Larry Allen Willson, age 70, passed away on Nov. 1, 2019, at the Hospice Care Center in Longview, WA. He was born June 25, 1949, in Longview to Clyde and Vernie Willson. Larry moved back to Longview from Clatskanie, OR, in 2004. He graduated from Clatskanie High School in 1967. Larry served in the Army and received a Purple Heart in Vietnam. He later worked at Beaver Lumber and Trojan Power Plant until his retirement in 2002. His favorite pastimes were camping, taking trips and spending time with family. He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling.
Larry married Mandy Willson on Oct. 19, 1973, in Clatskanie. He is survived by his wife Mandy Willson, of Longview; daughters Lisa White and Joy Rice, both of Longview; son Larry Willson Jr., of Kelso; sister Shirley Veltcamp, of Vancouver, WA; brothers Curtis Willson, of Clatskanie, and Verne Willson, of Gresham, OR; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his father Clyde Willson, mother Vernie Willson and sister Rita Johnson.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at Longview Memorial Park.
Edward Francis Farrell III, age 68, journeyed on Oct. 30, 2019. Born on the 4th of July, this courageous Vietnam veteran was past Commander of VFW Post 10435, past Judge Advocate of American Legion Post 107 and enthusiastic member and volunteer at the Kalama Lions Club.
He is survived by mother Grace Costello, sister ‘Lynn’ Wannemacher, both of PA; wife Monica Farrell; and his constant companion and guardian ‘Jasper.’
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Ed’s name to any veterans’ organization or Community Home Health & Hospice. His ‘Celebration of a Life Well Lived’ will be in the spring or summer of 2020.
Mary Ann Lewis, 83, passed away Nov. 1, 2019, at a brief stay in an extended care facility in Longview. She was born and resided in Kelso all her years. Graduated KHS in 1955. She was a daughter, mother, sister, auntie, grandmother, great-grandmother and Yakama Nation elder.
She enjoyed providing office assistance at the Mount St. Helens Visitor’s Center in Castle Rock, where she answered the phone, took messages, prepared mailings and information packets, operated the cash register and provided visitor information as needed. She also enjoyed driving to Portland, Salem, Toppenish, taking family to medical appointments, pow wows, retreats and meetings.. She enjoyed beading, word search puzzling, reading, watching the Seahawks and birds and listening to Garth Brooks songs. Mary Ann was affiliated with NARA (Native American Rehabilitation Association) and Pi Ne Waus, both of Portland, OR.
Survivors include brother Holly Lewis; daughters Cecelia (Kenneth) Konopski and Suzanne McKee, of Longview, Cynthia (Steve) Williams, of Kelso and Shirlee Creed; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death are her parents Mitchell and Hattie John-Lewis; brothers Stanley Vernon Lewis and Raymond Andrew Lewis; and uncles, aunts and cousins.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 7, 2019, at Columbia Funeral Service, 1105 Maple St., Longview, WA.
Lifelong resident, loved husband, dad, brother, grandpa and great-grandpa Richard McIntyre was born Oct. 25, 1949, to LeRoy and Ruth McIntyre. He owned and operated McIntyre’s Body Shop, worked at Columbia Ford, Jacobsen Chevron and Securitas. He served in the Army National Guard from 1970-1974. He umpired for Washington State Softball Association and was a member of the Pioneer Lions Club and on the Lion’s Sight and Hearing Foundation Board.
He had the gift to gab. He loved spending time with his family, fishing and hunting. It wasn’t until later in his disease that he became the armchair captain. He kept track of good fishing holes and what lures fish were being caught on.
He is survived by his wife Susan, of 49 years; sister Patricia Spencer; kids Kevin and Kristen, Bob and Lisa and Tony and Traci; grandkids Stasi, Jordan, Faith, Brandon, Matt and Tyler, with their kids; great-grandkids and the lights in his eyes, Cooper and Ellie; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert.
A celebration of life will be held this Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1-3 p.m. at the Kelso/Longview Elks. Memorial contributions can be made to Sight and Hearing Foundation, care of Pioneer Lions.
Kenneth Leroy Madsen was born in La Junta, CO, to Fred and Pauline on March 29, 1934, and grew up as a farm boy. Life changed a bit when the family moved “out West” and settled in Longview, WA. The country boy had moved to the city. Ken attended Kessler Elementary and was a 1952 R.A. Long graduate where he was editor of the Lumberjack Log and sang in the Glee choir, that is when he wasn’t cruising Commerce in his 1950 Plymouth dressed to the nines and rocking a ducktail. Always industrious, he started working while in grade school and worked a variety of jobs from that time forward. In addition to horse logging and mill work, Ken spent time in grocery jobs, and as a sales rep for Cowlitz Candy all before the age of 30. He worked several years for the Cowlitz County Building Department inspecting countless homes and eventually becoming a supervisor. In his 40’s he decided to launch out on his own and started Madsen Construction as he turned his love for building into his profession. He built several homes and completed many small construction projects.
