Death notices as of May 21, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.


Steven Melvin Thomas  1946-2015  Attended Shoreline Community College until he was hired by the Seattle Police Department in 1969.

Elaine Lieurance  1926 2015  Elaine and her husband Pierre owned and operated Pierre Lieurance Interiors in Shoreline. They loved boating and spent summers cruising the inland waterways. Celebration of Life held at Richmond Beach Congregational Church.

Thomas A. Friedel  1936-2015  Worked at Boeing until retirement. Member of St. Mark Catholic Church where services were held.

Richard "Neil" Horman  1947-2015  Served in Army intelligence during Vietnam and the Cold War, then transitioned to the Reserves. The Shoreline resident was Master of Edmonds Masonic Lodge #165, 2009-2010, the Sword Master at Nile Shrine and a member of the Scottish Rite. He was ordained within The Church of Spiritual Humanism and performed many weddings for friends and family. 

Joan A. Poitras  1937-2015  A celebration of life was held at Shoreline Covenant Church.

Ryan H. Olden  1956-2015  1975 graduate of Shoreline high school. An electrician by trade, he loved nature and the outdoors - camping, gardening, bird watching, boating. He was a dedicated Husky and Seahawk fan. Services held at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach.

Ragnar J. Dahl  1920-2015  Born in Norway, he raised his family in Shoreline. Worked at Boeing for 45 years. Salmon fisherman, avid golfer. Often travelled to visit family in Norway and in-laws in France. Won the lottery in 1993 and used the money to fund his favorite causes: Nordic Heritage Museum, Virginia V, Museum of Flight, and Ballard HS scholarship fund.

Elsie Demers  Age 80  Funeral services held at St. Mark Catholic Church in Shoreline.

Donald L. Lang  1922-2015  Shoreline resident. World War II Navy veteran spent much of his professional career as a firefighter at the Sand Point Naval Air Statio. "He loved his family, writing poetry, thoroughbred horse racing and a good poker game."

Frances Power  1928-2015  Lake Forest Park resident. Services held at St. Mark Catholic Church where she was a dedicated parishioner for 60 years. "The greatest loves in her life were her family, nursing, traveling the world and all creatures great and small."

John Leonard "Jack" Schwabland  Age 87  Lake Forest Park resident was a big game hunter, making 60 safaris world-wide. Born in Japan and came to the Seattle area when he was ten. Skier and mountain climber, making 30 first ascents. Owned and operated a wholesale lumber business.

The Rev. William (Bill) Davis Waring  1925-2015  School teacher, customs inspector, teacher of English as a Second Language in Mexico. Ordained as an Episcopal priest, he served churches in Mexico, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Uruguay, Maple Valley, Port-au-Spain, and Olympia. A celebration of life was held at St. Dunstan's in Shoreline.

Frances (Fran) Cole  1928-2015  Teacher and musician, she met her husband when they played in the Tacoma Symphony. Married for 60 years, they raised their family in Lake Forest Park.

Karl Larsen  Age 94  Born in Norway, the Shoreline resident was a general contractor who built roads and bridges. Services were held at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach.

Loren Ashley Rankin  1928-2015  U.S. Navy during WW II, then became a public school teacher. Services were held at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline.

Max Anderson  1923-2015  Served in the Navy during WW II. Married in 1945 and raised a family in Lake Forest Park. In the grocery business for many years as owner of Max's Select Foods in Seattle.

Geneiva Goudeau Tate  1930-2015  Graduated with honors from the nursing program at Shoreline Community College. She was instrumental in the formation of the Mary Mahoney Nurses Association and mentored other Black women to enter the nursing profession.



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