Memorial service to be held for local vets who have passed

(PRESS RELEASE/Chewelah VFW and Legion)

On September 19, 2020 the local Posts of the VFW and the American Legion will conduct a Memorial Service to remember and to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces during their lifetime and who passed away this past year. This year we have identified 59 Veterans from Stevens County who have passed away in the preceding twelve months. The Memorial Service will be held at the Center Stage (weather permitting) of the City Park in Chewelah and will begin at 11:00 A.M. In the event of rain the Memorial Service will be held at the Valley Bible Church, 3061 Pine St., Valley, WA 99181.

Throughout the year the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion hold remembrance ceremonies for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have fought in various wars from colonial times to the present day. We remember particularly those who gave their lives in battle, and those still Missing in Action or being held as Prisoners of War.

One of the purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is to perpetuate the memory and history of our Comrades who have preceded us into Posts Eternal. The Month of September each year is a particularly fitting Month to remember those who have fallen during the past year and why they gave their lives in service. September includes Patriot Day, a day which marks the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism, as well as Constitution and Citizenship Day. It also includes the Prisoner of War and Missing In Action Recognition Day and Gold Star Mother’s Day. Historically it also includes the anniversary of V-J Day in 1945, a day that is still significant to many veterans and their families.

The following list of deceased Veterans for the period from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020 is provided for those who would like to attend this moving ceremony in remembrance of a loved one and the service they gave to further American ideals of peace, justice, and liberty for all. If there is a veteran who has passed in this preceding twelve months who is not listed herein, please send an email or text containing the veterans name, branch of service, honors received for their military service and if they served in or during a conflict, provide the theater or conflict in which they served to: John Brugger, VFW Post 2047. Email: or text to 509-953-2328.

Dale Lee Haag, Army National Guard
Robert Edward Hartinger, United States Navy, Vietnam
Herman James Smith, United States Army, Korea, Purple Heart, Bronze Star
Foster Royce Estelle, Jr., United States Air Force
Sr. Chief Charles Edward Starkey, United States Navy, Retired
Dennis McNamee, United States Army, Korea, Vietnam
Herman “Hap” Bourgeau, United States Army, WWII (Normandy) The last known member of
the Colville Confederated Tribes to have served in World War II
Richard Gregg Scott, United States Army
Norman Arthur Sorenson, United States Army
Richard Michale Kassa, United States Navy, Vietnam
Floyd Craig Nagunst, United States Air Force
Eldon Leon Baker, Jr., United States Army, Germany
Charles Henry Stacy, United States Army
Harry Lee Anderson, United States Air Force
Richard Franklin Smith, United States Armed Forces, Vietnam
Donald Stuart Patterson, United States Navy
Ronald David Hurn, United States Army
Michael Dave Lilley, United States Marine Corps
David Anthony Gibson, United States Army
Elmo Russell Denney, United States Army
Leonard Morris, United States Armed Forces, WWII, Prisoner of War
Glen Norton Wood, United States Navy, Retired
Robert Edward Almgren, United States Armed Forces
Sr. Chief Paul Gorlie, United States Navy, Retired, Vietnam
Raymond Elliot Steele, United States Air Force
William Arthur Kendall, United States Navy, United States Air Force, Retired, Vietnam
William Gibbs, United States Army
Raymond Gerald Alexander, United States Navy, Vietnam
Richard Lee Eveland, United States Navy, Vietnam
Craig Wayne Marten, United States Army
Donald James Andrew, United States Navy
Donald Lee Bright, United States Navy
John C. Coogan, United States Navy
Gerald Arthur Ochs, United States Army, Korea
Curtis Albert Vail, United States Coast Guard
Alvan Sampson, United States Army
Gerald George Schafer, United States Army
Dick Douglas Connelly, United States Navy, Korea
Scott Curtis Frances, United States Navy
Jack E. Cogswell, United States Army, Korea
Duane Keith DeHart, United States Army
Orval Leroy Fram, United States Navy
Frederick Blair Morgan, United States Army
Charles Carpenter, United States Army
Duane Donald Scott, United States Coast Guard
May Alm, United States Army Nurse Corps, WWII – Europe; landed on Omaha Beach five
weeks after D-Day and followed Patton’s Third Army through Europe including providing
critical medical services during the Battle of the Bulge
Roger Paul Stone, United States Air Force, Korea
John Philip Herman, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, Korea
Frances “Frenchy” Charette, United States Army
Larry Earl Richardson, United States Armed Forces
Harold Robert Adams, Jr., United States Army
Charles Leroy Holford, United States Navy, WWII Pacific
Jerry D. Case, United States Army
Robert LeRoy Cook, United States Air Force, Korea
Byron James Cooper, United States Army, Korea
Wayne Larry Flottman, United States Army, Retired, Vietnam
Larry Steven Sell, United States Army
J D “Andy” Anderson, United States Air Force, Retired
Robin Lee Kaste, United States Air Force