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Rainier Cemetery
Eatonville, Pierce County, Washington

GPS: 46.887199, -122.327499
T16N R4E Sec 8

The Sexton is Dick Taylor (360) 832-6985 in Eatonville.

Contributed by Leslie Smith, Aug 05, 2001 [leslie.smith@juno.com].
Total records = 46.

Driving Directions

Located 1/2 way between Meridian & Mountain Highway on south side of Stringtown Road in Eatonville WA.

Head South on Meridian (Highway 161). Turn Right (heading West) onto Eatonville Cut-Off Road (76 gas station on corner). Take first Left onto Stringtown Road. Turn Left at 78th Road East (sign at entrance says "Rainier Cemetery". Cemetery is enclosed in a chain-link fence.

Cemetery History

First burial was in 1894. Most recent was June 2001 (which did not have an actual headstone yet). This cemetery is also referred to as, "Rainier Free Cemetery", "Stringtown Cemetery", "Pioneers Cemetery", and "Indian Cemetery".

Cemetery Records

Records published below were compiled from all visible tombstone inscriptions by Leslie Smith during a visit to the cemetery on July 5, 2001.


??, "Red ???", written on rock near POTTER
Bernabick, Infant, d. 6 Sep 1930, "Infant son of Mr. & Mrs. John Bernabick" (stone fell off base, lying flat on ground)
Bly, Mike, 1903, "Mike - Pat Bly" (hand-carved, badly weathered stone)
Bly, Pat, 1903, "Mike - Pat Bly" (hand-carved, badly weathered stone)
Bray, William H., b. 1901, 1980, (crucifix on stone)
Coleman, Milton W., b. 7 Sep 1894, 4 Apr 1976
Emery, Glen W., b. 2 Mar 1918, 21 Feb 1995, "Tec 3 US Army World War II" (military marker)
George A. Plummer, b. 1882, 1974
Grundell, Charles, b. 1857, 1908, "Father"
Grundell, Lorraine O., b. 1855, 1905, "Mother"
Grundell, Raymond, b. 1901, 1929
Guske, Harry G. Sr., b. 13 Jan 1898, 15 Jan 1981, "Dad"
Guske, William, b. 31 Mar 1860, 18 Apr 1899, "We Will Meet Again"
Hu???, Lotta, b. 1816, 19??, (badly weathered wooden board)
Joyner, William P., b. 4 Oct 1869, 16 May 1897, "son of Sarah E. & Robert B. Joyner"
King, B. Roscoe, b. 1876, 1933, "Son"
King, John D., b. 1848, 1919, "Father" (TAYLOR family plot)
King, Margaret C., b. 1853, 1934, "Mother"
Langberg, S. K., b. 1 May 1888, 24 Jan 1913
Lindstrom, John, b. 1857, 1916
Lindstrom, Sophia, b. 1862, 1936
Long, Mary A., b. 3 May 1856, 15 Apr 1938, "Grandma"
Manning, Clifford E., b. 1888, 1968, "Husband - Daddy - Pal" "Memorial by Relatives - Friends Shingleweavers"
Manning, Launa King, b. 1890, 1973, "Wife - Mother" "Mommie - Dude - Friend"
Middlesworth, Albert J., b. 22 Sep 1900, 5 Aug 1993, "CPO US Navy" (military marker, ss w/ Ester)
Middlesworth, Ester L., b. 4 Apr 1898, 31 Dec 1991, "T SGT US Army" (military marker, ss w/ Albert)
Olson, Lisa, b. 1824, 1894
Pearson, John, d. abt Jun 2001, (no stone yet, written on white cross)
Perez, Bernard, b. 1916, 1980, "Siempre"
Potter, Bob, b. 1886, 1962, (ss w/ Orena)
Potter, Orena, b. 1887, 1974, (ss w/ Bob)
Schutte, Turrell Ray, b. 1 Oct 1961, 7 May 1979, "Leukemia" (stone severely eroding)
Setzer, Infant, b. 27 Jul 1897, 3 Sep 1897, "Infant daughter of Ella Love & John K. Setzer"
Setzer, Romulus M., b. 1849, 1896
Taylor, Margaret Elaine King, b. 10 Jul 1893, 11 Feb 1990, "Last one of the Pioneer Family" "Homestead 1889" (TAYLOR family plot, Photo on stone next to tombstone)
Taylor, Roscoe "Rusty", b. 8 Nov 1895, 2 Jun 1973 (TAYLOR family plot)
Taylor, Shirley R., b. 5 Feb 1923, 31 Mar 1987 (TAYLOR family plot)
Tipton, Basil Foster, b. 1908, 1989, (ss w/ Leona, "Tipton" centered above names)
Tipton, Leona Francis Guenther, b. 1909, 2001 (ss w/ Basil, "Tipton" centered above names)
Van Eaton, Elaine, b. 4 Oct 1907, 31 Dec 1914, "Our Daughter"
Van Eaton, J. Gurney, b. 1880, 1964, "Father"
Van Eaton, James D., b. 14 Apr 1916, 29 Mar 1973, "Washington, CPL US Army, World War II" (military marker)
Van Eaton, King Russell, b. 10 Sep 1909, 3 Sep 1989
Van Eaton, Vivian L., b. 1884, 1980
Vance, Georgiana V., b. 1862, 1895, "Mother"
Vance, S. J. , no dates, "Baby"

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