Our Obituaries

Beverly Beryl Davis

February 9, 1949 - June 18, 2017

Beverly "Bev" Davis (68) of Nespelem, WA died Sunday June 18, 2017 in Grand Coulee, WA. A 7:00pm Wake will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Nespelem Community Center, Nespelem, WA with 10:00am Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Burial will follow at Chief Joseph Cemetery in Nespelem, WA. A complete obituary will run in next week's paper. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA...
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Clarence George Johnson

November 22, 1937 - June 13, 2017

Clarence George "Rocky" Johnson (79) Passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 13, 2017 at the Colville Tribal Convalescent Center in Nespelem, Washington. Rocky was born Monday, November 22, 1937 in Northport, Washington to Clarence Selmer & Gloria Augustus-Johnson. A member of Colville Confederated Tribes, Rocky worked most of his life as a truck driver for various employers such as Sims...
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David Paul Ruzsa

March 19, 1962 - June 10, 2017

David Paul Ruzsa, 55, born Monday, March 19, 1962, in Portland, Oregon, to Sandor and Norma Ruzsa, left us much too soon Saturday, June 10, 2017, from Grand Coulee, Washington. A 1981 graduate of Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Washington, David went on to a technical institute in Arizona where he obtained his HVAC certification and received his AA Degree from Clark Community College in...
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Michael Len Carpenter

July 15, 1959 - May 23, 2017

Michael L Carpenter (57) passed away Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in Pendleton, Oregon and was born July 15, 1959 to Leonard R. & Juanita I LaCourse-Carpenter in Sacramento, California. Services were held at the Catholic Long House in Nespelem, Washington, with burial following in the Nespelem Catholic Cemetery on Monday, May 29, 2017. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home,...
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August Phillip Jolley

March 1, 1954 - May 22, 2017

August "Gus" Phillip Jolley (63) Born March 1, 1954 in Omak, Washington to Bazil Paul & Violet Delores Marshall; died May 22, 2017 in Nespelem, Washington. His Wake was held at 7:00pm, May 26, 2017 at the Nespelem Catholic Long House in Nespelem, Washington, with 10:00am Funeral Service on May 27, 2017. Burial Followed at Nespelem Catholic Cemetery. Please sign his on-line...
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Naomi A. Thoren

December 10, 1923 - May 9, 2017

Naomi Anice (Evers) Thoren, long-time resident of the Grand Coulee area passed away quietly on May 9, 2017, in Wenatchee, Washington. Naomi was born December 10, 1923 at Hayden Lake, Idaho, to Henry Otto and Violet Muriel (Manchester) Evers, where she lived for her first 5 years. Her family moved to Almira, where her grandparents farmed, and she graduated from high school at Almira in 1941. ...
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John Whalawitsa

July 5, 1953 - May 7, 2017

John "Johnny" Whalawitsa (63) passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Coulee Dam, Washington. Born Sunday, July 5, 1953 in Nespelem, Washington to Lawrence E. & Sophie Dick-Whalawitsa, Johnny graduated from Madras High School in Madras, Oregon, before studying carpentry for two years in college. He enjoyed working in construction as a carpenter and laborer for various places, including the...
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Janet Marie Whittington

February 4, 1955 - May 1, 2017

Janet M. Whitington (62) A full obituary will be in next week's Star. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Michael Nicodemus Somday

April 25, 1934 - April 26, 2017

Michael N. "Mike" Somday passed away Wednesday afternoon April 26, 2017, in Grand Coulee, WA at the age of 83. Mike was born to James & Rose (Gua) Somday, shortly after his identical twin brother - James B. Somday Jr. on April 25, 1934 in a small shack about 3 miles downstream from the Grand Coulee Dam in (Koontzville) Elmer City, WA. Mike was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes,...
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Neoma Joyce Iannetta

December 27, 1942 - April 18, 2017

Neoma Joyce Iannetta (74) Passed away Tuesday morning April 18, 2017 in Grand Coulee, Washington. Neoma was born Sunday, December 27, 1942 in Eugene, Oregon to Harry & Joan Sharr. Saturday, June 17, 1961 Neoma married the love of her life - Michael A. Iannetta in Electric City, Washington. Raised a member of the Roman Catholic Church, Neoma had worked at the Green Hut Café and Akers...
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Emily Grace Sinclair

February 12, 1919 - April 11, 2017

Emily Grace Sinclair (98) born February 12, 1919 in Promise, South Dakota; passed away April 11, 2017. At her request no services will be held. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Daniel Aaron Atkins

July 19, 1945 - April 11, 2017

Daniel Aaron Atkins (71) slipped away from his Keller, Washington home to meet his Savior, Jesus Christ face to face early Tuesday morning April 11, 2017. Born Thursday, July 19, 1945 into the Oroville, California home of Lester Virgil and Doris Virginia Atkins, Daniel attended high school in Paradise, California and completed his requirements for graduation through night school courses in Chico...
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Douglas Charles Soderholm

