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Renton US West Reunion 
Host Pam Carlson, Barb Johnson (BJ)

When Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 PM to Saturday, May 4 at 5:00 PM Where Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse
225 SW 7th St
Renton, WA 98055 Message From Host

The party is this weekend, and because we want to make sure we have enough space reserved, please let us know ASAP if you feel you will be able to attend. We also would like to remind you, that everyone will be responsible for their own bill and gratuity (they will not be adding a “mandatory gratuity” to the bill, like most places do). Jimmy Mac's has been so good to us about the planning of this event, they wanted everyone to know that when you order food or drinks they will know your bill by where you choose to sit. So while they want you to enjoy yourself and mingle, there will be a crowd, please keep that in mind and help them out as much as possible. Looking forward to seeing everyone!! 
Its time for a reunion of those who worked together @ 300 SW 7th. inside and outside. We decided to party across the street from the old Renton bldg @ Jimmy Mac's. We thought we would have our meet and greet @ 1:00 and then we would order our food @ 2:00 or so. The friendly people @ Jimmy's say they do these events a lot and the food is really good. They basically said, "Bring the people and we will do the rest" They would like an approximate head count at least 5 days ahead of the party. Please help us by spreading the word, we don't want to leave anyone out. If you, or anyone you know from back in the day can come. You can give them my email address and I will add to evite. carlson70@msn.com Also we will put up a board or two to put up pictures, just be sure to put your name on back so we can return...See you soon, Pam and BJ 
Would like to add a couple of names that are coming but do not show up on the list, is Doug Roberts and Junko (Kuwada) Arulaid. 

Dean Hirabayashi  Passing November 16, 2018

See Obit here Obit

October 4 2016

From the Kent Reporter

Acheson, Dave D. Friday, 07 Oct 2016

Dave D. Acheson of Kent passed away at Valley Medical Center in Renton on September 23, 2016. He was 83.

Dave was born in Seattle on August 2, 1933 to Harold and Lela Acheson. He graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in 1951. Dave began his career with Pacific Telephone & Telegraph in August of 1951. He was drafted by the US Army in 1953. After he completed basic training in California, he was sent to Alaska to work for Alaska Communications Systems putting up telephone lines and poles. It was there that he began his life long love of Alaska. After returning from Alaska in 1956, he continued with his long phone company career at Pacific Northwest Bell and US West and retired in 1991.
Dave is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty (Irons), his daughters and their husbands Cheryl (Kevin) and Carol (Fred) and three beloved grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Patricia and Betty (Ken), his brother Arthur (Kathy), his brother-in-law Lee (Midge), many loved nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Melvin and Norbert.
At his request Dave was cremated. Inurnment at Hillcrest Cemetery in Kent.
Dave had a big heart and loved to help his family and friends. We will miss his humor and his stories.
Memorials may be made to the local chapter of Telephone Pioneers of America at Telecom Pioneers, 9529 Dayton Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103-3125

Internment Hillcrest Cemetery Friday October 7, 2016 12:00

Get together afterwards Golden Steer Restaurant 1:00

March 20, 2014

Richard Edward Waterman
(December 17, 1945 - March 13, 2014)

See Obit... Here

Bill Petchnick died August 7, 2012 at home, following a two year battle with several cancers. He is survived by wife Anna; son Todd; several sisters and a brother; and two grandchildren.
At his request, there will be no services. Also at his request, his ashes will be scattered at the many motocross tracks he enjoyed with his grandson.

Bill and his wife in 2011 at their granddaughter’s wedding.

A link where you can read about Bill...  PitTraffic.com

July 2012

Mike Padilla had a stroke sometime late July 2012
Information from Dean July 28th
Mike had a bad stroke. He was called out and didn't return home. His girlfriend called in to see if someone could go look for him and they found him unconscious. 
He is not doing well. He spoke briefly the morning after but has not spoken since. He opened his eyes a few days ago and recognized Gail, squeezing her hand a few times. Gail says the doctors are running many tests to see why he is not waking up. Last I heard his blood pressure was over 200, running a fever, had bronchitis, and was being fed by a tube.
January 9 2013

Mike is back in Yakima. Sorry but do not have any other details on the facility he is at. He still is not speaking but is showing emotion. He cried when Gail showed up yesterday and then was laughing later during her visit.

