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Carl Johansen

March 10, 1923 ~ May 28, 2003

Dr. Carl A. Johansen, 80, Coeur d'Alene, passed May 28, 2003, at home.

He was born March 10, 1923, to Dorothy M. (Day) and Carl A. Johansen in Mukilteo, Wash.
Memorial in honor of Carl will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eagles Club, 209 E. Sherman Avenue in Coeur d'Alene.
Carl was the beloved husband of Ruth Johansen and loving father of four children and four stepchildren. He was also grandpa and great-grandpa to nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Carl will be truly missed by family and friends.
Carl was honorably discharged from the Army after serving for three years. He was decorated with the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star.
Carl attended Washington State University and earned both his bachelor of science and masters in entomology while there, then went to Cornell University to earn his Ph.D. in 1952. His areas of specialization were bee research, environmental toxicology (bee poisoning), pollination and integrated pollinator and pest management.
Carl traveled extensively both on business and for pleasure. His love for music was widely known and he enjoyed playing his tuba while joining in with family and friends. Both Carl and his wife Ruth were members of the band "The Snake River Six" for many years while living in Pullman, Wash.
The family prefers donations to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden ID 83835, or the Roger D. Akre and Carl A. Johansen Scholarship Fund, in care of Rebecca Redinger, Entomology Dept., WSU, P.O. Box 646382-FSHN 166, Pullman WA 99164-6382.

Ruthe P. Kanakoff

Born Ruth Geraldine Pearl on June 7, 1922 at 1:00 pm in Chicago, IL, Ruthe passed peacefully from this life on July 7, 2003 at 1:00 am at Life Care Center in Coeur d’Alene. Ruthe and her family moved from the eastern United States to Southern California when she was 14 years old. She continued to live in the Los Angles area for the next 63 years. Her daughter relocated her to Coeur d’Alene in 1999 where she resided at Loyalton Retirement Community with her cat “KK” until she entered Life Care Center in November of 2000.

Ruthe was preceded in death by her second husband, George P. Kanakoff. She is survived by her first husband (and father of her son and daughter), Charles H. Harris of Studio City, CA; her son, Richard Lee Harris of San Jose, CA; her daughter, Susan Rose Harris of Hayden, ID; her granddaughter, Jeanette Suzan Porter of Campbell, CA and her sister, Nonie Fagatt of Beverly Hills, CA.

Ruthe worked as an expediter at Lockheed aircraft manufacturing during WWII. After the war Ruthe worked with her husband Charles Harris, in their business, Yardbird Pickup Service, a trash pickup service. After the business became established she was able to become a full time homemaker. In later years, after her second marriage to George P. Kanakoff, she established and ran a Russian book store, Izbooshka. It wasn’t until her later years that she discovered her talents as fine craft person. She created and sold beautiful beaded and ribbon items for exclusive boutiques, rock and movie stars. She taught the fine art of French Beaded Wire Flowers and with her daughter produced an instructional video that is still available today (

Ruthe loved animals, gardening and traveling. She could track “horn toad” lizards and dig them out of the sand. She once successfully nurtured a baby spotted harbor seal named Harold. Always the animal and nature lover she taught her children to climb rocks and trees and to enjoy nature. She even picked out a tree for the yard that had the “perfect” child height branches for climbing! Everyone that met Ruthe was enclosed in her magical circle of enthusiasm and interests. Those that came to know her in her later life were charmed by her love of the music group, The Grateful Dead. She was a true “Dead Head” and wore either her frog T-shirts or Grateful Dead colorful tie-dye shirts most all the time.

A memorial boat cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene will be held on August 9, 2003 to celebrate Ruthe’s life. English Funeral Chapel of Coeur d’Alene and her daughter Susan Harris are in charge of the arrangements. Please contact English Funeral Chapel ( at 208-664-3143 for more information.

Marvin Crigger

June 27, 1960 ~ July 10, 2003

Memorial Services were Saturday July 19, 2003, at the Silver Valley Worship Center in Smelterville, ID.

Marvin Paul Crigger, 43, Rose Lake, went to be with the Lord and his father on July 10, 2003.

