Edwin Robert Willgress, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on June 4, 2006, surrounded by his devoted family. A lifelong resident of Seattle, he was born on June 19, 1919, to Edwin J. Willgress and Rhena Sutherland Willgress. During his youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Queen Anne High School, and afterward attended the University of Washington. Ed was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1941. He continued his studies as a graduate student in iron and steel, metallography.


Sheri passed unexpectedly on May 22, 2006, at the age of 45. Born in West Seattle, she was the daughter of Margaret (Parks) Corey and the late Dr. Stuart Stevenson; stepfather, Dr. John Corey, and stepmother, Ginny Stevenson. Sheri is also survived by her brother, Jon Stevenson; step sisters, Nina Diaz and Merry Sterling; stepbrothers, John J. Corey and Mark Corey; and constant companion, Winslow. After graduating from Sealth High School, Sheri remained devoted to working with horses at the former Longacres and current Emerald Downs Race Track.

Marie was born November 26, 1913 in Mt. Vernon, Washington and died June 7, 2006. She married Hugo in 1940, who preceded her in death in 2002. They lived in Bellingham after WWII, and moved to Seattle in 1951. Marie was a long time member of Peace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed activities with the Ryther charity, gardening, traveling, time at the cabin and especially time with the family. She is survived by Sue (Don) Bird, Steve (Jan) Holmer, grandchildren Jeff (Cheryl) Bird, Chris (Nicole) Holmer, Andrea (Scott) Holte, and great granddaughter Kyla Holte.


2/16/1914 to 6/3/2006

Passed away peacefully June 3, 2006 in Port Angles after an accidental fall. She was on a car trip to Hurricane Ridge enjoying life right to the end. Born Ora Ione Theisen in Sherwood, ND on February 16, 1914. At seven years old she moved to Seattle and graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1932. She was an athlete throughout her life and in High School was voted Best Senior Girl Athlete. In 1939, she won the Seattle Pairs City Roller Skating Championship.

Kenneth J. White, age 71 of West Seattle, Washington, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2006 surrounded by his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with heart and kidney disease.

Born October 12, 1934 in Red Cloud, Nebraska to Ruth and Robert White, he moved to Hood River, Oregon shortly and later moved to Longview, Washington. Ken attended Western State College earning a BA in business and education. Following his graduation, he taught in the local school system and then became director for the YMCA. Ken then built and directed a summer YMCA camp at Mt. St.

Seattle, Washington- Virginia, born September 6, 1919 to Nora May Kneib and Frank Simeon Huse, passed away May 11, 2006 in Seattle. She was a 1937 graduate of West Seattle High School. Virginia worked was an addressograph operator and supervisor at the mailroom for a local company. As a lifelong resident of Alki, she was a wonderful resource on the history of Alki and loved to talk about it.

Shirley Ann Edwards was born in Juneau, Alaska on May 6, 1932 to Albert and Lempi Edwards. She passed on the beautiful, sunny morning of May 13, 2006, after a long battle with Emphysema. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erich Siegfried Ventur, her son, Timothy Ernest Ventur, and all eight of her beloved brothers and sisters. She is survived by son, Thomas Erich Ventur, daughter, Laurie Marie Fuller and her husband, Randal Fuller, grandchildren Christopher, Beccie, Eric, and Jessica, great grandchildren Damon and Ashley, and many nieces and nephews.


May 31, 1913 - May 24, 2006

Beloved father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many, Pastor Ruben Edward Spannaus, longtime resident of West Seattle died May 24, 2006, just one week short of his 93rd birthday.

Born May 31, 1913 in Loveland, Colorado, to Emma Schulengberg Spannaus and Edward Spannaus, Ruben completed high school in Woodland, California, entering the University of California, Berkeley, at age 16 and graduating with honors in 1934, majoring in math and science.


Born in Vera, Texas, July 8, 1927, died May 17, 2006. Raised in Sentinel, Oklahoma. Attended Oklahoma St. Moved to West Seattle and married Barbara J. Wickering in 1951. Survived by three brothers. Father to Curtis (Sandy), Eric (Dawn). Grandfather to Christie Steed, Danny, Michael Keith and Geoffrey Hodo. Five great grandchildren. Worked for HACK 19 years, 16 years as manager of Park Lake Homes and Sr. High Rises in the South end. After a long battle with Parkinson's, he was laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery.