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Richard A. Berry

BerryR.jpgRichard Allen Berry, 79, Shelton, WA passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Richard was born on November 17, 1932 to William and Ruby (Downing) Berry in Portland, OR.  Richard was raised in Ellensburg, WA and joined the 82nd Airborne, was wounded, and was a tank commander at Heartbreak Ridge by his 18th birthday.
He attended Mr. Lee’s Cosmetology School in Tacoma, WA and was a well known cosmetologist in the Olympia area. He owned and operated several salons, including Richard’s Hair Design. Richard worked with his son at Bellus Salon Care in Olympia at the time of his death. He enjoyed his work and the clients that he had, some for over 50 years. His goal was to work until age 80. Richard later became a pilot as well as a flight instructor, and loved flying. He also enjoyed deer and elk hunting, and fishing with his sons. He was an avid reader, liked to play cribbage and loved a good joke. He enjoyed bird watching and recently began to enjoy photography. He dearly loved his two dogs Riley and Sophie.
Richard leaves behind an adoring wife, Dianne, Shelton; sons, Richard Berry, Spanaway, Don Berry, Yelm, Daniel Berry, Olympia and their mother Donna Boatman; stepdaughter, Johnna (Mark) Ziegler; stepsons, Ormond (Lori) Dodge, and Jason (Kim Buffaloe) Dodge, all of Shelton; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren as well as many friends and clients. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave, Olympia, WA on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at noon. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.

 

Russell Ellsworth Mayhew

Russell Ellsworth Mayhew, 90, died Thursday, February 16, 2012 in Shelton, WA. He was born June 6, 1921 to Edward Arthur and Elsie Blanch (Nodding) Mayhew in Boston, MA. Russell graduated from Compton High School and attended Compton Junior College in Compton, CA.
He served in the US Navy during WWII and married Elaine Sofalko on September 15, 1953 in Long Beach, CA. Russell was an electrical engineer for 20 years with North American Aviation in Downey and Long Beach, CA. He enjoyed rock collecting, fishing and traveling the USA and Canada.
Russell is survived by his wife, Elaine Mayhew of Shelton, WA; son, Robert A. Mayhew (Judy Ann) of Ocean Shores, WA; two granddaughters, Krystal Ann Mayhew of Beaverton, OR and Amelia Marie Mayhew of Ocean Shores, WA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Elsie Mayhew; brother, Kenneth Mayhew; and sister, Ruth C. Goodman.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 1:00pm at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen, WA. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.

Glenn Marion Griggs

Griggsglenn.jpgGlenn Marion Griggs, 89, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Mason General Hospital in Shelton, WA.  He was born on July 1, 1922 to George and Edna B. (Bucher) Griggs in Shelton, WA.  He married Lena Greiner in Ashford, WA. 
Glenn served in the US Navy during WWII as a Ship Repair in the South Pacific.  He had worked as a logger, welder and had been employed as a heavy equipment operator.  Glenn built and operated one of the largest draglines in the world at the time.  He enjoyed horses, trail riding and mechanic work.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Mt. Tahoma in Ashford, WA and was a charter member of Back Country Horseman in Mason County. 
Glen was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lena Griggs in 1986; and two sisters, Georgie and Nancy. 
He is survived by his significant other, Mary Richards of Shelton, WA; sons, Steve Griggs of Birchrun, MI, John Griggs of Lubbock, TX, George Griggs of Jacksonville, FL; daughters, Debi Griggs Radke of Issaquah, WA, Barbara Griggs Elliott, Grapeview, WA; twin brothers, Bernard Griggs of Olympia, WA and Morris Griggs of Buckeye, AZ; ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Memorial donations can be sent to Habitat for Humanity, 216 W. Cota, Street, Shelton, WA. 
A memorial service will be held at Hope Chapel, 421, West “E” St., Shelton, WA on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:00 am.  McComb Funeral Home is privileged to serve the family.