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Barbara Colleen YOUNG Barbara Colleen Young passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on August 24, 2015. She was born November 29, 1927 in Coeur d'Alane, Idaho to Louis and Lula Barr. Bobbie spent most of her youth in Eastern Washington. She met and married the love of her life, Vurbel, in Yakima, Washington in 1945. At the end of World War II they moved to Vurbel's hometown of Lexington, TN and started their family. In 1961 Vurbel was hired by the Boeing Co. and they moved to Seattle. Bobbie worked in garment factories her entire life and was an excellent seamstress. During Vurbel and Bobbie's 50+ years of marriage, they loved being with their family and extended family camping and having cabin time at Mt. Index and Lake Cavanaugh, boating on Puget Sound and hosting many back yard barbecues. Bobbie kept a well-stocked pantry and could whip up a delicious dinner for a crowd on a moments notice. Everyone was welcome at Bobbie and Vurbel's. To say that Bobbie had a green thumb is an understatement. She always had the most beautiful roses and flowers, as well as, large prolific vegetable gardens. Retirement allowed Bobbie to explore her artistic side. She excelled at Chinese embroidery, crafted beautiful ceramics, crocheted intricate afghans, created fabulous quilts and built bird houses loved by her feathered friends. Age never took away Bobbie's love for spontaneous adventure, big or small. In her 70's she was off to Alaska for fishing and learning how to ride a four wheeler. A month ago, at 87, she was off to the nursery to buy supplies for some fairy gardens, her latest artistic endeavor. Her unconditional love will be forever missed by her surviving daughters, Betty Young (Larry), Marjie Johnson, Carol Young and her grandchildren Frederick Ropkins, Jodie Young and great-grandchild, Chandra Roy, as will her sister, Margie Tompkins and sister-in-law, Jana Terry. She was a cherished aunt to Barbara Tompkins (Jim), Mitch Strah, Wayne Hatchett (Linda), Mitchell Hatchett (Dorothy), Zane Barr (MaryJo), Rory Barr (Allejandra), Kim Barr, Trac Barr and Taylor Barr. A treasured friend and second mom to Leonard Rock. Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Vurbel Young, brother, Lewis Barr, son-in-law, Donald Johnson and her sweet doxie, Katie. In lieu of flowers, Bobbie would be honored to have a donation given to your favorite charity. A Celebration of Life will be held at Anthony's Home Port Restaurant, 6135 Seaview Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98107 on Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m. Please sign Barbara's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com .
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David Lee Irwin On July 28th, 2015, the world lost a compassionate man and an accomplished soul. David's family and friends mourn his loss. On July 26th, a sunny San Francisco Sunday, our dear father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend was enjoying his daily run at Crissy Field when his heart stopped. Despite the valiant efforts of bystanders, a Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park Police officer, and EMTs, his condition worsened. Two days later, at California Pacific Medical Center, David died listening to the music of his own beautiful playlist, with his family by his side. David was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Bothell, Washington and Troutdale, Oregon with his parents Marcia and Lee; brother John; and sisters Anne, Victoria, and Jill. As the middle child, David was a resilient sprite. This resilience served him and his family well when they found themselves bereft at Marcia's death. David was ten years old at the time. He had fond and bittersweet memories of spending childhood summers at his father's parents' home at Browns Point on Puget Sound. David worked from a young age. He mowed lawns as a boy and still spoke with amused irritation, fifty years later, about the time he was mistaken for a girl over the phone by a potential customer. He worked in the darkroom at his dad's newspaper, the Gresham Outlook, developing pictures he had often taken the same day, while working as the newspaper's sports photographer. He set the hand-set mats in the Ludlow machine, a hot metal typesetting system that the newspaper used for its letterpress printing. David began running cross country as a sophomore at Reynolds High School, where during his senior year he threw the javelin. At school, he and his close friend and running companion, Bryan, were known for their daily after-school, four- to twelve-mile runs. They were the "two exclusive members of the 100-Mile Club." In 1968, David and his siblings had the great good fortune of gaining a wonderful woman, Bonnie, as their step-mother. David's admiration of and love for Bonnie only grew stronger over the years. David was always a rockhound. As a father, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of rocks and minerals with his daughters' classmates. He also loved words of all languages; if the words could be spun into nonsense - a joke, limerick, or tongue-twister - so much the better. His love of language and rocks led to his concurrent BA in Germanics and BS in Geology from the University of Washington, in Seattle. At the University of Washington in 1973, David met his wife, Judy Gamble, en route from a shared German class to the undergraduate library. They were soon inseparable. In 1974, they took a year to study, work, and backpack throughout Europe and the British Isles together. From 1978-1982, with the financial and moral support of his father and brother, David established The Great Pacific Tour Company in San Francisco. During the ensuing thirty-three years, although no longer involved with the company, David enjoyed spotting Great Pacific's 13-passenger vans navigating the streets of San Francisco, still bearing the original logo. In 1981, David and Judy were married at San Francisco City Hall. David then returned to the University of Washington to earn his MBA. During his eight-year stretch in the International Product Group at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, David managed the localization and translation of many products into 50+ languages. He was promoted several times along the way, eventually becoming the Product Group Manager for