McPHEE, Douglas Michael (Age 66) Doug McPhee passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 12, 2010. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Lynda Cherf of Ephrata, WA, and his daughters Erin McPhee of Seattle, Alyson Ault of Boise, and Marieka McPhee of Spokane, son-in-law Daniel Ault, and grandchildren Ava Rose and Ryder D. Ault. He was the first born of Kathleen (Portch) and John (Jack) McPhee and grew up in Ephrata with siblings Patrick McPhee of Allen, TX, Kathy Eckels of Seldovia, AK, and Sheila Luddington of Kennewick, WA. Brothers and sister-in-law Ken and Teresa Cherf, Dewey Luddington, and Larry Eckels, and special nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive him. His parents, Cheryl Cherf, Jerry Cherf, and Barbara McPhee precede him in death. He graduated from Ephrata High School and earned an MBA and BA in Business and Finance from the University of Washington. He and Lynda raised their family in Redmond, WA and Boise, ID, and enjoyed an active retirement in Spokane. He established a successful career in banking with a majority of his career in Seattle at Key Bank and locally with Sterling, Wheatland, and Latah banks. During retirement he enjoyed working as a tax professional at H&R Block Premium Branch. Doug served his country in the US Army 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was honored with Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and Air Medal as recognition for valor in the line of duty. Doug was a dynamic and active leader in his community with special dedication to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at the Washington State level and locally in Spokane, along with volunteering with Catholic Charities. Doug was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, war hero, and community leader. He was a humble man of integrity and kindness, with sharp wit, a unique sense of humor, and a love for exchanging jokes. He had a curiosity and perspective about life that touched many people. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and photography, but most of all spending time with his family. He loved traveling with his wife to Europe, through National Parks, and at ocean beaches in Washington and Oregon. He was devoted to his wife, took pride in his daughters and son-in-law, and adored his grandchildren who were the light in his eyes and his reason for fighting and enduring cancer longer. Doug's life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on September 24, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. in Spokane at Sacred Heart Parish followed by Military Honors at 1:30 p.m. at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Doug's name to the Spokane Affiliate of NAMI (509-838-5515) and Hospice of Spokane. Please visit Doug's tribute and leave a condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, 2010