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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.”

Norman Johnson

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

ObitJohnson“Stormin’ Norm” Johnson of Woodinville and of Icelandic heritage, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2011, after a courageous five year battle with cancer and other complications.

He was born December 1930 in Ballard and was a life-long resident of Washington.

Norm is survived by Linda Harms, the love of his life for 42 years; sister, Carolina Watson (Woodinville); Linda’s sister, Sue Harms (Bellevue) and her children, Jenny Jensen and Scott Jensen; nieces and nephews, Debby Johnson (Seattle), Jerilyn (David) Tenesch (Montana), Pamela Wyman (Bothell), Connie (Ken) Brock (Texas), David (Jan) Johnson (Seattle), and Greg (Barbara) Wyman (Alaska).

He was one of four children born to the late Thorsteinn and Katrin Johnson and was preceded in death by his sister, Sigga Wyman; brother, Konrad Johnson and nephew Gary Johnson.

Norm and Linda hosted numerous parties and holidays and enjoyed a very special relationship with everyone in “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” including those who knew him as “Uncle Norm,” namely Joshua (Stephanie) Rutherford, children, Ethan and Hunter and Billie (Dr. Tony) Cube and their children, Mateo and Camille.

Norm had a long and fulfilling career that began in the U.S. Army where he became a supply sergeant, went on to be a grader and equipment operator for Watson Asphalt Paving Co. and Lakeside Industries. He worked on the Alaska Pipeline (Cold Foot Camp), and was the owner and operator for over 25 years of International Grading of Woodinville.

Norm’s hobbies included golf and numerous home improvement projects.  He was the one people always turned to when they needed help with a home improvement or other type of project.

Special thanks and appreciation to the staff members at Evergreen Hospital who brightened our lives: Dr. Lonergan, Fred Garland, Jennifer Smithers, Beep-Beep the Candyman; along with Dr. Stephen and Elaine Aprill, Dr. Schneider, Dr. Vossler, Nancy Bartholomew, Dr. Hunter, Dr. Taylor and the radiation staff.

A memorial service was held on October 6, 2011, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kirkland. Memorial contributions in honor of Norm may be made to a charity of your choice or the Cascade Cancer Center, 12303 NE 130th Lane, Suite 120, Kirkland, WA  98034.

John J. Poe

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

At the age of 63, John died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo.  He was born in Albuquerque, N.M., and lived in Woodinville from 1984 to 2010. John retired Honeywell Corp. in 2009, and since August 2010 he and his wife, Patti, have been traveling full time in their RV.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his son, Brian Sandenaw; daughter, Valerie Paschen and husband Jason; granddaughter, Layla Sandenaw and sister Mary Burchett and husband Warren.

Services will be held Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Canyon Hills Community Church, 22027 17th Ave SE, Bothell, WA.