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Joseph Jacob Glaser

GlaserJoe.jpgOn Sunday, July 15, 2012, Joseph Jacob Glaser left this world peacefully to be with his Savior. Joe was born on March 27, 1920 to Hugo A. and Celia F. (Yenny) Glaser in Tacoma, WA. Joe grew up and was a well known resident of Harstine Island and was a shipfitter for the Naval Shipyard for over 32 years, retiring in 1973.
In 1955, he married Myrtle Knight in Shelton and raised three daughters, Patricia Kinnett (James), Linda Motes (Leon) and Margie Rolf (Dave). The marriage ended in divorce.
Joe enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Joey. He also enjoyed horticulture, fishing, picking oysters and digging clams. He was an avid reader and loved dogs. He took care of all the dogs in the neighborhood with his pockets full of treats. Joe was the best Dad in the world, was very thoughtful of others and one of the kindest, most gentle persons one could have ever known.
He leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his companion of 25 years, Idell Rutherford; sisters, Helen and Margaret; and brothers, Andrew, Dick and Bud.
Donations can be made to the Bud Glaser Aluminum Can Fund. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Sunday, August 12, 1012 at the Harstine Island Community Hall at 1:00 PM. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.


Don L. Lyon

LyonDon.jpgDonald Lee Lyon, 81, of Shelton, WA died on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Mason General Hospital. Don was born on August 25, 1931 to Donald R. and Arta (Givens) Lyon in Mabton, WA. He moved to Shelton shortly after his birth and married Phyllis A. McGee in Reno, NV. They were married 38 years.
Don worked as a foreman for Dan Wilson’s Lath mill on the Shelton waterfront. When the mill shutdown, he and his wife opened up “Don’s Second Hand” store where they worked for another six years.
He was a member of the Eagles and the 40 et 8 Club. His hobbies included woodworking, working on cars, cutting wood, trips to Reno and watching old westerns and sci-fi movies.  His children described him as being ornery, mischievous, and that he had a wonderful sense of humor. He especially enjoyed joking and teasing his son Jackie and all of his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He will be missed by his beloved wife, family his poodle “Fiesty” and 30 pound cat named “Baby”. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, Ted and Jimmy Lyon, Jackie Krueger; daughters, Cindy Pike, Donna Davis and Barbara Giles; stepson Richard Emsly; stepdaughters, Bernice Langley and Carolee Bernal, all of Shelton. He had 40+ grandchildren, 30+ great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter Robin Sweitzer.
A gathering of friends and family will take place at the family home on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Donations can be made at Adopt-a-Pet, 941 E. Jensen Rd. Shelton, WA. 98584


Roger Easton

Dear friends of Bigelow House Museum
Our dear friend and board president Roger Easton passed away yesterday, July 2, after a short illness.
Roger was a faithful advocate of local and regional history, and loved the Olympia community.  His decades of contributions and leadership in numerous historical societies, projects and events can not be overestimated.   Along with his time at Bigelow House, Roger helped found the Olympia Historical Society, he served on the Olympia Heritage Commission, Lacey Historical Commission and the Thurston County Historic Commission.  He also volunteered his time with the Washington State Archives, transcribing and indexing innumerable documents for public access.

Roger was a lifelong teacher and a good friend.  We will miss him terribly.

Memorial arrangements TBA.  

-Edward Echtle
On behalf of the Bigelow House Preservation Association Board

  • Chrisanne Beckner
  • Lynn Erickson
  • David Goularte
  • Tom Lockhart
  • Shanna Stevenson
  • Craig Swalling

Dear friends of Bigelow House and local history,
You are invited to a community gathering to remember our friend, historian Roger Easton.  This is an informal event where you can share your memories and talk with others about Roger and his life and work.
The event takes place Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the historic Jacob Smith House in Lacey Washington: 4500 Intelco Loop SE  Lacey, WA.
Donations to the following organizations may be made in Roger's memory:

--Edward Echtle
On behalf of the Bigelow House Preservation Association Board