We should remember those who made our communities special

As we take a look back at 2008, we should take a moment to remember those whom we have lost in the past year and honor their contributions to our communities. It is, after all, the people who make our communities such great places to live.

While we can’t possibly name them all, these are just a few of the valued community members we lost in 2008. We should all learn from their example and try to emulate their dedication and commitment to the communities they loved so much.

Often quiet, but formidable in court and very funny were some of the traits friends used to describe attorney Ian Millikan who died June 21 of brain cancer at the age of 59. A long-time chamber of commerce member and past chamber president, Millikan had been honored June 20 when the chamber presented the first Millikan-Howard Chairman’s Award.

Also described as quiet, but well respected, Arlington’s Richard “Dick” Larson passed peacefully in his home Oct. 4 at the age of 73. Larson showed his love for his community in many ways, including serving on the Arlington Planning Commission, The Arlington Airport Commission and the Arlington City Council.

Long-time pillar of the Marysville community, Kay Kunhle passed away at the age of 79 in November. The civic leader and businessman was fondly remembered by family and friends. The tavern on State Avenue which bears his family name has been a community fixture which his family has owned since 1918.

The pioneers have lost a good friend. Jack Gray passed Feb. 13 at the age of 88. He was the son of the founder of Arlington Hardware and ran the store with his siblings until 1983 when they sold it to Mike Jones. Gray spent a lot of his time helping out at the Pioneer Museum and helped the community in many ways.

These are just a few of the many people we lost this year who have made our communities better through their commitment and service.

We can best remember and honor them by committing ourselves to continuing their tradition of service to the community and work to make positive changes in the lives of others.

To contact a member of The Marysville Globe/Arlington Times editorial board — Stuart Chernis or Scott Frank — e-mail forum@marysvilleglobe.com.

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