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Norman "Greg" Gross
Norman "Greg" Gross, a resident of Wenatchee, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. A service of commemoration will be held at a later date in California. Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 More...

Marilyn Ward
On the evening of Aug. 6, 2015, Marilyn Ward passed away at her home in Killeen, Texas. Marilyn was 66 years old, the second of four children born to Bill and Mary Jean.

Marilyn was raised in the San Francisco Bay area. She was passionate about her family and friends, cooking, enjoying good food, movies, and music. Marilyn had a great sense of humor and made friends easily, many live in California, Washington and Texas. All of whom were considered family. She was a dedicated mother who chose to live close to her daughter and grandsons to help provide her time and support. It was there that she found a workplace that she loved and developed an extensive network of new friends whom she considered family.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
Harlan Lee Shouse
Harlan Lee Shouse, 91, a longtime resident of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at Amber Waves in Waterville.

He was born the sixth of seven children in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Thomas "Harv" and Flora (Manning) Shouse. After receiving his early education, he went to work in the family painting business. On Oct. 10, 1942 he married Sarah Lucille Jones in Ponca City, Oklahoma where they made their home. Harlan later worked dairy, mining and then joined his father-in-law farming. Harlan moved the family to Gardina, California and went to work for Virco Manufacturing. After a few years of hard work, Virco promoted him and relocated the family to Conway, Arkansas. While in Conway, they bought a farm and raised Brangus Cattle. In 1966, Harlan decided to go back to school and he and Lucille moved in a small camp trailer to Wheezer, Idaho, where he attended Heavy Equipment Training School. Later, in 1966, they continued west settling in Leavenworth, where he started working for the U.S. Forest Service as a Road Grader Operator, a job he truly loved. Some years after Lucille's death in 1999, he married Joyce Sherwood in a May 2003 wedding.

Harlan and Lucille were very involved in the Appleland Promenaders Square Dance Club, but Harlan's greatest loves were for fishing, hunting, camping and his job in the mountains grading roads.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
"In Loving Memory of James W. Ward"
Some people touch our lives only briefly...

while others leave a lasting impression and are never forgotten.

Love and miss you always,

Your Family

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Chris "Chauncey" Sauer
Chris "Chauncey" Sauer with his family by his side, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 7, 2015 due to complications from an aneurysm. Chauncey was born on Oct. 31, 1934 to Christian and Francis Sauer in Cass Lake, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marlyn and their five children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

After graduating from high school in 1952, Chauncey joined the Army Reserves and moved to Libby, Montana, where he met the love of his life, Marlyn. Chauncey joined the Libby Volunteer Fire Department and quickly moved through the ranks and became fire chief in 1973, serving for 24 years in Libby. Chauncey finally landed his dream job as a full time fire chief for Snohomish County Fire Dist. 11 in Everett, Washington for 20 years. Chauncey sat on the board for Sno-Pac, Snohomish County Chiefs Association, Washington State Fire Chief Association and numerous other boards and committees.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Charles Robert (Bob) Varner
Charles Robert (Bob) Varner, born Feb. 17, 1923 to Donald and Hannah Murry in Vancouver, B.C. and passed away Aug. 31, 2015 at Mountain Meadows in Leavenworth, Washington.

When Bob was 6, his father died. His mother married Joe Varner and that was the name Bob used from then on. The Varners moved to Seattle where his father was a race horse trainer: Bob was put on his first horse at about the age of 10. After the 6th grade, his dad fell sick and Bob quit public school to support his family. At 15, never being asked if he was of legal age to ride, 16, he became a jockey. He raced at Seattle's Longacres, in California at Santa Anita, Del Mar & Bay Meadows, Caliente, Mexico and in Omaha, Nebraska. His favorite horse was Olimpo. He rode personally for Bing Crosby for a time. In 1939, at the age of 15, Bob rode against Seabiscuit in an exhibition race in California. While in California, he roller skated with Judy Garland. In the summer of 1942, while swimming in Seattle, he saw a pretty young girl and told his friend, "I am going to marry her." Bob and Elinor Plant were married Oct. 10.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Donald L. McEachern
Donald L. McEachern, 90, a longtime resident of Peshastin, died Sept. 1, 2015 in Leavenworth. He was born Aug. 24, 1925 in Portland, Oregon. He was raised in Seattle with four brothers and graduated from Ballard High School. At age 14, he started working in a small mom and pop grocery store delivering groceries on his bicycle. At age 17, he managed the business for the owner. Don joined the Army in 1943 and served until the end of the war. In 1948, along with his dad, they bought the Timberline Motel, Gas and Grocery Store in Peshastin. He ran the business for 55 years. Don helped out many part time field workers with free supplies, groceries and gas. He spent many hours taking care of business for the Veterans clubs in Peshastin and supported the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Don was quiet, giving person in many ways. He was always there supporting all of his family and he will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his brothers, Glen and Lawrence, sister-in-law's, Gloria, Audrey and Dolores; and some 29 nieces and nephews.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Cherie Louise Ballew
"She never moved the stars from their courses, but she loved a good man and she rode good horses" Cherie Louise Ballew, 66, passed away Aug. 26, after a courageous 3 1/2 year battle with brain cancer. She was born Feb. 27, 1949 to Charles and Elizabeth Silhavy in Bremerton, Washington where she grew up with her three sisters, Janice, Charlene and Kathie. She attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School, West Bremerton High School and two years at Olympic College. The family enjoyed spending time at their Seabeck Cabin, which later became the site for many family gatherings and fond memories. ln 1969, Cherie followed her parents to Leavenworth, and after a brief marriage, had daughter Jenna in 1972. She worked as a receptionist at Cascade Clinic for the next 17 years where she met many people from our community who came to mean a lot to her. ln 1976, she married the love of her life, Stephen Ballew, and in 1978, they welcomed son Lance. She was instrumental in helping husband, Steve, build their business Tumwater Drilling where she continued to do the book work until she retired after her diagnosis in 2012. Cherie enjoyed being involved in her kids activities, taking daughter Jenna and her horse to many 4-H events and later becoming a leader for Ponderosa 4-H. She also attended countless soccer, baseball, basketball and football games of Lance's, often feeding the team some of her famous lasagna the night before the game.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Donald LeRoy Ells
After many years of suffering with Alzheimer's and Dementia, our beloved Don is now in heaven with his Lord, his soul finally filled with peace.

Don was born Jan. 26, 1936 in Leavenworth, Washington to John and Penny (Rhyne) Ells, the seventh of nine children. He was raised in Leavenworth and Medford, Oregon, eventually returning to make Leavenworth his earthly home. Preceding Don in death were his parents, John and Penny, his brothers, Robert, Jack, Harold, Ray and his sister, Clementine. Don is survived by his brothers, Otis, Cashmere, Washington, Ken (Frosty) Pyuallup, Washington, and sister Darlene (Mickey) Oldham, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, his sweetheart of 58 years, Susan; sons: Mike (Debbie) of Leavenworth, Joe (Betty) of East Wenatchee, Washington, Todd (Kellie) of Leavenworth, and daughter, SuAnn LaRee (Robert) Goulet, Biddeford, Maine. Grandchildren, Eric of East Wenatchee, Washington, April (Josh) of East Wenatchee, Washington, Kevin, Santa Cruz, California, Kyle (Athena) Ft. Benning, Georgia, Ashley, Ariah, Bonnie Brian and Bryce, all of Leavenworth, and four great-grandchildren, Brodie, Max, Alexandria and Andrew. Don is also survived by many nephews and nieces, including special nephew, Rusty and special niece, Connie.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 More...

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