Obituaries — June 24, 2020

Marianne Oleta Dailey

Marianne Oleta Dailey of Sequim died of natural causes in Port Angeles on June 6, 2020.

She was 63.

Dailey was born April 29, 1957.

A visitation is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel, 108 W Alder St. A funeral will follow at 4 p.m. She will be interred at Discovery Bay Cemetery.

Ione Evelyn Melos

Ione Evelyn Melos of Sequim died of age-related causes on June 15, 2020.

She was 94.

There are no service planned at this time. Condolences can be sent to lindamelos@mail.com or to: Linda Melos, 102 Ardmere Place, Sequim WA 98382.

Robert (RJ, Bob) Heleniak

March 19, 1930 – June 6, 2020

Robert (RJ, Bob) Heleniak went to be with the Lord on June 6, 2020.

Bob was born on March 19, 1930, the second of four boys to Constantine and Gertrude Heleniak. For a Polish kid from the southside of Milwaukee, he lived longer, travelled farther, and flew higher than he ever imagined. He graduated from Pulaski High School in 1948.

After graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1951.

Wanting to be a pilot, but not being able to due to eyesight issues, Bob instead went to work for a short time as an apprentice mechanic for Eastern Airlines in Miami, Florida. He decided he wanted to return to school and was grateful for the GI Bill which would help pay for it.

Bob then returned to Milwaukee where he met and married his wife, Arline, in 1953, and received his BA/BS degree from Marquette University in 1957.

While at Marquette, Bob was recruited by the Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle so he and Arline made the move across country. They eventually settled in Bellevue where they raised their two sons, Timothy and Robert.

Bob took an active role in his sons’ sporting activities, particularly baseball, where he was coach, manager, and President of the Federal Little League.

He was an active member of the St. Louise Catholic Church and school which his sons attended.

He worked for Boeing for 35 years travelling all over the world as an International Salesman particularly in Australia, Fiji, Malaysia, and other countries in the Pacific. His final posting was as the Resident Representative for Boeing in Australia, where he and Arline had a delightful three years living in Sydney and making many wonderful friends and enjoying the sights.

Bob retired in 1992 from Boeing and moved to Sequim where he enjoyed golfing, building a model railroad and model airplanes, hunting chukar with his Brittanys, salmon fishing in Sekiu, and spending time with friends and family. In 2009, he and Arline moved to Idaho to be with family and new friends and grandchildren.

Even as his mobility declined in the past few years, Bob could often be seen on the sidelines of a meet or game cheering on his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Arline; sons, Timothy (Holly) and Robert (Amy); grandchildren, Bethany, Shelby, Graham, Brock, and Darcy; brothers, Daniel (Olivia) and Thomas; sister-in-law, Mary and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Conrad; and sister-in-law, Ruth.

Because of the pandemic, the memorial service will not be held until September so that those living far away can safely travel to attend.

Please visit Robert’s memorial webpage at www.bowmanfuneral.com.

Mark Eugene Montroy

January 12, 1961 – June 10, 2020

Mark Eugene Montroy died of cancer at Providence Hospital, in Everett, on June 10, 2020.

Mark was born January 12, 1961, in Spokane, to Ralph Gene Montroy and Pheryl Evonne Richardson Montroy.

Mark moved from Spokane to Port Angeles with his family at age 10. He attended school in Port Angeles, and graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1979. He attended Peninsula College and the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

He worked for most of his career in mid-management in the manufacturing industry. He worked for Precor, Inc. for many years, where he met and fell in love with Luisa Torres. They were married in 2003, and have two sons, Michael Bradley and Mark L.

During the past nine years Mark has been a stay-at-home dad, caring for his two boys. In spite of multiple health problems in recent years, he never lost his sense of humor. He will be sorely missed by his family.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Gene Montroy.

He is survived by his wife, Luisa; his sons, Bradley and Mark, of Everett; his mother, Pheryl Montroy, of Sequim; his sister, Jolie Montroy, of Everett; and his brother, Jeff Montroy, of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Solie Funeral Home in Everett, is in charge of cremation. Interment will be at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett. A graveside memorial ceremony will be held at a future date, due to Covid-19.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, or a favorite charity.

Janet J. Little

December 22, 1937 – June 9, 2020

Janet J. Little died peacefully at home in Sequim, WA, on June 9, 2020, from cancer. She was 82. She was born December 22, 1937, in Olympia, WA, to Margaret and Robert O’Donnell. As a child during World War 11, she was raised mostly by her beloved maternal Grandmother and Grandfather, Cynthia Jeannette Miller and Emerson Grant Miller. Her grandparents were the stable influence in her childhood, providing a safe, loving environment that was the basis for Janet’s good character and future development.

Janet graduated from RA Long High School in Longview, WA. During her teens, Janet was an active outdoors woman. She played tennis, hiked the Olympic Mountains, was a counselor at Camp David Jr, worked on the Ski Patrol & Mountain Rescue Unit at Mt. St. Helens, and often played cribbage with Harry Truman, who owned the Spirit Lake

Lodge at Mt. St. Helens. She attended the College of Forestry at University of Washington.

Her first marriage to Kenneth Guy Grayson III ended in divorce, but produced three daughters, Katie, Kim, and Kristen. Kristen died in childhood.

Katie and Kim were at Janet’s side when she passed away.

Janet’s second marriage to Charles Earnest Little in 1970 brought many changes. Between them, they had a combined family of eight children. They bought a house on the beach and moved to Diamond Point. They joined the volunteer fire department and taught EMT classes at Peninsula College in the 1970s.

Janet was elected as a commissioner of Clallam County Fire District 3 and was instrumental in starting the Paramedic program in eastern Clallam County.

Janet was a strong woman of determination and action. Where she saw a need, she helped address it. Janet endured difficulties in life with grace and optimism. She was kind, influential advisor in raising her two daughters and her six step-children.

Chuck was the love of Janet’s life and her best friend. They could talk about anything. They took early retirement and spent many wonderful years boating around the BC inside passage and making many good friends up and down the BC coast.

They took motorhome trips all around the United States. A highlight was family camping trips to Kalaloch for Thanksgiving. They frequently took the grandkids boating during the summer, teaching them how to fish, crab, prawn, and enjoy the saltwater environment. They loved their two little dogs, Tai and Barney, and took them along wherever they went.

Janet was a devoted member of Faith Lutheran Church of Sequim. She loved her church community and the many activities in which she participated. Her faith was strong, and a guiding light in her life.

She was also a member of the Sequim Elks Lodge, where she held various positions and helped with many events over the years.

Janet is survived by her daughters, Katherine Gilles and husband Mark, and their sons Ben Gilles (Jacquie), Adam Gilles (Renae) and Jake Gilles (Beth); Kimberly Pilch and husband John, and their children Nick Pilch (Rachel), Kelsey Clifford (Ross), and Katrina Iseman (Jake). She is also survived by her step-children, David Little (Therese), Lorraine Mainzer, Rebecca Kobernik, Kenneth Little (Suzanne), Wayne Little, and Warren Little; 21 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Renee Wilson, Peggie Davenport, Arlene Larson, and Joy Sawyer.

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