Obituaries

Larry Edlen | Passages

Larry Edlen, founder of Island Glass and Glazing on San Juan Island, died peacefully in Redmond, Wash., on Sept. 29. He was 83. Lawrence Monroe Edlen was born in Sabula, Iowa on May 23, 1926. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 and served from 1942-46. He met his wife Pat at a dance while stationed in Seattle. After the war, Larry and Pat settled in Seattle and Larry made his living first as a glazier and later as an electrician. They bought vacation property on Cady Mountain in 1971 and built a cabin there. They moved to the island full-time in 1981 and Larry opened Island Glass and Glazing.

  • Oct 6th, 2009

Mary Elizabeth Keith | Passages

Mary Elizabeth Keith passed away on Sept. 26, 2009, in Bellingham, Wash. She was 64. Mary was born May 5, 1945, in Twin Falls, Idaho to Charles and Thelma Nanz. After graduating from Twin Falls High School, Mary attended Boise Junior College, now known as Boise State University. She married Doren Keith and they had a son, David.

  • Sep 30th, 2009

William Troy Nash | Passages

William Troy Nash of Vancouver, Waah., died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25, 2009. Troy was born July 24, 1987 in Mount Vernon, Wash., and lived his early life in Friday Harbor. His family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where Troy attended his later school years and earned his GED diploma. His earlier years were involved in sports and motorcycle racing, and he remained a sports enthusiast.

  • Sep 29th, 2009

Carroll Lloyd Weeks | Passages

Carroll Lloyd Weeks of Lopez Island passed away quietly on Sept. 3, 2009 at Life Care Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 79. He was born on June 9, 1930 on Lopez Island, the son of Lloyd and Wilma (Powers) Weeks.

  • Sep 29th, 2009

Roy F. Cope, 1925-2009 | Passages

Roy F. Cope died peacefully on Sept. 15, 2009. Roy and Nancy, as best friends, enjoyed marriage, family, boat life, literature, travel, music, dance, hiking/camping and volunteering. Many friendships on San Juan Island and Horizon House are treasured as well as those in recreation, teaching and square dance.

  • Sep 23rd, 2009

Edward James Dougherty III | Passages

Edward James Dougherty III passed away Sept. 10, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66. He was the son of Edward Dougherty II and Alfreda Rosler. He was the great-grandson of Christopher Rosler, who came to the island with Capt. George Pickett's Company D during the joint military occupation of San Juan Island; and Anna Pike, a Tsimshian from Metlakatla, Alaska.

  • Sep 21st, 2009

In Memoriam: Wilma G. Bailey | Passages

Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Wilma, left her battered body in order to enter a place of peace and health. She had a mercifully brief struggle with cancer and conceded only 30 hours short of celebrating her 90th birthday.

  • Sep 19th, 2009

Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter | Passages

Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter died at home in Friday Harbor on Sept. 8, 2009, surrounded by the love of her four children. She was 88.

  • Sep 18th, 2009

Inge Elly Schepler Eiriksson Johnson | Passages

A memorial will be held in Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.; and in Seattle at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-6 p.m.

  • Sep 8th, 2009

June Young worked as a congressional secretary, nurse, library volunteer | Passages

June Young (Marion June Young) died in her sleep from heart failure Aug. 19, 2009 in Placerville, Calif. She was 87. A former resident of Friday Harbor, Wash., Vancouver, Wash., and San Jose, Calif., June was born Sept. 20, 1921 in La Crosse, Wis., to William and Rose Krismer. She graduated there from Aquinas High School. June moved to Washington, D.C. when she was 18, during World War II. She secured a job as a secretary in Congress, working for one of the representatives. After WWII, June graduated from Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital in Illinois, beginning a career as a registered nurse.

  • Sep 2nd, 2009

Kenneth F. Groth, retired deputy fire chief | Passages

Kenneth F. Groth, retired deputy chief of the Yakima Fire Department and father of Trish Harris of Friday Harbor, died Aug. 11, 2009 in Yakima.

