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Obituary: Schultheis, The Honorable John A.

Age 79

SCHULTHEIS, The Honorable John A. The Honorable John A. Schultheis passed away at his home in Spokane on February 12, 2013. Judge Schultheis was born in Colton, Washington on January 12, 1934, the sixth child of Andrew and Winifred Schultheis. Judge Schultheis graduated from Colton High School. He was the Washington State President and National Vice President of the Future Farmers of America. He served in the United States Army in Germany and attended Washington State University. While in the army, he met his future wife, Catherine C. McCann in Dublin, Ireland. Judge Schultheis graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1961 and married Catherine in 1962. John and Catherine had four children: Patrick (1964), Colleen (1965), Elizabeth (1967), and Andrew (1970). John practiced law until 1974, when he became a Spokane County District Court Judge. He served until 1983, when he was appointed to the Spokane County Superior Court bench. In 1993, he became a judge of the Washington State Court of Appeals, from which he retired in 2009. Judge Schultheis remained active in the community until his death, including more than 60 years of involvement with the Spokane Junior Livestock Show. He was widely admired for his humanity and warmth, his keen intellect, his constant pursuit of justice, and his sense of humor and quick wit. Judge Schultheis is survived by his wife Catherine, his children, Patrick (Dianne), Colleen (Chip), Elizabeth (Terry), and Andrew (Lauri), multiple grandchildren and step grandchildren, and his brothers Donald, Harold, and Michael. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 5 p.m., with a Rosary immediately following at 7 p.m., both at Hennessey Smith Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following at Manito Golf and Country Club. Private family Interment will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Catholic Charities at 12 E. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202. Please visit Judge Schultheis’s online tribute at, and leave a message of condolence. Arrangements entrusted to: