George Wallace Cathcart Dec. 5, 1914 ~ Dec. 17, 2010 Retired MSgt George Wallace Cathcart was born on December 5, 1914 in Distant, Pennslyvania. He served his beloved country during World War II (1942 – 1945) with the 381st Bomb Group, as a B-17 Crew Chief. He continued his military career with the U.S. Air Force until retiring in 1966. He continued to serve in a different capacity as a long time volunteer at the American Lake V.A. Hospital, where, along with his wife Magdalena, they created a fishing program for the resident veterans of the Veteran’s Hospital. One of his greatest joys was to attend a yearly reunion with the 381st Bomb Group of WWII. A magnificent group of unsung heroes! George was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and woodsman. He also enjoyed exploring the world with his wife of 58 years, Magdalena. George was active with American Legion, V.F.W., Enlisted Association, Museum of Flight, Air Force Memorial Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and Washington Wildlife and Recreation. George is survived by his wife Magdalena, son Gottfried (Sharon) Cathcart; daughters Susan (Heinz Lemke) Robinson and Sandra (Edwin) Cassidy; granddaughters Andee Robinson and Lisa (Jerry) Meiers, grandson Kevin (Rita) Cassidy; great-grandson Jesse Meiers, and Molly (The Beagle). The family wishes to sincerely thank the wonderful staff of Madigan Army Medical Center, Alaska Gardens, Pioneer Place, and Franciscan Hospice. Funeral services will be held 11am, Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home’s Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Ann Boyd Gleason. She loved her family. She loved her friends. She loved life. Liz was born in Seattle on October 22, 1929 to William Neeb Boyd and Margaret Sayre Boyd, and died on December 16, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers John Logan Boyd and Edward Sayre Boyd. A graduate of Queen Anne High School, Liz continued her education at Washington State University and was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. On a blind date, she met and later married her husband of 59 years, Bill Gleason. Liz’s passion was always her family, and it is her legacy of love for family and the importance of friends that will live on in all of us. She could always find a reason to gather; there wasn’t a holiday too big or too small to be celebrated and everyone was always welcomed. A mother who made each of her children and grandchildren feel special; she will be deeply missed by us all. Her trademark “white sunglasses” and sense of humor made her Mom, and it was a role that she loved being. Liz loved the Northwest, especially Manzanita Bay, where she spent her childhood at the family beach home, and Hood Canal, where she fished and enjoyed the company of her “equally fun” brother Sayre. Nothing compared, however, to the time she and her husband Bill spent in Maui; a yearly trip that only recently came to an end. Liz loved her bridge group and spent many happy years traveling with her dear friends and playing bridge at their monthly meetings. Each of them was special to her and she valued their friendships, their escapades and their precious time together. Our family thanks them for their love and support. Liz is survived by her faithful and devoted husband William Gleason, children Kathy Wainhouse (Leo), Mike Gleason (Melinda), Karen Heacock, (Brad) and Karol Teague (Tracy), and grandchildren Christopher Wainhouse, Patrick Wainhouse, Kaitlin Teague, Ryan Teague and Max Gleason. We want to thank our Dad for his heartfelt devotion and commitment to Mom and also Tita Parlan and Franciscan Hospice for their help during Mom’s illness. A Celebration of Liz’s Life will be held at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations can be made in Liz’s name to Franciscan Hospice, PO Box 1502, Tacoma WA 98401-1502 A Special Message from Liz: I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that I leave when life is done. Aloha Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Ronald D. Shepard Jan. 30, 1941 – Dec. 16, 2010 Beloved husband of Eileen, father of Cheryl, Richard, Neoma, Tony and Nick, and grandpa of twelve, has gone home to go fishing with the Lord. Memorial service Wed. Dec. 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Lake City Community Church, Lakewood. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .