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Gerald (Jerry) Frank Swan

Jerry, 79, died of heart failure Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his Olympia home. Jerry was born May 13, 1936 to Walter F. and Audrey (Davis) Swan in Aberdeen, Wash. He grew up near Grass Creek, where his family founded Grass Creek Oyster Company in the 1940s. He graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1954. He then graduated from Washington State College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He worked in various locations in Alaska in the early 1960s. Jerry married Elizabeth Giedt on June 22, 1963 in Seattle, Wash. They returned to Alaska briefly before moving to Bellevue in 1966 and then to Olympia in 1979.

Jeanne Winifred Blumberg

Jeanne Winifred Blumberg, age 92, a resident of Hoquiam, died on July 27, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born on Jan. 8, 1923, in Elma, Wash., to Albert and Mae (Taylor) Blumberg.

Kenneth L. Furu

Kenneth L. Furu, 51 years of age and a longtime Harborite, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. He was born on July 8, 1964, in Aberdeen, Wash., and was the youngest son of Don and Norma Furu.

Richard John Vatne

Former McCleary Mayor Richard John Vatne passed away at his home in McCleary on Sunday, July 12, 2015. He was 74. Dick was born June 26, 1941, in Olympia, Wash., to Stanley and Agnes (Hansen) Vatne.

Laurel Zeman

Laurel Zeman passed away peacefully in her sleep July 24, 2015, at her home in the Satsop Valley. She was 90 years old. She was born on Nov. 22, 1924 in Covington, Ind. to Joe and Gladys Moore. They moved to the Colorado Mountains and later to Montesano.

Marjorie Edwards Stage

Marjorie Edwards Stage died after a short illness at her Seattle-area home on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. She was born to Ray Ellsworth and Gertrude (Morach) Edwards in Ritzville, Wash. on April 2, 1926.

Earl Kent Simpson

Earl Kent Simpson of Montesano, Wash., passed away July 19, 2015, at the age of 84. He was born Oct. 11, 1930, in Clarksdale, Mo., Earl was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Air Force and worked at Boeing for more than 32 years. A beloved father and devoted husband of 55 years, Earl lived with determination and humor.

John A. Holt

John A. Holt, 55, a former longtime Raymond resident and resident of Olympia for the past 29 years, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at a Tacoma facility. John was born Oct. 4, 1959, in Chehalis, Wash., to Glen and Helen (Woroch) Holt. He was raised and went to school in Raymond where he graduated in the class if 1978. He then went to Clover Park Technical College where he graduated in 1979. He had worked many years for the U.S. Postal Service and had been postmaster in Vader before taking early retirement in 2011. After retirement, John put together an online radio station where he shared his love of funny music with anyone in the world who wanted to listen.

Aileen Mildred (Rath) Long

Aileen Long, 95, passed away peacefully in Vancouver, Wash., on July 21, 2015. A proud native of Aberdeen, she made her home there until 2010, when she moved to The Quarry Senior Living Residence in Vancouver to be near two of her daughters. There she enjoyed the company of new friends in a beautiful environment, recently celebrating her 95th birthday party with her daughters, their families, her nephew, Dick Amble, and many new and old friends.

Peter D. (Butch) Krohn

Butch was born on Dec. 14, 1942 in Seattle. He was adopted by Peder and Ruth Krohn of Hoquiam, joining his adopted brother, Jon Philip. After his parents Peder and Ruth passed away, Butch located a biological half-sister, Joan Johnson, and her family, as well as an uncle. He later traveled to Spain with Joan and they continued to visit back and forth between her home in Lynnwood and Hoquiam.

Ruby Louella Brock

Ruby Louella Brock a longtime resident of Ocosta, Wash., passed away July 23, 2015 at Pacific Care Rehabilitation Center. Ruby was born July 9, 1932 to Marion and Louella Lowe in Porter, Wash. She attended high school in Ocosta, graduating in June 1950 and married Charlie Brock on Sept. 9, 1950 in Montesano, Wash.

Elizabeth Romayne “Lisa” Easter

Elizabeth Romayne “Lisa” Easter, 43, a lifetime resident of the Harbor, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. She was born in Aberdeen on Feb. 8, 1972, the daughter of Donald G. and Pauline (Fredericks) Easter.

Mildred Doris Hendrickson

Mildred Doris Hendrickson, 93, a lifetime resident of the Harbor, died at Panorama City Convalescent Center, Lacey, Thursday, July 23, 2015. She was born in Hoquiam, Wash. on Aug. 17, 1921, the daughter of John and Jennie Charlotte (Sjoblom) Lundstrom.

Wallace Einar “Wally” Waara

Wallace Einar “Wally” Waara, 82, a resident of Grayland for more than 50 years, died at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center, Aberdeen, Wash., Saturday, July 18, 2015. He was born in Aberdeen on March 20, 1933, the son of Einar and Anna (Karjala) Waara.

Phillip Lewis Hawks

Phillip was brought into this world Aug. 22, 1963, in South Bend, Wash., by Dr. Bussabarger. Phillip “Bear” L. Hawks passed away July 20, 2015, at his home in Bay Center, Wash. He is survived by his parents Phillip A. and Clara E. Hawks, siblings Kathy and Kenny Rohr, Vicki and Glenn Killingbeck and Ray and Jerri Hawks; nephews Ryan Rohr, Eric Trent, Ethan Hawks and Chase Huizenga, Brandon and Justin Killingbeck; nieces, Kelli and Leanne Rohr and great-niece Leena. He also leaves behind a countless number of great friends and extended family and his special cat, Simone. He was a member of the Chinook Tribe.

Cyril Sutton Stewart

Cyril Sutton Stewart (Uncle Jimmy), passed away peacefully on May 25, 2015, at his home in South Bend, Wash. He was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, but lived in the U.S.A. for more than 60 years.

Bennie W. Ator

“Mr. Wunnerful” passed away at his home in McCleary, Wash. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the age of 71. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by his family, close friends, and kitties.

Ilamarie Skinner

Ilamarie Skinner, loving daughter of Lucy and George Osborne, passed away July 15, 2015. Ilamarie was born in Casper, Wyo., and lived on a homestead during her younger years. The family then moved to the Grays Harbor area. During World War II she worked in the shipyards in Vancouver, Wash. — Ilamarie was a real-life Rosie the Riveter. She also worked at Grays Harbor Plywood for a time.

Richard Ralph Walker

Richard Ralph Walker was born on May 26, 1939, in Peabody, Mass. to Richard Walker and Dorothy (Knowles) Walker. He died on July 21, 2015, at Willapa Care Center in Raymond, Wash. Before retirement, Dick worked for Dow Chemical Company in Elma as a production manager. As a young man, Dick’s favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing and wood cutting. After retirement, Dick enjoyed reloading for family and friends, and working in his shed.