Submitted by Marge Womach 


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Armstrong, Daniel F.   d. 4-03-2010

“Dan Armstrong passed away peacefully in Spokane, A on April 3, 2010. Born Jan 27, 1925 in Norris, Montana , a son to Frank and Zora Armstrong. His family moved to Kansa , eventually  moved back to Montana because of the dust bowl. He attended high school in Ennis, MT, graduated in 1943, drafted into the US Army and served proudly in WW II. Was captured and imprisoned as a POW in Germany.  After the War, he married Donna Bennetts in Butte, MT in 1947. Following marriage, Dan and Donna traveled to Spokane, WA where Dan graduated from the Kinman Business School, moved to Davenport, WA, and was the Davenport Auction Co bookkeeper. Became employed with Bertha Cathcart Agency Davenport, WA and eventually bought the business. He owned and operated the Dan Armstrong Insurance and Real estate Agency until he retired.  He was an active member in the Davenport Lions Club, and a member of the United Methodist Church in Davenport.  Dan was predeceased by his parents and siblings Vernon Armstrong, James Armstrong, Robert Armstrong, Miles Armstrong and Fannie (Armstrong) Aaberg. He is survived by his wife Donna Armstrong of Davenport, WA; children Dan (and Jackie) Armstrong of Friday Harbor, WA; and Devora (and Bill) Lee of Fairfield, MT; a sister, Kate (Max) Robison of Ennis, MT; and sisters-in-law, Jean Armstrong of Ennis, MT; Ruth Armstrong of Federal Way, WA; and Marlene Bennetts of Helena, MT. Dan is survived by grandchildren, Jenny Armstrong of Bellevue, WA; Jami Armstrong of Seattle, WA; Ricki (and Chase) Kelly of Denver, CO, and extended family members, Ron Kirkwood, Donna (Bob) Fisher of Spokane, WA, and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service commemorating the life of Dan Armstrong will be at the Davenport Edwall United Methodist Church in Davenport, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, with Pastor Brenda Tudor officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: undated)


Barbee, Margaret          d. 7-15-2010

“Margaret Barbee (age 89).—Passed away on July 15, 2010 in Spokane , WA . She is formerly of Davenport , WA . She is survived by her two sons, Jerry Barbee and Barbara Thompson of Spokane , WA and Kim Barbee and Jeri of Spokane , WA; one daughter, Judy Vermeers and Rick of Spokane, WA; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald, in 2009. She grew up in Spokane , where she graduated from Lewis & Clark High School . She then went to Washington State College where she earned her degree in Psychology. She was a member of Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church where she was involved in Mary Circle and was a Nursery leader.  She and Ron were leaders in People to People and took students from all over the region on their trips.  She was a PEO member since 1945 and a member of the Davenport Study Club. Margaret was also a 4-H leader and served as a judge at the Lincoln Co Fair. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church . Strate Funeral Home, Davenport , WA is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: undated, submitted)


Beneke, Fred D 1922

"Fred D Benneke Dies in Well. While digging a well at his homestead near Garwood, Idaho Tuesday, Fred Beneke, who married Barbara Lamparter of Harrington, was overcome with gas and died and a man named Johnson, who endeavored to aid him also lost his life. They had put in a shot of picric acid to loosen up the hardpan and when Mr Benneke went down to start work he was overcome. His companion called their two wives and went to his assistance and the women hauled them up near the top when they lost their grip and fell back. Three other men soon arrived and one of them was nearly overcome before the men were taken from the well. neither recovered. The funeral was held in Spokane Thursday. Mr and Mrs Leslie Gold and a number of the members of the Lamparter family attending." (Citizen: 8-04-1922)


Carden, John 7-09-1948

"John Carden Rites Saturday, July 10. The Gateleys received word from Enumclaw Thursday of the death that morning of John Carden. Mr Carden, a pioneer of this area, was here last November and celebrated his 80th birthday among old-time friends. Funeral services for Mr Carden will be held Saturday (tomorrow) at 11 a.m. at Enumclaw." (Citizen: 7-09-1948)

Davenport, Earl John        d. 8-13-2011

“Funeral for Earl John Davenport, 82, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug 19, at the Colville Community Church, 930 S Elm St., Colville. A luncheon will be served afterwards and a graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. at the Fairmount Cemetery in Spokane. Mr Davenport died Aug 13 in Spokane. Born Aug 18, 1928, in Clayton, he was the son of Leo W and Olive (Erickson) Davenport and lived most of his childhood in Colville. He served in the Coast Guard and worked for the telephone company in Spokane after high school. He married Serena ‘Dolly’ (Calvert) in March 1948 and moved to Colville where he began a long career with the Washington Water Power Co (now Avista). He transferred to Davenport in 1959 and held many positions with WWP including commercial representative, onsite coordinator for Expo ’74 and district manager. IN 1982, he and his wife moved back to Colville, where he was Colville district manager until his 1988 retirement. From 1970 to 1974 he took some time away from WWP to pursue his interest in politics and government. He first worked in Olympia at the governor’s office and as Republican state chairman. Two years later he accepted a position as a consultant to the office of the Vice President of the United States. After his first wife died in August 1977, his family recalls he ‘was blessed with another love for the rest of his life’. He married Dorothy (Erickson) Davenport in September 2005. Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Leo Davenport and Thomas Davenport. Besides his wife Dorothy of Spokane, he leaves a son, Cal Davenport (and Lilly) of Rochester, WA; two daughters, Cheri Baker (and Harold) of Kennewick and Cathie Buzzell (and Dale) of Seattle; two grandchildren, Daryl Baker of Seattle and Amanda Murray (and Mike) of Litchfield, NH; a brother, Kenneth Clark (and Nancy) of Pleasant Hill, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Colville.” (Davenport Times: 2011)


Denney, Margaret 1936

"Wife of Rev Guy Denney Dies in Spokane Wednesday. Mrs Margaret Denney, wife of Guy Denney, passed away in Spokane May 13, and funeral services were held May 15 at 3 from the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral home, with Rev Albert Darling officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Surviving Mrs Denney are her widower, three sons, C C of Spokane, C R of Cheney, W O of Missoula, Mont., sister, Mrs Sam Burley of Pocatello, Idaho, and seven grandchildren. Rev Guy Denney was at one time pastor of the Free Methodist church at Harrington and the Denney family resided here. The Citizen joins the friends of the family in extending sympathies." (Citizen: 5-22-1936)


 DeSpain. Ritch Lee        2013

Edwall, Wash. - Ritch, age 66, passed away Oct 19th, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. A life-time resident of Lincoln County, he was born on December 14th, 1946, the oldest son of Jerry and Francis DeSpain.A resident of Edwall, Washington, Ritch graduated from Sprague High School Class of 1966 and shortly upon graduation, enrolled in the SeaBee's division of the United States Navy where he served in the Vietnam War, 1968-70. Upon returning to the states as an iron worker, Ritch wed Sharon Tyson. The couple raised their two children and operated a wheat farm off SR-231N for many years on land originally homesteaded by his third great grandfather Benjamin DeSpain in 1890. Ritch passed the 5th generation farming operations oversight to his son in recent years and the farm is leased still producing wheat, barley and Angus cattle. If you took the time to get past his "rough and tough" persona you would find a man with a heart of gold, a great sense of humor full of captivating stories and life.Ritch is survived by his son Jeremy Lee DeSpain (wife Megan), Snoqualmie, Wash. and daughter Jennifer Sue DeSpain McCain (husband Mike), Reardan, Wash. Ritch was blessed with five grandchildren, Madison, Katelyn, Jake, Brody and Gunnar. He was preceded in death by his parents, and survived by brother Jim DeSpain of Nine Mile Falls WA and sister Charlene Wesley of Sheridan AR.Friends are invited to celebrate Ritch's life at a memorial service Friday, October 25th at 3pm at the Washington State Veteran  Cemetery in Medical Lake and reception to follow at the Farm in Edwall, WA. (Submitted by Jeremy DeSpain)


