Sarah Ratchen of Rathdrum and Ryan Richardson of Spirit Lake were among the 761 Montana State University undergraduates who received diplomas during MSU’s 2018 fall commencement ceremonies held Dec. 15 in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Both students graduated with honors. To qualify for graduation with honors, students must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 to 3.69.
Greg and Leigh Cossette
Greg and Leigh Cossette celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day this year. They met in 1966 as students attending Eastern Washington State College and were married on Feb. 14, 1969, at Manito Presbyterian Church in Spokane. They make their home in Post Falls, where they moved in 1974.
Their family includes their daughter, Michelle Marty of Post Falls; and their granddaughter, Brandie Berish of Bellevue, Neb. Greg retired from Post Falls High School after 40 years in the classroom and Leigh retired from Post Falls Highway District after 30 years as district clerk.
They wish to thank all the family and friends that have helped and guided them on the sea of matrimony during rough seas and calm. True love prevails.
MILESTONE BIRTHDAY/5 GENERATIONS
95th Birthday and 5 Generations
James was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Union County, N.C., to Charles and Lillie Belle Loer. He was the third child born to the family that eventually had eight children.
James was raised in the central area of North Carolina and joined the Navy at age 17 to fight in World War II. After serving six years as a distinguished serviceman, he left military life and attended Bible College. He graduated from Holmes Bible College in Greenville, S.C., in May 1951 with the purpose of becoming a minister of the Gospel.
He obtained ministerial license with the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., and accepted his first church in Stites, Idaho, which brought he and his young family west.
Over the course of 60-plus years of ministry, he has held pastorates in Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and Wallace, Longview and Spokane, Wash., Livingston, Mont., and several other locations in Florida, Illinois, Tennessee and North Carolina.
He returned to Rathdrum in 2016 after enjoying several years of enjoying the snowbird lifestyle by splitting his time between southern Utah and North Idaho.
A birthday celebration was held on Jan. 20, 2019, to celebrate his 95th birthday. He was blessed to be surrounded by five generations of his family; who are pictured here. Many friends and family joined him on this wonderful day.
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