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Mike Drake
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Now Retired - Mortgage Securities and Banking Married 2 2013-03-12 02:58:59
Michael Drake
August 22, 1941 - March 5, 2013
From U-B Obituary, March 10, 2013:
Michael Samuel Drake passed away peacefully March 5, 2013, at his home surrounded by his wife and loved ones.
Michael was born in Spokane on Aug. 22, 1941.  His family later moved to Walla Walla, where he attended school and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1959.  After graduation he attended Columbia Basin Community College, Washington State University, and graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a B.A. in psychology.  Sacramento then became his home.  His intent was to become a counselor for children, but his path lead him to become a mortgage banker, which was his career for 40 years.
Michael was married to Margo Lane and they had two children, Sean and Rhonda.  On June 24, 1989, he married Julee Baker and is survived by her at their family home in Newcastle, Calif.
Michael loved his family, friends, hunting, fishing, antiques and collecting fine wine.
He was a member of several organizations: Elks, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Hunters Foundation, Rotary.  Michael had an incredible work ethic that started as a very young boy and carried on throughout his life.
He was preceeded in death by his father, Glen Hallard Bright; mother, Mary Drake-Fanning; father, Lynn Drake; stepfather, Robert Fanning; brother, Kenny Drake; and his grandparents.  He is survived by his wife, Julee; son, Sean Drake (Gail); daughter, Rhonda Drake; and grandchildren, Tony Stabile, Conner Drake, Dhillon Stabile, Trevor Drake and Addison Stabile; brother, Sterling Drake (Carlene); sister, Janeen Drake-Lathrop (Kerry); brothers-in-law, Rick Baker (Cheryl) and Craig Baker; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebration of his life and reception was held March 20, 2013, in Newcastle, Calif.
Spouse:  Julee
Children:  1 Son and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren:  4 Grandsons & 1 Granddaughter
Activities/Hobbies:  Hunting & Fishing
I moved to California after Wa-Hi and finishing college. I graduated from Cal. and started the employment war with a mortgage banking firm in Sacramento. We lived in the Sacramento area. I started my own mortgage firm and built it up – sold it. Moved back to Walla Walla for six years and became half owner in the Dacres Hotel. I re-opened the original Dacres Saloon and ran it for five years. I moved back to California and returned to mortgage banking as a stockholder and CEO/President of another new company. I stayed in California and retired from banking in 2003 after forty years.
I remarried a Pomeroy girl, Julee Baker. We just celebrated our 20 year anniversary.
I still hunt and fish a little and work hard at keeping up with the acreage around our home. We spend a great deal of time with our children and grandchildren.
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Kenneth Draper
January 07, 1940 2012-07-12 01:39:04

b. 07 Jan 1940

d.  06 Sep 1975, Los Angeles, CA
Sandra Dunham (Daniels)
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2012-07-11 22:26:00
Judy Durand (Chermak)
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Administrator Married 2 2012-07-11 22:29:01
Hobbies:  Reading, walking, and having time at home.

I went to the U of W and married Bob Rice in 1961.  Elaine and Steve Knapp were our neighbors in a Seattle apartment complex, and we had wonderful times.  Our daughter, Noelle, was born in 1965 while we were living there.  My parents also decided to move to Bellevue.

Bob and I moved to Bellingham where he took over the family insurance business.  We adopted a son, Brock, in 1968.  We met him when he was 3 hours old.  As the saying goes, "he didn't grow under my heart, but in it".  Bellingham was a wonderful town to raise our children.  Bob and I were amicably divorced in 1980.  When Noelle went to WSU, Brock and I moved to Seattle to be close to family.

After being a stay at home mom for years, I ventured into the workplace.  Frank Miller became my significant other for 12 years.  He introduced to to Howard Chermak, a friend who owned a remodeling business, and wanted someone to help him grow the business.  I found my niche when Howard invited me to join him.  At that time, there were six employees, today it is an award winning company with forty employees.  Frank passed away 14 years ago of pancreatic cancer.  Before he left, Frank told Howard that it would be fine if he married me.  We have been married for 12 years and feel blessed to be partners in life as well as partners in business.  

Noelle is a Social Worker in private practice in our hometown.
Brock is a helicopter pilot living in Montana.
Howard's daughter, Dana, is in the business with us.
My mother, Polly, is still with us at 91.

