PostHeaderIcon William Thomas Harris

William Thomas Harris (Billy) was born on December 3, 1930 in Duguayville, New Brunswick Canada to Herbert and Dorothy Harris. He passed away peacefully in his home on May 27, 2011. He grew up in the small town of Dorchester New Brunswick, playing baseball when it was warm and hockey in the winter when the local frog pond froze over. His love of sports paid off when his natural athletic ability was noticed by baseball and hockey scouts. He signed a contract with the Dodgers organization as a pitcher, which launched his career when he was just 19 years old. His professional baseball career lasted about fifteen years taking him to many cities in the U.S. as well as playing winter baseball in South America. He pitched for the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers in 1957 and 1959 playing with baseball greats Tommy Lasorda, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campenella, Sparky Anderson, Duke Snyder and Jackie Robinson. An arm injury shortened his Major League career and he came to Washington to play with the AAA Spokane Indians, and in the mid 1960’s he became a player/coach for the Tri-City Braves. Billy lived and breathed baseball. Softball replaced hardball and he and a group of friends formed a team sponsored by the Playboy Tavern in Kennewick. His team went on to win state and regional championships, making it to nationals twice. Billy opened Billy’s Bull Pen Tavern in the 1980’s and he continued to run it until he became ill. During his lifetime, he was inducted into several hometown and big town Halls of Fame, including the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame for hockey and baseball in 1978, the Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Billy’s greatest loves can be summed up in five, his family, friends, baseball, hockey and horse racing. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice, by his children Billy Jr, Gail (Brian) Everett, and Rick (Deena) Harris. Grandchildren include Tyler, Justin, Nicholas, Jake and Bella Harris, and Lexi and Breanna Baasch, his nieces are Maude MacKenzie, and Laurie Ann Saulnier, and nephews Tommy Saulnier and Coleman Spence. He is preceded in death by his sisters Betty and Jeannette. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 11 at 1 pm at Holy Spirit Parish Community Center, 7409 W. Clearwater in Kennewick. The family asks friends to write down your memories and send to, drop off at the Bull Pen or celebration. If you wish to make a donation, contributions for the Billy Harris Youth Sports Scholarship Fund, to help assist low income youth in Eastern Washington can be written and mailed to West Central Community Center, (WCCC) Attention Rick Harris, 1603 N. Belt Spokane, WA 99205.
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PostHeaderIcon Al-Derek “Bygg D” Johnson

Al-Derek “Bygg D” Johnson
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PostHeaderIcon Albert Jerome NICCOLI

Albert Jerome NICCOLI December 10, 1928 ~ May 27, 2011 Albert is survived by his loving wife Kathleen S. Niccoli: his children Adriane Hartness, Mark Niccoli, Anne Niccoli, Carrie Niccoli-Breeden, Albert J. Niccoli, Jr. (Nick); his brother Ronnie Niccoli and wife Sharon; niece Delores Johnson; nephew Gordon VanParys and wife Karen; 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Gregory J. Niccoli. Born and raised in Seattle, Albert spent over 50 years in the transportation industry. He was a prominent business owner of Western Van & Storage Company, Adriana International Movers Inc., and Overseas Relocation Services. Albert had the special gift of remembering people, places and events. He shared these memories through engaging storytelling. Our family’s ‘Godfather’ will be forever missed. ~Broken Chain~ ‘We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.’ Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Barbara Parish Chapel in Black Diamond. A reception will follow with committal at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Town or a local Food Bank. Please visit the online Guest Book at www.BonneyWatson.com
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PostHeaderIcon Albert Jerome Niccoli

Albert Jerome Niccoli12/10/1928 5/27/2011 Albert is survived by his loving wife Kathleen S. Niccoli: his children Adriane Hartness, Mark Niccoli, Anne Niccoli, Carrie Niccoli-Breeden, Albert J. Niccoli, Jr. (Nick); his brother Ronnie Niccoli and wife Sharon; niece Delores Johnson; nephew Gordon VanParys and wife Karen; 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Gregory J. Niccoli. Born and raised in Seattle, Albert spent over 50 years in the transportation industry. He was a prominent business owner of Western Van & Storage Company, Adriana International Movers Inc., and Overseas Relocation Services. Albert had the special gift of remembering people, places and events. He shared these memories through engaging storytelling. Our family’s “Godfather” will be forever missed. ~Broken Chain~ “We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.” Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Barbara Parish Chapel in Black Diamond. A reception will follow with committal at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Town or a local Food Bank. Please visit the online Guest Book at
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PostHeaderIcon Alice B. Bullard

