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HARSHBARGER, Verna M. - Rathdrum  
HARSHBARGER, Verna M. Verna M. Harshbarger, affectionately known as "Nana" passed away at her home in Rathdrum, Idaho on July 21st. She was born December 17, 1920 at Blewett Pass, Washington to George and Mandy Clark. She lived in the Wenatchee area moving to Spokane in the 1930's where Verna worked 38 years for the Telephone Company, retiring in 1982 and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Vivian and Bryan Powers; extended family member Mike Harvey; grandchildren Gordon and Loni Harvey, Amanda and Scott Skogen; great-grandchildren Tyler Skogen, Michael Skogen, Trevor Skogen, Kaitlyn Harvey and Brycen Harvey. She is preceded in death by her husband Perry "Jimmie" Harshbarger, brother John Clark, sisters Vivian M. Clark and Adeline Johnstone. A visitation will take place Monday, July 25, 2016 from 2:00 pm until 6:30 pm at English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho . Please visit Verna's online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 24, 2016
HELT, Ethel "Fern" - Deer Park  
HELT, Ethel "Fern" 86 Years of Life Ethel "Fern" Helt - April 7, 1930 - July 15, 2016. Fern was born in Stevensville, Montana to Perry and Leola Van Vliet, the youngest of three. In her younger years, the family moved a lot and Fern had to take the first grade over. While living near Valley, WA, Fern went to Valley High School and met Derald Helt. After graduation, she attended Kinman Business University for one year and when Derald graduated they married on March 16, 1951. They lived at Loon Lake, WA and raised their three children there. Fern was a wonderful mom and homemaker. She sewed clothes for her family and made beautiful quilts. She loved Christmas and always made that a special time. After her youngest was in school, she went to work outside the home, first, as a teacher's aide at the Loon Lake Grade School, then assistant Postmaster for the Loon Lake Post Office; and lastly as a postal clerk at the Deer Park Post Office. She also served as a Sunday School teacher and secretary/treasurer for her church, and was secretary for the Stevens County Fire District #1. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Derald Helt; three children, Diana Blume, Spokane, Duane (Kathy) Helt, Spokane Valley, and Debbie (Dave) Newton, Gifford, WA; one brother, Dean Van Vliet, Florida; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Burial will take place on July 29th at Mt. View Cemetery in Colville, WA, at 2:00 pm. Memorial service will be July 30th at 1:00 pm, at the Loon Lake Grade School, with Ken Rozelle officiating. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Union Gospel Mission. LAUER FUNERAL HOME in Deer Park, Washington
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 24, 2016
HETZEL, Sally Ann - Spokane  
HETZEL, Sally Ann October 24, 1935 - July 14, 2016 Born in Albion, MI passed away in hospital in Escondido, California after a brief illness ending years of health challenges. She taught college at Eastern Washington University, held Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History, and attended Oxford in England for a summer session. She is survived by her Husband of 47 years, Ralph L. Hetzel, and her two sons Ralph B. Hetzel of Spokane and Christopher A. LeBlanc of Boise, Idaho, granddaughter Jessica LeBlanc of Coeur d'alene, Idaho and Jeannette Hernandez of Phoenix, Arizona, and six grandchildren. Her son, James LeBlanc preceded her in death as did her parents Cecil and Eva Sarver of Wyandotte, MI. Services to be arranged.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 20, 2016
HIBBARD, Elton John  
HIBBARD, Elton John Elton John Hibbard was born June 23, 1924. His parents were Ernie and Daisy (Fisher) Hibbard. Elton John, later shortened to EJ, was not quite as well known as Elton John, the song stylist and artist, but he was an entertainer. He and his wife, Bertie, entertained at retirement homes for 25 to 30 years. When people at the homes were asked if they knew Elton and Bertie, their response would be a smile. Bertie was the musician, but Elton was the entertainer. EJ was born in Coeur d'Alene but left at an early age with his parents as his dad found work out of Coeur d'Alene. His first three years of school were in Potlatch, Idaho, where he lived on a farm. That was the introduction to a work ethic that he maintained throughout his life. Those were the days of the Great Depression, and everyone worked or did without. EJ attended a country school with four grades to a room and rode a horse to get there...no car, bus, and no online classes. 1933 brought another move and brought him back to Coeur d'Alene. At that time he took an interest in athletics and started to realize girls were people too. He attended Coeur d'Alene High School where he was on the football team and excelled as a pitcher for the baseball team. He graduated from high school in 1942 and answered the call to serve his country. He spent three years in the Navy which included time in Africa. He was discharged in 1946 and came home to meet the love of his life, Roberta Rowell. They were married in October, 1946 and had 69 plus years together. EJ and Bertie had three children: Barbara, Bonnie, and Daniel. All attended Coeur d'Alene public schools. All of his life EJ was a baseball fan. His first hero was Dizzy Dean, who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals. For several years EJ played and pitched for the Coeur d'Alene town team, "The Lakesiders". After his discharge from the service, EJ went to work at the Atlas Tie Company, which later became Idaho Forest Industries. His work ethic and ambition paid off, as he spent numerous hours learning to be a sawyer. No, there was no pay for on the job learning, and he did it on his own time. When the previous sawyer retired, EJ got the job. He spent 40 years sawing logs. EJ loved life. It was often said that he was bigger than life. He loved to dance, was a good singer, and made everyone his friend. In younger years he was also an outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and hunting; although, it was the comradery he enjoyed with his friends more than the hunt. Which was just as well, because he was not a marksman! So, EJ lived his life as a healthy, happy and productive citizen. To quote him, "Life goes by every day. It's not something you can save up to use later. " He will be missed. Preceded in death by: son, Daniel Hibbard; daughter, Barbara Workman; granddaughter, Lisa Weyher; and brother, Bill Hibbard. He is survived by his wife Bertie of Post Falls; daughter Bonnie Weyher of Spokane, WA; daughter-in-law Margaret Hibbard of Post Falls; brother Sam Hibbard of Post Falls; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Viewing will be Wednessday, July 27, 2016 at ENGLISH FUNERAL CHAPEL in POST FALLS from 11a.m. to 12 and Graveside Service at 1:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Post Falls, ID. Please sign and view EJ's online memoral at www.englishfuneralchapel.com.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 24, 2016
