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KIRCHAN, Eugene "Gene" - Tacoma  
KIRCHAN, Eugene "Gene" (Age 77) July 7, 1938 - June 19, 2016 Gene left this world on Father's Day to be with his Higher Power. Gene was born in Logan, Utah to Eugene and Shirley Kirchan. He was raised in Spokane WA, and graduated from North Central HS in 1957. Gene served his country in the US Coast Guard from December 1956 to July 1961. He is survived by his sweetie Catherine; his daughters: Kelly (DJ) Rutt of Tacoma, Shannon McGee of Nashville, TN; and grandchildren Alex, Annalise, Kaylee, Hunter and Annclaire and a large extended family. Gene had a 27-year fellowship with Dr. Bob and Bill W, and made many close friends through them. There will be a celebration of life in Gene's honor on July 9, 2016 at Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18218 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington, WA from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on June 26, 2016
KRAFFT, Albert Otto - Spokane  
KRAFFT, Albert Otto (Age 96) Born January 18, 1920 in Bexar County, Texas, the second child of Albert Hermann Krafft and Edna Theresa (Ackermann) Krafft. Albert died May 27, 2016 in Spokane, WA. He graduated from San Antonio Vocational and Technical School in 1938 and joined U.S. Navy in 1939. He served on board the USS LEXINGTON (CV-2) and was onboard during the Battle of the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942, when the Lexington was hit and later sank. He was then stationed onboard a submarine chaser in Florida. Al served onboard the USS MILLETTE (APA 156), attaining the rank of Chief Motor Machinist Mate. The Millette participated in the initial landing and occupation of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the peace treaty that ended World War II. After the War, Al returned to San Antonio and married the love of his life, Betty J. Finigan. They had two children before moving to Spokane, WA in 1955. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary! Al worked for Safeway Stores, Inc. for over 30 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists for over 50 years, serving as a union shop steward for several years. Al was a past master of the Manito Masonic Lodge, and active in the Scottish Rite, and the El Katif Shrine. For many years he volunteered with the Shriner's Hospital, transporting patients to and from appointments. Al and BJ loved to travel and visited Alaska, Hawaii, and went through the Panama Canal for their 50th wedding anniversary. They also visited their daughter when she was stationed in Europe. Al and BJ moved to the Riverview Retirement Community in 2002 and Al spent the last years of his life in the Terrace where he made many friends. He will be greatly missed. Al was preceded in death by his father, Albert Hermann Krafft; mother, Edna Theresa (Ackermann) Krafft; and sisters: Theresa Krafft and Edna (Krafft) Smith. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (Finigan) Krafft of Spokane; daughter, Betty L Krafft of Spokane; son, Wayne Krafft and wife Patti O'Neill Krafft of Spokane; and grandson, Casey P. Krafft of Helena, MT. A memorial service will be held at Riverview Chapel, 1801 E. Upriver Drive, Spokane, WA, on Thursday, June 30, 2016, 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hospice of Spokane, P. O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210 or the "Al Krafft Memorial" at Riverview Retirement Community, 1801 E. Upriver Dr., Spokane, WA 99207. The family would like to thank the staff at Riverview for the loving care Al received over the past ten years and Hospice of Spokane for their assistance in his final days.
