In Memoriam

Lind-Ritzville Alumni Association will Post Obituaries from the Last Two Calendar years.

Eldo "Roy" Klein, Class of 1948, passed away on March 18, 2019.  He is survived by his wife Shirley Benzel Klein (1952), sister Joyce (Jim) Preston (1965) and daughter Susan (Bob) Hebner.  He is also survived by several grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Hulda Klein, his daughter Kathy Nielson (1981) and sister Velda Miller (1950).

Tina Holstrom, Class of 1987, passed away March 7, 2019. She is survived by her parents Jim Holstrom and Linda Done, her daughters Kailey York (2012), Randi York (2014) and her brother Terry Holstrom (1990).

Frances "Fran" Reimers Rabaliati,  Class of 1971, passed away on March 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents Winston "Blackie" and Louise Reimers and brothers Eddie and Paul "Pete" Reimers (1966). Fran is survived by her husband Chuck, sisters Marsha Smith (1960), Carrie Knight (1963), Pat Reimers (1967), Mary Reimers and Cecilia Dalzell and brothers Winston "Butch" (1959), Steve, (1969), Mike (1972), Bill (1973) and Fred (1975).

Donald "Don" Burghard, Class of 1949, passed away on August 31, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Lorrain and daughters, Judy (John) Rice and Michelle (Jeff) LaRoche, sons Barrett (Kristin) Burghard and Russell Burghard, two sisters Ramona Burghard Meise and Shirley Burgard Rhodes (1954) along with 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Vickie Sue, parents Fred and Lillie Burghard, brothers Virgil (1935), Herbert (1937), Jim (1943) and Ray (1956) and sisters Viola Burghard Arlt (1940) and Betty Burghard Hughes (1945).  

Walter Sielaff, Class of 1936, passed away on August 30, 2018.  He is survived by his daughter Jayne Jones and sister Amanda Niederkleine.  He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, sons David Sielaff and Kert Sielaff,  brothers Harold Sielaff, Lester (June 1937) Sielaff, Dale Sielaff (1947) and sister Lillian Sielaff Meske (1937).  He is survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Margaret Taylor Dube, Class of 1937, passed away on July 27, 2018. She is survived by her daughters Louise Wetzel (Ray), Marilyn Harkins (Dennis), Elaine Widman (Don), Marita Bothman (Mike), son Roy Dube (Carley) nine grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephews Greg Taylor 1966 (Laurel 1968), Steve Taylor (1963), and Mark Taylor (1971). He was preceded in death by her husband Ron and brother Dale Taylor (1935).

Alice Leona Harvey Munn, Class of 1943, passed away on July 22, 2018.  Alice is survived by her husband Bill, daughters Mary (Steve) Dorchak and Linda (Rendell)Walters, daughter-in-law, Valerie Munn, brother, Rich (Sheri) Harvey, sister-in-law, Vivian Harvey, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Bob, sister, Helen (Orval) Green and brother, Robert Harvey (1945).

Donald Arlt, Class of 1951, passed away on July 13, 2018. He is survived by his sons Brad 1972 (Debra 1974), Kevin 1979 (Josie Campbell), daughters Marsha Arlt Teske 1974 (Randy 1975), Donita Arlt Shelton 1976 (John), Suzanne Arlt Meek 1982 (Gary Schoesler) 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita, father Arthur Arlt, mother and step-father Lucille and Leo Krehe and granddaughter Heather. He was also preceded in death by his sisters Lorraine Arlt Lyle (1945) and Frances Arlt Johnston (1943).

Douglas Kagele, Class of 1973, passed away on May 6, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Shannon and children Dustin (Betsy) Kagele and Shayla (Matt) Millen, his grandchildren Brinlee and Rhett Kagele and Aiden & Kinley Millen.  His is also survived by his sisters Madeline Kagele Erickson (1967) Alice Kagele Stoller (1968), Julie Kagele (1980) and Faye Kagele (1976).  He was preceded in death by his parents Norman (1944) and mother Ursula and brother Steve Kagele (1978). 

Gail Ann Sauer Smith, Class of 1957, passed away on April 14, 2018.  She is survived by her sister Joyce Sauer Wilson (1960); two sons, Steven and Scott Smith, 4 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grand children and 2 nephews Alan and John Sauer.  She was preceded in death by her husband Guy R. Smith, her parents, four brothers and one sister. 

