Robert William Dillon Robert W. Dillon, Colonel, USAF, retired, 93, died Oct. 7, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born in Webster, Iowa on April 3, 1923, the son of Edgar and Pearl Dillon. He was the beloved husband of Carolyn Jane Dillon for 71 years; an amazing father to Teri Janene Schuenemann, Michael William Dillon (Janine), Douglas Nelson Dillon (Paula) and Kerry Dillon Schaar (Jim); grandfather to Nate(Teara), Bob, Samantha(Dave), Tawni(Steven), Dana(Jim), Deric(Jamie), Sam(Rachelle) and Lexi; great grandfather to DJ, Dallas, Tre(James III), Kaston, Teyva, Tre, Cade, Elsie and London; and brother to Gladys Tracy of Moses Lake, Washington and Frank Dillon of Clovis, New Mexico. Robert graduated from Webster High School, Iowa in 1940 along with five other students. He attended Parson's College in 1941 on a baseball scholarship. His education was interrupted in 1942 when he volunteered for the Army Air Corps and became a B-17 pilot. Prior to leaving for service in England, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Jane Nelson. They celebrated their 71st Anniversary on March 17, 2015. Robert served 32 years in the Army Air Corps and US Air Force - during WWII in the 335th Squadron, 95th Bomb Group (H), 8th Air Force, Horham Air Base, England, during the Korean War and a tour at Tan San Nhut AB, Saigon,Viet Nam 1971-1972 - he was with Systems Command as an aeronautical engineer (The Pentagon, Wright Patterson, Andrews AFB and Eglin AFB to name a few) He retired in 1974 and moved to Leavenworth, Washington. He and Carolyn loved living there for 32 years. His favorite thing to do was play golf. The last 43 years he especially enjoyed golfing with family and friends at the Leavenworth Golf Course. If he wasn't golfing, he enjoyed watching golf tournaments on television. We miss you dad! But are so glad you and mom are together again. A celebration of life will be held at Kristall's Restaurant in Leavenworth on Friday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. Any donations in his name may be made to a Veteran's organization.
James "Jim" Perry Raides, 55, died Oct. 16, 2016 peacefully at his home in Plain, Washington. He was born in Seattle, Washington in 1961 and was an only child to parents Charles and Dorothy Raides. Jim attended school and started his life as a young man in Everett, Washington until meeting Glenda Ellis and her three small children Becky, Lindsay and Ryan OBrien. He soon relocated to the Leavenworth area and married Glenda in August of 1985. James and Glenda produced one more child, James D. Raides. Jim and his family resided in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area for the next 20 years where he worked as a skilled carpenter and craftsman with his best friend, Gary Graham. He was an avid outdoorsman throughout his entire life, his heaven was found in the wilderness climbing, hiking and skiing. James made an impact on everyone he came into contact with and will be deeply missed by his family, friends and community. Jim is proceeded in death by his mother Dorothy, wife Glenda and son Ryan. He is survived by his father Charles, children Becky and Lindsay Obrien, son James Raides, and adoring grandchildren Gavin Dwyer, Genevieve Talley and Kaleigh Raides of whom were the light of his eyes. Service will be held to celebrate his life at 10:30 a.m, Oct. 29 at Wards Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth Washington.
Donna Ilene Oliver was born June 12, 1928 in Everett, Washington to Riley and Gladys Oliver. Graduating from West Seattle High where she was a cheerleader and school paper editor, Donna attended Whitman College, pledging to the Phi Beta Cappa Sorority, marrying Joe Jackson and earning her BA in Sociology. After moving to California, Donna spent her career first working for Hiller Helicopter, then as a wonderful stay-at-home mom to daughters Lesli and Terry, and then working for Cupertino Unified School District. She passed on her creativity and love of domestic arts, including canning, sewing and crafting. Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Alfred Edward "Bud" "Ace" Leupold, 83, passed away on July 27, 2016 in Wenatchee, Washington. Born Sept. 4, 1932 in Bracken, Saskatchewan, Canada, moved to Vancouver, B.C. and then to Seattle in his early teens. Bud graduated from Lincoln High School, attended Seattle University, was in the U.S. Navy, a retired Seattle firefighter and business owner. Bud loved the outdoors and playing cards. He is survived by his children Kathy (Gary Hansen), Jerry (Vicki), Janene (Mark Mullen) and Kim (Dwayne Deiner), numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and his sister Betty Kuhn. There will be a Celebration of Life Sept. 17, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bothell, WA from 2 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Washington Council of Firefighters, www.wscffburn.org, PO Box 6383, Kent, WA 98064. Thursday, September 1, 2016
George "Bud" Kapral passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Bud was born on April 15, 1926 in Ronald, Washington to George and Garnet (Darby) Kapral. He spent his childhood in Roslyn, Washington where his father was a coal miner. He attended school in Roslyn and Cle Elum, graduating in 1944, where he made and kept lifelong friendships. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy three days after his high school graduation and served his country for two years. Thursday, August 18, 2016
He was born July 11, 1956 in Moscow, Idaho to Robert and Jody Duncan. He graduated high school in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1975. He enjoyed moving around frequently in his early life as part of his father's military career, spending several years in both Panama and Indonesia. He served in the National Guard for six years, and was very proud of his military heritage. After returning to Leavenworth, Washington, he began working with his father as a general contractor in the Upper Valley at Duncan Construction. He took great pride in his work, with one of his most notable accomplishments being the completion of the Stehekin School in 1988. Thursday, August 11, 2016
David Keith Lawson, 78, born in Dixon, Illinois and retired Seattle Fire Fighter, died July 7, 2016. Son of Charles and Hazel Lawson, loving father of three, Dave passed away after a long struggle with his health. He is survived by his daughter, Laura Pelletier (Rick Pelletier), daughter, Leslie Lawson and son David Lawson (Cindy Lawson), brothers Charles Lawson (Cora), James Lawson (Bonnie), and sisters, Patricia Warner (Don), and Joy Pankhurst (Courtney), his gandchildren Monica, Stachia and David Paul and two great grandchildren, Wyatt and Addison. Wednesday, August 3, 2016