Susan D. Keir
Susan D. Keir, 90, of Issaquah, died on Jan. 21, 2001 at home. Private family services will be held.
Mrs. Keir was born on Oct. 5, 1910 in Jacksonville, Fla. She was raised near Sedro Wooley and graduated from Ballard High School in Seattle. While in high school she won several beauty contests.
She married Lavern C. Keir on Oct. 23, 1955, in Marysville. The family moved to Issaquah in 1956.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Lavern and Susan owned and operated the L.C. Keir Company in 1956. The business continues today with their daughter Jodie May as president.
In her leisure time, Mrs. Keir enjoyed interior designing, baking cookies, fishing, camping, hunting, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Keir is survived by her husband of Issaquah; son Doug Keir of Bothell; daughters Linda McKnight of Issaquah and Jodie May of Maple Valley.
She was preceded in death by daughter Diana Flagg in 1993.
Remembrances may be made to Eastside Fire & Rescue, 175 Newport Way N.W., Issaquah, WA 98027.
Arrangements are by Flintoft's
Richard LaLanne, 54, of Bremerton, formerly of Issaquah, died on Jan. 15, 2001, in Bremerton. At Mr. LaLanne's request, no services will be held.
Mr. LaLanne was born on June 19, 1946 in Seattle, the son of Donald and Gladys LaLanne. He was raised in Issaquah and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1964.
He served with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Medal, the Naval Unit Citation twice, Vietnamese service medal twice, Vietnamese campaign ribbon, Good Conduct medal, and a National Defense medal.
Mr. LaLanne worked as a delivery driver in construction for many years. He was a former member of the Order of DeMolay, Sammamish Valley Chapter in Issaquah. In his leisure time Mr. LaLanne enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and was a sports fan.
Mr. LaLanne is survived by his brother John "Pete" LaLanne of Issaquah; nephew Jason D. LaLanne of Clallam Bay; and niece Kendall A. LaLanne of Issaquah.
The family suggests remembrances to the American Heart Association.
Charles H. McNeil
Charles H. McNeil, 93, of Bellevue, formerly of Issaquah, died on Jan. 19, 2001, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. A memorial service for Mr. McNeil was held Jan. 22 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Bellevue.
Mr. McNeil was born on Nov. 29, 1907, in Sandstone, Minn., the son of George and Jennie McNeil. He was raised in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in water purification in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked in hospital administration in Minneapolis.
Upon retirement, he moved to Sun City, Ariz., where he met and married Edelweiss Wilson on April 10, 1982. While in Sun City he volunteered in hospice care. He moved to Providence Point in Issaquah in 1991 and then to Bellevue in 1997.
Survivors include his wife; step-sons Dr. Bill Wilson of Sammamish and James Wilson of Ladysmith, British Columbia; five step-grandchildren and five great step-grandchildren.
Remembrances may be made to the University of Washington Cancer Research Fund, In Memory of Julie Wilson, 1959 N.E. Pacific St., P.O. Box 356043, Seattle, WA 98195.
Alyce L. Schlick
Alyce L. Schlick, 80, of Providence Point in Issaquah, died on Jan. 14, 2001, at Marianwood.
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 27 at Providence Marianwood.
Mrs. Schlick was born on July 31, 1920, in Savannah, Mo., the daughter of George and Lula Lauber. She was raised in Shenandoah, Iowa, and graduated from Shenandoah High School.
She married Richard W. Schlick on April 4, 1943, in Shenandoah. The family lived there until 1987 when they moved to Providence Point.
In her leisure time Mrs. Schlick enjoyed cooking, entertaining, playing bridge, reading, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband; daughter Sarah Alsdorf of Seattle; sisters Helen Johnson of Omaha, Neb., and Mary Shea of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother Ez Lauber of Shenandoah, Iowa; and two grandsons.
Remembrances are suggested to Providence Marianwood Foundation, c/o Cindy Sharek, 3725 Providence Point Dr. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98029.
