March 19th, 2014
Merritt D. Rice (78) of Metaline Falls, passed away on March 9, 2014 in Spokane due to complications from respiratory failure. He was born Feb. 22, 1936 at Pomeroy to George Henry Rice and Minnie Elizabeth Rice (Clark).
At the age of seven, the family moved to Lapwai, Idaho where the family farmed and cattle ranched. Merritt graduated from Lapwai High School in 1955.
Warren L. Slentz passed away on Feb. 21, 2014. He was born Dec. 2, 1929 in Colville.
He was a resident of Prestiage Care and Rehabilitation in Clarkston, where he passed away due to medical complications.
He was the son of Fred James Slentz and Mable Alice (Fjarli) Slentz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lewis Slentz; his sister, Winifred Wood, and by his wife, Delvina M. Slentz.
Warren is survived by his daughters, Shannon L. Picard, Winchester, Idaho; Colleen M. Loo, Juliaetta, Idaho.
Paul Edwin Humes quietly joined his daughter in heaven early Sunday morning, March 9, 2014.Â
Memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church, in Baton Rouge, LA on March 14, with Rev. Brad Franklin officiating.Â
Born Nov. 19, 1942 in Colville, Paul attended Kettle Falls High School and later earned degrees from Washington State University and Oregon State University.Â He joined the faculty of Louisiana State University in 1968 and retired in 2009 as Director of the School of Animal Sciences.
After several years of dreaming and planning, low-income senior housing Colville is finally a reality. Located on Hudesman Lane on the north end of Colville, behind Subway and the Dollar Tree, Hudesman House will provide 13 one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom resident managerâ€™s unit for the low-income elderly.
There will be an Open House celebration for the new building Friday, March 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Tours of the facility will be available after the ribbon cutÂ¬ting ceremony at noon, followed by refreshments in the downstairs community area.
Joseph Michael â€śMikeâ€ť Huff passed away at his home surrounded by his family on March 6, 2014. He was born on Oct. 1, 1938 in Seattle, the son of Leon and Doris (Jacoby) Huff.
Mike grew up in Bothell, where he attended school at St. Edwardâ€™s Seminary, then St. Josephâ€™s Seminary in California. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1959, proudly serving his county for four years. Although only serving in the Air Force for four years, Mike achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before his honorable discharge.
Ronald D. Spear, age 90, an 18-year resident of the Kettle Falls area, passed away on Feb. 28, 2014 at his home. Ron was born on Feb. 11, 1924. He was the oldest of three sons born to Walter and Myrtle Spear. He was born in Lone Pine, California and at an early age, moved to Glendale, California, where he graduated from Glendale Academy in 1942.
Clay Glen Sweat, a lifelong resident of Chewelah, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014 at his home on the ranch, where he lived his entire life. Clay was born on Sept. 20, 1937 to Elmer and Nellie Sweat. He attended and graduated from Jenkins High School in Chewelah in 1955. Following high school, Clay continued to work on the family ranch while serving in the Army National Guard for nine years.
Paula McDougal was born Feb. 5, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to the Kettle Falls area in her early twenties with her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Tisha. She had two more children here, Jessica and Jeremy, and made many, many friends in this area before moving back to Albuquerque.
After her children were grown, Paula moved back to Kettle Falls to be with her friends.
Paula was always the life of the party. She would do or give anything she had to her friends. She was a good cook and everyone liked eating at Paulaâ€™s.
Charlie Steven Kress passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Colville. WA. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on Dec. 9, 1921, the son of Charles F. and Ella (Krogman) Kress.
Charlie grew up in Philadelphia and attended public school, graduating from Frankford High School with honors. While playing sandlot baseball, the high school baseball coach saw him and persuaded him to try out for the high school team, even though it was his senior year. He not only made the team, but led them to the championship.