RADDER, Leonard, age 66, of Lynden, Rt. 2, passed away at his home Sunday, May 8, following a lingering illness. He had been a resident of the Lynden district for the past 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Dena; one daughter, Mrs. Jeannette Nobach of Deming; two sons, Lowell of Lynden Rt.2, Marvin of Nooksack; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Cornelius of Sumas, William of Lynden Rt. 2, Peter of Everson; six sisters, Mrs. George Haveman, Mrs. Gerrit Noteboom, Mrs. Jack Troost, Mrs. Lupe DeKoster, Mrs. Bert Bruner, all of Lynden, Mrs. John Kroontje of Everson. The remains rest at the Gillies Funeral Home in Lynden. Final arrangements will be made later.

RAGAN, Virginia - A memorial service for Virginia "Ginny" E. (Moen) Ragan of Bellingham will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Central Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Leonard C. Ericksen officiating. Mrs. Ragan died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at her home. She was 74. Born June 2, 1925, to Elmer and Emelia (Lindenthal) Moen in Bellingham, she was a lifetime Bellingham resident and a 1943 Bellingham High School graduate. Mrs. Ragan worked as a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell from 1943 to 1951. In 1947, she married Doug Ragan. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling. Survivors include her husband, of the family home sons Allen Ragan of Mill Creek and Steven Ragan of Sarasota, Fla. daughter Linda Ruthrauff of Bellingham sister Mary Jane Moen of Bellingham and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Whatcom Unit, P.O. Box 2447, Bellingham, WA 98227-2447. Arrangements are by Jones-Moles Funeral Home.

RASMUSSEN, Everil, age 85, went to be with her Savior and Lord July 15, 2007. A resident of Christian Health Care Center, she was surrounded by her loving family as she entered her eternal rest. Born in Buffalo, OK on June 17, 1922 to Bryan (L.B.) and Emma (Sumpter) Dickinson she moved with her family to Yakima, WA in June 1935. In 1937, they moved to Lynden where she was a 1940 Lynden High School graduate. She was married to Merl Rasmussen April 14, 1944. Everil was an active member of Word of Life Church; where she served as treasury secretary of the Sunday School and belonged to ladies Alpha Missionary Circle. Musically gifted she also sang in the church choir, the Ladies Trio and played in the church orchestra. Employed at the Lynden Washington Coop; she also was a waitress at Lynden Fairway Café and later baked pies for the café. Everil was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Emma Dickinson; sister, Audene Holleman and sister-in-law, Eva Dickinson. She is survived by her loving husband, Merl; daughter, Linda (Dwayne) Rogers; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Hillary and Alexandra all of Lynden and Desiree Roosma and Zack DePoppe; sister, Doris (David) Crabtree; brothers Eryl (Mona) Dickinson, Roland (Caroline) Dickinson all of Lynden and Hersel Dickinson of Mt. Vernon and a host of nieces and nephews. [Burial Greenacres]

RASMUSSEN, Mona Gayle - A funeral for Mona Gayle Rasmussen of Ferndale will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Moles Funeral Home Chapel, 2039 Main St., Ferndale. The Rev. Donald E. Walter will officiate. Burial will follow at Haynie Cemetery. Mrs. Rasmussen died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at St. Francis Convalescence Center. She was 66. Born June 5, 1933, to J.D. and Irene (Mullkin) McElory in Dayton, Texas, she was a waitress in Ferndale for more than 20 years. A member of American Legion Post No. 86, she enjoyed traveling, long car rides and being with family. She was preceded in death by daughter Vicki Unick in 1981, son Don Rasmussen in 1987, grandson Rocky Rasmussen in 1987, and 25-year companion Rick Wilson in 1989. Survivors include daughter Kathy Lindsay of Bellingham sons Bruce Rasmussen and Doug Rasmussen, both of Ferndale sisters Renee Gilbert of Custer and Sharon Pollinger of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. brother Jim McElory of Fullerton, Calif. five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

RAY, Robert A., age 58, of 505 W. Bakerview Rd., passed away Thurs., Feb. 26, 1987, in B'ham. Mr. Ray has been a lifetime resident of this community & he was also a member of the B'ham Moose Lodge & a former employee of B'ham Cold Storage. Survivors are: his mother, Bessie A. Leaton of B'ham; brothers, Willis K. Ray of B'ham; Donald E. Ray of OR; Eugene S. Ray of Bremerton; 3 sisters, Joyce Caughell of Ferndale; Shirley Darnell of B'ham; Thelma Pollard of Edmonds; numerous nieces & nephews. Graveside services will be held Mon., March 2, at 2 PM in Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Jim Seim officiating. Under the direction of Jerns & Leveck Funeral Chapel.

