Carl Max Walden, a longtime residence of Chewelah, entered into rest very peacefully on the evening of May 15, 2012 with family present. He lived 100 years, one month, and one day.
Carl was born in Peaceful Valley (Spokane) April 14, 1912, on the day the Titanic struck the iceberg. He was the son of Olaf Pete Walden and Anna Anderson. His mother died in childbirth about a year-and-a-half later as did his baby sister.
Olaf later married Tille Lynsford, who was a great mother to Carl and his older brother, Harold. They lived in Peaceful Valley while he was growing up.
His father, who was a railroad man, homesteaded in Stevens County near the Glendale school at Schmid Meadows around 1900. The land was next to the Egland Homestead, which is where he met Hazel Egland, who was the love of his life. They married in 1933 and missed their 60th anniversary by only four months when Hazel passed away suddenly in 1993.
Carl and Hazel lived at the homestead and in the Chewelah area until they bought the Pearson farm at Summit Valley, after which some years later they moved near Chewelah to the farm on Cozy Nook Road. Their last home together brought them back to Chewelah, where they lived when Hazel passed. At that point, Carl moved back to the homestead property (which is still in the family). He lived there until he moved to Chewelah again after admitting that he could not see well enough to drive. Carl lived on his own up until two weeks before his 100th birthday.
He had many occupations, including having a barber shop in Addy during the Depression. He picked apples at Wenatchee, farmed at Summit Valley and Chewelah, worked for the MagneÂ¬site Plant near Chewelah, and worked for Washington Water Power as a meter reader and grounds man. He was a member of the Washington State Guard during WWII.
Carl was a â€śsocial butterflyâ€ť and was active in many organizations, including the United Church of Christ in Chewelah, Chewelah Masonic Lodge, Shriners Hospital, Lions Club, Veterans Of Foreign Wars, OES, two granges, and Habitat for Humanity.
Carl, the patriarch of the family and a legend in the area, had the goal for the past four years to make it to his 100th birthday and to have a big party. He did! There were around 250 people who attended the big bash, some traveling from very far away.
We, the family, wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the wonderfully outstanding care Carl received at the St. Josephâ€™s medical facility in Chewelah, both on the hospital side and the Long Term Unit side.
May his soul rest with Jesus.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen (Charles) Malody, Seattle;; son, Carl (Patty) Walden, Addy; four grandsons, Sean (Christy) Walden, the Philippine Islands; Mathew (Emily) Walden, Elk; Michael (Shawna) Walden, Joint Base Lewis McChord; Aidan Malody, Seattl;, eight great-grandchildren, Chris, Breanna, Amber, Katherine, Trevor, Lauren, Ian, and Ashley; two step-great-grandchildren in the Philippines, Princess and Keekee; numerous nephews and nieces, one sister-in-law, Betty Egland, and relatives in Norway, with whom he was still corresponding.
Carl was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Anderson Walden and baby sister, his father Olaf Pete Walden, his stepmother, Tillie Lynsford Walden, his wife, Hazel in 1993, and his older brother, Harold, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 97.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2012 at the United Church Of Christ, Chewelah, Memorial contributions may be given to the Shrinerâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital, 911 West 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA, (509) 455-7844, or Providence St. Josephâ€™s Hospital Long Term Care Unit, 500 East Webster Street, Chewelah, WA 99109, (509) 935-5407. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements