Joseph Marchand, 89, passed away peacefully Friday, April 19, 2013, at his home in Omak, Wash. He was born March 4, 1924, to William and Mary Marchand.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Iva Mae; his brothers, John Marchand and Edward Marchand; and his sister, Nancy Newbury. He is survived by his sister, Regina MacClain; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and too many friends to count.
Joseph graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1943. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was very proud of his service in the U.S. Navy. He served on the ship, U.S.S. Okanogan, where he was a Boatswain’s Mate Third Class. His primary responsibility was to drive landing craft that delivered U.S. Marines to the beach from the troop carrier to engage in battle.
After his service in the U.S. Navy, Joseph worked several construction jobs and worked a dynamite drill at Grand Coulee Dam and on the North Cross Highway.
Joseph was a pitcher on the Omak Booster baseball team that competed in international play in the 1950s. Joseph loved to attend his annual Navy reunions to celebrate his service on the U.S.S. Okanogan with his fellow servicemen.
He also enjoyed the gracious greetings and care of elders by the employees at the Okanogan casino. Attending a wide variety of sporting events of nieces and nephews brought him great joy, as well.
Following the Seattle Mariners’ successes (and failures) was another of his hobbies. Joe loved his dogs and spoiled them something terrible.
He was an active member of Eastside Omak’s elder community center and St. Joseph Catholic Parish. Joseph’s great kindness, generosity and strength of character will be immensely missed by his family and friends.
Rosary services were held Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 7 p.m. and Monday, April 22, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Omak Longhouse. The funeral mass was Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Mission, followed by his burial at Kelly Hill’s Pia Mission, officiated by Father Jake Morton, S.J.