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Arley M. Bischoff


Last updated 7/12/2019 at 2:03pm

Arley M. Bischoff

Arley Bischoff of Harrington passed away July 2, 2019 in Spokane at the age of 78. He was born March 8, 1941 in Odessa to Matt and Mildred Bischoff. He grew up in Wilson Creek and graduated from Wilson Creek High School in 1959. He later married Myrna Wraspir on October 17, 1959 in Odessa. He worked for the Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railroad for 30 years as a machine operator.

Arley is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myrna, his son Dion (Marlene) Bischoff, daughter DeVonne (Bill) Dougherty; along with four grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Grant Bischoff and Nash, Indigo and Avalon Dougherty; three brothers, Kenneth (Janet), Nyal and Jerome (Laurie) Bischoff and one sister Elizabeth Webb; brothers-in-law Ronald Walker and Gary (Jeanette) Wraspir, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Jacqueline Walker, brother Francis Bischoff and niece Cynthia Wraspir.

Arley enjoyed war history, antiquing, metal detecting, listening to music, writing letters and poetry and all things related to trains and railroading. He was a great carpenter and did beautiful finish work.

Arley M. Bischoff

Arley possessed a magnificent sense of humor, an incredibly generous soul and a very tender heart toward animals. His mental and physical fortitude, along with his capacity for accomplishing back-breaking work, was unrivaled, as was his stellar memory and very precise attention to detail.

Burial services will be held Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. at the Bohemian Cemetery near Odessa, following a memorial service at 12 noon at the Harrington Community Church in Harrington with Tony Hamilton officiating. Memorials may be made to the Harrington EMTs, P.O. Box 665, Harrington, WA 99134, the Harrington Opera House or Reardan Inland NW Rail Museum. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


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