Kenneth L. Kramlich born April 8, 1941, passed away July 24, 2016. He had been a resident of Chewelah for 23 years. A service for Kenneth will be held August 13, 2016, at 3 p.m. at the Chewelah American Legion.
Hazel S. LaPray was born July 29, 1924 in Springdale, WA to Joseph and Essie LaPray. She passed away days before her 92nd birthday on July 20, 2016. She was the youngest of six children. Hazel went to school in Springdale and graduated in 1942. She married Sid Loomis shortly after graduation on June 24, 1942. They lived in Clayton for several years where Sid worked at Clayton Brick Yard. They moved to Deer Park in 1952 where he worked for Deer Park Pine and later moved three miles east of Deer Park to a small farm. In 1960, they moved to Addy where they began the adventures of dairy farming. In later years, they moved to Cusick, Ione and finally Chewelah. Sid and Hazel were married 51 years before he passed away in 1993. Hazel belonged to the Addy Women’s Club for many years. She moved from Chewelah to Spokane in 2005 with her dear companion of six years, Harry Ness.
Hazel was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She stayed close to several of her childhood friends and always made new friends where ever she lived. Hazel was an excellent cook, and was especially known for her delicious fried chicken. She was a kind, loving person, and had a great sense of humor and sharp wit. Used to being the caregiver in her family, Hazel came to appreciate the caring staff of Hospice of Spokane.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Sid; brothers Al and Bill Biddinger, Jeff and Pat LaPray and sister Edith Downey. She is survived by her daughter Connie (Gordon) Jassman, Spokane; sons Mike Loomis (Tracy), Clarkston and Pat (Helen) Loomis, Arden; four grandchildren Lori (Gary) Schauer, Michelle (Dave) Read, Eric Loomis (Lynn), and Aaron (Johanna) Loomis, five great-grandchildren Rachel, Matthew, Alex, Aaron and Grant; many nieces, nephews and companion Harry Ness and his family.
A memorial service will be held July 30, 2016 at 11:30 am at the Salvation Army Chapel, 222 E. Indiana, Spokane. The family sincerely appreciates the excellent care provided by Hospice of Spokane at Hazel’s Home and at Hospice House North. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.
HAZEL S. LOOMIS
Born July 29, 1924 – died July 20, 2016
Memorial Service will be held July 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Salvation Army Chapel, 222 E. Indiana, Spokane, WA
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice House North, Spokane, WA
Matthew Davis Ausland, age 50, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in Bandon, Oregon, while on a family vacation. Matt was born on May 20, 1966 in Umatilla, Oregon to parents Craig and Sandi Ausland. He was the first of four children. From an early age Matt had an earnest desire to learn more about God and lived his life following Jesus. He was taught humility and the importance of hard work during his childhood growing up on his parents’ 42-acre farm in Chewelah, WA. These were qualities that he exemplified throughout the remainder of his life. Fishing, horseback rides, and backpacking were some of his favorite activities growing up. Matt played football and basketball in high school and it was there that he met the love of his life, cheerleader Sunni Dai Kircher. The high school sweethearts married in 1987.
In 1984, Matt began college at Eastern Washington University where he majored in History and minored in Physical Education. Matt returned to Eastern following his graduation in 1988 to earn his teaching certificate. Matt worked as a substitute teacher as well as various jobs before he was hired by Anacortes Middle School. As a teacher, Matt was encouraging to his students as well as genuinely passionate about the subjects he taught. In 1996, Matt and Sunni had their daughter Madeline and their second daughter, Cassandra, was born in 2000. After both his daughters were born, Matt continued his education to earn a Masters Degree.
Matt was known by the people around him for being kind and accepting to all he met and always willing to lend a helping hand. He had an array of interests ranging from animals to video games. Any and all history and current world news was fascinating to Matt, he could answer any question you had about anything. Matt was very sentimental and treasured his parents and siblings, consistently checking in on everyone despite the long miles that separated them all. Matt was a loving and involved father. He volunteered as a coach for all of his daughters sports growing up and attended every extracurricular event they participated in. As a husband Matt was supportive of anything Sunni put her mind to and their marriage was one of mutual respect and admiration. The faithful family dog, Cookie, had a healthy “fear” but undying love for Matt that was established after he trained her as a puppy.
Matt treasured the many lifelong friendships he made wherever he went, from church to his coworkers to his neighbors. He often organized and participated in sports pools with his friends and relatives, which he utilized as a way of keeping in touch with people. Matt was personable and approachable, always drawing in people who wanted to talk to him. Matt’s sudden death was a shock to all who knew him due to the fact that he was very disciplined in regards to exercising regularly and keeping a healthy diet. He is survived by his wife, Sunni, daughters, Madeline and Cassandra, parents, Craig and Sandi, Bandon, OR, three younger siblings and their spouses, Kirk (Kim) in John Day, OR, Meg (John) in Sumas, WA, and Bart (Melissa) in Colville, WA. Matt was blessed by numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and of course, Cookie.
