April 23rd, 2014
Gabe Murfitt is an inspiring speaker and author that challenges his audience to live with courage in the face of lifeâs adversities.
Murfitt was born with arms that are about three inches long, legs that are bent at the knee and stuck that way and closed ear canals.
Marion Wayne Harris, a resident of Columbus, OH, passed away on March 19, 2014 in Colville at the age of 65. Wayne was born on March 20, 1948, the son of Lewis Reevs and June Marie (Harvey) Harris in Louisville, KY.
Wayne was a raised in Englewood, CO, where he attended school and graduated from Englewood High School in 1966. Wayne then married his childhood sweetheart and together they raised a family. Wayne and Lindaâs lives eventually took sepaÂ¬rates paths, but they continued a lifelong friendship.
Alice Eileen Payton went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 5, 2014. She was born Alice Eileen Wurster on Feb. 28, 1928 in Creston, Iowa. She was raised on the family farm in the Lenox, Iowa area, and attended school in Lenox, graduating in 1945.
Paul D. MacMaster passed away at his home Monday, April 7 2014 in Colville at the age of 62. Paul was born to Violet L. Henderson-MacMaster and Ray D. MacMaster in Spokane, Oct. 26, 1951.
He grew up in Wilbur and was a 1970 graduate of Wilbur High School. He had many lifelong friends and classmates from his high school days. He was an accomplished wrestler and football player.
Kenneth Keith Grittner, a 65-year resident of Colville, passed away on April 9, 2014 at his home. Ken was born on October 29, 1932 in Colville, the son of William and Buela (Kifer) Grittner.
Ken attended a one-room schoolhouse across the field from the family home on Dominion Mountain through fifth grade. He graduated from Colville High School in 1950. Ken then worked as a logger in the local forests with his father. He moved to Richland in 1954 where he worked at Hanford until 1971.
Jack E. Wang cane into this world weighing 3 1/3 pounds on August 5, 1936, the son of E.G. (Joe0 Wang and Vera (Clarke) Wang of Chewelah. He passed on April 8, 2014 at his home.
Jack graduated from Jenkins High School in Chewelah with the class of 1954.
He entered the United States Army in October 1954 and served in Korea from January 1955 to June 1956. He finished his last 16 months of service at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
He married Ellen Fuller on October 25, 1958.
Local attorney and civil activist Helen Dee Hokom passed away unexpectedly in Colville on April 7. Dee was born in Nampa, Idaho on April 3, 1953 to W.W "Bud" Hokom and Ruth Lenore Welsh. She grew up on a small farm in nearby Kuna, Idaho and graduated from Kuna High School in 1971. She completed her undergraduate education at Idaho State UniverÂ¬sity in 1975 with a degree in Political Science. From there, she worked as a subÂ¬stitute teacher and backpacked around Europe until enrolling in law school at the University of Idaho in 1977. She earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1980.
Our mother, Barbra Orren, received her angel wings on Valentineâs Day. She was born on April 3, 1933 in Hot Springs, Montana.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Clark, Colville; son, Cliff Schlienger, Clayton; daughter, Victoria Greer, Chewelah, and an adopted daughter, Julie Orren, Medical Lake. She also had stepchildren: Debbie Lynch, Geanie Orren, Vanessa Orren, and Tania Frederickson.
Barbra was preceded in death by her grandson, Matt Clark, in October, and by her son, Ken Schlienger, in September; husband, James Orren, and another son, Bill Schlienger.
The Jenkins High baseball team has been scuffling to start the season with a 3-7 record. But head coach Luke Jeanneret hopes solid play during a Spring Break trip to Warden will help give his young team confidence entering the second half of the Northeast A League schedule that gets started this week.
âWe played a really good team tough for two games and took one from them,â Jeanneret said of the trip to Warden. âI hope weâve turned a corner; the kids are right there on the edge. I keep encouraging them and hope they realize how good they are.â
After a week off for Spring Break, the Colville High girlâs tennis team faces a light week on the courts before embarking on a heavy schedule next week.
The Indians of coach Phil Johnson, who edged Chewelah 4-3 back on April 2, were at Central Valley High School for a non-league match-up with the Greater Spokane League school on Monday.
The Indians will be idle until Great Northern League play resumes on Tuesday, April 22 at Deer Park. That match is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.