Obituaries — July 27, 2022

Kay Janis Locke

Kay Janis Locke of Port Angeles died of age-related causes at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim on July 21, 2022. She was 83.

Locke was born Sept. 6, 1938.

A private family gathering is being held.

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Barbara Blair “Barb” (Gans) Hughes

November 15, 1937 – October 6, 2021

Barbara Blair “Barb” (Gans) Hughes passed away peacefully on October 6, 2021 in Sequim, Washington, where she had made her home for the past 29 years. She was 83.

A Celebration of Life for Barb will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 2:00pm at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sequim. A reception will follow at the church.

Barb was born November 15, 1937 in Glasgow, Montana to George and Mabel (Blair) Gans. She attended schools in California, New York, Arkansas, Florida, Ohio, Missouri and Hawaii. She graduated from Punahou H.S. in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She attended college in both Florida and at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Her family followed the military career of her father who was an Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, the ‘Seabees’. During her professional career Barb worked in key administration positions with among others, the Medical Section of Flight Surgeons for NASA, the SEATO Medical Research Laboratories in Thailand, and finally as the Special Assistant to the Chief of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. As much of her working life attests, she was a trained Medical Secretary and Administrator, highly efficient and skilled in medical and logistics terminology and procedures.

As a young girl, she began to dance and sing. These musical talents were displayed in the form of tap dancing, square dancing, clogging, and singing a lovely alto in church choirs and community choruses wherever she lived. She joined with her musical friends to entertain appreciative residents and staff of several assisted living and nursing home facilities in and around the Dungeness Valley. She traveled and performed as a vocalist with a 15-piece swing band up and down the west coast.

While at a singles square dancing class in the Washington DC area, she met and fell in love with Harry Hughes, a handsome Naval Officer. They were married in November of 1975 and spent thirty loving years together until Harry’s death in 2005.

In addition to her many musical accomplishments, Barb was an extraordinarily talented and award-winning quilter. Her creations adorn the homes of most of her relatives and friends and decorate many of the walls of her home. She loved participating in Quilts of Valor, which created patriotic-themed quilts for local military veterans.

Barb loved the gorgeous and welcoming communities of the Olympic Peninsula, especially the groups that nurtured her creative, social and spiritual life, including Peninsula Singers, Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club, the choirs and congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church, and her beloved Lunch Bunch.

Barb is survived by her brother George Gans, Jr; her stepchildren Sherry, Laura and Keith; her six nieces and nephews, Martha, George III (Skip), David and Carolyn, Lori, Jim, and her brother-in-law, Bob Stofft. She is also survived by grand nieces and nephews, and an unusually large number of exceptional and special friends, neighbors and caregivers.

She was predeceased by her parents, George and Mabel Gans, her husband Harry Hughes, her sister Mary Cosette (Gans) Stofft, and her sister-in-law June Gans.

Memorial contributions in Barb’s name may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church of Sequim (including the TUMC Music Program or Tim’s Place respite care ministry), or the Peninsula Friends of Animals.

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

Richard E. Fowler

1942 – 2022

Richard was born in Centralia, Washington. He lived his earlier years both in Washington and Montana. He proudly served his country for 12 years in the Navy. He was a Vietnam veteran.

He married his best friend Eliane. Together, they raised their family in Sequim, where he was a familiar face at high school sporting events. By far, football was his favorite.

He supported his family by oiling roads in the summer months, and plowing snow in the winter among many other things with the Clallam County Road Department, where he would eventually retire from. Even in his retirement, he worked hard providing a safe environment for his family, giving instruction, correction, and forgiving quickly. He gave a tremendous amount of encouragement.

No public services will be held.