Ida Pixley, 83, Orofino
Ida Pixley, 83, Orofino, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Orofino. She was born Aug. 13, 1934.
A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Don Raymond Cook, 74, Orofino
Don Raymond Cook, born April 14, 1944 in Jackson County North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2018 of pancreatic complications.
Don first came to Orofino in 1963. He worked at State Hospital for a couple of years and a short time at Jaype Plywood Mill before going to work for Oud Hardware. He worked there until the Ouds sold out to Abram's with whom he worked until they closed. He then went to work for Orofino Builders Supply for whom he worked for many years until he retired.
Don was very community minded and quite the craftsman. There were not many things he couldn't fix and take care of. He was also the sole caregiver of his wife, Jeanine, for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanine, of 54 years, adopted daughter, Belinda Wynn; grandson, Joe Wynn and granddaughter, Michelle Wynn of Orofino. Cousins, Carl Cook of Orofino and Jim Cook of Pierce also survive him, as do brothers Frank, Reese and Doyle Cook all of North Carolina. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
At Don's request, cremation has taken place and a potluck/memorial service is planned for June 30 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Riverside.
Photo: Don Raymond Cook
William E. Nousiainen Highly, 88, formerly of Orofino
William E. Nousiainen Highly passed away June 13, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
Bill was born July 17, 1929 to Leo and Bertha Nousiainen. He was the oldest of five sons.
He graduated from Trout Creek High School in Michigan in 1947. He served in the United States Air Force from 1947-1950. In 1953, he traveled from Trout Creek, to Orofino with Bruce McLaughlin where he made his home and cut timber for Ponozzo Brothers. Over the years he was business partners with Zane Wilcox, Ben Lougee, and Bill Deyo. Later, he started his own logging business which he operated for many years. He also operated a dairy and cattle ranch.
In 1955, he married Lula Beck. They had three children. They later divorced. In 1974, he married Helen Williams. They divorced in 2002. He met his longtime partner Audrey Grove in 2006. He formed a close relationship with Audrey and her family.
Bill started each day playing cards with his friends Roy, Larry, Art, Bud, Bob, and Butch. Over the years he raised draft horses for logging, pulling contests, and parades. He also enjoyed falling trees and cutting firewood until diagnosed with cancer last year.
Bill is survived by son, Robert Highly of Troy; daughters, Teresa Steadman, Diane (Joe) Lenz of Culdesac, Gail (Dean) Taylor of Vancouver, WA, Cherie (Tom) Shearer of Tualatin, OR; brother, Robert (Kathy) Nousiainen of Bruce Crossing, MI; sisters-in-law, Alberta Nousiainen, and Barbara Nousiainen; Audrey Grove and her children, Dawna (Joe) Lenz, Rick (Kelly) Grove, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, Rick Highly, parents, Leo and Bertha Nousiainen, brothers, Lloyd Nousiainen, Ron Nousiainen, Gordon Nousiainen; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Nousiainen.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake, WA. 99022.
Photo: William E. Nousiainen Highly
Rodney Wayne Grant, 47, Walrath Insurance Agency
How do you start? How do you do someone's life justice, especially someone who had such an amazing strength of character and complete selflessness all wrapped into one? How do you do that? I guess you start at the beginning.
Rodney Wayne Grant, of Lewiston, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, as a result of a tragic automobile accident on his way home from work to his family. Rod was born Nov. 12, 1970, in Lewiston, to Ann (Reichlin) and Vergial Grant. He was the eighth of 10 children. He was raised in Nezperce, where he graduated in 1989. After high school, Rod continued his education at the University of Idaho, where he bumped into Noelle Harman (literally), and from there the rest is history.
They were married June 3, 1995, and Rod's devotion to Noelle and his family never changed. He and Noelle celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary three days before his death. Rod and Noelle made their life in Lewiston, where he worked at Rogers Motors until he had the opportunity to work in the field in which he went to school for at Regence. He worked there in information technology for 16 years. The past 5 years, Rod was with Walrath Insurance in Orofino. In 1999, their first child and only son, Lane, 19, was born - followed by Rod's three little ladies, Sammi Jo, 16, Karleigh, 12, and Jaidyn, 11.
Family meant everything to Rod. His joy in life was making them happy and spending every possible minute with them. Rod and Noelle would travel hundreds of miles to attend not only every one of their children's sporting events, but nieces and nephews as well. The family enjoyed boating and camping, and Rod, with a smile on his face, would pack everything for their outings, including the kitchen sink, so that everyone had a good time. He coached his kids' basketball and soccer teams and even became their 4-H leader. It was apparent to all that he was not just a father to his own children, but a father to all the friends of his kids as well. Quick to deliver a lasting nickname, his compassion for their friends will be remembered and cherished always. Rod's heart and love were matched by his work ethic and willingness to do absolutely anything for everyone who needed an extra hand. For those who had the blessing to know and be a part of Rod's life, his smile and humor remain firmly in our memories. If you weren't smiling when you came in to Rod's presence, you certainly were when you left. The impression and impact he left after just a short visit is nothing compared to the impact he had on all of us.
