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Donald Alan Ericson, of Poulsbo, Wash., died Aug. 27, 2010, at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton after a mercifully short illness. He was 84 years old. He died the day before his 62nd wedding anniversary.

Don was born May 28, 1926, in Spokane, Wash., to Eric R. Ericson and Ethie (Turner) Ericson. Ethie died eight months later of meningitis, and his father married Marita McGinnis in 1929. Don was their only child, and he was a much-loved child.

Don graduated from North Central High School in Spokane in 1944. He was accepted into the V-5 Aviation Cadet program, part of the Naval Officer Training Corps, after graduation and underwent primary flight training in Livermore, Calif., where he soloed in a biplane. Don left the Navy and joined the Naval Reserve in 1946, retiring 20 years later with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Don received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in economics and then studied law at Gonzaga University, graduating in 1952. He joined the downtown Spokane law firm of Richter & Wimberley in 1962, and became a partner in 1965. Richter, Wimberley & Ericson occupied the seventh floor of the Old National Bank Building for years before moving across the Spokane River to the Park Center Building.

Don married Beverley MacDonald Ericson in 1948 at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane. They met at the behest of Don’s mother, who met her future daughter-in-law while Beverley was working at the Old National Bank Building. Don’s father was a vice president at the bank.

Don and Beverley raised their four children in Spokane, and then moved to Poulsbo in 1999 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They created a fresh life in Poulsbo in a home overlooking Liberty Bay. Don did pro bono work for Kitsap County Legal Services, they joined a photography club, were active in the League of Women Voters, and made new friends and became reacquainted with old friends. They were members of Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church. Don was also a longtime volunteer with the YMCA and the Presbyterian Church, serving most recently on the church’s General Assembly Nominating Committee.

Don was a rare man. He had a formidable intellect, but he didn’t use it to dominate anyone, and he had a profound emotional intellect, but he didn’t use it to selfishly manipulate anyone. He was an optimist without qualifications. He was a gentleman and a gentle man who often drove the long way to work so he could enjoy the scenery and take photographs along the Spokane River. He adored his family and he was the person we all looked to for wise guidance.

In addition to his wife of the family home, Don leaves behind four children, Bruce and Eric of Seattle, Ellen of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and Kirk of Olympia. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Mikelle and Nick of Seattle, Eric of Toronto, Daniel and Emily of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alexander and Ryan of Olympia. He’s also survived by three daughters-in-laws, April and Marna of Seattle, and Catherine of Olympia, and one son-in-law, David Kupp of Guelph.

Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 3 pm at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way NW on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the church hall. Cook Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Peter Henry Dumbleton, died today, Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 9:20 a.m. Pacific time, after a five year battle with oral cancer. He lived a very full 67 ˝ years around the world, and spent his final years on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he died peacefully and without pain at the Island Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Pete was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 19, 1943 to Edna and Harry Dumbleton, and was the elder brother to William and Elizabeth. The family lived in Brooklyn, New York, then Leonia, New Jersey, and spent many happy summers in Ticonderoga, New York at the family cottage on Lake George. Graduating from Leonia High School, he attended Norwich University in Vermont from 1960 to 1964, where he earned a BS in Engineering Management. Following his graduation he joined the United States Army Signal Corps and spent time in Arizona, Alabama, Texas and Georgia before going to South Vietnam. After serving in Vietnam he returned to Atlanta, Georgia, where he met and soon married Jeanne Schattle, on April 3, 1969.

The young couple moved to Tampa, Florida where Pete took a job with GTE as a Telecom Engineer and Plans Analyst. On July 23, 1971 their son Keith Ian was born, and on August 20, 1973 their daughter Odile Jennifer was born. The family lived in Tampa and then in nearby Lutz until 1986. During that time Pete and his family enjoyed exploring Florida, camping, going out on their Boston Whaler, hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and returning to the cottage on Lake George during the summer. Pete also earned his BA in Accounting, from the University of South Florida, in 1979.

In 1986 the family moved to Waldenbuch and then Vaihingen, Germany, near Stuttgart, where Pete worked at Patch Barracks as a civilian contractor with GTE at the Defense Communications Agency. Pete, with his family, spent five years exploring Germany and all of Europe, traveling extensively and skiing and hiking whenever possible. The family remained there until 1992, at which point both Keith and Odile had left for college, and Pete and Jeanne returned to the house they had built in Lutz, Florida.

In 1993 Pete retired early from GTE and in 1996 Pete and Jeanne went through a very civilized divorce. From 1996 through 2005 Pete became a full-time RVer, traveling throughout the United States and Canada. The list he kept includes every state but Oklahoma, as well as most of the Canadian provinces and territories, missing only Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Nunavut Territory. His list of the bodies of water he kayaked in includes 113 rivers, lakes, straits, springs, reservoirs, bays and oceans. He also listed the animals he saw, including caribou, moose, Dall Sheep, wolf, black bear, brown bear, porcupine, bald eagle, copperhead, mink, nighthawk, buffalo, badger, ‘gator snapping turtle, marten, loon, muskrat, pronghorn, seal, sea otter, whale, fisher and elk. He traveled with Odile’s pet hedgehog for a year during this period, and kept a number of well-loved rats as traveling companions, his favorite of which was Ratatouille (well in advance of the movie).