Kent Smith, Class of 1962, passed away on March 30, 2018. Kent is survived by his wife, Joanne; children, Jeff Smith (Diana), Chris Smith (Susan), Beth Tamblyn (Bret), and Matt Smith (Diane); grandchildren, Anna, Grace, Sarah, Dominic, Audrey, Mary, Katie, Andy and Jane. He is also survived by his sister Pat Smith Fode (1957) and Marcy Smith Dunlap (1970) and his aunt Joan Schwisow (1952). He was preceded in death by his parents Bernie and Lorraine Smith.

Alvin John “Guy” Nelson, Jr., Class of 1953, passed away February 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife, GaNene; daughter, Beryl Nelson; son, Alan (Lari) Nelson; daughter, Carla (Todd) Campbell; son, Evan (Marci) Nelson; sisters, Kay Hinckley, and Anise Whiteman; and a brother, Byron (Danae) Nelson. Also surviving him are 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; one great-great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Natalie Mitton; his son, Eric Nelson; and great-grandchild, Barbara Jean Alexander.

William Oliver Bauer, Class of 1954, passed away on February 25, 2018.  He is survived by is wife Pat, son Bill and daughter Amy.  He had 4 grandchildren:  Mikaela, Julia, Bill and Diego.  He was preceded in death by his parents Marie (Schafer) and William F. Bauer. 

Elizabeth Allen Hartford, Class of 1941, passed away on January 7, 2018.

Robert H. Hennings, Class of 1958, passed away on December 27, 2017.  He was preceded in death by sister Beverly Hennings Weber (1955) and brother Don Hennings (1962).  He is survived by his brother Harold Hennings (1966).

Elsie Zeller Shroll, Class of 1935, passed away on December 14, 2017. She is survived by her son Daniel "Tippy" Shroll (1959) and daughter-in-law Geneva Athey Shroll (1962), 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Alvera Zeller.  Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Daniel and her brothers and sisters; Annie, Pauline (1940), Helene, Richard "Dick", Otto and a nephew Bruce Selcho.

Phyllis Schwisow Ziemer, Class of 1932, passed away on December 5, 2017. At the time of her death she was the oldest living RHS Alumni. She is survived by her sons Daryl Ziemer and his wife Jan, Brian Ziemer and wife Bobbie, his sister Lois Schwisow Seaburg (1946), six grandchildren including granddaughter-in-law Vicki Stelzer Ziemer (1989), 10 great-grandchildren including Felicia Ziemer (2017). She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, brothers Fred Schwisow (1937), Donald Schwisow (1941) and sister Iris Schwisow Heider (1935).

Miles Athey, Class of 1960, passed away in Ritzville, WA on November 20, 2017. He is survived by his companion Ethel Rott, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his sister Geneva Athey Shroll (1962) and brother-in-law Dan (Tip) Shroll (1959).

Steven "Sam" Knoll, Class of 1978, passed away on October 28, 2017. He is survived by his mother Loretta Knoll, his sister Donna Knoll Mendenhall (1981) and his nephews Matthew and Andrew Mendenhall. He was preceded in death by his father George "Sammy" Knoll.

JoLee German Duclos, Class of 1975, passed away on October 23, 2017 from bone cancer. She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer (Lee) Ball, Stephanie (Tyson) Thivierge, Kayla (Mike) Johnson; and her grandchildren, Liam and Keira Ball, Orion and Marlee Thivierge, Victoria, Joslyn, and Bryce Johnson; her sister Kathy German Mason (1979) and husband Gerald; their children Jessica (Brock), and Ryan Mason; and her mother Sandy Kadlec Schafer (1955). She was preceded in death by her father Tom German (1955).

Olive L. Grams, Class of 1945, passed away on October 5, 2017.  She is survived by her siblings Adolph Grams (1938), Rita Grams Imler (1951) and Juanita Grams Sharp (1955). 

Elaine Ott Kutschkau, Class of 1941, passed away on September 9, 2017. She is survived by her daughter Elaine Kutschkau Moffett (1966) and family and Dan Kutschkau, Jr. (1961) and family. She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Elsie Ott, sister Mildred Danekas (1936) and brothers Arthur Ott (1935) and Robert Ott.

