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Patrick Barnett, 59, Nezperce

Patrick W. Barnett, 59, of Nezperce, died Sunday, March 19, 2023 at his home.

A funeral service will be held Monday, April 3, 2023 at 11 a.m., at the Nezperce High School Bradley Gymnasium. Interment will follow at Nezperce Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.


Jesse E. Main, Jr. 98, Orofino

Jesse E. Main, Jr., of Orofino, born July 10, 1924, passed away, March 17, 2023 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation of Cascadia, in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements.


Georgia Lee Wilman, 81, Orofino

Surrounded by most of her family, Georgia Lee Wilman "Granny" passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 16, 2023 in Orofino, Idaho.

Georgia was born April 30, 1941 in Waynesville, North Carolina, daughter of the late Leeman Kelly Morgan and Gertrude Green Morgan. She was the second oldest of five girls and one boy. They were a musical family and Georgia learned to play the guitar. They all sang beautifully and often got together to sing gospel and bluegrass music in their younger years.

Georgia met and married Ralph Sherrill on Aug. 10, 1955. They had four wonderful kids together, Judy, Bruce, Mike and Robin. They moved to Washington state in 1960, where Ralph logged and Georgia raised the children. Georgia and Ralph were married for 10 years and remained friends to the end.

Around 1974, Georgia then went to work as a secretary at County Line in Washington. Phillip Wilman was asked to take a job there and was unsure if he wanted to… until he walked into the office and saw Georgia sitting at the desk. He went back to the boss and asked "Is the position still available?" Phil said it took him a while to work up the nerve to ask Georgia on a date, but he did, and she accepted.

They were married on April 2, 1975 and the rest of their story is a life well spent with many adventures, from mining gold in Alaska's Yukon Territory, and logging countless other places, to finally settling in Orofino in 1983. Just about everyone in Orofino knew Georgia and Phil. They opened a restaurant, The Krystal Cafe (fondly named after one of their granddaughters) in the early 90's.

Georgia loved the people and community she met each day and the community couldn't get enough of her cooking and contagious smile!

Georgia also worked for Brookside Landing, the bakery, and the Orofino Golf and Country Club where she and Phil took up golfing any chance they got.

In her free time, Georgia loved a bit of pinochle, gambling at the casino (where she often won big), poker, white Russians (in her younger years), and driving fast. Her grandson, Riley, affectionately said "She probably still has the price tag on third gear!" It is no wonder she gained the nickname of Hotrod Granny by some of her grandkids.

Papa and Granny enjoyed a big, noisy family that continues to grow and they loved nothing more than getting together with everyone, especially for the large, annual Thanksgiving holiday that Granny started. She will forever have an irreplaceable spot there and in the hearts of her family.

Georgia is survived by her devoted husband, Phillip Wilman; her children: Judy (Bill) Scott-Weiser, Bruce (Jan) Sherrill-Camano Island, WA; Mike Sherrill-Orofino; Robin (Johnny) Blom-Holland; her siblings: Janie (Jack-deceased) James-Maine, Johnny (Joe-deceased) Kilby-Waynesville, NC, Bennie (Brent) Cochran-Clyde, NC, Jerry (Joan) Morgan-Parrotsville, TN, Bobbie (Warren) Putnam-Clyde, NC; 13 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents and several older siblings. Georgia will be especially remembered for her fiery spirit and her beautiful smile.

There will be no funeral service. Her last days were a celebration of life that filled every last minute with love, laughter, and happiness.

Photo: Georgia Lee Wilman


Ralph Konkol, 84, formerly of Orofino

Ralph Andrew Konkol, age 84, resident of Boise, went to be with Jesus on March 14, 2023. Ralph was born Oct. 30, 1938, to Andrew and Bernice Konkol in Sharon Wisconsin, the third of seven siblings.

At the age of seven, the family moved to Orofino, Idaho where Ralph graduated from Orofino High School in 1956. Ralph was active in band and he was also student body president.

Ralph served in the US Navy as a First Class Petty Officer. This is where his love for electrical work began. After discharge from the Navy, Ralph married his high school sweetheart, Linda Geidl, in 1960.

The next 13 years Ralph spent working at Konkolville Lumber Company and received his Journeyman Electrician's License in 1972. Ralph moved to Boise in 1973 and continued to work as an electrician until his retirement from Carnation Potato in 1990.

Ralph and Linda wanted their quiver full and built a family and a home with 10 children with whom Ralph shared his love of music.

After retirement, Ralph continued to utilize his skills in construction and electrical work at Gleanings for the Hungry, a missionary outreach to the poor and hungry. He traveled to Mexico and El Salvador to serve the poor. His other interests included inventing, camping, hiking, and jogging. Ralph was very active in Catholic music ministry.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 63 years, Linda; his five sons: Joe, John, Steve, Nick and Louie and four daughters Bernie, Kelly, Corrina and Debbie and their respective families; his siblings Donald, Geri, Carol, JoAnn, LaVerne and Andrew Jr. Ralph was joined at the Heavenly gates by his daughter Marie, his parents and his brother, Roger.

The family suggest that memorials be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

A Mass and Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Boise.

Photo: Ralph Andrew Konkol


Bonnie Bessent, 91, Orofino

Bonnie M. Bessent, 91, Orofino, died Sunday, March 19, 2023, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma C. Hunt (Wright), 89, formerly of Orofino

On March 2, 2023, Wilma Cordelia Wright Hunt entered into the loving arms of Jesus and joined the heavenly choir as their newest pianist, passing naturally of age-related causes. She was 89 years old.

Wilma was born April 3, 1933, in Lewiston, to Leonard and Vivian (Geier) Madson. She attended school in Lewiston until the family moved to Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 1951. After graduating, she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. There, she met Milton A. Wright and they were married Aug. 9 of 1953. She was honorably discharged shortly thereafter on Dec. 10, 1953, moving back to Orofino with Milton to start a family. They had three children together, Philip, Julia and Paul, eventually ending up in Lewiston, where she lived for the next 58 years until her death. After Milton passed away in 1996, she later married Malcolm Hunt in 2005.

Wilma was a woman of God, being an active member of Orchards Community Church since 1965, a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary and of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. She loved to travel, going "back east" to visit family and friends as often as possible and all over the country with Milton and later with Malcolm. Her work history included stints at State Hospital North in Orofino, and in Lewiston at Villa Nursing Home, as a Lewiston school bus driver, and as secretary at Coca Cola and later at Orchards Community Church. She was an incredible and loving wife, mother, grandmother (Momo) and great-grandmother. Wilma loved with every ounce of her being, and it showed in all facets of her life.

After God and family, music took center stage in Wilma's life. She played the piano for countless music groups, choirs, church services, retirement homes and family gatherings. There was never a quiet room if Wilma had a say in the matter, especially if there was a piano (or accordion) nearby.

Wilma was preceded in death by her mother and father, Leonard and Vivian Madson; as well as her brother, Everett Madson; and sisters, Verna Vaughn, Viola VanCleave, Thelma Madson and Genevieve McNeely. Also preceding her was Wilma's husband of 43 years, Milton Wright, in addition to her second husband of 12 years, Malcolm Hunt.

Surviving Wilma are her children, Philip (Anita) Wright, of Lewiston, Julia (Thomas) Blimka, of Clarkston,Wash., and Paul (Rebecca) Wright, of Lewiston; grandchildren, Joshua Wright (Erin), of Denver, Colo., Leisha (Daniel) Pielak, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Selina Blimka (Josh), of Lewiston, and Sabra (Andrew) Heid, of Jamieson, Ore.; great-grandchildren, Aria and Gabriel Pielak; and her faithful dog, Chad.

The celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 15, at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., in Lewiston.

Memorial donations may be made to Orchards Community Church.

Photo: Wilma C. Hunt (Wright),


Marlene Trammell, 87, born in Orofino

Marlene, loving wife of Verlon Trammell for 72 years, died Tuesday, March 14, 2023, after courageously battling Alzheimer's for the past several years.

Marlene was born May 26, 1935, in Orofino, the daughter of the late John and Bonnie Starr. In addition to her husband Verlon; Marlene also leaves behind her loving family, John (Nora, deceased) Trammell, Ron (Amy) Trammell, Cherryl Trammell (deceased), Teresa (Rod) Thrall; grandchildren, Dylan Trammell, Troy Thrall, Travis Thrall, Christine Burk; brother, Daryl (Debbie) Starr; and great-grandchildren.

Marlene enjoyed attending courses at Lewis-Clark State College. She especially enjoyed her long walks, volunteering at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, reading, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and pets.

Graveside funeral services and burial will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor or memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org, or the Humane Society at humanesociety.org.


Judith Thornton, 88, formerly of Peck

Judith "Judy" Thornton passed away Friday, March 10, 2023, at Serenity Place in Lewiston. She was born June 19, 1934, in Lewiston, the daughter of Everett "Bill" and Ruth White. She was raised in Lapwai where her family farmed until 1943 when they moved to Spalding and then to Kendrick in 1944. She graduated from Kendrick High School in 1952, and married her high school sweetheart, Keith Thornton, on April 26, 1952, in Coeur d'Alene. Keith and Judy lived in Leland until they moved to Peck in 1955 and then to Lewiston in 1998.

Keith and Judy were blessed with three children: Steve (Jennifer) Thornton, Cherryl (Terry) Sodorff and Terry (Mary Ann) Thornton, who in turn blessed them with six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Judy stayed home and took care of the children until going to work in Orofino at the Idaho First National Bank and then spent many years working at Les Schwab Tire Center until she retired in 1991.

Keith and Judy enjoyed camping, boating, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, golfing, horse racing, going to the casino, watching their kids and grandkids ride motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends. They enjoyed spending winters in Yuma, Ariz., and were the life of the party with their group of Yuma friends - always the first to arrive and last to leave.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Thornton; son, Terry Thornton; son-in-law, Terry Sodorff; her parents, Bill and Ruth White; her sisters, Barbara W. Deobald, R. Ann Dale; and brothers, Robert L. White, Gerald R. White and Richard V. White.

The family would like to thank the staff at Serenity Place for their wonderful care and compassion while Judy was a resident. They surrounded her with laughter and love and were by her side when she passed. Cremation has taken place at Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at the Lewiston Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall (VFW), 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston. Please join the family in remembering Judy and celebrating a life well-lived.

Photo: Judith Thornton


Donneva May 'Tootsie' Kiele, 64, Kooskia

Donneva May "Tootsie" Kiele passed away March 1, 2023 in Orofino, Idaho, she was 64. She was born Donneva May Wedding, daughter of Frank Wedding and Marimargaret Marshall Wedding on June 16, 1958 in Orofino.

The second youngest of seven children, she grew up mainly in Craigmont, Idaho. She also lived in Winchester, Culdesac and Pierce areas.

Tootsie married Connie Rood in 1985 in Clearwater County where they had a daughter April Rood who was born April 3, 1990. They later divorced.

Tootsie met Clinton Wayne Kiele in 1992 and they were married on April 28, 1995. They resided in Kooskia at the time of her passing.

Tootsie loved spending time out in the woods, riding side by sides, camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends. She also enjoyed word finds, crocheting and playing cards. She adored her dog, Munchkin, and many others over the years.

Tootsie worked as a store clerk at Sunset Mart in Orofino for many years and also at care centers in Lewiston.

Tootsie is survived by her husband, Clinton Wayne Kiele; daughter, April (Rood) Berry; sisters, Jeannie Alford (John) of Joseph Ore., Leann Neth of Lewiston; brothers, Dale Marshall (Lissa) of Clarkston, Wash., Henry Wedding of Orofino; sister-in-law, Jennie Wedding of Irrigon, Ore., brother in laws, Daniel Kiele (Terri) of Orofino and Scott Kiele of Lewiston. Tootsie is also survived by many nieces, nephews and her dearest friend, Lonna Balbach of Kamiah.

Tootsie is preceded in death by her mom, dad and brothers, Leroy Wedding and George Wedding.

A gathering will be held later in the spring in Pierce where she will be laid to rest in the Wedding family plot.

Photo: Donneva May "Tootsie" Kiele


Carolyn Louise Moore, 66, THS graduate

Carolyn Louise Moore entered into rest Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Born on Oct. 14, 1958, at Del Norte, Colo., to LaVern and Ethel Bailey, she was the first-born daughter. Carolyn grew up in the small community of Weippe, graduating in 1976 from Timberline High School. Carolyn later went on to get her nursing degree from Walla Walla Community College.

Carolyn met and married Terry Moore in 1979; they made their home in the Weippe area. Carolyn and Terry had twins, Andy and Amanda Moore which proved to be quite an adventure. They learned they were having twins about two weeks before they arrived in June of 1980.

Carolyn held several jobs early in her employment history but decided to chase her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. With hard work and the support of many, Carolyn reached her dream and in 2013 received her degree. She immediately began her career and it proved to be her life's calling. Carolyn retired in 2020 due to health issues and the need to focus on healing herself.

Carolyn loved sewing. She is known for making family baby blankets cherished by all and nurse's scrubs. Carolyn decided early on that she wanted to be colorful and bring happiness to those she cared for; one way that combined two passions was to sew personal scrubs. Not only did she create them for herself and other nurses but also Veterinarians. These garments will continue her legacy to bring a spot of cheer to those who wear them and to those they care for.

In addition to sewing Carolyn loved biking and road biking. She and fellow nurse Penny Spooner created 15 years of road trip memories, from the spur of the moment "let's go for a ride" to the Sturgis gatherings where anything that happened at Sturgis remained at Sturgis.

Carolyn's best friend and fellow road warrior Ms. Penny Spooner also introduced her to the love of her life, horses. Carolyn and Penny set out to rescue those destined for the slaughter house. Rescuing a total of seven horses, her favorite and constant companion is Gallos Bonita, or known to us all as "Momma." Carolyn blossomed from hiding behind anything she could find to all things cowgirl.

Carolyn is survived by her father, Lavern Bailey; her daughter, Amanda Moore (Spouse Doug); granddaughter, Lilli Ana; and grandson, Lane. She is also survived by her brother, Scott; sisters, Dawn Powers and Dana Hoskins (Spouse Steve Hoskins); as well as, nephews, Jami Powers, Andrew Powers; nieces, Carly Hoskins Geidl and Dr. Brooke Hoskins-Schlake DVM. Carolyn is also survived by her best friend and travel partner, Ms. Penny Spooner, RN.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. A private family graveside service will follow in Pomeroy.

Photo: Carolyn Louise Moore


Donneva 'Tootsie' Kiele, 64, Kooskia

Donneva "Tootsie" Kiele, resident of Kooskia, was born June 16, 1958.

She passed away March 1, 2023 in Orofino.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


John R. Faucett, 68, Orofino

John R. Faucett, resident of Orofino, Idaho was born Feb. 12, 1955.

He passed away in Orofino, Idaho on Feb. 27, 2023.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Susan K. Showers, 76, grew up in Orofino

Susan Showers died Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the age of 76. She was born Nov. 6, 1946.

Susan grew up and found the love of her life in the Orofino area. She married James Showers and they had two sons. Mom worked at home taking care of the family as her kids grew up.

She loved going to the Washington and Oregon coasts and loved her animals, especially her cats. She is survived by her two sons Patrick (wife Leeann) and Wesley (wife Sarah), all of Lewiston; her sisters, Diane Shamion, Minda Stamper and Judy Graham; grandchildren, Teresa, Ashley, Keesha, Andrew, Ryan and Tyler; as well as several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and stillborn daughter, Lynda Renee.

At mom's request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place and later this summer her ashes will be spread along the Washington or Oregon coast where she loved to walk on the beach and gather sea shells.

Vassar Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Susan Showers


Jim Stewart, 63, Weippe

Our son, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Jim Stewart, 63, of Weippe, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, surrounded by his family.

Jim was born July 12, 1959, to Don and Joyce Stewart. As a child, he enjoyed tinkering. His parents were baffled when he drug home a broken-down lawn mower, but he was committed to making it run. He worked many hours, and he found success. It poured black smoke, but Jim was able to mow the lawn.

Jim and his siblings kept their parents on their toes. They knew how to find trouble but made lots of memories along the way. He and his brothers would often sneak out to take the Jeep joyriding. They would take it to Winter Creek and usually had to call their dad when they got it stuck. Don finally sold the Jeep so he could get a good night's sleep.

Jim enjoyed going to rodeos and bull riding in his younger days. Even after hanging up his spurs, he could be found in the stands at the Wild Weippe Rodeo every August.

He married his high school sweetheart, Pam Jonas. They were blessed with a son, Justin. He later married Sharri Maddox, and they were overjoyed to add two more boys, Eric and Bradley. It was when he met Clara Degregorio that he found his everlasting love. When she passed away in 2014, he was heartbroken.

Jim followed in his father's footsteps becoming a logger, and he loved his time in the woods. Making breakfast over the campfire was his specialty. He enjoyed camping and four-wheeling every chance he had. He even got his parents hooked on riding four-wheelers. It was something they enjoyed doing together. Jim was close to his family and active in the community.

His boys fondly remember the spring of 2015 when they all spent the weekend at Jim's house with their families. Jim took pride in showing his sons and grandchildren the great riding trails surrounding Weippe. Even in the pouring-down rain, memories were made that will be carried the rest of their lives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Don, and his beloved Clara.

He is survived by his mother, Joyce; sister, Debbie Umphenour; brothers, Gary (Shelly) Stewart, Darrell (Kathleen) Stewart and John (Jackie) Stewart; and children, Justin (Megan) Stewart, Eric (Kortni) Stewart and Bradley (Tiffany) Stewart. He is also survived by grandchildren Jake, Molly, Mathew, Eyan, Carter, Brooklynn, Brynleigh, Makenna and Kellen. Unfortunately, he will not have the opportunity to meet his twin grandsons whom Bradley and Tiffany are expecting this summer.

A celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Weippe Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 113 S. Main St., in Weippe. A time of sharing remembrances and a covered-dish lunch will follow.

Photo: Jim Stewart


Karen L. Meyers, 64, Orofino

Karen L. Meyers, Orofino, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer, on Feb. 25, 2023.

Karen was born to the late Evelyn and Bert Rogers in Toppenish, Wash. on Dec. 26, 1958. She was preceded in death by her brother Roger Pharris. She is now reunited with the love of her life, her late husband, Clay Meyers.

Her survivors include her brothers: Jimmie Rogers and Charlie Rogers; her children: Bryan Madsen, Jenna Meyers, and Clarissa Meyers. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren that she adored and were the loves of her life.

Karen grew up around the Yakima Valley and Vancouver Washington. She moved to Idaho in 1987 where she lived between Orofino and Weippe through the years. Karen and Clay were married in 1987 until he passed in 1989. Karen started the career she loved driving long haul truck in 2000. She loved traveling and seeing all the new places. Her favorite thing was getting to take her grandchildren in the truck with her. She worked for Giltner, Inc. for many years and they were like a second family to her and went above and beyond to make sure she was always taken care of. Karen loved camping, the outdoors, fishing, and enjoying the evening sitting on her swing and watching the river.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino.

Photo: Karen L. Meyers


Elata Hutchins, 81, Weippe

An amazing life was unexpectedly cut short here on Earth, but will continue in Heaven for eternity.

Elata Hutchins went to the welcoming arms of her Heavenly Father on Feb. 28, 2023. She was 81 years young but unable to recover from a tragic fall in her home two days earlier.

Elata Ann Puksta was born in Ironwood, Mich. on July 29, 1941 to Maxine and Walter Puksta. She spent her formative years and attended school in Iron River.

Her father died when Elata was 10 and four years later, along with her mother, step-father Evert Fezatt and brothers Walt and Pete, the family moved to Weippe.

While attending school in Weippe, Elata met the love of her life, Emerald Hutchins. After dating for two years, the couple married in 1959.

Elata and Emerald built a wonderful life together-not to mention a splendid home and prosperous business-all while raising four beautiful daughters.

Susan, Lynette, Connie and Kathy were all born in the 1960's while the Hutchin's family expanded to Hutchins and Timberline Lumber. Emerald and his brother Elwin operated the sawmills until 2005.

Busy raising her daughters, Elata still found time to be very active in the Weippe Wesleyan Church, where she was a member for 64 years.

Elata taught Sunday School, organized Vacation Bible School and served in any capacity she was needed. Those who knew Elata, know that Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior and that serving God was foremost in her life.

As busy as she was with her family and church, Elata also tended a big garden and worked part-time as a Payroll Specialist at the family business. She used those skills as a volunteer treasurer and bookkeeper for the ladies' bowling association and the Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum.

Along with Emerald, Elata also volunteered much time at Bald Mountain Ski Hill after they discovered a love for skiing. They shared that passion with their grandkids during the 1980s and 90s.

The 90's also introduced the couple to bowling. They traveled to local, state and national tournaments and excelled. More importantly, Elata and Emerald gained an additional family through many good times at Riverside Lanes in Orofino. Those friendships endure today and the people they met there were very special to Elata.

Retirement didn't slow Elata. Along with her duties at the church and AWANA; keeping books for the museum and bowling groups, Elata (along with Emerald) served as COAST drivers. They enjoyed helping others get to doctor appointments and with their shopping.

While she was a very humble and caring lady, Elata was also strong, capable and adventurous. She was a fan of Gonzaga basketball, Seahawk football and Mariner baseball-though watching her grandkids and great-grandkids compete was what she enjoyed the most.

Elata hunted elk and deer (successfully) with Emerald. She fished all three forks of the Clearwater and lakes all over the Northwest. She loved to pick huckleberries and was very good at it.

She skied all across the West and Canada. She snorkeled in Hawaii and drove the road to Hana. She made the most of the blessings God bestowed.

Elata was renowned for her pies, home-fried donuts and pasties (Michigan style). She loved treating her kids and grandkids.

Above all, Elata was as selfless and giving a person as there has ever been. She served God and her family above all else.

Family who preceded her in death are her mother, father, and step-father, as well as her brothers Walter Puksta and Pete Fezatt. Elata was also very close to her departed in-laws-parents Leslie and Louisa Hutchins and brother Elwin and his wife, Lorraine.

Elata is survived by her husband of nearly 64 years--Emerald; daughters Susan Adams (Mark) of Orofino, Lynette Billups (Greg) of Weippe, Connie Case (Rev. Paul) of Lake Placid, NY and Kathy Hodges (Ed) of Pierce.

She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Additionally, Elata was very close to sister-in-law Thelma Moyer, with whom she shared a love of quilting; brother-in-law Ken Hutchins; brother-in-law Marvin Hutchins and his wife Sharon and brother-in-law Floyd Hutchins and his wife, Anita.

Services will be held Thursday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino with a gathering to follow at 2 p.m. at the IOOF Hall in Weippe.

Elata was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was generous with her time, her resources and especially her heart.

She will be missed.

The family asks that memorials be made in Elata's name to the Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum.

Photo: Elata Hutchins


Helen Mae Highly, 99, formerly of Orofino, Peck

Helen Mae Highly died peacefully on February 10, 2023. She was born on May 13, 1923, to Bud and Minnie Claiborn in Emmett, Idaho.

Helen grew up in Jerome, Idaho. She moved to Peck, Idaho in the 1950's and later, moved to Orofino, Idaho.

Helen married Charles Orval Williams in 1939 and he died in 1974.

She later married William Highly, and that marriage ended in divorce.

Helen graduated in Nursing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in 1966. She worked at Clearwater Valley Hospital for 25 years, in the Emergency Room and Central Supply Department. After retiring from the hospital, she worked at Medical Park in Orofino for many years.

Helen had many wonderful friends. She enjoyed time with them and much laughter. She also enjoyed dancing, traveling, swimming, and walking. She and her son, John, took many trips together.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Cherie Shearer (Tom), Tualatin Ore.; and daughters-in-law, Carol Williams, Sherwood, Ore., Kay Williams, Antioch, Calif., and Renee Williams, Fort Worth, Tex. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; sons, George Williams, Bill Williams, David, and wife LaVern Williams, Dewey Williams, John Williams and Mike, and wife Gabrielle Williams, and their daughter Melody; and sister, Charlotte Forbes.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2023, at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino, Idaho.

The family would like to express their love and appreciation to Lili Bobu. She was Helen's faithful and compassionate caregiver. Lili became Helen's second daughter and will forever be a part of the family.

Photo: Helen Mae Highly


Karen L. Meyers, 64, Orofino

Karen L. Meyers, of Orofino, born Dec. 26, 1958 died Feb. 25, 2023 in Orofino.

Funeral services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Anita Lear, 88, formerly of Pierce

Stella Anita Lear passed away on Feb. 18, 2023 in Lewiston. Anita was born to Leonard and Stella (Scott) Stewart on May 8, 1934 in Lapwai, where her father was the Chief of Police. She was the third of six children born to Leonard and Stella. The family then moved to Pierce, where Leonard would work in the logging industry. Anita would attend all 12 years of school here and graduate from Pierce High School.

While living in Pierce, she met Bill Lear at a dance and they were married Sept. 16, 1951, a union that lasted 60 years. They welcomed four daughters: Kathy (1953), Vickie (1957), Rebecca (passed as an infant 1959), and Teresa (1962). The family lived in many locations, following woods work from Idaho to California and four years in Missouri.

Anita loved many outdoor activities such as camping, riding her 4-wheeler, fishing (not the eating), picking huckleberries, hunting (shot her last deer at age 83), and watching Gonzaga Basketball games, and yard sales.

She held many jobs in her lifetime, such as: store owner, cashier, 4-H Leader, assembly line worker, aide in the Weippe Middle School and Lewiston Alternative School, carpenter's assistant, and her last job working at Kings in Orofino where she met many good friends, like Laura and Rocky Wolverton. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, sister, and a friend to so many, she will be missed. She was a long-time member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; infant daughter, Rebecca; infant great granddaughter, Cheyenne; brothers, Sonny Stewart (Janet) and Gary Stewart; and sisters, Beryl Spencer (Hank), and Nona Davis (John), and sisters-in-law, Berta Mae Schow (Glenn) and Roberta Spencer.

She is survived by daughters: Kathy McKnight (Bob), Vickie Preston (Dan), and Teresa Wickizer (Larry); grandchildren: Dan McKnight (Indy), Tom McKnight, Craig Preston (Amanda), Anna Preston (Aaron), Willy Wickizer, and Wade Wickizer; great grandchildren: Storm McKnight, Skylar McKnight, Alisha Garcia, Xavier McKnight, Rikki Wickizer, and Adleigh Plank, and great great granddaughter, Laney McKnight; brother, Dick Stewart; brother-in-law, Ben Lear (Linda); sisters-in law, Shirley Stewart and Nancy Stewart. She is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and special friends: Mark and Lisa Ponozzo, and their children Adam and Mariah.

A graveside service is planned for the end of April at the Pierce Cemetery, snow level permitting.

Photo: Stella Anita Lear


Clarice Carlene Knowlton, 87, Peck

Clarice Carlene Knowlton passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at her home on the prairie above Peck with family by her side.

Clarice was born May 17, 1935, in Lewiston, the oldest child of Carl and Elinor Hill. She attended school in Reubens and married Jimmy Knowlton. Clarice was a farmer/rancher's wife who lived her whole life on the prairie where she and Jimmy worked the farm and raised their three children. She gardened extensively, canned produce, prepared meals, moved farm equipment and helped work the cattle. She taught Sunday school for many years at the Peck Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy; son Terry; her parents, Carl and Elinor Hill; sister Sandra; and brothers Don and Stanley Hill.

She is survived by granddaughters Jessica (Ryan) Hanson and Lacey (Phil) Way; and grandson Kyle (Lisa) Knowlton. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (George) Wortman, and granddaughters Valerie (Chad) Carlin, Kimberly Wortman, Emily (Cory) Pete-Wortman. She is also survived by her son, Dallas (Judy) Knowlton, granddaughter, Monica (Dan) Smith and grandson, Chad (Elizabeth) Knowlton.

Clarice was proud to be a great-grandmother to 22 children. For many years, she would be found in the stands at 4-H, sporting events, supporting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Hells Canyon Grand Hotel, 621 21st St., Lewiston.

Photo: Clarice Carlene Knowlton


Roberta 'Bobbi' Bratton Lee, 55, formerly of Orofino

Roberta "Bobbi" Bratton Lee entered eternal life Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, at her home in Lewiston from cancer.

Bobbi, the daughter of the late Robert Bratton and Sandra Roy Gentry, was born April 12, 1969, in Orofino.

Family was very important to Bobbi; she was a much-loved mom and nana.

She grew up in Orofino and Orange, Calif., making many friends along the way. She worked as a CNA her entire work life, both private and for agencies. She was very devoted to her clients and they were devoted to her. She and her children enjoyed visiting Disneyland and other trips including Yellowstone National Park. For the last seven years, she and her boyfriend, Bryan Boren, enjoyed taking their combined family camping, boating and on trips to Silverwood. They also enjoyed trips to visit her friends in California.

Bobbi is survived by her mother, Sandra Gentry; grandmother, Rose Roy, of Lewiston; son, Terrell Limar (Terah), of Lewiston; daughter, Brook Mitchell, of Genesee; son, Michael Lee, of Clarkston, Wash.; six grandchildren: Anthony Smith, Karter Limar, Carissa Lee, Hunter Simmons, Willow Simmons and Luther Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Bratton; brother, Richard Bratton; paternal grandparents, Robert and Carol Bratton; maternal grandfather, Carl Roy; cousins: Glenda Roy, Donavan Fuller, Christopher Fuller and Paula Nahayowski.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, at Community of Christ, 1315 Highland Ave., Clarkston. Please join the family for lunch and visiting in the fellowship hall after the service.

Photos: Roberta "Bobbi" Bratton Lee


Debra Sue Claffey, Orofino

Debbie was born to James A. and Betty L. Brown. She was my little sister. Debbie was an outgoing individual who didn't know a stranger. Once you were her friend, you were her friend forever. She was compassionate and cared for every stray cat who showed up at her house.

She had the soul of an artist as evidenced in her creations. Her greatest joy in life were her family; husband Mike; children; Angie, Brandi, Mike, and Marcus; grandchildren, Ariel and Jaden. Our brother, Jim Brown, passed away in 2022 much to our sorrow.

Debbie's passing leaves a hole in the heart of everyone who knew her. Debbie wouldn't want anyone to mourn her but to remember her with a happy heart.

~ Christine McBee


James Lyle 'Jim' Goffinet, 70, OHS graduate

Jim Goffinet, 70, peacefully passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, at home with his wife, Chris, by his side after a 10-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer. What a warrior.

Jim was born to Lyle and Ethel Goffinet on March 15, 1952, in Orofino. He went through all grades of school in Orofino. Once a Maniac, always a Maniac. He married Kim Butler in June 1974 and they were blessed with a son, Ben, and a daughter, Kelley. They moved to Clarkston where Jim used his carpentry skills building houses. They later divorced.

He then met his everlasting love, Chris Erickson, on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. They married March 13, 1999. She already had a son named Cody whom Jim raised as his own.

He worked on the road for ESI for several years building commercial buildings. After a time, he didn't like being away from home, so he decided to go back to building houses locally until his retirement.

Jim got to finally customize and build his own home after a tragic fire burned down the old home they lived at for years. He truly enjoyed every minute of building it and was very proud of his final creation, complete with a beautiful lawn and landscaping. Everything he planted needed a bloom on it. He loved his garden, utilizing the vegetables to handmake his famous salsa, which he shared with everyone he could. He loved "rolling smoke" on the Traeger smoker and taking the camp trailer to local camping spots. They had some time to travel before his cancer became their biggest battle.

Jim leaves behind his wife, Chris, son Ben and daughter Kelley, and stepson Cody, and five grandchildren, whom he loved with all his heart.

The family would like to thank Dr. M. Baldeck, Dr. Keizer, Dr. Harris, Dr. Midence and especially the staff and nurses at the St. Joseph Cancer Center for all their care for Jim, where he also earned the title "Mr. Wonderful."

The family is holding a celebration of life from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Brock's in the Towne Square Mall in downtown Lewiston.

To quote Jim and Chris' favorite song, Jim you truly were "Simply the best."

Photo: James Lyle 'Jim' Goffinet


Bjorn Thomas Gaddin Barth, 44, Weippe

Bjorn Barth died unexpectedly February 1, 2023 at home near Weippe, Idaho.

Bjorn was born June 5, 1978 and lived near Winters, Calif, enjoying farm life as a child, moving to Woodland, Calif. when he was in fifth grade. He attended St. James Catholic School in Davis, Calif., Gibson Elementary, Woodland High School, and one year at Nampa High School, Idaho.

Bjorn will always be in our hearts, and everyone will remember him for his wonderful welcoming smile, big, big hugs, his sweetness and great sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Many shared his passion for nature, the beauty of the mountains, fishing and exploring. Bjorn was also an avid gamer, whether computer or board games, he entertained many family and friends.

Bjorn was always there to help when needed, he would always jump up and assist with a friendly smile. Many appreciated his helpful skill and abilities with all types of equipment, building or needed repairs.

Everyone always knew he'd be there to share their fun and their sadness, he was a compassionate listener, encouraging and present in their life.

Bjorn is survived by his son, Ronan Barth of Roseville, Calif; and daughter, Isabella; his parents; Steve and Evelyn Barth of Boise, and Lloyd and Karla Beddingfield of Weippe; sisters; Natalie Barth-Dettling of Woodland, Melisa Molina, Roseville Calif., Myranda Chen of Roseville; brothers, Tyson Barth of Elk Grove Calif., and Sean Barth; aunts and uncles, Alfred and Brigitta Barth, Stanley and Leslie Barth, Robert and Jennie Barth, Tom and Shirley Barth, Mary Louise Barth, Kris and Bruce Wurth, Sandra Vineyard and Phil Busbee, Gina and Jim Johnson.

Bjorn was especially close to his many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Louise Barth, Winters, Calif., Marie D. Timperley of Winters, and John H. Timperley of Weippe.

A celebration of Bjorn's life will be held in early summer in Weippe, with reception to follow. Further details will be announced.

Photo: Bjorn Thomas Gaddin Barth


Carrol Lutes Smolinski, 85, formerly of Fraser, Weippe

Carrol Lutes Smolinski passed away peacefully to be with her beloved husband, Glen, and daughter, Denise, on February 11, 2023, in Post Falls, Idaho, at the age of 85.

Born in Orofino, Idaho on November 22, 1937, to Harold and Georgia Lutes, she and her brother, Keith Lutes, enjoyed many childhood memories growing up in Fraser, Id. Carrol graduated from Weippe High School in 1955.

On June 8, 1955, Carrol married Glen Smolinski at the Methodist Church in Lewiston, Idaho. Their love continued for 61 years until Glen passed away on November 21, 2016. Together they raised their four children in Weippe. They made the big move to Post Falls in 2012 to be near family.

Carrol enjoyed playing cards, particularly pinochle and any version of poker. She loved spending time with her family and watching old western movies. Her greatest joy in her later years was visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very proud of all of her children's and grandchildren's accomplishments.

She is survived by her daughters, Carla (Bob) Hartig, Becky (Bryan) Higgins, Michele (Paul) Good and son, Mike (Kathy) Smolinski. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Carrol was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, and daughter, Denise (1958).

At her request, she will be cremated and there will be no service. Burial will be at Fraser Cemetery at a later date.

Photo: Carrol Lutes Smolinski


Virgil Profitt, 84

Virgil Profitt, 84, of Clarkston, Wash., born Dec. 18, 1938, died Feb. 13, 2023 in Clarkston.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Robert Lawrence Smeltz, 77, Ahsahka

Robert Lawrence Smeltz began his life Aug. 15, 1945, in Arcadia, California, joining his brother, Richard, and parents, Joseph and Cora Smeltz. He enjoyed many activities while attending the Don Bosco High School: debate team, swim team, theology and focused on Automation Engineering Program, where he received a 4-year scholarship to M.I.T. In his free time, he enjoyed surfing along the California coast.

After graduation, he chose a different career path. He joined the U.S. Army, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 503 Infantry Regiment. As a paratrooper he was in the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles", serving in the Vietnam War from 1963-1966. He was an avid believer, defender of our personal and country's freedoms throughout his whole life. He returned from Vietnam early in the summer of 1966 and started working for Southern California Edison, as a Field Clerk and Estimator.

In July 1966 he met Linda McCleary "cruising" Valley Blvd. in Alhambra, California. They were married Sept of 1970 and moved to Springville, Utah. Utah provided an opportunity to work for the Wasatch Electric Company where he entered the Lineman Apprenticeship program and advanced to a Journeyman Lineman, he worked through the Intermountain States Apprenticeship program. Bob using his GI Bill to advance his flying experience to include single engine, multi-engine, instrument rating and his commercial licenses. Bob, the Pilot, took Linda on many adventuresome flying trips.

July 1972, Bob and Linda joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where they were baptized in Hobble Creek, Springville, Utah. May 1973, their first child was born, John. The family was sealed for time and eternity in the Manti Utah Temple in September 1973. Their second son, Peter, joined the family in January 1975.

While resting from a few injuries accrued at work, his broken ankle in 1977 required healing time, he used the last of his GI bill for Business Management, Real Estate and Speed-reading courses. He was an advid lover of books, Religion, Philosophy, History, Westerns novels, and many more. After the second broken ankle 1978, he started selling Real Estate while still on crutches!

Just after he returned to work at Wasatch Electric, a flyer was dropped off for a house in Ahsahka, Idaho. In March 1979, we took a road trip to inspect the area and house, and he applied in the area at the local utility companies and bought the house. A couple of months passed, and Clearwater Power interviewed and hired him. Rob the third son was born April 1979 and in June 1979 we all moved to Clearwater County, Ahsahka Idaho. This area with great people was the place Bob always wanted to live and started his new job and elevated his career and continued to grow his family with Rosanna Spring being born in May 1986 into the clan.

While living in Ahsahka, Bob worked for the Clearwater Power Company as a Journeyman Lineman, and for many years and was the IBEW Union Steward fairly representing his fellow workers as well as being fair to the employer until his retirement. Safety was also a top priority both at work and home and play. Bob was a great father and instilled his honesty, loyalty, family devotion, and work ethics to our kids, by example. He was a hard worker and believed in "a good day's work for a good day's pay". He began having a paper route and did yard work as a young boy. Bob used his experience as a young Boy Scout to help with the local scouting program.

He, along with the kids and Linda grew gardens, hunted a bit, camped, and of course swam and played in the Clearwater River and Marina. A huge lover of all types of music, we took square dancing lessons and went to many dances at the Barn Owls Dance Hall in Ahsahka. The kids were on swim team, track, wrestling, baseball, basketball, volleyball, band, etc. plus church, and 4-H. He attended, when possible, most of their events, lots of trouble calls for work kept him away periodically. Bob was dedicated to his family and the people he served as a Clearwater serviceman.

A few more work-related injuries over the years… broken back, hernias, and then third and final broken ankle leaving him unable to climb as a Lineman with an artificial ankle forced his early retirement. This time with no new job, time available and as empty nesters, Bob and Linda got to focus cherished time on traveling again. Visiting their family, children, and grandkids.

Bob had a tremendous spirit. He was loving and kind and funny…sometimes oddly funny but that endeared him to most people. He was an animal lover, bringing home stray cats from the pole yard or dogs from the pound. Many of you will remember his dogs, Katrina, Snuffy and Freckles (who guarded his truck and had his own personality).

Bob has left this world on Feb. 4, 2023, and, "on to the next great adventure", his words. We know we will see him again, but it is hard, it has been 52 years of marriage, 56 counting our courtship. Bob was my soulmate, my love. He is survived by his wife, Linda and his four children and their families, John (Angela) children, Carrie (Alek), Lizzie (fiancé Austin), Loren (Nathaniel), and Elijah, Peter (Trisha) son, Joseph, Rob (Aleshia), Spring (Erik) Johnson, children Gwen and Julian. He also leaves his brother, Richard (Martha) Smeltz…. many nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in laws, cousins, and so many wonderful friends.

Bob had an in infectious smile and twinkle in his eye. Truly a one-of-a-kind character. We love and will miss you, Bob. Details of military honors and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Photo: Robert Lawrence Smeltz


James 'Jim' Edward McKissick Routh Sr., 79, Orofino

On February 13, 2023, God got a good one. Jim passed suddenly with his work boots on, as we all knew he would.

Jim, 79 of Orofino, was the loving son of Edward and Helen (Fuller) McKissick. Jim was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, on April 15, 1943, the only child of Edward and Helen. His father, Ed was killed at Anzio Beachhead in Italy on February 24, 1944, during WWII. Jim was 11 months old and unfortunately his father never got to see him.

At the age of 3, Jim's mother Helen, married Lester Routh, of Twin Falls and gave Jim a little brother David (Dorothy) Routh. Les raised Jim from a young age and when Jim turned 18, he changed his last name to Routh to show his respect for the only man he knew as "Dad".

Jim grew up in Twin Falls, spending a great deal of time on his Grandparents and other family farms that are still in operation today. He graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1961. He then attended college at University of Idaho and North Idaho College where he studied Forestry. He realized after two years, college was not for him and as he put it "It was time for me to go burn diesel".

At 16, Jim met the love of his life, Dareline Clark, they later married on September 15, 1963. They spent the next 59 years together. In 1965 they had their first child Ed (Belinda) Routh of Orofino, then daughter Traci Routh - Garrett, of Orofino, and another son Dale (Dena) Routh, of Spirit Lake, Idaho. He was later blessed with six grandchildren, Grant (Lauren), Stella, Ryan (Marilyn), Elicia, Jessica, Billy (Jessica H.), and then with five great grandchildren, Hank, Creek, Audrey, Kane and Duke. Jim had many other children and grandchildren by heart.

Jim drove dump truck, low boy, concrete truck and log truck for several local contractors in the area for about 40 years. He also owned and operated the local auto wrecking yard and towing service in Orofino for many years. In most recent years, many knew him as the "Care Taker" of several local cemeteries. Other skills he was known for include but are not limited to, equipment operator, ranching, farming, fabricating, carpentry and mechanicing.

Jim spent an unbelievable amount of his time and efforts giving back to the community he loved. For several years he built, donated and drove the OCI float, towing it to all the local county fairs in North Idaho. He was an official for Lumberjack Days and helped put on the show. Jim took it upon himself to teach many local youth's life skills that many of them would have never experienced. Everything from, camping, fishing for the first time, building a fire and cooking on it, or wood working projects and many more. Those lessons were always imbedded with additional teachings, and leading by example, to show the importance of displaying respect for mankind and being a better person. Jim would also donate his time ministering to friends and families during good times or bad, as well as inmates at the local jail and prison. For over 50 years he contributed monies to orphans around the world. His passion and dedication to serve the Lord was evident in his every action. As anyone who knew him, he always had big smile on his face, and lended a hand to anyone that was in need.

As a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather and best friend to many, Jim will truly be missed by everyone that was blessed by the opportunity to meet him.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Big Eddy Marina on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Donations in Jim's name may be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch, 1609 N Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 or www.youthranch.org/givenow (208) 972-5307 and/or St Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Photo: James 'Jim' Edward McKissick Routh Sr.


Richard Anthony Ehlinger, 79, formerly of Weippe, Orofino

Richard Anthony Ehlinger, of Des Moines, Wash., unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 30, 2022. He was preceded in death by his mother (Magnhild), father (Vernon) and sister (Mary Schroeder). He is survived by his brother Russell; his loving wife of 28 years Irina Volkova; his step daughter, Anya Malakhova; and his step grandchildren Sam, Dahlia, Atarah, and Azariah.

Richard was born June 21, 1943 in Iron River, Mich., and, together with the family, was part of the 1948 western migration from Michigan to Idaho of the Ehlinger and Ponozzo families (and others) where they landed in Weippe, Idaho. The Ehlingers built and ran a successful sawmill there (later sold to Jess Johnstun).

The family moved to Orofino in 1958 and he graduated from High School there in 1961, but Richard always took pride in saying that he was originally a Weippe 'Gorilla'. In 1966 he graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor's Degree in History. Joining the US Army after college, he served two tours in Vietnam as an Interrogator and Analyst. His field situational status reports were very well regarded by his superiors and it was at this time the Central Intelligence Agency tried very hard to recruit him as an Analyst for them but Richard could never see himself in that role and always turned them down.

Eventually settling in the Seattle area, he enjoyed a 40-year career as an Insurance Adjuster, which he excelled at because he sincerely enjoyed helping people in need.

Richard's great sense of humor contributed to many spirited conversations with his family and friends, especially the ongoing rivalry of the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars. His grasp of world history and his ability to bring it alive never ceased to amaze and entertain his friends and acquaintances alike.

He enjoyed frequent walks with his loving wife and soul mate Irina, which often included their seeing great sunsets together. Dining out, collecting rare coins, and anything history related he could read about or watch on TV were also among his loves. He also enjoyed flying his Piper Cherokee airplane and was thrilled to experience that sense of adventure it gave him.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 17, 2023, at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Wash., 22975 24th Avenue South, at 12 p.m.

Richard's earthly remains are interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash., but his spirit is resting with the Lord in heaven.

Richard will always be in our hearts, always missed and never forgotten.

Photo: Richard Anthony Ehlinger


Jeffrey Bernard Wilson, 53, formerly of Orofino

Jeffrey Bernard Wilson, 53, was born Dec. 16, 1969 to Simon (Skip) Wilson and Janice Wilson (Berger). He passed away on Feb. 7, 2023.

The third of three children, Jeff had an appetite for adventure and seemed fearless in his quest to explore. He loved a challenge and he chased thrill and excitement. As a child his antics sometimes earned his parents' attention, but things always seemed to work out in his favor in the end. He was sharp, intuitive, and athletic, took pride in his efforts, and took a firm stance with respect to his personal values. Those characteristics never left him.

As he got older, Jeff excelled in sports. He became confident and virtually unstoppable in basketball, and he helped OHS (Orofino High School) earn a trip to the state basketball tournament his senior year - a goal that had eluded the program for years. He demonstrated prowess in baseball where he could play any position, but he developed a reputation as an outstanding outfielder. He earned a scholarship to play basketball at LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College), but he declined as his interests grew in other areas.

Jeff attended LCSC to pursue a degree in criminal justice. When possible, he participated in ride-alongs with law enforcement agencies, and his persistence earned him a position with the Orofino Police Department. Jeff got his start with OPD, accepted a short stint with the Lewiston PD, but it was in Orofino where he found his calling. At OPD he worked his way from patrolman to Chief, a position he held for 15 years.

Jeff was aggressive and demonstrated unwavering pride as a leader. He believed that "bigtime is where you are", and it showed in his efforts. He demanded professionalism, accountability for himself and others, and he refused to relinquish his principals no matter who he dealt with.

He continuously looked to hire great officers, obtain the latest equipment, and he built a culture of continuous improvement. He commanded respect, was calm and analytical under pressure, and was strategic in his planning.

Having an obvious soft spot for children and young adults, Jeff was giving of himself. He initiated Christmas 911, took countless kids to activities and events, and maintained a mission to provide new experiences for others. He coached his sons' athletic teams, served as an assistant basketball coach at OHS, and was the head baseball coach at OHS and head coach for American Legion Baseball. He spent countless hours making the Maniac baseball field the envy of the area. His teams won district championships, made several trips to state tournaments, and earned appearances in three state championship games.

Jeff found success in virtually every endeavor he pursued. He served as a mentor for many, and he made countless lifelong friends along the way.

A craving for adrenalin guided his actions. He traded vehicles like match box cars, bought fast cars, hotrod motorcycles, speed boats, jet skis, ATV's, and trucks with amenities. He wasn't afraid to take a chance - he found it fun.

Jeff made time to create memories with his friends and family. He showed endless energy as a Chief, coach, business owner, friend, father, and husband. He was famous for his ability to recall the details of a story and could keep people laughing all day long.

Jeff had two previous marriages. The first provided his son, Adam Wilson, and the second allowed him a second son, Hayden Wilson. His love for his two boys never faded and he enjoyed how their relationships grew as they grew into men.

Clearly the love of his life, Jeff met Mary French in 2020. They immediately became physically, emotionally, and spiritually inseparable. They married in August 2020 in what they described as a "dream wedding". Their new family included Michaela and Colt, and Jeff was elated. He proclaimed that he had finally found the love he was searching for in Mary. Their love for one another was obvious to anyone who saw them in person or who followed them on social media.

Following a highly successful 30-year career in law enforcement, Jeff retired on Sept. 30, 2022 and immediately moved to Montesano, Wash. and purchased a home with Mary.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents Skip Wilson and Janice Wilson, and grandparents Ned and Valerie Skibba and Barney and Midge Wilson. He is survived by his wife Mary; children Adam, Hayden, Michaela and Colt; sister Shawn (Greg) McCracken; brother Wade (Angi) Wilson; and numerous special grandchildren, nieces and nephews whom he adored.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium at Orofino High School. A Celebration of Life and sharing of stories will take place immediately following the service at Best Western Lodge at River's Edge, Orofino.

Photo: Jeffrey Bernard Wilson


Gene Dale Grasser, 89, Orofino

Gene Dale Grasser, age 89, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, with his wife by his side.

Gene was born Jan, 14, l934 to Albert and Ethelyn Bonner Grasser, in Orofino, and lived his entire life in this area. He married Myrna Alteneder, also an Orofino native, October 11, 1959.

He loved being in the woods, found a broken crosscut saw and made and sold his first firewood when eight years old.

Gene had a great love of nature and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, his family playing Blue Grass music, and God. He taught his children to work hard, be honest and kind and love God.

He started work at the White Pine planer mill at age 18, then moved to logging in 196l where he was a faller. He suffered a body-crushing injury and the doctors said he would never saw again, but with determination and God's help he returned to falling timber a year later and continued until retiring.

His last employers were Louie Porter and Mike and Brian Deyo.

Gene is survived by his wife, Myrna, his three children: Brook Grasser, Elane Neely (Kale), Rocky Grasser (Kathy); five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; his brother, M. Joe Grasser and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was a kind and quiet person and will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Cook Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Photo: Gene Dale Grasser


Robert Smeltz, 77, Ahsahka

Robert L. Smeltz, 77, of Ahsahka, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


September Linnette Denison, 38, Ahsahka

September Denison, 38, of Ahsahka, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023.

A celebration of life was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Valley Community Center, 549 Fifth St., Suite F, Clarkston, Wash.

Pine Hill Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of taking care of September's arrangements.


Franklin Woehler Sr., 68, Pierce

Franklin Herman Woehler, Sr. was born on Oct. 9, 1954, to Harold William and Margaret Eileen Woehler in Martin, South Dakota. He was the seventh born of a total of nine children. The family lived in South Dakota until moving to Emmett, Idaho in 1959.

Frank attended public school in Emmett where he met the love of his life, Cheryl Jean Porath, to whom he was married on Jan. 2, 1975, until she passed on Dec. 7, 2017, just weeks before their 43rd wedding anniversary. They had two children: Frank Woehler Jr. and Nikki Lee Zimmerman who blessed him with five grandchildren whom he adored; Bruer Alan Lindle Woehler, Skyler Edgar Woehler, Colby Franklin Jessee, Gunner Charles Zimmerman and Nathan Thomas Zimmerman.

Frank leaves both his children and five grandchildren; two sisters Marilyn E. Fowler and Vicki R. Woehler; numerous nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews and four great-great nieces behind as he leaves this world to reunite with all his lost loved ones.

Frank is preceded in death by both his parents; four brothers, Larry Wayne, Dennis Allen, Lindle Lee and Ricky Harold; two sisters, Cheryl E. Goss and Ardis A. Fugate; a brother-in-law, Clinton Blacker; as well as two great nieces, Stephanie Marie Woehler and Nicole Marie Blacker.

Frank served in the Idaho's Army National Guard and spent a short time in Germany not long after he and Cheryl were married. In his youth he milked cows, bucked hay and other farming jobs before moving to Headquarters, Idaho in 1976 where he logged for the Potlatch Corp until they closed their Woods Division. He then worked for Kenny Weller and Ray Coon before he went back to school to earn his degree in Water and Wastewater Management. He worked for the City of Kamiah before following his children who moved to New Plymouth, Idaho. Cheryl and Frank resided in Emmett where he worked for the City of Eagle Sewer District until he retired on Oct. 9, 2019.

After retiring, Frank bought a home in Pierce, Idaho where he resided until his death. Frank loved hunting anything, especially geese and ducks, as well as deer and elk. He enjoyed camping and fishing on the North Fork or at Big Island, he had fun riding his 4-wheeler and he dearly loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Frank was a proud man who was raised with a great work ethic, a deep sense of responsibility and an unlimited love for family and friends. No one who asked Frank for help was ever turned down; he was always there to help. He will always be remembered as a jokester and a prankster as well. His grandchildren would learn to look at him very closely to see if he was pulling their leg! Anyone who knew him well came to know that the nickname given by Frank was unique to them and he never forgot it once it was given. There is a hole in our hearts from the loss of Frank which we can only hope to partially fill with wonderful memories of his life, his love, and his unforgettable sense of humor.

Frank was surrounded by his family when he passed away Feb, 4, 2023, at the Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He fought a valiant fight against fourth stage cancer for almost three years before complications with pneumonia took him from us. A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, Idaho.

Photo: Franklin Herman Woehler, Sr.


James 'Jim' Edward McKissick Routh Sr., 79, Orofino

James (Jim) Edward McKissick Routh Sr., born April 15, 1943, passed away Feb. 13, 2023, in Orofino.

Jim was loved by all.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Big Eddy Marina, 3286 Viewpoint Road, Ahsahka, ID, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, with a potluck to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Lois Jean Bird Moore, 95, Orofino

Lois Jean Myers was born April 7, 1927, to Floyd and Minnie (Mundt) Myers. A brother, Robert, came along in September 1932 and a sister, Karen, in January 1941. She was born in the early day White Hospital in Orofino. The family lived in the Weippe - Fraser - Greer area until moving to a large, white house on what is now Laudenbach hill at the end of the Orofino bridge in 1944; Lois graduated from high school in 1945.

During her junior year of high school with her parents still living at Greer, Lois boarded during the week and worked part-time for Walter and Mae Klug who operated a service station in Orofino. During her senior year, she worked part-time as a bookkeeper at the Madison Lumber Company in Orofino.

June 23, 1945, Lois married Earl Bird; within three years and three months they had three children: Kathy (April 1946), Howard (June 1947), and Bill (July 1949). While Earl's parents were living in western Washington during the war, Earl and Lois operated their farm and lived in his parent's home on Fraser - the very log house in which her paternal grandparents, Charlie and Janie Myers, were married in 1896.

After farming a few years in partnership with his brother, Jack Bird, on the Fraser, Earl and Lois bought a farm/ranch of their own on Eureka Ridge about 5.5 miles from Orofino in 1952. She was actively involved in all aspects of farm business and community activities.

During the haying season she was well known for her cooking skills by all the kids that worked there bucking bales. It was a common opinion of the hay crew that the meals she cooked alone were worth working there. Among the many hay hands through the years, Sam and Phil Harding fit in and were considered part of the Bird Family and faithfully stayed in close contact through the years.

Lois served many years as secretary for the Wells Bench Grange #378; it was amazing how she could accurately write the meeting's minutes throughout the course of the meeting, during all the discussions, and read them in complete sentence format, grammatically correct, aloud at meeting's end!

Before Lois knew how to sew, her 9-year-old daughter volunteered her to be the 4-H sewing leader - the beginning of what would become one of her greatest passions. She was a dedicated 4-H sewing leader for 25 years.

Her sewing accomplishments have included custom denim jeans and blazers, wool coats, men's western shirts/suits, children's clothing, and many quilts, in addition to ordinary dresses and blouses.

Her other passions included fabric painting, embroidery, crocheting, crossword puzzles, and growing beautiful dahlias, gladiolas, roses, and a huge garden. Although she claimed to not particularly like to cook, people were known to skip the last dance before "lunch break" and cut-in-line to buy a piece of her delicious lemon meringue or huckleberry pie at the Grange Hall dances.

For about five years beginning in 1963, Lois worked during hunting season each fall for Charlie and Laura Holzhey who operated a meat cutting and locker plant business in Orofino. After her family was grown, Lois served as secretary for the Clearwater County Fair Board and then worked as secretary in the Clearwater County Extension Office with agent Norm Fitzsimmons from 1977-1982.

Earl died in July 1973; in December 1982 she married Kenneth Moore of Pasco, Wash.; he died November 1996. She and her loving companion, Wayne Perkins (Perk), enjoyed traveling and life "on the hill" until health issues made it necessary to move to Brookside Landing in Orofino in 2009, where she was surrounded by photos of her grandchildren and great grandchildren (living in North Dakota, Alaska, Washington and Idaho) and 17 great grandchildren. She continued living at Brookside after Wayne passed and spent her time doing quilts, puzzles, and always staying busy.

Failing health in October 2022 resulted in leaving Brookside and temporarily living at Clearwater Health and Rehab before eventually moving to LifeCare in Lewiston. She passed away on Feb. 8, 2023, just two months shy of her 96th birthday.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Karen; granddaughter, Monique; daughter, Kathy Mager; husbands, Earl Bird and Ken Moore; and companion, Wayne Perkins. She is survived by sons, Howard (Joyce) of Orofino, Bill (Vicki) of Princeton; brother, Robert (Myrna) of Lewiston; and seven grandchildren, Nicole Bouwens (Dennis), Wendy Czopp (Alex), Brenda Lewis (Brian), Mike Bird (Katie), Scott Bird (Channel), Grant Bird (Ellie), Matt Bird (Kim), 17 great and one great-great grandchildren. Her photo albums are over flowing!

A funeral service will be held February 18, at 11 a.m. at the Wells Bench Community Church at 300 Wells Bench Road, Orofino where Lois and her family attended. Burial is adjacent to the church at Sanders Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral in Orofino is in charge of services.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Wells Bench Community Church, 1276 Twin Ridge Road, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Photo: Lois Jean Bird Moore


Gary A. Cole, 81, Weippe

Gary A. Cole, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on Jan. 28, 2023 from an aggressive form of brain cancer. Gary was born on Jan. 27, 1942, in Orofino, Idaho. A lifelong Weippe, Idaho resident, Gary was a well-known and much beloved member of the community who was always willing to pitch in and help friends, family, and neighbors. During snowy winter days, you could find him outside plowing the driveways of neighbors and friends.

Gary married the love of his life, Micki (Jean) Cole in 1962. Together they devotedly raised their children, Lisa and Kevin. Gary travelled all over with Micki and his family, to places like Florida, Alaska and Jamaica, and they had many wonderful adventures together.

Gary adored his wife and was a terrific father to his children, and a wonderful grandfather as well. His sense of humor, candor, work ethic and thoughtfulness were an inspiration to the entire family.

Gary joined the US Forest Service at age 17. His love and care for the Clearwater National Forest extended into a 47-year career. Gary was also a Logistics Sections Chief for a Type-1 National Forest Fire Team. He fought fires and helped with disaster recovery all over the country, spending weeks away from his family and his beloved local community and forest to preserve woodlands, homes, and lives.

Gary continued his service with the national fire team after his retirement and his family and friends loved to hear about his adventures. He always downplayed his role, but we knew he was a true hero.

As an avid outdoorsman, Gary enjoyed shooting, camping, fishing, boating, as well as building squirrel houses as he and Micki repopulated their neighborhood with the little critters. He not only cared for his own pets, but was known to help a stray animal whenever need be.

Gary was a strong believer in Forest Management and preserving the great outdoors he so loved. He passed on his deep appreciation for nature to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of his favorite things to do was explore the trails in his side-by-side with his family.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Artice Kuest and Marvin Kuest, as well as his Grandma Alma Boehm and Grandpa Charlie Boehm who helped raise him.

He is survived by his wife, Micki Cole, his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and David Doty; his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and SueLynn Cole; and his grandchildren, Anni Doty, Justin Doty and Katelyn Doty. Gary is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Michael, Kaleb, Jordyn, and Olivia and his beloved cats, Otis and Spunky. Although Gary will be missed, his legacy lives on with his family.

Photo: Gary A. Cole


Frank Herman Woehler Sr., 68, Pierce

Frank Herman Woehler, Sr., 68, Pierce, formerly of Emmett, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

Care is under the direction of Potter Funeral Chapel (208) 365-4491.


Sharyel Whitten, 75, OHS graduate

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, Sharyel Eileen Beck Whitten passed away. She was born to James (Ike) and Wilhamina Beck on Aug. 15, 1947, followed two years later by a little sister, Diane. She grew up in Ahsahka, Idaho and was a happy, fun, active little girl who loved spending time outside riding horses, climbing trees and camping. Growing up, she and Diane were two peas in a pod, spending a lot of time together throughout their school aged years. Sharyel graduated from Orofino High School in 1965 and was a life-long Orofino Maniac.

Sharyel provided child care for many families at the rate of five dollars a day - which she loved to remind her daughters as they sought out childcare for their own children. She found her true calling working as a para-educator.

In 1997, she started working for the Ocean Beach School District and she worked in a variety of elementary, middle and high schools until her retirement in 2015.

Sharyel was a beloved mother to four children. She always strived to do her best and was dedicated to providing her children a life of happiness. She was the rock of the family - the glue that held everything and everyone together. The bond she had with each of her children was unbreakable. She was always eager to lend an ear during a hard time, drop everything to be a shoulder to cry on. She was her children's most reliable, consistent confidant. She was the best "mama".

Sharyel was an also an amazing grandma to her 11 grandchildren and her 3 great-grand babies. She loved being a grandma more than anything. She was always asking her children "what help do you need with the kids?" and "when do I get the kids this summer?" The grand kids always looked forward to their summer trips camping with Grandma Sharyel. The memories she made with her grandchildren will be cherished forever.

Sharyel might have had only four biological children but she was a mom to all. She had a way of accepting anyone and everyone just as they were. You didn't need to filter yourself around her. She was funny, caring, compassionate, patient, selfless, and dedicated to making sure everyone around her felt loved. She provided "home" to all, especially those who were "lost". She has been described as "a warm fire at the end of a cold walk". You could always count on her to brighten your day.

She loved all music - especially the blues. She was an avid reader and lover of language. Her favorite days were filled with camping, gardening, canning, baking and traveling. She will be greatly missed by so many. She was preceded in death by her father, James (Ike) Beck; her son, Ryan Whitten; and her oldest grandchild, Jesse Whitten. She leaves behind her mother, Wilhamina Beck; her younger sister, Diane Kaufmann (Steven Kaufmann); her three daughters, Tiffani Seitz (Rob Seitz), Jenifer Chinn (Grant Chinn) and Tess Whitten-Marsh (Shawn Speyer); her 10 grandchildren, Jentry Milhiser, Skyler Chinn, Micah Carnell (David Carnell), Isabelle Seitz, Eli Chinn, Chloe Chinn, James Seitz, Kemmer Speyer, Joyous Speyer, Rezzie Speyer; and three great grandchildren, Jasper Chinn, and Sienna Carnell and Autumn Carnell.

A memorial service will be held at the Historic Chinook School (810 US-101, Chinook, WA) on March 12, at 2 p.m. There will be food to follow the service. Main courses provided. Sides will be potluck style. Please bring a side dish to share and contact Heather at 360-244-5157 to coordinate. Tye-Die Attire Highly Encouraged.

Photo: Sharyel Whitten


Jimmy MF Stamper

We are so sad to announce the passing of Jimmy Stamper. He passed away in his sleep Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023.

He is preceded in death by his nephews, Jas and Chad Hudson; his father, James Stamper; his stepdad, Gail Sargent; sister, Belinda Stamper; and his best friend, Duane Watson.

He is survived by his mom, Bonita Hudson; wife, Debra Stamper; children, Amanda (Doug) Russell, Izzy Stamper and Bradley Stamper; grandchildren, Gabriel and Allison Russell; his siblings, Brad (Vicki) Stamper, Joann (Kraig) Hudson, Bonnie (Dave) Kindred and Donna Phillips; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

There is one thing you knew for sure about Jimmy and that is he loved his family and friends. His children, grandchildren nieces and nephews were his pride and joy and his siblings were his heroes.

He spent his family time roughhousing and wrestling with all the kids. He was a kid at heart. He was always the life of the party and really knew how to make everyone laugh. He lived his life doing whatever he wanted. He will be missed by many.

Please join us for his celebration of life, potluck style, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the 49ers Saddle Club, 6601 Tammany Creek Road, Lewiston. Bring a covered dish if you are able.

Photo: Jimmy MF Stamper


Nancy Kay Miles Strom Greenough, 81, formerly of Orofino

Nancy Kay Miles Strom Greenough, age 81, passed away on Jan. 24, 2023, from a long battle with Alzheimer's, surrounded by her family. Nancy was born on July 20, 1941 in Spokane, WA and was raised on Wells Bench and in the Orofino area. Her childhood was full of friends and family. In her younger years she loved the piano, singing, art activities, horses and playing tennis. She experienced many medical challenges in her lifetime, including polio as a child and won her battle with cancer in her adult years.

Nancy had three children from her first marriage to William (Bill) Strom and later married Jesse Greenough Jr., who had four children. Nancy and Jesse worked hard to provide a safe and healthy home for their children. They ran successful businesses together, and were dedicated to achieving academic success as artists, all while pursuing their passion of sailing the ocean off the Washington coast.

Nancy was a successful artist in pottery, weaving, photography, sculpture, and painting. She was very passionate about her artwork. Nancy and Jesse built a beautiful home with an art studio customized to their passions. They have completed many award-winning pottery pieces, paintings, and bronze sculptures.

They loved long drives through many different states and Canada including a trip to beautiful Vermont. Nancy also loved sewing and teaching others to sew. She comes from a long family line of seamstresses.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Jesse Greenough Jr.; sons and daughters: Randy Strom, Trish TrickiT, Billy Jo Cole, Jesse Greenough III, Mike Greenough Sr, Michelle Hardin; four generations of grandchildren and her sisters: Rosalie Francisco, Debbie Bair and Cristie Cochrell.

There will be a celebration of life in the spring. She will be dearly missed.

Photo: Nancy Kay Miles Strom Greenough


Jerry Allen Nelsen, 68, Orofino

Jerry Allen Nelsen was born Oct. 31, 1954 in Sandpoint, beginning a new chapter for a family who loved adventure. Proud parents Wade Nelsen and Faye Rasmussen Nelsen welcomed their first-born baby into the Heron and Noxon, Montana communities where he was the joy of his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The family expanded to include a brother, Terry, and two sisters, Susan and Sandra. The four made countless memories that led to favorite stories listeners never grew tired of hearing - most often fondly told over spirits, laughter, and love. The family moved frequently during the childhood years following the dam construction trade throughout the Columbia River system. They settled in Orofino, Idaho during the construction of Dworshak Dam when Jerry was in junior high.