A tribute to Rod would not be complete without these words that come directly from his wife,Noelle:
"When Rod and I started dating, it was easy and simple. We had the same goals, beliefs and values. Upon taking our compatibility test as part of our engagement preparation, we only had one answer that was not the same as each other. The priest said he would have thought we had cheated if he hadn't supervised the test. Mom always told me to marry someone I truly 'liked' as much as I loved because there will be times when the romance fades and you need a true friend to see you through the difficult times. I had that in Rod. And as our family grew we were a true team, with Rod as our MVP; and without him we can't help but feel incomplete.
"He was the most devoted dad and husband we could have ever asked for. He would have moved heaven and earth for us, if possible, and we know if anyone could have survived his accident, it would have been him. Rod was so hardworking and selfless, and he loved unconditionally. The man knew no stranger and was the very first to step in to lend a helping hand - to take on the task no one else wanted - and did it with a smile on his face. Rod was big and loud with an even bigger heart to go with it. He did everything at full throttle - work, play, pulling into soccer field parking lots (Comin' in hot!), whatever he did, he gave it 200 percent.
"When trying to put perspective on this whole crazy mess, the only way to 'rationalize' the situation is to put a quality measure on it. Rod was definitely a rare gem as a husband and a dad; whereas some people get cubic zirconias or even gravel for many, many years. If given the choice, we would never trade our diamond in the rough for anyone - we simply had the best.
"We will do our best to honor you and follow your example. But give us time and a little guidance please - you're a tough act to follow. We love you."
Rod is survived by his wife, Noelle, and their children, Lane, Sammi Jo, Karleigh and Jaidyn. He also is survived by his parents, Ann and Vergial Grant of Nezperce; his nine siblings, Kevin (Lisa Johnson) Grant of Meridian, Julie (Dan) James of Walla Walla, WA, Aimee (Chris) Braun of Boise, Ron (Kari) Grant of Visalia,. CA, Doug (Misty) Grant of Nezperce, Alan (Andrea) Grant of Bristow, Va.,VA, Kelly (Elton) Hochhalter of Boise, Kristi (Craig) Sunada of Pearl City, HawaiiHI, and Greg (Heidi) Grant of Boise. Rod's father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Marilyn Harman of Cottonwood, also survive him; along with Noelle's grandmother, Stella Harman of Anchorage, AK; and her siblings, Nikki (Tony) Havens of Lewiston, Andy (Stacey) Harman of Asotin, WA, and Pepper (Kim) Harman of Cottonwood. Rod also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews who will forever miss his presence in their lives.
Noelle and her kids would like to thank the numerous friends and family who supported them and helped with the recovery efforts. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Rusty Bentz, Terry Jackson, Dave Bream (Bus Driver Dave), Jim Pope and Gary Peters.
A rosary will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will be held afterward at All Saints Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Rod's name be made to All Saints Catholic School, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, where all of Rod's children attended, and where Jaidyn will graduate next year.
The following was written by someone Rod and Noelle considered family - their kids' second mom:
My heart is truly breaking
As I write this poem today
Photo: Rodney Wayne Grant
Charles 'Charlie' Gibson Bennett III, 80, formerly of Pierce
Charlie passed away on June 13, 2018, surrounded by members of his loving family. Charlie was born on Feb. 7, 1938 in Longbranch, NJ to Lisette Personius Bennett and Charles Gibson Bennett II and spent his youth in New Jersey, Vermont, Idaho and Montana, following his father's career in the timber industry (C.G. Bennett Lumber Co.).
Charlie graduated from Montana's St. Regis High School in 1957 and then enrolled at the University of Montana where he pledged the Sigma Nu Fraternity and played catcher for the varsity baseball team. Charlie was named All Skyline Conference in the spring of his freshman year and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1958. He played summer Triple A ball, however, an injury prevented him from pursuing a professional baseball career and he returned to Montana to continue his education. While at Montana, Charlie made many life-long friends among his fraternity brothers and teammates. He graduated from Montana in 1961 with a BS degree in Business Administration.
In 1962, Charlie married Patricia Mary Honeycutt in Missoula, MT and together they celebrated 56 years of love, commitment and partnership. Charlie and Pat had two daughters: Mary Pat and Ann. Charlie worked for the Bennett Lumber Company and the Burns-York River Lumber Company while living in Montana. In 1966 He joined Potlach Corporation in their plywood division and worked for the next 35 years in Pierce. He held several positions during his long career, including Department Foreman, Personnel Manager and ultimately, Plant Superintendent, retiring in October of 2000.
