Roger H. Eckhardt, 87, long time resident of Dryden was born in Lewistown, Montana in 1929. He passed away Jan. 13, 2017 at Apache Junction, Arizon. During the depression the family moved west to Conconully, Washington After his early years in Conconully he moved to Sunnyslope, where he started school. The family moved to East Wenatchee where he started school in 1935 and Roger graduated from Wentachee High School as there was no Eastmont High School at that time. Roger joined the army in 1948 and served his country in the Army of Occupation in Japan serving as director of the Japanese motor pool for the U.S. military vehicles during the Korean Conflict. Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Bruce I. Bowles was born Aug. 8, 1947 to Clark L. and Rhea (Johnson) Bowles in Ross, California, and passed away on Nov. 11, 2016 in Leavenworth, Washington. Bruce spent most of his early life in California, where he attended high school in San Anselmo, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965. Bruce met Lois J. Hoggatt at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he was a student and she was secretary to the dean of students. On Sept. 3, 1983 Bruce married Lois and they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. A successful and fulfilling career ensued with Alaska Communications Systems with numerous commendations, promotions, and a long membership with IBEW 1547. When Bruce retired in 2006, he and Lois moved to Leavenworth, Washington and were happily involved in a variety of community activities and services, where they made numerous meaningful friendships. Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Fred Edward Valentine died Dec. 4, 2016 at his home in Wenatchee. He was born June 22, 1935 in the Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Born to Ted and Levi Valentine, he was one of five siblings, lna Stevens, Raymond Valentine, Larry Valentine and Bruce Valentine. Fred married his high school sweetheart Carol Snyder and they had three daughters Tammy, Tracy and Amy Fred began his career with the Tree Fruit Research Station, field man at Northwest Wholesale, horticulturist with Blue Star Growers in Cashmere for 35 years, grower relations manager with Dole Fruit Co., horticulturist with Stemilt Growers. He ended his career with Van Well Nursery. Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Hugh McIndoe, or Doug, as he was always known, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 17. Throughout his life, he never shied away from sharing love and hugs with everyone, and he was known for always offering a helping hand to any in need. With his contagious smile, he made friends wherever he went and his house was open to all. He was born on Aug. 15, 1957 in Red Bank, New Jersey to Scot and Marlene McIndoe, then, as a baby, the family moved to Laguna Beach, California. Doug and his older brother, Eric, grew up running on the beach and surfing the So. Calif. waves, something he loved and was very proud of. He moved to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii when he was just 15 to "surf the big waves," which he did very well. He eventually moved back to the mainland, farming briefly in Barstow, California, then graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Chemistry. He loved the Chico area, and while there, skied down Mt. Lassen and explored the Ishi Wilderness, which he loved so much. His traveling bug would then take him to Jackson, Wyoming following his good buddy Mike, in what he called his "wood getter," a beat up old Subaru Justy. He loved that car - and it got him to Jackson Hole where the big mountains were. There, he met Betsy, while skiing in Teton Village and they became a quick pair living on the shores of Jackson Lake, and in Wilson, Wyoming. His love for the outdoors grew and eventually led him to climbing, taking friends to the summit of the Grand Teton countless times. Doug and Betsy owned a business for two years at Grand Targhee Ski Resort where his love for skiing grew stronger and they enjoyed many, many big Wyoming POW days together. They missed the other side of the Tetons, moved back to Jackson where he was employed by Satellite Aero, the fixed base operator of the Jackson Airport as Line Supervisor. Thursday, December 1, 2016
