Leo R. Swiergula
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Lifetime resident of Aberdeen, Kathleen Jo Kovach, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Kathleen was born in Aberdeen, Nov. 16, 1945, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Childs) Vessey. She graduated from Weatherwax High School, Aberdeen, in 1964.
Charles Edward Skirko was born on Dec. 1, 1947, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away peacefully April 12, 2015, in the presence of his family and friends. Chuck grew up in Butte, Montana, where he attended Boys Central, played football and performed more than 200 times as the only bass in the family choir. He spent summers bucking bales at his Grandma’s ranch in Idaho. The Skirko family moved to Okanogan in 1964. Chuck graduated from Okanogan High School and immediately went to work at the Biles-Coleman plywood plant. In March of 1968, he was drafted into the Vietnam War. He served two years in the infantry. He was proud of his service and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. After serving, he returned to the Okanogan Valley and resumed work at Biles-Coleman. Chuck had a long-respected career in wood products, retiring from Weyerhaeuser in January 2003. Chuck and Tess spent their retirement years traveling the U.S. visiting friends and family.
Alice C. Ruiz
Longtime Harbor resident Dorothy Marlene Gibson passed away on March 15, 2015, at St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, Wash. She was born Aug. 7, 1937, to John and Cora Lind. She was raised the majority of her childhood in Elma and graduated from Elma High School in 1955, later attending Grays Harbor College.
Rollin Lawrence Hurd DDS, 89, of Kirkland, went peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, surrounded by his four daughters. He was born July 23, 1925 in Hoquiam, Wash., to the late Rollin Edgar Hurd and Blanche Ada (Coffield) Hurd Crandall.
Kenneth Alexander Underwood, 71 years of age and a longtime Taholah, Wash., area resident, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at his home in Taholah. He was born on Jan. 17, 1944, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Robert Underwood and Hazel Purdy.
Beth Ferna Gigstad Morris was born on Dec. 11, 1921, to John and Hazel (Owen) Gigstad in Portland, Ore. She grew up in Aberdeen, Wash., the oldest of four children. Beth died of natural causes on April 7, 2015, with family at her side.
Neil R. Bush, 58, of Elma, Wash., died March 27, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia after a brief but valiant fight with cancer. He was born July 18, 1956, in Olympia, Wash., to Ronald Bush and Marjorie Kennedy.
Carol Ann Traversie, 70, of Ocean Shores, Wash., went home to be with her Lord on March 19, 2015, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. Carol was born in Tacoma on March 11, 1945, and was later adopted by Jess L. Brasmer and Julia Francis Jewitt.
Longtime Harbor resident Sheila Kay Bossard, 69, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Sheila was born in Kearney, Neb., on Sept. 22, 1945, the daughter of Ralph and Josephine (Carlson) Sisson.
Gladys A. Schuldt, 95, a longtime resident of the Harbor, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was born in Lakefield, Minn., on July 1, 1919, the daughter of Fred and Esther (Streed) Johnson.
William James Milhofer passed away peacefully at Grays Harbor Health & Rehabilitation in Aberdeen on Saturday, April 4, 2015. He was 81.
Carol “Jeannie” Lindstrom, 74 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam resident, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Aberdeen. She was born on May 30, 1940, in Bordulac, N.D., to John and Mabel (Kollman) Marlow. She was raised on the family farm at Bordulac. She came to Hoquiam when she was 9 years of age and attended the Hoquiam schools.