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Mount Vernon - Bruce Edward Berry, age 83, passed away on Wednesday July 27, 2022, with his wife Bettyanne at his side. He was one day shy of his 84th birthday. Bruce was born to Phyllis and Edward Berry and grew up in Port Angeles, graduating from high school in 1956. He enlisted and served four years in the U.S. Army stationed in Valdez, AK. Bruce earned a B.A. and later a Master of Education degree from Western Washington University. Bruce was a principal in the Ferndale School District for 27 years, opened the newly built Vista Middle School in 1970, and later served as a principal at Central Elementary in Ferndale and Jefferson Elementary in the Mount Vernon School District. On September 8, 1962, Bruce married Bettyanne Marr. The two were each other's lifelong companions and best friends. This September would have marked 60 years of marriage. They were blessed with four sons: Michael, Timm, William, and Jason. Bruce especially will be remembered for his friendly demeanor and can-do attitude that served to strengthen everyone he met. He left a legacy of optimism, humility, playfulness, a wonderful sense of humor and an excellent work ethic. Bettyanne called him "Action Jackson." Everyone enjoyed Bruce's quick wit as he was a master of putting a creative spin on words. He had a lifelong passion for baseball and was an avid golfer. Bruce was dearly loved and forever young at heart. He is survived by his wife, Bettyanne, their sons, Michael (Barrie) of Brier, Timm (Cheryl) of Brier, Jason (Donna) of Bothell, daughter-in-law Wendy (Tim Morley) of Lakewood, and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son William, and his grandson Maxwell. A memorial service will take place at the Ferndale Event Center, 5715 Barrett Road in Ferndale, on Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Northwest or the Alzheimer's Society. You may share memories at www.westfordfuneralhome.com .

Anacortes - Samuel "Sam" Frank Johnson, 77, of Anacortes, passed away July 14, 2022, at Island Hospital. Sam was born May 3, 1945, in Olmsted, Minnesota to Harvey and Maureen Johnson. He was the third oldest of six children. He grew up all over the United States: Maryland, California, Virginia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New York. He graduated high school in 1963, and then attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY for undergraduate, joined the Navy, attended SUNY Buffalo for dental school, and completed his residency in Syracuse, New York. In the Navy, Sam served as a dentist attained the rank of Commander. He traveled the world and retired from the Navy in 1993. Then he opened his own dental practice, Harbor Square Dentistry, in Oak Harbor in 1994 and retired in 2021. Sam had five children: Megan, Ashley, Charity, Ani, and Lili, who were raised in Anacortes. He was a wonderful father and grandfather. Sam enjoyed boating, fishing, woodworking, dentistry, canoeing, scouting, and the outdoors. He was generous, caring, personable, and a great storyteller. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Maureen Johnson; sister Gail Johnson; nephew Tom Stolberg; and grandson Henry Biehl. Sam is survived by his five daughters; Megan Roth of Ogden, UT; Ashley (Adam) Pollock of Newbury Park, CA; Ani Johnson and Lili Johnson of Mount Vernon, WA; Charity (Kurt) Biehl of Meridian, ID; four siblings Karen (John) Celi, Martha Stolberg, Patty (Gary) Trotter, Tom Johnson, and nine grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Anacortes (3720 H Avenue). A burial ceremony will be performed by the US Navy at sea. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Sam, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com

