Arlington, Wash. -- Former longtime Walla Walla resident Leona "Peach" Alexander, 60, died Sept. 10, 2000, at Providence Hospital's Colby campus in Everett, Wash.
Leona was born March 26, 1940, in Potlatch, Idaho, to Clifford and Gwendolyne Allen Frazier. She moved with her family to Walla Walla as a young child, was raised and attended schools here and earned her GED in Spokane.
She worked in the restaurant lounge business for many years and moved from Walla Walla to the Seattle area about 12 to 14 years ago.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kelli and Patrick Kenyon of Kirkland, Wash., and Tracy and Jack Shea of Walla Walla; a brother, Clifford Frazier of Walla Walla; two sisters, Lois Andersen of Arlington and Wave Massey of Walla Walla; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Retired - Contracts Mgr. Married 2Spouse: Helen
Children: One Son and One Daughter
Grandchildren: 4 Grandsons & 2 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies: RV Travel, Float Fishing, Rafting, Hunting
After graduation from Wa-Hi, I attended Washington State for a year and a half before going to work at Hanford to earn money to continue college. I went to work for Kaiser Engineers on what I believed would be a short assignment and turned out to be a 35 year career with Kaiser. I worked on many large construction projects around the country and abroad. I worked up through the ranks of purchasing and contracts for a director level.
I met my wife, Helen, in West Virginia and we were blessed with two children. Our daughter, Jennifer, graduated from Whitman and Gonzaga and is an attorney in Vancouver, WA. Our son, Chris, was born in Jamaica, graduated from the University of Idaho, and is now a Projects Controls Manager at Hanford. Helen and I have been married 39 years.
After living in West Virginia, Jamaica, Cincinnati, Butte, MT, and Buelah, ND, Helen and I returned to Richland in 1990 where I finished my career with Kaiser and worked an additional nine years with Fluor Corporation as director of government contracts. I retired in 2005 but still do some consulting, including working seven months in Louisana helping with the hurricane recovery efforts. We have six grandchildren – ages one to nine – and enjoy them very much. We enjoy traveling in our RV and fishing and rafting in Montana every summer. Helen still works part time but we find opportunities to travel when we can.
I regret having lost contact with most of my classmates and hope the reunion will allow opportunity to catch up.
Stephen C "Steve" Maxson
Attorney Married 3Spouse: Patricia
Children: 3 Daughters
Grandchildren: 4 Total - 1 Grandson and 3 Granddaughters
Lawn, Farm, College Basketball, Read, Pets
Business Owner cripplecreekcreations.com Married 2
After leaving the military I returned to Walla Walla and after a short stay at KTEL joined the local fire department where I stayed for several years at station 1, 2 and 3. I later join Sherwood & Roberts in their computer department where my life and career made a major change. After several years learning computer and programming skills I was recruited to Portland and joined what was then a state of the art computer timesharing company. After 1 year the company was purchased and all mid-management levels were replaced.
I then joined an international management consulting firm in their newly organized data processing division. For the next ten years I traveled extensively both domestically and international raising to an operations manager level. During these 10 years I moved my family to Atlanta Georgia to locate closer to my clients on the eastern seaboard.
After 10 years with the firm, I was fully vested and decided to ply my trade where less travel was required and I could finally get to know my children. Maybe not the best idea as I divorced several years later and relocated myself to Dallas, Texas where I joined another management consulting firm.
After 2 years with this firm I broke away forming my own consulting company specializing in management systems and training.
I remained single for almost 10 years before meeting and married my current wife of now almost 15 years.
In 1998 my wife and I decided to leave big city life and moved to high in the Rocky Mountains and started a small manufacturing company specializing in high-end home decor items such as pillows, etc. Our products were/are made from top quality leathers and furs and fit best in the western and lodge markets.
In 2005, just prior to the Berney school 100 year celebrations, I was diagnosed with Colon cancer. It was out of the blue and caught during an annual physical. During the next year this issue was addressed with surgeries. (I did make Berney’s celebration before starting treatments. What a great time my wife and I had during this trip.)
As a result of a surgery procedure gone wrong and where as our home is at 10000 ft level, I then required supplemental oxygen 24/7. For a guy that spent most of his life skiing, hiking, etc. this was a real bummer. After I had recovered enough to travel we found that I would not require oxygen at a much lower altitude, so off we went to find a new home. In the hill country of Texas we found the right conditions for me. We settled into our new home 3 years ago and continue our business.
