Ronnie Delano Harris 5/10/1941 – 12/20/2010 Ronnie came into this world on May 10, 1941 the sixth of thirteen children of the late Samuel R. and Lavett (Downey) Harris in Granville County, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by three siblings, Samuel (Whid) Harris, Vernell Thorpe and Shirby Dean Harris. Ronnie was born and raised on a tobacco farm with 12 siblings where in 1957, at the age of 16, Ronnie joined the Army as a combat engineer and was glad to be doing early morning PT instead of the morning chores back at the farm. Early in his service career, Ronnie taught demolition at West Point, attended the University of Maryland, and became a Mason. While stationed in West Germany he met his wife Erna on New Year’s Eve 1959. Over the next 9 years they married and had two children, Ronnie (Jr.) and Sandra. Most of Ronnie’s time in the military, other than brief visits home and three tours in the Republic of Vietnam, was spent in West Germany. In 1977, Ronnie applied for and received orders to report to Fort Lewis, WA, where he retired the following year at the rank of First Sergeant with 22 years of military service. Amongst his achievements are two Bronze Stars, two Army Commendation Medals, and a Meritorious Service Medal. After taking a couple of months off, Ronnie began work as a driver for Greyhound. In 1980, he accepted an offer at Pierce Transit as a bus driver until his retirement in 2000 after 20 years of service. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of forty-five years, Erna; brothers and sisters Essick Harris (Janie), Viola Dunton (Charles), Aljie Faulkner, Josalyn Downey (Donnell), and Toney Harris (Carrie), all of Oxford, NC, Mary Harris of Durham, NC, Sonjie Faulkner of Jersey City, NJ, June Harris of Greensboro, NC, and Phyllis Harris-Salter (Kwame) of Oak Park, Illinois; his children Ronnie Harris (Kimberly) and Sandra Harris (Danny), both of Tacoma, WA; grandchildren Shareka Fortier, Jordan Maglione, Dmitri and David Harris; great-grandchild Edrese Fortier; and many other relatives and friends. Services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park in the Valley Chapel on Wednesday December 29th 2010 at 3:00pm. There will be a Celebration of Ronnie’s Life after the services at The Tacoma Eagles Aerie #3, 4810 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Gilbert Laurits Holland was born Feb. 12, 1918 in Tacoma, WA to Peter and Lina Holland, and passed away Dec. 24, 2010 in Vancouver, WA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret E. Holland, and brother- and sister-in-law Martin and Lorraine Holland. Surviving are daughter Maradee (John) Potter, bother Leonard (Joyce) Holland, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gil was a World War II veteran with the 13th Army Air Force Division, serving 33 months in the South Pacific. After 27 years with the City of Tacoma, he retired as right-of-way negotiator. He was a multitalented man, having fished commercially for 15 years from Alaska to San Diego, as well as having built two homes from scratch. After retirement, he enjoyed being “Mr. Fix-It” around his Browns Point neighborhood. He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church. Viewing 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Mountain View, Lakewood, with services Dec. 30, 11 a.m. in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Mountain View in charge of arrangements. Remembrances are suggested to the Tacoma Lutheran Home or First Lutheran Church of Tacoma Building Fund. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Lillian Lorraine Schwartz 1919 – 2010 Lillian passed away at the age of 91. Graduate of Lincoln HS Class of 1937. Preceded in death by her parents Fred and Clara Morisse, and her husband of 40 years, Wendell (1986). Survived by children Robert (Karen), William (Joni), Susan (James Steffens), five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Special Thank You to Manor Care, Tacoma, for the wonderful care and support over the past two years. In her memory, please donate to The Shriner’s Hospital or your favorite charity. Graveside service will be held at 10:30am on Dec. 30, 2010 at Mountain View. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.