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Wilbert H. “Bill” Busack

busackbill.jpgWilbert H. “Bill” Busack, 89, a sixty year resident of Shelton, WA passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation.  He was born on July 23, 1922 in Hancock MN to Otto and Bertha (Hoope) Busack.  Bill served in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant and Tank Driver from October 1942 to January 1946.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a Purple Heart Recipient. 

On November 9, 1946 he married Marjorie S. Beresford in Toledo, OR.  They were married for 65 years.  Bill worked at Beckwith Jewelry, Washington State Correction Center, and the Washington State Patrol.  He retired in 1982.

He was a member of the VFW, Elks and the Methodist Church since 1951.  Bill enjoyed dancing at Little Skookum Hall, gardening and working in his yard, repairing holiday lights, and clocks. 
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie “Marge” Busack of Shelton, WA; sons, Gary L. Busack of Billings, MT and Scott Busack (Beverly) of Shelton, WA; daughter, Susan Bannier (Dan) of Monroe, WA; grandchildren, Ian, Jennifer, Danielle, Christy, and Sara; great grandchildren, Gavin, Andrew, Ella, Raylee, Andrea and Roman. 
A memorial service will be held at the Shelton United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm.  Inurnment will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Salem, OR at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of McComb Funeral Home.


Robert E. Zeller

bobzeller.jpgRobert E. Zeller, age 84, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, died on November 12, 2011, in Hoquiam, Washington. Mr. Zeller was born on January 17, 1927, in Seattle, Washington to George and Isis (LaCour) Zeller. He was raised on a farm south of Issaquah and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1945.

Three days after his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the US Navy and served on the USS Bronx during WWII, which traveled to the orient and transported troops back home. He was honorably discharged on July 30, 1946, at the rank of Quartermaster. He then served 8 years in the Navy reserve.

In 1951, he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Forest Management and began to work for ITT Rayonier as a Photogrammetrist and Timber Cruiser.  He retired in 1983 as a Regeneration Forester. He then worked for the Bureau of Land Management until 1986 and continued working as a surveyor until age 80.

Mr. Zeller had served on the Board of Directors for Grays Harbor Rayonier Federal Credit Union for 19 years, was a member of Northwest Forest Tree Seed Certifiers Association, Industrial Foresting Association Nursery Committee and Tree Seed Council.  In addition he was a member of the Hoquiam Elks and Lions Clubs.

In addition to Bob’s passion for forestry, he enjoyed boating in Puget Sound, family functions, photography, gardening, working crossword puzzles, helping his sons with house projects and traveling.  He particularly enjoyed spending the winter months in Lake Havasu City.

On July 12, 1958, he married Gloria Christian in Aberdeen. Gloria survives at the family home in Hoquiam. In addition to Gloria, surviving relatives include two sons Bruce Zeller of Shelton and Scott (Cheri) Zeller of Olympia; two granddaughters, Erica and Kady; a brother Jim Zeller of Wenatchee and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Karen Trader of Everett and Phyllis Harstam of Issaquah.

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Jeannie Shofner, officiating. A private entombment will take place at Aberdeen’s Fern Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests that remembrances be made to the Memorial Fund at Hoquiam Presbyterian Church.


John Heelen O’Connor

John Heelen O’Connor, 89, died Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Alpine Way Assisted Living in Shelton, WA.  He was born in Brunswick, Maryland to Cecil Heelen and Edna Marie (Stickley) O’Connor on August 15, 1922. 

John earned is BS at Shepard College, Martinsberry, WV and MS at Illinois State University at Normal IL.  He served in the USMC during WWII retiring from the Reserve as a Major in 1962.  On April 6, 1946 he married Natalie Osterhaudt in Brunswick, Maryland.  He taught history in Junior and Senior High School in Illinois for ten years.  John was then a sales representative for the Rand McNally Company in Colorado and in Washington for 15 years.  He was a member of the Marine Corp League and enjoyed trains, history, fishing, cruising in Alaska, Mexico and Caribbean. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Edna O’Connor; wife, Natalie O’Connor; and son, John P. O’Connor.  John is survived by his daughters, Michael Kriegbaum (Rich) of Allyn, WA and Connie Salmen (Wayne) of Longmont, CO; son, Thomas O’Connor (partner, Roberto Espinoza) of San Francisco; and six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Inurnment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery Denver, Colorado. The family was served by McComb Funeral Shelton, Wa.