Obituaries — May 6, 2020

Ronald Shannon

Ronald Shannon of Sequim died of glioblastoma brain cancer on April 27, 2020.

He was 69.

Shannon was born March 22, 1951.

No services have been scheduled.

Daniel Lee Whitaker

Daniel Lee Whitaker of Sequim died of natural causes on April 30, 2020.

He was 80.

Whitaker was born July 15, 1939.

An internment took place at Dungeness Cemetery.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Kali Bradford

August 12, 1942 – April 23, 2020

Kali Bradford, 77 years old, of Sequim, passed away on Thursday, April 23rd, at 3:30 PM.

Kali was born on August 12th, 1942, in Clinton, Iowa.

Kali graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She worked as a journalist, security guard, teacher, artist and was a world champion sand sculptor.

Kali loved investing in others and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She wasn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, was a powerful confronter of injustice and a great thinker. Truly an equalizing Wonder Woman.

Kali is survived by her dog, Ruby; stepfather, Lew; sisters, Linda (Ron), Cathy and Debra; her children, Joseph (Wendy) and Asha (Troy); her grandchildren, Alexander, Jeremiah, Chelsea (Kyle), Abigail, Ethan, Wesley; and her great-grandson Liam. Kali is preceded in death by her father, Don; her mother, Rene; and her son, Matthew.

In lieu of flowers, please plant as many trees as you can in honor of Kali’s devotion to the natural world and the celebration of new beginnings.

Anna (Leuthe) Bush

January 25, 1926 – April 23, 2020

Anna Bush (Leuthe) passed away peacefully in Port Orchard, on April 23, 2020.

She was born January, 25, 1926, in Altstatten, Switzerland, the daughter of Peter and Maria Louise (Krucker) Leuthe.

Following her education in Switzerland in the hospitality industry, Anna ventured off to see the world aboard a cargo ship to ports in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South Americas.

Starting from Chicago, she continued her explorations by Greyhound bus across North America with many stops at National Parks, including a mule trek down the Grand Canyon, where she was required to purchase her first pair of pants in her life!

In 1957, Anna settled in San Francisco to pursue her career in hospitality. Her ability to speak multiple languages was an asset to her position as a concierge at an international hotel.

She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962. Anna routinely braved the cold waters of San Francisco Bay to swim, sometimes daily.

While swimming on one of her vacations to the warmer waters of Hawaii, she met her future husband, Walker. They married in 1983 and Anna moved to join Walker in Monroe, Michigan.

A few years after his retirement, they relocated to the mountains in Woodland Park, Colorado and finally to Sequim, in 1996.

Anna enjoyed camaraderie with members of Trinity United Methodist Church, the North Olympic Peninsula Swiss Society, the Elks and neighbors in Sunland whom she met while gardening at her home and on long walks through the neighborhood.

In 2018, Anna moved to live at an assisted living facility near family in Port Orchard.

A Catholic since childhood, she enjoyed weekly visits from St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, I. Walker Bush and two siblings, Claire and Paul. Anna is affectionately remembered by her sister, Margrit Rechsteiner of Altstatten; step-children, James (Carole) Bush, Charles (Mary) Bush and Gaila Dury; six step-grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Interment will be at Sequim View Cemetery in Sequim, Washington.

Howard Hill

April 27, 1931 – April 9, 2020

Howard Hill passed peacefully at his home in Sequim after 88 years full of adventure, family, and companionship.

Howard attended Sequim High School before leaving the Dungeness Valley seeking adventure in the world’s greatest Navy.

He served honorably in the Korean War. The military afforded him opportunities to travel, create lasting memories, and ultimately find his life-long career.

After completing military service, he returned to the Puget Sound to be a butcher. Howard enjoyed his work and the customers at Safeway in Port Townsend, Lehman’s in Sequim, and H & E Meats in Bremerton.

He was a proud union member and believed in the power of a living wage, a strong middle class, and American-made products.

He was blessed with a large, loving family comprised of four children, one step-son, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

His love for the family came through in the form of jokes and delicious pies that drew hungry mouths to the dining room table. His quick wit could make anyone smile or laugh till their stomach hurt. Howard also shared life stories that came with a valuable lesson.

