Archive - Feb 19, 2013
Through the steady cadence of taps being played at the Colville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) comes the soft sound of weeping---Franseen â€śBennyâ€ť McKay mourns the brother she lost 70-years ago when she was a girl of 12.
In 1943, Air Corp 2nd Lt. William W. Bartlett was killed in action when his bomber was shot down over Austria while returning from its first mission. Bartlett, the planeâ€™s navigator, and the rest of his crew, were considered missing in action (MIA). Their bodies were never recovered.
Lillian West, 92, passed away Jan.31, 2013 at Buena Vista Nursing Home. She was born on Jan. 28, 1921 in Waverly.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Beaman (Greg),Hillsboro, OR, and Rex Willett (Linda), Spokane; four grandchildren, Cole Beaman (Christie), Aloha, OR; Katie BeaÂ¬man,, Hillsboro; Jeffri Willett, Colville; Keelan Willett, Spokane; five great-grandchildren, Kylie, Deviant, and Jennakai Willett, Colville; Tayla and Zuzana Beaman, Aloha.
Her loving and caring being will be missed by friends and family and by all who made her acquaintance.
Gerald Gene â€śJerryâ€ť Coffey passed away Jan. 27, 2013 in Spokane at the age of 77. Jerry was born on May 29, 1935 in Tuolumne, CA to Gerald and Ruth (Sorenson) Coffey.
Jerry lived in Minnesota and Iowa before moving to Colville in 1947 with his mother and stepfather, Perry Bockness. He graduated from Colville High School in 1953 and served in the Colville National Guard. Jerry married Sharon Wilson ion 1956 and together they had a busy family life raising their four daughters.
Lester Wilfred Riley was born on June 27, 1922 to William Lorenzo Riley and Audrey Lillian Steeley in New Meadows, Idaho. The Riley family moved to Rice in 1927 when he was five years old.
In 1943, Lester enlisted into the United States Army during Word War II, where he was assigned to the Combat Engineer Division and was stationed in the Philippines. While there he operated heavy equipment in the building of roads.
Francis â€śFrancoâ€ť Lee Swan, 59, a lifelong resident of Inchelium, passed away on Feb. 9, 2013 in Inchelium at his home. Franco was born on July 20, 1953 in Inchelium, the son of Corbett and Mildred (Meusy) Swan Sr.
On Jan. 25, 2013, our beloved mother, grandmother, and matriarch, Julia (Judi) Marie Braucher, passed into Our Lordâ€™s loving arms at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends.
Judi was born on Nov. 4, 1939 to Leigh and Ella Deaver, in Pasco. She attended Daisy School, which was consolidated and renamed Evergreen by her after she won a contest to rename the school. She attended high school at Kettle Falls High School, and afterwards, marrying her high school sweetheart, Robert Harrington, with whom she had eight children and who preceded her in death.