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Richard Allen Thoren



Richard Allen Thoren, son of Donald and Jean Thoren of Coulee Dam, Washington, passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. He was 64. He is survived by his brother Terry Thoren, children: Laura Thoren and Patrick Thoren, three grandchildren, two nieces and numerous cousins.

During school he excelled in track, basketball and academics, later becoming Valedictorian of Coulee Dam High School class of 1968. He attended EWU, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. He lived in Cheney and Spokane during his adult life and enjoyed karaoke, photography, bike riding and auto mechanics. Despite battling health issues most of his life, he remained independent, made lasting friendships and maintained ties with his family.

A service will be held at noon, Saturday, March 15, at Spring Canyon Cemetery in Grand Coulee. Following the service, family and friends will gather to remember him at 1 p.m. at The Melody Restaurant, 512 River Drive in Coulee Dam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Health Association of Spokane online at or by mail Attn: Development Manager, 203 N. Washington Street, Suite 300, Spokane, WA 99201.

Please sign Richard's online register book at Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, is honored to be serving his family.


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