Edna McMahon, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at The Harbor House-Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on November 6, 1920 in Preston, England and was 87 years of age. Edna worked in the parachute and airplane factories in WWII. She met Martin McMahon who was a GI in England and they married in 1945 and then moved to The United States.
She is survived by her sons Michael McMahon and his wife Toni of Bainbridge Island, Washington and Peter McMahon and his wife Deb of Ephrata, WA. She also leaves behind two grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Edna was preceded in death by her husband in 1990.
Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee, WA.
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Audrey Bernice Greenway, died October 31, 2008 at Kitsap Hospice in Bremerton, Washington. She was 79 year young.
Born Audrey B. Prizeman to mother, Victoria and father, Williams Prizeman, April 6 1929 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Audrey was an athlete of the first order, a pitcher and hitter of the leading teams in Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1955. Audrey married Navy pilot, John Greenway, in December 1955. She continued to star in athletic competition, representing the British Crown Colony on Hong Kong in international bowling tournaments while also teaching physical education at the International School in that city.
Later, Audrey owned and operated a very successful helicopter leasing company with her own helicopters. Audrey was the mother of Jonathan Andrew Greenway, and grandmother of Jonathan Andrew Greenway and Rigel Baron Greenway and is survived by her husband, son, and two sisters; Yvonne Kemp of Vancouver B.C. and Bainbridge Island and Shirley Smith of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, William and Douglas. She was much loved by many highly successful nieces and nephews.
With the exception of South America, Audrey and John traveled the around the world, living in Asia, Alaska, Hawaii with lengthy stays in Europe and South Africa; but always from their home-base of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Audrey managed to fly throughout South Vietnam, to almost every part of that beautiful but troubled country. Audrey will be sorely missed by many friends and their children and especially by Steve McKim and Julie Williams.
Audrey’s favorite charity was Operation Smile, a program to aid disfigured children and young adults worldwide. Donations may be made in her name in lieu of flowers.
A memorial is tentatively planned for her favorite time of year, late May or early June, at her home on Bainbridge Island.
Shay Daniel Gillette, was born in Seattle, Washington July 1, 1963 to Ronald and Delores (Dee Dee) Gillette. He arrived after much difficulty and at his own time. Displaying a stubborn streak that would last throughout his lifetime. Shay grew up in Bellevue and Redmond Washington, attending schools in those cities. He was a member of the Newport High School class of 1981.
Shay was diagnosed at age nine with diabetes. He had is own sense of how to care for himself, teaching his younger brother to administer insulin shots (without telling his mom). He loved music, loved to read and had a curious mind, wanting know how everything works.
After high school, Shay joined the rock band Airborn, traveling Washington and Canada to different venues. He was the best “roadie” the band ever had. When the band disbanded, Shay went to work in the restaurant industry as a cook. He loved cooking and was proud of the dishes he originated, especially his Holiday Carrots. In recent years Shay was unable to work due to complications of his diabetes.
Shay never married, losing his first love to the glamour of ice-skating. He never regretted not marrying as he didn’t want to burden anyone with his medical problems.
Although limited in what he could do, Shay loved helping others. He was a quiet man who loved Jesus and was quick to offer help in any way he could, often to his own detriment.
Shay adored his nieces and nephews and prized the time he could spend with them.
The family wishes to thank Messenger House, Bainbridge Island and Evergreen Rehab, Bremerton for their unfailing care and commitment to Shay’s wellbeing.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on November 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 45 Redeemer Way (PO Box 70), Chimacum, WA 98325. (360) 385-6977.
Memorial Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia 22116.
June Swannack, who lived some 55 years in Beloit, Wisconsin, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 29 at the home of her daughter Susan on Bainbridge Island, Washington, surrounded by family. She was 94.
June was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, on June 8, 1914, the eighth in a family of 9 children of Arthur Walters and Addie Chamberlin. She was valedictorian of her high school class in Burlington, Washington and graduated with a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Washington State University in 1935 where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She worked summers during her college years at Yellowstone National Park. While in college she met her husband, Jervis. After teaching English, Latin and French in high school, she married and moved to Wisconsin. They moved from Milwaukee to Beloit when her husband took an engineering position with Fairbanks Morse (later Colt Industries). They raised three children in Beloit and were active in community affairs.
June was a founder of the League of Women Voters in Beloit, and served in leadership positions in a number of other organizations including PEO, PTA, YWCA, ACLU, United Nations Association, Mental Health Council and the Democratic Party. She received a number of awards for her work in these organizations. She and Jervis received an award in 1989 for “outstanding contributions to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.” June was also proud of helping save Mechanics Green for the enjoyment of the people who lived nearby. She worked in the Rock County Community Action Program (Family Planning, Head Start and Food Stamps), as a substitute teacher in the Beloit public schools and for the Federal Bureau of the Census. She was a member of East End Club and a volunteer at the Beloit Senior Center. She was an active member of the Second Congregational Church and later the First Presbyterian Church.
In 1995 she moved from Beloit to be with son Jervis in Walnut Grove, BC Canada and then in 2002, in her own apartment on Bainbridge Island, Washington, near Susan and husband Jack Nunn and their son, Jack Elliott. In January of this year, she moved into Susan's home.
June loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with husband Jervis around the United States and in England and Ireland doing genealogical research, as well as Canada, Europe and Russia. In later years, she and her sister Martha from California visited often. They took several cruises together to see the world – the Panama Canal, South America and Norway. She also visited Turkey on another trip. In 2004, she had a wonderful trip to France with son Jervis and grandson Erik in celebration of her 90th birthday. The highlight of that trip was a week on a rented canal boat on the Canal du Midi in southern France.
June was a strong and highly intelligent person, and set a great example for her family. She was always gracious and very supportive, in good humor and always willing to experience new adventures. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, endless scrabble games with her extended family and giving and receiving hugs from her grandchildren. She also happily cast her last ballot for Barack Obama!
June is survived by son Jervis D. Swannack III of French Creek, Parksville, BC, Canada, daughter Susan Swannack-Nunn (Jack H. Nunn) of Bainbridge Island, WA; grandsons Jervis D. Swannack IV of Swan Hills, Alberta, Canada, Erik Swannack of Aromas, CA, and Jack Elliott Swannack Nunn of Bainbridge Island, WA; great granddaughters Daniella, Deanna, Ashley and Amber; and many nieces and nephews. June was predeceased by husband Jervis D. Swannack II, son Clarke Elliott Swannack and granddaughter Amy Elizabeth Swannack Sloan. Family and friends are indeed fortunate to have been in her presence for so very long.
A celebration of life honoring June will be held in Beloit on Saturday, December 13, 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Beloit Inn – 500 Pleasant Street, Beloit, WI 53511. Friends and neighbors are invited to join and reminisce with family members. Donations to the League of Women Voters of Beloit in memory of June are appreciated.
Mary Margaret Bevan, "Peggy" passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 27, 1925 in Kansas City , Missouri and was 83 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Faith Anabet Laird, was born in Lewiston, Idaho, on May 11, 1991. She moved to Bainbridge Island in 1998 and was adopted by her forever mom Anne Laird. Faith passed away at home on October 25, 2008 due to Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
Faith was known for her uncompromising love of animals. She was happiest when she was with her dogs Ise, Lewis and Rosie. She wanted to shelter all unwanteD pets and help wild animals survive. She was an excellent swimmer and runner, having great stamina for long distances. Faith had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh with her friends and family. Her energy, strength and thoughtfulness of others inspired her family and friends throughout her life and during her difficult illness. She was a resident of Winslow Cohousing and was supported and loved by her neighbors there, as well as by friends and family near and far.
Faith is survived by her mother Anne, brothers Eli Wilson, Phil Siegfried and James Beal, uncles Tom, Charles, and Michael Laird, and their families.
Remembrances may be made in Faith's name to PAWS of Bainbridge Island, to Kitsap Humane Society, or to Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, (PO Box 50020, Seattle, WA 98145) designating "Sarcoma Research Fund".
A memorial will be held at Winslow Cohousing on November 29 at 1:00 p.m.
Michael Steven Dunn, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at his home in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on June 22, 1955 and was 53 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Marlene "Diddie" (Sullivan) Knowlton, was born in Port Gamble September 11, 1935 and passed away on October 22, 2008. She married her husband Dale in 1955. They shared their first home in Ohio and returned to Little Boston in 1989. Diddie loved children and spent many years providing day care. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Diddie was preceded in death by her father Frank Sullivan, Sr., mother Cyrene George Sullivan,brother Frank Sullivan,Jr. and sister Cheryl "Queeda" Purser. She is survived by her brothers Conrad Sullivan and Melvin "Poe" Sullivan of Little Boston and John Lawrence of Suquamish. Her sisters are Cyrene Tooze, Alice Fulton and Connie Veregge of Little Boston and Sharon Ives of Omak. Diddie had three sons, Roger Sullivan and Daryl Sullivan of Little Boston and Steve Knowlton of Chicago. Her daughters are Pamela Loescher of Little Boston and Teri Zent of Ohio. She had 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be Sunday October 26, 2008 at the S'Klallam Tribal Center at 2:00 pm and memorial services at 4:00 with dinner immediately following. Remembrances may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2383, Bremerton, WA 98310.
Junkoh Harui, of Bainbridge Island, died peacefully Sunday, October 19 at his Bainbridge Island home surrounded by his family. He was 75.
Born on Bainbridge Island on June 23, 1933, Junkoh grew up amidst the natural beauty of pre-war Bainbridge Gardens. Junkoh graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1951 and the University of Washington in 1955, becoming a life-long Husky fan. While in college, Junkoh met his wife, Christina.
In 1958, Junkoh and Chris, opened the Island’s first florist, Town and Country Florist in Winslow. As the business grew, Junkoh and Chris added a nursery and moved to a larger location which became well-known along Highway 305. In 1989, Junkoh and Chris moved the nursery to its present location, the site where Junkoh grew up, and renovating the site and renaming the business “Bainbridge Gardens.” This year, Junkoh and Chris celebrated 50 years of marriage and 50 years of business on Bainbridge Island.
Junkoh’s love of the garden and his commitment to his customers allowed him to share the beauty of nature with generations of Bainbridge Islanders. Junkoh was known for his involvement and leadership in countless community projects and events. He is credited for inspiring many to seek their talents and follow their dreams and was respected and admired by many in the community.
Junkoh is survived by his wife, Chris; children, Donna Harui, Bainbridge Island; Alex (Cynthia), Foster City, CA; Roger (Greta), Seattle; and Sandra (John Vanderzanden), Seattle; sister, Terry Marlatt, Reno, NV; and brothers Norio, Seattle; Hiro (Kumiko), Wenatchee; and five grandchildren, Sam and Leah Bouillon, Ella and Alise Vanderzanden, and Nolan Harui.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Celebration of Life Memorial on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Sakai Intermediate School, 9343 Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow.
Private interment will take place at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island. Junkoh's obituary will also appear in the Bainbridge Review and Kitsap Sun. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
James Daggett Springer, died on October 18, 2008 in his home in Poulsbo, WA. He was born on November 7, 1945 to Howard Douglas Springer and Muriel Daggett Springer in Seattle, Washington He leaves a son, Steve Springer and two grandchildren, Steel and Sierra of Whidbey Island, Washington. Surviving Jim besides his Father is his brother, Roy (Kathy) Springer who live in Hermiston, Oregon.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Muriel Olson on November 19, 2004.
Jim also has 3 half brothers - Jerry and Bill Springer of Poulsbo, and Don Springer of Bainbridge Island, and a half sister, Teresa Brown of Santa Rosa, California.
His father, Howard and step-mom, Jean, will miss having him so close to their home in Poulsbo.
When Jim lived with his parents in Michigan, he attended first grade, After the family moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, he attended grade school and high school on Bainbridge.
Jim was involved in many different occupations. When he was a teenager he would go fishing with his step-father, Albert Olson. In 1962, Jim traveled to Iquique, Chile, where his father was employed. At that time, since he wasn't finished with his schooling, he took correspondence courses through the University of Nebraska and worked for the shipbuilding company managed by his father. After returning to the U.S. he married Devenie Harris and thus became a father to Steve. They were divorced, and later he married Sandy Haley on November 24, 1991. They, also, were divorced. Jim's special friend, Diane, was there for him when he was diagnosed with terminal illness. Diane said "Jim was her best friend."
