Obituaries

Kathleen Joyce (Hofkamp) Nienhuis

Kathleen Joyce (Hofkamp) Nienhuis, age 72, Oak Harbor, Wash., passed away Feb. 18, 2019 at home in the arms of Eldred, her husband of 54 years. Born Aug. 16, 1946 in Worthington, Minn. She moved to Oak Harbor with her family in 1957 from their farm in Leota,...

Gordon Merle Labuhn

Gordon Merle Labuhn passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in the Providence Inpatient Hospice Unit, two weeks after celebrating his 85thbirthday with family and friends at his home on South Whidbey. Gordon was known for his gusto for life and his abiding faith and...

Norma Ruth Ackerman

Norma Ackerman passed away peacefully in Coupeville, Wash., on Feb 5, 2019 at age 84 after a long illness. She was born in Black Hawk County, Iowa, in 1934 to Walter and Ella Ackerman. She was a beloved sister, aunt, and friend to many, and is survived by her sister...

Camelia Truan Gutierrez

Camelia Truan Gutierrez, 72, of Oak Harbor, passed away at Skagit Valley Hospital, Monday, Feb. 5, 2019, following a brief illness.Camelia was born in Kingsville, Texas, on Feb. 10, 1946, to Eugenio Davila Mendez and Francisca Eloisa (Truan) Mendez. She was raised in...

Walter Henry Kleffel

Walter Henry Kleffel, LCDR, USN (Ret), longtime Oak Harbor and Bellingham resident, passed away at Whidbey Health Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, following a brief illness.Mr. Kleffel was born on Aug. 28, 1932, in Covina, Calif., to George and Elsbeth (Van...

Ann R. Lee

Ann Lee, of Coupeville, Wash., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Ann was a kind, gentle woman, a believer in Jesus, and was beloved as a sweetheart, wife, mother and friend. She truly loved all of God’s little creatures.Ann was born in San Francisco,...

Henry T. Foxx, Jr.

Henry Timothy Foxx Jr, age 81, peacefully answered God’s call to eternal rest on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at his home in Oak Harbor, Wash. Sonny, as his family affectionately called him, the second of six children, was born July 13, 1937 to the late Henry T. and Annie...

Edwin Charles Walker

Edwin Charles Walker, beloved husband, father, brother and friend to many,passed into the other realm on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 after 22 months of bravely fighting...

Clay L. Schroff, Jr.

Clay L. Schroff, Jr. AOC, USN (Ret), age 82, longtime Whidbey Island resident, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. Schroff was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on June 28, 1936, to Clay and Reetha (Green) Schroff. He...

Patricia Jean Frazier

Patricia Frazier passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, three days before her 83rdbirthday. She grew up in Redmond, Wash., married Kenneth Frazier, Sr. and raised seven children in Kirkland, Wash. When she became single, she made the move to Oak Harbor,...