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Obituary: Charles McCraney, Sr.

Obituary: Larry Heuett

Obituary: Tom Foley

Obituary: Miller Duris

Obituary: Greg Vangaver

Obituary: Frank Vincenzo

Obituary: Tony Fiorito

Obituary: Mike Budnick

Obituary: Jack Bonato

Obituary: Mike O'Shaughnessy

Obituary: Chris Heuett

Obituary: John (Jack) Miller

Obituary: Bob Diehl

Obituary: Ross Allyn Prince

Obituary: Ted Lambie

Obituary: Paul Grudis

Obituary: Frank Uhrig Sr. Yeagers Sponsor

Obituary: Jim (Meritt) Sherman

Obituary: Dick Bronson

Obituary: Dick Christensen

Obituary: Dick Fenske

Obituary: Chuck Coughran

Obituary:  Kirk Kaularich & Gordy Neilson

Obituary:  Dick Venesky

Obituary:  Ed Rothe

Obituary:  Skip Maloney

Obituary:  Joe Kilby

Obituary:  Bob Ferguson

Obituary:  Dale Harris

Obituary:  Don Haapala

Obituary:  John Cresto

Obituary:  John Walter Ruth

Obituary: Jack Franco

Obituary: Ron Stevens

Obituary: Joe Colella

Obituary: Glen Mattison

Obituary: Bill Matson

Obituary: Bill Matson

Emmett Stormo Jr. 

Obituary: Al Talley

Albert Talley Sr. was a dedicated Renton School Board member until the day he died. At noon March 27, he spoke with the Renton Chamber of Commerce about the city’s students. That night, he had a stroke.

Mr. Talley, who also held a number of other leadership and volunteer jobs in Renton, died two days later at Harborview Medical Center. He was 82.

Damien Pattenaude, superintendent-elect of the Renton School District, said that at the chamber meeting, Mr. Talley spoke about the need for fully funding education in Washington state.


“He was still pressing on, on those last days of his life,” said Pattenaude, who is also Mr. Talley’s nephew.​

Obituary: Jim "Attorney" Douglas

Obituary: George "Hep Hep" Nokes

Obituary: Shane C. Verley

Shane C. Verley

Posted in Facebook today:

Good evening friends and family.

We have finalized details for Shane's memorial.  Services will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm. 

The location will be:

Grace Foursquare Church

3030 Borst Ave

Centralia, WA

We felt it best to hold the memorial on a weekend in which the most of Shane's softball league(s) teammates

and friends could show due to the lack of a tournament. The family is on board and embracing this plan.

A slideshow celebrating some of the good times in Shane's life will be shown.  Having said that,

I am requesting any fun and/or sweet photos that you think would be a good addition to the show, to please

send them my way at  Questions/concerns can also be submitted here.

Members of the family and possibly other church members will be providing light food and beverages. 

However some people have expressed interest in bringing finger food type dishes. 

If you are one of those people please let me know.

We look forward to meeting you next month to celebrate the life of Shane.

Obituary: Donald A. Zeh

Obituary: Rod Ancheta

Obituary: Brian Stanger

Obituary: "Coach Roach" Bobby Gene Roach Ruth Realty 1990's

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Obituary: Stanley Owings

Obituary: John Webley


Obituary: Jerry Thacker


Obituary: Martin Leon Classpill


Obituary: Norm Walton

Obituary: Robbie Davis


Obituary: Joe Webb

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With dramatic suddenness we sadly lost an exceptional athletic and a good friend, Joe Webb from Federal Way, Washington. He passed away on November 25, 2019 at the age of 64. Joe graduated from Federal Way High School in 1973 and went on to play Basketball at Tacoma Community College, Eastern Washington University and finishing his studies at the University of Washington. Joe began playing softball with VIP Tavern, in the 80's and 90's he played for Jack's/Mollett, Nightly Travel, D Bar G, West Coast Awards and Sporting News as well as participating in many National Tournaments where he was a frequent All-Star. Joe was inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame in 1995. Joe was a follower of all sports and upon softball retirement, became an avid golfer often teaming with his brother (Tim) to capture many golfing prizes. There was the yearly Super Bowl weekend trip to Reno with his extended group of won't be the same without him. From former teammates: Keith Newton..."Joe was class on and off the playing field... a true gentleman. He never had a bad word to say about anyone".  Steve Blake said: "what a great buddy and teammate". from Coach/Manager Charlie Stewart..."Joe played with speed, power and grace. In the outfield he would not run to the ball, but glide and he was truly a five-tool player and a genuine class act"; Joe was working at the Boeing Company up until his passing.

