July 4, 1995 in City



Lucille McCrum


Service for Lucille L. McCrum, 73, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coffelt’s Moon Chapel, Sandpoint. Interment will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Sandpoint.

Mrs. McCrum, who grew up in Fendwood, Wis., died Saturday.

She worked at Farragut Naval Base during World War II and had resided in Sandpoint since 1945.

She had worked at several furniture stores in Sandpoint as well as the Benjamin Franklin store. She retired in 1984.

Mrs. McCrum loved ceramics, golfing and bowling.

Survivors include her husband, Hap; three brothers, Allie and Raymond Weisenberger of Wisconsin, and Gilbert Weisenberger of Georgia; sister Lillian Syring of Illinois; stepbrother Randy; and stepsisters, Margie, Nancy, Ruthie and Sue.

Randall Parker

Colville, Wash.

No service will be held for Joseph Randall Parker, 80, at his request. Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Parker, a 51-year Colville resident, died Thursday.

Born in Adrian, Wash., he graduated from Ephrata High School and worked in his father’s orchard in Adrian.

He and his wife, Marjorie, moved to Colville in 1940, and he was a truck driver for a local fuel distributor and later operated the Standard Oil station in Colville.

In 1942, they moved to Spokane and he worked for the Coca-Cola distributor briefly before he entered the Navy.

He and his family returned to Colville in 1945, following World War II.

Mr. Parker worked as a freight driver for Inland Motor Freight, Garrett Trucking and the Wallace-Colville Motor Freight before retiring in 1976.

He was a member of the Colville Eagles and Frank Starr American Legion Post.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years; one daughter, Sharon Hill of Colville; two sisters, Maybelle Green of San Jose, Calif., and Hazel Shankman of Spokane; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Joseph Smith

Ione, Wash.

Graveside service for Joseph E. Smith, 60, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Riverside Cemetery in Ione. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Smith, who was born in Thompson Falls, Mont., died Friday.

He moved to Ione in 1944 and graduated from Ione High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the medic division from 1952 until 1955. He was the recipient of the Combat Medical Badge, National Service Medal and two bronze service stars.

After his service in the Army, he worked in construction on the Box Canyon Dam near Ione and then worked as a logger.

Mr. Smith is survived by a son, Mark Smith, of Elma, Wash.; four daughters, Karen Barnhart, Sumner, Wash., and Jolene Weiss, Gail Smith and Jamie Smith, all of Ione; a sister, Barbara Fly of Nasalle, Wash.; a brother, William Smith of Ione; and 13 grandchildren.

Gladys Elsensohn


Memorial service for Gladys C. Elsensohn, 85, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home. Private burial will be at Fairmount Memorial Park.

Mrs. Elsensohn, who was born in Spokane, died Thursday.

A 65-year resident, she graduated from Cashmere High School and attended Washington State University. She was a member and past president of Dantis and of Chapter, AI, Philanthropic Educational Organization, and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She was also a member of the Briarcliff Garden Club and the Associated Garden Club. She had served on the tuberculosis board for seven years, and on the polio board 10 years. She served as captain of Red Cross and United Crusade for her district.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James Elsensohn; one son, J. Robert Elsensohn of Richland; one daughter, Ann English of Spokane; two sisters, Mildred Repp of Ellensburg and Ramona Baxter of Bellingham; and three grandchildren.

Memorials contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research.

Marie Stretch


Graveside service for Marie R. Stretch, 83, was Monday at Fairmount Memorial Park.

Mrs. Stretch, a 56-year resident of Spokane, died June 27.

She was a homemaker.She is survived by her husband, Donald

Stretch; one daughter, Suzanne Viets, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and four grandchildren.

Ralph Rossiter


No service will be held for Ralph D. Rossiter, 63, at his request. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rossiter, who was born in Grangeville, Idaho, died Friday.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Rossiter is survived by his wife, Marion Rossiter; six children; his mother, Martha Rossiter, Chattaroy; two sisters, Helen Heritage of Chattaroy and Joan Atwood of LaGrande, Ore.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Sponcler


Memorial service for Eugene Sponcler, 75, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Telford’s Funeral Home in Wenatchee.

Mr. Sponcler, who was born in Greybill, Wyo., died Friday.

He was raised in Colbert and was a longtime resident of Spokane before moving to Wenatchee in 1972.

