Reardan News

                                                                        Submitted by Marge Womach

                                                                                2001 through 2006


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“Reardan.—Funeral for Richard Phelps Everett, 27, a Reardan High School graduate, was Thursday, Dec 28, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan. Interment followed in the Reardan Cemetery.  Mr Everett died Dec 19 in Portland, OR. Born Sept 11, 1973, in Englewood, CO, he attended schools in Boise, Idaho, and Reardan, from which he graduated in 1991.... He graduated from California State University in Sacramento with a journalism degree... He leaves his father, Robert and Ann Everett of Reardan; his mother, Patricia and Andy Morgan, Sacramento, CA; four brothers, Rob and Christine Everett of Portland; Jake Everett, Eric Everett and Nick Everett, all of Reardan; grandparents, Virginia Everett, Pete and Betty Yates, all of Boise, Gerry Ann Stevenson of Reardan, and Margaret Morgan of North Augusta, SC; uncles and aunts, Mac and Sandy Everett of Boise; Don and Beverly Yates of Colfax, Pam and Rob Barnett of Seattle; and Ray and Helen Stevenson of Bainbridge Island, WA; and many cousins.”  (Dav. Times: 1-04-2001) 


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Harriet Jayne, 86, a Reardan area resident, is scheduled tonight at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Living God, 12832 A Highway 2, next to Subway in Airway Heights, Pastor Joel Diaz will officiate.  She died Jan 8 at Valley General Hospital in Spokane. She leaves a son, Steven Jayne of Reardan, and a daughter, Anne Jayne of Calgary, Alberta.” (Dav. Times: 1-11-2001) 


“Reardan.—A service of remembrance for Mamie N Motycka is scheduled Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. in the Strate Funeral Home chapel in Davenport. Inurnment was in Sassin Cemetery in Edwall. Mrs Motycka died March 5 at her Reardan home.  Born Oct 12, 1917 in Chouteau County, MT, to Grover Cleveland and Nellie (McKenzie) Hartzell. She married Ted Braun; they later divorced. She married Albin Motycka; her preceded her in death in 1998. She was a homemaker and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She leaves three children, Ted Braun of Brush Prairie, WA, Norren Brantley of Grand Coulee, and Betty Bisson of Reardan; 15 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; a sister, Mabel Turcotte of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Dav. Times: 3-08-2001) 


“Reardan.—A memorial service for D Lorraine Paul, 81, is scheduled Saturday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan with Pastors Dave Kappus and Phil Falk officiating.  Mrs Paul, a former Reardan resident, died July 3, at her Spokane home.  Born Jan 22, 1920, in Reardan to Alva and Rosamond (Bell) Brooks, she graduated from Reardan High School. She belonged to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister, Marjorie Harris.  She leaves her husband, Richard A Paul, at the home; a daughter, Rose Marie (and Dr Jim) Quigley, of Spokane; four step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is in charge of arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 7-05-2001) 


“Reardan.—A graveside service took place Friday, Aug 17, at the Reardan Cemetery for Arthur Lamont Carstens, who died Aug 14, after a short illness. Pastor Phil Falk officiated.  A celebration of life took place Monday, Aug 20, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Olympia. Born May 17, 1928, in Spokane, he was raised in Reardan and graduation in 1946 from Reardan high school.  He received a bachelors degree from WSU and remained a Cougar fan, despite his earning a masters from the U of W.  He served in the 45th Infantry Division of the US Army during the Korean War.  He married Dorothy Hodde in 1958. He retired in 1989 after 33 years of public service for the WA Dept of Social and Health Services. He also was a leading force in many political organizations and community associations.  An active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Olympia for more than 30 years, he taught Sunday school and participated in church governance.  He was an avid reader throughout his life.  In retirement, he enjoyed spending winters in Apache Junction, AZ, hiking the Superstition Mountains, digging on archaelogy expeditions, traveling (including a recent trip to Egypt), and collecting various Native American artifacts.  His mother and father preceded him in death.  He leaves ‘his best friend and mother of his children,’ Dorothy Carstens Mead (sic), of Olympia; a brother, George Carstens, of Reardan; a son, Arthur (and Paulette) Carstens, of Kent, WA; three daughters, Joni Clements of Olympia, Lisa Carstens (and David Pagano) of Norfolk, VA, and Tami (and Gordon) Willett of Bellingham; seven grandchildren and a niece and nephew.” (Dav. Times: 8-23-2001)


