Blanche A. Freed

June 28, 2011

Blanche A. Freed passed away June 23, 2011.

Blanche Freed

She was born Jan. 11, 1923, in Iron Mountain, Mich., the daughter of William and Eva Perreault. At the age of 12, she moved to Newcastle and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1941.

Blanche worked as a dental hygienist before becoming a homemaker. She met and married Richard Freed (a former classmate) in 1957. They enjoyed traveling the United States, making new friends and visiting long lost relatives.

Blanche found her true calling when working for Christies’ Florist in Seattle, creating beautiful floral arrangements. This led to her teaching floral classes, taking painting classes and creating beautiful, fun and unique works of art — be it a whimsical doll, a classy Victorian heart or a dried floral arrangement, which were some of her many talents.

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Barbara Ann Ruud

June 21, 2011

Barbara Ann (Schmid) Ruud, of Bellevue, passed away June 14, 2011, after a courageous two-year battle with melanoma.

Barbara Ruud

She was born March 3, 1943, in Missoula, Mont., to Bill and Louise Schmid. She graduated from Missoula County High School and attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where she met Ken Ruud. They were married Aug. 18, 1963, in Missoula, and moved to Issaquah. In 1969, they moved to Bellevue, where they have lived ever since.

Barb was a stay-at-home mom who devoted her time, love and energy to her four children and nine grandchildren. She was a constant presence at their many activities and sports. For more than 25 years, she provided in-home daycare to more than 50 children. Barb was a longtime member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bellevue, where she served as a member of the Altar Guild and sewed quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She was an expert seamstress and knitter, and she also loved to garden and attend Village Theatre.

Barb is survived by her husband Ken; children Kendra Mills (David), Brian Ruud (Caryn) and Karen Dennis (David), all of Issaquah, and Betsy Miller (Garrett), of Lakewood; siblings Bill Schmid, Bob Schmid (Joyce), Gayle Waters (Vernon) and Bradie Simons (John).

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Robert B. Ellsperman

June 21, 2011

Our loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather passed away June 7, 2011.

Robert Ellsperman

Robert was born in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 4, 1943.

His love for the outdoors was evident at an early age. He became an Eagle Scout and was National Conference Chief of Order of the Arrow in 1963.

He was a graduate of the University of Colorado and earned his two master’s degrees at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado.

He had a long career as a dedicated teacher, principal and administrator in the public schools. He lived a life of inspiration and service to students of all ages.

Bob will be greatly missed by Carlie, his wife of 47 years; sons Stephen (Jennifer) and Eric; daughter Amy Lewis (Dan); and grandchildren Chase and Spencer Ellsperman, and Christina and Carson Lewis.

Bob will always be remembered for his bright smile and his brave and noble spirit.

A private family service will be held.

Charles London

June 21, 2011

The memorial celebration for Charles London, originally scheduled for June 25, has been moved to a private location.

Please call Seamus at 273-1880 for details.

Charles A. London

June 14, 2011

Charles A. London, of Bellevue, died May 26, 2011, in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 70.

Charles A. London

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 9 at the Maplewood Greens, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton.

Charles was born Aug 2, 1940, in Palo Alto, Calif., to A. Louis and Charlotte London.

In 1966, Chuck moved to the Bellevue/Issaquah area, where he lived and worked for The Boeing Co. for 30 years until his retirement in 1996. He continued to live in his home near Lake Sammamish until his death.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in electrical engineering in 1963, and a Master of Science from San Jose State in 1965.

In his spare time, Chuck loved computers, and was the “go-to guy” for anything electronic. As a young man, Chuck loved skiing, judo and boxing, and continued his love of sports into his later years with an unrelenting attachment to the golf course. He played the guitar and piano, and he loved to sing.

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Charles A. London

June 14, 2011

Charles A. London, of Bellevue, died May 26, 2011, in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 70.

Charles A. London

A memorial service will be held at Chuck’s longtime home next to Vasa Park on Lake Sammamish, 17108 S.E. 35th St., Bellevue, on Saturday, June 25. Everyone is welcome; please call Chuck’s grandson Seamus at 273-1880 for details.

Chuck was born Aug. 2, 1940, in Oakland, Calif., to Charlotte Marie (Letts) London and Alexander Louis London. He was raised in Palo Alto, Calif., and also lived in Naperville, Ill. (in the 1950s), and Bellevue (since 1966).

Chuck was married once to Janice K. Williams, from 1963 to 1970. He never remarried.

Chuck attended San Jose State and Stanford universities; he had a degree in electrical engineering.

He was a member of the Stanford Alumni Association, Society of Professional Engineers in Aerospace and Boeing Retirees.

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Dennis Isherwood

June 14, 2011

Aug. 28, 1960 – June 11, 2011

Dennis Isherwood

Dennis Isherwood lost his brief but courageous battle with stomach cancer on June 11, 2011. He was 50 years young.

Everyone who met Dennis was blessed with his amazing and contagious zest for life. He had a never-ending smile, a great sense of humor and made conversation with nearly everyone he encountered.

In his free time, Dennis enjoyed spending time with family, doing projects around the house, attending sporting events and golfing. He also coached youth basketball and was a Seattle-area referee for boys and girls recreation, select, and junior varsity basketball.

Dennis is survived by girlfriend Renee Higgs and her two sons, all of Issaquah; daughter Christine Isherwood, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter Lauren Isherwood, of Missoula, Mont.; father Don Isherwood and stepmom Pat Isherwood, of Fallbrook, Calif.; brother David Isherwood, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; brother Mark Isherwood, of Kokomo, Ind.; brother Paul Isherwood, of Va.; and sister Bonnie Agar, of North Carolina.

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Betty W. Stutsman

June 14, 2011

Betty W. Stutsman, 84, of Issaquah (Timber Ridge), passed away on June 6, 2011.

Survivors include her husband George; son James M. Fant; three daughters, Barbara Ranta, Debbie Daniels and Laurie Sundesten; brother Ed Walker; and numerous grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 22116 S.E. 51st Place, Issaquah.

A full obituary and online guest book is at

Linda Evelyn Donnelly

June 14, 2011

Linda Evelyn Donnelly, 67, of Bothell, was called to Heaven on May 28, 2011.

Linda Donnelly

She was born July 5, 1943, in Butte, Mont., to Evelyn Payne.

The Chewelah High School graduate was a telephone operator for Mountain Bell and a longtime member of the Issaquah Eagles.

Linda’s fun-loving personality and giving nature touched many lives. The devoted wife, mother and grandmother enjoyed gardening and reading.

She is survived by her children Al Pelly, Kenneth Pelly and Rhonda McLaughlin; eight grandchildren; sisters Lorna, Lavonne and Lorri; and her sister-in-law Alice Jackson.

She was preceded in death by husband Norman on March 30, 2011.

Donald Lewis Hayes

June 14, 2011

October 27, 1932 — May 22, 2011

Donald Hayes

Donald L. Hayes, 78, of Issaquah, passed away May 22, 2011, at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland with loving family at his side.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S. Issaquah. A reception will follow at the church.

Don was born Oct. 27, 1932, in Renton, the son of John and Georgina (Marenakos) Hayes. He was raised in Coalfield and graduated from Issaquah High School. He attended Willamette on a football scholarship and subsequently graduated from Central Washington College, where he met his future wife.

Following college, he was a specialist 4 in the United States Army. On Aug. 28, 1955, he married Shirley Mae Hayes in Tacoma. They moved to Issaquah in 1958. Don was an industrial arts teacher at Issaquah and Chinook junior high schools and at Bellevue High School, and was head of building and remodeling for the Bellevue School District, a career that spanned more than 30 years with the Issaquah and Bellevue school districts.

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