Robert M. Ellerby BS ’59, July 8, 2017, age 80. Ellerby worked at Georgia Pacific in Bellingham, Washington, as purchasing manager, from his graduation until 2001. He was an active member of his church and sang in a Norwegian male chorus. He also volunteered for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other youth organizations. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Geneva; his children, Kathy, Julie, and Scott; and eight grandchildren.
Class of 1959
Richard L. Watson BS ’59, July 10, 2016, age 79. In 1961, Watson married Sally Hart in Watertown, New York. Survivors include his wife; sons William, Timothy, and Michael; and three grandchildren.
Gordon W. Yelton BS ’59, March 21, 2016, age 84. Yelton worked for Sears and Roebuck for several years following his graduation. He married Joan Mundigel in 1964. In 1970, with two small children, he moved his family to Bend, Oregon, where they owned and operated a small gift and housewares shop called Things Etc. After retiring, Yelton enjoyed taking care of his yard, visiting with his neighbors, and walking his dogs. Survivors include his wife, Joan; son Mark; and daughter Elizabeth.