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Elton Schmitz

Long time Montesano resident Elton Schmitz passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital on Sept. 23, 2014, at the age of 93. Elton was born on Sept. 9, 1921, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Dennis and Anna Schmitz. He was raised in Satsop Valley and attended Montesano High School.

John Craig Blake

John Craig Blake died Sept. 19, 2014, with his family and friends by his side. He is survived by his wife, Diane; mom, JoAnn; son, Craig; his brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren and his special friends Kenny H. and Mike R. His favorite words to remember him by: “The river waits for no one.”

Franklin Earl Parsons

Franklin Earl Parsons, a World War II veteran, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the age of 89. Franklin was the beloved husband of Jean Parsons, both of Raymond, Wash. He is also survived by his daughter; Susan (Tom) Secrest, and his son; Frank (Debra) Parsons III.

Judy Larson

Judy Larson of Auburn, went home to see her lord and savior on Sept. 5, 2014. She was born on Sept. 24, 1942, in Aberdeen. Judy graduated from Seattle Pacific University. She was a teacher at Lea Hill Elementary and Valley Christian School, and later an assistant librarian at Algona Pacific Library. She had a creative spirit and loved writing notes of encouragement. Judy was preceded in death by son Robert Larson. She is survived by husband, John Larson, children Andrew Larson and Annamarie Larson, sister Bonnie Conklin, and six grandchildren. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Judy’s college roommate, missionary Phyllis Sortor of Free Methodist World Missions. A memorial service will be held at New Day Christian Fellowship on Oct. 18th at 1 p.m.

Patricia Jeanne “Patty” Carpenter

Patty Carpenter was surrounded by her loving family as she was received by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was born in Aberdeen, Wash., on Nov. 12, 1936, to Thelma and Kenneth Ford Sr. She was raised in Aberdeen most of her life.

Glenn Bentzel Bowers

Glenn Bentzel Bowers passed away on Sept. 24, 2014, at Pacific Care Nursing Home in Hoquiam. Glenn was born on May 28, 1920, in Manchester, Pa. to Guy and Edith Bowers. Glenn served in the U.S. Army’s 104th Calvary from 1941 to 1945.

Glenn “Raddy” Hall

Glenn “Raddy” Hall, a longtime Aberdeen, Wash. area resident, died on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Providence Saint Peter Hospital in Olympia, at the age of 79. Glenn was born in Hoquiam, Wash., to Eugene K. and Bertha M. Hall.

Dixie L. Miller

Much loved mother and grandmother Dixie L. Miller was born on Sept. 10, 1930, in Aberdeen, Wash., and passed away after a long time illness on Sept. 18, 2014. Dixie was preceded in death by her loving husband Louie and great-grandson Jax Kai Thrall. She is survived by her sons; Louie (Carol), Dan (Norrine) and Steve. Her daughters; Linda (Rick) Dolman, Laura (Jim) Conant, Lisa (Bob) Bonagofsky. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Dixie’s other loves were dancing with her long-time companion; Glen Clarke, gardening and spending time with family at the beach cabin. Donations in Dixie’s memory may be made to the Ladies of the Elks, Aberdeen, Wash.

Virginia Lee Holm

Virginia Lee Holm, a long time resident of Hoquiam passed away Monday Sept. 15, 2014, at Pacific Care Center. She was 78. Virginia was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Flint, Mich., to Seager and Vernice (Reed) Rollason. Virginia was raised in Flint and also lived in San Diego, Calif. She graduated from Grossmount High School.

Glenn “Raddy” Hall

Glenn “Raddy” Hall, a longtime Aberdeen, Wash., area resident, died on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Providence Saint Peter Hospital in Olympia, at the age of 79. Glenn was born in Hoquiam, Wash., to Eugene K. and Bertha M. Hall.

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Shane Nebel Sept. 29, 1976 - Sept. 8, 2014

Shane Nebel was born in Missoula, Mont. on Sept. 29, 1976, to Fred and Karen Nebel. As a young child his family moved to Hoquiam, Wash., where he graduated from Hoquiam High School. In the summer of 1994, at a rock concert he met Sheri, the love of his life, best friend and mother of his children. He attended Grays Harbor College and the Divers Institute of Technology. He and Sheri lived in New Orleans while he worked as an offshore commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico. They returned to the Harbor, building their life in Montesano and were married on March 25, 2000 at Cornerstone Community Church in Aberdeen.

Nicholas Jett Karr

Nicholas Jett Karr, 23, Cosmopolis resident and 2009 graduate of Weatherwax High School, died Thursday morning, Sept. 4, 2014, in Aberdeen, Wash. following a five year battle against cancer.

Thomas Dowling

Thomas Dowling passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma. He was born on Feb. 8, 1945, in Pittsburg, Pa. and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He was an 18 year resident of Willapa Valley, Wash., prior to recently moving to Onalaska, Wash.

Dorothy Louise Balcombe

Dorothy Louise Balcombe 94, passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2014, after a short illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1920, on the family farm near Odebolt, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred Christiansen and Ida Halboth Christiansen. Dorothy had nine brothers and three sisters who have all preceded her in death. She attended school in Odebolt, Iowa and graduated in 1938 from Highview High School in Alta, Iowa. During the 1930s she waitressed as a fountain “soda jerk,” a drug store clerk and cashier. In the ’40s she worked at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago while also working at the nuclear defense plant as a punch press operator. Dorothy came to Washington in the 1950s to be near her brother and sister-in-law. She worked as a waitress at the Morck Hotel and clerked at Tom Burk’s Drug Store. She was introduced to Forrest Balcombe and they were married, Aug. 30, 1952. They have one son, Robert. Over the years Dorothy enjoyed oil painting, bowling and most of all golf with her friends.

Susan Marie Gibson

Susan Marie Gibson, age 54, a lifetime resident of the Harbor, passed away on Sept. 6, 2014, at her home in Hoquiam. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She spent most of her life helping others.

Leah Rae Woods 3-30-51 to 12-20-12

This is a belated obituary to inform the Ocean Shores community of Leah’s passing nearly two years ago, Dec. 20, 2012, of lung cancer. One of the more aggravating aspects of it, besides the pain, was the fact she was diagnosed at Stage IV two weeks after forced retirement from her job at the Ocean Shores, Wash. State Liquor Store, when the Nov. 2011 election put the state out of the liquor business.

Barbara Marie Bexten

Barbara Marie Bexten, 66 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Wash. area resident, died on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at her home in Hoquiam following an extended illness. She was born on May 14, 1948, in Aberdeen, Wash. to Walter Neil and Mary Elizabeth (Jordan) Olesen. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church in Hoquiam.

Elsa E. Lentz

Elsa E. Lentz, 93, floral designer for Pioneer Florist for many years, died at Westhaven Villa, Aberdeen, Thursday evening Sept. 4, 2014. She was born in Red Lodge, Mont. on Jan. 24, 1921, the daughter of John and Elsa (Lindberg) Haavisto, and came with her family to Ilwaco in 1932.