Following retirement from Potlatch, Charlie and Pat moved to Boise to be close to his children and four grandchildren. Charlie worked as a supervisor for Ada County for 8 years and continued "playing" with daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
Those who knew Charlie best would recount three defining qualities: first was his devotion to his family; second was his love of sports, the outdoors and adventure; and third was his unique ability to make others feel special, important and interesting no matter who they were. On that last dimension, Charlie made it a point to listen, remember and relate to those he touched and in so doing always demonstrated a real and deep interest in others. Charlie always made people feel like they mattered. Those three qualities were perpetually on display in the intertwining community, social and athletic circles that Charlie traversed.
Charlie loved to ski and as a member of the Bald Mountain Ski Club. He headed the ski racing program and started the High School Cup racing series which culminated in an event at Brundage Mountain with racers from Oregon and Idaho. He later coached the Timberline High School racing program for several years and was an active supporter of Bogus Basin and Brundage Mountain.
Always involved in baseball and later softball, he formed, coached and played on semi pro baseball teams and fast-pitch softball teams in Montana, Idaho and Washington. He shared his passion for each game by coaching girls' softball teams for his two daughters and also coaching the American Legion baseball team for Timberline High School.
Charlie also founded and coached a youth swimming program and actively participated in organizations like Toastmasters and the Orofino Golf Club. Charlie loved hiking in the North Idaho mountains, often with Pat, Mary Pat and Ann. The Mallard Larkin Wilderness Area and the Little North Fork were among his favorites. Charlie summited several notable peaks including Mt. Adams, Mt. Borah and the Grand Teton (twice). A bicycle enthusiast, Charlie participated in several biking events including the Tour d'French road bike race, Moscow to Coeur d'Alene century ride, the Lewiston Hill Climb and the White Bird Hill climb. In addition, he and his sister Eleanor rode the 220-mile Tour of the Swan River Valley multiple times.
Charlie and Pat played many rounds of golf at Plantation CC, even in the winter, which often meant skiing in the morning and golfing in the afternoon. He usually skied 80 days at Bogus Basin with friends and family and also made frequent trips to Brundage, Baldy, Targhee and Vail. He always skied with his girls and was very involved in his "grands" racing programs at Bogus and Brundage. He practiced baseball with his grandsons Derek and Paul Michael from the T-ball years through their high school seasons and was their most ardent supporter for football games and track meets. He and Pat followed their granddaughter Ali's golf career from age 8 to age 23 and spent many fun hours watching their granddaughter Lizzy play club soccer and high school soccer.
Charlie was an active member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat, his daughter, Mary Pat Thompson, his son-in-law, Roger Thompson and his former son-in-law, Paul Dewitt. Charlie's greatest joys were his grandchildren, Ali and Derek Thompson and Paul Michael and Lizzy DeWitt. He is also survived by his sisters, Lisette Carter of Great Falls, MT, Eleanor Bennett of Whitefish, MT and Alice Thompson of Las Vegas, NV; and several nieces and nephews. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lisette and his beloved daughter Ann. We rest easy knowing Charlie is in their loving care and warm embrace.
His funeral will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at The Cathedral of the Rockies located at 717 N. 11th St. Boise. A private committal will be held at Dry Creek Cemetery.
Condolences - In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to many of the following charities of your choice: Ann DeWitt Memorial Accounting Scholarship at University of Idaho, The Idaho Humane Society, University of Montana Business School, Missoula, MT.
Condolences may be made at www.bowmanfuneral.com.
Photos: Charles 'Charlie' Gibson Bennett III
Judy Ann Rasmussen, 78, born in Elk River
Judy Ann Rasmussen passed away peacefully Friday, June 8, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. She was 78.
Judy was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Elk River to Bob and Viola Brown. She was raised in several northwestern towns and was the youngest of three children. Judy graduated from Lewiston High School in 1958 and worked at Cox's Grocery Store, the Lewiston Drive-In Theatre and Orchards Elementary School.
Judy met Bill Rasmussen, the love of her life, and the two were later married. The couple lived in Alabama and Texas before returning to Lewiston in 1962. It was there that they started their family in 1965.
One of Judy's favorite places on Earth was Priest Lake, Idaho. She spent countless summers at the lake with her treasured friends and family. She enjoyed having people over and was the ultimate hostess. She loved to crochet, sew, needlepoint and many other arts and crafts. In short, Judy was an amazing homemaker and enjoyed every minute of it.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; brother, Gene; and sister, Bernie. She is survived by her children, Dean Rasmussen of Cashmere, WA, and Dawn (Tod) Burr of Lewiston; three granddaughters, Madison, Shaye and Abigail; one great-grandson, Evan; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Prestige Care of Clarkston, WA, and her great-niece, Susan Pedersen, who was her daytime caregiver during the last two years. And, finally, the amazing friends and neighbors of Judy who meant so much to her.