“Reardan.—Graveside service for Sylvia Almira Ahlf, 91, a resident of the Reardan area for nearly 75 years, is scheduled at noon Friday, Oct 19, at the Reardan Cemetery, with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Mrs Ahlf died Sunday, Oct 14, at Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia. She had been living in Lacey during the past 14 years. Born March 2, 1910, to William H and Edna M (Beeman) Rogers in the Devils Gap area north of Reardan, she graduated from Reardan High School and Cheney Normal School. She taught school in Reardan, Mondovi and the Horse Heaven Hills.  A homemaker for much of her life, she belonged to St Mark Lutheran Church in Lacey, and the Spring Creek Grange and Eastern Star in Reardan. She was a past member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan. Her husband of 40 years, Herman, died in 1974. Four brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.  She leaves two sons, Ken (and Marilyn) Ahlf of Lacey and Ron (and Phyllis) Ahlf of Shelton; four brothers, Carl Rogers of Reardan, Tom Rogers of Lewiston, ID, Daryl and Vern Rogers, both of Spokane; eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Strate Funeral Home in Davenport are coordinating arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 10-18-2001) 


“Davenport.—Funeral for Ethel M Sterett, 72, of Davenport, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport, with Brother Lee Kerchaw officiating. Interment will follow at the Reardan Cemetery. Mrs Sterett died March 17 in Spokane.  Born May 23, 1929, in Creston, she was the daughter of Fred and Gertrude (DeBord) Mangis. She graduated from Creston High School. She and her husband Jack, whom she married Jan 18, 1948, made their home west of Davenport, where they ran a cattle ranch and raised three children.  Known for her strong faith in God, she enjoyed time spent with family and friends, cooking, nature, wildlife and flowers. Big Band era music was her favorite and, a pianist, she andher husband played at several grange hall dances in the area.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Lavonne (Sterett) Murray, in 1983; a brother, Jerry Mangis; and a sister, Doris Douglas. She leaves her husband; tow children, Linda (and Jeff) Fogarty of Kirkland, WA, and Sandy (and Evelyn) Sterett of Davenport; four grandchildren....; two brothers, Jess Mangis of Creston and gale Mangis of Grand Ledge, MI; a sister, Lorene Brown of Creston; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Dav. Times: 3-21-2002) 


“Reardan.—A graveside service is scheduled at 1 p.m. today at the Reardan Cemetery for Bennett E Pershall, 95, who died March 25 at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane.  Pastor Bill Ward will officiate. Born Nov 6, 1906, in Mondovi to Samuel and Grace (Delbow) Pershall, he grew up in the Mondovi and Reardan areas, working for several farmers and farming for himself as well for a short time. He enlisted in the US Army in April 1942, served in WW II and was discharged in Dec 1945.  He lived in the Ford area, working at various jobs, until moving into Spokane. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clyde Pershall; and a sister, Olive (Dottie) McCullough.  He leaves a sister, Esther Chrisman of Ford; three nephews... and three nieces... Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 4-04-2002) 


“Reardan.—Vault interment in the Reardan Cemetery for Johnny B Braswell, 50, of Reardan, followed a June 4 funeral at Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport with the Rev Percy ‘Happy’ Watkins officiating.  Mr Braswell died May 29 in Spokane after a 26 year battle with cancer.  He graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane in 1970.  He and his family moved in 1976 to Reardan, where he owned and operated the Red Rooster restaurant. He also was a bricklayer and professional pool player.  He was preceded in death by his father, John.  He leaves a wife, Tamara Meadows, at the home; three children, Melissa, Crystal and Jack; two step-daughters, Jessica and Rebecca; two grandchildren, Kaylene and Klouse; her (sic) mother, Gayle of Reardan; a sister, Lajuana, and a brother, Joey, both of Reardan; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.” (Dav. Times: 6-06-2002)


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Rod J Eastman, 57, is scheduled at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Reardan High School’s Smith Gym, with Pastor Michael Welch officiating. Mr Eastman died Monday, June 17, in Reardan.  A member of the Reardan United Methodist Church, he is described by his family as having ‘led by example...’... He was preceded in death by his mother and four brothers. He leaves his wife, Susan, at the home; three children, Ted (and Verlynn) Eastman, Joan (and Troy) Dawley and Pete Eastman, all of Reardan; six grandchildren....; two brothers and a sister, Byron Eastman of Walla Walla, and Cliffor Hobert and Carol Ludiker, both of Spokane Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews... Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is handling arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 6-20-2002) 


“Reardan.—A gathering of family and friends is being planned in Reardan this September ot commemorate the life of Helen Hanning Schultz, 93, who died of cancer July 19 at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland, WA. Born in Reardan, she lived most of her life there. After her husband, Pete, died in 1973, and when she was 86 years of age, she moved to Bellevue to be near family.  She leaves her daughter, Linda (and Lloyd) Johnson; two granddaughters, Jennifer (and David) Shettleroe and Cyndy (and Kirk) Schlemlein; a great-grandson, Jacob Shettleroe;a sister, Mary Suhadolnik; a brother, Art Hanning; many nieces and nephews; and a lifelong friend, Eileen Birkeland.” (Dav. Times: 7-__-2002) 


“Reardan.—A memorial service for Melvin R Hein, 54, took place Monday, Aug 26, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan with Pastor Dave Kappus officiating. Mr Hein, a lifelong Reardan area resident, died Aug 22 at his home.  Born Oct 3, 1947, in Seattle to Clarence G and Ruth (Kinnan) Hein, he moved at age one with his family to the famliy farm at Reardan. He graduated from Reardan High School in 1966 and married Kathleen Erickson in Reardan on Dec 14, 1980.... He served in the Air National Guard. He was preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Michael, and his father.  He leaves his wife at the home; two sons, Tim Hein of Spokane and Gordon (and Lucy) Hein of Coeur d’Alene, ID; two grandchildren, Sydney and Maxwell Hein; his mother, of Reardan; a sister, Judith K Schultz of Palo Alto, CA; a brother, David (and Janet) Hein, of Reardan, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were directed by Strate Funeral Home of Davenport.” (Dav. Times: 8-29-2002) 


“Reardan.—Graveside service for D Floyd Hudkins, 89, a longitmeReardan farmer, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct 19, at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Spokane.  Mr Hudkins died Oct 14 in Olympia. He had retired from farming in 1980, moved to Sequim, WA, and had spent winters in Yuma, AZ.  Born April 5, 1913, in Wilbur, he moved to Reardan in 1934 and began raising wheat and livestock near the home to which his parents, Mr and Mrs Daniel Walker Hudkins, relocated at about the same time. He married Ruth Marion Weipert on Dec 30, 1939.  He was an elder at Reardan Presbyterian Church, a 56-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a past master and chaplain of masons, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star (serving as worthy patron in 1955), a 19-year board member of the Reardan Grain Growers, a 25-year member of the Reardan Lions Club, and was wagon master of Good Sams Club in Sequim.  He leaves his wife at their Olympia home; three sons, Lt Col Raymon P (and Mary Collins) Hudkins (USAF, retired) of Pensacola, FL; James C Hudkins of Deer Park, and Daniel Frank (and Debbora) Hudkins of Rochester, WA; a daughter, Janet E Hudkins of Hoquiam, WA; three grandsons, Jeffrey, Craig and Robert; four great grandchildren; and a former daughter-in-law, Glenda Hudkins of Niceville, FL. Arrangements were made by Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock, WA.”  (Dav. Times: 10-17-2002) 


“Reardan.—At his request, no service is planned for Junior Floyd Post, who died Oct 23.  A longtime Reardan resident, he was born May 3, 1928 in Apache, OK. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Jean Post. He leaves a son, Gerald E Post; three daughters, Debra (and John) Shelton, Susan (and Stan) Dormaier, and Bonnie Banicki; three granddaughters...; four grandsons...; 3 great grandchildren; two sisters, Georgia Smith of Oklahoma and Bernice Barrett of New Mexico; and a brother, Gerald Post of Oklahoma.” (Dav. Times: 10-31-2002)


“Reardan.—One of two memorial services for Eileen Nielsen Birkeland, 93, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov 16, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan, with private interment planned at Reardan... Mrs Birkeland died Nov 1. Born Mary Elizabeth Eileen Tramm in Reardan on April 7, 1909, she was a daughter of Peter C and Gertrude (Buckner) Tramm, joining brothers Henry and Ward and sisters Lois and Thelma Tramm.  She was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan, graduated from Reardan High School, trained to be a registered nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, and received training in Chicago to be a certified nurse anesthetist.  During WW II, she served as a second lieutenant in the US Army Corps.  She practices thereafter as a nurse anesthetist, at Deaconess, Doctors’ Hospital (Seattle), Swedish Hospital (Seattle) and in Alaska.  In 1947, Eileen married Alfred Nielsen, who was killed in an accident in 1971. They met at a tall people’s club (he was 6’6” and she was 6’1”). She treated Al’s children from his first marriage as her own. She placed five babies from her physicians’ practices for adoption, and considered them also her children. After their mothers’ deaths, she treated her nephew and two nieces as her children.  In 1984, she married Halvard Birkeland (he was only 6’2”), a widower with one son, whom again she made her own. They met at a lunch hosted by her next-door neighbor (Cecelia, Hal’s sister-in-law). Hal died in 1993. For most of her adult life, she lived in Kirkland and Bellevue, and was a long-term (not quite charter) member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kirkland. She leaves a stepson, Philip (and Jean) Birkeland of Tacoma, their children...; niece Christina (and Larry) Everett of Snoqualmie Pass, their children...; nephew Peter Cowley Tramm (Sylvia) of Hilton Head, SC; step-daughter Lola Dodson (Ron) of Omaha, NE, their children...; step-son Alfred Nielsen (Liz) of Denver, Colorado; step-daughter Sally Meyer of Denver, CO; sisters-in-law Virginia Nielsen of Kirkland and Cecelia Birkeland of Madrid, Spain; Linda Johnson, daughter of her life-long friend Helen Schultz; and by numerous other relatives and friends.” (Dav. Times: 11-14-2002)


