Tracy Ann Abbott

August 23, 2011

Tracy Abbott

Tracy Abbott

Tracy Ann Abbott, of Renton, passed away in her sleep on Friday Aug. 12, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

Tracy was born July 24, 1963, in San Pedro, Calif., the daughter of John and Barbara Abbott. She was raised in Issaquah, and spent much of her youth riding horses in the surrounding hills and working the family ranch.

Tracy always had a gift with animals and at a very early age developed a talent for training race horses, becoming one of the top quarter horse trainers in the nation.

Tracy carried with her a strong work ethic and a gift with people into her 20-year career working for Costco and later as a business owner of Seattle Refrigeration.

Tracy enjoyed many things in her life, a few being travel, love of classic cars, working on her home and watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. Tracy visited many places around the world, but her favorite vacation was her yearly visit to Palm Springs with her partner Ronda and best friends.

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Jack E. Burley

August 23, 2011

Jack Burley

Jack E. Burley passed from this earth into the loving hands of the Heavenly Father on March 16, 2011, in Surprise, Ariz.

Jack worked for Weyerhaeuser in Snoqualmie for 32 years before retiring to Surprise, Ariz.

Besides Lila Burley, Jack leaves behind five children, Sharon Horn (Larry), Mike Burley (Loree), Randy Burley, Ken Burley (Sherry) and Terri Herndon (Andy); plus 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the Mount Si Senior Center, in North Bend, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

Jack’s full obituary can be found at

Clyde R. Disher

August 16, 2011

Clyde R. (Ray) Disher, of Issaquah, passed away Aug. 4, 2011.

Ray was born Sept. 29, 1937. He was raised in West Seattle and graduated from West Seattle High School. Ray retired from The Boeing Co. He moved to Issaquah in 2000.

Survivors include his loving wife Shirley; son Michael Disher; daughter Michelle Wheeler; four grandchildren, Alexandra and Jason Disher, and Jeffrey and Anna Wheeler; and siblings Beverly Stilwell, Noel Disher, Joann Ferguson and Bruce Disher.

A memorial service was Aug. 13 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home.

Friends are invited to sign the family’s guest book at

Claudia Jeanne (Hauge) Gillis

August 16, 2011

Claudia Jeanne (Hauge) Gillis (age 62) of Issaquah, passed away peacefully early Saturday, July 30, 2011.

Claudia Gillis

Claudia died as a result of injuries sustained in a hiking/climbing accident on Sunday, June 26, while descending from Kaleetan Peak, near Snoqualmie Pass.

During her 35-day period at Harborview, Claudia was continually surrounded by loving family members, which included her husband of 41 years, Jon Gillis, sons Jason Gillis and Brandon Sparks-Gillis, and daughters Rachel Gillis and Heather Fate. In addition to other family members, Claudia’s mother Helen Hauge, her sister Judy Gribble and brother Ken Hauge maintained a loving and supportive presence. Claudia’s devoted grandsons Chase and Ethan will miss her dearly.

Claudia was a 33-year resident of Issaquah, and grew up in the Seattle area. She was a 1966 graduate of Mercer Island High School, and a 1970 graduate of the University of Washington, where she majored in apparel manufacturing design. Claudia was very proud of her 17 years as a homemaker, and 17 years as an educational assistant at Issaquah’s Sunset Elementary School. Her favorite activity in the past several years was hiking and climbing, especially in snow.

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Maxine Peery

August 16, 2011

Maxine Peery, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and neighbor, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.

Maxine Peery

Maxine was born in Spencer, Neb., on Dec. 21, 1929 the fourth child of Mark and Alpha Waggoner.

She moved as a child with her family to Washington State and later made her home in Issaquah with her husband Norman.

The two of them spent 63 years growing their family of four children, 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. After raising her children, she got right to work, and retired as a bus driver for the Issaquah School District.

Maxine was a respected member of her family and community who enjoyed camping, reading, family and most of all her grand-children. She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and her two sons, Ricky and Russell.

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Christine Gould

August 16, 2011

Christine Gould, 95, of Issaquah, died peacefully at home Aug. 10, 2011, surrounded by her family.

