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Stephen Lucas Kuchin Stephen Lucas Kuchin, 81, passed peacefully on December 22, 2021. Born in Roslyn, WA to Rosella N. and Fabian S. Kuchin, Steve grew up enjoying the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. He developed a strong work ethic working in the family's grocery store in Roslyn, having a paper route, and raising rabbits for the neighbors. He loved sport fishing, pheasant hunting, and his dogs (especially his German shorthaired pointers). His recent pets (Rosie, Gretchen and Ruby) were the joys of his life. After high school in Cle Elum, he went to Central Washington, graduating with a degree in education. He came to Anacortes in 1966 to teach fifth grade and coached basketball at Island Elementary School for 14 years. He loved his kids and teaching them science. He had a young family at this time, so to make ends meet he started to fish commercially in the Puget Sound and Alaska. Over the next 30+ years he created a seafood business, gill netted for salmon, crabbed for Dungeness, and pioneered the prawn fishery in the Puget Sound. Steve is survived by his brother Fabian S. Kuchin, sons Steven Charles Kuchin and Mark Allen Kuchin, his beloved granddaughter Sarah Nicole Kuchin, and his long-time partner Val Aadsen. A celebration of his life is planned for late spring or early summer when the weather is nicer. To share memories with the family, please visit his online obituary and virtual guestbook at

Carol Kathleen Simpson Carol Simpson went to join her Bill on January 6, 2022. Born on Dunnigan Ave., IN THE BLUME FAMILY HOME that was formerly The Old South Cle Elum School. She was the youngest of 5 in the Louis and Mabel Blume family. Following a fire that destroyed their home the family moved to Cleveland Avenue in South Cle Elum. Carol lived the rest of her life, 97 years on Cleveland Avenue in South Cle Elum. Carol passed at home while being cared for by her loving family. Carol attended school in South Cle Elum and graduated from Cle Elum High School. In 1943 she married her high school sweetheart, Bill Simpson. To this union 3 children were born: Jim, Charlotte, and Bradley. Over the years while raising their family, Carol also worked outside the home. She worked as a clerk for the NWI Store, the water clerk for the Town of South Cle Elum and Irelands Jewelry Store and as the office manager for Puget Power. Following her retirement; she kept the books for DeVere & Son's Distributing. Carol enjoyed camping, sewing, knitting, and following the Cle Elum Warriors. Basketball was her favorite. Bill and Carol were always at a game, together they participated in many other community activities. She was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Her faith was evident throughout her life. Her life revolved around her family. The more involved she was the better she liked it. We all did our best to make that happen. Lunch at grandma and grandpas every Saturday! Kids grandkids, dogs, cats, and friends did not matter, they were happy. Fried ham & roasted cheese YUM! This was a family tradition for more than 55 years. Carol is survived by her children Jim (Judy) Simpson of Cle Elum, Charlotte (Jim) DeVere of South Cle Elum and Brad (Rhoda) Simpson of Ellensburg. Six grandchildren; Jeff and Jason DeVere, Shannon and Chelsey Simpson, Chris, and Ryan Simpson, eight great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She predeceased by her husband, Bill, parents, three brothers, Fred Blume, Edward Blume, Bob Blume, and sister Charlotte Ray. At her request private family services will be held followed by a picnic at the South Cle Elum Fireman's Park. Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend, "We Love You; and will miss you every day." Online condolences may be left at . Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Brett E. Huss Brett Earl Huss, 58, passed away on January 12, 2022 at the Yakima Memorial Hospital with his wife and children by his side. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Johnston & Williams Funeral Home in Ellensburg. Brett was born on December 31, 1963, to Earl & Patricia (Johnston) Huss in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Royal City, Washington where he met his high school sweetheart, Jacque. Brett and Jacque were married September 20, 1986. Early on, Brett was a security specialist for the Air Force and was stationed in Maine. He went on to earn his Associates of Arts in Law and Justice. He spent many years working for Yakima Valley Community College as Sergeant of security until he medically retired. Brett and Jacque built an amazing life together in Ellensburg. They had an undeniable love for one another, and it shows through their life and family that they built. Brett was a devoted husband and father to two children, Samantha and Taylor. He was always a hard worker, had a smile that would light up any room, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. He was an amazing artist, woodworker, and horse show husband. His wife may have been the love of his life, but his four grandchildren were the light of his life. From attending their sports and school events to helping them with schoolwork. From building with Legos to taking them for rides on his electric wheelchair, he was always their biggest supporter and cheerleader. Brett is survived by his beautiful wife, Jacque. Daughter Samantha (Michael) Olson and their children Savannah and Bayleigh Olson. Son Taylor (Kristalyn) Huss and their children Kelten and Rinley Huss. Along with his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, grandparents, many friends who are considered family and numerous pets. Memorial contributions in Brett's honor are suggested to the Yakima Valley Pet Rescue, 1011 Fruitvale Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902. Johnston & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Brett and his family. Online condolences may be left at

