Obituaries — July 20, 2022

Peter T. Granlund

Peter T. Granlund of Port Angeles died of age-related causes in Port Angeles on July 9, 2022.

He was 96.

Granlund was born July 31, 1925.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

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John Michael Orr

September 19, 1943 to July 9, 2022

John Michael Orr passed from complications due to small cell bladder cancer on July 9, 2022. He was born in Joplin, Missouri September 19, 1943. He was the only child of John Jasper Orr and Edith Newman Orr Whiteside.

John was a man of many interests as reflected in his reading interests and work history. John worked as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad while getting his degree in history from UCLA. He later received his MBA from Cal State East Bay. He also worked as an air traffic controller and became manager of a software development team.

John was the loving husband of Barbara Jean Jensen Thornley Orr for 47 years. He was the proud father of Todd Thornley and Season Jensen Cain. He is the proud uncle of Taryn Jensen Salmon. Lily the labradoodle is the love of his life.

John is survived by his wife Barbara, son Todd (Jennifer) Thornley, daughter Season (Jeffrey) Cain, granddaughters Chloe and Sierra, and niece Taryn (Colby) Salmon and family and Lily the labradoodle.

John was one of the good guys. Our family feels so fortunate to have had him as part of our lives. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. At John’s request, no services will be held.

Karen L. Stephenson

Karen L. Stephenson, 84, peacefully passed away Friday morning, June 17, 2022 at Prestige Milwaukie Care Center. Private Cremation Rites were held at the Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove.

Karen was born August 10, 1937 in Eugene, Oregon. She was raised in Portland, graduating from Oregon Episcopal School in 1955. She was married to Richard D Walker for 20 years, raising two daughters Jan and Kelli. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael.

After many years in the floral business, Karen worked locally at McCanns Pharmacy in Tigard. In 1997 Karen relocated to Sequim, Washington with her longtime companion Roy Bonn. She worked front office in the medical field for several years and retired from Jamestown Family Medical Center in Sequim. Roy and Karen were active members of the St Joseph’s Parish in Sequim and after retirement, Karen volunteered in the Parish office.

Karen enjoyed gardening, traveling, especially cruising and particularly enjoyed the Olympic Mountains and the beach.

Karen is survived by Roy Bonn of Beaverton, daughters Jan Bartlett of Tigard and Kelli Walker and Clarissa Moeller of Sequim, 3 grandchildren and their spouses, 3 great-grandchildren, many, many friends and her beloved dog Charro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your local animal shelter.

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Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro is entrusted with the arrangements.

Dan J. Hofmann

July 28, 1945 – June 13, 2022

Dan J. Hofmann was born at home in Limon Colorado July 28, 1945 to Stephen C. Hofmann and Esther Miller Hofmann.

Dan was married to Nancy McVehil Hofmann, August 21, 1965 in Colorado Springs at First Presbyterian Church.

From high school on he worked his way up in the McDonald’s Hamburger business, into upper management in Boulder Colorado. Then moved with his wife and 2 young children to Anchorage Alaska, to open and manage several new stores.

He was hired by the Anchorage School District to start a commercial Cooking and Culinary Arts Department at the brand new King Career Center in the 1970’s.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Business simultaneously while teaching business courses at Alaska Pacific University, as well as his program at the Career Center.

He coached soccer at the high school level so he could spend time with his son and daughter. He finished his career teaching elementary students at Northern Lights Elementary School until he retired in 1998.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Phil Hofmann of Heidelberg Germany, and daughter Melinda Celeste Hofmann of Zanadu Farm, Ocean View Hawaii; sister Linda Orman, her son Tad, Scott and Eric Orman and their sons and daughters all of Washington and Oregon; sister Cindy Duke (Ron Duke) and their daughter Shannon and grandson of North Carolina; and many many friends in Alaska, Colorado, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim.

He served his Sequim community for 21 years with the Kiwanis, Sequim Presbyterian Church, Church of God on Brown Rd., the Methodist Church and Sequim Bahai’s.

He continued to joke all the time even after his stokes!

Memorial gathering to take place in Sequim at Trinity United Methodist Church (TUMC), 100 S Blake Ave., at 2p.m. Friday July 29, 2022, officiated by Pastor Desi Larson.

Charles Allan Trudel

1943 – 2022

Chuck passed away peacefully on the afternoon of June 11. Due to complications from diabetes.

He was born in Port Townsend to Theodore and Louisa (Dryke)Trudel. He was raised in Sequim by Louisa and Herbert Lehman.