In 2005 Pete settled on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he had already been using his friend and Norwich roommate Bob Mack’s house as a base of operations for several years for his trips through western Canada and Alaska. He moved into a comfortable two-bedroom condo at 325 Winslow Way West where he endured radiation therapy and several operations attempting to beat repeated attacks by oral cancers. He spent the last two years of his life unable to speak or eat because of the damage from the cancer in his throat, but enjoyed writing messages to friends and strangers on the clipboard he carried with him everywhere and on the various online forums where he was an active member. In 2009 Odile moved out to be with him for what turned out to be his final year. After a series of hospital visits and the fourth recurrence of his oral cancer, Pete finally succumbed, passing peacefully and quietly in his sleep.

Pete is survived by his son Keith Dumbleton and his wife Veronica Sheaffer of Chicago, Illinois; his daughter Odile Dumbleton of Bainbridge Island, Washington; his ex-wife Jeanne Boyd and her husband John Boyd of Sun City West, Arizona; his sister Elizabeth Burleigh and her husband Sheridan Burleigh of Ticonderoga, New York; his cousin Jane List of Anderson, South Carolina; his final rat, Phooey of Bainbridge; and his adopted cat Claude, of Bainbridge. Pete was predeceased by his parents Harry Dumbleton and Edna Gillen Dumbleton of Leonia, New York, who died in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and his brother William and wife Jeannie of Essex Junction, Vermont, who died May 26, 2007.

A memorial will be held in the Fall at Pete’s home on Winslow Way West on Bainbridge Island for nearby friends and family to celebrate his life, and another memorial will take place next Summer at the cottage on Lake George. Pete requested that his ashes be scattered at Lake George. For information call Odile Dumbleton at 917-202-7722 or Keith Dumbleton at 773-227-5864.

Pete requested that no flowers be sent, but that anyone wishing to commemorate his life could make a donation to the Oral Cancer Foundation, at or a public library or charity of their own choice.

Pete’s family would like to thank all of the people who knew and helped him through so many good years and so many rough years, only a few of whom can be listed here. Bob Mack has been here for him through it all, helping both Pete and his family, truly playing the part of a brother. The members of the Oral Cancer Foundation’s survivor/patient forum have been a huge source of companionship and information for Pete, providing a community where he could share the difficulties of his battle with cancer and providing him with a type of support and empathy that not even family can offer. The Fiberglass RV online group has been a wonderful and caring community for him through his many years on the road and then off. The staff at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge has done a wonderful job caring for him through his final days, making sure that he was comfortable and peaceful and ended his life with the dignity and sense of humor he carried through it.

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd, Salt From My Attic, 1928

Adventurous, iconoclastic, stubborn, giving, knowledgeable, good-humored, talkative.

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Robert Louis Reinauer, passed away peacefully in his home in the early morning of August 17th. Robert was born on November 24th, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri with his mother, father and older brother Max.

After high school Robert went to art school to pursue a career in commercial art. When World War II began he was compelled to join the cause and enlisted in the US Navy. He shipped out on the brand new aircraft carrier USS Copahee. While in the service he was stationed in Alameda California, and New Caledonia. Robert served as a welder, jeep driver and movie projectionist among other things. He also played trumpet in a Navy band.

After the war he returned to Chicago where he worked as a welder in a bed factory and also did freelance work in commercial art. His work on airplanes during the war had sparked an interest in flying and he obtained his pilot's license as a civilian. While working as an airbrush artist he met Eugenia Nies, also an artist, and they dated for several years until Eugenia moved to the Seattle area to her childhood home. The following year Robert joined her in Seattle and they were married in 1951.

Robert and Eugenia both worked as commercial artists in Seattle and built a home in Burien in 1953. Their son Dirk was born in 1959 and their daughter Deonne in 1961.

In 1965 they built a new home on family property on the south end of Bainbridge Island where they lived until his death, and Eugenia continues to live.

Robert was a founding member of The Intensely Vigorous Revolutionary Volunteer Dixieland Band and was a longtime member of the dance band The Tempos. He was also active in the Virginia V Foundation and served as announcer on many cruises. His other interests included amateur radio, boating, train travel, photography and being with his grandchildren.

Robert is survived by his wife Eugenia, son Dirk Reinauer (Jeri), daughter Deonne Rogers (William), grandchildren Brandon Reinauer, Nathan Reinauer, Jessica Reinauer, Robert Rogers and Camryn Rogers.

