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James B. Airington, Louis Edward Dequine Jr., Elaine M. Rambo, Anita Y. Rudder, Nikki L. Schaler, Virginia Lee Wright

James B. Airington
Dec. 24, 1945 - Feb. 5, 2007

James B. Airington of Sequim died of cancer. He was 61.

Born in Bremerton to James B. and Margaret Cora Elizabeth Mazy Airington, he grew up in Kent.

As a heavy equipment oiler, Mr. Airington worked on the Alaska Pipeline. He was also owner and driver of Suntaxi in Sequim.

He belonged to Operating Engineers Local No. 302 and National Rifle Association.

Survivors include brother and sister-in-law Bill and Sue Airington of Kent and brother John Airington of Sequim.

Services: Held in Hillcrest Burial Park, Kent.

Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, P.O. Box 2014, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Sign the guest book for the family at

Louis Edward Dequine Jr.
Sept. 14, 1912 - Feb. 9, 2007

Louis Edward Dequine Jr. of Sequim died in Olympic Medical Center, Port Angeles, of congestive heart failure. He was 94.

Born in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Louis Edward and Ruth Cecilia (Way) Dequine Sr., he married Dorothy Elizabeth Miller in Madison, Wis., on June 10, 1944.

Mr. Dequine, who earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington, was a pioneer in the commercial development of nylon fibers.

He was executive director at Chemstrand and Monsanto Chemical Co.

In addition to being a ballroom dancer, world traveler and avid outdoorsman, Mr. Dequine devoted much time to the Boys & Girls Club.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Louis and Lydia Dequine of Oak Creek, Colo.; daughter Elizabeth Dequine of Bainbridge Island; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Vince Eastburn of Sequim; brother Jack of Leesburg, Fla.; sister Dr. Elizabeth Stein of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and six grandchildren.

Services: To be held in August at the family's ranch in Colorado.

Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., Sequim, WA 98382. Sign the guest book for the family at

Elaine M. Rambo
July 29, 1915 - Feb. 5, 2007

Former Port Angeles resident Elaine M. Rambo of Seattle died of age-related causes. She was 91.

She was born in Amity, Ore., to Harvey H. and Miriam (Woodman) Alderman.

Her husband, Victor A. Rambo, died in Port Angeles on Oct. 3, 1979.

In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Rambo was a volunteer registrar for the Clallam County Historical Society museum from the 1980s through 1998, when she left the area.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Chris and Autumn (Beaumariage) Rambo of Port Angeles; Gary and Janet (Harding) Rambo of Seattle and Neil and Margaret (Kelly) Rambo of Seattle.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services: Private services to be announced. Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Horizon House Employees Recognition Fund (for meritorious service) or Horizon House Development Fund (for professional education expenses) c/o Horizon House, 900 University St., Seattle, WA 98101.

Anita Y. Rudder
March 12, 1953 - Feb. 16, 2007

Lifelong Port Angeles resident Anita Y. Rudder died at 52.

Her obituary will be published later.

Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

Nikki L. Schaler
Sept. 9, 1942 - Feb. 12, 2007

Nikki L. Schaler died in her Port Hadlock home after a 3-year battle with lung cancer. She was 64.

She was born in Spokane to Donald Edward and Edithe Pearl (King) Strait and grew up in Sumner and the Puyallup Valley.

She married Shelby Eugene Couch in Fresno, Calif., on Dec. 18, 1959. They had three daughters before divorcing in 1965.

She married Rodney Arthur Schaler in Everett on April 14, 1967. They had a daughter before their divorce in 1975.

During her teen years, she and her family were migrant farmworkers, picking apples in Eastern Washington and cotton in California. She also lived a few years in Oregon.

After 1973, she was a resident of Jefferson County.

Mrs. Schaler, who took home health studies through Peninsula College, finished at the top of her class in 1974 and was hired as the first home health aide in Jefferson County.

Her enthusiasm for cooking including making bread daily for many years. She also enjoyed sewing, stream fishing and singing prior to health issues.

Mrs. Schaler was a member of the Methodist Church, then Irondale Church.

For about 10 years, she was involved in the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program, including time as a volunteer and as a paid employee. She developed and implemented several programs, including her Special Purple Heart, which was later adopted by agencies statewide.

Mrs. Schaler's survivors include daughter Edith Y. McCusker of Kenai, Alaska, and daughters and sons-in-law Shelly F. and Ron Wood of Washougal; Robin L. and Bruce Curfman of Port Townsend and Patricia L. and Richard Palmer of Port Hadlock.

Also surviving are brothers Donald J. Strait of Buckley and David Strait of Arlington; brothers and sisters-in-law Charles E. "Butch" and Jackie Strait of Big River, Calif., Sandy L. and Jean Strait of Newport, and John D. and Deanna Meyers of Camas; and sisters and brothers-in-law Sheri L. and Richard Emigh of Onalaska and Bonnie F. and Sam Suastegui of Port Hadlock.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by son-in-law James McCusker, sister-in-law Emily Strait and grandson Erin.

Services: Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m., memorial at Irondale Free Evangelical Church, followed by celebration of life reception at the VFW Hall, 31 Matheson St., Port Hadlock. David Hodges will officiate.

A special invitation is extended to Special Purple Heart recipients or former clients of the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program.

Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Program, P.O. Box 743, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Virginia Lee Wright
Jan. 19, 1919 - Feb. 9, 2007

Virginia Lee Wright of Sequim died of age-related causes. She was 88.

She was born in Carbonata, Colo., to Walther Ludwig Larson of Hapsburg, Germany, and Olla Mae Smith of Chillicothe, Mo.

She married Charles E. Songer in 1943 in Hawaii; they divorced in 1945.

She married Karl G. Jones on Dec. 1, 1945, in Laguna Beach, Calif. He died Nov. 11, 1960.

Her marriage to William H. Wright of Rochester, N.Y., on Dec. 27, 1965, in Silver City, N.M., ended with his death on May 10, 1995.

Mrs. Wright received a business school diploma in Los Angeles and an Associate of Arts degree from Pepperdine College in California.

She was in civil service in Hawaii, then was as executive secretary for North American Aviation Corp. in California and as a accountant with Boeing, also in California.

Mrs. Wright was a writer and singer. Her travel destinations included Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, South America and North America.

The Wrights settled in Sequim in 1984.

Survivors include a nephew and niece and their descendants, all from outside the North Olympic Peninsula.

She was preceded in death by sister Ruth Marie Rydberg and brother-in-law Charles Olaf Rydberg.

Services: At her request, none. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, was in charge of cremation.

Memorials: Assured Hospice, 24 Lee Chatfield Ave., Sequim, WA 98362; or Olympic Care and Rehabilitation Center, 1000 S. Fifth Ave., Sequim, WA 98382.

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