Clara Ruth Bond

Clara Ruth Bond, 85, a lifetime Willapa Harbor resident, died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at her home in Raymond.  She was born October 7,1919, at Pierre, SD, to Joseph and Katherine (Schnelldorfer) Danzer.  She was married to Ralph Bond on October 25, 1941, in East Raymond. He died December 13, 1989.  She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Jensen of Lynden; a son, Denny Bond of Manchester; a brother, Joseph Danzer of Raymond; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Private burial services will be beside her husband at the Menlo Cemetery.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond. 

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on April 13, 2005)



Muriel D. Turner, 78, a lifetime South Bend resident, died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at the Capital medical Center in Olympia.  She was born April 29, 1927, in Raymond to John and Levanda (Olsen) Crowley.  She enjoyed a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, having worked at the Willapa Harbor Care Center in Raymond for over twenty years.  She had also worked as payroll accountant at the former Mayre Brother Mill in Raymond.  She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, picking berries, gardening, bowling and clam digging, and spending time with family and friends.  She was married to Robert "Bob" Turner in 1950 and they divorced in 1988.  She is survived by two daughters, Terri Evans and Robin Milton, both of Olympia; a sister, Orlee Austin of Spokane, two sisters-in-law, Mabel Crowley and Delores Crowley, both of South Bend; three grandchildren, Marlette, Michael and Morgan Evans, all of Olympia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on May 4, 2005)



Edna Elizabeth Noe, 92, of Centralia died Friday, April 22, 2005.  Mrs. Noe was born September 17, 1912, at South Bend, to Oskar and Hilda Sophia (Granlund-Carlson) Lundquist.  Edna graduated from Raymond High School in 1931 and worked as a nurse for many years in Seaside, Ore.  Edna was marred to Maurice Noe for over 50 years, and he survives at their home in Centralia.  In addition Edna is survived by three nephews, Jim Wharton of Livermore, Calif.; Bob Lundquist of Preston, and Karl Lindquist of Houston, Texas; and by three nieces, Joan Roberts of Phoenix, Ariz.; Bev Wilson of Burien; and Jeannie Matin of San Anselmo, Calif..; and numerous great and great grand nieces and nephews.  Edna was preceded in death of her sister, Ellen Wharton, and by her brothers Alvin and Robert.  At her request there will be no services.  Sticklin Funereal Chapel of Centralia performed the cremation.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on May 4, 2005)



Robert V. Thompson, 75, a lifetime Pacific County resident died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 at the Alder House in South Bend.  Mr. Thompson was born on Nov. 21, 1929 in South Bend to Albert and Marjorie (Heath) Thompson.  Mr. Thompson is survived by two daughters Valorie Hawryluk of Poulsbo and Sherri Verjrostek of Raymond; two stepdaughters Cindy Larson and Diane Lee both of Portland, Ore.; for stepsons Ed, Kirby, Jeff and Terry Lee, all of Portland, Ore., a sister Dorothy and husband Arnie Hill of South Bend, a brother John and wife Mimi Thompson of Everett; six grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Memorial services are set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the First Lutheran Church in South Bend.  Memorials may be made to the Alder House in South Bend at P.O. Box 1400, South Bend, WA 98586 or the Pacific County Historical Society P.O. Box P, South Bend, WA 98586.  Arrangements are in  care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Feb. 9, 2005)



Richard Kenitsu Murakami, 90, a Pacific County resident for the past 40 years, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Panorama City Convalescent Center in Lacey.  Mr. Murakami was born June 28, 1914 at Oyster Station house in Willapa Bay in Nemah to Ira and Shinayo (Yani) Murakami.  He moved to South Bend in 1961.  He was an Ilwaco High School graduate in 1932 and attended the University of Washington.  In 1936 he took over management of family owned Eagle Oyster Packing Company.  In 1945 sold to Coast Oyster Co. and remained with the company as district manager until his retirement in 1992.  He enjoyed golf, fishing, and travel.  He volunteered to many, many organizations.  His wife Setsuko who died in 1993 precedes him in death.  Four daughters Adele Murakami of South Bend, Cheryl Murakami of Seattle, Diana Magruder of Everett and Irene Murakami of Lakewood survive him.  Also surviving is one grandchild.   Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, at Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.  Graveside services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Feb. 9, 2005)



Sandra Lee (Sandi) Wildhaber, 59, a Pacific County resident for the majority of her life, died Feb. 11, 2005, at the Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore.  Sandra was born on Feb. 7, 1946, at the Riverview Hospital in Raymond, to Ralph and Lorraine (Koski) Peeples.  After graduating from Raymond High School in 1964, she attended Mr. Lee's Beauty School in Seattle to become a cosmetologist and resided in Longview for three and a half years.  On Jan. 18, 1969, she married Anton (Tony) H. Wildhaber in Longview.  Sandi is survived by her husband, Tony Wildhaber of Raymond; her children, Troy Allen Wildhaber and Tonya Lynne Wildhaber of Raymond; her mother, Vanita (Lorraine) Peeples of Longview, sisters Connie Patterson of Adna and Vanita Gibson of Kelso; as well as a brother David Peeples of Yuma, Ariz.  Her father, Ralph Peeples, and a son Anton Lee Wildhaber, preceded her in death.  Sandi enjoyed working in her yard and garden, visiting with family and friends, and loved to go shopping.  Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, at Crossroads Church (formerly Assembly of God) in Raymond.  Arrangements are in the care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.  Donations in honor of Sandra Wildhaber may be made to Portland Adventist  Medical Center, Attn. Sandra Wildhaber memorial fund, 10123 SE Market St., Portland, Ore. 97216

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Feb. 16, 2005)



Vernon Eldon Dixon, of Cathedral City, Calif., passed away January 31, 2005, at the age of 74.  Vernon died of cardiac arrest after suffering a myocardial infarction.  He was born August 19, 1930, in Raymond to Ben and Florence Dixon.  After graduating from Raymond High School, where he excelled in athletics, Vern owned and operated the Union Oil Service Station in Raymond.  He then had a career as an agent for Standard Insurance, where he was employed for a number of years. He continued in the sales arena for the remainder of his business career.  Vern was an avid lover of sports, partaking in golf and bowling.  He enjoyed an active social life and served as Exalted Ruler of the Raymond Elks.  Being the consummate salesman, he possessed the "gift of gab" and made many friends throughout his lifetime.  A life-long  lover of animals, he was always surrounded by numerous cats and dogs, some being his constant companions.  After residing in Longview for many years, he relocated to Cathedral City, Calif. in the Palm Springs area in 1997.  He was preceded in death by his brothers Kenneth and Herschel; son, Benjamin; and his wife Inez.  He is survived by his sister Lorraine Wrona of Raymond, his daughters Vickie Hadley of Salem, Ore., Dianna Benson of San Rafael, Calif. and Debbie Cox of South Bend; along with five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  A celebration of his life was held at The Palm Springs Mortuary in Cathedral City, Feb. 6, 2005, and was attended by many close friends.  His final resting place will be in Washington State.  Donations to local animal charities in his name are welcome.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Feb. 16, 2005)



Evelyn Ruth Wester Bernik, (known as Tootie), was born on March 31, 1912, to Julius and Addie (Johnson) Wester in Raymond.  She graduated from the Raymond High School in1930.  She then met Frank Bernik.  They were married on November 28, 1931.  They had two sons, Gale and Gary Bernik; both were born in Washington.  She enjoyed gardening, outdoor activities and playing cards. For many years, she belonged to a card club.  They would get together once a month and play pinochle, taking turns hosting the event.  But most of all, she loved her family.  She was preceded in death by her husband Frank in 1997; her son Gale Bernik in 2004, and her brother Tom Wester.  Survivors include her son Gary Bernik of Las Vegas, Nev., sister Byridice Moseley of South Bend, brother Jim Wester of Eugene, Ore.; five grandchildren, Teri Vansyckle, Cindy Foley, Tony Bernik, Monique Sutila and Alain Bernik, also eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.  A private service will be held for the family at a later date.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Mar. 9, 2005)



Donna M. Nussbaum, 71, a Raymond resident for the past 33 years, died at Harborview Hospital in Seattle on Tuesday, March 2.  Mrs. Nussbaum was born December 13, 1933 in Raymond to Elmer and Dorene (Minzy) Christian.  Mrs. Nussbaum was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond.  She enjoyed four-wheeler riding and watching elk, gardening and shooting pistols and guns.  She married her husband William in Raymond on October 24, 1953.  Bill survives at the family home in Raymond.  Other survivors include two daughters, Kris and Randy Carlson of Raymond, and Karla Lundy and Gene Broten of Raymond; a son, John Nussbaum of Raymond; four grandchildren, Joshua Croswell, Krissy, Kevin and Randy Carlson; and great grandson, Alex Brown and a brother Gerald E. Christian of Raymond.  Memorial services are set for 2 p.m., Friday, March 11, at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond.  Memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Catholic church Building Fund or the Altar Society, 1112 Blake Street, Raymond, WA 98577 or the Raymond Ambulance Fund, 212 Commercial St., Raymond, WA 98577.  Arrangements are in the care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Mar. 9, 2005)



Donald Lee Adams, 89, a lifetime Willapa Harbor resident, died Thursday, Mary 12, 2005 at his home in Menlo.  He was born December 26, 1915 in Lebam to John and Bertha (Dale) Adams.  He was raised in Lebam and was a graduate of the Lebam High School Class of 1933.  Donald loved logging and had worked for McCorkels and Mallory Logging Companies before going to Weyerhaeuser, where he had worked for 43 years as a yard engineer.  He retired in 1978.  He enjoyed cutting firewood, raising beef cattle, and gardening, and took great pride in his yard and flowers.  He married Anita Wolfenbarger on December 12, 1941 in Raymond during a blackout period, and had recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.  He is survived by his wife Anita of the family home in Menlo; a cousin Neal Adams, who he thought of as a brother, and other nieces and nephews.  He had a brother Dale and a sister Daphna (Adams) Swanson who died before him.  At this request there will be no funeral and a family gathering will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.  Memorials may be made to the Pacific County Historical Society in South Bend or any charity.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on May 18, 2005)



Margaret M. Rye, 83 and a lifetime Twin Harbors resident, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at her home in South Bend. She was born September 25, 1921 in South Bend to Maurice and Dora (Burch) Farrell.  She was raised in South Bend and following her marriage she lived in South Bend for 25 years.  Then she moved to Hoquiam, where she lived until returning to South Bend three years ago.  She had been a member of the Altar Society and St. Mary's Guild, both at Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church in Hoquiam.  She was also a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond.  She was a member of the Pinochle Club and enjoyed reading, knitting, baking and going to casinos.  She was married to Fred N. Rye, Sr. on June 29, 1940 in Raymond.  He died November 13, 2000.  Margaret is survived by a daughter Linda Krume of South Bend; a son Fred N. Rye, Jr., of Stanwood; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She also had two sons, Chris Rye and Alan Rye, a grandson, Kollin Ryan, and two great grandsons who died before her.  Rosary services were held Sunday, May 15 at Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond; a funeral mass was held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond.  Burial followed beside her husband at the Menlo Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Harbors Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 1476, South Bend, WA or the Alder House, 801 Alder Street, South Bend, WA.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on May 18, 2005)



Marguerite Portmann, 84, died peacefully in her home June 17, 2005.  She was born to Lawrence and Mary (Huber) Camenzind on July 17, 1920 in Menlo, Wash.  Marguerite married Antone Francis (Tony) Portmann on August 10, 1940 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances, Wash.  The wedding reception was held at the family farm on Ulrich Road in Menlo.  A special dance floor was built for the reception.  The floor was later used to build a machine shed on the farm.  Marguerite and Tony celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in September of 1990.  He died in April of 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her brothers Lawrence (Skip) Camenzind and Clem (Runt) Camenzind.  Survivors include two daughters, Myra Portmann of Silverton, Ore. and Mary and John Wildhaber of Menlo; two sons, Mike and Marla Portmann of Menlo, and Mark and longtime family friend Darr Phelps, both of Mount Angel, Ore., and a half brother, Carl Ulrich, of Chehalis, Wash.  Marguerite had nine granddaughters, one grandson, 13 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews here and in Switzerland.  Over the years Marguerite was active in the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society, Holy Family Catholic Church, Tacoma Swiss Ladies Society, Valley Blue Jeans Garden Club, Pacific County Democrat Club, Pinochle Club, Pacific County Dairy Wives, Frances Grange, Pacific County Fair Board, Pacific County 4-H Leaders Council, Holcomb 4-H Mothers Club, volunteer for HOST Reading Program, Raymond Chamber of Commerce, Willapa Harbor Food Bank, and board member for Raymond Federal Bank.  For several years, while Marguerite owned The Posy Shop in Raymond, her interest in the beauty of flowers extended beyond the flower shop.  Her joy in the beauty of flowers and plants showed in the quality of her yard and garden at her home.  The planters of red geraniums were her hallmark.  Although there were many trips to Switzerland for Tony and Marguerite, the highlight of her life was the family trip in 1995 to attend the Camenzind family reunion.  In the later stages of her life her caregivers were a constant source of support, cheer and encouragement.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 24 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances, Wash.  Burial will follow beside her husband at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.  Memorials may be made to Harbor Home Health and Hospice at  P.O. Box 1476, South Bend, WA  98586 or the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society, 331 Elk Prairie Rd., Raymond, WA  98577.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on June 22, 2005)



Lifelong Willapa Harbor resident, Anita Helen Dunsmoor, 92, passed away October 10, 2005, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.  She spent her last days with three generations of her family by her side.  Anita was born April 20, 1913, in Frances, Washington, to Swiss immigrants Otto and Meinrada "Minnie" Hensler Christen.  She graduated from Lebam High School and Knapp's Business College in Tacoma.  Anita married William John Dunsmoor in 1938, and raised their four children while working with her husband at the family-owned drugstore in Raymond.  Throughout her life, Anita belonged to numerous social clubs and especially enjoyed her friends in the Riverview Art and Garden Club.  Her quick wit and great sense of humor always kept her with a positive outlook on life.  Anita was a warm hearted and giving person that opened her home and heart to friends and family, old and new.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking meals and sharing memories.  Anita valued her closest relationships and kept up correspondence with her lifelong friends until her death.  She was an intensely independent lady, who 

Raymond, William, Jr., of Edgewood and Barbara (John) Lamb of Chehalis.  In addition to her children, Anita is survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, Shawn, Alex and Natasha Dunsmoor of Olympia, Michael, Zach and Steven May of Federal Way, Jason (Kristi), Kira and Kendra Dunsmoor and Cheryl (Shane), Sam and Clara Green, all of Raymond, Nicole (Sean) Sanders, of Snohomish, and Susan (Jon Barker) Lamb, of Seattle.  Her sister Gladys Spurrell of Raymond and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.  Her husband, an infant son Robert Walter, her sisters, Marie, Helen and Agnes and her brother Louis preceded Anita in death.  Funeral services were held Saturday, October 15 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond.  Entombment is Fern Hill Mausoleum in Aberdeen.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on October 26, 2005)



Ellen A. Kolcz, 87, a long-time Raymond resident passed away peacefully at the Willapa Harbor Hospital surrounded by family on November 2, 2005. She was born in Raymond on November 5, 1917, to Harvey L. and Alma (Coffin) Rue.  She was a graduate of Mooseheart High School in Illinois in 1936 and moved back to Raymond following her graduation.  She married Leon P. Kolcz on June 17, 1939, in Raymond.  He died in 1972.  She belonged to the Christmas Club, Birthday Club, Belles and Buoys Trailer Club, the Raymond Lady Elks, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Moose Alumni.  She was loved by all who knew her and always had a smile for everyone.  Survivors include daughters, Penny Dobson (Paul Jones) of Raymond; Barb Tyner (Howard) of Bremerton; a son, Don Kolcz (Jill) of Tumwater; grandchildren Julie Blinder, Jackie Still and Joey Kolcz; Mary Pollard, Debbie Olsson and Marty Dobson; Lee Ann Zeoli, Gail Stark and Jake Tyner, Melissa Biron, Amy Kolcz and Shaina Kolcz, 16 great grandchildren; sisters, Arletha Fuss of South Bend, Anna Lee Bosson of Des Moines, Bernice Wolert of Chieftain, FL; a brother Dwayne Rue of Sweet Home, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many dear friends.  She also had a son, Chester W. Kolcz and son-in-law, Willard Dobson, who died before her.  A celebration of life was conducted Monday, Nov. 7, at the New Life Fellowship in Raymond.  Memorials may be made in her memory to Willapa Harbor Hospital Heath Care Scholarship Fund, the Alder House in South Bend and the Raymond Ambulance Fund.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on November 9, 2005)



Helen Norma Hasu, 87, a life time resident passed away at her home in Riverdale, Monday, Sept. 19.  She was born Dec. 8, 1917 to Peter and Lena  (Koski) Martell.  She graduated from Raymond High School in 1935.  She married Larry Hasu on Jan. 13, 1940 in Raymond.  She operated Hasu's Grocery in Riverdale from 1958-1975.  She is survived by her husband Larry at the family home; daughters Laurie (Bill) Shaffer of Raymond and Nancy Hasu of Little Rock; son Jeff  (Kay) Hasu of Raymond, brother Edwin Martell of Menlo; and grandchildren Barbara (Steve) Sheary of Raymond, Helen Swan of Tumwater, Kyle Hasu of Fall City and Meagan Hasu of Lacey.  Great grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth and Katie Sheary, Christopher and Stephanie Swan and Brandon, Hilary and Quintin Hall.  She was preceded in death by a grandson Mitchell Hall, brothers Walter, Harold, Ozzie and Billy Martell; sisters Alda Howard and Marian Hansen.  Funeral services will be Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. at Stoller's Mortuary, followed by burial at the Menlo Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Raymond Ambulance Fund or Harbors Home Health and Hospice.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Sept. 28, 2005)



Evelyn Mae Blaylock, 86, passed away November 3, 2005 at her residence in Alterra Clare Bridge Memory Care Center in Olympia.  She was born May 8, 1919 in South Bend and raised along the South Nemah River.  Evelyn was a member of the Chinook Indian Tribe. She and her career Navy husband, James O. Blaylock, were married for over 63 years.  After retiring from their Navy nomadic lifestyle, they settled in South Bend before moving to Olympia,  In addition to her husband,  she is survived by her two children, James D. Blaylock and Carolyn J.B. Whitney, both of Olympia, a grandson, Daryl V. Whitney, Salem, OR; a brother George Lagergren, Bay Center; a sister June Sedy, Raymond, an aunt, Myra Everett (age 103), Fullerton, CA, an honorary daughter, Margaret Liljegren Collins, Norfolk, VA; and an honorary granddaughter, Katie McGinnis, Norfolk, VA.  Funeral arrangements by Stoller's Mortuary, Raymond, will include a private internment in Addition 6, Fern Hill Cemetery, Menlo, WA.  A public memorial service and reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 in St. John's Episcopal Church, South Bend.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Nov. 9, 2005)



Robert E. Bush, 79, a long time resident of Pacific and Grays Harbor counties, a WWII congressional medal of honor recipient and the co-owner of Bayview Building Materials, which had seven locations on the harbor and in Olympia, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Olympics West in Tumwater.  He was born Oct. 4, 1926 in Tacoma, to Carl D. and Estelle (Hays) Bush.  He grew up in the Willapa Valley and graduated from Willapa Valley High School after the war.  He married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Spooner of South Bend, September 30, 1945.  Their honeymoon trip was to Washington, DC, where he received the Medal of Honor for heroics as a medic on Okinawa from President Harry Truman.  In the 50s he began the Bayview Lumber Company with partner, Victor Durzianich.  They eventually had seven lumber yards throughout the area.  he and his wife, who passed away in 1999, were marred 52 years and had four children.  A son, Lawrence D. Bush, who died in 1985, precedes him in death.  He is survived by his children, Robert M. Bush and wife Betty of Olympia; Susan Niemi Ehle and husband, Roger of Vancouver, WA, Richard A. Bush and wife, Renee of Olympia; eight grandchildren, Kathleen (Sloan) manning of Snohomish; Kristen (Matt) Peterson of Lacey; Ryan Niemi and Alissa Niemi, both of Olympia, Kimberly Bush of Olympia, Joseph (Jennifer) Bush of Montesano, Robert L. (Danielle) Bush of Olympia, Madison Bush of Olympia; two great grandchildren, Hayden Bush of Montesano and Elijah Bush of Olympia; and two nieces Denise Yoder of Arizona and Ellen Hatton of Oregon.  A service was held Monday, Nov. 14, 2005 at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 812 Bowker St. SE in Lacey.  A reception will follow at Saint Mar tin's College Campus Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.  A graveside services was hold at 3:30p.m. at Fern Hill Cemetery, 100 South Fork Rd. in Menlo (Outside of Raymond).  Donations may be made to Chuck Link Education Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1699, Olympia, WA  98507 or a charity of your choice.  Arrangements care of Stoller's mortuary, Raymond.