I am looking forward to seeing you all and catching up on your lives.       
Judi Dutton (McDonald)
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Now Retired - Purchasing Agent for the US Forest Service Married 2 2012-07-11 22:26:02
Spouse:  Glenn
Children:  1 Son and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren:  1 Grandson and 2 Granddaughters

In 1960 I married the boy next door (Glenn McDonald ’57). We spent our first summer on a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout on the WW District. I received two PHT (putting hubby through) degrees from WSU. As we moved around the West with Glenn’s F.S. career, I attended various colleges, but never received an official degree.
I have worn many hats over the last 50 years. All have provided many challenges during the journey. Thirty-five years ago I became a certified “water rat”. My career as a water safety instructor has provided personal growth and stretched my limits. I have been fortunate to teach all aspects of aquatic activities in a variety of aquatic facilities, streams, and lake in all the communities we have lived.
I have taught all ages; babies, college level, senior citizens, and adapted aquatics. What a variety of personalities, courage, and extreme fear I have encountered. I discovered I was especially suited to young swimmers, age 3, 4, 5. “My” little tadpoles always amaze me as to what they can learn and the trust they give me. I continue to have a lot of success; the kids love “Mrs. Mac”. Stories have returned to me about potential drownings averted because of their training. How rewarding is that!
Our recreation always seems to involve water. We have been on numerous whitewater trips on some amazing rivers in our acquired fleet of canoes, kayaks, inflatables and rafts. Again, we have been fortunate to have experienced some amazing adventures and developed diverse close friendships.
We retired from regular jobs to Wallowa County, OR a few years ago and have been building a home with a spectacular view. Retirement has us busier than ever with our family, friends, all our previous activities and now some new ones thrown into the mix.
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John Edwards
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February 21, 1941 2012-07-11 22:26:00

MILTON-FREEWATER -- John Henry Edwards, 55, died Oct. 8, 1996, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland.

The graveside service was held Tuesday in the Veterans section at Mountain View Cemetery, with Chaplain Ben Vegors officiating.

John was born Feb. 21, 1941, in New Ulm, Minn., to James Sr. and Loretta Kretch Edwards.  They moved to this area from New Ulm in 1942.  He attended College Place public schools, graduated in 1959 from Walla Walla High School and attended Walla Walla Community College for two years.  While at Wa-Hi, he was a member of FFA and 4-H.

He served in the U.S. Army.  On Nov. 20, 1965, he married Alfreda Gail Harvill in College Place.  He was a cattle rancher and worked at Brea Ag.  He retired in 1985 because of a disability.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, of Hermiston; two daughters, Shannon Ginter of Touchet and  Dulsi Edwards of Hermiston; a son, Carlo Edwards of Hermiston; his father, of Walla Walla; his stepfather, Galen Weber of Milton-Freewater; a brother, Jim Edwards Jr. of Milton-Freewater; a stepsister, Gala Jean Steele of Salem; three stepbrothers, John, Larry and Dan Weber; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Edwards Weber; and two brothers, Roger and Michael Edwards.

(from obit dated 10-10-96)
Sandy Edwards
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David Russell Edwards

March 16, 1941 - February 11, 2020


David Russell Edwards was born on March 16,1941 and passed away in Tacoma, Washington, on February 11, 2020. The ripples of his life are broad and marked by love, purpose, and integrity.

Dave was known for his generosity with time, expertise, spirit, and humor. Indeed, he called many of us to our higher purpose, to be our better selves. He made us believe that we had what it took, that we could make a difference.

Dave loved open spaces, whether around the family cabin and wheat fields of Walla Walla, the wildness of Washington’s ocean coast, or the serenity of Puget Sound.

Dave worked diligently, arrived early and did what was needed. He played with children, read poems that opened hearts, and sat in the front row in jazz concerts and theaters. He taught us that there is more to life than what you can see or do: it is the spirit and light you bring to something that creates connection. He was kind.

We will miss Dave, and he is here with us. As he would have said about this life as he passed on: “This’ll Du”.

Dave was born and raised in Walla Walla. He served in the Navy, had an M.B.A. from Stanford, and spent his career at Weyerhaeuser Company. He was a valued volunteer with many organizations that benefit to this day from his efforts. He leaves his wife, Pat Shuman, his daughters, Kelly and Brooke Edwards, and his son, Caleb Page. His brother Jock Edwards lives in Walla Walla with his wife Cora, and his sister, Jean Stewart resides in Spokane. He had five grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.

Gifts may be made in his memory to Greentrike or Tacoma Community College

Spouse:  Pat Shuman
Children:  2 Sons & 2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  2 Grandsons and 1 Granddaughter
Volunteer Work, Travel, Reading

After high school graduation, I attended Stanford University where I graduated in 1963 with a BA in economics.  I went to Navy officers Training in Newport, Rhode Island and to the Naval Supply Corps. School in Athens, Georgia.  I was stationed for three years at the Supply Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  I left the Navy as a Lieutenant and got an MBA from Stanford in 1969.

I joined Weyerhaeuser in 1969 at their headquarters in Tacoma where I worked for the next 30 years in various jobs in the Finance function.  For the last ten years I was the Vice President and Treasurer.  

