Archive - Obituary
January 30th, 2012
Orville McKee was born on Oct. 30, 1916 in Colville to CharÂ¬les and Emma McKee. He passed away on Jan. 14, 2012 in SeÂ¬attle.
Orville was raised on a farm in Colville, at the foot of Old Dominion Mountain. He graduated from Colville High School in 1937 and came to Seattle in 1941 to work for The Boeing ComÂ¬pany, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Aero Mechanics District Lodge 751 Retirement club.
Berneice Elaine Magee passed away on Jan. 18, 2012 at the age of 83. She was born in Ritzville on Dec. 7, 1928, the daughter of Henry and Marie (Metzner) Buscher.
Berneice grew up in Ritzville and moved to the Hunters area in 1938. She married Guy Magee in 1949 and resided in Colville until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Magee; sisÂ¬ters Lois Lakey and Shirley Dietzman, and daughters, Coral Hansen and Patty Feldhausen.
Berneice is survived by her brother, Stan Buscher and his wife Shirley, Colville.
In loving memory of Perry Green, a resident of Colville who was born Nov. 3, 1951 and passed away Jan. 16, 2012.
He is survived by his loving family and friends.
He was a gracious man and accepted people without judgment. Perry will always be remembered and missed dearly.
May your soul rest in peace!
Longtime federal forester and firefighter Dick Leferink died Friday, Jan. 6 in Spokane hospital after a nearly three-year struggle with cancer. He was 59. He was born March 7, 1952, at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Dick spent his professional career managing forests for the White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona and the Colville Confederated Tribes of northeastern Washington. Dick was with the Colvilles from October 1981 until his retirement in 2007, managing the 360,000 acres on the Inchelium District.
Dale K. Fortune, a 58-year resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on Dec. 29, 2011 at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Cheyenne, Wyoming and graduated from high school in Lewistown, Montana in 1945.
He married Shirley Hill on April 9, 1948. Together they raised four boys near Kettle Falls.
Dale worked for the Department of Natural Resources and later as a building contractor until retiring in 1988, after which he managed their timber land.
Sean Kristopher Kelly, a resident of Rice, passed away on Jan. 7, 2012 at the age of 40. Sean was born on July 26, 1971 in Bellevue, the son of Richard Harding and Liv Esther (Scolom) Kelly.
Sean had the opportunity to reside in many communities in Washington, California, New Mexico and Florida while growing up. He attended school in many facilities before graduating in the Seattle area. He began a family with the love of his life, Tanya. Sean later moved to Israel, where he attended college for three years.
Philip Francis Black, at the age of 83, quietly drew his last breath at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3, and is now in a better place. While we love and miss him, we are thankful for the perfect will of the Lord. He became a Christian at a young age, and lived a full and productive life. Phil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Ann (Wallace) Black; by seven children, 25 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and his older brother, Paul, of Walla Walla. His children now reside in Arkansas, California, Nevada and Washington.
Harold L. Oliveira, â€śHalâ€ť passed away on Tuesday, Dec.22, 2011 at the age of 71.
He was born on March 21, 1940, the son of Jacintho and Helena (Phillips) Oliveira in Hilo, Hawaii.
Harold, a 24-year resident of Colville, is survived by his wife Betty Jean of 52 years, at the home; two daughters, Jenny and Shirleen; grandsons John and Jason Biscarro; and soon would have been a great-grandfather. Harold is also survived by his brothers, Rogers and Robert Allan Oliveira.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.
Eugene Ray Lantzy passed away peacefully at his home in Chewelah on Jan. 5, 2012 at the age of 89. Eugene was one of six children born to the late John and Clara (Denison) Lantzy.
Eugene was born on June 3, 1922 in St. Maries, Idaho and shortly thereafter relocated to Miles. In 1929, Eugene's family relocated to a farm on the Columbia River near Hunters, where he attended school at Fruitland and completed high school at Hunters.
Dorotha F. Knapp, a 37-year resident of Colville, passed away in Colville on Dec. 23, 2011 at the age of 91. She was born Feb. 29, 1920 in Milner, North Dakota, one of 12 children of Ed and Myrtle Wisbey.
She grew up in Ethel and graduated in 1938 from the Auburn Adventist Academy. She lived and worked in the Seattle area for the following four years.