Obituaries — Nov. 8, 2017

Bette Jean Davis

July 24, 1928 – March 5, 2017

Bette Jean Nelson was born July 24, 1928, in Grove Park, Minnesota to Arthur George Nelson and Florentine Leona (Empting) Nelson. She married Russell Gilbert Davis on August 21, 1949, and immigrated to Canada with her new husband.

During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Radium Springs, British Columbia, where Russ made a living as a carpenter at Radium Hot Springs. They followed large post war construction projects across Canada finally arriving in British Columbia. Their son, Russell Arthur Davis was born September 10, 1951, and in 1955, they moved back to the United States, living in Lakewood, WA. From 1955 through the late 1960’s, Bette and Russ owned a concrete construction company, building everything from grain elevators, streets, underground infrastructure and tunneling. They moved to Kelowna, British Columbia in 1969, and built the Canamara Beach Motel on the shores of Lake Okanogan.

In 1971, Bette and Russ sold the motel, retired from contracting, purchased a fleet of 6 fishing vessels, (The Pumpkin Fleet) and moved to Kodiak, Alaska to pursue their next adventure in shrimping and the just emerging King Crab Fishery.

In 1978, Bette and Russ returned to British Columbia and its Chilcotin region to retire. The idyllic and off the grid location of Scum Lake was chosen. Here, they built a homestead that allowed them to hunt, fish and truly get away from it all. Bette and Russ were true adventurers, traveling throughout the world. They spent time in Europe, China, South and Central America, Australia and Cuba. In 1992, Bette and Russ moved to Sequim, when Russ was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away in 1995. Their son passed away in 2004.

Bette was tiny but mighty. Standing only 4’8” tall, she was known to most as “Aunt Bette.” Aunt Bette will always be remembered with a huge smile on her face. Welcoming to all, and tough as nails. She could frequently be found cooking a meal on the wood fired stove in the kitchen, snowmobiling, hunting with Uncle Russ, fishing and generally caring for all those around her. Her presence was uplifting and inspiring. Aunt Bette passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 5th, 2017. She will be greatly missed.

Bette is survived by her sister and brother in law Marilyn and Larry McHugh; her brother and sister in law Donald and Betty Nelson; her nephews, Paul, David and Mark McHugh, Keith, Don and Ken Nelson; her nieces Beth McHugh, Karen Nelson Hanson and Kay Nelson Morrison. She is also survived many loving great nieces and nephews, and friends from all over the world.

At Bette’s request there were no services.

Robert Lee Streett IV

July 15, 1965 – July 20, 2017

Robert Lee Streett IV was born to Robert and Barbara Streett on July 15, 1965 in Whittier, CA and died July 20, 2017 in a head on collision near Durango, CO while on vacation with his family.

Robert attended Roland High School in Walnut, CA. He graduated with honors in Business Administration from California Polytechnic Pomona, where he pledged Acacia Fraternity and in his last year was Fraternity President. After college he went right into professional sales for Weber Marking Systems, loving to problem solve for his clients and creating a reputation for excellent customer service, as well as great long lasting friendships. After Weber, he worked as a financial planner for Dean Witter and then for his own business for LPL Financial in Upland, CA.

Robert met his wife, Josslyn, in 1995 at a friend’s BBQ and married June 21, 1997 in Ontario, CA. Their son Robby was born in 2000 and Sawyer in 2003. After the death of his parents in 2003 and 2005, to process the deaths and find a new place to call home, the Streett family loaded up their 5th wheel and traveled across the country in search of a new home: 31,000 miles across the U.S., 28 states, 14 months and the family chose Sequim, WA to be their new home. Robert was quickly offered a job in sales at Home Depot Home Services. Robert served as leader for Sawyer’s Cub Scout pack in 2008, where he met his friend and future business mentor for Clear Water Bidets, Keith Chamblin. Keith mentored him to start a successful internet business in less than three years. Robert loved being his own boss and being active in the Sequim community, which included the Sequim Chamber of Commerce, Sunshine Rotary, Citizens for Sequim Schools, and the board for the North Olympic Library System. The whole Streett family is passionate about reading and keeping the local library system alive for all people in the community. He dreamed of a retirement in woodworking, traveling with his family and involvement in his community.

Robert loved his family, his work, his Creator (He was a Reiki Master/Teacher with his wife Josslyn), his community, and his friends. Robert is survived by his wife of 20 years, Josslyn, and his son Sawyer (14). His son Robby(16 ¾) died in the car crash with him. He is also survived by his big sister Diane Streett, her partner Randy Goblick and their daughter Julie (14). He is also survived by his big sister Carla Almquist, her husband Scott and their son’s Travis (19) and Justin (15).

