Published on Wed, Nov 18, 2009
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A memorial service for Sequim resident Mary Jane "Janie" Young will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Sequim Valley Chapel, 108 W. Alder St., Sequim.
She died Nov. 12, 2009, at the age of 78.
She was born July 16, 1931, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Eugene and Elizabeth
Her marriage to Aubra T. Young ended in divorce.
She previously was married to Lt. Col. Herbert Paul Syska Jr., who preceded her in death in 1993.
She retired from El Paso Natural Gas in El Paso, Texas.
She loved bowling and reading.
She is survived by her son Randy Syska of North Carolina; daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Ron Dillow of North Carolina; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Seeds of Mustard Ministries, 403 Edinburgh Drive, Cary, N.C. 27513.
Sequim Valley Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Maurice 'Bo' Smith
Services with military honors will be held in California and Pennsylvania for former Sequim councilman Maurice "Bo" Smith, who died Nov. 7, 2009, after an extended illness.
Born in Spokane, he moved with his family to San Diego, Calif., as a child.
Smith was one of the last surviving fighter pilots who helped repel Japan's invasion of Guadalcanal.
As a 20-year-old Marine lieutenant in the South Pacific Fighter Squadron VMF 223, Smith and his unit flew nonstop sorties daily against Japanese land, sea and air forces. He returned to San Diego to instruct Marine pilots in air combat techniques.
After the war, he earned degrees at San Jose and San Diego state colleges and taught engineering at the latter school.
He went on to become principal of five different senior high schools in San Diego.
After retirement in 1980, he and his wife, Brigit, moved to Sequim, where they operated Welcome Home Antiques and Folk Arts.
He was elected to the Sequim City Council in the early 1990s.
The couple returned to San Diego in 2000.
Smith was one of the last members of The Bottomscratchers, a group that pioneered free sea diving, and was well-known for surfboarding.
On Nov. 1, 2008, he was recognized as one of the founders of Tourmaline Canyon Surfing Park at Point Loma, San Diego, believed to be the nation's first such recreational facility.
He is survived by his wife, Brigit Clarke Smith of Carlsbad, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Tricia Smith of San Diego; stepchildren Renee Young of Vista, Calif., and Clarke Young of Santa Monica, Calif.; one grandson; four stepgrandchildren; and two cousins.
William Marshall Brown (Bill), age 86,
died at his home on Saturday, November 7th. A good man, a character, known and loved by many, he is fondly remembered and deeply missed.
Bill was born in Huntington Beach, California, but lived most of his life in and around Seattle. He was an early resident of Mercer Island, and as a schoolboy took the foot ferry across the lake to Franklin High School. He later owned tire stores in the Rainier Valley.
During World War II, Bill served in the Marine Corp and saw duty in Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and China. He was a lifetime member of Ark Lodge 126 F and A Masons. He was a past member and manager of the Mercer Island Country Club, a past member of Glendale Golf Club and a past member and president of SunLand Golf Club. While retired and living in Sequim, he crafted the liturgical woodwork for St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Eve, now of Issaquah; his children - Stephen, of Vancouver, Brad (Jane) of Issaquah, and Pam Gehrig of Bellevue; his granddaughters - Christy Smith (Brian) of West Seattle, Lindsey Gehrig of Washington DC, and Lauren Brown of Issaquah.
Full of love and pride for his family, grateful for his friends, a man who frequently called upon the name of the Lord, we picture him now at peace...perhaps with an Old Fashion in hand.
Over the holidays, when the family is all gathered, there will be a small memorial on a yacht with the Christmas lights, in the waterways he loved.
ROBERT GEORGE BARNES
A service of remembrance for Sequim resident Robert George Barnes was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Sequim Community Church, 950 N. 5th Ave., Sequim. Dr. Scott Koenigsaecker officiated the Celebration of Life.
Bob Barnes went peacefully to be with the Lord on Nov. 7, 2009 at the age of 88.
Arrangements were handled by the Sequim Valley Chapel.
Mr. Barnes was born Mar. 6, 1921, in Auburn, N.Y., to Charles and Christie Barnes. He graduated from McMinnville High School, McMinnville, Oregon in 1938. Mr. Barnes went on to continue his studies at Linfield College culminating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in Corvallis. While at Linfield, he met the love of his life, Ruth Angeline Fiss. The two were married in the Summer of 1944 and this past June, Bob and Ruth celebrated a phenomenal 65 years of wedded bliss together.
Bob Barnes retired from General Electric after a full and productive career having lived in West Virginia, Washington and California. He moved to Sequim after retirement in 1981 and established the "King's Dome" ministry providing Christian workers and their families with a place to "recharge their batteries" in a restful environment set in the beauty of God's creation.
Mr. Barnes was an active, long-time member of the Sequim Presbyterian/Community Church having served in numerous volunteer positions to include Membership, Evangelism, Building Committee, Choir, Finance, and Session to name only a few.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joanne, and is survived by his wife, Ruth Fiss Barnes of Sequim; brother, William Barnes of Colorado Springs, Colo.; children William (Jan) Barnes of Sequim; Edwin (Jana Dee) Barnes of Willow Grove, Penn.; Stephen (Barbara) Barnes of Bellevue; Christy (John) Juhl of Everett; John (Lorna) Barnes of Mukilteo; Karen (Steve) George of Spanaway; and son-in-law, Manuel Costa of Sequim. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
ROBERT GERALD LYONS
March 28, 1928 to November 6, 2009
Robert G. Lyons died peacefully at his home in Sequim with family by his side. He was our devoted Family Patriarch.
Born in Seattle, WA, he is preceded in death by his father Walter A. Lyons, his mother Florence G. Petrick, stepfather Arnold A. (Pete) Petrick, his brother Donald A. Lyons, and his youngest son, Christopher A. Lyons. He is survived by his twin brother, William F. Lyons, younger brother Garron J. Petrick, his children, Bruce Alan, Gary Lee, Keith Wayne and Laurie Ann, his 8 grandchildren and
In 1945, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, entered the V-5 Naval Flight Unit and received an Honorable Discharge in 1947. Bob became a Master Mason in 1949, was a member of the Elks Club, owned and operated Allied TV Service in Seattle for over 50 years and Island TV on Orcas Island. He loved being a private pilot, flying various small airplanes. He loved fishing, and living under the "Blue Hole" over Sequim gave him great joy.
Services to be held at 12:00 p.m., November 21, 2009, Evergreen Washelli, Seattle, WA. Reception to follow.
The Family wishes to express their gratitude to Olympic Medical Home Health, Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County and the caring staff from Rainshadow Home Services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Autism Society of Washington (888) 279-4968 and the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (360) 452-1511.