Teachers

Below are the teachers that we know are deceased (and some we've confirmed are still alive).  If you know of other teachers that have passed away, please contact us with the information so we can include them. If you've visited with a former teacher around town, please contact me through the website so I can include their name in the 'confirmed alive' list....
 
Louis Anderson (1922-5/27/18) deceased at age 96

 

Louis G. Anderson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-gran-dfather and friend has gone to his eternal rest on May 27, 2018 in Spokane, WA. Louis was born in Portland, OR on February 28, 1922. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Anderson Dart; son, Dale A. Anderson (Kathryn), grandchildren, George L. Dart (Lisa), Alison Dart Banholzer, and Michael Anderson; four great-granddaughters, Rachael Dart, Haeley Dart, Katherine Banholzer and Caroline Banholzer; brother, A. Reinold Anderson (Mary); and nephew, John W. Anderson (Anne); and numerous great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara F. Anderson, his parents, Earnest W. Anderson and Dora L. Anderson, and grandson, Col. David D. Banholzer.
Louis grew up on the family farm in Longview, WA where he graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1940. He joined the Army Air Corps and flew 35 missions over Germany as First Pilot of a G-model B-17, flying out of RAF Chelveston in England. Following WWII, he married the love of his life, Barbara F. Gilby on July 7, 1946 and they relocated to Pullman, WA where Louis graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Business and Master's Degree in Education. They moved to Spokane, WA where they celebrated 71 years of marriage. Louis and Barbara often spoke of "growing old together" and their love becoming "truer, deeper and richer."
Louis completed 21 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Col., while pursuing 30 years as a Vocational Agriculture, Auto Shop teacher and FFA Advisor for Mead High School. He also served on the Washington State Lands Commission, helping in the management of state forest lands.
Louis fulfilled a dream when, in 1967, he and Barbara purchased their farm on Greenbluff and was always happiest when he was serving their customers at Anderson Acres. He treasured the many, dear friends he made selling apples, cherries and other fruit.
Louis was a Master Gardener and enjoyed working in his garden and orchards. He was a member of the Greenbluff Grange, a 50-year member of Kiwanis Clubs International, and a member since the early 1960s of St. Luke Lutheran Church. He will be remembered as a quiet man who was strong, generous, loving, and smart. He passed on those traits to his children and family.
The family would like to thank the owners and staff at Fairwood Assisted Living and Horizon Hospice for the compassionate and wonderful care Dad received in the past few years of his life.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 8th from 11am to 4pm at Heritage Funeral Home. A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at 12:30pm at Fairmount Memorial Park 5200 W. Wellesley Ave., Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider a donation in memory of Louis G. Anderson to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9706 N. Division, PO Box 28948, Spokane, WA 99228-8948.  As printed in the Spokesman Review June 3, 2018

Carol Lewis (1930-10/18/17) deceased at age 87
Mrs. Lewis passed on October 18, 2017.  She retired from the Mead School District after serving more than 20 years as a business education teacher.  She was also a Mead graduate...class of 1947!  Carol Lewis is survived by a large extended family including her children and spouses: Suzanne (Mead 1970 classmate), Jerry (Mead '74) Peggy and Larry (Mead '78).  Carol lived in the same house she raised her family in kitty corner to the old football field in Mead.  Service arrangements are pending.   Click here for the full obituary as published in the Spokesman Review.
 
John Savage (1935-11/21/15) deceased at age 80 
 
 
From the Spokesman-Review Obituary...John Savage began his teaching career at Mead Senior High in 1964 and remained on the faculty until 1970 teaching Wood Shop.  Following his Mead career, Mr. Savage worked at SFCC and also with Fairchild AFB.   He enjoyed a long retirement at his cabin at Diamond Lake.
 
For full obituary, click link below:
 
 

Ray Sheahan, deceased at 89 August 17, 2015 

From the Spokesman Review -- Decorated World War II honored Marine. He was a coach, teacher, Principal, Superintendent of Schools and finally retired to be a rancher and raise cattle. Father of classmate Mike Sheahan.