Anacortes - Samuel "Sam" Frank Johnson, 77, of Anacortes, passed away July 14, 2022, at Island Hospital. Sam was born May 3, 1945, in Olmsted, Minnesota to Harvey and Maureen Johnson. He was the third oldest of six children. He grew up all over the United States: Maryland, California, Virginia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New York. He graduated high school in 1963, and then attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY for undergraduate, joined the Navy, attended SUNY Buffalo for dental school, and completed his residency in Syracuse, New York. In the Navy, Sam served as a dentist attained the rank of Commander. He traveled the world and retired from the Navy in 1993. Then he opened his own dental practice, Harbor Square Dentistry, in Oak Harbor in 1994 and retired in 2021. Sam had five children: Megan, Ashley, Charity, Ani, and Lili, who were raised in Anacortes. He was a wonderful father and grandfather. Sam enjoyed boating, fishing, woodworking, dentistry, canoeing, scouting, and the outdoors. He was generous, caring, personable, and a great storyteller. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Maureen Johnson; sister Gail Johnson; nephew Tom Stolberg; and grandson Henry Biehl. Sam is survived by his five daughters; Megan Roth of Ogden, UT; Ashley (Adam) Pollock of Newbury Park, CA; Ani Johnson and Lili Johnson of Mount Vernon, WA; Charity (Kurt) Biehl of Meridian, ID; four siblings Karen (John) Celi, Martha Stolberg, Patty (Gary) Trotter, Tom Johnson, and nine grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Anacortes (3720 H Avenue). A burial ceremony will be performed by the US Navy at sea. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Sam, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com

Oak Harbor - The vibrant Helen Chatfield-Weeks passed away in Oak Harbor on June 22, 2022 at age 97. Born Helen Elizabeth Fryer in El Paso, TX on January 15, 1925, Helen graduated from Northwestern University and married James David Lloyd Chatfield. They had six children. Jim, an Air Force Colonel, died in 1969. Helen married US Navy Rear Admiral Charles Stillman Weeks in 1988. He died in 1991. Helen was known for her signature laugh, loud Irish pride, and fun life stories adorned with Helen's dramatic animation and wit. Helen devoted her life to nearly every cause in the Oak Harbor community, and was active in so many clubs and organizations! She was designated Oak Harbor's official city cheerleader, giving her famous "Hip, hip, hooray!" cheers at meetings, parades, and events. She was a longtime, award-winning reporter/photojournalist for the Skagit Valley Herald. Helen is survived by five of six children, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Helen's life will be celebrated on Friday, August 5, 2022 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Oak Harbor at 10 am, with reception to follow. A community celebration of life will take place Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Windjammer Park at 12 noon.

Burlington - Our mother passed away at the age of 92. She was born Nov. 13, 1929 to Harold and Louise Kellogg. She has one sister, Kathy and three brothers Dick, Roger, and Jay. Carole graduated in the class of 1947 at Everett High School. She went on to get her bachelors degree in nursing. She became a RN working at Providence Hospital in Everett. Then onto Sno. Co. Health Dept. until her retirement. Carole married Billie Johnson in Dec. 1950. They raised two beautiful daughters, Randi Rae and Pamela Kae. Carole was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents two brothers and her ex-husband Billie, among many close friends. Carole is survived by her two daughters Randi (Ernie), Pam (Tony), and three grandchildren Connor, Lily, and Carter. Sister Kathy (Earl), and brother Jay (Peggy). She leaves behind many dear friends and two special loving girls Robin and Aleen who called her Auntie Carole for many years. We will all miss her very much. We will say goodbye for now mom, but we all know we will see each other again when we take that stairway to heaven. Your memories are never lost. They will be in our hearts forever. Your loving family. There will be no service upon her request. She has donated her body to science care.

