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NEIGHBOR NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS I Thursday, August 13, 2015 I All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What's Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to City of Cheney • Aug. 14, Baby Play and Learn Storytime (ages 0 - 18 months), community library, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. • Aug. 16, "The Triple Nickel: Black Paratroop- ers in Washington State during World War II," Robert L. "Bob" Bartlett presents the little-known story of a U.S. Army unit that made military history as the first all-black "Airborne Infantry Fighter," community library, 2 -- 3:30 p.m. • Aug. 17, Dance Class, Wren Pierson Commu- nity Center, 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. • Aug. 18, Senior Light Fitness, Wren Pierson Community Center, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 18, Farmer's Market, City Hall Parking Lot, 2 -- 6 p.m. • Aug. 19, Toddler Play and Learn Storytime (ages 1 1/2 -- 3), community library, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. • Aug. 19, 2015 Summer Concert Series presents: The Greg Schmidt Band, Sutton Park gazebo, 6:30 - 8p.m. • Aug. 19, Dance Class, Wren Pierson Commu- nity Center, 7:15 -- 8:15 p.m. • Aug. 20, Kiwanis meeting, Sessions Village Commons, 7 a.m • Aug. 20, Senior Light Fitness, Wren Pierson Community Center, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 20, Preschool Play and Learn Storytime (ages 3 - 5), community library, 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. • Aug. 20, Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting, American Legion Post 72, 116 College Ave., 6 p.m. City of Airway Heights • Aug. 14, Friends of the Airway Heights Li- brary Book Sale, Hicks Open Market, 12435 W. 13th Ave., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Aug. 15, Friends of the Airway Heights Li- brary Book Sale, Hicks Open Market, 12435 W. 13th Ave., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Aug, 16, Friends of the Airway Heights Li- brary Book Sale, Hicks Open Market, 12435 W. 13th Ave., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Aug. 17, City Council Council meeting, City Hall Council Chambers, 5:30 p.m. ! • Aug..19, Friends of the Airway Heights Li- brary Book Sale, Hicks Open Market, 12435 W. 13th Ave., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Aug. 20, Play and Learn Storytime (ages 2 - 5), community library, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. City of Medical Lake • Aug. 14, Outdoor Movie: "The Blind Side," Waterfront Park, dusk. See What's Happening page 8 OBITUARIES Eldora White Eldora May Lachelt White passed from this earth on July 31, 2015. Born to Fred and Linda Lachelt on Aug. 20, 1928 in Richford Township, Waushara County, Wisc. The first of three daughters, Eldora grew up on the family farm. On Jan. 16,1949 she married her husband Samuel B. White. They were happily married for 57 years until his death in 2006. Eldora and her husband traveled the world with the U. S. Air Force until Samuel's retirement at Fairchild Air Force Base. With their two children they settled in Cheney in 1967. Eldora was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 72 where she held varies positions. Eldora was preceded in death by her husband, her parents Fred and Linda Lachelt and her sister Ruth Lobby. She is survived by her sister Viola Schwanke of Coloma, Wisc.; her daughter Betty (White) Heaney of Cheney, and her son Paul White and his wife Shelia of Herndon, Va. Also left behind are her grandchil- dren Jennifer (Heaney) Saladis of Algona, Wash.; Jason Heaney of Cheney; Tech. Sgt. Adam Heaney of Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Seth and Connor White of Herndon, Va. as well as her beloved great-grandchil- dren Sarah Saladis and Chase Heanev. Ernest W. Geschke Ernest W. Geschke, age 98, of Cheney, Wash., passed away on Aug. 9, 2015 in Cheney. Ernest was born on Dec. 1, 1916 in Ritzville, Wash., to Fred and Martha (Ziethke) Geschke. He was a grad- uate of Washtucna High School and upon gradu- ating from barber school, moved to Yakima, Wash. On Aug. 31,1940, Ernest married the love of his life Bertie Heng. They were married for 73 years and had two children, Ernie and Janice. Ernest took great pride in being a charter member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Ernest and Bertie enjoyed spending the winter months in Sun City, Ariz., and spending time with family. Ernest is survived by his son, Ernie (Sally); daughter, Janice Reitmeier (Bob); three grandson's, Bry- an, Kent (Monica), and Brent; granddaughter, Brenda Greer (Casey); four great-grandsons and one great-grand- daughter; five great- great-grandsons and two great-great-grand- daughters; sister-in-law Claudia Jamerson along with several nieces and nephews. Ernest was preceded in death by his wife Bertie in 2014, his par- ents; his brothers, Bill and Jerry, sisters, Pearl and Lilly Geschke, one grandson, Eric Geschke and one great-great granddaughter, Kinsley Greer. The family of Ernest would like to thank the staff at Cheney Assisted Living for the wonderful care he received. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 223 S. Hallet Road, Medical Lake, WA, 99022. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, at Cheney Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steven Gutzman officiating. Burial will follow at Spokane Me- morial Gardens Cemetery. Online guestbook at Cheney Funeral Chapel, 1632 W. First St., Cheney. Yvonne Wagoner The long and full life of Yvonne Wagoner came to an end on Aug. 8, 2015, when she died peacefully at Spokane Hos- pice House. Yvonne was born in Julesburg, Colo. to O. Wil- liam and Orra Etta Bauer. She attended 11 different public schools and graduated from Colorado Women's College in 1941. Upon graduation, she went to work as a clerk in the Denver Union Stockyards. While working in Denver, she met Elbert Wagoner stationed at Lowry Field. In 1947 she was hired as a stewardess with United Airlines and flew until 1949, when she and Elbert became engaged. They were married on Aug. 3,1949, and moved to Elbert's hometown of Coulee City, Wash. They moved to Cheney in 1951 when Elbert pur- chased a business that he operated un- til 1978. Four children were born over five years. She stayed home with her chil- dren, read to them, encour- aged them, and taught them life lessons. She taught Vacation Bible School, was active in PTA, and volunteered with her childrens' Cub Scout and Blue Bird groups. When the children grew older she became increasingly active m Cheney United Methodist Church. She was active in PEO and was a volunteer at Spokane Community Mental Health Center. Following Elbert's re- tirement, the couple va- cationed each winter in Hawaii. They regularly walked in Bloomsday, the Great Aloha Run and Volksmarch events. Their first grandchild was born in 1980, and five others followed over the next decade. After Elbert's 1991, Yvonne con- tinued to be involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She organized annual family reunions. She traveled to Elderhostels with her sister and with her grandchil- dren. She remained an active volunteer in Cheney Methodist Church until well into her 70s and at- tended the church into her 90s. In her declining years she enjoyed meals at local restaurants with friends and family, and car rides around familiar neighbor- hoods in Cheney and the surrounding countryside. She was preceded in death by brother Billy Dean Bauer, husband Elbert and son Bill. She is survived by brother Bob Bauer and sis- ter Phyllis Delmont, both of the Denver area; son Rich- ard Wagoner of Seattle; daughter Leslie Wagoner of Tukwila, Wash.; daugh- ter Linda Wagoner of Deer Harbor, Wash., as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Cheney United MethodistChurchWednes- day, Aug. 12. Graveside services will be at Spokane Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. Memorial donations may be made to Cheney UMC or a charity of choice. Cheney Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrange- ments. LOOKING 10 Years Ago Aug. 18, 2005 Thefts were down but burglaries had doubled over the previous month ,according to a report from the Chen'ey Police Department. Medical Lake's fourth annual Blue Waters, Blue- grass Festival in Water- front Park drew record crowds over the weekend, organizers announced. Airway Heights resi- dent Robert Dixon re- ceived what was termed, "the call of his life" from the Washington State Lottery informing him he had won a new car in a random drawing of non-winning lottery tickets. 10 Screens! 509-232-0444 Movie Informatlol • R Dally 02:15) (3:15) 6:15 8:45 9:15 THE, MAN FROM • PG-13 (11:15) (1:50) (4:30) 7:10 9:35 20 Years Ago Aug. 17, 1995 The Cheney Plan- ning Commission heard about a new housing development called Golden Hills that pro- posed building 137 homes between North Sixth and Washington Street. Superintendent Dr. Phil Snowdon said the Cheney School District had presented a new con- tract proposal to its teach- ers. Members of the local bricklayers union were donating their time to build a new concession stand for the baseball field at Cheney High School. 30 Years Ago Aug. 22, 1985 Cheney police quick- ly located a portable bar reported stolen from the Elegant Egg Res- taurant by following the drag marks to the nearby College Hills Apartments and specifi- cally the one occupied LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM One hundred twenty-five years ago in August 1890, the Cheney Enterprise merged with the Cheney Sentinel newspaper under the ownership of James Fitzgerald. During the first decades, Cheney had two, sometimes three newspapers. Learn more about our area's history at www. by 20-year-old Frank Vishneau. The U.S. Air Force an- nounced the Thtmderbirds aerial demonstration team was scheduled to perform See Looking Back page 8 Cheney Call to place an ad