James A. Lightley
James A. Lightley, 81, of Omak, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at Mid-Valley Hospital.
He was born in British Columbia and was a longtime resident of Omak. He had worked for Biles Coleman for 47 years.
Survivors include a son, Daniel Rae Lightley of Omak; and two brothers, Bob Lightley of Kennewick and Ted Lightley of Sun City, Ariz.
A family wake was held Jan. 6, at his home in Omak.
A community wake will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the East Omak Community Center, with graveside services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Omak City Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Precht-Harrison Chapel, Omak.
Elizabeth A. 'Lib' Pickett
Elizabeth A. "Lib" Pickett, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at Bell's Family Home in Entiat.
She was born in Manson and was a lifelong resident of the Lake Chelan Valley. She worked in various jobs in the apple industry for 66 years, retiring at the age of 80 from Blue Chelan.
Survivors include two sons, Tom Pickett of Chelan and Richard Pickett of Auburn.
Services of commemoration will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Precht Rose Chapel, the Rev. Fred Rarden officiating. A committal service and interment will follow at the Fraternal Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.
Richard Albert Godfrey
Richard Albert Godfrey, 79, of Cashmere passed away at the home of his daughter, in Renton on Dec. 29, 2001, after a valiant struggle with cancer.
Richard was born on Dec. 9, 1922 in Wenatchee. He attended school in Pateros, graduating with the class of 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in November of 1942 and was assigned to the 415th Night Fighter Squadron in the Communications Division, serving in Europe and Northern Africa. In 1949, he began working for the Bonneville Power Administration. He retired in 1981, after 31 years, as a Chief Operator III at Pasco.
Richard, an avid sportsman, was a fly fisherman, hunter, backpacker, and beginning in his late 50s, a marathon runner, running in over 40 marathons! He was a member of the Cashmere Christ Center Church and enjoyed spending time with the Mountain Jumpers jump roping team.
Richard married Lucille Bade of Milton-Freewater, OR, on August 11, 1951. They were married 47 years, when she passed away from ALS. He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Harold and Darlene Anderson of Gifford, and Vinay and Becky Samudre of Renton; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Edward, of Bothell, and Robert (his twin), of Cashmere; his wife, Lucille; and his son, David.
Graveside Services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park, East Wenatchee on Jan. 11, 2002, 1 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the Wenatchee Valley Senior Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at 11 a.m.
Memorial gifts may be made in Richard's name to Leavenworth Mountain Jumpers or Youth Ministries of Christ Center Church in Cashmere.
Braun Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Katherine E. "Kay" (Brandt) Harris
Katherine E. "Kay" (Brandt) Harris, 82, a 54-year resident of Wenatchee, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001 at Parkside Care Center.
She was born Feb. 9, 1919, in Omega, OK to Frank John and Martha Wilda (Dohrman) Brandt. She graduated from Choctaw High School in 1936 and then married James Edward "Jim" Harris April 24, 1937.
With the start of W.W. II, they moved to Bremerton, where James had a job at the Navy yard repairing ships damaged in the war. With the shortage of manpower due to the war, she soon began to drive city bus and later to deliver mail. At the close of the war, they moved briefly to the Mojave Desert in California. They returned to Washington and ended up settling in Wenatchee in 1947, where Jim went to work for ET Pybus. They purchased property and together built the house they lived in for over 50 years. In 1952, Kay was appointed substitute rural mail carrier, a job she enjoyed for many years.
Kay enjoyed sports throughout her life, starting with basketball in high school. She was playing baseball when she met her future husband. Later, she again enjoyed playing softball as well as volleyball, fishing and golf. She became very active at Three Lakes Golf Course, serving on the board and also as president of the Lady's division.
With her husband, she built a fiberglass boat and together, they also built a vacation home on Lake Chelan.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Fred Caligiuri of Los Gatos, CA and Edwina and Steve Hampton of Stanwood; four grandchildren, Mike Caligiuri, Marc (Julie) Caligiuri, Jessica (Waylin) Chittim and Joseph Hampton; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Katherine Chittim and Jake Becker Caligiuri; two step great-grandchildren, Shelby Chittim and Charles Chittim. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Judy Brandt of Wenatchee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, parents, five brothers, one sister, two half brothers and one half sister.
Her life will be celebrated in a Memorial Service at Telford's Chapel of the Valley on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Wenatchee Senior Center.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Research at the University of Washington, Central Washington Hospital Hospice, or a charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers.
Vern E. Hough
Vern. E. Hough, 75, of Richland, went to be with his Savior on Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, after a long battle with emphysema.
