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L to r, Larry, Troy, Kristin, and Sylvia Hurlburt. (Photos #1 and #3 courtesy Sylvia Hurlburt)

A celebration of life has been set for beloved Wolf mom Kristin Hurlburt.

It will be Saturday, July 24, with an 11 AM service at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, followed by a noon reception at Living Hope Foursquare Church.

Sunnyside is at 90 Cemetery Road, just off State Route 20, while Living Hope is just down the road at 105 NW Broadway.

Kristin, who worked for the Coupeville School District for many years, was among the most-enthusiastic, and caring, of local parents.

She and husband Troy were always there as son Larry and daughter Sylvia competed in events as diverse as track and field, cheerleading, and dance.

Hurlburt and Eileen Stone dig in at a CHS graduation breakfast. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

While her battle with cancer ended too soon, Kristin remains with us, her graceful smile always in our memories.

Even when she was gently needling me about not making it to enough track meets in person, she did it with such grace and love.

A truly amazing woman, and one of my personal favorites.

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Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A memorial service for Coupeville High School soccer coach Gary Manker will be held Saturday, Feb. 10.

It will be at the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge Hall (63 Jacobs Road) and run from 2-4 PM.

Manker, who coached both girls and boys soccer, was a noted “goalkeeper whisperer,” working with the Wolf net-minders over the years.

He passed away suddenly Jan. 26.

Manker, who was born in Petaluma, Calif. May 4, 1968, is survived by wife Patti Manker, son Garritt Manker (Talisa), daughters Ashley Bailey (Eric), Amanda Smith (Ryan), stepchildren Riley, Tim and JT Quinn and grandchildren Adeline, Sawyer and Lillie.

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A sensational athlete and a better person.

   Marlene Grasser with her athletic successor, great niece Mia. (Photo courtesy Ashley Heilig)

The start of a new year will kick off with a celebration of the life and legacy of Marlene Grasser.

One of the most accomplished, beloved athletes in Coupeville High School history, the two-time Female Athlete of the Year passed away at 46 last week after a valiant two-year battle with cancer.

A 1987 CHS grad, Grasser was a star in four sports — volleyball, basketball, softball and track — who went on to be a successful college volleyball player.

Her impact went far beyond what she accomplished on the athletic field, however, and her words continue to ring true for current Wolf athletes.

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The family has arranged for graveside services at 1 PM Sat., Jan. 2, at Sunnyside Cemetery (90 Cemetery Rd., off of S. Sherman) in Coupeville.

That will be followed by a gathering of love, sharing and memories at 2 PM in the commons at Coupeville High School (501 S. Main).

Dress is casual. Marlene was a very devoted Seahawks fan, and the family encourages attendees to wear their favorite sports attire in her memory.

Donations may be made to:

Marlene Grasser Benevolent Fund
BECU (Boeing Employee Credit Union) Financial Institution
Routing 325081403
Account 3602350089
13910 NE Mill Plaza
Woodinville, WA 98072

If you would like to send flowers, the family asks you to use Fresh Flower Express (7 S. Main/678-8010) in Coupeville.

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Bob Engle

Bob Engle

Coupeville was built by farmers.

Bob Engle, who passed away last week, spent all but six months of his 74 years in his hometown, working the land.

The only thing that took him away from Cow Town was military service, when he stepped up and did his duty honorably.

Mr. Engle’s family roots run as deep as anyone and the community will have a chance to honor his life, his family, his work and his enduring legacy Saturday, Nov. 14.

Graveside services will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery at 1 PM, with a tractor/big rig processional starting from the old Lumberman’s (behind Prairie Center) at 12:30.

Those wishing to be part of the tribute should arrive between 12-12:30.

Only fellow prairie legend Dale Sherman is allowed a yellow tractor.

There will be a reception/gathering at the Coupeville High School commons following the graveside service.

Mr. Engle’s obit, created by Wallin Funeral Home:

Robert Alan “Bob” Engle died on October 31, 2015 at Whidbey General Hospital at the age of 74.

Bob was born on October 1, 1941 at the Polly Harpole Maternity Home in Coupeville, to Robert E. and Iris I. (Minahan) Engle.

