Members Remembered

A memorial service for beloved community member Dennis Yarnell will take place at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley.

Yarnell, the owner of the Newcastle Shell station, died after his car crashed into a utility pole on Feb. 2, authorities said.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, of which Yarnell, 33, was a member, reported that the Newcastle Shell has set up a table inside its shop to receive flowers and cards. The table, located just next to the station’s cash register, is already filled with flowers and piles of letters from a mourning community.

The Newcastle Shell  is collecting donations in Dennis’ honor at its station, 6420 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E. The station will accept cash or checks payable to Newcastle Shell. In May 2012, Yarnell’s giving nature was on full display in a Newcastle News article (below) about the Newcastle Shell Charity Golf Event to benefit the Fisher House Foundation Veterans of America charity organization.

Newcastle Shell owners aim to give back with fundraiser

The Newcastle Shell station only has two stalls. But owner Dennis Yarnell doesn’t view that as a limitation.

To him, it’s an opportunity to provide more one-on-one interaction with his customers.

Dennis Yarnell and Beth Wideseth, the owners of the Newcastle Shell, recently organized the station’s first golf tournament to raise money for U.S. military veterans and the Fisher House Foundation.

In March, Yarnell celebrated the fifth anniversary of him and his wife Beth purchasing the station from its previous owner. Since then, he’s instituted several practices to bring back the feel of a service station of old.

He makes it a point to learn the names of his customers and even offers Free Full Service Fridays, where customers can honk their horn and someone from the station will pump their gas, and check their oil and tire pressure.

After the Newcastle community has given so much to him, Yarnell said he feels it’s time to give something back.

That’s one of the reasons why he and Newcastle Shell employee Joe Woo began organizing the first Newcastle Shell Charity Golf Event to benefit the Fisher House Foundation Veterans of America charity organization.

“It’s really a neighborhood thing here,” Woo said. “About 90 percent of the people that come in here, we know by a first-name basis. That’s just the way Dennis does business.” Yarnell’s father, a Marine who served in Vietnam, committed suicide last year after battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for years.  “It was hard on us,” he said. “It was me and him growing up. I think people don’t know how serious PTSD can be. It kind of just gets brushed under the rug.”

The golf tournament will begin at 8 a.m. June 16 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. The deadline for registration is June 1.

Winners can win prizes, including an oil change, Shell gift cards and a summer vehicle maintenance check.

Yarnell said he’s known he wanted to be a mechanic since he was a sophomore in high school.

“Five years ago, the opportunity opened up for me to own my own business,” he said. “That meant a lot to me. We’re trying to grow the shop and that’s really where I feel like I have the most control over what we do and what we become.”

The station, which offers repair and maintenance of foreign and domestic vehicles, offers him a chance to give young mechanics who are still studying at places like the Renton Technical College a start in the business like he got, Yarnell said.

“The small business really is still the heart of America,” he said. “We’re trying to do more things to keep the community involved, like starting a car show and having customer appreciation barbecues, things like that.”


Remembering Dennis Yarnell

Remembering Buz Throndsen

Buster (Buz) Thomas Throndsen

October 9th,1928 - May 19th, 2013

The Automotive Service Association and the automotive industry lost one of its biggest supporters on May 19th, 2013, Buz Throndsen. Buz owned and operated both Magnolia Shell Service Station and Throndsen Tire Service in the Magnolia area.

He was a member of IGO, ASC and ASE throughout his career.  Buz was a powerful proponent of great customer service and this passion eventually led to a business where he taught new operators in the Shell Oil Company the value of genuine service.

Besides his wife and best friend of 62 years, Joann (Jo), Buz is survived by his sons, Thomas-wife (Donna) and Robert wife-(Kay), his grandchildren Joe, wife Ann) Amy- husband (Kit), Logan, Dalton, and Darby, and his great grandchildren, Isaac and Colby. Buz is also survived by many, many friends that he carefully mentored, and with whom he learned and laughed.

Retiring in 1978 at the age of 50, Buz and Jo moved to Kennewick to support their two grandchildren. There, Buz became involved in the Tri-Cities ASA chapter as an advisor to help bolster the chapter¹s membership, which he did. He did such a great job, in fact, that Pete Hunt asked him if he would consider helping the Spokane chapter improve. Buz was happy to help, and in 1989 began traveling to Spokane once a month to train and encourage the unit leaders. This is when all of us unit leaders learned that Buz had been an Army Drill sergeant in a past life! If you told Buz it was going to be done, it had better be done! That is to say, Buz had a loving, honest, and wonderfully direct way of expressing his dissatisfaction. And with Buz¹s passion, Spokane¹s membership did grow - did it ever grow!

Buz also began to serve as mentor for many businesses in Eastern Washington, helping an untold number of ASA members grow and improve their own businesses. Buz and Jo were contributing so much of their valuable time and resources to grow ASA in Eastern Washington that the ASA Board asked Buz to become the full time Eastern Washington Coordinator. Luckily for us, Buz accepted in July of 1991. During Buz and Jo¹s tenure, ASA membership in Eastern Washington continued to grow. With Pete and Cherie¹s support, Buzz and Jo facilitated an increase in membership in Lewiston-Clarkson, Wenatchee, Pullman, Yakima, and Moses Lake. Buz worked And strived to make Eastern Washington the second biggest unit in the state, benefiting members in countless ways.

Buz and Jo resigned their post in April of 2002. But we didn’t let them go that easy. Many of us still sought out their advice on a weekly basis, and they were ever willing to share and help us until the last day. For example, Buzz was always available for counsel to help with any pending decision that needed to be made, any struggle we may been faced with or to help cerebrate a victory with us. He was just always there willing to listen and guide.

Thanks to Jo for all the support and love she bestows and continues to give members of ASA. As we all move forward without Buz, keep in mind what Buz would tell us:

“Always remember to smile. It will make them wonder what you are up to.”

No service will be held, so to honor Buz, there is a Buz Throndsen Automotive Scholarship set up through the Spokane ASA Unit.  If you would like to make a donation please send to:

Spokane ASA Unit

C/o John Hinkemeyer

1717 W. Francis, Suite #206

Spokane, WA  99205

If you would like to send your condolences to Jo Throndsen please mail to:

Jo Throndsen

29603 South 2054 PR SE

Kennewick, WA  99336


Remembering Ben Roy Christie

Benny “Ben” Roy Christie, 65, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on July 4, 2013 in Yakima, WA after a courageous 2 year battle with brain cancer. He was born August 7, 1947 to William and Sarah Ruth Christie, the second of 4 children.

He graduated from Davis High in 1966 and married his high school sweetheart, Diana, 4 weeks later. He entered the Army in 1967 and spent all of 1968 serving in Viet Nam. After completion of his service, he worked for his dad at Christie’s Garage until moving to Puyallup, WA. When Dad’s health failed, he and Diana moved back to Yakima to purchase the business that he ran for the next 30 years.

In 1982 they excitedly welcomed their 1st son, Adam, into the family. Micah joined his big brother in 1985. The following years were busy and full with fun times of snowmobiling, fishing, camping and some great family trips. One of Ben’s dreams had always been to teach. About 15 years ago God opened the doors for him to restart the automotive program at the Flying H Youth Ranch, and he fell in love with his new part-time vocation. A few years later he was asked to teach at Perry Tech and the following year he was hired at Yakima Valley Community College. After selling his business, he became head of the Automotive Department at YVCC, retiring in Dec. 2012. He was a hard working man of God, respected by all who knew him.

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Robert William Fleming It is with great sadness that we announce Bob Fleming passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on September 12, 2014. Bob was born in Boston, MA, on November 30, 1943 to the late Leo W. and Ruth M. Fleming. The family moved to Cape Cod in 1959 and at the early age of sixteen Bob began his career in the auto body repair industry. 

He was the founder of Fleming's Auto Body and Capeway Auto Body, both in Hyannis, MA. Bob's life took him on a journey to Washington State where he continued his career in the collision industry as the owner of Precision Collision Repair Centers of Washington with service locations in Port Orchard, WA and Gig Harbor, WA. Over the years he contributed to the collision repair industry not only as a repair shop owner, but as an I-CAR instructor and member of Automotive Service Association. He further used his extensive knowledge of vehicles to educate fire fighters in the effective and efficient use of JAWS to access vehicle occupants. After retiring from the auto collision business Bob continued to share his expertise as an industry consultant in both Western Washington and on Cape Cod. When not working, Bob could be found strolling classic car shows, cruising Puget Sound on his vintage wooden boat or spending time with his family. 

