Buell Hollister, 97

Buell Albert Hollister, at the grand age of 97, took his last breath at home on February 6, 2024. His quick wit, mastery of language, entrepreneurial spirit, and obstinate determination to make the world a better place will forever be celebrated.

Born in Spokane on August 4, 1926, to Olga (Miller) and Albert Hollister, Buell was one of eleven children. He graduated from Central Valley High School in 1944 and shortly after completed radio operator training in Boston, MA, where he joined the U.S. Maritime Service.

Back in Spokane, Buell met Donna Dubois at a Grange Hall dance. They married in 1956. Three years later, they bought a small house on 200 acres near Hauser Lake, Idaho, where they raised four children, and numerous pigs, cows, chickens, a few goats, rabbits, cats and dogs, and a whole lot of hay. In addition to managing the small farm, Buell ran his own auto detail shop in Spokane – Hollister’s Auto Renew.

A master of woodworking, cultivating cut flowers and sweet corn; a lover of politics, poetry, music, and the natural world – Buell was a passionate man. He leaves a legacy as an activist who worked hard to protect the environment, promote peace and social justice locally and around the world. Buell was a prolific letter writer to this newspaper, active in Toastmasters, the Peace and Justice Action League (PJALS), Spokane Veterans for Peace, and others. He received several awards, including the Art Manley Lifetime Achievement Award, Conservation Awards from the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), and the Audubon Society, and was honored as a Watershed Hero for his efforts to protect the CDA Aquifer and the Spokane River.

Buell is proceeded in death by his wife Donna, and his son, Craig. He is survived by his brother, Terry; his three daughters – Maree Peck (Scott), Corinne Hollister, and Stephanie Hollister; four grandchildren – Steve (Krissy) & Ray (Melissa) Peck, Alexis (Kevin Wilson) & Salvadore Mosley; and five great grandchildren – Taylor, Trent, Madison, & Dylan Peck; and Niko Wilson; and so many dear friends, nieces and nephews. Buell’s life will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on March 9 at the Spokane Unitarian Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr.

Published by Coeur d’Alene / Post Falls Press on Feb. 25, 2024.

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