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Obituary: Haeg, Raymond Joseph

HAEG, Raymond Joseph (Age 79) Raymond Joseph Haeg, 79, of Conkling Park, Idaho, died November 29 in Spokane following a three year battle with cancer. Ray was born in 1934 in Plummer, Idaho, to Katherine Marie (Stare) and Raymond William Haeg. He attended grade and middle school at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tekoa, Washington, began high school in Tekoa and graduated from Plummer High School in 1952. He married Peggy Joyce Simons in 1953 and worked on his family’s farm at Plummer until 1957. He took a break from farming in 1957 to attend Gonzaga University, from which he graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He continued part-time farm work in Plummer while teaching at various schools in Omak, Pasco and Burbank in the Tri-Cities area of Central Washington. He earned a master’s degree in education from Washington State University in 1970 and served as a counselor at Kennewick High School from 1970 until retiring in 1991. Raymond and Peggy Haeg had nine children at the time of her death in 1987. He was active in numerous organizations during his years in Central Washington, including volunteering in the local Boy Scout organization. He also was active in the Kennewick Kiwanis and served as a Key Club Advisor at Kennewick High School. He was an advisor to foreign exchange students over the years. Ray married Sarah Nancy Whitney, a fellow faculty member at Kennewick High School, in 1988. The Haegs moved to Conkling Park near Worley in 1991 and continued their teaching/counseling careers at St. Maries High School from 1991 to 1996. They were both active in St. Michael Catholic Church in Worley. Ray’s hobbies included woodworking, gardening, hunting and farming. His life was marked by his devotion to Christ and his involvement in the Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Nancy; brothers Clarence, of Worley, Idaho, and Eugene, of St. Maries, Idaho; sister Anna Marie Willard of Plummer Idaho; children Anita (Smith), James, John, Michael, Cheryl (Darby), Debra (Wagar), Carrie (Gratton), Margaret (Steen) and Kevin: stepchildren Clint Whitney, Laura Popp, Andrea Pike, Erika Monan and Rhonda Leatherwood; 24 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and first wife, Peggy, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis, and a grandson, John Schock. There will be a Vigil Service at 7:30pm at St. Aloysius in Spokane, WA., on December 4, 2013. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 330 E. Boone, Spokane, WA., on December 5, 2013 at 10am followed by the committal at Holy Cross Cemetery. Ray made it known that instead of flowers he would prefer that you make a donation to your favorite charity. Arrangements have been entrusted to: