Obituaries

Leroy “John” Hennrich

— July 1, 2019

Leroy “John”Hennrich, 99, passed away July 1, 2019 at the family home on Whidbey Island. The seventh of Charles and Hattie Hennrich’s eight children, John was born on the family farm near Doe Run, Mo., February 27, 1920. He enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and was stationed on Ford Island during the December 7, […]

Joe L. “Bud” Metcalfe, Jr.

— June 15, 2019

Joe “Bud” Metcalfe passed away June 15, 2019, in Oak Harbor, Wash. at the age of 89. He was surrounded by many family members. Bud was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Wauconda, Wash. He grew up and went to school in Tonasket, Wash. Bud left the east side of the state to try to find […]

Charla Dawn Bittner

— May 25, 2019

Charla Dawn Bittner (born Sundquist) of Freeland passed into Heaven on May 25, 2019 at the age of 63.  She was a remarkably caring woman who shared her heart and faith with others and brightened the lives of those around her even when struggling with her own health issues.  Charla was the loving mother of […]

LaVonne Georgette Higley

— May 14, 2019

LaVonne (Bonnie) Higley, Centralia, Wash., passed away quietly Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at her daughter’s home in Oak Harbor, Wash., surrounded by her family. She was 95. It’s hard to capture all that she was in a few words. There aren’t enough to describe the incredible woman, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend who graced […]

Jack Dow Owensby

— June 22, 2019

Jack Dow Owensby, age 82, longtime Coupeville resident, passed away at his home June 22, 2019, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Owensby was born in Shamrock, Okla., on Jan. 13, 1937, to Jess and Rose (Tate) Owensby. He moved to West Point, Calif., with his family at age 12. Jack was married to Darlene Gay […]

Bruce Anderson

— June 16, 2019

Longtime South Whidbey resident Bruce Anderson passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Homeplace in Oak Harbor. Bruce was born in Seattle on August 4, 1947, but moved to Clinton in 1975 with his wife, Judi, and sons Shane and Jesse. Bruce was known on the island for his many occupational skills that […]

Patricia I. O’Dell

— June 12, 2019

Patricia Irene O’Dell passed away peacefully at Skagit Valley Hospital, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. She was 87 years young. She was born on Friday, July 10, 1931 to Henry and Stena (Zylstra) Hilberdink. She was a devoted spouse to Robert “Bob,” mother to Bill, and grandmother to Hannah and Catie. Pat was a lifelong […]

David J. Sellers

— June 7, 2019

David J. Sellers passed away peacefully on June 7 at the age of 85 at his Beverly Beach home on Whidbey Island. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Dianne Shiner, his six children, their spouses, three stepdaughters and stepson-in-law, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Skip, […]

Linda R. Venetti

— May 26, 2019

Linda Venetti passed away May 26, 2019 in her home, peacefully, with her husband, John, and sons Johnny and Bo Venetti, present. Linda was born in Seattle, Nov. 24, 1948 to Noble Baldwin and Hazel (Stevens) Baldwin. She has lived on Whidbey Island for 40 years, other than a couple of years in California. She […]