Wilder, ID - JEANNE FRANK January 2, 1929 - July 18, 2022 Jeanne Frank, 93, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to her family and devoted friend to many will always and forever be remembered for her tremendous creativity and generous heart. Jeanne was one of three daughters born to Paul and Jennie (McKenzie) Vike and was always quick to point out that being born 15 minutes after her twin sister, Joanne (McClellan), made her the youngest of the "Vike Twins." Her life was spent in service to those in her family and those in her local and global communities. Jeanne told of difficult times growing up during the Great Depression but never with an inkling of hardship. There were the stories of living without electricity and staying warm by roller skating in the house, waiting for the kerosene lamps to be lit so they could do evening activities, adding wood-heated water to the washtub where they rotated turns, and trekking to the outhouse in the dark. Jeanne narrowly escaped death twice as a child. Once was in the fourth grade when she developed a serious infection and high fever that required hospitalization. She told of seeing a bright light and walking toward it but then turned away for some reason. It was at that moment her fever broke. Another time she was with family in Chelan, standing in the water watching the Lady of the Lake motor past when she stepped off a drop-off, was unable to swim and went under. She was spotted in the nick of time and pulled from the water. Swimming lessons ensued shortly thereafter. The family moved numerous times between the Chelan area where the McKenzie family lived and Skagit County, where the Vike family lived, finally settling in the Cedardale area. The home Paul built for the family is still on Hickox Road in Mount Vernon. The girls attended Conway, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools and graduated from Mount Vernon High School. Jeanne kept in touch with school classmates all her life and enjoyed meeting for lunches with many of them during the past few years. Jeanne left home to attend Washington State College (now University) in 1947. Her dorm was an old Army barrack close to where "Butch," the college mascot was kept. At night she could hear him roar. Her junior year she transferred to the University of Washington where she pledged to the Kappa Delta Sorority. In April she contracted Bell's Palsy and returned home to recover. She took up weaving as therapy, started designing and selling women's hats - very trendy at the time - and went to work at PicSweet in Mount Vernon. While there she met the most engaging man she'd ever known, Mailand Frank. He took her duck hunting on Fir Island for their first date, an activity they never repeated, but spent so many hours laughing and delighting in each other they married in 1953. Mailand kept Jeanne in stitches until his passing in 2005. The ensuing years brought two children, Larry Frank (Linda) and Nancy Tiffany (Rob), six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Beginning in the 1950's Jeanne designed and sold party favors and other paper creations at Fredrick & Nelson in Seattle for 16 years while enlisting the help of her sister, Joanne. Her largest order was for 181 dozen pieces of amazingly creative paper crafts. The two sisters went on to create unique items they sold at the annual Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair and numerous Holiday Bazaars. She also joined her mother at Jennie Vike Alterations and honed her sewing craft over many years. Her sewing skills served her well as she made clothes for her family, including a vast number of Mailand's plaid work shirts, church banners and ultimately, she discovered a love of quilting. Through the years there were ostriches raised, gallons upon gallons of blackberries picked, bookcases and shelves built, landscaping installed and modified, new batches of Christmas ornaments created yearly, favorite dogs loved and lost, veggie plants started and gifted to others, strawberry pots enjoyed, conversations on the road with neighbors, sculptures made, sunsets delighted in, and years of Friendship House dinners assembled. There were family birthday parties and holidays to host, games to play with grands, greats, and others, rocks to be thrown in the creek, cards to be made, exotic cakes to bake and decorate, new crafts to discover, bubbles to set free on the wind, feral cats to feed, tractors to drive, organ music to play, stocking caps to knit and text messages to send. When Jeanne's daughter and son-in-law moved to Idaho in late 2021 Jeanne opted to leave her Mount Vernon home of 60 years and go with them. She continued to create wall quilts, beaded cards, and kept on top of birthdays for friends and family. Her one-of-a-kind fabric birthday cards have been collected by all who were fortunate enough to receive them through the years. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband H. Mailand Frank, sisters Pauline Hunter Heath, Joanne McClellan, brothers-in-law Jim McClellan, Don Frank, Vern Kahns, sister-in-law Joyce Prutzman, niece Janet McClellan, and nephews David Hunter and Bradley Frank. She loved and trusted Jesus as her Savior, was a strong supporter of life and worked year-round creating items for the annual Pregnancy Choices (now C.A.R.E. Medical) Auction in February. She also supported the work done through Samaritan's Purse and considered their Christmas Shoe Boxes a ministry with eternal rewards. There will be a celebration of Jeanne's life on a later date. She would love to have you remember her through memorials to: C.A.R.E. Medical 110 N 15th St Mount Vernon, WA 98273 OR Samaritan's Purse PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607-3000

