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Anthony Henry Jabaay

August 13, 1946 — October 20, 2019

Anthony Henry (Tony) Jabaay, age 73, of Spirit Lake, Idaho, passed at home on October 20th, 2019. He fought a courageous battle but ultimately lost to cancer. He was born on August 13th, 1946 to John and Jenny (Hop) Jabaay, in Rock Rapids, Iowa. He and his two older brothers helped their dad in his blacksmith shop. In 1965, he helped his parents move to Artesia, California. Shortly after the move he enlisted in the Navy, he was stationed in San Diego. During the Vietnam War he spent time in the Philippines and Hawaii. In 1968, Tony married Delores Spyksma in Artesia. She was his high school sweetheart and the love of his life. The next 7 years were spent in California where they welcomed and raised their two daughters and two sons. In 1976, he wanted a better life for his family so he took a job in Washington and moved his family to Enumclaw. While living in Enumclaw he worked for Darigold and raised cattle on the side. In 2003, he got out of farming, bought a semi truck and started hauling cattle. He was a “bull hauler” for 11 years. He sold his truck in 2014 with the intent of retiring. In typical Tony fashion, not being able to sit still, he took a part time job driving a gravel truck for William Winkler Co. When he wasn’t working he was enjoying his time with his children and grandchildren, camping, hunting, riding horses, farming and chopping wood. Yes, Tony enjoyed chopping wood. Tony is preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers Jacob and Christian and infant brother. He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Delores Jabaay of Sprit Lake, Idaho, his two daughters, Shelly Black (Chris) of Rathdrum, Idaho, Tricia Curtis (Jeff) of Tekoa, Washington, his two sons Lance Jabaay (Jessica) of Addy, Washington and Ryan Jabaay (Heather) of Rathdrum, Idaho, his six granddaughters and nine grandsons, sister-in-law Jeanne Jabaay of Redlands, California, brother-in-laws, Bill Spysksma (Nancy) Sedro Wooley, Washington, Jon Spyksma Lynden, Washington, Bob Spyksma (Carita) Enumclaw, Washington, sister-in-law Jan

VanderWeerd (Bob) Spirit Lake, Idaho, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tony will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations to be made to Good Samaritan Rehabilitation in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. A Celebration of Life will be November 8th, 2019 at 11:00 AM at The Altar Church. 901 E Best Avenue, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, 83815.

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