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Page A-22 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 Funeral Alternatives means on FuneralS, Caske~i and Cremation Daniel Lee Olson Daniel Lee Olson lived life with great gusto, and passed at home, surrounded by family, on September 9, 2014. He was 68. Dan was a long time resident of Shelton. He was born in Brainerd, Minnesota, and his parents, Vernon M. Olson and Delores J. Schultes, moved their family to Shelton in 1950. Dan met the love of his life, Gail Downing, at Shelton Junior High in 1960, and he graduated from Irene S. Reed in the Class of '64. Dan and Gail married in 1966, and she followed him during his time in the Navy, when he was a seaman on the USS Quillback submarine. They moved to Seattle in 1970, and Dan graduated from the University of Washington in 1973. Their daughter Jennifer and son Gabe were born, and they all moved to Shelton in 1979. Dan sold real estate for several years, but decided that teaching was his passion, and entered the classroom in 1987. He taught at Shelton Middle School and Evergreen Elementary, where he could often be seen in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, until his retirement in 2007. After their retirement, Dan and Gail spent half of each year enjoying the sunshine, colorful culture, and vibrant expat community of their home away from home, Mazatlan, Mexico. Dan claimed to have seen the famous green flash, but that remains unconfirmed. Dan loved people and was passionate about his family, his students, his friends and his community. He was a devoted son,brother, husband, parent, uncle, and grandfather, and spent much of his time involved in family activities, from road trip vacations to sporting events. Dan brought intelligence, caring, and humor to his classroom, hoping to help "his kids" become the best people they could be. His sense of wonder and curiosity at the world around him inspired his students. Dan was committed to his community and friends. He was a volunteer firefighter with Shelton District 4, longtime member of Christmastown Kiwanis, and a Mazatlan Tourist Aide Volunteer. He coached soccer for Shelton Youth Soccer League, girls' soccer at Shelton High School, and track at Shelton Middle School. A lover of the outdoors, Dan enjoyed hiking, camping, bicycling, soccer, golf, stargazing, Tai Chi, and spending time at the beach. Dan and Gail also got out into the world and explored as many places as they could, meeting people and having many adventures along the way. Dan loved spending time with his friends, singing karaoke, reminiscing about notorious exploits, and arguing politics. He made a perfect margarita. Dan lived his life with great enthusiasm, touched many people's lives and is already missed by many. Dan is survived by his mother Delores Olson, his wife Gail Olson, his son Gabriel Olson, and his granddaughter Alexis Phillips Olson, of Shelton; his daughter Jennifer McCoy and her husband Bruce McCoy, of Dubai; his sister Kathy Olson and her partner Colleen Melick, of Hoodsport; his brother Jim Olson and his wife Sue Eike, of Buckeye, AZ; his brother- and sister-in-law Dale and Carolyn Downing, of Surprise, AZ; his sister- and brother-in-law Kathy and Tom Myer, of Tacoma; his niece Amy Lindsay, husband Scott Lindsay, and their children, of Surprise, AZ; his nephew Rob Downing, wife Michele, and their children, of Phoenix, AZ; his nephew Tom Downing, of Phoenix, AZ; his nephew Andrew Ng, and his nephew Jeffry Ng, wife Melissa and their children, of Tacoma; and Kenneth Ensley, his stepfather-in-law, of Tumwater. Dan was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Olson, his mother-in-law Wilma Ferguson Downing Ensley, his father- in-law Carl Downing, his niece Erin Olson, and his grand nieces Audrey Olson and Brielle Downing. A celebration of Dan's life will be held at the Shelton Civic Center on Sunday September 28, 2014, at 3pm. The wearing of Hawaiian shirts is strongly encouraged. For any questions, call Gail at 360-490-1066. A service in Mazatlan will follow this coming winter. Memorial donations may be made to Head for the Cure, a charity supporting brain cancer patients. ~.] -- Paid Obituary Notice -- ~[~ by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shel- ton. Juanita Renee Christensen Juanita Hence Chris- Jean Sharer tensen, 69, died Sept. 8, 2014, in Olympia. Jean Beryl (Howden) She was born April Sharer, 84, died Sept. 3, 24, 1945, to Bruce and 2014. Virginia Hence Buck of She was born July Newbert, Minnesota. 18, 1930, to Beryl and Renee married Ted Hazel Leone Howden in Parker in 1964; the Everett. couple had two chil- Jean graduated from dren. She then married South Kitsap High Dwayne Christensen in School in 1948. 