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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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James William Alwood April 8, 1922 – Aug. 21, 2014

On Aug. 21, the “Greatest Generation” lost another of its heroes when God called his beloved son Jim, a convert to Catholicism, home to join his wife of 67 years, Eileen, and daughter Mary who preceded him in death. He was born on April 8, 1922, in Edgerton, Alberta, Canada, inside a 2-room farm cabin to David “Will” and Lerah (Hammock) Alwood, he was the youngest of four children.

Beulah Caroline (Rinell) Nikula

Beulah Caroline (Rinell) Nikula, a longtime resident of Grays Harbor and Olympia, passed-away at her home in Olympia on Thursday, September 4, 2014. She was 88. Beulah was born April 21, 1926 in Deep River, Wash. to Wayne and Laina (Hokkanen) Rinell, Lindholm. She grew up in Deep River, Aberdeen and Cosmopolis and is a graduate of Weatherwax High School’s class of 1944.

Ruth M. Haines-Jahn

Ruth M. Haines-Jahn was born July 9, 1922 and passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Montesano Health & Rehabilitation Center, at the age of 92. There will be a potluck memorial at the Montesano First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14 to celebrate her life. She has three children, Gil Haines, Mary Ellen Pfieffer and Ted Haines who died January 2013. She also has five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Charles “Ray” Key

Charles “Ray” Key, age 80, of Hoquiam, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash., with his family by his side. Ray was the eighth child of Grady and Vettress Key.

Wilma Jones

Wilma Jones, a long time South Bend resident died with her family at her side on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Willapa Harbor Care Center in Raymond where she had received loving care from a very kind and considerate group of people the last several months of her life. Wilma was born January 10, 1919 in Seaview, Wash. to William Kyle and Myrtle Belle (Williamson) Whealdon. She was 95.

Tony M. Vaughn

Tony M. Vaughn, passed away Aug.t 11, 2014, at the age of 57 after battling cancer. He was born May 15, 1957, to James and Loubeth (Jacobson). Tony was raised in McCleary and graduated from Elma High School. Tony is survived by two sons, Toby and Travis, 6 grandchildren, brother Tracy Vaughn, sisters, Teresa Upward and Tena Golder. Tony spent many years in Alaska as a heavy machinery operator. Tony was an avid outdoorsman and lived for hunting especially elk. Many conversations were spent planning the next hunt. In the end Tony enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandchildren. He was a loving and entertaining grandfather that knew how to make the children laugh, feel special and loved.