Obituary Notices

Patrick Lee Nielsen Age 56. Born 08/12/1956 in Missoula Montana. Passed away on 11/30/2012 in Fife Washington. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Lavonne Nielsen. He is survived by his wife Connie, brothers Mike (Terri), Tim (Mary), and sister Shannon. Children, Brandi Carr, Amanda Parker, and Christopher Cole, daughters Jessica Murphy, Jennifer Wood and son Eric Dutton, 13 grandchildren and 1 on the way. Patrick’s motto, “Family, friends and fun.”

Patrick enjoyed most, his grand babies, camping and fishing. He will be greatly missed. Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 8th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain View Funeral Home 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499.

Glenn Stuart Oliver died peacefully November 25, surrounded by family and holding Esther’s hand, his beloved wife of 71 years. Glenn was born in Brainerd, Minnesota on April 28, 1919, and he graduated from Aitken High School in 1937. In 1940, Glenn joined the 34th Tank Company of the Minnesota National Guard, later renamed Company A. On February 7, 1941, three days before reporting for active duty at Fort Lewis, Washington, he married his childhood sweetheart, Esther. PFC 5th Class Radio Operator and Gunner Glenn S. Oliver completed Radio Electronics Repair School at Fort Knox, Kentucky before shipping out to the Philippines. He was stationed at Clark Air Field when WWII started and was ordered to surrender. He survived the Bataan Death March, various prison camps including Cabanatuan, Nichols Air Field, and Bilibid Prison, and the sinking of his unmarked POW ship or “Hell Ship,” Arisan Maru. He was lost at sea four days before he was recaptured and sent to Wakahoma House and Maibara. When the war ended he returned home on a hospital ship, spending nearly nine months in the hospital recovering. Glenn was honorably discharged in 1946. He endured many hardships and suffering during the war but returned home to his beloved wife. Glenn worked at ASARCO and started a family. In 1950 he enlisted in the Inactive Enlisted Reserve, and was recalled to active duty at Fort Lewis, training recruits for the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged as Sergeant First Class in 1951. He returned to work at ASARCO as chief engineer. Glenn owned a radio and television repair shop, and was the authorized Sylvania repairman for the local area. He had a ham radio license and learned navigation through a Coast Guard navigation course. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed spending time with family hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and traveling. He loved swimming, boating, water and snow skiing, ice hockey, and ice skating. After retirement, he became interested in genealogy, which led him to join several societies. He was proud to be a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, and Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. He also belonged to Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Ex-Prisoners of War, and American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. Glenn has spoken nationally about his experiences and is included in many books about WWII. Glenn was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for over sixty years. He is survived by his loving wife Esther; two daughters, Cynthia M. Wakatsuki and Elizabeth K. Cook (Richard L. Cook); grandchildren David S. Moffett (Monica), Sean G. Moffett, Michael S. Pedee (Michele), Margaux E. Isaman (Cameron), Elizabeth M. Pedee, and Ryan Wakatsuki (Danielle); and great-grandchildren Lucas, Colin, Carson, and Archer. He was humble and intelligent, and will be remembered as a loving family man of strong faith and character. He was one of the rare men who are able to keep perspective and a sense of humor in difficult times. He leaves us having had a life well-lived. Services will be held on Dec. 7, 2012, 10:00 a.m., in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Memorial Park.

Duane Andrew Hamilton, known by his friends as Duey, went home to be with his Lord on Dec 4, 2012. Duey was born March 26, 1919 in Tacoma, Washington to Jesse and Ethel Hamilton. He spent most of his life in Tacoma.

Duey and his wife Lucille celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary August 20, 2012. He maintained valued friendships from Stadium High School, where he graduated in 1937. He was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Tacoma Elks Lodge for over 50 years.

Duane was preceded in death by his son, David Hamilton. He leaves behind his wife, Lucille; son, Hugo Hamilton; and granddaughter, Jessica Hamilton.

A family graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at New Tacoma Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made in Duane’s name to First Lutheran Church or Tacoma Lutheran Home. Please visit our guestbook at

Linda L. Attwood of Olympia, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 2, 2012. She was the daughter of Alfred & Martha Crane, born on Sept. 26, 1943 in Tacoma, WA. Her parents and sister, Carol Martin, preceded her in death. Linda graduated from Lincoln High School in 1962. On August 6, 1966, she married Larry E. Attwood. He survives her at the family home. They had four children: two sons, Al and Larry Attwood Jr. of Olympia, and two daughters, Sandy Merritt of Yelm, and Shannon Reno of Rochester. Linda has ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Services for the memorial will be held at 11:30 AM on Dec 7th in Chambers Creek Chapel at New Tacoma Cemeteries at 9221 Chambers Creek Road W., University Place, WA. Reception to follow at Al and Teresa Attwood’s house. Please visit

Wayne Edwin Thrall, born on August 16, 1941 in Camas, Washington to Evelynne Rietz Thrall and Frank Thrall, passed away on November 29th, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington. After graduating from Springfield High School, he joined the United States Army in 1958. He served his country proudly for 16 years and received the National Defense Service Ribbon, The Vietnam Service Medal, 4 Good Conduct Medals, and 2 Overseas Service Bars. He also received an Associate of Arts degree from Lane Community College in Springfield, Oregon.

