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James Kelly St. Maries

At his request, no service will be held for James R. Kelly, 78. Yates-Hodge Funeral Home in St. Maries is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kelly, who was born in Buffalo, N.Y., died Monday.

He grew up in Buffalo and enlisted in the Army in 1942. He attended Officers Candidate School and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. He was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1946.

Mr. Kelly returned to Buffalo after the war and worked for Bell Aircraft. He lived in Phoenix before moving to St. Maries in 1978.

He had worked as a bartender at the Golden Eagle Bar, Sasquatch Tavern and Resor’s Recreation before retiring in 1994.

He was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Carol; two sons, James and Richard, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; three daughters, Kim Aiton of St. Maries, Patricia Wysong of Alaska, and Rocky Kelly of Boston; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Nancy ‘Belle’ Workman Oldtown, Idaho

Service for Nancy “Belle” Workman, 87, is planned for 11 a.m. today at Olpin Mortuary in Roosevelt, Utah. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Workman, who died April 26, was born in Vernal, Utah.

She married Horace Workman in Vernal in 1928, and worked for the Safeway Store and a local hotel.

She moved to Oldtown 12 years ago from Salt Lake City, and had lived in the Pend Oreille Pines Nursing Home in Newport, Wash., for almost a year.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mrs. Workman is survived by her husband; one son, Floyd Workman of Oldtown; one daughter, Shirley Clausen of Corry, Pa.; one brother, Bert Wall of Salt Lake City; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Clifford Bush Chattaroy

Service for Clifford C. Bush, 86, will be at 10 a.m. today at Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport.

Born in Iowa, Mr. Bush died Thursday in Chattaroy, where he had lived the past two years to be near his daughter.

He was a longtime Cusick, Wash., resident and worked for Diamond Match in Cusick.

Survivors include three sons, Clifford “Joe” Bush of Cusick, Harlan Bush of Coeur d’Alene and Kenneth Bush of Red Lodge, Mont.; one daughter, Virginia Dilling of Chattaroy; one brother, Edward Bush, and one sister, Leona Delisle, both of Spokane; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren

Myrle Kleckner Rockford, Ill.

Service for Myrle E. Kleckner, 90, a former Spokane resident, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home in Rockford. Burial will be at Guilford-Union Cemetery in Rockford.

Mrs. Kleckner, who was born in Rockford, died Thursday.

She had lived in Spokane for 25 years before she returned to Rockford 11 years ago.

She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile.

Her husband of 59 years, Ernest Kleckner, died in 1992.

Survivors include one brother, Kenneth Van Alstyne of Rockford.

James Donery Spokane

Graveside service for James L. Donery, 57, will be at 2 p.m. today at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Donery, who was born in Colfax, Wash., died Monday from diabetic complications.

He was a 1956 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School.

He moved to Seattle 17 years ago and was the manager of the Buckaroo Tavern in the Fremont District.

He was a hydroplane racing supporter and campaigned several limited inboard crafts in the 1950s and 1960s. He also worked with the Fascination Unlimited Hydroplane Team during that time. From 1979 to 1983, he and several partners known as the “Buffalo Bros.” raced the U-22 Unlimited Hydroplane. Most recently he was part of the U-85 Miss Northwest Team.

Mr. Donery is survived by three sons, Peter, David and Christopher Donery, all of Marin County, Calif.; his mother, Pearl Donery of Spokane; and one brother, Tim Donery of Seattle.

Kent Simonson Spokane

Memorial service for Kent A. Simonson, 73, will be at 10 a.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home.

Mr. Simonson, a longtime Spokane resident, died Tuesday. He was born in Spokane.

He graduated from Rogers High School and served in the Army during World War II as crew chief on the China-Burma-India transport station in Northern India.

Following the war he returned to Spokane and served an apprenticeship as a boat builder and became a cabinet maker and property manager.

From 1958 until 1964, he served as a crew member and crew chief of the Miss Spokane Hydroplane, and was at one time the owner of the first Miss Eagle Electric, which he sold in 1964.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy; one son, Pancho Simonson, one stepgranddaughter; and two brothers, Donald Simonson of Spokane and Stewart Simonson of Laguna Hills, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morning Star Boys Ranch.

Lillian ‘Lil’ Ahartz Silverton, Idaho

Service for Lillian C. “Lil” Ahartz, 86, will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church in Wallace. Burial will follow at Day Cemetery in Osburn, Idaho. Shoshone Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ahartz, who was born in South Dakota, died Wednesday.

She graduated from high school in South Dakota and moved to the Silver Valley in 1942.

