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RAY, Dorothy Frances (Schweiger) - Spokane  
RAY, Dorothy Frances (Schweiger) Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22 in Spokane, WA. Dorothy was born on January 10, 1929 in Mockonema, WA to Albert and Lucinda (Schreck) Schweiger, the eighth of nine children. Dorothy was a longtime resident of Colfax, WA where she moved with her family as a child and where she made her home until 2007. Dorothy attended Marycliff High School in Spokane, WA and after graduating in 1947, returned to Colfax where she met the love of her life, DeLoss Ray. Dorothy and DeLoss married on November 23, 1949 and went on to have four children, Steven, Scott, Sandy, and Sharon. Whether working as a telephone operator, taking care of her family, entertaining guests in their home, or sewing clothing for herself and others, Dorothy was a hard worker who put others' needs before her own. Following DeLoss' death in 1998, Dorothy remained in the family home and continued to pursue her artistic hobbies and her devotion to her Catholic faith. After suffering a stroke in 2007, Dorothy moved to Liberty Lake, WA where she filled her time with family trips to the casino, embroidery projects, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and sister Barbara. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, and three brothers. She is survived by her brother Lewis Schweiger of Richland, WA; sons Steven (Janice) Ray of Spokane, WA, Scott (Robin) Ray of Liberty Lake, WA; and daughters Sandy (Paul) Hunt of Harrisburg, NC, and Sharon Ray of Phoenix, AZ. Dorothy is also survived by her grandchildren, Scott (Lisa) Ray, Theresa (David) Loadman, James and John Fellers, Andy and Aaron Haase, Heather (Jeremy) Almond, Jake, Andy, and Ally Hunt, Kendra (John) Maly, and Jeff Harper, as well as by great-grandchildren Hailey Harper and Alexis Almond. A Rosary service will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Colfax, WA at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 31, also at St. Patrick's Church. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Dorothy's name to St. Patrick's Church Altar Society in Colfax or to the Hospice House of Spokane would be graciously appreciated. BRUNING FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY of COLFAX has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.bruningfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 26, 2015
RICE, Della E. - Clarkston  
RICE, Della E. Della E. Rice passed away on July 16, 2015 in Clarkston, Washington of natural causes, at the age of 92. She was born August 27, 1922 to Leonard and Goulda Bower in Sandpoint, Idaho. In the mid 1920's the family moved to the remote mining town of Lakeview, Idaho, where her father worked in the silver mines until 1930. At that time, they moved to a dairy farm near Addy, Washington, and again in 1936 to Endicott, WA, where her mother opened her first beauty salon in the living room of their small house. Della graduated from Endicott High in 1939 and moved to Spokane, where she earned a certificate from the Kelsey-Baird school of business. She worked for the Deatherage-Daly insurance company until the spring of 1942, when she accepted a job with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Coulee Dam, WA. On Sunday, March 8, 1942, she arrived in Coulee Dam on the bus from Spokane, 19 years old, and knowing not a soul there. Coulee Dam became her home for the next 42 years, where she met her husband, Wesslie S. Rice, of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, and raised her family. After her marriage, she worked at the community hospital, and later on as city clerk for the town of Coulee Dam. She contracted polio in 1951, and spent a month in the hospital. Afterwards, she walked with a limp, but got around quite well. She was proud of the fact that she was able to purchase a house for her mother, across the street from her own, with her own earnings. In 1984, after several years of retirement, they moved to Spokane, where they resided on N. Drumheller Street. Wes passed away in 1991, and in 1998 Della and her mother moved to Clarkston, Washington to be closer to family. Goulda passed away in 1999, and Della lived in Clarkston until her death. She is survived by her sons, John Rice of Clarkston, and Doug Rice of Tucson, Arizona. No services are planned.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 26, 2015
SCHELLER, Shirley - Spokane  
SCHELLER, Shirley February 22, 1927 -" July 19, 2015 Shirley Scheller, born and raised in Spokane, WA; passed away July 19th at the age of 88. Shirley was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She met her husband Irvin in Ritzville and they were married on November 27th, 1948. In 1951, they moved to Spokane. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Irvin. Her twin children Steve (and partner Dennis), Sue (and husband Brian), granddaughter Erika, and numerous nieces and nephews . Shirley enjoyed many summers at Twin Echo Resort on Twin Lakes in North Idaho where many longstanding friendships began. Friends soon became family no matter where they came from.....Spokane to Canada. Shirley was a lifelong Mariner fan......very rarely missing a televised game! She also loved watching WSU and Gonzaga. Her many stories and amazing memory when visiting with family and friends will live on forever. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd at 2:00 at Thornhill Valley.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 22, 2015
SCHMAUTZ, Marvin G.  
SCHMAUTZ, Marvin G. October 25, 1936 - July 19, 2015 Born in Pablo, Montana to Edward and Margaret (Fetter) Schmautz. Marv was 1 of 11 children. He was the proud owner of Inland Feed and Farm Supply in Deer Park, WA with his sons. Marv supported many different organizations such as 4-H, Young Life, St. Judes, Salvation Army and many more. Marv is survived by his wife, Virginia of 58 years; his children: Brenda, Brent (Becky), Todd (Patty), Darcy and Mike (Heidi), and Cheryl (Kevin); 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Merlin and Gary Schmautz; and sisters, Jo Wornath and Jan Yaeger. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, July 27th at 3:00 pm at Riverside Memorial on Government Way. Open House will follow between 6-8 pm at Inland Feed in Deer Park. Please direct any remembrance donations to The American Cancer Society. To view Marv's online memorial, please visit www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Spokesman-Review from July 22 to July 26, 2015
SCHOTT, Betty Lucile Forest - Spokane  
SCHOTT, Betty Lucile Forest (Age 98) Betty passed away peacefully, with family and friends at her bedside, on Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was the younger of two children, born in her beloved city of Spokane on February 25, 1917 to John and Celia Forest. Betty had lived an incredibly rich and adventurous life and was always ready to share the stories of the events she had witnessed. Her fun-loving spirit, humor, optimism and positive attitude were infectious. She became an armchair historian of the city of Spokane for she had lived here almost 100 years. Following graduation from North Central High School in 1935, Betty worked as a secretary for a year before joining a girl friend in Los Angeles, California arriving on July 3rd 1936. The next day, July 4th, she met sailor Warren Schott on a blind date. On April 2, 1938, Warren and Betty were married at the Wee Kirk O'The Heather Chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles and honeymooned in Death Valley and for some 76 years, they lived happily ever after. Warren was posted to duty on Ford Island, Hawaii in the spring of 1939. After earning enough money for passage, Betty joined Warren in August of 1939, thereby providing them with a front seat at the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was among the last civilians to evacuate the island. Both Warren and she were charter members of the National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Lilac City Chapter, and they were dedicated patriots. In September of 2011, Warren and Betty accompanied by their son, Bob, joined other World War II veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Their experiences provided many of Spokane's school children with exciting, eyewitness accounts of the beginning of WWII. They were familiar to local television viewers and their stories were later published in two books, War Bonds: Love Stories of the Greatest Generation and Radioman. Betty created a rewarding career as Director of Admissions at Fort Wright College from 1965-1980. She was a devoted member of La Gaiete, an avid gardener, a lover of all arts and crafts, and a good neighbor to all in the Spokane Valley. She is survived by sons, Warren E. (Skip) Schott and wife, Karin of Snohomish, WA, Bob Schott and wife, Kathy of Bainbridge Island, WA. She has two granddaughters, Mary Schott Cowie, Bainbridge Island, WA and Ann Schott, Portland, OR and one great-granddaughter Alice Cowie, Bainbridge Island, WA; niece, Linda (Leroy) Clarke of Santa Fe, NM, nephew Roy Schott, Phoenix, AZ; and grandnieces, Cynthia Vaughn, Hot Springs, AR, and Laura Clarke, Reno, NV and grandnephew, Christopher Clarke, Dallas TX. Betty had numerous friends who mourn her passing: Chuck and Donna Pierce, Will and Anne Aslin, Linda Bottella, JoAnn Barber, Carol Hipperson, Marc Lange, and many others. She leaves a lifetime of memories to her family; Spokane has lost a devoted daughter. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to be made in Betty's name to Inland Northwest Honor Flight, 608 West 2nd,Suite 309 Spokane, WA 99201-4430 or Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215 Spokane, WA 99210.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from July 19 to July 22, 2015
SHEEHAN, Robert James "Bob" - Colville  
