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Obituaries (or In Memoriams for that form) printed in The News Tribune, including both text and photos, can appear on for an additional charge and are archived indefinitely in's searchable database. Funeral Service Notices are not archived and consist of current listings from many area funeral homes.
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Alf (Bud) Birkland Alf was born November 24, 1914 to Andrew and Elizabeth Birkland in McKenna. He passed August 18, 2014 in Yelm. He married Marjorie Butler on April 13, 1935. They were married 71 years when she passed in 2007. His oldest son, James, also preceded him. Alf attended school in Yelm and after a short career as a logger became an electrician. He worked on many large construction projects including Ross Dam, McNary Dam, North Slope Alaska, ICBM missile installation, and Hanford 2 Nuclear plant. Alf was a 72 year member of IBEW 46 and a 61 year member of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by Kathleen Birkland (James), Richard and Lois Birkland, Erling and Debra Birkland, Mariann and Robert Eakes, 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public services held. Donations in his name may be made to the Shriners Hospital.
Pub Date: 8/23/2014

Dale Ostrander Passed away Aug. 19, 2014 at the age of 95. Dad served in the Navy during WWII and was a barber in So. Tacoma for many years. He was a member and Past President of So. Tacoma Eagles #2933. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, Charles, Dennis and Joan Trutman, many grandkids and great grand kids, nieces and nephews. No celebration of life is planned at this time.
Pub Date: 8/23/2014

Kym Thompson (Webb) Born Aug. 28, 1957 in Savannah, GA to Rector and Beverly Thompson, joining sisters Carollyn and Roxi. She passed away Aug. 17, 2014 in University Place, WA. Kym graduated from Lakenheath High School in England, and served 14 years in the US Army as an Administrative Specialist. Kym loved her dogs, they were her children. Along her way in life, she created her own family with her many friends. The one dearest to her heart was Mistyspring Fogel. Online condolences can be shared at
Pub Date: 8/23/2014

Nicanora "Nicki" Hapgood Born March 31, 1941 in Soccoro, New Mexico, and passed suddenly into the loving arms of Jesus on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Tacoma at the age of 73. Preceded in death by her husband Walter "Bud" Carl, and sister Mary Anne Jones. She leaves behind her daughter Cindy Boyd, grandson Jonathan Russell, sister Cecelia Marquez (Jesse), brother Joseph Cordova (Pat), many nieces and nephews, adopted "grandkids," and beloved friends and neighbors. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held at Destiny City Church, 3102 S. 23rd St., Tacoma, WA 98405, on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Light refreshments and desserts will be provided following the service. In lieu of flowers, if you'd like to make a donation for her services, please go to the following link: (under "choose fund" select "Nicki's Fund.")
Pub Date: 8/23/2014

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