Milestones

In memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Freeman, Edmonds environmental advocate

In memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Freeman, Edmonds environmental advocate

Robert “Bob” Freeman, an environmental advocate who worked tirelessly to promote sustainability issues in Edmonds, died Monday at the age of 78, following a long illness. In recent years, Mr. Freeman and his wife Janice were best known for their work to establish the all-volunteer citizen group Sustainable Edmonds. Mr. Freeman served as president of the group from its inception in 2008 until short... »

In memoriam: John M. Taylor, who died in Edmonds bicycle accident

In memoriam: John M. Taylor, who died in Edmonds bicycle accident

The Edmonds man who died in a bicycle accident Aug. 4 has been identified by his family and friends as John M. Taylor. Mr. Taylor, 65, was just a few blocks from home on his bicycle when he went off the road in the area of 7th and Hemlock in Edmonds and struck the fence of a home. While the official report has not yet been released from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner, family friend Ervin Me... »

In Memoriam: Raymond John Sittauer, Purple Heart winner, Edmonds business owner

In Memoriam: Raymond John Sittauer, Purple Heart winner, Edmonds business owner

Raymond John Sittauer, age 88 of Edmonds, passed away peacefully at his home on July 14, 2014. He was born in Sykeston, N.D. on Aug. 14, 1925 to Harry and Freda (Wild) Sittauer. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and proudly served his country for 3 years earning his Purple Heart he has on display. On June 20, 1950 he married his loving wife, Dorothy (Lessner). They made the decision to move to mo... »

Edmonds-Woodway grad sets up fund to cover funeral expenses of fellow alum

Edmonds-Woodway grad sets up fund to cover funeral expenses of fellow alum

Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate Nora (Dean) Hermann is raising money to help pay for the funeral expenses of another E-W grad, Boise (Junior) Friday, who died Wednesday of complications related to cancer. The money is being collected through a GoFundMe account here. According to Hermann, Mr. Friday was an Edmonds native, born at Stevens (now Swedish/Edmonds) Hospital. “He was initially ... »

In memoriam: Chris Guitton, former Edmonds Chamber executive director

In memoriam: Chris Guitton, former Edmonds Chamber executive director

Christian Charles Henri Guitton was born in Paris, France, Feb. 2, 1950, the son of Michel and Josette Guitton. He passed away May 8, 2014, in Edmonds. His life was rich in achievement, adventure, and friends. After his childhood in Paris, he studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Mechanique et d’Aerotechnique in Poitiers, where he earned his professional engineer’s degree as part of the pre... »

In memoriam: Paul Roy, longtime Edmonds resident

Paul Roy, longtime Edmonds’ resident, passed away on March 21, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Fort Kent, Maine on Feb. 5, 1919, where he grew up. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army, serving in England, North Africa and the Eastern Pacific during World War II. After the war, he relocated to the Seattle area where he married Marion Francis, working for the next 40 years in the constructi... »

In memoriam: Jacob Derry– ‘a compassionate young man who made the lives of all he touched better’

In memoriam: Jacob Derry– ‘a compassionate young man who made the lives of all he touched better’

Jacob Derry loved his family, friends and dog Jackson with every ounce of his soul. His love was absolute, and when he gave you his attention he was all in, and he let you know it at the end of every interaction he had with you. If you knew him you know this and you can feel it now. His parents, Barbara and Bill, were his foundation. They were the source of his: • boundless love, • radiant energy,... »

In memoriam: James E. ‘Rock’ Roth

In memoriam: James E. ‘Rock’ Roth

James E. “Rock” Roth, CAPT USN (Ret) “God first, then family and country.” Rock Roth lived his credo with undisguised love and compassion. He died unexpectedly on February 27 while returning from a family trip to Arizona. He was 76. He was a devout Christian, a loving husband, a model father to his children, stepchildren and large extended family. He was a career Naval aviator and patriot. Rock Ro... »

In Memoriam: Dan Potts — strength and conditioning coach who worked with top local athletes

In Memoriam: Dan Potts — strength and conditioning coach who worked with top local athletes

Dan Potts, a long-time strength and conditioning coach who trained top high school, college and professional athletes – including many from the Edmonds School District – died Jan. 16, 2014, following a 16-year battle with cancer. Mr. Potts, an Edmonds resident who had just celebrated his 62nd birthday Jan. 1, died peacefully at University of Washington Medical Center with his wife Pritam Potts by ... »

