Obituaries — Feb. 17, 2021

William ‘Bill’ Michael Balliu

William “Bill” Michael Balliu of Sequim died from causes related to endocarditis at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle on Feb. 10, 2021.

He was 68.

Balliu was born July 30, 1952.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

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

Suzanne Marie Fleming

1940-2021

Suzanne Marie Fleming led a happy life full of friendship, work and travel. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she attended Notre Dame de Sion grade and high school

She graduated from Immaculate Heart College of Los Angeles and pursued graduate studies in Japanese and French at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

She worked as a tech writer and as a teacher. Her teaching career spanned several Pacific cultures. She taught in Beverly Hills, California, Hong Kong, Japan and for seventeen years, in Yupi’k Inuit villages of Western Alaska.

After the death of her mother, she spent her summer holidays in her home in Victoria, B.C. On retirement, she moved to Sequim, where she built her last home.

She cherished her family and friends and thanked God daily for them and the beauty of the mountains, sky and sea. Despite having been paralyzed at eighteen with a malignant spinal cord tumor, she recovered with surgery by the great neurosurgeon, Fred Fowler, and rejoiced in hiking the Sierras, Tetons, Rockies and the wonderful beaches of the Pacific Northwest.

She loved animals, especially her precious dogs.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Aurelia, her dear father, Frank, and her dear brother, Francis.

She is survived by her dear sister, Barbara (211 E. Winthrop Rd., Kansas city, Missouri, 64113.

She requested that no flowers be sent but that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 1856, Merrifield, VA 22116.

She liked these words by Peter Makena: “When all is said and done. When there is nothing to be lost or won. Then grace comes showering on us. And all we can say is ’Alleluia.’”

Robert E. Nelson

November 28, 1944 – January 20, 2021

Born to Myrtle and Vernard Nelson, he grew up in Knife River, Minnesota and graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1962. After graduating he worked in Minnesota and also was a member of the MN National Guard. After leaving MN, he lived and worked in West Palm Beach, FL, San Diego, CA, Spokane, WA and finally settled in Sequim, WA in 1977. He sold real estate for Dungeness Realty and later for Dunlop Realty before retiring in 2001. He passed away in Smyrna, TN.

His passions were fishing, hunting (especially with his dogs, who were always named “Sarge”), travelling, playing cards and having a drink with his friends. He spent many summers in Alaska enjoying fishing and new friends there.

In November 2013 he suffered a major stroke which unfortunately made it necessary to live in a skilled nursing care facility. In 2019 he moved to Tennessee to be near his sister, Carolyn and her daughter Michelle (Dale) Thompson. They were able to share some good times with him during the last year of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle & Vernard; his brothers, Leonard, Paul, Dwight and Donn Nelson; and his sister, Lorraine (Maggie) Gunderson.

He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Johnson; his brothers, Gilbert (Janis)Nelson and Duane (Nancy) Nelson of Duluth, MN; many nieces and nephews; his longtime friend, Isabelle Dunlop of Sequim and his dog, Junior Sarge.

He will be missed but we are grateful that he is now at peace and in a better place. “Fish on” Robert.

At his request the

Melvin Kossen

1949 – 2021

Longtime Port Angeles resident, retired National Park Service manager and Vietnam veteran, Melvin Alan Kossen, died Feb. 1, 2021.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Schneider; son Drew Schneider Kossen and daughter-in-law Celia Chessin-Yudin; two sisters and a brother.

Private services will be held. A complete obituary is forthcoming.

Jeffery Pool

Due to a long, hard, and brave fight with lung cancer and it’s complications, Jeffery Wilson Pool of Sequim WA entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 31st, 2020. Clean from alcohol and drugs since October 1st, 2010, and cigarettes since September 30th 2019, he persevered through the pain and trauma of it all; using as little pain medication as possible, not wanting to take a chance of relapsing and losing his precious and hard-earned clean time. Jeff will be remembered as a loyal and supportive husband, buddy, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and great uncle. He always wanted the best for his family and was always there to do what he could to help. Jeff made so many friends with his smile, laughter, and kind heart. Several people at the Quality Inn in Sequim grew to love him, care about him, and reach out to him as a beloved family member. He is survived by his wifey and buddy, Nanett Pool, sons Jeremy and Michael Pool, stepdaughter Sharon Jackson, sisters Jennifer Lynch and Jill Marsters, brother Jim Pool, and several nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. There is a community of NA members who looked at him with pride, admiration, inspiration, strength and will power. We will all remember Jeff with love, miss him with pain, and talk of him with pride. It is with pain and tears that we let go of this kind and nurturing gentleman, taking the pain in order for him to be free of his. His wifey buddy, Nanett Pool, his whole family and NA sponsor, Eric Simms thank each and every one that has loved and supported this wonderful kind man. RIP our wonderful Jeffery Pool, we will always love and miss you.

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