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Obituary: Van Veen, Francis Leonard

Sun., July 15, 2012

Age 94

van VEEN, Francis Leonard “Van”

Passed away peacefully at his home in Spokane, Washington, on June 28, 2012 following a brief illness.

Born December 15, 1917 to Theodore and Doris (Habersetzer) van Veen in Portland, Van graduated from Franklin High School, Oregon State University (1941), and OHSU Medical School (1946).

He met Patricia Konrad in 1939 and they married in Portland in 1945.

They settled in Spokane in 1964.

In October 2010, they celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Patricia passed away in February 2011.

Van is survived by his sons, John, Richard, Michael, Robert, Steven, and David; daughters Mary Strzelec, Christina Ager, Kerry, Susan Scofield, Barbara, Julia Shaughnessy, Annette Moore, Margaret van Veen-Smith, and Sara Desmond; twenty grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; brothers Allen and Tom; sisters Dorothy Iverson and Mary Lisignoli; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He will be tremendously missed by all.

Van is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and their son Paul; his brothers Theodore and James; and his sister Janette.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012, 2:00 PM at St. Thomas More Church 505 W. St. Thomas More Way in Spokane.

A reception will follow at the church.

Please call 503-807-8034 for details and visit Riplinger Funeral Home’s obituary website at for additional details of Van’s life.



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