Donald E. Britt, Don as he was known to all, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, with his family at hospice. Born June 21, 1929, in Kelso, WA, where he grew up and graduated from Kelso High School in 1947. Don served in the US Army and worked at the Longview Fibre Company for 42 years. He was a longtime member of the Kelso-Longview Elks, Pioneer Lions Club and the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time golfing, fishing and camping with his family. His homemade potato salad will be missed almost as much as he is.
Don is survived by his wife, Donna, of over 62 years; their daughters, Sharyl (Kevin) and Carol (Vilas); a brother, Ronald “Ron” (Norma); seven grandchildren, Jeff, Jesse, Lisa, Jamie, Stacie, Sean and Hailey; and eight great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his daughter Janice, his parents and his sister Betty.
At Don’s request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pioneer Lions Scholarship Fund.
Sarah (Sally) Anne White went to be with our Lord on June 11, 2019. She was surrounded by several family members as she passed away peacefully due to complications following surgery in Longview. She was 84 years of age. Preceding her in death is her husband Bill White and her son Bill Lowery (Buzzy).
Sally was born on Aug. 4, 1934, to Nellie (Adams) and Ted Ullrich in Longview. She attended Kelso High School and was a star basketball player in addition to earning straight A's. Her father was a commercial fisherman and Sally often related many fond memories of growing up in a “float house."
Sally was employed by Wasser and Winters Co. starting in 1965 and continued working there until she was 79 years of age. Sally enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling, taking her many grandkids bowling and fishing. She had a sharp mind throughout her life.
Sally always had a smile on her face and demonstrated unshakable optimism throughout life's challenges. She was a pillar in her family and cared for everyone in her life with an extremely generous heart. Sally was always up for anything. She greeted every day and everyone with a smile and had an irresistible laugh. Sally was never known to worry about anything and had a strong belief in God. This joy and passion for life is a legacy for her family.
Sally will be remembered by many including two of her children, Mary-Jane Lowery Skibba and Ted Lowery. She leaves nine grandchildren, Sara Skibba, Jeremy Skibba, Kristi Franett, William Lowery III (Billy), Christopher Lowery, Cayleen Everette, Cara Caywood, Coleen Lowery, and Sierra Lowery. Sally also leaves 26 great-grandchildren whom she adored. Countless more family friends also loved “Grandma Sally” as she was a large part of all their lives.
Memorial Services for Sally begin on Friday, June 21, at 1 p.m. at Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home. Viewing is available on Thursday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Friday at 10 am. Please join the family in sharing memories of Sally at our celebration of life and potluck beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Father's House Church located at 1315 Commerce Ave., Longview. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home.
"Home at last, home at last! Thank God Almighty, I'm home at last!" Frank Hickman's, aka Dad, Uncle Frank and Grandpa Frank, declaration every time he got home from a trip. I'm sure this is exactly what he said as he joined long-missed family and friends with a twinkle in his eye, bright smile and big hug that he was known for.
Francis Norval Hickman was born Oct. 14, 1936, and went home June 12, 2019, at the Longview Hospice. Born to Frank and Pearl in Neosho, MD, the family moved to Kelso in 1940. He graduated from R.A. Long in 1954, where he was a talented baseball player. Soon after, he joined the Air Force, where he earned the rank Tech Sergeant as a weapons control systems technician and served time in Vietnam and Greenland. He also tended bar at the NCO Club, where his outgoing and friendly personality earned him many, many friends and awards.
In 1975, Frank retired from the Air Force and moved his family back to Kelso from Lousiana. He worked for many years as a laborer and retired from JH Kelly in 1999. When first moved back, he also worked as a bartender at the Branding Iron in West Kelso, and Ladies' Night was always packed because of him. He loved meeting and being around people! He enjoyed dancing, listening to live music, playing softball, clam digging and fishing, especially with his good friends Bob Morris and Dan Ravencraft.
Frank married Marie in 1958 in Massachusetts and they had three children: Eric Hickman, Lynn (Mark) Johnson, of Georgia, and David (Sue) Hickman, of Florida. They later divorced, but remained good friends. He married Claudette in 1972, and they welcomed a daughter, Keri/Jody Klayum (Don) and a son, Frankie Hickman. He also inherited four stepchildren: Teri (Dan) Clause, Patti Cornia, Kelli Baird and Skip Whitney.
Claudette passed away in 2000, and he later met Cathy Hicks. They married in 2004 and enjoyed their time together until she suddenly passed away 16 months later in 2005. In the years since, Frank enjoyed socializing and volunteering at the Elks Club, where he was known as Chef Frank for cooking pizzas on Wednesdays before bingo, and grilling hamburgers at the Elks Mobile at Lake Sacajawea around the 4th of July. He loved being a member of the Elks' Seahawks Club and playing bingo at the Moose and Elks.
