Obituaries — Jan. 1, 2020

Sharon Schubert

Sharon Schubert of Sequim died of age-related causes on Dec. 30, 2019, at Dungeness Memory Care in Sequim. She was born Sept. 2, 1946.

No services were immediately announced.

Cherie C. Santos

Cherie C. Santos of Sequim died of age-related causes at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles on Dec. 24, 2019. She was 75. Santos was born Dec. 28, 1943.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sequim. Sign an online guestbook for the family at

James Elden Washburn

James Elden Washburn of Sequim died on Dec. 15, 2019, at age 40. Washburn was born June 27, 1979. A celebration of life is set for 1 p.m. June 27, 2020, at Port Williams.

William Chisham

William Chisham of Kansas City, Ks., died Dec. 28, 2019 of Alzheimer’s disease in Sequim at age 87. Chisham was born Jan. 15, 1932.

No services were reported.

Bryce Lewis Fish

September 2, 1941 – November 26, 2019

Bryce Lewis Fish, 78, of Sequim, passed away on November 26, 2019.

He was born on September 2, 1941, in Whitewater, Wisconsin, to Roger and LeNoire (Young) Fish. While his father was a forester, he attended one room schools in many small Montana towns.

The first time Bryce bounced a basketball on concrete (this was a memorable event!), was in sixth grade after moving to Middleton, Wisconsin, where his dad, with the help of Bryce’s grandfather, Elmer Fish, began a lumber business.

He met (Jean) Gail Heebink in elementary school. In high school, they teamed up to tackle the first of many projects together: they built a car. Bryce did the mechanical work while Gail did the upholstering.

After one year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bryce transferred to the University of Montana, in Missoula, and obtained a degree in wood technology in 1964. His first job led him to Washington to work for Simpson Research. Now a registered nurse, Gail moved to Bellevue, Washington, and took a job at Overlake Memorial Hospital.

The two mountain climbed, summiting Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Sahale, Mt. Constance and The Tooth. Bryce and Gail eloped in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on March 20, 1965.

Bryce and Gail proved to be an excellent team. In 1968, with their first daughter, Kimberly Gail, they returned to Middleton, had their second daughter, Kira Margaret, became active members of the community and helped grow his father’s lumber business, Fish Building Supply.

They flew (Bryce was a pilot), sailed, rebuilt an MG TD, canoed, rowed, skied and camped. Utilizing the hydraulic jacks from a dump truck, Bryce built an addition on the family home that featured an opening hinged roof. (Featured in Popular Science magazine!) Many family trips were enjoyed over the years, with hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon being one of the favorites.

Fond memories of the Pacific Northwest brought the couple back to Washington in 1990, this time to Sequim, where they boated the San Juan Islands and the Inside Passage to Alaska.

Having been a charter member of the Madison WestTowne Middleton Rotary Club in 1971 and named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1985, Bryce continued as a Rotarian with the Sequim Sunrise Club in Washington. Among other community awards, he received the Distinguished Service Award, from Sequim Sunrise Rotary, in 2017, and the Clallam County Community Service Award in 2006.

He earned the nickname “Bobcat Bryce” for the numerous projects he helped complete with his Bobcat Skid Steer Loader. He supported Oxford House, helped found the Science Cafe, was an active member of Dungeness Community Church and was extremely proud to be part of the success of the Sequim Boys and Girls Club.

Bryce was bursting with creative ideas, making him a powerful problem solver and a delightful babysitter. He was adored by his grandchildren, as he often had unusual fun activities planned for their time together.

As Gail’s memory failed, Bryce became a devoted, patient caregiver. Inspired by the Sequim Wheelers, Bryce purchased a wheelchair-bike allowing the pair to pedal many trails on the Olympic Peninsula. Although Bryce served as an exceptional role model of love and kindness for much of his life, the immense depth of these qualities were revealed in the last several years as he cared for his beloved Gail.

Bryce is survived by his wife, Gail; his children: Kimberly (Stephen) Rosales of Sequim, and Kira (Thomas) Dott of Barneveld, Wisconsin; three grandchildren: Elizabeth and Ashley Rosales and Brayden Dott; his brother, Peter Fish of Sedona, Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Chloe.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim, on January 4, 2020, at 2 PM. The family encourages memorials be made to: Sequim Sunrise Rotary’s Shelterbox Program, Oxford House, the Dungeness Community Church Mission Fund or the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

Virginia Elizabeth Del Judge

December 7, 1924 – December 16, 2019

Virginia Elizabeth Del Judge, 95, passed away on December 16, 2019.

She was born to William Hamilton Allin and Elizabeth Virginia Bickley Allin, on December 7, 1924, in Hollywood, California.

Virginia married Joseph Guy Del Judge, in 1952.

In 1979, Virginia retired and moved to Sequim to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Virginia loved to garden, travel, and read. She loved her cats and was a very good artist.

When Virginia came into the room, she was bold and beautiful, fearless yet saintly.

Virginia belonged to the Elks, the King County Iris Society, the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Women of St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth Allin; and her husband, Joseph Del Judge.

Virginia is survived by her children, Jane (Andrew) Sallee of Sequim, Julia Del Judge of Stanton, California, and Eric (Donna Kuehn) Del Judge of Pine Mountain, California; and grandchildren, Daniel (Rachel) Sallee of Buckley, Elisa Sallee of Bothell and Kyle Whitehead of Oregon.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Lois Caroline McGuire

March 18, 1939 – November 8, 2019

Lois Caroline McGuire passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019, with family by her side.

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on March 18, 1939, Lois grew up a farm girl alongside her three sisters and her brother, all of whom she loved and adored.

Their mother decided that Lois should become a nurse, and that proved to be a wonderful life calling for her, matching her boundless energy and deep compassion.

After nurses’ training in Chicago and Florida, Lois married Gerald Amundson and they moved to Washington State to start a family, having three children.

Lois later married Charles McGuire, with whom she shared laughter and adventures until his passing, in 2008. Together they spent several years in San Diego, California, and in Seattle and Sequim, Washington.

Professionally, Lois was a skilled and respected nurse, caring for thousands of patients, and in her later years working as a consultant, improving quality of care practices.

In her personal life, Lois was a wonderful cook, a voracious reader and movie-goer, an avid traveler, a selfless volunteer for the elderly and mentally ill, a devoted mother and adoring grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Peter (Patti), grandchildren Kyle and June; and siblings Joyce, Ceil, Marge and Jerry.

She was deeply loved and will be missed

There will be a memorial service for Lois on Sunday, January 5th, 2:30 PM, at the Sequim Prairie Garden Clubhouse, 387 E Washington Street. Please attend if you knew Lois and are able!