February 25th, 2014
Colville police officer Rex Newport pleaded guilty to five charges in Stevens County Superior Court Tuesday morning,after denying the accusations that were levied against him last fall. The charges include residential burglary, unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation, custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree, making false and misleading statements to a public servant, and official misconduct.
William â€śBillâ€ť Nieshe Jr., a 40-year resident of the Colville area, passed away on Feb. 11, 2014 in Colville at the age of 84. He was born on Oct. 2, 1929 in Bloomfield, Nebraska, the tenth of 14 children to William and Anna (Muth) Nieshe.
Bill began grade school in Nebraska before moving with his family to Skagit County. There he continued his education and left school early to work and support the needs of his family. Billâ€™s career in the timber industry began in his early teen years and continued throughout his lifetime.
Walter Gustav Munk, a longtime resident of Kettle Falls, passed away at his home on Feb. 14, 2014 at the age of 84. Walter was born on Nov. 18, 1929 in Plaza, the son of Rudolph and Dorothea (BliÂ¬esner) Munk.
Walter lived with his family in Plaza until 1934 when they moved to the Chewelah area. He graduated from JenÂ¬kins High School in 1948 and was drafted into the United States Army in 1951. Walter served during the Korean War until 1953 and was honorably discharged.
Thomas Arthur Jones of Spokane was born on April 14, 1943, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tom passed at the age of 70 on Feb. 4, 2014.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Kaye Jones, and by his sister, Ruth.
Tom is survived by his son, Greg and wife Michele, and his three grandchildren, Jennifer and twins Justin and Tyler; daughter, SeDonni; son Thomas; son, Casey; cat, Qweeter; sister Tana; sister Laurel; brother, Kirby; brother, Gib; aunt Cleo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sarah Marie Michel passed away on Feb. 3, 2014 in Spokane. She was born the daughter of Donald and Barbara (Richards) Michel on Nov. 15, 1978 in Edmonds. Sarah was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend. She is remembered by her family as being very smart, passionate, creative, beautiful, stubborn, and a very determined and driven woman.
In Sarahâ€™s spare time, she enjoyed working around her home, making it comfortable for family, making beautiful bead jewelry to market, and cooking creative food dishes. Sarah will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
John Van Soest, age 57, passed away on Feb. 13, 2014 in Colville. He was born on May 8, 1956, the son of Everardus and Maria (Olthof) Van Soest in Gilze-Rijen, Netherlands.
John grew up and attended school in the Netherlands, and worked primarily in the HVAC Commercial field. John moved to the United States 15 years ago and married Karen Nicholas. He continued his work in the HVAC industry, working for ColÂ¬mac Coil in many departments at the manufacturing facility in Colville.
James "Jim" Arthur Tremblay passed away on Feb. 13, 2014 in Spokane at the age of 53. He was born on July 27, 1960 in North Bend, OR, the son of William Clovis and Betty Lou (Koontz) Tremblay.
Florence â€śFlossâ€ť Thayer passed away in Colville on February 12, 2014 at the age of 94, just three weeks shy of her 95th birthday. Floss was born on March 5, 1919 in Portland, OR. to Michael Zill and Agnus (Grell) Zill, who were Austrian immigrants and naturalized U. S. citizens.
Floss was raised in Portland, OR. where she attended Clinton Kelly High School of Commerce and graduated in 1937. She then attended Business College. Following Business College she worked at a stock and bond brokerage firm.
Carol Ann Mawdsley, a lon time resident of Hunters, passed away on Feb. 3, 2014 in Coeur dâ€™Alene, Idaho at the age of 66. Carol was born on Dec. 10, 1947 in Chewelah, the daughter of Marshall and Hilda (Carlson) Cornwall.
Beulah Jeanette Cochran, age 93, passed away on Feb. 9, 2014 in Spokane. She was born the daughter of Charles and Annie (Hall) Wampler on Sept.14, 1920 in Glamorgan, VA.
Beulah moved to Prosser in 1939 and married Aaron E. Cochran at Sunnyside in 1940. The couple moved to the Northport area in 1943 where they owned/operated a sawmill and farmed their 2,000 acres near Cedar Creek. In 1972, Aaron and Beulah moved to Rice, then to Colville in 1986, where she lived until moving to an assisted living home in Spokane last year.