(Printed in the Willapa Herald on Nov. 16, 2005)



Marie C. Freeman, 77, a long time Raymond resident died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at Willapa Harbor Hospital.  She was born May 23, 1928 in PeEll to John and Mary Baggenstos.   Prior to her retirement, she had been employed for many years as a janitor at the Raymond Schools.  She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances and enjoyed traveling, gardening, canning and painting houses. She married Rance E. Freeman, Sr., on Aug. 3, 1951 at Raymond. He servives at the family home in Raymond.  Other survivors include a daughter, Cathy (Jerry) Raugust of Ritzville; seven sons, Rance, Jr. (Kristy) of Raymond; John (Christi) of Silverdale; Rick (Vickie) of Raymond, Denny (Kim) of Ft. Collins, CO; Tom (Georgeanne) of Sacramento, CA; Mike (Jodi) of Raymond and Phillip (Brianna) of  Raymond, two brothers, Arnold Baggenstos of Roseville, CA, and Andy Baggenstos of Adna and 19 grandchildren.  She also had a daughter Linda, one sister and four brothers who died before her.  A rosary service will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and a Mass will be held at noon on Saturday, both at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances.  A reception will follow at the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society Hall in Frances.  Memorials may be made to the Cancer Fund or the Raymond Ambulance Fund.  Cremation arrangement are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Nov. 30, 2005)



Ruth (Brown) Goedker, a long time resident of Willapa Valley, passed away Dec. 22,2005 at Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend, due to complications from a stroke she suffered in November 2002.  Ruth was born Nov. 26, 1933 to G.O. and Sarah (Rottot) Brown in Adna, WA.  The family later moved to Doty, WA, and then to Raymond, WA where Ruth graduated from Raymond High School in 1953.  Ruth is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dick, who resides at the family home in East Raymond.  Other survivors include daughter Paula (Wayne) Miller; a son Cougar Goedker of Baraboo, WI; grandsons Corey (Ceylan) Miller stationed in Heckam AFB in Hawaii; Lyle Miller and fiancée Hope Adams of East Raymond; granddaughter Shannon Goedker of Milton, NH; great granddaughter Hannah Miller of East Raymond, and brother, Alan Brown of Bonney Lake, WA.  Also surviving are other relatives in Washington, Georgia and Alberta, Canada.  Her parents, brothers, Biff, Art and Joe and a sister Ida Christopherson preceded Ruth in death.  Ruth spent the majority of her working career in the healthcare field as a nursing assistant and as a lab and ex-ray technician at the new Riverview Clinic, Willapa Harbor Hospital and for Dr. David Lush.  Ruth enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening.  She was an excellent cook and was famous for her calorie-laden chocolate chip cookies and for the her piroshki.  Ruth loved to fish and many summer days were spent in the boat up North River fishing for blueback with Dick.  She also liked to travel and her and Dick had plans to visit all 50 states.  Those plans were curtailed when Ruth suffered a major stroke in November 2002.  She never missed an opportunity to volunteer a helping hand whenever and wherever there was a need. Ruth was a member of the Raymond American Legion Post 150 Ladies Auxiliary as well as the Raymond VFW Post 968 Ladies Auxiliary.  Ruth loved her family. The past years, although difficult for Ruth, were brightened by the companionship of her great granddaughter Hannah Louise Miller.  The family would like to especially thank the medical staff at Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend.  Their compassionate care of Ruth in her final days was most comforting to her and her family, as well.  At Ruth's request there will be funeral service. Cremation arrangements are by Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.  Memorials in Ruth's honor may be made to the Willapa Harbor Hospital Ladies Auxiliary at South Bend, WA.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Dec. 28, 2005)



On Sept. 30, 2005, at Regional Hospital in Seattle, Chehalis lost a pioneer. Anton Wendelin "Tony" Wildhaber, loving husband, father, farmer, businessman, brother and grandfather died.  He was born in Chehalis on Sept. 27, 1921, to Anton J. and Martha (Maier) Wildhaber and lived his youth in Frances, on a dairy farm. He graduated from Lebam High School in1940 and St. Martin's College in 1950, after serving four years in the Pacific theater of WWII as a pharmacist mate.  As a student, he had a variety of jobs including working in the timber industry, construction, and showing cattle.  On Oct. 6, 1952, he married Margaret Dulitz of Webster, SD, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chehalis.  They are the parents of three children, Maryanne Evans, Daniel Wildhaber and Valerie (Mike) Sullivan.  Preceding him in death were a son Christopher and a daughter Lynette.  His brother Remo Wildhaber of Chehalis, grandson, Marc Sobolesky; granddaughter Alexandra Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews survive him. He will be best remembered for his ability to bring the community together in building up the Southwest Washington Fair, spending the years 1956 to 1978 as Fair Manager.  His focus was to bring agriculture, education, business and entertainment together by creating a" friendly fair."  And introducing a contest to provide the mascot, "Little Miss Friendly."  Following retirement from the SWW Fair, he pursued a career in real estate.  Tony was loved for his devotion to his family, his sense of humor, his wisdom and morals and for his love of all animals, especially his cat, Jazz.  His activities were maintaining his farm, gardening, travel, golf and reading.  He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a lifetime member of Western Fairs Association. Rememberances may be made to Providence Centralia Hospital or St. Joseph's School in Chehalis.  A vigiil/rosary service will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Sticklin Funeral Chapel, Centralia.  A memorial mass for Tony Wildhaber is scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chehalis with a luncheon following at the parish hall. Private interment at Claquato Cemetery.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Oct. 5, 2005)



Jerry Halpin, 80, of Raymond, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Sept. 26. He was born to Edward Halpin and Caroline McNeeney Halpin on July 24, 1925 in Long Creek Township, Divide County, near Crosby, ND.  His first 3 years of school were in a one-room schoolhouse and he finished elementary school in Crosby.  When he was 12, the family moved to Otis Orchards, WA, where he graduated from high school in 1943. He entered the Army on his 18th birthday and served from 1943 to 1946 in Europe, the Philippines, and Japan.  He attended WSU in 1946, Gonzaga in 1947 and graduated from the Univ. of Washington in 1950.  He married Delores Kuder in Veradale, Washington in 1948.  They started their family life in Maple Valley, where he taught for four years. They moved to Raymond in  1954 where he was a teacher and a coach for 27years, retiring in 1981.  


