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Obituary: Pickerel, Jess Elwin “Jack”

SUNDAY, OCT. 27, 2013

Age 87

PICKEREL, Jess Elwin “Jack” March 19, 1926- October 20, 2013 Jack passed away peace- fully at home on October 20, 2013 in Newport, Washington.

Jack was born March 19, 1926 in Spokane, WA.

He spent most of his life in or near Usk, WA.

Prior to graduation from Cusick High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and upon graduating, entered training at Farragut Naval Training Station.

He served on The Battleship Colorado in the Pacific during WWII.

After returning from the war in 1946, Jack spent a few years in Alaska working in the fishing industry then back to Washington to get back to what he loved; ranching and rodeo.

In 1953 he married Betty Irene Pickerel (Bemis) and they started a family.

Soon after they married he went to work for the Pend Oreille County Road Department and in 1960, he and Betty purchased the family farm near Sandwich Creek, in Usk, WA.

Jack retired from the county after 33 years of service but continued to work tirelessly on the farm.

Jack was an incredibly hard worker, which is evident by some of his favorite past-times; cutting wood, haying and building fence.

He also enjoyed deer hunting, rodeo and hitting the open road in his Ford pickup and camper.

He took the family on annual trips to the Omak Stampede and he and Betty made several cross country trips to visit family as far away as Iowa.

He was very devoted to his family.

He showed this in many ways but one that stands out is the fact that he never missed any of his kids’ sporting events; no matter how far away or how hard to get to.

Jack was a very giving, caring, genuine friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Jack is survived by wife, Betty Pickerel, Newport, WA.

Children; Bill Pickerel (wife Penny), Usk, WA, Carol Stewart (husband Curt), Wolf Creek, MT, Jack Pickerel (wife Jen), Sandpoint, ID.

Grandchildren; Nicole Pugh (husband Scott), Kennewick, WA, Shawnee Lanphear (husband Levi), Kennewick, WA, Jesse Stewart, Wolf Creek, MT, Lake Pickerel, Sandpoint, ID, Great-Grandchildren; Hank Lanphear.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jess Pickerel, mother, Dorothy Pickerel (Garland), son, Joe Pickerel, brothers, Robert “Bob” Pickerel, Don Pickerel.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Cusick High School Athletic Department 305 Monumental Rd, Cusick, WA 99119 A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11AM at the Newport Cemetery.

Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements.

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


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