Obituary — June 14, 2017

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:30am
  • Life

Jack L. Dutton

Sequim resident Jack L. Dutton died of cancer at home on June 4, 2017, at the age of 80. He was born Feb. 27, 1937. No services were announced.

Robert J. Gibbs

Sequim resident Robert J. Gibbs died June 5, 2017, in Port Angeles at the age of 74. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. June 14 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent. On June 15, there will be a Rosary at 8 a.m. and a Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., Sequim, with a reception to follow. He was born April 20, 1943 in Detroit, Mich.

Carolyn Marie Hempel

January 12, 1946 – June 3, 2017

Carolyn passed into eternal life with God The Father on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.

She led a full and varied life here on earth. Carolyn was born on January 12th, 1946 in Spokane, Washington as the second of three children to Fred and Lorraine Riese.

She spent most of her youth growing up in Richland, Washington during the booming heydays of the Hanford Nuclear Waste Facilities. Though dyslexic, she passed the rigorous testing required to become a stewardess for United Airlines, and was assigned to O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois.

She met and married a United Pilot, James Maciejewski in 1967. They proceeded to create a family, having two naturally born sons, Mark and Michael. They also adopted a son, John-Paul and a daughter Teresa. Carolyn and James were married nearly 34 years, divorcing in 2001. James passed away in January 2017 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

In 2001 Carolyn moved from Wisconsin to Seaside Oregon to bravely begin her life anew at the age of 55 years. There she met Richard Hempel in the fall of 2003, and they were joined in marriage under the auspices of the Episcopal Church on June 12th, 2005. She enjoyed a great many activities and endeavors, among them travel, cooking, gardening, tennis, decorating, dancing, and quilting. She also had a life long passion for the art of Iconography.

During her lifetime she traveled over much of Europe, some of Asia, to Canada and Alaska; and several times to the Hawaiian Islands.

Carolyn and Richard moved to Sequim Washington in April 2007, partly as the result of an ill fated attempt to reside in Victoria, B.C., where the Canadian Immigration authorities rejected them. It was a “very fortunate” episode because they discovered Sequim. The warm and wonderful reception and hospitality that they experienced at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church played a large part in their decision to make Sequim their home. They purchased a house built in 1976 in the beautiful Sunland Community, and Carolyn lovingly remodeled and redecorated it into their “perfect home.”

Carolyn Marie was a truly generous and loving person and a fervent practicing Christian. Among her activities and accomplishments was participating as a server in Christian soup kitchens in Seattle and Wisconsin, functioning as a foster parent, being a coordinating member of the Square Dance community of the Olympic Peninsula; and she was also an avid supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, the Habitat for Humanity, the Sequim Food Bank, and the Community Foundation of Sequim Dungeness Valley.

Carolyn functioned as the Chairperson of the Sunland Golf and Country Club’s Social Committee for two years. She was a member of NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness), and a major contributor to the Clallam County VeteranÕs Standdowns. She was an involved member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and along with a group of other dedicated women in the church, they produced well over a thousand prayer quilts for wounded military veterans across Washington state; as well as, prayer quilts for ill members of the church and their families, neighbors, and friends.

Carolyn always had a warm smile, a kind word, and a caring heart and hand for everyone that she encountered. She will forever be cherished and loved by those she left behind. Besides her devoted husband, Richard, she is survived by her brother Gary Riese and his wife Michel of Parrish, Florida; her sister Janice Dierdorff and her husband Terry of Olympia, Washington, also by her four children: Mark Maciejewski and his wife Donna of Issaquah, Washington, John-Paul Maciejewski and his wife Rochelle of Tampa, Florida; Teresa Rose Schultz and her husband Ryan of Wassau, Wisconsin; and Michael of Iola, Wisconsin; and a total of 5 grandchildren. As well, by her step-daughter, Karie Hempel and her husband Brian Bump; and her step-son Greg Hempel and his wife Rochelle Gurusinghe.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave, in Sequim, Washington on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 4 p.m. Her earthly remains will be interred in the Church Columbium. Carolyn’s beautiful soul has moved on to the joy of eternal life with her Savior, Jesus Christ, with God the Father, and with the heavenly host of Saints and Angels.

