LAMBERT, Lyle M., age 86, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Aug. 24, 1985 in a Mt. Vernon nursing home. Born March 29, 1899 in Ekalaka, Montana. He was a long time resident of Sumas before moving to Mt. Vernon. He was preceded in death by a son, Amos; a grandson, Rodney and 2 brothers, George & Matthew. He leaves 6 daughters, Beulah Barber of Port Angeles, June German of Sequim, Lou Hackett of Edmonds, Josephine Klop of Bayview, Cordie Adams of Conroe, Texas, Jean Frey of Onalaska; daughter-in-law, Diane Lambert of Burlington; 6 sisters, Florence Nims of Shelton, May Hoag of Bellingham, Racheal Hoag of Camp Kirk, S. Dakota, Minerva Waylett of Shelton, Bessie Akers of Shelton, Lillian Laughlin of Shelton; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. Cremation, private family services. Arrangements Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, Seattle.

LAMBERT, Melvin E., age 58, 613 Everson Rd., Everson, passed away in Bellingham on Fri. May 22, 1987. A lifetime county resident, Mr. Lambert was born in Sumas on April 18, 1929 and was the son of the late Reuben & Inez Lambert. During WWII, Mr. Lambert served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. and following the war went into the logging industry and for 20 years owned & operated Mel Lambert Log Co. in Everson. On Aug. 26, 1955, he was married to Janet Shetler in Bellingham. He was a member of the Washington Contract Loggers Assoc.; The Deming Logging Show and the International Order of Foresters. He is survived by his wife Janet; 3 sons, Jay & wife Norma Jo, Everson, Steven & wife Michelle of Bellingham & Michael at home; a daughter, Mrs. Lori & husband Bill Carl of Everson; 6 grandchildren, Angela & Jayson Lambert of Everson, Christopher, Cara & Cody Lambert of Bellingham, Tanya Carl of Everson; a brother, Ray Lambert & wife Wilma of Bellingham; 2 sisters, Mrs. Irene & husband Ted Weidkamp of Lynden, Mrs. Bernice & husband Dale Greenfield of Aloha, Oregon; his mother & father-in-law Verlie & Fred Graves of Bellingham and numerous other relatives. Funeral services were conducted on Tues. May 26 at 2 p.m. in the Nooksack Valley Baptist Church with Rev. John Ruhlman officiating. Burial followed in Sumas Cemetery. Services were under the direction of the Gillies Funeral Home, Lynden.

LANE, Frank K. "Bunk" Lane, Jr., loving son, grandson, brother, husband, father, nephew, uncle and cousin, age 25, passed away on December 17, 2006 in Bellingham, Washington. Frank was born to Brenda James-Mata and Frank Lane, Sr. on August 3, 1981 in Bellingham where he grew up participating in cultural gatherings. He had a love for hunting and fishing. Frank made his profession commercial fishing and diving. As a young man in his walk of life, he was a positive role model to both the young and the elder tribal members in his community. He drew his strength from his love and respect of the Smoke House and his spiritual brothers and sisters. Frank was loved and respected by all. He will be remembered not only as a dad, but a father who was always present in his children's lives. He wanted every moment he spent with his children to be moments his children would remember forever. Frank was the keeper of the family and held his head high. If family or friends were ever in need, Frank was always there. Frank is survived by wife Tysa "Ginny" Lane; children Shayla and Cheyanne Lane of Bellingham (Lummi); mother Brenda James-Mata of Everson (Nooksack) and father Frank Lane, Sr. of Bellingham; sisters Leeann Lane of Maple Falls and Johnean Fornsby of Reno, NV; brother Alex Mata of Everson; grandparents Harold "Buster" James of Bellingham (Lummi), Merle Leathers of Deming (Nooksack) and Bruce Milene of Ajo, AZ; and numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. From your earthly walk to your spiritual walk, you are surrounded by those who have gone before you. You will never be forgotten. You will always be our "Bunk". A Prayer Service will be held Friday, December 22, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wexliem Community Building. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 23, at 10:00 a.m. also at the Wexliem Community Building with burial to follow at the Lummi Cemetery.

LANGHORN, Borge T. - No services will be held for Borge T. Langhorn of Sumas. Interment will be at Sumas Cemetery. Mr. Langhorn died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, in Bellingham. He was 91. Born May 10, 1908, in Copenhagen, Denmark, he moved to the United States in 1929 and had been a Sumas resident since August. Mr. Langhorn married Etta Sternberg. Mr. Langhorn worked as a machinist for Westinghouse of Sunnyvale, Calif., for 40 years. Survivors include his ex-wife of Rogue River, Ore. son Eugene Langhorn of Sumas many brothers and sisters in Denmark eight grandchildren 12 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren. Arrangements are by Gillies Funeral Home of Lynden.

LARKIN, Dr. Edmond Francis, practicing physician in Bellingham for 50 years until his retirement last year, died at 12:30 a.m. Friday in a local hospital at the age of 82. Born Feb. 2, 1874, in Montgomery County, Ind. he received his early education in that state and went to Wabash Medical College at Crawfordsville, Ind., from where he was graduated in 1896. After serving 20 months internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, he became assistant to Dr. O. S. Reynolds who operated a private hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. He went into private practice in Franklin, Ind. in 1901 for five years before coming to Bellingham. He was married to Miss E. Lucille Bryant at Atchison, Kan. Oct. 15, 1902. They observed their golden wedding anniversary three years ago. For many years they resided at 26_5 Hampton Place, where Dr. Larkin had his office until he sold the family home in 1947, at which time they moved to 1313 Lake Samish where they resided since. Their home on Hampton Place became the Parkhaven Private Hospital. Dr. Larkin became a patient at Parkhaven Jan. 2 and died there. He had been a member many years of both the Whatcom County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was a member also of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Pauline Hillier of Seattle and Mrs. Edna Reed in Oakland, Calif., one granddaughter, Miss Helen L. Brimer of Oakland. The remains rest at Jones' Harlow Hollingsworth Funeral Home where services will be held at 7:30 p.m.

LARSEN, Maryanne Else - Services for Maryanne Else Larsen, 75, formerly of Lynden and Bellingham, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Arlington Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Her remains will be cremated and scattered at sea. She died Aug. 29, 1999, in an Everett Hospital 4? years after suffering a debilitating stroke. She was born Jan. 23, 1924, in Lynden to Gina and Joseph Golly. At a young age, she moved with her parents to Bellingham, where she grew up. She graduated from Meridian High School in 1941 and earned a bachelor of science in education degree from Western Washington State College. For 26 years, she taught in the Arlington School District, primarily focusing on curriculum as well as the golden rule. She retired in 1982. She enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, travel and her three children. She was a member of the Arlington Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Snohomish County Retired Teachers Association and two birthday groups, one in Bellingham and one in Redmond. Survivors include son Geoff Larsen daughter Deborah Kay Larsen sister Kathleen Badgely and many grandchildren, nieces and cousins. Her parents, brother Charles and daughter Marcia died before her.

LAUE, William, age 81, passed away at the family home, 1216 Indian Street, Thursday, March 18, (1954). Mr. Laue had resided in this community for the past 54 years and was a retired hardware salesman, having been employed at Morse Hardware for many years. Surviving relatives include his wife, Mrs. Ella Laue at the family home; a son, Gaylord W. Laue, also at home; and a great number of nephews and nieces including Fred Horst of Bellingham and E. S. Laue of Seattle. The remains rest at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth where services will be conducted by Rev. Clarence J. Forsberg, Monday, March 22 at 1 p.m. Final resting place, Bay View.

