Deaths and Funeral Notices
William A. Bechtel
April 10, 1911 — Feb. 24, 2008
William A. Bechtel died of age-related causes in Port Townsend. He was 96.
Mr. Bechtel was born in Weiser, Idaho, to John and Mary Ellen (Dickson) Bechtel.
While in his early 20s, Mr. Bechtel moved from Kansas to Southern California. Also working and raising his family, he went to school to finish his education and earned his Master in Business Administration degree.
He worked for the Alhambra Police Department for 27 years, then became chief of police for Redondo Beach. He then taught police science in Virginia for five years before retiring to Southern California.
He was an avid gardener, enjoyed deep-sea fishing, photography and bowling, and upon retiring embraced golf until his mid 80s.
Mr. Bechtel was president of the Mental Health Association, a member of the Red Cross and United Good Neighbors in the 1950s and 1960s, and a member of Rotary and Elks in California.
He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Port Townsend.
He married Mary Ann Griffith in Port Townsend on Feb. 21, 1999.
Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters-in-law Mike and Cora Bechtel of Hardin, Texas, and Tony and Joan Bechtel of Lakewood, Calif.; daughters Ellen Poitevin and Penny Varteresian; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two wives; brother David Bechtel and sisters Mary Prather and Blanche Richardson.
Services: Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m., memorial at Victoria House, 491 Discovery Road, Port Townsend, with the Rev. Bob Slater officiating.
Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: Charity of choice.
James I. Blankenship
Jan. 3, 1923 — March 11, 2008
Former North Olympic Peninsula resident James I. Blankenship died in Vancouver, Wash., of congestive heart failure. He was 85.
He was born in Galvin to Lew Gene and Viola Mae (Holt) Blankenship, and came to the Peninsula in 1928.
He graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1942.
He married Lillian Luttrell in Port Townsend on Jan. 27, 1944.
Mr. Blankenship, who was employed by Crown Zellerbach in Port Townsend until his retirement, remained on the Peninsula until 1999.
He enjoyed early television shows, especially westerns and comedies, and thought that country music was the only kind worth listening to.
In later years, he tuned in to watch games of the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks, in addition to enjoying family picnics and area automobile rides.
An avid dog lover, he always had one during his life.
Mr. Blankenship is survived by son and daughter-in-law James and Holly Blankenship of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Kenny Wheat of Elizabethtown, Ky.; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his twin brother, John, and sisters-in-law, Marcella and Lorraine Blankenship, all of Port Townsend.
His wife died in 1999. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Steven; brothers Arthur and George Blankenship; and sisters Elva Arey and Velna Walker.
Services: None. His ashes were interred in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Townsend, with Evergreen Memorial Gardens of Vancouver in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: Donations in his name to a local Humane Society.
Timothy William Borden
March 17, 1958 — March 12, 2008
Timothy William Borden of Port Angeles died of causes related to burns at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was 49.
Mr. Borden was born in Aberdeen to Thomas Galyn and Beverly Jean (Risedorph) Borden.
He married Annette West in Port Angeles in 1985; they divorced in 1997.
Mr. Borden served in the Army in 1976.
He worked in cabinetry in Olympia and was a convenience store clerk, cook and meatcutter in Port Angeles.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and karaoke.
He was a member of the Bethany Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include son Corey Earl Borden and daughter Crystal Lynn Borden, both of Sequim; his mother, Beverly J. Lindell, of Port Angeles; sister and brother-in-law Gail Lynn and Wendell D. Miller of Port Angeles and sister Cheryl Marie Borden of Olympia.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1974 and brother Thomas Allen Borden in 2002.
Services: Private memorial at a later date. Burial was at Ocean View Cemetery in Port Angeles.
American Memorial of Renton was in charge of arrangements.
Terry Gilbert Heineman
Dec. 29, 1947 — March 10, 2008
Terry Gilbert Heineman died of a heart attack in Chimacum. He was 60.
Mr. Heineman was born in Lansing, Mich., to Gilbert Dale and Jean Elizabeth Heineman.
He married Flavia Cazette McKenzie in Langley, British Columbia.
Mr. Heineman served in the Army in Vietnam from 1970 to 1972.
He graduated from Central Michigan State University and earned a teaching degree from Central Washington University.
In 1978, the Heinemans moved to Chimacum, and was a teacher at Quilcene School for 23 years.
He was a naturalist whose hobbies included birdwatching, fishing and beekeeping. He enjoyed reading, politics and telling jokes.
