Archive - Obituary
March 11th, 2014
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.
Harvey Lee Pankretz returned to Heavenly Father on Feb. 19. He was born at Reedley, CA on Sept. 25 1927 to Frank and Anna (Perry) Pankretz. He attended schools at Los Gatos, CA graduating 12th grade from Los Gatos. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy for three years, receiving an honorable discharge when his tour of duty was completed.
John L. Moore, a long-time resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on Feb. 14, 2014 at the age of 81. He was born on May 15, 1932 to Ed and Constance (Price) Moore in Danville.
John attended school at Deadman Creek, Boyds, and also in Kettle Falls. He moved around a lot in his earlier life. During that time, he worked for Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane, logged locally and also in Alaska.
William âBillâ Nieshe Jr., a 40-year resident of the Colville area, passed away on Feb. 11, 2014 in Colville at the age of 84. He was born on Oct. 2, 1929 in Bloomfield, Nebraska, the tenth of 14 children to William and Anna (Muth) Nieshe.
Bill began grade school in Nebraska before moving with his family to Skagit County. There he continued his education and left school early to work and support the needs of his family. Billâs career in the timber industry began in his early teen years and continued throughout his lifetime.
Walter Gustav Munk, a longtime resident of Kettle Falls, passed away at his home on Feb. 14, 2014 at the age of 84. Walter was born on Nov. 18, 1929 in Plaza, the son of Rudolph and Dorothea (BliÂŹesner) Munk.
Walter lived with his family in Plaza until 1934 when they moved to the Chewelah area. He graduated from JenÂŹkins High School in 1948 and was drafted into the United States Army in 1951. Walter served during the Korean War until 1953 and was honorably discharged.
Thomas Arthur Jones of Spokane was born on April 14, 1943, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tom passed at the age of 70 on Feb. 4, 2014.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Kaye Jones, and by his sister, Ruth.
Tom is survived by his son, Greg and wife Michele, and his three grandchildren, Jennifer and twins Justin and Tyler; daughter, SeDonni; son Thomas; son, Casey; cat, Qweeter; sister Tana; sister Laurel; brother, Kirby; brother, Gib; aunt Cleo; and numerous nieces and nephews.