Donnel “Don” Waldo McKern, a longtime resident of Rice, passed away on Nov. 18, 2013 in Colville.. Don was born on Jan. 2, 1945 in Colville, the son of Morse and Blanche (Felts) McKern.
Don was raised in Rice and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1963. After graduation, he attended Washington State University for two years. Don then transferred to Wenatchee Valley College, where he studied for one year until he enlisted with the United States Air Force. He served his country until 1971, when he was honorably discharged.
Upon returning home, he helped his father with logging and farm work for several years. In May of 1972, Don married Alice Riley in Colville. Then in 1973 he started his career at Boise Cascade, where he worked mostly as a forklift operator until he retired in 2008.
Don had very high morals and a strong work ethic. He also had a deep love for his family and spent many hours playing games and taking them on vacations. Don loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, huckleberry picking and hunting for mushrooms. He was very dedi¬cated to serving the community and served as an EMT for 25 years. Don will be greatly missed by those he left be¬hind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Lester Riley; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Jerry Walker; sister and brother-in-law, Francis and Jerry Hirsch; niece, Teresa Hirsch; niece, Linda Walker; great-nephew, Travis Walker.
Don is survived by his wife, Alice McKern, Rice; daughter, Sara Vanalstine and husband, Vince, Rice; sons, Donaven McKern and wife, Brandy, Coeur d’Alene, ID; Steven McKern, Rice; grandchildren, Daisy, Joel, Martin, Tucker and Riley, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Mr. McKern will be held in June 2014, a time will be announced later.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been en¬trusted with the arrangements.