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April 8th, 2014

Marc Jack Bircher

April 8, 2014

Marc Jack Bircher, of Kettle Falls, passed away on April 2, 2014. He was born on April 26, 1970 in Kellogg Idaho. He was raised in Colville and Kettle Falls, WA. He graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1988. Marc received his Associates Degree in Water Resources Management from Spokane Community College. Marc then went to work for High installing cellular towers in Oregon, Idaho, California, and Washington. Following this he became employed with Conoco Phillips on the North Slopes Alaska. He was later employed driving trucks for various companies in North Dakota.

March 31st

Joyce Ingle

March 31, 2014

Joyce Ledgerwood Ingle, wife of endodontist, Dr. John I. Ingle, died March 8, 2014. She was born June 4, 1918 in Colville, where John and Joyce were “childhood sweethearts.” They were married July 11, 1940, nearly 74 years ago.

March 26th

Joyce Ingle

March 26, 2014

Joyce Ledgerwood Ingle, wife of endodontist, Dr. John I. Ingle, died March 8, 2014. She was born June 4, 1918 in Colville, where John and Joyce were “childhood sweethearts.” They were married July 11, 1940, nearly 74 years ago.

March 19th

May Adeline Bonds

March 19, 2014

May Adeline Bonds passed away March 9, 2014 in Colville at the age of 85. She was born on January 5, 1929 to Harold and Claire Davis in Mason City, Iowa.
May worked as a nurse at Pinewood in Colville for over a decade. She worked in the infectious skin disease control area. May also took on the challenge to create the Certified Nurse’s Aide Training Program. After the State of Washington approved the program, she taught the class and took great pride in each student’s success. The program she created is still being used to this day.

Charles “Bert” Albert Lotze

March 19, 2014

Charles “Bert” Albert Lotze passed away at his home, surrounded by family, on March 11, 2014. He was born in Colville on February 24, 1935, to George and Cora (Wright) Lotze.
Bert grew up in the Onion Creek area and attended school there until high school where he attended Northport High School. At the age of fifteen, Bert helped Washington Water Power skid logs to be used for power poles to run electricity to Onion Creek.

Irene V. Mason

March 19, 2014

Irene Velma Mason of Kettle Falls passed away on March 8, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane at the age of 72. Irene was the daughter of Arthur and Alice (Layland) Rau of Kansas City, Missouri.
She especially enjoyed music, gardening, crocheting, home crafts, and traveling.
Irene loved reading books, especially westerns.  Her favorite authors were Louis L’amour and Zane Grey.  

Betty Fay Shaw

March 19, 2014

Betty F. Shaw, a 28-year resident of Colville, passed away peacefully in her home on March 12, 2014 in Colville at the age of 91. She was born on August 28, 1922 on a farm near Atwood, IL to Vern Edward and Elsie Pearl (Horton) Reeder. Of English descent, Betty’s ancestors immigrated to Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey in 1686.
When she was 13, Betty lost her mother to tetanus. Following high school, she majored in English at Eastern Illinois University, where she met her husband James Shaw.

Merritt Rice

March 19, 2014

Merritt D. Rice (78) of Metaline Falls, passed away on March 9, 2014 in Spokane due to complications from respiratory failure. He was born Feb. 22, 1936 at Pomeroy to George Henry Rice and Minnie Elizabeth Rice (Clark).
At the age of seven, the family moved to Lapwai, Idaho where the family farmed and cattle ranched. Merritt graduated from Lapwai High School in 1955.

Warren Slentz

March 19, 2014

Warren L. Slentz passed away on Feb. 21, 2014. He was born Dec. 2, 1929 in Colville.
He was a resident of Prestiage Care and Rehabilitation in Clarkston, where he passed away due to medical complications.
He was the son of Fred James Slentz and Mable Alice (Fjarli) Slentz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lewis Slentz; his sister, Winifred Wood, and by his wife, Delvina M. Slentz.
Warren is survived by his daughters, Shannon L. Picard, Winchester, Idaho; Colleen M. Loo, Juliaetta, Idaho.

Paul Humes

March 19, 2014

Paul Edwin Humes quietly joined his daughter in heaven early Sunday morning, March 9, 2014. 
Memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church, in Baton Rouge, LA on March 14, with Rev. Brad Franklin officiating. 
Born Nov. 19, 1942 in Colville, Paul attended Kettle Falls High School and later earned degrees from Washington State University and Oregon State University.  He joined the faculty of Louisiana State University in 1968 and retired in 2009 as Director of the School of Animal Sciences.

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