At Mom's request, there will not be formal services. However, in lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Idaho Food Bank in her name.
Photo: Judy Ann Rasmussen
David Mullikin, 85, formerly of Orofino
David Bryan Mullikin, 85, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, at his home, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was born on March 30, 1933, to Alma Pearl (Beck) and Bryan Neville Mullikin.
He attended schools in Orofino and Seattle.
He joined the U.S. Air Force at age 19 and retired at the rank of master sergeant in 1975, after 23 years of service. He later worked as a mechanic and delivered oil for Bartholomew Oil Co. and Thiessen Oil Co. He continued to work as a mechanic for many years after retiring.
He married the love of his life, Sheila Anne Callahan, on Feb. 13, 1960, while stationed in England. They were married for 52 years; she passed away in 2012. They had four children and seven grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons, David N. (Shannon) Mullikin of Lewiston, Bryan C. (Karen) Mullikin of Clarkston, WA, and Thomas P. (Carmen) LaMontagne of Lewiston; his daughters, Elizabeth Nicholson of Clarkston and Jennifer R. (Vince) Leighton of Long Beach, CA; his grandsons, Jeremy Nicholson of Clarkston, Grant Mullikin of Boise, Joel Mullikin of Lewiston, Brady Mullikin of Clarkston and Alex Mullikin of Clarkston; his granddaughters, Erika Mullikin of Boise, Kate Mullikin of Lewiston, Cassie (Jeremy) Haynes of Boise and Leslie LaMontagne of Boise; his great-grandchildren, Harper and Hunter Haynes of Boise; his brother, Gene (Donna) Mullikin of Orofino; his sister, Joanne (Jim) Montambo of Orofino; his brother-in-law, Bob Gecich of Lewiston; his cousin, Nick Partee; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Bryan Mullikin; and his wife, Sheila A. Mullikin.
A rosary was held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, also at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Lois Elaine Foster, 49, born in Orofino
Lois Elaine Foster, born Aug. 23, 1968, to Harold Leroy West and Loretta Simmons in Orofino, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018, at her home, in the company of her husband of 31 years, Lester A. Foster.
Lois loved everyone in her life. She especially enjoyed spending time with her fur babies. She loved going on long drives, looking at wildlife and scenic views. She was a loving soul who would help anyone in need. Along with her husband, Lois lived for her three boys, Jesse (Crystal), Ryan (Rachel) and Trey; and her three beautiful grandchildren, Charles, Christopher and Cassidy; along with their mother, Lorisa Mount. Lois also had a niece, Angela West, who she loved as one of her own. They were all the light of her life.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Leroy West.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of life from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Lewiston Community Center.
Photo: Lois Elaine Foster
Janice Swatman Gray, 74, formerly of Orofino
Janice Swatman Gray passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Janni was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Orofino, to Jess Edward and Dorothy Wilson Swatman. She grew up in Orofino and went to school with the class of 1961. Her older sister, Dolly, was supposed to be in charge of her, but usually didn't know she was gone until after she'd jumped the train to Headquarters.
She met Clair in a Kamiah dance hall through a mutual friend, Jack Adams. They were married Dec. 1, 1962, in Wallace. They were a pair, spending their lives making memories with no regrets. Always an antagonist, Janni never turned down a chance to win a good argument with him, even if she knew she was wrong.
Janni was fun. She was adventurous and never afraid of anything. Whether she was camping, fishing, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers or just floating the river with family and friends, she enjoyed being outdoors. She loved her family, but really loved being a grandmother. Her grandchildren spent time with her making memories at the farm.
She had many friends, but her lifelong friends were Kathy and Hez. They loved to play guitars and sing together. Always with a beer. They were the life of the party.
Janni is survived by her husband, Clair; children, Kelly Gray, Cully Gray (Danita), and twins Casey Gray (Cindy) and Kim Graham (Mike); sister, Dolly Cooke (John); and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A private family burial will take place. There will be a celebration of life with a covered-dish dinner at 11 a.m. June 16 at the Pink House Hole in Orofino.
We would like to thank Royal Plaza and the ER staff at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Storms never last, Momma.
Photo: Janice Swatman Gray
Lavila 'Wink' Tolonen, 87, Weippe High graduate
Wink passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 16, 2018, just three weeks after her 87th birthday party and celebration and two days after spending Mother's Day with her children and close friend, Pat Cane.
Wink was born April 22, 1931, to Edward and Ruth Smolinski in Orofino. She grew up in the Fraser area and graduated from Weippe High School in 1949. She then graduated from the Lewis-Clark Business College and began working in a Lewiston bank. Later, in 1950, she married Cecil Farrell. They had two sons. That marriage ended in a divorce.
