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Page A-26 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 Funeral Alternatives means .I.L .L w .a..L w .m  Cremations: 1 ST 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 MAIL William A. Johnson tE William Albert Johnson was born December 28th, 1930 to Mildred and Albert Johnson in Valley City, North Dakota. Four years later, his brother, Don (his best friend) was born. In April 1942, they traveled to Bremerton, WA, where his Mom and Dad worked in the Navy shipyard. Grand- pa A1 always wanted a farm, so in 1946, they purchased a home in the Skokomish Valley in Shelton. While attending Shelton High School, Bill met * Marilyn Dittman, the love of his life. They married on January 31, 1948, had 3 children: Brooke, Nancy and Mark. Their home in Shelton was built in 1952, where they raised their family and still resided together until his passing when he went to meet the Lord. From a young age, he had a strong work ethic, a real go-getter! He was owner/operator of Bill Johnson Shell in downtown Shelton. In 1965, he sold the business and went to work as a car salesman at Jim Pauley Ford on Railroad Avenue in Shelton until 1980. Bill went on to work for the City of Shelton as Humane Officer, where he would retire. His interest in cars and being known s a great salesman would take him back to selling cars for a few more years at Evergreen Auto Plaza. Bill enjoyed life and lived it to the tidiest. He enjoyed golfing and bowling, traveling with his family and close friends. In his later years, he passion was gardening. He couldn't wait to greet the morning and get out in his yard to clip and trim things, to plant seeds, veggies and flowers. His yard was always beautiful! He would go to sleep at night pondering what he would get done the next God-given day. Bill and Marilyn gave their family the joy of gardening. We had many fund times in their yard and home over 65 years and 5 generations. Every- one was welcome there and greeted with his smile and cheerful voice; he always had time and a helping hand for anyone, family, friend or stranger! A member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church for almost 60 years, he had served as president, treasurer, elder and drove the Sunday school bus. His grandkids will say that was a special time. He taught them to sing "You Are My Sunshine". Family was most important. He was a great teacher of life and everything that came with it; teaching his 3 kids to his 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grand-daughter. He was here for all of us to respect, admire, learn, listen and love him; the rock of our family. We all have our memories of him. The greatest is his smile. Bill left us all with a wonderful legacy. Marilyn, wife of 66 years; children: Brooke James (Harry), Nancy Johnson (Al), Mark Johnson (Debbie); brother-in-law, Hart Dittman; grandchildren: Chris Kneeland (Linda), Leigh Lowery, Ann Laffey (Michael), Paige Kneeland, Jeff Johnson, Matt Johnson (Elsa), Jared James, Bryce James; great-grandchildren: Lindsy Phipps (Danny), Jes- sica Smith, Sidny Lowery, Trey Laffey, Tristan I.affey, Maggie Laffey, John Kneeland, Austin Kneeland, Lucia Johnson, Alona Bentley; great-great grand-daughter: Ryleigh Phipps; nieces: Barb Yunker, Gay Corey, Loft Rae, Lisa Johnson, Cheri Depoe, Barb Dittman, Patty Dittman; nephews: Jeff Brundage, Doug Brundage, Greg Johnson, Mike Dittman and Rick Dittman, Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Don. ~ PAID OBITUARY NOTICE ~ Call Us At 426-4412 Harry Fletcher Harry Arthur Fletch- er, 93, died Oct. 17, 2014, in Shelton. He was born Sept. 26, 1921, to H. Irven Fletcher and Myrthle Whitener in Auburn. Harry served in the Army from April 16, 1945, to May 15, 1946, as part of the Asiatic-Pacific Theater campaigns in Okinawa, Japan. He married Bertha Daniel on Jan. 1, 1941, in Kamilche. Harry worked as a riveter for the Boeing Co. He then operated his own logging busi- ness. In 1953, he went to work for Simpson Lumber Co. and retired as a foreman. He was the eldest Squaxin Island tribe member and served on the Squaxin Tribal Council in 1984. Harry enjoyed fish- ing, hunting, gardening, working around the house and woodworking. He loved spending time with his family. He is survived by wife Bertha Fletcher of Shelton; daughter Carolyn (Gene) Hoo- sier of Shelton; grand- daughters Connie (Reid) Smith and Sh- eryl (Cress) Cookston; grandsons Timothy (Diane) Hoosier, James (Susan) Fletcher, Jason Fletcher and Daniel (Joann) Fletcher; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild. Harry was preceded in death by parents H. Irven Fletcher and Myrthle Whitener, brother Curtis Fletcher, sister Helan Sumber, and son Irvin Fletcher. A viewing will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at McComb & Wagner Family Funer- al Home and Crema- tory, 718 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton. A ser- vice will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Skoo- kum Creek Event Cen- ter at the Little Creek Casino and Resort. A graveside service will follow at the McCleary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, me- morial donations can be made to Squaxin Island Veterans. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Shel- ton. Christopher Clark Christopher Clark died at the age of 49 in Be[fair on October 11, 2014. He was bom in Canoga Park, California on April 18, 1965 to Kenneth and Carla Clark. He followed his family in a move to the Olympic Peninsula settling in Be[fair where he bought his home in 2002. Chris was an electrician by trade. After an accident, which broke his neck, he was unable to continue working. As a child, Chris enjoyed gathering rattlesnakes and riding and racing dirt bikes. He loved spending time in the outdoors fishing with his friend, Lance, and nephew, Joshua. He also enjoyed woodworking. He enjoyed camping with family and friends and caring for his 5 cats. He was quite the prolific indoor horticulturist. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with friends at the local watering hole, where, unfortunately, he passed away due to his heart condition. Christopher is survived by his mother, Carla Clark; sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Lester Norton; brother Kenneth Clark; niece, Jessica McDaunald; nephew and wife, Joshua and Sotha Norton, and two great-nieces, Panya Norton and Victoria McDannald. Chris's girlfriend, Nancy Aldrich is also grieving deeply for his loss. Chris is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Clark. We love you, Chris, and we'll miss you forever. A special thanks to Mason County EMT's who worked tirelessly to resuscitate Christ as well as to , Coroner, Jane Pentz for her professionalism and kind [ heart. A celebration of life will be held for Chris on October 25, 2014, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., at Casey's Bar and Grill, 24090 State Highway 3 in Be[fair, Washington. i]q ~ PAID OBITUARY NOTICE - to any organization re- searching Parkinson's disease. Phyllis Hansen Phyllis L. (Arbogast) Hansen, 85, died Oct. 12, 2014, at Alpine Way Continuing Care Com- munity. She was born in Feb- ruary 1929 to Clarence and Lucille (Barks) Ar- bogast in Pasco. Phyllis was married to Robert Dougan until his death. She was then married to LaVerne Hansen until his death. She worked as a sec- retary at ITT Rayonier, Mountain View Elemen- tary School and the Gar- rett Heyns Education Center in the Washing- ton Corrections Center. She enjoyed reading, spending time with fam- ily and friends, travel- ing, and playing video games. She attended the Tuesday Morning Casino Breakfast Club and Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and was a member of the Daughters of Pioneers of Mason County. Phyllis is survived by daughters Karen (Dennis) Blyta of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Robyn (Scott) Lockwood of Shelton; sister Chloe Palmer of Shelton; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 25, 2014, at Shelton Memo- rial Park in Shelton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made Henry Ko=eniowski Henry J. Korzenio- wski, 99, died Oct. 13, 2014, in Belfair. He was born May 25, 1915, to John H. Korze- niowski and Magdalene Spektik in Aberdeen. Henry married Nina Stewart on Feb. 14, 1958, in Shelton. He worked for Scha- fer Brothers Logging Co. and Simpson Tim- ber Co. Henry loved to dance, tend his garden and do woodworking projects, including steam-engine mailboxes, whirligigs and birdhouses. He built and ran working models of steam don- keys and tractors. He is survived by step- son James L. (Cheryl) Stewart of Shelton, sister Anna Castle of Shel- ton, niece Harolyn (Ty) Rauschert of Shelton, nephew John (Darlene) Castle of Shelton, and grandsons Robert Stew- art of Rainier and Steven Stewart of Shelton. A graveside memorial will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at Shelton Memorial Park in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Fam- ily Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton. see OBITS, page A-27 Celebration of Fife Christina Smith Christina "Tina Lily Smith" was born October 2, 1988 and "walked on" September 23, 2014. She is survived by her parents Harold Gamber and Marlo Plant. She left two beautiful daughters behind, Justine Susan and Victoria Sky. Sisters and brothers are Lorane Gamber, Lorit Smith "Gamber", Dakota Gamber, Jayanna Gamber, Elsiejean Garnber, Winona Crone, Steven Crone, Auntie of Femie Rodriguez, Eva Rodriquez, MaeLani Belen, and Luke Rodriquez. She is also survived by her two grandmothers, Elsie Gamber and Linda Lake, and one grandfather, Bob Plant. She lived with her dad and her grandmother and went to school at Skokomish Reservation. She loved working picking oysters and clam digging commercially. She was raised as a sister to all gram's kids and grandkids. We were one big happy family. Tina was always smiling and full of laughter. She went to live in Arizona with her morn to become a nurse. She was known and loved by the whole Skokomish Tribe. She will be missed by many, but she is home now. -- Paid Obituary Notice -- __