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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.

Leonard G. Hunter

Hunter Leonard GLen was born July 18, 1940 to Chester A. and Eva Ellen McFarland Hunter in Hobart, NY (Catskill Mts.), and died April 10, 2013 in Shelton.  His mother died when he was 6 and two years later his father married, Mildred, who became a huge influence in his life.  He graduated from South Kortright Central School in 1958 with 31 classmates, many of whom have remained lifelong friends.

In 1960, Len graduated from New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, NY and immediately took a position with the USDA Forest Service on the Shelton Ranger District where he worked for over 30 years, many of those in the Camp Grisdale area.  He strongly believed in the multiple use forest: preservation,  recreation, and the working forest.   He believed in the wise management of timber as a crop and renewable resource.   In retirement, he enjoyed taking people on tours of the Olympic National Forest.

In 1980 he began raising organic vegetables and then flowers to keep his boys busy and to teach them business skills and the value of hard work.  He and the family sold produce and flowers at the Shelton and then the Olympia farmers markets.  That resulted in what today is Lynch Creek Farm and Lynch Creek Floral, where he served as delivery driver for many years and where in recent years he kept the small town political scene active over morning coffee, always happy to gregariously share his opinion whether you wanted to hear it or not!

He enjoyed collecting antique logging tools and photos and was active in the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors Assn.  Over the years he also beautifully refinished and restored dozens of pieces of antique furniture.

He was predeceased by his mother, father and stepmother.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Colleen (Shrum) Hunter and their three sons, Robert D. (Nancy) Hunter, James A. Hunter, and Andrew L. (Tracey) Hunter, and eight grandchildren James, Lucas, Isabella, Eve, Georgia, Zackary, Natalie and Elizabeth.

A Celebration of his life will be held Monday, April 22 at 2:00 PM, Faith Lutheran Church; Shelton, WA  98584.