Charles “Chip” William Laramie, a lifetime resident of Inchelium, passed away on March 6, 2013 in Spokane at the age of 46. He was born on July 20, 1966 in Colville, the son of Charles Raymond Laramie and Ramona “Kaye” (Carden) Welch.
Chip was raised in Inchelium where he attended school and graduated in 1984 as a 12-year senior from Inchelium High School. Chip was active in sports while in high school and helped lead the Inchelium High football team to a State B-8 championship in 1983. Following high school, Chip, moved to Pullman and began attending Washington State University in the summer of 1984. He enrolled in the Natural Resources program and studied at WSU until 1987. Chip then returned to Inchelium and began work with the Tribal Forestry Department as a Fire Guard.
On June 26, 1993, he was promoted into a Forestry Technician Training position. He worked as a Forestry Technician for over four years before transferring into Timber Sales. He took great pride in his role as a Timber Sales Officer and enjoyed this position for over 14 years.
Chip had a great appreciation for nature and the outdoors. As a child, he enjoyed long backcountry road trips and was an avid hunter. Chip later expanded his outdoor adventures to include fishing, horn hunting and boating.
His good nature and great sense of humor were ever-present and ensured that wherever Chip was, it was “always a good time.” Chip embraced his family and was especially fond of his nieces, nephews and great niece and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Laramie, in 1991 and a nephew Joseph Devon in 1997.
Chip is survived by his mother and step-father, Ramona “Kaye” and Larry Welch, Inchelium; brothers, Steve Laramie and Clarissa Cawston, Coulee Dam; Robert Laramie and wife, Trudi, Inchelium; sister, Cindy Laramie, Inchelium; several nieces and nephews and a grand niece and nephew.
The funeral service was held March 9 at the Inchelium Community Center.
The graveside service followed at Hall Creek Cemetery, Inchelium.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.