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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.

 

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.