LaMont Fehlman

A memorial service for Sequim resident LaMont Fehlman will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 28, at Sequim Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 815 W. Washington St., Sequim. Bishop Steve Holloway will preside.

Mr. Fehlman died May 20, 2008, at the age of 90. He was born Jan. 22, 1918, in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, to Gustave and Josephine M. Kern Fehlman.

He married Yvonne Lohdefinck-Klickmann on Aug. 18, 1982, in Logan, Cache, Utah.

A previous marriage to Agnes Craven in 1937 in Logan ended in divorce in 1952.

Mr. Fehlman was a custodian and groundskeeper for the Pacifica Police Department in Pacifica, Calif. He moved to the North Olympic Peninsula in 1995.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Fehlman; son and daughter-in-law Gary and Gloria Fehlman; daughters Bobette Sievers and Karyl Anthony; daughter-in-law Karen Washburn; brother and sister-in-law Jesse and Marie Fehlman; sisters-in-law Thelma Walters Fehlman, Gertrude Cobia Fehlman and Gladys Oman Fehlman; sister Mildred Fehlman; brother-in-law Milton Lewis; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son Thomas Eugene Fehlman; daughter Rebecca Humes; brothers Fredrick Gustave, Charles Samuel, Almy Leon and William Jacob Fehlman and sister Anna Hulda.

Memorial contributions may be sent c/o Bishop Steve Holloway, 815 W. Washington St., Sequim WA 98382.

Linde Family Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

James Warren Ripley

A celebration of life for

Sequim resident James Warren Ripley will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Parkwood Clubhouse, Parkwood Boulevard, Sequim.

Mr. Ripley died April 25, 2008, at the age of 80, 24 days after a confirmed diagnosis of cancer.

He was born in Carlsborg and grew up in Sequim.

He was an Army paratrooper during World War II from 1945-1947.

He was a Teamster truck driver in the Seattle area for approximately 45 years.

Even after spending most of his working life as a long-haul truck driver, his favorite pastime was to go for a drive. His pickup was his pride and joy. He and his wife, Beverlyann Ripley, made numerous trips to visit family all over the country. They traveled the United States to all but 13 states, including Alaska. They also traveled to Canada. They took a ride almost daily, his favorite ride being Hurricane Ridge above Sequim.

His favorite pastimes were fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his large family.

He is survived by his wife, Beverlyann; son and daughter-in-law Samuel and Sharon Fain; daughters and sons-in-law Bonnie and Ken Croxton, Wanda and Jeff Weber, and Rebecca and Ernie Coplin; stepchildren and their spouses Patti and Doug Misko and James and Christy Scott; sisters Lois Hill and Ruth Tift; 11 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Betty Lou Ripley; brothers Robert Ripley, Harold Ripley and Todd Ripley; and sisters Thelma Carr and Dorothy Esterly.

Sylva Gronnvoll

A memorial service for Sequim resident Sylva Gronnvoll will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Faith Lutheran Church, Fourth and Cedar streets, Sequim. The Rev. Roger Stites will preside. A reception follows at the church. Mrs. Gronnvoll died May 19, 2008, at the age of 77 following a long illness.

She was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Lofoten, Norway, to Samuel and Ragnhild Karlsen Abrahamsen. She married Kurt Gronnvoll in Bod�, Norway, on Jan. 30, 1950.

Her children describe her as a spellbinding storyteller to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed needlework. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sequim. The Gronnvolls have lived in Sequim for 15 years.

Mrs. Gronnvoll is survived by her husband, Kurt Gronnvoll of Sequim; sons and daughters-in-law Sverre and Laura Gronnvoll of Kingston and Steven and Jacqui Gronnvoll of Indianola; daughters and sons-in-law Ragnhild and Ron Bunich of Kingston; Marita Gronnvoll of Athens, Ga.; and Karina Gronnvoll and her partner Lisa Spengler of Bremerton; brothers and sisters-in-law Roald and Maria Abrahamsen; Arild and Kristine Abrahamsen; and Samuel Abrahamsen; and sisters and brother-in-law Inga and Gunnar Hansen and Odbj�rg Berg, all of Lofoten Islands, Norway; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Assured Hospice, 24 Lee Chatfield Road, Sequim, WA 98382.

An online guestbook for the family is available at

Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jack F. Jordan

A service has been held for Sequim resident Jack F. Jordan, who died May 13, 2008, at the age of 80.

He was born Sept. 28, 1927, in The Dalles, Ore., to Avanelle King.

He married Dorothy L. Perham on Jan. 8, 1953, in Redwood, Calif.

He was an engineman in the United States Coast Guard, third class, between 1947-1950, and was a Japanese prisoner of war. For a time, he attended medical school in Alameda, Calif.

Mr. Jordan was a master machinist, working on cars and boats. He lived in Oregon, Washington and California. He could work on large equipment, there was nothing he could not work on. He loved fishing, stock car racing and tinkering. He was a member of Federal Way Grange and the machinists union.

Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jordan of Sequim; daughter and son-in-law Ellen and Al Storm of Arizona; sons and daughter-in-law Roy and Joan Lloyd of Sequim and Ernest R. Lloyd of Lapine, Ore.; sister Donna Bowers of Washington; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Willard Chester Muller

A service has been held for Port Angeles resident Willard Chester Muller, who died May 15, 2008, at the age of 92 of heart failure.

