Gary was born on July 28, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Larry and Betty (Grisim) McGinnis. He was the oldest of four brothers. He graduated from Edison High School in 1969.
He attended the University of Minnesota as a music major. He left school and moved to Huntsville, Alabama, to play in a Dixieland band and to work in a foundry. He made his way to Tennessee, and attended Trevecca Nazarene College to study theology.
Katherine Louise Forbes Jones passed from this world abruptly on July 15, 2015. She is survived by two daughters and six grandpets.
For much of her working life, Katherine drove 18-wheel semi-trucks across the country. She drove all 48 continental states and Canada. She had stopped trucking to move her two daughters from California to raise them in Washington state. However, it didn’t take her long after they had grown into two mostly well-adjusted adults, to get back on the road and do what she loved.
Katherine was a mother, a daughter, a truck driver, a writer, an artist, a pianist, a mentor, a cake decorator and a seamstress…well, we could be here for a while, but one thing was for sure: Katherine was a curious person who was never afraid to learn or try something new. She lead a rich and fulfilling life, and showed those around her how to enjoy who they were, the family and friends that surrounded them...and maybe a blackberry wine cooler every now and then.
Katherine was the daughter of Gene and Roberta Forbes and graduated from Issaquah Senior High School in 1979.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 25 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Duthie Hill Road in Issaquah.
Yoshiko Alice Otonari peacefully passed away on July 8, 2015 after a difficult battle with plasma cell leukemia. Yoshiko led a life full of adventure and laughter. She was born Feb. 17, 1961 in Berkeley, California to Taketoshi and Sachi Otonari. After obtaining her BS in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (1983) and subsequent Masters in chemistry from Stanford University (1985), she married EJ Wucherer. The newlyweds moved to Germany where they spent two years completing schooling and touring Europe. Upon returning to the U.S., Yoshiko worked for the Borden Co. (Kentucky) and the U.S. Air Force (California) prior to embracing the role of being a mom. She was always caring and supportive, attending the many school and sporting events of her daughters. Yoshiko was also supportive of the community; she volunteered with many organizations, including PTA and Girl Scouts of America. She was a talented and creative crafter and sewer, as well as an avid camper and hiker, loving outdoor adventures with family and friends.
She is survived by her father Taketoshi, brothers Tom and Gary, husband EJ Wucherer, and daughters Kristin, Kelly and Karoline. Yoshiko leaves behind many beloved members of her extended family, local community, neighbors, friends and caregivers.
For Yoshiko, the most important thing in life was selflessness. She left a legacy of strong relationships, and will truly be missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Foundation or Pete Gross House, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Mary Main Barger, age 92, died peacefully on July 1, 2015 at the Aegis Lodge community in Kirkland, Washington. From her birth to her death, Mary nurtured the people around her with her patient teaching spirit, love, grace and generous heart. Mary Louise Main was born on June 14, 1923 in Bellingham to Rolland and Lottie Main, and was the older sister of Gerald Main. Mary went on to major in math at Washington State University, and to teach at the University of Washington and in Battle Ground, Washington. Mary returned to Bellingham to work in the family lumber business, and met and married Richard W. Barger in 1956. Together they had two daughters and this year celebrated 59 years of marriage. Mary and Dick loved to travel, boat and spend time with family and friends. Mary lived a life devoted to her faith and church, family, friends and many community organizations.
Mary is survived by her husband, Richard; her daughters Molly (Evan) Holzknecht and Laurie (Cris Rongve) Barger; four grandchildren: Gretchen (Neil) Jones, Liesl (Nick) Gelotte, Sam Rongve and Gabe Rongve; four great grandchildren: Dante, Dominique and Mila Jones, and Madeline Gelotte; brother Gerald Main and many beloved nieces, nephew, cousins and friends. The Barger family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the staff of Aegis Lodge, Kirkland and the Evergreen Hospice team for their diligent and loving care of Mary, our family and continuing care of Richard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary’s name to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Union Gospel Mission or the First Lutheran Church of Bothell. A service for Mary was held on July 13 at the First Lutheran Church of Bothell.
“With the death of every friend I love, a part of me has been buried…but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world.” — Helen Keller