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Stanley Arnold Christianson

Stanley Arnold Christianson died peacefully July 16, 2014, at his home in Leavenworth, WA, from pancreatic cancer at age 76. He was surrounded by family and, in the days before his death, was visited by friends and extended family. The son of Arnold Hanson and Ethel Luella (Olson) Christianson, Stan was born on February 7, 1938, in Creston, British Columbia, one of two children. Stan and his sister, Elaine, immigrated to the U.S. in 1945, first to Spokane, WA and lived with their uncle and aunt, Ken and Viola Grellette, ...

Jeffrey Gregg “Jeff” Best (In Memoriam)

Jeffrey Gregg "Jeff" Best, 45, of East Wenatchee and Soap Lake, passed away July 1, 2014, at his residence. Jeff was born to Darrold and Elizabeth Best on March 10, 1969 in Omak, WA. Jeff moved to East Wenatchee in 1973, where he attended Grant Elementary and graduated from Eastmont High in 1987. Jeff worked at various fruit sheds as a forklift driver throughout his career. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with his son, brothers, dad and grandfather.

Gerald “Jerry” Meyer

Gerald E. Meyer passed away July 15, 2014, after a long illness. He was born in Lander, WY to Charles and Pearl Meyer. He had an older brother and an older sister. He moved to Seattle, WA when he was 19 years old. Jerry worked for Safeway Stores for 40 years, with 30 as a manager. He was transferred from Seattle to the East Wenatchee store in 1982, where he was able to take advantage of his love of skiing. He retired in 1986. Jerry served in the Army in ...

Gayle Byrnell Nickel

Gayle Byrnell Nickel, 88, of Ephrata, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Gerald Lloyd “Jerry” Thomas

Jerry Thomas, 72, resident of Mansfield, WA, left our world on Monday, July 14, 2014. He is working with our Lord and Savior, driving tractor and tending to the fields in Heaven. Jerry was born on January 20, 1942, to Leroy and Cleda Black and raised by Ellen Curbow. He was married to Nancy Thomas and had three sons, Devin Thomas, Darrin Thomas, and Daniel Thomas, all of whom live in the Chelan area. He was a person who would drop everything to help out a person in need.

Charlene “Toni” (McLaren) Melcher

Charlene is currently enjoying her new life in Heaven with Jesus, having died suddenly of unknown causes at her home in Deer Park, WA, on April 17, 2014. She was born on July 16, 1938, to Arthur McLaren and Margaret Snyder in Wenatchee, WA, where she grew up and graduated from high school. Mother Margaret died in the spring of 1939 and dad remarried Lora Pace. Charlene lived most of her adult life in the areas of St. Maries, Plummer and Worley, ID and Rockford, Spokane and Deer Park, WA.

Stanley A. Christianson

Stanley Christianson, 76, a resident of Leavenworth, WA, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at home. A Memorial Service is being planned.

Eric W. Fox

A great man was taken unexpectedly, and way too soon, on July 12, 2014, from an aortic aneurysm, in Spokane, WA. Eric was born and raised in Brewster, WA. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and was an avid ZAGS fan his entire life. He had a wonderful career, spanning 20 years, as co-owner of Applied Solutions, working as a Control Engineer. During that time, Eric developed close relationships with many of his customers and colleagues. Eric's true love was his wife, Kim Fox, ...

Jean Schall

Jean Schall, 71, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She was born June 4, 1943, to Norma and Happy Logelin in Noonan, ND. In 1961, she married Leonard Schall and together they had four children. They made their home in Minot, ND until 1966, when they moved their family to Tacoma, WA. In 1971, they came to Wenatchee, WA, as the result of a mass layoff at Boeing. Jean enjoyed every craft imaginable and did most of them extremely well.

Yvonne J. Allen

Yvonne "Vonnie" Jane Allen, 79, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, after a long battle with breast cancer. Vonnie was born May 18, 1935, to Clyde and Emma Coffman in Norman, OK. She was the second eldest of four, with one older sister and two younger brothers. She spent much of her younger life in Norman and raised two beautiful daughters, Janie and Linda. In Norman, she fostered an appetite for ...

Ruth H. Cox

Ruth H. Cox, 93, of East Wenatchee and formerly of Wenatchee, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Socorro Spanjer

Socorro Spanjer, 60, of Ephrata, died Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Meyer

Gerald “Jerry” Meyer, 91, of East Wenatchee, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

George Jerry Bruggman

George Jerry Bruggman, a longtime Wenatchee/East Wenatchee, WA resident, passed away at Cashmere Convalescent Center on Saturday, July 12, 2014. George was born on July 13, 1933, in Wenatchee, to Edmond and Martha (Akamatsu) Bruggman and was the fifth out of eight children. After graduating from Wenatchee High School in 1951, he went into the military, from 1953 to 1955, and was stationed in Japan, where he met Akiko Akumatsu and, several months after he was discharged, he had saved and borrowed enough money to return to Japan and ask ...

Helen (Norvell) Heller

Helen (Norvell) Heller, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, after a brief illness. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Foothills Foursquare Church, 315 S. Mission Street, Wenatchee. The family will greet friends at her home afterward. Burial will be private. She was born Mary Helen Norvell on June 18, 1924, in Roby, TX, the fourth of six daughters of Maggie Pearl Lewis and Jack Don Norvell. She graduated from John C. ...

Heather J. (Klein) Jarvis

Heather J. (Klein) Jarvis, 32, a resident of East Wenatchee, WA, left this world Thursday, July 10, 2014. She is with her Lord and Savior and all earthly pain is now gone. Heather was born April 18, 1982, to parents, James and Shirley Klein, also from East Wenatchee. She was a sweet and beautiful child and excelled in all she did through her school years. Heather graduated from Eastmont High School in 2000. She had many lifelong friends she made, due to her kind personality.

Gail Covey

Gail Covey, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away with her children by her side on July 12, 2014. She was born April 21, 1931, to John and Marion Hendry in Oak Park, IL. She met her future husband, Ron, at the annual Polar Bear Paddle at the University of Minnesota. Three months later, on May 3, 1952, they were married. They and their three children moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 1962. Through the years, Gail was a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, and bookkeeper, retiring from G.G. Richardson.

Barbara Renberg

Barbara Renberg went home to be with her Lord and Savior July 10, 2014. She was born in 1921, to Stull and Frances Wright and raised in Shelley, ID. After high school, she moved to Salt Lake City, UT, where she received her RN license. She practiced nursing for many years. Music was an important part of Barbara's life. She was an accomplished pianist, organist, accompanist and piano teacher.