April 7, 1938 - March 31, 2017

Construction Worker's PrayerLord, give me the tools to get the job doneKeep my drill bit sharp and nails in my gun Bless my mind with skill, should issues arise So, I will be wiser than I realize Provide me a never-ending load of wood While assuring my efforts shall be understood Then, when day is passed, Lord, allow me to rest With the knowledge that I have given my best. Lord, grant me the...
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Josephine Switzer

January 7, 1925 - March 31, 2017

A Celebration of Life for Josephine Switzer (92) of Grand Coulee, WA will be held at 10:"00am on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, 329 E. Grand Coulee Ave., Grand Coulee, WA 99133. Please Sign her on-line register book at www.stratefuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Stuart Duane Frye

July 31, 1965 - March 20, 2017

Stuart Duane "Stu" Frye (51) of Benton City, Washington passed away Monday morning, March 20, 2017 in Nespelem, Washington. Born Saturday, July 31, 1965 in Dayton, Washington to Duane G. & Jean Spence-Frye, Stu graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School where he played outfield with the baseball team. Following graduation he joined the US Army to serve his country, only to be discharged...
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Brandon William Buche

April 25, 1993 - March 15, 2017

Brandon William Buche (23) left us all much too soon Wednesday morning March 15, 2017. Brandon entered our world in Spokane, Washington, Sunday, April 25, 1993 and was raised in Electric City, Washington. Brandon graduated from Almira Coulee Hartline High School in 2011, where he excelled in football, baseball and wrestling earning a berth in the WIAA State Wrestling Championships, as well as...
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Michael McNeilly

September 6, 1939 - March 9, 2017

Michael Leroy McNeilly left this world to join his heavenly father on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Mick, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Mason City, Washington, on September 6, 1939. He grew up in Grand Coulee; graduated Grand Coulee High School in 1957. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army overseas. Later he moved to...
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John M. Townsend

November 3, 1949 - March 9, 2017

John M "Mike" Townsend (67) passed away Thursday evening March 9th , 2017 in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Thursday, November 3rd , 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona to John Elbert and Rosetta Jean Wolfe-Townsend, Mike graduated high school and went on to earn his college degree. PFC Townsend then served his country with the US Army as a Door Gunner in Viet Nam, completing Military Police Training as...
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Robert Anthony Hernandez

June 26, 1943 - March 9, 2017

ROBERT "BOBBY" HERNANDEZ was born in Wapato, WA to Lupe Hernandez and Connie Vasquez on 06/26/43. He lived 73 memorable years before being called home 03/08/17. He met those that preceded him in death at the gates of heaven; his parents; wife, Wilma "Willy" Ankney; daughter, Delores "Lolita" Hernandez, brothers, Joe "Tudo" Hernandez, Alex "Sandy" Hernandez, Anthony "Tony" Hernandez; and a sister,...
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Inez A. Cleveland

August 17, 1925 - March 2, 2017

"I would simply like people to appreciate the time we shared together while I was on this earth, and to be happy"Inez A ClevelandArrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Raymond Richard Estrada

October 11, 1944 - March 1, 2017

Raymond R. "Ray" Estrada (72) passed away in Elmer City, Washington, Wednesday morning, March 1, 2017. Born October 11, 1944 in Riverside, California to Ramon Garcia & Margaret Ramos-Estrada, Ray was raised in Mari Loma, California. Saturday, April 9, 1983 Ray married the love of his life - Carol Ann Miller in Reno, Nevada. Always a hard worker, Ray retired as a Construction Foreman and...
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Randall Lee Picard

December 9, 1950 - February 17, 2017

Randall Lee "Bucky" or "Buck" Picard I (66) Passed on to his elders Friday afternoon, February 17, 2017 from Spokane, Washington. Born Saturday, December 9, 1950 in Nespelem, Washington to William Wayne & Elsie (Lemery) Picard, Buck was giving, caring, loving, and selfless.yet always "with a touch of ornery" - just to keep others off guard. A hard worker, at various times he was a mechanic,...
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Victor Robert Campobasso

April 12, 1935 - February 14, 2017

Victor Robert Campobasso was born April 12, 1935 and passed away on Feb 14, 2017. He was originally from Republic where his family had a farm on the West Fork and lived for may years at the Senior Apartments in Nespelem. He was a veteran and served in the Air Force where he was awarded an honorable discharge. He is survived by a sister Marie Merritt of Tonasket and many nephews and nieces. He...
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Alvin Gus Toulou

January 27, 1925 - February 11, 2017

Alvin "Papa" Gus Toulou, born on January 27, 1925, went home to be with lord on February 11, 2017 at the age of 92. Alvin was born to parents Clarence Toulou and Alice Butler in their family home in Covada, WA. He proudly served in the Navy for nearly 3 years during WWII. In 1987 Alvin attended a Cursillo beginning his lifelong service to the Lord, in 1999 he was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic...
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William Franklin Sanford