In 1964, Wink met Jerry Tolonen while they both worked at Blount in Lewiston. They married in late 1965 and had a daughter in 1967. Jerry died in 2010. Most recently, she spent a lot of her time with Pat running around town and traveling the area, including visits to Weippe. She enjoyed playing cards and keeping up with her friends and many family members.
Wink is survived by her children, Mick and Mary Farrell, Ron Farrell and Karen and Justin Bolen; as well as, seven grandchildren, Michael Farrell, Shelley Bradly, Dan Farrell, Steve Farrell, Rob Farrell, Graeson Bolen and Dyllan Bolen; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack and Glen Smolinski. By her request, there will be no actual service, but the children are planning a gathering for a later date. Mom will be forever loved and in our fondest memories.
Photo: Lavila 'Wink' Tolonen
Weskeyne 'Sandy' Crawford, 75, formerly of Headquarters, Orofino
On the afternoon of Thursday, May 17, 2018, Sandy passed away peacefully of natural causes at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was surrounded by friends and family. Sandy was born in Wallace, Idaho, on July 7, 1942, to Wesley Franklin Barker and Vera Maxine Doverspike.
Sandy grew up in St. Maries, Idaho, where she attended school until the 10th grade. At the age of 63, Sandy achieved her GED, an accomplishment of which she was very proud.
She married her soulmate of 57 years, Allen Crawford, on Feb. 3, 1960. They raised three children in Headquarters, Idaho, where she was a cook for the Potlatch Corp. In later years, she and Allen moved to Orofino, where she worked and retired as a cook at Orofino Headstart. She loved all of the children she served. In fact, she always had a favorite each year.
She enjoyed camping and fishing on the North Fork. She even had a secret fishing hole. Known as the General Store, if you ever forgot an item, she was always prepared with what you needed. She loved spending time with, and cooking for, her family and friends.
Sandy is survived by her spouse, Allen N. Crawford; sons, Allen "Buster" N. (Joya) Crawford and Dimond L. (Sherry) Crawford; sisters, Skip Shaw and Sharon Staneck; niece, Cindy (Jim) Rogers; grandsons, J.J. Ausman, Derik (Lacie) Crawford and Eric Burnet; granddaughters, Rickelle Ausman, Holly Hall and Sarah Pflug; nine great-grandchildren; and best friends, Nancy and Lonnie Cowger. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Audrey Ausman; sister, Colleen Kay Winter; and special friend, Nancy Johnson.
A celebration of life will be with family and friends on Memorial Day weekend at the Wye Landing in Headquarters.
Photo: Weskeyne 'Sandy' Crawford
Melissa Pierce, 56
Melissa Marie Pierce passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Lewiston from complications of autoimmune disorder and cancer. She was 56.
Melissa was born Nov. 18, 1961, in Moscow to Lowell and Nancy (Kovar) Messley. She attended Clarkston, WA, schools, graduating in 1980 from Clarkston High School.
Melissa married Glenn Pierce on May 1, 1982. They had one daughter together. In 1991, they moved to Southwick and lived there until 2004, when they moved to Lewiston.
She enjoyed camping, hunting, four-wheeling and horseback riding. She also loved her granddaughters and spending time with her family and friends, as well as shopping, crafting, amusement parks and her pets.
Melissa is survived by her ex-husband, Glenn A. Pierce; mother and stepfather, Nancy and Tom Lightfield; father, Lowell Messley; daughter, Tia (Russell) Norland; granddaughters, Annabelle and Isabelle Norland; siblings, Michelle (Darrel) Aherin and Erik Messley; stepsister, Theresa (Travis) Blofsky; sister by choice, Stephanie Paffile-Rudd; and daughters by choice, Jaycee Paffile-Cook and Jerrica Paffile-Rosenau. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Selma and Edd Kovar, and Walter and Gladys Messley.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 840 10th St., Clarkston, with the Rev. David Carrington officiating. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to St. Joseph Foundation, P.O. Box 816, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston has been assisting the family. Please sign the online guest book and leave a memory at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
Edward P. Driskill, Sr., 70, former ICIO staff member
Edward P. Driskill Sr. passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home in Lewiston, after a brief battle with cancer, with his wife and son in attendance.
Ed was born Sept. 3, 1947, in Wilmington, DE., to James and Doris Driskill. He lived there a limited time on a country ranch. He moved often as a child, spending time in Colorado and eventually settling in Salt Lake City, UT, where he graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1966 as a National Merit Scholarship finalist in art.
After graduation, Ed joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was stationed in Long Beach, CA, and Antarctica. He served until he was injured in a freak accident that led to an honorable discharge in 1969. During his time in the service, he earned two awards: The National Defense Service Medal and the Antarctica Service Medal, both in 1967. After his service, he attended Weber State College under the G.I. Bill, where he played football and earned an associate degree in business management in 1974.
