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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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Ronald F. Kok

Ronald F. Kok, 75, of Hoquiam, Wash. passed away in the early hours of Aug. 28, 2014 while surrounded by family. Ron “Pa” Kok , son of Fredrick C. and Neva M. Kok, was born Sept. 13, 1938 in his grandparents’ home in Cosmopolis, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dale Kok and sister Mardelle Kain.

William Frank (Bill) Snyder

William Frank “Bill” Snyder, 60, of Cosmopolis, died Aug. 20, 2014, at Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend. He graduated from North River in 1972. His hobbies included watching the Mariners and restoring old cars and trucks. He was employed with Weyerhaeuser Sawmill in Aberdeen, Wash. until its closure in 2009. He retired at that time and spent the remaining years close to his home in North River.

Margaret Eleanor Darling

Margaret Eleanor Dotson Darling 95, Raymond resident since 1941 died Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Willapa Harbor Health and Rehabilitaion Center in Raymond. She was born Dec. 4, 1918 in Hoquiam, Wash. to Laura and Judson Bemis.

Marjorie K. Donaldson

Marjorie K. Donaldson was born in Seattle, Wash. on Aug. 9, 1923, to Thomas and Dariel Olsen. She died Aug. 25, 2014, in her Kenmore Condo on Lake Washington. Her early childhood was spent growing up in the Seward Park area of Seattle playing with her sister Loretta. Her father managed a Salmon Cannery in Alaska and was gone from late spring to early fall. Her mother, a remarkable woman in her own rite was charged with the dual role of running the house and nurturing the kids. Her mother became seriously ill when Marj was still a young girl. Long period’s of hospitalization occurred and eventually she never returned to the home after 1937. Her father subsequently remarried and a blended family consisting of a step sister, brother and step mom soon began in the Queen Ann area of Seattle. As a Queen Ann High school student, she was proficient in many subjects but excelled in creative writing. It was a skill that continued to evolve throughout her life. At age 17, she won a statewide contest with a speech on the works of Joyce Kilmer and was awarded a two week trip to Washington D.C. At this point she was strikingly beautiful with movie star good looks, modeled Mink coats for a local furrier and also worked part time at the old Sears store in downtown Seattle. It was there that she met Bob Donaldson.

Judith I. DeBoer

Judie DeBoer, 95, of Olympia, died on Aug. 26 after a courageous battle with dementia. She was born in Tacoma, Wash. on June 16, 1919, to Andrew and Gina Rand. She moved to Olympia at a very young age and graduated from Olympia High School in 1937. On Dec. 30, 1939, she married Ray DeBoer. After raising three children, mom went to work in the banking industry, spending many years at Olympia Federal. In 1965 they moved to Aberdeen where they started a new career in the restaurant business, first with Smitty’s Pancake House and then operating two KFC franchise restaurants. Ray and Judie retired to Hoodsport in 1989. They moved back to Olympia in 2000. Ray died in 2002.