His love of baseball was obvious as he was rarely seen without his Boston Red Sox hat. Bob leaves four sons: Gregory Fleming of Torrington, CT and Jeffrey Fleming of Suffield, CT, Bradley Fleming and Bryan Fleming of Edgewood, WA. Bob is also survived by his siblings Paul Fleming of Scottsdale, AZ, Rick Fleming of Mashpee, MA, Leo G. Fleming of West Barnstable, MA, Ruthanne Molyneaux of North Falmouth, MA, Linda Girard of Centerville, MA, and Joanne Doherty of North Falmouth, MA. His family also includes numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Jonathan (Jon) Fleming. A private celebration of his life will occur locally and in addition, the family will gather on Cape Cod Thanksgiving day to honor "our Bobby" on his favorite holiday. Remembrances can be shared at In lieu of cards or flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the name of his beloved mother, Ruth M. Fleming. "If my ship sails from sight it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends" -J. Enoch Powell.
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Peter Fred Harksell Sr.

Peter Fred Harksell Sr. passed away March 21st from complications following a brain hemorrhage he suffered on February 14th

Born January 28, 1936, Pete was a lifetime resident of Ferndale, growing up on the family farm on Harksell Rd.  He graduated from Ferndale High School in 1954 and married Kathleen Brown in July of 1955.  They made their home on Portal Way.  He was a true family man and enjoyed his children and grandchildren.

Pete worked in the automotive service industry, retiring in 1992 after owning Pete’s Exxon for 23 years.  He was an active member of the Automotive Service Association starting when it was ASC.

He was a lifetime member and an active participant at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale.  He was very civic minded and active in the community through Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Jet Oldsters, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Whatcom County Old Settlers, Ferndale City Council and the Ferndale City Planning Committee. He was a member of Washington Good Roads Association and had been appointed to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. 

He was the first recipient of the Thomas George Man of the Year award.  He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Carrie (Janitscheck) Harksell.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kathleen, and their five children: Peter Jr. (Nita) Harksell, Marie Andrews (John) both of Ferndale; Dwayne Harksell, Arizona; Scott (Amy) Harksell, Lynden; Michael (Susan) Harksell, Arizona.

He is further survived by Karl Hepler, Ferndale, thought of as a son; former daughter-in-law Kim, Bellingham; six grandchildren: Peter III (Shelby) Harksell, California; Robbie (Corey) Andrews, California; Christopher Andrews, New York; Shannon Andrews (fiancé Parker Mathews), Bellingham; Eric Harksell, Bellingham; Chloe Harksell, Lynden; a special cousin Joan Boettcher; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends. 

Services were held Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale. Viewing was Tuesday March 31st, 5:pm- 7:pm at Moles Funeral Home in Ferndale.

In memory of Pete donations may be made to the Ferndale Senior Center or Whatcom Hospice House.


Mitchell N. Mullan Jr. "What A Wonderful World!" August 21, 1930 to April 19, 2016 Mitch was born on August 21, 1930, and peacefully joined his Heavenly Father on April 19, 2016. Devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Mitch is survived by Agnes, his loving wife and best friend of 64 years, and 6 children, Nancy (Jim), Mitch (Claire), Gary (Julie), Bob, David, and Cathy, as well as 5 grandchildren, Jessica, Nick, Shannel, Carson, and Isabella. A lifelong resident of Tacoma, he attended St. Patrick's grade school, and Bellarmine Prep (class of '47). After serving his country in the Korean War, Mitch returned to take over the family auto body business from his father, Mitch Sr., now called Mullan's Collision Center. The business is still going strong in its 78th year and now under the 3rd generation stewardship of sons Gary and Bob. Mitch was a craftsman in life, as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His enthusiasm for life was present every day in how he brought joy to his family through the simple things in life. The Mullan house was always abuzz, generating memories of big family meals, cheering all his kids on in their sports and activities, swimming in the backyard pool, fishing on Puget Sound, and road trip journeys to the Washington coast and beyond. He would spend countless hours with Aggie tending the garden and house projects. For over 50 years Mitch and a group of friends were fixtures on Friday afternoons for lunch at Harbor Lights.

He was player-coach for the Mullan's Fender Benders; perennial adult recreational basketball league champions for 24 years. One highlight was an 83-game winning streak over 3 seasons! Throughout his life Mitch was very active in St. Leo Parish. He was a leader in automotive trade associations at the local, regional, and national level. He also served in leadership roles for many civic organizations, including Rotary Club and Better Business Bureau.

