Archive - Obituary
June 20th, 2012
Muriel June Kolbe-Briody, a seven-year resident of Colville, passed away on June 14, 2012 in Colville at the age of 94. June was born on June 23, 1917 in San Francisco, CA, the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Goldsworthy) Johansen.
June was raised in the Petaluma, CA area, where she attended school. She graduated in 1936 from Petaluma High School and began singing with the San Francisco Opera as a contralto.
Harold Graber passed away in Colville on June 12, 2012 at the age of 101. He was born on Dec. 1, 1910, the son of Henry and Rhoda (Wilson) Graber in Donnellson, Iowa.
Harold was raised on the family farm in Donnellson. He graduated from Livermore High School. After high school, Harold attended welding school in East Peoria, Illinois and also worked for Caterpillar Tractor there until he was drafted into the Army in 1941. He served in the South Pacific during WWII until his discharge in 1945.
Edna Visger, 88, formerly of Libby, MT, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at Pinewood Terrace Nursing Home in Colville on June 8, 2012. She was born Sept. 13, 1923 to Cally Wilson and Janet (Helps) Wilson at Fromberg, MT. Her father died shortly after her birth. Edna grew up in eastern Montana and was adopted by her step father, August Johnson.
The family moved to Libby in 1936 where Edna continued her education. She graduated from Libby High School. Following high school, Edna married Paul Moody in 1942. The couple raised two daughters, Sandra and Callie.
Erica Carlson passed away the morning of May 31 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane with all her children present, after a fulfilling 88-year journey on earth.
She was born in Priest River, Idaho on Oct. 1, 1923, one of seven children to Gerhard and Lilly Kempff. Her earlier years were spent in the woods surrounding the Priest Lake ExperiÂ¬mental Station, where her father worked as a forester. Later, she moved with her family several times throughout the counÂ¬try before settling in Spokane, where she graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.
Belle Michael, a lifetime resident of the Kettle Falls area, passed away June 13, 2012 at the age of 88. She was born on August 29, 1923 at Barnaby Creek to Frank and Mary Ann (Sinclaire) Kaelber.
Belle graduated from the Inchelium High School in 1941. In 1943 she married William Orin Michael in Coeur dâ€™Alene, Idaho. A few years after their marriage, they moved back into the area. Every year the family would make a trip to Seattle to see family.
Harry â€śEdâ€ť Benshoof, born Jan 17, 1942 in Bowbells ND, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Kingman, AZ where he has lived the last 15 years.
Ed proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Ranger after growing up on the farm in Flaxton, ND. After returning from the Navy, Ed resumed farming followed by working in heating/refrigeration, trucking, and mechanic work.
Ed had many passions and hobbies that he enjoyed. His hobbies included restoring classic cars and trucks, showing cars, traveling and showing horses.
Margaret J. Thomas, a 59-year resident of Colville, passed away on June 11, 2012 in Spokane. Margaret was born on March 27, 1919 in Yakima, the daughter of Frank Floyd and Hilda Gertrude (Hansen) Briskey.
She was raised in Yakima where she attended school and graduated in 1936. Margaret then worked in the family orchards and packing houses. It was in 1946, that she met and married James Lowell Thomas in Yakima. On Aug. 1, 1948, their son, Gary, was born.
Marion Ethel Holland, age 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2012 at Pinewood Terrace, her home for the past few years.
James â€śJimâ€ť R. Crawford, 68, a resident of Springdale, passed away at his home June 8, 2012. He was born in Salt Lake City, UT to James and Wanda (Leggroan) Crawford.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Anna Crawford of Spokane; sons, Rashad Crawford of Spokane, and Christopher Crawford of Des Moines, IA; five grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter.
He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Terry Crawford.
A memorial service for James will be held at his home, 10 a.m. â€“ 7 p.m., Friday, June 15.
Gene Lewin was born to Clarence (Curly) and Hazel Lewin on Dec. 23, 1928 in Cambridge, IA, and went to his reward on June 10, 2012 in Colville. The family moved to Idaho in 1929 where Curly worked for the railroad.
Gene married Colleen Brown in 1950. He went to work for the Union Pacific and settled in Donnelly, Idaho, where they raised their three children.
In 1965, Gene was called to the ministry and went to work for the American Sunday School Union until ill health forced him to retire. He and Colleen moved to Inchelium in 1974.