Published on Wed, Jan 27, 2010
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Gene Eric Hallstrand
A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 29, at King's Way Foursquare Church, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road,
Sequim, for Gene Eric Hallstrand.
Mr. Hallstrand died Jan. 25, 2010, at the age of 92.
He was born Dec. 26, 1917, in Milwaukee, Wis.
He served in the United States Navy.
He was married to Ena "Skye" Hallstrand.
Eugene Clinton Masterson
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 121 W. Maple St., Sequim, for Sequim resident Eugene Clinton Masterson.
Mr. Masterson died Jan. 23, 2010, at the age of 83.
A reception follows at the church.
He was born April 29, 1926, in Independence, Mo.
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Corwin Macklin Henry Bell
A service will be held at a later date for Sequim resident Corwin Macklin Henry Bell.
Mr. Bell died Jan. 21, 2010, at the age of 85.
He was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Bertie Township, Welland County, Ontario, Canada, to Donald Henry and Alice Edith Bell.
Later he moved to Kenmore, N.Y., where he attended Kenmore West High and joined the ski, golf and tennis clubs. He also played trumpet in the school band.
He married Gloria Johnson on Sept. 16, 1946. She preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 1997.
They owned and operated a small dry cleaning business, Corwins Cleaners, before he joined the railroad. He became a ticket salesman, then clerk and finally towerman in the towers surrounding Buffalo, N.Y.
Former residents of Grand Island, N.Y., they moved to
Sequim after his retirement from the railroad in 1986. They built their home on the Dungeness River and enjoyed many visits from their children and grandchildren.
They were members of Sequim Prairie Grange and Mr. Bell helped with the lawn mowing and pancake breakfasts.
Mr. Bell is survived by his children Paula and Stan Nakayama, of Fairfield, Calif.; Greg and Lynda Bell, of Everett; Kathleen and Stephen Olszewski, of Grand Island, N.Y.; and Gary and Lori Bell, of Westminster, Colo.; and 10 grandchildren.
Eleanore May Phillips
Sequim resident Eleanore May Phillips died Jan. 19, 2010, at the age of 89.
She was born Jan. 12, 1921, in Wenatchee, to Henry A. and Eva May Manderville Fisher.
A complete obituary with service details will be published in an upcoming edition.
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Donald Bruce Kitchen • 1924-2010
Donald Bruce Kitchen was born January 29th 1924 to Donald Bruce and Pearl Kitchen in Los Angeles, CA. He joined his older sister Barbara to complete the family. The family moved to Seattle during the great depression.
Don grew up and attended school in West Seattle. In elementary school he met Glen Coman and they remained friends until now.
As a teenager Don had lots of adventures. He loved to spend time in the summer at Fortune Creek with his grandfather Judson Kitchen, on his mining claim. He also toured the west coast with his buddy Bob Platter, compliments of empty railroad boxcars.
While attending West Seattle High School he met and fell in love with Georgie Park.
Don was a merchant Marine and stepped up to be a US Marine when World War II began. While in boot camp in San Diego, CA he climbed over the fence one night and married his sweetheart. When boot camp was finished he was shipped out to the South Pacific.
While serving our country Don experienced hardship and horror that he rarely spoke of through the years.
Upon returning home at the end of the war, he met his first daughter who was already three years old.
Don found employment at Bethlehem Steel Co. in West Seattle. A second child, a son, was born the next year.
Don decided to take his family and move to Sequim. He and his parents purchased a small farm on Highway 101. Their driveway later became Kitchen Rd. There were two small houses on the place so Don and his dad added onto and fixed up one house for the family. It needed expansion room as two sons and two daughters were added to the family in the next few years.
Don worked very hard as a logger. His faithful workhorses were his crew and the most memorable horse "Old Bill" served him for years.
Don purchased a fishing boat "The Hawk". With a small dairy, large garden and two jobs, he worked very hard to provide for his family. His children learned about hard work and responsibility to your family and community.
In 1959 disaster struck when the whole family was hit head-on by a drunk driver. They were on their way to a family Christmas in Seattle. There were many injuries to several in the family, but all survived. Don suffered multiple injuries. When his injuries had healed, he was no longer able to log. He sold his logging operation and began a new phase of life.
Don tried door-to-door sales selling freezers. Later he would be admiringly accused of being able to "sell an Eskimo a freezer". It wasn't what worked for him.
Don went to Real Estate school and became a licensed salesman. He worked on a couple of developments building roads and selling lots. One of them was the first phase of SunLand. He then went in partnership with Ethel Clark at Sequim Realty. He had found his niche.
When Ethel became ill, Don purchased her interest in the partnership. He then became a broker and built a new office plaza on the east end of Sequim. He went on to build a very successful Real Estate firm selling a lot of land around Sequim. One of his most notable customers was John Wayne.
Don also invested in land around the area. When his children were young, he purchased a large property near Sequim. It included a herd of Angus cattle, which has had a strong influence on part of the family. This property has been known as "The Ranch", ever since. Many good times with round-ups and barbecues were had there.
In the early 1970s Don found a property that had irrigation and tremendous soil. He and his bulldozer created a beautiful lake that he stocked with trout. He built a house next to the lake. In his father's last years they worked together planting an amazing orchard. Many family members and friends have enjoyed the fruit of those trees. This remained his home until his death. In his retirement, Don went back to some logging. This time he had heavy equipment to help him. His firewood stacks became almost legendary.
Don's ability to create a parklike setting from a piece of raw land was truly a talent.
Don experienced loss in his lifetime. First losing his youngest son Dan in 1975. Then his father in 1977, his mother in 1981 and his oldest son Don in 1995.
Don, is survived by his sister Barbara Allison, of Wisconsin. His son Michael and Laura Lynne Kitchen, of Chimacum and daughters Linda and Ernest Anderson of Stanwood, Rachel and Ed Green and Karol and Mark Sanderson all of Sequim, twenty grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and many other relatives and dear friends.
Don passed away, surrounded by family, on January 18, 2010 in Sequim. He would have been 86 in 11 days.
Eva Barrett, former Sequim resident and real estate agent, passed away in Bellingham on Friday, January 22. She was 100 years old.
Eva was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 24, 1909 to parents Nephi and Dora (Pyper) Anderson. She grew up with four sisters in Fillmore, Utah and moved to southern California in her early teens. She graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1927, then moved back to Salt Lake to attend the University of Utah, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Art and a minor in English.
Eva had a life-long love for adventure and was always looking for the next challenge. She experimented with careers in interior design and work on Hollywood movie sets until World War II began. She joined the war effort first as a riveter "skinning" bombers, then joined the American Red Cross where she served the war years as a Red Cross Overseas Hospital Field Director in England, France and Germany. She fell in love with one of the soldiers she cared for and married Thomas Barrett in Paris, France on June 13, 1945.
Following the war, Eva moved to her husband's hometown near Rochester, New York. In addition to starting a family, she continued to explore various business and career opportunities. She worked for several years as the coordinator of volunteer labor for the New York State Hospital system in Rochester and also began a career in real estate.
She moved to Sequim, Washington in 1980 and, rather than retiring at age 70, obtained her Washington real estate license. She loved her life and her friends in Sequim and sold real estate until she was forced to retire at age 86 when she lost her eyesight.
Eva is survived by her son, Daniel (Janelle) Barrett, grandchildren Rebecca (Doug) Ross, Christina (Chad) Lareau, Shawn (Rachelle) Barrett, Michael (Mica) Barrett and 8 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
The family plans a private memorial service with arrangements pending by Moles/Greenacres Family Funeral Home.