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Charles H. Overaa A lifelong resident of Spanaway, Washington passed away February 16th, 2018. He leaves behind his beloved wife Susie of 69 years, daughters Teri Shelton (Stephen) and Linda Thiel Estby, son Stace Overaa (Colleen), grandchildren Lee Shelton, Julie Impala, and Bryan (Dena) Overaa, great-grandchildren Cannon Impala and Elizabeth Overaa, and many other friends and family. Charles was born January 2, 1927, to Lee Roy and Caroline Overaa. He attended Spanaway Grade School and was a graduate of Kapowsin High School in 1944. After driving logging trucks for his father, he entered the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1946 Charles met Marianne (Sue) Schwanz at the Spanaway Lake Dance Pavilion, and they were married in 1949. He worked for B & B Glass for several years, and then became the first employee of Milgard Glass. It was during this time that he founded Fir Lane Memorial Park. In 1958 he began to devote all his time and effort to Fir Lane. Chuck and Sue enjoyed traveling by motorcycle with their friends Shirley and Frank Zlock to such places as Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in the Olympic National Park, and shrimping at Dad's place on Hood Canal. Charles was a long-time member of the Hoda Dance Club, Parkland Masonic Lodge, Puyallup Elks Lodge, Spanaway Lions Club, and OHOP Grange. He was one of the founding members of the Spanaway Historical Society. The Prairie House Museum was his childhood home. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jane Aveldson, and half-brother Chuck MacLearnsberry. The family of Charles Overaa wishes to thank everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy and the many acts of kindness extended to them during their hour of bereavement. A funeral service will be held February 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Fir Lane Memorial Chapel in Spanaway, Washington.
Pub Date: 2/23/2018
John Oliver Ruud Was born on Sept. 7, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA, to Marian and Oliver Ruud. They moved to Minnesota in 1943 and then to San Jose, CA in 1959. John graduated from Del Mar High School in 1960 and from Pacific Lutheran University (BA in Ed) in 1964. He taught in the Sunnyvale School District in California for 20 years and was a loved, respected, dedicated, and innovative teacher. After his teaching career in California, he lived in Truckee, CA and Bend, OR before moving to Tacoma, WA in 2003. In addition to being a wonderful teacher, John was an artist, photographer, potter, poet, gardener, singer, deep-thinker, soul-searcher, and music-lover. Ever striving for peace within, he endured years of depression, which disappeared, amazingly, in the last months of his life. John died on Feb. 5, 2018, after a 7-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was predeceased by his parents, and is survived by siblings Ann Kolzing, Carol Snyder, Janet Ruud, Philip Ruud, and Kristine Ruud, as well as his nieces and nephews Kristine McGilvray, Karen Aerts, Erik Snyder, Sarah Evans, Matthew Hurlbut, Shey Ruud, Natalia Lynch, grand-nieces and -nephews, and Brienne Ahern, who was like a daughter to him. A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, February 25. For details, contact Contributions in John's memory may be made to PBS TV (KCTS channel 9) or radio station KING FM 98.1, or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Pub Date: 2/23/2018
Terri Rae Davis (Wolff) Born December 16, 1947; passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on January 12, 2018, after a 13-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Our precious mother had a caring heart, one for which no sacrifice was too great. She made everyone she met feel welcome and part of the family. She loved her years of volunteering at our schools, Campfire, family vacations, her pets, and spending time with Dad and all her grandchildren. Clear until the end, Mom always let us know we were loved, and saw the best in everyone she met. Her sunny disposition to others was unrivaled. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Glen Davis, her daughters Andrea DeBruler (Dennis, children David and Natalie), Adrienne Overman (Brent, children Annie and Gabriel), and Lance Davis (Helen, children Creanna, Abby, Ericson, and Evan), and step-daughter Shelley Romine; also, sisters Donna Brossard and Patti Sivertsen. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Vivienne Wolff, sister Kathy Bliven, and stepson Eric Davis (children Salina (Juston), Lawson, and Paige). A special thank you to our loyal Dad, who cared for her until the very end. Your endearing love for mom shows the true meaning of love and dedication, a true example for everyone. An open house celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Andrea DeBruler's house, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at 18807 71 St Ave Ct. E, Puyallup, WA 98375. Please join us in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on September 16, 2018 at the University of Puget Sound.
Pub Date: 2/23/2018

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