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Chauncey Forbush Lufkin, Jr. Chauncey Forbush Lufkin, Jr. (Lucky) died on July 21, 2014 in his home, surrounded by his family. Lucky, born May 28, 1927, grew up in Rye, NY with his parents Chauncey Forbush Lufkin and Margaret Wende, and brothers Peter and Dan. Lucky attended Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT before enlisting in the Navy in 1945 at the age of 17. He then graduated from Andover Academy in 1947 and Yale University in 1951. After college he went to work for Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation in Washington D.C. In 1953 Lucky married Elizabeth Heard and promptly transferred with Owens-Corning to Los Angeles. Two children (Wende and Chauncey) were born while living in Southern California, and two more (Lisa and Andy) joined the brood when Lucky and his family moved to Menlo Park, CA. Lucky worked for Owens-Corning for 17 years before starting his own business, Hytec, Inc., a fiberglass manufacturing company in Olympia, WA. Lucky built and grew Hytec, Inc. for 21 years before selling the company to Philips Industries in 1986. Lucky is remembered for his warm dimpled grin, sense of humor, and unending kindness. He was a quiet gentleman and a good listener. Many knew him as a man of integrity, genuine strength, and humility. Lucky was adored by his family and all who knew him, and he adored them, especially Liz, his wife of 61 years. He loved the outdoors. Lucky moved his family to Lakewood, WA, a place he remembered fondly after spending a summer logging for St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Company and residing at Lakewold on the weekends. Lucky introduced his family to hiking, backpacking, and boating. He was an avid fly fisherman, casting in local waters as well as in faraway spots. Lucky could often be found tying his own flies in the family room. Lucky was a generous donor, enthusiastically sharing his time and resources to education, Parkinson's Institute, and Lakewold Gardens. Lucky is survived by by his wife, Elizabeth Heard Lufkin, his sons Chauncey Forbush Lufkin III of North Palm Beach, FL, and Andrew Heard Lufkin of Los Altos, CA, daughters Isabel Wende Fellows of Tacoma, WA, and Elisabeth Lufkin Collins of Charleston, SC, and grandchildren Ephraim Peniston, Isabella Amaya and Rubiel Fellows; Chauncey, Annie and Alexandra Lufkin; Wells, Zach and Eliza Collins; and Sophia and Marston Lufkin. The family would like to thank Cathie Rovetta-Brown and Isabel Muiruri for their exceptional devotion and care. A private service for the family will be held this week. On October 4th there will be a celebration of Lucky's life at 5:00 pm at Lakewold Gardens. Donations can be made to Multicare Hospice at P.O. Box 5200, Tacoma, WA 98415, or the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation at 57 West 57th Street, Ste. 904, New York, NY 10019.
Pub Date: 7/25/2014

Derrick Rene Tyler Of University Place, Tacoma, WA, passed away on July 15, 2014 at the age of 46. He had battled a heart condition for several years. He was born on June 14, 1968 to parents Timothy and Darlene Tyler in Seattle, WA. Derrick is survived by his sister Trasa Kappert, 7 nieces and nephews, 8 great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Darlene Gillett, father Timothy Tyler, and sister Denise Loney. A "Celebration of Life" memorial will be held at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley on August 2nd at 4PM.
Pub Date: 7/25/2014

Richard Clyde Rhea Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 22nd, at the age of 80. He was born in Chicago, IL on December 15, 1933 to William Clyde and Clara Alice Rhea. They moved to Odessa, WA and finally Puyallup, WA, where he spent most of his childhood. After graduating from Puyallup High School he attended Pacific Lutheran College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. While at PLC he also sang in the Choir of the West, where he met his future wife, Janet Emilson. He was also a part of the Ambassador Quartet, a men's singing group who represented the college around the country. He started his career in the Tacoma Public Schools at Gray Jr. High teaching art classes. He received his master's degree from University of Washington and soon after joined the art department at Tacoma Community College when they opened their doors in 1965. He remained there until he retired, after 50 years of teaching. He was a skilled sculptor and artist in multiple mediums, loved to work in his garden, and spend quality time with his precious wife and family. He left a strong Christian legacy for his family, and his influence reached far beyond anything he ever realized. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet Rhea, sister Mary Rhea, three children, Lisa Ingraham (Rick), Kari Boyle (Bill), and Steven Rhea (Precious), eight grandchildren, Adam, Micaela, Kali, Alexa, Alena, Camilette, Evan and Doren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at Church For All Nations, 111 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA 98445, on Saturday, July 26th, at 4:30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alzheimer's Research or Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Pub Date: 7/25/2014

Timothy Ned Tyler Of University Place, Tacoma, WA, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2014 at the age of 71. Born July 30, 1942 to parents Clarke and Junie Tyler in Renton, WA, Timothy is survived by his daughter Trasa Kappert, son Derrick Tyler, brother Lloyd Tyler, sister Patricia Carpenter, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Denise Loney. A "Celebration of Life" memorial will be held at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley August 2nd at 4PM, space #6.
Pub Date: 7/25/2014

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