Obituaries for January 2013

Obituary

Rebecca Carol Morris

Washougal, Wash.

Rebecca (Becky) Carol Morris, 33, passed away Dec. 30, 2012, at her home in Washougal, Wash., after a short but courageous battle with metastatic melanoma. She was born on Dec. 29, 1979, in Owatonna, Minn., to John and Gayle (Baker) ...

Jeanette Brantner Walker

Omak, Wash.

Jeanette Brantner Walker, 88, died Dec. 27, 2012, at Mid-Valley Hospital of heart failure. She went to her Lord quickly and peacefully surrounded by her two daughters, Reta and Nancy, and her beloved grandchildren, Chris and Jennifer. She was a ...

David C. VanLiew

David C. VanLiew, 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior Dec. 30, 2012. David was born March 14, 1923 in Okanogan, Wash., and lived in Okanogan until moving to East Wenatchee last year. He was a proud graduate ...

Raymond Elmer Colbert

Oroville, Wash.

Raymond Elmer Colbert, a life-long orchardist and community volunteer, passed away peacefully at his home on Boundary Lane in Oroville, Wash. on Jan. 1, 2013. Ray was born in Tonasket on Dec. 19, 1932, to Esther Owens Colbert and John ...

Sheri Lynn Browning Neal

Sheri Lynn Browning Neal, 49, loving wife, mother and daughter, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Sheri was born Aug. 30, 1963, in Tonasket, Wash. Sheri is survived by her husand, Michael Neal; son, Chad Neal; daughter, Alyson ...

Kendell Eugene Brown

Kendell Eugene Brown died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, of cancer at his home in Omak, Wash. He was born May 11, 1937, in Omak, Wash. He grew up and attended school in Omak until moving to Langley where he finished ...

Sandra Ann Pentz Thomas

Omak, Wash.

Sandra (Sandy) Ann Pentz (Thomas) was born July 20, 1938 to Claire and Mildred Pentz (Shumway) in Omak, Wash. and went to be with her Savior unexpectedly on Jan. 12, 2013. She was an only child and graduated from Omak ...

John Joseph O'Brien

Renton, Wash.

John Joseph O’Brien, 86, passed away Jan. 6, 2013, in Renton, Wash. He was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Republic, Wash. to Dean and Ruby O’Brien. John’s early years were spent in Republic, but moved to Omak as a preteen. ...

Arthur Cecil Darwood

Aug. 12, 1927-Dec. 31, 2012 On the eve of Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, our beloved father, Arthur Cecil ‘Bud’ Darwood, was passed from the hands of his loved ones here on earth into the arms of our Heavenly Father. (Dad ...

Lloyd H. Furman

Former Okanogan resident, Lloyd H. Furman, 79, passed away unexpectedly at home Jan. 7, 2013. He was born in Langley, Wash., on July 18, 1933, to Harry and Ruby Furman. Lloyd attended school in Langley, graduating in 1951. Lloyd became ...

Billy Ray Cunningham

Omak, Wash.

Billy Ray Cunningham, 75, Omak, died Jan. 3, 2013, at Harmony House in Brewster, Wash. He was born Oct. 18, 1937, in Tonasket Wash., to Ernest and Gwen Cunningham. He married Jerry Ross in 1959 after he got out of ...

James Martin Vess Jr.

Omak, Wash.

James Martin Vess Jr., 70, a lifelong resident of Omak, died at his home on Jan. 8, 2013. Jim was born Nov. 9, 1942, in Omak, Wash. to James Sr. and Maria Vess. After graduating high school in the valley, ...

Sharon Ann Redthunder

Nespelem, Wash.

Sharon Ann Redthunder ‘Kist,’ 67, left this earth Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, following complications of lupus, to a place free of suffering. Kist was born in the Nespelem, Wash. home of Ned Comedown Sr. and ...

Ralph W. Patterson

Oroville,Wash.

Ralph W. Patterson, of Oroville, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. As was his wish, he was at home, with his family by his side. Ralph was born to James and Williametta Patterson in Seattle on Nov. 9, 1927. He was ...

Arthur Emmanuel Westlund

Toasket, Wash.

Arthur Emmanuel Westlund, age 102, of Tonasket, died Dec. 23, 2012 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket, Wash. He was born July 17, 1910 in Anoka, Minnesota to John and Mary Westlund. Art was raised on a farm 12 ...

Ruth Umberger

Ruth Umberger went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 9, 2013, following a stroke she suffered in August 2011. Her husband of 59 years, John Umberger; her son, Wayne Umberger and his family, Char Gardner and Katlynn Umberger; ...

Woodie Wade Morris

Wenatchee, Wash.

Woodie Wade Morris passed away Jan. 14, 2013 in Moses Lake, Wash. Woodie was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Wenatchee, Wash., and raised in Winthrop, Wash., by his mother, Ruby Pemberton, along with his three sisters, Susie Huff Thompson, Lucile ...

Lois Kathleen Petersen Pires

Tuscon, Ariz.

Lois Kathleen (Petersen) Pires, 53, of Tucson, Ariz., was released from the bonds of Alzheimer’s and this earth into the arms of her Savior on Jan. 7, 2013. Lois was born March 30, 1959, in Omak, Wash. and was raised ...

James Woodson Pruitt

Tonasket, Wash.

James “Jim” Woodson Pruitt, age 91, of Tonasket, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. He was born Sept. 27, 1921 in Okalona, Mississippi to James Montgomery and Olga Reed Pruitt. He is survived by his ...

Ronald Dean Thomas Sr.

Nespelem, Wash.

Ronald Dean Thomas Sr., 53, “RT,” “Big Ron,” Sw’as’kin, passed away in Nespelem, Wash., on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Born Sept. 16, 1959, in Coulee Dam, Wash., Ron was a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. He worked for ...

Bertha Ann Mustard

Grand Coulee, Wash.

Bertha Ann Mustard, 80, passed away Jan. 24, 2013, at Coulee Community Hospital in Grand Coulee, Wash. She was in the arms of her daughter, Mary, at the time of her passing. Bertha was born to Otto Clinton Mustard and ...

William Keith Fletcher

He always called himself a side-hill gouger, fitting for a man who scraped out a living as a logger and a farmer. On Jan. 17, 2013, William Keith Fletcher passed away while snowmobiling on the back ridge of his home ...

Vivian Gill Timm

Omak, Wash.

Vivian Gill Timm, 89, passed away on Jan. 27, 2013, at Mid-Valley Hospital, Omak, Wash., surrounded by family. She was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Coulee City, Wash., to Lynch and Veda Gill. Vivian attended grade school in Wilson Creek, ...

Nicholas Streza Jr.

Kokomo, Ind.

Long-time Omak resident Nicholas Streza Jr., 81, of Kokomo, Ind., went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 20, 2013 with his loved ones by his side. Nick was the husband of his wife, Margie, ...

Irvin J. Bergenholtz

Newport, Wash.

Irvin J. “Buster” Bergenholtz, 90, of Newport, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. He had previously lived in Methow and Okanogan, where he was an orchardist and sawmill worker. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Murrah of Okanogan, Linda Galbraith of Newport, ...