REILLY, Josephine S., age 78, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, (1958) in an Anacortes hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Reilly had been a resident of the Ferndale community her entire lifetime and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Mary Ruthruff of Portland, Mrs. Cecilia Sabo of Arlington, Mrs. Pauline Veenhuizen of Seattle, Mrs. Loretta Hunter of Ferndale, Mrs. Patricia Crosby of Anacortes; three sons, James of Stanwood, John of Seattle, Maurice of Lynden; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Annie McCartin of Bellingham; 28 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. in Ferndale. Holy mass will be offered by Father Joseph Dakin in St. Joseph's Catholic Church Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. Final resting place Enterprise Cemetery.

RETTIG, Eileen J., age 63 of Bellingham, passed away Tues. Dec. 28, 2004 after an extended illness. She was born February 1, 1941 to Adeline and Alton Jepperson in Bellingham. She graduated from Bellingham High School in 1958. In the 1960's, Eileen lived in Alaska at Fort Greeley working as a hair stylist and also homesteaded in the Matanuska Valley near Wasilla. Upon returning to Washington, she worked at ARCO's Cherry Point Refinery. Eileen found many interests in addition to her family including gardening, fishing, traveling, and other creative endeavors. Eileen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Her surviving family includes her son Benjamin N. Johnson and step-daughter Tanya S. Smith, brother Bernhard Jepperson and sisters Peggy Jean Hinton and Emelyne Fredlund, step grandchildren Jeremy Ingram, Shannon and Holden Smith, Simon Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adeline and Alton Jepperson, husband, Charles Rettig; and step granddaughter, Jennifer Smith. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Whatcom County. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 2:00 PM in the First Presbyterian Church, 1031 N. Garden St., Bellingham.

RICHBAW, Nellie - Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Richbaw - 33 years of age - were held Saturday afternoon from the Purdy Chapel with the Rev. Charles I. Herrin of the Free Methodist Church officiating. Mrs. Richbaw was only ill at her home about a week, and her death was due to an attack of pneumonia. Surviving are her husband, Ivan Richbaw, a daughter June, her father, Mr. Frank B. Workman of Melba Idaho, a sister, Mrs. J. McCormick of California, and two brothers, Golden Workman of Melba, and Lyle Workman of Napa, Idaho. Many friends gathered within the Chapel and the floral offerings were very beautiful. Interment followed in the Blaine cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family at this time. [d. 20 Nov 1935]
(From The Blaine Journal, November 28, 1935) Submitted by John Rausch, typed by Merrily Lawson.

RICHESON, Edwell Gray - A graveside service for Edwell G. Richeson of Bellingham will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Greenacres Memorial Park, with the Rev. Gary Shoemaker officiating and ritualistic services by Fairhaven Lodge 73 F&M. A memorial service will be held during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Mr. Richeson died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at his home. He was 77. Born Sept. 14, 1921, to Charles and Eleanor Gray Richeson in Benton, Ill., he had been a Bellingham resident since 1987. Mr. Richeson served in the U.S. Navy and later worked as an accountant for the Department of Labor, Unemployment Division, in Chicago. Mr. Richeson was an alumnus of Arizona State University and was a member of Fairhaven Lodge 73 F&M. He also was active in the Mount Baker Kennel Club. He enjoyed listening to choral music and attending concerts at Western Washington University. Survivors include many cousins. Arrangements are by Gillies Funeral Home of Lynden.

RICKARD, Levi - One of the Northwest's earliest settlers, Levi Rickard, who operated a cattle ranch at The Dalles, Ore., in 1879 and later served two terms as mayor of Waterville, Wash., passed away at the family home, 2702 Meridian street, Sunday at the age of 89 years.Mr. Rickard was born at Rickardville, Iowa, June 3, 1854, and came West to The Dalles in 1879. Ten years later he moved to Waterville where he made his home until 1900 when he moved to Everett. He came to Bellingham about twenty-five years ago and operated a grocery store until his retirement several years ago.Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. M. Fairburn, of this city; one son, Glen R. Rickard, of Seattle; a granddaughters, Mrs. Donald Sansregret, of this city; a niece, Mrs. C. C. Smith, of Geneva, and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. James M. Wilson officiating. Cremation will follow.
(From The Bellingham Herald of July 12, 1943)Submitted by Merrily Lawson

ROBERG, Paul K., age 64, of 5201 LaBounty Rd., Bellingham, passed away Thurs., May 21st in Bellingham. He was born Sept. 5, 1922 in Compton, Minn. and moved to this area in 1963. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, DVA of Bellingham and the VFW of Custer. He enjoyed hunting & fishing. He leaves to survive his wife, Lucille of the family home; daughter Kathleen & husband Dale Beane & their 2 children Paul & Todd of Oak Harbor. Funeral services will be held Wed., May 27th, 2 p.m. at the Jerns & LeVeck Funeral Chapel with Pastor Daugs officiating.

ROBERTS, Emery R., age 79, retired immigration officer of Blaine, passed away at his home Sunday, April 10, following a short illness. Surviving relatives include two daughters, Mrs. Mary Mulheirn, Portland, Ore., Mrs. Loova Peterson, Spokane; one son, E. R. Roberts, Napa, Calif.; two grandchildren; two brothers, Ray E. Roberts, and Arthur S. Roberts, both Boise, Idaho, six nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, (today), April 14, at 2 p.m. from the McKinney Funeral home with Rev. Evan David officiating. Interment in Blaine Cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 14, 1955) Submitted by John Rausch, typed by Merrily Lawson.

ROBERTS, Ray F., age 80 of 13907 14th Place West, Lynnwood passed away at his home on Fri., Feb. 27, 1987. He was born in Delmar, ID on July 5, 1906, had been a Lynnwood resident for the last 2 yrs & prior to that lived in B'ham for over 60 yrs where he had worked at Georgia Pacific where he retired after 20 yrs of employment in 1971. He was a member of the Garden St. Methodist Church of B'ham, B'ham Bay Lodge No. 44F & AM. He leaves to survive: his wife, Beth C. of the family home; daughter, Sally Jean & husband Ted Knutson of Lynnwood; grandchildren, Robin & Dennis Knutson of Lynnwood & a niece, Mrs. Doug Marr of B'ham. Funeral services will be conducted Mon., March 2nd at 1 PM in the Chapel of Jones Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas J. Eberle officiating. Burial to follow at Greenacres Memorial Park. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

ROGERS, Dr. Oscar W. Rogers, age 70, of 1200 W. Holly Street, passed away in a local hospital Friday, March 19, (1954). Dr. Rogers had resided in this community for the past 50 years and was a well known dentist. He was a member of the Broadway United Presbyterian Church. Surviving relatives include his wife, Mrs. Agnes Rogers at the family home; 2 daughters, Mrs. Barbara Sehon of Tacoma, and Miss Kathryn Rogers of Seattle; a granddaughter, Barbara Ann Sehon of Tacoma; 2 sisters: Miss Maud R. Rogers of Bellingham, and Miss Alice M. Rogers of Seattle; and a number of nieces and nephews. The remains rest at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth where services will be conducted by Rev. Norman Harrison, Monday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. Final resting place, Greenacres Memorial Park.

ROSENBERG, Martin - A funeral service for Martin Rosenberg, 80, of Bellingham will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones-Moles Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Minkler officiating. Burial will be at Bayview Cemetery. Mr. Rosenberg died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, in Bellingham. He was born Sept. 9, 1919, in Chicago to Morris and Jennie (Melowitz) Rosenberg. Mr. Rosenberg was an aerospace design engineer who moved to Bellingham from Los Angeles 20 years ago. He also was a home-security volunteer for 16 years and a 10-year volunteer at the Whatcom County Jail. He married his wife, Annette, on June 27, 1942, in Los Angeles. Aside from her, survivors include son Thomas Lee of Bellingham brother Joseph M. Rosenberg of Port Townsend sister Sylvia Chipps of San Diego and one granddaughter.

