Frank A. Johnson, Jr.
Frank Alderdice Johnson, Jr. died Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at his home in Puyallup. He was born in Tacoma, WA on June 25, 1929. Frank attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and Lincoln High School (Class of 1947). Frank owned and operated Depot Motors in Tacoma. He belonged to the Tacoma Elks Lodge No.142, the Ray C. Roberts VFW Post, Moose Lodge No. 1865 and the Tacoma Athletic Commission. He is survived by his 4 children and 5 grandchildren, Tamara L. English, Marc W. Johnson, Eric L. Johnson, and Tanya S. Bennett; Drew, Tyler, Ryan, Nikkole, and Christian. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank A. Johnson, Sr. and Constance Demay Johnson. He is survived by 3 sisters, Evelyn Peterson, Connie O’Neill, and Emilie Martin, and 4 brothers, Earl R. Johnson, Paul Johnson, Chris and Kevin Johnson, and 24 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1254, Tacoma, WA 98401 or The American Cancer Society, Pierce (WA) Unit, Gift Proc. Ctr., Seattle, WA 98124. Services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Friday, January 2, 2009 with viewing beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by a graveside service at 12:30 p.m. Reception will follow at the Lakewood Moose Lodge located at 4220 – 109th St. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Betty Lou Weeks
Jan. 12th, 1927 – Dec. 23rd, 2008 Betty Lou Weeks peacefully joined her Heavenly Father at the age of 81. Betty was preceded in death by parents Jonathan & Harriet O’Brien husband Harvey A Weeks Jr., son Steven M Gillmer, 2 granddaughters Michelle Koolis & Taylor Weeks. Betty is survived by her children Jan Gillmer, Candace Peterson, Rebecca Kinnear, Jared Weeks, Coralie Miller, Tammy Jo Smith and sister Jeanne Klaus. Betty cherished her 23 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, & 3 great great granddaughters. Viewing at Mtn. View Celebration of Life Center Dec. 30th, 2008 2pm – 8:30pm Graveside Dedication Dec. 31st, 2008 in the Garden of Prayer 11:30am. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Susan A. Basto
Born Sept. 21, 1947 passed away peacefully on December 24, 2008 following a long illness. Susan was a loving mother to Heather Miller the step granddaughter she raised from infancy as her own daughter. Sue loved all creatures from the smallest mouse to the largest elephant. She especially loved her cats and the guide dogs she helped Heather train. We will greatly miss Sue’s vibrant smile and loving ways. Susan is survived by her mother, Evelyn D. Grant-Franklin step-father Richard Franklin, brother – Gordon F. (Buzz) Grant Jr., niece Tami Aranda with husband Juan who provided constant and loving care through her final years, great nephews John and Ian Aranda, great-niece Maria Aranda and numerous other cousins and close family friends. Sue is preceded in death by her father Gordon F. Grant, former husband Michael Meilander and great nephew Aaron Joseph Aranda. Services with a reception to follow will be held at Mountain View Garden Chapel on Tuesday, December 30th at 10:00am, donations to the Humane Society would be appreciated. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
ALFRED RICHARD FILLEY
Alfred R Filley passed way at his Tacoma home on Dec 17th. Born on 2-08-1917 in Superior Colorado he lived most of his life in the Tacoma Area. He retired from Cover Park V Tech in 1977. He is survived by Olga his wife of 69 years, daughter, Janice Seaberg (Larry), sons Richard Filley (Nicki), Gary Filley and Allyn Filley (Diane Lanning). He also has 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He enjoyed Family gatherings, bowling, fishing, road trips to Reno and his visits to the Indian casinos. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Life Celebration at the Mountain View Cemetery, Celebration of Life Center, Oak Room at 4:00PM on Jan 3rd 2009. Donations may be made to Hospice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Evangeline H. Hammer
12/30/1926 – 12/25/2008 Evangeline “Vannie” is survived by her husband Olaf of 64 years, and their three children, Steve and his wife Kitty, Paulette and her husband Ken, Mike and his wife Liz, nine grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Eilee and Maxine. Graveside services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 1:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
9-26-58 to 12-22-08 Jon was born in Tacoma, WA and died unexpectedly at the age of 50 in San Jose, CA from complications after a short illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Julie Anderson, and their children Sarah and Seth. He will be dearly missed by his mother, Helen Anderson and his brother and best friend, David (Julie) Anderson. Jon was a graduate of Mt. Tahoma High School and the University of Washington where he earned a degree in Accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for the accounting firm of Touche Ross, then Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor and was currently the Chief Financial Officer of Actel Corporation of Mountain View, CA. It is inconceivable that he is gone. His humor, intelligence and strength of character made him a stand-out among men. He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his love of sports, especially the UW Huskies, his love of muscle cars and his laughter and joy of life. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 30th at 1:00 pm at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood, WA in the Valley Chapel. Reception will follow. Donations in his memory can be made to Almaden Valley Counseling Service, 6529 Crown Blvd, Suite D, San Jose, CA 95120. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
James R. McGranahan
April 20, 1935 – December 22, 2008 Beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Grandpa Our Rock Born in Santa Cruz, California, who knew that the boy with the curly hair was destined for greatness in life and love. His achievements are many and respected by all who knew him. As a prominent architect, he helped change the shape of the greater Tacoma area and lent his expertise to those who sought his advice. He won many awards and was recognized by his profession as a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects. Jim gave back to the community in multiple ways, sometimes in very public ways, and other times with quiet dignity. Jim’s great love was his family: his wife Merri Ellen, his children Kevin, Kathi and Kendra, his step-children Steve (Nikki) and Laura (Pat). He was known to his grandchildren as Grandpa or “Jimmy Guy” by Tyson, Brandon, Tyler, Aly, Max, Sarah and Laney. His sisters Kay and Patty, will grieve his loss tremendously, as will everyone who knew him. Preceding him in death are Marcia, his first wife, the mother of his children, and Kevin, his only son. He lived life to the fullest with many activities: river rafting, skiing, hiking, and traveling to far ends of the earth. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, January 3, 2009, at the Sharon McGavick Student and Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, Bldg 23, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Donations may be made to the Lakewood Community Foundation, Clover Park Technical College Foundation, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
James A. Malesky
April 17, 1918 – December 25, 2008 Jim was born and lived in Tacoma and Fife Heights. He was in the C.C.’s and served in the Army during World War II. After the war, Jim owned an ice cream shop in Lakewood. He retired from the U.S.G.S and owned his own survey business, Hydrology N.W., until the late 80’s. Jim loved backcountry skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, and raising Appaloosa horses. He traveled to Europe and went on cruises and many camping trips with Elderhostel. Jim was creative, accomplished, tenderhearted, spiritual, and giving. He is survived by “his girls” daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Ali Hammond. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tacoma ASPCA whom Jim avidly supported. Services will be private. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Wallace R. Jones
Wallace R. “Wally” Jones passed away December 21, 2008 of a massive heart attack. He was 78. He is survived by his wife of 48 years and 9 children. A memorial service will be held January 3 at 1:00 p.m. in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd, SW, Lakewood. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
John Lawrence Ramirez
6/6/1973 to 12/14/2008 Son of Joe Chavez Ramirez and Chang Kim Hi Ramirez. John is survived by his son Mateo Swails-Ramirez. Any relatives please contact Mountain View Funeral Home, 253-584-0252.
AJ “Bud” Riedle
“Gone Antique Hunting” Born: February 27, 1927- Died: December 24, 2008 Bud moved with his family to Tacoma in 1942. He served aboard ships in WWII. Bud became a CB’er in 1969. His handle became “Tinkerbell” after his favorite dog. Bud also liked collecting antiques. He is survived by, 7 Nieces and Nephews, 18 Great and 9+ Great Great Nieces and Nephews. Service: January 3, 2009 at 9:00 AM in the Garden Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
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