Boyd McDougal Ferguson, passed away at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on August 26, 2009. Despite a quick and excellent emergency response by family and Bainbridge Island Fire and Police Departments, Boyd died after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 87 years old and pleased with his full and active life. He loved his country, his family and Glenn Miller music.
"Fergy" was the third son of Robert and Helen Ferguson. He was born in Lexington, Missouri on July 8, 1922. Brothers Robert and Richard preceded him in death.
Because of the proximity of his birthday to Independence Day, he usually celebrated with an arsenal of fireworks (mostly legal). He often spoke of having grown up in the depression with everyone pitching in doing chores and living frugally to keep the family going during hard times.
He graduated from High School in Grand Island, Nebraska in June of 1942. Fergy served in the military from 1943-1948, and was honorably discharged as a corporal in the US Army Air Corp. Always a patriot; he flew his American flag daily.
A bit of an artist and a partier, Fergy graduated from the University of Colorado on the GI Bill, with a degree in Fine Arts. He met his wife La Verne I. "Bernie" Long at a Halloween party and they married after her graduation in 1948. (Fergy took a little longer to get through school than Bernie did).
Some of the best times for Bernie and Fergy were while working in Rangely, Colorado; he as a roughneck on an oil rig, and she as a property manager. Their son, Larry was born in Rangely. Daughter, Dede came along seven years later while Fergy was working his way up the corporate ladder as a personnel administrator for Dow Chemical and later as a personnel manager for Swinerton and Walberg Construction Company. The family enjoyed many years in a house that Fergy and Bernie designed in Boulder, Colorado - Home! They participated in church, scouting and civic activities.
Retirement on the Columbia River at Cathlamet, Washington was secure and pleasant. Fergy loved the river, for it reminded him of his early days on the Missouri River like Mark Twain. Fergy liked poetry, parades, Pall Malls, photography and pretty girls.
He is survived by his beloved wife La Verne "Bernie" Ferguson of Bainbridge Island, Washington, his younger sister Helen Harper of Prairie Village, KS, children; Dede Shorett and her husband Peter of Bainbridge Island and son Larry Ferguson of Sebastopol, California. He also leaves behind his grandchildren; Jennifer Ferguson and Carl and Brooke Shorett. They will all miss him dearly.
In lieu of a funeral or memorial service Fergy asked that all who knew him extend a "remembrance blessing" in their own way. A private family gathering will be held later in Boulder, Colorado where his cremains will be interred. He lived a long life with few regrets. Fergy will be missed by all who knew him. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island, WA.
Luke Yen-hui Chadwick, died August 22, 2009 from acute respiratory failure after 3-months’ hospitalization at the University of Washington Medical Center. He was 22 years-old and a 2007 graduate of Bainbridge High School.
Luke was born Yu Yen-hui September 20, 1986 in Taipei, Taiwan. He came to Washington state to his adoptive parents, Cathy and Kent Chadwick, in 1988. By then he had already contracted the progressive lung disease secondary pulmonary hypertension.
Growing up, Luke focused on what he could do, as opposed to what he could not. He perfected the arts of friendship and of living for today. His greatest joy was to make someone smile, which he would effect with any means at hand. His spontaneity, courage, and unselfconsciousness inspired the whole town of Bainbridge Island, where he and his family have lived since 1996. While at Bainbridge High, Luke memorably served as the boy’s basketball team’s manager and unofficial mascot during the 2007 season when the team went to the state championship. Graduating from BHS was one of Luke’s proudest moments.
In March 2008 Luke received the gift of a double-lung transplant and had 12 months of good health. He became an enthusiastic volunteer organizer for the local Barack Obama campaign. He even travelled independently in the spring of 2009. But a severe case of pneumonia irreversibly damaged his transplanted lungs and led to his final hospitalization in May.
Luke’s mom and dad, sister, Ali, grandparents, Bob and Peg, aunts, uncles, and cousins all rejoice for the time they had with their miracle Luke.
Luke told his friends on Facebook: “I try to stay upbeat and keep my head up but it is hard sometimes. I have God and he knows when I will be with him and flying with the angels. Love always.”
A celebration of Luke’s life will take place Sunday, September 6th at 3 p.m. at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive NE , Bainbridge Island, WA, with a reception to follow for all to tell Luke stories.
