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Hayden Arthur "Denny" Nelson Denny was born July 26, 1937 to Harry A. Nelson and Mabel Lamka Nelson in Eugene, OR. After a hard-fought battle with lymphoma, he passed away on December 6, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dianne, his son Mark "Chris" Nelson, brother Wesley (Paula) Nelson, and niece Bonnie La Barthe. Denny worked his way through college at Oregon State University to earn his degree in Electrical Engineering. His career as an engineer ranged from power distribution to missile systems and military defense research. He was always a meticulous engineer on any project, whether professional or personal. He was a loving husband and father. Our family had many adventures, including sailing in our 25 ft. sloop, camping in our nation's awesome parks, and spelunking in Alabama caves. After Denny retired from the very successful Boeing 777 Project, he became a volunteer at Habitat For Humanity. He took great pleasure in helping build homes and in mentoring the prospective home owners. Denny was always ready for a new adventure, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. "So go and run free with the angels," Denny. You will remain in our hearts forever.
Pub Date: 3/28/2015

Mary Snapp Born Nov. 21st, 1936 to Naval Leon Winton and Routh Winton. Went to be with the Lord March 25th, 2015. Married to Franklin D. Snapp June 18th, 1964. Survived by one brother, James Winton of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mary was known for her gregarious and witty personality. Mary's passion was bowling. She will be greatly missed. We love you very much, God bless you.
Pub Date: 3/28/2015

Michael Lynn Sanderson Mike Sr. passed away unexpectedly March 23. He went with his Lord peacefully, surrounded by friends and family. He was born in Tacoma on August 3, 1947, grew up in Milton, and graduated from Fife HS in 1965. He was a born leader and self-made builder/developer, running his company Sandco Properties up until his passing. He loved traveling, motorcycle rides, golden retrievers, Mr. Goodbars, supporting other small businesses, and, of course, his family and longtime friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Avalon, and is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; 2 siblings, Rick (Cindy) and Patricia (Jack); 4 children, Mike Jr. (Janine), Monica Dippre (Matt), Teresa Guillien (Steven) and Paul Guillien (Julie); 14 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Mike Sr. was a longtime and active member of Calvary Community Church, 15116 Gary Street E Sumner, WA 98390, where the memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 11am with a reception to follow. Viewing is available Monday, March 30, from 5-8pm at Curnow Funeral Home, 1504 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390, and before the service March 31 at 10am in the church prayer room. In lieu of flowers, please donate to youth camps at Calvary Community Church in Mike's honor.
Pub Date: 3/28/2015

Richard (Dick) Clayton Leonard August 19, 1925 - February 22, 2015 Richard Clayton Leonard Sr. passed away at age 89 on February 22, 2015, in SeaTac, Washington. Dick was born in 1925 to Clayton and Sophia (Potocki) Leonard in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from Lincoln High School at age 16 and worked for a year in the Bremerton Naval Shipyard before he could enlist (for WWII) in the Navy. Through the V12 Navy College Training Program Dick attended the University of Colorado as an officer recruit. It was at the university where he met the love of his life, Ellen Alida Bradford. They married in 1946 and had four children together, Richard Jr. (Rich), Barbara, Diane, and Marilyn. Dick received his Master's in Structural Engineering and his thesis was on suspension bridge design and failure. He was impacted as a teenager by the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie). As an engineer, Dick worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon, and Litton Industries in Los Angeles, California. He, Ellen, and their children moved to Tacoma in 1965, where Dick worked as Chief Engineer for Star Iron & Steel Co. In 1976 a Star co-worker asked Dick to become a partner in his new company, NORPAC Engineering, Inc. Dick traveled all over the United States and to Canada, Germany, Italy, and China as an expert in container crane design. Dick will be remembered as a kindhearted, intelligent, loving and generous friend, father, and grandfather, with a great sense of humor. He remained a gentleman to the end with a constant, confident trust in God. Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ellen (1994), and his parents. He is survived by his son Rich, daughters Barbara, Diane (Don Fairley), and Marilyn, and grandchildren Dan Nordlund, Jim Nordlund, Clayton Nordlund, Don (Cassie) Fairley Jr., Chris (Katy) Fairley, and Aleda Fairley. He is also survived by his brothers David (LaLarnie) Leonard and Donald (Linda) Leonard, and several nieces and nephews. The family will hold private services.
Pub Date: 3/28/2015

Michelle L. Kersey-Rawley 3/28/78 - 8/3/09 Happy Birthday Shelley. Love - Mom, Dad, and Family
Pub Date: 3/28/2015

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