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Sigmond Mekosky

Sigmond Mekosky, 90, passed away July 11, 2002, at Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He had been a resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., since 1988.

Ruth Estella Dixon

Ruth Estella Dixon, 89, a life long Harborite, died at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born in East Hoquiam, on November 15, 1924, the daughter of Harry H. and Celesta Blanche (Hawkins) Hartley. She was raised in East Hoquiam until the 7th grade when the family moved into town. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1942.

Arnold J. Schmidt

On Saturday April 5, 2014, Arnold J. Schmidt, of Montesano, passed away peacefully at the Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 89. Arnold was born on June 1, 1924, in Montesano, to Alfred and Mayme Schmidt( Bryant) and was raised his whole life in Montesano. On June 27, 1952, he married the love of his life Neva Valentine in Montesano and spent 62 great years together.

Jeffrey Owen Shuster

Jeffrey Owen Shuster, a resident of Hoquiam, passed away at his home on Friday, March 14, 2014. He was 71. Jeffrey was born on January 13, 1943, to John and Clara (Hopkins) Shuster, in Long Beach, Calif. Jeffrey graduated with the Class of 1961, in Manitou Springs, Colo. He taught Sunday school in Idaho, from 1975 through 1978. He moved to the Grays Harbor area in 1985.

Arlene Patricia DeLaCruz

Arlene Patricia DeLaCruz, a lifelong Grays Harbor resident, passed away peacefully surrounded with family and friends in Olympia on April 5, 2014. Arlene was born on October 25, 1943, in Aberdeen, to Joseph and Edna (Lane) DeLaCruz and attended Moclips High School. She was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation.

Robert Eugene Putnam Sr.

Longtime Copalis Beach resident Robert Eugene Putnam Sr. passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was 83. Robert was born August 19, 1930, in Lawrence County, Washington, to Israel and Martha (Howen) Putnam.

Kay Frances Homchick

Kay Frances Homchick, 77, passed away on April 3, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. Kay was born on April 26, 1936, in Bison, Kan., to Charles and E. Pearl (Gerboth) Tessell. They moved to McCleary when she was 10 years old.

Donna Stamwitz

Long time Hoquiam resident Donna Stamwitz passed away at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in the presence of her husband, Alan and her daughter, Katie. She was 64. Donna was born on January 1, 1950, to Franz and Martha Gruber in Aberdeen. She graduated in 1968, from Aberdeen Weatherwax High School and married Alan Stamwitz on August 14, 1971, in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Aberdeen.

Mark Wilhyde

Mark Wilhyde passed away on February 15, 2014. He was an accomplished athlete enjoying tennis, skiing, golf, swimming, soccer, mountain climbing, cycling, road rally and had great memories of playing hockey for the UW. His favorite team to watch was Manchester United and he closely followed F-1 racing.

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Boyd Lew Hudson Sr.

Boyd Lew Hudson Sr., 83, of Cosmopolis, passed away on March 6, 2014. He was born on July 10, 1930. Boyd was a Korean War Veteran. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 25 years and retired from there. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and motorcycle riding.

George Arthur Caldwell

George Arthur Caldwell, a descendant of the well known Grays Harbor pioneer logging family, “The Big 6 Caldwell Brothers”, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital surrounded by his family. George was born on July 5, 1933, in Westport, where he lived his entire life.

Ronald W. Larson

Ronald W. Larson, 70, a longtime Neilton, Washington resident, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Veterans Administration Hospital in Seattle. He was born on April 16, 1943, in Seattle, Washington, to Harold William Larson and Elvera Constance Myrtle (Nelson) Larson.

Elizabeth (Betty) Joan Salmon

Long time Aberdeen resident Elizabeth (Betty) Joan Salmon passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 90. Betty was born March 3, 1924, in Aberdeen, to Nelson and Grace (Arveson) Lambert. She graduated from Aberdeen Weatherwax High School in 1942. On September 15, 1945, Betty married Leonard James Salmon at the First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen and they later divorced. Betty had worked for Casey Hardware, Harbor Hardware, John Walker Distributing, Hulbert Distributing, J.C. Penny Co. and Village Concepts. Betty was a member of the Aberdeen Presbyterian Church, Soroptimist Club, and was an Elks National Band Mother. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting.

Walter Edmund Pehl

Walter E. Pehl of Raymond passed away quietly at home on March 17, 2014, after a courageous 18 year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born on March 15, 1926, to Edmund and Marie Pehl at home in Pacific County, he grew up on the family farm in the South Fork valley. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years, Donna “Bunny” Pehl.

Ila Florence Dills

Ila Florence Dills, 87, a longtime Hoquiam resident, died on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeen. She was born on October 25, 1926, in Turtle River, Minnesota, to Dewey and Jenny (Johnstone) Avery. She spent her early years in Minnesota and the family moved to Olympia, Washington, when she was a young girl and there she completed her schooling.

Lee Roy Miles

Lee Roy Miles passed away on March 16, 2014, at the age of 67, after complications from heart surgery. He was born in Snohomish, to Boyd and Grace Miles. He grew up in Friday Harbor, Duvall and various small towns and logging camps.