Rowland W. Straka

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Rowland W. Straka was born in Janesville, Wis., the son of Alma and Joseph Straka.

He graduated from the Evansville, Wis., school system, attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the Elgin Watchmakers College in Elgin, Ill.

He received an associate degree from the Madison Business College in Madison, Wis.

Rowland was a master watchmaker, certified gemologist and member of the Gemological Institute of America.

He served in the Korean War for four years in the USAF, 6147th Tactical Control Group which was nicknamed the “Mosquitoes.”

He took over Straka Jewelry in Evansville from his father in 1955 which he operated until 1988.

Rowland and his wife, Terry, were married in Rockton, Ill., in 1968.

Closing the Evansville store in 1988, he and Terry purchased Salick’s Jewelry in Watertown, Wis., retiring from the business in 1995.

Rowland was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #35 and past master of the F&AM Union Lodge #32 in Evansville.

He was a member of Rotary International in Watertown, Wis., and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Evansville, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown and St. John Lutheran Church in Summerfield, Fla.

He and Terry retired to Florida in 1999 where they enjoyed a very active life in the retirement community of Spruce Creek South and had time to enjoy traveling both in the U.S. and abroad.

They moved to Woodinville, Wash., in May of 2009 to be closer to their immediate family.

Surviving are his wife, Terry; son, Scott; daughter-in-law, Deborah; grandchildren Erik and Elliana of Washington  and cousin Janis DiLullo of New Jersey.

Rowland was a kind, gentle man with a keen sense of humor and will be greatly missed by family and friends.  Graveside services will be held at the Tahoma Veteran’s Cemetery in Kent, Wash., on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 1 p.m.

If you care to send a memorial, please share with the charity or church of your choice, or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Roy Bleikamp

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Obit BleikampRoy Bleikamp passed away on December 1 at a care facility in Bothell.

Bleikamp was a long time resident of Woodinville in the Tuck Lake community and served as a fire commissioner for Woodinville Fire &Rescue for a number of years.

He served with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 and then continued to serve as an instructor in the Navy Reserve from 1946 until 1966, retiring as a lieutenant commander.

Bleikamp received a degree in engineering from Columbia University and masters of engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

He worked at Olin Corporation in the explosives research division.

In 1955 he and two of his friends started their own business calling it Propellex Chemical Corporation. The company specialized in propellant actuated devices used in rocket motors and escape systems on planes and spaceships.

This led to a job with McDonnell Aircraft where he developed ejection seats and rescue equipment for the F-4, Mercury and Gemini spacecraft systems.

He eventually ended up as a project manager with Monsanto Company of St. Louis.

During this time he would travel to a plant in Seattle where he fell in love with the area.

Upon his retiring in 1985, Roy moved to the Woodinville area to enjoy his retirement years.

Bleikamp married just after leaving active duty in the Navy and had two children.

His son died suddenly at age 17 and his wife lost her battle with cancer just days after their 25th wedding anniversary.

Despite these traumatic events in his life, Bleikamp continued to lean on his faith and chose to focus on the good in life.

His daughter introduced him to a woman and a relationship formed. He married Norma, and the two had been married for 36 years at the time of his death.

Bleikamp touched many people through his generosity and love of people. He volunteered at his church counseling young couples in the area of budgeting and financial management.

He was buried with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on December 7.

Edythe V. Stevenson

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Obit_Stenson3Edythe V. Stevenson, a former advertising executive who wrote one of television’s most acclaimed commercials, died December 13, 2011,  in North Dartmouth, Mass. She was 81.

The cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.

In 1966, Ms. Stevenson, then a 35-year-old single mother, was hired by Manhattan advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach as a junior copywriter trainee.

Seven years later she was assigned to write a television commercial for a little-known Quaker Oats breakfast product, Life cereal.

Drawing on her experience as the mother of three sons, she created the memorable “Mikey Likes It” commercial. The spot first ran in 1973 and remained in regular rotation for 12 years, making it one of the longest continuously running television commercials ever aired.

