Northwest NEWS

May 10, 1999

Local News


John Louis DeRaspe

   John Louis DeRaspe of Duvall passed away peacefully on April 29. Born on Dec. 17, 1935 in Mexico, Maine, he was the son of Hubert and Mary Helen DeRaspe. He was preceded in death by Constance Ann DeRaspe, his beloved wife of 37 years.

   He is survived by his daughter Lisa Ann Gunderson of Westport and her daughters Jessica and Piper; daughter Monica Lane and husband David J. Bolles of Woodinville and their children Jenny, McKenzie, and Gabriel; son John L. DeRaspe, Jr. and wife Susan of Buckley; sisters, Evelyn Arbor of Mexico, Maine, Patricia Holland of Tucson, Arizona, and Alice McLaughlin; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by brothers Albert, George, Eugene, and James, and sisters Ella Girouz, Georgina Warner, and Louise Perry.

   John proudly dedicated 23 years of his life to serving his country in war and in peace in the U.S. Air Force. He was loved dearly by his children and he has remained a big part of their lives. His presence will be greatly missed and good memories fondly cherished. Also, John brightened the lives of his many good friends in Duvall and elsewhere and all who knew him will miss him dearly.

   A Funeral Mass was held at Holy Innocents Catholic Church on May 6. John will later be brought to rest with his beloved at St. John's Cemetery in Rumford, Maine, where a memorial service will be held.

   Remembrances are suggested to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3914 N. Lidgerwood, Spokane, WA 99205.

Michael Martin Paar

   Michael Martin Paar died April 28 at Overlake Hospital at the age of 87. He was born in Seattle on April 27, 1912.

   Mike's family moved from Lake Stevens to Carnation in 1928. He graduated from Tolt High School in 1930 and from Wilson's Business College in 1933. He bought Paar's Meat Market in 1938. He married Garnet Galvin in 1938. They had one daughter, Kathleen.

   Mike was the oldest child of Michael and Barbara Paar. They and children Joseph, Martin, and Ann Aspman preceded him in death.

   Mike built, owned, and operated Paar's IGA on Tolt Ave. from 1949-1977. Mike was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church since 1928, was a volunteer fireman, Tolt Men's Club member, on the Valley War Ration Board, city councilman for two years, on the city planning commission, and member of Tolt Historical Society and Sno-Valley Seniors.

   Mike was a loving husband, father, and grandfather--he took pride in being a good meat cutter and businessman. He was always eager to help others with a ready smile and cheerful nature. He also loved to travel with Ed Hume and friends. His interests were family, swimming, music and he loved to sing and play the violin.

   A Funeral Mass was held on May 8 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial was at Carnation Cemetery.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Garnet Paar of Carnation; devoted daughter Kathleen Johnson and husband Gregory of Issaquah; grandchildren Kristin Day Johnson, Tyler Michael Johnson; sisters-in-law Ida Mae Paar, and Norma Paar; brother-in-law Harold Tuttle; 10 nieces and nephews and cousin Anna Greichi of Seattle.

   Remembrances may be made to Sno-Valley Senior Center, P.O. Box 96, Carnation, WA 98014; or Tolt Historical Society, P.O. Box 226, Carnation, WA 98014.