Dietrich, Leland  May 5, 1976

“Leland A Dietrich.—Passed away May 1, 1976 in Los Angeles . His home, formerly of Davenport , WA , over 20 years. Father of Lyn Dietrich, Lane Dietrich, Lance Dietrich, all of Lakewood, CA; son of Ted Manly, Spokane; brother of Mrs Wes (Verla) Bly, Harrington, WA. Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 6, 1976 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sunset Mausoleum, Fairmount Memorial Park . The Rev Jim Hansen officiating. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, in charge.” (Spokane Chronicle: May 5, 1976)


Dirks, Raymond M.        d. 11-06-2009

“Raymond M. Dirks, age 92.—Ray passed away Friday, Nov 6, 2009 at his Newport home from cancer under the care of his family and Hospice of Spokane. Born March 7, 1917 on the family wheat ranch at Ruff, WA (near Marlin) to Henry and Clara Dirks. Graduated from Marlin High School in 1935. After graduation he moved with his family to Monroe, WA. On July 7, 1940 he married Mary Stanek of Spokane in Tacoma, WA, and shortly thereafter began his boiler-maker career working in the shipyards during the war. In 1948 the family moved to Eastern Washington, settling in Four Lakes where he continued his work as a construction boilermaker. He worked on many of the dams and pulp and paper mills in the Northwest, retiring in 1980 from Spokane Local 242. After retiring Ray and Mary built their country home on their timberland near Newport , WA . He had a great love of the outdoors, actively working on his tree farm until the age of 92. Other hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, working endlessly in his shop, and enjoying a good game of pinochle. Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary, in 2005 after 65 years of marriage; sister Helen Felix; and grandson Jeremy Dirks. He is survived by his daughter Kay Kaiser and her husband Ron of North Tonawanda, NY; and two sons, Ray Jr and wife Paula of Cheney, WA; and Don Dirks and wife Joni of Priest River, ID. He is also survived by six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Nov 10 at 11 a.m. at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Newport, WA ; with a memorial luncheon to follow in the church hall. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Egbert, Dean        7-10-1963

“Egbert, Dean.—Passed away July 10 in Spokane. His home 1306 Five Mile Road. Husband of Ebbie R Egbert at the home. Father of Mrs C D (Vivian) Bickford, Sacramento, CA; Dr James R Brathovde, Albuquerque, NM; grandfather of Mike and John Bickford of Sacramento, CA; Jeb, Robert, Line and Tonna Brathovde, all of Albuquerque; Son of Mr and Mrs Frank Egbert, Redmond, WA; Brother of Bert Egbert, Fred Egbert, Bill Egbert, all of Seattle. Max Egbert, Santa Monica, CA; and Clive Egbert, Ritzville. Numerous nieces and nephews. A member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church; Veteran of WW II. A
resident of Spokane 46 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home.” (Spokesman Review: 7-10-1963)


Froman, Isaac R 1922

"A telegram was received Wednesday morning by H T Froman telling of the death of his father, Isaac R Froman at Albany, Oregon at the age of 92. Mr Froman crossed the plains from Danville, Illinois in 1850, settling on the place which he still lived on at the time of his death." (Citizen: 11-17-1922)


Gilliam, Wallace 1922

"Wallace Gilliam dies. Wallace Gilliam who was taken to Spokane Saturday suffering with pneumonia, died at Sacred Heart hospital Thursday evening. His age is given as 63 and it is reported that he will be buried in Harrington. Mr Gilliam has divided his time between Harrington and California for several years and is well known here." (Citizen: 8-18-1922)


Guhlke, Donald ‘Jake’   d. 10-16-2009

“Donald LeRoy ‘Jake’ Guhlke.—Jake passed away on Oct 16, 2009 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokan. Born to the late Herbert and Bonnie ( Greenwood ) Guhlke in Davenport, WA on Feb 24, 1941. A 1959 graduate of Davenport High School, he was active in sports, showed FFA steers, and played trumpet in the high school marching band. He entered the lineman apprenticeship training with REA in Davenport , later transferring to Avista (WWP) in Spokane. He retired from his 38-year career in the electrical industry in 1999. Jake was an avid fisherman, having traveled the world on ‘catch and release’ adventures, conducted fishing tours to Canada and Alaska, and he holds the Idaho State Record for the second largest small-mouthed Bass caught in the backwaters of the Dwarshak Dam in 2008, and the World Record for Grayling from the NW Territories of Canada. He designed and made fly lines and rods, taught fly-tying and won fly-tying awards. His fishing adventures were published in two books, and he was a founding member of the Jimmy Green Fly Casting Club of Asotin, WA, and a tournament caster. He is survived by his wife Debra and pomerian Mia of Orofino, ID, brothers, Bob (Rita) Guhlke of Davenport, Jerry (Mary) Guhlke of Reardan, Duane (Paula) Guhlke of Hortonville, WI; sister, Charlotte Sellin of Port Angeles, WA; nieces and nephews, Megan (Randall) Williams of MI, Brian Guhlke of CA, Erica (Paul) Whitmore of Odessa, Debbie Meserve; grand nieces/nephews: Brandy Wood, Alex Meserve, John Williams and Porter Whitmore; Aunts Margaret Guhlke and Celia Buck of Davenport; and many cousins as well as step-children Kolleen Montgomery (grandchildren Katie, Lougee and Alonie) and Belinda Shoaf (grandson Damian Roder) all Lewiston, ID and the late Korreen Montgomery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct 30 at the Zion Lutheran Church , 920 Maxwell, Davenport .” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Guhlke, Duane A          d. 12-12-2009

“Duane A Guhlke passed away unexpectedly at his home in Appleton , Wisconsin on Dec 12, 2009. Duane was born in Davenport , Washington on July 12, 1947 to the late Herb and Bonnie ( Greenwood ) Guhlke. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1965 and received his BA from Eastern Washington University in 1970. He attained a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Utah in 1973. Duane and Paula (Crandall) were married for almost forty-one years and have two children, Brian Guhlke and Megan Wilson, and a grandson, John Williams.  A funeral service was held in Appleton , Wisconsin on Friday, Dec 18, 2009. An Interment service will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Aug 2, 2010 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake , WA . Wichmann Funeral Homes, Appleton , WI .” (Spokesman Review: undated, submitted)


