Obituaries — Jan. 19, 2022

Kenneth B. Sowa

November 15, 1933 December 25, 2021

Kenneth Bernard Sowa, age 88, of Spokane Washington, passed away on December 25, 2021.

Kenneth was born on November 15, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, to Stanislaa (Estelle) and Stanisllaus (Stanley) Sowa. He moved to Port Orchard, Washington in 1947 where he helped his parents with their family farm. He graduated from University of Washington with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and moved to Richland, Washington in 1956 where he worked as a senior and principal engineer in the nuclear industry until he retired in 1995.

Ken married Anna Maye Arnold in 1959 and they had four children together. He was a devoted father and was deeply involved in his children’s 4H activities with their horses, and as a Cub Scout Leader. He loved his family and enjoyed taking them camping, skiing, huckleberry picking, and even horseback riding trips. He was also a skilled craftsman, and enjoyed woodworking and remodeling projects. After he retired and his children were grown and gone, he indulged his passion for sailing, and became certified as a captain. He enjoyed taking his children and grandchildren sailing around the San Juan Islands.

In 2001, Ken and Anna built a home and moved to Sequim, Washington. Anna sadly passed in 2007, and Ken remained in Sequim until 2020, when he relocated to Spokane. Ken’s family and friends will always remember him as a kind, loving, and extremely intelligent man with a great sense of humor.

He is preceded in death by his first born daughter Arla Kennette, his parents Estelle and Stanley, his brothers Chet and Ron Sowa, his sister Virginia Kirkle, and his wife of 48 years, Anna. He is survived by his three children, Kari Sowa (Ken Wilkinson), Kevin Sowa (Rhoda), and Julie Sowa (Chris Thomas); six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, 5100 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA .

The family would like to thank Hospice of Spokane and the staff at Brookdale Park Place for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Kenneth’s memory to the Hospice Foundation.

Colin Trevor Cunningham

September 22, 1936 – October 13, 2021

Colin Trevor Cunningham passed away peacefully at home in Sequim, WA October 13, 2021 after having Parkinson’s disease for many years.

Colin was born in North Vancouver BC Canada September 22, 1936 and there he married Rhoda Holbrook in 1958.

After three years of marriage, they moved to the states “to see how the other half lived”. Liking Santa Barbara, CA very much, they decided to stay. Between SB and Santa Ynez Valley, they lived there 36 years raising their “one perfect daughter” as Colin would say.

In Santa Barbara, Colin owned a Porsche BMW repair shop. He also raced Porches. Colin had many talents and restoring and modifying cars was his main love.

In 1995, Colin and Rhoda moved to Sequim to be closer to family in BC Canada.

Colin was also a talented wood carver. He showed and sold his work at the Blue Whole Gallery for several years.

Colin was loved very much by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rhoda, His “perfect daughter”, Summer Wilson, Son in-law, Danny Wilson and granddaughter, Phoebe Rose Wilson. He will be missed, and always remembered as a fine and gentle man.

We would like to thank Volunteer Hospice for their loving care during this time.

Shirley Ann Hodney

November 8, 1933 – December 18, 2021

Shirley Ann Hodney of Sequim, Washington, passed away quietly at her home on December 18, 2021.

Shirley was born Nov-ember 8, 1933 in Yakima, Washington, to Ernest E and Senta M Rhodes.

Shirley lived with her loving companion, Gayle Doyle for 31 years. They enjoyed sharing their lives together with friends and family. They traveled extensively and cherished the friendships and memories they made along the way.

Shirley was a graceful and caring woman; organized, determined and kind without exception. She felt her children were her greatest achievement. Her home and hand-made clothing reflected her pride for excellence.

Shirley is survived by her loving companion, Gayle Doyle of Sequim, WA; daughters, Sandra Oakley of Covington, GA, Marilee (Albert) Young of Snohomish, WA and son Jeffrey A. Hodney of Sherwood, OR. Other survivors include her brother Darrell (Karen) Rhodes of Oregon; Gayle’s daughters Leslie (Ted Edwards) Walker of Colorado Springs, CO and Lori (Bill) Yaeger of Sacramento, CA.

She was predeceased by her husband of 24 years, Elmer Clarence Hodney in 1989; sisters Donna Voorhes of Windsor, CA and Meredith Noble of Eugene, OR and Gayle’s son, Doug Doyle of Marysville, WA.

An informal, family graveside remembrance will be held in the future at the gravesite of her former husband, Elmer Hodney at the Rogue Cemetery in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Sequim Valley Funeral chapel is honored to serve the family. (360) 683-5242. Please visit our online register book at to leave treasured memories for the family.