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Shirley Marguerite Tapley

shirleytapley.jpgShirley Marguerite Tapley, age 89, a resident of NV State Veterans Home passed away on January 14, 2012 in Boulder City, NV. She was born on January 8, 1923 in Invermere, B.C. Canada to Richard Gladwyn and Eva Marguerite Hewer Newton.  She married Russell Chester Tapley on November 6, 1944 in Prince George, B.C. Canada and became a US citizen May 31, 1949.
Shirley trained as a nurse at the Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. Canada.  She was a grand homemaker.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and making crafts, playing the organ and looking for buried treasure with her Digger friends.  She was happiest when her nieces and grandchildren spent the summers with her and Russell.  Shirley was very active in the community as a PEO Sister, past member of Eastern Star, Job’s Daughter Guardian, Oomiacs, Rose Society of Auburn, and an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Ogden, UT and Auburn, WA and the United Methodist Church in Shelton, WA.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Deanna Calef of Seattle, WA; granddaughter Cristine Fraas of Las Vegas, NV; grandson Stuart Calef of Seattle, WA; great grand daughter Elizabeth Hanson of Las Vegas, NV; brother Donald Newton of Sydney, B.C. Canada; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband of fifty three years, Russell Tapley; her sister Muriel Louise Newton; three brothers Warner Newton, David Newton, and Richard Keith Newton.
Shirley will be interred with her husband at Tahoma National Cemetery in Washington at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Fund, Nevada State Veterans Home, 100 Veterans Memorial Dr., Boulder City 89005.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of Boulder City Family Mortuary.  The family invites you to sign the online memorial guestbook at


John D. “Dave” Rayson

raysonjohn.jpgJohn David “Dave” Rayson, 94, Shelton, WA passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Dave was born on September 13, 1917 to John W. and Beatrice (Vesey) Rayson in Centralia, WA. In 1937, he graduated from Irene S. Reed High School and joined the US Navy in November of 1941. Dave was honorably discharged in October of 1945 as Chief Motor Machinist’s Mate. He married Ruby Strikes in Chattsworth, Ill in July of 1977 and was employed by Simpson Plywood division for 27 years, retiring in 1980.

An all around good guy who truly loved his family and friends. He was an award winning gardener and loved being in the woods, hunting, fishing, trapping and cutting wood. He spent a great deal of time with wife Ruby traveling the country with their trailer and camping with friends. He was a devoted Catholic; a member of St. Edward’s Church, the IWA Local 3-38, VFW, and supported many veteran and senior organizations.

He is survived by his nephew, Bill Bailey, California; sister in law, Vi Adams, Lakewood, WA; stepdaughters, Yulanee McKnight, Texas, Cheryl (Rob) Craig, Texas, and Jeanette (Mike) Zimmerman, Illinois; stepson, Mark (Mona) Haberkorn, Illinois and numerous other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2007 and a brother.

Funeral services will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:00 am with burial to follow at Shelton Memorial Park.


Joseph I. Lescelius

LesceliusJoseph.jpgJoseph Isaac Lescelius, 84, of Shelton, WA died at Mason General Hospital on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Mr. Lescelius was born on September 1, 1927 to Isaac and Saima (Pietila) Lescelius in Portland, OR. He graduated from L’Anse High School in L’Anse, Michigan in 1945, received his Bookkeeping Certificate in 1946 from Suomi College, his Bachelor’s Degree from the Northern Michigan College of Education and his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan in 1958. He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict.

In June of 1960, he married Lois Irene Sandifer in Detroit, MI. Mr. Lescelius worked for Revere Copper and Brass as a bookkeeper until he was called for service. After college, he taught at Lake Shore High School in St. Clare Shores, MI for 30 years until he retired in 1990. He took great pride in teaching Driver Education and had a fondness for automobiles. He also enjoyed history and classical movies.  His retirement years were spent with his grandchildren and helping on his daughter’s farm. He loved all animals and also had dogs and cats of his own. His high school graduation quotation was; “Silence speaks louder that words,” and it fit him well. All people that knew Joe described him as a quiet, gentle and sweet man and he was well liked by all that knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (Christopher) Penoyer, Shelton; grandchildren, Patrick Penoyer, Ellensburg, WA and Timothy (Aurora) Penoyer from Klammath Falls, OR. He was preceded in death by wife Lois and brother Pete.

Memorial donations can be sent to Suomi College, 601 Quincy St. Hancock, MI 49930. A private family service will be held at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.