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Wendel Keith Stewart

stewart.wendal.jpgWendel Keith Stewart, 78, of Shelton, WA died peacefully at his home with loving family at his side on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Wendel was born on April 9, 1933 to Robert L. and Ruby F. (Ebner) Stewart in Bartelsville, OK. He served in the Korean War as a parachuter and military police of the US Marines.

Wendel married Kaye J. Frisbee in Nevada in January of 2003 and was a police officer in Seattle until his retirement. Mr. Stewart enjoyed fishing, boating, gardening and swimming.

He is survived by his wife, Kaye; sister, Norma Rolla, Bellevue; children, Brent Stewart, Seattle, Bruce Stewart, Renton, Lynette Stewart, Fall City, and Brian Stewart, Bonney Lake; stepchildren, Michael Rowley, Sumner, James Rowley, WA, Davie Rowley, Everett, Jon Rowley, Lynwood, and Teresa Tegman, Everett; and eleven grandchildren.

At Mr. Stewarts request no services will be held.

Donations can be made to Providence Hospice, c/o Providence St. Peter Foundation, 413 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98506-5166.



Martin J. “Jim” Hart Jr.

hartj.jpgJim M. Hart Jr. 82, died at Mason General Hospital on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Mr. Hart was born on May 16, 1929 to Martin J. and Dorothy (Hayssen) Hart Sr. in Portland, OR. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1947 and was drafted into the US Army, serving in South Korea 1951 until 1952. After serving in the Army, he returned to start his own sheet metal shop and heating company, a trade he learned from his father.

Jim was well known in Shelton as the “furnace guy”. He went above and beyond to make sure his clients were warm, often times going out at all hours of the day or night to pick up parts and to make repairs. He was a regular at Nita’s to start his day with her breakfasts and to read the paper. Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was very involved as an offering counter and active in the mission trips, where he had made several trips to Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua, helping to build churches. He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 10 for nearly 10 years also. He liked working on the computer, hiking, was an avid reader and interested in genealogy, making family books for all of his family. He was a very kind, generous man, who was always there when you needed him and he will be missed by many.

Survivors include brother, Gerry (Joane) Hart and sister Pat (Cecil) Crow, both of Shelton. He had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donations can be made to The First Baptist Church Missions/Honduras, 428 W. Cota St. Shelton, WA.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm.

Wyla E. Barney


barneyw.jpgWyla Ellen Munuluk Barney, 86, of Christmas Village in Shelton, WA died peacefully at home on Monday, July 25, 2011. Wyla was born on June 30, 1925 to Walter and Beulah (King) Nichols in Kotzebue, AK. It was there that she inherited the middle name “Munuluk” from the native Alaskans.

Her family moved from Alaska to Idaho when Wyla was three. She graduated high school in Leavenworth, WA and attended college at the Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, ID and then obtained her Bachelors Degree from the University of British Columbia. Wyla married Willis Barney in June of 1945. Mrs. Barney taught school in Canada from 1968 until 1969, but was mainly a homemaker and wife of a Pastor, raising three children. Wyla was a member of the Nazarene Church and strong in her faith.

Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, rockhounding, sewing and music. She played the organ and the vibraharp. Wyla was an avid reader and especially enjoyed science fiction and was a huge Star Trek fan.

Survivors include her husband, Willis, of Shelton; daughters, Wyla (Charles) Wood, Shelton and Francie (Jim) Sylvester of Monroe; son, Al Barney (Lee Lafleche), Olympia; brother, Will Nichols, Caldwell, ID; sister, Dorine Nichols, Nampa, ID, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Wyla was preceded in death by Her parents, brother Lauren Nichols and an infant grandchild.
Memorial donations can be made to the Church of the Nazarene, 1331 Shelton Springs Rd. Shelton, WA or the Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443. A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, Shelton on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm.