April 22, 1995 in Features

Obituaries

 

Cleo Gates Spokane

Memorial service for Cleo Ruth (McDonald) Gates, 80, is set for 2 p.m. today at Fourth Memorial Church, where she was a member. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gates, who was born in Spokane, died March 2.

She graduated from Kinman Business University and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

She worked for Cater Transfer Co., General Mills, Shell Oil Co. and the U.S. government for 20 years. She retired in 1983.

Mrs. Gates was a Sunday school teacher at Fourth Memorial Church and was active in the Christian Business Women’s Club and the women’s auxiliary of the Union Gospel Mission.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Harold Gates; two stepsons, Donald Gates of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Gerald Gates of Everett; one stepdaughter, Carol Gates of Renton, Wash.; two sisters, Mabel Cleveland and Maude Lang, both of Seattle; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fourth Memorial Church Missions Fund or the Union Gospel Mission.

Lenna Chamberlain Pullman

Memorial service for Lenna Chamberlain, 82, will be at 2 p.m. today at the Troy (Idaho) Lutheran Church. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Chamberlain died last Saturday.

She was born in Kohaka, Mo.

Mrs. Chamberlain served as an Army lieutenant colonel in Denver from 1938 until 1945.

She moved to Troy, Idaho, from Englewood, Colo., in 1971.

In Troy, she served as senior citizens president in five Idaho counties. She moved to Palouse Hills Nursing Center in Pullman in July.

She was a member of American Association of Retired Persons and the Troy Lutheran Church and had been a 4-H and Girl Scout leader.

Her husbands, William Young and Darl Chamberlain, both preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Peggy Worl of Palouse, Wash.; one son, William Young of California; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

G.C. ‘Jerry’ Chaffin Tekoa, Wash.

Memorial service for Garris Collin “Jerry” Chaffin, 89, is planned for 11 a.m. today at United Church of Tekoa. Kramer Funeral Home, Tekoa, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Chaffin died Sunday.

He was born in Nixa, Mo., and graduated from high school there in 1924.

In 1942 he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He moved to Tekoa and worked in Lewiston, Spokane and Tekoa. He retired in 1962.

He was a member of the Union Pacific Railroad Employees Club No. 10 in Spokane.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marjorie Chaffin; two stepsons, Ken Jones of Corvallis, Ore., and Paul Jones of Saudi Arabia; one brother, Harold Chaffin of Pocatello, Idaho; two sisters, Irene Andrews and Beatrice Patterson, both of Springfield, Mo., and five stepgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tekoa Ambulance Fund or the Union Pacific Railroad Employees Club, in care of Shirley Einis, 8609 E. Valleyway, Spokane, WA 99212.

Josephine Wills Ewan, Wash.

Service for Josephine Wills, 81, will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Nazarene Church of Ewan, where she was a member. Cheney Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be at St. John (Wash.) Cemetery.

Mrs. Wills, who died Monday, was born in Alberta.

She had worked for 30 years as an upholsterer.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Vernon Wills; four sons, Robert Wills of El Paso, Texas, Tom Wills of Everett, Ted Wills of Cincinnati and Frank Wills of Yakima; one daughter, Mary Jo Swift of Auburn, Wash.; two brothers, Bill Allstot of Tonasket, Wash., and Dick Allstot of East Wenatchee; one sister, Joyce Weir of Spokane; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cheney Care Center.

John ‘Jack’ Duckett Spokane

Service for John A. “Jack” Duckett, 68, is planned for 1 p.m. today at Riplinger Funeral Home with burial to follow at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Mr. Duckett died Tuesday.

He was born in Portland and had lived in Spokane for 65 years.

He had been a manager of a movie theater and was a Spokane firefighter from 1950 to 1962.

From 1976 until 1990 he worked for the Department of Labor and Industries as a safety inspector.

He coached and managed several youth baseball teams.

Mr. Duckett served in the Army and received a bronze star.

He is survived home by his wife of 32 years, Linda, at the home; five sons, Andy, Scott, Tim Duckett, all of Spokane, and Ryan and Jeff Duckett, both of Kent, Wash.; one daughter, Connie Imholt of Spokane; one brother, Larry Duckett of Texas; five sisters, Helen Davis, Margaret Doll, Ula Flagan, Dorothy Grubbs and Olive Jump; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.

Katherine Tefft Spokane

Memorial service for Katherine (Pengelly) Tefft, 78, will be at 11 a.m. today at Opportunity Presbyterian Church. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Tefft, a lifetime Spokane resident, died Wednesday.

She attended West Valley High School and Whitman College.

She was a member of Opportunity Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Wendell Tefft, died in 1985.

Survivors include two sons, Doug Tefft of Seattle and Greg Tefft of Coeur d’Alene; one daughter, Cinde Johnson of Spokane; and three grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Clara Koontz Spokane

Service for Clara Mae Koontz, 75, will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Riplinger Funeral Home. Cremation will precede with burial at Riverside Memorial Park.

Mrs. Koontz died Wednesday.

She was born in Ellsworth County, Kansas and moved to Spokane in 1935. She was a civilian employee at Fairchild Air Force Base and retired in 1979.

Mrs. Koontz is survived by one daughter, Myrna Brady of Deer Park; two sons, Bryce Koontz of Granite Falls, Wash., and Richard Koontz of Deer Park; two sisters, Margaret Johnson of Spokane and Frances Chandler of Greenville, Miss.; two brothers, Paul Yeager of Deep Lake, Wash., and Nathan Yeager of Spokane; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Norman Hunter Spokane

Graveside memorial service for Norman W. Hunter, 70, will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Mr. Hunter died Sunday.

He had lived in Spokane for 42 years and retired in 1984 after 25 years with the Spokane Water Department.

He was a member of Disabled American Veterans Post 45 and served in the Navy and Marine Corps from 1942 until 1952.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Marge Hunter; one son, Ron Hunter, one daughter, Mala Hunter, and one stepson, Rick Peterson, all of Spokane; his mother, Gertrude Hunter of Bellingham; three brothers, Jack Hunter of Minot, N.D., Jerry Hunter of Blaine, Wash., and Ray Hunter of Spokane; three sisters, Janice Cook of St. John, Wash., LaVonne Jorgensen of Bellingham and Catherine Pearson of Spokane; and two grandchildren.

Dorothy Smay Spokane

Service for Dorothy Smay, 72, will be held this summer in Portland. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Smay, an 11-year Spokane resident, died Tuesday.

She was born in Kansas City, Kan., and was a homemaker.

Her husband, Noel Smay, died in 1986.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Kerr of Portland, Terry Cuadras of San Diego and Tonda Habets of Spokane; two sons, Gary Smay of Portland and Donald Schmitter of San Diego; three brothers, two sisters, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

William Hayden Potomac, Md.

Graveside service for William Robert Hayden, a 38-year veteran of the U.S. Commerce Department, is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene. English Funeral Chapel of Coeur d’Alene is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hayden, 71, died Monday at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Maryland.

Born in 1924 in Coeur d’Alene, he loved the Northwest and its culture.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and foreign trade from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from Stanford University. He also attended the graduate school of business at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and Harvard Graduate School of Business.

During World War II he was a lieutenant (junior grade) in the Navy in Hawaii.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Jane, at home; two stepdaughters, Wendy Jeffers of New York City and Jennifer Jeffers of Potomac, Md.,; one brother, Kenneth Hayden of Richmond, Wash.; and one sister, Joyce Wick of Kennewick.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetic Society for research.

Neil Guptill Colfax, Wash.

Graveside service for Neil G. Guptill, 88, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Colfax Cemetery. Kramer Funeral Home in Palouse, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Guptill, who died Wednesday, was born near Winchester, Idaho.

