Obituaries — Nov. 20, 2019

Patricia Ann LaVenture

Patricia Ann LaVenture of Sequim died in her residence on Nov. 10, 2019. She was 89.

LaVenture was born Oct. 21, 1930.

A memorial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Revelation Church, 3415 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

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Arden Leslie Kuhnhausen

Arden Leslie Kuhnhausen of Sequim died of age-related causes at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles on Nov. 14, 2019. She was 84.

Kuhnhausen was born Jan. 19, 1935.

A private family gathering to celebrate her life is being planned.

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Jerald Charles Cain

Jerald Charles Cain died on Nov. 15, 2019, in his Sequim home of age-related causes. He was 74.

Cain was born Feb. 25, 1945.

No services are currently planned.

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June Loraine Yunker Meacham

1925 – 2019

June Loraine Yunker Meacham was born, in 1925, in Santa Paula, California, and passed away November 5, 2019, in Gig Harbor. Her parents were Herbert and Margery Harbaugh Yunker.

June grew up in Bishop, California, with her younger sister, Edith Yunker (now Churchill), graduating from Bishop Union High School with honors. Her father worked for the State of California.

June married Charles Harding Meacham, a high school friend, in Bishop, California, in 1946, after Chuck came home from serving in World War II.

They had a unique two-week honeymoon. They rented a pack mule to hike the Wilderness and it became known as the “honeymoon mule.” Week one was spent in the June Lake and Lake Tahoe area while week two was spent in the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area of California. They hiked through his childhood haunts as they began their new life together.

Their union of 73 beautiful years produced two sons, Charles Paulsen Meacham and Bruce Herbert Meacham.

June was a full-time homemaker until the family moved to the Territory of Alaska, in 1956, where she worked at Benjamin’s Grocery as an accountant. With Alaska Statehood, in 1959, the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked as a school secretary during the school year and spent 3 summers commercial set-net salmon fishing, in Bristol Bay, with her two sons.

They moved to Juneau, Alaska, where June worked for Legislative Affairs. In 1969, June and Chuck, moved to Washington, DC for 2 years before moving back to Alaska and then on to Sequim, and ultimately to Gig Harbor.

June was a voracious reader of novels, loved to garden, was an outdoor advocate, a hunter, and fisherwoman.

She adored, and was adored by, her four grandchildren and her three great-grandchildren. She was a constant helpmate, companion, and friend to her husband, Chuck, throughout their long life together.

June was always willing to lend a hand to anyone. Everyone who knew her came away a better person because of the time they spent with her.

In every way June was the Matriarch of her large and growing family. It is with inexpressible sorrow that they bid her farewell; but, it is sorrow tempered with hope as they know she is in a better place now and eventually their reunion will be sweet indeed.

June is survived by her husband, Charles H. Meacham; sons, Charles P. Meacham and Bruce H. Meacham; grandchildren, Daniel R. Meacham, Ryan D. Meacham, Jerod P. Meacham, and Taiya M. Jones Meacham; great-grandsons, Jackson M. Meacham, Iban J. Meacham, and Sydney M. Meacham; and her sister, Edith Yunker Churchill and family.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Donations in June’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Berneita Wright Miles

August 24, 1926 – October 30, 2019

Berneita Wright Miles was born on August 24, 1926, in Boone, Iowa. She died peacefully on October 30, 2019, after a brief hospitalization at Olympic Medical Center.

Berneita spent the early years of her life in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.

In 1943, her family moved to Port Orchard, where her father worked at the Bremerton Navy Yard. Berneita graduated from South Kitsap High School and met her future husband, Berlin (Babe) Miles there. They married, had three children, Susan, Linda and Michael, and remained married for over 60 years.

In the early 1970s, Berneita and Babe moved to Stehekin, built a home and resided there for 18 years. Berneita served as the U.S. Postmaster for seven years.

Berneita was active in P.E.O. Chapter FY, in Sequim, which she joined in 2001. She served as chapter historian.

She played in a bridge group until a few weeks before her death. She was an excellent quilter and a member of the Sunbonnet Sue Quilters club for many years. She was a member of Sequim Community Church and more recently Trinity United Methodist Church.

Berneita is survived by her brother, Bob; sister, Marge; two children; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Babe; and her daughter, Susan.

Berneita was a gracious, loving, giving person and a beloved friend to many.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Lois Caroline McGuire

March 18, 1939 – November 8, 2019

Lois Caroline McGuire passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019, with family by her side.

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on March 18, 1939, Lois grew up a farm girl alongside her three sisters and her brother, all of whom she loved and adored.

Their mother decided that Lois should become a nurse, and that proved to be a wonderful life calling for her, matching her boundless energy and deep compassion.

After nurses’ training in Chicago and Florida, Lois married Gerald Amundson and they moved to Washington State to start a family, having three children.

Lois later married Charles McGuire, with whom she shared laughter and adventures until his passing, in 2008. Together they spent several years in San Diego, California, and in Seattle and Sequim, Washington.

Professionally, Lois was a skilled and respected nurse, caring for thousands of patients, and in her later years working as a consultant, improving quality of care practices.

In her personal life, Lois was a wonderful cook, a voracious reader and movie-goer, an avid traveler, a selfless volunteer for the elderly and mentally ill, a devoted mother and adoring grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Peter (Patti), grandchildren Kyle and June; and siblings Joyce, Ceil, Marge and Jerry.

She was deeply loved and will be missed.