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WALKER, ELDORA - Mount Vernon  
ELDORA WALKER February 1, 1927 - age 88, resident of Mount Vernon , died Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon .
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 4, 2015

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PARTRIDGE, LARRY  
Larry Donald Partridge Larry Donald Partridge, 78, the loving husband of his wife, Nancy, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 28, 2015 at his home in La Conner, WA. He was born on October 29, 1936 in Spokane, WA to Donald and Charlotte (Smith) Partridge. Larry had a lifelong love of flying which was inspired at a young age by his mother, Charlotte, who was a stunt pilot in her early twenties. He joined the Air Force at age 17, becoming a flight engineer, and later earned his pilot's license through Kenmore Air. Larry flew as a bush pilot throughout Alaska in his early years, leading to a commercial career with the Flying Tigers. He would go on to have a colorful legacy as a Tiger, with trips to every corner of the world and carrying every cargo imaginable including Shamu, the killer whale. Larry's compassion led him to volunteer as a civilian pilot during the end of the Vietnam conflict, completing 52 "Mercy Rice Lift" missions to help the South Vietnamese. Later, he would receive a personal call from President Ronald Reagan thanking him for his courageous service. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to take trips with his friends and family on the Puget Sound. Larry is survived by his wife, Nancy; three sons, Scott (Libby) of La Conner, Aaron of La Conner and Stephen (Wendy) of Kettle Falls, WA; his grandchildren, Nolan, Chelsea St. John and Adam St. John; his sister and nephew, Lesley and Chad Martin of Hailey, Idaho and his beloved cat, Maui. At his request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local animal shelter. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Larry, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com .
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 3, 2015

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(KOSTER) WARNOCK, JUDY KAY  
Judy Kay (Koster) Warnock, 72, of Portland, OR passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 at her home. Born Oct. 5, 1942 in Yankton, SD the daughter of Orville W. and Lillian M. Koster. She lived in Mount Vernon, WA before remarrying and moving to Portland, OR in 2003. Judy graduated from Yankton Senior High, Yankton, SD in 1960 and shortly after married and had two kids. She also attended beauty school in Bellingham, WA. Judy worked at Drumman's Restaurant in Mount Vernon as a hostess before opening the Lions Mane in downtown Mount Vernon cutting mens hair, after closing the shop she went to work for a insurance company then moved on to working at a local beauty supply store. Judy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Portland, OR. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and doing crafts as well as spending time and working at the Temple. Judy loved visiting with people as well as life itself. Judy is survived by her husband: James Warnock; Son: Rick L. Heckenlaible; Daughter: Kim K. Weynands (Rick); Grandson: Kyle N. Heckenlaible; Best friend (Dog) PugsLee. She was preceded in death by her parents; Orville W. and Lillian M. Koster; brother; Lester M. Koster. Viewing will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Hawthorne Funeral Home. A Cryptside service will be held Thursday, September 10, 2015, 1:00 pm at Hawthorne Memorial Park Mausoleun. Please share your thoughts of Judy and sign the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E College Way, Mount Vernon.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 2, 2015
ANDERSON, THEODORE ROBERT "TED" (ROSELAND) - Mount Vernon  
Theodore "Ted" Robert Anderson (Roseland), age 63, resident of Mount Vernon, died Saturday, August 29, 2015. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 2, 2015
CLAYBROOK, GRACE  
November 27, 1917 - April 8, 2015 Grace lived her 97 years in the most beautiful areas of Puget Sound that can be imagined. She was born on Orcas Island in a small house by a midwife, the first daughter of Elizabeth Tennyson Mann Evans and William Harrison Evans. She grew up in the Montlake district of Seattle spending her summers on Orcas Island. The family moved back to Orcas Island during the depression years. After graduation from Orcas Island High School, a class of 9, she went to business college in Bellingham then moved back to the Island and worked at the early Orcas Power and Light Company with her cousin, John Harrison, as her boss. She met and married Howard Claybrook in 1941. They spent the war years in Seattle then moved to Sedro Woolley and raised their daughters Susan (Jorgensen) and Debra Claybrook. After Howard's death in 1986 she moved to Edmonds and spent her remaining years very involved in her grandchildren's lives; Travis (Deonna), Tyler (Carly) and Laura (Steve). She was able to meet and dearly love her great granddaughters Matia (Laura and Steve) and Tennyson (Travis and Deonna). She died at Swedish Edmonds after a fall and a short illness. She was a wonderful and caring mother and grandmother and we all miss her everyday. She will rest peacefully at Union Cemetery, Sedro Woolley. No services. "After life's amazing journey, she sleeps well."
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 2, 2015
GENSBURG, DAVID MICHAEL  
David Michael Gensburg (Scambo), 49, of Mount Vernon, WA passed away from a cancer at his home on August 24, 2015. David worked as a carpenter, firefighter, and fisherman. He enjoyed numerous activities, such as riding motorcycles, fishing and hunting. He was a dedicated family man and will be remembered by numerous friends, all of which are invited to share in a celebration of his life. David is survived by his wife, Rita Gensburg; sons, Michael Andrew Gensburg, David (DJ) Michael Gensburg, Jr.; daughter, Alexis Lorraine Gensburg; mother, Marcia Gensburg; sister, Robin Boome (Stevie); brothers, Butch, Bob, and Jerry Gensburg; in-laws, Laura Stevens, Jim Clark; and a plethora of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Orville Gensburg. On Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:00PM there will be a potluck to celebrate David's life at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific St, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284. Please bring your favorite dish, and be prepared to share your stories of the joyous times and experiences spent with David. Share memories of David and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 2, 2015
JOHNSON, FRANCIS W. "BUD"  
Francis "Bud" Johnson, 79, of Burlington Wa, held the hands of daughter, Lori, and daughter-in-law, Joy, and slipped peacefully from this life in the early morning of August 28, 2015. His greatest love was his family, and he leaves three sons, 2 daughters, and their spouses Randy and Joy Johnson, Lori and Vince Manduchi, Dianna and Don Clark, Tom and Vanessa Johnson, and Matt Johnson and Stephanie Pierce. In addition are nine grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, with a great grandchild and a great-great grandchild on the way. Bud was born in Seattle and spent his early life in a military family, moving to various posts around the states and the world. After graduation from Spokane High School, he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Monterey, CA. While there, he met Janice O'Boyle, of Seaside, CA , and they were married in May, 1958. During his Navy years, he served 2 tours in Vietnam as an aviation mechanic and helicopter crew chief. His passion for aviation led to piloting tours in his free time and an instructors license. Bud was involved early in the Alcoholics Anonymous program. He served as a counselor in his later Navy career as well as in civilian life. He was deeply committed to the local chapters of AA, sharing his personal stories to encourage others and forging lifelong friendships. He met his second wife, Mary Minton, when they worked together as counselors for at risk youth, and they married in 1983. Bud's heart and soul were pure cowboy. He loved rodeo, bull riding, horse training, working as a farrier, hunting, and camping in a teepee. He retired to a cabin in the mountains near Tonasket and shared his love for the country with his grandchildren's visits. A night of poker was always a highlight. Bud spent his last years with family and friends in the Skagit Valley, cheering on the Seahawks. An evening to celebrate his life and share stories is planned for Friday, September 25, 4:30PM, at Hillcrest Lodge in Mt. Vernon. Memorial gifts may be made to an addiction rehabilitation program of the giver's choice and to the Washington fire relief and reforestation effort.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 2, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

HUDSON, ARLENE  
Arlene Frances Hudson, born July 20, 1936 in Clear Lake, Washington, passed away peacefully at Peace Health United General Medical Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 after a battle with Leukemia. She was 79 years old. Most of Arlene's young life was spent in Bremerton. She married in 1955, and then moved to California to be close to her husband's family. She raised her children in California, and then moved back to Sedro-Woolley in the early 1980's. Arlene became a Nursing Assistant and worked at Evergreen Nursing Home in Mount Vernon, and then started a business cleaning houses in the area. Most recently, an art studio was just completed that Arlene was going to move into and start a new business, "Arlene's Design". She refinished woodwork and painted artwork on furniture. Arlene met Walt Hudson while cleaning his house and fell in love with him. They married in December of 2012, and made their home in Mount Vernon. Arlene was a member of the Clear Lake Community Covenant Church for 20 years. Arlene is survived by her husband, Walt; 3 sons, Frank, Tomas and Richard Ybarra; her sister, Lois Ann Clay and brother, Lyle (Dick) Henderson. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was in death by her parents, and 3 sons, Tony, Jerry and Marty. The family would like to thank the staff at Peace Health United General Medical Center, especially Dr. Shetabi and the staff of the Oncology Clinic. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Clear Lake Community Covenant Church. Interment will follow at the Clear Lake Cemetery with a reception to be held at the church after the committal. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity in Arlene's honor. Share memories of Arlene and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 1, 2015
KRIEG, JOHN THEODORE "TED"  
John Theodore "Ted" Krieg, 85, of Anacortes, WA passed away on Monday morning, August 24, 2015 at his home in Anacortes as a result of natural causes. He was born on September 18, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, the first child of Frank and Bernice (Warmbold) Krieg. Ted overcame polio at the age of 13. He enjoyed the outdoors and became an avid mountain climber, successfully reaching the summits of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood during his lifetime. Ted also enjoyed sailing and was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Angelyn Teresa Gennari, his second wife, Mary Catherine Musler and his parents, Bernice and Frank Krieg. Ted is survived by his children, Mary, Rose and Frank; 8 grandchildren, John, Laura, Beth and Eric Brockman, Joel and Rebecca Rook and Jen and Melissa Krieg; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 nephews, Alex and David Krieg; a niece, Katie and his brother, James Krieg. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes with a reception to follow in the Fr. Auer Center. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes. A special thanks to those who assisted Ted in his final days with comfort and support, namely Claire Zimmerman, his neighbors, Bob and Andrea Gauthier, and his parish family at St. Mary. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Ted, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 1, 2015
LARSON, MATTHEW MARTIN  
Matthew Martin Larson, 65, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, passed away on July 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 20, 1950 in Seattle, the son of John & Myrtle Larson. He was raised in Newhalem. From 1968 thru 1976 he served his country in the U.S. Marines, serving two tours in Vietnam. Matthew was a very private person but he told great stories of his adventures in life. He loved telling jokes and making people laugh, especially those he loved. Thank you for being a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and Marine. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and siblings and their families. He was preceded by his parents and several extended family members. Because of Matthew's love for children memorials in his honor are suggested to the Tears Foundation, 11102 Sunset Blvd E., Puyallup, WA 98374. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. Cremation and Service arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Matt and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com "Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem". By President Ronald Regan. Semper Fi.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 1, 2015
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