Anna Gurine Sullivan Anna Gurine Sullivan passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at the age of 98. Anna was born on May 21, 1923 at Beskeland, Roën, Norway to Nils and Marie (Storvik) Hansen. Marie and the children, none of whom spoke English, emigrated to the United States in March, 1924, disembarking at Ellis Island. Nils had emigrated earlier and was working as a logger in Michigan to earn money for their transit. Marie and the children traveled by train to Salem, Oregon where Nils had rented a house for them. Nils rejoined the family and over the next year, with the help of his sons, built a house nearby, which became the family home. Anna attended Englewood Elementary, Parrish Junior High, and Salem High School where she graduated in 1941, after becoming a naturalized citizen in 1937. She then attended the Oregon College of Education at Monmouth, Oregon. Following her graduation from college, Anna commenced her long career in public education, teaching at elementary schools in Oregon, Washington, and California from 1944 to 1952. While teaching in Klamath Falls, she took square dance lessons to add to her abilities in teaching physical activities to her students. It was during these lessons that Anna met Ed Sullivan, who was a student at Oregon Technical Institute. They got engaged soon afterward, and Ed was recalled to the Navy. They were married on April 11, 1951, while Ed was on leave from the Navy during the Korean Conflict. In 1953, Anna and Ed moved into a two-room cabin Ed had built on his family's holdings outside of Ellensburg on Manastash Road. They lived in the cabin until Ed completed the family home in 1955. During this time, Anna and Ed started a family that would, ultimately, include four children. In 1965, when her youngest started school, Anna went back to college at Central Washington University College of Education to renew her teaching license and earn a Masters degree in Special Education. She then went back to the classroom, teaching Special Education in Ellensburg until 1969, 5th grade at Garfield, Washington until 1979, and Special Education in Nulato, Alaska until her retirement in 1983. Anna had a life-long love of reading, which she passed on to her children. She was a member of the Women's Volunteer Fire Brigade and active in Rebekahs, Eastern Star, Manastash and Pomona Granges, and Baptist/Christian churches. She was also quite involved in local community efforts, including being a volunteer in the Adult Literacy Program and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Anna was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Oscar Brevaka (Norway), Wilhem (Bill) Hansen, and Ingvard Hansen, and her sisters Karla Kvamme (Norway), Gertrude Jones, Nellie Smith , Marna Swinson, Harda Spires, and Selma Nickoli. She is survived by her four children, Beth Mills, and Lars (Elzelien), Ole (Nate), and Allen Sullivan, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Anna was a loving spouse, a wonderful mother, a passionate teacher, and a kind, patient, forgiving, and compassionate soul. A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family members, with a memorial celebration later in the year when weather improves.

Paul Jacroux Paul Jacroux, 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 1st, 2021, in his home. Paul was born April 19, 1936, in Goldendale WA to Velma and Richard Jacroux. Paul spent his younger years in Goldendale. When he was seven years old, he moved with his family to Ellensburg where he attended Ellensburg schools and graduated from Ellensburg High School, Class of '54. He went on to attend the University of Washington and graduated in '58. He attended OCS in Newport, RI and spent the next twenty years in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corp Officer. He loved to travel, and the Navy afforded him that opportunity. While serving in Pakistan he met and married Carin Prinz. They had two children: Anneliese and Richard. He retired from the Navy in '79 and returned to Seattle where he worked for several high-tech companies, including seven years at Microsoft. He continued to travel, study wine, read, ski, paraglide and took up serious cooking. Of all his passions family came first; he never missed a family gathering. He was predeceased by his wife Carin, his parents, and his sister Shirley. He is survived by daughter Anneliese Jacroux, son Richard Jacroux, daughter-in-law Brenda, grandchildren Eva and Joey Jacroux and his companion of twenty years Geordy Watson. Interment to follow at a later date.

