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John T. Doherty

Doherty_John_Thomas.jpgJohn Thomas Doherty of Harstine Island in Shelton, WA passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. John was 84 years old. Mr. Doherty was born on November 15, 1928 to Morris and Vera (Johnson) Doherty in Spokane, WA. He attended school at Central Valley High School in  Spokane and was drafted into the US Army where he served in Germany during the Korean War. In November of 1950, he married Kathleen May Cords in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. After his honorable discharge from the Army, John went to work for the Kaiser Aluminum Mill in the Spokane area then on to trade school. He then went to work for the Caterpillar Company and eventually moved to Kent, WA working for the United States Postal Service from 1961 until his retirement in 1989. During that time, John obtained many awards in the postal industry for his dedicated and innovative contributions as a mechanic. John was a Mason, a member of the Eagles, and a member of the Harstine Islands Community Club and the Garden Club. In 2004, he was named Harstine Island’s Citizen of the Year. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening and growing a vegetable garden, canning his bounty, cooking (especially his spaghetti, chile, and other interesting recipes), fishing, camping, reading and spending time on the computer. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and dogs, Molly and Amy. His family shared that he was a jokester with a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, Shelton; son, John Doherty Jr., Tacoma; daughters, Susan (Bruce) Wolford, Tacoma and Sharon (Steve) Fischer, Tacoma; brother, Michael (Lynn) Doherty; grandchildren, Brooke and Zach Wolford, Michael and Sean Collins, Olivia and Devin Fischer and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Howard Doherty and sister, Phyllis Dean. Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of the donor’s choice. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Harstine Island Community Hall on Harstine Island on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at noon.


Donald Milford Shellgren Jr

ShellgrenJr_Donald_M.jpgDonald Milford Shellgren Jr., 68, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Mason General Hospital of a cardiac event during recovery after open heart surgery.  He was born on August 9, 1944 in Olympia, WA to Donald Milford and Jean Barbara (Anderson) Shellgren Sr.  Donald was a resident of the Belfair, Allyn area for 65 years. On May 23, 1964 he married Madelon Rarey in Bremerton, WA.  He was employed as a supervisor with Simpson Timber Co. for over 30 years and with Olympic Panel Products for 10 years.  Donald was a member Lake Limerick County Club, Lakeland Golf and County Club, president of mens club at Lake Limerick for several years, coached for North Mason Pee Wee program, coached for Shelton American Legion Baseball Club, football coach for Hawkins Middle School, assistant baseball coach at North Mason, and he coached Bobs Tavern basketball.  He enjoyed playing golf, collecting baseball card, and landscaping.  Donald was a sports enthusiast and played co-ed softball and water sports.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Katherine Shellgren.  Donald is survived by his wife, Madelon Shellgren of Belfair, WA; sons, Steven Shellgren (Joyce) of Fremont, NE, Scott Shellgren (Shannon) of University Place, WA and Dave Dirksen (Miye) of Tacoma, WA; daughter, Lori Dean (David) of Shelton, WA; sisters, Vicky Dudley of Bremerton, WA, Candice Mao of Tacoma, WA, Shelly Renner of Port Orchard, WA; eleven grandchildren, two beautiful great granddaughters, numerous nieces, nephews cousins and an inner circle of close friends.  Memorial donations can be sent to the North Mason High School Baseball Program, 200 E Campus Drive, Belfair, WA  98528.  A memorial service will be held at Lake Limerick Country Club on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.


David Terry Seymour

Seymour_DavidTerry.jpgDavid Terry Seymour, 65, left this earth on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 in Federal Way, WA. David was born on September 26, 1946 to Roy and Clara (Bagley) Seymour in Taholah, WA. He graduated from Moclips High School in 1968 and never married, but had lots of wives. Mr. Seymour was one of fourteen children and was the first of his family to graduate from high school. David grew up in Taholah and was a member of the Quinault Indian Nation’s Veterans Association. He excelled in basketball at the Moclips
 High School and joined the US Army after graduating. David was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and he served in Viet Nam where he was awarded a purple heart for his heroic efforts. After his honorable discharge, he went on to work with the NOAA crew (National Oceanography Atmospheric Administration). He also worked in the logging industry, driving dump trucks, etc. with Jackson Logging and exercised his treaty rights as a commercial fisherman under the Medicine Creek Treaty.  David has worked the last 24 years in law enforcement for the Puyallup Indian Tribe. David also worked for the Squaxin Island Tribal Police Department from 1987-1995. He was the Fire Arms Instructor for many tribes. David was a believer of the Indian Shaker Church. He was on the Grays Harbor Pool League where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His family shared that he was a very generous man with a huge heart and a great sense of humor up until the very end.  Even though he never married, he helped raise many of his nieces and nephews. He loved being on the water and knew the majority of waterways and inlets of the Southern Puget Sound.  He was instrumental in the building of the 1st Squaxin Gymnasium. He enjoyed chasing women, always telling us he was looking for a new auntie or sister-in-law for us. Some of his hobbies included visiting and playing the lottery at Top Foods, Safeway and Albertson’s in the Olympia area, playing golf with his buddies from the Puyallup Police Department and also liked to hunt, bake bread and enjoyed his new, but classic 1940 Chevy coupe. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and coworkers, who loved him dearly. He is survived by his sisters, Lila Jacobs and Elizabeth Perez, both of Kasich; brother, Phillip (Lynell) Martin, Taholah and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. David is preceded in death by parents, Roy and Clara (Bagley) Seymour; siblings, Lewis and Francis Jr,  Napoleon, Thelma Capoeman, Ed Claplanhoe, Lucille Hause, Lavina Reeves, Marjorie Hill and Roy Joseph and Mabel Seymour. Donations can be made to the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, P.O. Box 50020, Mailstop S200, Seattle, WA 98145. Services will be held at the Little Creek Event Center at the Little Creek Casino on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:00 and burial to follow at Sunset Cemetery in Hoquiam, WA. A reception will follow the burial. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.