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Funeral Notice: Eldon Flynn

Eldon Henry Flynn, of Quincy, passed away on Feb. 22, 2017, at age 92. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1102 Second Ave. SE, Quincy. A concluding service will follow in the Quincy Valley Cemetery.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

A full obituary will appear in the March 2 edition of The Quincy Valley Post-Register.

Obituary: Mary Elizabeth Staley

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Staley Our dear mother, Mary Elizabeth Staley, took her final breath on September 7, 2019, at 7:31 a.m. She passed peacefully as she reached out for the hand of Jesus, in a dimly lit, quiet room of Central Washington Hospital. She was surrounded by her family and caring, compassionate staff. Her, and our father’s favorite hymn, “It Is No Secret What God Can Do,” played softly. Mom suffered a stroke on Memorial Day of this spring, and her summer was filled with doctor and therapy appointments as she fought to recover. Recover she did! We were so proud of her as she was released from her therapies, and we looked forward to Thanksgiving and all of our blessings. Sadly, she suffered a second stroke early in the morning on September 6, 2019, from which she would not be able to recover. We are thankful for the extra three months that God gave us to spend time together as a family and to love on her. We are especially thankful for the extra 20 hours that God allowed during her final breaths, giving us time to tell her again and again how very much she was loved. She was born in Wenatchee, WA, on February 2, 1931, to L.E. and Juna Wilson of Cashmere, WA. She spent all of her growing years in Cashmere, before attending Washington State University, graduating with a degree in psychology. She lived 88 blessed years. Mom was an adventurous woman with many talents. She was a mountain climber in her 20’s, scaling heights and summits that no other women at that time would attempt. She was an excellent rifle marksman, a passion and skill that she learned from her father. The L.E. Wilson Gun Shop still exists in Cashmere. She traveled all over the U.S., competing alongside her father, earning many awards and trophies. She was a skilled photographer, both of nature and of people. The walls of her home are decorated with many of her photos. She also was a seamstress, quilter, and did fine needle point projects. All of her family has something beautiful handmade by her. Her greatest joy was in being mom to four children: Jim, Lenore, and twins, Paul and Ellen, all born within three and a half years. It was a busy time, and she was a mom who was active in every stage of our lives, from infancy to now. Her family has grown to include 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, with more expected. She loved all of us unconditionally, with Christ’s great love as her example and guide. Our father, Lester Eugene “Gene” Staley, was the love of her life for more than 62 years. They married in the Cashmere Baptist Church, in 1957, with God and family as their witnesses. Mom and Dad lived out their marriage vows every day of the rest of their time together. They worked hard all of their lives, Dad as a banker and Mom a homemaker, and truly set forth a legacy of living and loving that challenges those left behind to follow. Their quiet faith, their passion for family, their humility, their steadfast love and devotion to each other are only a few of the things that others noticed about them. It was not “him” or “her,”...

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Obituary: Florence Avery Bepple

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019

Florence Avery Bepple Florence Avery Bepple passed away peacefully September 4, 2019, seventeen days prior to her 106th birthday. She was born in Crescent Bar to Henry and Nelle Davies. Florence married August Bepple December 20, 1931, in Quincy and they had three children; Gladys, Betty, and Gene. In 1973, Florence and August moved to Wenatchee. Music was always a big part of Florence’s life and she was a member of Rixta Wills’ band and played for various Wenatchee organizations. She played with them into her late 80’s. She was preceded in death by her husband August, and son Gene, plus numerous siblings. She is survived by her sister Heneritta (Davies) Westerdahl, East Wenatchee, Washington; her daughters Gladys (Bepple) Heinzinger, Nordland, Washington, and Betty (Bepple) Norman, Quincy, Washington. Additionally, she is survived by 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were held at Quincy Valley Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019. Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with...

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Obituary: William R. “Bill” Hauber

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019

William R. “Bill” Hauber Bill Hauber, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, peacefully passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in American Falls, Idaho. He was born April 7, 1926, in Celilo Falls, Oregon, to Louis and Ella Hauber. Early in his childhood he was placed, along with his brother, in the Washington State Child Care system and spent his childhood years with foster families. His high school years were spent with Lawrence and Ella Kienholz and their son, Eddy, on their wheat ranch in eastern Washington. He attended Fairfield High School and participated in football, basketball, baseball, choir and drama. He left high school a month before graduation in 1945 to join the U.S. Army. Because it was war time, he was granted his high school diploma by the Fairfield School Administration. He served his tour of duty stationed in Korea. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to Washington state and attended Washington State University and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Dad was on the WSU boxing team and was a lifelong Cougar fan and supporter. In 1950, he met Loretta Jean Eaton, a beautiful young nursing student from Whitworth College in Spokane. On Jan. 6, 1951, they were married and settled in Ellensburg, Washington. Dad worked on his father-in-law’s cattle ranch, delivered milk and was a lumberjack. In the late 1950s he went to work for Stokely Van Camp (a frozen vegetable producer) as their office manager. During their years in Ellensburg four boys (Bruce, Gary, Glenn and Alan) were born. In 1964, he accepted a position as office manager with LB Foods, a new company in Othello which would be his life-long calling – French fries. Shortly after going to work for them he was promoted to plant manager. In 1966, Lamb Weston purchased a small FF plant in Quincy. They hired Dad to be the plant manager. Dad worked hard to get that plant running efficiently, and in 1970 he was asked to take over Lamb Weston’s largest plant, in American Falls. In 1973, he returned to the Quincy plant and oversaw the significant expansion of that facility. During those years he always found time to follow his boys’ sports and activities. He was always active and supportive of the communities in which he lived and the schools his boys attended. He was a long time Rotarian and really enjoyed the Quincy Rotary Club. In 1988, Dad flipped the switch and retired from the world of French fries so he could focus full time on his grandkids and great-grandkids. In his younger days he would take Mom to dinner and dancing on Saturday nights. Who can forget Elmer’s Tune by Glenn Miller! Dad loved to fish. The back channels of the Yakima River, Canadian lakes, Alaska, and the coastal waters of Oregon and Washington were some of his favorite haunts. Camping and traveling with their motorhome (always with a few grandkids along), visiting family, and taking care of his yard and trees kept him busy. Their Quincy home was always a gathering place for the family. Many of the grandkids enjoyed extended stays with Papa and Gramma through the years. Golfing and visiting and drinking coffee with his buddies, especially Bill Watson and Joe Konishi, kept his wit sharp and on his toes....

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Obituary: Ronald Ray Stetner

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019

Ronald Ray Stetner Ron was born on October 30, 1949, in Prosser, Washington, and passed away on August 14, 2019. He moved to Quincy in 1953 with his parents, Rudy and Shirley Stetner. Raised on the family farm, he attended Quincy schools and graduated in 1968. During high school and after graduation he worked at Blue Ribbon Produce, a fresh potato packing plant. During this time, Ron married Chris Cross, and they had two children, Michael and Betti. After his dad Rudy retired, Ron became manager of Blue Ribbon Produce. He helped his mom and dad start Stetner Vineyards and any new adventures his dad dreamed up. In his younger years he loved softball and played for many years, and he also spent a lot of time down on the river waterskiing. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing and shrimping with family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors and a great game of golf. If you couldn’t find Ron outside you could find him at home reading a good Tom Clancy book with the TV show “Bonanza” in the background and his favorite dog curled up at his feet. Ron is survived by his mother, Shirley Stetner of Quincy; his two children Mike (CJ) Stetner, and two boys Zackery Ray and Ozzy Ray, Betti (Ken) Cole and her daughter Tori Jo, all of Quincy; his siblings Roger (Jane) Stetner of Wenatchee, Steve (Pat) Stetner of Ephrata and Karen (Rollie Jr.) Ronish of Quincy; numerous nieces and nephew and lots of great nieces and nephews, with tons of extended family. Ron was proceeded in death by his father Rudolph Stetner and two baby brothers Randy and Russell. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 716 Third Ave. SE, Quincy, WA. A gathering will follow at the Quincy Moose Lodge at 2:00 p.m., 109 E St. SE, Quincy, WA. Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with...