HONDA, Kazuko J. - Spokane  
HONDA, Kazuko J. (Okamoto) April 6, 1915 - June 3, 2016 Kazuko J. Okamoto Honda was born in Spokane at Deaconess Hospital on April 6th, 1915 to Joseph Wahei Okamoto and his wife, Shizuko Moriwaki Okamoto. Two years later, the family welcomed the birth of a son, Joseph Hajime Okamoto. Kazuko adored her younger sibling and considered him to not only be her brother, but her best friend as well. When Kazuko was 5 years old, the family left Spokane to travel to Japan and then to Korea. They lived with Kazuko's maternal grandmother who owned a Japanese school book store in Korea. In the first grade, Kazuko discovered her love and talent for singing and performed her first vocal solo at the tender age of 6. She learned to play the koto, a Japanese string instrument. After being away for four years, the family returned to Spokane. Kazuko graduated from Lewis and Clark High School (formerly Central High School) in 1933 and graduated #5 out of a class of 165. She then attended and received a business certificate from Kinman Business College. Always passionate about education, Kazuko continued to enroll in college business courses throughout the rest of her life. On November 7, 1937, Kazuko married the love of her life, George Masakatsu Honda. During their 47-year marriage, the couple raised five children - Gary, Alan, Carole, Ron, and Toni. As the years evolved, Kazuko and George were blessed with 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. After raising her children, Kazuko worked for the Spokane City Hall as an executive secretary in the Public Works Engineering depart- ment. She retired at age 70, following 25 years of service. Kazuko became an active member of the Monday Musicale organization, Spokane College Women's Club, various bible study groups, and served as a volunteer at the Deaconess Hospital. From childhood on, Kazuko remained an active and proud member of the Highland Park Methodist Church, which was originally founded and built by her father and his dedicated Japanese friends. She was featured as the church soloist at many church and outside events. Although Kazuko only received one year of vocal training, her teacher strongly encouraged her to pursue a career as a concert vocalist. Throughout her life, Kazuko maintained a passion for music and enjoyed performing as a soloist and listening to operatic music. Kazuko will lovingly be remembered for her infectious humor and laughter, innocent charm, kindness, and love of life. She leaves us with a rich legacy of Mom/Grandma stories that will be told and re-told at all of our family gatherings. Kazuko, you were and forever will be dearly loved. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank our sister, Toni, and her husband, Gene, for the continual loving care they provided to our mother over the years. There are simply no adequate words to express the depth of our gratitude for all that you did to bring comfort and joy into our mother's life. A memorial celebration of Kazuko's life will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 11 am. Pastor John Wang will be presiding. The Highland Park United Methodist church address is: 611 South Garfield St., Spokane, WA 99202, Church office #: (509) 535-2687. In lieu of flowers, the Honda family suggests that donations be made to the Highland Park United Methodist church.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from July 17 to July 20, 2016
IVERSON, Shirley Lavonne  
IVERSON, Shirley Lavonne (Age 87) Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away from this world to the next on July 12, 2016. She was born to Clifford and Edythe Bird on September 23, 1928 in Wallowa, Oregon. She married Donald Iverson on June 19, 1954, in a beautiful ceremony in Walla Walla, Washington. In the years to follow they traveled the world as Don served his country in the United States Navy for the next twenty years. Shirley was the doting mother to her children. She raised them to be responsible, successful adults. After Don retired from the Navy they moved to Spokane, where Shirley resided until 2014. She then moved to Jacksonville, FL to be nearer family. She is survived by her six children; stepson Christian, Shari, Linda (Craig), Donald Jr, (Margie) Tamara (John) and Larry (Rita). Her nine grandchildren; Anitra, Derek, Mairead, Donald III, Stephen, Jessica, Patrick, Guy and Larry Jr., and seven great-grandchildren. She is survived by a brother John Bird (Anita). She was preceded by her husband, Don, father, mother and siblings; Clifford (Butch), Joanne, Gloria, Janice (Judy). She will be greatly missed by her family, and will always be in our memories. A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 AM on Monday August 1, 2016 at Riverside Memorial Park, 508 N. Government Way.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 24, 2016
KRONICH, Kyle Keith - Spokane  
KRONICH, Kyle Keith (Age 52) Kyle Keith Kronich was born October 16, 1963. He passed away on July 17, 2016, after suffering a head injury. He is survived by his parents, Dale L Kronich and Joan K Taylor (Kronich); his sisters and their families, Lori L. Leliefeld (Mike), Karen K. Priszner (Guy), Karla K. Weaver (Lance); his son Zakyre Kronich; and many other family members who loved him very much. He is also survived by his second family of the Hillyard and Fellowship Church community. Kyle was in his "heaven on earth" place at Power Lake. He loved to fish (but hated to eat them). He was known for his loving heart, his way of helping people and his sense of humor (which included an unending supply of wet willies). A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on September 3rd, at Connections Church, 2524 E. Queen St. (corner of Smith and Queen), Hillyard, WA. Donations can be made in Kyle's name to Connections Church (Pastor Ed King), and Mountain View Assembly of God, Spokane, (Pastor Dan Henshaw).
