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Margie Laatz

Margie Laatz died on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Born Margie Mae Johnson in Chicago on May 17, 1924, she moved with her family to Seattle as a small child. Settled on the east side of Queen Anne hill, Margie attended John Hay ES & Queen Anne HS. She later attended the U of W where she met & married her husband Lorenz Laatz in 1944. Early time together was brief, as the US Army Air Force sent her new husband to the South Pacific to command P-38 support & maintenace squadrons.

After  the war, Margie & Lorenz settled in the Magnolia Bluff area of Seattle where they lived & raised a family for many years. In the mid-1950's Margie took a pioneering step for women of her age & returned to the UW to finish a degree in education. An affinity & unique manner of communicating with small children led her to become a 1st grade teacher first at Coe ES then for most of her career at Magnolia ES Seattle SD & videos of her classrooms were used as models for early primary education training even after her retirement in 1982.

During the 1960's Margie & family spent most summers at Bayshore beach cabins near Shelton, WA. Friends, contacts & a love of that area led Margie & Lorenze to build a house on the 18th faiway of Alderbrook GC in 1982. There they spent their retirement years entertaining, traveling, & enjoying family.

Margie is preceded in death by her husband in 2001 & survived by 2 sisters, Viola & Barbara, 2 sons, John Laatz of Bremerton & Robert Laatz of Olympia & her beloved daughter Marnie Dominy who remained connected & devoted through Margie's waning years of declining health. While walls were adorned with pictures of 6 grandchildren, she had anticipated the birth of 2 new great grandchildren due this fall.

Margie will be missed by all.

Arrangements by McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.


Larry N. Shelton


sheltonl.jpgLarry Neal Shelton, 71, died on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Mason General Hospital.

Larry was born on February 17, 1940 to John C. and Mary Shelton in Long Beach, CA. His father worked in civil service so Larry attended George Washington High School in Guam, graduating in 1957. He then entered the US Navy, serving from 1957 until 1961. He achieved his Associates Degree in criminal justice from Delta College in 1972 and then attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Modesto, CA. He married Margaret Busey and divorced and later married Stephanie Smith in 1978 in Stockton, CA.

Larry started out as a volunteer police officer for 10 years working into a full time position as deputy sheriff for 22 years in San Joaquin County, retiring in 1994, returning to the work force for the Cosmopolis Washington Police Department and retiring again as Lieutenant in 2003. Mr. Shelton was instrumental in developing the San Joaquin County Metro Bomb Unit and extremely proud of being a bomb technician.

He was a Christian man and a member of the IABTI (International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators), the Eagles Club and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. His hobbies included guns, teaching and studying anything pertaining to law enforcement, fishing, cooking, especially barbeque, and traveling to Reno. He loved his family and his grandchildren. His family shared that their father was strict, but had a huge heart and was loving as well.

Survivors include wife Stephanie, of the family home; sons, Loren (Anna) Shelton, Stockton, CA, Joseph Maciel, Stockton, Michael (Kelly) Maciel, Modesto, CA; daughters, Kelly (Robert) Anderson, Spokane, Karla Shelton, Stockton; grandchildren, Jacqueline Speare, Katelyn Curi, Thomas Anderson, Michaela Shelton, Hannah Shelton, Ian and Anthony Maciel and great grandson Mason Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers James and Jerry Shelton.

At Mr. Shelton’s request, no service will be held at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Family to notify.  Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, attention memorials, 2120 First Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

Larry Edwin Harper

harperl.jpgLarry Edwin Harper, 70, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Larry was born on December 1, 1940 in Centralia, WA to Wilbert J. and Helen May (Zwick) Harper. He graduated from Mossyrock High School and served in the US Navy from November of 1961 until February of 1966.  He was on the USS Enterprise Attack Squadron,  the USS Ranger and a Vietnam veteran. 

After serving in the Navy he went to work for Simpson Timber Company for 37 years, retiring in 2003.  Larry met and married Peggy Marie Harper  and would have celebrated 43 years of marriage this July. Larry was a life member of the VFW Post 1694 and helped out with many of the Posts projects. He placed flags around the town on special holidays and was involved with the Poppy Program. He also served on the Cemetery board and was a “sidewalker”  for Happy Trails. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and picking wild blackberries for pie.

Larry is survived by his wife of the family home, son Tom (Tammy), Fairbanks, AK; sister Nancy of Mossyrock, an aunt, cousins and many, many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son Tracy and brother Ralph. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW Post 1694 in memory of Larry Harper.

Memorial service:
Church of the Latter Day Saints in Shelton

916 Connection, Shelton WA

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 1:00