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Obituary: Dahmen, June E.

Age 92

DAHMEN, June E. June E. Dahmen, a lifelong Colton resident, was born June 17, 1920, to Albert and Lula Jutte. She passed away March 26, 2013, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston surrounded by family. June attended Uniontown High School, graduating in 1938. That November she married Benedict C. “Dick” Dahmen, and helped with their family business of lumber, grain and farming. They had four children: David, James, Carlene and Mary Louise. June was able to fulfill her life’s passion of being a mother and a homemaker. After her children had grown, June worked outside the home and volunteered. She worked part time for Norm Kramer at the Colton Post Office and was a waitress at the local restaurants - The Driftwood and Mac’s Cafe. She decorated cakes and taught herself to play the organ, which she played for family. June loved playing games and was always ready for cribbage, cards, board games and traveling to Clarkston to play bingo. June was the cinnamon roll queen of the family, and her cookies were legendary. Family members could always expect a gift of both for Christmas and birthdays. On July 4, 1995, at age 75, June received a special award from the community of Colton for her volunteer work. She was honored for being their charter member, secretary and senior member of the Community Days and the Christmas Festival. This was proudly displayed in her home. June was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Benedict; her parents; her sister Merle Linnebur and husband Robert; her brother Martin Jutte and wife Eleanor; her sister Doris McGee and husband Bill; her son-in-law Robert Skelton and great-granddaughter Andrea Elizabeth Koelsch. Family was first and foremost for June and she valued it greatly. She will be lovingly missed by her sons, David and wife Joan Dahmen, James and wife Marilyn Dahmen; daughters, Carlene Skelton, and Mary Louise and husband Michael Koelsch; grandchildren, Carol Dahmen, Curtis Dahmen, Chad and Bradi Dahmen, Jon and Brenda Dahmen, Janne Liguori, Joe Skelton, Ann Skelton, Michael and Angie Skelton, Benjamin and Jeanette Koelsch, Angela and Scott Fish, Richard and Tammy Koelsch, Michelle and Travis Pehrson; and great-grandchildren, Camille, Emma and Colin Dahmen, Erin and Adara Liguori, Adeline and Maleah Skelton, Michael Malone Koelsch, Diana and Benjamin Fish, Carson and Owen Koelsch, and Kaylee Jo Pehrson. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Junette Dahmen and Annie Redinger, brother-in-law Tom Dahmen and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. April 20 at St. Gall’s Catholic Church with lunch to follow at Colton Gun Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Colton Uniontown Fire District No. 14 EMS, P.O. Box 51, Colton WA 99113, or a charity of your choice. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.