Hansen, Andrew C.         d. 2009

“Andrew C ‘Andy’ Hansen, age 76.—Born Sept 29, 1933, in Wilbur, WA, to Chris and Audrey Hansen, Andy graduated from Wilbur High School. After serving in the US Army, he went to Kinman Business College in Spokane . He then worked for WWP as an auditor. In 1959, Andy went to work for Utter Motor Co. in sales and became the Sales Manager of the Used Car division until 1969. He then opened ‘Andy’s Resale Cars’. After retiring in June of 2008, on July 1, Andy discovered he had bone cancer. He loved the outdoors. He spent his free time fishing and hunting in Washington , Mexico , Alaska and Canada. Andy was a member of Manito Masonic Lodge, El Katif Shrine, Past Asst Pageant Director, Potentate’s Aid, El Katif Palomino Patrol, South Spokane Shrine Club, El Katif Legion of Honor, CDA Shrine Club, The Q, Past Worthy Patron of Adelphi Chapter OES, and also a member of Foothills Shrine Club of Yuma, AZ. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, at home; son, Rod Hansen and his wife, Donna, and children Amanda and Andrew; son, Tracy Hansen and his wife, Sherri and their daughter, Sierra; sisters, Hilda Bradshaw of Spokane, and Zenith Nicholson of Vancouver Island, BC; brother, Mitch Hansen of Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Flowers, Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane .” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Hendrickson, John P.   2010

“John P. Hendrickson, age 61.—Passed away on Feb 16, 2010 in Spokane, WA. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Feb 21, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA with Pastor Wilbur Clark, officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Hillis, George W 12-18-1925

"Free Methodist Mission. The Sunday School will give a Christmas program at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec 20. There will be no preaching service. Rev W H Hillis received word Thursday morning of the death of his father, George W Hillis, age 82, at Portland, Oregon. Rev Hillis and family leave today by auto to attend the funeral. There are six surviving sons. A few years ago, they acted as pall bearers at their mother's funeral and will act in this same capacity for their father. Rev F B Hillis, Sunday School missionary of the Presbyterian church, living at Coram, Montana, a brother of Rev W H Hillis, arrived this morning on No. 1 and will accompany them to Portland." (Citizen: 12-18-1925)


Hoerer, Mark, 7-01-1982

 “A Fairchild Air Force Base man was killed Saturday night on the Bald Ridge Road northwest of Reardan when he rolled his 1975 International Scout. The accident, which occurred on the Bald Ridge Road 7.6 miles northwest of Reardan, happened at 10 p.m. according to State Trooper Roy Meye, and killed Mark Hoerer, 25. Meye said Hoerer was northbound when he lost control of his vehicle on the gravel road. The vehicle then slid 213 feet, struck a rock embankment and rolled on its top with the driver inside. The Scout was totaled, Trooper Meye reported.” (Davenport Times: 7-01-1982)


Holgate, Frank C.,     est. 5-06-1927

“Inventory and appraisal of the estate of Frank C. Holgate, Almira physician made by J. C. Johnson, C. Richards and H. C. Walters, shows the estate to consist of property valued at $4,585.” (Odessa Record: 5-06-1927)- Hoopingarner, Helen, 12-04-1980 “Memorial services were held for Helen Hoopingarner Monday, Dec 1 at 10 a.m. in the Riverside Terrace Chapel in Spokane. She is survived by one brother, Vernon Badgley, and one step-sister, Mrs. William ( Lydia ) Buck, both of Davenport; several nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 12-04-1980)-


Hollis, Mel,     8-26-1982

 “A one-car accident Thursday evening claimed the life of Davenport resident Mel Hollis, 44, who lost control of the vehicle he was driving 2.5 miles north of Davenport on Highway 25. According to Trooper Roy Meye, Hollis was southbound on the highway at 10:15 p.m. when he traveled broadside across the highway, off of it and onto the west side of the road. The 1974 Dodge pickup truck then continued traveling into a plowed field where it rolled once, ejecting Hollis from the vehicle, according to Meye. According to Meye, the vehicle incurred about $3,000 in damage.” (Davenport Times: 8-26-1982)  “Funeral services for Melvin Le Roi Hollis, 44, of Davenport, were held Tuesday at the Strate Funeral Home. Hollis was the victim of an Aug 19 auto accident. He was born Nov 11, 1937 in Spokane , where he was reared. After graduating from John R Rogers High School, he entered the navy and served on board the USS Tuluga. He later served in the Air Force National Guard. After his discharge form the navy in 1963, he worked in California for United Technology Corporation and then for 15 years with IBM. He returned to Davenport four years ago and was employed by Western Nuclear, Inc. of Wellpinit, where he worked with computers. He is survived by his father, Clayton Hollis and step-mother, Florence Hollis, of Davenport; his mother, June Gamble and stepfather, Willard Gamble of Earp, CA; his son, Jeffrey G Hollis of Spokane; daughters Michael and Monica of Bakersfield, CA; his uncle and aunt, Milton and Margaret Hollis of Lacey; aunts Ednamae Mays of Santa Rosa, CA, and Elaine E. Okerlund of Conroe, TX; his step-brothers, Gary and Larry Gamble of Campbell, CA; his step-sister, Maureen Bledsoe of Spokane; and his grandson, Kasey. Cremation will follow the funeral service, which was officiated by Rev Jeff Callender. Dixie Guhlke was soloist at the service and Sarah Jane Johnson was organist.” (Davenport Times: 8-26-1982)


Hoopingarner, Helen,       12-04-1980

“Memorial services were held for Helen Hoopingarner Monday, Dec 1 at 10 a.m. in the Riverside Terrace Chapel in Spokane. She is survived by one brother, Vernon Badgley, and one step-sister, Mrs. William ( Lydia ) Buck, both of Davenport; several nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 12-04-1980)


Horne, Donald O.,               6-30-1988

“Donald O. Horne of Davenport died June 26, 1988 in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Spokane. He was 64.  Mr. Horne was born July 31, 1923 in St Maries, Idaho. He attended schools there and in Caldwell. He served in the US Navy during WW II, entering the service in 1943 and being discharged in 1946.  He worked as a heavy equipment operator on the Columbia Basin irrigation project after the war. He lived in Moses Lake for 25 years, having retired in 1977.  He and his wife, Marion, lived in Springdale and in 1986 moved to Davenport .  He was a member of the American Legion in Connell and VFW and Eagles in Moses Lake.  Survivors include his wife, Marion E. Horne, of the home; two sons, Jack E. Robinson of Medical Lake, and Donald O. Horne Jr. of Moses Lake; one daughter, Mary K. Strumpf of Denver, CO; 5 grandchildren; three brothers, Bob Horne of Twisp, his twin, and Lawrence and Reidar Horne of Caldwell, Idaho; three sisters, Margaret Gustafson of Moses Lake, Mildred Doolittle of Portland, OR, and Hazel Thunborg of Mount Shasta, CA.  Memorial services will be held Friday, July 1, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport. Rev Jeff Callender will officiate. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (Davenport Times: 6-30-1988)


Horwege, Bessie,               11-18-1937

“A superior court decree settled the Gertrude M. Tramm estate of $21,732. Mr. Tramm, three daughters and two sons inherit. A second decree approved distribution of the Bessie Horwege estate, $24,542, to her husband and two sons.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-1937) 


Houck, Mrs Sylvester L       7-9-1915

"Edwall. Mr and Mrs W J Ryker received the sad news of the death of their daughter, Mrs Sylvester L Houck. Her demise happened on Wednesday of last week at Post Falls. She leaves besides the husband, seven children, two of them are twins only two weeks old. A mother and father and brother reside here, a sister in Spokane and a brother at Ephrata. Mr and Mrs W J Ryker went up to attend the funeral." (Citizen: 7-09-1915)

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Howard, Irene N.,               7-28-1988

