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Gerald D. Wilson

wilsongerald.jpgGerald Dean Wilson, 83, of Shelton, WA died on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Capital Medical Center in Olympia. Gerald was born on November 12, 1928 to Charles and Ethel (Bunce) Wilson in Flasher, North Dakota. In March of 1949, he married Geraldine A. Maphis in Yakima, WA where Jerry was a foreman for the Metropolitan Park District for many years. He purchased a coffee shop for his wife in Selah which started their careers in the restaurant business. They owned several restaurants throughout the years, a steak house in Seattle, then the Tift Haus in North Bend and eventually the well known Taylor Towne (now Taylor Station) Restaurant in Shelton in 1971 until his retirement in 1994.
Mr. Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family and working in his yard. He loved being on his tractor and working on their little farm where they once raised sheep, pigs, beef and chickens. He also enjoyed the Mariners, playing cards and spending time and going out to breakfast with friends every week Among his many achievements, Gerald had been the past president of the Chamber of Commerce in Selah, was featured as an Outstanding Young Man of America, 1965 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Selah Junior Chamber of Commerce for outstanding community service through loyal, faithful, and unselfish efforts resulting in a lasting contribution to community and nation.
He will be truly missed by all that knew him. He is survived by his wife Geraldine, Shelton; sons, Gary (Linda) Wilson, Randy (Dee) Wilson, Brad (Corinn) Wilson, Darrel (Marlis) Wilson; ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
At Mr. Jerry’s request, no services will be held.

Ronnie James Rivera

riverar.jpgRonnie James Rivera, 24, died Sunday, December 11, 2011 at his home in Shelton, WA. He was born November 4, 1987 to Harry James Johns Jr. and Veronica Rivera in Olympia, WA. He attended Shelton High School.  Ronnie married Sonia Silva on November 12, 2008 at the Skokomish Shaker Church.

He was a self-employed fisherman for the last 15 years. Ronnie was a member of the Squaxin Tribe and enjoyed basketball, fishing, hunting, clam digging and listening to music, especially fond of loud bass sound (bumping). He also enjoyed his nephews, the Shaker Church and canoe trips.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Sonia Silva, daughter, Kahlil Johns; brother, Jordan Lopeman-Johns; two sisters, Chickie Rivera-Williams, Billie Lopeman-Johns; father, Harry James Johns Jr.; mother, Veronica Rivera; grandparents, Mike and Rose Davis; brother-in-law, Howard Williams Jr.; numerous cousins, one niece and four nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Joyce Johns Owens in September 6, 2010 and Harry James Johns Sr. in 1991.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2011, 10:00am at the Squaxin Gymnasium.  Burial will be at the Squaxin Cemtery. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

 

 

Robin S. Sweitzer

sweitzerr.jpgRobin Sue Sweitzer, 50, of Shelton, WA died on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. Robin was born on April 1, 1961 to Freddie L. and Phyllis A. (McGee) Campbell in Olympia, WA. She attended school in Shelton. Robin was married to Donny Sweitzer during the 80’s. He passed away in 1993.
Robin was a homemaker and a member of the Eagles of Shelton. Her hobbies were sewing and going to the casino. She loved being outdoors, picking mushrooms, riding quads, working on cars, going to garage sales and second hand stores, and walking her dog “Mack.” Her family shared that she loved her grandchildren tremendously and the loved her, even to the point of sneaking out at night to go over to her home. They described her as being loving, outgoing, motivated, friendly, well known, a prankster, strong willed and stubborn at times. She collected hearts and small figurines. She really enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren.
Survivors include her parents, Phyllis and Don Lyons; daughter, Michelle (Brandon) Marks; sons, Jackie (Nicole) Krueger Jr, Brent Sweitzer, and Jimmie (Anna) Huff; sisters Bernice (Rocky) Langley and Carol (Rueben) Bernel; brother, Rick Emsley; and grandchildren, Amelia, Michelle, Dakota, Chad and Kennadi. All are from Shelton.

Memorial donations can be made to the Adopt a Pet, 940 E. Jensen Rd. Shelton, WA.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:00 at Hope Chapel, 421 W “E” St. Shelton, WA.