After graduation, Ed was married and started a family in Salt Lake City. Following his divorce, he met Diana Lee Jahn at the Deseret Press, where they were both employed, and they were married Jan. 21, 1976. Ed and Diane came to Moscow to visit his sister, Dee Driskill (former mayor of Moscow), and they fell in love with the Palouse and moved to Moscow in August 1977. Their son, Edward P. Driskill Jr., was born shortly after. Ed worked for various auto dealerships in the area before settling into a sergeant role at the Idaho Department of Correction in Orofino, where he worked from 1991 until his retirement in December 2009. He went on to work part time at the Lewiston Tri-State Outfitters.
Ed had numerous outdoor hobbies, including hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid bowler and especially enjoyed bowling with his wife and son. He and Ed Jr. went on to earn a second-place finish at nationals, which provided Ed Jr. with a college scholarship. Ed and Diane were members of the Eagles Lodge in Moscow for more than 15 years. Ed enjoyed coaching his son and other young men in Babe Ruth baseball. His joy in watching his son compete in sports was matched only by later watching his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Doris and James Driskill, along with his aunt, Julia Van Pelt.
Ed is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diane Driskill; his sister, Dee Driskill, and her husband, Peter, of Gig Harbor, WA; his brother, Darrell (Charlene) Driskill of Arvada, Colo.CO; and his son, Ed (Kelly) of Moscow, and their four children, Ava, Jack, Jemma and Henry. He also is survived by his three children from his first marriage, Allison, Spencer and Michelle, and numerous grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Lewiston Orchards. The memorial service will be at 10 a.m., with a reception immediately following. Friends and family are welcome to join. There will be a family graveside service to follow.
Phone: Edward P. Driskill
Mildred McCollum, 95, formerly of Weippe, Pierce
Millie McCollum, age 95, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Lakeside Residential Care, in Winchester.
Millie was born Jan. 21, 1923, to Albert Mead and Buena Vista (Snyder) VanDevender in Weippe. She attended school at the O.K. School, located on the rural, Three-Mile Road area, and also Weippe High School.
Millie and Otis Lloyd McCollum were married June 28, 1941. Soon after, they moved to Pierce, where they raised their family. While in Pierce, Millie was active in her church and the PTA. The entire family was active in skiing at the Bald Mountain ski area. They also enjoyed camping and fishing.
In 1968, they moved to Weippe, where they owned and operated a gas station and garage. In 1989, Otis and Millie moved to Clarkston. Millie was a member of the Banana Belt Fiddlers, the Washington Old-Time Fiddlers and the Down Home Music Makers. Music was her passion.
Otis passed away Jan. 28, 2005.
Millie is survived by her three sons, Bill (Marlene) of Weippe, Dennis (Judy) of Pierce and Gene (Cheri) of Lewiston. Her only daughter, Sherrie (Ralph) McKinnon, passed away in 2010. She also is survived by 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and her brother, Harry VanDevender.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Mildred McCollum
William C. Squires, 88, former ICIO staff member
William C. Squires passed peacefully Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Lewiston. Bill was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Kooskia, to Oran and Hilda (Wagner) Squires, and was raised on Harris Ridge until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.
He married Donita R. Lane in 1949, and they had four children: William C. Squires Jr., Sonja M. Squires (Peer), Rhonda J. Squires (Dickson) and Kenneth L. Squires.
Bill would spend the next 20 years serving in many of the states, England and in the Vietnam War.
After his retirement from the service, Bill worked at Lewiston Pre-Mix, state of Idaho and the Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICIO). Bill was very active until ill health finally forced him to slow down.
Bill loved hunting, fishing, camping and boating, and spent many fun-filled days with family and friends. He also was a very competitive master card player, playing double deck pinochle, poker and old poop.
Cookie and our little brother, Jeffrey Squires, were welcomed by all to the family in 1981, when Jeff was 8 years old. Bill loved the family reunions, which were started in 1956, and have continued every year since.
Bill is survived by his five children; sons-in-law Tim Peer and Tim Dickson; brother Robert Squires; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by parents Oran and Hilda Squires; brothers Gene and Les; sisters Darlene and Dixie; and daughter-in-law Kathy Squires.
There will be two memorials for Bill. The first one will be at 11 a.m. June 9 at the Kooskia Community Center (covered-dish). The next memorial will be July 28 at the annual Squires family reunion, at Wilderness Gateway Campground on the Lochsa River.
Photo: William C. Squires
Brian McGoldrick, 98, Orofino
Brian McGoldrick, age 98, passed away on May 8, 2018 at the veteran's home in Boise.
Brian was born on Jan. 31, 1920 in Fallon, NV to James and Marie McGoldrick. He spent his early years farming his family's land. In November of 1941 he joined the Army Air Corp and he served his country until Dec. 1945 in both England and California. He achieved the rank of Sergeant.
