Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tony House

Tony House, a member of St. Michael’s Parish, Spokane, Wash., died a Catholic death on Jan. 1, 2013, from complications of heart surgery. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Tony was born in Challis, Idaho, in 1937, the second of six children. He spent four years in the Marine Corps. He was captain of the judo team, placing second in the All Marine Corps Judo Tournament.  He married Clare Bunch on Aug. 8, 1959, in Long Beach, Calif. His diverse career in the computer industry took the family from L.A., where he worked for North American Aviation, to Tulsa, Okla., with American Airlines, followed by Harrah’s in Reno, Nev., ending up in Spokane, Wash., with Keytronic and Analyst International.

His hobbies included snow skiing, duplicate bridge, volleyball, traveling, golfing and garage saling. Tony was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Mount Rose first aid department. For the last several years, he spent many hours with his best friends, as a SCOPE volunteer with the Spokane Sheriff’s Office. Above all, his biggest joy was spending time with his family!

Tony is survived by his bride of 53 years, Clare; seven children, Chris Knight (Tim), Mick Teich (Tim), Shelly Johnson (Ron), Tony II (Becky), Lorrie Ochoa (Rene), Joanna Gilchrist (Simon) and Andy (Tara); 52 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters and one brother, Anita Adams, Cindy Drussel and Patrick House. We will all miss his cheery smile, infectious laugh, whistling, piano playing and larger-than-life personality! God, thank you for the gift of Tony House!

Tony was laid to rest at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Spokane, Wash., on Jan. 4.



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