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Carla A. Carlson, Lawrence Arthur "Pete" Graves, Donald "Luke" Morrison, Thomas C. Van Flandern, Richard Hugh "King" Vogel, James J. Sollitt

Clara A. Carlson

Sept. 22, 1906 -- Jan. 10, 2009

Longtime Port Angeles resident Clara A. Carlson died in her home of age-related causes at 102.

She was born in Oakland, Calif., to Alonzo Bell and Minnie Kate (McElroy) Hendrickson.

She married Ralph E. Carlson in San Francisco on Aug. 18, 1927, shortly before becoming a registered nurse.

The Carlsons lived many places while he served with the Army and the American Red Cross. She worked as a nurse.

When the Carlsons moved to Port Angeles in 1971, they became active in the community.

She was a member of Monday Musicale, League of Women Voters, American Humanist Association, the Story People, Veterans for Peace and a charter member of the National Organization for Women.

She read voraciously and wrote insightful letters and essays.

Mrs. Carlson is survivors by daughters Clara Lou Wentner of Lafayette, Calif., Elan Carlson of Port Angeles and Sigrid Carlson of Hilton Head, S.C.; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her husband died in 2004 at the age of 101.

Services: At her request, none. Linde Family Funeral Service Sequim, was in charge of cremation.

Memorials: Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, P.O. Box 2014, Port Angeles, WA 98362; and Women in Livestock Development at WiLD Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.

Lawrence Arthur 'Pete' Graves

Jan. 15, 1926 -- Jan. 11, 2009

Former Forks resident Lawrence Arthur "Pete" Graves died of natural causes in White Salmon. He was 82.

Services: Friday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m., celebration of life in Gardner Funeral Home, 1270 N. Main Ave., White Salmon.

Donald 'Luke' Morrison

Dec. 19, 1942 -- Dec. 31, 2008

Donald "Luke" Morrison died at his home in Port Townsend. He was 66.

He was born to Wendell Cory and Molly (Haydin) Morrison in Kelowna, British Columbia.

He married Shari Smith on July 5, 1982.

Mr. Morrison served in the infantry division of the Canadian armed forces.

In the early 1970s, he began his career as a professional wrestler under the names "Lumberjack Luke" and "Beautiful Brutus."

He wrestled throughout the United States and western Canada.

Mr. Morrison was inducted into the Northwest Wrestling Hall of Fame and won the Calgary Stampede Wrestling Tag Team title in 1976 with Prince Tapu.

He retired from wrestling in the early 1980s and spent the rest of his life in Port Townsend.

Prior to his death, Mr. Morrison and his wife owned and operated Master Cleaners, a dry cleaners.

Besides his wife and parents, Mr. Morrison is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Andrew and Roberta Morrison of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Joseph and Kerrie Morrison of Port Angeles; daughter and son-in-law Krystal and Nick Pirolo of Littleton, Colo.; daughter Kendra Morrison of Chimacum; brothers and sisters-in-law Barry and Marlynn Morrison of Edmonds, Gerry and Susan Morrison of Kelowna, British Columbia, Jim and Marilyn Kelly of Surrey, British Columbia, and Rick and Diane Kelly of Kelowna, British Columbia; sister and brother-in-law Jane and Bob Norton of Delta, British Columbia; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda.

Services: To be announced.

Kosec Funeral Home, Port Townsend, is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas C. Van Flandern

June 26, 1940 -- Jan. 9, 2009

Sequim resident Thomas C. Van Flandern died of colon cancer in Swedish Hospital, Seattle.

He was born in Cleveland to Robert F. and Anna Mary (Healy) Van Flandern.

He graduated from studying astronomy at Xavier University in 1962 and Georgetown University in 1964, then received his doctorate from Yale University in 1969.

Dr. Van Flandern was an astronomer at the Naval Observatory for 21 years and worked as a consultant for the global positioning system. He also started META Research to explore topics in his book, Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New Comets.

He was a member of Sigma Xi.

Dr. Van Flandern married Barbara Ann Weber in Fort Thomas, Ky., on July 6, 1963.

In addition to his wife, survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Michael and Melissa Van Flandern of Seattle, Brian and Debra Van Flandern of New York City and Kevin and Jennifer Van Flandern of Renton; daughter and son-in-law Constance and Philip Scher of Eugene, Ore.; brother William Van Flandern of Guys Mills, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Services: Today, Jan. 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., celebration of life in The Lodge at Sherwood Village, 660 Evergreen Farm Way, Sequim.

Burial will be private. Linde Family Funeral Service, Sequim, is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Hugh 'King' Vogel

April 16, 1954 -- Jan. 9, 2009

Richard Hugh "King" Vogel died in Port Angeles of respiratory failure. He was 54.

He was born in Port Angeles to Richard Hugh and Janette (Irving) Vogel.

A member of the Makah tribe, he killed his first bear at 13 and was happiest when involved in outdoor activities.

He graduated from Neah Bay High School and worked as a logger in Neah Bay from 1971-1995.

Mr. Vogel also worked on the Ozette archeological dig in the 1970s and in road maintenance for the city of Port Angeles and Clallam County road departments.

He enjoyed woodcarving, cutting wood for himself and others, hunting and fishing.

In 1973, he married Melissa Peterson in Neah Bay. They had two children and divorced in 1981.

Mr. Vogel and Normajean Huggins of Neah Bay became a couple late in 1980s.

He is survived by his partner Normajean Huggins; son Micah Vogel and daughter Madeline Celby, both of Seattle; brothers Russell Vogel of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Rory Vogel of Brier; stepmother Lydia Miller Vogel and stepbrother Charles "Moose" Parker, both of Clallam Bay; stepsisters Kim Parker Gregory and Keely M. Parker, both of Neah Bay; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister Christine Vogel, foster brother Wendell Cooke, and grandparents Ray and Margaret Allabush Irving and Mary Louise and Ralph Vogel.

Services: Thursday, Jan. 15, noon to 3 p.m., visitation in Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, 105 W. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

Then on Friday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. service in the Assembly of God Church, Third and Fort streets, Neah Bay, with Pastor James ¬­Kallappa officiating. Dinner will follow at the community hall.


James J. Sollitt of Sequim, who died Jan. 4, is survived by son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Virginia Padden Sollitt of Kirkland, who were incorrectly identified in the obituary published Tuesday on Page A6.

It appears in corrected form at

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