Please let us know of any deceased classmates from the Ballard High School class of 1966 who served in the military and will be having a military interment service at our United States National Cemetery "Tahoma National Cemetery" in Kent, Washington. We would be most honored to capture the services for the surviving families at no cost to them
I met Jim when we were both students at Seattle Central Community College in the mid '70's. We were both Advertising Art students. We stayed close until his passing several years ago. He spoke often of his time at Ballard High. He loved football and his friends from that time.
I miss him.
Our family is saddened to announce that Linda passed away peacefully this morning. With the tender love of her husband and son right by her side, she felt comfortable to continue her journey into the afterlife. Her passing came quick and as a shock to us all. She was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in the later part of August, and it quickly spiraled out of control. We feel blessed with the wonderful care she received by the medical industry and every attempt was made to avoid this.
She is survived by her loving husband, a beautiful sister and brother-in-law, three amazing children and their wonderful spouses, seven spunky grandchildren, many nieces/nephews and cousins, and a whole world of friends.
Linda is an amazing person, with a heart full of joy and happiness. Her smile and warming hug, would shed any gloom from the day. She will be greatly missed by all.
Though the hand-written cards have stop, the beautiful memories will go on
Joan Louise (Anderson) ROCHELEAU Feb 4, 1948 ~ Dec 12, 2011 Joan, a mother of three, a lover of Nature, she was most comfortable out of doors. She enjoyed walking, gardening and reading. She acquired many friends over the years through work, neighborhoods, schools and clubs. Nothing was more precious to her than her family and grandchildren. Laughter was her companion. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Joan's life, scheduled for 1pm, Saturday, Dec 31st at Sand Point Community United Methodist Church, 4710 NE 70th St, Seattle, WA98115
The word used over and over to describe Joannie at her memorial service was "lovely." She was also gracious, gentle, and courageous. I miss her clarity, her vibrancy, and the joyful sound of her laughter: hers was a dear and cherished friendship dating back to our childhood. I know my life has been blessed to have known her. Ginger Scott Quick
From Gary & Evie Stewart on January 2nd, 2012
Just wanted to drop everyone a note regarding Joan's funeral service. It was very very nice and well attended. Many friends and family spoke about Joan and at times had the audience laughing and laughing.
Her boss from Virginia Mason started it all by telling us what exactly Joan's job was at the hospital. I had no idea how stressful and delicate her work was. She interviewed and tested patients with brain damage and reported back to the doctor who decided how to treat the patient largely due to Joan's test results and intuition. He said that many patients told him to thank the test lady for helping them get through the 6 hours of testing. First thing I thought of was - it sure takes a special person to be able to do this kind of work - and Joan was that special. She helped many many people get through a difficult time in their lives. And all this while she was going through the most difficult time of her own life.
Love was shown by the stories told of the times spent with Joan and her family. Early growing up in Ballard to when her kids were little and on to working and being a grandma. One story I want to share with you that was so funny. Apparently when her son was very small he got into everything and messed up the house and Joan had a hard time getting things done. When it came to vacuming she was always worried that because she couldn't hear what he was doing that he might hurt himself. So she resolved that problem.... She put him in a backpack on her back when she vacummed!!! Can't you just picture it??? We all laughed very loudly after hearing that..
There were quite a few Ballardites in attendance and a wonderful reception afterwards where people could have a bite to eat and visit. It was a very nice send off for Joan. We will all miss our wonderful girlfriend.
Don L. ANDREWS 4/4/1948 ~ 7/23/2008 Don passed away at the young age of 60 after a two year courageous battle with melanoma. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend to all who were touched by him.
Tom was a neighbor, and classmate. I didn't know him well, but he was the first acquaintance who lost his life in Viet Nam. I have a deep respect for ALL military servicemen and women! I was very saddened to hear of Tom's death.
From Ken Stewart on February 1st, 2019
From Susie (Lacy) Tonnesen (Hennessey) on August 5th, 2014
I remember Tom from way back in second grade at Adams Elementary School. He, Betty Frakes and I were the only kids in the class with freckles. Betty and I took turns having crushes on him. His dad had been killed in the Korean War and Tommy wore a cool embroidered jacket his dad had sent him. I can still picture him in that jacket. Tommy died a proud Marine in Vietnam. I visit his name on The Wall every time I'm in DC. Sadly, his name is one line higher than I can reach. I miss you, Tommy. Semper Fi!
