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Obituaries

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Darlene Bierly

Coeur d’Alene

Memorial service for Darlene Marie Bierly, 80, will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d’Alene.

Mrs. Bierly, who was born in Milwaukee, Wis., died last Thursday.

She grew up on a small farm near Portage, Wis., until the death of her father in 1941 and then moved with her mother to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. There she graduated from high school and met her future husband, Elmer Bierly.

She worked in the banking industry during World War II, and her husband volunteered with the Army Air Force shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The couple married in 1944.

After the war she continued her career in the banking industry, while her husband returned to college on the GI Bill.

The couple moved to Portland and raised a family there after the Korean War. They settled in Spokane in 1965.

She was seamstress and also taught sewing classes through the Community Colleges of Spokane.

She founded Dar-Knit Fashions, and designed and sold clothing patterns. The business expanded to include hand-crafted items such as windsocks and teddy bears made from antique quilts.

In 1980 she and her husband moved to North Idaho and started deebee Designs which produced sports wear. The business marketed clothing items primarily to golf shops and then began selling merchandise at more than 100 national locations. She and her husband sold the business in 1994 and traveled the world.

Mrs. Bierly took up watercolor painting and became a renowned regional artist. Her paintings have been featured in various galleries in the Pacific Northwest.

Her husband died in 1998.

Survivors include three children, John Bierly of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Marilyn Stevens of Coeur d’Alene and Paul Bierly of Beaverton, Ore.; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835.

Robert Broeckel

Colfax

Graveside service for Robert H. Broeckel, 76, was Monday at the Dusty Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the Onecho Bible Church.

Mr. Broeckel died last Thursday. Born in Colfax, he grew up on the family farm near Dusty and attended a little country school on the Little Alkali Road near his home. He attended LaCrosse High School.

Before enlisting in the Army he helped his parents on the farm.

Mr. Broeckel was a telegraph operator during the Korean War and spent time stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he married Lydia Quenzer in 1955 in Paso Robles, Calif. They settled in Dusty, where they farmed for many years.

His wife died in 1977.

In 1981 he married Verna Vogt in Heston, Kan. They farmed together until 1997, when his wife died. A farming accident that same year forced Mr. Broeckel from the field, and he lived with his family in Pullman. He moved to Whitman Health and Rehab more than four years ago.

He was a longtime member of the Country Bible Church in Dusty and later attended Onecho Bible Church. He was a member of the Whitman County Chaplain’s Board and a member of Gideon’s International.

He enjoyed horses.

Survivors include three children, Janice Pauls of Colfax, Ed Broeckel of Dusty and Dellene Burdsall of San Jose, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitman County Chaplain’s Program.

Louis Dukich

Spokane

Visitation for Louis M. Dukich, 81, will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, with funeral planned at 1 p.m. Private entombment will be at Fairmount Memorial Park.

Mr. Dukich, a lifelong resident of the area, died Sunday.

He served in the Navy during World War II and was a Pearl Harbor survivor aboard the USS Phoenix.

He worked as sheet metal inspector at Kaiser Aluminum. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a Golden Eagle. He was an avid golfer.

Survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Wallace of Deer Park; two sisters, Helen Ingersoll of Kennewick and Dorothy Nesbitt of Spokane; and two granddaughters.

Stephen McCabe

Hayden, Idaho

A celebration of the life of Stephen John McCabe, 86, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. Military tribute will take place at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene.

Mr. McCabe, who was born in Florence, S.D., died Friday.

He graduated from Ursuline Academy in Moscow and then the University of Idaho and Gonzaga University in Spokane.

He was an aerospace engineer at North American Aviation in California. One of his major accomplishments was working with the Apollo Space Program.

During World War II, Mr. McCabe was a B-17 ball turret gunner and flew his required 25 missions before returning home uninjured even after a bullet nearly missed him on his last flight.

He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with three oak clusters and a Distinguished Flying Cross.

Mr. McCabe retired to Coeur d’Alene in 1974 and was a talented wood craftsman. He was a great storyteller and enjoyed the art of correspondence and had many pen pals.

Survivors include a brother, Phillip McCabe of Spokane; a sister, Patricia McCabe-Turner of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835.

Joyce Bjordahl

Spokane

Memorial service for Joyce Bjordahl, 76, will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Sunset Chapel, Fairmount Memorial Park. Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bjordahl, who died Sunday, was born in Minot, N.D.

She was a resident of the Spokane area for most of her life and was a homemaker.

She attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing bingo and traveling.

Her husband of 59 years, Oscar, died in 2004.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen McBride and Sue Greene, both of Spokane; a sister, Donna Fraley, and two brothers, Lowell and Wayne Peterson all of Springdale, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Care Northwest.

Douglas Mason

Colville

Memorial service for F. Douglas Mason, 63, was Saturday at the Congregational Church in Colville.

Mr. Mason, who died Jan. 9, was a resident of Colville for 27 years.

He was born in Seattle, and in 1960 graduated from high school in Pasco. He worked as a saw filer for Stimson Lumber for 40 years, retiring in 1999.

His hobbies included fishing, woodworking and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Sandra; three sons, Aaron and Darrin Mason, both of Cheney, and Tim Mason of Spokane; a stepdaughter, Lanette Frei, and his mother, Lela Mason, both of Spokane; a brother, Brad Mason of Mentor, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union Gospel Mission.

Donald Tilque

Cheney

Rosary for Donald E. Tilque, 77, will be today at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Cheney. Funeral Mass will be Friday at the church, with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane. Cheney Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Tilque, who died Sunday, was born in Green Bay, Wis.

He attended high school in Wisconsin and in 1946 enlisted in the Air Force. He served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired in 1974.

After retirement from active duty he worked at the Fairchild Air Force Base Exchange for 10 years.

Mr. Tilque was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Inland Northwest Corvair Club.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Frances; 10 children, Thomas Tilque of Salem, Ore., James Tilque of Lacey, Wash., Daniel Tilque of Beaverton, Ore., Stephen Tilque of Cheney, Paul Tilque of Snohomish, Wash., Ellen Cline of Phoenix, Eileen Tilque and Donna Edwards, both of Spokane, Elaine Doescher of Aloha, Ore., and Mary Niski of Redlands, Calif.; two brothers, Lawrence Tilque of Green Bay and Elmer Tilque of Appleton, Wis.; two sisters, Rosemary Baird of Chilton, Wis., and Kathleen Pikulski of Olean, N.Y.; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Robert Shepherd

Coeur d’Alene

Service for Robert L. Shepherd, 90, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Yates Funeral Home, Hayden Chapel, with a reception and potluck to follow at the Hayden Chapel Gathering Center, 373 E. Hayden Ave.

Mr. Shepherd, who was born in North Dakota, died Tuesday.

He joined the Army in 1940 and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Shepherd specialized as a sharpshooter with an M1 rifle and received the Victory Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the American Defense Service Medal.

In 1942 he married Eunyce Bucklin. They lived in Newport, Wash., from 1948 until 1950 when they moved to Sandpoint.

He worked at Pack River Lumber Co..

He retired in 1972, and the couple moved to Post Falls in 1976. They moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1997.

Mr. Shepherd enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Survivors include his wife; seven children, Gwen Jones of Princeton, Texas, Lynette Downing of Kennewick, Larry Shepherd of Post Falls, Terria Lutzke of Sandpoint, Nancy Berry of Kalispell, Mont., Arvin Shepherd of New York City, and Wade Shepherd of Portland; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jack Radish

Spokane

Funeral for Jack A. Radish, 77, will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Riplinger Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Radish, who was born in Minot, N.D., died Monday. He was a resident of Spokane for 52 years.

He served in the Army from 1945 to 1948, then joined the Air Force, retiring in 1964. After the military, he went to work for the Postal Service.

He was a member St. Francis Xavier Parish, Eagles Lodge, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion, a lifetime charter member of World War II Memorial, and the Air Force Sergeants Association.

His wife, Geneva, died in 1999.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Smith, and a stepson, Michael Wilkerson, both of Spokane; four stepdaughters, Genevieve O’Shiro, Margaret Dealy and Barbara Mitzel, all of Yakima, and Raye Hall of Pinckney, Mich.; three brothers, George Radish of Salem, Ore., Melvin Radish of Kellogg and Archie Radish of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Elizabeth Sutter of Minot; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Daniel Kangas

Chattaroy

Graveside service for Daniel Raymond Kangas, 54, will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Elk Cemetery No. 1. Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Chattaroy Community Church. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kangas, who died last Thursday, was born in Spokane. He was a lifelong area resident.

