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Paul L. Robinson

Robinson_Paul.jpgOn Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Paul Lawrence Robinson passed away at Mason General Hospital. He was 61 years old. Paul was born on April 4, 1951. He was adopted into the arms of  Ralph and Dorothy (Sutcliffe) Robinson in Queens, New York. He attended Lakeland High School in Putnam Valley, NY then enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. where he served in Viet Nam for four years. Upon his return, he married Diane G. Brenish in Lake Mohegan, NY in October of 1975. They resided in Arizona before settling in Shelton in 1979. Paul worked as a heavy equipment operator and operated dozers and loaders under the Operating Engineers Local 302. He worked for City Transfer for a number of years before retiring in 2004. Mr. Robinson was a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed target practicing with his son Curtis. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, gardening and bicycling. He loved nature and bird watching and was an avid reader enjoying literature and crossword puzzles. Having grown up with three brothers, he was considered the “Daniel Boone, Leader of the Pack” sort of brother who once decided to parachute off the barn with a sheet which spurred his love for skydiving. His family shared that he was strong and determined with a sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Diane and son Curtis, both of Shelton; mother, Dorothy Robinson and mother in law Marian Brenish; brothers, Donald Robinson, WA, Jimmy Robinson, NC and David Harper, VA; sisters, Rebecca Costello, NY, Ruth (Allen) Benjaminson, VA, Cindy Robinson, NC and Jennifer (Paul) Williams, NC; sisters and brother in laws, Linda & Chuck McNully, TN, Judy & Charles Blood, NY and Eva & George Brenish, NY; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his father, brother Billy and sister Pat. A private family service will be held at a later date. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.

 

Barbara Jean (Barb) Hill

Hill_Barbara.jpgBarbara Jean (Barb) Hill of Shelton died of complications from a stroke Thursday, January 7, 2013. She was 76 years old. She was born on September 6, 1936 in Oklahoma City to Ralph and Viva Booth. Barbara was raised in Olalla, Washington and raised her family in Tacoma until 1973, when she relocated the family to Juneau, AK. She met Robert Hill in Alaska and they married in Reno on September 18, 1981, (their granddaughter Sara’s birth date). He preceded her in death in 2000. Barb raised her four children single handedly by working in restaurants as a waitress, manager and owner. She worked at the Nugget Department Store from the late 70’s until her retirement in 1986. Barbara was a member of the Red Hat Club and bowled on the same bowling team with close friends for over 20 years. She loved her family, black lab Rascal, bowling, gardening, canning and playing cribbage. During the summer you would see Barb riding her John Deere tractor around the property. Barb was a woman of character and heart, and lived enthusiastically. Barbara was preceded in death by her son, Michael Collins, parents Viva and Ralph Booth and husband Robert Hill. Surviving her are brother, William Booth of Columbus Falls, Montana, daughters Joanne White of Tampa, Florida, Sherry Meyer of Tacoma, Washington, and Kristi West of Juneau, Alaska. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Barb’s ashes will be released in her favorite spots in Alaska and Washington. Memorial donations may be made to Providence St. Peter’ Hospital in Olympia. A celebration of life is planned for May 11, at the Bend on Hood Canal. Contact daughter, Kristi, 16700 Ocean View Drive, Juneau, AK 99801 or niece, Bonnie, 253 E. Great Bend Drive, Union, WA 98592. For directions go to www.thebend.us

 

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.