Passed away on the evening of May 27th at Royal Park Care Center. She was 93 years old. She was born on August 16, 1917 in Helena, Oklahoma to Viola and Guy Curtis. She graduated from high school in Shattuck, Oklahoma in 1936 and was married shortly thereafter to Clarence Bullard. In 1937, during the dust bowl days, they moved to western Washington where her brother Everett resided. In 1941 they moved to Spokane. They were married 56 years til his death in 1992. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. Alice was long time member of North Hill Christian Church. She was a wonderful homemaker and seamstress and made many baby blankets and clothes for her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and grandson, Chad L. Bullard. Alice leaves behind three children, Deanne and Dick Miller, Beverly and Tim White and Larry and Linda Bullard; grandchildren, Denise Miller, Darla Weber, Doug Miller, Tim White, Jr., Kristen Akright, Leslie Blodgett, Melissa Horn, Amy Witschel, Amanda Bullard; and great grandchildren, Mckenzie Miller, Derek Miller, Anne Meinke, Danielle Meinke, Airianna Horn, Breanna Horn, Braeden Weber, Sarina Horn, Scott Meinke, Alyssa Miller, Sophia Bullard and Travis Horn. Before moving to Royal Park Care Center, Alice spent six enjoyable years with friends at Fairwinds Retirement Center. The family really appreciates the outstanding care Alice received at Royal Park Care Center. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM at RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME, 4305 N. DIVISION, SPOKANE, WA. Rev. Richard Talley officiat-ing. Private interment will follow later. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alice’s name may be made to the North Hill Christian Church or to The Salvation Army. Online guest book at
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PostHeaderIcon AnnaBelle Arneson

AnnaBelle ARNESON, Born on May 17, 1916 in Niobrara, NE; moved to Kirkland, WA in 1956; died on March 6, 2011 in SeaTac, WA. Survived by her loving children Linda, Judy, Trudy, Edwin; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandsons. Funeral Service today, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 2:00PM at Yarington’s Funeral Home; 10708 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle with Viewing one hour prior to service.
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PostHeaderIcon Arthur Robert Sovold

Arthur Robert SOVOLD Arthur Robert Sovold, born March 11, 1920 in Bremnes, Nor way to Ole and Malena Sovold, went home to be with the Lord on May 23, 2011. The Sovold family moved to America when Art was three years old and settled on Vashon Island. Arthur graduated from Vashon High School in 1939 and served in the, during, . He married Marie Johansen on August 22, 1945. Af ter a long and successful career at Boeing, he retired in 1985. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-five years, Marie (Mary) Sovold, his sisters, Borghild Beymer, Marie Martin, Ruby (Ivan) Haugen, Ruth Rasmus sen, his children, Cathleen (Joel) Johnson, Susan Shoblom, Kenneth Sovold, Pamela (Josh) Gruber, and Timothy (Maris) Sovold, twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A burial service will be held at the Vashon Island Cemetery at 11 am on Friday, June 3rd. A memorial service will be held at Midway Covenant Church, Des Moines, at 11 am on Saturday, June 4th. Memorials in his honor may be given to his church or Seattle Un ion Gospel Mission.
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PostHeaderIcon Betty Joan (Moore) Ammerman

Betty Joan (Moore) Ammerman
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PostHeaderIcon Brenda Ann Specht

Brenda had many passions, first and foremost her family and friends. She loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, then scrapbook the trips in amazing detail, preserving wonderful, long-lasting memories. Brenda loved to decorate for holidays, was without peer when it came to party planning, and was a slave to fashion. The walk-in closet was invented with Brenda in mind. Lastly, she adored the GNO girls! You’re “Dolly’s” and “Dah-ling’s” one and all. So many who loved her will never forget Brenda’s gentle spirit, her deep green eyes, her wonderful laugh, and a smile that would light a room. For Brenda there were no strangers, just friends she had yet to meet.
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PostHeaderIcon Caroline “Uppy” Thornberry

Caroline “Uppy” Thornberry
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