Obituaries — Dec. 5, 2018

Larry Franklin Smith

Larry Franklin Smith died at age 75 in his Sequim residence on Nov. 24, 2018.

Smith was born Aug. 25, 1943.

A private memorial has been scheduled.

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Dale Vance Wilcox

April 7, 1928 – November 21, 2018

Dale Vance Wilcox was born in Simla, Colorado, on April 7, 1928, to Joseph and Maude (Lewis) Wilcox, and died November 21, 2018, at Sherwood Assisted Living in Sequim, under the tender care of his family and caregivers at both Sherwood and the volunteer Hospice of Clallam County. Truly, one could say that his caregivers, who loved him and whom he loved, were also like a family.

Mr. Wilcox joined the USAF in 1946, and while serving in England, met Rhoda Edith Jerrit, of Glasgow, Scotland, at a pilgrim’s festival in Canterbury. They married in 1951, in Denver, Colorado, with Cynthia (Berridge) Peavler in attendance, and spent tours of duty together in Europe and England. Beyond his tours of England, Europe, and North Africa, Dale was a flying crew chief under the Far East Air Forces, flying reconnaissance and photographic missions over the Philippines, Japan, and North Pacific Islands. He also later served as a Launch Crew Chief with the newly developed Matador Cruise Missile at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, and Hahn Air Force Base, Germany. Dale ended his military career as a B-52 Flight Line Chief with the Strategic Air Command at Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico.

After retiring from the USAF as a decorated Chief Master Sergeant, Dale worked for Hewlett Packard at Colorado Springs and at Santa Rosa, California, retiring from there and moving to Sequim, in 1986. There, he and Rhoda acquired many friends with whom they played golf and enjoyed other activities.

His wife, Rhoda, passed away in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Tina Berridge, and Carl and Jack Wilcox.

Dale is survived by his daughter, Janeanne (Robert) Trundle of Sequim; grandchildren, Anne Caitlin (Darren) Schwindt (Book) of Colorado Springs, Capt. Colin Wilcox Trundle, USAR, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and MMN2 Graeme Joseph Trundle, USN, USS Tucson (Honolulu), and great-grandsons, Garrett and Tristan Dorais, and David Schwindt.

We ask all who remember Dale to celebrate his life by helping someone in need, giving a helping hand, honoring a veteran, forgiving someone, or just raising a glass of your favorite drink in his memory and saluting a good life.

At his request, no services will be held.

Richard A. Dinzl

April 8, 1921 – November 25, 2018

Richard A. Dinzl, of Sequim, passed away peacefully at home November 25 2018.

From the mountaintops to the stars, he was always adventuring, breaking new ground. A leader of the Over the Hill hiking group and founder of the Wednesday Sequim Hikers, in his retirement he was always on the trail.

A photographer in his teens, he captured the beauty of nature and fun outings with family and friends throughout his life.

A professional engineer, in the aerospace industry, he attended Regis College, in Colorado, and RCA institute in New York. His career work included Martin Marietta, Ball and Boeing. Working during the space race era he participated in Viking, Skylab and other significant projects. After retiring more than 30 years ago, Richard and his wife of 47 years, Helen, moved to Sequim.

Active in community service, he gave volunteer time to the community he loved by working with Sequim High School youth in an electronics program, treasurer of the Museum and Arts Center, trail maintenance on the Olympic Discovery Trail, computer club and investment club. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church. He is survived by his daughters, Tina and Wendy.

His positive nature was appreciated by many. A celebration of life is being planned for early February 2019, at the Cedars at Dungeness, Legends Room.

Memorial contributions can be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County or organizations active in trails and outdoor recreation.

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