Lt. Col. USMC Ret. William Erwin Lee Donner passed away October 17, 2012 in Spokane, WA. He was born in Bovill, Idaho to Lee Donner & Rose (Tanghe) on May 15, 1922. At age 4 the family moved to Spokane. In 1939 L.C. was co-city champions in football where he was a 1st team all-city guard & won the city’s “extra point” honors (.625). He also headlined amateur boxing matches for O.B.C. winning several bouts.
In 1940 Bill enrolled at E.W.S.C. as a freshman while playing football for W.B. “Red” Reese as a starter at left tackle. He became a team captain & earned 2nd team all-conference honors as a lineman in ’42. College studies & football were interrupted by service in the U.S.M.C.
Mitchell J. Harris passed away in his sleep about October 12, 2012 from complications of chronic lung disease.
He was born December 9, 1955 in Aberdeen, WA and after living in Seattle, WA and Whittier, CA, moved to Anacortes with his family in 1966. He graduated from Anacortes High School in 1974 and attended Bellingham Technical College where he studied to be an Electrician.
Edith I. Matson, 97, of Anacortes passed away at San Juan Rehabilitation and Care Center on October 5, 2012 with her husband of 60 years near her.
She was born on June 18, 1915, in Belleville, Kansas, the daughter of Jess and Lydia (Gile) Haney. Ede grew up with three brothers and 2 sisters. In 1944 she worked as an electrician in the shipyards, and in 1945, as a mother of two children, Ede contracted polio, but was still able to care for them.
Doug Owens, resident of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, died in Bellingham, Wa. on October 13. He will be buried with military honors in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wa. on Friday, November 9, at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of Doug’s life will follow the ceremony.
Doug was born in Seattle on January 12, 1944. He grew up in Kent, Wa., and completed a degree at Central Washington State College.
Marguerite Moen died Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at her home in Anacortes, Washington with family at her side.
Marguerite was born in Anacortes, one of nine children to Antonia Simaz Veloni and Joseph Veloni. Growing up in Anacortes she attended the Nelson Elementary School, Columbia Junior High School, and Anacortes High School, graduating in 1937.
George Allen Bradshaw, 77, a lifelong resident of Skagit Valley passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, October 22, 2012.
He was born in Mount Vernon on July 16, 1935 the son of the pioneer family Vaughn B. and Natalie (Baker) Bradshaw.
George went to school at Ridgeway Elementary until the fourth grade then attended Lincoln Elementary and later attended LaConner High School.