George A. Pearson born June 18, 1928 in Addy, WA passed away June 26, 2016 at his home in Everett, WA. Memorial was arranged by Evergreen Funeral Home in Everett.
Harry Duffield 1945-2016
Harry Thomas Duffield was born on January 14, 1945 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He pased away of natural causes on July 6, 2016 at home in Chewelah, WA.
Harry moved from Long Branch, NJ to Seattle, WA and joined the Navy in 1963. He served in the Vietnam War where he became a prisoner of war. He was housed in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He later escaped the prison and helped seven officers escape as well. After coming home from the war, he married his first wife, Linda. She preceded him in death in the 1990s.
He met his future wife, Bonnie, in 1999. They were married Dec. 29, 2000. They were close to their 16th anniversary when Harry went to be with His Lord. Bonnie and Harry had moved to Chewelah in 2008. Harry loved fishing, “calling” Bingo and could often be seen rolling around Chewelah in his electric wheelchair. Harry was a faithful member of Faith Community Church. He will be deeply missed by Bonnie, his church family and all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Faith Community Church on July 23, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Delva Gess 1921-2016
Delva was born in the beautiful Chewelah Valley on November 16, 1921, the daughter of Nick and Veronica Delva. She grew up with three sisters and one brother. She has now gone to be with them. Delva passed from this life on July 4, 2016, peacefully in her sleep. She attended St. Mary’s in Chewelah and Catholic high school in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
After her schooling, she moved to Seattle where she worked as a secretary in the medical field. And she danced, she danced with the USO and she loved it. After WWII she moved to the Tri-Cities and worked as a medical secretary for the rest of her career. There she continued with her love of dancing by taking dance lessons of every kind and helping teach dance with her friend.
Delva married her skiing partner, Bob Gess on December 17, 1949. Bob preceded her in death on March 20, 2005. Since they had no children, they poured their love and spare time into helping raise their nieces and nephews. Together they bought them skis, boots and lift tickets in the winter. In summer, trips to lakes and the ocean. They were fun. We would wait for them to show up on the weekends, always looking up the lane to see if their car was coming. Their affection helped build the Baker family.
After retiring they moved to Chelan which was close to their favorite skiing Mission Ridge. They would ski there almost every day. Delva moved back to Chewelah after Bob’s passing and built a home at the Chewelah Golf Course, and continued her passion for skiing. She skied up to the age of 87, when a fall on the ski hill and a broken leg stopped her. Time to give up the sport she loved. No longer able to ski, she called herself a “City Girl” and moved to Spokane. She liked living in the city, she liked shopping, loved having lunch out with her friends and art galleries.
Delva was an avid knitter. She made many beautiful sweaters over the years. When they were on the road, if Bob was driving, she would be knitting slippers. Many people were gifted with “Delva slippers” and always felt special to receive them.
She was truly a unique person. She was very beautiful and always took pride in looking her best. She had style. We were always proud to be with her, to call her aunt, to call her friend. Delva made friends wherever she went, was loved by many and she will be missed. She already is.
A service will be held Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Chewelah Memorial Cemetery. She is now back in the beautiful Chewelah Valley she grew up in. After the service, a celebration of life will be held at Barbara and Bill Baker’s home.
Delva was a cat rescuer, a stray cat never crossed her path that she didn’t feed, take to the vet and find it a home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your local Humane Society.
Allen Rayford Taylor
On the early morning of Friday, June 17, 2016, complications from diabetes caused Allen Rayford Taylor’s tired heart to stop beating so he could enter eternity where he is finally free to experience perfect love, free of fear and pain.
Al was born April 5, 1950, in Sacramento, CA, to Thomas and Esther Taylor who were from Arkansas and Oklahoma respectively. By heritage he was one fourth Cherokee which he was proud to claim.
He grew up in Sacramento and enlisted in the Army his senior year of high school. After serving in Vietnam he returned to Sacramento and finished High School. That next summer, 1972, Al went to Nye Montana to work for a friend. He was working at his tiny store and café when Barb Beech came through on foot with her backpack and her big black dog. When she headed back to Minnesota, he followed her and they were married 7 months later on March 2, 1972.
Some of their adventures together included working at Tonka Toys, attending St. Paul Bible College, and serving as missionaries with the North American Indigenous Mission in British Columbia.
