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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2009 * B3 OBITUARIES Robert Maynard Buck Robert May- nard Buck, of Issaquah, died Feb. 16, 2009, in Kirkland. He was 91. A memorial service was held Feb. 18 at Flintoft's Fu- neral Home and Crema- Robert Buck tory. A com- mittal service followed at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. Robert was born March 21, 1917, in Brentford, S.D., to William Pearl Buck and May Whitworth. He was raised in Aberdeen, S.D. On Aug. 5, 1940, he married Helen Mildred Nider in Wagner, S.D. In 1961, they moved their family from Michigan to Seattle in an old converted school bus to pursue his career as an orchestra teacher for the Bellevue School District, where he worked until his retirement. He was also an excellent cellist, playing for the Seattle Symphony. Robert was a member of St. Joseph Church, of Issaquah, and St. Made- line Sophie Church, of Bellevue. Robert is remembered as a lov- ing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and he will be greatly missed. Survivors include daughters Bar- bara Alberts, Diane Friend, Peggy HugdaM and Laura Gilliam; sons Robert, Allen, Denny, Doug and Gordon Buck; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen on Nov. 7, 2004. The family suggests remem- brances in Robert's memory be made to Evergreen Hospice, 12040 N.E. 128th St., Kirkland, WA 98034, Attn: Foundation Gifts. Friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sign the family's online guest book at www.flintofts.com. Helen Elizabeth Daetz Burch Helen Elizabeth Daetz Burch, of Issaquah, died Feb. 11, 2009, in Bellevue. She was 93. Helen, the daughter of Maximil- lian Daetz and Elizabeth Kurtz Daetz, was born Nov. 5, 1915, in Two Rivers, Wis. After being raised in Two Rivers, she later lived in New York, Ohio, Califor- nia, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Vir- ginia and Washington. On April 2, 1938, Helen married Elmer Crowell Burch. She gradu- ated from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing and Milwaukee Downer College, earning a degree as a registered nurse. In her spare time, Helen was an Jan Gardner After a heroic battle with cancer for six and a half years, Jan Gardner died Feb. 6, 2009. She was 55. A celebra- tion of her life is Sunday, March 1, for Jag Gardner family, co- workers and friends. She maintained a positive and hopeful attitude, continuing to demonstrate her zeal for life and deep-seated love of teaching. While having chemotherapy/radi- ation treatment and teaching full time, she earned her master's de- gree in December 2006. She touched the hearts and minds of every child and parent she met and inspired her family, coworkers and friends. She will be forever sadly missed by all who knew her. Jan was born in Miami on Jan. 5, 1954, to Fred and Emily Ehrhorn. After graduating from North Miami High School, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in ed- ucation from Florida Atlantic Uni- versity in June 1976, graduating Phi Kappa Phi. She taught for four years, but her love of travel and desire for challenges drew her to a new ca- avid reader, who especially en- joyed politics. In her younger years, she loved to garden. Her family remembers Helen as a strong-spirited woman, who be- lieved that the greatest gift to give one's children is the best possible education. Helen is survived by children Phyllis Mikes Burch, of Prague, Czech Republic, Terrill Burch, of Issaquah, Marcia Burch Asbeck, of Del Mar, Calif., and Carol Burch, of Issaquah; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 1, 1997. A private burial service will take place at Arlington National Ceme- tery, Washington, D.C. reer as a flight attendant with Air Florida Airlines, which went bank- rupt in 1984. Jan and her hus- band then moved to Minneapolis, where she was a flight attendant with Sun Country Airlines. Within two years, they relocated to the Sammamish Plateau. In 1989, she gave birth to Jen- nifer and devoted herself to moth- erhood. When Jennifer was 4, Jan returned to teaching. By 1995, she had earned her Washington State Teaching Certificate. In 1998, she transferred to Louisa May Alcott Elementary School, where she remained for the rest of her career. Her achieve- ments and accomplishments were acknowledged throughout the Lake Washington School District. A deeply devoted wife and mother, Jan loved to cook and did so with true gourmet flair. She loved holidays and celebrated by decorating her home. She created greeting cards of exceptional and professional-like quality. She was a prolific reader, excel- lent bowler, and loved skydiving, hiking, skiing, swimming and rac- quetball. She loved nature, espe- cially birds and water, and en- joyed sailing trips in the San Juan Islands. Jan is survived by her husband Chris; daughters Jennifer and Am- ber (Barber); mother Emily Ehrhorn; sister Barbara (Byerley); and her two cats, Smokey and Chemo. Web site: Valuable resource to older vets FROM PAGE B1 Working with Sanchez prompted Eigner to return to school to gain a degree in social human services. He is currently enrolled at Lake Washington Tech- nical College. While the service can be more helpful to veterans who recently left the military, it is still a valuable resource to older veterans, said Gary Morris, also of Issaquah, who got out of the Air Force in 1988. Morris is undergoing his second run with WorkSource Redmond and said he takes consistent ad- vantage of its exhaustive listing of jobs and contacts available. Though he has yet to find a job, Morris said it is the fault of the current market and not the service itself. "There's just nothing out there right now," he said. "There's just too many of us." Despite the current economic climate, which is squeezing the job market for everyone, Sanchez said he is still having success getting his veterans hired. GETASSISTANCE Schedule an appointment or leam more by calling Paul Sanchez at 861-3788 or e-mailing him at psanchezsd.wa.gov. "Fortunately, for us, there's a big push to hire veterans right now," he said. Owen-Perry said a big reason for that is the perception employ- ers have of veterans fresh from the service. "They're already trained., They're already disciplined, she said. "They re very dedicated to their employer and their training." She said there is always a high demand for veterans in the police, fire and security industries, because they already have the discipline and security clearance needed. To advocate the hiring 0f veter- ans, Sanchez promoteshis service at job fairs and other events. He holds afternoon sessions from 1-5 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. While he does not have a regu- lar meeting place in Issaquah, he is available by appointment and is looking for a provider of an office space to meet with local veterans in Issaquah. Reach intern Jeff Richards at 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. Ethel Angela Randall Johnson Ethel Angela Randall John- son, of Is- saquah, died Feb. 8, 2009, in Issaquah. She was 91. By her re- quest, a pri- vate family burial was held in Saint El]R[ Job,son Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa. Ethel was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Carroltown, Pa., to Benjamin Mary Randall. Ethel attended business school and married Robert Joseph Johnson, who preceded her in death in 2001. She is survived by her daughter Donna M. Hart, of North Bend; son Thomas Randall Johnson, of Oak harbor, Wash.; and sisters LaRue Sherry, of Lorrain, Ohio, and Anita Hammerschiag, of Calif. She will also be missed by three grandchil- dren and four great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to share memories, view photographs and sign the family's online guest book at www.flintofls.com. Elizabeth 'Bessie' Kusuda Elizabeth "Bessie" Kusuda, MD, Ph.D., of Is- saquah, died Feb. 13, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. She was 84. We mourn the passing of [[lltll [ll$11l Bessie, who lived in the Bellewood Retirement Apartments in Issaquah for more than 10 years. Born in Tokyo, Japan, on Dec. 10, 1924, to an English father and Japanese mother, Bessie was an English citizen living in Japan. Bessie graduated from the presti- gious Tokyo Women s Medical Uni- versity. Early in her career, she served on the Atomic Casualty Commission in Hiroshima to help victims of the World War II atomic bomb. In 1950, she married Hawaii- born Mike Kusuda and became an American citizen. She had three children and continued her med- ical career. She was a tireless, dedicated healer who, in the prime of her career, served as chief anesthesiologist of Narita Red Cross Hospital, near Tokyo. While she was working for her doctorate in her 50s, Bessie was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Bessie spent the latter part of her career as a psy- chiatric doctor, serving mentally ill patients in Gunma, Japan. In her early 70s, Bessie retired from work and received treatment at the University of Washington for lung and cervical cancer. She resided at Issaquah near her three children. In her final years, she enjoyed writing and publishing haiku, gardening and spending time with her family. Amazingly, she survived all of her cancers and was cancer-free, but the treatments took a heavy toll on her body. Her susceptibility to cancer may be attributed to working in Hiroshlma at the after- math of the atomic bomb. Bessie leaves a lasting legacy through her children Margaret Bartlett, Valarie Kusuda-Smick, Charles Kusuda; seven grandchil- dren; great-granddaughter; and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her husband and her sis- ter. Bessie will be remembered as a trailblazer who sacrificed her own health to heal others. We will miss her zest for life, compassion and grace while overcoming mind-bog- gling obstacles. Remembrances