He was born in Spokane to Larry and Rose (Ferger) Crigger. Marvin will be truly missed by everybody whoever had the good fortune to meet him.
He was raised a long-haired country boy from Post Falls and a graduate of Post Falls High School. The deer, elk and wild cutthroats can all breath a little easier now. Hell, yes, he was dirty ... he drove the Joe.
Marvin had just recently returned from the 20th annual "Post Falls, better late than straight, Fourth of July, St. Joe Fishin' Festival." Actually, Marvin was one of only two people to attend all 20 reunions. Truly a country boy.
Although he was a little rough and tumble to look at, this big gentle man had a heart as big as his Harley Davidson and his Harley was the biggest one ever made.
Truly to know him was to love him. His friends and relatives can at least take a little comfort knowing that in the twinkling of an eye, we will see his one-of-a-kind heart-warming smile again.
"When men are cast down, then thou shall say, 'there is lifting up; and He shall save the humble person'".
We miss you, Marvin. And leave some fish for us.
Marvin is survived by his mother Rose Breazeal of Pinehurst; brothers, Roger (Larry) Crigger, Cataldo, Marshall Crigger, Coeur d'Alene, Gene Crigger, Hayden Lake, and Greg Breazeal, Pinehurst; and sister Shelly Hansen Crigger, Post Falls.
He was preceded in death by his father Larry in 1978.
Marvin worked as a filer at a local sawmill. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his Harley Davidson motorcycle and karaoke.
Memorials may be made to Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club.

Joan Shamp

January 14, 1940 ~ July 12, 2003

Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday July 18, 2003, at the English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Tommie Clanton

July 3, 1930 ~ July 13, 2003

Viewing hours were Wednesday and Thursday, followed by Funeral Services at the English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Burial at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens, Coeur d'Alene, will follow the service.

Tommie E. Clanton, 73, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2003, at home in Rathdrum, of congestive heart failure.

He was born July 3, 1930, in Beaver, Okla., the son of Tom and Alta (Nickel) Clanton. At a young age, the family moved to Dodge City, Kan., where Tommie met and married Lois. They had two sons.
On Sept. 23, 1953, he was drafted into the Army, where he served his country. After his divorce from Lois in 1961, he married Anna Marie Minge and together they had five children.
Tommie made his living as a contractor building homes, a trade past on to him by his father, which he passed on to his son John. One of Tommie's many fondest memories was his involvement in building the set of the movie "Paper Moon," which starred Ryan and Tatum O'Neil.
Tommie is survived by the love of his life, Anna at home; son John Clanton; daughters Sue Clanton, Crystal Clanton, Rosanne Hosek, son-in-law Tom Hosek, all of Rathdrum, sons Thomas Clanton, daughter-in-law Anita, Bobby Clanton, daughter-in-law Verna, Kansas; brothers Roy, Charles and Raymond; sisters Ellen, Mary Ann, Alta and Susie; 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Fred, granddaughter Vannette and son Tommie, Jr.

Robert Knowles

September 10, 1924 ~ July 13, 2003

Graveside Military Services were Wednesday July 16, 2003, at the Riverview Cemetery, Veterans Section, in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Robert Saint Knowles Jr., 78, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, July 13, 2003.
Robert was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 10, 1924, to Robert and Ethel Knowles.
At 18, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in World War II in the Pacific for three years. After being discharged in 1945 he went into the construction business.
He built his own restaurant in Point Lookout/Long Island.
He was a man of many talents. Robert loved sailing and built his own boat, he flew his own plane and enjoyed photography.
He finally moved to Idaho and settled in Westmond.
He is survived by three nieces, Leslie, Gail and Kim; and two nephews, William and George Knowles; a sister in law, Evelyn Knowles, all of Texas. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, William Hyland Knowles.
Memorial donations may be made to any children's charity. Rest in peace, Bob.

Willard Gilmore

September 10, 1926 ~ July 13, 2003

Memorial Services were Friday July 18, 2003, at the English Funeral Chapels in Post Falls, ID.

Willard B. Gilmore, 76, Post Falls, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at Kootenai Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Paducah, Texas, to Emily Virginia (Carlile) and Thomas Willard Gilmore. Willard served in the Marines during World War II.

On Oct. 1, 1948, he married Mary Jane Crocker in Port Chicago, Calif. Willard worked as control operator in the chemical industry and retired from Dupont in California after 28 years.

He and Mary have been long-time residents of Post Falls, having moved to North Idaho 17 years ago from Antioch, Calif.

Willard enjoyed bowling and was a member and secretary/treasurer of the "Hot Shots" League. He was also a board member of Pine Villa Park and Water and maintained Pine Villa Park for the last 12 years.

Willard is survived by his wife Mary at home; son Willard and wife Bridget Gilmore, Post Falls, son Frank Hill, Post Falls; daughters Nora Gilmore, Concord, Calif., Peggy Gilmore, Post Falls; brothers Ernest W. Gilmore, Brentwood, Calif., Bobby R. Gilmore, Antioch, Calif.; sister Virginia Jestes, Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and grandchildren Yvette and Eric.
Willard's granddaughter Yvonne Gilmore preceded him in death in 2000.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 Government Way, Hayden ID 83835, or TESH, Inc., 3803 Industrial Ave., Coeur d'Alene ID 83815.

Virginia Spence

May 11, 1946 ~ July 13, 2003

At Virginia's request, no services will be held.

Virginia Spence, 57, born May 11, 1946, in Kamiah, Idaho, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2003, in Hayden Lake, from breast cancer.

She was the owner/operator of The Pin Hook Draperies and Interiors in Coeur d'Alene.
Virginia is survived by her husband Roger Spence; daughters Risa, Nola and Erin; parents Bud and Daisy Ulery; brothers Sid and Chuck; grandchildren Justin, Lyle, Traci, Brandon and Nicole; and great-grandson, Hunter.
The family prefers donations to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 Government Way, Hayden ID 83835, or a cancer research organization of donor's choice.

Keith Swendener

September 6, 1920 ~ July 14, 2003

Memorial Services were Thursday July 17, 2003, at the English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

A. Keith "Whitey" Swendener, 82, Coeur d'Alene, passed Monday, July 14, 2003, at home.

Born Sept. 6, 1920, to Mable (Caughey) and Andrew Swendener in Lenore, Kan., Keith was raised in Bonners Ferry, then moved to Alaska in 1936.

Keith enlisted in the Navy during World War II, served on USS Cod Submarine and made seven war time patrols. After the war, he moved to Spokane, where he married Margaret Johnson on Feb. 7, 1948. They moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1963. Keith retired in 1983.

He enjoyed traveling and went to Sweden to explore his wife's heritage. Keith also enjoyed trap shooting, ammo reloading, fishing, hunting and spending time at his lake cabin. He was past commander of Idaho Chapter of Retired Sub Vets. Keith was also a member of Plummer and Pipe Fitters Local 44 in Spokane and Community Methodist Church.

Survivors include his son John Swendener of Coeur d'Alene; daughters Ann Cope, Mead, Wash., Karen Boyer, Greenacres, Wash., Sandy Hanold, Everett, Wash.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Keith was preceded in death by his wife in 1995, mother in 1960, dad in 1926 and stepfather Al Rabyor in 1982.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 Government Way, Hayden ID 83835, or USS Cod, 1089 E. Ninth, Cleveland OH 44114.

Richard R. Gulman, III.

December 18, 1952 ~ July 13, 2003

Services were Tuesday at English Funeral Chapel in Post Falls. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Rathdrum.
From the house he built, embraced by his loving wife, Rick Gulman departed his earthly body on July 13, 2003 to join his Heavenly Father and eternal king.
Born Richard R. Gulman III on Dec. 18, 1952, the first son of Dick and Carol Gulman, Rick spent the majority of his life growing up in Norwalk, Calif. He met and married the love of his life, Carol, and the two of them were soon blessed with a son and a daughter.
Longing for a better life for his family, Richard moved to North Idaho in October of 1990, where he found revitalization and rebirth in the beauty of the land and community. A working man with calloused hands and a will of stone, "Big Rick," as his friends called him, carved a life out for his own. With some hard work, a little luck, and good grace of our Lord, Big Rick Gulman soon realized a longtime dream, his own home on his own land, in 1997.
Survived by his wife Carol, son Richard, daughter Carie and granddaughter Madison, Richard "Big Rick" Gulman leaves behind his family and a good number of people who just plain loved him to carry on his memory.
Memorial contributions maybe made to Cancer Center, 700 Ironwood Dr., Coeur d'Alene ID 83814 or Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden ID 83835.

Charles B. Lovell

February 16, 1916 ~ July 19, 2003

Charles Benedict Lovell, 87, Coeur d’Alene , ID , passed away on July 19, 2003 at his daughter Charlotte’s home in Spokane , WA . He was surrounded by his family at his passing.

He was born February 16, 1916 to James Walter and Julia (O’Neil) Lovell in Sioux County , NE. He has 6 sisters and 5 brothers.

He moved to the northwest in 1938, so that a sister could attend College in Spokane .

He served with the 99th Signal Corr. Of the US Army during WWII in the Pacific.

He and Lorraine Bell Call were married October 11, 1947 , at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene , ID.

They raised 10 daughters and 3 sons. They have 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was an original member of St. Pius X Catholic Church since 1962.

He worked for Diamond International Lumber mill for 30 years retiring in 1981.

He enjoyed the company of his extended family, friends, and neighbors. He also enjoyed singing, playing musical instruments, yard work, and reading. Some of his many interests were religion, science, and history.

Funeral Mass was Wednesday July 23, 2003 , at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene . Visitation was Tuesday at the English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene , ID. Vigil services followed the visitation at the funeral chapel. Burial will follow the services at St. Thomas Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene , ID.

Memorial can be made to the Catholic Charities, ICO St. Pius X Catholic Church, 625 E Haycraft Ave , Coeur D’Alene , ID 83815 .

William James Hay, III.

October 12, 1942 ~ July 19, 2003

Please join the family in a celebration of his life on Sunday July 27, 2003, at 1:00 P.M. at 15273 Singer Rd, Rathdrum, ID 83858.

William James Hay III passed away in his sleep on July 19, 2003 ending his battle with lung cancer. Bill was a father of four. He loved the theatre and was a director and actor. Many patrons of the Spokane Civic Theatre and Valley Repertorie Theatre will remember his many roles, like ``Dr. Dyceheart'' in ``Equus'' or the menicing ``Teddy'' from ``When you coming back Red Rider''. Also you may remember a couple of the many commercials he starred in like ``The Meat Guy'' in the Tidymans commercials. Bill is preceded by his mother Christina and his son Sean. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Ed and Maria Hay; his daughters and their families, Debbie, Tara and Maranda Waldie, Tammy, Randy and Heather Childs and Elaine and Mark Huender. As well as some very close friends, all of whom have enjoyed his sence of humor, his intelect and his companionship. Bill will be missed dearly.

Ronald F. Meek

December 19, 1933 ~ July 25, 2003

Ronald F. Meek, 69, Hauser Lake, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at LaCrosse Health and Rehabilitation in Coeur d'Alene.
He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Priest River. He lived in the Post Falls and Hauser Lake area for 41 years. He was a job steward at a cement plant in Spokane, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Hauser Lake and Rathdrum Lions Clubs, Hauser Lake Fire Department, Hauser Lake Gun Club and Coeur d'Alene Eagles. He enjoyed fishing, tying flies and hunting.
He is survived by sons Dan Meek, Hauser Lake and Dennis Meek, Oldtown; daughters Karen Phillips, Oldtown and Diane Hylton, Post Falls; brothers Donnie and Mick Endicott, Priest River; and sisters Ann Founds, Blanchard, Emma Lou Montgomery, Oldtown and Kate Douglas, Priest River.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at English Funeral Chapel, Post Falls, with reception to follow at the Hauser Lake Fire Department.

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