Leotis B. Branigh, Sr., Stan H. Novotney, Ruby Mae (Jerde) Nali, Christina A. Taxdahl, Loetta Belle Matthews, Arlen D. Cavin, Jr.
LEOTIS B. BRANIGH, SR
Our beloved husband and father passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Medical Center on Thursday, July 6, 2006.
He was a kind and decent man with a great sense of humor who loved his family, the
outdoors, steelhead and bass fishing and was a lifelong active volunteer supporting youth activities.
Born in Bunkie, LA, he was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War with 24 years service in the U.S. Army and Navy. He was a Tacoma resident over 53 years.
Member of Egyptian Lodge #44, Cascadian Consistory #75, Yemen Temple #152, Faith Chapter #30 OES, and was a 32nd degree Mason. Was founder and recent President of the 24th Infantry Regiment Assoc., and member of Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club. Proud
of his culinary arts, he was a skilled caterer and owner of Otis’ Barbecue on Wheels.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 54 years, Yayoi, sons Leotis Jr. of Lewiston, ID,
Ernest of Oak Harbor, WA, daughter Patricia & fiancé Randy Snyder of Tacoma, grandsons Leotis III, Benjamin & Gabriel and brother Johnny Lemon of Bastrop, LA. Also, special friends Alice Veloni & Family from Hoquiam, WA and a host of others.
He was predeceased by his parents Dixie & Dilcie Branigh.
Visitation from 1pm to 9pm, Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Full Military Honors followed by Masonic ceremony at graveside at 11: 30 am on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at Mountain View Memorial Park.
Stan H. Novotney
Stan was born 8/8/1921 in Blairemore, Alberta, Canada to Frank and Julia (Weir) Novotney. He died in Tacoma on 7/8/2006. He graduated from Lincoln High, Class of 1940 and attended Business College. He served in the Navy CB’s during WWII in the South Pacific. Returning to civilian life he met and married Lois Thornton, his sweetheart for life. He and his brother, Frank opened and ran a grocery store for 20 years. He was past Commander of the former VFW Navy post in Tacoma. His love was for his family, garden and flowers, fishing, hunting and camping (especially with the Grandchildren). He was predeceased by his parents, son Gary, and brother Frank. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois, son Dale Novotney and daughters Lori (Steve) Frank and Judy (Michael) Donoghue, and 5 grandchildren: Joshua (Randi), Gary and Samuel Frank, and Julia and Katherine Donoghue; and one great-grandson Taran Frank. He is also survived by his twin brother, Walter (Betty) Novotney. After retirement he and Lois loved to travel with their trailer. He will be missed dearly.
Our family’s sincerest thanks to the wonderful staffs at Heartwood and 6th floor at TG for their kind and thoughtful caring of our loved one.
Memorial service at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 12th in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 12721 30th Ave. NE Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125.
Ruby Mae (Jerde) Nali
Born Sept. 11, 1922 in Watertown, MN, passed away suddenly on July 7, 2006. Ruby was preceded in death by her son Ralph Nali. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, John Nali, daughter Beverly (Don) Lake, Bob (Kathy) Nali, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 7 brothers and sisters.
Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, July 14, 2006 at Mountain View Memorial Park.
Christina A. Taxdahl
Christina A. Taxdahl, 55, passed away July 3, 2006 at Western State Hospital. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of her son Steven is asked to please call Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252.
Loetta Belle Matthews
Loetta Matthews, 63, passed away in Mayfield, KY on July 2, 2006. She was a former resident of Tacoma, and retired from Pierce Transit.
She is survived by sons Trenton Bielman of Puyallup and Troy Moser of Tacoma, daughters Enslena Nephew of Tacoma and Kelley Maxham of Mayfield, KY, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, brother Verl Matthews of Sunlakes, AZ, and sister Gerri Ried of Sunlakes, AZ. Loetta was preceded in death by her parents, Ensley C. and Inez Matthews.
Private family services were held at Mountain View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pierce County Humane Society.
Arlen D. Cavin, Jr.
August 3, 1930 – July 1, 2006
Dad was born in Pueblo, Colorado to A. D. and Nell Cavin. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Sharon Lorraine.
He was a retired Army officer, serving in Korea with the 5th Ranger Co. Infantry (Airborne), then in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group (Green Berets). His family was very proud of his military service.
Dad went on to earn a BA in business and Public Administration at the University of Puget Sound. He enjoyed traveling, singing and performing with the Memory Singers. His favorite entertainer was Sammy Davis Jr. He was also a member of the Elks Post 174. Dad was passionate about politics and world affairs. He often said it was his Catholic faith and beliefs that carried him through difficult times in his life.
A warrior in life, a warrior in death. He had courage and dignity unsurpassed.
Dad, you will be missed dearly.
Your loving family
Survivors include sister Colleen Estep of Florida, former wife Maria Cavin of Lakewood, sons A. D. Cavin III of Lakewood and Steven P. Cavin of California, daughters Sharlene Moats of Florida and Susan Thompkins of Tacoma, in addition to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 12:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday, July 10, 2006 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 12:10 PM on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 710 S. 13th Street, Tacoma, WA. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
The above listed obituaries were arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.