Selma (Strom) Fink Age 96, was born October 17, 1912 in Tacoma, WA to Sam and Olene Strom, and passed away on Friday, February 27, 2009. Selma grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1931. She married Raymond E. Fink on July 31, 1937 and had 3 children. Selma was passionate about her Norwegian heritage, RV camping, and her family. She was deeply loved and will be missed. She is survived by her daughters Carole (George) Marten and Rayanne (Greg) Halsey, grandchildren Michelle (Rick) Roof, Julie Marten, Joe (Stacey) Marten, Scott and Russ Halsey, great-grandchildren Derek, Chris and Kayla Roof and Logan and Austen Marten. Preceded in death by husband Ray, son Raymond, brothers Stanley and Clarence, and sister Marie. The family wishes to thank Cora’s Elder Care for their excellent support of Selma the last 2 years. A celebration service of Selma’s life will be held in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 10:00 am.
Dwaine V. Rhoades, better known as “Dusty”, passed away at home on Saturday February 28th at the age of 70. Given a grim prognosis in 1978, this retired City of Tacoma police officer spent the next 30 years defying the odds. Through what we believe was sheer stubbornness, Dusty experienced life events he had been told would be missed. He walked his daughters down the aisle, met his grandson, and watched him grow into a man. He influenced people he never would have dreamed possible through years of selfless acts such as taking food and supplies to shelters, working with local animal groups to capture and find homes for injured and stray animals, and one of his favorite things, baking peanut butter cookies for the Curtis High School girls swim team. His desire to live was only outshined by his love for his family, youngest daughter Rhonda Rhoades-Payne and her husband Alex, middle daughter Page Gaeir and husband Jeff, eldest daughter Michele Wurges, only grandson Dustin “Dusty” Wurges, son Gary Wurges and little brother Rick Rhoades and family Kathy, Misty and Dusty. Although his time was short, we are comforted in knowing it was a gift to have loved, laughed and cried with him as long as we did. He departed this life surrounded by those he loved, and our heart felt understanding that it was his time to finally join the little ones who have gone before him. They have been waiting patiently and with them he will truly be whole again. Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1102 South Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 11:00 am. Reception to follow.
Poe Burns was born to Elsie and Robert Burns Poe on June 20, 1922 and passed away on February 28, 2009. Burns attended Tacoma Public Schools and graduated from Stadium High School in 1940. He served his country in WWII as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1947, Burns married Phyllis Hoskins and they raised their three children in Fircrest. Phyllis preceded him in death in 1981. In 1983, Burns married Bea Adams and she passed away in 2002. Burns was president and owner of Hawkins-Poe Real Estate, Inc. from 1959 to his retirement in 1984. He was past president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Real Estate Association and was presented with the Life Member Award in Recognition of a Lifetime of Outstanding Service to the Real Estate Industry in 1987. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Real Estate Educational Foundation and received the Presidents Gavel from the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. Burns was a member of the Fircrest Golf Club since 1959. His father made a hole-in-one in the early 30’s and Burns finally made his own hole-in-one in 1990. This feat was replicated in 2003. He is survived by his children: Robert Poe (Mary), Gary Poe (Julie), and Debra Dahl (Robert); grandchildren: Alyssa Poe Ryan (Connor), Ross Poe, James Dahl, Nick Dahl, and great-grandchild, William Poe Ryan. Burns is also survived by siblings: Helen Goodrich (Jim) of Portland, Maine, and David Poe (Marie) of Tacoma, and of course his constant companion “Charlie” the Scotty dog. We love our Dad and will miss him dearly. The Scottish side of Burns would like us to keep this short. At his request, there will be no service. If you wish, please leave on-line condolences at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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