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STOWELL, Helen F. - Spokane  
STOWELL, Helen F. (Age 93) Helen F. Stowell, the last survivor of a pioneer family, died on June 30, 2015. Her grandfather W.H. Stowell came to Spokane from Nevada in 1891 and established the Stowell Drug Co. and Assay Office. He was active in the business until his death in 1931. Helen's father, W.H. (Harry) Stowell, Jr. continued in the business, located at 421 W Sprague, until 1961 when his illness forced closure of the business. It was the oldest Drug Store in Spokane and specialized in old time remedies and herbs. They did assaying for miners from all over the Northwest and Alaska. Helen was born in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School and Washington State University. She served in the WAVES during WWII and the Korean War. She was a caseworker for the Department of Social and Health Services for 30 years. Helen was Past Matron of Electa Chapter #20 Order of Eastern Star and member of Daughters of the Nile, the Hobnailers Hiking Club and Spokane Mountaineers. At her request no funeral services will be held. Burial will be in the family plot at Riverside Memorial Park following cremation. She is survived by cousins John and Jerri Brown, Heather Brown and Nichole Johnson all of Spokane, Charles Ham of Spokane and Kathryn Ham of San Diego, CA. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Spokane Humane Society.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 5, 2015

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SMICK, Daniel Kenneth - Spokane  
SMICK, Daniel Kenneth (Age 25) Daniel Kenneth Smick, of Spokane entered into the loving arms of his Savior on June 12, 2015. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the Life Center Church, 1202 N. Government Way in Spokane. Daniel was born on November 5, 1989 in Pullman, Washington to Kenneth and Cathy (Roth) Smick. He was raised in Pullman and attended Pullman High School. His family moved to Spokane during his junior year of high school and he then graduated from Mead High School in 2008. After graduation, Daniel worked various jobs before being hired by Spokane ProCare as a landscaper, a position he still held at the time of his death. Whether it was running his lawn care business in Pullman during his teen years or putting countless hours into buying, fixing and "flipping" project cars for a small profit, Daniel will be remembered for his strong work ethic and never being afraid to get his hands dirty. Daniel's love of cars cannot be understated. Ever since he was a young boy, cars and auto mechanics were his passion. His pride and joy was his 1994 Honda Prelude, a car that he cared for meticulously. Daniel will be remembered by his family as a loving son, uncle, brother and cousin who was always happy and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was very personable and had a way of putting people at ease. He was described as an "all around good kid" those who knew him best. Daniel believed in Jesus Christ and his family takes comfort in knowing that Daniel is now in Heaven. Daniel is survived by his parents Ken and Cathy Smick of Spokane; sister Kendal (Tom) Curtis of Spokane; nieces Raelynn and Maleah Curtis of Spokane; grandmother Sylvia Smick of Colfax; uncles Glenn (Susan LaLonde) Smick of Arizona, Lanny (Cathy) Roth of San Diego and Randy (Shirley) Roth of Ritzville; aunts Carol (David) Gordon of Walla Walla and Annette (Pat) Smith of Troy; as well as a great uncle, Robert (Flora) Smick of Spokane and great aunt Susan Bohm-Schmick of Pullman. He is also survived by many cousins and friends. Memorial contributions in Daniel's honor are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 315 W. Mission, Spokane, Washington 99201. Daniel was diagnosed as a child with Type I diabetes and the ADA was very helpful in the resources offered to Daniel and his parents for proper management of his blood sugar. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at
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Published in Spokesman-Review from June 24 to July 1, 2015
SMITH, Irvin Norton - Spokane Valley  
SMITH, Irvin Norton "Smitty" Passed away peacefully June 24, 2015. He was born May 15, 1920 in Days Creek, Oregon, attended grade school in Taft, CA and graduated from high school in Arroyo Grande, CA in 1939. He moved to Spokane the same year. "Smitty" served during WWII in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and in Korea. He worked for Great Northern Railway and Burlington Northern Railroad for 40 years as a fireman and locomotive engineer and retired in 1981. He had many friends as he was a life member of the VFW Post #1474 (over 60 years), the Concordia Blue Lodge, the Scottish Rite - 32nd degree, and the El Katif Shrine. He was also a member of the Spokane Valley Eagles. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid golfer and bowler for many years. Survivors include son Robert, daughter Susan, and stepson Ron Payton. The Memorial Service will be Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 4:00pm at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd. Spokane Valley, WA. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to The Shriner's Hospital.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from June 28 to June 30, 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 . Bradley's Funeral Home is serving the Summers family.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 2, 2015
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