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Donald Devos, 61, took place Monday, Jan 6, at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Reardan. He died Dec 31 in Reardan.  He leaves his wife, Eva, at the home; three children, Theresa Devos of Chelan; Dewayne Devos of Massachusetts; and Denise Devos of Reardan; and a grandson, Noah Devos.” (Dav. Times: 1-09-2003) 


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Glen F Manning, 74, a lifetime Spokane area resident, will be at 10a.m. Saturday, jan 11, at Reardan United Methodist Church, wtih Pastor Mike Welch officiating. A potluck luncheon will be served at the Reardan Community Hall afterwards. Mr Manning died Dec 31 in Spokane. He was a Reardan resident for 14 years and a former town councilman there.  Born Dec 13, 1928, in Spokane to Foster and Gladys Manning, he graduated in 1948 from West Valley High School. Drafted in 1952, he served in the US Army in the Panama Canal area.  A lifetime member of the Carpenters Local Union No. 98, having joined in 1948,he worked on many of the concrete grain elevators in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Iowa and California.  He worked for Henry George & Sons for many year, retiring in 1990.... He was preceded in death by his father in 1984 and his stepfather, Al Hubble. He leaves three sons, David (and Lois) Manning of Tacoma; Kenneth (and Ann) Manning of Seattle; and Brian Manning of Reardan; his mother, Gladys Hubble of Spokane; his stepmother, Alice Manning; a sister, Barbara Hardie of Brinnon, WA; six brothers, Hal Hubble, Don Hubble of Spokane Valley; Gene Hubble of Yakima; Clarence Manning of Grandview, MO; James Manning of Nine Mile Falls; and Robert Manning of Santa Ynez, CA; four grandchildren...” (DT: 1-09-2003)


“Reardan.—Memorial service for George H Ellis, a longtime Reardan area farmer, is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 18, at Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport. Mr Ellis died Tuesday, Jan 14. A complete obituary is expected for publication in next week’s Times.” (Dav. Times: 1-16-2003)


“Reardan.—Donald John Lundgren, a 1941 Reardan High School graduate, a resident of Missoula, MT, died Jan 24, at St Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born Nov 10, 1923, in Spokane to Henry and Ellen Lundgren. He grew up on the family farm at Indian Prairie (near Spokane) whre he attended grade school. He worked as a traveling salesman, heavy equipment operator, welder and carpenter... He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Willard Lundgren; an unnamed stillborn brother (twin of Willard), sister-in-law, Norma Lundgren; and niece, Kathy Lundgren.  He leaves his companion of many years, Catherine ‘Babe’ Bogard and her family of Missoula; a daughter, Carrie (and Brian) McMahan, McCall, ID; a twin sister, Dorothy (and Carl) Mielke, Davenport; a brother, Lloyd Lundgren of Indian Prairie; sister-in-law, Seville Lundgren of Waynesboro, PA; seven grandchildren, a great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews. Burial took place at the Carlton Cemetery in Florence, MT, under the care of Garden City Funeral Home. A private service will be held in the spring.” (Dav. Times: 2-06-2003) 


“Reardan.—At his request, no funeral is planned for William Malcolm ‘Bill’ Paul, a former Reardan resident, who died March 13 at his Spokane home.  Born Jan 28, 1922, he was a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps and flew in 52 bombing missions in WW II with the 347th BS, 99th Bombardment grouup in North Africa and Italy. He was a lifelong farmer and producer of registered Polled Herefords and a 49 year member of American Legion Post 113.  He leaves his wife of 56 years, Betty Lea (Dobbins) Paul; four children, Kathy (and Henry) Kight of Spokane, Mike (and Carol) Paul of Edwall, Pat (and Geri) Paul of Spokane, Jeff (and Tami) Paul of Spokane; six grandchildren...; 3 step-grandchildren...’ a great granddaughter, Sarah Paul of Edwall; five siblings, Richard Paul of Spokane; Jack Paul of Reardan; Doris Miller of Valleyford; Joe Paul of Reardan, and Mary Mercer of Kennewick.” (Dav. Times: 3-20-2003) 


