April 25th, 2012
Deer Parkâ€™s Katy Osterholm and her longtime companion, a black and white paint horse, Apache, will not have to worry about staying busy again this year.
The 18-year-old Osterholm, daughter of Kim and Lonnie Osterholm, took part in the 2010 summer area parade and rodeo circuit as the Clayton Pee Wee Rodeo queen. Last year, she did it again as the Springdale Frontier Days Pro West Rodeo queen. Her newest title is Miss Spangle, which carries most of the same appearance duties as the other two titles.
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.
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. â€śPinkyâ€ť Pakker, 92, who passed away on April 4, 2012.
Mr. Pakker was the owner of â€śPinkyâ€™s Varietyâ€ť and â€śPinkyâ€™s Tinker Shop.â€ť
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.
A 53-year-old Chattaroy man was booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday after he was found with a missing teenage girl in Cusick.
Carrie Lane had been reported missing for a week. She contacted her family on Thursday to say she was with Steven Tofte, who is Laneâ€™s uncle by marriage.
U.S. Marshals, Pend Oreille and Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s deputies and Spokane Police officers found the pair in a parking lot in the Colville National Forest.
Tofte told a Spokane television station that he had no sexual contact with Lane and that he spent the week trying to talk her into returning home.
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. â€śBig Mikeâ€ť 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.
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 Veteransâ€™ 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.
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.
Medical Lake pitcher Kelby Wegner managed to wiggle out of trouble in the first couple of innings until her teammatesâ€™ bats came alive.
The Cardinals scored nine runs in the final four innings to defeat Deer Park 13-7 in Great Northern League softball action on Tuesday.
The Lady Stags pushed runners to third base in the first two innings only to come up empty on the scoreboard. Deer Park finally scored twice when Medical Lake catcher Faith Keister could not handle a two-out third strike pitch from Wegner.
Updated April 19
Riverside School District officials will have to hold their breath until their maintenance and operations levy is certified on April 27.
The measure is currently deadlocked at 2,135-2,135 after a second day of vote tabulations.
A similar levy request failed in February. To help make a second try more palatable for voters, the Riverside School Board lowered the levyâ€™s assessment rate from $3,90 per $1,000 to $3.42.
The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department continues to investigate a one-car fatal accident on Dennison-Chattaroy Road on Friday night.
Deputy Dan Dutton had arrived on scene at around 11 p.m., prior to traffic investigators, and saw an adult male driver inside the vehicle. Medics arrived with Dutton and pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.
Evidence showed the vehicle was traveling westbound on Dennison-Chattaroy Road. The vehicle crossed eastbound lanes of traffic, left the roadway and struck a tree head-on.