Mitch was also a craftsman in the auto body repair trade. He instructed the auto body apprenticeship program in the evenings at Bates and Clover Park Vocational Technical Institutes for over 20 years. He counseled the graduating apprentices that becoming a journeyman was just the beginning of learning their trade. In Mitch's words - "A craftsman not only possesses the knowledge and capabilities, but also has two other points that distinguish him or her. That is ENTHUSIASM while working and SATISFACTION when the work is completed. The ability to stand back and look at a completed job and say to oneself 'I've done my very best. I'm satisfied with the result. I'm ready for the next job.'" Our family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Life Care Center of South Hill for their compassionate care, and for adopting "Uncle Mitch" into their family! A celebration of Mitch's life will begin with a funeral mass on Friday, April 29th, at 12:10 pm at St. Leo Church, 710 S 13th St, Tacoma, followed immediately by a reception at the Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St. Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in Mitch's name to St. Leo Food Connection, 710 South 13th Street Tacoma, WA 98405, or online at Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.

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Terry Holmstrom Remembered Continued

Terry was born on September 29, 1948 in Olympia,WA to Julia Anntoinette Kaszycki and Gunar Ivan Holmstrom. Click here for photo library and video.

Terry is preceded in death by his father, Gunar Ivan Holmstrom, in 1957. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Stephanie, his four wonderful children Tod (Jamie) Holmstrom of Satsop, WA; Melissa (Jayson) Olson, of Ferndale, WA; Chandra Holmstrom of Olympia and Robert (Allison) Holmstrom of Olympia. He is also survived by his beautiful mother, Julia Holmstrom and sisters Carol (Bill) Emmons and Pamela (Dave) Kosonen all of Olympia. Terry has seven amazing grandchildren: Andrew (16); Julia (13); Gage (12); Nathan (10); Dayton (8); Jack (5); and Madison (4).

Terry graduated from Tumwater High School in 1966 and attended Clover Park Technical College. Terry began his business career at Firestone where he worked as credit manager. He then followed his dream and began his own business, Terry's Automotive, Inc., in 1976 starting out at the old Maxwell station on Legion Way, then moving to the
Texaco service station across from the State Capitol and finally relocating his business to the west side of Olympia. Terry proudly taught his two sons, Tod and Robert, about the automotive repair business and they will continue to run business that Terry worked so hard to build.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road, Olympia, WA. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent in Terry's name to UWMC Transplant Services c/o Suzy Duff, 1959 NE Pacific St., Box 356175, Seattle, WA 98195-6390.

Remembering Robert “Bob” O’Connor

Robert "Bob" L. O'Connor Surrounded by his beloved family, Bob departed our warm embraces on May 4th, 2011 at the age of 64. Survived by his "bride" and "soul mate," Linda, of 31 years. They enjoyed boating around the Puget Sound with their three children who will miss him terribly: Carmen (Nathaniel), Robert (Jamie), and John (Holly), and 7 grandchildren, Jordan, Katie, Quinn, Jaylee, Alissa, Collin and Jakoda. Also survived by his sister Sandra (Tom) and brother Michael, sister in-law Sandy, brother in-law Tom (Heidi), several nieces and nephews, dear loving friends, and his "Precious" puppy that brought him a lot of laughter in his final days. Bob invested over 25 years training the independent automotive industry and had an undying passion for helping owners manage their businesses, always with their best interests at heart. He worked tireless hours alongside of Linda and touched many, many people with his hearty laugh and his knack for telling it like it is. He spent his final days at home looking out onto the lake that he loved so much with his partner, first mate, and the love of his life every moment giving him the best care that love can give. A warm thank you to Multi-Care Home Hospice, his nurse Cathy, and Chaplain Jana.

Bob’s “Celebration of Life”

When:  Sunday June 5, 2011 – from 1:00-4:00pm

Where:  Tacoma Yacht Club

   5401 North Waterfront Drive

   Tacoma, WA  98407

If you’d like to send flowers, cards, care baskets, etc…. the address is:

O’Connor Family

7336 Steilacoom Blvd

Lakewood, WA 98499

If you’d like to make a donation, the family has requested you make a donation in Bob's name to:

Multicare Good Samaritan Hospice

3901 S. Fife St.

PO Box 5200

Tacoma, WA 98409

All donations go to families unable to pay for hospice, supplies, drugs, etc…. Checks should be made out to Multicare Good Samaritan Hospice.

