R. Kelly Ettleman
R. Kelly Ettleman, 50, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was born in St. Joseph, MO, to Andrew and Mildred Ettleman on March 25, 1959. Kelly lived in Missouri for a number of years and helped run the family business until he moved to Florida in the 1980s. From Florida, he moved to Seattle, where he was employed by The Seattle Times for 14 years.
Kelly loved reading, the perfect deep blue of a clear Seattle night sky, growing beautiful flowers, listening to jazz and classical music, and spending time with his friends. He also played the piano far better than he knew. Kelly was known for his witty conversation, wicked sense of humor, and above all, his amazing ability to love. He was a generous man who will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
He is greatly loved and remembered by his mother, Mildred Ettleman of Jefferson City, MO, two sisters, Donna Jones and her husband Mick of Jefferson City, MO, and Mary Gentry of Shreveport, LA; nephews, Shane and his wife Rebecca and their three boys, Austin, Zachary, and Cooper of Jefferson City, MO, and Andrew Gentry of Shreveport, LA; and niece, Hollie Gentry of Shreveport, LA. Kelly was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Ettleman; two brothers, Roger Lynn Ettleman and Rodney Lewis Ettleman; and one nephew, Andrew Joshua Jones.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation at mhopus.org. Arrangements by Freeman Mortuary, www.freemanmortuary.com.
Randy Wells, 1952-2009
Randy was an extraordinarily generous, kind and loving person who spent many years of his life caring for those who were suffering or dying. His ready wit could captivate a room with his unique view of the world and many people found his offbeat brand of humor to be just the thing to make them laugh at the absurdities of life. He was an artist, astrologer, massage therapist, gardener and a voracious reader, and was interested in all the diverse aspects of existence, especially the beauties of the natural world.
He spent his last two months at Bailey Boushay House, where he received loving and compassionate care. In the end the Kaposis, CMV, dementia and HIV were all too much for even his strong will, and on Friday, October 2 at around 1:00 in the afternoon, he took his last breath. He died simply and peacefully.
Randy was a longtime survivor, living with Hepatitis C for almost 30 years and HIV for just about as long, eschewing the medicines of allopathy in favor of his life-sustaining Chinese herbs. Their use and the practice of Yoga, along with his love of life, kept him alive for many years when others had given up on him.
He is survived by his brother Steven, and numerous friends and relatives. There will be a memorial on Saturday October 17 at 2 p.m. in Greenwood in Seattle. Please call 713-0803 for directions. Remembrances should be sent in his name to Bailey Boushay House at 2720 E. Madison, Seattle 98112.
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