February 20th, 2013
Three days after his 89th birthday, Leslie Preston Yates died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, following a short battle with pneumonia.
Born in Bozeman, Mont., one of five children of Tom and Altha Yates, he graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley and began college studies at Whitworth, before serving in the Army Signal Corps toward the end of World War II, serving in France and Belgium.
Deer Park Middle School was shut down for a short time on Thursday afternoon.
The lockdown was predicated after that two individuals were walking near the school carrying rifles. It was called off after Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies contacted the individuals and transported them out of the area.
On the school district website, Superintendent Becky Berg praised the DPMS staff and students for their actions during the lockdown.
Mary Walker School District patrons approved a four-year, $225,000 annual maintenance and operations levy.
The levy request, replaced the current $225,000 annual levy, received 56 percent approval (312-245).
The levy will cost school district property owners $1.40 for every $1,000 of assessed property, according to school district officials. The current levy has an assessment rate of $1.68.
The approval also means the school district will receive $417,814 in state levy equalization funds. If the levy had been rejected, the school district would not receive any equalization funds.
Mildred Louise Winward, 82, went to sleep in the Lordâ€™s arms on Feb. 5, 2013, in Spokane.
Mildred was born in Wingville, Ore., on July 29, 1930, to Vernell and Velma Morin. She was the oldest of six children. Mildred spent most of her childhood in Hereford, Ore., where the family farmed and ranched.
She married Amos Gail Winward (Gail) on Aug. 3, 1961. They made their home in Lakeview, Ore., where they raised their two children, Rebecca Louise (Kinney), 46, and Matthew Glenn Winward, 45.
Velma May Ceasar was born on March 28, 1936, in Deer Park, the first child of Benjamin and Ida Mae Ceasar. Velma grew up in Brownâ€™s Addition in Spokane and attended Spokane Christian schools.
She graduated from Northwest Christian High School in 1955. Velma worked with her father in the family accounting business and later worked as a bookkeeper in Santa Monica, Calif.
Velma devoted herself to caring for her mother whose health was always precarious. Health reasons prompted the move to Santa Monica, where Velma lived until her motherâ€™s death. She returned to Deer Park in the early-1990s.
Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Truman responded to a suspicious person call near Miller's One-Stop on Newport Highway at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 after an anonymous caller stated William Harriman, 33, and his wife, Kamille Harriman, 30, were staying in Elk.
The caller also said the Harrimans were driving a white 1990's Chevrolet extra cab truck.
A memorial service was Feb. 4 at the First Baptist Church of Deer Park for longtime area resident Evelyn Irene (Ellis) Amos, 82, who passed away on Jan. 29, 2013, in Spokane.
Born on Feb. 17, 1930, in Springdale, she graduated from Springdale High School in 1947 and moved to Deer Park in 1955. She worked as a billing clerk at Deer Park Hospital.
She married Leo Coyle in 1949. The couple divorced in 1971. She later married Glen Amos and later divorced.
Mrs. Amos was a member of Deer Park Hospital Auxiliary and the First Baptist Church.
Carroll Francis "Scotty" Scott died on Monday, Jan. 28, at Avalon Care Center where he had been resident since November, 2011.
Mr. Scott was born in Spokane on Sept. 1, 1944. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1962. He joined the Navy a year later and served for eight years. He was proud of his service as a Machinists Mate aboard two submarines, The Scamp and the Hawkbill.
In 1972 Mr. Scott entered his life's employment as a miller, first with Centennial Mills and later with Archer Daniels Midland. He retired in 2006.
A memorial service/potluck will be held 1-5 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Deer Park Eagles Lodge, W12 South Ave., for Robert Lee Hippler, 87, who passed away on Dec. 1 in Spokane.
Born on April 18, 1925, to the late Leonard Elmer and Anna Marie Hippler in Spokane, he graduated from Rogers High School in 1943. Mr. Hippler worked as a farmer, did plenty of construction work and drove a tanker for Cenex.
He lived in the Deer Park area for 69 years.
A sister Fern Dahlem, predeceased him.
A portion of U.S. Highway 395 near Owens Road was closed for little more than an hour early Wednesday morning following a one-car rollover.
When emergency crews arrived at around 3 a.m., they found the driver outside the vehicle while a female passenger was trapped inside.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 firefighters were able to free the woman. She was transported to a Spokane hospital with non-threatening injuries.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Washington State Patrol.