Shane was born September 11th, 1970 in Spokane WA to Michael Ruthven and Judee Vandenburg.
He graduated from Mead High School in 1988 and served in the U.S. Navy until 1992.
After the Navy, Shane worked in the glass industry in Minnesota and then moved back home to Spokane WA and started Cougar Glass, and then Glass Doctor.
After meeting the love of his life, Katie Pszonka, in 2006 they started Mountain Lion Glass and built it into a very successful business.
Katie was born on April 4th, 1979 to Thomas and Karen Pszonka in Chicago, Illinois.
Soon after, the whole family moved to Washington state in 1981.
She graduated from Jackson High School in 1997 then attended University of Washington and graduated in 2001.
She worked at law office of Russ Juckett as a paralegal until she met Shane and started Mountain Lion Glass.
Katie and Shane were married on March 31st, 2007 in Greyland Washington.
They purchased their home in Oso Washington, on Steelhead Drive and welcomed their first son, Hunter Michael Ruthven.
Hunter was born on July 29th , 2007.
Hunter was born in Everett Washington, and then he attended Kent Prairie Elementary school in Arlington Washington and played football where Shane coached every year.
Hunter loved playing football, riding quads and playing with all his friends including his best buddy and cousin, Peighton.
On December 9th, 2009 Wyatt Michael was born in Everett Washington, and then he attended Northwest Children Pre-School in Arlington, Washington.
Wyatt enjoyed anything outside, whether it was riding quads or simply playing with his friends.
He was known, not only for being a very happy little boy, but also for having the biggest blue eyes and dimples.
Shane and Katie loved family and friends and sharing their home in Oso, that they were so proud of.
During the summer everyone enjoyed many BBQ’s and swimming in the river and enjoying family time.
Shane will always be remembered for his love of motorcycles, guns, outdoors and his voice.
He was honored to have officiated the wedding for both Rocky and Jessica Lutz; and Matt and Jami Pszonka’s weddings.
Katie loved nothing more then being a mom, she volunteered weekly in Hunter’s class.
The most important thing in her life were her boys and Shane.
They loved many family vacations to Disneyland and had recently purchased property in Ocean Shores Washington with the dream of having the “Ruthven family vacation home.”
Shane’s mother Judee, and stepfather Lewis Vandenburg, who also perished in the Oso landslide.
Shane is survived by sisters: Amy Ruthven-Thompson, Sarah and Lyndsey Ruthven, and Mistie Branham; brothers: Darron Bowerman (Kate) and Patrick Ruthven (Rachael); nephew, Sammy Thompson; and nieces Hannah and Colleen Bowerman.
Katie is survived by her parents, Thomas and Karen Pszonka; sister, Jessica Lutz (Rocky); brothers: Matt Pszonka (Jami) and Ryan Pszonka (April); three nieces Kansas, Peighton and Basia; and nephew, Liam.
A celebration of their life will be held on May 1st, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Church in Arlington at 1:00 with a reception immediately following at the Medallion Hotel.
The family has asked that only family and friends attend.
Another celebration of their life will be held on May 18th, 2014 at The Lincoln Center (1316 N. Lincoln Street) from 3-6:00 p.m., in Spokane Washington.
All family and friends are welcome to attend WELLER FUNERAL HOME, Arlington, WA
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