European localizations of all networking and messaging products. He also managed several Asian localization projects, and enjoyed studying and becoming conversant in Japanese. David made many friends the world over. During this period, he looked forward to his timed runs around Green Lake near his first Seattle home; he also later ran regularly in the "Peaceable Kingdom" of his Madrona neighborhood, down 34th to Lake Washington and back. After a two-year stint in Vancouver, British Columbia, where David and Judy learned to sail on English Bay, they returned to Seattle. In 1995, they welcomed into their hearts their first daughter, Julia. And David found his true calling - fatherhood. In 1996, David joined Autodesk as Director of Asia Pacific Localization, and in 2002 he became Director of Globalization Engineering at Veritas Software. For a time, whenever the spirit moved him, he ran or biked from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley and back. He also became a very active member of his daughters' school community at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, the first Mandarin/English bilingual immersion school in the country. Shortly before welcoming his second daughter Anna into his heart in 2003, David joined the school's Board of Trustees and generously contributed his time and talent in that capacity for several years. His ever-rational mind and tolerant, ethical behavior helped further the school's mission. David was first and foremost a family man; he was always actively involved in his daughters' lives. He was the homework facilitator extraordinaire (math, science and Chinese, in particular), the soccer fan, piano recorder, guitar recital videographer, tennis foe and friend, and always, always the sharer of the fruits of the garden, especially raspberries and tart plums. He was our jokester; our go-to technician; our even-keeled dad and husband; our caretaker for dog, Ming, and cat, Moonbeam. He lived in the moment. He was our blackbird singing in the dead of night. David lives on in his daughters, Julia and Anna, and his wife, Judy. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marcia, and his father, Ples Lee Irwin, who was known affectionately to many as "News"; by his step-mother Bonnie; by his aunts Betty Jean Rutten and Lindabel Bowman, and by his parents-in-law, Lee and Alice Gamble. He is survived by his brother, John (Angela) and his three sisters, Anne Johnson (Tom Gordon), Victoria Irwin (Lee Jones) and Jill Irwin; his uncle Robert Bowman (Sylvia), his brothers-in-law Mike Gamble and Tim Gamble (Teresa), his nephews and nieces George, Alex, Cameron, Lindsey, Wiley, Willa, Ryan and Patrick; his cousins, Andy Rutten, John Bowman and Martha Bowman; and step-brothers Rodger and Ron Clawson and many additional loving family members and friends. Gifts in David's memory can be made to: The Shirley Lee Memorial Fund for Teaching Excellence, Chinese American International School, 150 Oak St., San Francisco, CA 94102. ( www.cais.org ) A memorial service will take place on Saturday, September 12th, 4:00 p.m. at the Swedenborgian Church, located at 2107 Lyon Street at Washington Street, San Francisco. Guests are invited to gather at the family's home, a very short walk away, following the service. Sign David's on line Guest Book at www.Legacy.com
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George Sprague Schuchart George S. Schuchart died peacefully in his home on Saturday afternoon, August 22, 2015. He was born in Everett, WA May 19, 1926 to George J. Schuchart and Myrtis M. Wright. He attended Everett High School and the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation he married Judy Jones, a girl he said he met waiting for the school bus to Everett High School. His first assignment in the Navy was aboard the destroyer USS Brush in the Korean War when it hit a floating mine on September 27, 1950. George and Judy lived in Pensacola, FL, where George did his flight training, and then in Brunswick, ME. They returned to the northwest where he began his career in the construction company founded by his grandfather, Howard S. Wright. With a degree in Engineering, George concentrated his efforts on the industrial side of the business, expanding beyond local pulp and paper mill construction and maintenance to the national level with projects throughout the country. His company participated in the construction of power plants as well as the fabrication of countless oil refining modules sent to the north slope of Alaska in a project known as the "Sealift". George had a genuine interest in people. His affable approach and natural ability to connect provided him with years of enriching work and friendships. The enthusiasm he brought to his business and social activities was evident in his passionate commitment to many charitable organizations. During the early years of their 66 year marriage, George and Judy had five spirited children. A generous and devoted father, George made having fun a high priority. The family enjoyed summers at Mission Beach, skiing at Crystal Mountain and sailboat trips north to Desolation Sound. In 1971 they bought a home in Palm Springs. The house grew with the family over the years and became the site of many happy times shared with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. George is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, as well as his beloved son Jomie. He is survived by his wife Julia Jones Schuchart, his children George and Laurie Schuchart, Barb and Charlie Wright, Sally and Jon Raymond, Migs and Bing Wright, and Jomie's wife Patty Schuchart. He was loved by his ten beautiful grandchildren, Casey and Allison Schuchart and sons Jomie and Gregor, Amy and Scott Stonehocker and children Sophie, Emma and Cooper, Mary Schuchart, Sally and Tim Johnston and boys Cole, Gray and Bo, Cole Wright, Judy and Nick Anderson, Jomie and George Raymond, Sam and Sally Wright and Bagley and Merion Wright. The Schuchart family wishes to thank Jeff Hochadel, who has been an integral part of our family for the past nine years. His creative caregiving has enhanced all of our lives and his dedication to George was unparalleled. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 on Tuesday, September 1 at St. Mark's Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The Museum of Flight or to a charity of your choice.
