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Charles R. (Chuck) Davis

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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 http://www.forevermissed.com/charles-davis.

Adolph Paul “Mickey” Meisch, Sr

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit MeischjAdolph Paul “Mickey” Meisch, Sr. died at his home surrounded by family on November 26, 2011. He was born November 22, 1926, in Aurora, Ill., to Adolph C. and Rosamond Meisch, the oldest of seven children. Adolph was an award winning ice and roller figure skater. At the age of 17, he quit high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was married to Dolores M. Trafton in Anacortes on January 26, 1946.

Mickey developed a love of flying as a young man and purchased his own plane. Flying became his second love and he continued flying into the 1990s. He served as an aircraft mechanic with the Navy, retiring on his birthday in 1967 as an ADRC (E-7).

Adolph spent his last duty station at Sand Point Naval Station, Seattle, and made his home in Bothell. Following retirement, he began a second 20-year career as chief mechanic with Kenmore Air. While in Bothell, Adolph and Dolores were active members of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church.

In 1990, the Meischs grew tired of the traffic of the city and moved to Oak Harbor. Mickey was an avid builder of models, pop can airplanes, building display models and flying models. He was a longtime Boy Scout leader, a former commissioner with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed the out of doors and was an avid bicyclist for many years.

Adolph and Dolores were active members of St. Mary Catholic Church of Coupeville, members of the PBY/Catalina International Association (CIA) and pioneer members (Plank Holders) of the PBYMF. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 97, and the American Legion, George Morris Post 129, both of Oak Harbor, the AOPA, the Navy Museum of Flight of Pensacola, FL, the Seattle Museum of Flight, and the Knights of Columbus.

Mickey is survived by eight children: Dolores Struthers of Calloway, Minn., Rosanne Berkey (Bill) of Las Vegas, Nev., Adolph “Skip” Jr. of Oak Harbor, Cheryl (Doug) Parrott of Edmonds, Wash., Susan Meisch of Arlington, Wash., Tim Meisch Sr (Cheryl) of Bothell, Roberta Phillips (Craig) of Bothell and Jill-ann Cooper of Atlanta, Ga.: two sisters, Rosanne Henningson of Naperville, Ill., and Roberta Bates of Batavia, Ill., and one brother, Tom Meisch, Sr., of Fresno, Calif. Sixteen grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren also survive.

Nicholas C. Meisch (son), Tricia and Tracy Jackson (grandchildren), Duane Struthers (son-in-law), Roberta Meisch (daughter-in-law) and three brothers, John I. John B. and Richard J. Meisch preceded him in death.

Funeral mass for Adolph Meisch will be celebrated Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Oak Harbor with Rev. Philip Raether as celebrant and Rev. John Madigan as co-celebrant. Private family inurnment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, Anacortes, at a later date. Memorials may be made to the PBY Memorial Foundation, PO Box 941, Oak Harbor, WA 98277-0941.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.wallinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Richard ‘Dick’ Weldon Meldrum

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

MeldrumobitAt the age of 78, our beloved Grandpa to Emilie & Grace Babunovic passed away peacefully at home, after a 6-month battle with cancer, on 11/14/2011.

Dick’s wife and daughter were at his side, while out his window the sparkling morning sun was shining on the golf course, in Soap Lake, Wash.

Dick is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Suzy (Davidson), cherished daughter Peggy Sue, son-in-law Richard Babunovic, granddaughters Emilie & Grace, sisters Beverly LaFord and Marilyn Melby, brothers Michael Abbott and Joe Meldrum, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  His son, Ric preceded him in death in 2010.

Dick was born 9/15/1933, and raised in Yakima. He began his lifelong passion with cars at the age of 13, when he repaired and drove a 1930 Pontiac that was given to him!

He went on to own, fix, buy and sell over 60 cars during his lifetime.  Before entering the Army/Air Force (a short stint due to hearing loss), he was a sports star at Yakima High.

He then moved to Renton with his family, where he met Suzy, the love of his life and married in 1954.

