Obituary: Ambrose Adolph
Ambrose Adolph, 90, joined his ancestors March 2, 2012. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Disautel. Ambrose was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Boyds, Wash., to Agnes (Gunn) and Joseph Adolph. He was raised at Kelly Hill. Ambrose attended and graduated from Omak High School.
Ambrose was a World War II veteran, having fought in the battle of Normandy Beach. He served under Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. His children remember him telling them he had a friendly relationship with his buddy “Ike.” He told them that they would talk to each other with their feet propped on their desks. Ambrose’s mementos included a postcard he sent to his sister of himself with General George Patton. Ambrose was honorably discharged from the Army after 17 years of service. He proudly represented our county in France commemorating the 50 year anniversary of D-Day.
Ambrose received a handwritten letter from President John F. Kennedy recognizing his leadership promoting the freedom of Native American people as an activist for Indian civil rights.
When Ambrose left the service, he worked on the construction of Grand Coulee, Chief Joseph and Azwell/Wells Dams. He was a logger who fell trees and drove the “Cat”.
Ambrose loved the outdoors. He was a successful hunter and fisherman. It was something he wanted his boys to love as much as he did.
Ambrose valued education. All of his children graduated from high school, even though it meant attending boarding schools far from home. His grandchildren continue to make him proud by obtaining their high school diplomas. Several have earned advanced degrees.
Fondly called “The Old Man,” he loved to attend family birthday dinners where he was surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ambrose was an avid reader. He enjoyed going for rides to town to get ice cream. In recent years, everyone knew not to interrupt Ambrose as he watched his favorite show, “Dancing with the Stars.”
He was an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and was proud of his Arrow Lakes Band lineage. He served on the Colville Tribal Business Council, in those days folks called him “Senator.”
Ambrose is survived by his children, LeRoy Charley (Sonny), Bernard Charley (Lori), Dale Charley (Shirley), Steve Charley (Annie) all of Omak, Marilyn Adolph of Nespelem, Lee Adolph (Collette) of Keller, Susan (Arkie) Adolph of Omak, Gloria Adolph and Karen Adolph of Disautel. Ambrose delighted in his 27 grandchildren and 29 great- grandchildren.
Ambrose was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucille Weed Adolph; daughter, Sharon Adolph; grandchildren, Stacey Charley, Blue Charley, Virgil Bearcub and Debbie Charley; and great-grandson, Ambrose Bearcub. Ambrose was the last surviving member of his brothers and sisters, William (Shortie) Adolph, Vincent (Beanie) Adolph, Eva Orr, Marie St. Paul and Rose Squetimkin. Several nieces and nephews preceded him in death.
Ambrose was father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to all who came into his life.
The rosary for Ambrose was March 5, 2012, at the Omak Longhouse. The funeral mass was officiated by Father Jake Morton, S.J., on March 6, 2012 at St Mary’s Mission Church. Ambrose was buried in St. Mary’s Mission Cemetery.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is caring for the arrangements.