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Kenneth H. Drummond, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, died with grace on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, surrounded by family. He was affectionately known to his old friends as "Ole Drum.

Ken was born on January 19, 1922 in Riverside, California to Mary Holland Drummond and Finlay McKay Drummond. The youngest of three boys, he grew up in La Jolla where his mother operated the Mira Monte Hotel on Prospect Street. He attended Bates College in Maine (where he arrived driving a convertible and wearing bright “California” clothes) and was inducted into the U.S. Navy’s V-12 Program there during World War II. After receiving his commission he was attached to a fleet in the Pacific, eventually taking command of a Landing Craft Infantry during the Pacific campaigns as a Lieutenant Commander. Ken’s two brothers, Finlay True Drummond and Donald Holland Drummond, served in the U. S. Navy during the same period. Donald survives him.

After the war, Ken became interested in oceanography and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, where he received both a tennis scholarship and a trombone scholarship. He moved on to Texas A&M University for graduate work and became an enthusiastic and unapologetic Aggie; he attended a number of Aggie Musters during his life. At A&M, he participated in the establishment of an oceanographic program as well as Project 21, which developed surveillance techniques and technology to locate foreign submarines in the Gulf.

His interest in oceanography and the other sciences led him to Boston in 1957 where he worked for the Smithsonian at the inception of the space race and was sent around the world to arrange for a satellite tracking program for the United States. He co-authored a book, Sky Rangers, for young students about the quest for space exploration. Ken then moved back to La Jolla to work for the Scripts Oceanographic Institute before moving with his family to the Washington, DC area in 1962, where he worked for Texas Instruments, Teledyne, and Ensco; for one year he was the Director of the Marine Resource Centers on the coast of North Carolina, before he accepted a position with Wetland Resources at Louisiana State University as Director of Special Projects. Ken retired from LSU in 1987.

Ken was a world traveler, loved adventure, unusual locales and experiences, and he was a long-time member of the Explorers Club and the Circumnavigators Club. From his early youth until the age of 80, Ken was an avid tennis player; his favorite courts were at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. He was a ranked player during his college years in the Southwest. For many years he and his family played doubles every Sunday morning. His interest in the game never faded and he eagerly watched tournament play until shortly before his final illness.

Ken moved to the Seattle area in 2001 with his wife, Patricia Kenney Drummond, who survives him. He is also survived by his children from his former marriage, daughter, Laurie Lynn Drummond of Eugene, Oregon, sons Finlay Bruce Drummond of Tucson, Arizona, and Carter Holland Drummond of Salt Lake City, Utah, and by his stepdaughter, Tracy Burgess and son-in-law, Christopher Burgess. Ken has three grandchildren, Chase Drummond, age 12, Cole Drummond, age 10 and Jack Burgess, age 13.

Ken Drummond will be remembered by his family and friends as a true gift to this planet that we occupy. He will be sorely missed.

Services will be private at a future date followed by burial at sea. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Seattle, Washington at www.leukemia.org.



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Linnea  Giancola, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2009 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on May 27, 1941 and was 68 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Raymond  Hansen, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on December 9, 1918 and was 90 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Roxanne K. Pace, passed away at the age of 94 on July 11th, 2009 at Island Health and Rehabilitation. Born on September 5th, 1914 to William and Anna Maria Kemp in Fort Collins, Colorado she attended 12 different schools between first and twelfth grades, graduating from Mount Vernon High School. As a young child she lived on Pleasant Beach where her father and uncle owned a boat that was part of the Mosquito Fleet that taxied workers to and from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She married Lee C. Crandall in 1955 and together they had three children, along with one step daughter from Lee’s previous marriage. She was a homemaker and tireless worker and was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. She loved all animals and rescued and cared for countless numbers during her life.

Lee died in 1955 and Roxanne went to Olympic College School of Nursing getting her nursing degree and working in hospitals, nursing homes and for private families. She later married Leonard Pace and they made their home on Bainbridge Island.

She will be remembered for her enormous capacity for love, kindness and generosity. She loved gardening, knitting and baking cookies for her grandchildren. Our family would like to express our gratitude to all the wonderful people at Island Health and Rehabilitation for the love and caring they gave our mother for the last two years.

