January 23, 1995 in Features

Obituaries

 

Rodney Hansen Spokane

Valley Memorial service for Rodney Delroy Hansen, 71, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home.

Mr. Hansen died Thursday. Born in Fargo, N.D., he moved to the Spokane area 49 years ago.

He served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded several medals.

Mr. Hansen received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four gold stars, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre with two stars, American Theatre, Philippine Liberation, and the World War II Victory Medal.

He owned Dishman Plumbing for 33 years.

Mr. Hansen was a member of Valley Elks Lodge No. 2328 and the Spokane Valley Rifle Pistol Club.

Survivors include his wife, Aileen F. Hansen; four children, Linda Ponti of Otis Orchards, Ross Hansen of Newman Lake, and Lon Hansen and Bronwyn Guthrie, both of Spokane; his mother, Fiina Miller of California; three brothers, Cedric Hansen of New Jersey, Greg Hansen and Darrell Hansen, both of Missouri; eight grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, 99210.

Leo Theis Moses Lake

Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Leo J. Theis, 76, at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Moses Lake with Monsignor Martin O. Skehan as celebrant.

Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Theis, who died Thursday, was born in Glendive, Mont.

He married Helen Leibrecht in 1942.

In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corp and served during World War II.

After his honorable discharge, he and his family made their home in Spokane where he farmed. In 1960 they moved to Moses Lake where they owned and operated Smitty’s Pancake House (now known as Perkin’s Family Restaurant). He retired in 1984.

Mr. Theis was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and was a member and past board member of Moses Lake Golf and Country Club. He served on the board of directors for the Eastern Washington Bank, now known as Washington Trust, and was a member of the Moses Lake Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Theis; a son, Bill Theis of Moses Lake; a daughter, Jackie Chmela of Seattle; two brothers, Raymond Theis of Lodi, Calif., and Leonard Theis of Show Low, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 1035 Grand St., Moses Lake, 98837 or to a favorite charity.

Garvin Morlan Spokane

Service for Garvin Eugene Morlan, 82 will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Riplinger Funeral Home followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Morlan died Thursday. Born near Dexter, Kan., he moved to Spokane 50 years.

He was co-owner of Morlan Tires in Spokane and was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 161.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Morlan; two sons, David Morlan and Dusty Morlan, both of Spokane; four daughters, LaVina Michels, Lois O’Brien, Ellen Spicer and Debra Seidel, all of Spokane; two brothers, Joe Morlan and Elmer Morlan, both of Spokane, and Bud Sheldon of Coeur d’ Alene; a sister, Nellie Wright of Spokane; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Phillip ‘Phil’ Cook Spokane

Service for Phillip “Phil” N. Cook, 53, was held Sunday at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home followed by a gathering for family and friends at the Eagles Lodge, E315 Francis.

Mr. Cook died Wednesday. Born in Shelton, Wash., he graduated from Grand Coulee High School.

He married Virginia “Jinni” L. Rubert in 1963 and together they started a business.

Mr. Cook was involved in the trucking industry most of his life.

They moved to Spokane 12 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years; two sons, Don Cook of Lake Forest, Calif., and Monte Cook of Rathdrum, Idaho; his mother, Ethel Cook of Tonasket, Wash.; a brother, Ronald Cook of Spokane; two sisters, Audrey Inlow and Darlene Lucas, both of Tonasket; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lucille Desvoignes Spokane

Graveside service for Lucille A. Desvoignes, 70, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Zion Cemetery near Clayton, Wash.. Memorial service will follow at noon at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Spokane.

Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Desvoignes, a lifetime Spokane resident, died Thursday.

She graduated from Rogers High School in 1942 and was a licensed practical nurse.

Mrs. Desvoignes was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.

Survivors include three sons, Greg Desvoignes of Spokane, Cal Desvoignes of Greensboro, N.C., and Jerry Desvoignes of Vancouver, British Columbia; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, S4320 Conklin, Spokane, 99203.

