Iver Johnson, Jr.
NASELLE - Lifetime Pacific County resident Iver Johnson, Jr., 75, died Aug. 6, 2002 at his home in Naselle. He was born Sept. 6, 1926 in Bay Center, a son of Iver and Elizabeth (Pickernell) Johnson. The family included 15 children, 12 boys and three girls.
Mr. Johnson grew up in Bay Center and attended school in South Bend. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He and six of his brothers were in the U.S. military together during this time. In 1946 after fulfilling his military obligation, he was honorably discharged and returned to Pacific County.
In January 1947 he married Rose Nelson and they made their home in Naselle where they continued to reside all of their married life.
A log truck driver for 42 years, Mr. Johnson had hauled logs for the local companies of Oatfield (Grays River) Logging, Penttila's Logging, and Larson and Nelson Logging, during his working career. He and Rose also owned and operated the Sleepy Hollow Motel in Naselle for over 40 years.
Well known in the local community, Mr. Johnson was very patriotic and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He was also a member of Naselle Lutheran Church. His primary hobby was woodworking and many examples of his work is visible in the yards of his friends and neighbors in Naselle. He enjoyed drinking coffee and visiting, the coffee pot was always on and his home became the daily coffee stop for many friends. He was a great story teller and was never without a joke to tell. Described as a "stubborn Norwegian" he enjoyed his family especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Iver Gene Johnson in 1980; eight brothers and three sisters. Survivors include his wife, Rose of Naselle; son Bradley Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter-in-law Joan Johnson of Naselle; brothers Lester of New Windsor, N.Y., Harley of Kansas City, Mo., and Ivan of Puget Island; granddaughters Jodi Magee of Spokane, Jaymi Johnson of Vancouver; grandson Kori Johnson of Kalama; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Naselle High School. Pastor Tony Stoutenburg officiated. Private cremation has been held. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Pacific County Historical Museum in South Bend; the Naselle Lutheran Church; the Peaceful Hill Cemetery Association or the charity of choice in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach.
Kenneth E. Kimble, Sr.
LONG BEACH - Kenneth E. Kimble Sr., 64, died Aug. 9, 2002 at his Long Beach residence of heart disease.
The son of Kenneth and Noma (Gray) Kimble, he was born Feb. 12, 1938 in Longview. He grew up in Kelso where he attended grade school and graduated from Kelso High School. In high school he played the drums in the school band and drum and bugle corps. He also was active in wrestling and swimming. During these years he worked in local theaters and was a lifeguard at local pools.
Mr. Kimble served with the U.S. Navy as part of the Underwater Demolition Team and was honorably discharged from the Tongue Point Base near Astoria. Returning to Longview he began what was to be a 40 year career with Weyerhaeuser. When he retired he had worked 30 years in the chlorine plant. He also operated the Twin City Tavern in Longview for ten years and together with his wife operated Cowlitz Bait and Tackle in Castle Rock for a couple of years.
He was baptized in the Catholic faith. He had been a member of Kelso Eagles and transferred to Ocean Park Eagles. He was also a member of AWPPW in Longview. Ken was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, clamming, kayaking and archery. He also enjoyed bowling. His family will remember him as a "gentle giant" who was good-hearted, kind, gentle, hardworking and a dedicated family man.
He and Sharon DeForge were married Sept. 5, 1973 and she survives. Also surviving are sons Ken E. Kimble Jr. of Kelso and Steve Kimble of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughters Tonya McCoy of Longview and Teresa Schroeder of Vancouver; sister Betty Hudson of Kelso; and 8 grandchildren.
At his request, no formal service will be held. Those wishing may make memorials to the organization of one's choice. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.
Edith "Ede" Louise Potts
OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park resident Edith "Ede" Potts, 73, died on Aug. 6, 2002 in Ilwaco. Born March 19, 1929 in Westwood, Calif., she was the daughter of Texan and Margaret (Restall) Meyers.
During her life, Ms. Potts lived in California, Oregon, and Washington. She graduated from high school in Washington state. She was an active volunteer all her adult life and gave much of her time to the Red Cross and in polling places on election day. She was a local volunteer at the Ocean Park Senior Center and with the State Parks at Cape Disappointment. Her favorite place to volunteer her time was working with children at Ocean Park Elementary School.
In 1972 she married Bernard Potts. They began visiting the Ocean Park area from their home in Portland in 1982. In 1985 the couple made Ocean Park their permanent home.
She loved flowers and her favorite hobby was working in her garden. She also enjoyed her music collection which focused on jazz and big bands.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard in April 2000 and two sisters, Jeanette Kahn and Catherine Meyers. Survivors include two sons: Robert Tracy of Irvine, Calif., and Michael Potts of Portland; brother Donald Meyers of Spokane; one grandson Travis Tracy of Irvine, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life was held at her home in Ocean Park and attended by family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 10. The family suggests that those wishing to make contributions in her memory send them to the Ocean Park Elementary School Library in care of Pentilla's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel.
Dolores Sim Ewald
OCEAN PARK - Dolores Sim Ewald, 71, died August 8, 2002 at her Ocean Park residence after an extended battle with cancer.
She was born April 21, 1931 in Chehalis, where she was raised by her mother and step-father, Luella and Martin Ward. She attended elementary school in Onalaska, and graduated from R.A. Long High School in Longview in 1949.
Mrs. Ewald married Joseph Sim on June 25, 1949 and they established their home in Longview. She was a homemaker and Mr. Sim worked for Standard Dairy. In 1963 they moved to Ocean Park where they owned and operated Ole's Nook Tavern, a local landmark for 17 years. Their fifth daughter was born while they resided in Ocean Park.
Mrs. Ewald was well-known in the local community as a charter member and past president of Ocean Park Eagles Auxiliary and she volunteered at the Ocean Park Moose as well. She loved entertaining friends and family and traveling. An avid golfer, she was on the course daily following retirement. With her notorious sense of humor and legendary laugh, she brought joy and happiness to all around her. She will be missed by her many friends and family including her Pomeranian, Sadie.
In 1983 she married Larry Ewald and together they made their home in the Surfside area north of Ocean Park the past 19 years. He survives in Ocean Park. Also surviving are daughters De Lisa Sim and Deama Sim both of Vancouver; Darla Brown and Dawnya Smith, both of Longview; and Debra Paulsen of Kalama; sister Patricia Porsch of Longview; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson Keith Bruner.
Memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. at Ocean Park Eagles Lodge. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631