As a young man he served in the Navy as a Pharmacy technician in Bremerton Wa. From there he worked for Port Angeles Honda and went on to own his own Honda dealership in Port Townsend. He instilled his love of motorcycles to both his children and grandchildren.

Chuck perused another love and after building a couple of his own buildings he became a General contractor and found his passion in restoring old barns on the Olympic Peninsula.

Chuck loved the northwest and lived his entire life on the Olympic peninsula including Port Townsend, Joyce and finally in Sequim.

He is survived by his daughter Lisa (husband Tom) Bowers of Las Vegas, son Gary (wife Rebecca) Trudel, their sons Jack Trudel and Joe Trudel. Also his sister Lois Hunley. As well as other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, older sister Patsy and older brother John.

A private celebration for family will be held at a later date.

Jim Bain

April 26, 1951 – July 6, 2022

Jim passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness. Jim was a wonderful father and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, building and sports. He mostly loved spending time with his family and making forever memories. He was one of the most kind hearted and talented men you would ever meet. He will be missed by many. He is survived by is partner Nancy Scissons, daughters Tina Sparks (Donny Sparks) Tanya Bain (Matt West) and two granddaughters Chloie and Bobbi Sparks.

Solveig Embertson

July 27, 1923 – December 3, 2021

Solveig passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She was born in Wisconsin of Norwegian parents, Hans and Florence Waag.

Solveig grew up the second of 3 girls, speaking Norwegian until she began school at age 6. She and her sisters were musical, singing and playing the piano. After graduating from high school, Solveig worked as a typist for an insurance company, then went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from what is now the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

She met Richard “Dick” Embertson while singing in the university choir. They married in 1949, and moved to Minneapolis so Dad could finish a Masters degree in Business, while Mom taught first grade, sometimes having 40 kids in her class. Dad got a job teaching business classes at the high school in Northfield, MN, so they moved, and were soon blessed with 2 children.

In 1956, Dad was offered a job teaching at Western Michigan University, so the family moved again to Kalamazoo, where their 3rd child was born. A

lthough Mom was now busy raising 3 children, she was also very active at church, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Bible classes. She was also involved with PTA, school events, Girl Scouts, the children’s sports activities, and then faculty wives groups, gardening club, singing groups, and other campus events.

Because they were both teachers, Mom and Dad felt it was important for their children to learn about the USA. Every school vacation became an opportunity to travel and experience the country (and a bit of Canada and Mexico) while using a tent trailer as a more affordable way to go. Eventually Mom went back to full time teaching as the children got older. 5th and 6th grades were her favorites, even though many of her students were as tall as she was! Several of her students have kept in touch over the years; one who’s now a professor in Singapore for more than 30 years!

When she was young, Mom said that she was really shy, but she and Dad have always seemed to be so outgoing, enjoying getting to know people and their fascinating backgrounds. They would bring new people home from church for a meal, invite Dad’s students over, or have out of town relatives stay for a visit.

They attended 20 Elderhostels and traveled abroad several times, and always seemed to make good friends on each trip. After Dad and Mom retired, they decided to move to Washington State to be near daughter Wendy’s family.

They settled in Gig Harbor, and enjoyed exploring the area, gardening, church activities, a book club, and of course meeting new people and making good friends.

Mom continued to play the piano almost daily, and she and her sister would oftentimes play classical duets for 2 to 3 hours at a time when they could get together. Solveig also began dabbling in painting with oils and watercolors, which became a delightful hobby!

Dad passed away in 2004, and Mom decided to move to Sequim to be close to Wendy and Dave.

She again got involved in her new community, volunteering at the Sequim Hospital Guild Thrift Shop, the Senior Center Singalong group, and was an active member at Faith Lutheran Church. She loved gardening, playing piano, reading, taking walks in her neighborhood, and enjoying her many friends in Sequim.

Solveig was very proud of her children—all accomplished professionals—and she was very involved with her grandchildren and their pursuits as well.

She is survived by her children: Wendy (Dave) Merrill of Sequim, Rolf (Claire) of Lexington, KY, Dave (Cynthia) of Austin, TX, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Dick, her older sister Melba, and just 10 days after Mom died, her younger sister Marie passed away.

A private family burial was held in December, 2021 at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, WA. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar St., Sequim, WA 98382. Reception following.

Memorial contributions may be directed in Solveig’s name to: Faith Lutheran Preschool Scholarship Fund, 382 W. Cedar St., Sequim, WA 98382 or the Sequim Boys and girls club, 400 W. Fir St., Sequim, WA 98382.