Mike saying good bye to his extended family in Idaho 1/8/2013

Mike Pidila Idaho 1-8-2013.jpg (120548 bytes)

Thanks for the updates Dean...

Mon, 30 Apr 2012
Today Centurylink announced the Valley placing crews would be dissolved by the end of the year. I would only assume this would effect all crews company wide. Existing crew members will be trained for construction splicing but that too may be soon eliminated. Trucks will be sent to auction. All work will be done by contract.

This has been verified by Mike...


Val Thurmon

ValJean Marion Thurmon, born April 16, 1935 in Spokane, WA, passed away peacefully in his home at Wildcat Lake, Bremerton on January 7, 2012.

Obit & Guest Book



Chester Anglemyer

Chester Anglemyer passed away December 19, 2011. Chet was born in Humboldt Saskatchwan Canada on March 7, 1921.

 He was the 11th child of 13 and was the last to go. Chet came to Renton with his parents at the age of 9. Chet worked at Boeing and 33 years for the phone company.

 Chet retired on January 28, 1982.

He married Ruth Lievense on January 22, 1944. They had two sons Don and Dick. Don passed away April 30, 1999 at the age of 51. Chet is survived by his wife Ruth and son Dick Anglemyer of Enumclaw, 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Private interment is planned at Greenwood Cemetery in Renton, WA. There will be no memorial service.

Click here to view the Auburn Reporter obituary



Lelant G. SCOTT

Scotty passed away peacefully at home in Des Moines, Washington on August 5, 2010, at the age of 80. 

Scotty was born on October 19, 1929, in Seattle, WA.

To see Obituary Published in The Seattle Times from August 25 to August 26, 2010 click link below...


Copied to here because it is going off line...

Lelant G. SCOTT In loving memory of Lelant G. Scott, who passed away peacefully at home in Des Moines, Washington on August 5, 2010, at the age of 80. Scotty was born on October 19, 1929, in Seattle, the first of two sons born to Albert and Agnes Scott. After graduating from Highline High School in 1948, Scotty was with Pacific Northwest Bell telephone for 45 years. Scotty was an excellent marksman, and hunting trips were a family tradition. Scotty also bowled in leagues with the "Bell Boys" (Ma Bell), for many decades. A military veteran, he served in the Korean War in the Army Signal Corps, and was awarded a Bronze Star for his meritorious service. In 1969, Scotty met Carmen Bonathan and they were married on December 8, 1973, blending their two families. He brought with him his warmth, humor and unsurpassed kindness towards everyone. Both loved to travel, and have many photos of their adventures together. He is survived by: Loving wife, Carmen Scott; son Brian C. (Mary Jo) Scott; daughter Mary (Brent) Hobday; son David (Stacie) Bonathan; daughter Carol (Tracy) Anderson; daughter Nancy Spickler; niece Sheila (Richard) Doane; brother James A. (Lois) Scott; and numerous beloved grandchildren, and extended family. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Scotty's life at the Des Moines Activity/Senior Center on Sunday, August 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. Located at 2045 So. 216th Street, Des Moines. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation of personal time or support to: The Des Moines Legacy Foundation: www.desmoineslegacy.org The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market: www.dmfm.org

Published in The Seattle Times from August 25 to August 26, 2010

Bowling Team


Information received from The AUSWR On-Line Newsletter

Ronald Ervin Adair

Ronald Adair, born February 12, 1932, passed away in the presence of his loved ones on March 19, 2010 in his home in Olalla, WA.

Ron was born in Bremerton, WA and graduated from South Kitsap High. In the early 80's, Ron retired from "Ma Bell". His time became devoted to fishing, landscaping and raising/growing flowers, especially fuschias and dahlias. He will be best remembered for his generosity in helping others, be it a container of flowers, bag of apples or box of dog bones.

He is survived by his wife, Noreen, daughter Candi (Bailey), son Aaron (Pat), grandson Sam Bailey (Rebecca Monton-Bailey), sister-in-law Barbara Peterson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Gentiva Health Services and Franciscan Hospice for their caring and support. No service will be held at the request of the family. Donations can be made in Ron's name to your preferred charity.



Information from KOMOnews.com

Couple found dead inside Federal Way home identified.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The elderly couple found dead inside a home in Federal Way on Thursday has been identified.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office identified the two victims as 88-year-old Harold Earney and 89-year-old Yvonne Earney.

