbook for the family.
Donations in his memory may be made to local food banks or St. Vincent de Paul, St. Cecilia's Church, 1310 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Salvador Najera, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012 at Forks Community Hospital in Forks, Washington. He was born on April 25, 1952 and was 60 years of age. He was a member of the Port Gamble - S'Klallam Tribe. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Xander Greggory Stewart, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 13, 2012 at Harrison Hospital in Silverdale, Washignton. He was born on March 28, 2012 in Silverdale, WA and was just over three months old.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Port Gamble - S'Klallam tribal gymn in Little Boston. A reception will follow. Interment will take place at the White Lake Cemetery in Auburn, WA.
More information will follow. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
John W. Bickerton, passed away peacefully on July 12th at Island Health and Rehabilitation Center on Bainbridge Island after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 83 years old.
John (aka Jug) was born April 13th, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio to John W. and Alma H. Bickerton. The family moved to Port Orchard in 1945 where John graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1947.
He started work at The Boeing Company, then was drafted into the Army and served in the Korean War. When he returned from overseas he resumed work at Boeing, first as a riveter at the Renton Plant, later working as a Motive Equipment Operator at Boeing Field. He retired in 1989 after 40 years of employment.
He married Bainbridge native Joan Irma Komedal on July 3rd, 1957 and thereafter adopted Bainbridge Island and Joan’s extended Henderson / Komedal family as his own.
He was a member of the Seabold Community Club and the United Methodist Church at Seabold. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren as well as following the Mariners and other local sports teams. His great passion was his vintage car and all the cars he had owned. He particularly enjoyed participating in the Bainbridge 4th of July Car Show, other gatherings of vintage car enthusiasts and old car swap meets.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, George. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 55 years; daughter Connie; grandson Travis Rick; son Ralph, daughter-in-law Angie, grandchildren, Elisabeth and John; and Cousin, Ellen Simon of Oronoco, Minnesota.
The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staff at Island Health and Rehab for their care and caring for the last 1 ½ years, and to Hospice of Kitsap County for their support.
Remembrances can be made to Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Hospice of Kitsap County or a charity of your choice.
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Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Seabold Methodist Church on Bainbridge Island. Private inurnment will take place at Seabold Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.