Everett Wagner, Class of 1949, passed away in March 2021. He is survived by his wife Joan and his children Susan, Stephen, Richard, Gary, Lisa and Gregory. He is also survived by his sister Delores Sparkman (1950), 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Lydia Wagner.
Gary Jantz, Class of 1960, passed away on March 7, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife Kay Clinesmith Jantz, parents Leonard and Eva Jantz, sister Joy Benzel (1952) brother Roger Jantz (1956) and twin brother Larry. He is survived by his children Dione Jantz and Jeffrey Jantz.
Leland Ruegsegger, Class of 1973, passed away on February 25, 2021. He is survived by his wife Jeanie and his four sons Joshua, Jared, Jason and Justin.
Lois Schwisow Seaburg, Class of 1946, passed away on February 21, 2021. She is survived by her daughter LeeAnn Seaburg Perry and son Jaimie Seaburg and grandsons Adam, Nathan, and Mark and her five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Anna Schwisow, sisters Phyllis Ziemer (1932) and Iris Heider (1935), brothers Fred Schwisow (1937) and Donald Schwisow (1941).
Malinda Jantz Zilliox, Class of 1938, passed away on February 14, 2021. She is survived by a son Jay (Jennifer) Zilliox. She was preceded in death by her husband Milton Zilliox, brothers Leonard and Walter (1932) Jantz and sisters Marie Precht, Martha (1930) Robinson and Evelyn (1935) Claassen as well as her parents Andrew and Minnie (Franz) Jantz.
Steve Gibler, Class of 1984, passed away on February 6, 2021. He is survived by his children Jenae Gibler (Trent Holeman) and Logan Gibler (Haley Gee), sisters Carol (1971) (Dave 1969) Russell, Joy (1978) (Derek) Abbott, brother Paul (1968) Gibler and granddaughter Adalynn Jo Holeman. He was preceded in death by his parents Craig and Esther Gibler.
Willard Carsten Hennings, Class of 1947, passed away on February 1, 2021. He is survived by his wife Pat Ott Hennings (1951), sister Freda Thaut (1942), son Curtis (1974) (Erika) Hennings, son-in-law Stephen Turner, grandchildren Hans (2007) (Kristina) Hennings, Elena (2009) (Justin) McKenzie, Pryce Turner and great-grandchildren KatieJo, Wylie and Bella Hennings, Josie and Daxton McKenzie and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carsten and Elizabeth Hennings, brothers Walt and John(1939) Hennings and sisters Ann (1937) Yates, Dorothy (1944) Soderstrom and daughter Tamara (1975) Turner.
Joel Nels Anderson, Class of 1988, passed away on February 1, 2021. He is survived by his mother Judy Blankenship (1960) (Warren) Cogswell, Partner Heidi Harting (1991), sons, Jacob (2013), Joel (2016) and Jesse (2018) Anderson, sister Janelle Anderson (1984) (Dave) Griffith, Niece, Daryl Griffith, brother Greg (1979) Cogswell and sister Debbie (1976) Cogswell (Dick) (1973) Buscher and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Joel Donald Blankenship.
Donna Lee Evans Hill, Class of 1955, passed away on January 31, 2021. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Hill Benefield (Dan); grandchildren, George Knox III (Mary), Jeremy Knox (Christina), Matthew Knox (Vickie), and Natalie Knox (Chad); great-grandchildren, George Knox IV, Ada Dennis, Clementine Knox and Bowman Knox. She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy McFarland McGraw; her father, Johnny Evans (1933), sisters, Jan Magnuson, Sharon Cleghorn, Susan Rosenau; brother, John Evans; her son Kerry Hill and her husband, Claude Hill, Jr.
Sharyl Snyder Robison, Class of 1956, passed away on January 25, 2021. She is survived by her son Todd and wife Julie, son Brett and wife Lindsay and grandchildren Christina, Jeremy, Travis, Brandon, Kyle, Jordyn and great-grandson Jackson.
Dora Stratton Kramer, Class of 1956, passed away on January 17, 2021. She is survived by her daughters Donna (1987) (Scott) Kessler, Janna (1990) (Bo 1983) Gingrich, granddaughters Mallory (2015) and Claire (2020) Kessler, Katheran (2020) Gingrich, nephews Russ (Sherie) Dunn, Luke (Mitzi) Dunn, niece Barbara Stratton Nichols and numerous cousins and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry (1955) Kramer, infant daughter Nancy Elin, sister Alberta (1958) Stratton Baker, half siblings Robbin Stratton and Clarice (1945) Stratton Craner and nephew Terry Stratton.
