West Seattle Obituaries

Lois Mae Baulig

Lois Mae Baulig was born on February 14, 1930 in Aberdeen, Wash. and passed away on December 10, 2007 in Des Moines, WA. She is survived by her husband Gerald "Jerry" Baulig, son Tom Baulig, daughter Jane Keniston and mother Emma Hubert. She will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Please send memorial donations to WA Humane Society and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Stephen Hill

West Seattle native Stephen Hill, 47, died from natural causes Nov. 16 at his home in the Boston suburb of West Borough, Massachusetts where he'd resided for the past several years.

Born April 21, 1960, Mr. Hill grew up in West Seattle. He attended Jefferson Elementary and James Madison Jr. High before graduating from West Seattle High School in 1978. While at WSHS he was a member of the cross country, track and wrestling teams.

He joined the Navy following graduation and served 17 years, ending his career with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Along the way he spent 10 years in college, earning a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Washington, a master's of science in Systems Technology at the Naval Post Graduate School and a bachelor's of science at Worcester State College in Massachusetts.

Mr. Hill's naval career included duty as a chief engineer aboard a frigate, electronics work on nuclear submarines and many other distinguished assignments. Naval honors included the National Defense Service Medal, Battle "E" Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marksman M-14 and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He was honorably discharged with a disability retirement.

After the Navy he worked as a tax professional and financial services advisor.

Mr. Hill is survived by a daughter, Stephanie in Massachusetts; his mother, Cora Hill of Ohio; his father, Clayton Hill of Seattle; a brother, Bryan Hill of Seattle and sisters Julie Smith of Ohio and Mary Robertson of Redmond.

According to Mrs. Robertson, her brother "loved to learn and always sought the opportunity to get a book on any new topic and learn about it. He always strived to better himself. He was an amazing father, son and brother and his presence will be greatly missed."

Because of his zeal for learning, the family suggests memorials to any charity that has to do with education and kids.

Arthur Louis Larson

Arthur Larson passed away peacefully on December 7, 2007 in his home at the age of 82 after a brief hospitalization for treatment of pneumonia. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Jessie Leah Larson, on October 9th of this year. Arthur is survived by three sons John (Ana), James (Marilyn) and Todd (Maureen), three grandchildren Todd, Jr., Brianna and Caitlin, niece Marianne Rouse, nephew Edward Reichenback, Jr. and a large extended family including his personal caregiver LaNisha McCoy.

Growing up during the great depression years in a broken family where his father had sporadic employment as a longshoreman, Arthur attended many different Seattle Elementary and Junior High Schools before attending West Seattle High School. Arthur loved to joke that it was a miracle he survived to adulthood given his largely unsupervised youth from one end of the city to the other. The experience did produce an abundance of self reliance and leadership qualities. After graduation he served in the US Army during WWII in the South Pacific and then returned to West Seattle where he married, raised three sons, and worked 43 years for Bethlehem Steel as a rolling mill operator. Arthur was truly a force of nature who seemed to balance family, work and many diverse interests in an effortless manner with even disposition. He loved to bowl, golf, water ski, play bridge, devoured anything in print, mastered every building skill from pouring a foundation to making a cabinet, coached athletic teams, chased trout, climbed mountains and just kept going from one project to the next. Arthur always made time to help family and friends with whatever problem they faced.

The final years of Arthur's life were spent dealing with brain injuries that resulted from two serious strokes in 1991 and 1996. The struggle to recover from these injuries was a battle that Art fought to the end with civility, inner strength and humor. He managed to defy the medical experts on more than one occasion with significant improvements being made years after his initial injury. His quiet dignity was an inspiration and will be missed by family and friends.

Arthur was a 30 year member of People's Memorial Association and elected to make his final arrangements for cremation. A private memorial service for family and friends to celebrate Arthur's life will be held at a future date.

Richard Stanley Seymour

R. Stan Seymour, born in Seattle on Dec. 6, 1916, passed away in Gig Harbor on Dec. 11, 2007. Miriam, his wife of 65 years, preceded him in death in July of 2007. Family members include his son Ric Seymour, daughter Lucinda Wingard, and son-in-law Joel Wingard, all of Gig Harbor. Stan's five grandchildren are Tyler, Gabriel, Adiza, Joshua, and Adam.

Stan earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington a few months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In Burma during WWII, he served as a US Army Captain helping to set up early warning radar stations. After the war, he worked for the Bonneville Power Administration near Portland, Oregon, before moving his family to Seattle to work for Boeing on a series of design projects spanning 25 years.

In Seattle, Stan and Miriam were very involved in civic affairs and the Alki Congregational Church, where he was the church treasurer for many years. Stan enjoyed family, photography, and constant remodeling projects of their home overlooking Alki Point. In 1979, Stan and Mim retired to Gig Harbor to live close to their grandchildren. Stan was his wife's loyal companion through her fifteen-year battle with lymphoma. Family and friends remember his ready wit and easy smile.

Memorial Services will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Gig Harbor (253) 851-9991.

Remembrances may be made to Alki Congregational United Church of Christ; 6115 S.W. Hinds St., Seattle 98116.