Archive - Obituary
May 24th, 2012
Holding his wife, Bessâ€™, hand with many family members by his side, Tuney Chapman passed on May 14, 2012, in Spokane, Washington. Born at home on Dec. 9, 1932 in Colville, Washington, Tuney is survived by his sisters Irene, Sylvia, Sarah, Anna, Louise and brother William. Tuney grew up loving the land. He enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing and camping. He graduated from Colville High in 1950 and served in the Navy during the Korean War.
On May 14, 2012, while resting under his favorite tree, Maury began his journey to Heaven. He was assisted in his journey by his trusted friend, Dr. Venable.
Loved ones were at his side to kiss him and say goodbye for now.
There were tears shed and amusing stories told.
All in all, it was a good thing. He no longer has to put on a brave face. He now can smile and run free. He can eat everything he desires!
John Paul Day of Colville passed away May 18, 2012 at the age of 95 years of age. Johnny was born Oct. 11, 1916 at home in Bruce Creek (Dry Lake area).
Johnny would ride his horse to the country school, along with his two brothers and five sisters.
Johnny met his wife, Elsie Barton, at a Saturday night dance at the â€śWigwamâ€ť which was the Colville Valley Grange on Williams Lake Road.
Johnny and Elsie were married on Feb. 12, 1941 and celebrated 71 years of marriage in February. What a tribute to the both of them for a long, loving and successful marriage.
Carl Max Walden, a longtime residence of Chewelah, entered into rest very peacefully on the evening of May 15, 2012 with family present. He lived 100 years, one month, and one day.
Carl was born in Peaceful Valley (Spokane) April 14, 1912, on the day the Titanic struck the iceberg. He was the son of Olaf Pete Walden and Anna Anderson. His mother died in childbirth about a year-and-a-half later as did his baby sister.
Olaf later married Tille Lynsford, who was a great mother to Carl and his older brother, Harold. They lived in Peaceful Valley while he was growing up.
Rosina A. Fairbanks of Four Lakes passed away on March 29, 2012 at the age of 98. She was born to Jacob and Flora Rufer at Fort McCoy Florida on Nov. 8, 1913. She was second oldest of four children.
She was 10-months-old when her family returned to Washington to farm near Pine City. They later moved to Oregon, where her father farmed and worked in the logging industry. Rosina graduated from Scapoose High School in Scapoose, Oregon in 1930. From there she attended Behnke Walker Business School in Portland, Oregon.
Sherry Ann Smithson, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on Wednesday, May 2 in Colville at the age of 48. Sherry was born on Dec. 11, 1964 in Wenatchee, the daughter of Charles Smithson and Carolyn Smithson.
Sherry enjoyed her work at Pinewood Terrace Nursing Home as and assistant director of nursing and a registered nurse for numerous years.
Sherry was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt and dear friend. She will be forever missed.
Eugene Alexander Erickson, age 74, passed away on April 28, 2012. He was born on Nov. 7, 1937, the son of Rudolph and Mary (Ditchfield) Erickson in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Eugene moved to the United States when he was very young. He lived in the Tacoma and Vashon Island areas, where he atÂ¬tended school until moving to France with his family, where he graduated from high school. Upon completion of high school, Gene moved back to the United States and attended college.
Douglas Allan Anderson, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on May 4, 2012, at his home. Doug was born on Oct. 28, 1955 at the Osaka Army Hospital in Kanaoka, Japan, the son of Allan Orville and Arlene LaBelle (White) Anderson. During his youth, Dougâ€™s family relocated often as they followed his fatherâ€™s service in the U.S. military. They resided on military bases in Japan, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Germany. Dougâ€™s family eventually settled in the Marysville area, where he completed his junior and senior high school education.
Curtis Young, â€śFishâ€ť, age 41, passed away in Spokane on May 4, 2012. He was born on Dec. 11, 1970, the son of Steven and Marie (Holland) Young, in Colville.
Curt, a life-long resident of Kettle Falls and Colville, attended school in Kettle Falls and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1989. He was a very generous man, a big-hearted, caring individual who always lived life to the fullest. Curt was also one of the founding members of the â€śRichard Craniumsâ€ť.
Delbert Edward Rieckers, a lifetime resident of NorthÂ¬port, passed away on April 23, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, family at his side. Delbert was born on Sept. 5, 1941 in Colville, the son of Alva and Helen (Snyder) Rieckers.
Delbert was raised in Northport, where he attended school. On Jan. 24, 1958, Delbert married Frances K. â€śCozyâ€ť Striker. They began a family and made their home in Northport. Delbert had a great appreciation for a full dayâ€™s work, an ideal he put into practice by the age of 15.