His family moved south of Palouse when he was a child. He served in the Army during World War II.

He and his wife, Getha, lived in Elberton, Wash., for nine years. He worked for the Whitman County Road Department. In 1957, they moved to Colfax, and they later moved to Portland. In 1973, after he retired, he and his wife moved to Princeton, Idaho.

His wife died in 1991.

He was a member of the American Legion, Princeton Grange and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Survivors include one stepson, Frank Miller of Dallas; two brothers, Leonard Guptill of Colfax and Darrell Guptill of Oregon City, Ore., and two stepgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Potlatch Ambulance Fund or American Diabetes Foundation.

Floyd Renner Carlin Bay, Idaho

A private family graveside service for Floyd J. Renner, a farmer, was held Thursday at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Renner, 97, died Tuesday at home.

He was born in 1897 in Shelbyville, Ill. He married Gertrude Smith in 1926 in Aberdeen, S.D., and they moved to Idaho in 1938.

Survivors include his wife at home; three sons, Gerald and Kenneth Renner, both of Carlin Bay and Clifford Renner of Dalton Gardens, Idaho; four daughters, Beverly Leffard of Seattle, Phyllis Briggs of Carlin Bay, Pauline Pankratz of Turner Bay and Carol Buckner of Prescott, Ariz.; 26 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Idaho.

Doloris Anderson Spokane

Service for Doloris (Shaw) Anderson, 57, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North. Burial will be at Fairmount Memorial Park.

Mrs. Anderson, who died Wednesday, was born in Tekoa, Wash.

She graduated from Rogers High School in 1956.

She had lived in Spokane for 50 years and worked as a transportation clerk with Washington Water Power for 17 years before retiring in 1979.

She was a member of the Women of Water Power.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Anderson; one son, Steve Roullier of Pullman; one daughter, Yvette Roullier of California; one stepson, David Anderson, and one stepdaughter, Marcia Ankerson, both of Oregon; two brothers, Ed Shaw and Dennis Shaw, both of Spokane; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Inland Empire Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the John R. Rogers Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Constance Anderson St. Maries

Service for Constance “Connie” Anderson, business owner, is set for 11 a.m. Monday at St. Maries Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Yates-Hodge Funeral Home, St. Maries, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Anderson, 42, died Thursday in St. Maries.

She was born in 1953 in Boise and graduated from Lewiston High School. While in Lewiston she worked as a dental assistant.

She moved to St. Maries in 1977 and purchased Serv-a-Burger.

She enjoyed boating, water skiing, golfing, snowmobiling and hiking.

Survivors include one daughter, Tina Ryle, of St. Maries; her father, Max Capps of Quartzsite, Ariz.; her mother, Pat Capps of Lewiston; three brothers, K.C., Mark and Tim Capps, all of Deary, Idaho; three sisters, Teresa Lawrence of Stockton, Calif., and Rose Dean and Patsy Whitcomb, both of Deary; her grandmother, Mary Biggers of Emmett, Idaho; and three grandchildren.

Jack Carpenter Jasper, Mo.

Service for Jack Leon Carpenter, pile driver, is set for 11 a.m. Monday at English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d’Alene. Burial will follow at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Carpenter, 55, died Saturday at home.

He was born in 1939 in Lebanon, Mo., and moved to North Idaho in 1976.

He worked in home construction for many years before he became a pile driver. He retired in 1994.

He was a member of the Pile Drivers Union and the Eagles Lodge.

His wife, Barbara, died in 1988.

Survivors include his fiancee, Lois Epstein, Jasper, Mo.; two daughters, Glenda Mudge and Mary Fundin, both of Coeur d’Alene; his stepmother, Dorothy Carpenter of Pierce City, Mo.; one sister, Carol Webster of Camdenton, Mo.; two stepsisters, Debbie Felker of Pierce City, Mo., and Elaine Seibert of Apple Valley, Calif.; one stepbrother John Shertz of Renton, Wash.; and six grandchildren.


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