Kenneth Ray Yonce (January 28, 1941 - March 31, 2013)

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Kenneth Ray Yonce of Port Angeles passed away on March 31, 2013, from heart failure. He was 72 years old.

Ken was born to Everett Ray and Norma Edith (Hale) Yonce in Sacramento, California, on January 28, 1941.

He attended schools in the Fort Jones area of California and Auburn Community College in Auburn, Washington.

He married Janice (Littrell) Cox on August 9, 1965, in Carson City, Nevada.

Ken worked as an operating engineer for most of his life and belonged to the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302.

He loved the process of restoring antique automobiles and was a charter member of the Peninsula Dream Machines. He also enjoyed fishing (especially for halibut) and being involved with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Yonce of Port Angeles; sons David Wessel, Leland (Cherri) Cox, James (Donna) Cox and Randy Yonce; and daughters Karan Fletcher, Lenette (Danny) Kendrick, Kelly Randolph and Lesa (Dave) Garst.

He is also survived by his brother, Jim (Ann) Yonce; sister Helen (Jack) Witschger; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, with another due in August.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, son John Yonce and granddaughters Stephanie Cox and Jessica Yonce.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Carrie Blake Park, 202 North Blake Avenue in Sequim. Food and beverages will be provided. Those who knew and loved Ken are invited to join his family for the celebration.

Memorial contributions should be made to St. Jude Medical, Attention: Donations, 1 St. Jude Medical Drive, St. Paul, MN 55117; or to the Peninsula Dream Machines, P.O. Box 1413, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 26, 2013
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