Death notices as of July 25, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Oil painting by Christyne Westphal
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

Don Rahkonen  1927-2017  Sgt in Occupation Army in Japan; called up to guard against "rogue sagebrush" in Hanford during Korean War. Designed and built 5-level hillside view home in Richmond Beach, where he lived for 45 years. Olympic-grade ski racer and coach. Services at St. Luke.

Douglas Douwe Dykstra  1936-2017  Born Douwe Dijkstra in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, he worked at the Christian daily newspaper, Friesch Dagblad, and served in the Dutch military. In 1958 with wife and baby, he immigrated to Seattle to join family here. Owned Continental Printing. A celebration of life was held at Shoreline Christian Reformed Church.

Daniel A. Lyons  1922-2017  Army service in Europe and Philippines during WW II. Board of Management of the Shoreline YMCA 1972-1982. Active member of Shoreline Breakfast Rotary. Contributions in Dan's memory may be made to Rotary Foundation or the Shoreline YMCA.

Jeannette Marie Eeckhoudt  1943-2017  Shoreline resident for 29 years. Avid fly fisher and birder. A scholar and outdoorsman, she was "most at home by a trout stream or next to a campfire with her friends."

Phyllis Marian Botto / Robinson / Clark  1922-2017  With first husband Bill, in 1962 they built a Jim Hussey designed home in Lake Forest Park, where they lived for 30 years. Avid player of tennis, golf, and bridge, she loved to travel.

Bonnie Duncan Peters  aged 97  Died peacefully among family at home in Lake Forest Park. In the 1940s she worked in The Seattle Times information bureau, where she said she was the "Google of her time".  Her second marriage was to a man she dated in high school after they reconnected at their 50th high school reunion. Passionate about golf, basket weaving, and genealogy which she worked on up to two weeks before her death. Services at LFP Civic Club.

Helen Sinclair Gaevert  age 83  She was involved in many charities, including Shoreline Healthy Start.

Warren D. Elmer  1924-2017  Served as part of the 10th Mountain Division Ski troops sent to Italy to fight in WW II. A State Farm representative, he retired at age 84. A life long liberal, his daughters have childhood memories of doorbelling for local Democratic candidates. A celebration of life was held for Warren and his wife Jane at their Shoreline home.

Sally Gagner McGlynn  1933-2017  Volunteered at St. Luke in Shoreline.

William Francis Ryan II  age 83  Services at St. Luke in Shoreline for Edmonds resident. The army veteran enjoyed "gun collecting, travel, Starbucks and Redhook with friends and family."

James "Barry" Holt  1929-2017  The Lake Forest Park resident "volunteered countless hours in his decades of service at the Northshore Senior Center and other Community club positions." Retired from Boeing, he traveled the world.

Florence Faye Matheny DeShazer  1921-2017  A Shoreline resident since 2012, she and her husband spent 30 years in Japan as Free Methodist missionaries, helping to start 23 churches.

Barbara Lee Lewis  1932-2017  A longtime active member of St. Mark Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul, services were held at St. Mark, with graveside service at Holyrood.

Alisa (Olberg) Landreth  1965-2017  Services at Berean Bible Church. Donations to "Vision House/Reading Program as Alisa was a voracious reader and spent endless hours reading to her boys."

Joyce Acker Tingley  1932-2017  Raised her family in Lake Forest Park. Sang in the Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church Choir, and the Choir of the Sound. She was a Shoreline Community College preschool teacher for 30 years, from 1969-1999. After retirement from teaching, she operated the Richmond Beach post office. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 5 at 3:00pm at the Innis Arden Clubhouse located at 1430 NW 188th Shoreline 98177.

Frank Reynold Bender  1934-2017  An ordained minister by the Assemblies of God for 50 years, he was deeply involved in the Shoreline Community Church. Frank participated in ministry at nursing homes, jails and homeless missions. He and his wife Erma were interim pastors of All Tribes Church for Native Americans. "Frank officiated basketball for many years for recreation leagues, junior and senior high schools and community colleges. He started up a group of basketball officials for Special Olympics of Washington, and refereed at the International Special Olympics in both 1983 and 1987. He was involved as a Special Olympics volunteer in both basketball and track and field from 1976 - 2014, and was recognized as volunteer of the year by the State organization."

Daniel L. Kolbeck  1942-2017  Services at St. Luke in Shoreline and graveside at Holyrood.

Robert Bradley Brewer, Jr.  1961-2017  Lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. "Bob loved the outdoors; camping, boy scouts, boating and transferred love of nature to his boys. He was actively involved in Indian Guides, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as his boys grew." A celebration of life was held at Lake Forest Park Civic Club.

Robert Peck Rogers  1934-2017  Active in the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club and played tuba in several community bands. Worked at Aetna from 1958-1972 when he started his own business. He was varsity rowing crew at the UW, then formed the Lake Washington Rowing Club and rowed competitively, winning the gold medal at the Pan American games in 1959 and taking fifth in the 1960 Rome Olympics. An avid skier, boater, biker, and hiker, climbing Mt Adams and Mt Hood, and Mt. Rainier twice.


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