Archive - Obituary
September 1st, 2011
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.
W.C. "Mike" Moore passed away on August 24, 2011 in Bellingham. He was born June 22, 1919 in Seattle, worked and raised his family in Colville and Deer Park.
Mike married Elaine "Joyce" Moore on August 25, 1953. He graduated from the University of Washington, and studied ecoÂ¬nomics for one year in Paris, France.
A Captain in the Army-Air Force during WW II, he was shot down twice, captured the second timeâ€”a POW and an avid pilot throughout his life. His bravery during the war earned him the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
Mark Friend, a four-year resident of Colville, passed away on August 6, 2011. He was born August 12, 1952 to John and Betty Friend in Barberton, Ohio.
Mark served his country for three years in the Army during the Vietnam War as a door gunner on helicopters. He was a great mechanic, enjoyed working on cars, hunting, and fishing. He also raced motorcycles for a short time. Mark had a passion for music and was part of a band.
Mark is survived by his daughter, Nikki Burbank, Buckley; brother, John Friend, Enumclaw; and by a special friend, Beth Gatewood of Colville.
Virginia Mae (Koerner) Seimer of Chewelah passed away July 29, 2011 from complications related to a fall in her home one year ago. She was born Feb. 15, 1922 to Jesse and Mary Koerner in Impact.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert and Lawrence, and by her husband Cleo of 58 years.
Roy B. McKinney, Jr of Kettle Falls went to heaven on August 5, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 79. He was born June 5, 1932 in Drumheller, Alberta Canada to Roy B. McKinney and Leola (Berry) McKinney. With his parents, he returned to the United States in 1939 and grew up in Palouse. After attending school, he enlisted in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, he married Dorothy Carmen and had two sons, Daniel R and Darrell F. He drove truck for Henchcliff in Dayton. He then moved to Waitsburg where he was the Chief of Police for two years.
Frank Richard Oâ€™Hearn, a 31-year resident of Colville, passed away on July 29, 2011 in Colville at the age of 65. He was born on July 10, 1946 in Clifton Springs, New York the son of Perry F. and Isabell M. (Wyffels) Oâ€™Hearn.
Ershal Haynes passed away, August 8, 2011, at the age of 68. Ershal was born January 23, 1943 in Colville to James Ershal Haynes (1894-1987) and Gladys Francis Ester (Bell) Haynes (1910-2009).
Ellis Lucius Newbill passed on July 23, 2011 at his home in Hunters. Ellis was born February 22, 1921 in Fruitland Valley near Newbill Lake to Clementine (Sullivan) Newbill and Edward Newbill. He was the 9th of 13 children.
The Newbill family owned and operated Newbillâ€™s cash store where Ellis worked with his father for several years. He was a industrious young man and also worked many jobs in the community and surrounding area including orchard work, mining, logging, farming, and even as a barber. Mining took him all across the Western U.S. and Hawaii.
Born August 11, 1923 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, Elton Earl Tetrick graduated from Lamberton High School, Minnesota. After high school, Elton enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea in the 52nd Signal Group. After serving in the Army, Elton attended Dunwoody Industrial Institute and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Drafting. He then went to work for Kato engineering as a machine designer, and then went on to work as a tool designer in Minneapolis.
David L. Dubois of Chewelah passed away August 4, 2011. Dave was born February 25, 1930, in Colville to Numa and Ruby Dubois. David spent almost his entire life in Stevens County, attending school in Arden, Loon Lake and Colville. He graduated from Colville High School as class valedictorian in 1948. Dave enlisted in the Air National Guard during the conflict in Korea, serving in England from August 1951 to June 1952 with the 81st Fighter Wing.