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FINLEY, Lori Jean (Churchill) - Spokane Valley  
FINLEY, Lori Jean (Churchill) On June 19th, 2015 in the comfort of her home, Lori Jean (Churchill) Finley left this world to be with the Lord of Light and life. She was born to loving parents (William "Bill" Horton and Bonnie Jean Churchill), in Seattle, Washington on August 27th, 1955. She enjoyed a childhood full of cherished memories with her sisters (Kimberly Ann and Marcella Arlene), many of which involved camping and hiking trips at their cabin on Mt. Rainier. In 1968, Bill was transferred to Spokane, Washington where Lori attended Sacajawea Middle School and graduated from Ferris High School in 1973. Lori was a gorgeous and gregarious young woman with golden blonde hair, and was a candidate for Ms. Spokane during her high school years. After graduating from high school, Lori began her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Eastern Washington State College (University), where she met and fell in love with Craig Ellis Finley. Lori began a long and accomplished teaching career in 1977, first beginning initially at Trentwood Elementary Grade School in the East Valley School District and then transferred to Trent Elementary where she taught for many years as she was a dedicated teacher and loved her profession. Lori and Craig were married April 1st, 1978 and after several years of wedded bliss and attempting to have children of their own, they made the noble decision to adopt two children, they chose Finley Edward William in 1986 and Christine Noel in 1990. Lori's courageous and valiant battle with cancer began shortly thereafter, spanning nearly a decade and was followed by a tragic end to her life as an educator when she suffered a broken femur and a subsequent pulmonary embolism. She attempted to continue teaching with an oxygen concentrator in her classroom, but it became evident that part of her life was no longer possible. In 2012, Lori's incredible pursuit to inculcate new generations of lifelong learners with a passion for knowledge ended. She began a new phase of her life, creating a lunch group of Trent Elementary retirees and joyfully reminiscing with her former colleagues once a month. And when Craig couldn't get time off work to travel to Oregon to see Christy participate in plays Lori would travel with her sister Kim and have the time of her life. Lori loved to entertain at her home where she hosted numerous gatherings. She also enjoyed rousing evenings of bunko and made a point to drive the twenty-five minute commute to Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church for bible studies and book clubs. Lori was an avid churchgoer and her faith was unshakable, even in the darkest times of her illnesses. Lori Finley was a devoted spouse, and endlessly supported her husband Craig in all of his pursuits, and passions which were returned in kind with his steadfast care of his wife until the very end. Finley and Christine enjoyed the same boundless support in their dramatic, musical, and academic lives, a true testament to her unconditional love for her children. Her parents and step-parents each knew how beloved they were, and how Lori loved them well. Her passion for life, legacy of strength, compassion, faith and perseverance lives on. She is survived by her beloved husband, Craig Finley; her son Finley Romano; her daughter, Christine (Joshua) Anderson of Albany, Oregon; mother Bonnie and her husband (Chet) Nelson, of Spokane, WA; step-mother Velma (Morris) Churchill of Spokane Valley, WA; her sister Kimberly Simpson of Omak, WA; her sister and brother-in-law Marcella (Ryan) Radar of Richland, WA; uncle Jack Churchill of Davis, CA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Laura Lee (Finley) Santos and Roy Santos of Manhatten Beach, CA; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; and countless students whose lives and hearts she touched and changed forever; and the colleagues whom she loved and considered family. She was preceded in death by her father, William Churchill. A memorial service to celebrate Lori's life will be held at Hamblen Park Presbyterrian Church at 4102 S. Crestline in Spokane on Saturday July 11th, 2015, at 2:00PM. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is credited with Lori's end of life care.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from June 27 to July 3, 2015
KOCH, Allan  
KOCH, Allan Allan Koch passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the age of 78. Services will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015. Visitation will be held at Danekas Funeral Home from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm followed by interment at Ritzville Cemetary at 1:00 pm. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm at Ritzville Foursquare Church. Memorials made be made to Ritzville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 312 , Ritzville, WA 99169. A full obituary may be viewed at http://www.danekasfh.com/
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 3, 2015
PECK, Donald Louis  
PECK, Donald Louis A life well lived. Don Peck was born on December 16, 1944 in Ellensburg, WA to Louis and Lillian Peck and passed away on July 1, 2015 in Spokane, WA. Don will be remembered as a man of faith who thought of others before himself and shared his love of hunting, fishing, skiing and boating with his family and friends. Don had a larger than life presence, and carried himself impeccably as a gentleman with a rare sense of honor and integrity. He is survived by his wife Julie, his children Jennifer (Mike) Michaud and Lucas (Elli) Peck and four grandchildren, Mac and Eva Raupp and Hazel and Hadley Peck. All who knew Don will cherish his memory. A memorial service will be held on July 4, 2015 at 10am at the Cheney United Methodist Church, 204 4th Street, Cheney, WA. As requested by Don, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cheney United Methodist Church or Seabeck Family (6002 Diamond Lane, Ferndale, WA 98248) or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 3, 2015

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Doud, Dennis L.  
November 9, 1946 - June 27, 2015 Dennis L. Doud passed away Saturday June 27 in Spokane. He was a man who loved to hunt and fish and happiest when communing with nature. He was a long time chef in Spokane retiring in 2000 due to medical reasons. Dennis leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Lori, children Katy Mascarenas, Leanne Doud, and Matthew Doud (Heather). He is also survived by his sister Bonnie Child's and husband Rick as well as grandchildren James, Mantry and Niya. The most honest and dependable man you would ever meet and he will be greatly missed. At his request, no services will be held.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 2, 2015
DREWES, Paul William - Spokane  
DREWES, Paul William Paul was born on February 25, 1928 in Spokane, WA to Bill and Louise Drewes. He passed away June 27, 2015 from pneumonia. Paul attended Lewis & Clark High School before joining the Navy and serving in the South Pacific. He returned to Spokane where he married Edith Johnson on September 4, 1949. He is survived by his loving wife, Edith and his three sons, Keith (Corinna), Kevin (Mari) and Kerry as well as six grandchildren. Funeral services will be will be held Monday, June 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines, Spokane Valley, WA.
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PEDERSON, John Sigurd - Spokane Valley  
PEDERSON, John Sigurd (Age 91) In loving memory of John Sigurd Pederson, who has gone home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2015. John was born on August 12, 1923 in Anatone, WA to Sigurd and Olive Pederson. He is survived by his son Paul Pederson of Spokane WA; daughter, Jill Jensen of Espanola, WA; one sister, Jewel Knight of Spokane Valley, WA; stepsons, Everett Nolte of Spokane Valley, WA and Edward Nolte of Lewiston, ID; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and countless friends. John was preceded in death by his son, Mark Pederson; wife Belva Mae Pederson; mother Olive and father Sigurd; three sisters: Opal, Ruby and Pearl; and his stepdaughter, Irene. John served in the US Army as a Medic during WWII. He was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and very much enjoyed the temple work he had done over the past several years. A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Friday, June 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 4014 S. Bowdish Rd., Spokane Valley. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11:00 at Asotin Cemetery in Asotin WA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 2, 2015
SUMMERS, Matthew Paul  
SUMMERS, Matthew Paul (Age 41) Passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. Matt was born in Lebanon, KY and was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jessie Barnett. He grew up in Marion and moved to Norton in 1987 and later to Spokane, Washington where he graduated high school from Deer Park High School. He attended Twin Falls Junior College and Mountain Empire Community College. He was currently employed as a warehouse manager with Costco in Chicago, IL. He was an adventurous person who liked BMW motorcycles, bungee and base jumping, and had traveled the world extensively. Survivors include mother, Pamela Barnett, Marion, VA; two children, Dillon Ethan Jessie Bowers, Jenica Dinataly; grandparents Colene Barnett and Wall Massie; brothers Bryan Summers, Sandersville, GA, Robert Summers, Spokane, WA; sister Pamela Willis, Marion VA; aunt Judy Shepherd; uncle Dean Barnett; nieces and nephews Courtney Quillen, Brianna Crisp, Tori Summers, Tayven Summers, Emma Summers, Brostol Summers, Jaci Willis; cousins Scott Shepherd Jeremy Shepherd and family, Autumn Harden and family; and many, many friends all over the world. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Friday July 3, 2015 at the Bradley's Funeral Home in Marion. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the Pellyton Cemetery in Adair County, KY. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.bradleysfh.com . Bradley's Funeral Home is serving the Summers family.