Hank BOBALA Age 63, of Seattle went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 28th, 2010. He was born on June 7th, 1947 in Hanover, Germany. His family moved to Caracas, Venezuela for a brief time before immigrating to the USA where they settled in Ballard. Hank graduated from Ballard High School in 1966. Hank will always be remembered with a smile on his face and his everlasting tan. There will be a Celebration of Hank's life on Sunday, December 12th, 2010 from 2:30 to 5:00 PM at the Edmonds Conference Center
Classmate Warren William BUGGE (The Boogieman) passed away August 21, 2008. He was born January 8th 1947. He was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend who will be greatly missed by all.
Kort J. Christensen Kort passed away October 12, 2013 in his home after a battle with cancer. He was 66. Preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Jean Christensen and his son Jason. He leaves behind his sisters, Kate Christensen and Liane Myhre, a granddaughter, a niece and 2 nephews and many friends. At Kort's request there will be no services. He's gone fishin'!
Carolyn and I were friends throughout high school. I don't remember when she arrived in Seattle from Vancouver Island, but we became fast friends, and she was unique, with her slightly British accent which made all her off-color exclamations seem somehow genteel and funnier for it. She was a good student always, and adventurous intellectually and otherwise. I studied in México and spent 7 years there in the 70's, while Carolyn was off to Boston, and we lost touch during those years. When I returned to Seattle I ran into her at the Blue Moon, and we were friends until her death in 2001. We shared a love for the arts. I will ever miss hearing Its Carolyn! (she always spoke in exclamations) on the phone when she called.....and knew I was in for a fun conversation. Miss our trips to SAM and gallery openings and the ballet. She was part of the committee to amass an amazing collection of Northwest art hanging in Ballard High School, and one of the paintings was purchased as a memorial to Carolyn.
Nancy Rotchford, the daughter of William Beverley Crawford and Erma Fifield, died at her home in Hidden Meadows, San Diego County, CA on August 6, 2018, after a long battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy attended high school in Ballard, WA, graduating in 1966. After attending community college in San Francisco, CA, she graduated from the University of California – Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1982. Nancy began her professional career at the Bank of America in San Francisco, CA. She later worked for Boeing and Microsoft in Seattle, WA and Ingram Micro in Santa Ana, CA. After leaving Ingram Micro, she was an independent consultant.
Nancy’s marriage to Frank Rotchford ended in divorce. She is survived by her life partner, Michael Franklin, her brothers, William and David Crawford, nephews, Warren and David Crawford, niece, Katrina Crawford, Michael’s daughter, Nina Franklin, his sons, Zane and Jonathan Franklin, and numerous friends, who remember her good humor and laughter.
Kent Deer was born Jan. 1, 1948 to Dr Glen E. Deer and Keitha V. Deer. He passed away peacefully at home in Edmonds on Sept. 30, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his son Michael Deer; brother and sister in law Greg and Marilyn Deer; nieces Jenica Cerda and Rebecca Deer, three grandnieces; honorary step-daughter Michelle, and many very dear friends. Kent was a life-long resident of Ballard and North Seattle. Among his career accomplishments was his time in the real estate field working at McPherson's Realty, owning The Farm Mobile Home Sales, and owning and operating the Black Angus Motor Inn. His great pride was the friendship and love he shared with a wide circle of lifelong childhood friends, classmates from Ballard, co-workers, employees, and companions he gathered and cherished throughout his life. Among the things Kent had a passion for, was taking friends and family out on his Chris Craft Commander, most notably to the Seafair hydroplane races where they attended every one for 38 straight years. Second to that perhaps, was his interest in the music of the band Chicago, whom he saw in live performance numerous times throughout their career. In recent years, he “headed for the desert” to see them perform in Las Vegas at their annual Fan Club Association and would see every show. Listening to Chicago at high volume was a requirement of the boating experience with Kent. Kent traveled to some amazing places in his life. He spoke highly of the trip to Australia and the far East he took with his Aunt and Uncle Ted and Dorothy Miller; and he experienced white water along with close family and friends rafting down the Colorado river, through the Grand Canyon. A boundless capacity for caring, generosity, empathy, and kindness were the greatest attributes Kent brought to the world, and those will be missed by all who knew him. September 30, 2012 Our classmate and close friend Kent Deer has lost his battle with cancer this afternoon. Though his passing is a great loss to all that knew him we rest assured that he is now beyond his pain and suffering. I firmly believe that Kent Deer will be remembered as the kindest and most generous man and who played an intricate part in all of our class reunions. He entertained many gatherings including Sea Fair Log Boom and Washington Huskies Game Day gatherings on his beautiful boat. There will be a celebration of Kent’s life on this new date of Saturday, November 10th at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Ave. N. Edmonds, WA 425-640-1808. It will begin at 1:00 pm so please plan to attend and bring with you your favorite remembrances of this wonderful man.
Glen Allen John DeShaw was born 7/28/1949 in Seattle, WA and passed away 1/14/2017 in Des Moines, WA. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Rebecca; daughters Jessica Overton and Jennifer DeShaw; 2 grandchildren and assorted extended family members and friends. Memorial Service will be 11AM Saturday, February 11, 2017 at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 26715 Military Rd, Kent, WA with a reception following at 1PM at Wesley Homes Terrace Auditorium, 816 S 216th St, Des Moines, WA. Full obituary atwww.edwardsmemorial.com
One of our classmates and dearest friends, Gary Doerschel, past away in the comforts of his home last night. Though he was able to extend his life on this Earth for a short period of time he was only given 62 years. He leaves behind 8 brothers and sisters, a son and granddaughter and his wife Pam Doerschel. We will miss the presence of his friendship and his terrific sense of humor.
From Susan Tonnesen-Hennessey on September 3rd, 2016
Betty and I met in kindergarten, we were in the same Brownie and Girl Scout troop, and she was an outstanding person. She became a teacher, and taught somewhere in Africa. Her husband was also a teacher, who never seemed to be teaching in the same country as Betty. Her mother lamented, "I'll never have grandchildren." But I ran into Betty and Mrs. Frakes downtown around '81. Betty had her beautiful infant daughter with her, and Mrs. Frakes was a very proud grandma.
Ruthanne Grogan was born August 25th 1948 and passed away January 5th 2007. She was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 and was not able to attend our 40 year reunion. We were honored to have known her and pray that she is in a better place making preparations for that grand reunion when we will meet once again.
James Anthony HERNDON James Anthony Herndon, professional vessel captain and a native of Ballard, Washington, passed away on January 17, 2011 at his home in Camano Island, WA., at the age of 62. As Jim casts off for his final time we will keep his remembrance close at heart knowing that his life was fulfilled with the adventure he so dearly loved.
Steven Earl Hoefer passed away on Friday the 6th.of December 2019. Steve was a classmate of ours and to many a lifelong friend who always had a smile on his face. Some of us worked with him for many years in the building materials industry. Steve will be missed by all and we extend our thoughts and prayers to Steve and his family.
George Irvine, a former NBA player and head coach, died Monday, May 8, 2017, of cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 69. Irvine was born Feb. 1, 1948, in Seattle. He was a 6-foot-6 forward when he played college basketball at the University of Washington, where he was a first-team All-Pac 8 selection in 1970. During the 1970 NBA draft, the Seattle Supersonics chose Irvine in the eighth round. He never played for the SuperSonics, however; nor did he play with any other team in the NBA. He chose, instead, to play for the Virginia Squires, which had selected him in the American Basketball Association draft. He was with the Squires for five seasons, playing alongside Julius Erving between 1971 and 1973. Irvine then switched to the Denver Nuggets for one final pro season, in 1975-76. Irvine went on to serve as head coach for the NBA's Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. He was with the Pacers off and on from 1984 to 1989. He led the Pistons to the playoffs during the 1999-2000 seasons, but the team lost in the first round. He coached another season with Detroit before retiring from coaching. In 2012, he was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor.
I want to let you know that our dear friend and classmate Carrie Jensen Gustafson passed away yesterday on June 7th 2014 at 5:30 pm. As Carrie was witness to all of our lives we will forever remember her.
Chapter 3 regrets to inform you of the passing of one of our own, Reed F. "Cadillac" Johnson (D-2550).
Reed was a Decade / Lifetime member of SFA Chapter 3, a decorated Veteran of the Vietnam War, and the President/CEO of the 46th Special Forces Company (Airborne) Association, which sponsored countless Wounded Warrior Foundation events and performed charity work for thousands of underprivileged children and communities throughout the Kingdom of Thailand.
