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home : obituaries February 5, 2016

Robert "Bob" Duncan
Robert "Bob" Duncan passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 19 2016 at the age of 82 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
He was born in Leavenworth to Everett "Bert" and Emma (McMahon) Duncan on Jan. 10, 1934. Bob met Joanne "Jodi" Parkins in high school and fell in love. They were married at the Cashmere Methodist Church on Sept. 5, 1954. Bob joined the Army as an Airborne Ranger which took them all over the world. They finally settled in Leavenworth where he then started a construction company that lasted for 32 years, after which he and Jody decided to retire.
He is survived by his children Bobby Duncan, Sharon Jones and Sue Evans. He is also survived by his granddaughters Kelly (Jones) Drader, Rose Duncan and Jamie Evans and a great granddaughter Alexis Drader. He was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Em Dunkin; brother Jack Duncan and sisters Betty Darlington and Joyce Johnson.
A memorial service of commemoration will be held
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Ward's Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth with Reverend Denise Roberts officiating.
Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Bonnie Carol Powel
Bonnie Carol Powell, 74, a resident of Leavenworth, died Friday, Jan.15, 2016 at her home in Leavenworth. She is survived by her Son, Mike Powell; mother Helen Nelson and sister, Susan Bach. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date
Monday, January 25, 2016

Patricia Luebke
Patricia Luebke, 80, a resident of Leavenworth died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at her home in Leavenworth. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Doyle. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth. Private family burial will be in the Mt. View Cemetery.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Hellmut Megert
Hellmut Megert died as he lived, on his own terms on Jan. 6, 2016. He died peacefully in his home overlooking the snow covered Wenatchee Valley and within arms reach of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Seventy-eight years prior he was born in an equally snow covered Reichenbach, Switzerland to Hellmut and Bertha Mägert on Dec. 22, 1937. Two siblings were to follow, Hansruedi Mägert, and Elly Ghilardi.
Hellmut and his brother Hansruedi, growing up, would spend their summers herding the family's goats up to high meadows in the Alps.
After graduating from school, he completed his service in the Swiss army, where he was on the gymnastics team.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Alline Marie Black
Alline Marie Black, 96, a resident of the Peshastin - Leavenworth area since 1921, died Sunday, Dec. 27 at Leavenworth at Mountain Meadows. She was born on April 11, 1919 to Murray and Lena (Hunt) Craven at Kingsland, Texas. In 1921, the family moved to Peshastin, where she grew up and received her early education. On Aug. 23, 1940 she married Gilbert J. Black at Peshastin and they made their home in Leavenworth. Alline packed fruit for many years, working at various warehouses and during the years that her children were in school, she was active in their activities
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Vern James Sollinger
A child of the depression, a WWII Veteran, a man who loved nature, his orchard and his family, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 20, 2015. He was born in Strandell, Washington on July 17, 1922 to Argene & Beatrice (Jones) Sollinger. For his father's health reasons, the family moved in 1937 to Dryden and lived in a tent by the Wenatchee River for close to a year, breaking ice in the river to bathe and get water for cooking. He and his father worked in local orchards and would bring a couple props home each night to cut up for wood to cook on and heat the tent. At age 15, he moved to Plain and lived in a barn at the Probst Dairy, working to earn money to send home to his family. He would milk in the morning, deliver milk to Wenatchee and be back in time to milk again before bed. Mr. Probst taught him how to drive and he got his driver's license using the dairy delivery van. In those days, you were not allowed to take a driver's test in anything but a car, but somehow Mr. Probst convinced them to change the rules that day. Dad moved back to Cashmere and went to work in the orchard for Charlie Cochran. Charlie took Dad under his wing and taught him how to work, save and invest his money.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lois J. Bowles
Lois J. Bowles was born Dec. 15, 1948 to Ernest and Pauline (Foiles) Hoggatt in Yakima, Washington, and passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 2, 2015 in Wenatchee, Washington.
Lois spent most of her early life in southern Oregon where she attended grade school in Sunny Valley and high school in Grants Pass. On Sept. 3, 1983 Lois married Bruce I Bowles in Grants Pass, Oregon. Bruce and Lois met at Rogue Community College where she was secretary to the dean of students and he was a student. They moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where they had successful and fulfilling careers, made many life-long friends, and had an abundance of joyous adventures.
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jim McKenna
Eldest of eight siblings, father of Amy and John and husband of Kathy, Jim McKenna passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack while prepping his hunting camp near Republic, Washington on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at age 70. He will be sorely missed but his impact will continue to be felt everywhere by those who knew and loved him. A bit of a wild child (don't ask about the skunk in the courtyard of his high school, or what happened at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich), Jim joined the military during the Vietnam years where he trained in the Special Forces as an Army reservist.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Theresa Jeanette Schmoker
A very special lady has gone to be with our Lord in heaven. Theresa Schmoker passed away on Nov. 16, 2015, from complications with pneumonia. She was lively and cared deeply for everyone she met. For the last five years she helped keep things "hopping" at the Mountain Meadows Assisted Living Facility in Leavenworth! Theresa was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1931. She attended Catholic schools where French was the primary language. She moved to Wenatchee in her teenage years. While working at a restaurant, she met Sterling Schmoker, a railroad man. They were married and made their home in Leavenworth in 1951. Theresa gave birth to two sons, Duane in 1954 and Marty in 1957. ln 1962, they moved to Sterling's family farm in Spromberg Canyon, on the Chumstick. Together with Sterling, who passed away in 1988, they raised their boys including their nephew, John C Kageorge, who arrived at the farm at the age of 12. The Schmokers avidly supported their boys at all of their musical, sporting, and extra circular activities.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015


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