Jim apprenticed at the Mercedes factory as an auto mechanic after returning from Chile. Later, he owned a garage in the Fremont, Seattle area, called, "GREASE PALACE", a shop for Volkswagen, Mercedes and Porsche autos. Later in Bellingham, Washington, Jim owned "ALLEY AUTO", specializing in the same brands of autos.. Jim was known to many of his friends as "Biggy". In fact, there was a cafe in Bellingham known as "Biggy's Lunchbox".
At one time in his life, Jim worked on the Alaska pipe line and, for a ready-mix concrete supplier in Fairbanks, Alaska. He also worked for his friend Dick Gardner and Hidden Brick Co. in Vancouver, Washington. The business made building bricks.
Jim's hobby was trains. He had various "HO" and "N" guage layouts.. He spent lots of time at the train shops and shows.
When he returned to the Bainbridge Island area in the early 90's, he started a home remodeling service, "SPRINGER REMODELING AND REPAIR", which he continued until his death.
The "Celebration" of Jim's life will be held on November 7th at the Eagle Hall in Poulsbo at 6:00 pm. It is located at 4230 Lincoln Rd. About 3 miles from highway 305. There is a blinking yellow light at the entrance to the hall.
James S. Cureton, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on December 5, 1920 and was 87 years of age.
Jim was born in Lordsburg, New Mexico to George H. and Edith S. Cureton. He was a third generation cattle rancher in southwestern New Mexico on land homesteaded by his grandfather, James W. Cureton. He attended Lordsburg Public Schools and played on the Lordsburg High School basketball team that won the 1939 New Mexico State Basketball Championship. He received a bachelor of science degree from New Mexico State University in animal science. He was in ROTC and served in the armed services during WWII. He married Nan Elton and was widowed in 1948.
Jim was an active member of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association. He was an employee of the New Mexico Public Health Department for 15 years. In 1951, Jim married Jane L. (Turner) Hart, who had a daughter, Mary Edith. He and Jane had two children, J. Samuel (Sam) Cureton, Jr. and on-lineJ. Alice Bundrant.
He is survived by his wife, children, brother, Robert H. Cureton (Helen) and sister, Dorothy (George H.) Jackson. He has seven grandchildren: Eda Jane Egashira, James Canniff, Chance Cureton, Erin Meng (Tyler), Paige Cureton, Brittany Bundrant, Logan Bundrant and five great grandchildren: Saundra, Tyler, Anthony and Robert Egashira and Ethan Ross Meng
He had been living in Bainbridge Island, Washington near his two daughters for the past year. He was a prior member of the Lordsburg First Baptist Church and a member and deacon of the Silver City First Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at the Silver City First Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial at the Masonic Cemetery in Silver City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the New Mexico Boys’ or Girls’ Ranch. Their web address is: www.theranches.org or donations can be made The Ranches, 6209 Hendrix Rd NE 2FL, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Helen Dreier Wieben, Helen Dreier Wieben, the widow of Col. John D. Wieben [USA Ret.]. and the mother of two sons, John S. Wieben, of Carmel, California, and Eric D. Wieben. Ph.D. of Rochester, Minnesota, died peacefully at her home at Wing Point on Bainbridge Island, Washington, October 16, 2008, with her family and caregivers at her side. The unofficial cause of death was boredom with the accumulated infirmities and indignities of age, and the prospect of Barack Obama’s election.
A child of the last Great Depression, Helen, was the third child and only daughter of Karl and Fredericka Dreier. She was born at her parent’s home in Hoboken, New Jersey, on April 8, 1920, weighing only 2 . pounds. Given little hope of living more than a few weeks, she was incubated in the family’s wood-burning oven, giving early proof of her resilience when the odds were against her.
After graduating from Demarest High School in Hoboken in 1937, where she met her future husband, she graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in New York City before working as an executive secretary at the Baker Castor Oil Company throughout World War II.
On October 18, 1945, after Doug returned from 4 years of active duty in the South Pacific, he and Helen eloped while they were both engaged to other people, or as Helen liked to say, engaged at lunch, and married by dinner. Helen then began her eventful and well-traveled life as the wife of a career Army officer. While rearing two sons, and a succession of dachshunds, Helen also served her country for 25 years while stationed in Army posts in the United States and overseas, including military and diplomatic assignments in France, Japan, Senegal, and Israel.
When Doug retired in 1969 after his last assignment as the United States military attaché to Israel, Helen and Doug continued to travel until settling on Bainbridge Island in 1985, where they put down roots for the first time in their life together. As Doug often told his sons he and Helen weren’t doing much of anything, and they didn’t start until noon.
Until Doug died in August 2007, they enjoyed a wide circle of friends on Bainbridge Island and old friends and visitors from around the world: telling stories, some of them true, until late into the night over Helen’s memorable meals and numerous bottles of wine. Both Helen and Doug were long time members of the Wing Point Country Club, where she was known to prefer the 19th hole to all that walking.
In the past year, Helen, who was an engaging conversationalist, entertained and beguiled her family and caregivers with stories of her years as an Army wife, and shared her firmly held political opinions that were notably unencumbered by any connection to what other people call the Real World. Feisty, opinionated, and with the constitution of a Sherman tank, Helen endured the physical realities of advancing age with humor, wine sweetened with Sweet N Low, the music of Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, and cigarettes. Lots of cigarettes.
Her family will remember her with great affection as woman of indomitable spirit and an enormous appetite for life who always loved a good argument, a good story, and a good meal. Her friends and caregivers will remember her for her generosity and unfailing good humor at the end of her life.
Helen will be missed and talked about by everyone she came into contact with, particularly by all the members of the medical profession who attended to Helen in the last years of her life, her caregivers, the dedicated people at the Hospice of Kitsap County, the pharmacists at Rite Aid, Roger’s Chocolates, of Victoria, B.C.; the American tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, and the wine growers of the Champagne region of France, all of whom she supported with unfailing generosity until her final days.
Helen is survived by her two sons, their wives, Pamela and Kathy, four grandchildren, Peter, of Cairo, Egypt; Kristin, of Seattle and Katmhandu, Nepal; Kelly Foster, of St. Helena, California; and Tracey Shea of Los Angeles. She also leaves one great-grandchild, Miss Allison Shea Foster, also of St. Helena.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, which Helen liked only if they were plastic and needed no watering, that people either open a bottle of Veuve Cliquot in her memory, or make a donation to Obama ‘08 in her name.
Elaine E. Nettleton, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2008 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on July 1, 1929 and was 79 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Gerald Cosman, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on January 30, 1915 in Germany and had lived the majority of his life in the United Kingdom in both Nottinghamshire and Berkshire. Gerald and his wife later moved to Bainbridge Island to be closer to family. Prior to his retirement he worked as a company director in the textile industry.
Gerald is survived by his wife Natalie Cosman, his sons; Michael Cosman and his wife Jacqui of Wellington, New Zealand, David Cosman and his wife Sarah and their son Ian of Bainbridge Island.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Celebration of Gerald's life at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way NW, Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110 (Directions) at 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 16, 2008. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Heart Association.
Murray R. Bowes, of Orcas Island, WA passed away after a long illness. He was born in Battle Creek, MI in 1947 to Donald and Elayne (McClish) Bowes. He attended high school in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and spent his summers as a youth sailing in Canada. He graduated from Kent State University with a degree in business, and from the University of Akron School of Law.
An entrepreneur at heart, Murray ran a publishing company in Kent, OH. In 1983 he authored "The Personal Computer Buyer's Guide." This book caught the eye of Krupp-Taylor, the advertising company holding Apple Computer's first account, and propelled his marketing career. As Chairman and CEO of Bowes, Dentsu & Partners, and a board member of the agency’s parent, Dentsu, Young & Rubicam, Murray guided the companies to great success. In Ojai, CA during the 1990's, Murray Bowes Inc. continued to revolutionize electronic and direct marketing models as the internet came of age.
Murray had the uncanny ability to trim a project or a conversation down to its most essential and meaningful form. In 1996 the accomplished musician and songwriter followed his life-long dream of producing an album. His album titled "Third Stone Out," was a testament to his love for rock ‘n roll. Murray, with his wife and daughter, moved to Orcas Island in 2003 to live the good life and sail. He continued to work as a marketing consultant, and enjoyed the powerful beauty of the San Juan Islands.
Murray is survived by his mother Elayne, his wife Kathryn and daughter Carra, his son Thaddeus, brothers John (and Sheila) Bowes, Jeff (and Ellen) Bowes, sister Maryanne (and Tom) Conklin, and many other family members, friends, and fans. He will be missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org) or to a charity of your choice.