Vern was born in Tonasket on March 29, 1926, to Miles and Violet Hough. He grew up on a ranch there with his brothers Carl, Dale and Ray and his sister Leola. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports and the country life as a youth.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after Pearl Harbor and fought in W.W. II as a helmsman aboard the USS Franks. He met his bride to be, Virginia Mae Dunphy in Los Angeles, CA while in the service. They married in 1946 and lived in Tonasket for a few years before settling in Pico Rivera, CA.
Vern and Virginia raised eight sons. Although not financially wealthy, they found a way to send all their boys through the parochial school system. He provided great family times including an annual two-week camping trip, coached basketball and Little League as his sons grew up. He worked hard to take care of all family needs and to instill the character his sons would need as adults.
Vern was employed at Crown Coach Corp. for 35 years as a blacksmith and later as a foreman, overseeing the production of school busses until 1978, when after a vacation to Washington, decided to move back.
Vern lived in Carnation and worked at the Bellevue School District until 1984, when he retired due to heart problems and moved to East Wenatchee, where he and Virginia lived in the winter. In the summer, they thrived at their place at Twin Lakes, where they played games and visited with friends. Vern also liked to fish "just a little bit" as well as take walks with his dog. There were many happy family reunions at the lakes.
Vern moved to West Richland in 1996, after his bride of 49 years passed away. He was able to spend time with his grandchildren in the area, as well as travel to see some of the others. His faith increased and he became involved in the Knights of Columbus and the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship, where he was famous for his root beer shakes. He was a member of Christ the King Church. He enjoyed bowling, cribbage and other activities with his new friends. But he missed Virginia very much...through their faith in Christ, they are together again.
He said we have it wrong, "We should celebrate when we die and we should cry when we are born into this world."
He will be greatly missed.
Vern is survived by his brother, Dale, his eight sons, Jerry, Larry, Mike, Vern Jr., Don, Ron, Phil and Bob, many daughters-in-law, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Vigil will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at 6 p.m. at Einan's Funeral Home.
Elizabeth A. "Lib" Pickett
Elizabeth A. "Lib" Pickett, 88, and a lifelong resident of the Lake Chelan Valley, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002 at Bell's Family Home in Entiat.
"Lib" was born April 3, 1913, at Manson, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Brody) Robson. She graduated from Manson High School and was the Manson Apple Blossom Queen in 1932.
On Dec. 8, 1934, she was married to Harry L. Pickett in Wenatchee. They made their home in Chelan.
She spent her whole life in the Lake Chelan Valley and was committed to the apple industry. She spent 66 years working in various jobs in the industry, retiring at the age of 80 from Blue Chelan, having worked for 66 years.
"Lib" was a member of the Lake Chelan Eagles, Aerie 2218 and the Hobby Club.
She is survived by two sons, Tom and his wife Linda of Chelan and Richard and his wife Karen of Auburn, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers.
Services of Commemoration will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002 at 10 a.m. from Precht Rose Chapel with the Reverend Fred Rarden, officiating. A Committal Service and interment will follow at Fraternal Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.
Margaret E. Boyle
Margaret E. Boyle, 80, of Wenatchee, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001 at Central Washington Hospital.
She was born to William Benedict and Bessie (Moseley) Walsh on Nov. 1, 1921 in Johnstown, PA. She graduated from high school.
Margaret married Gordon Lenius Boyle in Las Vegas, NV on Dec. 4, 1941. She worked for electronic firms until she retired, and also was a homemaker.
She was a member of RSVP and sang soprano in the church choir.
She is survived by her children: Kathleen Ann Touvell of Ventura, CA, Marie Ann Luckensmeyer of Cashmere, Patrick Boyle of Toledo, OH and Carol Lee Boyle of Peshastin; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Boyle; her sister, Kathryn Walsh; and her brother, William Rixon Walsh.
Upon the request of the family, no services were held.
Arrangements are by Betts Funeral Home.
G E Bryant
"Mother" G E Bryant, a Wenatchee resident since 1942, went to meet the Lord on Jan. 6, 2002.
She was born to Benjamin and Nancy (Walters) Bellamy in Emerson, AR, on Aug. 1, 1913, one of five children.
She married Franklin Bryant on Jan. 26, 1929 in Nashville, AR. She married Homer Tate on April 25, 1998, in Wenatchee. G E was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Wenatchee for over 40 years. G E worked at Cedargreen Foods for 18 years, retiring in 1975.
Her entire life was dedicated to her family, her God, and kindness to others. She reluctantly worked outside the home, and did so only to provide the extras for her children. For many years, she only worked the night shift, so she could be at home when her children needed her. Wherever she was needed, she was always willing to help. After her retirement, she delivered meals to shut-ins, cleaned children's toys in the church day care center, ran errands and cleaned homes for those in need. Her acts of kindness often were accompanied with homemade cookies, dried apples, apple leather or peanut brittle. Corresponding with missionaries and servicemen was also one of her joys in life. She made regular visits to friends and church members confined to home.
G E was an avid reader and believed you were never too old to learn. She studied and earned her GED in 1974 at the age of 60. She enjoyed traveling back to the south where she could visit with friends, family and loved ones.
G E was preceded in death by her parents, a newborn son, Eric Elijah, and her five brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her children, Martha (Frances) Makela of Ravensdale, Norma Conrad of Fruitland, Rick Bryant of East Wenatchee, Mary Allison of Covington, and Nancy Heuett of Snohomish; sons-in-law, Dick Conrad, Mike Allison, and Richard Heuett; "daughter-in-love" Debi Bryant; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.
A Celebration of G E's Life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Wenatchee at 10 a.m. Jan. 10, 2002. For those friends who wish, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Missionary Fund.
Arrangements are by Jones & Jones Funeral Directors.
Jack Condon, Coulee Dam, the well-known grandson of the founder of Wilbur, died at the age of 90 Wed. night, Jan. 2, 2002 at Coulee Community Nursing Home, following an extended illness.
Born Sept. 24, 1911, to William Condon and Ruth Elwell Condon, Jack lived in Nespelem until he was 12 and his family sold the ranch and moved to Omak.
In his freshman year of high school, Jack nearly froze to death in February, riding his horse from Omak back to Nespelem, where he felt most at home. He'd been kicked out of class for laughing at another boy's antics, so he saddled up and never returned to school.
In Nespelem, Jack lived with people and worked for sheep outfits until he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Building truck trails for the CCC, he realized an aptitude for surveying and engineering work. Prior to W.W. II, Jack worked in highway engineering for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He helped to locate the route of highways, bridges and roads on the Colville Indian Reservation.
In Sept., 1940, he married Eugenia Grosjean, whom he had met in Nespelem after she moved there from Ohio. The couple raised one daughter, Anita Condon of Coulee Dam, who survives him, along with her mother.
During the war, Jack worked for the Army Corps of Engineers putting in secret heavy artillery installations on Whidbey Island and near Port Angeles to protect Puget Sound should the Japanese attack.
He stayed on the West Coast, working for the 13th Naval Division and surveying for military installations in Oregon and Washington. But he missed Nespelem, so he returned to his job with the BIA, working there until his retirement in 1976.
For six months following his retirement, Jack commuted to Gonzaga University several nights a week taking a refresher course in civil engineering to prepare for a surveyor exam.
Once he obtained his surveyor's license, he worked as a private surveyor.
When the BIA started housing projects on the reservation, he worked for the Colville Confederated Tribes supervising survey parties surveying building sites and making topographical maps. He completed that work in 1981.
A horseman all his life, Jack rodeoed as a young man, and maintained a ranch at Nespelem, where he raised horses like his father and grandfather before him. He enjoyed recounting the colorful family history.
A Memorial Service will be held Thur., Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Coulee Dam Community Church. The Reverend Brian Heath will officiate.
Jack will be buried in the family plot at the Catholic Cemetery in Nespelem.
Memorials may be sent to the Coulee Medical Foundation.
Hazen and Jeager is in charge of arrangements.
Donald L. Dobrinz
Donald L. Dobrinz, 72, of Wenatchee, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002.
He had lived in Wenatchee for 40 years and had worked as a truck driver for Wenoka.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Dobrinz; seven daughters, Geraldine Krogstadt of Wenatchee, Natricia Case of Locust Fork, Ala., Mary Gooch of Malaga, Sharon Taylor and Francis Rogers, both of Severn, Md., Dawna Cain of Olympia and Peggy Hougham of Okanogan; five sons, Thomas Taylor of Northridge, Calif., Roy Taylor of Poulsbo, Johnny Taylor of El Paso, Texas, Harvey Taylor of Wenatchee and William Dobrinz of West Valley City, Utah.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones and Jones Colonial Chapel, followed by graveside services at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Jones and Jones Funeral Directors, Wenatchee.
Richard Albert Godfrey
Richard Albert Godfrey, 79, of Renton, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001.
He had lived in Cashmere for 10 years and had been chief operator for the Bonneville Power Administration for 31 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Anderson of Gifford and Rebecca Samudre of Renton.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center.
Arrangements are by Braun Funeral Home, Cashmere.
Simone Yvonne Peyton
Simone Yvonne Peyton, 74, of Chelan and formerly of Brewster, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, following a brief illness.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster at 11 a.m. with Father Steve Werner, Celebrant. There will be a private interment. There will be no visitation.
Simone was born April 9, 1927 in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Joseph and Dora (Bousquet) Tanghe.
In 1947, she was married to Gerald W. Stanley and became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 1957. She lived in Oskaloosa, IA, Duluth, MN and Keokuk IA from 1947-1964 when she relocated to Port Orchard.
In 1957, she married her second husband, Owen H. Peyton and lived in Port Orchard until 1986, when she moved to Brewster.
Simone was a member of the Brewster Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Triangle Club, the VFW, the Columbia Democratic Women and the Brewster Friend's of the Library. She loved music of all kinds, dancing and traveling. All of her life, she was an avid reader and even after her eyesight began to make reading difficult, she continued to enjoy books on tape.
She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Stanley, Chelan; a sister, Doris McKenna and brother-in-law Chester McKenna; a nephew, Wayne McKenna all of Port Orchard and a stepson, Owen H. Peyton, Jr. of Port Orchard.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Raymond Tanghe and her two husbands.
Donations may be made in Simone's name to Washington Talking Books.
Services are under the direction of Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.
Bert C. Schell
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Bert C. Shell, 87, died suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at his home in Chelan.
He was born July 9, 1914, in Natalbany, LA, to Frank A. Schell and Katie Belle Threeton-Schell. At age five, Bert moved with his family to Cashmere. He later graduated from Cashmere High School.
On Feb. 10, 1938, Bert Schell married Evelyn Evans in Hammond, LA. They returned to Cashmere, where they owned and operated an apple orchard until his retirement in 1968.
Following his retirement, Bert spent a great deal of his time with his interests in the restoration of antique cars, motorcycles, furniture, clocks and watches, pistols and rifles. He had a great appreciation for craftsmanship and a desire to preserve its uniqueness for others to enjoy. As an avid outdoorsman, he thoroughly appreciated what nature had to offer. But above all, his greatest interest was his family.
Bert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn; a daughter, Louise Schons and her husband Richard of Wenatchee; a son, Harold Schell and his wife Kara and grandson Calin of Chelan; and a granddaughter, Resa of Wenatchee.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank A. Schell and Katie Belle Threeton-Schell, three brothers, Clarence, Clyde and Frank and one sister, Lottie Hansen.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Lake Chelan Baptist Church. (321 N. Sanders Street, Chelan, with Clint Beler officiating.)
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society or Lake Chelan Baptist Church.
Services are under the direction of Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.
Isabella (Thoroughman) Simenson
Isabella (Thoroughman) Simenson, 84, of Malaga, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002.
She had lived in East Wenatchee for 49 years before moving to Malaga two years ago. She had been editor of the TV section of The Wenatchee World for five years, and a homemaker
Survivors include two sons, Conrad Thoroughman of East Wenatchee and David Thoroughman of Palisades; and two daughters, Joan Pierce of Boise, Idaho, and Jeanette Abdullah of Tempe, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wenatchee.
Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.
Laurette J. Umsted
Laurette J. (Dumoucheal) Umsted, age 87 years, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 4, 2002 at Highland Convalescent Center, East Wenatchee.
Laurette was born on December 10, 1914 in Kenora, Ontario to Oliver and Roseanne Dumoucheal. She was raised and educated in Kenora and went on to Business College in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 1940, Laurette married Cedric Prior and upon his return from the war, they resided on McKibbon St. in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They were well-known for their teaching and love of square dancing.
Cyd preceded Laurette in death in 1967.
Laurette was known and loved by many during her career as a secretary in the offices of the Provincial Court in the Juvenile and Family Division in Thunder Bay.
On June 19, 1982, she married F. Royer Umsted and they shared many happy retirement years, residing in Los Angeles, Penticton and finally East Wenatchee (11 years). Laurette was a devoted member of Corpus Christi Church, Thunder Bay and the Holy Apostle Catholic Church in East Wenatchee. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Royer Umsted, on Dec. 26, 2000, as well as by her parents and brother, Lionel. She will be dearly missed by her many friends.
She is survived by special friends, Judy and Phil Jessup, Marion and Henry Maekawa and Mae Trotter.
Private Services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.
Howard D. Williams
Howard D. Williams, 90, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at the North Valley Nursing Home in Tonasket.