During retirement he and his wife Linda Karjala enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling, making many trips to Ireland and Finland, as well as the Galapagos, Australia and New Zealand.  He is survived by his wife of 29 years at their home in Eklund Park in Raymond, his sons Chris (Vicki) and Mike (Melody) of Raymond, grandchildren, Michael Halpin of Raymond, Matt Halpin of Salem, OR, Lindsey (Tim) Rinehart of San Francisco; Cale (Rhandi) Halpin  of Ellensburg, Nick (Jordan) Sackman of Omak and Stephanie (Dan) Downey of Omak.  He is also survived by great grandsons Tanner Sackman and Beau Sackman and by great granddaughter Quincy Downey.  Other survivors include brothers Fred (Shirley) of Cincinnati; Nace (Donna) of Rathdrum, ID and Art (Mary) of Munster, IN, and sons-in-law John Sackman and Mark LeMarr. He was preceded in death by his wife Delores, daughters Georgia Sackman of Omak and Michelle LeMarr of Raymond, and sisters Ellen Aalund, Ester Gunderson, Lenore Thomsen, Edessa Keyes, Aggie Dararh and brothers Bill, Jim, Ted and Tom.  Cremation by Whiteside Family Mortuary.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Oct. 5, 2005)



Claudia (House) Harris passed suddenly on Sept. 25,2005 at St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia.  Born Oct. 5, 1935 to Claude (Jr.) and Gladys House in Raymond.  She graduated from Raymond High then went on to WSU.  Claudia then went to work for the King County Sheriff's Dept. from where she retired in 1979.  At that point, she moved to Grayland with her best friend and husband of 41 years, Jim, to live their lives.  While there she made friends of many wonderful people who became her extended family.  Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Chris.  Surviving are her husband, Jim of Grayland, brother Mike of Raymond, and son Jim (Corky) of the Seattle area. Daughter Pam, grandsons, Jake and Adam and great grandson Gabe all reside in Hailey, Idaho. As per her wishes there will be no funeral.  Those she held in her heart always knew who they were.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on Oct. 5, 2005)



Jack Hubert Whitcomb, son of Bert and Beulah Whitcomb and great grandson of early day pioneer boatmen passed away March 15, 2006 in Seaview, WA.  Mr. Whitcomb was born Feb. 25, 1922 in South Bend.  He attended South Bend schools and after graduating joined the United States Air Force. He was  a WWII veteran and before retiring from the military in 1961 he was assigned to bases on the east coast, Alaska, Greenland and Puerto Rico, piloting crash boats. Mr. Whitcomb married Virginia Neal.  They had a son James. Both preceded him in death. He retired to the Long Beach Peninsula and there he married Verlina Eaton in 1998.  Mr. Whitcomb is survived by his wife Verlina; three stepchildren Lin Bradford, Johnnie Eaton and JoAnne Wiseman and their families; a niece Patty Jeffers, nephews Earl and Ernie Soule and their families and many cousins and other relatives.  Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Pacific County Historical Society in South Bend.  In celebration of his life, all friends and relatives are invited to an open house on April 1 at 1 p.m. at the family home in Seaview.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on March 22, 2006)



Byrdice M. Moseley, a long time Pacific Country resident died Tuesday, March 7, at the Willapa Harbor Hospital.  Mrs. Moseley was born August 5, 1922 in Raymond to Julius and Addie (Johnson) Wester.  She was an active member in the South Bend United Methodist Church, a member of the Raymond Senior Center and TOPS.  She enjoyed cooking, sewing and reading.  She married her hushand, John, Sept. 26, 1940 in Mount Vernon.  He died in October of 1999, and also was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Wester and sister Evelyn Berrik.  Survivors include three daughters, Susan Johnson and Catherine Barnum, both of Raymond; and Carol French of Hoquiam, two sons, Michael Moseley of Longview and John Moseley of South Bend; a brother Jim Wester of Eugene, OR; 12 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the South Bend United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald in March 8, 2006)



Catherine Barnum, 62, a lifetime Raymond resident, died in a car accident late in the evening on March 8, that also took the life of her daughter, granddaughter and special friend of 12 years, William A. Dubois.  Catherine was born October 23, 1942, in Raymond to John and Byrdice (Wester) Moseley.  (Byrdice died on March 7, 2006.)  She had been self-employed as a beautician for many years.  She married Robert Barnum on June 2, 1966, at South Bend.  He died in November of 1984.  She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing, collecting bears, and antique dolls.  She was a member of the Tuesday Card Club.  She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family and grandchildren.  A son, Robert Barnum of Raymond; two sisters, Susan Johnson of Raymond, and Carol French of Hoquiam, two brothers John Moseley of South Bend, and Michael Moseley of Longview and one grandson survive her.  


Her daughter, Tammi Barnum-Sands, 34, a lifetime Pacific County resident was born on October 3,1971, to Catherine and Robert Barnum. Tammi was a Raymond High School graduate, and attended business tech school in Tacoma.  She had worked as a bookkeeper at the Willapa Harbor Hospital for the past seven years.  She enjoyed shopping, crafts, scrap booking, and was a member of the Raymond Eagles.  She married her husband Douglas, in South Bend on July 25, 1998. He survives at the family home in South Bend.  She is also survived by her uncles Marvin and Maynard Barnum.  Her daughter Mariah Catherine Sands, 5 years of age, was born October 26,2000, in Aberdeen.  She attended South Bend preschool.  Maria participated in dance and cheerleading.  She is survived by her father, Douglas and grandparents Nicholas and Ella Korpi of South Bend; Douglas and Martha Sands of Virginia and uncle Robert (Shelly) Barnum of Raymond.  Funeral services were held March 13 at New Life Fellowship Church in Raymond for all three, Mrs. Byrdice Moseley and William Dubois.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private burial was conducted at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.  A memorial fund has been set up at the Raymond Federal Bank in Raymond.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on March 15, 2006)



Services for South Bend Man Friday

Service will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the chapel of the South bend Mortuary, for Charles S. Millsap, 74, who died at the hospital here Tuesday following a brief illness.

The Rev. Harry E. Gardner, Raymond, will officiate and burial will follow in Fern Hill cemetery. 

Born in Tuscolla (Tuscola), Ill. , on September 17, 1876, Millsap was married to Lilly A. Williams in Findley , Ill. , in 1897 and the couple moved to South Dakota where they farmed until they retired and came to South Bend about 11 years ago. Surviving are his wife, three sons, Harley G., Raymond; Oral R., Monroe, and Charles L. of Pana , Ill. ; two daughters, Mrs. Flossie Gerdes, Miller, S.Dak., and Mrs. Gertrude Thompson, Hoquiam; 11 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

(Printed  in the Raymond Herald and Advertiser, Raymond, Pacific Co., Washington - July 26, 1951, Page 7)



Mrs. Lillie Ann Millsap, 84, a South Bend resident of many years, died Saturday at Hillcrest Center following a period of declining health.  Mrs. Millsap was born 22 May 1881 in Indiana .  She was the widow of Charles Millsap, who died in 1951.  Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Flossie Gerdes of Miller, S.D. and Mrs. Gertrude Thompson of Hoquiam; three sons: Harley Millsap of Renton, Leo Millsap of Ramsey, Ill, and Oral Millsap of Raymond; eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted at 11a.m. Tuesday at the Murphy Mortuary Chapel with the Reverend John A. Larsson, Methodist minister, officiating. Burial followed beside her husband at Fern Hill Cemetery.

