Archive - Obituary
August 18th, 2011
Leona Whiteman Kilmer, 101, of Colville, died August 9, 2011. Born in Jasper, New York on august 10, 1909, she was the daughter of Charles and Ella Woodward Whiteman. She obtained a two year Normal School Teaching Degree from Geneseo Normal School in 1932 and a BS in Elementary Education at Geneseo State College in 1958. She enjoyed learning and continued to take classes throughout her life.
Kenneth Morton Eberhard was born October 8, 1922. He passed away August 14, 2011. Ken was born in Boston, MA to Walter and Margaret Eberhard. While attending MIT in Cambridge, MA, he joined the United States Army and proudly served as a Second Lieutenant during WWII. Once the war ended, he returned to MIT and obtained his civil engineering degree in 1947. He then went on to earn his teaching certificate at the University of Washington.
Everett E. Williams passed away August 9, 2011 in Spokane. He was born November 21, 1928 in Darlington, Idaho to Edward and Minnie (Wallace) Williams. He moved often, growing up and therefore attended many schools. He graduated in Deer Park. After high school, Everett joined the Air Force, where he also took college classes. He then became the manager of Sprouse-Reitz stores in the Hillyard and Garland locations of Spokane before moving to Colville to manage the Sprouse-Reitz. In 1978, he and his wife, Marilyn, bought the Fonkâ€™s 5Â˘-$1.00 store and changed it to Fonks Pet and Variety.
Earl John Davenport passed away on August 13, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 82. He was born on August 18, 1928 in Clayton, the son of Leo W. and Olive (Erickson) Davenport.
Earl moved to Colville with his parents as a young child. He attended school at Colville until he joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17. When Earl was discharged from the Coast Guard, he attended Farragut College. He worked for the Forestry Department and the telephone company in Spokane. This is where he met Serena â€śDollyâ€ť (Calvert). They were married in March, 1948.
Joanne Tack of Curlew crossed over to the other side on July 25 at home with her husband, Peter, by her side.
A Joyful Celebration of her life will be held at the Curlew Civic Hall on August 6 starting at noon. It will be potluck, so please bring a favorite dish to share.
Those wishing to display photos at the celebration, please contact Sandra Sweetman at 509-775-3272.
A full memorial will follow next week.
Edwin E. Van Sickle, age 87, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on July 14, 2011. He was born on May 30, 1924 in Fillmore, Utah, the son of Everett and Clara (Russell) Van Sickle.
Ed met his wife of 58 years, Viola (Lindgren) Van Sickle, when they were about 12-years-old, living in Colville. They were married Oct. 23, 1943 in Kent and lived in the Kent and Auburn areas where they raised their five children.
Pearl Esther (Rice) Ball, age 95, formerly of Rice, entered into rest on July 25, 2011 in the Spokane Valley, her home for the past 33 years.
She was born on March 10, 1916, to Ola and Bert Rice in Rice, which was named after her grandparents, William and Alice Rice.
Pearl attended the two-room Rice grade school and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1934.
World War II veteran Wesley Eugene Mathena, 88, died at his home in Kettle Falls on July 22, 2011. The son of Roy and Lessie (Parrish), he was born in Grainger, Missouri on Jan. 27, 1923.
Wesley was raised in Illinois, where he attended school and graduated from Blandinsville High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was part of an elite group of radarmen being assigned to the South Pacific on PT.
After the war, he returned to the Midwest and married Luella Parish in Fort Madison, Iowa on Jan. 16, 1946. This year they celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary.
Richard (Dick) D. Brauner, 89, died July 15, 2011 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Ronna and Eddie Jimenez, in Palm Desert, California, from complications of Pneumonia, COPD and heart disease. He was born July 9, 1922 in Colville. He resided in the summer at Loon Lake, and wintered at Desert Hot Springs, California with his wife of 66 years, Maxine.
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.