Donations in Luke’s name may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, which did so much for him as he fought his illness. The PHA is at 801 Roeder Road, Ste. 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or online at www.phassociation.org. To honor Luke’s year of transplanted strength, please consider registering as an organ donor.
Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Nathan Keliher, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born on June 18, 1983 in Seattle, Washington and was 26 years of age.
Nathan was raised in Indianola and spent his childhood playing in the woods and on the beach with his cousins and siblings. He loved his hometown and his family. He was particularly close to his uncles, in whose video stores he worked for many years. Nathan had a keen sense of humor and was a talented guitar player. He enjoyed video games, movies, reading, writing, philosophy, watching baseball, swimming, and hiking. He graduated from North Kitsap High School in 2001.
Nathan is survived by his mother and stepfather, Shannon and Paul Russell, his siblings Irene, Myrna, Leo, and Oliver, his grandmothers Geraldine Smith-Paramore and Betsy Keliher, numerous aunts and uncles, his godmother Joan McCarron, and 34 cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers John K. Smith and George Keliher. His family will miss him very much.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Monday, August 31, 2009 from 4:00 PM until the start of the Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1310 Madison Ave North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM also at the church. Interment will be private. A reception will follow at the Church Conger Hall.
Joanne E. Newland, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at Silverton Hospital in Silverton, Oregon. She was born on June 3, 1930 and was 79 years of age. Joan was a resident of Woodburn, Oregon. She graduated from Franklin High School and was formerly of Seattle, Washington and Kodiak, Alaska. She enjoyed raising her grandchildren, knitting, crafts, cooking, sewing, and playing the organ and piano.
Joanne is survived by her mother Lillian Blanche Jay, husband Ernest Newland, brother John M. Jay, daughter Joanie Carr, sons Ernest and Marvin Newland, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 from 5:00 PM -8:00 PM at Cook Family Funeral Home, 163 Wyatt Way NE on Bainbridge Island. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will take place at 2:00 PM at Washington Memorial Park in Seattle, WA(Directions).
Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Russell R. Johnson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, passed away on August 12, 2009 at the age of 88. Russ will be remembered as a gentle, kind man of the highest integrity. Russ was born on January 30, 1921 in Williston, North Dakota to Roy S. and Frances Anne Johnson. He attended school in his hometown of Ray, N.D., graduating high school in 1938. In 1936, at the age of 15, Russ earned his Eagle Scout Award and was in charge of a group of Scouts from Western North Dakota. He took the boys to the National Scout Jamboree in Washington, D.C., taking with them a Coyote pup as their mascot.
After High School, Russ took a job on the Fort Peck, Montana Dam project supervising grading crews. Saving his earnings, Russ entered the University of North Dakota in the fall of 1940 as a pre-med student. He attended school until war was declared in December 1941. He then took a job with Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. On his 21st birthday he married the love of his life, Betty J. Cooper. He entered the United States Navy, serving as an aviation machinist Mate First Class. After basic training he was assigned to the flight crew of Catalina PBY's, patrolling the west coast serving as flight engineer. In 1946, after his discharge, Russ and Betty arrived on Bainbridge Island with their hands in their pockets. He went to work as a salesman for Rodal's Chrysler/Plymouth Agency in Rollingbay. He joined New York Life Insurance in sales in 1953. He retired after 20 years, and begin selling real-estate in North Kitsap for ten years.
He was a member and past president of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club and in 1963, was given the KIRO TV outstanding citizen award for his work in fundraising for the construction of the Bainbridge Island Library. He was a past Master of the Masonic Lodge. Russ was very civic minded and was active in many community projects. He was in charge of the fundraising for the Bainbridge Island Library, was active in the construction of the Masonic Temple and formation and administration of the Bainbridge Island Parks Department. His efforts resulted in the construction of the Ray Williamson Memorial Pool and the acquisition of the sites of Strawberry Hill, Eagledale and Battlepoint Park form the GSA for the sum of $1.00 each. He also spent two terms on the Kitsap County Library Board.
After retirement, Russ and Betty spent winters traveling in their motorhome throughout the Southwest. They loved the Arizona desert.