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Essie M. DeMatteo, passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 8, 1915 and was 95 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Lurana Anne Persing Ferguson, passed away on August 14, 2010, in Poulsbo, Washington. She was 82. Lurana was born June 16, 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the daughter of Morgan E. and Elizabeth R. Persing. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and went on to attend the University of New Mexico where she was an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, serving for one year as its president.

She married Laurence M. Ferguson, Sr. on November 26, 1949 and moved to Lockport, N.Y. where they made their home and raised three children. While she was living in Lockport, with the assistance of the Buffalo architectural office of Duane Lyman and Associates, she designed a family home that has been recently placed on the New York Register of Historic Places and has pending status for National recognition through the efforts of its present owner for its likeness and adherence to the precepts of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style but with Lurana's own personal touches.

She was also a member of the Junior Service League of Lockport, Mother’s Club, Bridge Club, and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, serving as a deacon and an elder. Additionally, she was on the Board of Directors of the Wyndham Lawn Home, serving as their director for one year. In the late 1970’s, she and her husband sold the home in Lockport and bought a home on Gull Lake in Richland, Michigan near where she grew up and spent many happy summers there. During the winter months, they lived in Tucson, Arizona. In 1998, they sold their Michigan home and moved to Colorado Springs, CO. She had been living on Bainbridge Island, and briefly in Poulsbo, Washington since 2009.

Lurana was preceded in death by a younger sister Martha who died in infancy, her oldest child, son Laurence M. Ferguson, Jr. in 1985, and her husband Laurence M. Ferguson, Sr. who died in 2007. She is survived by a son Read S. Ferguson (Robin) of Bainbridge Island, WA and a daughter Elizabeth Ferguson-Pfeil of Colorado Springs, CO. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Ryan D. Pfeil of Klamath Falls, OR; Keri A. Ferguson-Smith of Bellevue, WA; Blake L. Pfeil of Paju, South Korea; Austin R. Ferguson of Bainbridge Island, WA; Megan E. Pfeil of Colorado Springs, CO; and Rory P. Ferguson of Bainbridge Island, WA. People will remember her for extending kindness to everyone she met and for her hospitality. She was a loving mother and grammie and a loyal friend with a mischievous sense of fun whom many people will miss.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Algonquin Campership Fund, Rochester Area Community Foundation, 500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. No services are planned at this time.

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Gerrie Waechter Darnton, passed away peacefully August 11, 2010 in Hansville, WA. Born July 8, 1925 in Seattle; the daughter of Gerald Waechter and Alice Brace Waechter.

She is survived by her husband Charles Pat Darnton, son Jack (Nancy) Darnton of Anacortes, daughters Mary Addington of Seattle, Betsy (Patrick) Leuner of Hansville, granddaughter Alice Darnton of McMinnville, Ore. and her brother Jack (Roenah) Waechter of Tacoma.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 26th, 1:00 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island [Directions] with a gathering to follow at Pleasant Beach, where she enjoyed many special family times. Remembrances to your local Hospice or the Anacortes Schools Foundation, 2200 M. Ave., Anacortes WA 98221. Cook Family Funeral Home.

Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Johnny C. Pagaduan, passed away at his friend's home in Little Boston on Monday, August 9, 2010. He was born on June 24, 1968 in Bremerton, WA to Clark Johnny Pagaduan and Carol Inez Ives. He was 42 years of age.

Johnny graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1987 and completed come college work at Northwest Indian College. He enjoyed listening to music, fishing and spending time with his family. Her worked as a fisherman and a laborer.

Johnny is survived by his mother Carol Pagaduan, siblings; Joey C. Pagaduan, Stephanie R. Taylor, Virginia D. Fulton, Donette C. Fulton, Lil'Carol I Fulton and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Clark Pagaduan, grandmother Virginia Ives and grandfather William A. Raub.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Candle Service on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 8:00 PM at the Tribal Gym in Little Boston. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 14th at 10:00 AM also at the Gym. A reception will follow.

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Yvette  Susumi, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at The Wyatt House on Bainbridge Island, Washington at 81 years of age.

She was born on December 21, 1928 in Ecueille, a small town in France to Maurice Gauvain and Juliette Trouve where she was raised on a farm. Her father was in the French resistance and their village was occupied by the Germans during WWII. Her family hid a Jewish couple in their home for 2 years at great risk to their own family. Later, she fell in love and married Arthur Susumi who was stationed in France with the US military. She moved to Seattle with him and made a beautiful home for her family.

Yvette was a gourmet cook and wonderful homemaker, sewing and knitting many beautiful clothes for her family. She was a loving devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a very strong animal lover, having many pets throughout her life. Yvette retired from the Seattle School district where she worked in Food Service at Asa Mercer Jr. High School for over 20 years. She was a member of the Nisei Veteran's Auxiliary Club. Twelve years ago, she was met by numerous challenges presented to her after surgical complications. In spite of the severe physical limitations, she managed to become semi-independent utilizing the same strength and grace that she demonstrated throughout her life. While she will be greatly missed, it is a relief that she is free from the burdens that she endured for her final years.

