Edwin Andrew Opstad

August 30, 2011

Edwin Andrew Opstad, of Federal Way, and formerly of the Snoqualmie Valley, died Aug. 21, 2011, at age 77.

He joined the Acacia fraternity at the University of Washington, graduating in 1956. After marrying Shirley Thompson in 1956, Ed served in the United States Army for 25 years.

His community activities included Kiwanis, Federal Way Historical Society, Republican Party and Royal Arch Masons.

Ed is survived by his wife Bette; five children; 10 grandchildren; and sister Mary Fuller.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 S. 308th St., Federal Way.

Read his full obituary at www.flintofts.com.

Leila May Thurlkill

August 30, 2011

Leila May Thurlkill, 86, longtime resident of Fall City, passed away peacefully on Sunday Aug. 7, 2011, at Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula, Mont., of natural causes. That morning she went through her normal routine. She got up, dressed, went for breakfast and fell asleep for a nap. Only, this time she didn’t wake up.

Leila Thurkill

Leila was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Indiahoma, Okla., to Ray and Ferol Powell. She was raised in Oklahoma and Kansas, lived through the Great Depression and the dust bowl years, and World War II.

She met a dashing World War II pilot and on Sept. 8, 1943, she married Roy C. Thurlkill in Denver. The couple lived in El Dorado and Danville, Ark., before moving in 1954 to Southern California, where they raised four children — Thomas, Keith, Kathy and Michael. They moved to Fall City in 1969. Leila worked as an accountant and bookkeeper and, of course, as a mother.

She was always very involved in her church and enjoyed sewing, reading and gardening. The family always had fresh vegetables from the garden, fruit from the trees, eggs, and sometimes meat from the animals. She and Roy were founding members of the Issasquaws and Braves Square Dance Club. Among the highlights of her life were several vacations to Alaska and many trips across the country to visit friends and family. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

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Norma Raye Walker

August 30, 2011

Norma Raye Walker

Norma Raye Walker, born Feb. 3, 1942, passed away on Aug. 24, 2011.

She was a wonderful woman, mother and grandmother who was loved by both family and friends and will be dearly missed.





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 www.smartcremation.com.

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 www.flintofts.com.

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 www.flintofts.com. Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444.

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