Theo Christiaan Versteegh, 86, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA. He was born on March 23, 1928, in Indonesia. He got his education in the Netherlands, with a Degree in Aerospace Engineering. When he was 33 years old, he immigrated to the United States and made his home in Bellevue, WA. He went to work for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. Upon retirement, he settled in Wenatchee, WA. At the age of 85, on January 15, 2014, he married Maxine Daniels in Wenatchee.
Chester Tovey "Chet" Ashby, 90, was born at home on November 6, 1923, in Garland, UT to James Ralph Ashby and Elizabeth Tovey Ashby. He was the youngest of 12 children. His early childhood years were spent on a farm in Utah, and his later childhood and teenage years were spent on a farm in Nyssa, OR. Except for his years in the Navy, and a year working as a welder at CalShip in California, he spent his entire life farming. Chet felt that farming was a divine calling.
Adrienne Marie Arthemise (Turcotte) Estes, 87, passed away September 13, 2014, at the Monroe House in Moses Lake, WA. She was born July 8, 1927, to August and Emilina Turcotte on the family farm near Rolla, ND. She attended boarding school in Oakwood, ND for her first year of high school. Then, in 1943, she entered the convent, as did all of her other sisters, She entered the Order of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.
Clayton J. Wallace Jr. passed away September 9, 2014. He was born on April 23, 1923, at Chewelah, WA to the late Clayton J. Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Betz) Wallace. Clayton was raised in Chewelah, where he received his early education and graduated from high school in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 1943. He served in the South Pacific Theatre in New Guinea and Australia as a Store Keeper 1st Class.
Thomas James Brady was born October 29, 1919, in New Hartford, NY, beside the Erie Canal, the son of James Arthur Brady and Ellen (Hand) Brady. He had four step-siblings by his father's first wife and six siblings from his parents' union. Tom was the last surviving sibling of the 11. Tom died September 13, 2014, in Spokane, WA, after an extended period of declining health.
Chester C. Nichols, Manson, passed away September 7, 2014, at home. He was born March 4, 1939, at Snohomish, WA to Chester and Helen M. (Evans) Nichols. He attended Manson Schools, then joined the military, serving 21 years in the U. S. Navy.
Gloria Gail Swanson passed away in the early morning hours of September 12, 2014, at Highgate Assisted Living Center in Wenatchee. Gloria was born August 4, 1953, to Glen and Ruby (Knowles) Swanson at Chelan, WA. Gloria grew up in Chelan and graduated from Chelan High School in 1971. She pursued a career with what was then General Telephone company, and worked with them until her retirement.
Raymond M. Regan Sr. passed away August 17, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Wenatchee, WA to John and Florence Regan on August 23, 1930. Ray had three brothers and two sisters. Ray is survived by his brother, Lenard Regan; and sister, Barbra (Rollie) Smitten.
Morris V. West, 88, passed away September 6, 2014, of heart complications, at his Wenatchee home surrounded by love. He was born to Walter and Irma West in Seminole, TX. The family moved to New Mexico and then California in 1942. He was inducted into the Navy in May 1944. Morris was a Labor Contractor at various farming jobs in California. He married Maxine Durham in 1946, and they had three children.
Eunice "Marie" Tipton went to be with the lord the morning of August 28, 2014, in Seaside, OR, where she had lived this past year with the caring staff and friends at Necanicum Village. Her daughter, Linda and granddaughter, Shane were by her side. Marie was born February 10, 1928, to Mary (Denison) and Harvey Hicks in Idabel, OK. She was the eldest of four children born into a farming family.