Obituary: Etten, Ronald Frederick “Ron”

SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013

Age 85

ETTEN, Ronald Frederick “Ron” (Age 85) Passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:45 AM at Newport Long Term Care in Newport, WA.

Ron and his twin brother were born Dec 27, 1927 in Wallace, Idaho to Raymond and Olivine (Galipeau) Etten.

In 1952 Ron married Delores Straub.

The couple had four children.

They divorced in 1973.

Ron spent his working career at Fairchild Air Force Base.

He started as a stock handler and had ascended to the position of Deputy Chief of Operations before retiring after 30 years in 1983.

Ron leaves behind his long time friend and companion Betty Rail, his children Fred (and Karen) Etten and family Kathy (and Ken) Overland and family, Connie Etten and family and Ted (and Michelle) Etten and son.

He is also survived by Betty’s children Walter (and Patti) Rail and family, Jeanine (and Roger) Shawgo and family and Karen Kuk and family.

He joins many family members in Heaven including his mother and father, his twin brother Raymond as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11 AM at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Priest River, Idaho with burial to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Priest River.

A reception will be held at the Newport Eagles following the services at the cemetery.

“We will miss you Grandpa River.”

Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Priest River, Idaho is in charge of arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at


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