Obituaries — Aug. 1, 2018

Nancy A. Richarson Clarke

Nancy A. Richarson Clarke died July 23, 2018.

She was born Nov. 14, 1941.

Clarke was a beautician, insurance agency owner and wife to Vincent B Clarke. She was a Washington resident and lived in Sequim for the last year.

She is survived by her brother Cary Richardson and wife Barb, her sister Margie Samuelson and her husband Bruce, sister Kathy Hayes and her husband Bob. Also, her step-daughters Michelle Mcclinn and Izabella Enriquez and her husband Mario, and five grandchildren.

Joseph Lewis Campen

May 15, 1951 – July 15, 2018

Mr. Joseph Lewis Campen peacefully passed away from a short battle with cancer, on July 15, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 15, 1951 to Lewis Whitfield Campen and Julia Elizabeth Pierog at Port Angeles, He graduated from Sequim High School in 1969 and earned an AA in Business from Peninsula College.

During his youth his family owned CampenÕs Stop Inn in Blyn where the Jamestown Longhouse is now located. When he was not working at the family restaurant, he was involved in youth baseball leagues, bowling leagues and cars. When he was an adult, he played softball for years, coached local youth Junior Babe Ruth teams, bowled on many different leagues and enjoyed his many friends.

He met his future wife, Laurie (Olson) Janssen at a bowling alley in 1981. They were married on September 27, 1997 in Sequim. Their relationship was a special one, because they were partners in everything that they did together. Due to Laurie’s job, they worked on many catered events together and he enjoyed doing the cooking and taste testing of the food they were serving.

He was also involved with Sequim High School Band when his youngest daughter was in high school. He was a great band dad, driving equipment vans all around the state and even to California when the kids went to different competitions.

He worked as an electrical supply salesman at CED in Port Angeles over 20 years. He would go the extra mile to try and please his customers, which they appreciated. He retired from that job in October 2017. Laurie retired in February of 2018 and they did a lot of camping until Joe got too sick to travel.

He will be greatly missed by the Diamond Point car guys, his many camping friends, pinochle and cribbage buddies and his dog, Roxie.

Joe is survived by his wife, Laurie, step daughters Janette Bucholtz, Melody Janssen, daughter Katelyn (Tyler) Woods, son Richard (Kathleen) Campen, sister Bunny (John) Rudder, niece Julie Vanderschaegen (Val) and nephew Mark Meyer and half-brother Pat (Linda) Campen. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews

He is also survived by his grandchildren Amber, Ashley and Austin Bucholtz, Alissa Kreuscher, Jacob Adams and Aubrey and Ryan Campen. A great-grandchild is due in February, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents Julia, Lewis, step father Carl Gafvert, and half-sister Joanne Ferber.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Sky Ridge Golf Course on Sunday August 19 from 3 to 6 pm. Please drop in and say goodbye to a great husband, friend and family man.

M. Janet Harker

February 5, 1933 – July 10, 2018

In Loving Memory

Janet will always be remembered for her great love of animals, especially cats.

She was instrumental in starting Peninsula Friends of Animals and gave unlimited time, love and money to the organization, until they parted ways in 2012.

She continued to provide for the dogs and cats of the Olympic Peninsula through her own family fund. She supported WAG, Olympic Mountain Pet Pals, Center Valley Animal Rescue, and several feral cat colonies during her remaining years. Her biggest dream was to achieve zero population growth of dogs and cats of the Olympic Peninsula through progressive spay/neuter programs.

Her vision and compassion impacted countless animals. She is now at peace across the Rainbow Bridge, surrounded by the many animals who were touched by her loving care.

Barbara H. Edem

Barbara H. Edem passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018 of progressive respiratory failure due to Alzheimer disease. She was born in Syracuse, New York in 1931 and was the youngest daughter of Byron and Augusta (Gussie). As a child she liked to ice skate at the ice rink several blocks from her house. She had a touch of dare devil spirit by once jumping from the roof of the garage into a snow bank wearing her ice skates. She and her friends would go downhill skiing in the Onondaga Valley Cemetery among the head stones. She enjoyed school and loved to read.

Barbara’s other joy was caring for small children. During the war years, she babysat and entertained her nieces Patty and Carolyn, while the parents were at war or working to support the war effort. Barbara also worked at an ice cream factory that made Eskimo Pies. She was a member of the Art Club at the Onondaga Valley Academy graduating in 1949.

