Warner “Doc” Edward Leonard, Doc to his friends, Papa to his granddaughters. Warner passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on 2/20/2011. He was born in Mitchell, SD to Arthur and Hazel Leonard on 8/7/1930. Warner was raised in Huron, SD and graduated class of 1948 from Huron High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 6/3/1948 and retired on 6/30/1978. During his career he served on many ships, U.S. Marine Corps units, naval hospitals, Staff and Embassy Duty. He was a proud veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After retiring, he went to work for the USPS in Olympia, WA from 1978 to 1992. Afterward he did a lot of traveling and enjoying of his hobbies, including music and mushrooming. Warner survived lung cancer in 1996 and was active until cancer struck again in 1/10. Thank you to Dr. Larson, Dr. Graff and Dr. Buchanon for getting him through the first one. Thank you to Dr. Ladoux, Dr. Chitaley and Patricia Cromwell, R.N. for helping him to get as far as he wanted to go on the second. Warner is survived by his wife Shigeko, son Travis, daughter Sharon, and the three stars: his granddaughters Mina, Kaylee, and Kianna. He is also survived by his sister Myrna and nephews Jimmie, Johnny, and Mark and niece Brenda. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve, UFW, Amvets, and Puyallup Eagles Aerie. A viewing will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home from 8 am to 11:30 am Monday, 2/28. The funeral service will be held at 1:15 pm Monday, 2/28 at Tahoma National Cemetery. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.
Janet Martel Zoller Loving mother and nana was born in Tacoma on Jan. 11, 1937 and passed away on Feb. 19, 2011. Janet was a long time resident of University Place and worked in Gig Harbor as an Interior Decorator for over 30 years. She was very creative and artistic in everything that she did. Janet is survived by her son Glenn Zoller (Jennifer), daughter Claudine Falk (Scott) and four grandchildren, Victoria and Bridget Zoller and Nate and Ben Falk. The family would like to thank the staff of Manor Care for the excellent care that she received while there. A memorial service will be held on March 4th at 11:00am at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 8902 40th St. W. in University Place. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.
Jim “Bapa” Hallgren, 96, of Tacoma, WA passed away peacefully on February 20, 2011. Jim was born to Oscar & Ann Hallgren October 30, 1914 in Fairbanks, Alaska. After the rush for gold his family returned to Tacoma where he spent most of his life (except during the Depression when he lived in Livingston, Montana working the Northern Pacific Railroad). Jim was married to the love of his life, Delphine for 65 years. He had one daughter, JoAnn Hallgren (Larsen) who was his pride and joy! After 30 years of working for the railroad, Jim retired from Streich Bros. in the Port of Tacoma. A master machinist, he once machined a tiny working steam engine the size of a deck of cards. He also made beautiful, lightweight, and strong fishing reels still used by his family today. Jim had a great appreciation for the outdoors. His family enjoyed hearing stories of his adventures along the Yellowstone. Jim enjoyed playing the piano and harmonica, salmon fishing in Puget Sound, and being home watching his great grandchildren run in his backyard. Jim was a philosophical man. His appreciation for and understanding of life helped to shape the lives of those that loved him so much. Survived by (all from Tacoma), his wife, Delphine Hallgren, daughter, JoAnn Larsen (Darell), granddaughter, Kelli Hodges (John), grandson, Ryan Larsen (Debbie), six great grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Sadie. Predeceased by brother, Robert Hallgren (Tacoma), and sister, Lois Carlson (Tacoma). Jim had a very special place in his heart for all animals, especially dogs. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County 253-284-5802. A gathering for family and friends will be held on March 7, from 12-3pm at the Larsen home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.