LECOCQ, Ralph B., a long-time Lynden attorney, died Saturday at the age of 99. He lived at 2726 Alderwood Ave. Born March 20, 1885, in Harrison, S.D., he was a Lynden resident for 70 years. He practiced law in Coupeville for two years, then had his own law firm in Lynden for 60 years. He was a member of First Reformed Church in Lynden, American Bar Association, Ayrshire Association, and a past member of Bellingham Rotary Club. He founded the Ralph B. LeCocq Foundation for college scholarships, and was founder of the LeCocq Alcove in the museum at the University of Iowa. He had seven brothers, all of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by a daughter in Kirkland. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Reformed Church, Lynden, the Rev. Gordon Van Oostenburg officiating. Burial will be in Monumenta Cemetery. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Children's Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle. A brother, Dr. John LeCocq, was one of the founders of the hospital.
(From the Bellingham Herald, November 5, 1984) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

LE COMPTE, Joe, age 57 years, of 1263 Island View Ave., Bellingham, passed away at a local rest home, Aug. 18, (1958) following an illness of three months. Mr. LeCompte was born Feb. 7, 1901, at Grand Rapids, Mich., and moved to Lynden at the age of 9, where he grew up and graduated from the Lynden schools. In 1927 he was graduated from Washington State College at Pullman with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. On Sep. 23, 1927 he was married to Mary Worthen of Lynden and until 1954, when he became employed at the Ferndale Refinery he followed construction work throughout the Pacific Northwest. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 1032, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, a charter member of the Ferndale Refinery Amateur Radio Operators Club, and for some time operated Amateur Radio Station W7OUU. Surviving are his wife Mary, at home; two sons, George W. of Seattle, and J. Roger, of Bellingham; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Jean Felker and Mrs. Amy Louise Wilholm, both of Seattle; his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. William LeCompte of Lynden; four brothers, Maurice and Louis, both of Seattle; Walter and John, both of Bremerton; and William of New Orleans, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Lyman and Mrs. Margaret Marl, both of Everett; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be under the direction of the Gillies Funeral Home of Lynden.

LEDUC, David P. - A memorial service for David Paul Leduc of Everson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ten Mile Grange, with the Rev. Joel DeBoer officiating. A potluck will follow at the family home, 215 Mission Road. Mr. Leduc died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at his home. He was 45. Mr. Leduc was born Aug. 2, 1954, to Lois and Fred Leduc in Worcester, Mass. Mr. Leduc worked as a farmer most of his life, and most recently worked at the Plagerman and DeGroot dairy farms. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, gun collecting and mushrooming. Survivors include his companion, Victoria Smiley, of the family home son David P. Leduc Jr. of Sumas, daughter Claire A. Leduc of Oxford, Mass., brothers Michael, Mark and Timmy Leduc, all of Oxford, sisters Susan and Linda Brown, both of Oxford, grandmother Ruth Leduc of Oxford and many other relatives. Arrangements are by Jerns Funeral Chapel.

LEHNERT, Sylvia DeForest, age 84 of Bellingham, WA, passed away Sept. 17, 2002 at Bellingham Health Care. She was born July 29, 1918 in Italy to Carol DeForest. Sylvia married Herman Lehnert in Juneau, AK in 1960. Sylvia was fluent in many foreign languages and was a Language Instructor. She was loved by her family and will be missed very much. Survived by her husband, Herman Lehnert of Bellingham nephews, Walter Lehnert and wife Mary and Louis Lehnert and wife Joan both of California sisters-in-law, Kathryn Joslin and Eva Moomey both of Michigan. Memorial services will be held at Westford Funeral Home Chapel 3:00 pm Tuesday, Sept 24, 2002 with Fr. Jay DeFolco Officiating.

LEVAC, Joseph F. - A memorial service for Joseph F. Levac will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Good News Fellowship Church, 1252 W. Axton Road, Ferndale, with the Rev. Skip Suess officiating. Mr. Levac died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, in Blythe, Calif., at age 80. Mr. Levac moved to Blythe in August 1998 after living in Whatcom County for 47 years. He had served as a principal and teacher for the Mount Baker School District and for Sumas Christian Reformed Grade School. He also worked with many local organizations such as Teens for Christ, Gideons, Bible Memory Association, Retired Teachers' Association of Whatcom County, Christian Teachers' Association and local churches. Mr. Levac was born in Alpena, Mich., and graduated from Mt. Morris High School, near Flint, Mich. As a young man, he worked for three years in the Fisher Body Plant. He then moved to Chicago to attend and graduate from Moody Bible Institute, where he met and married Mary Jane Teich on Aug. 8, 1942. During World War II he served as a guard to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After the president's death, Mr. Levac worked in Korea assisting with the return of assets held by the Japanese occupational government. Following the war, he attended and graduated from Roosevelt University and worked full-time for Montgomery Ward. He did graduate work at Loyola University with special interest in a thesis on Thaddeus Stevens. He also was involved with the relocation of Japanese prisoners of war and their families in the Chicago area. Mr. Levac was known for his keen mind, love of music and strong work ethic. His children knew him as a Renaissance man, with avid interests in all academic areas. He also enjoyed studying the Bible and had many hobbies. He is survived by six daughters - Dianna Porr of Seattle, Carolyn Saulls of Tucson, Ariz., Marilyn Frevert of Lancaster, Calif., Linda McCracken of San Mateo, Calif., Connie Bovee of Hooper, Utah, and Barbara Steiner of Blythe 15 grandchildren four great-grand-children and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife on Nov. 18, 1996. Arrangements by Greenacres Funeral Home.

LEWIS, Donald Dee - Hereditary Chief, Sa Hum Kin great-grandson of Chief Henry Kwina, Donald D. Lewis, age 77 of Lummi Nation, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008 in Bellingham. He was born on March 7, 1930 in Deming, WA to John and Anna (Cooper) Lewis. Don was a canoe puller on both the Red Wing and the Wy-Ka Cee-am and he enjoyed playing baseball as a young man. Don worked as both a logger, and a lifetime commercial fisherman and was a leader who employed many friends and relatives throughout the years in commercial fishing. He fished at Cook Inlet and other areas in Alaska, fished for herring in California and reef net fished at Lummi Island. Don owned a cannery at Marietta and was a fish buyer, who owned numerous of his own boats and fishing vessels. He served as president of the Marietta School PTA and purchased the Marietta Grange, which became the Lewis Family Center, used for celebrations and community gatherings of all kinds. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son to his family. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Jefferson Lewis in 1958; daughters, Colleen Mae Lewis in 1969, Deanna Elaine Lewis in 1967 and Peggy Ann Lewis in 1979; son, Nicky Dee Lewis, Sr. in 1996; brother, Jack Leathers; sisters, Peggy Davis, Darlene Horne; grandson, Tony Cline; granddaughters, Rosanna Cline and Shanna Dee Lahr. Don is survived by his wife, Helen Lewis; son, Donald Russell Lewis (Kimberly); daughters, Dawn Cline (Ross), Deborah Miranda (John), and Julianne Tom (Lawrence); sister, JoAnne Hall; adopted grandchildren, Trina Hillaire, Shane James, Nick Lewis, and Nicole Jefferson; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A Prayer Service will be held Sunday, February 10th, at Wexliem at 6:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 11th at 10:00 AM also at Wexliem Community Building with burial to follow at Lummi Cemetery.

LIKKEL, Gert, Early Wednesday morning, July 4th, (2007) Jesus welcomed Gert Likkel into His perfect fellowship with great rejoicing, making her healthy and whole. We rejoice with her as she is now delighting in His redemption. Wise mother, generous sister, and compassionate friend, Gert was born March 24, 1926 to James and Jennie Roosma on a homestead on the Benson Road. Her life was full, rich and a balance of heartache and joy. Servant and encourager of all, Mom loved living and those with whom she shared her journey. All who knew her shared a hearty laugh, a cup of coffee or a long talk with Mom at some time in their relationship with her. She was a genuinely interested conversationalist who made so many feel at ease. Hard-working and strong, she was a support and help to husband David on a dairy farm in Everson where they raised seven children. Her energy was nearly boundless as she canned, gardened, sewed and cooked while also helping with farm chores. She and David loved to have people in for coffee-time and occasionally concocted practical jokes. Especially fun for her to recall were her years playing volleyball with church friends or riding horses with the Nooksack Valley Trail Riders. In addition to traveling to 48 states, she and Dad traced the pioneer's Washington route west on horseback. She recounted aching muscles, campfires and covered wagons in which was a particularly precious trip that fit with her adventurous spirit. Ever busy, Mom participated in Lynden Christian's Mother's Club, her church's Sunday School programs, VBS and most any function or church-sponsored event. When her kids were grown, she pitched in on numerous projects at their homes as they grew and had families of their own. She also attended many games, concerts and 4-H events that involved her precious grandkids. Truly a woman after God's own heart, Mom led and attended countless Bible studies, including many fulfilling years with Bible Study Fellowship. A true lover of people, Mom happily volunteered for St. Joseph Hospital and Hospice of Whatcom County. Losing her oldest son in Vietnam made her a Gold Star Mother. Her heart's most earnest desire was that all her children and grandchildren know Christ and for that she prayed faithfully, even expanding her circle to include other loved ones. Besides the untimely deaths of her mother; son, Duane; husband, David and great-granddaughter Seraphine; Mom was pre-deceased by her father; brothers, Clarence, Frank, Edward, Jacob, Peter, Bill and John; sisters, Kate and Effie; and brother-in-law, Calvin Likkel. She is survived by sons, Ken (Pam) Likkel; Fred (Sue) Likkel, both of Lynden; daughters, Nancy Zylstra, Sally (Mike) Engels, Joan (Rick) VanderGiessen all of Lynden, and Luanne (Dean) DeBoer of Custer. Also 24 loved and adored grandchildren, and 13 beautiful great-grandchildren. Sisters, Harriet (Elmer) Kaemingk, Bertha (Frank) Monks, and Lena (Marv) Kok and brother, Eugene (Elsie) Roosma; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill Bode of Lynden, Roger (Bernita) Likkel of Battle Creek, MI, Ivan (Kay) Likkel, Stan (Lois) Likkel of Takysie Lake, BC, Lorraine (Bud) Brouwer of Bellingham; Millie Likkel, Johanna Roosma, Frieda (John) Nyland all of Lynden, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

LITTLE, Blanche G. of Marysville, a former Whatcom county resident and schoolteacher, died Wednesday (28 Aug 1985) in a Bellingham hospital. She was 84. She was born May 22, 1901, in Bryant, Wash., and came to the Laurel area when she was six months old with her parents, Bradford and Mary Slack. She graduated from Meridian High School and Western Washington College of Education. She was a teacher at North Bellingham, Harmony and Custer elementary schools, and also taught and served as elementary school librarian in a number of Washington communities. Her teaching career spanned more than 40 years. She and her husband, Merrel, lived in and near Bellingham for many years. They lived in Eastern Washington for several years in the 1950s before returning to Snohomish. In 1975 they moved to Marysville. Mrs. Little retired in 1964. She was interested in homemaking and gardening, and was active in veterans' affairs. She was a member of VFW Post 1585 Auxiliary 1173 in Snohomish, where she served as chaplain. She attended the United Methodist Church in Marysville. Besides her husband of 64 years, she is survived by a son, Royal Little of Yakima, two granddaughters; and a great-grandson. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery, with the Rev. Wayne Francis officiating.

LOCKE, Martin S. passed away Thursday, December 23, 2004 at his home in Ferndale. Martin was born March 17, 1917 in Brockton, MA to Harvey and Florence (Parsons) Locke. He married Marjorie McKinnon January 2, 1943 in Bellingham. He served three years in the Army during WWII and is a life member of the VFW #1585 and Elks #194. He retired form Western Washington University Transport Services Department in 1979. He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by his wife Marjorie; children: Randy and wife Lola, Terry and wife Susan, and Patti; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and sister Edna. Contributions may be made to Hospice. Greenacres-Moles Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

LOOMIS, Charles A., aged 81 years, passed away in a Bellingham hospital on Friday night, December [should say November] 26, after a stay of six days, having been confined to his home here for sometime before going to the hospital. Mr. Loomis had been a resident of Blaine for the past 47 years and had engaged in store business most of that time. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Purdy & McKinney Chapel, and Rev. Bertram Robins of the Methodist Church officiated. Mrs. Harriett Owen was at the piano and favorite hymns were rendered by Blake Bedell. Surviving is a niece, Mrs. Harold Wallman, of Los Angeles, Calif. The floral offerings were very beautiful and old friends gathered at the Chapel. Cremation followed in Bellingham.
(From The Blaine Journal, December 2, 1937) Submitted by John Rausch, typed by Merrily Lawson.

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