Ronald George â€śJackâ€ť Sly, a lifelong resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on June 24, 2013 in Kettle Falls. Jack was born on Jan. 28, 1937 in Republic, the son of Gordon Lester and Wanda Fern (Reed) Sly.
At the age of one, Jack moved with his family from ReÂ¬public to the Peachcrest area near Kettle Falls. There, he was raised on the family orchard and attended school in Kettle Falls. Jack graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1954 and worked for a time with the Smith & Nelson Lumber Co. as a sawmill edger. He later moved to Hollywood, CA, where he worked at a Standard Oil Station before relocating to Alaska.
Jack worked for the Alaskan Railroad as a truck driver with the track maintenance and repair crew. He also dug wells for a short time in 1959 with Sid Hamilton after reÂ¬turning to KetÂ¬tle Falls. In 1960, he began work at Kettle Falls Lumber Co. as a 966 Caterpillar operator.
On Jan. 28, 1961, Jack married Dee Collins and together they raised their three children, Tammy, Tim and Rod. Jackâ€™s 43-year career in the lumber industry included work at Brauner Lumber Co., Avey Lumber Co. and Columbia Cedar.
On NoÂ¬v. 23, 1991, Jack married Jeanette â€śDollyâ€ť (Hills) Nixon in Kettle Falls, where they have resided since. Jack reÂ¬tired in 2003 from Columbia Cedar. He has spent the past 10 years in full embrace of his retirement
Jack was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life. He shared this passion with his children and grandchildren on many camping, fishing and hunting adventures. When unable to be in the outdoors, he spent his spare time reading and watching television. He had a special interest in old western television programs and books, as well as books about the outdoors. He had the opportunity to travel to both Alaska and Germany, of which he fondly recounted. His Alaskan trips alÂ¬ways included a fishing excursion or hunting adventure.
Jack was a great mentor for his children. He believed that lifeâ€™s lessons were best delivered gently and that trust was the best inspiration for good decision-making. He became more that just a â€śrideâ€ť to his childrenâ€™s various events; he later became their friend. Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather whose presence will be forever cherished.
Jack was preceded in death by his siblings, Fran Starkel, Gordon Sly and Richard Sly.
Jack is survived by his wife, Dolly Sly, at the home; children, Tammy McNamee and husband, Corey, Kettle Falls; Tim Sly and wife, Cindy, Spokane Valley; Rod Sly and wife, Marnie, Kettle Falls; Rod Nixon and wife, Linda, Pendleton, OR; Rick Nixon and wife, Amy, Pasco; Duane Nixon and wife, Melanie, Wasilla, AK; Monty Nixon and wife, Paula, Kettle Falls; sister, Dorothy VanNatta, Clinton, MT; sister-in-law, Donna Sly, SpoÂ¬kane Valley; grandchildren, Brandon McNamee, Andy McNamee, Missy McNamee-Negri, Gunnar Sly, Kash Sly, KarÂ¬son Sly, Chad Nixon, Haley Nixon, Charlie Nixon, Naomi Nixon, Morgan Harvey, Madison Harvey, William Harvey, Warren Nixon and Weston Nixon; great-grandÂ¬kids, Dawson McNamee and Bailey Gatchalian.
A graveside service for Mr. Ronald G. â€śJackâ€ť Sly, was held July 1 at the Meyers Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls. Pastor Shane Moffitt officiated.
Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Spokane.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas FuÂ¬neral Chapel and Crematory was entrusted with the arrangeÂ¬ments.