Lester “Reed” Richardson passed away on June 23 2009. This kind and gentle man was born in Texas to a military family and was raised and educated in Washington State. After serving in the Army for two years, including a tour of duty in Viet Nam, Reed joined the Washington State Patrol. After two years with the State Patrol, Reed returned to college and earned a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in 1982. He had a successful career as an accountant, working at several business firms and taught business classes at Pierce College. Reed relocated to Southern California in 1999 continuing his work as an accountant. He was a member of Saint Michael’s Parish in Poway where he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, sponsored several RCIA candidates and taught one year of High School Religious Education. He also was a volunteer for the International Relief Team of San Diego that served victims of the Cedar Fires. Reed’s hobby was wood working and he loved to play golf and watch sports on TV. Devoted husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather, Reed was predeceased by his father L.R. He is survived by his loving wife Teresa, his mother Emma Frances, daughter Lara Jaeger and her husband Geoff, grandchildren Megan, Jessica, Jake and Lucy, son, Raymond, brother Bob and his wife Rayanne, stepchildren, Daniel, Olivia, and Victoria, step grandsons Jason and Garrett, his Uncle Buddy, Aunt Betty, Uncle Fred and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 23rd at 2:00 pm at St. Ann Catholic Church, 7001 Park Ave, Tacoma, reception to follow. Reed is truly loved and will be missed by all.
Donna E. Pratt
Donna Pratt was born July 19, 1926 in Tacoma, WA and passed away July 15, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Donna was preceded in death by her son, Mark Pratt, in 1991 and by her husband, Oliver Pratt, in 1997. She is survived by her children, Rhonda Hinshaw and Paul Pratt, and by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be 1:00-9:00 PM on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Alrick A. Hendricks Jr. Was born on November 11, 1990 in Tacoma, WA. He departed this life on Sunday July 12, 2009. He was a loving person with a smile that could light up any room. We will miss him dearly. Services will be held at 11:00 am., Monday, July 20, 2009 in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. Viewing on Sunday at 3pm. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Glenn “Popeye” Medlin Beloved husband of Marie went to be with the Lord on July 9, 2009, after a sudden illness. He was a quiet and gentle man, loved by all who met him. He served in the army during the Korean War and retired from Weyerhaeuser. Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Clyde, and his stepdaughter Yvette. He is also survived by sons Mark (Dani), Matthew (Bobbi), stepson Scott and large extended family. He will be really missed by all, especially his buddy Quentin. Glenn leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. The family would like to thank the cardiac staff at St. Joe’s and University of WA hospitals for their care and compassion during Glenn’s stay. There will be a Celebration of Life on July 20, at Bethany Baptist Church, 713 South Hill Park Dr., Puyallup at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
John Wallace Sousie 1942 – 2009 John Sousie, a longtime Tacoma resident, passed away July 14, 2009 at the age of 66. The past two years, John fought hard the complications of Lewy Body Dementia. John was born October 23, 1942, in Elma, WA to Doris (Evans) and John B. Sousie. He was raised in Elma, graduating from Elma High School in 1961. John worked at Simpson Timber Co., and attended Grays Harbor College. He then moved to Tacoma to study carpentry at Bates Vocational Technical College, where he became a journeyman carpenter. John served in the Navy from 1965 to 1967. He and Janet (Williams) were married August 27, 1966, and she joined him at Pacific Beach, WA, where John served at the Pacific Beach Naval Facility. Upon discharge from the Navy, John and Janet moved to Tacoma, WA, where they raised their two daughters, Deborah and Christine. John worked 34 years in the construction industry, the last 17 of those with Rushforth Construction before his retirement in 2002. John was a member of the Tacoma Elks and Carpenters Union 470. John was an outdoors person who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping and golfing. Since his retirement, John enjoyed his family and grandchildren and working in his large yard with his faithful dogs at his side. John was preceded in death by his father, John B. Sousie. His mother Doris Sousie resides in Elma. John is also survived by his wife Janet, daughters Debbie (Daren) Rohde of Fircrest and Christine Sousie of Tacoma. The grandchildren who will miss Grandpa are Nick and Kate Rohde, and Marcellus, TJ, and Riley Watkins. John is also survived by sisters Betty (Cliff) Reichel of Olympia and Bonnie (Chuck) Ulmer of Sicklerville, NJ, nephew Shawn Brumley of Dufer, OR, and nieces Susan Ulmer and Jennifer Fuhrmeister, both of New Jersey. Many thanks to the wonderful, kind, tireless individuals who have cared for John the past few months especially the staff of Avamere Highlands. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held Monday, July 20, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, Tacoma, WA. Memorial donations may be made to either the Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Association. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Lloyd D. Thomas Jan. 26, 1919 ~ July 11, 2009 Peacefully passed away Saturday July 11, 2009. Lloyd leaves behind his wife of 63 years Loretta and their three children David, Aleta and James. Lloyd is also survived by five grandchildren Cindy, Christy, James, Mariann, Bill and six great grandchildren. Lloyd lived an active life in the Tacoma area belonging to the CCC’s and served in the Army was wounded and a POW during WWII. He retired from Tacoma City Light after 30+ years. Lloyd was very active in church and community activities and was proud of his position as Chaplin with the local Purple Hearts, VA Chapter. His love and contributions to family, church and community will be missed. Services will be Saturday, July 18th at 2:00p.m. in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Jon Knowles Whiting (Lt. Col. US Army Ret.) Jon K. Whiting, age 75, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on July 13, 2009 after a courageous nine-year battle with cancer. Jon is survived by his wife of 49 years, Hildegard, of Giessen, Germany, his three children and spouses, Leslie (Jerry), Jeanette (Will), Ian (Krista), seven grandchildren, brother Ted, sister Mary, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jon was born on October 20, 1933 in Santa Cruz, California, the third child of Leslie and Marjorie Whiting. After graduating from Santa Cruz High School, he attended and played baseball at the University of San Francisco. Upon graduation in 1955, Jon began his 22-year career as an officer in the United States Army. Lt. Col. Jon K. Whiting served his country proudly overseas in Korea, Germany and Vietnam, as well as numerous bases stateside. Jon retired from the Army in 1978 and settled with his family in Lakewood, Washington, where he began his second career as a realtor/property manager. Jon will be interred with military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a cancer charity. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.