Location: Tacoma Washington

Bratton, Sophia R. – Obituary

Bratton Rites Set Saturday Funeral services for Sophia R. Bratton, 56, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ellensburg. Mrs. Bratton, a former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday in Seattle. She was born January 16, 1909 in Tacoma and spent her childhood years in Ellensburg. She had lived in Seattle and Tacoma the past 43 years. She is survived by a son, Frank Frost of Chicago, Ill., a brother, W. R. Johnston, Tacoma; a sister, Mrs. Fred Lundstrom of Ellensburg; two half sister, Mrs. Margaret Hinkle of grand Coulee and Mrs. Dorothy Buroker, Renton; a granddaughter, Miss Deborah Frost, Seattle; and her step-father, R. W. Nicol of Edmonds. She was returned to Ellensburg by the Evenson Funeral Home. The Rev. Silas Erickson will officiate at the services and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, December 2, 1965 Contributed by: Cathy...

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Robertson, Mary Virginia Morrison – Obituary

Mrs. J. W. Robertson departed this life May 1, 1903, aged 23 years, 11 months, and 19 days. Mrs. Robertson was born in Ellensburg, May 11, 1879, and lived there till June 2, 1899, when she went to Tacoma, and after a short time was married to J. W. Robertson and resided there until her death. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother, and was beloved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, one child, four brothers, a sister, a mother and father an many friends, and relatives to mourn their loss. When our earthly life is ended, And our earthly missions done, We shall go across the river, At the setting of the sun; And in God’s celestial mansions, Clothed in garments strangely fair, We shall meet those gone before us, We shall know them through the angel robes they wear. When they bid us welcome over, We shall know each other there. Mary was the daughter of William Franklin Morrison and Catherine...

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Swearingen, Vernise Augustus – Obituary

Vernise A. Swearingen, 43, former Ellensburg resident, died Friday in a Tacoma Hospital from injuries received earlier last week in an accident at the Seattle-Tacoma shipyards where he was employed as a rigger. Plant officials reported that he was crushed while unloading steel plates when he slacked off on a safety line too soon and the plates tipped over on him. A veteran of World War I, Swearingen had enlisted for service in this war WWII, but was discharged because of a physical disability. He was awarded the Silver Star, Order of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Meritorious Service Cross for his first World War activity when he was a member of Company G. 26th Infantry, First Division. At the Battle of Soissons, his company attacked a machine gun nest, and he received a wound in the arm from an explosive bullet. He continued the charge and captured seven Germans in a trench, forcing them at pistol point to carry him to a dressing station. Vern was the son of Richard Swearingen and Martina Brown. He married Martha McEwen on November 15, 1919 in Ellensburg,...

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Grimm, Jacob – Obituary

Jake Grimm, former Kittitas Valley farmer, died at his home in South Tacoma last night July 2, 1973, according to word received by relatives here today. He lived in the valley all of his life before moving to Tacoma 15 years ago. He farmed in the Broadview District. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rose Carver Grimm; two sons, William and Archie Grimm; three brothers, Bird and John Grimm of Ellensburg and Harry Grimm of California, and two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Poland of Sumner and Mrs. Charles Walker of Ellensburg. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but are tentatively set for Tuesday at the Honeycutt Chapel here. Burial in the IOOF...

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Eaden, Myrtle Dixon – Obituary

Funeral services will be held at the Honeycutt Chapel here at 3:00 Wednesday afternoon for Myrtle Dixon Eaden, former valley resident, who died in Tacoma on Sunday [April 21, 1946] Born in Ellensburg on February 16, 1899, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dixon, valley pioneers. She attended local grade schools and high school and spent the most of her life here until she moved to Tacoma 15 years ago In 1922 she was married to William Eaden, who survives her. She is also survived by a brother, Archie Dixon of Vancouver, Wash.; a half brother, J. H. Dixon, of Portland; and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives in Ellensburg. [Myrtle is buried in the IOOF Cemetery] Contributed by: Sheli...

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Robertson, Mary Virginia Morrison – Obituary

Mrs. J. W. Robertson departed this life May 1, 1903, aged 23 years, 11 months, and 19 days. Mrs. Robertson was born in Ellensburg, May 11, 1879, and lived there till June 2, 1899, when she went to Tacoma, and after a short time was married to J. W. Robertson and resided there until her death. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother, and was beloved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, one child, four brothers, a sister, a mother and father an many friends, and relatives to mourn their loss When our earthly life is ended, And our earthly missions done, We shall go across the river, At the setting of the sun; And in God’s celestial mansions, Clothed in garments strangely fair, We shall meet those gone before us, We shall know them through the angel robes they wear When they bid us welcome over, We shall know each other there. Mary was the daughter of William Franklin Morrison and Catherine Wheeler Contributed by: Sheli...

