Robert Lester Schertenleib passed away Oct. 18, 2012. Les was born Sept. 2, 1921 in Wauconda, to Robert Schertenleib and Lillian Thomason-Schertenleib.
Les was raised in Wauconda, where he attended school until the sixth grade. He then quit school to help run the family farm. He married Edna G. Rounds Dec. 18, 1942. After they married, he and Edna farmed and ranched at Wauconda. Several years later he went to work in the timber industry while continuing to farm and ranch. Les was also a well known and respected road builder. He built many of the roads in the forests of Okanogan and Ferry counties.
Les enjoyed fishing and camping with his children and grandchildren. Les was a self taught musician who loved to sing. He played the harmonica, guitar, piano, banjo, violin and accordion. He favored “old time” songs and desired for these traditions to be passed down through the generations. Les was part of the generation who originally settled this area of our state. He possessed many experiences and stories that will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Les was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Les is survived by his wife of 69 years, Edna; son, Marv (Karin) Schertenleib of Omak, great grandsons: Brandon and Blaine Braunschweig; son, Mel (Patty) Schertenleib of Tonasket, grandson Kasey (Samantha) Schertenleib of Pullman, great-grandchildren Joyce and Daniel, grandson Kory (Stephanie) Schertenleib of Tonasket, great grandchildren Tyson and Kara, daughter Marcia (Steve) Henneman of Wauconda, grandson Chad (Jamie) Henneman of Vanhorn, Texas, great-grandson Beau, granddaughter Lesli (Jeff) Koplin of Tonasket, great-granddaughters Madison and Sydney; sisters Thelma Weber and Ruby Faught; brother, Cal Schertenleib.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers: Stanton and Walter Schertenleib; sister, Therese Snyder; and one granddaughter, Stephanie Schertenleib-Braunschweig.
A graveside service will be held at the Wauconda Cemetery on Friday Oct. 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. A dinner/fellowship will follow at the Wauconda Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Les can be made to the Wauconda Cemetery, 3 Summer Rd, Tonasket WA 98855 or the Wauconda Community Hall, PO Box 4, Wauconda, WA 98859.