After her father’s passing in 1947, she and her brother George went to live with her sister and brother-in-law at the Hancock Army Air Field. After the war, camping in upstate New York was all the rage. Barbara’s family was no exception. They were fond of kicking back in the Adirondack Mountains at the Moffitt Beach Campground on Sacandaga Lake. Part of the camping party was her brother-in-law’s teenage cousin, Edward.

Barbara and Edward married in 1950, settled in Solvay, New York and started their family right away. She was a stay at home mom enjoying taking care of their 2 young sons Gary and Carl. Kim and Brian were born a few years later. The family continued camping in the Adirondacks and the Thousand Islands.

In 1965 Ed was transferred to Huntsville, Alabama, working on the Apollo Space program. The children had grown up so Barbara got a job as a Quality Control/Assurance Inspector inspecting portable magnetic media. They bought a camper and the family traveled all over, especially liking Panama City, Florida.

In 1975, Ed was transferred to San Jose, CA to work in its Nuclear Energy Group. Barbara was able to find more work as a Quality Control Inspector. She enjoyed working with her co-workers, learning about their diverse cultures. She and Ed travelled to Hawaii several times and she really enjoyed visiting the Big Island. Barbara took delight in her role as a grandmother taking care of her grandsons that lived nearby.

Ed retired in 1988 and they moved to Sequim. They liked everything the area has to offer, small town, clean air and friendly people. Daughter Kim and granddaughter Karen moved nearby soon after. Barbara and Ed enjoyed their travels around the United States and returned to Syracuse several times to visit old friends and relatives. Ed started collecting antique automobiles and they became involved in the local car clubs. Their favorite was the 1915 Ford Model T. Barbara liked to dress in the period correct clothing.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 68 years, Edward Edem, and children Gary (Jennie), Carl (Kristen), Kim Thein (Steve), and Brian (Erin), 5 grandchildren (including local granddaughter Karen) and 4 great-grandchildren.

She belonged to the Sequim Valley Car Club (VMCCA), Horseless Carriage Club of America, Skagit-Snohomish Regional Group and the Kitsap Peninsula Model T Club.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Dungeness Court Memory Care facility of Sequim and Assured Hospice.

No service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A donation in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Kerri Hytinen

Kerri Hytinen of Hytinen Landscaping died July 26th, 2018.

She leaves behind her husband Jan of 42 years.

She had a love for life and wasn’t afraid to try new things.

In lieu of flowers please visit

Eugene Smola

December 5, 1933 – July 13, 2018

We are saddened to report the passing of Eugene George Smola, resident of Sequim, Washington, due to complications of kidney disease. Eugene passed away peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife Beverly and loving family, on the afternoon of July 13, 2018; he was 84 years of age.

Eugene was born on Dec. 5, 1933, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of George Smola and his wife Florence Matczynski. He subsequently was pre-deceased by them, along with his 2 sisters, Virginia and Dorothy, and his brother Bernard.

Following his first marriage, Eugene met and married Beverly Carlin (originally of Culver City, California) on October 6, 1972. Together, Eugene and Beverly resided in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota until his retirement in 1999, whereupon the couple moved to beautiful Sequim, Washington to be near Beverly’s family.

Eugene lived his life dedicated in service to others. He was on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956, receiving a Good Conduct Medal and honorable discharge. Among his post-military jobs was a 3-year stint managing a mobile home park with Beverly in Chaska, Minnesota, and a 7-year assignment in the Hennepin County Library. In 1980, he joined the U.S.Postal Service, where he was a letter carrier in the Twin Cities area until his retirement.

For the next 19 years, Eugene and Beverly lived at Dominion Terrace in Sequim where Eugene continued his lifelong commitment to service. He filled various leadership roles at the Terrace, including Council Member, President of the Council, and, finally, for 8 full years, President of the Board of Directors. He particularly enjoyed his collaboration there with manager Joe Sherer.

Eugene is survived by his wife Beverly, his four children from his first marriage: Alan, Tony, Robin, and Rene, as well as 3 of his 4 stepchildren: Dan Carlin (Lynn), Kathy Durning (Bruce), and Patty Carlin. His 4th stepchild, Tom Carlin, preceded him in death. In addition to friends and family, Eugene leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will miss his laughter, generosity, and love of music.

The family especially wishes to acknowledge and thank the many gentle, kind, and capable doctors, nurses and other caregivers at Sequim Health and Rehabilitation who provided comfort to Eugene and his family during these past challenging weeks.

Services are pending.

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