Roxanne was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, son Kenneth Lynn, step-daughter Nataline Hawk, sister Katherine Haggard. She leaves behind a son Robert (Faye) Crandall of Auburn, daughter Patricia (Ronald) Marshall of Bainbridge Island, daughter-in-law Angelyn Lynn of Bainbridge Island, son-in-law John D. Hawk of Bremerton, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PAWS of Bainbridge Island, P.O. Box 10811.

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Theodore  Blaskie, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2009 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 27, 1918 and was 90 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Ryan Darrel Van Aken, passed away on July 7 2009, at Castle Hospital, Kailua, HI from heart failure.

Word of Ryan’s passing spread so fast that hundreds of people in the area that knew Ryan gathered together for an impromptu memorial service in his honor. Although Ryan was taken at the young age of 29 he had a multitude of friends because of his tremendous ability to relate to people on all levels and ages.

He was fiercely loyal to his friends. At a young age, Ryan overcame challenges even Job would be proud of. Ryan was a man of perseverance and had the ability to become an expert in computer programs in weeks and was able to master 23 computer languages. All his knowledge and training was completely autodidactic (self taught).

Ryan lived in Kaneohe Hawaii and formally lived in Bainbridge Island, WA and Sammamish, WA where he attended High School and Seattle Central Community college.

Ryan enjoyed snowboarding, skateboarding and the company of family and friends. Ryan was a Senior .NET developer/ Senior web developer for Aloha Island Inc. a video game and software development company located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ryan also held computer developing positions with other companies including Thinkview Incorporated, Microsoft and Washington Mutual. Ryan was also published.

Ryan was always concerned about others and would not hesitate to call and remind them to wear their seat belts or to drive safely and had a very strong sense of family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved a good laugh. He was involved in political causes and took a Leadership roll in an inventors club developing computer gadgets.

Ryan was survived by his fiancée Shannon Dwyer, his son, his parents Morgan & Vikki Van Aken his siblings Peter Van Aken (Anne-Claire), Brad Van Aken (Jenny), Patrick Van Aken (Sarah), Ashley Frandsen (Brandon), and Alicia Van Aken. He also was survived by 11 nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service on Saturday July 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Bainbridge Island Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Interment will follow on Bainbridge Island.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ryan’s name to Cook Family Funeral Home, P.O Box 11109, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Online condolences and stories may be shared at MorganV33@hotmail.com.

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Patricia Jane Skinner Russell, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, died July 7th in her Bainbridge Island home shortly after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 97.

Pat was born January 18, 1912 in the Ballard area of Seattle. Two years later her family moved to Bainbridge Island, where in 1929 she graduated from Bainbridge High School as Salutorian. She went on to study at the University of Washington, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Health and Physical Education.

Pat’s teaching career began in Tenino where, among other subjects, she guided her young charges in the nuances of cooking on a wood stove. In 1941 she took a position at Bremerton High School, but her life was about to change in profound ways: WWII had begun, and in 1943 she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Pat was sent immediately to Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts to begin training as an officer. After brief postings in New River, Washington DC, and Camp Lejeune, 1st Lieutenant Pat Skinner returned to Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard before being sent to Honolulu. In Hawaii she served under “Howling Mad” Smith and Merritt “Red” Edson, assisting in the highly secret preparations for the invasions of Okinowa and Japan.

During this time Pat went on what would prove to be a momentous blind date with Rochester “George” Russell, a quiet Marine Corps lieutenant who was recovering from wounds received on Iwo Jima. He didn’t drink – unusual for the times. Pat was intrigued, and George was smitten: here was a strong-willed woman with access to a Jeep! But the war separated them when George was posted to Tientsin, China for a year.

Pat was discharged in 1946, and returned to teaching in Bremerton. Always an adventurer, she took a summer road trip to the East Coast with a friend and looked up that dashing Marine she’d dated in Hawaii. Months later, on December 28, 1946, she and George were married.