For full obituary, click link below:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/aug/20/obituary-sheahan-ray/   

  Duane Hartman, deceased at 60 September 2001

SPOKANE - Memorial service for coach Duane Peter Hartman, 60, will be at 4 p.m. today at the track at Spokane Community College. Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hartman, who was born in Bowdle, S.D., died Sunday. He was a 35-year resident of Spokane. He grew up in Tacoma, and in 1959 graduated from Bellarmine Prep School. He earned a degree in education from Eastern Washington State College in 1966 and a master's degree in education.  Spokesman-Review, September 20, 2001

 Mike Kostecka, deceased

 Eugene Fink, deceased 1999. 
Below is a photo from 1959 that appeared in the Spokesman on 1/31/11. 

 Landy James, deceased

June 7, 1997 in Sports

Former Mead Football Coach Landy James Dies At Age 66

Landy James, a star athlete at Washington State University and later one of the state’s top coaches and educators, died Tuesday in La Conner at age 66.

James coached Mead football for 13 years (1956-1968), winning nine Northeast A League championships with an overall record of 76-34-3. In all, he was 181-89-3 in 30 years of high school coaching. He was inducted into the Washington State High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995.

He left Mead to return to La Conner High School, his alma mater, in 1969, and he coached football for another 16 seasons. He coached La Conner basketball for two seasons (1983-84 and 1984-85), taking the Braves to the Class B state tournament both seasons.

James graduated from La Conner in 1948. He went to Washington State on a basketball scholarship but concentrated on football and baseball. He lettered in football from 1949 through 1951. In baseball, his career earned run average of 2.13 ranks sixth all-time at the school. His senior year he was first-team All-Northern Division.

James, a member of the Swinomish Indian Tribe, was a former National Indian Educator of the Year.

“We put on some very successful Indian education conferences here and they were a success in large part because of Landy’s intimate knowledge of the culture,” said Vince Sellen, a history teacher at La Conner and a close friend of James.

James suffered from diabetes and had both legs amputated just below the knee in 1992. A memorial service is being held this morning at La Conner High School gym, which 10 years ago was named the Landy James Activity Center.

 

 Ernie Stueve, died 2006, age 75 
 

 Mabel Walmark, died 5/13/1996, age 88

 Helen Nordby, deceased 2000 (see article from February 2000, below)
The caption reads:  Helen Nordby was hired in 1947 to set up a library program at Mead High School.  Durning her 25 years there she also taught English, Latin, and German.  Nordby says she "loved every minute of it!"
 

 Don McInturff, died May 16, 2009, age 86 (see obituary below)

McINTURFF, Donald Ralph.     Born June 25, 1922 and entered into rest on May 16, 2009. Ralph is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mae and their two sons; Ace of Sequim, WA and Kim of Santa Barbara,CA; four grandchildren; Sean and Brian of Colorado and Ian and Margo of Santa Barbara; and four great-grandchildren of Colorado. He was raised in the area of Hill Road and Whitworth Drive as his father had the first service station in that area. Don attended Whitworth Grade School and then graduated from North Central High School and then Whitworth College. Mr. McInturff taught in Almira and Pomeroy and then was with the Mead School District for 30 plus years, starting with taking care of financial matters and later returning to the classroom in the field of business. Special thanks to the wonderful care by Cornerstone Court Senior Care Center and Cynthia Rogers and staff and Horizon Hospice. Graveside Service will be held at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery on Tuesday, May 19th, at 11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Court, 12322 N. Ruby, Spokane, 99218 or Horizon Hospice, 123 W. Cascade Way, Spokane 99208. Published on 5/20/2009--Spokesman Review

Francis Mae McInturff, died July 7, 201907, age 90

Wife of Mead teacher Don McInturff.  "Mrs. Mac" was the Mead Junior High Physical Education Teacher, grades 7,8, and 9.  Passed away in Spokane.

 

 Paul Schaffner dies at 76 on November 20, 2012

SCHAFFNER, Paul E. (Age 76) Of Ford, Washington passed away November 20, 2012 in Spokane. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26, at the Springdale Community Church. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Ford. A reception will be held at the Ford Senior Center after the burial. LAUER FUNERAL HOME, DEER PARK, WA. in charge of arrangements. 

