Death and Funeral Notices
It is with regret Local 77's report that Bernie Thompson left us last Friday morning, September 8, 2017, after his battle with cancer.
Celebration of Life arrangements will be held as follows:
Saturday, September 23, 2017
River of Grace Church
1901 7 Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501
11:00am with a reception to follow
His wife has also asked for the following, especially for his kids, that many of us would stand up and tell a short story about your friendship, or just working with Bernie.
The family of Brother Ralph A. Mathisen, a Seattle City Light Appliance Repair Man, has notified Local 77 of his death on July 26, 2017. A celebration of his life will be held on September 9th in Renton.
Services for Family and Friends will be Saturday, 9/9/2017, Noon to 6:00PM, at the Cedar River Trail Park in Renton, WA.
Sixty-five year member, Gene E. Boxx, passed away August 23, 2017. Arrangements are pending.
Brother Donald G. Tannehill passed away on August 23, 2017 in Kennewick. He was a Journeyman Tree Trimmer and had lived in the Tri-Cities area for 26 years.
No Service information is available at this time.
Brother Tom Uerling, a Construction Journeyman Lineman, passed away on August 13, 2017.
Services will be held as follows:
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM
New Hope Baptist Church
5715 Portland Ave. E
Tacoma, WA 98404
A BBQ to celebrate Tom's life will be at the Church following the Service.
Brother Ken R. Williams, who had been a Journeyman Tree Trimmer for Asplundh, passed away August 12, 2017. Services will be private.
Brother Dave Munter, an Electrician who had worked at Avista, passed away on July 29, 2017 in Couer d’Alene, ID. Services have been held.
From Local 1547 BM Hodsdon - There is a GoFundMe account set up for Mike Nylund. If you or l would like to help Mike and Stacy in the coming months before the insurance assistance kicks in here is the “gofundme” account information:
Thanks in advance for your kind thoughts and concerns for Brother Nyland and his family.
Joan Warren, the wife of Past Business Manager Ray Warren, passed away on July 20, 2017. A celebration of Joan's life will be held on Saturday, August 5th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Sage Hills Golf Course Clubhouse in Warden, WA.
Brother Earl H. Lerch, a 47-year member of the IBEW and a Construction Equipment Operator, passed away on July 27, 2017.
Brother Richard E. Platt of Heron, MT passed away on July 20, 2017. Brother Platt had retired from (Washington Water Power) Avista.
Brother Vernon L. Simpson, a fifty-year member, passed away on July 4, 2017. At his request, no services were held.
Brother Donald D. Axtell, a fifty-year member & Journeyman Lineman, passed away on May 5, 2017.
Brother Stephen D. Frazier of Defuniak Spring, FL passed away on March 14, 2017. Brother Frazier was a Sixty-Five year member and 90-years old.
Fifty-year member Brother Lloyd D. Eggen passed away on May 3, 2017. Cascade Funeral Home of Cle Elum (509-671-4445) is in charge of the Graveside Services of June 3, 2017 in Cle Elum, WA.
On Monday, May 15, 2017, Local 77 received a copy of the death certificate for 66-Year Member Melvin J. Batchelor from the attorney handling his affairs. Unfortunately, Local 77 had no idea that Brother Batchelor had passed away on October 17, 2016.
Ted (Theodore) E. Sonstegaard passed away May 5, 2017. A Line Foreman and former Local 77 Unit Chair, Brother Sonstegaard was a 49-year IBEW member who worked at both PSE and Ellensburg City Light.
Larry Becht’s father-in-law, Emerson S. Wambaugh, known to one and all as Dusty Wambaugh passed away May 3, 2017. Dusty was 87 years old and a retired Crew Dispatcher for PSE. There will be no services, but the family asks if you knew Dusty, please go to www.kayserschapel.com and share a memory or just sign in. The family thanks you so very much.
Brother Bruce Dunscomb, an Avista retiree, passed away on April 15, 2017.
Brother Edward A. Casey, a PSE retiree, passed away on March 26, 2017. A memorial service has been held.
Brother Robert A. Bonzon, a 70-year IBEW member, passed away on March 25, 2017. Private family services are planned.
Brother Glen L. Tomlinson, a former Puget Sound Energy employee, passed away on March 12, 2017. Services have been held.
Brother Dale K. Sim, of Wenatchee, passed away on March 10, 2017. Brother Sim was an Equipment Operator and 42-year IBEW member. Services have been held.
Brother Leonard Thomas passed away recently. Brother Thomas was a longtime Shop Steward and Labor/Management Committee member with Local 77. He initiated with Local 46 in January of 1975, then transferred to Local 77. He was a member in good standing for 42-years. He retired this last January.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2801 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144
Abbeyview Memorial Park
3601 Alaska Road, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Brother Lloyd E. Marion, a 70-year member, passed away on March 11, 2017. Brother Marion worked at PSE from 1960 to 1989. At this time, services are pending.
Brother Jack A. Austin, a former PSE employee, passed away on February 8, 2017. At this request, there are no services.
Brother James S. Graham, a Seattle City Light retiree, passed away on February 15, 2017. Obituary information below.
Brother Buddy L. Goble, a 55-year memberand King County METRO retiree, passed away on March 5, 2017. Family services were held in Tulsa, OK.
Brother Harry L. Auckland, a 60-year member and PSE retiree, passed away on March 4, 2017. Services are pending.
Brother Ronald (Rick) R. Cooper, a Construction Hand, passed away on March 3, 2017. Services will be held:
March 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Camano Island Chapel
867 SW Camano Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282
Brother Charlie C. Rose, a fifty-year member and retired Benton County PUD Journeyman Lineman, passed away on February 26, 2017 from cancer. At his request, there are no services.
Brother Elby M. Collins, a retired Journeyman Lineman, passed away on October 28, 2016.
Brother Cecil W. Silver, a 65-year member, passed away on January 27, 2017. Services have already been held.
Business Representative Joe Simpson son's passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Services were held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 31816 47th Avenue SW in Federal Way.
Our thoughts are with him and his family during this time.
Donations can be made to the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest by going online www.epilepsynw.org or by check payable to Epilepsy Foundation NW, 2311 North 45th Street #134, Seattle, WA 98103 and indicate donation is for Washington state.
The International Office notice Local 77 on February 15, 2017 that Brother Elby M. Collins passed away on October 28, 2016. Brother Collins was a retired Journeyman Lineman.
Brother Rupert Sampson passed away February 5, 2017. Brother Sampson was a 72-year member of IBEW Local 77. Below is information regarding his Memorial Service.
Brother James A. Bryant, a former Seattle City Light employee, passed away on January 10, 2017.
With great sadness, we wish to let our membership know that Dave Schrock, Journeyman Lineman of Local Union 125 passed away from injuries
sustained on the job Monday, January 9, 2017.
Dave's service will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Waldport Foursquare Church located at 180 Huckleberry Street, Waldport, Oregon 97394.
Dylan Bolt is the son of Steve Bolt, longtime IBEW Local 77 member and Shop Steward.
Larry T. Raaum, a PSE Service Lineman, passed away on January 7, 2017. No service information is available at this time.
Ron Whitehead, Power Plant Operator at Grand Coulee Dam - Unit 124, passed away from cancer. No further information on date or services at this time.
Brother Larry Becht Sr., a retired PSE Journeyman Lineman, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016.
January 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Holy Innocents Catholic Church
26526 NE Cherry Valley Road
Duvall, WA 98019
A reception will follow the church services.
The International Office notified Local 77 today that Donald G. “Swede” Erickson had passed away October 6, 2016. He passed away at Hospice House in Coeur D’Alene and a memorial picnic in his honor was held by the family.
Former PSE employee Joel D. Johnson passed away on December 3, 2016. Family Services were planned.
Local 77 Retiree, Brother Albert L. Seay, Sr. a 55 Year Member passed away November 23, 2016 while in Alabama. Brother Seay was a Journeyman Tree Trimmer who had worked for Asplundh. The Family invites everyone to join them at a Memorial Service to be held:
Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodge
111 West Washington
Brother Bobby J. Caudill, a 48-year member and Equipment Operator, passed away on November 28, 2016. No local services were held.
Brother F. B. Gates, a 60 Year Member, passed away November 11, 2016. The family will hold a memorial service in Redmond, Oregon at a later date.
Brother Ronald D. Fugate, a Journeyman Lineman who worked for Seattle City Light and Michel’s Power, lost his battle with cancer on November 10, 2016. His family invites friends to join them for a Celebration of Life at the London Country Club, 1199 Spring Valley Road, London, Ohio from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Brother Raymond (Ed) Hartbarger, Journeyman Lineman, who retired after a career at Northern Lights, passed away on November 5, 2016 after a short illness. No services are planned. The family will celebrate his life privately at a later time.
Local 77 Retiree and Journeyman Lineman Jerry M. “Skipp” Skipper passed away October 27, 2016. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:00 am with a reception following at the Daly Leach Memorial Chapel in Hamilton, MT.
Brother Eddie I. Shoff, a retiree of METRO, passed away on October 25, 2016 in New York State. Services have already been held.
The family of Roscoe D. Moore, an Avista Retiree, called Local 77 to report his death on September 18, 2016, Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:00PM.
Heritage Funeral Home
508 N. Government Way
Spokane, WA 99224
Barney Paul, a 55-year member, passed away on September 21, 2016. At his request no services were held.
Retired IBEW Local 77 member Bernard D. Crateau passed away on March 20, 2016. Brother Crateau was a Journeyman Tree Trimmer for Asplundh. Services have already been held.
Local 77 Retiree Edgar "ED" M. Boyd, Sr. passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the age of 85. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave., Renton, WA with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ed's life.
Brother Richard A. Slocum, an IBEW 50-year member, passed away on June 8, 2016. Services have been held.
Nicholas E. Griffith, a Lineman Apprentice with Seattle City Light, died accidentally on September 4, 2016. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Lakeside Bible Camp, P.O. Box 310, Clinton, WA 98236. A memorial service was held on September 17, 2016.
Brother and Retiree Harry L. Reese passed away on August 9, 2016. Services have been held.
