Lee D. McLaughlin (02/23/1924 - 05/29/2011)

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(Age 87)

Passed away May 29, 2011. He was born on February 23, 1924 to James Robert McLaughlin and Olive Bell Matchneer in Altoona, PA. Lee is survived by his loving wife Ardith; daughter Susan Brock, Spokane Valley, WA; sons Gary McLaughlin, Stockton, CA, Cory McLaughlin, Eugene, OR; sister Joan Ewaldsen (who shared her brother's sense of humor), Cherokee Village, AR. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be remembering his smiles and kindness. Little dog Sadie will miss the playful romps with "Daddy". In his younger years Lee enjoyed helping in any project as a Junior Chamber of Commerce member in Caldwell, ID. Lee landed his first job in Caldwell with Swift and Co. after receiving his BA in Animal Husbandry at Michigan State. After 30 years as Environmental Specialist in Stockton, CA Lee retired. He and his wife returned to Coeur d'Alene where they were married 62½ years ago in the Lutheran Church on 5th Street. Lee was also a member of the American Legion. He was a PFC during World War II serving on the island of Leyte and in the Philippines. The McLaughlin's moved to Spokane Valley, WA two years ago. A viewing will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d'Alene. A graveside service will follow at Forest Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, ID, at 2 p.m.
Please sign Lee's guest registry and view his online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com.

Published in Spokesman-Review from June 2 to June 3, 2011
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