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Veta M. Holtorf

holtorfvet.jpgVeta Marie Holtorf, 84, a resident of Shelton since 1929, passed away at the home of her daughter on Thursday, May 12, 2011. She was born on December 6, 1926 to Charles and Ida (Sleighter) Rader in Portland, OR. She attended Shelton Schools until 1945, married, raised a family and then went back to work for the Shelton School District as a bus driver for 11 years and a custodian for 12 years, after helping in the kitchen. She was also a domestic in many homes in between bus runs.

She loved her little dogs and cats, her flower and vegetable garden. She did a lot of fancy work for her family and friends. She was a member of the Southside Homemakers for years before they disbanded. She enjoyed working on the election boards and seeing old friends often. She also enjoyed the reunion breakfasts’ class of 1945. When her children were younger the whole family were avid horseback riders, one son still has horses.

Her husband, John, preceded her in death on July 23, 1987 after 37 years of marriage. A daughter, Starla in 1955, her father, Charles Rader and step mother, Helen; her mother Ida Staley and step father Charles Staley; and a brother, Paul Rader also preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children, Richard (Shirley) Holtorf, Las Vegas, NV, Sandra (Russell) Swarringim, Shelton, Sheila (Felix) Lewandowsky, Shelton and Robert Holtorf, Shelton. She leaves eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. There are four sisters, Adeta Edwards and Shirley Coleman of Shelton, Judy Salsgaard, Montana and Linda Westover of Tenino. There are many nieces and nephews, cousins by the dozens, keeping touch with many of them. She had several special friends that will miss her also.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Shelton Memorial Park. A potluck reception will be held following the service at Mason County Fire District 4. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.


Edward A. Lawrence

lawrencee.jpgEdward Andrew Lawrence, 40, passed away on April 13, 2011 at Lake Limerick. Ed was born on September 24, 1970 in Washington, Pennsylvania to Anthony and Mary (Danko) Lawrence.

He graduated from Shelton High School. Edward worked for a number of years for Costco and also owned and operated the former Railroad Ave. Antique Store. For the last five years, he has been employed by S & M Builders. Ed was a member of the Eagles. His hobbies included woodworking, pool, darts, camping, fishing, boating and playing dominoes. His family shared that he was a workaholic, very energetic and was an artist with wood. He did chainsaw carvings and also loved to cook; creating his own recipes that may have seemed odd but were delicious. They also spoke of how he loved animals and would often take in strays. He was the type of man that would give anyone the shirt off his back, always loyal, honest and dependable as well as fun. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, taking them on rides on his quads and tractors.

Survivors include his wife, Stefanie, Shelton; daughters, Rebecca (Stephan) Sorg and Emily Sorg (Nick Hanson), both of Shelton; son, Clinton “CJ” Sorg, Shelton; grandchildren, Timothy, Thomas, Robert, and Christopher; nieces, Hailey Marchesino and Jasmine Morey, both of Olympia; extended family, Frank Weeks, Marty Weeks, Julia Weeks, Kyleigh Gray and Sandy Strandwold. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, sister Michelle and stepdad Ed Gates.

A celebration of his life will be held at Lake Limerick Country Club on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm. A memorial fund has been set up at Our Community Credit Union, 526 W. Cedar St. Shelton, WA.


Fred O. (Bud) McDowell

mcdowellfred.jpgBorn on July 2, 1920 in Dayton, TX, Bud grew up on the shores of Hood Canal near Hoodsport, WA. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton, WA in 1938. After attending Washington State University for one year, Bud went to work as an electrician working on submarines at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, CA. In 1944 he joined the Army as a Air Corps Cadet and while in Carlsbad, NM met his future bride and love of his life, Barbara Wheatley.
After his military service, Bud and Barbara were married on July 26, 1946 in Artesia, NM. Following the wedding they moved to Seattle where Barbara began her teaching career and Bud enrolled at the University of Washington. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in Business Administration and also enjoyed an affiliation with Theta Chi Fraternity.
In 1949, Bud and Barbara built their home on Hood Canal where they raised their two children. Bud began his career as an employee of Simpson Timber Company in Shelton, where worked in the accounting department for 31 years until his retirement in 1980. In 1996, after living on Hood Canal for 46 years, Bud and Barbara moved to their current home in Shelton.
As a Mountaineer, Bud climbed most of the major peaks in Washington and Oregon. Tennis, climbing, water and snow skiing were favorite pursuits, as was nearly any athletic activity. He and Barbara also loved to travel both in the U.S. and abroad.
Bud attended the United Methodist Church where he served as Treasurer for 11 years. He also served for 3 years on the Mark E. Reed Scholarship Board and was on the Supervisory Committee of the Simpson Credit Union for many years. During his younger years, Bud was an enthusiastic member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Other affiliations include the University of Washington Alumni Association, the American Legion and the Mason County Historical Society.
By far, Bud’s greatest achievements in life were being a wonderful father to his children and a loving husband of Barbara for 64 years of marriage. He passed away at home on May 6, 2011 of an apparent heart attack. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Hazel and Fred McDowell, and sister Virginia Winkler. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Michael (Kathy), daughter Susan Dodds (Vince), six grandchildren: Amy McDowell, Sarah Rickert (Mark), Samantha Evans, Josh McDowell (Ashlynn), Monica Dodds, and Parker Dodds; and three great-grandchildren: Moriah McDowell, Blake Rickert and Addyson Rickert.
Remembrances may be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, P.O. Box 1549, Shelton, WA 98584-1549, or charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 1900 King Street, Shelton, WA 98584; Phone #360-426-4174.