Obituaries — July 14, 2021

Jacquelyn Joann Labadie

Jacquelyn Joann Labadie of Sequim, 84, died of age-related causes on July 5, 2021, at Marine Courte Memory Care in Bremerton.

Labadie was born Sept. 28, 1936.

At her request, no services will be held.

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Ronald L. Tollefson Jr.

Ronald L. Tollefson Jr., 78, of Sequim died of respiratory failure/COVID-19 on July 2, 2021, at Swedish Medical Center (Issaquah).

Tollefson was born April 3, 1943.

Private services are scheduled.

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Ethel Virginia Stratman

Ethel Virginia Stratman, 95, of Sequim died of age-related causes at Sherwood Assisted Living in Sequim on July 5, 2021.

Stratman was born Jan. 30, 1926.

Per her request, no services will be held.

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Daniel Carl Wilder Sr.

Daniel Carl Wilder Sr. of Port Angeles died July 9, 2021, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

He was 72.

Wilder Jr. was born Sept. 14, 1948.

A private graveside service/burial is scheduled for July 17.

A celebration of Life is also being planned at Independent Bible Church, 116 E. Ahlvers St., Port Angeles; details will be announced at a later date in the Peninsula Daily News.

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Alvina (Handel) Lowery

October 1927 – May 2021

Alvina was born on the family farm six miles from Streeter, North Dakota. She graduated from Streeter High School. She attended teaching college in Fargo and taught in a one room schoolhouse for two years.

Moving to Phoenix, Arizona, she was hired by First Federal Savings for a job in their printing department. This job evolved into a career and eventually a position as the Supervisor of the Reproduction department at Raytheon in Goleta, California. Alvina was an accomplished seamstress and an artist specializing in watercolors and acrylics. While in Phoenix she met and married Dean Lowery.

Upon retirement Dean and Alvina moved to Sequim, Washington where she blossomed. They spent the early years of their retirement adventuring with the TravElks. A founding member of the Sequim Ladies of Elks (LOE), Alvina was an LOE Woman of the Year, Secretary, and established the LOE Bingo food service. She volunteered at the Sequim Hospital Guild Thrift Store, was a member of Sequim Prairie Grange and the Sequim Senior Center. But most of all, she played BINGO. Bingo was Alvina’s favorite past-time, playing and winning in Agnew, 7 Cedars Casino and the Elks bingo games.

Survived by daughters Deena and Kathryn, granddaughter Cheriti, grandsons Aaron and Devin, sister Leona, brother Leroy and numerous sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband Dean C. Lowery, parents William and Bertha (Deg) Handel, and brothers Lawrence, Melvin and Irvin. Alvina has requested no services.

Memorial Donations Elks scholarship Fund.

H Bruce Erkenbrack

November 18, 1928 – June 28, 2021

H Bruce Erkenbrack passed away peacefully at Crestwood Convalescing Center June 28th 2021 from age related ailments. He was born November 18th, 1928 in Wenatchee, Washington to Harry Erkenbrack and Nell (Zimmer) (Erkenbrack) Sutter. He moved to Sequim as a young child where he was raised on a farm, graduating from Sequim High School in 1946. He joined the Air Force in 1950 and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent in 1954. He married Beverly Morris in 1955, and together they had three children. They divorced in 1976. Dad spent most of his life as a fuel truck driver, and had many stories about delivering fuel to equipment high into the mountains; retiring in 1991. He was a civic minded soul; as a lifetime Grange member, he held many offices both local and state level. He was a popular MC for events; a favorite was the pie auction to raise money for the American Heart foundation. His love for lemon meringue pie was legendary. He managed the Scone Booth at the fair for many years and enjoyed surprising his friends at Highland Commons with a big scone feed. Dad was a great dancer, a fine poet and a practical joker.

He was Preceded in death by his parents, and sister Genevieve Holden.

