Col. Thomas B. Wetherholt (Retired)
Tom passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Tom was born in Gallipolis, OH, on November 17, 1927. He graduated from High School in Steilacoom, WA, and enlisted in the Army in August of 1946. He attended WSU and received his Bachelor of Arts in education in 1954. He later achieved his Master of Education in 1961. Tom’s total military career spanned 40 years of active and reserve duty. He was a proud member of the 161st Infantry and was the Battalion Commander for a number of years. The camaraderie with his men was of great importance to him. During his career he achieved numerous medals and citations. He was an educator for almost 30 years, retiring from District 81. His teaching career started in Colville then Oakesdale, Valley Ford, Freeman and finally Spokane. Teaching was something he thoroughly enjoyed. Tom’s family was of utmost importance to him. He was a caring devoted husband, father and friend. He loved hunting, telling stories and always had a cup of coffee at hand. He was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn and his brother Jack. He is survived by his wife Iris, son Paul (Cathy), daughter Bickie Ogden(Earl), 7 grandchildren, 3 great granddaughters, stepchildren Brenda, Brad, Rick, Chuck and their children, brother Robert, and his beloved dog Duffy. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the staff at Sunshine Gardens for their loving care and compassion during his time there. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 10 am, at Opportunity Christian Church, 708 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA, followed by a reception.