She was a resident of Bainbridge Island for the past five years and former resident of Seattle for 52 years. Yvette is survived by her daughters; Marlene Smick (Monty) of Spokane, WA, Christine Susumi (Jay) of Bainbridge Island, WA and her granddaughter Carolyn Smick of Portland, Oregon. She also leaves behind her siblings and other relatives in France. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur A. Susumi in 2005.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, August 13, 2010 at noon at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4210 SW Genesee, Seattle, WA 98116. Private interment will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Memorial contributions can be made at West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island.

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Melissa Mae Nichols, 90, a former Enumclaw, and Kingston resident, died August 6 in her home at Clearbrook Inn Living Center, Silverdale, WA.

Mae was born October 13, 1919 in Madras, Oregon to William Franklin Edmondson, and Della Lee Nichols. She was the oldest of five children, with four younger brothers. Following the 8th grade, she attended Redmond (Oregon) High School. She was only there for about six weeks, but that was long enough to meet a really cool young man by the name of Wilbur Arthur “Bill” Nichols (no relation to Mae’s mother).

The Edmondson’s then moved to Heppner, Oregon, where Mae graduated from High School in 1937. During her high school years, Mae kept in contact with her new friend Bill, and they were married in Heppner on October 23, 1937. Bill died September 10, 1997, just short of their 60th wedding anniversary.

Following their wedding, Mae and Bill moved to Enumclaw, WA, where Bill had a job at a local lumber mill. A few weeks later, the mill shut down, putting Bill out of work. In the fall of 1938, Weyerhaeuser purchased the mill, and Bill was back at work, just a couple of months prior to the birth of the first of their two children, Phyllis and Kathryn.

They lived in Enumclaw most of their married life before retiring to their summer vacation home in Kingston, WA. Mae was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader, worked as a florist, and sewed professionally for many years prior to working as a secretary at the J. J. Smith and Byron Kibler elementary schools in Enumclaw. In October, 2007, she moved to Clearbrook Inn.

Mae is survived by her daughters, Phyllis M. Greene and husband Gary of Kingston, and Kathryn L. Gross and husband Jim of Bainbridge Island, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, brothers Dick N. Edmondson of Sacramento, California, and Jack N. Edmondson of Portland, Oregon, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At her request, there will be no services, but the family will have a celebration of her life at a later date.

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Sandra  Grace, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in Seattle, Washington at Harborview Medical Center, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born on October 27, 1961 in Truckee, California and was 48 years of age.

Sandra graduated from Napa High School in Napa Valley, CA. and prior to this had attend the Immaculate Conception High School in Seattle. Sandra married Terry Kitchen of Paradise, California and they had two sons. In her career after moving to Chico, Sandra taught developmentally disabled adults in a job training program. She also worked for many years at the Town & Country Market on Bainbridge.

Sandra was very devoted to her family and will be remembered for her upbeat humor and her zest in preparing all of the holiday dinners for the extended family. She also dedicated several years of her life to caring for her mother before she passed away in 2002.

Her life was full of great experiences and travel. She grew up skiing on the back of her Dad's skis at Lake Tahoe and flying in his small airplane. At the age of 8, her parents divorced, she then lived with her older sister, Linda ( Baker), and Allan Persyn. In1995, Sandra brought her boys back to Bainbridge Island to be with her extended family and met her long-time partner Sam Walker who introduced her to the joys of Boating in Puget Sound, Fishing and hot rods. Their life together was interspersed with trips to Hawaii, Taladega Car Races, and remodeling the family home.

Sandra was well loved and will be sadly missed. She is survived by her sons; Joel and Doug Kitchen of Bainbridge Island, long-time partner Sam Walker of Bainbridge Island, sister Linda Baker of Bainbridge Island, Brother In-law Allan Persyn of Shoreline, WA, nieces and nephews; Lalania Olsby and Ben and Seth Persyn of Seattle, WA. and grandmother Marie Persyn of Concord, CA. She also leaves behind five grandnephews and nieces. Sandras was preceded in death by her father Henry Stephan and Doris Smith (Norton).

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. A reception celebration will follow at Faye Bainbridge State Park Memorial contributions can be made to a dream that Sandra held in helping women who were victims of domestic violence. Donations can be made to : YWCA ALIVE Shelter, P.O. Box 559, Bremerton, WA 98337.

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Marilyn A. Steinberg, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on July 11, 1938 in Denver, Colorado and was 72 years of age.

Marilyn was a very compassionate person and always available to assist anyone in a time of need. She was proud to be a nurse for many years and worked as a home health nurse. She loved to travel and working with all of the kids at bible study. She enjoyed reading and art and was also very proud to be a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her son Larry Rucker and his wife Angie of Gig Harbor, WA, her grandchildren Tina, Kyle and Kristy Rucker and sister Carol Alger. She was preceded in death by her son Richard Rucker.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island.