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 24, 2016
LEDGER, Estelle Alfreda May - Spokane  
LEDGER, Estelle Alfreda May A Memorial Service, Mass, and Reception will be held to commemorate Estelle Ledger's new life at 10:00 am, on July 28th, at St Peter's Catholic Church, 3520 E. 18th Ave, Spokane, WA 99223 (18th and Freya). In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane-South, 121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202. The family (Andi McGoran, Deb and Rick Ledger) of Estelle, recently deceased in Spokane, would like to thank all the caregivers who cared for her over the past six years. Especially we wish to thank Dr. Brian Seppi, her primary physician, and her nephew, Dr. Craig McGoran; the emergency room staff at Sacred Heart Hospital, especially Dr. Neda Ciprova, Dr. Hill, and RN Theo; Dr. C. Smith, emergency room physician at Holy Family Hospital; the special nursing staff on 5th and 8th North floors of Sacred Heart, especially Dr. B. Sanchez, Dr. Ninh, Taryn, Sandra, Leslie, Hailey, Bridget, and Kimberly; the nursing staff at St Joseph's Care Center, especially Maureen, Pam, Diana, Madeline, Debbie R., Jeanne Ryan-Town, Alecia, Jennie, James, Heather, Jessica, Mary F.,Filamon, Linda, Elizabeth, and Amy; the wonderful servants at Hospice of Spokane South, especially Diana, Christina, Emily, Peggy, Beth, Rose, Tommie, Dennis, Suvada, Stephanie, John, Alex, Caroline (the cook); the AMR ambulance drivers and Spokane Fire Fighters from the Moran Prairie Station who were always more than kind.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 24, 2016
LEU, Lowell L.  
LEU, Lowell L. On July 15, 2016, Lowell L. Leu passed away from complications of advanced COPD and emphysema at home. He passed with his wife at his side. He is survived by his wife, Leora, of 58 years and three sons - Brad and Judy, Tim, Layne and Melissa; grandsons, granddaughters, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, also his older brother, Vernon Leu and his wife, Marie, of Las Vegas. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Leora Lynn, and his parents. He was born to Ernest and Irene Leu from Norfolk, Nebraska, on May 5, 1936. In 1953, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in the 1st Marine Division and in the 3rd Marine Division during the Korean War. He was discharged from active duty service in 1956 and served in the reserves until 1960. During his time in the USMC Reserves, he met the lady of his life in 1957. In June 1958, they were married. In the summer of 1971, he took his family and moved to Spokane Washington from Fremont Nebraska. He has resided in the Spokane area since. His work entailed working for the Campbell's Soup Poultry Plant in Fremont from 1959 to 1971. While he lived in Spokane, he worked as an engineer for Cominco Electronics, Cominco American / Johnson-Matthey from 1974 until he retired in 1998. In 1977, he pioneered industrial plastic welding and currently has his works in various areas of the world, which are still in use today. His hobbies were hunting and fishing with family and friends. Please send any donations to Horizon Hospice in Spokane, Washington in memory of Lowell L. Leu. The memorial is being planned for August 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hayford Community Church at 5306 South Hayford Road in Spokane.
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LIGHTBODY, Darlene Virginia - Walla Walla  
LIGHTBODY, Darlene Virginia (Age 86) Darlene Virginia Lightbody passed away July 10, 2016, in Walla Walla, WA. She battled with dementia for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul; sons Stan and Myron; brothers Thomas, Vernon, and Glen Tompkins; sisters Elta Ragsdale and Lorraine Miller. She is survived by a son and his wife, Steve and Peggy Lightbody; grandchildren Travis and Troy Lightbody. Services will be held at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd. Spokane Valley, WA at 1:00 PM on July 30, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Dementia Foundation.
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