Earl A. “Skeeter” Tenley, Jr.
January 14, 1948 ~ December 25, 2013
On December 25, 2013, Skeeter died in his sleep from complications of C.O.P.D. Born to Earl “Scotty” and Virginia on January 14, 1948, in Wheatland, WY. In 1951, the family settled in Kennewick, WA. Skeeter did well in school, winning many State Spelling Bee contests. At the age of seven, Skeeter professionally raced hot rods. He played the saxophone and piano in school. Summers were always spent in Leavenworth, WA, where in 1964, they permanently moved. In 1966, Skeeter graduated from Leavenworth High School, where he fell in love and married high school sweetheart, Linda Jones. In 1968, they moved to Seattle, WA, where Skeeter worked for Boeing aircrafts. In 1969, they had a son and named him Kurtis. In the mid 70’s, Skeeter moved back to the Wenatchee Valley and worked at various restaurants cooking, including Eddie Mays, the Thunderbird, and Edelweiss. In the mid 80’s, he returned to favorite city, Seattle, to the University District, where he met and married Jean. They had a daughter together and they named her Alexandria. He was the manager at the Hiatt Apartments for over 35 years, in the U District. In the summers, he spent yachting in the Puget Sound with longtime friend and employer, Don Kennedy. Skeeter enjoyed his work, as he was gifted to be able to fix anything from cars to dishwashers. Last five years were tough to perform his duties as manager. As a result, he hired a longtime friend, Franz, to help him with his physical duties. Skeeter still maintained the business part of his job through his computer. Skeeter’s laugh and sense of humor will be missed.
Skeeter is survived by his two children, Kurt Lively of Spokane, WA and Alexandria Tenley of Walla Walla, WA; grandkids, Madison and Matthew Lively of Spokane; sisters, Kip of East Wenatchee, Polly of Show Low, AZ, Juanita of Albuquerque, NM, Cindy (Charles) of Athena, OR, and Virginia (Ken) of Wenatchee; and one brother, Terry (Nancy) of Camino, CA; and lots of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother in 1992 and father in 2003.
Funeral Services will be held at a later date.