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Obituaries

Gertrude Orr Spokane

Memorial service for Gertrude Ann Orr, 90, will be at 7 p.m. today at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Long Beach, Calif.

Mrs. Orr died Sunday.

She was born in San Pedro, Calif.

She had lived in Spokane for 20 years and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Parish.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Orr.

She is survived by four sons, Bill Orr Jr. of Yakima, Jim Lupita of El Paso, Texas, and John and George Orr, both of Spokane; five daughters, Mary Lovelace of Long Beach, Calif., Sally Semler of Spokane, Trudy McGill of Seattle, Patty Drake of San Bernadino, Calif., and Barbara Ebberts of Anaheim, Calif.; 31 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spokane Valley Good Samaritan Village.

James ‘Bud’ Price Spokane

Visitation for James L. “Bud” Price, 78, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon today at Strate Funeral Home in Wilbur, Wash. Graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at Wilbur (Wash.) Cemetery.

Mr. Price, a retired Wilbur farmer, died Friday.

He was born in Govan, Wash.

He farmed in Wilbur for many years and moved to Spokane three years ago.

Mr. Price is survived by two brothers, Stan Price of Centralia, Wash., and Dale Price of Electric City, Wash.; and five sisters, Martha Nordhagen of Issaquah, Wash., Ruth Thurlow of Downey, Calif., Emma McKay of Modesto, Calif., Wanda Flood of Pullman and Peggy Johnson of Burns, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilbur Cemetery Association in care of Carol Bodeau, Wilbur, WA 99185.

Annette Quantz Fairfield

Graveside service for Annette Quantz, 98, is set for 1 p.m. today at the Rosalia (Wash.) I.O.O.F. Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at Rosalia United Methodist Church. Schanzenbach Funeral Home of Rosalia is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Quantz, who died Saturday, was born in Wahoo, Neb.

She was a longtime Whitman County resident and was a teacher.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Washington Teachers Association, Rosalia Rebekah Lodge, Rosalia Study Club and the Christian Women’s Club.

She is survived by a son, Ernest Lindquist of Clarkston, Wash.; a daughter, Ruth Mary (Buob) Preston of Rosalia; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Rosalia Ambulance Fund or Rosalia United Methodist Church.

Walt Keller Spokane

Visitation for Walt H. Keller, 88, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home-North. Memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Church of the Nazarene.

Mr. Keller, who was born in Sumpter, Wis., died Saturday.

He served in the Army Air Corps in England during World War II and came to Spokane in 1944.

He owned Keller Speakes Garage in Spokane for 41 years and retired in 1985.

Mr. Keller is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Keller; a daughter, Carol Fuller of Spokane; two sons, John and Jerry Keller, both of Spokane; a brother, Burt Keller of Sparks, Nev.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene Church Organ Fund.

Kathleen Hyatt Meeker Spokane

Vigil service for Kathleen D. Hyatt Meeker, 86, will be at 7 p.m. today at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Meeker, a 61-year Spokane resident, died Saturday. She was born in Asheville, N.C.

She had worked as a retail cashier and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert “Butch” Meeker.

Mrs. Meeker is survived by two brothers, Robert Hyatt of Spokane and Thomas Hyatt of Bellevue, Wash.; and a sister, Peggy Barchyn of Sacramento, Calif.

Michael Casey Post Falls

Memorial service for Michael D. Casey, 57, is set for 1:30 p.m. today at Spokane Valley Baptist Church. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Casey, who died Friday, was born in Palo Alto, Calif.

He had lived in Post Falls for past 12 years and worked as an operations manager for a security company.

He served in the military during the Vietnam War and then served in the Coast Guard.

He was a member of the Coeur d’Alene Golf Club, the Photographic Society of America and the National Audubon Society.

Mr. Casey is survived by his wife, Carol Casey; three sons, David Casey of Spokane, Richard Casey of Post Falls and Robert Casey of Kodiak, Alaska; his stepmother, Treva Casey of Orange, Calif.; a sister, Joanne Kimball of Diamond, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

Andrew Grieser Genesee, Idaho

Graveside service for Andrew J. Grieser, 89, was Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Genesee. Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Grieser, who was born in Genesee, died Thursday of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

He grew up and attended school in Genesee and was a boxer. He went on to work in the construction business before becoming a farmer.

