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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.


Donald “Don” Ray Yorke

Yorke_Donald.jpgDonald “Don” Ray Yorke, 83, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Mason General Hospital. He was born on December 16, 1929 in Clearwater, NE to Roy and Alice (Briggs) Yorke. Don attended high school in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle. He married Laura Ashbaugh in Shelton, WA in September of 1977. Don had previously been married to Colleen O’Dell whom he divorced. He worked as a machinist and supervisor for Certified Aerospace Company in Shelton, starting in 1959 and working until his retirement 32 years later. Don was a past member of the Nimrod Club in Shelton. He enjoyed four wheeling, boating, hunting, camping, taking a boat trip to Alaska, working on cars, tinkering, traveling to Arizona for the winter with his wife (snowbirds), panning for gold in Arizona and rock hounding. Donald is survived by his wife, Laura Yorke of Shelton; four sons, Doug Yorke (Fran) of San Jose, CA, Russ Yorke of Phoenix, AZ, Thom Yorke, (Janna) of Shelton and Bob Yorke (Paulette) of Lacey, WA; three step-sons, Glenn Lockwood (Brenda) of Madison, WI, Scott Lockwood(Robyn) of Shelton and Sam Lockwood (Julie) of Kalama, WA; brother, Lawrence Yorke of Auburn, WA; two sisters, Marge Munson of Bonney Lake, WA and Barb Benson of Puyallup, WA; 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alice Yorke and step-daughter, Janet Walker. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.