Tatiana I. Elder of Issaquah died Jan. 23, 2003, in Kent.
She was 90.
A funeral service was held Jan. 27 at FlintoftÕs Issaquah Funeral Home.
A committal service followed at Lower Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah.
Mrs. Elder was born on Jan. 8, 1913, in Harbin, Manchuria in China, the daughter of Ivan and Elena Bookteev.
She was raised in China and married James C. Elder on Feb. 19, 1932, in Peking, China.
Before World War II the family moved to the Los Angeles area.
In 1966 the family moved to Issaquah.
In her leisure time she enjoyed needlepoint, puzzles, attending church, cooking and spending time with her family.
Survivors include two sons, James C. Elder II of Issaquah and Hugh M. Elder of Cusco, Peru; daughter Elena E. Austin of Duvall; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Maria Dolores Guzman of Guadalajara, Mexico, died Jan. 21, 2003, at Overlake Hospital.
She was 53.
A funeral service was held Jan. 24 at FlintoftÕs Issaquah Funeral Home.
Mrs. Guzman was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico to Antonio and Beatris Guzman.
She was raised in Guadalajara where she attended school.
After school she went to work in the family home to raise the rest of her siblings.
On May 1, 1966, she married Ramon Alvarez in Guadalajara where they settled and started a family.
She continued her work as a homemaker.
Her family remembers Mrs. Guzman as a strong and hard-working woman who touched many lives through her daily activities.
She was a loving mother and friend.
In her leisure time, she enjoyed listening to music and mariachi, dancing, and spending time at home.
Mrs. Guzman especially enjoyed playing with her grandchildren.
Survivors include sons Patricia Guzman, Ramon Alvarez and Armando Alvarez of Issaquah, and Francisco Alvarez of Guadalajara; daughter Maria De Lourdes Alvarez of Issaquah; her parents, Antonio Guzman and Beatriz Leon of Guadalajara; brothers Felipe, Francisco, Antonio, Guillermo and Enrique of Guadalajara; and sisters Martha and Irma Guzman of Guadalajara and Leticia Guzman of Issaquah.
Darrell T. Nelson
Darrell T. Nelson, 67, of Issaquah, died on Jan. 22, 2001, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.
A memorial mass was held on Jan. 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A reception followed.
Mr. Nelson was born on Dec. 30, 1933, in Madison, Wis., the son of Thomas and Fidelis Nelson. He was raised in Darlington, Wis., and graduated from Darlington High School and the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the 1950s. On Oct. 10, 1959, he married Frances L. Hall in Lewiston, Idaho. Mr. Nelson worked for Safeco for 40 years, and retired as assistant director of claims in select markets in 1998.
The family moved to Issaquah in 1983 from Atlanta, Ga. In his leisure hours he enjoyed traveling, golf and was an avid sports fan. For 10 years he enjoyed attending Mariners spring training in Arizona. The family enjoyed their winter home in Mesa, Ariz.
Survivors include his wife; daughters Valerie Baylen of Woodbridge, Va., and Kathe Knox of Honolulu, Hawaii; his mother; sons Tom Nelson of Issaquah and David Nelson of Bothell; sister Kay Coombs of Madison, Wis.; and six grandchildren.
Remembrances are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Esther T. Smith
A graveside service for Esther Thompson-Williams-Smith, 88, of Issaquah, will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 2, 2001 at Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. A reception for family and friends will take place at the Vasa Lodge in Upper Preston following the services. Mrs. Smith died on Jan. 27 in Issaquah.
Mrs. Smith was born on Oct. 10, 1912, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Thompson, who were Issaquah pioneers in the 1880s. She grew up in Issaquah, graduated from Issaquah High School in 1930 and married Vernon C. Williams, who preceded her in death In 1956.
She later resided in Hawaii where she met her second husband, Francis D. Smith, whom she also resided with in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colo., for several years.
Following Mr. Smith's death in 1985, she returned to live in Issaquah in 1986, where she live until her death.
