Sunday, May 27, 2007

Obituary for uncle Christopher Ellis Germen

CHRISTOPHER ELLIS GERMEN, 46, a Moscow, Idaho, Disability Action Center volunteer, died of an apparent heart attack 9 Jan. 1999 at home. He was born Feb. 3, 1952, to Martin Ellis and Shirley June Handley Germen at Richmond, Calif. During his senior year of high school, he moved to Princeton, Idaho. He graduated from Potlatch High School in 1970. He married Glenda Ownbey Feb. 12, 1971, at Princeton. They made their home in Princeton. He worked for the Ownbey Lumber Co., at Princeton and as a custodian for Washington State University.
He became disabled in 1979 and was unable to work. They divorced in 1990 and he moved to Moscow. He did volunteer work at the Disability Action Center in Moscow. He received the Volunteer of the Year Award for 1997 because he worked more hours than anyone in the state for the center. He liked working with clay. He loved fishing and rock 'n' roll music. He is survived by four children, Jennifer Safe of Moscow, Sarah, Katie and Billy Germen, all of Princeton; his mother of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; three sisters, Merry Bogart of Pinole, Calif., Rebecca Achord of Kuna, Idaho, and Laurel Bryant of Oakley, Calif; two brothers, Martin Germen of Eugene, Ore., and David Germen of Nevada, Mo.; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his father in 1967. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Donnie Haynes of the Calvary Christian Center in Pullman will officiate.

Highlights:
  • Born 3 Feb. 1952
  • Died 9 Jan. 1999
  • Father Martin Ellis Germen
  • Mother Shirley June Handley Germen
  • Married Glenda Ownbey 12 Feb. 1971, Princeton, ID
  • Daughter Jennifer Safe, Moscow, ID
  • Other children Sarah, Katie & Billy Germen, Princeton, ID
  • Sister Merry Bogart, Pinole, CA (now in Caldwell, ID)
  • Sister Rebecca Achord, Kuna, ID (mother of Jason Kenneth Hamilton)
  • Sister Laurel Bryant, Oakley, CA
  • Brother Martin Germen, Eugene, OR
  • Brother David Germen, Nevada, MO (now deceased)
  • One granddaughter

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