>It was in Orofino that Jerry found a place to call home. It was here that he made lasting friendships and met the love of his life and wife of 48 years in high school German class, Janis Newman Nelsen. Jerry was a gifted multisport athlete performing particularly well in basketball and football. He also enjoyed academics and his love for learning was ever present. He was well recognized for these achievements including the honor of being named an All-American high school athlete for football in 1973. He led the Maniacs in scoring, pass receptions, and had the highest yards per carry average.

He knew then that he wanted to pursue a career in coaching. He was a proud member of the OHS graduating class of 1973 and was offered several collegiate scholarships in both basketball and football. Choosing to keep his talent close to home, he attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. He played LCSC Warrior basketball for the four years he was there and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education as a P.E. major with a minor in History and Health.

Jerry and Janis were married in June of 1974. The couple spent a brief time living in Santa Fe, New Mexico before returning to Orofino to build a life. Jerry began his 34-year service to District 171 schools. Over the years he held many roles as an educator, coach, and administrator. He spent summers working in wildland fire and continued his own education earning a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Idaho. He truly loved his career, colleagues, and students.

Jerry was a devoted, involved husband and father. Janis and Jerry's unshakable union brought to the community three children - Stephanie, Sean, and Heather. Jerry spent their childhood coaching little league teams and shuttling kids to various activities. Hunting, fishing, camping, boating, stocking the woodshed, motor sports, road trips, nightly games of "pig" and "horse" in front of the old backyard hoop, movie nights, and board games…it was always a family affair.

The Nelsen's were like the five musketeers. These bonds turned into trusted relationships, and it was not uncommon for Jerry's grown children and cherished daughter-in-law, Savannah, to reach out for his mentorship, advice, and the benefit of his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor.

He adored babies - especially his grandchildren whom he viewed as perfect in every way and who felt the same for him. Oftentimes a parent who put a child in a timeout would find that said child had been jailbroken by Grandpa and given a cookie or two. He never hesitated to tell the world how proud he was of Marrin, Adelin, Conner, Rhett, and Lennyn. There was no doubt the grandkids had a champion in Grandpa Jerry. He also adored animals and the family pets could count on him for a lap to sleep in and extra milkbones.

After Jerry's retirement from his role as principal of Orofino High School, he and Janis relaxed into ranch life near Cavendish, Idaho. Jerry valued the peace and tranquility of rural living, keeping horses and mini ponies and enjoying a slower pace. He was still active in the school system during this time serving as a school board member and substitute teaching at the nearby towns of Kendrick and Deary. When his term on the board ended, he started substitute teaching in District 171 schools as well. He was still actively involved in many organizations: Rotary, Board of Controls, Idaho Secondary Principals Association, and the Freemasons to name a few - usually holding leadership offices. Serving his community through education and volunteerism was truly his calling and his dedication never wavered. He led by example, always valued the connections he made with others, and taught us to approach anyone we meet with an open heart and open hands.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents Wade and Faye Nelsen of Noxon,; uncle Dale Rasmussen and aunt Audrey Rasmussen of Heron, uncle Don Rasmussen and aunt Barbara Rasmussen of Chico, Calif.; and cousin Allen Rasor of Everett, Wash.

He is survived by his wife Janis Nelsen; children, Stephanie Nelsen of Spokane, Wash., Sean Nelsen (Savannah) of Genesee, Idaho, and Heather Nelsen of Spokane; grandchildren, Marrin Teel, Adelin Nelsen, Conner Nelsen, Rhett Nelsen, and Lennyn Nelsen. He is also survived by his dear aunts Karen "Kay Kay" Rasor (Lee) of Trout Creek, Mont. and Peggy "Pinkie" Nelsen of Noxon; his brother, Terry Nelsen (Teresa) of Orofino; his sisters, Susan Stade (Ron) of Richland, Wash. and Sandra Szambelan (Dave) of Spokane, as well as a great many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and very good friends.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 26, 2023 in the Orofino High School Gymnasium with reception to follow. Further details to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Orofino Rotary Foundation and mailed to PO Box 482, Orofino, Idaho 83544. The funds will be used for scholarships in Jerry's name.

Photo: Jerry Allen Nelsen


Donald A. Diffin, 73, Lenore

On January 28, 2023, Donald A. Diffin (AKA Pop) died peacefully at his home with his daughters by his side. Don was born in Marysville, Calif. on May 6,1949 to Merwin and Carmen Diffin (Corona). Donald lived with his mother, step-father, and three sisters in Sacramento, Calif. throughout his childhood, visiting his father often. Donald attended Hiram W. Johnson High School, where he excelled in sports as he was a very gifted athlete, earning many awards and honors. In 1965, he decided to move to Loyalton, Calif. to live with his dad, where he attended Loyalton High School.

Donald met Darlene Coleman in 1965 and they were married shortly after. Soon after they wed in 1966, they welcomed their first child, Leslie Ann Diffin. The three of them began their lives in a small town outside Reno, Nev. Dean Christian Diffin arrived in 1968 and later in life became Donald's best friend. In 1970, Dawn Michelle Diffin, the youngest of Donald's children, arrived. During the early years of his life, Donald worked in the local sawmills doing various jobs, including working for a mining company, staking claims in rural areas around Nevada and California.

In 1975, the Diffins relocated to Idaho where Donald and Darlene were determined to raise their children outside of any city life. After a brief time working as a bricklayer in Coeur d' Alene, Donald nestled the family into a home on the Salmon River between Whitebird and Riggins. During this time, Donald found his passion in falling trees, and he became a master tree feller. He enjoyed being out in the woods where he found his love for hunting, camping, and fishing. Donald made some of his favorite memories and met some of his best lifelong friends during his outdoor adventures.

Donald had another passion for coaching. He had an abundance of knowledge that he shared with anyone who would listen. He coached everyone in his family, including his wife Darlene, as well as countless others. Donald played softball himself, well into his 50s. If his knees had cooperated, he may have played even longer.

Donald and Darlene were divorced in 2013. They remained close friends, who still cared deeply for one another, until his passing. Donald had a second chance at love when he met Jackie (Martha) Dyke in 2013. Donald and Jackie were together for several years until Jackie passed away in 2021. He loved and missed her very much.

Donald battled liver cancer for the last several years. He was determined to get every minute out of his life. He truly loved living. Nanny and I love you and will be missing you forever!

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Merwin A. (Dorothy) Diffin and Carmen E. (Andrew V.) Corona; sister, Carmen Diaz; brothers, Donald A. Diffin and Duane M. Diffin; son, (best friend) Dean C. Diffin; and partner/friend, Jackie (Martha) Dyke.

Donald is survived by his former wife, Darlene Zimmerman and their daughters, Leslie Ann Diffin and Dawn Michelle (Wade) Melton; daughter-in-law, Leslie M. Diffin; grandchildren, John (Beverly) Bernard, Sean (Ashlee) Diffin, Joshua (Rhonda) Bernard, Darrick Gates, Kaysha Gates, Sanya (Travis) Summers, Jarett Goslin, Seth (Madison) Melton, Stephanie Melton, Sophia Diffin, Grace Diffin, and Margaret Diffin; sisters, Nora (Claude) Lincoln, Olivia Corona, and Lucy Corona; brothers, Jimmy and Andy Corona; 17 great-grandchildren; countless nieces, nephews and cousins. *His bigfooted friend of a lifetime, Sasquatch.

A funeral service will be held Friday, February 3, 2023 at 1 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Interment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Donald A Diffin


Wade B. Kelley, 56, formerly of Orofino

Wade B. Kelley, 56, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Dec. 29, 2022, one day before his 57th Birthday.

Wade was born on Dec. 30, 1965, to Greg and Sandy Kelley in Lewiston, ID, which just happened to be his parent's first anniversary.

The family lived in Lewiston for a short time and then moved to Orofino, ID. Two years after Wade was born, his brother Ward came along. They grew up attending Grangemont School before transferring to Orofino schools until Wade's graduation in 1984.

Wade had a lot of good times growing up in small town Orofino as well as an abundant amount of friends to hang out with. His first job was at Barney's in Orofino and he talked about all the fun times they had at work. Wade was always a very kind, nice, easy-going, laid-back person that even at a young age, people wanted to be around and were attracted to his personality. He was just that person that you wanted to be around.

After graduating, Wade moved to Lewiston with friends from high school and lived there until moving to Coeur d' Alene, ID and then to the Seattle, WA area. Seattle brought him closer to his brother Ward and where he also started his journey in commercial construction.

After being in the Seattle area for a while, Wade moved back to Coeur d'Alene and married Felicia Flemmer. They had two boys, Michael and Colton. They later divorced.

When the boys were in high school, they moved to Clarkston, WA and Wade graciously followed to be closer to them. It was with that move to Clarkston where Wade reconnected with the love of his life, Nancy Thompson. They had both attended Orofino High School with Wade being two years older. Wade didn't know that Nancy secretly had a crush on him all those years ago in Orofino only later to find out. In 2010 they went on their first date on Thanksgiving night and married on their sixth anniversary of their first date. Nancy says this was so he would only have to remember one anniversary date.

Wade worked as a Union Carpenter for almost 30 years. He worked mostly out of town and came home on the weekends. He would spend time with his boys as they were growing up. He and Nancy spent their weekends with friends and family, camping and visiting many places. People would often ask where are you going next? Every year a vacation to Mexico with their niece and nephew Danna and Rich Smith was a highlight in his life. He was always up for any adventure and never cared where the destination may be. He and Nancy also took a wonderful trip to Alaska in 2022 with Nancy's family.

On October 10, 2019, he became a proud Papa to River Lee Kelley. She broke the boy streak in the Kelley family and he was so happy to have a granddaughter that brightened every moment he spent with her, which was many. He will miss the birth of her sister Parker Mae in May but we will make sure that she knows what a great Papa he was.

Wade is survived by his wife, Nancy at their home in Clarkston; sons, Michael (Olivia) Kelley in Newman Lake, WA, and Colton (Taylor) and granddaughter, River Kelley, in Lewiston; parents, Greg and Sandy Kelley in Orofino; brother, Ward Kelley of Kent, WA, brothers-in-law, Mike Thompson, Kip (Sylvia) Thompson and Todd Thompson; his Favorite sister-in-law, Ellen Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

Wade's Celebration of life was held on Jan. 28 at the Bennett Building at the Asotin County Fairgrounds in Asotin, WA. Those attending were asked to bring any stories or memories that they may have and join in the food and beverages as those gathered celebrate Wade.

Photo: Wade B. Kelley


Joe D. Alvard, 55, Pierce

Joe D. Alvard, a resident of Pierce, born Nov. 7, 1967, passed away Jan. 18, 2023 in Pierce.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Lori Lee Bashaw, 55, formerly of Orofino

Lori Lee Bashaw passed peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. She was 55 years young. Lori Lee was born April 28, 1967, in Rockford, Ill., to Lee and Sharon King. She was soon joined by her sister Sheila aka "Tony."

In 1977, the family moved to Clarkston where Lori attended school, except for that one year as a "Maniac" in Orofino. Lori graduated as a proud Bantam in 1985. As a little girl, Lori wanted to be a veterinarian, until Dad informed her that they wouldn't always be cute, happy pets. But that never stopped her from bringing home almost every stray or sickly animal she found.

Soon after graduation, Lori met Corey Bashaw. They were married March 16, 1991, and soon welcomed their sons, Lukas Taylor and Nicholas Beau. They later divorced but remained the best of friends.

In 2004, Lori began work at McClure Honda as the self-proclaimed "Parts Wench," where her co-workers became family as they learned to deal with the famous "Lori Sass." She continued work in the auto parts field until her death.

L

ori loved her family and friends endlessly and rarely missed a chance to hang out with "her girls" or have a date with "her boys." You could always count on a hug (or maybe a pinch - depending on her mood) and a lip gloss kiss, especially for the babies.

Lori was preceded in death by her mom and bonus dad, Sharon and Don Hall, and sister Kaye Decampa. She is survived by her sons, Lukas (Laura) Bashaw and Beau Bashaw and bonus daughter, Shasta (Justice) Stocks; her "ex", Corey Bashaw; her dad and bonus mom, Lee and Mary King; sisters, Sheila (Greg) Wilhelm, Starla (John) Williams, Karen Vickers, Deb Swinney, Sue Frint and Jody (Gordon) Hall; brothers, Ed (Lynda) Autrey, Chuck (Nancy) Whitmire and Greg King; her grandson, "The most beautiful boy" Ramsey Bashaw; granddaughters, Haidyn and Huxlie Bashaw, and Isis Stocks; many nephews, nieces and cousins; and BFF Terri Fanning, whom we are so grateful for her endless love and care for Lori in these past months.

A celebration of Lori's life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Lori Lee Bashaw


Sharyel E. Whitten, 75, Peck

Sharyel E. Whitten, 75, Peck, born Aug. 15, 1947, passed away on Jan. 17, 2023 in Peck.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Gordon Snyder, 83, formerly of Weippe, Orofino

Gordon Snyder, 83, passed away unexpectedly January 5, 2023, in the afternoon at his Culdesac home. Gordon was born December 24, 1939, to Russell and Emma (Weber) Snyder in Orofino. The family resided in Weippe. He was born the 8th child of 11. The family moved to Lewiston when Gordon was young.

He attended Lewiston schools through grade 11 when he opted to enter the workforce. After leaving school he worked in the summer haying for local farmers. Gordon also worked at Erb Hardware and the State Highway Department before moving to Town Site 4 where they moved for his employment at Jaypee Mill in 1966.

In 1969 Gordon found the career of his choice operating front end loader for Hutchins and Timberline lumber in Weippe where he worked 26 years until his retirement.

On November 24, 1959, Gordon married the love of his life Judy Redshaw in Lewiston, they recently celebrated 63 years of marriage on November 24, 2022. Gordon and Judy moved to Weippe in 1967 and made their home up until 2019 when they made the move to Culdesac Idaho. While living in Weippe Gordon held the position of Assistant Fire Chief, Animal Control officer and spent many years working with the Clearwater County Sheriff's Posse.

In addition to those official positions, Gordon always lent a helping hand for any community needs. After retirement Gordon always stayed busy with building projects for family and friends, working in the yard and fussin' over his flowers.

Gordon loved camping, hunting and fishing the North Fork of the Clearwater River especially at his favorite spot the Bungalow. Another favorite was an annual trip to Fish Lake with family and friends whenever possible.

Gordon loved to share his knowledge and passion for the outdoors not only with his children and other family members but also anyone that showed an interest. He always taught his children to give when they didn't have much, laugh when things look bad, work hard for what they want because nothing in life is free, love with their whole hearts and always be kind. Gordon and Judy always had an open door and loving home for any child that needed a safe place to call home. It was always a very busy place.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Emma Snyder; brothers, Ralph (Barbara) Snyder, Vernon (Virginia) Snyder; sisters, Alice (Bob) Wallace, Edna Faye (Bobby) Leachman; brother in laws, Chuck Piper and Corky Luther; grandson, Dustin; and great grandson, Bentley Atkinson.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Judy Snyder; son, Russell (Karen) Snyder; daughters, Marie (Rob) Thomas, Becky (Tom) Atkinson, Susan (Roger) Mahler; grandchildren, Misty Steiner, Chris (Jen) Thomas, Deanna (Dustin) Snyder, T.J. (Allison) Atkinson, Shayla (Mark) Roberts; great grandchildren, Brayden (Alethia) Steiner, Alex Steiner, Jade, Ethan and Evan Thomas, Stryder, Aiden, Caleb Lombard, Braxton Atkinson, Amari Roberts, Canyon, Ridge, Brooks, Reed Atkinson; siblings, Raymond (Marlene) Snyder, Georgia (Ray) Grimm, Louise Piper, Sharon Nelson, Marilyn Luther and Glenna (Frosty) Chapman. Also, he is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins that he held very close to his heart.

Per Gordon's wishes there will be no services held however, if you would like to honor his memory, please take the time to take a child camping or fishing and teach them to appreciate the great outdoors that Gordon loved so much.

Now that I have left the ones I love to go along the silent way. Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears. But laugh and talk of me as though I were beside you there.

Per Gordon's request there will be no services held.

Photo: Gordon Snyder


Eldon A. Lee, 80, Peck

On Sunday morning, the 15th of January 2023, I had to say goodbye to my father and best of friends, Eldon Arthur Lee, whose eighty years of life came to an end due to pneumonia and respiratory failure. He was a lifelong member of the Orofino, Idaho community.

He was born July 25, 1942 in Mount Vernon, Wash., to Cecil G. and Gladys H. Lee. Dad attended Orofino schools. As an adult, he spent the majority of his life as a truck driver, hauling logs all over the great Northwest. He also worked as a logger and as a mill hand.

In his younger days, Dad was an avid hunter and fisherman. As most men of his generation, he worked from sun up to sun down throughout the week days, and then toiled in his garden on the weekends.

Dad's garden was always immense in size and truly his personal sanctuary. The fruits of his labors were always tremendous. I asked him one day as I was helping tend the garden why he planted so much. In so many words, he said there are others, he was sure, he could find to share with when the time came.

His other hobbies included woodworking and antique collecting.

Dad was loving of heart, sharp with his tongue, sensitive to others' needs and a true provider. Always a friend to those who befriended him, loved joking around, displaying his love of life with a wonderful laugh and a very handsome smile.

I looked up to him and admired his determination and his will to make do with what he had. I figured if I could capture just a little of his grit, I would do well for myself. I believe I was fortunate enough to get just that little bit of his grit, his determination and followed his examples he set before me, not all, but most of them.

Dad served in the United States Army for eight years. The example he set for me encouraged me to join the Army and make a career of it. As my first duty station, Fort Ord California, where I cut my teeth as squad leader, I was able to experience what my father experienced when he was stationed there.

Looking back on those days, they were truly magical and utterly exhausting. The daily rain showers, the salty taste of the trade winds blowing off of the Pacific Ocean, the rifle ranges, which he qualified on, I too qualified there as well. The exhausting five-mile beach runs, the "MANCHU Mile" and not forgetting "Drag Ass hill" behind Sillas B. Hayes Hospital.

I am sure Dad didn't experience all of the aforementioned, because the Army had a different mission in those days. Dad was a cook by MOS serving with the 8th Army 116th Engineer Battalion. During my time at Fort Ord I was a Combat Engineer serving with the 7th Infantry Division (L) 14th Engineer Battalion Alpha Company. Nevertheless, I walked in his shoes and served as he did along with countless uncles throughout the ages.

I am so proud to have walked the path he set before me and proud to have walked beside him. Now I am thankful to have been there for him in his hour of need. I regret that I will never be able to laugh, joke, cry, fuss and quibble over senseless matters with him again. I just can't help to wonder if I did enough for him after all he had done for me. A debt truly never fully repaid.

To those of you reading this notice of my father's passing, rest assured the light in our world is a little bit dimmer without his laugh, a little quieter. His suffering is over, and he will forever be in the loving embrace of our Lord and Savior.

I will forever love and miss you Dad. --Steven

Eldon is survived by son, Steven Lee; brothers, Larry and Orville Lee; and sisters, Nancy and Loretta Lee.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Lee; father, Cecil Lee; mother, Gladys (Day) Lee; brother, Melvin Lee; and sister, Etta Lee.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at Sanders Cemetery. There will be a gathering following the service at the Orofino VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Avenue.

Photo: Eldon Arthur Lee


Michael Jack Wilson, 71, Orofino

Michael Jack Wilson, known to friends as Jack, was born May 11, 1951 and passed away Jan. 10, 2023. Born and raised in Orofino, Idaho, he was the last of four boys for parents Bernard "Barney" and Margaret "Midge" Wilson. His brothers included Bernard "Buster", Simon "Skip", and Victor "Jim" Wilson.

Jack grew up living in the family home that was built by his father on Riverside. He later returned to the family home in order to help care for his mother, which is where he was living at the time of his death. The Wilson property provided ample space for the boys and their neighborhood friends to play and be rambunctious boys, and they took full advantage of the area while growing up.

Jack graduated from Orofino High School in 1970. After graduation, he considered a career in law enforcement, but it was his love of the woods and everything outdoors where he found his calling.

He loved action and adventure and remained active and adventurous throughout his life. In his younger years, he raced motorcycles, loved to ski, hunt, fish, travel, and raise some occasional ruckus with his buddies. He sought excitement and was always ready to defend his principles. He was a hard worker who was well respected for his work ethic, knowledge, skills, and reliability. He worked hard his entire life, spending most of his time working in various positions in the logging industry. He spent several years working for D & D Logging, and spent the final years of his life working for Snyder Brothers Logging.

Jack's circle of friends was vast. From his high school buddies to coworkers, golf cronies, friends with whom he shared a drink, to his casual contacts - he was a true friend. He is described as friendly and fun loving, a guy you could count on, generous, and a person who would do anything for a friend. He loved people, and they loved him.

Although willing and able to do things on his own, Jack loved his various groups of friends. He organized countless rides with his UTV riding counterparts. He knew the woods and backroads like no other and he mapped out and planned weekend rides of all types. And he shared history and stories associated with each adventure.

Jack was a supporter of the NRA, and was generous with his support for causes which he found to be worthy.

His love for his family was evident. He looked forward to attending family functions and activities, especially as he grew older. His nurturing nature and attributes for loyalty and responsibility continued to be demonstrated following his mother's stroke in 2008, where he and his brothers embraced the role as full-time caregivers for her so that she could remain at home until her passing in 2017. He was an amazing son and brother.

A big man in stature, he was also a gentle giant. He was famous for giving "the best" hugs, and he often stated "Love you man!" when departing.

Jack married twice, however both unions ended in divorce.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Midge, his brothers Buster, Skip, and Jim, and his life-long friend Mike Robison. He is survived by six nieces and nephews, several grand and great grand nieces and nephews whom he especially adored, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Most dear to him, however, he is survived by countless friends.

Funeral services and a Celebration of Life are planned for the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. In lieu of flowers, Jack's family suggests a donation in Jack's honor to the Special Olympics, a cause he was proud to support.

Photo: Michael Jack Wilson


Kenneth D. Rugg, 80, formerly of Peck

On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, Kenneth D. Rugg left Earth due to natural causes and went to the waiting arms of his wife, Norma. Ken was born June 24, 1932, in Peck to Raymond Milton Rugg and Francis Lois Bradley Rugg.

He attended grade schools in Potlatch, Southwick, Peck and Lewiston. Ken graduated Lapwai High School in 1951. In high school is where he met the love of his life, Norma Heath. They were nicknamed "cuddles and carpet." They were married May 30, 1954, in Lewiston at the Methodist Church, which later became the Lewiston Civic Theater. Ken and Norma were a month away from their 65th anniversary when Norma passed away.

Kenny and Norma started their journey moving to San Diego where Ken was stationed in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, they headed to Seattle where he attended and graduated trade school in1957. They then returned to Lewiston where he began a career working for Kluss Appliance. Kenny later opened his own business, Ken's Appliance Repair, and ran it until his retirement in 1994.

Kenny and Norma enjoyed camping at Orogrande and in their retirement years they spent time camping at Dworshak Reservoir and spent countless hours fishing for blueback. He also enjoyed hunting, cooking, gardening and working in his wood shop. Ken loved anything to do with family and friends. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, where he and Norma enjoyed dancing. Ken was always a bit fearful when someone would holler "let's go cut a rug."

Kenny donated his life to his family and was so giving, almost to a fault. He would give away the family car if Norma didn't stop him.

Ken is survived by his son, Mitch (Traci) Rugg; daughter, Lisa (Chris) Arnzen; four granddaughters he adored, Branda Rugg and Caleb Orr; Aleesha Arnzen; Arika Arnzen and Robert Pischel; and Camas Arnzen. He never missed a moment to spoil them with his love and attention. He also leaves behind his namesake, his only great-granddaughter Kendall (Kenni Jo) Orr. Her blue eyes brought a sparkle to his own blue eyes. Kenny joins his wife, Norma, and son Jerry in heaven. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Francis Rugg; sisters, Rae Marie Breeze, Donna Holcomb, Jackie Cox and Loleita Case; and brother, Lowell Rugg.

There are too many wonderful stories to be told. Rest in peace, Dad/Grandpa. We will always love you.

The family would like to thank his doctors and the staff and his friends from Royal Plaza Retirement Center. Those who knew Ken knew that he had a great sense of humor. It remained up to the end. One of his favorites questions was, "if you're from New York, you're a New Yorker, so what are you if you're from Peck?"

At Ken's request, there will be no public service. Family will be gathering to lay him to rest. If you wish to make a memorial donation, Kenny requested Shriners Hospital of Spokane or the Boys and Girls Club.

Photo: Kenneth D. Rugg


Jeanette Alene Morgan, 92, born in Orofino

On Jan. 16, 2023, Jeanette Alene Morgan passed away at the age of 92, surrounded by family.

Jeanette was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Orofino, to Elma and Carl Funke.

The family moved to Lewiston in 1940. In the '40s and '50s, she worked for the Lewiston Summer Recreation program and was on staff at the first opening of Bert Lipps pool. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1948.

After graduation, she attended Holy Names College in Spokane, North Idaho College of Education in Lewiston and graduated from Eastern Washington College of Education in Cheney, Wash. She taught at Parkway Elementary in Clarkston, Wash., 1951-52.

On July 25, 1953, she married Richard Lewis Morgan, who was an owner of Morgan Bros. They raised four children and were married 68 years.

Jeanette loved children and was much beloved by them. She would be touched to receive a letter from one of her former third grade students, now adults, praising her as their favorite teacher. When she had children of her own, she was a mother who really listened to her children and, like the great teacher she was, guided and nurtured each one based on their needs and interests - religious education classes, piano lessons, swimming lessons, dance lessons, Cub Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, and too many other camps and activities to list.

Family time was core to the Morgan clan. On summer weekends, the family would often tour in their antique cars with the Crankers Club, sometimes dressed in authentic antique clothes from the extensive collection curated by Jeanette. She would carefully organize and load up four kids to vacations in Disneyland, Yellowstone National Park or trips in a camper.

In their retirement years, Jeanette and Rich could be seen taking their daily walks together. They enjoyed attending national antique car tours, traveled to many places throughout the country and took a tour of Europe. If they were home on a Saturday night, they most likely would take a spin around the kitchen, dancing to the tunes of Lawrence Welk on the TV.

Jeanette was a kind, classic lady, known for putting the needs of others over her own. She was a member of All Saints Catholic church.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her father, Carl; mother, Elma; brother, Ron Funke, S.J.; and husband, Rich. She is survived by her four children, Cheryl (Bill) Flory, Laura (Terry) Gingrich, Russ (Patty) Morgan, Brenda (Doug) McIntosh; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 12 p.m., Feb. 3, at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th Street, Lewiston, followed by a reception at the church.

Photo: Jeanette Alene Morgan


Ronald Frank Jones, 101, formerly of Lenore, Headquarters

Ron, beckoned by the angels to join God and his wife of 80 years in heaven, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 14, 2023, remarkably three months before his 102nd birthday and just a few days after his 80th wedding anniversary.

Ronald Frank Jones was born April 25, 1921, on the Garrett Ranch at Nezperce, to Solomon P. Jones and Sarah Cecil Zolber. He grew up on Cherrylane Ranch in Lenore, just east of Lewiston. He rode his horse "Buck" to Myrtle Grade School. On the way home from school, he would move the cows from one field to another on the Ranch for McKay, a rancher that rented pasture from Ron's parents. In 1924, his mother, Sarah, started selling perfume and cosmetics for the California Perfume Company, now Avon. She continued to sell Avon until she retired in early 1977. Ron's collection of Avon "cars" was always visible.

When his family moved from CherryLane Ranch to Culdesac, Ron attended school in Lapwai until they moved to Lewiston, where he attended Lewiston High School, graduating in 1939.

After high school, Ron worked for the Camas Prairie Railroad Company, continuing for 42 years. In June of 1940, he continued his career for the CPRR in Ferdinand as a self-taught telegrapher apprentice, staying with his Uncle Frank Zolber Jr., during the week and going home to Lewiston on the weekends. Ron would get together with his friends in Lewiston and go dancing at the Elks and Moose. One weekend, his best friend, Wyllie Worthington, asked him to go on blind date. Olive was dating Wylie and invited her best friend, Millie Michelbach to go on the blind date. Ron met his future wife of 80 years on this date.

On Jan. 10, 1943, Ron married Mildred Michelbach in Portland, Ore., at her parents' home. Millie's sister Barbara Lufkin was maid of honor, and Wylie Worthington was Ron's best man. After the wedding, Ron and Millie went to Seattle by train for the weekend and then returned to Idaho. They made their home at Headquarters. Millie would comment that she wasn't quite sure what she had gotten into, when she arrived at her new home with 14 feet of snow overshadowing the entrance; but the bonus was, no need to cook. Everyone would go to the cafeteria to eat meals for a $1 or less.

Ron remembered a young boy that would deliver the mail to the Headquarters Depot, John Bradbury, from Potlatch Forests with the daily shipping orders receiving two bits (a quarter) for his timely delivery.

Ron would often reminisce about one of his first hunting experiences with some friends in Headquarters. They start out and after a while they decided to split and go different directions. Ron's friends didn't realize he was not familiar with the area. He was hunting, looking for game, and suddenly realized he didn't know where he was. It was getting dark, and he decided to find shelter for the night. He would always recall that he thought he was going to freeze to death that night. However, he made it and morning came. Not knowing which way to go, he listened to see if he could hear the river, which would lead him home. Not long after, he heard a train whistle. He knew it was his dad, a steam engineer for the CPRR in that area on Engine No. 92 (now on display at Locomotive Park in Lewiston). Ron followed the noise of the train whistle and found his way home. Ron always believed his dad led him home.

In 2007, Millie and Ron celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were blessed to have the original wedding party, Millie and Ron; maid of honor, Millie's sister, Barbara Lufkin; and Ron's best man from Pennsylvania, Wylie Worthington. They shared their lives with family and many guests over the weekend with an open house and picnic.

Soon after they were married, Ron was drafted into the service. He left for Fort Bragg, Kentucky in 1944. Millie went to live with Ron's mother, father, and sister in Spokane. After Ron's boot camp, Millie and a friend, whose husband was also an officer there, drove to Kentucky. Ron surprised Millie with tickets to the Kentucky Derby, which he received from his officer. This was one of Ron's favorite memories throughout the years.

Ron served in Europe during World War II with Gen. George Patton's 4th Armored Division. Ron remembers picking up his tank at Le Havre port in France and riding it all the way to Czechoslovakia. The tank had two Cadillac V-8 engines and ran perfectly, only requiring oil and gas.

One of his most vivid memories is being a radio man on the tank. One night when they were traveling with no lights, the tank came to the Rhine River, moving down the bank to cross, unaware of a bridge not far upstream. As the tank moved down the bank, the only thing that kept it from rolling was the big gun that stuck in the bank. During this maneuver, the hatch flipped up and came down on Ron's back.

When Ron got home, he just kept getting bigger and bigger until he went to the railroad's hospital in Missoula, Mont. The doctors found an infection and pumped 1,600 cubic centimeters of pus out of his kidney. Ron had surgery and lost his left kidney.

Upon his return from World War II, Ron went back to work for the Camas Prairie Railroad Co. in Grangeville and Lewiston, as auditor/freight agent, retiring in 1981.

He and Millie were blessed with five children: Carolyn, 1947; Dennis, 1950-73; Roger, 1953; Robert, 1955; and Thomas 1965.

In the fall of 1953, Millie and Ron moved to Lewiston, where they became members of the Congregational Presbyterian Church for the remainder of their lives.

Ron served as mayor of Lewiston from 1970-74. His community service included past chairman of the United Way Canvas, Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, Orchards Sports, precinct committeeman, served on Governors Judges Commission, and as an elder of the Congregational-Presbyterian Church of Lewiston. Ron was also a charter member of Masonic Blue Lodges, to which he belonged for 74 years; a Scottish Rite Masons member for 68 years; a Shrine of Calam Temple member for 60 years, including playing and marching in various parades in the Shrine Band; and a72-year member of the Elks Lodge.

Ron was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman; loved gardening, and most of all took pride in his roses and dogwood trees, notwithstanding the ripe tomatoes from the summer harvest. Ron, a candlemaker and peanut brittle connoisseur, built two homes, assisted family in building projects, was a man-of-all-trades for the daily fix and repair requests, and was always piqued by current news and events in today's changing world.

Ron and Millie's home in Lewiston Orchards boasted a large garden that was a family affair during the summer harvest. Millie canned and preserved the bounty. There was always a project to complete. Ron and Millie enjoyed many hunting trips to fill the freezer for winter.

During Ron's term as mayor, he and Millie traveled to Washington, D.C., to the president's mayor's breakfast. They also enjoyed many trips traveling over the Northwest with organizations and the Shriners and meeting members.

Ron, Millie and family attended two World's Fairs: Seattle in 1962 and Spokane in 1974. Many vacations were spent at national parks, but the most fun was fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater. After slack water, they enjoyed fishing at Dworshak Reservoir State Park.

Millie and Ron's major retirement project was building their dream home with a view of the city, which they enjoyed for 40-plus years. Ron enjoyed entertaining, planning, designing and sharing their home with friends and family. Many holidays were spent and enjoyed celebrating. Ron frequently commented how much fun Millie and he had in their new home.

Some of their retirement traveling included visiting Millie's family in England and touring Europe. They went on cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and traveled extensively with their RV around the United States and Canada, visiting extended family and friends.

One of Ron's favorite things to do was reminisce with the "church group" about camping trips to various destinations, including many visits to the Oregon Coast. Many stories were told of clamming and cooking them right in the campground with the big clam pot.

He and Millie also spent many winters down south as "snowbirds." Ron would often remember a story or two to tell about their travel experiences, including an occasional equipment mishap.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Millie; son, Dennis; and his parents. He is survived by children, Carolyn (Randy Bloom) Jones, Roger Jones, Robert (Kathy) Jones and Tom (Debi) Jones; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Eleanor Webster, of Spokane. He is remembered and loved by all of the grandchildren and always enjoyed their visits.

The family is thankful for the wonderful care provided to Ron by staff and aides at St. Joseph's Hospice, Seubert's, Open Arms, Elite Hospice and everyone at Tendercare.

A viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home,1711 18th St. A graveside service will then be held at 2 p.m. at the Normal Hill Cemetery, Masonic Row 10, in Lewiston. After the service, refreshments will be at the Masonic Lodge Nez Perce No. 10, 1122 18th Ave., Lewiston.

A celebration of life for both Millie and Ron will be held Saturday, March 18, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lewiston Elks Lodge, 3444 Country Club Drive, Lewiston. An array of their lives will be on display, with memorabilia, pictures and movie. Refreshments will be served.

Memorials may be made to the Congregational Presbyterian College Scholarship Fund in memory of Ronald and Mildred Jones, 709 Sixth St., Lewiston; the Shriners Hospital of Spokane; the Idaho Youth Ranch; or a charity of your choice.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be left at malcomsfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Ronald Frank Jones


Robert 'Bob' C. Riek, 85, Peck

Robert 'Bob' C. Riek passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2022 at Clearwater Valley Health in Orofino, Idaho. He was 85.

Bob was born on April 21, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA. to Beulah (Gorst) Riek and Howard (Lefty) Riek. The family moved to Orofino, Idaho in 1944. He attended Orofino Schools and graduated in 1955.

He had numerous jobs after high school, including pumping gas, telephone company, Ahsahka pole yard, and Lewis and Clark Tackle Shop with his Dad.

He served in the National Guard from 1960-1967 and was stationed at Fort Lewis during the Berlin Crisis.

He met Elsa Lougee in 1973 and they got married in April 1974. They had a son and daughter.

He had many hobbies during his life and spent a lot of time outdoors. He enjoyed bowling, trap shooting, big game hunting for elk, deer and antelope, bird hunting, including several trips to Southern, Idaho to hunt with friends, playing guitar, singing, camping and fishing in various areas.

He worked in the woods for 33 years. After retirement he enjoyed making firewood, playing music in many places, hunting and fishing. He was always excited to be able to go fishing with his grandchildren Adrian and Emma.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Beulah; and his sisters, Carol and Jess.

He is survived by his wife, Elsa, in Peck; daughter, Doety (Chris) and grandchildren Adrian and Emma in Culdesac; sons, Bobby (Christine) of Weippe, and Bud in Peck; sister, Marilyn (Mark) in Cottonwood; brother, Ron in Utah; brothers-in-law, Ned (Claudia) Lougee, Bernie (Rebecca) Lougee, Lee (Sandy); and many nieces and nephews.

A family service will be held at a later date.

Photo: Robert 'Bob' C. Riek


Marie Tachell, 50, formerly of Orofino

Marie Tachell was carried by angels into heaven to be with Jesus on Dec. 30, 2022.

Anyone that knew Marie saw her compassion for others and was graced by her beautiful, outgoing personality. She loved to make people laugh. Her laugh was contagious and her eyes sparkled. True Angel, she was.

Marie loved to cook for her family. Her food was exceptional, and the amount of love that went into her cooking was something special. Marie also enjoyed watching her nieces. Marie was very close to God. I, as her daughter, found her love for God to be very inspiring.

Marie was born in San Gabriel, Calif. Oct. 12, 1972 to Martine Nadia Sautier and Robert Brown. Marie grew up in Pearblossom, Calif. with her two brothers, Robert and Christopher Brown. Marie was close with her brothers. Marie loved to play pranks on her brothers because she loved laughter.

Marie moved to Orofino in 1992 with her husband Jeremy Tachell and had two daughters, they were her entire world: Cherish Adams on 11-15-1992 and Mariah Tachell on 12-16-1994. Marie and Jeremy would divorce years later. Marie would end up leaving Idaho to move to Phoenix, Ariz., where she lived for 15 years. Even in the distance from her girls, we always felt close and our hearts were one.

Marie was a hard worker. She accomplished anything she set her mind to. She took pride in her work. Marie was one of the top sales agents at her job. She was also a president's club winner in 2019 and won a trip to Hawaii. She was very proud. Marie also successfully reached platinum status within the company. She attended LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) in Lewiston and got her Bachelor of Science. She also studied General studies at Walla Walla Community College in Washington.

Marie was the most loving, caring ray of sunshine. Her time on earth was short, but the memories and moments that we all have had with Marie will be forever in our hearts. We will miss the sparkle in her eyes, the comfort she brought as she would hug you. Marie was full of grace and may she rest with the Lord in fields of grass and flowers so bright.

Marie is survived by her daughters, Cherish (Jesse) Adams and Mariah Tachell; her two grandchildren, Jaecee Adams and Lane Adams; her mom, Martine Satier; and father, Robert Brown; brothers, Robert Brown and Christopher Brown; her uncle, Edward Brown and her five nieces and one nephew; in-laws Wayne & Suzi Tachell.

Marie was preceded in death by Aunt Kathleen Cuttone, Uncle Thomas M Brown, Grandma Marie Brown, Grandpa Edward R. Brown, Uncle Michael Brown and Aunt Alice Brown, Grandma Betty Solman and Nanna Christiane Sautier.

Funeral service will be held at the Orofino Tabernacle, 1839 Michigan Ave, Orofino, ID 83544, on Feb. 11, at 1 p.m.

Flower donations can be sent to the church.

Photo: Marie Tachell


Eldon A. Lee, 80, Peck

Eldon A. Lee, 80, of Peck, born July 25, 1942, died Jan. 15, 2023.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. at Sanders Cemetery. There will be a gathering following the service at the Orofino VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Ave.


Laura Adams Heaton, 76, OHS graduate

Laura Adams Heaton, 76, of Clarkston, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and June Adams of Orofino.

Laura was born Dec. 13, 1946, at the Orofino Hospital. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1965. After high school she attended nursing school at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. She married Michael Heaton Oct. 22, 1966. They had two boys, Jeffrey and Scott Heaton. In Orofino, Laura was a wonderful wife and mother. She worked as a bank teller and in the office at Goffinet and Clack. Mike and Laura moved to Clarkston, Wash., in 1996 and worked at Lower Granite Dam as a material handler.

After retirement they traveled as snowbirds from Clarkston to Quartzsite, Ariz. Laura loved to paint, sew and make gorgeous hand stitched quilts. In Quartzsite Mike and Laura discovered the joy of owning a UTV. While riding Laura's head was always turning. She enjoyed the beautiful cactus flowers and the desert architectural features, which were a constant source of wonderment.

Laura is survived by her loving husband Mike of 57 years and two sons Jeff and Scott. They have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, also two siblings David Adams and Susan Gorton.

Family and Friends are invited to a graveside service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow from 3-6 p.m. at Valley Community Center, 549 Fifth St., Clarkston.

Photo: Laura Adams Heaton


Patty Lou Reese, 85, formerly of Lenore

Patty Lou Reese passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Lewiston. She was born Feb. 2, 1937, in Lewiston to Lafe DeWitt Grant and Wanda Leona Jergens. Patty spent her younger years in Lenore and Lewiston. She moved with her mother to Enterprise, Ore., where she graduated high school. After high school, she then graduated from the dental assistant program at Oregon State University.

Patty married her high school sweetheart, William "Bill" Reese, on Feb. 25, 1956, in Portland, Ore. They began their new life together in San Francisco, and were later sealed in the Oakland, Calif., Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple eventually settled in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, where they raised their four children.

Patty was a loving wife and mother. She was devoted to her family and her faith. She willingly served others in many capacities including her church and career and made many lifelong friends along the way. Patty was most happy spending time with her family and friends.

Patty is preceded in death by her father Lafe Grant, mother Wanda Strobel, husband Bill Reese and granddaughter Lillian Reese. She is survived by children Randal Reese (Melinda), of Rexburg, Idaho, Lisa Kirk (Chuck), of Spokane Valley, Wash., Eric Reese (Deana) and Christopher Reese (Aubrey), of Lewiston, brother Terry Strobel (Jade), of Livermore, Calif., stepbrother Larry Grant (Francine), of Lewiston, 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 836 Preston Ave., in Lewiston.

Photo: Patty Lou Reese


Gary Lee Hix, 80, formerly of Weippe

Gary went to be with the Lord on Dec. 9, 2022, while residing at Royal Plaza in Lewiston.

He grew up in Lewiston until he was 16 when he moved to Weippe and lived with relatives. At the age of 19, while working for the Potlatch mill, he suffered an accident that caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down. The doctors told his mother he would never walk again, but he did and surprised his mother when he came walking in the door. Today, this man who has suffered so many years with back, leg and feet pain has found peace in being pain free, dancing with the angels. How do we know? In his early 40s, Gary gave his heart to the Lord.

He married Carol (LaMarche-Watkins) March 17, 1967. Together they raised eight children; Kathleen (Scott), of San Francisco, Calif., Kelly (Mindy), of Orofino, Roscoe (Jamey), of Kamiah, Luanne, of Puyallup, Wash., Cynthia (Rodney), of Clarkston, Wash., Jason (Kim), Rene' (Pete) Bonner; and Brian, of Lewiston.

Gary worked at Schmidt's Mill on the green chain in the early 1960s and '70s. In 1972-73 he was a janitor at Timberline High School, later working for DeAtley Corp. and Kiele Logging as a sawyer. In the late '70s, he was a self-employed logger. Logging house logs, he taught his boys to work hard and take care of the equipment. Following that, he worked for Hutchins Cedar Mill splitting cedar and making posts, but it was during the time he was working for DeAtley again that he had a major heart attack. It took Gary a long while to recover, but he did everything he could to work and feed his family. He tried rock crushing, cedar splitting and working for Musselman Construction. In the early '90s Gary got the whole family involved in yew wood barking and worked in construction, cedar mills and making firewood to sell before he retired.

Gary was a unique individual, stubborn, truthful, to a fault sometimes, a hard worker despite the pain he suffered. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, going for a drive, looking for deer and elk, watching old cowboy movies and, boy, was he a math whiz. He loved to beat you at cribbage or poker. He could look at a load of lumber or stack of firewood and tell you how many board feet was in it.

He loved his family with all his heart and taught his children good work ethics from their youth, how to be strong people who could stand up for themselves and defend what was right.

Gary was a hero in his own right for many people, even though he was not in the military. It was because of Gary's back injury case Paul Keaton argued against the Social Security Administration and won. Now others can claim disability for back injuries.

He is survived by his eight children and their spouses; sisters, Bonnie, Flarnie and Sue; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 9 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Ernie and Phyllis Hix; brother, Ernest Jay Hix; nephews, Brandon Hix, Phillip Creutzberg and several aunts and uncles.

His service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., in the Lewiston Orchards.

Photos: Gary Lee Hix


Thomas C. Dickson, 84, formerly of Orofino

Thomas C. Dickson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.

He was born in Hayward, Wis., Sept. 15, 1937. He eventually moved to Orofino and on to Roy, Wash., finally coming to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

Thomas retired from Potlatch Corp. after 30 years. His hobbies were building high-powered rifles for BAT Machines in Rathdrum, Idaho. He was an amazing sharpshooter and won various awards. He also built large, RC motorized planes and was working on his last one with his friend Chris but was unable to finish it.

Thomas was preceded in death by his mom, Helen Raczykowski; his dad, Richard Dickson Sr.; his brother Richard Thad Dickson Jr.; his sisters, Caroline, Judy and Marlene; and his sons, Kevin and Rick.

He is survived by his children, including son, Tom D. Dickson; daughters, Tammy Mackey (Dan), Tami Randall (Ron), Cindi Roberts (Craig), Shana Torrisi (Bryan); his sisters, Janice, Vicki and Wendy; his brother, Rex; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held Friday, Jan. 20, with a graveside service at beginning at 11 a.m., at Sanders Cemetery on Lower Wells Bench Road in Orofino. The memorial will be at 2 p.m., at Merchant's Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh St., Clarkston.

Photo: Thomas C. Dickson


William Lester Welch, 101, formerly of Orofino

William Lester Welch, 101, peacefully passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia with his daughter, Lynn, by his side.

He was born April 18, 1921, (along with his twin brother, Wilbur Lee) on his mother's 20th birthday at home, on Welch Island (also called Turkey Island) in the middle of the Clearwater River near Spalding, which is immediately downstream of the present Arrow Bridge on U.S. Highway 12. Wilbur died that day due to complications during birth. When Les was about 5 years old, his father sold the island and the family moved to Orofino, with grandfather James Polk Welch (Union Civil War veteran), his parents, W.O. "Shorty" Welch (WWI Navy veteran), mother, Grace F. Welch (WWII Army WAC veteran) and younger brothers Leonard and Keith. Les and his younger brothers grew up and graduated high school in Orofino.

Les was always fascinated with airplanes. His father wrote in his journal that when Les was about four years old, on a trip into Orofino, a plane was flying overhead, and Les fell out of the moving car as he was trying to get a glimpse of the plane.

Les started building model airplanes when he was 12. When he was a teenager, he and his brother Leonard built an "airplane" in the barn and a ramp to launch it off the barn roof; they persuaded their youngest brother, Keith, to be the pilot. Their dad stopped them before they could launch it with their brother on board.

Another time, he and Leonard convinced Keith to jump out of the barn with an umbrella. They told him he would float down from the barn loft like a parachute, and Keith broke his arm in the attempt. Keith later joined the Army as a paratrooper, serving in WWII in Europe and in Korea with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Rangers.

Les joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the Navy as a radioman for a Navy photo intelligence air squadron in the Pacific during the war. His father wrote in his journal about how scared he was with Les' assignment during the War. His squadron would fly over Japanese-occupied islands taking reconnaissance photographs before the allied counter offensives, and other naval engagements across the Pacific Theater of operations. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 and returned to Idaho.

After the war, he attended the University of Idaho where he met Bob Miller (from Lewiston, Maine). In June 1947, the two of them paddled a canoe from Seattle to Alaska. They made their way up the coast paddling and camping along the shoreline until reaching Juneau, Alaska. He and Bob stayed at the Alaska governor's house for a time. For his story of the canoe trip in their paper, the New York Herald Tribune flew them to New York City from Alaska on the newspaper's airplane after they sold their canoe in Alaska. He then made his way to Idaho by hitchhiking to Kansas and met up with his brother Leonard, who was still in the Navy and had just bought a new car. They traveled together back to Orofino in Leonard's car. Leonard was a Navy fighter pilot and retired as commander in the 1960s after serving during WWII in the Pacific Theater and Korea. Back in Orofino, Les went to work at the "O" Mill for a short time, then worked for his uncle Joe at the Richardson Mill in Orofino. After that, he got a job at Potlatch Mill in Lewiston starting on the lumber side and moved on to a position on the pulp and paper side as an instrument technician until he retired after 34 years at the mill.

Les met his wife, Ruth, who was from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, down visiting her sister, Mary Smathers, in May of 1952. He took her to the rodeo, where they sat on the river bank and talked all day. After knowing each other for three days, they decided to get married, which they did in August of 1952. They had two children, Douglas Edward Welch and Grace Lynn Welch. He loved to take Ruth dancing to all the different Grange halls around the area.

He enjoyed taking his family and friends camping, swimming, skiing, floating the Locsha, kayaking or paddle boarding. Because he worked shift work at the mill, it gave him plenty of time to load his kids, neighborhood kids and Kipp (the dog) to go to Arrow Beach on the Clearwater River to swim in the summertime. They also frequented the North Fork of the Clearwater before Dworshak Dam was built. He earned his pilot license at age 52 and, shortly after, bought a four-seater airplane with a friend.

Les was an avid reader and builder in his spare time. He remodeled his house, dug out the basement by hand, did small additions to other family houses, built fiberglass kayaks, paddle boards, a catamaran sailboat and two hang gliders. He built and repaired small homebuilt airplanes, cabinets and furniture. He did this kind of work until his mid-90s, when he had trouble lifting things in his shop.

After Ruth died in 1995, he and a friend flew to Alaska, stopping at 100 Mile House in British Columbia, Canada, to visit some of his nieces and nephews. They also flew to Oshkosh, Wis., to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association Fly Inn. Well into his 70s, Les enjoyed hiking. One of his hiking trips took him from Moose Creek Ranger Station, Idaho, to Darby, Mont.

He remarried in 1997 to Dixie (Reed) and was living at home until 2021 when he moved in with his daughter after a couple of falls. His wife, Dixie, passed away in spring 2021. Both of his younger brothers have passed away.

He was a life member of the Lewiston Veterans of Foreign Wars Sourdough Post 10043 and life member of the Lewiston American Legion Post 13. He was also a member of the Lewiston Elks Lodge, local Moose Lodge and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

He is survived by his son, Douglas E. (Nini) Welch, (captain, U.S. Navy, retired); and daughter, Grace Lynn Welch, who is retired from the city of Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Cory O. G. Welch (Marlene), Julia J. Mayhugh (Alex), Annie L. Tai (Nao), Leslie A. Welch and James W. D. Welch (Marissa) and seven great-grandchildren, Raven Welch, Zara Kruise, Leaf Tai, Rain Tai, Zephie Tai, Caleb Welch and Freyja Mayhugh.

There will be a viewing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, at Mountain View Funeral Home Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., the same day, at the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel.

Donations may be made in Les Welch's name to the Lewiston VFW Sourdough Post 10043, 1104 Warner Ave, Lewiston, Idaho 83501 in place of flowers.

Photo: William Lester Welch


Gordon Snyder, 83, formerly of Weippe, Orofino

Gordon D. Snyder, 83, formerly of Orofino,Weippe and most recently of Culdesac, died at his home Jan. 5.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Charles 'Chuck' Nolan Baker, 80, Orofino

Our beloved Father and Grandpa passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2022 with his family by his side after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Chuck was born May 4, 1942 to Art and Marion Baker in Sioux City, Iowa. Growing up, he worked in the Stock Yards with his father and later as a veterinary assistant. After graduating from East High School in 1960 he moved to California where he went to lineman school and began his career with General Telephone.

Chuck signed up for the Navy and served on board the USS Hissem during Vietnam as a Fireman. After his discharge, he returned to work for GTE and was transferred to the Pacific Northwest eventually settling in Orofino.

Chuck married Mary Hopper in 1979. They had two daughters Becky and Evie. Later they would divorce but remained close until her passing. Chuck retired in 1988 due to a disability and spent the next 34 years doing what he loved: raising his girls, hunting, fishing in Alaska, going to livestock auctions, spending time with his six grandchildren, and visiting his friend Kyle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and ex-wife.

He is survived by his daughters Rebekah (Dan) Garb of Orofino, Evelyn Pellens (Justin) of Little River, SC, and grandchildren David, Billy, Bronwynn, and Shyanne of Orofino, and Sidney and Jerry of Little River, SC; sister, Susan Nyreen of Abilene, KS, and numerous nieces and nephews. Per his wishes, there will be no service.

Photo: Charles 'Chuck' Nolan Baker


Harold Douglas 'Papa Skip' Williamson, 83, formerly of Ahsahka

Harold Douglas 'Papa Skip' Williamson was born in his grandmother's home near Whiskey Creek, Idaho, to Viola LaRae (Powaukee) and John Buck Williamson, Aug. 17, 1939.

He was raised with his brothers Brooklyn and Merle Powaukee and "the baby" Robert 'Coon' Williamson by his grandparents and great-grandparents on the family ranch in Webb. Skip's early days were spent exploring the streams, creeks, rivers, valleys and hills near the family ranch and a homestead near Ahsahka. During this particular time, he and his brothers were raised by their great-grandparents, who spoke very little English. His grandpa Amos Powaukee showed him and his brothers many places that were significant to family and the Nimiipuu way of life. Papa Skip would often tell stories about the closeness of his brothers and the many nights the family would listen to the battery-powered AM radio and how "that damn Coon and Merle would make us laugh, and we all would get whipped."

As his mother and father were out of the area fulfilling their patriotic duties during World War II, Papa Skip would be raised with his aforementioned siblings for the majority of his early years. As he entered high school, he would attend Ferdinand High, home of the mighty Eagles. Papa and his Uncle Richard "Saucer" Powaukee lived in a small house in Ferdinand during this time. Saucer was a teacher and coach, and he brought his nephew to help fill out his team. During this time, Papa Skip would develop a lifelong connection to his Uncle and Aunt Katherine (Red Heart) Powaukee. He lived periodically with his aunt and uncle at the family home near Chaweektah. He would often tell stories about his younger siblings, Butchie, Bud Ox, Sis, Wook and Chris Lee. He graduated Lapwai High in 1959.

In the Spring of 1960, Papa Skip married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Presnell. They had two daughters, Shelly Compton (husband Steve and their sons Sean and Seth) and Teri Hayes (daughters Cierra and Carley). Papa Skip and Shirley would participate in the "Indian Relocation Act," and the family would make a home in Portland, Ore.

Papa Skip entered the rodeo circuit when he was 26 or 27 years old. Papa traveled the country with his right-hand man, Tom (Thomas) Red Heart. Papa rode bulls and saddle bronc, bareback, and won several buckles, none of which he kept (dang buckle bunnies). Papa traveled the rodeo circuit, riding in the Calgary Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days and even the Madison Square Garden to name a few.

In 1970, he married Bonnie Lou Sommerlott. They had a daughter, Katherine Michelle Williamson, Sept. 3, 1972. During that time, they resided in Lewiston.

In 1973, Papa Skip married Patricia Mae Smathers. Patty had two children from a previous marriage (Victor and Shannon Barber), whom he loved and raised as his own. Eventually, Patty had two boys, John (sons Courtney Dozier, Nigele, Kayden and Brooklyn and daughters Lekisha and Nia Williamson) and Thomas Lee (sons Tyler, Theo, Amos, Willis and Herschel and daughter Karee Williamson), even though doctors had told Papa that he would never be able to have children as a result of bull riding accident.

Papa Skip worked in several places over the course of his life, but his true passion was working with youth. In the mid '70s to the early '90s, Papa Skip coached football, basketball and baseball, while working at the Lapwai High School as a Truancy Officer. Papa Skip loved getting the most out of his players, often teasing them by calling them "honey and/or doll." Over the course of his coaching career, he wasn't concerned with his teams' wins and loss records, choosing instead to focus on the individual improvement of his players. Papa would often say to his sons (who would later become coaches as well) "if you're just teaching kids how to play a game, you're missing the point."

No matter where Papa Skip worked, he brought his own unique style of acknowledging people wherever he went. He had a way of making everyone feel special with an extra deep hug or a flash of that signature smile. Papa had a way of making you feel like he was waiting to see you all day. He loved to make people laugh and wherever he was (which usually wasn't hard to find because of his laugh), he was often known to be the center of attention.

Over the course of his life, Papa took in numerous children. In this way, Laurie Bob McMasters (husband Jon) and Amelia 'Meems' Spaulding.

Papa Skip spent the last few years of his life living with his sister Alexes (Jinx) Baptiste at her home in Lapwai. Papa and Gramma Jinx had a very unique relationship, that if you didn't know any better, you would swear they were mortal enemies. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and his sister, who refused to leave his side.

Papa Skip is survived by his sister, Alexes; brothers Philip, (Kathy), Adrian and Craig "Smokey" Taylor. He is also survived by his eight children, 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

A nondenominational service was held at Monday, Jan. 9, at the Pi-nee-waus Community Center in Lapwai. A dinner followed the ceremony at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for a future memorial scholarship for Skip. Contact Shelly Compton at sacompton26@hotmail.com.


Paula Dorene (Good McDonald) Lohmeyer, 79, Orofino

Paula Dorene Lohmeyer of Orofino went home to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Dec. 18, 2022. Paula was born in Oklahoma on Dec. 14, 1943, to Dorene (Rodden) and Paul E. "Gene" Good. Oldest of three children, she was raised in her dad's home state of California. In 1961, she graduated from W.S. Hart High School in Newhall, CA and then worked for five years at the Pacific Telephone as a Telephone Operator, a Trainer and a Business Office Representative.

In 1964, Paula married William G. McDonald. They were blessed with two children, Scott and Amy. As the kids grew, she earned an Early Childhood Education certificate followed by an AA degree from College of the Canyons in nearby Valencia, CA.

She taught preschool for 10 years, including 5 years as director of her own preschool in Frazier Park, CA, where she and Bill had built a log home in the Pine Mountain Club.

In late 1983, she began a new career starting as a part-time Seasonal Aide then became an Office Assistant for California State Parks. In 1986, she and Bill divorced and in 1990, she accepted a position as Administrative Technician at the Gold Mines District in Grass Valley, CA.

In 1990, Paula met James Lohmeyer in church. They fell in love and married in 1991 in Grass Valley, CA. In 1993, she accepted a position with California Fish and Game in Redding, CA.

She decided to further her education in 1997. Graduating with honors, she earned her degree in Human Resources/Business Administration from Simpson University. She was proud and pleased when her family plus her boss and all her staff attended her graduation.

Through her years of state service, Paula had promoted steadily, retiring in 2006 as the Administrative Officer III for the Northern Region of California Fish and Game based in Redding, CA.

In 2006, Paula and Jim moved to Orofino to enjoy the beautiful Idaho countryside during retirement. Travel was their hobby and together they visited all 50 states plus Canada, Mexico and several countries in Europe. They traveled by cruise ships and trains, but she really loved being co-pilot and navigator when they traveled in their motorhome.

Paula enjoyed reading, gardening, her Bible study groups and knitting. She donated more than 200 hand-knit scarves to the National WW II Museum's Knit Your Bit campaign to provide scarves to Veterans Homes nationwide.

In her younger years, she was a backpacker, once hiking the John Muir trail from Little Yosemite Valley to Mammoth Lakes. Another favorite was a rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Hiking to the top of Mt Whitney with her son, Scott, the International Balloon Fiesta with her daughter, Amy, and touring Europe with Jim were great adventures.

She also loved to bicycle many miles in many places, including on a beach in Florida, with Jim on their "bicycle built for two".

Paula was active in several community organizations. She was a generous and caring person who laughed a lot in spite of her 2020 cancer diagnosis. Dearest to her heart were her Lord, Jim and her loving family.

Paula is survived by Jim, her loving husband of 31 years; her son, Scott McDonald and wife Lori of Orofino; her daughter, Amy Kelly of Mather, CA; her stepson, Aaron Lohmeyer of Fort Irwin, CA; and beloved grandchildren, Melissa McDonald and Ian McDonald; plus adorable great-granddaughter, Alice, all of Bakersfield, CA.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Paula Dorene Lohmeyer


Robert 'Bob' F. Roskam, 80, formerly of Lenore

Robert 'Bob' F. Roskam, aka "River Rat," 80, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully, with his wife and three daughters by his side.

Bob was born March 17, 1942, in Spokane, the oldest of four children born to Adam and Betty Roskam. Bob was raised on a dairy farm in Valley, Wash., where a road was named after his family (Roskam Road), and where he spent a lot of time working on the farm. He graduated high school in 1960 from Valley High School. After graduating, he served two years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. After the military, he moved to Deary, where he met his wife Myrna Roskam (Carman), and was married five months later, Dec. 11, 1964. They later raised three daughters, Lorie, Holly and Tina. He then worked various jobs before starting his career as a logging truck driver, where he really enjoyed the camaraderie from his fellow truck drivers. They later moved to Lenore and then finally settled in Lewiston after retiring.

Bob was very witty and loved to joke. He never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed the outdoors, boating, fishing and camping on Dworshak Reservoir. Bob loved gadgets, any type of gadgets. He also enjoyed going back home to visit his sister Patty, helping on her hobby farm. One of his favorite hobbies was playing cards with the Rosauers gang. Bob had many special friends but some of his favorites were Charles Enger, Art Flodin, Wayne Main, Ronnie Halseth and Rod Beck, and several others not mentioned.

Above all, he loved spending time with family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Myrna, of 58 years; daughters, Lorie Eggers (Derrick), Holly Botts and Tina Brower; sister, Patty Roskam (Mike); grandchildren, Kelsie Eggers Spooner (Dustin), Brandon Eggers (Kaley Jo), Nickolas Botts, Jessica Wallace, Cody Brower, (Kimberly), Christopher Brower (Myrissa) and Kendra Brower; and great-grandchildren, Sagan Spooner, Salem Spooner, Jaxon Brower, Norman Brower and Ruby Brower.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Betty Roskam; brother, William 'Billy' Roskam; sister, Vicky Roskam; mother-in-law, RuthAnn Harmon; son-in-law, Norman Dwight Brower; and nephew, Kevin Pearson.

There will be a service held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Faith Bible Church, 514 Warner Ave., Lewiston. A covered-dish luncheon will immediately follow.

Photo: Robert 'Bob' F. Roskam

Gerald Lee Crow, 88, Orofino

Gerald Lee 'Jerry' Crow was born in Montgomery, West Virginia on Oct. 13, 1934. He passed away Dec. 24, 2022 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation, after a short illness.

He attended Montgomery High School and after graduation enlisted in the US Air Force where he served for four years. He was assigned to the Air Force Base in Duluth, Minn.

It was in Duluth where he met his wife, Claudia, whom he married Aug. 20, 1960. They moved to California in 1962 where they raised two sons, Cory and Todd. He was employed by A.T. & T. for 30 years. He proudly served 10 years as a reserve police officer with the city of Pleasant Hill.

In 2015 he and his wife retired to Orofino.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Lena Crow; and brother, Charles Kenneth Crow. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Claudia; his sons, Cory Crow (Joann) of Orofino and Todd Crow (Leslie), of Antioch, Calif.; grandsons, Jason, Adam (Danielle) and Jeremy (Elizabeth), all of Orofino; and granddaughters, Arryn Crow Davidson of Portland, Ore., and Rachael Crow Duffy of Peoria, Ariz.; great grandsons, Ryland and Cameron Crow of Orofino; brothers -in- law, Robert (Beryl) and Brian (Isabelle) Nissen of Antioch Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Weseman Cemetery on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Shane Endicott officiating.

Details are pending for a Celebration of Life to be held in Antioch, CA.

Photo: Gerald Lee 'Jerry' Crow


Jack 'John' Davis, 94, Orofino

Jack 'John' Davis of Orofino passed away unexpectedly at the sprite age of 94 at his residence, Dec. 28, 2022. Jack was born Jan. 6, 1928 in Terre Haute, IN to Lloyd and Helen Davis and was the fourth of seven siblings.

Jack went on to join the Air Force, serving during the Korean War and stationed in Okanawa, Japan. One fateful night in 1952 he joined his buddies at a Canteen Dance in Little Rock, AR. There, he met the love of his life, Mary Lou Mayes, and hence their story began with a marriage July 2, 1952.

Living in Little Rock, they soon welcomed their first-born daughter, Debbie, in 1953.

Soon after, the little family moved to Missoula, MT, where Jack attended the University of Montana to study Forestry and Mary Lou worked as a telephone operator.

Daughter, Beverly, was born in 1955, and Jacquie followed in 1962.

While in Missoula, Jack primed for a career in timber management, working at both a mill and spending summers working and living in the many U.S. Forest Service fire towers in western Montana and Idaho.

In 1965 the family relocated to Orofino, where Jack had accepted a job offer with the Forest Service. In 1971, a fourth child, Cecelia, was born.

Jack chose Orofino. It's pristine rivers and forests spoke to his soul and he spent many days hiking, hunting, fishing, foraging, and camping among the timbers.

In 1983 Jack retired from the Forest Service and began doing contract scaling for producers and agencies throughout Oregon and Idaho.

In the late 1990's he secured his real estate license and worked as an agent with Empire Realty until 2019 when the agency closed.

Jack and Lou were members of the Barn Owls of Ahsahka and Jack was a member of the Elks, where they could really cut a jitterbug on the floor. He enjoyed family camp trips, gardening, arboring, wine and beer making, Oregon coast trips, and was an avid steelhead and salmon fisherman.

He had his last elk hunt at age 90.

Jack is survived by three of his children, Beverly Burger, Jacquie Westegaard, Cecelia Davis; six grandchildren, Amber (Hugh), Jackson (Danielle), Chris (Merilee), Ashley (Shaun); four great grandchildren, Anson, Ethan, Cayuse, Mason; two brothers; numerous nephews and nieces; and a dear friend, Jacquie Moore.

Jack was preceeded in death by four of his siblings; his wife, Mary Lou; his daughter, Debbie (Davis) Hanes; and son-in-law, Richard Burger.

Jack was an active member and supporter of the Orofino VFW Post 3296 and we invite you to join us at the VFW for a memorial Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the VFW Post 3296.

Photo: Jack 'John' Davis


Barbara Johnson, 77, Lenore

Barbara Johnson, of Lenore, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at the age of 77 surrounded by her loved ones at St. Joseph Regional Hospital Center in Lewiston after battling an ongoing illness.

