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Ronald Lloyd Fosdick

FosdickRonald L.JPGOur father, Ronald Lloyd Fosdick, 75 years of age, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Friday, April 20, 2012.  He was born on October 3, 1936 to Lloyd W. Fosdick and Goldie A (Goodwin) Fosdick in a small home on Dearborn St in Shelton WA. He graduated from Mary M. Knight High School in 1954. In 1955, he married our beloved mother, Wanda Lee Madison, in Montesano, WA. Their marriage was dissolved in 2002.  
Dad began his career following his father's footsteps in the plumbing business. There he apprenticed in the plumbing trade which led into a future of contractor positions.  His résuméincluded Simpson Timber, working shift hours for many years while raising his young family. He then worked for Rex Floor Covering for several years before deciding to venture out on his own and establishing his own floor covering business "Omni Floor Covering". His business blossomed quickly and he was well known for his quality workmanship and the customer waiting list for his services kept his small business prosperous. In 1981 he went to work for Lumbermen's, now named ProBuild, where he worked for many years in a variety of contractor sales positions until he formally retired in 2009.  After retirement, Ron enjoyed frequenting the 40 et 8 and the Vet's Club, chancing his luck at the local casinos, reading western and fantasy novels and, most of all he loved hanging out with his best buddies from Pro-Build to shoot the breeze. He proudly referred to himself as "The Grinch" and although he could be growley at times, he did so in a loving way. Ron was a familiar face around Shelton and will truly be missed by all that knew him, including his beloved canine pal of 14 years Kizzi, who truly misses her master. 
Ron is survived by his former wife, Wanda Lyles, his children Wendell (Barbara) Fosdick, Shelton; Ronali (Kirk) Ernsberger, Sherman, TX; Kelli (Owen) Johnson, Wapato, WA; his sister, Laverne Gilman, Shelton; grandchildren Karyn (Jason) Giles; Curtis Fosdick, Joel Baker; Brandon Hartley, Jocelyn Shaw, Kaelyn Eisenmann and Dakota Ernsberger as well as three great grandchildren Marshal Fosdick, Trinity Fosdick and Wyatt Eisenmann and several step-granchildren. 
He is proceeded in death by his beloved parents. 
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hope Chapel, 421 W. "E" St., Shelton on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 am.  McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve his family.

 

Ardith A. Brown

BrownArdith.jpgArdith Annette Brown, 76, died on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Harstine Island Adult Family Home in Shelton, WA. Ardith was born on September 22, 1935 to Albert and Ruth (Stemph) Nelson in Moorhead, MN. She graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1954. In August of 1955, she married Donald K. Brown in Pt. Orchard, WA. Ardith was the Home Executive of the Brown family home. Raised a Lutheran, Ardith was a member of the Mason-Benson Club, a swim group, and MNWOT (A women’s investment group).
In her earlier days she was very active in her daughter’s participation in Girl Scouts as a Girl Scout leader. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing, needlework and reading. Nicknamed “Me-ma” by her grandchildren, her family and her grandchildren were the true light of her life. Her devotion to them went above and beyond. The musical talents of her grandchildren were a direct reflection of that love.
Ardith is survived by her husband, Don Brown, Grapeview, WA; daughters, Donna Arcuri, Tacoma, Karen (Kim) Robblee, Puyallup, and Jeanne (Patrick) Mackin, Springfield, VA; brothers, James (Jo’Rene) Nelson, Gig Harbor and Gary (Linda) Nelson, Pt. Orchard; grandchildren, Kyle and Kelly Robblee, Brian, Angela, Brandon, and Daniel Arcuri and Samuel Mackin; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ronald.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, attention: memorials, 2120 First Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 or the Alzheimer’s Association of Washington, 12721 30th Ave. NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125.
A memorial will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Mason Benson Clubhouse, 5971 Mason Lake Drive W. Grapeview, WA at 4:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

 

Gregory M. James

Jamesgregory.jpgGregory Michael James passed away at Mason General Hospital on Sunday, April 22, 2012. He was 57 years old. Gregory was born on June 12, 1954 to Donald R. and Marcella (Sullivan) James in Hennepin, MN. He attended Loveland Senior High School in Loveland, CO and obtained his GED from Big Bend Community College in 1976.  
Gregory was a disabled veteran who had served in Special Forces of the US Army during the Vietnam conflict. He was also a licensed practical nurse earning the Army Achievement Medal in the MASH, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and an Expert Marksmanship Award. Mr. James was a member of the Officer’s Club of the US Army and was very political.
He enjoyed being out of doors, gardening, boating, skydiving, guns and watching television. He enjoyed talking to people, was a good friend to many and was an overall good man. He loved his beloved pets, dog “Rosita” and “Christmas” the cat.
Survivors include his special friends Misty Dunbar and   Sue Challstrom; special children, Ruby and Karrisa Dunbar, both of Shelton; brother, Richard J. Gregory, Loveland, CO and sister, Diane Davis of MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Timothy and beloved dog “Brandy”.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Republican Party. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.