John Cashen

Posted: Monday, April 07, 2008

Former Douglas resident John Cashen died March 27, 2008, in Everett, Wash. He was 96.

Born Aug. 8, 1911, in Douglas, to Tom and Sadie Cashen, he was the fourth child in a family of eight and attended schools in Douglas. He was a deputy marshal for the U.S. government and a Fish and Wildlife agent.

He married Ruby Summers in the summer of 1937. Their sons, John Ross and Michael James, were both born in Alaska. In 1945, the family moved to Mt. Vernon, Wash., where he ran a country store.

In 1951, they moved to Everett, where he worked at Everett Plywood and Door until his health failed. He then worked for Tidewater as an accountant and was a security guard at a K-Mart store in Everett.

In 1973, he and Ruby retired and moved to their beach home in LaConner, Wash. They lived there until health concerns forced a move to their son's home in Everett in 1999.

He and his wife were both members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in LaConner.

He was preceded in death by his wife in March 2003.

He is survived by his brother, Frank Cashen and his wife, Irene, of Juneau; sons, John Cashen and his wife, Barbara, and Mike Cashen; six grandchildren, Cathi Read and her husband, David, Erin Cashen, J.R. Cashen and his wife, Laurie, Janette Cashen, Sheri Ball and her husband, Bill, and Connie Cashen; and four great-grandchildren, Brittany Frunz and her husband, Anthony, Jeffrey Sonsteng, Alex Cashen and Kyla Cashen.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kern Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Visitation was on April 1. There was a graveside service on April 2 at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near LaConner. A gathering followed at his beach home.

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