Barbara was born in 1945 in Honolulu. Barbara attended Sacred Hearts Academy during High School. Afterward, she attended business school where she received a secretarial degree in 1965. Upon completion of her degree, she went to work in civil service at Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu, where she worked for 42 years before retiring in 2007. She began in Logistics Plans and worked her way up to Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Pacific Forces. She was involved in the toastmistress during her career, and she taught Sunday school.

Barbara later retired with her husband David to Idaho in 2012. She enjoyed reading and crafts of many types including crocheting, beading and cardmaking. She had a kind nature and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She loved the community and in turn was loved by virtually everyone she met.

Barbara is survived by her husband, David; two children; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Cottonwood Creek Community Church, 20706 Gifford Reubens Road, Culdesac. A reception will follow at the Lenore Community Center, 37950 U.S. Highway 12, Lenore.

Photo: Barbara Johnson


Evelyn D. Olsen, 88, formerly of Orofino

Evelyn D. Olsen, 88, passed away Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, at her daughter's home in Lewiston. Evelyn was born Oct. 8, 1934, to Melvin and Agnes Snook in Spirit Lake, Idaho, joining two siblings Mary Lou and Bill.

She was born into a logging family and migrated from Spirit Lake to St. Maries and finally to Orofino in 1945. After moving to Orofino, her friendly and outgoing personality created lifelong friendships. Evelyn met her forever love, Ed Olsen, in High School and they married on Nov. 30, 1951, at Trinity Lutheran in Lewiston; a union that stood the test of time. In September 1953, not yet 20 years old with a young son and their daughter on the way, she received news her husband had been in a car accident and was paralyzed. Accepting the challenge, she moved to Boise to be with Ed as he attended the Elks Rehabilitation Center. While in Boise, they were surrounded and supported by new lifelong friends.

They moved back to Orofino and Evelyn was hired at State Hospital North where she thrived at the job she loved. Evelyn's devotion and talent made way for numerous promotions until she retired after 33 years. At her retirement she received a letter from Governor Cecil and Carol Andrus celebrating her achievement, stating she was the "go to" person for many and he was unsure who could ever replace her.

Throughout her life, music sustained her. From age five, she played piano and could hear a song and play it beautifully by ear; a talent her grandchildren loved. Music seemed to be in her DNA. Playing the piano led to many great things for Ev. One night as she and Ed were sitting in a tavern with friends, they were asked to go to a new church in Orofino so they obliged. Ev said, "we felt like we'd come home." Later an invitation to play piano and organ convinced them to stay permanently. Ev was a devoted member of Ascension Lutheran Church where she played organ and piano for over 50 years; and silently moved the head of numerous pastors there.

She was a good friend and mentor and encouraged others, young and old, in their musical gifts. She willingly shared her talents with others and was a fixture in her community for decades. All through her life, she played or accompanied for church, community events, school programs, weddings, funerals and PEO. Her last "gig" was the State PEO convention held in Lewiston in 2017.

Ev taught her family to be interested in others, notice their needs and celebrate in their achievements. She was a "social worker" by nature. She could be counted on to complete any task and was the go-to for many. When Orofino High School Band needed new uniforms, Ev headed up the fundraising. She loved kids, and seeing them grow to their full potential was a gift to her. She was a strong presence in Orofino and was loved by many in the community. Summers would find her with her beach umbrella, hat, chair and innertube (with her infamous keyboard cover her friend Jerri made for her). She floated the Clearwater with her buddies religiously and it was an honor to receive an invitation to join them. Winters also found her active and putting us all to shame. She attended water aerobics 3-4 times a week in addition to her daily walks, she never stopped even when the doctor told her no.

While music and service were what others saw, it was her devotion to her husband and family that truly defined her. Ev had a strong constitution and taught her children and grandchildren to do their best, value education, persevere in trials, and be lifelong learners. Ev's commitment to her family and the lessons she taught are evidenced in the kind and generous lives of her children, Brad and Tammy. She loved when family came together to visit, play music and card games. Laughter could often be heard ringing throughout the home whether it was friends or family gathering. Ev was humble, consistent and chose optimism in every situation. It was important to her to do things with family rather than to have things.

In 2015, Ev moved to Lewiston to be closer to family. She lived independently until 2018 when she chose to move to Assisted Living at Brookdale and later transitioned to Serenity Place. In November 2022, Ev moved to her daughter's home to be cared for in her final days; days our family will forever cherish. We would like to thank the staff at Brookdale, Serenity Place and Elite Home Health and Hospice for their assistance in her care.

Ev was preceded in death by her parents, Mel and Agnes Snook; sisters, Frances Lee and Mary Lou Dion; brother, Bill Snook; and her husband, Edwin L. Olsen, who died in 2002.

She is survived by her son Brad Olsen (Joyce) of Winlock, Wash.; her daughter Tammy Smith (Doug) of Lewiston; grandchildren: Lisa Bomley (Dustin); Kris Smith (Misty); Shaunessy Boreson (Herb Jr.); Nathan Olsen (Susie); Evan Olsen-Newman (Randy); and great-grandchildren: Owen, Greta, Judah, Justus, Bianca, Anya, Eden, Myra, Liam and Patrick. Ev is also survived by her sister-in-law, Evelyn Wells, of Pasco, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. March 18, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1115 13th St., Clarkston, Wash.

Cremation has taken place and Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Evelyn D. Olsen


Charles Edward 'Charlie' Chase, 64, OHS grad

Charles Edward Chase (Charlie) joined Jesus on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, at his home, after a long and courageous journey with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Christi Chase; mother, Nellie Chase; sister, Patricia Larson and husband Lyman; nephews, Jerimy Chase, Chase Larson and wife Emily, and Logan Chase; nieces, Cindy Patterson and husband Aaron, Marta Crichton and husband Grant and Brook Chase; as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father Levon E. Chase in December of 2008, and his older brother Richard (Rick) William Chase in November of 2018.

Charlie was born in Orofino on a cold snowy day Nov. 15, 1958, to Levon E. Chase and Nellie Lou Bruce Chase. Charlie grew up in Orofino and said it was an ideal childhood with his father as the principal of Orofino High School and mother who was home and always there for him. He graduated from OHS in 1977 as Valedictorian and National Honor Society member. Charlie played basketball and baseball in high school, lettering on varsity teams in both, three of his four years. He was awarded the Dr. Pappenhagen award for sports and academic achievement and won best of festival at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with a solo playing the baritone. More than any achievements, Charlie had in high school were the lifelong friends he kept close in his heart. He was a true Maniac.

Charlie graduated from the University of Idaho in 1982 with a BS in wildland recreation management and began his dream job as a ranger at Hells Gate State Park in October of 1984. Charlie held that position for 26 years before taking the assistant manager position at Dworshak State Park in April of 2010 and then returned to Hells Gate as the manager 3 in October of 2013, where he worked until his death. Charlie loved teaching kids about Lewis and Clark and developed and taught programs on the Ice Age Floods, gold exploration and panning and general history of the area. He also taught Civil War history to several grade school classes. I loved leading him around to the kindergarten classes as Smokey the Bear.

Charlie was always busy working from the age of 16 with jobs at the National Fish Hatchery in Orofino, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CT), where he held positions on Bertha Hill or Mason Butte fire lookouts for four summers or as Dworshak reservoir lake patrol. He also managed the snack bar at Bald Mountain Ski Hill, delivered flowers, worked as a marine deputy for the Nez Perce County Sherriff's Department, security at Clearwater River Casino and at Erb's Hardware just to name a few.

Charlie met Christi Lynn Robinson in June 20, 1987, on a blind date by our dear friend Sherry and married Christi on Aug. 8, 1988 in Vancouver, Wash. He was married to "The Love of his life" for more than 34 years, and they made their home in Lewiston. He was a faithful and loving husband, full of laughter and fun.

During their life together, Charlie and Christi helped many children and adults live a better life. They also provided rooms to English language students from all over the world through Lewis-Clark State College. They were devoted to their Godson Marcus Lee, and also loved deeply their Goddaughter Angel Elliott and foster kids Victoria Bergman, John Alstad, Vivien Alstad and Spencer Alstad, whom he thought of as "his kids" as Charlie and Christi were not able to have children of their own but were blessed with many they chose.

Charlie was a very faithful man and volunteered at Abundant Life Church as the bus coordinator, children's church teacher, youth group mentor and with many other functions. He also volunteered with The Walk with Christ, which he said deepened his faith.

Charlie was always reading history, especially about planes, Civil War and World War II; the Almanac or playing trivia online. He could be asked anything and somehow just knew the answer. He was the guy to beat in Trivial Pursuit. He also favored his Hot Shot coffees.

Charlie's deepest loves were Jesus, Christi, his family and friends, making Christmas morning Crepes with Marcus, teaching family and friends to make Lefse, Christmas lights, Hells Gate State Park and Orofino. He touched many lives with his happy, jolly demeanor and will be forever missed.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Levon Chase Alumni Scholarship at PO Box 1592, Orofino, ID 83544.

There will be a celebration of life for Charlie at 1 p.m., April 29 at Hells Gate State Park. We would love all of his family, friends and coworkers to send your favorite pictures of Charlie to ccnme22663@yahoo.com and come share your memories of Charlie, and eat with us.

Photo: Charles Edward 'Charlie' Chase


Drusilla Mae Knopes,79, formerly of Orofino

Drusilla Mae Knopes, passed away on Dec. 2, 2022 in Clarkston, Wash. "Dru" was born on March 15, 1943 in Denver, Colo., to Arthur Cargile and Emma Flaharty Cargile. As a child the family moved to Idaho where she was raised with her brothers, Larry, Lonnie, Butch; and sister, Emily.

She met Larry Knopes in Orofino, Idaho and they were married on May 27, 1961. They eventually moved to Clarkston where they raised their two sons, Brian and Rodney Knopes.

Dru mentored and help raise nieces, nephews, and a grandson. She could always be relied on for love and guidance throughout her life. She was loved by many and always made sure to send cards and delivered plates of goodies to her friends and family.

Dru's kids kept her busy with 4-H, Boy Scouts and FFA (Future Famers of America). She also had a long career at Kmart where she made many friends. Dru enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and refurbishing furniture. She enjoyed her flower gardens and had beautiful tulips to enjoy while sitting out on the deck.

Camping was another family favorite. She spent many hours camping, taking her grandkids along with when she could. Dru loved family get-togethers and made sure that there was plenty of food for everyone.

Dru was proceeded in death by her parents; brother, Butch Cargile; sister, Emily Potter; and oldest son, Brian Knopes. She is survived by husband, Larry at their home in Clarkston; son, Rodney (Carmen); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Larry and Lonnie and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed dearly by all.

A memorial service will be held at a time and location to be announced. Corbeill Funeral Homes in Colfax, Wash., is caring for the family. On-line condolences may be made at www.corbeillfuneralhomes.com.

Photo: Drusilla Mae Knopes


Paula Dorene Lohmeyer, 79, Orofino

Paula Dorene Lohmeyer, 79, of Orofino, born Dec. 14, 1943, died at her home on Dec. 18, 2022.

Services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.


John Watson, 84, Kooskia

John Watson, 84, of Kooskia, passed away at his home in Kooskia, on Dec. 18, 2022.

Trenary Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Sarah 'Sally' Jackson, 71, Orofino

Sarah 'Sally' Jackson (nee Summers) returned to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Dec. 29, 2022, surrounded by her husband, David and children. Sally joined her loved ones on the other side of the veil, parents Brad and Rachel (Weller) Summers; son, Brent; brother, Jared Summers; and son-in-law, Doug Roush.

Sally was born in Portland, Ore., on May 30, 1950. She graduated from Sherwood High School and went to LDS Business College and Ricks College. While at Ricks, she met David Jackson, and they were married on March 26, 1971, in the Idaho Falls Temple for time and all eternity.

They raised eight children in Belfry, Mont. Sally was active in the music program at the school, playing piano for the choir and accompanying many vocal and instrumental soloists. Sally was also the local cake decorator and enjoyed decorating many birthday and wedding cakes for the community.

The Jackson family moved to Orofino in 1992, purchasing the local bakery. They ran the Clearwater Bakery for 15 years, with Sally continuing her cake decorating arts. While running the bakery, she made wonderful friends within the community. Later Sally was a bus monitor for the Orofino Schools.

Sally was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in both Belfry and Orofino. She loved teaching youth and sharing her love of music with the congregations.

Sally loved sewing. She made clothing for her children and grandchildren and designed beautiful wedding dresses for her daughter's weddings and grandchildren's blessings. She won multiple awards from the county fair for her amazing attention to detail on these beautiful works of art. We will remember Sally for her quick smile, kind words, and selflessness.

A public memorial will be held at the Orofino Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan. 4, 2023, at 11 a.m., viewing at 9 a.m.. Sally will be interred in the Belfry, Mont., Cemetery next to her son, Brent.

She is survived by her husband, David Jackson; children, Heather (Ron) Corder, Vicki (Scott) Denniston, Stacy Jackson, Brenda (Larry) Pitts, Melanie Roush, Benjamin (Jenny) Jackson, and Rachel (Brad) Burnside. She has 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; her siblings Marilyn (Ray) Short, BJ (Marty), Sam (Micki), Roseann (Scott) Crum, Mary Ann Strudivan, Lynette (sister-in-law) Summers, and John (Amy) Summers, and an amazing amount of nieces and nephews.

Photo: Sarah 'Sally' Jackson


Gerald L. Crow, 88, Orofino

Gerald L. Crow, 88, of Orofino, born Oct. 13, 1934, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Orofino.

A funeral service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Charlie E. Chase, 64, formerly of Orofino

Charlie E. Chase, 64, of Lewiston and formerly of Orofino, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2022 at his home in Lewiston, Idaho.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Leslie C. Stromberg, 95

Mentor, roll model, avid outdoorsman and family patriarch, Leslie Stromberg, age 95 of Grangeville, passed away from complications of RSV on Dec. 20, 2022 in the loving company of family and compassionate care at Syringa Hospital.

Born Nov. 9, 1927 near Iron River, Michigan, he was the oldest of three sons born to Swedish parents, Charles and Linda (Westerlund) Stromberg. Brother Gerald followed in 1933 with Glen in 1937. His youth was spent working the family farm in the UP of Michigan.

He graduated from Stambaugh high school in 1945 and worked at horse logging until called to military service in 1946. He served sixteen months with the Army First Cavalry division, four weeks of that in crossing the Pacific by ship and back, in the occupation of Tokyo, Japan. He witnessed first-hand the devastation of the atomic bomb.

Leslie married Juliamae Pottala Feb. 10, 1950. They met while both working in logging camps; she as a cook and he as a sawyer. Following their marriage, Leslie spent time working in underground iron ore mines of the area. Their daughter, Lois, was born in December 1950 followed 14 months later by son, Carl, in February 1952. The couple and their young family traveled to Orofino in 1953. Finding no work there, the Stromberg's moved to Grangeville.

As sawyers in the Joseph/Boles area, Les and brother-in-law, Toivo Pottala, began their logging careers felling virgin pine. Later the Pottala-Stromberg Logging Company was formed and operated until the partners separated and formed their individual companies in the late 1960's. Leslie ran a successful logging operation, a firm and fair employer, retiring from that profession in 1990. His wife Julia passed away in January of 2010 just short of 60 years of marriage.

Thrifty and frugal, Les was also generous, donating to many organizations. He was particularly partial to Native American causes, especially those supporting children and Veterans.

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Glen; in-laws, Toivo, Ruth, Carl, Jack and Dorothy Pottala; great niece, Tammy Frost; and great nephew, Kyle Pottala.

He is loved and missed by surviving brother, Gerald (Germaine) Stromberg; his children, Lois (Dick) Geary and Carl Stromberg; grandchildren, Kelcey Edwards, Darbey (Lisa) Edwards, Heather (Tom) Madden and Eric (Amy) Sundgren; great-grandchildren, Brennan and Joseph Edwards, Emma Edwards, Michael, Taylor and Alex Madden and Jordan Sundgren. Also surviving are special sister-in-law, Joyce Pottala; nephews, Larry Allen, Chuck (Phyliss) Pottala; and niece, Sharon Melin, all of Idaho. Treasured nephews and nieces in Michigan and Wisconsin include Conrad, Randy, Jeff and Dale Stromberg, Cindy Wheeler and Lisa Keuttel. And last but most especially he is missed by his rescue fur buddy, Jake.

A family viewing has occurred and cremation has taken place. Graveside service and celebration of life will occur this spring with notification to follow. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Because Leslie loved and cared for many pets and animals, suggesting donations to the Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc., PO Box 72, Grangeville, Idaho 83530 make sense to the family.

Photos: Leslie C Stromberg


Helen L. Gibbs-Anderson, 62, Orofino

Helen L. Gibbs-Anderson, of Orofino, born Jan. 1, 1960, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Orofino.

A service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Evelyn D. Olsen, 88, formerly of Orofino

Evelyn D. Olsen, 88, of Lewiston and formerly of Orofino, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, at her daughter's home in Lewiston.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


James E. Carroll, 87, Weippe

James E. Carroll, 87, of Weippe, passed away Dec. 16, 2022 in Weippe. He was born March 12, 1935.

A service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Nicky Elvera (Huhta) Cleveland, 78, formerly of Pierce

Nicky Elvera (Huhta) Cleveland died at her residence in Hayden, Idaho on Dec. 14, 2022. Nicky was born March 24, 1944 in Deadwood, South Dakota, to Esther Elvera (Bergluand) Huhta and Nicholas Tyyko Huhta. She and her family moved to Woodland Park, Idaho in 1951, later moving to Wallace, Idaho, where she graduated from Wallace High School in 1962.

On Dec. 23, 1962 she married Thomas Edens Cleveland at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene. They were married for 48 years until his death in 2011. They spent the entirety of their married lives in northern Idaho, living in Kooskia, on the Selway River, Pierce, and finally Hayden. Nicky and Tom had two children; Jodi Lynn and Thomas Lee.

Nicky was a go getter and worked at many different jobs throughout her life. She earned her real estate license in 1982. She retired from Jaype in Pierce, Idaho in 1996. Nicky's main joy was her family. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. After her children were grown her house continued to be full with grand and great grandchildren.

Nicky loved hosting family events and planning large reunions. She had a keen interest in genealogy and spent countless hours tracking down family history and making connections with extended family across the country and in Finland. Nicky was a talented piano player and played for her church for many years, also teaching Sunday school and evening bible study.

Nicky is preceded in death by her mother in 1955, her father in 1977; her brother, Dennis Huhta in 1967; and great grandson, Kasen Mitchell in 2014. She is survived by her children, Thomas Lee Cleveland and Stacey Jo Cleveland of Coeur d'Alene and Jodi Lynn Cleveland of Clarkston, Wash.; grandchildren, Nicole Cleveland, Savannah Nelsen, Megan Mitchell, Brandon Heitstuman, Shalynne Heitstuman, and Marissa Cleveland; great grandchildren, Blake Cleveland, Ezra Cleveland-Lyons, Wyatt Greenwood, Kiylee Mitchell, Adelin Nelsen, Conner Nelsen, Rhett Nelsen, Declan Broncheau, Deagan Broncheau, and Darren Broncheau; siblings; Gerald Huhta, Pamela Eller, Cheri Sanderfer, Janice Davis, and Debi Shaug. In honor of Nicky's wishes there will not be a service. Nicky's online memorial and guest book is at: https://www.englishfuneralchapel.com/obituaries


Terry Anderson, 67, Orofino

Terry W. Anderson, 67, of Orofino, born March 19, 1955, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022 at Orofino.

A service will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Roger Skinner, 70, Orofino

Roger Glen Skinner passed away on Dec. 11, 2022 from complications of COPD, emphysema and his heart. He was a loving father, grandfather, and partner.

He was born Dec. 29, 1951, in Levelland, Texas, to J.C. Skinner and Mildred Lorene (Ballew) Skinner. He had five older brothers, J.C. Skinner, Jr., Donald Lowery, James A. Skinner, Dale Skinner and Charles Skinner.

When Roger was six years old, his parents took him to the opening of the new Whiskeytown Dam in California. While there, President John F. Kennedy came over and shook his hand. He met him again when he was in the Air Force in Minot, N.D. He was always very proud of that. In 1963, the family moved to the Redding/Andersen, Calif. area where he attended school and graduated from Anderson High School in 1971. During the summers, he worked at Lassen Park as a grounds keeper.

He always loved music, especially country western, and was an avid drummer and harmonica player. When he was a kid, he would go down to the Redding Railroad where the hobos stayed under the bridge and listen to them play music. It was there that he learned how to play harmonica.

In 1972, he went into the Air Force, where he graduated from Fire School as an Airman 1st class Firefighter. He loved the Air Force but his mother became ill and he was honorably discharged to take care of her. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Roger was married three times and out of those marriages had three children, Daniel, Syrina, and Katie. A few years later, he found out he had two more daughters, Lura Joleen and Jamie. He was very close to all of his children and loved them very, very much.

Roger played drums with a band called California Goldrush. They played music and jammed in bars around the Redding/Anderson area and in the western states, Idaho, Montana and California. In his travels, he met Jimmy Dean, Lee Marvin, and played music with Merle Haggard once. His band played for Ron Howard's daughter's wedding. He loved bagpipes and always wanted to learn how to play them.

He moved to Orofino in the early 90's and went to work for ASE Orofino sand blasting signs. He later went to work at State Hospital North as a custodian from where he retired. Roger loved doing Karaoke and that's where he met the love of his life, Deanne Dawson in 1999. They continued to sing together for many years and even bought their own machines and did Karaoke for many weddings and events in town. He was well known for his harmonica playing of "Call Me the Breeze" and Willie Nelson songs.

He loved the holidays and shopping for people, and he was a proud "honorary member" of the Peck Community Club because he helped them so much at the dinners out at Peck.

He was quite a collector and had a love of "gadgets," old cars, tools, coins, knives, watches, etc., but especially Elvis Presley memorabilia and even sounded like him when he sang his songs.

Preceded in death were his parents; brothers, Dale Skinner, Donald Lowery, Charles Skinner, Jim Skinner; and daughter, Katie Nicole Fristoe. Surviving family: Deanne Dawson and their dog, Toby; Son, Daniel A. Skinner; Daughters, Lura Joleen Taylor, Blaine, WA; Jamie (Joe) Taylor, Kamiah; Syrina Skinner, Redding; 16 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren.

He was the sweetest, most loving man and will be truly missed by all of his family and friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the VFW Orofino, or to someone in need over the holidays. There will be a memorial later in spring.

Photo: Roger Glen Skinner


Pamela Brewster, 57, Lenore

Pamela G. Brewster, 57, of Lenore, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at her home.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Timothy Anson Ladd, 69, Orofino

Timothy Anson Ladd went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on the evening of Nov.25, 2022.

Tim was born June 11, 1953 in Lewiston, Idaho to Thomas and Emma Ladd.

He grew up in Orofino with his two sisters; Toni Wilson who lives in Spokane, WA, and Aleta (Lettie) Ladd who lives in Deary and one brother Creston Ladd, also of Deary. He has many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He married the love of his life Katherine Stout (Motley) on Sept. 16, 1972. They have two wonderful children; Darcie (DeeDee) Wilson and Tomothy (T.J.) Ladd, and one granddaughter, Athena Ruth Ladd. He enjoyed being with his family.

He was a good husband, father, and papa. Tim was a hard worker. He worked at Arave Cedar Mill in Orofino and Star Cedar in Kamiah. After leaving the mill work, he started logging. He fell trees for many years. His last job was working at Orofino Junior High School as a custodian. He worked there for 13 years until he had to retire due to his health.

After retiring he enjoyed coffee with friends, almost every day they would meet for coffee. He also started learning the Nez Perce language. This was one of many happy times he had. He loved his time spent at the center showing the children how to garden.

He loved life even through the hard times. I can hear him saying to all of his family and friends, farewell and remember when I was here with you all, I was so near perfect, now that I am with the Lord here in Heaven, I am perfect. I will see you someday and bless you all for being in my life. I love you Katherine and I am waiting for you.

Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Don Ladd and Wanita Broncheau Ladd and Arthur Cooper and Enda Bobbit Cooper; parents, Thomas Ladd and Emma Cooper Ladd, and many aunts, uncles and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Stout (Motley) Ladd, daughter, Darcie Dee Wilson (DeeDee), his son Tomothy Jacob Ladd (T.J.) and granddaughter, Athena Ruth Ladd (Ash).

A memorial service will be held at Cross Connection Church, 12517 Hartford Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Photo Timothy Anson Ladd


James Michael Meads, 71, Juliaetta

James M Meads "Jim" of Juliaetta died Dec. 10, 2022 in his home surrounded by family.

James was born June 26, 1951 in Redwood, Calif. to Alvin and Clara Meads.

James graduated from Pioneer High School in San Jose, Calif. James was a Navy Aircraft Technician on the USS Oriskany.

James enjoyed football; he was a huge 49er's fan. He enjoyed model trains, vintage black and white movies, listening to oldies, motorcycles. He was a Mopar man through and through always preferring American made.

James was the beloved father of; John (Christina) Vasquez, Heather (Brandon) Allpress, Kelly (Diego) Ruiz-Flores and James B. Meads. He was grandfather to Isaiah, Audrey, Lexie, Mia Rose and Luca and dearest uncle of David Meads and Debbie Clayton. He was brother of Alvin Meads Jr., and brother-in-law of Darla Meads, cousin of Nadine Ledford and brother-in-law of Carmen Wright (who introduced him to Teresa), Jim Brandhorst and Tony, Manuel, Sergio and Javier Ruiz, and sister- in-law Marisa Brandhost.

There was a viewing Dec. 21, at Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow. A Celebration of Life will be held 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 10, 2023 at The Church of the Nazarene in Juliaetta.

James will be laid to rest at Pinecrest Cemetery in Deary.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com.

Photo: James Michael Meads


Donald W. Thornton, 93, born in Orofino

Donald Wayne Thornton passed away Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Lewiston. He was 93 years old.

He was born in Orofino to Leon and Ethel (Snyder) Thornton and grew up in Fraser, Weippe and Pierce.

Don was a lifelong resident of Idaho and he always related that he was happiest when he was working in the woods. He was a highly accomplished sawyer and CAT operator, just like his dad and all his brothers. When it came to hunting and fishing, he had a little kid in him that loved to share the adventures with his children as well as his nephews and nieces.

He worked for PFI Logging, Troy Lumber, Craftwall, Lewis-Clark State College and retired from Nez Perce County. His skills with finish carpentry were remarkable.

He married Darlene R. Bacon in 1949, and together they raised six children (four boys and two girls). The marriage ended in divorce in 1976. During 1977, he and Rose Tippett were married. She passed away in 1984. Betty (Gould) Traner and Don were wed in 1985 and remained together until her passing in 2018. Together they built a beautiful retirement home near Juliaetta.

Two of his favorite activities were card playing with friends and family and telling stories around the campfire where dimensions grew each re-telling.

Donald was preceded in death by his wives and his eldest son, David C. Thornton (Semper fi). He is survived by his children, Donalee (Barry) Wilkinson, Douglas (Cheryl) Thornton, Debra (Dan) Emerich, Daniel (Lori) Thornton and Dane (Toni) Thornton. Grandchildren include Audrey, Amy, Russie, Jarod, Luke, Dustin, Rayn, Shane, Jason, Jessica, Caitlin, Michael, Damian and Jordan.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Congregational Presbyterian Church, 709 Sixth St., Lewiston, with a coffee and snacks reception following.

Donald's wish was for any donations to be made to the Idaho Food Bank. Online condolences may be made at vassar-rawls.com. A graveside service will be conducted at the Fraser cemetery when weather allows in the spring.

Photo: Donald Wayne Thornton


Chloe J. Hall, 86, Orofino

Chloe J. Hall, 86, of Orofino, born Sept. 15, 1936, died Dec. 5, 2022.

A service will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Jesse James Walker-Dillan, 31

Jesse James Walker-Dillan, 31, died Dec. 2, 2022, in Peck.

Trenary Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Roger Skinner, 70, Orofino

Roger G. Skinner, 70, Orofino, born Dec. 29, 1951, died Dec. 11. 2022.

A service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Jason L. Dreadfulwater, 41, Orofino

Jason L. Dreadfulwater, 41, Orofino, born March 22, 1981, died Dec. 11, 2022.

Services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Mary Logan, 73, Orofino

Mary Logan, 73, Orofino, died at her home in Orofino on Dec. 2, 2022.

Trenary Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Danny Marvin Brown, 75, Fraser

Danny Marvin Brown, age 75, of Fraser, peacefully passed away on Dec. 1 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. Danny was born on March 2, 1947, to Marvin and Clarabell Brown in Orofino. Danny lived his whole life in Fraser except for the four years he attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewison. He grew up on the family farm with his dad and Mom and his three siblings, Nancy Borders, Robert Brown, and Neil Brown.

Danny married his high school sweetheart, Donna Thornton, on June 1, 1968. They have lived a wonderful married life for 54 years. In that time, they had five children, Brad Brown, Cory Brown, Kevin Brown, Derek Brown, and Danette McIntosh. Danny was known to be honest, reliable, strong, a tough businessman, and most importantly a family man.

In his youth you would find Danny playing baseball, basketball, and working on his 4-H projects. He won the 4-H Idaho State Tractor Driving Champion in 1963 where he got to compete in the national contest in Bismarck, ND. Danny gained all his knowledge driving tractors from working on the farm from a young age. He was a very talented and smooth equipment operator of all kinds, dozer, truck driver, trailer backing skills, logging truck, school bus, and was also a decent welder and mechanic.

After graduating from Weippe High School in 1965, he then went to college at LCSC and majored in Education. While attending college, Danny lettered playing Baseball for LCSC as a first baseman. He was an excellent batter and was able to hit several home runs when he batted. Because of his short height he never looked like the power hitter he was. Danny graduated with a degree in Education in 1970.

After graduating, Danny and Donna moved back to Fraser and built their first home from the ground up on Lower Fords Creek Road. At this time Danny worked at Weippe Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher. He taught there for five years. In 1972, Danny took responsibility for the family farm. In 1976, Danny and Donna then built their forever dream home from the ground up on Cottonwood Road, very near to his mom and Dad's place.

Danny was an excellent forward-thinking farmer and was always looking into new innovative ways to farm. In the late 80's, Danny pioneered no-till in Clearwater County, being the first producer in the County to go from 100% conventional tillage to 100% no-till. It was the turning point of Brown Farms growth. He perfected dealing with bulk fertilizer, home storage of grain, and using large trucks and trailers on the farm. In 1993, Danny was awarded Conservationist of the Year, given by Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District.

When Danny's sons Cory and Derek Brown came back to work at Brown Farms, Danny and Donna were able to get away and go on many RV and motorhome trips together. They traveled the southwest states, the Pacific coast states, and Canada. One of his favorite trips was going to Yellowstone. Danny and Donna thoroughly enjoyed taking their motorhome to camp with family and visiting their kids and grandkids. For their 50th wedding anniversary, there was a party held for them at Ponderosa State Park in McCall. We all camped there together and that was the last camping trip Danny was able to go on. It was a wonderful day.

Danny also now had time to indulge in some of his hobbies including woodworking. Danny had previously built a full bedroom set in High School and was very skilled in woodworking. He built quality wood furniture that is now in their house and also built several pieces that he gave as gifts to his kids and grandkids. He also enjoyed spending time in some canyon land he owns, where he dug a pond and built roads and a place for campers to park. He and Donna would take the Kubota down in the canyon and pick berries, work on the pond, fish, and would enjoy when friends and family members could join them there.

Danny loved when his kids and grandkids came to visit. He was especially proud of the indoor pool that was added to the house in 2009. He always said he had it built for his grandkids. another special thing he would do for his grandkids is let them pick a candy bar from his stash when they would leave to enjoy on the car rides home. He was also very instrumental in some of his grandkids taking 4-H steers because of all the time and effort he put into his kids taking their steers to the fair.

Danny also delighted in watching his kids and grandkids open their presents on Christmas morning. To much of his family's surprise, Danny decided to get a puppy in 2006. We never thought he was a dog person, but we were so wrong! He has had two dogs, Sophie and Rosie. And they both adored Danny and we all thought it was so funny how attached to his dogs he had gotten.

Danny was very happy and content with his life on the farm in Fraser. When asked if he was ever sorry for not traveling the world more he would say, "Why travel when I have one of the best views from my window and your mom can cook just as good as any restaurant." Both statements are so very true.

Danny is survived by his wife, Donna Brown; son, Cory Brown, son, Kevin Brown and daughter-in-law, Katy Brown, son, Derek Brown and daughter-in-law, Caresse Brown, daughter, Danette McIntosh and son-in-law, Josh McIntosh; sister, Nancy Borders; brother, Neil Brown; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Deceased family members are father, Marvin Brown; Mother, Clarabell Brown; brother, Robert Brown, and son, Brad Brown.

A memorial will be held at a future date.

Photo: Danny Marvin Brown


Linda Ann Vowels, 68, OHS graduate

A memorial service for Linda Ann Vowels, age 68, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Christian Fellowship, North Campus, 17519 North Newport Highway, Mead, WA, 99201.

Pastor John Kershinar will officiate at the memorial service. A family burial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Palouse, WA.

Linda was born on Nov. 5, 1954 at Ione, WA, to Glen and Corrinne (Spalding) Buoy. Linda was raised in Ione and Orofino. Linda attended local schools, graduating from Orofino High School. She then attended the University of Idaho and the University of Hawaii.

Linda married Henry Vowels on May 21, 1977 at Moscow. The couple raised four children, but was later divorced.

Linda worked as an office manager at Mt. Home Distributing and as a manager for the NBC basketball camps.

Linda's hobbies included flower gardening and she was a member of her churches Bible Study Fellowship. Linda was fun-loving and family oriented.

Survivors include her four children, Corrinne Vowels of Colbert, WA; Rachel (Vowels) Sandall of Spokane, WA; Jenny Vowels of Colbert, WA; and Jesse Vowels of Coeur d'Alene. Also surviving is a brother, Joe Buoy of Kent, WA and three grandchildren.

Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, WA is caring for the family.


Carl J. Vandenburg, 46, formerly of Orofino

This world lost one heck of a guy and heaven gained an angel on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Carl, age 46, died due to injuries from a work-related accident.

Carl was special from the beginning, one of a kind, as he made his presentation into this world on New Year's Day. He was always very proud of knowing he took his journey home from the hospital in a Christmas stocking.

Carl was born to Melba Sue Graham and Leonard Vandenburg on Jan. 1, 1976, in Lewiston. He went to school in many places, including Orofino and Kamiah, Clarkston and Chiloquin, Ore.

Carl married Amanda McCloskey in February 1998, and she passed in a tragic accident in March 1998. After the devastation of losing his wife, a few years later, Carl gained one of his life's greatest treasures, a son, Jonathon Dolan, his pride and joy.


Carl worked at various locations throughout his short life and was a loyal employee, giving the last 22 years of his life to Swift Transportation, as a diesel mechanic.

Carl married the love of his life, Jaimie Meyers, on Oct. 1, 2021. With this marriage, Carl gained a son and daughter, Brandon and Shawna Stump, and a grandson, Grayson Green, that he loved and adored. In the past year, Carl was blessed to find out he had a daughter, Zoe Slape. Meeting and getting to know her was a very proud moment for him.

Carl's love for everyone he knew was larger than life itself and more than likely he told you so. He never met a stranger. He loved the outdoors, camping, spending time with family and friends and last, but definitely not least, he was a huge football fan - go 49ers.

Carl was truly a kid whisperer and a gentle giant. Every kid loved him. He was really just a big kid at heart. Carl gave the biggest hugs, always said "I Love You" and made everyone feel like family. Carl would give the shirt off his back to help anyone and everyone he knew, big or small. Thank goodness he did, because when it came to his own projects, well, all we can say is: procrastination. The best way of describing Carl is, he was one of the good ones. Carl was a simple man.

Carl leaves behind his wife, Jaimie; sons, Jonathon and Brandon; daughters, Zoe and Shawna; grandson, Grayson; sisters, Debbie (Orville) Corbit, Tammy (David) Osburn, Miriam (Joe) Rector and Debbie Perry; brothers, Dick Vandenburg and Terry Vandenburg; many nieces and nephews; extended family, Shawn and Amy Chrislock; and a huge amount of close friends who were also family to him.

Carl joins his mother, father and stepmother in heaven, Melba Sue Graham, Leonard and Micki Vandenburg.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Bennett Building in Asotin, WA. This will include a potluck dinner, and the meat will be provided. Whether or not you can attend Carl's celebration of life, please wear San Francisco 49ers apparel, Sunday Funday apparel, or anything that would remind you of Carl, and raise a glass in celebration of his life on New Year's Eve.

Photo: Carl J. Vandenburg


Robert C. Riek, 85, Peck

Robert C. Riek, of Peck, born April 21, 1937, died Dec. 2, 2022 in Orofino.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of the arrangements.


Danny M. Brown, 75, Orofino

Danny M. Brown, 75, of Orofino, born March 2, 1947, died Dec. 1, 2022, in Spokane, WA.

Services will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Ethel L. Main, 95, Orofino

Born Aug. 18, 1927 in Chanute, Kan, to George and Josephine Cole, Ethel was second to youngest among eight children; she was the last surviving member of her siblings. She died Nov. 27, 2022, in Orofino.

This Dec. 5, would have been her 77th wedding anniversary! She was wed to Jesse E. Main Jr., on Dec. 5, 1945 in Payette while he was on leave from the armed services during WWII. Soon after, they settled in McCall, where they raised their five children: Joyce (husband Dan) Malone, Dianna (husband Jim) McLeod, Jesse E. Main III (Diane), Calvin (wife Vickey) Main, Lila Nealand. She is survived by her husband Jesse, the five aforementioned children, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 15 great, great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ethel's children recount how they were raised spending a lot of time in the Idaho backcountry. Jesse would work hard all week at the mill, and return to camp on the weekends, while Ethel would fish, cook, tend to the kids, and care for whatever else was necessary for her family to thrive. This environment was a perfect fit, as she was an industrious, resourceful, and caring wife and mother.

The alpine woods, mountains, evergreen trees, camping, and fishing remained Ethel's favorite things through all her able-bodied years. She also loved to garden, and can her own produce. Aside from being a worker at home, Ethel worked in restaurants in McCall, and managed a trailer park in Post Falls, where they lived for a number of years. Jesse and Ethel settled in Orofino in 1993, where Jesse still currently resides.

One event that changed the course of Ethel's life, including her own hope for the future was her baptism as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1959. One of only 10 members of a small congregation in McCall, the Bible teaching about life on a paradise earth touched her heart, and she decided to dedicate her life to teaching others about it.

Ethel firmly believed in that hope, and looked forward to the resurrection that the Bible also promises. The members of the local congregation in Orofino will tell you that they will miss her happy nature, sense of humor, and love that she showed for others.

Services are arranged for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, 1:30 p.m., at the Orofino Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. 120 Randall Drive, Orofino.

Photo: Ethel L. Main


Brian L. Borders, 29, formerly of Weippe

Brian L. Borders was born on Oct. 5, 1993 and Brian's journey here on earth has ended and his eternal life began on Nov. 17, 2022.

Brian departed this life unexpectedly at home. While all his family and friends are overwhelmed by his passing, we are forever grateful for his life that we were able to share with him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Brian attended grade school and junior high in Timberline Schools, however graduated from Vallivue Academy with the class of 2012 in Caldwell, ID.

After graduating, Brian found himself in the masonry industry, assisting as a hod-carrier "Hoddie." Always referring to himself as a "hottie" with the biggest grin.

Brian was always an adventurous soul and loved all things outdoors. Brian never ventured out of Idaho and would often be heard saying that everything he needed was here.

As a young boy Brian learned the great love of fishing and on any typical day you could find him fishing in mud puddles, creeks, ponds, and anything else with water that might produce some sort of fish! His love of fishing was accompanied by a love of hunting and he would talk fondly of his adventures.

At the tender age of six Brian started riding motorcycles. At the age of eight his passion for motocross began and he started racing a Yamaha YZ65 and worked his way up to a YZ250; winning countless races including a Seasonal Championship and an Idaho State Championship.

Brian had many trophies reflecting his fearless accomplishments in the races. He wholeheartedly always lived life to the fullest and never failed to give his family and friends something to laugh about.

A celebration of life memorial will be held in Brian's honor on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 1 p.m. at the Fraser Community Center. There will be a potluck to follow.

Brian is survived by his mother, Teresa Stamper (Kerry Anderson); father, Jim Borders (Debbie Borders); brother, Jeff Borders (Christina Gaines); nephew, Ridge Borders; stepsisters, Brandi Heindselman (Paul Heindselman), Desirae Lopez and Breanne Haskins; grandmothers, Tina Stamper (Dan Walker), Millie Morris; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who he loved very much.

Brian was preceded in death by his brother, Cody Borders; grandparents, Fred Borders, Linda and Dwayne White, Dean Stamper and Tracy Teed.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made on Brian's behalf to a local chapter or the national chapter for Suicide Prevention.

Photo: Brian L. Borders


Hollie Marie Eller, 66, Orofino

Hollie Marie Eller gained her wings at home surrounded by her loved ones, on Nov. 20, 2022 after losing her battle to cancer. She was born Dec. 4, 1955 to Lubin (Pete) and Pauline Nygaard.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Gale Eller; children, Cassie (Tim) Adams, Trent (Debbi) Hoyle, Daun (Joseph) Martinez, and Ali (Peter) Hoene; grandkids, Shaylen, Kaylie, Dalton, Brynlee, Layla, Aurora, Brody, Lawson, Lakelyn, Aria, and Landry; great grandkids, Josylen, Paisley, and Joaquin; brother, Mark Nygaard; and sister, Julie (Terry) Hollibaugh.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steven Nygaard; nephew, Jeremiah Hollibaugh; and grandson, Andrew Adams.

Hollie enjoyed her days spent with her dogs, gardening, and with family. She was a loving woman who accepted and loved all that she met for who they were. She always put others first before thinking of herself and will be missed by all who knew her.

Hollie's wishes were to be cremated without services. Her family will have a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the animal rescue of your choice.

Photo: Hollie Marie Eller


Billie Rae Brown, 63, formerly of Orofino

Billie Rae Brown, 63, passed away in St. Maries, on Nov. 18, 2022 with family by her side. She was born to William and Winnie (Usrey) Tiller on July 18, 1959, in Burns, OR. Billie attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1977.

Following high school, Billie took a job as a bartender to put herself through college. She enrolled into LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) in Lewiston and obtained her BA degree in Business Administration. In the early 1980's, she reconnected with James Brown who was a friend of hers in high school. They married in 1985 in Coeur d' Alene and made their home in Orofino. Billie worked as a Clearwater County dispatcher for a few years, and then went to work at the USDA office in Soil and Water Conservation.

In 1996 the Brown family relocated to St. Maries where Jim went to work for Potlatch Corporation. Billie went to work for Potlatch in 1998 as an HR Assistant. She then became the Administrative Secretary for the mill and was still currently working for Potlatch-Deltic at the time of her death.

Billie was a workaholic and she enjoyed her "Hobby Job" serving as the Regional Rep. for the Soil and Water Conservation District thru 2017. She was instrumental in securing the grant for the overhaul on the St. Maries River Road into the Benewah. She also enjoyed outings with her family, her Persian cats, and Days of Our Lives. Billie was a very talented pianist and vocalist who loved to perform and shared love of music with her children.

Billie is survived by her children, Tansi Pedersen of Orofino and Roddy Brown of St. Maries; her mother, Winnie Tiller-Spoon of Orofino; siblings, Ivan Tiller of Rainier, OR and Eric Tiller of Chanel View, TX; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Brown; daughter, Audra Dawn Pedersen; and her father, Bill Tiller.

Billie will be laid to rest with her daughter Audra. Please visit her online tribute at hodgefuneralhome.com.


Sis L. Campbell, 81, Orofino

Sis L. Campbell, 81, of Orofino, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d' Alene.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Larry Dean Good, 78, Orofino

Larry Dean Good, 78, of Orofino, shed his coat of many colors to join the angels on Nov. 16, 2022.

Larry was a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation and attained a unique balance between his native beliefs and his faith in God.

Larry never missed an opportunity to meet new people, travel some place new, and be there when he was needed. Larry was a kind and caring friend, he was compassionate, very generous, patient, and intelligent and if you knew him well one of the funniest people you've ever met.

Larry always looked for the best in people and was the type of friend that always had your back.

Larry respected and spoke very highly of his stepfather, William Fain, and through that admiration aspired to be the person he was meant to be. Larry was very comfortable in his skin and it's no surprise that he could be such a good friend to so many and those of us he called a friend should be humbled.

Given Larry's compassionate nature, one could not picture Larry as Elvis Presley's personal security guard until Elvis died in 1977, after which he was employed by the highest bidder, Buck Owens, until Larry retired.

Even though Larry's death was so sudden, and he had only lived here a few years, his impact cannot be contained in his short lifetime, but rather in the many lifetimes of all that knew him.

He will surely be missed, "Papa needed him more than we did".

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Carl Dean Good, 1925-2013, his mother, June Kathryn Fain, 1928-2015, and his stepfather, William J. Fain, 1928-2019, of Rosenberg, TX.

Larry is survived by his loving son and grandson, Larry Wayne Good, age 48, and Mason Laine Good, age 7, both of Gentry, Arkansas, and his longtime friend, Richard O Gera, of Rosenberg, TX.

A celebration of life will be held at The Oasis Bar, 159 Johnson Ave., Orofino, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at 6 p.m.

Photo: Larry Dean Good


Betty Zech, 95, Orofino

Our precious mom, Betty Zech, went to her Heavenly home Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9. We are thankful she passed away peacefully at home and is no longer in pain!

Mom was born Feb. 22, 1927 in Sharon, Tenn. She was the first-born child of Bedford and Ruby Bessent; her sister, Sue and brothers, Jim and Rex followed.

The family moved from Tennessee to Orofino, Idaho in 1929. I got a kick out of it when she'd show me where their houses were in Yellow Dog, Jingle Town and Canada Hill, finally settling into their home on "A" Street right next to the mortuary. You can imagine the stories she, and especially my uncle Jim had about that. She had incredible memories of hiking the hillsides, walking across the train trestle at Harmony Heights, and most especially the frequent family outings at Beaver Dam.


Mom graduated from Orofino High School in 1944, making many lifelong friends along the way.

After graduation, she attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, Wash. It was while Mom was attending Kinman that she met our dad, Guy Johnston. The two of them married in June, 1947 while Dad was on leave from the Navy.

After Dad's discharge from the US Navy, he began working for the Great Northern Railroad and Mom worked for the Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Spokane.

The first of their five children, Judy, was born in 1949. In 1950, when the war broke out in Korea, Dad enlisted in the US Coast Guard and Mom brought Judy "home" to Orofino.

After Dad's discharge from the US Coast Guard, the family of three returned to Spokane. Their daughter Susan was born in 1952, Jackie in 1954, Shelley in 1956, and finally their son Guy Jr., "Chip" was welcomed in 1957.

Both Mom and Dad worked tirelessly to provide for our family. Mom was the proverbial glue that held our family together, supporting Dad's dream of going to college and Law School thereafter. Life was good in Spokane! We attended church on a regular basis; dressing up in our matching Easter outfits and attending sunrise services are special memories. Christmas was always a special time too!

In 1965, our family moved from Spokane to San Diego, Calif. Mom and Dad divorced in 1970.

While working in San Diego for General Dynamics, Mom caught the eye of John Zech. The two married in May, 1975. One of the first trips Mom and John made after they married was to Orofino. John fell in love with the area and bought a home.

Mom and John spent 24 wonderful years together, until his passing in 1999. They enjoyed camping and fishing, (well Mom read while John fished) and traveling. They spent a year traveling all around the United States in their fifth wheel.

Many close friendships either began or were rekindled here in Orofino. Mom was a member of PEO Chapter AW from 1987 to 1998 and Chapter CD from 1998 until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bedford and Rub; and all three of her siblings; her husband, John; her grandson Jeff; her daughter-in-law, Aggie; and her son-in-law, Pat. Her first husband, Guy, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Judy Hill (Larry), Susan Costa (Robert), Jackie Williams (John), Shelley Long, and Chip Johnston (Christina). She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who cherished her.

A celebration of life will take place later in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, Mom would have appreciated donations to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation.

Photo: Betty Zech


Leo Edward Binder Sr, 91, Weippe

Leo E. Binder Sr, of Weippe, Idaho, passed away Oct., 24, 2022, in Orofino, at Clearwater Rehab.

He was born in Spokane, Wash., to Adolph and Mary Rose Binder, on April 10, 1931. Leo was the youngest of 15 children.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Joseph, Rudolph, William, Louis, Edward, and Leo; eight sisters, Leonalla, Marie, Theresa, Cecelia, Josephine, Marie, Mary, and Josephine Mary and his parents, Adolph and Mary Rose.

Leo attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School. He married Alva May Eilmann on April 10, 1965. They moved from Spokane, Wash. to Weippe.

He worked at Jaype Mill and then at Kirby's Cedar Mill in Weippe.

Leo is survived by his wife, Alva May Binder of Weippe; his son, Leo Binder Jr. (wife Ronda of Weippe); his son, Clarence Binder (his companion Pam Richenberg of Pierce); grandson, Brandon Binder, wife Nikki, great grandchildren, Jaimie, Leighton, Isaac and Noah Binder of Pierce.

Photo: Leo E. Binder, Sr.


Jane Ann Wiegand (Edwards), 86, formerly of Weippe

Jane Ann Wiegand was born June 21, 1936. She passed away suddenly, Oct 26, in her home in Baker City. She was 86.

Jane Ann was the daughter of Forrest and Hazel Edwards of Weippe.

She will be missed dearly by her friends and family.

She leaves behind her son, Robert Russel, and his wife Shawn and daughters Sharon Raya and her husband Ken and Christina Wiegand-Maloy and her husband Russell.

She had 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

There will be a private memorial.

Photo: Jane Ann Wiegand (Edwards)


Ethel 'Jackie' Louise Jackson Trappett, 81, Orofino

Ethel "Jackie" Louise Jackson Trappett passed away surrounded by her family on Nov. 5, 2022. Jackie was born in Morton, WA on May 2, 1941, to William Oscar and Fern Jackson.

Jackie grew up in Riffe, WA with her parents and sister, Rose. Her family owned the local grocery/gas station and her dad, Oscar was the Postman for the county. Her childhood was filled with great memories with her family and cousins, and her favorite memory was driving back to Tennessee to see relatives in their old Buick car.

Jackie graduated from Riffe High School in 1959 and immediately moved to Tacoma, WA, where she worked at a real estate office, bought her first home, and began saving money for life's adventures. She loved to travel and took every opportunity to see the world. She loved the beaches of Hawaii and then moved in with a cousin on Govenor's Island in New York in 1964. She worked as a civilian on the military base as a purchasing agent and loved being in New York. Jackie and her cousin, Noel purchased bicycles and would often ride through the streets of NYC.

In 1966, the adventure of a lifetime came when Jackie was able to board a cruise ship with a one-way ticket to Europe where she met the Love of her life. She moved to Frankfurt, Germany with her cousin and again worked on the Army base. Jackie worked as a secretary in the Classified Department.

One day while attending church in Frankfurt, she met Keith Trappett. They were inseparable from that time on. After two long months of dating, Keith proposed on March 24 and they were married on April 29, 1968. Keith and Jackie were sealed for Eternity in the Swiss Temple in Switzerland and were married for 54 1/2 years. They loved being together. Both Jackie and Keith loved to dance. They loved being on the dance floor together and knew every Ballroom Dance that existed.

After Keith was released from the military, they moved back to Idaho where they made their home for the next 53 years. Keith was in education, and Jackie was able to stay home and raise their four kids. As a family, they always lived out in the country and loved going camping, fishing, hiking, and white-water rafting. Jackie loved camping at any given time no matter the weather. She also loved every chance she had to be in the gym supporting her kids and grandkids in every activity they were in. She seldom missed anything her family was participating in.

Jackie's favorite hobby was making quilts. She spent hundreds of hours with her best friend Fran piecing together and hand quilting them. She took great pride in presenting each grandchild a hand quilted quilt last Spring. Over the years, she made too many quilts to count and most of them were given away to bless someone else.

Four years ago, Keith and Jackie moved to Orofino to be closer to their grandchildren. So many great memories were made with her granddaughters having tea parties and being together. She is going to be so missed and the tea parties will never be the same without her.

Jackie is preceded in death by her parents, and her son, Michael Trappett. She is survived by her Eternal Companion, Keith W. Trappett of Orofino; her sons, Bill Trappett and Spencer (Julie) Trappett; her daughter, Cindy (Monte) Beardin, 4 grandsons, 10 granddaughters, 4 great-grandchildren, her sister Rose (Loren) Hansen and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Jackie will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., at the Orofino Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All family and friends are invited to celebrate her life! Families are Forever!

Photo: Ethel 'Jackie' Louise Jackson Trappett


Sandra Jean Pearcey Kiesser, 73, OHS graduate

Sandra Jean Pearcey Kiesser went to heaven Oct. 5, 2022, at Vancouver, WA. She was 73.

She was born Dec. 8, 1948, at Myrtle Creek, OR, to Aloha J. Kimball Pearcey and George W. Pearcey, Jr.

She graduated from Orofino High School in 1967, and married Earl R. Kiesser of Lewiston, in Hawaii, June 2, 1969.

They belonged to a Square and Round Dance group, for which she sewed their outfits.

They had sons, Rustel, Brandon and Sean, and six grandchildren, Jesse, Camron, Noah, Colton, Aliana and Ariana, all of Vancouver.

She loved babies and small children, sewing, crochet and knitting, as well as flower gardening.

She leaves four siblings: Georgia (Garry) Pilant of Lapwai, Julie (Joe) Moran of Post Falls, Russell (Kim) Haralson of Orofino, and Lori Bringman, of Lewiston, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her parents and two siblings, Joel Pearcey and Violet Pearcey are deceased.

A small family memorial will be held at Vancouver Nov. 18, 2022.

Photo: Sandra Jean Pearcey Kiesser


Julia Maurene 'Mo' Burton, 76, formerly of Myrtle

Julia Maurene "Mo" Burton, 76, of Clarkston, Wash., formerly of Myrtle, Idaho (along the Clearwater River), Bremerton, Wash., Indianapolis and Issaquah, Wash., passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, from a combination of cancer and dialysis.

Maurene was born Dec. 2, 1945, in Bremerton to Eugene and Gayle Searle, while Eugene was working at the Naval Shipyard. The family moved to Lewiston in 1955, when Maurene's father went to work for PFI. Maurene attended one year at Lewiston schools and then the family moved to a small farm beside the Clearwater River, near Myrtle. Maurene finished her schooling at Lapwai and graduated in 1963 as valedictorian of her small class, with a grade point average of 4.0. During her school years, she was a majorette for four years, student body treasurer and her senior year, she was FHA Idaho state president.

After graduation, she moved back to Bremerton and attended Olympia Junior College, where she was one of two girls in the first data processing class taught by the school. She received her AA degree and met her future husband, Robert H. Burton, while working at the city diner. Bob was from Indianapolis and they returned there to get to know his family and start their careers. Maurene got a job at Allisons, a division of General Motors, as a programmer and was the only woman in a department of at least 50 men. She worked there for two years, until the humidity drove her back to the Seattle area.

There, she found a job with Kenworth, a division of Paccar and ended up working with them as a programmer, analyst and senior analyst for the next 40 years and retired in 2005.

Maurene married Robert Burton on Feb. 5, 1966, in Huntington, Ind. She and Bob had two girls, Michele and Renee. Michele was the victim of a murder in 2008 and Renee is a second-grade teacher with the Issaquah School District.

During her life, Maurene went through what she called her "phases." There was the cake decorating phase; the crocheting phase; the Volksmarching phase, where she earned patches for multiple marches and at least two marathons; the knitting phase; the soap- and lotion-making phase; the candle-making phase; the scrubby-making phase; and the cookie party phase. For 11 years, in Bremerton and then Clarkston, she hosted a cookie party around Christmas, where 18 ladies brought cookies to share with each other and partake in a gourmet dinner prepared by Maurene and two of her friends. She also enjoyed sewing and camping. Every year for 40 years, the family and some friends would traverse to Dworshak-Dent Acres to spend a week camping, boating and enjoying each other's company. Maurene and her husband frequently traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, New Orleans and cruised through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and to Hawaii. Maurene was noted for planning lady's getaways to New Orleans, Hawaii and other adventurous places.

Maurene was preceded in death by her parents (Gene and Gayle Searle), her grandparents (Davis and Adeline Searle), her sister (Shirley McIntire), her aunt and uncle (Lillian and Ewart Harvey) and her daughter (Michele Lee Burton).

Maurene is survived by her husband, Bob, at the family home, and her daughter, Renee, of Newcastle, Wash. She also leaves behind, her sister, Vonda (Dave) Carlin, of Lapwai. She will be missed by all of them.

There is no celebration of life to be scheduled, however, any memorial donations may be made to the Valley Community Center, 549 Fifth St., Clarkston, WA 99403.

Photo: Julia Maurene "Mo" Burton


J C Bryan, 89, Dworshak construction worker

J C Bryan, 89, of Lewiston, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at his home.

He was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Mountain Grove, near Muskogee, Okla., to William Alexander Bryan and Annie Gertrude Smalley Bryan.

He moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in 1952 where he worked in agriculture and as an automobile painter for General Motors. J C moved to Burley in 1958, and worked at a potato processing factory. In 1959, he began working as a cattle wrangle for J.R. Simplot, under the watchful eye of his brother-in-law.

J C met his future wife when he cashed a check at the local lumber yard where she worked and paid him in all silver dollars. Three days later they began dating and were married Jan. 1, 1960, in Burley after being unable to reach Elko, Nev., because of a snowstorm.

Soon after the birth of their first child, J C and Karen moved to Muskogee, where J C worked for a moving company. In 1963, J C was hired by Kiewit Corporation, which was constructing dams in Colorado and Idaho at that time. They lived in Colorado for two years and then J C moved his family to Lewiston in 1960, where he served as a "powder monkey" for the construction of the Dworshak, Lower Granite, Little Goose and Lower Monumental dams. Their second child arrived in May 1967.

In the early 1970s, J C started his own flooring installation business, using skills he had learned from a furniture store owner in Colorado. J C was able to use his explosives knowledge while employed by Omark/CCI as a primer mixer in the chemistry department from 1980 until his retirement in 1996.

J C was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also active with the Elks, the Civic Theater, Christmas in April/Action and Habitat for Humanity. He would also use his building and flooring skills to help many residents in the region through volunteerism through various nonprofits.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Bryan, of Lewiston; daughter, Debra (David) Smith, of Lewiston; son, Rodney Bryan, of Lewiston; grandchildren, Craig Krueger, of Lewiston, Jennifer (Michael) Amore, of Dallas, Zachary Smith, of Lewiston, Jason (Amber) Conord, of Gladstone, Ore., and Cierra Bryan, of Lewiston; and great-granddaughters, Isabella Amore and Evey Amore, of Dallas, and Madelynn Conord, of Gladstone. He is preceded in death by his parents, and all 11 siblings.

A viewing will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, with a funeral at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ripon Chapel, 3810 16th St., Lewiston. Burial will follow at Normal Hill Cemetery, in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at vassar-rawls.com.

Photo: J C Bryan


Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Averett, 95, Orofino

Betty would like to let you know that her work here on Earth is done. She has left for her greatest adventure yet. It's a reunion with family, loved ones and friends she has not seen in a long time. Heaven received an angel when she passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 - she was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend who went home to the Lord.

Born Marie Elizabeth "Betty" Lyle on July 2, 1927, in Oakland, Calif., she was known to all as Betty. At 18 months of age, the family left Oakland to live in Seattle until she was six years old. Betty finished growing up in Weiser, Idaho, with her Uncle Ralph after the family moved there from Seattle. She graduated from Weiser High School in 1945 and went to work at Pop Schnell's cafe for her first job as a waitress.

Growing and learning, she went to work at First National Bank as a teller, where she spent many years. After meeting the love of her life, Gene, she went to work in Orin's sheep camp as a cook for the lambing crew, Konkolville Restaurant baking pies, Averett Trailer Court with Gene and keeping books for Averett Carpentry Shop. While working at the bank, she met the love of her life, Howard "Gene" Averett. They married April 7, 1952, and they were married for 64 years, until Gene's passing.

Gene always said that Betty was his perfect one. She always said that he made it possible for her. They traveled to many different states, went on camping trips, fishing, hunting, visiting historical sites and more. Together, Gene and Betty had one adopted son, Scott Averett, their chosen child, born in June of 1963. Scott brought love and joy into their lives and they doted on him. They were devastated when he passed away in March of 2014. But they had many children of the heart to help see them through those difficult times.

Gene went to work for Gus Bezates at 13 years of age and he became a beloved member of the Bezates family. He always said some of his best years were in sheep camp with the Bezates. When John Bezates was born, he became the light of Gene's life, Gene always said that John was his first baby. After Gene married Betty, she loved John as one of her kids and her family grew. When John married Colleen (known by those who love her as Coke), her family expanded even more and when they had children, Johnna, Kiska and Gus, it brought more love and joy into their lives. All of Betty's Bezates kids came to visit on Easter of this year and she said it was the best Easter she had since losing Gene. During the last six years, the highlight of her day was talking to John and Coke every evening. She called them "the kids" up until the end.

In 1988, Betty and Gene took into their hearts a single mother and her two boys. From that moment on, their family grew. Kelly Worthington became their daughter and John and Michael Worthington became their grandsons, whom they watched grow and loved dearly. John and Michael had many adventures with Gene, from getting wood out of the forest, building the boys' boats, fishing, going to Alaska, but most importantly, learning the true meaning of family, love and honor. Betty also taught them many life lessons: being independent, cooking, cleaning up after themselves, helping those older and weaker, but mainly, love. Every year they would fly to Colorado for two weeks to visit Kelly, John and Michael until the boys graduated from high school, who followed in their grandpa's footsteps, serving their country in the military.

Betty also had a strong sense of compassion and responsibility for one's family and community. She saved the best of everything for everyone else, especially her extended family. She enjoyed reading, learning history, sewing, baking and just doing for loved ones. She liked giving little gifts and never visited someone empty-handed. She offered food to all who came through the front door and her passion for baking "goodies" was known throughout the community. She had a soft spot for children and elderly people and was a champion of the underdog.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Foster Lyle; her brother, James Lyle; her husband, Gene; and her beloved son, Scott Averett. She was also preceded in death by her dear friends, Pat Dammarrell, Rita Blewett and Hazel Chandler. She is survived by her family of the heart, John and Colleen Bezates, of Oregon, Johnna and Olaf Holmes, of Washington, Kiska and Frank Alexandropoulos, of New Hampshire, Gus and Robin Bezates, of Oregon, Kelly Worthington, of Idaho, John and Heather Worthington, of Pennsylvania, and Michael Worthington, of Minnesota.

Also surviving are her extended family, Jeff and Laura Saxe and children, of Alaska, James (pesty Jim) Marston, of Idaho, Shelly and Randy Swift, of Idaho, Frank Dammarrell, of Idaho, Linnea Duberowski, of Idaho, Georgia Bowen and children, of Idaho, and many others that she has held dear to her heart over the years.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date and Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Averett


Arnold Joseph Eidam, 91, Orofino

Arnold J. Eidam of Orofino, Idaho passed away Oct. 10, 2022. Arnie was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on Oct. 25, 1930, to Eva and Arnold C. Eidam and lived on a cattle ranch in Sioux County, N.D.

In 1936, the family moved to the Humbird Lumber mill site at Ponder Point on Lake Pend Oreille in Kootenai, Idaho where Arnie began his schooling. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1948. After two years of college at Gonzaga University and with the start of the Korean War, Arnie qualified for the Aviation Cadet Program and enlisted in the Air Force. He was commissioned and assigned as a jet fighter pilot to Korea, then to Japan, and later to the S.A.C in Georgia.

After his service, he returned to college at the University of Idaho, graduating with degrees in business and mechanical engineering. He pursued his engineering career around the U.S.

In 1968 while living in the Portland, Oregon area, he met and married Nancy Smith of Salem, Oregon. Changing careers, Arnie and Nancy established a Morgan Horse Breeding and Training facility near Stayton, Oregon where they remained until their divorce.

In 1992, Arnie returned to Sandpoint to retire. He relocated in 1994 to Orofino to enjoy the friendly area and fine people. Arnie enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and golf. His outlook on life was: "smile, you're better looking when you do."

Arnie is survived by his daughter, Kate Conrad, husband Nick, and children, Polina and Alek of Boring, Oregon. Also, his sister-in-law, Arline; and nephews, Brad, John, and James, and their families in Boise.

Family is planning a private service.

Photo: Arnold Joseph Eidam


Jerry E. Brown, 80, formerly of Pierce-Weippe area

Jerry E. Brown, 80, of Lewiston, passed away from lung cancer Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, with her family by her side.

She was born at home March 6, 1942, in Portland, Ore., to Ted and Peggy Harkleroad. She grew up in Portland and her father died in a car accident, when she was 11. At the age of 16, she went to live with her aunt Gladys York in Elk City, and she worked as a cook for her aunt, who was a hunting guide. Later in life, she was very proud to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

On June 20, 1959, she married Dale M. Brown and they had two children together: Tammy Sue, born in 1960, and Ted Monroe, born in 1963. They lived in Elk City until 1970 when the sawmill closed. Then they moved to the Pierce-Weippe area.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Dave O'Donnell; her grandchildren, Brandi Sweet (Bill Sweet), Sean West (Missy Scheuerman); and great-grandchildren, Madalynn Thrall, Alex Thrall, William Sweet, Landon West and Gavin West. She is also survived by a younger sister, Sue Reich, of Missouri, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ted; husband, Dale; her mother, Peggy; her stepfather, Herman; and two older sisters, June and Jean. Also preceding her are, three half-brothers, Ted Jr., Jim and Don Harkleroad.

Mom was a very happy, sunny and spunky person. That's probably why she loved the color yellow. Her favorite saying was, "This too shall pass."

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 Seventh St., Lewiston. A celebration of life and covered-dish dinner will follow from 3-6 p.m., at the VFW Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston.

Photo: Jerry E. Brown


Jim 'Arco' McCollister, 77, Orofino

Jim "Arco" McCollister passed away Sept. 7, 2022, in Orofino, Idaho, at the age of 77, after a four-year stint with cancer.

Born Feb. 9, 1945, in Kamiah, Idaho, Jim was named Charles James McCollister after his dad and great uncle. Jim's parents, Charlie "Red" McCollister and June Huffman McCollister, were then living in Headquarters, Idaho, where Red worked as a foreman for Potlatch Forests.

In 1947, the family moved to a two-story log house at the ranch on Canyon Creek Road, and sister Patty was born. Jim taught Patty how to throw kitchen utensils out of the second story windows and eggs against the wall in the chicken house across the road, both short-lived adventures.

In 1950, Red went back to work for Potlatch, and the family returned to Headquarters. Shortly thereafter, sister, Sandy, was born.

In 1956, the family moved to Pink House west of Orofino. Jim was going into the sixth grade. June painted the new cedar siding pink "to add a touch of color to the valley".

Jim always loved cars, trucks, and vehicles of all kinds. As a kid he played, tinkered, took things apart, and put things back together again. Jim enjoyed making model cars, understanding machinery, and keeping up on the latest automotive developments.

From an early age he could tell you all about the features and design of various cars on the road. Over the years, Jim bought and sold dozens of vehicles, often getting a new car every year or two. His "used" vehicles were always in great demand because he maintained them meticulously.

After graduating from Orofino High School in 1963, Jim went to Columbia Basin College in Pasco for two years and obtained an associate's degree in Automotive Technology in 1965.

Jim was drafted into the Army later in 1965 and served in Germany on a radio crew for the Pershing missile program. Jim drove to Nashville for a 50-year reunion with his Army buddies in 2017.

Back in Orofino after his tour of duty, Jim ran an Arco station for a year or so which resulted in his long-time nickname "Arco."

Jim began driving logging trucks and drove in the area for the rest of his working life. He drove for D & K Logging, Konkolville Mill, Don Lathrop Trucking, himself, and Whitco, Inc., out of Kamiah. Jim drove Kenworths, Peterbilts, Macks, and Western Stars. We believe his favorite truck was an L Model Kenworth he drove for Whitco, teal, with plenty of chrome, and kept clean and shiny.

Jim retired from Whitco in his early 70's, after he "got tired of putting on chains in the winter." Retirement gave Jim time for breakfast with his coffee buddies at Krystal's Cafe with Kelly, shooting the breeze. He prized his Sunday breakfasts with Steve and Connie, and late afternoon dinners and conversations with Rosie and Patty at the Ponderosa.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. "Red" McCollister and June McCollister, his aunts and uncles, Laurinda Taylor of Walla Walla, Manning and Elsie Onstott of Kendrick, and Jack and Bonnie Delaney of Orofino.

Jim is survived by his sister, Patty and brother-in-law Rob Pabst of Camas, Wash., and nieces, Meridee Pabst (David Hajek) and Alison Pabst; sister, Sandra and brother-in-law John Goffinet of Orofino, Idaho, and nephews, Ross and Matthew Finlayson. Jim's great nieces are Lainey Hajek and Lily and Jayla Finlayson.

Jim is also survived by cousin,s Ray Onstott of Williams Lake, British Columbia; Joe Delaney of Richland, Wash., and Ken Delaney of Spokane Valley in Washington; and Bill and Kelley Bartz, Winchester, Mike Miller of Lewiston, and Jon Miller of Elk River in Idaho.

A celebration of life for Jim "Arco" McCollister will be held in the spring.

Photo: Jim "Arco" McCollister


Richard J. Bosshardt, 88, worked at Dworshak Dam

Richard "Ric" Jacob Bosshardt, of Lewiston, beloved friend, uncle, grandfather, father, husband, brother and well known western and Native American artist of oil paintings, custom knife building and scrimshaw work in the Northwest, passed away at the age of 88 years old after a brief stay at the Lewiston Life Care Center to be reunited with his lifelong love - Roberta "Birdi" Bosshardt - on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

Ric was born and raised in Great Falls, Mont., enlisted in the U.S. Army and along with his bride, whom he met and married in Illinois, moved and served in Europe as a surveyor rebuilding road after World War II. Their first child, Richelle, was born while overseas, making their time there memorable.

Upon returning to the states, Ric took a civilian job for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working throughout the western states including Montana, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, always together with his growing family, exploring new camping, hunting and fishing spots, discovering Indian artifacts and historical digging.

The Northwest Hydropower Projects, including Dworshak Dam, the Lewiston-Clarkston Levee System and Fish Hatcheries, brought him to the region, where he worked as an inspector during the construction of these monumental projects. Settling in Lewiston, they raised their five children.

He retired early in 1989 to devote himself full time to his artwork, and it paid off.

Ric's art is of the finest quality and his oil paintings and scrimshaw work is highly sought after around the Northwest by outdoor enthusiasts and collectors alike. He created jewelry, napkin rings, custom knife building and cribbage boards with ivory and antler material. His favorite medium was oils, painting majestic sceneries of the Northwest plains, mountains, wildlife and Native American Chiefs.

One of his original Chief Joseph oil paintings was donated to the Nez Perce Tribe and hangs in a place of recognition at the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Building for public viewing today.

Ric and Birdi again loaded up their camper and traveled around the Northwest to numerous western art shows in Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, where he built his following for his art and made lifelong friends along the way. They lived this way for many years always making time during the summer months for camping on the Joe with family and friends. If you were in the area, you would always be invited in for a float on the St. Joe River and a slice of Birdi's famous buckle or huckleberry pie.

Ric is survived by his brother, Frank Bosshardt, of Hemet, Calif.; his children of the Lewiston area, daughter, Richelle (John) Cadloni and sons, Ric (Anna) Bosshardt, Bob (Cathy) Bosshardt, Russ (Penny) Bosshardt and Rocky Bosshardt; and numerous grand- and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Caitlin Ordway Bosshardt, and wife, Roberta Bosshardt, both in 2018, and sisters, Evelyn Grossman and Barbara Curtis.

The family is planning a gathering next summer along the St. Joe to celebrate Dad's life, as it should be done - enjoying the river however you see fit, picking berries with those you love and eating some huckleberry pie.

Photo: Richard J. Bosshardt


Arnold J. Eidam, 91, Orofino

Arnold J. Eidam, of Orofino, born Oct. 25, 1930, died Oct. 10, 2022 in Orofino.

Pine Hills Chapel and Crematory is in caring for arrangements.


Tonce Renae Graves, 65, Lenore

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, Tonce Renae Graves, loving fiancé, and mother of one, passed away surrounded by her loved ones. At age sixty-five "Tonce went home". She was born Nov. 26, 1956.

A loving and giving woman, she made sure her family came first, and is survived by her son, Nathan, of Lewiston; her life-partner, Bill, of Lenore; her sister, Annette, brother-in-law Tom and nephew Eric of Redmond, Oregon; and her brother, Stan and sister-in-law, Margaret, nephews, Jason and Brian and niece, Athena, of Olympia, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Laverne Graves; her brother, Shane; nephew, Gary and her loving dog, Hannah.

Tonce cared more for her family and animals than anyone could ever claimed to have done. She gave up her entire life in sacrifice for her son; lifestyle, career, relationships were all put secondary to his well-being, and happiness.

While in the AA program and throughout her life she made countless friends, and so many more strangers, happy with her warmth and kindness. It hurts to think about her passing, and countless stories could be told to honor her memory. At least the feeling she leaves behind can be felt with the passing of each word. Love!

Family services were held in private.

Photo: Tonce Renae Graves


Jeffrey 'Jeff' Michael Bird, 59, Orofino

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Jeffrey 'Jeff' Michael Bird, a loving dad and grandpa, passed away. He was 59 years old.

Jeff was born to James "Jim" Bird Sr. and Gerri Bird on Aug. 27, 1963 in Orofino, ID.

He is survived by his two children, and two grandchildren, Shantell Marie Hixson (Zain Hixson), granddaughter, Freya Hixson and grandson, Milo Hixson; and Dylan James Bird; his parents, James 'Jim' Bird Sr. and Gerri Bird; his sister and three brothers; Dianne Nygaard (Terry Nygaard), Jim Bird Jr. (Carrie Bird), Rick Bird (Tammi Bird) and Dave Bird, along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his close friend, Codi Thompson.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Dave Bird's residence, 179 Konkolville Road.

Jeff was a creator and an artist. He loved to build things and was extremely talented. By the time he was four years old he began taking things apart and reassembling them to understand how they worked. He was passionate about computers and technology and even had his own computer repair business. He would make house calls and tried to help people understand and operate their computers effectively. He was a master at making things, whether it was building a computer from scratch or building a playhouse for his kids or a piece of furniture, or beautiful steam punk inspired lamps.

He loved music and listened to it every day. He learned to play guitar in a matter of weeks and played drums and the banjo, too. He would often get an idea for something he wanted to make or do and in no time would have figured out how to do it. His talents, creativity and computer savviness were second only to his kindness. He had such a kind and generous heart and would help anyone he knew needed it in a second without even thinking about it.

Church and his relationship with God was one of the most important things to him. His family was so important to him, he loved and cared about them so much. He was an amazing grandpa who had a very special bond with his grandkids. He always spoiled his grandkids and got them interested in new things. He loved to have real, meaningful conversations with people and he was a very empathetic person.

He was very special; and his family feels lucky to have him as long as they did. Those who knew him well knew that he was always trying to get better, even though it was hard. When he was able, he was always there for anyone who needed him. He had a great sense of humor and was always making people laugh.

Jeff built many relationships over the years and they all meant so much to him. Above all, he loved God and loved his family; he will be deeply missed by all.

Photo: Jeffrey 'Jeff' Michael Bird


Mildred E. 'Millie' Jones, 101, formerly of Headquarters

A choir of angels welcomed Millie as she passed in her home surrounded by loved ones Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Remarkably, she celebrated her 101st birthday in August.

Mildred Ellen Michelbach was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Bynum, Mont., to John Frederick Michelbach and Minnie Kempf. Millie enjoyed farm life with her sisters Hilda, Barbara and Loraine. She attended high school in Choteau, Mont. Because her high school was so far from the farm, she worked for her board and room in town to attend Choteau High School, graduating in 1939.

After high school, Millie worked for Montana Power Company in Choteau. She moved to Lewiston to live with her sister Barbara in 1940. Millie worked for C. C. Anderson Company and Washington Water Power while in Lewiston. Millie rented an apartment in Lewiston and enjoyed dancing on the weekends. Olive, her best friend, and Millie joined the Moose and Elks lodges for about $10 a year social membership to go out dancing. One time, Millie was invited on a blind date by Olive, who was dating Wylie Worthington, and Millie met her future husband, Ron Jones.

On Jan. 10, 1943, Millie married Ronald F. Jones in Portland, Ore., at her parents' home. Millie's sister, Barbara Lufkin, was maid of honor and Wylie Worthington was Ron's best man. They made their home at Headquarters, Idaho. Millie would comment that she wasn't quite sure what she had gotten into when she arrived at her new home with 14 feet of snow overshadowing the entrance, but the bonus was, no need to cook. Everyone would go to the cafeteria to eat meals for a $1 or less. Not long after they were married, Ron was drafted into the service. He left for Fort Bragg, Ky., in 1944. Millie went to live with Ron's mother, father and sister in Spokane, Wash. After Ron's boot camp, Millie and a friend, whose husband was also there, drove to Kentucky. Ron surprised Millie with tickets to the Kentucky Derby. This has been one of Millie's favorite memories throughout the years.

In 2007, Millie and Ron celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were blessed to have the original wedding party, Millie and Ron; maid of honor, Millie's sister, Barbara Lufkin; and Ron's best man from Pennsylvania, Wylie Worthington. They shared their lives with family and many guests over the weekend with open house and picnic.

Ron was employed by the Camas Prairie Railroad Company for 42 years, working in Headquarters, Grangeville and Lewiston. They were blessed with five children: Carolyn, 1947; Dennis, 1950-1973; Roger, 1953; Robert, 1955; and Thomas 1965. Millie and Ron moved to Lewiston in Fall 1953. Ron and Millie became members of the Congregational Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, and continued members until today.

Their home in Lewiston Orchards boasted a large garden that was a family affair during the summer harvest. Millie canned and preserved the bounty for their growing family. There was always a project to complete. Ron and Millie enjoyed many hunting trips to fill the freezer for winter.

Ron retired in 1980. Ron served as mayor of Lewiston 1970-74. Along with being a Mayor's wife, Millie worked for the Lewiston School District for 21 years, also retiring in 1980.

During Ron's term as mayor, Millie and Ron traveled to Washington, D.C., to the president's Mayor's Breakfast. Ron has been a member of the Elks Lodge for more than 65 years. Also, Ron has been a member in various Masonic organizations more than 70 years. Many trips traveling with these organizations and the Shiners over the Northwest and meeting members were enjoyed by Ron and Millie. She continued to enjoy traveling and seeing family and old friends throughout the years afterward.

Millie was an avid bridge player, golfer and fisher, especially after retiring. Millie and family attended two Worlds Fairs, Seattle in 1962 and Spokane in 1974. Many vacations were spent at national parks, but the most fun was fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater. After slack water, they enjoyed fishing on Dworshak Reservoir State Park.

Millie and Ron's major retirement was building their dream home with a view of the city, which they have enjoyed for 40-plus years. Millie enjoyed entertaining, planning, designing, and sharing with friends and family their home. Many holidays were spent and enjoyed celebrating.

Some of their retirement traveling included Millie and Ron visiting her family in England and touring Europe. They went on cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and traveled extensively with their RV around the United States and Canada visiting extended family and friends. One of Millie's favorite memories was reminiscing camping trips with the "Church Group" to various destinations including the Oregon Coast many times. Many stories were told of clamming and cooking them right in the camp ground with the big clam pot. They also spent many winters down south as "snowbirds." Millie would often remember a story or two to tell about her travel experiences.

Millie's community service always included donated time for fundraisers for various organizations of which she was a member: Women's Club at Congregational Presbyterian Church, Past President, Chapter BL PEO, Member of Daughters of The Nile, Malac Temple No. 55, and Tsceminicium Club.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis; her parents; and her sisters, Hilda Moulton, Barbara Lufkin and Loraine Hickman. Millie is survived by her husband of 79 years, Ronald Jones; children, Carolyn (Randy Bloom) Jones, Roger Jones, Robert (Kathy) Jones and Tom (Debi) Jones; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Webster, of Spokane. She remembered and loved all of the grandchildren and always enjoyed their visits. Millie had a special toy area that also included fun children's books to read and the familiar children's games.

The family is thankful Millie was able to stay at home with the wonderful care provided by staff and aides at St. Joseph's Hospice, Seubert's, and Open Arms.

A viewing will take place from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Normal Hill Cemetery, Masonic Row 10, in Lewiston. After the service, refreshments will be at the Masonic Lodge NezPerce No. 10, 1122 18th Ave., Lewiston.

Memorials may be made to Congregational Presbyterian College Scholarship Fund in memory of Mildred Jones, 709 Sixth St., Lewiston; or donate to a charity of your choice.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be left at malcomsfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Mildred E. 'Millie' Jones


Julie Garton-Good, 70, Lenore

10/29/1951 - 10/14/2022

Julie passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from complications of a blood disorder.

Julie was a nationally recognized instructor and speaker on real estate, having been awarded "Educator of the Year" three times by the Real Estate Educators Association.

Julie authored 11 books on real estate as well as being honored by Realtor Magazine as "one of the most 25 influential people in real estate." In addition, Julie was awarded a Pulitzer Prize with the Miami Herald for reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Marion Martin of Boise, and her daughter, Crystal Ann Branch. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Scott Good, who resides at their home in Lenore.

Photo: Julie Garton-Good


Lauren Allen Dietz, 59, Weippe

Lauren Allen Dietz, 59, of Weippe, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27, due to complications of cancer.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Oct. 29, at the Faith Lutheran Church, 611 Main St. S, in Pierce, ID. A wake will follow the service with food and drinks. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, Idaho handled the cremation service.

Lauren was born in North Dakota, on March 21, 1963. He attended Weippe schools through the eighth grade.

Lauren married Jolynn Gray Aug. 16, 1984, but later divorced. Even after their divorce they remained a very close relationship.

Lauren joined the Army National Guard for a short time.

He worked various jobs from construction to logging and also at miscellaneous lumber mills.

Lauren enjoyed camping and just getting in his car and driving the vast wilderness around the area that he lived. He would always be lending a helping hand to friends and strangers when he could.

Lauren is survived by longtime love Jolynn Dietz; parents, Lester and Eileen Dietz; brothers, Greg Dietz and Roy Dietz (wife Sharon); sister, Tina Jonas (husband Rodney); nieces, Rolawna De La Cruz, Rochelle Norman (husband Nate), Katie Dietz, Alex Dietz, Olivia Dietz; and nephew, Justin Dietz, great nephews, Preston De La Cruz, Oliver Norman and Heston Haight, great niece Hazel Norman, Penelope Haight and other family and friends.

Lauren is preceded in death by his son, Nathan Wesley Dietz; a sister, Sandra Dietz; and brothe,r Frank Dietz.

Photo: Lauren Allen Dietz


Catherine Mae Symons, 84, formerly of Orofino

Catherine Mae Symons passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 9, 2022, at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia with her sons by her side. Catherine was born Nov. 20, 1937, in Merced, Calif., to Clarence and Helen Tedrow. She was raised in Mariposa, Calif.

She married Paul C. Todd in 1955 and had five sons. She remarried in 1965 to Norman Symons with three sons, and they had a daughter - all were raised in Post Falls, one big family.

Mom enjoyed cooking, she worked for the Post Falls School District as head cook. She loved to take care of everyone and family. She took care of Dad until her passing. At retirement they moved to Orofino for 20 years and then moved to the Clarkston Heights, Wash., and lived at Sunset Heights.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Nancy; and sons, Dale Synmons and Donald Todd.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Norman Symons; sisters, Barbara Symons and Laura James; brother, Ben Tedrow; sons, Daniel Todd, Ken Todd, Ron Todd, Larry Todd, Bryan Symons and Russell Symons; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed very much.

There will be a small celebration of life for her from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Sunset Heights Clubhouse, 2115 Sixth Ave., Clarkston. Another celebration of life will take place in Post Falls at a later date.

Photo: Catherine Mae Symons


Margaret E. Gentry, 87, Orofino

Margaret E. Gentry, of Orofino, born Feb. 12, 1935, died Oct 17, 2022, in Orofino.

A private family funeral service will be held.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Michael Atkinson, 67, Orofino

Michael Ray Atkinson was born Nov. 14, 1954 in Lewiston.

He passed away Oct. 9, 2022 in Orofino. He was a lifelong resident.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Randy K. Doman, 72, formerly of Orofino

A man among men, Randy Kevin Doman, 72, passed away peacefully Oct. 13, 2022, in Cottonwood, Idaho after a four-year brawl with Scleroderma.

Born May 16, 1950, Randy was the eighth child of Eldon and Martha (Babbitt) Doman. Raised on Cranney's Farm and Ranch in Oakley, Idaho, with his four brothers and four sisters, he developed his love of hard work and horses. After graduating Burley High as a standout student and football player, Randy attended Brigham Young University. During this time, he met his first wife, Diann Barlow, and they moved to Orofino where they raised their three daughters. Years later, Randy met and married the love of his life, Laurie Ann Simmonds. They found their home on the Camas Prairie first in Grangeville and then settling on their ranch in Cottonwood.

Randy was a lifelong civil servant with a diverse background as a Sawtooth Hotshots foreman, wildland fire manager for Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests, Idaho County Commissioner, rancher, North Central Resource Advisory Committee member, and Idaho Park and Recreation Board member.

Randy enjoyed riding horses with his long-legged cowgirl, working on his ranch, a good game of Liverpool Rummy, telling bad jokes, fishing with friends, and spending hours on the phone in long conversations with family and friends. We will remember Randy for his big personality, hilarious mishaps, making everyone feel important, service to all, and being the best of us.

Randy is survived by his wife, Laurie Doman; three daughters, and their families, Alisha (Eric) Thomas, Brooke (Michael) Doman, Danielle (Chris) Neeley; sisters, Gay Doman, Doreen Hutchinson, and Cathy Libby; mother-in-law, Beverly Christensen and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends that are too numerous to list but not forgotten. He was preceded in death by his parent; brothers, Leon, Dale, Donal, Douglas, and Craig; and sister, DeeAnn.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grangeville, Idaho followed by a banquet to celebrate Randy's life; all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scleroderma Foundation at https://scleroderma.org/.

Photo: Randy K. Doman


Brandi Elaine Wyatt, 49, Weippe

Brandi Elaine Wyatt passed away unexpectedly at her home in Weippe. While her family are shocked by her death, they are thankful for her life. She was a free spirit who brought joy to her family with her bubbly personality and ability to bring a smile to everyone just by her presence.

Brandi enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and had a soft spot in her heart for animals.

She was born Dec. 1, 1972, to Sharon (Anderson) Wyatt and Larry Wyatt in Cottonwood, Idaho.

Brandi is survived by her children, Mercedes Evenson, Hunter Evenson and Blade Evenson; her father, Larry Wyatt; and brother, Justin Wyatt.

She will be deeply missed by her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Sharon Anderson and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Her precious pets, Richie, Noah, Lily and Gizzmo have found loving homes with family.

We welcome family and friends to celebrate Brandi's life at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Helgeson Place Hotel (conference room) 125 Johnson Ave., Orofino, Idaho.

Someone we loved so dearly can never be replaced.

Photo: Brandi Elaine Wyatt


Ann Baird Schuyler, 88, Orofino

Ann Baird Schuyler of Orofino, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2022. Ann was born Feb. 3, 1934 in Schenectady, New York to Philip and Mildred (Toulson) Schuyler. She was raised on a dairy farm in Cobleskill, NY with her siblings, Philip Schuyler Jr. and her sister, Sara Beth Schuyler Dilworth. Ann attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and went on to the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nurse Training in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

After completing nurse's training, Ann joined the United States Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Nurse Corps. She was a member of the Retired Reserve of the US Navy.

When not attending to her naval duties or travelling to her family cabin in Summit, NY, Ann worked faithfully for the Orofino Clinic from 1972 until its sale and closure in 2016. Ann's work there ranged from receptionist to bookkeeper to lawn maintenance to surgical nurse. Her value was immeasurable.

Ann was known for her service to the people of her church and local community. She volunteered in many capacities and gave generously. She was honored with a Lifetime Service Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama.

Ann was preceded in death by her father, Philip Schuyler, her mother, Mildred (Toulson) Schuyler, and her brother, Philip Schuyler Jr.

In keeping with Ann's private nature, there will be no public memorial service. We miss you, Ann

Photo: Ann Baird Schuyler


Jonas G. Olin, 81, Weippe/Orofino

Jonas G. Olin, 81, of Weippe/Orofino passed away due to complications of Alzheimer's on Oct. 1, 2022.

Jonas was born to Carl Olin and Minnie Tower Bower in Orofino, where he grew up and then graduated in 1960. He then joined the Air Force in 1962 and became a security policeman. He served in North Korea and Japan.

Jonas left the military in 1966 and moved to Weippe where he married Judy McPherson in 1967.

Jonas was in the logging industry where he was a loader operator for Potlatch in 1982. He then moved to Oregon and also worked as a loader operator for Crater Lake Lumber Company.

In 1991 he moved to Alaska and drove truck for C&R Pipe Company for 26 years before moving back to Orofino for retirement.

His favorite things to do were work hard and help others in need.

He was admired and an inspiration to us all.

He also was a long-time member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Jonas was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie; father, Carl; stepfather, Les Bower; and granddaughter, Michelle Mcloud.

He is survived by son, Jeff Olin; daughter, Jody Olin; brothers, Bruce Bower (Bev Bower), Lorin Bower; sisters, Judy McIntosh and Bonnie Lewis; grandchildren, Erica Olin Klopfenstein (Brent Klopfenstein), and Ashley Mcloud; and one great grandson, Bradley Sieg.

Services will be held at Cook's Cemetery in Orofino, on Upper Fords Creek Road, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, with a potluck following at the VFW Hall located at 330 Michigan Ave., also in Orofino.


Patrick Dale Manfull, 72, Orofino

1949-2022

With broken hearts we want to let our friends and family know that Patrick passed away on October 7, 2022 from complications of surgery. He fought a valiant fight to stay with his family and loved ones.

Patrick was born Dec. 2, 1949 to Elma and Clarence (Red) Manfull. He lived his early life on the Manfull Hill with his family.

In 1965, after a successful basketball game, he walked up to a cheerleader, Carolyn Nichols and introduced himself. A spark was started and the two of them continued to date and love each other.

In 1967 we were married and welcomed our first baby girl, Heidi. What a joy even at our young age, because she was such an important part of our love for each other.

Pat finished his education at Orofino High School and with the aid and help of Darrel (Oly) Olsen Pat was able to obtain a college scholarship at Lewis Clark State College playing basketball. He was a remarkable athlete and basketball was his gift.

After college we moved back to Orofino to the Manfull Hill and began our life welcoming our second daughter, Kimberley, in 1970.

In 1978, we welcomed our third daughter Mandy Lynn. Pat worked in the woods as a sawyer and later an equipment operator.

In 1996, he began working for Clearwater County Road Department. He continued this employment until 2011 when he retired. We were able to enjoy our time golfing and going on various adventures, but the most memorable was this last winter when we traveled to Yuma, Ariz. to be with Pat's nephew, Mark Deyo and Barbie. We all golfed every day and Pat enjoyed the night bow fishing with Mark and Barbie.

As we traveled to Yuma, I will never forget, Pat said, oh my gosh, after 55 years of marriage we are finally getting a honeymoon. I laughed because during our 55 years we have had many honeymoon moments.

Pat lived a full wonderful life enjoying the outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing and his family.

Pat leaves behind his beloved wife, Carolyn; precious daughters, Heidi Adams (Doug), Kimberley Powers (Dane) and Mandy Lacey; grandchildren, Ashlee Diffin (Sean), Meghan Maki (Luke), Courtney Ohlson (Bailey), Brendon Judd, and Allyson Lacey; and great grandchildren, Rilee Diffin, Jace Diffin and Cutlar Ohlson and new baby coming soon in November; brothers Kip Manfull (Debbie) and Chris Manfull (Denise); and sister, Kathy Naslund, (Jim) and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Clarence and Elma; brother, Darrell Manfull, and sisters, Norma Deyo Grimes and Lenni Driver.

One of Pat's greatest joys over the years was playing and teaching our youth the love of the game of basketball.

If anyone would like to donate in Pat's honor, we would like to continue his legacy of teaching and playing the game of basketball. An account has been set up at LCCU (Lewis-Clark Credit Union).

We welcome our family and friends to "Celebration of Life" for Patrick at the Orofino Golf & Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Photo: Patrick Dale Manfull


William Bonson, 73, worked on Dworshak Dam

William "Bill" Nairn Bonson passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, peacefully at his home in Clarkston from congestive heart failure and kidney failure. Merchant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 7, 1949, to Earnest Nairn Bonson and Joyce Marie Bonson (Trent) in Clarkston. Bill was the second of seven children and the oldest boy. He graduated from Clarkston High School in the class of 1968. He enjoyed playing football, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He kept in touch with his classmates and enjoyed all the class reunions and luncheons spent with friends and classmates.

He often said some of his best days growing up were spent at the ranch on Joseph Creek owned by Fred and Minnie Haberman. His summers were spent learning to ranch, ride horses and shoot a gun. Most of his evenings were spent with a fishing pole in his hand and a bar of soap for his bath in the creek.

Bill went to college briefly in Spokane, Wash., where he met Nancy Pyles. They were married and had two daughters, Julie and Angela. They made their home in Clarkston. Their marriage ended in divorce after 35 years.

Bill's first career was as a sheet metal worker. For many generations, his family before him worked in metals, so this was a natural fit for him. He joined the Sheet Metal Workers local 66 Union in the early 1970s. He worked all over the Northwest on large commercial projects including the Dworshak Dam. He retired in the late 1990s.

The Snake River then called him to his second career. A partnership with his future son in-law, Gabe Cassell, was formed and they purchased Snake Dancers Excursions in 1999. Bill was passionate in sharing the beauty and life of Hells Canyon. He was a Coast Guard-certified boat captain. He ran year-round scenic jet boat tours and fishing trips. If you knew Bill, chances are you talked about the river. He was full of pride and was so very proud of the family business. He never truly retired.

Bill purchased property at Middle Creek Landing on the Snake River in 1989 and started building his cabin, which became his second home. He could always be found there working on something, fishing and just watching the river go by. There was always something about that river.

Bill was a past member of the Hells Canyon Muzzleloaders Association, partaking in monthly shoots and yearly rendezvous. Bill loved camping out. He also belonged to the Lewis and Clark ATV Club, and was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and was a current member of the Wreaths Across America. He spent many years coaching softball and enjoyed watching all of his grandchildren play sports. He never wanted to miss a game.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carol Bonson. He is survived by his daughters, Julie (Gabe) Cassell, of Clarkston, and Angela (Shane) Nightingale, of Asotin, Wash; his grandchildren Corah, Kinley, Brady, Stevie and Brooks; and his lifelong friend and companion, Jackie Roseborough whom he treasured.

Also surviving are his siblings Linda (Pat) Faith, of Pahrump, Nev.; Gordon (Cathy) Bonson, of Clarkston; Louise McKinney, of Spokane; Bruce Bonson, of Lewiston; Sandy (Rick) Fromdahl, of Clarkston.

Bill was an outdoorsman, a mountain man, a tin bender, fishing guide and boat captain.

He lived well, and laughed often.

You are invited to celebrate his life with us at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Floch Hall at the Asotin County Fairgrounds.

Bill loved eating good food and sharing a meal with family and friends. Please bring a covered-dish for everyone to share, some refreshments to be provided.

Photo: William "Bill" Nairn Bonson


Reneé Lynn Wheeler Strom, 46

Reneé Lynn Wheeler of Lapwai passed away surrounded by loved ones on Saturday Oct. 8, 2022 at the age of 46.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1975 to Phillip Wheeler JR and Francine Compo. She graduated from Lapwai High School in 1994. She enjoyed spending time with her children and family. She spent most of her years living on the Nez Perce reservation. As a child until her adult years, she enjoyed attending Powwows, playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. As she got older, she loved playing darts, attending Pendleton Round-Ups and watching the Seattle Seahawks play (her favorite NFL team).

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She is survived by her sons, Daren E. Strom of Lapwai, Brandon U. Wheeler of Lapwai; granddaughter, Nezhalynn Renee Nicole Bowman of Lapwai; daughter, Marissa R. Vallem of Lewiston, companion Tate Vallem of Lewiston; grandsons, Julian and Jaidan Maldonado of Lewiston. She is also survived by her mother, Francine Delorme of Sweetwater; sisters, Michelle Moreno of Lapwai, Deanne Covarrubias, of Carson, WA, Julia Allen of Lapwai; brother, William Allen III, of Orofino and brother-in-law, Steven Lombard Jr. of Orofino; and many nieces and nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Phillip Wheeler JR; grandparents, Ken and Rose Frank, step father, William T. Allen Jr; Aunt Freda Allen, and her uncles, Frank Compo, Richard Compo, and Rod Wheeler.

A burial will be held at Jonah Cemetery, Sweetwater, following the funeral service on Thursday, Oct. 13. A dinner will follow afterwards at the Julia Allen Memorial Building. Lana Rickman is the Head Cook.

The funeral is Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Lapwai Methodist Church, Lapwai.

Photo: Reneé Lynn Wheeler


Robert L. Francis, 93

Robert L. Francis, 93, Kooskia, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is in charge of arrangements.


Shirley McKnight, 74, Orofino

Shirley McKnight, 74, formerly of Yakima, WA, born on Dec. 6, 1947, died in her home in Orofino on Sept. 28, 2022.


John M. Meade, Jr., 85, Kamiah

John M. Meade Jr., 85, of Kamiah, passed away surrounded by family at his home in Kamiah.

Trenary Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.


Melvin James Carlile

Melvin James Carlile was born and died in Redding, CA. At five weeks old we moved back to Weiser, until third grade, beginning fourth grade in Havre, Mont, and various town or dam sites, such as Tiber Dam, Albuquerque, NM until high school.

Melvin graduated in 1963 and married Sheila, and shortly after became an Army draftee and off to Ft Hood, Tex. He was in Military Police and became ordained as a Reverend, as a General's driver/guard, gave prayers to graduating troops as most were going into combat immediately in Vietnam. He married Lori. He always helped anyone who needed anything, helping pay someone's rent or getting them out of the ditch in the winter with his old tow truck, without accepting any payment for such.

He supervised workers in a large machine shop in California for 12 years, manufacturing tire molds of many brands and sizes from a glob of metal. He trained men on huge Webster Bennet turret lathes. He then became a master carpenter, helping his neighbor/contractor build restaurants and custom homes.

His next "phase" was a Harley Davidson factory trained mechanic, working as a "wrench" at Ukiah, Calif., Harley Dealership.

He loved the Weippe area, the people, the country life and animals. He saw beauty and art in all things, old cars being major. He will be missed by many, and I pray, also, to be successful at knocking on heaven's door, at the resurrection.

He is survived by twin brother, Calvin Carlile; younger sister, Janiel Johnson; first cousin, Evelyn Wilson of Orofino; nephew, Jason Carlile; and niece, Jessica.

There will be a memorial service on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Weippe Seventh-day Adventist Church, 221 Main St. S., Weippe. Reception to follow.

Photo: Melvin James Carlile


Mary Frances Hintz Redl, 96

Mary Frances Hintz Redl, 96, of Lewiston, passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. She was born April 6, 1926, along with her twin brother, Robert, in Le Mars, Iowa, to Frank and Genevieve Hintz.

She met James Redl and they were married at Sioux City, Iowa, on Feb. 14, 1947, during a big snow storm where Jim and his best man, "shoveled all night so they could get a rig out to get to the wedding. We needed to pick Mary up on the way, we were late to our own wedding!" They lived in Sioux City, Pierce and Clark Fork, before permanently settling in Lewiston. They were married 67 years, until Jim's passing in 2013.

Mary was a stay-at-home mom, but had one of the hardest work ethics, which her children followed. She tended to their house, garden, canning, baking, sewing and making sure her ornery sons were behaving. Walking into her house on Saturday mornings smelled heavenly as she did her baking for the week and if you were lucky, you received a warm cookie. She led the girls in Brownies, Camp Fire Girls and 4-H. Her hobbies included reading, embroidering, sewing, crocheting and quilting. She was a member of the KRLC Quilters for several years, donating quilts to those in need. Anyone who received one of her quilts or table runners received a labor of love. She was very proud of the fact that she was able to live on her own until June.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Linda) Redl, of Lewiston, and Tom (Oats) Redl, of Peck; and her daughters, Sara (Randy) Olson, of Lewiston, and Mary (Darrel) Uhlorn, of Cottonwood. She is also survived by her grandchildren who she adored, Ann Marie Gale, Curt Scott, Dawn Tolotti, Mary Rumbaugh, Brent Uhlorn, Kylie Jacobs and Holli Uhorn. Her great-grandchildren were the apple of her eye, Breanne and Randall Scott, Hudson Rumbaugh, Katie Tolotti, Tristan, Baker and Rayna Uhlorn, Ellie and Baby Girl Jacobs. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim; her beautiful daughter, Cecelia Peters; her parents, and four brothers and two sisters.

A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with a funeral Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Helping Hands, P.O. Box 1975, Lewiston, ID 83501 or St. Vincent De Paul, 604 Second St., Clarkston, WA 99403, who helped her family when she was a child.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photos: Mary Frances Hintz Redl


Robert E. Bennett, 79, Weippe

Robert E. Bennett of Weippe, passed away suddenly on Sept. 25, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He had been spending time at Lucky 7 Ranch in Weippe, his most favorite place to be, when he became ill and was transported to the hospital.

Known to his family and friends as "Bobby", he was born in Orofino in the Burns Hospital to Dick and Lilly Bennett, on Jan. 11, 1943. He joined a sister and brother at the family home in Weippe.

In the late 1940s the family moved to Richland for employment. When WWII ended, so did the job.

The family returned to the farm on Three Mile Road, in Weippe.

A tragedy at the farm took the life of Bobby's father and the family moved to Clarkston, Wash.

God provided a new father to Bobby in the form of his beloved Uncle Bob.

Bob and Lilly married, and subsequently had two boys, Dave and Dan. Bob taught the boys hunting, fishing, camping, the value of friendship, truth, honest and good work habits. Everyone always had a job.

Early on, Bobby developed a love of horses, and through the years, he learned how much fun team roping was. This became his passion, and he won many buckles and made many friends and memories.

He was an accomplished crane operator in the Potlatch Log yard in Lewiston until his retirement.

He is survived by three brothers, Dick, Dave and Dan. In addition, he is survived by eight children, Tina, Scott, Shane, Brent, Jason, Josie, Becky and Kristine.

He is also survived by his wife, Marcie, along with many lifelong friends.

Preceding him in death is his father, Dick; mother, Lilly; uncle, Bob; sister, Betty Lathrop; and brother-in-law, Dale Lathrop.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at the Weippe Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. where Bobby will be laid to rest close to his mother and father.

Photo: Robert E. Bennett


Celebration of Life set for James Harper

A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held for long time Orofino resident, James Harper, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at the VFW, 330 Michigan Ave., Orofino.


Marvin Sam Borders, 77, formerly of Weippe

Marvin Sam Borders passed away peacefully at Tri-State Hospital Sept. 19, 2022 in the presence of his wife Karin Borders, his daughter Kolleen Torgerson, and his granddaughter Alaini Bierhaus. Sam was born on Jan. 23, 1945 to Ted and Viola Borders in Orofino where he would find himself growing up in Weippe Idaho.

Sam was the class clown type all the way through school and also quite the athlete when it came to football in his later years of high school.

He married the love of his life, Karin Jean Dykes fresh out of high school, in 1965 where they would spend the next 57 years together.

They lived their early days in their small hometown, where Sam became a truck driver, earning the name highway angel.

They shortly made their way to Lewiston where they would start their family. They were to have their first-born daughter, Michelle Borders in 1966, but due to unfortunate circumstances she passed at birth.

They were blessed with their next miracles in 1970 with their second daughter, Jolene Borders, and 1971 with their third, Kolleen Borders.

He made a living for his family as a truck driver but was also quite the artist and would make some side money by selling his hand drawn CB radio cards to friends and family. He was also an avid yard saler. He was always out catching the best deals first thing in the morning.

Later in life he enjoyed his men's breakfasts with some old friends who he always enjoyed catching up with.

Another thing he took pride in was making sure his home was a home to everyone. He was a very good host for get-togethers and loved being a people and family man. Sam leaves behind his wife, Karin Jean Borders; his daughter, Kolleen Torgerson; granddaughters, Alaini Bierhaus, Kristi Yokum, Whitney Torgerson, Kaitlyn Torgerson, Kaylee Rose, Lacey Rose, Lexi Rose; and his grandsons, Zane Gosslin and Kale Stewart.

He is proceeded in death by his parents Ted and Viola Borders; his sisters, Gail Hibbs, and Helen Smith; brothers, Fred, and Larry Borders; and his two daughters, Michelle and Jolene Borders.

A service will be held at Deyo Reservoir in Fraser on Oct. 8. All friends and family are welcome. Potluck dinner following.

Photo: Marvin Sam Borders


Mary Lee Clelland, 84, formerly of Orofino, Peck

Mary Lee Clelland, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family, including all four of her beloved children.

Mary was born July 7, 1938 in Atlanta, to Ira Lee Kirkus and Metha LaVerle Kirkus (Graythen). She moved to Lewiston with her parents and sister, Laverle. She attended school at Lewiston Senior High School. She married Jim Olson and during their short marriage they brought their daughter Susanna Lynn into the world, the first of her four beloved children.

In her younger years, Mary worked a variety of jobs, including when she worked as a cashier at Highland Grocery and Potlatch Cafeteria. But while Mary was working at the Tip Top Drive Inn in north Lewiston, a young man by the name of Clifford Arthur Clelland walked in. He was a handsome man and Mary perceived that he was interested in dating one of the other girls that was working there with her. It turned out though, that he had his sights set on her, when he asked Mary to go on a date with him and the rest is history. Clifford became her very best friend and her husband, whom she would adore and lean on for the rest of her life. Soon they would bring into the world Timothy Ray, Carrie Ann and Dawn Linette, to complete their family.

Their young family moved from Clarkston, Wash., to Orofino in 1974, where they raised their young children on Wells Bench. In 1991, they drove to Roseburg, Ore,. in a Suburban and picked up two breeding pairs of Emus and started their Emu Farm as they settled into their Peck home. This was the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, filling every inch of their home with their children and grandchildren's laughter and love. The rustic farmhouse in Peck was the place that brought the family together on the weekends, holidays and all other occasions in between. This home was the setting for many moments that make us laugh and cry, what memories are made of.

From 1997 to 2006, Mary commuted six days a week to Lewiston. Five days of which, to work for her son Tim, at Allstate Insurance and then at Murray Insurance, during the work week and to attend church every Sunday. She attended Warner Alliance and CrossPoint Alliance where she met some of her very best friends, including Virginia Mastroberardino. In 2006, Cliff and Mary retired from their family-owned floor covering business, Cliff's Custom Floors. They bought a house in Lewiston, to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Through all the years of her life, she considered her work as a Prayer Warrior for Christ, her most important mission on earth. She set her alarm every morning at 4 a.m., to get on her knees and begin her prayer list from a journal where the names of people and specific needs grew daily, to the point of her being on her knees, for up to two hours at a time. She had calloused the tops of her feet from the labor of love of praying.

In December of 2015, Mary lost her dear Clifford. Life was not the same without him and she had been desperately missing him ever since. Our hearts are filled with joy, knowing how loving and joyous that reunion must have been.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Lee Kirkus and Metha L. (Pat) DeVault and her "Nanny", Mabel Susanna Graythen; her father-in-law, Ansel; mother-in-law, Argyl Irene Clelland; sister, Mandy LaVerle Fagan and Carl Fagan (brother-in-law); husband, Clifford; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Moxley; and grandma, Lila DeVault.

She is survived by her father by marriage, Everett DeVault; her children, Susan Warren, Tim Clelland (wife Brenda), Carrie Clelland and Dawn Stuffle (husband Keith); a son-by-law and kept by choice, Tom Goodroad; grandchildren, Danielle Butsick (husband Brandon), Brittani Bailey (husband Derek), Dustin Clelland (wife Diana), Jessica Chase (husband Levi), Raschelle Harper (husband Dustin), Kimberly Marcy (husband Garret), Mikayla Rhodes (husband Dakota), Bethany Behler (husband Kit), Zion and Damaris Stuffle, Brian and Cadelind Warren; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Derek, Titus, Adelle, Benjamin, Charlie, Amelia, Sawyer, Sadie, Arden, Isla, Wylee, Junie, Goldie, Livi, Virginia, Imogen, Cora, Alastair and one more, due in December; as well as many beloved friends.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Ann and MariBeth, RNs from Hospice and Connie, medical caregivers for their work.

Donations may be made in Mary's honor, to Life Choices Clinic, where she volunteered her time, in care of Christine King, P.O. Box 1107, Lewiston, Idaho 83501, or, by visiting their website, lifechoicesclinic.info.

A service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave, Lewiston.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston, is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Mary Lee Clelland


Allen Nichols Crawford, 83, former area log truck driver

On Sept. 22, 2022, we lost our father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Allen Nichols Crawford, who was 83 years of age. Allen passed away at Tri-State Memorial in Clarkston, of symptoms related to COVID-19.

Allen was born to Ernest Crawford and Mildred (Olmsted) Crawford, in Emida, Idaho, on Nov. 20, 1938. He was the youngest boy of six brothers and he also had five sisters.

Telling a fib about his age, Allen enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1955 at the age of 17 and he was honorably discharged in 1960. Shortly after he was discharged, he married Wesleyne Jackie Barker "Sandy." Allen and Sandy had three children, Audrey Nanette, Allen Nathan and Dimond Lyle Crawford.

Over the years, Allen worked various jobs, mainly at sawmills, from South Dakota to Idaho. In 1971, he landed his first log truck driving job with PFI at Headquarters. After PFI closed logging operations at Headquarters, Allen drove logging truck for Kenny Miller and Finke Logging. After 45 years, at the age of 78, Allen retired to become a full-time caregiver for his beloved wife, Sandy.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sandy; daughter, Audrey; his brothers Alonzo, Arnold, Abby and Roy; and his sisters, Darlene, Wanda, Lois and Mary Kay.

He is survived by his sons, Allen Crawford (Joya) and Dimond Crawford (Sherry); his sister, Diane Winter, of St. Maries; and his brother, Clifford Crawford, of Council, Idaho. Allen also leaves behind his grandchildren, Joshua, Jay Ausman, Rickelle Wesleyne Ladd and Derick D. Lyle Crawford (Lacie); great-grandchildren, Brooke, Harley and Josie Ausman, Serena and Brock Ladd, Katherine and Zoey Crawford; and several nieces, nephews and too many friends to count.

At his request, there will not be a service and cremation has taken place. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Allen Nichols Crawford


Betty Dahl, 89, former Elk River City Clerk

Betty Dahl, 89, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Avalon Nursing Home in Pullman, Wash.

She was born at home March 1, 1933, near Remer, Minn., to Don and Illa Trott.

Her early childhood was spent in the Bruce, Wis., area. In 1945, the family moved to Elk River. She graduated from Elk River High School in 1951 as class valedictorian.

Betty Trott and Bernie Dahl were married Nov. 23, 1951, at Bernie's maternal grandmother's house in Spokane, Wash. Four children were born to this union. Most of Betty's adult life was spent in Elk River. The family moved to Troy for 10 years and then they moved back to Elk River in 1973. She was a member of the Sno-Ball Rebekah Lodge No. 70 when it was in operation, and she was also a member of the Kendrick-Juliaetta Evergreen Friendship Club and she was also the Elk River city clerk from 1975-85.

Betty is survived by her four children, Becky Pierson, Dawn Tillson, Judy (Mike) Heath and Tom (Jaimie) Dahl. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and a sister, Frances Blakely.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie, in 1996; her parents; brothers Don and Lloyd; her sister, Dolores Dahl; and her grandson, Aaron Heath.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Betty Dahl


Robert E. Bennett, 79, Weippe

Robert E. Bennett, 79, Weippe, born Jan. 11, 1943, died Sept. 25, 2022 in Orofino.

A memorial service is pending.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Tonce R. Graves, 65, Lenore

Tonce R. Graves, 65, Lenore, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Richard 'Dick' G. Farrington, 80, Lenore

Richard 'Dick' G. Farrington, 80, was peacefully called to Heaven from his home in Lenore, Idaho on Aug. 18, 2021. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho on Oct. 25, 1940 to Glen and Bernadine (Bunny) Farrington.

In 1958 he married Irene Shine and they had three boys. The marriage ended in a divorce and Dick married Patricia (Pat) Irby in 1976. Together they had one daughter.

After high school, he went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla as a carpenter. He later worked for Broemeling Welding in Genesee. After that he worked for Alec & Howard Lumber as a timber cruiser. He also was a log scaler at Headquarters for Potlatch Corporation. From there he went to work at Jaype Plywood Plant in Pierce and was there for 28 years. Along with his best friend, Robert (Jelly Bean) Brown, Dick enjoyed working with wood and restoring old furniture.

An avid outdoorsman, he spent much of his time in the mountains hunting, fishing and camping with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Pat of 45 years; his children: Ricky (Loretta) of Lewiston, Greg (Laurie) of Meridian, Kevin (Katie) of Spokane, Wasjh., and Tanya (David) of Lewiston. He is also survived by his brother, Doug (Linda) Farrington of Lewiston and sister-in-law, Carmen Rinehart (Greg) of Pierce and his grandchildren: Zane Farrington, Nina (Dustin) Wooldworth, Shallyn (Will) English, Kyle Farrington, Riley Farrington, Max Farrington, Chad Vonk and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Carol Farrington (Boyd) Wood and his brother, Norm Farrington.

While we are thankful for the blessing of having him in our lives, Heaven has received another special 'outdoor angel' to watch over those he left behind. A graveside celebration of life will be held at Sanders Cemetery at the Wells Bench Church in Orofino on Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. Following the service, friends and family are invited to a lunch gathering at the home of Alex & Julia Irby at 58 Preston Road off Grangemont Road.

Photo: Richard 'Dick' G. Farrington


Jackson Carl Pease, 81, formerly of Headquarters

Jackson Carl Pease peacefully passed away at his home in Clarkston, Wash.,with his wife Mary by his side in the early morning Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. He was 81 years old.

Jack was born to Carl and Iola Pease in Lewiston on July 19, 1941. He grew up in the small logging community of Headquarters, and graduated from Pierce High School in 1959. Jack immediately began his pursuit of a career in education from Lewis-Clark State College with his degree in elementary education in 1961. He then graduated from Sonoma State College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and from there, proceeded to San Francisco State University. Jack graduated with a master's degree in elementary school administration from San Francisco State in 1965 and then graduated from the University of Idaho's Graduate School with a focus in elementary school administration.

Jack subsequently embarked on his more than 30-year career in education in Long Beach, Calif., where he also met the love of his life, Mary Alice Terrell. A short courtship was all it took for them to know they were meant for one another and were married soon thereafter in 1971 in Compton, Calif. It was not long after they were married that Jack and Mary decided to move to Clarkston and start a family.

Upon being hired as a teacher and principal at Asotin Elementary, Jack soon made it his mission to encourage literacy in youth by creating a reading program that began with newborn children in the district and continued on throughout their time in grade school. It was a devotion that would eventually result in Asotin Elementary school student test scores in reading exceeding state averages.

Jack's discipline system also left a positive impact on the children he dealt with and the school as a whole. Jack also cared enough to send children out of his office with words of encouragement and candy from the ever-present candy jar that sat on his desk. As a result of his devotion to the education of children, Jack was awarded the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington Distinguished Principal Award in 1998 and nominated for the Washington Award for Excellence in Education in 2001.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman who loved fly-fishing and backpacking into the mountains of northern Idaho. He also enjoyed spending summers camping with his family. As soon as the school year gave way to summer vacation, Jack could be found towing his trailer and his family to the forests of northern Idaho. It was there he found his Zen, whipping his fly rod back and forth along the banks of many a cold brook, stream or lake.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Andrew; daughter, Alicia; daughter-in-law, Stephanie; and son-in-law, Eric. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew, Nick, Mary, Gabe, Erica and Drew; his surviving sibling, Nancy Johnson, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will have a celebration of life at a later date. Any condolences may be sent to the family directly.

Photo: Jackson Carl Pease


Celebration of Life set for Ralph L. 'Buffy' Richardson

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ralph L. 'Buffy' Richardson on Oct. 1, 2022, at 1 p.m., at the VFW, 330 Michigan Ave., Orofino.

Please bring a favorite memory and a potluck dish.


Ruth Esther Hatfield, 92, formerly of Orofino

Ruth Esther Logan Hatfield died at age 92 in Forest Grove, Ore.

Ruth was born at her grandmother's house in Clarkston, Wash., on March 25, 1930. She grew up in Orofino. where she attended school and graduated from Orofino High School in 1948. She met her future husband Frank while working as a clerk at the State Mental Hospital - he was installing the phone system; the joke was that they both got to leave at the end of the day. They married in 1957 and later moved to the Tri-Cities in Washington in 1960.

Ruthie had a great sense of humor and loved visiting with her family and friends. She loved pets and had numerous well-loved cats and dogs through the years. She worked at the Department of Energy in Richland, Wash., for many years, retiring in 1991.

She was preceded in death by husband, Frank Hatfield; parents, Ralph Logan and Francis Laudenbach; sister, Linda Albers; and beloved cousin, Carol Edmark who was like a sister to Ruth. She is survived by sister, Laurie Jo Hobson; brothers, Tom Logan and Jim Challinor; children, Liz Hutchison and Carl Hatfieldl six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A gathering to celebrate Ruth's life will be held later, an announcement will be made once the details are known.

Photo: Ruth Esther Hatfield


Janet Marie Gardner, 78, Orofino

Janet Marie Gardner passed away on Aug. 29, 2022 at her home in Orofino with her family by her side, at the age of 78.

She was born in Redding, Calif., to Sam Jones and Martha Hunsaker, on Jan. 17, 1943.

She married Richard (Dickie) Mendenhall, in 1956. They had five children; Lorena (Andy) Cantrell of Proberrta, Calif., Linda Mendenhall (John Bernard) of Kamiah, Loralee Parkinson (deceased), Richard Mendenhall (deceased), and Charles (Mechell) Mendenhall of Weippe.

She married Ray Mendenhall with three stepchildren, Marvin Mendenhall, Debbie Bunch and Missy Knight, all of Kamiah. They divorced in 1980.

She married Rex Gardner with two step children, Sueann Gardner (John Beck) of Orofino, and Emily Gardner (David Johnston) of Sheridan WY.

She also had numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She enjoyed canning and gardening. She had a love for horses and her two little dogs (Sissy and Abby).

A brief service will be held on Oct. 22, 2022 at Willow Ridge Cemetery, at 12 noon, then finish at Kamiah Senior Citizen Building from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a potluck dinner.

Photo: Janet Marie Gardner


Charles 'Jim' McCollister, 77. Orofino

Charles "Jim" McCollister, of Orofino, born Feb. 2 1945, died Sept. 7, 2022 in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Myrna Kay Ely, 84, Pierce

Our dear Myrna Kay Ely's life ended peacefully on Aug. 3, 2022. She was 84.

Myrna was born July 13, 1938, to Oscar and Anna Munck in Culdesac, Idaho. Myrna lived in Orofino during her youth and briefly moved to Chicago when she was 14. There she lived with her sister, Anna Lee, while her mother, Anna, was a cook for the Forest Service for many months. Later, Myrna moved back to Culdesac and graduated high school. After graduation, Myrna moved to Hepner, Ore., with her sister, Wanda, where she met Ray Ely. They married in 1956 and had four children, Kenneth (Ken), Kevin, Thomas (Tom), and Laurie. In 1964, their family of six moved to Lewiston, and in 1976 finally settled in Pierce, Idaho, where she lived for over 40 years.

Myrna was a well-loved member of the community of Pierce, where she was a teacher's aide at Pierce Elementary and Timberline High School until her retirement.

She was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Sorority, Lion's Club, and Rebekahs. Myrna also enjoyed volunteering her time at the Pierce Community Center and attending the polls on election day. Always contributing, she served on the Pierce Library Board and J Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum board. A highlight of Myrna's time in Pierce is when she was the Grand Marshal of 1860 days in 2014. Her whole family came to surprise her and she was delighted!

Myrna was a master seamstress and could crochet or sew just about anything. A generous soul, she loved crocheting hats for people far and wide. Of course, it was time to watch out when she yelled, "DAMN IT!!" from her well-stocked sewing room, but everything usually turned out okay.

Myrna was an avid sports fan (TV/bleacher yeller), reader of books, and word search connoisseur. She rarely missed a Mariner's or Gonzaga game (or an episode of Jeopardy), and she was a steadfast supporter of the Timberline Spartans.

In addition to living in Chicago, Myrna was also a world traveler. She went to Denmark to visit relatives with her sister, Wanda, and brother, Tom. She visited West Virginia with her friend, Tiny, went on a road trip to Disneyland with her daughter, Laurie, and Seattle to visit her granddaughter, Shelby.

Myrna enjoyed taking her "little dog Nugget" for car rides and then going "uptown" to listen to music while "no doubt in my mind," having a couple of beers with her friends. Myrna never missed a birthday and had a knack for ensuring a card arrived on the exact date. She enjoyed camping and watching friends and family play softball in the summer. In her later years, her Saturdays were happily spent at the J Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum, educating the masses about the history of Pierce.

More than anything, she loved being with her family and friends while enjoying the outdoor beauty of Idaho. Above all else, Myrna treasured her time with her son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Myrna was greeted in death by her mother, Anna Scarborough; father, Oscar Munck; stepfather, Jake Scarborough; husband, Ray Ely; husband, Paul Leeper; partner, Frank "Randy" Gumaer, and three children, Kevin Ely, Thomas Ely, and Laurie Shelton-Carlson. Her siblings, Thomas Munck, Elvin Munck, Wanda Appflebeck, and Anna Lee Moore, were also awaiting her. In addition to her immediate family, Myrna had many special friends and other family members waiting for her with love.

Myrna is survived by her son, Ken Ely; grandchildren, Jennifer Dunaway (Avery), Brandon Ely (Angelina), Shelby Shelton, Justin Ely (Mallorie); great-grandchildren, Gavin Dunaway (Harlee), Tate Dunaway, Aidan Ely, Ryan Ely, and Miller Ely and many loved nieces and nephews.

We would like to invite family and friends to Deyo Reservoir on Sept. 24, 2022, at 1 p.m. in Fraser, Idaho, for a potluck/BYOB. We will celebrate Myrna's life, sharing memories of love and laughter. Any donations in Myrna's name are suggested to be made to the Pierce Community Center or the J Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum.

In addition, our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Brookside Landing for the kindness and care they gave to Myrna in her final months of life. While no amount of time was enough with the Magnificent Myrna, our memories will last a lifetime.

Photo: Myrna Kay Ely


Steven 'Brian' Main, 56

Steven "Brian" Main, 56, of Spokane and Kooskia, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, while in Kooskia.

A graveside service at Washington State Veteran's Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being taken care of by Trenary Funeral Home.


Brad Brown, 52, formerly of Fraser

Brad Brown, 52 years of age, passed away Sept. 1, 2022 at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Wash.

Brad was born May 9, 1970 in Orofino, Idaho. He was the oldest of five children. Brad graduated from Timberline High School in 1988. He then attended Lewis Clark State College for three years.

Brad worked at Twin City Foods Pea Harvest in Lewiston and then worked for Mader Farms on the Palouse and in Waitsberg, Wash. Then he worked for McGregor's on the Palouse where he drove trucks, spread fertilizer, and sprayed fields.

Brad also worked at NWB Asphalt in Pendleton, Ore., for his Uncle Neil Brown.

Brad then went on to work at the bowling alley's Zeppoz in Pullman, Wash., Lancer Lanes in Clarkston, Wash., and Imperial Bowl in Craigmont. He was a mechanic at all three bowling alleys. Brad loved bowling and played in many tournaments and made a lot of friends.

Brad married Debbie Dedmore on May 26, 2012. They divorced in 2021.

While growing up on the family farm in Fraser, Idaho, Brad was driving trucks, combine's, and tractor's in his teen years. He also gained a lot of experience by helping take care of cattle. There was always work to do and so he was always kept busy.

Brad has spent many summers in his adulthood coming back to the Brown's Family Farm to help with haying and harvest season. During harvest, he was usually in charge of running the bank out wagon. His family was always grateful for his help during those busy months.

Throughout most of his youth, Brad was in 4-H Club. He showed many steers at the fair and really enjoyed that. For a 4-H woodworking project, Brad made his Mom a beautiful China cabinet that he won best in show for. His Mom, Donna, still uses and loves it to this day.

Brad's family and friends knew him by the nickname Bear because he was like a big Teddy Bear. He was the tallest of the five siblings and also had a big heart. He loved animals and had many pets throughout his life.

Brad is survived by his parents Danny and Donna Brown; brother, Cory Brown; brother Kevin and sister-in-law Katy Brown; brother Derek Brown and sister-in-law Caresse Brown; and sister Danette McIntosh and brother-in-law Josh McIntosh. He also has 10 nieces and 6nephews.

A small family gathering will be held for Brad at a later date.

Photo: Brad Brown


Ray Mendenhall, 85, Weippe

Ray Mendenhall, 85, of Weippe Idaho passed away on Aug. 18, 2022.

He will be missed by many.

Ray was born in Harrisburg, Idaho on June 15, 1937 to Herman and Ethna Mendenhall. Ray had three brothers Reese, Neil, and Harold and one sister, Wanda Mendenhall Trombetta.

Ray grew up on Carabelle, and in the Kamiah area. He loved this area, as he was an avid hunter and fisherman. The Black Lead area was one of his favorite places.

Ray always loved a good horse and had a special place in his heart for them. He spent many years cowboying in Idaho and Montana before returning to Idaho.

On July 29, 1989 he married the love of his life, Connie Weidner (Mendenhall). They made a family and together raised their six children Marvin Mendenhall Sr., Debbie Bunch, Missi Knight, Brandon Ladd, Monte Walsh and Rachael Mendenhall.

He also spent a number of years in many different positions of the logging industry from being a sawyer and road builder to acting as the woods foreman for Potlatch. He was great at his job and made a name for himself amid the logging community.

Ray had 14 grandchildren: Marvin Jr., Levi, Amanda, Jeremiah, Amber, Josh, Ashley, Bart, Jacy, Linzy, Jacglen, Jed, Dalton, and Taylor and many great grandchildren as well as a number of nieces and nephews he considered very close to him.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Mendenhall, and his children Marvin Mendenhall Sr., Debbie Bunch, Missi Knight, Brandon Ladd, Monte (Sara) Walsh, and Rachael Mendenhall.

There will be a Celebration of Life held on Sept. 24, 2022 at the IOOF Hall in Weippe, Idaho at 1 p.m. We request your presence to join us for a potluck dinner and to share the stories of how Ray Mendenhall has impacted our lives.

Photo: Ray Mendenhall


Maxine L. Anderson 71, Pierce

Maxine L. Anderson 71, Pierce, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 at her daughter's home in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Fern L. Moulton, 96, Orofino

Fern L. Moulton born Oct. 10, 1925, in Bloomer, Wisconsin, to Victor and Clara Lueck. Baptized Oct. 18, 1925.

She was Confirmed October 22, 1939, at the age of 14.

Aside from the date of her Marriage to Rexford Moulton on Jan. 10, 1953, and the birth of daughter Shirley in 1959, these were the most important dates in her life.

Fern's life was centered around Faith and Family, and she was unwavering in her commitment to both.

Fern was no stranger to hard work, growing up on the family farm there was work a plenty. She helped take care of her grandmother who was bedridden as well as having chores on the farm. With the addition of twin sisters Ruth and Rita in November of 1937 Fern was kept busy heating water and washing diapers in the old wringer washer. She would hang them outside in the bitter Wisconsin winter to dry (freeze), then bring them in to hang by the fire until they were fully dry. She confided to me that freezing them first actually sped up the drying process!

After moving from the farm, rather than lightening the workload, Fern took over raising the twins as her Mother had to go to work to help support the family. Ruth and Rita have many precious memories of what a wonderful "Mom" Fern was to them during those Depression years.

Fern's faith didn't allow for work that was anything less than her very best and that was true of everything she did throughout her life. From building a tree fort for Shirley and her friends, to placing "live traps" to trap stray cats to take to the vet for spaying and neutering. Fern gave every project 100%!

Fern shared care of her mother Clara for years with her sisters, and when travel was no longer an option for Grandma Lueck, she came to live with us until her health forced us to make other arrangements.

This move didn't lessen the care and attention Fern devoted to her mother. She would visit every morning and evening, after finishing her cleaning jobs.

Most of you will remember Fern as the cleaning lady for many of the local downtown businesses. She started her cleaning career in private homes for Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hill, Willard and Rosella Markuson, Mick and Ruth Markuson, and Bill Cummings. Dr. Hill recruited her to clean the clinic for him in the late 70's and she cleaned there for many years even after he was gone.

She and husband Rex cleaned Barnett Thompson Chevy Garage together after my Dad retired. My mom worked there for 31 years until Denny closed the doors! She worked for Ted and Donna Leach until they sold the Burns Building and kept right on cleaning for Lonnie and Shannon Simpson until she retired on Dec. 31. 2016 at the age of ninety-one! (That is NOT a typo!) Clearwater Reality, Goffinet & Clack and the old downtown Unemployment Office all benefitted from her love of her work and her 100% commitment to doing her best!

Granddaughter Mariah spent many wonderful years as Grandma's best friend! Sunday School lessons were created and taught with love, puzzles, playing store, blocks, games Grandma created, or building snowmen. Mariah was the apple of her eye and experienced that 100% commitment to love and care of family. This shining example will continue to be reflected in the care and devotion Mariah has for her own family now.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Clara Lueck; husband, Rex; and grandson, Joshua Roy Stuart. Fern is survived by daughter, Shirley (Dennis) Harper, Mariah (Michael and Javier) Hunter, all of Orofino; sister, Rita (Duane) Dover of Phoenix, AZ, and Ruth Swigart of The Dalles, OR.

Fern became a member of Peace Lutheran Church here in Orofino on May 21, 1967, just 10 days after we moved here! I know she would wish for any memorials to go to our sister church St. John's Lutheran Church Valley Bible Academy 1107 14th St. Clarkston, WA. 99403 (Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.)

A Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church 13946 1st. Ave. W. Orofino, Id 83544, located behind Green Things Nursery.

Fern went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 25, 2022, she was ninety-six.

Matt. 25:21 May we so live to enjoy that day when the Lord may say to us, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

Photo: Fern L. Moulton


Stanley Evert Ball, 86, born in Orofino

Stanley Evert Ball, dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at the age of 86.

Stanley was born May 1, 1936, to Harry R. Ball and Irene B. (Beck) Ball in Orofino and joined his sister, Betty Ann (Ball) Squires.

His father died when he was 3 months old and his mother later married Francis Wohlsein and, in time, was joined by two younger brothers, Jerry and Raymond.

He graduated from Kooskia High School in 1954. He loved all sports and lettered in all four sports in each year of high school. He also boxed for two years. His coaches called him their "workhorse."

After high school, Stan worked for the Forest Service, doing trail maintenance and then as a smokejumper out of McCall, which is also where he learned to water ski. He was a natural in athletics and any outdoor activities.

He attended one year at Coalinga Junior College in Coalinga, Calif., on a football scholarship. This is also where Stan met the love of his life, Joyce White. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

Stan owned and operated Roto-Rooter Franchises in Merced, Calif., Medford and Salem, Ore., as well as Lewiston. It seems that each time he moved, it was closer to his beloved mountains and rivers of Idaho. He loved the Selway, Lochsa, Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers. He also loved to hunt, fish and anything outdoors. He lived life to the fullest, as he worked hard and played hard with his family.

Stan was a longtime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many capacities throughout his life.

A joyous reunion took place as he was greeted by loved ones who preceded him in death, his mother, Irene (Beck) Wohlsein; his father, Harry R. Ball; his brothers, Jerry and Raymond; Evert Sue Lavin (great-granddaughter); and other family members.