“Reardan.—Graveside service for Ellen Laura (Hemken) Robinson, 94, took place Saturday, May 17, at the Reardan Cemetery. Pastor Phil Falk officiated.  Mrs Robinson died May 12 in Spokane.  A member of the Waukon Grange, she enjoyed gardening and flowers, reading and poetry, and crossword puzzles. She was remembered for a ‘great sense of humor; and for being ‘a gentle, loving person who was a solid part of the family and always able to accept life as it came.’  She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, in 1968, and a son, Tom, in 1976, as well as three brothers and three sisters.  She leaves three sons and three daughters, Fred Robinson and Dennis Robinson, both of Edwall; Dave Robinson of Deer Park, Ellen (and Don) Pace of Orlando, FL, Eileen (and Joe) Weber of Spokane; and Jeannie (and Kent) Amsdem of Chattaroy; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport directed services.” (Dav. Times: 5-22-2003)


“Reardan.—Family graveside service for Julie Elizabeth Wheeler, 42, took place June 10 at the Reardan Cemetery. Ms Wheeler died June 2.  Born Dec 25, 1960, in San Jose, CA, she moved with her family in 1978 to a farm north of Reardan. She graduated from Reardan High School  the following year. She leaves three children, Douglas Eugene, Denise Elizabeth and Daniel Edwin, all of Spokane; her parents, Don and Gwen Walker of Davenport; a brother, Donald (and Kelly) Walker of Post Falls, Idaho;  a sister, Mary (and Tony) Spencer of Shelton, WA; maternal grandmother, Lola Elizabeth Maxey of Santa Cruz, Ca; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles in California.” (Dav. Times: 6-19-2003) 


“Reardan.—Funeral for Meta C Malzacher, 103, of Spokane Valley, is schedules today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at the Pines Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel.  Mrs Malzacher died June 13 in Spokane.  Born Jan 6, 1900, in Reardan, she graduated from Reardan High School and Washington State College, where she belonged to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  She taught high school in Winthrop, WA, and also served as supt of the Okanogan School District. She was a longtime Twisp resident and moved to the Spokane area about 20 years ago.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Spokane.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr John W Malzacher, in 1993, and by a brother, Adolph Carstens, and sister, Frieda Schulz.  She leaves a niece, Janice E Jones of Spokane Valley; nephews, Marion Carstens of Georgia; Vernon Carstens of Reardan; Arthur Fletcher of Wenatchee; and Keith E Schulz, Sr, of Reardan; and step-daughters, Patricia Aman of Spokane and Adele O'Neal of California. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home handled arrangements and was the locaton of visitation on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.” (Dav. Times: 6-19-2003) 


“Reardan.—Reardan Presbyterian Church will be the setting for a service honoring the life of Dar Bergeron at 1 p.m. today. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Reardan Fire Hall.  Mrs Bergeron, who died suddenly earlier this week after suffering chronic stomach problems, was a Reardan Planning Commission member and had run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2001. The Times hopes to had additional obituary information for an upcoming issue.” (Dav. Times: 9-11-2003) 


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Dar Bergeron, 40, of Reardan, was Thursday, Sept 11, at the Reardan Presbyterian church with the Rev Paul Rodkey officiating. She died Sept 7.  A volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Reardan Fire and Rescue, she also was a public fire educator and an aide with the Reardan-Edwall School District. She also served on the Reardan Planning Commission and ran unsuccessfully for Reardan mayor 2001. She leaves her husband of eight years, Doug Bonstrom, at the home; children: Jesse (and Susan) Wolfe of Palo Alto, CA; Ginger Wolfe of Reardan; Amanda (and Jeremy) Meier of England; two grandchildren...; a brother, Randy (and Tracey) Smith; numerous nieces and nephews; parents Carl and Peggie Rogers, Ed and Marianne Brommer and Eva Louise Whitley.”  (Dav. Times: 9-18-2003)


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Harold ‘Bud’ Lucht, 75, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane. Mr Lucht died Wednesday, April 14, in Spokane.  Born May 21, 1928, in Spokane, he was the son of Otto and Lela Lucht. He owned and operated a wheat farm in Reardan until his 1990 retirement. He served as a Fire District 5 commissioner and belonged to Reardan Lions Club, West Deep Creek Grange and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51. He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He leaves his wife, Donna; a son, Greg (and Janene) Lucht; a daughter, Geri (and Pat) Paul; two sisters, Eileen Ahrens and Doris (and Sidney) Peterson; a sister-in-law, Margie Robertson; a brother-in-law, Neal Robertson; 5 grandchildren... and numerous nieces and nephews.” (4-22-2004)


