Ralph Wayne Cornwall was born on December 4, 1926 to Herbert and Thelma (Reynolds) Cornwall in Ellensburg, Washington. He passed away on January 22, 2009 in University Place, Washington. He graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1945, and the University of Washington in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. Later he received an associate’s degree in Business from Fort Steilacoom Community College in 1977. Ralph married Ruth Acteson on June 17, 1951 in Hoquiam, Washington. They met while attending the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001 by renewing their vows to each other. Over the years, they had six children and lived in a variety of locations. They moved to Lakewood in 1971. Ralph served in the Army for 26 years, retiring as a Major in September 1975 from Madigan Army Hospital. He was stationed in several places through out the US, as well as in Japan, Korea, Germany and Vietnam. After retiring from the military, he worked as a pharmacist for many years in Pierce County. Ralph was very proud of his yard and garden. He inherited his love of plants from his mother, who was an avid gardener herself. He learned a lot of labor skills while completing their cabin at Lake Christine in Mason County. He served on the Lake Christine Community Club board for many years. He loved being in the out-of-doors. As a family, we enjoyed many camping trips over the years. In the wintertime, he enjoyed both downhill and cross-country skiing. He was a hiker and kayaker for many years. He was a charter member of the Puget Sound Paddle Club and was also a member of the Polar Bear Paddlers. One of his favorite places was going to Lake Powell in Utah with some of his kayaking buddies. Other favorite hobbies included making latch hook hanging and doing genealogy research to verify his family heritage. He made several trips to various parts of Canada and the United States while doing his research. Ralph was a loving husband and a devoted father. His family was his pride and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Thelma Cornwall, his three brothers, Edwin, Robert and Duane, and a grandson, Shawn. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth, of Lakewood, Wayne (Suekii) of Winthrop, Charles of Seattle, James of Mount Lake Terrace, Mary Healey of Tacoma, David (Debbie) of Tacoma, and Nancy (Mike) Rohona of Snohomish. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. His sister Zella McFarland of Granite Falls is the last remaining sibling. Services will be held in the Mountain View Aspen Chapel on Friday, 1/30/2009, at 1:00pm. Graveside services will precede the service at 11:30am. Viewing will be from 1:00pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, 1/29/2009, and 9:00am to 11:00am on Friday, 1/30/2009. The family would like to thank the staff at University Place Care Center, St. Claire Hospital, and Franciscan Hospice House for the excellent care they provided to our loved one. Remembrances in his name may be sent to Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466.
Dorothy Mae Jones-Ussery was born to Paul and Iva Cleveland on June 4, 1934 in Perry, Iowa. She was surrounded by family and friends when she went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 12, 2009. She was taken from us unexpectedly due to a tragic car accident that occurred on Dec. 25, 2008. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and friend, and a loving mother figure to many children throughout her life serving as foster care and day care. There is nothing she would not do for her family and friends. She was a member of Centerpoint Christian Fellowship, serving her Lord and His people in many ways. She was very creative and enjoyed making crafts, including Christmas ornaments every year for her grandchildren, crocheting, and recently making earrings that were loved by everyone who saw them. She was a great cook and everyone looked forward to her Christmas cookies and candy. She had a pot of coffee ready for anyone who wanted to drop in and visit at any time. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 44 years, Norman L. Jones. Survived by her sister Clara Davis, daughter Iva (David) Rockett, and their children Brandon (Jen), Briana, Acacia and Leandra, son Gordon (Tara) Jones, and their children Gregory, Andrew (Jasmine), Alesha, Kayla and Dylon, her husband of seven years, Samuel Ussery, his mother Arcie Ussery, and their family, several close cousins, nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends/ sisters Karen “Dutch” Farrah and Sally Gardner. Her step-daughter Jennifer passed away on Dec. 25, 2008 as a result of the accident. A memorial service will be held in her honor Sat., Jan. 31, 2009 at 3:00 pm at Centerpoint Christian Fellowship, 2041 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA.
Richard Lee Morgan went home to be with Mom and Pop Wednesday morning. Dick, as many knew him, fought Alzheimer’s far longer than we ever realized. Dick grew up in New Kensington, PA with numerous brothers, sisters and cousins. He met Hildegard in Germany while in the U.S. Army, bringing her home to his family, where Mom and Pop fell in love with her also. Dick served 20 years in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class. His career took him around the world, including Germany, Iceland, Panama and Viet Nam. Stateside, he worked in the Pentagon, Ft. Lewis and Ft. Lawton, WA, and ended his career working for the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Tacoma. Dick went on to work for the U.S. Customs Service as an inspector, subsequently frustrating the entire family for the next 20 years with his uncanny ability to identify any wrapped package. Christmases were never the same. Daddy’s greatest love, second only to Mom, was his farm in Roy. On their 40 acres, he raised cattle and fence posts; using his vacation to cut the hay they stored in his beloved barn. Over the years he had many four- legged companions in his labors, the last being Red and Bailey, who joined the family in the last two years. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Arthur D. and Mildred I. Morgan, sisters Betty Ann Myslinski, Louise Boggs and Gretchen Haas, brother Donald Morgan and brother-in-law Ben Haas. Dick is survived by his loving and faithful wife, Hildegard, son Richard A. Morgan, daughters Lorraine Ronquillo and Kathleen London, daughter-in-law Pat Fedorka, son-in-law David Ronquillo, and his beloved grandchildren, Jessica Webb, husband Sam, Scott Morgan and Matthew Ronquillo. The funeral service will be held at noon, Today, January 26, 2009, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 14601 A St., Tacoma, WA, 98444. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter, 206-363-5500, ext 221.
Harold A Spohn 1919 ~ 2009 Harold A. Spohn passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2009 at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Marga, in 1995 and his granddaughter Mari in 1984. Harold was born in Flint Michigan, retired after 20 years in the Army, and settled in Steilacoom, WA. in the early 1960’s. He is survived by their 2 sons; Larry and his wife Patty of Randle, WA, Ken and his wife Cheryl of Port Orchard, WA, five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter. Rest in Peace Dad. You will be greatly missed. Committal Service is Tuesday Jan. 27, 2009, 2:45 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA.
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