Andrea Lee Morgan Densley
Andrea Lee Morgan Densley is a beautiful woman who brought joy to all she met and is an example of perseverance and dedication. Her family and faith were the most important aspects of her life. Andrea, born Sep. 20, 1955 in Seattle, WA, died on July 16, 2020 due to cancer. Her legacy will live on in her children and grandchildren.
Andrea married James Richard Densley on April 21, 1978. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1979. Her passions were vocal performances, art, fashion design, helping others, and raising her children. She sang with Swing Fever, for the past 21 years and was the Mt. View Elementary Art Specialist for the past few years. Andrea volunteered in many capacities in her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was full of compassion, charity and love; an inspiration to all.
In 1980 Andrea lost her second child, James Richard Densley Jr, shortly after birth. The sadness faded as the next 12 years blessed her with five additional children. In 2005, her thyroid was removed due to thyroid cancer resulting in a paralyzed vocal cord, but with determination and dedicated practice, she regained her voice a few years later.
In 2018, she was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer. Months after extensive surgery the cancer metastasized into stage four adenocarcinoma. For the past year, Andrea received aggressive chemotherapy treatments. Amidst the moments of depression and pain, she spoke of the importance to “find joy in the forward journey. Know that you are not alone, and trust there is a way through.”
This time Andrea’s ‘way through’ was death. She will be missed by her husband, James Richard, her mother, Nellie Darlene Borgeson Morgan, her six children (and their spouses), Johanna Lee Webb (Ryan), Diana Nell Densley, Maria Richon Densley, Aaron Daniel Densley (Kristl), Samuel Morgan Densley (Eva), James Wesley Densley (Lauren), and 13 grandchildren.
The family held a private graveside service in Santaquin, UT on July 23, where she rests with her son. A celebration of life for her birthday will be on September 20. In honor of Andrea, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society on her Mosaic page: tinyurl.com/Andrea-obit .
Written by Maria Densley; image by Sam Densley.
Norma Hill, 75, passed away the morning of August 2nd, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.
Norma was born on June 24, 1945, to Norma and William Goodin, in Delano, California. Norma was preceded in death by her husband Gary L. Hill, her mother, and her sister Cheryl. Norma and Gary met in California, where they moved to Hawaii, then Poulsbo WA, before setting down in Shelton WA.
Norma lived an extraordinary life, full of outdoor adventuring, camping, and traveling the mountains of the Northwest. She spent much of her career as a bartender, and working as a flagger in the Laborer’s Union with Ace Paving. She was an avid sportsman, spending months of the year with her family in Elk and Deer camp. Animals were Norma’s true passion, raising award winning Boxers and Boston Terriers.
Norma is tenderly survived by her dogs Tinkerbell and Bell, her sister Crystal Huey; her cousin Tanya Broberg; her children Chad and Sandy Hill, Phil, and James Hill; her granddaughter Shari; and her great grandkids James and Justin; as well as the many extended family and friends that adored her.
Norma was a proud mother, grandmother and friend to so many. She was warm, caring, and never hesitated to go out of her way to show that she cared. Norma never lacked empathy and always saw the best out of everyone. On a cold day, you could count on having a big bowl of soup she was always excited to share, and on a hot day, there was nothing she enjoyed more than watching her dogs play in the sun with a helping of watermelon in hand.
She passed, surrounded by her family. She loved each of them dearly. There are no words to describe the impacts she made on her family’s lives, but the love they shared for her will outlast the pain of losing such an amazing person.
Daniel Herbert Michener
Former Union resident Daniel Herbert Michener passed away in Tacoma on July 1, 2020. Born and raised in the shadow of Mt. Rainier in Graham, WA on January 8, 1935, Dan loved all things about the outdoors. After high school at Kapowsin, he married Karen McGee and joined the United States Marine Corps.
He then was trained as a machinist at Tacoma Vocational-Technical Institute (Bates), worked at Marine Iron Works, finally joining Nalley’s Fine Foods in Tacoma where for nearly 30 years he engineered, designed, built and maintained production and processing lines.
After Karen’s death, he married Linda Erdahl. They retired to Union and built their dream house overlooking Hood Canal and the Olympics.
Having been a Mason and Shrine Clown in Tacoma, he joined the Union City Masonic Lodge and was the driving force behind the restoration and rededication of Union Masonic Cemetery.
Dan lived a life in full. Through his experiences, whether picking blackberries at Mt. Rainier, to family camping at Alta Lake, to machining intricate parts, to hiking the Goat Rocks, to crabbing on Hood Canal, to attending the Daytona 500 four times, to playing cribbage, to telling great stories; he loved his time with family and friends.
A very kind, thoughtful and generous man, he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.
Dan is survived by four children, four step-children and many grand and great-grandchildren.
A private family interment will be held with a Celebration of Life to be scheduled later.
William David “Dave” Parker
William David “Dave” Parker, age 66, of Munford, TN, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis from complications of pneumonia and COVID-19. He was born in Oglethorpe, GA on January 9, 1954. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Susan Parker Sullivan. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Denise Vandever Parker, brother Mark (Barbara) and seven children; Tracy (Shawn) Babington, Kristie Jones, Tina Sivells, Eric (Andrea) West, Jennifer (Troy) Eden, Wendy (Chris) Martin and Jessica (Jason) Leong. Dave also leaves behind 16 grandchildren; Mason and Molly; Kaylee, Ashlyn and Taylor; Mikayla and William; Addison; Hunter and Joey; Alexa, Benjamin, Phoebe and Abigail; Andrew and Seth as well as numerous nieces and nephews and his brother-in-law, Nathan Sullivan.
Dave was a 34-year veteran of the Department of Defense, working as a rigger for the US Navy. Dave was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Troop leader and Scoutmaster for many years. He enjoyed camping with his friends and family, loved Corvettes and spent many hours in his yard, working with his hands.
Dave was a loving husband, father, and friend, collecting other people’s children throughout his life and loving each of them as if they were his own. He loved to laugh and had the silliest, most infectious giggle. His biggest joy in life was spending time with the people he loved most.
Due to restrictions in place from COVID-19, memorials will be planned for a later time. A service will take place at the family plot in Oglethorpe, GA in October, with a celebration of life in Shelton, WA in 2021.
EM-1 Jerry A. O’Connor, born 04/08/1948, age 72, passed away peacefully in his home in Allyn, WA, July 12,2020.
Jerry was a decorated veteran in the Vietnam War doing three tours to serve his country. He spent 12 years in the Navy, and 8 years working in the shipyards at Bremerton, WA. When he was 19, Jerry joined the Navy as his father had. On his first tour on the Constellation he served Brother Duty with Randy, during the Vietnam War. Sailor, Jerry served USN Feb. 1968-1981. Vietnam Tonkin Gulf 1969-1972. He served on the USS Constellation CVA-64, USS Nereus AS-17, USS Conquest-MSO 488, USS Conquest-MSO 488, USS Moctobi ATF-105 YTM-YTB-Subic Bay, PI., Sub Base Pearl Harbor, HWI, NSA. Sandpoint, Seattle, WA.
Jerry was born in Mauston, WI. to Alvin and Mary O’Connor. Jerry graduated from Sheridan High School in 1966. The love of adventure led him to work for Yellowstone and Crater Lake National Parks.
While working in Bremerton, Jerry settled in Allyn, WA. He was a dedicated Veteran volunteering with the VFW. Jerry helped clean and locate the graves and markers for fellow veterans.
Jerry had a passion for his Ford Fair lanes, hunting, gardening, canning, and skimming through the internet for amusing anecdotes. He and his E-mails will be missed.
Jerry is survived by his brother Randy, (Eve). Sister Debbie Jones, (Lowell), and brother Robert, (Gabby). Nephews and Nieces Tara, North, Riley, Alicia, Lydia, and James.