Stan and Joyce raised a large family. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, and children Michael (Diane) Ball, Kim (Jeff) Lavin, John (Crystal) Ball, Stephanie (Lee) Trotter, Rebecca (Joe) Harris, Jennifer (Paul) Kraus, Melinda (Bill) Thatcher, Heather (Ted) Everett, Chris (Jody) Ball, Travis (Angie) Ball, Trevor (Gina) Bushey and Nazaree (Casey) Jackson. Stan is also survived by his sister, Betty Ann Squires; sister-in-law, Pam Wohlsein and many nieces and nephews. He has left a wonderfully large posterity which includes 47 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 3 more on the way, and they love and cherish them all.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 836 Preston Ave., Lewiston. A viewing will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Asotin Cemetery.

Photo: Stanley Evert Ball


Kenneth R. Hoffman, 60, Ahsahka

June 20, 1962 -Aug. 26, 2022

Kenneth R. Hoffman, of Ahsahka, Idaho, passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, with his beloved wife and his loving mother by his side.

Ken was born in Boise, Idaho, in 1962, to Fred Hoffman and Alta (Hansen) Hoffman. He was the second of three sons. His father worked in construction, so the family lived in various places in Idaho, Oregon and California, eventually settling in the Boise area.

Throughout his childhood, he and his brothers helped out on their grandparents' farm south of Boise every summer, and they all enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever possible. He was a champion wrestler throughout junior high and high school.

Immediately following his graduation ceremony from Meridian High School, Ken traveled to Ely, Nevada with his dogs to work for a cougar hunting guide. Ken also loved hunting bears. In his recent years his hunting was usually with a camera.

Ken worked for Albertsons Sundries for many years, as well as being a commercial truck driver, carpenter, and farmer.

Ken moved to Ahsahka, Idaho (near Orofino) and enjoyed living close to wildlife. He enjoyed talking about his "pet" deer and turkeys that stayed around his house, even the cougars and bears he frequently saw. He especially enjoyed shopping at the local grocery store and catching the eye of "deli girl" DeeAnna Nichols who became his wife and the love of his life.

Ken is survived by his wife, DeeAnna Nichols Hoffman; mother, Alta Doersch of Payette, Idaho; brother, John (Mendy) Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona; brother-in-law, Kelley Nichols; and uncles, Jerry Hansen, of Boise, and Marvin (Nancy) Hansen of Meridian.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Lowe Hoffman and his older brother, Frederick W. Hoffman.

Ken had a unique sense of humor and loved telling jokes and playing practical jokes. He made us laugh! He is gone too soon and will be very deeply missed. We will remember him in the trees and wildlife. We love you, Ken, always have.

Services to honor and celebrate Ken's life will be held Thursday, Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 939 Michigan Ave., Orofino. A potluck will follow at the Helgeson Place, 125 Johnson Ave., Orofino.

Photo: Kenneth R. Hoffman


Robert 'Bob' Dupea, 86, formerly of Orofino

Robert "Bob" Dupea passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, from congestive heart failure. He was 86.

Bob was born June 26, 1936, in Seattle, Wash., to Nellie Drube Dupea and Joe Dupea. He grew up in Greer and attended school in Orofino. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served on the USS Wasp and the USS Lexington. He returned to Orofino and worked on many construction jobs in the area.

Bob married his wife and partner of 62 years, Diane Benscoter, on June 18, 1960. They raised their sons Tim and Chris in Orofino. Bob and Diane were very involved in the boys' activities. He coached the "Bad News Bears" for many years.

In 1989, they moved to Moscow and both went to work at Washington State University. Bob retired in 2002, after Diane retired, and they moved to Lewiston to be with family.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, Chris; his parents; sister, Arlene Hewit; and brothers, Wayne Dupea and Julius Trukositz.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Tim and wife Kathy; sister, Betty and husband Larry Steffensmeier; and brother, Matt and wife Pam Trukositz. Bob's grandchildren are Patrick, Andrew, Kyler, C.J., Chaun, Camille, Jessica, Micah and Katie. He has 19 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way. Bob will also be missed by all his extended Dupea and Benscoter families.

Bob requested to have no services.

Memorials may be made to the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter at 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501 or lcshelter.org.

Photo: Robert "Bob" Dupea


Ralph Lee 'Buffy' Richardson, 72, Orofino

Our hearts are broken at the loss of Ralph Lee "Buffy" Richardson. He was born on Feb. 7, 1950, in Havre, Mont. and passed Aug. 9, 2022, in Orofino, Idaho after a courageous, hard-fought, five-year battle with cancer.

Buffy was raised on the high plains of the Havre/Chinook area. He spent his days pretending to be Buffalo Bill. At his young age, he had trouble pronouncing buffalo, so he became "Buffy" Bill. A nickname that stuck with him the rest of his life and later as "Papa Buffalo" by his grandchildren.

Buffy attended school in Havre. At the age of 17, after the death of a good friend in Vietnam, he felt the need to enlist in the Army. In February 1967, he did just that. He completed basic training in Fort Lewis, Wash. In April of the same year, he was sent to diving school in San Diego, Calif., but did not receive certification as the Army would not supply him the proper lenses he needed.

In January 1968, he deployed to Vietnam, arriving two weeks before his 18th birthday in the height of the Tet Offensive, a major escalation and one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War. Buffy was attached to the 1097th, Medium Boat, 9th Division of the Mobile Riverine Force, as a Coxswain. He was promoted to an E5 Section Sargent, operating a 65-foot boat and in command of 20 to 40 personnel on three boats with wing barges of artillery.

Buffy was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969.

Following his departure from the military, Buffy traveled throughout the country before settling in Butte, Mont., in 1974. There he met the love of his life, Jean Tritica. In January of 1975, he and Jean moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and they married in December of that same year. In his union with Jean, he gained a son, Steve, and a daughter Staici, whom he adopted and loved as his own. Ralee and Jessica completed the family. He loved his family unconditionally and was always their biggest fan.

Buffy worked as a logger for several years before expanding into road construction. He owned and operated his own business "Pygmy Logging and Road Construction." Unfortunately, he was forced to retire in the late nineties due to health issues.

He built his family's dream home on West Side Road in Bonners Ferry, known by some as "Buffyville." Buffy and Jean lived there until 2000 when they relocated to Orofino.

In Orofino, eager to put his craftsmanship to work again, Buffy built a new family home from the wood he logged and milled while in Bonners Ferry. Buffy was a master of utilizing whatever was at his fingertips and had both vision and knowledge needed to complete the tasks at hand.

Buffy was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He spent hours in the mountains. It was in the mountains where Buffy felt most at peace and home. His "big" buck in Bonners Ferry won a head mount and trophy. He landed a 30-inch Pike in the Coeur d'Alene River, shot a buffalo on the plains of South Dakota, bagged a Full Curl Bighorn Sheep in the Snake River Canyon, and trapped a rare Blue Fox which he also had mounted and added to his prized head mount collection. These mounts decorated the Orofino home until they were sadly lost in a house fire in 2017.

He was a kind and giving person who was willing to help anyone in need - from the orphans in Vietnam to family, friends, or strangers. He would give the shirt off his back if necessary. He had the ability to talk to anyone and Buffy never met a stranger. His exceptional quick wit and fun sense of humor always kept you laughing, and no one escaped without a nickname. His laugh was infectious, his heart big, and his personality filled the room. They broke the mold when they made Buffy!

There are not enough words to say how much he meant to each of us: his wife, his children, his mother, his siblings, our family members, his lifetime friends, and fellow Veterans. We are all better for knowing him and being loved by him. No matter our faults or shortcomings, he supported, believed in and was proud of us. Buffy was the epitome of family, the glue that kept us together. Buffy fought his battles with bravery, grace, and strength.

Buffy was one of a kind, never to be replaced or replicated. Nobody can fill the space that he held in our lives. There will always be a place at the head of the family table for him, as we keep his spirit alive through the many stories of him, hear the echoes of his laughter and remember what he meant to us. He will be missed beyond measure. Rest in peace until we meet again, Buff.

Buffy was preceded in death by his father, Cecil; stepmother, Shirley; stepfather, Bill; brother, Wayne; sister, Lisa; brothers-in-law, Hank and John; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He is survived by his loving wife and children, Jean, Steve (Tara), Staici (Greg), Ralee and Jessica (Jeff); his grandchildren - Nicole (Ryder), Logan (Kinsey), Adrian (Julia), Madison (Paul), Olivia (Gabe), Izabella and Jerin and great grandchildren Layna, Halle, and Indy. He is also survived by his mother Avis; sisters, Nancy (Dennis), Neva (Leo), Cathy and Peggy; and brother, Steve (Tammy); sister-in-law, Jo Anne (Brian); nieces, Becky, Kristine, Brenette, Brenda, Sarah, Grace, Angela, Lucinda, Gabby, Kara, Amanda, Jenny, and Renee; nephews Brian, Keith, Colton, Steven Lee, and their families.

A celebration of life will be held sometime in the fall.

Photo: Ralph Lee 'Buffy' Richardson


Ray Mendenhall, 85, Weippe

Ray Mendenhall, Weippe, born June 15, 1937, died Aug. 18, 2022 in Weippe.

Memorial Services are pending.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Linda E. Lockwood, 80

Linda E Lockwood, born on April 7, 1942, died Aug. 13, 2022 in Orofino.

There was be a small service held Friday, Aug. 26, at Orofino Cemetery. A memorial service is pending.


Eddie LeRoy Anderson, 79, taught in Elk River

Eddie LeRoy Anderson, 79, passed away at his Juliaetta home, surrounded by his family Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 20, 1943, to Irene Carlson and Edwin Anderson in Orofino.

Ed attended his early school years in Pierce and in the second grade, he moved in with Ernest and Rannie (Pa and Ma) Vine and they raised him as their own son. He attended Elk River High School, where he excelled in football and basketball, graduating as Valedictorian of his class in 1961. While attending high school and college, Ed spent his summers peeling poles, logging and driving truck for Emry Hall.

After high school, he attended the University of Idaho with a basketball scholarship and ended up playing football until an injury cut that short. He then received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1967.

After college, Ed was a teacher in Elk River for a year and then he moved to Cottonwood, where he taught at Prairie High School for nine years. While teaching biology and physical education at Prairie, he also coached football, basketball and track. They had many successful seasons and he was affectionately known by his students as "Physical Ed."

He continued to log in the summers and his love for the woods took over and he started E.L. Anderson Logging.

He met and married Peggy Goeckner in 1972 and they made their home in Keuterville and they had three children, Tracy, Eddie and Mark. They later divorced in 1986.

He later met the love of his life, Connie Vallem, in 1990, and they married July 18, 1992. When he married Connie, he gained two children, Tate and Carrie. They made their home in Craigmont.

He continued to log until he "retired" in 2007. Although, he never fully retired.

He loved being in the woods, studying logging history and the old Potlatch camps. He was instrumental about rediscovering the old town site of Anoka.

He was often found at his son's logging job, with a large pot of goulash ready for when the boys got back to camp. He loved hunting, spending time with his children, camping with friends, watching his grandchildren play sports and spending time with his beloved dog, Annie.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Anderson; children, Tracy Adams, Eddie (Candra) Anderson, Mark (Stacy) Anderson, Tate Vallem and Carrie Vallem. Additionally, he is survived by 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and his siblings, Sally Roberts and Naydene Velez.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prairie High School Athletic Department, 53 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID 83522.

There will be a celebration of Ed's life at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cottonwood City Hall, 506 King St., Cottonwood.

Lunch will be provided, so please come and share your stories.

Photo: Eddie LeRoy Anderson


William Arvo Maki , 85, Pierce

William Arvo Maki was born May 2, 1937 in Paonia, Colo. the first of five sons born to Arvo and Anna Valin Maki. He took pride in his Scandinavian heritage; his grandparents were from Finland and Sweden. Bill died suddenly and unexpectedly at his Pierce Revling Siding home, of heart failure, on Aug.18, 2022. Bill was 85 years old. He had been working in his shop three months ago.

Bill's family lived in Knappa, Ore. where he attended school. Bill graduated with the class of 1955 from Knappa High School. He was the first Maki man in his family to finish high school, as the previous generations were all working at an early age.

Bill's father owned a welding shop. Long before Bill had a driver's license, he was sent out with a portable welder to do repair jobs. His father's instructions were "stay until it's fixed because I don't want to have to go and do it over."

His father had a uranium mining adventure in Crested Butte, Colo. which resulted in four summers of hard manual labor for Bill and his brother Jack. Bill spent four years in the National Guard winning marksmanship awards in shooting competitions.

Following high school, Bill worked in logging, sheet metal fabrication and a welding shop.

In 1962, he went to work as a mechanic for Curley Swank Logging out of Grangeville, Idaho, moving to Pierce in 1965.

In 1968, Bill started his own business, Maki Manufacturing Inc. with a pickup and portable welder. Bill eventually built the shop at Revling Landing.

Over the years Bill was privileged to work for many loggers who encouraged him to invent and create machines to improve the logging industry. Bill's creativity led to the inventing of the first gravity carriage in 1972. Through the years he built the world's first of many carriages including-hydraulic stop, mechanical slack pulling, the most successful intermediate support carriage, world's only cornering carriage, grapple carriage and the world's only electric slack pulling carriage. Bill was also well known for his customizing of logging equipment to increase productivity. Bill's mind was always working toward the next invention.

Bill's metal artistry is visible in many places, including the Pierce Play Park Pavilion, the kiosk and Faith Lutheran Church where he had been a faithful member for many years.

Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and guns. In the past he was an accomplished trap shooter and piloted his own 182 Cessna airplane. One of his more useful inventions is a wood splitter made from mostly donated parts with a very early CAT RD600 engine. Most summer mornings Bill could be seen driving to Pierce for coffee and parts in his 1931 Model A, unrestored, pickup.

On Dec. 30, 1961, Bill and Nancy Estoos, daughter of Dale and Virginia Estoos, were married at Zion Lutheran Church in Astoria, Ore. They recently celebrated 60 years of faithfulness and caring. Daughter, Elaine (Marvin Cook) was born in 1966, Melinda (Aaron Davidson) in 1970. Bill enjoyed teaching his daughters woodworking, electrical, carpentry and anything that would equip them to be self -sufficient, independent women.

Bill was very proud of his grandchildren, Kirsten (Dylan Anderson), Annika Cook, Allison and Arvo Davidson and great granddaughters, Teagan and Locklynn Anderson. They brought him much joy and happiness, he enjoyed spending time with them.

Bill's family members include-brother, Jack Maki (Diane, deceased), children-Tad Maki (Robbie), Traci Maki-Soffer (Henry),George Maki (deceased), Erik Maki, children-Jeromy Maki (Wendy), Anna Maki-Ross (Brian), Holly Daugherty (Shawn), Ed Maki (Debbie), Lindsay Steiner (Josh), Luke Maki (Meghan).

In laws are Jean Estoos, Ann Peitsch (Ralph), children-Joe Peitsch (Candy) Debbie (deceased), Carol Larsen (Dale), Andy Peitsch, Rachel Trio (Geoff), Tim Peitsch (Mollie), Linda Takalo (Alan deceased), children-Melissa Takalo, Todd Takalo (Kara), Katrina Morris (Chuck), John Estoos (Barbara), children- Chris and Bryan Estoos. Bill has many great nieces and nephews including Ole and Trig Morris who live close and are like grandsons.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at Prairie Cemetery in Knappa, Oregon on Friday, Aug. 26. A memorial service in Pierce will be held in the near future. Should you wish to make a memorial donation, please consider Faith Lutheran Church, Box C. Pierce, Idaho 83546 or J Howard Bradbury Logging Museum, 239 Woods Road Weippe, Idaho 83553.

Photo: William Arvo Maki


Robert Severin, 91, formerly of Elk River

Robert Severin passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. He was 91 years old.

Robert was born Nov. 16, 1930, in Elk River to Daisy (Nussio) and Attilio Severin.

He attended grade school in Potlatch and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1948.

Robert served in the U.S. Navy from February 1949 to February 1950.

He married Nora Ruth McCall in February of 1951 in Asotin, Wash. They operated a restaurant at Clark Fork in 1951, then moved to Dayton, Wash., where he worked at the grain elevators and as an iron worker apprentice on McNary Dam. The first two of his seven children were born in Dayton.

The family moved to Clarkston, Wash., in April 1954, where he began his 32-year tenure at Potlatch Corp. He worked on the pulp and paper side as a maintenance carpenter. His remaining five children were born in Clarkston.

He married Ardella Hudson in April 1974.

He retired from Potlatch in 1992.

His hobbies included motorcycle riding, bicycling and woodworking.

He was a great dancer and was always a sight to see on the dance floor at 6-foot, 6-inches tall, arms and legs moving in all directions.

Robert was preceded in death by his son Steve; his daughter, Sandy; his parents; and his brother, Joe.

Bob was a kind and non-judgmental man. He kept his personal opinions to himself and never had an unkind word to say to or about anyone.

His home was the family gathering place for decades.

He is survived by 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He will be missed. Safe journey, Pop. We love you.

A special thank you to Carol and the staff at Avalon Progressive Care for the kind and gentle treatment they gave our father the last year of his life.

Photo: Robert Severin


Thomas A. Willenborg, 63

Thomas August Joseph Willenborg "Tommy" went home Aug. 19, 2022, with his sister JoAnn by his side. Tommy was born to John and Loretta Willenborg on Jan. 10, 1959. He was their youngest child. Tommy embodied all things good, kind and Holy. His parents knew Tommy was special, but he was not diagnosed with Down Syndrome until the age of 7 when his parents and sister JoAnn travelled to Seattle's Children Hospital. He attended school in Cottonwood for several years; he then went to school for a brief time in Lewiston. When he was young, he competed in the Special Olympics and loved to run with complete abandon.

After John and Loretta passed in 1982, Tommy went to live with his sister JoAnn McHugh and her family. JoAnn and her husband Eugene then moved to the family farm outside of Cottonwood along with Tommy and their seven children. Tommy lived in their family home until his death. For 40 years, Tommy thrived living under the careful, devoted and loving hands of JoAnn and Eugene, his surrogate parents. Tommy had a child-like innocence, an infectious laugh and an almost-limitless capacity for shenanigans. Tommy brought tremendous joy to JoAnn, Eugene, their children and grandchildren.

Tommy loved Pink Panther, playing his records and Hee Haw. He enjoyed every Christmas with JoAnn and Eugene's family and never failed to put his Christmas stocking on his foot and laugh like it was the funniest joke. Tommy was blessed with an eternal child-like faith, said his prayers every day, and always had a smile for those around him.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents John and Loretta Willenborg; and sister, Arlene Willenborg.

He is survived by his devoted and loving sister-mom, JoAnn (Willenborg) McHugh, her husband and Tommy's devoted and loving caregiver-dad, Eugene McHugh; his sisters, Barbara Meyers of Weippe and Laura Johnson of Lewiston; and his brother, Terry Willenborg of Lewiston. Tommy is also survived by seven nieces and nephews who grew up with him as their sibling: Susie Keating of Cottonwood, Ryan McHugh of Ferdinand, Cathleen McHugh of Boise, Tara Klapprich of Cottonwood, Morna Lustig of Cottonwood, John McHugh of Denver, Colo. and Colleen Bennett of Greencreek. Tommy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Tommy would end every day with a prayer and ask for God's blessing for each and every sibling, in-law, niece and nephew by name. He always assured God that "Tommy is a good boy." And Tommy was. In his later years, his nighttime ritual started by getting into his pajamas and then jogging into the living room to proclaim "Gene! Gene! Got my jammies on."

His sweetness, his kindness, his soft and gentle nature will be missed by all and serves as a true example of how best to live. "Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Tommy, enjoy the streets of gold and the singing and dancing with the angels. You were such a blessing to us.

A rosary will be recited on Friday, Aug. 26, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cottonwood with Mass of the Angels to follow at 10 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit a condolence to the family online at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Thomas A. Willenborg


Ralph 'Buffy' Richardson

Ralph 'Buffy' Richardson, 72, born Feb. 7, 1950, died Aug. 9 in Orofino.

A memorial service is pending.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Leonard Robert Randall, 63, Orofino

Leonard Robert Randall, Orofino, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Leonard was born in Ellensburg, Wash., on Jan. 30, 1959, and raised in Roslyn, Wash., and Ellensburg. He met his wife Cynthia Ann Randall in Yakima, Wash., in 1978. They were married October 11, 1980, and had three children Tamarack Dawn Randall (1981), L. Avery Randall (1983), and James Lawrence Randall (1986).

He loved the outdoors and worked in the woods from the age of 16 until an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down at age 50.

He was immensely generous and could make friends with anyone he met. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need of one.

An avid reader and teller of tales, he will be greatly missed by his family and all who loved him.

Leonard is survived by his brother and two sisters, Eugene Randall, Lisa Randall, and Tana Monteith. He is also survived by his wife and children and his two grandchildren, Leo Randall and Oliver Randall.

A remembrance will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Photo: Leonard Robert Randall


Elizabeth Ann Tetwiler, 76

Elizabeth Ann Tetwiler, 76, of Clarkston, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at her home surrounded by family.

She loved traveling, shopping and gambling, but she really loved spending time with her family and grandkids.

Elizabeth was a devout Catholic and had attended church at Our Lady of Lourdes for several years, then later All Saints. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Elizabeth met her partner in crime, Jerry Tetwiler, and they were married May 13, 1972. (They said it would never last.)

Elizabeth and Jerry lovingly raised their children, Candi, Robbie, Codi and Laurie in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Clarkston, Wash.; children, Candi Nissen, of Lewiston, Robbie (Shannon) Tetwiler, of Clarkston; Codi (Elton) Jones, of Asotin,Wash., and Laurie Fitzgerald, of Asotin; brothers Michael Clift, of Yuma, Ariz., and Robbie Clift, of Orofino; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Jacob, Ashlin, Erika, Mikynlee, Sarah, Jesse, Korvin, Tryston Tierney, and numerous friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Tim, son-in-law Gary, and grandchildren, Angela and Madison.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1109 Chestnut St., Clarkston. A luncheon will follow at the parish hall.

Photo: Elizabeth Ann Tetwiler


Richard Everett Carver, 74, Orofino

Richard Everett Carver, age 74, passed away in Orofino, Idaho, on Aug. 10, 2022 due to multiple health issues. Richard was born in Cleveland, Miss. on April 8, 1948 to Ruby and Quinton Carver.

In his younger years Richard attended Mississippi State University where he played football. Richard met Judy Kaye Renfrow and married in 1970. He owned and ran a carpet business in Mississippi before moving with his family to Idaho in 1976.

In Idaho, he worked in logging as a scaler for many years before becoming an equipment operator in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where he worked until his retirement in 2010.

He enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing, a passion he passed along to his sons Charles and Rick.

Richard was always up for a laugh and a good time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father Quinton Carver; mother Ruby Carver; and brother Michael Carver.

He is survived by his brother, William (Billy) Carver; sister, Nina Kaye Carver-Hannah; son, Richard (Rick) Carver, daughter-in-law Angela; and grandson, Trevor; and son, Charles Carver, daughter-in-law, Coree, and granddaughters, Katelyn and Nicole.

Please join the family for a celebration of life at 4 p.m. on August 20, 2022 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296 in Orofino.

Photo: Richard Everett Carver


James Jay (Jim) Bolling, 74, Orofino

We would like to update some information about James Jay (Jim) Bolling, the loving husband, devoted father and loyal friend we lost.

Jim was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to James and Juanita (Dempsey) Bolling. Jim passed suddenly and unexpectedly in Clearwater County Friday evening, Aug. 5, 2022, at the age of 74.

Jim was the oldest of four children growing up in the Detroit area. He graduated from high school in 1965. He attended the University of Michigan, then transferred to Wayne State University. He served in the US Army in Alaska during the Vietnam War from 1971-1974.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he started his 40+ year career in the oil industry working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Jim lived fulltime in Fairbanks, Alaska, until 1989 when he moved to Lenore, Idaho, and commuted to work in Alaska.

Jim, also known as 'Reddog' on the Slope due to his sunny disposition at work, began his 40-year career on the North Slope as a Material Technician with ARCO Alaska. He advanced his career with every new position: dispatcher for Northern Oilfield Services; Expeditor for Alaska Oil Services, and Dispatcher for Veco.

In 1987, he took a break from Prudhoe Bay and headed south to Homer, Alaska, where he worked for Alaska Interstate Construction as a tugboat and barge deck hand on the Bradley Lakes Hydro Project. He also commercial fished, set nets in Cook Inlet during this time.

In 1989, Jim returned to Prudhoe Bay: 1989-1992 as an Administrative/ Field Supervisor for Veco, Inc; 1993-1995 as a Material Coordinator for Veco Construction, ANSC Alyeska Electric Upgrade Project, 1995-1999 as a Warehouseman Coordinator for Veco-Alaska (contracted to Arco-Alaska), 1999-2002 as a Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Alaska Supply Chain Integrators, 2002-2016 as Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Tubular Solutions of Alaska.

Jim culminated his career in Prudhoe Bay in 2016 and started a new career path with Nez Perce Clearwater National Forests. He started as a season recreation technician with the North Fork Ranger District and then due to his dedication and work ethic, Jim advanced to become a fulltime information specialist at the Moose Creek Ranger District Office at Fenn Ranger Station where he was employed at the time of his passing.

It was in 1994 that he met, through mutual friends, the Love of his Life, Teri Ploharz, while he was on R and R from the Slope. They married Sept. 21, 1996 at the Ponderosa Ranch in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Settling in Orofino, they welcomed two sons, James Patrick and George Clancy.

He was a member of the Cottonwood Community Church. Jim enjoyed Michigan football, the Detroit Redwings and NASCAR.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, all of his siblings, Gordon, Janet and Scott; and his in-laws, Joseph C. and Evelyn F. Ploharz.

Jim is survived by his wife, of nearly 26 years and their two sons at their family home.

Jim's Memorial Service /Celebration of Life with full military honors was held Aug. 12, 2022 in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the "Bolling Boys' College Fund" c/o Teri Bolling at any Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union or mailed to P1FCU, 1167 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544.

Photo: James Jay (Jim) Bolling


Myrna K. Ely, 84

Myrna K. Ely, 84, born July 13, 1938, passed away in Orofino on Aug. 3, 2022.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory caring for arrangements.


May Jesseph, 87, formerly of Orofino

May P. Jesseph passed away on July 30, 2022 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Min., after a series of health challenges. She is survived by her sister Ann in Snohomish, Wash., two sons Doug (Doreen) of Tampa, Fla. and Steve (Jane) of Doylestown, Penn., and daughter Jennifer (Randy) of Pine Island, Minn., and grandchildren Joel and Laura. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph R Jesseph, parents Dr. Albert B Pappenhagen and Elizabeth Pappenhagen along with her sister Betty and brother Albert.

May P. Jesseph passed away on July 30, 2022 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Min., after a series of health challenges. She is survived by her sister Ann in Snohomish, Wash., two sons Doug (Doreen) of Tampa, Fla. and Steve (Jane) of Doylestown, Penn., and daughter Jennifer (Randy) of Pine Island, Minn., and grandchildren Joel and Laura. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph R Jesseph, parents Albert B Pappenhagen and Elizabeth Pappenhagen along with her sister Betty and brother Albert.

Born on Dec. 7, 1934 in Orofino, Idaho, May graduated from the local Orofino High School, and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where she married Joseph R. Jesseph in 1956. The family lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., Laramie, Wyo., and moved to Morris, Minn. in 1967.

In 1971, May became the librarian at the circulation desk at the Rodney Briggs Library of the University of Minnesota, Morris, a position she held until retiring in 1997. She also taught Children's Literature to teachers in the Morris area which enabled them to get their master's degrees in teaching. In 1997, May moved to Rochester, Minn., and began a new career with part time jobs at Goddard Library at Rochester Technical College and at the Rochester Public Library in the children's area where she did many night time story times and story times with children. She retired from the Goddard library in 2019 and from the Rochester Public Library in 2021.

May was active in the communities she lived in. During her time in Morris, she served on the County Planning Board for many years. In Rochester, she was an active volunteer through church and library outreach programs. She attended Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester.

All her life, May was passionate about children's literature and folk tales. She loved telling all kinds of classic folk tales to groups of children in schools, and at the library. May also loved to sing folk songs of all kinds with children and with her family, a passion she enjoyed up to the very end.

A memorial service is planned for May Jesseph on April 22, 2023 at Peace United Church of Christ located at 1503 2nd Ave. NE, Rochester Minn. 55906.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of May Jesseph to: Rochester Public Library Foundation 101 2nd St SE Rochester, MN 55904. https://www.rplmn.org/about-us/library-foundation/donate-to-library

Or send donations to the Rodney A. Briggs Library in Morris, Minnesota at 600 East 4th Street, Morris MN, 56267. https://library.morris.umn.edu/about-library/giving-rodney-briggs-library

Photo: May P. Jesseph


Ila May (Cox) Tondevold, 95, formerly of Pierce, Headquarters

Ila Marie (Cox) Tondevold passed away peacefully, Aug. 1, 2022, at the age of 95. She was born on Sept. 5, 1926 to Elma and Floyd Cox in Lewiston, Idaho. Her parents divorced and Ila lived in Lewiston until she moved to Pierce, Idaho, with her mother in the 1930's. There, they lived in the Gaffney House which is still standing on the hill to the old Pierce High School.

At age 16, Ila met Robert (Bob) Tondevold and was quickly enamored by his charm. She would tell of the way he whistled a tune on his way to school and how endearing it was to know he was whistling for her. He joined the United States Army upon graduation from high school. Soon after, they were married on October 4, 1945.

Following Bob's honorable discharge from the service, the couple moved to Dunsmuir, Calif. where he worked as a train conductor while Ila cared for their young daughter, Cheryl. An opportunity to move back to Idaho was a welcome change for the young family and they settled in Headquarters, Idaho. It was there that Bob and Ila raised their three children: Cheryl, Roxanna, and Robert, Jr. Ila's common sense, love of life, Godly wisdom and knowledge guided her in teaching and directing her family. They attended the Community Church at the Headquarters Hall weekly. Her home was warm, comfortable, and immaculate. She loved to paint the interior of her home. It was rumored by the Bull Gang that she had more paint on the walls of her home than all the homes in town put together. The family recalls a funny story of her unique paint job in the bathroom. Watch those toilet seats!

Headquarters was a wonderful place to raise their children. Ila swam in the old log swimming pool and taught her children to swim. She had beautiful diving form and graceful swim strokes. Ila and Bob were integral in the founding of Clearwater Ski Club at Bald Mountain. They spent many winter days hauling their family up to the ski hill, packing the runs and skiing with friends.

Ila loved to cook and bake. She pored over recipes and her kitchen was often filled with the mouthwatering aroma of a new recipe she was testing. Very seldom did a recipe disappoint, but eggplant parmesan, to her dismay, was one of the unpopular dishes. Her family lovingly joked, saying she would serve it one night and if not eaten, it would show up disguised in a casserole the next. Many of her recipes are being used and enjoyed by family and friends. Not sure about that eggplant parmesan!

Singing, dancing, and her love of music offered many hours of entertainment for Ila. A family favorite song to sing in the car was "You Are My Sunshine". She was often caught singing and dancing with the broom in her large kitchen. She and Bob made a striking couple on the dance floor at the Headquarters Hall. Later in life, when her special radio played music from the 1940's, she told of waltzing around her spacious room with her walker.

A self- taught seamstress, Ila made clothing for herself, her daughters and grandchildren. She learned to knit and crochet. She crafted holiday decorations, often with unique and unusual items. Ila started painting ceramics while living in Headquarters, and continued to do so for many years. Her beautiful ceramic pieces adorned her home year-round but many were especially made for holidays. After trying her hand with several paint mediums and before the loss of most of her vision, she picked up watercolors. Her works of art grace the walls of friends and family.

She was known for her delightful sense of humor. You very well could be subject to one of her April Fool's Day telephone pranks or hidden string sandwiches for lunch as well as string in your evening meal spaghetti. She had a unique way of removing your hiccups either with anger or fright. Her pranks were always followed by her hearty laugh.

Bob retired from Potlatch Corporation after 36 years with the company. They moved to Lewiston in 1978. There they learned to enjoy a new sport, golf. As members of the Lewiston Golf and Country Club, they golfed every day they could get on the course. Ila was not one to boast, but she did achieve five holes in one, surpassing Bob by two.

Her love of gardening, and the Lewiston climate and soil, made for perfect conditions to grow a variety of vegetables and beautiful flowers. Ila always enjoyed sharing her bounty.

Bob passed away in 2007. Ila continued to enjoy their home until it became too much for her to manage. She spent her golden years at Royal Plaza, making friends and reminiscing about her many wonderful years of life.

Ila is survived by her children: Cheryl (Harry) Stenzel of Pierce, Roxanna (Larry) Swanson of Checotah, Okla., and Robert (Marcia) Tondevold, Jr. of Orofino; grandchildren: Amy, Rob, Dorie, Alana, Chad, Scotty and Josh; great grandchildren: Jessy-Lee, Jade, Drew, Lundyn, Lawson, Durgan, Zachary, Mya, Taylor, Jaeger, Sierra, Camden, R.W. Riggins, Audrey, Taila, Kahlen, and Hailey; great great grandchildren: Justin, Rylee, Westyn and Leandro.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Living Word Missionary Baptist Church, 707 Preston Ave., Lewiston. Friends wishing to honor Ila, in lieu of flowers, are invited to make a donation to Bald Mountain Ski Area, PO Box 49, Pierce, ID 83546.

The family wishes to thank Royal Plaza Retirement Center for the excellent care they provided our beloved mother and grandmother. She often commented, "It's all the people working here that makes this place so wonderful". She loved you all. Mark Newman, you both shared an appreciation of music; she enjoyed your talent. In addition, she was particularly fond of your planned ice cream socials. Opal Newman, your tender care and kindness always exceeded your profession. She had a friend in you who enjoyed licorice as well as she. Sharon Heuett, she called you a bubble. Your delightful personality and laugh brought her joy. Again, thank you.

Photo: Ila May (Cox) Tondevold


Richard Alan 'Dick' Johnston, 89, formerly of Orofino

Former University of Idaho Alumni Director Richard Alan (Dick) Johnston passed away Aug. 8, 2022 at his home in Moscow surrounded by his three children. As Alumni Director, Dick helped build a vibrant network of supporters for the U of I - throughout Idaho and across the country. In the process he made many lifelong friends of his own. In his subsequent career as a financial planner for Northwestern Mutual Life, Dick became a trusted advisor to businesspersons, educators, and farmers throughout the Palouse.

Dick was born March 10, 1933 in Seattle, Wash., the middle of three sons, to Alph and Gladys (nee Butler) Johnson. Alph hailed from several generations of sawmill operators and Gladys trained to become a registered nurse at Seattle General Hospital.

In 1940, the family moved to Orofino, Idaho, so that Alph could help his father, William J Johnson, operate the Johnson Mill. The family's rustic new home consisted of a log cabin (formerly a mill cookhouse) that lacked running water and electricity. Dick and his brothers soon adapted to milking cows and raising chickens, and the city boys soon took to hunting and fishing in the forested surroundings. His parents went on to local leadership positions and instilled in Dick a strong work ethic, a sense of personal and social responsibility, and an awareness to be prepared for opportunity.

Dick liked to recall that when the family moved to Orofino, he was advanced a grade and subsequently graduated from high school and started at the University of Idaho in 1949 at the age of 16. At UI, Dick earned a BS in business, completed the ROTC program, and made his mark as intramural ping pong champion two years in a row.

Dick served in the Army from 1953-1955. After officer training at Ft. Benning and a transfer to F.t Lewis, Lt. Johnston was stationed at Camp Roeder near Salzburg, Austria. Here he was trained to ski the Austrian Alps (a tough duty!). During his last year of military service, he bought a VW bug and traveled 15,000 miles throughout Europe on the weekends, fostering Dick's lifelong love for adventure and exploring other cultures. His enormous slide collection is graced with images of Italy, Germany, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Canada and most U.S. states.

Stateside again, Dick moved to Los Angeles and worked in sales at the TWJ lumber company and later at two catering companies. In 1961, Dick met the love of his life, Marlene Neubronner, an elementary school teacher, at the Hollywood Young Republicans Club. After that their lives changed quickly. In six months they were married, settling in Santa Monica, Calif. and four years later they had three children: Ken, Erika, and Nancy. As he advanced in his sales career Dick distinguished himself as the point man for organizing University of Idaho alumni events in Southern California, including gatherings at Santa Anita Race Track, Dodger baseball games, fossil hunts, and dinner dances at the Balboa Bay Yacht Club. His skills in organizing and entertaining caught the eye of retiring Alumni Director Jim Lyle, who recommended Dick as his replacement. Upon his hiring Richard quickly moved to Moscow and his family followed shortly thereafter.

Dick's philosophy as Alumni Director was one more of "friend-raising" than fundraising. He cherished his time traveling the state connecting students, faculty, and alumni. Older alums will recall toasting the Vandals at lively soirees at the U of I Alumni Office and the Johnston household was frequently abuzz with alums from around the state who descended upon their home for Vandal football weekends. In 1969, Dick founded the Student Alumni Relations Board (SArb) which continues to serve the U of I community today.

In 1981, Dick joined the Moscow office of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. He became a lifelong student of financial planning and directed his talents to helping Palouse families establish and preserve their financial security.

Dick was an active member of the Moscow chapter of Rotary International for more than 24 years, serving as president for a term and as program chair for more than a decade. He very much enjoyed opening lines of communication between Moscow's university and business communities and nurturing lifelong friendships. Dick credited his experience in Toastmasters International for giving him the speaking skills and confidence to excel professionally. He attended Los Angeles Toastmasters for 10 years and served one year as the L.A. Area Governor.

In 1995 Dick and Marlene retired to the now renovated home where Dick was raised near Orofino. Here they shared their love of gardening: Marlene for flowers and Dick for anything edible. Among his children and grandchildren's favorite memories are cutting firewood, digging potatoes, and driving the tractor with Dick, and each summer grazing full meals from the berries, grapes, and fruit trees he cultivated. One proud year 42 varieties of fruits, berries, and vegetables flourished from his tireless farming. For several years Dad raised a couple steers and, ever sensible and frugal, bartered with neighbors up and down Whiskey Creek Canyon for spare pea vines and corn stalks to fatten the steers by September.

Retirement afforded Dick even greater access to the mountains and streams he had enjoyed fishing and hunting since childhood. He relished his annual salmon fishing trips to Vancouver Island and among his hunting prey he counted 49 elk, a moose, and a bison and estimated the effort exceeded a year spent with intrepid friends in cold hunting camps. His children never took to hunting, but all three inherited his curiosity about the natural world and deep appreciation for Idaho's wilderness.

Friends and family will remember Dick for his wit and avuncular nature, and his love of good conversation. Marlene exercised great patience with him at social functions as he was frequently the last to leave, ever engaged in conversation for another laugh or anecdote to keep in his mental file for future reference. In recent hospitalizations he enjoyed learning the life stories of the doctors and nurses who treated him for COPD, many of whom seemed genuinely sorry to see him leave.

Dick was predeceased by his parents Alph and Gladys Johnson, his wife Marlene Johnston, his brother Ron Johnston and sister-in-law Glenna Johnston, all of Orofino.

He is survived by his brother Phil Johnston of Orofino and his three children, son, Kenneth Johnston and daughter, Nancy (Brian) Zabriskie of Moscow and daughter, Erika (Geoff) Johnston-Keith of Lexington, Mass. He is further survived by grandchildren Joe (Morgan) Zabriskie and Elaine Zabriskie of Boise and Martin Keith of Lexington, Mass., brother-in-law Fritz Neubronner of Chicago, Ill. and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1036 West A Street, Moscow, and will be followed by a gathering of family and friends at noon at the Best Western in Moscow.

The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the UI Alumni Office through the University of Idaho Foundation or to the Moscow or Orofino Rotary Cl.

Photos: Richard Alan 'Dick' Johnston


Wesley Pishl, 95, Orofino

Wesley Pishl, of Orofino, died Sunday, July 31, 2022, at 95 in his home.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Dwain 'Fuzzy' Lee Clark, 80, formerly of Weippe

Dwain 'Fuzzy' Lee Clark passed away at home in Lapwai on July 30, 2022. He had celebrated his 80th birthday about a month prior on June 27.

Dwain was born in Alpena, Ark., but he was raised in Weippe, Idaho. He attended elementary, junior high, and some high school there. He left high school early to help in the family's saw mill.

In 1963, Dwain married Judy Van Moulken. They spent the next 49 years together until she passed away in 2012.

Dwain joined the US Army in 1965 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1967. The 1960s were busy for Dwain and Judy. All three of their children: Tracy, Mike, and Dan were born during this time. Tragically, Tracy passed away shortly after birth. They also moved from Weippe to Virginia to New Mexico to Arizona and back to Weippe again. This is where they raised their boys and called home for a big chapter of their lives. Next, Dwain and Judy lived in Post Falls, Idaho, for a while before settling into their final home in Lapwai, Idaho.

Dwain spent most of his working life in the logging industry, though he "dabbled" in a lot of things in his free time over the years. Whether it was racing cars at the Lewiston Speedway, polishing rocks, or tearing broken things apart then figuring out how to put them back together, he liked to keep busy. He even built his and Judy's homes in Weippe and in Lapwai. If there was a Nascar race on TV, it was a safe bet that he was watching it. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him (especially any time they see a blue bucket hat), and he will be dearly missed.

Dwain was predeceased by his wife, Judy Clark; daughter, Tracy Clark; mother, Betty Snyder; father, Onis Clark; and brothers, Coy and Edward Clark. He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Laverne Bodeen, Rhonda White, and Donna Jacobson; sons, Mike and Dan Clark; grandchildren, Bradley Clark and Maranda Miller; great grandson, Elijah Miller; and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

A graveside memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13 at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino, Idaho. All family and friends are welcome to attend.


James Jay (Jim) Bolling, 74, Orofino

Jim was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to James and Juanita (Dempsey) Bolling. Jim passed suddenly and unexpectedly in Clearwater County Friday evening, Aug. 5, 2022, at the age of 74.

Jim was the oldest of four children growing up in the Detroit, Mich. area. He graduated from high school in 1964. He attended the University of Michigan then transferred to Wayne State University. He served in the US Army in Alaska during the Vietnam War from 1971-1974.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he started his 40+ year career in the oil industry working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Jim lived fulltime in Fairbanks, Alaska until 1989 when he moved to Lenore, Idaho, and commuted to work in Alaska.

Jim, also known as 'Reddog' on the Slope due to his sunny disposition at work, began his 40-year career on the North Slope as a Material Technician with ARCO Alaska. He advanced his career with every new position: dispatcher for Northern Oilfield Services; Expeditor for Alaska Oil Services, and Dispatcher for Veco.

In 1987, he took a break from Prudhoe Bay and headed south to Homer, Alaska, where he worked for Alaska Interstate Construction as a tugboat and barge deck hand on the Bradley Lakes Hydro Project. He also commercial fished, set nets in Cook Inlet during this time.

In 1989, Jim returned to Prudhoe Bay: 1989-1992 as an Administrative/ Field Supervisor for Veco, Inc; 1993-1995 as a Material Coordinator for Veco Construction, ANSC Alyeska Electric Upgrade Project, 1995-1999 as a Warehouseman Coordinator for Veco-Alaska (contracted to Arco-Alaska), 1999-2002 as a Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Alaska Supply Chain Integrators, 2002-2016 as Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Tubular Solutions of Alaska.

Jim culminated his career in Prudhoe Bay in 2016 and started a new career path with Nez Perce Clearwater National Forests. He started as a season recreation technician with the North Fork Ranger District and then due to his dedication and work ethic, Jim advanced to become a fulltime information specialist at the Moose Creek Ranger District Office at Fenn Ranger Station where he was employed at the time of his passing.

It was in 1995 that he met, through mutual friends, the Love of his Life, Teri Ploharz, while he was on R and R from the Slope. They married Sept. 21, 1996 at the Ponderosa Ranch in Lake Tahoe, Nev.. Settling in Orofino, they welcomed two sons, James Patrick and George Clancy.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, all of his siblings, Gordon, Janet and Scott; and his in-laws, Joseph C. and Evelyn F. Ploharz.

Jim is survived by his wife, of nearly 26 years and their two sons at their family home.

Jim's Memorial Service /Celebration of Life with full military honors will be Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at 4 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge Conference Center in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the "Bolling Boys' College Fund" c/o Teri Bolling at any Potlatch No. 1 Credit Union or mailed to P1FCU, 1167 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544.

Photo: James Jay (Jim) Bolling


James Jay 'Jim' Bolling, 74, Orofino

James Jay 'Jim' Bolling, 74, Orofino, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. He was born Sept. 15, 1947.

There will be a Celebration of Life/Memorial at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge Conference Center in Orofino. Harold Kinne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296 in charge of providing full military honors.


Catherine Millward Skiles, 77, Orofino

Catherine Louise Millward Skiles, age 77, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2022 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was born Sept. 16, 1944, on the Alameda Naval Base in Alameda, CA, to Andrew Blaine and Dorothy Mae Blyler, Millward. She was a 1962 graduate of Orofino High School.

Cathy gave birth to her one and only son Charles Anthony Skiles (Tony) on Christmas day 1968. She spent most of her career working for the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office as a dispatcher and then deputy retiring in 2011.

Cathy was a member of the Cottonwood Creek Community Church and loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She could often be found traveling to all the festivities and sporting events of her three grandchildren Hunter, Tori and Mara.

She had a passion for photography and bird watching.

She is survived by sister, Patricia Rencehausen of Lewiston; sister, Rita and Richard Norton of Missoula, MT, and sister, Robin Allen of Clarkston, WA; Tony Skiles of Pierce; two grandchildren, Tori and Mara Skiles; great grandson, Brantley Tyler Brouwers; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Cathy is preceded in death by her father, Andrew Blaine Millward; stepmother, Gertrude Trudy Hoke; mother, Dorothy Mae Kerzman; stepfather, Arthur Kerzman; sister, Sharron Marcell and grandson, Hunter Skiles.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Cottonwood Creek Community Church, 20706 Gifford Reubens Road, Culdesac Idaho. Lunch and fellowship will follow the service.

Photo: Catherine Millward Skiles


Ila M. Tondevold, 95, Lewiston

Ila M. Tondevold, 95, of Lewiston, passed away on Aug. 1. 2022, in Lewiston. She was born Sept. 5, 1926.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Eugene 'Gene' Dale Polk, 88, Orofino

Eugene 'Gene' Dale Polk went to be with Jesus on Friday morning, July 29, 2022 with most of his family at his bedside.

Gene was born on March 9, 1934 to George and Ruth Knox in Prentiss, Mississippi joining an older sister Lanell and brother George (Bud). Both parents and siblings preceded Gene in death.

Gene joined the Navy when he was 18 years old, as he said "to get three meals and a dry bed", serving four years from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS HAMUL as Ship's Serviceman Third Class.

He met Naomi McIntyre while he was on shore duty in Long Beach, CA. They were married July 16, 1955 and had one son Dennis Wayne Polk.

The family settled in South Gate, CA, where Gene went to work for the Arrowhead Spring Water Company in Los Angeles after his Honorable Discharge from the Navy.

Gene worked there for 42 years, 40 of which he drove a tanker water truck hauling spring water from the mountains to the plant in Los Angeles to be bottled and sold.

God was the focus of Gene's life, and he was faithful in his attendance and giving to the church, through finances, service projects or whatever he saw needed to be done. He was quick to help those he saw in need.

He worked hard to provide for his family and to be sure they had what they needed since he grew up with so little himself.

When illness visited his wife and son, he did all he could to provide care for them, even up to the final moments of his own life.

He loved God's creation, as he took his wife and son with friends and extended family fishing and camping as much as he could. So many great memories were made during times like these.

In his later years and after the death of his wife, the family moved to Orofino Idaho in 1999.

Gene made himself known around town with his outgoing personality (never met a stranger), through his faithful attendance at the First Church of God, his frequent visits to the local restaurants, and his familiar presence at the end of the counter at Augie's Deli. He loved working at the Food Bank on Friday's and took great delight in teasing and joking with all the workers and people who came in.

He will be missed by many people, but especially by his family that he has left behind: son, Dennis Polk and daughter-in-love Debbie; grandchildren, Melany Hewlett, Heather and Tony Mastroianni, and Nathan and Tayler Polk, great-grandchildren Zachary Peterson, Ayden Polk and Lyana Polk. Heaven is a happier place today because Gene is making jokes with everyone.

"Bye Dad, we love you and miss you so much."

Services are to be held at the First Church of God in Orofino.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Local Food Bank.

Photo: Eugene 'Gene' Dale Polk


Joan M. Nubbe, 81, Kooskia

Joan M. Nubbe, 81, of Kooskia, passed away at home on July 26, 2022.

Arrangements are being handled by Trenary Funeral Home.


Thomas Patrick Hayes, 41, formerly of Orofino

Thomas Patrick Hayes was killed while fighting a wildfire with a Chinook helicopter near Salmon, Idaho when it crashed July 21 at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Thomas was born Aug. 27, 1980, to Tim and Becky Hayes of Orofino, Idaho. He was a very large child from birth on up, and large in life. He had a great big heart, and a great big smile. Through Tom's years, he was very caring, and loving, and especially protective of his younger sister, Nicky.

In his younger years, Tom played baseball, football, basketball, and took horse 4-H. But his love became hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed other activities; one which his mother was against, which was "mudding" with his pickup, and jumping gravel piles, which his little sister, Nicky, "squealed" on him about.

Tom loved his whole family, and was especially fond of his grandfathers - Pat Hayes of Orofino, and Bill Craner, of St. Maries.

When he was a little boy, he loved going carpentering with "Grandpa" Craner on his new house builds, and going to see Grandpa Pat Hayes.

He also worked in the family businesses: Frontier Foods, and Becky's Burgers, where he was "The Ultimate" in employees, with his big smile, speed and professionalism.

In high school, his dream was to become a helicopter pilot. He felt the only way to achieve his dream, and get enough hours, was to join the United States Army. He enlisted at the age of 18, and through his hard work ethics, and motivation, quickly was in "The Airborne Division", then became a "Top of the Line" Chinook CH 47 Helicopter Pilot - well revered with 20 Years served in the United States Army, Rank CW4.

We are all so extremely proud of Tom. He attained a fantastic career, and was very respected and honored by his comrades and friends.

A personal note; when Tom saw someone "doing wrong", family or friends, he tried to talk to them, to get them back on track. Tom was very forthright, and never afraid to speak the truth, especially if it was for the good. He was a very joking, loving, and caring person. His Bear Hugs could not be beat.

In the last year of his life, he met The Love of His Life, Kristin Erickson, with which he traveled, skied, rode bikes, camped, and fished. They had everything in common, and he loved her three children, Linnea, Sonja, and Mira, as his own, and they loved him. They all went camping and fishing, and had made a lovely, happy life together, with marriage included in future plans.

Tom also had three children, Patrick, Sam, and Sophia. He loved these children so deeply.

Tom will be missed by so many; parents, family, friends, and comrades.

We salute Tom as a red-blooded all American patriotic hero for his military service of 20 years, and firefighting with all the huge Chinooks he was in charge of.

This was a great man, and will be sorely missed. Love, Your Mom, Dads and family.

Tom is survived by, his father Tim Hayes, of Orofino; his mother, Becky Hovey, and her husband Steven Hovey; sister Nicole and her husband Dylan Bonner and their daughter Ariyah; Uncle Billie Craner of St. Maries, Aunt Deborah Craner, Aunt and Uncle Jeanne and Allen Webb, Aunt and Uncle Terry and Harvey Leach, Aunt and Uncle Cheri and Scott Steinmetz, Grandmother Eleanor Hayes, Great Aunt Betty and Tom Eckroth, and so many more.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Pat Hayes of Orofino, and Grandparents Bill and Dorothy Craner.

The funeral of Thomas Patrick Hayes will be Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 in Orofino, ID, at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge, in the conference room, at 3 p.m. There will be a reception afterward, with food and drinks. During the ceremony, there will be slides, and Tom will be carried in a horse-drawn carriage down and through town, then out to the cemetery, with the Military Honor Guard and USFS Honor Guard. There will be fly-ins by Chinook Helicopters. These choppers may land at the airport, to see, in honor of Tom, for his service to both country and state.

Any donations can be made to Wildland Firefighters Foundation, 208-424-1111, Burke Minor.

Photos: Thomas Patrick Hayes


Thomas Patrick Hayes, 41, formerly of Orofino

Thomas Patrick Hayes died in a Chinook helicopter crash the afternoon of July 21st, 2022. He was the captain of the two-pilot crew operating the heavy helicopter in support of the Moose Fire off the Salmon River in northern Idaho. The co-pilot Jared Bird also succumbed to his injuries.

Tom's aviation background is substantial amongst even the professional aviators reading this. He wrenched on Blackhawks before going through Army flight training in 2002/03. Tom's ability to lighten any situation is well-known amongst the tightly knit Chinook helicopter community. His entire career was steeped in aviation maintenance and he held FAA mechanic, helicopter instructor pilot, and commercial airplane pilot certificates.

In the military Tom worked in S. Korea, all over the US on and hazardous duty operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the "Horn of Africa". After retiring from his 20-year Army career, he worked Chinooks for Helimax Aviation and Billings Flying Service before dabbling in airplanes, and smaller helicopters. This fire season he chose to work with a new team at ROTAK Heli, once again on his favorite machine the CH47 Chinook.

For those people lucky enough to know Tom as a friend know he brought enthusiasm, new ideas to all he did and increased the joy of whatever group lucky enough to have him on their team. The little amount of his life's time not dedicated to service of country and job was serving his loved ones and making memories as an all-around man: fishing, hunting, biking and trying a new routine. Tom was a jack of all trades and an unrivaled expert at many things aviation.

Tom was raised in Orofino, on the famed Clearwater River, which he often referred to as "God's country". He is survived by so many people who loved him: his sister, Nicole Bonner and her husband, Dylan with their daughter, Ariyah; his mother, Rebecca Hovey and stepfather Steve Hovey; his father Tim Hayes; Tom's three children, Patrick, Sam and Sophia; his aunt and uncle, Cheri and Scott Steinmetz; aunt and uncle, Terry and Harvey Leach; uncle, Billie Craner; aunt, Deborah Dickensen; aunt and uncle, Jeanne and Allen Webb; and grandmother, Eleanor Hayes. The last couple of years he based himself in Post Falls, ID and is survived by his partner Kristin and her daughters Linnea, Sonja and his little buddy Mira, all of whom he planned to share the rest of his life with. The thousands of people who knew and loved Tom know that losing him is a crushing personal and professional loss to us all.

Rest in Peace our TMFH.

Services honoring Thomas P. Hayes will be in Orofino Idaho on the 5th of August starting at 3 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge. Immediately after is a short procession to the burial at Orofino Cemetery. Following is a celebration of life back at the Best Western.

Shuttles are being arranged from Lewiston area hotels to and from the services and celebration.

Further information is located at https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/tom-p-hayes/9425 and a Facebook event page https://fb.me/e/2wiNnfjJC.

Photos: Thomas Patrick Hayes


Gregory Vaughn Buchholz, 74, formerly of Weippe

Gregory Vaughn Buchholz, at age 74, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 15, 2022, in Seattle.

He was born Oct. 24, 1947, in Orofino to Harold and Joyce Buchholz.

Greg grew up in Weippe with his younger sister, Janet, and was surrounded by many beloved family members and friends. He graduated from Weippe High School in 1965.

Greg then graduated from the University of Idaho with his undergraduate business degree in 1969. He married Carol Slaymaker in December 1969 in Roseburg, OR. After serving two years in the Army, stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, he returned with his wife, Carol, and newborn son, Christopher, to the Pacific Northwest.

Daughter, Monika, was born in 1975 while the couple lived in Lewiston. After receiving his master's degree in business from the University of Idaho in 1978, he moved with his family to the Seattle/Tacoma area, where he began his accomplished career as a financial controller for U.S. West and Quest telecommunications. Son, Jonathan, was born in 1981. He retired after a nearly 30-year career.

Greg was devoted to his family and was happiest at holidays when he could have everyone he loved together. He adored all animals, had many beloved pets throughout his lifetime and was particularly fond of his lap dogs. Greg was preceded in death by his mother Joyce. He is survived by his father, Harold; sister, Janet (Bruce) Wyatt; children, Christopher, Monika and Jonathan Buchholz; the children's mother, Carol; grandchildren, Jackson, Quinn and Asher Buchholz; as well as his nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews and many cousins.

Greg is returning to his hometown to be laid to rest in the Weippe cemetery with his family and friends.

Photo: Gregory Vaughn Buchholz


Leo 'Butch' Butler, 90, formerly of Elk City

Leo, son of Floyd and Emma Butler, passed away peacefully at home on July 6, 2022. He was surrounded by friends and family - and the love of those who could not be with him. He is survived by his brother Orville, his second spouse Josephine and his daughter Sherry.

Born in Airways, Alberta, Canada, he moved to Clarkston, WA, in the 1940s. He attended college in Lewiston where he met Evelyn Wineteer in the debate program.

Following his USAF (U.S. Air Force) service in Japan; he married Evelyn (b.1931 to d.2008), and they welcomed their daughter Sherry. He became a US citizen and completed his teaching degree. He went on to enrich the lives of many - as both a teacher and an administrator. Concerned that teens in 1990s Elk City had to board out for high school, he pioneered a distant learning high school program.

His life was full, and he appreciated every gift life gave! An exceptional teacher; he was also a talented carpenter and electrician, a farmer, golfer, pilot, traveler, and avid backpacker; he enhanced many lives. He was passionate about women's rights and value, and a faithful loyal friend. He epitomized the "love in daddy's hands" for his daughter Sherry and was a second father to many.

Ever the teacher, he has donated his body to research. He requests any donations go to Saint Jude Children's, Doctors without Borders, or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

There will be a celebration of life at 98 Memory Lane, Tooele, UT, 84074 on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Please help us celebrate a life well lived by attending or sending memories to the same address.

Photo: Leo 'Butch' Butler


Ronald Bonner, 76, Weippe

Ron Bonner passed away the evening of July 9, 2022, after complications of COVID and long-term medical issues. He was 76 years old.

Ron was born Dec. 25, 1945 in Aberdeen, WA. His parents were Harmon (Bud) Bonner and Charlotte Bonner. They lived in Weippe where Ron went to school and graduated in 1964.

In 1967 Ron married Karen and they lived in Moscow until Ron's graduation from the University of Idaho in 1968.

Accepting a job with Allstate they moved to Spokane and had a son, Tom.

1972 led them to Oregon where the family started a 40+ year life until 2021 when Ron and Karen moved to Weippe to spend their "Golden Years". Ron was lucky enough to have all of his family close in his final years.

Ron is survived by his wife Karen; son, Tom; grandson, Tyler; and great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Madelyn, and Colton.

Ron was loved by his family and friends and will be missed very much. He is believed to have had no regrets.

Ron has been cremated. No services are planned at this time.

Photo: Ronald Bonner


Gregory V. Buchholz, 74, formerly of Weippe

Gregory V. Buchholz, 74, of Seattle, WA and formerly of Lewiston and Weippe, died Friday, July 15, 2022, at Cogir of Queen Anne in Seattle.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Katie Barron, 17, Lenore

Katie left this world peacefully on the afternoon of July 15, 2022.

Katie was a fighter; she defeated cancer three times throughout her 17 years on this earth.

Katie loved many things. She loved animals, writing poetry, and spending time with her family.

She was a fierce academic with a love of learning.

She leaves behind many loved ones; notably, her mother Jessie; her brother, Tyler; her stepfather, Danny; her grandmother, Jodel; her great-grandmother, Nadine; and her uncles, Luke and Logan (along with their respective families and those who were not mentioned).

She also leaves behind her boyfriend, Lance, who made her smile like no other.

May she rest in peace.

No funeral arrangements as of this time.

Photo: Katie Barron


Casey A. Neumayer, 44, 1995 OHS grad

Casey A. Neumayer, 44, of Clarkston, WA, passed away suddenly Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Those that knew Casey knew him for his big laugh and even bigger heart. Casey was the friend that, even if you hadn't seen him in a while, he immediately picked up where you left off like there was never time or space separating you. Casey was a generous person, who knew no stranger. He would help anyone with anything, while always donning his signature megawatt smile.

Casey was born in Orofino in 1977 to Tim and Kay Neumayer. He graduated in 1995 from Orofino High School, where he formed lifelong bonds with his best friends, Eric Norton, Josh Steiner, Jayson Haworth and Caleb Goodwin. There are many childhood stories of these best friends racing hot wheels as kids, being chased out of huckleberry bushes by Casey's grandfather, Art, who was pretending to be a bear, and plenty of weekend adventures that created long-lasting memories.

After high school, Casey went on to the University of Idaho, where he studied art and architecture.

In 2003, Casey married Lindsey Zimmerman, of Clarkston, and later they welcomed their only child, a daughter, Laynee, who would immediately become the center of Casey's world. Casey was always proud of Laynee's accomplishments and the woman she was growing up to be. He was the dad who went to all her extracurricular functions to watch her dance, cheer or any other event she was involved in.

Casey enjoyed shooting guns in the woods with his friends, spending time at home and visiting family out of town. He loved '80s rock and was the best concert buddy. Casey enjoyed all things fun, but that's because Casey always made things fun. Casey was a volunteer diver alongside his father, Tim, in Clearwater County for search and rescue after high school. Casey was a skilled tradesman in construction and worked for Lew Mangum. Casey enjoyed working on cars, loved Chevys and was a loyal Chicago Bears fan. His dog, Chubbs, was proud to wear a Bears jersey during football season. With Casey, it was never a goodbye. It was always a see you later.

Casey is survived by his wife, Lindsey, and daughter, Laynee, along with their loyal pup, Chubbs, of Clarkston; his parents, Tim and Kay Neumayer, of Orofino; sister, Danna (Rich) Smith; nieces and nephews, Brenna, Justin, Brandy Howell, Jordyn and Nic; in-laws, Don and Joan Zimmerman, of Clarkston; sister-in-law, Courtney (Jon) Schlee; nephew, Brady; brother-in-law, Jeff (Brandy) Zimmerman; niece, Aubrey, and nephew, Brody; numerous cousins; and close friends whom he considered family.

Arrangements are being held by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston. A celebration of Casey's life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Casey A. Neumayer


Joan Marlene Meisner, 89, formerly of Orofino

Joan Meisner died peacefully July 5, 2022, at her home. Joan Marlene was born May 21, 1933, to John and Josephine Battaglia in San Francisco, CA.

With her father being a prominent San Francisco pharmacist, Joan grew up in the Marina District, two doors away from Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.

Joan graduated from Galileo High School and attended University of San Francisco. While working in Lake Tahoe a chance meeting with a young ex-GI from Glenwood (Kamiah), Idaho would change her life forever.

In 1960 Joan married that young man, Mark Meisner. They would live in Concord, CA; Orofino, Kamiah, and Lewiston, Idaho while raising their family before eventually retiring to Clarkston Heights in 1999.

Joan had several jobs throughout her life but the one she enjoyed the most and worked at the longest was for optometrist Dr. Osterberg in Kamiah and Orofino. The main focus and joy in her life was her children and grandchildren. She was proud of each one of them.

Joan is survived by her husband Mark; daughters, Nancy Jasper of Boise, Kristina Wright of Costa Mesa, CA; son, Brian Meisner of Lewiston; and stepdaughter, Michelle Meisner of Clarkston; grandchildren, Nathan Jasper, Janae D'Orazi, Katie Meisner, Hailey Meisner, and two great-granddaughters. Joan is also survived by her younger brother, Roger Battaglia, Tiburon, CA.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her three-year-old daughter, Pamela Meisner. Joan was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be missed very much.

Cremation has taken place.

Photo: Joan Marlene Meisner


Catherine L. Skiles, 77, Orofino

Catherine L. Skiles, 77, Orofino, died Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 77 in Clearwater Valley Health in Orofino.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Michael E. Quigley, 64, Lewiston

Michael E. Quigley, of Lewiston, died Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 64 in the University of Washington Medical Center - Montlake in Seattle, WA.


Shanon M. Niland, 51, formerly of Weippe

Shanon Marcel Jaren Niland, 51, Clarkston, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA.

She was born Sept. 21, 1970, to Rod and Jan Jared. She was raised in Weippe and attended school there.

Shanon loved to go camping and fishing, of which she had a running bet - that she could catch more fish than her dad. Shan loved to read and was buried in a book or on her Kindle doing so. She was a loving girl and would always try to keep everyone who was around her laughing.

Shanon is survived by her husband, Jerry, three daughters, and her mother Janet. She is also survived by her brother, Travis, and his son Dillin.

There will be a celebration of life held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2022, at Hereth Park, 1534 Powers Ave., Lewiston and will be followed by a covered dish dinner.


Patsy Jane Pitts, 88, formerly of Southwick

Patsy Jane Pitts passed away of natural causes Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Lewiston. She was 88 years old.

She was born Patsy Jane Weaver in Phenix City, Ala., to C. Earline and Henry Clay Weaver on June 9, 1934. Patsy grew up around lots of family and enjoyed all the family gatherings. Getting family together for any reason was one of Patsy's favorite things, and she looked forward to seeing everyone.

Patsy did very well in high school, and at one point was teaching Latin to her father, a pastor.

Patsy married Pete E. Jacobs, who was in the U.S. Navy, on Jan. 10, 1954. During this marriage, Patsy lived many places such as Honolulu; Brooklyn, NY; Big Coppit, Key West; Jacksonville, FL. They chose to retire in Southwick, Idaho. She was a part of and loved the Southwick community. Peter and Patsy divorced in 1978, and Patsy moved to Kendrick. In 1980, she met and married Joseph H. Pitts and moved to Lewiston.

Patsy always wanted to be a nurse, and with Joe's encouragement and support she attended Walla Walla Community College, earning an associate degree in nursing in 1990 at age 56. As an RN, she worked for several nursing homes in the valley during her 20-year nursing career and loved working with the elderly.

Joe and Patsy were happy and enjoyed their life together. In their 24th year of marriage, Joe passed away, which was very painful for Patsy. She and Joe were members of Tammany View Baptist Church and had developed many loving friends. Patsy and her friends took annual trips to the Oregon Coast to attend women's retreats for many years, with Patsy as chauffeur. These were some of Patsy's many fond memories, and she spoke of them often.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Pitts, and son, Peter I. Jacobs.

She is survived by her children, Dean Alice Kinzer, Jane Ellen Richards and Colley Paul, (Jill) Jacobs; stepson, Micky Pitts; stepdaughter, Deanna McFadden; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, at Tammany View Baptist Church, 3732 20th Street, Lewiston.

Photo: Patsy Jane Pitts


Payton Jo Blasingame, 19

Payton Jo Blasingame was tragically taken from this earth on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

She was born June 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston to Rusty Joe Blasingame and Erin Cathey Stamper. Payton Jo was the most adorable blonde-haired and big blue-eyed little sister to Macey Blasingame and Lance Antilla.

Payton Jo spent her 19 years raised here in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, starting her education journey at Parkway Elementary in Clarkston, and then in 2012, Payton, Macey, their mom and bonus dad Charlie Stamper moved to their home on Gifford-Reubens Road in Culdesac. The girls switched to Webster Elementary where their Nana, Sandi Axtell, lived across the street and they spent their mornings and afternoons with Nana until their mom was off work. Payton attended Jenifer Junior High School, where she participated in cheerleading, and then Lewiston High School.

Payton was a very hard worker and she understood what hard work attained both personally and in the workforce. Work challenged her and "she wasn't afraid of it at all" says her father, Joe. Payton helped Joe on several of his construction jobs. Payton started working around 15 years old at Dairy Queen, grabbing as many hours as she could. She knew the value of a dollar and she knew how to save for what she wanted. In the summer of her sophomore year, Payton applied to the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and was accepted to a job at Yellowstone. With nervous and anxious parents, Payton faced the challenge with her head high and worked extremely hard that summer, gaining experience, knowledge and a group of friends she referred to as her YCC family. The following summer, she did the YCC program again, this time in The Steins and Payette National Forests, and her accomplishment meant a lot to her. Payton worked at Roosters, Taco Time in Clarkston, her friend Amber's dog kennel and had just gained a job at Salvation Army before her passing.

In the short 19 years, we were blessed to have her with us and we can say that Payton lived BIG, fearless and with true intent in life. Her sister Macey described her so perfectly, as fiercely independent. Payton Jo was a free spirit; she made her own path and definitely beat to her own drum with her strong beliefs and convictions in life. Payton had a thirst for knowledge and she was a sponge for information. She had a sincere love for books from a very young age, which was something her mom instilled in her, and they shared this passion together. Payton loved learning in her own way on her own terms. She could debate any topic and loved to with Charlie. If she didn't have all the information at the time, it was a sure thing she would shortly and almost always had the upper hand. Payton was creative and artistic, she kept a journal for all her thoughts, drawings and ideas. She was private and appreciated for exactly who she was to each person she blessed to be close to her. Payton loved baking with her Nana for the holidays and it became a true tradition for them to share and for us to enjoy.

Payton loved camping with her family, especially the trips to North Fork with her mom and Charlie and backpacking with her dad. Payton appreciated the outdoors so much; she saw beauty in the sky, clouds, mountains, streams and animals that gave her an outlook on the world so different and special from most out there. Payton loved trips with Grandma Leigh, adventures with PaPa Gerry and Grandma Deb, and fishing trips with Grandpa Allen and Grandma Dorine. Payton loved to share beautiful sunsets with her mom at the family home, something they often did, just the two of them. Payton loved her big sister, Macey, and it very much was reciprocated. Macey was her protector, confidant and voice of reason when needed. They were adventure buddies and Macey felt safe with Payton, could tell her anything and knew they had an unbreakable bond.

Payton Jo Blasingame is survived by her parents, Erin and Charlie Stamper, Rusty Joe and Jami Blasingame (Zach); sisters, Macey Blasingame and Kareena Haight (Chase); brother, Lance Antilla; nephew,s Heston, Colt and Conway; her niece, Penelope; maternal grandparents, Leigh Cathey, Gerald Cathey and Debbie Howard, and Allen and Dorine Stamper; paternal grandparents, Sandi and Dan Axtell; her numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and bonus aunties and their families.

Payton Jo was preceded in death by her uncle, Ted Lance Blasingame; paternal grandfather, Theodeore Lee Blasingame; and her maternal great-grandparents, Alvin Cathey, Gertie and Buster Fruit, Edwina Nitz, Don Nitz and Bill and Birdie Allen.

"If you're not paying attention to the trees and how they sway in the wind then what are you even doing?" - anonymous

A Celebration of Payton Jo's life will take place 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Big Eddy Lodge, 3286 Viewpoint Road, Ahsahka.

Photo: Payton Jo Blasingame


Eleanor 'Blondie' Greene, 88, Orofino

Heaven has gained the sweetest angel, and the world has lost the kindest, most genuine, and most amazing Mother, Grandmother, "GG", Mother-in-Law, Aunti, and Friend. On July 7, 2022 Eleanor 'Blondie' Greene went to be with God and those family and friends who have gone before her.

Blondie was born September 30, 1933 in Custer County, Nebraska. In her youth, she moved to Jerome Idaho, where she attended school and met her lifelong love, Hap Greene. After Hap returned from serving four years in the Navy, they were married on April 1, 1952.

In 1955, they moved to Orofino with their toddler daughter, Mellisa Greene (Stewart), and their daughter Melody was born the following year.

Blondie worked for Orofino Joint School District 171 for nearly thirty years, not only taking excellent care of the school facilities, but also setting a great example of tough love and grace in dealing with countless students, some of whom were family and friends.

Blondie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Orofino, where she enjoyed nearly life-long friends and Brothers and Sisters in Christ's Family.

She loved her church and scarcely missed a Sunday when health allowed.

She loved her family and her church family deeply, and she was always excited to spend time with them all. Blondie and her daughter, Mellisa, were best friends, doing nearly everything together in Blondie's daily life the last 25 years.

She enjoyed reading, crochet, crafts, telling stories, fishing, almost any outdoor activity, and watching her favorite TV shows, including "Everybody Loves Raymond," NFL football, and every nature show she could find. She also enjoyed writing letters, cards, and poetry; she was "tickled pink," as she would say, that one of her poems was published in 2003. One of her other poems is reproduced below.

Blondie had the toughness and wisdom borne of a long life well-lived, depression era influences, WWII influences, and faith, all tempered with a sweet disposition, sense of humor, and deep love and kindness.


The people she will be joining in Heaven include her husband Gerald 'Hap' Greene, who went to be with God in 1990, and her daughter Melody Greene who went to be with God in 1960.Her family who remain and fondly remember Blondie include her daughter and son-in-law, Mellisa and Dewey Stewart; her grandchildren and their respective spouses, Morgan Renner (Stewart) and Sam Renner, and Trapper and Christy Stewart, her great-grandchildren, Jake Renner, Brooklyn Renner, Austin Stewart, and Madelyn Stewart, her niece Mona Weeks, too many loving extended family to name, and countless friends.

We would like to invite all who loved her to join us for a memorial service in her honor 4 p.m., Thursday July 14, 2022 at the First Baptist Church in Orofino. Food and fellowship to follow in the church basement. In lieu of flowers Blondie would have preferred that anyone who wishes to, donates to the Baptist Church in her name, at PO Box 1070, Orofino, ID 83544.

The following is a family favorite among Blondie's poems, written in memory of the life and passing of her 4-year-old daughter, Melody. We, her family, think this poem equally applies to Blondie's life and her passing:

"There is a rose in Heaven now that once was here on earth,
She spread the joy of love from the moment of her birth.
When she left she was only four and all I could do was mourn,
My heart was greatly broken and my soul was badly torn. I know that God did need her for a special task to do,
The roses in His garden needed a gentle hand that's true.
One night God did allow her a moment to hug me oh, so tight,
I never knew such blissful peace, it's what keeps her memory bright.
And so each time I see a rose my eyes search everywhere,
To see a little fingerprint in hopes that she's been there.
Roses are such a blessing and are held so dear to me,
And I long to hold the Keeper of the Roses, her lovely face to see. "


Richard Dell Ruddell, 94, formerly of Clearwater County

Richard Dell Ruddell joined the love of his life, Joann (Ayers), on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the age of 94, just four months after her passing Feb. 27. When Mom passed, Dad said, "I won't be far behind." Now they are back together again.

Dad was born Aug. 12, 1927, (although he always thought he was born on the 13th), to Harry and Neta (Blewett) Ruddell, in Lewiston. His childhood was spent in Culdesac and Cottonwood Creek. Dad was an extremely talented mechanic. He rebuilt his first car at the age of 12. He was a jack of all trades and a master of many, quite a MacGyver of sorts. From building furniture, to making his own car parts, he could make anything he set his mind to.

Mom and Dad were married April 19, 1953, and remained married for 69 years. They lived in Lewiston for a few years, and had their son, Dellwin, and daughters, Terrie, Tammi and Lonna. Dad worked different mechanic jobs and Mom stayed home taking care of us, sewing our clothes and starting many a craft project. She led 4-H groups and participated in many Boy Scout adventures.

Over the years, Dad worked for several employers including Odom's on the 4-O Ranch, International Harvester, in Lewiston, then Weippe. Their fourth child, Darwin, was born during this time. He then went to work for Hall Logging then Finke Logging, where he worked for many years. Darrin and Cory joined the family while living in Pierce. Mom would take us out camping by Dad's work on the North Fork of the Clearwater River every summer. Mom and Dad even moved to Kotzebue, AK, for a short time, with the three youngest in tow. Dad started working again for Finke Logging so they moved back to Pierce/Headquarters area. Dad finally retired at the age of 82 (we had to apply force and coercion). They purchased part of the old ranch off Cottonwood Creek and spent the next 20 years there. Because of their health and age, we moved them closer to us in Clarkston.

Dad was a wonderful husband to Mom and a great dad to all of us. He was a man of integrity, love and kindness. There wasn't a stranger who Dad wouldn't stop to help on the side of the road (even though Mom tried to encourage him to keep on going).

Dad is survived by his children, Dellwin (Dana), Terrie (Hal) Forge, Tammi (Steve) Mizer, Lonna Lyon, Darrin and Corey; 22 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Bernita Earl and Roberta (Wayne) Bonnalie-Ayers; and brothers, Ron, Terry (Linda) and Larry (LuAnn).

Dad was preceded in death by his wife, Joann; son, Darwin; grandsons, Joshua Ruddell, Brendan Lyon, Jonathan Bake and Bradley Bake; parents, Harry and Neta Ruddell; brother-in-law, Russell Bonnalie; and sister-in-law, Donna Ruddell.

A graveside service was held July 7 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. A joint memorial service for Dad and Mom will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 836 Preston Ave., Lewiston.

Photo: Richard Dell Ruddell


Eric Wayne Engle, 54, Orofino

Eric Wayne Engle, proud husband, father, brother, and friend was tragically taken from us on June 29, 2022, at the age of 54. He was born Aug. 31, 1967, to Dorylee Jean Blanc Engle and Albert Michael Engle in Orofino, Idaho.

On June 6, 1983, he married the love of his life Kimberlee Dawn (Rainville) Engle at the age of 15. They had four beautiful children that were the light of his life.

He served with the Idaho Army National Guard serving with the 116th Engineer Battalion and Active Duty with the US Army at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Afterwards, he deployed to Desert Storm with the 101st Airborne Division.

His Awards and Decorations include Army Service Ribbon, Army Lapel Button, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal.

After being Honorably Discharged from the military, Eric moved back to Orofino to raise his family in the small community that he loved. He worked for NADL Sanitation as a truck driver for several years before joining the ranks of the US Army Corps of Engineers in August of 2003, where he continued to work until his untimely passing.

Eric never met a stranger, making new friends wherever he went. He was a kind and caring person with a heart of gold that would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Anyone that knew Eric witnessed his love of music and could hear it before he even pulled in. He was known for his amazing 80's hairband voice and singing his own version of the songs he loved.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles and going out on the lake with friends and family. When he wasn't enjoying a few rounds of golf or hosting a friendly game of poker, Eric was working in his shop with his two sons. He was known as the wild and crazy grandpa by his grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He brought a much-needed light into everyone's life, making you laugh when you felt like crying.

Eric is survived by his lifelong love, Kimberlee Engle; and their four children, Kelsy Haag (Nathan), Jeremy Engle, Kayla Sibbett (Michael), Ryan Engle (Cady); and grandchildren, Taytin Knoblich, Axton, Ciani, and Mavryn Haag; Mason Engle; Addalyn Stewart and Thomas Sibbett; and Silver, Chayn, Tomi Jo, and Wesson Grace Engle. He is also survived by siblings, Renee Anderson, Andrea Harp (Harley), Michael Anderson (Colleen), and James Engle; and his father, Albert "Mike" Engle. He is survived by numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins that he loved.

He was preceded in death by his mother Dory Engle; sister in-law, Linda Engle; and his nephew, Christopher Anderson.

A service and celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge, 615 Main Street, Orofino.

Photos: Eric Wayne Engle


Norman (Bruce) Calhoun, 88, Orofino

1934 - 2022

Bruce Calhoun of Orofino passed away at Brookside Landing on June 27, 2022, at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Bruce was born to Norman D. and Gertrude Ellsworth Calhoun on March 28, 1934, in Cooperstown, NY. Bruce was soon joined by a brother Jess.

His mother died at a young age and his mother's sister Polly helped with the boys. Norman D. and Polly soon married, and they had three sons Art, Doug, and Charlie.

His youth was spent hunting, fishing and trapping.

He graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1952. Upon graduation he entered business with his father as Calhoun & Sons Welding & Repair.

In 1953 he was drafted into the Army for the Korean War, but instead enlisted in the Navy and served on the US Warrington for the next four years.

Cooperstown became his home again after completion of military service, where he again worked with his father.

He was recalled to the Navy where he then served a tour with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

His next assignment was Nuclear Power School. He served on four fast attack submarines. His favorite was the Skipjack SSN-585.

He also served as a Navy Recruiter in Nampa Idaho.

During this time, he fell in love with Idaho's hunting & fishing.

After retiring from the Navy, he worked at the Iowa Beef Processors, in Boise, and Mercy Medical Center in Nampa.

He married Jennie (Zigon) and became a father to Kenny, Albert and Frannie. They also had four sons Robert, George, Norman (Bruce) Jr, Malcom, and daughter Jennifer.

They divorced, and he later married Sharon Calkins, in 1999, and became father to two more children, Amy Riley and Mike Calkins.

Sharon and Bruce moved to Orofino in 2001, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and muzzleloading.

While in Cooperstown he was Commander of VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post #7128. He also served this position in Orofino post # 3296, as well as numerous other positions.

He was president of the Cooperstown Fish & Game Club and was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association for 50 plus years. He was also a member of the Lolo Trail Muzzleloaders.

Many hours were spent hunting and fishing with his children, their friends, grandchildren and many lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jess, Doug, and son Albert Zigon.

Survivors include his wife Sharon of the home. five sons, three daughters, 23 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and nephew Scott Calhoun.

His last 20 months were spent with the loving caregivers at Brookside Landing. Many thanks to all the staff.

Per Bruce's request, Monday, July 11 will be internment at Boise VA Cemetery, at 11 a.m.

A Celebration of his life will be held at Pink House Hole shelter at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 in Orofino, followed by a potluck.

Photos: Norman (Bruce) Calhoun


Brigitte Richardson, 85, Orofino

Brigitte Richardson passed away on the evening of Thursday, June 23, 2022. She was 85 years old. Brigitte was born April 6, 1937, to Leo and Anna Wöller, in Rheydt, Germany.

In 1938, Brigitte's family moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where her father managed a men's clothing factory. During World War II, Brigitte, her mother and her brother were evacuated to Bad Schwalbach, where they would live with extended family until 1948 before returning to live in Frankfurt in a rebuilt home in 1952. After a one-year apprenticeship in a women's clothing factory, she would earn a college degree in textile fashion, merchandising and design and was later hired as a production manager at Plutte Company in Wuppertal.

Brigitte saved up funds and moved to New York City in 1957. At her first apartment, she met Marigay Nelson, of Orofino. Brigitte would work in New York as a dressmaker for Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue, with a part time job at Bloomingdales. In 1958, Brigitte and her American cousin, Fred Wöller, would move to Los Angeles for six months, where Brigitte worked at Security-First National Bank and also Carnation Company on Wilshire Boulevard.

Brigitte ended her two-year stay in the U.S. with a two-week trip to Hawaii. Back in Germany, she started a new job as a production line manager at the Lauf Company, producing high-quality women's dresses. Returning home for the weekend, Brigitte met Dale Richardson, who was touring Europe on his motorcycle in 1959. Marigay Nelson had referred Dale to visit the Wöller's when he got to West Germany, and Dale and Brigitte later married on Oct. 1, 1960. They would be married for more than 62 years. Brigitte and Dale moved back to Orofino soon after and had two sons, Brent (born 1964) and Dan (born 1967).

Dale would teach Brigitte to drive, ride a horse, to fish and how to ski during the Idaho winters. Brigitte enjoyed attending all the sporting activities her boys participated in. Brigitte took night classes at Lewis-Clark State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in management technology in 1989. She would work for the Bon Marche and Cole's Jeweler's and later owned and operated Riverside Storage in Orofino for more than 20 years. During that time, they welcomed the birth of their three grandsons, Joe (to Brent and Elizabeth) and Zack and Lucas (to Dan and Kristal).

In her semi-retirement, Brigitte participated in the Senior Olympic Games at Stanford, Houston and Cleveland as a swimmer. She also enjoyed the company of her grandsons as their chaperone, German teacher and swim instructor.

Brigitte is survived by her youngest son, Dan; daughter-in-law Kristal; and her three grandsons Joe, Zack and Lucas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, and eldest son, Brent. In her own words, "I wanted to see the new world - America. Dale wanted to see the old world - Europe. In Orofino, we created our own world."

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Lodge at Rivers Edge, Orofino.

Photo: Brigitte Richardson


Dale John Haley, 76, formerly of Orofino

Dale John Haley was born to parents Veronica (Verna) Laylin and Horace (John) Haley on June 15, 1946, in Marquette, MI.

Dale spent his early years near the great lakes. As a small child, he moved with his family to northern Idaho, living first in Cottonwood, then in Orofino. After high school, he started a janitorial business with his brother, Duane.

In 1971, he moved to Lewiston, where he made his permanent home. Dale was a valued employee at J.C. Penney for 40 years, from 1971 until his retirement in 2011.

Dale was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in both Orofino and Lewiston, participating in many charitable and civic activities. He taught gun safety to teens at the Lewiston Gun Club and played Santa Claus for the local Boy Scouts on several occasions.

Dale was fond of animals and frequently donated to the local animal shelter. He was also a lifelong supporter of Military Veterans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the veteran's home or to Lewis Clark Animal Shelter.

Dale passed away gently Friday, July 1, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ines Rose; his brothers, Dwight Haley and Duane Haley; and nephews, Donald Rose, Timothy Broemeling and Paul Haley.

He is survived by his sister, Leola Broemeling, and many beloved nieces, nephews and great and grand-nieces and nephews.

Services will be held graveside at 1 p.m. July 9 at the Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.


Christopher Mark Anderson, 44, Orofino

Christopher Mark Anderson, 44, Orofino, was born to Helen Gibbs-Anderson and Mark H. Anderson, on Jan. 9, 1978.

Chris passed away June 17, 2022 due to complications of a longtime illness.

Chris is survived by his two children, Josh Anderson and Courtney Anderson; his mother; brothers, Justin and Brice Anderson; Mark and Debbie Anderson and extended siblings, Dustin Helm, Linda Baker, Teresa Baumer and Deedee Monniere.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Nancy Jean Townsend, 85

Nancy Townsend was born Oct. 11, 1936, in Chicago. Later in life, she lived in California and Washington and permanently resided in Idaho, as she wished to be closer to her family.

S

he was an adventurous, fun and active person in the lives of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, on whom she made a significant impact.

Her joys in life were tending to her garden, collecting Native American art, hiking, watching Western movies, roller-skating, chocolate, Elvis Presley and most especially, sharing all of these with her loved ones.

The most significant impact Nancy left has been leaving us to join our Lord, and her grandson, Robert, in Heaven on Monday, June 13, 2022.

She is missed tremendously and is forever in our hearts.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Glover and Deborah Townsend; sons, Frank DeFoe and John DeFoe; granddaughters, Rebecca Jordan, Rhiannon Larson, Vanessa Ellsworth and Sarah Reynolds; grandsons, Elijah DeFoe and Joshua Defoe; and several great-grandchildren.

Inurnment will take place at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to your local animal shelters would be appreciated.

Photo: Nancy Jean Townsend


Roy William Fry, 72, Orofino

Roy William Fry passed away peacefully at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, with his daughters by his side on June 18, 2022 at the age of 72.

Roy is preceded in death by his father, Bill Fry; his mother, Maxine (Bartlett) Fry; and his sister, Norma (Fry) Harrison.

Roy is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sandy Fry; daughter, Leah (Jayson) Springer; daughter, Jenna (Mark) Walton; grandchildren, Justin Springer, Ethan Springer, Wyatt Walton, Morgan Walton, and Lanie Walton; as well as his extended family and many friends. Roy didn't know a stranger and was thought of by most people as a kind and generous man.

Roy was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, riding motorcycles, four wheeling, and riding horses. He also had a passion for trading and bartering anything from trailers, campers, vehicles, guns, and ATV's. He graduated from Kendrick High School and much of his life was spent at the family property on Cedar Ridge and having fun at the mining claim in Florence.

He worked as a police officer for many years and retired from the Idaho Department of Transportation.

There is an emptiness in our hearts without him, but he is full of the goodness of God with his Lord and Savior in Heaven today.

A funeral service will be held at Orofino Tabernacle at 1839 Michigan Ave. in Orofino on July 9 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Stanton Walker officiating. A taco bar will be provided immediately after. A side dish or dessert would be appreciated, but certainly not required.

Roy was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, riding motorcycles, four wheeling, and riding horses. He also had a passion for trading and bartering anything from trailers, campers, vehicles, guns, and ATV's. He graduated from Kendrick High School and much of his life was spent at the family property on Cedar Ridge and having fun at the mining claim in Florence.

Photo: Roy William Fry


Robert Marc Mason, 60, Orofino

Marc entered the pearly gates of Heaven June 18, 2022 after a tragic fire in his home in Orofino.

He was born on June 7, 1962 in Cloverdale, CA, to parents Robert L. and Laura Mason. His legal name is Robert Marc Mason, but he was always known as Marc.

He is survived by his parents, as well as a sister, Melanie (Dave) Gee; a niece, Callie Gee; several aunts and uncles, and many cousins.

In 1965, Marc's family moved to Pierce. Growing up, he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He was an avid and skilled downhill skier, well-known on the slopes of Bald Mountain.

Marc always enjoyed reading and was passionate about history. He was a definite music buff with an extensive music library and could tell you the name, artist and lyrics of most any blues or classic rock song from memory.

After he graduated from Timberline High School in 1980, he worked at Jaype Mill near Pierce and the Lewiston Potlatch mill. He attended Lewis Clark State College three times over the years and graduated with an AA degree in 2004 in HVAC and Small Appliance Repair. He did some work in HVAC and also worked for Clearwater Homes.

His most recent job was as a Security Guard for the Cruiseline Agency of Alaska in Skagway and the 10 years he spent there were some of the best of his adult life. He really loved that area and his job, and worked seasonally there through 2018. Sadly, he struggled with serious health issues in the years since.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Timberline Schools Library.

The family is planning a gathering in Weippe for friends and family to come together to celebrate his life later this summer (date yet to be set), with a scattering of ashes at his favorite fishing hole on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Photo: Robert Marc Mason


Hjalmer 'Clayton' Johnson, 90, and Rita 'Doreen' Zipse Johnson, 79, Weippe

Hjalmer "Clayton" Johnson was born Sept. 24, 1931. He joined his beloved Doreen at their eternal resting place on June 12, 2022. Doreen was born on August 23, 1938 and passed on Nov. 18, 2017.

Clayton and Doreen were married on April 11, 1956 and raised their children, Neil Johnson (Delores) of Weippe, Sheila Johnson Patterson (Dave) of Weippe, and Dale Roy Johnson on the Weippe Prairie.

Clayton served in the US Army during the Korean War and spent his working life as a logger. He was often sought out by the power companies to accomplish the felling of "danger" trees near powerlines. He enjoyed iron fabrication and built several sawmills. He also enjoyed hunting in the fall.

Doreen was a devoted mother, housewife, homemaker, and caretaker. She ran the home as efficiently and orderly as Clayton ran jobs in the woods.

They were preceded in death by their parents, son Dale Roy Johnson, siblings Elmer Wayne Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Gene Johnson, Tom Johnson, Steve Johnson, Eddie Johnson and Ira Lee Zipse.

They are survived by their children, Neil and Sheila, siblings P.L. Johnson, Betty Johnson Cole, Oren Zipse, Walter Zipse, Tracie Zipse, a special granddaughter Megan Johnson, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to ?, at the home of Dave and Sheila Patterson, 2682 Larson Road, Weippe.

The family will supply smoked brisket to go with potluck dinner. It is casual dress for friends and family.

"Come tell us a story".

Photo: Hjalmer 'Clayton' Johnson and Rita 'Doreen' Zipse Johnson


Marillyn Caldwell, 94, Orofino

Marillyn Joyce Caldwell passed away in Orofino from pneumonia on Thursday, May 19, 2022. She was 94.

Marillyn was born on March 19, 1928, in Washington state, to Dora and Lloyd Shafer. She was named for her grandmothers Mary (Marne) and Lillian (3" I's"). They lived near grandmother Lillian in Seattle, WA, where she also had a strong bond with the family dog who watched over her.

As a result of her painting of flowers at age eight, she received a scholarship to Seattle's Cornish School of the Arts which she attended on Saturdays. She began attending University of Washington at age 16 as an art major, but disliked the "way of teaching art" so quit.

Later she received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and then a master's degree in zoology and physiology while keeping her own art studio off campus. She went on to teach at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College in Nebraska, and was appointed Assistant Curator of Anthropology for Washington State Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She met her husband Warren Caldwell while at the University of Washington and they married in 1952. They worked on archaeological digs together near the Columbia River, and developed a passion for Dalmatians and then Curly-Coated Retrievers.

After retirement, they purchased rural property near Orofino near Huckleberry Butte where they could keep a successful breeding and showing kennel. Ravens flew skyward over Huckleberry Butte so the kennel was aptly named Sevenravens.

Marillyn was among the charter members of the Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America and successfully showed and placed well at the first Curly specialty held in 1979, as well as having bred the top female dog at the show. She also trained and showed two of the first Curly-Coated Retrievers to attain advanced obedience titles.

Marillyn continued her passion for art and books, sketching and painting the dogs and amassing a huge book collection which she stated was a "disease she couldn't cure".

When Warren and the last dogs passed away Marillyn recognized the advantages of living in town where she could socialize and receive extra help. So, she moved into Brookside Landing in Orofino where it took two apartments to hold her massive book collection. She loved her neighbors and the staff there.

She leaves behind her family at Brookside and a few cousins and friends. She outlived most of her relatives, husband Warren, daughter Susan Hanley, and dozens of dogs and friends. It was Marillyn's wish for any donations made in her memory be given to the Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino Idaho 83544.

Photo: Marillyn Joyce Caldwell


Chancelor Clark Maughan, 25

November 18, 1997 - June 17, 2022

Chancelor Clark Maughan, 25 returned home to his Heavenly Father on Friday June 17, 2022. Chancelor was born on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997 to Jennifer Ruth Maughan in Payson, Utah. Chancelor spent his early childhood in Pocatello, Idaho attending Poohs Half Acre, Grace Lutheran Pocatello Charter School, where he was loved by so many. All the staff had a soft spot for him in their hearts. At the age of 7 Chancelor gained his father, Keaton J Irby and his entire family moved to Twin Falls to start their new chapter. Chancelor attended Sawtooth Elementary "PRISON" as he called it, O'Leary middle school, Dixie High School (St. George, UT) and Bruins High School.

As a little guy, Chancelor had a drive for everything to do with athletics - t ball, taekwondo, swimming lessons, golf lessons, hunting and fishing which led to a passion to compete in summer swimming teams and golfing tournaments. His happy place was in the mountains, in the open fresh air with beautiful streams and wildlife, along with becoming a father to his son Jamison at a young age. Whether he was hunting birds to elk, fishing for trout to salmon, his energy and drive was endless. Chance touched every person he met and brightened any room he walked into. Chancelor was such a unique young man with so many bold and beautiful characteristics, his favorite thing to do was protect his momma and pound on his little sisters. With a passion to please, zest for life, that infectious Maughan smile, a heart full of humbleness with unconditional love for all his friends and family. He has now left a void on this earth that no one can replace.

Chancelor is preceded in death by his great grandparents - Ralph Clark and Betty Maughan; Grandpa Jed R. Crowder; cousin Spencer Swallie and his legend uncle, Ralph Von Dohln Maughan. He is survived by his grandparents - Raymond and Teri Burstedt (Eagle); James Maughan Sr. (Twin Falls)- Sam and Valena Irby (Orofino); Tony and Tami Haines (Twin Falls); his momma, Jennifer Ruth Maughan (Ahsahka); his father, Keatan J Irby (Ahsahka); his sisters, Halle Nicole Maughan (Twin Falls); Kloee Lynn Irby and Sammie Irene Irby (Ahsahka); his son Jamison Clark Maughan (Twin Falls); his niece Alayna Nicole Maughan (Twin Falls); his uncle Seth James Maughan (Twin Falls); his uncle Kirk and aunt Alishia Maughan (Twin Falls); Jim Jr Maughan (Tonopah, NV); Tricia Maughan (Tonopah, NV); Katie Nicole Weeks (Preston); Nacsan and Ashley Irby (Lewiston); Zack Irby (Orofino) and many, many cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home, 2551 Kimberly Rd. in Twin Falls. There will be viewing on Monday, June 27, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the service to begin at 1 p.m.

To view Chance's Video Memories Click This Link: https://youtu.be/v3Sj31TlUyc

Photo: Chancelor Clark Maughan


John C. Vangelder Sr, 69, Weippe

John C. Vangelder Sr., born April 8, 1953, died June 17, 2022 in Orofino.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Jo Anne Bonura, 78, Pierce

Jo Anne Bonura, 78, Pierce, died Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Generations Senior Living in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Robert E. West, 93, Orofino

1928-2022

Robert Ellis West of Orofino passed away at the Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Facility on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the age of 93 years.

Bob (Robert) was born to Harry H. West and Nona I. Walker West in Peck on Oct. 11, 1928. The story goes that the doctor couldn't make it in time for his birth, so his Grandma Walker had to be the one to deliver him! He was the middle child out of three, with two sisters, Lila Baugh Zimbauer and Mary West Woolum.

As a young boy, Bob grew up below Sunny Side on the Clearwater River just up the river from the Peck Depot. In 1937 his family moved to Orofino, where Bob's father began working as the manager for The Grange Store. When he turned 15, Bob dropped out of school and went straight in to work for a local lumber company. The following spring, he went to work for the US Forest Service, then in the fall he went on to work for the Clearwater Timber Protective Association at Camp 11. Throughout the next few years Bob worked several jobs, some being the Clearwater County Road Department, several construction jobs, driving truck, and for Stone and Tile in Boise.

While in Boise in 1953, Bob met Ronnie Johnson, and promptly married her on Dec. 5, 1953 in Winnemucca, NV. In 1954, both Bob and Ronnie went to work for Potlatch Timber Protective Association while living in Elk River. The following years, he moved from logging, to Road Forman for Clearwater Highway District at Elk River, and worked as a grader operator for the Clearwater County Road Department. In 1965 Bob and Ronnie were able to purchase a house off Michigan Ave and started selling hunting and fishing supplies.

In 1975, they were able to purchase a larger property on Michigan Ave. and move the business there, it became West's Sporting Goods. Through hard work and dedication, they were named the Store of the Year in 1981. On Dec. 31, 1994 they both decided to retire from the store and spend time fishing and pursuing other interests.

As time went on Ronnie began to suffer from several medical conditions and sorrowfully passed away in 2005. Over the next few years Bob bought rentals and pursued things that interested him, most notably was investing in discovering all about his Family Ancestry.

Bob has had many friends over the years and could tell you stories as if they happened yesterday. His memory of his life was sharp as a tack clear to the end. A few of those friends he really let in and become part of his family. One in particular being, Kim Burger, who was his dearest friend, up to her passing in October of 2021.

To know Bob is to know he was wise and resourceful and generous beyond measure. Bob and Ronnie West did not have any children together, but Bob is survived by two nieces, Judy Coomer and Lura Mullikin. As well as an inherited family member who cherished him, Malloree Norris.

And as requested by Bob, there will be no services held.

Photo: Robert Ellis West


Christopher M. Anderson, 44, Orofino

Christopher M. Anderson, 44, of Orofino, born Jan. 9, 1978, died June 17, 2022 in Orofino.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Artemio 'Tim' Rubio Sr., 70

Surrounded by loved ones, Artemio "Tim" Rubio Sr. was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ Monday, June 13, 2022.

Born Aug. 17, 1951, in the beautiful Texas hill country to Juanita and Santos Rubio, Timmy spent his childhood and youth surrounded by his 11 siblings in Leakey, TX.

After graduating high school in 1969, Tim served in the United States Navy. In 1984, he moved to southern Idaho with his wife, Maria, and children.

Eventually making Lewiston his home, Tim devoted his life to helping others. He was an active member of Habit for Humanity, American Legion and several local churches. Tim could always be found doing for others before himself. After retiring from the Idaho Department of Employment after 20 years where he helped so many, Tim spent his days doing what he loved most: taking long walks on the levy, mowing lawns, fishing and checking on his grandkids.

Tim also worked with Clearwater County Economic Development (CCED) and Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA).

Tim is survived by his four children: Junior (Tosha) Rubio, of Lewiston; Arcelia Rubio, of Clarkston; WA, TC (Jeni) Rubio, of Kennewick, WA, and RoxAnne (Christopher) Perez, of Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are his nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with another one on the way; and lifelong friend, Maria Rubio, of Leakey.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Cody Koth, who cared for and loved Tim the same way Tim cared for others.

Artemio leaves behind a beautiful life of love and memories. He will be greatly missed by everyone who ever had a chance to meet him.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Artemio "Tim" Rubio Sr.


Donna Swatman, 84, 1955 OHS grad

Donna Swatman was born Donna Elizabeth Miller on Jan. 3, 1938, to Donald Miller and Madeline Welch Miller in Orofino. She passed away Feb. 20, 2022.

Donna attended school in Orofino and graduated high school there in 1955.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dave Swatman in 1992, and her husband, Thomas Young in 2021.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas (Yvonne) Miller; her children, James (Rebecca) Swatman, Jeffrey (Linda) Swatman, Elaine (Gregory) Englehart, Daniel (Amy) Swatman and Holly (Troy) Lake and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Please, join the family to celebrate her life at the City Park in Wamsutter, WY, on Sunday July 24, 2022, at 11:30 a.m.

Jacoby Funeral Home in Rawlins, WY, has been entrusted with arrangements.


Roy W. Fry, 72, Orofino

Roy W. Fry, 72, born Sept. 28, 1949, died June 18, 2022 in Orofino.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Michael Forest, 45, Orofino

Michael Francis Forest, 45, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Mike was born on April 29, 1977 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Jack and Shirley (Harvey) Forest. He lived most of his life in Orofino, the early years spent in Pierce America.

He graduated from Orofino High School in 1995. He spent a lot of time on the road logging with his dad in the summers- Benton Creek or at Dworshak Dam learning to pull logs out of the lake.

Mike was a man of many traits-he was talented at hunting, fishing, camping, singing, comedy, and making friends no matter where he went.

He passed on his love for hunting to family and friends and had a true talent for bugling in elk and calling turkeys. He proved his ability to "talk to animals" by winning a bugling competition in Missoula, MT years ago.

One of his greatest accomplishments was that he was with his niece and nephews for each of their first big game harvests, as well as many other family friends' first big game harvests too. He truly loved to share his passion for the outdoors with anyone he could, but daddy-daughter hunting time was always his favorite.

One of his earliest jobs was working for his dad at Jack Forest Enterprises. In addition, Mike worked for many years at Nightforce Optics, almost a year at Orofino Builders Supply and most recently at N&N Machine.

In May of 2008 Mike and Rachel Corder welcomed their daughter, Ashlynn Michelle, into the world. Along the way he also gained two bonus children, Jadyn Corder and Carson Corder. Mike took pride in being the best father he could by attending all of Ashlynn's activities to include sports, hunting, and dance.

Mike is preceded in death by his dad, Jack Forest, Sr.; his stepdad, Denny Meyer; grandparents, Clarence and Loretta Harvey, Bessie Morgan and Francis Forest; great grandparents, Woody and Pearl Cox; and great nephew, Rowan Forest. He is survived by his daughter, Ashlynn who was his pride and joy; stepdaughter, Jayden Corder; and stepson, Carson Corder; mother, Shirley Meyer; stepmother, Diane Forest; brothe,r Jack (Casey) Forest Jr.; sister, Staci (Randy) Lee; stepsiblings, Lew (Patti) Mangum, Kevin (Shannon) Mangum, Vanessa (Darrel) Gray; niece, Danielle (Jeff) Caldwell; nephews, Michael (Kate) Forest and Scotty (Jordyn) Lee; great niece, Josie Caldwell; great nephew, Wally Caldwell and soon to be great nephew, Easton Lee. In addition, he had many step nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by many friends (far too many to list) who considered him family.

Mike never knew a stranger. He had a larger-than-life personality that stole the hearts of those lucky enough to spend time with him.

There will be a celebration of life for Mike on Friday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers there has been a trust/savings account set up at Lewis-Clark Credit Union for Ashlynn to use toward college.

Photo: Michael Francis Forest


James Fredrick Claffey, 71, Orofino

James Fredrick Claffey was born in Yakima, WA, to Frances and James Claffey, on Nov. 4, 1950.

Jimmy graduated from Orofino High School in 1969, working for the US Forest Service and Konkolville Lumber.

In 1971, Jim was off to the US Army, stationed in Kitzingen, Germany Army Base during the Viet Nam era. He was an Avionic Communications Equipment repairman. He then got his CDL to travel the world and was honorably discharged in 1974.

Jim was an Alumni of both LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) and U of I (University of Idaho).

He worked for the US Forest Service and the Corps of Engineers.

A man of many traits, a student of Biblical Prophecy, an amateur astronomer, cartographer and the author of Defiant Cry, a book of poetry. If you knew Jim from his letters to the editor, a drink at the bar, a toke or a funny joke, or even just a conversation at the park you would know Jim was unconventional and you would recognize that material things weren't high priority. He never wanted to be rich or keep up with the Jones. He enjoyed living one day at a time.

Jim went on his next Grand Adventure peacefully Friday, June 17, at 4:22 p.m., with his son by his side.

He is survived by his daughter, Frances (Ben) Michels of Kettle Falls, WA; son, Joseph Claffey of Weipp;, son, Joshua Eller-Lombard of Weippe; daughter, Christina (Brad) Minear of Orofino; five grandchildren and his wife, Julie Claffey, of Weippe,

Jim has three brothers, Joseph, Michael, Steven, and four sisters, Janet, Susan, Patricia and Kathleen, along with numerous cousins, extended family and friends.

We can't forget the famous Downtown Buster Brown.

Jimmy was a son, brother, father and friend, but most of all a great teller of tales, a legend to those he impacted, large or small, a great man who walked this earth, cowboy hat and all. Nothing held him back, nothing got him down, his life was too much fun to ever wear a frown.

Come celebrate Jimmy on his next Great Adventure at the Orofino City Park, June 25, at 2 p.m., with a potluck following.

May the party never end.

Photo: James Fredrick Claffey


Jesse Owen Thornton, 35, formerly of Orofino

Jesse Owen Thornton of Volcano, HI, passed away with his loved ones at his side on May 30,2022.

Jesse was born in Enterprise OR. on Dec. 21,1986 to Leon Thornton and Victoria Fowler. Jesse had a creative spirit and always believed "if you want it, you can make it". Jesse and his family lived in Orofino during his teenage years.

His greatest treasures in life were his wife and children.

Jesse was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Mary Thornton; grandfather, Jim Eldridge; stepfather, Jim Fowler; and cousin, Lewis Eldridge.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Marci Thornton, and three daughters, Veronica, Violet and Leila all of Volcano, HI; father, Leon Thornton (Shari) of Julietta; mother, Victoria Fowler of Boise; grandmother, Connie Eldridge of Boise; brother, James Thornton (Dawn) of Elk, WA; stepbrother, JD Fowler (Amanda) of Troy; as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, nephew, nieces and cousins.

Jesse will be remembered for his kindness, caring and love of life. He was happiest spending time with his family and numerous friends. His grandma Connie always said "wherever Jesse went in this world he always had a friend". He will be missed and remembered for ever, for he lives on in our hearts.

There will be a celebration of life at a later time.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for his family.

Photo: Jesse Owen Thornton


Brian Jason Lee, 54, formerly of Orofino

It is with heartfelt regret to pass on that a loving son, brother, and father, Brian Jason Lee, 54, of Walla Walla, WA, passed away May 28, 2022 in Seattle, WA.

He was born May 1, 1968, in Orofino to Eldon and Mary Lee. Brian served in the United States Army Infantry and was stationed in Germany, and worked as a roughneck in the oil fields of Wyoming and on various ships and boats in Alaska out of Dutch Harbor.

Brian was a wandering soul who never forgot where his roots laid. He had a love for the outdoors, art, and music, which he shared with and passed onto his daughter Destiny.

On the 28th of May of 2022, at 11:22 p.m., Brian surrendered his soul to our Heavenly Father as his family was holding his hands and singing the final verse of "Amazing Grace".

Along with his daughter, Destiny, he is also survived by his father, Eldon; and brother, Steven.

Even though his life on Earth has come to an end, he will undoubtedly and forever enjoy the peace, love and solitude to which Jesus Christ our Lord has prepared for us.

Rest in peace Brian, you will always be in our hearts and a part of our souls. We love you so much.

May our God, the Lord all Mighty, receive you into His kingdom, embrace you with His love, provide you with peace and tranquility. May He relieve you of all your pain and suffering, giving you eternal peace, happiness, never leaving you to want. May He assure you that your family is safe, loving and awaiting the day we are all together again. In Jesus' name I ask you, Amen.

There will be a memorial service held on June 25, 2022 at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) in Orofino, located at 330 Michigan Ave. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the service will start at 12 p.m., followed by a luncheon.

Photo: Brian Jason Lee


David B. Dutro, Sr., 88, formerly of Orofino

David B. Dutro, Sr., 88, passed away peacefully with his son Dave and his grandson Gabe by his side on Dec. 6, 2021 at Hospice of Coeur d'Alene, and he will be missed by his family and friends.

David was born July 6, 1933, in Zanesville, OH, and lived most of his life in California.

In 1983, he moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, and in 1985 he and his son Dave moved to Orofino, where he lived until 2017, when he moved in with his son in Coeur d'Alene.

David had three children, Dave Dutro, Jr., Madaline Orie, and Daniel Dutro.

He is also survived by his brother Jerry Dutro of Orofino, his grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

David loved to spend time working on his Nomad, camping, and hunting.

One time he and his son Dave were hunting in the Red River area, and Dave was trying to fill his moose tag. They went out scouting on a Sunday morning and David specifically told his son "Don't shoot anything, it's Sunday and I want to get home to watch football".

Two hours later Dave showed his dad the moose he had shot. After David finished hyperventilating, they started cutting the moose into 1/8ths and packing it out of the woods. Needless to say, there was no football watching that day!

A celebration of David's life will be held on June 27, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at The Brass Rail. If you have time please swing by and raise a glass to this grumpy old man.

Photo: David B. Dutro, Sr.


Mary May Smith, 77, Orofino

Mary May Smith (Evridge), age 77, of Orofino, was born June 19, 1944 in Reno, NV to Eugene and Geraldine Evridge.

Mary went to heaven June 5, 2022.

Mary was a wife, daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved family gatherings, collecting friends, coloring, and doing puzzles.

Mary always had a smile on her face and enjoyed her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Salisbury (Mark); spouse, Walter Jack Gibson; son-in-law, David Brookshire; stepdaughter-in-law, Sandy Crow; and many grandkids and great grandkids.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Erma Brooksire; stepson, Jimmy Crow Sr.; her twins, Eugene and John Wayne; mother, Geraldine Evridge; father, Eugene Evridge (Tiny); and her brothers, Richard Evridge and Eugene Evridge.

Our mother/grandmother will be missed for her loving care of her family, smile and wittiness. She will forever live in our hearts.

There will be a viewing June 20, 2022 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Fraser Cemetery at 12 p.m., followed by a potluck at 107 Preston Drive in Orofino.

Photo: Mary May Smith


Floris O'Leary, 98, formerly of Orofino

Floris O'Leary, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully in her sleep in Redding, CA, on Good Friday, April 15, 2022.

Floris was born March 16, 1924 to Floris and Bion Gregory in San Francisco, CA. Her twin sister Grace arrived one minute later.

Floris spent her early years growing up in San Francisco, moving to Placerville at age 12. After graduation from Placerville High School, she returned to San Francisco. There she met and married Joseph O'Leary in 1946. They had a loving marriage which lasted 61 years until Joe's death in 2007.

Floris was a wonderful mother to eight children. With six growing children and another on the way, the O'Learys moved to Montana in 1958. Two more sons arrived to complete the family.

She loved her large family. Floris had a wonderfully optimistic nature. She always gave fully her hugs and prayers to all in need. She was a wonderful seamstress, baker of Irish soda bread and prayer warrior. Her fondest memories were of times spent at Holland Lake in Montana with family and friends. She enjoyed playing Pinochle and Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, cryptogram puzzles, reading, taking walks on the river trail, and football.

When Joe retired in 1987, they returned to California, settling in Redding, where they lived until 2004. While in Redding, Floris and Joe served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and were involved in Our Lady of Mercy Church, where she served as a Eucharist minister. She also volunteered at Mercy Hospice, working in the Angel's Gift Shop. In 2004, Floris and Joe moved to Orofino and built a home near their oldest son, Jim. She moved back to Redding in 2009 and spent her last 13 years living with her daughter Eileen.

Floris is predeceased by her parents, Floris and Bion; her sister, Grace; half-brother, Bion; husband, Joseph; and her son, Dennis.

She is survived by her children, Jim O'Leary (Vicki) of Orofino, Paul O'Leary (Vickie), JoAnn Matsko (Tom), Marie O'Leary and Tom O'Leary of Great Falls, MT, Eileen Bobich of Redding; and Mike O'Leary (Jean) of Santa Clara, CA.

Floris also leaves behind 31 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and 1 niece. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. She had 98 years on this earth and she lived them well, with grace and dignity and a strong faith.

Services will be held in Orofino on Saturday, June 18, at St. Theresa's Church at 10:30 a.m. Following a Rosary and Mass, Floris will be buried in Cook Cemetery next to her beloved husbandm Joe.

Donations can be made in her memory to the Poor Clares of Montana: 3020 18th Ave South, Great Falls, MT, 59405.


Clayton Hjalmer Johnson, 90, Weippe

Clayton Hjalmer Johnson, 90, of Weippe, born Sept. 24, 1931, died in Orofino on June 12, 2022.

No services are planned to be held at this time.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Mary M. Smith, 77, Orofino

Mary M. Smith, of Orofino, born June 19, 1944, died on June 5, 2022, in Lewiston at the age of 77.

A graveside funeral is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Brenda Kay (Beck) Baune, 78, OHS graduate

Brenda Kay (Beck) Baune passed away on June 2, 2022 at the age of 78 due to a brief illness at her home with family around her. She was born March 23, 1944 in Orofino to CW Beck and Bernice Lundblad Beck of Orofino she was the fourth of five to be added to the family. She and her siblings always had an adventure while growing up. Brenda attended Orofino High school.

Mom married at a young age to Mike Whitney and had a son Bob, they later divorced. She then married Norman Duane Storey of Kamiah and had two girls Renee and Jami. Norman passed away in 1985. Mom then met and fell in love with her soul mate Robin Baune where she lived out the rest of her life with him and boy did, they have a great life together. Throughout her years Brenda had many jobs. She worked for Olive's Auto Parts, various restaurants in Kamiah and bartended in Nezperce, where her and Robin became owners of B & R Station. They later sold it to enjoy more time with each other. The most important job she had was being a wife and mother.

She loved to garden, and she spent many hours in her yard making it look beautiful with her hand painted decorations, that she would spend hours either fixing up or cleaning to make sure they were perfect to display.

She is survived by her husband Robin of 37 years; Brother, Larry Beck, Sister, Crystal Beck, Brother-in-Law, Ted Rainville all of Orofino; son, Bob of Nezperce; daughter, Renee (Delvin) Keeler of Grangeville and daughter, Jami of Boise. Grandchildren are Michael, Joel, La Breena, Jace, Shaylee, RaeDaun, Shilo, Dustin and eight great grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews that she loved as her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ron Beck; sister-in-law, Bev Beck; sister, Nancy Rainville; sister-in-law, Becky Beck; grandson, Tanner Whitney and nephew, Teddy Rainville, and many aunts and uncles.

Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date in July. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit a condolence to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Brenda Kay (Beck) Baune


Wayne Michael Hodges, 24, Orofino

Wayne Michael Hodges, 24 years old, was born and raised in Orofino, Idaho to his mother, Doris Cleveland, and his father, James (Mike) Hodges.

Wayne was born on June 16, 1997, then gained his wings and flew to heaven on Sept. 26, 2021.

Wayne married his high school sweetheart, Ashtin Willow Bolz, Aug. 25, 2019. Wayne and Ashtin have his first son Ronald Michael Hodges. Ron is a very clever 3-year-old who has the same interests as his dad and is a reflection of his dad as well.

Wayne loved nothing more than to be out and about in the outdoors, he loved his dirt bike and Toyotas. He was a country boy at heart and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Wayne was very experienced in the work field and no matter the job he could do it; carpentry, mechanic, welding, and logging. He made it all seem so easy. It didn't matter to him, he just wanted work to take care of his family.

Wayne is preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Cleveland; great grandfather, Jim Herman; grandfather, James M. Hodges; grandmother, Christa D. Schilling-Cleveland-Ladd and uncle, Calvin Cleveland.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Ashtin Hodges; son, Ronald Hodges; mother, Doris Cleveland; father, James (Mike) Hodges; uncles, Larry and Joe Cleveland and grandmother and grandfather, Tammy and Danny Marks.

A celebration of life will be held on June 16, 2022 at Campbells Pond and starts at noon. We invite you to celebrate the life of Wayne on his birthday with memories shared, food-potluck, fishing, camping if you want, and a huge bonfire for everything we would want for his friends and family on his day.

Please remember Wayne's birthday party this year, because he will never be forgotten. Bring your own chair, please.

Photo: Wayne Michael Hodges


Eugene Bonnalie, 95, Orofino

Eugene J. Bonnalie passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at his family home on Grangemont Road in Orofino, with the love of his life Rachel by his side.

Gene was born in Weippe on Jan. 28, 1927, to Ernest and Beulah Bonnalie. After several moves the family settled down in Sweetwater/Lapwai area of Idaho, where Gene attended school and then graduated in 1945. That same year he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the Light Cruiser USS Columbia during World War II, where he was stationed in the South Pacific. He returned home from War in 1946 and in 1947 married Rachel Anderson on Christmas Eve; this year they would have celebrated 75 years of marriage.

During his working years, Gene was a heavy equipment operator, worked construction and for the Clearwater County Road Department; he was also owner/operator of his own logging truck. For many years he suffered from heart problems and survived several operations and procedures. Gene was a family man who enjoyed camping and fishing. After retiring, his hobby was gardening and taking care of the family home. Then his heavy equipment was his riding lawn mower and rototiller, to make the yard look like a park.

Gene is survived by his wife, Rachel, and their four children: Joan and Tom Wargi of Craig, Alaska; Sandra and Mike Clay of Orofino, James and Joanne Bonnalie of Lewiston, Scott and Sue Bonnalie of Orofino; his brother-in-law, Ron Ruddell, and sister-in-law, Roberta Bonnalie Ayers. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, James Bonnalie, Russell Bonnalie; and sister, Donna Ruddell.

A memorial service will be held on June 12 at 1 p.m. at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) in Orofino, ID, 330 Michigan Ave.

Photo: Eugene J. Bonnalie


Marthan 'Marty' Marius Bourassa, 78, formerly of Orofino

Marthan 'Marty' Marius Bourassa was born in Polson, MT on Sept. 21, 1943, the first child of Marius and Ruby Hanson Bourassa. At his birth, his father was serving in the South Pacific as a medic in the US Army Rangers, and his mother was living with her parents. When Marius returned in 1945, the Bourassa family continued living in Polson until 1952, when they moved to Missoula, MT.

Marty attended Missoula grade schools and Missoula County High School, graduating in 1961. As a teenager, he worked at a local grocery store to save for his first car, which he bought at the age of 14--a 1949 Ford. Marty continued his education at the University of Montana; obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1966.

His first job was as an accountant with the USFS in Orofino. He made the round-trip drive between Orofino and Missoula nearly every weekend to see his family, but particularly, Leora Lila Kane. Leora and Marty married on Nov. 29, 1969. He and Leora moved a number of times over the next 20+ years, as Marty advanced his career within the Forest Service. They lived in Missoula, then Great Falls, MT, back to Missoula, and over to Colville, WA until 1982. Marty finished his Forest Service career in the Region One, Regional Office in Missoula with a promotion to Chief Financial Officer for the Region. He retired in 1999.

Marty's passion was classic cars, especially the Ford Mustang. Over the course of his life he owned several Rancheros and Mustangs. Marty was a die-hard Ford fan and only worked on the best cars, which in his eyes were exclusively Ford. He always had a car project in the works. With the help of his brother-in-law, Erv Kane and others, he built a Replica 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe from a Factory Five Kit for his 65th birthday. He "souped up" every car he ever owned. His most recent purchase was a vintage 1962 Ford Galaxy 406.

His passion for cars also included helping to organize car shows locally. He was an active member of the Five-Valley Ford Club. The Garden City River Rod Run was first held in 2001. Every year after 2001, working extensively with the Missoula Downtown Association, he helped organize one to three car shows in the Missoula area. Nearly every year, he also participated in at least one car show in the Pacific Northwest, including southern British Columbia. He also loved his poodle dogs who would often keep him company in his garage.

Marty and Leora traveled a fair amount around the US before she passed away from breast cancer in September 2006. Marty's mother died of cancer the following year. Happily, Marty reconnected with a Forest Service colleague, Virginia Nichols, when she retired in Missoula in 2008. They were married Nov. 11, 2011. Marty and Virginia enjoyed both domestic and international travels.

Marty passed away on May 30 at his home in the Rattlesnake, from kidney failure. His wish was to die at home, and he did. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; her three children, Mary (Eddie) Kendrick, Chatsworth, GA, Stewart (Amy) Nichols, Fallon, NV; and Colin (Jolene) Nichols, Forsyth, MT; and her seven grandchildren; his sisters, Connie Bourassa-Shaw (Dick), Seattle; Kathleen "Kitty" (Rob) Porch, Corvallis, OR, Judee (Lyle) Enderson, Missoula, five nieces and a nephew; as well as many extended family and a host of friends.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Frenchie and Ruby Bourassa; wife, Leora Bourassa; sister, Eve and brother-in-law, Dale Thompson; and brother-in-law, Erv Kane. Marty cherished the time he was able to spend with his friends and family. He will be greatly missed by them.

A viewing and Vigil service for Marty will be Tuesday, June 7, at Garden City Funeral Home (1705 W Broadway St), from 6-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (420 W. Pine St) on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 am. A reception at Garden City Funeral Home will follow the Mass. The Mass will be live-streamed at St. Francis Xavier - (sfxmissoula.org). Monetary memorials may be sent to the Five Valley Ford Club, PO Box 3224, Missoula, MT 59806. The Marty Bourassa Memorial Award will be presented at the July 2, 2022, car show in Caras Park.

Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Marthan 'Mart' Marius Bourassa


Kayla Borden, 19, Stites

Kayla Borden, 19, of Stites, passed away on June 1, 2022; in a vehicular incident near Stites.

Arrangements are ongoing with Trenary Funeral Home.


Donald 'Uncle Don' James Andersen, 83, Stites

Donald "Uncle Don" James Andersen, 83, Stites, passed away on June 1, 2022; in a vehicular incident near Stites.

Arrangements are ongoing with Trenary Funeral Home.


Melvina Hazel KillsCrow, 71, Kamiah

Melvina Hazel KillsCrow, 71-years-old, of Kamiah, Idaho, passed away on May 28, 2022, in her home in Kamiah.

A lovely service occurred for her, and arrangements were handled by Trenary Funeral Home.


Marie J. Myers, 85, Orofino

Marie J. Myers, 85, of Orofino, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2022 in Orofino. She was born April 12, 1937.

No services are planned at this time.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Eugene J. Bonnalie, 95, Orofino

Eugene J. Bonnalie, of Orofino, born Jan. 28, 1927, died May 24, 2022.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Nettie J. Karn, 88, Pierce

While Heaven may seem brighter our world has dimmed.

Our mother has passed on from natural causes on May 22, 2022, to be joined with her husband, Marvin, once again.

Salt of the earth would only begin to describe our mother.

She was born Nettie Juanita Leasure, on Feb. 20, 1934, to Lawrence (Patty) and Helen Leasure. In Salem, OR.

As the youngest of two girls, she was raised in a modest home environment, growing up in Salem.

She eventually met and married Marvin W. Karn Sr. They were married on Aug. 18, 1951, and she became an Air Force wife.

As life moved forward, they settled in Pierce with their four sons, Marvin Jr., Michael, Gary and Eric.

Our mother touched many lives in the area, from teaching kids to roller skate in the old boys club, to harassing early morning loggers with her pal, Bobbi Jo, as they served breakfast in the Clearwater Café.

In 2013, after a hard-fought battle with cancer, our father passed away, leaving our mother to go it alone.

Thanks to Pierce residents, neighbors and Nelson's two dogs, Cody and Zoey, our mother lived an active, healthy life, until her death. She passed away in Pierce in her sleep with sons and neighbors close by.

Nettie is survived by her sons, Marvin W. Karn Jr. of Bennettsville, SC, Michael W. Karn of Winchester, Gary L. Karn of Otis Orchards, WA, and Eric H. Karn of Saint Maries, plus many Grand, Great, and Great-Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband.

Services will be announced at a future date.

Photo: Nettie J. Karn


Wendell Matthew Stark, 81, Orofino

Wendell Matthew Stark, 81, of Orofino, went to be with his loving wife, Judy Ann (Jarvis), on Monday, May 23, 2022. He passed away peacefully with both of his daughters by his side, at Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene.

Wendell had suffered with Alzheimer's for several years, but during the past two years, he had the greatest amount of decline. He was able to remain in his home, per his wish, with his daughter, Jackie and her husband Tim, as his primary caregivers.

Wendell was born in Spokane, WA, on May 10, 1941, the son of James A. Stark and Ferne V. (Finely). He has one brother, Jim Stark, and two sisters, Jacqueline Scheffler (deceased) and Renee Harris.

He graduated in 1959 from Priest River. In 1961 he hired on with the Potlatch Corporation as a heavy-duty diesel mechanic and loader operator. He retired in 2001 and became a volunteer with the Orofino Ambulance Department as an EMT (emergency-medical-technician) until 2014. He loved helping and taking care of people.

Wendell met and fell in love with Judy in Elk River. When she moved back to Wisconsin, he jumped on a train to go get her. He and Judy eloped in Galina, IL and were married on Aug. 23, 1963. Judy was only 16 years old and he was 22.

Together they moved back to Elk River for a year before moving to Headquarters, in 1964 where they raised their family and made many lifetime friends. In 1989, they moved to Orofino into the house he built. He loved living next door to one of his best friends, Gary Carlin.

While living in Headquarters, Wendell and Judy had three children. Unfortunately, their first born (son), Glen Matthew, passed away shortly after birth. They also have two daughters, Jacqueline/Jackie (Tim) Chapman and Annett (Mark Higbee) Reece.

Wendell was a member of the Clearwater (Headquarters) Search and Rescue, Eagles and the Clearwater Road and Trails Committee, as well as many other clubs. He took a lot of pride in maintaining the trails into Fish Lake. His hobbies included bowling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, building custom fly rods, and camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater River with his family and friends. He had such a love of the North Fork that, in 2013, he wrote a book about its history called "North Fork of the Clearwater River, The Almost Forgotten History". Unfortunately, he never finished his book about the Look-Outs in Clearwater County.

Wendell may best be known for the "Big Foot" prank that he and Paul Cleveland pulled off on a logging site near Headquarters, or many other jokes and pranks he was a part of.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jackie and Annette; five grandkids, Nicholas (Kaitlyn) Chapman, Rachelle (Shawn) Lange, Brianna Chapman, Jessica Reece and Randy Reece Jr.; seven great granddaughters, Kynslee, Rowen and Brielle Chapman, Gracelynn and Emily Reece, Gabriella Napolitano and Elizabeth Berrard. He also has two "adopted" sons, BJ Mills (nephew) and Gerry Rouleau, as well as many others who called him "Dad", including Tom Rouleau and Randy Reece. He had two "adopted" granddaughters, Jennifer Reece and Shelby Swann.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister and infant son.

A memorial service for both Wendell and Judy will be held at the Best Western Lodge at the Rivers Edge Convention Center, in Orofino on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

Photo: Wendell Matthew Stark


Beverly Walker, 86, formerly of Orofino

Beverly Walker was born in 1936 in Auburn, Wyo., the third child of Wells Franklin Weaver and Myrtle Steed Weaver. The family then moved to Afton, WY, where she attended Star Valley High School. During school, she met Darrell Walker, who had returned from the Korean War. They were soon married in Jackson Hole, WY, and started their family with a son, John.

They then moved to Salt Lake City, where Darrell took a job working for Kennecott Mining Company. Beverly stayed at home and welcomed their second and third child, Teresa and Kathy, before moving back to Afton and giving birth to Kelly as Darrell worked on the Palisades Dam. They then moved from state to state as he worked on the Minute Man Missile Silos. She had child numbers five and six, Hal and Sandra, in Salt Lake and Dutch John, Utah.

They then moved to what she called the most beautiful place in the country, "Idaho," where she worked as a cashier at numerous grocery stores in Orofino and Lewiston and where she lived out the rest of her life.

On May 27, 2022, Beverly passed away at Brookdale Assisted Living after a two-year battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Walker, Kathy (Dave) Barfty and Kelly Walker; and son, Hal (Brenda) Walker; grandchildren, Stephanie Raymond, Amy Holt, Annyjo Brown, Randee McDaniels, and Jessica Martin; great-grandchildren, Emilly Ann Ferguson, Stephanie Martin, Wesely and Sophie Brown; sisters, Garnetta Harvey and Sharon Granato; and brothers, Claine Weaver, Jack Weaver and Clair Weaver. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; son, John Walker; daughter, Sandra Raynor; parents, Wells and Myrtle Weaver; brothers Garr Weaver, Blair Weaver and Chad Weaver; sister, Betty Melcher; and grandson, John Heron Jr.

A service will be held at noon Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. Burial will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

Photo: Beverly Walker


Duane Horace Haley, 83, formerly of Orofino

Duane Horace Haley was born to parents Veronica (Verna) Laylin and Horace (John) Haley on July 6, 1938, in Florence County, WI.

Duane spent his early years near the Great Lakes. In adolescence, he moved with his family to northern Idaho, living first in Cottonwood, then in Orofino. He worked with his father at Orofino Richfield Station and taxi cab and bus depot, later starting a janitorial service with his brother, Dale. In 1971, he moved to Lewiston, where he made his permanent home. Duane was a valued employee at Lewis-Clark State College from 1972 until his retirement in 2000.

Duane was fond of animals and frequently donated to the local animal shelter. He was also a lifelong supporter of Military Veterans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Veteran's Home or to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter.

Duane passed away gently Saturday, May 28, 2022. He is survived by his sister, Leola Broemeling, brother Dale Haley, and many beloved nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Services will be held graveside at 2. Arrangements have been entrusted to Merchant Memorial Group.

Photo: Duane Horace Haley


Judith Lynn Cronan, 77, Orofino

Our special friend, church member at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Judith Lynn Cronan passed away May, 21, 2022 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. She had been very sick and was transferred from Clearwater Valley Hospital and put in the Critical Care Unit.

She was born June 7, 1944, and adopted two children, a boy and a girl, with her former husband. After they divorced, she married Ed Cronan and the lived on Orofino Creek Rd. He passed away in 2003 and she moved into town, most recently living at Riverside Apartments.

A Memorial Service is to be held at a later date at St. Theresa's Catholic Church.

Photo: Judith Lynn Cronan




Beverly Benson Kayler, 92, formerly of Peck

1930-2022

Beverly Benson Kayler, 92, died peacefully in her sleep on May 16, 2022, in Sandpoint. Beverly was born in Rexburg, to Frank & Josephine Benson, completing their family with her older brother, Frank Thomas "Tom" Benson. After Rexburg, the family moved to Ogden, UT before settling in Spokane, WA, where Beverly attended school and had her first job at The Crescent Department Store. She attended the University of Idaho where she met her future husband.

John Kayler and Beverly were married in February of 1953 and made their home on Angel Ridge in Peck, where John assisted with the family farm. The next year, they added James "Jeff" Kayler to the family. When Jeff was a toddler, their house was moved down the hill to the property along U.S. Highway 12, overlooking the Clearwater River, and they managed the dairy operations of the farm.

In 1968, the farm transitioned from a dairy farm to a tree seedling nursery and Christmas tree farm. Beverly was instrumental in working with the seedlings and managing the Squirrel Cache where Christmas ornaments, swags and wreaths were sold. Families from miles around made a trip to Fantasy Farms an annual tradition to pick out their special tree, buy ornaments and sip cocoa and coffee around the fire.

After the last Christmas trees were sold, the family opened their next venture, Kayler's Bend Golf, the day after Labor Day in 2000. The 9-hole course and driving range operated until November 2017, when the family made the decision to retire.

In addition to working at the family businesses, Beverly was a home economics teacher, girls' guidance counselor and librarian at Orofino High School. She was active in the community as a founding member of Clearwater Valley Hospital Board, represented Peck's Library as a board member of Prairie River Library District, a member of AAUW, Peck Ladies' Club and PEO.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John, her parents, her brother and her grandson, John Robert Kayler.

She is survived by her son, Jeff, and his wife, Treva, grandson, Brian, and his wife, Amanda, and her nephews and nieces.

Cremation has already taken place. At Beverly's request, there will not be a service.

If you would like to make a donation to honor Beverly, please consider The John Kayler Loose Change Scholarship Fund, c/o Janet Burnham, PO Box 1592, Orofino, ID 83544 or The Prairie River Library District, ATTN: Claudia, PO Box 1200, Lapwai, ID 83540.

Photo: Beverly Benson Kayler


Carol Ann Johnson, 86, formerly of Orofino

Carol Ann Johnson, 86, of Missoula, MT, left this world on May 19, 2022 to spend an eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Carol passed away peacefully of natural causes surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born in Orofino on May 11, 1936 to Arnold Roy and Martha Madeline (Nines) Erickson. She was the eldest of six children. The family moved to Lewiston in her childhood, where she attended school and later attended beauty college, receiving her beautician license. She returned to Orofino, where she began her career.

While in Orofino, Carol met and married Thomas Lee Johnson on February 18th, 1955. They raised two children, a daughter Cheri Kay and son Jeffrey Thomas.

In 1974, Carol and Tom relocated to Pacific Beach, WA, where they owned and operated Pacific Beach State Park for 15 years. Carol loved walking the beaches, clamming, searching for glass balls, and other treasures brought in by the numerous storms. Her time at the beach honed her painting and other artistic skills.

In 1989, Carol and Tom moved to Missoula to be closer to their son Jeff, his family, and daughter Cheri and her family of Orofino. Most of all she dearly loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and extended family gatherings.

Carol maintained a healthy active lifestyle while in Missoula. She cultivated many deep and lasting friendships throughout her life which she always cherished. Everyone who knew Carol, was touched by her generosity, friendly outgoing personality, her contagious wit and humor, warm smile, kindness, and devotion to family and friends.

Carol was proceeded in death by her parents, Arnold and Mandy Erickson; her brothers, Richard, Allan, and Michael Erickson; husband, Thomas Johnson; and daughter, Cheri Kay Jenks.

She is survived by her son Jeffrey "JJ" (Patricia "Patty") Johnson of Missoula; sisters, Christy Lea Wills and Brenda Lynn Walton of Vancouver, WA; son-in-law, Alfred "Hank" Jenks of Orofino; grandchildren, Tracy (Jose) Barajas of Orofino, Rusty Jenks of Meridian, Jennifer (Daniel) Blakesley of Liberty Lake, WA, and Jason Johnson of Missoula. Great Grandchildren: Marissa Barajas, Jose Barajas, Olivia Blakesley and Grant Blakesley also survive her.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Photo: Carol Ann Johnson


Dale Joe Richardson, 87, Orofino

Dale Richardson passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, May 14, 2022, with family by his side. He was 87 years old.

Dale was born to Joe and Bertha Richardson on Oct. 29, 1934, in Orofino. He lived in one of the three houses in Riverside, moving to Spokane during the second grade while his father worked in the naval shipyard in Astoria, OR, during the outbreak of World War II. In 1943, Dale and his family moved back to Upper Fords Creek in Orofino, where his father would start Riverside Lumber Company with two partners, Gwen Maynard and Leonard Floan. His family would once again move to Riverside in the late 1940s.

Dale turned out for track his freshman year of high school, lettering in his first track meet. He was the only freshman to letter that year and won the state long jump title as a senior in 1953. During his high school years, he worked for his father at Riverside Lumber, learning sawmill maintenance and operation management throughout the late 1940s through '50s.

Dale enrolled at the University of Idaho in the fall of 1953, hitchhiking back home whenever he could his first year. He would purchase his first motorcycle in the summer of 1954, starting a lifelong love affair with motorcycles.

During his time at college, Dale enlisted for the National Guard in 1956, graduating from National Guard Officer School in Boise as a Second Lieutenant in 1958. He later retired from the National Guard reserves as a second lieutenant in the early 1960s.

Dale's passion was off-road motorcycle racing, and he competed in some of the biggest races of the late 1950s through '70s. He won the Northwest Championship Paul Bunyan Enduro six times. Dale Represented the United States at the ISDT in '65, '69, '70 and '71 in Garmisch, Germany; El Escorial, Spain; and twice on the Isle of Man. He also competed numerous times in the Big Bear Run in Southern California as well as the inaugural Baja 1000 and Barstow to Vegas races.


In 1959, Dale sold his car and motorcycle to save up money to travel to Shannon, Ireland. He spent the fall riding a Maico motorcycle throughout Europe, meeting Brigitte Woller in Frankfurt, West Germany, through a reference from a friend. Dale and Brigitte would later marry Oct. 1, 1960, in Frankfurt. They moved back home to Orofino soon after and had two sons, Brent (born December 1964) and Dan (born May 1967).

In 1965, Dale spent time at Forest Products Research lab in Madison, WI, finalizing his operational knowledge to manage operations for Riverside Lumber Company. He and his father, Joe, would run the sawmill until 1980. Unable to renew their property lease for the sawmill, they dismantled the mill in 1981.

Dale went on to work at Konkolville Lumber Company as plant manager in 1987. Dale worked for Don Konkol until retiring in 1996. Dale and Brigitte started Riverside Storage in 1998, operating it for more than 20 years. During that time, they welcomed the birth of their three grandsons, Joseph (to Brent and Elizabeth), and Zack and Lucas (to Dan and Kristal). Dale spent his retirement working on vintage cars, motorcycles and steam engines with his sons and grandsons - a passion he was happy to share with his family and friends.

Dale is survived by his wife of 62 years, Brigitte; brothers, Jack and Gary; his son, Dan, and daughter-in-law, Kristal; and grandsons, Joe, Zack and Lucas. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Brent.

We will forever miss the twinkle in his eye as Brigitte prodded him into telling a story, his quick sense of humor and his joy at finding that special part needed to finish a project.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A celebration of life will follow at 2 p.m. at the Lodge at River's Edge, 615 Main St., Orofino.

Photo: Dale Joe Richardson


Elwin R. 'Speed' Germer, 93, Dworshak dam construction worker

Elwin Ray "Speed" Germer died Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in his daughter's home in Clarkston, WA, in the arms of his wife, Hazel, and surrounded by their children. He was 93 years old.

Speed was born in April 1929 to Paul Leonard Germer and Mary Florence (Keogh) Germer. His actual date of birth is disputed; Speed and his mother said that his birthday was April 23, but his birth certificate says April 22.

After growing up on the family farm near Viola with his siblings and attending the local schoolhouse, Speed attended Moscow High School. On May 27, 1947, the night of his graduation, Speed was driving too fast and earned a ticket. The nickname stuck for the rest of his life. Speed attended college at the University of Idaho for one semester before deciding to find work as an operating engineer. He joked that he dropped out of college because he wasn't smart enough to be a farmer.

Speed met Hazel Lavon Skiens at the St. Patrick's Day Dance in Moscow in 1950, and they were married three months later at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moscow on June 10, 1950. They were married for nearly 72 years.

After meeting with a local pastor, Speed fully dedicated his life to Christ in 1960. Throughout his life, Speed made it a priority to spend time alone to pray and study scriptures. Speed and Hazel were members of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Lewiston.

Speed and Hazel raised five children in Lewiston and lived there for several decades while Speed operated cranes and other heavy equipment on a variety of construction projects. He was a highly sought-after engineer, and he left his mark on some of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the northwest, including Dworshak Dam, the Kibbie Dome, the Lewiston Levee Parkway Trail and the Ed Hendler Bridge. He worked on the Revelstoke Dam in British Columbia for only one day because he couldn't stand to be so far away from Hazel.

Speed retired at age 62 but continued working when requested for Al Haener Construction for several more years. Speed was proud of being active well into his 80s, maintaining a high level of fitness through physical labor and aerobic exercise. He always felt more at home around kids and other energetic folks, and he pushed himself to learn new things every day.

Speed and Hazel enjoyed taking long motorcycle trips, sometimes with the Christian Motorcycle Association, and other times by themselves. They made their way through every state west of the Mississippi River. He also enjoyed family camp-outs, restoring his 1931 Model A Ford, and riling up his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved getting a reaction out of people. Speed liked being ornery, but he couldn't help but do whatever it took to help someone in need.

Speed is survived by his wife, Hazel; his children, Alan Germer, Ben (Verna) Germer, Jan (John) Maguire, Karen (Dale) Andrews and Sandra (Gary) Stephens; his grandchildren, Jeremy Maguire, Tara Smith, Brock Germer, Janell Teichmer, Bethany Grijalva, Wesley Andrews, Allison Wright, Ashley Stephens, and many loving great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members. He was also blessed with his first great-great-grandchild, Gracie Rae McCleod.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul; mother, Mary; brothers, George Harvey, Leonard Paul, and Michael Paul; sisters, Florence Marie, Ethel Lorene, and Esther Alice; infant son, John Mark; and grandson, Jason Michael.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the folks at St. Joseph Regional Cancer Center and Elite Hospice for their care and support during Speed's final days.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. A luncheon will follow at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2200 11th Ave., Lewiston. The committal will be at 3 p.m. at the Viola Cemetery.

Photo: Elwin Ray 'Speed' Germer


Ruby Jeanne Rukavina, 66, Weippe

Ruby Jeanne Rukavina, 66, Weippe, passed away in the early morning hours on May 9, 2022 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino after a very courageous two year battle against lung cancer and COPD.

Ruby was born on Feb. 29, 1956 in Orofino, Idaho to Chauncy and Glenna Gibbs. She was the third of nine children. She attended Orofino Elementary, Junior High and High School.

After high school, Ruby worked in Pendleton, OR, where she worked in nursing homes and later as a maintenance worker at Pendleton High School. She left Pendleton to be with the love of her life, Michael (Mick) Jay Rukavina in Weippe. After nine years together, they decided to make it official and married in Orofino on Dec. 21, 2006. An earlier marriage to Ted Ost ended in divorce after 20 years.

After moving to Weippe, Ruby worked for loggers as a flagger and became a certified scaler. Mick was a log truck driver and owned 160 acres of land when he and Ruby met. Together they had horses, goats, cattle, dogs and cats. After a while, Ruby stopped working away from home and took care of the ranch. She was an avid horse woman and helped in teaching kids in the 4H program about horses and riding and took them on trail rides with her sister, Helen. Ruby was a Ring Steward, assisting the official show judge, at local horse shows for many years.

Animals were Ruby's passion and she loved them all. She named each and every one of the cattle and they all came running when they heard her voice. The animals loved her as much as she loved them. She fed and took care of the animals while Mick worked long hours with his logging truck. On the weekends, they worked on ranch projects together. She wasn't afraid of work and as small as she was, she could buck bales of hay right alongside the others. She ran the tractors, helped with the fertilizing, weed spraying, haying, and birthed calves, and anything else that needed done around the ranch. In addition, she took care of the house, made Mick's lunch every day and had a nice dinner waiting for him when he got home after a long day. As hard as the work on the ranch was, Ruby loved living there and taking care of the animals.

Ruby loved camping and fishing, hosting large holiday and family dinners and everyone was invited. Mick and Ruby hosted many Gibbs family reunions on the ranch during their 25 years together. She had many friends and loved to connect with them on Facebook. Since the COVID outbreak, she was unable to see her family and friends in person because she could not take the chance of further compromising her health. She has missed her son and all of her family and friends greatly since she became ill and especially missed having the last reunion at their ranch. Rest assured, she missed all of you and spoke of you often.

Ruby did so much for so many. She loved having her niece Savannah Cox and her daughter, Abigail, live with her and Mick. Actually, Savannah is a cousin, but Ruby upgraded her to niece and both Ruby and Mick have treated her as if she was their daughter. Savannah has been a great help to both Ruby and Mick during the past few years as Ruby's health declined. Ruby told me many times she didn't know what she and Mick would have done without Savannah's help during the last few years.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Chauncy and Glenna Gibbs, two brothers, Pertle Gibbs, and Daniel Gibbs. She is survived by her son, Chauncy Gibbs of Seattle, WA, Chris Rukavina of Weippe and Mickayla Rukavina Lyons of Centralia, WA; siblings Bonita Hudson of Orofino, Helen Gibbs Anderson of Grangemont, Rose Gibbs of Pierce, Charles Gibbs of Lewiston, Bill Gibbs of Pierce, and Walter Gibbs of Orofino.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Cards can be sent to Mick Rukavina at PO Box 6, Weippe, ID 83553. Donations can be made on behalf of Ruby Rukavina to St. Joseph Regional Cancer Center and Blood Institute 1250 Idaho St, Lewiston, ID.

Photo: Ruby Jeanne Rukavina


James T. Bessent, 91, Orofino

James T. Bessent, born in Orofino on May 31, 1930 to Bedford and Ruby Bessent, died May 7, 2022 in Orofino.

Jim was the student body president at Orofino High School, graduating from Orofino High School in 1948.

In high school Jim played football, basketball and baseball. He attended the University of Idaho; North Idaho College of Education (NICE), now Lewis Clark State College; and Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, playing basketball at NICE.

After college Jim was active in town team basketball with John Hutchinson, Monk Montgomery and Pete Nygaard.

Jim married Bonnie Jolstead on Nov. 1, 1951. The couple was married for 70 years.

He was a member of the Lions Club, the Clearwater County Chairman of the March of Dimes, a city councilman, on the board of the Dworshak Recreation District, and was also a member of the Orofino Volunteer Fire Department, serving as the Assistant Fire Chief, in charge of education. Jim enjoyed taking the fire truck to the Orofino Elementary School to instruct grade school kids on fire safety.

Jim was the announcer for Orofino Celebrations Inc. (OCI) for over 40 years, He began announcing for Lumberjack Days in high school by announcing the results of the logging show from a flatbed truck, driving around town. He owned and ran his own grocery stores in Orofino and Elk City. He was also employed by Crocketts, Oud's Hardware, Abram's Hardware, and worked at Hanson Garage for 19 years, from where he retired.

For 20 years after retirement Jim and Bonnie spent their winters in Yuma, AZ.

Jim is survived by his wife, Bonnie; son, Mike and wife Pam; son, Gary; and daughter, Tracie and husband Luke Aldrich; several grandchildren; sister, Betty Zech and niece, Shelley Long.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Shriner's Hospitals for Children or to St. Jude's Cancer Center.

Photo: James T. Bessent


Gordon Charles Wilson, 80, Orofino

Gordon Charles Wilson, age 80, died May 2, 2022, in Orofino, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Butte, MT, on May 9, 1942. His parents were George and Bertha (Haag) Wilson, and Gordon was the oldest of their four children.

He graduated from Ferdinand High School in 1960 and joined the Air Force that winter. In the Air Force, Gordon served as a non-morse code interceptor operator in Germany.

In January 1963, he and Beverly Ponozzo were married in Orofino and the couple was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, where their son Shannon was born. When Gordon left the Air Force, the family moved to Lewiston, where their second son Eric was born. After a brief time in Spokane, WA, they moved to Orofino, where their third son Sven was born, and where Gordon lived for the rest of his life. Over the years, Gordon and Bev took in seven foreign exchange students and numerous teenagers who needed a home. Bev died in 2009.

Gordon worked for Ponozzo Bros. Logging for his father-in-law Don Ponozzo and as a millwright for many years for the Jaype, Potlatch, and Konkolville lumber companies. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Orofino. He enjoyed good drinks and good friends - but mostly good drinks. The last year of his life was greatly enriched by the companionship and devotion of Kathy Stubbers.

Gordon is survived by his siblings, Sallie Wilhelm (Robert) of Orofino; Emmett Wilson (Cynthia) of Cottonwood; and Emma Hoffman (Jack) of Clarkston, WA. He is also survived by his sons, Shannon Wilson (Lisa McEwen) of Clarkston; WA, Eric Wilson of Orofino; and Sven Wilson (Kristin) of Plantation, FL; five grandchildren, Kristin Wilson (Nick Masters) of Clarkston; Brandon Wilson of Missoula, MT; Kecia Wilson of Orofino; and Matteus and Giselle Wilson of Plantation, FL; great grandson Evan of Orofino and numerous nieces and nephews

He is also survived by extended family members Scott and Kristin Fry and children Emily, Steven, and Mara of Milton-Freewater, OR; and Caroline Van Doorne and son Meryn of Holland.

Preceding Gordon in death were his parents, George and Bertha Wilson; his wife, Bev; and his cousin, best friend, and hunting and fishing partner Charles Haag and wife Linda.

A celebration of life is planned for later in the year.

Photo: Gordon Charles Wilson


James Homer Ferguson, 85, Ahsahka

It is with great sadness that the family of James Homer Ferguson announces his passing at his home in Ahsahka, Idaho, on April 24, 2022.

Homer was born July 26, 1936, in San Antonio, TX, to Haynes Morgan and Mary Alice (Henson) Ferguson. His sister, Agnes Rebecca (Becky) was added to the family before they moved to Pearsall, TX. While growing up, Homer was surrounded by extended family members who had a profound influence on him.

When Homer was young, his Uncle Mike Roach was there to fix him an early morning cup of coffee to ease Homer's breathing and then tell him family stories as they sat on the front porch waiting for the asthma attacks to subside. Those family stories stuck with Homer, and he passed them on to his children.

When Homer was in his early teens, his grandmother, Eliza (Duncan) Ferguson, gave him his Uncle Homer's fiddle. It began young Homer's longstanding love of music which included playing with the Idaho Old-time Fiddlers. He was self-taught on both the fiddle and the guitar. He would often serenade his family and friends. His favorite pieces were old western songs like "The Strawberry Roan" and "Old Red". He even wrote a song about his favorite horse, Stonewall.

Speaking of horses, animals were a focal point of his life starting with a dog named Ring and ending with a dog named Kymber. If he didn't have cattle or horses around him, he had to have dogs and even a cat or two. They loved him unconditionally.

Upon graduation from high school, Homer continued his education with encouragement and financial help from his Aunt Agnes Bynum. He was always so grateful to her for her undying support. His studies culminated with a Ph. D. in Physiology from the University of Arizona and postdoctoral work at University of Iowa.

In 1959, he married Sheila Cone and they had two children, John Scott and Jennifer Lynne. After completing his postdoctoral work, the family moved to Moscow where Homer taught in the Department of Biological Sciences and the WWAMI Program at the University of Idaho. He was heavily involved in research, and especially enjoyed his work with the animals and Inuit people of Barrow, AK, where he worked at the Naval Arctic Research Lab (NARL).

He went on to publish much of his research and even authored the textbook, Mammalian Physiology. Homer also enjoyed mentoring his graduate and undergraduate students.

In the early 70s, he took a break from teaching and research to become head of the new Earth and Life Sciences Department at the University of Texas, San Antonio before returning to the U of I to resume teaching and research. In 1976, Homer married Carolyn Hawley and they had two children, Eliza Jeanne and Will Morgan.

Homer changed professions in 1983, received his Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, and took a position as Patrolman with the Lewiston Police Department. He later worked for Idaho State Police and Orofino Police Department. This fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a law enforcement officer which he continued until his retirement in 1995.

Homer married Gloria McDougall in 2015. He spent his final years fighting his heart condition with the loving support of Gloria.

Homer loved family history, music, horses, and his dogs. Homer was a member of the Son of the Republic of Texas and could often be heard telling stories about history and family. Homer had an interest in a great many subjects and if you spent any time with him, you would come away knowing most of his opinions. He was a member of the American Physiological Society. He was a Master Mason in a Lodge of Masons and was a member of Frio Lodge No. 399, Free and Accepted Masons.

Homer is survived by his widow Gloria Ferguson, sister Becky (Joe) Danchak, children Dr. J. Scott (Dr. Lisa Kaufman) Ferguson, Jennifer (Michael) Hill, Dr. Eliza (Dasul) Jeong, and Will (Casey) Ferguson, grandchildren Emma Ferguson, Maggie Ferguson, John Ferguson, Jessie Hill, and Logan Jeong.

Homer's family would like to give a special thank you to the care given by the members of the local Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, Elite Home Health and Hospice of Clarkston, WA, and especially the pastoral care by Pastor Hank Heschle. Thank you for doing God's work in the community.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date in Texas.

Photo: James Homer Ferguson


Shelly Lea Ausmus, 49, formerly of Orofino

Shelly Lea Ausmus, 49, resident of St. Maries, passed away at her home on May 12, 2022. She was born to James and Patricia Sweet on August 1, 1972, in Orofino.

Shelly grew up in Tekoa, WA and graduated from Tekoa High School with the class of 1990. Following high school, Shelly attended Spokane Falls Community College where she obtained a degree in Health Unit Coordination. She then went on to Lewis-Clark State College to further her education, and she began taking care of her father. Shelly earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Chemical Dependency Counseling. Through satellite classes at LCSC, she attended Boise State University where she earned her MA in Social Work. After she obtained this degree, she went to work at the prison in Orofino where she taught inmates how to transition back into society and stay sober. She was such a shining star in school that her Instructor Robert Haynes wrote her a recommendation for this job that helped her obtain it. Robert was the one who wrote a book and founded the program at the Orofino prison. This was not just a career to Shelly, but a passion to help people.

In 1993 Shelly met Hank Ausmus in Tekoa. Later in her life she started dating him, and they married on July 7, 2007, in Emida, ID. The couple made their home in Emida, and along with working full-time, Shelly helped take care of her father and raise her sister. Shelly fell ill five years after working at the prison and was no longer able to work. She found herself at home and became creative making jewelry and adventured into the journey of a Beekeeper. Hank and Shelly established Henry's Sweet Mountain Honey, with Shelly as the primary caretaker of the bees. This was a newfound passion for her, and she loved tending to her hives and making honey.

Shelly also had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She canned fruits, vegetables, and jam. Shelly was a ray of sunshine and had so much love to give. She adored her pit bulls and found herself raising a few.

Shelly is survived by her husband, Hank at their home in St. Maries; her mother, Pat Sweet of Emida; her sisters, Shannon (Lonnie) Layman of Emida and Ashley Sweet of Lewiston; four nephews; and her pittie, Baby. She is preceded in death by her father, James Sweet.

A celebration of Shelly's life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.

Photo: Shelly Lea Ausmus


James Thomas Bessent, 91, of Orofino

James Thomas Bessent, 91, Orofino, born May 31, 1930, died Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Orofino.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Christine Thomas, 87, Orofino

Christine Thomas passed away Friday, May 6, 2022 at her home in Orofino.

Christine was born April 19, 1935 on the family farm in Christian County, KY, to Dee and Malisa Chapman.

Christine was raised on the family farm by loving parents with twin, double first cousins on an adjoining farm.

She attended elementary school at the one-room Little River School. She attended high school at South Christian High School, graduating in 1953. She then graduated from Arizona State University and was on the Dean's list. Over the years she added credits to have the equivalent of a Masters Degree in Education.

Christine was employed by Mesa School District for 25 years before retiring.

She married Robert L. Thomas on Nov. 12, 1954, and they both retired and moved to Orofino, ID. in 1997.

She loved to fish and was an excellent shot.

She had a large embroidery room filled with several great machines that enabled her to do beautiful work with great designs.

She and her husband were members of the First Christian Church in Orofino.

Christine is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Thomas Lee Thomas; sister, Betty; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dee, and mother, Malisa, two brothers and four sisters.

She was also preceded in death by daughter, Sandra Ann, and son, Donald Allen.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church, Michigan Avenue and C Street in Orofino.

A memorial graveside will follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.

Photo: Christine Thomas


Joan Schultz-Wallace, 95, formerly of Headquarters

Joan Schultz-Wallace died peacefully Monday, May 2, 2022, age 95 at Cascadia of Lewiston of Acute Respiratory Failure with two of her children at her bedside.

Joan Schultz-Wallace, nee L. Joan Eyberg was born in Duluth, MN, on Oct. 10, 1926, the youngest of three and only daughter. Her brothers have preceded her in death.

At the age of 6, Jo (affectionately known by many) moved to Minneapolis, where she graduated from high school and went on to St. Olaf College for two years. She transferred to the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1948 in Business/Psychology.

At the U of M, Joan met Art Schultz, who was a freshman after returning from his enlistment in the U.S. Navy and his time spent in the Pacific Theater. They married June 4, 1949, and left for a honeymoon through the national parks on the way to Wyoming where Art was employed as a fire lookout on a 11,000-foot peak in the Blackhawk National Forest. It was a lesson in learning to cook at high altitude or starve. They learned. This first year was a precursor to 53 years of marriage and the raising of five children.

Daughter, Nancy, was born in Minneapolis in 1950. Art graduated in forestry and accepted a job as a Forester for the Potlatch Corporation. Joan and Art packed up and moved to the end of a dirt road in Northern Idaho to live in the lumber town called Headquarters, where they spent the next five years and were blessed with many friendships that lasted a lifetime. Scott was born in 1951 and Sandy followed in 1955. The family moved to Lewiston to allow for better education opportunities where Rick was born in 1957 and Kim followed in 1965. Art continued to work in Headquarters Monday through Friday for years as Jo managed the household and children.

Joan went back to school at the University of Idaho for a teaching certificate and later obtained a Masters degree in Education and began her teaching career in 1963 at McSorley Elementary, where she spent 10 years. Jo and a fellow teacher Wanda Rudolph were instrumental in developing a new pilot program in the State of Idaho for gifted/talented students called NOVA. Jo took great pride in education throughout her life both personally and professionally.

Jo retired in 1982 and joined Art and many friends for international travel and Elder Hostel visits in the United States. The two of them loved the diversity of culture and ethnicity and passed that trait down to their children and grandchildren who have subsequently traveled far and wide with open hearts and minds.

Religion was an anchor in the lives of Joan and Art. They were early and lifetime members of Grace Lutheran Church in Lewiston, and donated much time and energy to the betterment of the church and its ideals. Jo spent a lifetime of service to the church as the organist for 27 years, choir director, Sunday school teacher and helped with Sunday communion preparation, as well as so many other acts of devotion and kindness to her church community. Joan worked for almost 30 years delivering Meals on Wheels and was active as a volunteer in the Hospice program for the sick and dying.

Art passed away in 2002, leaving Jo to continue her many activities on her own. She loved to travel and visited her grandchildren whenever she could. She took great pride in her Norwegian longevity and in her fitness, attending water aerobics, and keeping her mind sharp with a lifetime passion for bridge and crossword puzzles. The Symphony and Civic Theater were supported with her passion for the local arts. Joan was an avid reader and always had an opinion, which she readily shared.

After several years, Joan met Bill Wallace in 2007 and was infused with a renewed energy for life. Friday evenings were often spent dancing the night away with youthful vigor. The two married in 2008 but unfortunately, Bill became ill and passed away within a year.

Joan had a full life of love for her extended family and service to her church and community. Joan leaves behind her daughter, Nancy and her children Nick, Heidi and Emily; her son, Scott (Elaine) and their children Kendra and Devin; daughter, Sandy (Tim) Chetwood and their children Katie and Molly; son, Rick his children Grete, Kyle and Kara; and daughter, Kim (Joe) McKeough and their daughter Madison. In addition, she leaves behind nine great-grandchildren, who all will grow up with the legacy Joan left behind as a wife, mother and matriarch of the family. She was greatly saddened by the passing of her great-grandson Ethan this past August.

Special thanks extended to Diane, RN at her primary care physician's office; Dr. Kim and Carley RN at St. Joe's Cardiology; Patty her home helper, Advanced Hospice and all the staff at Cascadia of Lewiston. You all exemplify the gift of caring and compassion. We appreciated all of you.

Donations may be made in her name to any hospice in your local area. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

Photo: Joan Schultz-Wallace


Mark Curtiss Brandt, 68, formerly of Orofino

Mark Curtiss Brandt "Shark"- born Feb 14, 1954 in Minneapolis, MN died Tuesday morning peacefully in his sleep in Lewiston, Idaho.

He struggled with a complicated mix of heart disease and mental illness- and ultimately his big, beautiful heart and his complex and complicated mind gave out. He was well cared for by the kind people at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. He has had several guardian angels looking out for him over the past several years- none more committed and loving than Shirley Boyer.

He had a huge heart for the disadvantaged people of the world. He served others as a younger man as a Lutheran minister for 10+ years serving several small parishes in North Idaho. He had a midlife change of career and chose to pursue an education in mental health care - earning his master's degree from the University of Idaho. He served others and took great pride in this- serving primarily low-income adults with mental health challenges for almost 20 years.

He loved being out in wild spaces- and had a special appreciation for the pristine mountains and rivers of Idaho. This likely came from growing up in the flatlands of North Dakota and Minnesota. He came from Norwegian and Swedish immigrants who settled primarily in Minnesota- and were stubborn and resilient people. He liked to say that he left for the Northwest after seeing a brochure with Mt. Rainier on it- and he never looked back.

He took great pride in being a dad. He was a present, loving, encouraging, and adventurous. He regularly made time to connect with his kids throughout their childhood in the Orofino, Idaho area. He loved to take them backpacking, talk about philosophy, encourage their personal pursuits and passions, and really loved to make them laugh (even if they didn't want to). He was proud they all found service professions- helping others (Isaac- Psychologist, Hannah- Nurse, Leah- Nurse).

He is survived by his sister, Cindy Gamell and his three children: Isaac Brandt, Hannah Brandt, and Leah Brandt.

His wild spirit is now free to roam as far and wide as it needs to.


Gordon C. Wilson, 80, Orofino

Gordon C. Wilson, 80, of Orofino, died Monday, May 2, 2022, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Charles 'Pat' Linja, 62, OHS graduate

Charles 'Pat' Linja, 62, passed away surrounded by his family on April 10, 2022, in Kennewick, WA, after a long battle with Parkinson's.

Pat was an Army baby, made in Germany. He was born on August 14, 1959 in Laurium, MI, to Chuck and Jean Linja. Pat is survived by his wife Jeanette; and children, Scott (Cheyenne), Jacki and Keaton; his mother, Jean; and siblings, Tiffany (Travis), Rod (Sue) and Greg (Teresa). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by his father, Charles 'Chuck'; and his brother, Scott.

Pat attended and graduated from the Orofino High School in Orofino in 1977. He attended the University of Idaho, before gaining employment at Idaho Forest Industries. Pat and Jeanette were married in 1984 at the Fort Sherman Chapel and had three children, later moving to Shoshone County. He loved to attend the Kid's sporting activities; he was very proud of Scott's baseball, Jacki's art and Keaton's track.

Possessing work ethic fostered by his family and upbringing, Pat worked very hard to ensure that his family always had what they needed. He was at IFI for 22 years, before relocating the family to the Tri-Cities in 2002.

Pat always had activities that interested him. As a youth, he was an All-Star Baseball player and was on the Miller Life softball team in his adulthood. He loved to ride dirt bikes competitively, bow hunted in his home State of Idaho, golfed and was an audiophile.

Pat was employed by Tidewater for 10 years, before being diagnosed with Parkinson's. Retirement allowed him time to hone his golf game and he spent a lot of time trying to break 90. He loved old stereo equipment and was constantly on the lookout for the good stuff.

Pat loved to be around his family "up the river" at the family's campsite. He loved the campfire and floating the Coeur d' Alene River. He loved to be outdoors; his entire adult life he worked outside and did not see how he would ever work inside.

Memorial Services for Pat will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Kellogg Funeral Chapel of Kellogg with Rev. Ken Bartle officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wheel Bar of Smelterville following services.

You may share your special memories of Pat with his family at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com.

Photo: Charles 'Pat' Linja


Alma Jean Bell, 88, born in Orofino

Alma Jean Bell, 88, of Osburn, Idaho, passed away Jan. 23, 2022 at Pacifica Pinehurst. She was born March 5, 1933 in Orofino, Idaho. Alma was the daughter of Clifton and Vyrle (Callihan) Flatt.

Alma has lived in the Silver Valley all of her life. She attended and graduated from the Kingston High School in 1951. While attending high school, Alma enjoyed sports and played basketball and in later years she enjoyed and was a member of several softball teams.

Alma was united in marriage to Jay Bell on July 12, 1952 in Superior, MT; Jay passed away on Sept. 17, 2020.

Alma was co-owner and operator, along with her husband Jay, of Bell Plumbing of Osburn for 60 plus years. She also served as bookkeeper for the business.

In younger years, Alma was a member of several dance groups. She was also a member of several bowling leagues here in the valley. Alma also served as a poll worker in Osburn for elections; she had just worked in the last presidential election.

Alma loved and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at the family Coeur d' Alene River property, dancing, playing card games, camping, walking and bowling (she just bowled this last October). Alma was an avid sports fan and loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting events.

Alma is survived by three grandchildren, Aliza Seay (Grant) of Rathdrum, Bryce Grebil of Covington, WA, and Brianne Grebil (Brian Marquis) of Nashville, TN; four great-grandchildren, Garth and Carson Seay, Andrew and Daniel Norfolk; one sister, Lorraine Navis of Caldwell; one brother, Kenny Flatt (Linda) of Boise; son-in-law, Mike Grebil of Kellogg; daughter-in-law, Carol Bell of Wallace; sister-in-law Vickie Pickett of Spokane, WA. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Alma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jay Bell; one son, Douglas Bell; one daughter, Jaylene Grebil; two brothers and two sisters.

A Celebration of Alma's Life will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Shoshone Golf Course of Big Creek; 2000 Club Rd., Kellogg. Everyone is welcome.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 2065 W. Riverstone Dr., Suite 205, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814.

You may share your special memories of Alma with her family at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com.

Shoshone Funeral Services & Crematory Kellogg is entrusted with services.

Photo: Alma Jean Bell


Rose Marie Vanderpool, 96, Orofino

Rose Marie Snyder Vanderpool, 96, left her earthly home, surrounded by family, to join her Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 14 at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston. Marie was born to Denver and Sylvia Snyder in Weippe on Jan. 11, 1926 and spent most of her adult life there.

She and her high school sweetheart, Floyd (Flick) Vanderpool, married April 9, 1943, where Flick served in the U.S. Army

Air Corps during World War II. Their first daughter, Cheryl Lynn, was born Oct. 11, 1945, and their second daughter, Paula Kay, was born May 21, 1947.

Marie was active in her community, leading 4-H for several years and was also the first city treasurer in Weippe. Later while living in Pierce for a time, she became a bookkeeper for First Security Bank of Idaho. She worked there for 17 years and became manager for the last six years.

Marie was a wonderful seamstress, and she and Flick did of lot of boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, snow skiing, and dancing. She loved playing bridge, pinochle, and bowling.

She took early retirement when she was 60, and she and Flick did a lot of traveling in their motorhome. Flick passed in 1999, after 56 years of marriage. She then moved from Pierce to Orofino and later married Dean Arndt, who passed two years after their marriage. She continued living in Orofino until her death.

She is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl (Gene) Jensen and Paula (Richard) Paananen, four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

We will be having a memorial gathering in August for our beloved mother. More information will be given later as plans are made.

Photo: Rose Marie Vanderpool


Betsy May Vargovich, 77, Orofino

Betsy went to the Lord, joined Heaven's angels on April 20, 2022.

Betsy was born June 2, 1944, to Roy R. and Wilma F. Mattson. She grew up in the Orofino area with her siblings, Jeannine Foster, Roberta Parker, Robert R. Mattson, Willi Lawhon, and Kathy Sue Carlson.

Betsy became Betsy Vargovich when she married William (Bill) Vargovich, her soulmate and husband of 50 years. They became proud parents of two extraordinary children; Rocky March 11, 1962 and Karen May 14, 1965.

Following Bill's work, they moved to California in 1962, then returned to Orofino in 1970 to raise their family in God's country.

Betsy was a multi-talented lady. She was recognized and appreciated by the various insurance companies she worked with from 1970 to 1989.

In 1991 Betsy established her graphic business until retirement in 2009.

Her beautiful garden and flowers were a testament to her nurturing green thumb as well as her passion for crafting, learning and creating amazing projects for others to learn from.

Betsy was active in the church and developed a deep affection for her church family. With them she embraced a new purpose and a new Betsy, sharing knowledge, love and grace.

Betsy was a blessing to us all!

She is proceeded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2011 and daughter, Karen, in 2005.

Her surviving family includes, son, Rocky Vargovich, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Betsy's Celebration of Life will be in June. Date to be announced.

Photo: Betsy May Vargovich


Linda Engle, 64, of Orofino

I think I'm one of the luckiest people in the world. Being diagnosed with cancer isn't very lucky, but to have lived the life I have is very lucky and I'm very grateful.

I am the only daughter born to Lester Barger and Lillie Marie Taylor Barger, and the oldest granddaughter to my Granny Hazel and Grandad Ralph Taylor. I'm also the spoiled sister of Dale and Jim.

I can say I'm probably one of a few who can say they were lucky enough to live from the time they were born until they got married in the same house with my mom and dad and brothers. I had a great childhood...lots of family get togethers for holidays and birthdays, camping trips on the North Fork and at Big Island. We had dinner together every evening. We may not have had everything we wanted, but we had everything we needed, and then some. I felt very loved…and very lucky.

I fell in love with my high school sweetheart at a motorcycle race. We were married after high school and spent 23 years together, raising our family. We were blessed with two wonderful children, Jennifer and Brian, who have grown to be sweet, successful adults with beautiful families of their own.

That marriage ended in divorce in 1998, which turned out to be one of the hardest years. As I began my 40's I lost my dad to a stroke, got divorced, and my baby graduated high school. I also started a new life with my current best friend and love of my life Jim.

Jim and I have over twenty years packed full of all kinds of adventures! I've supported him through three military deployments and we were so proud of him as he celebrated 21 years Army retirement in 2015. We've golfed together, skied, enjoyed concerts, and motorcycle races.

Our most enjoyable times, the times I feel luckiest about, are the times spent with our children...watching them graduate, get married, have families of their own.

Brian and Maegan have Brinley and Ashton.

Jennifer and Travis have Jonah and Lucas (on my birthday) and then welcomed daughter Brooke Linda Mary.

And Michael has a beautiful daughter, Emilia.

We love to spend time with them celebrating birthdays, holidays, and our summer camping trips. Jennifer and I also got to enjoy a wonderful trip to Martha's Garden.

Of course, mixed with all of the fun times, I completed my college degree and worked at State Hospital North for many years, retiring in 2017. I had many great co-workers whom I also considered great friends. I have also enjoyed, and still do, belonging to Beta Sigma Phi sorority and having wonderful sorority sisters. We had some great sorority trips and activities over the years...where some of us enjoyed bungy jumping and getting tattoos.

All of these things make me feel like I am very lucky and I've had a very full life...,"I Lived"!

Linda was born in Orofino, Idaho, on June 28, 1957, to parents Lillie Marie (Taylor) Barger and Lester Leroy Barger. She passed away on Monday, April 11, 2022, in Orofino, at the age of 64, ending her year-long war with Multiple Myeloma, on her terms.

Linda is survived by her husband Jim Engle, mother Lillie Barger, and brothers Dale Barger and Jim Barger all of Orofino. She is also survived by her daughter, Jennifer Thom, son-in-law Travis Thom, and three grandchildren of Draper, UT, and her son, Brian Lathrop, daughter-in-law Maegan Lathrop, and two grandchildren of Meridian, Idaho. She was predeceased by her father Lester Barger.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Two of her favorite causes were supporting veterans and animal shelters.

Photo: Linda Engle


Betty Louise Solman, 97, Orofino

September 3, 1924 -April 11, 2022

Mom left us quietly and so peacefully that evening.

She was born in and grew up in Hawthorn, CA, the oldest of three children to Opal and Clarence Mathieson.

She wanted to be a nurse since she was five years old, she once told me.

Marriage and three children happened, but she never gave up her dream. She went back to college and she did get her registered nursing degree. She was a grandma by this time.

Mom followed us to Orofino in 1989. She went to work at Clearwater Valley Hospital and retired after five years. She wasn't about to slow down and retire for real, so she then began her career at the Care Center (now called Clearwater Health and Rehab).

At the age of 82 she retired from there. She continued there as a volunteer until she started volunteering at the F.I.S.H store.

She moved to Brookside Landing. She enjoyed living there. She fell on March 28, she told me that day in the ER she was walking down the hall and got off balance and couldn't stop her fall.

Mom is survived by daughter, Suzette, and Wayne Tachell, Orofino; son, Daniel Solman, Los Angeles, CA. and daughter, Leah Marks, Belfair, WA.; her grandchildren, Brenda Solman, Jamie Tachell and Ann, Jeremy Tachell, Robin Tachell and Heidi Gnehm and Marie Tachell; her great-grandchildren, Tico Solman, Cherish Adams and Jesse, Mariah Tachell, Samantha Tachell and Emma, Elise and Oliver Tachell; her great-great-grandchildren, Jaecee and Lane Adams and Miles and Tyson Solman; Mom's grandchildren of her heart, Larry Solman and his family and Kristin Marks.

Mom is also survived by the children of her sister Doris, who preceded her in death here in Orofino in 1990, niece, Linda and husband Larry Demitter of Peck, great-niece and nephew, Tony Demitter and Carlene Demitter; great-great- niece and nephews, Rayven and Ben Byrd, Justin Nelson and Seth Demitter and great-great-great nephew and niece, Tony and Willow Byrd.

A Memorial Service in Mom's honor will be Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church, followed by a catered dinner at the church with Pastor Stanton Walker officiating. Everyone is welcome.

Photo: Betty Louise Solman


R. Marie Vanderpool, 96, Orofino

R. Marie Vanderpool, 96, Orofino, died Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation in Lewiston.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth E. Mitchell, 70, Lenore

Kenneth E. Mitchell, 70, Lenore, died Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab in Lewiston.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Edward Stuart Moffitt, 86, Orofino

Edward Stuart Moffitt, 86, Orofino, born Feb. 8, 1936, died March 5, 2022 in Orofino.

No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Lola Mae Boyer, 88

Lola Mae Boyer, of Culdesac, passed away Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was 88 years old.

Lola was born Feb. 10, 1934, to Henry and Zulah Anderson in Lewiston at White's Hospital. She was raised on the Flat Iron near Sweetwater Creek. She attended Flat Iron and Webb Ridge schools. The family moved to town in 1944. Lola finished her schooling at Lapwai High School. She met her beloved Jack Boyer when she was a sophomore in high school. She loved Jack so much that she told her father she was pregnant so she could marry him. He gave her his blessing and Lola hopped on the bus with a $100 bill tucked into her high heeled shoes. He eventually found out there was no pregnancy. They married Feb. 9, 1951, in Colorado Springs, CO.

After they married, they lived in Manito Springs, CO., while Jack was in the U.S. Army. She moved back with her father in Lewiston when Jack was sent to Korea. Their daughter, Terry, was born in September of 1952 in Lewiston.

Lola and Jack settled in Lewiston after the war. Their son, Bruce, was born in July of 1954. Henry, Lola's father, lived next door to them and helped her with the children while Jack was working on Potlatch Forest. They soon realized that "town life" was not for them and began looking for a farm to buy. In 1958, they purchased their ranch on Lyle Gulch, where she remained until August of 2021. They had a huge garden, raised cattle and farmed wheat, alfalfa and peas. In 1960, they bought the Dari-Delight in Lapwai. They added onto it and renamed it Jack and Lola's Café. Lola did it all ... she was the cook, waitress and she kept the place in line. People still talk about her famous cheeseburgers. After they sold the restaurant and retired from farming, they focused on their cows. She loved going to Weippe "Cow Camp" and tending to the cows with Jack. They enjoyed traveling to Florida, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. One year they took a road trip to Florida in their white Cadillac to see her sister, Oleta.

She is survived by her daughter, Terry Whipple-Keller (Sonny); sister-in-law, Evelyn Anderson (Kenneth); sister-in-law, Carla Halsey; and brothers-in-law, Larry Boyer and Willie Boyer (Linda). Lola is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tina Whipple Lien (Pat), Dana Whipple Knudsen, Donnie Whipple (Meghan), Michael Boyer (Andrea), Sarae Boyer, Lance Boyer (Karen) and Bryce Boyer (Marissa); 13 great-grandchildren, Kailee Boyer, Preston, Taylor and Morgan Boyer, Nicholas and Hannah Lien, Jack and Sam Knudsen, Whitney Oler and Jacoby Whipple, Olivia, and Aubrey and Jameson Boyer; and great-great-grandchildren Zaiden Houston and Oliver Boyer (Kailee).

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Zulah Anderson; her husband, Jack Boyer; her son, Bruce Boyer; brothers Kenneth, Bill, Elbert and Orval; her sister, Oleta Dunbar.

Lola was an amazing lady who touched so many lives. She was always up for a few dirty jokes, a cup of coffee and more recently, a margarita. She loved to garden and could be seen borrowing plant starts from the local Taco Time. She graciously survived throat cancer, breast cancer and triple bypass surgery, but her biggest heartbreak was losing her soul mate, Jack. She was a beautiful light, irreplaceable and unforgettable. Lola has been waiting for Jack's embrace for four long years and we know they are together again.

A celebration of life for Lola Boyer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., in Lewiston. Please join us for a reception afterward at Hells Canyon Grand Hotel in the Seaport Ballroom at 621 21st St., in Lewiston.

Photo: Lola Mae Boyer


Ronald 'Ron' Eugene Beeman, 77, formerly of Orofino

Ron Beeman passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at the age of 77, at home surrounded by loved ones who will strive to honor his memory by living their lives to the fullest.

Ron was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Payette, Idaho, to Rufus and Pearl Beeman. He was also welcomed into the family by his older brother Robert, "Bob." In the following years a younger brother, Richard "Dick" and two sisters, Susan and Sandra came along.

Most of his formative years were spent on the Little Salmon River. He spent 30 years in Orofino devoting his time to the church he pastored where he was involved in prison ministry and an alcohol treatment program, a logging career, a butcher shop he built and operated as well as many hobbies including hunting, fishing, gardening and training horses. Most of his time however was devoted to God and his family.

Ron will be lovingly remembered by the love of his life and wife of 59 years, JoAnn; five children, Randy (Judy), Rick (Holly), Ron, Tami (Bill) and David. He will also be lovingly remembered by his 10 grandchildren Tia (James), Ryan, Rusty, Brittany, Kristi (Alan), Tyler (Bernadette), Devon, Cody, Hunter and Jordan; 5 great-grandchildren Lizzy, Jackson, Hunter, Hayley, Leland, Lannie, Ryan Jr., and Emily; sister, Sue and brother, Dick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ron was preceded in death by one brother, Bob; one sister, Sandy; mother, Pearl; and father, Rufus.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. April 30 at Blessed Hope Assembly Church located at 1033 Burrell Ave., in Lewiston. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Photo: Ronald 'Ron' Eugene Beeman


Doris Ponozzo, 94, Orofino

A Funeral Mass for Doris Ponozzo will be held Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, C Street (between Brown and Kalaspo), Orofino.

She died Dec. 7, 2021 at age 94.


Hollie Snyder, 36, Stites

Hollie Snyder, 36, Stites, passed away in Stites.

Services are being arranged with Trenary Funeral Home.


Daniel Piotrowski, 73, Kamiah

Daniel Piotrowski, 73, Kamiah, passed away in his own home.

Arrangements are being handled through Trenary Funeral Home.


Daniel Thomas Byrne, Jr., 73, Orofino

Daniel Thomas Byrne, Jr., 73, passed away on April 6, at home in Orofino, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born in San Francisco, CA, he was the son of Daniel Thomas Byrne Sr. and Ellen Byrne (Flesher). He graduated high school in Mill Valley, CA, and from Humboldt State University in California in 1971.

Growing up in California, he fondly remembered running the hills of Tennessee Valley, canoeing in the San Francisco Bay and hiking, hunting and camping in the Sierras.

After college he moved to Idaho where he was able to pursue his interests in hunting, hiking and photography.

Dan met his wife, Jenne (Jasper), in Orofino and they eventually moved down to California where they lived for 30 years. They had two children. As a family they enjoyed hiking, camping and going on road trips to visit family in Idaho.

He worked for many years with the Bureau of Land Management in Fire Suppression and Dispatch, then as a Realty Specialist. He retired in 2011, when he and Jenne moved back to Orofino.

Dan is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jenne; his son, Brian of Orofino; daughter, Bonnie of Coeur d' Alene; and his sister, Linda Scott (Ed Baldus) of Lewiston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Ellen Byrne; and his brother, Michael Byrne.

There will be no formal services held.


Gary E. York, 75, formerly of Headquarters

Gary E. York, affectionately known as Yogi to many, passed away April 3, 2022 at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center due to complications of liver failure. He was surrounded by his family.

Yogi was born May 20, 1946 in Stites, Idaho, to Earl and Elvena York. Yogi was one of ten children of Elvena, but the first for Earl. Together Earl and Elvena went on to have another child, Duane, who was 11 years younger than Yogi. They were not only brothers but best friends.


Yogi was raised in the Camp 58 area before moving to Headquarters, Idaho. Dad talks about his time growing up in Camp 58 as being difficult, but full of memories. He spent his school days residing closer to town so we he could attend school in Stites, Idaho before moving to Headquarters and graduating from Pierce in 1965.

Yogi loved to hunt, fish, ride snow machines, four wheelers and later fell in love with his Razer. He would often tell his family when he left this life, he was taking it with him to the next and wanted to be buried in it. We are not honoring that request!

In 1968, Yogi was called to Vietnam as part of the 116th National Guard out of Orofino, Idaho. He didn't talk a lot about his time there, but when he did he always recounted the story of being strapped into an old plane to fly out of Alaska when the pilot jumped out of the plane onto the wing before takeoff with a fire extinguisher to put out the engine fire before climbing back in and heading out to their next station.

After returning from Vietnam in 1969 Yogi returned to Headquarters, Idaho where he began his career with Potlatch Corporation. He drove truck, worked in the office and later scaled for Potlatch at Jaype, Ahsahka, summers at Benton Creek, and finally in Lewiston prior to his retirement in 2008.

Yogi went on to meet and marry Claudia (Carlin) on Feb. 20, 1975, in Orofino, Idaho after a snow storm forced them to cancel their plan of getting married in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Yogi and Claudia have two children, Bill and Sharon. The couple spent their honeymoon in Clarkston and went to the movie Chainsaw Massacre for part of the honeymoon celebrations.

Dad loved to take his kids, grandkids and anyone else he could fishing, or hunting, and we spent a lot of time going on drives either in the pickup looking for elk and deer and in his Razer. We are wishing now we had paid more attention to our tour guide as he led us through various mountain trails always telling us he knew about where we would come out.

Yogi is survived by his wife, Claudia; son and daughter-in law, Bill and Heather York of Salem, OR; daughter and son in law, Sharon and Wayne Haines of Orofino; grandchildren, Hayden and Grayson York and Steven Haines. He is also survived by brother, Duane (Leah) York, Kamiah; and half-brother Alvin (Janet) Lycan, of Stites. Yogi also claims Sharon's friends Stacy (Bob) Linscott of Clarkston, and Dusty (Joe) Wirtzberger of Benton City, WA, as his daughters. If anyone asked, he would tell them they were his girls. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and their kids.

He is proceeded in death by his parents; sister, Beverly York; half-sisters, Barbara Rickett and Darlene Denham; half-brothers, Junior Lycan, Bob Lycan, Rollie Lycan and Allen Lycan.

A celebration of life will be held at the V.F.W in Orofino, Idaho on April 15, 2022, at 1 p.m. A covered dish dinner will follow, please bring a dish to share.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the J. Howard Bradbury museum in Pierce.

Photo: Gary E. York


Buford B. Smith, 95, born in Orofino

With great sadness we lost our dad, Buford B. Smith, on Friday, April 8, 2022, just two weeks after his 96th birthday.

Buford was born March 23, 1926, to John and Eupha Smith at Orofino. At 1 year old, his parents moved him and his older brother, Clifton, to Winchester. Buford attended Winchester Grade and High School, graduating in 1944.

He was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1944-46. He served as a Navy Seabee in the Aleutian Islands.

Buford married Ellen J. Warren in 1947. The couple moved to Moscow where he attended the University of Idaho. While attending college, Buford and his brother-in-law co-owned Bill's Taxi Service in Moscow from 1948-51. Buford and Ellen had a daughter, Susan, and a son, Alan, while living in Moscow.

In 1951, the family returned to Winchester where Buford and Ellen started Smith Oil Company as a consignee for Phillip's 66 Co. They moved Smith Oil to Craigmont with the grand opening of a new bulk plant and 66 Service Station in September 1960. He and Ellen retired from the business in 1988.

Buford served on the Winchester City Council during tough negotiations with the State of Idaho concerning a new U.S. Highway 95 in the Culdesac canyon. The council was influential in Winchester receiving the North Business Loop entrance connecting Winchester to the new U.S. 95.

Buford was a Scout leader, a charter member of the Winchester Credit Union and served as commander of the American Legion Post, keeping his membership with the Legion for 76 years.

Family was important to Buford and Ellen. They were always present at their children's and grandchildren's activities. After retirement, they enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.

Buford and Ellen moved to Payette, Idaho, in 1994. When Ellen passed, he moved to Lewiston in 2016.

Buford is survived by his daughter, Susan (Rick) Callender, of Fruitland, Idaho; son, Alan (Peggy) Smith, of Ahsahka; grandsons, Jeff (Melanie) Smith, of Pocatello, Idaho, Greg (Stacie) Smith, of Clarkston, WA, Tim (Kendal) Callender, of Boise; and seven great-grandchildren.

Buford was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; his parents; his brother, Clifton Smith; and great-granddaughter, Tymarie Smith.

At Buford's request, no service will be held. Buford would like everyone to "Thank a vet."

Photo: Buford B. Smith


Ethel Mae (Lewis) Lovell, 83, formerly of Elk River

Ethel Mae (Lewis) Lovell passed away Sunday, April 3, 2022, after a mercifully short battle with cancer. She was born June 20, 1938, to Henry (Hank) and Mabel Lewis in Bath, N.Y. She lived and attended school in Warrensburg, N.Y., through the seventh grade.

In 1951, Hank's employer moved his lumber mill from New York to a site eight miles out of Elk River. So, Ethel, who was not too excited about the move, set off on a life-changing adventure with her parents; younger sister, Beverly; and a few other families. The group lived in tents while the mill was set up and a few homes were slapped together for the workers before winter. She graduated from Elk River High School in 1957 and was valedictorian of the largest class ever to graduate from ERHS (16).

She married Everett Lovell (ERHS class of 1954) on Dec. 7, 1957, and was happy to be a mother and homemaker until she and Everett purchased the general store in Elk River in 1970. After Everett passed away in 1981, she sold half the business to the Molsee family and Lovell's Market was transformed into Huckleberry Heaven. In 1993, she sold her interest in the business and moved to Asotin, WA. She continued to work, first as a secretary for the Nazarene church in Lewiston, and later as a substitute aide for the Asotin School District.

Mom's greatest joy in life was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She spent countless hours traveling to and watching games, performances and activities that her kids and grandkids were involved in. We have all lost our biggest fan.

Always up for an adventure, she loved to travel and was able to see and experience many places in the world. Her weekly lunches with whom she referred to as "the lunch ladies" was also something she always enjoyed (you were all very special to her).

She is survived by her children, Ron and Jackie Lovell, Lynn and Jeff Edison, and Lisa and Rick Swearingen; as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 (soon to be 13) great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Photo: Ethel Mae (Lewis) Lovell


Avery Duane Hendrix, 89, formerly of Weippe

Avery Duane Hendrix passed away at his home in Winchester on April 8, 2022. Duane was born on April 27, 1932 to Ray Hendrix and Faye (Henderson) Hendrix, in Ellensburg WA. Duane had two sisters, Marjorie and Bette. The family moved from Ellensburg to Weippe and then later settled near Nezperce where Duane attended the Alpine School. In 1941 the family moved to their farm in Winchester. Duane attended the Jewel School and then graduated from Winchester High school in 1950. His favorite sport was football.

Duane joined the Navy in the fall of 1950. His boot camp was in San Diego CA. From there he was stationed on Treasure Island in San Francisco and then in Okinawa Japan. He served as 2nd class gunners' mate on the aircraft carrier Bataan during the Korean War. During his Navy career and while on dry dock in Bremerton WA, Duane met and fell in love with Jane Kent. They got married on Sept. 15, 1952 in Bremerton. In 195,4 Duane was offered a Navy missile job, but he chose to move his family back to Winchester and resume farming and ranching with his father.

Duane was a farmer and a rancher. He raised both beef cattle and horses. He enjoyed horse pack trips into the mountains, fishing, hunting, black powder rendezvous shoots, family camping trips and boating. Duane loved country music and enjoyed singing to his family around many a campfire. He loved to travel with his wife in their pick-up camper or 5th wheel trailer. They were snowbirds for years and made many lifelong friends. They took trips to Arizona, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, and many other places.

Duane was a member and President of both the Lewis County Cattleman's Association and the Idaho State Cattleman's Association and was awarded the outstanding achievement award in 1978. He was a member of the Lewis County Fair Board from 1965-1978, served as President and was awarded outstanding service award. He was a member of the Winchester Wood Bees riding club, and a 4- H leader and mentor for years. Duane served as Commissioner for the Evergreen Highway District, and he and Jane were Winchester Days Grand Marshals in 2013.

Duane believed that loving and caring for his family was the most important job a man could have in his lifetime. His wife and his family were always his #1 priority. He held high moral standards and his word and a hand shake were all anyone needed. Duane was a kind, loving, and honest man, who would offer to help anyone in need. He believed in generosity, fairness, and forgiveness. He was a man you could always count on. He had a quiet wisdom about him and he touched many lives through it. Duane believed in hard work and a job well done. He succeeded. We love you Dad!

Duane is survived by the love of his Life, his wife of 70 years, Jane Hendrix; his four daughters, Cherie (Nathan) Stigum, Pam (Darrell) Barnard, Sandy (Tom) Zenner, and Cindy (Mike) Pratt; 12 grandchildren, 21 great- grandchildren, his nieces and nephews and his faithful dog Gus. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia; parents, Ray and Faye Hendrix; sisters, Marjorie Wyman and Bette Law; and great granddaughter Michaela Rosenau.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston ID. A dinner will follow at the Craigmont American Legion Hall in Craigmont ID. Please join us to honor his life and share the memories. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Duane's honor to the Craigmont American Legion Post #38 or the Winchester Quick Response.

Photo: Avery Duane Hendrix


Beverly 'Bev' Sue Bailey, 66, Weippe

Beverly "Bev" Sue Bailey, 66, Weippe, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed peacefully surrounded by family on March 30, 2022 after a heroic battle against cancer.

She was born on June 14, 1955 to John "Jack" and Caryl Smolinski. Raised on her family farm in Weippe, Bev attended Weippe Elementary and Middle Schools before graduating from Timberline High School in 1973. During her high school days, Bev was actively involved in Cheerleading, Drill Team, Track, and was on the school's very first Girls Basketball team. Athletically gifted in Track, Bev competed in Long Jump, and even went to state in the 100 Meter Dash and High Jump.

Bev met the love of her life, Barry Bailey from St. Maries Idaho, at the Weippe Teen Center in early 1971. While they were dating, one of Bev's favorite things to do with Barry was going to Orofino to see a movie at the Rex Theater and to the A&W for root beer floats. The couple married in late 1971 at the Wesleyan Church in Weippe and enjoyed their life together in her hometown for over 50 years.

Bev and Barry welcomed their only daughter, Kimberly, in 1972. When asked what it was like to be a mother, Bev responded with pure love in her eyes, "No words can even begin to describe it." Bev was devoted to her daughter and was her biggest fan, travelling around with Kim as she competed in rodeo barrel racing and made it to nationals. She enjoyed raising her daughter and then walking beside her in friendship through the endless travelling, adventures, and activities they did together.

Bev was a wonderful friend and teammate. An avid bowler, she started the "Just-for-Fun" league and enjoyed many years with Kim and other close friends, competing both locally, and nationally. Bev even scored a perfect 300 game. She also played the position of first base for both a travelling women's softball team called "Charlie's Angels" and later the Orofino Ladies Softball League. During her softball years, she earned MVP multiple times and also was named the Home Run Derby Champion.

A self-proclaimed workaholic, Bev was a substitute teacher for the school district for 5 years, worked with the Weippe Rodeo, eventually started and ran her own successful business "Creative Gifts" for over 26 years, and also, with her team of elves, made and shipped hundreds of beautiful wreaths and swags each year for the holidays.

Growing up, Bev loved crafts and horseback riding in the canyon with her friends. This passion for horses coupled with her immense love for people and community continued throughout her lifetime as she led 4-H for 15 years, started the Timberline Rodeo Club (and took kids to state for competition), assisted with the Junior Rodeo, and started Horse Play Nights (a much-loved annual summer community event). Bev won the novice barrel racing at the Weippe Rodeo in the 80s and was honored to be named Grand Marshall in 2020. Those that knew and loved Bev would say she didn't sit still for long. She was a "go-er" and devoted innumerable hours in service to her beloved community including co-founding the Timberline All School Reunion in 2000 and raising funds annually for the Timberline Alumni Scholarship Fund through which she awarded two scholarships each year. She also assisted with the "Retreat to Weippe" event for over 20 years and remained an avid financial supporter and advocate for the Weippe Rodeo and Weippe Farmers Market.

Bev and Barry's absolute delight arrived in 2007, their grandson Connor. Connor was absolutely adored by Bev who loved travelling around to watch Connor compete in sporting events. She loved every moment spent with her grandson and would share about him and how proud she was of him to any and all willing to listen. When asked what it felt like to be a grandma, she stated, "You've never lived until you've been a grandma."

Bev's favorite saying was "Get er done"; a motto she lived and breathed in her own life. Bev was going and getting it done until her very last days. She made a tremendous impact and left an unsurpassed legacy in this community through her endless dedication, hard work, and love. The impression she's left is far-reaching and the mark she's made on the lives of others will remain cherished in their hearts.

Beverly Bailey was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Caryl Smolinski, and Ross Bailey. She is survived by her husband, Barry Bailey; daughter, Kimberly Cox; son-in-law, Toby Cox, grandson Connor Cox; sister, Christine and Fred Walsh and, Dolores Watson, mother in-law; in-laws, Terry and Bill Millage, Rick and Donna Bailey, and Sue and John Wyatt, and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service honoring Bev will be held on June 4, 2022, 1 p.m. at Fraser Cemetery. A potluck reception will immediately follow at the Deyo Reservoir.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all who volunteered to make meals, care for, love on, pray for, and assist the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Photo: Beverly 'Bev' Sue Bailey


Jacob A. West, 30

Our precious boy was called home Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Jacob Anthony West was born June 27, 1991, in Lewiston to Shane and Denise West. Jacob grew up in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 2009.

Jacob loved to hunt, fish, camp and anything to do with the outdoors. He also liked to tear things apart just to see how they worked and put them back together. Jacob worked at Albright Construction of Lewiston. He was a hard worker. He loved his job and employer and took great pride in his work. Jacob was the youngest foreman the company ever had. Jacob was a wonderful father to his only child, Gracie West. He took her with him everywhere he went.

Jacob was preceded in death by all of his grandfathers, Rex Bunny, of Cottonwood, Billy West, and Bill Jennings, of Orofino.

He is survived by his two grandmothers, Ellen Bunny, of Lewiston, and Betty Jennings, of Orofino. Jacob is also survived by his mother, Denise West, of Lewiston; two sisters, Heather West and Kayla Kaufman, of Lewiston; his father, Shane West, and stepmother, Laura West, of Lewiston; three stepbrothers, Tyson Winkelman, Thomas Winkelman, of Clarkston, WA, and Travis Morrison, of Arkansas. Jacob had a large, loving, extended family on both sides, including many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him dearly and will miss him. He was especially close to his Uncle Dale Bunny, of Lewiston. Jacob also had many friends and colleagues whom he adored who will miss him.

Services are to be announced.

Photo: Jacob Anthony West


Dale Lee Brown, 79, Weippe

Dale Lee Brown, 79, passed away Friday, April 1, 2022, at his home in Weippe, from complications of dementia and heart problems.

Dale was born Aug. 21, 1942 in Moscow, Idaho to Gladys Baker Brown and George Everett Brown of Bovill, Idaho. He was raised in Headquarters and attended school in Pierce, playing various sports, and graduated as a Forester from Pierce High in 1961.

He joined the Navy in 1962 soon after graduation, carrying on a long family tradition of military service. When he got out of the Navy he went to work at Rape's Market in Pierce as a butcher. He married Cathy Currin and was the proud father of three children.

Later he married Dorothy Ottinger and added step-children to his beloved extended family. He was proud of all "his kids" and made a lasting impression on them to be kind and hard working.

Dale spent most of his working years driving logging truck, and he sure loved to decorate them with all kinds of fancy lights and shiny things. It's not an exaggeration to say his trucks were lit up like Christmas trees. Everyone could recognize a Finke truck that belonged to Dale. He also loved Christmas and would decorate his house and shop with what seemed like a million twinkling lights.

When he wasn't driving truck, he was working on carpentry projects around his home. In the summer, he enjoyed making firewood and having barbecues with family and friends in his shop. Come fall, he looked forward to hunting and cutting game in the meat room with his sons, grandsons, and many friends.

He will be terribly missed and remembered as quite the storyteller who could make anyone laugh. He will also be remembered as a kind man, loving father, and good friend to all.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents, ex-wife Cathy, and other family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy, who is residing in their home in Weippe. Surviving children include: Melony Brown of Deary; Doug (Lori) Brown of Lewiston; Faris (Tina) Brown of Pinedale, WY; Larry (Juli) Kelly of Great Falls, MT; Debra (Joe) Peltier of Rock Creek, MT; Roberta (TJ) Farmer of Spokane, WA; Chris Brown of Antelope, CA, and Shala (Boyd) White of Libby, MT. He was the proud grandfather of 16, and great grandfather of 21 treasured children.

To honor Dale's wishes he will be cremated without a funeral service. He never did like much of a fuss to be made over him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Petersen and assistant Arika Griffin, St. Joe's Hospice, Pine Hills Funeral, and family, friends and neighbors who have been helping the Brown family through this difficult time.

Photo: Dale Lee Brown


Diane Bellm, 71, formerly of Orofino

Diane Bellm, 71, passed away on March 16, 2022, in Klamath Falls, OR. She was a beloved wife, mother and friend. She will be missed by those who were uplifted and inspired by her kind heart and her easy-going personality.

The third out of four children of Willis and Mary Kane, she was born on May 24, 1950 in Eugene, OR.

Diane and her three brothers were raised in Klamath Falls, OR. That is where she met and married Steve Bosse in 1973. Together they began raising a family with three boys, ultimately moving to Orofino.

