The archiving of obituaries that have been published in the Methow Valley News is an ongoing process. Obituaries that have been archived here are posted alphabetically, by year. More recent obituaries can be found here.




William Whelan Biddle

Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend, and teacher, William Whelan Biddle, died peacefully June 7, 2012.

Born May 13, 1930, to Alice and Craig Biddle, Bill was raised on the Philadelphia Main Line, and always romanticized about being “out West.” After successful stints teaching in Boston and New Hampshire, he came west to Seattle in 1982 and continued his teaching. Then he worked for the National Park Service, including a time at City of Rocks in southern Idaho. He took up a third career as weather journalist and wrote for 20 years for the Methow Valley News where he made his second home in Winthrop, buying a place where he “could ski out the front door.”

From his youth Bill loved the outdoors and the mountains – hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, skiing, canoeing, snakes and other creatures, trees and wildflowers – all were embraced with zest and vigor, qualities which became his trademark. But the qualities which most endeared him to others were his genuine interest in and respect for others, and his ability to convey this with warmth and sincerity.

In all his careers, he involved the outdoors, establishing and maintaining outing clubs for the boys he taught, extending their appreciation of nature and literature reciting Walden and the Odyssey on hikes and snowshoe trips through the White Mountains and Presidential Range. It was frequently the boys’ first experience as outdoorsmen and often led to an enduring relationship with nature. More recently, he led canoe trips for several years to Lake Ozette as popular fundraisers for the Center for Wooden Boats, replete with good whiskey and gourmet fare. And he continued his teaching on the slopes of Snoqualmie Summit, encouraging students to love the outdoors via Nordic skiing classes for SAAS and North Seattle Comm. College.

Bill loved music, beginning with listening to Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman” at home with his father. His tastes were eclectic to say the least: Woody Guthrie, Schumann, country western, folk, Gordon Bok, Phillip Morgan. About this time he also made a brief appearance with the Seattle Symphony, promoting Schumann’s “Manfred,” thoroughly enjoying interacting with Gerard Schwarz. He also became a great supporter of the societies for the poet, Byron, as a member of the Byron Societies of America and England, giving papers on Byron and music (Schumann) and the paintings of JMW Turner and weather at conferences in Paris, University of Delaware, University of New Brunswick, and Missoulongi, Greece.

It was a natural evolution from the romantic poet, Byron, to more wide-ranging poetry as he was slowed down with a stubborn foot injury, in the same foot damaged by frostbite on a winter camping trip. He used poetry abundantly in writing his enduring and endearing Weatherwatch column for the MV News. For several years, he also created and crafted an occasional feature article called “Kalliope” for the MV News arts page, in which he wrote about various artists in the Methow Valley.

Bill attended Haverford School, then Dartmouth, class of 1952, followed by service in the U.S. Army, Counter Intelligence Corps, stationed in Japan where, newly promoted to Tech Sergeant, he was assigned to teach culture and history to army personnel. Upon discharge, he completed an M.A. in Education at Harvard, then joined the faculty at Noble and Greenough School near Boston. He moved on to Holderness School in New Hampshire, 1968-1982, where he directed the Outing Club and established a Visiting Authors program and was honored in 2011 by a memorial in the new dormitory. He brought an enthusiasm to his teaching that infused and inspired those around him.

In 1956, he married Barbara Ruth Noyes, a candystriper he met while in the hospital while healing from a camping accident. Their four children, Robert, Edward, Peter, and Eleanor, were born between 1958 and 1970. In summers between terms they all camped and hiked on epic journeys across the United States and Canada. Bill and Barbara later divorced, and he relocated to Seattle, meeting Barbara Buchan and marrying in 1994 on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He continued his teaching at Seattle Academy (SAAS) for nearly five years before his time with the National Park Service. He and Barbara II traveled extensively, and enjoyed escaping to Winthrop.

Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara Buchan, and his children: Robert and his wife, Ariel, of Annapolis, Md.; Edward and his wife, Ridgely, of Katonah, N.Y.; Peter and Heather of Seattle; Eleanor and her husband, Tom McCarthy, of Ithaca, N.Y.; and grandchildren Elliot, Pippa, Sam, Martha, James, Liam, Jedric, Abigail, and Flynn; brothers, David of Philadelphia and wife, Dinny, and Craig III of Annapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Remembrances may be made to the Methow Conservancy, Winthrop, Wash., or to the Keewaydin Foundation, Salisbury, Vt., or simply give a flower or pay a compliment to someone special in Bill’s name.

If you wish to leave a tribute to Bill or share a personal story, please visit Peoples Memorial at; also for details of the celebration of Bill’s life, planned for July 21 at St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle.

If you plan to attend the celebration (or memorial) please leave a comment at the bottom of Bill’s page at



Charlotte Lee-Anna Dillon

Charlotte Lee-Anna Dillon passed away on June 16, 2012, surrounded by loved ones at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Charlotte was born in Oxford, Ark., on Aug. 31, 1935, to Mary (Butler) and Boyce Julian. Her family moved to Peshastin, Wash., in 1937, then to Cashmere during WWII. In 1946 her father returned home from the war and they moved to near Carlton, where she met William “Bill” Dillon. He and his brother George would come play music with her father. They wed on Jan. 31, 1954, in Winthrop and remained residents of the valley for many years, until moving to Omak in 2006. Many of her days were spent gardening, reading, baking, and always loving.

Charlotte is preceded in death by her husband, mother, father, daughter Sandra, beloved sister-in-law Elaine, nephew Rick and grandson Matthew Dillon. She is survived by her brothers Richard of Spokane, Carl “Ed” Julian (Pamela) of Burlington, Claude “Mitch” of Omak, Paul “Mike” of Rochester; son Roger Dillon (Evelyn) of Caldwell, Idaho/Hanford, Calif.; granddaughter Staci Brown (Will) of Spokane; and grandsons Adam Dillon (Nicky) of Caldwell and Matthew Yoakum (Felicia) of Winthrop, as well as many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held June 24 in Okanogan.







Nels C. Aaenson

Nels C. Aaenson passed away peacefully at his home in Winthrop on May 6, 2010. He celebrated his 89th birthday on April 21, 2010.

He was born and raised in North Dakota, and moved to Washington state with his wife and son in 1960.

After retiring from Titus-Will Ford in Tacoma in 1979, Nels and his family moved to Winthrop.

Nels was a “do-it” man who could fix anything and do anything. Among other things, he enjoyed carpentry, camping and traveling. He was a quiet, peaceful man, a wonderful father and loving husband. He loved children, and he and Arlene cared for several foster children. He was a true giver, always helping people. He was loved by all, and will be remembered for his beautiful smile and quiet spirit.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene, with whom he shared 64 wonderful years; his son Robert (Carla) of Arlington; his grandsons Aaron of Mt. Vernon and Joel (Wendy) of Marysville; three great-grandchildren, Adina, Justus and Rhyder; his sister, Annie of Minot, N.D.; his brother, Ed (Dorie) of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and four sisters.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Twisp on Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m. His final resting place will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Minot, N.D.



Kenneth (Kenny) Mark Addis

Kenneth (Kenny) Mark Addis, 81, passed away July 26, 2010, at home in Twisp, with family and friends by his side. Kenny was born in Wenatchee, Jan. 13, 1929, to Kent and Evelyn (Amsden) Addis. He spent his early childhood in Chelan and Waterville, then moved to Tacoma with his family, where he attended Stadium High School. He was active in sports, club activities and school politics. He moved to Wenatchee in 1948, and graduated from Wenatchee High School.

He was the first president of the Wenatchee Teenage Club and its supervisor, before being called into the United States Air Force. After four years, he received an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant. While in the service, he traveled with a group of performers entertaining at colleges, service organizations, and nightclubs. Kenny was a stand-up comedian and a master of ceremonies. After his military service, he worked as a salesman for the Wells and Wade Ski Shop. He worked for Snyder’s Bakery as a driver-salesman for 33 years, and many people came to know him as “Buns” and/or “Cupcake.” After retiring from Snyder’s, he drove school bus for the Methow Valley School District. It was his favorite job; he enjoyed the students and watching their sporting events.

While in Chelan, he was supervisor for the Chelan Teenage Club. Kenny was member and past president of the Lake Chelan Junior Chamber, Golf Club, and the Lake Chelan Ski Club. He was a member and vestryman for the Lake Chelan Episcopal Church.

On June 23, 1984, he married Carolee Anne Porter in Twisp, where he made his home until his death. He loved to fish, ski and golf, and enjoyed nature with his wife and daughter. He had an exceptional relationship with Carolee and wanted to be with her and share every moment.

He is survived by his wife Carolee (Porter) Addis of Twisp; daughters Jenny Addis of Twisp and Mary Ann (Jim) Bettner of Port Ludlow, Wash.; son Mark Addis of East Wenatchee; granddaughters Jamie Bettner of Delray Beach, Fla., and Kirsten (Ben) Addis Juchmes of Malaga, Wash.; grandsons Jeffrey Bettner of Bremerton and Jonathon (Erin) Bettner of Delray Beach, Fla.; sister Audrey Thomsen of Bonney Lake, Wash.; two great-grandsons; many cousins, nieces and nephews, and a few dear friends. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aero Methow Rescue Service, P.O. Box 66, Twisp, WA 98856 (



Dov Bear Ashford

Just a few weeks before his 30th birthday, Dov Bear Ashford has moved on. Dealing with painful complications was constant for the last 18 years, but he always faced them head-on. Dov outlived all expectations and took that final step on his own terms. Dov was at home and surrounded by family when he died, and many of the same faces that had seen him into the world on March 9, 1980, watched over and held him as he went home on the evening of Jan. 25, 2010.

Dov was a brilliant mind and a passionate spirit. He was a man of ideas, who loved the search for answers that lie at the heart of physics and mathematics, but also a poet, musician and artist who grappled with the mysteries of the world through the abstract and the evocative. Dov was independent by nature, but those who were close to him know that he was a gentle soul and a loyal friend.

Dov leaves his family behind, and while they surrendered him with reluctance, they rejoice knowing that the pain is over and peace has come. Dov lives on in the people he inspired and the friendships he forged, as well as in the ideas and art that he left for those of us who remain behind. We love you Dov. Your memory is one that truly cannot die.

A memorial service will be held at the Winthrop Barn on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. Savory and sweet finger-foods welcomed.

In lieu of flowers, any donation to Dov’s passion, KTRT, would be warmly accepted.



Ellen P. Bannick

Ellen P. Bannick “Ela” passed peacefully in Brewster on May 19, 2010. She was surrounded by family and friends in her last days.

Ela was born April 27, 1953, in Westchester County, N.Y. She grew up in Pleasantville, N.Y., and frequently traveled with her mother, Betty Wason, who was a journalist and author. One expedition took them to Portugal, where they lived for a few years. Journeying off on her own, Ela traveled to Morocco, where she met her partner and husband of 39 years, Claude Bannick, “Cloud.”

Ela and Cloud lived together in Europe, Hawaii, Seattle and Havillah before settling in the Methow Valley in 1976.

Ela and Cloud started their business, Bear Creek Lumber, in 1977. Originally selling reclaimed lumber out of their home, Bear Creek Lumber eventually expanded to become an international distributor of fine lumber products, employing up to 30 people. They were awarded the Small Business Association’s business of the year for Eastern Washington in 2004. In an SBA newsletter article, Ela was quoted saying, “We run our business on a very high level of honesty and integrity. People send us money from all over the world – sight unseen – based on our reputation and customer service.”

Ela raised four children in the Methow Valley, while supporting a number of volunteer causes. Her endeavors included The Methow Valley School District Parent Teacher Association, The Methow Valley School District Booster Club, The Methow Valley Babe Ruth Baseball Association, Methow Valley Little League, The Chewuch Ditch Canal Association, The Little Star Montessori School and support of The Cove.

Ela was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Wason, and uncle, John Wason.

Ela is survived by her husband, Cloud Bannick; her brother Lance Hall; her mother-in-law Maryanne Bannick; her children Omaste Witkowski, Sage Bannick, Sy Bannick and Shena Bannick; and her grandchildren Natalie Witkowski, Anthony Witkowski and Taylor Bannick.

A memorial service will be held at the Winthrop Auditorium “The Barn,” on June 13 at 4 p.m. There will be a potluck following the service.



Robert Angelo Belloni

Robert Angelo Belloni, 84, from Millbrae, Calif., died Feb. 9, 2010, in Brewster after living with his daughter Susan Philbrick in Winthrop while ill.

He was born in San Francisco on June 23, 1925, to Clelia Arnaboldi and Guido Belloni, stepson of Enrico Arnaboldi, all native of Italy, and brother to Albert and Narcisso (Frank) Belloni.

He was the beloved husband of Inez Varner Belloni, deceased before him; devoted father of Susan Philbrick and grandfather of Mario A. Del Nagro, Dr. Christopher J. Del Nagro and Elizabeth I. Del Nagro. He leaves five great-grandchildren: Lorenzo, Gianno, Paolo Del Nagro and Anisa and Isabella Del Nagro. He was devoted uncle to three  nephews and three nieces.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be given to the Methow Valley Senior Center in Twisp, earmarked for transportation services in gratitude to John Jumper and the ladies at The Cove. Address: 201 Highway 20 S., Twisp,WA 98856.

Bob’s gentle spirit was embraced by the Methow Valley. He will be remembered as a kind gentleman who loved to dance. He never forgot his Italian heritage nor his love for  San Francisco.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.



E. E. “Whitey” Berg

Dust Rising
E. E. “Whitey” Berg, a native son of Eastern Washington, has moved on to the wide open spaces of Heaven. He was born in Entiat, on August 1, 1919, to Edward and Gertrude Berg, at the family homestead on the Entiat River. The fifth of seven lively siblings, he was always the rebel of the family, and for most of the ninety-one years he favored the world with his presence, he lived a varied and vigorous life. From his earliest days, he loved the rugged beauty of the Entiat Valley; it seemed to those of us who knew him best that he was familiar with every tree, rock and flower that decorated the valley’s steep sides. On those rocky slopes and on the banks of the Mad and Entiat Rivers, he enjoyed a childhood that was carefree and fraught with mischief. He told many a yarn about his career as an ornery, tow-headed kid; one particular favorite involved some needles he filched from his grandmother’s gramophone. After inserting the needles, pointed end out, in the heels of his boots, he proceeded to get astride one of his grandfather’s workhorses, and, with his little sister on behind, spurred that horse to an amazing show of speed, while his grandmother stood on the porch and shouted for them to return. A great part of intelligence is the ability to mold the materials at hand to fit the requirements of the moment!

He was a talented student, but he felt hemmed-in at school, especially when he could see, through the windows of the one-room schoolhouse, a sight that drew him like a magnet: the local wild horse herd – the Wild Bunch – grazed nearby. He left school at fourteen, when the country was in the depths of the Great Depression, in order to work and help support his family; the Wild Bunch, however, had an attraction that was far greater for him than earning ten cents an hour, and so began his adventures as a horse wrangler, cowboy, and sometime rodeo bronc rider. Much of his time, spare and otherwise, was spent up the Muddy Creek, tending the cattle of a curmudgeon named Bill Brannigan, or chasing, corralling, and trying to break the unlucky members of the Wild Bunch who fell into the clutches of Whitey and his gang of horse-crazy friends. The endeavor, though usually painful and often downright dangerous, was more successful than most of them thought possible. Successes included Pearl, a raw-boned bay mare who outran every horse for miles around and who lived to train the next generation of kids, and a black horse named Dick, who, some twenty years down the road, became the property of two little girls. Whitey was a natural horseman, so it was a logical next step for him to try his hand at rodeo, riding saddle broncs.

Bucked off, kicked, broken and bruised, he nonetheless had more wins than losses. Times, however, were changing, as the country slowly emerged from the Depression, and the wages being paid for government work were difficult to turn down. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had come into being as a means of providing employment to some of the many Americans who needed work. Whitey went to work for the CCC, joining many other young men who created mountain trails, built irrigation flumes, and worked at other jobs that improved the infrastructure of the country.

After a sojourn in the CCC, he went to work for the US Forest Service, manning the lookout on Tyee Mountain, and later transporting fish up the Icicle River via pack strings made up of wayward horses and stubborn mules. The fish were to be stocked in lakes high in the Cascades. Unfortunately, the water in the lakes was so cold that it killed the fish, but Whitey went on to pack into the mountains many times, hauling supplies and people (including, in the spring of 1941, his new wife) who wanted a firsthand look at the forbidding, magnificent Cascade Mountain country in the days when the only way to see it was to hike it on foot or travel on horseback. Part of one trail was so rugged it was called the Devil’s Backbone.

Holden Mine was his next place of employment. The newlyweds lived at Lucerne on Lake Chelan. The country was gearing up for war, though, and there was money to be made harvesting the timber that was then so plentiful in the mountains surrounding the Methow Valley. In 1942, Whitey went to work for Twisp Wagner Lumber Company, first as a faller with a cumbersome power saw that was powered by a Caterpillar engine and had to be operated by two men. He quickly became the woods foreman for the company, a job he held for sixteen years, with a two-year break for Army duty. In 1956, he patented his “Quick Change Receiver,” a devise that helped revolutionize the way logs were attached to the Caterpillars that brought them out of the woods.

From 1960 until his retirement, Whitey held various positions in the lumber industry, including a stint in helicopter logging and work for Morrison-Knudsen that involved a year in Africa. He retired from Louisiana Pacific in 1989 and moved to Amanda Park on the Olympic Peninsula, where he stood tall among the massive firs and cedar giants that fill the park. But through all the years and all the changes, his heart was rooted in the rocky soil of the Eastside, and always, in his memories, that Wild Bunch moved in a shining mass of bodies, hooves thundering, tails streaming as the herd headed up the next rise. He came home to Eastern Washington in the spring of 2003, living first in Loomis, and then in Omak. He gathered his reins, mounted, and hit the trail again on September 4, 2010. The dust rolled in a mighty cloud as he left, until it was hard to discern if he was the dust, or the dust was he. Behind him, the cloud scattered, its sparkling motes landing gently on each and every person and place he held dear. Ahead, against the waning moon, wisps of dust came together, forming at last into the shapes of wild horses, running forever free, heading for the next rise.

Preceding Whitey in his journey was his beloved wife of fifty years, Pearl Lillian Berg. He was also preceded in death by his siblings: Lloyd, Ross, Fern, Leonard, Pearl and Jeanette. Also preceding him in death and listed in the order that they were lost to us are his son-in-law, Jim Yount, grandson David Yount, and grandson Hoot Beeman. His dear, life-long friend, Haven Stanaway, also preceded him in death, as did many other cherished friends. He is loved and mourned by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are listed in the order by which we appeared in his life: Karmen (Jack) Beeman, Loomis, WA; Sandra Yount, Lemoore, CA; Timothy Berg, Kirkland, WA; Mary (Mark) Kirkham, Tacoma, WA. Shauna (Ryan) Marchant, Sarah (David) Grooms, Melanie (Mitch) Modlin, Jackie (Devin) Richter, Lindsey Kirkham, Dustin Kirkham; James Yount, Melissa (Robert) Buyense. Kile Geiss, Winston Grooms, Kailee Grooms, Mitchell Modlin, Riata Marchant, Martin Grooms, Blake Richter, Hannah Beeman, Chance Richter, Bode Grooms, and Aubrey Grooms. He is also mourned by his sister-in-law, Barbara (Leonard) Berg, by numerous nieces and nephews, and by legions of friends. In his life, he loved us all.

Services for Whitey Berg were held Saturday, September 11, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., at Jones & Jones-Betts Memorial Chapel, followed by interment at the Entiat Cemetery. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at



Joan Zelda Berry

Joan Zelda Berry, 70, of Spokane, died June 11, 2010. She was born in Bremerton, Wash., on June 29, 1939, to Lloyd Berry and Eva Lince Berry. Her family moved to the Methow Valley when she was about 9 years old.

Joan graduated from Winthrop High School in 1957. She later moved to Spokane.

She is survived by her children, Joe Mossuto of Howell, Mich., Charlene Mossuto of Spokane and Kathleen Brown of Spokane; her sister, Kelly Kast of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ray Berry; and her son, Michael Fitzgerald.

She was interred at Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop. At her request, there will be no services.



Robert Brandenburg

Entiat and long-time Washington resident Robert Brandenburg, 72, died Jan. 16, 2010, in Wenatchee, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born Aug. 29, 1937.

Robert (Bob) was born in Guthrie, Okla., in 1937, and shortly thereafter moved with his family to Glasgow, Mont. He graduated from Glasgow High in 1957, and lived there with his family until 1962, when he moved to Washington.

Bob spent most of his life in Washington, where he was a carpenter. He became co-owner of Antlers Tavern with his wife, Ann. In the 1980s, Bob tried his hand as an entrepreneur in Alaska. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and camper. He loved fishing and gold mining. In his later years, Bob was a truck driver, which was perfect because he loved meeting new people.

Bob had an infectious laugh and such a friendly demeanor, that he made friends wherever he went. It could be said that he never met a stranger. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Bob is survived by his sons Bryan and Richard Brandenburg; his daughter Robin Korte; his stepsons Darold (Hurd) Brandenburg and Steven Barr; his brothers Joe and Marvin; sister Marie; nephew Jody Bosarth and his family; granddaughters Amber, Kasara, Halle, Azlynn and Mallory; and grandson Nick (Hailey). He is also survived by his companion, Clair.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Ruby; his brother James; his beloved wife, Ann and her two grandsons, Jordan and Chase.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, at the Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Rd., East Wenatchee, followed by a graveside service in Twisp at 2 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Cemetery.



Jenefer Margaret Buckley

Jenefer Margaret Buckley, 90, of Renton and Twisp, died June 25, 2010. She was born March 3, 1920, in Wolf Point, Mont., to Anna and Magnus Magnuson. She attended school in Wolf Point. She married Don H. Buckley at age 30.

Jenefer first heard about the Methow Valley from her college friends, Loretta and Stan Lord. She and Don purchased property on Poorman Creek Road in 1954, and in 1955 they built a one-room summer cabin across the river from the Lords. Theirs was the eighth residence on Poorman Creek Road.

Jenefer was an artist, and enjoyed painting pictures of the valley. Some of her local friends who will remember her fondly include Helen Parsons, Joe and Lola Lockhart, and the Reynaud family on Poorman Creek.

Jenefer was preceded in death by her husband, Don H. Buckley, in 1990. She is survived by her children, Kim Buckley, Randy Buckley and Rick Buckley, all of Renton, and her sister, Bernice Magnuson of Renton.

A memorial service for Jenefer Buckley will be held at the Jehovah’s Witness Hall on Sunset Duvall roads in Renton on Saturday, July 17. For more information, call (425) 271-4464 or locally at 997-2128.

Jenefer’s ashes will be laid to rest in an urn next to her husband’s ashes on the family property on Poorman Creek, which was her favorite place to be.

Graveside services will be conducted Saturday (July 10) at 11 a.m. at Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop, with Kirby and Bonnie Davis of Wenatchee officiating. The American Legion color guard will provide military honors.



Donna Jean Campbell

Donna Jean Campbell, 54 passed away on Jan. 7, 2010, at the Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, surrounded by family members and loved ones.

Donna was born April 10, 1956, to Donald and Norma Jean Aiken in Henryetta, Oklahoma, where she spent most of her childhood. She moved to Washington in 1978, and eventually settled at Gold Creek, where she lived the remainder of her years with family and friends.

Donna’s enjoyment in life was helping people.  She worked as a para-pro for 16 years for the Pateros School District, where she found great enjoyment in working with children. Nothing gave her greater joy than to watch those students go on to succeed in the real world. No doubt she will hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who knew her.

In her honor, a Donna Campbell Memorial Scholarship is being set up. Donations may be made at North Cascades National Bank in Brewster, or sent to Sheri Mortimer at P.O. Box 565, Pateros, WA 98846.

In her free time, Donna enjoyed baking, being with family and friends, or just sitting down with a good book.  She also enjoyed the outdoors; horseback riding, skiing, giving her grandkids rides on her ATV and working on her yard. She took pride in everything she did and it showed to everyone who knew her. She was known by all of her friends and family for her baking-always making the best holiday cookies ever-and having a laugh and a smile that could light up the room.  She will be dearly missed by all of those whose lives she touched.

Donna was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Brenda Williams.  She is survived by Ray Campbell; her parents, Alan and Norma Crummett; her sisters Cathy Clark and Debbie Lowry; her sons, Bucky Marshall and Brian Campbell; daughter, Kara Gross; grandchildren Jessica Reid, Seth Gross, Kiona Campbell and Hunter Campbell; niece Ginger Matheson; and nephew Pat Williams.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at Pateros High School.



Edna J. Clark

Edna J. Clark, 83, of Twisp, passed away on March 13, 2010, at Emmanuel Rocking Chair Ranch in Omak, after fighting lung cancer for two years.

Edna was born June 26, 1926, in Florence, Wash., to Ernest and Maude Magill. She spent much of her childhood in Stanwood and attended Stanwood High School. When she was a teenager, her family relocated to the Methow Valley, where she attended Twisp High School.

On Sept. 21, 1943, she married Stan Clark in Carlton. They made their home in Twisp for the duration of their marriage. They had two sons, Wayne and Gary, and took care of several foster children. In the late 1960s, they purchased Stan’s Chevron in Twisp, which they both owned and operated. Edna also provided housekeeping and ironing services for many local individuals. She was widowed in 1974, after which time she worked at Rosey’s Branding Iron and Sears. She retired at the age of 55.

In 1981, she met Glen “Bud” Balcom, who became her significant other. Edna and Bud enjoyed traveling throughout North America and spent 12 winters in Arizona. They resided for four years in Hermiston, Ore., before returning to Edna’s home in Twisp. Bud preceded her in death in 2002.

Edna was a fabulous cook, enjoyed crocheting and loved to spend time with her family. She enjoyed being pampered, including weekly visits to Dawn’s Hair Design and frequent trips to Karen’s salon. She enjoyed lunches and coffee out with the girls, particularly with her friend Dorothy Brewster. She was a member of the Twisp Eagles Auxiliary for over 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; significant other, Bud; brothers Carl and John; and sister, Anna Laura. She is survived by her sister, Pauline and Carl Melton of Riverton, Wyo.; sons Wayne and Kara Clark of Yakima and Gary and Anna Clark of Twisp; granddaughters Melanie and Steve Bartol of Oregon City, Ore.; Stephanie Akker of Kennewick and Jodi and Dino DeCesari of Omak; grandsons Cory and Heather Clark of Wenatchee and Jared and Rachel Clark of Fort Gordon, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At Edna’s request, no services will be held. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Aero Methow Rescue, P.O. Box 66, Twisp, WA 98856.



Dale Coultas

Dale Coultas, 96, of Methow, passed away Jan. 5, 2010, at home. He was born Aug. 11, 1913, on a farm near Reading, Minn., to Marguerite Elizabeth (Kinsman) Coultas and Roy Walter Coultas.

In March 1918, the family moved to Emmetsburg, Iowa. Because Roy Coultas was a farm laborer, the family moved many times, but remained in northwestern Iowa throughout his childhood. He graduated from Ware High School in June 1932.

After working briefly as a farm laborer, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1936. After boat training, his first assignment was with the Mine Force Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

On Dec. 7, 1941, he was serving on board the destroyer USS Ramsay (DM16), and so became a Pearl Harbor survivor. The ship had the “Ready Duty” that eventful day and was the second ship to steam out of Pearl Harbor during the attack. At the time, Dale was Machinist Mate Fit Class.

In 1948, he married Nina Elvira Martin at the submarine base chapel in the U.S. Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

His Naval career ended in Oct. 1968, when he received an honorable discharge for over 32 years of service, having attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4.

In December 1968, he earned a Merchant Marine License as Chief Engineer of Steam or Diesel driven ships.