  • Aug 24th, 2009

Ed Tuck was assistant foreman of Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. in the 1930s, 1940s | Passages

Ed Tuck, who was assistant foreman of Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. in the 1930s and 1940s, has died. Mr. Tuck, who lived in Tacoma, died Aug. 17, his daughter, Cookie Tuck-Lowe, wrote in an e-mail received Saturday. "Dad sailed away Monday to join Mother," Tuck-Lowe wrote.

  • Aug 24th, 2009

J. Jerry Inskeep Jr. | Passages

J. Jerry Inskeep Jr. of Montecito, Calif., and Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Aug. 16, 2009 as a result of liver cancer. He was 78.

  • Aug 20th, 2009

Celebration of Nancy Adkins’ life Aug. 22 | Passages

Nancy Adkins, 74, passed away at her home in Anacortes July 15, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. Though she was diagnosed with melanoma in 2001, Nancy never let that slow her down. As recently as 2008, she drove across the country visiting friends and family as far away as Tennessee. She will always be remembered as a unique woman with a fascination and fervor for life.

  • Jul 30th, 2009

Memorial service Thursday, 5 p.m., at St. Francis Church for Beatriz Velilla de Tobon | Passages

Memorial service is Thursday, 5 p.m., at St. Francis Church for Beatriz Velilla de Tobon of Friday Harbor. Mrs. Tobon passed away July 25. She was 64. Her family remembered her today as a person who loved children, loved dancing and parties, and enjoyed the company of friends.

  • Jul 30th, 2009

Celebration of Joan Komen’s life Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Roche Harbor Pavilion | Passages

Joan Komen passed away July 23 at her home in Roche Harbor after a courageous two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 71. A celebration of her life will be held at Roche Harbor Resort Pavilion on July 29, 2 p.m.; and at Seattle Golf Club on Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.

  • Jul 24th, 2009

Margaret Joan Brown | Passages

Maggie enjoyed her time working at San Juan County Bank and at various retail stores in town. She was active in her community, which she cherished. She volunteered at the Blood Bank and with the Booster Club, and was instrumental in the formation of the Purple and Gold Club in 1978. She was always an avid supporter of her children's and grandchildren's school activities.

  • Jul 23rd, 2009

Nancy Adkins | Passages

Nancy Adkins, 74, passed away at her home in Anacortes July 15, 2009. She was surrounded by her loving family.

  • Jul 20th, 2009

David Werling | Passages

A memorial service will be held for David Werling on Wednesday, July 22 at 4 p.m. at the Roche Harbor Pavilion.

  • Jul 20th, 2009

Kathryn Madden Anderson | Passages

Born in Friday Harbor, Wash., Feb. 29 to Gladys (nee Guard) and Raymond Madden. Kathryn's birth was followed by sister Florence Prentiss (now deceased), brother James Madden (now deceased) and sister Molly Madden of Friday Harbor.

  • Jul 20th, 2009

Ronald Wayne Workman | Passages

Ronald Wayne Workman passed away in his home July 12, 2009. He was 75. He was born and raised in Friday Harbor, Wash., and served his life as an islander building fences and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

  • Jul 20th, 2009

Charles A. Hudson | Passages

Charles A. Hudson, “Charlie,” was born in Oklahoma on Sept. 15, 1967. Most of his adventures were in the Seattle area. Charlie moved to Lopez Island, Wash., in May 2002 and fell in love with the island and the people. He said this was the most beautiful place he had ever been.

  • Jul 10th, 2009

Irving Spector | Passages

Irving Spector of San Juan Island, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., passed away peacefully on June 26, 2009 at Islands Convalescent Center on San Juan Island. He was 95.

  • Jul 2nd, 2009

Evelyn J. Barreca | Passages

Evelyn Jane Jones was born to Daniel and Matilda Jones, the seventh of seven children, in Eagle Valley, just outside Richland, Ore.

  • Jun 24th, 2009

Alex H. McRea | Passages

Alex H. McRea of Friday Harbor died before midnight June 7, 2009. He was 92. There will be a memorial service June 19, 1:30 p.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, followed by private family burial.

  • Jun 9th, 2009

Arthur R. Lehwalder | Passages

Arthur R. Lehwalder, born in Butte, Mont., in 1917, passed peacefully on May 29 at his home on Orcas Island. He led a full and active life and will be greatly missed.

  • Jun 4th, 2009

Lola Risbell | Passages

Our beloved mother and grandmother Lola D. Risbell, Aug. 16, 1927 – May 23, 2009, fought a brave and courageous battle against cancer. She fought it with dignity and grace and is at peace now.

  • May 27th, 2009

Service May 23 for Allen Martin Mason | Passages

Memorial service is May 23, noon, at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church for Allen Martin Mason of Friday Harbor. Mr. Mason was born July 22, 1945. He died May 17, 2009.

  • May 20th, 2009

David Spurgeon dies; collector and giver to island causes | Passages

David Lee Spurgeon of San Juan Island died May 13 of complications from a chronic respiratory condition, the San Juan Island Yacht Club announced Thursday.

  • May 15th, 2009

Arlene Rhonwen Forgie | Passages

Arlene Rhonwen Forgie passed away May 8, 2009 in Friday Harbor, Wash., with her daughters and granddaughters by her side. Arlene was born to Leslie and Alice Cannon and raised in Victoria, B.C. Canada. In 1959, Arlene married Hugh Douglas Forgie. They were married until 1991. They raised three children together.

  • May 14th, 2009

Sharon Marie Blake | Passages

Sharon led a modest life, had a positive, strong-willed spirit and was the rock of her family and friends. Her life on Lopez was full of days at the beach, gardening, keeping up with her kids' musical endeavors, sporting events, making jewelry, knitting, baking and planning events. The smell of fresh baked bread, cookies and pies always seemed to fill her house.

  • May 6th, 2009

John Robert (Bob) Dann | Passages

Bob Dann of Friday Harbor, a retired chemist who taught ethnic dance and wrote six novels, has died. Mr. Dann was 87. Funeral is at noon on May 8 at St. David's Church, followed by a brief reception and then interment at Valley Cemetery.

  • May 4th, 2009

Erika Jean Davis Coffey | Passages

A memorial service will be held May 7, 2 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene in Lynden for Erika Jean Coffey, granddaughter of the late Clyde and Ruth Sundstrom, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.

  • May 4th, 2009

Patricia Barrett Harrah | Passages

Patricia Barrett Harrah of Cape San Juan passed away peacefully at home April 22 with her husband at her side, after a long struggle with kidney disease. She had just passed her 82nd birthday and she and Bill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

  • May 1st, 2009

J. William “Bill” Taylor | Passages

On April 25, 2009, Bill Taylor — a loving husband, father and grandfather — passed into the Lord’s hands, after a short illness at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. Bill, 90, was born in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Dec. 28, 1918, the only child of Jesse Taylor and Dorothy (Houlton) Taylor.

  • Apr 29th, 2009

Ida Pellandini Hammond | Passages

In loving memory of Ida Pellandini Hammond. Ida passed away on April 21, 2009, in Pinegrove, Calif., due to complications of a recent stroke. Nearly 97 years of age, she passed peacefully in her sleep. Ida was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Ceres, Calif., to Louis and Marie Pellandini. She spent most of her life in Sonoma, graduating from Sonoma High School, class of 1931. It is believed that Ida was the last surviving member of that graduating class.

  • Apr 24th, 2009

Weston Douglas Callender | Passages

Weston D. Callender, born in Seattle, Wash., June 20, 1948 and a long-time resident of Friday Harbor, peacefully entered into rest April 15, 2009 in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 60.

  • Apr 22nd, 2009

Melba Margaret Mewhinney Davis | Passages

Melba Margaret Mewhinney Davis, a part-time resident of Shaw Island, died April 6, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at her Emerald Heights retirement home in Redmond. She was 97.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Celebration of life March 28 for Meagan Egger Warren | Passages

A celebration of Meagan Egger Warren's life will be held at the home of her sister, Kelly Shipley, on March 28, 2 p.m., at 23581 Monument Place N.W., Poulsbo.

  • Mar 31st, 2009

Thomas George Holmes | Passages

Tom was born in Ukiah, Calif., and was raised in North Bend, Ore. He excelled at many things but was a standout on the football field. Tom played football at Oregon State University and later for the Arena Football League. He made many good friends throughout his life. His bright smile and wit were hard to resist.

  • Mar 6th, 2009