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The Centralia boys golf team had possibly the “best score we’ve had in maybe in 10 or 15 years,” according to coach Hal Gronseth, beating Aberdeen 214-221 at Riverside on Thursday.
Von Wasson hit even par at 36 to lead the Tigers. Tyler Fagerness came in five shots behind him at 41, while Colby Christensen carded a 43, Brady Sprague shot 45, and Tucker Weaver shot 49.
“Tyler coming in with a 41 as a freshman and a No. 5 really stood out,” Gronseth said. “If we can score 214 each week, teams will have to beat us. And Aberdeen is one of the better teams in the league; it was fun to shoot well and beat them.
Centralia will be back on the links next Monday at Alderbrook Golf Course to take on Shelton.
In loving memory of Edward Farrier: 1939-2023
Edward Farrier, 83, passed away at home in Onalaska surrounded by family on Saturday, July 8, 2023. Ed loved his family and the wonderful community of friends that often gathered. He was an engineer of life, endlessly curious and observant, searching for deeper understanding, especially of people and relationships.
Ed was the youngest of five children and the only son of Charles and Geneva Farrier. His older sisters adored their baby brother. He was born and raised in the family’s log cabin in Fall Creek, Oregon, and started working in the woods shortly after graduating. Ed was a skilled heavy equipment operator and relocated his young family to Lewis County in the early 60s to yo-yo doze the steep hillside in preparation for building Mossyrock Dam.
In retirement, he transitioned his operating skills to grading out the endless potholes on their road and clearing snow from community areas with his “Johnny.” Ed inherited his parents’ green thumb growing food and flowers, especially dahlias. Gardening was a year-round hobby, tracking weather patterns, studying seed catalogs, pruning fruit trees, planting, watering, harvesting, canning and, best of all, sharing with friends. He was especially proud of a meal entirely grown, hunted or harvested.
Ed is survived by Terri Farrier, his generous and loving wife of 27 years; children, Curt, Fawn and Terese; cherished family members, Sharon, Jonathan (Dusty) and Garrett; grandchildren, Josh, MyRanda, Jessahna, Morgan, Colton, Liam, Brendan, Owen, Elijah, Rodney and Annabelle; and great-grandchildren Kaysee and Blake.
Ed was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Edlaina (2020), and youngest son, Ostynn (2022).
A service celebrating life and friendship will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Cowlitz River Ranch, 363 Brim Road, Onalaska, Washington. Share stories and special memories or write them down if you’d like them read for you. Bring a dish if you wish.
Lewis County lays to rest unclaimed remains of four people in ceremony
Owner John Panesko has previously described the Pioneer Cemetery in Chehalis as “a place for people who were not wanted.”
People who died of tuberculosis in a nearby hospital were tossed into unmarked graves. Panesko thinks there are as many as 350 unmarked graves on the hillside cemetery near where Market Boulevard becomes Jackson Highway.
Several girls between the ages of 14 to 18 who perished in an explosion in 1911 while packing dynamite were laid there to rest. For several years, unclaimed remains from the Lewis County Coroner’s Office have been buried there.
But, if you ask Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod, even a graveyard of misfits deserves respect and dignity. On Thursday at noon, coroner’s office employees and more than a dozen guests gathered to honor four people whose bodies were never claimed.
Virginia L. Hoyt, 78, of Tenino, died on Oct. 22, 2022. Danny R. McGlone, 53, Chehalis, died on Oct. 31, 2022. Michael C. Witzel, 73, of Chehalis, died on Nov. 18, 2022. Thomas J. Hammond, 56, of Chehalis, died on Dec. 18, 2022.
Each will be interred at the Pioneer Cemetery.
Most years average eight to 10 people whose bodies were unclaimed, McLeod said previously. This year was the first since the inaugural ceremony in 2014 that did not include any children.
State law says the coroner must keep unclaimed remains for a total of 90 days after acquiring them, but does not declare what should be done with them after that period. Panesko allows their burial for free each year.
For each person, the office completes a comprehensive search to locate connected family members. On a few rare occasions, they don’t find anyone. More often, there is a family, but they are not interested in dealing with the body.
“These are human beings that we’ve investigated. We know their background, we know their history,” he said. “We know some of the trials and tribulations they went through. … (It’s) bittersweet for us on days like this because we’re actually saying goodbye to people who’ve spent some time with us.”
Sometimes, the next-of-kin had a bad relationship with the decedent. Other times, McLeod doesn't know the reasoning behind their abandonment.
The ceremony each year allows the people to be honored regardless.
“We don’t judge,” McLeod said.
With guitar strumming from Chehalis resident Brian Mittge, the small crowd sang “I’ll Fly Away” and “Amazing Grace” in honor of the four people, whose cremated remains were each wrapped in a box and adorned with a yellow rose.
McLeod thanked the visitors at the end of Thursday’s service.
“This shows that they have not been forgotten by society because most of the people here, I’ve never met. You’ve never met these folks,” McLeod said. “And we’re here today for the right reasons.”
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