Nov. 6, 1959—April 30, 2019
June Purtteman, 59, longtime resident of Kalama, passed away peacefully April 30, 2019, at home surrounded by loving family. June was born in Longview, WA, on Nov. 6, 1959, to George B. Gates and Beverly J. Gates. June grew up in Kalama, WA, and graduated from Kalama High School in 1978. After graduation, June married Dave Shew and had a daughter, Sarah. June and Dave divorced several years later. She loved her daughter very much and cared for her on her own. One day at work, June met Les Purtteman and they seemed to have a lot in common. She found her “prince.” They were companions for a long time and married in Vancouver, WA.
June was a homemaker; her family was always a priority. She was also skilled in working with others, managed retail stores, was a counselor and worked at Pope and Talbot. June loved going to the beach, spending time working in her flower bed and was a caregiver for her father. June loved animals, especially her favorite cat “Kerrdy,” who always kept very close to her during her illness of cancer. June’s favorite holiday was Christmas, when all her family was together. June loved her brothers and sister a lot. June’s husband, son and daughter Sarah took care of her during her illess, as June wanted to be home. They felt peaceful and happy she got her will.
June is survived by her husband Les Purtteman, of Kalama; son Kyle Purtteman, of Kalama; daughter Sarah Shew, of Longview; brothers Gary (Linda) Gates, of Kalama, and John (Salena) Gates, of Longview; sister Arlene Harkleroad (Rob), of Longview; parents Beverly Ackerman Hart and George B. Gates, of Longview; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends. June is preceded in death by her grandparents Harley and Pauline Gates and Carl and Grace Ackerman, who June loved very much.
June will be remembered for her integrity, truthfulness, care for others, quiet demeanor and being strong in her spirit for what is right. Words cannot express how much she will be missed by us all. God gave her to us for a while to be “blessed” by her. We have to give her back now, but we will be together again and with our Lord. She will be looking for us with that soft, sweet smile.