Russ us survived by his wife Betty, daughter Patricia Pigott, son Russell R. (Rusty) Jr., grandsons Robert and Peter Pigott, granddaughter Erin Hults and grandson Casey Johnson. He also leaves behind his great-grandson Harper Hults and several nieces and nephews. His passing has left a huge void in his family. He will live in our hearts forever. No services will be held at his request. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Germaine Lambert Bauer, was born in Manchester , New Hampshire on April 5, 1926 to Philippe and Adele Lambert. She received her education at St. Marie’s Catholic School in Manchester.
Mrs. Bauer came to Washington State when she married John M. Bauer on July 7, 1951, and spent the following years in Port Orchard, Washington. Mrs. Bauer was co-founder of the Chief Kitsap Chapter of Sweet Adeline and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2338. She passed away peacefully at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center.
Mrs. Bauer is survived by her husband John, her two children, Denise Craswell (Jim) of Poulsbo and Kurt Bauer of Port Orchard. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Kimberly, Rebecca, Hannah, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Laura Craswell; and Michael and Mathew Bauer.
She was a long-time member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, where her services will be held this Saturday, August 15th, with a Rosary at 9:30 am and Mass at 10:00 am. St. Gabriel is located at 1150 Mitchell Ave , Port Orchard, WA 98366. Donations may be made in her name to the charity of your choice.
John F. Bedessem, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 7, 2009 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on July 10, 1933 and was 76 years of age.
John was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin, graduating from Aquinas High School, attending Notre Dame University , IN, West Point Military Academy, NY and graduated from Marquette University, WI in 1957 with a degree in accounting and finance. He worked in public accounting and the insurance industry until his retirement. In his retirement he established the largest organic orchard east of the Mississippi River.
He will be greatly missed by many, especially his wife of over 40 years, Ruth, their children Michael J. (Lori) Bedessem, Jane Carpenter of Bainbridge Island, Kevin (Becky) Dobbs, as well as grandchildren Erin (Ed) Schiltgen, Brendan Dillon, Dana, John M. and Joseph Bedessem, Linzie Dobbs, William and Ellen Carpenter and great-granddaughter Leah Margarete Schiltgen.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:00 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1310 Madison Avenue NE on Bainbridge Island, WA.
Georgia Louise Addington, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on September 4, 1933 and was 75 years of age. She had moved from Anchorage, Alaska and had lived on Bainbridge Island for the past 28 years. She was a member of Island Church, The Eastern Star, was a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America, studied Latin and was a volunteer for the Frye Art Museum.
She is survived by her son Jonathan Scott Addington and her grandson Bjorn Addington. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Donald Addington in 1979, her son David Addington and brother Quentin Layer.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Island Church on Bainbridge Island.
Nancy Elizabeth Cave Lowery, beloved mother, aunt, neighbor, and friend, passed away August 4, 2009 at Swedish Hospital after a 7-month battle with lung cancer. She was 72.
Nancy was born September 25, 1936 in Seattle, WA to Clinton and Myra Cave. She lived her entire life on Bainbridge Island as a third generation Cave family member dating back to the 1860's. Growing up during the difficult war years of the 1940's, Nancy developed a strong work ethic and sense of independence and self reliance. At a young age she also developed a love of animals and became an accomplished equestrian rider.
She graduated from Bainbridge Island High School in 1954 and later married Vivian Lawrence Lowery of Birmingham, AL. Together they made their home on Bainbridge and had one son, Bill Lowery.
Following her passion for horses, Nancy taught equestrian riding on Bainbridge Island for 25 years. She was instrumental in the development of the Bainbridge Island Pony Club teaching dressage and hunter/jumper riding skills. Nancy's former students still recall her dedication to her craft and penchant for working hard for what you want to accomplish. Nancy found great pleasure in watching her students gain confidence in themselves as they developed their riding skills and self reliance while tending to their horses.
In addition to teaching riding, Nancy spent 22 years working for Drs. King and Middaugh at the Poulsbo Animal Clinic. She subsequently went on to work for Washington State Ferries at the Bainbridge Island Terminal for 19 years, retiring in April 2009. Many Island residents may recall Nancy's ready smile, caring and giving ways, and her cheerful boarding announcements as they began their daily ferry commutes.
