Obituary Notices


William B. Ellener was born in Sylvis, Illinois June 11, 1916 and he passed away in Tacoma, June 22, 2010. He moved from Illinois to Childress, Texas then onto Tacoma. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1934 where his interest in printing began and at the age of 18 he took a job with Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in the print shop.On June 9, 1939, he married his best friend, Ellen Athow in Tacoma. He was drafted into the Navy in 1944 where he served as a Yeoman. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to work for Weyerhaeuser where he managed the print shop and was a purchasing manager until he retired in 1970. He was a loyal, dedicated business man who exemplified integrity and hard work. Bill and Ellen enjoyed many years socializing and dancing with their friends in the Mr. and Mrs. Dance club. They were also members of the Tacoma Yacht Club, Elks, and the “Tuesday Night” dinner group. After Bill’s retirement they became “Snow BIrds” and spent 27 wonderful years wintering in Mesa, Arizona. Bill was also an amazing grandpa who taught his grandchildren a vast number of helpful skills and life lessons. They all enjoyed the many trailer trips with him and grandma which involved card games, stories, and “hikes.” He had a great sense of humor, was very thoughtful, and helped whenver asked. In addition, he always loved a good project and was always tinkering with something. He was a self-taught clock repairman, mechanic, carpenter, and could fix nearly anything. He is survived by his children, Linda Maule (Jerry) and Raymond Ellener (Mary), his grandchildren Dan McLaughlin (Anna), Ben McLaughlin (Renee), Cindy McLaughlin, Genny Hicky (Bob), Suzanne Paul, Brenda Aston (David), Kim Larned (Pete) and Alexa Ellener, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in deathj by his wife Ellen of 66 years, daughter Peggy Goedert (John) and brother Robert Ellener. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 25, 2010, 11:00 a.m. at Mt. View Funeral Home. In honor of Bill, donations can be made to the Franciscan Hospice at 2901 Bridgeport Way, Tacoma, Washington. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at


Robert Bruce Kiesel, 73, of Tacoma passed away peacefully on the morning of June 14, 2010. Robert is survived by his 3 children, David B. Kiesel, Deborah Loftis (Kiesel), and Shawn R. Kiesel, 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. He loved his family and friends and will be remembered fondly by those who knew and loved him. A celebration of his life will be held Sat., June 26th from 1pm to 4pm at The Lakewood Community Center, Room 203, located at 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at


Edward Santiago Yockman 1924-2010 Our beloved father, grandfather (Papa), great grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and uncle, Edward Santiago Yockman, Sr., 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 18, 2010. He was born in Pu’unene, Maui on June 23, 1924 to Julian and Rebecca Yockman-Gattock. Edward met and married the love of his life, Elda Winona Neal on Aug. 5, 1944 in Maui. She preceded him in death in 1997. They were married for 52 exciting years and had 10 wonderful children together. Our dad, Ed, was also preceded in death by his sisters, Priscilla Waiohu, Lee Roque, and Janet Tabelisma. Ed was a Golden Glove boxer while serving in the United States Army and all of his children and grandchildren learned the “left-hook, right-hook, upper cut.” His tour of duties include WWII, Korea, and France; retiring in 1965 after 20 years of service for his country. He loved being with his family celebrating all occasions, especially his birthdays! He was an accomplished gardener and woodcarver, making a memorable mirror, complete with drawer, so his wife could see her hair as she curled it with pink sponge rollers. He loved collecting Oopihi shells and coins, a consuming passion that he thoroughly enjoyed. Ed is survived by four sons: Joseph Wayne (Judy) of Ewa Beach, HI; Ed Jr.; Eric Charles (Bonnie); Elvan Jay (Susan), all from Lakewood, WA. His six daughters: Edwina Winona (Willie B.) Smith of Columbus, GA; Elaine Viva Masterman (Mike Guffey); Erainer Rebecca Yockman, Tacoma; Elvia Vivian (Dennis) Kantzer, Gig Harbor; Evalani Authurette (Nana) Yockman; Eileen Clariss (Samuel) Eddleman, also of Lakewood, WA. He is also mourned by his sisters, Soledad Obado, of Lana’i, HI; Mary Tom of Maui, HI, and brothers, Moses Tabelisma of South Carolina and Rudy (Sheila) Tabelisma of Los Angeles, CA. He has 27 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends too numerous to count. Papa was a member of Soka Gakkai International-USA since 1965 as well as a member of the Hawaii 50th Club. We wish to extend our special thanks to Tony and Faye Sanchez and the nursing staff at St. Clare Hospital and Hallmark Manor for the outstanding care given to our father. Please understand that in this time of loss we may have neglected to mention someone who particularly stood out, but know that our love and deep appreciation are genuine and heartfelt. Ed’s service will be held this Sunday, June 27, 1 p.m. in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. We ask that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, Attn. Yockman Ohana Angels, 1313 Broadway, Suite 100, Tacoma, WA 98402. Our father will be loved and missed by all. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at