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Richard Crain Pullman

Visitation for Washington State University mechanical engineering professor Richard “Dick” Crain, 66, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman. Service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman.

Mr. Crain, who was born in Denver, died Wednesday.

He served in the Navy from 1955 to 1961.

In 1955 he married Carolee Thompson.

He graduated from the University of Washington in 1953 with a bachelor of science degree. In 1955, he received his master’s degree. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1965 from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Crain joined the faculty at WSU in 1965. His research involved thermodynamics, power and energy systems, and his teaching focused on design, creativity and technology in society, among other aspects.

He was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in May 1996. He was recognized by Boeing as one of a small number of Outstanding Educators in the both 1995 and 1996. He also received Washington State University’s 1996 Sahlin Award for Excellence in Instruction.

He had received the highest national, regional and local honors of his profession, of Boy Scouts and numerous other organizations in which he participated.

His involvements included co-chair of the university’s faculty-staff fund-raising campaign, faculty senate officer, one-time dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture, former chair of the mechanical engineering department, Scoutmaster Pullman Troop No. 460.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Carolyn Wiley of Ferndale, Wash., Laura Crain of Ventura, Calif., and Ruth Ryan of Pullman; three sons, Rich Crain III of Silverdale, Wash., Andrew Crain of Hollywood, Calif., and David Crain of Portland, Maine; his mother, Martha Crain of Seattle; three sisters, Martha Flaherty and Aurel McCall, both of Seattle, and Emily Fitzgerald of Albuquerque, N.M., and 10 grandchildren.

Giles Hutts Spokane

Memorial service for Giles E. Hutts, 79, will be at 2 p.m. today at Riplinger Funeral Home.

Mr. Hutts, who was born in Powell, Wyo., died Wednesday.

He served in the Army during World War II and later was an asbestos worker out of the union hall in Spokane until his retirement.

He was a 60-year resident of Spokane.

Memberships included Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 51, Sons of Norway and Bethel No. 7 Jobs Daughters.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes; a daughter, Patricia Jones of Spokane; a son, Clifford Hutts of McPherson, Kan.; three sisters, Vesta Anderson of Alberta, Canada, Opal Douglas and Edna Lambert, both of Spokane; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane.

Ida Buell Spokane

Graveside service for Ida E. Buell, 82, will be at 9 a.m. today at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Buell, a lifetime Spokane resident, died Wednesday.

In 1957 she graduated from Cheney College. She taught school for 39 years including 33 years at Nine Mile Elementary School. She retired in 1978.

Survivors include two sons, Darrold Gray of Colorado Springs and Jack Buell of Nine Mile Falls, Wash.; a daughter, Bonnie Bennett of Snohomish, Wash.; a brother, Norman Herstein of Nevada, Mo.; a sister, Leona Burchett of Spokane; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nine Mile Elementary School Band Fund, 10102 W. Charles Road, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026.

Renate Mortensen Spokane

No service will be held for Renate M. Mortensen, 49. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and cremation.

Born in Germany, Mrs. Mortensen died Thursday.

She was a 20-year Spokane resident and worked as a teller for the Bank of Spokane.

She is survived by her husband, Dan; a son, Shawn Toth of Spokane; a sister, Brigitte Brandt, and her mother, Maude Fellner, both of Spokane; and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane.

Mildred Ellsworth Cedonia, Wash.

Visitation for Mildred D. Ellsworth, 85, will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at Cedonia Community Church. Service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with burial at Cedonia Cemetery. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Born in Cedonia, Mrs. Ellsworth died Wednesday.

She was a longtime Cedonia resident and worked as a cook at the Columbia School.

Mrs. Ellsworth was a member of the Cedonia Community Church, Greenwood Park Grange and the 4-H for many years.

Her husband, Clifford, died in 1972.

Survivors include two daughters, Nona Summerour of Seattle and Peggy Stach of Reno, Nev.; three sisters, Thelma Guenther of Deer Park, Melba Brinnon of Spokane and Barbara McClanahan of Pomeroy, Wash.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Donald Staudt Coeur d’Alene

Visitation for Donald G. “Don” Staudt, 63, will be held today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene. Service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery.

Mr. Staudt, who was born in Kellogg, died Thursday.

He grew up in Kellogg and graduated from Kellogg High School before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1953.

Mr. Staudt returned to Kellogg in 1957 after his military service and lived there until moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1990.

He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Kellogg, the Kellogg Elks and the Wallace-Kellogg Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Starlene; a son, Doug Staudt of Richland; a daughter, Sabrena Fry of California; and two grandchildren.

Henry Schmitt Edwall, Wash.

Graveside service for Henry ‘Hank’ Schmitt, 89, will be at noon today at the Edwall Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, Wash., is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Schmitt, who was born in Medical Lake, died Tuesday.

He was a farmer and later worked for the Edwall Grain Growers until his retirement.

He was a member of the Waukon Grange, Edwall United Methodist Church and the Food and Any Friends Senior Citizens Club of Edwall.

He received many ribbons for his crafts at the Lincoln County Fair.

Mr. Schmitt is survived by his wife, Geneva; two daughters, Bernadine Wollschlager of Missoula and Heidi Schmitt of Las Vegas; a son, Neil Schmitt of Las Vegas; two stepsons, Rod Cameron of Jackpot, Nev., and Larry Cameron of Edwall; two stepdaughters, Alice Green of Boise and Joanne Collins of Clarkston, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edwall Fire Department and Emergency Medical Technicians or Christian Heritage School.

Ruth Thompson Spokane

Visitation for Ruth V. Thompson, 74, is planned from 9 a.m. to noon today at Heritage Funeral Home. Service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.

Born in Loon Lake, Mrs. Thompson died Thursday.

She was a Loon Lake High School graduate.

Mrs. Thompson worked as a waitress and later a rancher and was co-owner of the Lazy T Ranch in the Spokane area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Thompson.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by two sons, Steven Scribner of Issaquah, Wash., and Jerry Thompson of Snohomish, Wash.; two daughters, Linda Scribner of Los Angeles and Mary Jane Edwards of Edmonds, Wash.; a brother, Lloyd Shaffer of Deer Park; two sisters, Edith Judd of Spokane and Louise Britton of Everett; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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