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Susan Burkman

Burkman_Susan.jpgSusan Burkman, 58, of Kulm, ND, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Fargo, ND.

Susan (Miller) Burkman was born Baby Sebastiani, in Portland, Oregon on December 12, 1954.  She was adopted by the late Ed and Rose Miller.  She grew up in Vernonia, OR on the ocean and loved being around the water.  She could be found working on her father s fishing vessel and helping out on the boats in Astoria, OR.  She loved helping him at his Cedarwood Timber Company in Vernonia, OR.  She attended Vernonia High School and graduated with and Associates degree from Lane Community College in Eugene, OR.  She was a police officer on the Shelton Police Force and the Mason County Sheriff s department for several years.  She got into an accident and rolled several times, leaving her a paraplegic.  Proving doctors wrong with her resilience she walked again, but was plagued with chronic pain and spinal cord problems.  Throughout the recent years she has had 7 spinal cord surgeries and had her 8th on Tuesday the 16th, surgery went well and shortly after her vitals dropped.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep.  She and Arlan were both PATH Foster Parents throughout the years.  She diligently worked with the Red Cross and Lutheran Social Services with disasters and blood draws.  She enjoyed working with flowers and owned her own floral business in Boise, ID.  She is known for giving her big hugs and smiles to everyone.  She loved cooking, enjoyed singing and music, arts and crafts with the grandkids and putting others first. 

She is survived by her husband, Arlan Burkman, four children Jennifer Burton, Burlington, VT; Holly Burkman (Preston Sitzmann), Edgeley, ND; Katie Burkman, Wahpeton, ND; Adam Burkman, Aberdeen, SD; three grandchildren, Madison and Merissa and one on the way.

Funeral   10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Edgeley.

Visitation   One hour before the service at the church.

Interment   Mt. Hope Cemetery, Edgeley, ND, at a later date.

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Williams-Lisko Funeral Chapel

421 1st Avenue South

Jamestown, ND  58401



Claude Wesley Hyder


Hyder_Claude_W.jpg“BE GOOD KID”

10/15/1932 – 4/05/2013


Claude Wesley Hyder, 80 of Shelton, Washington passed away on April 5th, 2013,at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma following complications with kidney cancer removal surgery and COPD. 

Claude was born in Tuttle, Oklahoma on October 15th, 1932.  Claude was anengineer for The Department of Navy at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 31 years and 9 months, until he retired on November 1st, 1987. After he retired, he ran a home business refurbishing Chest of Drawers for many years. You could usually find him sitting at his kitchen table drinking his coffee and watching the television. Claude was always there to lend an ear for “chit chat” for anyone who visited him. He was the type of man that would give a stranger the shirt off his back to help someone out. Many a times he would let someone stay at his home free of rent, and all that he asked for in return were for them to be an honest, trustworthy, working member of society.  “No riff raffs” as he would say.

Claude is survived by his three daughters Carrie Hart of Shelton, Jamie Suarez of Tacoma, and Jewellee Faucett of Tacoma and all his beloved grandchildren whom he loved so very much.

Claude is preceded in death by his Father Roy Hyder, Mother Ellen Berna, Daughter Tammy Hyder and Son Paul Hyder.  He is the last of his 9 brothers and sisters to advance to the final journey of life, their names are Veda Hyder, Agnes Hyder, Alvie Hyder, Irene Hyder, Carrie Lee Hyder, Calvin Hyder, Catherine Hyder, Freda Hyder, and Flaudie Hyder.

Whenever asked how he was doing he would reply “I’m still here aren’t I” and when saying goodbye after a visit or a phone call he would never say goodbye, just “be good kid”. 

A celebration of Dad’s life will be held on May 18th, 2013 at 2pm at his home in Shelton.  We will be spreading his ashes under the cherry tree out front so Dad can be “home” as he wanted. We will be serving Dad’s yummy Goulash that he would make throughout the years. (Found his recipe in the kitchen), nothing too fancy, as this is how he would have wanted it.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to take the time to tell your loved ones how much they are loved, go visit them and give them a hug.  If needed make amends with loved ones that you are at odds with. FAMILY IS FAMILY, you never know when it might be too late to say I love you or I’m sorry.  The best gift you can ever give anyone is your time, because time can never be relived or replaced.



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.