Al worked several jobs that gave him background and skills that eventually led up the his final and most loved job of being the Assessor of Stevens County. So often he would comment on how much he loved Stevens County and its people and how happy he was that he had the privilege of serving them.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son Alec and partner Aneka and 3 grandchildren, Salem, Rabbit and Sparrow Taylor, and his daughter Jaeli Taylor Crane and her husband Tracee Crane, his brother Thomas C Taylor Jr. and wife Erzsabet and all his wonderful nieces and nephew Tanya, Jeff, Shannon, Natalie and their children. Also included are all his wife’s family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held on July 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yep Kanum Park at the Rotary Pavilion in Colville. Please feel free to bring your lawn chairs for extra seating. Please join Al’s family for continued celebration and food afterwards at the Colville Seventh Day Adventist Church. (Because of construction, go up Hawthorne and through the Jr. High parking lot to connect into Cedar Loop.)
Bernice Shivley 1930-2016
Bernice was born May 25, 1930 in a house in Belfield, North Dakota, and died at home surrounded by family on June 14, 2016. She was the first born child of Olaf Marvin Olson and Helen Marie (Livingston) Olson, and also the first grandchild on both sides of her family.
She moved to Montana, Idaho and then Washington as a child, until her parents bought the Bluecreek Mercantile in 1947 and the family moved to Bluecreek. She helped her parents in the store, graduating from Jenkins High School in Chewelah in 1948.
She then went on to business school in Spokane graduating with a secretarial degree from Kinman Business College and started working in Spokane. She met and then married Richard Taylor in 1950, with the addition of Barbara Ann in 1952 and Linda Marie in 1954. Dick died in 1955 from heart disease, and Bernice later met and married Glen Shivley on Oct. 5, 1956. The last addition, Wanda Christine joined the family in 1958.
Bernice was a wonderful wife and mother to us all, and many of our friends. She used her business degree and worked as a book-keeper for Walla Walla Produce, Coca-Cola Bottling in Walla Walla, and as the secretary for the Mt. Scott Church of God in Portland, Ore.
She helped organize and start Noah’s Ark Day School and always loved to be around the children, volunteering at Vacation Bible School and as a Sunday school teacher. She volunteered and helped the Camp Fire Girls, was a member of the Prospect Point Homemakers Club, the Gideons Auxilliary, and a long standing member at the Blue Mt. Community Church. She was a quilter like her mother, and loved to make quilts for all members of her family plus many others who just needed a nice warm quilt.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Wanda Fleischman in 2007 and her daughter Barbara Taylor in 2011.
She is survived by all 4 of her siblings: sister – Marilyn Hastings, brothers – Ken Olson, Darrell Olson, and Roger Olson, her husband Glen, daughter Linda Harris, grandchildren – Christina Hagar, Sarahlyn Mattson, Erik Eide, Susan Eide, Maxwell Fleischman and Kenzie Fleischman, 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Memorials in her honor may be made to Blue Mt. Community Church or the Gideons International through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
A Memorial service will be June 25, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the Blue Mt. Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave, Walla Walla. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.
Kenneth Lee Benson
Kenneth Lee Benson was born on July 13, 1943 to Lloyd Marcus and Constance (Guy) Benson in Moscow, Idaho. At a young age the family moved to the Almira, Washington area. He attended school through the 8th grade before the family relocated to Coulee City. When Kenneth was 11 years old, his younger brother Robert was born. Though separated by years and at times distance, they remained close throughout their lives. Kenneth was a true big brother to Bob, taking him fishing, playing catch and to the races.
Kenneth entered the Army during the Vietnam War and was highly decorated as well as suffering disabling injuries for his service. Kenneth was awarded the Purple Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Vietnam Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnamese Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Though a quiet man about his service, Kenneth was a very outgoing person. He was a sports enthusiast; he loved playing sports through school and then after his service as a spectator and fan. Kenneth especially loved traveling the northwest attending car races. He, Bob and other friends loved ‘road tripping’ together across Washington and Idaho for car races. Occasionally horse race tracks were also visited. Kenneth was a huge NASCAR fan.
Kenneth was employed for a time following his service with the US Post Office. As their mother aged, Kenneth moved home with her to be her caregiver following a stroke. He was always a loving and compassionate son and brother. Following mom’s passing, in 1998, Kenneth moved to the Kettle Falls/Colville area and stayed for about ten or eleven years, before finally settling in Chewelah. Kenneth was a strong caretaker for his family and friends.
Kenneth is survived by his brother, Robert Benson of Vancouver, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration gathering was held at the Chewelah American Legion Hall, Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m.
An ash committal service was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Washington State Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Medical Lake, Washington. Please join Kenneth’s family at the Longhorn Barbecue, 7611 West Sunset Hwy#2, Spokane, WA 99224, to continue the celebration of his life following the committal service. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.