They returned to Pat’s beloved Bainbridge Island in 1948, where they raised three sons. She resumed her teaching and taught for more than 20 years at Bainbridge High School. One of her former students once described her as a force of nature. During the summer she would take her growing family to Oregon State University, where she received her Masters of Science in Marine Biology.

One of Pat’s many passions was growing rhododendrons. She tended to her spectacular “field” of several thousand rhodies year-round. Her extensive horticultural knowledge was appreciated by both the Rhododendron Species Foundation of Federal Way and the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge, where she volunteered for many years.

Pat shared her love of natural beauty with her husband and sons, hiking the Olympic Mountains and the Washington Coast with Boy Scout Troop 573. She took her family farther afield. One day she said “Let’s go camping at Stevens Pass” to her young boys -- 24 hours later they arrived in Yellowstone National Park. She would make these spur-of-the-moment decisions, then suddenly, everyone would be off on a grand adventure!

Over time, Pat’s curiosity and passion for the outdoors took her to Machu Picchu in Peru, the jungles of Costa Rica, the Andes of Ecuador and the coastal ranges of New Zealand.

In 1997, she was honored to be included in the inauguration ceremony of the Women in Military Service Memorial in Washington DC. This year, at her 97th birthday party, Pat was met at the door by a young woman Marine in uniform, greeting her with a “Semper Fi”. More than 100 friends and family watched with love and respect as she made her entrance flanked by a six-member Marine honor guard.

Pat had a ready smile for everyone, and a caring and giving heart. She is remembered for her inspiring sense of adventure, boundless energy and great joy in living.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband George, her brother Dick and recently by her sister, Andrea Skinner. She is survived by her sons Robert Russell and wife Jill of Bainbridge Island, Matt Russell and wife Kate of Miles City, Montana, and David Russell and wife Lisa of Seattle. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Janna and Jannell Russell of Bainbridge and Naomi Hubert of Bainbridge, and nieces Gretchen LaGrange of New York, Mia Newkirk of Hawaii and Norman Newkirk of Seattle.

Patricia will receive a military burial at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM. A celebration of her life will be at Pat’s home on Bainbridge, August 8th at 4:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bainbridge Island Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

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Harriet E. Jensen, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on November 21, 1925 and was 83 years of age. She was a resident of Bremerton, WA. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Roger William Strange, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on July 4, 1948 and was 61 years of age. He was formerly of Kentucky.

Roger lived to help people, he always thought of others before himself. He liked buying cars at auctions to fix and resell. Roger loved telling jokes and making people laugh. He was a United States Veteran.

He is survived by his sons Kelly, James and Harley.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Graveside Service on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.

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Steve C. Gregory, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 12, 1955 and was 53.

Steve grew up in Carlsbad, California, where he surfed and body surfed, and was a member of the Oceanside Lifeguard Service before moving to Washington in the early 1980s, where he lived, worked, and raised a family.

In recent years, Steve grew to love the New Zealand surf beaches, as well as his annual body surfing trips to Costa Rica. Here at home, he played golf, and tennis, worked out at Bainbridge Athletic Club, and enjoyed running. He called his dear wife Anna, who he married in October 2007, the love of his life and although their time together was too short, he would tell anyone who would listen that the last three years were the happiest of his life.

Steve faced his illness with bravery and honesty, and always looked to the lighter side of life. He was a wonderful friend, with a great capacity for kindness to others. He was very much at peace with his life.

He is survived by his parents, Bill and Joyce Gregory, his wife Anna, children Christen, Nicole, and Catherine, step-children Nick and Caitie Mooney all of Bainbridge Island and Mia of Silverdale; siblings Pam, Carol, Dave and Judson, and his eight nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 Northeast Day Road East on Bainbridge Island.

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Benjamin  Gottsberger, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at his home in Suquamish, Washington. He was born on March 10, 1938 and was 71 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Lois A. Johnson, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 20, 1923 and was 85 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Barbara  Kuehnoel, of Bainbridge Island, WA. slipped quietly away on June 28, 2009. Born in Seattle on Jan. 9, 1928 to Fredrick and Agnes Henricksen, Barbara attended Lincoln High School in Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington. It was there one star sprinkled evening that she walked down the stairs at the Sigma Kappa sorority and into the heart of Robert E. Kuehnoel. Stunned speechless by her beauty he knew that he had met “ the love of his life”, they were married nearly 60 years.

