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Peggie Rae Dragoo (Burkhamer) Jan. 1, 1932 - Dec. 11, 2014

Peggie was the first baby born in Cowlitz County (Kelso, Wash.) in 1932 to Homer Guy and Thelma Rae Burkhamer. When she was 13 her family moved to Hoquiam and purchased the Fairway Grocery on Sumner. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1950. She was a member of Peksu Club and H Club. At the age of 19, she managed Fairway #2 on Lincoln Street in Hoquiam.

Alfred Marion Torsvik

Alfred Marion Torsvik, a Centralia resident, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was born Aug. 13, 1928, at South Bend, Wash., to his parents, Albert and Fanny (Nybond) Torsvik. Alfred graduated South Bend High School in 1946. In 1950, Albert moved to Seattle and worked for Boeing Corporation for over 30 years. In 1986 he retired and moved to Centralia.

Maxine Lillian (Schierscher) Hamilton

Maxine Lillian Hamilton, nee Schierscher, devoted wife of William “Bill” E. Hamilton, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 16, 2014, while surrounded and cared for by her family. Born Sept. 4, 1930, in Kelso, she spent the first 40 years of her life in the area, graduating from R.A. Long High School in 1948, before moving to Grayland and later Westport. At the age of 19, she married her loving husband Bill on Feb. 23, 1950, in Lewiston, Idaho. In their 64 years of marriage, they owned and operated a successful logging business and motels. While being very active in each of the businesses, she found the time and energy to keep an immaculate house as well as a yard which she willingly shared with the local deer, rabbits and birds. She enjoyed working puzzles, cooking for the holidays and always looked forward to Christmas with gifts usually done by October.

John L. Hart

John L. Hart, 86 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Wash., area resident, died on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. He was born on Aug. 24, 1928, in Hoquiam to Lester C. and Ruth (Clark) Hart.

Cleo Boggs

Cleo Boggs, a longtime Raymond resident died peacefully in her home Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, while surrounded by her family. She was 88. Cleo was born March 2, 1926, at Pound, Va. to Clyde and Cora (Church) Stallard.

Patricia Ann Scheberle

Patricia Scheberle of Elma, Wash., went to be with our Lord on Dec. 10, 2014. She was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Plattsmouth, Neb., to Frank and Marge Sanders. At age five, the family moved to Yakima, Wash. Pat graduated from Selah High School in 1947. Pat lived for many years in Yakima where she married and raised her children. In 1970 Pat and her husband, Bob Russell moved to Westport, Wash., where they owned and operated the Lighthouse Motel and Trailer Park until 1986. Bob died in 1987.

Linda Mae Solorio

Linda Mae Solorio, 61 years of age and a longtime Harborite, passed with family and friends surrounding her on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at her home in Ocosta, Wash. She was born on Sept 5, 1953, in Port Angeles, Wash. to Clifford E. and Elva Mae (Jacobs) Butterfield.

George Alan “Al” Flynn

George Alan “Al” Flynn passed away Nov. 20, at the age of 85. He leaves many Pacific Northwest area cousins and friends behind. Al was born April 30, 1929, in Auburn, Wash., the only child of Loretta Catherine (Hoban) and George Benedict Flynn.

Jonathan Andrew Arnold

While encircled in the arms of his loving Father, in the peaceful dawning of a new day, Jonathan Andrew Arnold was taken up to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Portland, Ore. He was 36 years old. Jonathan was born Feb. 12, 1978 in South Bend, Wash. to Alice Faye (Jones) and Randy LaVern Arnold. Jonathan was raised in Elma and graduated from Elma High School in June 1996. He attended Portland Bible College in pursuit of his career goals and inner calling as a pastry chef. He held and achieved prestigious positions in both real estate and the hospitality industry. Jonathan blessed others with his amazing sense of humor, loved to spend quality time with family and friends, and enjoyed baking especially for holiday celebrations. Jonathan is survived by his doting grandmother, Mary Jane Jones, loving father Randy Arnold, and devoted mother Elizabeth Arnold; his siblings Roshena (Abraham) Boling, Nathanael (Vanessa) Arnold, and Jalaine (John) Van Syckle; nephews Caden Boling, Jacob Fuentes, Isaac Arnold, Westin and Joshua Van Syckle; nieces Shayla Nelson, Julia Boling, Izzy Erickson, Emma and Olivia Van Syckle; and numerous uncles and aunts who loved him fiercely on both sides of his extended family. In addition to his beloved mother, Alice Faye Arnold at age 30, Jonathan is preceded in death by his eldest brother Joshua Arnold who died at age 24. Jonathan is also preceded in death by his grandparents LaVern (101 years old) and Dolly (90 years old) Arnold both of whom cherished Jonathan’s tender heart and compassion for others and Nathan Jones (60 years old). The public is invited to a celebration of life service led by Pastor Troy Green, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at the Cornerstone Church in Aberdeen, Wash. The family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to the Ryan White Foundation.