February 28, 1920 - February 9, 2017

Frank Sanford, Jr.Age 96Frank (Bud) Sanford was born on February 28, 1920, in Almira, Washington, to Frank and Mabel (Adair) Sanford. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, granddaughter Nichole Seylor and his three sisters: Eva Larkin, Belva Flowers and Anna Mae Larison. He is survived by two sons: Delmar (Linda) and George ...
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Dorothy Ann Gerleman

April 19, 1979 - February 5, 2017

AfterglowI'd like the memory of meto be a happy one.I'd like to leave an afterglow of smileswhen life is done.I'd like to leave an echo whisperingsoftly down the ways.Of happy times and laughing timesand bright sunny days.I'd like the tears of those who grieve,to dry before the sunOf happy memories that I leavewhen life is done.
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Clara Horton

February 15, 1924 - February 4, 2017

.Clara L Horton, 92, passed away on February 4th, 2017. She was born on February 15, 1924 in Tekoa, Washington to Sara and Everett Harper. Her early years were spent in the Wallace, Idaho area and was the place she really loved a lot. She could entertain us for hours on end telling us of her time spent living at the Jack Waite Mine, high in the hills above Eagle, at a place call Duthie, Idaho....
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Richard R. Pooler

January 20, 1949 - January 31, 2017

Richard "Dickie" Pooler of Oroville, WA was called home Tuesday January 31, 2017. He was born January 20, 1949 in Republic, WA to Oliver and Opal Pooler. Pops grew up in the Keller area and attended school in Wilbur, where we heard he was one heck of an athlete/football player until being drafted to Vietnam. He served in the United States Army (Active Duty Special Troops) in Company B, 1st...
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Eldon Luke Wilson

August 6, 1943 - January 10, 2017

Eldon Luke Wilson 73, died January 10, 2017 in Spokane, Washington.A full obituary will be in next week's paperA rosary will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 in the Nespelem Community Center, Nespelem, WAHis Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 14, 2017 in the Nespelem Community CenterBurial will follow in the Little Nespelem CemeteryPlease sign Eldon's on-line register book at www...
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Joanne Leith

April 19, 1943 - January 7, 2017

Joanne Leith (73) Passed away from her home Saturday evening January 7, 2017 surrounded by her family, following a long and courageous battle with illness. Joanne was born in Nespelem, Washington to Art & Annie Moses-Circle on Monday, April 19, 1943. She loved her church - Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Nespelem, Washington where Joanne was an active member of the Cursillo group. A proud...
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Phyllis Marlene Grant

January 1, 1956 - January 2, 2017

Phyllis "Marlene" Grant (61) went to be with her Lord Jesus one day following her 61st birthday on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Sunday, January 1, 1956 in Spokane, Washington to Robert W. & Phyllis Grant Sr., Marlene graduated from Coulee/Hartline High School in 1974. A member of Hartline Assembly of God, Marlene loved Jesus with all of...
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Barbara Marie Lackner

April 28, 1948 - January 2, 2017

Barbara Marie Lackner passed away January 2, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Barbara was born to Lloyd and Mary Virgo April 28, 1948. She lived on the family farm in Stevinson, CA until she married the love of her life Michael Lackner June 5, 1965. They had three children while living near Stevinson until they moved to Coulee Dam in 1979. Barbara enjoyed gardening with Mike. She...
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Joyce Marguerite Nee

January 26, 1930 - January 1, 2017

Passionate educator, devoted Catholic, lover of the outdoors. Beloved sister, friend and wife, and most of all, extraordinary mother to her own children and countless others. Joyce Nee brought comfort, happiness, and joy to everyone who had the honor of knowing her.Joyce M. Nee, 86, passed away on January 1, 2017, at Hospice House in Spokane, WA, surrounded by her loved ones. Joyce was born...
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Ronald Dee Myszewski

July 7, 1966 - December 29, 2016

Ronald Dee "Ron" Myszewski (50) Born July 7, 1966 in Woodland, CA, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Grand coulee, WA. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Please sign Ron's on-line register book at www.stratefuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA.
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Althea Rae Rider

July 8, 1963 - December 23, 2016

Althea Thomas RiderAlthea was born July 8, 1963 in Grand Coulee, Washington to Ranae Thomas and Al Garry and passed away December 23, 2016 in Tomball, Texas. She was raised in Nespelem and attended school at Nespelem and Grand Coulee Jr. High. She married John Hall Sr. and had four children, John Jr., Phillip, Charles and Rhonda. After a divorce from John, she met Charles (Brown) Rider. They...
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Imogene Waggoner

November 6, 1933 - December 8, 2016

Imogene Waggoner (83) born November 6, 1933 in Monse, Washington, passed away Thursday morning, December 8, 2016 in her Elmer City, Washington home following a courageous battle with cancer. At Imogene's request cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled. Please sign her online register book at www.stratefuneralhome.com . Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is...
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Russell William Kershner

December 13, 1941 - November 2, 2016

KERSHNER, Russell WMr. Kershner of Coulee City, WA, passed onto the loving hands and embrace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on November 2, 2016 in Grand Coulee WA. Mr. Kershner was born on December 13, 1941 in Williamsport, PA to William Kershner and Edith (Woodhouse) Kershner. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Kershner whom he married on August 10, 2001 and then their marriage was later sealed...
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Tena Marie Foster

June 15, 1956 - October 16, 2016

FOSTER, TENA MARIE -Passed away October 16, 2016 in Spokane, WA her home Coulee Dam, WA. She was born June 15, 1956 in Idaho Falls, ID to Louis and Ellen Myrdean (Roseborough) Smith. After high school Tena went on to college at received her luris doctorate in Criminal Law where she was an attorney for many years in Utah, ID and WA and for the Colville Confederated Tribe. Tena Married Mark...
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Jonathan Benjamin McClung

February 7, 1956 - October 2, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Jason Joseph Kurlovich

July 13, 1972 - September 26, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Virginia Anna Allen

August 10, 1919 - September 25, 2016

Virginia Haney Allen Electric City, WA.Born 8-10-1919 to Mildred & Wesley Haney in Watts, CA.Passed away 9-25-2016 Grand Coulee, Long Term Care with family at her side.Born in California, Virginia was the oldest of four children. Her family moved to Irrigon, Oregon in the "30's". She Graduated from Irrigon, High school.July 2, 1938 Calvin & Virginia took the Patterson...
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Florence Yvonne Desautel

May 30, 1928 - September 21, 2016

Florence Desautel passed away on September 21, 2016 in Brewster. Mrs. Desautel is survived by her three daughters, Yvonne Misiaszek, Karen LaValle, and Linda Palmer, including many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren. She was born in Colville, Washington on May 30, 1926 to Barney Rickard and Louise Stone. Mrs. Desautel lived on Kelly Hill, Inchelium, Keller, and...
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Shirley Terbasket

June 15, 1961 - September 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Jerome Sam

July 6, 1940 - September 17, 2016

Jerome "Jerry" Sam (76) was born Saturday, July 6, 1940 in Nespelem, Washington to the home of Harry & Christine James-Sam and passed away from us Saturday morning, September 17, 2016 from the Colville Tribal Convalescent Center in Nespelem, Washington. A lifelong member of the Sacred Heart Mission in Nespelem, in recent years Jerry loved assisting Father Jake Morton as his bell ringer for...
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Stella Nicole Cotton

June 7, 2016 - September 7, 2016

With a heavy heart we are saddened to announce the passing of our baby, Stella, at the age of three months of natural causes. Born to Jessica Clune and Dominic Cotton, June 7 to September 7, 2016, she was our "Little Princess." We will miss her tremendously. She touched so many lives even for such the short amount of time that she was with us. "It is not goodbye, but see you later!...
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Donald Ray Kanzleiter

May 12, 1956 - September 2, 2016

Donald Ray Kanzleiter, longtime resident of the Yakama Valley passed peacefully in Nespelem WA on September 2, 2016 surrounded by loving sisters, nieces, nephews and family. His loving sister, Diana Rieker spent hundreds of hours making sure his last days were filled with love, comfort and care.Donald was born on May 12, 1956 to Ray and Iva (Simpson) Kanzleiter. Donald was a protective big...
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Willard Fred Rinker

April 18, 1930 - August 11, 2016

Willard F. Rinker (86) Passed away following a brave battle with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease) early Thursday morning, August 11, 2016 at Coulee Medical Center, in Grand Coulee. Born, April 18, 1930 into the Del Rio, Washington home of Wesley and Garnet Taylor-Rinker, Willard remained a lifelong resident of Douglas County. Following graduation from high school, he began his adult life as a...
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Anita Annie Frank

June 25, 1956 - July 29, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Evelyn Maryann Thomas

December 27, 1939 - July 26, 2016

Evelyn Maryann Thomas 76, was born December 27, 1939 in Nespelem, Washington and died July 26, 2016 in Nespelem, Washington. Her traditional dressing was held at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington. Her wake and funeral followed at the Nespelem Community Center with burial at Little Nespelem Cemetery on July 28, 2016.Strate Funeral Home of Grand...
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Nancy Marie George

November 7, 1964 - July 21, 2016

Nancy Marie George (51) was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Thursday evening, July 21, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. Nancy was born November 7, 1957 in Grand Coulee, Washington to Harold & Barbara Wapato-George Sr. A proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes Nancy lived out her strong belief that one should daily give others at least 10% of their time. Nancy had...
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Albert Melvin Desautel

June 20, 1934 - July 15, 2016

Albert Melvin Desautel Jr. (82) of Nespelem, Washington passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 in his home. Albert was born June 20, 1934 into the Nespelem, Washington home of Albert and Myrtle Peone-Desautel Sr. This is where a remarkable life began. On September 22, 1951 Albert married the one and only love of is life - Violet Ann Sandanie. You can't mention Junior without mentioning Violet. Known...
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Kenneth William Henderson