He attended Calvary Community Church and was a former member of the Lions Club, Elks and teachers union. He was affiliated with Delegates for Barack Obama and South County Classic Cruisers.
Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters-in-law Aaron and Thea Heineman of Sultan and Jason and Malena Heineman of Renton; daughter Lydia Heineman of Covington; brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Theresa Heineman of Sugar Grove, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
Services: Friday, March 21, 4 p.m., memorial in Quilcene School gymnasium with Pastor Jim Rosenquist officiating. A reception will be held in the Quilcene School Multipurpose Building.
Kosec Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: Terry Heineman Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Quilcene High School, P.O. Box 40, Quilcene, WA 98376
Robert Vincent Ingham
May 24, 1924 — March 10, 2008
Robert Vincent Ingham died of age-related causes at home in Sequim. He was 83.
Mr. Ingham was born to Lynn and Alice (Zane) Ingham in Waverly, Iowa.
During World War II, he served in the Navy as a radio operator in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945.
He married Martha Ellen Porter on Feb. 3, 1946.
Mr. Ingham owned and operated Quick Clean Laundromat and Dry Cleaning in Salmon, Idaho, and Thunderbird Boathouse in Port Angeles.
He enjoyed salmon fishing, model airplanes and woodworking.
He was a member of Sequim First Baptist Church, Elks, Model Airplane Club and Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife of Sequim; sons and daughters-in-law Duane and Mary of Mountlake Terrace and Paul and Donna of Poulsbo; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Ron Mort of Moore, Idaho; sister Marjorie Olmstead of Garland, Texas; sister-in-law Leota Ingham of Marysville; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services: Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m., memorial service at Sequim First Baptist Church, 1323 Sequim-Dungeness Way, with Pastor Herman Adcock officiating.
Drennan-Ford Funeral Chapel, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, P.O. Box 2014, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Wilma Ella Holland McChulloch
Dec. 30, 1915 — March 3, 2008
Wilma Ella Holland McChulloch died in Forks Community Hospital of age-related pneumonia. She was 92.
Born in Martin, Ga., to Avery Barry and Beulah (O'Dell) Holland, she moved to the Northwest at an early age.
After graduating from high school in Forks, she attended Mr. Lee's Beauty School in Bellingham.
She owned and operated her own salons, Charmaid, in Forks from 1942, during World War II, then in Rockaway, Ore., from the 1950s through the early 1970s.
Returning to Forks, she built another company, Hairbenders, in 1972.
Her first two marriages, to Glen Smith and Thuril Shipley, ended in divorce.
Her third husband, Elwood McChulloch, preceded her in death.
Mrs. McChulloch was a member of Forks Congregational Church.
Reading, gardening and animals were among her pastimes.
Daughter-in-law Wanda Smith was among her major care providers.
Mrs. McChulloch is survived by grandchildren Barr Smith of Burlington, Angela Bourm and Kimberly "Kim" Smith, both of Forks, and two great-grandchildren.
Services: Private services will be held later. Inurnment in Forks Cemetery by Olympic Cremation Association, Port Angeles.
Memorials: Friends of Forks Animals, P.O. Box 2022, Forks, WA 98331; or charity of choice.
Louis Myron Spath
May 3, 1927 — March 10, 2008
Former Sequim resident Louis Myron Spath of Phoenix died of a stroke. He was 80.
Born in Port Angeles to Louis John and Laura Bernice (Robinson) Spath, he graduated from Sequim High School in 1945, then joined the Navy, where he served on a destroyer.
Mr. Spath was a dairy farmer on the family farm before operating a landscape products business.
His hobbies were collecting farm equipment and studying Sequim history.
He married Marion Platz in Seattle in 1950. They divorced in Port Angeles in 1955.
He married Marcelle Cole in 1962 in Seattle.
She survives him, as does son Terry Spath of Tillamook, Ore.
Mr. Spath is also survived by numerous cousins, who were regarded by him as siblings. Those on the North Olympic Peninsula include Pat Robinson Hoff and Sue Robinson Byrd, both of Port Angeles; and Ray Robinson, R.W. Robinson and June Peterson Robinson, all of Sequim.
Services: Tuesday, April 8, time to be announced, memorial wake and reception in the Masonic Temple, 700 S. Fifth Ave., Sequim.
In conjunction with a Phoenix establishment, Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel is in charge of burial in the Spath family plot at Dungeness Cemetery.
Memorials: Myron Spath Scholarship Fund, Sequim Education Foundation, P.O. Box 3065, Sequim, WA 98382. The family requests no flowers.
Mr. Spath's trustee, June Robinson, may be contacted at 360-681-0674.
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