Bruce A. Caron

Bruce A. Caron, 72, lifelong resident of Aberdeen and retired longshoreman, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Nov. 4, 2014, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He is survived by his wife Karen, son Chris, daughter Angie, brother Bill, sister Cookie, nieces, nephews, cousins and grandchildren. Bruce will be remembered for his kindness and great sense of humor. Bruce loved life. He will be missed by many.

June J. Crawford

June J. Crawford, age 98, died Nov. 18, 2014, at HomePlace Memory Care, Oak Harbor. She was born June 8, 1916, in Capper, Okla., one of nine children. She traveled by horse and wagon with her parents at the age of two to Colorado, where her family homesteaded. Her father was a skilled carpenter, and he built a rock house for the family.

Melvin Michael Tobin

Melvin Michael Tobin (Mike), age 71, passed away at Pacific Beach on Nov. 7, 2014. Heart failure caused him to leave us too soon while currently a resident of Edna. Calif. He was born to Kenneth and Evelyn (Mike and Mickey) Tobin on Aug. 15, 1943, in Olympia Wash. The family eventually settled in Montesano, Wash. where he graduated high school and married his high school sweetheart, Carol. They had three children — son Michael (Teresa) Tobin of Union, Wash., daughter Leiza (Jay) of Moses Lake and son William; grandchildren Matt Tobin, Kelsey (Justin) Weiland, Kodi (Jessica) Tobin, Ken (Vanessa) Tobin, and great-grandchildren Braelyn, Saria and Addison. He had a life-long passion for the outdoors which spurred careers in both the timber and fishing industry that took him to Alaska, a state he really loved and told great stories about his times there. He was always willing to lend a hand to those around him and made friends wherever he went. He had a garden and loved to can the proceeds from that and tend to his yard. He spent his later years with his much-loved partner Connie Coates and enjoyed spending time with her modifying their cozy home in Etna. His greatest joy however was his family and lately his role as grandpa and great-grandpa. His hugs were unbelievable, and it felt like being totally wrapped. The sorrow of his loss shall only be surpassed by the joy of knowing him. Survivors include brother Steve (Janie) Tobin of Humptulips and sister Pauline (Bob) Drolz, Axford Prairie. A sister, Judy West Worman, passed away in 2008. A celebration with family and friends will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Prosperity Grange, 3701 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local fire hall.

Fern Osgood

Fern Louise Osgood, age 94, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed. She was a giving, kind and caring person who had a warm smile and friendly greeting for all.

Mildred Irene (Caldwell) Fisher

Lifetime resident of Westport, Wash., Mildred Irene (Caldwell) Fisher died at the age of 90 on Nov. 20, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Byron and Mae Caldwell. She married Charles F. Fisher on July 2, 1948. They were married 51 years until he preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1999. She was a member of the Post Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars 3057 for more than 35 years and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Survivors include a son, Ronald G. Baxter (Judy) of Surprise, Ariz.; a daughter, Carol J. Strode (Wayne) of Aberdeen, Wash.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren a great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. There will not be a service. Dear to Mildred’s heart, memorial donations are suggested to Friends Landing, P.O. Box 328, Montesano, Wash., 98563, or the City of Westport Fire Department, P.O. Box 1195, Westport, WA., 98595.