September 19, 2008

By Staff

Robert (Bob) Ginger

Bob Ginger, of Bellevue and formerly of Issaquah, died Sept. 13, 2008, at Overlake Hospital. 

He was 87.

An upcoming memorial service will be posted at 

Bob was born March 19, 1921, in Everson, Wash., the son of Al and Aleda Ginger. He was raised in Bellingham and graduated from Bellingham High School. On March 12, 1942, he married a neighborhood girl friend, June (Hanson) Ginger. The family moved to Issaquah in 1953 and lived here until 2003.

In 1945, Bob was drafted into the Army Airforce. He was stationed in Texas, Tennessee, Delaware and Newfoundland.

Bob went to the Seattle School of Photography as a student and then became a teacher there. This prepared him for his long career as an industrial photographer with Pacific Car and Foundry and a separate division of PacCar, Kenworth Truck Co., where he was the chief photographer. This included taking public relations photos, engineering test photos and advertising photos for various trade journals. He retired in 1982.

Bob and June enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. They traveled the West Coast as far south as the Baja Peninsula, and they enjoyed trips to Scottsdale, Ariz.

As a volunteer for the Issaquah Visitor Information Center for 10 years, Bob was named Volunteer of the Year in 1998 by the Association of Visitor Information Centers of Washington. He had logged many hours at the center, where he enjoyed the people he worked with and the visitors from around the world.

Survivors include daughters, Michelle Ginger and Jo Anne Ginger-Schroeder; sister Betty Buchholtz; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests remembrances to Medic One Foundation, Mail Stop 359747, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-2420.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

Eileen (Ball) Lane

Eileen (Ball) Lane, formerly of Issaquah, Sept. 6, 2008, after a 20-year battle with cancer. She was 60.

A service was Sept. 13 at Renton Bible Church, 973 Union Ave. N.E., Renton.

She was born to Alwin and Bernettia Ball on Dec. 1, 1947, in Hillsboro, Ore. She graduated from Issaquah High School in 1966, and married Don Lane on Nov. 24, 1990. 

She owned 4-Lane Trucking Co. in San Francisco, but for the past 15 years, worked for DHL Danza’s. 

She is survived by her husband Don Lane; his three sons, Cliff, Ken and Ron Lane; sisters Anita Santoyo and Cherrie Arena; brother Wesley Ball; four grandchildren; 16 nieces and nephews; extended family; and many friends. 

She will be greatly missed by all. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Renton Bible Church of Vision House, P.O. Box 2951, Renton, WA 98056.

Gary Moore

Gary Moore, former Issaquah High School football coach, died Sept. 11, 2008, of a sudden stroke. He was 68.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Rainier View Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Road S., Tacoma.

Gary was born in Tacoma in 1940 and raised in Puyallup. He graduated from Franklin Pierce High School and Western Washington University, where he played football all four years. 

He spent his entire career as a high school teacher and head football coach at Issaquah High School, where he earned a 137-72-3 record with three league championships and four playoff appearances, including a 1980 King Bowl appearance where his team earned second in state. He was honored as State Coach of the Year in 1984 by the National High School Coaches Association. He had a huge impact on all the young people he coached and taught. 

He was known for his devotion to his family and his love of golf and travel. One of his greatest pleasures was spending time with his four grandchildren.

Gary was also an active member of Rainier View Christian Church. He lived his life to the fullest and will be very missed by all whose lives he touched.

He is survived by Mary Lou, his wife of 45 years; his mother Phyllis Moore; sister Sharron (Pete); daughter Trisha (Stacy); and son Chris (Alicia). He was the proud grandpa of four grandchildren. He will also be missed by his many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the WWU Foundation, in memory of Gary Moore, at 516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225-9034, or you may donate online at

Shirley Thompson Opstad

Shirley Thompson Opstad, of Federal Way (formerly of Issaquah), died Sept. 7, 2008, at home after a long battle with lymphoma. She was 73.

A memorial service was Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, Federal Way. 

Shirley graduated from Cleveland High School in 1952 and from the University of Washington in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology. 

The family lived in Issaquah from 1939-1940. Her parents, Gerald E. and Marguerite Thompson, operated the Busy Bee Restaurant in Issaquah before moving to Alaska. Shirley’s grandmother, Mabel Thompson, lived in Issaquah for many years. Mary and Blaine Boyden, of Issaquah, were Shirley’s aunt and uncle.

After marrying Ed Opstad in December 1956, Shirley was an Army wife and mother for 25 years, after which she worked as a medical interviewer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. An avid bridge player, Shirley earned Silver Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. 

She is survived by her husband Edwin; her children, Carol Jaeger, Ruth Lowe, Mary Pacher and Lars Opstad; and her eight grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or to a charity of your choice. 

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Find a full obituary, directions and online guest book at

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