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Delores Elaine Hinton
Born in Lewiston, Idaho on Jan. 10, 1929, Dolores Elaine Hinton passed on in peace June 15 in Pendleton, Oregon. She was 86. Born to the parents of Lewis and Grace Lyon, the family of 15 children moved to Leavenworth, Washington, where she was raised and attended school.

In 1948, she met and married her soulmate and best friend, Cleve Hinton. They spent their first 10 years at the Pilot Rock Lumber camp on the John Day River before moving to Ukiah. In 1965, they moved to Boardman, Oregon, where Dolores joined Cleve with construction jobs all over the Northwest and living in Alaska for five years. Upon returning in 1980, they settled at the Hinton homestead ranch outside of Dale, Oregon. Dolores was very civic minded and community oriented, she was involved in all sorts of groups. She had many friends and enjoyed large gatherings. She loved to dance, laugh, and have fun. She was ready to go at the drop of a hat. The big "D" was an icon on the Round Up Wagon Train for better than 25 years. She always had a comment about things-"one day at a time"; "s@$& happens"; and "this too shall pass".

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Jack Wayne Clark
On June 7, 2015 Jack Clark passed away and the world lost a gentle soul, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was 85.

He was born Oct. 4, 1929 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His family then moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania where he was raised by his aunt and attended school.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a gunner on the USS Missouri during the Korean War.

After the war in Korea, Jack made his way to California. There he married Ellen Sheppeard on Nov. 21, 1954 in a quiet ceremony in a small church in Sunnymead. They were married 60 years.

Jack worked and retired after 20 years as a firefighter on the flight line at Edwards AFB. During his time at Edwards, he was present for the landing of the first space shuttle "Columbia." To enjoy retirement, Jack and Ellen moved to the beautiful town of Leavenworth in 1988.

He enjoyed bird watching, bowling, playing pool, gardening, raising chickens, and the company of his dogs and cats. Jack was also actively involved in his church and the VFW.

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Constance "Beverly" Baird
Constance "Beverly" Baird, 83, passed away on May 22, 2015 at her home in Cashmere. She was a "Leap Year Baby," born on Feb. 29, 1932, in Wenatchee, Washington to the late Henry M. and Constance (McQuarie) Breigenzer. Raised in Wenatchee along with her two brothers and two sisters, she attended school and graduated from Wenatchee High School. On Aug. 3, 1952 she married Roland "Dick" Baird. That November, Dick agreed that they could move to California so she could see movie stars, and he worked as a carpenter. After five months, the couple moved back to the valley and settled into the home that Dick built for them. She raised their family, daughters, Dicksie-Dael, Locklyn, Holly and son, Loren. While Dick worked the family orchards, she kept busy with the flower gardens, sewing for the girls and later in life babysitting her grandchildren and finding treasures at yard sales.

Besides quick trips to Mexico and Canada, Beverly enjoyed their annual trips to Pacific Beach. Many memories were made walking on the beach and collecting shells.

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Rudi Forhan
Rudi Forhan

God made room in heaven last week for our dearly loved father. It was his prayer to be able to join his mother, father and siblings.

Rudi, age 92, died Sunday June 7, 2015 at 9:40 a.m., surrounded by loving family at his home in Vacaville, California. He had been ill for a short period with pneumonia, sepsis and heart failure.

Rudi is survived by his wife of 69 years, Alice (Mehrens), his son William (Bill) and wife Carol of Leavenworth; his daughter Gayle (Elizabeth) and husband Dale Schendzielos of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter Diane (DuBose) of Vacaville; and son Edward and wife Cami of Clayton, California; thirteen grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Rudi was born on March 12, 1923 in Kalispell, Montana to William Forhan and Hermine Bozane Forhan (Merker) He was the youngest of his clan of Irish and Czechoslovakian immigrants and loved to celebrate his Irish heritage.

He was preceded in death by his father William, his mother Hermine, his sisters, Sally, Midge, Florence (Tetler), Laura Josephine (Measure), Margaret (Smith), Nelle (Hartley), and brothers Edward, and William (Buz) Forhan.

During the "Great War" Rudi served in the Merchant Marine service hauling war supplies to the troops in Europe and the South Pacific. He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point where he was commissioned as an ensign in the Maritime service. He served as a navigation officer who was responsible for guiding his unarmed supply ship through submarine infested waters in order to unload munitions and supplies for the troops in New Guinea and France.

After the war Rudi attended the Montana School of Mines in Butte, Montana where he received a degree in Geological Engineering. He injured his knee playing football and ended up in the hospital where he met Alice, a fastidious nurse who caught his eye and stole his heart. Rudi and Alice were married on January 22, 1946 in Butte at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

The couple lived in Butte for most of their early years of marriage where Rudi worked for the Anaconda Company ultimately heading up the work on the Berkley Pit. From Butte, Rudi's work took him to Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies, Grants, New Mexico, and Denver, Colorado. He retired in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Vacaville, California to be closer to family four years ago.

Rudi loved to fish and was especially fond of practicing the art of dry fly fishing on the many rivers of Western Montana. When it was too dark to see a White Wulff floating on the evening ripples he would retire to his family camp trailer where he taught his preteen children to play bridge.

Rudi was a loving father and friend to all he met. His quick humor and warm smile could diffuse the most difficult confrontations. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

A memorial service to celebrate Rudi's life is being planned for later this summer at one of Rudi's favorite Montana trout streams. Those wishing to make a donation in Rudi's memory can contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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William "Bill" Warren Luebke
Our loving husband and wonderful father went home to be with the The Lord on June 6, 2015.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Patricia, his daughter, Leslie, and his son, William, Jr. Bill was born in Everett, Washington, raised in Tacoma, Washington, graduated from Franklin High School and the University of Puget Sound.

Bill was active and positive influence all of his life. He was a retired captain from the Tacoma Police Department with over 30 years of service and Medal of Valor. He was a Rotarian, Mason and a member of Eastern Star. He served as President of the Puyallup Daffodil Festival, started the Fourth of July Air Show/Extravaganza in Tacoma and was the Chief Security Officer at the Western Washington State Fair for many years.

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Vivian Mae Herzog
Went home to her heavenly father on May 29, 2015. Born in County Bluffs, Iowa on Nov. 29, 1923. Vivian moved to Leavenworth from California in 1987. She was a devoted housewife, loved to crochet, cook, and dedicated her life to the Mormon Church. The last two years were spent at Mountain Meadows Assisted Living where she was treated like a queen.
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Tony Sauer
Tony Sauer, a longtime resident and local businessman of Peshastin, died of kidney failure at his mother's home in East Wenatchee. Tony inherited his mechanical aptitude from his father the late George J. Sauer. Like Bud, after graduating from Peshastin-Dryden high school (1980), owned and operated the family repair shop for many years. Shortly after taking over the family business for the third generation, Tony married Jana Smith having two beautiful girls, Jordyn and Makenzie. Sadly a series of debilitating diseases including Parkinson's, cut Tony's career short. Tony was well known for his quick wit and uniquely irreverent humor and in his youth, as a tireless worker who needed little rest to recharge his batteries. For many years, Tony's next door neighbor on Main street in Peshastin was none other than his Grandad Earl Willsey, AKA "Blondie." To watch their daily interaction was funnier than any television sitcom could be. In earlier years, Tony enjoyed taking his family on vacation to Camano Island and Mexico. Once even offering his mechanical expertise for a tricky problem while on vacation in Acapulco, impressing the proprietor.
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Marge Miller
America has lost another member of the "Greatest Generation." Marge Miller, a long time Peshastin resident, passed away May 23, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington surrounded by her loving family. Marge was born Nov. 19,1925 in Cashmere, Washington to Raymond and Mary Jurgens Bromfield.
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Florence Irene Painter Cenotto
Florence Irene (Painter) Cenotto was born in Mansfield, Washington on Feb. 10, 1918 to Harrison and June (Emmons) Painter; she passed away March 24, 2015 in Cashmere, Washington.
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