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Barbara Jean (Barb) Hill

Hill_Barbara.jpgBarbara Jean (Barb) Hill of Shelton died of complications from a stroke Thursday, January 7, 2013. She was 76 years old. She was born on September 6, 1936 in Oklahoma City to Ralph and Viva Booth. Barbara was raised in Olalla, Washington and raised her family in Tacoma until 1973, when she relocated the family to Juneau, AK. She met Robert Hill in Alaska and they married in Reno on September 18, 1981, (their granddaughter Sara’s birth date). He preceded her in death in 2000. Barb raised her four children single handedly by working in restaurants as a waitress, manager and owner. She worked at the Nugget Department Store from the late 70’s until her retirement in 1986. Barbara was a member of the Red Hat Club and bowled on the same bowling team with close friends for over 20 years. She loved her family, black lab Rascal, bowling, gardening, canning and playing cribbage. During the summer you would see Barb riding her John Deere tractor around the property. Barb was a woman of character and heart, and lived enthusiastically. Barbara was preceded in death by her son, Michael Collins, parents Viva and Ralph Booth and husband Robert Hill. Surviving her are brother, William Booth of Columbus Falls, Montana, daughters Joanne White of Tampa, Florida, Sherry Meyer of Tacoma, Washington, and Kristi West of Juneau, Alaska. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Barb’s ashes will be released in her favorite spots in Alaska and Washington. Memorial donations may be made to Providence St. Peter’ Hospital in Olympia. A celebration of life is planned for May 11, at the Bend on Hood Canal. Contact daughter, Kristi, 16700 Ocean View Drive, Juneau, AK 99801 or niece, Bonnie, 253 E. Great Bend Drive, Union, WA 98592. For directions go to


Irvin L. Fletcher

Fletcher_Irvin.jpgIrvin Louis Fletcher, 71, died on Friday, December 14, 2012 in Kamilche, WA. Irvin was born on August 17, 2012 to Harry A. and Bertha O. (Daniel) Fletcher in Auburn, WA. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1959. He had been married to Christine Clark and Linda Logan, both marriages ended in divorce. In December of 1998, he married Mary Whitener in Reno, NV. 
Irvin was a welder with the Bremerton Naval Shipyard for many years and had also taught welding courses for Olympic College. His hobbies included welding, building boat and car trailers, firework stands and fishing commercially on his boats, “The Green Toad” and the “Little Green Toad”. His love of welding also included making wet forks for clam digging for other Squaxin Island members. He also enjoyed cutting and stacking wood and refinishing furniture. The family shared that everything he did was done to perfection and his latest obsession was collecting axes, refurbishing them and replacing the handles. He also loved auction sales, cars, car shows, and sports.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Fletcher, Shelton; parents, Harry and Bertha Fletcher; sons, Jim Fletcher (Susan), Jason Fletcher, Olympia, Daniel Fletcher (Joann), Lacey, Darren Ford and Don L. Whitener, both of Kamilche; daughters, Teresa Ford, Shelton, Rachel Ford and Rebeckah Ford, Kamilche, Tammy Ford, Shelton, Judy Aldridge, Shelton and Barbie Rockholm, Vancouver, WA; sister, Carolyn Hoosier (Gene), Shelton; grandchildren, Casey, Corey, John, Jacob, Johnathon, Kyla, Kayden, Erickah, Tyler, and Shelby and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at the Squaxin Island Gym on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:00 am followed by burial at the Squaxin Island Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, attention:memorials, 2120 First Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109 or the Northwest Parkinsons Foundation, P.O. Box 56, Mercer Island, WA 98040. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Frank G. Leeberg

Leeberg_ Frank.jpgOn Friday, December 14, 2012, Frank Gustave Leeberg passed away at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 89. Frank was born on June 9, 1923 to Theodore and Anna (Unseth) Leeberg in Rjukan, Norway and moved to the United States of America when he was seven. He attended school in Shelton and learned to speak English from his friends and classmates.
After high school he joined the US Army and was stationed in Grand Junction, Colorado where at a dance he met his bride, Arzilla Fishburn. They were married in Grand Junction in August of 1943. Upon settling in Shelton, Frank worked as a laborer in the construction industry here in Mason County. Frank was a member of the Eagles, the 40 et 8, and the Laborers Union.
He loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and yard work. He liked mechanics and was a wonderful story teller. He enjoyed spending time with his family and numerous friends. He was very fond of his dog “Gypsy”.
Mr. Leeberg is survived by his daughters Marlene Booten (Rick), Belfair, Sandy Deyette (Roger), Shelton, Linda Huggins (Jack), Shelton and Diane Puderbaugh (Kris), Shelton; sons, Larry Leeberg and Marty Leeberg (Star), both of Tacoma and Gary Leeberg (Joanne), Shelton; brothers, Gunnard Leeberg, Shelton and Harry Leeberg (Ann), Olympia; sisters, Lillian Settle (Merv) and Millie Nicholas, both of Shelton; 33 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Arzilla; son Chet; brothers, Martin and Robert; sister Frances Haywood; grandchildren, Larry Leeberg Jr. and Julie Deyette and beloved dog, “Bear”.
Donations can be made to the Salvation Army, 1505 5th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98506.
A Celebration of Frank’s life will be held at the Hope Chapel, 421 W. “E” St. in Shelton on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm.
McComb Funeral Home is honored to serve this family.