in her honor may be made to help the homeless at Plymouth Housing Group, 2113 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121. Her online obituary and gnest- book are at www.flintofls, com. Leonard k Straub Leonard A. Straub, of Is: saquah, died at home Feb. 12, 2009. He was 90. At his re- quest, no serv- ices will be held. Leonard was born Aug. 28, Leonard Straub 1918, in Cando, N.D. He served in the Army during World War II in Europe and the South Pacific. After the war, he returned home and worked as a mechanic. He married Euna Randa on Aug. 15, 1950. Leonard and his new bride moved to Washington a short time later. Leonard enjoyed woodworking and building things. After moving to Issaquah from Seattle in 1964, Leonard went to work on remod- eling the family home. In fact, he remodeled the home several times throughout the years he lived there. He often lent his skills to help friends and family with their projects. Over the years, Leonard had his own construction company, build- ing homes with his brother and sons. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 3054. After his retirement, he and his wife traveled to family reunions in North Dakota and South Dakota. They often stopped in Reno and Silver City along the way. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He es- pecially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. His never-ending smile will be dearly missed. He will live on forever in our hearts, Survivors include his wife of 58 years; sons Ted Straub and Duane Straub; daughter Margie Raper; brother Allan Straub; six grand- children; and four great-grandchil- dren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carol Straub; brother Harold Straub; and sister Lavina White. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to Ever- green Hospice. Arrangements are by The Nep- tune Society. Wheel: Prepared with online version FROM PAGE B1 rang. When he answered, a pro- ducer asked if he could make it to Culver City, Calif., for a mid- January taping. "We made the arrangements and the rest is TV," he said. To prepare for "Wheel," Pe- likan logged long nights at his Mac, playing an online version of the game. His wife, Victoria Pelikan, re- called "hearing the same sound effects over and over again" as he practiced. On Jan. 16, Pelikan arrived at the "Wheel" studio at 7 a.m., hours before his episode was to be taped. After some final paper- work, some makeup and  few practice spins of the wheel, it was show time. ,Let's give away some money," host eatSajak said at the start of taping. Why else would we be here?" To mark "Great Outdoors" week, the set was decorated in a lodge motif with a crackling fire- place, rustic log beams and gobs of fieldstone. Vanna White wore a floor-length coral gown. Vanna White has the hardest ". I've ever seen," Victoria Pe- an said. She has to smile nat- urally for six hours a day." Watching the episode in the living room of their Squak Moun- tain home with their friends, the Pelikans described the taping as surreal. "It really is such a blur," Victo- ria Pelikan said. "We got out of there and it was like, 'HUb, did that just happen?'" From her perch in the audi- ence, Victoria Pelikan said she was most worried about her hus- band being rattled by nerves. He hit a bump early on, when he ac- cidentally asked for the letter T after another contestant had done so. "I'm already rooting against you," Burrows cracked. , After solving the puzzle Searching for a four leaf clover," Sajak announced that Pelikan had won the Ireland trip. At the end of the show, when Pelikan pocketed a $30,000 bonus prize, his wife and mother joined him and Sa- jak onstage. As for the prize money, the Pe- likans expect taxes will lop off about half of the total. They plan to save some of it. Otherwise, they have no firm plans for the Wheel" windfall. "Truthfully, I did not care if he walked om with nothing," Victo- ria Pelikan said. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. James Hursel/alton James Hursel Talton, of Issaquah, died Feb. 19, 2009. He was 81. His funeral service was at Foothills Bap- tist Church, Is- saquah, on Feb. 24. Burial ,laiaesTak followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Renton. Mr. Talton was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Benson, N.C., to Jim and Vonnie Talton. He later lived in North Carolina, Seattle, Alaska, Colorado, Korea, Louisiana, Geor- gia and Germany. Mr. Talton served his country in the U.S. Army as a drill instructor for 22 years and retired in 1966. He married Mary Hines on Oct. 25, 1952, in Maple Valley. Mr. Talton worshiped for 43 years at Foothills Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and groundskeeper for many years. He played an active part in building the existing church from the ground up. In his spare time, Mr. Talton worked on old cars and in the yard and enjoyed fishing. His family remembers him as a