               Rest in Peace Joe our friend, you left us at a way too early age. However, I know up there you'll be running those bases...gliding in the outfield to run down those fly balls and organizing those golf outings and save us a place in your foursome.

             There will be a memorial January 25, 2020 at 2 PM at Christ Church in Federal Way and a Celebration of Life April 11, 2020 at 2 PM at Twin Lakes Country Club.

Obituary: John David Griffith


HI Bob Hoffman! Here My Best Friend & softball player coach John Griffith passed away on Oct 11th 2019 Big Johnny has played Softball since 1973 Big John was elected to the 2008 Hall a Fame as coach of the Fellowship who won the WA State A Championship in 1994 Big John Griffith went on to play Senior Softball since 2001 He played in the wed Federal way 10 am senior league and the Meadowdale senior league Big John played with the Vancouver team coached by Al Woolrich since 2003 John Griffith loved Senior Softball and Big John also loved his players John was a Born again Christian who dedicated his life to Help and encourage others Recently Big Johns Health began to fail but he continued to keep playing Ball In August in 2019 he was playing at Lacey and was Hitting On one at Bat he Fell down after hitting a Gr8 hit to left Field Big John with the help of the umpire  Got up and In a Joking Fashion Said Help I Have Fallen and can’t get up. The Vancouver Team coached by Al Woolrich Won. John was planning on playing worlds in Vegas and suddenly John was in Hospital where he passed Big Johnny Griffith Had several senior softball players come and visit him prior to his passing At Big Johns Memorial several hundreds of softball came to his Memorial Big Johnny G was my Best Friend and I have played on the same teams with him that he either played on or coached Big John was the Best to All players Kind and Fair He also would take the time to Pray after many of the Games with Both teams Big John would lead others to God By his Gr8 attitude and unselfishness  In over 40 years and 7000 games i never heard him swear one time He was amazing Man. Last year in August John took me over to the Bricks at Lacey and Showed me Joe Corbella Brick and also, we saw others like Lefty Robert Ferguson's etc. And Big John said I Hope to have my ashes there and I will be watching Looking down from Heaven As i am playing Ball with my Other Friends in Heaven We Have a web site for Big Johnny  it is  I know that Big Johnny G would be honored to be a part of the Tribute Thanks for Senior Softball you Guys R Gr8 and I would be happy to say a few words at the memorial tribute tourney about Big John Griffith


Thanks Bob Hoffman my cell 206 276 6905

Obituary: James Sameul McAbee

Obituary: J.R. Roosevelt Jerrels


Obituary: Greg Pellegrini


Greg Pellegrini, 52, of Tacoma, Wash., died on Aug. 16 in St. George, UT.

Pellegrini was in Utah playing with Washington Legends in the 20-team Men’s 50 Platinum Division at the Western National Championships. He also played with the team in 2019.

"Greg was a great friend to all ages of the softball community, from seniors to the youngsters,” said Jack Orewiler, manager of Washington Legends.  “He was always there to lend a hand to his fellow players, whether it was hitting advice, breaking in your bat, or restringing your glove.  A few powerful BP hits from Pelle would get your bat game ready in a heartbeat!" One of the best hitters in the game!  His presence and stature at the tournaments, along with his constant positive banter with opponents and teammates, will be missed for sure.”

Pellegrini played with PDX Pride/Red Stone Realty earlier this season at the Winter World Championships in November in Phoenix, and also previously played with Northwest Softball/Worth (2018) and Stark St. Pizza/Four Seasons/DeMarini (2017).

From 2010 to 2016, Pellegrini played in the Men’s 40 Division with NW Legends Miller/Coors, Aldercrest Auto/KnuckleHead Softball, Boomtime USA, NorthWest Legends, and Enviro-Vac.

“Greg was the most intensive personality on the field during his time,” said Jeff Colwell, teammate. “Everyone who played against Greg knew he liked to try and get into your head.  He lived for softball, for the relationships, and would help out anyone he could.”

“Greg had a passion for helping those in need,” continued Colwell. “He was known for helping friends in need, and especially known for helping those he didn't know, but he knew needed help. He had such a strong spirit and big heart. He was embraced as family by many. His passion for softball was huge and his desire to help his teammates understand the game and become better players was always a priority. Greg was very talkative during his play on the field. Many know him from his many one liners he chirped at you, whether you're a teammate or the opposing team.  He felt it his obligation to let you know!!”

