Sam M. Looney, 69, former Sunnyside resident; June, July and August resident of Spokane and nine-month resident of Kailua, Kona, Hawaii, succumbed to cancer of the brain and pancreas Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Evergreen Hospice House in Kirkland, with his wife and children at his bedside. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer Nov. 24, 2008, after flying from Kona to Seattle Nov. 23, 2008.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1939 in Pleasant Hill, Miss. to Floyd and Dorothy Looney. He attended Sunnyside schools.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen; sons, Mike (Debbie) of Spokane and Jim (Margaret) of Vancouver; daughter, Denise (Mike) Peeler of Bothell; mother, Dorothy Looney of Sunnyside; brothers, Floyd (Beverly) of Spokane and Bill (Trudy) of Tacoma; his sister, Betty Carlyle (Gene) of Sunnyside; nieces, Patty Carlyle, Karen Womack, Cindy Marquez and Jan Cook, and their families; grandchildren, Joy and Donnie Peeler, Christina and Teresa Looney and Justin and Jessica Looney; aunts, Doris Hartford of Madison, Miss., Juanita Looney of Memphis, Tenn., Barbara Jane Burke of Crossville, Tenn.; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Looney; brother, Guy Looney; sister, Dorothy Stahlhut Huffman; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Sam's life will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at 11825 Trilogy Parkway in Redmond. Sam donated his remains to the University of Washington Medical School for research; cremation will follow, with burial at a later date at his former home on Kona.


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