Obituaries — May 24, 2017

Stephen S. Breitbach

Port Angeles resident Stephen Scott Breitbach died May 19, 2017, in Port Angeles at the age of 54. Funeral/memorial information was not available.

Charles “Dave” Wood

Charles “Dave” Wood died peacefully in his home March 6 at age 93. Dave was a disabled WWII veteran from the battle of Normandy for which he was awarded a Purple Heart.

He married Helen Ebler in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1950. He is survived by his children Laurie (Mike) Finta of Eldorado Hills, CA, Brad (Debra) Wood of Yelm, WA., two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dave’s career as an educator spanned from being a teacher and school principal to Director of Educational Materials for Sonoma county Schools in CA.

He grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. As a young man, Dave had a wonderful voice and was an announcer and singer on the radio in Grand Junction, CO, where he and Helen met. Soon after marrying, they moved back to California to be near family. He later went on to receive his Doctorate in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, then moved his family to Colorado where he was a professor in the teachers program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. From there they returned to Santa Rosa, CA.

After seeking the perfect place to live, Dave and Helen moved to Sequim in 1980 after he retired. Their hobby and mutual focus was designing, building, decorating and living in a series of five homes throughout Sequim. During that time he loved to read and was a president of the Sequim Friends of the Library, visited with family and was famous for his “To Do” list of chores for visiting family members. He was surrounded by wonderful caregivers, his two cats and family in his own home in his last few years.

Evalyn Humphrey

On Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2 p.m., a memorial service will be held to celebrate the life Evalyn Humphrey, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 105. The service will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church which is located at 525 N. 5th Avenue in Sequim. If you plan on attending, please arrive a few minutes prior, as the service will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Morris Quinn

May 14, 1927 – April 14, 2017

Born in Mossyrock, Washington to Owen Quinn and Nawasa Workman Quinn. The family returned to Sequim in 1936, living with family friends, Bill and Ann McComb until purchasing a farm at the site of the Sequim Medical Complex. The family milked cows, bottled milk, and Morris and his brothers delivered milk before school as far as Blyn, driving the delivery truck at the age of 12-14 years old.

Morris was used as an example at school board meeting while in high school, making $175 per month milking cows before and after school for Vern Mantle….more than any teacher’s wage at the time.

Graduating from Sequim High in 1946, he married Pauline Hill in October. He milked cows for Jess Taylor (inspiration for Sunland Development). In 1951, they purchased Percy Paine’s farm on McComb Road where he ran a dairy until the government buy out in 1986.

Morris worked at the Carlsborg Mill for the first 15 years to support the dairy and pay off the farm. He took a short break in 1960 to attend beauty school with his wife, Pauline. Together they started Quinn’s Magic Mirror that operated until about 1990, while also running the dairy. An opportunity to purchase a share at the PenPly Mill took him away from the beauty business but not the cows. Shift work was difficult, as the dairy heard had increased to 70. He averaged four hours of sleep for several years. In the meantime, Morris and Pauline planted raspberries on a portion of the property, running a u-pick berry farm for several years. Pauline died in 1998.

Morris finished on the family farm, enjoying life with his companion Judy Markley and dinner/visits with family friend Betty McComb Higbee and brother-in-law, Howard Hill.

His two sons, Marlin Rick and Gary Quinn, preceded Morris in death. Morris is survived by his farm, daughter Christy (Fred) Mitchell, granddaughters Kristin (Brian)Wood-Mitchell Higgins, Quinn Mitchell, Michael Quinn, Curtis Quinn, and four great grandchildren.

A special expression of gratitude to Brian and Kristin for their patience and loving care.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 MacLeay Road, Sequim, WA, Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m., followed by an ice cream sundae social, one of his favorite things to attend.

Donations to the Grange Scholarship Fund will be appreciated.

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