Moving to Seattle and then Bellevue, WA they raised two loving children, Gregory and Dawnell. Barbara was active in the Children’s Hearing League, the Seattle Tennis Club and her church. Fond of singing and possessed of a beautiful voice, she often summoned her children to dinner with the melodic intensity and volume of an operatic diva.

Not content to sit at home when her children left for college, Barbara went back to work for the Washington Bankers Association, where she became a meeting planner. Bob and Barbara moved to Bainbridge Island in 1988, where they have enjoyed island living ever since.

Barbara will long be remembered for her beauty, her kindness, and determination and mordant wit. We greatly lament her passing, but celebrate her life! She is survived by husband Robert Kuehnoel and their children Gregory Kuehnoel and Dawnell D’Angelo and husband Anthony and her grandchildren Christopher, Daniel and Alexander as well as her sister and husband Shirley and Stanley Taylor and their wonderful children Deidre, Brent, Kristen and Terri.

Our deep appreciation to the kind and caring people at Island Rehab and Health Center, which provided loving support over these last years. In lieu of flowers send memorial contributions to: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, PO Box 19024 J-5-200 Seattle, WA. 98109.

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James E. Greiter, 62, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born January 23, 1947 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of Edward and Francis (Webber) Greiter.

Jim attended high school in Batavia, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1967.

On May 20, 1977, Jim married his best friend and partner, Jennie (Burns) Greiter. Together, the two of them adventured to Boise, Idaho, where they raised their son, Jimmy Greiter, and they lived 10 years before finding their home on Bainbridge Island, Washington where they have lived for 22 years.

Jim was well-respected and dearly loved at Amtrak, from which he retired after 37 years. At both his job and in his personal life, Jim was a man of strong character and integrity. The people Jim met and the friends he made at the railroad have been a second family for him.

Jim was generous and devoted to his friends and his family. He was out-going and charming. He was a jokester who lived life on his own terms and loved to have a good time. He was an avid and competitive bowler, and recently he began experimenting with day-trading stocks in his spare time. Most importantly, he surrounded himself with close friends, and he touched many lives.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Jennie (Burns) Greiter; his son, Jim Greiter Jr. of Lansing, Michigan; his two granddaughters, Shai-Linn Greiter and Chantal Shepherd; his brothers, Tom (Jackie) Greiter of Batavia, Illinois and Tim Greiter of Batavia, Illinois; his step-brothers Jeff (Melanie) Nelson of Keller, Texas and Bruce (Suzanne) Nelson of Rochester Hills, Michigan; his brothers-in-law Robbie (Annie) Burns of Midway Pennsylvania, Tom (Gayle) Burns of Buckhorn, Kentucky, and Dave (Darlene) Cox of Biglerville, Pennsylvania; a mother-in-law who is like a mother to him, Mum Burns; his former wife Kathy Bond of Avilla, Indiana; and a wealth of valued friends who meant the world to him. Darlin’ will be dearly missed.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1310 Madison Avenue NE on Bainbridge Island. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM also at the church. A reception will follow at the church - Conger Hall.

Interment will take place at 3:00 PM at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to your favorite charity.

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Janet  Young, 87, of Bainbridge Island died on June 26, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, James Young, son Jay Young (Merrilee Conway), daughter Margaret Hansche (Brian Hansche), and grandchildren Rebecca Encinas (Ben Encinas), Eric Hansche, Ross Young, and Mia Young.

Janet's family were early settlers on Bainbridge Island dating back to 1869. Janet was active in the Bainbridge Island Historical Society and Friends of the Library. She was a member of the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church and Daughters of the Pioneers. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library or a favorite organization of the donor.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on July 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m., 11042 Sunrise Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island.

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Merle E. Shaffer, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on August 24, 1923 and was 85 years of age.