hard-working, simple, gentle man. He loved God, his family and his country. James Talton did not leave his earthly body in sorrow, but with a joyful heart, excited to ghi o home with his Lord and take s eternal place in heaven. Those who had the pleasure of having him in their lives are remi- niscent of the many great years of his life. Although he is now unable to be among us in a physical form, he will forever live on in our hearts. He has touched many lives, and will truly be missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years; daughters Judy Tal- ton, of Snoqualmie, Joyce Trow- bridge, of Duvall, Sheryl Gammon, of Kent, Jennifer Talton, of Is: saquah, and Angela eerrotti, of Is- saquah; sons James Russell Tal= ton, of euyallup, Jerry Talton, of Ukiah, Calif., and Jason Talton, of Kansas; sisters Mary McLamb and Elizabeth Gainey, of Benson, N.C.; numerous nieces and nephews; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family suggests memorial donations to Foothills Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements were by Greenwood Funeral Home. Kathleen and Ellie Merrill Bile Merrill Eflie Merrill, a most beloved German shepherd, died at noon Aug. 20, 2008. She was 14. She would've turned 15 in December. Ellie spent much of her life in poor, unkind conditions, but was rescued and deeply loved and spoiled throughout her golden years. Her life was a lesson to oth- ers that no matter our past, we can learn to love and trust again. Ellie was puppylike and playful with her mother, her cat, her friends, the children of her mother's friends and small dogs. She found much joy in squeaky tennis balls. Ellie was a mother and daugh- ter, sister and girlfriend, loyal and devoted best friend, caring and patient listener, fierce protector, guardian of secrets and a true diva. She is survived by her mother Kathleen, whose heart will never be the same. She will never be forgotten by the people who knew and loved her, especially her groomer, Lucia, and her vet, Dr. Mortimer. At a walk in her memory in Oc- tober, more than $1,100 was raised to help animals at the Seat- tle Humane Society. She would have whole-heartedly approved. Further donations can be made in her name to the Washington German Shepherd Rescue at www. washingtongsd, org. Mural FROM PAGE B1 to not cramp his or her style. "I wasn't much help and that was by design," he said. All that was important was the mural capture the look and feel of that Kleenex box. While his tumor has been re- moved, the cancer could come back at any time. Joe undergoes chemotherapy for three weeks at a time with one week off. Once a week, he goes to see a physical therapist, and he has begun seeing a psy- chiatrist. "If I have to do that and that's all, then I'm OK with it," he said. "Every day is a great day, and I have fun. To get around, he receives rides from friends and family. "Where else do you get this type of treatment? I'm spoiled," he said. "Friends are the most valuable thing you have, and your family." In a couple of months, though, Joe won't need, or want, a driver. He'll finally have the pleasure of taking his hrand-new Shelby GT 500 for a drive. For the moment, it has only two miles on it. CLUBS ArtEAST: 6:30 p.m. first Mon- day, Up Front Art Gallery, 48 Front St. N., www.arteast.org or 392-3191 The Eastside Welcome Club: 10 a.m. first Wednesday, 821- 5857 Issaquah Amateur Radio Club: 7 p.m. first Wednesday, Is- saquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, 392-7623 Issaquah Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary: 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday, 175 Front St. N., 392-6751 lssaquah Emblem Club: 7 p.m. first Wednesday, Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., 392-7024 lssaquah Sportsmen's Club: 7:30 p.m. first Monday, Sports- men's Clubhouse, 600 S.E. Evans St., 392-3311 lssaquub Valley Rock Club: last Friday, Issaquah Valley Se- nior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, 868-7229 MOMS Club of Sammamish Plateau: www.momsclubsam- mamish.org or 836-5015 Rotary Club of Issaquah: 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 Renton-Is- saquah Road, www.issaquahro- tary.org Rotary Club of Sammamlsh: 7:15 a.m. Thursdays, Bellewood, 3710 Providence Point Drive S,E., 444-2663 Rhythm and Reins Women's Equestrian Drill Team: Sun- days, Rock Meadow Equestrian Center, 20722 S.E. 34th St., Sam- mamish, 222-7100 Social Justice Book Group: 1-2 p.m. first Monday, Sam- mamish Hills Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 22818 S.E. Eighth St., shlcministriesCa- hoo.eom The Toastmasters of Sam- mamish: 7-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays Mary, Queen of Peace Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sam- mamish, 391-4834 Friday 8PM Broken Nobles Saturday 7-IOPM Ostgard & Allen MON-WED 6:30-9:OOPM "ITIURS - SAT 6:3OAM-II:00PM SUNDAY 8:3OAM-6:OOPM Gilman Village #47 " 425 427 8161 www.grimaldiscoffee.com