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BANKS III, William Henry "Willie" - Spokane  
BANKS, William Henry III "Willie" Passed away last week at his home on the South Hill from lung cancer. He was 63. Bill was a lifelong local musician, avid fisherman, and full-time friend. Many of his friends were kept since the day he met them, all the way back to elementary school at Lincoln Heights. He spent his working years taking care of the parish property at All Saint's School, and then after completing his MSW with Honors at EWU and winning the Mary Shields Award, he helped struggling families as a social worker for Washington's Children & Family Services. He is survived by his mother Louise and stepfather Neil Schmitt, his sister Vicky, his brothers Gary and Sean, his aunts Jean and Benny, uncle Robert, his cousins, Bo, Gail, Matt, Andy, LuAnn, John, Joan, Debbie, Tammy, Rob, Rick, many nieces and nephews, and especially his niece Sarah and his "grandkids" Julian and Miranda. He will be remembered by friends and family for his sarcastic dry remarks, sharp wit, advice (asked for or not), and his profound love of music which he shared with scores of fellow musicians in the Northwest. We will remember Bill at a memorial service held Wednesday, May 4th, at 1:30 p.m., Salvation Army Chapel, 222 E. Indiana, just off Division, in Spokane.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on May 3, 2016
BROWN, Ronald Elvin - Colfax  
BROWN, Ronald Elvin (Age 73) Lifelong Whitman County resident, passed away at his home on Friday, April 29, 2016. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Oakesdale Presbyterian Church. Vault interment will follow at the Oakesdale Cemetery. Viewing will be at Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax on Wednesday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the church. Ron entered this world on June 2, 1942 in Steptoe, Washington, the second of six children born to Elvin and Wanda Lee (Brooks) Brown. He was raised in Oakesdale and graduated high school there in 1960. After high school, he met, and instantly fell in love with, a young lady named Carol Doerschlag. They married on September 20, 1968 in Spokane Valley, Washington. After their marriage, Ron and Carol lived in Pullman briefly before Ron accepted a job with the McGregor Company in Colfax. When his father's health declined, the family moved to Oakesdale where Ron took over the farming operation from his dad. The family tradition continues to this day, as Ron's son Phil has worked side by side with his dad for over 20 years and will continue well into the future. Ron served as a Fire Commissioner for the Oakesdale Fire Department from 1979 to 1990. Ron enjoyed hunting in the Blue Mountains, horseback riding and camping with friends. He was an avid Gonzaga sports fan and never met someone he couldn't carry on a conversation with. His sons stated that dad could go anywhere and strike up a conversation with many people - English speaking or not. Ron and Carol were snowbirds, traveling south to Yuma, Arizona during the winters for the last 15 years. When asked to describe Ron, some words that came to mind from his family included "our rock", "heck of a dad", "great teacher", "loving", "patient" and "he took great care of mom." He loved his family - especially his grandkids - and supported each of them in all of their endeavors. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Ron is survived by his wife, Carol, at their home in Oakesdale; sons Bob Brown of Athol, Idaho; Phil (Karla) Brown of Oakesdale; Mike (Michelle) Brown of Oakesdale; and Don (Angel) Brown of Spokane; brothers Larry (Cheryle) Brown, Dick Brown and Michael "Big Mike" (Laurie) Brown, all of Oakesdale; as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandsons. Memorial contributions in Ron's honor are suggested to the Oakesdale Fire Department or to Cancer Care Northwest. BRUNING FUNERAL HOME of Colfax has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bruningfuneralhome.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on May 3, 2016

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BURNS, Marguerite W. - Spokane  
