Born: November 08, 1922
Died: April 07, 2013
Harry Dean Furness was born on November 8, 1922 at home in Waverly, Washington. He passed away on April 7, 2013 in Pam’s loving arms, very peaceably at home with his faithful dogs. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Betty Kathryn, of 48 years. Also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Zorre Lynn Dearborn (23), and by his parents, Mary and Harry Furness, and brother, Robert Furness. Dean is survived by children, Pamela K. Furness of Millwood, WA, Linda J. Dearborn and husband, Mark S. Dearborn of Spokane, granddaughter Satcha M. Graham and husband, Kevin P. Graham, great-granddaughter, Zia B. Graham, all of Seattle, WA. Survived by sister, Genevieve P Hose of Spokane Valley, WA, nieces, Carol Penny and Sue Wood, and nephew, Mike McBride, along with numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. Dean grew up in the Spokane valley, and the family had chickens, a cow, pigs, orchards, and garden. He didn’t like milking the cow, but he did enjoy plowing fields with a team of horses. He graduated from Central Valley High School, and worked at Western Union riding a bicycle for his deliveries. He worked for Centennial Flour Mills from 1940 until he retired. Dean joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and he was stationed at Pasco, Wa. and he served overseas in the Philippine Islands. Pam was born in 1943 and Dean was honorably discharged in 1945. Dean returned to his job with Centennial Mills and Linda was born in 1946. The family lived in the Spokane valley on 9th Avenue and moved to Pasadena Park on Upriver Drive in 1951. Dean bought his first television, and the family would watch the test pattern before shows were aired. He still has that tv downstairs in the basement. He lived there for 62 years. He attended SCC for his welding credentials. He loved his job as a millwright and he helped build the plant at Quincy, and he and Betty lived in Portland while he worked on the plant there. Dean and family spent two weeks every summer camping at Twin Harbors State Park, Westport, WA. Everyone enjoyed clamming, crabbing, salmon fishing, and Dean liked perch fishing on the jetties. The family also enjoyed the lakes, waterskiing, boarding, and fishing. Dean and Betty loved to travel to Hawaii, the South Pacific Islands, and after retiring, they liked to drive the motorhome south for the winter. Dean and Betty also enjoyed traveling to Europe, Puerto Rico, and Florida where Linda and Mark were stationed in the Navy. Dean, Betty, Pam, and Satcha and Zorre were all involved with their poodles and showed them in dog obedience in Montana, Portland, Canada, and other places. Dean was a member of Lilac City Dog Training Club. He was quite the gardener, a builder, and he and brother, Bob, loved to work on cars. Dean could fix pretty much anything, and even in later years, he liked to tinker at his work bench in the garage. Dean was very proud of his service to his country, and proudly flew the Stars and Stripes. Dean is dearly remembered by family and friends as a sweet and kind man, a man who lived his principles, and instilled those in his family. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Hutton Settlement, 9907 E. Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, Wa. 99206, the Zorre Dearborn Memorial Scholarship, C/O EWU Foundation, EWU, 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney, Wa. 99004-2413, or to a charity of your choice.