Mr. Sponcler owned the Sweet Shop Cafe and later became head chef of The Black Angus Restaurant. After moving to Wenatchee, he retired from Cenex in the 1980s.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the American Legion in Wenatchee.

Mr. Sponcler is survived by his wife, Anna Mae; one son, Gene “Sandy” Sponcler; stepchildren Ranae Ganske of Guam, Jerome Ganske of Hawaii, Buck Ganske of Snohomish, Wash.; three grandchildren and one greatgranddaughter.

Margaret Johnson


Service for Margaret Johnson, 79, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson, who was born in Paris, Tenn., died Saturday.

A 33-year Spokane resident, she was a homemaker and had also worked in maintenance at Whitworth College. She was a member of Morning Star Church.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, David Johnson; one son Willie Diggs, Spokane; one stepdaughter, Mary Louise Johnson, Fort Pierce Fla.; two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Kathryn Schedler


Service for Kathryn L. Schedler is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Mrs. Schedler, who was born in Waterloo, Iowa, died Wednesday.

She was a 22-year resident of Spokane and had worked as a railroad traffic agent.

She was a past matron of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul F. Schedler, in 1990.

She is survived by one stepson, John Schedler, Snohomish, Wash.; three nieces, Joan Peden and Stephanie Leek, both of Spokane, and Virginia Bass of Arkansas; and two nephews, Larry Peden of Spokane and Bob Strouse of Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

Stephen Connors


Funeral Mass for Stephen T. Connors, 85, was held Monday, with cremation at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Connors, who was born in British Columbia, died Thursday. He had lived in Spokane for 47 years, and had worked as a trailer salesman.

He was a member of St. Aloysius Church, the Elks Lodge and the Gonzaga Alumni Booster Club.

His first wife, Mary Connors, died in 1961.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Connors; three sons, Jerry and Tim Connors, both of Spokane, and Terry Connors, of Tacoma; two daughters, Eileen Kruger of Tacoma and Ellen Rogers Connors of Spokane; nine grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of Seattle.

Richard Bruce


Service for Richard D. Bruce, 84, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bruce, who was born in Cement, Wash., died Saturday.

He had lived in Spokane for 56 years and had worked for General Electric Company for 35 years before retiring in 1972.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Florence Bruce of Spokane; one son, William Bruce, of Algona, Wash.; two daughters, Margaret Becker of Veradale and Kathleen Bruce of Redwood City, Calif.; one brother, William Bruce of Spokane; eight grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren.

Peggy Tenney


No service will be held for Peggy J. Tenney, 75. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.

Mrs. Tenney, who was born in Lewiston, died Thursday.

A 50-year Spokane resident, she was a past president and volunteer for Spokane Crisis Services.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Tenney in 1985.

She is survived by two daughters, Claudia Tenney, Olympia and Melissa Tenney-Blaine, Otis Orchards; and one granddaughter.

James ‘Ray’ Elixman


Service for James “Ray” Elixman, 80, was held on Monday.

Mr. Elixman, a lifetime resident of Spokane, died Thursday.

He had worked for 29 years as a foreman for the Inland Casket Company in Spokane.

Mr. Elixman is survived by his wife of 27 years, Opal Elixman of Spokane; one son, Dick Elixman of Tigard, Ore.; one sister, Anna Fair of Spokane; four grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren.

Memorials contributions may be sent to the Lions Eye Bank.

Jean Dusenbery

Rapid City, S.D

Service for Jean Dusenbery, 76, were held June 27 in Rapid City, S.D.

Mrs. Dusenbery, who was born in Sturgis, S.D., died June 23 at a local nursing home.

She lived in Spokane for 14 years, and had worked as a legal secretary. After her retirement, she worked parttime for different attorneys in Spokane. She moved to Rapid City in 1987.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Long of Spokane and Tina Hofflander of Doyle, Calif.; one brother, Bill Johnson, and one sister, Dorothy Dennis, both of Rapid City; three grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Rosa Amsbury


Service for Rosa C. Amsbury, 101, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel with burial to follow. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Amsbury, an 85-year Spokane resident, died Friday.

She was born in Rinville, Minn.

A homemaker, she was a member of Mary Queen Catholic Church and the Third Order of St. Francis.

She is survived by two sons, James Monahan of Spokane and Francis Monahan of Omak, Wash.; three stepsons, Don, Elwood and Douglas Amsbury; two stepdaughters, Eileen Sullivan and Marie Webb; 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane.

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