Merle lived in the area for the last 40 years. He was a member of The Eagles, Sons of Norway, Elks, Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Society of Logistic Engineers. He retired from a successful Air Force career. He was a very intelligent and creative person. Merle enjoyed music, drawing, painting as well as spending quality time with his friends.

He is survived by his children; Judith Ann Shaffer and John Robert Shaffer, also his siblings; Bob Shaffer, Mary Baily and Joan Parrott. He was preceded in death by his brother Lawerence Shaffer.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Cook Family Funeral Home, 163 Wyatt Way NE on Bainbridge Island, WA. The Graveside Service will follow at 2:00 PM at Hillcrest Cemetery on Bainbridge. A reception will follow from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM at Conger Hall - St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Contributions, J5-200 P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109-1024.

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Eunice  Mion, 93, died peace-fully in Carlsbad after having lived a full life.
She was born in Goldsboro, NC to Alonza and Elizabeth Wallace McDermon. After her father died, she was raised in an orphanage with her sister. She went on to study nursing at the Univ. of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she met her husband, Angelo.

During the war she drove trucks for the Navy in Panama backing torpedo warheads down narrow docks to the ships. After the war, they moved to South Gate, CA before settling in San Diego where they lived for more than 30 years.
She spent several years also living in Necedah, WI where she was actively involved with Queen of the Holy Rosary shrine there. Upon Angelo’s retirement, they moved to Bainbridge Island, WA where they lived for many years near their daughter, Marie. After Angelo’s death in 2002, Eunice moved back to the San Diego area to live with her son’s family.

She is survived by her daughter, Marie Mion Spooner of Bainbridge Island, WA and her husband, David, along with their children, Gregory Spooner and Angela Spooner Hanson, her husband Shane and their son, William. She is also survived by her son, Ronald Mion, of Lake San Marcos, his wife, Glenda, and their two daughters, Nicole and Jessica.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 19, at 10am at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad. The services will be preceded by a family Rosary at 9:30 in the church. She will be buried alongside Angelo on Bainbridge Island. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Graveside Service on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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Claude L. Sells, passed away on June 10, 2009 at his home in Silverdale, Washington. He was born on September 10, 1936 and was 72 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Alger Terrace Kuchin, born Algieras Patras Kucinskas, on Dec 23, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, died at home in Bainbridge Island, Washington, June 9, 2009 at the age of 93. He was the son of Lithuanian immigrants, Peter and Grace Kuchin. His father had immigrated from Lithuania, reportedly to avoid the Russian draft. His mother was born in Scotland prior to her families move to the US.

Al grew up in Chicago, experiencing the full impact of the depression during his youth. At the age of 5, following his first day of school, he arrived home and announced to his parents that he was no longer going to speak Lithuanian – because he was an American. He loved baseball as a teenager – actually tried out for one of the Chicago teams as a walk on - reportedly when he came up to bat during the try outs, he was instructed to lay down controlled hits and bunts – he became impatient with the process and, against the coaches instructions, swung away on one of the pitches… and was immediately dismissed from the try outs.

He served in the Army Air Corp. during WWII, eventually transitioning into the Air Force and retiring from the military in 1975 with 35 years of service. He met and married Rosetta M. Whipple on September 18, 1948 while stationed at Holloman AFB in Roswell, NM. Shortly after the birth of their first son in 1949, he left the Air Force for a time and he and Rosetta relocated to Albuquerque. He remained in Albuquerque for the next 52 years.

He actually enjoyed painting houses and did that for a few years after retiring from the service. His stated “hours of work” rule was – paint no more than 6 hours a day; never more than 2 days in a row; and no more than 4 days a week – if you could live with that, he might fit you in. Fly fishing became a passion mid life & he spent hours at Charlie T’s catching, cleaning & giving away the trout and bass that he caught. He had a long standing love of gambling – horses and casinos – more than a little skill at poker in his younger years – in later years in NM he was famous for quick trips to Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV – and during the Bainbridge Island years it was the Suquamish casino where he routinely checked in to play the slots. He was the ultimate minimalist – felt that anything over a couple pairs of pants and a few shirts in the closet was excessive.

