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William H. Phipps

PhippsWilliam.jpgWilliam “Bill” Phipps, 73, Shelton, WA passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. Bill was born on January 29, 1938 to John and Losie (Ealy) Phipps in Page, Kentucky. From 1954 to 1959, he served as a sergeant for the US Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. Mr. Phipps married Carole Corder in 1959, she passed away in 1976. He then married Sherryl Exline in Vancouver, WA.

Bill’s working career spanned 40+ years in the floor covering industry. He began with Hollytex Carpet Mills in various capacities from plant maintenance, to plant manager, oversaw the construction and brought to production a new mill in Pennsylvania and eventually moved into whole-sale sales. William traveled extensively in numerous sales manager positions across the US, working for a variety of carpet mills. Throughout his life, family was key. William spent the majority of his life sharing his carpentry, fishing and hunting skill with family members. There was nothing he couldn’t create – from beautiful pieces of furniture to assisting with grandkids with school and hobby projects. The joy of sharing his amazing skills touched all of us.

Survivors include his wife, Sherryl, Shelton; daughter, Kim Remmen, Shelton; sons, John Phipps, Mollala, OR and Michael (Lorie) Phipps, Salem, OR; brother, Claude (Joanna) Phipps, Latexo, TX; half-sisters, Judy Timmons, Everness, FL, Barbara Milke, Mt. Morris, MI and Arlene Mastenbook, Aloha, OR; grandchildren, Josh (Angie) Remmen, Julia (Ryan) Stuart, Leevon Carlson, William Phipps, Stacy Phipps and Austin Phipps; great granddaughters, Page Remmen and Emma Stuart. He was preceded in death by parents, wife Carole and brother Don.

Donations can be made to Wounded Warriors, Navy League, 2115 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101
Marines Toys for Tots, 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr. Triangle, VA 22172

A celebration of his life will be held on his birth date, January 29, 2012 at Little Creek Casino from 1 to 3. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Delbert P. Hartwell Sr.

hartwelld.jpgDelbert Peter Hartwell Sr., 88, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center. Delbert was born on December 5, 1923 to Frank and Margery (Butrick) Hartwell in Darrington, WA. Mr. Hartwell attended Lincoln High School in Seattle and enlisted in the Army Air Corp in April of 1943 and served in Italy during WWII. He was shot down over Austria and was a prisoner of war for 6 months upon return was awarded the Purple Heart. He met his wife, Jean Van Dal, when she was 11 years old and they married when she was 16. They  have been married 66 years. In 1958, he started out as a distributor for the Seattle PI in Seattle. In 1955, he transferred from Seattle to Shelton continuing to work for the Seattle PI; in 1965 he started employment with the Shelton Post Office and officially retired in 1984.

Mr. Hartwell was a member of the Masonic Lodge, VFW, the POW’s, Moose and Elks. His hobbies included golf, fishing, and bowling. He enjoyed solitaire on his computer and loved reading western novels, especially Louis L’Amour. He and his wife were “snowbirds” for many years and traveled to Yuma, Arizona. Delbert enjoyed playing slots at the casino, peanut butter sandwiches and spending time with his kids and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, Shelton; sons, Delbert (Juanita) Hartwell Jr, Shelton, Terry (Mary) Hartwell, Chehalis, Donald and Daniel (Teresa) Hartwell, both of Shelton; sister, Joy (David) Amos of Pt. Ludlow, WA; nine grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and daughter in law Pam. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O.Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

A service will be held at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Elmer Smith Sr.

smithelmersr.jpgElmer Smith, 77, of Shelton, WA passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 surrounded by his loving family at his home. Elmer was born on November 13, 1934 to Elmer and Lucy (Shafer) Smith I in Tacoma, WA. He attended Richmond High School in California and married Jeanette Bingham in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in November of 1966.

Elmer was a contract logger for Manke Lumber for many years. He also grew Christmas trees in Grays Harbor County and in Shelton. Mr. Smith was a member of the National Rifle Association and a group known as the “Digging-Outers”, a clan of friends who liked to go out searching for and digging up old bottles. Elmer enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. He loved gardening, growing a large garden every year and picking wild blackberries. His main passion however, was collecting bottles, crocks and anything old. He was a very giving, compassionate man, who did many good things for people, with the only reward being that they in turn do something good for someone else.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; daughter, Theresa (Charlie) Wright, of Brady, WA and Melissa (Everardo) Jaime, Olympia, WA; sons, Kenneth (Elodie) Smith, Elmer Smith III, Gordy Smith, Earl (Karen) Smith, and Ronald (Marlene) Smith, all of Shelton; sisters, Lillian Lawrence and Joan Dorame; brother, John Paul Troy; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Geraldine Thacker and Jacki Troy.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.