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Arlin McLellan Jr. Born June 23, 1935 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away April 16, 2014 in Issaquah, WA. A visitation will be offered 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Tuesday, April 29th, at Fir Lane Funeral Home, 924 E. 176th St. in Spanaway. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 PM at Fir Lane Memorial Park.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

CORRECTION Josephine E. McColm Services will be at 2:00pm on 4/25/2014 at Lake City Community Church, 8810 Lawndale Ave. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Ernest "Ernie" Lee McMains Sr. Passed away from natural causes on Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was born in Tacoma, Washington on November 15, 1978 to Steve and Cathy McMains. Ernie attended Wilson High-school in Tacoma, Washington. Upon graduation, he worked for McMains Roofing as a General Laborer and then was promoted to Sales and General Manager. He is survived by his three children, daughter Ciara, sons Ernest Lee Jr. (E.J.) and Silas; Fianc‚ Shelley Pritchard and her daughter Neveah; mother Cathy and father Steve McMains; siblings, older brother John McMains, twin brother Phil McMains and his wife Shannon, and younger sister Misty Brickey (McMains) and her husband Jason; grandfather Dennis McMains and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and so many friends. Ernie was an avid hunter, BBQ Master and NFL Sports enthusiast. He enjoyed being active in the lives of his young children. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday April 26, 2014 at Fir Lane Memorial Park Funeral Home. 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, WA. There will be a wake following the Funeral services. (Location is undetermined at this time but will be announced afterward). Please bring your favorite potluck BBQ dish. Per family request, please wear your favorite NFL Sports team colors or Sports Gear.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Irene Corbett Bird Irene was born on December 4, 1921 in Miles City, MT to Thomas and Irene Corbett, and passed away on April 22, 2014 in University, Place, WA. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack L. Bird, two sons, Brian and Jack Jr., and her brother Joe Corbett. She graduated from Stadium High School, where she was voted the most popular girl and most talented girl in her senior class. She also attended Marylhurst Women's College in Oregon and the University of Puget Sound. She is survived by sons William (Pat) and Gary, daughter Marianne Hilton (Tom), and grandson Evan Bird. Irene was a piano teacher and past president of the Tacoma Chapter of Washington State Music Teachers Association. She was pipe organist for St. Patrick's Church for over seventeen years and at St. Nicholas Church in Gig Harbor for eight years. She was an avid golfer and was the Ladies Champion of Gig Harbor Golf Club (Artondale) for two years. She played golf at Fircrest Golf Club for 37 years. Also surviving are her sisters, Ann O'Brien, San Rafael, CA, Mary Schweitzer of Portland, OR, and Margaret Inglima (Robert) of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, and sister-in-law Betty Corbett of Portland, OR. She would be very grateful for contributions in her memory to St. Patrick's Church, Catholic Community Services, FISH Food Banks, or the Franciscan Hospice House. The family would like to thank Dr. Felix Vladimir and staff, Dr. James Patterson and Vicki, and the Franciscan Hospice House team for their exceptional care. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1001 N. J St., Tacoma, WA, 98403, with graveside services following at Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma, WA. Please sign online guest book at Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Jim Francis Born January 29, 1948, Died April 14, 2014. He said he wanted to write his own obituary and even started a draft years ago. Given all the stuff we saved and collected for 40 years, it's a sure bet it will never be found. But never mind he said any day well lived beyond age 60 was a bonus. He was born in the panhandle of Texas, and I thought he was just making up names of towns when he said where he came from, like Muleshoe, for example. That's where he played in the marching band and graduated high school. He later graduated with degrees in Fine Art and Early Childhood Development from the University of Puget Sound. He taught in the Tacoma School District for 25 years, first in art, but later found his true passion in Head Start. He did not think he would was fully successful unless he could engage these families in the educational process. As funding for these programs dwindled (ask him about Ronald Reagan and prepare for a fight!) he moved into elementary grades, where he learned that his more advanced students could become effective mentors, tutors and role models for other kids in class. His classrooms were noisy, chaotic and stimulating places to learn. He was a talented artist in pottery, paint, charcoal and lately striking kaleidoscopic photography compositions. He would also go off on needlepoint binges and was known for his glamorous if not excessive gift-wrap work when the occasion would arise. As a daring and inventive cook, he produced extraordinary meals, often with mixed results. He is survived by his Schnauzer Charlie and his husband John Sullivan. He also leaves behind his brother Mart and wife Tammy of Olympia and nephew Matthew of Seattle. He was just beginning to get reacquainted with his children Mike and Michelle. He will be missed by his sister-in-law Natalie of Stayton, OR, Davida and her husband Stuart of Collinsville CT, his sister-in-law Roanne and her husband Rich of Santa Rosa CA, and brother-in-law Scott and wife Marilyn, also of Santa Rosa. His nieces Sara, Ruth, Alida, Maureen, Emily, Megan and Jenna and nephews Blaine, Cody and Travis and their loved ones will miss his kind spirit and open heart. He thought that each day we created our own heaven (or hell). He also believed that the planet was full of people that were doing the best they could with what they had. Do not mourn, as Jim would disapprove. At this time, no service is planned, but a celebration will follow this summer. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Pierce County Aids Foundation, 3520 S. Pine St. Tacoma WA 98409.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Man Ki (Akiko) Watson Born 5/20/1939 in S. Korea; passed away in Tacoma on 4/18/2014. A memorial service will be held on Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 at 2pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 804 N State St, Tacoma, WA. Please sign online guest book at
