John Eilman, at the age of ninety-three, died at home on Monday, March 14, 2011, in Sequim, where he had lived for thirty years.
John was born to Arnold and Anna Eilman in Detroit, Michigan on February 20, 1918. His family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1920 where he lived and worked until his retirement. In 1946 John married Jean Cerletty, his wife of sixty-four and a half years.
Mr. Eilman enlisted in the Army in 1943 and was assigned to the European Theatre of Operations. Serving in the 354th Company of the Army Corp of Engineers, John took part in the Omaha Beach Landing, which was the beginning of the Allied Invasion of Europe in World War II.
Honorably discharged in 1945, John trained as an ironworker and walked the high-rise buildings in East Chicago, throwing and catching the hot rivets used in steel construction.
John was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and a charter member of SARC.
John is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Richard and fiancée Marie Rosemund; grandsons, Justin and Patrick Eilman and eighteen nephews and nieces whose lives he enriched. A daughter, Susan Ann, preceded him in death in 1965.
Margie Finger, one of his nieces from Milwaukee, spent several weeks with John and his family providing appreciated support and care during his illness, as did the staff of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. 8th St. Port Angeles, WA 98362, where memorial donations may be sent in John’s honor.
Burial will be at St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A memorial service will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 121 E Maple St., Sequim, WA at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 26th.
John will be remembered by family and friends for his quick wit, sense of humor, his generosity, as well as his delicious baking projects. John would also like it to be noted that after 4,326 card games of “Spite and Malice” with his wife, Jean, he was “three up” on her when he left early Monday morning.
Gordon ‘Mickey’ StoddardA service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Faith Baptist Church, 7652 Old Olympic Highway, Sequim, for Port Angeles resident Gordon “Mickey” Stoddard. The Rev. Lonnie Jacobson officiates.
Diana Lynn Jay
William J. Rowland
Richard Vanderburgh Thurrott
Dr. C. Robert ‘Bob’ Starks Jr.
Jesse Gordon Burdick, M.D.
Daniel L. Pearson
Drennan Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Robert “Bob” Clayton Becker
Robert “Bob” Clayton Becker’s journey on earth ended Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:15pm while he was sleeping; his family had been by his side all day. Bob was born in Port Townsend, on May 2, 1925 to Ethel Amelia and Edwin Arthur Becker Sr. In the late 1920’s the Becker family moved to the Dungeness area, later moving to Towne Road where the descendants of the Becker family continue to live. As a young man Bob worked on the farm with his father where he put in hay and worked a large garden that fed the entire family. He cut firewood with a cross cut saw to earn money to take his girlfriend Edith Sprague to the movies on either Wednesday or Thursday nights, it cost 21¢ a piece to get into the theater at that time. In 1943 Bob and Edith married. Two weeks later Bob was called upon by the Army to serve his country. While there he earned a medal for “marksmanship”. After he returned to Edith in 1944 they started their family and had four children; Mark, Tom, Neila, and Jeff. Bob always loved to fish; he would fish by himself, with friends and with his kids. Bob built many houses from Sequim to Lake Crescent over the years always making every detail count but allowing for changes to be made along the way. Bob worked as a paving truck and road sander driver for the Sequim County Barn sometimes going as far as Walker Mountain. He also worked at Fiberboard until it shut down and then for PenPly until it was sold.
He ended his career at Nestlé’s Carnation in Moses Lake, WA. When he retired he went into metal salvage for the next 20 years; no matter what it was he would recycle it! Bob was an Elder of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and a Life Member of the Naval Elks Lodge #353 in Port Angeles. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and his brothers; Joel, Archie & Matthew Ellis, and Edwin Becker Jr. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Edith, his sister Helen Jarvis, his brother Charles Becker, all four of his children, 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a few great great-grand children. The family wishes to thank Dr. Larri Ann Mishko of the Jamestown Medical Clinic for her loving care of our father and Hospice RN Betty Woods who cared for him with love, dignity and respect. Her presence was a comfort and blessing to the entire family. There will be a Celebration of Bob’s Life on May 7th. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County at 540 East 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA. 98362-6222 for the wonderful service they provided to Bob in his last few months of life.