Rodney (Mike) Earnest came to Alki Point in 1927 when he was five years old. He grew up with a love of the winds, the tides and sailing. He and neighbor boys built and raced sailboats, learning skills that influenced their lives.

Mike bid a final farewell to Alki on Wednesday, August 1st.

He is survived by his wife Natalie (Penny); his three children Conrad, Matthew, and Greta; and two grandchildren, Miles and Clara.

Penny and Mike spent 40 years in Woodstock, New York where they raised their family in the Catskill Mountains.


Royal passed away in the comfort of his home on September 6th, just short of his 83rd birthday. Royal was born on Oct. 22nd, 1924 in Seattle and spent his entire life as a West Seattle resident. "Pop" fondly remembered attending Alki Elementary, Madison Jr. High and was a proud West Seattle HS Indian.

Royal enjoyed a long career as one of Seattle's leading commercial photographers. After high school graduation, he began as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times.


After a nine month battle with lung cancer, Rod passed away at home on 8/25/07 - at age 63. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Gwen, their son Dean and his wife Ann; daughter Deana and her husband Jeff Falk; sister Betty Lou and husband Stu O'Donnell; brother Randy and his wife Linda; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceeded in death by his parents Orrin and Lucille Dahley, and sister Barbara Anderson.

Rod was born July 29, 1944, Bremerton Washington, the third of four children.

Longtime West Seattle resident, Dagny went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 23, 2007 after suffering a stroke. Born on August 3, 1923 in Pitea, Sweden, she came to the U.S. at age six. She lived in Ballard, then Alaska, and then Ballard again for her senior year of high school.

Dagny married Howard Carlson of Rockford, Illinois in 1942. They had two children. Howard was killed in action on Okinawa in 1945. She married Len Hagardt in 1950 becoming mother to his two sons.


5-20-1935 to 9-11-2006

I love and miss you Lowell. It has been a very difficult year. Thank you for being a friend during my Cancer treatment years. For a whole year you have been free from the pain you suffered in this life. See you again. Love from your sister, Paula Lyon.


Passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2007. He had worked for the Discovery Shop, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, since it opened in November 1990. Al was on our first Board of Directors, and he remained as the Maintenance Chairman for the whole 17 years. He was also instrumental in preparing the property at the Discovery Shop located on 4535 California Avenue in West Seattle.

Al has been one of the most reliable and loyal of all the Discovery Shop's 75 or so volunteers. Need a light bulb replaced? Need a new sign made? Need the toilet repaired?


Joseph Henry Smith Sr., 69, died August 31, 2007 at his home in Shelton. He was born March 28, 1938 in Seattle to Ernest George and Evelyn Elizabeth (Ulvestad) Smith. He married Shirley E. Wright on August 15, 1959 in Fort Lawton, WA.

He worked as a truck driver for various companies for 38 years, a forklift operator for the Todd Shipyards for six years and was a truck driver instructor for two years. Joseph was a member of Teamsters Local 174 in Seattle.


We laid to rest our loving mother who entered heaven peacefully on August 27th, after a long battle with lung disease. She was preceded in death by August (Kossy), her loving husband and best friend of 56 years. Mary was born Jan 8, 1926 to Aytch and Margaret Griffin in Moorhead, Minnesota. They moved to Seattle when she was a teenager and she graduated from Holy Rosary High School. Mary met Kossy, her sailor, in the Drift On Inn in the late 1940's and they married May 6, 1950. Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother who provided unconditional love and guidance.


Passed away August 20, 2007 at age 89 after a long struggle with emphysema and most recently lung cancer. Born on St. Valentine's Day in 1918, Nita grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1936.

Before getting married, she worked at Woolworths and the Coon Chicken Inn. She married Leonard Dugan in 1941 and was the mother of three daughters. In her early years, she enjoyed gardening, bowling, knitting, making doll clothes and playing the piano.