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Myron Charles Simmons

Simmons_Myron.jpgMyron Charles Simmons, 85, formerly from Forks, WA passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Retsil – Washington Veteran’s Home in Port Orchard, WA. Myron was born on August 14, 1927 to Walter C. and Gladys M. (Sawyer) Simmons in Olympia, WA. He moved to Forks in 1942.  At the insistence of his mother, he graduated from Quillayute High School in 1945 before enlisting in the United States Navy during WWII.  Myron married Jacqueline Kelm in November of 1947 in Forks, WA. He worked in the timber industry most of his life. He experienced the progression of the timber trade from falling trees with an ax to a chainsaw and eventually became a private contractor for various timber companies. In August of 1992 he retired.

Myron was a member of the VFW’s for over 64 years and was always very active in his community as a volunteer and enjoyed his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, picking wild blackberries, razor clam digging and woodworking. He enjoyed traveling to Yakima yearly for fruits and vegetables. Listening to country music was also an enjoyment. Myron is survived by his sons, Larry (Carol) Simmons, Renton, WA and Mike (Roberta) Simmons, Long Branch, WA; daughter, Dawn (Frank) Clark Jr; sister, Marilyn Torstvet, Tenino; brother, Dale (Linda) Dorris, Brookings, OR, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline and parents. Donations can be made to the Timber Museums in either Pt. Angeles or Forks, WA or to any VFW.  Services will be held on June 29, 2013 at the Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave. Forks, WA 98331 at 1:00 pm. McComb Funeral Home was honored to servethis family.


Arvin (Al) Pile

Pile_arvin(1).jpgArvin (Al) Pile, 88 years old, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 16, 2013with his family by his side.  Arvin was born on March 16, 1925 to E.E. Pile and Jessie (May) Pile in Bloomfield Kansas and attended school in Smith Center, Kansas.  In 1952 he moved to Washington. Arvin married Lorna Johnston in Tacoma, Washington on July 11, 1969.

He worked on farms in Eastern Washington for many years. After moving to Western Washington he became a heavy equipment operator for Simpson Timber Company.  Al retired from Simpson, and never one to remain idol, went to work for Lake Cushman Development Company building a network of roads and developing park sites for lot owners.  He later worked as a Security Officer for Lake Cushman Development Co.

Al was a member of the Shelton Trailblazers Motorcycle Club and the Hood Canal CB Club where he had the “handle” of Grumpy.  He and Lorna were Arizona “snowbirds” for many years.  Among Al’s various hobbies were rock-hounding and fabricating metal yard art.  He loved blue grass music and would go to every jam session or performance that he could.

He is survived by his wife Lorna; daughters Janet (Greg) France of Wenatchee and RaeGene Churchill (Michael Simmons) of Union; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Hoodsport Fire Hall on Finch Creek Road beginning at 1pm.  The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Elizabeth Christine Obi

Obi_Elizabeth_Christine.jpgElizabeth Christine Obi, 42, died at her home in Kamilche, WA on Saturday, May 4, 2013. She was born on April 21, 1971 to Dave J. and Deborah D. (Napoleon) Obi in Aberdeen, WA. Elizabeth attended school in Taholah before moving for a time to Crescent City. In 1996, she moved to Kamilche where she became a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe. Elizabeth worked as a caregiver, commercially digging clams and fishing and most recently was employed in the hotel industry at Little Creek Casino and Resort. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and pets. Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Dave Obi, Taholah and Deborah Obi, Kamilche; son, Martin Sequak Jr., Kamilche; daughters, Alicia Obi, Kamilche and Che-Vonne Obi, Michigan; brother, Dion Obi; nephew, Jerome and four grandchildren, Melanie, Jeremiah, Olivia and Thailer. She is preceded in death by her Aunties, Connie and Rebecca Napoleon and Uncle Melvin Napoleon. Donations can be made to Adopt-A-Pet, 940 E. Jenson Rd, Shelton, WA 98584. Services will be held at the Squaxin Island Gymnasium on Friday, May 10, 2013, beginning with a viewing from noon to 1. Burial will follow at the Squaxin Island Cemetery.