Obituaries

Doris Richards Cole

Doris Richards Cole (née Christensen), a woman entrepreneur ahead of her time and whose history in West Seattle included time with the West Seattle Herald as well as decades of service to the community, passed away the morning of Saturday, August 10, 2019 at age 89 (born December 1929 in Seattle, WA).

 

John L. Bailey, Jr. 1919-2019

 

John L. Bailey, Jr. passed away peacefully on July 12, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born in Wheatland, Wyoming, graduating from Wheatland High School in 1937.  He had a passion for aircraft and flying and went on to serve in the Army Air Force in WWII.  He then returned to study mechanical engineering and graduate from the University of Wyoming. In 1950, he was hired by the Boeing Company to work on designing aircraft instrument panels, circuits, cargo loading systems, and many other projects over his career there.

 

Mary Virginia Baskett 9/4/29 – 7/13/19

Mary was born to Jay Rolph and Mary Ann Wetzel on 9/4/1929 in Dallas, Oregon and passed away 7/13/19, just two months shy of her 90th birthday.  She grew up in Vancouver, WA, graduated from Vancouver High School and then attended Whitworth College in Spokane where she graduated with a nursing degree in 1951.

 

After college she returned to Seattle to marry her college sweetheart, Larry, her beloved husband of 55 years.  They married at West Side Presbyterian church and settled in a house in the North Admiral area where Mary lived for almost 60 years.

 

Catherine R. Mesich

Catherine R. Mesich born on May 1, 1952, in Seattle, WA, passed unexpectedly at her home in Vancouver, WA on June 11, 2019. Catherine “Katie” graduated from Holy Rosary High School. She received her B.A. in Biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, and her MBA from Eastern Washington University in Cheney/Spokane in 1990.

 

Terrence James Heil

Terrence James Heil passed away peacefully on June 27, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born June 17, 1933 to John and Anna (Shoener) Heil in Eagle Butte, SD. Terry was raised in Rapid City, SD where he worked at his father’s auto repair shop, Heil’s North Rapid Service, as well as for the Rapid City Journal. When he wasn’t working, he was busy fishing, hunting, or racing hydroplane boats. 

 

James Joseph Granquist August 1, 1945 - April 29, 2019

James Joseph Granquist was born on August 1, 1945, as WWII was ending.  

 

He was the 3rd of 6 children, born to Joe & Mildred Granquist.  It was a fun-loving, rollicking bunch:  Lee, Sally, Jim, Mary, Bob & Gary.  


Jim was very athletic.  He grew up mainly in West Seattle, where he would swim every day at Colman Pool & play tennis at Lincoln Park. He also loved baseball & football.  

Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson passed away June 20, 2019, at her place of residence at Judson Park Senior Living in Des Moines, WA due to complications of Alzheimer’s.    Terry was born June 8, 1932 in Seattle and resided in SeaTac, WA since 1964 until she moved to Judson Park in 2016.  She attended Highline High School and went to Marylhurst College in Oregon for a short time.

Richard Oss

Richard "Rick" Oss passed away May 4, 2019 at age 68. Apart from his time in the Army, he was a lifelong West Seattleite. Rick worked at Lucky Grocery while at Sealth HS and UW and continued to work there summers when he became a teacher. After 20+ years as management at Boeing, Rick was blessed to return to teaching, this time with Seattle Public Schools and ultimately to Sealth to teach in Special Education and The Bridge Program. Rick's two passions were teaching and his faith, which he brought into all aspects of his life.

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