John Rolland 'Cowboy' Schlaht

Oil driller, 54John Rolland 'Cowboy' Schlaht, 54, of Seattle, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Seattle.

Mr. Schlaht was born Sept. 10, 1949 in Fort Collins, Colo., to Vernon and Alma Sides.

He grew up in Colorado and Southern California and graduated from Victor Valley High School in Victorville, Calif., in 1968. He joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and was stationed in Germany until he was honorably discharged in 1973.

Mr. Schlaht worked as an oil driller in California and Texas and later as a long-haul truck driver. He also lived in Astoria and Seaside.

He was known as "Cowboy" to his friends and was an adventurer with an endless sense of humor, friends say. He was never afraid of hard work and loved nothing better than helping others. He was a talented artist and story-teller.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Alma and Gale Leach of Camano Island, Wash.; his father, Vernon Sides of Delta, Colo.; a sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Mike Borseth of Camano Island; a niece, Ruth Christie of Camano Island; one brother Clifford Leach of Medford; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home in Seattle is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

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