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Lofus E. Neese
Lofus E. Neese, 76, a longtime resident of Leavenworth, died Sunday Dec. 21, 2014 at his home with his family by his side.

Lofus was born on Jan. 14, 1938 to Clarence and Cora Neese at Greensborough, North Carolina where he was raised and educated. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and after his honorable discharge, went to work as a sheetmetal mechanic, installing duct work around several of the buildings in Washington D.C. He later married V. Gay Sweat at Woodbridge, Virginia and the couple later moved to Washington, eventually settling in Leavenworth.

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Karl-Heinz Mittelsteiner
Karl-Heinz passed away at his home on Feb. 9, 2015, at the age of 77, with his wife of 55 years by his side. Karl-Heinz was born in Rastenburg, Germany, on April 25, 1937. He married his wife Christa Ilse Gerda Urban in Bremen, Germany, on July 17, 1959. They had two children, Heidi and Uwe. On Nov. 1, 1963 they immigrated to Renton, Washington, where they made their home for three years before moving to Bellevue, Washington. Karl-Heinz retired as an Ironworker while living in Bellevue. In May of 2000, Karl-Heinz and Christa moved to Leavenworth, Washington, where they enjoyed their retired years together.
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Lenard Allen Smith
Lenard Allen Smith, life-long resident of the Upper Valley, died at his home in Leavenworth, Washington on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at age 90. He was born Aug. 11, 1924, the fourth of five children of Walter and Idabell Kelly Smith of Peshastin, Washington. His siblings were William, who died in infancy, Eloise, William "Mike" and Nelda.

Lenard grew up on his family's apple and pear orchard in Peshastin, and graduated from Peshastin High School in 1943. He married Bertha Bernice Hatmaker of Leavenworth on Feb. 6, 1944 in Seattle.

During World War II he entered the United States Army's Army Air Corp. in July, 1944, serving in the liberation of the Philippines. He was discharged in July, 1946.

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Roger Roy Barnhart
Roger has missed his last overhead as he passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Now his tennis opponents or partner won't have to worry about his soft-spin-serve anymore.

Roger was born on Dec.5, 1934 to Roy and Adelaide Barnhart in Rock Lake, North Dakota. Roy and Adelaide moved Jerry, Marian and Roger to East Wenatchee to get away from the family farm.

Roy soon became a carpenter and Adelaide worked in the fruit. The whole family was proud of Dad as "built the Grand Coulee Dam." In 1945, they moved to Wenatchee where Dad built houses and the family moved in then moved to the next house when theirs was sold.

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Lowell F. Owens
Lowell F. Owens passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 23, 2015 at the age of 88 at his home in Cashmere. He courageously battled with Parkinson's over the last several years but he accepted this new journey with his sense of humor and not any complaints. He told us "that Mr. Parkinson moved in and he just wouldn't leave."
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Thomas R. Voorhis
Thomas R. Voorhis died peacefully at home in Spearfish, South Dakota, surrounded by

family on Jan. 25, 2015.

He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on Aug. 29, 1945. He was a graduate of Chamberlain High School (1963) in Chamberlain, South Dakota. He attended Black Hills State College in Spearfish, South Dakota where he received his Bachelors Degree in Education. He taught and coached in several Rapid City Schools, Bennett County, and Takini. Tom was appointed program director in the early 1970s at the Rapid City YMCA. He was an acclaimed artist for over 35 years using several different mediums.

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