Claude Wesley Hyder


Hyder_Claude_W.jpg“BE GOOD KID”

10/15/1932 – 4/05/2013


Claude Wesley Hyder, 80 of Shelton, Washington passed away on April 5th, 2013,at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma following complications with kidney cancer removal surgery and COPD. 

Claude was born in Tuttle, Oklahoma on October 15th, 1932.  Claude was anengineer for The Department of Navy at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 31 years and 9 months, until he retired on November 1st, 1987. After he retired, he ran a home business refurbishing Chest of Drawers for many years. You could usually find him sitting at his kitchen table drinking his coffee and watching the television. Claude was always there to lend an ear for “chit chat” for anyone who visited him. He was the type of man that would give a stranger the shirt off his back to help someone out. Many a times he would let someone stay at his home free of rent, and all that he asked for in return were for them to be an honest, trustworthy, working member of society.  “No riff raffs” as he would say.

Claude is survived by his three daughters Carrie Hart of Shelton, Jamie Suarez of Tacoma, and Jewellee Faucett of Tacoma and all his beloved grandchildren whom he loved so very much.

Claude is preceded in death by his Father Roy Hyder, Mother Ellen Berna, Daughter Tammy Hyder and Son Paul Hyder.  He is the last of his 9 brothers and sisters to advance to the final journey of life, their names are Veda Hyder, Agnes Hyder, Alvie Hyder, Irene Hyder, Carrie Lee Hyder, Calvin Hyder, Catherine Hyder, Freda Hyder, and Flaudie Hyder.

Whenever asked how he was doing he would reply “I’m still here aren’t I” and when saying goodbye after a visit or a phone call he would never say goodbye, just “be good kid”. 

A celebration of Dad’s life will be held on May 18th, 2013 at 2pm at his home in Shelton.  We will be spreading his ashes under the cherry tree out front so Dad can be “home” as he wanted. We will be serving Dad’s yummy Goulash that he would make throughout the years. (Found his recipe in the kitchen), nothing too fancy, as this is how he would have wanted it.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to take the time to tell your loved ones how much they are loved, go visit them and give them a hug.  If needed make amends with loved ones that you are at odds with. FAMILY IS FAMILY, you never know when it might be too late to say I love you or I’m sorry.  The best gift you can ever give anyone is your time, because time can never be relived or replaced.