ELTON ARAKI ’96 died July 6, 2006.
He was 35 years old. After graduating
from SPU, Elton became a dentist and
eventually worked for Affordable Dental
in Tumwater, Washington. He was also
a member of the Pierce County Dental
Association, Washington Dental Association,
and the American Dental
Association. Elton is survived by his
parents, four brothers, two sisters,
ORVILLE ANDERSON ’59 died June 24,
2006. He was 73 years old. A standout
SPC basketball player, Orville was
an Associated Press honorable mention
All-American center in 1959.
Several of his Falcon scoring and
rebounding records still remain
unbeaten today. After graduating from
SPC, Orville became a high school
basketball coach, leading the South
Kitsap High School boys basketball
team in Port Orchard, Washington,
to two state tournaments in 1960
and 1962. He later became vice principal
at South Kitsap and then an
administrator at Kentridge High
School in Kent, Washington, until
his retirement. Orville’s first wife,
Jean, preceded him in death. He is
survived by his second wife, Phyllis;
twin sons; and two stepdaughters.
GARY BIRKELAND ’67 died July 18,
2006, after a battle with cancer. He
was 61 years old. Born in Seattle,
Gary was a student chaplain at SPC
for two years and also served as a
Centurion. After graduation, he began
a 30-year teaching career in the
Issaquah (Washington) School District,
where for most of those years
he taught middle school art. He was
an active member of Mars Hill Church
in Seattle. Gary is survived by his parents,
brothers B.J. BIRKELAND ’68 and
J. MARK BIRKELAND ’78, and sister
REBECCA BIRKELAND WILL ’69.
DOUGLAS BOND ’56 died June 12,
2006, of leukemia. He was 72 years
old. Born and raised in Western
Washington, Douglas graduated from
SPC and then earned a master’s
degree from Pacific Lutheran University
and a doctorate from United
States International University. He
married Mary Jane Baldwin in 1956,
before becoming a systems engineer
for Western Electric Company. Later,
he trained at Massachusetts Institute
of Technology in computer science
for his work on the SAGE Project,
a top-secret, Cold War, early-warning
defense system. In 1964, he left
engineering to become the administrator
of Tacoma Baptist Schools,
the first evangelical Christian school
in the south Puget Sound region.
Douglas is survived by his wife,
Mary Jane; one daughter; one son;
nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
WILLIAM “BILL ” BLUNT ’58 died on
April 14, 2006, his 70th birthday.
Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Bill lived
in Washington’s Tri-Cities region for
30 years. He worked as a civil service
investigator for the Office of Personnel
Management for 31 years, and
he was a member of the Nazarene
Church for 35 years. He was also a
board member of the Entiat Valley
Family Camp in Entiat, Washington,
and a member of the National Association
of Retired Federal Employees.
Bill is survived by his wife of 50
years, RUBY RICHARDS BLUNT ’57; two
daughters; one son; nine grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
FRANCIS CLOWERS ’56 died August 6,
2006. He was 71 years old. Francis
grew up in Seattle and lived in the
area his entire life. While attending
SPC, he met BERTIE FINCH ’58, and
they married in 1959. After graduating
from SPC , Francis taught in the Highline
(Washington) School District.
He then went on to earn a master of
library science degree from the University
of Washington. After several years
as a librarian at Shoreline Junior High
School in Shoreline, Washington, he
became one of the first librarians to
work at Shoreline Community College,
eventually becoming library director
until he retired in 1998. He and Bertie
enjoyed several years of travel after
his retirement. Francis is survived by
Bertie, two daughters, two sons, and
JUDY DUFF ’73 died on May 5, 2006.
She was 52 years old. Judy was born
in Seattle and lived in the North Highline
area for 48 years.
MARY MIKEL EWBANK ’82 died of
cancer on May 6, 2006. She was 49
years old. Born in Moline, Illinois, with
cerebral palsy, Mary weighed only 2
pounds, 3 ounces at birth and was
not expected to live beyond the third
grade. But her family didn’t treat her
as an invalid, and she thrived. She
earned two college degrees, one in
communication from SPU and one in
rehabilitation from Seattle University.
Despite being eligible for disability
income, Mary completed an internship
with VISTA and worked most of
her adult life. She was employed for
nine years in the Circulation Department
of The Seattle Times and for
four years at the Federal Aviation
Administration, where she served
as a technical librarian. She was a
tenacious, socially involved advocate
for persons with cerebral palsy
Mary is survived by her mother and
father, an identical twin sister, and
PAMELA AMAN GILMAN ’76 died May 2,
2006, after a 12-year battle with cancer.
She was 54 years old. Born in
Bismarck, North Dakota, she and her
family moved to Oregon in 1967.
After graduating from SPU , Pamela
worked as a social service volunteer
in The Dalles, Oregon. She married
Dennis Gilman in 1980. In the years
following her 1994 cancer diagnosis,
she managed Portland’s Ten Thousand
Villages store. Pamela was a
member of the Portland Mennonite
Church. Dennis died in 2001, and
Pamela is survived by her father, two
brothers, and two daughters.
JANETE JAMIESON HANSEN ’41 died
April 22, 2006, at the age of 87.
Born in Riverside, California, Janette
was raised in Everett, Washington.
As a student at SPC , she was a member
of the A Cappella Choir and the
Falconettes, and was student body
president during her senior year.
She taught for one year at Lake
Stevens School in Lake Stevens,
Washington. She married MARSHALL
FIESE ’40, and they had two sons.
Marshall, who became a physician,
was killed in a train accident in 1960.
In 1965, she married Wayne Hansen,
the pastor of Christian education at
University Place Presbyterian Church
in Tacoma, Washington. Actively
involved at the church, Janette served
in the Women’s Association and
taught Sunday school and adult Bible
studies. Wayne died in 1995, and
Janette is survived by two sons;
two stepsons; six grandchildren;
one great-grandson; one sister,
MILDRED JAMIESON GALLAGHER ’44;
and one brother.
E. WALTER HELSEL ’39 died June 6,
2006. He was 90 years old. Born in
Kansas, Walter grew up working on
the family farm. After graduating from
high school, he attended Central College
in Kansas and transferred to
SPC. He funded his college education
by singing in male quartets. He married
ESTHER HAMMER ’39 in 1942.
Walter earned advanced degrees from
the Biblical Seminary in New York and
Princeton Theological Seminary. He
then returned to SPU and, from 1942
to 1948 and 1949 to 1980, he
served as a professor of religion,
dean of the School of Religion, and
university registrar. After retirement,
he taught in mission schools in the
Philippines and Hong Kong. He is survived
by Esther, his wife of 64 years;
three sons; and five grandchildren.
ROYAL JOHNSON ’49 died July 27,
2006. He was 81 years old. Born in
Port Orchard, Washington, Royal
fought in Patton’s Third Army in
Europe, serving with the 35th Division
as a member of Company C, 137th
Infantry in the Normandy, Northern
France, Ardennes, and Rhineland
campaigns. He fought in the famous
Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded
two Purple Hearts, four bronze battle
stars, an Oak Leaf Cluster with
numerous ribbons, a Good Conduct
Medal, and a World War II Victory
Medal. After returning home, Royal
attended SPC and earned a degree in
education. After graduation, he married
ALBERTA WHITE ’50 in Hollywood,
California, on the television show
“Wedding Bells.” As a teacher, Royal
first taught in Republic, Washington,
where he coached football, basketball,
baseball, and track. He then
taught at Kelso High School
in Kelso, Washington, from 1953 to
1970. After retirement, Royal continued
researching the World War II battles
in which he had fought.
Eventually, he began a correspondence
with a former German officer
he had taken prisoner in a tiny Belgian
village at the Battle of Villers-la-
Bonne-Eau. In 1995, the former
enemies met again at the village.
Royal is survived by his wife of 56
years, two sons, one daughter, and
NORMAN JOSEPHSON ’66 died June 15,
2006, at the age of 63. Born in
Coupeville, Washington, Norman was
raised on his parents’ dairy farm in
Freeland, Washington. After graduating
from SPC , he went on to earn a
master’s degree in school administration
from Seattle University in 1973.
He then began a 32-year career in
education in the Shoreline (Washington)
School District. In 1971, he
taught sixth grade at Pioneer Elementary
School in Olympia, Washington.
He served as principal at other
schools before retiring in 1998.
He began working in the Washington
State Senate in January 2000 as a
bill reader during legislative sessions.
He also worked at Ralph’s Thriftway,
was an avid gardener, and enjoyed his
blueberry farm. Norman is survived by
his wife, Janet; three daughters; and
SHARON MCCHESNEY ’94 died June 4,
2004. She was 62 years old.
Although Sharon began attending SPC
in the mid-1960s, it wasn’t until 30
years later that she returned to complete
her degree. She is survived by
two daughters, including Lisa Siedenburg
’91; four granddaughters; and
Lorraine Olson Nelson ’47 died
June 8, 2006. She was 81 years old.
Born and raised in Issaquah, Washington,
Lorraine graduated from Swedish
Nursing School as a registered
nurse after graduating from SPC.
She married ROGER NELSON ’52 in July
1950. Lorraine enjoyed camping, traveling,
and spending time with her family.
Preceded in death by a daughter,
she is survived by her husband, two
daughters, and two grandchildren.
JOHN PIKE CC ’67 died April 16, 2006.
He was 85 years old. John was an
ordained minister in the Evangelical
United Brethren Church. He was also
a missionary to Honduras for 26
years. He is survived by his wife,
Emma; two sons; one daughter;
and five grandchildren.
ESTHER THORSON REBACK ’89 died
March 24, 2006. She was 88 years
old. Born in North Dakota, Esther
moved to Seattle as a child. She
studied voice and piano and often
sang in church with her sisters. She
married Herbert Hopp, a pastor, in
1940, and they raised four children.
After her children were grown, she
was a secretary in the San Juan
School District in Sacramento, California.
Following the death of her husband,
she married Warren Reback.
Esther retired in 1981, and in 1982
returned to Seattle, where she studied
music while serving as an organist
in several churches. Predeceased
by her second husband, Esther is survived
by two daughters, one son, and
RONALD SIDES ’68 died May 3, 2006.
He was 58 years old. After leaving
SPC , Ronald began a career working
in the newspaper business and was
named Carrier of the Year for the Capitol
Journal, a newspaper in Salem,
Oregon. He then worked at The Seattle
Post Intelligencer, where he managed
the South Seattle Circulation
Department for 32 years. He married
his high school sweetheart, Judy Farries,
and the couple had four children.
Ronald also founded R.T. Sides Landscaping
Company in the Seattle area.
One of his largest projects was helping
to launch the design of a 95-acre
shopping center in Keizer, Oregon.
Ronald attended Grace Community
Church in Auburn, Washington. He is
survived by his mother, four children,
and four grandchildren.
Matriarch of Legendary Burger Chain Is
Remembered Along the West Coast
Philanthropist and co-founder of the famous In-N-Out Burger chain of restaurants, ESTHER JOHNSON SNY DER ’47, died August 4, 2006. She was 86 years old. Raised in Illinois as one of eight children, Esther served as a surgical nurse in Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service during World War II . While attending Seattle Pacific College, she met Harry Snyder, a fellow employee in a Seattle restaurant. The couple married in 1948 and moved to Baldwin Park, California.
The Snyders soon opened the inaugural In-N-Out Burger, creating the first hamburger stand in California to offer a drive-through window. Esther did everything from cleaning and cooking to slicing tomatoes and onions, peeling potatoes, and making meat patties. As the business grew, she also handled paperwork.
When Harry died in 1976, the couple’s sons, Guy and Rich, became company president and vice president. Esther became a philanthropist throughout Baldwin Park and the San Gabriel Valley. In 1984, she and Rich founded the Child Abuse Foundation, which eventually became the In-N-Out Burger Foundation. Over the years, Esther supported schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, medical organizations, police and fire departments, and missions and homeless shelters. “[Esther Snyder] represents the pioneering beginning and the determination and drive to be a success, and more importantly, give back to her community,” City Councilman David Olivas told the Whittier Daily News.
After her sons died unexpectedly, Rich in 1993 and Guy in 1999, Esther became company president. Today, more than 200 In-N-Out Burger restaurants thrive in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Esther is survived by a granddaughter and many extended family members.
RICHARD TAYLOR CC ’38 died June 21,
2006, at the age of 94. An active
minister and author in the Church of
the Nazarene, Richard received
degrees from Cascade College, Pasadena
Nazarene College, George Fox
College, and Boston University. He
founded the Nazarene Theological
College in Sydney, Australia, in 1953,
serving as its president until 1960.
He taught at the Nazarene Theological
Seminary (NTS ) in Kansas City,
Missouri, from 1961 to 1977. After
retiring from NTS , Richard was editor
of the Nazarene Preacher’s Magazine for eight years. He authored books
and articles on holiness living and
preaching. His final book was
released by Schmul Publishing only
two weeks before his death. In addition
to his extensive service in Australia,
he pastored Nazarene churches in
states across the nation, including
Washington, Oregon, and Massachusetts.
Richard was preceded in death
by three wives. He is survived by his
wife, Maureen Box-Taylor; two sons;
seven grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
GERALDINE CUSTER WALKEMEYER
CC ’45 died April 25, 2006, at the
age of 85. After earning a bachelor’s
degree from Cascade College,
Geraldine traveled in 1947 to
Belgium to take the required courses
to serve as a missionary nurse in
the Belgian Congo. She then traveled
to Burundi (Urundi at the time),
Africa, and, for the next 36 years,
worked in a primitive dispensary
and, later, a hospital. Over the course
of her career, she also served as a
nurse in other places such as Kansas
and Oregon. In 1995, she married
Roy Walkemeyer, who preceded her
in death in 2003. She is survived
by a stepson, two stepdaughters,
10 grandchildren, and 15 greatgrandchildren.
RUSSELL WARD ’42 died May 13, 2006.
He was 91 years old. After graduating
from SPC , Russell pastored churches
in Omak and Mount Vernon, Washington.
While in Mount Vernon, he worked
for the Washington Department of
Social and Health Services, eventually
becoming an expert at uncovering hospital
fraud. Russell is survived by his
wife, LEONA WARD ’42; three daughters,
including ALLEYNE WARD BRUCH ’67;
one son; six grandchildren; and five
CLYDE WHITNEY ’61 died July 16,
2006. He was 75 years old. Born in
Anacortes, Washington, Clyde served
in the United States Air Force before
graduating from SPC. He became a
high school teacher, teaching for several
years until he became disabled.
Clyde was preceded in death by his
wife, JoAnne, and their son, Mark.
He is survived by one daughter, three
sons, and four grandchildren.
INGA LARSSON YOUNGREN ’64 died
June 27, 2006. She was 67 years old.
Born in Sweden, Inga came to Seattle
in 1950. She graduated from Seattle
Bible College, SPC , and the University
of Washington School of Nursing. She
and her husband, RAY YOUNGREN ’64,
served as missionaries to Liberia,
Africa, before returning to the Pacific
Northwest. Inga is survived by Ray,
one son, one daughter, and three
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