Printed in the Raymond Herald and Advertiser, Raymond, Pacific Co, Washington State – September 30, 1965 (Thursday)  



Elizabeth E. Gillies, 99, died on April 30, 2006, at Willapa Harbor Hospital.  Elizabeth was born on Mary 15, 1906, to Willis L. and Hattie Rohrbeck McBride.  She graduated from South Bend Hgh School in 1924.  She married Claude M. Shipley in 1927 and had two children, Albert C. Davis and BettyJo Wicklund.  In 1938 she married Albert L. Davis, and was co-owner of Davis Drugstore in South Bend.  She married John A McKibbin in 1955, and helped manage the McKibbin Motel in South Bend.  In 1977 she married Don J. Gillies, and acquired a new family, Jim and Jean Gillies, Cliff and Sally Gillies and their families.  Elizabeth was a member of the South Bend United Methodist Church, a member of Laurel Rebekah Lodge for 60 years, and a life member of Eastern Star, Willapa Chapter.  She volunteered 20 years for the Pacific County Historical Society in South Bend.  Her husbands and her stepson, Clifford A. Gillies, preceded her in death in 2004.  She is survived by her son Albert C. Davis of Olympia; and her daughter BettyJo Wicklund of South Bend; a stepson, Jim Gillies of  Rhododendron, OR; grandson Jeffrey C. Davis, great-granddaughter, Mistee Ann Davis; and great -grandson Gerald Clayton Davis.  A graveside service was held Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at the Menlo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pacific County Historical Society, PO Box B, South Bend, WA  98586.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on 5/11/2006)



Anna V. Kero, 86, a lifetime Raymond resident, died Friday, Feb. 17, at Capitol Medical Center.  She was born October 14, 1919 at Old Willapa to Harry and Elva (Koski) Worthington.  She worked at Bendicks Cannery for nine years, and in the Raymond Weyerhaeuser Mill for 15 years.  She married her husband Elmer in Raymond in 1941.  He died in 1999.  She enjoyed fishing, clam digging, trailering, her flower gardens, knitting and crocheting, especially music.  She also enjoyed having fun and her motto was "shop till you drop."  She loved spending time with family and loved to see them play ball.  Two daughters, Joann Waters of Longview, and Diane Hunt of Menlo; a special niece, Jenny Cunningham of Raymond, and many more nieces and nephews, five grandchildren, Linda, Jill, Annette, Ronnie and Teri; and 10 great-grandchildren survive her.  Memorial services are set for Thursday, 2 p.m. at the Willapa Methodist Church in Old Willapa.  Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond. Memorials may be made to the Willapa Ladies Aide 969 at Willapa, First St., Raymond, WA  98577.

(Printed in the Willapa Harbor Herald on 2/22/2006)



22 Apr 1966-18 Oct 1968

Age 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey, Jr. of Naselle, died in a Seattle hospital. He was born in Ilwaco.

Survivors other than the parents are a sister, Tammy and a brother, Todd, both at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey, Sr. of Naselle; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pesek of Winston, Ore.

Services were held Tuesday at the Naselle Lutheran Church with Rev. Charles Hunter officiating.  Penttila's Chapel by the Sea, Long Beach, was in charge.  Buriel was at the Sunset Memorial Park-Hoquiam, Wash.

(Printed The Daily News-October 1968)


South Bend — Dixie Lee Monohon, a Pacific County resident for 49 years, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at the Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend. She was 66.
Mrs. Monohon had worked for Jensen Furniture in Raymond, at the Willapa Harbor Hospital and for Monohon Dairy.
A rosary service is set for 7 tonight and funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 8 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond.  Burial will follow at the Fern Hill Cemetery at Menlo.
Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.

(Printed in The Daily World, Nov. 7, 2006)


Eleanor J. Jonas

Eleanor J. Jonas, 85, a long time Raymond resident died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at the Willapa Harbor Care Center.  She was born August 8, 1920, in Craik, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Joseph and Emma (Rosendale) Johnson. She was employed as  a Licensed Practical Nurse for 37 years at the Willapa Harbor Hospital.  She loved working with her flowers and having a garden.  She also enjoyed traveling all over the world.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, and a number of other organizations.  She is survived by her husband Emil of Raymond, whom  she married in 1940 in Aberdeen; a daughter, Barbara Groom of Gresham, Oregon; a son, Richard Jonas of Raymond; a sister, Lorna Neiworth of Aberdeen; a brother, Boyd Johnson of Cosmopolis, and two grandchildren, Eric Groom and Angie Groom of Gresham.  Cremation was effected by Stoller's Mortuary. A memorial service will be at a later date.

(Published in the Willapa Harbor Herald on May 3, 2006)



Lillian Drazil, 84, a life long resident of Pacific County, died Thursday, June 15, 2006, at the Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend.  She was born May 9, 1922, in South Bend to Louis and Mary (Doubek) Drazil.  She had worked at the former Olympia Hardwood Mill for 10 years. She also did the cleaning for the Elks, Eagles and the American Legion clubs for over 10 years.  She enjoyed music, the Senior Center dances in Chehalis and shopping.  Survivors include two brokers, Joseph and Ruth Drazil of Frances, whom she lived with for the past six years; and Walter and Martha Drazil of Longview, her special car giver/adopted niece, Ella Allen, and numerous other adopted nieces and nephews who cared for and loved her.  A brother Frank Drazil preceded her in death.  In memory of Lillian Drazil, there will be a private memorial. Cremation arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.

(Published the Willapa Harbor Herald on June 21, 2006)

Robert J. WeiberG

Robert J. Weiberg, 50, of Raymond died Thursday, May 25, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1956, in South Bend, to George L. And Gerry (Stephens) Weiberg. He attended South Bend schools, graduating in 1974. He married Cathy (Coty) in l980, and later divorced. In 2003, he married Kathryn (Nussbaum) Jones, who survives him at the family home in Raymond.

He had worked for Dilk Tire in Raymond for 18 years, then later for Bud’s Lumber and Ben’s Exxon in South Bend. He last worked at the Willapa Harbor Golf Course until 2004, when diagnosed with cancer. 

He was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church and was proud of the fact he had been an altar boy at the South Bend St. Lawrence Church.

He enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was known for his hospitality and sense of humor. He loved entertaining at his home, enjoyed cooking, canning and baking with his wife and also enjoyed model cars. While still ambulatory he enjoyed site seeing in and around Seattle during his weekly trip there for clinic visits and chemotherapy.

Besides his wife; parents; and former wife; he is survived by a son, Eric Weiberg and fiancé, Karrie Henneman of Raymond; two step-daughters, Allison (Hill) McVey and husband, Bill of Raymond and Mary Beth (Heath) Freet and husband, Justin of Seattle; his grandmother, Teresa hardy of Raymond; a brother, William and his wife, Cindy of Raymond; three grandchildren, Callie Ann McVey of Raymond, Keaton and Kelland Freet both of Seattle.

A Rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2006, and a memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday June 17, 2006, both at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond. Father, Peter Gillett will officiate. A reception will follow in the church social hall. Memorials may be made to the Willapa Harbor Helping Hands, P.O. Box 105, Lebam, WA 98554 or the Willapa Harbor Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 1476, South Bend, WA 98586. Arrangement by Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.

(Published in The Daily World on May 26, 2006)

Walter D. Harmer

Walter D. Harmer, 62, well- known South Bend businessman, passed away on May 8 at his home. Walt was born Oct. 21, 1943, in Raymond to Orval and Dorothy Lawton Harmer. He graduated from South Bend High School in 1961 and, at the age of 17, enlisted in the United States Air Force. He honorably served his country for four years. After his military discharge, Walt returned to South Bend, where he joined the family business in operating the H & H Cafe and Motel.

Mr. Harmer was an active member in his community. He initiated the T-ball baseball program and coached Little League and girls softball for many years. He was instrumental in establishing the current baseball fields located behind Bud’s Lumber in South Bend. Walt was a member of the South Bend Volunteer Fire Department for over 35 years. He also served as an active member of the Raymond Elks. Walt spent many hours preparing charitable dinners there and had donated his time cooking at the Helping Hands benefit just two days prior to his death.

Although Mr. Harmer was recognized as South Bend’s man of the year in 1999, his most recent and enjoyable role was as grandpa, “Papa Walt,” to his small grand- children. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and cutting firewood.

Walt is survived by his mother, Dorothy Harmer Wonhoff; his wife, Evelyn and her daughter, Holly Christen; his son, Scott Harmer and wife Erika; his daughter, Lisa Reidinger and husband Sean; his daughter, Lori Snodgrass and husband Brett, and his former wife, Reta Harmer. He is also survived by his three sisters, Peggy Ping, Shirley Haskell and Roberta Harmer, and his grandchildren: Karley, Jacob, Tyler, Abigail and Grady, plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Orval L. Harmer.

A graveside service will be held at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo on Friday, May 12, at 2 p.m. This will be followed by a celebration of his life at 6 p.m. at the Raymond Elks.

The family’s favored benevolence is the Walter D. Harmer Memorial Scholarship, in care of Raymond Federal Bank, P.O. Box 271, Raymond, Wash. 98577.

Funeral and services arrangements made by Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.

(Published in The Daily World on May 11, 2006)

Ann Gacek

Ann Gacek, 92, a long time Raymond resident died Monday, July 24, 2006, at Martha and Mary Health Center in Poulsbo, where she lived for the past three years.

She was born Sept. 24, 1913, in Walville, Wash., to John and Mary Paulis. Ann grew up in the Frances area before coming to Raymond to attend high school. She was married to Henry Gacek in 1936. They lived most of their 67 years of married life on Park Avenue in Raymond. In 2000, they moved to Alder House Assisted Living in South Bend, where the close proximity of long time friends and supportive staff were enjoyed. Henry died Jan. 4, 2003.

Ann’s life work was being a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church and served many years with her outgoing personality and support. Ann was a volunteer and leader in several community organizations. Participation in yearly exhibits at the Spring Flower Show and Pacific County Fair were activities where she enjoyed sharing her creative talents. She worked on the county election board for nearly four decades. During her senior years Ann enjoyed traveling with Raymond friends and often reminisced about an extended trip to Poland to visit an older sister. Being devoted to family she focused much of her time around their lives and activities.

Ann is survived by a son, Henry J. Gacek Jr. and his wife Varian of Port Ludlow; brother, Joe Paulis, of Chehalis; two grandchildren, Jon (Kathy) Gacek of Issaquah and Leanne (Tyler) Mebus of Gig Harbor and four great-grandchildren, Connor, Riley, Kylie and Brady and numerous other caring family members. She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Rosary services will be at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at Stoller’s Mortuary Chapel in Raymond. A graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, at the Menlo Cemetery. A celebration of life reception for both Ann and Henry will be held in September. Memorials may be made to the Raymond Ambulance Fun, P.O. Box 213, Raymond, WA 98577 Arrangements in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.

(Published in The Daily World on July 27, 2006)

David M. Langbraaten

David M. Langbraaten 56, lost his 26 year battle with Parkinson Disease on July 26, 2006, at Camelot Court, an adult family home in Tacoma, where he lived for the past two years. Mr. Langbraaten, was born July 4, 1950, in Olympia, to Peter and Rosalie (Michaels) Langbraaten. He was a Raymond High School Graduate of 1970. He moved to California where he worked as a chef for over 15 years, and moved back to Raymond in 1989.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors, he also enjoyed fixing things and watching baseball, particularly the Yankees. He loved his childhood summers in Hood Canal. Mr. Langbraaten had a gentle soul, always smiling, friendly and happy.

He is survived by his mother, Rosalie Langbraaten of Raymond; three sisters, Deanna Paige of Raymond, Petra Workman of Menlo, and Lauren Lagergren of Bay Center; four brothers, Stephen, Peter, Jon and Jerry all of Raymond; numerous nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation at 1501 N.W. 9th Ave, Miami, Florida, 33136. Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.

(Published in The Daily World on July 28, 2006)

Peter C. ‘Pete’ Mandel

Peter C. “Pete” Mandel, 86, a lifetime Raymond resident died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 15, 1919, in South Bend, to Peter K. and Elizabeth H. (Deal) Mandel. He was employed for many years as a dairy and beef farmer and owned and operated the Pete Mandel Livestock Hauling Company for many years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed dancing.

He is survived by a brother, John Mandel of Raymond; three nieces; and one nephew. He had two sisters, Mary Lou Mandel and Annie Plato Mandel who died before him.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday May 17, 2006, at Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond. Burial will follow at the Menlo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Raymond Ambulance Fund. Arrangements by by Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.

(Published in The Daily World on May 16, 2006)

Vernon Roswell Wheaton

Vernon Roswell Wheaton, 99, a South Bend Pioneer, died April 1, 2006, at Willapa Harbor Hospital after a brief stay at the Willapa Harbor Care Center with a broken hip. He had remained at home until then.

He was one of three children born to Ben and Hattie (Gerow) Wheaton in South Bend, Sept. 22, 1906. He came from a long line of Pacific County pioneers including his great aunt, Mary Jane Adams who was the first white woman to come to Pacific County to homestead in the 1800s. His grandfather was a pioneer on Mill Creek (the Wheaton Homestead was at the intersection of Lily Wheaton Road and Mill Creek Road, now known as The Game Refuge.) His uncle, Ray Wheaton was one of the first Pacific County Commissioners and his father, Ben Wheaton was once the Chief of Police in South Bend in the early 1900s.

After attending South Bend High School, he went to work in the woods with his father at logging camps, helping to build steam donkeys. A friend introduced him to Hannah Amacher, a dairy farmer’s daughter, from Smith Creek. During their courtship, he often would make the long walk from South Bend to Smith Creek to see her. They married in 1933. For two years they ran the Hill Top Store in East Raymond, now known as Galey’s. They later settled in South Bend on Alta Vista hill where Hannah survives today. They had three children, Bob, Betty, and Jim.

