Archive - Obituary
August 3rd, 2011
Shirley E. Dinkel, a 44-year resident of Colville, passed away on July 26, 2011 in Colville at the age of 79. Shirley was born on Nov. 9, 1931 in Midvale, Idaho, the daughter of Elmon and Grace Edith (Lanway) Bratcher.
She was raised on the family farm just outside of Midvale. Shirley attended school in Midvale and graduated in 1949 as the valedictorian of her class. On Feb. 5, 1949, Shirley married Mike Dinkel and they moved to New Meadows, Idaho, where they began a family.
Danny Lyle Tadlock, age 61, passed onward July 19, 2011 in Olympia. He was born in 1950 in Chewelah to Wendell and Veda Tadlock and raised on a dairy farm near Addy. He is survived by his siblings Larry (Janet) of Yakima, Merle of Addy, Linda (Bill) Way of Colville and his mother, Vera Tadlock of Addy. He is also survived by his three sons, Craig, Jeffrey and Josh in western Washington and daughter, Lindsey in Yakima, and five grandchildren.
Danny worked at Addyâ€™s Northwest Alloys Plant, Rural Resources and the Forest Service in Colville.
William â€śBillâ€ť Lee McCammon, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on July 27, 2011 in Colville at the age of 76. Bill was born on Jan. 20, 1935 in Spokane, the son of William Clair and Frances (Nower) McCammon.
Shirley Ann Woods passed away on July 21, 2011 after a courageous fight with colon cancer. Shirley was born in Kerrville, Texas on Jan. 23, 1946. She married the love of her life, Charles â€śWoodyâ€ť Woods on August 26, 1962. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband. She is survived by her daughter, Teri and son-in-law, Bruce La Londe, Colville; grandchildren, Shaun and Shelbi La Londe; brother Don and sister-in-law, Sally Juenke, Kerrville, Texas; sister-in-law, Katherin McCoy, Kerrville, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vernon John Hills passed away July 18, 2011 in Wenatchee. Vern was born to Joe and Olga Hills on Nov. 11, 1929 on Kelly Hill. Following the death of his mother, he resided with his grandmother in Orient.
After a childhood in Orient, Vern enlisted in the United States Army, serving overseas in the Korean Conflict, where he received a Purple Heart and was honorably discharged of his duties.
John Kratcha (90) passed away on July 15, 2011 after a brave three-year fight with colon cancer. He was born to John and Edith Kratcha on his fatherâ€™s birthday, June 26, 1921 in Chester, Montana.
Evelyn June â€śJudyâ€ť McDonald was born on June 13, 1924 in Bremerton and passed away peacefully after and long battle with Alzheimerâ€™s and Dementia on April 24 in Poulsbo. She was the daughter of Robert and Mabel Carter and the loving wife of S.P. â€śMacâ€ť McDonald.
She was a resident of the Orient/Colville areas from 1953-2003.
Mac and Junie (as her family knew her) moved to Orient to raise cattle and alfalfa.
They were very proud of being named Stevens County Cattlemen of the year in 1960. Prior to 1953, she and Mac owned and operated the White Pig and Blue Goose Taverns in Bremerton.
Jack Daniels Conger â€śJDâ€ť passed away on July 10, 2011 at the age of 31. He was born on October 17, 1979 in Lake County Oregon. He enjoyed martial arts, anything to with the outdoors, and was an avid rock hound. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children. He was a devoted father, constantly seeking self-improvement and greater enlightenment.
He is survived by his children, Nikia and Forest Gabriel, their mother Sarah Sagle, sister Jordana Conger, and brothers Josh and Trent Gabriel.
Benjamin David Reeves was born on Dec. 6, 1977 to Ronald Reeves and Gwen (Grosboll) Reeves in Walla Walla. When Ben was less than a year old, his family moved to Kennewick. Ben and his family stayed in the Tri-Cities area until Ben was 14 years-old when they moved to Derby, Kansas, where they stayed until Ben was 21. At that time, the Reeves family moved to Rice. Ben stayed in the Northeast Washington area for the remainder of his life, except for a one-year stint in Michigan in 2003/2004. Ben attended Country Haven Academy in Pasco for his elementary years.
Gordon Thomas Nelson passed away peacefully on July 12, 2011 in Colville. He was 80-years- old. Gordon was born on April 27, 1931, the son of John G. and Bentena Uglem Nelson. He was born at the family farm near Lake Preston, South Dakota.
Gordon was the grandson of Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded in South Dakota. He attended Whitewood Township District No. 7 elementary school, a one-room school-house.