Larry Russell Apfel 1949 – 2009 Our wonderful loving, supportive and faithful husband, father and papa went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Apr 7. Larry will be greatly missed by his wife Betty of 36 years, his children Jessica (Jared), Steve (Ronda), Rachael (Jason), 5 grandchildren, his Mom, 5 brothers, his sister, and many relatives and friends. Two services will be held on April 13: a military graveside service at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA, at 1:00 pm; and a memorial service at 4:00 pm at CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Church, 2041 S. 66th Street, Tacoma, WA. The family would like to thank his relatives, friends, Church family, St Joseph Hospital, and Franciscan Hospice for their support, which we could not have done without. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Church or Franciscan Hospice House. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Robert R. Burt, M.D. Dr. Robert R. Burt passed away on his 89th birthday, March 25, 2009. He was born in Portland, Oregon, March 25, 1920, but lived most of his life in Tacoma, WA where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Puget Sound where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Dr. Burt obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Oregon Medical School and served his residency at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He was appointed to a Fellowship in Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he received his surgical training with a specialty in Abdominal Surgery and was certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Burt entered the military as surgeon and obtained the rank of Captain in the Army Medical Corps. He was stationed at England General Hospital, a neuro-surgical center in Atlantic City, N.J. He was transferred to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas where he was a Company Commander. Dr. Burt was a member of the Tacoma Surgical Club, (of which he was a past president,) a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Abdominal Surgery, The Priestly Society of the Mayo Clinic, and The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons. He served on the staff of Tacoma General Hospital, where he was Director of Interns, staffs of Saint Joseph, Doctor’s, and Mary Bridge Hospitals, and was a past President of the Doctor’s staff of Lakewood Hospital. He was a member of the Clover/Steilacoom Masonic Lodge, the Afifi Shrine, and the Scottish Rite. Bob was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golf. He was a member of Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. He loved hiking in the mountains with his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Lorna, daughter, Carolyn Burt of Tacoma; daughter Betty Moses, sister Beatrice Damron, grandson, Scott Bondy of Oregon; grand-daughter SPC Jeannette Tackett who is currently serving in Iraq; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held April 18, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd. N., Tacoma, WA 98406, 253-752-5757. In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Bob may be made to Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, Rehabilitation and Learning Center. 10101 Cedrona St. S.W., Lakewood, WA 98498 253-584-6808. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Tom Terrien Thomas John Terrien, a lifelong resident of Pierce County, died Sunday, April 5. He was 92. Betty, his wife of 56 years, died in 1995. Tom is survived by a brother, Ed (Arlene), a daughter Joyce (Ellis) Morehead, a son John Terrien (Lera Hanson), an aunt, Christine Scott, and many nieces, nephews, friends and compatriots. Tom was born on January 18, 1917 in Lake City, one of four children of Antoinette and Edward Terrien. He attended Lake City School and Lincoln High School before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help support his family. Along the way, he learned to play the harmonica, which became a lifelong passion. Tom married Betty Culbert in 1939, and shortly thereafter went to work for Tacoma Transit where he spent 40 years in a variety of roles. In the 1950s, Tom and Betty both volunteered to work in PTA and made friends with several other parents; those friendships continued throughout their lives. During the 1960s and early 70s, Tom attended TCC part time and earned an Associate Degree. During that period, Tom was promoted into operational management positions. He hired the first Black bus drivers at Transit and the first women bus drivers since WWII. At the time of his retirement in 1981, Tom was Superintendent of Transportation. He became active in the Transit Retirees Group, chairing the group for 15 years and participating in it until his death. In retirement, Tom and Betty explored the northwest in their travel trailer and explored North America by attending 11 Elderhostels and flying to many destinations on their own. Tom’s other retirement activities included active membership in the Lions’ Club, Toastmasters, the Tacoma Historical Society, and the Washington State Old Time Fiddlers group. He also volunteered as a math and reading tutor at Downing Elementary School. Tom was also active in Mason United Methodist Church, where he and Betty had been married, and where they had both taught Sunday school in the 1950s. At age 88, Tom moved out of the family house in north Tacoma and into the Weatherly Inn assisted living center. He spent his last four years enjoying the people and activities at the Weatherly. Tom’s family would like to thank the staff of the Weatherly Inn for their care and kindness, Tom’s personal caregivers for their empathy and devotion, and Tom’s physicians, Dr. John Atkinson and Dr. John Vaccaro, for their skill and compassion. When Tom was at Transit, he had a sign outside his office for all the drivers to see when they came to check in for their routes. It said, “We will treat our customers as ladies and gentlemen — not because they always are, but because we always are.” Those who knew Tom knew that those words described how he chose to live his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s name to any Pierce County organization or facility that provides services to children or the elderly, e.g., your local elementary school’s music program, or any of the City’s Senior Centers. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Lewis (Lew) Eugene Dibble
Lewis (Lew) Eugene Dibble was born in Wenatchee WA and raised in Winthrop WA. He died April 7, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington.
Lew was a pioneer in student financial aid for students in higher education. During his career he was employed by the University of Puget Sound, Council for Postsecondary Education, Knapp College of Business and Pacific Lutheran University.
He is survived by his loving wife, Clara Mae Dibble; brother Steve Dibble and sister-in-law Linda; and nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
At his request, there will be no services.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Patricia Ann (Johnson) McLeod
October 26, 1938 – April 2, 2009
Pat was born in Omaha, Nebraska and passed away in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 70. At the age of 12, she moved to Tacoma. She performed as a baton twirler at Tacoma Roller Bowl for many years. She graduated from Clover Park H.S. in 1957, followed by Business School, then went to work for Tacoma Screw Products. In 1958 she met her husband Donald (Don) McLeod. They were engaged in Dec. 1958 and married on July 31, 1959. She spent many years traveling and supporting her husband’s racing career, and in later years street rodding with her husband until she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension disease in 2005.
She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, daughters Tammi Riley and Sheri Letzring (Mark Faul), grandchildren Jacob, Jaclynn, Taylor and Taryn, sister Janice (Jim) Rendell , brother Phillip (Diane) Johnson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Helen and stepfather John Stanton. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She placed her family above all else.
There will be a private graveside service on July 31, 2009. A gathering to celebrate and honor her life will be held at the McLeod’s house on August 1st from 1 to 6pm for family and friends. Bring your favorite food dish. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association www.phassociation.com in her name to help support research for the debilitating and fatal disease that took her from us. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.