March 22, 1948 - July 6, 2016

Kenneth William Henderson (68) Was born Monday, March 22, 1948 into the McCrory, Arkansas home of William Even and Fern Pauline Henderson. He passed away Wednesday morning, July 6, 2016 in Grand Coulee, Washington. Ken wore various hats during his working career: working in the forests of Western Washington State cutting shake blocks, as a Custodian and Boiler-Man for the Tacoma School District...
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Robert J. Picard

November 4, 1957 - June 18, 2016

Robert J. "Bugger" Picard (58) of Seatons Grove, Washington died Saturday morning, June 18, 2016 in Grand Coulee, Washington.Cremation has taken place. A full obituary will run in next week's Star. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Luther Allen Leith

November 16, 1978 - June 18, 2016

Luther Allen Leith (37) was born November 16, 1978 in Grand Coulee, Washington to Roy and Joanne Circle-Leith. He left us much too soon from Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington Saturday morning June 18, 2016. A proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and Catholic Church, Luther graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School in 1997. To say that Luther "loved horses and rodeo"...
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Jackie Lee Kennedy

February 3, 1934 - June 14, 2016

Jack L. Kennedy passed away at his home in Electric City, Washington, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. A full obituary will follow in next week's paper. Services are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 25. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Stephen Lawrence Waggoner

October 18, 1942 - June 11, 2016

Stephen Lawrence Waggoner (73) was born into the Brewster, Washington home of Pete Simeon & Theresa Raymond-Waggoner on October 18, 1942. He died peacefully amidst the beauty of Ferry County Washington's Frosty Meadows Campground, Saturday morning, June 11, 2016. A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Stephen married Elizabeth "Betty" Engelhardt in Chewelah, Washington September 23,...
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Susan Louise Palmer

March 26, 1949 - June 10, 2016

Susan Louise Palmer (67) passed away in her Elmer City, Washington home surrounded by her loving family Friday morning June 10, 2016. Born in Spokane, Washington to Charles & Zona Wendt on March 26, 1949, Susan attended college following her graduation from high school. Saturday, April 29, 1972 Susan Wendt's life changed forever when she married David "Babe" Palmer at St. Benedict Catholic...
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Nichole JoAnne Sanford-Seylor

January 22, 1966 - June 6, 2016

Nichole JoAnne Seylor (50) Was born January 22, 1966 in Spokane, Washington and died early Monday morning , June 06. 2016 in Grand Coulee, Washington. Funeral services will be held Friday morning June 10, 2016 at 11:00am in Coulee Dam Community Church, Coulee Dam, Washington. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee, WA.
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Shirley Ann Wak Wak

May 13, 1949 - May 20, 2016

Shirley Ann Wak Wak (67) was born May 13, 1949, in Nespelem, Washington to Isaac & Rose Marie (Covington) Wak Wak. She died Friday afternoon May 20, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Coulee Dam, Washington. Shirley graduated from Coulee Dam High School in 1967. Shirley belonged to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nespelem, Washington, and was a proud member of the...
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Henry Gene Kuehne

December 16, 1929 - May 17, 2016

Henry G. "Hank" Kuehne (86) lifelong resident and cattle rancher of Keller, Washington was born December 16, 1929 and died Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A public visitation for Henry will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4:00pm - to - 8:00pm at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Washington. His funeral will take place at 10:00am on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Keller Community Center in Keller,...
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Mildred Virginia Williamson

August 27, 1929 - May 14, 2016

Loving mother Mildred Williamson of Grand Coulee, Washington, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 14, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.Memorial services will be held Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, with burial to follow at Spring Canyon Cemetery.A complete obituary will be printed in an upcoming issue of the Star. Arrangements under the direction...
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Valeta Bernice LONG

September 12, 1926 - May 10, 2016

Valeta Bernice Long (89) was born into the Wellington, Texas home of Odis B. & Inez Reasoner on Saturday, September 12, 1926. Tuesday, morning May 10th, 2016 in Grand Coulee, Washington with her beloved husband Fred by her side to say farewell, Valeta gently departed this world to be with her Savior Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven. Following her graduation from high school Valeta Reasoner...
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Walter H. P. Nuehring

October 13, 1956 - May 7, 2016

Walter H.P. "Steve" Nuehring (59) "Dad", "Brother", "Veteran", "Consummate Actor" took his final curtain call from this earth's stage Saturday evening, May 7, 2016 in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Saturday, October 13, 1956 in Orleans, France to Leon & Janine Nuehring, Steve found his love of the theatre while still in school, acting in various school productions. Following his graduation...
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Joanne Redthunder

August 6, 1954 - March 24, 2016

Joanne "Bone" Redthunder (61) was born August 8th, 1954 into the Nespelem, Washington home of Joe and Lucy Weipah - Redthunder. Joanne passed on to her elders Thursday morning, March 24, 2016 from her Nespelem, Washington home. A proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and Walasat (Seven Drum), Joanne enjoyed participating in Pow Wow. As a social worker with the Tribal...
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David Jearld McBride

July 7, 1966 - March 11, 2016

David J. "DJ" McBride (49) Born July 7, 1966 in Nampa, Idaho to David & Geneva McBride, Died at his Grand Coulee, Washington home Friday, March 11, 2016. His family has chosen cremation and there are no services planned at this time. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA is honored to be serving DJ's family.
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Christopher James Johnson

July 22, 1972 - March 7, 2016

Christopher James "Chris" Johnson, was born Saturday, July 22nd, 1972 in Orange County, California, to Lewis & Lorale Johnson; passed away Monday, March 7th, 2016 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Washington at the age of 43 years. "Boo-Boo" to his family, Chris was a life-long resident of Coulee Dam, Washington, where he attended Lake Roosevelt High School. Known as "Shafter" to...
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Robert Keith Thomas

September 19, 1951 - March 1, 2016

Robert Keith Thomas Sr. (64) of Nespelem, Washington passed on to his elders Tuesday morning, March 1st, 2016 from Spokane's Holy Family Hospital. Born September 19th, 1951 in Nespelem, Washington to Richard D and Rosalia Broncheau - Thomas; Robert was a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes who enjoyed drumming and stick games. May 13th, 1971 Robert's life forever changed when he...
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Calvin Lewis Green

February 7, 1952 - February 24, 2016

Calvin L. Green (64) born February 7, 1952 in Republic, Washington; was surrounded by friends as he passed away Wednesday evening, February 24, 2016 in his Nespelem, Washington home. Burial has taken place in Nespelem City Cemetery, Nespelem, Washington. Please sign Calvin's online register book at www.StrateFuneralHome.com. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is honored to be...
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Margaret Minks

October 23, 1935 - February 12, 2016

Margaret Minks (80) 1935 - 2016Passed away in Nespelem, WA.No services are scheduled at this time.Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA is assisting the family.
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Terrance Lee Sutton

December 10, 1954 - January 25, 2016

Terrance Lee "Terry" Sutton (61) a proud member of the "San Poil of The Colville Indian Reservation" passed away Monday afternoon, January 25, 2016. Born December 10, 1954 in Nespelem, Washington, Terry attended High School in Wilbur, Washington where he excelled in all sports including Football and Basketball and qualified for the Washington State High School Wrestling Championship before...
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Melvin Eugene Toulou

September 7, 1942 - January 6, 2016

Melvin Eugene Toulou Sr. (73) passed away Wednesday Afternoon, January 6, 2016 in Grand Coulee, Washington. His wake will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, January 8, 2016 in The Inchelium Community Center, Inchelium, WA, with his funeral service to take place 10:00am, Saturday, January 9, 2016. Burial will follow at Kewa Cemetery, Kewa, WA.Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA is honored to be...
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Esther Gomez

April 26, 1969 - January 4, 2016

Esther "Babe" Gomez (46) began her circle of life April 26, 1969 in Grand Coulee, Washington into the home of Richard & Esther Iukes-Thomas Sr. and unexpectedly passed away in her Wapato Home, Monday, January 4, 2016. A proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes who loved listening to Pow-Wow music, Babe enjoyed the out of doors huckleberry picking when she was younger and going...
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Earl Duane Jess

August 12, 1943 - December 31, 2015

Earl Duane Jess (72) quietly passed away Thursday afternoon, December 31, 2015 in Spokane, Washington with his family by his side. Born August 12, 1943 in Mason City, Washington to Elmer and Viola Thoren-Jess, Earl went on to attend Coulee City High School in Coulee City, Washington. On September 20, 1965 Earl joined the National Guard, and served as a Vehicle Mechanic, Motor Sergeant with the...
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Peggie Louise Jordan

September 15, 1956 - December 30, 2015

Peggie Louise Jordan (59) well-known chef and friend to all in the Grand Coulee, Washington area passed away at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Wednesday evening, December 30, 2015. Peggie was born September 15, 1956 in Spokane, Washington to the home of Elisha and Lydia Johnson. As a child she attendedSt. Anne's Catholic School in Spokane, Washington. In 1966 her family moved to Grand...
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Gina Jolene Vordahl

April 22, 1947 - December 14, 2015

Gina Jolene Vordahl (68) died Monday morning December 14, 2015 in her Grand Coulee, Washington home with her husband Ross beside her. Gina was born in Spokane, Washington on Tuesday, April 22nd , 1947, to Glenna Erhardt-Davis, becoming the daughter of Harold and Glenna Warfield. In October of 1962 during her sophomore year at Spokane Valley's University High School, Gina volunteered to pass out...
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Kelly Rae Walker

