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Alfred Lee “Al” Izatt

Alfred Lee “Al” Izatt, 89 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam resident, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his home in Hoquiam. Al was born on April 16, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to William and Bernadette (Toussaint) Izatt.

Clara Janet McKee May 16, 1951 – May 9, 2015

Janet McKee, 63, passed away unexpectedly of an extended illness on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, surrounded by family and friends. Janet is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Richard “Dickie” McKee; three brothers, Ken, Clyde, and Tony; two sisters, Becky Johnson and Mona Dilley; stepsons, Carl Hoyer and his wife, Michele and Scott McKee; one step-grandchild, Iris Rue McKee and her mother, Chantelle; numerous nieces and nephews, and Dickie’s cousin, Vicki Esses and other relatives. A step-child, Lorenda Ryan McKee, preceded Janet in death in 2014.

Darrell E. Keel Oct. 22, 1940 – May 14, 2015

Darrell E. Keel, age 74, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2015, after a six-month battle with cancer. He was born in Lorraine, N.D., and grew up in Sherwood, N.D., later moving to the Camas/Washougal area as a teen. He married Gayle Ann Kellogg of Washougal on June 18, 1960, and moved to Aberdeen, Wash., where he worked for Allstate for 37 years. After retirement he enjoyed traveling the world and spent cold winter months in Peoria, Ariz. and spring/summer months in Washougal, Wash. Darrell was also a world master bridge player but golf was always his favorite passion.

James Michael Edminster

James Michael Edminster, 66, of Montesano, Wash., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 15, 2015. Mike was born on March 30, 1949, in Pampa, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a BA in accounting. Mike worked for much of his career as a CPA in Odessa, Texas, El Paso, Texas, Denver, Colo., Vancouver, Wash., and spent the last 18 years of his career with Anderson Middleton of Hoquiam, Wash.

Ruby Monson

Ruby Monson died Friday night at Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash. She was 103 years old. She was the widow of Cas Monson, who owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Raymond from 1947 until he retired in 1970. Ruby was born in Minnesota to Jane and Oliver Lee. Growing up, she lived in Saskatchewan, Vancouver, B.C., and in South Bend, where her father farmed for a time. She said that a teacher had to be hired for her and her brother while there.

Peggy Kay Buchanan

Peggy Kay Buchanan, age 59, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, died on April 30, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Peggy was born in Seattle, Wash. on Oct. 1, 1955, to John Thomas and Annabelle (Puett) McDaniel. She had attended local schools.

Mildred Elizabeth Riekki

Mildred Elizabeth Riekki, born Jan. 17, 1925, in Hoquiam, Wash., passed away on May 9, 2015, in Monroe, Wash. She was 90. Mildred graduated from Hoquiam High School, Class of 1942. She was an accomplished musician and a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Mildred loved to travel the world and did so, at every opportunity. She worked as an administrative assistant for Weyerhaeuser for many years. Mildred is survived by her nephew Rodger Ferguson (Carol Newsome), nieces Laurice Riekki and Kristine Maxwell, cousins Doris Boyd, Vern Havo, Carol Overdeep, and many other extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Riekki, both parents, and siblings Arvo Tasanen, Laimi Rollins and Aili Ferguson. Everyone who knew Mildred was enriched by her love of life and her spirit for friendship. Memorials in her name may be made to: The Salvation Army, any animal shelter in your area or music programs for youth, anywhere. Arrangements entrusted to Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home, Monroe, WA, 360-794-7049. Please sign the guest book at purdykerr.com.

Shari Nell Shelton

Longtime Harbor resident Shari Nell Shelton, age 65, passed away on April 26, 2015, in Aberdeen, Wash. She was born on March 29, 1950, in Aberdeen to Agnes Patricia Osburn and Jack Eugene Crawford.

Bounthavy Saengchanh

Bounthavy Saengchanh died in her Raymond home May 4, 2015. She was born March 6, 1963, in Savannakhet, Laos. Bounthavy came to the Raymond-South Bend area immediately after immigrating to the United States in the late 1980s.

Mary Jane (Frank) Nyland

Mary Jane (Frank) Nyland, a lifetime Bay Center resident, died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at her home in Bay Center. She was 90. Jane was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Bay Center, Wash. to Dave and Ella (Johns) Frank.

Dennis Kelly McFadden

Dennis Kelly McFadden, age 63, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, died on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Dennis was born in Aberdeen, Wash., on Aug. 5, 1951, to Jerry D. and Mary Ann (Sturm) McFadden. He attended local schools and graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1969.

Stephen Eggleston

Ladies you lost your chance, a big tall handsome blonde, bearded brute of a man has left this earth. Stephen Eggleston, age 69, will be missed by his family and friend, but they are thankful he is at peace after fighting a debilitating form of dementia for almost six years.

Jameston Gerard Lee Yaw

The world unexpectedly lost a friend in Jameston Gerard Lee Yaw of Aberdeen, Wash., on April 27, 2015, at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle. Born on Sept. 13, 1967, in Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago, to Bernice (Toachim) and James Lee Yaw.