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Evelyn L. Schell
Evelyn L. Schell
Our loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sept. 12, 2015.

Evelyn was born on Oct. 2, 1919, to David and Vinnie Evans in Independence, Louisiana, one of eight children to the Evans family (four boys and four girls). She was raised on a strawberry farm near Independence and, being a farm girl, had plenty to do with helping the family. Cooking soon became her specialty and for generations many enjoyed her perfections. Evelyn graduated from Independence High School in 1937.

Through a mutual friend, Evelyn was introduced to a young man from Washington state named Bert Schell. After a brief courtship they were married on Feb. 10, 1938, and immediately moved to Cashmere to become an apple grower's wife and homemaker.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...

Harlan Lee Shouse
Harlan Lee Shouse, 91, a longtime resident of Leavenworth, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Amber Waves in Waterville.

He was born the sixth of seven children in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Thomas "Harv" and Flora (Manning) Shouse.

After receiving his early education, he went to work in the family painting business.

On Oct. 10, 1942, he married Sarah Lucille Jones in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where they made their home.

Harlan later worked dairy, mining and then joined his father-in-law farming. Harlan moved the family to Gardina, California, and went to work for Virco Manufacturing. After a few years of hard work, Virco promoted him and relocated the family to Conway, Arkansas. While in Conway, they bought a farm and raised Brangus Cattle.

In 1966, Harlan decided to go back to school and he and Lucille moved into a small camp trailer to Wheezer, Idaho, where he attended Heavy Equipment Training School. Later, in 1966, they continued west, settling in Leavenworth, where he started working for the U.S. Forest Service as a road grader operator, a job he truly loved.

Some years after Lucille's death in 1999, he married Joyce Sherwood in a May 2003 wedding.

Harlan and Lucille were very involved in the Appleland Promenaders square dance club, but Harlan's greatest loves were for fishing, hunting, camping and his job in the mountains grading roads.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
Marilyn Ward
On the evening of Aug. 6, 2015, Marilyn Ward passed away at her home in Killeen, Texas. Marilyn was 66 years old, the second of four children born to Bill and Mary Jean.

Marilyn was raised in the San Francisco Bay area. She was passionate about her family and friends, cooking, enjoying good food, movies, and music. Marilyn had a great sense of humor and made friends easily, many live in California, Washington and Texas. All of whom were considered family. She was a dedicated mother who chose to live close to her daughter and grandsons to help provide her time and support. It was there that she found a workplace that she loved and developed an extensive network of new friends whom she considered family.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter Michelle, her grandsons Nathan, Garrett and Quinlan; and her two sisters Annie and Robin.

Marilyn's family would like to extend a special thank you to: The Killeen Fire and Police Departments for their selfless service and their desire to help those in need, in times of need; and to Heritage Funeral Home for their compassionate assistance during this difficult time. Condolences may be sent to Heritage Funeral Home, 425 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights, TX 76548. Marilyn's remains will be laid to rest at the West Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane, Washington.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 More...
"In Loving Memory of James W. Ward"
Some people touch our lives only briefly...

while others leave a lasting impression and are never forgotten.

Love and miss you always,

Your Family

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Donald L. McEachern
Donald L. McEachern, 90, a longtime resident of Peshastin, died Sept. 1, 2015 in Leavenworth.

He was born Aug. 24, 1925 in Portland, Oregon. He was raised in Seattle with four brothers and graduated from Ballard High School.

At age 14, he started working in a small mom and pop grocery store delivering groceries on his bicycle. At age 17, he managed the business for the owner.

Don joined the Army in 1943 and served until the end of the war. In 1948, along with his dad, they bought the Timberline Motel, Gas and Grocery Store in Peshastin. He ran the business for 55 years.

Don helped out many part time field workers with free supplies, groceries and gas. He spent many hours taking care of business for the Veteran's clubs in Peshastin and supported the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 More...
Charles Robert (Bob) Varner
Charles Robert (Bob) Varner was born Feb. 17, 1923, to Donald and Hannah Murry in Vancouver, B.C. and passed away Aug. 31, 2015, at Mountain Meadows in Leavenworth, Washington.

When Bob was 6, his father died. His mother married Joe Varner and that was the name Bob used from then on. The Varners moved to Seattle where his father was a race horse trainer: Bob was put on his first horse at about the age of 10. After the 6th grade, his dad fell sick and Bob quit public school to support his family.

At 15, never being asked if he was of legal age to ride, 16, he became a jockey. He raced at Seattle's Longacres, in California at Santa Anita, Del Mar & Bay Meadows, Caliente Mexico and in Omaha, Nebraska. His favorite horse was Olimpo. He rode personally for Bing Crosby for a time. In 1939, at the age of 15, Bob rode against Seabiscuit in an exhibition race in California.

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