Cecil William Tugaw, Omak, passed away Feb. 5 2014 at Apple Springs in Omak. Cecil was born July 12, 1922 to Tom and Coral Tugaw in the Lime Belt, about five miles off the Conconully Highway on the Blue Lake Road. From the Lime Belt they moved to the Old Hudson Post Office on the Conconully Highway; then moved to Riverside, Wash., where Cecil started school and lived there until 1935. Cecil and his sister, Evelyn, rode a Model T Ford truck to school every day. At the age of 17, he went to work for his uncle, Joe Tugaw, and Ralph Hussey, logging in the Rock Lake area, starting out on the landing and working up to equipment.
In 1940, Cecil went to work logging for Biles until 1944, at which time he went into the Navy during WWII in the South Pacific. He returned to the United States and received his honorable discharge in 1946. He then went to work logging for Biles Coleman until 1948. He married Enid Skelton on Nov. 18, 1948, whom he met through her brother, Harlan. He continued logging from 1953 until 1958 when he started Tugaw Logging. He retired because of medical reasons in 1979. His son, Dale, continued the family business.
Cecil and Enid enjoyed their retirement years traveling the Western states in their fifth-wheel with their friends and watching their grandchildren playing sports. He also enjoyed the hobbies of camping, running and raising race horses, fishing, snowmobiling, and camping with packhorses and mules in the high country.
He was a member of the Boots & Saddle Club, the Okanogan County Historical Society, the Eagles and the Grange. He was the honorary “Bull of the Woods” of the Tonasket Sagebrush Loggers in 1994.
Cecil is survived by sons Bill Tugaw, Leslie Tugaw and Dale (Debbie) Tugaw; grandchildren Bryan Tugaw, Kevin (Hillary) Tugaw, Hillary (Blane) Bageant, Jessica (Darrin) Jackson, Tina (Jason) Reid and Teri Hilton; great-grandchildren Tylin and Tanner Tugaw, Dalainy, Tucker and Kash Tugaw, Aubrey Jackson, Kameron Smith and Ruby Reid. Cecil was preceded in death by his wife, Enid Tugaw; parents Tom and Coral Tugaw; brothers Dwayne, Dwight “Swede” Tugaw; sister Evelyn Frazier, and daughter-in-law Vivian Tugaw.
Visitation was held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel. Funeral services were held at noon, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Elmway in Okanogan.
Donations can be made to the Okanogan County Historical Society or a Charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.