Brother Douglas N. Hamilton, a former PSE Hydro Operator, passed away on January 11, 2016. Services have been held.
Brother Dwayne Brady's son passed away in a recent accident. Mitch Brady Funeral will be held:
Friday, 9/16/2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Evergreen Christian Community
1000 Black Lake Blvd
Olympia, WA 98502
Celebration of Life
Saturday, 9/17/2016, 3:00 p.m.
The Spaldings’ Property
510 4th Street South
Elma, WA 98541
Take 2nd Elma Exit. Take a left at the stop sign. Stay on that road for a little less than a mile (2nd field gate). There will be an iron gate for the entrance of the field. There will be a sign or balloons or flowers to help identify.
SERVICE INFORMATION FOR BRAYDEN EDGAR
(SON OF DON EDGAR, JR.)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30TH @ 4:00 P.M.
FOUR SQUARE CHURCH
16120 MERIDIAN EAST
IBEW Local 77 member Bert Hillaire, Jr. passed away May 12, 2016. He was a Vietnam Veteran and a PSE Service Lineman. Services have already taken place.
Mr. Anderson was the owner of Salish Construction a Local 77 signatory employer. There will be a luncheon following the Services at the Stonehone 101 in Roslyn, WA.
Brother Vern L. Thompson passed away suddendly on July 26, 2016. Service information:
Celebration of Life - Sunday, August 14th at 4:00 PM
Eagles Hall - White Center
10452 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA
Brother Ben M. Kleinsasser, a retired Journeyman Lineman of Wenatchee, passed away. His family notified Local 77 of his death on July 27, 2016. Family Services have already been held.
50-year Retiree George P. Tortorelli of Kennewick passed away on December 9, 2015.
Retiree Edgar M. Boyd passed away on July 16, 2016. Family Services will be held this fall.
Brother Steven L. Smith, a Jouneyman Electrician, passed away on July 7, 2016. He worked at Mission Support Alliance. There will be a Funeral Service on Friday, July 15th at 11:00am at Westside Church in Richland, WA. The Graveside Service will be held at the Royal Memorial Gardens in Royal City, WA on Saturday, July 16th at 10:00am.
Brother Kenneth L. Semanko, a retired Journeyman Lineman, passed away on June 2, 2016. Services have been held.
Brother Robert D. Simpson passed away April 3, 2016. Brother Simpson was a 65-year member and was 90 years old, served in WWII and had been a long time employee of (Washington Water Power) Avista. Interested friends and relatives can contact his son Clint Simpson at email@example.com or call 541-686-2355 regarding a memorial service and family get-together being planned for August.
Brother Alan Speed passed away. There will be a Memorial for Brother Speed on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Cascase High School, 801 E. Casino Road, Everett, WA 98203.
Everyone is invited to reception which will follow the Memorial.
Brother William A. Elberson, a 60-year member, passed away on June 5, 2016. A World War II Veteran, he retired after 29-years at Avista. A graveside memorial service will be at 11am on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Montana.
Brother William F. Collins, a Journeyman Lineman and 55-year Local 77 retiree, passed away on June 1, 2016. No services were held at the member's request.
Brother Harold J. Bornong, who received his 50-year Service Award this year, passed away on May 22, 2016. His family held private services.
Brother Bert Hillaire, a Journeyman Lineman at PSE in Bellingham, passed away on May 11, 2016. Brother Hillaire was 66-years old and started his career with PSE as a Meter Reader in 1977. A memorial service and barbecue salmon lunch will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 1pm to 8pm at the Lummi Indian Community Building, located at 2100 Lummi View Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Flowers and cards are welcome.
The service is open to all who knew Bert. Coworkers and fellow linemen are encouraged to attend and share stories and favorite memories.
Brother Jack E. Hulbert, a former Seattle City Light Journeyman Lineman, passed away recently.
Local 77 retiree, Brother Obert L. Knudsvig, passed away on May 9, 2016. Brother Knudsvig was a forty-nine year member and an Equipment Operator. Services will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church - 25105 132nd Ave SE, Kent, WA 98042.
Brother William C. Hord passed away on April 4, 2016. Brother Hord was a PSE System Operator who retired after 30 years. Services have been held.
Brother Ronald Wales, Former Unit 124 USBR member. Brother Wales passed away March 23, 2016 and services have been held.
Brother Donald G. Pritchard passed away on April 24, 2016. Brother Pritchard was a 60-year member.
Brother Harold V. Swenson passed away on March 14, 2016. Services have already been held.
Sixty-two year member, Carl I. Frazier, who retired from Washington Water Power/Avista after 33 years, passed away February 25, 2016. Services were held March 5, 2016 in Grangeville, ID.
Former PSE employee and IBEW 40-year Lineman, Julian L. Hendricks, passed away on March 30, 2016. Services were held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM.
Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 SE 240th St.
Kent, WA 98042
Brother Roger D. Long passed away on November 29, 2015. Brother Long was a 65-year member.
Brother George E. Turner passed away on January 1, 2016. Brother Turner was a 60-year member.
Brother Keith M. Krisher passed away on January 17, 2016.
