Kenneth W. DeFrang | 1915 - 2003 | Obituary

Kenneth W. DeFrang
Kenneth W. DeFrang

July 25, 1915 - February 24, 2003

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Kenneth W. DeFrang died of pulmonary failure in Port Angeles. He was 87.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., to Alfred and Ruth (Spur) DeFrang, he served with the Navy during World War II.

He worked in heavy construction and logging at Port Angeles, then as a commercial fisherman, charter captain and owner of Byllie Mae Resort, in LaPush.

Mr. DeFrang became a shipwright in Kodiak, Alaska, where he owned and operated Ken's Boat Repair for over 20 years before retiring at age 75.

In 1989, he returned to Port Angeles, where he was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and, on Dec. 18, 1997, married Marguerite Barnes.

In addition to his wife, Mr. DeFrang's survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Kenneth William and Ellen DeFrang Jr. of Vashon Island and Edward Alan and Amber DeFrang of Portland, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law Rita Mae and Michael Bashor of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter Byllie Dawn Ricketts of Everett; stepdaughters Donna Patrick of Olympia, Jenni Lynn Joppling of Portland, Ore., Barbara Gilmore of Kirkland, and Rosemary Deane and Colleen Bretches, both of Port Angeles; brothers William Lyle DeFrang, Donald Alfred DeFrang and Robert Percy DeFrang, all of Port Angeles; sister Marjorie M. Kettel of Bremerton; 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister Florence Allen.

Services: None. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge.

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