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Frederick Ricci Spokane

Memorial service for Frederick J. Ricci, 70, will be at 1 p.m. today at South Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spokane.

Mr. Ricci died Dec. 22 in a Seattle hospital.

He was born in St. Paul, Minn.

In 1964, he married Phyllis Pendleton and they moved to Spokane in 1983.

He had worked as a postal supervisor in California and Washington before retiring in 1985.

He was a military veteran and was a member of Toastmasters and volunteer for COPS on the South Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Phyllis; two sons, Steven and Thomas Ricci, both of Burbank, Calif.; two sisters, Delores Biske of Fargo, N.D., and Gloria Pisek of White Bear Lake, Minn.; three stepsons, Brad Pendleton of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Pepper Pendleton of Spokane and Lonnie Pendleton of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Hill Seventh-day Adventist Building Fund, 5607 S. Freya, Spokane, WA 99223.

Clara Hennes Coeur d’Alene

Service for Clara J. Hennes, 71, will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene. Burial will follow at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Hennes, who died Thursday, grew up and was educated in Idaho Falls. She had lived in Alaska, California, Utah and New Mexico. She retired in Spokane in 1972.

She lived on the Pend Oreille River near Sandpoint until moving to Montana in 1979. She later moved to Coeur d’Alene.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harold; three sons, Tom and Bob, both of Spokane, and Dave of Austin, Texas; two half-brothers, Jay of Idaho Falls and Golden of Preston, Idaho; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Vincent De Paul, 1321 First St., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

Walter ‘Bud’ Van Vliet Garden Grove, Calif.

Memorial service for Walter Wayne “Bud” Van Vliet, 68, was Dec. 30 at Foothills Community Church.

Mr. Van Vliet died Dec. 27 in Garden Grove, where he had lived for the past year and a half.

He was born in Toppenish, Wash.

He served in the Army Air Corps and in the Navy for eight years.

In Spokane he was a special education teacher for School District 81 from 1957 until the 1980s. He also acted as a coach and volunteer with the Special Olympics.

His first wife, Barbara Jean Van Vliet, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen (Fields) Van Vliet; three daughters, Pamela Goforth and Candace Hinseth, both of Spokane, and Sharon Steadman of Baker City, Ore.; one son, David Van Vliet of Spokane; two stepsons and two stepdaughters; one brother, Dean Van Vliet of Sanford, Fla.; one sister, Fern Helt of Loon Lake, Wash.; nine grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Cleo ‘Ed’ Mell Florence, Ore.

Memorial service for Cleo Edward “Ed” Mell, 71, was Wednesday at Greentrees Recreation Hall in Florence.

Mr. Mell, who was born in Scott City, Kan., died Dec. 30.

In 1943 he became part of the Army’s 163rd Infantry, 41st Division, and in 1945 received the Purple Heart.

He married Mary Ellen Doster in 1947, and they moved to Spokane, where he worked for Continental Baking Co. for 30 years. He retired and they moved to Florence in 1988.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Carol Hancock of Fremont, Calif.; one son, Chuck Mell of Mount Vernon, Wash.; his mother, Cassie Mell of Spokane; four brothers, Dean Mell of Mount Vernon, Keith Mell of Fiddletown, Calif., Galen Mell of Missoula and Art Mell of Spokane; four sisters, Donna Lorenson of Fremont, Calif., Neva Royer of Mokelumne Hill, Calif., Fern Goss of Eugene, Ore., and Carmie Halstead of Rupert, Idaho; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eugene Dupin Spokane

Memorial service for Eugene Paul Dupin, 80, was Thursday at Opportunity Presbyterian Church. The Cremation Society of Washington was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dupin, who born in New Bedford, Mass., died Dec. 29.

He served in the merchant marine, sailing to ports in France, England and Germany. He then became chief buyer of men’s hats and shoes for Finchley’s, a store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and held the rank of first lieutenant.

After World War II he worked for 10 years at Appleton and Cox in its data processing department. After moving to Seattle, he worked for Safeco Life Co. and later Mutual Materials Co.

In 1966 he moved to Ellensburg. He was a vestryman and a licensed lay reader at Grace Episcopal Church. He was distinguished past president of the Ellensburg Kiwanis Club.

In 1985 he moved to Spokane, where he was a member of Opportunity Presbyterian Church and skipper of the Marimates organization.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Burton Dupin.

William Chambers Lewiston

Service for William “Ray” Chambers, 82, was held Wednesday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Mr. Chambers, a former Coeur d’Alene resident, died Dec 30.

He was born in Hennessey, Okla.

He graduated from the University of Idaho, then served two years in the Army during World War II. He later worked for the Carnation Dairy Co. in Spokane for 20 years.

He moved to the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls area, where he worked as a loan and land appraiser for the Farm Home Administration before retiring in 1977. He moved to Lewiston in 1987.

Mr. Chambers enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid horseman.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Vesta; one son, Raleigh Chambers of Lewiston; one sister, Dee Burgess of Pocatello, Idaho; one granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eileen Evenden Coeur d’Alene

Open house service for Eileen Evenden, 76, was held Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene. English Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Evenden, who was born in Coeur d’Alene, died Dec 30.

She graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School and went on to attend the University of Idaho. She married John Evenden in 1942, and they moved to Seattle.

She spent most of her adult life in Spokane and returned to Coeur d’Alene in 1981.

Mrs. Evenden enjoyed gardening and playing bridge and was an avid golfer. She was a member of the Dental Auxiliary and the PEO.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Jim of Bel Air, Md., and Mike of Marietta, Ga.; sister, Gladys Bates of Post Falls; four grandchildren and numerous nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1528 Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705.

