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Jonathan Andrew Arnold

While encircled in the arms of his loving Father, in the peaceful dawning of a new day, Jonathan Andrew Arnold was taken up to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Portland, Ore. He was 36 years old. Jonathan was born Feb. 12, 1978 in South Bend, Wash. to Alice Faye (Jones) and Randy LaVern Arnold. Jonathan was raised in Elma and graduated from Elma High School in June 1996. He attended Portland Bible College in pursuit of his career goals and inner calling as a pastry chef. He held and achieved prestigious positions in both real estate and the hospitality industry. Jonathan blessed others with his amazing sense of humor, loved to spend quality time with family and friends, and enjoyed baking especially for holiday celebrations. Jonathan is survived by his doting grandmother, Mary Jane Jones, loving father Randy Arnold, and devoted mother Elizabeth Arnold; his siblings Roshena (Abraham) Boling, Nathanael (Vanessa) Arnold, and Jalaine (John) Van Syckle; nephews Caden Boling, Jacob Fuentes, Isaac Arnold, Westin and Joshua Van Syckle; nieces Shayla Nelson, Julia Boling, Izzy Erickson, Emma and Olivia Van Syckle; and numerous uncles and aunts who loved him fiercely on both sides of his extended family. In addition to his beloved mother, Alice Faye Arnold at age 30, Jonathan is preceded in death by his eldest brother Joshua Arnold who died at age 24. Jonathan is also preceded in death by his grandparents LaVern (101 years old) and Dolly (90 years old) Arnold both of whom cherished Jonathan’s tender heart and compassion for others and Nathan Jones (60 years old). The public is invited to a celebration of life service led by Pastor Troy Green, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at the Cornerstone Church in Aberdeen, Wash. The family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to the Ryan White Foundation.

Bruce A. Caron

Bruce A. Caron, 72, lifelong resident of Aberdeen and retired longshoreman, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Nov. 4, 2014, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He is survived by his wife Karen, son Chris, daughter Angie, brother Bill, sister Cookie, nieces, nephews, cousins and grandchildren. Bruce will be remembered for his kindness and great sense of humor. Bruce loved life. He will be missed by many.

June J. Crawford

June J. Crawford, age 98, died Nov. 18, 2014, at HomePlace Memory Care, Oak Harbor. She was born June 8, 1916, in Capper, Okla., one of nine children. She traveled by horse and wagon with her parents at the age of two to Colorado, where her family homesteaded. Her father was a skilled carpenter, and he built a rock house for the family.

Melvin Michael Tobin

Melvin Michael Tobin (Mike), age 71, passed away at Pacific Beach on Nov. 7, 2014. Heart failure caused him to leave us too soon while currently a resident of Edna. Calif. He was born to Kenneth and Evelyn (Mike and Mickey) Tobin on Aug. 15, 1943, in Olympia Wash. The family eventually settled in Montesano, Wash. where he graduated high school and married his high school sweetheart, Carol. They had three children — son Michael (Teresa) Tobin of Union, Wash., daughter Leiza (Jay) of Moses Lake and son William; grandchildren Matt Tobin, Kelsey (Justin) Weiland, Kodi (Jessica) Tobin, Ken (Vanessa) Tobin, and great-grandchildren Braelyn, Saria and Addison. He had a life-long passion for the outdoors which spurred careers in both the timber and fishing industry that took him to Alaska, a state he really loved and told great stories about his times there. He was always willing to lend a hand to those around him and made friends wherever he went. He had a garden and loved to can the proceeds from that and tend to his yard. He spent his later years with his much-loved partner Connie Coates and enjoyed spending time with her modifying their cozy home in Etna. His greatest joy however was his family and lately his role as grandpa and great-grandpa. His hugs were unbelievable, and it felt like being totally wrapped. The sorrow of his loss shall only be surpassed by the joy of knowing him. Survivors include brother Steve (Janie) Tobin of Humptulips and sister Pauline (Bob) Drolz, Axford Prairie. A sister, Judy West Worman, passed away in 2008. A celebration with family and friends will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Prosperity Grange, 3701 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local fire hall.

Fern Osgood

Fern Louise Osgood, age 94, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed. She was a giving, kind and caring person who had a warm smile and friendly greeting for all.

