Death and Funeral Notices
Brother Barney R. Howard passed away 3/26/2020. He had been an Electrician at mission Support. No Service information is available at this time.
Brother David D. Oconnor, who received his 55 Year Service Award this spring, passed away March 19, 2020. There will be no funeral services at this time because of the virus, but the family hopes to have some sort of memorial at a later date.
Equipment Operator Brother Jesse D. Orwick passed away 2/26/2020. Services that were scheduled for March 28th, were cancelled because of the virus.
Former Business Representative Larry Rice passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020.
Services will be held at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99206 at 1:00 p.m. on 2/27. There is an obituary under the Thornhill website.
Retired Member Mark B. Thomas passed away on December 28, 2019. Please see the link to Mark's obiturary below.
Brother Frank Shank’s Memorial Service
When: February 8, 2020 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Spencer Aircraft – Puyallup
Address: 16911 103rd Ave E, Puyallup, WA 98374
Franks sister Jessica Reed is organizing this memorial
Informal gathering with food and deserts
Journeyman Lineman, Robert M. Thoms, Jr, age 93, a 60 Year member of the IBEW passed away on January 11, 2020 in Prosser, WA. Services are:
Viewing 11:00am – 3:00pm Friday, January 17th
Prosser Funeral Home
1220 Sheridan Ave, #1135
Prosser, WA 99350
Private Family graveside service Saturday, January 18, 2020
Followed at 2:00pm Celebration of Life
Friendship Baptist Church
Sixty-five year member, Brother William J. Page of Everett, passed away January 1, 2020. Family services have been held.
It is with great sadness we report IBEW Local 77 Brother Cliff Johnson, Journeyman Lineman, who was working on the Hanford project was killed December 17, 2019 in a fall.
Accident Investigator Dan Flanagan will investigate and provide a more detailed report after he has completed his investigation.
Cliff's family has provided the following link to the Go Fund Me page in honor of Cliff.
Cliff Johnson’s memorial service will be held on Monday December 23rd at St Mary’s Catholic Church located at: 508 Church Street, Cottonwood, Idaho. The phone number is 208-962-3214
65 year member, Brother Harvey R. Schmidt of Prosser, WA. passed away on 12/4/19. Brother Schmidt was a retired Electrician for Benton REA. Services are pending.
50 year member Brother Kenneth W. Prater, and Equipment Operator, passed away on 11/28/2019 in Yuma, AZ. A private family service was held.
60 year member Brother Dale M. Overman of Yuma, AZ., Journeyman Electrical Mechanic, passed away on 11/14/2019 in San Diego, CA. from complications following surgery. A full Naval military funeral will be held in June 2020 in Medical Lake, WA. Details will be posted when received from the family.
55 year member Brother Dennis J. Johnson, Journeyman Lineman, passed away on 11/27/2019 in West Richland, WA. There is no service information available at this time.
50 year member Brother Russell Ray Coats passed away on December 1, 2019. Click here to view his obituarary.
The family of Utility Line Worker Scottie Nelson, who worked for King County Metro, passed away on 11/6/2019. There is no service information at this time.
Local 77 has learned Brother Norbert A. Puetz passed away on October 29, 2019. Click here to view his obituarary.
Local 77 has learned that retired Seattle City Light Cable Splicer Crew Chief, Edward T. Mecum, Jr., passed away October 12, 2019. At this time no further information is available.
The family of Brother Floyd D. Lee, a Seattle City Light Retiree has called to advise Local 77 that Brother Lee passed away today, October 15, 2019. Brother Lee was 100 years old and a 77 year member of the IBEW. Family Services will be held in the Denver area.
55 year member, Brother Larry R. Koenig passed away on October 1, 2019. Click here for his full obiturary.
Clarence J. Wick, a 60-year member passed away September 14, 2019. Services were held September 21, 2019.
Brother Wick and two of his daughters attended the 2018 Spring Unit Conference Banquet for the presentation of his 60-year award.
