Friday, January 12, 2018

Dorothy Elaine Erskine Johansen, BHS '52 (1934-2017)

Dorothy Elaine Erskine Johansen

Fran Jensen, Daughter of Dorothy Erskine Johansen, emailed the following to me today. Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Dorothy Johansen, passed away peacefully November 17 2017 at her home in Riverton, Utah. Born February 14, 1934 to Aldred and Frances Erskine. She married William Johansen May 22 1952 in Burbank, California.

Dorothy is survived by her husband William, five children, their spouses, 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; and one brother, Gene Erskine. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Steven Johansen; and brother, Melvin Erskine.

While in high school, Dorothy was chosen as prom queen, with attendants Ruth Anderson (Winstead) and MaryLou Parks (Whipple), whom the three ladies were still the closest of friends today. Bill and Dorothy served three missions together for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. two missions at the Martin’s Cove Visitors Center in Wyoming and one mission at the LDS Employment Center in Riverton, Utah. Dorothy's entire life was filled with service to her family, friends, neighbors, and everyone she had an opportunity to work with.

Dorothy always sought ways to stay in touch with family and friends. A phone call, a letter, a card, a personal visit, a meal, or a gift was her way of  keeping family ties strong. She worked on her genealogy for more than sixty years and left a legacy of family history stories for each of her descendants. Dorothy never let a moment go by without working on a project for someone.

Many of her quilts draped the pew backs in honor of her years of service. The crochet dresses made for granddaughters and great-granddaughters, the teddy bear baby blankets, doll dresses, any many more gifts she made for family and friends filled her heart with joy and leaves her family with a lasting legacy and reminder of her service.

One simple thing that brought great joy to Dorothy was a butterfly. Years ago, she had nursed an injured butterfly back to health. When the butterfly was ready to return to nature, the last moment was spent flying in circles around Mom. Her husband told her that the butterfly was telling her “thank you” for being so kind. That’s our mother, the kindest person we’ve ever known.

Richard Lee Speak, BHS '56 (1938-2017)

Richard Lee Speak

Richard Lee Speak, 79, of Wesport passed away on Dec. 25, 2017. He was born to Paul Richard Speak and Helen N. (Clark) Speak on Aug. 19, 1938, in Denver, Colo.

Richard relocated to Burbank, Calif., graduating in 1956 from Burbank High School.

On Sept. 13, 1957, he enlisted in the Air Force and spent one year in Korea. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 12, 1960.

Richard married Frances Oralene (Red) Speak in Reno, Nev. on April 29, 1979, they later moved to Westport.

Richard was an electrician for the Sybron Company (MDT) for 30 years in Rochester, N.Y., retiring in 1994.

He was a 56 year member of the Elks Club in Federal Way, Wash. and Roseville, Calif., where he was a PER, exalted ruler, trustee and chairman of the board. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post #3057.

Richard enjoyed bowling, traveling in his motorhome, fishing in the ocean and his dogs Rosie and Katie

Richard is survived by his wife Frances (Red) of Westport; sons John Brian Speak of Auburn, Calif. and Steve Howard Speak of Placerville, Calif.; step-sons James William Dudley of Sacramento, Calif. and Michael Elmo Dudley of North San Juan, Calif., and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Betty McWatters.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to PAWS of Grays Harbor or Harbor Rescue.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trudee Barnhart Tatum, BHS '82, Passed Away Dec 23, 2017

Sad news from Tracy Barnhart-Ellingwood who posted this on Facebook...
"My message is for class of 1982, for I'm sorry to share the passing of my sister Trudee Barnhart-Tatum. She passed on Dec 23, 2017"

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vicki Hovestreydt, BHS '75, Passed Away Yesterday

Yolee Rodes posted today on Facebook...
"Vicki Hovestreydt BHS class of 1975 passed away yesterday morning 1/08/2018, I feel such emptiness in my Heart. I love you Vic-eye!!!!!"

Friday, January 5, 2018

Aaron Fiesell, BHS '89, Passed Away Last Night

Today, Amy Monroe posted the following sad news on Facebook...
"On December 18, 2017, Aaron Fiesell (BHS Class of 1989) was struck by a car and left in a coma due to his serious injuries. Unfortunately, he passed last night and our hearts are left broken by this loss. Aaron was truly a man who lived life to its fullest, entertaining and inspiring those around him. (Aaron is the one in the hat - shown here with his longtime friend, Ed Krattiger)"

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Duane Morrill Grant, BHS '64 (1946-2005)

"Duane Morrill Grant 6 JAN 1946 • 4 APR 2005. I worked at Lockheed with Duane Grant BHS 1964 in the 1980s. He came to mind a couple of weeks ago. I found that he passed in 2005. RIP!"
Rich Morrison posted this today on Facebook

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Deborah Ann Loccia Addison, BHS '73, Passed Away

Deborah Ann Addison (born Deborah Ann Loccia) recently passed away. Her parents were Natalino and Mary Loccia and her husband is Kevin Addison who posted a notice here:

"At the age of 62, shortly after battling everything from heart issues to breast cancer, Debbie was taken into God’s care so she could offer her services to those in heaven."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Patsy Louise Nelson Burton, BHS '52, Passed Away May 29, 2017

Patsy L. Nelson Burton '52 passed away May 29, 2017 from congestive heart failure, after fighting Parkinson's and diabetes for the last twenty years.

Patsy was a loving wife for 65 years. I met her when she was a senior at BHS (I already knew her brother, Jack "Basher" Nelson, '50). Patsy and I married in 1953 and raised six children together (five boys and a girl).

After 30 years as a full-time wife and mother, she returned to work, training herself to become a word processor. Starting at First Interstate Bank, she ultimately moved to reinsurance company Beecher & Carlson, where she was well-loved. After a 15-year career, she retired with a nice retirement and medical benefits.

Patsy was generous and openhearted, and kept in touch with quite a few BHS graduates. She welcomed each of her children's spouses with open arms, and especially loved her grandchildren, turning every Christmas into a boundless display of giving and love.

In addition to her children and 22 grandchildren, she left behind 28 great-grandchildren. We miss her dearly.

Submitted by Russ Burton '47