Larry Adolph Skalicky
Larry Adolph Skalicky was born September 19, 1946 in Powers Lake, North Dakota to Adolph August Skalicky and Gloria Mae (Miller) Skalicky. He passed away August 8th in Meridian, Idaho at St. Luke’s Hospital, from Legionella Pneumonia. Larry was raised in Powers Lake, North Dakota until he was 10 years old and his parents sold the farm. The family moved around for the next eight years.
He attended elementary school in Powers Lake and grade school in various locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. His freshman year of high school was at Columbus North Dakota, his sophomore year of high school was at Powers Lake North Dakota, and his Junior and Senior years of high school were in Elma Washington.
He was married on July 23, 1966 in McCleary Washington to Mary Kathleen Larroque. They have two daughters, Angelique Chantel Skalicky DeMoncada and Brandy Annalisa Skalicky Zito.
He worked for Simpson at the McCleary Mill from 1965-1969, with the exception of October 18 1966 to September 19, 1968 when he was drafted and served in the U. S. Army, and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam conflict. After his discharge Larry worked for the Washington State Dept. of Corrections, 1969-1973, and the Dept. of Transportation 1973-1999. He then worked various odd jobs for five years, including commercial fishing in Alaska. He returned to work at the Simpson mill in McCleary from 2004 until his retirement around 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kathleen Larroque Skalicky of Shelton; daughter, Angelique Chantel Skalicky (husband Paul) DeMoncada of Port Orchard; daughter, Brandy Annalisa Skalicky (husband Christopher) Zito of Center Moriches, New York; his sister, Janice Enget (husband Dale Enget) of Powers Lake, North Dakota; sister, Kathie Drisi (husband Ru) of Forks, Washington; brother, LaVerne Allen (wife Kandee Severin) Skalicky of Elma, Washington; grandkids Andrew Christopher Zito of Center Moriches, New York; Elizabeth Claire DeMoncada of Port Orchard, Daniel James DeMoncada of Port Orchard, numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Gloria Mae Miller Skalicky Callesen of Shelton, WA and his father, Adolph August Skalicky.
A funeral service will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Shelton on August 22, 2017 at 11:00am. Arrangements by Forest Funeral Home & Cemetery.
Thelma Jane (Sawyers) East
Thelma Jane (Sawyers) East, 58, a 20 year resident of Shelton, passed away Thursday, August 3rd from cervical cancer. She was born June 16, 1959 at Ft. Riley, Kansas to Shelbie Sawyers and Ilsa (Füller) Sawyers.
She served in the U.S. Army from June 1979 to June 1981, attaining the rank of E4 at discharge. She married William H. East Sr. on February 18, 1982 in Baltimore, MD.
She worked at Wal-Mart in customer service, food service, and as a manager. Thelma loved gardening and being outdoors.
She is survived by her loving husband, William H. East Sr. of Shelton; six children, three sisters, a brother and her mother, 93.
A memorial service will be held at her home, September 2nd at 12:30 p.m.
Christina Ida “Christy” (Newman) Davidson
Christina Ida “Christy” (Newman) Davidson, age 51, of Battleground, Washington passed away July 5, 2017 at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon from multiple cancers.
Christy was born on January 8, 1966 in Ketchikan, Alaska to Roger H. & Mary Dee Newman. The family moved to Shelton, Washington in 1976. She graduated from 8th grade in 1980 from Shelton Christian School, graduated from high school With Honors from Auburn Academy in 1984, graduated from college Cum Laude from Walla Walla University in 1989 with a degree in Elementary Education. She took one year off from college and went as a student missionary to Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific.
Christy met her future husband Robert Charles Davidson at college and they were married on June 5, 1989 in Walla Walla, Washington. Together they had three children.
She was a teacher and a leader in children ministries in churches in the Vancouver area.
She was predeceased by her mother Mary Dee in 1976.
