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Ronald E. Pierson

Ronald E. Pierson, 79, a Raymond resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the Montesano Health and Rehab Center. A Marine veteran, he worked at NAPA in Olympia for 30 years until his move to Menlo to operate Tombstone Willies Tavern. There will be no funeral services. A celebration of his life will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements are by Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.

Darlene Rae Blair

Darlene Rae (Smith) Blair died Feb. 10, 2014. She was born on August 8, 1935, in Aberdeen.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the 1st Baptist Church in Elma and a reception will follow at 1 p.m.

Frank McLucas

Longtime Elma resident Frank E. McLucas died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in Elma. He was 85.

He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Boxer and was a timber faller.

No services are planned at this time.

James W. Oestreich

James W. Oestreich of Elma, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Capital Medical Center in Olympia. He was 81.

A service is being planned.

Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary of Hoquiam.

Erma Helland

Former Aberdeen resident Erma Helland of Montesano died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Montesano. She was 96. She had worked as a waitress and bartender, including many years at Duffy’s in Aberdeen. She maintains family in Montesano. A graveside service was conducted on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Lakewood.

Anton C. Gustin

Anton Charles Gustin of Montesano died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 87.

Arrangements are by the Whiteside Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.