May 30, 1948 - June 24, 2021
Robert “Bob” Adrian Gilles was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota May 30, 1948. He died of a heart attack after a hike while in San Jose, Costa Rica, June 24, 2021.
He is survived by his daughter, Stella Kent; sons Forrest (Jessica), Frank and Jack Gilles and granddaughter Auriana Kent; as well as his first wife Mary Helen Base, second wife Deb Harper, and companion Barbara Brecek. He also leaves his siblings, Monte (Mary) Gilles, Doug Gilles, Ramona “Peach” Zarelli (Tom Salisbury), Brian Kevin (Kathleen) Gilles, Rebecca (John) Aldrich and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob had a tough early life after his parents moved to Washington State marked by hunger and violence in his home. As the oldest child he tried hard to take care of his brothers and sisters. He left home at age 14, got a job, lived in a friend’s basement and went to Bellarmine Prep where he made lifelong friends.
He had a rocky start at Bellarmine because he didn’t have glasses, but once he got them, he excelled and graduated in the top of his class despite hitchhiking to and from school and work each day, having one pair of pants per year and one pair of glasses for all of his high school journey.
He attended Gonzaga University on a wrestling scholarship. Bob worked two and sometimes three jobs at a time, to support himself all through high school and college and supplement his well-earned scholarships. His favorite was working as the House Parent in a Dominican orphanage near GU. Going to each school conference for each child was a big job and one he enjoyed.
He was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War. However, Robert was a staunch pacifist, and refused to fight in the war. For this he faced the possibility of imprisonment but was eventually accepted as a Conscientious Objector and was able to perform alternative service by working at Goodwill in Spokane.
He married after college and had daughter Stella.
He started taking Karate lessons while a teen and always told people he was “a beginner”, teaching kids at the Salvation Army and then negotiating with the Spokane Club to teach their kids and bring his Salvation Army students with him.
After college he began teaching high school math and history, first in Morton, Washington and then at Gonzaga Prep. He coached wrestling in both schools.
While teaching he began renovating rental homes and left teaching to manage real estate and become a realtor. He loved that job because he loved an excuse to stay in touch with people. He always joked he was a five Roladex guy (people under 40, ask your parents).
He remarried in 1986 and raised his three sons Forrest, Frank and Jack.
He had an exceedingly rare cancerous tumor in his chest, diagnosed in 2008. He said he wasn’t fighting cancer; he was dancing with it. He survived against long odds with especial thanks to Drs. Steve Nisco, Bruce Cutter and Jan Mueller.
People might think Bob’s early traumas would have left him bitter. Instead, he became a consummate optimist and a fighter for all underdogs, working with the homeless community, communities of color, and people in need of a helping hand or mentoring. His efforts and energy in the fight to improve the lives of others earned him the sobriquet “the despicable Mr. Gilles” in a Spokesman-Review letter to the editor – a title he wore with pride until his death.
Our family would like to thank his landlady Dra. Soledad Soleno and caregiver Miriam Noguera for their help during his last days. They are two special people and made Bob’s last days good ones.
Bob’s memorial service will be Saturday, July 24 at the Women’s Club, 1428 W 9th Ave., Spokane, 99204, 6pm-8pm. After the service will be food, dancing and conversation.
April 24, 1934- June 1, 2021
Claude A. Hicks, 87, passed away at Deaconess Hospital June 1, 2021. Claude was born to James and Nonnie (Simmons) Hicks in Mount Airy, NC on April 24, 1934. He met Rossie L. Wood and married her in York County, South Carolina on January 2, 1954. Claude and Rossie have been in the Airway Heights area for the last 50 years. After his 21 years in the military, he spent the following 44 years operating and owning Hicks Hardware.
Claude was a loving husband and father; he was loved deeply by all his grandchildren and many in the community he lived in. Claude will truly be missed and remembered by all.
Claude is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rossie Hicks, four daughters; Carolyn, Libbie, Robin, Claudette, two sons; Allen, Richard, 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Graveside service was already held on Wednesday, June 16 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W Espanola Road, Medical Lake followed by a Memorial Service at Airway Heights Baptist Church.
Thomas K. Goodwin was called home to heaven on Saturday, February 6, 2021. The youngest of four children, Tom was born in Missoula, Montana on April 4, 1945, to John and Mary Goodwin. He graduated from high school in Moscow, Idaho in 1963. In September of 1965, he married his first wife, Elaine Grieser and they had three wonderful children: Karen, Sherri, and Brian. Tom was an entrepreneur from a young age and demonstrated it by owning and operating his first Chevron service station in St. John, Washington. He also successfully worked as an independent contractor, handyman and was the consummate salesman. Many have said that Tom was one of the hardest working men they have ever known. He simply did whatever it took to provide for his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, two sisters, and Elaine. Tom met Kathy McCreary in December of 1978 and they were married on August 25, 1979. They started their lives together in Rosalia, Washington where Tom owned and operated two service stations and together, they raised Karen, Sherri, and Brian. They later made their home in Spokane, Washington. Tom was known for being hard-working, an honest and trustworthy friend, a dedicated father, and a loving husband. His family was his world and he demonstrated, by example, the values he instilled in his children. He had a passion for camping, fishing, cars, boating, and loved telling stories. Everyone who knew him would say he loved telling jokes. In short, he loved to make people smile and was the life of the party. Tom is survived by his wife Kathy Goodwin; children Karen Vaughn (Mike) of Wilsonville, Oregon, Sherri Charneski (Lance) of Spokane, Washington, Brian Goodwin (Stacia) of Spokane, Washington; seven grandchildren, Ryyan Kernkamp (Lauren), Austin Vaughn, Courtney Oosting (Zack), Nathan Vaughn, Nicholas Vaughn, Delaney Goodwin, Dylan Goodwin; and three great-grandchildren, Parker Kernkamp, Chloe Oosting, and Mackenzie Kernkamp. Tom will forever be in our hearts. He often said, “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone”. What an understatement! We do miss you and we will forever! To the world he was a husband and a father, to us he was our world. May you rest in peace.
July 14, 1971 - January 26, 2021
Matt Tollett, died January 26, 2021, at his home in Spokane, Washington.
Matt was born July 14, 1971 in Spokane, Washington to Marcus and Janice Tollett of Thornton, Washington. They were a farming family near the close-knit communities of St. John and Rosalia, Washington. Matt grew up on the family farm with his two brothers, Mike and Cliff, enjoying his time playing sports, working the farm, and being with his family. After graduation, he attended SCC for a time, then returned to the farm. In 1997, he married Amy McComas and they soon had two daughters, Maddison and Mackenzie. Matt switched careers, following his love of the business world and became a financial advisor in Spokane in 1999. His latest venture was starting his own company, Inland Empire Financial in 2019.
Matt loved his time as a basketball coach, often coaching his daughters and others at Ferris High School. He also enjoyed spending time golfing, being with friends and family, and watching sporting events.
Matt is survived by his wife, Amy (McComas) Tollett, two daughters, Maddison and Mackenzie Tollett, his mother, Janice (Canady) Tollett, his brother Mike and wife Lisa Tollett, his brother Cliff and wife Corrie Tollett, his Aunt Margie & Uncle John Jaeger, and other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Tollett.
A service will be postponed at this time until family arrangements can be made.
December 17, 1951 – January 2, 2021
John Paul Melideo, age 69, passed away at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
John was born to John and Mary Melideo on December 17, 1951 in Rochester, NY.
John joined the United States Marine Corps December 31, 1968, married his wife, Elizabeth, September 11, 1982, and after serving almost 18 years he was honorably discharged September 30, 1986.
John was a loving husband of Elizabeth Melideo for 38 years. Loving Father of 9 daughters; Michelle, Kristy, Shannon, Mary, Deborah, Dawn, Amanda, Kimberly and Elizabeth Melideo. John was a loving grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at Washington Veterans Memorial on Friday, January 22, 2021 with a service of remembrance at New Horizon Community Church at 12pm following the military burial.
On Sunday January 3rd 2021, Michael Owen Hamblen, devoted father of 5 children, passed away at 74 years young. Michael was raised in the Spokane and Pend Oreille area, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was an exceedingly respected member of the community
and an honest man with the highest of values in his personal life as well as business. Michael now joins his cherished wife Darlene, who preceded him in death.
December 21, 1947 – December 6, 2020
Lyman Alan Beckley, 72, of Spokane Valley, WA passed away suddenly on December 6, 2020 in his home. Born on Dec. 21, 1947 in Greencastle, Indiana, Alan was the son of Lyman Anson Beckley and Virginia Belle Adamson.
Though most recently residing in the Spokane Valley, Alan spent the majority of his life in Indiana, most prominently Brazil, Terre Haute, and Indianapolis. Alan graduated first from Indiana State University in 1974 and 1975 with both B.A. and M.A. in English, and completed his J.D. at Indiana University School of Law (Indianapolis) in 1993.
From 1968-1972, Alan served in the US Navy as a Mandarin Linguist in the Pacific during the Vietnam War, during which time he received a presidential citation for his achievements. After his service and prior to the completion of his J.D., Alan spent his working life in publishing, including being the owner and publisher of the Macksville Gazette in 1982-85. Afterward he worked at Fiserv in corporate law, though his passion was for family law, and he generously provided legal assistance to friends and acquaintances. He also spent a number of years working as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem. After he retired, he and Anne provided downsizing and estate sale assistance to seniors transitioning from their long-time homes to other retirement living through Caring Transitions Inland Northwest which serves Spokane and Kootenai counties and the surrounding areas.
Alan married Anne (Sutton) on April 27, 1985. He is survived by his wife Anne and his three children, Phil, Colin (Nikki), and Ben; grandsons Jackson and Bennett Beckley; sisters Carol Sue Jack (Howard) Stitt and Lucinda Beckley; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceding him in death were his infant children Nicholas, Christopher, Gregory, and Madelaine, his parents, sister Barbara Ann, and brother Phil.
As an avid fan, it was common to see Alan glued to the screen of any IU basketball game. He was also a hobbyist of many stripes, including trains, sailboats, classic barns, and NASCAR. Above all else, though, Alan was ever the book enthusiast, reading at any chance he got. He will surely be missed, not only for his wit, his humor, and the quiet, subtle ways he showed his love, but for the times spent buried in a book.
While a private family service was held, a public service will happen when it is safe to convene. Memorial Contribution can be made in Alan’s name to Newby-Ginnings Veteran Services in Post Falls, ID.
October 4, 1957 – August 23, 2020
Steve Polumsky, 62, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in an accident on the Selway River near O’Hara Bar.
Steven John Polumsky was born Oct. 4, 1957, in Enterprise, Ore., to Don and Maxine Berlinghoff Polumsky. He grew up on the family farm in the Clarkston Heights and graduated from Clarkston’s Charles Francis Adams High School with the Class of 1976.
Steve and Paula Oxford were married Feb. 18, 1984, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. They made their home in the Clarkston Heights and raised three children, Samantha, Aaron and Angela.
Steve farmed with his dad and worked in road construction for Poe Asphalt and Paving for several years in both Lewiston and Grangeville. He also worked for a time with Western Farm Service and McGregor’s. In 2007, he began work with the Asotin County Road Department, where he was the foreman at the time of his death. He loved his job and the jokes that he would pull on his co-workers. Additionally, Steve was a volunteer firefighter with the Asotin County Fire District for 27 years and became the fire commissioner in January 2020. The fire department was like an extended family to him. He cherished the friendships and brotherhood that was formed during those 27 years.
Steve was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed many hobbies and sharing his knowledge with his children and grandchildren. He was a 4-H leader for many years and was active with his children in both 4-H and FFA, including serving as the swine and beef barn superintendent at the Asotin County Fair. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going camping and playing with his kids and grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed attending Cougar football games with his brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Susie Polumsky.
One of the highlights of Steve’s life was going on Tiger Cruises aboard the USS Nimitz and the USS John C. Stennis with his son-in-law, Eric Timme, and friends Will Cook and Kelly Kinzer.
A selfless volunteer, Steve was very proud of his blood and platelets donations over the years at the Inland Northwest Blood Bank. He volunteered for all sorts of activities as a member of the Holy Family Knights of Columbus and the Lewiston Elks Lodge. He served as the Elks Youth Basketball Hoop Shoot coordinator and chairman of the Christmas basket program. He was well known for lending a helping hand not only to family, but to anyone and everyone.
In addition to his wife, Paula, at their home in Clarkston, Steve is survived by his children, Samantha and Eric Timme, of California, Md.; Aaron and Sarah Polumsky, of Missoula, Mont.; and Angela and Jonathon Strickland, of Lewiston; his father, Don Polumsky, of Clarkston; brothers Gary and Lynn Polumsky, of Spokane, and Tim and Susie Polumsky, of Enterprise, Ore.; and grandchildren Brayden, Aubri and Cameron Timme, Maria and Anna Polumsky, and Noah and Brinley Strickland.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine, in 2013.
A funeral service has already been held in his honor. In place of a monetary donation to the family, please consider making a donation in Steve’s name to the Holy Family Catholic School in Clarkston or by donating blood to the Inland Northwest Blood Bank in Lewiston.
May 30, 1943 – June 1, 2020
Barbara Diane Gaver passed away on June 1st, 2020 at the age of 77. A burial will be held for the family, where she will join her husband Thomas Gaver Jr., at the Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date, at Valley Bible Church in the Spokane Valley, for all those who wish to celebrate Barbara’s life.
December 13, 1960 - May 16, 2020
Carra Dolores Humphreys passed away on May 16, 2020 after a long battle with dementia. She was a tremendous example of strength, loyalty, friendship, and love to all who knew her.
Carra was born December 13, 1960 in Coeur d’ Alene, ID to Carl and Donna Cochrane. Carra grew up in the Silver Valley where she learned the importance of family and the value of hard work. Carra graduated from Kootenai High School in 1979.
In 1976 she married Tom Hayman, and they had one child, Darrick. Their marriage came to a close a few years later, and Carra worked extremely hard to make ends meet to be the best provider for Darrick possible. Working sometimes two and three jobs, Carra was proud of the work that she did so that her son could have a good life.
Carra found her career in the health care industry. She worked for many years at Valley Hospital in the Obstetrics and Pediatrics unit where she met many great people who would become lifelong friends. Carra also worked at the Spokane Shriners Hospital and was very proud of her work with the children who were helped there.
In 1994, Carra married Carl Humphreys, and in 1999 they settled at Liberty Lake, WA. Carl was an enthusiastic adventure seeker and spent many days skiing, mountain biking, or surfing. Carra often skied or boated with Carl, and it wasn’t an uncommon sight to see Carra waiting at the bottom of a mountain bike trail to drive Carl back up to the top for another run. While they lived independent lives, they were both there for each other throughout their entire marriage. When Carra was diagnosed with dementia, Carl was her primary caregiver, and he did a tremendous job until his death in January 2020.
When not working, Carra was an avid quilter and created tremendous works of art. If you were the recipient of one of her quilts it was treasured labor of love. She was known for making lap quilts for friends suffering from illness through the years. In 2009, Carra completed her first triathlon and never looked back. She was inspired by other strong women and she, in turn, inspired others by her perseverance and dedication to a goal that was all her own. She also held volunteerism close to her heart working with the Children’s Miracle Network and the Spokane AIDS Network.
Next to her family, her true love was horses. Carra owned and rode horses growing up and shared that special bond with her grandfather, Reese. As a single mother, she didn’t have the extra income to support a horse, but as Darrick left home, she worked extra shifts so that she could again own a horse. Riding gave her a sense of friendship, freedom, and independence that nothing else could. She loved it! She was lucky enough to have a dedicated friend who took her to ride Jackie just months before her passing. Because of her love of horses, she also had a love of rodeos. One of her favorite memories was going to the NFR Finals in Vegas with girlfriends as well as Pendleton Rodeo and all local rodeos from Newport to Cheney to Spokane. If there was a rodeo, Carra was likely there in a pair of her cute cowboy boots (she had many).
