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After a brave fight against brain tumors, Hans Richard Kask went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2013.
He was born on May 10, 1939, in Tartu, Estonia, to Richard and Aino Kask.
In 1944, the Kask family left Estonia to escape from the advancing Russian army. They lived in Germany until 1949, when they immigrated to the USA, living in Olympia, Washington.
Hans graduated from Olympia High School in 1957 and St. Martin's College in 1961, and received his master's degree from Purdue University in 1963. He worked as a structural engineer and project manager for Weyerhaeuser.
Hans had a gift of leadership and was involved in many professional and civic organizations, including the Southwest chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington, Tacoma Engineers Club, Tacoma Jaycees, Toastmasters and Lions Club.
His love of music went through his life. He was a 30-year member of SPEBSQSA (barbershop singing), sang in many church choruses, organized quartets and musicals, and recently was a member of the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers in Sequim.
He enjoyed stamp collecting, gardening, playing bridge, traveling and reading. In 2001, he and his wife, Anne, retired to Sequim. On September 1, 2012, they celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Hans' parents, sister and brother preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters Kimberly (Richard) Amsden of Puyallup, Washington, and Linda (Brian) Glas of Seattle, Washington; and grandchildren Grace Amsden, Erika Glas and Paul Glas. Hans also leaves behind his brother, Mart (Linda) Kask of Seattle; nephews Andres Kask of Seattle and Alexsander Kask of New York City; and nieces Alisa Ferrier of Woodbridge, California, and Ingrid Rauch of Bellevue, Washington.
A memorial service will be at Sequim Community Church, 950 North Fifth Avenue, on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Sequim Community Church or PMGS at P.O. Box 2874, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
God bless the memory of Hans Kask.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 17, 2013