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.
While in his early twenties, Bill, while visiting an ice cream parlor, took great interest in the young lady working behind the counter. Her name was, Leita Beth Quanz. Their introÂ¬duction led quickly from friendship to courtship and they were wed on Jan. 18, 1952 in Bellingham. Their first years were spent together in Birdsview and Hamilton.
Bill and Leita later moved to Sedro-Woolley. Their family traveled in compliÂ¬ment to work opportunities, residing in the communities of Ratz Harbor, AK and Sedro-Woolley. It was in 1973 that the couple moved to Colville, where they have reÂ¬sided since. While in Colville, Bill worked for Vaagen Brothers Lumber Company. After more than 20 years, he retired on Aug. 13, 1994.
Bill and Leita loved to travel and fondly reminisced of the four trips to Europe, one to Hawaii, and numerous trips to Kansas (Leitaâ€™s Bethâ€™s birthplace). Bill and Leita also enjoyed several ferry rides to Alaska and many journeys over the CasÂ¬cades to visit family and friends in Western Washington. He spent many hours enjoying the outdoors while hunting and fishing. He had a strong work ethic and appreciated that quality in others. Bill cherished his family and embraced any time he could share with them, whether going on family fireÂ¬wood cutting expeditions or simply sharing their company. He always made their family time a time to remember.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl, Ray, Lawrence, Fritz, and Lory Nieshe; sisters, Luella Johnson, Alma Nieshe and Cedes Olson
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leita Beth NiÂ¬eshe, at the home; son, William â€śBubâ€ť Nieshe (Vicki), Jefferson, OR; four daughters, Lorre Ann Frazier (Dave), Colville; SuÂ¬san Baumgarner (Tom), Colville; Chris Hirsch (Joe), Colville; Trisha Dennehy (Tom), Castle Rock, CO; brothers, Butch Nieshe, Georgie Nieshe (Mary), Adolph Nieshe, Gene NiÂ¬eshe (Alice); sister, Sis Dickinson, all of Western Washington; grandchilÂ¬dren, Heather Taft (Glen), Cody Nieshe (Amy), Suzy â€śSissyâ€ť Grubbs (Glen), Brad Frazier, Brandon Nieshe (Kim), Bethany Walker (Jeremy), Lacey Bernica (Jason), Hannah Baumgarner, Aaron Baumgarner, Tara Dennehy, Trevor â€śFesÂ¬tusâ€ť Dennehy, Taton â€śTatorâ€ť Dennehy, Sarah Hirsch, Maddy Hirsch; great grandchildren, Elaine Taft, Andrew Taft, Jessie Nieshe, Colby Grubbs, Savannah Nieshe, Tori Nieshe, Trentin Grubbs, Elissa Nieshe, Rylee Frazier, Logan Nieshe, Cade NiÂ¬eshe, Alexander Walker, Karter Bernica, Callee Nieshe; numerÂ¬ous nieces, nephews and extended family.
A celebration of life for Mr. William â€śBillâ€ť Nieshe will beÂ¬gin at 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 14 at the family farm, 1375 Little Twin Lakes Road, Colville.
Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of oneâ€™s choice.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.