Published on Wed, Oct 13, 2010
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Elizabeth Smith Platt
A celebration of life was held for Sequim resident Elizabeth Smith Platt.
Mrs. Platt died Sept. 18, 2010, at the age of 102.
She was born July 3, 1908, in Salmon, Idaho, to William and Mabel Ball Smith.
She married W. Emerson Platt on June 11, 1931, in Moscow, Idaho. She was postmaster in Huston, Idaho, and a bridge player.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Selma Sauve of Sequim; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a nephew.
Richard Shirley Colbert
A service was held for Sequim resident Richard Shirley Colbert, who died at the age of 80.
He was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Washington, D.C., to Shirley and Ruby Colbert.
He served in the United States Air Force as a navigator for 27 years.
He married Harriette McEuen on June 3, 1956, in Nashville, Ga. They were married for 36 years before they went their separate ways.
He enjoyed traveling and seeing the world. His main residence was in the Spanaway-Parkland area.
In August 1963, he met President John F. Kennedy in Bermuda. He was later offered a position to fly on Air Force One, but declined.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Dorothy and Jack Carleson of Sequim; daughter Tammy Colbert of Spanaway; sister and brother-in-law Cora and Phillip Spencer of Olympia; a nephew; and a niece.
Eleanor R. Radke
Private family services will be held for Port Angeles resident Eleanor R. Radke, who died Oct. 5, 2010, at the age of 85.
She was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Winner, S.D., to M.L. and Josephine Forman Suiter.
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ervin E. Wotasiak
Sequim resident Ervin E. Wotasiak died Oct. 6, 2010, at the age of 88.
He was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Chicago, Ill.
Irvin Boyd, 96, longtime resident of Sequim, passed away on September 11, 2010. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, WA on January 31, 1914 to Henry Boyd and Winnie (Byers) Boyd.
He graduated from Joyce in 1934 and ran a pack train in the Olympics from 1938 to 1940. His fondest memories were of those days.
He married Hellen Lindstrom on September 21, 1940 in Port Angeles. They had son Dennis in 1942, and daughter Anita in 1944.
Irv became a livestock dealer in 1946 with Fred Rice, taking over the business in 1953 after Fred's death and moving to Sequim in 1957. He raised Charolais cattle from 1965 to 1971. He sold the hauling business in 1968, having made many longtime friends along the way. He moved to his current home in 1973 and retired shortly after and was able to do some traveling.
The family took camping trips into the Olympics. Later, Irv went on trips with a group of local men who started meeting once a month and became known as the "Over the Hill Gang," which still meets today. He was the last of the original members.
He was an Honorary Grand Pioneer in 2008. Irv enjoyed playing cards, the OTHG meetings, and breakfast with the retired Olympic National Park employees, and going for drives. He liked sharing stories and pictures of his early days and keeping in touch with relatives and friends.
He was given extraordinary home care from Anne Byers (and Howard) and their daughter, Deanna Scalf. A special thank you to Darcy at Olympic Medical Home Health Nurses and Gayla and Bette from Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.
He was preceded in death by sisters Alice Aldridge and Helen McClure; wife Hellen in 1997; and son Dennis in 2006; daughter-in-law Becky in 1999. He is survived by daughter Anita Searcy (Carl); grandsons Nathan Koehler (Heidi Lewis) and Nicholas Koehler (Jessica Lesh); step-granddaughters Erica Parker (Dennis) and April Price (Tate); and one great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews and cousins A memorial will be held on October 24 at 2:00 pm at Sequim Prairie Grange. Donations may be made in his name to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98352.
Margarethe Katherine Plaskett
Margarethe Katherine Plaskett, 82, was born in Winlock, Washington to Hermann and Lucille (Schaeffer) Schramm. Mrs. Plaskett died of age related complications.
Living in Sequim at the time of her death, she spent her entire life in Washington State. She attended school in Winlock and upon graduation went to college at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle.
On June 16, 1951 she married Jack Wesley Plaskett, Jr. who died in 1998...they spent many years of their life traveling, exploring and building homes. In later life they owned and operated Dupuis Restaurant, where Margaret was still working at the time of her death. She was also employed with Demo Services of Costco.
Active in the local community, Margaret was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Sequim. She volunteered for many organizations and clubs including Homemakers of America, Master Gardeners, and the Sequim Museum (MAC). As a Master Gardener, Margaret readily shared her knowledge and love of plants with friends and novice gardeners alike. Her love of gardening coincided with her membership in the Homemakers of America where she served as a judge at the local fairs judging the home-canned food and preserves entries. Volunteering at the Sequim Museum allowed Margaret to share her love of the area and its rich history and encouraged all to visit the museum.
As an avid student of history Margaret had hopes of traveling to far off places that she had read about and had a library of books and magazines reflecting her interest in art, conservation, and the natural world.
Margaret was a teacher by profession and taught school in Clallam Bay, Washington. She was forever learning and teaching and willingly helped many young people along their journey. She was interested in sports, listening to the Mariners on the radio, watching the Seahawks and also became a very active horse racing fan. Her love of animals was well known and she was never without a cat or an adopted dog.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Frank William, who died at age 3 and her husband Jack. She is survived by her friends at Dupuis Restaurant, the Plaskett family, church members and the many good pals she has met along the path.
There will be a POTLUCK celebration of a life well lived on Saturday , October 16 from 1:00 p.m- 4:00 p.m. at Dupuis Restaurant.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Port Angeles Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.