Carra was a very loyal friend. She had many friends from various walks of life and her absence will be deeply felt. Because she was such a good friend, she had numerous visitors each week at the care facility she resided in the past year, especially Lisa, who was very attentive to her sister’s needs. The staff often remarked that she was a very lucky lady to have so many people come see her. Among her favorite memories is the weekend trip she and her closest girlfriends took to Seattle for many years.
Carra is gone much too early. She is survived by her son, Darrick Hayman (Anne), grandsons, Thomas and Brady, parents Carl and Donna Cochrane, brother Todd Cochrane (Kristi), sister Lisa Sawyer (Brad), mother-in-law Janis Smith, brother-in-law Paul Humphreys (Lissa), numerous nephews, a niece, cousins, and dear friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Carl, grandparents, Reese and Pauline Hubbard, Stanley and Mary Cochrane, and father-in-law Robert T. Smith.
Carra will be interred at the Rose Lake Cemetery next to her husband Carl. A small private funeral will be held at this time due to the requirement for social distancing. The family will have a much larger public celebration of life later in the year when restrictions are relaxed.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Carra’s name to the Spokane Shriners Hospital.
April 4, 1960 - April 16, 2020
Robert Howard was born in Torrance, CA. Robert was a force of life and is remembered for the warmth and light he brought to his family and friends.
Preceded in death by his beloved father and mother, “BJ” and Rose Merry Howard, those who survive include his adoring wife Francie and her four children, Isadora, Chloe, Ellie, and Oliver, as well as cousins Ted Howard, Dennis Howard, Susan Cook, Linda Cook, Janet Johnson, Barbara, Pat, and Lane Covington, and Lori DiCicio.
Quietly spiritual, Robert started each day with reflection and meditation. He believed that what you put into life, you received back and his exuberance reflected a passion for being fully present, living each moment with energy and joy.
Committed to his career as a mortgage broker, Robert loved helping others achieve their dreams and clients had a way of finding him. His infectious drive to do right by others kept him busy.
As a loyal sports fan (go Zags!), he relished the start of basketball season. Not satisfied with attending home games, Robert leaped at the opportunity to support the Gonzaga Bulldogs on the road during play off season with his fellow Bulldog fans.
A man with a passion for living, Robert embraced cooking amazing meals, hiking with his dog and Francie, and offering thrilling boat rides to the kids on weekends at the lake cabin.
Known to his close friends and family as a “dance maniac”, Robert loved to show off his smooth moves on the dance floor. In fact, it was his freestyle dance moves and free spirit attitude that captured Francie’s heart in their early stages of courtship.
Although Robert had many activities he embraced with keen interest, he embraced the role of father and family man with full abandon. Making great family dinners, creating chore charts, and ensuring the car was safe and reliable, were tasks he relished. Supporting Francie through good times and hard times in raising children was a responsibility he took seriously and he was with her every step of the way. He loved deeply and was loved in return.
Due to the unfortunate circumstances around Covid19 and group gathering restrictions, a funeral and celebration of Robert’s purposeful life will be announced at a later date. As an animal lover and in place of flowers, tributes may be given to the Spokane Humane Society in Robert’s name: https://spokanehumanesociety.org/donate/
May 9, 1950 - March 16, 2020
Thomas Raymond Thacker passed away surrounded by his family. Tom had an aggressive form of esophageal cancer that took him in a matter of days.
Born to Ray and Irene Thacker on May 9, 1950 in Spokane Valley. Tom lived his whole life in the Valley. He attended Central Valley schools. He was proud to be a member of his dad’s 1968 championship basketball team. Tom also graduated from EWU with a degree in philosophy.
Dad always teased him about communing with the apples. Tom was the last remaining apple orchardist in the Valley. He loved his apple and raspberry customers and the camaraderie.
Tom loved his family, holiday get togethers, attending basketball games, bike riding during the summer, Scrabble with his sisters, and making chocolate chip cookies for the grand and
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Irene Thacker. He is survived by his siblings Linda (Jim) Strom, Honey Conlon, Jim (Jan) Thacker, JoAnne (Doug) Poulson, Mike Thacker, and nieces and nephews who loved him very much.
Tom was buried on April 3, 2020 in a graveside service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The family is planning a Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spokane Valley on May 9th. If that doesn’t happen, we will go later in the summer.
August 11, 1938 – February 5, 2020
Home is where the story starts and, for Roger Kermit Monahan, that was in Racine, Minnesota where he was born on August 11, 1938. He was raised in St. Maries, Idaho, eventually settling in Spokane, Washington where he raised his family. Life events took Roger up to Alaska where he met his wife, Betty. He followed her all over the world but they found their way back home to Spokane in 1998 where he lived until his unexpected death on February 5th, 2020.
And so, the story begins Roger never forgot the roads he traveled and the people he met and loved along the way. His childhood in Minnesota and Idaho gave him boundless memories that fostered great family bonds that would last a lifetime. His family extended to Wisconsin.
Roger lived the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest where his love for the outdoors was passed on to his children. Life on the farm in Spokane meant hard work but also fun and loving family stories around the dinner table and experiences to last a lifetime.