According to the family, Mrs. Smith's greatest joy was traveling worldwide throughout her lifetime. She was a member of the Gilman Rebekah Lodge, the Skogsblommen Vasa Lodge No. 378 in Upper Preston and the Issaquah Senior Center.
Survivors include niece Terri Adams and husband Mike of Pennsylvania; and nephews Don Paulsen of Stanwood, Ron Paulsen and wife Darlene of Lacey, Dale Anderson and wife Barbara of Issaquah and Morgan Smith and wife Kathy of Pennsylvania.
Remembrances may be made to the Issaquah Senior Center, 105 Second Ave. N.E., Issaquah WA 98027.
Charles F. Stiegele
Charles F. Stiegele, 71, of Issaquah, died on Jan. 24, 2001, at home. A funeral service was held on Jan. 27 at Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home. Mr. Stiegele was born on Feb. 2, 1929, in Dunlap, Ill., the son of Harry and Hazel Stiegele. He was raised in Dunlap and attended Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
Mr. Stiegele and his wife of 50 years, Marge, resided in Anchorage, Alaska, for 35 years prior to moving to Washington. He retired from Alaska Mutual Bank in 1983 and moved to Issaquah in 1994.
In his leisure hours Mr. Stiegele enjoyed sailing, golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife; daughter Cindy Stiegele of Anchorage, Alaska; sons John Stiegele of Temecula, Calif., and Steve Stiegele of Taftville, Conn.; and 10 grandchildren.
Remembrances are suggested to the Issaquah Senior Center.
Eleanor Marie Findlay, 78, of Maple Valley, died on Jan. 24, 2000.v Private burial was held at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Mrs. Findlay was born on July 28, 1921, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Grant and Anna Sallade. She was raised in Chicago.
She married Robert J. Findlay on Aug. 21, 1941 in Lemont, Ill. She moved to Redmond in 1954, and then to Issaquah in 1975.
In her leisure hours, Mrs. Findlay collected dolls and volunteered at Asland in Issaquah.
She moved to Maple Valley in 1979.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert J. Findlay III, in 1979. Survivors include her husband of Maple Valley, and one grandson.
Remembrances are suggested to Children's Hospital Foundation. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home.
Harvey Clarence Hope, 87, of Issaquah, died on Jan. 26, 2000, at his home. Mr. Hope was born on March 10, 1912, in Pittsburg, Pa., the son of William and Anna Hope. He was raised in Pittsburg, where he graduated from high school. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. From 1946 to 1965 he served as a marine engineer for the Military Sea Transportation Service. He retired from the Merchant Marines in 1974.
He married Eleanor L. Wicklund in September of 1950 in Seattle. The family moved to Seattle in 1951.
Mr. Hope was a private pilot and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Renton. Survivors include his wife and his son, Bill Hope of Seattle.
Remembrances are suggested to an animal shelter or a charity of choice. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home.
William Melvin Lewis Hutsen
Funeral services for William L. Hutsen, 80, of Sammamish, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Feb. 3, 2000, at Faith United Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd. S.E., Sammamish.
He died on Jan. 30 at Providence Marianwood.
Mr. Hutsen was born June 25, 1919 in Osgood, Ind., the son of Elmer and Nora Hutsen. He was raised in Columbus, Ind., graduated from Columbus High School and attended Indiana Central.
On March 4, 1951, he married Imogene Eslinger in Indianapolis. He began his career as a semi-pro baseball player and then was an independent insurance agent for the rest of his life.
They moved to the Plateau in 1933.
Mr. Hutsen loved to attend all of his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of Sammamish; sons Yogi Hutsen of Sammamish and David Jones of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters Clauda and Alberta; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Remembrances may be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute or Faith United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are by Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home.
Clarence "Tuffy" and Emily Ackerman
A joint memorial service for Clarence "Tuffy" and Emily Ackerman of High Point will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 9 at the High Point Trinity Evangelical Church. Mr. Ackerman, 89, passed away on Jan. 27, 2001. Mrs. Ackerman, 81, passed away on June 12, 1998.
