Death notices as of March 21, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times


George R. "Dick" Follis  1931-2017  The summer following high school graduation, he was injured in an industrial accident which left him using leg braces and crutches - his "stick" for the rest of his life. An electrical engineer, he retired from Boeing after 43 years. He will be remembered for his "gregarious nature, passion for science and history, fascination with all things automotive, nautical, and aeronautical, excellent culinary skills, and love of traveling." Memorial donations in Dick's name to the Roosevelt High School Golden Grads Scholarship Fund

Barbara Egtvet Gillman  1934-2017  She taught for a few years, then retired to raise her family. She returned to work as a Shoreline school bus driver and she and husband Jan traveled the world. He died in 2016 after 59 years of marriage.

Erma "Pennie" Mitton  1924-2017 (see obituary)

Bradley Owen Norton  1958-2017  Raised in Shoreline and graduated from Shoreline High School in 1975. Known for his love of motorcycles. Worked at Boeing.

Ruby Adelaide Hoff  1919-2017 Services held at Bethel Lutheran Church for Shoreline resident Ruby Hoff. Survived by three children, nine grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Kristi Marie Hoebelheinrich  1959-2017  Services at St. Luke Catholic Church in Shoreline.

Lucille Korpi  1921-2017  She lived her last 25 years in Shoreline where services will be held at Calvin Presbyterian Church.

Alice Fay Tonkin  1956-2017  A celebration of life was held at the Shoreline Conference Center.

John Hill Williams  1926-2017  Services held at St. Luke Catholic Church in Shoreline for long-time Seattle Times reporter Hill Williams. Primarily a science writer, he walked in the crater of Mt. St. Helens not long after it erupted and witnessed tests of the atomic bomb in Nevada and at Bikini atoll. He was the scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 319. In retirement, Hill wrote three books, with the most recent published just before his death. The Seattle Times obituary.

John Van Cleve James  1942-2017  He was a Technical Services and Research Librarian at Shoreline Community College for over 30 years. Active in the faculty union, he promoted political and social activities on campus. His faculty committee advocated working with the state legislature on higher education funding. He and his wife, faculty member Phyllis Topham, staged faculty retirement parties, celebrating achievements of their colleagues.

June Marie (Bashaw) Robinson  1924-2017  As a stay-at-home mom, she would stage children's carnivals in the back yard and hold neighborhood cupcake parties. The family traveled the US, visiting national monuments and parks.

Donna Margene Veveris  1930-2017  She enjoyed travel, nature, and her family.

Victor Matulovich Garbin  1935-2017  Funeral mass at St. Luke for Richmond Beach resident. Born in Croatia, he didn't speak English until he went to school. He loved sailing in the San Juans and Gulf Islands.

Jeff Gilbert 1964-2017  Shoreline resident died of prostate cancer. Graduated from Edmonds High School, served in the Marines, and worked in Bellevue.

Evelyn Matthews Bunton  1922-2017  Services at Shoreline Community Church for mother of seven, step-mother to 5, grandmother of 16, and great-grandmother of 26. Her greatest joy was to be a mother, and she served others by being a foster mother to over eighty kids.

Betty Jane Ohlenkamp  1928-2017  Lake Forest Park resident twice survived breast cancer. Worked at Allstate in administrative jobs for over 30 years. Known for her great sense of humor and her love of family (and red wine).



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