Verle was born at home in Carmen, OK, to H. Harold and Florain (Mitchell) Helsel, the eldest son of a Free Methodist minister. He worked many summers on his grandparents' farm in Oklahoma, which instilled in him a love for growing things and a work ethic that served him well all his life. At age 15, he left home to attend Central Academy and College (now Central Christian College) in McPherson, KS.
Betty Lee (McCollum) Tasker, of Peshastin, WA, firstborn child of Walter and Reva (Granger) McCollum, arrived on June 6, 1941 and died at her home on June 27, 2015, with her family by her side. Her first home was the State Highway camp on Stevens Pass. Betty received her education from the Leavenworth school system and after graduating, she worked at the Leavenworth hospital, where she enjoyed the work and her co-workers.
Todd A. Copeland passed suddenly at his home in Pittsburgh, PA, on Monday, June 22, 2015. Todd was born in Wenatchee, WA in 1968 and graduated from the Eastmont School District. While serving with the Navy during Desert Storm, he met the love of his life, Dana. After serving, he and Dana moved to Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Maxine Elizabeth Zirbel was born April 16, 1945 and died June 27, 2015. Micki was a longtime resident of Leavenworth and had many good friends here. She was a volunteer at many local charities and enjoyed every one of them.
Kathleen "Casey" Anderson, 68, was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us on June 28, 2015. She passed away surrounded by her family, and all of their love. She was born on April 4, 1947 to Gladys and Arthur Siebens in Portland, Oregon, where she and her big sister Pam were raised in the home their father built. She graduated from Madison High School in 1966.
Eva E. Juchmes, 85, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2015. She was born at the family home in Loxley, AL on July 2, 1929, to Leander "Pat" and Willie Mae (Sirmon) Middleton. She attended school in that area and met Lawrence Juchmes while he was in the Navy stationed in Pensacola, FL. They married August 8, 1944.