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LESLIE, Charles Milton - Spokane  
LESLIE, Charles Milton February 22, 1923 - June 19, 2016 Born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Hilliard Milton and Una Mary (Lee) Leslie, Charles entered into rest on June 19, 2016 in Spokane, WA. A 1940 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, he moved to Helena, MT to work as a Caddy at the Helena Country Club. That year he also worked at the Greenview Dairy. His career in banking began in 1941 at the Union Bank and Trust Co., until drafted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He served in the 11th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge as Assistant Driver, Bow Gunner, and Tank Commander. Honorably discharged in 1946, he had met Margret Tompkins at WSU while receiving Army training. They married in September 1946. Chuck returned to the Union Bank and Trust until 1949, when they moved to Spokane, WA and began work for the Old National Bank until 1985. A 67 year member of Manito United Methodist Church, he also held memberships and leadership positions in numerous civic organizations: Spokane Junior Chamber, Exchange Club, United Way, was a Silver Beaver recipient from the Boy Scout Council, and a Trustee of the Comstock Foundation. He was an active Mason, belonging to Oriental Lodge #74, a 33rd Honorary Scottish Rite Mason, an Honorable Past Potentate and member of the Greeters of El Katif Shriners, Past Chairman and Board Member Emeritus of the Shriners Hospital for Children, as well as Hospital Tour Guide (1968-2013). Charles is survived by his wife, Margaret "Peg" at home; seven children, sons, Keith (Connie), Steve (Shirley), Bob (Jeani), Mike (Debbie), David, Brian (Lori) and daughter, Mary Lynn Zulauf (Tom); 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and he was a beloved uncle. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Adelaide (Muchmore) Spear and Betty Grimm. A man of action more than words, he thoroughly loved his wife of 69 years, his family, serving others and the community, golf, crossword puzzles, meeting people, giving tours at the Shriner's Hospital, and a great dessert. His kids and grandkids love to hear stories about how a family with seven children got by on one car, did six loads of laundry a day and always had extra room at the table for friends and family. While he and Peggy didn't always agree on politics but they agreed that being present for the activities of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was their greatest joy. This meant more than 30 graduation ceremonies, 16 weddings and countless volleyball, football, t-ball and soccer games over the years. Family is thankful for the respectful care Dad received from Rockwood and Hospice of Spokane. Memorial Service will be held at 1pm on Friday, July 8th at Manito United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Manito Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Rockwood Healthcare Provider Scholarship Fund, Spokane Shriner's Children's Hospital or Hospice of Spokane. Guestbook: www.riplingerfuneralhome.com
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LYMAN, Helen L. - Albuquerque  
LYMAN, Helen L. (Age 93) Lynam, Helen L., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at her place of residence (Casa Angelina), in Albuquerque, NM. She was born on November 11, 1922, to Ella and Carl Westberg, the sixth of seven children. Helen was the only girl among six brothers. Having been raised on a farm in northern Idaho, Helen learned how to love, to care for others, to have a strong work ethic, to do without, and how to hold her own in the face of adversity. After the war, Helen married Glenn Lynam on June 7th, 1947 and enjoyed a loving and fulfilling marriage for 49 years as believers in the Lord Jesus. They were active in their Christian community until Glenn went to be with the Lord in December, 1996. She was the attentive and caring mother of four children who appreciated and loved her dearly. Mom was a faithful woman who loved her husband and family. She loved spending time with her granddaughters and grandsons. She enjoyed gardening and the company of her pets through the years: Cocoa, Mitzy, Yummy, and Lucy. Helen is survived by her children: and spouses Carol and Gary Bush of Richland, WA., Robert and Patricia Lynam of Crosby, MN, Mark and Jodi Lynam of Albuquerque, NM; and her grandchildren: (and their spouses) Kristin Sargent, Erin Casch, Lisa Toner, Brigid Lynam, Benjamin and Carly Allen, and Matthew and Michael Lynam; and her great-grandchildren: Lincoln and Roman Casch, Jillian and Grayson Sargent, Adaline Toner, and Maverick and Zayden Nix. Helen is preceded in death by her husband Glenn and daughter Kathryn Allen. The Funeral Service will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on July 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm; at 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA 99224 (509) 838.8900. Visitation will be held one hour prior to memorial service. Interment to follow at Spokane Memorial Gardens.
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MARUYAMA, Yoshio "Fred" - Spokane  
MARUYAMA, Yoshio "Fred" Yoshio "Fred" Maruyama- Born in Medford, Oregon on July 6, 1920, passed peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday, June 11. He attended Linfield College on a tennis scholarship, and later played tennis for the US Army. During WWII he and his family were sent to Tule Lake Japanese Internment Camp in California, and later Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho. Yosh later joined the Army's 442 Regiment and won the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, the European Middle East-African Medal, Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). After discharge, he moved to Spokane, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Secretarial Science. He stayed home to care for his mother and sister. He will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery. A coffee and cake celebration of his life will be held at Highland Park Methodist Church at 11:30, on Sunday, July 3rd after the Sunday service. 611 S. Garfield St. Highland Park Church welcomes donations to the Church in Yosh "Fred's" name.
