ORLYS V. FISH Long-time Tacoma resident Orlys Vivian Fish died on May 6, 2009. She was born on July 6, 1922, in Oslo, MN, to Lars and Helen Lofthus. After graduation from Oslo High School in 1940, she met Erwin Fish and they were married on May 11, 1943. While Erwin served in Europe during WW II, she lived and worked in Tacoma. When the war ended, they started a family and built a home in south Tacoma. She lived in that home until her 80th birthday when she moved to Everett. Orlys was preceded in death by her husband Erwin and sisters Geneva, Luella, and Lillian. Survivors include her brother Leeward and sister Patricia, both of Oslo, MN; son Randolph of Tacoma; daughters Karen of Spokane and Nancy of Arlington; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A service will be held in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA, on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m.
John L. Ingram has left us at the early age of 43. He was a son, brother, uncle, coach, nephew and friend. He will be deeply missed by all. Survived by his mother Terri Cunningham, brothers Carey Ingram (Tracy), Jim Cunningham (Kim), nieces Treia and Reina, nephews Andrew, Brandon and countless other relatives and friends. Services will be at St. John Bosco Catholic Church on Thursday 14 May. Rosary will be at 10:00 AM with Memorial services at 11:00 at 10508 112th St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498.
George Herbert Leppard April 10, 1920 ~ May 6, 2009 George, a longtime Tacoma resident, led a strong, healthy, loving, giving life, and died peacefully at the age of 89 years. George was raised during the Depression by his father, since his mother and siblings died when he was very young. He was a 1939 Stadium High School graduate. George served our country aboard the Navy Net Tender USSEButternut in WWII. He enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow veterans and attended annual reunions with his shipmates. One of his great joys was being sent by the V.F.W. to see the WWIIEMemorial in Washington D.C. He served as the Memorial Day flag raiser at Tahoma National Cemetery, where he will be buried with full military honors. George retired after 35 years from the U.S. Post Office. He was a people person who would strike up a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed working at the Puyallup Fair in the grandstand for over 30 years. A lifelong volunteer, he supported Boy Scouts of America, the V.F.W., the U.S. Postal Union, food banks, and was a blood donor. He and his wife were foster parents for 49 years. George loved camping, hiking, swimming, traveling, and watching his children play sports. He created some of his fondest memories traveling throughout the U.S.A. and the world with his wife by his side. George was most thankful for his wife Marjorie, whom he married in La Jolla, CA in 1945. Her love helped soften his rough edges from his harsh beginnings. After 63 years of marriage, even in sickness, George would still tell anyone who would listen how his wife was the greatest thing that ever happened to him. He was a faithful provider who cherished and loved his family. He is survived by his loving wife, his children Janice, Jerry, Robert, Mykael, Mary Anna, Roy, Ron, and grandchildren Marcus and Jemila. A memorial service/celebration of life will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church, 5634 S. Park Ave, Tacoma WA 98408, on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 1pm. Donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice House or Bethany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Msgt (Ret.) Lauro Villagracia Sr. “Larry” August 18, 1918 – May 9, 2009 On Saturday, May 9th Lauro Villagracia Sr. passed away. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Although he was a man of few words, Larry’s actions and life reflected the things that were important to him- family, country and community. Larry was born on August 18, 1918 in Lubang, Occ. Mindoro Philippines. It was in the Philippines that Larry embarked on two of his greatest accomplishments in life; service to the country and family. While a soldier with the Philippine Scouts, Larry met Luz Carmen his wife of 68 years they married on March 16, 1941. As Larry and Luz started their family, World War II broke out and Larry’s service to his country was crucial. During this time Larry spent over three months as a prisoner of war at Camp O’Donnell. Upon his release, Larry returned to Lubang and his fellow soldiers to continue the fight against the Japanese. Throughout his 23 year military career Larry was a highly decorated Veteran of two wars receiving the Bronze Star (W/V) Commendation MedalE(W/V) and Prisoner of War Medal. In addition to his career in the military, Larry spent 21 years supporting the military as a employee of AAFESE(Army Air Force Exchange Service) where he retired as a warehouse manager. In 1960, Larry moved his family to the United States and settled in Lakewood, the place that would be home for the remainder of his life. Larry led his family by example teaching all of his children the value of hard work and the importance of family. Although Larry worked hard and was the provider of the family, he made sure that the family spent time together. His children remember picking berries in the summer, going to dances, picnics with other Filipino families, the everyday togetherness of being a family of seven in a three-bedroom home and the anticipation of report card time and lining up to review their grades with him. As the years passed Larry and Luz’s home on Lila Lane became the second home for their grandchildren. During his retirement Larry found himself dealing once again with teenage girls on the phone too long, school pick ups & drop offs, bicycles in the driveway and a house full of noise. To his grandchildren Larry was the family historian he told them stories of military life, the Philippines, his children when they were young and most importantly he was always there with his camera to capture the story of his grandchildren for the next generation of Villagracias. In the last ten years of his life Larry enjoyed seeing his grandchildren have children and give him the gift of being a great grandfather. To his great grandchildren Larry was a man who enjoyed life at a slower pace and was a constant source of hugs and kisses. Throughout his life Larry was committed to community. He along with fellow Philippine Scouts who had also settled in Lakewood were the foundation for the strong Filipino American Community that exist in the area today, he was an active member of the VFW and POW and he also volunteered many years as the photographer for the Korean Women’s Association senior meal site program. Larry is survived by his wife Luz Villagracia and six children: Virgilio (Gloria), Larry Jr. (Aurora), Josephine (Pedro), Rebecca (Junior), Charlie (Adelle), and Richard; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Albert (Nanette) and granddaughter Christine. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Tifa and the team of caregivers provided by Catholic Community Services whose kind hearts and care were of great comfort during the last year. A viewing and rosary will be held from 3:00pm-8:30pm with the rosary beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday (5/12) and Wednesday (5/13) at the Celebration of Life Center at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday (5/14) at St. Frances Cabrini Church followed by a celebration of Larry’s life at the Tacoma Elk’s Club at 2:00pm. In honor of Larry’s wishes the family ask that those attending the memorial services not wear black and dress in colorful island attire.
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