Archive - Nov 2013 - Obituary
William â€śBillâ€ť P. McKinney, age 68, a 13-year resident of Curlew, passed away on Nov. 11, 2013 at his daughterâ€™s home in Colville after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born on Nov. 9, 1945 in El Dorado, KS, the son of Lawrence George and Rose Guida (McKinney) Anderson.
Bill began his education in El Dorado, and then moved with his family to Dallas, TX, where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. He received his diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1965 and then attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.
William â€śBillâ€ť Ray DeWitt, a longtime resident of Stevens County, passed away on Nov. 9, 2013 in Colville at the age of 75. He is also known as Dad, Papa and Pops to many people whose lives he touched.
Bill was born to William and Ruth (Benton) DeWitt in Buckeye, AZ on Sept. 22, 1938.
Fred William â€śBillâ€ť Benson of Kettle Falls passed away in his sleep on Oct. 28 in Spokane. Bill was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on Jan. 18, 1926. He graduated from Ogden High School, went into the Air Force for two years, and then graduated from Weber College with a two-year degree in Arts and Science. After proposing on their second date on August 16, 1950, Bill married Shirley Lee Taylor in Ogden, Utahâ€”just 11 days after they met each other.
Â Renata Kubiak passed away peacefully Nov. 5, 2013 at her sister's home in Cheektowaga, NY, at the age of 62 after a battle with Lung Cancer.Â She graduated from Mount Mercy Academy (Class of 1969) in Buffalo, NY. Â
Jeffrey Robert Sphuler, 54, died at his home where he resided with his daughter, Lizabeth Sphuler, and grand-daughter, Jasmine Sphuler, in Walla Walla Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Jeff was born May 6, 1959 at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville. He went to grade school in Marcus and graduated from Kettle Falls High School. As a young boy, he enjoyed photography. In 1977, he was wed to Joyce Matlock and together they had four children.
James â€śJimâ€ť D. Christian, a resident of Colville, passed away on Nov. 5, 2013 in Medical Lake at the age of 44. Jim was born on Feb. 15, 1969 in Seattle, the son of Glenn Michael and Diane Marie (Terry) Christian.
Jim spent his early years in Renton, where he atÂ¬tended school through the eighth grade. When Jim was 13, his family moved to Colville, where he finished his education and graduÂ¬ated from Colville High School in 1987.
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.