Francis Alfred Bloomfield
Named after his maternal grandfather, Francis Alfred Bloomfield was born at Potlatch on September 19, 1930 to Charles & Helen (Bowers) Bloomfield with his great-grandmother, Annie Waterman James, acting as midwife. He passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Mason General Hospital with his family at his side. He is an elder of Squaxin Island Tribe and was also of Skokomish descent.
He was known by family and friends as Misty; he never cared to be called Francis. When asked how he got his nickname, our Mom said that he was called Mister because he was mature for his age. When she met him, she misunderstood his little brother and called him Misty and it stuck.
He was the oldest of five children. His family moved frequently while following the timber industry living at various logging camps, Schneiders Prairie, Clallam Bay and Tulalip, settling back in the Arcadia area of Shelton where he met his future wife.
He loved the outdoors and the simple life and never had an unkind word to say. When his future father-in-law found him a job as a glazier, he worked with all of the doors and windows open claiming he wanted some fresh air. He could spot wild animals in the wilderness long before anyone would see them. He pointed out goats that were transplanted to the Olympics up on the high cliffs while driving around Lake Crescent. It was amazing the amount of knowledge he quietly kept to himself. Later in life he could be found sitting out in the yard enjoying the sun and watching the birds and the cars go by.
He married his wife, Nancy Handley, on October 1, 1949. Family was important to him. Several summers you could find his family camping near the job site so his commute wouldn’t be so long or camping on the beach at Eagle Creek while he remodeled the kitchen. Family activities revolved around the outdoors; camping, hunting, clam digging, fishing and ATV-ing. It also included frequent driving trips through the woods pointing out wildlife, units that he cut, bridges that he fell the timbers for, and significant locations such as filming of “Ring of Fire.”
Up on the steep, narrow logging roads he was the master of a thousand point turn much to his wife’s and children’s distress. He would ask if we could see the road behind the car and all we could see was the canyon floor as he continued to back up. Vacations were usually at a moment’s notice and included road trips to national forests and parks. The past several years he met his family for Saturday morning breakfast at Rooster’s or was found cooking strawberry waffles for his family on Sunday.
He was a timber faller his whole adult life and was one of the best, working many years for Buck Mountain Logging Co. and then owned his own business, Bloomfield Busheling. He was a man of few words and taught by example never boasting or looking for praise or recognition. If we needed any help, his whole family knew he was the “go-to-guy.” He was an example to his family, never missing work unless it was hunting season, fire season, was blown or snowed out. During that time, you could find him cutting out dangerous trees or on fire crews for the forest service or cutting trees and limbs off of PUD power lines. He served his family and friends.
He was a master of equipment learning how to drive at eight and flying a plane as a young adult. He was looking forward to the time his plane would be paid off when he broke his shoulder and had to sell his plane to support his family. He could fix or get any equipment running with minimal tools and duct tape. He taught his daughters how to operate a water truck so they could fire watch at the foothills of Mt. Washington where the lesson didn’t go unused.
A Celebration of Life service was held last Friday, March 17, 2017 at Squaxin Island Tribe with Brooks Farrell officiating.
He is preceded in death by his son David Bloomfield and infant daughter Jenny Bloomfield; brothers Raymond Bloomfield, Charles “J.R.”Bloomfield and sister Emilene “Nene” Bloomfield. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law Barney Engel, granddaughter Misty Hillstrom and grandsons Joshua and Jeremy Hillstrom.
He is survived by his wife Nancy (Handley) Bloomfield, sons Michael (Andi) & Douglas (Vicky) Bloomfield, daughters Pamela (Larry) Hillstrom, Shannon (Randy) Bruff, Vicky Engel (Chuck York), Donna (Allen) Wood and sister Marge (George) Witcraft all of Shelton, 17 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Barry Thomas Marks
Barry Thomas Marks, 71, passed away of natural causes on February 22, 2017 at Mason General Hospital with his family by his side.
Barry was born to Thomas Jackson Marks and Evelyn Louise McCord on September 8, 1945 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His family moved to Shelton when was a young boy.
In 1963, Barry joined the United States Navy. He was stationed at United Stated Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco, California where served as a Radio Mechanic on the USS Carpenter until 1966. During his service he spent 2 years and 10 months overseas.
Barry married Gina Marie Grace on September 24, 1976 in Shelton, WA.
He loved the outdoors, gardening, hunting, and fishing. He loved spending countless hours with his cousin Dan Bina and the rest of his hunting buddies.
Barry was preceded in death by his wife Gina, his parents Thomas Marks, Evelyn Doyle, his step father Dean Doyle and his nephew Art Cox.
He is survived by his loving family, daughters Tammy Marks Devaney, Kellie Marks and Tracy Marks. His sisters Louise Cox, Gwen Matthews, Wanda Brown, and Susan Bariekman. Cousins Dan Bina, Diane Durand, Leroy Tanzer and Joyce Hunt. Grandchildren Brandon Marks and wife Michelle Marks, Jordan Devaney and wife Dolphin Devaney, Danielle Devaney, Briana Marks, Ginger Marks, Samantha Lenting, and Erica Lenting. As well as 4 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces, 4 nephews, 5 great-nieces, 9 great-nephews and 1 great- great- nephew.
