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William R. Prentice of England and Spokane, WA

William R. Prentice of England and Spokane, WA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2002 and Revised 5 Jun 2015

1. William R. Prentice was b. c. 1887 in England and emigrated to the United States in 1900 via PA. He appears in the 1920 Spokane Co., WA census with his wife and children.

He m. Stella M. (Foster?), b. c. 1898 in WA. Children:

  1. Harriett Vivian Prentice, b. c. 1916 in ID. he m. Mr. Seyl.
  2. Marjorie W. Prentice, b. c. 1919 in WA. 1940 at home in Spokane, WA. She m. Mr. Schafer.
  3. Donald Wallace Prentice "Butch", b. 28 May 1921 in Spokane, WA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Also living with the family was Charlotte M. Foster, called mother in law, perhaps indicating that William's wife's maiden name was Stella M. Foster.

2. Donald Wallace Prentice "Butch", b. 28 May 1921 in Spokane, WA, and d. 28 Nov 2010. 1940 at home in Spokane. His obituary reads as follows:

    PRENTICE,: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Spokesman-Review, The (Spokane, WA) - Saturday, December 4, 2010.

    Donald Wallace Prentice "Butch", born May 28, 1921 in Spokane to Stella and William Prentice passed away November 28, 2010. Don was the youngest of three children and brother to Vivian Seyl and Marjorie Schafer.

    He grew up in Spokane and attended Lewis and Clark High School where he was an all city football player and baseball player in the class of 1940. It was while in high school that he worked in the meat cutting business and earned the nickname "Butch." Don attended WSU and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He played football for the Cougars for two years. He graduated from the University of Washington in the V-12 program in 1944 and was forever a loyal Husky fan.

    Don was a Marine and served in Okinawa. He was in active duty and served in the Korean War. He retired as a Major from the USAF.

    Don met his true love, Albina (Bene) Marchett and they married October 9, 1948.

    He worked in the appliance distribution field for his entire career. He loved his family; his wife of 62 years, Bene; his two daughters: Patti (John) Thompson and Debra (Kevin) Sievers. Don was the ultimate football fan and had fun living in Spokane as a Husky. There was always a twinkle in his eye and a jesting comment, as he loved to get a rise out of people. He will be missed by his family and friends.

    A Memorial Service will be celebrated Saturday, December 4, at 12:00 Noon at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 34th Avenue and Perry Street, with a reception to follow at Manito Golf and Country Club, 5303 South Hatch Road. Remembrances may be made to the Poor Clare Nuns, 4419 N. Hawthorne, Spokane WA 99205. Please visit Don's online tribute and leave a condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by

Donald m. Albina Marchett "Bene" on 9 Oct 1948. Daughters:

  1. Patti Prentice. She m. John Thompson.
  2. Debra Prentice. She m. Kevin Sievers.

Who are William R. Prentice's Parents?

We checked the 1891 census and found the following 3 men who might be William and who do not appear in the 1901 census:

  1. Harold Wm W Prentice, b. c. 1886, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
  2. William Prentice, b. c. 1886, Sandon, Essex, England
  3. William Prentice, b. c. 1887, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

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