Archive - 2013
Adis Ronald Steele, age 53, passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 9, 2013, with his sisters Lynnette and Deanna at his side, following a courageous battle with cancer. His kind and gentle spirit entered this world on June 20, 1960 in Tonasket. He was born the second son to Robert R. and Alice F. Steele. He was a fun-loving little boy who loved the outdoors. He liked to fish, ride bicycles, and he spent many of his childÂ¬hood years with his sister Lynnette as his protector, and his tag-along sister, Deanna, as his companion.
Ralph Thomas Carney, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on October 9, 2013 at the age of 84. Ralph was born on August 21, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of William and Gladys (Groenstein) Carney.
Ralph was raised and attended school in the Cleveland area. In 1946 he joined the United States Air Force. He comÂ¬pleted his service in 1949 and was honorably discharged. After returning home, he started his five-year plumbing apprenticeÂ¬ship.
Mary J. Shisler, 59 of Spokane, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. She was born Oct.31, 1953 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to Herb and Nelda Shisler. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Mary is survived by siblings, Clifford, Nancy, Don, Joanne, Norma, Jim, Bill, Larry, Kathy, and sixteen nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
Michael Robert Chartier passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Oct. 31, 2013. He was born on Feb. 1, 1999 in Oregon City, Oregon, the son of Oda Roy and Doreen Louise (Elliott) Chartier.
Michael grew up in Addy and attended school in Colville, where he had many friends. He had a true uplifting spirit and an unforgettable smile that would leave a lasting impression with anyone he met.
Kenneth Gene Blanchard passed away on Oct. 30, 2013 in Colville. He was born on June 13, 1945 in Tifton, GA, the son of Buck and Addy (Bailey) Blanchard. Kenneth grew up in Tifton and moved to Albany, GA, where he met Barbara Partain. The two were married in April 8, 1963. The family then relocated to Florida when their children were young.
Kenneth and his wife Barbara moved to Colville 15 years ago and made their home here.
John â€śBudâ€ť Junior Martin, age 87, passed away on Oct. 27, 2013 in Colville. John was born on March 15, 1926 in Gifford, the son of John and Marie (Gregerson) Martin.
John was raised and attended school in Gifford and Hunters. He graduated in 1946. He married Bertie Tayloe on May 27, 1951 and together they moved to Everett, where he was employed at Boeing. Later, they returned to Colville and John began working at the Dallas Garage as a mechanic. With his experience in mechanics, he transferred to Colville Valley Concrete and later to Chopotâ€™s Lumber Company.
In the art world, it can be a challenge to strike a fine balance between expressing warmth without being sacchaÂ¬rine, or love without seeming schmaltzy.
Laurie Craft, 54, not only pulls it off, but excels at it through her multihued collages, which convey her affection for her family and friends. Perhaps itâ€™s because she isnâ€™t trying to send a message and doesnâ€™t consider herself to be an artist that her pieces have such a joyous effect on the viewer.
With rain and 50 mile per hour wind punishing the open expanse of Spokane Valleyâ€™s Plantes Ferry Park last Saturday, Colville cross country standouts Megan Lee and Kevin Carpenter took the opportunity to punch their tickets to the Washingtonâ€™s State Championship. While it was expected that Carpenter, a senior, would make his fourth and final trip to Pascoâ€™s Sun Willows Golf Club, it was Lee who shocked the field, running a personal course record on her way to an eye-opening third place finish.