James â€śDickâ€ť Richard Garvey, a lifetime resident of Colville, passed away at his home April 18, 2012 at the age of 88. Dick was born Sept. 22, 1923 in Colville to George and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Garvey.
Dick was raised and attended school in the Marcus and Colville area. While in high school, he played football and baseball. At the age of 15, he helped build the Fort Colville Grange and has been a member ever since. He completed his junior year in high school, then, due to the needs on the farm, he left school.
On Jan. 15, 1947, Dick married Betty Ann Engel and together they shared 65 wonderful years. For the first five years after marriage, they moved around the Eastern Washington area. He worked on several ranches and farms before settling down in the Colville area. Dick was a rancher for many years and with his patience, he did a great job working with cattle and sheep. He also enjoyed working with wood and spent time at The Chopot and Connellyâ€™s Mills as a sawyer. Then came his experience with construction where he applied his skills by building a shop and adding a room to the house. He spent a lot of time there watchÂ¬ing the elk. Dick also had a school bus route for 15 years.
Dick spent countless hours giving of his time to the associations he was involved in. When he was raising cattle, he was a part of the Cattlemanâ€™s Association and in 1984 was named Cattleman of the Year. He also raised sheep for a while and was part of the Tri County Wool Association. Dick spent many years as a member, as well as President, of the Northeast Washington Fair Association. He was honored to be awarded with the Colville FFA Chapter Farmer Award and to be part of the Washington Sate 4-H Hall of Fame. Dick is a benefactor for the Washington State Universityâ€™s College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Services. His donation will support student scholarships with the college.
Dick was very family-oriented and was a great example with his giving attitude. As many who were friends of his know, he was very capable, hard-working and never met a stranger. Dick has touched many lives in the community over the years and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Dick is survived by his wife, Betty Garvey, Colville; daughters, Marilyn Ogden and husband, Monte, Colville; Nancy Heater and husband, Steve, Colville; Patricia Benner and husband, Charles, Enderlin, ND; Jerry Garvey, Spokane; grandchildren, Michel Pitts and husband Jeff; Kriss LaCaire and husband, Mike; Bart Nelson and wife, Ivy; Cody Heater and wife, Jessica; Dawn TackÂ¬ett and husband, Josh; Tammie Tetzlaff and husband, Kurt; Brad Benner and wife, Jade; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kylee, Tarren, Kora, Haiden, Hunter, Hannah, Garrett, Bailee and Braedon; sister, Marian Garvey of Colville, as well as nuÂ¬merous nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe, Glen, Bernard and Bob; sisters, Alice Garvey, Mildred Grief and Grace Schroder.
An ash committal for Dick Garvey was held Wednesday, April 25 at Mountain View Park Cemetery, Colville, with a luncheon at the Fort Colville Grange.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Stevens County 4-H or the Colville FFA.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.