Ken was first and foremost a family man and in addition to his daughters, Becky Madsen and Jennifer Dobbins from previous marriages, he had two children, Brenda and Cory, with the love of his life, Donna (Bates) who worked and adventured by his side for 55 years. Even though Ken and Donna started their marriage as “city kids,” they dreamed of living the country life, so they turned 20 acres in Castle Rock into a family farm raising the children, a big garden and a variety of livestock. Feeding the cows, mending the fences and chopping wood were never-ending tasks, but Ken loved being outside and was no stranger to hard work.
His faith was an important part of his life, and he was a member, Elder and former pastor of the Cowlitz Valley Community of Christ, where he was much loved and held in high esteem by the members who enjoyed his humorous sermons and religious poetry. He blessed the babies, baptized the children and performed the weddings and memorials of church members and friends alike.
Ken was a man of many talents; his smooth baritone made him a popular choice as a soloist at weddings and funeral services. While snow-birding in Arizona, he took up writing and was featured in the “Country Boy moves to the City” series for TDN. He self-published his stories and poems and gladly shared them with anyone who asked, and many did. Ken and Donna enjoyed many years square dancing with Ruff and Ruffles, which involved not just dancing, but eating, camping and socializing with the many friends they made there.
Ken was preceded in death by his mother and father, sisters Jean and Millie, grandson Jeremy Pedersen and niece Lori Finkas. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna; children, Becky Madsen, Jennifer Dobbins, Brenda (Mike) Sargent and Cory (Cindy) Madsen; sister Suzie (Frank) Pedersen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be missed by grandchildren Kenny Dailey, Shyra Dobbins and Kendra Pruett, Christine, Carly and Colton Madsen, and Brody and Savannah Sargent, and great-grandchildren Treven, Bryson, Ayla, Chance, Trapper, Gauge, Colt and Harper.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at Steele Funeral Home. Donations in his memory can be sent to Community Home Health & Hospice who provided so much help and comfort in his last days.
Randy Duane Jennings was a loving, talented and hilarious father, brother, uncle and son. He was the third son of Robert and Mary Lou Jennings, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his devoted son, Jade Jennings, six siblings and eight nieces and nephews.
A lifelong resident and taxidermist in Rainier, he was adored by everyone who met him and will be greatly missed by all.
All are invited to a Celebration of Randy’s Life which will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at Rainier High School Auditorium 28170 Old Rainier Road, followed by a social gathering at the Eagle’s Lodge in downtown Rainier.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Toy and Joy Division where Randy was Santa for the past 19 years. Donation envelopes will be available at the gathering or can be sent to Col. River Fire & Rescue: ‘In Memory of Randy Jennings, Rainier.”
Laura Jean (Peterson) Mahnke, age 72, child of God, passed away Oct. 26, 2019, due to complications from gall bladder cancer. Laura was born in St. Paul, MN, on May 30, 1947, to Arne G. and Maurine (Moldestad) Peterson. She had three siblings, Nancy Kynaston, Judy Keever and brother David, in a joy-filled family. There was always a room at home for visitors who were welcomed with Maurine’s baking. The Peterson family moved to the west coast in 1956, settling in Longview. Laura graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1965. She attended Lower Columbia College and then made a masterful decision and married Hal Mahnke on Oct. 16, 1966.
Laura and Hal started their married life in Portsmouth, NH, where Hal was stationed in the Air Force. Laura worked at the Portsmouth Montgomery Ward store until they moved back to Longview in 1968. Laura and Hal had two children, Jeff and Gary. Oh, how special they are! Gary’s death on May 20, 2018, was difficult. Faith saw us through it.
Laura was a homemaker and always had a special place in her heart for children having started to babysit at age 11 and enjoyed it so much—Sunday school teaching and daycare in the home. The delight in a child’s eye always caught her interest. Crafts? Everywhere; knitting, crocheting, beading and embroidery filled the hours. Lap robes, quilts and needlepoint pictures all went out the door to various people as presents. Laura was always an active Lutheran. It centered her life, gave her purpose and vision. She was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church in Longview.
She leaves behind her wonderful husband of 53 years, Hal; son Jeff; sisters Nancy Kynaston and Judy (Neil) Keever; and a large extended family of cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Arne and Maurine Peterson, brother David Peterson and son Gary Mahnke.
Services will be held Trinity Lutheran Church, 2021 Washington Way, Longview, on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, you may give to Trinity Lutheran Church or Community House on Broadway, 1105 Broadway, Longview.
June Baker Louderback, 82, passed away peacefully, Oct. 9, 2019, at her assisted living home in Clinton, UT. June was born Oct. 11, 1936, in Longview, WA, to Harold James and Frances E. Baker. She grew up in Toutle, WA, and graduated from Toutle H.S. in 1954.
After H. S., she attended University of Puget Sound, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1958. While attending UPS, June met and married her husband, Johnnie I. Louderback, on Dec. 22, 1957.
