Obituaries — Feb. 24, 2021

Joan Frances (Dickinson) Crawford

August 18, 1938 – January 15, 2021

Joan Frances (Dickinson) Crawford, 82, passed away on January 15, 2021, from a long struggle with Dementia while in the good care of Rosetta Assisted Living, Kennewick, Washington. She was born August 18, 1938 in Coulee City, Washington.

She grew up in Creston, Washington, attended Whitworth College, to study voice, in Spokane briefly before marrying Milton Crawford.

Joan was a loving and devoted mother to Carrie Thompson of Sequim and Scott Crawford of Scappoose, Oregon. She was a dedicated mother first and foremost who treasured her children and then her grandchildren, Benjamin and Andrew Schramm of Virginia.

Joan worked at the Ridpath Hotel in Spokane for several years before moving to the Tri-Cities to work as a property manager for an apartment complex. She moved to Sequim to work as the bookkeeper for The Three Crabs Restaurant for 13 years before retiring back to the Tri-Cities.

Joan loved everyone. She was always kind, caring and patient with any stranger who soon became her friend! Joan couldn’t resist a chance to look at a baby or engage a child. She loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. Joanie was sincerely loved by so many!

She is survived by her two children, Carrie and Scott; her grandchildren, Ben and Andy; her sister, Louise Wetzel; several nieces, a nephew and cousins.

Ann Marie Kimler


Ann Marie Kimler, 83, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2021 after becoming ill and not having the strength to recover.

Ann was born in Port Townsend, Washington, January 4, 1938, to Hubert and Emmy Lou Germeau. In the early 50s Ann moved to Seattle and worked at the 5th Avenue Theatre. While living in Seattle she met a Navy man, William F. Kimler, from Pennsylvania and they were married March 10, 1956. They were married 40 years prior to Bill’s death in 1995.

Bill and Ann made their home in Sequim to be closer to family and started Bill’s Plumbing in 1959, it is still in operation and managed by their daughter Judy. They incorporated the Portable Toilets “SANIKANS” as they are known, into the business in the 60s. Many will remember them as “Ann’s Cans” as it was her idea to start that part of the business.

Ann was a force to be dealt with in business as many remember her, also many will remember Ann when she managed the Sequim Theatre, nobody got away with much in the dark movie theatre with her on watch.

Ann had so many talents including sewing, ceramics and doll making which consumed her time after retiring. Doll making was her passion, she loved to design, create and teach others. She was featured in many doll magazines and her talents acknowledged by many doll enthusiasts. One of Ann’s signature items she made in porcelain were her “Snow babies.” She loved creating them and selling them at the doll and craft shows, along with her miniature dolls. For all who knew Ann, she was a sweet, talented, generous soul, she will be missed and remembered fondly.

Ann is survived by her children Joanna Hays (Kimler), William Kimler and Judy Kimler; her grandchildren, William Hays, Jessica Young, Kristin Moore, Tom Walla, Tony Walla and Sarina Sanchez; her great-grandchildren, Makenzie Campbell, Elena and Callie Sanchez, Ellie Clair and Olyvia Young and Leilah Grace Moore.

Richard Edgar Pflaum

July 6, 1933 – February 1, 2021

Richard Edgar Pflaum of Sequim, passed away peacefully at his home on February 1, 2021, with wife Mary at his side. He was 87.

Richard was born July 6, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, to Oscar and Olga (Heubner) Pflaum. In 1956, he joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1958. He attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. On July 2, 1973, he married Mary Elizabeth Funk of Coaldale, Alberta, Canada.

He worked as a chemist with pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Merk and Company for 37 years. After retiring, he along with his wife, Mary, moved to Sequim.

Richard was a member of the Church of Christ in Port Townsend and Sequim, the Over the Hill Gang and Peninsula Orchid Society. Richard enjoyed singing and was a member of the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America and was a choir member (Straitman) with the San Juan de Fuca Chorus.

Richard leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Mary Pflaum of Sequim; daughter, Sarah Horster of Bound Brook, New Jersey; and a grandson, Christopher Pflaum. He was preceded in death by parents, Oscar and Olga Pflaum.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no services, but Richard will be laid to rest at the Mennonite Cemetery in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada.

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family. (360) 683-5242.

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