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Irvin L. Fletcher

Fletcher_Irvin.jpgIrvin Louis Fletcher, 71, died on Friday, December 14, 2012 in Kamilche, WA. Irvin was born on August 17, 2012 to Harry A. and Bertha O. (Daniel) Fletcher in Auburn, WA. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1959. He had been married to Christine Clark and Linda Logan, both marriages ended in divorce. In December of 1998, he married Mary Whitener in Reno, NV. 
Irvin was a welder with the Bremerton Naval Shipyard for many years and had also taught welding courses for Olympic College. His hobbies included welding, building boat and car trailers, firework stands and fishing commercially on his boats, “The Green Toad” and the “Little Green Toad”. His love of welding also included making wet forks for clam digging for other Squaxin Island members. He also enjoyed cutting and stacking wood and refinishing furniture. The family shared that everything he did was done to perfection and his latest obsession was collecting axes, refurbishing them and replacing the handles. He also loved auction sales, cars, car shows, and sports.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Fletcher, Shelton; parents, Harry and Bertha Fletcher; sons, Jim Fletcher (Susan), Jason Fletcher, Olympia, Daniel Fletcher (Joann), Lacey, Darren Ford and Don L. Whitener, both of Kamilche; daughters, Teresa Ford, Shelton, Rachel Ford and Rebeckah Ford, Kamilche, Tammy Ford, Shelton, Judy Aldridge, Shelton and Barbie Rockholm, Vancouver, WA; sister, Carolyn Hoosier (Gene), Shelton; grandchildren, Casey, Corey, John, Jacob, Johnathon, Kyla, Kayden, Erickah, Tyler, and Shelby and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at the Squaxin Island Gym on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:00 am followed by burial at the Squaxin Island Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, attention:memorials, 2120 First Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109 or the Northwest Parkinsons Foundation, P.O. Box 56, Mercer Island, WA 98040. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

 

Frank G. Leeberg

Leeberg_ Frank.jpgOn Friday, December 14, 2012, Frank Gustave Leeberg passed away at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 89. Frank was born on June 9, 1923 to Theodore and Anna (Unseth) Leeberg in Rjukan, Norway and moved to the United States of America when he was seven. He attended school in Shelton and learned to speak English from his friends and classmates.
After high school he joined the US Army and was stationed in Grand Junction, Colorado where at a dance he met his bride, Arzilla Fishburn. They were married in Grand Junction in August of 1943. Upon settling in Shelton, Frank worked as a laborer in the construction industry here in Mason County. Frank was a member of the Eagles, the 40 et 8, and the Laborers Union.
He loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and yard work. He liked mechanics and was a wonderful story teller. He enjoyed spending time with his family and numerous friends. He was very fond of his dog “Gypsy”.
Mr. Leeberg is survived by his daughters Marlene Booten (Rick), Belfair, Sandy Deyette (Roger), Shelton, Linda Huggins (Jack), Shelton and Diane Puderbaugh (Kris), Shelton; sons, Larry Leeberg and Marty Leeberg (Star), both of Tacoma and Gary Leeberg (Joanne), Shelton; brothers, Gunnard Leeberg, Shelton and Harry Leeberg (Ann), Olympia; sisters, Lillian Settle (Merv) and Millie Nicholas, both of Shelton; 33 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Arzilla; son Chet; brothers, Martin and Robert; sister Frances Haywood; grandchildren, Larry Leeberg Jr. and Julie Deyette and beloved dog, “Bear”.
Donations can be made to the Salvation Army, 1505 5th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98506.
A Celebration of Frank’s life will be held at the Hope Chapel, 421 W. “E” St. in Shelton on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm.
McComb Funeral Home is honored to serve this family.

 

Eugene Grenfell Fiske

Fiske_Eugene.jpgEugene Grenfell Fiske, 83, died Thursday, December 6, 2012 at is home in Allyn, WA.  He was born on September 22, 1929 in Clinton, WA to Arthur Case and Edith Genevieve (Maxwell) Fiske.  Gene graduated from Langley High School in 1948 and in 1952 he married Janis Hunter in Clinton, WA. On August 26, 2003 he married Twyla Benham in Auburn, WA.  After retirement, he and his wife, Janis spent many years traveling throughout the US.  They enjoyed visiting their children, grandchildren, relatives, and many, many friends they had made throughout their 45 year marriage. Gene spent 24 years in the US Navy, retiring in 1975.  He worked his way through the enlisted ranks to LCDR.  He was a sub mariner, served on the USS Ronquil SS-396 and USS Barbel SS-580, and on the sub tender USS Bushnell AS-15.  His last duty station was at Puget Sound Naval Station, Bremerton, WA as ship superintendent, 1970-1975.  He spent a tour of duty in Vietnam, April 1971-April 1972. Gene was an avid hunter, fisherman and woodworker.  He loved the outdoors, and watching football and baseball on TV.  Gene was particularly fond of hockey and once caught a puck barehanded at a Seattle Totems game in the 60’s.  He had a great tenor singing voice.  Gene was preceded in death by
Wife:                          Janis Hunter Fiske
Parents:                     Arthur and Edith Fiske
Brothers:                    Robert and Donald Fiske
Sisters:                       Elizabeth Green and Margaret Sprout
He is survived by:
Wife:                           Twyla Fiske, Allyn, WA
Daughter:                    Sharon & Harvey Smith, Bremerton, WA
Daughter:                    Kathleen & Ralph Ingles, Stafford, VA
Son:                                        Robert Fiske (Dianne Adkins), The Dalles, OR and Gig Harbor, WA
Son:                                        Barry & Virginia Fiske, Tacoma, WA
Grandchildren:                     Josh & Amy Smith, Bremerton, WA
                                            Jeremy & Brooke Smith, Bremerton, WA
                                            Jillian Smith, Stafford, VA
                                            Kari Ingles, Stafford, VA
                                            Brian & Melissa Ingles, Huston, TX
                                            Aubrey Fiske, The Dalles, OR
                                            Austin Fiske & Victoria Vorce, Washougal, WA
                                            Adrianna Fiske, Tacoma, WA
                                            Benjamin Fiske,Tacoma, WA
                                            Amelia Adkins, The Dalles, OR  and Gig Harbor, WA
Great Grandchildren:           Shawn Smith, Bremerton, WA
                                            Milo & Hazel Smith, Bremerton, WA
                                            Kiana Smith, Seattle, WA
                                            Katelyn Alstat, Stafford, VA
                                           Brian, Cameron & Brayden Ingles, Houston, TX
Sister:                                 Kathryn Lauth, Colville, WA
Sister-in-law:                      Jean Beaty, Clinton, WA
Brother-in-law:                   Orville Hunter, Clinton, WA
Brother & sister-in-law:      Leon & Joan Hunter,  Auburn, WA