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David McClure Ford, a resident of Mount Vernon, peacefully passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Mount Vernon, WA. Arrangements are in the care of Kern Funeral Home.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald on May 27, 2016

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November 17, 1933 - May 9, 2016 Janet McFarlane, 82, passed away on the evening of May 9, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, from complications resulting from a stroke April 9th. She was born on November 17, 1933 in Nemaha, Nebraska. Jan spent her entire married years being a housewife and mother who enjoyed her family and found complete joy in caring for her husband "Jerry" during their retirement years. She also found great delight in her grandchildren! She is survived by her husband and high school sweetheart of 61 years, John G. "Jerry" McFarlane; her daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Everett Cole, and Jill's sons, Jeremy McClain, and Ryan McClain and his wife Stephanie; her son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Nicole McFarlane and their children, Cari, Liam, and Mica McFarlane and by many relatives in Nebraska and the Midwest. Jan was preceded in death by her father, Glen Duerfeldt and mother and step-father, Bessie (Duerfeldt) & Lyle Bowen. At this time there will be no services. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the Lower Columbia Regional Cancer Center, 1615 Delaware Street, Longview, WA 98632 where Jan and Jerry both received exceptional care during the last several years when both were diagnosed with cancer. Jan continued to help the center after she was in remission by making and donating Teddy Bears and Dolls for children that were receiving cancer treatments. Mom you are loved and missed. God Bless you. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley, WA. Share memories of Janet and sign the online guest register at
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald on May 24, 2016
C. Gertrude McKee, 85, died May 4, 2016. She was born to Clair and Gladys Hanna and grew up in Clear Lake and graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School. Gertrude is survived by her husband, Jack McKee; daughter, Jill (Mardick) Stevens; sons, Gary (Vicki) McKee and Larry (Connie) McKee; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Deanna King and Donna Sabin; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents; brother, Donald Hanna; four sisters, Constance Hanna, Doris McDonald, JoAnn Small and Lucille McDonald. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00, Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Clear Lake Covenant Church. Share your memories of Gertrude and sign the online guest register at
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald from May 21 to May 24, 2016
February 14, 1919 - May 13, 2016 Richard K. (Dick) Millison, a retired advertising and communications executive, died May 13, 2016 at Anacortes, Washington. Disposition was by cremation and no service was held at his request. Born February 14, 1919, at Pateros, WA, to Ray and Ellen Millison, he was educated in primary schools of Yakima, WA, and high school in Salem, Oregon, after which he was drafted into military service in December, 1941. Mr.Millison was separated from service with the USAF in January, 1946, as a 1st Lt. Public Relations officer. He was active in Boy Scouts and was the youngest in the U.S. to attain Eagle Rank at the time. He climbed the major northwest peaks, was a fly fishing enthusiast, yatchsman and golfer. Following military service he attended Pacific Coast College of Law at night while he continued to work in public relations in Los Angeles, CA. He returned to Oregon in 1949 and was employed by The Oregonian newspaper as assistant promotions manager. During his 35 years with the newspaper, he served in a number of marketing capacities and was advertising director when he retired in 1984. Mr.Millison was active in community and business organizations. Among them were directorships of YMCA, Portland, Oregon Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Oregon Newspaper Publishers Assn. He was chairman of Portland Chamber of Commerce Members Forum and president of the Portland Advertising Federation. He was a director of Anacortes Kiwanis Noon Club and editor of it's newsletter. The publication was awarded 1st place in competition among all Kiwanis Clubs in the Pacific Northwest District in 2003. He was honored as a Hixson Fellow, one of the highest awards in Kiwanis International. He served on the organizing committee for The Anacortes Senior College. As a boating enthusiast, he was founder and first commodore of Northwest Trailer Sailors and Portland Yacht Club's monthly "Portlight" for 12 years. He was an organizing member of Anacortes Tall Ships Committee. Following retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Millison spent summers aboard their boat "Rolling Stone" in the San Juan Islands. They became residents of Anacortes, WA in 1992. Ann, his wife of 50 years, preceded him in death in 1995. He is survived by sons Richard, Jr., Kelso, (Angela) and Chris (Candi), Sedro Woolley and daughter Betsy Grieves, Anacortes, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The family suggests remembrances be contributions to a charity of choice.
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Published in Anacortes American and Skagit Valley Herald from May 22 to May 25, 2016
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