Obituary: Dennis Kohl


Truly a class guy as even when his truck was stolen in Federal Way, He remained upbeat. Enjoyed Dennis as a great leader and true friend.


Dean Head 

Whether you were playing for...with...or against Dennis, you always knew you were playing a good guy.  A nice guy.  Our softball community has lost a friend.   I hope Karen and family know how much Dennis meant to PSSSA.

Dic Gribbon.



I also would like to add my name to the long list of players who enjoyed playing with and against Dennis. There were lots a laughs and good softball as well. 


Frank Laky


I too would like to add my name to the list of those lucky enough to have played with and for Dennis.  I was lucky on several occasions.  Dennis was a wonderful guy and will be greatly missed.

Frank Hrnicek

The family said they do not have any immediate memorial plans, but perhaps next year.

[Art Eversole]

Obituary: Hank Fenbert

Obituary: Jim Turner


Obituary: Robert Allen


This is just to let you know that my sweetheart, Bob Allen, passed away on November 24, 2021 from a heart condition. His memorial will be on June 24th at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. I thought you might like to know and pass this along to any of the softball players who may not have heard about Bob.


Maggie Lartz.

Obituary: Joe Franco

Joseph James Franco

July 23, 1947 ~ July 7, 2021 (age 73)

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Joe was a son, brother, father, husband, and grandfather. He was an incredible athlete, a track buddy, an icon to many, an incredible friend and coworker. Joe was renowned for his pranks, great conversation, and humorous story telling. 

Joe grew up in the Central District. He was the neighborhood kid who broke a window playing ball in the street. He was the kid with the gumption to show up late to school, and tell the teacher that he was waiting for his pants to dry (he only had one pair). The one with the self-confidence to insist that he could drive the car at age six (and then proceeded to plunge it into the family garage). He was the dad who not only got his daughter (and nieces!) tickets to White Snake, but also managed to score back stage passes for them.  

Joe was a proud Garfield Bulldog, graduating in 1965. He helped win Metro championships in track and cross country in both his junior and senior year. He played basketball on the team at Bellevue Community College which won the state championship in 1967. 

In 1966, Joe signed up for the Marine Reserves.  


His greatest achievements were in softball, where those who played against him and with him would say he was the best softball player in the country. In 1972 he helped establish a softball team of local athletes named the Backstabbers  (“they smile in in your face, all they wanna do is take first place, the Backstabbers”). Joe and the Backstabbers won the Seattle Metro Championship in  in ’79, ’81 and ’84. But more importantly, Joe made friendships that lasted a lifetime.  Joe was inducted into the USSSA Washington Hall of Fame in 1995, and the SSUSA National Softball Hall of Fame in 2019. He was named to the All World Softball team several years (and won the tournament), and won the National Championship team title several times. 


While all this softball was taking place, Joe found the job of his dreams. In 1969 he joined the Bellevue Fire Department working as a Lieutenant stretching into 41.3 years and retiring in 2010. He loved his job. He loved the people he worked with. He loved the lifelong friendships that developed over the years. He loved competing in the Police and Fire Games. He loved messing with people’s heads when it came to pranks! 

Several years ago, Joe was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which took a devastating toll on his mind and body. He fought this disease by participating in Rock Steady Boxing which focused on overall fitness, strength training, reaction time and balance. His instructor was Shig Tsutsumi, a Garfield Grad. The members of that group are the strongest people Joe has known. This last year’s isolation due to the pandemic was rough. But Joe still fought.

Through all his life Joe has had the support of family. His parents, Katheryn and Leon Franco.  Wife Cherryl, his children Whitney (mother, Ross Wright) (Gabe), Taylor Franco (Ashley), Phil Franco, (Mother, Patricia Mankis,) Cherryl’s children Lesley Egbert, Allison Rachner (James)

Joe’s sisters Kathleen Bledsoe (Rupert), Lee Anne Aguilar (John), Dan Franco (Lorena) along with grandkids, and many nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his older brother Jack Leon Franco.

Finally, last but NOT least there is no support system finer than Joe’s many fire and softball Buddies. 

In remembering Joe, please consider a donation to: 

EvergreenHealth Hospice Center

12040 NE 128th St. MS #5

Kirkland WA 98034-3098

Family Graveside Service will be held at Weeks Funeral Homes in Buckley, Wa. at 11 am on Thursday July15th.


Celebration of Life will be held at: 

Ballard Elks Club on July 27 at 2 pm

6411 Seaview Av

Seattle,WA. 98107

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joseph James Franco, please visit our floral store.