July 19, 1952 ~ April 23, 2011
"Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend."

Holly Lea Gaynor, 58, of Battle Ground, WA, passed away on April 23, 2011. She was born in Boise, ID to John and Dorothy Amyx on July 19, 1952.
Holly and Tom are the owners of Gaynor's Automotive.
She enjoyed her pets, cooking, and drag racing with her family and friends.
Thanks to Dr. Deodhar, The Salmon Creek Dialysis Center, and the Legacy Kidney Transplant Services.

Holly is survived by her husband, Tom Gaynor; sons, Tommy and John Gaynor; daughter-in-law, Shannon Gaynor; grandchildren, Lauren and Ty; mother, Dorothy Chandler, Ken Chandler; sisters, Angie Allen and Katie Farden; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.  She was preceded in death by her father, John Amyx.

of Suquamish

Oct. 20, 1949 to April 15, 2011


Lawrence Raymond Goodwin, 61, died on April 15, 2011 in Suquamish WA. He was born on October 20, 1949 in Renton, WA to Raymond and Audrey (Oberg) Goodwin.

He graduated from Shorecrest High School in 1968 and went on to serve his country in Naval Air from 1970-74 as an airplane mechanic stationed at Whidbey Island. He also served as a mechanic in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1974-1976.

Larry was the owner of Suquamish Auto Repair and was a member of Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary, ASA (Automotive Service Association), and SAC (Suquamish Advisory Committee). He enjoyed boating, gardening, golf and all things sports, condo camping, traveling, washing cars, 1960's rock & roll music, tinkering and reading.

He is survived by his wife: Debbie Goodwin of Suquamish, son: Kyle Goodwin of Seattle, parents: Raymond Goodwin of Seattle, Jack and Audrey Foster of Seattle, brothers: Jack (Karleen) Goodwin of Mill Creek, Jay (Birgit) Goodwin of Lynnwood, Ray Jr. Goodwin of Redmond, Ron (Laurie) Foster of Camarillo, CA, 8 nieces and nephews: Andrea, Alexis, Jesse, Sonya, Jeremiah, Jennifer, Ashley, Desir'ee, and 6 great-nieces and nephews: Michael, Matthew, Kelsey, Leah, Chase, and Austin.

A memorial service will be held at Kiana Lodge, 14976 Sandy Hook RD NE Poulsbo, WA 98370, Sunday May 1st, 2011 at 12 p.m. Memorial donations may be sent to Poulsbo NK Rotary, P.O. Box 1334 Poulsbo, WA 98370. An online memorial can be viewed at

Richard Merrill Larson Jr. passed away in the comfort of his home in Enumclaw, WA on December 10, 2010.  Rick joined ASA-WA in 2006, and was an active participant.  Rick and Ann joined us for the Leavenworth Retreat last year! 

Richard Merrill Larson Jr., known as “Rick” to all, was born on August 2, 1953, in Minot, North Dakota the son of Richard M. and Constance Larson, Sr. He attended schools in Minot and graduated from Minot High School in 1972. He also attended Minot State University. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1972.

After the service he met and married Ann (Phillips) Larson on February 21, 1986, and they lived together in Minot, ND, before relocating to Renton, WA in 1987.

Through out his lifetime Rick has owned and operated numerous repair shops, the latest being a partner in Superior Automotive Service in Enumclaw, WA. Rick truly enjoyed life, family and friends.

Rick is survived by his wife Ann; two daughters Rebecca of Tacoma and Kristen of Auburn; a son Richard Merrill, III of Enumclaw; sisters Sandra (Terry) Carns, Watford City, ND, Sheryl Jordan of Fargo, ND, Tammy (Ron) Joubert, Minot, ND, and Wendy Arndt, Fargo, ND; many nieces and nephews; and his extended family Mike, Deana and Matt of Graham, WA.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and brother, Terry.  A service took place at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home.


Adnan "Ed" Anwar

Ed Anwar, 48, and ASA-WA member since 1998 and a 28 year resident of Olympia, died March 25, 2010. He was born March 11, 1962. He is survived by his wife Mary and a son and daughter. He was a Master Auto Mechanic and owner of Checkered Flag Automotive, Lacey.