“John W Buck. Remembrance for John W Buck, 68, a native of the Reardan-Davenport area, took place Feb 20 at the Spokane Community college gymnasium. Mr Buck, a longtim SCC coach, died Feb 11 at his Colbert home. Born July 13, 1936, in Reardan, he graduated in 1954 from Davenport High School... After serving in the US Marine Corps, he attended Southern Oregon College... His father, Ted Buck, and brother, Wayne Buck, preceded him in death.  He leaves his wife of 41 years, Melba; two children, Brenda (and Kurt) Leonhard and Jay Buck; three grandchildren; his mother, Rosie Buck; a sister, Rosemarie (and Tom) Talkington; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Dav. Times: 3-17-2005) 


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Leland A Hauenstein, 77, of Reardan, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Reardan Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Mike Welch and Father Pat MacMahon officiating. Mr Hauenstein died March 16 in Spokane. He was born to Marion Hauenstein and Pearl (Moore) Hauenstein on Oct 20, 1927 in Mt Vernon, WA.  He was a member of the Harrington Golf and Country Club, Spring Creek Grange and a former member of the Reardan Lions Club and the Reardan Volunteer Fire Department. He leaves his wife, Dorothy, at the home;  three sons, Russ (and Lori) Hauenstein of Indianapolis, IN; Ron (Becky) Hauenstein of Spokane; and Steve (Cheri) Hauenstein of Reardan; two daughters, Cindy (and Brian) McCall of Reardan; and Darlene (Dave) Gable of Spokane; three brothers, DeWayne Hauenstein of Utah; Delbert Hauenstein of Everett; and Glenn Hauenstein of Oroville; 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport handled arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 3-24-2005)


“Reardan.—Memorial Mass for Rosealma Owens Roderick Paul, a Reardan native, took place Feb 28, followed by private burial rites in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where she was laid to rest next to her first husband. She died of pancreatic cancer of Feb 24 at her Parkville, MD home.  Mrs Paul, the daughter of Jack and Olivine Owens, grew up in Reardan and graduated high school in 1943. She joined her sister Olivine in Seattle and worked at Boeing until WW II ended. In 1948 she married Donald Roderick, a FBI agent, and moved to Buffalo, NY.  She also lived in Georgia and the Washington, DC, area before retiring to the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay.  She is remembered as a very social person who loved to travel, play golf, and entertain her friends and family.  She leaves eight children, Dick, Denny, Steve, Kenny, Maureen, Jerry, Donny and Rosemary; 21 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; three brothers, Pat, Charley and Jerry; three sisters, Olivine Schmitz, Irene Yenna and Edna Perry; and many nieces and nephews.”  (Dav. Times: 3-24-2005) 


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Lila S Wendlandt, 92, took place May 16 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan, with Pastor Jim Sheldon officiating.  A former Reardan resident, Mrs Wendlandt died May 12 in Spokane Valley.  She was born at Powers Lake, ND, March 23, 1913, to Martin and Annie (Garnes) Enget.  She belonged to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan and was a 50-year member of Spring Creek Grange. Other memberships include the Reardan Senior Citizens and the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. She received the International Reading Association’s 1988 award for services in the promotion of literacy and an outstanding service award from the Reardan community in 1990. Her parents and husband, Walter (on Nov 1, 1983) preceded her in death. She leaves a daughter, Evelyn Freeze of Liberty Lake; three grandchildren...; a great grandson; three brothers, Orris Enget of Powers Lake, ND, Ellsworth Enget of Williston, ND, and Kenneth Enget of Fresno, CA; and a sister, Agnes (and John) of Spokane.”  (Dav. Times: 5-19-2005)


“Harold and Claudia Thompson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3. The former Claudia Bull of Reardan exchanged vows with Thompson on June 3, 1955, at the Reardan Presbyterian Church. They’ve made Davenport their home the past 44 years. He’s retired from WWP/Avista, while she was employed for more than 24 years at Carman’s Bakery in Davenport. The couple has a daughter, Penny (and husband Rdo) Pankey, also of Davenport; two granddaughters, Tara of Spokane and Traci (and Gabe) Gants of Davenport. The Thompsons plan another celebration in December with a family trip to Hawaii.” (Dav. Times: 5-19-2005)


“Reardan.—Graveside service for Wilfred C ‘Bill’ Sullivan, 88, of Reardan, took place June 23 at the Reardan Cemetery with Pastor Phil Falk officiating.  Mr Sullivan died Monday, June 20, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Born Aug 31, 1916, in Reardan, he was the son of Ralph and Edna (Dixon) Sullivan.  A longtime Reardan resident, he retired after 33 years driving buses for Greyhound.  His wife, Phyllis, and a son, Larry, preceded him in death. He leaves two sons, William Sullivan of Edwall and Donald Sullivan of Spokane; 3 granddaughters,... and 6 great grandchildren. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport handled arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 6-30-2005)


“Reardan.—Bill J Holwegner, 54, of White Swan, WA, died Sunday, July 31, after a tragic accident. A Celebraton of Life is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug 6, at the Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home in Yakima with Pastor David Ladines officiating. Born Dec 2, 1950, in Toppenish, he was the son of Roland and Betty (Ostby) Holwegner. He lived in the Reardan area for about 20 years and was a farmer.... He married Lana Stanton in Coeur d’Alene, ID, on Feb 14, 1998.  Besides his wife and parents, he leaves a son, Joey (and Sara) Holwegner of Spangle; a daughter, Jacquie (and Beau) Hedrick of Sitka, Alaska; two step-daughters, Kristi (and Saurel) Favard of Everett; and Kim Stanton (along with her fiance Lance Rodman) of Yakima....; a sister, Cathy Lemke.” (Dav. Times: 8-04-2005) 


“Reardan.—Celebration of life memorial service for Michael A Welch, pastor of the Reardan United Methodist Church, took place today at 10 a.m. at the Reardan City Park. Pastor Welch died Aug 5 in Spokane.  Born Jan 17, 1941, in Tacoma, he was the son of Leslie and Mavis (McOmber) Welch. He belonged to the Melody Singers of Spokane, served on the board of Christian Camping International and Puppets and Praise Ministry. He pastored three churches, worked 13 years in Christian camping and 12 years in Christian radio. He also had worked as a longshoreman at the Tacoma docks.  His parents preceded him in death.  He leaves his wife, Carolyn, at their Reardan home; three children, Susan (and Martin) McAllister of Senora, CA; Christopher (and Valerie) Welch of Meridian, ID; and Timothy Welch of Reardan; 8 grandchildren....; three brothers, Ronald Welch of Trail, OR; Robert Welch of Whidbey Island, WA; and David Welch of Bremerton, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport handled arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 8-11-2005) 


“Reardan.—Celebration of life worship service for James Ernest Graham, 66, of Reardan, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug 14, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Reardan, followed by a short graveside service at Reardan Cemetery.... Mr Graham died Saturday, Aug 6, after a struggle with lung disease.  Born Aug 20, 1938, in Ticonderoga, NY, he was the son of George and Agnes (Wolcott) Graham of Crown Point, NY... He entered the US Air Force in 1957. In 1960 he married Maxine Blair of Colville. His son, Gregory Ernest, was born in 1962 at Fairchild Air Force Base. He married Janice Rose Giese of Odessa in 1966 after being stationed in Glasgow, MT. The couple lived in Labrador and in northern CA before he was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam Wars as a B52 mechanic. In 1973 the Grahams’ daughter, Margret Rose, was born in Minot, ND, followed by son Jay Scott in 1975 in Riverside, CA. In 1977 he retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant and the Grahams moved to Reardan, where he worked for Edwall Grain Growers for many years, then Western Millwrights and finally Ecolite Manufacturing of Spokaen, from which he partially retired in 2004.  Active in his community, he belonged to Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Reardan and the Reardan Lions Club... Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Greg Graham of Kennewick and Jay Graham of Seattle; a daughter, Margret Graham of Seattle; a sister Margaret (Peggy) Towne of Crown Point, NY; and two nieces and a nephew.” (Dav. Times: 8-11-2005) 


“Reardan.—Memorial service for Virgil D Zier, 83 took place Tuesday, Aug 16, at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport. Mr Zier died Aug 9. Born Sept 23, 1921, to George and Katie Zier in Odessa, he had a twin brother as well as six other brothers. He attended school in Odessa through his freshman year in high school. They moved to Davenport where he graduated in 1939. He served in the Army Air Force during WW II. He attended the U of W and WSU. He retired from WWP as a plant operator.  He belonged to Emmanuel Lutheran Church and served on the church council for several years. He also was a member of Avista Trialblazer Retirees Group for more than 50 years and a life member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He was known for his storytelling, especially concerning his youth during the Depression and the various ways potatoes could be prepared. He enjoyed farming and gardening, sharing produce with neighbors, fishing at Loon Lake, sharing skills with his grandchildren, playing cards, bowling and camping (in his younger days) on the Oregon coast and Yellowstone National Park, helping in family remodeling projects and making chocolate popcorn balls to hand out to Halloween trick-or-treaters.  He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during a family-hosted gala in 2004.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.  He leaves his wife of 51 years, Barbara; three daughters, Debra (and Bill) Hazelett of Kent, WA; Brenda (and Rod) Clouse of Spokane; and Susan (and Bud) Meagley of Spokane; 7 grandchildren...; 3 great grandchildren...; and four brothers.”  (Dav. Times: 8-18-2005) 