In 2003, having lost Rosetta in 1982, he moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, to be close to his son Jon and family. Soon after arrival in Bainbridge Island, he took up residence at the Wyatt House Retirement Center where he made good friends and was well loved. During his last few days his children and grandchildren were able to visit and bid him farewell. His memory and legacy will long be treasured by all who knew him.

He is survived by two sons - Joseph married to Stacy with children Deborah, Donna, Courtney, Christopher, Adam, Heidi, Gretchen, & Nathaniel, and grandchildren Austin, Ashley & Jeffrey: and Jonathan with children Matthew and Kathryn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosetta and one grandchild, Courtney.

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Henry  Cragerud, was born in Seattle on May 4, 1931, and raised on Bainbridge Island. He was born to Henry and Eleanor (Woodrow) Cragerud.

Henry was a 50 year member of I.B.E.W. Local 77. He was instrumental in starting Emergency Medical Service in Kitsap County and neighboring counties on the Olympic Peninsula. He helped bring the 911 system to Bainbridge Island. He was employed by Kitsap County as a traffic engineer and managed many large projects.

Henry was a veteran of the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Colin Hyde Post #172. He was past president of Bainbridge Island Little League and was past Pack Leader of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 565.

His parents and his wife, Hazel, preceded him in death. Survivors include son Philip (Celine) and two daughters, Lynn and Lisa (Carl) and four grandchildren, Emily, Erik, Rebecca and Scotty. Also a brother, John (Lola) and two sisters, Linnea and Kristina.

Henry asked that there be no service. Remembrances may be made to the Bainbridge Island Ambulance Association.

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Charles Elliot Munat, “Chuck” died on June 6, 2009, at Island Health and Rehabilitation Center on Bainbridge Island, from complications of Lewy body dementia, from which he had suffered for many years.

Chuck was born on April 25, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to Stanley Hermann Hinz Munat and Margaret Katherine (Colahan) Munat. He attended public schools in Chicago, graduating from Harper High School in 1952 as class president and yearbook editor. In June 1956 he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University of Chicago. The same month he married Isabel Patricia Culhane in Rockford, Illinois. After serving two years in the U.S. Army in Georgia, Chuck and Pat returned to Chicago where they raised their three children: Charles, Isabel, and Ben. For ten years Chuck taught high school English, mostly in Chicago’s inner city, as well as adult school, GED classes, and summer school. He was a much-respected educator who loved teaching “disadvantaged” students. Chuck moonlighted as a janitor at a local Montessori school to earn his children’s tuition there; at the same time he became President of the Illinois Montessori Association. Soon after he earned his masters degree in Inner City Studies.

Chuck was active in the civil rights movement and attended the 1963 March on Washington with his college friend and fellow teacher, Leon Hayes. He participated in marches in Chicago and Milwaukee for fair housing, racial equality, peace, and against the war in Vietnam.

In 1969 Chuck and Pat divorced, and Chuck moved to Middletown, Connecticut, to begin a career as a writer and editor of a high school classroom newspaper, “You and Your World,” which was intended for a readership of high school students who read at a third to fifth grade reading level. The company also published “My Weekly Reader.”

In November 1969, he and Florence Margaret “Florrie” Howe were married in a ceremony held next to a waterfall in Moodus, Connecticut. In 1971, their son Ted was born.

Chuck often said the best year of his life was 1977 when he took a year’s paid social service leave from his writing job to work as a volunteer at Connecticut’s school for adjudicated teenagers. There he counseled, taught, and founded a student newspaper called “The Nameless News” because students could not legally be identified by their surnames. During his children’s high school years, the Munat family hosted four foreign exchange students. Chuck was an active volunteer with the local AFS Intercultural Programs club for many years.