He is survived by his son, Bruce (Brenda) Erkenbrack and daughters Betty Anderson and Bonnie (Glenn) Stehr. Grandchildren, Telena (Robert) Sharclane, Bob (Amber Eck) Lindstrom, Danielle (Branden) Taylor, and Brian Erkenbrack. Great Granddaughters, Everly, Scarlett, Isabelle, Ezlyn and Lila. Also, Sister-in-law, Lila Morris

Linde-Price Funeral Home is in charge of the cremation; there will be no service. There will be a private family interment at Ocean View Cemetery; please make any donations to a favorite charity.

Dave Inglesby

January 17, 1936 – June 25, 2021

Dave Inglesby was a Boeing retiree who lived in Sequim with his wife Carol until 2020. Dave was an avid golfer and woodworker. A memorial is posted at, where Dave’s friends are encouraged to leave comments.

Jack W. Anderson

June 19, 1952 – June 14, 2021

Former Sequim resident, Jack W. Anderson died on June 14, 2021 from a fall while hiking in Moab, Utah with his family.

Born in Renton, WA, he was the eldest of four boys. He graduated from Mount Rainier High School in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1974 from Pacific Lutheran University where he met his wife Karin Johnson. They were married in 1977 in Port Angeles. A graduate of the UW School of Dentistry, Jack practiced dentistry for 18 years in Renton, WA before his path led him and his young family into the ministry. He studied at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, graduating in 2001. He was called to Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, where he served his congregation in Sequim for 15 years before retiring to Santa Fe, NM in 2017.

Jack was a reader, thinker, and questioner, and also someone who got things done – a real jack-of-all-trades. His skillset was extensive: building guitars, conversing in Spanish, reading, playing chess, analyzing scripture. He loved music, played the guitar, sang in the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers, and was part of church choirs most of his life.

Walking was an integral part of Jack’s life. He climbed high divides, trekked enchanted valleys, and made the pilgrimage to Santiago. He walked alone or with many others. But for Jack, walking was much more than a means of getting from place to place. It was his meditation, a way for him to reflect on the people, places, and perspectives that were most meaningful to him.

Jack listened, supported, and loved others through acts of service. He was an advocate for the Sequim Free Clinic, the Sequim Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, H. Wayne Anderson; brother, Jerry Anderson; in-laws, Stanley A. and Marian Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karin; son, Matthew (Alicia); daughter, Turi Sederquist (Tom); mother, Ardeth; brothers, Jay (Linda); Jim (Michelle); and many other family members.

We treasure and honor Jack’s memory and thank God each day for his life of service and love.

A celebration of Jack’s life was held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gene Bradbury presiding.

In memory of Jack, donations may be made to:

Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church

P.O. Box 1916

Sequim, WA 98382

The Sequim Free Clinic

777 N. 5th Ave Suite 109

Sequim, WA 98382

Robert Miller

November 23, 1949 – July 3, 2021

Robert “Bob” James Miller, age 71, died Saturday July 3, 2021 in Sequim, Washington, after a three-year battle against cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted wife of 51 years and their two sons.

Bob met the love of his life, Charlene, in Denver, Colorado. They raised their family in Lake Quinault, Wash., then later started and operated a successful machine and hydraulic shop in the nearby town of Forks for several years. Most recently, they retired to sunny Sequim and enjoyed creating metal art and traveling to nearby farmers markets and festivals to share their creations.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Evelyn. He is survived by his spouse Charlene; children Robert, Michael and Pamela, as well as their spouses Alicia, Ashley and Jeramy; his sisters Betty, Carol Jean and Norma; and grandchildren Robert, Ashlyne, Cody, Hunter, Justin, Chace, Eva and Ryker.

Known as an avid outdoorsman, Bob loved hunting, fishing, clam digging and camping. Some of his last words included a request for family to gather around a bonfire and cook a chicken in the dutch oven, followed by peach cobbler, in his memory. He is well-remembered for his quick sense of humor and a deep love of family.

At Bob’s request, there will be no formal services held. Instead, his ashes will be spread on a beach in Sitka, Alaska that he held fond memories of.

