Albert Carl Staehly, 92, passed away June 1, 2014 in SpoÂ¬kane Valley. Albert was born July 7, 1921 to J. LawÂ¬rence Staehly and Ruth Ann (Michael) Staehly and was raised on the family farm on Staehly Mountain in Ferry County. He attended Stony Acres School, District Number 19 (a one-room school house) and graduated from Colville High School in 1939.
Albert served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Betty (Askey) Staehly in 1948 and they reÂ¬sided in Kettle Falls for 61 years before moving to Spokane Valley in 2010.
Albert served for 30 years as a USPS Rural Letter Carrier out of the Kettle Falls Post Office. He retired in 1980. An active member of the Washington Rural Letter CarriÂ¬ers Association, he served in a number of leadership positions, including PresiÂ¬dent, and was named the Washington Rural Letter Carrier of the year in 1977.
Albert was an active volunÂ¬teer in the Kettle Falls community. He served as a volunteer firefighter for 33 years and was apÂ¬pointed and served as Fire Chief for 16 years. During his tenÂ¬ure, he was a major, driving force in helping the department modernize its safety proceÂ¬dures and equipment. He also worked tirelessly to obtain funding for the current Kettle Falls Fire Department building, which was dedicated during his tenure as Fire Chief. A plaque commemorating the building's dedication during his tenure remains on the building today. Albert was a member of the American Legion for 65 years serving both as the Kettle Falls Post and District Commander. He also served on the Kettle Falls City Council, worked to esÂ¬tablish and construct the KetÂ¬tle Falls public swimming pool, and helped to rebuild the American Legion Hall.
He will be remembered by many as "head pancake flipper" at the annual Kettle Falls Public Library Groundhog Day Pancake Feed.
Albert is survived by his wife Betty; brother Ray (Joyce) Staehly of Marysville; two daughters, Anita Baivier of Fairfax, VA and Nancy (Jim) Lyons of Spokane; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 10 at 1 p.m. at Danekas Funeral Chapel, Colville.
Albert was a supporter of the Kettle Falls Public LiÂ¬brary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Kettle Falls Public Library Building Fund, P.O. Box 500, Kettle Falls, Washington 99141.
Please go online and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas FuÂ¬neral Chapel is entrusted with the arrangeÂ¬ments.