Kathleen Joann "Kathy" Collins, 62, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 7, 2014, after an unexpected illness. Kathy was born January 15, 1952, in Deadwood, SD. She was the daughter of Marietta Drollman and the late Joseph Drollman of Wenatchee.
On Thanksgiving morning 2014, our dad, brother and friend, Steven L. Johnson, died unexpectedly of a heart attack, while visiting Wenatchee. Born on August 25, 1942, to Paul and Irene Johnson, he was raised with five brothers and sisters in Forest Grove, OR. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1961. He entered the U.S. Army, where he completed training with the 82nd Airborne Division, completing his service as a paratrooper and was honorably discharged in 1965. He then went to college for a degree in the newly emerging field ...
Daniel Carpenter was born a New Year's baby January 1, 1947, to Enid and Irvin Carpenter in Wenatchee, WA. Dan's troubles started early in life with the passing of his mother at the age of three, but by then she already had taught him to read. This was kept close to his heart all of his life. Dan had a spiritual side to his life and was baptized in 1960 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Wenatchee and he kept Christ in his life always, but kept it personal.
Ruby Jewell Brown passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014. She lost her battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy after a ten year struggle with this devastating disease. Ruby was born in Woodson, AR to David H. and Leona (Freeman) Eagle on August 24, 1930. She spent her early years in Arkansas, where she worked in a General Store and sang on the radio. Ruby met her future husband, Virgil Roy Brown, when he came into the store where she worked looking for bandages for his injured hand.
Geneva M. (Phelan) Riddle, 93, of Wenatchee, WA, passed away November 25, 2014. Geneva ("Neva") was born in Troy, ID, on October 8, 1921, to John and Amanda Phelan. She was the second eldest of six children and lived some of her growing-up years with her family in Omak, WA, eventually moving back to Troy, where she met her husband, Charles, one of the Riddle Boys! They were married on July 5, 1941, and they had a loving marriage for 63 years, until Charles passed away in 2003.
Wylie Echelbarger was born on February 7, 1928, in Lynnwood, WA, to Leo and Helen Echelbarger. He died December 7, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA. Wylie grew up in Lynnwood, WA, along with eight siblings. He graduated from Edmonds High School and then worked for the family business, delivering oil within the community. On July 12, 1949, he married Jo Anne Gordon. They had five beautiful children, and eventually moved to Winthrop, WA.
Eugene Herbert "Butch" Gatewood, Jr., 70, a 45 year Wenatchee area resident, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Confluence Health Hospital. He was born on March 3, 1944, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Wenatchee, the son of Eugene Herbert Sr. and Thelma June (Soule) Gatewood. He was raised and received his schooling through junior high in East Wenatchee, WA, before the family moved to Winthrop, WA, where he attended high school, graduating in 1964.
Peter Miller Smith, 64, of Omak, WA, passed away at his home on December 3, 2014. He was born in Somerville, NJ on September 28, 1950, to Peter and Elemina Smith. Peter grew up in Greenbrook, NJ, graduating from Dunellen High School. He moved to Spokane when his parents re-located to Spokane, WA and he attended Eastern Washington University, graduating in 1974. Peter and Sara were married in Spokane in 1974, and moved to Omak, WA in 1976, when Peter was hired by the Omak School District.
Walter J. Weishaupt went to be with the lord on November 27, 2014, right before his 90th birthday. He was born in 1924 and raised in Switzerland. In his 20's, he came to the U.S. and met and married the love of his life, Dolores Weishaupt, who is now celebrating their reunion since being apart on December 1, 2010. He had a great sense of humor and youthful vitality.
Audrey passed away, at the age of 95, peacefully on a snowy afternoon Saturday, November 29, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. Audrey was one of four daughters and she was born on a small farm just outside Nodaway, MO to Nancy and Hubert Calvert. She met and married Ralph Allen Garrett in 1937, and had five children, Billy, Gerald, Judith, Roger and David. They divorced in 1955, and she then moved with her children to Hawthorne, CA, where she then took in her adopted son, Richard, at age 17.
Virginia D. "Ginger" Simmons passed away on November 28, 2014, at Confluence Hospital in Wenatchee, WA, with the loving care of family and the comfort-care team at the hospital. Ginger was born on February 14, 1924, in Panora, IA to Clyde and Fairy Shepherd. Her family later moved to Colorado Springs, CO, where she met and married John C. "Johnny" Simmons on June 20, 1941. They shared a wonderful life together until Johnny's death on September 24, 1995.