STAEHLY, Albert Carl Albert Carl Staehly, 92, passed away June 01, 2014 in Spokane Valley, WA. Albert was born July 07, 1921 to J. Lawrence Staehly and Ruth Ann (Michael) Staehly and was raised on the family farm on Staehly Mountain located in Ferry County. He attended Stony Acres School, District Number 19 (a one room school house) and graduated from Colville High School in 1939. Albert served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Betty (Askey) Staehly in 1948 and they resided in Kettle Falls, WA for 61 years before moving to Spokane Valley in 2010. Albert served for 30 years as a USPS Rural Letter Carrier, out of the Kettle Falls Post Office retiring in 1980. An active member of the Washington Rural Letter Carriers Association, he served in a number of leadership positions, including President, and was named the Washington Rural Letter Carrier of the year in 1977. Albert was an active volunteer in the Kettle Falls community. He served as a volunteer firefighter for 33 years and was appointed and served as Fire Chief for 16 years. During his tenure, he was a major driving force in helping the department modernize its safety procedures and equipment. He also worked tirelessly to obtain funding for the current Kettle Falls fire department building, which was dedicated during his tenure as Fire Chief. A plaque commemorating the building's dedication during his tenure remains on the building today. Albert was a member of the American Legion for 65 years serving both as the Kettle Falls Post and District Commander. He also served on the Kettle Falls City Council, worked to establish and construct the Kettle Falls public swimming pool, and helped to rebuild the American Legion Hall. He will be remembered by many as "head pancake flipper" at the annual Kettle Falls Public Library Groundhog Day Pancake Feed. Albert is survived by his wife Betty, brother Ray (Joyce) Staehly of Marysville, WA, two daughters, Anita Baivier of Fairfax, VA and Nancy (Jim) Lyons of Spokane, WA, seven grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00PM at Danekas Funeral Chapel, Colville, Washington. Albert was a supporter of the Kettle Falls Public Library. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Kettle Falls Public Library Building Fund, P.O. Box 500, Kettle Falls, Washington 99141. Please go online and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. DANEKAS FUNERAL CHAPEL is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on June 11, 2014