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Obituary: Foreman, Ellsworth Dwight (“Doc”)

Sun., Jan. 27, 2013

Age 96

FOREMAN, Ellsworth Dwight (“Doc”) (Age 96) Doc passed away peacefully January 24th, at Sunshine Gardens.

He was born December 27, 1916, the youngest of five children in Kamiah, ID, to Nathan Kelly Foreman and Lottie Vlasta (Pitner) Foreman.

He married Claire Rutledge in 1941, joining the Navy in 1942 serving in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, until 1945.

At the end of WWII he went to Dental School in Portland, OR on the GI bill, completing studies in 1951.

He started his private practice in the Spokane Valley, first in Dishman, then in Opportunity, where he retired at age 76.

He and Claire had three children.

He was active in his church, Gideons, politics, and Boy Scout Leadership.

He was married to Violet Brown from 1966 until she passed away February 8, 2001, married to Alma Zimmerman from October 26, 2002 until she passed away June 26, 2006, married to Jan Honodel from October 28, 2006 until she passed away in May 10, 2008.

Most Recently, Doc was active in the Valley Church of the Nazarene enjoying Sunday Bible Studies and a Pinochle group.

Doc is survived by children, Bruce (Kathy) of Spokane Valley, Dennis of Seattle, WA, and Linda of Otis Orchards; nephew Don (Marie) Johnson of Spokane; and numerous stepchildren, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be Wednesday, January 30th at noon at Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, 15515 E 20th Ave. Inurnment will be at Riverside Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sunshine Gardens, 10410 E. Ninth Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99206, in thanksgiving for their wonderful care.

Please visit Ellsworth’s online tribute and leave a message of condolence at

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