Posts tagged: Obituaries

Patrick Gerald Herrin

By , December 1, 2016 1:14 PM

Patrick Gerald Herrin 20 Jul 1948- 22 Aug 2011

Patrick passed away from lung cancer on August 22, 2011 in Spokane, Washington. He was buried at sea. There was no obituary.

Diane Sheryl (Moser) Johnson Obituary

By , December 1, 2016 12:43 PM

Diane (Moser) JohnsonOn June 18th, 2016, Diane Sheryl (Moser) Johnson passed away from complications of COPD at her home in Rathdrum, Idaho.
Diane was born in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho to Alfred and Ottilia “Tillie” (Bitterman) Moser on the 13th of September 1947. She attended Coeur D’ Alene High School.
Diane worked as a home care CNA as well as many other jobs, but was mostly a stay at home mom and devoted grandmother. She loved playing bingo and spending time with her family. Diane enjoyed going on road trips with her husband Dick when he worked as a commercial trucker and occasionally drove the trucks herself. Diane liked keeping in touch with her extended family and many friends on her Facebook page. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
Diane is survived by her sister Anna (Bill) Van Valkinburgh, brothers Jimmy (Charlene) Moser, Mike (Lorene) Moser and Mark (Claire) Moser; son Steven Moser, grandchildren Tyler, Cody and Kalie Sue, 2 great grandchildren and step children Delena (Johnson) Smith, Kellie Johnson and Sonja Christiansen as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Diane was preceded in death by her husband Richard “Dick” Arvid Johnson, her mother and father, sisters Shirley Jean (Moser) West, Gloria Jean (Jimmy) House, Carolyn Eva Moser and sister in law Charlene (Truitt) Moser.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 9th at the Prairie Cowboy Church, 8311 N. Idaho Road, Newman Lake, WA, on the corner of Trent and Idaho Road at 11:00 am. For more information contact Steven Moser at 208-625-9798.

Dorla Deane (Thorson) Herrin Obituary

By , October 3, 2013 8:50 AM

  Dorla Deane (Thorson) HerrinDorla Deane (Thorson) Herrin, age 81 died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Kenai, Alaska on September 30, 2013.

Celebration of life will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2013 at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.

Dorla was born in Bagley, Minnesota in 1932 to Millie and Ole Thorson who worked at lumberjack camps in The Big Woods. Dorla and her siblings lived at the family farm with Grandma and Grandpa Halverson, enjoying a close relationship with their cousins and Norwegian extended family. Her early life on that farm and post war era shaped her to be a resourceful, hardworking and capable woman. She enjoyed the outdoors, patiently fishing, generally catching when no one else could! She belonged to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #20 in Kenai.

In 1951 she married Don Childs and had a daughter, Marcia, and a son, Ronnie, who died in infancy. Her life with Don’s family took her all over the United States. After her divorce she met Delmar “Red” Herrin, a single Texan with two sons: Delmar and Link. They married in 1956, blended their families and had two more children: Joy and Kevin.
In 1966 the family vacationed in Alaska, never returning to The lower 48. They settled North of Kenai where Dorla’s early childhood now equipped her to live a rural life on raw land with privation and few amenities. By example her children learned work ethics and self-sufficiency at home while her husband worked the oil fields. During this time she wrote and received abundant letters; a gift to her children that let them stay connected to relatives they rarely or never met. Many happy evenings were spent reading aloud Alaskan books and playing cards.

In 1971 she began working at Nikiski Elementary as a hot lunch cashier and eventually retired as head custodian. She enjoyed caring for the school, the staff and loved the children. Her husband Red started an excavating business and Dorla operated a loader/backhoe and heavy equipment. Together they built subdivisions and roads in the K Beach, Kenai and Nikiski area that exist today.

Dorla was preceded in death by her husband Red, her son Ronnie and stepson Delmar who died while serving in Vietnam; grandson, Darrel Herrin as well as her parents, sister, Dawna Harris and brother, Kenneth Thorson.

She is survived by her children and their spouses Marcia and L.H. Pierce, Joy and Jamie Baldridge and Kevin Herrin all of Kenai, stepson Link Herrin and wife Kathy of Yorba Linda, CA, sisters Carol Hromidko, and Sharon Pratt, brothers Paul and Gary Neill and cousins Laverne and Duane, all of Bagley, Minnesota as well as grandchildren, Heather, Tiffney, Rocky, Sarah, Lucas, Ryan and Derek and 14 great grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent in care of Joy Baldridge – P.O. Box 3665 – Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit her online guestbook and obituary at

Shirley Jean (Moser) West Obituary

By , April 1, 2013 10:22 AM
Alan & Shirley (Moser) West

Alan & Shirley (Moser) West

Shirley Jean (Moser) West   (September 16, 1935 – November 2, 2012)

(Age 77) Shirley was born in Pierre, South Dakota on September 16, 1935, to Alfred and Tilly Moser. She moved with her family to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, growing up there with sisters, Carolyn, Gloria, Annie, Diane, and brothers Jimmie, Mike, and Mark. After high school she met and married her husband Allen on June 15, 1954.
They enjoyed 58 years of a happy marriage. Together they had five children, David (Tammy) West, Judy Travis, Brenda (Greg) Messer, Kenny (Linda) West, and Larry West, eight grandchildren, Stephen Travis, Daniel (Whitney)Travis, Bradley West, Brianna West, Alyssa West, Kevin Messer, Rachel Messer, Lucas West, and three great-grandchildren, Keeth, Mackenzie and Rachell.
She is survived by her husband Allen, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her siblings, Annie, Diane, Jimmie, Mike and Mark, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Shirley was primarily a homemaker but also worked outside of the home for Altec for several years. She also was very good at business, over the years selling Tupperware, and won several President Sales Awards for selling Avon. She was a talented seamstress, specializing in embroidery. She took great joy in presenting beautiful handmade gifts to her family and many friends. She always enjoyed her special summer BBQ’s, with her family and friends, which will be continued. She attended Spokane Christian Center, where she had many special friends, and loved to worship the Lord, and attend bible study.
Shirley was a very special wife, mother and friend, and great counselor, listening without judgment, and always willing to give that second chance and more if that is what it took. Visitation will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8 from 10am to 5pm at Heritage Funeral Home. A Celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 11am on Friday, November 9 at Heritage Chapel.

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