Ralph Thomas Carney, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on October 9, 2013 at the age of 84. Ralph was born on August 21, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of William and Gladys (Groenstein) Carney. Ralph was raised and attended school in the Cleveland area. In 1946 he joined the United States Air Force. He com¬pleted his service in 1949 and was honorably discharged. After returning home, he started his five-year plumbing apprentice¬ship. In 1952 Ralph married Rita Silvernail and together they started their family in Cleveland. In1963 they began their cross-country trek to Monterey, California, where they lived until 1971 when the couple moved to Black Lake east of Colville. For the next 36 years, Ralph served his community with his plumbing skills by owning and operating Carney Plumbing. After his retirement in 2007, he spent most of his time where he was the happiest – at the lake.He was very curious about how things worked and enjoyed a good building challenge. He loved to figure things out and usually had great ideas for making things work: everything from plumbing projects to how to put a yurt together. Ralph had a huge heart for everyone he knew, especially his family, who he loved deeply. He would check up on everyone just to make sure those dear to him were okay. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anybody in need. He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick “Pat” Carney. Ralph is survived by his wife, Rita of Colville; son, James William Carney of Colville; daughter, Jane Ruth Koelle of Seattle; grandchildren, Louise Curtiss and husband, Jeff, Anna Koelle and husband, Fritz; grandchildren Nathaniel Koelle, Elizabeth Koelle, Benjamin Koelle, Gregory Carney; great-grandchildren, James Curtiss, Rose Curtiss, Aldous Koelle, Eris Jean Koelle, Otto Wirba; family friends, Shawn and Cheri Rielly; niece, Janet Poster and nephew, Tim Kerzisnik.The family has chosen to have a service sometime in the future. Any memorial contributions may be given to the Para¬lyzed Veterans of America Fund or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Fu¬neral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.