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James Donald Crutcher, Lillian Gaikowski, James Manes, Jeffrey David Sahar

James Donald Crutcher

June 18, 1925 -- April 23, 2004

Port Townsend resident James Donald Crutcher died of complications from Parkinson"s disease at age 78.

The son of Frank and Elma (Pederson) Crutcher, he was born in Port Townsend where he also attended schools.

He married Janet E. Wash in Quilcene on Dec. 21, 1955.

Mr. Crutcher served with the Army in 1943-44, during World War II.

After the war, he worked in civil service in Keyport until his retirement in 1977.

Mr. Crutcher was a 55-year member of the Elks and especially enjoyed things to do with cars.

Survivors include his wife; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law Robert T. and Sharon McGuiness of Bremerton; stepson and companion Keith E. McGuiness and partner Betty of Walla Walla; daughter and son-in-law Joan H. and Curt Marlow of Chimacum; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law Gail and Michael Lindseth of Everett; sister and brother-in-law Mildred and Earl Grondahl and brother-in-law Norman Bumgarner, all of Port Townsend; sister-in-law Ethel Crutcher; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by brothers Melvin, William and Ivan Crutcher, and sisters Neva Moseley and Jean Bumgarner.

Services: Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m., graveside in Redmen Cemetery, Port Townsend; memorial will be announced later. Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: American Parkinson Disease Association, Washington Chapter, P.O. Box 75169, Seattle, WA 98125-0169.

Lillian Gaikowski

Dec. 12, 1925 -- April 25, 2004

Port Townsend resident Lillian Gaikowski died of heart failure at age 78.

She was born to John and Helen (Block) Rumpca in Grenville, S.D.

She married Adam Gaikowski in Grenville on Oct. 13, 1948.

In October 1957, the Gaidowskis moved to Port Townsend, where she cooked at the Surf Cafe and worked at Kai Tai Care Center before retiring in 1987.

In addition to cooking, gardening and sewing, she enjoyed traveling and visited several places in Europe.

Mrs. Gaikowski, who was active in St. Mary's Guild, was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church since 1957. She also belonged to 4-H Clubs and entered many projects in Jefferson County fairs.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gaikowski's survivors include sons Richard, Greg and David and sons and daughters-in-law Dale and Cheryl and Nick and Brenda Gaikowski, all of Port Townsend; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Linda Gaikowski of Kalispell, Mont.; daughter Judy Davenport of Port Hadlock; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Daryl LaDue of Lake Stevens and Marcella and John Dixon of Port Ludlow.

Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law John and Adeline Rumpca, Joey and Lily Rumpca, Tom and Rita Rumpca, Leonard and Kathy Rumpca and Raymond and Carol Rumpca, all of Minnesota; sisters Esther Lorecki of Port Townsend and Bernice Messmer of Hillsboro, Ore.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two infant children and brother Adam Rumpca.

Services: Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m. visitation followed at 7 p.m. with the rosary in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 1335 Blaine St., Port Townsend.

Funeral and reception on Friday, April 30, 11 a.m., in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, with the Revs. Gary Sumpter and Raymond Heffernan as co-celebrants. Kosec Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Manes

Nov. 18, 1955 -- April 26, 2004

James Manes, 48, died in his Sekiu home.

His obituary will be published later. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

Jeffrey David Sahar

March 12, 1948 -- April 24, 2004

Jeffrey David Sahar, owner and operator of Sol Duc River Lodge and a fishing guide, died at age 56.

Mr. Sahar's obituary will be published at a later time.

Services: Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m., celebration of life at Sol Duc River Lodge. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

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