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Dustin James Leal – Valderas

Valderas Dustin J LDustin James Leal – Valderas, 18, of Shelton, WA died on Friday, April 12, 2013. Dustin was born on September 8, 1994 to Jamie D. Lewis and Gilbert Leal-Valderas in Tacoma, WA. He attended school in Shelton and was a tribal fisherman and clam digger. Dustin enjoyed spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and representing his tribe and culture. He is survived by his mother, Jamie D. Queen, Tacoma; father Gilbert Leal-Valderas, Tacoma; sisters, “Ya-Ya”, “Scrunch” and “Munch”, Tacoma; second mom, Olena Cooper; daughter, Jada Hawks; grandmother, Mary Waldburger; girlfriend, Sammy Baker; aunts, Audelia, Barbie, Joanie, Louise, Linda, Rene, Twiggy, Diane, Rosemary and Euka; uncles, Ruben, Ted, Paul, and David; cousins, Cassie, Danielle, Budda, Byrd, Katelynn, Jordon, T-byrd, Bubba, Christina, Laken, Mauda, Jesse, Rene, Anthony, Dae-dae, Treyson, Mimi, Dai-vyn, Bibi and all the others he held in his heart. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Sharon Bird. Services will be held at the Squaxin Island Gymnasium on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

Leonard G. Hunter

Hunter Leonard GLen was born July 18, 1940 to Chester A. and Eva Ellen McFarland Hunter in Hobart, NY (Catskill Mts.), and died April 10, 2013 in Shelton.  His mother died when he was 6 and two years later his father married, Mildred, who became a huge influence in his life.  He graduated from South Kortright Central School in 1958 with 31 classmates, many of whom have remained lifelong friends.

In 1960, Len graduated from New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, NY and immediately took a position with the USDA Forest Service on the Shelton Ranger District where he worked for over 30 years, many of those in the Camp Grisdale area.  He strongly believed in the multiple use forest: preservation,  recreation, and the working forest.   He believed in the wise management of timber as a crop and renewable resource.   In retirement, he enjoyed taking people on tours of the Olympic National Forest.

In 1980 he began raising organic vegetables and then flowers to keep his boys busy and to teach them business skills and the value of hard work.  He and the family sold produce and flowers at the Shelton and then the Olympia farmers markets.  That resulted in what today is Lynch Creek Farm and Lynch Creek Floral, where he served as delivery driver for many years and where in recent years he kept the small town political scene active over morning coffee, always happy to gregariously share his opinion whether you wanted to hear it or not!

He enjoyed collecting antique logging tools and photos and was active in the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors Assn.  Over the years he also beautifully refinished and restored dozens of pieces of antique furniture.

He was predeceased by his mother, father and stepmother.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Colleen (Shrum) Hunter and their three sons, Robert D. (Nancy) Hunter, James A. Hunter, and Andrew L. (Tracey) Hunter, and eight grandchildren James, Lucas, Isabella, Eve, Georgia, Zackary, Natalie and Elizabeth.

A Celebration of his life will be held Monday, April 22 at 2:00 PM, Faith Lutheran Church; Shelton, WA  98584.

William G. "Bill" Nunn

nunn_bill.jpgWilliam G. "Bill" Nunn of Shelton passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Mason General Hospital. He was 92 years old. Bill was born at home in West Seattle on Christmas Eve of 1920 to Helen Thompson. Bill graduated from West Seattle High School in 1938 and attended Seattle College (now known as Seattle University). Bill enjoyed playing baseball in college as a pitcher and an outfielder as he was very athletic and truly enjoyed sports. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 as a Radioman during WWII. It was at that time also that he and ten of his crew members aboard the B17 bomber plane was hit over Berlin, crash landed, and escaped from the German occupied Danish Island in the Baltic Sea and survived to talk about it. He received a Purple Heart for his heroic efforts and 54 years later was able to reunite with five of his original crew members for a reunion. In 1947, he met his bride at a dance and eventually married Corinne C. Leroux in a garden setting at her home in West Seattle. They have been married 64 years. Mr. Nunn worked in several professions in his career life, but mainly as a home appraiser for FHA where he retired at the age of 55. Retirement did not slow Bill down.  He and his wife traveled to Yuma in the winter where they owned another home. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of Bayshore, Lake Limerick and Glen Acres Golf Clubs. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating (aboard their 32 foot sailboat The Natalie), card playing and going to the casino. The family shared that he had a wonderful sense of humor and loved dancing and singing. He was known for breaking out in song with songs created for specific family members. Bill was also fond of his King Charles Cavalier dog, Sammy. Mr. Nunn is survived by his wife Corinne, Shelton; daughters, Natalie (Kim) Laustsen, Lake Tapps, WA and Drena (Tweed) Voltz, Belfair; sons, Greg (Terry) Nunn, Pt. Angeles, WA, Dave (Irene) Nunn, Kelseyville, CA and John (Mikalee) Nunn, Hawaii; eleven grandchildren and numerous great, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by sister, Quindera and grandson Brad. Memorial donations can be made to Adopt-A-Pet, 740 E. Jenson Rd, Shelton, WA 98584. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.