June 4, 2008
Merle Jay Shardelman of Snoqualmie died May 14, 2008, from complications following open heart surgery. He was 79. Born February 4, 1929 in Columbus, Kansas, son of Frank and Evaline Shardelman, he was the ninth of ten children.He moved to Washington with his brother in 1947, and settled in the Snoqualmie Valley shortly thereafter. He met his future bride, Betty Thomsen, and they were married September 15, 1950. They lived and raised their family in Snoqualmie.
Merle had several jobs including Fuller Brush salesman and auctioneer in his early years. Most of his working life was spent as a saw filer in several lumber mills: Weyerhaeuser in Snoqualmie, Davis Mill in Carnation and Portac in Tacoma. After retiring from the lumber industry, he went to work at Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend as a van driver. He often said it was his favorite job, and was the first time he really felt appreciated at work. He was loved by his riders who appreciated his kindness, respect, and sense of humor.
Merle welcomed everyone into his home; he was quick to offer whatever he had in the refrigerator, the cupboard, or the coffee pot. He always believed in the underdogs of the world. He had a kind and gentle spirit, loved animals and seemed to have a special connection with them. His home and family were important to him and he enjoyed family dinners on Sundays. He was a creative and inventive wood worker. He especially loved puttering in his shop and creating unique projects with his grandson.
Survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Betty; four children, Dale Shardelman of Renton, Bill Shardelman of North Bend, Sue Shardelman of Snoqualmie, and Becki (Steve) Thomas of Duvall; one precious grandson, Jake Thomas of Duvall; brother Mike (Cris) Shardelman of Poulsbo, sister Ida (Buck) Cluff of Everett, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings. He was loved by all and will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held on June 7, 2008, 11:00 am at Mount Si Lutheran Church, 411 NE 8th St, North Bend, (425) 888-1322. All are welcome.
Remembrances in Merle’s honor may be made to: Mount Si Lutheran Church, PO Box 487, North Bend WA 98045 or Mount Si Senior Center, PO Box 806, North Bend WA 98045.