Obituaries

Rodney Wayne Shippee | Passages

Rodney Wayne Shippee died around April 29 in Friday Harbor. He was 63. Born Aug. 10, 1946 in Turlock, Calif. Graduated Turlock High School 1964, attended Modesto Junior College, U.S. Air Force veteran (16 months in Korea), graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1974.

  • May 14th, 2010

Robert ‘Bob’ Sheldon Dixon | Passages

Robert "Bob" Sheldon Dixon passed peacefully on April 12, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital after complications from a cardiac arrest. Bob was born in Seattle, Wash., on March 2, 1954. He graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1972. Bob moved to Friday Harbor in 1977. Bob was a skilled meat cutter for more than 30 years in Friday Harbor, employed by Verne Howard.

  • Apr 15th, 2010

Kennett Darrett Peck Malan | Passages

Ken "Dart" Malan, 78, retired Group Health physician, died from cancer on April 5, 2010 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Wash. He was born Aug. 21, 1931 in Ogden, Utah, son of Kennett H. Malan and Maureen Peck. He spent some of his happiest days working with his beloved grandpa, Gideon H. Malan, on their mountain, and with his lifelong friends from Polk Elementary, fondly referred to as "the sons of Polk." He was on winning swimming and skiing teams at Ogden High School.

  • Apr 15th, 2010

Laurence ‘Larry’ Bauer, once owned and lived aboard historic tender ‘Nereid’ | Passages

Laurence “Larry” Bauer died Tuesday, April 6, at Swedish Hospital, Seattle, from complications related to a severe stroke. His children, Sara and Laura, and their mother, Ingrid, were with him when he died. His death was peaceful. He was 69.

  • Apr 8th, 2010

Rosary on Sunday, Memorial Mass on Monday for Al Nash | Passages

Albert Nash died peacefully at home on Monday morning, March 29, 2010. Albert lived most of his 86 years in Friday Harbor where he was born, the second child of Albert M. Nash Sr. and Margaret McSorley Nash. His brothers, Charles and Kenneth, preceded him in death. His sister, Catherine Herdt, lives in Mount Vernon with her husband, Gary.

  • Apr 1st, 2010

Bonnie Peakes, secretary of the San Juan Historical Society and former Friday Harbor Middle School teacher, dies | Passages

Bonnie Peakes, secretary of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum and a former Friday Harbor Middle School teacher, died March 20 after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. According to the historical society, no funeral is planned. Her survivors include her son, John Peakes; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Scott Leeming; and grandson, William Leeming.

  • Mar 23rd, 2010

C. James (Jim) Coughlin | Passages

C. James (Jim) Coughlin died on March 16, 2010, after a long illness. He was 71. Jim was born in Veblen, S.D., to Birinus (Jankord) and Edward Coughlin on Dec. 6, 1938. He lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest, graduating from Seattle Prep and Seattle University, and obtaining his master of social work from the University of Washington in 1965.

  • Mar 23rd, 2010

Carleton Julius Johnson | Passages

Carl Johnson passed away March 5 in Parker, Ariz. He was 80. He was born and raised in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. He was the son of Julius and Edna Johnson, both early pioneers of San Juan. Carl attended Friday Harbor schools. His sister Marlene Crosby and his brother Edward Johnson still live on San Juan Island.

  • Mar 13th, 2010

Joyce Christine Morrill Gaylard | Passages

Joyce Christine Morrill Gaylard, beloved mother and wife, went home to be with her Lord. Joyce "Tiss" was born to Calvin Clare Morrill and Betty Mae Blanchard-Tate on Nov. 11, 1948 in her maternal great-grandparents' home off of Sutton Road in Friday Harbor. She passed away March 6, 2010 after a long illness.

  • Mar 12th, 2010

Gwendolyn Carol Wilson | Passages

Gwen went quietly and peacefully in her sleep. She was 72. She was the first of two daughters born to Hazel and Howard Lawson of Friday Harbor.

  • Mar 8th, 2010

Margaret “Peg” Wilson | Passages

Margaret "Peg" Wilson, a long-time resident of Cape San Juan, died Feb. 24 in Oregon, where she had moved a few years ago to be closer to her daughter. She was 92.

  • Mar 5th, 2010

Byron E. Harrell (1924-2010) | Passages

Byron E. Harrell passed away from pneumonia in Island Hospital on Jan. 23, 2010. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota. After serving in World War II, he took courses in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Michigan, where he met and married Joyce.

  • Mar 1st, 2010

Rosary Feb. 19, Mass Feb. 20 for Frances ‘Mickey’ Cahail | Passages

Rosary will be recited Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and Mass will be celebrated Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m., in St. Francis Church in Friday Harbor for Frances "Mickey" Cahail. Mrs. Cahail died at 11:50 p.m. Feb. 12 in Islands Convalescent Center. She was 100.

