Thomas Everett Childers, age 66, a long-time resident of Sedro-Woolley, suffered a sudden illness and passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington.
Tom was born July 8, 1946 to Everett and Nevada (McGrath) Childers, in North Bend, Oregon. The family moved to Washington in 1956 and to Skagit Valley in 1957.
He served in the Navy and served a year in Viet Nam as an Engineman. He worked as a mechanic at National Frozen Food Canning for over 34 years.
Tom and Vickie Parker were married September 14, 1980, and made their home in Sedro-Woolley. Tom loved his children and was proud of them.
He enjoyed working in the yard, loved his cats, and really had a passion for fishing with his friend, Bob Swanson and his brother-in-law, Eric Johnson. He also enjoyed doing genealogy with Vickie and playing cards with the Johnsons, Vickie's sister and brother-in-law. He also made the best smoked Salmon.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie; son, Thomas Childers, Jr., of Bothell; daughters, Anndria Childers of Burlington and Ashley Childers of Mount Vernon; sisters, Jaime LeBlond, Patricia Wightman (husband Scott), Kathie Hansen, Teresa Cromeenes (husband Pat), Donna Evenson (husband Gunnar); brothers, Eric Childers (wife Debbie), Kim Childers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ron Duncan passed away at his home in South San Francisco, CA on November 15, 2014 at age 68. He was born in Sylva, NC to Jenna Vee and Fred Duncan, Sr. Ron is survived by his mother Jenna Vee, brother Fred Duncan, Jr., sister-in-law Linda Duncan, nephews Kevin (Julie) and Jason (Cassy), grandnephews Tyler and Blake and grandnieces Madeline, Olivia and Leia. Ron was very generous throughout his life and always seemed to know the right gift to give others on special occasions. He was a loving care giver to both his mother and late father in their time of need.Ron graduated from High School in Mt. Vernon, WA in 1964 before moving to California. He served his country in the Marine Corps and later worked 27 years at UPS before retiring. Ron was a sports fisherman and an avid sports fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers and Golden State Warriors. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.Friends may visit Friday November 28, 2014 from 10am to 11am and are invited to attend the Funeral Service at 11am at Olivet Memorial Park Chapel, 1601 Hillside Blvd., Colma.
This past Saturday I had to say goodbye to my Mom. She was a fantastic woman, mother, daughter, sister, best friend, confidant, artist, gardener, comedian and so much more..she left us far too soon. The best do..and you never know when. So hug them longer and love them harder. It's my promise to her and i'm going to do my best.
Gary W. Iverson, age 65, a retired Navy Aviation Intelligence Officer and Captain, passed away at age 65 on May 9, 2012. His 24-year naval career included dedicated service in Vietnam and a Navy Commendation Medal. Gary's final days were spent actively doing what he loved while surrounded by family and friends.
Gary was a lifelong Northwest resident who attended high school in Mount Vernon, Washington, ultimately receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Western Washington University. Along with his military service, Gary was employed by Allstate Insurance, a company that he loyally served for 35 years. During his retirement, Gary took time for hunting, fishing, golfing - but his family was his favorite hobby and he was intentional about spending every moment with them.
Gary is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Barbara Iverson, and by his daughter, Keli Mumford, and son, Chad Iverson. He is also survived by his mother, Annette Minkler; his brothers, Mark and Jay Iverson; and his sister, Chris Strand.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Willard Iverson; and by his brother, Gail Iverson. His legacy lives on daily in the lives of his three grandsons and eight nieces and nephews.
In his own words: "On this Saturday, October 25, 2014, I slipped the bonds of earth. This was a wonderful adventure that started on August 15, 1945 - between these two dates there were many celebrations and no regrets. Life started in The Netherlands, just after the war ended. Many changes occurred in The Netherlands after WWII. Some of these changes and opportunities caused my mother and father to immigrate to the United States when I was 9 years old. First a boat ride on a converted Liberty ship, then a plane ride across the USA to California. It was quite an adventure and with some gamble for Mom and Dad with 6 kids in tow and one on the way. Five years later we relocated north to Stanwood, Wash. on a rented farm. Some years later, with some saving involved, Mom and Dad purchased their own dairy in Stanwood. As the years went by the Kwant kids wandered away from the farm and started their own lives of adventure. None so brave as the one that Allen and Alice took in 1955. I entered the Army after high school. I served two years in the States and in Germany. The U.S. Army was kind enough to send me to Europe. While there I was able to return to Holland and visit my Grandma Kwant and other relatives. After the service I went to work for Boeing and remained employed there for over 35 years until my retirement in 2007. A fellow employee set me up with a blind date in 1967. That date was with Linda, the Love of my life. We married in 1968 and raised two wonderful children, Eric and Kari. Now they have gone on to create their own life's adventures. I wish them well and much happiness and success. I was preceded in death by my parents, Allen and Alice Kwant; brother, Martin; sister, Margaret; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Evelyn Bruns; and brother-in-Law, Larry Bruns. Staying behind to finish my work is my wife of 46 years, Linda; son, Eric Kwant (Alicia); daughter, Kari Kwant; the joys of my life, our precious grandsons, Ethan and Kieran; brother, Fred Kwant (Joyce); sister, Cobi Brown (Art); brother, John (Angela); sister, Rini Kwant; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. Thank you to all who enriched our lives." The gift of sight was given to others through the donation of his corneas. Viewing will be held Friday, October 31, 2014, 1-5 p.m. at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, 804 State Ave., Marysville, WA. A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11 a.m. at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Marysville Cemetery.
Ellen Andrea had style, heart and was one of a kind! She grew up in Mt. Vernon, WA. She attended UW. She traveled throughout Europe on her own and lived in Norway, Puerto Rico and Seattle before retiring to Tokeland, WA. as an Elder in the Shoalwater Bay Tribe. She loved her family and made friends for life. Special thanks to her team at Providence Hospice and her dear friends for brightening her last days and to the Shoalwater Bay Tribe for bearing the cost of her care and her final arrangements. Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Shirley Duncan born December 15, 1945 passed away peacefully on April 16, 2012 at UW Medical Center in Seattle surrounded by her children.
She was born in Seattle, WA and adopted at birth by loving parents Frank & Alice Penn.
She was raised in Mount Vernon, WA and graduated with the class of 1964 at Mount Vernon High School.
She married Ronald Bouffine in August 1965. They had 4 children together. They divorced in 1985 but remained friends until the end.
In 1999, Valentines Day to be exact, she met her soul mate Steve Duncan and they married in October of 1999. Together they loved a lifetime worth, surrounded by friends, family and a lot of loving animals. If there was a stray cat or dog they knew to go to Steve & Shirley's.
She retired in October of 2010 after over 25 years with the Department of Labor & Industries.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank & Alice Perm, twin daughters Angela & Alice in 1965, and a son-in-law Kent Glum Schaefbauer and a lot of beloved pets that we are sure were waiting for her.
She is survived by her husband Steve, Steve's children Leigh & Steve Jr, her children Tami (Dan) Cooper, & Jason (Jen) Bouffine and numerous friends and her furry four legged family at home.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses at UW Medical Center for their above and beyond care they gave Shirley over the last year in our quest for a liver transplant, especially in her final days. The family also thanks all the friends and family for their thoughts, prayers and support during this difficult time. Special thanks to Pat and Margaret Barton for being there when we needed it.
Barbara (Ploeg) Barnes, 68 passed away March 11.Survived by sister Grace Rogers (Joe) Kihei, HI.Preceded by parents Herman & Nona Ploeg, brother Henry Ploeg & nephew Joe "Joey" Rogers.Friends and family are invited to attend Remembrance Gathering hosted by and at American Legion, Sedro Woolley on Sat. July 11, 1:00PM, where she had worked in the past and was a member
J. Lynn Black, 68, of Burlington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Skagit Valley Hospital due to upper respiratory complications.
She was born on February 2, 1946 to Ovelle and George Roberts in Houston, Texas. The family moved to Mount Vernon when she was 9 years old and, along with her sisters, she attended school in Mount Vernon where she graduated Mount Vernon High School in 1964.
She married William F. Black on November 12, 1966 and they settled in Burlington where they raised two sons as she managed the office for the family soil testing business. She was active in her church and in a few community groups over the years, including the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Burlington Community Accountability Board, as well as being a 16 year member of the Burlington-Edison School Board from 1987 to 2003.
She was preceded in death by her father George Roberts in 1958 and her mother Ovelle and stepfather Louis H. Barkdoll.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, William Black; her sisters, Gwen Root and Mary Johnson; her sons Brian (Katharina) and Brandon (Cindy); grandchildren, Stephanie (Caleb) Coffey, Tanya, Jodi, Tyler, Meela and Nina Black.
A celebration of her life will be held on October 24, 2014 at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church on Collins Road in Sedro-Woolley, Washington
Steven Lawrence Smiley, 63, passed away unexpectedly at home in La Conner, Washington on Thursday, February 18, 2010.
He was born on June 12, 1946 in Bellingham, Washington to Florence and William Smiley.
Steve attended school in Mount Vernon and was active in the Boy Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1964 where he competed in swimming at state level. Steve continued his education at California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles and worked there for a short time.
Steve enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968 and was a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran. After being honorably discharged from active duty he returned to Mt. Vernon and worked for his dad Bill at Mount Vernon Automotive. After his machinist career he finished out his working life as a plant maintenance worker traveling up and down the west coast working at numerous refineries and chemical plants. He was always a true inspiration to his fellow workers and will be fondly remembered for his sardonic sense of humor.
Steve is survived by sisters, Susan (Todd) Bos and Julie Smiley of Mount Vernon; nieces, Tina (Kent) Devenport and Tresa (Bob) LeVasseur; great-niece Kathryn LeVasseur; great-nephews, Kaden Devenport and Daniel LeVasseur; aunt, Marion Benson of Stanwood, WA; and many cousins. Steve will be greatly missed by numerous friends and compatriots.
His parents Bill and Florence preceded him in death.
A native of Washington state, Richard was born May 31, 1946 in Bremerton, WA to The Reverend Carroll and Frances Sprague. He attended Mt. Vernon High School, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound, a master's degree from Iliff, and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He was an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church for 16 years. He was also founder of Xcelle, Inc., a consulting business focusing on performance excellence in the workplace and leadership development.
He is survived by his wife, Denise; son, Jason Sprague (Naomi) of Portland, OR; daughter, Tawnia Emerson of Portland, OR; two grandchildren, Kalin and Neil Emerson; brother, Roger Sprague (Linda) of Lincoln City, OR. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Curtis Sprague. Memorials may be made to YMCA of the USA, 101 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606 Attn: Marian Slahor, or to La Salle High School, 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107.
I began my teaching career at Mr. Vernon High School in 1962. Rick was in my class then
and was an educator's dream. Fun, smart, humorous, courteous. I visited his parents' house, about two blocks away from my apartment, many times and learned to love the whole Sprague family.
Sorry I am so late in this tribute to one of the best and most likeable students in my career. And I'm even sorrier that Rick passed away at too young an age and we never got to connect between 1965 and the summer of 1913.
Pamela Margaret Fairbanks of Bellingham, WA, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2005. She was 59, born October 19, 1945, in Mount Vernon, where she grew up and went to school. She later moved to Bellingham where she raised her children. Pam worked at Cost Cutter Grocery, where her smiling face will be remembered by many of her co-workers and customers. Pam's greatest joy was found in her family life. She was a wonderful mother and an enthusiastic grandmother. She was a very special person who took genuine pleasure in making the people around her feel happy. Pam touched many lives, and she will be deeply missed. Pam is survived by her four loving children: Gerald Fairbanks, Jamie Fairbanks, Patricia Fairbanks, and Brandi Fairbanks; four grandchildren: Mazelle Fairbanks, Eli Fairbanks, Tinysha Fairbanks, and Chantell Fairbanks; sisters Michelle Grenier and Candice Wyatt; and brother Patrick Lee.
