Published on Wed, Jul 7, 2010
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Howard Carl Ratzman
A memorial celebration will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Red Lion Inn Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles, for Sequim resident Howard Carl Ratzman, who died June 30, 2010, at the age of 89.
Born May 30, 1921, in Chilliwack, British Columbia, he moved to Seattle after graduating from high school in Chilliwack.
He worked briefly for the post office, then joined the Army, stationed in Skagway, Alaska, as a radio code technician during World War II.
He married his wife, Erline in 1942, while serving in Alaska. They moved to Sequim after his service and he joined in a partnership with a friend to start an appliance business in Sequim. He later had several business ventures in Sequim and Port Angeles before moving his family to Port Angeles in 1960. He owned Howard's Honda at 933 E. First St., Port Angeles, before retiring in 1986.
The Ratzmans moved to Umpqua, Ore., in 1992, returning to the Olympic Peninsula in 2006.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Erline Ratzman; son and daughter-in-law Dean and Valli Ratzman of San Diego, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Georgeanne and Denny Nichols of Leavenworth; daughter-in-law Cynthia Ratzman of Bend, Ore.; sister Dode Oakes of Chilliwack; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Ratzman, sister, Helen Blair, and a granddaughter.
Floyd L. Griesinger
No services were reported for former Sequim resident Floyd L. Griesinger, who died June 24, 2010, at the age of 88 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Elgin, Iowa, to Fred and Ida Griesinger.
The family moved to Independence, Iowa, in 1939.
He worked for the REA and James Davis Electric as an electrician.
He joined the Army Air Corps in March 1942. Selected for aviation training, he completed pre-flight in Santa Ana, Calif., and trained in A-20s, B-25s, B-17s and B-24s.
As pilot of the B-24 Henry's Pride attached to the 446th Bomb Group and stationed at Bungay near Flixton, England, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two oak clusters, and Air Medal with three oak clusters, while flying 30 missions against the Third Reich.
He married Jeanette Sink of Carlsbad, N.M., in 1945 in Walla Walla.
He worked as an accountant for a potash mine near Carlsbad and returned to the Air Force in 1951. After several assignments in the United States and the Far East, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1970.
An avid fisherman, he spent many years living in an Air Stream trailer following the fishing seasons between Alaska and Mexico. He settled in Sequim in 1977 and relocated to Colorado Springs to be closer to family.
He is survived by his son William, daughter-in-law Dolora and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister Francis Gates.