May 15, 1995 in Features



Harold Miles Spokane

Memorial service for Harold W. Miles will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Fairchild Air Force Base Chapel. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Miles died Wednesday, on his 74th birthday. He was born in Indianapolis.

He moved to Spokane from Riverside, Calif., 18 years ago.

He served in the Air Force from 1938 until 1964 and was an instructor for the Air Force.

He volunteered at the Fairchild Air Force Base Museum and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 301st Bomb Group and the Airway Heights Booster Club.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lyla Miles; one son, Ralph Miles, of Spokane; two daughters, Sharon Severy of Spokane, and Terri Morales of Clarksville, Tenn.; his stepmother, Letha Miles of Indiana; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Unit at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Irma Hulswit Pasco

Memorial service for Irma K. Hulswit, 74, is planned for 11 a.m. June 3 at New Life Christian Center in Addy, Wash. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South is in charge of cremation.

Mrs. Hulswit died May 5.

She was born in Elk Grove, Calif.

She graduated from Central Washington University.

She had served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 as a surgical nurse at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

She lived in Pasco from 1957 until 1980, when she moved to Chewelah. She had lived in Spokane since 1992.

She was a registered nurse and worked with her husband, an oral surgeon. They also served with World Wide Missionary Dentistry.

She is survived by her husband, Franklin Hulswit; one son, Franklin Hulswit of Spokane; one daughter, Susan Chriesman of Pasco; one sister, Marion Cahill of Redwood City, Calif.; two brothers, Harold Hunt of Sacramento, Calif., and Wilfred Hunt of Carmichael, Calif., and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the P.E.O. Sisterhood, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50312.

Gladys James Keller, Wash.

Funeral Mass for Gladys J. James, 47, was held Friday at Keller Community Center. Burial was at San Poil Indian Cemetery in Keller. Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. James died Tuesday at home.

She was born on July 21, 1947 at Nespelem, Wash.

She graduated from high school in Oklahoma and attended the Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M., and vocational school in Hayward, Calif.

She had worked for the Colville Tribe in the Senior Program, Fire Control and Fire prevention as a “Friend of Smokey Bear.” She served as a fire lookout. She was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Keller.

She is survived by one daughter, Rose Pearson; two sons, Sonny James and Paul Pearson, all of Keller; her mother, Pauline James; three brothers, Pete James, of Wenatchee, Henry Sorimpt and Roy Stensgar, both of Keller; three sisters, Marie James of Spokane, and Kathy and Bunny Stensgar, both of Keller.

Jack Clowser Spokane

Service for Jack J. Clowser, 63, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home-North.

Mr. Clowser, who died Thursday, was born in Clarinda, Iowa.

He moved to Southern Idaho as a child and to Colville in 1960.

In Colville he worked in mobile home sales and a furniture store.

He and his wife, Bonnie Clowser, moved to Spokane in 1990. He operated ABC Custom Homes with his son, Ray. He was a member of the Christian Fellowship.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bonnie Clowser; two sons, Ray and Gary Clowser, both of Spokane; four daughters, Debra Knox and Molly Watson, both of Los Angeles, Caren Entwistle of Colville, and Geneva Welke of Salem, Ore.; his parents, Willie and Erma Clowser of Colville; one brother, Barney Clowser of Colville; one sister, Goldie Sandifer of Nampa, Idaho, and eight grandchildren.

Tony Sowder Spokane

Service for Tony R. Sowder, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, 74, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South. Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Park.

Mr. Sowder died Thursday.

He was born in Fayetteville, Ark.

He graduated from Washington State University and moved to Spokane in 1947. He worked at Riblet Tramway Co., and was the current owner.

He was a member of Washington Society of Professional Engineers and numerous ski area associations.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in the Air Force during World War II as a B-25 pilot.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Marie Sowder; two sons, Doug and Gregg Sowder, both of Spokane; one daughter, Lisa Sowder-O’Connell of Seattle; one sister, Alma Dodd of Logansport, La., and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane or American Cancer Society.

Mabel Calvert Kootenai, Idaho

Service for Mabel E. Calvert, 89, was held Friday at Coffelt Funeral Home. Burial was at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Mrs. Calvert, who was born in Glenrock, Wyo., died Sunday.

She moved from Canada to Kootenai in 1928. She had worked at the Page Hospital and also cooked in logging camps on Grouse Creek.

She enjoyed baking.

Her husband, Henry Calvert, died in 1982.

She is survived by one son, Lloyd Calvert of Kootenai; one daughter, Verna Buck of Yuma, Ariz.; one brother, Jack Hollenbeck of Vancouver, Wash.; one sister, Virginia Hill of Coleman, Alberta; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Sister Barbara Clare, S.N.J.M. Spokane

Funeral Mass for Sister M. Barbara Clare (Frances Altman), 85, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Convent of the Holy Names. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sr. Clare died Thursday.

She was born in Spokane and attended Holy Names Academy.

She made final vows as a Sister of the Holy Names in 1935. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Marylhurst College in Oregon and a masters in education from Seattle University.

She was a high school teacher for 45 years, including 15 years at Holy Names Academy in Spokane. For the last 10 years she had been the director of the stamp bureau at the Convent of the Holy Names.

She is survived by one sister, Sr. Francis Anthony, S.P., of Spokane.

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