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Noel, Clarissa Jane Farris – Obituary

Mrs. Clara J. Noel, 75, died Friday [October 9, 1942] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pauline Stalcup, 634 North Oakes Street [Tacoma]. She was a native of Fresno, Cal., and had been in Tacoma 12 years. She lived some years at Ellensburg and Snohomish. Her home was at 2603 ½ 6th Avenue. She was married Nov. 30, 1882 at Ellensburg to W. H. Noel who died in 1930. She was member of Glendale Camp Royal Neighbors in Tacoma and of the Epworth Methodist Church, Tacoma. Besides Mrs. Stalcup, she leaves daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Francis and Mrs. Stella Faithful of Tacoma and Mrs. Hallie Denice of Auburn; sons, Robert and Roy Noel of Tacoma; sisters, Mrs. Mary Prater and Mrs. Minnie Wangeman of Ellensburg; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Tuell Chapel, the Rev. H. O. Perry presiding. The body will be sent to the Honeycutt Chapel at Ellensburg, where services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be at Thorp Cemetery in Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Meagher, Agnes – Obituary

Agnes Meagher, 85, formerly of 608 E. 5th Ave., Ellensburg, died Sunday [August 31, 1980] in Cheyenne Mountain Nursing Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was born in Ellensburg, Aug. 8, 1895, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Heraty. She attended Ellensburg Normal School for one year, business college in Tacoma for two years, and worked as a legal secretary in Seattle for a number of years. She married Martin Meagher in Seattle, Aug. 21, 1929. He preceded her in death June 29, 1951. Mrs. Meagher was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. She is survived by one son, Thomas F. Meagher, of Colorado Springs; a daughter, Margaret Mary McGreevy of Pullman, and 16 grandchildren. Rosary will be read at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Fr. Richard Wuertz will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Andrew’s Building Fund. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wyatt, Kenneth E. – Obituary

A former minor league baseball pitcher, Kenneth E. Wyatt, died Thursday [February 24, 1977]. He was 51. Mr. Wyatt, of 10108 East F St., was born in Kittitas. He had lived in Tacoma since 1960. Mr. Wyatt held the strike-out record In the Western International League for a few years. He played with the Spokane Indians and Salem Solons in the late 1940s. He was a travel guard at Western State Hospital. Mr. Wyatt was an Army veteran of the Second World War and a member of the Parkland Moose Lodge. He is survived by two daughters, Karen and Teri Wyatt, both of Tacoma. Dryer Mortuary is in charge. Kenneth was the son of Leslie Wyatt and Sarah Rutledge and grandson of Felix Grundy and Mary Birney. The family has roots in Ellensburg. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cooke, Alta Mae Hill Mullen – Obituary

Funeral services will be held Friday at the Buckley Undertaking Parlors, Tacoma, at 3 p.m. for an early-day Kittitas Valley resident, Mrs. Alta Mae Cooke, 77, who died Wednesday morning in Tacoma, following eight days in a hospital there. Cremation will follow the service and the ashes will be brought to Ellensburg at a later date. The family requests no flowers, but those who wish to may make a contribution to the Cancer Fund. Mrs. Cooke was the widow of the late Jay Cooke, son of the late Charles P. and Susan Cooke, valley pioneers. Alta Mae Hill and Jay Cooke were married Feb. 17, 1896, in Ellensburg. They farmed in the Fairview District until his death July 22, 1907. Two sons were born to the couple: Clifford, who died in March of 1907 [April 1, 1910], in Ellensburg, and Howard P. Cooke, who survives in Bremerton. Mrs. Cooke moved to Tacoma several years ago. Other survivors include four grandchildren and several great grandchildren. [Internment IOOF Cemetery] Ellensburg Record, August 23, 1956 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Leid, Anna Emma Penner Bernhardt Hansen – Obituary

Former Dayton resident Anna Emma Leid, 96, died November 18, 1993 at Our Lady of Lourdes Health Center. The graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the family plot in Dayton City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice through the funeral home. Mrs. Leid was born February 6, 1897 in Tacoma to Henry and Emma Hagen Penner. She married James Hansen on October 8, 1924, they were later divorced. On October 20, 1936 she married Robert Leid. He died January 11, 1971. She lived for many years in Dayton; and the last 10 years at Retirement Inn in Pasco. She loved doing fancy work and in later years worked with ceramics.. Survivors include two sons, James Hansen of Davis, Calif., and William R. Leid of Kennewick; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death a son, Milton Hansen in December 1937; by five brothers, Henry Jr., Herman, Carl, Gerhardt, and William Penner; and one sister, Alice Ashley. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Turner, James B. – Obituary