“Irene N Howard of Reardan died July 14, 1988. She was 79.  Mrs. Howard was born July 31, 1908 to Milton Nye and Florence Breneman in Reardan.  She was a graduate of Reardan High School and Cheney Normal School with a teaching degree. She taught in a one-room school in the Reardan area.  On June 1, 1930 she married Eldon W Howard in Reardan and the couple farmed near Mondovi until his death July 23, 1970.  She then moved to her home in Reardan. She was a member of the Spring Grange and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan.  Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Nadine and Howard Kelly of Reardan and Marilynn and Richard Manke of Pasco; four granddaughters, Kathy Henthorn of Spokane, Colleen Walker of Spokane, Alysia Manke of Pullman, and Kristin Manke of Pasco; and two great grandsons, Geoffrey and Kevin Schulz of Spokane. Services were held July 18 in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church , Reardan. Interment was in the Riverside Memorial Park , Spokane.” (Davenport Times: 7-28-1988)


Howell, James V.,               2-18-1988

“James V Howell of Davenport died Feb 14, 1988, in this city.  He was 86. Mr. Howell was born August 27, 1901 in Woodruff, Idaho. He married Velma Marie Beebe in 1926 and farmed many years in Pingree, Idaho.  In 1942, he moved with his family to St Maries, Idaho. He worked in the St Maries Lumber Company until his retirement. IN 1973, he and his wife moved to Davenport. His primary hobby was his gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marie, and two brothers, Harry and Newell Howell.  Survivors include a son, James O Howell, of Powell, WY; four daughters, Donna Swenson and Delva Wolfe, both of Coos Bay, Oregon, Sharon Morris of Raymond, WA, and Bee Strite of Davenport; three brothers, Oral and Thomas Howell, both of Pocatello, ID, and Homer Howell of Blackfoot, Idaho; one sister, Melvina Ropp, also of Blackfoot; 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Services will be held Thursday, Feb 18, at 11 a.m. in the Yates/Hodge Funeral Home in St Maries, Idaho. Rev Jeff Callender will officiate.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in St Maries. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Davenport Times: 2-18-1988) 


Howell, Lucille,                   5-28-1981

“Mrs. Overman (Lucille) Howell died May 20 at her home in St John, WA.  Lucille lived here in Edwall many years when the St John Hardware was just starting. She was survived by her husband, Overman Howell, and two children, James L. and Jean Gentry, both of  St John. Her funeral was last Friday and many in our area attended. When she lived here she was a member of the Edwall Bridge Club and we all remember her as a very charming, intelligent, beautiful lady, so we miss her.” (Davenport Times: 5-28-1981, Edwall column)


Howell, Velma,                  5-22-1975

“Services were held in St Maries, Idaho Saturday for Velma Howell of Davenport. The Rev Roger V. Muisiner officiated. Mr. and Mrs. Howell had moved to Davenport I March, 1974, to live on the old Arch Hoople corner. Mrs. Howell, born Oct 17, 1907 in Fairview, OK, died at Lincoln Hospital.  The Howells had lived many years in Idaho, except for a few years in Oklahoma and the past year in Davenport.  She had served as a nurse’s aid for some time in the St Maries, Idaho hospital.  Survivors include her husband, James Howell of Davenport, and five children: James O. Howell, a son, Powell, WY, Donna A. Campbell, Obrien, OR, Delva L. Wolfe of Roseburg, OR, Bea Strite of Davenport, and Sharon Lee Morris, Raymond. One brother, Carl Beebe, lives in Blackfoot, Idaho; two sisters, Elsie Watson, Wapato, and Alta Arneson, Spokane, also survive as do 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.”  (Davenport Times:  5-22-1975)


Hughes, J W 1922

"J W Hughes, a former resident of Harrington some 20 years ago, dropped dead in his office at Ocean Park, California some two weeks ago. Mr Hughes was a brother-in-law of Marion F Adams." (Citizen: 6-30-1922)


Janett, S Mary                 d. 11-16-2009

“Mary Janett was the fifth and youngest child of Peter and Mary Brugger Janett, born in Davenport , WA , Aug 5, 1917. She attended the Davenport Public School until seventh grade, when her mother enrolled her at Holy Names Academy in Spokane . She graduated from High School in 1939. Having lived on a farm in her youth, she found life in the outdoors very much to her liking, as was participation in all kinds of sports, so she enjoyed her time as Camp Fire Girl. Mary entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1941, was given the name of Sister M Elizabeth Ann, began work for her BA in Education from Holy Names College in Spokane , and launched her teaching career in 1943. That career lasted for 45 years and spanned ages from pre-school to college levels, mostly in the Spokane schools. She enjoyed middle grade pupils, and was known affectionately by many of them as the ‘jock nun’ because of her athletic ability and her willingness to share it with them. She was a member of the Education Dept at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, principal of the Early Childhood Center there, and then taught for Heritage University at their Spokane campus. Concomitant with her teaching years, she earned two M.Ed. degrees, one in counseling and guidance from Gonzaga University and one in educational media from WSU. Although Mary would like to have taught forever, she did retire in 1989, but not to idleness! She volunteered in service to her Sisters as a driver, taking Sisters to appointments or shipping trips, logging hundreds of miles over the years! She also passed ice twice daily to the Sisters in the Care Center . Her love of the outdoors motivated her to garden, planting fruits and vegetables to supplement food shopping. She also enjoyed developing her artistic side through ceramics and cake decorating, and her musical ability through her cello playing. Mary in the kitchen is legendary! Her love of cooking stemmed from her mother’s example and from her desire to make people feel at home by feeding them. Her baking skills have been rewarded by numerous ribbons from the interstate Fair for pies, jams, jellies, but her frosted brownies were her signature offering in her later years. Many of her Sisters and friends are still wearing the calories she made so irresistible! Among Mary’s loves were her dogs, and she had several over the years.  Mary’s way of being ‘for others’ was always through service. She has truly been a home-maker. She was generous and cheerful, with a laugh that included everyone around her! She always loved to celebrate Sundays with a drive or a special meal. When she became quieter in her last months, we missed her ‘How do?’ as she passed us in the halls. She continued to express her appreciation of everyone for any little things, always responding with ‘Thank you, Dear!’. Mary is the last of her siblings to die, but she is loved and remembered by her religious Sisters and her nieces, Joann, Christi, Joy, Linda, Patty and Gwen. Her nephew Harold has died.  Sister Mary died Nov 16, 2009, in Spokane . Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane , WA . Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery . Hennessey Smith Funeral Home & Crematory.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Kanzler, Bernice L        d. 7-25-2009

“Bernice L Kanzler, age 94.—Passed away on July 25, 2009 in Spokane, WA. Bernice was born, raised and lived in Davenport. She and her husband, George farmed north of Davenport many years before retiring to live in Davenport in 1971. Her hobbies were gardening, watching sports and in particular those sports that her grandchildren and great grandchildren were playing, and playing cards at the Senior Center . She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Community Grange. Bernice moved to the Good Samaritan Assisted Living in Spokane Valley in 2007. She is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Anita and Larry Foster of Centralia, WA; Wenda and Roy Mackey of Liberty Lake, WA; Yvonne and ken Manning of Antelope, CA; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, to whom she was married for 42 years. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, with Rev Ted Broadway, officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: undated 2009; submitted)


