Troy Alvin Watkins passed at home in his sleep April 3, 2013.
He was born Jan. 28, 1924 in Johnson, Ark., to Clint and Jessie (Teague) Watkins, and grew up in the Lincoln, Ark. area.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Sheridan and USS Arneb and fought in many battles in the Pacific, including invasions of Palau, Ulithi, Leyte, Lingayen Gulf (Luzon), Subic Bay, and Okinawa, and made some life-long friends.
After the war, Troy and his entire extended family moved to the Yakima area. Troy worked at various jobs, including sales at the Montgomery Ward department store, and befriended many members of the Orndorff family, including a pretty young Mary Avanell Smith newly from Ravanna, Mo. The two courted and then married Dec. 20, 1947.
Troy and Mary also teamed up on cooking demonstration dinners in prospective clients' homes to sell cookware in the late 1940's. The couple moved to the Omak area, first living in Desautel, then purchasing a home in the city of Omak. There they raised five children.
Troy was a woodsman for 35 years, starting with independent loggers in the Colville area before going to work with his father in the early 1950's for Biles-Coleman Lumber Company (later Crown Zellerbach Corp.). He loved working outdoors and stayed with the company until his retirement.
He kept a vegetable garden his entire life, always growing enough to share with family and friends. Troy was a founding member of the Friendly OK Car Club. He enjoyed talking old cars, buying and selling, tinkering and restoring classic cars.
Troy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents, Clint and Jessie; sisters, Elva Gladden and Velma Hall; and brother, James Watkins.
He is survived by sister, Janice (Richard) Woodruff; brother, Arliss Eldon Watkins; children, Jeffrey Watkins, Deborah Nollette, Barbara Ray, Lori Watkins, and Lisa Caryl Vukas and husband, Mike Vukas; grandchildren, Joshua and Daniel Nollette, Brian (April), Brenna, Britney and Brandon Ray, Alayna, Marissa, Pauletta and Serena Caryl; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Public visitation will be held at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Elmway in Okanogan from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013. A private graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life potluck for Troy at the American Legion hall in Okanogan at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, following the private graveside service.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is in care of the arrangements.