Wayne worked as a mechanic, car salesman, bus driver, and truck driver before starting a career with the United States Postal Service in Portland, Oregon where he worked as Network Transportation Manager until his retirement.

He loved fishing, hunting, boating, camping, and working on cars. Some of his fondest Army memories were playing on the golf team and being a ski instructor. He loved telling the story of how he and a friend got the opportunity to play a round of golf with Lee Trevino.

His true passion was remote controlled airplanes and he became an active member of the Fly-A-Ways R/C Club in Beaverton, Oregon. People always remarked how beautiful his planes were and he was so proud of the “hangar” in his garage.

Wayne was a member of The Disabled Veterans of America, The American Legion, Academy of Model Aeronautics, and the Mount Rainier Radio Controlled Society. He also loved taking day trips and traveling with his wife and family. One of his favorite things to do was to take people places he had traveled to and share the memories he had.

Wayne leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Katherine Elliott (FKA Alice Thrall); three daughters, Doreen Allen (Larry) of Puyallup, Washington, Heidi Ginder (Dave) of Port Orchard, Washington, and Colleen Rye (Rick) of Fort Eustis, Virginia; three grandchildren, Kirsten Allen, Bryan Allen, and Kristian Ginder; sister, Judy Mathis;  step-brother, Spence Mathis; along with nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Dale Mathis; and sister, Sharon Shrum.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Chambers Creek Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery in University Place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Wayne’s name be made to any of the following charities: Memorial, Disabled Veterans LIFE Memorial Foundation, Inc,  6274 Linton Blvd, Ste 105, Delray Beach, FL 33484 Attn: Manager, Donor Services, or the DAV Memorial Program, PO BOX 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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Donald E. Wardlow Jr. passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, November 29, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Don was born April 13, 1947 in Webb City, Missouri. He was a talented artist with water colors, oils, and wood carving. He will be missed tremendously as a son, father, and ‘Poppie’.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Catherine M. Wardlow, and his father, Donald E. Wardlow, Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Leitha Wardlow of Tacoma; his sons, Craig Wardlow (Lisa Wardlow) of Tacoma, and Troy Wardlow (Lisa Hachtel-Wardlow) of Lake Stevens; sisters, Kathy Wardlow-Ingwerson (Kevin Ingwerson) of New Jersey, and Diana Hanes (Terry Hanes) of California. Don was a beloved ‘Poppie’ to all of his grandchildren: Shelby (20), Breanna (15), Madeline (6), Cole (5) and Ella (3).

Don retired from Simpson/Tacoma Kraft in 1993 and was a proud member of the Machinist Union. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Funeral services celebrating Don’s life will be held Saturday, December 8 at 1pm in the Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery. Interment to follow.

Remembrances may be made in Don’s name to the American Cancer Society. The family would like to give special thanks to MulitCare’s Hospice and the wonderful people there who have helped so much. Guestbook at

Clarice Fournier, age 76, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Everett, WA.

Clarice was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Fournier, of Tacoma.

Clarice leaves behind her sister, Cecile Carson; 3 children, Michelle, Bernadette, and Pierre; and eight grandchildren.

Donations may be made in Clarice’s name to Tahoma Audubon, 2917 Morrison Road West, University Place WA 98466.

A memorial service is planned for 1pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at New Tacoma Cemetery’s Evergreen Chapel in University Place, WA. Please to sign our guestbook and view our reflection video.

Anwar Wahid Ali was born on December 12, 1978 to Wahid Ali and Stephanie Delacruz in West Berlin, Germany. He passed away on November 21, 2012 at age 33 in the state of Washington.

A viewing was held on Thursday, November 29th, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at New Tacoma Funeral Home in University Place, Washington.

Anwar was reared as a military young man who had the opportunity to see different parts of the U.S. He was a very loving son, brother and father.

He leaves to uphold his legacy, three daughters, Kylie, Mariah, and Nevaeh, his fiancée, Sharon Abrams, all of whom reside in the state of Washington. He is also survived by his sister, Jarita Ali, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and his two brothers, Wahid Ali and Ahmad Ali of Fayetteville, Georgia. His other siblings include Shontel Wiggins (John) of Killeen, Texas, Naomi Holsey (Jamar) of Columbus, Georgia, his stepmother, Dana Ali of Fayetteville, Georgia and his stepfather, Juan Delacruz of Stafford, Virginia.  Anwar leaves numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the U.S.

Norman Asbjornsen, born in Tacoma, WA, June 28, 1917, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

Norm and Helene (Tveter) were married 69 ½ years when Helene passed on 2/04/05. They were blessed with 2 daughters. Norm attended McKinley, Gault, and Lincoln High Schools, also Bates night classes. He retired as General Foreman in charge of the Electrical Dept. for the Tacoma School District. He spoke very highly of his colleagues there. Norm was a member of Tacoma Local #76 for over 60 years.

Except for 1945 (when he was in the U.S. Army) he fished commercially each summer from 1932-1962, mostly for salmon, in Alaska.

Norm’s main focus of interest was his God, his family, and his country. He and Helene loved and looked forward to the yearly family vacations in Victoria, B.C. and the west coast of WA and OR.

Norm was preceded by his wife, Helene; parents, Andrew and Signy Asbjornsen; and brother, Don.

He is survived by daughters, Bette Conradt (George) and Joanne Lancaster (Bill); 5 grandchildren, Lisa Flewelling (Mike), Jason Conradt (Christine), Craig Conradt (Klaudia), Will Lancaster (Michele), and Alison Moran (Sean); 8 great grandchildren, Shayla, Gillian, Stratton, Nolan, Emily, Henry, Gaven, and Allegra; brothers, Bud (Karen), Terry (Denna), and Roy; sisters, Adeline Millen, Phyllis Sturgis, Evelyn Asbjornsen, Sharon Creley (Keith), and Judy Asbjornsen, all in Puyallup, Helen Shaw in Texas and Shirley Haugen in Calif; also numerous nieces and nephews and special friends, David and Sophia Paley.

The above information was written by Norm himself some time ago.

Our family wishes to thank friends, family, and organizations who have served, prayed for and loved Norm during his lifetime and through his last difficult months. God bless you all.

Come join us for a celebration memorial service honoring our Dad as we worship our Heavenly Father on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3:00 p.m. at New Tacoma Cemetery in Chambers Creek Chapel.

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I, Deaconess Edna Mae Richard, do rejoice that the story of my life is a great testimony of the love of God toward His people. Today, I have no sadness to report to you for the Lord Himself has shown exceeding mercy to draw me nearer unto Him. Indeed our God is sovereign, and He acts after the counsel of His own will. Follow me through the journey of my life on earth as I reflect on God’s goodness.

I was born on October 15, 1934 in Tom, Oklahoma to the late Paul and Pearlie (Young) Williams. I was the second to the youngest of nine siblings, and was preceded in death by six of them: Lynette, Argentry, Alice, Viola, Cleo and Anthony. Since a young child, I learned the value of being productive, working alongside my parents and siblings farming land we hoped to someday own. At the age of 16, I married James Cooper and his military service relocated us to Tacoma, Washington. We had one son, James Jr. To avoid being trapped in farm labor work and poverty, I decided to build a life for my young and me in Tacoma.

Through constant prayer, I was strengthened in my faith, and while at church one day, my son climbed into the lap of the man who would become the love of my life, Harry Richard. Together, we had four children:Conley, Cornelius (Arnie), Katrina, and Pomella. For more than 30 years, Harry and I dedicated our lives to raising our children and grandchildren. We enjoyed nothing more than being with family and friends and serving the Lord.

We were faithful members of God’s Pentecostal Church (25th and Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington). I served for many years as the Treasurer along with my husband, Harry, who served as the church Deacon. We were in love, and in 1991, my life was hit with a bout of sadness when Harry was guided onto glory. This was such a gaping hole to fill, and only God could do this. Harry had completed his earthly assignment, and I yet had ‘promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.’

For the next 21 years, my focus turned toward my grandchildren and great grandchildren. They kept me smiling, clapping, cheering, and don’t forget reprimanding. I was the esteemed grandmother of nine state championship trophies in football, basketball, and volleyball. I was even more elated by their educational accomplishments. I knew from my own life experiences that education was the road out of poverty.

I was fortunate to work for many years through Catholic Community Services. It was just two years ago that I retired. As a Proverbs 31 woman, I was given to serve the poor and the needy, not to mention what joy I found in guiding others to God.