BURNS, Marguerite W. October 24, 1926- April 24, 2016 Marguerite was born in Spokane, Washington to William and Margaret Wyman. She is now resting in the loving arms of the Lord. Marguerite attended Mary Cliff Catholic School and graduated from Rogers High school, in March of 1953. Marguerite married the love of her life James W. Burns and they called Spokane their home. Marguerite raised (all) her children on Woodside Avenue and was a motherly figure to the neighborhood children as well as all of her grandchildren. Her hobbies included bowling, making beautiful unique birthday cakes, playing pinochle, watching the Mariners play, having fun at the horse races, casino and mostly enjoyed coffee with her lifelong friends Irene and Erna. Marguerite was preceded in death by her loving husband, James; her sons, Larry, Richard and Brother William (Sylvia). She is survived by her sisters, Betty Gibson (Don), Rose Solverson (Gary); and her children, Bill Phillips (Sandy), Emilene Beagles (Gary), Tom, George (Denise), Doug (Mary Ann), Paul (Barb), Patrick; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Willow Grove for all of the care and kindness they showed our mother these last few years. Visitation will be Wednesday May 4th from 12pm to 4 pm at Ball and Dodd. Services will be held Thursday May 5th at 10:00 am at Ball and Dodd with graveside service immediately following. A reception will follow for anyone that would like to share memories of Marguerite.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on May 1, 2016
BUSKA, Emil - Spokane  
BUSKA, Emil Emil Buska was born on June 4, 1933 in Mosinee WI to Emil and Lillian Buska. Emil passed away April 22, 2016 at his home in the Spokane Valley. In 1945 the family moved to Manitowa WI. Emil graduated from high school before entering the Air Force in 1952-1956. While stationed at Fairchild AFB he met and married Joann Erickson and with that union they fathered three sons David, Dennis and Douglas. In 1975 he married Karen Johnson and together they raised two sons Robert and Kenneth. While his sons were growing up, he was active in Boy Scouts for many years. He formed Pack 419 at University Elementary which is still active today. While leading the Boy Scouts he received the Silver Acorn award from the PTA. Three years later he started Sea Scout Explorer Post 400 stationed at Coeur d'Alene Lake. He was also involved in events with his sons in YMCA sports. Emil loved fishing and hunting with his boys and camping with family. He and Karen enjoyed trips to Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii over their 40 years of marriage. He started his career at Spokane TV then moved to Spokane Appliance Repair "SPARCO" where he crafted his trades. His career in the electronics field led him to his retirement as Chief Engineer at the Spokane Sheraton Hotel in 1986. Survivors include his wife Karen at their home. Sons Dennis, Spokane; Doug (Patti) Joseph OR., Robert (Kelli) Long Beach CA., Kenneth (Sarah) Omak WA. He had 8 grandchildren; Nicholas, Reece, Jocelyn, Long Beach; Lillian, Hailey, Evan, Kyle, Omak and Charlie (Vanessa) and great-granddaughter Ayla, Burlington WA. Also surviving are his sisters Betty Raab, Darlene Johnson, Barbara Holmes, Connie Erickson all of Wisconsin. He was preceded to Heaven by his parents and son, David. The service will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 3 PM at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane. Reception to follow. Interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

BARTON, Todd Randall - Spokane  
BARTON, Todd Randall Born August 31, 1956 to Bill and Suzanne Barton. Todd volunteered ten years at Royal Plaza Retirement Home. He proudly served as head usher at his church. He is survived by his mother, Suzanne; siblings, Evan, Shelly, and Hilary (Chris); his children, Melissa, Hayley (Chris), Terah, and Randy (Tamara); his former wife, Carolyn; and five grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father, Bill, and his loving grandparents. A memorial service will be held April 29, 2016 at 3:00pm at Fowler United Methodist Church, 3928 N. Howard. For additional information go to www.riplingerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 27, 2016
BAUMP, Buddy Joe - Deer Park  
BAUMP, Buddy Joe 74 Years of Life A 4th generation resident of Deer Park and the Spokane, Washington area, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Buddy is survived by Nancy; and is the father of Jerry D. Baump of Spangle, WA, Sherry Baump and Donna Baump, both of North Carolina, and Tammy Baump of Alaska; Buddy is the stepfather of Joey Goodwin of Kansas, and Joleen Sadberry and Lena Darrow both of Spokane. He enjoyed five grandchildren. His brother is Emmett Baump of Mead; and sisters are Joyce Hayes of Deer Park, Binnie Pierce of Spokane and Elaine Pierce of Spokane Valley. Buddy's brother, Ronald Baump preceded him in death. He attended the Deer Park Grade School and High School with the Class of 1960. He served with the United States Marine Corps for five years. He was employed as a meat cutter at Bonanza Meats in Spokane for many years; and as a mechanic for the Nine Mile School District. Services honoring Buddy will be in Spokane at 3:00pm on Friday, April 29, 2016, in the Sunset Chapel at Fairmount Memorial Park. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the "Wounded Warrior Foundation." LAUER FUNERAL HOME in DEER PARK, WA
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2016
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