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Jean J. Petty

pettyjean.jpgJean J. Petty, 89, lifetime resident of Shelton, died peacefully with family at her side on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Mason General Hospital. Jean was born on May 30, 1922 to Arthur and Gladys (Booth) Nelson in Shelton.

She graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1940. Jean worked as an oyster opener, for the State Patrol Academy in accident records and then as a correctional officer, retiring from the Washington Correction Center. Jean loved to cook and eat. She had a great sense of humor and loved a great laugh. Her hobbies included bowling, baseball, riding motorcycles, bingo, the Seahawks and Mariners and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved her little dogs, Suzy and Ichiro.

She is survived by her daughters, Melinda Kowel, Hawaii, Carolyn (Jim) Wood, Shelton, Elaine Bacus, Shelton; sons, Glen (Thais) Rau, WA/Brazil, and Gino Rau, Montesano; brother Tom Nelson, Shelton; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by all of her husbands. 

A celebration of life potluck will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Shelton Health and Rehab Center, 153 Johns Court in Shelton from 2 until 3. Memorial donations can be made to the Jean Petty Memorial Fund, c/o 321 SE Cook Plant Farm Rd, Shelton, WA or any Washington State Federal Credit Unions. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.

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.