Affectionately known as “Papa” by his family, Barry will always be in our hearts and forever missed.
Sandy Palmer of Chehalis WA., passed away Sunday Feb. 26, 2017, losing his battle with cancer. He left this world peacefully with his wife and daughters by his side.
He was known and loved for many things throughout his life. In later years it was for playing guitar in his band the Sidekicks. He provided entertainment for several groups and was greatly respected.
Celebration of Life will be held April 1, 2017, 2:00 pm at the Cowlitz Prairie Grange in Toledo Wash. He was loved and will be missed greatly by family and friends.
William E. Petersen
William E. Petersen (Bill), 82, passed away March 6th, 2017 at his home in Shelton, after an 11 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A private family funeral will be held at a later time.
Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 23, 1934 to Edna (Haycraft) and Paul Petersen. He retired from Mason County with the assessor/sheriff’s department in 1983 and went on to work for Simpson where he eventually retired for good. He married Mary Ann Paulsen on August 20, 1960. They had three children.
Bill is survived by his partner of 14 years, Rosemary Greenwell; his children: Steven and Cami Petersen of Shelton, Joel and Cynthia Harris of Lynden, and Tom and Vanessa Petersen of Shelton; his six grandchildren: Connor Harris, Kayley Harris, Kalista Petersen, Shelbi Petersen, Ashton Petersen and Brynley Petersen. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann Petersen; his mother Edna Petersen; his father, Paul Petersen; and his brother, Jim Petersen.
Bill loved the outdoors and his hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping and traveling in his motor home. He and his late wife spent time traveling to Arizona and Montana. Later, Bill and his partner Rosemary spent many months of the year traveling and exploring Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Bill was happiest when he was in the peaceful mountains of Montana. He loved the sound of rain hitting the roof of his motor home, being able to watch wild game and the freedom that came with being out in the wilderness. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
We sat beside your bedside
We sat beside your bedside, our hearts were crushed and sore; we did our duty to the end, ‘til we could do no more. In tears we watched you sinking, we watched you fade away; and though our hearts were breaking, we knew you could not stay. You left behind some aching hearts, that loved you most sincere; we never shall and never will, forget you, father dear.
Richard Darrell Duncan
Richard Darrell Duncan, 63, a long-time resident of Shelton, WA, passed away on March 8, 2017, after a brief illness. He was born May 25, 1953 in Great Falls, MT, grew up in southern California and apprenticed to become a finish carpenter.
As a young man, he worked his way to Washington where he settled in Shelton. He was a proud past member of the Carpenters Union. He built his own home as well as cabinets and decks in Mason and Thurston area. He loved hiking in the Olympics, North Cascades and British Columbia. He was a gentle soul and lifelong learner.
He is survived by his father, Richard D. Duncan and stepmother, Donna Duncan of Orange, CA, and sisters, Christine Taylor of Las Vegas, NV, Mary Epley of Livingston, MT, Tracy Kissell of Albuquerque, NM, twin sisters Antoinette Berthelotte and Margaret Rondeau of California, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeannette Freeman, and brother, Rob Roy Duncan. He left many friends at the Shelton Timberland Library, Mason Transit and neighbors, Larry and Mary Traxler. Services will be private.
Gary Dean Kunkel, 72, a resident of Shelton, died March 11, 2017, in Olympia Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Elsie Marie Mace, 68, a resident of Shelton, died March 13, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Roger Dean Weld, 78, a resident of Olympia, died March 11, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by Woodlawn Funeral Home – Lacey.
William Jack Ray, 68, a resident of Olympia, died March 9, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
James Earl Hamilton, 80, a resident of Olympia, died March 10, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Brandi Lee Keith, 39, a resident of Olympia, died February 25, 2017, in McKenna. Service will be held on March 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Fellowship, 50 East Island Lake Road in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Gary Franklin Waterbury, 80, a resident of Aberdeen, died March 11, 2017, in Grays Harbor. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
William Thornton, 82, a resident of Olympia, died March 14, 2107, at home. Arrangements are by Woodlawn Funeral Home – Lacey.
Betty Lou Hults, 87, a resident of Everett, died March 16, 2017, in Shelton. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Homes & Cemetery.
Nancy G. Sleight, 72, a resident of Shelton, died March 15, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by Funeral Alternatives of Washington.
Patsy Ann Chavis, 66, a resident of Shelton, died March 17, 2017, in Tumwater. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Guy Thomas Beckwith, 88, of Fall Brook, CA and formerly of Shelton, died October 18, 2016, at a niece’s home in Payette, ID. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Little Creek Casino on Saturday, March 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Thomas Frederick Kraft, 60, a resident of Tahuya, died March 16, 2017, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Berniece Allena Mallea, 76, a resident of Shelton, died March 13, 2017, in Shelton. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Homes & Cemetery.
Bonnie Littlefield, 84, a resident of Shelton, died March 14, 2017, in McCleary. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Gabriela Pimentel, 47, a resident of Shelton, died March 15, 2017, in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory.