Lind WA
Thu, Jan 03, 2019
Bill Pond passed away in Lind on Dec. 29 at the age of 76. Born in Chewelah, WA to Selma and William Pond, he moved to Lind with his mom when he was 5-years-old.

Bill worked at the Experiment Station in Lind during his younger years, and also worked for Barnett Pump in Lind. He attended K-12th grade at Lind schools, and graduated from Lind High School in 1960. He attended college at WSU and CWU.

He resided in Lind his whole life, where he married Donna Draney from Warden, WA in 1965. Together they had Shelly and Jim Pond. They divorced in 1983.

He worked at the Lind Grange Supply from 1965 to 1983. He then bought the family business “Swarts Auto Parts” from his parents Bus and Selma Swarts. He eventually retired in 1998.

Bill was the President of the Lind JC Club in the 70s. He loved playing/shooting pool. He played on the Travelling Sticks team and won many tournaments all over Washington. He was a pool shark and no one could beat him! He even has a pool table in the living room! He was also the pitcher on the Slim’s men softball team for many years.

He met the love of his life Alicia Castro and they dated and then got married on July 24, 2016. She enjoyed all of the retirement hobbies with him! He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family.

Bill had the kindest heart and his passion was to help others. He did 15 years of Prison Ministry at Coyote Ridge. He enjoyed the interaction and we know he was an inspiration to everyone whose life he touched.

He is survived by his wife Alicia Pond and his kids Shelly (Steve) Johnson of Spokane, WA and Jim (Debbie) Pond of Kellogg, ID and their families. And also his wonderful family the Castros, whom he loved as much as his own.

Services will be held at the Ritzville Seventh Day Adventist Church on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m.

Danekas Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Bill Pond

Norman James Sackmann

  •  Thu, Jan 10, 2019
Norman James Sackmann passed peacefully from natural causes on December 29, 2018.

Norman was born in Lind, WA on December 11, 1933 in the midst of a winter blizzard on the family wheat farm. Norman attended school from K through 12 in the Lind School District. It was there in high school he met the true love of his life—Joyce Aleene Zarndt. Joyce and Norman married on August 29, 1954. They were blessed with three children—Sandra, Jerry, and Sheryl. (more)

Norman proudly served two years in the US Army—six months in San Francisco, CA, six months in Colonial Heights, VA, and a year in France. He returned home and operated a wheat farm just outside Connell, WA for over 30 years. Upon retiring from farming, he went on to manage the Connell branch of Golden Grain Ag-Chemical for several years.

Norman served as Treasurer at Gideon Lutheran for many years. He was also active in bowling leagues, Jaycees, and was even Grand Marshall of the Connell Fall Festival Parade in 2001. In his spare time, Norman took delight in attending the sporting and other activities of his grandchildren, fishing, doing puzzles, playing cards and games, and of course being a superior woodworking craftsman.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Trios Hospital, his Trios doctors, the staff at Parkview Estates, and those special angels who provided therapy. The excellent care and caring he received from all of you so very much helped him during his journey.

Norman was preceded in death by his beloved wife Joyce, his parents William and Martha, and his siblings Richard, Darlene, and Karen. Norman is survived by his children Sandra (Greg) of Pasco, Jerry (Billie) of Connell, and Sheryl (Mark) of Walla Walla, as well as his grandchildren Lexi (Ryan) of Kennewick, Parker of Monterey, CA, and Randy (Norma) of Spokane. Additionally, he is survived by his sister-in-law, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Chaplaincy Health Care – Hospice (1480 Fowler Street, Richland, WA 99352) or the charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held at Gideon Lutheran Church (213 South Burke Street) in Connell, WA on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11 am. Arrangements by Mueller’s Funeral Homes.

Always a fierce competitor at cards and games, all we can say is look out heaven…here comes Norm! Love always and forever…you will be missed!

— Ritzville Journal

Bette Lou (Maier) Borth was born in Cheney, WA on August 20, 1929, to proud parents, Benjamin "Benny" Maier and Tillie (Fritchle) Maier.

Bette married her high school sweetheart, Victor Borth, on June 12, 1948. Together they raised five children on their small family farm between Lind and Ritzville. Doug was born in 1949, Vicki in 1951, Pam in 1953, Denise in 1955, and Brian in 1958. Bette and Victor were both very involved with activities and events with their children; bottle digging after church on Sundays, trips to Seattle after harvests, and they fondly remember attending the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. 

Bette was noted for her outstanding cooking while raising her five children. She participated in the local Tredecim Club, Bridge Club, was a den mother for Cub Scouts, and belonged to the women's fellowship at the Lind congregational Church. 

Bette was a terrific mother and shared her gift of cooking and baking with her 3 daughters Vicki, Pam, Denise and two daughters-in-law, Linda (Wahl) Borth and Diane (Kagele) Borth. For many years she baked and delivered pies to the Golden Grain Café in Lind. Victor made pie racks for the car so that she could safely transport them to Lind. 

Bette went with the Angels on December 21, 2018, in peace surrounded by her family. Bette is preceded in death by her two brothers; Floyd Maier (Lind), Bobby Maier (Ritzville) and two sisters; Dorothy Austin (Umatilla, OR), Marianne Borgens (Ritzville),  and one daughter Denise Tompkins who passed on January 9, 2017.
Bette is survived by one sister; Clara Nelson of Spokane, sons, Doug (Linda) of Walla Walla, Brian (Diane) of Paha, and two daughters: Vicki (Mike) Younker of Mt. Vernon and Pam Kulm of Ritzville. She is also survived by Brent Tompkins and family of Prescott, WA. Bette so loved her five children, 15 grandkids and 39 great grandkids along with millions of friends.

Contributions can be sent to Lind Community Church or the Church of your choice or to Macular Degeneration Foundation research.

A service will be scheduled at a later date. To leave condolences please visit our website at -  Ritzville Journal