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Obituary: Denuty, Michael John

Age 65

DENUTY, Michael John Born February 15, 1948 in Spokane and raised in Hillyard. He was the youngest child of John and Josephine Denuty. His father worked for the Northern Pacific Railway during the 1920’s and in later years worked at Hillyard, Washington for Western Fruit Express. Mike graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1966. He then attended Spokane Spokane Community College and earned a Journalism degree at Eastern Washington State College (Eastern Washington University) in 1970. He went to work for The East Washingtonian newspaper in Pomeroy and was there until 1979. He then came north and worked for the Priest River Times and later The Newport Miner until retirement in 2008. Mike returned to his childhood home in Spokane (Hillyard) and spent his remaining days there until his passing on May 14, 2013. Mike was a very active railway historian, traveler, photographer, researcher, writer and collector of toy trains. His devotion to the hobby was probably unmatched by anyone in the Inland Empire area. Mike is survived by nieces Karen and Kathleen. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 31, at 2pm at Spokane Cremation & Funeral Service, 2832 N. Ruby St.


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