Don Monson

Donald Edward Monson, age 93, died June 5, 2017 at the Washington VeteranÕs Home in Port Orchard, WA.

A native of Fargo, ND, Don was the son of Gustaf and Tillie (Wiese) Monson.

Don graduated Fargo Central High School in 1942 and enlisted in the US Army in 1943. He served as a gunner in the Army Air Force in an A-20 attack aircraft. He was assigned to duty in New Guinea and the Philippines and barely survived when an anti-aircraft shell exploded aboard his plane, killing his fellow gunner. He served for the duration of WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946.

After the war, he enrolled in the University of North Dakota and achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce in 1950. He joined JC Penney company as a manager in 1951 and relocated to Lancaster, California in 1957. He later joined Sears as a merchandise manager and relocated to Hemet, California in 1966. In 1973 he joined Skyline Corporation in sales and later worked for Phillips Gasket Company as the General Manager. After retirement from Phillips in 1992, he relocated to Louisville, Colorado and owned a small art gallery and framing shop, which he operated until 2002. In 2008 he relocated to Sequim, WA to be closer to family.

Besides working, Don loved sailing Hobie Cats, snow skiing, and photography. He was a Lutheran and was active in many church activities throughout his life.

Don married Donna Rudolph of Fargo in 1948. They had three children, all living, Paul Summers of Sequim WA (age 64), Marc Monson of Broomfield CO (age 62), and Jon Monson of Gig Harbor WA (age 58). Don and Donna divorced in 1971. In 1987, Donald married Ruthanne Gebhardt.

Don is survived by his brother Lawrence, age 92 of Fargo, his three sons and three grandchildren, Kristy Monson of Shoreline WA, Elizabeth Agerton of Bakersfield CA and Jonathan Monson of West Linn, OR. He is also survived by six grandchildren, David Tangren, Crystal Agerton, Joshua Ager ton, Karyn Cowperthwaite, Kaydence Monson and Addison Monson.

He will be missed.

A memorial service will he held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, 8503 State Route 16, Gig Harbor, Washington.

Mickey Sexton

November 4, 1925 – May 13, 2017

Mickey Sexton of Sequim, Washington died May 13, 2017. He was born November 4, 1925 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He graduated from high school in Wharton, Texas in 1942.

He married his sweetheart Jewel Tucker August 28, 1943.

Mickey was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1944. Serving with the 86th Black Hawk Infantry Division, he was a demolitions expert in the 311th Combat Engineer Battalion. He served his country in Europe and the Philippines in WWII. He was honorably discharged in late 1945 and returned to his wife in Texas.

Jewel and Mickey had three children, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. They loved spending time with their family and friends. All of the family was together in August 1993 for their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Mickey’s career in the oil and gas industry took the family all over the central United States from south Texas to north Montana. His family experienced living in many states and attending many schools and developed a special closeness. In 1969, he was transferred with Atlantic Richfield to Anchorage, Alaska. Following retirement from Arco in 1986, Mickey and Jewel moved to Sequim, Washington to enjoy their retirement years together.

Mickey enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and photography. He especially enjoyed his family and friends and was always happy to see and spend time with them.

He was preceded in death by Jewel, October 31, 1993.

He is survived by his son, Tom and wife Kathy of Blanchard, Oklahoma; daughter, Marilyn of the Olympic Peninsula; and son, Mickey of Port Angeles, Washington. Grandchildren: Karie and husband Steve Dove of Blanchard, Oklahoma; Stephanie Anderson of Nooksack, Washington; and William and wife Brittany of the Olympic Peninsula. Great grandchildren: Anastasia Dove, Makayla Dove of Blanchard, Oklahoma; Ethan Anderson, Blake Anderson of Nooksack, Washington; and Griffin of the Olympic Peninsula. Mr. Sexton is also survived by his companion of many years, Freda Codd, of Sequim.

Cremation was handled by the Olympic Cremation Association.

A memorial gathering and celebration of life will be held Saturday June 17th from 2:30PM to 3:30PM in the club house at Gilgal RV Park, 400 S. Brown Road, Sequim, WA. Parking is available behind the BellCreek Bar and Grill at 707 E. Washington St. and the Gilgal clubhouse is a short walk down S. Brown.

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