Archive - Obituary
September 14th, 2011
Elsa May Godfrey, age 89, formerly of Northport and Spokane Valley, passed away on August 21, 2011 at Montgomery, Texas, in the home of her eldest son. Elsa was born at Glenns Ferry, Idaho, on July 31, 1922, the second child of Jefferson Franklin Midkiff and Mahala Elizabeth (Jones) Midkiff.
On Sept. 18, 1942, she married Elmer Grant Godfrey, a farmer, in Northport. After Elmerâ€™s death in 1971, she moved to what is now Spokane Valley, where she worked many years as a cook.
Delvin Fay Hill passed away on Sept. 6, 2011 in Colville. Delvin was born in Durango, CO, on Sept. 2, 1937, the son of Norine (Garner) and Otis Hill. The family moved to Wilder, Idaho and then to Colville in 1948, where they homesteaded 160 acres on Rocky Lake. Delvin attended Colville schools and graduated in 1956. He was active in basketball and baseball.
Delvin married Sharon Parker in Colville on Oct. 7, 1960 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Phil Lee Hancock was born in Springfield, Illinois on Jan 17, 1940 to Charles and Lillian Hancock. He was the youngest of three sons and third of five siblings. Because of his brotherâ€™s asthma condition, their family and grandparents all moved west to Arizona to a drier climate in 1943. They attended many different schools because of three rambunctious boys. One or the other was always getting expelled for one reason or another. He involuntarily joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, where he got his GED.
Greg went to the Lord on the evening of September 1 in Spokane. He was born in Spokane on September 23, 1948. Greg met Karen D. Cole and they were married April 22, 1971. He went to west valley (Spo-kane). Greg was a sheep herder, work horse trainer (broke horses), rode in rodeoâ€™s owned his own dairy and ran a motel. He was also minister of The United Pentecostal Church and started many churches, sold real estate, worked for Orkin Pest Control, sold Humana Insurance, sold mobile homes and worked at Big R in sporting goods, where he made many friends.
Evelyn Ada McMillan, a resident of Colville, passed away on September 1, 2011 in Colville at the age of 103. She was born on her grandparent's ranch near Princeton, MN on February 14, 1908.
Dorothy B. Reed, a resident of Colville, passed away on August 30, 2011 in Colville at the age of 77. She was born on Dec. 22, 1933 in Dayton, the daughter of John and Myrtle (Tate) Powers.
Kristin Ann Engen was born in San Francisco on July 28, 1949, the third daughter of Earl and Adeline Engen and youngest sister of Mary Lou and Janice. Earlâ€™s job necessitated a number of moves, so Kris lived in the west and east bay areas, in Yakima, and Seattle before the family settled in Yakima in 1955.
Kris attended Gilbert Elementary for first and second grade and then had the privilege of attending the brand new Robertson Elementary and Wilson Junior High schools the first years they were open, ultimately graduating from Eisenhower High in 1967.
Dolores (Dore) M. Goetter, 86, passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 20, 2011 at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville. She was born August 5, 1925 in Chicago to Lucille and Walter Chapski. She married Dr. Robert Mantz Goetter of Colville while he was attending the School of Medicine at Northwestern University in the Chicago area. Doctor Bob brought his wife and new family to Colville in 1953.
Cremation arrangements have been made with the Neptune Society. Dore will be interred next to her husband on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at The Calvary Cemetery in Colville.
Shirley Ilene (Deming) McIrvin was born Feb. 11, 1923 to Frank Aaron Deming and Amy Rose (Anderson) Deming of Bemidji, Minn. In 1932, she moved to Forest Grove, OR, where she graduated high school June, 1941.
On August 24, 1941, she married Robert Chapman McIrvin. Together they had four children: Terry born 1943, Peggy 1947, Jack 1949, and Don in 1951.
Neal A. Graeber, 69, passed away on August 15, 2011. He was born in Colville on June 8, 1942 to Albert and Shirley Graeber.
As a child, he lived in Laurier, attending eight years of school in Orient and four years of school in Kettle Falls. In 1960, Neal enrolled in a welding course at Spokane Community College and also pursued an engineering drafting degree, going to school at nights for four years before finishing.
Neal worked at Carlson Sheet Metal for 14 years, and also became the business representative for Local 212 (Local 66) until his retirement in 1999.