Obituaries

Ernest M. Wanzer

Wanzer_Ernest_M.jpgErnest “Ernie” Thomas Wanzer, 85, passed away at his home at Lakeland Village in Allyn, WA on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Ernie was born on February 20, 1928 to Marion F. and Gertrude R. (Bockwaldt) Wanzer in Bellingham, WA. He graduated from Western Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Education and served in the United States Army in occupation services in Japan after WWII. Ernest taught grades 4th, Junior High and High School in the Highline School District beginning in 1951. He also taught at Highline Community College. He was an educator for 30 years. Mr. Wanzer was an extremely talented artist and teaching young people meant a great deal to him and was a favorite and beloved teacher of many as was shown by the many messages sent to him over the last few days. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. His hobbies included art work and he was very creative in several different mediums. He enjoyed his family, traveling, golf and gardening. Ernie is survived by his wife, Betty, of Allyn, WA; sons, Richard (Jan), Gregory (Rita) and Paul (M.E.); grandchildren, Rachel, Kurt, Kerri, Bryan, Micaela,and Riley; step grandchildren, Chelsea Horrigan, Kyla Blair, Katie and Eli DeWitt. He was preceded in death by his parents, son and daughter in law, Gary and Carol and sister Barbara Keck. Donations can be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, J5-200, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA. Memorial services will be held at the Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St. in Shelton at 2:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

John T. Doherty

Doherty_John_Thomas.jpgJohn Thomas Doherty of Harstine Island in Shelton, WA passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. John was 84 years old. Mr. Doherty was born on November 15, 1928 to Morris and Vera (Johnson) Doherty in Spokane, WA. He attended school at Central Valley High School in  Spokane and was drafted into the US Army where he served in Germany during the Korean War. In November of 1950, he married Kathleen May Cords in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. After his honorable discharge from the Army, John went to work for the Kaiser Aluminum Mill in the Spokane area then on to trade school. He then went to work for the Caterpillar Company and eventually moved to Kent, WA working for the United States Postal Service from 1961 until his retirement in 1989. During that time, John obtained many awards in the postal industry for his dedicated and innovative contributions as a mechanic. John was a Mason, a member of the Eagles, and a member of the Harstine Islands Community Club and the Garden Club. In 2004, he was named Harstine Island’s Citizen of the Year. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening and growing a vegetable garden, canning his bounty, cooking (especially his spaghetti, chile, and other interesting recipes), fishing, camping, reading and spending time on the computer. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and dogs, Molly and Amy. His family shared that he was a jokester with a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, Shelton; son, John Doherty Jr., Tacoma; daughters, Susan (Bruce) Wolford, Tacoma and Sharon (Steve) Fischer, Tacoma; brother, Michael (Lynn) Doherty; grandchildren, Brooke and Zach Wolford, Michael and Sean Collins, Olivia and Devin Fischer and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Howard Doherty and sister, Phyllis Dean. Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of the donor’s choice. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Harstine Island Community Hall on Harstine Island on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at noon.
 

 

Donald Milford Shellgren Jr

ShellgrenJr_Donald_M.jpgDonald Milford Shellgren Jr., 68, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Mason General Hospital of a cardiac event during recovery after open heart surgery.  He was born on August 9, 1944 in Olympia, WA to Donald Milford and Jean Barbara (Anderson) Shellgren Sr.  Donald was a resident of the Belfair, Allyn area for 65 years. On May 23, 1964 he married Madelon Rarey in Bremerton, WA.  He was employed as a supervisor with Simpson Timber Co. for over 30 years and with Olympic Panel Products for 10 years.  Donald was a member Lake Limerick County Club, Lakeland Golf and County Club, president of mens club at Lake Limerick for several years, coached for North Mason Pee Wee program, coached for Shelton American Legion Baseball Club, football coach for Hawkins Middle School, assistant baseball coach at North Mason, and he coached Bobs Tavern basketball.  He enjoyed playing golf, collecting baseball card, and landscaping.  Donald was a sports enthusiast and played co-ed softball and water sports.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Katherine Shellgren.  Donald is survived by his wife, Madelon Shellgren of Belfair, WA; sons, Steven Shellgren (Joyce) of Fremont, NE, Scott Shellgren (Shannon) of University Place, WA and Dave Dirksen (Miye) of Tacoma, WA; daughter, Lori Dean (David) of Shelton, WA; sisters, Vicky Dudley of Bremerton, WA, Candice Mao of Tacoma, WA, Shelly Renner of Port Orchard, WA; eleven grandchildren, two beautiful great granddaughters, numerous nieces, nephews cousins and an inner circle of close friends.  Memorial donations can be sent to the North Mason High School Baseball Program, 200 E Campus Drive, Belfair, WA  98528.  A memorial service will be held at Lake Limerick Country Club on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.