Thornhill Valley Chapel

The professionals at Thornhill Valley Chapel are committed to serving the families of the Spokane Valley and surrounding areas with the utmost respect, compassion and care. We offer many options that help families share the stories of their loved one and celebrate their life, including traditional funeral services or more contemporary celebration services.

We believe in providing services that are tailored to celebrate each life that has been lived. Families are encouraged to decorate our chapel with any personal items that would help portray the life of their loved one. For example, some families have brought in such things as photographs, golf clubs, paintings, stuffed animals, quilts, hunting trophies and motorized scooters. We believe so strongly in the importance of personalization that we often remark, “If it will fit through the doors, it should be displayed!”

Additions of contemporary audio-visual equipment to our chapel enable us to create meaningful and lasting video tributes to a family’s loved one. This presentation can be displayed during the visitation and service and then provided to the family for continued sharing in the months and years to come.

Following the service, families are encouraged to gather in our reception area for a time of fellowship and refreshments. Many people find this a great opportunity to reconnect with family and friends they have not seen for some time, while others enjoy sharing stories of remembrance.

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Our Obituaries

Evelyn Ruth Larsen

January 16, 1920 - May 11, 2011

Evelyn Ruth Larsen passed away peacefully on May 11th, 2011 surrounded by family. She was born on January 16, 1920 to Nettie and Harry Dryer and is a lifelong resident of Spokane Valley, WA. On August 29, 1941 she married Earl Larsen and together they raised four children, Richard, Ralph, Linda, and Ray. Evelyn was a dedicated member of the Millwood Presbyterian Church. She was a...
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GILBERT GARY COX, USMC, RETIRED

January 30, 1938 - May 9, 2011

STAFF SERGEANT GILBERT GARY COX, USMC, RETIRED, 73, succumbed to his disabilities stemming from his service in Vietnam. Gilbert died on May 9th 2011, at his home, in Spokane Valley, Washington. Gilbert was born on January 30, 1938 in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Gilbert and Louise Cox. Gilbert moved with his family to Spokane, Washington where he later attended Central Valley High...
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Beverly Diane Burris

April 23, 1931 - May 5, 2011

Beverly Diane Burris (age 80) On May 5, 2011 Beverly peacefully passed away in Spokane Valley, WA. Beverly was born on April 23, 1931 at home in Grygla, Minnesota to John and Elizabeth Brateng. Beverly was the third child out of eight siblings. In June of 1948 Beverly married Arvid Anderson and together they had six children. Beverly later remarried in 1972 and together they had a...
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Dorothy (Zolman) Talley

December 13, 1943 - April 4, 2011

Dorothy (Zolman) Talley (age 67) On April 4, 2011 Dorothy A. Talley was called home by her Glorious Savior. After a seven year battle with breast cancer, she passed away with her daughters by her side in Spokane, WA. Dorothy was born on December 13, 1943 in Baldwin Park, California to William and Marie Price. In 1962 she married Donald A. Zolman and relocated to Spokane where they...
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Hope Chaney Braun

December 28, 1946 - March 31, 2011

Spokane Valley resident Hope Chaney Braun, 64 passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011. Hope was born December 28, 1946. Hope was married to Ron Braun, who was the love of her life, for 48 years. She dedicated so much of herself for the past 30 years to Right to Life of Spokane and had a passion for helping mothers in need as well as any human life in need. She was a proud member of the Red Hat...
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Caleb Alden Crull

July 16, 1959 - March 29, 2011

Caleb Alden Crull (age 51) July 16, 1959 ~ March 29, 2011 Caleb Alden Crull was born on July 16, 1959 in San Diego, CA to Betty Jo and Alden Crull. He was born the third of five children. As a child Caleb was cheerful and sweet and like most boys, always up to mischief. He acquired a nickname from his older brother Mark, ‘Pearhead’, which stuck with him through the years. After...
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Jessie Pearl Holmes

October 22, 1911 - March 27, 2011

Jessie Pearl Holmes was born October 22, 1911 at Duck Flat, Northwest Nevada, the second of the six children born to Burney and Pearl Langston. When Jessie was about five the family moved to Reno, Nevada so the children could attend school. Jessie's father passed away when she was thirteen and she and older brother Lige left school in order to work to help their mother and the four younger...
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Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Banks

September 24, 1931 - March 25, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Banks (age 79) Betty Banks was born Mary Elizabeth Rowles on September 24, 1931 in Spokane to Thekla and William Lloyd Rowles, who was head of the music department at Cheney Normal School, today known as Eastern Washington University. She passed away embraced with peace and love on March 25, 2011. Music was always an important element throughout her life. She grew up in...
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Patricia Ann "Pat" (Summers) Lafky

November 23, 1944 - March 22, 2011

Patricia Ann (Summers) Lafky died peacefully March 22nd at her home in Spokane Valley. She was born November 23, 1944, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland where she graduated from Regina High School in 1962. She worked for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in both Bethesda, MD and Munich, Germany. Pat later worked as a court reporter and legal...
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Edward "Ed" Koschalk

January 18, 1936 - March 18, 2011

Edward “Ed” Koschalk (Age 75) Ed passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011 after fighting pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Ed was born January 18, 1936 in Belle Vernon, PA to Andrew and Stella Koschalk. After graduation from high school, Ed joined the Air Force. He married Ann Fulton in 1958. Ed retired from the Air Force in 1974, and became a rural letter carrier in Liberty Lake...
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Arlie 'Jean' Payne

October 9, 1920 - March 14, 2011

Arlie 'Jean' Payne died in her sleep from cancer at home on March 14, 2011. Jean was born October 9, 1920 in Priest River Idaho to Charles and Novella Randall, the first of four children (sisters Ruth and Joy and brother Chuck.) She grew up in Spokane Valley and graduated from Central Valley High School in 1938. She attended Whitworth College and graduated from Eastern Washington College in...
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Ross L. Larson

October 14, 1931 - March 12, 2011

Ross L. Larson Oct. 14, 1931 ~ March 12, 2011 Lost his long battle with lung cancer, he fought hard but grew weary and couldn’t stay any longer. While Ross lived in Puyallup, WA he raised, trained and showed hackney and shetland ponies. He also was a carpet layer in Union #1238 in Seattle, WA owning his own carpet business “Finn & Larson”. Later he became the Business Manager of...
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Donald William Ward

October 8, 1923 - March 11, 2011

Don passed away on March 11, 2011, at Hospice House of Spokane. He was born on October 8, 1923, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He joined the Army Air Corps and served proudly in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Veradale and helped build the school. As a construction worker he helped build many buildings in Spokane and the Inland...
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Arnold V. "Arnie" Carruthers, Jr.

October 14, 1929 - March 7, 2011

Arnold V. Carruthers, Jr. “Arnie” 10/14/29 – 3/7/11 Arnie was born in Lewistown, MT to Arnold V. Carruthers Sr. and Laura Mae Woods Carruthers. Arnie grew up in Kalispell, MT, and moved to Spokane in 1957 after attending college in Missoula, MT and serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a well-known and loved musician in the Spokane area for over 50 years. He married Bonnie Jones in 1953....
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Wesley Bernard "Wes" Helling

February 24, 1924 - March 6, 2011

Wesley Bernard Helling “Wes” (Age 87) passed away on March 6, 2011 at home with his wife and daughter. Wes was born on February 24, 1924, to Clara and Alick Helling in Golden Valley, North Dakota. Wes was the second to the youngest of fourteen children, six boys and eight girls. He graduated from Golden Valley High School in 1942 and later graduated from the State School of Science in...
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Elmer R. "Tub" Utecht

February 9, 1928 - March 2, 2011

Utecht, Elmer R. “Tub” (Age 83) – passed away March 2, 2011 in Spokane Valley, WA. He was born to William and Pauline (Wahl) Utecht and raised in the Spokane Valley where he attended school in the Central Valley School District. He spent his whole life living within an 11 block radius. He began working for NW Milling Company at the age of 16, eventually becoming its owner and selling in...
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Violet Bernice "Helen" Jacquot

June 6, 1934 - March 1, 2011

Violet Bernice Jacquot went home to be with her Lord on March 1, 2011 after a fruitful life and a short intense battle with lung cancer. Violet, who was known simply as Helen by her family and friends, was born to John and Marjorie Chytka on June 6, 1934 in Yankton, South Dakota. Helen loved her family, the outdoors, gardening, and crafts of all kinds. She delighted in surprising her...
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Harriet J. Schrader

February 26, 2011

Harriet J. Schrader (Age 68) Passed away on February 26, 2011 Thornhill Valley Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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John W. Carson, USAF, Ret.

January 4, 1924 - February 26, 2011

Lt. Col. John W. Carson, USAF, Ret., passed away Saturday morning, February 26, 2011 at 9:42 am. John was born in Stroudsburg, PA on January 4, 1924 to Thomas and Esther Carson. After graduating from Hershey’s Boys School in 1943, he joined the US Army Air Corp. John’s service to America spanned 26 years including WWII, Korea and Vietnam. John was a POW in WWII and is the recipient of...
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Merle Lorraine Lepouce

September 14, 1909 - February 25, 2011

Merle Lorraine Lepouce (age 101) Merle Lorraine Lepouce passed away on February 25, 2011 in Spokane, WA. She is survived by Barbara Harper, Christy Bergman and friend, Edwin Hill. She also leaves behind many friends at Rockwood Manor. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Elsie F. Smith

April 15, 1915 - February 8, 2011

Elsie F. Smith, 95, a resident of Colbert, WA was born on April 15, 1915 in London, IL and passed away on February 8, 2011 in Colbert. She is survived by her son, Vance Smith and his wife, Hye of Colbert; brother, Don McMahill and his wife, Dee of Spokane Valley, WA; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth E. Smith on February 4, 1990....
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William Allen "Bill" Schoenwald

August 21, 1932 - February 5, 2011

SCHOENWALD, William Allen “Bill” (Age 78) Bill was born August 21st, 1932 and passed away February 5th, 2011. Bill is survived by his wife Joanne, sons Bill (Sandy) Schoenwald, Brad (Cherie) Schoenwald, daughter Beth Wilson, grandchildren Kim (Todd) Smith, Scott (Tori) Hendricks, Lane (Val) Hendricks, Heidi Schoenwald, Carra and Lauren Schoenwald, and five great-grandchildren. Bill...
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Leona "Lonnie" Marian Trowbridge

October 2, 1917 - February 2, 2011

Leona was born October 2, 1917 to Louise and Charles Charbonneau in St. John, North Dakota and passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. She was the second oldest of seven children; (Omer, Sergius, Edward, Doris, Mathilda & Evelyn). At a young age her parents moved their growing family to Canade to farm. The family eventually moved back to the United States and settled in Spokane, Washington...
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Marjorie (Hogue) Gow

July 19, 1931 - January 30, 2011

Marjorie Hogue Gow, 79, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2011 while suffering with dementia. She was born in Naples, Idaho, moved to Spokane in 1950 and married Clifford B. Hogue, also from Naples. She worked at various secretarial and clerical positions including the Spokesman Review, Fireman's Fund, Lanco Insurance and later as church secretary at both Zion Lutheran and Manito Presb....
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Becky Anne Bancroft

August 13, 1952 - January 30, 2011

Becky Anne Bancroft August 13th, 1952-January 30th, 2011 With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, Becky Anne Bancroft, who left this earth after an astounding show of strength, perseverance, and determination. Becky leaves behind a multitude of proud family members, friends, and loved ones. She is survived by her loving husband...
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Charles Vernon Love

January 29, 2011

Charles Vernon Love, 87, of Spokane Valley, WA, went home to the Lord Jesus Christ, January 29th, 2011 of natural causes. Charles was born in Monroe, Louisiana to Charles Barksdale and Bertha Irene Love, where he grew up with four other rough-and-tumble brothers. He later went on to meet the love of his life, Evelyn M. Bloomer of Brooklyn, NY and relocated to Bremerton, WA...
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Chester C. Widener

August 27, 1915 - January 22, 2011

Chester C. Widener (age 95) Surrounded by his family, Chet passed away peacefully on January 22, 2011 in Spokane, Washington. Chester was born on August 27, 1915 in Peach, Washington to Charles and Nona Widener. Chet served in the United States Navy and then at Consolidated Aircraft during WWII. He retired from Georgia Pacific Corporation. Chet enjoyed sports, fishing, gardening...
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Layton Winfield Baldwin

April 5, 1917 - January 11, 2011

Layton Winfield Baldwin went to be with the Lord and Savior on January 11, 2011 in Spokane, WA. He was born on April 5, 1917 in Freeman, Washington to Chester and Clara Baldwin. At the beginning of WWII, Layton enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for five years in the Army Signal Corps primarily based in Alaska. Layton married the love of his life, Evelyn and on May 3, 2011 they would have...
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Virginia "Jinny" (Balke) Avery

July 9, 1928 - January 9, 2011

Virginia “Jinny” Avery (age 82) Jinny Avery was born July 9, 1928 to Arista and Theodore Balke in White Hall, MT and raised in Belgrade, MT. She graduated in 1946 from Belgrade High School. She married Bob Avery on June 4, 1949. They moved to Spokane as newlyweds and Mom resided in Spokane the rest of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jim Balke in...
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Du Thi Huynh

January 8, 2011

HUYNH, Du Thi, 77, died on January 8, 2011 in Spokane Valley, WA. She is survived by her husband, Ty Phan at the home, son, Taun Phan and wife, Van Le of Spokane Valley; daughter, Marie Xuanmai Phan and husband, Peter Nguyen of Santa Clara, CA and five grandchildren. Du Thi was born on May 4, 1933 in Hue, Vietnam where she received her education. She married Ty Phan in 1956 and they immigrated to...
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Beth Jayne (Jackson) Guy

December 15, 1925 - December 31, 2010

GUY, Beth Jayne (Jackson) (Age 85) Born in Post Falls, ID; passed away December 31, 2010 in Spokane, WA. She is survived by two daughters, Gloria Hoskins, Spokane, WA and Carol Mack (Keith), Veradale, WA; one son, Ron Guy, Spokane, WA; five grandchildren; one sister, Murtis Krupke, Spokane, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband of 54 years, Warren L. Guy, preceded her in death in...
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Virginia (Adams) Davis

January 14, 1933 - December 31, 2010

Davis, Virginia (Age 77) – born January 14, 1933 in Tetonia, Idaho and passed away December 31, 2010. Virginia grew up on a farm in Tetonia with her two brothers, Elmo and Thomas Adams. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jim Davis; her four children Randy Zahm, Darwin Davis, Debra Pace and Denise Freed; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A memorial service...
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Kelly Louise Skaufel

October 21, 1983 - December 27, 2010

Kelly Louise Skaufel (27 short years) Kelly was born on October 21, 1983 at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, WA. She lived in Renton for seven years and then returned to Spokane, graduating at East Valley High School in 2002. She also spent one year at Ecola Bible School. She proudly graduated from a nail tech school and began a career as a nail technician. Over the last year she devoted...
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Marilyn Marie Bond

November 14, 1923 - December 15, 2010

Marilyn Marie Bond passed away in Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. She was born on November 14, 1923, in Colusa, California to Elwin and Dorothy (Spurgeon) Taylor. She attended Woodland High School. She met her husband, Chester W. Bond when she was young and they were married on April 5, 1942, in Reno Nevada. During World War II she worked for Mather Air Force Base...
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Deborah Ann Prouty

May 23, 1965 - December 13, 2010

PROUTY, Deborah Ann Deborah was born May 23, 1965 in Long Beach California, and moved to Spokane in 1978. She attended Evergreen Jr. and Central Valley High schools. She leaves behind a large extended family, a loving son, and parents. Deborah passed away Dec. 13, 2010 after fighting an illness that ultimately took her life. She will be forever missed by those who knew and loved her.
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Margie Orlee Bratcher

February 26, 1920 - December 8, 2010

Margie went to be with her savior Jesus Christ Wednesday morning December 8, 2010. She was born February 26, 1920 in Hillsdale, Oklahoma to parents Wallace & Myrtle Boring. She graduated valedictorian at Hillsdale High School in 1937. During WW II Margie worked in a plant in Phoenix Arizona manufacturing airplane parts as part of the war effort: sort of a contemporary of “Rosie the...
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Kathlene F. Dell-Martin

January 14, 1945 - November 13, 2010

Kathlene F. Dell-Martin was born on 14 Jan 1945 in Upland, CA and passed away on the 13 Nov 2010; her parents, Jo Anne McNeil-Dell-Richardson and Albert R. Dell have preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother, Ivan “Rocky” (Penny) Richardson; her son, Timothy S. (Stephanie) Martin and daughter, Christina (Michael) Ruscio. Kathlene has eight grandchildren, R.J., Michael, Daniel,...
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Fred Arthur Rogers

April 13, 1924 - November 4, 2010

Rogers, Fred Arthur – Fred Arthur Rogers was born on April 13, 1924 and passed away November 4, 2010 of natural causes. Fred was born in Spokane to William and Elizabeth Rogers. He grew up in Spokane and attended John Rogers High School. He enlisted into the United States Army on December 13, 1945 and was honorably discharged on June 10, 1947 as a Private T/S Machinist. Fred owned and...
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Evelyne Marie (Persinger) Alley

June 21, 1922 - October 30, 2010

Evelyne Marie Persinger Alley was born on June 21, 1922 and died on October 30, 2010 was known by one bright spirit and many nicknames, Evelyne M. Alley, died suddenly on Saturday, October 30, 2010. Evelyne was a great friend, care-giver, gardener, and fan of the Seattle Mariners; and she became the master of her two greatest passions - motherhood and nursing. She is survived by four...
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Lonny Kay Jensen

September 30, 1946 - October 30, 2010

Lonny K. Jensen, 64, surrounded by family and friends Lonny Kay Jensen returned to his Father in Heaven on October 30, 2010, after a two year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years Genevieve (Ginnie); son John (Trisha) Jensen, Smyrna GA; daughters Annette (Matt) Deakins, Spokane Valley WA; Stephanie (Carl) Hayden, Newman Lake WA; Janel Jensen, Otis Orchards WA; Mary...
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Willy Jurgensen

April 16, 1923 - October 29, 2010

Willy Jurgensen (Age 87) A long-time resident of Spokane Valley passed away peacefully early Friday morning October 29th at her home. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 4-8PM at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:00PM at All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S Spruce St ...
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Eleanor Kay (Murphy) Marcus

January 31, 1926 - October 29, 2010

Eleanor Kay (Murphy) Marcus passed away at the age of 84 on October 29, 2010. Eleanor was born in Dickinson, ND on January 31, 1926, moving to Spokane when she was nine years old. She attended Sheridan Elementary, Libby Junior High and Lewis and Clark High School. She attended Kinman Business College and worked at Pacific Northwest Bell for ten years. She started dating Irv Marcus in 1946 and...
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Ross J. Hansen

April 3, 1921 - October 28, 2010

HANSEN, Ross J (Age 89) Ross was born April 3, 1921 in Mantua, Utah. He passed away October 28, 2010 at home. He was a son of Lucius and Maud Hansen. He married Afton Petersen October 9, 1941. The marriage was later solomized in the Alberta, Canada L.D.S. temple. He attended elementary school in Mantua and high school in Brigham City, Utah. A veteran of World War II he served 50 months...
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Donita K. Skinner

June 3, 1949 - October 28, 2010

Donita K Skinner (age 61) Born June 3, 1949 Lost her battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on October 28, 2010 in Spokane WA. By her side and holding her hands as she very peacefully left us were her daughter Janae Skinner-Cork, brother Roy Lange and her best friend Kathi Simmet. Donita was re-united this day with her husband of 31 yrs Tom Skinner, her son Bryce Skinner and her Daddy Bud...
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Harvey Peterson

February 11, 1921 - October 27, 2010

Harvey Peterson passed away October 27, 2010, in Spokane, Washington. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Irene; three children; Evonne (Dan), David A. (Debbie), and Susan (Gordon). He is also survived by six grandchildren and a large extended family. Harvey was born in Frazee, Minnesota to Isaac and Laura Peterson, February 11, 1921. He served in the US Army during WW II, and was a member...
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Robert "Bob" Young

July 3, 1929 - October 27, 2010

Robert "Bob" Young (age 81) Husband, Father, Grandfather, Teacher, Coach, Soldier and Athlete. Bob was born in Kamiah, Idaho on July 3, 1929 to Mary and Oral Young. He was raised by his mother and uncles in the small town. He was married in May 1952 to Helen Grimm from Orofino, Idaho. Bob graduated with a BA in Education from Eastern Washington State College. He served in Korea in...
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Maxine E. McRae

August 23, 1924 - October 27, 2010

Maxine E. McRae, 86, passed away on October 27, 2010 in Coeur d’Alene, ID and is survived by her four sons, Tom McRae, Steve McRae, Rick McRae and John McRae; brother, Bob Stockman (Janice); four grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; two nephews and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce M. McRae in 1997 and son, Jimmy in 1947. Maxine was born in Spokane and...
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ALFRED E. LEICHNER

July 5, 1929 - October 25, 2010

ALFRED E. LEICHNER, born July 5, 1929 passed away on October 25, 2010 at Spokane Valley General Hospital. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Trudy; son William (Cindy); daughter Sonia Bothmer (Jerry); brother, Victor; sister, Irma; grandchildren, Gregory, Natasha, and Helen; and nieces and nephews. He was born in Entre Rios, Argentina and moved to the United States in 1957....
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