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December 29th

James R. Gady, 78

December 29, 2011

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30 at Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane, followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m. at Spokane Memorial Gardens for former Riverside teacher James R. Gady, 78, who passed away on Dec. 26.
Born on Aug. 18, 1933 in Spokane, he graduated from Mead High School and served with the Army Corps of Engineers as a sergeant in the Korean War. After returning from Korea, he married Marjorie Becker on Oct. 12, 1956.
He attended Whitworth College and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then taught in the Riverside and Mead School districts.

December 28th

Harry Bland, 72

December 28, 2011

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Peaceful Valley Church on Allen Road in Elk for longtime Elk resident Harry Bland, 72, who passed away on Dec. 20
Family graveside services will be held at Fairmount Memorial Park.
Born on May 27, 1939, in Ardmore, Pa., to Dr. George W. and Helen Bland, he served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1961-65. He worked for Camp Chevrolet for 30 years.
Mr. Bland attended Peaceful Valley Church and enjoyed family, friends, and the great outdoors.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brad.

Jim D. Pleger, 72

December 28, 2011

A funeral mass was celebrated on Dec. 28 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee for former Deer Park resident Jim D. Pleger, 72, who passed away on Dec. 22.
A 1957 Deer Park High School graduate, he was a business owner and independent truck driver and also worked in sales at a Ford dealership in Newport. He was part owner of Papas Trucking in Malaga, Wash.
He married Janet K. Pehling on May 5, 1962.
The couple lived in Newport until 1982. They lived in Malaga for 18 years before moving to Wenatchee.
His wife, Janet, predeceased him on July 27, 2011.

December 16th

Alice C. Adair, 72

December 16, 2011

Alice Caroline Adair, 72, passed away on Dec 6, 2011.
She is survived by a daughter, Caroline; granddaughter, Kjersty; great-grandson, Craig; brother, Basil; three nieces, Raeanne, Caroline and Corinne; and several great- and great-great nephews and nieces.
Alice was a lifetime member of the Inland Empire Philatelic Society, current member of the Clayton Grange and Deer Park TOPS No. 485.
Alice held an associate’s degree in accounting and spent 15 years as an entrepreneur owning The Junque’ Shoppe & Budget Motel Supply in Spokane.

December 13th

Michael S. Slocum, 59

December 13, 2011

A funeral service is planned for a later date for area resident Michael S. Slocum, 59, who passed away on Dec. 11.
Born on Jan. 29, 1952, he graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1970 and later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent time stationed in Thailand and at Nellis Air Force Base.
After being honorably discharged he worked for many years at Alcoa in Addy, Wash., as an emergency medical technician and security guard.
Mr. Slocum enjoyed hunting and hiking in his spare time.

Myrna R. Walters, 80

December 13, 2011

A graveside funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, with the Rev. Richard Finch officiating, for longtime Denison area resident Myrna R. Walters, 80, who passed away on Dec. 3.
A reception will follow the service at the Deer Park Eagles Lodge, W12 South Ave.
Born in Onaway, Idaho, the family moved to Spokane when she was a child. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1949 and later from beauty school.

December 10th

Chanin D. Starbuck, 42

December 10, 2011

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Riverside Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Bishop Bryon Wiltse officiating, for Deer Park resident Chanin D. Starbuck, 42.
Born in 1969 at Anderson, Ind., she graduated from Lake Mary (Fla.) High School and attended Florida State University. She later earned her associate’s degree in art therapy from Seminole State College.
Mrs. Starbuck, who lived in Orlando, Fla., and Alaska before moving to Deer Park, recently graduated from dental assistant's school in Spokane.

Carol D. Brooks, 68

December 10, 2011

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 the Tri-County Christian Center, E320 “H” St., Deer Park, with the Rev. Timothy White officiating, for Springdale resident Carol D. Brooks, 68, who passed away on Dec. 7.
Born in Clovis, N.M., in 1943, she married Sonny Brooks in 1959. Mrs. Brooks worked many years as a certified nursing assistant in nursing homes and in home health care services in Colorado and Washington. After her and her husband's retirement, they moved to Springdale in 1998.
She was a member of the Tri-County Christian Center.

December 7th

Phyllis M Welch, 88

December 7, 2011

A small private service is planned at a later date for former Deer Lake resident Phyllis M. (Williams) Welch, 88, who passed away on Nov. 30.
Born on Dec. 6, 1922, in Rapid City, S.D., to Henry Clark Williams and Adeline Maude Williams (Jolly), she married Harold Stanley Welch from Deer Park on Jan.18, 1947.
She was librarian for Connell School District and served as mayor of Hatton, smallest town in Washington with 75 residents at that time, from 1979–83. She and her husband retired to Deer Lake for 25 years until health reasons moved them to Pasco, Wash., in 2005.

December 2nd

Donald R. Springer, 85

December 2, 2011

A graveside service was held on Dec. 3 at the East Prosser (Wash.) Cemetery for former Deer Park resident/businessman Donald R. Springer, 85, who passed away on Nov. 29 in Richland, Wash.
Born to Carl Clinton and Frances May (Read) Springer on Oct. 26, 1926, in Kelso, Wash., he attended Deer Park High School and entered the Naval Reserve at the age of 17.

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