Robert "Bob" Clarence Stickley died Jan. 1 in Sonoma, California, from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 81 years old.
Stickley was born in Laramie, Wyoming, Oct. 2, 1935, in the midst of the Depression. He was raised by his parents, Clair and Rose, on a cattle ranch south of Laramie. Despite the hardship of the times, his childhood was a happy one even if, by his account, he had “too many chores.” He felt fortunate because their house had electric lights—albeit just a few light bulbs and a radio powered by car batteries connected to the ranch’s windmill.
During World War II, Stickley's father took on additional work as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad, enabling the family to save money and eventually buy irrigated farmland in Yakima Valley. The family moved there in 1947 and Stickley graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1953.
After graduation, Stickley joined the U.S. Air Force and trained as an electronics technician. He served four years in the Air Defense Command, repairing radars, radios and instrument landing systems on fighter jets. After active duty, he attended the University of Washington and the University of Wyoming. To supplement his G.I. bill benefits, he worked as a ranch hand on the Dinwiddie Ranch near Centennial, Wyoming. Ranch owners Violet "Vi" and Jack Dinwiddie never had children and embraced Stickley as their own.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1961 with a degree in electrical engineering, Stickley worked for various defense contractors in Connecticut and California. A job offer from Boeing in 1967 brought him back to Washington. He worked for Boeing for the next 28 years, spending 14 on one project: the inertial upper stage rocket, which placed satellites in geosynchronous orbit necessary for GPS and other applications.
He married Judith Phare in 1969 and together they raised three children in Maple Valley. After retiring from Boeing in 1995, they built a timber-frame home on the Key Peninsula. They lived there happily until Bob lost Judy to brain cancer in 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Clair, and his brother, Harley.
Bob is survived by his children, Shelley Carver of Manhattan, Kansas; Robb Stickley of Napa, California; and Jakob Stickley of Bremerton, his four grandchildren, Robert, Carys, Serena and Amelia, his son-in-law, Lt. Col. Casey Carver, U.S. Army, and daughter-in-law Monica.
There will be a private service at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Wyoming, College of Engineering.
Patricia B. Greetham of Lakebay died Dec. 25, 2016. She was 83 years old.
She was born in Seattle to Jim and Melva Brooks. The family later moved to Issaquah, where she grew up in the Village Theater, owned by her father. She graduated from Issaquah High School as valedictorian of the 1951 class. She received a partial scholarship to Washington State College where she earned a bachelor of arts in social services in 1955, her profession until retirement. She served the YWCA as a state caseworker and in a number of nursing homes, including Rocky Bay and Cottesmore.
Greetham met her future husband, Don, at the South Tacoma Community Church. They were married in January 1960 in a home ceremony at her parents’ place on West Lake Sammamish. They moved to their lifetime home in Lakebay in 1962, where they raised five children and entertained an enormous number of guests.
Among her many accomplishments, Greetham served as editor of two church newspapers and the Key Peninsula News. She was president of the Friends of the Library and also organized a utilities committee to improve services to the Key Peninsula. She was extremely active with civic center projects, including a huge bicentennial celebration she organized in 1976 that was chosen by the Legislature as the best in Washington.
A member of Harbor Bible Church, Greetham devoted vast amounts of time to Camp Woodworth in Lakebay and hosted Bible studies, missionary gatherings and Sunday school picnics. She will also be remembered as an avid Cougar, as very Irish, and as a direct descendant of Scottish preacher John Knox.
Greetham is survived by her husband of 57 years, Don; brother Jim (Gerda) Brooks of Sammamish City, sister Joan (Del) Marker of Frederickson; sons Tom (Carol), Jim (Cindy), Dave (Maya Wilson), Mark (Beth) and daughter Janette (Mark) Thomas; granddaughter Ann; grandsons Trevor and Brandon; and many other loving relatives and friends.
For those wishing to donate in her memory, Camp Woodworth in Lakebay and the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Gig Harbor meant much to her.
Her family thanks her health care providers Dean Shriner, Dr. William Roes and the staff of the Key Peninsula Clinic; Dr. John Campbell and the staff of St. Anthony Hospital; Don Zimmerman, Ian Warren and the employees at Cost Less Pharmacy; and Dr. Paul Kadzik and his dental staff.
A memorial service will be held at Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Haven of Rest arranged her burial at Vaughn Cemetery Jan. 6.
Chester E. Dadisman, a longtime Gig Harbor resident, died peacefully Jan. 10. He was 98 years old.
Raised in Home, Dadisman left when he was 18 to attend Washington State University, where he received his bachelor of arts in agriculture. He was a World War II veteran who retired as a U.S. Army colonel after serving his country for 30 years. His military assignments included service in Europe during the war and after, ROTC instructor at WSU, time in the Pentagon and service in Korea. He retired in 1970, with his last duty station being Fort Lewis.
Dadisman and Muriel, his loving wife of 67 years, were a very social couple. They enjoyed travel, card parties, entertaining and dancing at the Elks Lodge. He loved growing and sharing the bounty of produce from his extensive garden. He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed boating and fishing.
