In memory of our brother Frank Jedel, who passed away Dec. 2, 2012, in Spokane at age 68, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. His family was all present the day he passed away. No funeral service was held.
On Election Day, Nov. 7, 1944, Franklin Delano Renold Jedel was born in Colville, the son of Reinhard Paul and Mattie Pearl Jedel, the day President Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term.
He attended Arden Grade School, graduating in 1962 from Colville High School. Frank joined the Washington National Guard in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1970. Frank entered the Millwright trade in 1965 and worked over 25 years as a Journeyman Millwright, primarily on hydropower projects throughout the region.
He married Mary Shaffstall in Pasco in 1966 and their son Donovan was born in 1967. They moved to Grand Coulee 1968 and twin daughters, Cammie and Kathy, were born in 1970. They later divorced and the kids moved to the Seattle area with their mother. Frank made many trips to the coast to keep in touch with his kids while they were growing up.
Frank lived in Grand Coulee for a number of years and worked on hydropower projects at Grand Coulee Dam and Third Power House, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam, Rocky Reach Dam and Rock Island Dam. In 1988 he moved back to the Colville area and worked for Northwest Alloys in the Metal Services Department until the plant closed in 2001. He returned to work as a Millwright in the Wenatchee area for several years prior to retirement.
Frankâ€™s real passion was gardening and he raised several large vegetable gardens each year. He enjoyed riding the lawn tractor for hours mowing his huge lawn and feeding the deer and turkeys with an automatic feeding station he had constructed. Our brother was able to fix most things with his mechanical and carpentry skills and helped family members in times of need.
He was a devoted fan of NASCAR and followed the races on TV. He went from riding dirt bikes to a motorcycle, which he rode for many years. He delighted in the grandkids riding the four-wheelers when they came to visit.
He loved going to Hawaii on vacation and was able to do so for more than 25 years. Frank enjoyed his high school class reunÂ¬ions (CHS Class of 1962), including his 50-year reunion August 2012.
We have many special memories of Frank growing up in our family. He is often in our thoughts and we miss his friendly smile.