Pam Sandbloom Dore writes:
I just had to share this photo of my Mom, Nancy Turnquist Sandbloom (Class of 1953) and my daughter, Allison Dore (Class of 2013) as I just took my mother to Pullman a few weeks ago for her to celebrate her WSU Diamond 60 Year Reunion and then the following week her granddaughter, Allison, graduated from WSU – 2 Proud Cougars!
We had a wonderful time at both the Diamond Reunion as well as Graduation!
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Primarliy as a result of his efforts to establish the Preston Community Food Pantry, and serving a manthly community dinner, Steven D. Aust (’60BS Agri), 62 MS Dairy Science), was named the Preston (Idaho Ciizen of the Year, for 2012. The dinner is in memory of his wife Karen who passed in 2008. He also obtained the PhD in Dairy Science in ’65 from the University of Illinois and has conducted research and taught biochemistry at Michigan State U., and Utah State U. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USU. He lives on E. Cub River Rd near Preston. ub River is his favorite fly fishing river, although he fishes throughout Idaho and Wyoming.
Robert Arnold Bonnell ’51, of Lynnwood, Washington passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. He was born in San Mateo, California, July 18, 1926, to William “Arnold” and Alice Bonnell. Bob spent many happy years on the Yesland family farm in Snohomish. He graduated from Everett High School in 1944 and was drafted into the Army in December of that year. He was a veteran of World War II in the Pacific, and served in the medical field from 1944 until he was honorably discharged as a Sargeant in 1946. After serving his country with distinction and patriotism, Bob went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology from Washington State University in 1951 (Go Cougars!).
He started his career at Halls Pharmacy in Everett, Washington and worked at a few pharmacies in Lynnwood before settling in Seattle at Burston’s Pharmacy. He retired in 1991 after 27 years at Burston’s.
He was an avid sports fan, followed Ted Williams and loved everything WSU Cougar. Bob liked to spend time playing bridge, gardening, and camping. He was never far away from a can of Pepsi and you would never see him without a smile on his face. You could spend hours discussing the world, politics, sports and life in general with Bob. He chose to live out his days enjoying time with his beloved family and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife, Virginia of 39 years; his children, Beverly Walker, Barbara Burleson (Greg), Janice Bonnell, Ted Bonnell and Stanton Bonnell Susan); sister, Betty Hoskins (Fred); twelve cherished grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Floral Hills Cemetery (409 Filbert Rd, Lynnwood, WA 98036). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Snohomish County (2731 Wetmore Ave, Suite #500 Everett, WA 98201) in his name.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from June 9 to June 18, 2013
Thomas Bennett Lopp ’71
July 22, 1948 – May 28, 2013
Tom Lopp, 64, passed away peacefully at home the morning of May 28th. He was born in Tacoma, WA to Orville and Marie Lopp, and was raised in Spokane from age 5. Tom graduated from Central Valley High School in 1967 and went on to Yakima Valley Community College on a football scholarship from 1967-1969. He then attended Washington State University where he graduated with a teaching degree in 1971. He was an Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor as well as boys soccer coach for 10 years at North Thurston HS and was named Black Hills Coach of the Year for 3 years before leaving to work with professional organizations and state government. Tom finished his career as an Assistant Superintendent for Federal and State Legislation at OSPI. Tom was well known for his positive attitude and outlook on life. His foremost passion was his family. Tom and Kathleen were married May 26, 1991, and were each other’s constant companion and best friends. Tom’s passing leaves an irreplaceable hole in the hearts of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Lopp; his children Brian (Lauren) Lopp, Stephanie Lopp, Jennifer (Richard) Lamont and Joel (Melissa) Preston. He was also the proud Papa to ten grandchildren. Tom also leaves behind his brother Dennis (Diane), several nieces, nephews and cousins and a tremendous circle of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Judy Clark, and one grandson. Tom was dedicated to Career and Technical Education. He pioneered three programs for Washington State students: The WAVE Award, Jobs for America’s Graduates, and Automotive Youth Educational Systems. During his work with the legislature, he was instrumental in passing several bills that resulted in improved student learning. The Tom Lopp Memorial Scholarship has been established at WSECU. Contributions can be made at any branch. A Celebration of Life will be held June 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm at New Market Skills Center. Information and online condolences can be left at DignityMemorial.com.
Published in The Olympian on June 6, 2013
Dr. Willard J. Ambrose ’55 DVM passed away at home on May 30, 2013. He was born March 10, 1931 in Spokane, WA. He is survived by his wife, Janet, son John (Dulcie) of Flagstaff, granddaughters Adrianna and Katrina, daughter Donna (Michael), granddaughter Jessie, grandson Jacob of Kailua, HI., He attended West Valley High before he went on to earn a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1955. While at WSU he met the love of his life, Janet (Feroe) his wife of 58 years. He served as an Air Force Captain at Luke AFB. His veterinary career spanned 43 years which included time at Alta Vista and ownership of Maryvale and Carmel Animal Hospitals. During his career Bill and Janet made time to travel the world as well as volunteering for boy Scouts of America, working spay and neuter clinics, and vaccination clinics for those less fortunate. Bill was a founding member of the Emergency Animal Clinic, served as AzVMA president, and was one of the first to be inducted into the AzVMA Hall of Fame. His retirement allowed him to serve his church in outreach programs including Katrina Disaster Relief. He loved his fruit trees and time spent camping plus pushing his grandchildren in his wheelbarrow. Memorial service will be Saturday, June 8 at 10AM, First United Methodist Church at 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WSU, College of Veterinary Medicine, VDER office, PO Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164-7101 or Hospice of the Valley , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Reception to follow. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place online condolences.
Published in The Arizona Republic from June 2 to June 5, 2013
Charles Benton Searcy ’72 MED passed away peacefully on Saturday June 1, 2013. Benton was born September 25, 1940 in Moose Jaw, where he was raised and attended Central Collegiate High School. Benton obtained his Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, and his Masters of Education at Washington State University. He served in the Moose Jaw Public School Division and Thunder Creek School Division as a teacher, vice-principal and counsellor. After retirement he worked as a consultant with the Saskatchewan Department of Education and Melville School Division, and was a trainer for the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Counsel. Benton enjoyed fishing, and many canoe trips. He loved gardening, and was a member of the South Sask. Wildlife Association. Benton is predeceased by his father R.L. Searcy in 1975, his mother Margaret Searcy in 1944, his step-mothers Alva Searcy and Peggy Searcy. He is survived by his brother Bob (Bev) Searcy-Windsor, ON; son Todd Searcy – Moose Jaw; daughter, Jayna (Michael) Jung – Clearwater, BC; Marlyce Searcy of Moose Jaw and dear friend Peggy Kessler – Regina. The Celebration of Benton’s life will be held at W.J. Jones & Son Chapel on Thursday June 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Della Ferguson will officiate. Interment will take place at Rosedale Cemetery. In living memory of Benton, a memorial planting will be made by W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.wjjonesandson.com (Obituaries).
Published in The Regina Leader-Post on June 4, 2013