Roger was a plumber by trade, a livelihood that brought him lifelong friends. He was one of the founders of Kohler-Tower-United (KTU) and eventually owned and operated R&N Plumbing.
In his "spare" time, he could be found encouraging his children on the Basketball or Volleyball court and, of course, the nearby ski slopes. His love of sports, cultivated during childhood, remained a passion for a lifetime.
In Alaska, he met his second wife, Betty, affectionately referred to, by him, as "the redhead," a career military officer for the United States Air Force. Roger traveled all over the world with Betty, Korea, Japan, China, and Europe not only in support of her career, but to forge his own path, receiving the highest commendations for his tireless devotion to supporting the troops through his USO volunteer work. In Alaska, Mississippi, Texas, and back here in Spokane, he would be recognized for countless hours he volunteered in support of individuals and families in need.
In Spokane in the late 90's, the adventure continued with a growing generation of "Monahans," his grand- and great-grandchildren. That included enjoying a day of fishing or the simplicity of building a fire to cook the day's catch. If he wasn't with family, he could be found on the golf course, riding his Harley, regularly attending events such as the symphony (attire included flip-flops, really Roger?) or the Gonzaga Women's basketball games. Truth be told, the worst day of fishing was better than the best day of anything else. Proof? He went on a fishing trip the day after his wedding to Betty.
Over the last 20 years in Spokane, Roger settled back to enjoy the cycle of life in more ways than one, watching his grandchildren grow, sowing and harvesting a garden, fishing and canning his catch (with his devoted cohort, sister Diane) to distribute throughout the family; from his table to theirs. Right down to the last days of his life, while chopping wood or clearing snow, he still stopped occasionally to look up and appreciate the day. The heavens must have been looking too. Roger is survived by his wife of 30 years, Betty Monahan; his 6 children, Shelly Monahan Cain (Steve), Denise Choi (Chris), Colleen Davis (Ed), John Monahan (Vivi), and Mary Jensen (Ron); his 24 grandchildren, Marshall, Mitchell, Makenzie, Taylor, Kelina, Malia, Ketura (Andrew), Julius, Jared, Aslin, Kyle, Michael John, David, Caleb, Riley, Paxton (Trevor), Laiken, Trevor John, Miley, Daniella, Ryan, Trey, Bo, and Uriah; and his 5 great-grandchildren, A.J., Shawn, Abbigail, Aubbrey, and Ashton. Also, his surviving siblings sisters, Janice Rogge (Ray), Carolyn Johnson, Diane Brogan, Maryann Bailey, Karen Robinson (Jimmy), and brother, Howard Thorhaug (Nancy) mourn his loss.
If you crossed paths with Roger and life took you down a different road, Roger never forgot you. Such was the case for his former sons-in-law, Jeff Hall, Michael Oddino, Abe Sua, Dan Christenson, and Mike Gilbert. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit Monahan and Adeline Monahan Thorhaug; his first wife, Nancy Danneker; his siblings, Joanne Butler and Wayne Thorhaug; and Roger's son, Michael Monahan. Celebration of Life will be Thursday, March 12, 1pm, at The Eagles, 6410 N. Lidgerwood St, Spokane. Reception to follow at the site.
October 24, 1961 – January 7, 2020
Carl Humphreys passed away in an avalanche while skiing in Kellogg, Idaho on January 7, 2020. He was born in Seattle, Washington, October 24, 1961, to Janis Maylor Smith and John W. D. Humphreys. Robert T. Smith was a caring and supportive step-father for 45 years.
Carl graduated from Central Valley High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University.
He was married to the love of his life, Carra Cochrane, for twenty-five years. They were constantly laughing and supported each other in their individual pursuits. Carl was Carra’s rock during her struggle with dementia. He took every measure to ensure her comfort and safety.
Carl was a supportive, caring step-father to Carra’s son, Darrick Hayman, and Carl often commented about what a solid citizen Darrick is. Grandpa Carl was a superhero to his adored grandsons, Tommy and Brady, and he taught them how to enjoy the outdoors in many ways, including mountain biking, fishing, snow skiing, and all manner of water sports.
Carl and his brother Paul had a special bond and pursued many activities together: water and snow skiing, river rafting, watching football and playing poker with friends, ice skating and wake surfing. They were fixtures at the annual 4th of July party at Dreamwood Bay.
Carl was well-known in the local real estate and lending community as a mortgage loan consultant for over 20 years.
To say Carl was adventurous is an understatement. He loved every physical challenge and met each one with gusto. His enthusiasm and laughter were contagious. No one could be around Carl and not want to participate in whatever he was doing. He will be dearly missed in the snow skiing and mountain biking communities, on the Spokane and Lochsa Rivers, and at Liberty Lake. Carl touched many lives in a positive way. He was a lover of life and the love of our lives.
Carl is survived by his wife Carra, stepson Darrick Hayman (Anne), grandsons Tommy and Brady, mother Janis Smith, father John W. D. Humphreys (Julie), brother Paul Humphreys (Lissa), stepbrother and sisters, Alan Smith (Janie Smith Briggs, nephews Chad and Troy Smith), Marilyn Smith, Linda Fladwood (Clyde), in-laws Carl and Donna Cochrane, and many other beloved family members and friends.