Das Schönste, was ein Mensch hinterlassen kann, ist ein Lächeln im Gesicht derjenigen, die an ihn denken. (The most beautiful thing a person can leave behind, is a smile on the face of those who think of him.) In Liebe und Dankbarkeit nehmen wir Abschied von (With love and gratitude we say goodbye)
Juno Verghese Varkki
30.6.1946 † 7.9. 2012
Johanna Heyen-Varkki Sara Varkki (Schwester) Kinder und Enkel Furio, Mario, Luisa, Roberto Mauro mit Familien Anverwandte und alle, die sich mit Juno in besonderer Weise verbunden fühlten. (Johanna Heyen-Varkki Varkki Sara (sister) children and grandchildren Furio, Mario, Luisa, Roberto Mauro with allied families and all who felt connected to Juno in a special way.) D-54675 Sinspelt-Heyenhof, Hyderabad, Mumbai (Indien), London, Bobbio (Italien), Luxemburg, Paris und Halifax (Kanada), den 20. D-54675 Sinspelt Heyenhof, Hyderabad, Mumbai (India), London, Bobbio (Italy), Luxembourg, Paris and Halifax (Canada), 20September 2012. September 2012. Das Sterbeamt ist am Montag, dem 24. (The official burial on Monday, the 24thSeptember 2012,) um 14.30 Uhr in der Filialkirche Maria Königin des Friedens in Sinspelt, anschließend die Urnenbeisetzung im Familiengrab Heyen auf dem Friedhof in Sinspelt. ( at 14.30 clock in the branch church Mary Queen of Peace in Sinspelt, then the urn burial in the family grave at the cemetery in Sinspelt Heyen.)
La Conner resident, Don Wright, died at home on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the age of 69.
Don was born in Mt. Vernon on March 29, 1946. He attended Mt. Vernon schools and graduated with the MVHS class of 1964.
After graduation, he moved briefly to Eastern Washington. He came home to Skagit County and settled in La Conner, where he became an active part of the community.
Don was married twice and raised two sets of stepchildren. He worked as a forklift driver to support his family, but his real passion was community service. He started as a Little League coach when his stepsons, Danny and Steven, played baseball in La Conner. After the boys graduated, he dedicated his time and energy to support the La Conner Fire Department and the La Conner Town Council.
Don loved being a member of the fire department and was active for 38 years. In addition to his first responder / EMT duties, he also taught CPR classes, worked with fire cadets, and attended high school games as a member of the medical support team. Don retired from the fire department as the assistant fire chief but remained a proud supporter. His little red Mazda pick-up still sports the La Conner Fire Department sticker.
Don became politically active in 1980 when he became a member of the Town Council. He served continuously until 2011. He wanted growth and progress in his community to support the quality of life for its citizens.
Don's hero was his grandfather, Leonard "Tex" Harold, who taught Don the value of generosity, compassion and helping others. He also taught Don how to shoot firearms. And, of course, Don added a volunteer aspect to his hobby; he became a gun safety instructor so younger people could share his passion.
Don is survived by two siblings: a brother and sister-in-law, Arvin and Debi Wright of Sedro Woolley; and a sister, LeRona Allan of Las Vegas, Nevada. Four stepchildren also survive him: Sherie Thomas and her husband, Michael Handorf of La Conner; Shawn Thomas of Samish Island; and Danny and Steven Lopez.
Don became a grandfather in 2003. His grandson, Spencer Olson, attends La Conner schools and has always been the apple of Don's eye. Spencer is an athlete and Don always enjoyed attending his sporting events.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Judd and Wanda Wright of Bellingham and his brother, Leonard Wright of Burlington.
Don Wright was a kind and generous man who gave selflessly to his community, neighbors and family.
A memorial service will be held at Maple Hall in La Conner on Wednesday, February 24th at 6 pm.
The family requests that donations be made to the La Conner Fire Department in lieu of flowers.