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Robert A. Pierce, passed away Sunday August 1st at the age of ninety. He was comfortable and in the company of family and friends at the Kitsap Hospice.

Bob was born in Seattle and raised a farmer near Prosser, WA. He joined the Navy at a young age, saw much of the world, and served in both Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War Two as a gunners mate. In peacetime he remained at sea as an able bodied seaman and ships carpenter. He retired to Bainbridge Island and enjoyed gardening, canoeing, kayaking and membership in the Sportsman's Club.

Many may remember Bob trekking around Bainbridge and Seattle regularly with his backpack and walking stick. He was an avid reader and regular patron of the library, an amateur naturalist and provider of habitat to wild birds, and a keen observer of human nature.

He is survived by a daughter, son, sister, brother, four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at St Cecilia's Catholic Church where he was a member Friday August 20th at 11AM. An informal gathering to share memories of Bob's life will be held at the Bainbridge Senior Center from 4:30 to 6 PM.

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David Scott Hill, passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on January 22, 1962 and was 48 years of age.

David was a resident of Suquamish, WA and was a member of the Suquamish Tribe. He was an engineer with the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and worked also as a handyman. Dave enjoyed hanging out at the Troller Tavern in Suquamish. He was born at the family home in Indianola, WA. He lived the majority of his life in West Seattle where he had numerous friends. Growing up, he loved hiking, biking or bussing his way across town with his brothers and friends; especially his brother Mark and his BFF Andy Grindulis, always looking for that great adventure.

He was the family comedian, always coming up with daily jokes and bringing joy to those around him. He loved Rock-N-Roll, women, watching his favorite TV shows and doing his daily crossword puzzles. His children meant the world to him and he also enjoyed his cats and dog. He loved all his family and friends. He left us in classic Dave fashion, without complaint, knowing that we all loved him.

He is survived by his children; Dallas David and Savannah Lynne Hill of Seattle, WA, mother Lorna Hill (Webster) of Suquamish, siblings; Bryan Gladstone (Jules) of Port Orchard, Cly "Boo" Gladstone, Mark Lewis (Lisa), Bardow Lewis, Carey J. Webster, Matthew Hawk (Kim), George Hill Jr. (Debra) and Angel Hill all of Suquamish, WA. He also leaves behind many other loving family and friends. Dave was preceded in death by his father George Hill Sr.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 from 12 noon to 1:45 PM, followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00 PM at The Suquamish Community House, 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish, WA 98392. A reception will follow.

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Leland B. Jones, passed away July 29, 2010 on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was 96.

Lee was born October 17, 1913 in Montana to Frederick Roy Jones of Missouri and Ora Mae Alexander Jones of Kansas. He grew up on a 160-acre homestead in the Bridger Range of the Rocky Mountains near Bozeman, Montana with his parents, sister Lucille, and brother Chester. He had fond memories of hiking up to Fairy Lake with his parents. The family moved to the state of Washington when Lee was six and settled in Grandview, later moving to Arlington and Everett.

Lee married Phyllis Irene Marshall of Arlington in 1938. He and Phyllis opened a photography studio in Annacortes after they were married. Lee loved photography and took wonderful photos throughout his life. Lee and Phyllis enjoyed many years together, raising their three children while living in Seattle; Vancouver, Washington; Walla Walla; Anchorage; Kailua, Hawaii; and Bainbridge Island. Phyllis passed away in 1991 after 52 years of marriage.

After Phyllis passed away, Lee married longtime family friend Betty Campbell of Walla Walla. Lee and Betty enjoyed going on cruises together and activities at the Poulsbo Yacht Club. They lived together at their home on Manitou Beach for 19 wonderful years.

Lee attended WSC (now WSU) and the University of Washington, studying Civil Engineering. He had to drop out a few credits short of a degree, due to hard economic times. Later, while working for the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lee completed the Soil Mechanics Studies course at MIT, a 6-week accelerated graduate level course. In 1988, WSU awarded him with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, due to his expertise and reputation in his field.

He loved his Civil Engineering work. He worked for the Washington State Department of Highways for two years; for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 28 years, serving in the Seattle, Walla Walla, Buffalo, Alaska, and Okinawa Districts and in the Pacific Ocean Division at Honolulu; and, beginning in 1970, for Shannon & Wilson Inc, a Seattle geotechnical and environmental engineering firm where he worked for most of the rest of his life.

His projects included Mud Mountain Dam at Enumclaw, WA; 29 airfields in Washington and Montana during WWII; design duties on the St. Lawrence Seaway project; the design and construction of many dams on the Columbia, Snake, and North Fork Clearwater Rivers, including McNary, Chief Joseph, John Day, Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Granite, and Dworshak Dams; the stabilization of slide areas in Alaska after the 1964 Alaska earthquake; many engineering projects in Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, South Korea, and the Pacific Islands. In later years, he especially enjoyed his engineering projects in Chile, Peru, and Puerto Rico and the many interesting people he met there.

