Robert C. (Bob) Ranard

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Robert C. (Bob) Ranard

Ranard063With his son, Bob Jr., at his side, Bob Ranard died on June 2, 2015 at his home in Woodinville from complications of pulmonary fibrosis and congestive heart failure. He was born in Helena on Jan. 13, 1945 to Alva Wayne (Bill) and Faye Lorraine (Frey) Ranard. Bob grew up in Helena and graduated with the Helena High class of ’63. He enjoyed his 40th class reunion just two years ago. Growing up, he loved working on his old jalopies and became an excellent mechanic, associating with many friends in the stock car racing circuit before going off to the Navy.

Bob married Carol Shepherd in 1962 and together they had three children. After the Navy, Bob drove buses and semi-trucks until taking a job in 1974 as a master mechanic for a Buick dealership in Seattle. When the gas shortage cost him his job, he bought a dump truck and pup and as owner/operator, provided for his family for the next 30-plus years.

Bob remarried in 1978 to Tawny Fischer and together they had a son, Bob Jr. In 1987, Bob purchased a beautiful 5-acre piece of land in the cedars of Woodinville and built a home where he resided until his death. He had a large shop where he kept and maintained his truck, landscaping equipment, ’dozer and backhoe. When he wasn’t driving his truck, he was doing odd jobs in landscape work.

During his last few weeks, Bob was able to spend quality time with his brother and sister, with visits from his children and grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father and brother Arlee. He is survived by his children Arleen Ranard of East Helena, Tom Ranard of Seattle, Jerry Ranard of East Helena, Robert Ranard Jr. (Aimee Hollembaek) of Woodinville and Lisa Jacobson of Seattle; his brother, William Wayne (Bill) Ranard (Billie Jean) of Bozeman; his sister, Della Grace Ranard (Bob Johnson) of East Helena; his companion Terrie Hudecek and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Please visit to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Bob.

Inurnment with Military Honors
11 a.m., Monday, July 6
Montana State Veterans Cemetery

Grant Leroy Farness

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Grant Farness obit picGrant Leroy Farness died peacefully May 28, 2015. He was born May 2, 1921 in Kintyre, North Dakota, the youngest of five siblings. When his mother died in 1925, the family moved to Willmar, Minnesota. Grant graduated from Willmar High School in 1939 and immediately moved back to Kintyre to live with his oldest sister, Myrtle, and husband Carl Svanes and help them on their farm.

He was drafted into the Army Air Force in 1942, sent to MacDill Field in Florida, and assigned to nursing at the field hospital and then to Air-Sea rescue boats in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon the Infantry needed more men so he was sent to Germany and Austria until the end of World War II.

After the war, he moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota and stayed with his aunt, and was employed as a bus driver and a deputy sheriff. He met Adeline Monsebroten and they married on Dec. 2, 1950.

Grant built the house that he and Adeline resided in for the next 16 years. In 1955, their daughter Karen was born.
Grant accepted a job offer from Boeing and the family moved to Bothell in November 1966. He worked there for five years and then got a job closer to home working for the Northshore School District. He retired in 1984. He continued to live in his home until his passing.

Grant was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Bothell: singing in the church choir, ushering and working in the kitchen for All Season’s luncheons.

Grant is preceded in death by his wife, Adeline, in 2007 and his three sisters, Myrtle (Svanes), Lillian (Halvorson), Lorraine (Hoefs) and his brother Willard. His two younger half sisters, Evangeline (Olson) and Thelma Farness have also passed away. Grant is survived by his daughter Karen Farness Holt and her husband Steve Holt, and lots of beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Bothell.

Grant loved his two dogs, Ben and Molly. Because they both were adopted from Homeward Pet Animal Shelter in Woodinville, the family would like donations made to Homeward in his honor.

William (Bill) Andrew Bates

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William (Bill) Andrew Bates passed away in his home on May 18, 2015. He was surrounded with the love of his family and friends.

