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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.

 

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.