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2000 Garfield County, Washington, Funeral Notices & Obituaries

Lawrence W. (Larry) Brown

Lawrence Brown, retired Pomeroy farmer, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Garfield County Memorial Hospital in Pomeroy.

Larry, the oldest son of George Dewey and Lois Dixon Brown, was born June 19, 1920, in Pomeroy. He attended Belle Plain Country School for eight years and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1938. He was the first student to compete in track for PHS.

He attended Washington State College for five years where he participated for three years on the Cougar track team and was president of his fraternity. He was also honored to be invited to join Alpha Chi Sigma, an honorary society in chemistry and Sigma Tau, an honorary society in engineering. He received his degree in chemical engineering in 1943 and went to work immediately at the Union Oil refinery in the Los Angeles area, making fuel for the war in the South Pacific.

Larry met and married Jimmie Nell Norton in January, 1946, at Las Vegas. He started farming with his father and two brothers, Elton and Wayne as Brown & Sons. He farmed until his retirement in 1985.

He became the loving father of four children: Sheila, Connie, Gary and J.D. He and his family lived at Central Ferry, currently the WSU Research Station, from 1952 to 1962, when they moved to Pomeroy.

He was active in many civic affairs and lodges. He served as worshipful master of Evening Star Lodge No. 30 of the Masons of Pomeroy. He was high priest of Evergreen Chapter No. 10 of Royal Arch Masons of Pomeroy and also worthy patron of Mystic Chapter No. 10 Order of the Eastern Star, while his mother, Lois Brown served as worthy matron.

Larry Brown was one of the original port commissioners for the Port of Garfield County, serving for 12 years. He was active commissioner during the construction of the present-day Garfield County Port site and was also active in the Inland Waterways Association and the Lower Snake River Ports Association.

He served for two years, 1961 to 1962, on the Kennedy-Johnson Natural Resource Advisory Committee and was personally invited to John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration.

Larry was also a life member of the Lewiston Elks Lodge, the El Katif Shrine in Spokane and a member of the Pomeroy Eagles Aerie 3060. He was also one of the founders and president of Holiday Lanes, Inc. for the 28 years of its existence.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman in his younger years and also enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards. In his retirement years, Larry loved birds and spent much of his time bird watching, if not reading or working jigsaw or crossword puzzles.

He is survived by his wife Jimmie at their Pomeroy home; two daughters, Sheila and Larry Jensen of Mount Vernon, Wash., Connie and Don Brown of Clarkston; two sons, J.D. and Sue Brown of Pomeroy, Gary and Linda Brown of Seattle; a sister, Quest and Neil Keatts of Pomeroy; two brothers, Elton and Bobbie Brown and Wayne and Clarice Brown, all of Pomeroy. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Richardson-Brown Funeral Home in Pomeroy. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pomeroy City Cemetery. The Rev. Howard Neal of Pomeroy will officiate.

Memorials are suggested to the Garfield County Ambulance Fund, Shriners Hospital in Spokane, care of Richardson-Brown Funeral Home, P.O. Box 938 Pomeroy 99347.

Arnold F. Trescott

Arnold F. Trescott, 87, a retired teacher and Pomeroy native, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, at AmeriPark Village Retirement Center in Tacoma.

He was born Aug. 14, 1913, at Pomeroy to Fremont I. and Mary Anna Beringer Trescott. He grew up in Pomeroy and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1932. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He was a sergeant in India during World War II. He graduated from the University of Washington at Seattle in 1950.

In 1951, he became a teacher at Kent, Washington, School District and later became the director of art education for all the Kent district schools.

His survivors include a nephew, Fred. F. Trescott of Boise; a niece, Cheryl Trescott Bennett of Walla Walla; and cousin and caregiver Pat Senko of Lakewood, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene; and sister, Elnor.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with burial following at Pomeroy City Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Richardson-Brown Funeral Home in Pomeroy.

Loretta (Hollis) Starkweather

Former Bremerton resident Loretta N. Starkweather, 66, of Pomeroy, died Sept. 13, 2000, in Lewiston.

She was born Feb. 10, 1934, in Davenport to Jack and Mary (McCullough) Hollis. She graduated from Davenport High School.

She married Rodney Starkweather on May 30, 1981, in Federal Way.

Mrs. Starkweather worked most of her life as a waitress and bartender. She owned Sunset Inn in Spokane for a time.

She was a member of the Presbyterian church. She enjoyed antiques and yard sales.

She is survived by her husband of Pomeroy.

Paul Anthony Feider, Sr.

Paul Anthony Feider Sr., retired Garfield County farmer and road department worker, died of causes related to age Wednesday [January 12, 2000] at Angelito's Adult Family Home in Clarkston. It was his 92nd birthday.

He was born Jan. 12, 1908, at Pomeroy to Anthony and Elizabeth Pierre Feider. He attended the Catholic school at Pomeroy.

On June 6, 1939, he married Agnes Holm at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Pomeroy.

For several years, he managed the Mission Shell Service Station at Pomeroy. Later, from 1946 to 1948, they farmed at Milton-Freewater. They then returned to Garfield County and farmed there. He also worked as a maintenance equipment operator for the Garfield County Road Department, retiring in the early 1970s after about 20 years.

Agnes died Jan. 2, 1984.

He was a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Pomeroy and a life member of the Knights of Columbus Pomeroy Chapter No. 1460. He volunteered for 10 to 15 years at the Pomeroy Senior Center and with the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program at Memory Manor. He also served as treasurer for the Boys Scouts for 25 years.

Survivors include three sons, Paul Feider Jr. and David Feider, both of Renton, Washington, and Richard Feider of Pomeroy; a daughter, Barbara DeShirley of Portland; three brothers, John Feider and Ed Feider, both of Pomeroy, and Herman Feider of Lewiston; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Vincent, Albert, Joseph, Leo, and Raymond Feider.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy with Rev. Leonard Forsmann of Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston the celebrant.

The family suggests memorials to the Senior Information and Assistance Program, P.O. Box 23, Pomeroy, or the Garfield County Ambulance, in care of Barbara Gingerich, Rt. 3, Box 110, Pomeroy 99347.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston was in charge of arrangements.