A memorial will be held at Centerplace on January 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association: 19031 33rd Ave. W, Suite 301, Lynnwood, WA 98036, http://act.alz.org/goto/Carl_Humphreys
September 23, 1930 – December 17, 2019
John Henry Harns was born September 23, 1930 in Evansville, Indiana. He died December 17, 2019 in Post Falls, Idaho.
As a civil engineer, John’s father worked with the U. S. Corps of Engineers. John’s family lived in several areas in the Midwest and Northeast, winding up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. There he met his future wife and life long partner, Patricia Donnelly, while attending Loretto Catholic High School. They “illegally” married in July of 1952 against Navy policy while John was still a cadet in Flight Training.
Prior to joining the Navy John spent time as a smokejumper out of Cave Junction, Ore. and as a deckhand on the ore boats plying the Great Lakes. Later in his career as a Naval Aviator, John straddled the transition from WWII piston engined fighters to the advent of the new jet fighters and bombers. He flew off of twelve different carriers with over 700 carrier landings night and day. He fought in the Korean war, Three Day war and in Vietnam, logging eighty nine combat missions. Through his Navy career he was promoted because of his hard work and natural ability to fly. John was in seven different squadrons and was an Executive Officer and the Commanding Officer of the last one. He ended his Naval flying career in the venerable McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Just before retiring he built and flew a Baby Great Lakes Bi-Plane in Hawaii.
Upon retiring he built a home on 44 acres in northern Idaho then took to building his pride and joy an F8.L Falco, a high performance low wing plane which gave the thrill of flying fast again and ultimate freedom. He and his wife Pat flew all over the country on many occasions in that plane, often Back to Sault Ste Marie and across the U.S. to Florida. During his post military flying days, he maintained a Certified Flight Instructor license. He flew charters and instructed for many years only stopping flying in his late 80’s when the flight surgeons wouldn’t allow it. He received the Wilber and Orville Wright award for over fifty years of continuous flying!
John was also active in the Elks of St. Maries and for a while was the Emergency Management Director. He was an active supporter of the Young Eagles, giving many young boys and girls their first taste of flying in his Falco. John was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, helping many members with building projects, test flights of new homebuilt aircraft, and aircraft familiarization training.
In 1993 John and Pat moved to Post Falls, Idaho where they have remained enjoying the closeness of their kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He is survived by his wife Patricia and children: Thomas Peter Harns, Barbara H. Powers, Stephen Mark Harns & Suanne Harns, Mary Jo Tompkins & Don Tompkins. Grandchildren: Forrest Harns; Vanessa Harns Kitchen & Zack Kitchen; Zach Harns; Rosa Powers & Andrew Zeller; Patrick Powers; Heather & Jake McIntire; Great Grandchildren: Lily & Sawyer Harns; Lola and Louie Kitchen; Leila and Wolfgang Zeller; Tawny and Corbin McIntire; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11am, Saturday, December 28 at St. Pius X Parish, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Beverly Forkner a long-time and beloved member of the Greenbluff community died December 6, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.
Beverly was born in 1934 in Peck, Idaho; she traveled frequently throughout her childhood as her father was a bridge builder. Before moving to Greenbluff her primary residence was Cashmere, Washington.
Beverly met the love of her life, Tom Forkner, in 1951 and they were married in 1952. They spent 69 wonderful years laughing, loving and caring for each other. Tom and Bev were partners in everything they did, they were a matched pair rarely seen apart. Tom and Bev had four biological children, but through the years their home was a warm and safe haven for many more.
Beverly’s passions were her family, her community and her horses. Beverly never met a stranger and most people remember her for an infectious smile and warm giggle (often followed by a cute little snort). If you were in a hurry you didn’t want to venture out with Bev, she stopped and talked to everyone, spreading light and cheer wherever she went. Beverly is also well known for her unprecedented work ethic. Tom warmly remembers a day when he left before sunrise and Bev was busy milking cows and doing other farm chores. When he got home at dusk she was still hard at it, never having stopped for a meal.
Beverly took great care of the farm and kids while Tom spent years working away from the home. Beverly is survived by her husband Tom, her sister Patty Parsons, four children, Pam Enzler, Wendy Kapelke, Jeff Forkner, Craig Zachow, numerous foster kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, great great grandkids and nieces and nephews.
Beverly was a wonderful woman and her loss will be felt by so many. Here is a treasured quote from her mother-in-law Erma Forkner. “We mourn for those we love, when they must walk ahead beyond our sight. Yet, we would not hold them back, when to stay with us means only pain.”
A celebration of life will be held in the spring at the Greenbluff Grange.
July 10, 1941 – December 7, 2019
HOLLAND, Joseph William (Age 78) On December 7, 2019, Joe passed away peacefully at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA, after a battle with pneumonia. A loving father, grandfather and friend, he was a valuable part of the community fabric of Lind, WA, his home for 53 years.
Joseph was born to William Claude Holland and Lucinda Anne (Pearson) Holland in Chewelah, WA on July 10, 1941. He was the ninth of ten children. As one of the youngest members of his large family, he learned to be scrappy and self-sufficient. He was an adventurous child with not a whole lot of supervision – and that was before his dad died when he was 16. The mountains around Chewelah were his playground, and he and his younger brother were known to leave the house at sun-up and not come home until sundown... out hunting, fishing and exploring with friends. He had an early passion for cars (he wrecked a few and walked away) and they became an integral part of his life and his greatest memories. He graduated from Jenkins High School in Chewelah in 1960 and moved to Warden to join his brother Paul in 1961.