Mr. Grieser was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Genesee.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Agnes, in 1970.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite; three sons, Don and Raymond Grieser, both of Genesee, and Darrell Grieser of Seattle; two daughters, Carol Scarcello of Oregon and Mardell Broemeling of Coeur d’Alene; two sisters, Margaret Rosenberger of Lewiston and Delores Loncosty of Spokane; a brother, Bernard Grieser of Genesee; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Genesee Fire Department or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Genesee.

Ralph Johnson Coeur d’Alene

Visitation for Ralph Cole Johnson, 89, will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene. Service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson, who was born in Methow, Wash., died Sunday.

He grew up and graduated from high school in Richland. In 1938 he moved to Coeur d’Alene, where he settled at Fernan Village.

He served three terms as the second mayor of Fernan and also worked at Central Motors as parts manager for 26 years.

Mr. Johnson later worked for Chambers and Peck Trucking before retiring in 1977.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Coeur d’Alene Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite; two sons, William Johnson of Veradale and Thomas Johnson of Coeur d’Alene; two daughters, Beverly Millheisler of Coeur d’Alene and Lynn Vierling of Vancouver, Wash.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jerry Carson Spokane

Visitation for Jerry Lester Carson, 81, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon today at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home. Service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with burial at Tum Tum Cemetery.

Mr. Carson, who died Friday, was born in Alva, Okla.

He graduated from Rogers High School and served in the Army from 1942 until 1945.

He worked as a field engineer for the city of Spokane for 30 years.

Mr. Carson was a member of the Hillyard Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Eagles Lodge and Fowler United Methodist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Gray of Spokane; a sister, Thelma Bowman of Spokane; and two grandchildren.

Helen Coghlan Spokane

No service will be held for Helen Lucille (Prier) Coghlan. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.

Mrs. Coghlan died Feb. 7. She was 71.

Born in Tacoma, she had lived in Spokane most of her life.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Coghlan is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Coghlan of Spokane; and a sister, Lavina Trost.

Paul Hanes Harrington, Wash.

Memorial service for Paul N. Hanes, 79, is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Harrington United Methodist Church. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hanes, who was born in Cherry Vale, Kan., died Friday.

He worked as an electrician in Kansas and earned his pilot’s license in 1940.

He and his wife, Ava Lee, moved to Harrington in 1949. He worked as an aerial applicator for Central Aircraft out of Yakima and then owned the Harrington Electric Store from 1950 until 1956.

Mr. Hanes owned Hanes Flying Services in Harrington from 1949 to 1981, when he retired.

He was a member of the Harrington Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ava Lee Hanes; two daughters, Gayle Gustafson of Tacoma and Nancy Aho of Portland; two brothers, Harold Hanes of Mesa, Ariz., and Robert Hanes of Young, Ariz.; a sister, Mona Gretlein of Bakersfield, Calif.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrington Library or the Harrington Emergency Medical Technicians.

Glen Hein Spokane

Funeral Mass for Glen Virgil Hein, 81, will be at 9 a.m. today at St. Paschal Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Hennessey Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hein, who was born in Pelican Lake, Wis., died Saturday.

He had ben a Spokane resident since 1958 and worked for St. Paschal Catholic Church and School for 30 years.

He is survived by a brother, Eugene Hein of Post Falls.

Memorial contributions to St. Paschal Catholic School.

Geraldine Barrier Spokane

Service for Geraldine E. Barrier, 77, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Barrier, who died Thursday, was born in Whitefish, Mont.

She graduated from the University of Montana and had lived in Spokane for 30 years.

She was a dietician and worked at Holy Family Hospital.

She was a member of St. Charles Parish.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Sharkey of Ontario; two stepsons, James Barrier of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., and William Barrier of Spokane; two stepdaughters, Janice Erickson of Gresham, Ore., and Brenda Probert of Kalispell, Mont; a brother, James Bell of Kalispell; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Spokane Mental Health.

Patricia Prufer Deer Park

Service for Patricia Dawn “Patti” Prufer, 48, will be at 2 p.m. today at Open Door Congregational Church in Deer Park. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Deer Park. Lauer Funeral Home of Deer Park is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Prufer died Friday.

She was born in Portland.

She graduated from Shadle Park High School and married Terry Prufer in 1967. They moved to Deer Park.

