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Don R. Kantas

kantasd.jpgDon Raymon Kantas, 70, died on Monday, January 30, 2012 at his home in Shelton, WA.

Don was born on April 20, 1941 to Harry and Angeline (Mainates) Kantas in Portland, OR. He graduated from Park Rose High School in Portland, Or in 1960, attended Oregon Polytech and received his Associates of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1960, he served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves, being honorably discharged in 1968.

He married Joan Fursman in 1965 and divorced. He was later married to Colleen McGee in 1997 and divorced in 2008. Don worked in the sawmill industry for over 30 years as a mill superintendent and plant manager. He was best known for breaking production records and his unconventional or “old school” management style. Previous employers include Louisiana Pacific Corp, Wisconsin, Little Skookum Lumber Co, Shelton, Mary’s River Lumber Co, Montesano, Bambee Mill Inc, Renton, Treesource Co, Spanaway and Tumwater Lumber.

Mr. Kantas was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and the Elks. He was a hard working man who enjoyed sports and helped coach Little League.

He is survived by his daughter, Mia Kantas, Shelton; sons, Tony Kantas (Sonja Cady), Olympia and Steve Kantas, Shelton; sisters, Marsha Beckman (Marv), Portland, OR and Christine Kantas, Medford, OR; brothers, Andrew Kantas, Paris Kantas (Cecil) and Mark Kantas, all of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Alex, Gabbie and Noah Kantas and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Shelton on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at noon with a reception to follow. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Carolyn Thoensen Hughes

carolynhughes.jpgCarolyn Sue Thoensen Hughes, 64,  of Union, WA, died after a brief illness on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia Washington. Carolyn was born in Davenport to Lester O. and Julia Thoensen on July 2, 1947; she graduated from West High School in 1966 and moved to Washington State in 1969.  She married Everett Hughes in 1984.

Those left to celebrate her life are her Husband, Everett, Daughters Pamela Martinson and Karen (Andy) Koehler, Son David Martinson, and Granddaughters Alicia and Alexis Martinson, all of Washington.  Mother Julia Thoensen and Brother Steve (Sally) Thoensen of Davenport, Sister in Law, Carolyn Thoensen, Rock Island, Ill. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her father and her brother Herb Thoensen.


Shirley Marguerite Tapley

shirleytapley.jpgShirley Marguerite Tapley, age 89, a resident of NV State Veterans Home passed away on January 14, 2012 in Boulder City, NV. She was born on January 8, 1923 in Invermere, B.C. Canada to Richard Gladwyn and Eva Marguerite Hewer Newton.  She married Russell Chester Tapley on November 6, 1944 in Prince George, B.C. Canada and became a US citizen May 31, 1949.
Shirley trained as a nurse at the Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. Canada.  She was a grand homemaker.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and making crafts, playing the organ and looking for buried treasure with her Digger friends.  She was happiest when her nieces and grandchildren spent the summers with her and Russell.  Shirley was very active in the community as a PEO Sister, past member of Eastern Star, Job’s Daughter Guardian, Oomiacs, Rose Society of Auburn, and an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Ogden, UT and Auburn, WA and the United Methodist Church in Shelton, WA.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Deanna Calef of Seattle, WA; granddaughter Cristine Fraas of Las Vegas, NV; grandson Stuart Calef of Seattle, WA; great grand daughter Elizabeth Hanson of Las Vegas, NV; brother Donald Newton of Sydney, B.C. Canada; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband of fifty three years, Russell Tapley; her sister Muriel Louise Newton; three brothers Warner Newton, David Newton, and Richard Keith Newton.
Shirley will be interred with her husband at Tahoma National Cemetery in Washington at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Fund, Nevada State Veterans Home, 100 Veterans Memorial Dr., Boulder City 89005.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of Boulder City Family Mortuary.  The family invites you to sign the online memorial guestbook at