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  • Condon Patrick Kennedy

    Cheney Free Press|Updated May 15, 2024

    Condon Patrick Kennedy, 82, of Cheney, Wash., passed away April 10, 2024, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Patrick was born May 22, 1941, to Kenneth and Kathleen Kennedy in Fort Lewis, Wash. After graduating from Pullman High School, he furthered his studies at Washington State University, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and graduated with a degree in Physical Science. He later earned a master's degree from University of Oklahoma. After...

  • Dwayne J. Paul

    Cheney Free Press|Updated May 15, 2024

    Dec. 8, 1933 to April 25, 2024 Dwayne J. Paul, 90, passed away April 25, 2024, in Cheney Wash. Dwayne was born Dec. 8, 1933, in Spokane Wash., to Leslie and Helen Paul. He was raised in the Deep Creek, Wash. area, graduating from Reardan High School in 1955. After graduating Dwayne was drafted in the Army during the Korean Conflict. After serving, he returned to Cheney. In 1957, Dwayne married Carol Halverson and they welcomed three children, Greg, Stacey and Lynn. Dwayne...

  • Logan Mark Porter

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Logan Mark Porter, age 32, passed away on April 28, 2024, after a courageous 8 year battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 16, 1991, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. From day one, Logan was a strong willed individual. He had a personality and smile that left a lasting impression on all who met him. Logan grew up in Cheney, Wash., where he attended school and started his own business, detailing vehicles. He was a hard worker, but also a caring person who would...

  • James E (Jim) Rogers

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Jim passed peacefully in his sleep April 21, 2024 at the Cheney Care Center after a short illness. He was born July 10, 1931 to James E Rogers (Ernie) and Lois Jessie Pendell. He was joined four years later by a brother Charles. Jim attended school in Spokane where he graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He joined the Army just after the Korea initiative and spent time in Germany, France, England and Italy. He loved his time there and talked about it often. When Jim...

  • Roxy Lee (Kirkhoven) Albright

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Roxy was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, and lived with her grandparents near Sagle, Idaho until she was 9. She then moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where she lived until graduating from Bonners Ferry High School. She loved animals and developed close lifetime friendships. It was the personal relationships that were most important to her. She married Charles Albright on June 3, 1956. They had two children, Jon and Kathy, and raised them in the house that they built in Cheney in...

  • William "Bill" Milton Miller

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    William "Bill" Milton Miller died peacefully in his home in Cheney, Wash., surrounded by his family following complications of lung cancer at the age of 75. Bill was the second eldest child born to Wiliam and Dorothy Miller at Deaconess hospital on April 9, 1948. He attended Garden Springs Elementary School, Windsor, and then Cheney High School, where he met his future wife of 55 years- Jacki Miller. They married following graduation on Sept. 7, 1968. Bill and Jacki had three...

  • Death Notice

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    A celebration of life will be held for Laura Louise Wiley of Cheney, Wash., who passed on Dec.r 28, 2023. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Shriners Event Center, 7217 W. Westbow Blvd, Spokane, WA 99224....

  • Robert "Bob" Edward Hinman

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Robert (Bob) Edward Hinman, born Aug. 13, 1939, passed away peacefully March 19, 2024, leaving with love from his family in Spokane, Wash. Bob was a geologist with degrees in earth science and general studies from Montana State. He worked with mining companies throughout Alaska, Idaho., Montana, Washington, Nevada. and Utah. His passion for geology came through in his love of collecting precious stones and passing his knowledge to his children and grandchildren. He was preceded into heaven by his parents, Edward and Dorothy...

  • David C. Smith

    Updated Mar 28, 2024

    David C. Smith (Crockett) was born in Spokane, Washington on April 5, 1955, to Donald E. and Elaine A. Smith. He passed away on Mar. 3, 2024, in Covington, Ga. David attended school in Cheney and Spangle before going into the army. He served a tour in Vietnam before coming back home to Cheney. David had numerous friends and family members who he often spoke about with fond memories. He was a great cook and loved fishing and working on cars. David was preceded in death by one...

