Obituaries — Aug. 25, 2021

Marjorie Mary Lefler

Marjorie Mary Lefler of Port Angeles died of age-related causes on Aug. 19, 2021.

She was 92.

Lefler was born April 4, 1929.

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

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Ronald B. Bean

1943 – 2021

Ronald Bruce Bean of Sequim, WA passed away August 14, 2021, due to complications of Lung Cancer.

A memorial service was held Thursday, August 19th.

Ronald Bruce Bean was born in 1943, to June Dorn and Everett Lawrence Bean. He spent his childhood years in Joplin, Missouri and Galena, Illinois where his father was employed as a bookkeeper and designer for Tri-State Lead and Zinc Mining. After high school, he completed 4 years in the US Navy. He met and married Jean Huizing, of Grand Rapids Michigan, in 1966, graduated in 1970 from Duke University’s Physician Assistant Program, and later joined other Duke P.A.’s at Kaiser Permanente Northwest Clinics and specialized in Medicine and Dermatology. After the dissolution of his first marriage, he met and married Wanda Butler in 1979.

He retired from Family Dermatology, Raleigh, North Carolina in 2010. They moved to Sequim in 2011, where he was active in Northwest Artisans Wood Carving Group, Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Volunteering, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, June and Everett, his sister, Janice Parks, and his brothers, Michael and Fred. Ron is survived by his wife, Wanda Bean and his children Gregory Scott Bean (Angie) of Philomath, Oregon; Jonathan Douglas Bean (Jeri) of Washougal, Washington; Nathan Andrew Bean (Erin) of Meadowview, Virginia; and step-children John Adams Butler (Andrea) of San Antonio, Texas; and Rachel Butler of Gilbert, Arizona, and grandchildren, Andrew Michael Potts of Washougal, WA, Austin Bean of Abingdon, Virginia; PFC J.D, Bean, Jr. of Joint-Base Lewis-McChord, WA.; PFC Chyanne Bean of Hawaii; Riley Bean of Meadowview, VA; Ashley Butler of Astoria, Oregon; Cory Butler of Eugene, Oregon.

The family of Ronald Bean wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the Staff of the Olympic Medical Cancer Center, Sherwood Assisted Living, Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County and all the great support extended from Friends in the Church and Sequim Community.

Roy Harniss

1935 – 2021

Roy Harniss died peacefully at the age of 85 on April 30th, 2021 at his home in Sequim, Washington. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. Roy completed several advanced degrees culminating in a Master of Science in Plant Ecology. In his early years, he worked as a coppersmith but spent most of his career as a range scientist in Utah. As a young man, Roy was an avid mountaineer and skier, climbing regularly in the Olympics and Cascades and summiting Mt. McKinley in Alaska. He helped form the Olympic Mountain Rescue organization and served as its second chairman. He served on volunteer ski patrol for 40 years. He was a volunteer firefighter for Clallam County and a disaster relief volunteer with the American Red Cross. Roy was preceded in death by his mother and father, and a younger brother. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, his younger brother and sister, three sons and one grandson. There will be a celebration of life on September 4th at 2 pm at 1102 McFarland Drive, Sequim. Contact Judy Harniss for more information. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Roy’s name to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (838 East 8th St., Port Angeles, 98362) or Olympic Mountain Rescue (P.O Box 4244, Bremerton, 98321).

Ronald E. Gray

July 28, 1935 – June 20, 2021

Ronald Eugene Gray, “Ron” was born on July 28th, 1935 in Los Angeles to Ross and Louise Gray. He has an older sister, Lorraine, and was the first born of twins. His twin sister’s name is Jeannette. His sisters both say he was a sweet brother to them. Most of his growing up years were spent in Eagle Rock, California. He would share fond memories of living there such as picking a kumquat off a tree and rolling it around in his pocket then eating it on his way to school. Or the neighbor lady rolling oranges across the street to him and to his sisters. He was a shy kid until he took a speech class in high school and we haven’t been able to quiet him since!

He was part of the Navigators and memorized many bible verses and felt it necessary to carry a big bible to school. He hadn’t yet learned that Jesus offers tremendous grace. He helped at a YMCA camp and had great joy in leading a young camper to Jesus. He loved to tell that story and said that the campers mom sent him a letter to tell about the wonderful changes she saw in her son. She began the letter with, Dear Reverend. Leading that young boy to Christ seemed to be one of the highlights of his life. He also was the president of a group called The Christian Endeavor and helped lead the music. He really enjoyed that!

When he met Margie, he prayed for a sign and asked that she would be behind him in the food line at college and sure enough she was there. He took it as a sign that they belonged together. Margie’s mom was not as convinced and would often make him wait in the other room while the family finished their dinner when he picked her up for a date.

They married in 1956. He was the extrovert and she was the introvert. While living at Sherwood his door was always open. He didn’t want to miss anyone walking by that he could talk to. While Margie on the other hand always had her door closed. Somehow they made their differences work. The family had a shining example of what it meant to be committed to each other and to God. It wasn’t all smooth sailing but they set a great example to their kids and to their grandchildren.

Marjorie L Gray

June 26, 1936 – June 27, 2021

Marjorie Lorraine Gray, “Margie” was born on June 26th, 1936 to Roy and Beatrice Baas. Her sister, Louise was the oldest, and she was the next in line, followed by two brothers, Ronnie, and Bob. She was born in Los Angeles and moved to Downey, CA with her family when she was 16.

She was a great student and played on the basketball team. She also enjoyed horseback riding. She met Ron Gray at Biola College. They were both getting their two-year bible degree. They were married in 1956 and stayed married for 64 years. They had 3 children, Steve, Tom, and Susan. She stayed home while raising her children. She kept a tidy home and did a lovely job decorating for holidays and dad often had to encourage her to stop working in the evenings.

She was an excellent seamstress and was a very talented pianist. She was a good listener and took her kids wherever they needed to go and was also their cheerleader. The kids have fond memories of staying home from school and eating Lipton Noodle soup and watching Let’s Make a Deal and the Price is Right with her, as well as playing Yahtzee and other games.

She took classes to learn how to landscape their yard. She loved flowers and worked for a flower shop when the kids got older. She did the flowers for several weddings, including Roger and Susan’s wedding reception and the arrangements were gorgeous.

She loved dogs, especially Cocker Spaniels and enjoyed raising several batches of puppies to sell. She loved her family and remembered her cousins fondly, especially Mary. She recently spoke with her sweet sister-in-law, Joann, and they thoroughly enjoyed picking up where they left off, and enjoyed precious memories of raising their kids together.

She was a loyal and sweet friend to many. Her sister Louise was her best friend and the cousins enjoyed laughing as they cackled every time they got together, which was very often!! She also had a dear friend named Margie Greek. They served as the support staff for the children’s Sunday school for a large church, cutting out and getting all the supplies ready for the upcoming Sunday. They also served Meals on Wheels together. They had many, many laughs together over the years.As a family growing up in southern California, they enjoyed many trips to the beach. Sometimes having cookouts in the evening on the beach. She moved with her husband, Ron to Sequim, Wa in 1992 where they lived in a trailer while they waited for their sons, Steve and Tom to build their house.

They loved living in Sequim near their children and grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the Pacific NW. They attended Dungeness Community Church and enjoyed being a part of several bible study groups. As she aged and had some medical challenges, she would meditate on the bible verses she had memorized over the years. In her last days, she clearly stated that the MOST important thing was to know Jesus.