July 27, 2021
2:00 PM
Ballard Elks Club (Seaview Av Seattle, WA)

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Obituary: Bill (W.E.) Ruth


Obituary: Craig Moeller 


For those of you who have not already heard, my dad, Craig Moeller unexpectedly passed away on October 19th.

A service will be held at the Highlands Community Church on November 1st at 11:00am. There will be a reception immediately following for those of you who would like to join us to share memories and stories of mine and Tara's wonderful dad. He was a wonderful grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to so many.

My dad had the kindest heart and his love for his family and friends was always unconditional. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Sharon Watson Michael Moeller Steve Moeller Rich Moeller Debbie Hagen Tara Tighe Martinez


Obituary: Steve Nielsen


Hi Art,

Big Steve Nielsen here.  I wanted to just ask you to send this note out to your contact list.  As you know over the last 2 years, I have been particularly absent from softball.  Not quite 2 years ago, my wife and I hit the worst time in our marriage over the 50 years we have been together, the stress of that took a deep emotional and physical toll on me and my body.  Sometime about October of 2019, we were going through more arguing and I felt something pop in my chest, I couldn’t hardly breathe so we took off for the ER.  After several tests, the Dr. told me I had congestive heart failure.  Shortly thereafter my cardiologist thought that I had amyloidosis.  Briefly that is an abnormal protein created in your bone marrow and it runs around your body until it finds a place to park, in this case they said it was my heart.  Amyloidosis is not treatable or curable, my Dr. told me to get my affairs in order.  However, every test I had performed was neither positive nor negative so we weren’t 100% sure.  Finally, I got into Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto where in late May of 2020, they did a biopsy of my heart and finally determined it was not amyloidosis.  One hurdle down but my heart was still not working well at all.  The performance of your heart is measured in what they call an ejection fraction, which typically is about 60-65% in most people and that is simply a percentage of the volume being pumped from your heart with each beat.  At one point I was down to 17%.  I went through 2 cardioversion procedures and 1 ablation procedure to try and get out of A-Fib and into normal rhythm.  Over these past 10 months my heart had improved into the high 30% and then into the low 40%.  I was feeling better and playing some golf and able to work around the house for short periods of time all with the hopes of getting my knee replacements finally done and maybe a 2021 or 22 return to softball.

About 2 months ago, my abdomen started swelling.  Didn’t get much concern from the Doctors, oh that is normal with all the heart meds you are taking.  It finally got so bad that I went to the ER for help.  After some Ct scans and blood work the Dr came in and told me I had cancer, a 4” diameter mass on my pancreas and other areas on my kidney and liver.  I was sent to St Francis in Fed Way where they performed a paracentesis, a procedure where they insert a tube into your abdomen and drain fluid, that was on a Weds and they drained 3 ½ liters.  A week later I went back for another one and they drained 5 liters.  That day, I was attending a memorial service for my father-in-law and trying to walk in I couldn’t breathe, I could barely walk, I was tingling all over my body so my wife and I left, came home and went to the ER.  After several hours there, they transferred me to Virginia Mason in Seattle, where my diagnosis was confirmed in addition to blood clots in my legs and my lung.  They drained 4 more liters before I was discharged this past Monday.  I spent 5 days there on meds, blood thinners, CT scans and poked with enough needles to satisfy a drug addict.  I am now going in 2 times a week to have my abdomen drained, waiting for the DR’s to finalize a treatment plan (probably chemo) and get started fighting for my life.  Currently lying-in bed is the only relief I can get as my abdomen is stretched into tomorrow and it feels like I am 12 months pregnant in a 9-month cycle.  I do have some hydrocodone meds for pain. 

All of that being said, I am trying to get rid of a bunch of stuff so my wife and family do not have to mess with it and hopefully throw a few more dollars into her nest egg.  Since my softball career came to such a quick end, as I was getting my feet under me playing with the Seattle Merchants, I was buying some new gear so I need your help in selling what I have.  If anyone is interested, they can contact Dic Gribbon at  or call him 206-769-3333.  I don’t want to mess around and haggle prices and am accepting any reasonable offer, Dic has all of this gear with him. 


So, I have the following:  Prices in parenthesis are ballpark thoughts of what I think is reasonable but am amenable to something close


  1. Combat black roller bag, no rips, or tears, all the zippers work ($40)

  2. Worth pitchers protective mask with hard shell ($25)

  3. Wilson A950 13: fielder glove, black with blue trim ($40)

  4. 2 pair franklin batting gloves 2XL, gray with blue trim ($25 for both)