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John Regelbrugge III Obituary

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John Regelbrugge III, 49, died of injuries sustained in mudslides in Oso, Wash., in March 2014.

Married 17 years, John and Kris Regelbrugge were an affectionate couple, who adored each other and hosted countless bonfires for the neighborhood, said Debby Rule, a former neighbor. The couple had three sons and two daughters. The couple's third son, who lived with them, had left for work at a lumber mill just before the slide.

John was a 32-year-Navy veteran. He was the officer in charge of the Everett detachment of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Kris was a stay-at-home mom, Rule said. Kris Regelbrugge "had a great heart, a wide-eyed innocence. She was a lot of fun and a wonderful mother," said John's brother, Joe, who along with siblings Greg and Danny, and their nephews, searched for the bodies of John and Kris.

"They were just great people," Joe said. "When you walked into their home, you knew you were welcome."

Courtesy of The Seattle Times
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