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Richard “Dick” D. Doak

doakdickd.jpgDick Doak, 75, Shelton, passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Dick was born on October 27, 1935 to Donald and Velma (Anderson) Doak in Clark, South Dakota. At age 2, he moved with his family and settled in the Skokomish Valley. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1954.

He served in the US Naval Reserves for a brief time before becoming a produce manager for retail grocery stores working in Seattle, Burien and Shelton. Dick enjoyed life to the fullest. In his younger day he enjoyed cars and driving. He was a terrific shuffleboard player, playing on leagues for many years and honored in the Shuffleboard Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed boating, sailing and going on cruises with his close companion, Peggy. He liked playing computer games and playing cards. Dick had a wonderful sense of humor, liked telling jokes and was known to push one’s buttons. He delighted in taking the time to keep in touch with old friends and classmates with just a phone call. His cats, “Silky girl” and “Misty Mouse” brought him much joy, as did his family and friends.

Survivors include his love and companion, Peggy Holman; son, Richard Kallay, Seattle; stepdaughter, Dana Anderson; four grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Billy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Skokomish Grange Hall on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


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.