OBITUARY

Elmer R. Utecht

February 9, 1928March 2, 2011

Elmer R. “Tub” Utecht, (Age 83) – passed away March 2, 2011 in Spokane Valley, WA. He was born to William and Pauline (Wahl) Utecht and raised in the Spokane Valley where he attended school in the Central Valley School District. He spent his whole life living within an 11 block radius. He began working for NW Milling Company at the age of 16, eventually becoming its owner and selling in 1973 due to Expo 74. He spent the remainder of his working life in construction while maintaining his truck-farm selling vegetables to local residents and stores. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. His sense of humor and math skills will be greatly missed. Elmer is survived by his four children, Ron Utecht (Eileen), Carla Thurlow (Ron), Rhonda Catalano and Terry Utecht (Jamie); two sisters, Dorothy Campbell and Donna Eastman; nine grandchildren, Kendra, Tina, Eric, Shelly, Jeff, Greg, Bryan, Tiffany and Taylor; 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne (Reopelle) Utecht; daughter, Judy Schmidt; five brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 7, 2011 at 11:00am at Valley Assembly of God, 15618 East Broadway Avenue. Interment will be at the Pines Cemetery, Spokane Valley. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of his wife and daughters to the Alzheimer Association NW Chapter, 910 W. 5th Ave., Suite 256, Spokane, WA 99204. Arrangements under the direction of Thornhill Valley Chapel, Spokane, WA.

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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, March 7, 2011

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Tina Brisson

March 6, 2011

Grandpa, I have so many wonderful memories with you from learning how to raise livestock to planting a garden. You are the greatest man Ive ever known... I will always have a special place in my heart for you, both myself and my children will always miss you.. I hope you and Grandma are celebrating as you've reunited.. Rest in peace, I love you Papa...

Tina B

March 6, 2011

Grandpa, I have so many wonderful memories with you from learning how to raise livestock, to gardening and learning the importance of family. You will always be the greatest man Ive ever known. You will always have a special place in both mine and my children s hearts... I hope you and Grandma are celebrating as you've reunited.. Rest in peace papa I love you with all of my heart..

Tina

March 6, 2011

Grandpa, I have so many wonderful memories with you as a child learning how to raise livestock, and gardening day in and day out. You always knew how to make me smile you have been the greatest man I ever knew... You will have a special place in both mine and my childrens hearts forever. I hope you and Grandma are celebrating as you reunite..... Rest in peace grandpa I love you with all of my heart.

Kathy Reopelle Fullmer

March 5, 2011

So many memories of going to Uncle Tub and Aunt Jean's! Our summertime visits left a lasting impression on my heart, great family, fun and great food! Always open arms and so much love to give. I will never forget and I treasure those memories. My prayers are with you all...much love, Kathy

Patty Reopelle Smigaj

March 5, 2011

Many childhood memories of one of my favorite Uncles. Many years have pasted since I last saw you, but arms were always open and the car always left with fresh produce. Happy farming in heaven, the angels will be happy to see you!!!

March 4, 2011

Sorry for your loss. Elmer was a good man. He grew wonderful produce.He will be missed.
Patty Clelland-Moffitt

Michelle Bleek

March 4, 2011

So many good memories of working in the garden at sun-up. You are remembered and missed. My prayers for the family.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
--Psalm 116:15

Mark Huber

March 4, 2011

Elmer will be surely missed !!! He was a great friend and neighbor and gentleman. Rest in peace.

March 4, 2011

Some lost a Father, some a grandfather, some a great grandfater. Manny a good friend.The world lost a great person.
I will always remember you TUB. DON NESS

Ella Mae Hudson

March 4, 2011

My deepest sympathy to you, Terry and Jamie.

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