Obituaries — May 13, 2020

Elmer “Al” Forderer

March 14, 1943 – March 8, 2020

Graveside Services were held Friday, March 20, 2020, at Odd Fellowes Cemetery in Tumwater, for long time Sequim resident, Elmer “Al” Forderer, who died March 8, 2020, at the age of 76 following a stroke.

He was born March 14, 1943, to Edward and Freida Forderer in Linton, North Dakota.

Al was raised on a 1,000-acre homestead where he learned to farm alongside his brother, Harvey, and two sisters, Shirley and Donna.

Al moved to Seattle in 1964 where he enrolled in the Army, later transferring to the Army National Guard where he served until his honorable discharge, in 1969.

Al then went to work for Boeing Airplane Company where he worked in assembly as a machinist for five years.

In the early 70s, Al took a job at Holcom Sales, in Seattle, where his hard work quickly earned him Vice President of the company.

Al was very creative and had an entrepreneurial spirit; during his time at Holcom he designed the first round glass shower door at home in his garage, which Holcom still sells today.

Al also designed a more effective way of packaging shower doors and glass products and he turned it into a business, manufacturing Styrofoam packaging at his home and selling to glass companies across the northwest.

He retired from Holcom, in 1989, and moved to Sequim, with his wife, Marlene. There they started a second business, Peninsula Shower Door and Mirror, that specialized in selling and installing shower doors, mirrors and custom deck railings.

They later sold their retail business, in 2006, after installing over 12,000 shower doors in the Sequim and Port Angeles area.

Al enjoyed camping and traveling in his RV, fishing, classic cars and spending time on his tractor and lawn mower. He was well known for his green thumb, maintaining a large garden each year and he proudly donated hundreds of pounds of food to the Sequim Food Bank each year.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Marlene; and his brother Harvey.

He is survived by his son, Darrin (Dee) Forderer of Orting; daughter, Julie Forderer of Grass Valley, Oregon; and son, Lee (Alicia) Forderer of Sequim; sisters, Shirley Kloberdanz of Canyon City, Colorado and Donna Morlock of Pierre, South Dakota. Al had eight beloved grandchildren, Aaron, Trevor and Rebecca Ross, Taylor and Connor Forderer, Daisy Brown, and Jay and Dei Clark.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Franciscan Hospice House, in Tacoma, Washington.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Vernon L. Frykholm

September 6, 1916 – April 24, 2020

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Vernon L. Frykholm passed away April 24 at his home in Sequim with his son by his side.

Frykholm, age 103, was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and served in the Philippines, Germany, Korea, Washington, Kentucky, and Alaska during his military career.

Born in Port Angeles September 6, 1916, to Elna and Gundor Frykholm, he grew up in Scandia.

He attended Scandia Bible Church and graduated from Kitsap High School, where he was a star athlete, in 1935.

During the late 1930s he worked at Pike Place Market, where he met Ethel Marschall. They wed in 1943, beginning a 72-year marriage that ended with her death in 2015.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Lorraine Bray and Donna Frykholm; and his brother, Ray Frykholm.

Frykholm was the beloved patriarch of his family. He is survived by his son, Vernon Jr. (Sandy) of Sequim; daughters, Pamela (Joe) Austin of Virginia, and Paula (John) Keith of Kentucky; ten grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley Boehme of Poulsbo; and brother, Rodney of Ventura, California.

We thank him for being a pillar of strength and for his service to country and family.

Since moving to Sequim nine years ago, Frykholm has been active in veterans’ events. He loved University of Kentucky basketball, ran the bases after a Mariners game at age 102, and took voice lessons and produced a CD in 2019.

He leaves behind many dear friends.

Private burial was held at Mountain View Cemetery in Silverdale.

Memorial services will be held in both Sequim and Poulsbo, to be announced at a later date.

An online memorial can be seen at

Lillian Ann Gomes

Lillian Ann Gomes of Sequim died at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle of natural causes on April 24, 2020.

She was 88.

Gomes was born March 26, 1932.

No services are planned.

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