Obituaries — March 2, 2022

Norman Bennett Stoken

Norman Bennett Stoken of Sequim died of COVID-19 on Feb. 22, 2022, at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham.

He was 67.

Stoken was born March 4, 1954.

At his request, no services are scheduled.

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Albertha McArthur

Albertha McArthur of Sequim died Feb. 5, 2022. She was 90.

Albertha (Bert) was born May 28, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended a Christian Grade School and graduated from John Adams High School. She then attended Buffalo Bible School in New York. In 1952, she transferred to Bob Jones University and graduated in 1954.

At Bob Jones U. she met John W. McArthur and upon graduation they married on Sept. 11, 1954. They then began a pastoral ministry in North Dakota, and went on to Calgary, Alberta, Washington state, Illinois, California and a short term mission trip to Austria.

They retired in Sequim where Bert worked as a proofreader for the Sequim Gazette for 20 years.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, daughter Joy, sons Mark and Scott, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son James.

There will be a celebration of life service for Albertha at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Independent Bible Church in Port Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Independent Bible Church in Port Angeles.

Steve Smith

August 16, 1949 – February 1, 2022

Steve Smith was an amazing man. He joined his brother, Bob, and parents in Heaven on February 1st, 2022. He was born in Port Angeles, Wa on Aug 16, 1949 to Ruth Moe and Ken Smith. As a kid, Steve grew up having fun and causing mischief with his friends and relatives whether in Sequim neighborhoods or after services at the Assembly of God Church. He was an active member and graduate of Sequim high school, playing multiple sports as well as participating in plays and after school clubs. After high school, Steve attended college in Eastern Washington attaining Masters degrees in both audiology and speech therapy.

Steve married Trudi Gault (1970-1998) and they lived in Spokane, WA. In 1975 they had a set of twins (Korey and Kevin) while living in Spokane and retuned to Sequim to raise their family a few years later. After returning, Steve started his 40 plus year real estate career and in 1982 adopted a second set of twins (Mathew and Sarah) to complete their growing family. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Alaska, especially when he could do these things with his kids and brother Bob. Every year, he looked forward to traveling to Yakima for bird hunting with his family and friends. Steve married Shelly Ley in October of 2008 and enjoyed the addition of her daughter Rebekah, son Josh and two more grandkids to the family. They enjoyed spending time with their kids and grandkids at their property in Sequim. Steve’s great appreciation of the community he grew up in contributed to his generosity and support of community members, youth sports and local charities.

He is survived by his wife Shelly Smith, son Korey (Mikie) Smith, Kevin Smith, Mathew (Crystal) Smith, Sarah (Derek) Huntington, step son Josh Ley, step daughter Rebekah Ley and 9 grandchildren. Services were held Sunday February 27.

Bonnie Wheeler Hagberg

1939 – 2022

Bonnie Wheeler Hagberg was born July 15, 1939 to Neva and Bill Wheeler. Bonnie’s childhood was full of adventures. She grew up on a dairy farm located on Ward Road in Sequim, WA, along with her two brothers. With her 18 first cousins living close by, there were always occasions and reasons to gather – birthdays, picnics at the river, and of course holiday gatherings.

Bonnie graduated from Sequim High School in 1957. One of her fondest memories was cheerleading for five years – Junior High through High School. Bonnie went off to college where she met Jerry Hagberg, they married in 1960 and both received their teaching degrees in 1963. With the addition of two babies, Terri and Eric, the family resided in Kirkland, WA for the next thirty-two years.

During this time, Bonnie taught elementary school on and off for six years and then retired to be just a “mom”. As the children grew older, Bonnie started her career at Boeing as a Production Illustrator, working on the 747, B-2 Bomber and the 777. Bonnie and Jerry retired in 1995 moving back to Sequim, WA to start a new chapter in life by renovating the Wisteria Dairy Barn, built in 1947 by Bonnie’s uncle Ray Cays into their new home.

It took a total of five years to complete their renovating project; it was a labor of love and lots of fun. There are so many sentimental memories attached to the barn from Bonnie’s own childhood. As the years passed on, Bonnie continued hosting multiple family gathering and events continuing with family traditions with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with extended family for the next twenty-five years.

Bonnie and Jerry were very active members of the Sequim Prairie Grange, dedicating their time and efforts to multiple community events. Bonnie was an active member of the Sequim Art Museum, Alumni Association and Pioneer Association. Bonnie is a third-generation pioneer, she was proud of being raised in Sequim where she enjoyed her earlier days and later on in life with her husband of sixty-one years along with their adult children; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents Neva Cays Wheeler and Bill Wheeler, brother William “Bill” Wheeler, and her loving husband Jerry. Bonnie leaves behind her brother Barry Wheeler (Jody), daughter Terri, son Eric (Tracy), and grandchildren, Tyler (Marissa), Aaron, Kayla, Alisha, and Michelle in addition to five great grandchildren Alice, Kira, Boston, Bailey, and Jameson.

Bonnie and Jerry were very devoted to each other, and have been reunited once again. There will be a Memorial service held at the Sequim Prairie Grange on Friday, the 4th of March, 2022 at 1:00pm all are welcome.

Makay Warren Bingham

April 8, 1994 – February 20, 2022

A spiritual, kind-hearted, loving, son, brother, and friend left this Earth to be with his Heavenly Father on February 20, 2022.

He is survived by his parents: Marty & Michelle Bingham; Siblings: Mandy, Marshall, Morgan (Logan Parker), and Murray; Grandparents: Marc and Debbie Bingham, Maureen and Glade Berry.

Makay made friends with nearly eveyone he met. He truly made the world a better place. He loved wild life, hunting, fishing, movies, wrestling, football, adventure and being around those he loved. He treasured his family.

Although he had many challenges in this life, he would face his problems head on similarly to opponents he once faced on the wrestling mat. His drive was admirable.

He was well loved by his family and friends.

He will be forever missed until we meet again.

Alexander King

1933 – 2022

Alexander “Bill” King passed away on February 19th, 2022, in Highland Court,Port Angeles. Bill was born in Ferndale, Michigan in 1933. He built his career as a sales/design engineer in the Detroit auto industry. In 1980 Bill and his wife Loretta moved to Colorado where he started his own business, King Overhead Systems, through which he designed, sold, and installed overhead cranes and hoists. The two retired to Sequim, WA where they resided for 17 years.

Bill served in the United States Army from 1953-1955 on the US Army Swim Team. His passion for competitive swimming continued through his life as an avid Masters swimmer and enjoyed traveling to swim meets around the world with Loretta. He was often rated in the top ten swimmers in the world for middle distance freestyle in his age bracket.

When not at work or in the pool, Bill also enjoyed fine woodworking, making serving trays, jewelry boxes, music cabinets, and furniture in his home workshop. He cared greatly for others and is lovingly remembered for his droll sense of humor and his practical jokes. He is survived by his wife Loretta, his three children, Diane King, David King, and Paul King, his daughter-in-law, Eileen King, and grandchildren, Natalie King and Hunter King.