  • Dr. Grant Orion Gilbert

    Updated Mar 8, 2024

    Dr. Grant Orion Gilbert passed away peacefully holding the hand of his childhood friend and wife of 58 years on Feb. 4, 2024, one week before his 78th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Trinette; and sons, Garrett, Tristan, Nathaniel, Joshua, and Tobin; four daughters-in-law; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Grant believed in hard work, acquiring his doctorate degree while working full-time and raising six children. After retiring from Lakeland...

  • Ruth Ann (Martin) Van Kuren

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    Ruth Ann (Martin) Van Kuren was born Dec. 10, 1943, to Chester and Helen (Scharpenberg) Martin. Ruth was the oldest of five children and passed away at the age of 80 on Feb. 24, 2024. She grew up in the LaCrosse community and graduated from LaCrosse HS in 1961. She graduated as a registered nurse from Deaconess School of Nursing in 1964. Ruth loved her family, cruising, camping, gardening and kids in general. Within a week of graduating nursing school, she flew to Waco,...

  • Rose Mary "Rocky" Henson

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    Rose Mary "Rocky" Henson, age 79, of Sprague, Wash. passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. She was born on July 28, 1944, in Spokane, Wash. Rocky enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, and many friends. She was a member of the Sprague City Council and was active in the Lutheran Church After School Program and the Annual Sausage Feed. Her favorite vacations involved family or visiting the Oregon coast. She is survived by her husband of 39 years,...

  • David Hurley MD

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    E. David Hurley MD died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was born in Spokane, one of six children born to Earnie and Marjorie Hurley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Dan, Gene, Steve and sister Karen. He is survived by wife Janice Hurley (Hillstead) of Cheney Wash., daughter Lynn Hurley (Jake Anderson), two granddaughters Halle and Hannah of Rochester MN, son David Hurley of Cheney Wash. and brother Gary Hurley (Linda) of...

  • Judith 'Judy' Arlene (Sauer) Zappone

    Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Judith Arlene (Sauer) Zappone went to the Lord on Jan. 22, 2024 in Spokane, with her six children and family by her side. Judy was born Oct. 15, 1939, at home in Lamont, Wash. to Julius and Bertha Sauer, the second of six children. She graduated from Lamont High School in 1957. In 1958, Judy was selected as queen of the United Service Organization. She earned a degree from Kinman Business College. While on a bowling league, she met Bill Zappone, a school teacher. They married...

  • Wilma Joyce Brown

    Updated Jan 26, 2024

    Wilma Joyce Brown, 90, of Cheney, Wash., passed away on Jan.12, 2024. She was born on Feb. 19, 1933, in Itasca, Texas, to the late Stella and Tom Cummings. Wilma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard S Brown. Wilma will be deeply missed by her surviving family members, including her two brothers Jarvis and Earl, her three sons Randy, Kenny, David and her daughter Susan. She was a cherished mother, grandmother of seven, and great grandmother of three, leaving...

  • John Gerald Alent

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    John Gerald Alent, self-proclaimed alias of "Oh Mighty One," passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family on Jan. 11, 2024. He succumbed to cancer after an almost eight-year battle at the age of 74 years. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda, and their five children Caline (Keith) McLaughlin, Paladin, Travis, Joshua (Cari), and Chelsea (Austin) Pea. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, his six siblings, of whom he was the oldest, and his dad...

  • Richard Gordon Camp

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Richard (Dick) Gordon Camp, age 95, passed away in Cheney, Wash. on Jan. 8, 2024. Richard was born to A. Clifford and Bessie B (Latimer) Camp on Aug. 23, 1928, at home on the family farm where he lived for the next 95 years. Richard began school at Cheney Training School (Cheney State Normal School) and graduated from Cheney High School in 1947. Richard bought his first heifer when he was in FFA and started building a dairy barn in 1947, finishing in 1949. In 1948, he married...

  • Michael Francis Moquin

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Michael Francis Moquin, a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, who passed peacefully on Dec. 25, 2023. Michael's journey began on Feb. 21, 1990, and though his time with us was cut short, his impact on those who knew him will be everlasting. Born in Portland, OR where he spent his early childhood, Michael moved to Cheney, Wash. in 2001 where he graduated from high school in 2008. Michael was preceded in death by his...

  • Richard "Rich" Reid Reiman

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Richard "Rich" Reid Reiman, 72, of Cheney, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 29, 2023. He was born to George and Lorrine Reiman on Dec. 4, 1951, in Longview, Wash. Rich attended elementary school in Amboy, Wash., where he developed a strong work ethic helping on their family farm, and he kindled a lifelong passion for sports. His graceful athleticism on the basketball court caught the eye of his dream girl, Lori. From sweethearts in high school through 50 years of...

  • Ardell Patrick Victor

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Ardell Patrick Victor, 59, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 27, 2023, in Cheney, Wash. He was the widower of Xandra L. Victor who left us on Jan. 1, 2021. They shared 12 years of marriage together before Xanny’s passing. Ardell was born in Colfax, Wash., on July 2, 1964, to Gerry Victor and Donna Lux. He graduated in 1982 from Garfield High School in Garfield, Wash. Ardell married Shirley Ackerman in 1985 and they had two children, Christina Baber of Spokane Wash., and Jared V...

  • Leland E. Graese

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Leland E. Graese passed away peacefully during the early morning hours of Nov. 17, 2023, in Tacoma, Wash., at the age of 91. "Lee," the baby of eight children, was born Jan. 27, 1932, at the Cheyenne River Agency, S.D., to Emil and Anna (Wesenberg) Graese. He lived in South Dakota and Idaho when the US Army requested his presence because of the Korean War. Due to his incredibly high IQ and the fact he could type, he never left the Pacific Northwest. It was then that Leland...

  • Patricia Ruth (nee Clute) Conrath

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    It is with great sadness to announce that our sweet mother and grandmother, Patricia Ruth Conrath, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2023. Patricia Ruth was born in St. Maries, Idaho, on Sept. 11, 1926, to William E. and Laurina (Larson) Clute. She was one of seven children and the family lived in Emida, Idaho, for 10 years before moving to Cheney, Wash. in 1936, where she resided until her death. Patricia Ruth went through school in Cheney, then married...

  • Kathryn Lenora Shields

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Kathryn "Kathy" Lenora Shields was born in Lamont, Wash. to Katherine (Irene Kelly) and Cleo R. Thompson. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by family Dec. 13, 2023, after complications from a fall at age 90. Kathy moved numerous times in her childhood, until her family settled in Four Lakes, Wash. She graduated from Cheney High School and attended Eastern Washington College (now known as Eastern Washington University). In 1955, she married William "Bill"...

  • Lorraine McMillan

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Lorraine McMillan, born Feb. 3, 1928, in Spokane, Wash., passed away peacefully in her home the morning of Dec. 5, 2023. Lorraine grew up on the dairy farm her parents owned near Four Lakes, Wash. She was married to high school chum and neighbor Ted McMillan in 1945. They continued farming with E.F. McMillan and sons, eventually on their own with wheat, dairy, and beef cattle. It was a busy life, raising 4 children, Steve, Carol, Dave, and Judy. Lorraine was an excellent...

  • Shirley Gay (Myrick )Miller

    Updated Dec 14, 2023

    Shirley Gay (Myrick) Miller was born to Don and Billie Myrick in Stanford, Mont., on Aug. 2, 1939. She passed away suddenly Dec. 4, 2023, with complications from recent heart issues. Shirley was the third of five children born to the Myrick family. She was predeceased by her brother, William (he died before she was born); her mom and dad; and sisters, Margaret Schlimmer and Carol Greenwalt. She is survived by her sister, Midge Warrington of Great Falls; daughters, Tamara...

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