Sara Ann Cooke Jones, Class of 1945, passed away on January 3, 2021. She is survived by her sister Patricia Cooke Schaefer (1947), daughters Candace (Jeff) Jordan, Cindy Corrigan and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Woody, brother Jonathan (Ted) and son-in-law Tom Corrigan.
Madeline Kagele Erickson, Class of 1967, passed away on December 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents Norman (1944) and Ursula Kagele, brothers Steven (1978) and Douglas (1973) Kagele, and daughter Rachel Erickson. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Bernard Erickson, daughter and son-in-law Kristen and Nicholas Honeycutt, son and daughter-in-law Derrick Erickson and Rachel Jaffe, 7 grandchildren, sisters Alice (1968), Faye (1976) and Julie (1980) Kagele, several beloved nieces and nephews and many cherished friends.
Nancy Ann Skinner Noble, Class of 1953, passed away on December 17, 2020. She is survived by her brother Dick (1948) (Mary) Skinner, daughter, Sue (David) Inks; son Bill Noble and granddaughter Krisit (1996) (Robert) Reichert (nee Noble). She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Noble and her parents Leroy and Sadie Skinner.
Daniel Robert Hille, Class of 1968, passed away on December 14, 2020. He is survived by his wife Bobbie Sue Hille, daughter Amy Mariah Hille (2000) and son Eric (2008) and daughter-in-law Riley Hille; grandson Everett James, and a granddaughter expected in February. Dan is also survived by his brothers Douglas (1961) (Sandra) and Ken (1965) (Adalia). He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and cousins.
Leonard Reser, Class of 1959, passed away on October 25, 2020. He is survived by his special friend and companion Charlene Randolph, brothers Ark and Frank, sister Bonnie, Aunt Naomi Bruce and many nieces and nephews.
Roberta Roberts Buch, Class of 1952, passed away on October 19, 2020. She is survived by her husband Charles Buch (1951), daughters Sue Stewart (1985) (Rick) and Valerie Eckley (1983) (Sisay Desalegn). She is also survived by her granddaughters Corin Eckley (2012), Kara Eckley and grandson Tom Stewart.
Auburn Lee Schaefer, Class of 2011, passed away on October 11, 2020. She is survived by her parents Kim (1989) and Scott (1990) Yaeger, Kurt (1987) and Michelle (1985) Schaefer, brother Shontz (2019) Yaeger, sisters Aaliyah (2019) Yaeger, Emma Schaefer, step-sister Cassie Johnson and step-brother Hunter Johnson. She is also survived by her grandparents Marilyn (1970) Sielaff, Ken (1968) (Sandi) Miller, Gwen (1964) Schaefer, Ron (1964) Schaefer, step-grandfather Wayne Jirava and step-grandmother Norma (Gary) Sublie), aunts Michele (1987) (Bob) Larson, Melissa (1993) (Jeremiah) Rainer, Karin (1990) (Steve Meye) Schaefer, Kathy (1991) (Ned Bernath) McCrady and uncles Adam (Angela 2002) Miller and Kevin (1994) (Amy) Schaefer.
Shirley Benzel Klein, Class of 1952, passed away on October 7, 2020. She is survived by her daughter Susan (1978) (Bob) Hebner and her grandchildren Cory (Joanna) Hebner, Nicole (Ryan) Taylor and Shaylee (2006) (Philip 2005) Newton. She is also survived by her great grandchildren Hailey Harper, Cayden Taylor, Cameron and Paige Newton, Carter and Taylor Hebner and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Klein (1948), her daughter Kathy Nielsen (1981), her parents Henry and Anna Benzel, brothers Fred, Vic, Larry (1936), Art (1934), Melvin, Everett (1949) Benzel and sisters Esther McRae (1937), Ilene Ellsworth (1940) and Dorothy Eckhardt (1946).
Julie Hintze Sparks, Class of 1970, passed away on September 18, 2020. She is survived by her husband James Sparks, daughters Nessa (Reuel) Dillon and Nicole (Douglas) Oliver, two stepdaughters Christinia Hillhouse and Melissa (Jason) Smith and 15 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Cathy (1975) (John) Strohmaier. Julie was preceded in death by her parents Roland and Ruth Hintze and sister Karen (1972) Hintze.
Helen Plager Pierce, Class of 1936, passed away on September 18, 2020. She is survived by her son Gary (Monica) Pierce, daughter-in-law, Cyndee Pierce, grandchildren Kelly (Albert) Fernandez, Coleen (Brian) Spotts, Colton and Trevor Pierce, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, Sandra Weber Knauer (1965), Bob Weber (1968), Mary Beth Ranney and Paul Plager. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee, son, Brent Pierce, her parents Paul and Dora Plager, sister Norma Plager Weber (1937) and brother Daryl Plager (1945)
Normadine L. King Kulm, Class of 1941, passed away on September 11, 2020. She is survived by her son Larry Koch (1961) and 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Lottie King, sister Jacqueline Kulm, husbands Lawrence Koch (World War II), Albert Kulm and sons Gale Kulm (1966) and Gerald Kulm (1967) (Vietnam).
Gerald E Schoesler, Class of 1954, passed away on July 30, 2020. Gerry was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Bertha Schoesler, his wife Dorothy Heinemann Schoesler (1948) and his brother Jim Schoesler (1948). He never missed a Ritzville Alumni Association Banquet and always enjoyed his reunions with classmates and friends. He is survived by son Mark Schoesler (1975) (Ginger), daughter Gail Schoesler Gering (1977) ( Brian) (1977), four Grandchildren and 7 Great-Grandchildren.
John R. Schaefer, Class of 1947, passed away on July 18, 2020. He was preceded in death by his first wife Donna (1932-1985). He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy. Family members also include his sons Dennis and Donald (Linda), his stepchildren Kimberly Mace, Cindy (Paul) Edgren, William (Monty) Roland and Merry (Jon) Burdick, as well as his grandchildren Katelynn (Andrew), Kevin, Brandon Edgren (2002), Brent Schukay (2003) (Johanna) (1996), Sarah Edgren (Joe), Jennifer Edgren, Paul Edgren, Jr. (1993), Josh, Dan, Matt and his great-grandchildren.
Donald Dyck, Class of 1969, passed away on May 20, 2020. He is survived by is daughter Angela (Chad) Lakey, son Michael (Andrea) Dyck, brothers, Jerry (1967) (Julie) Dyck and James Dyck (1973). He is also survived by his sister Patti Cousins and grandchildren Ethan and Avery Lakey and Maris & Lorelai Dyck. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Luella Dyck.
Ellen Reimann Robey, Class of 1957, passed away on May 12, 2020. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Cathrine Lund and Rella Reimann and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Robey and her sisters Emogene Sellars (1948) and Doris Taylor (1945) and brother Ron Reimann (1961).
Thomas Lyle, Class of 1991, passed away on April 22, 2020. He is survived by his parents Rex and Juanita Lyle, brothers Chris (1972) (Becky) and Kevin (1977) (Debie) and sisters Nadine (1974) (Dan) King and Stephanie Lyle.
Amarant Kanzler Cormier, Class of 1944, passed away on April 18, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman Cormier and her parents Daniel and Marie (Schroeder) Kanzler.
Sherryl Sielaff Evans, Class of 1959, passed away on March 27, 2020. She is survived by her husband Vince Evans (1954), children Colleen (1981) (Mike) Ruzicka, Eric (1982) Evans and partner Fawn Green and Aimee (1985) (Colby 1983) Schell, grandchildren Kelsey Arlt (2010) (Nate - 2008 Lind Grad) Knodel, Cort (2015) (Jenna 2015) Ruzicka, David, William (2004) and Chris (2004) (Sarah) Green and children Wade, Sage and Emmitt, Kate Schell (2015) and Rachel Schell (2018). She is also survived by her sister Marilyn Sielaff (1970) and nieces Michele (1987) (Bob-1976 Lind Grad) Larson, Kimberly (1989) (Scott 1990) Yaeger, Melissa (1993) (Jeremiah) Rainer, Sarah (1994) (Carl Walker) Sielaff, nephews, Adam (Angela 2002) Miller and Mitch (1991) Sielaff along with many great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Lester and June (1937) Sielaff and brother Steve Sielaff (1962).
Larry Swift, Class of 1972, passed away on March 20, 2020. He is survived by his wife Diane, step-children Alan (1998) (Lindsey 2000) Hille, Christina Hille (1992) (Jim) LaBlanc and Lori Hille (1995) Cedergreen. He is also survived by his brothers Dale (1976) (Lisa 1984) Swift and Greg (1982) Swift and sisters Sandy (1973) (Vernon Wagner) Burchell, Pam (1977) Swift and Vicky Swift.
Yvonne Knuth, Class of 1959, passed away on February 22, 2020. She is survived by her brothers Vaughn (1960), Dale (1961) (Dianna) Knuth and sister Shirley (1968) (Randy 1968) Roth. She is also survived by her nephews Nick Roth (1995) and Damon (1997) (Morgane 1999) Roth and great nieces and nephew Rudy, Freya, Willa and Josa Roth. She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Wilma Knuth. Wilma was a teacher at Ritzville Elementary School for many years.
Darrell Evans, Class of 1951, passed away on February 21, 2020. He is survived by his wife Patricia Thiel Evans (1952), his children Debbie (1975) (Kevin) Waite, Ronald (1979) (Laura) Evans, Christine (1980) (Rob) Harper, Mark (1983) Evans and 4 grandchildren. He is also survived by his 4 siblings Vince (1954) (Sherryl 1959) Evans, Nancy (1965) Pulham, Roger (1967) (Rene) Evans and Patty (1969) Cairns. He was preceded in death by his parents Homer and Mildred (1926) Anderson Evans and his 2 brother-in-laws Jim Pulham and Hugh Cairns.
Chester "Chet" Templin, Class of 1938, passed away on February 2, 2020 at the age of 100. Chet is survived by his wife Juanita, Daughter Garnet (1965) (Kenneth) Imel and son Garrett (1969)(Carol) Templin, step-daughter Julie (Michael) Eller, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Elsie Templin, wife Gladys Templin, brothers Delbert (1939) and Robert (1942) Templin.
Carol Koeplin Lund, Class of 1956, passed away on January 7, 2020. She is survived by her brother Harvey Koeplin (1959) and sister Diane Koeplin Cowen (1962). She is also survived by her children Nelson (Glenda), Vicki (Scott), Gary (Shannie) and Julie (Phil). She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren along with several step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Sonny Lund and her parents Richard and Florence Koeplin.
Barbara Anderson Akerlund, Class of 1965, passed away on December 8, 2019. She is survived by her husband Tom Akerlund and her daughter So Yeon and her partner Dustin Kilburn and their children Grover and Faris. She is also survived by her brother Bill Anderson (1962) and his wife Glenda and her nephew Eric and family. She was preceded in death by her parents Cliff (1933) and Alice Anderson.
Andrew Hennings, Class of 1987, passed away on December 2, 2019. He is survived by his wife Millie, son Devin (Jessica), daughter Ashley, grandchildren Hagen and America. He is also survived by his brother Scott (1993) (Michelle 1995) Hennings and sister Angela (1985) Hennings, nieces Harley and Kennedy and nephews Hayes and Jonah, his parents Nyla (1966) and Harold (1966) Hennings. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert (1939) and Betty (1940) Telecky and Walt and Roberta Hennings.
Marjorie Beckley Killingsworth, Class of 1939, passed away on November 19, 2019. She is survived by her daughters Shirley McLean (John) and Carol Killingsworth (Rick). She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Carol Killingsworth along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Herb and Ethel Beckley, her husband, Kenneth Killingsworth, her brother Carl Beckley (1936) and sons Jim and Dale Killingsworth.
Heidi Kin Kade, Class of 1993, passed away on November 19, 2019. She is survived by her sister Kristy Kin Kade Carruth, Class of 1987 and brother Mark Kin Kade, Class of 1989 along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Mike Kin Kade, Class of 1989.
Constance Bauer Cooper, Class of 1956, passed away on November 10, 2019. Se is survived by her husband Kenneth Cooper, Sr., daughter Carah (Craig) Cooper Heesh, son Kenneth (1985) (Kimberly) Cooper, brother Mike (1965) (Sandy) Bauer, and sister (Pam) Don) Van Winkle and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Nance (1939) and mother Geraldine (1933) Pence Bauer and brother Patrick (1967) Bauer.
John R. Miller, "The Voice of the Broncos" and Class of 1950, passed away on November 5, 2019. He is survived by his children Jonna (1972) Provinsal, Denise (1974) (Bill Timme) Anthony, Colleen (1979) (Darrell) Kuhn and Michael (1981) (Marci 1996) Miller. He is also survived by his grandchildren Anne (Derek) Mahoney, Danielle (Patrick) McKillop, John Kuhn, Lacey (2019) Miller and Spencer and Cooper Miller along with 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Marilyn (1957) (Bob) Miller McDowell. He was preceded in death by his wife Velda (1950) Klein Miller and his parents Pete and Violet Miller.
Shannon Morris, Class of 1980, passed away on November 2, 2019. She is survived by her father Keith Morris and sisters Paula (1979) (Brent) Meyer, Kelly (1982), (John 1978), Russell and Nikki (1988) (Rodel) Darnell. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Morris and brother Wade.
Howard Teske, Class of 1945, passed away on October 5, 2019. He is survived by his children Gail Teske Jacobson (1970) (Eric), Paulette Teske (1973), Randy Teske (1975) (Marsha Arlt Teske 1974), Russell Teske (1975) (Jackie), Carol Teske Peden (1982) (Kevin), his grandchildren Kevin Koch, Michelle Teske Hennings (1995), Missy Morton Kjack, Angela Gibler Hille (1998), David Morton, Jason Teske (2003), Mark Gilbler (2003), Kylene Peden Brenden and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Lydia Teske, his wife, Barbara Woodside Teske (1950) his infant son Robert Teske and his sisters Betty Jean Teske Speck (1942) and Evelyn Teske Fode (1947).
JoAnn Kiehn Sauer, Class of 1953, passed away on September 5, 2019. She was the daughter of Henry Kiehn and Marie Becker Kiehn. She was married to Walter (1943) Sauer. She is survived by her children Brian (1978) (Teresa) Sauer and Connie (1982) (Jeff) Field. He is also survived by her grandchildren Christina (2013) Field, Alan (2016) Field and Aaron Sauer. She is also survived by her brothers Larry (1946) (Phyllis) and Vernon (1957) (Ellen) Kiehn. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter and her sister Carol (1949) Kiehn Schuh.
Larry Anderson, class of 1966, passed away on September 9, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Alice and an older brother Ray class of 1953. He is survived by his daughter April Culbertson and 2 grandchildren Kason and Shaye. He is also survived by Don Anderson class of 1960, Marlene Huhtanen class of 1963 and Dale Anderson class of 1970.
Pearl Elizabeth Telecky Soularie, Class of 1937, passed away on August 27, 2019. She was the fourth of seven children. She is survived by her sons Jean (Margaret) and Russell (Carol) and daughters E. Suzanne Case and Nanette Soularie and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond and granddaughter Portia Case.
Lois Schafer Cree, Class of 1942, passed away on August 6, 2019. She is survived by her three sons Larry (Jane), Robert (Cheri) and Steve (Kathy), two granddaughters, her brother Harry (1957) (Kathryn) Schafer, aunt Susan Metcalf and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Cree (1942) and sister Virginia Schafer Metcalf (1947).
Alma Leisle Ferderer, Class of 1942, passed away on August 6, 2019. She is survived by her daughter Karen (1972) (Steve) Potts, Granddaughters Brynn (2000) Potts Thorne and Jesse (2002) Potts. She was preceded in death by her brothers Henry, Arthur (1940) and Aaron (1943) and sisters Mary Lee, Lydia Greenwalt, Molly (1936) Cline, Esther (1938) Schneider and Gloria (1949) Gilliland.
Judith Ann Thaut Emoto, Class of 1959, passed away on July 1, 2019. She is survived by her husband Tom Takao Emoto and daughter Wendy Becker. She was preceded in death by a daughter Shelly End.
Merle Elizabeth Trimble Newby, Class of 1950, passed away on June 13, 2019. Merle is survived by her husband Dale Newby, her 3 children David (Karen) Newby, Doug Newby, Jan (Mithya) Lewis Newby, sister Kathy Shilipetar, brothers Dale and Bruce Trimble, 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister Marilyn Berney.
Robert "Bob" Oestreich, Class of 1949, passed away on June 3, 2019. He is survived by his wife Esther Wilhelm Oestreich (1951), his sons Jeff (1971) and his wife Lois Disparte Oestreich (1971) and Todd (1984) and his wife Michele Caldwell Oestreich (1986), his daughter Darci (1976) and her husband Pat Kennedy (1976) and his sister Phyllis Oestreich (1947). He was preceded in death by his sister Genevieve Oestreich Massie (1945), son Greg Oestreich (1973) and granddaughter April and grandson Derrick.
Nancy Artz Schafer, Class of 1959, passed away on April 19, 2019. She is survived by her sister Joan Artz Kison (1956) and her husband Larry Kison (1954), her brother Gene Artz (1958) and his wife Patty. She is also survived by her daughter Tammy Schafer Goens (1981) and son Jeffrey Schafer (1984) and his wife Rhonda Sanger Schafer (1985) along with her grandchildren Georgia Schafer-Medina (Adan), Audra, Wyatt and Wade. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Luella Artz.
Violet "Vi" Kirschenmann Huber, Class of 1947, passed away on March 30, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Cal Huber and brother Calvin (1951) Kirschenmann and his wife Jan. She is survived by her daughter, Tamara (David) Allen and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Robert, and brother Stan (Bobbi Kay) Kirschenmann along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.