He was a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. His professional associations also included the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Lee was known for his positive attitude and also for his humor, especially puns, sometimes to the consternation of his family.

Lee's passion was boating. He built an inboard boat in the early 1960s at his home in Walla Walla. He and his family would trailer the boat from Walla Walla to Anacortes to launch, with the destination of Eliza Island, near Bellingham. While living in Hawaii, Lee and his son Alan built a sailing dingy that they sailed on Kaelepulu Lake, near their home. Their cat, Sinbad, would sit on the prow of the boat while they were sailing. In the early 1980s, Lee did much of the finish work on his 35 foot cutter, Sanderling, and enjoyed many years of sailing in Puget Sound and in Canadian waters with both Phyllis and Betty. He was an active member of the Power Squadron, teaching classes in his home.

In his later years, Lee discovered computers, enjoying writing emails, surfing the Internet, and, especially, writing his life story.

Lee was preceded in death by his first wife Phyllis Jones, his sister Lucille Jones, his brother Chester Jones, his parents, his son Stephen Jones, and his grandson Kelly Jones.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jones of Bainbridge Island; daughter Marcia Washburn (Alfred) of Bainbridge Island; son Alan Jones (Teri Copley) of Bainbridge Island; granddaughters Ellen Fluharty of Seattle and Amanda Mills (Jason) of Martinsburg, WV; great grandchildren Laurel Fluharty of Wellsburg, WV; Jessica Mills, Aidan Mills, Peter Mills, Lily Mills, Patrick Mills, Theresa Mills, all of Martinsburg, WV; brother-in-law Robert Marshall (Lee) of Hemet, CA; stepsons Jeff Campbell of Jackson, CA; John Campbell of San Antonio, TX; Tim Campbell of Auburn, WA; and many, many friends.

We will miss him dearly.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM at The Poulsbo Yacht Club in Poulsbo, WA. Lee will be buried next to his first wife, Phyllis, at Kane Cemetery on Bainbridge Island.

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Edna  Smaaladen, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Montclair Park in Poulsbo, Washington surrounded by family.

She was born September 18, 1913 in Mcville, North Dakota. Edna was the daughter of Rasmus and Marie Knutson. She was a graduate of Williston High School in North Dakota. Edna married Arthur Smaaladen on August 19, 1934 in Shelby, Montana. They worked their way to Poulsbo where they have lived and raised their four children. She was a cook at Crazy Eric's in Poulsbo and a homemaker. Edna was an active member of the Sons of Norway Lodge 44, participating in the drill team in the early years and First Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday school teacher.

She is survived by Arthur, her husband of 75 years, sons, Aldeen (Leota), Larry (Kathy) of Poulsbo, Landis (Pat) of Bellevue and daughter Glenna (Ernie) Johnson of Poulsbo. There are eight grandchildren, Shellie, Stacey, Scott, Shellsea, Tamara, Teresa, Jim (Darshan), Karin (David), Lori (Scott) and nine great-grandchildren; Nathan, Devin, Shane, Katelyn, Sean, Mason, Bryant, Andrea and Beatrice. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings; Ernest, Henry, Roy and Walter Knutson and Esther Cianfrani and Rhoda Knutsen.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Washington. Interment will be private at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to The First Lutheran Church, Martha and Mary Health Care Services or a charity of choice.

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Thomas Earl Nelson, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle,Washington. He was born on April 5, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Anton and Rose Nelson. He was 84 years of age.

Tom moved to Bainbridge Island in 1940 and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1944. He attended the University of Washington. During his career, Tom worked as a printer for the Seattle Post Intelligencer and The Seattle Times. He was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged from both. He was a member of the Bainbridge Island Sportsman Club, Bainbridge Island Pee Wee Football Assoc., Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary and the Printers Typographical Union. He was also a member of the Coffee Club of Rollingbay, a group of men he thought very highly of.

As a youngman, Tom worked as a logger in the woods of the Olympic Peninsula, Greys Harbor and Bainbridge Island. This love of woodcutting continued throughout his life. In his retirement, Tom would at times cut up to three cords of wood a week. He was very proud of his family. He was an avid sports fan, football being his favorite sport. Reading was also a passion and he maintained an extensive library. He read four newspapers a day and always had an opinion about current events and politics. The way to his heart was listening to "Ole Blue Eyes", Frank Sinatra. Frank was apart of any family function.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Mary Medalia Nelson of Bainbridge Island, children; Thomas E. Nelson Jr. (Carol) of Woodinville, WA, Michael Nelson (Cheryl) of Bainbridge Island, Mary Ann Nelson Calles (Adolfo) of Los Angeles, CA, Gregory Nelson (Anita) of St. Charles, Illinois, Paul Nelson (Jennifer) of San Clemente, CA, William Nelson of Bainbridge Island, Joan Nelson Lockyear (Tom) of Poulsbo, WA and his dear grandchildren; Ryan, Angela, Robby, Andrew, Matthew, Peter, Julia, Fito, Christopher, Kyle, Samuel, Katelyn and Tommy.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 9:30-10:30 AM, followed by the Recitation of The Rosary at 10:30 AM and The Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM all at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. Interment will be private. A reception will follow at Edna's Beach Cafe, 4738 Lynwood Center Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Cecilia Catholic Church, The Seattle Children's Hospital/Uncompensated Care Fund or The University of Washington Foundation- c/o - Neurological Surgery Discreationary Fund, 815 Mercer Street, C-5, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195.

