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Paul Anthony Boynton, Richard Quentin Danks, Tina Duncan, Heather Holden, Max Duncan Richards, James Richard Somers, Elmer Finis Stevens Jr.

Paul Anthony Boynton

July 27, 1980 -- Dec. 31, 2002

Paul Anthony Boynton of Sequim died of injuries received in an automobile wreck New Year"s Eve on Palo Alto Road. He was 22.

Born in Seattle to Frederic Anthony and Debra (Willey) Boynton, he attend Sequim schools and was a carpenter who has also lived in Seattle, Snohomish and Montana.

He enjoyed music and playing golf.

He married Neana Melin in Sequim on July 27, 2002. She died of leukemia Aug. 3, 2002.

Mr. Boynton is survived by his parents; brother Kris Boynton; and grandparents Llory Boynton, William Boynton, Harvey Willey and Darlene Leahy.

Services: Monday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., graveside memorial in Sequim View Cemetery. David Pond will officiate. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Sign the online guest book for the family at

Richard Quentin Danks

May 19, 1943 -- Dec. 20, 2002

Richard Quentin Danks died in Sequim at age 59. He had cancer.

He was born in Honolulu to Adolph and Ruby (Pyle) Conrad.

In 1959-64, Mr. Danks was a lance corporal with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. He later served on active duty as an Army Special Forces medic in Vietnam B Co. from Aug. 1967 to February 1968; and with A-224, 20th Mobile Strike Force at Pleiku from March 1968 through August 1968.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Danks earned his master's degree in social work from San Diego State University. He was in insurance sales in San Diego before becoming a financial adviser at Wadell & Reed in Silverdale.

While on the Peninsula, he dedicated every Saturday for several years to working with the Clallam Bay Corrections Center's Youth Opportunity Program, for which he received several certificates of recognition from the state of Washington.

His 32½-year marriage to the former Kathleen Buttmann ended with her death from pancreatic cancer in April 1998.

He married Veronika Zelcs on April 16, 2001. She survives him in Sequim.

Mr. Danks is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Victor Phillip and Patti Danks and John Christian and Shauna Danks, all of Utah.

Services: Sunday, January 26 2-4 p.m., memorial in American Legion Hall, 107 E. Prairie St., Sequim. Sequim Valley Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Hospice of Clallam County, P.O. Box 2014, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Please, no flowers.

Tina Duncan

Dec. 20, 1909 -- Dec. 5, 2002

Tina Duncan of Port Angeles died from heart failure at age 93.

She was born in Allen, Texas, to Robert Bernard and Mattie (Grooms) Cuffman.

She completed formal education through junior high school.

She married Albert B. Duncan in Grass Valley, Calif., in 1933,

Mrs. Duncan worked in hospitals in Oakland, Calif., and was employed by Friden Calculators in San Leandro, Calif. She moved to Port Angeles in 1993.

She was a competitive bowler who placed fourth in Las Vegas in a Seniors National Bowling Tournament in May 1986.

Mrs. Duncan was a member of Unity in the Olympics church.

She is survived by daughter Bobby Joaquin, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by her husband and son Albert B. Duncan Sr. and Jr.

Services: At her request, none. Olympic Cremation Association, Port Angeles, was in charge.

Memorials: Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Heather L. Holden

Dec. 19, 1983 -- Dec. 31, 2002

Lifelong Sequim resident Heather L. Holden died from injuries received in an automobile wreck on Palo Alto Road. She was age 19.

A member of the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe and a direct descendent of Chief Chetzemoka, she was born in Port Angeles to Pete and Barbara (Swanson) Holden.

Miss Holden was a 2002 graduate of Sequim High School.

She loved animals, especially dogs and cats.

Miss Holden anticipated a career in criminal justice. She was a salesclerk at Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Survivors include her parents, brother Joshua and grandmother Mary Holden, all of Sequim; and grandmother Lynne Duncan of Port Angeles.

She was preceded in death by grandfathers Charles Swanson and Arthur Holden.

Services: Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m., memorial in Faith Lutheran Church, North Fourth and West Cedar streets, Sequim., Heather's uncle, Marlin Holden, will officiate. Graveside services, to follow in Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Cemetery, will be for family only. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Jamestown S'Klallam Youth Programs, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Sequim, WA 98382.

Max Duncan Richards

Sept. 9, 1924 -- Jan. 2, 2003

Max Duncan Richards died of complications resulting from pneumonia and congestive heart failure in Port Angeles. He was 78.

Mr. Richards was born to Levi K. and Inez L. (Duncan) Richards in Garden Grove, Iowa.

He married Bonnie June Mudd in Port Angeles on Jan. 5, 1951.

Mr. Richards served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor following the attack, and on Midway Island for 27 months.

He worked for 40 years as a millwright for ITT Rayonier in Port Angeles.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years; son and daughter-in-law Lonnie and Margaret Richards of Elyria, Ohio; daughter Cynthia Ruhle of Olympia; brother Gene Richards and wife Bonnie Jean of Port Angeles; sister Mildred Hibpshman of Anchorage, Alaska; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter Tami Brooks, one brother and four sisters.

Services: Visitation on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Drennan-Ford Funeral Home. Graveside service Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. at Mount Angeles Memorial Park, U.S. Highway 101 and Monroe Road, Port Angeles, with the Rev. Mike Jones officiating and the Port Angeles Marine Corps League participating. Burial will be in Mount Angeles Memorial Park.

James Richard Somers

May 6, 1923 -- Jan. 2, 2003

James Richard Somers died at Northwoods Lodge in Silverdale at age 79.

Mr. Somers was born to Irl and Alice (Wheeler) Somers in Oak Park, Ill.

He had been a Port Townsend resident for about five years.

Survivors include son Patrick Somers of Fort Wayne, Ind., and daughter Donna Walder of Littleton, Colo.

Services: Memorial service at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St., Port Townsend with Bob Slater officiating. Kosec Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer Finis Stevens Jr.

March 26, 1936 -- Nov. 27, 2002

Elmer Finis Stevens Jr. died in Nordland at age 66 from causes related to an accident and a heart condition.

He was born in Port Townsend to Elmer Finis and Jessi Fern (Houghy) Stevens Sr., and was raised in Nordland.

In 1953-56, he served in the Marine Corps, attained the rank of private first class and was wounded in Korea.

He married Sandra May Smith in Forks on June 6, 1957.

Mr. Stevens made his home in Forks for a short time before moving to Everett, where he worked for Greyhound Lines in 1962-88. After retirement, he returned to Nordland.

He was a member of Elks and of American Legion.

Mr. Stevens was a private pilot, studied American history and pursued his interest in firearms.

Survivors include sons William Finis Stevens III of Port Townsend and Michael Shawn Stevens of Nordland; brother Joseph Morris Stevens of Spokane; and three grandchildren.

His mother died in 1972 and his father in 1997.

Services: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m., service in Evangelical Methodist Church, 2135 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend, with the Rev. Don Spinney officiating. Burial will be in Sound View Cemetery in Nordland. Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Evangelical Methodist Church, 2135 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend, WA 98368.

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