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Barbara R. Smith

Smith_Barbara.jpgBarbara Ruth Smith, 91, passed away at her home on Saturday, September 22, 2012 surrounded by her family. Barbara was born on June 18, 1921 to John and Della (Ingram) Bailey in Cleveland, OK. She attended school in Oklahoma and married Roy Smith in September of 1938 in Chandler, OK. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a foster mother. She tended to over 40 children over a four year period and also taught airbrushing for a short time. As a teenager, Barbara studied with the Salvation Army.
After her marriage, she and her husband moved to California. In 2005, she moved to Shelton to be closer to her grandchildren. Her hobbies included painting (in all mediums), photography, jewelry making, and crafting. She did an amazing variety of crafting projects and enjoyed trying many new things. She like large farm animals and playing the organ. She truly enjoyed spending time with family and the grandchildren.
She is survived by daughter, Chelle Williams, Shelton; sons, Jim Smith, Grants Pass, OR, Richard Smith (Denise), Laveen, AZ and Gerald Smith (Marie) Paradise, CA; 15 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roy. A memorial and reception will be held at Hope Chapel, 421 W.”E” St, Shelton on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at noon.
The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.



 

 

Lawrence Frank Godwin

Godwin_Larry.jpgLawrence “Larry” Frank Godwin, 90, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at his home in Shelton, WA. He was born December 31, 1921 in LaJunta, CO to Frank Rather and Dorothy (Carter) Godwin. Larry served in the US Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was with the 10th Mountain Division that climbed Mt. Belverdere in Italy and surprised the Germans. Larry was married to Stella Gibbons and Betty Pierce, both who preceded him in death. He worked as a Fire Security Chief from Albany, OR to the Canadian border for the Simpson Timber Company from 1941 until his retirement in 1982. Larry was a member of VFW Post #1694 and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shelton. He enjoyed wood working, metal work (wrought iron), hunting, rock climbing and repelling. Larry is survived by his sons, Ronnie F. Godwin (Linda) of Port Orchard, WA, Ross Godwin (Lena) of Langley, WA; eleven grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife’s, Stella and Betty; parents, Frank and Dorothy Godwin; brother, Floyd; sister, Bernice; daughter, Lawrie; and grandson, Kevin. Memorial donations may sent to Mason County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1694, PO Box 1694, Shelton, WA  98584 or the Mason County Historical Society, PO BOX 136, Shelton, WA 98584. Viewing will be held at McComb Funeral Home, 703 W. Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA from 9 am to 5pm on Wednesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 27th. A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2nd Ward, 1200 Connection Street, Shelton, WA on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am. Military honors and burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 1:00pm.  McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.

 

Richard Ernest Kramer

Kramer_Richard.jpgRichard Ernest Kramer, a former resident of Seattle and Harstine Island, near Shelton, Washington, passed away at the age of 98, on September 17, 2012.
Richard (Dick) was born in Seattle June 2, 1914 to Isaac D. and Mathilde (Greager) Kramer.  He was raised on Capitol Hill, in a home that his father had built in 1907.  He went to grade school at Isaac Stevens Elementary and graduated from Broadway High School in 1932.
He married June Irene Davolt, June 6, 1942 and they lived in the same house on Capitol Hill prior to building a home in the Innis Arden area in North Seattle in 1956.
Upon retirement in 1980, Richard and June moved to Harstine Island and spent many winters exploring the Baja of Mexico in their trailer.  Later they became winter residents of Rancho Casa Blanca in Indio, CA.  After June’s passing in 2002, he continued to head south until age 94. 
In 2009 he moved from his residence on Harstine Island to Alpine Way Retirement Apartments in Shelton.  There he met Haldis Burkhart and was married to her Nov. 4, 2010.
He started working for Graystone Concrete Products on Nickerson Street in 1934.  He was employed there for 30 years.  He left Graystone to pursue property development with various partners in the greater Seattle area. 
He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts, the White River Recreation Association, and was a volunteer in the communities in which he lived throughout his life.  He loved his mountain cabin, as well as snow skiing, hunting, fishing, poker club, bridge and golfing.
Survivors include his wife Haldis Kramer, his son Kendall D. Kramer and wife Sandy of Harstine Island and daughter Karolyn K. Bates and husband John of Oak Harbor, Washington.  Grandchildren include Kory Kramer of Longview, Kilynn Kramer of Lincoln City, Oregon, Casey (Brooke) Bates of Redmond, Amy (Matthew) Rose of Marysville, and one great grandchild Sydnee Grace Rose.
Memorials may be made to the Harstine Island Community Club c/o Jim Irving, P.O. Box 1635 Shelton, WA.  98584.
There will be a private family service at the Harstine Island Community Cemetery.  A memorial gathering of family and friends will take place at the Harstine Island Community Club on October 6, 2012 at 12:30.