In 1974, it received advertising’s highest award, the Clio, and earned Ms. Stevenson a promotion to senior vice president.

The commercial was named to the US Television/Cinema Classic Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 1999 TV Guide named “Mikey Likes It” one of the top 10 television commercials of all time.

Ms. Stevenson was involved in several other notable campaigns in her 16-year career with the agency (now DDB Worldwide), including Smirnoff and Volkswagen.

Edythe Vaughan Stevenson was born in 1930 in Morristown, New Jersey, and grew up on Long Island.

In 1949, she married sportswriter Jack Mann. They had four children and were divorced in 1966.  After retiring from advertising in 1990, she lived in Montauk and Orient, Long Island, and in Westport, Mass.

She was an accomplished poet and sailor.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Stevenson of Berkeley, Calif.; three sons, Steven A. Mann of Bethesda, Maryland, David M. Mann of Manhattan, and Donald J. Mann of Kenmore, Washington; five grandchildren; her longtime partner, Gordon H. Price of Westport, Mass.; and sisters, Daphne Stevenson Penttinen of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Adelita Stevenson Moore of Boston.

She is also survived by her cat, Mikey.

Charlie Goodman

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CObit Goodmanharlie Goodman passed away on December 4, 2011,  at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

Charlie, a lifelong Carnation resident, was born August 26, 1956, at Nelms Hospital in Snoqualmie, Wash., to Lavern Charles Goodman and Irene Delores Goodman.

Charlie lived in and around the lower Snoqualmie Valley all of his life where he gratuated from Tolt High School in 1974 and where he built his business, Charlie G Trucking.

Charlie was well known to all and love and is remembered for his smile that reached his eyes.

He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved to travel.He didn’t just talk about doing things,he did things and went places. He made trips to Hawaii, Indiana,Flordia,California and Texas.

Charlie was preceeded in death by his father,Lavern Charles Goodman and mother, Irene Delores Goodman.

Charlie is survived by his daughters, Lacie Renee Goodman of Carnation Wash., and Desire Tesser; three grandsons, Aristotle, Zane and Elijah of Miami, Fla., and Lacie’s brother, Mitch Shepherd; siblings, Rod Goodman,Juanita Gilmore,Linda Thompson, Nancy Benedict and Lois Goodman; nephews: Rick Goodman and Brent Benedict; nieces, Teri Totten, Andrea Thompson and Tiffany and his special friend of the past five years, Chelee, and many extended family members and friends.

Charles R. (Chuck) Davis

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ObitDavisCharles R. Davis passed away on December 5, 2011, in Bothell. Chuck was born on June 11, 1940, in San Diego, Calif. He had resided in Woodinville since 1970.

Chuck was preceded in death by his mother, Alice, and father, Charles, and by his daughter Barbara Trent, who passed away in 2001. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy; his son, Paul; daughter in-law, Donna; grandchildren, Taylor and Alysha and his sister, Betty.

Chuck was an ordained Lutheran minister and spent his career as a pastoral counselor. He was passionately dedicated to his clients and colleagues. He spent a great deal of his time helping people work through their grieving processes.

In 2004-2005 Chuck learned that he had lost the use of his diaphragm and was put on full-time oxygen therapy. In 2006 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Chuck never gave in to either medical issue and fought to his last breath.

He spent the last two months of his life at the Bothell Medical Center. He was such a fighter that he was determined to come home and return to work because he felt the need to be available to his clients.

In fact, the family was able to enjoy his company for Thanksgiving dinner at their home in Woodinville. His strength and determination continued to grow. Unfortunately, Chuck contracted a virus which his damaged immune system could not fight. His weakened condition forced his body to end the fight. Chuck is, and will always be, a loved man in his family, his community, his profession and his church. He was a man of God and a man of his family. One of Chuck’s greatest joys was attending Seattle Sounders matches with his son. Their father-son bond was as strong as one could be.

Chuck will be greatly missed by his family, his peers, his colleagues and the many people he served throughout his life.

A celebration of Chuck’s life has been held. If you knew Chuck and would like to leave a remembrance of him at e