Tommie Sue Johnson Tommie Sue ( Smith ) Johnson 1934-2021 Tommie Sue Johnson passed away peacefully in her sleep the afternoon of Thursday, December 30, at her son's home in Las Vegas, NV, surrounded by family, after an extended illness. Mrs. Johnson was born to Tommie C. Smith and Madge (Curren) Smith of Farmersville, Texas on May 18, 1934. She attended Collin County Public Schools and graduated from East Texas State College (now Texas A&M) with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching a short time in Dallas/Ft. Worth area public schools, Ms. Smith took a summer vacation to the Pacific Northwest with her cousins in 1956. Following a late night church service in the Spokane Valley, she met a dazzling, handsome young Frank Johnson, who had recently been discharged from the Army and was teaching high school in nearby Republic, WA. Mom's cousins stated, "You might as well go out with him for coffee Tommie Sue because you'll never see him again." After that night, the two wrote to each other for a year before being married at First Baptist Church in Farmersville. They then moved to the Pacific Northwest to start churches for the Southern Baptist Convention under the "Tent Makers" program. The couple lived in Bonners Ferry, ID, where their eldest son, Tom, was born. Frank taught high school in Bonners, and kept a moonlight job at the local Safeway in order to keep up with the family expenses. They made many lifetime friends during their tenure there. The family relocated to Ellensburg, WA in 1961 to help plant Chestnut Street Baptist Church, where they spent the next 60 years. Initially, the couple owned a house on Mountain View Drive. Our folks would sit outside their home on warm summer nights and watch the latest movies on the big screen at the Ellen Drive-In across the street. They eventually built a new home on Pioneer Road, where they lived until moving to assisted living shortly before Franks passing in 2016. Dad began teaching junior high school at Cascade (which became Morgan Middle School). Mother worked as a substitute teacher at Mt. Stuart Elementary in the 1970s. As for the church, what began as just three families gathering in the basement of the old YMCA building, transitioned to its modern location currently on Chestnut and 7th Street in Ellensburg. Mom was such an amazing wife, mother, sister and friend to all who knew her. We witnessed her numerous times bringing home total strangers, offering them shelter, food and clothes. She once brought a biker home, who was affiliated with The Mongols (a California bike gang). He had no place to rest that night and was looking to camp inside the church sanctuary for the evening. The pastor at the time, Bro. Jim Carter stated, "Call Tommie Sue, She'll have room for him". We kids were instructed to grab an extra dinner plate. So many times mom ministered God's love to others without even realizing she was doing it. Once, alongside interstate I-40 near Gallup, NM., mom offered to buy an entire busload of juveniles in detention cold drinks because she felt so sorry for them. She loved practicing hospitality and she enjoyed showing God's love towards everyone. Mom never knew a stranger. Everybody was welcome in our home. For more than 50 years, our home remained unlocked. She had an open-door policy to help those in need. She lived out her faith daily. She participated with the local garden club (Ace of Spades) where she held many leadership positions over the years. She actively participated each year with the flower displays at the Kittitas county fairgrounds. In her elderly years, she volunteered with dad at the Pioneer Village during the county fair and enjoyed that immensely. If there was a wedding, anniversary, etc., mother would volunteer to do the flowers at no charge, refusing payment most of the time. At midlife, She elected to continue her education at CWSC (Now CWU), where she earned her Master's degree in Gerontology. Mom was involved with the Senior Ventures program many years on the college campus. She worked as a planning coordinator for senior living developments in Ellensburg, but more than anything else, mom loved being a mom! She was active with her children, picking them up after band practice, or taking them to catch the bus to ski school on Saturdays. Occasional hostilities would run deep in our front yard with neighborhood friends and crab-apple fights, or kick the can and the chase would sometimes spill over into our house, where mother would sharply snap, "Take it outside". She enjoyed being actively engaged in her community, which sometimes meant praying for that one child, who refused to do his homework. She taught Sunday School dozens of years, was on the hostess committee and was devoted to her church family. Mom could cook paper bag apple pie, or chicken and dumplings like nobody's business. She had a Texas flare about her cooking that was out of this world and a southern drawl that added "spice" to our home-life. We are proud to be born of Texas bloodlines. You could pick mom out of a crowd, even blindfolded, after just hearing her accent echo throughout a room. Mom will forever be remembered as a woman who tried to make the world a better place, despite sometimes stories of her troubled upbringing, she made lemonade from lemons as best she could. She accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior at a young age and spent much of her life in dedication to that eternal LOVE & HOPE. Tommie Sue is survived by her three sons, Tom (Bethani) Johnson of Bothell, WA; Dwayne (Tamera) Johnson of Medford, OR; Jay (Rachel) Johnson of Las Vegas, NV.; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She's also survived by her sister, Lane Cauthen, who lives near Plano, Texas, as well as many nieces and cousins throughout the country. A special thank you to Advanced Hospice of Las Vegas, Gwyn, Abby, Olivia, Mary, Jeff, Paul and Mother's personal assistant, Bernice Garcia, as you all made such a positive impact on Mother's final months with us. A private graveside service is planned for the Spring in Ellensburg as time permits. "But we don't want you to be uninformed brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep." 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Barry Ernest Hendrickson Barry Ernest Hendrickson passed away at the age of 74, in his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico on December 10, 2021. Barry was born in Ellensburg, Washington on December 5, 1947. Raised on the farm in the Badger Pocket, Barry attended Denmark School through third grade and Kittitas Schools through graduation in 1966. He married the love of his life (his "Lucy" as he lovingly and teasingly called her) Sylvia Parker, on April 4, 1969. Barry worked for Puget Sound Energy and Potelco in Washington State before retiring to Las Cruces, NM where he was a consultant for Potelco until this year. Barry loved working in his yard, cocktail's around the pool, spending time with family and good friends, and playing his guitar during weekly "jams" with Mike, Mark, Marilyn & Jay. They named their group Low Tide. Barry leaves a loving family, his wife of 52 years, Sylvia, daughter Kristal, brothers Bob (Teri) Hendrickson, Steve (Cyndi) Hendrickson and sister, Teresa Laird, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Michael, and father and mother Ernie and Hazelle Hendrickson. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring in Seattle. Donations in his memory can be made to La Casa Inc. (A charity that supports and helps victims of domestic violence). 800 S Walnut St, Las Cruces, NM 88001 or .

Mary Lee Patriquin Mary Lee (Moody) Patriquin, 86, of Ellensburg, passed away at her home on Saturday, December 4, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. today, December 11, at Johnston & Williams Funeral Home in Ellensburg. Mary was born on October 24, 1935 in Anacortes, Washington to Harry & Thelma (Thomas) Moody. Having lost her hearing as a result of scarlet fever when she was four years old, Mary attended specialized schooling for the deaf in Vancouver and graduated from high school as Valedictorian there in 1955. She made many friends in school and they have all remained very close over the years. After graduation, Mary worked as a key punch operator for Seattle First National Bank and later as a mail sorter for the post office. Mary met Donald Patriquin at a bowling tournament in the spring of 1966 and, after a whirlwind courtship, they married on October 21, 1966. They made their home in Vancouver, later moving to Renton where Donald worked for Boeing before retiring to Ellensburg in the late 2000's. Mary was the true definition of a bookworm - very rarely would you see her without a book in her hands. She and Donald also traveled to 49 of the 50 states (they never made it to Maine) to participate in many bowling tournaments. Mary and Donald also traveled internationally, attending the Deaf World Conference in Australia and taking a pilgrimage to Israel where she and Donald were both baptized in the Jordan River. Mary is survived by her husband, Donald, at the family home in Ellensburg; daughter Molly (Evan) Xanthos of Bothell; sons Mark Moody of Bellevue and Dean Patriquin of Ellensburg; grandchildren Roark, Logan, Tyler, Caylen, Cole and Savannah as well as her brother Bill (Sandy) Moody of Twisp. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to both KVH Hospice and Hospice Friends for their impeccable care and support during Mary's Hospice journey. To that end, memorial contributions in Mary's honor are suggested to either KVH Hospice, 1506 E. Radio Road or Hospice Friends, 302 E. Second, both in Ellensburg. Johnston & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Mary and her family. Online condolences may be left at