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Obituary: John (Jack) Keilman

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019

John (Jack) Keilman John (Jack) Keilman passed away peacefully July 8, 2019, at the Dungeness Memory Care Home in Sequim, Washington. He was born in Seaton, Illinois, June 15, 1922, to Blaine and Melba Keilman. He was one of four children. Jack grew up in Seaton, Illinois, graduating from Seaton High School in 1940. He married his wife Harriet in 1941 before enlisting in the U.S. Army/Air Force, where he served in the European Theater as a B-24 pilot. He received the Purple Heart for his service and was discharged from the service in 1945 when he returned to Keithsburg, Illinois, and began farming. During this time, three of his four children were born. In 1952, he purchased and developed farmland near Quincy, Washington, where he farmed for the next 40 years. During that time his youngest son was born. Following his retirement from farming, Jack and his wife Harriet moved to Sequim, Washington, where they enjoyed the milder weather and became snowbirds, traveling to parts of Arizona and California each winter. Jack is survived by one sister, Marilyn, of Tacoma; four children, John (Kareen) of Sparks, Nevada, Tom (Barbara) of Moses Lake, Susan Horton (Scott) of Forks, and George (Ellen) of Bellingham; along with seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 72 years, Harriet, one brother (Richard), one sister (Miriam), and one grandson, David, of Livermore, California. Private family services will be held at the Veterans Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent,...

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Memorial Service: Stetner

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019

Ron Stetner, of Quincy, passed away on Aug. 14, 2019. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Quincy. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Obituary: Lankford

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019

Reathel Lankford Reathel Estelle (Berry) Lankford, 92, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on August 15, 2019. Reathel was born at Johnston City, Illinois, on April 13, 1927. She was the first of three daughters born to Orion and Reathel Alta (Moore) Berry. A sickly infant, “Little Reathel’s” parents hardly dared to believe that she would be able to grow to adulthood, much less to achieve the age of 92. She graduated from Evansville High School in 1944 and enrolled in Lockyear Business College, where she became an expert at typing, shorthand, and taking dictation; she graduated from the stenographic course in 1946. She married Herbert Lankford on June 13, 1948, in Evansville, Indiana. Three months after their wedding they moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where they both found jobs; he at Mountain Bell Telephone Co., and she at Standard Oil Co. as an executive secretary. The couple had four children, two girls and two boys, and Reathel loved her role as a full-time mom. In 1962, Herb’s 17-year-old niece Valerie came to live with the family, and Reathel found herself being the mom of a troubled teen in addition to mothering her own kids who ranged in age from 6 months to 7 years at that time. In 1966, the family relocated to Golden, Colorado, due to Herb’s job transfer. Reathel especially enjoyed teaching Women’s Bible Studies during these years, and she loved cooking large dinners for family and friends. After retirement, they moved to the Quincy area in 1998, and later to Wenatchee in 2005. Herb and Reathel were married for 61 years until his death in 2009. Reathel is survived by her sister Wanda Reed and her husband, Arlie; and by three of the four children, Debra Gayle Kooy and her husband, Elliot, of George, Washington; Philip Franklin Lankford and his wife, Julie, of Arvada, Colorado; and Martha Elizabeth Schilling and her husband, John, of Centennial, Colorado. Nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive her. Her parents, one son, Alan Berry Lankford, and one sister, Nona Orene Berry Vaught, preceded her in death. Memorial services for Reathel Estelle Lankford will be held at the Quincy Free Methodist Church, 301 I Street SW, Quincy, on Friday, August 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Washington Hospice, 1020 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801, in Reathel’s...

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Obituary: Ruth Cole “RC” Bair

