Obituaries — March 20, 2019

Robert ‘Bob’ James Story

Robert “Bob” James Story died of age-related causes on March 13, 2019, at age 81, in his Port Angeles home.

Story was born April 22, 1937.

A private family service will be held.

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Donald Keith Nielsen

Donald Keith Nielsen of Port Angeles died of natural causes at his home on March 16, 2019. He was 85.

Nielsen was born Aug. 25, 1933.

A memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Sequim Bible Church, 847 N. Sequim Ave.

Robert Edward Rose

Bobby Rose, age 78, passed away in the loving arms of his sweetheart, wife, Susan, at his home in Sequim, on March 2, 2019. Robert Edward Rose was born to Ada Phyllis Rose and George Edward Rose in Shanghai, China, on March 12, 1940. The Rose family was interred at a POW camp in Manila, the Philippines, during World War II. Bobby spoke of how proud he was of the strength of his parents during this time.

Music was Bobby’s passion and with his talent, he achieved great success singing and performing. Bobby sang during his teenage years at Fremont High School in Los Angeles, California. The 1950’s “Doo Wop” music led Bobby to form “The Pretenders,” a popular group of young men, currently being copied and imitated 65 years later. He wrote the songs “Don’t Tell A Lie” and “Answer To My Prayer”, both released on his label “Rose Int’l”.

Bobby and Susan met 45 years ago. This friendship led to their marriage May 23, 1993, in Anaheim, California. Later, Bobby had a long, enjoyable career at Galpin Ford in North Hills, California, before retiring.

His celebrity status didn’t overpower his kindness to family and friends. Bobby was also was a generous man to his community. His encouragement and support will be greatly missed by so many who loved Bobby. The spectacular white 1950 Mercury, beautifully dressed out for cruising Sequim, was his pride & joy, that he loved to share with other car enthusiasts.

Bobby is survived by wife, Susan; daughters, Doreen and Valerie; sons, Rick, Shawn, Stephen, Christopher; stepson, John Steiner; grandchildren, Gabriel, Roman, Maddox, Juliannas, Madison, Alexandra, Ethan and Cory; brother, Charles; sisters, Gloria and Elizabeth. Siblings, Patricia, Dorothy, Joyce and Billy are deceased.

The Celebration of Life for Bobby will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 North Sequim Avenue.

Betty Gowler

Betty Gowler passed away peacefully on March 3, 2019, at the age of 93. Betty was born in Edmonds, Washington, the second child of Gilbert and Mabel Coomer.

Betty graduated from Ballard High School and worked in Seattle as a bank teller for several years. In 1965, she married Cliff Gowler in a ceremony at the Pier 91 Officers Club in Seattle. They built a house in Port Angeles and lived the rest of their lives in the Port Angeles-Sequim area.

Betty was an ordained minister and a yoga teacher. She became blind in later life. This affected her mobility but not her spirit. She was a wise and fun woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Richard Friend; her brother, Bill (Charlene) Coomer; as well as nieces and nephews and cousins. Also step-sons, Carl (Marsha) and Terry (Patty) Gowler; and grandsons and great-grandchildren.

Her family would like to extend their deep appreciation to all the wonderful women who took care of her at her home in Sequim and to the loving staff at Tall Cotton Adult Family Home who cared for her during her final years. She will be greatly missed.

There’s a Memorial Gathering at Parkwood Estates Clubhouse April 13, 1-3 PM.

Leon Vincent Feigenbutz

The family of Leon Vincent Feigenbutz is saddened to announce the passing of their husband, father, step-father, grandfather, great-grand-grandfather, and friend on March 2, 2019, at his home in Port Angeles.

Leon was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and moved soon thereafter to San Diego, California. He was educated at Coronado Grade School and Coronado High School, and later at San Diego State University where he attained a masters’ Degree in Chemistry and Engineering. Leon married his first wife, Sharon Keen Silard, and together they raised their children, Katherine Ann Feigenbutz, of Delaware, Ohio; Pamela Keen Feigenbutz of Portland, Oregon, and Diana Lynn Barbieux of Tucson, Arizona.

Leon worked for several engineering firms in California and Washington before his employment at Westinghouse Hanford Company in Richland, Washington. Leon and his wife, Linnea Jean Nordmark Feigenbutz were married in July, 1975, in their home in Richland, and upon retirement moved to Port Angeles, in 1991. He helped in the raising of Linnea’s daughter, Patricia Louise Swank Simmelink, of Spokane Valley, Washington.

Leon is survived by his wife, Linnea; the four aforementioned daughters; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, residing in Delaware, Ohio, Portland, Oregon, Tucson, Arizona, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richland, Silverdale, and Spokane Valley.

Leon asked that there be no memorial Service on his behalf. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date when the snow is gone and the temperature is warmer. We will miss him dearly.