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April 26th, 2012

Paule M. Kroeze, 35

April 26, 2012

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 27 at the Spokane First Assembly of God Church, W828 Indiana, for former Deer Park area resident Paule Michelle Kroeze, 35, who passed away on April 24, 2012.
Born on Jan. 16, 1977, to Tom and Norma Crary in Denver, Colo., she graduated from Deer Park High School in 1995. She received bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State and Eastern Washington universities and was currently working on her master’s degree at EWU.

April 24th

Frances J. Dalton, 86

April 24, 2012

No funeral services are planned for Deer Park resident Frances J. Dalton, 86, who passed away on April 19, 2012.
Mrs. Dalton and her husband, Richard, lived in various locations as a Navy family.
She enjoyed cooking, reading, knitting and the Atlanta Braves.
Her husband of 59 years, Richard, predeceased her as well as her parents, Obed and Millie Loomis, her siblings and a great-grandson, Jeremy.
She is survived by one daughter, Katherine (Bill) Dalziell of Deer Park; seven grandchildren, Andy, Rich, Naomi, Paul, Lurane, Jessica and Johan; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Verne E. Pakker, 92

April 24, 2012

A funeral service will be April 29 at the Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church, with the Rev. Daniel N. Berg officiating, for longtime Deer Park resident Verne E. “Pinky” Pakker, 92, who passed away on April 4, 2012.
Mr. Pakker was the owner of “Pinky’s Variety” and “Pinky’s Tinker Shop.”
His wife, Beatrice (Wiese) Pakker, passed away in 2005.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda (Jim) Miller of Spokane; a sister, Celia (Arden) Modin of Longview, Wash.; two grandchildren, Dave (Sarah) Miller and Mike (Jen) Miller; and four great-grandchildren, Allie, Katie, Alaura and Moira.

April 20th

Michael D. VanDenElzen, 36

April 20, 2012

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. on April 29 at the Loon Lake Elementary School, 4001 Maple St., for area resident Michael D. “Big Mike” VanDenElzen, 36, who passed away on April 13.
Mr. VanDenElzen was a student at Spokane Community College and worked as a building contractor.
He was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribe and several Native-American organizations.
He is survived by his mother, Linda Dyer; a brother, Tim Dyer; five children; a niece; two nephews and many friends.

Irvin Steffen, 84

April 20, 2012

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. on April 21 at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, N1306 Monroe, Spokane, for Deer Park area resident Irvin Steffen, 84, who passed away on April 14, 2012, in Spokane.
Born on Aug. 27, 1927 in Dickinson, N.D., to Fred and Emelia Steffen, he served in the Army and worked for the Veterans’ Administration Hospital for 30 years.
He was a member of the Deer Park Lutheran Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1474 in Spokane.
A son, Kevin; a sister; and six brothers predeceased him.

April 18th

Doris L. Dezotell, 84

April 18, 2012

Doris Leone Dezotell, 84, passed away on April 12 at her home near Deer Park. Doris was born on July 14, 1927, in Didsbury, Alberta, Canada.
She is survived by three children, Dianne, Melvin and Joann; five grandchildren, Connie, Karen, D.J, Jessica and Amanda; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Doris moved to the United States in the 1950s and lived the rest of her life in Spokane and Deer Park, working as a cook in many different restaurants. She also worked a year in the Prod Bay Oil Fields in Alaska.

April 14th

Rand C. Mauer, 59

April 14, 2012

A celebration of life was April 14 at the Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church, with the Rev. Daniel Berg officiating, for former area resident Rand C. Maurer, 59, who passed away on March 23 in his Tacoma home.
Born on Aug. 13, 1952, in Spokane to Charles D. and Elaine Maurer, he graduated from Mead High School in 1970 and from Western Washington State College in Bellingham with a degree in music. He was currently employed as a district manager for Subway stores in the Tacoma area.

Richard O. Floe, 74

April 14, 2012

A funeral services was held on April 12, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Wash., for Chattaroy resident Richard Orville Floe, who passed away on April 4.
Born on Jan. 5, 1938, in Everett, Wash., to Wilbur and Rose Floe, he lived most of his life in the Stanwood area until six years ago after retiring from 38 years of working as a sales manager at Concrete Nor'West he decided to move to Chattaroy where they wanted to live a quieter and simpler lifestyle.

April 9th

Tamatha C. Cummings, 39

April 9, 2012

Tamatha Christine Cummings was born in Enid, Okla., and moved with her family to Washington in June of 1973. She graduated from Mary Walker High School and married Jamie Cummings a year later. They built a home and a family right outside of Springdale.
She is survived by her parents, Grady and Cyndi Johnson; a sister, Kim Johnson and her sons, Dylan and Kevin Smith; her husband, Jamie Cummings; her children, Jerika Cummings, Kyle Cummings and Cody Pardun; brother-in-law, Hoss Cummings, his wife, Chere Cummings and their sons, Wade and Grant Cummings; and several other family members.

Thirza R. Kelly, 91

April 9, 2012

A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. on April 20 at the Deer Park First Baptist Church, E1200 Crawford, with the Rev. Tim White officiating, for longtime Deer Park resident Thirza R. Kelly, 91, who passed away on April 1 in Spokane Valley.
Born on Aug. 22, 1919, in Moxee City, Wash., she worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Tri-County Hospital in Deer Park for 22 years.
She was a member of the Assemblies of God Church.
Her husband, the Rev. Lowell M. Kelly; a son, Robert Kelly; her parents; a sister; and a brother, all predeceased her.

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