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Alfred Lee “Al” Izatt

Alfred Lee “Al” Izatt, 89 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam resident, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his home in Hoquiam. Al was born on April 16, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to William and Bernadette (Toussaint) Izatt.

Clara Janet McKee May 16, 1951 – May 9, 2015

Janet McKee, 63, passed away unexpectedly of an extended illness on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, surrounded by family and friends. Janet is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Richard “Dickie” McKee; three brothers, Ken, Clyde, and Tony; two sisters, Becky Johnson and Mona Dilley; stepsons, Carl Hoyer and his wife, Michele and Scott McKee; one step-grandchild, Iris Rue McKee and her mother, Chantelle; numerous nieces and nephews, and Dickie’s cousin, Vicki Esses and other relatives. A step-child, Lorenda Ryan McKee, preceded Janet in death in 2014.

Darrell E. Keel Oct. 22, 1940 – May 14, 2015

Darrell E. Keel, age 74, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2015, after a six-month battle with cancer. He was born in Lorraine, N.D., and grew up in Sherwood, N.D., later moving to the Camas/Washougal area as a teen. He married Gayle Ann Kellogg of Washougal on June 18, 1960, and moved to Aberdeen, Wash., where he worked for Allstate for 37 years. After retirement he enjoyed traveling the world and spent cold winter months in Peoria, Ariz. and spring/summer months in Washougal, Wash. Darrell was also a world master bridge player but golf was always his favorite passion.

James Michael Edminster

James Michael Edminster, 66, of Montesano, Wash., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 15, 2015. Mike was born on March 30, 1949, in Pampa, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a BA in accounting. Mike worked for much of his career as a CPA in Odessa, Texas, El Paso, Texas, Denver, Colo., Vancouver, Wash., and spent the last 18 years of his career with Anderson Middleton of Hoquiam, Wash.

Ruby Monson

Ruby Monson died Friday night at Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash. She was 103 years old. She was the widow of Cas Monson, who owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Raymond from 1947 until he retired in 1970. Ruby was born in Minnesota to Jane and Oliver Lee. Growing up, she lived in Saskatchewan, Vancouver, B.C., and in South Bend, where her father farmed for a time. She said that a teacher had to be hired for her and her brother while there.

Peggy Kay Buchanan

Peggy Kay Buchanan, age 59, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, died on April 30, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Peggy was born in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 1, 1955, to John Thomas and Annabelle (Puett) McDaniel. She had attended local schools.

Mildred Elizabeth Riekki

Mildred Elizabeth Riekki, born Jan. 17, 1925, in Hoquiam, Wash., passed away on May 9, 2015, in Monroe, Wash. She was 90. Mildred graduated from Hoquiam High School, Class of 1942. She was an accomplished musician and a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Mildred loved to travel the world and did so, at every opportunity. She worked as an administrative assistant for Weyerhaeuser for many years. Mildred is survived by her nephew Rodger Ferguson (Carol Newsome), nieces Laurice Riekki and Kristine Maxwell, cousins Doris Boyd, Vern Havo, Carol Overdeep, and many other extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Riekki, both parents, and siblings Arvo Tasanen, Laimi Rollins and Aili Ferguson. Everyone who knew Mildred was enriched by her love of life and her spirit for friendship. Memorials in her name may be made to: The Salvation Army, any animal shelter in your area or music programs for youth, anywhere. Arrangements entrusted to Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home, Monroe, WA, 360-794-7049. Please sign the guest book at purdykerr.com.

Jack C. Reeves

Jack C. Reeves, 65 years of age and a lifetime Harborite, died on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at his home in Aberdeen, Wash. He was born on May 24, 1949, in Aberdeen to Ivan Ralph and Verda (Duncan) Reeves.

V. Art Bell

V. Art Bell was born April 23, 1911, in Moreland, Kansas, and died April 27, 2015, at his family home near McCleary at the age of 104. He was the oldest of six boys born to Ernest and Irene Bell. His early years were spent working on farms in Kansas. After graduating from Densmore High School, he attended McPherson College in Kansas for two years. He spent two years in the CCC on the east coast. During WWII, he worked as a machinist for Arlington Machine Works in Massachusetts. He moved to San Francisco in 1940 to work at The Worlds’ Fair. He returned to Kansas in 1946 and married Phoebe Alice Boys, then moved to McCleary, where they built their log cabin that was home for the next 70 years. He worked for Simpson Timber Company in the plywood and door plant and enjoyed running the door panel carving machine. Art and Alice were involved with the McCleary Grange, McCleary Riders, McCleary Alliance Church, Am. Shorthorn Assoc. and the Chinchilla Assoc.

Nancy Ann Baughman

Nancy Ann Baughman, age 82, a longtime resident of the Grays Harbor area, passed away on April 29, 2015, in Montesano, Wash. Ms. Baughman was born in the Elma Hospital on Nov. 29, 1932, at Elma, Wash. Her parents were Harry John Arts Williamson and Nancy Ailene (Valentine) Williamson, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by six children. With husband Milton Kirkwood Martin, she had Joyce Ann (Martin) Blohm, a resident of California; Cathleen Louise (Martin) Pennington, of Aberdeen; and William John Martin, who lives in Renton, Wash. With her husband Arthur Watt, Nancy had Ruth Ailene Watt who resides in Seattle. With husband Carl Baughman, Nancy had twins: Paul Edward Baughman and Amy Lynn (Baughman) Pearson. She is survived by one brother, Richard Edward Williamson and a nephew, Jeremy Tyler Williamson, both of Kent, Wash., and several grandchildren.

Nancy K Freeny (Pabst)

Nancy K Freeny (Pabst), 53, of Elma passed away April 30, 2015. She was born July 30, 1961, to Richard Sr. and Georgie Pabst in Olympia. She grew up in the South Bay community in a loving home on the family farm. There was never a time when she didn’t have an assortment of horses. She enjoyed trail riding, drill team and just caring for her own horses as well as the rescues she adopted. After many years in 4-H she graduated from North Thurston High School and worked in the construction business and the oyster and restaurant industries. She was married to Gary Freeny and they later divorced. Her favorite times were spent riding horses, running heavy equipment and of course spending time with her family, children and granddaughter.

Calvin Martin Boyer

Calvin Martin Boyer, formerly of Aberdeen, was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Porter, Wash., and passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2015, at the family home in Yuma, Ariz., where with his wife Sally they have resided for almost 30 years. Prior to moving to Yuma, Calvin worked at the ITT Rayonier pulp mill for 40 plus years. Upon retirement, Calvin and Sally spent the winters in Yuma, first as snowbirds and then later making Yuma their year-round home.

Lillian F. Howes

Lillian F. Howes, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully at home on April 25, 2015. Lillian was born in Montreal, Canada, on Nov. 29, 1929. She spent her youth there before coming to the States. She first lived in New York, then California where she met and married Jack L. Howes.

John Daniel Small

John Daniel Small, known to most as “Dan” or “J Dan,” was born Sept. 7, 1954, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to John and Earlene Small. He departed to Glory on the morning of May 8, 2015, surrounded by family members in their home in Brinnon, Wash.

Margaret Alice (Fields) Nevills

Margaret Alice Nevills, a resident of Montesano, died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at The Hampton at Salmon Creek in Vancouver, Wash. She was 90. Margaret was born in Montesano on March 5, 1925, to Ralph and Leota Fields. Her father passed away when she was 9, her mother remarried, and she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Harry Kutchera.