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Eldon Vandegraft, Jr.

Eldon passed away on November 28, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA. Eldon was born on July 1, 1926, at Salmon Butte, Klamath County, OR to Eldon and Mary (Gildersleeve) Vandegraft. The family moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 1928, where they worked in the orchards. In his early teenage years, he worked with his father hauling pumice stone out of Phelps Creek, near Lake Wenatchee. While working hard to support his family, he graduated Valedictorian class of 1944. Eldon married his childhood sweetheart, Eva Avery, on May 10, 1946, at Leavenworth, ...

James Maxwell Spence

James Maxwell Spence died at home in Wenatchee, WA, on November 23, 2014. Spence, the fourth of five children, was born in Spirit Lake, ID on January 20, 1926, to William and Carrie Spence. He graduated from Wallace High School, then joined the U.S. Army Air Force in the waning days of World War II. Following the War, Jim served as a smokejumper for a number of years. He jumped on 50 wildfires around the West, before shattering his left ankle during a bad landing in rugged terrain. He was ...

Danny Walls

Danny Walls, 59, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014. Danny Hayes Walls was born on December 24, 1954, to Clarence and Mamie Walls in Modesto, CA, the third of four children. Danny was raised in Modesto and Empire, CA. His family later moved to Washington State in 1973 and settled in the Rock Island area. Danny worked in the orchard industry until 1996. Danny was devoted to his family and loved fishing with his dad and brothers.

In Loving Memory Vera (Lybolt) Sonntag Minner

Vera Sonntag Minner, 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and her loving caregiver in College Place, WA on November 21, 2014. She was born on October 21, 1921, in Wenatchee, WA to William and Ethel Lybolt. She graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1939. Vera was voted female athlete of the year and was drum majorette for the band. She then attended Wenatchee Business College. In 1940, Vera married Frank Sonntag, Jr., and enjoyed 49 years of marriage.

Peggy May

Peggy May, 78, of East Wenatchee, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

Brian J. Ursic

Brian J. Ursic, 55, of Wenatchee, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

Vera G. Minner

Vera G. Minner, 93, of College Place and formerly of Wenatchee, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

Maynard C. Bollinger

Maynard C. Bollinger, 73, of Wenatchee, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

Clara G. Probst

Clara G. Probst, of Wenatchee, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

Wilma Ingrid Hill

Wilma Ingrid Hill, a lifelong residence of Issaquah, WA, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at home. She was 97. Wilma was born April 28, 1917, in Issaquah, to Matt and Eliina Nikko. She was raised in Issaquah and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1935. Following high school, she furthered her education and obtained her business certificate. In 1935, she married Earl Arvid Hill in Issaquah.

Richard Lowell Smith

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Richard Lowell Smith, was born January 2, 1925, in Aberdeen, WA, where he was raised. He passed away January 20, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA. Richard was in the Army Air Force as a teletype operator. He worked at Alcoa in Wenatchee, at Aberdeen Plywood as a speed sander, at the Olympia Post Office as a clerk, and many other jobs. After retiring in 1988, they moved to Wenatchee, where Richard worked at the Red Lion to stay busy, receiving several awards.

Mildred C. Tomlinson

Mildred C. Tomlinson, 90, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away peacefully Monday, November 24, 2014, at the extended care facility in which she was residing. Mildred was born in Wagner, SC on November 22, 1924. Mildred graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1941 from Wagner High School. Following graduation, she moved to Fort Benning, GA to work as a military chauffeur during World War II. While working as a chauffeur, she met and fell in love with Private Ralph Tomlinson. The two married January 1, 1944.

Norman Edward Olsen

Norman was born on December 20, 1934, in Longview, WA to William Olsen and Jessie (King) Olsen. His family lived in Longview, WA, Rainier, OR, then eventually moved to Cannon Beach, OR. Norman served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Bay Field APA-33 during the Korean War. In 1964, he met and married Catherine Utsler in Wenatchee, WA. They had three daughters.

Gordon Fredrick Miller

Gordon Fredrick Miller died November 18, 2014, at Mountain Meadows Assisted Living in Leavenworth, WA, surrounded by family and friends. He was born January 3, 1941, in Wenatchee, WA, to Fred and Mollie Miller. He grew up in Dryden, WA, attended grade school in Dryden and graduated from Peshastin-Dryden High School in 1959. He attended the First Congregational Church of Dryden as a youth and completed Catechism to become a church member.

Geneva M. Riddle

Geneva M. Riddle, 93, of Wenatchee, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

Norman E. Olsen

Norman E. Olsen, 79, of Wenatchee, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.