He graduated from Deer Park High School and attended Spokane Community College.

Since 1993 he had worked as a scale and loader operator at Central Pre-Mix.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Sandra; a daughter, Erica Kangas of Chattaroy; a son, Aaron Kangas, his mother, Elba Kangas, and a sister, Susan Bailey, all of Spokane; a brother, Raymond Kangas of Mead; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Overcomers Outreach, in care of Jeff Kuntz, 18016 N. Addison St., Colbert, WA 99005.

Emily (Schultz) Fothergill

Hayden, Idaho

Visitation for Emily M. (Schultz) Fothergill, 87, will be Friday from 9 a.m. until the memorial service at 11 at English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. Burial will be held at a later date at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery in Hillside, Ill.

Mrs. Fothergill, who was born in Chicago, died last Thursday.

She grew up in Chicago and in 1945 married Eugene Fothergill. They lived in the Chicagoland area and raised two sons.

She was primarily a homemaker until the death of her husband in 1965 and then joined the work force to provide for her family.

Mrs. Fothergill moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1984 to be near family.

She was a talented artist and spent many hours teaching art to her grandchildren and also supported various charitable animal organizations.

Mrs. Fothergill enjoyed playing cards and games, and potluck dinners.

Survivors include two sons, Don and Dick Fothergill, both of Coeur d’Alene; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Reynolds

Spokane

Memorial service for Dorothy Rae Jackson Reynolds, 85, will be today at 1 p.m. at Lauer Funeral Home in Deer Park.

Mrs. Reynolds, who was born in Cut Bank, Mont., died Sunday.

She graduated from Deer Park High School in 1936 and from Kelsey-Baird Business School in Spokane.

She married Ralph Reynolds in 1941.

Mrs. Reynolds was a bookkeeper and was the office manager for the Reynolds Furnace Co. in Spokane for many years.

She was a member of the Audubon Park United Methodist Church in Spokane and the Blackfoot Confederated Tribe of Indians in Browning, Mont.

She and her husband were residents of Granite Point Park in Loon Lake, Wash., for many summers.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Jack Reynolds of Bellevue; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Henry Schock

Spokane

Visitation for Henry L. Schock, 81, will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Schock, who was born in New England, N.D., died Saturday.

He joined the Marines and fought in the Pacific during World War II. He married Rosemary Bosch in 1950 in Billings.

Mr. Schock was a member of Teamster Iron Workers for five years and the Eagles Lodge. He helped build the Ridpath Hotel.

He became a barber in 1956 and owned the Bulldog Barbershop on the Gonzaga campus.

His wife died in 1996.

Survivors include a son, Richard Schock of Spokane; a daughter, Sandra White; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Beryl McIlvanie-Stoneman

Spokane

Visitation for Beryl McIlvanie-Stoneman, 87, will be today from noon to 8 p.m. at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Fairmount Memorial Park, and memorial service will be at 1 p.m. at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. McIlvanie-Stoneman died Sunday.

Born in Pendroy, Mont., she graduated from Choteau (Mont.) High School and earned a degree in home economics from Montana State University in 1939.

She and her husband, Samuel McIlvanie, owned the 3-D sheep ranch in the Deer Park area.

She was a member of Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church, past chairman of the Washington State Make It With Wool Contest and a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Samuel McIlvanie and John Stoneman.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Gustafson of Deer Park and Ginger McIlvanie of Yakima; a brother, William Jones of Mount Vernon, Wash.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church or Faith Lutheran Church in Deer Park.

Chester Utecht

Spokane Valley

Visitation for Chester Darold Utecht, 80, will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home. Funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Saltese Cemetery.

Mr. Utecht, who was born in Spokane, died Saturday.

He was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; two sons, Bill and Chuck Utecht; a daughter, Lori Utecht; a brother, Elmer Utecht; two sisters, Dorothy Campbell and Donna Eastman; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane.