6/26/2014 2:10:23 PM
Keva Arlene (Pringle) Monson, 73, died May 21, 2014, at Kootenai Health Center in Coeur d'Alene of complications from a stroke.
The daughter of Ron and Pearl (Lanter) Davis, Keva was born July 30, 1940, in Coeur d'Alene and grew up in Post Falls. She graduated from Post Falls High School in 1958, the same year she served as Miss Post Falls. She attended University of Idaho, where she pledged Pi Beta Phi. On August 15, 1959, she married Charles R. Monson.
They made their home in Baltimore, Md., and Baker, Ore., before returning to the Spokane area and settling at Liberty Lake to raise their four children. Keva worked as public relations director for the Spokane Valley School District and co-owned the Trend House interior design store in Spokane Valley. In 1985, she and Chuck moved to Ghana, West Africa, where she worked as manager of the American Club, and he continued his work for Kaiser Aluminum. From there, she moved to Japan for two years to obtain her black belt in aikido, returning to Liberty Lake in 1991. Her husband, Chuck, died in 1994.
In 1998, she married longtime friend Donald Reese, and they split their time between Liberty Lake and Pacific City, Ore. She treasured her role as beloved grandmother to the eight Reese grandchildren.
Keva volunteered her time and considerable talents to a number of political and environmental causes. She was legendary for her unique flair and impeccable taste.
She was also predeceased by her parents, her brother Dennis Pringle, and her sons-in-law, Jock H. Bevis and William D. Rice.
She is survived by her husband, Don Reese, of Liberty Lake; her children, Steve Monson and his wife, Angela, of Muscat, Oman; Megan Monson of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; Marlo Monson Bevis of Kodiak, Alaska; and Mike Monson and his wife, Rebekka, of Park City, Utah; as well as six grandchildren, Marcus Stennes, Cassidy Rice, Ashleigh Monson, Riley Rice, Sawyer Bevis and Connor Monson.
She is also survived by her brothers, Don Pringle and his wife, Lukana, of Kona, Hawaii; Ron Davis and his wife, Nancy; and John Davis and his wife, Marcia, all of Post Falls.
A memorial service will be held in August at the family home at Liberty Lake. Friends are invited to add their remembrances to the online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com.
Robert Martin Wills Sr., Lt. Col. USAF Retired, passed away May 31, 2014, at age 92.
Robert was born November 8, 1921 to Nina and Albert Wills in Marion, Ohio. He graduated from Harding High School in 1939 and worked as a commercial artist for JH Maish Company when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He enlisted immediately but took time to marry his fiancé, June Imbody.
He attended OCS in Florida and took flight training in grade. He flew B17 bombers and was assigned to Great Britain. His plane was struck with flak on return from his seventh mission which was to Berlin. The crew escaped the plane but he was later captured and held in POW camp for 13 months. He escaped from a forced march by the German Guard during an advance by Russian troops and made his way to the American lines.
After the war ended, he received his degree from Penn State University and accepted a commission as 1st Lieutenant in the regular Air Force. He was a squadron commander assigned to Germany to identify Nazi war criminals before flying the airlift. Robert was an assistant air attaché in the Netherlands before being assigned to SAC. He worked at the Pentagon and was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Intelligence Committee during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired from the Air Force in 1965 and later worked for Lockheed as Director of Sales Europe for the L1011 aircraft.
After he retired from Lockheed in 1981, he moved to Liberty Lake to be near family. Robert leaves his wife, June, after 73 years of marriage; three children, Robert M. Wills II, Alison Lefebvre and Michelle Hart; four grandchildren, Shea Wills Wesche, Ashley Vitro, Nathan Amouroux and Grant Amouroux; four great-grandchildren, Bailey Wills, Jaelyn Wesche, Bryce Amouroux and Carly Vitro.
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