James Steadman Deer Park

No service is planned for James Garfield Steadman, 84, at his request.

Mr. Steadman died Tuesday. Born in Butte, Mont., he moved to Deer Park in 1936.

He worked in the lumber industry.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; three sons, James of Olympia, Paul of Tacoma, and John of Jackson, Mich.; a daughter, Stephanie of Spokane; a sister, Ella Berry; nine grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

Lila (Quinton) Hudson Sun City, Ariz.

Service for Lila J. (Quinton) Hudson, 80, was Dec. 17 with burial at the Pines Cemetery in the Spokane Valley. Memorial service will be July 1 during a family reunion in the Spokane area.

Mrs. Hudson died Dec. 13. Born in Mountain View, Alberta, she moved to Greenacres in 1937. She moved to Aberdeen, Wash., in 1974 and later moved to Sun City.

Mrs. Hudson was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she worked with youths for many years.

She worked for the Central Valley School District in food service and then worked for the Corbin Irrigation District as a secretary.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Karen Kolman of Provo, Utah, and Peggy Krouse of Medina, Ohio; two sons, Garry Quinton of Lynnwood, Wash., and Myron Quinton of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Gail Gerry of Seattle and Kay May of Ridgefield, Wash.; two sisters, Mable Woolf of the Spokane Valley and Dorothy Osborne of Cheney; a brother, Wilbur Earl of Spokane; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Ina Lynch St. John, Wash.

Ina Norine Lynch, 73, was Saturday at St. John United Methodist Church and was followed by burial at Spokane Memorial Gardens.

Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lynch, a lifetime St. John resident, died Wednesday.

She graduated from Pine City High School in 1938 and attended Kinman Business University for one year.

Mrs. Lynch was a member of St. John Order of Eastern Star, St. John Garden Club, and St. John Golf and Country Club.

She married Darrel Lynch in 1939.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Lonnie Lynch of LaCrosse, Wash.; two daughters, Darlene Morgan of Woodinville, Wash., and Karen Walker of Cheney; a sister, Ione McCoy of San Jose, Calif.; two brothers, Clyde Leifer of Cheney and Irvin Leifer of Renton, Wash.; nine grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren.

Family suggests memorials be to the St. John Garden Club or to the American Cancer Society.

Lavern Vannatter St. Maries

Service for Lavern C. Vannatter, 61, is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Maries Church of the Nazarene. Yates-Hodge Funeral Home in St. Maries is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Vannatter died Thursday from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born in Glasgow, Mont., he moved to Sanders, Idaho, in 1934 and in 1942 to St. Maries, where he attended school.

He served in the Army for one year.

Mr. Vannatter worked for Tyson Creek Lumber Co. and later for Regulus Stud Mill.

He had worked for Chase Chevrolet for the past 31 years and was working there at the time of his death.

Survivors include his companion, Susan Kilborn of St. Maries; two sons, Lavern Vannatter of Newman Lake and Ronald Vannatter of Walla Walla; two brothers, Robert Vannatter and Leslie Vannatter, both of St. Maries; a sister, Shirley Brown of Albany, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the United Way of Benewah County in care of Ginny Oakes, S746 Seventh, St. Maries, ID 83861.

Rosemarie Cannon Spokane

Vigil service for Rosemarie Helen Cannon, 87, was held Sunday at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cannon died Wednesday. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she moved to Spokane in 1939.

She worked for a telephone company and also helped start the first women’s auxiliary at Holy Family Convalescent Home.

Mrs. Cannon was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish and their Leisure League and the Lakeland Village Associates.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, John B. Cannon; two daughters, Dolores Cannon of Lakeland Village and Bonnie Sullivan of Spokane; a son, Brother Tony Cannon of Spokane; one grandson and three nieces.

Memorials may be made to the Morning Star Boys ranch, P.O. Box 8087, Spokane, 99203, or to House of Charity, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, 99210.


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