Life is good. We spend our time working, traveling to see our grandchildren and we love to cruise. We have taken about 10 cruises. Last year we cruised around Cape Horn in South America. Earlier this year we did a family cruise out of New Orleans with 27 family and friends. What a hoot that was. We have another cruise schedule this November/December for a transatlantic cruise starting in Barcelona Spain. This should be a blast also but I need to bone up on my Spanish.
Our Grandchildren are 17, 15, 5 and 2. The oldest is a boy (young man) followed by the girls. Patrick, Amanda, Elise and Lucy (LuLu).
I look forward to seeing old friends and reacquainting myself with past school mates.
Craig Andrew McEwen September 27, 1942 - January 5, 2012 SALEM - Craig was a passionate teacher and excellent artist. He was devoted for many years to MOBOC, or Mobile Open Classrooms, of Santa Monica, CA, where he taught and mentored students. He extended enormous respect to young people and encouraged them to make agreements in order to work cooperatively.
He loved poetry, literature, and jazz--"Take Five" by Dave Brubeck was his favorite. He was an outstanding baseball player.
He was born in Walla Walla, WA, and attended Walla Walla High and South Salem High School. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1965.
He served in the US Coast Guard. Craig was an accomplished writer and poet. He loved young people--he listened to them, shared with them, and accepted them as they were. He was formerly married to Sally Lew of Venice, CA. His daughter, Mandy Smith, resides in Manhattan Beach, California. He is survived by two brothers, Robert McEwen of Salem and Ralph McEwen of Albany.
Funeral services took place Monday, January 9th, 4:00 PM in Albany at AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home, 805 Ellsworth St. SW (541) 926-5541, www.aasum-dufour.com.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 7, 2012
PASCO -- Former Walla Wallan David J. McKinney, 43, died Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Graveside service was at the Pasco Cemetery with Rev. Robert Bacon officiating.
Dave was born April 29, 1941, in Walla Walla to Clark and Ruth Saxton McKinney. He attended Sharpstein School and Garrison Junior High School and graduated from Walla Walla High School.
Dave attended Columbia Basin Junior College in Pasco. he married Judith Anne Carey in Walla Walla July 14, 1961. They were later divorced.
He worked for the Peoples National Bank in Pasco as an agricultural representative until ill health forced his retirement.
Dave was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla and a former member of BPOE No. 287.
He is survived by one daughter, Laurie Anne DeAbrew of Pasco; two sons, John McKinney and Robert McKinney, both of Pasco; his parents; and one brother, Donald MCKinney of Denver, Colo.
(from obit dated 1984)
KIRKLAND, WA -- Former Walla Wallan Kent Otho McLean, 61, of Bellevue, WA, died here Aug. 29, 2002, at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center after a battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Kent was born in Walla Walla on June 18, 1941, to Otho and Doris Kent McLean. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1959, and attended the University of Washington, receiving a bachelor of science degree in physics in 1963.
That same year, on Aug. 3, he married Kathryn Kinley in Aberdeen, WA.
They moved to Ames, Iowa, where in 1969 he received his Ph.D. in physics. Afterward he continued post-doctorate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later moved to Cleveland, working for 10 years at Republic Steel.
An aerospace engineer, he moved the family to the west coast in 1984, taking a position at Advanced Control Technology in Corvallis. Three years later they moved to Bellvue, where he worked writing computer programs for factory automations as principal engineer at Boeing.
He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Bellvue. He enjoyed camping, hiking, gardening and photography. He also loved traveling.
He is survived by his wife, of Bellevue; two daughters, Jennifer McLean Marsh of Herndon, VA, and Kristine McLean of Seattle; and his mother, of Walla Walla. He was preceded in death by his father in January 2002 and by his brother, Jay McLean.
(obit dated 9-1-02)
In Loving Memory
Kent Otho McLean
June 18, 1941 - August 29, 2002
Graveside Funeral Service held at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens Tuesday, September 3, 2002, Pastor Ernest LaFont, Officiant
Readings by Kristie McLean and Jennifer McLean Marsh, daughters
Memorial Service was at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Bellevue, WA
Interment at Blue Mountain Memorial Garden, Garden of Remembrance, Walla Walla
Life is short and we have not too much
time to gladden the hearts of those
who travel the way with us. Oh, be
swift to love. Make haste to be kind.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel
Journal 16 Dec, 1868