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McCAIN, Rae. G. (Martin) - Spokane  
McCAIN, Rae G. (Martin) Died June 7, 2016, at her home in Spokane. She was 96 years old. Rae was born in Newport, WA to George and Minerva (Williams) Martin. When her mother remarried Alonzo (Lon) Shackelton, she gradually became the big sister to Bruce Shackelton, Betty (Shackelton) Boyd, Wade Shackelton, Patricia (Shackelton) Bergau, William Shackelton, Dennis Shackelton, and Larry Shackelton. She graduated from Ione (WA) High School, Washington State College, with a degree in Home Economics and Education, and Eastern Washington State College with a master's degree in Library Science. Her first teaching job was in Entiat, WA, where she met her husband Charles McCain. The couple celebrated 74 years of marriage in March. The family later moved to Metaline Falls, WA, where she was recruited as a teacher. The couple have five children: Karen Wilson-Bell (Justin) of Spokane, Dwight McCain (Marty) of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Jody Leifer of Spokane, Judy McCain of Spokane, and Jeff McCain of Juneau, AK. During her many years as a teacher, Rae taught Home Economics, English, Second Grade, Third Grade, Typing, Shorthand, Reading, Bookkeeping, and Chorus. She spent the last ten years of her teaching career as a school librarian. In addition to raising a family and a career in education, Rae was active in the Metaline Falls Community Congregational Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and many other community organizations. She was the Director of Evergreen Girls' State, held at Central Washington State University in Ellensburg for many years. After her retirement from teaching she was active in the Retired Teachers Organization and worked to establish the Pend Oreille County Library, including a branch in the Cutter Theater building, which is the former Metaline Falls School, the building where she taught for many years. Rae was known to have a book in her hand at all times and amassed an incredible library. She was a great seamstress and cook, and had briefly worked as a nutritionist. In earlier years she was an avid golfer and skier, being on the WSC ski team while in college. After retirement, she and Charles enjoyed travel. After the couple moved to Spokane, they joined Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, and she settled down to become an avid sports fan (Cougars, Zags, and Mariners). Rae is survived by her husband Charles, their five children, her sister, Patricia Bergau (Swede), ten grandchildren: Rick Wilson, Michael Wilson, David Wilson, Erin Anderson, Naomi McCain, Luke Leifer, Lindy Thompson, Madison McGinnis, Travis McCain and Ariel Gibson; eleven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, sixteen nieces and nephews. A memorial service is scheduled for her birthday, July 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington Street. Inurnment will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Metaline, Washington, followed by a celebration of life at the Metaline Falls American Legion.
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MORSE, Joan C. - Spokane Valley  
MORSE, Joan C. September 28, 1933 ~ June 14, 2016 Joan passed away on June 14, 2016, in Spokane Valley. Born September 28, 1933 in Blanchard, Idaho to Peter and Annie Smith. She grew up and attended grade school in Blanchard and went to high school in Newport, WA. Joan married Don Morse on her birthday in 1950 at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene, ID. She devoted her time to raising her seven children. She also worked a a bank teller for a short time. Joan enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, trips to the ocean beaches, the California Redwoods and national parks. She was preceded in death by siblings Peter Smith (Janice), Patricia Van Dyke (James), Serena Rose Smith; daughter Linda J. Casey (Tim); and son Brian C. Morse (M'Liss). Joan is survived by her husband Don Morse of Spokane Valley, sons: Duane (Betty) Saratoga, CA, Steven Morse (Melanie) Cheney, WA, Donovan Morse Spokane Valley, Dennis Morse Spokane Valley; and daughter Sharon Knoll (Larry) Spokane Valley. Her grandchildren are: Terri Rice and Matthew Turnbull of Wasilla, AK, Major Daniel Morse San Francisco, CA, Benjamin Morse Los Angeles, CA, Mike Morse Denton, TX, Chris Morse Spokane, Robert Morse Cheney, Darren Morse Spokane Valley, Daniel Pardo Otis Orchards, Alissa Floyd Newman Lake, Stefanie Miacolo Newman Lake, Briannna Morse Otis Orchards, Christian Morse Spokane Valley, Sarah Fisher Spokane, Amy Fisher Spokane Valley, Derek Knoll Spokane Valley. Her great-grandchildren are: Kristina, Shania,, Madalyn, Ethan, Camryn, Bradley, Rylee, Vincent, Danielle, Nicole, Tessla, Trevor, Asher, Matix, Isabella, Benjamin and Skylar. Nieces and nephews are Scott, Ken and Sallie Smith, Kathy McLean, Judy VanDyke and Ken Van Dyke (deceased). A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Joan was loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
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NAGAHIRO, Jon Yoshio - Rindge  