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Rolon Bert Garner January 5, 1940 ~ August 17, 2015 Rolon Bert Garner, a Seattle art legend whose influence on the local art scene was immense, passed away peacefully August 17th on Whidbey Island. He was 75. Garner, who was born and raised in Springfield Oregon to dust bowler parents from Oklahoma, attended the Museum Art School in Portland before moving to Seattle. He was an artist in his own right, but spent most of his energy showing other artist's work as an extremely talented exhibition designer. In Seattle he had either founded or helped establish many of the best things that happened in Seattle art during the 60's, 70's and 80's; Bumbershoot, and/or Gallery, Artech, The Virginia Inn artbar program and more. He held several art teaching posts in Washington and Oregon, and served as a commissioner on the Washington State Arts commission. For 20 years he was the art director and co-owner of the historic Two Bells Tavern in Belltown with his beloved wife Patricia. In 1999 he and his wife retreated to Whidbey Island where he continued making his own art at his private studio in Clinton. Rolon 'Bert' was a brother, father and a mentor to so many. Surviving family members include his son Shane and two grandchildren, Colin and Breanna. His unique character and love for all will be greatly missed. A memorial celebration is being planned for late September in Seattle. Memorial contributions may be made to Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Sign Rolon's on line Guest Book: www.Legacy.com
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John Croce John Croce passed away August 23, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born February 8, 1924 in Seattle to Nazzareno and Rosa Croce. He graduated from Franklin High School one year early in 1941. He served in the military from 1943-1946, in the U.S. Seventh Army, which eventually liberated Dachau Concentration Camp. He was in the food business for all of his life. In 1971, he founded Pacific Food Importers and later Big John's PFI retail store. He worked regularly until the age of 89, always setting a good example with his positive attitude. Big John was a pillar of the local Italian community. He was very proud of his Italian heritage. The Sons of Italy was his favorite organization and he was a lifetime member of Seattle Fedele Lodge #1390. On behalf of the Lodge, he founded the annual wine festival, the fava bean dinner and the ciambotta dinner. He was a longtime winemaker, winning several local awards for his homemade Zinfandel. He also was knighted by the Italian Consulate as a "Cavaliere" which is awarded in recognition of service to the Italian Republic. He loved food, drink and music. We will remember his tongue in cheek response if someone asked him how he was doing -- "I'm poor and nobody loves me." Big John enjoyed life everyday. We will miss him all the time. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rose Croce; children Holly (Bill Cochran), Cathy (Ken Volpone), Mike (Chris Croce); and grandchildren, Margo, Laura, Melissa, John, Ryan and Danny; his sisters Mary and Sylvia; nieces Cristina (Curt Ryser) and Lisa (Warren Patterson) and Goddaughter Kristi Thorn. John was preceded in death by his parents, son John Jr. and his sister Lily. A viewing will be held at Columbia Funeral Home, 4567 Rainier Avenue S. on Wednesday, August 26 from 4-8pm. We will be praying the Rosary at 7pm. Services will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church in Seattle at 2800 S. Massachusetts St. on Thursday, August 27 at 11:30am with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please send remembrances to Sons of Italy Fedele Lodge #1390's Seattle Fedele Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 94467, Seattle, WA, 98124 or charity of your choice. Our family will always be grateful for the care from Mileta Radunovic and associates at TLC Family Home.