A Celebration of Ed's life will begin at 4:00p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the South Sound Manner, 455 North Street SE, in Tumwater. Those who wish may attend the viewing before the service beginning at 2:00p.m.
Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington (360) 753-1065.
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Mark Hegge

Mark Hegge Age 52, was an ASA-WA member sine 2006 and owned Hegge Chevron of West Seattle, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, March 18, 2010. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 7000 35th Ave SW, in West Seattle. A Visitation will be held on Monday, from 1:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home in West Seattle. Please sign our guest book at

Ken Fife


Ken Fife, long time member of ASA-WA and a lifelong Wenatchee resident and owner of Dick's Towing and Repair, passed away to the loving arms of his Savior March 26, 2010, at Central Washington Hospital, following a courageous battle with heart disease. Ken, 70, was born on March 10, 1940, in Wenatchee, to the late Douglas and Lucille (Felts) Fife. He graduated from the first senior class of Eastmont High School in 1958, marrying his high school sweetheart, Jeannie Gustin, on December 29, 1957, in Wenatchee. They made their first home in East Wenatchee and moved to Wenatchee, as he continued his education at Wenatchee Junior College. In his early years as an adult, he worked at a variety of jobs including: Chevron Oil service stations, Milot-Mills, Ferguson Furniture and Montgomery Wards. In the early 1960's, Ken and two partners started Crown Furniture in Wenatchee; he worked as the store's manager. Later in the 60's, he sold his partnership and worked in interior design for JCPenney. In the early 1970's, he worked for Dick's Service and he and Jeannie purchased the towing operation there, calling
their business, Dick's Towing, and had continued in that business since. Ken pursued many outdoor activities, including fishing, fast-pitch softball and NASCAR B modified car racing. After racing cars, he devoted his time to race car ownership, as well as tire and fuel sales for other racers. He had a hidden artistic bent and liked to paint. He was an avid bass fisherman and won regional tournaments with his good friend, Roy VanSlyke, traveling around the United States, fishing in national tournaments, too. In later years, Ken and Jeannie traveled in their RV. Ken's heart and home were always open to family and friends. In the last few years, Ken Fisher has been a devoted caregiver and fishing buddy.


The family wishes to thank the many people God has brought into Ken's life, who have helped him in loving service.


Ken is survived by his wife, Jeannie of Wenatchee; four children and their spouses, Alan and Althea Fife of Yakima, Tim and Laurie Fife of Pasco, Vicki and Don Seabrook of East Wenatchee and Chris and Kathy Fife of East Wenatchee; two brothers and one sister, Jerry and Andrea Fife of Des Moines, WA, Shirley Bradford of East Wenatchee and Jim and Laurel Fife of Wenatchee. He has 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father; and mother, who remarried in later life to Wayne Rosekrans, adding stepsisters, Jan Laine of Long Beach, CA, Reita and Paul Wood of Seattle and Sara and Jim Christensen of Coeur d'Alene, to the family.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Childcare Ministries, c/o the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church. Please express your thoughts and memories online at Arrangements by Heritage Memorial Chapel.

In Memory of Elaine L. Mills

Elaine L. Mills, age 69 of Ferndale passed away on Wednesday,
March 17, 2010. She was born on January 19, 1941 in Vancouver, B.C.


For many years Elaine coordinated the Whatcom Christmas Parties and the picnic’s, held at the Deming Log Show.  Elaine held every office on the Whatcom unit board and was the Ascettes president for 3 terms. 


Elaine was the first and only woman to hold the office of President for the Automotive Service Association of Washington.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elaine’s family, stated Jeff Lovell, President/Executive Director for ASA-WA. 


Elaine was involved with youth hockey. She was part of a quilting group at Linda's Quilting in Ferndale. Her favorite times were those spent with her friends and family, and she loved getting together for family dinners, even after her kids were grown. Elaine is survived by her husband, Joe; sons, Joel (Bridgett) and David (Gina); mother, Lorena Federowski; sister, Jenny Gaines; and her grandchildren, Kelsi, Alyssa and Jacob Mills. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109-1024. You may share your thoughts and memories of Elaine in the online guest book at  Moles-Greenacres Funeral Home, Memorial Park and On-site Crematory

Our photo remembrance of Elaine as Ascettes President

Remembering Donna Washut

Donna Washut passed away on October 8, 2009.  Born in Buffalo, Wyoming on June 20, 1939, the only child of Joe and Irene Washut, Donna spent her early years in Wyoming and moved to Tacoma when she was 12.  Donna attended Jason Lee Jr. High and graduated from Stadium High School in 1957, then went on to attend Central Washington University.