Mr. Ackerman was born Nov. 9, 1911, in Issaquah and was a lifetime resident of High Point. He was a logger and avid golfer.
Mrs. Ackerman was born on Dec. 26, 1919, in Preston and lived there until her marriage to Mr. Ackerman in 1938. She was a homemaker, artist and teacher of her craft.
Survivors include daughters Susan Barron of Kent and Linda Strittmatter of Port Orchard; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Ackerman is survived by brother Art Ackerman of Seattle. Mrs. Ackerman is survived by brothers Kenny McFarlane of Seattle and Clyde McFarlane of Raymond.
Elvin A. Barlow
Elvin A. Barlow, 87, of Issaquah, died on Jan. 29, 2001, at his home in Issaquah. A private burial was held at Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah.
Mr. Barlow was born on Oct. 10, 1913, in Issaquah, the son of John and Wilhelmina Barlow. He was raised in Issaquah and graduated from Issaquah High School. He married Clara D. Lane in 1950.
Mr. Barlow farmed the Barlow homestead in the Issaquah Valley for 45 years until 1960. Later he operated a radiator shop in Issaquah that he ran for another 20 years. He was a member of the Issaquah Valley Grange. In his leisure time, Mr. Barlow enjoyed traveling, photography and gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 17, 1998.
Survivors include stepdaughter Patricia Brundage of Issaquah and stepson Jack R. Lane of Snohomish; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to Eastside Fire & Rescue.
Arrangements are by Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home.
Margaret C. Ruby
A memorial service for Margaret Catherine Ruby, 85, formerly of Issaquah, will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 10, 2001, at Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home. Mrs. Ruby died Jan. 30 in Soap Lake, Wash.
Mrs. Ruby was born June 4, 1915, in Minnesota to Alfred and Mary Johnson. She married Ralph Ruby on Oct. 7, 1941. They and their four children moved to Renton, Wash., in 1950. In 1983 they relocated to Issaquah where Mrs. Ruby was a long time volunteer at the Issaquah Food Bank.
She moved to Soap Lake in June 2000 to be with her daughter, Loretta. She enjoyed quilting and needlework her entire life.
Mrs. Ruby is survived by daughters Loretta Armstrong of Soap Lake, Janet Reini of Ada, Ohio, and Maryana Case of Palmyra, Mont.; son Harold Ruby of Issaquah; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Ethel C. Strid
Ethel C. Strid, 84, of Sammamish, died on Jan. 24, 2001, in Sammamish. A family graveside ceremony is planned on Feb. 24 at Fir Conway Cemetery.
Mrs. Strid was born on Jan. 29, 1916, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Anna Kemnitz. She was raised in Chicago and married Carl John Strid on Sept. 3, 1938, in Chicago.
Carl and Ethel lived in La Canada, Calif., until 1978 when they retired to Wilderville, Ore.
Mrs. Strid was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 1, 1994. In 1994 she moved to Issaquah to be near her daughter. She was a member of the Happy Hookers sewing club.
In her leisure time she enjoyed camping and fishing, gardening, sewing and crocheting, building rock walls, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include daughters Sally Doss of Sammamish and Carolyn Ramsey of Eagle Point, Ore.; sons Jack Strid of Howard, Colo., Tom Strid of Poulsbo, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Angele Marie deMers Anderson
Angele Marie deMers Anderson, of Issaquah, died Feb. 7, 2002, at home.
She was 39.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way.
Mrs. Anderson was born on June 18, 1962, in Seattle.
She moved with her family to Eastern Washington in 1963 and spent her early childhood in Wenatchee.
She attended elementary school there until 1979, when her family moved to Mercer Island.
In 1982 she graduated from Issaquah High School.
After being reacquainted with her high school sweetheart, Mark Anderson, in 1998, they were married in September 1999 in Port Gamble.
They had lived in Issaquah since getting married.
Mrs. Anderson enjoyed taking care of her snow-white dove, "Rosie."