Harland Schermerhorn Spokane

Memorial service for Harland J. Schermerhorn, 85, was Tuesday at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel.

Mr. Schermerhorn, who died Dec. 28, was born in Greenville, Mich.

He moved from Michigan to Los Angeles in 1942 and worked as a machinist. He retired in 1976 and moved to Spokane.

He was a pipe organist and played in many Spokane churches.

Mr. Schermerhorn was a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Composers, Authors and Artists of America, and the Sinto Senior Center.

His wife of 54 years, Barbara Schermerhorn, died in 1987.

He is survived by four children Barbara Wood and John Schermerhorn, both of Spokane, Marion Newton of Sultan, Wash., and Robert Schermerhorn of Flagler Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sinto Senior Center.

Conrad Roth Spokane

Funeral Mass for Conrad Roth, 95, was held Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Roth died Monday.

He was a veteran of World War I, and worked as a field representative for Continental Insurance Co. for 40 years. After he retired, he worked for 11 years as an inspector for Underwriters Laboratories.

He was a member of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose and of St. Augustine Catholic Church and a 70-year member of the American Legion.

His wife, Carrie, died Dec. 18. He is survived by one daughter, Connie Roth of Olympia.

Robert Wyatt Spokane

Service for Robert B. Wyatt, 75, was Wednesday at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Burial was at Spokane Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Wyatt, who was born in Lewiston, died Dec. 29.

He had worked as a garden and shrub trimmer and had been a longtime Spokane resident.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Wyatt; one daughter, Judy Hopkins of Spokane; and two brothers, Donald Wyatt of Spokane and Ted Wyatt of LaCrosse, Wash.

Margaret Hopf Spokane

Memorial service for Margaret L. Hopf, 81, was Tuesday at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home.

Born in Shenandoah, Va., Mrs. Hopf died Dec. 28.

She was a 48-year Spokane resident and had owned H-M Ceramics for 25 years. She was also a homemaker.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Hopf; two daughters, Margaret Hansen of Woodsfield, Ohio, and Sally Hansen of Issaquah, Wash.; three sisters, Helen Hanback of Chevy Chase, Md., Peggy Estes of Shenandoah, Va., and Dorothy Shirkey of Chesapeake, Va.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Rosa Anderson Davenport, Wash.

Service for Rosa V. Anderson, 97, was Thursday at Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Davenport.

Born in Raymond, Ill., Mrs. Anderson died Dec. 28 at the Spokane Valley Good Samaritan Hospital in Greenacres. She was a former Davenport resident.

She moved from Oklahoma to Montana in 1914 and married Theodore Anderson in 1916 in Lewistown, Mont. In 1938 they moved to Davenport.

A homemaker, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Rebekah Lodge.

Her husband died in 1971.

She is survived by two sons, Melvin Anderson of Spokane and Robert Anderson of Veradale; one daughter, Marjorie Oestreich of Harrington, Wash.; one brother, Woodrow Luking of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Leroy Yount Colville, Wash.

Service for Leroy N. Yount, 86, was Wednesday at Colville Seventh-day Adventist Church. Burial was at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville.

Mr. Yount, 86, was born in Oklahoma. He died Dec 29.

He was a wheat farmer in Oklahoma and Colorado before moving to Washington in the 1960s.

Survivors include his wife, Prudence; one daughter, Beverly Mack of Colville; one sister, Nila Jordan of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Lola Hendricks Fairfield

Graveside service for Lola Hendricks, 93, was Wednesday at Spokane Memorial Gardens followed by a memorial service at Fairfield Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Hendricks, who died Dec. 30, was born in Rosalia, Wash.

She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Homemakers Club in Cheney.

Her husband, Carl Hendricks, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Mclean and Idella Beitlich, both of Fairfield; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Albert Simpson Spokane

Graveside service for Albert C. Simpson was Dec. 30 at Riverside Memorial Park.

Mr. Simpson, 74, died Dec. 28. He was a lifetime Spokane resident and graduated from Rogers High School.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He worked for Kaiser Aluminum in Mead from 1954 until he retired in 1982.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Helen Simpson; two sons, Brian Simpson of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Craig Simpson of Spokane; two daughters, Christie Corigliano and Sherry Herbison, both of Spokane; three sisters, Edith Lever, Mildred Loosemore and Betty Hammond, all of Spokane; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Jeanne Harris Spokane

Memorial Service for Jeanne Harris, 67, was held Thursday at the First Free Methodist Church. The Cremation Society of Washington was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Harris, a lifetime resident of Spokane, died Dec. 28.

She was a driver and dispatcher at Yellow Cab Company for many years.

Survivors include her mother, Eva Yarber, Spokane; one daughter, Jackie LeBlanc (Smith), Lower Wedgeport, Nova Scotia; three sons, Bruce Smith of Lynnwood, Wash., Robert Smith of Priest River, Idaho, and Randy Hastings of Spokane; one sister, Billee Ehrgott of Spokane; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Glen DeBord Creston, Wash.

Graveside service for Glen A. DeBord, 70, was Tuesday at Creston Cemetery.

Mr. DeBord, who died Dec. 30, was born in Creston.

He was a master saw filer at the Lincoln Mill until it closed in 1982.

His wife, Helen DeBord, died in 1988.

He is survived by four sons, William DeBord of Davenport, Wash., Michael and Edward DeBord, both of Creston, and Joseph DeBord of Wenatchee; two daughters, Mary DeBord and Patty Haugen, both of Spokane; one sister, Mildred Tilson of Davenport; one brother, Wallace DeBord of Pasco; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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