  • Mar 1st, 2010

Theodore Paul Lehn | Passages

Theodore Paul Lehn was a lover of life, father, husband, brother, son, and friend, architectural designer and builder, finish carpenter, environmentalist, volunteer, world traveler, gardener, and gourmet cook.

  • Feb 26th, 2010

Frances Josephine (Mickey) Cahail | Passages

Frances Josephine (Mickey) Cahail passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in the Islands Convalescent Center at the age of 100. She was born October 21, 1909, south of Friday Harbor near Madden’s Corner to Julius Oscar Bergman and Mary Ellen (Madden) Bergman. She was the third of five children.

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Harriet Woodward Bauer | Passages

Harriet Woodward Bauer died on Saturday, Feb. 6, in a Hospice House in Kirkland. Harriet and her ex-husband Wolf Bauer spent years on their property on San Juan Island, beginning in 1936 when Wolf was the chief engineer at Roche Harbor. They formed and entertained a kayak club who often met on the "Bauery." This group still meets after 60 years.

  • Feb 16th, 2010

Memorial services Feb. 20, Feb. 23 for Fred Bourland | Passages

Fredrick William Bourland Sr., a Friday Harbor resident and former general manager for Valmark, went home to be with his Lord and Savior following complications from radiation treatment for lung cancer. He was 73. His life was a testimony of commitment to God, his wife, family and friends.

  • Feb 16th, 2010

Kurt Daniel Johnson | Passages

Kurt Daniel Johnson was born and raised in the community of Ballard in Seattle, Wash. His love for the outdoors began with time spent at the family cabin on Lake Whatcom, at Camp Orkila, Cub Scouting and family camping trips. He climbed Mount Rainier and hiked all over the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Shirley S. Potter | Passages

Shirley S. Potter passed away peacefully at home Jan. 31. Shirley was born in Two Rivers, Wis., in 1920. She graduated from Oshkosh Teachers College in 1942. She married Robert M. Potter in 1952. She taught in Wisconsin and Alaska until her retirement in 1974.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Susan Meredith | Passages

Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91. "Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."

  • Jan 27th, 2010

Ann Elizabeth Mahoney Pullman | Passages

Ann Pullman had lived in Friday Harbor, Wash., for 20 years with her husband, Wayne, and son Michael and daughter Michelle (Shelley). Ann was born to Geraldine and John Mahoney, and was later joined by her brother, John M. Mahoney. She earned a B.S. in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., where she also taught English. Ann then earned her pre-med degree from Seattle University. She was working as a respiratory therapist in Orange County, Calif., when she met her husband, J. Wayne Pullman. Ann and Wayne married July 4, 1974, in Los Angeles, Calif. She owned and operated a dessert catering business in Beverly Hills, Calif., for eight years, and a gourmet food shop and deli in Ojai, Calif., before moving to Friday Harbor in 1989.

  • Jan 21st, 2010

Robert W. Hutton | Passages

Robert W. Hutton died peacefully at home in Seattle on Jan. 5. He was 88. Bob was a native of the Northwest, a member and supporter of numerous local civic organizations, a successful business executive and a dedicated husband and father. With his wife Charlotte, Bob lived much of his life in the Seattle area, in addition to 25 years in Greenwich, Conn.

  • Jan 14th, 2010

Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe | Passages

Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe passed away Jan. 7, 2010 at the age of 81. He was born in Seattle, Wash., to Elias and Dagne Moe on Jan. 29, 1928 and grew up in Mount Vernon and Stanwood, graduating from Twin City High School in Stanwood. Johnny played football in high school but excelled in music, playing the coronet. He formed Johnny Moe and His Orchestra in Snohomish and entertained in Washington for many years.

  • Jan 9th, 2010

Thomas Martin Smythe ‘loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest’ | Passages

Thomas Martin Smythe passed away early morning Jan. 6, 2010 after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 42.

  • Jan 9th, 2010

Mary Jane Leche will be remembered for devotion to family, ‘spontaneous fits of laughter’ | Passages

Mary Jane Leche, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died at her home in Friday Harbor, Wash. on Jan. 5, 2010. She was 80. In memory and thanksgiving for the life of Mary Jane, a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Friday Harbor. Graveside service will be conducted at Breidablik Cemetery in Poulsbo.

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Gary J. McKay Sr., great-grandson of pioneer Charles McKay | Passages

Gary J. McKay Sr. was born on Jan. 2, 1936 in Friday Harbor, Wash., and passed away on Jan. 4, 2010 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 74. Gary was the great-grandson of Charles McKay, who first raised the U.S. flag on San Juan Island after British troops left in 1872.

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Anna Belle Cole Volk | Passages

Anna Belle Volk died peacefully in her sleep at Mountain Glen Retirement Home in Mount Vernon, Wash., where she has lived for the past several years.