Marsha Lynn Head, 72, of Cashmere, Washington. went to her eternal life with Jesus on Nov. 9, 2016, in Wenatchee, Washington. from an extended illness. She was born October 25, 1944 in Wenatchee, Washington. to James and Margaret Stanford. She graduated from Cashmere in 1962. She married Kenneth Head on Aug. 17, 1965 in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. She was an avid reader, who loved to camp, spend time with her family, and always had a song in her heart and on her lips. She was very family oriented and loved to tell jokes. She always had a hug for anyone that wanted one, and she loved to talk to friends. Family dinners were cherished times with good conversation and many laughs. She loved her job at the Columbia Market which later became Dan's Food Market, where she interacted with people on a daily basis, and that was where she was in her element. She LOVED her grandchildren and always had a smile on her face when they were around. Thursday, November 17, 2016
Gwendolyn C. "Gwen" MacDougal, 89, our loving, kind, and generous, mother, grandmother, friend and longtime resident of Cashmere passed away surrounded by family, on Oct. 19, 2016 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee WA. She was born March 17, 1927 in Somerton, Arizona. Gwen graduated from Belmont High School in Los Angeles California. She attended Good Samaritan School of Nursing, United States Cadet Nurse Corps, Portland, OR where she met her future husband Keith MacDougal and on March 5, 1945, they were married in Portland, Oregon. Thursday, November 17, 2016
James "Jim" Perry Raides, 55, died Oct. 16, 2016 peacefully at his home in Plain, Washington. He was born in Seattle, Washington in 1961 and was an only child to parents Charles and Dorothy Raides. Jim attended school and started his life as a young man in Everett, Washington until meeting Glenda Ellis and her three small children Becky, Lindsay and Ryan OBrien. He soon relocated to the Leavenworth area and married Glenda in August of 1985. James and Glenda produced one more child, James D. Raides. Jim and his family resided in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area for the next 20 years where he worked as a skilled carpenter and craftsman with his best friend, Gary Graham. He was an avid outdoorsman throughout his entire life, his heaven was found in the wilderness climbing, hiking and skiing. James made an impact on everyone he came into contact with and will be deeply missed by his family, friends and community. Jim is proceeded in death by his mother Dorothy, wife Glenda and son Ryan. He is survived by his father Charles, children Becky and Lindsay Obrien, son James Raides, and adoring grandchildren Gavin Dwyer, Genevieve Talley and Kaleigh Raides of whom were the light of his eyes. Service will be held to celebrate his life at 10:30 a.m, Oct. 29 at Wards Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth Washington.
Robert William Dillon Robert W. Dillon, Colonel, USAF, retired, 93, died Oct. 7, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born in Webster, Iowa on April 3, 1923, the son of Edgar and Pearl Dillon. He was the beloved husband of Carolyn Jane Dillon for 71 years; an amazing father to Teri Janene Schuenemann, Michael William Dillon (Janine), Douglas Nelson Dillon (Paula) and Kerry Dillon Schaar (Jim); grandfather to Nate(Teara), Bob, Samantha(Dave), Tawni(Steven), Dana(Jim), Deric(Jamie), Sam(Rachelle) and Lexi; great grandfather to DJ, Dallas, Tre(James III), Kaston, Teyva, Tre, Cade, Elsie and London; and brother to Gladys Tracy of Moses Lake, Washington and Frank Dillon of Clovis, New Mexico. Robert graduated from Webster High School, Iowa in 1940 along with five other students. He attended Parson's College in 1941 on a baseball scholarship. His education was interrupted in 1942 when he volunteered for the Army Air Corps and became a B-17 pilot. Prior to leaving for service in England, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Jane Nelson. They celebrated their 71st Anniversary on March 17, 2015. Robert served 32 years in the Army Air Corps and US Air Force - during WWII in the 335th Squadron, 95th Bomb Group (H), 8th Air Force, Horham Air Base, England, during the Korean War and a tour at Tan San Nhut AB, Saigon,Viet Nam 1971-1972 - he was with Systems Command as an aeronautical engineer (The Pentagon, Wright Patterson, Andrews AFB and Eglin AFB to name a few) He retired in 1974 and moved to Leavenworth, Washington. He and Carolyn loved living there for 32 years. His favorite thing to do was play golf. The last 43 years he especially enjoyed golfing with family and friends at the Leavenworth Golf Course. If he wasn't golfing, he enjoyed watching golf tournaments on television. We miss you dad! But are so glad you and mom are together again. A celebration of life will be held at Kristall's Restaurant in Leavenworth on Friday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. Any donations in his name may be made to a Veteran's organization.