Maurice "Maury" Walter Medlen
July 27, 1927 - March 29, 2020
Maurice "Maury" Walter Medlen died at home in Sequim, Wash., at age ninety-two on March 29, 2020 of lymphoma.
Maury was born at home on Walnut Grove Farm near Annapolis, Missouri on July 27, 1927, to Anna Benson and Charlie Clarence Medlen. He was the youngest and last surviving of eight children. His siblings were Ida Pauline Medlen, Irma Louise Wilson, Clarence "Benson" Medlen, Katherine "Kay" Russell, Marion Medlen, Anna "Ann" Martin Fitchitt, and Charles Medlen.
At age seventeen Maury enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was in boot camp when an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He had sea duty in the Pacific, and helped take one vessel through the Panama Canal for decommissioning on the East coast. By the end of his enlistment, he was a Machinist Mate Third Class.
Maury graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1950. He then married Mary Margaret Kealey, moved to Washington, and then to Oregon, where his sons were born. His primary occupation for thirty-nine years was insurance agent.
Maury and Mary Margaret had three sons: Robert "Zane" Medlen (Kristen), William "Bill" Pardon Medlen, and Rex Walter Medlen (Joan). He has five grandchildren by his sons; Jeremy Daniel Medlen (Brandi), Justin Christopher Medlen, Kealey Ann Medlen, Ryan Rex Medlen (Felicia), and Andrew James Medlen. He has one great-grandchild, Zane Stephen Medlen.
Maury was married to Betty Patricia (Osborn) Medlen for forty-four years until her death in 2008. His step-children by Betty were Diana Kit Young (Sid), and Roger Stephen Kellar (Jo). Through Betty's descendants he has five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
At age eighty-four Maury married Donna (Still, Cole, Andre) Medlen, and they were married nearly eight years before his death. His step-children by Donna were Byron James Cole (Marge), Terry Dean Cole (Cheryl), and Judy Kaye Cole Jansen (Jim). Through Donna's descendants he has nine grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
A committed Christian, Maury most recently belonged to the Dungeness Community Church in Sequim. Maury was selfless, and put the needs of others ahead of his own. He is loved by all who knew him, and is missed by his family and friends.
His Memorial Service will be on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Dungeness Community Church located at 45 Eberle Lane in Sequim, Washington.