Since retiring in 1999, Pat and I have lived in Tacoma from which base we do a lot of traveling.  Pat's two sons and our grandchildren are in New England.  My two daughters are on the West coast.  I also enjoy volunteer Board work with local non profits and reading.
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Lynden Ekstrom (Walters)
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2016-12-04 19:39:53
Lynden Lee Walters

January 12, 1941 - October 23, 2016

Lynden Lee Walters passed away at 
Harborview Hospital in Seattle on Sunday, 
Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the age of 
75 years. 
Lynden is survived and lovingly remembered by her 
husband, Harold Kenneth Walters; her daughter, Rebecca 
Anne Feigner; and her sons, Jason Scott Feigner 
and Kenneth Darrel Feigner. 
Lynden was born Lynden Lee Ekstrom in Klamath 
Falls, Ore., on Jan. 12, 1941. She moved with her family 
to Walla Walla, as a young child, attended Walla 
Walla High School and graduated from LaGrande 
High School in 1959. She married Ken Feigner Sr., 
with whom she had her three children, was divorced 
and then remarried to Harold Walters. 
Lynden most enjoyed sharing time with her family 
and friends. Sometimes that would be simply going 
out for pie and coffee, sometimes it would be visiting 
at family gatherings during the holidays. At Christmas 
she loved to pick out the most beautiful Christmas 
tree she could find so the family could decorate 
the tree together. She loved the ocean and family reunions 
at Kalaloch, walks along the beach and talking 
around the campfire. Near the close of her life 
she enjoyed learning about the Catholic faith and became 
a member of the St. Mary of the Valley Catholic 
Church in Monroe, Wash. 
Lynden will be fondly remembered for her great legacy 
of heartfelt love for her husband, her children, her 
grandchildren, her extended family and her friends. 
From reading a favorite story or poem to her child to 
offering unwavering comfort and support to a friend 
or relative, her spirit of love, kindness and generosity 
will continue to be an inspiration to us all. She is 
greatly loved and will be missed dearly. 
The visitation will be held at the Herring Groseclose 
Funeral Home at 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, on 
Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., to be followed 
by a recital of the Most Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. by Sister 
Helen Mason. The Mass of Christian 
Burial will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at St. Patrick Church at 415 W. Alder St., Walla Walla,Washington with Father David Gaines officiating. 
Procession and interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery at 2120 S. 2nd Ave, Walla Walla. A reception will take place following burial at the St. Patrick Church Blanchette Hall. Friends 
and family are invited to sign the online guest book 
Philip Ekstrom
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Bob Engebretson
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2022-08-03 17:47:18
Robert Irvin Engebretson

June 22, 1940 - April 8, 2022

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Robert (Bob) Irvin Engebretson was born on June 22, 1940, in Mankato, MN, to Henry Gordon Engebretson and Ellen Agatha (Knudson) Engebretson. He passed away at 81, on April 8, 2022, in Walla Walla. A Graveside Memorial will be held at Mountain View Cemetery (Section 90 corner of Poplar and Palm – located near the Garden Mausoleum) on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 11:00 AM.

Bob was the youngest of four children joining sisters Hazel, Norma, and Lorie. Not long after his birth, the family moved to Walla Walla.

Bob attended local schools and graduated from Walla Walla High School. He has two sons, Todd Eric Engebretson and Ryan Robert Engebretson, from a previous marriage. He later married Judy (Free) Engebretson, and they had a son Kevin James Engebretson.

Bob and his cousin, Mick Knudson, owned a fixup carpentry business for many years together. He enjoyed several jobs, including working for Boise Cascade, Morrison Supply, Chisum Ryder, and later retiring from Key Technology.

Bob enjoyed life to the fullest, that included being outdoors, fishing, golfing, working in his shop on woodworking projects, going to Pioneer Park, and feeding the squirrels while drawing pictures on his sketching pad. He also very much enjoyed playing music, especially at the Engebretson Family Reunions.

Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Judy (Free) Engebretson; parents, Henry and Ellen Engebretson; sister, Norma Holway. He is survived by sons, Todd (Cherie) Engebretson of Walla Walla, Ryan (Andrea) Engebretson of Fargo, ND, and Kevin Engebretson of Walla Walla; five granddaughters, Kati Engebretson of Walla Walla, Emily Engebretson of Fargo, ND, Katja Engebretson of Fargo, ND, Gabrielle Engebretson of Fargo, ND, and Kendra Stevens of Milton Freewater; one grandson, Jordan Engebretson of Fargo, ND; sisters, Hazel Rutherford of Birch Bay, WA, Lorie (Harold) McGowen of Umapine; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local charitable organization of your choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA 99362.


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Graveside Service

Friday, May 27, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Mountain View Cemetery
2120 S. 2nd Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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