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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.


Jefferson “JB” Stroud

stroudjeff.jpgJefferson Boyd “JB” Stroud, 92, of Shelton, WA died on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center. JB was born on October 28, 1918 in Mt. Pleasant,  Arkansas to Esmer O. and Mary (Fleetwood) Stroud.

He was drafted into the US Army in 1941, and was stationed in Seattle, where he met Velma Prince. They  married on February 3, 1945, and after the war, spent the next 20 years in Shelton where he was employed by ITT Rayonier Co. and then Simpson Timber Co. In 1966, they relocated to Arkansas where he was employed by McDonnell Douglas Corporation, retiring in 1976. During that time, he served as president of the Union for nearly 5 years. In 1978, the family moved back to Washington State where Jay worked for Certified Manufacturing for a time.

Mr. Stroud’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, coon hunting in Arkansas with his coon dogs, training hunting dogs, gardening, dancing, coaching his son’s baseball games and enjoying John Wayne movies. After the passing of his wife Velma, JB returned to Melbourne, Arkansas, and later married Opal White in 1996. In 2010 he returned to Shelton to be closer to his children.

Survivors include daughters, Jaydee Stroud, Bremerton and Mary Jo (David) Walterick, Belfair, WA; sons, David (Neva) Stroud, Sacramento, CA; and Danny Stroud, Shelton; grandchildren, Tracy (Keith) Cook, Shelton, Jason and Noah Stroud, both of Sacramento, Mason and Taylor Stroud, Shelton, Nathan Walterick, Belfair, Danielle Walterick, Shelton, beloved nephews Kenneth and Harold Stroud, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Velma and brother Rayburn.

Services will be held at The Shelton Presbyterian Church, 1430 E. Shelton Springs Rd. on Saturday, September 17. 2011 at 1:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Kenneth Thele

thelek.jpgKenneth Thele, 80, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2011 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation surrounded by his family.  Ken was born Morris Kenneth Thele on August 6, 1931 to Walborg and Sverre Christian Thele in Berlin, New Hampshire.  Ken grew up in New York City living in all four burrows at one point of time. 

Ken joined the army on January 23, 1951 where he was stationed in Fukuoka Japan during the Korean War.  His honorable discharge date was December 24, 1953.  When he got out of the army he moved to Elma, Washington where his parents had moved to.  His father was the Methodist minister for the Elma, McCleary and Satsop Church.  He met his wife of 53 years in Elma.  Ken married Marlene Ardell Pehrsson on September 21, 1957.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big party with family and friends in September of 2007. 

At age 16, Ken spent a summer in Norway where he first learned to play "The Bones". After retirement he played his bones in Karaoke bars and amazed many. His other hobbies were: string art, sports, photography, karaoke, playing poker, fishing and golfing.  He never missed a little league game and he was the coach for his daughter’s softball teams for many years.  Fishing was a great love of his all his life, starting as a child where he went fishing with his dad in upstate New York at Loon Lake.  Ken had a great love of Photography and had owned his own photography studio in Aberdeen (Flower Studio) during the early years of marriage.  He started working at the Washington State Corrections Center in January 1965 when it was first opened, working as a Correctional Officer for 25 years.  He retired from the state of Washington, Washington Corrections Center in 1988. He was also active in the Nimrod Club, Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge and Historical Society. 

He was preceded in death by his sister Esther Kendall and her twin sister Gladys who died at birth.  Ken is survived by his wife, Marlene Thele; children, Richard Kenneth Thele, Cindy Lou Nuxoll and Vikki Sue Gigstead; sister, Shirley Richard; brother, Sigurd Thele; grandchildren, Thomas Paul Gigstead Jr., Melissa Marie Gigstead and Cadie Lou Nuxoll; great granddaughter, Rose Marie Gigstead and one more on the way which will be named after him.  

There will be a Celebration of Life at the Satsop Methodist Church at 2pm on Friday, September 9, 2011. The family request that in lieu of flower memorial donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.  On line condolences may be sent on  The family is being served by McComb Funeral Home