Charles M. “Doc” Dockery. Born 8/11/1945 in Danville, IL and passed away 12/5/2009 in Seattle, WA surrounded by his loving family. Doc is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Linda (Kelso); son, Michael; daughter, Margaret (John) Sanborn; 2 brothers, Tim (Kathy), Jeff (Molly) Doss; 5 grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews; numerous extended family and friends. Inurnment service to be held 11:15AM Friday, 12/11 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. Memorial service 4PM, 12/11 at Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S., Auburn, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Melvin Leroy Allison, Sr. Nov. 21, 1922 ~ Dec. 3, 2009 Melvin Leroy Allison was born in Chehalis, Washington to Henry and Abigail Allison. He was the fifth child of six. Our beloved husband and father passed away on December 3rd and although our hearts are saddened by our loss, we find comfort in knowing he is at peace now. Melvin was raised on a farm in Chehalis and later moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he met the love of his life, Lola Mae Rhodes. They then married and together they lived and raised six children in the Tacoma area for the remainder of their lives. He was in the Army and served in World War II, and was always proud to have been a Veteran. He worked for the Tacoma School District for 25 years where he then retired. He was a lifelong member of the Elks #174 and VFW. His parents, all of his siblings, his son Melvin, Jr., daughter Darlene and grandson Jerry Keister, Jr., all preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife, Lola, of 67 years, son Fred Allison (Elaine), daughters Sandy Teutscher (John), Judy Anderson (Joe) and Beverly Moeson (Ron). He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren We would like to thank Jean and the staff at Hearthside as well as Lisa and her staff from Hospice for the love and care in his final months. Viewing will be at Mountain View Funeral Home on Wednesday, 12/9/09 from 8am to 9pm and Thursday, 12/10/09, from 8am to 12:30pm. Funeral services will be held in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View, located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, on Thursday, 12/10/09 at 2pm. A gathering will follow at the Celebration Oak Room. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Scott Edwin Rice May 10, 1968 – December 2, 2009 Scott passed away at the age of 41 after fighting a courageous battle with ALS. He was born in Tacoma, WA, and was a graduate of Curtis High School. Scott was a talented Certified Dental Technician, working in the dental field for over 23 years. He was also a member of the Washington State Dental Laboratory Association. Scott loved music, playing the drums, boating, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with family and friends. He was a hard worker and had great attention for detail. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Tracie, daughters Alisa Rice and Amanda Coulter, his mom and step-dad, Jeanette and Ralph Miller, his father Lewis Rice, brothers Brett Rice, Todd Miller, and Chad Miller (Dana),E sister Dany Carter (Greg), stepsister Sara Miller (Ed) and stepbrother Wayne Miller (Kelly), and five nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by grandmother Creta Wakeley. Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ravits and the wonderful staff at Virginia Mason ALS Center, the ALS Association, the special angels at Franciscan Hospice and the Hospice House, Linda Johnson “Momma,” Gary and Ann Johnson, and Kristine Johnson for all of their loving care. A funeral service to celebrate Scott’s life will be held Friday, December 11, 2009 at 1:00pm in the Mountain View Valley Chapel in Lakewood. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Robert F. Robinson Born 1/9/21 in Watertown, SD, went to be with the Lord 12/1/09. Robert excelled in football & basketball, receiving local and state awards and honors in high school and college. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in WWII, and later worked in sales at Fibreboard and St. Regis. For 35 years “Oyster Bob” distributed clams, oysters, crab, and geoducks in western Washington. For the last 21 years he and his wife, Shirlee, wintered in Mesa, AZ, where he was active in shuffleboard, having won many trophies and was awarded the first State Ambassador Award by the Arizona State Shuffleboard Association. He was a member of Christ Community Baptist Church of Puyallup and associate member of Grace Church in Mesa, AZ. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Clara Robinson, and his brother, Richard (Dick). He is survived by wife Shirlee, 4 sons B Richard (Margaret), Robert Gary, Alan (Janene), and Mark, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson; daughter- in-love, Duaina (Carlos) Fejerang, 1 niece, and 2 nephews. Robert had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved people and showed kindness to all. We love him and will miss him very much. Memorial Service will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, December 10 at Christ Community Baptist Church, 8016 176th St. E, Puyallup, WA 98375. Donations may be made to Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy or Tacoma Youth for Christ. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Roberto “Chico” Sierra-Arruffatt Born December 28, 1930, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at his Lakewood home surrounded by his family and friends. The oldest of 6 children of parents Ignacio (father) & Feleceta (mother), Roberto was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico. With 27 years of dedicated service in the Army, which included multiple tours in Vietnam and overseas assignments and 25 years working at the Officer’s club as a chef on Ft. Lewis, Chico was loved by all who met him. He was beloved for his kindness, caring nature and his sense of humor as well as his ability to literally “cook for an army”. Chico is survived by his wife Elizabeth, grandson Jason T. (Gloria), daughter Hannelore T. (Freddie), brothers Hector and Angel “Pipa”, sisters Ana and Carmen, grandson Brian T. (Eesa), great granddaughters, Madison and Grace, great-grandson, Carter, Elizabeth’s son, Raemann, daughter, Melanie and grandson Korey as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His first wife Wilhelmina, his son Manfred and his brother Miguel preceded Chico in death. Chico’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, December 10, 2009, at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood at 1:00 in the Aspen Chapel’s Celebration of Life building with burial and reception to follow. All friends and family are welcome. There will be a day of viewing on the Wednesday prior to the funeral starting at 1:00 – 9.00 pm. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.