Adventurous together, they made wonderful memories with many friends and family while camping, racing cars, socializing, fishing, boating, swimming, playing cards and golfing.

The highlight of his working career was several years with Mercedes Benz, where he was well respected, admired and influential in countless lives.

Dick began with Phil Smart, Inc. where he retired as the service manager in 1984. Enticed out of retirement by Barrier Motors, he became their parts & service director, and was instrumental in helping launch the Bellevue dealership from new construction on up.  He finally retired in 1991.

Over the years, Dick also had several other ventures, including real estate agent, home building contractor and developer of a short plat, owner of a Meyers Manx dune buggy franchise and owner of D.M. Auto Check.

During his retirement years, Dick eagerly taught his granddaughters how to fish, golf and garden.  They were his bright and shining stars and he told them before passing on, “Memories are what life is.”

Whenever he could, Grandpa (with Grandma) came to Woodinville to attend school events, including the Cottage Lake Follies and Mr. Kelly’s holiday concerts at NPAC.

Always smiling, laughing and having fun, Dick will be enormously missed by all.

Alf A. Bergersen

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit BergersonAlf A. Bergersen passed away peacefully on September 11, 2011, surrounded by family and friends, after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Born in Oslo, Norway in 1936, Alf attended school there through the college level before serving in the Royal Norwegian Air Force from 1956 to 1958.  A scholarship from Washington State College in Pullman drew him to the U.S. and ignited his lifelong love for this country.  Alf received his BA in business administration in 1961, was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and remained a diehard Coug’s fan.  He worked for Boeing until 1964 when he returned to Oslo and with a boyhood friend built a successful publishing company, Økonomisk Litteratur (ØL), which he led until 1984.  Drawn back again to Seattle, Alf established his own businesses in finance and real estate where he continued to be active until his passing.  Through his membership in the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, including serving as its president from 1988 – 1990, he worked to strengthen commercial ties between the two countries.

A resident of Woodinville and Friday Harbor, Alf was loved and will be missed by many in the U.S. and Norway.  He is survived by his wife, Anne Bugge and his son, Mark Bergersen. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Alf’s memory to a favorite charity or to the Swedish Foundation in support of the Swedish Cancer Institute, 747 Broadway, Seattle, 98122.

To share memories of Alf, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.

Bobbi E. Haley

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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August 4th 1952 – October 16th 2011

Services: Duvall Church  - October 29 at 2

Following the service, the family welcomes everyone to come celebrate Bobbi’s life at Vincent’s School House (810 W. Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, Carnation). Bobbi is survived by her husband, Ray Haley; son, Raymond Haley; daughter, Robin Haley Lindsay; son-in-law, Michael Lindsay; granddaughters ,Haley and Addison Lindsay; mother, Alice Allen; sister, Terry Allen and brother Bill McClurg. She had been battling breast cancer for the past 14 years and died at home with Ray by her side.

Bobbi was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Robert and Lois McClurg. She was adopted by Wayne and Alice Allen at the age of 12, at which time she moved to the U.S. and attended Redmond  Jr. High (where she first met Ray). Shortly after graduation from Redmond High School, they got married. Ray joined the service and moved to San Diego where they lived with his brother Joe and Shellie Haley. They then moved to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and became proud parents to Raymond and Robin Haley. They ended up settling in Duvall where they raised their family and built a home on Lake Margaret. Bobbi went to cosmetology school and became a hair dresser. She had an infectious personality which drew people to her. Ray and Bobbi were truly soul mates and along with her children, they all called her their best friend.

One of her favorite phrases was “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”She lived an amazing life, always surrounded by family and friends. She loved to travel, hold her grandchildren, laughing until she cried, listening to music and going to the ocean. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and undoubtedly kept her so strong and fighting for all of these years.

She was the most beautiful, caring, thoughtful, sensitive, strong, loving, giving, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt we’ve ever known.She was truly an amazing person. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories.You will always and forever be LOVED and MISSED by all.

“Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”