Obituaries — April 7, 2021

Jon Alan Kirschbaum

Jon Alan Kirschbaum of Sequim died of natural causes at Sequim Health & Rehabilitation on April 2, 2021.

He was 78.

Kirschbaum was born Nov. 5, 1942.

Services will be held at a later date.

Robert Allan Leach

Robert Allan Leach of Port Angeles died of cardiac arrest on March 17, 2021.

He was 75.

Leach was born Dec. 30, 1945.

Details for a memorial will be announced at a later date.

Sign an online guestbook for the family at drennanford.com.

Mary June White

Mary June White of Sequim died of age-related causes in her home on March 29, 2021.

She was 85.

White was born Aug. 19, 1935.

A gathering will be planned at a later date.

Sign an online guestbook for the family at drennanford.com.

Larry Patrick Bryant

Larry Patrick Bryant of Sequim died of natural causes on April 3, 2021 in Tacoma.

He was 65.

Bryant was born Jan. 1, 1956.

A private family gathering in Alaska has been scheduled.

Leland “Lee” Arthur Jones

1926-2021

Leland Arthur Jones (Lee) passed away in Sequim, WA on March 10 at the age of 95 after a life well-lived. He was born in 1926 in Burke, SD, the first child of Arthur and Freda Jones. When he was 5, the family moved to a farm near Dupree, SD, where Lee grew up and graduated from the local high school in 1944. He volunteered for the Navy, serving for two years. Prior to enlisting, he met a young woman who would become his wife and love of his life, Lois Ann. During his time in the Navy, he and Lois wrote to each other every day. They were married in June 1949, and their love and devotion to each other continued until her passing in 2011.

After discharge from the Navy, Lee earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the University of SD. Upon graduation, Leland and Lois moved to Richland, WA where he worked for GE and then Battelle NW. He and Lois raised a family of two daughters and one son. He loved camping with his family and marveled at the trees and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. During this time they were active in conservative politics and served in their church where they made life-long friends, working with children’s ministry and college age youth and numerous other activities including Walk to Emmaus, Bible studies, and trips to Europe and Israel. In 1975 they moved to Seattle and then returned to Richland.

Upon retirement, he and Lois moved to Sequim, WA to be closer to family. They enjoyed yearly vacations with extended family at the ocean as well as trips to Hawaii and Mexico and continued being involved in politics and Christian activities. After Lois’ passing and with declining health, Lee moved to an assisted living facility where he maintained his cheerful, encouraging spirit.

Lee is survived by his daughter Laurie (David) Korpi of Edmonds, WA, son Lance (Maryam) Jones of Corvallis, OR, and daughter Leslie (Dan) Engelhard of Bremerton, WA as well as 9 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren, sister Kathleen Green of Sioux City, IA, and brother Robert (Sharon) Jones of Huron, SD. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and his brother Larry (Peggy) Jones.

The family would like to thank Pastor Rich and Diana Hay of Olympic Bible Fellowship for their support of Lee and also the staff of Sherwood Assisted Living for their kind care.

The family will miss his sage advice, emails, and prayer support. He will be remembered as a thoughtful, kind, encouraging, and generous man. Lee, you loved us well.

Ann “Ginger” Catherine Nichols

1942-2021

On December 23, 1942 was born this beautiful redheaded baby girl, Ann Catherine Nichols, in Port Angeles, WA at the Davidson-Hay Hospital. She was with her mother in Olean, New York when her father was killed in France in Patton’s Army. She became a war orphan, and she helped others while she could on Earth.

Can’t say enough about this great lady, and friends of ours who knew her felt the same way.

She never drank or smoked after being around it, and later studied in college, became a state-licensed drug & alcohol counselor, until she got burned out trying to help. She then became a checker at the Sequim Safeway store, where she met the love of her life, Dale “Speedy” Nichols (she told me so). They could always be seen protecting and working together.

She had always wanted a house with a white picket fence around it, so he built one for her. She could always be seen working with the flowers and roses, weather permitting. Dale just dug the holes for her; she had a green thumb for sure.

Her Coast Guard husband and herself became lighthouse keepers on Destruction Island for almost 3 years. She had two children while on the island, Skylar, and later a daughter, Terry, and later Tyler Edwards.

She loved going around the country giving lighthouse talks and she was very good at it. She was an absolute gourmet cook and made a 3 Crab Louie and the best tacos you ever ate.

She dearly loved her two granddaughters, Chyanna and Kaitlyn Edwards—great young ladies.

After being married to Ginger for 27 years—great years—it’s tough being apart and having to write this. We loved to dance together and were seldom apart. We used to kid each other a lot, and it made her smile!

I love and miss you so, Ginger.

— Your loving husband, Dale

I pray she’s smiling down on us.

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