They divorced in 1987 and Diane went back home to Klamath Falls. She would marry James Bellm in 1995 in Klamath Falls and they lived together until her passing. Diane enjoyed the simple things in life. She was known to stop at a casino or two. That was when she wasn't "junking" as she called it for treasures at any second-hand store.

Diane is preceded by her brothers Robert Hastings of Springfield, OR, and Donald Kane of Portland, OR.

She is survived by her husband, James, of Klamath Falls; brother, Charles, of Eugene, OR; her son, Tracy, and daughter-in-law, Holly, of Peck; son, Brent, and daughter-in-law, Sally, of Meridian; and her son, Adam, of Lewiston.

She was also grandmother to multiple grandkids. There will be a family celebration of Diane's life later this summer.

O'Hair & Ward's Funeral Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Photo: Diane Bellm


Allen Curtis Medalen, 91, formerly of Orofino

Allen Curtis Medalen, a former long-time resident of Orofino, passed away after a long battle with cancer at Harmony Hills Assisted Living in Meridian, Idaho on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the age of 91 years.

Al was born July 19, 1930 in Nekoma, ND, to Oscar and Maine Medalen.

In junior high, his family moved to the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, where he attended school and worked at the Woodland Park Zoo. His family then moved to Kendrick where he attended high school and played basketball. It was here that he met his sweet wife, Dorothy Thornton. Al and Dorothy were married on Aug. 2, 1949, and soon moved to Orofino where they raised their two children, Eric and Teresa.

Al worked for Clearwater County as an assessor and then commissioner.

Allen loved the outdoors, camping and boating with his family. He enjoyed gardening, taking pride in his tomatoes, potatoes & carrots, and woodworking, building many beautiful pieces of furniture for his family.

Al was a skilled carpenter, plumber, electrician, and he built several houses in Orofino. He was a quiet man who loved watching baseball on TV. He loved to pick huckleberries and made the very best huckleberry cheesecake.

Al is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Medalen, who misses the love of her life dearly.

He is also survived by his son, Eric Medalen (late Rebecca Sailor-Medalen) of Star ID; daughter, Teresa Hathaway (Pete) of San Diego CA; sister, Dolores Harris of Lewiston ; and many nieces and nephews. He was Grandpa and GGPa to six granddaughters and 14 great-grandchildren.

Al is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Glenna Wood.

A celebration of life will be held July 19 in Orofino.

Photo: Allen Curtis Medalen


Alvin Moyer, 86

Alvin Eugene Moyer, 86 years young, of Boise, was surrounded by family as he peacefully took his last breath at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 22, 2022. He was not afraid. His faith in God was absolute.

He was born Sept. 25, 1935, to Ruby (Zong) and Leon Moyer in Lancaster, PA. He was the second of four children raised within a tight-knit Mennonite community.

Dad developed a strong work ethic as a child as he helped on the family farm with most of the work done manually. His dedication to work and doing it the right way, was a trait he would practice his whole life.

He attended schools in Neffsville, PA., through the tenth grade at Manheim Township High School. In addition to his chores at home, he helped to support his family working for an Amish family on their farm until the age of 18. Much to the dismay of his family and strong opposition of the church community, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was truly devoted to his country.

He married Sandra McCandless in October of 1956, and four children were born of that marriage; Elizabeth Morgan and Janet (Jim) Montambo, both of Orofino. Rosanna Daniel-Kanetake (Tyler) of Kaneohe, HI, and Daniel (Sabrina) Moyer of Troy, ID. The marriage ended in divorce.

He served in Okinawa during the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, He had assignments in Guam, Turkey, and Australia and many locations throughout the United States.

During his time in the Air Force he served as a communications center supervisor, a central office supervisor and retired after 21.5 years of service in September of 1975.

After retirement from the Air Force he worked as a TV repairman. His house was always full of TVs and other electronics.

He married Sheila Gage in November of 1986 and they recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. Sheila and Dad raised her children, Michael and Amber, and many others throughout their time together. They had love enough for everyone. Dad's best friend had nicknamed the home "Moses' Mission." Many have been blessed with their love and open arms.

Dad loved a good home cooked meal and fresh cup of coffee, he loved traveling, the great outdoors, camping, and fishing. He loved children and animals and they loved him. He loved riding his Kawasaki Mule and taking the grandkids and kids on rides. Family was his everything.

Dad was always kind, calm and thoughtful. How very much he will be missed.

He was an active member of the Vietnam Vets of America and was involved with Helping Hands across the Valley.

He is survived by his four children, his wife of 35 years, Sheila Moyer; and her children, Michael Gage of Boise, and Amber Patten of Kuna; step-granddaughter, Starlina Todd of Pocatello, ID, guardian of granddaughter Christina Patten of Boise and 13 grandkids, 19 great grandkids, 2 great-great grandkids, and best friend Donald McDole of Nampa.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leon Moyer and Ruby Moyer; brothers, Richard L. Moyer, Robert Moyer; and sister, Carolyn Sweigart all of Pennsylvania; and great granddaughter, Morgan Keane of Orofino.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans of America.

Services will be held Monday, April 11, at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise, beginning with the viewing at 10 a.m., services at noon, followed by the committal ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Photo: Alvin Eugene Moyer


Jesse Allen Jackson, 59, Orofino

July 18, 1962-March 24, 2022

Jesse was born in Marysville, CA to Jesse J. Jackson and Joyce Jackson. Jesse Allen moved to Orofino, Idaho at age nine and went to elementary school through high school in Orofino.

After high school Jesse Allen worked building cell phone towers in various countries all over the world until a back injury forced him to retire. Jesse accumulated many friends throughout his life. He loved anything to do with the outdoors including fishing, hiking, exploring, going hunting with his Dad and working on cars. He had a great ability and vision for carving things out of wood and rocks that he found during his adventures in the woods and along the Clearwater River.

Jesse Allen is survived by his father Jesse J. Jackson; his sister, Kim Jackson Skipper; his children, Larry Jackson, Lacie Bunyard, Cheyann Rauenzahn, and Kelli Reece. Grandchildren are Lily, Lisa, Lola, William, Ava, Hazel, Sampson, Catherine, and baby Keller. Nieces and nephews include Monica, Jennifer, Spencer, and Kylie. Jesse is preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Jackson; sister, Babette Castillo; and nephew, Lucas Castillo.

Jesse Allen will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

Flowers may be sent to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Saturday April 9, 2022 at 2 p.m., with Pastor and Uncle Steve Gledhill and Aunt Sue Gledhill presiding.

Photo: Jesse Allen Jackson


Norman D. Woods, 76, former Jaype worker

Norman D Woods, 76, of Wickenburg, AZ, passed away from cancer on Jan. 13, 2022, at About Seniors Assisted Living in Surprise, AZ. The facility and the hospice staff were very good to him, and we are grateful for their care and support.

Norman was born in Payette, Idaho to Calvin Elgin and Bessie Mae Lee Woods. The family was living in Indian Valley at that time, and Bessie went to stay with her parents, Guy and Abbie Lee, in Payette for a short time, to be near the Payette hospital.

The Woods family moved from Indian Valley to Kamiah when Norman was four, and he attended school there for twelve years, graduating from Kamiah High School in 1963.

Norman married Jessie May Nedrow the following August, and they had a daughter, Teresa Ann, born in October, 1964. Jessie and Teresa died in an automobile accident April 4, 1965, on the highway near Stites.

Norman married Irene Watt in Lewiston, Idaho on April 15, 1966. He always joked that he would never forget their anniversary because it came on income tax day. This always included a nice meal and flowers (and Irene never did have to remind him.)

Norman worked for Potlatch for 35 years, first at Twin Feathers in Kamiah, then at the Jaype plywood mill near Pierce. After the Jaype mill closed, Norman and Irene moved to Wickenburg, Arizona, and exchanged long, cold winters for long, extremely hot, summers. But air-conditioning makes the summers bearable, and the winters are really nice (you don't have to shovel sunshine!)

Norman is survived by his wife, Irene; daughters, Elizabeth (Jubal) Ahlstrom of Weippe, and Christina Woods, of Orofino; and son, Jonathan Woods, of Wickenbur; two sisters, Rozella Reichenberg of Pierce, and Dorothy (Mardean) Kiele, of Lewiston; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Vera ("Tex") Gilmore and Verna, who died as an infant; brothers, Marvin "Bud", Calvin Eugene "Gene", and Orval; half-brother, Melvin Woods; and half-sister, Maxine (Carl) Tiede.

At Norman's request, there was no funeral, and his body has been cremated.

Photo: Norman D. Woods


Beverly Bailey, 66, Weippe

Beverly Bailey, 66, Weippe, passed away March 30, 2022.

A tribute for her life is being planned for a later date, Trenary Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Craig William Montgomery, 76, formerly of Orofino

Craig William Montgomery passed away peacefully in his sleep March 13, 2022 during a short rehabilitation stay at the Veterans Home in Spokane, WA. He was 76 years old.

Craig was born in Sherman, TX, on Oct. 22, 1945 to Wilbur "Monk" Montgomery and Joyce Walters Montgomery.

After Craig's birth his father was transferred by the military to Geiger Field in Spokane and the family returned to Clarkston, WA.

From Clarkston the family moved to Orofino where Craig grew up playing on the hillsides, in the empty field, and along the Clearwater River, in Jingletown, with a big group of neighborhood friends.

As a youngster he was active in little league baseball, cub scouts, boy scouts, fishing, swimming, and camping.

As he grew older, he hunted with his dad and brother around the Montgomery/Schenk cabin. However, throughout his life he was most passionate about fishing.

Craig attended Orofino schools and graduated from Orofino High School in 1965. He was active in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He also loved drawing, painting, and photography.

After graduating from high school, he attended Spokane Falls Community College for carpentry training.

From there he moved back to Orofino, joined the National Guard, worked, and met the love of his life.

In 1968 he was deployed to Viet Nam with the 116th Engineer Battalion Army National Guard.

On Dec. 27,1969, Craig married Mary Lee Jasper. They moved to Lewiston where Craig worked for Potlatch and attended LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College).

In 1972, Craig and Mary Lee moved to Nezperce where Craig worked for Nez Perce Rochdale for three years. During this period their oldest son Matthew was born.

Craig attended Spokane Falls Community College from 1976-1979 and graduated from photography school.

In 1979, he opened Red Beard Photography and pursued his dream as a professional photographer.

As the years passed the family expanded and sons Andy, Nate, and daughter, Lesly, were born.

For several years, Craig and Mary Lee opened their loving home to nephew Hoi.

In the years 1993-1995, Craig worked at the Spokane Airport as a security screener.

He became a stay-at-home dad before it was popular and devoted himself to raising his family. He was a wonderful father, not only to his own children, but others. Over the years, he was a mentor and offered sanctuary to numerous teenagers.

Craig will be remembered as a devoted father and loving family man. His generous heart and giving nature were a blessing we all received. His tender spirit is dearly missed.

Craig is preceded in death by: his parents, Monk and Joyce Montgomery of Orofino and his brother, Gregory Montgomery of Spokane.

Craig is survived by: Mary Lee Montgomery, sons, Matt, Andy, Nate, and daughter, Lesly Montgomery all of Spokane; sisters, Laurie Montgomery of Orofino and Robin Vande Voorde of Brush Prairie, WA; grandchildren, Mattie Montgomery, Naomi Logon, and Kamron Long all of Spokane; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2022 at Spokane Cremation 2832 N Ruby with reception to follow at the VFW 300 W Mission.

Photo: Craig William Montgomery


Ken 'Pete' Petersen, 93, formerly of Elk River

Ken 'Pete' Petersen, age 93, passed away at Cascadia of Lewiston.

Ken was born in Spokane, WA, to Roy and Mayme (Ball) Petersen. His first seven years were spent in Elk River. His remaining years were spent in Lewiston, where he attended grade school and high school. He finished one year at Normal School.

He loved sports and lettered in four sports in high school. Ken played professional baseball for two years with the Yankee organization in minor leagues before joining the U.S. Navy in 1950. He played four years of baseball in the Navy at the base in San Diego.

On July 13, 1952, he married Jean A. Campbell to whom he was wed for more than 69 years. They were blessed with a son Kent and daughter Lee Ann.

He worked many places before settling at the Lewiston Post Office, retiring in 1984 after 31 years of service.

Ken spent many years as a basketball referee, baseball umpire, and B Legion coach.

He loved hunting and spent many years on Cook Mountain with buddies Sam, Mick, Sam II, Lane, Leroy, Mike, Mel and Jeff. He also loved fishing, golfing and handball.

He was a lifetime member of the Elks (71 years).

Ken is survived by his wife, Jean Ann; son, Kent (Deanna); daughter, Lee Ann, (Buck); and granddaughter, Riley.

Per his request, there will be no service. Cremation has taken place.

Photo: Ken 'Pete' Petersen


Andrew (Andy) John Godwin, 70, formerly of Orofino/Pierce

Andrew (Andy) John Godwin of Kennewick, WA, passed away March 10, 2022, of heart failure. Andy was born May 29, 1951, to Jack Eugene Godwin and Mary Ellen (Andrews) Godwin in Lewiston.

After living his first year in Pierce, the family moved to Orofino. He attended school in Orofino and the Opportunity School in Lewiston.

As a young adult he went to live with his sister, Meg, and her family in Finley, WA. He eventually moved into his own apartment in Kennewick and lived independently with the help of Tri-Cities Residential Services. He worked for Goodwill and then Columbia Industries. The jobs he did over the years were varied; anywhere from loading grape juice boxes onto conveyor belts at Welch's; cleaning displays at Lowe's, or helping make liners for hard hats. He took pride in any job he did. He retired in December 2013.

He was president of the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Tri-Cities in 1995.

He competed in Special Olympics for several years.

Andy went to Disneyland, made an annual camping trip to a resort and also got to attend a Mariner's game. He loved to ride his bike and he loved muscle cars. He went to the dances whenever he could.

After retirement he moved into a home with three roommates. He went to Columbia Industries three mornings a week and to The Arc of Tri-Cities two afternoons a week.

He attended Hill Springs Church, going to the men's breakfast on Saturday morning and church on Sunday.

He had challenges different than yours or mine, but he loved life. He didn't know a stranger. He always had a smile on his face and he really loved sports, especially the Seahawks and the Mariners. He loved rock and roll music and later heavy metal. He loved coming to Orofino and going downtown to visit and have coffee. He attended the Clearwater Lumberjack Days every year until COVID shut it down.

The family is so grateful to all of the staff at Tri-Cities Residential Services for the love, care and guidance they gave Andy over the last 40 years.

Andy is survived by sister Karen (Sonny) Mitchell of Orofino; nieces, Angela McDowell of Yakima, WA, Sarah (Dean) Jennings of Pullman, WA, Jacci (Darin) Sitko of Hauser, ID and Brenda Mitchell of Coeur d'Alene, ID; and nephew, Max (Kimber) York of Yakima, WA, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Godwin, and his sister Mary Ellen (Meg) Frost, and brother-in-law Robert Frost.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on April 29, 2022 at Hill Springs Church, 1153 Gage Blvd, Richland, WA, and Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. on April 30, 2022 at Riverside Cemetery, 10100 Highway 12, Orofino, ID.

Memorials can be made to Special Olympics or Hill Springs Church.

Photo: Andrew (Andy) John Godwin


Raymond R. Klaudt, 96, formerly of Peck

Raymond R. Klaudt, 96, of Lewiston was called to his heavenly home on Feb. 20, 2022. Ray was born to Henry and Olga Klaudt in the small German-speaking community of Linton, ND, as the fourth of nine children. A child of the Great Depression, he learned early the value of hard work and personal responsibility.

Ray served for a time in the Roosevelt-era Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in western Montana prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy in late 1943. He completed basic training at Farragut Naval Training Station on southern Lake Pend Oreille and went on to serve in the South Pacific from early 1944 until the end of WWII in 1945. Ray was honorably discharged in 1946, and married his sweetheart, June Stringer, in Seattle, WA. They settled briefly in North Dakota where their son Ron was born, then in 1949 moved back to the Olympic Peninsula, where their daughter Coral was born and where Ray started his civil service career at Fort Warden, near Port Townsend. Ray transferred to Fort Missoula in 1953 and the family moved to Western Montana. Ray and June raised their family in Missoula, where son Dale was born, until Ray was offered the position of Administrative Services Section Head on the Clearwater National Forest in 1968. The family moved to Orofino, where Ray worked for the Clearwater National Forest until his retirement in 1980.

The Klaudts purchased a home in Peck in 1972 and lived there for 30 years, during which time Ray served a term as town mayor. Ray and June were instrumental in starting the Clearwater Alliance Church in Orofino, and they served their Lord and Savior with love and generosity. The Klaudts were known as faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus and were quick to share the Gospel wherever and with whomever they could.

After Ray retired from civil service, he spent many years as a beekeeper before age necessitated the sale of his honey business and their Peck home. They moved to Clarkston, WA., in 2002, and remained there until June's death in 2018. While there they were active in the Living Heritage Free Methodist Church.

Ray was preceded in death by his youngest son, Dale Klaudt, in 2012 and his wife of 72 years, June Klaudt, in 2018, as well as his parents and his four brothers and four sisters. Ray is survived by son, Ron Klaudt (Rita) of Juneau, AK; daughter, Coral Bruce (Theron) of Peck; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


A memorial service and celebration of Ray's life will be held for family and friends at a later date. Lewis & Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, ID is handling the arrangements.

Photo: Raymond R. Klaudt


Marion Monroe Smith, 86, of Kamiah

Marion Monroe Smith, 86, of Kamiah passed away at Cascade Health in Lewiston on February 23, 2022. Marion was born in Priest River, Idaho, on August 17, 1936, to Florence and Fonney Smith.

Marion grew up in Luke's Gulch outside of Stites, Idaho, and graduated from Stites High School, in 1953, as one of 9 graduates.

Marion joined the U.S. Army in 1954, and served 7.5 years, in both Army and Army National Guard. He was called up for the Berlin Crisis and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA, for 10 months.

In 1964, Kathryn and Marion were married in Coeur d'Alene, then settled down in Kamiah and raised their family.

Marion was honored to be a "jack of all trades & master of none". He had many jobs, spanning across Idaho; from Potlach, Harpster Saw Mill, Olive's Auto Parts of Kamiah, and becoming Assistant Forest Warden for Department of Lands, Maggie Creek Protective Fire District, from which he retired.

His favorite trade was making dirt roll," with his dozer, while working for road crews.

Kamiah residents will recall Marion Smith being the Volunteer Fire Chief for 3 years. Utilizing his skills, he taught Red Cross First Aid to Kamiah's earliest First Responders; he drove the first Kamiah ambulance, which, at the time, doubled as a hearse.

Marion was also active in Jaycees-Kamiah, until they disbanded.

In the early years of Kamiah, Marion also supported a little start-up of Kamiah Community Credit Union, now known as Freedom Northwest Credit Union. He was also active in Kamiah Arbor Society.

A neighbor, a friend, a firefighter, a veteran, a husband, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather; there are so many ways to describe Marion, but nothing quite captures the feeling of his big laugh and kind heart.

Marion is preceded in death by his sisters, Colleen Smith, Charlotte Smith, Betty (Smith) Huntley; his parents, Florence Lange Smith and Fonney Smith, and he is also preceded in death by one great granddaughter Lilliana Kelm.

Marion is survived by his wife, Kathryn Smith; his daughters, Lena Soto, and Leona Robertson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his two sisters, Dolly Phelps and Judy Turner both of Weippe, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Marion's Life took place Friday March 4, 2022 at Trenary Funeral Home followed by a memorial luncheon at the Kamiah American Legion Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kamiah American Legion.

Photo: Marion Monroe Smith


Clayton B. Baker, 86, of Kamiah

Clay (Clayton) B. Baker passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 22, 2022. He was at home in Kamiah with Hospice Care.

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada of American parents on May 2, 1935.

He traveled to California with his mother, Kathleen, in 1948.

After graduating Venice High School, he served in the Navy SeaBee's, then went to work for General Telephone Co. of California, now known as Verizon. In his retirement, he enjoyed serving in Kiwanis (Oregon), was VP of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee, a Freedom Credit Union Board Member and was a Deacon at Kamiah Bible Church.

Clay is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sally; his daughter, Lisa Kellim; grandchildren, Michael (Brittany) Kellim, Shannen Kellim; and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service may be scheduled at a later date.

Photo: Clayton B. Baker


E. Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler, 100, formerly of Pierce, Orofino

E. Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler, 100, of Lewiston, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at her home.

She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Kooskia to Nelson Arthur Judd and Martha E. Harrington Judd, and graduated in 1940 from Kooskia High School.

She married Frank N. Schoeffler on April 23, 1941, in Lewiston. Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 in Alaska, England and France during World War II.

During Frank's deployment, Jo worked at Farragut Naval Training Station at Pend Orielle in 1942, then she worked in Seattle for Boeing from 1942-45.

After Frank's discharge in 1945, they both moved to Pierce and then later to Orofino. During this time, Jo was a homemaker and cared for their two daughters. In 1955, she started work for Dr. Jack Fairley and worked there until 1979 when her family moved to Lewiston.

She was a Lutheran. Jo enjoyed gardening and would raise a big garden and loved planting flowers. She enjoyed sewing doll clothes. Jo was also a past Rebekah of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Pierce.

Jo is survived by her daughter, Cheri J. Robinson; granddaughters, Tonya L.P. (Bob) Jensen, of Lewiston, and Tara Freeman, of Montana; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1998; her parents, Nelson and Martha; her daughter, Trudy K. Freeman; and her sister, Dorothy Ruark.

At her request, there will be no service. Memorials may be sent to Family Hospice of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Photo: E. Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler


Rieford Franklin 'Frank' Burch, 86, Orofino

Born on Aug. 15, 1935, on Wells Bench above Orofino, Idaho, Rieford Franklin "Frank" Burch departed from this life on March 4, 2022, with fishing rod in hand to that sparkling stream in the heavens where Cut-Throat Trout, Sturgeon and Dolly Varden wait in abundance.

Frank was raised on the North Fork of the Clearwater River by his late parents, Frank and Odetta Burch. In his younger years, Frank attended school at the mouth of Elk Creek. He later attended Orofino High School, where he took up the sport of boxing and lettered in track.

Frank began working the woods at an early age to make cedar poles with his father, who still used a team of horses. He married Norene Plank in 1956 and shortly thereafter began his own logging company. Frank had first run a bald-face dozer to skid logs at the tender age of fourteen. He carefully honed his skills as an operator and eventually gained a reputation as one of the best operators in the area. Frank worked on the construction of the sludge ponds for the Lewiston paper mill and for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association during the 1970s.


By that time, he had acquired a herd of 29 Red Herefords which he managed with the help of his trusted horse, Topsy, at the mouth of Jim Ford Creek. But Frank loved his dozer much more than his Herefords. By the early 1980s Frank was working as a contractor for Potlatch Corporation and continued contract work for the company until retirement. During a long career operating his dozer for soil erosion control, road building, forestry practices and fire suppression, Frank became relatively famous for the installation of "whoopie bumps."

He was very proud of his self-described "whoopie bumps" and, as all of his friends well know, never missed a Twinkie at "tea time" when on the job. If you were special, Frank might even offer to share a Twinkie with you.

Frank was self-taught as a welder and was an extremely talented fabricator. In addition to performing maintenance on his dozer, he could build just about anything with metal, including flat-bed trailers, vehicle bumpers, gates, stairs, railings and tables. For a number of years during the winter off-season,

Frank worked for Bruce Oakes in Clarkston, WA, where he built aluminum jet boats. Frank personally built several jet boats for himself. His masterpiece was a 36-foot aluminum jet boat, which he designed himself. It features a steering stick rather than a wheel, under-bow sleeping quarters, a galley, two in-board motors and a unique "V" hull shape that lifts the boat to allow it to skim across the top of the water. Of course, Frank's fascination with his jet boats was closely related to an affinity for catching Sturgeon and Channel Catfish on fishing expeditions to the Snake River's Hells Canyon.

Frank was one of six children, including four sisters and one brother. He is survived by three sons: Kevin, Kelly and Keith. One son, Kraig, preceded him in death. Grandpa will be dearly missed by all of his many grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Sanders Cemetery on Wells Bench Thursday, March 24.

Photo: Rieford Franklin 'Frank' Burch


James A. Brown Jr., 66, formerly of Orofino

James A. Brown Jr., 66, resident of St. Maries, ID passed away at his home on March 5, 2022. He was born to James A. Sr. and Betty Brown on April 12, 1955, in Oklahoma City, OK. Jim grew up in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1974.

Following high school, Jim went to work for Jaype Plant of Potlatch Forests, Inc. in Pierce Idaho where he served as a Relief Supervisor and Fire Chief. Jim volunteered as an EMT and fire fighter for Orofino Fire and EMS. In 1985 he married the love of his life Billie Tiller, a high school friend that he reconnected with. They made their home in Orofino until 1996 when they relocated to St. Maries, ID. Jim took a Supervisor position at Potlatch Corporation, St. Maries Complex. In 2001 Jim left the complex and went to work at the Coeur d' Alene Casino running their wastewater plant and serving as a Preventative Maintenance Coordinator. Due to health reasons, Jim retired from the casino in 2017.

Jim loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed camping, spending time on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, watching football, and was an avid Steelers fan.

Jim is survived by his wife Billie at their home in St. Maries; children, Tansi Pedersen of Orofino, Roddy Brown of St. Maries, Tessa Declet of Augusta, GA, and Tara Wilson; siblings, Chris (Gary) McBee and Debbie (Mike) Claffey both of Orofino; six grandchildren; one great grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private family service will be held at a later date to honor Jim. You may leave condolences for his family at hodgefuneralhome.com.

Photo: James A. Brown Jr.


Betty Jane Donohue, 86, formerly of Cavendish, Orofino

"Granny" Betty Jane Donohue passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Lewiston, reuniting with her beloved husband, Jack, who preceded her in death.

She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who brought love, laughter and fun into the lives of everyone she knew.

Betty was born in 1935 in Orofino to parents Everett and Gladys Blackburn, the second of three children between brothers Mick and Bill, whom she adored.

She grew up in Cavendish, where she learned to hold her own as the only girl among several cousins who doubled as best friends. Later, the annual Cousin's Weekend family reunion would be the highlight of Betty's year right up through this past summer.

After Betty married the love of her life, Jack Donohue, in 1955 in Orofino, they quickly welcomed three sons - Tom, Mike and Pat - one after the other. She found herself happily surrounded by boys once again until their long-awaited daughter, Jacki, arrived in 1969 after their family moved to Lewiston. Jack would later reminisce with a smile in his eyes about the pride Betty took in raising their children and how proud he was to have her by his side.

Jack and Betty's home was always open and usually full. Anyone who entered was welcomed as family, and treated to food, fun and the good-natured teasing that came with it.

Given how much Betty loved to feed everyone around her, it was fitting that she worked as a cook and cashier for the Lewiston School District.

When the grandchildren began to arrive, Betty became "Granny," and spoiling her grandkids was her full-time job. That meant handmade blankets and homemade cookies - but most importantly, time and attention that made each one feel as uniquely special as they were in her eyes.

Betty loved to play cards and games with friends, though it was always more about catching up than keeping score. She cherished her memories vacationing and camping with Jack - from Hawaii; to their cruise to Alaska with friends; to visiting cousins Paul and Lee Pippenger in Mazatlan; to touring Europe with Jacki and her family; to Otter Camp, Winchester; or simply parking their trailer at Myrtle, often with a grandkid or two in tow. Betty knew how to have fun, wherever she was.

Betty's sense of humor was a source of strength and joy for herself and her family. The best part of her jokes was watching her tell them - which usually ended by her cracking herself up with a signature knee slap before she could make it through the punchline.

Betty took great pride in volunteering for the Wishing Star Foundation and Orchards United Methodist Church, where she and Jack were members. With a natural talent for art and crafting, she made beautiful quilts, cakes and paintings.

But anyone who knew Betty knew that her family was her proudest creation. If spending time with them was her favorite pastime, her second favorite was bragging about them to everyone else.

Later in life, Betty enjoyed reading, playing bingo with her friends at Royal Plaza and getting her nails painted by the kind caregivers there.

She loved rooting for Gonzaga basketball. If she left any regret in this world, it would be missing this years' tournament (no pressure, guys). But it certainly wouldn't be words left unsaid. Betty was generous with her love and never missed an opportunity to tell the people she cared for how much they meant to her.

In addition to Jack, Betty was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws; brother, Mick; brothers-in-law, Art, Bob, Pete and Norm; sisters-in-law, Lila, Donna and Jan; and many good friends.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Tom and Casey, Mike, Pat and Kim, and Jacki and Jerry; brother, Bill and his wife, Sandy; sisters-in-law, Penny and Pat; nine grandchildren and their spouses: Kobi and Missy, John, Jenny, Kiley and Ben, Addie, P.J. and Hannah, Sydnee, Ryan, and Courtney; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; many good friends; a lifetime of memories; and a chocolate chip cookie recipe that will live on.

Nothing gave Betty more joy than bringing people she loved together. So, please join us for a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Friday at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Jackson Baldwin Pay It Forward Foundation at jacksonspayitforward.com or the Orchards United Methodist Church at (208) 743-9201.

Photo: Betty Jane Donohue


Lorraine Wingard, 85, formerly of Orofino

Lorraine S. (Hatcher) Wingard, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Cottage Grove, OR. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Wingard.

Born May 8, 1936, in Orofino, ID to Paul and Oda (Bonner) Hatcher, Lorri met Chuck while working for the U.S. Forest Service in Orofino. After marrying, they lived for short periods in Billings, MT, Juneau, AK, and Missoula, MT before settling in Kalispell, MT.

Following Chuck's death in 2007, she moved to Eugene, OR in 2012 to be closer to her children.

Lorri enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband and researching her family's history. She is survived by her children, Shelley Mehner, Joseph Wingard, and Russell Wingard, as well as two grandchildren, Austin Mehner and Taryn Mehner.

No services are currently planned.

Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service (541-485-6659), Springfield, OR,. is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Lorraine Wingard


James Franklen Crawford, 88, formerly of Orofino

James Franklen Crawford passed away Jan. 6, 2022 in Newburg, OR. He had been in ill health for several years.

Jim was born November 6, 1934 to Glen and Mable Crawford at Melcher, IA. The family moved to Des Moines where Jim and his sister Glenndine grew up.

Jim graduated from Johnson High School in 1952. After graduating he built stock cars and raced them.

He moved to Idaho to be with his dad and his mom. He began working for Les Crawford in the woods and then later for Andrus Stud Mill.

Jim met and married Carol Snyder in 1956. They had three boys; Jeffery, Jody, and Brian. They would later adopt a baby girl named Jami.

In 1957, Jim was drafted into the Army. He was part of a training exercise off the Western Coast of France. He spent 18 months in Fontennet, France.

Jim and Carol lived in Rialto, CA, for three years, where he attended San Bernardino Community College. He received a Certificate in diesel mechanics and welding.

Jim loved to hunt and fish with his dad and his boys. They had several hunting camps, one at Sheep Mountain Saddle and Bear Creek, close to East Port, OR. He liked to camp at South Beach, OR, and spent time there digging clams and netting crab. His grandchildren looked forward to their trips to the beach because grandpa and the boys would catch lots of crabs to eat.

In 2001 Jim and Carol would adopt their granddaughters Jessica, Jennifer, Stormy, and Marie. They would grow up in Orofino and become (MANIACS) graduating from OHS (Orofino High School).

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Mable Crawford, Orofino; his grandparents, Loyed Crawford and Josephine Infield; his brother in-law, Don Graham; sister, Glenndine Graham (who just passed away at this writing); brother in-laws, Rick and Mike Snyder; and sister in-law, Paula Lougee. He lost his baby grandson, Castiel Stradle at 7 months old, and his niece, Alexis Bittleston.

Jim is survived by his children, Jeffery and Brian Crawford, Orofino; Jody Crawford, Newberg, OR; and Jami Sue Crawford, Clackamas, OR.; Jessica Edwards, Moscow; Jennifer and Alan, Orofino; Stormy Patton, Lewiston and Marie, Seattle, WA.; grandsons, Travis Crawford, Adam Crawford, Newburg, OR; Tyson and Tomas Crawford, Orofino; and granddaughter, Tonya, Cervantes, Lafyette, OR., and T.J. Stevens, Fossil, OR; his nephew, Steven Graham (Lola); and nieces, Susan Bittleston, Peck; 15 great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

Photo: James Franklen Crawford


Wallace 'Wally' Schmidt, 94, formerly of Orofino

Wallace Cameron Schmidt passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, Iris and his children, Bryan Schmidt and Ilene Dudunake; and his grandchildren Taylor Dudunake and Savannah Dahlgren on March 8, 2022, after a brief illness.

Wally was born on August 15, 1927 in Weippe, Idaho. He was the fifth son and sixth child of William Frederic Schmidt and Ruth Carol (Gordon) Schmidt. While attending the University of Idaho, Wally met Iris Margaret Fisher, the love of his life, from Emmett, Idaho. They both received their degrees on June 7, 1953, and were married on June 21, 1953 in Emmett.

Wally and Iris began their married life close to Weippe at Schmidt Brothers Sawmill. Wally joined his two brothers in the management of the family logging and sawmill business - Schmidt Bros Inc.

Wally and Iris had three children, John William Schmidt, born in 1955, Bryan Robert Schmidt, born in 1957, and Ilene Marie Schmidt, born in 1961.

John preceded his father in death from a motorcycle accident in 1975.

Services will be held at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise on March 21 at 1 p.m. A live video feed will be aired for those who are unable to attend. Contact Cloverdale Funeral Home for further information about the live feed, 208-375-2212.

Photo: Wallace Cameron 'Wally' Schmidt


Sheri A. Mallory, 70, Weippe

Sheri A. Mallory, 70, of Weippe, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a dear friend to many, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at the Banner Del Webb Medical Center near her winter home in Surprise, AZ. She died from the effects of congestive heart failure.

She was born Sharon A. Kappel March 5, 1951, to Andrew and Mabel Bischoff Kappel in Ephrata, WA, but known as "Sheri" all of her life. Her parents both passed away when she was in junior high, she then lived with her aunt and uncle, Walter and Alice Bischoff Spies and her two younger siblings in Moses Lake, WA. She graduated from Moses Lake High School in 1969, and attended Big Bend Community College of Moses Lake enrolled in the business program. She started working as a court clerk for the Grant County District Court.

She married Ed Miller in June of 1973; together they had two sons, Brandon E. and Scott M. Miller. They moved to Idaho where she worked for the First Security Bank in Lewiston and later Regence Blue Shield as a secretary. The marriage ended in divorce.

In 1988 she married Jim Mallory and moved to Deary, then Coeur d'Alene in 1989, and then to Headquarters in 1992. In 1994 they purchased property and built their log home near Weippe. At this time, she started at the job she loved the most at Timberline High School as an assistant secretary where she worked until retiring in 2009.

Sheri was always very active, boating on Dworshak, jogging the Seaport Run and numerous Bloomsdays, camping at her favorite spot at Powell, exploring the Mallard Larkin, riding her four-wheeler and snowmobile, picking huckleberries with friends, trips to the Oregon and Washington coasts and many trips to the Island of Kauai. Sheri loved to plan parties, lunches, and barbecues for family, friends and co-workers. Since retirement her favorite was spending time with family and the grandkids, and relaxing in the warm winter in Surprise, AZ, with many friends and visits from the family.

She is survived by her husband Jim Mallory, of Weippe; sons, Brandon Miller, of Lewiston, Scott Miller and wife Shannon; grandsons Landon and Graycen Miller, of Colton, WA; stepdaughter, Mandy Mallory, of Clarkston, WA; stepson, Tyler Mallory and wife Christine; granddaughter Evie Mallory, of Austin, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Mabel Bischoff Kappel; aunt and uncle, Walter and Alice Bischoff Spies; brothers, Delbert Kappel, Jimmy Dean Kappel, Andy Wayne Kappel Sr.; sisters Delilah Miller and Peggy Weed.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or the charity of your choice.

The Palm Valley Funeral Home of Sun City, AZ, is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of Sheri's life will be held at a later date and place to be determined.

Photo: Sheri A Mallory


Kathryn Gayle Hobson, 49, born in Orofino

Katie was born Sept. 4, 1973 in Orofino, Idaho, to Rob Hobson and Karen Rogers Hobson. She passed away in Emmett, Feb. 20, 2022.

Surviving are her sons, Austin and Bodie Hisaw; brothers, Robby and Drew Hobson; her parents; her life partner of 18 years, Randy Reiman; Dyna the dog, and many other dear family members and friends.

A celebration of Katie's life will be held March 19, 2022, 11 a.m. at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Opportunities to verbally pay tribute to Katie will be given during the service, or a written tribute may be handed to the minister prior services.

Donations in Katie's name may be given to St. Luke's Cancer Institute (https://www.stlukesonline.org/health-services/service-groups/cancer-care-at-st-lukes-cancer-institute/make-a-donation-to-st-lukes-cancer-institute) or West Valley Humane Society in Caldwell (https://westvalleyhumanesociety.org/?s=donations).

Photo: Katie Hobson


Donna Knight, 80, born in Orofino

Donna Maureen Knight died peacefully on March 10, 2022 in Grangeville at the age of 80. Born May 24, 1941, to Donald and Aletha Ann Rogers in Orofino, Idaho. Donna was the oldest of four daughters.

Donna moved a lot in her younger years. She went to school in Spaulding, Winchester, Weippe, Greer, Orofino and Kamiah.

Donna married Ray Mendenhall in 1956 and they had three children, Marvin, Debra and Melissa. They were later divorced.

In 1970, Donna married Larry Wayne Knight, the love of her life. In March 1971, they welcomed their daughter Monica into the world. They made their home on Caribel Road where they raised their children and built their home with "a million dollar view".

Donna and Larry were farmers and ranchers. They grew grain, hay, and raised cattle. They also had chickens and a few rabbits. Donna also helped the girls with 4-H steers and sheep. The couple also raised horses for work and play. Donna loved her cow dogs too. Above all she was an amazingly devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

There was not anything Donna couldn't accomplish.

In addition to being a wife, mother, farmer, and rancher, she was an avid hunter, fisherman, artist, seamstress, cook, gardener and realtor.

In 1992, Donna went back to school and received her GED and real estate license. She later became a real estate broker and owner of Knight Realty. She was so proud of her accomplishment. As a successful realtor, Donna also mentored her niece Shannon and daughter Monica, as they became realtors as well.

Donna started painting after meeting the most wonderful pastor's wife Naomi White. She met Naomi while attending the Woodland Friends Church.

Donna was a natural when it came to painting. She loved to paint and later did pastels. Donna had many other talents and was never bored. She made root beer in the summertime with the kids, old fashioned pressed cider, and canned and preserved anything she could get her hands on. She enjoyed teaching her skills to anyone willing to learn. She believed in hard work and kindness.

Donna never met a stranger. She was kind and considerate to all who crossed her path. She was always faithful and honest.

She is survived by her husband Larry Wayne Knight; her four children: Marvin Mendenhall, Debbie Bunch and Missi Knight of Kamiah and Monica Hagen (Patrick) of Grangeville; her grandchildren: Marvin Mendenhall of Lewiston, Levi Mendenhall, Amanda Earles (James) of Abeline, TX, Jeremiah Bunch of Lewiston, Amber Schmadeka (William "Tel") of Kamiah, Joshua Knight (Kasey) of Kamiah, Ashley Prado of Cottonwood, Jacob Prado of Kamiah, Trever Knight of Kamiah, Devin Knight of Orofino, Simon and Agustus Hagen of Grangeville; her sisters: Ruth Anderson of Milton, WA, Julia Ayers of Cahone, CO, Shirley Weddle of Kamiah; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Mike Bunch; grandchildren David Bunch, Heather Bunch; great-grandchild, Dixon Earles; and her brothers-in-law, Norman Ayers and Jesse Weddle.

A funeral will be held at St. Catherine's of Sienna Catholic Church in Kamiah on March 19, 2022. Burial directly follows at the Kamiah Cemetery with a luncheon afterward at St. Catherine's in the basement. Trenary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (trenaryfuneralhome.com). Donations may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org) or Shriner's Hospital (donate.lovetotherescue.org).

Photo: Donna Maureen Knight


Eudora McMinn, 82, formerly of Orofino

Eudora Florence McMinn walked through the door from this world into the hands of our Lord and Savior at 5 a.m. on Wednesday March 9, 2022. She was 82 years young. Her life began on Nov. 26, 1939 in Caldwell, the youngest of four girls born to Lora E. and John E. Harritt. Her teen years were a little rocky with her parents divorcing and her father later dying when she was 12 years old. Her mother later married Clarence Cy Roark whom she became very fond of so much that he became her Dad, not just a step-father.

At 16 she met and married Robert Shields circa 1955 and had three boys from this union but divorced before the third boy was born in February of 1963.

In July of 1963 she met and married Fred T. Berg who was an Exploration Driller and through their 21-year marriage traveled quite extensively across North America to include Canada and Mexico. Their union also brought along three more children, a girl in 1964, another boy in 1965, and then finally the youngest a girl in 1970.

In 1977 they became foster parents to a 12-year-old girl whom they later adopted. Fred also brought 3 older girls from a prior marriage making 10 kids in all. In 1984 Eudora and Fred divorced.

In 1985 she met and married Melvin McMinn who had a son and a step-son from a previous marriage. They lived for a short while in the Treasure Valley in southern Idaho and then Garden Valley. They then moved up to Stanley where Mel had some property and they built a log cabin on it from logs that Eudora and Mel harvested and processed together. In 1993, they sold out in Stanley and found 10 acres on the Old Peck Grade between Orofino and Lenore where they had a gorgeous view of the Clearwater River and which they resided until 2021. She sold the property in 2021 and moved up to Craigmont to be closer to her son Randy and where she resided at the time of her death.

Eudora was an avid sportsman who loved to fish and hunt. She was a remarkable gardener and was even a gardener for Walmart in Lewiston for a number of years. She could even make rocks grow. She also owned and operated the Quilting Shed in Lenore for many years until her health turned on her.

She was a member of the Clearwater Hospital Auxiliary and she made and donated several of her quilts for raffles over the years. She was also a member of the Malac Temple of the Daughters of the Nile in Lewiston.

Eudora was preceded in death by her father, John; her step-father, Cy; her mother, Lora; daughter, Karen; husband, Melvin McMinn; and son, Timothy Shields.

Her surviving children are Robert Shields of Missoula MT, Randy Berg of Craigmont, Cheryl (Shea) Paulson of Salt Lake City UT, Fred C. Berg Jr. of Virginia, MN, Jeanette Jones of Hailey, and Brenda Paulson (her adopted daughter). She has many grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Photo: Eudora Florence McMinn


Robert 'Bob' Kinney, 75, formerly of Orofino

Well known attorney Robert 'Bob' Kinney of Mesilla, NM, died suddenly on Feb. 16, 2022. Kinney lived in the Las Cruces area for 27 years, where he was head of the Las Cruces Office of the Federal Public Defender.

Bob was born on Sept. 13, 1946 at Yakima, WA, where he spent his first 18 years. His parents, Robert E. Kinney, Sr., an electrician, and Erma Marie Kinney (nee Headley), a homemaker, passed in 1991 and 2009, respectively.

Bob is survived by his wife, Rosa Rodriguez of Mesilla, NM, and by siblings Patricia Aragon (Joe) of Greeley, CO, and his brother and best friend, Gregory Kinney of Sebring, FL. Two other siblings predeceased him, Sharon Lee Genson (Jerome) in 2007 and Linda McAleer (Michael) in 2021.

Rosa, the love of Bob's life, became close friends with him in the early 1990s. After some intervening years they reunited in 2013. Rosa has been a wonderful companion and mate for Bob -- fun-loving, unique, smart, beautiful, and caring. They were married on September 20, 2014. Rosa brought beauty and grace to their life. They enjoyed traveling the world together. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve from the 1960s. He received a B.A. from Central Washington University, then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho in 1976.

Bob was an attorney for the City of Orofino, beginning in March of 1984, and was also a solo law practitioner in Orofino for 19 years. In 1995 he was hired as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Las Cruces where he diligently defended indigent people accused of crimes in Federal court, and in May 1996 became that office's branch chief.

Bob trained and supervised many lawyers and other employees until 2014 when he retired. He was a long-time member of several criminal defense organizations. At the time of his passing he was an active member of the New Mexico Parole Board, having been appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham with the consent of the New Mexico State Senate.

Bob also leaves nieces, nephews and many friends in the U.S. and abroad. During the last three years he especially enjoyed the Wednesday evening meetings with the "Yacht Club" at the Double Eagle in Mesilla. His view of his friends may be summed up by a song line from Tom Paxton: "Thanks for the company. The honor was all mine." His life also was enriched by the hundreds of clients he was honored to represent. Bob viewed their stories as lessons in human frailty and in strength.

Bob gave additional significant time to public service. For weeks at a time he voluntarily taught and assisted young lawyers in Mongolia and in Bulgaria under the sponsorship of the Soros Open Society Foundations. He believed strongly in the Rule of Law. Bob logged 46 years as a licensed lawyer. He was a top-rated criminal defense lawyer, admired by clients, judges, prosecutors, co-workers, other criminal defense attorneys and countless friends. He was proud to have served as court-appointed counsel in nine State and Federal death penalty cases. He was among an elite of the relatively few "death-qualified" lawyers. None of his clients received the death penalty.

Bob was a calm, intelligent person who loved horse racing, quality gin, travel, BMWs, New Mexico, scuba diving, ice hockey and lawyering. He believed that his life was a hell of a ride. He suffered the heart attack which took his life while with Rosa shortly after they had spent a fine day at the Sunland Park Racetrack. Bob's friends always were inspired both by his smiling determination to fully live life despite his Parkinson's disease and by Rosa's devotion to him.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later time.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Parkinson's Support Group of Southern New Mexico by using www.pmdalliance.org, then selecting the green donation button and adding Bob's name and "for the benefit of PDSGSNM.org."

Photo: Robert 'Bob' Kinney


Riferd 'Frank' Burch, 86, Orofino

Riferd "Frank" Burch, of Orofino, born Aug. 15, 1935, died March 4, 2022, in Lewiston.

A graveside funeral is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Sheri A. Mallory, 70, Weippe

Sheri A. Mallory, 70, of Weippe, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at Banner Del E Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, AZ.

Palm Valley Funeral Home of Sun City is in charge of arrangements.


Cheri K. Jenks, 66, Orofino

Cheri K. Jenks, 66, of Orofino, passed away Feb. 22, 2022, in Missoula, MT, after a short but courageous battle with hepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

Mom was born Sept. 29, 1955, in Lewiston, to Thomas and Carol Johnson. She lived her entire life in Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 1973. Shortly after graduation, she married Alfred "Hank" Jenks in July, 1973 and they welcomed their daughter Tracy, in July, 1975. Six years later, they welcomed a son, Rusty, in April, 1981.

Mom spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, however she spent moments of her life as a caretaker for several local families.

She loved nature and the outdoors; camping with family, fishing and hunting. Her hobbies included scrapbooking, reading and a deep love for animals.

Her unconditional love and devotion to her children and grandchildren were unmatched and she was a great supporter and avid enthusiast of their games and activities. She was compassionate for helping others in need. She spent the last year of her life taking care of her mother in Missoula. One of her favorite things to do was visit her family and sit on her brothers' deck to look out over the Big Sky of Montana.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Johnson. She is survived by her mother, Carol Johnson of Missoula; husband Hank Jenks of Orofino; daughter Tracy (Jose) Barajas of Orofino; son Rusty Jenks of Meridian; brother Jeff (Patty) Johnson of Missoula; granddaughter Marissa Barajas of Spokane, WA; and grandson, Jose Barajas of Nampa.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Photo: Cheri K. Jenks


Richard 'Dick' Miles Cochrane, 82, OHS grad

Richard 'Dick' Miles Cochrane, aged 82, passed away at his home in Emmett, Idaho on Dec. 22, 2021.

Dick, known to some as Miles, was born in Orofino, Idaho on Jan. 18, 1939, to Marie Mattson Cochrane Evert and Miles A Cochrane.

He graduated from Orofino High School in 1957 and attended the College of Idaho as a collegiate boxer, while receiving a BA in Art. He later received a diploma from Boise State University with a degree in Physical Education.

After college, Richard enlisted in the Air Force in 1961, served as a trained crew chief on F-86 Interceptors at Gowen Field Air Force Base in Boise, Idaho. Then later enlisted and served 8 years in the United States Naval Reserve, a.k.a. the Sea Bees as an equipment operator, military instructor, automatic rifleman, and physical readiness program coordinator. He attended several special schools and received several awards while serving.

Dick said more than once, "I am a lover, not a fighter." He spent the next years of his life enjoying dancing. His specialty Ballroom! Dick lived life to the fullest, surrounded by people and doing what he loved! He owned/managed "Dick and Joanie's Dance Studio", in Boise, Idaho, and traveled the world participating in Dancing competitions. He organized and promoted travel ventures to Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden, and many cities in the United States including Hawaii. If you watch the Bronco Billy movie, in the scene at the Ranch Club in Garden City: There is Richard dancing as an extra!

Later in life

Richard continued to pursue physical fitness. He loved attending Boise State Football games with his long-time companion, Zilma "Cookie" Herridge. He enjoyed driving his shiny blue corvette and dancing with the Ladies while joking: "Don't forget ladies, I'm up for adoption." And as he left the building he always added, "Arrivederci!"

He is survived by his three sisters: Lillian Howerton, Carolynn Shaw, and Melvina (Mike) Tredway.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Miles A. Cochrane; mother, Marie Evert; and companion, Cookie Herridge.

He is buried beside his father in Orofino Riverside Cemetery. No services are scheduled at this time.

Photo: Richard 'Dick' Miles Cochrane


Lawrence Tressler, 73, Peck

Lawrence Tressler, 73, of Peck, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at Clearwater Valley Health in Orofino.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Elaine Pelton, 88, formerly of Orofino

Elaine Marie Brandt Pelton passed away early Sunday morning, Feb. 13, 2022, at home surrounded by her family.

Elaine was born on Dec. 31, 1933. She was one of the first babies born in the 'new' Pierce Hospital! She grew up in and around Orofino where her parents built sawmills, finally building JW Brandt and Son, Inc., on Orofino Creek.

Elaine graduated from the University of Idaho in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in Education. Later that summer she married Dale Pelton. They settled in Orofino, where Elaine taught third grade and Dale worked at the pole yard in Ahsahka.

Their three sons; Douglas Dale - 1957, Gary Dean - 1959 and Dana Bradley - 1961 were all born in Orofino. The family later moved to Sandpoint, Idaho where Melinda was born. And later to Kalispell, MT where all four children graduated from high school, Elaine became a substitute teacher and began her quilting career!

Elaine was the 'soul' of her family, spending many summer vacations and holidays with extended family, including grandparents; Adron and Nellie Pelton of Ahsahka, Walter and Bessie Brandt of Orofino along with John Brandt and family; Norma, Lucky, Amee and Skipper of Kooskia and Dean Brandt and family; Judy and Alison of Orofino, Clarence Johnson and family; Bertha, Ann, Eileen, Carl and Kaye of Orofino, and so many others!

Elaine was a daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, mother, grandma, great-grandma, and friend. Strong, talented, and smart, Elaine was a wickedly sarcastic conversationalist!

A feminist, teacher, pianist, master seamstress and quilter, she loved to be on the go, to be in the middle of a project or 10 and had more real friendships than most! She nourished all of those around her with her home-made cookies, soups, quilts, strong opinions, and sage advice.

As a mother, Elaine was simply the best! Quick to correct, happy to help, and easy to love. She loved her children fiercely and recovered from both the loss of Dougie in 1978 after a terrible car accident and Gary in 2019 after a complicated illness. She relished her visits with son, Dana and family, Dana, Nathan, Chris, Douglas, Ava, and Wyatt, of Collinsville, OK. She moved in with daughter Mindy, and family; Kiefer, Carson and Zavier in San Antonio, TX in 2015 where she continued to be on the go, traveling, shopping, and enjoying time with her grandsons, who affectionately dubbed her, Great! Great, indeed.

The family will be gathering later this spring to memorialize Elaine. In lieu of flowers, please do something fun, in memory of Elaine.

Photo: Elaine Pelton


Vena Lee Steward, 86, of Orofino

Vena Steward went to see the Heavenly Father Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. She passed away quietly at her home in Orofino with family present.

Vena was born to Oscar and Estella Hulett on May 11, 1935. She married Billy Steward in 1955; they had eight children, Billy Steward, Kenneth Steward, Ronald Steward, Johnny Steward, Dena Rose, Lester Steward, Tracia Manuel and Timothy Steward.

Vena enjoyed attending her church and church functions with the many friends she made over the years. She has 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.


Glenndine Graham, 89, Peck

Glenndine Graham, 89, of Peck was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Dallas, IA, to Nick (Glenn) Crawford and Mable Miller-Crawford.

She passed away of age-related complications and sepsis on Feb. 18, 2022 at her home in Peck.

Glenndine graduated from high school in Des Moines, IA. She also did three years of college in Southern California.

She was married to Donald Lee Graham on Jan. 10, 1951 in Des Moines. After he passed away, she lived in San Jose, CA. until coming to Orofino in 2017.

Glenndine was a hair dresser in Rialto, CA. for many years (1967-1968), before going to dog grooming school in Portland, OR in 1970. She practiced the dog grooming in Southern California before moving to Orofino, where she opened a grooming shop called, "Fluffy Puppy".

Glenndine is preceded in death by her mother and father, Glenn and Mable Crawford; her husband, Donald Lee Graham; a granddaughter, Alexis Bittleston; and her brother, Jim Crawford.

She is survived by her son, Steve (Lola) Graham of Peck; daughter, Susan Bittleston of Peck; grandson, Ian (Chrystal) Graham and their children, Morgan, McKenzie and Canyon; granddaughter, Jessi Graham, of Orofino; grandson, Kermit (Gina) Graham of Shermon Oaks, CA. and their children, Crichton and Teagen; and sister-in-law, Carol Crawford, of Orofino.

No services are planned.

Photo: Glenndine Graham


Mark Benjamin Hutchins, 46, Weippe

Mark Benjamin Hutchins, 46, was life-flighted to Boise, Idaho on Jan. 26, 2022 and he passed away on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Mark was born on June 24, 1975, at Saint Luke's hospital in Boise. He was the son of Linda Suesan (Wolfe) Hutchins and David (Larry) Lawrence Hutchins. Mark lived in Weippe, Idaho, all his life where he attended Weippe Elementary School, Weippe Middle School and Timberline High School where he graduated in 1993. As a child, Mark participated in 4-H, completing projects in forestry, fishing and many other projects. He enjoyed glass etching, welding, track, baseball and working on cars (his Jeep and Chevy Nova). Mark enjoyed helping his dad on the farm and at the lumber mill learning about all of the equipment. Mark worked at Hutchins and Timberline Lumber as an edger operator and later he worked for Empire Lumber as a front-end loader operator for several years. He married Tina Marie Santos in 2002. He then went on to get a Commercial Driver's License and drove logging truck for Magnum's Trucking, chip truck for KBC and logging truck for Finke Logging.

In 2015, Mark broke his lower back driving a logging truck near Dent Bridge. Prior to the accident, he loved riding snowcats, 4-wheelers, and motorcycles. In the last several years, he became good at outdoor cooking on his Blackstone grill.

Mark is survived by his parents Linda and Larry Hutchins; his wife, Tina Marie Hutchins; son, Kyle Donald Lee Miller; sister, Melody Roseann Hutchins; brother, Joshua James Hutchins (Weippe); aunt, Lois (Gerald) Aeschliman; nephew, Christopher David Joeseph Allen; and by Kyle's mom, Beverly Miller. Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edna and Ben Wolfe, Alice and Lawrence Hutchins; aunts, Penny Ross and Patricia Ann Wolfe; and uncle, Donald Lee Wolfe.

Remembrances may be left for the family on Mark's webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com. Arrangements are under the care of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation of Meridian, Idaho. A service will be held later in the spring.

Photo: Mark Benjamin Hutchins


Janet A. 'Jan' Meneely, 81, born in Orofino

On Feb. 10, 2022, God gained another angel. Janet Audrey Meneely of Kootenai, Idaho entered eternal rest surrounded by her loving family, she was 81 years old. Jan was born on April 19, 1940 in Orofino, Idaho, to Rolfe and Barbara Hottell and married James (Jim) Meneely on May 3, 1958.

In 1960, Jim and Jan made their home in Kootenai, ID where they raised their three girls Jacque, Jerrie and Julie. They were known as the 5 J's! Jan worked in retail in Sandpoint at Sprouse Reitz, Furniture Exchange and Co-Op until they started their fishing charter business, Seagull Charters. Jan loved the years they spent traveling in their motorhome until they bought their second home in Arizona where they spent the winter months soaking up the sun with good friends. Life presented many health challenges for Jan but she fought them courageously. She never allowed it to get her down and was always making new friends along the way.

Jan loved to be involved with her children's activities and was typically found volunteering at their schools, leading 4-H groups and never missed attending an activity or sporting event they were involved in. Jan had seven grandchildren and proudly boasted about them often. She was always their No. 1 fan and they knew they could do no wrong in her eyes. Jan was happiest spending the day with her family and friends enjoying a meal, playing cards, going for a drive in the mountains or helping someone with a home improvement project. She loved camping with her family and taking road trips where long hours were spent singing along the way.

Everyone that knew Jan, knows how talented she was. She would go above and beyond for her family and as a master seamstress, would make anything that they requested. She made clothes for special events, costumes and many matching square dance outfits for herself and Jim. Cooking and sharing food was her love language; it is how she chose to express her love for those close to her. As a gardening enthusiast, Jan grew both vegetables and flowers. She was the go-to for "starts and tips''. Driven by her passion to help others, Jan never turned down the opportunity to share her talents to help someone. She decorated cakes, sewed everything, created flower arrangements, upholstered furniture, made beautiful stained glass & etchings and would take on any homeowner project asked of her.

Jan leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Jim Meneely; her daughters, Jacque (Dave) Turner, Jerrie (Bruce) Colin, Julie Meneely Halliday; her grandchildren, Megan (Zac Manor) Turner, Danielle (Jimmy) Butts, Tiffany (Kyle) Cannon, Ryan (Amanda) Colin, Cody Halliday, Ashley Halliday (Stefan Buratto) and Allison Halliday; her great-grandchildren, Atlee, Tucker and Grant Colin, Charlee and Hank Cannon, Turner and Austin Butts, Layney and Layton Halliday, Reece (and one on the way) Buratto; her brother, David (Jeanette) Hottell; her sister, Beth (Ray) Holmes and a host of dear nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Rolfe and Barbara Hottell; her step-mother, Jean Hottell Lynch, her brothers, Jim Hottell and Bob Hottell; her aunts, Marion Schmidt and Doris Bare; her father and mother in-law, Frank and Faye Meneely and her sister-in-law, Evelyn Collins Perry.

A Celebration of Jan's Life will be held at a later date.

Coffett Funeral Services in Sandpoint is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Janet A. 'Jan' Meneely


James M. Cassetto, 72, OHS grad, teacher

Jim, the love of my life was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Lewiston, and passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at Confluence Medical Center in Wenatchee, WA.

Jim grew up in Orofino, graduating in the class of 1968. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial education from the University of Idaho in 1972. Then he graduated with a master's degree of education in 1973 also at UI.

He taught at Orofino High School for a time then became a professor of industrial education at UI from 1976 to 2006, when he retired.

He was active in various groups around industrial education at the university.

Jim loved computers and taught himself to run them so he could teach his students. He was maintaining the computers on campus with a few of his students to help him until he retired.

Jim loved Christmas and decorated our house every year. He also decorated our house for Halloween and just about all holidays. We thank everyone who came by with kind words.

He also loved dogs, especially terriers, of which we have quite a few.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and his dogs, Muffy, Abby and Marley; his son, Michael (Sarah) and baby granddaughter Callista, of California; aunt, Esther Rhodes of Lewiston; cousins, John (Kerry) Giardinelli, of Asotin,WA, Judy Gains (Mel) of Lewiston, and many more cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Rose Cassetto.

Jim was a loving, generous person and will be missed greatly.

There will be a small graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his honor may send them to the Food Bank, Helping Hands Rescue, Clearwater Humane Society, Lewiston Animal Shelter or to a charity of your choosing.

We thank the doctors and nurses at Tri-State Memorial Hospital (ER) for trying so hard to stabilize him and find him a hospital bed. We also thank the doctors and nurses at Confluence Medical Center in Wenatchee.

Photo: James M. Cassetto


Donald Gross, 79, Lenore

Donald Warren Gross from Lenore, Idaho, passed away on Feb. 19, 2022 at the age of 79.

Donald was born May 27, 1942 in Long Beach, CA, to Richard and Amy Gross. He graduated from Lynwood High School in California. He attended Long Beach State University and graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science, with a major in Police science.

He became a police officer with Torrance Police Department in California.

A year later he was drafted with the US Army to Vietnam for two years. He then came back and retired in 1985 from The Torrance Police Department. He went to work for the California State Lottery in Sacramento as a criminal investigator. He worked there for five years. He was then recruited to the California Horse racing board as a criminal investigator. Don retired in 1997 and traveled for six years then built his home in Lenore, Idaho.

Don was very active in his community. He became fire commissioner for Big Canyon Fire Department in Peck, Idaho. He was also very active in the Nez Perce County Republican Party.

Donald Gross is survived by his wife, Linda Gross; and his two children, Matthew Gross and Melissa Gross, along with her spouse, Jason King and his stepchildren, Chris Coll, Rick Coll, Ken Coll, and Michael Coll; his grandchildren, Eryn Gross, Christopher Albert, Matthew Gross, Jake Fields, Savannah King, and Parker King.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Donald Warren Gross


Kenneth Ray Williams, 61, Orofino

Kenneth Ray Williams, 61, passed away of a massive heart attack on Feb. 19, 2022, in Orofino, ID.

He was born May 11, 1960, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe from the Eskaapo Band of Nimiipuu, to parents Volney "Buck" Williams and Esther Helen Miller-Williams. Kenneth married Angel Williams on May 9, 2015, of the Lower Elwha Klallum Tribe.

His children are Kenneth Ray Williams Jr., Eugene (Geno) Williams, Lemina Williams, Deanna Ramirez (Carlos Ramirez), Ayvorie Drones, Alton Drones, and Lyle Drones.

Kenneth was known as "Laughing Boy" by his family and friends because of his memorable laugh and he was a very free spirit.

Most of his jobs and times were spent in the great outdoors; logging, making firewood, hunting and participating in his true passion, fishing. He was an avid fisherman.

Kenneth started his own business, Northfork Salmon. He also went to work for the Nez Perce Tribe on fire camp crews, and ultimately, for the past three years, has been working for Traffic Corp as a traffic controller until the time of his passing.

Kenneth is survived by sisters: Bonnie Ewing and Dr. Claudia Long as well as brothers: Robert Hughes and Arthur Bertholf of Lower Elwha Klallum Tribe.

He has 24 grandchildren and numerous other family members including Nancy Smith and Chuck Smith, mother and father-in-law; Josie Williams, daughter-in-law; and Justin Olive, son-in-law.

He was preceded in death by sisters: Loretta Brown, Mya Buskala and Kathleen Stewart and granddaughter Mariah Williams.

Arrangements for burial and ceremonies is to be announced on social media of family.

Photo: Kenneth Ray Williams


Vernon Leroy Kinney, 81, Fraser

Feb. 25, 1940 - Feb. 17, 2022

Vern was born to Roy Alvin Kinney and Florence Christine (McGinnis) in Ellensburg, WA. He moved to Arlington, WA, at the age of six where he attended school all 12 years. He passed away at his home in Fraser, Idaho where he had lived for almost 15 years.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Anita (Kinney) Bemrose; son-in-law, Chester "Chet" Bemrose; grandsons, Elliot, Edwin "Ned", and Wyatt Bemrose; sisters, Betty (Kinney) Brown and Leatrice (Kinney) Kunze; and brother, Wendall Kinney.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Blanche (Hulka) Kinney; daughters, Esther Kinney, Bonnie Kinney, Elizabeth Kinney, Carol (Kinney) Beach (Mike), Sarah Kinney; sons, David Kinney and Timothy Kinney (Brenda); 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; brothers, Darrell Kinney (Ione) and Maurice Kinney (Pat); sisters, Lila (Kinney) Fulfs and Gloria (Kinney) Williams (Tom); and numerous nephews and nieces with their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Weippe Wesleyan Church at 220 N Main, Weippe, Idaho at 11 a.m. on March 5. A luncheon will be provided for all following the service.

Photo: Vernon Leroy Kinney


Michael Robison, 68, Orofino

Michael Ray Robison was born in Boise, ID on June 25, 1953 to M.L. "Bud" Robison and Dorothy "Dotty" Shores. Sadly, Mike passed on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Wenatchee, WA.

Mike's first home was in Idaho City and I suspect that may have influenced his lifelong love of the outdoors. He was a proud Maniac and graduated from Orofino High School in 1971. His athletic talent provided him with a scholarship to Boise State University. Mike enjoyed his time working in the woods; however, he eventually traded in logging for construction and worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years and in many places until his much deserved retirement.

Mike and Connie were married Aug.16, 1997 at our favorite place on earth, Bungalow beach on the beautiful North Fork River. We had lots of great adventures together skiing, camping, boating, floating, and RZR riding. Coffee hour won't be the same, happy hour won't be as happy, and I will miss his strength, humor, and music. I'm sure wherever he is; he has his banjo in one hand and his fishing pole in the other!

Mike was a very private guy, but I just want everyone to know how much his good friends meant to him. His bandmates and his gang of four-wheeling buddies were all special to him and he always looked forward to having a good time with them! You know who you are.

Mike was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Nan and Gay, his mom and dad, and his little brother, Kenny. He is survived by his wife Connie; brother, Rick; and sister, Kathy, both of Oregon; and brother, David Joe (Kenda) of Florida. He is also survived by a son, Christopher; a daughter-in-law, Kyra; as well as three beautiful granddaughters, Adina, Elise, and Nico, all in Boise. He had many nieces and nephews scattered everywhere and enjoyed hearing what they were up to!

As per Mike's wishes for privacy, no services will be held.

Photo: Michael Ray Robison


Colette Anderson Hudgins, 50, OHS grad

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