A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Sgt. Michael E. Ristau, 25, of Rockford, Ill., a Stryker Brigade soldier assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, died July 13 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, after his vehicle was attacked with an improvised bomb. The Army says he deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December. It previously served in Iraq in 2006-2007.
Charles “Chuck” Devine, 93, who served as United Way of King County’s executive director from 1971 to 1984 and helped bring about a culture shift in charitable giving — from one based on individual solicitations to one that engaged entire corporations — died July 13.
Alvin Ulbrickson Jr., 81, a longtime University of Washington administrator and a former Husky rower who won a bronze medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, died of lung cancer July 6.
Grant Feasel, 52, a former NFL offensive lineman who played six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1987-92), died last Sunday, said officials at his church in North Richland Hills, Texas. The cause of death has not been revealed.
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Celeste Holm, 95, the Oscar-winning actress who first achieved fame on Broadway as Ado Annie in the original production of “Oklahoma!” in 1943 and enjoyed more than 70 years in show business, died Sunday in New York City.
Kitty Wells, 92, the most successful and influential female country singer of the 1950s and early ’60s and one of a handful of women to have significant impact at a time when the music was overwhelmingly dominated by men, died Monday in Madison, Tenn.
Stephen R. Covey, 79, a former business professor who launched his best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” into a multimillion-dollar business empire, died Monday in Idaho Falls, Idaho, of injuries from a bicycle accident in April.
Donald J. Sobol, 87, the creator of Encyclopedia Brown, the clever boy detective whose adventures have been enjoyed worldwide in 27 books and millions of copies, died of gastric lymphoma Wednesday in South Miami.
Omar Suleiman, 76, Hosni Mubarak’s feared head of intelligence, died Thursday in Cleveland, where he was being treated for lung and heart problems.
William Raspberry, 76, a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, died of prostate cancer Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Alexander Cockburn, 71, a longtime columnist for The Nation and editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch, died Friday in Germany. He had cancer.
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, 102, an eminent authority in the Orthodox Jewish world on applying the Torah and Talmudic law to modern times, died Wednesday in Jerusalem.
William Asher, 90, a producer, director and screenwriter in TV’s early days who directed some two dozen shows — most notably “Bewitched” and more than 100 episodes of “I Love Lucy” — died Monday in Palm Desert, Calif.
Tom Davis, 59, a writer who with Al Franken helped develop some of the most popular skits in the early years of “Saturday Night Live,” died of cancer Thursday in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City.
Jon Lord, 71, the keyboardist whose powerful, driving tones helped turn Deep Purple and Whitesnake into two of the most popular hard-rock acts in a generation, died Monday in London. He had pancreatic cancer.