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Laurin Zylstra
B: 1923-01-22
D: 2018-06-17
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Zylstra, Laurin
Barbara Olson
B: 1946-08-21
D: 2018-06-12
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Olson, Barbara
Peggy Rudolph
B: 1924-07-14
D: 2018-06-12
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Rudolph, Peggy
Brian Simler
B: 1960-08-16
D: 2018-06-11
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Simler, Brian
Carlton Hughs
B: 1956-06-05
D: 2018-06-11
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Hughs, Carlton
Frances Davis Curtis
B: 1937-09-07
D: 2018-06-09
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Davis Curtis, Frances
Harlis "Carl" Ulrich
B: 1929-09-03
D: 2018-06-08
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Ulrich, Harlis "Carl"
Juanita Anderson
B: 1923-05-02
D: 2018-06-03
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Anderson, Juanita
Laurie Griggs
B: 1928-06-13
D: 2018-06-01
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Griggs, Laurie
Linda Jennerjohn
B: 1946-09-27
D: 2018-05-28
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Jennerjohn, Linda
Dale Klutsenbaker
B: 1926-02-16
D: 2018-05-27
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Klutsenbaker, Dale
Neil Farler
D: 2018-05-26
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Farler, Neil
John "Bob" Morrison
B: 1942-06-04
D: 2018-05-26
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Morrison, John "Bob"
Richard Porritt
B: 1948-09-20
D: 2018-05-19
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Porritt, Richard
Blanche "Luci" Storey
B: 1932-11-10
D: 2018-05-19
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Storey, Blanche "Luci"
ADRC James Rochefort, USNR (Ret)
B: 1932-05-02
D: 2018-05-13
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Rochefort, USNR (Ret), ADRC James
RADM Lyle Bull, USN (Ret)
B: 1938-04-08
D: 2018-05-04
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Bull, USN (Ret), RADM Lyle
Freeman Boyer
B: 1921-09-14
D: 2018-04-27
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Boyer, Freeman
Steve Gavigan
B: 1954-08-05
D: 2018-04-22
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Gavigan, Steve
Joanne Andricos
B: 1934-03-11
D: 2018-04-21
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Andricos, Joanne
Suzie Long
B: 1944-05-23
D: 2018-04-19
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Long, Suzie

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  • to hold your hand.
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