A celebration of life ceremony will be held Sunday, November 12th at 1pm at the Library in Port Angeles, WA on Peabody. Donations in his and his son’s name to the Library are greatly appreciated, and will be put into the “Streett Memorial Gift Fund” if you specify.

Robert Lee Streett V

November 21, 2000 – July 20, 2017

(Robby) Robert Lee Streett V was born to Robert and Josslyn Streett on November 21, 2000 in Placentia, CA, seventeen days overdue. He died July 20, 2017 in a head on collision near Durango, CO while on vacation with his family. Robby attended school in Sequim from second grade on, attending Sequim High School and Olympic Peninsula Academy at the same time. He was going to attend Peninsula College in the Running Start Program for his junior year and was extremely excited about it. “I’m going to college next year,” he would say often. His interests were physics, computers, the law, writing, speed reading, psychology, pod casts, making and editing videos, playing games with his family and friends, and the Universe.

At 16 years old, Robby loved hanging out with his girlfriend of 18 months, Hannah. At a young age, they seemed to be real soul mates. Robby loved animals, but cats most of all. His cat named Half-Pint was his best friend in the whole world from the moment they met in 2008. At home with a pet sitter while the family was on vacation, Half-Pint howled and cried the whole night of the accident. When no one else knew Robby had died, Half-Pint was grieving.

Robby was raised in Chino Hills, CA until his father’s parents died in 2003 and 2005. To process the deaths and find a new place to call home, the Streett family loaded up their 5th wheel and traveled across the country in search of a new home. The family chose Sequim, WA because “it felt like home” to the whole family.

Robby and his brother Sawyer quickly started school and Cub Scouts. Robby was naturally a good student, having a passion for learning – he basically taught himself, and studied after school just for fun of learning and talking about what he’d learned with others. In the third grade, he taught himself to speed read so he could read books voraciously. He was a straight-A student most of the time. He was passionate about soccer until he found out he had physical issues in his ankles that kept him from pursuing running sports. Biking became his sport and he loved mountain biking for the thrill and fun. He and his dad were mountain biking in Sedona, AZ the day before the car crash. In middle school, Robby started a school project about volunteering. He chose to volunteer at the Sequim Public Library. He said it was, second to home, his favorite place to be. He volunteered for two years at the Sequim library and even marched in the Irrigation Festival Parade holding the banner for the librarians. The whole Streett family were/are passionate about reading and keeping the local library system alive for all people in the community.

Robby is survived by his mom Josslyn, his brother Sawyer (14), and his maternal grandmother Carol Koch. His dad, Robert, died in the car crash with him. Robby is also survived by his maternal Aunt Robbie Sabathier (who he was nicknamed after), her husband Vincent, and his cousins Quentin (18) and Ariana (12). And he is survived by his paternal Aunt Diane Streett, her partner Randy Goblick, and his cousin Julie (14). He is also survived by his paternal Aunt Carla Almquist, her husband Scott, and his cousins Travis (19) and Justin (15). He is survived by many other family members who loved him dearly and miss him from both sides of the family. Robby is also survived by his girlfriend of 18 months, Hannah.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 12th at 1pm, at the library in Port Angeles, WA. Donations to the library in honor of Robert and his son are greatly appreciated, and will be put into the “Streett Memorial Gift Fund” if you request.

Tom C. Andrus

August 7, 1928 – November 3, 2017

Tom C. Andrus passed peacefully away and joined our Lord, at the age of 89, on November 3, 2017.

Tom was born August 7, 1928, to Jack and Marjorie Andrus in Cleveland, Ohio.

As a young man, Tom played the bagpipes and he and his father marched in parades and participated in other Scottish events. From a young age, Tom had a wonderful ability for designing and engineering mechanical things, which eventually became his life’s work as well as his life-long hobby. Tom served time in the United States Air Force, and after he finished college he became a design engineer.

On January 27, 1950, Tom married the love of his life, Mari. They were married 66 years until her passing in 2016.

In 1955, Tom began work with Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, and he and Mari moved from Ohio to California. There he worked in Lockheed’s Advanced Development Department, known as the Skunk Works. Tom also worked with Boeing for a time, working on the Huey Helicopter project.

Tom was very involved with restorations of vintage and rare cars and motorcycles. He loved everything with wheels and wings. He was an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Vincent Owners’ Association, and restored and owned several Vincent motorcycles.

In 1990 Tom and Mari retired and moved to Sequim, Washington, where they both became very active in the Sequim Valley Car Club. Tom continued with his restoration projects, and one of his favorite projects was his 1939 Packard.

Tom is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Joe Coelho, and his sister, Janet Taber.

Our family wishes to extend our heartfelt thank you to the many very special friends who have been in his life, and have always been there for him. We also wish to extend our thank you to Avamere Olympic Rehab of Sequim, for their loving care of Tom.

Funeral services will be private.

In remembrance, please consider donating to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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