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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 2, 2015 NEIGHBOR NEWS continued from page 6 She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph in Memorial contributions 1997, two sons and four may be made to the American grandchildren. Diabetes Foundation in her memory. A funeral service was held June 24 at Cheney Funeral Chapel with burial at the Harrington Cemetery. Visit Annette's online guest- book at Lawson Van Kuren Lawson Van Kuren lost his brave battle with cancer on June 26, 2015. Lawson Wallace Van Kuren Jr. was born to Katherine (Sitenga) and Lawson W. Van Kuren in Babcock, Wisc. Jan. 9, 1942. He was the middle of five children, Kath- leen (Stan) Bohlin, Janice (Richard) Bennett, Lois (John) Collins and Fred . (Marla) Van Kuren. After attending about 12 different grade schools, Lawson's family settled in and he spent five years in Chimacum, Wash. where he gradu-' ated as valedictorian in 1960. Lawson attended Washington State Uni- versity for a few years prior to join- ing the Air National Guard as a second lieu- tenant. In 1959, while attend- ing the State B Basketball Tournament in Spokane, Lawson met the love of his life, Ruth Martin from Lacrosse, Wash. When Ruth gradu- ated from the Deaconess School of Nursing in 1964 she joined Lawson at Connally Air Force Base in Waco, Texas where they married. Soon after, they moved to Cheney where Lawson attended Eastern Wash- ington State College and earned his bachelors de- gree in math education in 1966 and a masters degree in 1970. Lawson began his teaching career in Cheney in 1966 at the Fisher Building. He later taught at Cheney High School for a few years where he coached track and cross country as well as served as the Backpacking Club adviser. While there, Lawson became the legal guardian and mentor for Matthew Tsien so that Matthew could continue his educa- tion in the U.S. Matthew is currently the president of General Motors, China and executive vice presi- dent of GM. When the new Cheney Junior High School opened, Law- son became the athletic director, track coach, and cross country coach for the next 19 years. He was the first teacher in the Cheney School District to teach a class with personal computers. Lawson was inducted into the Wash- ington State Athletic Di- rector's Hall of Fame as the first Junior/Middle School athletic director in 1997. Lawson and Ruth were the founders of the Cherfey Track Club. Together, they ran the club for 35 years and upon retirement from the club they created the Ruth and Lawson Van Kuren Cheney Track Club Scholarship. Additionally, they held many positions in local and national gov- erning bodies for track and field. They worked as head officials for the state track meet at EWU for about 20 years. This joint volunteerism earned them several local and national honors, includ- ing the Sports Writer's and Broadcaster's 25- year award for service to Inland Northwest Sports. In 2015, the Cheney School District honored their service to the youth of the area by dedicating the Cheney Middle School track as the Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren Track and Field. The dedication sign displays Lawson's motto of "do your best." After Lawson retired from teaching, he and Ruth enjoyed travelling together. They visited all 50 states, enjoyed 55 cruises that took them to all seven continents, and spent lots of time camping. Lawson is sur- vived by his wife Ruth, daughters Carol (Rick) Campbell, Cathy (Gre- gorio) Munoz, grand- sons Richard and.David Campbell, great-grand- son Chayton Camp- bell, sister Lois Collins and brother Fred Van Kuren. A private family me- morial will be held at a later date. 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