All indications are that Cadillac's service will be held in Buriram Province in northeastern Thailand. A detailed bio and more information on the funeral service will be provided as details become available.
RIP Cadillac. De Oppresso Liber
Ronald Glenn Johnson
Born in Seattle on December 13, 1947, Ron grew up in the Carkeek area and graduated from Ballard High School. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Fred D. Hinger, then came happily home to stay until his passing on March 3, 2015. Those who knew him will honor him best by recalling his zest for life and passionate dedication to all he did. Thanks for all you gave us Ron – there’s been no one else like you!
From Don Sperouse (Gerlach) on September 16th, 2016
I remember Lisle from the Ballard Boy's Club football team, he played center on offense, and noseguard on defense. Also on that team were, Dave Wilson, the Hopkins brothers, Mark San Diego, and many others. I'm not surprized that, Lisle became a Coach, Gary Hopkins, and Mark San Diego, were Coaches in youth football, along with myself. I tried to find our team picture. But, alas it's buried somewhere in my storage unit, I thought it would be for the team members to see it. Sorry that Lisle and other team players will not be attending. Don Gerlach
From Mike Ballard on January 26th, 2016
Mr. Lafond was my JV basketball coach at Nathan Hale in 1977-1978. That was the most fun I ever had playing basketball. He made you want to practice. He would dress down and play with us, always working to improve our skills. He would take terrible shots and he never called fouls on himself and practice only ended after someone hit a shot from half court.
At the beginning of the season we lost almost all of our games , but ended the season winning the last six in a row. The most noteworthy win was over Queen Anne, at their Gym..we were behind 61-49 with 1:04 left and we out scored them 14 - 1 in the last minute to win 63-62.
I believe that we carried 14 players on a team back then and I was probably about #16 in turnouts, I am not sure what made him take another guard, but the day he said I was on the team was truly the most pivotal day of my life. I had been cut from every team I had tried out for in junior high school and high school, but this year was different. He was brutally honest with me and told me I would rarely get to play in games but he knew I would work hard in practice. I didn't care at all, I was on the team. His belief in me turned my life around. As it turned out I did get to play a lot and actually started the last half of the season, and although that was the high watermark of my hoops career, it totally changed my opinion of myself and spawned an upward spiral in life that has continued to this day.
Oh how I wish I could have told him that to his face. Instead I am learning 12.5 years after the fact that he left us in 2003.
Steven Lee McKINNEY Jan. 17, 1948 ~ Nov. 11, 2009 Born in Seattle; passed away in Oldsmar, FL, where he enjoyed life for the past 10 years. Survived by his daughter, Vanessa Lindbeck of San Diego, and sister, Janelle (Jan) King of Seattle. A celebration of Steve's life was held November 18th in Oldsmar. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Assoc.
It has come to our attention that the motorcyclist who was killed by a wrong way driver Friday, October 18th on 520 was classmate Steve Meuter. Steve had retired a short time ago from his position as Ketchikan Plant manager for Alaska General Seafood’s. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Steve's family during this time of sadness. He will truly be missed and remain in our thoughts and prayers from this time forward.
Mary Ann Miller Anderson Age 67, Beloved Wife of Joseph B. Anderson, Mother of Joseph C. Anderson passed away May 25, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary was the daughter of Metro and Lyle Miller of Seattle, WA. Mary was raised in Ballard, and then moved to Tuckwila where she resided with her husband of 47 years until she passed away. Mary loved animals, especially horses. She loved to ride and was in riding competitions for many years. She also loved flowers, crafts, Christmas and her home by the river. Mary was a kind and loving spirit who was well loved by her family and friends.
Steve, We went through some tremendous times together...espescially after you graduated. If I get you another job please try to not crash the car.
From Susan Tonnesen-Hennessey on September 3rd, 2016
Steve was so funny and creative. I boarded a flight home from London, ill with the flu, trip cut short by three weeks, and thought I was hallucinating when I saw Steve on board. But no, as we changed planes at O'Hare, he recognized me too, even through the coughing, sneezing, and tissues. Uff da, it's a small world. He's still making people laugh, I'll bet, "on a higher plane."
