Trio of Former Educators and Eastern Legends Pass Away

July 16, 2008

All with 30 years apiece of service to the state of Washington as educators, a trio of former Eastern Washington University Athletic Department legends passed away within a five-day span in early July.

Former Eastern football player and coach Cecil "Cece" West died on July 7 at the age of 92. Two days earlier, former Eastern athletic director, tennis coach and physical education professor Robert "Bob" Anderson passed away just two months shy of his 80th birthday. And on July 3, former basketball player and EWU geography professor Dale Stradling died at the age of 78.

West, a 1933 graduate of Chelan, Wash., High School, lettered in football at Eastern four seasons from 1936-39 as a guard where he earned All-Washington Intercollegiate Conference honors all four seasons. In 1947, he was named to the All-Time team selected by legendary W.B. "Red" Reese, who called West the best defensive lineman he ever coached.

Subsequently, West was named in June 2008 to the Eastern Athletics "100 for 100" All-Time Team as Eastern celebrates its 100th year of football this fall.

West graduated from Eastern in 1940, and returned to coach under head coach Abe Poffenroth from 1949-52. Besides football, West also coached wrestling, junior varsity basketball, baseball and track and field during his short stay in Cheney. He eventually retired as superintendent of the Chelan School District in 1972 as his more than 30-year career in education also included stops in Cle Elum, Twisp, Endicott and Washtucna.

Anderson was athletic director at Eastern for five years from 1970-75, and also spent several seasons as tennis coach and assistant football coach in the 1960s. His 1963 and 1964 tennis teams both won Evergreen Conference championships. A former football player at the University of Montana (1946-48), he was a professor in EWU’s Department of Health and Physical Education for 30 years.

Stradling lettered three seasons for Eastern from 1949-52, helping the Savages win two Evergreen Conference titles. He was team captain and MVP in the 1951-52 season when Eastern finished 8-18, but in the two years prior to that the Savages were 45-13 overall with a collective 25-3 mark in the EvCo.

He went on to teach 33 years at EWU, including 16 as chairman of Eastern’s Department of Geography and Anthropology. He was a 1948 graduate of Prosser, Wash., High School and received his bachelor’s (1952) and master’s (1958) degrees from Eastern.

Below are obituaries on each that were recently published by the Spokane Spokesman-Review.


Cecil "Cece" West (age 92)

Cecil West, a native Chelan County resident, died Monday, July 7, 2008, at Highline Care Center. He was born October 9, 1915, to George and Emma (McFarlin) West at Mansfield, Wash. He graduated from Chelan High School in 1933, and from EWCE in 1940. On November 25, 1938, he married Florabelle Riddall in Wenatchee. Cecil began his career in education, beginning with the Aeneas Valley School; then in 1941, they moved to Cle Elum; to Twisp in 1942; to Chelan in 1945; and in 1949, he served on the staff at EWCE. In 1953, they moved to Endicott, where he was high school principal; then in 1956, to Washtucna, where he served as superintendent; and then the family moved to Chelan in 1959, where he served as superintendent, retiring in 1972. They moved to Wenatchee in 1989. Survivors include his daughter, Cecilia West Jones of Wenatchee; two sons, Fred West of Cashmere, Wash., and Joe (Dianna) West of Wenatchee; two sisters, Mary Meinzer of East Wenatchee and Dorothy Beckley of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; six great-grandsons; and one great-great-grandson. Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Library Fund for Children's Books. Arrangements have been entrusted to Jones & Jones -- Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee, Wash.


Robert "Bob" Anderson (age 79)

Passed away July 5, 2008, at Wesley Homes Care Center in Des Moines, Wash. He died of complications with Lymphoma (Cancer). Bob was born Sept. 7, 1928, in Missoula, Mont., to Irvin and Lucille Anderson. He went to grade school and high school in Missoula, Mont., and attended the University of Montana where he was a varsity football player and president of the associated student body in 1950-51, a member of Phi Delta Theata and where he received his Bachelor's Degree in 1951. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He attended the University of Oregon where he received his Doctorate Degree. Bob taught high school at Havre, Mont., and was a professor of Health and Physical Education at Eastern Washington University for 30 years, in Cheney, Wash. He was a devoted family man. He and his wife owned lake property on Lake Coeur d' Alene in Idaho and Priest Lake, Idaho, where they enjoyed spending their vacations and boating. Bob was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cheney and a member of Cheney Kiwanis where he served as president. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed bird hunting. He belonged to two hunting clubs in the Cheney area and was a member of Duck's Unlimited. He married his wife of 57 years, Marjorie in Kalispell, Mont., in 1950. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Anderson. He is survived by his wife; children, Robert B. Jr. (Ellise) of Washougal, Wash., and Kathryn Snider (Keith) of Auburn, Wash.; one brother, Bill (Jean) of Stevensville, Mont.; four grandchildren, Richard Snider (Jaime) of Post Falls, Idaho, Larissa Anderson of Seattle, Wash., Jacob Snider of Bellevue, Wash., and Christopher Anderson of Washougal, Wash. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held July 19, 2008 at 11 a.m. in the Forest Cemetery on Government Way in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. A reception and lunch will follow at the Hampton Inn, 1500 Riverstone Dr., Coeur d'Alene. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Memorials may be sent to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., Cheney, Wash., 99004 or Cancer Care Northwest, 601 S. Sherman St. Spokane, Wash., 99202 or the charity of your choice.


Dale Stradling (age 78)

Dale Fordyce Stradling passed away on July 3, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer that lasted 20 months. He was born April 5, 1930, in Yakima, Wash., to Howard and Lucy Stradling. He was raised in Prosser, Wash., where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from Prosser High School in 1948, he received a BA from Eastern Washington State College, a Masters in Education from Eastern, and did his PhD program in Geography at the University of Nebraska. He married Esther Ruud in 1953, and to this union five children were born. After spending two years stationed in Boston, Mass., with the U.S. Coast Guard, serving on the icebreaker, the Sorrell, from 1952-1954, Dale returned to Washington, where he taught school at Prosser for one year, at Edwall for two years before moving to Lincoln, Neb., for graduate school. Dale was highly regarded by many long-time friends and colleagues for his outstanding athleticism. Valued as a high scoring basketball player during his four years at Prosser High School, Dale went on to play basketball for four years at Eastern Washington State College, where he won the most valuable player award in his senior year. For the past 30 years he has played tennis. He won numerous individual and team tennis trophies, and participated in both state and national tournaments. In 1982 Dale married Teiko Kubota. Teiko currently teaches Japanese at EWU. He and Teiko were members of the Central Park Racquet Club and the Spokane Club. Dale continued playing tennis, several times a week, until his illness prevented him from doing so. He also enjoyed birdwatching, gardening and fishing. Dale Stradling taught Geography at Portland State College for five years before he joined the faculty at Eastern Washington University in 1965. In his 33 years as a faculty member, he served as advisor to the Natural Science Education Program. He is credited with developing the Earth Science Education Program. His seminal research on Pacific Northwest geography and geomorphology has been published in national and international journals. In addition to serving for 16 years as Chairman of Eastern's Geography and Anthropology Department, he served on numerous professional committees and organizations and was president of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi honor societies. Dale was awarded EWU's coveted Trustees' Medal in 1991. In 1997, he journeyed to Ghana, West Africa, as part of a grant to study coastal erosion. He frequently lead field trips and gave presentations on the subject of our local region's glaciation and ice age floods, including the Lake Missoula Floods. He was involved in the Latah Creek dig, helping other Eastern scientists discover the history behind a seasonal fishing camp long buried under water-deposited sediments. Dale Stradling is survived by his wife, Teiko, of Cheney; his five children: Rhonda Jean (Fernando) Lara of Wenatchee, Dianne Louise (John) Denenny of Cheney, Mark Howard Stradling of Hillsboro, OR, Thomas Dale Stradling (Mariann) of Spokane, and Randall Keith Stradling of Seattle; his former wife Esther of Cheney; and eight grandchildren: Danielle Harris, David Denenny, Derek Denenny, Nicholas Stradling, Jeffrey Stradling, Ryan Stradling, Seth Stradling, and Jessica Stradling. In honor of Dale, contributions may be made to the Jeremy Anderson Scholarship Fund at Eastern Washington University. Visitation Friday, July 11th, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and July 12th, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Cheney Funeral Chapel at 1632 W First Street. Memorial services for Dale Stradling will be in Cheney, on Saturday the 12th of July, 3 p.m. at Showalter Hall Auditorium, 526 5th Street. Burial services Monday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at Prosser Cemetery, Prosser, Wash.

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