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Fred O. (Bud) McDowell

mcdowellfred.jpgBorn on July 2, 1920 in Dayton, TX, Bud grew up on the shores of Hood Canal near Hoodsport, WA. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton, WA in 1938. After attending Washington State University for one year, Bud went to work as an electrician working on submarines at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, CA. In 1944 he joined the Army as a Air Corps Cadet and while in Carlsbad, NM met his future bride and love of his life, Barbara Wheatley.
 
After his military service, Bud and Barbara were married on July 26, 1946 in Artesia, NM. Following the wedding they moved to Seattle where Barbara began her teaching career and Bud enrolled at the University of Washington. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in Business Administration and also enjoyed an affiliation with Theta Chi Fraternity.
 
In 1949, Bud and Barbara built their home on Hood Canal where they raised their two children. Bud began his career as an employee of Simpson Timber Company in Shelton, where worked in the accounting department for 31 years until his retirement in 1980. In 1996, after living on Hood Canal for 46 years, Bud and Barbara moved to their current home in Shelton.
 
As a Mountaineer, Bud climbed most of the major peaks in Washington and Oregon. Tennis, climbing, water and snow skiing were favorite pursuits, as was nearly any athletic activity. He and Barbara also loved to travel both in the U.S. and abroad.
 
Bud attended the United Methodist Church where he served as Treasurer for 11 years. He also served for 3 years on the Mark E. Reed Scholarship Board and was on the Supervisory Committee of the Simpson Credit Union for many years. During his younger years, Bud was an enthusiastic member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Other affiliations include the University of Washington Alumni Association, the American Legion and the Mason County Historical Society.
 
By far, Bud’s greatest achievements in life were being a wonderful father to his children and a loving husband of Barbara for 64 years of marriage. He passed away at home on May 6, 2011 of an apparent heart attack. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Hazel and Fred McDowell, and sister Virginia Winkler. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Michael (Kathy), daughter Susan Dodds (Vince), six grandchildren: Amy McDowell, Sarah Rickert (Mark), Samantha Evans, Josh McDowell (Ashlynn), Monica Dodds, and Parker Dodds; and three great-grandchildren: Moriah McDowell, Blake Rickert and Addyson Rickert.
 
Remembrances may be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, P.O. Box 1549, Shelton, WA 98584-1549, or charity of choice.
 
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 1900 King Street, Shelton, WA 98584; Phone #360-426-4174.

 

Gilford Dean Palmer Jr.

dean.jpgGilford Dean Palmer Jr. of Vancouver, WA died in the family home Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the age of 48. Dean, as he was known to his friends and family, was born October 29, 1962 in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
 
Dean was well traveled as an "Army Brat" and in 1981 he graduated Balboa High School in the Rep. of Panama known at that time as the Canal Zone.  While in school he played football, both on the offense and defense. He was named All Ismithenian, (equivalent of All State in the US ) three years running, two in high school, and one playing for  Panama College.
 
Dean returned to the states in 1982, and in 1985 joined the US Navy where he met his future wife Brenda. They were married in October of 1986 and would have celebrated their 25th Anniversary , this year. They were blessed with four children, Kristy whom Dean adopted after their marriage, Paul, Leah, and Heather, who "adopted" the Palmer's in 2003, and who presented them with a granddaughter, Angela.
 
At the time of his death, Mr. Palmer was in his 12th year working for Schneider National Carriers, as a Driver/Trainer/OSR. He joined the company in October of 1999, enjoying touring the country driving long haul, before accepting an "in house" position in 2004. Besides being a trucker, Dean was also a licensed Aircraft Mechanic, having graduated from Alabama Aviation & Technical School, Ozark, AL in 1987. The Palmer's spent eight years in Southeast Alabama before returning to the Pacific Northwest were he continued to work in the aircraft industry until being downsized, which brought him to a lifelong interest in becoming a long-haul driver. He also enjoyed working as a reserve police officer, EMT, and volunteer firefighter for the city of Daleville, AL, while he resided there.
 
He was an avid Harley rider, also enjoyed sailing with his family in his spare time. He collected Marshall Pottery, Wagner and Griswold Cast Iron Cookware, and had recently begun collecting antique pocket watches.
 
Dean is survived by his wife, Brenda, son, Paul, and daughter, Nikki( Leah) all of the family home in Vancouver, WA, daughters,  Kristy of Woodburn, OR,  Heather Erwin and granddaughter, Angela of Beaverton, OR. Dean’s parents, Gil and Betty Palmer of Shelton WA, brother, Patrick and sister-in-law, Emma, and niece, Kathrine of Navasota, TX. He is also survived by many friends, and co-workers. He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents.

Memorial donations can be made to Penny Harvest c/o Schneider National Carriers Green Bay, WI or to Smokey Mountain Children's Home, Sevierville, TN.

 Services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Shelton Christian Church, 105 Arcadia Ave, Shelton WA. The Rev. Bruce Thacker will be officiating. Burial at Shelton Memorial Park, Shelton, WA will follow the service.  Arrangements are under the directions of McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.

Martha R. Taylor

taylorm.jpgMartha Ruby Taylor, 91 passed away on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Alpine Way Retirement Center in Shelton. Martha was born on July 4, 1919 in Tacoma, WA to Charles and Lenna (Anderson) Sheppard. Her family moved to Shelton when she was age 4 where she attended school and graduated from Irene S. Reed High School.

On June 8, 1946, she married Lewis Taylor in Shelton.  Martha raised two sons and worked as a courtesy clerk for Lumbermen’s for three years. She then went on to work for PUD #3 as a customer service clerk and retired in 1977 after 30 years of service.

Mrs. Taylor was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She volunteered at the Mason County Senior Center. She and her husband were members of the Good Sam’s Club and enjoyed traveling and walking. Her hobbies included ceramics and spending time with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Clifford (Vanessa) Taylor, Heath, OH and Mike (Debbie) Taylor, Noble, OK; grandchildren, Chris (Emily) Taylor, Karen (Justin) Middleton, David (Rachel) Taylor, Jeana Schultz, Kimberly (John) Butts, Clifford Jr. and Andrea Taylor. Eleven great grandchildren also. 

Viewing will be held at McComb Funeral Home, 703 W. Railroad Ave, Shelton on Thursday April 29, 2011 from 9 to 4. and services will be on Saturday, April 30 at Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” St, Shelton at 2:00 followed by burial at Shelton Memorial Park and a reception. Donations can be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.