Published on Wed, May 26, 2010
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John Michael DeGutes A celebration of life for John Michael DeGutes will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 28, at The Elks Club, 143 Port Williams Road, Sequim. Mr. DeGutes died May 22, 2010, at the age of 73. He was born May 7, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wis., to John Warren and Kinga Marie Gorski DeGutes. He served in the United States Navy from 1959-1966 and achieved the rank of lieutenant. He married Mary Carroll on Jan. 18, 1964, in Minneapolis, Minn. They lived in Novato, Calif., for 27 years, until retirement to the Olympic Peninsula in 2000. Mr. DeGutes was a computer hardware salesman for Honeywell, Control Data, NCR and Hitachi. He formed Interactive Computer Equipment, a Bay Area technology company that did business around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Europe, South America and Asia. He is survived by his wife, Mary DeGutes; daughters Kate Carroll de Gutes of Portland, Ore.; Susan Mary DeGutes and Julia Margaret DeGutes, both of Novato; brother and sister-in-law Dennis and Sandy of Tempe, Ariz.; sister-in-law Ginny Carroll of Minneapolis; three nephews and two nieces. Memorial contributions may be sent to Olympic Medical Center Sequim Cancer Center, 928 E. Caroline St., Port Angeles.
Richard Nelson A graveside service was held in Tacoma for Sequim resident Richard Nelson, who died May 4, 2010, at the age of 72. He was born Feb. 4, 1938. He is survived by his daughters Kathy McComb, Rita Nelson and Kimberly Henry; sister Barbara Collier; and two grandchildren.
Patrick A. Stumbaugh Sequim resident Patrick A. Stumbaugh, died May 17, 2010, at the age of 83. He was born Feb. 10, 1927, in Ellensburg, to Alfred and Zora Lynch Stumbaugh. A complete obituary with service details will be in an upcoming edition. Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Donald Paul Brenneis August 4, 1932-May 11, 2010
Donald Brenneis passed away from heart failure on May 11, 2010. He was born August 4, 1932 in Denver, Colorado to Peter and Effie Brenneis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from March, 1952 to March, 1954. Army Sergeant Donald Brenneis was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart during his service to his country. Don was a much respected employee of the Denver Sheriff Department for 27 years. He retired from the Sheriff Department as a Captain in 1993 and enjoyed life on the farm near Kiowa, Colorado for many years. He raised and trained Arabian horses and he loved working with his tractor equipment, maintaining the farm. Don and Marilyn moved to Sequim, Washington in 2007 for the health benefits of living in a low altitude and moderate climate. He enjoyed life on the North Olympic Peninsula very much. He was on the go most of the time, visiting the sights and participating in activities that surround life on the Peninsula. His favorite part of the day was deciding where to have lunch. Don was an active member of the Sequim Senior Activity Center and volunteered his services to help others. Don was a member of the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors. He enjoyed the camaraderie, club activities and hunting the beaches for ‘good wood’ and then using his power tools and hand tools to turn the pieces of wood into works of art. Don loved animals and especially enjoyed spending time playing ball with his beloved Golden Retrievers, Punkin, Teddi, Honey and Bud. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, of Sequim, Washington; daughter Cathy Ferguson and husband Randy of Elizabeth, Colorado and daughter-in-law, Leslie Lawson of Aurora, Colorado. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason Ferguson and wife Raye, of Elizabeth, Colorado; Nicholas Ferguson, of Westminster, Colorado; Danielle Dickinson, of Aurora, Colorado; Benjamin Brenneis and wife Vanessa, of Parker, Colorado; Amanda Foss, of Parker, Colorado and Crystal Foss, of Westminster, Colorado. Great-grandchildren are Mackenzie and Kaden Dickinson, of Aurora, Colorado; Jared, Zachariah and Aaron Ferguson, of Elizabeth, Colorado and Christian Ruiz, of Parker, Colorado. He is also survived by his sisters; Maribelle Spencer, of Aurora, Colorado and Geraldine Samsow, of Denver, Colorado. Heartfelt thanks to Olympic Ambulance Co., Olympic Medical Center and Harrison Medical Center. A celebration of Don’s life will be held in July in Colorado. The place, date and time will be announced later.