February 19, 1957 - December 5, 2015

Kelly Rae Walker was born Feb.19 1957 to Lela and Jack Smith in Omak, WA Kelly, as a young girl was very athletic & could master any sport that she put her mind to. At a very young age, she had a very special way with little kids, teaching her nephew Jamie Rowe how to fish and ride horses. In the early years Kelly flew up to Alaska to visit her mom in Fairbanks. It was there that she...
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Margaret Elaine Sanford

October 15, 1922 - November 29, 2015

Elaine Sanford, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother passed away at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington, on Sunday, November 29, 2015.She was preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Ella Brooks; older sibling, Phyllis Sears; and younger siblings, Kenneth Brooks and Betty Whitelaw. She is survived by her husband, Frank, at home in...
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Dewanna Lynn Anderson

November 24, 1944 - November 23, 2015

Dewanna Lynn Anderson (70) of Grand Coulee, Washington, Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 in Spokane, Washington. Dewanna was born in the St. Paul, Arkansas home of Myron C. & Aletha F. Langley on November 24, 1944. Following graduation from High School in Pateros, Washington, Dewanna worked in the apple packing sheds and attended Wenatchee Valley...
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Raymond Rolland Green

March 12, 1939 - November 20, 2015

GREEN, Raymond R. (Ray) - In the early morning hours of November 20, 2015, Raymond R. Green passed away at home. Ray was a kind and gentle soul who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was born in March of 1939 in Spokane, Washington, and was a life-long resident of the Coulee Dam area, where he grew up on the family ranch riding his horse to school. Ray graduated from Coulee Dam High...
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Jean Eileen Tonasket

May 26, 1943 - November 17, 2015

Jean Eileen "Dr. Jean" Tonasket passed away from her Keller, Washington home Tuesday morning November 17, 2015. A Rosary will be held at 7:00pm on Monday November 23rd 2015 at the Keller Community Center, Keller, Washington; with Jean's funeral to also be held at the Keller Community Center 10:00am on Tuesday November 24th, 2015. At her request cremation will then take place. ...
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Martin Douglas Bullion

July 21, 1969 - November 10, 2015

Martin Douglas Bullion (46) who was born July 21, 1969 in Puyallup, Washington to Daniel Lee & Bonnie Eloise Bullion, died Tuesday evening, November 10, 2015 at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. A member of Banks Lake Bible Church in Electric City, Washington, Martin had recently worked for the Siam Palace as a Food Prep Cook and enjoyed making deliveries for the Grand...
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Jack Allen Hilson

May 14, 1925 - November 5, 2015

Jack A. Hilson, 90, of Electric City, Washington, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Coulee Medical Center, Long Term Care, Grand Coulee, Washington. He was born May 14, 1925, to Herman and Ethel Hilson in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He graduated from Almira High School in 1943. On June 9, 1944, he entered into the U.S. Navy. He was a Radioman 2C, stationed on the USS Vincennes in the...
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Helen Louise ELKINS

October 27, 1918 - November 4, 2015

Helen Elkins (97) passed away November 4, 2015 in Soap Lake, Washington.A full newspaper notice will be placed in the Star at a future date.Strate Funeral Home o Grand Coulee, WA is honored to be serving Helen's Family.
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Edith Eloise Short

June 27, 1931 - October 31, 2015

Edith E. "Edie" Short (84) died October 31, 2015 in Grand Coulee, WA. Her Celebration of Life will take place at 10:00am on Sunday, November 8, 2015 in St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church of Grand Coulee, WA.A full obituary will be in an upcoming edition of the Star Newspaper.Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA is honored to be serving Edith's family.
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Joan Doris Jensen

December 1, 1939 - October 30, 2015

Joan D. Jensen (76) of Elmer City, WA passed away at home Friday, October 30, 2015. Joan was born January 19, 1939 in Hinckley, Minnesota to Mr. & Mrs. Vern Loken. On Friday the 13th, 1965 Joan married the love of her life: Loren R. Jensen in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In addition to working as a waitress, Joan had attended "Way of The Cross Baptist Church" in Nespelem, Washington with...
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Clyde Gordon Pugh

February 23, 1927 - October 23, 2015

Clyde Gordon Pugh (88) of Elmer City, Washington, passed away at Spokane, Washington's Providence Holy Family Hospital, Friday afternoon, October 23rd, 2015. Born February 23rd, 1927 in Wilbur, Washington, the son of Guy & Grace Pugh, Clyde graduated from North Kitsap High School. On January 28, 1946 Clyde enlisted at the US Army recruitment station in Poulsbo, Washington and served as an...
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Tyrone Bert Rustin

August 14, 1967 - October 12, 2015

Tyrone Bert "Ty" Rustin (48) died in Spokane, Washington's Sacred Heart Hospital Monday evening, October 12th, 2015. Born in Yakima, Washington August 14, 1967 to Tyrone & Linda Thelen Rustin, Ty attended West Valley High School in Yakima where he played for the West Valley Rams Football Team and enjoyed working in Mechanic Shop. A member of West Valley High's 1986 graduating class, Ty went...
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Iva V. Saxa