Graveside services for James B. Turner of Tacoma, Washington a former Haines resident were conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday September 25, at the family plot in the Haines cemetery. Bishop J. LaRon Zundel of the LDS Church officiated. Vault interment followed. Arrangements were under the direction of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Mr. Turn died Thursday at his home in Tacoma. He was 73. He was born in Cheyenne, Oklahoma on December 18, 1904 and he was married to Ossie Davidson in Idaho Falls Temple. Mrs. Turner preceded him in death of January of 1976. He farmed in the Haines area for twenty-five years and then with his family moved to Homedale, Idaho where he resided until 1977 when he moved to Tacoma. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Turner of Tacoma and Norma Rockhill of Livermore, California; four sisters, Bea Tumlison of Randle, Washington, Pauline Cooksey of Torrance, California, Grace Long of Rosemead, California, and Wanda Sawyer of Monroe, La.; three grandchildren, David, Maria and Lisa Rockhill. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, September 28, 1978 page 6A Contributed by: Belva...

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Long, Rose Siejack Fisher Mrs. – Obituary

Rose Fisher Long, Former Resident Graveside services for Mrs. Rose Fisher Long 62, were conducted Sat. Aug. 14, 1971, at 2 p.m. in the cemetery at Haines. Reverend James H. Soden of the Calvary Baptist Church officiated. Mrs. Rose Fisher Long ws born June 15, 1909 in Tacoma, WA., the daughter of Michael and Mary Siejack. She was a long time resident of the Haines area with her husband the late Kenneth Fisher. She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church. Funeral services were held Friday in the Piper Funeral Home in Tacoma. She is survived by foster children: Lt. Col. Jerry Wetch of Cambodia, Raymond Lademan of Detroit, Mich, Wayne M. Monk of Boise, and Judith Johnson of Oakland, CA.; and by four sisters, Josephine Janiga, Pearl Exum, Mariam Rand and Verna Larson all of Tacoma and by many nieces and nephews. Grays West and Co. Chapel had charge of services. Mrs. Fisher died at Tacoma Wed., Aug. 11. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, Aug. 19, 1971 page 7 Contributed by: Belva...

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Bleakman, Owen Neal – Obituary

Owen Neal Bleakman, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 3, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be no burial service. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel. Owen was born Aug. 9, 1916, at Hardman to Bertrum Percy Bleakman and Hatty May Emery. He attended schools in Hardman and Heppner. When Owen was 18, he moved to Bates, where he worked at the Bates mill as a carpenter helper for one year. While in Bates, he met his wife-to-be, Katherine Taylor. They were married June 4, 1938, in Tacoma, Wash. Leaving Bates, Owen bought a bus line, “Gray Rock Lines,” which traveled from Arlington to John Day to Heppner and Pendleton. After two and a half years, Owen sold the bus line and moved to Tacoma, where he worked in the ship yards. In 1943, Owen enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became an air force aviation machinist mate 1st class. He was stationed at Terminal Island, Calif., for two years. He was in the service from 1943 to 1946. Returning to Baker City, Owen and his brother-in-law, Roy Crockett, purchased a service station and re-cap tire shop on 10th Street. They later built and owned three tire shops known as Roy & Owen Tires, located in Baker City, Ontario and Weiser, Idaho....

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Welch, William Jerry “Doc” – Obituary

William Jerry “Doc” Welch died Dec. 17, 2004, at home in Tacoma after a valiant battle with cancer. Although he lived in Thailand and Tacoma much of the time after his 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, he always considered Haines and the Welch Ranch as his home. He was born in Glendale, Calif., on Aug. 25, 1926, to William Ray Welch and Pearl Welch Ercum. When World War II threatened the California Coast he and his sister, JoAnn and his paternal grandmother, Clara M. Welch, came to Haines and spent time with his Aunt Emma and Uncle Albert Fisher and Cousin Kenneth and Aunt Rose Fisher. Jerry attended school in Haines and college at Washington State University where he became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1949. He worked with Dr. Ragle for a short time and them moved to La Grande where he worked for the Bureau of Animal Industry testing cattle for Bangs and TB. In 1953 he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force as a First Lieutenant Air Force Veterinarian and decided to make the Air Force his career. He served in Japan, Germany, California, Vietnam, Labrador, North Carolina, Thailand and North Dakota and retired in 1973 with the ranking of Colonel. Jerry had many interests. He got his pilot’s license at the Baker Airport during his college years. He started winning...

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