1969. The couple had She married Richard three children and di- W. Sharer in Allyn. The vorced in 1987. Hence couple owned and oper- moved to California in ated Sharer Digging 1970. Service until Richard's Renee was a stay- death in 2009. at-home mother. Then Jean was a 4-H leader she had a houseclean- for 52 years. She was ing business until 1987, recently inducted into when she left it to work the National 4-H Hall of for the Long Beach Uni- Fame. fled School District in She enjoyed reading, the janitorial depart- gardening, sewing, knit- ment. She later retired ting, decorating cakes and moved to Hoodsport. and making dolls. She She enjoyed needle loved her children, crafts, cooking, playing Jean is survived by cards and entertaining. sons Ronald (Beverly) of Renee is survived by Allyn, Dennis (Mila) of sisters Jean Rees and Belfair and Thomas of Linda McMinniman; North Highlands, Cali- brother Jim Buck; daugh- fornia; daughter Patricia ters Sherri Johnson of Andrews of Allyn; five Puyallup, Angela Col- grandchildren; and eight ley of Snohomish and great-grandchildren. Lori Alacon of Torrance, There will be a cel- California; sons Jeffery ebration of life at noon Parker of Marysx411e and Oct. 4 at Jean's home. Shane Christensen of Los Memorial donations can Angeles; grandchildren be sent to the Mason Sherrie Proctor, Anna- County 4-H Council or belle Colley, Walker John- any organization that son and Jeffery Parker II; funds cancer research, and great-granddaughter Arrangements are Bethany Proctor. Connie Sladek Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grand- mother and great-great- grandmother passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on August 26, 2014. She was 87 years old. Connie was the third youngest of 10 children born to a share cropper family in Abbott, Arkansas on September 18, 1926. Mama's favorite pastime was reading and watching television. In her earlier years, she worked for "Ma Bell" phone company from which she retired in 1982. She was an avid master gardener with a green thumb. She was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters. She is survived by her brother, Lewis Little of Arizona; by 2 daughters, Amy Sylvester (Leroy) of Shelton and Cynthia McManus of Los Angeles, California; numerous grandchildren, great-grand- children and great-great-grandchildren. At Connie's request, there will be no services. She left the world her way, the same way she lived it. Any donations can be made to Connie's favorite charity, the Humane Society. - PaID OBITUARY NOTICE.- # Call 426-4412 for help placing an obituary notice. She was preceded in death by parents Bruce and Virginia Buck. Renee will be buried in Shelton Memorial Park in Shelton. Memorial donations can be made to the Hood Canal Food Bank. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shel- ton. James Paul James E. Paul, 75, a resident of Shelton, died Aug. 28, 2014. He was born Feb. 13, 1939, to Donald Paul and Beverly (Moon) in Shelton. James served in the Navy from May 1956 to October 1969. He was a marine machinist at the naval shipyard in Bremerton. When he was younger, he liked to hunt and fish. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Shelton Cemetery. He climbed many moun- tains and enjoyed being on the waters of the Puget Sound. He also enjoyed fishing with friends in Alaska. He was proud of his family and loved being active in their lives. He is survived by partner Sherry Brown; son Joe (Erica) McInelly; daughter Amy McInelly (Patrick Hutson); Sher- ry's daughters Tracey (Jeff) Wittenfeld and Wendy Brown; grandchil- dren Travis, Amber, Joey, KeUen, Nikolas, Zachary and Jack; and sisters Lana (Monty) Fye and Valerie (Arnie) Faxon. Memorial donations can be made in Mac's name to Stand Up to Cancer at www. standup2cancer.org. Nick Kropp Rawlin Mclnelly Rawlin "Mac" Gilbert McInelly, 71, died Sept. 5, 2014, at home in Tacoma. He was born Oct. 6, 1942, to L.L. and Velma McInelly in Hillsboro, Oregon. Mac's family moved to Shelton in 1943. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School. He worked for Manke Lumber for more than 20 years. He purchased RFP Manufacturing in 1995. He was involved in the International Con- catenated Order of Hoo- Hoo and was a former president of the Tacoma Lumbermen's Club. Mac was a lifelong nu- mismatist. He was also a member of the American Numismatic Association and Tacoma Coin Club. Nick Ray Kropp, 68, a Port Orchard resident, died Aug. 30, 2014, in Port Orchard. He was born July 8, 1946, to Betty J. Ayers in Seattle. Nick was married to Rhonda Kropp. He enjoyed rooting for Seattle sports teams, sharing stories and mak- ing others laugh. Nick is survived by wife Rhonda Kropp of Bremerton; brother Stan Kropp of Port Orchard; daughters Kelly Jul- lien of California, Vikki Kropp of Bremerton and Kasey Bowen of Belfair; sons Kevin Kropp of Bremerton and David Bowen of Chico, Califor- nia; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; ROd many friends whom he considered family. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Fam- ily Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton. see OBITS, page A-23 OREST Funeral and Cremation Arrangements Easy as: 1-2-3 STEP 1: GIVE US BASIC INFORMATION STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR PACKAGE & MONTHLY PAYMENT STEP 3: COME TO OUR OFFICE, OR DO PAPERWORK BY ,~:~-~ :~'~3~::: ii~i'~~ ::i~ :'~