Stephen Sellie Haugseth

Stephen Sellie Haugseth, age 54, died March 27 after a long battle with melanoma cancer.

He was born Dec. 21, 1947 in New Rockford, N.D., the oldest child of Enoch and Signe Haugseth of Mercer Island.

He graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1966; that same year, he became an Eagle Scout with troop 457.

He attended University of Washington, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business, with a focus on marketing and transportation logistics.

His varied career included three years as a houseboy for two sororities; a wine steward at Horatio’s restaurant, bell captain and doorman for the Washington Plaza Hotel; paperboy; lifeguard; swim instructor; and an engineer’s aide for Boeing. He also served in the Army Reserves from 1970-1976.

In 1976, he joined Continental Airlines as flight attendant, where he worked until 1983. He was a flight attendant for United Airlines from 1984 until his death.

He enjoyed skiiing, sailing, camping, fishing and hiking.

He is survived by his parents; his wife, Janet Robbins; sisters Kristine (Steini) Haugseth, Julie (Rick) Arnevick, and Jill (D.R.) Hendel; and three nephews, Enok, Thor and Jeffrey.

A memorial and celebration of his life will be held 1-3 p.m. April 9 at the Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Drive, Mercer Island, Wash.

Participants are invited to bring their favorite short story to share with others.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Hospice of Kitsap County or to a charity of the donor’s choice.