In Loving Memory of SHEEHAN, Robert James "Bob" A 25 year resident of Colville, WA, passed away in Colville on July 21, 2015 at the age of 94. Bob was born on December 8, 1920 in Rochester, New York, the son of Michael and Anna (Aman) Sheehan. Bob was raised and attended school in Rochester. He married Mildred "Milly" Shelter on August 8, 1942 in Rochester and in October of the same year Bob joined the United States Army. He proudly served his country during WWII as a Radar Operator on New Guinea and in the Philippine Islands. Bob was given his honorable discharge on January 5, 1946. After returning home, he worked at Eastman Kodak until retiring in 1964 when Bob moved his family to Anaheim, CA. After several years, his desire to live in Washington prevailed and he relocated to Kenmore. While living in Kenmore, Bob was employed with Lockheed as a sheet metal fabricator and retired the second time in 1985. In 1990, Bob and Milly made their home in Colville until his passing. Bob loved the outdoors and when he had some free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also very talented with his hands and spent some time woodworking. Bob was an active member of the community. He served as the past Post Commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. He and Milly were a part of the Good Sam's Camping Club and active members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack; daughters, Lillie Fontaine, Suzanne Sheehan and Sheila Sheehan. Bob is survived by his wife, Milly Sheehan; brother, Dick (June) of Rochester, NY; daughters, Barbara Korsmo and husband, Kevin, Peigi Sheehan, Teresa Sheehan, Kathleen O'Sheehan, Dezana Aman; sons, Bob Sheehan, Gary Sheehan, Mike Sheehan and his wife, Michelle; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. The services for Mr. Sheehan began with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Danekas Funeral Chapel, Colville, WA with the Mass of Christian Burial following at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 24 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Colville, WA. The graveside service was held at Calvary Cemetery, Colville, WA. If one wishes, memorial contributions may be given to the Colville VFW Post #6963, P.O. Box 292 Colville, WA 99114. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . DANEKAS FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORY, 155 W. First Ave., Colville, WA 99114 has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 26, 2015
STANDY, Oscar L. - Spokane  
STANDY, Oscar L. Died Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in the care of Hospice of Spokane at the age of 103. He was the son of Mikkel and Lena (Johnson) Standy born on March 21, 1912 at the family farm in Geddes, South Dakota. His parents had emigrated from Norway and he was one of twelve children. Oscar married Helen Jean Lunn on September 1, 1934 and in 1935 they began their journey west to Spokane. Subsequently, several members of their families followed them west. Oscar found work as a carpenter for the Armour meat company. In the fall of 1941, Oscar and Helen purchased their first home on East 29th Ave. where they hosted many family dinners and celebrations. When they moved to West 28th Ave. the family gatherings continued and were frequently hosted outdoors on the back patio where Oscar's stunning flower garden could be enjoyed by all. Oscar was a longtime employee of the International Harvester Company, a farm equipment distributor. He worked in the parts department and retired in the early 1970s as manager. After retirement Oscar devoted more time to his extensive gardens. His roses were especially beautiful. After their retirement Oscar and Helen enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii several times. His loving wife, Helen, preceded him in death on August 30, 2005 after nearly 70 years of marriage. His parents and 10 of his siblings have also passed away. Oscar is survived by one sister, Myrtle Scott of Geddes, South Dakota. Numerous nieces and nephews are among his surviving relatives. The family wishes to extend their heartfilled gratitude to Hospice House of Spokane for their kind and loving care Oscar experienced in the last days of his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Oscar's memory to Hospice of Spokane (121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202). Visitation is scheduled on July 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Heritage Funeral Home. A celebration of Oscar's life will be held on July 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 22, 2015
STINSON, Curtis Ray - Spokane  
STINSON, Curtis Ray (Age 62) On July 21, 2015 our beloved brother Curtis Ray Stinson went home to be with his Lord and Savior "Jesus" (Curtis' last spoken word on this earth) from bone cancer, his brother Cliff at his side. Curtis was born January 21, 1953 to Alvin and Ella Stinson in Modesto, CA. He was number three of six children. Curtis was single, no children of his own, but loved his nieces and nephews like they were his. He was always especially close to his mother and niece Shannon who helped care for him in his time of need. Curtis traveled a lot and lived many places in his life and had many different kinds of jobs. He made friends easily wherever he went with his easy nature, fun loving spirit and good humor and willingness to help others. Curtis had an artistic side and was an accomplished woodworker but could do and fix just about anything. Curtis loved country music, working with his hands, a cold beer, a good joke and being around family and friends especially his life-long best buddy Lonnie House. Curtis was preceded in death by his father, mother, brothers, Big Don and Gordon. He is survived by his brother Cliff; sisters, Carol (Craig), Lorie (Mike); and numerous nieces and nephews. Curtis you are loved and you will be missed till we meet again. God Speed, Your Loving Family.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 26, 2015
THOMPSON, Garland E. CMSGT (USAF, Ret.) - Spokane  
THOMPSON, Garland E. CMSGT (USAF, Ret.) (Age 82) Dad/Grandpa passed peacefully at Hospice House on July 20, 2015. On October 10, 1932 a country boy was born in Glade Springs, VA. He used to tell us he walked to school seven miles uphill both ways. It was true. Also, he had the grandkids believing he ate pine cones. Later he became a member of the United States Air Force. He met our mother in Spokane, WA, they married and had five children. He exposed us to many new experiences-two tours to Okinawa, upstate New York, and later we called Spokane our home. He also did tours in Guam and Thailand during that time. Dad retired in 1984 with 33 years of dedicated service. He was the highest ranking chief in the 15th Air Force at that time. "Chief" was his name to any Air Force personnel. His retirement gift was a rototiller and a bag of manure, which leads me to tell you he was an avid gardener. He loved to work in the garden, enjoyed fishing, camping, BBQs, traveling, country music, Seahawk and Mariner games, and surrounding himself with family and friends. Garland was a very loving, giving, supportive person in all our lives and would do anything to help if he could. He adored his 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They brought so much laughter to his life. Dad wanted a special "Thank You" to his granddaughter Amanda for taking such good care of him, it meant the world to him. Dad is survived by his companion Virginia Nesdahl; daughter Kathy White, son Steve (Dorothy) Thompson, son Scott (Laura) Thompson, daughter Tamara Thompson, and son Mike (Connie) Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Marilynn; son David and grandson Nicholas Thompson. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210. A time of visitation will be held on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Heritage Funeral Home, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:00am at Heritage Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 26, 2015
VOLK, George Leonard Lt. Colonel USAF Ret. - Liberty Lake  
VOLK, George Leonard Lt. Colonel USAF, Ret. March 22, 1920 - July 18, 2015 George was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota and served in the CCC camp that helped build Mt. Rushmore. He would then move to Salem, OR with his parents Maria and Anthony Volk and his eight brothers and sisters. He then joined the USAF to begin his 28 year military career rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He would go on to belong to the elite Hurricane Hunters, flying over 25 missions based out of Bermuda. He then married his wife of 20 years, Mardell Volk of Minneapolis, MN. He served as an Air Force meteorologist and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his outstanding service. He is survived by his sons Thomas and Allan Volk and their wives Lynn and Kim Volk; Allan's daughter Angie Vegas of San Diego, her husband John and daughters Tylar and Cadie; and his grandkids Adam and Amber, and little Aliana; also Thomas's sons Benjamin and Nicholas Volk of Spokane, WA; and also stepdaughter Kim Swindle of Salem, OR. George had many friends both military and civilian and was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his knowledge of people and places he knew from having travelled all over the world. George will be dearly missed by all who knew him but he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace George, you made our world a better place. The graveside service is Friday, July 24th, 1:30 pm at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd, Medical Lake, WA 99022.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 22, 2015
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