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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 purdykerr.com.

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.

Joe Rice

Joe Rice was born May 7, 1955, in Eureka, Calif. He passed away peacefully in Auburn, Wash., Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the presence of his family.

Robert “Bobby” Jimenez

Robert “Bobby” Jimenez, 73, a longtime John’s River resident, died at home in Hoquiam April 19, 2015. Bobby was born Dec. 22, 1941, to Jesus Jimenez and Mary Preciado in Santa Paula, Calif., where he was raised.

Narice Kaye Dishman

Longtime Elma resident Narice Kaye Dishman passed away on April 17, 2015, at Manor Care in Lacey, Wash. She was born on March 9, 1934, in Taskee, Mo., to Marvin and Minerva Estes. She attended school in Missouri and Washington. She worked as a Riveter in the airplane industry. In 1976, she was in the First Women’s Group in the National Rifle Association (NRA) South Umpqua Sharpshooters. She enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Aryn M. Alexander 3/9/1969-4/19/2015

Aryn passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday after a day of doing what he loved — fishing. Aryn was a happy and outgoing person who loved his family and friends. Aryn graduated from Montesano in 1987. He was preceded in death by his mother, Terri Randall Alexander, and his grandparents, Bud and Esther Alexander. He leaves behind his girlfriend, Kellie Marks, his daughter, Leslie Alexander, father, Les Alexander (Carol), brother Michael Alexander and sister Kevin Thompson and grandmother Joyce Lougheed.