He was born May 7, 1916, in Havre, Mont., to Chester Rudolph and Clara Celestine Hansen Muller.

He was a graduate of Bremerton High School in Bremerton and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He was one of the first seasonal park rangers of the Olympic National Park, beginning in 1938.

He married Carolyn Elfrid Rushfeldt Bue on Jan. 27, 1945, in Moorhead, Minn. He worked his way through college, graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, Syracuse University with a Master of Arts degree in public administration; and the National War College.

He served in the United States Navy from 1942-1946 as a lieutenant aboard the USS Aulick, a destroyer in the Pacific theater. He was awarded the Purple Heart after two kamikaze attacks in one day injured many on his ship, including the medic. Due to his Eagle Scout training, he was able to tend to the medic despite his own severe injuries. He met the medic again many years later when he went to Texas for a medical procedure and the doctor was overseeing the facility.

From 1946-1947, he served in the United States Navy Reserve as a lieutenant commander, stationed in Germany in the supply corps. He worked as a naval officer and career diplomat for the United States Department of State, achieving the rank of FS-1, the highest rank in that department. He also received a presidential award for his efforts in South Vietnam that resulted in land given to the farmers who had worked it up to that point.

Mr. Muller continued to be active throughout his life, criss-crossing Switzerland from north to south between Germany and Italy in 1986 and also from east to west between Lichtenstein and France in 1989 with his wife.

He was 69, she was 66.

The couple also climbed Mount Olympus in August of 1985 when he was in his 70s, at his wife's suggestion. He cleared trails in the Olympic Mountains every spring into his 80s. He also was a published author and loved horses and dogs.

Besides Washington state, Mr. Muller was a resident of Germany, Caroline Islands in the South Pacific, Nepal, Somali Republic, Washington D.C., Uganda and South Vietnam. His family describes him as having "served the nation and his fellow man through active service," devoted to family, friends, church and community. He gave to big causes and smaller causes.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles, Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles, American Foreign Service Association, Military Officers Association of America Young Men's Christian Association and Stanford Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bue Muller of Port Angeles; daughters and sons-in-law Marolyn Muller and Herbert G. Russell of Port Angeles; Barbara Anne Muller of Bellevue; and Nancy Eleanor Muller and Alan Lloyd of Seattle; brother and sister-in-law Ward and Lynn Muller of Port Orchard; sister Corinne Ohrt of Tacoma; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to NW Kiwanis Camp, P.O. Box 1227, Port Hadlock, WA 98339 or to The Boy Scouts of America, 117 W. Ninth St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

An online memorial guestbook for the family is available at

Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Christopher Stratton

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date for

Sequim resident Christopher Stratton, who died May 13, 2008, at the age of 58 of cancer.

He was born April 30, 1950, in Monticello, N.Y., to Ludington Burdell and Louise Barbara Tiffinger Stratton.

He married Shelley Wysocki on Nov. 1, 1974, in Grahamsville, N.Y.

He graduated from Monticello High School in Monticello, where he received the New York State Regents Scholarship and the National Merit Scholarship. After graduating, he left New York and traveled extensively including Mexico, Central and South America, Africa and Europe. While living in Paris, France, Mr. Stratton attended the Alliance Francaise, where he studied French and literature.

He returned to the United States and enrolled at Orange County Community College in Middletown, N.Y., where he received a degree in liberal arts. He then went to the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., where he completed three years of studies in nutrition, French, literature and aeronautical engineering. He continued his education at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., and Portland State University in Portland, Ore., where he studied organic chemistry and pre-med sciences. He completed his education at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, where he graduated in the top 10 of his class in 1985 with a doctorate degree in chiropractic medicine.

In 1987, he returned to Tucson, Ariz., and started his chiropractic medicine practice. He and his family remained there until he retired in 1998. After retiring, he visited the Olympic Peninsula on and off for seven years and ultimately fell in love with it. In 2005, he and his wife moved to Sequim. His daughter Willow and her two sons eventually followed.

Mr. Stratton enjoyed golfing and was a skilled carpenter/woodworker and silversmith. He also loved building and constructing small projects all the way to large endeavors such as barns. He was an avid reader and loved nature, animals and the outdoors. He loved international travel, traveled to 28 countries, and was fluent in French and Spanish.

His greatest joy in life was spending time with his two grandsons, Alec and Dylan, to whom he was like a father.

He was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, a licensed pilot and founder of Life Force Research Foundation Inc. He also was president of Stratton Chiropractic Centers.

He was a member of World Chiropractic Alliance, International Chiropractic Alliance, Arizona Association of Chiropractic, Southern Arizona Chiropractic Association, Earthsave Foundation, World Vision and Salesian Missions.

He is survived by his wife, Shelley Stratton of Sequim; daughters and son-in-law Willow Stratton of Sequim and Danielle Stratton and Yan Feldman of Los Angeles, Calif.; brother Kimberly Stratton of Fairbanks, Alaska; sisters and brother-in-law Christine and Chris Doane of Gig Harbor; Amanda Stratton of Tucson; and Kelly Cohen of Tucson; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County; Salesian Missions, P.O. Box 30, New Rochelle, NY, 10802-0030 or North Olympic Library System, Sequim branch, 630 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, WA 98382.

An online memorial guestbook for the family is available at

Drennan & Ford Funeral Home in Port Angeles was in charge of arrangements.
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