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John R. Cook Sr.

Cookjohnr.pngJohn’s obituary, written by John himself

I was born on the 4th day of December 1941 to James and Mary Cook in Everett, Washington. I passed away on February 22, 2012 in Shelton, Washington at the age of 70. I was one month old when we moved to Agate in Shelton from Alderwood Manor, Washington. I am going to be laid to rest at Miller Cemetery, just one mile west of where I grew up.
 
I worked for Simpson Timber Company for forty years. I also was a volunteer Fire Fighter for twenty-six years, I retired as a Battalion Chief, 504. I really enjoyed the Fire Department.
I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for nearly twenty eight years and was a bishop for six years. I enjoyed coaching Little League baseball, football, basketball and Ladies Fast Pitch. I was a volunteer cook for the Pioneer Elementary school sixth grade class at Panhandle Lake for twelve years. I have good memories of being Santa Claus for my family and the community events for the past forty-five years. I was involved in scouting for forty-eight years; it was special to me to be a Cub Master for pack 155 and a Scout Master for troop 155. I was an active member of the West Coast Dry Kiln Association, serving two years as President and one year as Vice President.
 
I married Sally Yeck on November13, 1959. That was the best move I ever made. We were married over 52 years. She was my sweetheart.
 
Sally and I had six kids, son, John and Dani, daughter, Darla and Jack, son, George, son, Martin and Wendy, daughter, Doreen and Rick, and our little boy Jacob. We also adopted into the family, Susan and Rick Wiley, Donny and Patty Ragsdale, and Jeanie Hirett and her daughter Karen. We have nineteen Grandchildren plus all those Sally and I adopted from the community. We also had thirteen great grandchildren. Surviving is my brother, Jim and his wife Connie Cook and my special brother in law, Leroy Gregerson.
 
Preceding my death was my mom and dad, Jim and Mary Cook; two sisters, Julie and Mary Ella; four brothers, Alfred, Willard, George and Harry; my adopted father John Hirett, and my adopted sister Susan.
 
Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Saturday March 3, 2012 at 11:00 am.
 
There is a memorial fund set up at Our Community Credit Union for those who would like to contribute towards John’s services

 

Thomas R. Coleman

ColemanThomas.pngThomas “Tom” Robert Coleman, 73, Belfair, WA passed away at his home on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Tom was born October 1, 1938 to Allen W. and Georgia E. (Brown) Coleman in Yelm, WA; the youngest of four brothers.
The family moved to the Puyallup area and lived there several years before moving to Mason County in 1946. Tom graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1956 and later served in the Washington National Guard. He worked as a logger with his father, Allen, and brother, Wayne, for Al Coleman Logging Company until 1991. He then worked in construction for his brother, Murry, at C & H Construction. Tom worked hard and was always busy. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, RVing, golfing and playing cards. He enjoyed being outdoors and working in his yard. Carpentry was his passion and he built three homes for his family. His number one love was his family. He was married 19 years to Sharon Dewell; with whom he had three children. Beverly Wofford has been his loving wife for the last 25 years. Good food was always center of family gatherings. He loved providing salmon, oysters, clams, elk or venison for family and friends to enjoy. Tom loved to eat and never met a meal he didn’t like!
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Wofford, Belfair; mother, Georgia Coleman, Shelton; daughter, Holli Coleman, Seattle; sons, Rob Coleman (Helene) Shelton, and Doug Coleman (Jami), Depoe Bay, OR; brothers, Lyle Coleman (Donna), Shelton; Murry Coleman (Mary Ann), Olympia; sister-in-law, Julie Coleman, Shelton; grandchildren, Camille Coleman, Shelton and 2nd Lt. Cellec Coleman, Ft. Hood, TX; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Allen, and brother, Wayne.
A Celebration of Life and lunch reception will be held at the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota, Shelton on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

 

 

Bob Rauscher

RauscherRobert.jpgBob Rauscher, 84, of Union, WA died on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the Alpine Way Retirement Center in Shelton. Bob was born on May 1, 1927 to George P. and Lillian Rauscher in Chicago, Illinois. 
Bob moved to the Pacific Northwest at the age of 14 and attended school in Tacoma at Stadium High School before being drafted by the Army and serving in WWII. He also attended Pacific Lutheran University for a year. In November of 1989, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Christensen Jordan, in Tacoma, WA.
Robert was owner and operator of Tempo Construction before going to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad in land management. He retired from the railroad in the mid-1980s and designed and built a home overlooking Hood Canal in Union. Bob raced stock cars and midget cars in his youth and was instrumental in bringing auto racing to Mason and Pierce counties. He enjoyed boating and was a member of the Seattle Yacht Club. His hobbies in retirement included music and car restoration. He was a voracious reader, formidable scrabble player, avid football and baseball fan, and some of his happiest hours were spent listening to his wife play the piano. Bob was extremely fond of his prizewinning, registered Cairn terrier, “Bugsy Elfin”. Bob was a witty, sharp-minded conversationalist with a wonderful sense of humor.
He is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Union and stepson Dr. David Jordan of Richland, WA.
At his request, no services have been planned. Memorial donations can be made to Adopt-a-Pet, 940 E. Jenson Rd. Shelton, WA 98584 or any animal charity of the donor’s choice. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.