She worked as an licensed practical nurse at the Providence Hospital in Wallace and the Shoshone County Nursing Home in Silverton before retiring in Kellogg.

Mrs. Ahartz was a member of the Nurses Association and the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 1984.

Survivors include three daughters, Harley Ripley of California, Cara Jaeger of Osburn, Idaho, and Judie Maakestad of Renton, Wash.; one sister, Florence Baum of Nebraska; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Silver Wood Good Samaritan Center, Seventh St., Silverton, ID 83867.

Lolan ‘Ebb’ Crecelius Spokane

Graveside service for Lolan E. “Ebb” Crecelius, 88, will be at 11 a.m. today at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras, Ore. Riplinger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Crecelius, a 34-year Spokane resident, died Monday. He was born in Minneola, Kan.

He was a farmer and a member of the Odd Fellows and Mud Springs Grange.

Mr. Crecelius is survived by two sons, Lyle Crecelius of Colbert and Douglas Crecelius of Beaverton, Ore.; one sister, Mable Slavick of Minneola; one brother, George Crecelius of Calamesa, Calif.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Bertha Kirk Spokane

Service for Bertha H. Kirk, 85, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home. Burial service will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Pines Cemetery.

Mrs. Kirk, who died Tuesday, was born in Selby, S.D.

She was a 23-year Spokane resident and had worked for Douglas Aircraft in California for 25 years.

She was a member of New Life Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Kirk’s survivors include one daughter, Mary Wiseman of Spokane; one brother, Edwin Fauth of Chewelah, Wash.; two sisters, Elsie Rice of Minneapolis and Florence Ewell of Spokane; three grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Theresia Carle Medical Lake

No service will be held for Theresia O. Carle, at her request. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South is in charge of cremation. Mrs. Carle, who died April 26, was born in Carbondale, Colo. She was 75.

She moved to Spokane in 1968 and in 1980 to Medical Lake.

She worked as a cook and salad chef for the Ridpath Hotel, retiring in 1980.

She volunteered with Head Start and was a member of the Foster Grandparents of America. She was a foster grandparent at Interlake School for 13 years and at Harmon Community Center.

Mrs. Carle is survived by two sons, Robert Brunner of Kingston, Idaho, and John “Ernest” Carle of Airway Heights; six daughters, Melba Brashears of Modesto, Calif., Shirley Countryman and Cathy Smith, both of Airway Heights, Sharon Fuhrman of Cheney, Theresia Ricard of Veradale and Gloria Wells of Post Falls; two sisters, Dora Tatham of Careywood, Idaho, and Olive Cochran of Modesto; 28 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harmon Community Center, PO Box 357, Airway Heights, WA 99001.

George Dupree Greenacres

A military memorial service for George A. Dupree, 57, is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at Deel Recreation Center on Fairchild Air Force Base. Memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Christ Lutheran Church. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-South is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dupree, a retired senior master sergeant, died Wednesday. He was born in Spokane.

He graduated from North Central High School and served in the Navy.

He worked as a mechanic with Caterpillar for a few years, then joined the Washington Air National Guard and served for 27 years, retiring last January.

He received the award for Outstanding Senior NonCommissioned Officer of the year in the Washington Air National Guard in 1988.

Mr. Dupree was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Spokane Softball Association, Air National Guard Over 40 Baseball Team, Priest Lake Snowshoe Softball Association, Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, and was a founding member of the Air National Guard Booster Club and participated in several Spokane bowling leagues.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Heidi Dupree; two sons, Darin and Marc Dupree, both of Spokane; his mother, Genevieve Dupree of Spokane; three brothers, Jimmy Dupree of Seattle, and Glenn and Gary Dupree, both of Spokane; two sisters, Charlotte Ochoa and Donna Dupree, both of Spokane; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society.

Henry Hultner Coeur d’Alene

Graveside service for Henry Harold Hultner, 82, will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene. English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hultner, who was born in Wallace, died Tuesday.

He graduated from Wallace High School in 1931, turning down a football scholarship to the University of Idaho so he could work in the mines.

He worked at the Morning Mine, now the Morning Star Mine, in Mullan, Idaho, until 1953, when he went to work for the State Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator.

Mr. Hultner moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1954.

He served as former secretary-treasurer of United Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local No. 9 in Mullan. He was previously on the Mullan city council and served one term as the mayor of Mullan.

Mr. Hultner was preceded in death by his first wife, Violet, in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Violet; four daughters, Sharon Green and Rita Shehane, both of Las Vegas, Nev., Kathleen Burnes of California and Robin Kohler of Spokane; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Ada E. Wash./N. Idaho Region, 910 W. Fifth Ave. No. 237, Spokane, WA 99204.

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