On Jan. 1, 1969, he signed on board the Thomas G. Thompson, a marine research ship of the University of Washington, as First Assistant Engineer and later became Chief Engineer and finally Port Engineer for the UW.

In the following years, as a Merchant Marine, he sailed on cargo ships hauling ammunition and supplies during the Vietnam Conflict. He also worked for Foss Tug of Tacoma, hauling supply barges to the North Slope oil field. He finally retired from many years as a seaman while working for Global Marine, where, as chief engineer, he worked on deep-sea drilling ships developing the North Sea oil field off Scotland.

He also helped manage a large ranch in Arizona for Evelyn and Jerry Williams, his younger sister and her husband.

He settled with Nina in Methow in 1979, and together they began a new career as orchardists. The Bar C Orchard grew award-winning apples and pears and provided many years of enjoyment for the whole family.

Dale was an avid sports fan and loyal supporter of the Seattle Sonics, Mariners and Seahawks. Throughout his life, he enjoyed fishing of all kinds and had the opportunity to do deep-sea as well as river, lake and stream fishing. Fishing for steelhead on the banks of his orchard on the Methow was a dream come true.

He was a skilled hunter and outdoorsman. He loved hiking and few could keep up with him even in his later years. He enjoyed cutting firewood and always had plenty of wood for the winter. Dale was a true gentleman and had many friends throughout the Methow Valley. He was well liked by all who knew him, and his opinion was valued by family and friends. He will always be remembered for the way he and Nina nurtured their kids, grandkids and great-grandchildren. His life was one of service, never considering his own needs but always how he could better the lives of those around him. Everyone was drawn into the stories he told of his childhood, youth, farm experiences, naval career and hunting excursions. He had a keen memory and could relate the clearest details of his life, even to the end. His shoes are too big for anyone else to fill. We will instead relive the memories of our time with Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa and relish the privilege of knowing him and being a part of his wonderful life.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nina Coultas; children Sandra (Bill) Sparks, Cle Elem, Diane (Bob) Bowlin, Seattle, Bill (Sandy) Coultas, Olympia, Kevin (Susan) Coultas, Brier, Wash., and Lori (Jerry) Hixson, Carlton; two brothers, Gene (Ruth) Coultas of Florida and Don Coultas of Concord, Calif.; grandchildren Selena (David) Young, David (Marie) Sparks, Kendall (Dua) Coultas, Jeffrey Bowlin, Katie Jordan, Amber (Andrew Richardson) Hixson, Chris Bowlin, Emily (Kaplan Bunce) Coultas, Tawny Hixson, Charlie Coultas, Ted Coultas, Brady Coultas, Tim Coultas and Leah Church; great-grandchildren Scott, Acacia, and Emma Young, Molly and Luke Jordan, Sai Coultas, and Violet and Clover Bunce; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Coultas; mother, Marguerite Coultas; and sisters Dorothy Svuba and Evelyn (Jerry) Williams.

Final interment will be with military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash., later this year.

Memorials may be made to Our House – Cancer Care, P.O. Box 2044, Wenatchee, WA 98807.



Rachel McLean Dabritz

Rachel McLean Dabritz, 58, died June 8, 2010, at home in Portland, Ore., of breast cancer.

She was born in Spokane on May 18, 1952. Her parents, Ronald and Lois McLean, moved the family to the Olympic Peninsula, eventually returning to the Methow Valley in 1962, and Rachel was raised there, graduating from Winthrop High School in 1970.

She continued her education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, graduating with a degree in art history, anthropology and east Asian studies. She married John Dabritz in 1974. Rachel and John were both employed by the Forest Service at the Winthrop Ranger Station. Rachel served as the North 20 Mile Lookout for eight seasons, enjoying the backcountry, a feeling she never lost. She and John also traveled the Pasayten Wilderness with burros, working on trails for two summers.

Rachel and John built a home on the west side of the Chewuch River and had two children, Janelle and Colin. Rachel worked at home with the children and John continued his Forest Service career, which eventually brought them to Washington, D.C. in 1987. In 1990, they moved to Portland, Ore., where the family remains.

After her children were older, Rachel worked for the Portland School District with autistic students.

Rachel was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband, John, in Portland, and their two children, Janelle Dabritz and Colin Dabritz, both in graduate school in Corvallis, Ore.; Her mother, Lois McLean;  three of her four sisters – Sheela McLean, Tammie Ellis and Kit McLean, who all live in Winthrop with their families, and her fourth sister, Heather McLean, of Moab, Utah.

Rachel is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews, plus aunts and uncles on both sides of her family.

A memorial service will be held for her family, friends and co-workers on Sunday, June 27 at 4 p.m., at the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele, in Portland, Ore.

A second memorial will be held in Winthrop in late July or early August.



Robert E. (Bob) Dabritz

Robert E. (Bob) Dabritz, 87, died Feb. 26, 2010, at his home in Portland, Ore. He had lived in Winthrop and was the pastor at the Winthrop and Twisp Methodist churches from 1958-1966, and was very active in the community. He died of congestive heart failure, kidney cancer and lymphoma. His family was by his side.

Survivors are his wife, Ruth; daughter and son-in-law Ronda and Nick Rhoads, Weipee, Idaho; son and daughter-in-law David and Jacque Dabritz, Culdesac, Idaho; daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann Dabritz and David Rasmussen, Portland; and son and daughter-in-law John and Rachel Dabritz, Portland. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held in Portland at a date to be determined.

Memorials may be made to Kaiser Permanente Hospice Acupuncture (which meant a lot to his comfort and is totally funded by donations), Kaiser Hospice NW – Acupuncture Program, Kaiser Hospice, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St. Suite 140, Portland, OR 97210, or a charity of your choice.



Marlene Jeanette Bunney Dick

Marlene Jeanette Bunney Dick, of Omak, passed away July 24, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.

Marlene was born in Manhattan, Kan., to Clarence and Agnes Bunney. At age two, she moved with her family to North Dakota for a short time. Then the family moved to Everett, Wash. She graduated from Everett High School, where she was active in various school clubs and activities. After graduating, she moved to Entiat, where she met and married Stanley V. Dick, leading to a loving marriage of 56 years.

They made their first home in Winthrop, on a ranch near Mazama, where she raised their children and was an active 4-H leader, a Mazama Women’s Club member, and a wife. Her highlights of living on the ranch were the Saturday night card parties at the Mazama Community Club and community potluck gatherings.

After selling the ranch in 1972, the family moved closer to Winthrop, where Marlene enjoyed working at the Buffalo Corral, H&J Hardware, M&J Hardware and the Tenderfoot. After retiring in 2000, she stayed busy enjoying her hobbies and her beloved granddaughter, who brought her unconditional love and happiness.

In 2004, the family moved to Omak, where Marlene spent the last few years of her life, enjoying daily visits from her granddaughter and rekindling old friendships.

Marlene was an extraordinary woman whose love and strength were shared with many as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley V. Dick, at home in Omak; son Cliff C. Dick of Waterville; daughter Kristy (Dale) Longanecker of Omak; granddaughter, Ashly Longanecker of Omak; and her sister, Pat Just of Twisp.

At Marlene’s request, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Arthritis National Research Foundation at, or International Association Hospice and Palliative care at

The family held a celebration of Marlene’s life at their home in Omak on Aug. 14.



Douglas Allen Dow

Douglas Allen Dow was born in Omak March 30, 1944. He died April 1, 2010, in Tukwila, Wash. He was the fourth and youngest child of A. DeLance and Fern (Ricketts) Dow.

When he was 4 years old, Doug and his family moved to Tonasket, where he attended school and graduated from Tonasket High School in 1962. The Dow family was very active in Boy Scouts of America, and Doug received his Eagle Scout award at age 15.

After graduation, Doug began working seasonally for the U.S. Forest Service, and eventually made it his career when he was hired full time in 1969 at Twisp. Doug was transferred to Amboy, Wash., where he met his future wife, Mollie Mallery. They were married Dec. 6, 1975, in Portland, Ore. The Dows moved to Enumclaw in 1976, where, together they raised their four daughters. Doug retired from the Forest Service in 2000, but continued working various jobs in his field of expertise, construction engineering, until shortly before his death.

Doug’s greatest joy was his family. The time he spent having backyard barbecues, trips to Hawaii and just having fun were the things he loved most. He was very proud of his four grandsons and missed the birth of a fifth grandson by a mere few days after his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mollie; his children Cheryl (Gary) Garrison of Spokane, Christine (Rocky Imes) Olson of Spokane, Heather (Grant) Wills of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Nicki (Brian Abbott) Dow; five grandchildren; his sister Marilyn (Marvin) Farver of Coulee City; his mother-in-law, Bette Mallery of Bonney Lake; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John; and sister, Marjorie.

A memorial service was held at Hope Lutheran Church in Enumclaw April 17.  Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, 1316 Garfield, Enumclaw, WA 98022.



Harold Wright Erwin

Harold Wright Erwin, 91, of Carlton, passed away April 7, 2010. He was born in Chelan in June, 1918, one of twin boys and the ninth of 12 children to Jesse (Wright) Erwin and Thomas E. Erwin. His twin, Howard Worth Erwin, lived only one month.

At age 10, he was sent to live with Grace Lewis at River Made Ranch, better known as Gallagher Flats, where he remained until he turned 18.

His work included trapping, a dairy farm in the Methow Valley, picking fruit, mining at Holden, and owning an orchard and an Angus Cattle ranch. Although he only finished the eighth grade, whatever he did, he did successfully. There was nothing he loved better than hunting and fishing.

Harold spent 37 months serving in the Army during WWII in Europe. He fought the Battle of the Bulge and was part of the longest military drive in history. He received a Purple Heart. The war experience gave him a dislike for travel, so he stayed close to home from then on.

Late in life he married Enid Fache. They enjoyed 20 loving years together before she died. For the last 10 years, he was married to Judy (Felts) Brezina.

Everyone liked Harold and hearing his wonderful stories of old Chelan, the war, mining at Holden and his huge family living in a two-room shack during the depression. He was an incredible man, endowed with a beautiful spirit, expansive outlook and a sly, wicked sense of humor. He saw delight all around him in nature and in life. He was kind, considerate, thoughtful and soft spoken. He was a hard worker, and neither drank nor smoked.

Harold was preceded in death by 9 of his 11 brothers and sisters: Willis, Georgia, Grace, Elsie, Cecil, Edith, Edna, Howard, Bernice and Spencer. He is survived by his wife, Judy Brezina of Carlton; one sister, Norma Flynn of Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances in his honor may be made to the Twisp Valley Grange, P.O. Box 464, Twisp, WA 98856.



James Edward Fisher

James Edward Fisher passed away Aug. 6, 2010, in the San Juan Islands while boating with his wife, Sandi, and friends. He was born Dec. 7, 1944, in San Jose, Calif., to Bruce P. Fisher and Dorothea Wagner Fisher.  After the war, the family moved to Sacramento, where he attended elementary school. They moved to Seattle in 1954. where the family resided in the Laurelhurst community. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1962, then went on to study photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

He was an avid alpine skier, a conservationist of the Wolf Creek watershed, an artist, a man of vision and a friend to many. He arrived in the Methow Valley in 1974, and made Wolf Creek Ranch and the valley his home and established North Cascade Realty.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Shupe Fisher; his brothers, Thomas Fisher and wife Sandy of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Wayne Fisher and wife Marty of Winthrop, and Richard Fisher and wife Jennifer of Seattle/Winthrop; his sisters Ann Fisher Chandler and husband Jeff of Winthrop and Karen Fisher of Winthrop; his nephews Chris Fisher, Landon Fisher and Wil Chandler; and his nieces Jenny Fisher, Leah Fisher and Cailin Chandler.

Ode to Kimo

I met you on a winter’s night,

You had just flown in
on some exotic flight
You said hi “I’m brother Jim”

Who could resist..that irreverent grin

You were the rebel
that never heard no

The rascal that ran from the flow
An instigator and leader of the pack
We teased you and you teased us back
You never called –
you just showed up

Five minutes!
Then off in the truck
In the snow or in the sun

You had a knack for having fun
I do know this for sure to be true
I have never ridden in a car
as fast as I did with you

You lived your life
like a wild fun game
One of the few, that life did not tame

And you told us all
and everyone you knew
Live it up….
We are all quickly

Just passing through

Thanks for all the far off trips

Skiing, sailing, and skinny dips

Packing llamas –
even a camel to ride
I fell off…his name was Clyde
And because of your lack of fear
Most of us would not
be standing here

Of all your gifts that I can tally

Thank you for the Methow Valley

Now in new worlds
with your wanderlust
Scoping it out for the rest of us
Happy trails to you, dear Jim

Until we meet again

Poem by Patty Allen



Keith V. Fitzjarrald

Keith V. Fitzjarrald, 73, of Omak, died at home May 6, 2010, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness. He was born June 28, 1936, in Mackay, Idaho, to Jack and Golda Fitzjarrald.

Keith was a graduate of Twisp High School. He served in the U.S. Navy. He married Virginia Ferrians on June 17, 1961, at her parents’ home near Carlton.

For more than 30 years, he was a smokejumper, squad leader and a fire management officer for the U.S. Forest Service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He was a pear orchardist.

He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks in Omak, and the Bass Club.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughters Shelley (Chuck) Keitzman of Omak and Heidi (Bruce) Fitzjarrald-Smith of Okanogan; brother, Bob (Frankie) Fitzjarrald of Casa Grande, Ariz.; sisters Linda (Larry) Lufkin of Olympia and Judy (Karl) Pearson of Malaga; granddaughter Kaitlin Keitzman of Omak; step-granddaughter Kristin Keitzman of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jack Fitzjarrald and Don Fitzjarrald.

A memorial service was held May 15 at the Omak Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Keith’s name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 101 W. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA 99205, or the charity of your choice.



Wesley “Shine” Flagg

Wesley “Shine” Flagg passed away on June 7, 2010, at Puyallup. He was born Feb. 15, 1922, in Winthrop, to Ben and Ethel Flagg.

He attended school at Winthrop. He worked on fire suppression and trail maintenance crews for the Forest Service in summers, and one summer he worked at Glacier Peak Mine. One winter he worked at Howe Sound Mine. He was in the     U.S. Navy during World War II.

He worked 22 years at Fort Lewis Body and Fender Shop, and was able to repair everything from Jeeps to armored tanks. He retired back to the Methow Valley and built a log home. He married Laura Reams in 1989, and they lived in Twisp many years before selling the log home and moving to Omak.

His hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening and taking pack trips to the high country. He was a member of the American Legion Post 120, Winthrop. He was a past member of the Eagles, and VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Laura, of Omak; son Leo (Sunday) of Florida; sister Merian (Bennett) Richmond of Pasco; sister-in-law Karen Flagg of Twisp; step-sons Gary (Donna) Reams of Omak and Ben (Dottie) Reams of Kent; granddaughter Tammy (Ray) Fleck of Puyallup; grandson Tim (Cindy) Flagg; step-grandchildren Linda (Dave) Clise of Spokane, Anya (Tim) Tugaw of Omak, Nick Reams of East Wenatchee, and Chris Tollotson of Tacoma; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charlie Flagg, and one sister, Dorthea.

Memorial services will be Sunday (June 20) at 1 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn. Bring your memories and a dish for the potluck. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.



Ethel Gertrude Voyles Forsythe

Ethel Gertrude Voyles Forsythe of Omak passed away and joined her Lord on June 9, 2010.

Ethel was born near Havillah, Wash., on Oct. 15, 1922. She graduated from Oroville High in 1940. In December of that same year she married the love of her life, Lawrence Vernon Forsythe, who passed away in 2007.

They moved to Okanogan, where two of their children were born. Lawrence worked in the sawmill while Ethel kept the family home. In 1948, they moved to Twisp. In 1956, their third child was born. They lived in Twisp until 1972, when they moved to Puyallup for a brief time before returning to Twisp. Ethel and Lawrence moved to Omak in 1996.

Ethel held a variety of jobs through the years. These included, packing apples, the Forest Service and Chase’s Mercantile. She was an excellent cook and an accomplished gardener. She enjoyed dancing, camping, cards, her dog and her family and friends. She was an active member of the Okanogan and Twisp Eagles Club, Omak and Twisp Senior Center, her bridge group and a Saturday breakfast club.

Ethel was a great mom, a role model, a mentor and a friend. She was held in high esteem by her many friends who came to know her as a woman of quiet grace possessed of a gentle nature, perky sense of humor and a kind and loving spirit.

She is survived by two sisters, Vivian Wright and Sandra Reil; her children, David Forsythe, Patti Kelly and Laurel Hanks; her grandchildren, Jamie Forsythe, Shad and Lulu Forsythe, Nikki Dunkin Brown, and Jason and Shannon Dunkin; six great-grandchildren: Alicia, Chelsea, Kirsten, Liam, Owen and Annabelle; and her loving companion, Poco, and many, many wonderful friends and family.



Kathleen “Kathy” Geiger

Kathleen “Kathy” Geiger, formerly of Twisp, passed away in Sammamish, Wash., on Aug. 12, 2010. She was 96 years old.  She moved to Sammamish to be closer to family and medical facilities due to health concerns.

Kathy was born Feb. 19, 1914, in Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Frank and Edith Chandler. She was raised in Alberta and California.

She met Bert Geiger in Seattle and they married Sept. 6, 1956.  They moved to Seward, Alaska, in 1963. They experienced the 1964 earthquake that was 9.2 on the Richter scale. Shortly after the earthquake, they left Alaska and settled in Twisp.

Kathy enjoyed the many friendships she made while a member of the Eastern Star and Priscilla Club. She enjoyed feeding and watching birds and frequently she participated in the Audubon Society bird counts. She loved dogs; over the years she had several dogs and always enjoyed when guests brought their dogs for a visit. She enjoyed traveling and she took pleasure in visiting England, Australia, New Zealand, Belize, Japan, Tahiti, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and numerous mystery tours throughout the USA.

Her husband, Bert Geiger, sister Margaret Cook, and brother John Chandler preceded her in death. Survivors include step-children Michael Geiger of Anchorage; Patricia (and Don) Hanson of Anchorage; and Bert (and Judy) Geiger of Portland, Ore.; granddaughters Karen Norsworthy of Anchorage;, Linda Leitis of Sammamish; Holly Zimmerman of Bellevue; and Lindsey Rodman of Ventura, Calif.; and nieces Pat Haylor of Kent, Wash., Sharon Brossow of Renton; Margaret Brossow of Morton, Wash.; Kathleen Will of Los Alamitos, Calif.; and Donna Long of Gig Harbor.

The family suggests remembrances to Methow Valley Animal Foster Care, P.O. Box 494, Twisp, WA 98856.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s on-line guest book



Jim Gerlach

On Aug. 24, 2010, the Methow Valley lost a true friend and a believer in maintaining our way of life with the passing of Jim Gerlach.

Jim was born Jan. 8, 1940, in Encinitas, Calif., to parents who were amateur horticulturists and practicing amateur magicians. His early life was filled with weekly in-home magic, and his formative years proved him to be a man of the earth. He was actively involved in FFA, 4-H, sheep raising and gardening. As he grew, he developed a unique interest in architecture and apprenticed with Bruce Goff, who was a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. One has only to look at Jim’s home to see his creativity.

Jim was well traveled, having crossed Europe and visited many countries in the Middle East. Jim was an excellent cook, and for years owned and ran Riverside Ribs in Winthrop. He started in the valley with the Forest Service, then with OK’s Cascade, all the while doing architectural projects for valley homes. He was a staunch advocate for valley safety and preservation of water rights and power dispersion.

Jim could at times be stubborn and curmudgeonly, but those who knew him knew a friend with a heart of gold. He will be missed on his daily haunts around the valley. He was a good man and we who knew him are honored to have had him in our lives. A memorial potluck will be at Jim’s home at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 30. Bring any remembrances that you wish.



Mikel R. Haase

Mikel R. Haase, 59, passed away at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 28, 2010. He was born in Twisp July 11, 1951, to George and Harriet Hasse.

Mike lived in Winthrop throughout his childhood. He attended the University of Washington and received a bachelor of arts in environmental design, and a master of science degree in landscape architecture. After college, Mike worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Burly, Idaho, before moving to Anchorage in 1983 to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a natural resource planner for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Mike lived the natural world and was proud to work for its preservation. He was thrilled by his trips to China, Peru, Africa and Australia.

Mike was a quiet, kind and compassionate man. He loved beautiful things and enjoyed music, theater and dance performances. He was accomplished at many crafts and made many gifts for family and friends. Generosity to those in need was a hallmark of his life.

Mikel is survived by his mother, Harriet Haase of Winthrop; sister and brother-in-law Sherry and Greg Harrigan of Yountville, Calif.; niece and nephew, Christina and Joseph of Vallejo, Calif.; and an extended family of friends in Alaska and the Lower 48.

He enriched the lives of those around him and will be greatly missed. No services are planned at this time.



D’Arlene Marie Maltais Hadfield

April flowers are my pillow now;

I’ve set my work aside.

There’s a bright new path to follow

and the morning star’s my guide

Putting any work aside was no idle affair for D’Arlene Hadfield, 74, but she did so nonetheless on 14 April 2010. There were, after all, so many projects: the stonemasonry and house-remodeling, quilting and custom leatherwork, stained glass and painting, gardening and rug-making; not to mention the full-size, partially-completed carousel horse, an Indian war pony – complete with carved double-trailer feather headdress – the third in a series she had planned to complete.  So many accomplishments, together with her family and friends, that bore witness to a life well and fully lived.

D’Arlene Marie Maltais Hadfield was born in Marysville, Wash., Feb. 4, 1936, the eldest of four children and only daughter of Herbert L. and Harriet “Marie” Maltais. (The doctor who delivered her suggested her name and its unusual spelling to her parents). She attended public school in Arlington, while her folks pursued their livelihood on a dairy farm and later owned a shingle mill.

The family purchased a cattle ranch on the Loup Loup in 1950, moved there and D’Arlene completed high school in Twisp. She was active in 4-H and was elected Apple Blossom Princess in 1955, the year she graduated. Immediately after high school she found employment with the Commercial Bank of Twisp.

On May 19, 1956, D’Arlene married I. Duane “Duey” Hadfield, whose parents also were ranchers just down the road on the Loup-Beaver Creek junction. Together the couple worked the Hadfield home ranch and followed the Northwest rodeo circuit where Duey rode saddle bronc.  It was during this period that the first two of their four children were born: son, Tye, and daughter, Shan.

In January 1959, they relocated to Spenard, Alaska, a suburb of Anchorage, remained there until the fall of 1962, and added a third daughter, Shay, to the family. The Hadfields returned to Washington state in late 1962, divided their time between jobs and business ventures in Twisp and Spokane and purchased their present home on the Twisp-Carlton Road.During this period their youngest daughter, Shone, was born.

Back in the Methow, D’Arlene served as office manager, and later manager, of the Loup Loup Ski Bowl in the mid 1970s. She was hired by Wagner Lumber Co. as the mill’s first female weighmaster-scaler. Later, when Crown Z purchased and closed the Twisp facility, she commuted to the Omak mill and qualified to become the first certified log scaler in Wagner’s history. For many years thereafter, D’Arlene and Duey owned and operated a storage facility in Otis Orchards outside Spokane and alternated duties as on-site managers there.

Prior to and following the diagnosis of her terminal illness, D’Arlene worked as a caregiver for Jamie’s Place in Winthrop, a role she found particularly fulfilling.

On the bright side – the other side – there will be a long-awaited reunion with two of her children who preceded D’Arlene in death: son, Tye and daughter, Shan. Also preceding her in death were her parents Herb and Marie Maltais. D’Arlene is survived by her husband, Duey; daughters Shay Shaw (John) and children, Brittney and Logan; and Shone Hadfield and children Jessica and Zachary.  Additional survivors are Shan’s children, Drew (Liana) and Krysten; and great-granddaughters Katie, Shannon Rose and Evangelina.

Survivors also include beloved brothers Herbert J. “Buzz” Maltais (Loretta) and Michael Maltais (Kathleen), both of Twisp, and Kim Maltais (Lenore) also of Twisp; brother-in-law Mike Hadfield (Carolyn) of Honolulu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

D’Arlene wished to acknowledge some very special people in her life: Vernon and Maryanne Bame; Loretta Maltais; Jennifer Konrad; Wilda Brown; Paul Bergenholtz; and her best friend, Kathleen Joy Maltais.

Per her request, no services will be held. Those wishing to honor D’Arlene Marie Maltais Hadfield with a memorial are encouraged to send a donation to breast cancer research.



Helen Earlene Harvill

Helen Earlene Harvill, 88, former Gold Creek Road, Carlton resident, died Feb. 26, 2010, at the Robertson County Health Care Facility in Mt. Olivet, Ky. She was a homemaker and retired school secretary for Grant Elementary in Ephrata, Wash.

Mrs. Harvill was born in Colorado on Jan. 9, 1922, to the late Lester Earl Burd and Suzy Pauline Kneedler Burd.

Survivors include a son, Michael R. (Edy) Harvill of Wentachee; and a daughter, Cathy (Tom) Klaene of Augusta, Ky. She also leaves behind one brother, Bob Burd of Gig Harbor, Wash.; two sisters, Joan Archer and Norma Scheib, both of Ephrata; four grandchildren, Gary Lighthall, Chris Harvill, Kellie Smith and Erin Hobson; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan Harvill, Ashley Harvill, Skyler Hobson and Wyatt Hobson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Harvill, who died in May of 1995, as well as a brother, Adrian Burd.

Memorial services for Mrs. Harvill will be held at the convenience of her family in her hometown of Ephrata.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Hope, 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056.



Margaret Hogness

Margaret Hogness, 91, part-time resident of Mazama for 16 years, passed peacefully Aug. 9, 2010. She was born in 1918, in Farnam, Neb., to Loren and Helen Fitch. As a young adult, Margaret’s mother, Helen, received the gift of an upright piano that changed the course of their lives. All the family learned to play. This was to become a lifelong inspiration for Margaret. She went on to study at Julliard School of Music and the University of Washington. A passion for music continued thoughout her entire life.

In 1943, Margaret married Albert Boley. After Albert’s military service they moved to Bellevue. Albert and Margaret had four children: Peg, Tyler, Tom and Terry. After the illness of her husband, Margaret raised the children by herself. Beyond working in educational administration she rose to this challenge through her music; she played the organ at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, taught piano lessons and still found the time to practice and perform many classical piano concerts publicly. All the while pursuing her other extraordinary passion – that of hiking and sharing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her family, trekking widely throughout the Cascades and Canadian Rockies.

Margaret married John Hogness and together they built a mountain cabin in Mazama, where they spent their days enjoying new friends and many adventures in the Methow Valley. Both actively supported the arts community through involvement in musical and cultural projects. After suffering a stroke in 2002, Margaret reluctantly left the valley and took up full-time residence in Seattle at the University House and later at the Magnolia House where she was lovingly cared for by staff and family.

Margaret is survived by her sister, Mary Stevenson, and her children Peg, Tyler, Tom, Terry and families. She is also survived by John’s children: Rustin, Karen, Suze, Jody and Dave. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John Hogness, and her brother, John Fitch.

A memorial service will be held Thursday (Aug. 19) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Church, Bellevue, with a reception to follow. For more information, visit online



Marie Holmes

Marie Holmes, age 78, passed away on June 7, 2010, in Omak, Wash. Marie was born on Oct. 2, 1931, to Margreten and Ingvald Twedt.

Marie was a kind, caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt and friend. She truly loved her family and never missed a holiday or birthday. She was always there with love and kindness.

Marie was born in Grand Forks, N.D., to a hard-working Norwegian family. They moved to Renton, Wash., to find work during the Depression era, and there Marie graduated from Renton High School in 1949. In 1951, Marie married John Holmes, the man who would become her best friend and companion for the next 59 years. John and Marie settled in MapleValley and there raised their two children.

Marie became an aviation secretarial supervisor at the Boeing Company where she worked for many years. John and Marie bought the old Sid Lull place north of Winthrop in 1965, and in 1971 moved there permanently. They farmed the place and started Arrowhead Ranch, a group home for boys. The boys loved and adored her. In return, she gave them the love and affection they so needed. Marie worked at the Trail’s End book store in Winthrop for her good friend Mary Thompson for many years. This job was well suited to Marie as she liked talking with folks coming into the store, and she had a passion for reading. Marie loved her home and her garden and enjoyed canning the beautiful vegetables that she grew there. She enjoyed a spirited conversation on just about any topic, but she particularly enjoyed discussions centered on politics.

Marie will truly be missed by everyone whose life she touched with her generous heart. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Margreten and Ingvald; and brothers Arnie, Gilbert and Ralph. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband John, children Mike Holmes (Sharon) of Moses Lake and Tonya Hover (Bud) of Winthrop; four grandchildren, Andy Hover (Jennifer) of Winthrop, Wes Hover (Katie) of Winthrop, Lani Holmes of Seattle, Jeff Holmes of Bellingham; and three great-grandchildren, Saxton, Tristan and Taylor Hover all of Winthrop.

There will be no memorial service at her request. A family gathering will be scheduled at a later time.



Lee Ann Johnson-Fletcher

Lee Ann Johnson-Fletcher, 53, of Omak, passed away April 1, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.

Lee Ann was born in Carlton on Aug. 18, 1956, to Dale and Mary Campbell-Johnson. She went to elementary and middle school in Twisp. She graduated from Liberty Bell High School in 1974. Lee Ann married Dewayne Yockey in 1975. They had three children together, Tony, Larry and Jessica Yockey. In 1986, she met Billy Fletcher, the love of her life. They were married Sept. 7, 1986. She and Billy were married for 23 years. Lee Ann lived her entire life in the Methow Valley, except the last two years she lived in Omak. Lee Ann worked at the Branding Iron in Twisp for 27 years, until she moved to Omak. She loved to go fishing and camping, and loved spending time with friends and family.

She was a loving mother and wife, and friend to all. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Lee Ann was preceded in death by her father, Dale Johnson; her mother, Mary Campbell-Johnson; brother Rick Johnson; daughter Tony Yockey; and step-granddaughter Michelle Kane.

Surviving family members include her husband, Billy Fletcher of Omak; son Larry Yockey (Ray Pruitt) of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter Jessica Yockey-Spears (Fox Spears); grandson Damien Spears; stepmother Lela Johnson of Twisp; five stepchildren, Loretta and Brian Fletcher, Tim and Marcie Fletcher, Jason and Mandy Fletcher, Cory and Corinne Fletcher and Samantha Fletcher, all of Omak; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins; 17 step-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Lee Ann loved and treated each child and grandchild as her very own.



Peter Alan Kolsky

Peter Alan Kolsky, 66, passed away at his home in Carlton on June 20, 2010. He was born July 24, 1943.

Peter graduated from Parsons School of Design and went on to do many things: He was a photographer, college professor (“teacher of the year”), horse logger, farmer, fisherman, hunter, artist, welder, a NIKE vice president, a car fanatic, a beekeeper, and a wonderful friend and husband, and above all, an amazing father.

Peter is survived by his wife, Corbett; his four daughters, Morgan, Sara, Heather and Diana; his sister Margie and his mother, Priva.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following organizations:

Room One, P.O. Box 222, Twisp, WA 98856, ( (Donations made before June 30 will be matched by the Gates Foundation); Outside-In, 1132 SW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205, (; Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, OR 97211 (

There will be a celebration of Peter’s life in Portland on July 24, followed by a remembrance ceremony at the Gordon Kolsky farm in the fall.



William B. Lawrence

William B. Lawrence, 87, of Winthrop, passed away June 27, 2010. He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Carlton, to William and Olga (Peterson) Lawrence. He attended Carlton Grade School, the only two-room schoolhouse in the valley at the time, and Twisp High School. He graduated from Snyder Continuation School in San Diego, Calif. Other than time spent in the service, Bill lived his entire life in the Methow Valley. He was a rancher.

William married Sophia McClister Jan. 9, 1945, in Yuma, Ariz. He served during WWII in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Randall in the South Pacific. He was wounded March 12, 1945, during an attack by a kamikaze pilot and received the Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Sewell and brother Frank Lawrence. He is survived by his wife, Sophia; children William B. Lawrence of East Wenatchee, Michael J. Lawrence of Escondido, Calif., Lynda C. Sterritt of Dallesport, Wash., and Kathleen M. Meadows of Palisades, Wash.; grandchildren Allen Ginnett and Larry Sterritt of Dallesport, Bill Lawrence of East Wenatchee, Julie Morgan of Truckee, Calif., Joseph Meadows of Palisades, and George Meadows of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandchildren Jessica, Douglas, and Marissa Ginnett of Dallesport, Michael, Kendra, and Krissanda Sterritt of Dallesport, and Payton and Colton Morgan of Truckee; and numerous relatives in the Methow Valley.



Mary Ann Layfield

Mary Ann Layfield, 80, of Winthrop, passed away at her home Sept. 1, 2010. She was born July 25, 1930, to Homer and Ruth Bothell in Snohomish.

Mary Ann spent time as a child in various towns while her family followed work during the Depression and war. She attended high school at Mt. Baker, and graduated from Bothell High School. She enjoyed many years in the Virgin Islands snorkling, and tour guiding while raising her children. In her 50s, after being a bank teller for many years, Mary Ann returned to school, earning her B.A. in social services. She worked in the Bellingham Police Dept., and also with the Dept. of Corrections in Tacoma, Olympia, and Monroe.

Upon retirement, Mary Ann moved to the Methow Valley and worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Winthrop Ranger Station. It is here that she fell in love with the people and beauty of the North Cascades, and enjoyed the love and support of the community.

Mary Ann often spoke of the beauty and nature she would see on her drives, the great friends she gained while working with the Forest Service, and the friends and activities she enjoyed at the Senior Center.

Mary Ann is survived by her sons, Ken Layfield (Jenne) of Winthrop and Tim Layfield (Chris McCarthy) of La Conner; daughters, Kris Short (Mike) of Hayden, Idaho and Becky Layfield of Omak/Okanogan; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Anita Bishop; and her daughter Anita Hawkins.

She was incredibly strong and loving and will be greatly missed. Memorial services are Friday (Sept. 24) at 3 p.m. in the Community Center in Twisp.



Walter “Bud” Lloyd

Walter “Bud” Lloyd passed away June 17, 2010, after the rupture of an abdominal aneurysm. Bud was born June 26, 1931, in Twisp, to Roy and Nina Lloyd. He grew up in Winthrop and made his home in Twisp, where he and his wife Ann (with whom he celebrated their 40th anniversary this past January) raised their family.

After graduating from Winthrop High School, Bud was a smokejumper, and in his 20s he worked for Boeing. But for most of his career, Bud worked for Lloyd Logging, where he could operate just about any equipment and do just about any job. He was known for his strong work ethic and for running a tight ship.

Bud had many passions: In high school he played and excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He bowled for several decades and won many tournaments and trophies. In the early 1970s, he enjoyed racing stock cars in Wenatchee. Bud also loved to play the ponies – he was a great handicapper and was recognized at every racetrack across the state. In his 50s, Bud began jogging and continued to run into his early 70s. He was a fierce competitor and loved running so much that he often ran several races in one weekend. Bud enjoyed gardening and always had an abundance of fresh vegetables ready for his family and friends.

But Bud’s greatest love and most important legacy was being the best Papa – he loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching and encouraging them in all of their sports and activities. He drove across the country, flew to Alaska, and drove all over the Northwest to spend time with his grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was known as Uncle Scrubby to three generations of friends and family with whom he shared a mutual affection.

Bud is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter Kay Vaughan and her son Riley; daughter June Kinzel and her daughter Lonnie; daughter Suzette McClintock, her husband Craig and their children Carly and Zach; grandson Gabe Lloyd and his wife Amy; granddaughter Bailey Lloyd; daughter-in-law Terry Garcia and her husband George; granddaughter Endi Reyes and her husband Oseas and their daughters Isabella and Makayla; sister Peggy and brother-in-law Chet Putnam; sisters-in-law Jean Hinman and Annette Lloyd; and a close and supportive family of many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bud’s parents; two brothers, Mack and Don Lloyd; sister Lucy Stewart; and his son Walt Lloyd preceded him in death.

The family is so very thankful for the outpouring of support from the community and extended family members. A memorial service was held June 26. Gifts may be made in Bud’s name to the Methow Valley Senior Center in Twisp.



Larry Leonard Lyons

Larry Leonard Lyons, 79, of Soap Lake, passed away Aug. 4, 2010, in Spokane. He was born Sept. 9, 1930, to Lynsy Lyons and Anna May (Graham) Lyons in Winthrop. He attended school through the eighth grade. Larry married Myra Loraine Biltoft, and together they had four children. They later divorced.

Larry worked as a forklift driver for 35 years for PACCAR. He was a member of the Eagles, owner of a racehorse, and built tanks for the war effort.

Larry is survived by his daughters Sharen Duffing, Belinda Hamilton and DeNel Stebly; his son Larry Lyons; sister Bonnie Borsseth; and brother Donnie Lyons; grandchildren Shannon Matherly, Jerry Duffing, Samuel Duffing, Emmitt Lyons, Lacey Wiseman, Brian Marquette, Jody Marquette, Lori Jo Solberg and Emily Ann Solberg; and great-grandchildren Deven Jeffries, Cody Duffing, Cedric Duffing, Deva Duffing, Adeline Marie Solberg, Lila Jo Solberg, Lane Lyons, Wayett Lyons, Calle Wiseman, Colin Wiseman, Zackery Marquette, Jeffery Marquette.

Services were held Aug. 16 at Nicoles Funeral Home Chapel in Ephrata.



William (Bill) McAdow

William (Bill) McAdow passed away suddenly on Jan. 4, 2010, while on vacation in Los Frailes, Baja California, Mexico, at the age of 64. He was born Feb. 14, 1945, in Bellingham, to Alva and Helen McAdow. He was raised in Alger, Wash., and went to Sedro Woolley and Burlington schools until he joined the Navy in 1962, and served in Long Beach, Calif., for four years.

He met his wife, Diana Ferre, in Riverside, Calif., and they were married in 1967. They moved to Alger in 1969, where Bill attended Western Washington College, graduating in 1971 with a degree in accounting. They then had two children, Belinda and Bill.

He worked for two years for Alaska Packers in Blaine, Wash., and then 10 years for Skagit (Bendix) Corp. in Sedro Woolley. He and his family then moved to Carlton, and bought and ran the Carlton General Store for 23 years. They sold the store in 2006, and retired to Brewster and La Ribera, Baja, Mexico.

Bill loved fishing and hunting. He was a flytier and created The Carlton General, a very effective fly for trout and steelhead. He loved going to British Columbia, fishing with his family and friends. In later years, he and Diana traveled to Baja in the winter, where he loved fishing for Dorado, marlin and other large game fish. He was a member of Methow Valley Fly Fishers.

Bill was always ready to lend a helping hand. You always knew when he was around by his hearty laughter. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his long time friends, George Schaeffer and Lloyd White.

Bill is survived by his wife, Diana, at home; his daughter Belinda McAdow of Seattle; his son Bill McAdow of Winthrop; his brother, Jim (Fran) McAdow of Sedro Woolley; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

There will be a celebration of Bill’s life on Saturday, May 1, at 2 p.m. in Carlton at the home of Kelly and Terri Donoghue, 190 Twisp-Carlton Road (about one mile north of Carlton). It will be a snack potluck, with Bill’s favorite beverage available. All are welcome to come and share memories.

For questions, please call (509) 689-1125.



Nancy J. McKnight

Nancy J. McKnight, 79, passed away on Sept. 23, 2010, at Sutherlin, Ore. She was born Jan 21, 1931. Nancy J. Castle wed William “Bill” McKnight on March 24, 1956, in Yuma, Ariz. They made their way to the Methow Valley in August 1969.

Nancy was a bookkeeper for P & M Lumber (Palmer & McKnight) and worked as a bartender for several establishments in the Winthrop area. She joined the Methow Eagles #2584 Auxiliary, becoming a much appreciated member by volunteering in the kitchen and helping with any benefit that was needed. In the Auxiliary, Nancy filled the positions of Madam President and Past Madam President, plus other officer positions.

She is survived by her daughters, Cathy Gonzales and Faith Nugent; stepson William McKnight; and stepdaughter Margie Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill McKnight, in 2002.

Nancy accepted Jesus Christ as her savior before passing away.

The family would like to thank the Methow Eagles #2584 for their part in helping Nancy over the last several years. She considered the Eagles her second home, and the members, her family.

No services are planned at this time. In memory of Nancy, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.



Frances Meluskey

Frances Meluskey died Feb. 17, 2010, at the age of 91.

Frances was born in Bethlehem, Pa., on July 16, 1918, to Frank and Agnes Skrivanek.  She married Zigmund W. Meluskey on June 18, 1938. She was a faithful witness of Jehovah for more than 60 years and had been associated with the Twisp Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1973.

She is survived by four children, Sandra Meluskey, Zigmund Meluskey, Barbara (Larry) Schaber and Carl (Wilma) Meluskey, as well as six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zigmund W. Meluskey.



Marty Mendro

Marty Mendro of Twisp died peacefully in his sleep March 15, 2010.  He was born in Chicago June 12, 1914. He married Elsie Konrad Nov. 7, 1935, and they had two sons, Wayne and Don. They lived in Glenview, Ill.

Marty was an audio-visual (a-v) equipment salesman for many years, but his true passion was barbershop singing.

His quartet, the Mid-States Four, won the international championship in 1949. From then on, the quartet sang nearly every weekend somewhere in the country. In 1950, they won the Arthur Godfrey show.

In 1951, they toured Korea, entertaining the troops. Marty and Elsie moved to the L.A. area in the mid-60s, then to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where they opened up a camera shop. In 1979, they built a house near their son Wayne on the Second Mile Ranch in Twisp.

During the school year, Marty continued to sell a-v to schools in the Orlando, Fla., area and spent summers in Twisp, where, in 1986, they settled permanently. Marty worked in the Merc, then the Do-It Center for many years. In his retirement, he made wooden crafts that he sold at the Farmers Market.

He was active in the Community Covenant Church, especially in the area of his great love, music. Another passion of Marty’s was traveling. Until very recently, he spent the winters on the road, visiting friends around the country and, taking his tools with him, fixing and making things for his many friends.

His wife, Elsie, died in 1996. He is survived by his sons, Wayne and Don; daughters-in-law Linda and Jonalyn; granddaughters Jennifer (Bill Duguay), Jacque (Meredith), Roma (Jason Rodgers), and Lorraine; grandsons David and Ben (Shelley Lima); great-granddaughters Johnnie, Hannah and Morgan; and great-grandsons Luke, Willy, Nicholas and Ryan. All of the above and everyone in the Methow who knew Marty will miss him. He was a beloved father, grandfather, friend, church member and colorful character.

There will be a memorial service/potluck at the Community Center on Sunday (March 21) at noon.



Anna F. Miller

Anna F. Miller, loving wife of 60 years to Thomas A. Miller (deceased), mother, grandmother, avid seamstress, knitter, scrabble ace, bridge and star pinochle player, passed on Aug. 9, 2010, at age 103.

Most recently a resident of Seattle, Anna lived in Winthrop from 1936 to 1953.

She will be lovingly remembered by her three children and their spouses: Burton T. Miller and Cheryl, Elnore A. Densmore and Bruce, and Linda M. Albo and Joe; five grandchildren: Tiffany, T.J., Teagen, Dianna and Brett; three great-grandchildren: Brogan, Ashley and Alec; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 13) at Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop, followed by a reception at Sun Mountain Lodge.

Memorials may be sent to Bayview Manor Foundation, 11 West Aloha, Seattle, WA 98119, or to the charity of your choice.



Arthur A. Nelson

Arthur A. Nelson, 86, died April 21, 2010. He was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Wenatchee to William Arthur and Irene (Johnson) Nelson. When he was four years old, the family, which now included his brother Jim, moved to the Johnson ranch by Cougar Lake near Winthrop.

Art started school in Winthrop and attended schools in Wenatchee, Ellensburg and Alhambra, Calif., returning to Winthrop, where he graduated from high school in 1940. He attended Pasadena Jr. College in California, graduating with a degree in music and accounting.

In 1943, he married Melba Hoagland and they had two daughters, Linda and Carla. Linda died at the age of five.

In 1957, Art married Elnora Shafer. They had one daughter, Gloria, who joined in with the family with stepbrother Ward Shafer and stepsister Linda Shafer Accord.

In 1981, he married Dorothy Dagnon Dodge. They lived on Upper Beaver Creek, where they had a ranch and Art continued his accounting business. In 2004, they moved to the Twin Lakes area and lived there until their home burned in 2007. Wherever he lived in the Methow Valley, Art always wanted to be able to see Blue Buck Mountain.

They then moved to the Pogue Flat area near Omak to be closer to medical facilities as Art’s health declined.

Art was an accomplished musician, playing the piano and numerous instruments. He also sang in choirs at church and other community functions. One of hi s favorite memories was leading the P.J.C. band playing the glockenspiel in the Rose Bowl Parade. While living in California, he enjoyed returning to Winthrop each fall for deer hunting on Blue Buck Mountain.

Art joined the Army’s 124th Cavalry Regiment (Special) in 1943. Having trained at Fort Riley, Kansas, he went by railroad to Marfa, Texas, where he patrolled the Mexican border until being shipped to Bombay, India, where the 124th prepared for the 200-mile journey of the Burma Road on foot, leading pack mules. The regiment departed the combat zone on Feb. 28, 1945. He returned to the United States in January 1946, and was honorably discharged as a corporal from the army.

Art then went to work for Bank of America in California for eight years. He returned to Winthrop, where he farmed a short time before joining the Wagner Lumber Co. as an accountant. He worked there until their closing in 1970, at which time he started his own accounting business.

He was a charter member of the American Legion #120, where he established the honor guard that led parades in Twisp and Winthrop and for military burial services. He also was a school board member.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, one brother, a daughter and one stepdaughter.

He is survived by stepsons Ward Shafer and Don and Ryan Dodge; daughters Carla and Gloria; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and his wife, Dorothy.

Services will be announced at a later date.



Mikell Charlene Nelson

Mikell Charlene Nelson, 74,  passed away April 16, 2010, in Central Washington Hospital, wrapped in the loving arms of her family. She was born Dec. 22, 1935.

She was an exceptional mother, grandmother, wife and friend. Her children were her greatest accomplishment and proudest achievement. They include five daughters: Mindy Miller (Steve Darwood) of Twisp, Rebecca “Becky” (Dick) Fuller of Kennewick, Abbie Miller (Craig Lints) of Carlton, Julie “Jo” Miller of Seattle, and Stacey Biram of Waterville.

Her hope for the future lies in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved unconditionally and advised in all aspects of their lives: Devin (J.R., Brody and Braizlyn) Barnhart, Megan, Jess and Rhyan Darwood, Susanne (Jose and Sophia) Diaz, and Michael (Theresa and Elias) Fuller,  Andrew (Naomi, Mercedes, and Rhya) Evans, Benjamin (Sarah and Dalton) Evans, and Bailey and Taylor Northcott.

In addition to her biological family, she considered many of her children’s and grandchildren’s friends to be family as well. Mike VanderYacht is “the son she never had.”

Mikell was born in Brewster to Anne “Jolly” and Charles Nelson. She joined her sister Patricia at home in the Methow Valley, where she lived through her childhood and much of her adult life. They lived in Carlton when she was a young child then moved to Twisp, where her family owned and operated the movie theater. She graduated from Twisp High School, where she was a cheerleader and an apple blossom princess. Micky’s dance card was always full. She attended Central Washington University for a year, then returned to the Methow and married R.W. “Swede” Miller, with whom she had four daughters.

When the marriage ended, she completed beauty school in Wenatchee, where she met and married Buck Biram. The family was completed with yet another daughter. They relocated to Palisades, where she was a busy mother, ranch wife, 4-H leader and one of the state’s first female school bus drivers.

In the spring of 1967, following the death of her mother, Mikell returned to the Methow Valley and started her career as a beautician, cutting hair and offering “advice” to young and old for many years. She was active in the school and community, always supporting kids.

After her retirement she moved to Wenatchee to be centrally located to all of her family.

Mikell was generous with time, love and support. She was patient, helpful and always set an example of how to live a full and complete life. She enjoyed music and theater, attending any event that her family, her friends’ families, or their friends’ families participated in. She was true-blue liberal Democrat and an avid sports fan. From local school athletics to Gonzaga basketball, Mariner baseball to the National Finals Rodeo, Mikell loved the competition.

She had a strong opinion and could talk as fast as she cut hair and she could cut hair fast. We will miss her every day in every way.

A memorial is planned for May 15 in Waterville, where she will rest with her mother, father and sister. The celebration of her life will begin at 11 a.m. with a pancake breakfast in tribute to Gramma Mikell, the queen of the perfect pancake.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association ( or Planned Parenthood.



Bruce Eldon Olson

Our beloved Bruce lost his short but incredibly courageous nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer on Sept. 14, 2010, at age 54.

His “greatest achievement” in his life was his two beautiful daughters Cori (21) and Shelby (18). He was passionate in his role as their father. He was a loving soul mate to his fiancée Amy Cram (Mill Creek), a caring and loving son to his mother Barbara Olson (Winthrop) and respectfully devoted to his mother’s long-time companion Art Davis (Winthrop), whom he loved as a father and who helped raise Bruce since childhood.

Bruce was born in Longview, Wash., and grew up first in the Seattle area and later in Bothell, where he lived for most of his life. He graduated from Bothell High School in 1975. His two daughters also graduated from Bothell High School and Bruce was so proud of their achievements. He worked professionally as a carpenter and loved to golf, as it was his passion to be surrounded by the beauty and his closest friends on the golf course.

Bruce left his mark on this world by being a warm genuine human being, father, son, brother, friend and loving companion. The room would light up when Bruce entered.  He had a warm, engaging personality and made those around him smile with his wit and sincere interest in their lives. He was easy to talk to, people could confide in him, he made people laugh, and everybody gravitated toward him.

Bruce nourished his relationships with family and friends and was always there for whomever needed him. He was a man who wasn’t afraid to tell his friends that he loved them. Even after being diagnosed, Bruce remained positive and continued to thank God every night before going to sleep for his loved ones and for the life that he loved. He truly felt blessed for what he had.

Bruce was preceded in death by his father Russell Olson. In addition to those listed above, Bruce is survived by his older and much loved brother John “Butch” Olson (wife Ruth), younger  sister Julie Bodmer, whom he loved and cherished so very much (husband Joe), Tracy Olson (beloved mother of Shelby and Cori), Mariana Thien, who he loved as his own daughter (husband Khom) and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held to celebrate his wonderful life. Remembrances can be sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,



Sue Jane Nicholson Orem

Sue Jane Nicholson Orem was born June 28, 1945, in Wenatchee, to parents Rebecca (Becky) Nicholson and Jim (J.O.) Nicholson. Throughout her childhood and early adult life, nothing made her happier than spending time with her grandparents, the Allens, at their cabin at Lake Wenatchee.

Growing up in Wenatchee, Sue attended Wenatchee High School, where she had her most fun on the ski team as a downhill racer, skiing primarily at Squilchuck Park and Stevens Pass. Sue graduated in 1963, and briefly went to college at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. Upon her return to Wenatchee, Sue married sweetheart Bob Koch. In winter of 1966, their first son, Christopher James Koch, was born. Soon after, in summer of 1967, their second son, Allen Kirklin Koch, was born. Chris and Allen were the joys of Sue’s life; nothing made her happier in the world than being a mother, as she would always say, “Motherhood is thy reward!”

In the late 1960s, Bob and Sue divorced, with her always stating the reason behind it was, “I wanted to be a hippie!” Sue took off her nail polish and makeup and traveled around the northwest coast, looking for a spot to settle down with her boys, eventually settling in Twisp in the early 1970s. Never being too fond of her name, Sue preferred being called Susan, and so it stuck.

Susan raised her boys in the Methow Valley, “Twips,” as she jokingly called it, where she really fell in love with Mother Nature. In Twisp, Susan ate what she grew, making homemade jam, canning fruit, and spoiling her boys with cookies and pies that would become legendary.  In January of 1981, already having two teenage boys, Susan gave birth to her third joy, a little girl, whom she named Rachel Fawn Nicholson. In 1982, Susan had her boys head back to Wenatchee while she and her baby, Rachel, traveled across the country visiting friends in New Hampshire and New Mexico. In early 1983, Susan rented a tiny house on Alaska Street with daughter Rachel for what she intended to be six months, until she could find something bigger for all of her children. During the 1980s, Susan became adored by her sons’ new friends in Wenatchee, continuing on to be a surrogate mother to many. While raising Rachel in Wenatchee, Susan went to Wenatchee Valley College, where she received her associates degree from the Tree Fruit Research Program in 1989. Never a fan of the industry, Susan began her work as a self-employed gardener for numerous gardens and homes around the Wenatchee Valley. All one had to do was drive by her little house to see her love and knack for flowers; if it was out there, she grew it, and it thrived!

On Jan. 11, 2010, after 27 years there, Susan passed away in her sleep in the little house on Alaska Street. She is survived by sons Chris Koch and Allen Koch of Bellingham, and daughter Rachel Nicholson of Leavenworth; her sister Ann Brown of Wenatchee; mother Rebecca Nicholson of Wenatchee; and aunt Barbara Schneller of Seattle. She was preceded in death by grandparents E.O. Allen and Agnes Allen, and father Jim Nicholson. A celebration of life will be held at Lake Wenatchee in the spring when flowers are in bloom! (Date to be announced.)



Evelyn F. Riggs

Evelyn F. Riggs was born March 22, 1918, in Centerview, Kan., to Clara Mae and Elmer Nichols.  She married DeWeese Riggs in 1934.

In 1947, Evelyn and DeWeese moved to Carlton, where they lived, raised their family and ranched for 51 years. Evelyn loved flowers and grew many on their ranch. They were members of the Order of the Eastern Star, Methow Valley Chapter #232, and both DeWeese and Evelyn served as Worthy Patron and Matron respectively.

When DeWeese passed in 1993, Evelyn sold the family ranch and moved to Carson City, Nev., to be near her son Don. When he passed in 1994, Evelyn moved to Wenatchee to be near family and friends. In 2002, she moved to Gresham, Ore. Shortly after settling in Gresham, Evelyn began volunteering for Ambelside Loaves and Fishes and became the hostess in the dining room. Evelyn volunteered there five days a week. She met many people there and enjoyed them all.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara, grandson Brian and great-grandson Jonathan DeWeese Riggs, all from Gresham, and her brother Dean Nichols of Wenatcheee.

Remembrances may be given to Loaves and Fishes.



Mark Allen Sanborn

Mark Allen Sanborn, 52, of Carlton, died Aug. 1, 2010, of complications from diabetes, which was diagnosed when he was 10 years old. He was visiting his longtime friend, Neil King, in Show Low, Ariz., at the time of his death.

Mark traveled to many countries throughout his childhood and teenage years. After living a few years in Washington D.C., his father retired as a military officer and the family moved to Port Orchard, Wash.

Mark graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1976. He attended Olympic College from 1976-77, Green River College from 1977-78 and King County Corrections Academy in 1980. He worked for King County Corrections in Seattle from 1980-83.

He moved to Arlington, Texas to be near family, and graduated from North Central Texas Regional Police Academy. He worked for many years as a police officer in Texas. In 2000, he moved back to Washington to be closer to family and friends.

Mark enjoyed scuba diving (he taught diving in the Carribbean Islands), biking, skiing, playing cards and backgammon, reading, visiting family and friends and telling stories. He was a warm and generous man who helped his family and friends throughout his life. He left a trail of friends wherever he lived.

Mark is survived by two children, Chasen Herriot and Canda Marsh Applequist, both of Texas; his parents, Richard and Anne Sanborn of Carlton; brother Richard and his wife Karen Sanborn of Omak (and their children Matthew Sanborn of Shelton and Rachel Sanborn Smith of Tonasket); and brother John Sanborn of Alaska (and his children Christopher Sanborn of Bellingham and Sarah Sanborn of Wenatchee).

A potluck celebration of his life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Methow Valley Senior Citizens Center in Twisp at 3 p.m. There will be food and refreshments.



Edna Schulz

Edna Schulz, 96, went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2010, at the assisted living home, Park Place in Omak. She was born Nov. 21, 1913, to Eda and Albert Piper of Lyons, Wis., the youngest of four children. She helped her parents run a dairy farm; the farm is currently a seed farm.

Edna attended school there, and on Sept. 2, 1933, married Herbert “Hap” Schulz. Hap worked for J.L. Maytag estate on Lake Geneva, Wis. In October of 1938, they moved to Twisp, where they purchased the Benson Creek farm.

Edna was the cook for Twisp schools from 1950-1976, and known for her culinary skills. She made everything from scratch. She could whip out the best bread, rolls and school lunches. Former students still comment on her lunches today.

Edna was an active member in the Calvary Baptist Church since 1948. She was also a member of the Priscilla Club. She enjoyed picking apples in her son’s orchard. She took great pride in her flowers and yard work.

Edna was preceded in death by a great-granchild, Emily, and her husband, Herbert Schulz, who died in a tragic tractor accident. She is survived by her son, Dave (and Dee) of Twisp; her daughter, Shirley Fischer of Ellensburg; seven grandchildren: David Jr. and Melissa Schulz of Carlton, Debby and Dan Smith of Spokane, Deana and Gary Knowlton of Brewster, Denise Schulz of Omak, Stacy and Paul Ferris of Ellensburg, Wendy and Ron Heiman of Mukilteo, and Kurt and Kelly Fischer of Portland; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Twisp.



Mark Harold Swenson

Mark Harold Swenson, 55, passed away approximately July 17, 2010, while hiking to the top of Mount Cashmere, near Leavenworth. It was a trip he was looking forward to for some time.

He was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Renton, to Harold (Swede) and Norma Swenson. Mark grew up in Renton and especially loved the time he spent as a child, camping with his grandparents. He graduated from Renton High School in 1972, and graduated from ITT in computer sciences.

Mark moved to Winthrop to be close to the mountains that he loved. He worked at Sun Mountain Lodge. When his son Matthew went off to college, Mark took a job in Las Vegas for two years, then returned to the Twisp/Chelan area, where he worked for North Cascade National Bank.

Mark loved the mountains and had a passion for running (often straight up), bicycling, hiking, snowshoeing, fishing and camping. He also loved photography and many of his favorite photos can be seen on his website.

He was very proud of his Irish heritage. He loved God, practical jokes, tennis, reading, movies, Christmas, eagles, and U.S. history. Family was very important to him. He would do anything for those he loved without wanting anything in return. He was a very honest, quiet spirit who showed his love by his actions.

Mark is survived by his wife, Lois; his father, Harold Swenson; his sister Kathleen Swenson-Rooks of Gig Harbor; his son Matthew Swenson and his wife Meagan and special granddaughter Hailey Paige of Twisp; nieces Erin (Katie), Sonna and Kallie Rooks; stepchildren Jody McCreary, Eric Smith and Kelly Costello; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Jean Kenealy-Swenson.

A celebration of Mark’s life was held July 24 at Community Covenant Church in Twisp.



Clinton James Taylor

Clinton James Taylor, 55, of Twisp, died Jan. 14, 2010. He was born in Brewster on Jan. 26, 1954, to Ernie (Ernest) and Betty Taylor. He spent a lifetime in the Methow Valley, graduating from Twisp High School in 1973. He married his high school sweetheart, Becky, and together they had four children.

Clint and Becky separated after 36 years, and he found a new companion, Deanna. They were able to spend the last two years together.

Clint worked in the lumber industry for Biles Coleman (Crown Z), the Twisp mill, Omak Wood Products and Bear Creek Lumber. He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, sledding and playing cribbage with friends and family. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and NFL football.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Becky Taylor; children Tiffany (Ryan) Surface, Michael Taylor, Kristie Taylor and Kimberly Taylor; grandchildren Mac, Savannah and Katy; siblings margrett Lyons, Wayne (Vikki) Taylor, Jean VanSteenkist and Tim Taylor; and companion Deanna Vail and son Riley Vail.

Graveside services will be held for family and close friends on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at Beaver Creek Cemetery in Twisp, followed by a potluck memorial at 1 p.m. at the Methow Valley Senior Citizens Center in Twisp.



Carol Flin Webb

Carol Flin Webb, 72, died at her home in Twisp Aug. 15, 2010. She was born at Portland, Ore., May 17, 1938, to Walt and Hazel Duncan.

Carol grew up at her parental home in Sandy, Ore. She graduated from school at Sandy in 1956. That same year, she married a young Navy man by the name of Francis Flin This union produced three children, Scott, Kevin and Kimberly. Scott died in early 2006. The marriage of Carol and Francis lasted nearly 46 years, ending with Frank’s death in early 2002.

Juggling between being a Navy wife with three children and the constant moving due to Naval orders, Carol found time to get a college degree. She spent the next 17 years working as a civilian auditor for the Navy at the undersea warfare engineering unit, mainly based in Keyport, Wash. She was awarded a medal from the Department of the Navy for meritorious civilian service. It was the highest award the Navy had for a civilian.

Carol married Dick Webb on June 30, 2002. They always joked about being newlyweds with a combined experience of 80 years.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis; a brother and a sister; and her son Scott. She is survived by her husband, Dick Webb of Twisp; her children Kimberly Flin of Seattle and Kevin Flin of Everett; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister Zelda Kelso of College Place, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was conducted Aug. 22 at Beaver Creek Cemetery.



Maxine Welch

Maxine Welch, 93, of Twisp, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on June 1, 2010.

Maxine was born in Marysville on April 15, 1917. She was raised in Everett, where she met and married Gordon D. Welch Sr., and it was there that they raised their two children Gordon Jr. and Charlene.

In 1967, they moved to Twisp and built the Wagon Wheel Drive In & Motel in the early 70s. Maxine was an avid gardener who had a green thumb for growing veggies and beautiful flowers. She had wit, an inquisitive mind and was sharp as a tack, always. She had a great love for family, friends and animals big and small.

She is survived by her son Gordon D. Welch Jr. (Sharron) of Carlton and her daughter Charlene Monger of Twisp. She had numerous grandchildren, great- and great-great grandchildren, and one nephew of Everett.

A celebration of her life was held at her church, Community Covenant, in Twisp, on June 8.



James T. “Jim” White

James T. “Jim” White, 67, of Pateros, died after a brief battle with cancer on Jan. 2, 2010.

Jim graduated from Brewster High School in 1960, and immediately joined the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1966, he joined Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, where he would meet and marry his partner and best friend, Brenda, on June 23, 1968. From Atlanta, the couple moved to St. Louis, Mo., and then to Palmdale, Calif., and finally to Seattle. Jim Retired from DAL in 1994. In 1998, he achieved his life-long goal, which was to return to Brewster.

Jim’s passion for life was well known by his family and friends. He was always busy with some project, whether it was restoring cars, woodworking, or construction work. He loved fishing, reading, and snowmobiling.

Jim was a member of Okanogan Search and Rescue, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a past president of the Tri-Rivers Snowmobile Club.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda, of the home; siblings Nadine White of Arlington, Phyllis and Otis Osborn of Ferndale, Connie and Mike Gacke of Rockport, and Shane and Debbie White of Arlington; brother-in-law Ed Callar of Arlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mildrene White; his sister Lynn Callar; and his uncle and aunt, Vern and Millie Smith.

Services will be held on Saturday (Jan. 16) at 1 p.m. at the Barnes Chapel in Brewster. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held immediately following the service at the home of Ken and Vicki Orford in Pateros.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (Waldenstrom’s Research) 1-800-ACS-2345.





Larrie Adams

Larrie Adams, 63, lost his 30-year battle to a debilitating disease on April 24, 2009.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1945, in Sunnyside, Wash., to Harrie and Esther Adams. The family moved to Twisp in 1950, and established their cattle ranch, Rocky Ridge Ranch.

Larrie graduated from Twisp High School in 1964, and later from Washington State University, returning to the family ranch after graduation.

Larrie and Laura married in April 1976. Due to health reasons, the family sold the ranch in 1990, and moved to Moses Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Ellis; daughter Jacqueline Adams of Seattle; stepdaughters Krys Ellis of Tacoma, Melynda Smith and grandson Kevin of Lacey, and Marci Kearney and husband Tom and grandsons Evan and Sean of Mill Creek, Wash.

Preceding Larrie in death were his parents, Harrie and Esther Adams.

At the family’s request, there will be no services. Sign the guestbook or leave a note for the family at www.kaysers



Hale Allen Aldrich

Hale Allen Aldrich, 58, passed away in Everett, Wash., after a sudden stroke on Dec. 21, 2009. He was born March 18, 1951, in Libby, Mont. He was he oldest child of Bill Aldrich of Twisp and Margorie Aldrich of Wenatchee.

Hale was a veteran of the war in Vietnam, and worked for Sheets Unlimited in Renton for 20 years. He and his wife had a son, Hale, Jr., and three daughters, Karie, Bobbie Joe and Julie. He is also survived by his sisters, Margean, Lynn, Billie and Peggy Sue; and aunts and uncles around the Northwest.Hale is really missed. He was a good sport, good fisherman, and was liked by all who knew him, and loved by all of us. Services were held in Everett at the end of December.



Barney Owen Baylor

Barney Owen Baylor was born Dec. 16, 1954, in Eatontown, N.J., and departed this earth to be with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 8, 2009, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

He is survived by his parents, Leonard and Elsie Baylor, of Carlton; and sister Marilyn (Richard) Milliken and nephew Miles of Seattle.

A memorial service will be held Wedesday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian church, 1729 Harvard Ave., Seattle. The church’s phone number is (206) 285-2282.

In lieu of flowers, please support your favorite charity.



Frances (Franziska) Brewster

Frances (Franziska) Brewster

Frances (Franziska) Brewster

Frances (Franziska) Brewster passed away on July 31, 2009. She was born in Oakland, Calif., on July 14, 1922.

In the early 1960s, Frances studied art and found what would become her passion in life. She studied with many well-respected artists in and around the Laguna Beach community in Southern California, including Sergei Bongart, with whom she studied again in 1983 in Idaho.

Frances moved to the Methow Valley in 1966, and fell in love with the people and the landscape. Over the next 40 years, the beauty of the Methow Valley’s landscape became her favorite “subject” to put on canvas.

Frances also co-owned and ran The Last Trading Post in Winthrop for over 30 years. She had the “Franziska Gallery” in which to display her paintings, as well as sharing many other works of art by people from all around the Pacific Northwest. She always had a smile and enjoyed sharing stories with everyone who stopped in.

Frances is survived by her daughters, Gabrielle (Lou) Childers of Winthrop and Mickey Short of Bishop/Oxnard, Calif.; her sons, Stephen Terneus of Ogden, Utah and David Terneus of Upland, Calif.; grandchildren Alison (Mark and Rowan) Darwood of Twisp; Jared Childers of Winthrop; Jennifer Short of Seattle; Monique Clark of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Danielle Nelson of Hisperia, Calif.; and David Terneus, Jr. of Upland, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her son, Patrick; grandson, Tienne; her parents, and her brother.

There will be a celebration of life in memory of Frances sometime after Labor Day.

Donations can be made in her honor to Aero Methow Rescue Service, any children’s hospital, or charity of your choice.



Bernice Ida Clark

Bernice Ida Clark

Bernice Ida Clark

Bernice Ida Clark, 87, passed away on Oct. 19, 2009, at Rose Garden Estates in Omak. Born on May 16, 1922, to Ralph and Vera Scott, she spent much of her childhood in the Methow Valley. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Scott Hill in Monroe, Wash., where she graduated from high school. After graduation, she returned to the Methow Valley, where she met the love of her life, Waymon “Whitey” Clark.

In 1940, they married in Monroe, beginning an inseparable partnership that took them from Washington to Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and back to Washington again. She spent most of her life in the Methow Valley, which she and Whitey always considered home. Bernice worked throughout her life in the apple sheds and potato cellars, as a hospital housekeeper, assembler in an electronics plant and later as a school crossing guard.

She was a “farm girl” who always grew her own food. A wonderful seamstress, she enjoyed making beautiful quilts for friends and family. She was a spectacular baker and frequently brought along her wonderful cinnamon rolls as she visited friends and family.  Known as the family genealogy expert, she was sought out for information and spent hours helping others to identify and label old pictures.

She and Whitey returned to the Methow Valley in their retirement and she became a familiar face at the Methow Valley Senior Citizens Center, where she especially enjoyed working in the Rummage Room. In 2007, she moved to Rose Garden Estates in Omak, where she became part of a “second” family of staff, other residents and families. Known as “Bernie,” she was loved for her sense of humor, easy-going nature and wonderful smile.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Whitey. She is survived by her brother Doog (and Vickie) Scott of Apple Valley, Calif.; nephew Gary (and Anna) Clark of Twisp; great niece Jodi (and Dino) DeCesari of Omak; great-nephew Cory (and Heather) Clark of Wenatchee; special friends, Howard Brewer of Twisp, Joyce Campbell of Boone, N.C., Della and Dennis Stinson of Lowell, Ore.; and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

At Bernice’s request, no services will be held. She will be buried next to her beloved husband, as she wished. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Methow Valley Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 296, Twisp, WA 98856.



Eunice Carrie Colvin

Eunice Carrie Colvin, 88, passed away peacefully Dec. 23, 2009, in her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Okanogan, to Ernest and Martha Wise. Her father was a logger, so they lived in several small towns in Washington and Oregon, where she attended schools.

She married A.P. (Jack) Whitehall from Entiat in 1938. To this union was born Rosalie McMillan and Calvin Whitehall. In 1968, a tragic accident took Jack’s life. Later, she married Wallace Colvin, and they lived in Twisp for many years. She then became a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Eunice lived 67 years in the Methow Valley. She loved it here in the beautiful mountains. She worked many years at Pateros, packing apples every fall. She also worked for many years at the Methow Valley Chapel in Twisp. She raised beautiful roses and enjoyed all her kitties over the years. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and always had cookies in the jar for them.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jack Whitehall and Wallace Colvin; brother Donald Wise; and great-grandson Travis Reierson.

She is survived by Rosalie (Jim) McMillan of Twisp; Calvin (Peggy) Whitehall of East Wenatchee; her stepson Jim Colvin of Winder, Ga.; her sister Evelyn Farley of Rock Island, Wash.; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at Precht Methow Valley Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 2). A private graveside service will follow.

Eunice Colvin was a two-time cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.



Terry Cooper

Terry Cooper, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Dec. 12, 2009. He was 78 years old. We will miss his outspoken enthusiasm, earnest disposition, commitment to family and community and his love of the outdoors.

He was born on May 23, 1931, in Sequim, Wash. Terry and his parents, Alex and Christine Cooper, lived in Enumclaw, where he helped his father manage a general store. A member of the Boy Scouts, Terry later became a skier, at a time predating even rope tows, and still enjoyed the Methow Valley ski trails a year before his death.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Terry moved to Olympia, where he met his future wife, Gwen. They married in 1960, and were anticipating with love their golden anniversary this January. Terry worked for the Department of Transportation as a property manager, while raising three sons: Ken, Stephen and Kevin. He was a dependable advocate for historic museums, community planning, civic volunteerism and classical music.

Retiring to Winthrop in 1992, Terry often remarked that he had found his place on earth in the Methow Valley – he treasured his experiences in the outdoors and the town’s sense of community. He leaves behind his wife, Gwen; his sons; four grandchildren; and friends who shared his appreciation of good food and good company. A memorial gathering will be held this summer to celebrate his life. His family requests that any donations be made to the Winthrop Kiwanis. 



Earl Ellis Cotner

Earl Ellis Cotner of Twisp put away his garden hoe and hung up his fishing pole for the last time. He passed away May 31, 2009, from a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Cameron, Okla., Nov. 21, 1924, to Harvey E. and Laura June Hoffman Cotner.

He was two years old the first time he came to the Methow – his mother had been raised by Frank and Mary Bean of Winthrop. They came back for a visit and stayed for two years before going back to Oklahoma. A few years after the death of his father, Earl and his family left Oklahoma. He remembered that he spent his 12th birthday behind a team of horses plowing a field in Texas. They were working their way back to the Methow. It would take them a year. His mother died when he was 14.

From April 1943 until Nov. 22, 1945, Earl was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He trained as an amphib tractor driver, but spent his time in the Marines as an ambulance driver. He was at Vella LaVella, Guam, Okinawa, Northern Solomons, and Guadalcanal. He received commendations for his duty there:

“Private First Class Cotner served with a Marine medical company and continually performed his duties in a highly commendable manner. On many occasions he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in order to evacuate the wounded. Throughout all these operations, he displayed a high degree of courage and devotion to duty.”

On July 31, 1948, he married Anna McCauley. Together they had four children: Harvey, Tom, Laurie and Dave.

He and his family owned and worked a 525-acre ranch and a jippo logging operation. It was not uncommon for Earl to come home from a long day in the woods and go right to farming, changing water, cutting hay, milking the cow, etc. The man loved to work.

Earl could fix anything. He was a whiz mechanically. He was always building something for the kids growing up – tractors, go-carts, tote goats. Many will remember the dune buggy that he drove around for years. He once bought a Ford truck and wanted a diesel engine in it, so he bought the new engine and even though it wasn’t made to fit, he made it work.

In 1973, Earl bought Smitty’s Bar and Grill on main street in Twisp and named it the Hoot Owl Café. He owned if for nine years. He also owned the Laundromat and showers. For many years he was a school board member. He belonged to the Cattlemen’s Association, was a director on the REA and Chewuch Ditch Co., and the Soil Conservation.

On April 3, 1975, he married Tommi Eiffert Peters and helped raise her two young sons, Kenny and Kelly.

They spent their summers working fire camps and their winters going to Arizona, where they loved to camp and go prospecting. Arizona is where Earl perfected the technique of “garbage can turkey,” much to the delight of his family and friends, who got to share in it each time they all went camping.

In July 2006, his beloved Tommi passed away.

Earl always maintained a beautiful yard and a huge garden that he was always willing to share with family, friends and neighbors. He was always ready to go fishing. He loved the competition of catching the first or the biggest fish. It was very seldom that he was ever skunked.

Many of the nieces and nephews who visited in the summers remembered the cooking that “uncle” did, and all of the vegetables he grew and the fishing trips that always started out with a trip to go dig worms. They remembered that those times were some of the best of their lives.

Earl loved the grandkids. They spent many a camping and fishing trip with grandpa/papa.

Earl is survived by his daughter, Laurie Buzzard of Winthrop; son Dave (Donna) Cotner of Winthrop; stepson Kelly Peters of Winthrop; grandchildren Ottis (Vikki) Buzzard, Aaron (Emily) Buzzard, Isaac (Tia) Buzzard, Olivia, David, Josh and Allison Cotner, and Jesse Leavitt and his family; step-grandchildren Jesse Lambert, Brittany, Bradley and Drake Peters; great-grandchildren, Gage and Bailey Cotner, Layla and Cooper Buzzard, Millie and Rowdy Cotner; half brother Stanley Spencer; half sister Faye Cope; sister-in-law Bernice Eiffert; and many, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harvey Cotner and Laura June Hoffman Cotner; siblings Neal Cotner, Bonnie Bryant and Mabel Weaver; sons Harvey and Tom Cotner; wife Tommi Cotner; stepson Kenny Peters; and great-granddaughter Kerris Cotner.

Services will be held Friday (June 5) at 10 a.m. at Precht’s Methow Valley Funeral Home, Fifth and Bridge streets in Twisp, followed by a graveside service at Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop and a potluck luncheon in the Winthrop park.

Memorials may be made to Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp, Jamie’s Place in Winthrop or Children’s Hospital in Seattle.



Jim Alton Darwood

Jim Alton Darwood passed away in the early morn of Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at his home in McMinnville, Ore., encircled by his loved ones. After a long battle with cancer, which appeared he would conquer, he suddenly lost.

Jim was born to Arthur “Bud” Darwood and Annabelle “Mae” Darwood on Oct. 25, 1949. He was raised on lower Beaver Creek in the Methow Valley, attending Twisp schools.

PFC Jim Darwood served his country in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972, stationed in Vietnam during that war. Returning home, he worked for what was known at the time as Wagner Lumber Products in Twisp. He continued to work for the company through its other ownerships as Biles Coleman and Crown Zellerbach, until the company was forced to shut down in 1982. Jim had worked a short stint in the company’s sawmill before transferring to the woods crew, where he operated dozers skidding logs and building roads.

For the next two years, Jim was a working part-owner/operator of Darwood’s Inc., a family-owned business of piling and burning slash (the cleaning up of the forest after logging outfits finished with logging contracts).

From 1984 to 2002, Jim worked for other logging and road building companies: Lloyd Logging in Twisp, Jones Logging and Construction in Okanogan, and Fairview Construction in Monitor, Wash.

In 1973, Jim married Merrill Melton. Together they had two daughters: Joy and April. Jim always referred to his daughters as “my little girls.” They were his pride and the joy in his life.

In 1987, Jim married Dixie Mathews. To quote them, “She was his rock and he was her pillar.” From the day they first met to their last hours together, they shared a love so strong for each other that it literally hurt to be away from each other for even moments.

Dixie brought her two children into Jim’s life. From day one, he loved Gary and Sheari “as if his own.”

In 2002, due to failing health, Jim was forced to give up dozer operating. He and Dixie moved from their home at Cashmere to McMinnville, where they built a beautiful home and jointly managed and personally maintained an apartment complex of 79 units, duplexes and grounds – an around-the-clock, seven-day-a-week job.

Jim will be remembered as a kind and caring man; the man with the big heart. He was an awesome and loving son, brother, husband, daddy, papa and friend.

To quote grandson Brandin, “Papa was a perpetual grandpa.” When asked what Brandin meant by “perpetual,” he replied, “everlasting.” He further explained, “Papa showed us how to love and to care about others; he shared his teachings and his wisdom and stories of his heritage…all of it being everlasting stuff – stuff that will stay with us forever; stuff we will pass down to our children, and on and on…everlasting, perpetual.”

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Anabelle “Mae” Darwood, formerly of Twisp-Omak.

He leaves behind his father, Arthur “Bud” Darwood, Omak; his wife, Dixie, McMinnville; two daughters: Joy Hobbs, Klamath Falls, Ore., and April Darwood, Wenatchee; two stepchildren: Gary (Sandy) Mathews, Wenatchee, and Sheari Mathews, Keizer, Ore.; three priceless grandsons: Johnathan Mathews, Anthony Hobbs and Brandin Mathews; three precious granddaughters: Emily Ann Norman, Courtnee Towne and little Emily Lynn Darwood; brother-in-law T.R. Arriola, McMinnville; two sisters: Neta Lappen-Reed and Debra Ogden, both of Omak; two brothers: Paul (Sabina) Darwood, Twisp, and Scott Darwood, Omak; his honorary family of Dean Shaw, Kathy (Ron) Saling, John (Kim) Shaw and Merrie (Byron) Akita; and many, many nieces and nephews, all of whom knew they were loved by their Uncle Jim, and all who loved and respected him dearly in return.

At Jim’s request, there will be no services. But as a final gift, Dixie will bring his remains to the valley so family and friends can say their farewells at a potluck gathering. Please join us for a Farewell to Jim potluck on Friday (Oct 9) at the Twisp Valley Grange, beginning at 4 p.m., and serving dinner at around 5 p.m.



Natalay Degovtsova

Natalay Degovtsova, 42, a resident of Russia, passed away Dec. 24, 2009. She was born April 19, 1967, to Vladimir and Vera Demkina, in the town of Blagoveshensk, Russia.

She was a very loving little girl, who liked playing games and who once wrote a book, including drawing the pictures. During her life she became very active in the outdoors. She loved hiking and enjoyed being with her friends.

Natalay was a very special person and had a way with children. Her education led her to teaching children, first as a kindergarten teacher and then as a special education instructor. She also worked as a counselor to families who had children with special needs.

Many of Natalay’s interests included music, art, painting, dancing and singing. She was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her father. Her mother, Vera Demkina, lives in Twisp, and her only sibling, Alena, lives in Winthrop with her husband, Paul Nicolazzo, and child, Alexander. Natalay left many aunts, uncles and cousins in Russia.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at Beaver Creek Cemetery in Twisp.



Charles Stanley (Stan) Dibble

Charles Stanley (Stan) Dibble died Feb. 22, 2009, in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 92 years old.

Stan was born in Winthrop to Ethel and Walter (Doc) Dibble on July 4, 1916. A graduate of the University of Washington in forestry, he worked on the survey team of the Grand Coulee Dam before joining the Army in 1940. He served until 1946, rising to the rank of major and performing duties ranging from artillery battery commander to regimental adjutant to escort officer.

While still in the service, Stan married Evelyn Virginia Hansen of Los Angles, then serving in the Marines.

After his discharge, Stan and Evelyn settled in California. He joined John-Manville in 1949, and remained with the company until he retired 33 years later. His job entailed numerous transfers for the couple and their growing family, from California to Oregon to New Jersey, and finally to Colorado. In every new area, he managed to find a stream to indulge his passion for trout fishing.

Stan lost he wife, Evelyn, to cancer in1984. He returned to California in 2001, to be close to his children, all of whom live in the Bay Area.

Stan is survived by his daughters, Sue and Kathleen, his son Charles and daughter-in-law Jeanne. Interment will be this summer on the anniversary of his birth, Fourth of July, at Sullivan’s Cemetery in Winthrop.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Stan’s memory by planting trees in his memory. See



Loraine Disheroon

Loraine Disheroon, former resident of Twisp, passed away June 3, 2009, in Billings, Mont., from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in 1929 in Everett, Wash., to Irene and Carl Lieseke, Loraine grew up on Whidbey Island and attended school there. She attended the University of Washington and worked for many years for the South Whidbey Schools as a secretary. In 1950, she married Deveer Disheroon, and together they started a business, Island Sand and Gravel. They spent many years enjoying their work and their involvement in several organizations on South Whidbey.

In the 1980s, Loraine and Deveer moved to Twisp. Loraine worked as a secretary for Lloyd Logging and then for Calvary Baptist Church in Twisp. Loraine often spoke of one of the highlights of her life being the summers she and Deveer spent in Alaska working at a gold mine.

Loraine loved the Lord and served Him in many capacities. She was always an avid churchgoer and Bible student.

Loraine is survived by her daughters, Lorelle of Billings, Mont., and Carla of Bellingham; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Deveer, and daughter Roxie.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Twisp on Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. Cremation has taken place, and burial was at the Beaver Creek cemetery in Twisp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1119 S. Methow Valley Highway, Twisp, WA  98856.



Linda Jo Ellis

Linda Jo Ellis died unexpectedly in her sleep early in the morning of Oct. 30, 2009.

Linda was born March 31, 1941, in Tahoka, Texas, to Ruby and Ono Parr. She married Vern Ellis on Oct. 27, 1956. Vern and Linda resided for a time in California. In 1966, at the urging of a sister (Cody White) they moved to the Methow Valley, where they raised three boys (Ray, Terry, and John) and a daughter (Michelle).

Vern went to work in the logging industry while the sisters teamed up raising their families in the woods, rivers and fields of the Methow. Linda often spoke of these times as some of the best. She was a superior mother and grandmother who was loved by all for her kindness, sense of humor and deep sense of family.

Vern and Linda settled in Pateros for the past 33 years, where they have enjoyed small-town life together going to games, enjoying grandchildren and keeping track of the extended family. Linda worked for 30 years packing apples and had just retired in 2007.

In later years, she reconnected with her many siblings who were spread throughout the west. Linda was very close to them and so enjoyed traveling to family gatherings that further strengthened their family ties.

She is survived by her husband, Vern, in Pateros; three sons: Ray of Winthrop, Terry and John of Pateros and Michelle Mann of Marion, Mont.; four sisters: Betty Fillingham of Tahoka, Texas, Pat Irwin of Lubbock, Texas, Cody White of Ephrata, Wash., and Mary Santillanes of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one brother, John Parr of Provo, Utah. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. At the request of the family, there will be no services at this time.

Linda will be missed so very, very much by all who knew her.



R. Michael Fisher

Michael Fisher passed away peacefully April 3, 2009, following a long illness.

Mike was born in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 21, 1940, and later moved to Edmonds, where he graduated from high school in 1959. As a teenager, he was an avid hunter and enjoyed working on cars, often building and customizing his own hot rods.

After high school, Mike studied mathematics at Everett Community College and worked for many years as a land surveyor for his father’s company, Ruskin Fisher & Associates.

In 1960, Mike married the love of his life, Karen. Together they moved to Ocean Shores, where their children were born. Mike loved the beach, and especially beach combing for Japanese glass fishing floats.

In 1972, Mike and his family moved to the Methow Valley. For the first couple of years he worked for Jack Baron, building roads in the Sun Mountain and Pine Forest developments.

Mike began a Mobile Mechanic Service in 1975, working out of a converted USPS panel van that he had retrofitted into a portable auto shop. He specialized in rescuing stranded motorists from Washington Pass, often working for free or just for the price of the parts he supplied. One night, he drove from Twisp to the top of Harts Pass to assist with some malfunctioning equipment, only to discover that the guys on the hill had simply neglected to turn on the fuel switch. Not wanting to make them feel bad, Mike fiddled around for another half hour, pretending to fix something complicated and then headed for home without charging them for the visit.

A compulsive and creative tinkerer, Mike was forever building novel gadgets in his workshop. In 1978, he and a group of friends founded the Methow Aeronuts, a club for model airplane enthusiasts who gathered religiously every Sunday to go flying. Despite his deteriorating health, for the past few years he diligently worked at restoring a 1960 Fiat.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ruskin Fisher and Gladys (Iverson) Fisher, as well as his beloved dog, Cookie. He is survived by his wife, Karen; his son and daughter-in-law David and Laurie Fisher of Winthrop; his daughter Denice of Oakland, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Jessica, Kristie, Kindra and Ryan, all of Winthrop.

He is also survived by his stepmother, Jeanne Fisher of Sequim; his aunt Martha Fisher of Seabeck; and his three sisters, Susan Cornwell of Stanwood, Rebecca Fisher of Longview, and Debrenee Fisher of Montpelier, Vt.

At Mike’s request, there will be no funeral services. He will be cremated and a family memorial service will be held at a later date.



Kristian Guttormsen

Kristian Guttormsen

Kristian Guttormsen

Kristian Guttormsen, 65, of Pine Forest, died Nov. 24, 2009. He was born in Lommedalen, Norway, during the difficult days of World War II, when Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany. He was the only child of Ivar and Hjordis Guttormsen, and was initially raised in a small cabin in what was then a rural area near Oslo.

Kris grew up loving sports, especially skiing. As a youth, he mastered both alpine skiing and ski jumping, as well as cross country skiing. His skills in alpine skiing culminated in his winning the Junior National Championship in slalom, in 1961. After high school, his desire to become a civil engineer led him to the National Technical School in Trondheim, but he was only allowed to be admitted in mechanical engineering. Meanwhile, many competitive skiers were coming to the U.S. on ski scholarships, so, in 1963, Kris entered Sierra College to begin his engineering studies and compete in intercollegiate skiing.

In 1964, he was invited to join the ski team at the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship. He entered the civil engineering department, and received his bachelor of science degree with honors. He went on to complete a master’s degree in engineering, specializing in wastewater treatment, and was inducted into the National Engineering Honor Society.

While on the UW ski team, Kris competed in both alpine and Nordic skiing events, earning national recognition. He was awarded varsity letters and was inducted into the Big W Club at the University of Washington.

Kristian was a highly skilled photographer. He loved the outdoors and climbed many peaks in Washington state. He looked forward to the blooming of the balsamroot, and to the time when he could take his annual trips to Harts Pass. For the past year, he made his home in Pine Forest.

Kris was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by four cousins, all still living in Norway. A memorial gathering will be held at Sun Mountain Lodge on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 4-6 p.m.

Remembrances may be made to the Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington. 



Rubye Anne Hagemeister

Rubye Anne Hagemeister, 77, “Mom” to her kids, passed away Nov. 17, 2009, after a mercifully short battle with pancreatic cancer. Feisty to the end, Mom was especially irritated that her health began to fail, suddenly, just days before she was to depart on a dream vacation to Hawaii with dear friends, Joyce and Jack, and could not join them.

To everyone who knew her, Mom was a multi-talented and tenacious little lady with incredible energy and more ongoing projects than someone with twice her energy and half her age could accomplish. There was always something to create, something to build, something to paint, something to repair. She was always the happiest with a tool in her hands, or feeding a board through the table saw that took several of her fingers, which were stitched back into place after a helicopter ride to Seattle.

The grandest of all Mom’s creations was her darling yellow Victorian house across from the golf course on upper Bear Creek Road, which existed in her imagination for many years while living in Nevada before she started to build it, almost single-handedly, from the ground up. It was her pride and joy. Her late husband, Frank (“Pop”), loved to brag about her accomplishment, saying that his main role in the project was to keep her saw blades sharp. Although a bit of an exaggeration, because Pop did lay all of the blocks in the foundation walls, Pop’s tale rings of truth, because he was more interested in tending to his critters or garden. Mom was the architect, foreman, framer, electrician, plumber, dry waller, finish carpenter, painter and roofer. She squealed with delight when enough strong hands happened to appear at just the right time to lift a wall, rafter, window, heavy piece of sheetrock or plywood into place as she stood by with her favorite hammer. She even hung the doors and fashioned the interior trim, cabinetry and millwork herself. Not the least bit intimidated by heights, passers-by were amazed to see Mom perched on her steep-pitched roof, secured by a rope, laying shingles. Sure, she had some help here and there, but Mom was always the one in charge.

Products of the depression era, Mom and Pop were extremely frugal and masters of recycling, keeping their eyes peeled for bargains at yard sales, or scrounging, at little or no cost, much of the building material for both homes on their property.

See the large grove of tall pines and other conifers behind her house? Every one of them was planted as mere seedlings by Mom and Pop soon after buying 15 acres of bare land in 1978, and by now they have grown into a tall forest.

When not working on her house and looking for a way to relax, Mom threw herself into stained glass and came up with her own three-dimensional version of the art form, dominated by flowers and her butterfly signature, and often incorporating odd bits of scrap metals.

An enormous part of Mom’s life was her membership in the church choir, the main part of her social life. She cherished her friends in the group and looked forward to Wednesday night practices even more than Sunday performances, because there was time to gab with her buddies.

And then there were her famous lemon cream pies, which always commanded the highest bids at the church pie auctions. A pair of older fellows, bricklayers from the west side, made regular trips over the mountains to fulfill their promise to donate all of the materials for her 30-foot-tall chimney, and to lay every block and brick and stone, in return for nothing more than a couple of her famous pies to relish on their coffee breaks.

Mom is survived by her children, Fred, Evelyn (and husband Bill) and Walter (and wife Ruthie); and grandchildren Seth, Alex, Tony, Justin, Kim and Jessie; sisters Lois, Leta; and Verna; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held on Nov. 22 at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church. We wish to thank the church for a job well done, and especially the choir for its beautiful songs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent, in Rubye’s name, to The Cove, P.O. Box 895, Winthrop, WA 98856.



Bill N. Hay

Bill N. Hay, 99, passed away Sept. 20, 2009, in Mercer Island, Wash. He was born March 11, 1910, to Claude Hay and Anna Marie Nachant in Snohomish County, where he grew up and graduated from Sultan High School in 1927.

A sister, Doris, preceded him in death in the 1940s. In 1940, he married Christine Northcott of Winthrop, who passed away in 1986. In 1988, he married Ruth Elkins of Ephrata.

At age 17, he started working in a sawmill. In 1927, he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and majored in forestry at the University of Washington. That led to becoming an officer in the CCC, where he became a first lieutenant. In 1940, he was called to active duty in the Army. He landed at Normandy on D-Day and participated continuously until the Armistice was signed. He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, and many times was the first to liberate prisoners from the concentration camps.

In late 1947, he returned to resume his career under civil service at Grand Coulee Dam. In 1951, he transferred to Ephrata and the Bureau of Reclamation. He retired from the military in 1961 as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served 34 years. In 1985, he retired from the Bureau of Reclamation, having worked for the government for 50 years.

He and his wife, Ruth, spent time traveling the world, and, in 2004, they moved to Mercer Island to be closer to family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth and his stepson Richard Elkins (Elizabeth) all of Mercer Island; his stepdaughter Joanne White (George) of Redmond; a step-grandson, Jon Elkins (Jeanette) and two great-granddaughters, Ashley and Allison of Kent; a stepdaughter, Jodi Elkins of Yakima; and nieces and nephews, Kay Hamilton, Donna Martin, Barbara Waggoner, Dawn Cockle, Clayton Northcott, John Northcott, Roger Girard and Robert Girard.

There was a graveside service in Winthrop on Sept. 24 with military honors, presided over by Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos of the Mercer Island Covenant Church.

A memorial service will be held in Island House Retirement Center, 7810 S.E. 30th Street, Mercer Island, on Wednesday (Sept. 30) at 2 p.m.



Joan Herman

Nettie Joan Orr Niclos Herman, 88, of Mount Vernon, died April 21, 2009, in Mount Vernon.  She was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1920, to Purl Veston and Mary Hettie (Thassler) Orr.

The passions in her life included genealogy research into her Cherokee heritage, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband Leo built, owned and operated Rader Road Inn – a bed and breakfast in Winthrop – for many years. It was a highlight in her life to meet people from all over the world and talk to them.

Joan is the beloved mother of Leona, Mike, Eloise (Dan), Patrick (Jamie), Marykate, Karolyn (Alan), Thomas, Diane (Gus) Zotos and Iris Carias. She is the beloved grandmother and great-grandmother of many.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 2 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.Entombment is at the Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery Mausoleum in Seattle, next to her husband, Leo, who preceded her in death in 1996.

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Frieda Hester

Frieda Hester

Frieda L. Hester

Frieda L. Hester, 93, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 17, 2009. She was born in Drake, Saskatchewan, Canada on Aug. 8, 1916, to Robert and Adele McGee.

Their family moved to Spokane, where Frieda was raised and where she graduated from Rogers High School in 1933. After graduation, she moved to Seattle, where she met and married Ken Hester. They moved to Spokane to raise their family. In 1954, they purchased Northwest Seed and Pet, running it together until retiring in 1979. They moved to Winthrop, where they loved having their family come for visits, entertaining them with rides down the Chewach River in the summer and snowmobiling the wide open ranges in the winter.

When her husband passed away in 1989, Frieda moved back to Spokane to be closer to family. At the time of her passing, Frieda was residing at Brighton Court Retirement Home.

Always active, Frieda enjoyed gardening, card playing and dancing. Along with her long-time dance partner, “Doc” Detmer, she could be seen around town two or three times a week at all the different dance events.

Frieda is survived by her two sisters, Ethel Palmer of Salt Lake City and Ellen Cougill of Eugene; two sons, Ken (Deborah) and Steve (Nancy) Hester; grandchildren Jon (Shannon) Hester and Kirstin Peterson; great-grandchildren Jory Zettle, Jack Peterson and Isabella Hester.

At Frieda’s request, no memorial services will be held. Memorial contributions may be sent to one of her favorite organizations, the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 E. 8th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202, or online at



Jack Holbrook

Jack Holbrook, age 75, died March 4, 2009. Memorial services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Springdale Hunters Road, Hunters, Wash., on Saturday, (April 25) at 1 p.m. Call (509) 276-2515 for directions. Dinner will follow at the Cedonia Church.



Frederick “Ted” Lyle Hubbard

Frederick “Ted” Lyle Hubbard

Frederick “Ted” Lyle Hubbard

Frederick “Ted” Lyle Hubbard passed away June 10, 2009. He was born Feb. 18, 1915, in Mt. Vernon to Frederick Hubbard Sr. and Blanche Ray.

The family, including Ted and his twin brother Phil, moved to Wenatchee within a few weeks. Ted attended Wenatchee High School and Chouinard Art School and Hollywood Art School in Los Angeles. After working in his father’s sign shop as a youth, he was offered a position with Pacific Communications of Seattle (earlier called Sunset Outdoor Advertising) and became the director of the art department’s 13 artists. Among the clients were Frederick & Nelson, Pepsi-Cola and the Bon Marche. For the 1961 World’s Fair Ted painted three huge murals at Seattle Center. In 1970, he resigned to support himself solely in fine arts, selling more than 600 oil paintings plus some prints over the years. Three museums displayed his work, and the paintings are in collections, homes, and businesses throughout the world. He is listed in the Internet directory of working artists called Askart and continued to accept commissions until his unexpected death.

Ted was married in 1940 to Doris Ames, a Wenatchee Apple Princess. She died in 1995. In 2003, he married JoAnn Roe of Bellingham and lived there and in Winthrop until his death.

In addition to his wife, JoAnn, Ted is survived by his son Timothy Hubbard and wife Sandy of Enumclaw, daughter Pamela Hubbard and Brian Carlson of Spokane, and grandson David Hubbard of Seattle; stepsons Scott Burkhart and Donovan Burkhart; stepdaughters Denise Madden and Shelley Hanaoka; and 11 step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and his twin brother (at age four).

Ted was a student of Northwest and Indian history, carefully researching details for his paintings. He roamed the North Cascade Mountains with his father as early as age 9, and thereafter with his son and friends. He was an accomplished amateur geologist and enjoyed searching for gold in rivers and rock formations. At one time he discovered a promising vein but was prevented from mining it in federally controlled lands. He advised many other gold prospectors over the years and was considered a local expert on the mountains by Winthrop people.

Ted and his wife JoAnn enjoyed many friends on both sides of the North Cascades, drives in the country, music, hiking, and exploration of the entire west by automobile. Ted will be sorely missed but had an especially rewarding life.

A private memorial was held June 15 in Bellingham, and a public celebration of his life will be held at Heenan’s Burnt Finger BBQ patio overlooking the river in Winthrop on Saturday (June 27) from 2-4 p.m., followed by coffee and dessert.



Kurt O. Jacobsen

Born in Seattle on Dec. 23, 1930, Kurt Jacobsen died at home on March 9, 2009, with his family by his side. He is predeceased by his parents, Olga and Olav Jacobsen.

Kurt graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, and attended the University of Washington School of Architecture, where he began his lifetime career in architecture. He married his sweetheart, Lois Wingett, in 1952. They were married for 56 years. Kurt served two years in the military, and then began his architectural practice in Seattle. He was a founding partner in WJA architectural and engineering firm. In later years, he moved to the Methow Valley, where he also designed homes.

Kurt’s love of the outdoors endeared him to the mountains – hiking, skiing and climbing. His family shared his passion for the outdoors.

Kurt is survived by his wife, Lois Jacobsen; sister Elaine Whinihan; brother Conrad Jacobsen; children Karen Jacobsen, Karl Jacobsen, and Jill Hansen; as well as four grandchildren: Laurel, Leslie, Leif and Kurt. He will be greatly missed by his family, including his adoring dog, Nellie.

He will be remembered for his infectious laugh, generous heart and steadfast devotion to his family. We are all grateful for so many happy years with him.

Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday (March 20) at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Methow Conservancy or Providence Hospice.



Bonnie M. Johnson

Bonnie M. Johnson, 80, passed away Sept. 22, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Julie, on Libby Creek, where she lived for the past 13 years after suffering from a stroke that resulted in her needing 24-hour care.

She was raised in Ballard in Seattle and worked for the Seattle School District for 30 years, retiring in 1995. She enjoyed downhill and cross country skiing, bike riding, square dancing, singing and traveling. She led a wonderful, full, active life until her stroke in 1996.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie; brother Donald Williamson of Chewelah; grandson Tim (wife Tana) and two great-grandchildren Jenna and Talon Johnson of Dickinson, N.D.; and all her wonderful “Grandma-sitters” through the years.

She was preceded in death by he husband, Clifford, and son Mark Johnson. There will be memorial service at a later date.



Joan Keeffe

Joan Keeffe, 79, was called home to heaven on July 21, 2009. She was born April 8, 1930, in Seattle, the only child of Irene Hargus. When Joan was three, her mother, Irene, married John Sierer, who then adopted Joan.

Joan and her parents moved to Grand Coulee during the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. Her father was an oiler on the dam and worked during the entire construction period. Upon its completion, the family moved back to the Seattle area, and settled in Juanita.

Joan graduated from Kirkland High School. She worked as a keypunch operator for a law firm. During this time, she met (on a blind date) and married the love of her life, Robert Keeffe. They had five children: Noel, Colleen, Carolyn, Laurie and Glen.

Bob and Joan moved their family to Winthrop in the spring of 1968. In 2005, Bob and Joan moved to their dream home in Wenatchee. They have 10 grandchildren.

Joan had a special and deep faith in God. She was gifted with an inner strength and wisdom, and a unique ability to verbally share her gifts and thoughts with others. The door to her home and her heart were always open to everyone.

Joan fought a courageous battle with breast cancer that began 14 years ago. The cancer had gone into remission for 12 years before it returned.

A small memorial service was held in Wenatchee on July 27. Her ashes will be spread at Banks Lake (one of her favorite fishing spots), where Steam Boat Rock will be her headstone.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.



Agatha Labanauskas

Agatha Labanauskas

Agatha Labanauskas

Agatha Labanauskas, 87, passed away on Aug.26, 2009.

Agatha was born Nov. 25, 1921, in the Baltic country of Lithuania. She studied chemistry at the University of Vilnius, but plans for graduating were halted by WWII. She married Vytautas Labanauskas in 1943, and in 1944 the couple and their four-month-old son fled their native country to go to Germany, where they lived in a displaced person/refugee camp.

In 1949, the family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Chicago. In 1980, Agatha retired as a buyer’s assistant at Sears headquarters in Chicago, and, in May of that year, moved with her husband to the Methow Valley to spend time with their grandsons.

Agatha and Vytautas, who passed away in 2004, cherished their life together for 61 years.

Agatha is survived by her son Min; grandsons Saul, Kris, Vitas and Stasys; great-grandchildren Katie, Nicole, Ryleigh and Zachary; daughter-in-law Regina; nieces and nephews in Canada and California; and three sisters and their families in Lithuania. 



Lilly M. Countryman Linn

Lilly M. Countryman Linn

Lilly M. Countryman Linn

Lilly M. Countryman Linn, of Ferndale, died Nov. 23, 2009. She was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Coulee City, to Henry and Mable Countryman.

Lilly was raised in Methow, and graduated from high school in Pateros.

Services were held in Bellingham on Nov. 28. An obituary and photos may be seen at



Marian Bame Madison

Marian Bame Madison

Marian Bame Madison

Marian Bame Madison passed away July 17, 2009. She was born Nov. 26, 1915, to Georgia and Orin Morsman at Bellingham, Wash.

She received her education in Ferndale, Wash., and graduation from Ferndale High School in 1934.

Marian married John Bame at Bellingham on Sept. 1, 1934. They came to Okanogan on their honeymoon to pick apples and ended up living there until the spring of 1943, when they moved to Twisp.

They had two children, a son Vernon and a daughter Sharon. John passed away in 1969. In June 1974, Marian married Jim Madison.

Marian loved to travel and had visited most of the 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. She loved to dance and especially liked going to all the senior citizen dances and other activities. She ran their rummage room for many years.

During the fall, she packed apples at Neff Packing for nearly 40 years. In the spring and summer, she spent many hours in her yard raising beautiful irises and dahlias. And she could tell you the name of each one.

She was a long-time member of the Twisp Sewing Club and Twisp Civic League. She also volunteered at the Red Cross Blood Bank, greeting people at the door.

Marian loved to sew for her granddaughters when they were young. The grandkids all loved the many cookies she used to make.

She loved animals, especially cats and dogs, and always had at least one for a pet. In later years, she loved to watch the deer in the field and on the hillside across the road. And if they came into her yard, she might throw them a carrot or apple, even though she knew we weren’t supposed to feed the deer. She always thought they looked hungry.

Marian loved to collect things, especially from yard sales. And she loved to have yard sales with her neighbor, Shirley. Her favorite things to collect were dolls, jewelry and salt and pepper shakers. She also loved to dress up and never felt her ensemble was complete without a pair of her many earrings and one of her bracelets. In her younger days, that included a pair of her high heels.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Orin and Georgia Morsman; her brother Dean Morsman; an infant grandson and an infant granddaughter; her husband John Bame; and her husband Jim Madison.

She is survived by her brother Richard (Shirley) Morsman of Battleground, Wash.; her son Vernon (Mary Ann) Bame of Twisp; her daughter Sharon (Leroy) Lemaster of Medical Lake; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will take place Saturday, (July 25) at 11 a.m. at Beaver Creek Cemetery in Twisp with Pastor John Smith officiating.

A celebration of Marian’s life will be held Friday (Aug. 28) at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Twisp, followed by a potluck dinner.



Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe

An inspirational artist and teacher will be fondly remembered in the Methow Valley.

Sean McCabe, a 46-year-old resident of Mazama, passed away on Nov. 7, 2009, from undifferentiated anaplastic carcinoma of the thyroid. He is survived by his wife, Laura (43), and daughters, Novie (7) and Dashe (3); his mother and eight siblings; Laura’s parents and four siblings; in-laws, nieces and nephews. His presence and spirit will continue to be felt well beyond the Cascades.

Sean felt his gifts as an artist, a teacher, and amazing athlete came to him through God’s hand. It was with his gift of openness, understanding, and God’s will that he was able to share his talents with others. Those who knew him or knew of him understood this was how he pursued his whole life.

He married his best friend and partner in all things on Aug. 26, 1989. Together, they began a life of skiing, climbing and teaching in Utah, and moved to the Methow Valley in 1995 to continue their life dreams.

His teaching is best known by the students, parents, and fellow educators who have honored him with numerous teaching awards, including Teacher of Year in Utah and Washington. He received the prestigious Catalyst Award in 2000, which was a precursor to his national recognition in 2002 with The Milken Family Foundation Award. His legacy lives on with his students, those who have pursued artistic endeavors and athletics, and those who still use the lessons learned in daily life. His artwork will continue to inspire us.

Sean’s vision lives on in his paintings, prints, and in his graphic designs found on clothing and in periodicals.

To those who called Sean a friend, a brother in Christ, an artist, a teacher, a mentor and a leader, please join his beloved wife, daughters and family at a memorial to celebrate the gifts God shared through him. Let us celebrate a life lived purposefully, and with a zeal and love, that we can all hope to extend into our lives. His memorial will be on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Liberty Bell High School at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to: Methow Valley Education Foundation for Sean McCabe Art Scholarship, P.O. Box 3056, Winthrop, WA 98862, and/or Little Star Montessori School, P.O. Box 608, Winthrop, WA 98862.



Eva Lorene Myers

Long-time Methow Valley resident, Eva Lorene Myers, 82, passed away Nov. 17, 2009, at Harmony House in Brewster after a long battle with cancer.

Eva was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Leavenworth, to Lance and Vera Skelton. She was raised along with seven brothers and sisters on the Colville Indian Reservation, where her family ranched. She rode horseback to a one-room school through the eighth grade and then attended and graduated from Okanogan High School. She was married to Kenneth Lee Myers on Dec. 24, 1948, and lived in Twisp until her final days.

Mrs. Myers spent most of her life in Okanogan County, moving to Twisp in 1956, where she and her husband bought an apple orchard. Always one to keep busy, she preferred to spend time outdoors working in her garden and in the orchard. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with her family when her children were young. Eva never met a craft she wouldn’t try – sometimes with dubious results. She was known for the sweaters she knit for friends and family, and the tooled leather belts and purses she made. Eva enjoyed sharing her knowledge and in her spare time taught knitting classes at a local studio. She worked seasonally, for many years, in a valley apple packing plant and served on the board of directors for the Methow Valley Irrigation District.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, Kenneth Myers (Short) of Twisp, she is survived by daughter Verna Myers of Paradise, Calif.; son Kenneth James (Jim) Myers of Pahrump, Nev.; daughter Wanda Myers of Twisp; three brothers and a sister; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

At her request, no funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift can be made to the American Cancer Society.



Janet L. Nightser

Janet L. Nightser, 67, passed away in Omak on April 19, 2009, from causes related to Alzheimer’s. She was born in Winthrop to Earl and Mayme (LaRue) Badger. Although Janet’s dad passed away when she was only 7 years old, her children felt like they knew him. Janet always talked about her dad and had a very special relationship with her grandparents, Gladys and Ray Badger of Winthrop.

Mayme married Jesse Montgomery in 1950 and they had four more children. Janet was blessed with a family that included a sister, Debbie and three brothers, twins, Dan and David, and youngest brother, Joel. She attended school in Winthrop and Twisp.

Janet entertained her children and friends with stories of her school years, which always included her best friend, Jack Imes, and high school sweetheart, Ron Huber. She married Warren “Bud” Pringle in August 1960, and they moved to East Wenatchee, where Bud worked for Douglas County PUD.

They began their family in East Wenatchee with two children, Mindi and Monte, and then moved to California when Bud began working as a lineman. They eventually settled in Winthrop when their children began school. After her divorce from Bud, she married Hank Brown and her second daughter, Darby, was born.

Janet was a talented and artistic cake decorator, which eventually led to her lifelong career as a baker. She worked in bakeries and grocery stores throughout Washington. Janet loved Elvis, dancing, motorcycles, painting pictures, fishing, fast cars, and fast food and kept the cleanest house and car on the block.

She is missed and survived by her children, Mindi (Steve) Stuart, Monte Pringle and Darby (Jason) McNeil; and her grandchildren Seth, Jessica, Britney, Kyleigh and Kelcey.

A memorial will be held at the Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop on May 10 at 2 p.m., with a reception following.



Della I. Northcott

Della I. Northcott

Della I. Northcott

Della I. Northcott, 95, of Winthrop, passed away Dec. 6, 2009. She was born in Winthrop on Feb. 27, 1914, to Charles and Elsie (Sharp) Davidson. She was raised throughout Okanogan County, except for two years in Medford, Ore. She graduated from high school at Winthrop in 1932.

She married Robert Northcott on Nov. 30, 1933. After their marriage, they moved into the family home, which they resided in for 72 years. Della was known for her warmth and loving heart. She worked at the local apple sheds in Brewster and Pateros and she was a cook for the Winthrop School District and the smokejumper bases. She also worked for Sun Mountain and the Trail’s Inn Motel in Winthrop.

Della was an active volunteer at the Shafer Museum, the Civic League, and the Rebekah Lodge. She was also a member of the Methodist Church.

Della was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Northcott; brother, Alva Davidson; her son, Melvin Northcott; and a grandson, Justin Martin.

She is survived by her two children, Donna Martin and Clayton (Lauralee) Northcott of Winthrop; her daughter-in-law, Shirley Northcott of Twisp; her 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 12) at the Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop.



Paul Otto Oestreich

Paul Otto Oestreich, Jr., 74, passed away July 20, 2009, in Omak. He was born May 17, 1935, to Paul Oestreich, Sr., and wife Mabel in Virgil, S.D.

He married Marjorie Kowalksi in 1954, and they divorced in 1974. Paul and family made their home in South Dakota, where he worked on various ranches and farms until they headed west to Washington in 1967.

Paul was a great mechanic, even having his own shop in Manson, but his real love was always ranching. In 1970, he was the foreman of the Big Buck Ranch up Twisp River. In 1973, he took a similar position on the Bill Mills Ranch in Okanogan.

Medical reasons led to Paul’s early retirement from the everyday work force, but his love of ranch life led to a lifelong friendship with Dave Eighme of Okanogan. This friendship allowed him to work cattle on a part-time basis for many years. Paul was affectionately known to all his friends as “Cowboy,” a title he always cherished.

Paul was preceded in death by his father, mother, four brothers, two sisters, a son-in-law and one grandson. He is survived by two sisters, Elma Burns of Ohio and Irene McCollum of Manson; three children: son Mike and Marla Oestreich of Waterville and their children Charlie of Bellingham and Natalie of Manson; son Tracy and Marilyn Oestreich of Omak and their children Tiarha Agee and Dean of Okanogan (and great-granddaughter Leandra Lynne), Caitlin Oestreich of Wenatchee, Darla Emerson of Bozeman and Amanda Emerson of Omak; and daughter Kathy Lund of Anacortes and her children Mike (and Maria) Chase, Derek Chase and Whitley Chase.

In lieu of a memorial service, the family requests all of Paul’s friends say a prayer or enjoy a toast to his memory and his full life.



Ruth Marie (Whitt) Privett

Ruth Marie (Whitt) Privett

Ruth (Ruthie) Privett

Ruth (Ruthie) Privett, 59, of Twisp, passed away June 12, 2009, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. She was born July 17, 1949, at her Grandpa and Grandma Beachler’s house in Aledo, Ill.

In 1952, Ruthie moved to Edmonds, Wash., with her parents, Marion and Gloria Whitt, and four siblings. She attended schools throughout Snohomish County.

Ruthie had a lifelong love of animals, especially horses. If she could be close to and care for horses, she was happy. The family has stories tracing this love for horses back to the age of 5.

She fell in love with the Methow Valley and it was there she settled to raise her two children. She held several positions caring for horses. She served locals and tourists in various establishments throughout the valley. At one ranch she met Willie Nelson who graciously signed her black cowgirl hat.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her father Marion (Bud) Whitt, her sister Peggy Clark and nephew, Jerry Clark.

She is survived by her three children, Ron Champagne Jr., and Everett Privet and Allison Privett, all of Twisp; her mother, Gloria Whitt of Twisp; brother Steve Whitt of Marysville, Wash.; sisters Judy Willoughby (Frank) of Hartline, Wash.; Terry Johnson (Gail) of Marysville; and Donna of Everett, Wash.; 16 nieces and nephews, three grandchildren and many friends in the Methow Valley.

At Ruthie’s request she will be cremated and her ashes will be returned to her beloved valley. Her children are planning a future celebration in her memory.

Seashells Remind Us

That Every Passing Life

Leaves Something Beautiful Behind



Helen Irma (Wells) Rawson

Helen I. Rawson, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to be with her beloved Jesus on Feb. 27, 2009, in Okanogan.

She was born to Annie and James Elmer Wells at Grand Forks, B.C., Canada, on Sept. 4, 1912, the youngest of 10 children. Her parents homesteaded and settled on the south half of the Colville Indian Reservation near Okanogan in 1916. Her father died when she was 5 years of age. She attended Okanogan schools and graduated Valedictorian in 1930. She attended Wilson’s Modern Business College in Seattle.

Upon returning to Okanogan, Helen worked in numerous offices, including the Okanogan Creamery; Okanogan County Government offices – Auditor and Treasurer; and Okanogan Production Credit Association. She met a handsome, fun-loving and outgoing haberdasher, Robert G. Rawson, who was the general merchandise manager for C.E. Blackwell’s. They married on Feb. 10, 1940. They had five children: Mary Ann, Timothy, Richard, John and Henry.

Helen had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and was devoted to her church and served in many capacities. At the early age of 14, she joined her sister, Evelyn, in playing the organ, often pumping while her sister played and vice versa. She continued to play the organ for 82 years, until April 2008. She regularly attended daily mass and held group devotional sessions in her home, studying scripture and saying the Rosary. She held official positions in the Altar Society, her parish council, and the Spokane Diocesan Council for Catholic Women. In Sept. 2005, Bishop William Skylstad presented Helen with the Bishop’s Award for “Service to the People of God.” Trustees of the Catholic Foundation of the Spokane Diocese presented her a certificate of special recognition – Catholic Community Service Award for 2004. She was dearly loved by members of Our Lady of the Valley parish (Okanogan-Omak).

In 1950, Helen and her husband, Robert, started their own business called R.G. Rawson’s Department Store in Okanogan that continues today under the operation and direction of their son, Richard, and his wife, Bonnie, along with her grandson, Mark. She often joined her husband in helping customers and traveling on buying trips, often with the kids in tow. After her husband suffered a major stroke in the early 1970s, she took an even greater role in the operation, only retiring in the mid-1980s to devote full-time care to her spouse until his death in 1986.

She continued to be active in community organizations, such as Soroptimist International, Okanogan Chamber of Commerce, Menders, and the Okanogan County Garden Club. She was very civic minded and led by example–helping the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. as a supporter and the American Legion Auxiliary – she could be seen regularly selling poppies and serving meals on Veterans Day. She was on the Okanogan County Elections Board, participating in voting processes, registrations and balloting. She was honored in 1986 as the Okanogan Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. In both 1983 and 1984, she was recognized as the Okanogan Soroptimist’s Woman of the Year.

Helen had many loves in her life besides her family. She truly enjoyed the company of many dear friends with whom she shared luncheon engagements, concerts and other outings. She enjoyed soft ice cream cones. She was a fan of Gonzaga University basketball and especially enjoyed traveling to Atlanta, Ga., at the age of 88, to watch them play Michigan State in the NCAA Regionals. Often she visited the sick and shut-ins in the local adult care facilities and nursing home. She was a devoted musician and encouraged music in her children and grandchildren. An accomplished pianist and organist, she also played the trombone. She performed at numerous weddings and special gathering events and celebrations.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (1986), and one son, Timothy (1965). She was the last surviving child of Annie (McFadden) Wells and James Elmer Wells.

She is survived by her daughter, Sister Mary Ann Rawson, S.N.J.M. (Holy Names) of Tucson, Ariz.; her sons, Richard E. Rawson (wife-Bonnie) of Okanogan, John M. Rawson of Everett, and Henry A. Rawson (wife-Catherine) of Okanogan; her grandchildren, Matthew Rawson (wife-Monica) and their two children, Emily and Nathan; Mark Rawson; Maureen Seljestad (husband-Benjamin) and their two children, Sullivan and Murphy; Laresa Rawson and her son, Myilah; Justin Rawson; Andrew Rawson; Sara Rawson; Candace Rawson; Timothy Rawson; Danielle Rawson; Stephen Rawson; and Ashley Rawson. She was dearly loved by numerous nieces and nephews who kept in regular contact, which she sincerely appreciated.

A rosary/vigil service was held March 13 at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel in Okanogan. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on March 14 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Okanogan, followed by graveside/commitment services at Omak Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in her name.



Randall S. Ray

Randall S. Ray

Randall S. Ray

Randall S. Ray, 45, died Oct. 2, 2009, at Okanogan-Douglas District Hospital in Brewster. He was born Sept. 10, 1964, to Ben and Betty Ray in Hamilton, Mont.

Randy always lived life full throttle. As a child, he was always challenging his brother, Ben, to see who was tougher. In high school, he excelled in football and track, while always being a defender of the underdog and everyone’s best friend. After graduation from Okanogan High School in 1983, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, because, after all, they were the toughest. Returning to the area, he moved to Winthrop and worked at Sun Mountain Lodge, then as a rock mason for Mountain Valley Masonry, where he became a partner. Through it all, he always had a story to tell of places he’d been with the Marines, the races he’d won flat tracking or the snowmobiling adventures he’d had. He was quick with the mischievous grin, but just as quick with a helping hand. Randy loved anything outdoors: hiking, camping and fishing, but especially snowmobiling and motorcycling. He also enjoyed playing games with his family and still trying to prove to Ben who was tougher.

Randy is survived by Kim Casey and Zack Austin of Winthrop; his mother, Betty Burchett of Omak; sisters, Rickie (Terry) Rowe of Okanogan, Lila (Brian) Oborne of Okanogan, Robin (Craig) Sutton of Index, Wash., Terri (Chris) Myskowski of Paducah, Ky.; brother, Ben (Karen) Ray of Wenatchee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Oct. 11 at Salmon Meadows.



Donald Edward Reed

Donald Edward Reed, 51, of Omak was tragically killed in a car accident near Ephrata on May 21, 2009. He was born Dec. 2, 1957, in Portland, Ore., to Betty Lou and Daniel E. Reed.

Donald graduated from Okanogan High School in 1977. He enlisted in the army in 1985 and received an honorable discharge in 1991.

Donald was a professional millwright welder. He enjoyed playing the guitar, motor biking, hunting, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Neta (Darwood-Lappen) Reed of Omak (formerly of Twisp); daughters, Tenaa (Mark) Wisemore and Stasha Reed of East Wenatchee, Heather Reed of Billings, Mont., and Hollie Reed of Ephrata; stepson Tory Lappen (Cresta) of Omak; grandchildren Seth and Olivia Wisemore, and Colton, Cheyenne and Cameron Lappen; numerous half-sisters and half-brothers; one stepsister; and one stepbrother.

Contributions to help the family with expenses incurred may be made to the Don Reed Funeral fund, c/o Bank of America, 30 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801, or any Bank of America branch.



John “Jack” W. Reischman

John “Jack” W. Reischman

John “Jack” W. Reischman

John “Jack” W. Reischman, 70, beloved father and friend, passed away suddenly in Twisp, on July 16, 2009. Jack was born in Bremerton on April 21, 1939, to John and Marguerite Reischman. He was a graduate of West Bremerton High School in 1957.

He owned and operated his own business before retiring, living in Twisp in the summer and Yuma, Ariz., in the winters. He loved socializing with family and friends.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman and sun-lover. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and traveling. He served in the National Guard from 1964-66. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles and Moose lodges; member and past president of the Bremerton Athletic Roundtable. Throughout his life, he loved to play sports and was a knowledgeable sports fan, sharing his opinions with all about his favorite teams. He was an original Seahawks season-ticket holder, Sonics season-ticket holder and Husky fan, and never missed a Mariner game.

He is survived by son David Reischman and daughters Dianne Reischman-Porter, Darcy Reischman and Dana Krieger; brothers Richard Reischman and Steve Reischman; sisters Janice Ostrem, Alice Essler and Vicki Ertler; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life was held July 25 at Rill Chapel in Port Orchard. On-line guestbook is at In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.



Jordan Emily Rowe

Jordan Emily Rowe

Jordan Emily Rowe

Jordan Emily Rowe passed away quietly in her sleep on March 23, 2009, at the age of 3. Jordan was born on Dec. 30, 2005, (her parent’s fifth wedding anniversary). It was soon discovered that her brain did not form properly in utero, and her brain malformation caused severe medical fragility and developmental delay.

Despite Jordan’s difficulties, she was our darling, and we are devastated by her loss. She taught us many things, especially how to cherish the small things and to take one day at a time. She had long, dark eyelashes, and beautiful long, blonde curls. And she was the best snuggler in the house. She had recently started pre-school, and with the help of her nurses, therapists and teachers, she was making progress, particularly with her vision. Life was not always easy with Jordan, but we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Jordan left behind an army of family and loved ones: her parents, Leslie Driver-Rowe (formerly of Twisp) and Devon Rowe; her sister Avery (5) and her brother Birkeley (3 months); her grandparents Noma Campbell (formerly of Twisp), Gary and Kay Driver, and Earl and Linda Rowe; her aunts and uncles Jill (Driver) and Matt Stevie (formerly of Twisp), Bryan and Tina Rowe, and Jon Paul and Jessica Driver; and cousins Nathan, Jamie, and Ally Rowe, and most recently Soren Konrad Stevie.

Jordan also had a team of nurses, therapists, and teachers who were heartbroken by her loss. She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers and grandmothers John and Martha Driver, Lucy and Lorne Campbell, Kindred and Dorothy Wannamaker, and Harold and Gerda Rowe.

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Gaery Davis Rutherford

Gaery Davis Rutherford, 88, of Twisp died at his home, surrounded by friends and family, on April 21, 2009. He lived the last 45 years in the Methow Valley. He lived in the Okanogan Valley for 20 years and in the Snoqualmie Valley for 25 years.

He is survived by Scott Rutherford, Sue Houlihan, George Rutherford and Dallas Darwood; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Babe; daughter, Sally; son, Jed; and two sisters, Margie and Mavis.

Graveside services were held April 28 at Beaver Creek Cemetery outside of Twisp.



Kenneth E. Severson

Kenneth E. Severson, a cowboy in his heart, always a gentleman, passed away Feb. 2, 2009, after a valiant battle with cancer. Ken was born Feb. 10, 1948, to Patricia J. and Irvin C. Severson in Seattle.

Ken lived most of his life in Auburn, Wash., and graduated from Auburn High School in 1966. He loved FFA and showing and competing in Western Washington and King County fairs. In his younger years, he was an active member in the Green River Saddle Club. He was always a natural with animals, working with a veterinary clinic in his late teens.

After graduating from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash., Ken entered the family business of Mobile Home and RVs, Parts and Services. He later became the owner of Auburn Mobile Home & RV.

While in Auburn, Ken was active in community services, including the Auburn Rotary. He truly believed in “Service Above Self.” Ken continued to volunteer with others while serving on the board of directors for the Manufactured Homes and Recreational Vehicles Association, eventually becoming president of the organization. Ken was also a member of the Millennium Investment Group for 10 years where he made bonds of friendship, which he spoke of often with fond memories. He was also a founding member of The Sons of Norway Lodge #2-131 Vesterdalen in Auburn.

In 1997, Ken sold the family business and retired. After buying a vacation spot near Twisp, he fell in love with the area and the people and moved there full time. Ken found great joy in renovating old buildings into commercial buildings.

Ken participated in the “Cowboy’s Ride to the Rendezvous” in the Methow Valley for six years. With a legion of 300 plus cowboys, he rode the weeklong trip on horseback, accompanying covered wagons on the trail.

Ken leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Donna; his son Kurtis and daughter Kirsten, by a previous marriage; his stepchildren John E. Bryan and wife Mary, June E. Van-Wyngarden and husband Mark, and Douglas K. Bryan and wife Susan; grandchildren Brian, Kelli, Courtney, Mandy, Youki and Morgan; as well as 17 nieces and nephews. Ken is also survived by his brother Ronald I. Severson and wife Sue; sister-in-law Mary Severson of Vista, Calif.; sisters-in-law Joanna Sprague of Twisp and Elaine Miller of Auburn; and brother-in-law Rufus Sprague and wife Ann of Grapeview, Wash.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents Irvin C. Severson and Patricia J. Severson of Auburn, and brother Gordon Severson of Vista, Calif.

Burial services were held at Mt. View Cemetery in Auburn on Feb. 7, followed by memorial services at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn.



Doris Fay Stephens

Doris Fay Stephens, 72, passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2009, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Doris was born in Chelan on April 9, 1937, to Charles and Evelyn (Best) Schmidt.

She attended school in Chelan until Ira (Bob) Stephens swept her off her feet and they were married on Aug. 13, 1953. Together they moved to the Methow Valley, where they made their home permanently in Twisp and raised four children.

Doris was preceded in death by her father, Charles Schmidt, Jr.; mother, Evelyn Elder; stepfather, John Elder; and grandfather, Charles Schmidt, Sr.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ira (Bob) Stephens of Twisp; children Bobby Stephens and wife Sharon of Chelan, Maleta Duncan and husband Denver of Twisp, Ramona Lambert and husband Kent of Bellingham, and Jerry Stephens of Kennewick; siblings Louise Baker (Lamond) of Manson, Donald Schmidt (Cheri) of Central Point, Ore., and Christine Doran (Dan) of Twisp; grandchildren Nathan Yoakum, Cami Yoakum, Andrew Andersen, Robby Andersen and Kennedy Stephens; six great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.

As a child, Doris learned to live, laugh, love and dream on the shores of Lake Chelan. Her summers were spent swimming and playing on the shores with her sister, brother and neighborhood kids.

Doris worked for many years packing apples in Brewster, Pateros and Methow. She then transitioned into the food service industry. As a waitress, cook and manager, she had the opportunity to serve local patrons at the Winthrop Palace, Virginian Restaurant, Rosie’s Branding Iron and Roadhouse Diner.

Throughout her life she had many hobbies. Never losing her love for the water, she enjoyed beachcombing at the ocean, swimming in the lakes and rafting the Methow River. She joined the Twisp women’s bowling league and traveled the state, competing in tournaments and collecting trophies! She belonged to the Eagles women’s auxiliary and spent years volunteering her cooking services. She loved to crochet, sold her blankets on the Internet and generously, with love, created a custom blanket for every member of her family to keep as a treasure! Doris was an avid fan of Mariner baseball and Seahawk football. She loved to dance. In the 70s and 80s, she was the number one supporter and fan of her husband’s Country & Western band, Cascade Country Boys, and would dance and sing during their performances.  Doris was a servant at heart. What she enjoyed most was cooking for her family and playing card games like Shanghai in which she would compete for quarters and break everyone’s bank! She was the Shanghai Queen!

We were so blessed to have had such a loving mother, grandmother, sister, friend and devoted wife whose memory and spirit live on within us.

Memorial services are planned for Saturday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Twisp Calvary Baptist Church. A celebration of life reception will follow at the Eagles Lodge in Twisp.



Dennis Jack Stevens

Dennis Jack Stevens, 48, AKA “Happy Jack,” passed away July 15, 2009, in McCurtain, Okla. Jack was born Sept. 12, 1960 in California. When he was 5 years old, he moved to Winthrop, where he lived out his childhood.

Jack, like his ancestors before him, had an undying love for the valley he called home. He later moved to McCurtain, where he lived out his days. Jack cut trail in the Pasayten wilderness of Washington. His ashes will be taken back to the mountains that he loved so much, and his spirit will forever reside with them. Jack was a good man that always took care of his family and friends. He will be loved and missed, but never far from our hearts and minds. He really loved being a grandpa.

He is survived by his four daughters, Samantha Stevens, Kelli Stevens, Trista Stevens and Jennifer Osborn (Stevens), all of Oklahoma; his granddaughter Jayda; grandson Brandin; sisters and brothers-in-law Dan and Donna DeMarco of Alaska and Mike and Jill Parlin of Washington; and his mother, Babe Wenrick, of Alaska. To my beloved brother Jack, we will all truly miss you and keep you close to our hearts forever. I love you with all my heart.

Please send any cards or letters for the family to Donna DeMarco, 510 W. Tudor Rd. Ste. 3, Anchorage, AK 99503. A memorial service was held at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home July 19 in Stigler, Oklahoma.



Charles Albert Stitt

Charles Albert Stitt of Twisp died April 4, 2009, in Wenatchee. He was born May 11, 1936, in Casper, Wyo., the only child of Bill and Sarah Stitt.

Charles spent most of his youth in the Portland, Ore., area. He graduated from the University of Oregon. Following his military service (stationed in Okinawa, Japan), he went back to the U of O to do graduate work. He married Nancy Boivin on March 9, 1964, and they raised three children.

After retiring in January 1999 from Mobile Manufacturing in Troutdale, Ore., he and his wife moved to Mexico, where they were involved in missionary work. They started an orphanage, and from there went to assist their daughter at a church in Sonora, Mexico. They were also involved with a food ministry out of Yuma, Ariz., bringing food to the hungry in Mexico.

In October 2005, Charles and Nancy moved to Twisp, along with Nancy’s mother, so they could be of help to family members there.

Charles is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Twisp; son Michael Charles and his wife Samantha and their sons Joshua and Forrest all of Oregon City, Ore.; son Robert William and his wife Andrea and their son Liam of Keizer, Ore.; and daughter Sarah Elizabeth and her sons Ernesto Antonio and Alfonso Alberto of Milwaukie, Ore. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Shirley Gonska of Twisp and numerous extended family members.

A memorial service was held April 7 at Community Covenant Church in Twisp.



Christopher Street

Christopher Street, 27, of Missoula, left this life on Nov. 12, 2009. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and raised in western Waukesha County.

Chris graduated from Kettle Moraine High School in 2000, and the University of Montana in 2005. He worked as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Montana and HawkWatch International in a variety of wildlife projects. For three summers, he lived and worked in the Methow Valley.

Chris is survived by his parents, David and Sandy; his sister, Elizabeth (Brian) Dillon; his brother, Jeffrey; his partner, Layla Dunlap; his maternal grandparents, Jim and Onnie Weiss; and his paternal grandfather Thomas Street. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Helen Street.

A memorial service was held on Nov. 17 at Pagenkopf Funeral Home in Oconomowoc, Wis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to HawkWatch International at (please specify that memorials be directed to the Chelan Ridge/Chris Street Memorial).



George Sukovaty

George Sukovaty

George Sukovaty

George Sukovaty passed away Nov. 7, 2009. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1925, to Dr. Szukovathy, Imre and Szukovathy, Marie Rickl. He was the youngest of three boys. All his immediate family remained in Hungary and preceded him in death.

After the disruptive WWII years, he was able to make his way to western Europe and immigrate to the United States in 1949. The University of Iowa offered him a scholarship and he received his master’s degree in marketing, and then worked in banking in New York City. After a year there he and a friend decided Alaska would be more promising, and, in an old LaSalle, made it as far as Seattle before both he and the car were “broke.”

George took a job with Boeing, and, when they opened a marketing department, did foreign marketing and forecasting.

George met his wife of 55 years, Valerie (Deardorff) on the double chair lift at Stevens Pass in 1954. In 1967, they decided corporate life was not for them and moved with four small children to the Methow Valley. Like everyone, they had to do several things to survive, and thus had a real estate company and also sold Pan Adobe cedar homes and San Juan fiberglass swimming pools all over northeastern Washington.

A love of the mountains and skiing and hiking was and is the lure of the Methow, and George was often to be seen in his knickerbockers on the Sun Mountain ski trails.

His wife Val and their five children and four grandchildren survive him: Beckey (Toby Thaler) and Cameron Paine-Thaler, Mary (Mike Meyers), Diane Szukovathy (Dennis Westphall), Louis (Jennifer Argraves), Geza and Icel, Gary (Gabriele) and Maya.

At his request, there will be no memorial service.

George and the entire family are thankful for the wonderful, loving care George received at Jamie’s Place and request any memorial remembrances be made to: Jamie’s Place, P.O. Box 1260, Winthrop, WA 98862.



Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan Jr.

Jerry Sullivan Jr., 79, of Winthrop, peacefully passed away at Lake Chelan Community Hospital on Dec. 6, 2009, at 10:20 pm. He was born Aug. 29, 1930, to Jerry Sr. and Goldie Sullivan of Winthrop.

He attended school in Winthrop. In the summers of 1948 and ’49, he was a packer for the Forest Service and a smokejumper. In the winter of ’49-’50, he worked for the Howe Sound Mine at the head of Lake Chelan.

He spent the next summer working on a dude ranch for Wilford Davies in Leavenworth, where he met Loretta (Lori) Harrison, his future wife. Jerry joined the Airborne division of the army in 1950, went through the Army school of demolitions and served during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

Jerry and Lori were married on March 20, 1952, and lived in Leavenworth, where he did logging work and eventually went to work for the city. They left Leavenworth in 1958, and moved to Winthrop to raise their family.

Jerry worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Winthrop from 1958 until his retirement in 1982. On June 30, 1971, while working the backcountry trails near Hidden Lakes, Jerry lost his left hand in a dynamite cap explosion. He continued to work another 10 years after the accident.

After his retirement from the Forest Service, he stayed busy with many interests, including horses, farming, ranching, camping, trapping, hunting and fishing.

In the 1960s, he opened a saddle and shoe repair shop. He repaired and resoled many a pair of work boots, dress shoes and cowboy boots. He enjoyed leatherwork and built saddles that are still in use today.

Prior to the construction of the North Cross State Highway, Jerry was chosen to make a promotional horseback ride over the proposed route. He completed the 55-mile ride in eight hours, proving it could be done, and the ‘new’ highway opened in 1972.

He had served as a Winthrop town councilman, was a member of the American Legion, a director of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, Inc. and the president of Skyline Ditch Association.

Jerry is survived by his sons, Jim and Jordan, both of Winthrop; daughter Jo Ann (Kirk) of Okanogan; daughter Teri (Alan) of Winthrop and daughter Wendy (Orvle) of Brewster. He has many grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lori, in 1991; his parents; one sister and his companion, Dickey Galvin.

A memorial service was held at the Friendship Community Church in Winthrop on Dec. 12. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp or The Cove in Twisp. There will be no graveside services.



Paul Sullivan

After a three-year battle with cancer, Paul Sullivan died Nov. 21, 2009, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was 19.

Paul was born April 20,1990. From the beginning, Paul was active, enjoying fun times in the mountains, at the beach and here in the Methow. In later life he played football, baseball and wrestled for Liberty Bell High School.

He was an outdoorsman and fall was his favorite time of year as hunting was one of his greatest joys. He loved the Methow and was happiest when he was home here in the valley. Paul saw life as a challenge and he met that challenge head on. He will long be remembered for his courage and strength in fighting his cancer. He never wanted it to define him so he chose rather to try to keep it in the background and live as normal a life as possible. He was a great friend to many. Throughout his cancer he knew how to relate with a special wisdom and tenderness to the children and families at Children’s Hospital. They often found in Paul’s words extra courage and calm to face their own battle.

He is survived by his parents Tom and Carolyn, his brother John and sister-in-law Dana, his uncles Jim, Ed, and Denis Russell, his godparents Terry and Karen Shaffer, his dearest loves Jamie and Noah and a very large circle of friends. A celebration memorial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn.



Lawrence Harold Sund

Lawrence Harold Sund, 63, passed away Jan. 8, 2009.  Larry was born on May 25, 1945, in Shelton, Wash., but has lived in the greater Seattle area for over 35 years. One of five children, Larry grew up on the Sund family homestead property on Hood Canal, just west of Hoodsport, Wash. Larry’s father was an outdoorsman and Larry inherited this love of all things outdoors.

After graduating from Shelton High School in 1963, Larry studied geography at Western Washington University and graduated in 1967.  After two years in the Navy, where he was stationed in Honolulu, Larry moved back to the greater Seattle area in 1970 and was never to leave.  He worked for Patterson Dental for 38 years, forging great relationships with the dentists and dental offices he served.  He was hard working, loyal, and extremely funny.  To have met Larry was to have been blessed by a great man.

Larry met his wife, Cheryl Hungate, at a dental convention in 1980 and they have been together ever since. Cheryl and Larry have spent the last three decades skiing and diving together, traveling the globe, sailing in their sailboat, and sharing the journey of life together.  They were best friends and Larry loved nothing more than seeing the world with her.  Larry was also a passionate hunter and fisherman, and each year was marked with annual steelhead trips to Forks, elk hunts to Idaho, and deer hunts near Twisp, where they owned a log home along the river.

