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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCT. 7, 2006



Michael Joseph McShane, 58, formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 12 in Columbia, Md., of pancreatic cancer.

Memorial services were conducted Sept. 21 in Maryland. He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 29.

Mr. McShane, a retired lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, was born Feb. 4, 1948, in Ontario and grew up in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1966 and attended Eastern Oregon University before joining the Navy in 1968.

He married Isabel Kidd in 1972.

He retired from the Navy in 1998 and worked for Welkin-Nicholas Research as a systems engineering contractor until he died.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Lee, and his wife, Tara; daughter, Kelly; his mother, Margaret, of La Grande; brothers, Brian, Jeffrey and Gregory; sisters, Rebecca and Maureen; and other relatives. His father, Francis, and a brother, Kirk, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the giver's choice or by taking a moment of solitary reflection, or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo, Calif.


William "Bill" Washkoska, 80, of Spokane died Sept. 29. Following a funeral today in Spokane, there will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande with Pastor Mark Schlessman officiating.

Mr. Washkoska was born Sept. 5, 1926, to George and Josephine Washkoska in Oshkosh, Wis. He was in the Navy for eight years, and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

In 1949 he graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and worked as a safety engineer in the insurance industry.

He moved to Boise, where he met his wife, Barbara Counsell, formerly of Ladd Canyon. They were married Feb. 27, 1954, in Boise, and moved to Spokane in 1960. One of his life's greatest joys was spending time with his twin granddaughters.

Survivors include his wife of Spokane; children, Holly Burgess of Atlanta, and Todd Washkoska of Seattle; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the guidance of Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Road., Spokane Valley, Wash. 99206.


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