Huan-Hsin Shyu, was born on July 13, 1918 in Thailand. When he was 9 years old, he and his younger brother moved to Canton, China to live with relatives. The Sino-Japanese War broke out when he was in high school. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Chinese Army Whampoa Military Academy, which was lead by General Chiang Kai-Shek. He served in the Kuomintang Army during World War II and fought the Communists during the Chinese Civil War.
In 1946 he married Chung and elder daughter Lin was born on 1948. In 1948 he and the family moved from Mainland China to Taiwan with the Kuomintang and General Chiang Kai-Shek. It would be another 40 years before he could return to China to visit relatives. Son Jiann-Shing was born in 1950 and daughter Lih was born in 1952. He was a Colonel in the Army and in charged of many civil engineering projects in Taiwan until his retirement in 1984. He was a devoted and honest civil servant that earned him recognition and respect.
After his retirement in 1984, he moved with wife to Argentina to be with daughter Lin. Although he spoke very little Spanish, he was determined to help Lin ran her gift shop business. He was proud of his successes in running the business. He immigrated to the United States in 1987 and lived with daughter Lih in San Francisco. He helped Lih raised two loving grandchildren who had many fond memories of him.
He moved to Oakland, California with his wife in 1992. He and his wife loved to have daily walk around Lake Merritt. His wife Chung preceded him in death in 1995.
Shyu was a dedicated military man who loved his country, family and friends. He liked music and taught himself how to play piano, harmonica, and singing. During his stay at the Messenger Care Center, he often played classic Chinese tunes at the piano. He was well liked by everyone at the Care Center. When we were growing up, we always thought of him as our gentle and loving giant. We will remember him as our “little angel”. Good-bye father. You are forever in our hearts.
Private Graveside Services will be held by the family. Interment at Port Blakely Cemetery.
John Jacob Crane, passed away on Monday, September 29, 2008. He was born on December 28, 1949 and was 58 years of age.
John is survived by His wife Jane, their children; Cari and Andrew Crane, also his sister Karoline Johnson.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 NE Day Road on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Washington/Alaska, also blood donations to your local blood bank. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Donald R. Parker, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on July 26, 1931 and was 77 years of age. Donald was a resident of Bremerton, Washington.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 2:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3877 Mullenix Road SE, Port Orchard, Washington.
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Kenneth Langran, passed away on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on July 23, 1934 and was 74 years of age. Graveside Services at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington are pending. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Larew Warren Wheaton, "Larry", of Poulsbo, died peacefully on September 18, 2008. He was born May 9, 1926 in New Jersey to Lillian and Edmund Wheaton. He attended New Jersey College of Engineering and received his Masters in Engineering from Yale University. He was a retired Major in the US Army and retired from his job as a financial analyst with Chevron Oil Company. Larry left New Jersey in 1969 for Tehran, Iran, then transferred to Sausalito, California in 1974. He retired to Bainbridge Island in 1996, and relocated to Poulsbo in 2004. Larry’s spent his retirement years following the stock market, renewing old acquaintances, playing computer games and was a member of the Bainbridge Gourmet Club, enjoying wonderful meals with friends.
Larry is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Suzanne and Alan Sanborn of Aurora, Colorado and Cynthia and Daniel Whiteman of DeLeon Springs, Florida. He will be remember by his grandchildren Christina Sanborn Gomez, and her husband Paul Gomez, and Douglas Sanborn PFC US Army, one great granddaughter Felice Maricela Gomez, and his stepmother, Florence. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie. A private family burial service will be held in Northfield, Minnesota per Larry's wishes.
John Thomas Sharp, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Sunday September 14, 2008. John led a full and enriched life. The son of John Robert Sharp and Laura Ellen James Sharp, he was born in Dalhart Texas on November 16,1924. John attended college at West Texas State College and Antioch College in Ohio. He obtained his medical degree from Columbia University, served his internship at Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, and completed residency training at Dartmouth’s Mary Hitchcock Hospital and specialty training in rheumatology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. John served in both the US Navy and the Naval Reserve.
His career allowed him the opportunity to teach and conduct research at several well-known institutions across the country, including the Mass General Hospital (Boston), Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit), Baylor College of Medicine (Houston), University of Illinois Medical School (Champaign Urbana) and the Rose Medical Center (Denver). After his first retirement, he took on the challenge of establishing a rheumatology practice in the underserved area of rural Tifton Georgia. Following his second retirement, he and his wife Marjorie moved to Bainbridge Island where, as an independent consultant, he chose to focus on the effectiveness of various drug protocols used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Sharp also served as chief of staff of the VA Hospital in Danville, Illinois and enjoyed appointments at Emory University and the University of Washington medical schools which allowed him to continue his teaching and research activities. In 1993 he was designated a Master by the American College of Rheumatology.
A constant throughout his career was a focus on long-term research measuring the effectiveness of numerous drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. He was well known for developing a protocol for the measurement of the erosion of joints, known as the “Sharp Method”. This methodology remains the standard for accurate measurement of the changes to joint spacing over long periods of time. His lifelong research efforts entailed tracking hundreds of patients per study and completing comparisons of numerous sets of x-rays for each patient monitoring treatment periods ranging from ten to fifteen years. In recent years Dr. Sharp invested long hours seeking to automate much of the “Sharp Methodology” utilizing computer programming tools. His goal was to facilitate faster and more precise measurement so that future drug treatment protocols could be more efficiently and accurately tracked.
He possessed considerable intellectual curiosity. He saw the world from a realistic viewpoint while always maintaining an unflagging sense of optimism. He held strong views without being dogmatic. He was always interested in the views of others, especially as to what those views could teach him. He lived through the difficulties of the depression, World War II and the Korean War. While these events shaped his personal philosophy, he consistently chose the optimistic view and strove to see the good in people.
He maintained his wit, his intellect and wry sense of humor and worked on various loose ends of the many projects he was involved in right up to his last days. He was an active Rotarian for many years and for the last ten years actively participated in the Bainbridge Island Chapter activities. His concern for the environment led him in recent years to become a stronger supporter of Islandwood and its endeavors. He is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 59 years, three sons – John, Tom and Jeff and seven grandchildren. He was a devoted husband and amazing father. He was loved and will be missed greatly. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation to help continue his life’s work. http://www.rheumatology.org/ref/
The family wishes to thank the staff of Martha and Mary for the gentle, compassionate and respectful care provided to John during the final days of his life.
Lenora S. Dunlap, passed away peacefully on September 13, surrounded by her family.She was 88.
Lenora was born in Nocona, Texas on April 12, 1920 to Gladys Russell Salmon and Harold (Harry) Salmon. She grew up on a ranch and spent her early years riding horses, reading and being part of the large extended Salmon family. In the late 1920s, she and her older sister, Gwendolyn, traveled with their mother from Texas to Hollywood to study ballet for several months.
Lenora attended Texas Christian University in the 40s and received a bachelor’s degree in English. It was there that she met her future husband, Wayne L. Dunlap. Lenora and Wayne were married in 1944. Because Wayne was in the service, they had a simple ceremony before Wayne went overseas. Lenora lived and worked in New York City during the war where she was employed at Columbia University. She also studied and taught dance while living in New York.
After the war, Lenora and Wayne moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he taught music at the University of Michigan. Two children, David Wayne and Mary Beth (Betsy) were born in Ann Arbor. Another child, Bruce Douglas, was born after they moved to Plymouth, Michigan where Lenora’s husband taught in the public school system and served as conductor of the Plymouth Symphony for 25 years. Lenora played piano and was as passionate about music as her husband. The family lived in Vienna, Austria in 1954 and toured Italy and France in a Volkswagen convertible.
Lenora and Wayne lived in Denton, Texas during retirement where Lenora continued to pursue two lifelong passions; reading and antique collecting. She also loved the many collie dogs that she owned over the years. She also enjoyed visiting her children and two grand children in New Mexico, Arizona and California. Her husband died in 1988.
In 2002, Lenora moved to Bainbridge Island to be closer to her daughter and family.She took great pleasure in visiting the Winslow antique stores, thrift shops and restaurants. She especially enjoyed sitting outside her apartment near the small garden at Winslow Manor. She gifted her family with a great sense of humor and an appreciation of all of the beauty life had to offer.
