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Verleen Ann (Reiner) George: Feb. 19, 1933 - May 28, 2019

Verleen GeorgeVerleen Ann (Reiner) George passed away suddenly on May 28, 2019, from complications of COPD and pneumonia. She was born in Richardton, North Dakota on February 19, 1933. Surviving family members include her loving husband of 63 years, Paul L. George, of Duvall, Washington and daughters: Joleen Smith (Duane), Terri Anderson and Shelley George; her siblings LaRene George, Donna Speer and Dan Reiner. Predeceasing her in death are her parents, John and Betty Reiner, siblings Duane Reiner and Betty Jean.  In loving memory to our beloved Mother, wife, sister and aunt – a mother to so many and a friend to all. Rest in peace. You are always with us.

Patricia L. Morrison: Feb. 13, 1936 – Mar 16, 2020

MorrisonBorn in Muskegon, Michigan, to Richard and Louise (Glew) Morrison, “Pat” was raised in western Michigan where she graduated from Western Michigan University, and then became a home economics teacher. 

She was soon lured to the Pacific Northwest, along with her sister, by the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.  Pat moved to Seattle shortly after her first visit, married, and settled into family life. Pat (Franke, while married) loved being a mother and homemaker and was known for her fudge and baked goods. 

After her children were all in school, she became the local rural mail carrier in Kingston, where the family moved in 1970. Eventually, Pat took a job with the Seattle Police Department from which she retired. 

In retirement, she enjoyed volunteering with her church and the local heritage society in Woodinville, as well as participating with Daughters of the American Revolution in Woodinville and Kitsap County, after her move back across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. 

Pat is survived by a daughter, two sons, and a grandson. 

Richard Sherwood Yonck: June 30, 1933 - May 9, 2020

Richard Sherwood Yonck photoOn Saturday, May 9, 2020, Richard Sherwood Yonck, a loving and beloved husband and father passed away at the age of 86. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 64 years, his son Rick and daughter Ramona, grandsons Garrett and Kennan, great-grandson Oliver, and their spouses and partners.

Dick was born on June 10, 1933, in Spokane, Washington to Albert and Alpharetta Yonck. Moving several times when he was young, his family eventually settled in Newport, Washington, where Dick attended high school and met Barbara Jean Menear, who would later be his wife. 

Dick was an avid athlete who was passionate about sports. In school, he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track, including on several championship teams. In 1954, he entered the Army where he became a medical technician. Serving in Guam, he played for the champion 809th Pioneers baseball team. This led to his being selected to be a catcher for the Far East All-Star team in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees.

Dick married Barbara on March 3, 1956. They both attended Washington State University where Dick received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and became a lifelong Cougar. In 1960, they moved to Bothell, Washington, where Dick worked for the Northshore School District as a teacher and coach for the next 27 years. 

Dick was a keen fisherman and outdoorsman, sharing these pastimes with family and friends. He also loved animals and the many dogs in his life were very important to him. Summers with the family at Priest Lake, Idaho were always a highlight, as were the family’s many trips in a camper around the western U.S. In later years, Dick found a creative outlet in working wood, rock and gemstones into beautiful furniture, cribbage boards and jewelry.

As a teacher and coach, first at Anderson Junior High School and later at Inglemoor High School, Dick taught, guided and mentored thousands of students. Many of these students’ credit Coach Yonck with helping them through difficult times in their lives. Several went on to become educators themselves and many have stayed in touch through the years and remain friends to this day.

In 2016, Dick was inducted into Northshore School District Wall of Honor at Bothell’s Pop Keeney field, adjacent to the Anderson building where he first started his teaching career. The former junior high was recently updated as a McMenamins historic property which even includes a hotel room named the “Dick Yonck” room that includes artwork and depictions from his career as an athlete and inspiration to his students.

While his family is deeply saddened by Dick’s passing, they are proud to celebrate his life and what he meant to so many people. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Evergreen Health Hospice in Kirkland or PAWS. 

Verleen Ann (Reiner) George: In memorium

 

Verleen Ann George

February 19, 1933-

May 28, 21019

Verleen Ann (Reiner) George passed away suddenly on May 28, 2019, from complications of COPD and pneumonia.

She was born in Richardton, North Dakota on February 19, 1933. Surviving family members include her loving husband of 63 years, Paul L. George, of Duvall, Washington and daughters Joleen Smith (Duane), Terri Anderson and Shelley George; her siblings LaRene George, Donna Speer and Dan Reiner.

Predeceasing her in death are her parents, John and Betty Reiner, siblings Duane Reiner and Betty Jean. In loving memory to our beloved Mother, wife, sister and aunt – a mother to so many and a friend to all.

Rest in peace. You are always with us.

Flora Martin Gates: Jan. 3, 1921 - April 5, 2020

W Flora“Flo” was born to Homer and Maud Martin on January 3, 1921, in Odessa, Oregon. She passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020.

Flo was the fourth of five children, (Bernice, Bob, Neil, Wilma). At the age of 1, the family moved to Glendale, Oregon. Her mom passed away when she was 7. Homer remarried Mary Whaley, who had two children, Lettie and Ben. They had one more child together, Lynn. They lived on a farm in a log house. 

Flo spoke often and fondly of her childhood, even the hard work. She graduated from Glendale High with honors. She then attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon to study education. There she met Oswald (“Ozzie”) Drexel Gates, and they were married on February 26, 1948. They had five children and lived mostly in the Seattle/Bothell area. 

Flo went back to college and completed her BA and MA in education. She primarily taught first grade for the Northshore School District for over 20 years.

She had so many talents and interests: singing and playing piano and guitar, yodeling, baking (her cinnamon rolls were the best!), running a home, teaching, tutoring, going to professional sports’ games, supporting her children and grandchildren in their activities, reading and always learning new things.

After a stroke in 2014, Flo developed dementia. She was able to stay in her own home until February of this year.

Flo was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and six siblings. She is survived by her sister, Lynn Diltz; her children, Jeff (Elizabeth) Gates, Tim Gates, Mary Marshall, Terri Gates and Libby (Brian) Baarstad; her stepdaughters Doreen (Ross) Kines and Nona (Dalton) Davidson, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Flo was kind, funny, and caring to her family and friends. We miss her so much but glad she’s home and free!

Her internment is at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in LaConnor, Wash. Services will be after the Coronavirus scare. Half of the ashes go over parents' grave at Glendale, Oregon.  For more information or to leave comments visit the Chapel of the Resurrection website at www.chapel.cedarpark.org/obituaries.