NAGAHIRO, Jon Yoshio Our Son, Brother and Uncle, Jon Yoshio Nagahiro, passed away on June 16, 2016. Jon was a long-time resident of Spokane, WA. Our family will be forever grateful that he chose to spend the waning month of his life in Rindge, NH surrounded by the loving comfort of his entire family. During that month, Jon returned our love through very meaningful and personal interactions with each and every one of us. His courage and dignity during this time will be an example to us all for the rest of our lives. Jon's pursuits during his short life were many, and we admired his way of engaging in his interests and responsibilities fully, from a deep heartfelt place, and always with a sense of integrity in the doing. Amongst his loves were: Snowboarding with an "extreme" giant-slalom swooping style and making friends with nearly everyone on the mountain, impeccable playing and care of his guitar, making precise and calculated billiard shots, and "safety first"/dead-on long-range target shooting. Jon earned his Eagle Scout honor in Spokane, WA and was a valuable leader within the troop, using his "people-skills" to guide rascally younger scouts. He attained a BS in Geology from Eastern Washington University, which very much suited his love of the outdoors. The most fulfilling role Jon played during his life was that of Adult Training Specialist at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake WA, where he served Developmentally Disabled Adults. Jon affectionately referred to his clients as "my folks", and his commitment on the job came from an unshakeable respect and genuine love he felt for them. Our family will miss his example of a "both feet in" approach to living. We will also miss the way he mixed humor and the truth to keep us laughing and honest with ourselves. Jon is survived by his parents, James and Alice Nagahiro; his siblings Ann Nagahiro (husband Steve Sattler), Lynn Spendley (husband Frank D. Spendley) and David Nagahiro (wife Ivy Nagahiro); his nephews Conrad Carlson, Frank K., Sean, and Seamus Spendley; and his nieces Sydney and Claire Nagahiro. We love you Jon. Jon's family requests (as Jon would have) that any remembrance be made in the form of a donation to: Lakeland Village Betterment Fund P.O. Box 200 Medical Lake WA 99022-0200.
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PAULSON, Paul S.  
PAULSON, Paul S. (1928-2016) Dr. Paul Sherman Paulson passed away in Green Valley, AZ, on June 12 at age 87. A beloved husband, father and a talented physician, Paul was born October 21, 1928, in Turtle Lake, North Dakota. His father, Paul Paulson Sr., operated a livery and draying business in the small farming community together with Paul's mother, Helen Lofthus Paulson, who made the best bread in town and taught all her children a deep love of music that sustained them throughout their lives. Paul was the youngest of three children. Paul graduated from Augsburg College with a teaching degree in 1949. He taught high school in Climax, MN for one year and later chose to follow his brother into medicine. He attended the University of North Dakota from 1952-1954. He married A. Constance Rholl in 1954 and finished his studies at the University of Minnesota, obtaining his MD in 1956. Paul interned at Hennepin County Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. After his duty as an Army Captain at Fort Lewis, WA, Paul moved his family to Seattle and took a residency in both Internal Medicine and Radiology at Virginia Mason and University of Washington, in Seattle. He was chief of radiology at Providence Hospital, Seattle, WA for 25 years and also served as chief of staff. Paul continued to work part time until fully retiring in May 2012 at the age of 83. In 1988, Paul married Denise DesForges Coburn who shared his love of dogs and the outdoors. Paul and Denise moved to Spokane, WA in 2003, where they were closer to the family cabin built by his sons at Priest Lake, ID, and to his brother, sister and extended family in the Spokane area. In 2014, Paul and Denise bought a second home in Green Valley, AZ, where a final, major stroke on June 12, 2016, brought a quick end to a full and joyous life. Paul remains deeply loved and will be missed on this plane of existence by many. He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Kristine, and his siblings, Eric E. Paulson, MD and Helen Louise Landsverk, PhD. Paul leaves behind his loving wife, Denise, his sons, Tom and Ken Paulson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. A celebration of his life will be held in Spokane, July 30, from 3-6 pm at the Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Paul S. Paulson, MD can be made to Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Box 142, Minneapolis, MN, 55454.
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PLUMLEY, Vernetta Mae - Spokane  
PLUMLEY, Vernetta Mae (Age 85) Passed away June 14, 2016 in Spokane, WA. She was born May 5, 1931 to William and Viola in Morten, WA. Vernetta is survived by her four sons: Duane, Dale, Jim and Donald (Sharla) all of Spokane; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 July 2, 2016 at Valley Open Bible Church 905 North McDonald Road Spokane Valley, WA 99216.
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