In 1979, Chuck began working at Greater Hartford Community College, where he taught communication skills in a pre-nursing program that prepared African American and Latino students for careers in nursing. In 1989 Chuck and Florrie moved to Bainbridge Island where he retired, but worked ceaselessly on genealogical projects. He was a meticulous genealogist who helped many people research their family trees. He also loved to travel, particularly to New Zealand and in the American West. He was an avid birder and nature lover, and enjoyed photographing birds and landscapes. During his retirement he wrote a family newsletter called “Us and Our World,” which he sent to over 75 friends and family members.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Florence Howe Munat of Bainbridge Island; son Charles Francis Munat of Seattle; daughter Isabel Anne Munat Cole of Federal Way; son Benedict Joseph Munat and wife Kate Breimayer of Portland, Oregon; son Edward Colahan Munat of Seattle; granddaughter Isabel Alexandra Cole of Federal Way; grandson Jake “Sharky” Munat of Seattle; sister Judith Elaine Munat of Florence, Italy; sister Audrey Paris Tessier of El Monte, California; sister-in-law Clare Brennan Munat of Landgrove, Vermont; son-in-law James Cole of Federal Way; daughters-in-law hnoi Latthitham of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Lillie Addams of Seattle, foreign exchange student sons James Travers of Wellington, New Zealand; Daniel Lenggenhager of Bern, Switzerland; and David Thompson of Washington, DC, and St. John, Barbados; and several nieces and nephews. Chuck was predeceased by his brother, Stanley Harcourt Munat, of Landgrove, Vermont, and his sister, Helen Paris Gray, of Whittier, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (912 Killian Hill Rd. Suite 202C, Liburn, GA 30047; www.lbda.org), or Hospice of Kitsap County (PO Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383).

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Day Road, Bainbridge Island, on July 19 at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.

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Henry  Carr, passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at his parent's home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was a resident of Dallas, Texas. He was born on October 25, 1954 and was 54 years of age. Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Les  Meyers Jr., passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at his home in Seattle, Washington. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Faye Ione Holland, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on April 18, 1919 in Tacoma, Washington and was 90 years of age.

Faye lived on Bainbridge Island for the past 24 years. She was a prominent artist and gave lessons to many on the Island over the years. Throughout her life, she also lived in France, Germany, Italy, Puerto Rico and Canada. All of these places showed up in her paintings. She was able to paint right into her 90's. She also sang as a tenor in her church choir. Her faith in God, and her church, have been the anchors in her life. Faye said, "I have lived a beautiful, charmed life to the fullest".

She is survived by her children; Terry Holland-Meyers of Bainbridge Island, Kay Clark of Modesto, California, Stephen Holland of Bainbridge Island, also her siblings; Gail Smith of St. Louis Missouri and Glenn Stannley of Redmond, Washington. There are eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Christopher Holland in 1997 and her granddaughter Susan Nash- Herbert in 2000.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island (Directions). Inurnment will take place at the church cemetery.

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Maxine Dorothy Eastman, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2009 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island,Washington. She was born on August 31, 1926 in Pe Ell, Washington and was 82 years of age.

Maxine is survived by three children: Her Son; Robert L. Eastman Jr., his children Kimberly Morlock, her husband John, her daughter Courtney, Robert L. Eastman III, his wife Luz, his son Alec, Maxine’s son: Ronald W. Eastman, his wife Marsha, their daughters Heather Mauseth, husband Brandon and children: Hayden and Tyson; Joanna Taylor, husband Aaron and children: Dyllion and Aarik, Maxine’s daughter: Lynne Prince, her husband Bim, their children Jared and Jordan.

All the family and extended family and friends were extremely important to her right up to the end. Although the last couple of months were perhaps the most difficult of her life, she often spoke the clearest she had in years. It was very refreshing for those of us that had the opportunity to visit her. Her activities of the past were highlighted. Bowling and bridge playing with the ladies. Hiking, traveling, and life with her husband, Bob and all of the extended family. She was an active member of Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, as well as PEO. Her greatest joy was playing tennis with Lynne, watching Bob, Jr. and Ron play baseball or football, and then watching and coaching the grandchildren in their sports and activities. Her sister’s (Lorraine’s) children always held a special part in her heart. She loved preparing great meals and getting family and friends together at their home on Battle Point. She loved to garden and took great pride in the many beautiful Rhododendrons they grew in their gardens. Her life was highlighted with great friends who completed her life as well.

Private family services will be held.

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