Frank Ivan â€śIkeâ€ť Jenne, a life-long resident of ChewÂ¬elah, passed away at his home on Christmas morning at the age of 85. He was born Oct. 31, 1927 at the family home on King Street. The son of Everett Jenne and HaÂ¬zel (Smith) Jenne, he was the youngest of five children.
Born into a hard-working family during the Depression, Ike spent much of his time helping in the family-run creamery business. The Jenneâ€™s always had an over-sized, very producÂ¬tive vegetable garden with enough surplus to sell the extras on the streets of Chewelah.
Ike graduated from Jenkins High School in 1945 and atÂ¬tended Washington State College (WSU). He also served in the United States Army. After returning from the service, he worked at the family-owned business, Jenneâ€™s Kold Storage. He married Cleda Keys in 1954 and together they had two daughÂ¬ters, Fran and Lorraine. They were a very close family, sharing both work and play, interacting daily throughout the years. Ike and Cleda owned and operated the cold storage business until its sale in 1972. He began his mini-storage business in ChewÂ¬elah over 35 years ago, and continued to operate this business until his very last days.
Ike was a humble man with an honest, generous heart, and a warm, friendly smile. He enjoyed family, friends, good food, muÂ¬sic and dancing, animals, and the simple things in life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Hazel Jenne; his wife, Cleda; brother, Leslie E. Jenne, and a sisÂ¬ter, Shirley Girnus.
Ike is survived by his daughters, Fran Jenne-Robbins and husband Terry, Lorraine Schanzenbach and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Jessica Fogle, Evan Schanzenbach, Brooke Jenne Rapet and husband Paul; great-grandchild, Baby Girl Rapet (on her way); brother, Glenn Jenne; sister, Marguerite Wise; sister-in-law, Marjorie Jenne, and wonderful companion and special friend, Millie Wilbur. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
A private family internment will be held. A gathering to celeÂ¬brate Ikeâ€™s life will be held at a later date. Any random act of kindness toward people or animals would be a wonderful tribÂ¬ute to Ike. If you wish, memorials can be made to The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary, 501 Old Arden Highway, Colville, WA 99114 - (509) 684-1475.
Our dad enjoyed each and every personal and business relaÂ¬tionship. Thank you for being such an important part of his life, we are most grateful.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.