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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.

 

Marvin John Anstey (Marv)

anstey_marvin.jpgMarvin  John Anstey (Marv) of Shelton passed away on September 14, 2012.  He was born on May 12, 1921 in Torrington Wyoming to John and Grace Anstey.
In 1939 Marv joined the Wyoming National Guard and in 1940 he was transferred to Fort Lewis.  While stationed at Ft. Lewis he met and fell in love with Norma Brassfield of Shelton. They were married in 1942.
Marv was a member of the U.S. Army 6th Rangers and served in the Pacific theater during WWII.  He returned to Shelton in 1946 as a decorated combat veteran and Sergeant Major.
Marv was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great- grandfather.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Norma; sons Steve (Helen) of Selah and Tim (Shawn) of Union; grandsons Tim (Gina), Jon (Aria) and Jeff, as well as four great-grandchildren, Jack, Elise, Hans, and Finn.
Marv worked for ITT Rayonier for 37 years, retiring with Norma in 1983.  His retirement years were filled with golf, travel, family, friends and laughter.
As an active community member and volunteer, Marv was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 & 8 Club, Elks, Kiwanis, and many other service organizations. 
A memorial service will be held on September 21, 2012, at 2:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St in Shelton.  A private family funeral with military honors will also be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in Marv’s name.  The family is being served by McComb Funeral Home.

 

Lyle Dennis Brandt

Lyle_90th_Bday.jpgOn Thursday, September 13, 2012, Lyle Dennis Brandt passed away at Mason General Hospital. He was 90 years old. Lyle was born on March 22, 1922 to Charles E. and Minnie M. (Church) Brandt in Gate City, WA.
He attended school in Oakville until the 8th grade before going to work for a stock breeder and eventually becoming a logger along with his brothers. In October 1942 he enlisted in the Marines and served in World War II. He was a Marine Raider, a group of marines who served on the front lines in the South Pacific. He lost both legs below the knees in Okinawa.
Upon returning to the states, he married Bernice Schey, who he had met on a blind date before he enlisted. They were married on January 1, 1946 at her family home in Rochester, WA. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage this January.  
Mr. Brandt went to work for the Washington State Patrol in Chehalis as a radio dispatcher, retiring in 1967. Upon retiring, he began remodeling and building on to their home at Phillips Lake. He always referred to his seat on the deck as being the “best seat in the house.” It was there he always enjoyed watching his family play in the lake since 1952 when they purchased the property.  Being an amputee never stopped Lyle from enjoying life or work. He was a working man that enjoyed gardening, water skiing, hunting, motorcycling in the back country, reading and traveling to the Raiders reunions. He liked cooking and was known for his stews, beans and $300 cake. He loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Bernice; daughter, Jeannie (Jimmie) Brett, Tacoma; son, Marvin (Karen) Brandt, Gig Harbor; and daughter, Sharon (Tom) Roof, Shelton; sister, Dorothy (Dennis) Martin, Centralia; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private family gathering will be held at 1:30 pm on October 6, 2012 at the family home on the lake.  McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.