March 11th, 2014
Joseph Michael âMikeâ Huff passed away at his home surrounded by his family on March 6, 2014. He was born on Oct. 1, 1938 in Seattle, the son of Leon and Doris (Jacoby) Huff.
Mike grew up in Bothell, where he attended school at St. Edwardâs Seminary, then St. Josephâs Seminary in California. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1959, proudly serving his county for four years. Although only serving in the Air Force for four years, Mike achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before his honorable discharge.
Ronald D. Spear, age 90, an 18-year resident of the Kettle Falls area, passed away on Feb. 28, 2014 at his home. Ron was born on Feb. 11, 1924. He was the oldest of three sons born to Walter and Myrtle Spear. He was born in Lone Pine, California and at an early age, moved to Glendale, California, where he graduated from Glendale Academy in 1942.
Clay Glen Sweat, a lifelong resident of Chewelah, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014 at his home on the ranch, where he lived his entire life. Clay was born on Sept. 20, 1937 to Elmer and Nellie Sweat. He attended and graduated from Jenkins High School in Chewelah in 1955. Following high school, Clay continued to work on the family ranch while serving in the Army National Guard for nine years.
Paula McDougal was born Feb. 5, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to the Kettle Falls area in her early twenties with her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Tisha. She had two more children here, Jessica and Jeremy, and made many, many friends in this area before moving back to Albuquerque.
After her children were grown, Paula moved back to Kettle Falls to be with her friends.
Paula was always the life of the party. She would do or give anything she had to her friends. She was a good cook and everyone liked eating at Paulaâs.
Charlie Steven Kress passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Colville. WA. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on Dec. 9, 1921, the son of Charles F. and Ella (Krogman) Kress.
Charlie grew up in Philadelphia and attended public school, graduating from Frankford High School with honors. While playing sandlot baseball, the high school baseball coach saw him and persuaded him to try out for the high school team, even though it was his senior year. He not only made the team, but led them to the championship.
Kenneth Lynn Nelson, the son of Joseph Kenneth NelÂson and June Louise Nelson, was born in Port Townsend on July 1, 1942. Ken passed away on Feb. 26, 2014 in Colville.
He grew up on the Olympic PenÂinsula. He always loved aniÂmals, and as a toddler, he was brave enough to be lowered into a well to save a drowning puppy. âButchâ loved the outdoors, hiking and fishing as a youth, and at the age of 17 he hiked to the top of Mount Olympus in tennis shoes with his lifelong friend, Terry Gossage of Port Angeles, and two others.
Marvin Devine Best, 79, of Colville, peacefully passed away on Feb. 26, 2014 at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital, surrounded by loved ones.
He was born August 1, 1934 to Denzil Frank Best and Anna Eva (Koerner) Best.
Marvin was a life-long resident of Colville, with the exception of several years of service in the U.S. Army.
John D. Steele, a lifelong resident of Fruitland, passed away on Feb.24, 2014 at the age of 82. He was born on March 28, 1931 to James and Mildred (Campbell) Steele in Hunters.
John attended school in Hunters, where he graduated from Columbia High School in 1949. After high school, he atÂtended State College of Washington (known today as Washington State University) and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He married his sweetheart Blanche on July 5, 1953 in Opportunity.
Kenneth Charles Rochon, a long-time resident of Colville, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014 at the age of 54. He was born in Everett to Charles and Mary (Scanlon) Rochon on July 14, 1959.
Ken started school at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Everett until the sixth grade, when his family moved to Granite Falls. He later graduated from Granite Falls High School.