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AUBREY, Clifford Paul - Diamond Lake  
AUBREY, Clifford Paul Clifford Paul Aubrey passed away at Diamond Lake, WA., on June 27, 2015. Cliff was born June 3, 1953 in Spokane, WA to Ronald and Margery Aubrey. He graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1971. Cliff married Kim Hunt in 1981. Cliff and Kim were happily married for 34 years, and had two wonderful children, Derek and Lacey. They resided in Spokane until they moved to Diamond Lake in 1994, where they had previously spent many great summers. Cliff was a truck driver for 26 years and after retiring, started working for Newport School District. Cliff is survived by his loving wife, Kim, and their children, Derek (Mandy) Aubrey and Lacey Aubrey, grandson Dylan, his mother, Margery, brothers Craig Aubrey and Keith (Annie) Aubrey, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cliff's father, Ronald, preceded him in death in 2014. One of Cliff's greatest passions was music, especially rock and roll. He loved playing his acoustic and electric guitars. His willingness to help others, his big heart, and odd sense of humor made him a great husband, father, uncle, and friend. He will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Newport High School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Newport High School ASB to help students pay for extracurricular activities. Please send to NSD, PO Box 70, Newport, WA 99156. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 1, 2015
BALDERSON, Mary Ellen (Taylor) - Spokane  
BALDERSON, Mary Ellen (Taylor) Born: June 16, 1931 in Newport, WA Passed away: June 24, 2015 in Spokane, WA Mary is survived by her three children Karen Strong, Sally Purvine and Michael Balderson along with three grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Mary was born and raised in Newport, WA where she went to school with her future husband of 65 years, Lyle Balderson. Mary and Lyle married on April 15, 1950 and upon his entering the Navy moved to San Francisco where she worked as a telephone operator. After leaving the Navy they moved back to Washington State where they began their lives together raising their three children. Throughout her life, Mary was involved in her community in various roles. Mary worked as a lioness secretary for the Lions Club, was a Brownie/Girl Scout/Cub Scout leader and worked in various schools where she was a classroom volunteer and tutor. She was also very involved in the United Methodist Church in Vancouver, WA where she was active with the United Methodist Women Organization. Mary also enjoyed much travel throughout her life, visiting both a vast portion of the United States and internationally where she and Lyle traveled throughout Europe on multiple occasions with extended family. Mary enjoyed a full life living throughout the northwest spending her final years in Spokane surrounded by family and friends. She will be remembered for her extensive support and encouragement of her family and as a wonderful woman, mother and partner who shared much strength and love with those around her. A celebration of Mary and Lyle's lives will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00 at the Contempo Community Club House located at 1205 E. Lyons Ave., Spokane, WA 99208
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CARKUFF, Murray Clayton - Coeur D' Alene  
CARKUFF, Murray Clayton (Age 71) Passed away peacefully in his home June 22, 2015 after a tough battle with ALS. He was born on May 4, 1944 to Marjorie and Clayton Carkuff in Coeur d' Alene, ID. In 1978 Murray married Carol DeVall. Together they enjoyed six kids, 17 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He started working at a young age and held several professions before settling into the construction business. He was always looking for new ways to learn and grow as an individual. In 2009 he retired from his superintendent position at Debco Construction. Murray was nicknamed by many "The Taz Maniema" due to the fact he was always on the run. He had many gifts and talents but his family knew him best as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He loved the great outdoors, NASCAR, and old cars. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Kimberly Carkuff, grandson, Kelly Carkuff, and brother-in-law, Bruce Miles. He is survived by his wife Carol; six children: Darren Carkuff (Rory), Janet Hall (Les), Shawn Carkuff (Crystal), Heath Carkuff (Amy), Dustin Carkuff (Kelly), Tony DeVall (Errika); three sisters: Sharon Miles, Marjean Millsap (Jim), and Candi Crockett (Duane); 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. We will be celebrating his life at 3:00pm on July 11, 2015 at 3:00 at ENGLISH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1133 N 4th St. in Coeur d'Alene. Please visit Murray's online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com .
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