Nancy pursued other passions in life as well including sport fishing, tending her garden, travel to South America, China, Africa, Turkey, Europe, the Caribbean, canning and baking pies. According to Nancy one her home made pies could just about cure anything that ails a person.
Nancy was preceded in death by her former husband Vivian Lowery and sister Beverly Cave McConnell. She is survived by her brother Robert (Yelena) Cave of Bellevue, WA,; Sister Marcia Wicktom of Tacoma, WA; son Bill (Sue) Lowery of Seattle, WA; and five nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service celebrating Nancy's life will be held at Port Madison Lutheran Church, 14000 Madison Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or PAWS of Bainbridge Island, P.O. Box 10811, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.
Allan Burns McCoskrie, of Bainbridge Island, died peacefully in his sleep July 31st at Messenger House Care Center after a lengthy bout with dementia. He was 69. He was born in Seattle to Burns and Esther McCoskrie who soon moved to Bainbridge Island where he grew up and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1958.
He spent four years in the Navy serving on the USS Laws out of San Francisco, CA. Upon returning home, he worked in Bainbridge Floor coverings, the business his father founded in 1955. In later years he worked as an Electrician for Todd Shipyard in Seattle and also in shipyards in Oakland, California.
Allan touched the lives of many individuals and friends through his years as a mentor with Alcoholics Anonymous. He was dry for 28 years and was a source of inspiration to many.
He is survived by his son, Richard Allan McCoskrie of Poulsbo; sister Gloria Kirkpatrick of Arlington, TX, sister Marie Justice of Bellevue and his granddaughter Tricia McCoskrie. His family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care he received at Messenger House Care Center.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept 12th at 1:00 pm (See map below).
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633 or The American Heart Association, 710 2nd Avenue, Suite 900. Seattle, WA 98104.
Arrangements and cremation are being handled by Cook Family Funeral Home.
Earl R. Bailley, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2009 at his home in Hansville, Washington. He was born on November 11, 1927 and was 81 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Richard Pearl, was born in Berkeley, California in 1926 to Hallet and William Pearl, the fifth of six children. As a boy, he loved spending time in the mountains and on the water. He sailed on the San Francisco Bay with the Sea Scouts, and spent most summers camping with his mother and brothers at Butte Meadows near Mount Lassen with little more than a canvas tent and a fishing pole.
Dick graduated from U.C. Berkeley and served in both the United States Navy and Army. In 1955, he married his wife, Carolyn, and together they had two daughters, Amy and Sarah. He raised his girls with a great love for the outdoors and inspired them to work hard to achieve their dreams. Dick spent his career working as a Subcontract Manager for Lockheed Missiles and Space, and shortly after retirement, he and Carolyn moved to Bainbridge Island joining their daughter, Sarah, and her family. As a testament to his adventurous spirit, he volunteered as a backcountry ranger in the Olympic National Park in his seventies, and was always ready to participate with his family in hiking, camping, light-plane flying, sailing and traveling. Two of his favorite places in his later years were Ross Lake in the North Cascades where he went every summer with Sarah and her family, and Oxford, England and Scotland, where he went every spring with Amy.
Dick was an environmentalist, a progressive and a history buff, but most of all, he was a man who loved his family and the beautiful Bainbridge Island home and garden he and Carolyn created. He delighted in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, and attended countless performances, award ceremonies, recitals and graduations, and most recently the wedding of his oldest granddaughter, just prior to his death.
Dick was tenderly cared for in the last months of his life by his wife and his two daughters, along with their husbands and children; he died peacefully at home on July 28th surrounded by his family. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his five siblings, and one grandchild, Ian Pearl-Sacks. He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Carolyn, daughters Amy Pearl (Kurt Alameda) of Portland, Oregon, and Sarah Pearl (Barry Sacks) of Bainbridge Island, grandchildren Megan and Taylor Alameda, Elliott and Carly Pearl-Sacks and numerous nieces and nephews.
Those who loved him are very saddened by the loss of this energetic, thoughtful, uncompromising, and caring man who was such a big presence in their lives. Arrangements by Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island.
Michael T. Lynch, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2009 at his home in Kingston, Washington. He was born on March 27, 1956 and was 53 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Charles R. Drake, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 14, 1925 and was 83 years of age. He was a resident of Silverdale, Washington. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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