Mildred Irene (Caldwell) Fisher

Lifetime resident of Westport, Wash., Mildred Irene (Caldwell) Fisher died at the age of 90 on Nov. 20, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Byron and Mae Caldwell. She married Charles F. Fisher on July 2, 1948. They were married 51 years until he preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1999. She was a member of the Post Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars 3057 for more than 35 years and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Survivors include a son, Ronald G. Baxter (Judy) of Surprise, Ariz.; a daughter, Carol J. Strode (Wayne) of Aberdeen, Wash.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren a great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. There will not be a service. Dear to Mildred’s heart, memorial donations are suggested to Friends Landing, P.O. Box 328, Montesano, Wash., 98563, or the City of Westport Fire Department, P.O. Box 1195, Westport, WA., 98595.

James Joseph Palmer

Retired Montesano High School mathematics teacher, James Joseph Palmer died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at his home in Montesano, Wash. He was 91. Jim was born January 18, 1923, in Hampton, Iowa to Joseph and Ruth (Fox) Palmer.

Larene V. Swanson

Larene V. Swanson passed away on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, with her daughter, Lynn Victoria Jenkins and grandson, Benjamin Carson, by her side, at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia. She had just celebrated her 90th Birthday on Nov. 2, 2014.

Kenneth Neiworth

Kenneth Wayne Neiworth was born in Hoquaim, Wash. on Nov. 5, 1934, a middle child of four brothers and a sister: Richard, Patty, Donald, James, and George. His family and schoolmates called him Ken. He was very involved as a boy growing up in his community: as an altar boy with the Catholic church, delivering newspapers and participating in his high school student government. His mother, Helen Regan Neiworth, was a graduate of Grays Harbor College. His father, Henry James Neiworth, worked a double shift at a mill and owned a family farm, in Hoquaim.

Bruce O’Brien

Bruce O’Brien, 81, longtime resident of Hoquiam passed away on November 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving wife, son and daughter. Bruce was born to Anna L. Loman Whitehouse on January 10, 1933.

Franklin D. DeLaCruz Sr.

Franklin D. DeLaCruz Sr., 68 years of age and longtime resident of Moclips, Wash., died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Smith River, Calif. He was born on July 7, 1946, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Joseph DeLaCruz Sr. and Edna Lane DeLaCruz.

Dennis Eric Rydman

Dennis Eric Rydman, 65, died suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite, Nev. He was born March 8, 1949, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Richard Eric and Frances Lee (Frazier) Rydman. On Aug. 15, 1970, he married Kathryn Ann Krause in Aberdeen. They had two sons and were later divorced. On Sept. 4, 1987, he married Jacquelyn Ann Hill in St. Petersburg, FL.

Denny Simpson April 13, 1960 - October 26, 2014

Denny Simpson passed away in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 26, 2014. Denny, a native of Hoquiam, Wash., was born April 13, 1960. He is survived by his wife, Susan; two children, Andrea and Rian; his mother, Barbara Rydman; his father, Dennis Simpson; two sisters, Leann and Sarah and three brothers, Craig, Stephen and Jon. A celebration of Denny’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at Valley Christian Church in Wilsonville, Ore.

Audrey J. “Juanita” Perez

Audrey J. “Juanita” Perez, 82, a resident of Ketchikan, Alaska, died at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. She was born in Portland, Ore., Sept. 9, 1932, the daughter of Roy and Ruby (Conrow) MCclung.

Daniel John Carroll

Daniel John Carroll, 56, a former resident of Aberdeen, died at his home in Brighton, Colo., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen July 15, 1958, the son of Richard E. and Joyce A. (Daniels) Carroll. He graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1976 and had worked for the Kawasaki Motorcycle dealer in Aberdeen.

Dolores I. Mode

Longtime Grays Harbor resident Dolores I. Mode of Montesano passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, with her daughter Dorene by her side. Dolores was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Joplin, Mo., to George and Ruth (Frie) VanGundy.

Lillie Bernice Foster

Lillie Bernice Foster of Aberdeen passed away at Grays Harbor Community Hospital peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. She was 88. Lillie was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Oakville, Iowa, to Fredrick and Jessie (Leainteen) Lott.

Ida E. Kaplan

Ida Elizabeth Kaplan, longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away Oct. 15, 2014. Mrs. Kaplan was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Hennepin County), to Isabelle and Homer Spears.