Obituaries — April 28, 2021

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:30am
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Melinda Laine Young

Melinda Laine Young of Sequim died on April 16, 2021, at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

She was 72.

Young was born May 13, 1948.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Monte Mogi

Monte Mogi of Sequim died at his residence on April 18, 2021.

He was 86.

Mogi was born July 8, 1934.

A private memorial service will be held.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Connie Dianne (Wright) Hyatt

Connie Dianne (Wright) Hyatt of Sequim died of age-related causes at St. Claire’s Assisted Living in Sequim on April 26, 2021.

She was 82.

Hyatt was born Jan. 1, 1939.

No services are planned.

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Jeannine Yvonne Allen

December 1, 1928 – April 18, 2021

Jeannine Yvonne Allen of Sequim, WA passed away April 18, 2021 at the age of 92 from age-related causes.

She was born in Wichita, KS to Elmer Francis Tannehill and Alberta Rose (Gaskill) Tannehill. She graduated from Wichita High School North, and studied Liberal Arts at Wichita University, where she met her husband, Thomas Preston Allen Jr. They were married on December 18, 1947 in Wichita.

Jeannine worked as an Executive Secretary at the Marriott Hotel in Wichita. She came to the Olympic Peninsula upon retirement in 1986.

Jeannine loved travel, gardening, reading, politics, bridge, and she was a regular patron of Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra and Olympic Theater Arts, as well as a keeper of the Dungeness Lighthouse.

She is survived by daughters Deborah Lynn Ferguson of Sequim, WA and Jena Marie Olsen (Jeffrey) of Chicago, IL; son Trip Allen of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Shawn David Penner (Wichita, KS), Jason Patrick Ferguson (Sequim, WA), Rebecca Rose Allen (Seattle, WA), and Michael Thomas Allen (Bellingham, WA); great-grandchildren Colten Penner, Chase Penner (Wichita, KS), and Boaz Samuel Allen Berey (Seattle, WA).

She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Preston Allen, Jr., daughter-in-law Rosemary Kropf Allen, and brother James Harvey Tannehill.

At Jeannine’s request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood of America:

Arrangements are in care of Drennan Ford Funeral Home of Sequim, WA.

Kurt Grinnell

1963 – 2021

The family mourns the loss of Kurt Grinnell who passed away in Port Angeles on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Kurt was born to Fred and Elaine Grinnell in Port Angeles, WA in November 1963.

Married to Terri in 1999, Kurt was a kind, loving, and faithful husband. Their priority was raising two daughters and they enjoyed it to the fullest; Kurt and Terri were front-row parents at every school and extracurricular activity. After children left the home, the fun did not stop; Kurt and Terri continued adventures in travel, motorcycle rides, camping, attending Seahawks games, and so much more.

A devoted father, Kurt supported his daughters in their ambitions. He instilled in them, from a young age, the knowledge that with hard work and determination, they could reach any heights to which they aspired and was always a wise counsel. Adored by his three grandsons, Kurt was a loving and attentive grandparent, and he naturally demonstrated a balance between doing activities with them and being in companionable silence with them.

Graduating with the class of 1982 from Port Angeles High School, Kurt was a talented wrestler, football player, and motocross racer. After his attendance at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Washington, he returned to his community as an Indian Child Welfare Case Worker and Chemical Dependency Counselor. A devoted citizen of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, he was intimately involved in making sure that his tribal community and resources were self-sustaining and long-lasting for many generations to come. At different points in his life, he was a gillnet fisherman, geoduck diver, shellfish farmer, Tribal Councilman, entrepreneur, visionary, a member of many local and state Committees and Boards, and many other roles that are not captured here.

Kurt was a bridge-builder. He brought many people together, was a peacemaker, and he touched the lives of so many throughout his life. Kurt’s legacy will be the innumerable relationships he forged, and those relationships will carry forward for generations. His trustworthiness, empathy, leadership, and steadfast resolve earned him the respect of people too numerous to count.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Terri (Horstman) Grinnell, daughters Loni Grinnell-Greninger (Eric), and Jaiden Bosick (Gregory), grandsons Brock, Colt and Grant; parents, Fred and Elaine Grinnell; siblings Jack (Michelle) and Julia (Brian); Terri’s siblings Carol Mortensen and Rod Horstman (Deborah); as well as many nieces and nephews and their children: Hawk Grinnell (Martha), Nick Grinnell, Mack Grinnell, Khia Grinnell (Jon), Michael Donahue (Molly), Sarah Klostermeier (Jake), Jon Donahue (Justine), Kelly Mortensen, and Garrett Horstman (Paige).

A Celebration of Life service will be held outdoors on Saturday, May 1st at 11:00a.m. at Jamestown Beach, 1272 Jamestown Rd, Sequim, WA 98382. Because of the current pandemic, the family and Tribe have granted permission for a live stream option that will also be available and can be found on the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s website at Please respect the cultural traditions of the family and Tribe—no photos or videography. We kindly ask that all attendees wear masks, and we request that attendance be kept to adults and older children only. Please also dress appropriately for weather. Parking is available onsite at Jamestown Beach, and shuttle services will also be available for all who park at 7 Cedars Casino Hotel and Sequim High School main parking lots, starting at 10:00a.m.

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