Shreveport, LA - Dom Edward Reedy, 82, a longtime resident of Shreveport, Louisiana passed away Friday, July 22, 2022. He was born in 1940 in Houston, Texas, the only child of Charles Edward Reedy and Mary Geraldine Powell Reedy. He graduated from high school in Mt. Vernon, Washington, and later attended Rice University, graduating in 1963. He was employed by Universal Oil Products, Inc. in McCook, Illinois and Blanchard, Louisiana, and by Air Correction in Darien, Connecticut. After retiring from UOP, Dom became a C.P.A., which enabled him to prepare tax returns for volunteer groups and individuals. Dom and his wife, Peggy, drove from Shreveport to Washington state for annual class reunions. Dom's favorite hobby was flying. He flew many times from Shreveport to Seattle, to Corpus Christi, and to locations in Illinois. Dom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peggy Reedy. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Grandview Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas. Officiating the service will be Christi Crook.

Mount Vernon - Dennis Leroy De Kok, 78, of Mount Vernon, WA, went to be with the Lord at his home on July 23, surrounded by loved ones. Dennis was born in Belgrade, MN, along with his twin brother, Dean, on May 12,1944, to Tony and Janet De Kok of Brooten, MN. He graduated from Brooten High School in 1962 and went on to attend Concordia College in Morehead, MN on a football scholarship. Dennis transferred to Dordt College (now University) in Sioux Center, IA graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to teach for 7 years at Dakota Christian High School in New Holland, SD, 15 years at Central Wisconsin Christian High School in Waupun, WI, and 22 years at Mount Vernon Christian School in Mount Vernon, WA, retiring in 2010. He taught mainly science courses, but also a variety of other subjects, and was an athletic director all 44 years. Dennis coached cross country, basketball, track, and soccer. While at Dordt in 1964 he met his future wife, Melba Knutzen. They were married June 28, 1968, and over the years their family grew as they welcomed Michelle, Bradley, Tricia, and Nathan. Dennis was a proud father, supporter, and encourager of his children. Dennis had an attention to detail that he gifted to others in all areas of his life--church, school, community, family, and friends. After retirement, he filled his time with volunteering as an elder and teaching adult Sunday School classes at church; athletics, maintaining buses, and driving for sports and field trips at Mount Vernon Christian School; babysitting his grandkids; watching sports; golfing; tending to spiders and fences and painting and detailing cars and maintaining and fixing things for his kids; doing vacation home checks through the Mount Vernon Police Volunteers program; and his weekly frozen mochas. Dennis was a fan of any and all sports. He had a ridiculous sense of humor, a smirk for a smile, and random cat noises and funny faces to entertain anyone, but especially his grandkids. He was meticulous and tidy, he loved his family, and was a humble man of God. Dennis is survived by his wife of 54 years, Melba (Knutzen) De Kok; kids, Michelle De Kok, Bradley (Crystal) De Kok, Tricia (Peter) Cisneros, and Nathan (Valerie) De Kok; grandchildren Lincoln and William Cisneros and Victor, James, and Naomi De Kok; twin brother Dean (Karen) De Kok of New Jersey, and sister Twila (Eugene) Huisken of Minnesota and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Janet De Kok, his brother, Norman and wife, Linda and niece, Lisa, as well as father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Nellie Knutzen. The Dennis De Kok family wishes to thank Skagit Regional Hospital's Cancer Care Center, Skagit Valley Hospital, and Hospice of the Northwest for all the care and support in Dennis's final days. A viewing will be held at Kern Funeral Home, 1122 S 3rd St, Mount Vernon, on Thursday, July 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A celebration of Dennis's life will be held at First Christian Reformed Church, 701 W Blackburn Rd, Mount Vernon, on Friday, July 29 at 11:30 AM. During the service there will be a time to share memories and stories. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Dennis to Mount Vernon Christian School. Friends and family may offer condolences and share memories on his online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com . Kern Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is assisting the family with private burial arrangements.