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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

Jack C. Reeves

Jack C. Reeves, 65 years of age and a lifetime Harborite, died on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at his home in Aberdeen, Wash. He was born on May 24, 1949, in Aberdeen to Ivan Ralph and Verda (Duncan) Reeves.

Aimee Lynn Fuher

Elma resident Aimee Lynn Fuher, age 18, passed away on April 17, 2015, at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Wash. Aimee, the daughter of Dick and Susan Fuher, was born on April 10, 199,7 and attended Elma High School.

Mark Russell Nieznalski

Mark Russell Nieznalski , 62, of Montesano, died at home Jan. 30, 2015. He was born Sept. 28, 1952, to Victor J. Nieznalski and Louise L. Markworth. He arrived on their sixth anniversary, best gift ever! He was raised in Central Park and attended Central Park Elementary School. All his teachers said “he talks in class.” That was Mark, never quiet, always a story. He went to Hopkins Junior High and has the letter sweater to prove it. Mark graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1971. He attended Grays Harbor College for a few months and joined the U.S. Navy when the draft got him. He was based at Moffett Field, Calif., and flew in P3’s during the Vietnam War. He met the love of his life Cindy shortly after his discharge. He brought her back to his hometown and bought a house in Montesano. They were married Dec. 11, 1978. He drove truck and worked in several mills. He began working for Rayonier Sawmill on the green chain and worked himself up to Mill Superintendent. Mark enjoyed playing slow pitch and volleyball until two knee surgeries put an end to that. He also shot pool for local teams. Mark loved hunting and fishing, he had a million stories. The best one being the trophy elk he took with bow and arrow. That big boy put him in the Pope & Young book. After an injury ended his sawmill career, he went back to college where he earned honors and an award from the governor. He worked in real estate before retiring. Mark and Cindy raised Alaskan Malamutes and he loved his dogs. His best buddy was Cody, the yappy Papillion. He leaves behind his wife Cindy, sister Viki Ewing (Tom), nieces Kari Aschenbrenner and Tracy Ewing, grandnieces Sydney and Kylee. Also cousins in Olympia, Seattle, Forks and Missouri.

Evelyn Lurene Haley

Evelyn Lurene Haley, 76 years of age and a resident of Pacific Beach, Wash., for the past 10 years, died on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeen, Wash. She was born on April 26, 1938, in Chico, Calif., to Robert and Dorothy (Wilson) Henderson.

Leo Richard Swiergula

Leo Richard Swiergula, a man of great integrity and kindness, passed away on March 29, 2015, at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelton, Wash. Leo was the youngest of five children born to Polish immigrants, Karol and Josephine (Momot) Swiergula, who came to this country in 1910.

Anthony F. Daniewicz

Anthony F. Daniewicz died peacefully in his sleep on April 7, 2015. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 24, 1927. He lived there until he joined the WWII effort after his high school graduation. He served in the U.S.Navy on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. He met the love of his life, Lynn, at a USO club in Seattle while on leave. After his service he returned to Minnesota to attend college on the GI bill. Tony and Lynn were married in 1948. Tony graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College in August of 1949 and taught in Tracy, Minn. for two years. They moved to Washington where Tony touched the lives of many students through his 30 years at Ocosta High. He taught math, drama and audio-visual where he challenged each student to do and be their best. Tony had a passion for drama and helped found the Driftwood Players where he was an active actor, director and supporter. Tony and his family staged a summer melodrama at Cohassett Beach and in Ocean Shores for several years. Tony retired from teaching in 1982 and he and Lynn traveled the country looking for antiques to stock their antique booths. Tony worked with his hands, as seen through the building of his family home in Westport and a lake home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years in 2010. He is survived by son Chris Daniewicz (Sue) and daughter Debbie Tinnemore (Rod) and granddaughters Tory and Kassia Daniewicz and Anna and Amanda Tinnemore. Memorials may be made to the Tony and Lynn Daniewicz Memorial Scholarship c/o Ocosta Foundation PO Box 1851, Westport, WA 98595-1851.

Patricia Arlyne (Fishel) Bache

Arlyne, age 77, passed away peacefully at Saint Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Wash. April 5, 2015 at 1:45 a.m., due to complications from kidney and liver failure. Arlyne was born in Aberdeen, Wash. to Ralph and Emma Fishel of Neilton, Wash. She resided in Neilton the first 20 years of her life and graduated from Lake Quinault High School in 1956. Arlyne lived in Wilmington, Ohio, Neilton, Wash., SE Alaska, Ketchikan, Alaska and Olympia, Wash. during her adult life.

Roger William Harris

Roger William Harris passed away suddenly on April 8, 2015. He had a full life in his shortened 77 years. After graduation from Aberdeen (Wash.) High School, he joined the Navy’s NavCad program. Upon completion, he was the youngest ensign in the Navy. He was a naval aviator for 13 years, including two Vietnam tours. After the Navy, he chose to work for TWA and retired as a captain in 1997 after 30 years. He enjoyed his retirement exactly as he wanted — traveling, reading and enjoying the view from his back porch. Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy, sons Tom and Mike, daughter-in-law Melody, two grandsons, Mitch and Riley, sisters Sue and Mary, brother Jeff and sister-in-law Marcia. A celebration of life was held at his home on April 11 and a memorial will be held in Washington in August. Donations may be made to The Olson Foundation/Roger Harris in care of Jeff Harris, P.O. Box 885, Wauna, WA 98395. Funds support quality projects in Latin America, spending only the interest; is non­profit/tax exempt and will live on.