Christy is survived by her husband “Chuck” Davidson, her children, Adam, Nathanael, Karyssa all of Battleground; father & step-mother, Roger H. & Chris R. Newman of Shelton; sister Dea M. Newman of Centralia; step-sister Lucinda R. Chamberlin of Clovis, California; step-brother Jason L. Chamberlin of Aptos, California. Many nephews, nieces, and friends.
Donations can be made to the Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.
Dale Pearce Nye
Dale Pearce Nye was born May 22, 1931 in Centralia, Washington to Donald D. Nye and Agnes O. (Pearce) Nye, who in addition to Dale, had two older sons, Roy D. Nye and Eugene (Gene) D. Nye. The Nye boys were descendants on both sides of the family of long time Western Washington pioneer families. Dale was preceded in death by his beloved parents and brothers. Following a long bout with Parkinson’s that Dale bore bravely and without complaint, Dale passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 12 Noon on August 4, 2017.
A Catholic Mass of Burial was held on Friday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at Shelton Memorial Park at Noon, then a reception at St. Edward’s Catholic Church Reception Hall at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend any or all of the above gatherings and to share memories and refreshments.
Dale is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Rose Mary (Makoviney) Nye. He is also survived by his son Daniel Nye, Seattle; daughter Wendy Kramer (Scott), Olympia; grandsons Joshua Gay and Geoffrey Gay, step-grandson Cary Kramer, granddaughters Ingrid Nye and Ellen Nye; and great-grandchildren, Brodie, Spencer, and Hannah, along with many nieces and nephews, cousins, family and friends, all of whom were an important part of Dale’s world. Dale was a dedicated and loving family man, successful and respected worker and businessman and alongside Rose, participated actively in his community, including bringing welcome new enterprise to Shelton by building, and operating for years, the Franklin Plaza Theatre and Shelton Athletic Club.
Dale’s residence in Mason County began in 1936, when, during the Depression, the Nye family moved from the Centralia area to Matlock, Washington to build and operate a cedar shingle mill on the East Fork of the Satsop River. In the woods, and on the river that Dale like other locals always called “The Stillwaters,” Dale spent his early years learning to work hard, garden, tend cows, and to hunt and fish and gather berries, mushrooms and any other natural products he could find to feed the family or make money. Dale continued to be a hard worker, gatherer, hunter and fisherman all his life, and was known for his remarkable ability to spot bucks and to pull “lunkers” (native run cutthroat trout) out of the Stillwaters. Other favorite places were the Dry bed Lakes, Lake Nahwatzel, and the hills around Camp Govey, including his so-called “game farm” up Vance Creek.
During World War II the family moved closer to the Deckerville/Matlock Store area, and Dale attended Matlock Grade School and spent his adolescence helping around the family farm on Dry bed Creek where he, as he often put it “milked a lot of cows.” From the time Dale’s father put a hock and trowel in his hand at age 14, Dale also began learning the family plastering business, and apprenticed and became a journeyman plasterer before he graduated from high school. Dale graduated from Mary M. Knight School in 1950 where, as he would always say he “was in the top three of his class” and then would add with a grin and a twinkle “of course there were only three in the Class.” Dale also was proud of having played basketball for the MMK Owls. Somewhere along there he also developed a life-long devotion to the music of “old Al Jolson.” Go figure.
Dale retained many ties to Matlock his entire life and, with Rose, was a member for many years at the Matlock Grange, Cloquallum Hall and later, after their move to Cole Road, at Little Skookum Hall. Dale enjoyed attending country dances at all of these places with Rose, and particularly loved to polka. At times other dancers would clear the floor to watch them kick up their heels.
In fact, it was a country dance that changed Dale’s life forever when in early July, 1948, Dale drove his old blue Model A coupe to Cloquallum Hall and met the girl that was to become the love of his life (and later wife, mother of his children and savvy business partner). After that dance, and a fine romance, over the next couple years and though they were surely much, much Too Young (their favorite song) this girl, Rosemary Makoviney (Nye) had the good sense to marry Dale on April 22, 1950 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Shelton. They then toasted their marriage with family and friends at a reception next door at Shelton’s grand Colonial House.