Marcia passed away at home on November 12, 2019, in the arms of her husband Tom of 49 years and surrounded by her loving children, Tricia, Jeff, and Joe. Marcia was born in Seattle on December 10, 1947 to Ed & Gert Latschaw. She graduated from Ballard High School in 1966 and attended the U of W, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in accounting & business education. Tom & Marcia were married on June 20, 1970 after he returned from Vietnam. Marcia was the Heart & Soul of our family, she was always available to help and support anyone that needed it. She always had a positive attitude, helpful caring nature, was generous with her time and organized beyond belief. Marcia loved being a grandma and spending quality time with her grandkids; Camron, Brooklyn, Kaitlyn, Nate & Stella and her adult children Tricia (Scott), Jeff, and Joe (Kelli).
Marcia was an amazing wife, mother, grandma & friend. We were all blessed to have had her in our lives, She will truly be missed!
From Ballard High School Class of 1966 on November 21st, 2019
We are saddened to announce the passing of classmate Marcia Latschaw who left us on November 12, 2019. Marcia was a dear friend who always had a kind word to say. She will be missed by all who knew her and we will continue to think of her often as we continue on. We wish her family and closest of friends our deepest sympathy during this time of sadness.
Harry Arvid Peterson, 69, passed away peacefully
on February 28, 2018, in Seattle, WA. He was born
August 22, 1948 in Emporia, Kansas to Paul W.
Peterson and Phyllis Bard Peterson but lived most
of his life in Seattle. He attended Ballard High School
and was a graduate of the University of Washington.
Lynnwood Police Reserve Officer Mark San Diego, who lived in Edmonds, died on February 22, 2013 surrounded by his family and friends after being diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier. Mark San Diego served Lynnwood for 24 years. Rest in peace dear friend.
My good friend Terry Searle passed away Saturday from esophageal cancer.
I was lucky enough to see him Wednesday and Thursday in Spokane. His good Friend Bob Carlson and Terry’s son Eric were with him when he passed. RIP Terry.
Evie was a prominent member in our Ballard High School Class of 1966. She not only involved herself in all of our class reunion planning’s but she was the one responsible for installing thoughtfulness with the concern for others in all of our reunion plans. She had too many social gatherings among friends and relatives to count (where she did all of the wonderful cooking). She was defiantly the queen of gathering when there was a need for all of us to get together in one place for a common purpose. She knew most everyone and most everyone knew her. She had a continuous smile that was warming and welcoming to all whom she encountered. She took part in many activities and reached out to many of those who were in need. We will all miss her dearly and pray that someday we will meet up with her again.
COTUGNO, LINDA J. (Sweeney) , 61, of North Scituate, a former Sales Representative for the A. T. Cross Company passed away Monday January 4, 2010 at RI Hospital. Linda won the "Person Who Traveled the Farthest Award" at our 40 year reunion. She was loved by those who knew her and will be missed by all.
Bjarne Varnes Classmate, Class Reunion Committee Member and lifelong friend Bjarne Varnes lost his battle with cancer. He passed away on July 17th 2020 after a recent stay in the hospital. Bjarne was unique, quick-witted and a very gifted and humorous character that seemed to fit in well with everyone. We enjoyed working with him during our reunion committee meetings and to a number of us had the pleasure of sitting in with an occasional glass of wine, a fine cigar and Barnes terrific sense of humor. He will truly be missed by all and our hearts go out to his surviving family. Rest in peace old buddy, we will always remember you.
Reid Martin Wakefield, loving husband to Deborah Wakefield, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the age of 69.
Reid was born January 29, 1948 in Seattle, Washington to Donald and Virginia Wakefield. He grew up in Ballard, graduated from Ballard High School and University of Washington and served in U.S. Navy. Reid enjoyed a rewarding career of 36 years with The Boeing Company.
Rob White, 69, died February 13, 2017. He lived his entire life
in the Seattle area. Rob was born October 20, 1947 to James
and Tova Jensen White.
Rob was and army Viet Nam veteran.
He leaves his loving wife Charlotte Burkart White and sons Neil
and Carl. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Whitehead and
brother Michael P. White and their families.
Rob was preceded in death by his parents and sister Christianne.
A gathering of family and friends will be April 29, 2017 at Nordic
Heritage Museum from 1pm-3pm.