Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ken VanAssche 1950-2019

I am sorry to report that classmate Ken VanAssche died in a plane crash on May 6, 2019. His Everett Herald obituary is here.

Here's the text:

April 9, 1950 – May 6, 2019 Family, friends, planes, motorcycles, snowmobiles, heavy equipment and epic parties at the river… these were a few of Ken's great loves in life. It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we say goodbye. On Monday, May 6, 2019, Kenneth W. VanAssche, 69, of Chelan, WA, died shortly after take-off at the Chelan Airport in his plane. It was a beautiful day and he was ready to soar. After learning to fly recently, he wanted to check flying off his "bucket list of life". His list was long, exciting and filled with adventures. The stories of his life were great and we have lost a true legend among us. Ken was born on April 9, 1950 in Everett, WA to Calvin and June VanAssche and was the second of 13 children. He was raised in Snohomish, WA. Ken moved to Sultan, WA where he raised his son and daughter with their mother, Ginny, and he later moved to Chelan, WA. Throughout his life, Ken owned and operated Ken's Tractor Company. Everyone Ken encountered came away enchanted with his stories and excitement for living life to the fullest. He had many friends in the Cascade Driftskippers Snowmobile group that he'd built lasting friendships with. He loved a good party and took every opportunity to gather family and friends and share his home, hospitality and love of life. May you soar on wings of Eagles, Ken. Your family and friends all love you and will miss you dearly! He is survived by his daughter, Jessie Kindle (Byron); granddaughters, Faith and Isabelle; father, Calvin W. VanAssche; siblings: Genny Arnold (Tony), Rodney VanAssche (Gail), Margaret Griffiths, Lorie Berkey (Walt), Pat Malgesini (John), Janet Thibert (Lee), Keran VanAssche (JD Johnson), Pete VanAssche (Jackie), Barbara Appleby, Steve VanAssche (Christel), Jim VanAssche (Joy), Jay VanAssche (April) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Dez VanAssche and his mother, June VanAssche. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ken VanAssche Memorial Fund, in care of Jessie Kindle, 41421 Nelson Place, Gold Bar, WA 98251 Condolences may be left on the Ken VanAssche Memorial Page on Facebook. We will have a celebration of life on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, WA from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 19 to

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

George Nowadnick 1930-2019

I am sorry to report that former SHS Principal George Nowadnick has passed on. He became SHS Principal in 1968, and remained in that position for many years.

Here is the text from the Everett Herald Obit

Thanks to Steve Humphries and Harry Renken for the info.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

GoFundMe link for Ellaine Bates Hanke's daughter

Classmate Ellaine Bates Hanke's daughter and family lost their home and business in the Paradise, CA fire this week. A GoFundMe account has been set up for them to help with their recovery. Please consider a donation.

Joy Lynn Hartley Family Recovery

This is the text from the GoFundMe page:
Paradise may be lost for now, but it will be back and better then ever with your help.

As you all are probably aware, the fires in Northern California flared up this week and completely demolished the beautiful town of Paradise, California. Unfortunately for our friends, the Hartley Family, they have lost everything in the blaze. Two family homes and the beloved family business, Joy Lyn's Candies, which was recently passed from Bill & Pam to the next Generation of Harley owners Glenn & Jody, were all gone in less then a day.

The Hartley family has touched the lives of countless people through their Family Candy store as well as all of the tireless hours they have put into events such as "Chocolate Fest" which brings the community together in support of non-profit youth organizations. You all will remember "Billy Wonka" wandering the festival taking pictures with everyone, making sure the event is a huge success and that all attendees have a deliciously good time.

The Hartley family has been doing things for their friends, family and community for a very long time, and now it is our time to show them how much we appreciate them and help them get back on their feet as they rent a home together and work on rebuilding their lives, homes, and their beloved Joy Lyn's Candies.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kerry Hedahl, Obituary Everett Herald

I am sorry to report the death of classmate Kerry Hedahl, on Oct 8, 2018. Here is his obituary from the Everett Herald.

