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Ross Arthur Baun

Ross Baun was born in McCleary, Wash. on Dec. 3, 1983, to Pauline and Ricky Baun. He attended McCleary Grade School and graduated from Elma High School in 2002. He attended Wyoming Technical Vocational College after high school and returned to McCleary.

Mike Richard Vita

Mike Richard Vita, 71, Aberdeen resident and former police officer with the Aberdeen Police Department, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash.

Betty Jean Dragecevich

Betty Jean Dragecevich, age 88, a longtime Aberdeen resident, died on Jan. 25, 2015, at Montesano Health & Rehabilitation Center in Montesano. She was born on Feb. 1, 1926, to Louis and Peggy Nuhse in Everett, Wash. She spent her childhood in Everett, Jordan and Tenino, Wash.

Gordon James Peterson

Gordon James Peterson, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, Wash., died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born on Nov. 21, 1930, in Flint, Mich. to Edwin C. and Anna (Paulson) Peterson.

Wendy Jane Lorenzen 1961-2015

“Either death is a state of nothingness and utter consciousness, or as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is to gain; for eternity is then only a single night.” — Plato

Audrey B. Bakotich

Audrey B. Bakotich, 93 years of age, died on Jan. 22, 2015, at Willapa Harbor Health and Rehabilitation in Raymond, Wash. Audrey was born in Aberdeen, Wash., on Dec. 22, 1921, to David W. and Nora May (Priest) DePew.

Kathleen Anne Muhlhauser-Williams

Kathleen Anne Muhlhauser-Williams, 65 years of age and a longtime resident of Grays Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, from a three year long battle with cancer, with her daughters at her side. Kathy was born on July 5, 1949, to Edward and Gladys Muhlhauser in Aberdeen.

Richard N. “Dick” McGovern

Longtime South Bend resident, Dick McGovern, age 81, died at his home on Jan. 21, 2015. Dick was born to Frank and Gladys McGovern in Burlington, Wash. on Aug. 26, 1933. He was raised in Concrete, Wash., graduating from high school in 1951.

Alexander Joseph Perron

Alexander Joseph Perron “Zander” made the journey home to Heaven on Jan. 19, 2015. He was 22. We were blessed with the most amazing gift of Zander. Zander choose this life and many would wonder why someone would choose to be in the body he came in with the physical pain his body brought him and what he had to endure; it is because he was an Angel on Earth. The pain and suffering Heavenly Father had to endure, when all he wanted was for people to love him and believe in him, is exactly the calling he gave to Zander. This is because Zander was a teacher, he taught us all lessons we would never know or learn without knowing him. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, were positively impacted from that day forward. He was happy and smiling day after day no matter what was going on. He was strong, patient, compassionate, loving and more, that words could never describe. He was a gift from the Heaven’s and we were given 22 priceless years with him.

Susan Kalin Robberson

Susan Kalin Robberson passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2015, of breast cancer in Tualatin, Ore., with her husband of nearly 50 years at her side. She was born in Aberdeen, Wash. on June 27, 1942. She graduated from the University of Washington and went on to teach school for many years. Susan was preceded in death by her son Michael in 2010, and by her parents Agnes and Mitchell Kalin. She is survived by her husband Doug, of the family home in Tigard, Ore., daughter Robin of Portland, Ore., brother Bill of Anacortes, Wash., and two nieces of Camano Island, Wash. and Anacortes, Wash.

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Genevieve (Jenny) Lunke 1921-2015

Our mother passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 17 to reunite with the love of her life, Arthur (1914-1992). Jenny was a lifelong Willapa Harbor resident. She was the best mother, grandmother, wife and friend that anyone could ever ask for. She loved cooking and being a host to all who came through the door. Her family and her religion were what she cherished in her life.

Ervin Philip Leithold

Ervin Philip Leithold, 89, of Salem, entered the presence of the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, just three days before his 90th birthday. Ervin was born on Jan. 20, 1925 in Elgin, N.D. to Philip Leithold and Christina Pfitzer Leithold. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1942.

Richard James “Rick” Perry

Richard James “Rick” Perry, age 62, a longtime Neilton resident, passed away on Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Hoquiam. He was born on Sept. 25, 1952, in Aberdeen to Vernon and Almedia (Whitt) Perry. He went home to Quinault when he was two months old, but his twin brother only lived a few hours.

Gilbert Buddy Jake

Gilbert Buddy Jake, 79 years of age and a longtime Taholah, Wash. resident, died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at his home in Taholah. He was born on Dec. 28, 1935, in Puyallup, Wash. to Thomas Jake and Iva Jack. He was an enrolled member of the Muckelshoot Indian Tribe.

Cherie Yvonne Narrance

Cherie Yvonne Narrance of Elma, Wash. passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Providence St Peter Hospital in Olympia. She was 62. Cherie was born May 6, 1952 in Aberdeen, Wash. to Willis and Laurel (Moore) Zeman.

Barbara Louis Wood

Barbara Louis Wood passed away peacefully in the company of family on Jan. 3, 2015, at her home in Montesano. Born on June 6, 1934 to Harland and Florence (Demorest) Schermerhorn in Greenville, Mich., Barbara grew up on a nearby farm as the oldest of four. Mere years after overcoming polio, she had already fallen in love and left the farm in pursuit of adventure.