Charles “Bert” Albert Lotze passed away at his home, surrounded by family, on March 11, 2014. He was born in Colville on February 24, 1935, to George and Cora (Wright) Lotze.
Bert grew up in the Onion Creek area and attended school there until high school where he attended Northport High School. At the age of fifteen, Bert helped Washington Water Power skid logs to be used for power poles to run electricity to Onion Creek.
After high school, Bert worked for Avey Lumber and the Vanstone Mine, but he spent most of his years working in the woods as a logger and heavy equipment operator.
On January 30, 1953, Bert and Emma Storer were married in the Colville Catholic Church and the two were happily married for 61-years. In 1959-1960, Bert and Emma built their house on 40 acres just outside of Kettle Falls where they have lived since.
In Bert’s spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycles, snowmobiling, and looking for anything he could find with his metal detector. He was a life long member of the NRA and a member of the Second Amendment Task Force.
Bert was a true friend and willing to help out anyone in need. He will be truly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Elizabeth Kay; brothers Sam, Frank, Jack and Paul; sister Barbara Way; granddaughter Elizabeth Marie and son-in-law Wil Conklin.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Emma, at the home; daughters Janet Marie Conklin, Kettle Falls; Betty Ann Durbin and husband Dennis, Kettle Falls; Jackie Lee Saunders and husband Joe (Illinois); Delia Lynn Bourgeau and husband Mervin, Kettle Falls; Annette Irene Allen and husband Kermit, Kettle Falls; special granddaughter Kala Bourgeau; grandsons Joe, Trace and wife Anna, Bryan and wife Heather, Johnathan and wife Sarah, Jason and wife Jaime, Tim and wife Jenna, Andrew, AJ; sisters Dorothy Schauls, Lucy Ives, and Susan Hall; ten great grandchildren; numerous nieces , nephews, and extended family.
A celebration of Bert’s life and potluck gathering will be held at a later date. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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