Journeyman Lineman 50 year member Ernest W. Hohenwald passed away September 13, 2019 in Irrigon, OR. Click here for his full obituary.
On September 17, 2019 Local 77 was notified that 52-year member, Brother Richard Kraemer of Post Falls, ID. passed away.
Local 77 has been notified that 69-year member, Brother Robert Deloss Sandusky of Kennewick passed away august 29, 2019. Click here for his obituary and service information.
Journeyman Lineman, 50 year member Brother Ronald F. Nolander of Largo, Florida passed away April 3, 2019.
Spencer Smith, Pend Oreille PUD Lineman, died August 31, 2019 in a motorcycle accident. Click here for a full obituary with service information.
The family of 60 year IBEW member, Calvin D. Stearns has notified Local 77 that our member passed away August 28, 2019. Click here for a full obituary with service information.
Earle L. Willey, a retired Utility Foreman at Seattle City Light passed away June 12, 2019. Service Information is as follows:
Ballard First Lutheran Church
2006 NE 65th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
Saturday, September 21, 2019
at 1:00 pm
Retired member Brother Clifford Stevens passed away July 30, 2019. Click here for the full obituary. Services will be held as follows:
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Normal Hill Cemetery
1122 7th St
Lewiston, ID 83501
Fifty-five year member, Journeyman Lineman Brother Frank R. Baker of Kennewick passed away June 25, 2019. Services have been held.
Retiree James R. Murphy, a 55 year IBEW member, who had been a Rail Electrical Worker, passed away July 11, 2019. At his request no Services were held.
Retiree James R. Murphy, a 55-year IBEW member, who had beena Rail Electrical Worker, passed away on July 11, 2019. At his request, no Services were held.
Brother John E. Arthur, a ninety-one year old, 63-year member of the IBEW, passed away June 26, 2019. At his request, no Services were held. A full obituary was published in the Spokesman-Review on 6/30/2019.
Brother Dennis J. Elswick , a 52-year member of the IBEW, and former Journeyman Lineman at Cowlitz passed away June 18, 2019. Services were held June 28, 2019.
Sixty-five year member, Richard D. Sorensen, a retired PSE Service Lineman, passed away on July 4, 2019. At this time Services are pending.
Brother Edward L. Raymen of Benton City, a retired 49-year member who had been an Equipment Operator at Wilson Construction, passed way on June 28, 2019. A family Celebration of Life will be held on July 20th.
Brother Bryan C. Scott, a Power Structure Mechanic at Seattle City Light, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019.
Journeyman Lineman/Foreman, at Seattle City Light, retired member Earle L. Willey passed away June 12, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held in September and details will be posted as they become available.
Brother Robert L. Dudley, Jr., a Journeyman Lineman, passed away on May 19, 2019 in Troy, MT. Services are pending.
Local 77 Journeyman Lineman Torry J. Durels of Eatonville died accidentally May 18, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held as follows:
June 15, 2019
35912 Pulford Rd E
Eatonville, WA 98328
Brother John McNeil passed away on April 18, 2019.
Retiree Gilbert M. Makus, a Utility Wireman, passed away on March 18, 2019. Services have been held.
David Sittman Obituary
David (Dave) Austin Sittman, age 77, of Kennewick, WA, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2019, in hospice care at his home after a short battle with kidney disease and congestive heart failure.
Brother Bert E. Dudley, a Journeyman Lineman and 65-year IBEW member, of Otis Orchards passed away on April 11, 2019. Services have been held.
Retired Brother John E. Clark, Journeyman Lineman at PSE, passed away peacefully August 26, 2016. Please join us in celebrating his life on June 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM. A graveside Military Service will be held at Novelty Hill Cemetary - 28031 NE 116th Street, Duvall, WA 98019. Following the graveside service there will be a reception at the home of Steve & Terry Foster - 2549-423rd Avenue N.E., Carnation, WA 98014.
Brother Yogi (William R.) Rogers, a Journeyman Lineman and fifty-nine year member, passed away on April 2, 2019. Service informaiton will be posted once available.
Brother Richard Schuler, a Journeyman Lineman and 65-year member, recently passed away. Services will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM at G.A.R. Cemetary in Snohomish, WA.
The family of Brother Robert J. Barone, a former Seattle City Light employee, called to say he passed away on March 18, 2019. Services are as follows: Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Holy Cross Catholic Church - 6915 WA-92, Lake Stevens, WA 98258.
Brother Jay Kapsandy, a Journeyman Lineman, passed away on February 7, 2019. There will be a Celebration of Life on March 23, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Heritage Hall at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Food will be served.
Robert J. Schrencengost of Derry, Pennsylvania, passed away on February 12, 2019. He had been a Journeyman Electrician at Mission Support Alliance.
Alfred E. Sutton, an Equipment Operator, passed away on February 10, 2019. A memorial service will be held in late March.
Services are as follows:
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Community of Christ
20012 Filbert Drive, Bothell, WA 98012 - (425) 481-1177
Carl Fredrick Schill
Carl Schill, 42, of Wenatchee, WA, left this earth to find his peace on February 1, 2019. Carl was born on February 19, 1976, in Salt Lake City, UT.
His pride and joy were his two sons and his granddaughter. He was passionate about skiing and rafting - being on the mountain or on the river were the places he found the most peace in his life. He also cherished his lineman brotherhood.
Carl will be missed by so many people, including his wife, Emily Finn; sons: Jonah and Abram Schill; granddaughter, Jaimee Dobbs; mother, Emily Wade; and sisters: Susie Halsey and Alyson Schill.
A Service to honor his Life will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., at the Cashmere Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Dr., Cashmere, WA. Arrangements assisted by Chapel of the Valley, Wenatchee, WA.
The International Office notified Local 77 that 50-year member Dana D. Hill, a retired Avista Service Journeyman Lineman, passed away on December 31, 2018.
The International Office has notified Local 77 that our 50-year member Ronald A. Pithan passed away on December 24, 2018. Brother Pithan had worked for Cowlitz County PUD before his retirement in 2001. Services have been held.
Brother James Stubinski, a former member, passed away in December 2018. No other information is available at this time.
Truman Valentine, a longtime IBEW member, passed away on December 7, 2018 at the age of 93. Services have been held.
Brother James A. Owens, Construction Equipment Operator, passed away on December 27, 2018. Services have been held.
Brother Bruce Kleier recently passed away. Brother Kleier was a member of the IT Bargaining Unit.
Date: Friday 1/25/19
Place: Northwest Foursquare Church
34800 21st Avenue SW
Federal Way, WA 98023
Note: Light refreshments following Service
Please note that this will be a Memorial Service only so there not be a casket or remains present. Actualy internment will probably be planned for the Spring for close family and friends and Tahoma National Cemetery. As a reminder, there be opportunity made during the Memorial Service for anyone wishing to share any memories or personal stores about Bruce.
James E. Wilke, Avista (WA Water Power) Retiree and Seventy-Year Member, passed away on January 2, 2019.
Family Services have been held.
Brother Dennis Ferrel passed away on recently. As more information is received, Local 77 will update the posting.
Kristen Maxwell was born to Dick and Marilyn Maxwell on August 29, 1974. She passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2019. She is survived by her parents, brother Adam Maxwell (Jeannine) of Benton City, WA, and sisters Carrie Bivens (Jesse) of Gig Harbor, WA, Anica Weber (Lance) of Jamestown, ND, and Julia Maxwell of Poulsbo, WA.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Poulsbo Community Church - 651 NW Finn Hill Rd., Poulsbo, WA 98370.
Kristen Eli Maxwell full obituary published in the Kitsap Sun on November 27, 2018.
Daniel D. Williams, Local 77 Construction Journeyman Lineman, a resident of Deming, NM, passed away on November 16, 2018. No services are planned.
Brother Jeff C. Woods, a Journeyman Lineman, passed away on October 28, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Loon Lake Saloon - 3996 WA-292, Loon Lake, WA 99148.
Brother James J. Blair, a sixty-four year IBEW member, passed away on October 30, 2018.
Brother James J. Blair was the father of Local 77 member John J. Blair, who was an Equipment Operator for Wilson, of Wilbur, WA.
Sixty-fiver year IBEW memer Lloyd R. Bickler, who retired from PSE, passed away on November 4, 2018. Services will be held as follows:
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
Enumclaw-Evergeen Memorial Park
23717 SE 416th Street
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Brother William G. Magers of Coeur D'Alene, ID, passed away on September 1, 2018. Brother Magers, a former Marine, retired from Washington Water Power in 2000. Private family services will be at a later date.
Brother Rich Moralez passed away suddenly on October 11, 2018.
There will be a small Memorial Service on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave., Everett, WA 98201.
Retiree Brother David L. Watts, a Journeyman Tree Trimmer who had worked for Asplundh, passed away on September 27, 2018 from cancer. At this time there is no service information available.
Local 77 Journeyman Lineman Patrick M. Curry died accidentally on September 1, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held as follows:
Saturday, September 29, 2018
2 – 4 PM
Evergreen Fountains Center - Cabaret Rom
1201 N Evergreen Rd
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Food and beverages will be provided. All who knew him are welcome to come and share memories with his family.
Brother Gene Langdell, longtime Business Rep. and Assistant Business Manager at the Kennewick Union Hall, has passed away.
Brother Martin E. Murphy, a 50-year member who worked at Seattle City Light, passed away on June 27, 2018. No Service Information is available at this time.
Brother Alvin Keith Justis passed away on July 29, 2018. Brother Justis was a sixty-five year member and 99-years old at the time of his passing. Services were held on August 12, 2018 at South Bay Firehouse in Olympia, WA.
Dick (Richard) M. Shelley, a Journeyman Lineman from Ellensburg, a 55-year IBEW member passed away on July 7, 2018. Services are pending.
Local 77 member Douglas T. White, who worked for Potelco Fleet, passed away on June 15, 2018.
The Service Arrangements have been set for Brother Ed Bromiley, a Chelan PUD member who died in an industrial accident at Rock Island Dam.
Brother Bromiley’s Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Waterville Fairgrounds:
601 N Monroe St.
There will be full hookup campsites for anyone wanting to stay.
In Memoriam: Mark W. Thomas
It is with great sadness that PSE reports the passing of retiree Mark Thomas on May 6, 2018. Mark retired in 2013 after a 36-year career as a Journeyman Lineman.
A Celebration of Life event is planned on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at Grace Community Church.
Grace Community Church
1320 Auburn Way S.
Auburn, WA 98002
Local 77 Retiree, Donald J. Jackson of Colburn, WA, a Journeyman Lineman who had worked for Hawkeye, passed away on April 20, 2018. Service information is not available at this time.
Vernor R. Bachman, a 67 year member, passed away in Arizona on 2/21/2018.
Norman R. Eisenhardt, a 66 year member who had worked at PSE, passed away 5/8//2018.
Sixty year member John W. Maxwell, of Kennewick, passed away on April 21, 2018. Services have been held.
Brother Jim Watts, a huge Labor advocate in the Tri-Cities area passed away April 26, 2018. Please note that A Celebration of Life will be held:
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00a.m.
Three Rivers Convention Center
7106 West Grandridge Blvd
Brother Faalafua Lli, City of Seattle CMEO, lost two of his sons in a car accident earlier this month. Service Information is as follows:
Sunday, April 22, 2018
1:00PM to 5:00PM
FUNERAL AND INTERMENT
Monday, April 23, 2018
9:00AM to 3:00PM
All Visitation and Services will be held at:
16445 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA 98188
Local 77 member Kurt A. Kinzel of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, April 14th, in a motorcycle accident.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Gathering of Friends to Share in Celebration of Kurt’s Life:
Community of Christ Church
690 N. Baker Ave E.
Brother Robert Remington passed away.