She is survived by a son, David Wayne Dunlap and daughter-in-law, Emily Cosby Dunlap of Napa, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Beth Dunlap and son-in-law, Tim Tully of Bainbridge Island; and a son, Bruce Douglas Dunlap of Santa Fe, N.M. Her grandchildren are Eli Cosby Dunlap and wife Jacquelyne Ta; and Benjamin Adam Tully.
A memorial of Lenora’s life will be held at a later time. Donations in her name may be made to the Children’s Hospital Bargain Boutique, 572 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; or PAWS of Bainbridge, P.O. Box 10811, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.
Bob M. Bowman, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, WA. He was born on November 25, 1924 in Portland, Oregon. Bob lived on Bainbridge Island for many years. He was a gifted carpenter who loved his work and enjoyed his sports.
He is survived by his brothers and their wives, Norman and Ellen Bowman and Richard and Helen Bowman. He also leaves behind his nephew and his wife RG and Diane Meyer of Bainbridge Island, and many other nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Margaret Ove Smith, 96, of Bainbridge Island, Washington passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2008. She was born in August of 1912, in Ramona Acres (Los Angles County), California to Reverend Thorlief T. Ove and Gunda Johnson Ove. Margaret had two half-brothers – Bjarne F. Ove and Gerhard O. Ove – one brother, Harold T. Ove, and one sister, Katherine Ove Pearsall.
Margaret was raised in Aberdeen, Washington and was the secretary for grade and junior high schools in Aberdeen for 7 years. While in Aberdeen she met her future husband, Laurel G. Smith. Margaret and Laurel were married September 11, 1937, and lived in Spokane, Wa., Montesano, Wa., Yakima, Wa., Pullman, Wa., Berkely, Ca., Tenefly, NJ, Denver, Co., Hartsdale, NY, Atlanta, Ga., and Bronxville, NY. When Laurel retired from Shell in 1968, he and Margaret built their retirement dream home on Wing Point Golf Course on Bainbridge Island and became members of Wing Point Golf and Country Club.
Laurel and Margaret were members of Bethany Lutheran Church of Bainbridge Island, where Margaret was a member of Altar Guild and was the Church Librarian for 6 years. Margaret, an avid reader, had previously volunteered in school libraries in Atlanta, GA and in the Doctor’s library in a Hospital in Bronxville, NY.
Our Mother is remembered as a loving wife and mother who always made family her first priority. Her children always had all the time they needed with Mom. Mom’s hobbies included reading, knitting, and flower arranging.
Margaret is survived by sons Brent (Sheryl) Smith of Alpharetta, GA; Craig (Anneke) Smith of Minneapolis, MN; and Cory (Roberta Connelly) Smith of Seattle, WA; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the Gentle Care staff at Messenger House and Hospice of Kitsap County for providing loving care to Margaret.
A memorial service will be held on October 15th at 11 am at Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances in her name to Alzheimer’s Association, 12721 30th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125.
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John K. Langan, born October 18, 1919, in Springfield, Illinois, grew up in Odell, Illinois and left us peacefully September 11, 2008 on his beloved Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Jack retired from the US Navy after 20 years including service during WWII and the Korean War. The first member of his family with a college degree (Master’s in Educational Psychology. He began his career as a teacher and basketball coach at Olympic Community College in Bremerton and served as director of military dependents’ schools in Europe in the 1950’s. ). He developed educational programs for Safeco Insurance and taught at many area colleges and universities. He developed product lines for Pemco Insurance Company and concluded his career by playing a key role in program development in the Department of Business at North Seattle Community College. He was one of the first people to hold both CPCU and CLU insurance certification.
He was an avid fisherman, grandchildren’s playmate and natural athlete, declining a contract with a New York Yankees minor league team to enlist in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He had an avid interest in politics his entire life and remained a student of current affairs until his death. He enjoyed a good drink and a good hand of blackjack.
He is survived by his daughters Peg Hall (Moss Patashnik) Melissa Langan (Larry Sattler), grandchildren Tom Schrader, Sarah Pollard, Adrienne Minter, and Moriah Patashnik and great-grandchildren Lacey, Jordan, Rachel, Kellen, Carmen and Camren.
There will be a family graveside service at Seabold Cemetery, Bainbridge Island. Donations suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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