Deaths and Services
Earl C. Dresbach Jr.
March 15, 1923 -- May 29, 2002
Retired U. S. Marine Col. Earl C. Dresbach Jr. of Sequim died in Green Valley, Ariz., at the age of 79.
He was born in Colerain Township, Ohio, to Earl C. Sr. and Ilda (Kellenberger) Dresbach. He married Jane Alice Selmer on May 19, 1951, in Coronado, Calif. She preceded him in death.
Mr. Dresbach retired from the Marine Corps after 33 years, having served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He later worked for the Tandy Corp. in Texas.
He is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Harold J. and Freda Dresbach and D. Phillip and Marilyn Dresbach, all of Chillicothe, Ohio. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie E., and a brother and sister-in-law Richard and June Dresbach.
Services: None are planned. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Fawcett Sequim Valley Chapel and Palmer Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Ohio, are in charge of arrangements.
Harold Clayton Ingels
Sept. 14, 1941 -- May 27, 2002
Longtime NBC broadcast engineer Harold Clayton Ingels died at age 60 in Sequim, where he was building a retirement home.
He was born in Annapolis, Md., to Albert C. and Elizabeth F. (Philbrick) Ingels. He married Clairette E. Pola on Jan. 28, 1967, in Northridge, Calif.
Mr. Ingels was a longtime resident of La Canada, Calif. He worked for NBC in Burbank, Calif., for 35 years, and was a broadcast engineer for "The Tonight Show"' with Johnny Carson. He was a two-time Emmy Award winner and a five-time Emmy nominee for his work at NBC.
While in California, he was a member of the Radio Disaster Preparedness Committee as a ham radio operator and also worked with the La Crescenta Sheriff's Office, in emergency communications.
He served with the Army at Fort Ord and was a member of the Elks Lodge of Pasadena, Calif., and treasurer of NABET Union Local 53.
Survivors include his wife, Clairette, and son, David Ingels, both of La Canada, Calif.; and a daughter, Michelle Ingels, of La Crescenta, Calif.
Services: Will be held in Pasadena, Calif. Drennan & Ford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: Elks Lodge of Pasadena, 400 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA 91105.
Saffia Patricia Merkley
June 20, 1968 -- May 29, 2002
Former Sequim resident Saffia Patricia Merkley, died in Kent at age 33. Her death also resulted in the death of her unborn child.
She was born in Kotsunda, Pakistan, to Michael Gary and Linnea Ruth Balkan.
She graduated from Sequim High School in 1988 and moved to Seattle soon after, attending airline school there. She married Brian Merkley on Sept. 9, 2000, in Snohomish. At the time of her death, the Merkleys were living in Covington, where they co-owned Camelot Daycare.
Mrs. Merkley loved to read, travel, go to the movies and spend time with her family.
Survivors include her husband, in Covington; her parents, in Sequim; grandparents Ruth and David Wicklund and Sylvia and Gus Balkan, all of Sequim; brothers and sisters-in-law Scott and Becky Balkan of Sequim and Paul and Christina Balkan of Seattle; sisters and brother-in-law Michelle and Steve Bammert of Seattle, Beth "Boo" Balkan of Seattle, Nichole Balkan of Bellingham and Tara Parcells in Illinois.
Services: Memorial service Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m. in the Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberlane Lane, Sequim, with the Rev. Neil Smith officiating. Personal Alternative Funeral Services in Kent is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: World Vision: The Children's Pakistan Fund, P.O. Box 70326, Tacoma, WA 98481; or ADRA, General Conference SDA, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Springs, MD 20904.
July 18, 1905 -- May 25, 2002
Longtime Sequim resident Lenore Sprey died at the age of 96.
She was born in LeCenter, Minn., to John and Mary Bridge (Farnen) Sprey.
She and her brother, John, operated the family store in LeCenter, where she managed the apparel and millinery section. After the death of their father in 1972, the pair retired to Sequim.
Miss Sprey was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
She is survived by her brother, John, in Sherwood Manor, Sequim. A sister, Bruhl Szymanski, died in November 2001.
Services: Funeral Mass on Monday, June 3, at 8:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., with the Rev. Thomas Beattie officiating. Inurnment will be in the family plot in LeCenter, Minn. Drennan & Ford Funeral Home is in charge.
Vivian Irene Sturgell
Nov. 21, 1916 -- May 29, 2002
Longtime Port Angeles resident Vivian Irene Sturgell died in Centralia at the age of 85.
She was born in Glendive, Mont., to Edward and Laura (Kean) Creelman. At the age of 5, she moved with her family to Port Angeles, where she lived until 2000.
She married Farrell McCuin and was later divorced from him. Her second marriage, in 1966 to Breckenridge Sturgell, also ended in divorce.
Mrs. Sturgell worked as a waitress and was owner and operator of The Pin Cushion, a dressmaking shop in Port Angeles. She was a member of the "8 and 40" American Legion and the Navy Mothers Club, and she made service-uniformed dolls for friends and service people.
Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Ruth McCuin-Sheppard of Curtis; and a son, David "Mike" McCuin of Yuma, Ariz.; sisters Colleen Storm of Portland, Ore., Shirley White of Sequim and Dorothy Nordstrom of Port Angeles; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Edward H. McCuin; sisters Kathleen Nelson, Lavilla Ainey, Marian Seigert, Patricia Creelman, Virginia Creelman and Alice Creelman; and brothers Albert, Charles, Lawrence, James and Howard Creelman.
Services: None are planned. Sticklin Funeral Chapel and the American Burial and Cremation Services, Centralia, are in charge.
July 18, 1915 -- May 30, 2002
Longtime Port Angeles resident Bertha Turney died at the age of 86.
She was born in Kennett, Calif., to Olaf and Dora (Begley) Olsen. She married Paul Turney on Jan. 2, 1935. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Turney enjoyed gardening, crafts and playing bingo.
Survivors include a son, Al Turney of Auburn; a daughter, Marie Freer of Ketchikan, Alaska; sisters Mary Johnson of Port Angeles and Eloise Sutherland of Seabeck; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services: A family memorial service will be held. Drennan & Ford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Nikki Jeanne Deatherage
Sept. 13, 1943 -- May 25, 2002
Services: The memorial service originally scheduled for Ms. Deatherage has been canceled.
A complete obituary for Ms. Deatherage was published Wednesday on page A4.
Last modified: May 30. 2002 9:00PM