Brother William G. Carter, "Bill," passed away on April 6, 2018. Brother Carter, a 50-year member, was a former Construction Business Rep.
His Services will be as follows:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1006 Wicker Road
Sedro Wooley, WA 98284
Robert E. Bauman passed away on March 14, 2018. Family Services have been held.
Jacob Nicholas passed away on March 12, 2018.
Open House Celebration of Life - March 31, 2018
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Buckley Eagles Hall
29021 State Route 410
E. Buckley, WA 98321
Please come pay your respects as you are able.
Local 77 Equipment Operator Dennis Brockway, of Superior, MT, passed away on March 10, 2018. Services have been held.
Former Asplundh Flagger Bobby L. Grosely, wife of Local 77 member Mark Grosely, passed away on March 6, 2018. At this time there is no service information available.
Brother Ronald W. Dillon passed away on February 15, 2018. No service information is available at this time.
Brother Dale M. Bushnell, a sixty-five year member, passed away on February 12, 2018. Services were held at the United Methodist Church in St. John, WA on February 24, 20185.
Brother David Hughes, who had worked at the City of Richland, passed away on February 15, 2018. Services were held on February 20, 2018.
Brother Stanley W. Thorsen, a 69-year IBEW memer who had retired from PSE, passed away on January 11, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Brother Charles J. Graff, a former PSE employee, passed away on January 31, 2018.
Brother Gary Stumph, a 32 year IBEW member, who recently retired from Benton County PUD, passed away January 22, 2018.
A memorial will be held at Canyon Lakes Golf Course Champion’s Room, Kennewick, WA on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Longtime Grant PUD Fish and Wildlife Supervisor Rob Weedmark was killed January 17th in an automobile accident. Per his request no services are planned. Rob’s friends and former co-workers have set-up a “Rob Weedmark Family Fund” at Granco Federal Credit Union to help the family.
The following members recently passed away:
Wesley E. Newbury, Sr., Asplundh Equipment Operator, December 24, 2017
John W. Thorson, 65 year member, December 29, 2107
Harry Diede, 60 year member, a WWII vet who retired from BC Hydro as a Lineman, January 3, 2018
Services for these members have been held, are pending or private.
Brother Ralph E. Shelton, of Oak Harbor who worked at PSE, passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2017. At this time, we do not have any further information.
Brother Charles F. Orthmann passed way on November 20, 2017. Obituary is below.
Brother Duane "Duke" Mitchell passed away on October 9, 2017. Obituary is below.
Brian Gould, a Journeyman Tree Trimmer, who had worked for Davey Tree, was found deceased at his home on Friday, October 20, 2017.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM
12918 35th Ave SE
Everett, WA 98208
IBEW Local 77 Member Bryan P. Chun, a Seattle City Light employee, passed away at his on October 17, 2017.
Brother Robert M. Hokana, a 55-year member and Snohomish County PUD retiree, passed away on September 4, 2017.
Richard Bruce Courtney, Journeyman Lineman and retired IBEW Local 77 member, departed this life on October 14, 2017. By his own request, there will be no service. However, there will be a celebration of Rich's life:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
33004 South Gerards Road
Family, friends, and espically Linemen are welcome.
Brother David K. Loeppky, a PSE retiree, passed away on September 23, 2017, at the age of 92. Services have already taken place.
Brother Steve D. Lothe, a Journeyman Lineman, passed away on October 9, 2017. Family Services have been held.
Brother George Salvage, a sixty-five year member, passed away on September 23, 2017. Services have been held.
Brother William D. Belcher passed away on September 18, 2017.
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. Ca