OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park resident Merlin Lee "Butch" Felton, age 60, died Sept. 7, 2004, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born June 25, 1944, in Springfield, Mo., the son of Orville and Bertha (Filbeck) Felton.
During his childhood he lived in Yakima and Wenatchee. He attended and graduated from MacKnight High School in Yakima. In November 1963 he joined the U.S. Navy and served until 1967. He returned to Yakima and worked topping and removing trees with his brother.
In 1982 Mr. Felton married Karla Schreiner. They lived in Vancouver, where he worked as a surveyor. The couple moved to Alaska where they lived for three years where he worked as a carpenter, constructing residential housing. A later move placed them in Bellingham for 10 years before they came to Ocean Park in 1997.
A very out-going person, his door was always open to others. He was an avid fisherman, loved children and animals and enjoyed time spent with his family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by both parents, his sister Betty Jo Hicks and brother Dean Felton. Survivors include his wife Karla of Ocean Park; son Arthur Felton and daughter Gianna Sue both of Vancouver; sister Latrisha Stevens and husband Derek of Bellingham; grandchildren Rebecka, Devon and Jessica Felton of Anchorage, Alaska, and Elizabeth and Alexander Sue of Vancouver; and his mother-in-law Lola Schreiner of Vancouver.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.