Christian ‘Chris’ Hans Petersen
Deborah Schleve Wyant Arnold
Susan Carollo Wright
Barbara C. Collins
Mildred H. Englund
John W. Eilman
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Colonel Howard A. York
July 15, 1918 ~ March 01, 2011
Colonel Howard A. York, USMC (ret.) was born in Yacolt, WA July 15, 1918. He and his family moved to Longview, WA in 1929. Col. York was graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1935 and from the University of Washington in 1939. He attended U of W Law School for two years, during which he was in the top of his class. In the U he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity, Secretary of Oval Club, Captain of Scabbard and Blade, Captain of the UW Rifle Team, Secretary of the Minor W Club, and Cadet Colonel of the Infantry ROTC.
He received the Honor Graduate Commission in the Regular Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant, and terminated his law studies. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor aboard the USS West Virginia December 07, 1941. His ship being sunk, he went to flight training at Pensacola, FL and became a fighter pilot. He was commanding officer of a fighter squadron in the Pacific while the West Virginia was still in the Bremerton shipyard.
During a long and varied career Col. York commanded two Marine Fighter Squadrons, two Fighter groups, and two Marine Air Stations. He completed his final years in the Corps as a Strategic Planner for the Chief of Naval Operations, and then as Director of Marksmanship for the entire Marine Corps. He retired June 30, 1966. His awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit with combat V, Distinguished Flying Cross with gold star, Air Medal with 3 gold stars, and numerous theater and unit decorations. He was designated a Distinguished Rifleman, Distinguished Pistol Shot and AA Skeet Shooter. At his death he still held the World Championship with the Thompson Sub-machine Gun.
Col. York moved to SunLand in Sequim, WA in February 1975. He had been employed with Arcata Data Management in Hawthorne, CA for eight years, where he was Manager of Contracts and Purchasing. The company made Illustrated Parts Catalogs for Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed and the airlines flying those planes.
He was an accomplished hunter of birds and game, a Steelhead fisherman and an avid golfer, having at one time been a 6 handicapper, and Club Champion at Glenview, IL in 1959. He shot his age every year from 73 through 81. He was a Master Mason of Sequim Lodge, 32 degree and Shriner.
Col. York is survived by his best friend and beloved wife Elen, three daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
At Col. York’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service.
Phyllis Ann Howat
March 16, 1926
February 24, 2011
Phyllis Ann Howat was born March 16th 1926 in Seattle to Philip J, McDonald and Dorthea (Swanson) McDonald. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on February 24, 2011.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years Donald Howat; and five sons, Don and wife Martha, David and wife Terilee, Jim , Jeff and wife Su, Phil and wife Lauri; 11 grandchildren: Christopher, Anne, Nathan, Sam, Joy, Brookann, Janel, Kelsey, Emily, Jaime and Jake; nine great-grandchildren: Darby, Chase, Donovan, Ian, Phoebe, Holden, Donald, Henry and Madeleine; sister Marion Herrity; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dearest friend Unni Herne.
Phyllis met Don Howat in Seattle and they were married on December 12th, 1947. They lived in the greater Seattle area before retiring and moving to Sequim.
Phyllis grew up in Seattle and was a talented piano player who played as a young soloist with The Seattle Symphony. Swimming was a life long pleasure and she enjoyed swimming in waters all around the world, most recently at SARC where she adored her walking lane partners and locker room ladies. She worked for the YMCA teaching swimming and later with the Seattle School District as a Special Educator, known as “Teacher Phyllis”. She treated every child as her own and everyone loved her for her genuine care and compassion.
She excelled in any endeavor she pursued and was a consummate artist who expressed herself with her music and sewing. She was a supporter of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera for many years attending concerts and opera’s with her friend Unni and family. Phyllis had a passion for quilting and met many good friends through the Sun Bonnet Sue quilting group. She leaves her family with many beautiful reminders of her skills. Phyllis was an avid card player and looked forward to her card ladies who played Pinochle and Canasta on a regular basis.
Our Celebration of Life will be held at the Faith Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar Street in Sequim at 2:00 p.m. on March 19, 2011.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362 or Soroptimists Medical Loan Closet, PO BOX 126, Sequim, WA 98362.