Moreen L. Wolfe Allen Heaton, Class of 1956, passed away on August 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Jack "Butch" Allen in 1967 and then her companion Richard Heaton in 2009. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Gene Wolfe and a sister, Shirley Wolfe. She is survived by three sons and her mother figure, Normadine Kulm (1941).

Norma Lou Rosenoff Jones, Class of 1943, passed away on August 28, 2017. She is survived by her son Randy Jones (Shelley Nordlund), daughter Sydnie Sheets (Ken), grandson Colby Sheets (Kim), granddaughter Sarah Gremer (Josh) and her great-grandchildren Noah and Gavin Gremer and Elleanor and Baylor Sheets.

Ronald Reimann, Class of 1961, passed away on July 30, 2017. He is survived by is wife Rella, son Reid and Granddaughter Anastasia. He is also survived by his sisters Doris Reimann Taylor (1945), Emy Reimann Sellars (1948) and Ellen Reimann Robey (1957).

Hans Peot, Class of 1949, passed away on July 14, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his parents Leo M. Peot and Catherine Harder Peot and brothers Leo Peot (1947) and Peter Peot (1958) and by his sister Catherine Peot Hofman Gordon (1953).  He is survived by his wife Kathleen, a son, Mark Peot (wife Dr. Lydia Chang); a daughter Margaret Ann Peot (husband Daniel Levy) and grandchildren Samuel Levy, Elana Peot and Eric Peot and two sisters Margaret Cassens (1950) and Anna Walker (1958).

Glenn Rehn, Class of 1943, passed away on June 18, 2017. He is survived by his childred Jeanette Goluska, Glenn Rehn, Jr., Catherine Vella, Richard Rehn and six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Beulah "Bea" R. Cahill VonOlnhausen West, Class of 1945, passed away on June 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clark and Belva Martin and her infant son David. She is survived by her children Sandee (Gary) Stevens, Linda (John) Wolverton and Randy (Candy) VonOlnhausen, Paul (Lynn) Cahill and Tammi Cahill. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Helen (David) Vincent.

David Miller, Class of 1967, passed away on June 9, 2017. He is survived by his brother Dale Miller, sons Gerald and Barry, and seven grandchildren.

Mary Katherine Sackmann Nicholson, Class of 1976, passed away on June 5, 2017. She is survived by her husband Brent and children William and Olivia, her mother Nancy Sackmann, brothers Tom (1970), Marty (1978) and sister Jane (1973). She was preceded in death by her father Milton Sackmann.

Paul Chris Gering, Class of 1953, passed away on May 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife Alberta; children Dr. Paul Gering, Jr. (Tracy), Cheryl Barry (Kevin) and Mary LaPlante (Kevin); grandchildren Maarika Gering, Katrina Gering, Paul Gering III, Benjamin LaPlante, Austin LaPlante, and Aubrey Barry; brothers Martin Gering (1947), Kenneth Gering (1957), Floyd Gering (1959), Virgil Gering (1960), and sister Carolyn Lattin (1950).  He was preceded by parents Henry and Bertha Gering, brother Howard Gering (1948), and sisters Ann Farrelly (1954) and Lois McMillan (1962).

Kenneth Heimbigner, Class of 1943, passed away on May 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife Allison (Marti) Heimbigner (1944), Daughter Sandra (Deni) Atkinson, grandsons, Eric (1990) and wife Tana Kimle Atkinson (1993) and Ryan Atkinson (1994), sons Brian (Linda) Heimbigner and Douglas (Hally Birnbaum) Heimbigner. and sister Barbara Heimbigner Niendam (1949).

Roger Jantz, Class of 1956, passed away on April 28, 2017.  He is survived by his brother Gary Jantz (1960).  He was preceded in death by a brother Larry and a sister Joy Jantz Benzel (1952).

John W. "Bill" Harder,  Class of 1956, passed away on April 19, 2017.  He is survived by his wife Marilyn Rogel Harder (1956) children Robyn (Jim) Harder Rose (1980), Lisa (Jim) Harder Arata (1982) and John (Kris) Harder (1986).  He is survived by his grandchildren Shaun and Emma Rose, Brett and Drew Rose, Jack and Peter Arata, Kallie (2017), John Jay and Jerod Harder and great-granddaughter Riley Rose.  He was preceded in death by his sister Judy Harder (1958). 

Larry Tufts, Class of 1970, passed away on April 5, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his brother Terry Tufts (1967).