After college, June and Johnnie moved to various Air Force Bases during his 22-year career. She was active in Officer Wives Clubs and volunteered at the Base Hospitals. When John retired from the Air Force in 1980, they moved back to their home state of Washington. June started working as an Occupational Therapist with Lewis County Schools. She retired in 2008.
June loved her hobby of Decorative Painting. She was a member of Pacific Palettes painting group, The Society of Decorative Painters and was a Certified Decorative painting instructor. She was a gifted artist, enjoyed traveling, gardening and sewing.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammi (Bob) Kruse, of Rapid City, SD, and Holly (Scott) Jessop, of Kaysville, UT; one son, Eric (Julie), of Amity, OR: 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister Bobbie Humphreys; and two nieces.
June was proceeded in death by her husband Johnnie, her parents Harold James and Frances Baker, Johnnie’s parents, Irvin and Lucille, and brother-in-law Terry Humphreys.
At June’s request, no service will be held. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Neptune Society. Her ashes will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Menlo Washington cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org.
Terrence E. “Terry” Miracle, 88, a longtime Longview resident, passed away Sept. 27, 2019, in Renton, WA. He was born to Ben and Irene Miracle in Buhl, ID, in 1931. Terry graduated from Puyallup High School in 1949 and was married to Ruth Wuerch from 1949 to 1953. Terry served in the US Army from 1953-1955. Upon his discharge, he worked and attended college in Portland, OR, where he met Frances McDowell, whom he married in 1957. Terry earned a BA in Education from Portland State in 1959, and a master’s degree at Oregon State in 1963. He taught history and English in Portland Public Schools and at the Job Corps in Astoria, OR, before moving to Longview where he taught English and social studies at Monticello Jr. High.
Terry was a longtime member of Northlake Church in Longview where he served as deacon, Sunday school superintendent and Camp Bethel booster. Terry enjoyed fishing and was an avid gardener. He was well known as a vender and market manager at the Cowlitz County Community Farmers’ Market, and he served on the board of Washington State Farmers’ Market Association. At the age of 82, Terry achieved internet fame when he used his high school football skills to block a fleeing criminal, thus aiding the Longview Police in apprehending a burglar.
Terry was preceded in death by his wife Frances, and is survived by three daughters, Susan (Frank) O’Connor, Sharon Miracle and Shirley (Steven) Rowe; three sons, Darrell (Lois) Wenzek, Andrew (Stacey) Miracle and Charles (Beth) Miracle; 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Northlake Baptist Church of Longview, with Pastor Mark Schmutz officiating. Donations in memory of Terry may be made to Community House on Broadway in Longview.
Dixie Kay Williams, born Aug. 5, 1952, in Mesa, AZ, passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Longview, WA. Dixie was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is remembered as a loving and supportive woman by everyone she encountered. Raised on a dairy farm in Chandler, AZ, with her nine siblings, she learned the value of hard work and the importance of family. In college, she met and married the love of her life, Dennis Williams, with whom she shared 47 years of marriage.
Dixie loved music and shared her singing talents in several choirs, including the Northern Arizona Cow Belles. She became an accomplished pianist and organist. Dixie took up cross-stitching and made commemorative cross-stitches for numerous friends and family members to celebrate hundreds of weddings and births. Dixie is preceded in death by her parents, Wendell and Verda Eyring, and three siblings. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Williams; three children, Ryan Williams, Randa Jo Ward and Rex Williams; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and six siblings.
Donald “Don” Witham, age 76, peacefully passed away with family by his side on Oct. 23, 2019, at the Hospice Care Center in Longview, WA. Born Sept. 27, 1943, in Portland, OR, to Walter and Nina (Snyder) Witham, he later moved to the small town of Cathlamet, WA, as a young child, where he was raised, raised two children of his own, and spent the majority of his life.
He graduated Wahkiakum High School in 1963. After graduation, he spent a few years in Alaska, fishing the Alaskan waters. He then returned back home where he spent some time logging in the woods, working on the railroad for Weyerhaeuser, and then eventually signed on with the Washington State Fisheries Department. Don was very proud of his job working for the Fishery Department, and the endless hours spent at the hatcheries during his 33 years of service was proof of his dedication. Although he worked at many of the hatcheries including the Cowlitz and Grays River, the Elochoman fish hatchery was where he called home.
Don loved the outdoors and everything that went along with it. He loved to hunt and was proud of his gun collection, enjoyed fishing, tending to his beehives and watching the eagles from his home on top of the cliff overlooking the Columbia River. He was also active within his community as a volunteer member of the Cathlamet Fire Department and the Wahkiakum County sheriff reserves. Don was proud to be of service to his neighbors, and was always willing to give a helping hand.
Don is survived by his brother John (Pat) Witham, of Kelso, WA; daughter Christina Witham, of Sunnyside, WA; son Don (Kathy) Witham, of Winlock, WA; and two grandchildren, Hayden and Harli Witham, of Longview. There are also numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Steele Chapel in Longview, WA.