To meet Frank was to love him. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone, and always flashed his magical smile and give a firm handshake or hug to everyone. Always calm and logical, one of his oft-repeated phrases was, "This too will pass." His friends often teased him about all the kisses he received from ladies at the Elks and Moose Clubs - women just flocked to him! He would say, "I'm not flirting! I'm just a nice guy!" Many Sundays, you'd find him at the Ol' Pasttime in Rainier, OR, hanging out with more friends, whom he loved dearly.
He enjoyed countless rounds of golf with his brother and best friend, Dave Hickman, and his close friends Marv Melville, Walt Newman and Bob Henegis. On sunny weekends, he'd often take drives in his convertible Camaro with friends in the "Convertible Club." One especially memorable drive was to his neice Kelli Voyle's place in the hills of Chehalis, where the group enjoyed each others' company and great food.
Frank is survived by his children and stepchildren, his brother Kelly (Patti) and sister Rosie Davis, many neices, nephews, grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In addition to his wives and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother David, many dear friends and his stepdaughter Kelli.
Frank was a true gentleman, the best dad, and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed by many, many people. "I know people will cry when I'm gone, but I wish they wouldn't. I've lived a good, long life and I've done just about everything I've wanted to do - and even some things I wish I wouldn't have!"
Frank's party for family and friends will be at the Elks Lodge in Kelso on July 7th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in his memory. Frank supported many charities, but several held a special place in his heart: Longview Hospice, Kelso/Longview Elks, and the Veteran's Administration.
Marilyn Mae Bauer, age 84, passed away June 9, 2019, in Kelso, WA. Marilyn was born on Nov. 15, 1934, in Bend, OR, to Marion and Elinore Van Matre. Marilyn lived in Kelso for 56 years and graduated from OTI. She worked as a lab and X-ray technician in Dr. Yeck’s office for five years in Newport, OR, and as a lab technician in Dr.’s Neal and Wendell Kirkpatrick’s office for 25 years before she retired in 1990. Marilyn was a member of R square D since 1973 and enjoyed traveling, quilting, sewing, reading and time with family. She will be remembered as loving, compassionate, generous and adventurous.
On July 13, 1958, Marilyn married Wayne Bauer in Powell Butte, OR. She is survived by Wayne, of Kelso, WA; her son Kim (Nancy) Bauer, of Silver Lake, WA; daughters Lorri (Steve) Stoyles and Lynette (Mark) Velez, both of Puyallup, WA; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, a brother and daughter Deborah.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 402 Crawford St., Kelso. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice.
Iva Mae (Rogers) Saari 104, died peacefully on June 3, 2019. Her family was from Harlan, KT, and moved to Vader, where she was born on March 9, 1915.
She was preceded in death by her treasured husband, Waino “Nick” Saari, 91, whom she married on June 7th, 1935. Her loving child, James Roger Saari, 76, passed away in 2013 after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her only granddaughter, Kim Saari Johnston of Kirkland, WA, and her great-grandchildren, Joey, 23, Amanda, 22 and Michael 19, whom she adored.
On June 9, 2019, the Lord received another angel. Our mom, Barbara Bales, 81, lost her battle with cancer. Mom was born in Mt. Angel, OR, on Dec. 17, 1937. Her family moved to Castle Rock in 1950 and she graduated from high school in 1956. In 1956, she married (and later divorced) John Settlemier. Together they had three children, Connie (John) Brown, of Yuma, AZ, Skip Settlemier and Karen (Bob) Kelley, both of Castle Rock. In 1975, mom met and later married Bill Bales, who passed away in 2007. In addition to her children, she leaves behind three sisters, Shirley Frye, of Castle Rock, and twins Leta Hinkley and Reta Hicks, both of Yuma, AZ; five grandsons, Bob, Andy, Kristopher, Joel and Jesse; and five great-grandchildren, Kasen, Kaitlyn, Chloey, Aivry and Jordan.
We welcome you to mom’s celebration of life at the Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock on Sunday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m. We will have food and water, just bring your favorite beverage.
Stanley Earl Fagerstrom, of Sun Lakes, AZ, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on June 11, 2019, a few days after his 96th birthday.
A former resident of the Longview, WA, area, Stan was born June 4, 1923, in McKenzie County, ND. He graduated from R. A. Long High School in 1942. He attended Lower Columbia College prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army on Dec. 7, 1942, exactly one year after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served in the Army for 3 and a half years.
Stan married Anita Lolcoma, his high school sweetheart, in October of 1943. They were married in an Army chapel at Fort Ord, CA, in 1943. The couple observed their 75th wedding anniversary in October 2018.
Shortly after the wedding, Stan was sent to the South Pacific, serving with the 167th Infantry Regiment of the 31st Infantry Division. He attained the rank of sergeant and saw combat in New Guinea, Indonesia, the Mapia Islands and Mindanao in the Philippines. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for heroism in combat. The Army division to which he belonged was one of four selected to invade the Tokyo Bay area of Japan on or about March 1, 1946. The dropping of the atomic bomb and subsequent surrender of the Japanese made the invasion unnecessary.
Stan was hired by The Daily News in Longview, WA, in 1946, shortly after his discharge from the army. His first job was as manager of the Kelso branch office of the newspaper. He later became a reporter, then classified advertising manager and eventually the newspaper’s advertising director.
Freshwater fishing was one of his first loves. Throughout his employment, he also wrote an outdoor column and features for the newspaper. He worked full time for The Daily News for 36 years and continued as an outdoor columnist and feature writer for the newspaper for 10 years following his resignation as a full-time employee.
Stan was well-known nationally as an outdoor writer. At one time or another during his career, his stories appeared in most of the nation’s major outdoor magazines. For a number of years, he also wrote an outdoor column for the Vancouver, WA, Columbian newspaper under the pen name “Stanley Scott.”
Stan won numerous awards for his writing in Pacific Northwest newspaper circles. He was the author of three major books on fishing: “Catch More Bass,” “Catch More Crappie” and “Catch More Steelhead.” His last book, “Me’n Cousin Art,” was the story of his childhood in North Dakota during the Great Depression.
After leaving The Daily News in 1982, Stan devoted himself full time to freelance writing and giving casting exhibitions and lectures about fishing. He was well-known internationally for his trick and accuracy casting presentations. His appearances were featured at outdoor shows throughout the United States for many years. He also made appearances in foreign countries, including Brazil, Japan, New Zealand and Mexico.
On one occasion, he gave a private casting demonstration for Japan’s Princess Nobuko in Tokyo. He was also featured on the Jo Soares show out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Soares, often called the “David Letterman of South America,” is watched by millions.
Stan was a featured performer with the International Sportsmen’s Exposition outdoor shows in the western United States for 25 years in succession. For many years, he was also the featured caster at the Bass Masters Classic Outdoor Show, an event known as the “World Series of Bass Fishing.”
Besides his writing, Stan loved country music, children and pets. He played the clarinet, guitar and keyboard. He was an active member of the Christian Church-Disciples of Christ in Longview and Florence, OR. After moving to Sun Lakes, he served a three-year term on the board of trustees at the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ.
Stan was one of the few outdoor writers named to membership in the Braniff Airlines Outdoor Council. He was also a charter member of the Berkley Outdoor Council and the Red Ball Outdoor Council. He travelled extensively both in the United States and abroad as a member of these councils. He was a longtime member of the Outdoor Writers of America and a charter member of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.
Stan was voted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2001, he was named winner of the National Professional Anglers Association lifetime achievement award. He was voted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also a lifetime honorary member of the Oregon Bass & Panfish Club.
No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Stan’s name to the American Cancer Society.
In addition to his wife, Stan is survived by two sons, Daniel, of Chandler, AZ, and Stanley Scott, of St. Paul, MN.
Elmer C. Reynolds passed away peacefully at home on May 25, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Kelso, WA, on Nov. 7, 1942, to John and Margaret Reynolds. He served in the US Navy and then spent many years as a logger. After retiring, he went to California in search of gold. He settled in Big Bar and, in 2005, married Gloria. He was a passionate pool player, loved panning for gold and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Gloria; his sons Craig, Richard and Nicholas; daughter Lori; his stepdaughters Christina, Lisa and Julia; stepson Terry Lee; brothers John, Tom and Jerry; and sister Virginia. He also had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents, three brothers and a son, Billy.
A celebration of life potluck will be held at 2 p.m. on July 4 at 74776 Townsend Road in Rainier, OR.
Robert W. Backstrom, 62, of Longview, passed away June 5, 2019 at Longview Hospice Center, after less than an 8-hour stay, from cancer. He was born in Tacoma.
Robert “Bob” worked as a ferrier, tending to the needs of many horses. Years ago Bob owned and operated the Fishgetter Guide Service. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed archery. In earlier years he enjoyed packing on horseback in the backcountry. More recently, Bob enjoyed playing Bingo at the Moose Lodge.
Bob is survived by his mother, MaryLou Backstrom; sister Nancy Huesgen (James); nephew Shane Backstrom; nieces Aleyson Huesgen and Danielle Huesgen; special partner Lesley Arocho.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Willard Backstrom.