ROSS, Kenneth D., 1308 Birchwood Ave., died Sunday. He was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Colorado, and had lived in Bellingham seven years. He is survived by three sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, and numerous aunts and uncles and other relatives. Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 210 Bayside Place, with the Rev. Robert Stone officiating. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home and Crematorium. Memorials may be made to Northwest Kidney Foundation.
(From the Bellingham Herald, November 5, 1984) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

ROUNDS, Elizabeth - One of the best known residents of Blaine, Mrs. Elizabeth Meehan Rounds, 80, passed away in this city Saturday morning, August 29th, after a long illness. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Harold W. Hunter; a son, Kenneth Rounds, of Vancouver, B. C.; a sister, Mrs. Harry Scott, in Milwaukee; a brother, Ray Meehan in St. Paul, Minn.; and five grandchildren, John W. Hunter, of Bellingham, Mrs. Thomas M. Ray of Piedmont, Calif., Betty Jean, Raymond and Starr Rounds of Vancouver, B.C., and one great grandchild, Gerry Ray of Piedmont. Calif. Rosary was said Sunday evening at seven o'clock in the St. Ann's Catholic Church here and Requiem Mass was held Monday morning at ten o'clock at the same church, with the Rev. Father William O'Brien officiating. Music was rendered by St. Ann's choirsters with Miss Betty Smith at the organ. Pallbearers were Messrs. Walter V. Cowderoy, Lester Livingston, Karl Scott of Vancouver, B.C., Dr. D. F. Carswell and Walter B. Whitcomb of Bellingham and William Roberts of Seattle. On Tuesday morning the body was shipped to Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to be placed beside the grave of her husband, Starr King Rounds, who passed away many years ago; and was accompanied by Mrs. Harold W. Hunter and Mr. Kenneth Rounds.
(From The Blaine Journal, September 3, 1942) Submitted by John Rausch, typed by Merrily Lawson.

RUDD, Ray Gilbert - Funeral service for Ray Gilbert Rudd, age 63, of 3223 Firwood, will be Wed. June 3, 1 P.M. at Jones Funeral Home with Pastor Philip F. Brooks, Free Methodist Church, Orleans & Alabama, officiating. Interment Bayview Cemetery. Mr. Rudd passed away Sat. May 30, 1987. Born April 21, 1924 in Clear Lake, a son of the late Helmer & Millie Rudd, he was a resident of Bellingham for 62 years, was a member of Bellingham Yacht Club, retired after 17 years as maintenance & operations supervisor at WWU, veteran of WWII, having served with the U.S. Army in Panama until 1946; employed by Georgia Pacific Corp. for 21 years; graduated from Bellingham High School in 1942; inducted into the Army in 1943. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Lois McCrady Rudd who died in 1965 and his brother Ralph Rudd. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Mary Hilton Rudd; 2 sons, David of Bellingham & Steven of San Francisco; 2 daughters, Vickie & husband LeRoy Hawkins of Ferndale, Nancy & husband Dick Wilkins of Lansing, Michigan; 3 step-children, Steve & wife Rose Duppenthaler of Lynden, David Duppenthaler of Bellingham & Linda & husband Ed Shields of Maple Valley; 3 grandchildren, Julie & David Hawkins, Gwendolyn Wilde; 5 step-grandchildren, Traci & Steve Duppenthaler, Jeff, Jennifer & John Shields; his step-mother, Karen Rudd; sister-in-law, Winnie Rudd; brother-in-law, Chuck & wife Maxine Hilton; numerous nieces, nephews & other relatives.

RUDY, Ellen D., 2623 W. Maplewood Ave., age 89, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, (1968). Mrs. Rudy was a 42 year resident of this city. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Rudy and Mrs. Myrtie Newell, both of this city; four sons, Norman and James of this City; Alvin, Kennewick, Wn., and Ted of Mondovi, Wis.; two step-sons, Ben of Eleva, Wis., and Clarence of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; sixteen grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Selma Solfest of Eau Claire, Wis.; two brothers, Theodore and Arthur Espeseth of Independence, Wis. Services will be conducted by Rev. Richard Stussi Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Greenacres Memorial Park.

RUDY, John I., 3215 Northwest Road, age 83, passed away Saturday, May 1, (1968). A retired farmer, and resident of this community the past 64 years, Mr. Rudy was a member of the Leisure Time Club. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Florence Rodgers, Seattle; a son, Virgil Rudy of Port Angeles, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild; step-mother, Mrs. Ellen Rudy, City; six brothers, Ben, Clarence and Ted Rudy, all residing in Wisconsin; Norman and Jim Rudy of this City; and Alvin Rudy of Kennewick; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Rudy and Mrs. Myrtle Newell, both residing in this City. Services will be conducted by Rev. Carl O. Fischer Tuesday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

RUDY, Mary Jane, age 74, of 1481 Smith Rd., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, (1962) in a local hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Rudy had been a resident of Whatcom County the past 65 years. She is survived by her husband John; one daughter, Mrs. Florence Rodgers of Seattle; one son, Virgil Rudy of Port Angeles; one sister, Mrs. Belva Barrin of Aberdeen; two brothers, Fred Lester of Sequim, and William Lester of Winthrop; three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Moles Funeral Chapel, Rev. John Mathone officiating. Final resting place, Woodlawn.

RUKAVINA, Stephen, who for the last five months has resided in the Birch Bay district, died at a Bellingham hospital early Tuesday (July 30, 1935). He was 52 years of age and had been ill for several months. Surviving relatives are three sons, Matt Rukavina, Jugoslavia; Nick Rukavina, Mt. Vernon, and Frank Rukavina, Blaine; one daughter, Miss Sophia Rukavina, Blaine and one grandchild. Funeral services were held from the Catholic church at Ferndale at 9 o'clock this morning with the Rev. Father O'Callahan officiating. Burial occured (sic) in the Ten Mile cemetery under the direction of Homer Mark Mortuary. Mr. Rukavina was a member of the Catholic church at Opova, Jugoslavia.

RUTLEDGE, Glenn, 64 2775 Dawn Lane, Custer, died Monday at his home. He was born Sept. 10, 1920 in Hamlin, Texas. He lived in the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area most of his life and came to Whatcom County 10 years ago. An Army veteran, he received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippines Independence Ribbon. He was a member of Post 9301, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lynden. He is survived by a son, his mother, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held ___ a.m. Thursday at Moles Funeral Home, with the Rev. Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
(From the Bellingham Herald, November 7, 1984) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

RUKAVINA, Stephen, who for the last five months has resided in the Birch Bay district, died at a Bellingham hospital early Tuesday. He was 52 years of age and had been ill for several months. Surviving relatives are three sons, Matt Rukavina, Jugoslavia; Nick Rukavina, Mt. Vernon, and Frank Rukavina, Blaine; one daughter, Miss Sophia Rukavina, Blaine and one grandchild. Funeral services were held from the Catholic church at Ferndale at 9 o'clock this morning with the Rev. Father O'Callahan officiating. Burial occured (sic) in the Ten Mile cemetery under the direction of Homer Mark Mortuary. Mr. Rukavina was a member of the Catholic church at Opova, Jugoslavia.
(From The Blaine Journal, August 1, 1935) Submitted by John Rausch, typed by Merrily Lawson.

RYAN, Catherine C. - A memorial service for Catherine C. Ryan of Edmonds will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Edmonds. Mrs. Ryan died in a car crash on Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, in Everson. She was 67. Born Jan. 9, 1932, to John J. and Helen (Breslin) Lanigan in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Ryan was a quilt maker and member of Quilter's Anonymous, a group that donates quilts to fund-raising events. Survivors include her husband, Ken daughter Catherine Ingal of Basking Ridge, N.J. sons Ken Ryan of Everson and Peter Ryan of Seattle and seven grandchildren. Arrangements are by Jones-Moles Funeral Home, in Bellingham.

RYAN, Myrtie M., age 83, of Seattle, passed away in Tiberon, Calif. Thurs. Oct. 9, (1985). Mrs. Ryan was a partner in Ryan Real Estate, was a retired school teacher having taught at Larrabee & Columbia Schools, graduate of WWCE, member of the Eastern Star, past president of VFW Auxilary. She left Bellingham in 1953. She leaves to survive 3 daughters, Carolle Smith of Seattle, Patti Arthaud of Hoquiam, Roberta Martin of Anacortes; 5 grandchildren; 2 nieces Bette Holzhauer of Bellingham, June Shanafelt of Olympia, and a nephew Bud Lewis of Bellingham. Funeral services will be conducted Mon. Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment Bayview under the direction of the Westford Funeral Home.

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