Nella Mae Burch
Charles Robert Necco
William J. Oaks Jr.
Chester Michael Schinske
Connie L. McManis
Jeanne Raye Wheeler
October 5, 1945 - March 10, 2012
Jeanne Raye Wheeler passed away Saturday evening, March 10, 2012 after a long illness. She was born to Zella “Sie” and Violet Marie (Hyslop) Dunlap on October 5, 1945 in Anchorage, Alaska. The family traveled from Alaska to Sequim on the Alaska Steamship line when Jeanne was a toddler. Jeanne lived her entire life on the Olympic Peninsula, graduating from Port Angeles High School in 1964, and completing a one-year secretarial course at Peninsula College.
Jeanne married Auron Rychlik on September 18, 1971, and they celebrated 25 years of marriage before his death in February of 1997. During those years, Jeanne’s favorite activities included camping with family and friends, berry picking, home canning and preserving, embroidery, and sewing. She loved collecting Depression glass and antiques. Jeanne took great pride in her lovely homes, designing, developing and maintaining gardening and landscaped areas.
Jeanne and Bill Wheeler of Sequim were married on October 12, 2000 in Laughlin, Nevada. Their life together was full of adventure; RVing in the states of Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, South Dakota, and Arizona. Family activities at “The Barn” with the Wheeler family filled her heart. Her life as a wife and homemaker was everything she ever wanted and she felt blessed to have shared her life with two “loves of her life”. Card playing, bingo and hanging out with her bingo buddies were favorite pastimes that gave her great joy.
Jeannie was strong and resilient, confronting life’s challenges with uncommon grace and courage. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include sister Sharon Peterson (Ron); brother Dean Dunlap (Diana); nieces Kimberly Peterson and Christine Keehner; nephew Ron Peterson Jr.; sister-in-law Bonnie (Wheeler) Hagberg (Jerry); brother-in-law Barry Wheeler (Jody); stepdaughter Carla Madison (Verne); stepson Bill Wheeler Jr. (Karen); special sweetheart Louie Rychlik; and grandchildren Crystal Austin (Ray), Jesse Carpenter, Rhylee Wheeler, Cameron Campbell, Cole and Tristen Keehner.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents and husbands.
A celebration of life is planned for Jeanne on Saturday, April 7, 2012, 1-3 p.m. at “The Barn”, 2192 Woodcock Rd, Sequim.
Ronald L. Jacobsen
Following a brief but courageous battle with lung cancer, Ronald L. Jacobsen, 71, of Sequim passed away peacefully at Kindred Hospital/Northgate in Seattle on Wednesday, March 14th, with all his loving family at his bedside. He was born at home in Humboldt, Minnesota on October 19th, 1940 to August and Hannah Jacobsen.
Ron grew up on a farm, and worked on various farms in Northwest Minnesota before moving to Minneapolis to find work in the big city. Hearing from his younger brother Gordy, who had been stationed at Fort Lewis, about the mild winters in Washington, he arrived in Seattle in March of 1969, and it became his new home. He found work at Morel Foundry in West Seattle, and remained with them until they moved to Entiat in 1994. He worked for Woodtape in Everett until he retired in 2002.
He met the love of his life, Carolyn Fletcher Shouse, on Valentine’s Day, 1977, and they were married May 28 of the same year. On Valentine’s Day, 1978, he adopted Carolyn’s daughter from her first marriage, Karen Shouse. Every year thereafter, he enjoyed celebrating her special “birthday,” and counted her age from that date, creating a unique bond between them.
After retiring, Ron and Carolyn moved to Sequim, where they spent much of their time helping others, then returned to part-time work at Costco, working for WDS, handing out samples. They loved working together, and getting to know the “family” of Costco and WDS employees, as well as the customers.
Preceded in death by his sister, Janis; brother, Gordon; brother-in-law, Mel Slotemaker; Ron is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Carolyn; daughter Karen Dexter of Marysville; granddaughters: Kristine Little of Lake Stevens; Maegan Dexter of Marysville; Heather Dexter of Lake Stevens; Nicki Dexter and Laura Dexter of Marysville; and great-granddaughters: Payton Little, Madyson Walden, and Keeghan Johnson; brother Sheldon of Lynwood; sister Dianne (Jack) Fairbanks of Oak Harbor; niece April (Shawn) Fairbanks-Littlejohn of Lake Forest; great-niece Hannah Littlejohn. Family was of utmost importance to him.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Sequim Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations marked “in memory of Ron Jacobsen” may be make to Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 South Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN 56073, or online at lcfamerica.org.