After that Colonial House send off, Dale and Rose began real wedded life with a brief residence in a teeny tiny apartment in Shelton. Moving up, Rose and Dale then remodeled and moved into a 16’ x 24’ former manganese plant laboratory into a one-bedroom house they called “The Cracker Box.” This was located at the head end of the Hill Creek Canyon south of Hoodsport, where the Nye family operated Nye’s Trout Farm for many years. Dale began working for his parent’s business as a plasterer and remained a union member with what today is Cement Masons and Plasterers Local Nr. 528 for many years even after he became “the boss.” While living in “the Canyon” Dale and Rose’s son Dan was born to them in 1952, and daughter Wendy in 1954.
In 1956, Dale and Rose began their 61-year residence in the Shelton area when they moved to Shelton and built their first home on Cole Road. They sold that home in 1961 and built another house further out Cole Road in 1962. In 1963, Dale and Rose acquired the Nye family plastering business when Don Nye retired for health reasons. Dale and Rose operated that business and built a further new home on Cole Road in 1965 where the couple has resided ever since.
In 1968, Dale and Rose expanded their operations as Nye Plastering Company by also purchasing the Nye family building supply business on Cole Road. They ran both ventures as Nye Company Building and Plastering Supply until closing them in 1984 when Dale retired from the plastering business due to foot injuries that prevented him working as he once had. On the way to retirement, Dale trained a number of plasterers in the trade who remain active to this day, Dale and his loyal crew became known as among the very best plasterers in the area, and many residences and commercial buildings throughout the Mason-Thurston-Lewis-Pierce and Grays Harbor county areas still contain his work.
Work highlights for Dale were being chosen to repair extensive plaster damage in the Governor’s Mansion following the 1965 Puget Sound Earthquake, and then later for the Mansion’s extensive remodel. He was also very proud of his plastering work at the remodeling of the original Olympia Brewery. He was also glad to have the opportunity to see to the plastering of both his son’s and daughter’s homes and to help other family and friends and long time customers with patch jobs and helpful advice and as a teacher of the trade.
In 1984 Dale and Rose then converted an old telephone company warehouse in downtown Shelton to Shelton’s Franklin Plaza Theater (now Shelton Cinema), which they operated until its sale in 1997. Dale and Rose also converted the Old Lumberyard Inn Restaurant (on the site of the former Grant Lumber Company) to the Shelton Athletic Club, which they operated until its sale in 2001. Dale particularly loved to do stucco work, and singlehandedly stuccoed the entire exterior of the Shelton Athletic Club creating a permanent and beautiful surface on the building.
Since retirement, Dale and Rose have enjoyed traveling, gardening, walking in the woods and spending quiet time together while also looking after their other business interests and spending time with their grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. In 1990, Dale and Rose planted a foot back near that first house in the Hill Creek Canyon when they bought the old Bearden place south of Hoodsport. That wonderful house then became the site of many family gatherings and events, and for Dale to continue to pursue his love of fishing and to acquire new hobbies of crabbing, shrimping and oystering on his beloved Hood Canal.
Dale was very proud to be asked to serve on the building board of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, to help oversee the planning, sitting, and construction of the new church. In 2007 Dale was received by baptism into the Catholic Church. Dale said many times that becoming a member of the Church was the best thing that ever happened to him and that the people he met there were the most wonderful folks he had known. A proud day for Dale was the day several years ago when he got to see his name on the plaque on St. Edward’s that honors his and his board members’ service to the Church.
Dale spent the last months of his life due to the advancing complications of Parkinson’s at Alpine Way in Shelton where he was cherished by all and received excellent care from the caregivers, assisted by Rose and his other family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any remembrances be directed to favorite charities of the giver.
David Harrison, 78, a resident of Shelton, WA, died August 8, 2017, following a heart attack.
