Jeffrey Robert Sphuler, 54, died at his home where he resided with his daughter, Lizabeth Sphuler, and grand-daughter, Jasmine Sphuler, in Walla Walla Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Jeff was born May 6, 1959 at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville. He went to grade school in Marcus and graduated from Kettle Falls High School. As a young boy, he enjoyed photography. In 1977, he was wed to Joyce Matlock and together they had four children.
Jeff provided for his family in a variety of ways by working as a farmhand, at the lumber mill and raising pigs, but his dream was to go to college to become an x-ray tech. He took the big step and attended college in Spokane and finished his degree in Wenatchee. He was extremely proud and happy, although he always did tell the kids he should have been a singer and to demonstrate it, he would crank the stereo in the pickup and sing his heart out to Foreigner--Hot Blooded.
He moved the family to Clarkston in 1990 to take a job at St. Joseph's Regional Hospital. While on the job, he was able to also learn and specialize in Cat-scan. He loved his job and co-workers, but after a divorce, he relocated to Walla Walla in 2002. He then wed Julie Morasch and worked at Walla Walla General Hospital as the weekend x-ray tech, which gave him the weekdays to enjoy all of his many hobbies and spending quality time with family.
Over the years in Walla Walla, he became friends with Cory Ongers and Eric Swanson, who he considered like brothers. They enriched his life greatly and Jeff's family will forever be grateful for their enduring friendship.
On May 30, 2012, Jeff was dealt the tragedy of losing his wife, Julie.
Jeff was an antique and coin collector, but above all, he was an avid outdoorsman who had a passion for hunting. His trips took him to as far as Alaska and South Africa. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and make others laugh. He could look quite intimidating, but underneath it, he was just a big teddy bear with such a kind and compassionate heart.
Anyone that knew Jeff could see what great love he had for his children, who were nothing but his pride and joy. He would literally beg or bribe them with soda money to tickle his feet after a long day of work. He was a man of God who had great faith and raised his children with those values. He lived a good life, with so many wonderful memories left behind for all to cherish.
Jeff is survived by his parents, Dick and Pat Sphuler, Evans; his five brothers, Rick (Sandy), Mike (Ranae), Jack (Alisa), Dave (Angie), Scott (Mary) and many nieces and nephews; his four children, their spouses and 10 grandchildren, Johnie and Heidi Sphuler (Isaak, Noah, Gunnar and Sawyer) of Minnesota; Abbie and Rob Farrell (Samantha and Carter), Clarkston; Calvin and Hillary Sphuler (Katelyn, Jonah and Emily), Kalispell, MT; Liza¬beth Sphuler and Jasmine Sphuler, Walla Walla.
Viewing and visitation was held Nov. 8 at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home in Walla Walla. The funeral service was held Nov. 9 at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community College Foundation Nursing Scholarship through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com .