Published on Wed, Mar 10, 2010
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Judy Ann Cates
A celebration of life for Sequim resident Judy Ann Cates will be held from 4-6 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 10, at Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.
She died March 1, 2010, at the age of 59.
She was born April 3, 1950, in Yazoo City, Miss., to Hermon Earl and Nina March Cates.
After earning master's degrees in English and library science, she was an educator and administrator for 30 years in Houston, Texas.
She traveled extensively in Europe and North America. Following retirement, she purchased a recreational vehicle and traveled the United States. She worked as the office manager for the Discovery Bay RV Park since June 2009.
She loved history, philosophy, the arts, traveling, genealogy, reading, birdwatching, photography and scrapbooking.
She is survived by an aunt, her cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
George L. Durham
A celebration of life for
Sequim resident George L. Durham is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim. A military committal service for him will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.
Mr. Durham died Feb. 24, 2010, at the age of 88.
He was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Mount Vernon, to Manly and Genevieve Hansen Durham.
Raised in Sequim, he attended the old Dungeness School until he was 14.
He was drafted into the Army shortly after he married Yvonne Engebretsen on Nov. 28, 1942, in Everett.
A veteran of the European theater and a former prisoner of war, he earned several medals including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. He was on Omaha Beach three days after D-Day. A few months into fighting, he was captured and imprisoned by the Germans. He escaped the POW camp and eventually made it home to his wife and son.
He was a deputy sheriff for Snohomish County before he moved with his family back to the Olympic Peninsula in 1971 and started Darco Construction. He built many houses before his retirement in 1981.
In retirement, the Durhams enjoyed fishing as they traveled in the United States.
Mr. Durham became very active in the Ex-POWs Peninsula chapter. He served several terms as state commander and worked for veterans rights, services and benefits.
He also was active in the Masons and Veterans of Foreign Wars and founded the Home Builders Association of Clallam County.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; sons Ralph and Georgie; daughter Linda; sisters Betty and Viola; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and dozens of nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.
A memorial service was held for Sequim resident Laurel White, who died Feb. 20, 2010, of cancer at the age of 55.
She was born Dec. 5, 1954.
She is survived by her mother, Clara White, twin sister Lois and brothers Paul, Dan and Phil White.
John L. Siemens, M.D.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles, for Port Angeles resident John L. Siemens, M.D.
He died March 5, 2010.
He was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to William J. and Gertrude Connell Siemens.