Kieffer, John G., 6-24-1999 

“John G. Kieffer passed away June 17, 1999 in Spokane. He was 53. Mr Kieffer was born Nov 27, 1944, in Nespelem to George and Fern (Timmons) Kieffer. He attended school at Columbia High School in Hunters. In the early 1960s, Mr. Kieffer attended welding school and returned to the West End Spokane Indian Reservation. In the 1970s, he moved to Roswell, NM, to attend the police academy… Mr. Kieffer was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Calvin and Richard Kieffer; and two sisters, LuAnn Timmons and Gayle Wilke. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (McCoy) Kieffer at the home; three children, Chuck Kieffer and Danny Kieffer of West End Spokane Indian Reservation, and Cheryl Kieffer of Spokane; one niece, Sabrina McCoy of Wellpinit; 8 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Billy and Rob Kieffer of West End Spokane Indian Reservation, and Joe Kieffer of Fruitland; and numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday at the West End Community Center with Father Jake Morton and Father Dominic Doyle officiating. Interment followed at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Cemetery, West End Spokane Indian Reservation. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times excerpt: 6-24-1999)


Kieffer, Robert J., 9-16-1999

 “Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Sept 11, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, West End Spokane Indian Reservation, for Robert J ‘Rob’ Kieffer, 57, who passed away Sept 9, 1999. Father Jake Morton and Pastor Dan Hudspeth officiated. A rosary was held Friday evening, Sept 10 at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Interment was at LaFleur Cemetery, West End Spokane Indian Reservation. He was born July 26, 1942 in Nespelem to George and Fern (Timmons) Kieffer. Mr. Kieffer married Sharon Denison on Dec 19, 1964, and they renewed their vows on Dec 19, 1989. He was owner of Kieffer Logging and a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Mr. Kieffer is survived by his wife, Sharon, at the home; three sons, Brett Kieffer of Nine Mile Falls, Bart and his wife Audrey Kieffer, and Clint and his wife Dina Kieffer, all of West End Spokane Indian Reservation; one son by special adoption, Brian and his wife Michelle Witt of West End Spokane Indian Reservation; two daughters, Robin Kieffer, and Rhonda and her husband Dave Thurman, all of West End Spokane Indian Reservation; 17 grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Joe and his wife Linda Kieffer of West End Spokane Indian Reservation; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, LuAnn Timmons and Gayle Wilke; two brothers, John and Billy Kieffer; and one grandson, Tyler Jess Kieffer. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 9-16-1999) 


Killin, Charles C.,  2-12-1998

“A friend to Boy Scouting, Davenport’s Charles C. Killin passed away Feb 7, 1998 in Spokane. He was 84 years old. Born on Oct 16, 1913 to Joseph R. and Marita L. (Carr) Killin of Spokane, Mr. Killin was a member of the Davenport Branch of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints and served in many leadership positions. He also was instrumental in building several Latter-Day Saints chapels and owned and operated Killin Printing and Engraving in Spokane, selling printing machines through the northwest. Active in Boy Scouting, Mr. Killin served on the Scouting advisory board in both Washington and Idaho. Mr. Killin is survived by his wife, Helen, at the home. Other survivors include: two daughters, Debbie Gibson of Boulder City, NV, and Sue Jarvis of Corvallis, OR; one daughter-in-law, Lisbeth Killin of Davenport; 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by one son, Charles Carr Killin III on Dec 26, 1997. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb 10 at the Davenport Branch of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints. President Melvin Martin officiated the ceremony. Interment was held at Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery in Spokane.” (Davenport Times: 2-12-1998)


Kiner, Eleanor Louise  d. 7-09-2010

“Eleanor Louise Kiner.—Passed away with her family by her side on Friday, July 9, 2010 at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland , WA . She was unable to recover from injuries she received due to a fall. Her bright blue eyes and beautiful smile will be terribly missed.  Eleanor was born in Cheney , WA on Feb 28, 1923 to Walter and Henrietta Rupp. She was the second of four children. After graduating high school Eleanor attended three years at St Luke’s Nursing School in Spoken.  In 1945 Eleanor married cattle rancher Max Kiner and moved to the KII Stock Ranch South of Almira, WA. Max and Eleanor welcomed their son Rex in the summer of 1946. With their innovative ideas they led the KII to received many local, state and national awards. She found time to become a free-lance writer and photographer. Her photographs and articles on ranching and wildlife appeared in a number of magazines. She was also active in organizations dealing with agriculture including a program called ‘Ag in the Classroom’.  She and other members of their organization would go to schools throughout the State to teach the students about agriculture, ranching and food safety. She also served as president of the Washington Cattlewomen’s Association.  Eleanor loved to travel the States and abroad or just go for a walk or horseback ride in her beloved ranch. She found beauty in the smallest plant, lichen and rock formation. Eleanor was always in search of the perfect photograph.  In Dec of 2009, Eleanor moved from the KII Stock Ranch to an assisted living apartment in Redmond to be closer to her family. During the eight months she lived in Redmond she made several friends and had new experiences. Eleanor is survived by her son Rex and daughter-in-law Ellyn of Redmond, WA; three granddaughters, Kristine Mueller, Karin Sears and Brianne Kiner, and five beautiful great grandchildren: Tayah, Tabitha, Sydney, Dylan and Cora Jeanne. She is also survived by three siblings: Betty Labish of Medical Lake , WA ; Dorothy Burkhart of Tualatin , OR and Harvey Rupp of Milwaukee , OR , and her dear friend and companion Fred Alderson of Spokane , WA . There will be a Celebration of Life and lunch at the Almira Community Center on July 31 at 1 p.m.”  (Spokesman Review: undated, submitted)


Kiner, William, 9-10-1992

 “At his request, no service was held for William ‘Bill’ Kiner, 42, who died Aug 23, 1992. He was born in Omak in 1952 and graduated from high school in Davenport. He attended Spokane Community College. He was self-employed as an electronics sales representative and served as a disc jockey at Myer’s Resort at Fish Lake. Previously, he had worked at Huppin’s and at Fisher Electronic. Survivors include his mother, Ruth D. Kiner of Spokane; a sister, Mary Ann Shell of Spokane; two nephews; and several cousins.” (Davenport Times: 9-10-1992)- Kingsbury, Robert, d. 9-21-1987 “Robert W. Kingsbury of Spokane died Sept 21, 1987 in that city. He was 78. Mr. Kingsbury was born Feb 13, 1909 and raised in the Salmon, Idaho area. He worked throughout the Northwest most of his life. Survivors include a daughter, Jennie Mill of Seven Bays; a sister, Adele Wilson of Hamilton, MT; and several nieces and nephews. Private family memorial service is scheduled. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is in charge.” (Davenport Times: 9-24-1987)

Kinnan, Hulda, 5-16-1985 

“Hulda Kinnan, 89, of Colville , the daughter of a Reardan pioneer family, died May 6, 1985, according to word just received. She was the daughter of John and Annie Anderson, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Kinnan, born at the family farm near Reardan in 1896, attended the Reardan schools. She was also confirmed into the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She married Ralph Kinnan of Colvilleon June 30, 1915. The couple settled in Colville. However, due to family ties, her interests lay in Reardan and she frequently visited the community. Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Hein of Reardan and Lois Windsor of Sedro-Wooley; two sons, Loren Kinnan of Ken , and Lee Kinnan of Sumner; one sister, Ada Thompson of Bath, NY; 11 grandchildren, including David and Mel Hein of Reardan; and 17 great grandchildren.” (Davenport Times: 5-16-1985)


Knapp, Ida H       7-29-1955

"Pioneer of Davenport Died. Mrs Ida Hubbard Knapp, one of Davenport's early residents, passed on in Eugene, OR, July 12, at the age of 89. Her late husband, Henry William Knapp, was operator of a drug store in Davenport for many years. He preceded her in death Feb 10, 1914. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and Order of Eastern Star. Her survivors include a brother, Rolla C Harbord (also an early resident of Davenport now living in Spokane); a son, Eugene Harbord Knapp, Seattle; two daughters, Mrs Ruth Prochnow, Coquille, OR; and Mrs Constance Mortvedt, Everett; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.—Davenport Times." (Citizen: 7-29-1955)