In 1964, he moved to Pasco to attend Columbia Basin Community College to study auto body repair. He worked at McCurley (Osborne) Chevrolet in Pasco doing body work and in 1966, he got a job at Charlie Brown’s Chevrolet in Lind as their only body man. When Brown’s closed, he decided he loved Lind, so he stayed and opened Joe’s Body Shop in 1968.
He started dating Violet Butler on Rodeo Weekend in 1969. They married in 1970. His son, Jeff, was born in 1971 and his daughter, Julie, was born in 1973. He and Violet enjoyed many camping trips at Williams and Amber lakes with their young family.
Throughout Joe’s years in Lind, he was a friend to many and an active part of the community. He was a charter member of the Lind Lion’s Club in 1968 and served as president for two terms. He also served on the Lind Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was involved in the annual community Easter egg hunts for the kids, helped roast pit-barbecued beef for the annual community BBQ on Rodeo Weekend and build an updated arena for the ever-growing Lind Combine Derby. He took Jeff on Boy Scout trips, mentored several young men who were interested in learning the auto body trade and sponsored and played on a bowling team for many years in Ritzville and Connell.
Joe married Linda DeLeeuw in 1992. She passed away in 2009.
He loved a cold beer, Gunsmoke, a competitive game of cribbage and a good fish story. At 5 o’clock, his shop became another local bar (without a liquor permit). He had a large fridge and he and his friends stocked it well with a variety of their favorite beers.
Joe had a great sense of humor and hundreds of friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, including his best canine friend, Toby, who brought him so much joy.
He is survived by his son, Jeff Holland (Raschelle) of Spokane and his daughter, Julie Holland of Spokane; stepson Bill DeLeeuw of Portland and stepdaughter Laura Pham (Moi) of Cypress, TX; grandchildren Tanner Marecz, Jarod Marecz (Haley), Grace Kaplicky, Jake Kaplicky, Rennon Dickerson, Caleb DeLeeuw, Rachel McNie (Hunter), Matthew Pham (Korey), Michael Pham and Jacob Pham.
He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, father William, mother Lucy, and nine siblings, Dora, Lee, Neal, Fay, Helen, Mary, Dave, Ruth and Paul.
Special thanks to everyone who helped care for Joe in his last few years.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the American Legion in Ritzville (106 W. Broadway). Inurnment will follow in the spring at the Pioneer Cemetery in Chewelah, WA.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Lind Senior Center. Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville is in charge of arrangements.
July 4, 1957 – November 29, 2019
Robert C. Lewis of Spokane passed away on November 29, 2019 at the age of 62. He was born in Meridian Mississippi to Inez and James Lewis on July 4, 1957. He moved to Coeur d‘ Alene, ID in the 1970’s and graduated from Lakeside High School. He started a construction company, Spokane Structures in 1984 and built hundreds of pole buildings throughout Spokane County and beyond. Throughout his career he has owned Home Plate Bar and Grill, Home Plate Sports Complex, Pleasant View Marine, and most recently Specialty Structures. He was an avid fisherman who spent many years sharing his love for the sport with his friends and family. He loved to spend the winters in the snow snowmobiling with his son and friends and spend the summers enjoying the lake with his Conklin crew. Rob was a good friend to many. He mentored countless people through the years and introduced many to the pole building business. Rob is deeply missed by his wife Kristina Hanks, his children Shane Lewis, Rechelle Janecke, Katy Fiala, Bethany Fiala and his grandchildren Teyha Garel, Hunter Maultsby and Mia Fiala. A private celebration of life was held at an earlier date.
Feb. 8, 1938 – Nov, 23, 2018 • Aged 80
The city of Spokane was Gary’s hometown for most of his childhood years. During his school years he formed lifelong friends who he was still in touch with until his very last days. Gary was a World Champion at Yo-Yo, and you often heard him say, “for the first 3 years I took part in the contests, I flunked out of even the local city finals. But, the last two years that I was eligible at the age of 14 and 15, I won the National Championship. I think there is an obvious message in that story!”
A graduate of Lewis & Clark High School, Gary broke into show business on the television show, “Saddle up with Slim”. In 1954 he hitchhiked from Spokane to Meridian, Mississippi to be part of the Jimmy Rogers Country Music Celebration. It wasn’t long before he traveled to Hollywood where he landed a contract with the “Town Hall Party” in Los Angeles. Gary made some films and recorded his first songs for MGM Records and played with the group that backed Ricky Nelson on his first album, “Teen Time”.
Gary recorded an unprecedented 2000 Country and Western, Pop and Gospel songs for over a dozen American & European labels, including Capitol Records. Though known primarily as a singer and songwriter, Gary was also a prolific writer of published articles covering a wide variety of subjects including Americana, True Crime and Medieval History. Gary was also a skilled photographer and while performing in concert engagements on numerous tours abroad, he photographed historic subjects including 300 castles.
In his heart Gary was always an avid lover of animals and the great outdoors, and enjoyed taking photographs of anything from squirrels to grizzly bears. Gary commented that “serendipity” seemed to smile on him much of the time, and that put him in the right spot at exactly the right time to capture that magic moment on film.