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Barbara Jean Fleming At home in her beloved San Juan Islands, Barbara Jean Fleming passed away on Lopez Island on August 15, 2015 following a long and heroic stare-down with ovarian cancer. She was 80 years old. Born in Swedish Hospital to Samuel and Agnes Fleming on May 14, 1935, Barbara grew up in Seattle and graduated from Franklin High School in 1953 before enrolling in the nursing program at the University of Washington. Her college experience served as the catalyst for a life committed to public health, as well as the beginning of many deep and lasting friendships. After graduating from Washington and eventually earning a Master's degree from Santa Clara University, her career took her from Seattle to San Jose to Santa Cruz, where she served as a public health nurse with a focus in communicable diseases. Her clients and her assignments were diverse, but she was particularly gratified by the contributions she made to the lives of her low-income, immigrant and AIDS patients. Barbara lived in Seattle, Mercer Island, Los Gatos, CA and Capitola, CA before retiring in the San Juan Islands. Truly at home in the islands, she became very active in her Orcas and Lopez Island communities, serving on a number of non-profit and public boards while testing her Master Gardner's skills every year in an epic struggle to maintain a vegetable garden in the parched, sandy soils of her family's Waldron Island retreat. Along the way, Barbara devoted herself to raising a family that included her children Tim Seifert (Sonya Erickson), Mike Seifert (Anne) and Nancy Sunitsch (Scott). She voted for Richard Nixon and Barack Obama, she experimented with nudism and Buddhism (among many other diversions that delighted her friends and puzzled her children), and through her experiences as a public health official became a fierce advocate for women's health issues. But she found her true calling in her seven grandchildren (Madeline, Samantha, Matthew, Scott, Catherine, Grace and Eva), who found in their "Nonnie" a patient playmate, a confidential friend, and a wise and loving role model. Predeceased by her parents and her youngest sister, Sally Foertsch (Rick), she is survived by her sister Susan Bethke (Bob), her children and grandchildren, and her many devoted nieces and nephews. The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Hank Kaplan and his staff at Swedish, everyone at Hamlet House on Lopez, Lola Deane and Gale McCallum (superstars to the end), and her many friends that provided love and comfort during her final days. A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Lopez Island on Thursday, August 27 at 2:00 pm. The family suggests remembrances be made to The San Juan Preservation Trust at www.sjpt.org or The Hamlet, Box 785, Lopez Island, WA 98261. Love you forever, Nonnie!
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James (Wes) Wesley Taylor, Sr November 24, 1931 - July 19, 2015 James Wesley Taylor Sr. passed away peacefully on July 19, 2015 at the age of 83, after a short illness with MRSA. He was a long time resident and local figure of Bothell, Washington. Wes was born in Eugene, Oregon to James Hollister and Alma Cecil Taylor. He was married to the mother of his children, Gwendolyn Elaine Taylor on April 22, 1951 for 31 years. Wes is preceded in death by Gwendolyn, his parents James and Alma and his oldest son, Jonathan Edward Taylor. He is survived by his four loving children, James Wesley Taylor Jr. of Pullman, Rebecca Elaine Kelly of Vancouver, WA, Mark Allen Taylor of Vancouver, WA and Michael Taylor Donovan of Seattle, WA. He is survived by his sister, Darlene Campbell, his nephew, Chris Campbell and his niece, Candy Myers. He leaves behind a legacy of six grandchildren (Patrick, Tim, Sarah, Megan, Nathanael and Peter) and five great grandchildren (Mia, Dominic, Delaney, Jae and Iris). Most of Wes' years were spent in Washington and Oregon. During his life, he was an ordained minister, worked for the Oregon State Penitentiary; the Boise Police Department; the Bureau of Land Management; and retired as a US Civil Servant in Vancouver, WA from Bonneville Power Administration. He was an avid poet and penned over 1,400 poems throughout his life. He acted in about 30 plays and musicals, playing many colorful characters. He also had minor roles in local films and TV shows and was very excited to be an extra on "Northern Exposure" as Dr. Joel Fleischman's Grandpa. He also enjoyed researching his family heritage and Celtic background. During his later years, he loved his favorite local eatery "Jay's Cafe", and then go to watch the blue herons as they returned to the Kenmore Rookery at the Park-n-Ride. He was known to all as the crooked man with his handmade crooked walking stick. . . and especially as "a silly guy!" He faithfully attended Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church and was known for his enthusiastic "Amen's" from the rear of the church. He believed in Jesus and said many times that his relationship with God was the most important thing to him. A memorial service celebrating Wes' life will be held 10:00am on August 29, 2015 at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church at 17440 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting on Wes's behalf to have donations given for a bench in his name to be placed at the Kenmore Heron Rookery. Donations can be sent to: Michael Donovan, PO Box 33492, Seattle, WA 98133. Please sign Wes's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com .
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