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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.


Charlene Mae Cooper

coopercharlene.jpgCharlene Mae Cooper, 64, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, WA.  She was born in Olympia, WA on December 21, 1948 to Wilson W. and Sarah L. (Miller) Johns.  Charlene attended the Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympic College and Bellingham Indian College.  On October 21, 1989 she married Arnold Cooper Sr. in Olympia, WA.  

Charlene began her working career as a Community Health Representative, then as a lead clerk at the Kamilche Trading Post and most recently as a Cultural Resource Technician II for the Squaxin Island Tribe.  She was passionate about her position, interviewing elders of the tribe to be saved in the archives of tribal history.  Charlene was a member of the Shaker Church.  Her hobbies included: collecting native baskets, Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola memorabilia and native Indian dolls.  She was the inspiration of the tradition of the Cedar Rose corsages given out at tribal services.  She enjoyed cooking, especially for family holiday, garage and yard sales.  Her family described her as being the glue that held the family together, compassionate, and big hearted, a great wife and mother and a person who gave above self.  One of her biggest loves were her grandchildren, especially her daughter, Nicole’s and son’s baby boys, Adam J.E.B. Jr. and Treyson and her concern for the Elders of the Squaxin Nation.  

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wilson W. Johns Jr.; and son, Wilson Neal BlueBack.  She is survived by her husband, Arnold Cooper, of Kamilche; daughters, Rose Boggs (Cody), Nicole Cooper, Angel Johns all of Kamilche, Alexandria Cooper of Shelton; sons, Nicholas Cooper, Alan Cooper, Gene Cooper, Rusty Cooper, Tom BlueBack, and Chauncey BlueBack (Karen) all of Kamilche; stepfather, Herb Johns of Kamilche; brothers, Issac Johns (Babe) and Sunny Johns of the Skokomish Nation; sisters, Elizabeth Yeahquo (Conrad) of Steamboat Island, Ruthie Whitener (Andy) of Shelton, Sarah Johns of Kamilche, and Iladee King (Jerry) of Shelton; twenty-two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


A service will be held at the Squaxin Island Gym in Kamilche on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:00am.