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Earl Q. Rodger

rodgere.jpgEarl Quentin Rodger, 86, Shelton, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the home of his daughter on Harstine Island. Earl was born on June 5, 1925 in Hardwick, Vermont to Earl C. and Mary M. (Ayer) Rodger. He graduated in 1941 from St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, VT and from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1949. He worked as a structural engineer for the Boeing Company, Seattle until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Rogers served in WWII, 1942-1945, first as a Merchant Marine, than transferring to the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1948, he married Christine Grant. Mr. Rodger was a member of the EAAP (Experimental Aircraft Association Program). His hobbies included boating, flying (owned several airplanes), was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge and was a WWII history buff. His family shared that he was a very quiet and reflective man.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Rodger (Joni), Lacey and Richard Rodger (Kelly), Olympia; daughters, Susan Watkins (Jeff), Shelton and Carolyn Stegall (Larry) of Salem, Oregon; sister, Margaret Guy, Levitton, PA; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2006 and two sisters.

A private family service will be held at a later date with inurnment at the Harstine Island Cemetery. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Ruth E. Broughton

broughtonr.jpgRuth Elenora Broughton, 87, Shelton, WA passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at her home. Ruth was born on July 25, 1924 in Midland County, Kentucky to Albert E. and Mary Jane (Karstens) Short. Ruth was raised in West Seattle and graduated in Seattle. She married Bud Johnson in  1943. He passed away in 1968. In 1970, she married Robert Broughton, passing in January of 2002. years.

Ruth was an artist and a homemaker. She studied art in Seattle and Shelton, paintings shown at the Seattle Center, the Norway Center in Seattle, Thurston County fair, Lacey Mall, St. Peters Hospital, Mason County Fair, Mason General Hospital and numerous places of business in Shelton Ruth was one of the artists who painted the “fourteen stations of the cross” for St. Edward’s Catholic Church here. Her hobbies included painting (oils and watercolor), needlework and volunteering. She enjoyed collecting spoons and was an avid Mariner fan and Jeopardy fan. She was very active at the Mason County Senior Center, Station 7 Sirens, Nifty Thrifty, Mt. Olive Ladies Auxiliary, served on the Mason County Fair Board, and instrumental in the establishment of Shelton Art Club.

She is survived by her son, Rick Johnson, Shelton; sister, Alberta Broughton, Yuma, AZ;  two grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands and two brothers.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Mason County Senior Activities. 826 W. Railroad Ave. Shelton, WA. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Pamela A. Hartwell

hartwellp.gifPamela Ann Hartwell, 47, of Shelton, WA passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the home of a close friend surrounded by her loving family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer. Pam was born on August 7, 1964 in Newton, New Jersey to Robert R. and Elizabeth (Riker) Place Sr. She moved to Shelton when she was twelve years old, attended school, and married Don Hartwell Sr. in March of 1997.
Pamela started waitressing at the age of 15 and continued the career until her passing. She was a well known, well loved waitress with an incredible ability to remember the favorite dishes of her patrons. She leaves her legacy at some of the local restaurants here, The Pine Tree, Blondie’s and Suzan’s.

Pam’s hobbies included camping, hiking, traveling, loved the ocean, exploring old ghost towns, knitting, card playing, barbequing, and target practicing. She and her husband shared the love of their 5 dogs and the restoration of old cars.

Survivors include her husband, Don Hartwell Sr; mother, Elizabeth Place; daughters, Melissa Johnson, Rebecca Munoz, and Tiffany York; sons, Bobby Lee Jr., Jeremy Munoz, Donald Hartwell Jr. and Gary Hartwell ( Tony) all of Shelton; brothers, Robert Place (Danae Bayley), Shelton and Mark Place of McCleary. She had eleven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by father, Robert Place.

Memorial services will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:00. Pamela was a blue jeans and flannel shirt sort of gal on her days off. The family asks that anyone attending the memorial dress casually in her honor. Memorial donations can be made to Western Washington Oncology, Charity Care, 3920 Capital Mall Dr. SW, Olympia, WA. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.