So you see, my life has had its share of bumps in the road. Through it all God has been good to me. I could always depend on Hi Word as a light unto my pathway and lamp unto my feet. I have not lacked for any good thing. Goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life. On November 17, 2012, when the time of my departure was at hand, I was ready to be offered. I had fought a good fight; I kept the faith. I finished my course. And now is laid up for me a crown of righteousness–not only for me, but for all those who love His appearing.

The light of God’s mercy will continue to shine and be remembered through my offspring; James (Susan) Cooper, Conley Richard, Cornelius Richard, Katrina Richard Kinlow, and Pomella Richard; my grandchildren: Bianca, Tasia, Sean, Austin, Evian, Elan, Chelsea, and Kathleen; my great grandchildren: Lyanna, Izaiah, Nilla, Aliyah, Marquis, and Mariah; my siblings: Ossie French (Idabel, Oklahoma), and Leo Williams (San Antonio, Texas); my sister-in-law, Ozzie Mae Ritchey-Palmer (Miami, Florida); and my many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, Church family and friends too numerous to mention.

Finally, when you should think of me, may you be comforted by the peace of God, and may you be favored to live through the overcoming power of His Christ.

With eternal love, Deaconess Edna Mae Richard

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Floyd Eide was born to Thomas and Beatrice Eide on December 19, 1936. On December 2, 2012, he went peacefully home to the Lord.

He served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959.

He was a retired letter carrier for the Postal Service in Iowa and in Washington.

He leaves behind his wife of 52.5 years, Joan Eide, a daughter, Rene Bartlett, 3 sons, Ron, Rex, and Rick, four grandkids, Krista, Rick Jr., Craig and Nevaeh, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.

Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at  (253) 584-0252


Helen Marie Lay was born in Tacoma May 5, 1926. She went to Heaven on November 25, 2012. Helen grew up and lived in Tacoma until she and her husband Ralph moved to Yakima in 1968.

Helen was the daughter of Conrad and Linnea Holmstrom. She and Ralph were married in Colorado in 1945.

Helen was preceded in death by daughter Kandyce, husband Ralph, and son Robert. Helen loved life, family, and friends.

She and Ralph traveled extensively, and danced in four dance clubs.

Helen is survived by son William of Arizona, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.

Memorial service will be Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2PM in the Mountain View Garden Chapel, 253-584-0252.

Emma Mae Proctor passed away on Dec. 2, 2012 in the loving arms of her favorite granddaughter, Tammy, who was always there for her, along with great-grandchildren Justine, Frankie, and Joshua.  Emma went to heaven to be with her husband, Frank, and sons Jim and Frankie.

She is survived by her daughter Dell Lowe, sisters, Shirley Bekken, Marilyn Wood, and Nadine Wilson, and brother Ronald (Penny) Miles, and by grandchildren Crissy, Missy, and Jimmy, seven great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Many thanks to her second family at the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community.  She loved all those who loved her.

Services will be held at 11:00 on Monday, December 10, 2012 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.

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Leona Katherine Killion

Born April 21, 1923 in Faye, Oklahoma.

Passed away December 3, 2012 in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Leona was preceded in death by her father and mother George and Anna Mae Williams, her husband James R. Killion, four brothers, Edgar, Wayne, Glen, Forest and two sisters Bernice and Rosa.  She is survived by one brother, Lee J. Williams, her son, Larry J. Killion, two daughters, Deanna K. Niesen and Deborah L. Arena.  Leona had six grandchildren and thirteen great-grands, as she called them.

Sister Leona came from a hard working background in the farm country of Oklahoma. She trusted Christ as her personal Savior as a teenager.  She met Jim Killion while working as a cashier on Ft. Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.  They fell in love, were married and she gave birth to Larry and Deanna.

Jim was in the Army and after going to Warrant Officer School became a career soldier. The family moved to Germany in 1950 and there Leona gave birth to her third child, Deborah.  After the tour in Europe, they were stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington where they bought a house and made a home in Lakewood.  When Jim retired from the Army, he and Leona separated and Leona paid off the house and worked a variety of jobs including, a Cracker Packer at the ABC Cookie Factory behind the old B&I store, retail clerk for Earnst Hardware, and cashier in local grocery stores.

She put herself through Beautician School and had her own Beauty shop, Miss Lea’s, until she had back surgery and after that worked in the Wig Department at the Bon Marche at the Tacoma Mall.

Leona was a faithful member of the Lords Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington where her son Larry Killion is the Pastor.

Her final resting place until the resurrection is at the Mountain View Memorial Park.  A celebration of life will be held in memory of Sister Killion at The Lords Baptist Church, 11102 Yakima Ave. So. Tacoma, WA. 98444 on December 15th, at 10:00AM.

Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.  Please sign the on-line guestbook at  (253) 584-0252