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Obituary: Mccabe, Willard “Wes”

Sun., Dec. 15, 2013, midnight

MCCABE, Willard “Wes” (Age 92) Wes was born and grew up in a working class family in Tekoa, WA with the time honored values of family, hard work, duty and love that made him the man those of us who knew him loved.

During World War II, Wes served our country in the Navy.

When he returned from the war, he asked Dolly Knowles for her hand in marriage.

From the time they met on a blind date in college in 1942, a long and happy relationship lasted more than seven decades.

Wes still referred to Dolly as his best friend.

Wes always approached people as if he’d known them his whole life, always friendly and outgoing.

One could not go out with him in Spokane (or beyond) and not run into people he knew.

In April of 1951, Wes and Gary Matters opened Frostos on the corner of 5th and Washington where they served burgers, fries and an array of flavors of specialty ice cream.

After selling Frostos in the late 1960s, Wes managed Thrifty Auto Supply until he retired.

During retirement, Wes and Dolly were able to attend many Cougar activities (football, basketball, and women’s volleyball).

They travelled to games across the country but one of the highlights was when they traveled with the Washington State Basketball Team to Australia.

It was the trip of a lifetime for them.

Wes and Dolly went back to work and worked for 14 years for CMS Crowd Management Services which allowed Wes to do what he enjoyed best-meeting people.

While on duty, they enjoyed seeing many shows while working but the one that made us all laugh was when they got to see Metallica in their 80s.

Wes is survived by his bride of 66 years, Dolly.

Children: Rich (Maureen) McCabe, Diana (Curt) Campbell (sons: Bryan and Brett) and Carol (Ron) Adams (son: Bryce); nieces: Kappy Tilney, Dodie Rhodes; and nephew: Ted Tilney.

There will be no service per Wes’s request.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Washington State University Athletic Fund of which he was a faithful follower and ultimate Cougar fan.

Go Cougs and Go Wes!

And, if you’re not a Cougar, please donate to the charity of your choice.


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