Here's the text: June 18, 1952 - October 8, 2018 Kerry Charles Hedahl, 66, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA. He spent the last few weeks of his life with family and friends before succumbing to cancer. Kerry was born on June 18, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Snohomish, WA, with his parents, Phyllis (Bobbie) and Irvin Hedahl. He was the third oldest child in his family being younger brother to Perry and Linda and older brother to sister, Marlene. His family was active in Scouting and Kerry earned his Eagle Scout. The skills he learned as a scout helped him enjoy all the outdoor adventures he had. Kerry graduated from Snohomish High School in 1970. He started working for Bickford Motors in Snohomish and then went to work for Motor Trucks, Inc. in Everett. Kerry married Cindy Tenney in 1974 and was blessed with two children, Jillian and Shayne. He was the owner and master mechanic at Eagle Truck and Equipment in Lake Stevens, WA. Kerry later worked for Viking Equipment and then started the company Viking Rentals in Smokey Point before retiring in 2000. Kerry married Anita McCall in 1998. He moved into her family home on Camano Island, WA, with her children Ben, Sarah, and Matt. Kerry's greatest joys in life were his family vacations, his dogs, hunting, camping and fishing. The start of a good story from Kerry always revolved around some or all of his greatest joys. Some he shared often were...Sing-a-long weenie roasts, "the biggest buck you ever saw," "I was told not to kick that bucket" and "I lost that lure when." He is survived by his wife and best fishing partner, Anita, and their five children, Jillian Hedahl (Jeff) Sorenson, Ben (Jaimi) McCall, Shayne (Brittney) Hedahl, Sarah Remick and her partner Jeffrey Harnden, Matt (Shannon) McCall; ten grandchildren, and sister, Marlene (Steve) Maier Arnhold. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bobbie Tuengel and Irvin Hedahl; his brother, Perry Hedahl and sister, Linda (Mac and Bill) Newman. A Celebration of Life will be held November 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 10120 Chapel Hill Road, Lake Stevens, WA 98258.

Thanks to Steve Humphries for the update

Monday, August 13, 2018

Lorna Ford Kelly Obituary

I am sorry to report that classmate Lorna Ford Kelly passed away August 5, 2018. A memorial service will be held August 15, as listed below. Her obituary and guest book are at the Everett Herald website:

On Sunday, August 5, 2018, Lorna Mae Kelly, loving wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with our Lord and Savior at the age of 66. Lorna was born on May 1, 1952 in Everett, Washington to Max and Una Ford. She was raised on a farm in Machias, Washington along with her two brothers and two sisters. Lorna, as well as her siblings, had a passion for horses that led to her dad founding and leading the Rounders 4-H club. They would host horse play-days on their property for years after Lorna graduating from Snohomish High School in 1970. Lorna was known for her adventurous spirit. She continued to own horses most of her life, gaming in local play-days with her daughters and trail riding in the Cascade Mountains with her family. While working at Fluke in marketing, she met the love of her life, Bryan, and was married on September 22, 1984. Later retiring from Fluke with over two decades with the company. She stayed in the Snohomish area her entire life until recently relocating to Arlington, WA, with her husband to their dream house on the lake. After retirement, Lorna was passionate about breeding, raising and showing pedigreed Ragdoll cats, so much so that she owned a successful business selling Ragdoll kittens all over the world. Over the years, she has met many of her close friends from it. She was a world traveler, taking along her mother, husband, children, and grandchildren on her adventures. Lorna enjoyed cruising the Mediterranean, horseback riding the Canadian Rocky Mountains, exploring the Mayan ruins, touring New Zealand by camper van, traversing a wild African safari, glided through Venice's grand waterways, walked the old roads of Israel, viewing Iceland by Icelandic pony, listening to the waves at her brother, Lonney and Stacey's Mexican villa and many other exciting trips. Lorna has lived a life full of love and passion for her family and friends. Lorna was predeceased by her father, Max, aunt, Diane, and nephew, Justin. She is survived by her husband, Bryan of 33 years, her mother, Una; brothers, Lonney and Kerry, sisters, Maxine and Tamera; children Stacey, Kelli (Jazon), Hannah (Chris), and nine grandchildren, Kylie, Sammie, Kirsa, Brad, Wesley, Julia, Colt, Georgia, Dawson and with another granddaughter expected in October. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations can be made out to the Burn Road Bible Church in Lorna's name. A celebration of Lorna's life will be held on August 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at LifePoint Church, 14619 28th St NE, Lake Stevens.

Thanks to Steve Humphries for passing word along

Friday, July 20, 2018

Class Picnic August 11, 2018

A message from Caryl Maddy deJong:

Good morning, all!

We will be having the annual class picnic on August 11, from 3:00 p.m. to dark at Dan Parker's home on Lords Hill.  Hamburgers and hotdogs, with all the fixin's will be provided.  Please bring a salad or dessert and your own beverages.  Please bring your own cooler, as well.

It would be very helpful if you rsvp to this e-mail address so we have a rough head count for the burgers and hotdogs.  

If you have e-mail addresses for any classmates that you don't see listed above, please forward this to them, and then send me their e-mail address so I can add it to the master list.

I will miss this year's event as we have an extended family trip to the San Juan islands planned for that weekend.  I hope everyone has a terrific time.  Just think - the 50 year reunion is only two years away!  Can you believe it!  

Take care,

Caryl Maddy de Jong

I won't be able to attend, but if anyone takes pictures that they'd like to share, please email jpgs or bmps to me at:   I'll post them

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SHS 1970 Championship Basketball Team to enter Sports Hall of Fame

From the Everett Herald (in case the link disappears):

Snohomish’s 1970 basketball team headlines Hall of Fame class

Those Panthers will be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

It’s been nearly 50 years, yet when Doug Love walks the streets of Snohomish he still gets recognized.
“Even today there’s not a week that goes by, if I’m in Snohomish, where somebody says to me, ‘Hey, weren’t you on that 1970 basketball team?’” said Love, who was a senior co-captain and star center on Snohomish High School’s 1970 boys basketball state championship team. “It’s remembered, especially by the old guard in Snohomish.”
“We were a team, not a group of individuals,” Love recalled. “We were a team that worked together, regardless of if you were first or second string. When five guys were on the court they worked together, they knew how each other played, we respected each other. No one player was out for his own glory, which is remarkable. I played on a lot of teams and you rarely saw that.”
Snohomish came into the season with high expectations. The previous year the Panthers went 21-4 and reached the AA state quarterfinals. Snohomish’s path was complicated by transitioning to AAA in 1969-70 and having to play against the state’s biggest schools, but the Panthers also had a strong group of returning talent that included seven different players who went on to play a sport in college.
Leading the way was Love, the team’s leading scorer (18.1 points per game heading into the state semifinals) and rebounder, who at 6-foot-8 gave the Panthers a tremendous presence in the middle.
“I don’t think he got the credit he deserved,” teammate Ben Krause said about Love. “When we played West Seattle in the tournament they backed off Doug and we kept shooting. They never came out. I think it took a lot of pressure off of us having a 6-8 guy who could score.”
The Panthers also had a dynamic backcourt duo in Krause and Evan Thomas, both juniors. Krause (12.5) and Thomas (10.4) were both proficient perimeter shooters and both capable ballhandlers.
“I’m as prejudiced as can be, but in all the games I’ve ever watched in state tournaments, that’s the best set of guards that I can remember,” said deKubber, who also described Krause as the best defensive player he ever coached. “There’s been guards who are better, but not two together, and they really came through in the finals.”
Then there was Jerry Ingalls. The senior forward and co-captain wasn’t tall at 6-foot-1, but the football star who earned a scholarship to the University of Washington used his strength to become a ferocious rebounder while also averaging 11.4 points per contest.
“He was an excellent rebounder,” Love said. “When he got the ball no one wanted to touch him. He was a bull and he was sturdy, but he was able to maneuver.”
The starting lineup was rounded out by junior forward Craig Clayton, a glue guy who went on to play tennis at Washington State University. Gordon Taylor was the first player off the bench, while Steve Kirsten and Bob Wahlstrom were Snohomish’s reserve big guys. Tom Poier and Randy Recor, who went on to play baseball in college, were also reserves, while Mark Williams and Tom Bannwarth rounded out the roster.
Bringing it all together was deKubber, who was assisted by the legendary Keith Gilbertson Sr.
“I’ve never seen a guy who could pick up what was going on in a game like him,” Krause said about deKubber. “When he called timeout he always had something pertinent to say. He’s a good guy, too. He wasn’t your buddy, he kept a certain distance, but most good coaches are that way.”
Snohomish rolled through the regular season, going 17-1 in league play. The Panthers lost to Everett in the district tournament, forcing them to beat Cascade to earn the district’s second seed to regionals. Snohomish knocked off Renton 60-51 and Ingraham 64-52 at regionals to reach state, which was played at the University of Washington.
At state the Panthers joined an elite group. Pasco and West Seattle both came into the semifinals undefeated, while Aberdeen’s only loss was to the eventual Oregon state champion.
Snohomish slipped past West Seattle in the semifinals, setting up a meeting with Pasco in the finals. After falling behind early, Snohomish caught back up by halftime, and the Panthers survived a last-second Pasco shot that bounced off the rim to get to overtime tied 43-43.
Early in overtime Snohomish lost Love when he fouled out. But then Thomas and Krause took over as the pair combined for 10 points and didn’t miss a shot. Krause’s steal and feed to Thomas for a breakaway with 30 seconds remaining gave the Panthers a 53-47 lead, rendering two late Pasco baskets — the second of which caused the clock to expire — academic.
“Just the jubilation,” is what Krause remembers most about winning the title. “It was like a kid going to play in the World Series. I know it was only high school basketball, but when we were kids playing on the blacktop, that’s what we would dream about. We’d imagine doing things like that.”
When the Panthers returned to town after the game they were met by a raucous crowd ready to celebrate.
“We came home to hundreds of cars in the parking lots, and there was a caravan that went through town that was maybe two miles long,” deKubber said. “It was 11:30 at night and the horns were blowing and people were calling asking what was going on.”
“I still kind of get goosebumps when I think back to that,” Love said.
“It was a privilege and an honor that we were able to do something like that for the community,” Love concluded about winning the state title. “It was the perfect storm, everything lined up and we were able to pull it off.”
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The 1970 Snohomish High School boys basketball team celebrates its 53-51 overtime victory over Pasco in the AAA state championship game in Seattle. The team will be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame at Wednesday’s banquet. (Herald File Photo)