He was born April 29, 1911, in Filer, ID, to Claude and Jessie Williams.
The family moved to Tonasket, where Howard attended school and graduated from high school. He worked as a lumberjack and in farming, before entering the U.S. Army and serving as a medic during W.W. II. Following an honorable discharge in 1945, he entered college at W.S.C. in Pullman. While there, he married Elizabeth Fowler on June 23, 1950. Attaining a degree in education, Howard taught school in Oroville, then Wapato, where he retired in 1973. His wife preceded him in death in 1971. In 1982, Howard moved to Tonasket to be near his son.
Howard was a member of the Wapato Masonic Lodge and the N.R.A.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Surviving relatives include one son, David Williams, of Riverside; three sisters, Barie Colbert of Tonasket, Eden Thorp of Wenatchee, Betty Lee Fritz of Riverside; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be held Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, 11 a.m. at the West Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Yakima with Pastor Jim Erixon officiating.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville is in charge of arangements.
Alba Wilson, 89, of Wenatchee, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002.
She was born in Missouri and grew up in Snohomish. She lived in Everett from 1941 to 1999 when she moved to Wenatchee.
Survivors include a son, William H. Wilson of Ephrata; a daughter, Susan McDannald of Leavenworth; and a sister, Madeline Smith of Seattle.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett.
Arrangements are by Purdy & Walters with Cassidy Funeral Home, Everett.
Earl K. Nansen
Earl K. Nansen passed away on Jan. 2, 2002 at his home.
He was born Apr. 15, 1916 in Almira to Nicholas K. and Anna C. Nansen.
Earl attended college in Pullman at Washington State University. After three years there, he took a year off to work as a surveyor with the crew measuring the proposed reservoir to be formed by the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. He then went to law school at the University of Washington, where he was editor of the Law Review. After graduating with honors from Law School at the University of Washington, Earl married Loretta Moody and they settled in Omak in 1941. After W.W. II began, Earl joined the Navy where he served as an officer aboard the minesweeper YMS 29 in the Mediterranean, including participation in the invasion at Anzio, Italy. He was later sent to the Pacific as captain of the YMS 291, where he participated in the occupation of Japan. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Earl returned to Omak and his law practice. He had a very distinguished career as an attorney, orchardist and businessman in Omak until his retirement in 1992.
Earl was very active in developing all aspects of his community. He was involved in building the Omak Hospital, the Library, the public swimming pool and the Omak Performing Arts Center. He also helped bring Community Concerts to the area and supported Heritage College. Earl served with distinction on the local school board. He was a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Omak, where he also taught Sunday School classes. Earl was an active member of Kiwanis and the Omak Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid golfer and planted many of the trees which now grow at the Okanogan Valley Golf Club. Earl enjoyed flying his own airplane and was an early member of the local pilots association.
Earl served as the city attorney for the cities of Omak, Coulee Dam and Oroville, as well as attorney for the Oroville-Tonasket and Okanogan Irrigation Districts, Okanogan County PUD, Nespelem Valley Electric Coop and the Omak and Tonasket Hospital Districts. As an attorney, he helped found and represented many businesses such as Tree Top, several growers cooperatives, the Brewster Flats Comsat station and Biles-Coleman Lumber Company. Earl represented Biles-Coleman beginning in 1946 and eventually became president of the company. In that position, he negotiated the sale of the company to Crown Zellerbach Corporation.
In addition to his law practice and community activities, Earl was active in real estate development in the Omak area such as the North Omak subdivision as well as projects in the Methow Valley.
He built his house in Omak including most of the cabinet work there. He was also an enthusiastic landscaper and specialized in transplanting and cultivating the trees and shrubbery found in the surrounding mountains. He claimed to have at least one of every native plant species found in the local area in his home garden. In addition to the plantings, he constructed extensive stone walls as part of his home and the gardens.
Earl was preceeded in death by his wife, Loretta Nansen, and one brother.
He is survived by his three children: Becky & husband Randy Thies of Omak, Dirk & wife Teresa Nansen of Bellingham and Nick Nansen of San Diego; seven grandchildren: Lori, Bonny & Nicole Theis and Derek, Megan, Tera and Erin Nansen; two brothers and three sisters.
There will be a Graveside Service at 1 p.m. at the Omak City Cemetery on Elmway, followed by a Memorial Service at the Omak Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 12, 2002. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Scharbach's Columbia Valley Funeral Home in Quincy and can be reached at (509) 787-2223.
Memorials may be called into the National Alzheimer Society as a gift for research at