Donna is survived by her 4 children, Steve Olson of Graham, Jeff Olson of Spanaway, Todd Olson (Dee Dee) of Puyallup, and Laura Thompson (Page) of Roy, 12 grandchildren, Keith, Bobby, Ashley, Brooke, Nathan, Lindsey, Katie, Kaylee, Amber, Cody, Christopher and Lisa, and 2 great-grandchildren, Emily and Justin.  Donna also leaves behind former husband Leon Martinsen, with who she reunited 4 years ago; she very much enjoyed her time with him.

Donna’s involvement in the automotive industry began many years before her employment with ASA-WA.  Donna and her husband (Leon Martinsen) were in the automotive dismantling business and both very active members of our association back in the 70’s, which at that time was called IGO, The Independent Garage Owners of Washington.  In 1973 our association was renamed ASC, the Automotive Service Councils of Washington and in 1986 became ASA, the Automotive Service Association of Washington, as we know it today.  Donna was very active in all three of our industry associations. “In 1992 Donna joined Pete & Cherie Hunt and became the third employee of ASA-WA.  Donna’s dedication and support contributed greatly to the success of ASA-WA.  Donna has watched our association grow since the 1970’s and has been very influential in its growth and success.  She has given her support and expertise to ASA-WA retreats, trade shows, seminars, unit meeting and many other association events.  In addition to her ASA-WA duties, she volunteered untold hours of her time in support of our industry and association,” quoted by Pete Hunt.

In 1985 a group of women formed the ASA-WA Ascettes, and Donna was very instrumental in the formation of this active group.  Donna was voted to serve as the 1987-88 State President of the Ascettes.  Since the formation of this group Donna worked hard to encourage more participation from the women of our association.  Over the years the Ascettes have raised over $60,000 and have supplied the state office with many needed items.  10% of all the money raised by this group goes into a scholarship program to encourage industry involvement. Donna also has been very instrumental in the success of the Pierce County I-CAR program and in 2006 was presented with the Western Region I-CAR Founder’s Award.

Donna retired from ASA-WA on January 31, 2008, but did not stay retired for very long.  Donna became the editor of our monthly publication, the Dateline, in April of 2008.

“Donna meant a lot to this association and her influence on the association will go on for many years to come, she will be missed but not forgotten, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends” quoted Jeff Lovell, President/Executive Director, ASA-WA.

Donna West

On March 8, 2009, Donna F. West passed from this veil of tears called life, surrounded by a host of friends and family.

She was a major supporter of the collision repair industry and its associated activities over her 37-year career as co-owner, with her husband Mike West, of Southtowne Auto Rebuild in Tukwila,Wa.

Donna was the only female president of the Autobody Craftsman Association of Washington State in 1994-95.  She worked to bring together repairers, insurers and vendors to improve and upgrade our industry.

Donna was an ASE Certified Collision Repair Damage Estimator and had worked in the ASE B-6 Test Workshop to update the ASE Estimator’s Test. She recently became an AAM (Accredited Automotive Manager) and was proud of this designation authorized and originated by the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA) Automotive Management Institute (AMI).

In 2007 she was recognized as a Most Influential Woman in the Collision

Repair Industry by Akzo Nobel at Las Vegas during the 2007 NACE


She was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on January 21, 1946 and is

survived by her husband Mike and three loving Irish daughters, Kelly,

Colleen and Molly.  Her Mother Mrs. Ruth Sundler survives her also.

Kurt K. Thierbach

5/16/56 ~ 11/15/10 After fighting cancer for 2 years Kurt lost his battle on Nov. 15th with family by his side. We cheered his fight but are now left to grieve his loss. We will always remember his warm smile, his helping hand and his long chats on sports and fishing. Kurt was the owner of Parkland Collision Center, where he took great pride in his work. He leaves behind his sons Sean and Dylan, his parents Karl and Annie, brother Karl (Dorothea), nephew Michael (Debi), Carmella, numerous in-laws and relatives in Norway and Germany. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A special thank you to the great staff and volunteers at Franciscan Hospice House for their compassionate and wonderful care. A memorial service will be held Dec. 4th at 12 o’clock in the Celebration of Life Center at Mountain View, with a reception to follow. Donations can be made to the Franciscan Hospice House or charity of your choice.