Christine Gould

She was born in Oshkosh, Wis., on March 14, 1916, and was raised in Bellingham. She was the third of nine children born to Elizabeth and Rudolph Streubel. Christine graduated from Whatcom High School and attended Western Washington College of Education. She served in the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C. In 1947, she married Jack Gould, a fellow Marine. She lived in San Diego and Torrance, Calif., from 1949 to 1993. She worked in the school system and at TRW (aerospace).

In 1993, Chris moved back to Issaquah/Sammamish. She will be remembered as the best mother and best grandmother ever. She enjoyed Mariners baseball and music. Chris loved animals (all kinds) and often rescued dogs and cats and provided them with shelter/food.

Chris is survived by her beloved daughter Diane, and grandchildren Kristin and Matthew Worrick, of Issaquah. She is also survived by her brother Lloyd Streubel, of Bellingham, sister Dorothy (husband Cliff) Montoya, of Bothell, and numerous nieces of nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Elizabeth and Rudolph Streubel, sisters Mabel Mosher and Della Clevenger, and brothers Norman, Elmer and Leonard Streubel.

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William Valentine

August 16, 2011

William Valentine, of Issaquah, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Mercer Island.

A celebration of his life is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, at Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to view service details and sign the family’s online guestbook at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444.

Jennifer Beagley VanOrman

August 9, 2011

Jennifer Beagley VanOrman, beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, passed away July 29, 2011.

Jennifer VanOrman

Our beautiful, red-headed baby girl was born Aug. 9, 1969, in Cedar City, Utah, the second of six children to David and Roberta (Bobbi) Beagley. She grew up in Idaho and Utah, attending schools in Lindon and Pleasant Grove, Utah. She graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 1987, after which she moved to Scarsdale, N.Y., to be a nanny for a year.

Jennie met the love of her life, John Ransom VanOrman II, at the young age of 14. They were married July 15, 1988, in the Salt Lake LDS temple. They have lived in Provo, Orem and Lindon, Utah, and currently reside in Issaquah.

Realizing her most important role in this life, that of mother, Jennie was blessed with three children: Adrienne, Cutler and Joshua. There wasn’t anything Jennie loved more than being a mother. There were many other children that had the chance to call her Mom, as she faithfully nurtured many foster children. Destiny Fletcher, who they were later able to adopt, was one of them. Through the challenges and hardships that life provided, Jennie always believed in her children and hoped for the best.

She was a wonderful friend to many and was the best “big” sister, having taught her three younger sisters all about life, spending endless time with her family singing, playing tennis, working on weekends and traveling with her family.

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Clifford Warren Buck

August 9, 2011

Retired educator Clifford Warren Buck, who passed away July 25, 2011, in Issaquah, was born in San Diego on April 2, 1918.

Cliff married Mamie Hejhal in 1941 and had a son and daughter with her. Following Mamie’s death in 1983, he married Jean Barrows, who also preceded him in death.

Mr. Buck volunteered for the United States Marine Corps. He served for six years, leaving active duty in 1939.

Mr. Buck is survived by son Richard Buck; daughter Jeanne Stilwell; Jean’s daughters Pat Englant and Pennie McMahon; granddaughters Amber Plumb, Camie Callahan, Mary Preston, Jason Earnest and Bonnie Englant; and his great-granddaughters Morgan, Skylar and Emeri.

David Slickman

August 9, 2011

David Slickman, age 75, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2011, at his home in Issaquah, after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

David Slickman

Dave was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Madison, Wis., the son of Donald D. and Nettie L. (Anderson) Slickman Spevacek.

He was confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church, where his parents were lifelong members. He was proud of his East Side Madison roots and family heritage on his mother’s side, whose antecedents were well-known Dane County pioneers in Vienna Township, near DeForest, dating back to the 1840s.

Dave enjoyed vacationing at his family’s summer cottage on Lake Wisconsin. He was a 1953 graduate of Madison East High School, where he played on the football team, and he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1957 from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a letter for being on the University of Wisconsin Crew Team and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.

After college, Dave enlisted in the United States Army, and he served as an officer in Berlin, Germany. After his stint in the Army, he joined Rex Chainbelt, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1961, and his career with the company as a sales engineer with his specialty in aircraft bearings led him to live in Los Angeles, Seattle and Downers Grove, Ill.

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