She was preceded in death by her mother, Deanna M. deMers, in 1988.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her father, Lambert; stepmother June; brothers Andre deMers, and Armand deMers; and stepsisters Suzanne Hobbs and Vicki Braden.
Remembrances may be made to the Issaquah Food Bank.
A memorial service for Bob Nelson, of Issaquah, will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 13, 2002, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah.
A graveside committal service will be at Fairmont Cemetery in Spokane.
Mr. Nelson died Feb. 9 at Providence Marianwood in Sammamish.
He was 75.
He was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Barberton, Ohio, to William and Edith Nelson.
He was raised and attended school in Barberton before moving to San Diego, Calif., where he graduated from high school.
In July 1945 he entered the Marine Corps, and he served in World War II and Korea.
On Feb. 18, 1956, he was married to Karen Tollefsen in Spokane.
They lived in Spokane, San Diego and Seattle for a short time before settling in Issaquah in 1963.
Mr. Nelson was employed as a truck driver for Chevron Standard Oil Co. for 38 years before his retirement in 1989.
In his leisure time he enjoyed woodworking, television, coffee and spending time telling stories, usually about his work at Chevron.
His family remembers him as a terrific husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammye, in 1980.
Survivors include his wife of Issaquah; son Buck Nelson of Snohomish; daughter-in-law Betsy Nelson; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances to the American Cancer Society.
Emmet Utter, of North Bend, died Feb. 8, 2002, at his daughter's home in North Bend. He was 93.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18 at Bellewood Retirement Center, 3710 Providence Pt. Dr. S.E.
Mr. Utter was born on Dec. 1, 1908, in Alma, Neb., the son of Fred and Alice Utter.
He was raised in Superior, Neb., and in the early 1930s he worked as a surveyor in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Roseburg, Ore.
This group was one of the original set up by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In 1934, Mr Utter received a degree as an aeronautical engineer from Poly Technical College of Engineering in Oakland, Calif.
On Sept. 29, 1937, he married Frances Ferrier in Hastings, Neb.
They moved to Wichita, Kan., where he worked as an aeronautical engineer for 35 years at the Beech Aircraft Corp.
In April 1995 he and his wife moved to Bellewood Retirement Center in Issaquah.
Mrs. Utter preceded him in death on June 5, 1998.
Mr. Utter was a member of College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita and the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and church activities, and he also enjoyed fishing, golf, stamp collecting, hunting and all sports.
Mr. Utter is survived by two daughters, Jane Scanlin of North Bend and Mary Campbell of Lake Charles, La; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances to Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, 165 Front St. N., Issaquah, WA 98027.
Helen L. Sutter
Helen Sutter, 83, a long-time resident of Issaquah died Feb. 8, 2000, at her Bellevue home.
A memorial service was Feb. 12, at Flintofts Issaquah Funeral Home.
Mrs. Sutter was born in Easton. She married Fritz Sutter in 1936.
After a stint in Coolee City, where Mr. Sutter worked on and survived a fall from Coolee Dam, they returned to Issaquah. Here they began a car dealership across from the old Issaquah Feed and Grain store owned by brother-in-law Ben Sutter, and purchased property along east Lake Sammamish. Later they would begin a logging business, move to Oregon and California, and then return in the late 40's to build a home on the lake.
Mrs. Sutter was a bookkeeper for the family businesses and worked for the federal government as a materials forwarder. In the mid 1970s they moved to Phoenix, Ariz., so she could accept a promotion. They returned upon her retirement a few years later.
Mr. and Mrs. Sutter enjoyed travel and visited Europe, Australia and Mexico, and cruised the Panama Canal and Alaska.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Hazel Main, of North Bend.
She is survived by sons Fred of Lacey, Richard of Shoreline, Jim of Issaquah and Robert of North Bend; daughter Pamela Spencer of North Bend; sisters Wilma Boone of Olympia and Betty Powell of Wapato; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances to your favorite charity.