Ladwig, Alice Virginia   d. 2010

“Alice Virginia Ladwig, age 92. Born to Giles F Payne and Meldora Bailey Payne on Nov 10, 1917 in a farm house south of Wilbur , WA . She died peacefully at her daughter Judith’s house (with Judy holding her hand) in Dublin , CA , Jan 4, 2010. She was the youngest of eight children. Alice ’s mother died when she was two years old and her father was killed in a logging accident when she was nine. She spent the next few years living with her older sisters, brothers and other relatives. Alice married Wilfred ‘Bill’ Ladwig July 28, 1935. They were married for 49 years until Bill died in 1984. Alice was a homemaker and caregiver. She nursed Bill through various illness for the last nine years of his life. Mom was a nanny to Mark Rider for several years and helped the Rider family as well. She always found somebody to care for and rarely asked for anything for herself. Mom shared her unconditional love with her entire family and many friends. She had a quiet but deep relationship with her loving Savior Jesus Christ and is resting easy in his loving embrace. We will miss you Mom. Her husband Bill Ladwig, son Clayton Ladwig, four brothers and three sisters, predeceased Alice . She is survived by her daughter Judith Bowman of Dublin , CA , her son Craig (Marge) Ladwig of Harrison, Idaho, daughter-in –law Sharon Ladwig, Spokane , WA , eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service 11 a.m. Saturday Jan 16, 2009 (sic) at Heritage Chapel.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


MacInnis, John            8-01-1930

"Heart Failure Took M'Innis. John MacInnis, 60, pioneer of Harrington, who some eight years ago with his family moved to Portland, Oregon dropped dead instantly in the bathroom of their home on Friday, July 18th at 5 o'clock a.m. while in the act of shaving. Mrs MacInnis and Kathern were the only ones present when the end came. His wife heard the crash when he fell and rushed into the room, but death had been instantaneous. Hardening of the arteries is given as the cause of his death. He was born at Paisley, Ontario, Canada, and besides his widow is survived by two daughters, Mrs Margaret Kelley of Auburn, Michigan, and Kathern at home in Portland; four brothers and one sister, Hugh, 926 Mission West Sacramento, California, Dan, Spokane, Washington, Neal Paisley, Ontario, Canada, Alex, Harrington, Washington and Mrs Sarah Beatrice Paisley, Ontario. Malcom another brother, preceded him in death at Portland two years ago. Funeral was postponed until Tuesday, Jly7 22 to allow Mrs Margaret Kelly time to arrive. Mr and Mrs W S Thompson sang at the funeral and a number of other Harringtonians, including Roy A Hollopeter now residents of Portland were in attendance. Alex MacInnis was joined by his brother Dan and his wife, Mrs Malcom MacInnis and her daughter, Mrs Erickson, all of Spokane and they motored to Portland form Harrington in Alex's Chrysler; all returned with Alex except Mrs Malcom MacInnis who happened to be visiting her daughter, in Spokane. Her home is in Portland and she remained there. Mrs Margaret Kelley will remain with her mother and sister for a month before returning to Michigan as her mother had been home only two weeks from the hospital when she underwent a serious surgical operation which kept her in the hospital three weeks. John MacInnis was engaged in the hotel business in Portland. he was still a member of Laurel Lodge NO. 119 F&AM of Harrington and which lodge sent a fine floral offering. The Masonic fraternity is in charge of his funeral. Old timers of Harrington and Lincoln County all knew John MacInnis who spent 25 years of his life mostly in the livery stable, sales, feed and stage business here. he was a good citizen and business man, a kind and loving husband and father and his friends through this paper extend their sympathy to the bereaved ones." (Citizen: 8-01-1930)


Martin, Elizabeth M.   5-31-2007

“A Celebratoin of Life service for Elizabeth M. Hersey Martin has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 4102 S Crestline in Spokane in the 99203 zip code.” (Wilbur Register: 5-31-2007)


McKay, James Robert       d. 2-07-2010

“James Robert McKay (Jan 23, 1918-Feb 7, 2010).—Born in Spokane, WA, raised on the family farm in Almira, WA, James, a proud Cougar, graduated from WSU with a degree in Vocational Education. He married the apple of his eye, Elizabeth Jane Mathison on Nov 20, 1941 in Walla Walla , WA . James was a WW II Veteran serving on the Pacific Front, stationed in the Aleutians . He received the American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal. He taught in Reardan, Lind, and Fairfield , WA , completing his teaching career with over 30 years in the Walla Walla School District . Upon his retirement, he and his wife Dede ran two galleries and a bed and breakfast in Walla Walla and in Lincoln City , Oregon … James Robert is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dede, and his children, Robert McKay (Maddy), James McKay (Lisa), Margarette Hayes (Al) of Seattle, Hilda Rudolph (Rocky) of Escondido, CA, Allison Williams (Allan), Wenatchee, WA, and Kay O’Rourke, Regina Freuen (Dennis), Spoken. He is also survived by siblings, Eileen Millikan and William McKay of Almira , WA , and Doris Egbert of Los Angeles , CA. James has 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hilda McKay, and brothers, Philip and David McKay… Vigil service at 7 p.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church, Colbert , WA . Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church, with a reception to follow. James was a man of honor and was described as ‘walking the talk’. Hennessey Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, Spokane , WA .” (Spokesman Review excerpt: submitted)


Mecklenburg, Lois   4-05-2007

“Lois Mecklenburg. Bluestem.—Funeral for Lois Mecklenburg, 84, of Bluestem, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport . Concluding service and vault interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Spokane. Mrs. Mecklenburg died Monday, March 28, at her Bluestem home. Born Dec 25, 1922, in Harrington to Muriel and Belle (Kennedy) McKee, she was a lifetime resident of Lincoln County, settled in Bluestem and attended Davenport High School graduating in 1940.  She married Edward Mecklenburg in Sept 1945 in Millwood. They farmed and raised cattle. She worked for the prosecutor’s office for a short time. She gave 48 years of service to the Lincoln County Fair Association. She was a member of the Bluestem Grange for more than 50 years. She was also a member of the Pomona Grange, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Women’s Association of the First Presbyterian Church. She volunteered at the VA Hospital as well as the Lincoln Nursing Home. She cooked meals for various organizations, especially the Davenport Lions Club.  Her husband and three sisters preceded her in death. She leaves a daughter, Pan (and John) Close of Spokane; three grandchildren, Lori (and Marc) D’Andrea of Spokane, Kari (and Sean) Leland of Grand Rapids, MI; and Johnny (and Outi) Close of Bainbridge Island, WA; a niece, Judy Westerberg of Kennewick; and a nephew Gerry Stiles of Davenport. She will lie-in-state from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport .” ( Davenport Times: 4-05-2007)


Olsen, Valis I ‘Imogene’   2009

“Valis I ‘Imogene’ Olsen, age 88.—Imie passed away peacefully on Dec 29, 2009. She was born Feb 10, 1921 in Almira , WA to Milton and Gerda Salter, one of 12 children. She was married to Carl J Olsen on Dec 9, 1937. They moved to the Spokane area in 1941 and spent most of her life in the Chattaroy-Milan area. They were blessed with seven children, Larry, Kenny, Billy, Karen, Jeannie, Tom and Cathe. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers (Edwin, Milton, Bud) and six sisters (Lenore, Levina, Bernice, Nila, Hazel, Dolly), her husband ‘Joe’ in 1956, her son Kenny in 1959, and her granddaughter Shelly in 1965. She is survived by her brother (Elvin), sister (Elsa), three sons, Larry Olsen, Billy (Bonnie) Olsen, Tom Olsen, three daughters, Karen (Floyd) Cannon, Jeannie (Kenny) Cooper, Cathe (Steven) Schultz, 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was a friend to everyone and never failed to open her door to provide a roof over your head or a hot meal for your stomach. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. ‘Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and Great-Great Grandma, we love and miss you.’ A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the Sunset Chapel at Fairmount Memorial Park .” (Spokesman-Review: submitted)


Payne, Guy D.            1-04-2007

“Davenport.—Memorial service for Guy D. Payne, 48, of Davenport, took place Wednesday, Jan 3, at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel.  Mr. Payne, who died Dec 16 in Davenport , was buried Dec 27 with military honors at the Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs , Colorado. Born Oct 16, 1958, in Corpus Christi , Texas, to James E and Sue (Neal) Payne, he attended the Air ForceAcademy after high school, served in the active military from 1981 to 1989 and joined the Washington Air National Guard in 1992. He completed his career as a lieutenant colonel. After his Dec 20, 1986 marriage to the former Catherine Grassell in Lake Tahoe, NV, he worked as a pilot for Alaska Airlines from 1989 to his June 11, 2006 retirement due to illness.  He was a member of Trinity Bible Fellowship in Davenport, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and also worked with Cub Scouts and 4-H. He also was a volunteer bus driver for Christian Heritage School and was an academy liaison officer for the Air Force.  He leaves his wife, Catherine Payne, at the home; three children, Katie, Angela and David Payne, all at the home; his parents, Sue Kendrick of Davenport and J. E. Payne of Hollis, OK; and a sister, Donna Wingo of Houston , TX .”          (Davenport Times: 1-04-2007)


Plaster, Luella          7-23-1948

"Sister of Mrs Kennedy Follows Her in Death. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Smith Funeral Home in Spokane, for Mrs Luella Plaster, a sister of Mrs Emma Kennedy who passed away July 5. The Rev Louis Buckley officiated and burial was at Riverside Park cemetery, Spokane. Born in New London, Iowa, May 29, 1867, she came west with her parents when she was 16. She was married to Albert C Plaster in 1888. She was a member of Starlight Eastern Star chapter and the auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. Two sons, Roy and Edward Plaster of Reardan, seven grandchildren, one great grandson, and three sisters survive." (Citizen: 7-23-1948)


Raney, Ida May   4-26-2007

“Ida May Raney. Sprague.—Ida May Raney, 85, of Sprague, died Thursday, April 19, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. She was buried Wednesday, April 25, next to her husband, Ivan, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland , OR.  The daughter of Carson and Hazel Stott Howes, she was born March 11, 1922, at Junction City, OR. She married Gale Wallace on June 27, 1939, and they made their home in Jasper, OR. In 1950 she married Ivan Raney in Reno, NV.  They lived in Prineville, OR. After his death in 2003, she moved to Sprague to be near her daughter. She leaves a daughter, Joy Daweritz of Sprague; a brother, Carl Howes of Kettle Falls; 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 4-26-2007)


Reitmeier, Charles   d. 3-02-1997

“Memorial service for a 20-year farmer and member of the Reardan Grain Growers Association, Charles Reitmeier, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Yates-Hodge Funeral Home in St Maries, Idaho, with the Rev Dennis Wilson officiating. Mr. Reitmeier died March 2 in St Maries. He was 85. He was born Jan 1, 1912, to Louis and Hazel (Burcham) Reitmeier at Spokane . He grew up at White Bluff Prairie near Spokane and attended Deep Creek High School. He graduated from Mead High School in 1930, then going to work on the construction of the Sunset highway. He married Louise Meyer on April 10, 1934, at Spokane, with his brother officiating. He then worked as road boss for Spence Township of Spokane County. In 1936, he bought a wheat farm on Four Mound Prairie near Nine Mile Falls. He farmed for about 20 years. After that M.r Reitmeier was employed by Spokane Woodworking for two years and then worked for the Spokane County maintenance department for 17 ½ years. Mr. Reitmeier moved to St Maries in 1970 and retired in 1975. Mr. Reitmeier loved horses and went on the Chief Joseph Trail ride for 16 consecutive years. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Reardan Grain Growers Association and the Gentleman on Horseback Association. M. Reitmeier is survived by his wife at the family home and a brother, the Rev William Reitmeier. He was preceded in death by his son Gail V. Reitmeier in 1951 and a brother, Ronald Reitmeier.” (Davenport Times: 3-06-1997)


Robinson, Mary Christine   2010

“Mary Christine Robinson.—Passed away peacefully at home in Reardan, WA, on March 1, 2010. Chris was born to William, a member of the Navy, and Mary Blandford 21 Dec 1942 in Pensacola , FL. She grew up in Webster Groves, MO with her three sisters. She married William Robinson, a member of the USAF, in Webster Groves , MO on Aug 6, 1964. The family’s thanks go to Dr Young and the staff at Hospice. Christine was preceded in death by her parents and sisters. She is survived by her husband, William; daughters, Linda Hobbs, and Jennifer and her husband, B. J. Kieffer; and grandsons, Jacob, Samuel, Nathan, Joshua and Aiden. Chris’s final services will be postponed until the passing of her husband—a joint memorial will be planned at that time. Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Rude, Mildred            4-09-2009

“Memorial service for Mildred Lucille Leaverton Rude, 91, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Christ Lutheran Church in Egypt , 16 miles north of Davenport on SR 25. Pastors Roger Bruggink and Phil Falk will officiate. Mrs. Rude died March 30 in Davenport.  She was born July 2, 1917 in Andes, Montana, to Vance LaRue Leaverton and Lorena Geraldine Farquhar Leaverton. She graduated from Richey High School in Richey, MT, and married Carl Douglas Rude of St Louis Park, MN, on Sept 8, 1938. She worked as a beautician for many years in Hope and Sagle, Idaho, loved pinochle, her Monday and Friday bridge, talking on the phone, books on tape, her family, people and dark chocolate.  She leaves a daughter, Bonnie (Gene) Smith of Fort Spokane; two grandchildren, Jodie Smith of Federal Way, WA; and Mike (Rebecca) Smith of Nine Mile Falls; 5 great grandchildren, Brandi, Brittany and Alexis of Federal Way, and Morgan and Andrew of Nine Mile Falls; brother-in-law, Russ Rude of Minneapolis, MN; three nieces, Donna (Allan) Ellstrom of Knoxville, TN; Anita (Greg) Seibert of Tacoma; and Sandra (Kim) Linhart of LaCrosse, WI; three nephews, Fran Flatten of Plymouth, MN; Jack (Diane) Leaverton of Boise, ID; and Tim (Linda) Rude of Chanhassen, MN; 11 great-nieces and nephews; and two very special friends, June and Marcella.” (Davenport Times: 4-09-2009)


Schultz, Phyllis    7-19-2007

“Phyllis Schultz. Davenport.—Funeral for Phyllis Schultz, 79, a former Davenport resident, took place Wednesday, July 18, at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home’s Alwin Chapel in Spokane. Interment followed at Fairmount Memorial Park. Mrs. Schultz died July 14 in Spokane . Born Aug 24, 1927, in Renovo, PA, the daughter of Ralph and Nellie (Brunner) Drake, she graduated from Renovo High School and received nurse’s training at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, DE. From 1951 to 1953, during the Korean conflict, she served with the US Army Nurses Corps and was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. She met and married John R. Schultz, whose Navy career moved them many places. She worked as a registered nurse in various hospitals and nursing homes across the country, as well as in Tokyo, Japan. They spent 12 years in Livermore, CA , and eventually moved to Davenport , where they resided for more than 25 years. She enjoyed traveling while in the service, bowling, reading and knitting. Her parents and a sister, Pati Stull, preceded her in death. Besides her husband in Spokane, she leaves four children, Larry Schultz and Cindy Schultz, both of Spokane, Gary Schultz (and Linda) of Moses Lake and Linda Schafer of Spokane; and four grandchildren, Ian Bechtold, Amy Bechtold, Chad Schafer and Megan Schultz.” (Davenport Times: 7-19-2007)


Simpson, Ella    7-05-2007

“Ella Simpson, 99, longtime resident of the Spokane area, died June 17 at the home of her daughter, Veryl Waldron, in Halfway, Oregon . A Celebration of her life will be held in August with the specific date and time yet to be determined. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home.” (Davenport Times: 7-05-2007)


Simpson, Keoka L.   3-06-1997

“Funeral service for Keoka Marie ‘Ko” Little Simpson was held Monday at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North, followed by burial at Fairmount Memorial Park. Mrs. Simpson, 51, died Feb 27. She was born in Spokane and graduated from Reardan High School. She attended WSU for a year and Spokane Falls Community College for a year. A former member of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Simpson had owned Sonrise Specialties, an advertising firm, since 1987. She also had worked for Rockwood Manor and the telephone company. Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Kiwanis Club Northeast of Spokane and Business Women of Spokane. She also was one of the founders of the Spokane Shrine Duck Race. She volunteered with Deaconess Medical Center, Anna Ogden Hall for Women and Children, and the Spokane Shriners. Mrs. Simpson is survived by a son, Robert BJ Simpson III of Spokane; two daughters, Cherylee Boatman of Ritzville and Michele Howes of Airway Heights; her parents, Marie and Walt Loftis of Spokane; three sisters, Naomi Thormahlen of Spokane, Jean Roberts of Columbia, SC, and Isla Durheim of Nine Mile Falls, a brother, Mike Little of Newport; and a grandson, Bradley Boatman, of Ritzville.” (Davenport Times: 3-06-1997)


Thomas, Frank H        7-09-1948

A communication from Mrs F H Thomas, 140 W 84th Place, Los Angeles, CA, brings word of the passing of her husband, Frank Herbert Thomas on June 20th. Mr Thomas was a Harrington resident 16 years at one time, moving to California in 1918. Mr Thomas would have been 72 years old come Sept 1. Memorial services for him were held at the Utter-McKinley Broadway Chapel, Los Angeles, June 23, with organ music by the chapel artist, Mrs LeRoy Olson, soloist, officient, Rev Harry M McArthur. Interment was in Olivewood Cemetery, Riverside, CA.” (Citizen)


White, Zachary James   d. 2009

“Zachary James White, age 22.—Passed away on Aug 3, 2009 in Reardan, WA. A 2005 graduate of Medical Lake High School and received his Machinist Degree from SCC just this year. For the past two summers he had worked at Wallowa Lake Marina in Joseph, OR. Survived by his mother, Bonnie, at the home in Medical Lake, WA; his brother, Jason White of Ft Morgan, CO; his maternal grandfather, Thomas E Greenwell of St Cloud, FL; his paternal grandfather, Elba Lea White of Medical Lake, WA; his fiancé, Emma Lee Strickland of Medical Lake; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins  as well as several nephews, nieces and friends. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, hiking and enjoyed being in the outdoors, loved fast cars and working on cars. He was a person who loved people and was always willing to help others. He was very persistent in achieving what he wanted. He was preceded in death by his father, James L White, maternal grandmother, Martha D Greenwell and paternal grandmother Betty White. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Aug 8, 2009 at 3 p.m. at Lake City Assembly of God Church, E 400 Grace St , Medical Lake, WA with Rev Jerry Foster officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, is caring for the family.” (Spokesman: undated, submitted 2009)


Wilson, Neal Lowe       8-27-2009

“Neal Lowe Wilson was born Dec 17, 1943 in Spokane,WA. He was son of the late Roy D and Hedra H Wilson. Neal was a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1963-1965 as a radar acquisition repairman at the Nike missile site in Fort Bliss, TX. On the advice of his family physician, he attended the Providence Hospital school of X-ray Technology in Seattle, WA. He graduated in 1968, specializing in interventional radiology as a radiologic technician. He was accepted at Duke University into the Physician Assistant program in 1970, graduating in 1972. He returned to Seattle and served at Providence Medical Center as a Radiology PA. He was soon named Radiology Administrator, serving in that capacity for 21 years. In 1994, the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville invited Neal to be Radiology Administrator for both the Clinic and St Luke’s Hospital (then Mayo). He worked with the physicians and staff for the next 11 years, bringing state of the art radiography to the Clinic. Under his leadership, Mayo became among the first medical institutions to adopt filmless radiology. Neal never lost sight of medicine’s true goal: placing patient needs and their emotional well-being first. In 1997, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which eventually led to his retirement in 2005. Neal extended his kind, caring and generous nature to everyone he met. His generosity was only out measured by the enormity of his heart. Neal felt deeply and genuinely, and took pride in caring for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Judy, son Christopher of Sammamish, WA, daughter Pamela and husband Joseph Ehrbar of Edmonds, WA, son Erik and wife Kristina of Jacksonville, FL, son Gregory of Los Angeles, CA, two grandchildren, Danielle Wilson of Sammamish, WA, and Joey R Ehrbar IV of Edmonds, WA, as well as his brother Thomas D Wilson and wife Doris of Lamona, WA. He has many nieces, nephews and cousins, innumerable colleagues and friends and will be missed both personally and professionally. A memorial service honoring Neal will be held Thursday, Aug 27, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 545 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach , FL. Reception to follow. A service in Seattle will be held at a later date.” (Spokesman Review: 8-27-2009, submitted)


Zellmer, Kendall W.    d. 1-03-2006

“Davenport.—Private memorial service for Kendall W. Zellmer, 47, of Portland , OR, is scheduled Jan 28 in Seabeck, WA. Mr. Zellmer, a 1976 Davenport High School graduate, died Jan 3.  Born in Spokane on April 26, 1958, to Willard and Norma Zellmer, he was raised in Davenport. He attended the University of Puget Sound and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1980 with a degree in English. For several years after graduation, he worked on the family farm southeast of town. He later moved to New York and worked for church organizations as a pension administrator. At his time of death Kendall was a pension specialist for Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. He enjoyed writing and traveling and traveled the world extensively. He leaves his partner of 8 ½ years, Don Roofener, of Portland; his parents, Willard and Norma Zellmer of Sequim, WA; two sisters, Karen (and Jim) Luallen of Erie, CO, and Lindi (and Dan) Zuber of Seabeck, WA; four nephews, Nathan and Wilson Luallen of Erie, CO, and Tanner and Dylan Zuber of Seabeck, WA.” (Davenport Times: 1-19-2006)