Obituaries — Aug. 14, 2019

Lee Edwin Tidrick

Former Sequim resident Lee Edwin Tidrick died at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, Ore. on July 3, 2019, at age 59.

He was born March 3, 1960.

Tidrick will be inurned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Sequim View Cemetery, 1505 Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Autumn Funerals, Cremation and Burial (Tigard, Ore.) is in charge of arrangements.

Dona Lee Gallaher

March 17, 1929 – August 1, 2019

Dona L. Gallaher, 90, died from natural causes at Sequim Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was a feisty redhead born on St. Patrick’s Day in Salina, Kansas, to Thomas and Ida Mae Potts. Dona spent her working years as a waitress in Los Angeles, California.

After retiring, she and husband, Bill, bought an RV and became “full-timers,” eventually settling in Sequim.

For many years, Dona and Bill were active members of Sequim Prairie Grange. Dona also worked as a housekeeper and caregiver.

Dona was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; and daughter, Cheri.

There are no survivors. No services are planned.

Glenn Ardell Armstrong

May 11, 1927 – August 2, 2019

Glenn Ardell Armstrong, 92, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away Friday evening, at home in Sequim, surrounded by his multi-generational family.

The youngest of three boys, he was born in Spokane, to Myrtle and Dell Ford Armstrong.

At the age of 5, he lost his leg in a train trolley accident and never let the disability slow him down.

At 15, Glenn attempted to enlist in the army after the outbreak of WWII; of course, he was declared ineligible due to age and loss of his leg below the knee.

In 1945, he and his mother moved to Seattle, where he served as a house boy at a UW sorority where his mom was a chef. As far as we know, he never attended UW classes, but had attended WSU briefly.

Dad was bound at a young age to look after his Mom. Family was held as his first priority. His mother outlived his brothers, Craig and Bob, leaving Glenn and his wife to be her sole support until her passing at the age of 97.

In spite of his wooden leg, he entered the construction trades as an apprentice plasterer. After WWII, the housing boom that ensued demanded quicker ways to build homes and drywall was fast replacing plaster as the standard. Glenn saw the opportunity and, with his first partner, Scotty, started a drywall company from the trunk of Glenn’s 1943 Buick.

Glenn and partners Bob Harvey, Bob Willy, and Gordy Stockholm, went on to create Mechanical Drywall, which, at its peak, employed 120 tapers and hangers and was one of the largest drywall contracting firms on the west coast.

Glenn and partners Jim Berry and John Nelson also started a drywall supply company, Colonial Supply, having three locations in the greater Seattle area.

In 1960, he married his bride of 59 years, Betty Lou (Piekenbrock) Armstrong. Together they raised three children Peggy, Lisa and Craig.

After 30 years in drywall contracting, he switched core businesses and become a land developer/spec home builder. Declaring he was, “tired of being a caboose and wanted to be the engine,” he partnered with Bill Renn to form Cornerstone Construction, Inc. and Northshore Properties, LLC. They built homes for eight years in the Woodinville area, successfully building up to 16 homes a year on property they purchased, short platted and constructed. They believed in Woodinville’s potential when most saw it as an inappreciable outpost.

Glenn and Bill purchased large pieces of property at the city core, built office complexes and held the property for later development. In 1980, Glenn, semi-retired, became an investor with Peter Henning, et al., and developed office buildings and warehouse complexes in unincorporated Totem Lake, now part of Kirkland.

Glenn and Betty moved from Seattle to Bothell in 1963, raised their family and were active members of the burgeoning community.

In 1983, they built a lovely home in Woodinville, at the Bear Creek Country Club. Glenn was still active in his investments, but had plenty of time to golf and travel.

In 2000, he and Betty moved to Sequim to be near their son, Craig. They were members of Sunland Golf Course and loved the sunny, peaceful pace of Sequim.

Glenn was a planner and would often say, “Make a plan, stick to the plan whenever possible, change the plan if necessary, but always have a plan.”

I remember a conversation, in 2004, where he very proudly told me he had divested all of his real estate holdings, save his primary residence. I didn’t really understand why he did this, even though he explained his reason; he was planning to get old and wanted a secure retirement, without complications. At this point, he was truly retired.

Glenn was a teacher to any who would listen; two of his favorite sayings were: “Take care of the little things and the big things will fall into place,” and “It’s not how much you make that counts, it’s how much you save and give that matters.”

Glenn’s greatest strength came from his commitment to people in his life – strength, virtue, and caring. When he cared for you, he really cared. It did not matter who you were, i.e., family, friend, business partner, employee, cab driver, server, professional, or just the person on the street. I never once knew of my Dad not sticking to his word and not giving anyone the benefit of the doubt.

Glenn had a gift for sizing people up. Nearly all his partnerships were successful and if something was not working, they would change their plan and move on.

He became interested in genealogy and a friend, Linda Kestner, helped determine his father’s ancestry. The Armstrong Family Crest motto of Invictus Maneo, which translates to Always Strong, gave him great pride and is how Glenn lived his life to the end.

Glenn is survived by loving wife, Betty Lou Armstrong; son, Craig (Lora) Armstrong of Sequim); daughter, Peggy (Craig) Coulson of Bothell; and daughter, Lisa Dolan of Lynnwood; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was incredibly proud of his family and they will miss him immensely.

Tracy Knapman

February 23, 1961- July 6, 2019

Tracy Knapman passed away peacefully after a long battle with health issues on Saturday, July 6th, at Olympic Memorial Hospital. She received the best care from the amazing and supportive doctors, nurses and social workers.

A small Celebration of Life for Tracy will be held outside at Pioneer Memorial Park on August 25th, at 1:00 PM.

Shirley Vernon Case Lillagore

Shirley C. Lillagore, died August 3rd following a heart attack. She was 92 years old.

Originally from Oaklyn, New Jersey, Shirley moved to Sequim, in 2015.

She is survived by two children, Barbara (Dan) Aragon of Denver, Colorado, and Kenneth (Gay Lyn) Lillagore of Sequim; four grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bud” Lillagore; and one son, Bruce Lillagore.

Services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sequim at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, August 17.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tim’s Place, c/o Trinity.