Ed Kiemle, a founder of the successful commercial real estate firm Kiemle & Hagood Co., died Sunday. He was 85.
A quintessential real-estate man, Kiemle knew tenants on a first-name basis and built a reputation for honest business dealings. Family members recall him as a kind man committed to civic and community service.
“He believed strongly that Spokane deserved to have him give something back,” said son-in-law Thomas Quigley.
Kiemle was especially proud to be an Eagle Scout, an achievement he credits for earning him his first job with old-line Spokane insurance and real estate firm Rogers & Rogers.
He merged that successful firm into a new venture with Jerry Hagood in 1971. The Spokane-based firm is now headed by Quigley and Larry Soehren.It remains one of Spokane’s leading commercial real estate companies, Quigley said, because it follows the style and business acumen exemplified by Ed Kiemle.
Kiemle served in World War II for four years. His community activities included serving as a Deaconess Medical Center trustee; Chamber of Commerce chairman; Washington Water Power (now Avista) director and on numerous other boards and associations.
He was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts and was honored as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
Kiemle is survived by his wife, Betty, two daughters, three stepsons and numerous other family members.
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