Ralph B. “Mush” Capoeman, 79 years of age and a lifetime Taholah, Wash., resident, died on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. He was born in Taholah on Dec. 31, 1934, to Herbert Capoeman and Lizzie (Moses) Capoeman.
Mush was raised and attended school in Taholah and graduated from Moclips High School in 1954. As a youth, he enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and football.
Ralph B. “Mush” Capoeman was married to Gloria Lee Hause on Dec. 24, 1954, in Taholah, and they made their home in Taholah.
He worked at the Jackson Shake Mill and was a commercial fisherman who fished on the Quinault River. He also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Ralph was a vice-chairman for the Quinault Indian Nation and served on the Washington State Governor’s Advisory Committee in the early 1960’s.
Mush was a life-long member of the Taholah Canoe Club and attended the Pacific Beach Gospel Church. Mush and Gloria had traveled to Canada, Hawaii, California and Oregon. As a young man he learned the art of carving canoes and racing them. He liked deer and elk hunting as well as watching the U of W Huskies and the Seattle Mariners.
Ralph is survived by four sisters, Cathy Bradley (Bear) of Taholah, Ann Curley of Taholah, Joyce Mirten of Oak Harbor and Barbara Capoeman of Spokane; his special nieces, Pearl L. Capoeman-Baller (John) of Taholah, Edie Capoeman of Taholah and Raven Bryson of Taholah; a grandson, Christopher Baller (Jacki) of Aberdeen; five great grandchildren, Chase, Tutèsum, Cody Bear, Kenadee and Carson Boy, a granddaughter-in-law, Leah E. Baller of Hoquiam; numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mush was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria L. Capoeman; his grandson, Nikolas Tutèsum John Baller; a son, Ralph B. Capoeman; a sister, Charlotte Bryson; a daughter, Valerie Lee Capoeman-Biegler; and his brothers, Norman Capoeman, Emmanuel Capoeman, Rudolph Capoeman and Herb Capoeman Jr.
A graveside service with vault interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam with Rev. Mark Eaton officiating.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam, WA.
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