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~age A-22 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 Funeral Alternatives means ' Wayne Ray Dale Sr. Captain USMC (Ret) Wayne Ray Dale Sr. was born on March 9, 1938 in Amarillo, Texas to William and Lil Dale. Wayne graduated from Amarillo High School in 1956 where his activities included being a drummer in the marching band, earning him the nickname of 'Buckets'. His sisters Francis Ann (deceased), Mary, Timmie Jean, Inez and Patricia (deceased) thought of"Butchie" as their surrogate father while their own was serving in the US Army during WWlI. Two events then changed his life forever: Mr. Dale joined the USMC in 1956 due to the acceptance by the Marines that his year of birth actually was 1937; a small story in order to enlist that still exists to this day. On February 15, 1957 Wayne Ray Dale and Phylis Karen Grigg became marriage partners for life in Dumas, Texas. Wayne and Phylis along with their three children Wayne Jr., Stephen and Debra, served as a Marine Corps family in Texas, Washington, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, Japan and Vietnam. Phylis worked for 19 years with SWFPAC at Bangor Sub Base, retiring in 2000. She was also a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Wayne and Phylis loved full-time RVing and the outdoors. They traveled all over the US. Only death could part this couple. After 53 years of marriage Phylis Karen Dale passed out of this life on October 11, 2010----It is of some note that Wayne passed on the same date after four years. Phylis was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Wayne enjoyed watching wildlife and livestock (two cows and 'Decker', a retired Quarter Horse) at Wayne Jr's and Claudia's Farm in Sheridan, Oregon, where he spent his final days. He also loved to bowl, fish (he caught his first Salmon on the Hoh River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State) and even found time to read his favorite authors: John Grisham and Tom Clancy. Mr. Dale's service to his country was formally acknowledged ten times. He received the following awards: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2", Meritorious Unity Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Frame, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Mr. Dale was also a member of: Marine Corps League, where he served as Commandant and Northwest Vice- Commandant and Military Order of Devil Dogs, Mustang Association. Celebrating his life and mourning his loss are his children, son, Wayne Dale Jr. of Sheridan, Oregon; son, Stephen Dale, currently working in Afghanistan; daughter, Debra (Dale) Ryder of Boston, Massachusetts; ten grand children, and 2 great-grand children; sisters: Mary Halverson of Lameta, Texas, Timmie Eads of Killeen, Texas, Inez Thaxton of Griffin, North Carolina. Wayne Ray Dale Sr. and Phylis Karen Dale will be interred together following a memorial service at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. Mr. Dale will receive full military honors. The date has not been finalized, but further information as to the date and tune will be posted at: www.adamsonssheridanfuneralhome.com as soon as it becomes available, or by calling Adamson's at (503) 843-2525 Pacific Time Zone. Arrangements byAdamson's Sheridan Funeral Home Sheridan, Oregon 97378, (503) 843-2525 ~ PAID OBITUARY NOTICE ~ J can be made to the church. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Ruth Jeffery Ruth Norine Setter- gren Jeffery, 94, died Oct. 14, 2014, in Shel- ton. She was born Jan. 17, 1920, to Nora C. Peter- son in Seattle. She married Jack Jef- fery on Jan. 2, 1942, in Minneapolis. She was a home-economics teacher at Shelton High School until she retired in 1979. Ruth was a member of the St. David of Wales Episcopal Church choir, Kiwanis, PEa, Friend- ship Force and Habitat for Humanity, She was a foster parent to more than 20 children. She tutored elementary stu- dents and was a reading volunteer. Ruth enjoyed classical music, playing the piano, traveling, ski- ing and gardening. She was active at the Shel- ton Athletic Club where she took Silver Sneak- ers classes and was a member of a community concert association. Ruth is survived by f daughters Lynn Cosmos of Yakima and Jill Jef- fery and Sherry Jeffery of Shelton, son Robert Jeffery of Shelton, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by husband Jack, who died in 2004. A memorial will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 at St. David of Wales