Brother Steven M. Anderson passed away on January 18, 2016.
Brother Brent Hunter, a father, grandfather, Journeyman Tree Trimmer, and friend to all that knew him passed away from Influenza A, on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the age of 55.
A Celebration of Life Pot Luck will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 2:00 PM at Ft. Stevens Elementary School - 16525 100th Way SE, Yelm, WA 98597.
Everyone is welcome to come and share memories of Brent.
Alvin Sauer, a former Puget Sound Energy employee and a 60-year IBEW Member, passed away on January 13, 2016. Services were held on January 23, 2016.
Brother Ralph Jenkins, a former Seattle City Light Journeyman Lineman, passed away on February 9, 2016. Services will be held on February 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM.
West Seattle Church of the Nazarene
4201 SW Juneau Street
Seattle, WA 98136
Brother Joseph Dillard, a former Puget employee, passed away on January 14, 2016. Services have been held.
Retiree and 50-year member Ray E. Matheson passed away on December 21, 2015.
Former member Jeff B. Kennedy passed away on January 17, 2016. Jeff was a Lineman who worked for Evergreen. No Services were planned.
Brother Laurance L. Loree passed away on January 14, 2016 in Centralia, WA.
Brother William J. Lesmeister passed away on October 9, 2015. Brother Lesmeister was a Lineman who worked at WWP/Avista.
Brother Kent B. Jansen passed away in December 2015. Brother Jansen worked for Seattle City Light.
Brother Roy A. Kaufman, a former Asplundh employee, passed away on January 4, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. The family invites friends to attend services which will be held as follows:
Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.
Genesis Church (inside the Service Station)
9315 N. Nevada Street
Spokane, WA 99218
A reception will follow the service.
Brother Marion L. Ballard passed away on December 11, 2015, in Chelan, WA. Brother Ballard was a 65-year member. The family is planning a memorial service for the spring.
Former Avista employee, Brother Ron Kimble passed away on November 28, 2015. At his request, no services were held, but a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the American Legion Hall in Ritzville.
Brother George Van Achte, a former Puget Sound Energy employee, passed away on October 27, 2015. Brother Van Achte was a 59-year IBEW member. A Celebration of Life was held in November.
Brother Victor Short, a former Seattle City Light employee, passed away on September 28, 2015. Brother Short was a 100 years old and a 69-year member of the IBEW. Services have already been held.
Brother Charles J. Hammons, Jr., a 60 year retiree, passed away November 29, 2015. Services were held December 5, 2015 in Brewster, WA.
Brother Joseph J. Antolick, a 50 year Retiree, passed away on November 24, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 12th from 1 to 4pm at Sunset Gardens, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA.
Donald R. Gill, former Seattle City Light employee, passed away September 22, 2015.
Brother K.O. Arney passed away on November 16, 2015.
The main service will be at the Tahoma National Cemetery:
18600 SE 240th St
Kent, WA 98042
Friday, November 27th at 11:30AM. The Services are performed on schedule. Please begin arriving at 11:00AM to join the processional drive to the ceremony which will begin at 11:30AM. The cemetery does not accommodate general parking, walk up visitors, or those arriving after 11:30AM.
The link to the cemetery is: http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/tahoma.asp
If you miss the 11:30AM start time or would like to continue celebrating KO, please join the family after the services when they will host a “Happy Hour” at Clint and Michelle’s house in Newcastle. If you need the address please message on Facebook or send an email to Clint at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brother Elmer L. Huff passed away on October 21, 2015. Brother Huff was a retired Puget Sound Energy employee and a 63-year IBEW member. Services have already been held.
Lorraine E. Haight, a retired Puget Sound Energy employee, passed away on August 9, 2015.
Brother John W. Halpin, Jr., a former IBEW Local 77 member & Journeyman Tree Trimmer, passed away on November 3, 2015. No service information is available at this time.
Alvin B. Lee, a retired Seattle City Light employee, passed away on September 28, 2015. A Memorial Service will be held:
Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club - 4916 S. Angeline Street, Seattle, WA 98118
Please RSVP for the memorial service to Brother Lee's daughter, Pauline Cooper, at 206-605-2128.
Donations to ACRS, in Alvin's name, would be greatly appreciated.
Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS)
3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S
Seattle, WA 98144
Kenneth P. Feaster, a retired Avista Line Foreman, passed away on October 15, 2015. There is no information on arrangements at this time.
Donald R. Gill, a Local 77 member who retired from Seattle City Light, passed away on September 22, 2015.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, beginnign at 10:00 am
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
1200 E. 5th Street
Arlington, WA 98223
Megan Cornish, left, Heidi Durham, middle, and Teri Bach, right
Longtime IBEW Local 77 member Heidi Durham passed away on August 23, 2015. Sister Durham was an active member of IBEW Local 77 for many years.
Please see link for obituary.
Longtime Local 77 member, Doug D. Davidson, passed away on September 7, 2015, at his home in Tonasket.
Scott D. Blank, a former Local 77 member and Seattle City Light employee, passed away on September 8, 2015. No Service information is available at this time.
IBEW Local 77 member and former Seattle City Light employee, Pat Carlson passed away on July 4, 2015. A "West Side" Celebration of Life will be held on Brother Carlson's birthday.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the home of Carol Caddy - 23516 51st Ave SE, Woodinville, WA 98072.
Please RSVP to (425) 486-3980; this will be a BBQ and Carol wants to have plenty of food on hand.
Former IBEW Local 77 member and PSE employee, Louise A. Berkovich, passed away on August 11, 2015.
IBEW Local 77 retiree Jack C. Taylor passed away on August 16, 2015.
IBEW Local 77 member Janis Hoffman passed away on June 3, 2015. Services for Sister Hoffman have already been held.
IBEW Local 77 member Paul N. McKinnon passed away on July 26, 2015. Brother McKinnon was a 60+ year member. Services have been held.
Retiree Patrick T. Carlson died in an accident July 3, 2015. There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends on August 1, 2015 at 5pm at:
9990 US – 12
Naches, WA 9893
It is with our deepest sympathy that we report the passing of Charity Lisherness. Mrs. Lisherness is the of IBEW Local 77 member, Dennis Lisherness, who is a Line Foreman at Grays Harbor County PUD. IBEW Local 77 extends our condolences to Brother Lisherness and family during this time.
Service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 2:00 P.M at Miller Jr. High Track.
100 E. Lindstrom
Aberdeen, WA 98520
A reception will be held following the service at the River of Life Fellowship.
308 W. King
Aberdeen, WA 98520
The International Office has notified Local 77 of the death of Brother Tony L. Peel on May 8, 2015.
The family of Elton “Jim” J. Pierson has notified Local 77 that he died on April 25, 2015. Services have already been held.
Local 77 retiree Patrick T. Carlson passed away July 3, 2015. His family will notify us as soon as they can regarding services.
Local 77 retiree, Journeyman Lineman James C. Strausburg, a 50+ year IBEW member, passed away on June 23, 2015. A Grave Site Service for long time member James C. Strausburg is scheduled :
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10AM
Eagle Point National Cemetery
2763 Riley Rd., Eagle Point, OR 97524
Local 77 retiree Raymond D. Otto, Sr. passed away on June 4, 2015. Brother Otto was a 55+ year member of the IBEW. Services have already been held.
It is with deepest regrets that we announce former long-time Assistant Business Manager of the Spokane office, Pat Lorang has passed away. Pat was 66 years old. There will be a private celebration of Pat's life.
Celebration of Life BBQ for Brother Tim Hoskins
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
Address: 11515 Vail Road SE, Yelm, WA 98597
For any questions, please call Cheryl Haskins at (360) 489-9463
Brother Gary E. Bredin, Journeyman Lineman, a 50 year member, passed away on March 5, 2015, in Florida.
Brother Calvin Wolf, a 55 Year Member, passed away on December 31, 2014.
Brother George H. Bockman, a 65 Year Member, passed away on April 20, 2015. Services are pending at this time.
Brother Jerry L. Case, a High Voltage Lineman, passed away on November 3, 2014. Brother Case had retired to Sheridan, Montana, and the family will hold services in the Spring.
Sister Arlene Gamalielson passed away on March 12, 2015. Sister Gamalielson worked at Puget Sound Energy. As this time, there is no information regarding services.
Brother Calvin D. Ferguson passed away on April 11, 2015. Brother Ferguson was a retired Potelco Lineman. Informatioin on services will be available shortly and will be updated.
Brother Willard "Willie" Morrison passed on March 28, 2015.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. at 3130 NW Cascade Avenue, E. Wenatchee, WA 98802.
We are saddened to announce the passing of Myrna Clark, wife of William T. (Coach) Clark - a long time System Operator at PSE. He proceed her in death on August 21, 2004.
A memorial service will be held at Lewis Funeral Chapel, 5303 Kitsap Way, Bremerton, on Saturday, April 11, 2015, beginning at 1:00 P.M.
A Cleberation of Life will follow immediately at the Westside Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton.
All are invited to attend. For online information please visit www.lewischapel.com.
From IBEW Local 659:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with deepest regret and sorrow that we report the passing of retired Business Manager David “Jim” McLean.
Brother McLean began working as a Business Representative for Local 659 in late 1967 and was elected Business Manager in 1978 where he continued in that capacity until retirement in the late 1990’s. Big Jim, as he was affectionately known, sat on a number of Trusts, Councils and Committees during his tenure including the Governors Labor Council, the Governors Safety Council, LINECO Board of Trustees and the Council on Industrial Relations to name but a few. Brother “Jim” McLean was a great Trade Unionist and he will be sorely missed.
Service will be held on April 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the Labor Temple located at 4480 Rogue Valley Hwy, Central Point, Oregon. Following the service, food and refreshments will be provided at the Moose Lodge located in Gold Hill.
Suzanne Brunner, Assistant Business Manager, notified the Seattle Hall that Brother Roderick Wallen, who had worked at WWP, has passed away. According to the obituary in The Spokesman Review, a graveside service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 12:30 PM at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Brother Anthony "Tony" Howard passed away on January 19, 2015. A memorial will be held as follows:
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Room 7 of the Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave North
Robert (Bob) C. Owens, WWP retiree, passed away on March 13, 2015. Services are as follows:
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Graveside Service at 1:00 PM
Glen Johnson, a 55-year member, passed away on March 12, 2015. Brother Johnson was a Potelco Equipment Operator. A memorial service will be held as follows:
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM
3318 236th St. NE
Arlington, WA 98223
Wayne W. Tetherow, Grant County PUD retiree, passed away on March 5, 2015. Services have already been held.
Brother Jack Rushton passed on February 24, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be held later this spring. The family will provide details at a later date.
Retired member Dick Stern passed away on January 30, 2015. Brother Stern initiated with Local 77 in 1975 and retired in 2010. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 12:00 P.M. at the Sunland Golf and Country Club in Sequim, WA in the Ballroom.
IBEW Local 77 retiree George W. Strong passed away on February 2, 2015. Brother Strong was a retired PSE Lineman and General Foreman. Brother Strong intiated on October 13, 1941, and retired in 1981. A service will be on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 A.M.
Sylvan Way Baptist Church
900 Sylvan Way
Bremerton, WA 98310
Former Snohomish County PUD Journeyman Lineman Jim Ellingworth passed away on January 29, 2015. Family and friends are invited to his burial at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the IOOF Cemetery, 21714 Old Owen Road, Monroe, WA 98272. Following the burial, a potluck memorial will be held at the Eagles Club, 1112 E. Main Street, Sultan, WA 98294.
IBEW Local 77 58 year member Richard Deering passed away on December 13, 2014. Brother Deering's Memorial will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015, at 4:00 P.M.
258 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
Any questions call Ken Deering at 425-246-9982
Retiree Richard R. Deering passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Brother Deering was a Line Equipment Man (“Digger Dick” ) and a 55-year IBEW member. Brother Deering attended our 2006 Unit Conference Banquet with his family to receive his 50 year award. Services will be held at 11:30am, Thursday, December 18, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church, 2316 180th St. SE, Bothell, WA 98012, (425) 481-0303. There is a “viewing” AT 11:00am at the church prior to the 11:30am service.
A message from Business Manager Alice Phillips, IBEW Local 483.
It is with the deepest regrets that I inform you of the passing of IBEW 483 lineman Garry Green.
Brother Green was a well-respected Journmey Lineman and a longtime member of IBEW Local 483.
A celebration of life will be held for Brother Green on November 15th.
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Tacom Sportsmen's Club
16409 Canyon Road East
Puyallup, WA 98375
Brother Conor Finnerty, Apprentice Lineman, passed away August 7, 2014 from a single vehicle accident while working for Par Electric near the Lower Granite Dam.
Brother Finnerty was survived by Molly McEvoy, and his two children, Cadlyn, his son, and McKenna, his daughter. A donation fund has been created for Brother Finnerty’s family through Bank of America. The account number is: 138117418897. To donate, please visit any Bank of America branch.
Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 4:00 P.M. at the Riverside Place (formerly called the Masonic Center), 1108 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.
Sixty-Five Year member Robert L. Rennie passed away July 4, 2014. Brother Rennie was a Journeyman Lineman at Seattle City Light. A Celebration of Life potluck will be held at the Snohomish Eagles, 606 Maple Ave, Snohomish 98290, 360-568-8406, at noon on Sunday, August 10th. All friends are invited to attend.
Please note: the previously scheduled Celebration of Life on Sunday, August 10th, at the Snohomish Eagles has been postponed.
It is with great sadness we report that Mike Stan, previous Office Manager of IBEW Local 77, passed away on May 5, 2014. As you know, Mike was IBEW Local 77's office manager for more than 30 years and was a long time dedicated employee to Local 77.
Mike’s service will be held at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 10526 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
It is with great sadness we report that Brother Terry Voigt passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Our condolences are with his family during this time.
Brother Terry Voigt’s Funeral Service Information: The service will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at St. Pius Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene, ID at 10:00 A.M. Reception immediately to follow.
St. Pius Church
625 E Haycraft Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Final resting place: Evergreen Cemetery located at 2834 North Spokane Street, Post Falls, ID.
It is with great sadness we report that Brother Dewey Petersen passed away.
Service information will be posted as it becomes available.
It is with sadness we report that Brother Donald J. Wilson passed away on February 28, 2014. Brother Wilson was a 60-year member of IBEW Local 77. A service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 2:00 P.M.
104 Burnett Avenue, S.
Renton, WA 98057
Brother Jeff Mallory, Journeyman Lineman, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Elks Lodge, 2802 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA.
Brother Scott Morgan passed away on November 30, 2013. Services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at:
11111 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Brother Morgan was also a member of the F.O.E., where he loved his karaoke. Join his family as they continue celebrating his life and sing a song in his honor at the White Center Eagles on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 6:00 P.M.. Karaoke starts at 8:00 P.M.
White Center Eagles
10452 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Brother Travis Lanier passed away suddenly on November 27, 2013. Brother Lanier was a Journeyman Lineman out of IBEW Local Union 483 and a longtime Potelco General Foreman.
Currently, the family has asked for privacy. Please keep Brother Lanier's family in your thoughts.
Local 77 Construction Member Accidental Death in Oregon
Investigation Report for Accident that occured on July 30, 2013.
On July 30, 2013, at approximately 9:45 am, Journeyman Lineman Ben Cool, working for Wilson Construction, died as a result of an electrical contact. The cause of accident was a difference of potential between two ground sources.
Ben was working on a deenergized Bonneville Power 115kv line in Gold Beach, Oregon. The crew task for the day was to move a steel horizontal switchgear over two feet, in order to provide better clearance for the jumpers. While Ben was standing on the steel structure he made contact with the line, which were both grounded at different potentials. All members of his crew and the adjacent crew came to assist in a rescue of Ben Cool. Crew members could not find a pulse, and started doing CPR on him. Paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 10:05 am to transport Ben to the hospital.
Benjamin Cool Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo Account No. 7356878509
It with sadness we report that Brother Duane Smith passed away on March 7, 2013. Brother Smith was a 50 year member and longtime line foreman. At this time, there is no information on services.
Rob Baker was injured in a tree falling accident. His injuries were severe enough that at this point he has no feeling in the lower half of his body. They did perform surgery and he is doing rehabilitation therapy. There is no long-term prognosis at this time. The doctors told him Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, that time will tell. Rob, Andrea, and his family are remaining optimistic that he will regain feeling. For those of you that know Rob, you know he is a hard worker and very active. He is a great person and is always there to help. In this difficult time, we are hoping to raise money to help with the bills and adjustments that will need to be made. Please come out and show your support for this wonderful family.
Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 5:00 P.M.
Dinner: $10 per person
Forest Grange, 3397 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis, WA 98532
Donations can be also be made at Sterling Savings Bank under Rob and Andrea (Rose) Baker Fund or online at www.giveforward.com/robandandrearosebakerfund
For more information call (360) 520-5794
Sister Suzie Ruppert passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Sister Ruppert was a 30 plus year member and among one of the earliest female Wireman Apprentices and Journeyman at Puget Power. She was also a Day System Operator.
The memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Anacortes, 2717 "J" Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221, followed by a reception at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221. A private family interment will be held. Memorials may be made to Anacortes Relay for Life, 13337 Deane Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221. To share memories of Suzie, please sing the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
It is with sadness we report the passing of Brother David Casmier. Brother Casmier passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013. He was a longtime member of IBEW Local 77 and electrician with Puget Sound Energy.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 4723 NW Franklin Street, Vancouver, WA 98663.
It is with great sadness we report that Brother Erin Watkins passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2013.
A funeral will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. at Our Lady of Good Help Church.
200 L Street
Hoquiam, WA 98550
The Erin Watkins Memorial Fund is accepting donations at any Bank of America location. No account number is needed to make a contribution.
The members of IBEW Local 77 would like to recognize the passing of a member we had the privilege to work and live. Even though we were from two different locals, we drove by each other each day on our way to work, played with our children in the same neighborhoods, and expressed our pride in being IBEW members. Matt's death touched us deeply.
It is with Great Sadness we report that Brother Tom Crowder passed away on Friday, September 7, 2012. Brother Crowder was a 30+ year member with Puget Sound Energy.
A service for Brother Crowder was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 2:00 P.M., at the Snoqualmie Eagles Lodge.
In Memory of
Todd Randall Carpenter, 37, a former Cosmopolis resident who currently lived in Humptulips died suddenly July 12, 2012 following a motorcycle accident. He was born May 9, 1975 in Seattle, WA. Todd graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1993 and then graduated from Northwest Lineman’s College in Meridian, Idaho. He was an IBEW local #77 construction lineman. Last employed with Potelco.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Weatherwax High School Bobcats
Obituary compliments of Harrison Family Mortuary
It is with sadness that we report Doyle Ray Ford passed away on June 14, at the age of 75. Doyle left Puget Power & Light in 1994 as an Equipment Operator after 12 years of service.
Doyle's niece, Bonnie Fitzgerald, is a Customer Service Representative in the South King Service Center.
A celebration of Doyle's life will be held at the Cle Elum Eagles Club, located at 220 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Cle Elum, on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at 1:00 P.M.
Idaho AFL-CIO President Dave Whaley has passed away. Please click here to view his obituary.
A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for President Whaley. Please click here for information.
Michael J. “Mike” Bute, 56, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 due to an accident in his home. Mike worked in construction with IBEW Local 77 and as a Journeyman Lineman since 1976, until his retirement from Grant County PUD. He also served his country with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Mike’s legacy lives on through his beloved children, Kaci (Clancy) Deiser and Robert Bute; grandchildren Brock and Kimber; brothers, Rod and Eric Bute; sister, Debbie (Ken) Schmidt; numerous nephews and nieces; his former wife and the mother of their children, Kristi Burch; and his faithful K-9 companion and friend, Rastis.
His family would like to thank the Grant County PUD for their display of bucket trucks honoring Mike at his Memorial held on December 23rd, 2011.