“Reardan.—Funeral for Ralph Dean Heinemann, 80, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan 20, at the American Lutheran Churchin Billings, MT, with burial in Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.  Mr Heinemann died Saturday, Jan 14, at his Billings home. He had suffered a stroke at Thanksgiving. Born July 13, 1925 in Reardan to George and Martha Heinemann, he was the third of four siblings in a wheat farming family.  After attending a country school for three years, consolidation moved him to elementary and high school classrooms in Edwall. He joined the US Navy in 1943, went through boot camp at Farragut, Idaho, engineering school in Illinois and water tender school in Philadelphia, PA.  He served in the Phillipine Islands, Okinawa, Hong Kong, China and Shanghai during WW II and was at sea during a Christmas Eve attack by the Japanese. After his 1946 discharge, he earned a degree in animal husbandry from WSC. He worked at Armor and Company in Spokane as a cattle buyer, later moving to Portland, OR.... He married Marilyn Tollefson, March 10, 1974 in Billings.... He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Dave Anderson, two brothers, Laurence and Robert Heinemann; a sister, Ruth Hilby and brother-in-law, Noel Hilby. He leaves his wife of almost 32 years, nephew and nieces... Dahl Funeral Chapel of Billings handled arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 1-19-2006) 


“Reardan Library Marks 40 Years in Same Location.  Reardan.—Marking the Reardan Public Library’s 40th year in its present locaton, the library board will host an open house and reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, during Reardan’s Mule Days celebration.  A book sale in the library basement is schedulted for the same time. Regular library hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays.  The need for a library in Reardan was recognized as early as 1915 when Pastor William Schoeler promoted a social affair to which each person brought one or more books to Hanel’s Pioneer Drug Store, where they were housed and made available to all.  Later, through the interest of the Women’s Study Club, an old millinery shop located where the current post office is became a library.  The group hoped to one day erect a library building and towards that end, many fundraising events were held.  In 1966, the Memorial Clinic building became defunct due to insufficient support for a local doctor and clinic.  The clinic board offered to transfer ownership to the library if the building was used for that and a town hall. Papers were transferred on Jan 11 of that year. The Lions Club’s civic improvement committee, chaired by Pete Schulz, offered to head up the work crews to remodel the building. Seven small rooms became one large room. A new ceiling, fluorescent lighting, shelving and a furnace overhaul kept 36 men, including 10 who weren’t Lions members, busy for weeks. Women of the community came in to paint, varnish shelves and reprocess 1,800 books.  Community Day funds from 1960 were the foundation for the extensive remodeling and the 1966 funds were donated to the library as well.  At the 1966 Community Day, an open house took place to celebrate the completion of the remodeling project and the library’s opening. Over its 91 year history, the library has had only five dedicated librarians. Miriam Supinger is serving presently, following Lisa Moore, Janet Koehler, Alvina King and Mary B Driscoll.  On display in the library is the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Joe E Mann for bravery in World War II.  As a clinic, the building was dedicated to the memory of he and other veterans who gave their lives: Roger Mahrt, Gus A Magnuson, Marvin Zwainz, Kenneth Tyler, Jack Zeimantz, Louis Supinger, Arthur Seeger and Fred Wallenberg.  Now open three days a week, the library has Internet and e-mail access for patrons, a large book collection for children and adults, DVDs, CDs, videos, books on tape, a special collection of books on the Northwest and large print books.  The entire collection is on a computer program. An arrangement with the Spokane city and county library system allows Reardan patrons to order items not locally available. Materials are available for community members to borrow without charge.  Many who helped with the renovation no longer are alive, but those still in the community are issued a special invitation to visit the library on Mule Days.  A book with the library’s history has been compiled and will be on display, along with many other historical photographs that are housed there.” (Dav. Times: 6-01-2006) 


“Charter Members. Brothers Richard and Joe Paul recently received plaques recognizing their involvement with the Reardan Lions Club which celebrated its 60th anniversary last month.” (caption of photo; 6-01-2006) 




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