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Calvin William Clemons, Ray Madison Sowards, Amy E. Whitbeck, Henry A. Zepeda, Earl Stone

Calvin William Clemons

Aug. 29, 1935 -- Aug. 9, 2002

Calvin William Clemons died in his Port Angeles home at age 66.

Born in Port Angeles, he was a highly decorated career soldier on active duty with the Army from 1953 to 1973, including the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He is survived by his fiancee Mary Ann K. Johnson of Port Angeles, one daughter and one sister.

Services: At his request, none. Drennan & Ford Funeral Home is in charge.

Ray Madison Sowards

March 10, 1917 -- April 3, 1943

Ray Madison Sowards died in Forks at age 85.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Oscar and Marie (Vander Mate) Sowards.

He served in the Army.

On April 3, 1943, he married Ione O. Son in Quilcene.

Mr. Sowards was a jack of all trades in the logging industry in and around Quilcene for Buck Mountain and Lee Martin Logging.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling to Arizona during the winter. He also enjoyed woodworking.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Sowards" survivors include son and daughter-in-law Don and Bessie Sowards of Tacoma and son Charles Sowards of Escondido, Calif.; daughter Hazel Matthews of Sequim and daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Paul Samson of Tacoma; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter Betty Perrault and two grandchildren.

Services: None. Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, Port Angeles, is in charge.

Memorials: Forks Long Term Care, 530 Bogachiel Way, Forks, WA 98331.

Amy E. Whitbeck

June 29, 1915 -- Aug. 10, 2002

Former Beaver resident Amy E. Whitbeck died in Montesano at age 87.

She was born in Long Beach, Calif., to Clarence LaField and Charlotte (Killam) Bentley.

She graduated from Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing in 1937.

While a resident of Beaver from 1949 to 1957, she was president of the PTA, a leader in Girl Scouts and Mother Adviser with Rainbow Girls.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Don Wyman, whom she married Nov. 2, 1937, and Frank Whitbeck, whom she married Oct. 27, 1962.

Survivors include daughters Elizabeth Haubrick of Port Angeles, Jean Denson of Eugene, Ore., and Janice Thacker of Bend, Ore.

Services: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitation in Whiteside Family Mortuary, 316 W. Young St., Montesano; followed by funeral at 2 p.m. in Montesano United Methodist Church, 401 E. Spruce St., Montesano. Interment will be in Montesano Wynooche Cemetery.

Memorials: Montesano United Methodist Church, Montesano Fire Department or Montesano Order of Eastern Star.

Henry A. Zepeda

Dec. 8, 1924 -- Aug. 8, 2002

Former Forks resident Henry A. Zepeda died in his Centralia home at age 77.

He was born to Modesto T. and Juanita (Schilling) Zepeda in San Antonio, Texas.

He graduated as valedictorian of Luther Burbank High School. In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Yorktown during World War II.

After discharge from active duty in Bremerton, Mr. Zepeda did contract work in Alaska for the Navy.

In 1951, he graduated from the University of Washington School of Forestry, then worked for Rayonier in Hoquiam before being employed by the Department of Natural Resources for 30 years. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Zepeda married Elizabeth "Betty" Quigg on July 21, 1956, in Hoquiam.

The family made its home in Olympia and Omak before moving to Forks in 1965, and relocating to Centralia last year.

In Forks, Mr. Zepeda was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters-in-law Andrew and Anita Zepeda of Alhambra, Calif.; Thomas "Ham" and Teresa Zepeda of Jerome, Idaho, James "Luke" and Ruth Zepeda of Lynnwood, Matthew and Monica Zepeda of Olympia, and Mark and Katrina Zepeda of Owatonna, Minn.; daughters and sons-in-law Margaret "Peggy" and Paul Caldwell of Vienna, Austria, Agnes and Joe Laubacher of Tracy, Calif. and Mary Kate Zepeda of Pasadena, Calif.; brothers John Zepeda of Denison, Texas, and Edmund Zepeda of Moxee City; sisters Ann Van Griner and Stella Sattelmaier, both of San Antonio; and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Ernest and Richard Zepeda and by sister Amelia Henarie, all of San Antonio.

Services: Monday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitation in Sticklin Funeral Chapel, 1437 S. Gold St., Centralia, followed by a 7 p.m. vigil in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Centralia; Tuesday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m., funeral Mass, also in St. Mary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tuan Nguyen as celebrant. Interment will follow at Claquato Cemetery.

Memorials: Thomas Aquinas College, 10,000 N. Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060.


Earl M. Stone was preceded in death by his wife, the former Doris M. Waller, in July 1998. Incorrect information was published in the obituary published Friday on Page A4.

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