Gary accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in 1965 and for next 35 years toured America & Europe in a full-time ministry, sharing his Gospel songs and testimony in more than 3000 churches and auditoriums. Gary loved Jesus very much and was a faithful believer until the very last moment of his life.
Many of you will remember Gary, also known as “Ted”, from the Spokane area. He was often seen taking bus trips from his home on the South Hill to the Northside and also to the Spokane Valley. Ted was seen walking along 29th Avenue, and made many friends who offered him rides home from the grocery store & the bank, etc. Ted was involved in a fatal auto-pedestrian accident on 29th Avenue on November 23rd, just after Thanksgiving. This memorial serves as a loving memory of a great man. Many thanks to all that gave Ted rides home, and offered him help in his times of need, there is a long list of you! Special thanks to all the employees at US Bank and Rite-Aid, and the other businesses on 29th Avenue in Spokane and around the Spokane area. “Ted”, we miss you, but we know you are with your wife Vivian & your Mom and the rest of your family in Heaven.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John William Powers, 79, passed away September 25, 2018 at the Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene. He was born April 20, 1939 in Kellogg, Idaho, the son of Patrick F. and Georgia M. (Hunt) Powers. John attended schools in Kingston and Kellogg, graduating from Kellogg High School in 1957. He also briefly attended North Idaho College.
John married Mary Gail Schutt and together they had three children. They later divorced. He married Rebecca “Becky” (Serrette) Babich on January 10, 1981 in Coeur d’Alene. John lived in the Silver Valley until 1984, when he moved to Alaska, moving back to Kingston in 1999. The family has resided in Coeur d’Alene the past five years.
Before starting his own company John worked for several local logging companies and for a time was manager of Northwest Honda in Osburn. He owned and operated Powers Saw and Cycle and Powers Development in Pinehurst, Idaho. In Alaska, John worked as a mechanic and equipment operator in various villages around Anchorage and the North Slope, eventually becoming the site manager for SKW Eskimos Inc. in Barrow, Alaska.
John was a past member of the Pinehurst Lions Club, the Prichard Volunteer Fire Department, and the Mountaineers Motorcycle Club. He also served on several boards including the Shoshone County Planning and Zoning, the Shoshone County Weed Control Board and the Staff House Mining and Smelting Museum Board.
John did many things in his life, creating stories and tall tales as he went. In 1997 John was honored as Citizen of the Year by Alaska’s North Slope Borough Police Department. He worked with his brothers Mike and Pat designing and building the gold panning exhibit for the 1974 World’s Expo Fair in Spokane, Washington; he founded (along with some friends) the World Championship Maggot Races in Prichard, Idaho; he performed the Flaming Board Wall of Fire motorcycle stunt (once); to name a few. John loved and enjoyed hunting, fishing, prospecting, logging competitions, racing motorcycles and snowmobiles, playing his guitar, fly tying and photography. In later years, he most enjoyed gardening and playing with his great-grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife Becky of Coeur d’Alene and four children John (Mari) Powers of Cataldo, Idaho, Babette Babich of Lake Stevens, Washington, Lynn Covey (Dan) of Coeur d’Alene, and Samantha (Dan) Babich-Hyde of Seattle, Washington, as well as his son-in-law Randy (Ann) Seaton of Cataldo; ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as extended family members Nic and Johnathon Fritch. John was preceded in death by his parents, daughters Brenda Claire Seaton and Janine Gail Powers; and five brothers Mike, Patrick, Robert, James and Larry.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 13, at the Kellogg Funeral Chapel in Kellogg. A reception following the service will be held at the Wallace Elks; everyone is welcome. The family suggests that memorials may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 2290 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815, the J.W. Powers Memorial Scholarship c/o North Idaho College, or to the Staff House Mining and Smelting Museum, P.O. Box 783, Kellogg, Idaho 83837. One may sign John’s online guest book at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com
August 25, 1933 – April 11, 2018
Patrick Francis McManus, beloved husband, father and New York Times bestselling author, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Spokane. Pat is survived by Darlene (Bun), his best friend and wife of 64 years, daughters Kelly, Shannon, Peggy and Erin, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends including Rancid Crabtree, Retch, Crazy Eddy, the Troll, Bo Tully, and Daisy.
Pat was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. Often truant from his mother’s one room schoolhouse in Squaw Valley, he began a lifelong journey to find the biggest and best huckleberries. Pat loved telling stories, freshly caught fish cooked on the banks of a stream, mushroom picking and foraging for other wild foods, most of them edible. He had an enduring passion for photography and art, particularly watercolors. Book signings took Pat across the United States where he always enjoyed meeting his many fans. However, he was happiest exploring the outdoors of Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Pat was fortunate to have a varied career from newspaper reporter, feature news writer for local television, English and journalism professor at EWU, columnist for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines, author of 5 plays and 24 books. Private funeral service at the family’s request. In lieu of gift fish, donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane.
April 10, 1951 - June 14, 2017
James passed away June 14, 2017 at the age of 66 years. He was born in San Francisco, California on April 10, 1951 to James Lee Stroud Sr. and Blanche Marie Stroud. They moved to Spokane when Jim was young. Most of Jim’s working career he spent selling cars. Jim leaves behind four daughters, four brothers, thirteen sisters and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 1st at 11:00am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schafer Rd, Spokane Valley, Washington. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mid City Concerns, Union Gospel Mission, or Blessings Under the Bridge.