Published in Spokesman-Review from November 25 to November 26, 2012  

Thomas Charles JAEGER (06/02/1931 - 04/16/2014)

Counselor

JAEGER, Thomas Charles June 2, 1931 - April 16, 2014 Tom Jaeger, lifelong resident of Spokane, WA entered into eternal rest of natural causes at home in Spokane, April 16, 2014. Tom was raised in north Spokane and attended Saint Francis of Assisi Grade School and Saint Francis High School in Santa Barbara, CA. Tom was a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army from 1956 to 1958 serving in Europe on the border of West Germany and Czechoslovakia. After his military service, he returned to Spokane and worked at Sacred Heart Hospital where he met his future wife, Maureen. Tom pursued his Bachelors in Education from Gonzaga University and Whitworth College. As an educator, Tom spent 10 years in the Mead school district during which time he earned his Masters Degree in Education and Guidance Counseling from Eastern Washington University. After his time at Mead, he worked for the Washington State Community College system as a career guidance counselor at Spokane Community College, until his retirement in 1994. Devoted to his community, he served on the boards of Lilac City Figure Skating Club and Amicus Credit Union. He was passionate about education and sent all three of his daughters to Gonzaga Prep. Tom's family was his life. Married to his beloved wife for 54 years, Tom and Maureen raised their three daughters in Spokane. In later years he doted on his six grandchildren and spent innumerable hours cheering them on at sporting and school events. Travel was a passion throughout his life and he enjoyed trips throughout the US, Australia, Canada and Europe. Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maureen; three daughters: Geralyn Bird, of Spokane, Laura Faulkner of Bellevue, WA, and Melanie Eckhardt of Edmonds, WA; five granddaughters: Kaylah Keenan, Meghan Keenan, Morgan Faulkner, Cheyanne Faulkner, Nicole Faulkner; one grandson, Matthew Keenan; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Tom will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and deadpan delivery, only given away by the twinkle in his eye. Think of him and smile. Tom was preceded in death by his parents: Carl and Marion Jaeger; and two sisters: Marion Driscoll and Dianne Nelson. Visitation Tuesday, April 22nd 2-6 pm, Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home followed by Holy Rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial, followed by a reception, Wednesday, April 23rd at 11:00 am at St. Thomas More Church, 515 W. St. Thomas More Way, Spokane, WA. Private interment at a later date. Tom was a man of great faith and valued education. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Gonzaga Preparatory High School, Fair Share Program. Please visit Tom's online memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com, and leave a message of condolence.

Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 20, 2014

 Reese Bennett (3/10/1910 - 1/15/1995) Algebra, Calculus

 

 Martha Brookhart (9/3/1914 - 8/29/2002) English, Journalism

   

Don Spence (1925-2016) Junior High Math and Science Teacher/Coach

Don passed away in February 2016.  In 1957 Don was part of the original faculty at Mead Junior High School teaching Math, Science and coaching several sports.  1970 Classmates remember Don from Jr High and also remember Don's wife Alpha who was an English Teacher and our high school girls counselor and Don's son Scott (Mead class of 1971).  Full obituary below:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/spokesman/obituary.aspx?n=donald-b-spence&pid=177697238

 

Alpha Mae Spence (1926-2017) English Teacher and Girl's Counselor

Mrs. Spence passed away on September 17, 2017 in Spokane.  She is survived by her children Scott (Mead Class of 1971) and Shannon Spence.  Husband Don (see above) passed in 2016.

Click here for Mrs. Spence obituary.

 

Alive and Well and Celebrating 64 years of Marriage (in 2010):  Louis Anderson If you missed it, here is a link to a great story about Mr. Louis Anderson published on June 24th 2010 about his 64 year marriage and his current home in Mead!     Check it out:  http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/jun/24/broken-watch-lasting-marriage/

 

Alive and Well....On the Website...signed in as GUESTS:

 

*Mary Hyatt -- read her profile (with daughter Heidi 8/2000)

      

 

*Al Toutant -- read his profile

 

Alive and Well...attended our pre-reunion function:

Gorden Brunette and Mrs. Brunette (8/2000)

 

Alive and Well...Seen around town:

 

Cash Stone

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame

                                               Way to go Coach Stone!!!

 

Cliff Goss - Geometry, Algebra

Bernice Kite - Art

George Weishaar -  Vice-Principal

Roger Gray (Portland) World History, World Problems

 

Classmates: If you have contact information for any of our Mead High teachers please forward it to me.  Let's invite all to join our website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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