Paul S. Gentry, age 79, of Oroville, died Monday, December 23, 2013 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket, following an acute massive stroke. He was born July 18, 1934, in Nyesa, OR to parents Samuel and Reba Gentry. Paul grew up in Indian Valley, ID. He joined the US Navy at age 17, serving during the Korean War. He met and married Glenda Rae Quigley in Spokane and following an honorable discharge from the Navy, they settled in Spokane, where they had two children, Douglas S. Gentry and Lori A. Gentry. In 1972, Paul and Glenda divorced and Paul remained in Spokane until moving to Oroville in the early 1980’s, where he worked in construction. Paul was also a saddle maker and enjoyed working with leather. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and enjoying the company of his friends. Paul was a member of the Tonasket American Legion Post #82, Tonasket Eagles and a lifetime member of the Highland Am Vets Post#69.
Paul is survived by his Special Companion of 27 years, Velma Hill and her children, Rick Hill, Bev Tibbs and Karen Tibbs; son, Douglas Gentry of Airway Heights, WA; daughter, Lori Gentry of Oroville; grandson, Samuel Gentry of Creswell, OR; sister, Ruthie (Ed) Raney of Idaho and children, Myra Atteberry, Scottie Yantz and Beth Hancock. Paul also leaves behind many friends and a special thanks goes to his close friends, Roger Smith, Mel Gallagher, Curly Bill, Dave Sharpe, Andy Knott and Dewey Orr
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Bergh Chapel in Oroville, WA with Pastor Randy McAllister and the Tonasket American Legion, officiating. A potluck luncheon will follow the service at the Oroville American Legion Hall. Inurnment will be held in the Spring at the Indian Valley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Dr. Larson’s Llama rescue or Highland Am Vets #69. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.