In Memoriam: W. Hudson Kensel, Western American historian

In Memoriam: W. Hudson Kensel, Western American historian

W. Hudson Kensel June 16, 1928 – Jan. 16, 2014 W. Hudson Kensel was an experienced Western American historian who loved his family and relished researching stories related to the Old West. He became fascinated with Western history during his childhood at Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill’s old hunting lodge and in Cody, Wyoming. Hudson spent most of his early school years in Ellensburg, Wash., and after... »

In memoriam: Fred O. Bell, 1927-2013

In memoriam: Fred O. Bell, 1927-2013

Fred’s childhood was spent in southwest Arizona, in and around Bisbee, Ariz. He grew up on a ranch, where his dad was the foreman. He had the freedom of growing up in the wide open spaces, and the responsibilities of a ranch hand and cowboy in his early years. Those formative years made him the man he was — decent, caring, loving, stubborn and inquisitive. At 17 years old, he joined the Air ... »

In Memoriam: Betty Mueller, community organizer

Long-time Edmonds resident Betty Mueller peacefully passed away in her sleep in bed at her home on Caspers Street in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, 2013, at the age of 91. Betty was active for many years as a community organizer and spokesperson for public opinion. She was widely known and well-loved by many Edmonds residents and current and former city employees. Many will miss her example of... »

In memoriam: Erling Borgersen, former owner of Ballard’s Scandinavian Bakery

Edmonds resident Erling Borgersen passed away at his home Dec. 4, 2013. Born Oct 22, 1942 in Sauda, Norway, Mr. Borgersen owned the Scandinavian Bakery in Ballard for 29 years. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judith Borgersen, daughters Else Britt (Brad) Robinson and Tove (Joe) Rogers, and his three grandchildren Tyler Rogers, and Erik and Emily Robinson. Funeral services will be held at F... »

Funeral mass for Matthew Truax Saturday

A funeral mass has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday for 16-year-old Matthew Truax of Edmonds, who died of an undetected heart condition Sept. 13. The mass for the Meadowdale High School student will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 630 7th Ave. N., Edmonds. A reception will follow at the Pastoral Center Hall. »

In memoriam: Roberta F. Rice

In memoriam: Roberta F. Rice

Roberta F. Rice, a former long-time Edmonds resident, passed away August 6, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born June 2, 1937 in Malad City, Idaho. As a young child, she moved with her family to Seattle where she grew up and graduated from Lincoln High School. Roberta married her husband Bruce in 1958. Throughout their close and loving 50-year marriage, Bruce’s employment took t... »

In memoriam: Betty Cooper, wife of retired Edmonds Fire Chief Jack Cooper

In memoriam: Betty Cooper, wife of retired Edmonds Fire Chief Jack Cooper

Lucrella Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper, loving wife of Jack Cooper, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother died Aug. 6, 2013.  She was born in Vicksburg, Indiana Sept. 23, 1930 to Audress and Ruby Harrel. She is in heaven with her parents, brothers Charles and Audress Jr. and her baby Steven. In 1936, Betty, her parents and three siblings loaded everything they owned in the family Model “A” and hea... »

In Memoriam: Pastor Otto Dreydoppel

In Memoriam: Pastor Otto Dreydoppel

Rev. Otto Dreydoppel, epitomized the living of a good life filled with service to others and loyalty to his wife and family. A lover of travel and playing cards with wife Jean, pinochle, M&Ms, prime rib, mac n’ cheese, and family gatherings, especially when grandchildren were present where he could delight them with his magic. A retired minister of the Moravian Church, Otto died Saturday... »

In Memoriam: Carmen Suzanne Johnson

In Memoriam: Carmen Suzanne Johnson

Carmen Suzanne Johnson passed away peacefully in her family home June 29, 2013. She was 86. Carmen was born in Napa, California. In her youth she began her life-long love of music, playing the piano, French horn and trumpet.  Her mother was born in Paris and taught Carmen to speak French. Upon graduation from Napa Union High School, Carmen began her nursing training in the Cadet Nurse Corps at San... »

In Loving Memory: Earl Boyce Clark

In Loving Memory: Earl Boyce Clark

Feb. 24, 1927-June 26, 2013 Earl Boyce Clark, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 24, 1927, to Al and Ruth Clark. His brother, Boyd, and sister, Beverly, predeceased him. The Clark family moved to Seattle in August 1927. He attended several Seattle grade schools, as well as Briscoe School locate... »

Reminder: Memorial service for JoAnn Stevens-Morton Saturday

Reminder: Memorial service for JoAnn Stevens-Morton Saturday

A reminder of the memorial celebration service for JoAnn Stevens-Morton, set for Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m.  at the Edmonds Masonic Lodge, hosted by the Eastern Star chapter. The long-time Edmonds resident died June 19 at the age of 81. She is survived by her husband Bill Morton, who wrote a loving tribute to her here.     »

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