Obituaries | Jan. 6

Hazel Joy Danel

Hazel Joy Danel, 84, a former Port Orchard resident, died Dec. 1 in Silverdale.

She was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Casper, Wyo., to Floyd and Ethel Vant.

In 1947 she married Harold Danel in Bremerton.

She worked as a retail clerk and for various businesses and nonprofits.

She enjoyed boating with her husband and family. She also enjoyed golf, gardening, cooking and playing pinochle.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen (William) Duffy of Bremerton and Marsha (Steven) Pfeiffer of Port Orchard; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004 and a daughter, Susan Neill, in 2003.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Gabriel Parish in Port Orchard.

An online memorial is at www.rill.com.


Betty Jean Johnson

Betty Jean Johnson, 80, of Port Orchard died Dec. 22 in Bremerton.

She was born Aug. 27, 1931, in Tacoma to Theodore and Winford Prengel.

She married Leslie Andrew Johnson Jr. on June 14, 1952.

She worked for 16 years as a housekeeping supervisor at Ridgemont Terrace in Port Orchard, retiring in 1996.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening and her home and family.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Jeff (Lori) Johnson, Rick (Sue) Johnson and Tim (Kristi) Johnson, all of Port Orchard; a sister, Teddy Myers of Port Orchard; a brother, Donnie Prengel of Tacoma; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

An online memorial is at www.rill.com.


Roger Allen Nelson

Roger Allen Nelson, 83, died Dec. 26 at his home in Port Orchard.

He was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Fergus Falls, Minn., to Earl and Verna Nelson.

He married Beverly Haley on April 19, 1952, in Reno, Nev.

He served 20 years in the Navy, and later worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Naval Sub Base Bangor, retiring in 1983.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and collecting miniature liquor bottles.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kelly (David) Seals of Port Orchard, Shannon (Terry) Madche of Silverdale, and Haley (Bill) Robertson of Port Orchard; a brother, Terry Nelson of Minnetonka, Minn.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time. He will be buried at sea by the Navy.

An online memorial is at www.rill.com.


Mary (Molly) Grover Kersting

Mary (Molly) Grover Kersting, 84, died Dec. 31 at her home in Lakebay, Wash.

She was born May 31,

1927, in Edmonds, Wash.

She married Walter Kersting in 1964 and moved to Port Orchard.

She was a volunteer firefighter with the Bethel fire station for 10 years.

She enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherrie Peters of Gig Harbor and Nancy Manheimer of Bremerton; two sons, Dan Armstrong of Port Orchard and Jerry Kersting of Lakebay; a brother, Ken Grover of Silver City, N.M.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Miracle Ranch, 15999 Sidney Road SW, Port Orchard WA 98367, or www.cristacamps.com.

A celebration of life will be at noon Saturday at Rill Chapel in Port Orchard.

An online memorial is at www.rill.com.


Keith Millard Odegard

Keith Millard Odegard, 64, of Olalla died Dec. 22.

He was born Feb. 4, 1947, in Fargo, N.D., to Borghild and Millard Odegard.

He married Sharee Gigous in Kent in 1968.

He worked for the Boeing Co., Standard Oil Co. and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He also owned and operated a service station for several years in Grand Coulee, Wash.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Laurie (Eddie) Fletcher of Spokane; a son, Andy (Meredith) Odegard of South Kitsap; a sister, Sharon Bishop of Spokane; a brother, Neil Odegard of Troy, Mont.; and seven grandchildren.

An online memorial is at www.rill.com.


Boyd Edwin Bell

Boyd Edwin “Ed” Bell, 69, of Port Orchard died Dec. 23 at his home.

He was born Aug. 10, 1943, in Bremerton to Boyd and Doris Bell.

He served in the Army and later worked for the Boeing Co. and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, retiring after 41 years with the shipyard that included assignments in the Philippines and Singapore. He also worked for Todd Shipyard and most recently for Vigor Shipyard.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie; a daughter, Renae Van Slyke; three sons, Marty Bell (Jane), John Bell and Michael Bray; a sister, Vicki Palmer; a brother, Randy Bell; and 14 grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Center on Lincoln Avenue in Port Orchard.

An online memorial is at www.tuellmckeebremerton.com.


Franklin D. Fitch

Franklin D. Fitch, 77, of Port Orchard died Dec. 31 at St Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma.

He was born Jan. 4, 1934, to William and Helma Fitch in Port Angeles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill Fitch; a son, Frank Fitch Jr.; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Fitch; a son Michael (Gina) Fitch of Marrero, La.; two daughters Deanna (Steve) Geier of Bremerton and Teri McCurry of Moses Lake, Wash.; a stepson Rob (Jen) Camandona of Bellingham; a sister, Wilma Feulner; a brother, Ronnie Fitch; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life and potluck will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sunnyslope Community Center, 5830 SW Old Clifton Road in Port Orchard.

Donations may be made to cancer research organizations.

An online guestbook is at www.tuellmckeebremerton.com.


Michael L. Tifft

Michael L. Tifft, 53, died Dec. 27 at his home in Port Orchard.

He was born Nov. 14, 1958, in Minneapolis to Lowell and Maureen Tifft.

He married Elizabeth Doblon on June 27, 1986, in Agana, Guam.

He retired from the Navy in 1996.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and animals.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Emelita Tifft; his mother, Maureen Wendorf; a brother, Brian Tifft; a sister, Kathy Tifft; and one grandson.

An online memorial is at www.rill.com.

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