In the words of the ancient Greek statesman Pericles, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Bob continues to live through his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews, nieces, family and friends who knew and loved him.

David Jonathan “Brownie” Brown

1944 – 2021

David Jonathan “Brownie” Brown, 76 passed from his earthly life into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 30, 2021.

Dave was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he and his wife Evelyn grew up together and became childhood sweethearts. They were married in 1966.

Dave worked at Arizona Public Service in Phoenix until 1980, when he and Evelyn moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where they continued to raise their children.

Dave and Evelyn built a ServiceMaster business together and worked side by side for 22 years.

In 2002, Dave and Evelyn moved to Port Angeles to pursue their dream of operating a bed and breakfast.

In 2007, they opened their doors and had the pleasure of serving guests from all over the world some of whom became dear friends.

Eden by the Sea is where Dave and Evelyn enjoyed the best years of their lives.

The joy of Brownie’s life was his church fellowship and men’s bible study where he loved serving his church family.

David is preceded in death by his father, James Hugh Brown, his mother, Margaret “Peggy” Brown, and his brother James Hugh Brown II. David is survived by the love of his life, Evelyn, daughter, Audra Brown Downs and husband, Kyle Downs and son, James Hugh Brown III and wife, Kate Hover Brown.

Together, they have 6 grandchildren that he loved dearly. Brownie is survived by countless friends and family across the United States. He was a giant among men in stature and in character and those of us left behind cannot imagine life without him.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Brownie at Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savanah Lane, Sequim, WA 98382 at 2PM on Saturday, July 17, 2021. A live stream will be provided at

The family would like to express our thanks to Dr. Roop, John, Micah, and the ICU team at Olympic Medical Center.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Condolences may be sent to the family at

Theodore Lloyd Sires, Jr.

November 14, 1931 – June 6, 2021

Theodore Lloyd Sires, Jr. (Ted) went home to worship with the Lord on Sunday, June 6th, 2021. He was born November 14, 1931 in Yakima, WA to Theodore Lloyd Sires, Sr. and Elizabeth Marie (Ekelman) Sires. He passed suddenly at their home, in Sequim, of natural causes.

Ted met and married Sandy (Alexsandra Jean Knight) on November 25, 1955. They were married for 66 years. His love of Sandy and his family fell only just behind his deep, deep love of His Savior

Their four children and their spouses are: Cherrie /Chuck Bishop, Sequim, WA; Scott /Mary Sires, St. Maries, ID; Todd /Barb Sires, Port Angeles, WA; Julie/Burt Senf, Port Angeles, WA. The family continued to grow with numerous grandkids and great-grandkids: Erin/Russ, Cash, Reagan Hiner; Jonathan /Gale, Gabriel, Isabella Sires; Amy/Erik, Ezra, Alida Skogsberg; Natasha Sires; Kristin/Kyle, Isla, Freya Dungan; Casey/Rachelle, Judah, Maya, Finn Sires; Michelle /Chris Fields; Jackie/Jake, Stella, Dean Purvis; Brian /Miranda Senf; Brooke/Jonathan Morris; Bonnie Sires.

He is also survived by his brother and his wife: Warren / Evelyn Sires, Yakima, WA.

Ted served honorably as a 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal. In the years to follow he also worked as a Yakima County Sheriff Deputy, Alaskan State Trooper, Commercial Fisherman, Industrial Crane Operator and Excavating Contractor. Stories from his life are treasured by his family.

Ted and Sandy relocated to Sequim in the 70’s.They were one of the founding families of Dungeness Community Church in 1977.

He looked expectantly towards Heaven and eagerly looked forward to the day he would see His Savior, Jesus, face to face.

There was a memorial service on July 10, 2021 at Dungeness Community Church, Sequim, WA. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Dungeness Community Church and marked “Ted Sires Memorial”. They will be distributed to organizations and groups that Ted and Sandy have helped to support over the years.