Bob lived his entire life in Coupeville, except for the six months he was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

Bob attended Coupeville High School and graduated in the Class of 1959.

Bob was a farmer all of his life and proud to call himself a farmer.

He started working the family farm as a young boy. At the age of 14, he joined his father and brother Len, forming Robert Engle and Sons Farm.

Bob became the fourth generation farmer to work the family farm that was begun by his great grandfather W.B. Engle and was carried on by his grandfather Carl T. Engle and his father, Robert E. Engle.

Bob was called to active duty with the U.S. Army in 1964 and was honorably discharged six years later after serving his country in the Army Reserves.

Upon completion of Basic Training in Kentucky, Bob returned to Coupeville via a cross-country road trip with his soon-to- be fiancé and in-laws.

Bob proposed to Cheryl Sherman in Pierre, South Dakota.

He then returned to work on the farm; on June 25, 1966, he and Cheryl were married, bringing together two of the largest farm families on the Prairie.

Bob was committed to farming, but he was always ready to lend a hand to anyone.

Whether it was helping with the Methodist Church addition or taking in cattle from the Skagit Valley when the farms were flooded, he was there to support his community.

Bob loved tractors, big trucks, anything John Deere and country music, but most important to him, was his family.

Bob Engle is survived by his wife Cheryl of 49 ½ years, by three children and their spouses: Robert W. and Mary Engle and grandchildren Justin and Harley Engle of Coupeville, Donna and Russell Bailey Jr. and granddaughters McKayla, McKenzie and Mollie, also of Coupeville and Bonnie and Scott Bennett and granddaughter Sydnie of Orange, CA. and by his siblings and their spouses: Jim and Joyce Engle of Pt. Townsend, Len and Terri Engle of Coupeville, Ellen Derkland of Burlington and Jan and Dan Olson of Mt. Vernon.

Numerous nieces and nephews and a wealth of cousins also survive.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Iris Engle, his father and mother-in-law Wilbur and Grace Sherman and three brothers-in-law, Edward Morgan (Susan), Roger Purdue (Sara) and Don Derkland (Ellen).

Graveside funeral services will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM with Rev. David Engle and Rev. Jin Ming Ma officiating.

A tractor procession will begin at 12:30 at the lumber yard behind Red Apple Market. Friends of Bob are invited to join the procession with their tractor or truck.

A Celebration of Life and reception will follow at the Coupeville High School Commons with Gary Wallin, Life Celebrant officiating.

Please visit Bob’s page in the Book of  Memories at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and condolences.

Memorials may be made to Island County 4-H in Bob’s name.

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Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray had more family than she knew.

Her actual blood relatives stretch across the country, but she also left behind a trail of friends everywhere she went.

Gray, who tragically passed away in her sleep July 5 in Oklahoma, was a bright, shining ball of joy who flickered across my life at a time when everything else was at their darkest.

Having left the video store I called a second home after 12+ years, I was struggling along in a business that became far more negative than it ever should have been.

As I worked 144 straight days, 10 hours a day, I got sick, stayed sick, got depressed, stayed depressed and began to seriously hate life.

One of the few respites during this time was Amanda, who worked at the law firm that sat above my prison.

When she would visit, whether to get a movie, buy some candy for her daughter, to pass on info from our mutually disliked boss, or just to say hi, she brightened my day.

Amanda Jo was classy, more than a bit sassy and quite willing to tell you exactly how she felt.

She was Hell on high heels (if you messed with her or her daughters) but fiercely loyal to those she liked, and even more so to those she loved.

Our paths crossed, then went in opposite directions when I finally escaped my dank prison and she headed home to Sooner country.

We were still Facebook friends, so I would see her photos pop up. Her daughters, her fiancee, her shoes.

So, so many shoes…

The news of her passing was like a blow to the heart. And it still is.

Her family held a memorial service last Saturday, and, for those of us who weren’t in Oklahoma, you can now watch that service online.

Take some time. It’s not an easy thing to watch, but you will come away feeling better afterwards.

Because it reminds you, for a moment again, of what an amazing woman she truly was, and will always be.


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