Dave Harrison was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After graduation from Prairie Bible College and Seattle Pacific University (SPU), Dave taught school in Port Angeles, WA on the elementary, secondary, and community college levels. He later received two master’s degrees and a doctorate. He was ordained as a minister in 1980. Dave met Ruth Deffinbaugh, from Shelton, at SPU, and they were married in Shelton on August 25, 1962. They would have been married 55 years this month.
In 1968, Dave and Ruth began their missionary career with World Venture mission organization. Dave’s education and teaching experience led to ministries in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea. Then he taught English in China for three years. They retired in Shelton in 2006. Later they made several overseas trips to Asia for short-term assignments. Long-time members of the First Baptist Church of Shelton, Dave and Ruth attended the Olympia Chinese Christian Church after they returned, where he preached occasionally.
He loved to sing, whether in a choir, a men’s quartet, or a solo. His “life song” was “Take My Life”--and let it be consecrated to Lord, to thee.
Dave was known for creative methods for teaching, especially for non-native adult English learners and for teaching cross-cultural communication.
Psalm 40 was his favorite Bible chapter in high school. Later, Dave and Ruth’s life Bible verse was: Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
While teaching in China Dave was privileged to start an English worship service at a large registered church. It was Dave’s desire to be “salt and light.” This desire continued until his last breath, when he “happened” to be wearing a T-shirt that expressed his beliefs: a logo, a caption, a map of the world, and the meaning of the logo. In Chinese, it said, “Founded on Scripture, focused on the world, lifting up the cross, and looking toward Jesus.” The caption in three languages, said: “Jesus Loves You.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Barnet and Catherine Harrison and his sister-in-law Betty Harrison. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Deffinbaugh Harrison; his brothers Norman Harrison of Three Hills, Alberta, CA, Jim Harrison (Carolyn) of Redding, CA, and John (Sharron) Harrison, of Comox, B.C., Canada; his daughters Mary (Scot) Lofthus, Shelton; Kathleen (Ed) Ting, Pasadena, CA, and Janet (Clark) Watts, Troutdale, OR; and twelve precious grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Evalyn Deffinbaugh, and many members of the Byron Deffinbaugh family.
A memorial service will be held in Olympia, WA at Harbor Church, 819 Olympia Ave. NE., on August 27, 2017, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to World Venture mission organization, First Baptist Church of Shelton missions program, Olympia Chinese Christian Church, or the Gideons.
June Pruett, 83, a resident of Shelton, died Aug. 5, 2017, at home in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton. A service will be at noon Aug. 27 at Shelton United Methodist Church.
Lynette Raynee Pemberton, 54, a resident of Centralia, died July 31, 2017, at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
Richard Alan Winkenwerder, 86, a resident of Union, died Aug. 2, 2017, in Union. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
Russell E. Thompson, 91, a resident of Port Orchard, died Aug. 3, 2017, at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
James Osben White, 57, a resident of Bremerton, died Aug. 3, 2017, at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
Richard Major Oltman, 89, a resident of Shelton, died July 28, 2017, at Capital Medical Center in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
Dale Smith, 73, a resident of Tenino, died Aug. 7, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by Woodlawn Funeral Home in Lacey.
CeCelia Meyers, 55, a resident of Olympia, died July 7, 2017, at Puget Sound Health Care Center in Olympia. Arrangements are by Woodlawn Funeral Home in Lacey.
Carole Lucille Rhodes, 97, a resident of Shelton, died Aug. 7, 2017, at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home in Shelton.
Arthur William Crass, 64, a resident of Montesano, died Aug. 12, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
Burton Ray Wilson, 46, a resident of Shelton, died Aug. 10, 2017, at Mason General Hospital in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
Brannon Brady Morgan, 48, a resident of Aberdeen, died Aug. 12, 2017, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton.
Lonnie Bauman, 72, a resident of Lacey, died Aug. 13, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by Woodlawn Funeral Home in Lacey.