Larry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cheryl Hungate Sund; his mother, Mary Jane Sund of Hoodsport; his sister Sharon Sund of Hoodsport; brother David Sund of Hoodsport; sister Sylvia Wilson of Merchantville, N.J.; sister Sheryl Endicott of Hoodsport; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Larry’s life was held at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Woodinville on Jan. 11.

Memorial donations can be sent to the Dr. Pommier Carcinoid Cancer Research, OHSU Foundation Acct #2380,  3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239.



Zachery Cole Swezey

Zachery Cole Swezey, 18, of Carlton, died March 18, 2009, at his home from natural causes.

He was born in Brewster on July 23, 1991, to Greg and JaLea Swezey.

Zakk, as he was called by his friends, was a loving, playful child, and was the joy of all his family. He was close to his brothers and they let him tag along as if he was just one of the guys. Zakk loved the outdoors and his dad taught him to fish and hunt at a young age. He enjoyed camping and took his first deer at the age of nine. Zakk then went on to more challenging hunts and bagged his first bear at the age of 15.

Zakk loved sports, and his dad, uncles and brothers helped him excel in baseball. Zakk was a gifted wrestler and attended camps in California and at Oklahoma State University. He was very passionate about this sport, and through his dedication and perseverance he earned a qualifying position to the state championships this year. Coach Haley and Zakk’s brother A.J. were always there to encourage him. Following their example, he helped coach Little Guy wrestling and earned the admiration of his younger cousins and many other youngsters. Zakk also loved to skateboard and snowboard with his brothers, cousins and friends.

Zakk was a talented musician and played the trumpet and drums for the Pateros school band. He was also in the Pateros school choir and helped set a precedent when he was the first boy to join the choir last year. He encouraged the younger boys to be in the band and choir. Zakk, in his spare time, enjoyed rockin’ out with his brothers, cousins and friends.

In 2007, Zakk welcomed his new baby sister, Abi, into the world, and she soon had him wrapped around her little finger.

Church was a very important part of Zakk’s life, and he attended regularly. Zakk and his brothers, A.J. and Scott, traveled many miles to young kid functions. They attended Oklahoma hayrides, California get-togethers, and even traveled to Colorado this winter for a family ski trip. Upon getting his driver’s license, Zakk continued the tradition of driving the young kids to events just like his aunts, uncles and brothers had taken him. Zakk’s parents, brothers, grandparents, uncle and aunts have always supported him in his many endeavors.

Zakk was preceded in death by his sister, Ashley Nicole Swezey, and his grandfathers, J.W. Evans and John Freeman.

Zakk will be greatly missed by his parents, Greg and JaLea, and his sister, Abi, of Carlton; brothers, A.J. Swezey of Sapulpa, Okla., and Scott Swezey of Moore, Okla.; paternal grandparents Phil and Betty Swezey of Brewster; maternal grandmother, Rosalee Freeman of Moore, Okla.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, brethren, and a host of friends and classmates.

A tribute service was held March 22 at Pateros High School, followed by visitation at Barnes Chapel. A graveside service was held March 23 at Beaver Creek Cemetery in Twisp. Memorials may be made to the Zakk Swezey Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Brewster. Contributions will be used for the music department or the wrestling program at Pateros High School.



Ferol Jess Gaston Terry

Ferol Jess Gaston Terry passed away Sept. 29, 2009, in Kalispel, Mont. Since suffering a debilitating stroke in February 2008, Ferol was never able to get back on her feet and required full time care. Due to her weakened state she was not able to recover from pneumonia. Ferol grew up in the Methow Valley, and attended Pateros High School.

One of her greatest joys was to get together with her extended family. Please help celebrate her life with a potluck on Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Tom and Dorene Richardson, 11504 S. Valley Chapel Road, Vallyford, Wash. For RSVP and directions, call (208) 883-4742 or e-mail Bring stories and pictures to share.



Lt. Cdr. Matthew Erin Thompson

Lt. Cdr. Matthew Erin Thompson passed away Feb. 18, 2009, in Boulder Creek, Calif., from pancreatic cancer. He was 35 years old.

Matthew was born Sept. 4, 1973, in Berkeley, Calif. As a boy, his two great loves were airplanes and boats. He was a member of the Cub Scouts, Sea Scouts, the Civil Air Patrol and the Berkeley High School swim team. He also attended Space Camp and was a Congressional page.

Upon graduating high school in 1991, he attended the Naval Preparatory School in Malibu, Calif., and in 1992, entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was a member of the sailing team. He graduated from Annapolis in 1996, and commenced naval flight training in Texas, earning his aviator wings in 1999. During his down time, he took dance lessons and became an accomplished ballroom dancer.

In 1998, he met Danica Gates and her two lovely children, who were the loves of his life. They moved to Florida and were married in October 2002.

During the course of his naval career, Matthew traveled the world extensively, serving his country.

His home bases were in Florida, California, Hawaii and Texas. His ashes will be scattered from his plane, the P-3 Orion, off Kailua Beach on June 20, with a memorial party at Buzz’s Steak House on Kailua Beach. This was his favorite place.

Matthew was preceded in death by his father Russell Levine of Berkeley; his grandfather, Dr. Eric Thompson of Twisp; and his fraternal grandparents, Grace and Alan Levine of Redlands, Calif.

He is survived by his wife, Danica Thompson and his children Sydney and David Gates of Lynnwood, Wash.; his loving stepparents Kersti and Jeff Rose of Oakland, Calif.; his incredibly supportive Navy family; his aunts and uncles Micha and Bucky of Santa Cruz, Calif.; Roxie and Jamie of Concord, Calif.; Jeff and Martha of San Jose, Calif.; Joanne and Daniel of Redlands, Calif.; Linda and Ben of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Elaine and Dirk of Cordelia, Calif.; and Norm and Katrina of Jacobus, Penn. He is also survived by his grandmother Gloria Kabisch of Cordelia; his sister Ashley Lind and nephew Eric Ryan Lind of Olympia; sister Becky Fontaine of Portland, Ore.; grandmother Mary Thompson of Twisp; best friends Tracy and Heather Dangott of Chicago; and his mother, Carol Fontaine, of Winthrop.

He was the joy of my life and my heart’s delight.



Richard Dale (Rick) VanderYacht

After a long illness, Rick passed away peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 24, 2009.
Rick was born Feb. 18, 1963, to Barbara and Ron VanderYacht in Kirkland. He was brother to Mike, Cindy, Steve, Chase and their families.

In 1992, he met the love of his life, Judy, and they were married in 2003. He welcomed her two sons with open arms and they became a new family. Also, his buddy “Buck” was his pride and joy.

Rick loved the Methow Valley. Living here gave him the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and to work side by side, farming, with his father, Ron.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and Ron.

A potluck celebration of Rick’s life will be held at the Eagles Hall in Twisp on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m.



Melissa Marie (Snook) Vetten

Melissa Marie (Snook) Vetten, 40, of Kettle Falls area, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, after battling a rare cancer for eight years. She peacefully went to be with our Lord.

Melissa was born Jan. 23, 1969. She moved to the Methow Valley in 1976, where she grew up with stepbrothers and a sister and attended school. She loved climbing trees, fishing and camping.

After moving to her mom’s, she graduated from Clarkston High School in 1987. She married and had two children whom she loved very much.

Melissa was a hard worker who ran her own business for many years. With the help of her son, she constructed a new home from the ground up in Gig Harbor. She was a great mother and was very proud to graduate from college together with her daughter (age 15) with a degree in business management. She was a caring aunt to her nieces, helping out in times of need.

She married the love of her life and together they moved to the Kettle Falls area, where they remodeled and built their dream homestead in the country. They raised goats, turkeys and chickens, and planted their first garden.

She was preceded in death by her much loved niece, Megan Snook. She is survived by her husband, Jon Vetten of Evans, Wash.; children Andrew Watson of Tacoma and Angela Watson of Lacey; her father Bill (Wendy) Snook of Carlton; and her mother Maria of Dayton, Wash.



Sherman T. (Tim) Wapato

Sherman T. (Tim) Wapato passed away in Rapid City, S.D., April 19, 2009. Following traditional custom, after the passing of a year, Tim’s family, friends and tribe will gather to remember his life on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Omak Longhouse, beginning at 10:30 a.m. All who wish join in his memory are invited. The Omak Longhouse is two miles southeast of Omak, on Highway 155, near St. Mary’s Mission.

Tim first attracted attention as a hot-shooting forward/guard and tricky wide receiver for the Winthrop High School Pirates. After graduating in 1953, he attended Washington State College and Eastern Washington College of education before beginning his military service in the U.S. Army. By the time he received his honorable discharge in 1957, he had served at Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and on the Greenland ice cap.

In 1958, he began a 21-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department, reaching the rank of lieutenant before retiring in 1979. In 1972-73, through the U.S. Intergovernmental Personnel Act, the LAPD “loaned” Tim to the Colville Confederated Tribes to assist in planning and design of a Tribal police department and court system. His work led to a department with a fish and wildlife enforcement section, fish and wildlife biology section, court system, and public highway safety program.

After retirement from the LAPD, he joined the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission during its formative months. As executive director, he played an instrumental role in protecting Tribal interests in treaty rights and resource management. In 1986, Tim Wapato was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the U.S. Pacific Salmon Commission, where he was the U.S. chief negotiator in the annual negotiations implementing the International Treaty provisions between the U.S. and Canada. Among other things, the Pacific Salmon Treaty acknowledged Tribes as sovereign and equal co-managers.

In 1989, Wapato accepted an appointment from the first Bush administration to serve as Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans in the Department of Health and Human Services. He also served as principal advisor to the HHS Secretary on Native American Affairs, including Native Hawaiians, Samoans and other Pacific Islanders.

In 1993, Tim Wapato and his wife, A. Gay Kingman, a Cheyenne River Lakota, were approached by Tribal nations to work toward redefining the role of the National Indian Gaming Association. Through the efforts of Tim, Gay and several other pioneers, NIGA has become a key bulwark of Indian Country in defending the sovereign rights of Indian nations.

Up until his death, Wapato remained active in NIGA, the National Congress of American Indians, Veterans Affairs, and Tribal advocacy. He also served as a mentor and role model to the young generations of upcoming Tribal sovereignty advocates and leaders.

For more information, Contact Paul G. Wapato at (509) 466-3125 or



Elaine Mary Westman

Elaine Mary Westman, 80, died peacefully at home on Oct. 17, 2009, after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 23, 1928, in Columbia Falls, Mont., to Fred and Margaret Wood. She spent her early years in Whitefish, Mont., and a number of years in Snohomish, Wash. She moved her family to the Methow Valley in 1967, and purchased a small farm.

Elaine married Ken Westman in 1972, and they have made their home in the Methow since.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband Ken at home, and four children by a previous marriage: Cindy Putnam of Gold Bar, Wendy Lundine of Omak, Candy LaRoche of East Wenatchee and Jack Button Jr., of Big Lake, Alaska.  She is also survived by three adopted grandchildren, Julie Westman of New Orleans, Paula Westman of Cle Elum and Bill Westman of Heron, Mont. She had four additional grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Elaine chose to be cremated, and at her request no services will be held. Any remembrances may be made to The Cove food bank in Twisp.



Keith Joeseph Wetzel

Keith Joeseph Wetzel, born in Marysville, Wash., on April 20, 1948, my breath, my love, left my life here on earth to be with our heavenly father at 10:15 p.m., May 21, 2009, with his children and I surrounding him with love.

Keith and myself, Patricia, were married in his father and mother’s home on April 3, 1975, and lived in Marysville and the Lake Stevens area until 2004. After working in the tugboat business for 36 years, our dream came true about living on a small piece of property going up Loup Loup Pass in Twisp.

We found our peace in hunting, fishing, exploring the small town life and the wonderful people who live here. Keith enjoyed being with his buddies, gardening and working around the property. He is survived by his wife, Patty, and five children: Ricky Wetzel of Arlington, Wash.; Pamela (Mark) Mahan of Stanwood, Wash.; Karrie (Mark) Lyon of Arlington; Jeannie Wetzel and Dave Davies of Soap Lake, Wash.; Cori Wetzel and Bryan Damian of Twisp; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his beloved sisters, Wanda Hoadly of Newman Lake, Wash., and Rita (Tom) Thompson of Marysville and their families; his brother and sister Ron and Cheryle Wetzel and their family of Arlington; as well as many great friends and family who call him a true friend.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Windy and Rita Wetzel; his father-in-law, Walter White; his grandparents and many aunts and uncles along with many good friends. Keith was a past president of the Eagles in Twisp, and a member of the Inland Boatmen’s Union. A service for Keith was held the day after his death in Twisp.



Staci Michelle Wyman

Staci Michelle Wyman, 41, passed away at home on March 10, 2009, of complications arising from sarcoma cancer. She was born in Spokane on Dec. 14, 1967.

Staci was a resident of Queen Anne Hill since marrying Christopher N. Wyman on May 10, 2003. Staci’s greatest joy was her daughter Stephanie Margaret (Maggie) Wyman, born June 3, 2006. She is also survived by her parents Michel (Mike) R. Byram and Barbara J. Byram of Issaquah, and grandparents Fae E. Novotny of Spokane and Wilfred (Wink) R. Byram of Twisp.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Stephanie J. Byram, in June 2001.

A memorial will be held at the Clubhouse at Kelkari, 1000 Cabin Creek Lane S.W., Issaquah, at 4 p.m. Saturday (March 28).

Remembrances may be made in honor of Staci M. Wyman and Stephanie J. Byram to the Susan G. Komen Society (



Millie Alice Young

Millie Alice Young passed away Feb. 17, 2009, at Harmony House in Brewster. She was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Gordon, Neb.

Millie met her husband, Lewis, while she was one of the many female aircraft workers during the war at the Boeing Company in Seattle. They were married 30 years.

She was a hairdresser for 45 years and owned her own salon for 40 of those years in Kent, Wash. She moved to the Methow to be close to her children while she was needing family and more assistance.

Hillcrest House was her first home in Brewster, then she went to Harmony House.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E. Green, Sr., in 1980. She is survived by her children, Lewis E. Green, Jr., of Winthrop and Leslie G. Strand of Carlton; two grandchildren, Nathan B. Fosness of Seattle and Jeremiah I. Fosness of Mazama; and 13 brothers and sisters (most of whom are deceased).

Love you, Mom.



Melvin Louis Zutter

Melvin Louis Zutter, 66, of Twisp, passed away at the home of his son in East Wenatchee on April 21, 2009, surrounded by family. He was born May 13, 1942, in Okanogan, to Louis and Elaine Zutter.

Melvin grew up in Inchelium and Tonasket. His family moved to Twisp during his senior year of high school, where he graduated in 1960. He married Judy Lundgren on March 9, 1964, and they made their home in Twisp, where they have resided for the last 45 years.

Melvin worked in the logging industry, driving truck until serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1965-1967. Upon returning, Melvin, Judy and his parents owned and operated the Twisp Hi-Way Market from 1968-1978. Following the birth of their two children, Melvin and family owned and operated an excavating business. Melvin was a skilled mechanic and enjoyed working on almost anything. In his retirement, he could be seen often at E&M Automotive in Twisp, offering words of advice.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Judy, of Twisp; son Bob (Ashleigh) of East Wenatchee; daughter Cindy (Tracy) Larremore of Orting, Wash.; his mother, Elaine (Zutter) Campbell of Twisp; brother, Larry, of Rathdrum, Idaho; two nephews, Nick and Randy Zutter; and four loving granddogs. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Zutter.

A graveside service was held April 27 at Beaver Creek Cemetery. 






Richard (Andy) Paul Andersen

Richard (Andy) Paul Andersen, 73, of Shelton, was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Tacoma to Lawrence M. Andersen and Flora E. Dix. He passed away from natural causes on Sept. 5, 2008. He died peacefully in his sleep at home, with his beloved Springer spaniel, Benjamin, at his side.

Andy’s loving wife and life partner, Judy Lawrence Andersen, left this earth in February of 2003.

Andy was an only child. He is survived by daughters Lucille Abbrederis (John), Carol Silberman (Doug), and Stephanie Honeywell (Terry); son Bruce Andersen; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steve and Nancy Lawrence and their two sons.

Andy graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma. He became a semi-pro hockey player in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served in the Navy from 1958 to 1963, attending vocational school and eventually settling in Port Orchard to work as a machinist for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. He followed his dream to retire with Judy in Twisp in 1990. In 2008, he moved to Shelton to be closer to family.

Andy was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Port Orchard and Twisp, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved working with wood and leather, motorcycles, hunting, the outdoors, animals of any type and helping others. In every community he lived, he was known as a man with a big heart, a “can-do” attitude and a generous nature.

The family would like to thank the wonderful people of the Methow Valley, especially Twisp, for welcoming our parents, Judy and Andy, into your beautiful community. They chose to spend their retirement years in your area because they truly loved the countryside, small-town atmosphere and abundance of kind, well-grounded people. It’s easy to see why they were so happy living among you – you’re all truly amazing. God Bless.

Private services are planned for the family later this fall.



Glenn L. Burnside

Glenn L. Burnside died peacefully at his Nursing Care Home in Spokane on Dec. 30, 2008, just two weeks shy of his 98th birthday.  He was born Jan. 14, 1911, in Bossburg, Wash., and as a one-year-old moved with his family to the Libby Creek area near Carlton.

Glenn and Robbie were married in 1950. They moved to Wenatchee, where he built their home, raised a small apple orchard, freezing out and replanting twice in the years they lived there.

Glenn was a full-time carpenter and member of Local Union 2205. He loved baseball.  In his younger days in the Methow Valley, he was considered to be the “MVP” in the valley and beyond by his teammates and opponents alike. Other favorite activities were almost anything to do with the outdoors. He loved to camp, hunt, and fish, gather mushrooms, dig clams, dip smelt, and pick huckleberries and wild blackberries.

Glenn and Robbie never had children. Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Robbie: five brothers, Shirley, Forrest, Fay, Clark and Wade; and two sisters, Audrea and Belva.

He is survived by one sister, Evelyn (Babe) Bogan of Spokane, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Glenn had moved to Spokane in April 2002 to be near his sisters Belva and Evelyn.

A service celebrating Glenn’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 12) at Telford’s Chapel of the Valley,  711 Grant Road in East Wenatchee.



Richard B. (Dick) Clark

Richard B. (Dick) Clark, 66, passed away Nov. 9, 2008, at his home in Lewiston, Idaho.

Dick was born to Bentley and Oleta Clark on May 14, 1942. He grew up in Twisp, where he married Marianne Peters, also of Twisp, in 1959. They moved to Lewiston in 1967, where they raised three children. Dick worked for U.R.M. Stores.

In his younger days, Dick was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt, trap and fish. His love of the outdoors led him to open Clark’s Taxidermy in Lewiston. Enjoyment in his later years was brought by watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn to swim in his backyard pool.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Ricky Clark.

He is survived by his former wife and lifetime friend, Marianne Clark; two daughters and sons-in-law Terri and Chris Yochum and Cheri and Brad Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law Nick and Julie Clark; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Ned and Lois Clark; sister Betty Kennison; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his live-in caregiver of many years, Elaine Martell, and her granddaughter.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at 3833 13th Street in Lewiston.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Jackson Baldwin’s Pay It Forward Foundation, 3527 8th Street C, Lewiston, Idaho, 83501.



Nancy O. Dammann

Nancy O. Dammann, 70, of Twisp, died in Port Orchard on Sept. 18, 2008. She was born April 15, 1938, in Winnetka, Ill., to Guy and Theodora (Wagner) Osborn. She married Fred Dammann on Aug. 29, 1976. He preceded her in death in 2006

Nancy was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, sewing, canning, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, flying, scuba diving, golf and gardening. She was a member of the American Red Cross and the Twisp Valley Grange.

She is survived by her sons, David “Ralph” (Jenna) Dammann of Port Orchard, Charles (Diane) Tamblyn of Woodinville, and Chris (Melissa) Foote of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter Cynthia (Fred) Duncan of Louisville, Colo.; brother Guy (Louise) Osborn; grandchildren Erin, Jennifer, Hillary and Blake; and stepchildren, Dave and Shauna.

A memorial will be on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Twisp Valley Grange. Inurnment will be at Sullivan Cemetery in Winthrop. Donations are suggested to the American Red Cross or Twisp Valley Grange. Online memorial:



Kenneth E. Diseth

Kenneth E. Diseth, of Twisp, died at his home surrounded by his family on Nov. 28, 2008, at the age of 85. Ken was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Bainville, Mont.

Ken grew up in Montana, where he was raised on his grandfather’s ranch. In 1942, while working in the hardrock mines in Niehart, Mont., he met and married Pearl in Ft. Benton. They were married 66 years.

Moving to the Seattle area in 1943, Ken worked for the Seattle Transit System as a mechanic. They first visited the Methow Valley in 1949. They would come back most every year after that for vacations, and Ken began spending his time off packing in the hills for packers like Walt Bortz, Wayne Luft and Claude Miller. That led him into working with the Methow Valley Horsemens to start the local rodeo in 1971.

In 1975, Ken retired from the Transit and with his wife purchased North Cascade Auto Parts in Twisp. They operated that business until finally retiring in 1988.

Ken filled the remainder of his time over the years building two new homes and many remodels, along with numerous woodworking projects.

Ken is survived by his wife, Pearl; son Richard; daughters-in-law Linda and Norma; granddaughters Lauren and Renee; sisters Usona Larsen, Carol Higbea; and brother Rodney Diseth. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Robert, and sons Ronald and Garald.

Services will be held at Community Covenant Church in Twisp on Saturday (Dec. 6) at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methow Valley Horsemens, P.O. Box 395, Winthrop, WA 98862, or Aero Methow Rescue Service, P.O. Box 66, Twisp, WA 98856.



Carlotta Marucia Francisco

Carlotta Marucia Francisco passed away Dec. 28, 2008, in Mt. Vernon. She was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Juneau, Alaska, daughter of Nicholas Kupoff and Emaline Torgerson, and stepdaughter of Charles Patton. She grew up in Fairbanks, and graduated from Fairbanks High School.

In September 1960, she moved to Palmdale, Calif., where she worked as a newspaper distributor for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and was manager of B-Dalton bookstores. She moved to Seattle in 1988, and then moved to the Methow Valley in October 1990. She was an alfalfa farmer the 14 years she lived there, in addition to working as an information receptionist for the Forest Service. She moved to Mt. Vernon July 1994, and transferred to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie district office of the Forest Service.

She enjoyed reading, anything to do with the Iditarod, listening to music, playing the piano, going to the theater, watching television, going to the movies, gardening, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and visiting with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Nick Francisco of Littleton, Colo., Julie Bodeau of Spokane, April Sudol of Henderson, Nev., and Rebecca Francisco of Deming, Wash.; cousins Joan Melcher, Virginia Dayrel and Diane Peters; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon on Jan. 3.



Steve Alan Gardner

Steve Alan Gardner, 57, passed away on Dec. 14, 2008, at his home in Omak. Steve was born in Seattle on Dec. 10, 1951. He moved with his family to Winthrop in 1956.

Steve attended school in Winthrop, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated in 1970. He married Nancy Davis on Aug. 25, 1973, in Okanogan.

Steve worked for various logging companies, owned and operated Steve’s Texaco in Okanogan, and started Gardner Trucking, later partnering with Whitley Fuel.

Steve belonged to the Okanogan Eagles, Omak Elks, Cattlemen’s Association and the Methow Valley Horsemen.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Alan Gardner, and his brother Scott. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Omak; daughter Shyla of Omak; son Shad (and Bree) along with grandsons Carson and Drew of Sacramento; his mother Bonnie Gardner (and Larry) of Winthrop; three brothers, Duane (and Kathy) of Tonasket, Dennis (and Susie) of Winthrop, and Rod of Twisp; and two sisters, Janet (and Jim) Bretz of Tonasket and Lynn (and Rick) Northcott of Winthrop. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Juanita Davis; sister-in-law Terri Robbins, both of Omak; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A brief graveside service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery on Saturday (Dec. 20) at 11 a.m., followed by a memorial gathering at the Okanogan Eagles. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.



Lyle Lea “Jack” Heath

Lyle Lea “Jack” Heath, 84, of Methow, won his victory over Alzheimer’s when he passed from the loving arms of his family into the waiting arms of his Lord and Savior on Nov. 24, 2008. The disease may have taken his memory, but it never took his kindness, gentleness, or dignity.

Jack was born in Leavenworth on Feb. 19, 1924, to Willis and Ella (Cumbo) Heath. The family lived in the Twisp River area, where Jack graduated from Twisp High School in 1943. Right after graduating, he went into the U.S. Army, and took part in the Normandy invasion, landing at Utah Beach. After the war, Jack attended one year at the University of Idaho, as well as radio school in Spokane. Additionally, he spent some time working at the Holden Mine in Lucerne.

In April 1952, Jack began working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station in Keyport, Wash., as a radio mechanic. In 1974, he was promoted to the position of electronic systems inspector.

On Oct. 8, 1955, Jack married Mary Dunbar of Methow. They made their home in Kitsap County until he retired from civil service in 1980, after which they came back to live in Methow.

Jack always enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, first with his father and brothers, and then camping and fishing with his children and grandchildren. Whether he was doing yard work or cutting firewood, if he was outside, he was happy.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and by four brothers: Gail, Howard, Vernon and Rodney.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Methow; daughter Marilyn (Brian) Bellamy of Methow; son Craig (Lisa) Heath of Port Angeles; grandchildren Joshua Johanson, Heather (Bobby) Brooks, Jessica Heath and Rachel Heath; great-granddaughter Erin Knight; brothers Carl (DiAnn) Heath of East Wenatchee and Doug (Sharon) Heath of Nampa, Idaho; sisters Alta (LaVern) Conner of Quincy, Doris Schaadt of Santa Clara, Calif., and Roberta (Mike) Larson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dad was a shining example to us in many ways, clear up to the end. He lived a quiet life, helping others without the need for recognition. He always had a quick smile and a kind word. As hard as it was to let go of him, we knew it was his time, and now he has perfect peace and clarity.

A memorial service will be held in April 2009. The time and place will be published at a later date.



Raymond P. Hobbs

Raymond P. Hobbs of Twisp passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 9, 2008, one day before his 73rd birthday. He was born Sept 10, 1935, in Michigan, to Lucinda Ruth Williams and Joseph Hobbs.

He attended Redmond High School. He enlisted in the Marines at age 15, spending his 16th birthday overseas. He fought in Korea and was stationed in Japan for nine months. He married Delores “De” Hobbs Dec. 1, 1956.

He worked for the City of Bellevue and did auto body work, some through King’s Tires. He was a member of the Twisp Eagles. He loved motorcycles, riding with friends, dancing with De, gathering with all his friends, hearing a good joke, having a cup of coffee at the Branding Iron, visiting The Cove, and giving scooter rides to his grandchildren

He is survived by his children, Dixie Mangler of Alaska, Roxanne Meeks of Twisp, Raymond Hobbs of Omak, Mike Hobbs of Deer Park, Danny Hobbs of Alaska and Twisp, Dolly Cannon of Twisp, Jack Ellis of Kent, and Dave Reynolds of Alaska; his brothers Joe, Richard, Bob and Art; and his sister Alice.

He was foster father to many more and a friend to everyone he met. He also leaves numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife De; daughter Raetta; brother Don; and his sister Goldie.

Remembrances may be made to the Cove Food Bank.

A potluck to celebrate Ray’s life will be held on Saturday (Sept.) 27 at the Twisp Legion Hall at noon.

There will be a memorial at the Beaver Creek Campground following lunch. Call Reneé at 997-3701 for directions to the campground.



Rhoda Lee Hutson

Rhoda Hutson, 98, passed away at Rose Gardens in Omak with family and special friends by her side on her birthday, Sept. 28, 2008. She was born Sept. 28, 1910, in Jefferson City, Mo., to Tom and Birdie May Borden.

Rhoda met her husband, Hugh, on property above Methow, where both families lived at the time. They fell in love, were married and started a family. For their two boys and two girls it was the best childhood ever.

Rhoda lived in Twisp for 69 years. She worked for a short time in a restaurant and wrapped butter in the creamery, where, it was said, she was “the fastest wrapper ever.” For most of her life she was a homemaker.

Visits from family and friends gave her so much pleasure, even if only for a few minutes at a time.

She loved children, cooking, and flowers, and she always wanted to feed her visitors. She was a caregiver at heart and helped her neighbors at Twisp Garden Apartments so much.

Birthdays were her joy, and she wanted her picture taken at each one. She also loved shopping and passed that love down to her daughters and many of her grandchildren. She had 15 grandchildren and many great and great-great ones, also. She loved them and they loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, daughter Jeanne Bergenholtz, grandsons Pernell Bergenholtz, and baby Kevin Miller.

She is survived by her sons Jim (Jane) and Don (Pat) of Twisp; daughter Doris (Tom) Farrow of Twisp; brother Ray Borden of Maple Valley; sister Elsie Miles of Carson City; 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A “Happy Birthday” celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Methow Valley Senior Center in Twisp. Family and friends are all invited.



James Raymond Iddings

James “Jimmy” Raymond Iddings, 77, of Winthrop, died Sept. 4, 2008. He was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Auburn, Wash. He played football and basketball and was the state champion in the high hurdles at Kent Meridian High School, where he graduated in 1950.

He had an athletic scholarship to the University of Washington and was an Olympic hopeful for track. However, school was not the right path for Jimmy, and he soon joined his brother in business, forming a successful company still being run by his son Randy today. For over 20 years, he was a member of a barbershop quartet called the Ford Do Matics and together they sang all over the United States, as well as performing overseas for the US troops on a USO Tour.

He spent the last 15 years in Winthrop, enjoying the community, his many new friends and puttering on his farm. A great source of pride was his wheel line, which he put together himself; he enjoyed seeing the water pumping out of it and growing this first year’s crop.

Jimmy radiated happiness all of his life and we will all miss him immensely. He was the funniest man on earth and made everyone feel welcome and lucky to have known him. He lit up a room with his humor, his love of people and his positive attitude. He loved his family and friends deeply.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Colson Iddings; his son, Randy Iddings; daughter, Ronanne Riley and son-in-law Jack Riley. He was very proud of his four grandchildren: James Ryan Iddings, Erin Marie Iddings, John Jackson Riley, and James Raymond Riley. His dog Stuey is wondering where he is.

There will be two celebrations of Jim’s life: Friday (Sept. 19) at the Winthrop Barn at 2 p.m. and the following Friday, Sept. 26, from 1-5 p.m. at the Inn at Gig Harbor.



George William Kansky

George W. Kansky, 93, of Langley, Wash., passed away Sept. 14, 2008, at 6:30 a.m. in the loving arms of his family, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s.

He was a proud native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, born Dec. 6, 1914. He graduated from Grant High School in 1933 and Iowa State University in 1939 with a BS in forestry. He received his MS in Range Ecology in 1940. His MS research for his thesis was done in the state he loved, Oregon.

George grew to love the mountains, trees, and rangelands of Oregon so much that after college he worked at part-time jobs with the U. S. Forest Service and Weyerhaeuser Timber Company while he applied for a permanent position with the Forest Service in Oregon.

Meanwhile he was drafted for a year’s service in the Army that was extended to four-plus years serving with the 29th Engineers Topographic Battalion, later as sergeant of the 2766th Engineers Topographic mapping company, as cartographer and multiplex control extender, mapping the Pacific Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Truk, Halmakera, New Guinea, Formosa and all of the Aleutian Islands. His final days in the military were carried out in Manila.

After returning from the Philippines in 1946 he returned to the love of his life, Helen whom he had married Sept. 11, 1943. George, with Helen by his side, would begin his 30-year career with the U.S. Forest Service. He was a ranger based out of Twisp in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and eventually worked in the forests of his beloved Oregon, where he also instilled the love of the outdoors to his son Brian. Both were happiest in the wilderness of Oregon whether working, camping, fishing, or hiking.

George is survived by his brother, Leo Kansky, his son Brian, daughter-in-law Kathy, grandchildren Jerry and Stephanie. His loving wife, Helen, preceded him in death in March 2001 in Portland.

His “million-dollar smile” and his gentle, loving spirit will be missed by all, but we know we’ll see him again in heaven someday.

A memorial service was held Sept. 27, 2008, in Langley.

For anyone wishing to make a contribution in George’s memory, the family suggests donations be made to the South Whidbey-Bayview Senior Center, Time Together Program, 14594 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260.



LeRoy B. Lange

LeRoy B. Lange, 64, of Methow, went to the Lord tragically on Sept. 2, 2008. He was born March 30, 1944, in Hobbs, New Mexico.

He is survived by his mother Cecelia J. Lange, wife Carla, son Nick, daughter-in-law Melissa, brother Jerome (Susan), brother-in-law Don (Linda) Hayes, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. His father Henry J. Lange preceded him in death.

LeRoy loved God, his family, friends and his two dogs and cat. He served as an altar boy in his younger years. LeRoy was a jack-of-all trades and had a strong desire to tinker with anything mechanical. He worked on the Minute Man missile at Boeing, and moved on to rebar detailing at NW Rolling Mills. He also worked for many years as a deck hand and skipper on the Whatcom Chief Ferry.

He had a great sense of humor, always playing jokes and tricks just to get a little laugh. His smile, laughter, and loving nature will be deeply missed.

A funeral mass was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Churchin Mt. Vernon on Sept. 5.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or your favorite charity, or pass on a random act of kindness. Please share your thoughts of LeRoy and sign the online guest register at



John Larsen

John Larsen, 45, of Mazama was a determined fighter who never gave up. John lost his last battle with cancer this summer, and died on Aug. 28, 2008, at home with his family.

John was born in Seattle on Feb. 28, 1963, the eldest of two sons, to Vickie Lee (Johnson) and Leon Dennis Larsen. For most of his childhood, he lived in Seattle, where he enjoyed fishing with his dad and brother and spending time with his cousins.

John was a self-made man whose successes came despite never having finished high school. After receiving his GED, he worked several restaurant jobs before getting a job with a janitorial supply company. After teaching himself computer programming, he developed an accounting software system, which was his first step down the path of software development and entrepreneurship.

While working for an aerial photography company, he met and fell in love with Michelle Denise (O’Neil). They married in March of 1989. That year, their first son, Max, was born, and John started his own accounting software business. In August of 1993, they gave birth to their daughter, Denise, and in 1998, after moving back to Washington from Lake Tahoe, they were blessed with their youngest son, Marty.

John and his partners sold their business in 1999, and John tried to retire but only lasted a few months before creating HomeMovie.Com, a video-to-DVD transfer business. During this time, the family lived in Woodinville.

John’s love of hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing had drawn him all his life to places like the Methow Valley, and after briefly visiting over a weekend in 2001, he and his family had found a new place to call home.

John was passionate in all things: in his love of his family and friends, his generosity, his leadership at work, his work ethic, and his boundless optimism, which kept him fighting until the end. John was a modern-day pioneer who took chances and inspired others. In 2006, John and his wife Michelle donated a 14-acre park to the County of Okanogan and had it dedicated to the Methow Tribe.

John loved his wife, spending time with his family, kayaking rivers like the Nahatlatch and the north fork of the Skykomish with his son Max, listening to his daughter Denise play music, debating controversial issues with anyone who was up for it, swimming with his son Marty, and living in this beautiful paradise.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Vickie. He is survived by his wife Michelle, his two sons Marty and Max, his daughter Denise, his dad Leon, his brother Brett and Brett’s wife Lisa, his niece Savanna, nephews Zack and Russell, and many other family members and friends whose lives were touched by him.

A gathering celebrating John’s life will be held on Oct. 11, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Larsen home in Mazama. Friends and family are welcome to come and participate in the commemoration of his adventures and journeys.



Mildred R. Marcuson

Mildred R. Marcuson, 85, of East Wenatchee, died Dec. 21, 2008.

She is survived by her son, Mike Marcuson of Canada; daughters Marquita Hopper of Leavenworth and Marvel Marcuson of East Wenatchee; three sisters, Helen Darwood of Twisp and Tootie and Teeney of California; and her brother Donald Knowles of Renton.

Mildred worked packing apples at warehouses in Pateros and Chelan for 45 years. She was once a rodeo queen at the Lake Chelan Rodeo. She lived in East Wenatchee for the past 12 years.

Services will be held in the spring.



Diane Sue Matteson

Diane Sue Matteson, 44, of Winthrop, passed away at her home on Dec. 28, 2008. She was born Jan. 6, 1963, in Wichita, Kan., to Bobbie Branch and the late William Andrew Ward. She was raised in Everett, where she attended and graduated from Cascade High School.

Diane always enjoyed people. Her skills, coupled with her dedication, were the driving force in the jobs she held, beginning with a leadership position at Jansport Trade Products and eventually starting her own business, Diane’s Day Care. Afterwards, she became a full-time mother and wife, devoting every moment to raising her kids and being with the family. Eventually, she used her entrepreneur skills as she opened and managed Hotel Sateekhwa, a family-owned hotel located in downtown Winthrop.

Diane met and instantly fell in love with Bart Matteson while living in Marysville. Soon after meeting in 1993, they were married in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, then moved to the Methow Valley to raise their children.

Diane loved every aspect of family. Whether they were hiking, fishing, cooking dinners or attending family functions, these were the moments she treasured most.

Diane had a contagious laughter and brought a special energy with her wherever she was.

Diane is survived by her husband, Bart James; their two children, Bart James Jr. (12) and Ruthann Michelle (7); her son, William Allen Hanning; her eldest daughter, Maryann Wells and Maryann’s children (Diane’s grandchildren), Hannah and Andrew; her brother, Cliff Ward and his family of LaConner; her mother, Bobbie Branch of Efala, Okla.; her father- and mother-in-law, James I. and Kay J. Matteson; and her sister-in-law, Gena and husband Dwayne Garner along with their daughter, Kayla.

Please join family and friends at the Calvary Chapel of the Methow Valley on Saturday, (Jan. 17) at 1p.m. for services and a celebration of Diane’s life.

If you wish to make contributions to assist the Matteson family, an account has been established at Farmers State Bank in Winthrop.



Patricia P. (Pat) Morgan

Patricia P. (Pat) Morgan, 72, of Winthrop, passed away at her home on Dec. 27, 2008.

Pat was born to John and Amy Thompson of Benton City, Iowa, on Feb. 19, 1936. She moved to Winthrop in 1955, to work at the family gas station.

Pat married William R. Morgan on June 10, 1956. They made their home in Winthrop. Pat loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandsons. She was a self-taught quilter. Many family and friends enjoy and treasure her quilts.

Pat is survived by her husband, Bill; one daughter, Connie Sonnichsen and her husband Howard of Twisp; two sons, Dave Morgan of Hamilton, Wash., and Steve Morgan and his wife Cheryl of Kenai, Alaska; three grandsons: Peter, Daniel, and James; two sisters and three brothers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, two sisters and one son, Don.

A memorial service will be held for Pat at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church on Saturday (Jan. 3) at 1 p.m. A potluck dinner at the church will follow a family-only interment at Sullivan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Aero Methow Rescue Service or the charity of your choice is appreciated.



Timothy Morgan Otonicar

Morgan Otonicar, 26, of San Francisco, passed away unexpectedly in Seattle Nov. 7, 2008, surrounded and cared for by his loved ones. Morgan was born in Seattle to Tim Otonicar of Winthrop and Kathy Drake of Seattle on Sept 15, 1982.

Morgan was the brother of Stella and Sam Otonicar of Winthrop. He was deeply in love with his girlfriend, Ashley Morris of Seattle. He was considered a brother and friend to many on both the East and West Coasts.

Morgan loved art and music. He was considered one of the most influential graffiti artists of the last decade, well known as “Kerse” and had just embarked on a new path of filmmaking.

Morgan’s spirit and life live on in our hearts and in his gift as an organ donor.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday (Nov 15) at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home in Seattle.



Helen Irene Parsons

Helen Irene Parsons, 86, of Bellingham, passed away Sept. 1, 2008, at Bellingham Hospital. She was born March 11, 1922, in Hanna, Wyo., the second of five children of Conrad and Bessie Rust. Bessie died in 1933 and Conrad died in 1940.

Helen met and married Elmer Parsons in 1939. Elmer died in 1992 after 53 years of marriage.

The Parsons family spent many years traveling to the Methow Valley for vacations and to visit many friends. Elmer and Helen moved to their place on the Loup Loup Highway in 1973. In 1981, they moved into Twisp, across from the bowling alley, so they could travel south in the winter. Both were involved in the Methow Valley Senior Citizens Center and attended many square dances around the Northwest.

As Elmer’s Alzheimer’s worsened, they moved to Seattle in 1991. After Elmer died, Helen moved to Greenwood District and then to an assisted living residence in Mountlake Terrace.

In 2005, Helen moved to Woodway Retirement Inn in Bellingham to be near her daughter.

Helen is survived by her daughter Terry and Dard Price of Blaine; and her son Ken and Joanne Parsons of La Grande, Ore. Helen had nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Elmer and Helen loved their time in the Methow Valley and their many friends.



Irene “Rene” Perrow

Irene “Rene” Perrow, 88, a longtime Winthrop resident, passed away peacefully Nov. 4, 2008, at Jamie’s Place in Winthrop, where she resided the last few years.

She was born Feb. 6, 1920, to George and Agnes Campbell at her aunt and uncle’s home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Rene joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in 1942 during World War II. She attained the rank of sergeant. She served in both Alberta and Ontario, and was a member of the Canadian and American Legions.

Rene came to this country in the early 1950s, working secretarial positions in California and Seattle, where she met and married Elvin “Al” Perrow in 1956. The couple lived in Issaquah, then moved to Winthrop in the early 1970s.

Rene lived a long and productive life filled with family and friends. She was active in community activities, including the American Legion and TOPS. She worked alongside her husband developing real estate in the Methow Valley.

Rene was an avid reader and enjoyed painting, knitting and fishing. She was especially fond of Wolf Creek, where the family home is located.

Rene is survived by her son Jim (Sonia) of Winthrop; daughter Val Varney of Seattle; stepson Ron (Crystal) of Winthrop; and grandchildren, Ashley of Wenatchee, Mathew of Winthrop, Vicki Buzzard of Twisp, and Jennifer Thorning of Shoreline; and one great-grandson, Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Elvin.

At her request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jamie’s Place, P.O. Box 1260, Winthrop, WA 98862 in her name, for their wonderful care of Rene.



Stanley Ray Peterson

Stan Peterson, 78, of Winthrop, passed away Aug. 30, 2008. Stan was born in Everett, Wash., on March 18, 1930. He was the son of Irene and Lewis Peterson.

He graduated from Everett High School and UCLA. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Stan began a 25-year career in aerospace engineering, including a position as chief test engineer for the first geosynchronous communications satellite. When he retired from Boeing, he moved to Winthrop to be closer to the mountains he loved.

Stan was a ranger in the Pasayten Wilderness for five seasons, served as mayor of Winthrop (’89-’92), and was an active member of the Methow Valley community.

Stan enjoyed exploring the globe with his wife Susan, and provided wonderful opportunities for multi-generational family memories in Chelan and Hawaii. Throughout his life, Stan loved spending every moment enjoying the outdoors: climbing and leading climbs on the major peaks of Washington state, sailing, cross country skiing, fishing trips with friends, and photography.

He is survived by his wife Susan; daughters Lisa Johnson (Jack) of Arlington and Lori Rutledge (Bret) of Enumclaw; son Eric Peterson (Beckie) of Edmonds; brother Rod Peterson (Wanita) of Twisp; and six grandchildren: Adam, Andrew, Jennifer, Brandon, Ryan and Katrina.

A celebration of Stanley’s life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop. At his request, ice cream will be served!

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Aero Methow Rescue Service (where he served on the board) or the Methow Valley Education Foundation.



Les Byron Phillips

Les Phillips, 86, of Great Falls, Mont., left us for a better place on Sept. 28, 2008. Les was a long-time resident of the Methow Valley and was preceded in death by his wife, Mertice Phillips.

Les was born in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 6, 1921, to Leslie and Ida Phillips. He attended college at the University of Oregon, where he was Oregon AAU State Wrestling Champion in 1941. He was a signal man with the Navy during World War II and served in the Korean conflict with the Merchant Marines.

Les loved the outdoors and fly fishing. He was a great storyteller and wrote a column for the Methow Valley News called “More of Les.” Prior to that, Les was self-employed as a sign painter and worked for the King County traffic department. After retiring from King County he moved to the Methow Valley, where he worked in the orchards for a few years before retiring for good.

Les is survived by his daughters Patricia (Terry) Anderson of Tacoma, Micheline (Mark) Campbell of Belt, Mont., and his son, Byron (Debbie) Phillips of Wenatchee.



Lula Opal Platz

Lula Opal Platz, 93, of East Wenatchee, passed away Dec. 14, 2008, of natural causes.

Lula was born Oct. 7, 1915, in Coulee City to Chauncey and Cora Wagoner, and was one of 10 siblings. She attended Peshastin High School before marrying Edgar Platz in 1935. They lived in the Methow Valley during the 1960s and the 1980s. She was devoted to her children and family, and enjoyed cooking, cards, collecting, children, RV camping, and salmon fishing off the Washington coast. She was a member of the Virginia Griffith Orthopaedic Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar; her children, Gerald Platz, Terry Duran, and Marilyn Smith; her brothers, Harold, Louis and Charles Wagoner; and her sisters, Blanche Fahey, Mable Howden, and Helen Eiffert.

Survivors include her brothers Warren Wagoner of Spokane and William Wagoner of Pateros; her sister Juanita Gillem of East Wenatchee; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Highline Care Centers, Residence Council, 609 Highline Drive, East Wenatchee, WA 98802.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.



Melvin E. “Fizz” Risley

Melvin E. “Fizz” Risley passed away peacefully Oct. 27, 2008, in his home, sitting in his favorite chair. Melvin was 87 years old. He was born Oct. 4, 1921, in a building now owned by Mary Madison in the Painters Addition area of Twisp, making him a “native” born resident of the town of Twisp.

He was a graduate of Twisp High School, class of 1940. He worked a variety of jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 83rd Infantry division, combat engineers and was involved in several European theaters of operation. He landed on Normandy at D+3 and was a double Purple Heart recipient, Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, and a Good Conduct Medal and Expert Marksman M-1 Rifle. He was honorably discharged from service on 22 Dec., 1945.

He was employed by Boeing and the Washington State Highways for a short time before coming back to Twisp and working at the Twisp Saw Mill under several owners until the mill closed its doors.

The Risley name has been a part of the history of the Methow Valley for many generations and was part of the early pioneer families. Melvin is survived by one sister, Mildred Hardy, who lives in Montana; a niece, Shannon Hardy of East Wenatchee; a nephew, Rob Risley of Twisp; a niece, Chere Lorenzen of Marysville; two stepsons, Charles Sommerville of Twisp and James Somerville who travels abroad. Melvin was preceded in death by his father and mother Clyde and Pearl Risley; his two brothers Gordon and Graydon Risley; and his wife, Geraldine K. Risley.

In earlier years, Melvin enjoyed snowmobiling, boating at Pearrygin with friends and traveling. Later years he spent many hours watching his favorite RFD station, “Big Joe’s Polka.” A big bowl of ice cream completed his evening.

One thing that no one can argue is that with Fizz you always knew where you stood, and if you didn’t, he’d refresh your memory real quick. He loved his dogs, politics and a good argument.

There will be a potluck celebration of his life on Sunday (Nov. 9) from 2-5 p.m. at the Twisp Senior Center. All are welcome. Any questions, please feel free to call Mark or Leone at 997-7777.

Donations may be made to Aero Methow Rescue Service.



Shirley Mantei Schade

Shirley Mantei Schade

Shirley Mantei Schade

Shirley Mantei Schade, lifetime resident of the Methow Valley, passed away Oct. 8, 2008, at the age of 75.

Shirley Anne was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Wenatchee to  Jacob and Agnes Ray Mantei. They lived in the Spring Coulee area near Chelan, where she started first grade. The family moved to the Methow Valley in March 1939, and she attended school at Carlton. The following year, she attended school in Twisp. The family never lived more than three years in the same house, but always remained in the Methow Valley.

Shirley married Rudolph A Schade Jan. 6,1949, in Spokane.  They lived in the Methow Valley for 55 years and she was proud of living at the foot of McClure Mountain for most of her life.

She joined 4-H at the age of 10, taking the sewing classes which began her lifetime of sewing skills. She enjoyed the challenges of sewing anything from wedding gowns to a large camping tent. Later she sewed quilts to keep up the Sewing Challenge and was a charter member of a group of quilters that met once a week at the Methow Valley Community Center.

Shirley worked sorting apples, sewing for clients, and in Home Health for Chore Services and for family friends. She served as a Campfire leader, took oil painting classes, and loved gardening and nature. For many years she was very active in Grange as home ec chairman. She worked with the Twisp School Alumni Association on each reunion. She had a great interest in researching and writing articles for Okanogan County Historical Society, including articles about the lack of iodine in the Methow Valley soil and the history of the beginning of the town of Carlton. Later, she was active with the Senior Center and served in several offices, including president.

She enjoyed giving and sharing. She knitted mittens for children, ear warmers for grandkids and sewed lap robes and other needed items for veterans. She could tell you a recipe or give instructions for canning without even referring to a cookbook. Her motto was “to make the best you have, better” and to share and help all you can.

Shirley is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Rudolph; her children Rudolph E. Schade, Barbara Cawood, Diane Groat, John Schade, Kenneth Schade, and Glenn Schade; 13 siblings, Thelma, Louise, Jacky, Dale, Pegi, Geri, Jim, Mickey, Bob, Olga, Sheena, Jolene and Giles, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty.

Funeral services will be Saturday (Oct 18) at 1 p.m. at Precht’s Methow Valley Chapel in Twisp.  Interment will follow at Beaver Creek Cemetery. The family requests donation in lieu of flowers to either the Methow Valley Community Center or Winthrop’s Shafer Museum in Shirley’s name.



Marilyn Kay Smith

Marilyn Kay Smith, 69, of East Wenatchee, passed away peacefully Nov. 22, 2008, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

Marilyn was born March 29, 1939, in Leavenworth, one of three children born to Edgar E. and Lula O. Platz. She spent her preschool years in Peshastin, then moved to Sunnyslope, Ariz., with her family.

Marilyn married Dennis E. Dilday Sr. in 1955, then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In 1960, Dennis and Marilyn moved to Twisp with their three children. They divorced in 1961. In 1963, she married Robert Smith and had two children.

Marilyn was well known for her hard work and customer service as a waitress and bartender for different establishments in the Methow Valley. She divorced in 1984, then moved to Spokane, where she worked hard to get her GED. She enjoyed her job and being close to her daughter and son there.

In 1986, Marilyn moved to Mt. Vernon to live with her daughter and family. She worked in retail department stores while helping to raise three of her grandchildren until moving to East Wenatchee to help her aging parents. Marilyn always loved the large family she was part of, the family she made and the friends that surrounded her.

Marilyn enjoyed her crafts; she loved to cook, sing and dance. She decorated cakes for all occasions, she crocheted and always had her house decorated for the seasons. She took great pleasure in teaching her children and grandchildren her many talents. She always had time to sing and keep a dance in her step.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Edgar Platz; sister Terry Duran and brother Gerald Platz. She is survived by her mother, Lula Platz; five children: Dr. Dennis Dilday, Jr. (Helen), Patricia Hirst (Dan), Natalie Morrell (Philip), Valerie Deckert (Tom) and Samuel Smith (Luressa); her 12 grandchildren: DJ, Mike, Jennifer, Shanoaha, Philip, Thomas, Megan, Preston, TJ, Garrett, Samantha and Hayden; one great-grandchild, Kaylynn; and many more family and friends who shared her life.

At Marilyn’s request, there will be no services.



John D. Watson

John D. Watson, 79, of East Wenatchee, passed away in East Wenatchee Nov. 28, 2008.

He was born in Winthrop to Mary (Nelson) and Francis Watson. He grew up in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School. During summer vacations and following high school he worked in the apple orchards in Pateros. He went on to work for the game department. He then took over caring for his mother’s farm, while helping build a service station in Winthrop. In 1951, he went to work for Wagner’s Mill, which was bought out by Crown Zellerbach. In 1972, he was promoted to foreman. In 1977, he received another promotion to manage the Lincoln branch, and then again in 1982, to manage the Omak branch, which he retired from in 1986. On May 16, 1968, he married the love of his life, (Sarah) “Ruth.” They had a marriage that most of us only dream of. Through their spectacular years together, they enjoyed bowling, boating, fishing and their annual trip to Reno. He had the most outrageous, wonderful sense of humor. We will deeply miss our beloved “Papa John.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Francis, Robert and Eugene; and grandson, Christopher. He is survived by his wife, (Sarah) “Ruth”; three sons, Spence (Eve) of the Philippines, Mark (Jean) and Dirk (Cindy), of Omak; three daughters, Jane Imes of Spokane, Pat (Claude) Miller of Winthrop and Terry Lowrance of Buckley, Wash.; numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date.



Marjory Lydia Olson White

Marjory Lydia Olson White, 92, long-time resident of Winthrop, died Oct. 14, 2008, after a brief illness. She was born in Newman Grove, Neb., on June 13, 1916, to John V. and Lillie M. Olson, who were both born of immigrant parents from Sweden.

After their bank, the Farmers State Bank, became insolvent in 1929, the J.V. Olson family moved west, where Marjory attended high schools in Boise, Idaho, and Berkeley, Calif. They returned to Nebraska, where she graduated with her hometown class in 1933. After two years of high school postgraduate classes, and with help from Franklin Roosevelt’s National Youth Administration program, she attended college at Hutchinson, Kan., and Wayne, Ind. In 1939, she received a B.A. from Northwest Nazarene College at Nampa, Idaho. Her fifth year was completed in journalism at the University of Oregon, Eugene.

Marjory’s 26 years of teaching began in three small schools in Nebraska. She taught journalism, English, drama, speech and French in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including Winthrop. After the opening of the North Cascades Highway in 1973, Marjory started the Peacock Gallery, where she sold Lee Mann’s photography. From 1981 to 1986, she was the Winthrop librarian.

Marjory was a charter member of the Methow Valley branch of the A.A.U.W., and worked many years on behalf of the Shafer Museum and the Okanogan Historical Society. She especially enjoyed the Women’s Book Club she co-founded 26 years ago and the writing group she guided at the Senior Center.

In 1950, at Wenatchee Ohme Gardens, Marjory married Kenneth White of Winthrop. They built their home by Bear Creek, landscaping it with trees and a pond, and made a home for several peafowl and waterfowl. Following 28 years of marriage, they were divorced and then they re-married in 1992. Kenneth died a few months later, on June 9.

Also preceding Marjory in death were her parents and her two brothers, Alan and Vernon. Survivors include her brother-in-law Donald White, Winthrop; niece Ruth Schmidt Morrison, Meridian, Idaho; and nephews Alan Olson II, Vancouver, Wash., and John Olson, St. Maries, Idaho.

Friends are invited to gather at Marjory’s “old home” on Bean Road near Winthrop (where Dave and Marilyn Sabold live) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Room One, 315 Lincoln St., Twisp, WA 98856.