Bill was born Sept. 24, 1957 to Rev. Jack and Mary Bates in Pocatello, Idaho. He was a longtime resident of Duvall, Washington. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and brothers. Bill leaves behind his children, Jason, Lydia, Dylan and Sam; sister Sarah Bates; his loving companion Barbara Leahy Clark; granddaughter Rosemarie and two grandbabies that are soon to arrive, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

There will be a celebration of Bill’s life at his house as he requested with a potluck barbecue.

Instead of flowers, the family has requested to please donate to the Veterans Association or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Clifford Keith Nebeker

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Clifford Keith Nebeker

Clifford Keith Nebeker

Woodinville resident Clifford Keith Nebeker, born June 26, 1943 in Salt Lake City, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on May 25, 2015. He is survived by Norma, his loving wife of 49 years; his four wonderful sons Doug (Dana) of Kansas City, Eric (Carrie) of Dupont, Washington, Greg of Seattle and Brett (Tara) of Bellingham; his adorable eight and one-third grandchildren; and a brother, George (Lydia), of Bothell.

He attended South High School in Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, earning a degree in electrical engineering. His 40-year career led him to work on projects in many places throughout the world. He spent long periods of time in Russia, Poland, Canada and Spain working on power plant construction projects. After officially retiring in 2011 from SNC-Lavalin he continued to work for Beacon Engineering in Bothell until 2014.

He was very handy and enjoyed working with his hands. He liked working on his cars, his home and his yard.

He was a kind and loving man. He watched over and cared for his extended family when there was a need and gave countless hours of caring service to others. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his boys and their families.

Cliff wanted his obituary to say: “He loves his family, and his family loves him. He loves his Savior, and is loved by the Savior.”

Services were held on Friday, May 29 and he was interred at the Woodinville City Cemetery.

The family would like to thank those from Evergreen Hospice who cared for Cliff, particularly Tara Connor.

Donations can be made in Cliff’s memory to LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund at

Mary (Brydson) Marcell

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Mary (Brydson) Marcell

Our beloved mother Mary passed away from us on Monday, April 20 in Kirkland at the Evergreen Hospice care center after a long struggle with congestive heart failure.

Mary was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1953. She attended the Griffin Murphy business college and thereafter in 1955 met and married John Marcell, also a graduate of Queen Anne High School. Mary enjoyed working in the aerospace industry for over 35 years as a talented documentation specialist until her retirement in 1997.

Mary was ahead of her times balancing a family and career in the 1960s. She raised six children and seemed to do it all effortlessly. She loved family meals at the table, was a great cook and always prepared enough for anyone that might be dropping by without notice; it was something you could count on.

Mary was a strong, capable woman in every endeavor she pursued. She was a self-taught artist in the field of stained glass, painting and fiber arts. She enjoyed carpentry and home design and built two homes. She was an avid golfer, skier, reader and gardener. Her most favorite love of late was her acclaimed sewing room where she spent many happy hours daily. And she loved all of her sewing friends she’d met over the years.

Mary was a good teacher; she taught her children to be independent and allowed them the freedom to explore and learn and grow rich in their own lives. She was a good friend and listener. She loved and was loved and will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, David and Nora; her sister, Joanne Caswell of California; and her husband of 28 years, John Marcell. Surviving relatives are her sister Marlene Brydson of Kent, her children, Lynn and Lindsey Yowell of Chelan, John and Donna Marcell and Mark and Jill Marcell both of Redmond, Terry and Alise Marcell of Woodinville, Tracy Price Zembruski and Mark Zembruski of Woodinville and Denise and Dan Stumpf of Kirkland. Grandchildren are Lindsey Yowell and Sarah Chase, Dusty Marcell, Drew and Miranda Marcell, Shelby Marcell, Janielle and Carl Linder, Chad and Ryan Makela, Julie Marcell, Preston Marcell, Cameron Price and Heidi Kimble, Christopher Price, Connor, Lexi and Nicholas Stumpf and great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Jaylin and Tillman Yowell, Jake Kimble, Emmie and Tristan Marcell, along with many loved nieces and nephews.

A private memorial was held for family and friends on Sunday, May 10 at Heritage Hall in Kirkland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Evergreen Hospice of Kirkland.