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Remembering Mike Bower

Mike Bower, 49, born in Port Angeles, WA went to be with the Lord, October 21, 2011 in Lakewood Washington. He was a man of God devoted to his family.  His passion and commitment to seeing men becoming Godly dads inspired his weekly men’s group for South Tacoma Assembly of God and fueled his involvement with Christian Men’s Network.  Mike loved to spend time with his family at their cabin in Lake Crescent. He enjoyed boating, waterskiing and driving really fast in his red truck.  He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Jordan (the light of his life), mother Beth Bower, stepmother Vicky Bower, brothers Dan, Jim and Jeremy and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Donald.   A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, October 25th at 1:00 p.m. at South Tacoma Assembly of God, 7227 S. Puget Sound Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98409. Lakewood Automotive will resume regular business hours Wednesday.  Donations online to Christian Men’s Network – link Remember Mike Bower or make out checks to CMN Worldwide PO Box 93478 Southlake Texas 76092- Remember Mike Bower

Remembering David Knode

David Leslie Knode was the first child born to George and June (Erie) Knode on January 24th, 1952, in Riceville, Iowa. David was an active member of numerous service and professional organizations and groups. In recent years, he enjoyed membership in the Military Officers Association of America, the National Financial Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and serving as a board member of Trinity Lutheran College. He served and celebrated his faith at Grace Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA. In 2005, David was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His courage, faith, resilience, strength, and determination during his six-year struggle with this disease were an inspiration to all. He passed away at Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, WA, on October 21st, 2011.

Remembering Lynn Olson

Lynn Diane Olson Age 53, passed away on Wednesday February 15th after a long battle with cancer. She was a 1977 graduate of Peninsula High School and 1982 graduate at the University of Washington.

Lynn was the daughter of the late Dawn Olson and is survived by her mother Mary Ann, her sisters Dawn Ellis and Jill Deyoung (Rob), her brother Dan (Doreue), 4 nieces, 2 nephews, and her loving partner Aki Wright.

A celebration of her life was hel on February 29th at the Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor.

Remembering Mary Lewis 
Mary Leona Lewis, 60, of Snohomish passed away March 16, 2012 as a result of a hard fought cancer battle.  Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends at her home in Snohomish, WA.

She was born May 10, 1951, in Colorado to Leo Butt and Mary Jo Forbus.  She graduated from Snohomish High School in 1969 and married Howard Lewis later that year on October 25th.  Mary was an active member of the Snohomish Faith Assembly Church, a Billy Graham Chaplin, and a Hospice volunteer. Mary was an active member of the Snohomish Faith Assembly Church, a Billy Graham Chaplin, and a Hospice volunteer.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at the family cabin.  Amongst her greatest joy was being a grandma to her three grandkids.

Mary is survived by her husband, Howard Lewis; mother, Mary Jo Forbus; brother, Allen Forbus; daughter, Heather Lewis; son and spouse, Kevin and Amy Lewis; and 3 grandchildren, Isaac, Gwyneth and Connor Lewis.  She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Butt and sister, Cheryl Butt.

A memorial service will be held on Friday March 23, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Snohomish Faith Assembly Church at 1220 22nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donations to Providence Hospice Home Care,
2731 Wetmore, Suite 500, Everett, WA  98021 or online

In Memory of

Cheryl Christine


Cheryl Christine Smith, age 69, died peacefully on May 3, 2016 at her home in Quincy WA, after a brief struggle with brain cancer. Cheri was born April 22, 1947, in Seattle Washington, the youngest daughter of Mildred and Lewis Bacot. She graduated from Seattle Christian School in 1965.

In 1965 she married the love of her life, Tom Smith. They briefly lived in the San Francisco area where their first child, Larry Neal Smith was born. In 1966 they moved back to Seattle and had two more children, Randy Neil Smith and Amy Christine Smith.

In 2012, Cheri and Tom retired to Quincy Washington where they built her dream home in Sunland Estates.

Cheri loved arts and crafts, painting, knitting and cross-stitch. She also had a distinctive eye for interior design and decoration that made things so inviting and comfortable.

Cheri is survived by her husband, Tom Smith; her children, Larry (Yolly), Randy (Amy) and Amy (Tom); four grandchildren, Jessica (Ryan), Sidney, Max and Tommy; two great grandchildren, Michael and Colton and a number of other brothers, sisters and friends.

There was a celebration of Cheri’s life at Grace Church (10323 28th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98146) on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to The Hospice Promise Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, or VEDA – Vestibular Disorders Association.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, WA is assisting the family with arrangements.