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Ruth Mary Skelton, longtime Bainbridge Island resident, passed away on July 18, 2010 at Wyatt House Retirement Center at the age of 89.

She was born on December 16, 1920 in Chehalis, Washington to Thomas and Mathilda Kolash. She graduated Chehalis High School in 1940. Ruth married Rellen O. Skelton in LaJolla, California in November 1944.

She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Tillie, brothers Fritz and Bob Kolash, her husband Rellen Skelton and granddaughter Corey Skelton. Ruth is survived by her loving son's Garry Skelton (Cindy), Greg Skelton (Diane) and Rick Skelton (Lisa), her five grandchildren, Garth, Sarah, Casey, Stephanie and Garrett, and her two great-grandchildren, Ruby and June. The family thanks the incredible staff at the Wyatt House Retirement Center for the outstanding care and support they provided during Ruth's last weeks. A family service will be held at Kane Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Group Health Hospice.

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Dorothy Blanche Almond Noll, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Manor Care Center in Tacoma, Washington. She was born on July 7, 1922 in Wichita, Kansas and was 88 years of age.

During WWII, she worked at Cessna Aircraft where she volunteered to demonstrate whether women could perform aircraft manufacturing jobs becoming one of the first women machinists from tool and die to stamping. Here she also was a bookkeeper and supported our troops by singing on the radio. She was a member of the Eastern Star, North Kitsap PTA, and the American Red Cross and was a past board member of Martha and Mary Nursing Home.

Dorothy cheerfully initiated and conducted annual reunions of the orphans of Martha and Mary. She made people happy. Her infectious smile and desire to help all made her a wonderful Mom and friend to all. She brought caring love to her husband John's medical practice that served Poulsbo for over 25 years. She made people feel wanted. At her assisted living home in Tacoma, she and her close friend George created the "happy group" welcoming all. Most of all, Dorothy loved the Lord with all her heart and soul through her service to others and her beautiful voice filling the air with His praise.

She is survived by her son John Edward Almond of Tacoma, WA, daughter Cheryl Marie Almond of Sun Lakes, AZ and son James Winston Almond of Poulsbo, WA. There are seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husbands John Clayton Almond and Axel Noll, also her daughter Dana Sue Almond.

Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Washington. A reception will follow at the church hall. Interment will take place at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice or to Martha and Mary Nursing Home or the First Lutheran Church, both of Poulsbo, WA.

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Phyllis Irene Reamer, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at her daughter's home in Suquamish,Washington. She was born on April 13, 1923 and was 87 years of age. Services and interment will take place in Michigan. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Marjory  Studerus, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

She was born on December 25, 1916 in Sultan, Washington and was 93 years of age. She and Walter moved to Bainbridge Island in 1955 when Dr. Studerus opened his dental practice. Marjory worked for the Seattle Times and also as a dental assistant for her husband Dr. Studerus. She enjoyed volunteering as a vintage clothing model for Goodwill. She was a member of the Bainbridge Coral for 35 years and Eagle Harbor Congregational Church where she was a part of the "lunch bunch" and the Circle. She was a member of the church choir for over 40 years. She enjoyed painting, music, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Marjory is survived by her son Rolle Olsen Studeus of Orting, WA, daughter Joy Studerus Hodgin of Poulsbo, WA, grandchildren; Eric, Scott and Kim Studerus and Christopher, Amber, Matthew, Hallie, Emelie and Ethan Hodgin. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren; Jessica and Dakota Hodgin and Jillian Studerus, also her son in-law's Steve Hodgin and Nathan Adams and her nephew Jim Rhynard and his wife Kathy. Marjory was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Walter Studerus, and Carl Olsen, also sister's Wilda Wisman and Ellen Hickman.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island. Memorial contributions can be made to the Society for the Blind.

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Suzanne  Christiansen, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on January 18, 1926 and was 84 years of age.

Friends and family are invited to attend an open house on Sunday, July 11, 2010 from 2-6 pm at the family residence on Bainbridge Island.

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Frances Elizabeth Shipley, passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at her home in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on June 15, 1916 in Deer trail, Colorado to Frank W. and Mary A. Harn. She was 94 years of age.