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Patricia Green Longtime resident of Milton, recently moving to Buckley, passed away at the Enumclaw Health and Rehab Center on April 7, 2014. She was born in Gentry, Arkansas on March 21, 1924, to Grace and George Ratliff. She married Horace (Mike) Green in 1939 and moved to Washington in 1941. Mike preceded her in death in 1982. She celebrated her 90th birthday 17 days before her death. She is survived by three daughters, Dorlis Perry, of Tenino, WA, Jeannie (Jim) McKinnon of Cle Elem, WA, and Betty Hanrahan, of Tacoma, WA. Patricia is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends. Arrangements are by Curnow Funeral Home at 1504 Main, Sumner, WA 98390.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Patrick H. O'Neill Passed away at sunrise on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Puyallup, WA of a cerebral hemorrhage. Pat was born in Butte, MT on Sept 28, 1937 to Frances and Sarge O'Neill. He joined his sister Eva O'Neill (Morey). His mother passed away when he was 5 months old, and his father raised him and was willing to let him join the Navy at 17 in 1954 at the Naval Training Station in San Diego, CA. Pat served on the USS Whiteside; USS Firedrake; Navel Air Technical Training Center, Norman OK; Naval Station, Puerto Rico; In 1962 he completed the submarine course and served on the USS Carp; the USS Shark (on a spy mission in Russian waters); USS Runner; and the USS Guardfish: the Polaris Material Office nuclear sub service in Bremerton, WA; the USS Arlington, which was a converted aircraft carrier on stand-by at the Apollo 11 Mission. He retired as Chief Petty Officer E7 in 1974. Pat was married to Ruth Keane in Butte, MT, and they had 4 children, Patrick Timothy, Donald George, Raymond Russell, and a daughter, Maureen Therese. Pat met and married Margaret Schuller in 1976. He worked at the Reformatory in Monroe, WA, and in Real Estate in the Puyallup area. They moved to Arizona, where Pat got a degree in Computer Science for Business at De Vry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, AZ. In Phoenix he started a business Auries Computer Systems with partners Frank Haraksin and Ann Knicely, Dean at DeVry. They produced RE and medical software. Pat taught line dancing and had a group that performed for fun and tourists in Arizona. After he retired he and Margaret rode thousands of miles in the Western States, including 17 years on the annual Chief Joseph Appaloosa Trail Rides from Joseph, OR through Idaho and Montana to the Havre, MT area. In later years he volunteered driving the elderly, calling Bingo at a nursing home, and greeting at the Senior Center. Pat was known in the Yakima area for his Budweiser cowboy hat, his handshake (are your hands clean?), and his answer to "Can I help you" (salsa, chips and beer). Pat was predeceased by his oldest son, Patrick Timothy (1-28-2014), grandson Bryon, step-grandson Paul Goe, sister Eva Morey, and nephew Dennis Morey. He is survived by his wife, Margaret O'Neill, Puyallup, WA; sons Donald (Tiffany), Lake Tapps, WA, and Raymond, Anchorage, AK, daughter Maureen, Colorado; and their mother Ruth (Larry) Van Dyke, Nevada; step-children Michel O. (Lynn) Schuller, Watertown, SD, Brenda (Karl) Miller, Puyallup, WA, and Janet Keller O'Neill, Puyallup, WA, nieces Margaret Morey, Gold Bar, WA, Sheri (Chuck) Lee, Oroville, CA, Mary Ellen (David) Iwaoka, Kailua, HI, and Marcie Morey, Wisconsin, nephews Mike Morey, Snohomish, WA, Jim, John, and Joe Morey, Oroville, CA, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews. Pat will be so missed by all who knew him. Viewing will be Friday, April 25th, 2014, at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. Services will be Saturday, April 26th, 2014, at All Saints Catholic Church, 503 3rd Street SW, Puyallup, at 11 a.m., with reception luncheon to follow at the church. Interment will be Monday, April 28th, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Full military burial at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA. Memorial to follow in Yakima, WA at a later date.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Robert Henry Bizak November 5, 1928 - April 18, 2018 Beloved husband and friend of Rose Bizak; their life of love spanned 56 years together. Brother to John, they grew up in Tacoma. Father of Michael (Diana), Karen (Bob), James (Kathy), Timothy (Sandy), Christopher (Sheryl), and Stephen (Edrie). Grandfather of Thomas, Hannah, Michael, David, Michael, Geoffrey, Jessica, Jacob, Joshua, Ronald, Ryan, Dominic, and Kendric, and great-grandfather of Kaylee, Owen, and Wesely. He served in the Air Force, then enjoyed a long career as a natural gas serviceman and manager. He was an avid fisherman and gardener, and grew fabulous roses. What was most important in his life was always his Catholic faith, his wife, and his children. He was a friend to those he met and an inspiration to his children. Rosary will be recited on Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:30am, prior to the Funeral Mass at 11:00am, both at St. John of the Woods Catholic Church. Please pray for his immortal soul. Entombment at Calvary Cloisters. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

Sidney A. Turner Age 77, of Gig Harbor, WA, passed away peacefully on April 18th after a 3-year battle with cancer. Sidney was born in Wilkesboro, PA. He grew up in Wayne, NJ, and married Aina M. Ekholm in 1960. Sidney is survived by his wife of 53 years, sons Glenn/Jessica, Gregg, and Christopher/Kelly, and 6 grandchildren, all of San Diego, CA, and daughter Jennifer/Daniel Larson of Fox Island, WA. Memorial service to be held Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 at Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor, WA.
Pub Date: 4/24/2014

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