At the end of the war, Brian entered a Regional Vocational School program in Weiser, where he learned sheet metal work. He apprenticed in Walla Walla, WA, and it was there he met and married the love of his life, Marie. In 1954, Brian had the opportunity to buy a small sheet metal shop in Orofino. He owned and operated McGoldrick Sheet Metal until retiring in 1983.
Brian was very active in the Orofino community where he lived until February 2017. For decades and as long as his health allowed, Brian was a devoted and active member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church. He was also a member and leader in many organizations including the Lion's Club; VFW Post 3296 where he served as chaplain for several years; Knights of Columbus and past president of the Clearwater Historical Society. During the 1990's he delivered Meals on Wheels.
While Brian enjoyed all of his service activities, his hobbies and lifelong friends brought him particular joy. Brian was an avid bowler, fisherman and he and Marie loved camping with their friends. He rediscovered a love of music and began taking vocal and piano lessons while in his 80's, performing and dancing at the Wilderness Gateway jam sessions. He also looked forward to the twice weekly luncheons at the senior center.
Brian is survived by three loving sons, Jim, Steve and Don. Steve's wife Denise, their two sons, Brandon (wife Emily and children Maria, Eve, Alaia) and Ryan (wife Melinda and son Theo) and Don's wife Velma will also greatly miss Brian. Brian spent his last year in the Idaho State Veterans home so he could be near his son and grandsons.
Brian was pre-deceased by many he loved including Marie, his wife of 63 years. His stepson Bill died in 2014. His brother Frank died in 1944 and his sister Mary Steele died in 1988.
Services for Brian will be at St. Theresa's Catholic Church on Friday, May 18, with Rosary at 8:30 a.m. and Mass at 9 a.m. There will be a brunch at 10:15 a.m., also at St. Theresa's.
Photo: Brian McGoldrick
William James Kauffman, 89, born in Orofino
William J. Kauffman, 89, died peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Born Feb. 28, 1929, in Orofino, Bill was raised in Pierce, Grangeville and Lewiston.
After high school Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He married his childhood sweetheart, Bonnie Zumwalt, in 1950. They raised three boys while he worked as a freight agent for the Camas Prairie Railroad in depots up and down the rail line.
Bill loved camping, card games, fishing and many kinds of sports. He valued his friends and continued to charm people up until the end. He was gentle and humble.
Bill is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons, Neil, Doug and Dave Kauffman; daughters-in-law, Glen and Delores Kauffman; and many grandchildren and step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Barbara Kauffman.
A remembrance of life is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 12 in the garden of Guardian Angel Tudor House, 2223 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
The family wants to sincerely thank the management and staff at Guardian Angel Homes for the exceptional care they gave Bill.
Brycen George, 23, Kamiah
Brycen George, 23, Kamiah, died April 26, 2018 in Boise.
A private burial will be held Friday. A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m., Saturday May 5, 2018 at the Life Center, Hwy 12, Kamiah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Mythella Jane Blake, 94, Orofino
Mom went to sing with the angels on April 9, 2018. She finally received her heart's desire, to go home after several months of struggle.
Mom was born in South Whitley, IN, to Harry and Mary Baublet on Sept. 19, 1923. She was the third oldest in a family of eight.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings; Lillian, Carl, John, Gail, Paul, and Ernest, her husband Ed and her son John.
She is survived by her sister, Doris of Wabash, IN; her sons, Jim (Shirley) Spokane Valley, WA, Jay (Tracey) Orofino, daughter-in-law Jane, Mesa, AZ; grandchildren, Amanda (John) Mesa, Colleen (Josh) Lewiston, Jared (Dynae) Clarkston and Chantel of Orofino; great grandchildren, Kaylyn, James, Lewiston; Jordan, Mesa and Andyn, Clarkston, as well as many nieces and nephews across the country.
Mom went to Anderson College in Indiana after her sister Lillian signed her up. It was there she met a quiet and kind of shy young man from Idaho named Edwin. They married on June 14, 1947, and then came west to meet Ed's large family in Walla Walla, WA. They weren't done with school so they had to go back and finish. In the meantime, Dad sold the Nash and bought a '47 Harley. Mom really loved Dad and climbed on the back of the bike for the trip back to Anderson.
After graduation they moved to Missoula, MT, where their three sons were born. A change in jobs with the Forest Service brought the family to Peck in 1963. In 1970, after buying land from Aunt Thelma, the family moved to Orofino.
Mom really loved to be busy doing something. She received her teaching degree and substituted in Peck and Orofino elementary. She then started working for the postal service and retired after 15 years, never taking a sick day. Mom loved anything to do with sewing, embroidery, quilting or just patching holes. Gardening and canning also took up much of her time. Picking berries of all kinds was one of her great loves, I think the illusive huckleberry was number one.
