Edythe V. Stevenson

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Obit_Stenson3Edythe V. Stevenson, a former advertising executive who wrote one of television’s most acclaimed commercials, died December 13, 2011,  in North Dartmouth, Mass. She was 81.

The cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.

In 1966, Ms. Stevenson, then a 35-year-old single mother, was hired by Manhattan advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach as a junior copywriter trainee.

Seven years later she was assigned to write a television commercial for a little-known Quaker Oats breakfast product, Life cereal.

Drawing on her experience as the mother of three sons, she created the memorable “Mikey Likes It” commercial. The spot first ran in 1973 and remained in regular rotation for 12 years, making it one of the longest continuously running television commercials ever aired.

In 1974, it received advertising’s highest award, the Clio, and earned Ms. Stevenson a promotion to senior vice president.

The commercial was named to the US Television/Cinema Classic Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 1999 TV Guide named “Mikey Likes It” one of the top 10 television commercials of all time.

Ms. Stevenson was involved in several other notable campaigns in her 16-year career with the agency (now DDB Worldwide), including Smirnoff and Volkswagen.

Edythe Vaughan Stevenson was born in 1930 in Morristown, New Jersey, and grew up on Long Island.

In 1949, she married sportswriter Jack Mann. They had four children and were divorced in 1966.  After retiring from advertising in 1990, she lived in Montauk and Orient, Long Island, and in Westport, Mass.

She was an accomplished poet and sailor.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Stevenson of Berkeley, Calif.; three sons, Steven A. Mann of Bethesda, Maryland, David M. Mann of Manhattan, and Donald J. Mann of Kenmore, Washington; five grandchildren; her longtime partner, Gordon H. Price of Westport, Mass.; and sisters, Daphne Stevenson Penttinen of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Adelita Stevenson Moore of Boston.

She is also survived by her cat, Mikey.

Charlie Goodman

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CObit Goodmanharlie Goodman passed away on December 4, 2011,  at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

Charlie, a lifelong Carnation resident, was born August 26, 1956, at Nelms Hospital in Snoqualmie, Wash., to Lavern Charles Goodman and Irene Delores Goodman.

Charlie lived in and around the lower Snoqualmie Valley all of his life where he gratuated from Tolt High School in 1974 and where he built his business, Charlie G Trucking.

Charlie was well known to all and love and is remembered for his smile that reached his eyes.

He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved to travel.He didn’t just talk about doing things,he did things and went places. He made trips to Hawaii, Indiana,Flordia,California and Texas.

Charlie was preceeded in death by his father,Lavern Charles Goodman and mother, Irene Delores Goodman.

Charlie is survived by his daughters, Lacie Renee Goodman of Carnation Wash., and Desire Tesser; three grandsons, Aristotle, Zane and Elijah of Miami, Fla., and Lacie’s brother, Mitch Shepherd; siblings, Rod Goodman,Juanita Gilmore,Linda Thompson, Nancy Benedict and Lois Goodman; nephews: Rick Goodman and Brent Benedict; nieces, Teri Totten, Andrea Thompson and Tiffany and his special friend of the past five years, Chelee, and many extended family members and friends.

Charles R. (Chuck) Davis

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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

Adolph Paul “Mickey” Meisch, Sr

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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 Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Richard ‘Dick’ Weldon Meldrum

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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.