After settling in South Bend, he helped rebuild a South Bend shingle mill that had burnt down in return for the promise of a job when it was finished. By the 1940s, he was self employed; earning a living, living off the land. He peeled cascara bark, trapped, picked mushrooms, ferns, berries, huckleberry brush, salal brush, miniature cat tails, seagrass, and spaghmum moss. He was also a berry buyer, contracting with stores in Bay Center, Naselle, South Bend, and the Galey’s and Riverdale grocery stores and was part owner in the South Bend Cascara Company, buying bark from others. He also furnished greenery to all the flower shops in South Bend and Raymond for floral arrangements.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, clam digging, and loved telling stories of his outdoor adventures. He was also a voracious reader, animal lover and devoted family man.

He knew Pacific County like the back of his hand, so much so, that people coming to town looking for land to buy, or looking for an adventure in the woods or on the river, would be told to look up Vern Wheaton and he could show you the area. Over the years, he took several celebrities fishing, including John Wayne, Chuck Conners (The Rifleman) and Oliver Wallace who was known for writing music for Walt Disney movies.

He was an active member of the Pacific County Sportsman Club, holding several positions, including president for many years. He was a guest speaker at Kiwanis meetings and the South Bend High School, educating people on conservation and other topics he was passionate about at the time, such as; trying to stop cow elk season because he didn’t believe in harvesting the elk during the time that the animals were pregnant with their babies. For many years, he was known to have bought cow tags just to throw them away, as a protest to the season.

He began trapping when he was only 12 years old. He was said to have had a sixth sense for it, thinking like the animals he trapped. In the 40s, he became a state authorized beaver trapper. He continued trapping for the state even when the state later opened up trapping to the public. After trapping for a total of 75 trapping seasons, he was forced into retirement at the age of 87, due to an accident a few years earlier that broke both his legs and slowed him down. During his 71st year of trapping, he received a letter from the Washington State Trapping Association indicating that he had the most number of years trapping in the state of Washington’s history at that time.

Although many thought, trapping was considered to be cruel, he was very much a kind soul, with a big heart for animals. Viewing trapping as merely the way he made his living and a necessary means to keeping crop and property damage to a minimum. Especially in his later years, he softened, and even felt sorry for the animals he made his living from.

He is survived by his wife Hannah; two sons, Robert (Bonnie) Wheaton of Olympia, James (Nancy) Wheaton of Raymond; a daughter, Betty (Michael) Gromme of San Diego, Calif., seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren, two step-great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews from in and out of state. A brother, Glenn Wheaton, and a sister, Marie Anderson, preceded him in death.

The family requests that donations in memory of Vern Wheaton be made to the Pacific County Historical Society P.O. Box P, South Bend, WA. 98586

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2006, at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo, with a Celebration of Life immediately following at the Willapa United Methodist Church, 969 Willapa First Street, in Old Willapa.

(Published in The Daily World on April 5, 2006)


Thelma J. Asplund

Thelma J. Asplund, 78, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, July 19, 2006.  Thelma's was born in December of 1927 to Axel and Charlotte Asplund of Raymond.  Thelma also owned and operated Thelma's Wave Shop for many years. One brother, Lennart Asplund of Raymond survives Thelma.  There were also many nieces and nephews in Thelma's family.  Thelma was member of Beta Sigma Phi for many years along with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. When she wasn't playing bingo with her friends, she was interested in scraping booking, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint as well as a very avid reader.  Her dear friends will miss her.  Arrangements were conducted with Funeral Alternatives of Washington (306) 753-1065.

(Published in the Willapa Harbor Herald on July 26, 2006)


Edward J. Burkhalter

Edward Joseph "Ed" Burkhalter, 80, a long time former resident of Willapa Harbor, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at the Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center.  He was born March 1, 1926, at Willapa to Edward A. and Annie (Miller) Burkhalter.  He married Constance E. Craig on Mary 8, 1948, at the Frances Catholic Church. She died June 2, 2004. Two daughters survive him, Carolyn Kusky of Cranberry Township, PA; and Vonne Benn of Hood River, OR; a son Alan Burkhalter of Montesano; a sister Lydia A. Taylor of Centralia; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Funeral Services were held Friday (July 21) at Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.  Burial beside his wife followed at the Menlo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn, 127211 30th Ave NE, #101, Seattle, WA 98125

(Published in the Willapa Harbor Herald on July 26, 2006)

Gordon Charles Benson
Gordon Charles Benson, 90, passed away on Feb. 18, 2007, at his home in the Willapa Valley, with Doris, his wife of 62 years, by his side.

Gordon was born to Inga and Charles Benson on May 28, 1916, in Minneapolis, Minn. In addition to Doris, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Armeda; his daughter and son-in-law, Dione and Gary; his five grandchildren; and his four great-grandchildren. Gordon’s enjoyment of, and proficiency in, hunting, fishing, and trapping was surpassed only by his outstanding story-telling ability, an activity he especially relished sharing with the friends and family he so very much loved. His life’s adventures and sense of humor that punctuated so many of his tales will be lovingly cherished. In his life, Gordon worked as a builder, first working in the 1930s on the Grand Coulee Dam and later with the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II on projects which included the Alaska Highway. Following his move to Raymond in 1945, he worked as a carpenter and in commercial and residential contracting until his retirement in 1981. At his request, no formal services will be held. Condolences may be sent to the Benson family in Raymond or in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.

In Gordon’s memory, donations may be made to the Raymond Fire Department, Harbors Home Health & Hospice, or Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend. Arrangements are by: Stollers Mortuary of Raymond.

(Published in The Daily World, Feb. 24, 2007)

 Josephine A. Moore
Heaven is now blessed with the love of our grandma, great-grandmother and the heart and soul of our mom, Josephine A. Moore, who died on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, in Olympia.

"Josie" as her close friends and family called her, was born and raised in Raymond. She was the sixth of seven daughters born to Joseph and Yerka Medak. She married Jerry Moore, the father of her seven children, in 1965, Josie and her immediate family moved to Hoquiam. A devote and faithful member of Our Lady of Good Help Church, she volunteered creating and maintaining "The Prayer Garden." until her health impaired her ability to volunteer. She rarely missed an activity her children or grandchildren participated in. Her passions included collecting 300 plus rosaries, tending her roses, hosting parties, going to the ocean, talking with family and friends and watching baseball. Whatever "curve ball' life threw at her, she survived; including the devastating loss of her four year old son, "Kenny" in 1960. She was a woman with tremendous emotional and spiritual strength.

Josie is survived by her six children, Terry Moore of Eatonville, Dennis Moore of Spokane, Greg Moore of Olympia; Rebecca Haskins of Las Vegas, Nev., Kathy Moore of Hoquiam and Joe Moore of Aberdeen; 15 grandchildren, including two yet to be born; and six great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren preceded her in death. Public viewing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, beginning at 3 p.m. A Rosary Service will be at 6 p.m. that evening, at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road S.W., in Tumwater.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at Our Lady of Good Help Church, at 12 noon. The burial will be at Mills and Mills Memorial Park at 3:30 p.m.. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Children's Hospital, Oncology Dept. Seattle WA.

(Published in The Daily World, Feb. 22, 2007)




























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