Obituaries

Enumclaw resident Craig Nicholson, 46, died Feb. 14, 2009.

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CRAIG NICHOLSON

Enumclaw resident Craig Nicholson, 46, died Feb. 14, 2009.

He was born Dec. 7, 1962, in Seattle and graduated from Renton, Wash., High School in 1981. He attended Renton Technical College for electrical maintenance, worked at Boeing for 11 years and owned and operated his own excavating business for the last 10 years. He loved hunting, fishing, boat racing and spending time outdoors.

He is survived by wife Jacqueline Nicholson; mother Sarole Nicholson of Renton; brother Bradley Nicholson and wife Johana of Renton; and sister Kerry Anderson and husband Gene of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his father David Nicholson in 1995.

Arrangements were by Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home.

All are invited to sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.

BRADLEY PHELPS

Former Enumclaw resident Brad Phelps died Jan. 2, 2009, in Toppenish, Wash.

He was born Feb. 8, 1954, in Seattle and graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1972. He had numerous local jobs, including employment with Western Farmers Co-op, Enumclaw Transfer and Storage, the John Henry coal mine and Egbert Horse Transport. He enjoyed muscle cars and music.

He is survived by brother Doug Phelps and wife Christy of Buckley. He was preceded in death by sister Judith, mother Eileen and father Ellis Phelps.

A remembrance of his life is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Wilkeson Eagles Hall.

DONALD STUBSTEN

Donald W. Stubsten died Feb. 18, 2009, from complications following surgery.

He was born Aug. 10, 1928, to Helmer and Peart (Anderson) Stubsten on his paternal grandparents’ farm in Worthing, S.D. He was the middle child of five and was raised on his parents’ farm in the Worthing area. He graduated from Canton, S.D., High School in 1946.

He farmed in the Canton area until joining the Air Force in 1951, serving as a mechanic for almost two years. While stationed in Tillamook, Ore., he met Patricia Madson at a USO dance in Portland, Ore. They were married on Nov. 25, 1955, at the Canton Lutheran Church. He attended the University of South Dakota studying to be a medical technologist and finished his training at Sioux Valley Hospital. His first medical technologist job was in Glencoe, Minn., where he also served as assistant hospital administrator.

In 1961, he accepted a hospital administrator position in Decorah, Iowa, followed by hospital administrator positions in McCall, Idaho, Chelan, Wash., and Ilwaco, Wash. In 1989, he and his wife retired to Enumclaw, where they lived for 16 years before moving to Everett, Wash., to be closer to their children. He was always an active member of his local Lutheran church and had a passion for helping others. During retirement he volunteered hours of his time helping people through the Chore Service and the Enumclaw Senior Activity Center with small jobs around their homes.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat; daughter Pam Stubsten and her husband Frank Wichman; son Doug Stubsten and wife Rebecca; sisters Vernice Hill, Mae Crawford and Shirley Ostraat; brother Dennis Stubsten; and two grandsons.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Feb. 21, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Everett, WA. A second service with extended family is planned for Feb. 28 in Canton, with interment to follow.

Remembrances are suggested to a local food bank.

WILMA INGRAM

Enumclaw resident Wilma Louise Ingram, 82, died Feb. 16, 2009.

She was born May 26, 1926, in Atoka, Okla.

She met her future husband Marlin three miles from her home in Caney, Okla., on a blind date as a favor to her best friend. They married three days later on Jan. 8, 1942, and were married for 64 years. Every three years and nine months a daughter was born.She was a homemaker and a seamstress until she and her husband opened their own business. She was the bookkeeper for their business, Ingram’s Union 76, from 1963-67 and later a Texaco from 1967-1969. When they sold the service stations, she went into retail and banking. She managed Mountain Villa Mobile Manor from 1978-96 when she retired. She loved her family and friends and being a mother to the neighborhood kids.

She is survived by daughters Donna L. Smith of Enumclaw, Linda K. Bruce of Tacoma, Carol D. Noren of Enumclaw and Sandy M. Podbreggar and husband John of Buckley;

brother Glenn T. Miller of Oklahoma; sisters Shirley J. Miller and Helen J. Woodall of Oklahoma and Sharon D. Mast of Texas; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 8, 2006.

A graveside service, officiated by Chaplin John Oas, took place Friday, Feb. 20, at Evergreen Memorial Park Enumclaw.

Remembrances may be made to Enumclaw Aid Car or The Enumclaw Kiwanis Food Bank.

Arrangements were by Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home.

All are invited to sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.

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