Mrs. Prufer was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Sheila Wesselman and Angie Davis, both of Deer Park; her mother, Marjorie Davis; two brothers, Dean Davis of Sagle, Idaho, and Bob Davis of Deer Park; a sister, Susan Davey of Spokane; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery or Hospice of Spokane.

Percy Tucker Spokane

Visitation for Percy L. Tucker, 96, is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Mr. Tucker, a 52-year Spokane resident, died Saturday.

He was born in Gallup, N.M.

He worked for the civil service with the Navy at Farragut Naval Station from 1942 until 1945 and for Kaiser Aluminum at Trentwood from 1945 until he retired in 1967.

He was a member of Eagles Lodge No. 2.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Velma Tucker; two sons, Calvin Tucker of Greenacres and Gilbert Tucker of Fairbanks, Alaska; a brother, Francis Tucker of Portland; a sister, Sylvia Merrifield of Sumner, Wash.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mabel Garner Hutchinson, Kan.

Service for Mabel L. Garner, a former Spokane resident, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home. Burial will be at Spokane Memorial Gardens.

Born in Colfax, Wash., Mrs. Garner died Friday. She was 82. She graduated from Colfax High School. She was a homemaker and had worked at J.C. Penney.

She lived in Spokane for 52 years before moving to Hutchinson two years ago.

In 1925 she married John Garner in Colfax. He died in 1983.

Mrs. Garner is survived by a daughter, Donna Stave of Hutchinson, Kan.; a brother, Holly McNeilly of Clovis, Calif.; a granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.

Jack Trent Spokane

Service for Jack L. Trent, 77, is planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Mausoleum at Fairmount Memorial Park. Entombment will follow. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Trent, who was born in Alexandria, S.D., died Friday.

He had lived in Spokane for 50 years and worked for Great Northern Railway and the Burlington Northern Railroad for 23 years.

Mr. Trent was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America and was a World War II Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol Trent; a son, Darold Trent, and a daughter, Karen McCann, both of Spokane; and four grandchildren.

Violette Stokes Spokane

Service for Violette M. Stokes, 92, will be at 1 p.m. today at Thornhill Valley funeral Home. Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Park.

Born in Spokane, Mrs. Stokes died Thursday.

She graduated from high school in Tekoa, Wash., and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Stokes.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Stokes of Otis Orchards, Richard Stokes of Veradale and Harold Oglesbee of Kalispell, Mont; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Clarence Connerley Spokane

Private service for Clarence W. Connerley, 83, will be held. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Connerley died Friday in Reno, Nev., while traveling.

He was born in Rowan, Mont., and came to Spokane as a child.

Mr. Connerley graduated from North Central High School and was a pharmaceutical salesman.

He was a member of Heritage Congregational Church.

Mr. Connerley is survived by a son, Mike Connerley of Spokane; and a sister, Grace Nystrom of Seattle.

Carole Stralka Veradale

Memorial Mass for Carole T. Stralka, 69, will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Mary Catholic Church. Hennessey Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stralka, who died Saturday, was born in Superior, Wis.

She had lived in Spokane since 1955 and had retired as a bookkeeper from the Inland Empire Pea Growers in 1977.

She is survived by her husband, Edward; a son, David Stralka of Deer Park; a daughter, Susanne Stralka of Veradale; a sister, Loretta Sitek of Mead; and a granddaughter.

Memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Spokane.

William DiLuzio Spokane

Funeral Mass for William DiLuzio will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Private burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. DiLuzio, 82, died Thursday.

He was born in Spokane and worked in maintenance.

He was a charter member of I. Tappa Keg.

He is survived by his wife, Mary DiLuzio; a son, Thomas DiLuzio, and a daughter Marjie Roark, both of Spokane; a sister, Elsie Barker of Spokane; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane.

Dorothy Prophet Spokane

Private graveside service for Dorothy R. Prophet, 90, will be at a later date in Garfield, Wash. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Prophet died Saturday.

She was born in Winona, Wash., and grew up in Garfield.

She attended Cheney Normal School and, in 1925, married William Prophet.

They lived in Oregon, Seattle and Spokane. She was a homemaker.

During World War II, Mrs. Prophet worked for Boeing in Seattle.

Her husband died in 1975.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Prophet of Liberty Lake; a sister, Janice Gleave of Spokane; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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