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Susan Lee Fuhrman

January 7, 1959 — September 6, 2022

Ellensburg, Washington

Susan Lee Fuhrman, 63, longtime Ellensburg resident, passed away at the Yakima Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 at the Ellensburg Presbyterian Church with Rev. Al Sandalow officiating.

Susan was born on January 7, 1959, the third of four children born to Donald & Hazel (Chamberlain) Tank.  She grew up in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Diego and graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1979.  Following graduation, she began working at SeaWorld before working in the Los Angeles shipyards.

Susan married Richard Nodine in 1981 and they immediately deployed to Guam.  After serving 3 years on Guam, they relocated to Renton, WA and began to be blessed with five children - Brandon, Luke, Michael, Matthew and Risa.

After relocating to Ellensburg and a few years after Susan’s marriage to Richard ended, she met Darryl Fuhrman and they were married on July 8, 2007 at Lion Rock, WA.  Susan and Darryl have been each other’s best friends and inseparable companions since that time.

Susan is best known in the community for her 21 years of dedicated service at Bi-Mart.  She always had a friendly smile and kind words for everyone she came in contact with at work.

Susan and Darryl were longtime volunteers for Jazz in the Valley and also spent many summers together as volunteer firewatchers, camping at the Red Top Lookout on the Wenatchee National Forest.  They loved to hike and camp and explore the outdoors. One of their favorite outdoor activities was to identify wildflowers as they blossomed through the seasons.  As the winter snow melted, they followed the spring to higher elevations and watched the spring and summer seasons unfold the wildflowers.

Susan is survived by her husband, Darryl Fuhrman, at the family home in Ellensburg; children Brandon Nodine of Kent; Luke DeMers of Kent; Michael (Chelsey) Nodine of Auburn; Matthew (Ashley) Nodine of Renton and Risa Nodine of Kent; grandchildren Dartanian, Isaac, Evelyn, Benjamin, Christian, Logan, Sophia; siblings Jim Tank of Payson, AZ, Donna Tank of San Diego, CA, Vicky Tank of San Diego, CA as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions in Susan’s honor are suggested to the Gretchen Weller Foundation, PO Box 1762, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Johnston & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Ellensburg has been entrusted with caring for Mrs. Fuhrman and her family.  Online condolences may be left at

PLEASE NOTE: (January 11, 2024) -- The recording of this service has been archived and removed from our server.  If you wish to obtain a copy of this recording on a thumb drive, please contact our office.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

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Ellensburg Presbyterian Church (Ellensburg, WA)

1307 East 3rd Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926

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