William C. Dowd, Jr., longtime resident of Spanaway, passed away quietly at home on Friday, November 4, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. William was a beloved husband of Diane, father to Alexa Rose and Ashley Renee, of the home. He was also the father of Kenneth (Jessica), Stewart (Laura), and Stephen (Jen) of Painesville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Dowd and Ruth Hurl. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Sheryl Gustafson of Avon Park, Florida; Ruth Kearney of Panama, New York; and Kim Smith of Jamestown, New York. William was also grandfather to 8, great-grandfather of 1, and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews also friend of many. William served proudly in the United States Army for 23 years, and upon retirement was employed by McDonald’s Corporation and Red Wind Casino. William spent over 10 years as a foster parent to over 75 children in need. William and Diane had been named as the First Family of Merit on Fort Lewis, Washington, and he was a proud PTA volunteer at Centennial Elementary School and was referred to as the Popcorn Dad. William’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Franciscan Hospice for the care and support they received during William’s illness. Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 PM on Thursday, November 10, and from 8:00AM-2:00 PM on Friday, November 11, with graveside services at 2:30 PM on Friday, November 11 in Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Ardith Jesse “Ozzie” Osborn. Died from natural causes in his sleep on 11-4-11. He was born to Martin and Vesta Osborn in Rosston, OK 3-20-28. Ozzie was a graduate of WSU and MIT, and a distinguished aerospace engineer having worked on the Titan, Atlas and Minute Man projects. He was a true rocket scientist. He served his country during the Korean War. Ozzie is survived by his siblings, Elva Nordberg, Noni Farris and Jim Osborn and his children, Scott Osborn, Jess Osborn, Lisa Mylan, and Kevin Osborn, four grandchildren, Alan Osborn, Derek Osborn, Eddie Mylan, Jennifer Mylan, and three great grand children, Derek Osborn, Samual Osborn and Allison Osborn. Funeral services will be in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood at 2PM on 11-12-11 followed immediately by a reception. We will miss you Papa. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Robert Carlyle (Bob) Coffman. Eldest of three children, Bob was born on October 28, 1921, in Timewell, Illinois, to Lloyd Rankin Coffman and Melva May (Miller) Coffman. He died November 6, 2011, in Tumwater, Washington. Bob served 20 years in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of WWII and Korea. He retired in 1962 from McChord AFB, achieving the top enlisted rank of CMSgt with the 62nd Troop Carrier Wing (MATS). In 1983, he retired from civilian employment at McChord AFB Logistics. Bob was married for 67 years to high school sweetheart, Dorothy Euvadell (Allen) Coffman (deceased). They lived in the Lakewood area for 48 years. He was a former square dance caller and instructor for the Roamin’ Tacomans square dance club and a member of the Rainier Teachers and Callers Association. His square dance venues included state square dance conventions, floats in the Tacoma Daffodil Parade, local television, the Western Washington State Fair, and the occasional live-band event, as well as bi-monthly club dances. A life-long baseball fan, Bob also enjoyed photography, painting, and travel. He and Euvadell were members of the First Christian Church, Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his sister, Marybelle Fross, Columbus, MO, and his daughter, Carla Jann Coffman, Olympia, WA. His brother, William Franklin Coffman, is deceased. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Francis Glassy. Born May 4th, 1913 in Lisbon, North Dakota, Francis Glassy passed away peacefully in her home in Tacoma, WA. on Saturday, November 5th, 2011, at 98 years of age. The cherished and loved matriarch of her family, Frances will be remembered for her kind, gentle and encouraging spirit. Frances, known as GG to her grandchildren, loved to cook and bake and was a gracious hostess. This made her home a favorite of everyone in the family and each generation counts their time at GG’s house as their highlight. Born into a big and loving family, she had a deep love for her brothers and sisters. She passed on her love to her daughters, and in turn they to their children. Although Frances had difficulties and challenges in her life, she always carried herself with a quiet strength and was never one to complain. Instead, she was loving and gracious, quick with a laugh and a smile. Her faith in Jesus was a source of strength and she is with her Savior now in heaven. Frances left a legacy of two loving daughters, Barbara Curry (Stuart) and Sharon Glassy. She had 6 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Roy Hanson of Spanaway and Lyle Hanson of Arizona. A memorial service will be held Monday November 14th at 12pm at Life Center church in Tacoma WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Gertrude Pizarro of Steilacoom, Washington, formerly from Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on November 3rd, 2011. She was born on April 20, 1917 in Honokaa, Hawaii. She has finally joined in everlasting peace with her husband Claudio, son Eugene, sisters Josephine, Angie, and Loretta, brother Alfred, and parents Luis and Nicolasa. She is survived by her daughter Consuela, brother George, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Gertrude’s memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at 10:00 A.M. in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.