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Leonard Jay Bates, Dr. William R. Duncan, Bror Gunnar Folke Fredholm, Robert Stuart Johnson, Karl Clarence Edwin Kuehn

Leonard Jay Bates

July 2, 1940 -- April 4, 2003

Leonard Jay Bates of Chimacum died of cancer in Harrison Hospital, Bremerton, at age 62.

He was born in Tacoma to Earl J. and Violet E. (Thompson) Bates.

He lived in California and Washington, including 20 years as a logger and fisherman in Jefferson County.

Outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing and hunting, were his favorite pastimes.

He married Joyce Gladice Branson in California in 1962. They later divorced.

Mr. Bates is survived by sons Leonard E. and Lonnie D. Bates, both of Packwood; daughter Larinda J. Kortlever of Rochester; brothers Bob Bates of Port Hadlock, Jim Bates of Eatonville, Arthur Bates of Forks, Bruce Bates of Klamath, Calif., Terry and Kenneth Bates, both of Eureka, Calif., and Mike Bates of Brookings, Ore; sisters Barbara Whittier of Nevada, Sandra Long of Onalaska, and Margi Smith and Darlene Craig, both of Brookings, Ore.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Services: Private memorial was held at the family home with Bruce Bates officiating. Cremains will be scattered in Washington and California. Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, was in charge of arrangements.

Bror Gunnar Folke Fredholm

July 3, 1909 -- April 13, 2003

Bror Gunnar Folke Fredholm died in Kah Tai Care Center, Port Townsend, at age 93.

The son of Bror Efraim and Tekla (Samuelsson) Fredholm was born in G^pgteborg, Sweden.

In 1930 at age 21, he moved to Lynn, Mass., where he worked in a greenhouse before becoming a pipefitter for General Electric Co., from which he retired in 1974.

He and his wife, the former Lois Katherine O"Connell, married in April 1938 in Lynn, Mass. After retirement, they moved to Sarasota, Fla., then to Lamar, Colo., where she died Dec. 4, 1991.

Mr. Fredholm also lived in New Hampshire and Texas before coming to Port Townsend in February 2000.

He belonged to the Methodist Church and Masonic and Swedish lodges.

His pastimes included repairing, gardening and swimming.

Mr. Fredholm is survived by daughter Esther Conway of Port Townsend and sons Everett Fredholm of Prairie View, Texas, Kenneth Fredholm of Hudson, N.H., and Bruce Fredholm of Acworth, N.H. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, three brothers and three sisters preceded Mr. Fredholm in death.

Services: April 26 (time to be announced), memorial in the Conway garden at 1723 Redwood St., Port Townsend. The Revs. Everett Fredholm and Tim Haley will officiate. Kosec Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Stuart Johnson

March 20, 1915 -- April 10, 2003

Robert Stuart Johnson died in Port Angeles of pancreatic cancer at age 88.

He was born to Horace Stuart and Ethel Cordelia (Haskins) Johnson in Dodge City, Kan.

He started his education in a one-room schoolhouse before he and his family left the Kansas dust bowl in 1928 and went to California.

He graduated from Chaffey High School and Chaffey College, Ontario, Calif., and the American Institute of Banking, and studied finance at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

During World War II he served as a staff sergeant with the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946.

Mr. Johnson was branch manager of Bank of America in Manhattan Beach, Calif., in 1938-67 and vice president of business development for Union Bank in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County in 1967-77.

He also co-owned Niblick Real Estate Investments from 1977 until the time of his death.

Mr. Johnson was a member of Manhattan Beach Community Church, and a member and officer of several civic, business and service organizations in the Manhattan Beach area. He also was director of the South Bay Salvation Army and a baseball coach.

He married Ruth Bell Johnson in April 1939. She died in October 1984.

He married Laurie Cook in Palos Verdes, Calif., in 1987. They divorced March 25, 2003.

Mr. Johnson is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Randy and Carol Johnson of Port Angeles, Eric and Leslie Johnson of Honolulu, Dan and Lisa Johnson of San Diego, and Tim and Jeanne Johnson of Sydney, Australia; sister Arleen Pekrul of Tujunga, Calif.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by brother Pete Johnson and sister Ellene Van Tilburg.

Services: Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m., memorial in Manhattan Beach Community Church, Manhattan Beach, Calif. The Rev. John R. Calhoun will officiate. Cremains will be scattered at sea. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Assured Hospice of Clallam County, 720 E. Washington St., Suite 104, Sequim, WA 98382; Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2229, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or charity of choice. Sign the online guest book at

Karl Clarence Edwin Kuehn

Nov. 14, 1910 -- April 12, 2003

Karl Clarence Edwin "Skeeter" Kuehn died in Jefferson General Hospital, Port Townsend, from congestive heart failure. He was 92.

He was born to Johannes and Flossie Luanna (Edwards) Kuehn in Ritzville, the eldest of their five surviving children. The Kuehns moved from Ritzville to Seattle, Yelm and Purdy before settling in Brinnon in 1926 to operate a dairy farm at what is now Dosewallips State Park.

He came to Port Townsend in 1927, lied about his age and was hired by the Crown Zellerbach paper mill, where he worked many years as a pipefitter.

Because co-workers said he resembled a mosquito when doing maintenance at the top of the mill's smokestack, he acquired the nickname of "Skeeter."

He married Edna Adaira Goodrich in Quilcene on Dec. 9, 1938.

On his doctor's advice, Mr. Kuehn changed careers. He became foreman at the Indian Island Navy ammunition docks, loading and unloading ships during World War II.

Postwar downsizing sent him into the logging industry as a faller until 1966, when he became an oiler for one year on the private ferry, Defiance, which ran between Port Townsend and Keystone.

In 1968, he was hired as groundskeeper at Memorial Field in Port Townsend. Following semiretirement in 1978, he continued doing part-time yard work for several years until his wife's retirement.

The couple then worked together for five years, delivering groceries to the senior nutrition program at community centers in Jefferson and Clallam counties.

In 1983, the Kuehns sold their personal possessions and bought a motor home to become full-time recreational vehicle travelers. They affiliated with Thousand Trails campground at Coyle Peninsula and traveled until 1994, when they returned to Port Townsend -- which remained their home except for two years in Anchorage, Alaska, to be near some of their children.

Mr. Kuehn, who hunted and fished throughout the Olympic Peninsula, also took pride in gardening and yard work, as well as being a longtime supporter of the football programs at Port Townsend and Chimacum high schools.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years; son and daughter-in-law Karl "Ted" and Verla Kuehn of Anchorage, Alaska; daughters Linda Weynand and Deana Kuehn of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and James Halvorson of Chimacum; brother and sister-in-law Wallace and Sharon Kuehn of Hillsboro, Ore; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Reinhard, Harold and Eugene, and sister Olga.

Services: At his request, none. Private family graveside inurnment will be in Quilcene Cemetery at a later time. Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Charity of choice.


Dr. William R. Duncan is also survived by son Robert Duncan of Anchorage, Alaska. Incomplete information was provided for the obituary published Tuesday on Page A5.

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