He was preceded in death by Muriel and daughter-in-law Katherine Dadisman. He is survived by daughter Margaret Morgan, Savannah, Georgia; son Richard Dadisman (Cindy), Gig Harbor; daughter Maryjane Robbins (Rich), Harstine Island; granddaughters Jessica and Jennifer; grandsons,Michael (Casey) and Christopher (Marianna); and his three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Mia and Christopher Jr.
The family offers many thanks to the people who allowed “Dad” to remain in his own home on Peacock Hill. They are forever grateful for the kindness and compassion of caregivers Dixie Simon, Morgan Delucca and Diane Vivona. They also thank the staff of Home Instead and Right At Home, who provided the caregivers and showed such warm concern.
There will be a private service for interment at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor.
Zachary Goddard unexpectedly died Nov. 19. He was 20 years old. Goddard was born Aug. 5, 1996 in Tacoma but grew up on the Key Peninsula. He graduated from Peninsula High School in 2015, where he was a standout athlete. Goddard was the state-ranked No. 2 wrestler in both his junior and senior years. He was also named to the annual all-area football team as a defensive back in 2015 and was its most productive tackler, with 81 tackles. He attended his freshman year of college at Montana Tech and was a sophomore at Columbia Basin Community College. Goddard is survived by his father Richard, siblings Mitch and Lindsey Pelletier, his grandmother Myrna, Aunt Deena Goddard Viehmann and Uncle Tom Viehmann and their children, cousins Jaime and Shaun. Zach always put others before himself and all who knew him will forever feel his absence.
Betty Ruth (Rose) McCoy died at her home in Gig Harbor Sept. 8, 2016. She was 92 years old.
McCoy was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Her family later moved to Los Angeles, where she grew up going to movies and roller skating with friends and having picnics at the beach with her parents. After high school, she worked for California Shipbuilding in Wilmington. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 1943.
After finance school in Indiana, McCoy was stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Ford Island, Hawaii, where she met her future husband, U.S. Marine Billie McCoy of Dallas, Iowa. Billie is fond of saying she outranked him then and continued to do so throughout 70 years of married life.
The two were married Aug. 25, 1946, in Pleasantville, Iowa, and returned to the Los Angeles area. After the Korean War, Billie enlisted in the U.S. Army Guided Missile Program and Betty began 19 years as an Army wife, including tours in Okinawa, Italy, and many stateside assignments. When Billie retired in August 1974, they built a home on their property at Lake Minterwood, where they lived ever since.
One grandson preceded Betty in death. She is survived by her husband, her four children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. All will remember her as a loving mother and grandmother who was always doing little things to make her family feel special.
Betty loved animals (“critters,” as she called them). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the animal charity of your choice.
Irene Knudson Rodman died in Plainville, Kansas, July 1. She was 86 years old. Born in Highmore, South Dakota, Feb. 19, 1930, to Theodore and Dorothy (Mercer) Knudson, Rodman was the oldest of four children. She moved with her family to a farm in Vaughn in 1937, graduated from Peninsula High School in 1948, and attended Seattle Pacific College for one year.
David Andrew Clark, 59, died Feb. 20, 2016, after an extended illness. Born July 20, 1956, and raised in the United Kingdom, Clark moved to the Key Peninsula in 2000
John (Jack) Earl Rikansrud Sr. born Aug. 16, 1941 to Richard Manville and Johneida Elinor (Rapp) Rikansrud in Ellensburg, died Jan. 26 at St. Anthony Hospital.
Rikansrud attended school in Orting before moving to Sumner where he graduated from Sumner High School in 1959. He then attended Washington State University for a short time (majoring in Forestry) before joining the United States Army as a Lineman between 1962 and 1965. He retired in 2003 as a sheet metal foreman from Scott & From, Tacoma.
In his free time, Rikansrud enjoyed hunting with his friends, fishing, hiking, his dogs, and after his retirement, he ventured in prospecting and metal detecting.
He was a member of Puget Sound Anglers (PSA), Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA), The Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association (LDMA), Bedrock Prospectors Club, and Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union 66.
He is survived by his wife Sharon, daughter Michelle (Robert) Morton, and grandchildren John Morton, Jakub Morton, and Jazmyne Morton.
Per his request, there will not be a public service.
James H. (Jim) Blundell Jr. passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 89 after living a full life dedicated to service.
Blundell served in the U.S. Navy in active duty (World War II and the Korean War) and in the Naval Reserve. He was a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years with the Key Peninsula Fire Department. He tutored reading at Vaughn Elementary School, helped out with events for the Key Peninsula Senior Society, and was a board member for the Key Peninsula Sportsmen’s Club.
In 1998 Blundell was recognized by The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program for exemplary service to the people of Pierce County. In 2015, he was recognized by the John Paul Jones Masonic Lodge for 65 years of continuous service.
Blundell is survived by his daughters Leeann Curtis and Gail Blundell; two granddaughters – Jessica Baker and Tracy Jones, two great-grandchildren Curtis Baker and Niki Baker.
There will be no memorial services. Anyone wishing to honor Jim’s memory can make a donation to the Key Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Association.