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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.

Charles D. Jameson

Charles D. Jameson, 71, of Aberdeen passed July 6, 2015. He was born on Oct. 15, 1943 to Charles and Agnes Jameson. He graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1962. Soon after, he joined the Coast Guard, retiring in 1982.

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.
 

John Gray Easter

John Gray Easter, 56, passed away July 7, 2015 at home in McCleary, Wash. He was born April 10, 1959 to Jesse Edward and Rosa May (Gray) Easter in Englewood, Colo. He married Laurie Hays on Jan. 19, 1980. A roofing contractor, he founded Easter Roofing Inc. with his wife and sons who will continue with the business.

Darleen F. Weisel

Darleen F. Weisel, a longtime South Bend resident, died Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend. She was 81. Darleen was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Charles Samuel and Pauline (Colwell) McMillan.

Barbara Heidi Somero

Barbara Heidi Somero, a lifetime Willapa Harbor resident, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at the Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia after a battle with leukemia. She was 57. Heidi was born Oct. 21, 1957, in South Bend, Wash., to Harold and Marianne (Holtzmann) Crose.