While working in Bremerton, Howard reconnected with his elementary school sweetheart, Lois Ripley. After dating for three years, the two got married and spent 25 wonderful years together.

He made Lois so incredibly happy. They enjoyed traveling across the Pacific Northwest to visit friends and family, stopping at almost every casino along the way.

Sequim is where he began, and it is where he wanted to end his time on this Earth.

Howard is preceded in death by his wife, Lois Hill; sons, Steve Hill and Howie Hill; brother, James Hill; sister, Pauline Quinn; mother, Ida Daniels; and father, Howard Hill.

He is survived by his daughter, Anita Infelise; grandchildren, Danielle Hedzik, Nickolas Infelise, Teresa Infelise, and Jacelyn Sparks; and great grandchildren, Dominic Hedzik, Harper Hedzik, Elise Sparks, and Owen Sparks; he is also survived by his daughter, Shelly Hill; grandson, Justin Hill; and great-granddaughter Zahra Hill; and he is survived by his step-son, Eric Simison; and grandchildren, Kevin Simison, Bryan Simison, and Erica Simison.

Howard Hill was buried right next to his wife, Lois Hill, at Sequim View Cemetery. The two will enjoy views of the Dungeness Valley for years to come.

Ruby “Snooks” Margaret Knapman

June 10, 1936 – April 19, 2020

Snooks passed away unexpectedly at Olympic Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning, April 19, 2020.

Snooks was born in Veblen, South Dakota, to Alvin and Grace Nelson. They moved shortly after her birth to Dungeness where her father took a position working on the James Dick Farm above the Old Oyster Farm on Marine Drive.

Snooks attended school at the Dungeness School House and shared memories of riding her beloved horse, Betsy, to school on occasion. Snooks completed her education at Sequim High School after the two schools consolidated.

While attending Sequim High School, Snooks participated in many school activities. She was the Senior Class Secretary, a majorette, National Thespian Club, Bowling Team, all school plays, dance lessons, and so much more.

She graduated in 1954 and moved to California where she worked for the DMV for several years. She returned to Sequim and married Bill Knapman in October of 1965.

She went to work for Lehman’s Mark & Pak as a grocery checker where she remained until the store closed in 2001. In total, Snooks worked 36 years for Lehman’s when she retired.

It is difficult to find anyone who had lived in Sequim during those times that did not know Snooks. During the same time, she and Bill started the Knapman Cattle Company farming over 2,000 acres and at times raising over 1,000 head of cattle in the Sequim Valley. Snooks was an integral part of their success. She would often be seen bailing or raking hay when not rounding up stray cattle from their fields.

Snooks volunteered as a board member for the Sequim Dungeness Museum for eight years and she continued her service to the community as board member of the Dungeness Cemetery until her passing. She gave to numerous charities and children’s foundations throughout her life.

She enjoyed gardening and had a lot of fun growing pumpkins with her grandson, Carson, to raise money for local charities. It was always a challenge to grow bigger and better ones each year.

In the fall, she enjoyed watching her favorite football team, the New England Patriots, especially when they were playing against the Seattle Seahawks. There was always fun football bantering within the family and Snooks usually came out on top!

Snooks is survived by her daughters, Toni (Chuck) Gordon of Lake Stevens and Sauni (Russell) Holt of Sequim; and grandchildren, Jeff (Sheena) Caughie and Carson Holt.

Snooks will be greatly missed for her smile and quick wit.

If you would like to remember Snooks, please consider a donation to a local animal charity of your choice or the Sequim High School FFA program.

Theodore (Ted) John Miller

March 6, 1946 – April 10, 2020

Ted Miller died following a stroke on April 10.

He was born in Portland, Michigan, to Herbert John and Verena Paulina Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Elizabeth Miller of Wake Forest, North Carolina; son, Herbert, daughter-in-law Sandra and granddaughter Eilee Miller all of King George, Virginia; and sisters, Carol Kahn and Susan Miller of Portland, Michigan, and Joyce Pline of St. Johns, Michigan.

There will be a gathering to celebrate his life when conditions permit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to either Shipley Center (Sequim Senior Center) or Sequim Boys and Girls Club.