Frances worked for many years as a school bus driver for North Kitsap. She also worked for Martha and Mary Health Care Services. She enjoyed dancing, bowling, animals and her family. Most of the people in her area knew her as Grandma Shipley. She moved to Poulsbo in 1951 where she lived her life and touched the lives of many. She will be missed by her family.

She is survived by her son Terry Shipley (Joy) of Poulsbo, WA,her adopted son Alan Bowman and his family of Bainbridge Island, WA, sister Lois Bailey and her family of Colorado and Lake Havasu, AZ, grandchildren; Michael Shipley (Angela) of Lacey, WA, Rodney Shipley (Melissa), Doug Hagen (Phyllis) of Suquamish, WA, Karla Nolen (Michael) of Poulsbo, WA, and Lori Hagen of Kingston, WA. Also great grandchildren;Josh Shipley, Ryan Shipley of Lacey, WA, Osha Hagen (Adam Dahl) of Suquamish, WA Morgan, Kaitlyn and Emilie Shipley all of Kennewick, WA, Nichol Olson, Nathan Kvinsland (Jacquelyn), Bobbie Nolen of Poulsbo, WA, Joshua Hagen (Star Ives) of Kingston, WA and Joshua and Jerome Vaughn of Hansville, WA, also great-great-grandchildren; Kallana, Eric, Nassyaha and Dayton Dahl, also Dakota, Presley and Payton Hagen all of Suquamish, WA, Brennon Hagen of Kingston, WA, Taylor Johnson of Suquamish, WA and Phoenix and Sephiroth of Poulsbo, WA. Frances was preceded in death by her husband William Ivan Shipley, daughter Alta Elaine Harman and her parents Frank and Mary Harn.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Recitation of the Rosary at 10:30 AM on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, WA. The Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 AM at the church. A reception will be held after the Mass at the church hall. The crypt side service will be held on Friday, July 16th at 11:00 AM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Bremerton, WA.

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Alice Katrinne Campbell, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2010. She was tended by her husband Lynn (married for 43 years) and her daughter’s Wendy Siegrist and Kristen Boyes. Her oldest daughter Lynn Donovan preceded her in death November 26, 2003. Alice was born April 2, 1920, the youngest of 7 children, to James and Grace Havnaer in Otwell Indiana. Of her family of origin she has one surviving sister, Carol Peddle of Selah Washington. Alice’s early years were spent on the rocky buttes in Tieton Washington where the families apple orchards graced the land.

Alice and her husband Lynn owned Seattle Harbor Tours (now Argosy Tours) where she was intimately involved in running the business, and handling the public relations and advertising decisions. She had a great love and understanding of art, music, and poetry and a deep connection to the earth and her garden. She was a master of making everything around her beautiful, and touched everyone with her sense of humor, grace and compassionate heart. She will be missed by all of us.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way NE on Bainbridge Island.

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Clifford George Niederer, a long time resident of Bainbridge Island, died peacefully at his home in the Eagle Harbor Condominiums. He was surround by the love of son Cliff Niederer, Daughter-in-law, Mia Pearson and grandson Christopher Niederer.

His life was not only long, but exceptionally rich and fortunate. Clifford was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 29, 1907. While a teenage he became devoted to music and as a young adult pursued a career in the music business as drum and marimba player. He worked in silent theaters and on the Mississippi river boats, as well as night clubs and with big bands. Although this career was fruitful and fun, by his mid twenties he was looking for a more secure and settled life. He left the music business and purchased, with family help, a newspaper circulation business in St. Louis. Still a restless young man, he sold the business and headed to Los Angeles in 1937. The fresh culture and warmth of southern California grabbed him immediate and to the dismay of his parents, he left St. Louis for good.

In 1940 Clifford married his life long love, Dorothy Firman, also of St. Louis. During the war years they both worked on government projects in Alaska. After the war, with money earned working in Alaska, they returned to Los Angeles and purchased their first home. He worked for Chevron Oil in the bookkeeping department and took business and accounting classes at night. After a number of years with an insurance company he found his final and most satisfying career with the Internal Revenue Service. He finished his career with the Service reviewing corporate audits and retired in 1974. A new life began for himself and Dorothy using their free time to travel the world and take driving trips throughout the western states. This lead them to the Seattle area and to Bainbridge Island, where they purchased the condominium in 1979. They adjusted quickly to the Island life and made many friends. Dorothy passed in 2001, and while that loss was profound, Clifford managed to live independent until the last nine months of his life and continued to enjoy his many friends and even made a number of new ones.

Clifford was a member of the Wing Point Golf and Country Club and a frequent participant in various coffee groups in the Town. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his only Son, Cliff and his wife Mia Pearson of Sonoma, grandsons Christopher of Memphis Tennessee and Jonathan of Sonoma and a great-granddaughter of North Carolina. He will be interred with his wife at Rose Hills in Southern California. A memorial service is planned for later in the year.

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Katherine  Fendler, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at her daughter's home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 7, 1907 and was 102 years of age. Funeral Services will be held in Spokane, WA under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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