Maurice A. Mahugh, a 26-year resident of Colville, Washington passed away on October 14, 2015 in Colville at the age of 88. Maurice was born on June 5, 1927 in Glasgow, Montana, the son of Lawrence Bergail and Stella Mae (Henning) Mahugh.
In 1930, Maurice moved to Oroville, Wash. where his father eventually purchased the Shell service station and then added the Shell bulk plant. Maurice was involved in the business with his parents from his childhood on. He graduated from Oroville High School in 1945 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his enlistment, Maurice was stationed in Okinawa, Japan before his discharge in 1946. Maurice then returned to Oroville to continue in business with his father. While in Oroville, he met Helen J. Hale and they were married on June 13, 1948. They began a family with the birth of their first daughter, Beverly. Over the next seven years their family grew with the births of their daughter, Linda, and son, Kevin. In 1968, the family business was sold and Maurice began a career with the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Port of Frontier near Northport, Wash. He retired in 1990 and then moved with his wife, Helen, to Colville where they could be closer to family.
Maurice was a devoted family man who took great pride in his children’s activities. He encouraged them to try new things and reach beyond their expectations. Over the many years together, he and Helen enjoyed many trips to Montana and a few “further reaches” to touch base with long-time friends. Maurice also supported and encouraged Helen in her quilting passion. They celebrated 67 years of marriage in June of this year.
Maurice was a longtime Mason and member of the Masonic Lodge in Oroville. He also had a great passion for shooting and was actively involved in the Kettle Falls Gun Club for many years.
Maurice is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Mahugh; daughters, Beverly Milner and her husband, Dave, Kirkland, Wash., Linda Midkiff and her husband, Tom, Colville; a son, Kevin Mahugh and his wife, Connie, Colville; grandchildren, Shannon Milner, Kent, Wash., Scott Milner Everett, Wash., Jason Midkiff and his wife, Jaclyn, Yakima, Wash., Brian Midkiff and his wife, Robin, Pulaski, Virg., Nick Mahugh and his wife, Bailey, Spokane, Wash,; great grandchildren, Lauren-Shey, Spencer and Morgan Midkiff, Jack and Wyatt Midkiff and Kanyon Mahugh.
A memorial service for Mr. Maurice Alvin Mahugh will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville, Wash. An ash committal will follow at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be given to either the Kettle Falls Gun Club, the Northport Medical Clinic or charity of your choice. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.