Ronald L. Mellom
Ron graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane and attended Gonzaga University for one year. He then served five years in the U.S. Navy, serving on an aircraft carrier during the Korean War. Ron graduated from Washington State College with a degree in music education and accepted his first position teaching music in the Clover Park School District, and from 1960 to 1963 was the band and orchestra director at Clover Park High School. Eventually, Ron pursued employment with IDS/American Express as a financial planner, and advanced to the role of district manager. With his co-workers, Ron was a coach and mentor, intuitive and patient. When Ron retired after 37 years, he renewed his involvement in music that continued to grow with commitment to daily practice. He was most at home taking care of his long-time residence and property in Steilacoom, or fishing on a quiet lake, or practicing the guitar and piano. In the company of his wife and daughter, Ron often fondly remembered his childhood friends, naval experience, musical training, and the people he connected to during his career. He was most proud when he could contribute to the success and well-being of the people he loved.
Funeral services and reception will be Monday, March 2, 2009, 4:00 p.m. in the Aspen Chapel, Mountain View Celebration of Life Center, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Donations for a Clover Park School District music scholarship may be made to Retired Women in Education (RWE), P.O. Box 88572, Steilacoom, WA 98388.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Robert Gary Larsen “Cowboy” Bob Larsen passed away on Feb. 22nd at the age of 64. He graduated from Stadium HS in 1963. He worked at Rainer Pacific Bank until retirement in 1997. Preceded in death by parents Emma & Lars Larsen, he leaves wife Carole, daughters, Christine, Nicole (Floyd) Powell, Emily, Stephanie; grandchildren, Melissa, Nathan, Breonna, Camden, sister Gladys Richmond, and sister-in-law Donna Mihnos. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Memorial Service to be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 N. Stevens, Monday, Mar. 2nd, 11 am. Reception following. 253-752-3571. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Catherine Bennett Masters passed on February 22, 2009, in Tacoma, WA at age 91; born September 8, 1917, in Raymond Alberta, Canada. Married to Arlie Gaylord Masters for nearly 65 years and they had six children; Arline (Robert) Bullock, Carolyn (Robert) Poland, Marcia (Michael) Call, Gaylerd (Jeanette) Masters, Lorie (Keith) Mortensen and Joel (Tanna) Masters; 23 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. She was a homemaker, loving mother, and very dedicated to service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services on Saturday, February 28, 2009, 10am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 4219 Beckonridge Dr. W., University Place, WA; family reception at 9am. Burial at New Tacoma Cemetery. No procession. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
The above listed obituary was arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.