Wilbur William Pickering

April 19, 2011

Captain Wilbur “Pick” W. Pickering, made his final ascent on April 3, 2011, with family by his side to see him off as he took to the skies. Through tears and broken hearts, we kept

Wilbur Pickering

watch for three days and nights as he transitioned from this life to the next, yet we took comfort in the peaceful nature of his passing and in the knowledge that his spirit was soaring again after long years of physical struggle and limitation.

Wil was born on Oct. 18, 1923, in Seattle, the son of Roy and Esther Pickering. He was raised in Issaquah on the Pickering dairy farm along with his brothers Robert, Drury and Gordon, and his sister Marcia. After graduating from Issaquah High School in 1941, Will and his brother Robert went to work for The Boeing Co., earning 61.5 cents an hour while still milking cows at the dairy for 3 cents per cow.

Wil then heard the call to service and joined the military. As a lieutenant colonel fighter pilot for the Marine Corps, he flew Hellcats and Corsairs in the Pacific during World War II and made 79 carrier landings, many at night, all perfectly executed. He served in the Korean conflict as a jet fighter pilot and remained in the Marine Corps reserves for decades after the wars ended.

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Morgan Thomas Dent

April 19, 2011

Morgan Thomas Dent was called home to glory on Friday, April 8, 2011. He was born Nov. 13, 1987, to Callie and Michael Dent.

Morgan Dent

He attended Skyline High School and graduated in 2006. He later attended college in California and Washington.

Morgan was a gentle, loving and kind soul who will be sorely missed. He loved life! He loved the outdoors, especially the beach and the mountains. He was an avid hiker, camper and snowboarder.

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Harold E. Thomas

April 19, 2011

Harold E. Thomas, a former longtime Issaquah resident, died April 3, 2011, in Bremerton. He was 83.

A memorial service is at 1 p.m. April 23 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, Issaquah.

Harold was born Feb. 5, 1928, in St. Lawrence, S.D., to Howard and Eva Thomas.

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Gustav R. ‘Bob’ Robertson Jr.

April 19, 2011

Bob Robertson, of Issaquah, loving husband to Mary and father of Gretchen and Heather, passed away Wednesday, April 13. He was 73.

Gustav Robertson Jr.

A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Mary, Queen of Peace in Sammamish.

Friends are invited to get directions, view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444.

Charles Franklin Epps Jr.

April 12, 2011

May 3, 1923 – March 24, 2011

Born in Miami, Okla., he died in Seattle.

Charles, known to his family as Papa Dugie, was the last survivor of 11 children. He was married to Florene Epps for 63 years.

He is survived by their three children Barbara Schaefer (and Al), Charnell Jay (and Ron) and Kevin Epps (and Connie); seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Charles was a tile setter by trade and an avid sportsman and great dancer. Gardening and fishing were his passions.

Donations are suggested to the Providence Marianwood Foundation.

Theresa Ann Levesque

April 12, 2011

Theresa “Memere” Levesque, of Issaquah, loving wife to Armand and abiding mom to Laurie, passed away April 1, after a courageous battle with carcinoid cancer. A memorial service was April 7 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Attn: Donations for Dr. Samual Whiting G.I. Oncology, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023. Friends are invited to view a full obituary, photos and directions at www.flintofts.com.

Marguerite Aletha Dodge

April 12, 2011

Marguerite Aletha Dodge

Marguerite Aletha Dodge, of Issaquah, passed peacefully to the sound of her husband’s gentle singing on Friday, April 8, 2011, after a courageous battle against cancer. She recently celebrated her 64th birthday among family and friends, who all know her as Midge.

Midge was born March 30, 1947, in Cle Elum, first daughter of William and Catherine Goodman. She and her three siblings were raised on the family cattle ranch there. Though she attended both Cle Elum and Republic high schools, she graduated from Cle Elum High in 1965.

Family was always Midge’s first priority. She was blessed with children — Christina, Daniel, Jessica and Jared. With her marriage to Bruce on Aug. 5, 1997, she not only gained a life partner she embraced Bruce’s two children, Tova and Nathan.

Midge supported her family with a successful career in the banking industry. Midge emphasized the importance of education, and as a lifetime goal, she went back to school receiving a Bachelor of Arts in business, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington at the age of 60.

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Melanie Ann Strand-Barrett

April 12, 2011

Melanie Ann Strand-Barrett

Melanie Ann Strand-Barrett, of Bellevue, died April 9, 2011. She was 38.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. April 20 at Mountain Creek Christian Church, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.

Melanie was born March 2, 1973, in Bellevue, the daughter of Darcey Strand and John and Donna Strand. Melanie lived in Issaquah throughout her childhood and in the past few years has resided in Bellevue.

Melanie attended Issaquah schools and was in the class of 1991.

While married to Harland Barrett they were blessed with a son, Riley Barrett. Melanie also leaves behind her beloved friend, Aaron Paddie.

There were many phases of Melanie’s life, growing up in Issaquah she loved her family and friends. Despite her battle with addiction, her giving spirit and kind heart continued to touch people’s hearts and create lasting memories throughout her earthly journey right up to the day she went to be with Jesus. She is survived by her mother, Darcey Strand, of Issaquah, father and step-mother, John and Donna Strand, of Snohomish, sister, Amy (Ryan) Hess, of Issaquah, and her stepbrother and stepsister, Travis (Alison) and Stephanie Watson. She also gave us two of the best blessings of our lives, her children, Rache’ Strand and Riley Barrett.

Melanie is also survived by her grandparents, Bill and Delores Cooper and Ken and Vonnie Harmon, as well as many family members and friends who loved her very much.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob and Dottie Strand, of Issaquah.

Donations are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission of Seattle.

Funeral arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home.

 

Stanley Charles Harris

April 5, 2011

Stanley Charles Harris, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and formerly of Issaquah, died March 8, 2011, in Coeur d’Alene. He was 68.

At Stan’s request, there was no service, but stories and messages can be shared on his dedicated webpage at www.belltowerfuneralhome.com.

Stan was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Seattle to Ed and Edith Harris. He was raised in Issaquah and lived in the Issaquah area before moving with his family to Coeur d’Alene in 2000.

He graduated from Issaquah High School in 1962. He served six years in the National Guard.

Stan married Sharon Weber in 1965.

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Theresa Ann Levesque

April 5, 2011

Theresa “Memere” Levesque, of Issaquah, loving wife to Armand and abiding mom to Laurie, died April 1, 2011, after a courageous battle with carcinoid cancer.  A memorial service will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Attn: Donations for Dr. Samual Whiting G.I. Oncology, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023.

Friends are invited to view a full obituary, photos and directions at www.flintofts.com.

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