Both had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner said. The manner of Harold Earney's death was ruled as a suicide, while that of Yvonne Earney's death was ruled as a homicide.

On Thursday a relative found the two dead inside a home in the 32800 block of 20th Avenue with gunshot wounds, and contacted police.

Detectives are investigating the incident as a possible murder-suicide. They do not believe anyone else was involved in the incident.

Investigators have not established a motive; however, neighbors said the elderly woman was suffering from serious health problems, and had just come home from an assisted care facility on Thursday.



Darwin L. Brown

Aug. 1, 1938 -- Jan. 26, 2010

Darwin L. Brown died of cancer in Sequim. He was 71.

He was born in Port Angeles to Foster Robert and Mildred Carrie (Pangborn) Brown.

He married Patricia L. Dewey in Spokane on June 18, 1960.

In addition to being an Army veteran, Mr. Brown was a cable maintenance supervisor with Qwest Communications for 33 years.

He lived in Enumclaw for 20 years before moving to Sequim in 1996.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with family members.

Survivors include his wife; son Tracy A. Brown of Puyallup; daughter Debra Shaver of Idaho; daughter and son-in-law Corinna and Steven Osborn of Carbonado; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Carole Brown of Bend, Ore.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services: None. Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Click Here for the Peninsula Daily News Obituary



CWA retirees are being asked to attend a meeting at the CWA 7803 Union Hall on Oct. 5th @ 6:00 pm.  Judy Fries, President, CWA Retired Members' Council District 7 will show a power point and share what is happening in CWA and other issues of importance to retirees.  Contact Linda Smith @ 360-886-1656 or email lindaburnham1976@hotmail.com   for more information.  There will be food so they need a head count.   This appears to be a rally to get retirees organized to get involved with CWA.


Copied from AUSWR 4/16/2009
The Association of U S West Retirees

Nacchio enters Pa. prison for six-year term
The former Qwest CEO may get bail if the Supreme Court decides in June to review his insider-trading conviction.
By Andy Vuong
Denver Post
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Updated: 04/15/2009 12:38:03 AM MDT

Former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio arrived Tuesday at a federal prison in Pennsylvania in the back seat of a sport utility vehicle to begin a six-year sentence.

It was nearly two years after his conviction for illegal insider trading.

"It's nice to see justice served," said Al Kogler, a spokesman for the Communications Workers of America District 7, which represents about 15,000 Qwest employees.

Nacchio, 59, will serve his time at the Schuylkill minimum-security prison camp in Minersville, about two hours from his $3 million home in Mendham, N.J. He surrendered on a gloomy, rainy day, 30 minutes before his check-in deadline of noon.

Shortly after, it was disclosed that a U.S. Supreme Court justice denied Nacchio's
final attempt to remain free on bail while the high court decides whether to review his conviction. His incarceration is a victory of sorts for thousands of Qwest retirees and employees, many of whom blame him for scores of lost jobs and vastly diminished retirement accounts.

"His actions have caused pain and suffering for Qwest, and shareholders and employees as well," Kogler said.

Denver-based Qwest flirted with bankruptcy at the end of Nacchio's five-year tenure in 2002, stung by an accounting scandal and saddled with $25 billion in debt.

Still, Nacchio reaped more than $200 million in stock sales, bonuses and salary. His wife, Anne Esker,

is listed as the owner of a mansion in Florida valued at $6.2 million.

A woman who answered the phone Tuesday at Nacchio's home in Mendham promptly hung up after a reporter identified himself.

In April 2007, Nacchio was convicted on 19 counts of illegal insider trading and acquitted on 23 counts. The jury determined that Nacchio sold $52 million in Qwest stock in early 2001 based on private warnings that the company was in financial trouble.

Since the conviction, the case has been on a legal roller coaster. A federal appeals panel overturned the conviction in 2008, only to have the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstate it in February.

Nacchio was ordered to report to prison in March, only to have that date delayed amid a flurry of filings by his attorney to allow him to remain free on bail.

Tuesday's ruling by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer means Nacchio will probably remain behind bars at least until June, when the court is expected to decide whether to review his conviction.

If the court reviews the case, Nacchio could be awarded bail.

Some of the $71 million in forfeitures and fines Nacchio has been ordered to pay may ultimately be distributed to investors who bought Qwest stock from 1999 to 2002.

September 16, 2008

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