Obituaries — Jan. 3, 2018

Wade Robert Jurgensen

May 26, 1974- December 17, 2017

Wade Robert Jurgensen died peacefully at home on December 17, 2017 in Sequim, Washington at the age of 43, after a courageous extended battle with colon cancer.

Wade was born on May 26, 1974 in Seattle, Washington. After graduating high school from University Prep in Seattle in 1993, he attended Southern Oregon University, lived briefly in California, then returned to the Seattle area. He and Jennifer Fenton fell for each other in 1998, and after a fun-filled engagement, were joyously wed in Sequim in 2004. Wade owned and operated a marina store, The Bosun’s Locker, at John Wayne Marina in Sequim from 2001 to 2012. In 2013, he started a new career as a real estate agent, working for both JACE and John L. Scott in Sequim.

He was a loving husband, a wonderful father to his boys, an adored uncle by his nieces and nephews, and a beloved brother and son. He was a kind and funny friend, a gifted fisherman, an accomplished gardener, an avid video gamer, and a collector of Japanese art and animation. Wade loved spending time in the outdoors with his family, particularly in Central Oregon, Hawaii and various locations on the Olympic Peninsula.

Wade is survived by his wife Jennifer, his children Max and Carter, his parents, Elliott and Deanna Jurgensen, his grandmother Bettie Jurgensen, of Redmond, Washington, and his sister, Stacey Auer, of Woodinville, Washington.

A celebration of Wade’s life is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Edmonds Yacht Club. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County at 540 East 8th Street, Port Angeles, Washington 98362, or by web at The family would also like to thank the medical professionals at Olympic Medical Cancer Center, Virginia Mason Cancer Institute, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for their efforts and dedication.

Richard John Evans

July 7, 1936 – December 15, 2017

Richard John Evans passed away peacefully at his home in Sequim on December 15, 2017.

He was born in Stafford Springs, CT on July 7, 1936 to Emily and Nicholas Evans. He grew up in Connecticut, where he learned the construction trade and in 1956 he married the love of his life, Carol Mason. Two years later they moved to the west coast where he was involved in the construction field until retirement. His work took him to Port Angeles, Alaska, Nevada and Oregon before settling in Sequim.

Richard’s family was the center of his life. They raised four children, son Richard (Laurie), and daughters Sherry, Linda (Brian), and Greta (Todd); loved his grandchildren, Corey (Katie), Emily, Ryan, Eric, Paul, Caitlin, Amy (Chris), Jessica (Kellen), Nick (Heather), Vanessa (Shawn), with honorary grandchildren, Javi, Tarin and Maya, and his 10 great grandchildren. We love you, Grandpa Bear.

He enjoyed getting his private pilot’s license, and especially loved hunting, fishing, crabbing and shrimping with all of his buddies as often as he could. We will always hear his big deep voice, saying how much he loved being out on the boat.

In addition to his family, Richard is survived by sisters Loretta (Frank), Pat and Cindy (Beth), nieces and nephews, including Ron (Cheryl) and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ginny, and son-in-law Dale.

An open house celebration of his life will be held on January 13, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the John Wayne Marina Event Center, 2577 W. Sequim Bay Rd, Sequim, WA 98382. Please come with stories to share or send stories to

David W. McNamara

March 6, 1943 – December 17, 2017

Life-long Sequim resident David Warren McNamara passed away peacefully at home December 17th at the age of 74.

David was born March 6th, 1943 to Frederick and Phyllis (Robb) McNamara. Both were pioneer families of Sequim.

He graduated from Sequim High School in 1961 and completed his education with 12 years perfect attendance.

David was a Vietnam veteran, serving in Saigon from 1966 to 1967. In 1975 he left his job at Angeles Interiors to start his own carpet installation business, McNamara’s Installation, which he owned and operated until he retired.

He enjoyed camping during the summers with his family and the occasional fishing trip. Hard work was his defining characteristic. From sunrise to dinner time he was always busy building, maintaining or tending something around the house.

David is survived by his two brothers Gerald L. of Tacoma and James F. of Sequim and his three children and their families: Son Lance McNamara and his wife Dawn, daughter Adrienne Elicker, her husband Ryan and their daughters Kaliya, Zoie and Hunter, daughter Stephanie Maxwell, her husband Mike and their sons Dylan, Tanner and Austin.

At his request no service will be held. Donations can be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.

John Howard Miller

March 14, 1955 – November 29, 2017

John Howard Miller, age 62, went home to be with the Lord on November 29, 2017 in Bremerton, WA. He died suddenly of a heart attack at a local hospital.

John leaves behind his cherished daughter, Jamie Miller, of Cheney, WA., Mother, Brother and 2 Sisters. He had numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews that he adored.

Among those preceding John in death are his loving grandparents and his father, as well as many aunts and uncles.

John was born on March 14th, 1955 in Spokane, WA. He grew up in Sonoma County, CA. where he attended school from kindergarten to high school. He graduated in 1973 from Piner High School.

John made a career working for Safeway Stores throughout Sonoma County starting around the age of 17. He continued approx. 34 ½ yrs. until he retired in 2006 and left Sonoma County to move with his daughter to Sequim, WA, where most recently he was elected to serve on the city council. He was very proud to be active in his city government.

John enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle with friends and was always looking for a new Harley T-shirt or sweatshirt. John was passionate about helping the homeless, many times buying someone in need a cup of coffee or essentials and taking the time to talk to them. He had a way of always making people laugh and really loved his friends and family, especially his only child Jamie, who was the light of his life!! He became like a second father to many of her friends. They did so many things together from attending ball games and concerts to most recently going on a road trip to California to visit family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to your local rescue mission in memory of John.

A burial and memorial for John was held on Dec. 15th in Sebastopol, CA. The family will have an additional memorial service on Jan. 6th, 2018 at 2pm at the Sequim Community Church, 950 N. 5th Ave., Sequim, WA.

Desmond Gerald Peckham

September 10, 1937 – December 26, 2017

Desmond Gerald Peckham, age 80, passed away December 26, 2017 in West Jordan, Utah.

Gerald was the first of seven children born to Desmond Charles and Louise Boulter Peckham on September 10, 1937. He married Jeanette Marie Williams in 1960. They had two children, Cindy and Shawn.

Gerald worked hard his whole life, while working for Hercules he also ran his own business “Peckham Custom Welding”.

Dad’s favorite past time was walking to find new treasures, spending time with friends, and bending your ear with a story. He was always up for a new adventure so as time went by he had great stories to tell. His favorite obsession was trees. He planted over 100 trees at his cabin, and a two-acre Christmas Tree farm in Washington. He planted more varieties of trees than I can name.

Gerald is survived by his daughters Cindy (Bill) Nielson and Kathy Peckham-Gray; sisters Raelene Beckstrom, Joyce Greco, Diana Tanner and Penny Tupper; grandchildren Bryant (Lori) Shepherd, Lindsay Peckham, Bruce (Alana) Peckham, Annie (Victor) Peckham-Rubalcava, Haley Peckham, Robbin Nielson and Billy Nielson; 14 great grandchildren, along with sisters-in-law, brother-in- law, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Jeanette; son Shawn; parents; and brothers Royce and James Peckham.

A viewing and graveside services were held last week. Interment took place at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 S. Dimple Dell Rd (10600 S.), Sandy. To offer online condolences please visit

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