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GOETZ, L. Geraldine "Jerry" - Odessa  
GOETZ, L. Geraldine "Jerry" December 31, 1924 - February 21, 2015 Passed on February 21, 2015 in Odessa, WA. Geraldine "Jerry" was born in Roxton, Texas on December 31, 1924. Her parents were the Reverend T.T. Smith and Leola Bell Tidwel. Jerry grew up on the family farm picking and chopping cotton with her family (one brother, and three sisters.) Jerry was 17 when her father stopped farming and became a Southern Baptist Minister. The next year Jerry was driving to town with two girl friends when they stopped to pick-up three good-looking Army soldiers who were hitch hiking to Paris, Texas. Jerry's future husband Jim crawled into the front seat and the couple began a lifelong relationship. They were married by Jerry's father on February 7, 1943. Jim was wounded in combat in the Philippines during WWII. Upon his recovery, Jim and Jerry moved to Marlin, Washington and eventually took over the family farm. There they raised three boys Tom, Terry and Greg. Jerry also ran the Marlin Grocery store six days a week for nine years. In 1965, Jim and Jerry moved to Odessa where Jerry worked for the Odessa Trading Company hardware store until she retired in 1989. During her time in Odessa, Jerry was very active in the Odessa Baptist Church and after the Baptist church closed she became active in the Heritage Church. Jerry and a handful of others started what is now an Odessa tradition, The Odessa Deustches Fest. She served as head of the food committee for 17 years, making 60 to 80 kuchens (German Coffee Cake) every year for over 20 years. She was the last living founder of those early beginnings. In April of 2012, Jerry and Jim moved into Odessa Memorial where they lived happily until their passing. Jerry is survived by her sons Terry and Greg and her daughters-in-law Jeanne, Lynn and Shari and grandson's and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Jim and her son Tom in 2014. A funeral service will be held on February 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Heritage Church in Odessa. She will lie-in-state at the Heritage Church on Saturday morning, February 28, 2015 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Memorials may be made to the Odessa Health Care Foundation. Please sign the online guestbook at www.stratefuneralhome.com . STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the family.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2015

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GOWER, Gordon L.  
GOWER, Gordon L. Gordon L. Gower (85) passed away at home on February 10, 2015. Gordie was born in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada on May 20, 1929 to Alberta and Harold Gower. The family moved to Shelby, MT in 1933 and to Spokane, WA in 1942. Gordie attended North Central High School. He served in the Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Kaiser Mead for 34 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator, retiring in 1983. Gordie is survived by his wife of 59 1/2 years, Pearl, sons Ralph (Debbie) and Neal (Jenny), and daughter Debbie (David) Schenk, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grand- child, his older brother, Glen, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Alberta Gower, and siblings Vernon, Evelynn, Jimmy and Marlene. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Sunset Chapel at Fairmount Memorial Gardens, 5200 W. Wellesley, Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 E. 8th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, 2015

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Gillogly, Jim  
June 29, 1932 - February 14, 2015 Jim was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He graduated from North Central High School in 1950. During his senior year, Jim earned a place on the High School All-American Baseball Team. Jim then moved on to Humboldt State University where he played baseball at the collegiate level. His college career was cut short when Jim felt a calling to join the U.S. Coast Guard where he proudly served his country for four years. Jim returned to Spokane where he met and married his wife Donna and began a family with his two children, Jerry and Patty. Settled in Spokane, Jim ran the family business, Barstone Fuel Company which later evolved to Barstone Ice Company. He was an active sponsor of the Barstone American Legion baseball team for more than 20 years. At one point he had three teams, one in the Colt League, American Legion League and Semi-Pro League. Jim fulfilled a dream of his in 1981 by taking a Semi-Pro team to Spokane's Sister City, Nishinomiya, Japan for the 100th anniversary of the two cities' relationship. Outside of Jim's involvement with the Barstone baseball teams, Jim continued to serve the community. Jim was instrumental in starting Junior Football in Spokane which is currently known as Spokane Youth Sports Association. He also was part of the group who brought the baseball field lights to Shadle Park so baseball can continue on past sunset. There was never enough time for baseball if you asked Jim. He also sponsored a youth hockey team. Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Donna, two children Jerry and Patty and two grandchildren, Hayden and Kayley. Jim's witty ways and gentle nature will be missed. The family is holding a Celebration of Life Open House in Jim's honor on Saturday, February 21st, 2pm onward at Wandermere Golf Course. They would like to invite Jim's family and friends to join them. Anyone wishing to give in honor of Jim can donate to the Shriner's Hospital, 911 W. 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2015
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