  • Dec 22nd, 2009

Virginia Elizabeth McCormick | Passages

A resident of San Juan Island since 1989, Virginia died on Dec. 14, 2009 at Islands Convalescent Center after a brief battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. David’s Episcopal Church.

  • Dec 17th, 2009

Nanette Robinson Weissinger | Passages

Nanette Robinson Weissinger died Friday, Dec. 11, at Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor, after a short and unexpected hospitalization. She was 90. She had lived in Friday Harbor for the past 10 years.

  • Dec 14th, 2009

Marsha Rachlin | Passages

Artist Marsha Rachlin died Dec. 8, 7:25 p.m. in a care center next to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. She was 72 and had been battling cancer. An obituary is forthcoming. A memorial celebration of her life will be held in February in the American Legion hall. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the new Island Artisans Endowment Fund, which will fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

  • Dec 10th, 2009

Thomas Elton Hartman | Passages

Thomas Elton Hartman, loving father and friend, son of Glen E. and Mary Lee Hartman, lived Nov. 14, 1931 to Nov. 30, 2009. Throughout his life, he had a passion for automobiles, airplanes, and motorcycles. He graduated with a masters in engineering physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1956, where he was president of Phi Kappa Sigma and voted "Big Man on Campus."

  • Dec 7th, 2009

Lawrence Theodore Brewster | Passages

Lawrence Theodore “Larry” Brewster was born on Nov. 29, 1925 in Mount Vernon, Wash., to George Theodore and Vera Goldie (Guinn) Brewster. He passed on Nov. 27, 2009 after a vigorous battle with cancer. He was two days shy of his 84th birthday.

  • Dec 1st, 2009

Amanda Cartmill Cruz | Passages

Amanda Cartmill Cruz passed into her heavenly father’s hands unexpectedly on Nov. 12 at her home. She was 33. Born at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., on Sept. 7, 1976, she is the only daughter of Edward and Catherine Cartmill, now residents of La Conner, Wash.

  • Nov 16th, 2009

Richard Joseph (Dick) Louden | Passages

Richard J. Louden of Friday Harbor, Wash., went to the Lord on Nov. 7, 2009. He was 84. He passed at the Island Convalescents Center in Friday Harbor with his wife Gloria, son Jeffrey and his wife Claudia, and niece Diane Buganski at his side. Diane and her sister, Donna Burton, were regular bedside visitors who provided limitless care and support to the family.

  • Nov 14th, 2009

Russell Wayne Helmeid | Passages

Russell Wayne Helmeid passed away Oct. 26, 2009 at Beacon Hill VA Hospital, Seattle, Wash. He was 63. He was born Aug. 11, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wis., the first child of Eunice P. Helmeid Haase. He was raised in the Elkhorn and Janesville, Wis., area and relocated to Fond du Lac in 1964 with his family.

  • Nov 5th, 2009

Florence Martha Dunn Settles | Passages

Flo Settles, much-loved and well-known Friday Harbor resident, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 in Friday Harbor. Flo was born on July 17, 1926 in Tarrytown, N.Y., one of four children born to John and Susan Dunn. She had three brothers: Sydney Henry, Fred Lee and Paul Dunn. Flo met and married Chuck Settles on July 29, 1945 while he served on the USS Brooklyn, based in New York.

  • Nov 3rd, 2009

Wayne Edwin Hagel | Passages

Wayne Edwin Hagel of Lopez Island died Oct. 18, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham. He was 76. Wayne was born on Oct. 18, 1933 in Spokane, the son of Ralph and Grace (Faulkes) Hagel. He grew up and lived for most of his life in Spokane. In 1972, he started his own business, Specialty Machining & Manufacturing.

  • Oct 28th, 2009

David B. Hoisington | Passages

David B. Hoisington peacefully passed away at his home in the morning hours of Oct. 23, 2009. He was 89. He was surrounded by family and with his wonderful loving wife of 69 years, Elizabeth, by his side.

  • Oct 28th, 2009

Nourdine Jensen | Passages

He designed and/or built more than 150 boats in his tenure at the yard while at the same time serving his community in capacities such as: first Friday Harbor Port Commission, 1950-1973; Friday Harbor Town Council, 1953-1959; OPALCO board, 1965-69 and 1975-2008; and as a school board member, a volunteer firefighter, member of the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, charter member of the San Juan Island Yacht Club, and member of the San Juan Masonic Lodge for more than 60 years.

  • Oct 14th, 2009

Marjorie H. Webb | Passages

Marjorie was employed as a secretary in Portland for 25 years, before her retirement in 1983. Robert H. Webb and Marjorie were united in marriage in 1943. Marjorie was a beloved wife, loving sister, favorite aunt, dear neighbor, and cherished friend. She was an exceptional lady, special in her own unique way to each person. She had grace, effortless beauty, and simple elegance – always carrying herself with dignity.

  • Oct 13th, 2009