Episco- pal Church. Donations Kathleen Price Kathleen "Kathy" (Hamilton) Price, 68, a resident of Shelton, died Oct. 22, 2014, at Harbor- view Medical Center in Seattle. She was born May 2, 1946, to James Hamilton and Roberta (Bell) Ham- ilton in Sacramento, California. She married Zerl Price on July 4, 1986, in Reno, Nevada. She was previously married to Milton Sterlin; the mar- riage ended in divorce. Kathy was a contract administrator with Mannesman Tally and worked for the company from 1979 to 2005. She enjoyed fishing, cooking, electronics, reading and bingo. She is survived by husband Zerl Price of Shelton; daughter Chris- tina Gehrke of Kirkland; sons James Sterling of Lynnwood, Tim Sterling of Goodyear, Arizona, and Rob Sterling of Olympia; and grandsons Beau Sterling of Seattle, Tyler Sterling of Good- year, Arizona, Tanner Sterling of Goodyear, Arizona, James Gehrke of Kirkland, Tristan 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: COMETO OUR OFFICE, OR DO PAPERWORK BY MAIL Sterling of Olympia and Tysen Sterling of Olym- pia. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Fam- ily Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton. Memorial donations can be made to the Har- borview Medical Center's trauma funds. To donate, go to Washington.edu/ giving and select "Browse Funds." Rudolph Okert Rudolph "Rudy" Okert, 77, died Oct. 9, 2014, in Shelton. He was born Nov. 9, 1936, to Walter and Freida (Budde) Okert in Olympia. Rudy served in the Navy from 1955 to 1959 on the USS Hector ARS as a petty officer machinery repairman second class. He married Laurel Preston; the couple di- vorced in 1977. He then married Marilynn R. Okert onDec. 22, 1978. Rudy worked as a ma- chinist in Seattle before he earned an associate's degree from Highline Col- lege in Des Moines. After earning his degree, he worked in real estate and opened Big Foot Realty in the Seattle-Tacoma area. After moving to Shelton, he worked in both real es- tate and as a machinist. He helped to start the Federal Way Soccer Asso- ciation and was a coach. Rudy enjoyed boat- ing, swimming, camp- ing with family, taking his RV to Montana, tending his yard and greenhouse, going to the ocean, playing craps, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by wife Marilynn; children Lucin- da (Steven) Okert Olds of Maple Valley, Teresa Okert of Federal Way, Randolph "Randy" Okert of Shelton, Lorina Bake- roans Shaufler of Renton, and Derek (Rita) Beke- roans of Lilliwaup; grand- economical, respectful, m,ombwog,, .,om 360.426.4803 McCOMB NAGNER FAM|LY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY SHELTON- BEffAIR - TUMWAT|R children Lisa Gerghty of Renton, Timothy Gerghty of Federal Way, Michael Larson of Puyallup, Da- vid Larson of Maple Val- ley, Rob Okert of Shelton, Susan Okert of Tacoma, Winter Shaufler of San Francisco, California, Woody Shaufler of Bell- ingham, Wade Shaufler of the Key Peninsula, Waverly Shaufler of the Key Peninsula, Anita Bekemans of Lilliwaup, and Derek Bekemans Jr. of Lilliwaup; and two great-grandchildren. Rudy was preceded in death by parents Walter and Freida Okert, son James Okert, and sister Delores Okert. A service will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Lake Limerick Coun- try Club Inn in Shelton. Memorial donations can be made to Mason County Fire District 5, Station 4, at Lake Limerick. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home & Cemetery in Shelton. Sharon Hall Sharon Patricia Dorr Hall, 73, an ll-year resi- dent of Shelton, died Oct. 21, 2014, in Shelton. She was born July 2, 1941, in Belmond, Iowa. Sharon married Clif- ford L. Hall on Oct. 11, 2001, in Belfair. She worked as a sec- retary, receptionist and training coordinator. Sharon enjoyed camp- ing, hiking, swimming, boating, dancing and Spe- cial Olympics. She is survived by husband Clifford; daugh- ters Denise K. Abele, Angela J. Vickers and LeAnn R. Saner; grand- children Anna P. art, Steven M. Saner, Joel J. Saner, KateLynn R. Jen- nings and Benjamin L. E. Vickers; great-grand- children Colletta A. Ott and Amelia M. Jennings; son-in-law Larry Vick- ers; grandsons-in-law Jason Ott and Erik C. Jermings; and numerous extended family. Sharon was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Kimberly Lynn Abele, on Dec. 24, 2010. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at SL Ed- ward Catholic Church with a reception to follow. Memorial donations can be made to the Sha- ron Patricia Hall Memo- rial Fund at KeyBank. see OBITS, page A-23