Roger Alfred Radcliff
Roger Alfred Radcliff passed away July 14, 2020, in Seattle, Wash, with his wife by his side. He was born February 12, 1953, to Frank and Betty Radcliff in Olympia, Wash. Roger lived in La Push, Wash., for a time when he was young, spending time there with his mother. These were some of the happiest memories of his life. La Push continued to be the place Roger loved to be as he honeymooned and vacationed there right up until his latest trip in February this year. He spent the greater part of his life living in the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Shelton areas. He married Kathryn Williams on February 19, 2005.
Roger owned his construction business over 30 years. Roger was a wealth of knowledge and always willing to share his ideas and help out others. Throughout these years, he mentored many others. Roger grew his business from the bottom up and became a very successful contributor to the community as a whole.
Roger was extremely talented. It didn’t matter what it was, he would figure out a way to create it, build it or fix it. Roger was very detailed. He moved at one pace, and in that accomplished more than most due to his patience and “do it right the first time” standards. It was very seldom you would see Roger not doing something with his hands. And in those moments where he seemed to be idle, his mind would be working away at his next project.
Roger was a gentle soul. He didn’t need or want to be the center of attention, but rather he was a truly humble man. He liked observing people and he got joy watching his friends and family laugh. He was always ready to host get-togethers with friends and encouraged everyone to keep in touch and have fun. He enjoyed doing glass and metal work, He loved being home in his yard creating and nurturing his beautiful flower pots. He loved riding motorcycles with his longtime childhood friends, and attending an annual Jeep jamboree as host with his cousin, Rick.
Roger was very kind and cared very deeply for those in his life. In return, he was loved by many and he will be greatly missed by so many.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Radcliff; sister, Kaye Radcliff Campeau; sister, Shirley Claar. His parents predeceased him.
Due to current restrictions, services are yet to be planned.
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Donald Keith Jacobson, Sr
Donald Keith Jacobson, Sr. or “Jake”, 76, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at his home in Union, WA. Don died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. His wife Gwen and grand”son” Kaleb were with him when he passed.
He was born May 5, 1944, in Union, Utah, to Daniel and Lucile Hardman Jacobson.
Raised in Draper and Sandy, Utah, he graduated from Jordan High School in 1962.
Don was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout his life he worked as a mechanic, a truck driver, EMT and owned a golf cart business with his wife before retiring. He enjoyed football, bowling, pool, softball, playing cards with family and friends, golf, and enjoyed the outdoors. He was an avid hunter.
Don married Paula Jenkins in the Salt Lake City, UT temple in 1963. They had four children together.
He then married LaRayne (Rasmussen) Kerbs in Bicknell, UT in 1972, and together they raised her three children and their one son.
Later, Don married Gwen McCann Garr in Farson, WY in 1987. A year later they moved to Don’s beloved state of Washington. After retiring, they adopted their grand”son”, Kaleb.
Don is survived by his wife, Gwen, grandson Kaleb, two sisters, Shirley (Ralph) Mortensen, Sandy, UT and Gladys (Roy) Anderson, Kansas.
5 children, Karie (Danny) Collins of Green River, WY, Darin (Carlene) Jacobson, Draper, UT, Trent (Deanna) Jacobson, Saratoga Springs, UT, Allen (Jennifer) Jacobson, Bountiful, UT and Donald (Stacey) Jacobson, Rock Springs, WY., and 5 step children: Jill (Clay) Devine, Rock Springs, WY, Charolette (William) Plew, West Valley City, UT, Willy Kerbs, Rock Springs, WY, Gene (Annette) Morrow, Antelope, CA, and Lori Younglove, WA., 29 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three siblings, David, Daniel, and Leora (Jacobson) Melton.
A memorial service has been planned for 10:00am on Saturday August 8, 2020, at the Draper City Historic Park, 12625 S. 900 E. Draper City, UT.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to help Gwen with expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-donald-keith-jacobson-sr-quotjakequot?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1
Stanley Justin Strutz
Stanley Justin Strutz was born May 8, 1948 in Oakes, North Dakota to Edna and George Strutz, he joined nine older siblings on the family homestead. That made him the baby of 10 children. Stanley passed away July 18, 2020 at home in Hoodsport, WA.
He moved to Washington, as did many of his siblings and lived in Shelton, WA for most of his life. He moved to Hoodsport, WA in 2019. He worked at Simpson Timber Company and as a security officer for Pinkerton Security and Little Creek Casino.
Sometime after graduation, he wrote a self biography that outlined his own life and just recently, we found he had written another tidbit. He wrote; “My name is Stan. I like to give little things of no great value to friends and strangers. Some folks may think I am rich. In reality, I am wealthy with healthy thoughtfulness”. That self proclamation couldn’t be more true. He had a heart of gold and always thought of others and had a story or joke to tell everyone. He kept all of us laughing. He was the best uncle, brother and son. Family meant the world to him.
Stanley is predeceased by siblings William “Bill” Strutz, Wesley Strutz, Alan Strutz, Emma Sprung, and Marian Warren, and is survived by brother Harley Strutz and sisters Donna Evans, Nella Heyd and Karil Roper. He has too many nieces, nephews and cousins to name.
Stanley is also survived by his best friend Charlie, his beloved Chihuahua. Stanley never married, nor had children of his own. He and Charlie were two peas in a pod; inseparable. Charlie is now with family members and will keep his legacy going.
Rest in Peace Stanley. We all love you very much. You are missed and we’ll never forget all the love and fun that your presence Blessed us with.
William (Bill) Lloyd Reller
Bill was born in Franklin, PA on March 7th, 1963. Prior to his 2nd birthday, his family returned to Shelton, Washington where he lived out most of his life.
He was a son, a brother, a husband, a nephew, a cousin, an uncle, and a papa. He took every role he played seriously and found pleasure in them all.He was an avid dirt bike rider. In addition to dirt bikes, he enjoyed boxing,building models and R/C trucks, a wide diversity of music, and being a mentor to his many family members.
Bill served his country in the National Guard and in the Army. He was a logger, logging in both Washington and Minnesota. His logging career came to an end when he suffered heart complications. He then enrolled in Olympic College, where he majored in Computer Science, and then graduated with an Associates of Technical Arts Degree.
Bill and his wife, Janice made their home in Union, WA., where they resided for the past 19 years.
William “Bill” Lloyd Reller passed away, of natural causes, in his home on July 17th, 2020. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Mary Reller, his wife, Janice Babcock, his siblings, Lee Anne Bentley, Shari Lynn Withers, and Richard Glen Glenn-Reller, his grandson, Atreyu Lee Babcock-Peterson, and multiple nieces and nephews.
A private inurnment for Bill was held on August 1st, at Shelton Memorial Park.
Lois A. Rutledge, 91, a resident of Shelton, died July 26, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mary A. Wickman, 62, a resident of Shelton, died July 26, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Bobby L. McDermontt, 79, a resident of Hoodsport, died July 26, 2020, at Mason General Hospital in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Gary Holt, 74, a resident of Shelton, died July 26, 2020, at The Beehive in McCleary. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mark Thomas, 25, a resident of Allyn, died July 27, 2020, at Haven in Allyn. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Gregory Metzcus, 70, a resident of Union, died July 27, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Susan Leah Simpson-Wittenberg, 59, a resident of Shelton, died July 28, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Homes & Cemetery.
Donald Ebenritter, 69, a resident of Belfair, died July 28, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Louis Finch, 72, a resident of Shelton, died July 29, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Donald Jacobson Sr., 76, a resident of Union, died July 29, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mark Snyder, 62, a resident of Shelton, died July 31, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Louise M. Spencer, 81, a resident of Shelton, died July 31, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
William C. Mizer Jr., 69, a resident of Union, died Aug. 1, 2020, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.