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Brother Roger Frye. Brother Frye passed away on December 23, 2011. He was a 62-year IBEW Local 77 Member and retired Line Foreman from Puget Sound Energy. His service was held on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 2:00 P.M., at the Issaquah Community Church.
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Brother Brent Roulier. There will be a graveside service held on Friday, January 6, 2012, at 12:30 P.M.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brother Glen Martin. Brother Martin passed away on November 7, 2011. There will be a reception on Sunday, November 13, 2011, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Location is as follows.
21822 NE Redmond-Fall City Road
Redmond, WA 98053
Local 77 Member Erik Baker was seriously injured in an off the job accident Saturday, May 21, 2011. Our thoughts are with Erik and his family. Donations for Erik and his family will be accepted by the Seattle Office. You can get information on Erik’s condition by going to www.caringbridge.org/visit/ERIKBAKER
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Brother Tom Duggins. Brother Duggins's service was held at Mills & Mills Funeral Home on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. A Celebration of Life followed at the Carlyon Beach Clubhouse.
Below are pictures of a tribute to Brother Duggins.
It is with great sadness we report that Brother Dale Fortin passed away on May 9, 2011. Memorial Services for Brother Fortin will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 11 A.M., at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 Southeast 240th Street
Kent, WA 98042-4868
We are sad to report the passing of Brother Ronald Weldon. Brother Weldon worked as a Journeyman Lineman for Seattle City Light and Snohomish County PUD. While at Snohomish County PUD, he was an Apprentice Trainer. Brother Weldon passed away on March 14, 2011. His service will be held at the Edmonds Yacht Club on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at 1:00pm.
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Charles "Chuck" Hurlburt. Brother Hurlburt passed away on July 4, 2010, at the age of 72. Brother Hurlburt retired from Puget Power & Light in 1999 after 39 years of service. Chuck would not allow a funeral in his memory, but did reluctantly concede to the holding of a birthday party. His wife, Elaine, invites Chuck’s friends to join her on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. to commemorate his birthday and celebrate his life.
It is with sadness that we report the passing of IBEW Local 77 retiree William Grager. Brother Grager passed away on November 9, 2010.
A service will be held this Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 3:00pm at the First United Methodist Church on 100 N Street SE in Auburn, WA 98002. Church telephone: (253) 833-3470.
A memorial service was held for Bill Green, retired Puget Power Western Division Service Lineman, on July 16, 2010 at the Bremerton Elks Lodge.
Brother Green initiated with Local 77 in September of 1953 and retired from Puget Power in December of 1992. Puget Sound Energy Service Linemen from Port Townsend, Poulsbo, and Port Orchard saluted Brother Green at the entrance to the Elks Lodge with raised buckets.
Gordon A. "Swede" Erickson, a valued Local 77 member of 63 years, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2010. Swede was enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Cass Lake, Minnesota and served as a heavy equipment operator after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war he became an electrical lineman. He worked on many important projects- the Dew Line in Pt. Barrow, Alaska, the Monorail for Seattle's World Fair, the Everett Boeing 747 Plant and numerous others during his lifetime. Services will be held at 4 p.m., on July 28, 2010, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville, WA.
It is with great sorrow that we report that Brother Steve Koziol passed away on May 30, 2010. Brother Koziol was a dedicated member, having served as a Shop Steward and Negotiating Committee member at Grant PUD.
Brother Billy Joe Edgar, Journeyman LIneman, passed away after a long battle with cancer on January 20, 2010 at the age of 57. Brother Edgar was a member of Local 77 for 31 years.
Longtime member Brother George White passed away on Monday, November 16, 2009 as a result of complications from flu. Brother White was a 32 year member employed by Puget Sound Energy as a Journeyman Wireman and Substation Inspector.
Long time Local 77 member Brother Bill Woolley passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, July 26, 2009. Bill served in the army, which brought him to Seattle, as a member of Local 77 he worked as a heavy equipment operator.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harborview Burn Center Fund.
It is with great sadness Local 77 reports that Brother Mike Kelly passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at the age of 85. Mike served Local 77 as Assistant Business Manager, and Business Representative. He was a long time member and will be greatly missed. Mike also served as President and Business Manager of IBEW Local 47 in California.
There is an online guest book at www.flintofts.com - Mike's wife, Ingrid, would greatly enjoy hearing from those of us who knew Mike. We know you will join us in keeping Ingrid and the rest of Mike's family in your thoughts and prayers.
It is with great regrets and sorrow that Local Union 77 was notified that Brother Richard (Dick) Vaughn passed away.
Brother Vaughn was a member of Local Union 77 for 54 years. He served on many committees as well as a past Executive Board Member, Vice-President and President of Local Union 77. Dick loved IBEW and Local Union 77, his dedication and commitment to this Local was without questions. He will be missed by the Officers, staff and the membership of IBEW.
Dick would have been 79 years old on February 27th. Our sympathy and condolences go to Dick’s family and friends.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, you please donate to the Humane Society or an animal shelter in your area.
It is with heavy hearts that Local 77 notifies you that Brother James Alan Myers lost his battle with cancer.
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