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019

Ruth Cole “RC” Bair Nov. 15, 1950-July 30, 2019 On a cold morning on Nov. 15, 1950, Nola Cole, who was eight and a half months pregnant, slipped on the ice by her front door and fell to the ground. The jolt put her into labor and a few hours later, Ruth Cole was born in Preston, Idaho. A sensitive spirit was introduced into this insensitive world. Ruth was the first of what would become six children born in the family of Calvin Christian Cole and Nola Rogers Cole. Ruth grew up in the southern Idaho area around Preston and Lava Hot Springs, then the family moved to Roy, Utah. She enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved the time spent with the Andrus family. She liked watching the sheep up the canyons near Lava with her good friend Linda Andrus. She had a hard time changing to the city life when they moved to Utah and never really got the hang of it. She did enjoy 4-H and junior posse in high school and always loved animals, especially horses. She loved her family and has always been loyal to her brothers and sister. She learned to be responsible at a young age and worked hard all her life. In high school she picked up the nickname RC because of the old Royal Crown Cola ads and that her initials were RC. Many people probably wouldn’t know her name was Ruth. In the fall of 1969, she went to Ricks College and in January of that year met her future husband, Glen Bair. After a year of college, the two were married at the tender age of 19 in August of 1970. While Glen was farming near Ephrata, Washington, the couple raised 9 children, their most important crop. RC was well known for her beautiful long hair that was way past her knees for many years. She drove that Suburban about 30,000 miles a year going to sports, orthodontists, church activities and everything else that needed to be done. RC was very artistic and always drew pictures. She called them scribble pictures, but more than once people asked if they could cut out the piece of paper table cloth she had drawn on and take the picture home. She made clothes for her children with her sewing skills and later in life made many beautiful quilts. Her bread and cinnamon rolls and pies were amazing. She always said the kids thought they were being punished if they had to eat store brand. She loved people and was always willing to serve others. It was very difficult for her to accept the help of others when she became disabled for the last several years of her life. RC had a strong faith in God and believed in Jesus with all her heart. Ruth passed away on July 30, 2019, after a long and hard battle with Parkinson’s disease and terrible neuropathy. Her headstone will say “Ah-h-h, peace at last in the loving, accepting, healing arms of Jesus.” Ruth is survived by her 9 children: Linda Sanderson of Paul, Idaho, and her husband Allen; Kurt Bair and wife Jami of Louisville, Kentucky; Rick Bair and wife Erika of Maple Valley, Washington; Lisa Sheehy and husband Todd of Rogers, Minnesota; Doug Bair and...

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Obituary: Laurel C. Morgan

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019

Laurel C. Morgan Laurel C. Morgan, 89, passed away on July 9, 2019, in Wenatchee, Washington. She was born March 17, 1930, to John D. and Norine A. (Harlan) Curran in Vancouver, Washington, and had lived in Quincy since November 1953. She graduated from Vancouver High School in 1947 as the class valedictorian, and from Washington State University in 1951. After graduation, she taught at Parkrose Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. While she was at WSU, she met Rex Morgan, and on February 23, 1952, they were married. Rex was a second lieutenant in the Air Force and was stationed at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Air Base at Chateauroux, France, shortly after their marriage. Laurel joined him in France that summer and taught third graders on base, while residing there. Laurel and Rex returned to Omak for a short time after his discharge in July 1953, before moving to Quincy that fall where they opened a variety store. The store gradually grew into a small department store, which they operated until it was sold more than twenty years later. In 1976, they bought a farm near Quincy on which they planted an orchard and row crops. The farm was later sold to their son Warren. In 1986, Rex and Laurel were instrumental in establishing Double Diamond Fruit, a fresh fruit packing plant, which continues today. Laurel and Rex had three children, and Laurel was always interested in her kids as individuals, with her goal being to “grow” them into honest and productive adults. At the same time, she was also involved in the businesses that she and Rex began, usually keeping books. She was a substitute schoolteacher, as well as a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader. Before it was fashionable, she was curious about many things “natural,” with a special interest in birds, insects, trees and perennial plants. Wholesome foods were also an interest of hers, and she made sourdough pancakes with homegrown starter, baked wheat germ cookies, and experimented with different kinds of homemade bread. She is survived by her children, Walter (Esther) Morgan and Camille (John) Stansell, and grandchildren, Madeleine, Amanda, Carolyn, Chase and Connor, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rex, her son Warren (Heather) Morgan, and her brother Daniel J. Curran. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019, at the Pioneer Church, on the grounds of the Quincy Valley Historical Society and Museum, 415 F St. SW, Quincy, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Quincy Valley School, 1804 13th Ave. SW, Quincy, WA 98848. Please express your thoughts and memories on our online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones – Betts Funeral...

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Obituary: Evelyn Marie Shope

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019

Evelyn Marie Shope Evelyn Marie Shope, 96, returned to her Heavenly Father the morning of July 29, 2019, in Logan Utah. Evelyn was born September 16, 1922, in Three Lakes, Washington, to Forrest Clinton Heath and Emily Josephine Overley. She was the youngest of four children, with older brothers Ira Clarence and Edwin Forrest, and an older sister, Mable Elnora. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sister and husband Earl. Evelyn is survived by her children George Brattain, Joy Lynn Hopkins, Jodi Gay Shope, Joseph Clinton Shope (Mary) and Jeffrey Evan Shope (Susan), 12 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, August 2, 2019, in the Quincy Ward Chapel in Quincy, Washington. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at...

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