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A small family gathering will be held in the spring to celebrate the life of Joe Ferguson, who died after a short illness, surrounded by his children, at home on October 23. He is survived by his two sons, Don of Ashland, Oregon, and John of Bellingham, Washington; his daughter, Glenna Campbell of Blyn; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His daughter, Theresa Selby, and wife, Bonnie, preceded him in death.
Born in Seattle, Joe came to Blyn with his parents, Art and Glenna Ferguson, at 6 years of age. He attended a one-room school in Blyn and graduated from Sequim High School in 1936. That same year, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. His experiences in the Coast Guard were the basis of many wonderful stories: serving aboard the Haida, an early steam-powered cutter in then-primitive Alaska; searching for Amelia Earhart; flying in the North Atlantic during World War II to provide air support for convoys; and exploring islands in the South Pacific at the end of the war.
He met Bonnie Paggeot, a shipmate's niece, in Seattle, and they married in 1943. They lived in Hawaii and Alaska before coming back to Washington and settling in Port Angeles in 1953. He retired from the Coast Guard in 1959 and subsequently worked for the Postal Department and the City of Port Angeles Water Department.
Joe loved Sequim Bay, and he and Bonnie returned there in 1970 to build a house and live only a short distance from his childhood home. A sailor all his life, he could often be found in a boat or mucking about on the beach. He was well-known for his love and appreciation of his wife, Bonnie, and their 65-year marriage, a succession of overweight Labradors and a good bottle of Scotch. He enjoyed 94 years of living his life his way.
His family wishes to express its appreciation for the help and guidance of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County in Port Angeles during the passing of both parents.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 7, 2012