Northwest NEWS

July 24, 2000

Local News


Richard Ellsworth Johnson

Jan. 26, 1943 - July 13, 2000

   Richard Johnson of Woodinville passed away July 13 at age 57 at the UW Hospital Transplant Unit in Seattle.

   Born January 26, 1943 to Richard A. and Eleanor Johnson, he was the grandson of Bothell/Woodinville pioneers Alfred and Emma Johnson and Anna and Ellsworth Thomas.

   He graduated from Bothell High School in 1961 and served in the United States Air Force Reserves in 1965. He was activated to duty in 1968 due to the Pueblo Crisis. He was the owner/operator of the Woodinville Tavern and most recently owned the Woodinville Brokerage Realty. He was a member of the Woodinville Lions Club, serving in the capacities of president, secretary, and zone chairman. He also served the community as a vice president of the Woodinville Jaycees and was a member of the Bothell American Legion, Post 127.

   Survivors include his loving wife Patti; stepsons, Martin and Scott Ohman; grandsons, Robert, Kyle, and Randy Ohman; his mother, Eleanor; brothers, Bill Johnson and his wife Marilyn; Earl Johnson and his wife Barbara; sister, Dorothy Dobbins and her husband Fred; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

   Honor guard military services by Bellevue American Legion Post 239 were held July 24 at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. A memorial celebration of Rich's life will be held July 29 at 2 p.m. at the Bothell Funeral Home, 18224 103rd Ave. NE, Bothell, followed by a gathering at the Mountain View Lions Club, 19008 168th Ave. NE, Woodinville.

   Remembrances in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Woodinville Lions Club, P.O. Box 417, Woodinville, WA 98072.

Gilbert J. Regelin

Gilbert J. Regelin

March 22, 1918 - July 8, 2000

   Gilbert J. Regelin, aged 82, passed away at his residence on the evening of July 8. A funeral mass at St. Brendan's Church, Bothell, and burial at Holy Rood Catholic Cemetery, Shoreline, were held on July 13.

   Gilbert is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen; daughters, Lynn and Gail; and granddaughter Laura.

   Gilbert, known as "Gib" by friends and family, was born to Herman and Rose Regelin in New Ulm, Minnesota. He graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic High School in 1936 in New Ulm and began dating Helen in 1937. Gib and Helen were married secretly in Iowa on July 4, 1939, and did not reveal their marriage to family or friends until Christmas of 1939.

   "We intend to build up the bank account, which is the reason for the secret marriage," wrote Gib to the Iowa court clerk. As to the reason for being married on July 4th: "We are both working and it is impossible for us to come down during the week."

   Gib became the payroll cashier for Cudahy Packing in Minnesota, and in 1955, he accepted a transfer to Seattle to expand his career as a federal agricultural inspector. Gib made sure your eggs and chickens were safe to eat. He retired from federal service in 1980 after 25 years.

   Woodinville has been the family residence since 1967, where Gib enjoyed being a caring husband, father, and grandfather, gardening, selling plants at the Redmond Saturday Market, tracking and analyzing his investments, drinking beer, winning an argument, and playing.

   In earlier years, neighbor kids would come to the door and ask, "Can Gibby come out and play?" Of course, he agreed.

   Gib believed in taking care of oneself, taking care of family, and taking care of matters. He was a "no nonsense" kind of guy who saw life as an exciting challenge and stepped up to the challenge without fear, without hesitation, without regret.

   As a father and husband, he taught the family how to be independent, strong, and think clearly. He was caring, protective, and provided an environment of safety, confidence, and well-being.