January 3, 1917 - October 10, 2015

SAXA, IVA VIOLA ANDREWS - Age 98Went home to be with her Heavenly Father on October 10, 2015 at Harmony House in Brewster, WA, where she had been a resident for the last six years. Iva was born in Nespelem, WA on January 3, 1917 to Thomas and Alice (Moyese) Billy Andrews. She spent several years living in Omak, WA, before moving back to her birthplace of Nespelem in 1989, where she lived until...
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Quentin Parley Ricks

January 12, 1922 - October 2, 2015

Quentin P. Ricks, long time resident of the Grand Coulee Dam area, passed away quietly in Artesia, NM. Friday, October 2nd at the age of 93. Quentin was born January 12th 1922 in Ririe, Id. He was the youngest of 2 brothers (Sidney Ricks and Bud Ricks) and 3 sisters (Erma Ricks Pryor, Virginia Ricks Beck, and Viola Ricks Miller). Quentin served in the Army Air Core in his early youth, and later...
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Alice Lee Hood

February 25, 1929 - September 8, 2015

Alice Lee Hood (86) of Elmer City, Washington left us Tuesday evening September 8, 2015. Alice was born February 25, 1929 into the Fairfax, Oklahoma home of Ollie and Edna Stumbaugh and graduated Valedictorian of the 1947 graduating class of Fairfax High School. Alice married her sweetheart LeRoy Hood in Fairfax on June 28, 1947 and the newlyweds soon moved to Opportunity, Washington in the...
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Dora Mae Lawson

February 19, 1921 - August 20, 2015

Dora Mae Lawson died August 20,2015 at the age of 94. She was living in Moses Lake at the time. Dora was born to Homer and Mary Jane Allen-Hazel in Bloomington Indiana on February 19, 1921. She grew up in Bloomington and attended school there. She also lived in Washington State and Texas. Dora loved to shop, travel, picnics and going camping. Dora was preceded in death by husbands: Herman Klee,...
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Kenneth Reed Hearne

August 19, 1976 - August 16, 2015

Kenneth Reed "Kenny" Hearne passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington, after complications from surgery.He was born August 19, 1976, in Grand Coulee, Washington, to Clay and Shannon Hearne. He went all his school years through the Grand Coulee Dam School District, graduating from Lake Roosevelt High School in 1996. Kenny enjoyed...
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Farrell Glenn Ware

October 8, 1935 - July 26, 2015

Farrell Glenn Ware, age 79, passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the Colville Tribal Convalescent Center, his home for the past three years. Farrell was born October 8, 1935, in Atchison, Kansas, to Cleland "Red" and Irene Ware. He graduated from Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, Washington in 1953. He attended Eastern Washington College of Education, Cheney...
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Peggy Ann Stout

May 19, 1951 - July 21, 2015

Peggy Ann Stout (64)Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA is serving her family
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Robert M. Nordhougen

April 7, 1940 - July 21, 2015

Robert M. "Bob" Nordhougen, 75, of Coulee Dam, Washington, passed away Tuesday morning, July 21, 2015, in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born April 7, 1940, into the Leeds, North Dakota home of Truman and Evelyn Norhougen, Bob attended college following graduation from Leeds High School. A member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, Bob served as a Road Construction...
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Jeramie Arragon Jeffrey

November 5, 1971 - July 11, 2015

No obituary published, services by Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA
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Florence J. Aumick

April 2, 1918 - July 7, 2015

Florence Jean Aumick (97) was born April 2, 1918 in the Jewell County, Kansas sod-brick home of Edward Ray & Florence Ruth Pratt. July 7, 2015 from Grand Coulee, Washington she left to join her Lord Jesus, whom Florence has faithfully served for so many years. Following her 1936 graduation from high school, Miss Florence Pratt married her life's love Edward B. Aumick in Omak, Washington on...
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Dorothy Struck

November 1, 1922 - July 5, 2015

No obituary at tis time.Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, WA is serving Dorothy's Family
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Jamie Ray Williams

April 6, 1987 - July 5, 2015

Jamie Ray Williams (28) began his journey April 6, 1987 in Spokane, WA to parents Timothy Williams & Rebecca "Becky" LaCourse, and left to join his ancestors June 26, 2015 from Coulee Dam, WA. A 2006 graduate of Inchelium High School, Jamie was a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes who enjoyed attending pow-wows and participating in stick games. Talented as a mechanic Jamie...
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Loren Raymond Jensen

May 16, 1930 - July 5, 2015

Loren R. Jensen (85) of Elmer City, WA passed away Sunday morning, July 5, 2015 at Nespelem Convalescent Center. Loren was born May 16, 1930 in Webber, Kansas to Raymond & Ocie Jensen and in 1947 graduated high school in Courtland, Kansas. Friday the 13th, 1965 turned out to be "Loren's Lucky Day" for that is when he married Miss Joan Loken in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A Federal Prison...
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