She really loved to sing, doing many solos in church, and singing with the Orofino Community Choir for many years.
Mom's greatest love of all was Jesus and working in the church. She led music, taught Sunday school and was church treasurer at the First Church of God. She and Dad also spent many Sunday afternoons visiting the residents at Clearwater Health and Rehab.
Mythella lived a long and wonderful life with more stories than I can write down or paper will hold. Her greatest desire is that everyone comes to know Jesus as their personal Savior so they join her and sing with the angels.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the First Church of God located at 280 107th St. in Orofino.
Photo: Mythella Jane Blake
Traci Brown, 61
Traci Brown 61, of Deary passed away Thursday April 19, 2018 at Tri-State Hospital in Clarkston, WA.
The Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. Interment will be at Harpster Cemetery. A covered dish dinner will follow at the Harpster School House.
A. LeRoy Anderson, 96
Gone home to be with Irene, "the love of his life," April 24, 2018.
LeRoy was born in Agatha, Idaho, March 24, 1922, to Art and Madge Anderson. He graduated from Lapwai High School.
He married Irene McKinnon on Feb. 19, 1992, in Grangeville. They moved to the Cougar Ridge Area in Lewiston in 1998.
He worked as a machinist and auto mechanic in Craigmont, running his own shop. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix.
He attended the Trinity Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ernie Anderson; his sister, Betty Jacobs; and his daughter, Janet Bovey. He is survived by his son, Bob (Sue) Anderson of Boise; son-in-law Dwight (Dode) Bovey of Lewiston; his sisters, Rachel (Gene) Bonnalie of Orofino and Anna Mae Woodland of Sandpoint; grandsons, Roger Bovey of Grandview, WA, Bruce Bovey of Lucile, and Melvin Bovey of Twin Falls; granddaughter, Misty Mitchell of Nampa; and one great-granddaughter.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston on Wednesday, April 25, at 11 a.m.
He loved the Lord.
Photo: A. Leroy Anderson
Sallie Jeanne McHargue, 81, formerly of Orofino
On Friday, April 13, 2018, the day after her 81st birthday, Sallie Jeanne McHargue passed on while surrounded by her family in Lewiston. Sallie was born in Lewiston on April 12, 1937, to Cleo McHargue (Williams) and Earl 'Mac' McHargue. She spent most of her childhood in her beloved Elk City with her grandparents, Joe and 'Mae' Williams.
Sallie's love of horses - cultivated by her grandparents and older brother, Bob - led to many adventures on horseback with her cousin (more like sister), Noel Leonard (LaPlante), frequently with her younger brother, Mike, in tow. She attended school in Elk City and Lewiston, graduating from Lewiston High School. After business school in Spokane, WA, she began working for law offices in Lewiston and eventually Grangeville.
Her desire to work in the outdoors spurred a long career with the Forest Service, beginning with the Nez Perce National Forest in Grangeville, then the Clearwater National Forest in Orofino, and finally the Challis National Forest in Challis and Salmon, Idaho. Some pride points from her career include being one of the early women pioneers in the male-dominated forest industry, ranging from leading a women's tree-planting crew to her survey work as a civil engineering tech, culminating in her work in fire as a renowned dispatcher.
Sallie loved nature, especially gardening, wildlife and anything related to horses. She enjoyed family road trips, bowling, dancing, live music and trying new foods. She was preceded in death by her brothers, David and Robert McHargue, and both her parents. She is survived by her two sons, Mike (Sherrie) Bigsby and Kelly Bigsby; three daughters, Jamie McHargue, Ross (Dennis) Coulter and Casey Fisher; her brother, Mike McHargue; cousin, Noel LaPlante; sisters-in-law, Mary and Jayne; and many grandchildren.
In accordance with Sallie's wishes, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please send any pictures, recollections or stories of Sallie to Ross Coulter at 2313 First Ave. N., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Sallie Jeanne McHargue
Mary Ralston Pearsall, 93, formerly of Orofino
Mary Ralston Pearsall, formerly of Orofino, quietly passed away from natural causes in Colville, WA on Jan. 28, 2018 at the age of 93. She spent most of her life living in the Orofino area. She was born in Weippe on May 3, 1924 to John and Beulah Ralston. She also lived in Grangemont and Kamiah.
She graduated from Orofino High School where she met and married Richard Earl Pearsall at 18 years old. They moved to Seattle with best friends- Morris and June Adams. Dick and Morris both joined the Army during WWII while Mary and June stayed in Seattle to work for Boeing helping to rivet together the Boeing Bombers.
Mary later joined her husband and for the next three years they traveled to various Army bases in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Their daughter Luana was born in 1944 and son Jim was born in 1946 after they moved back to build a home and settle in Orofino.
When her children were in high school, Mary went to nursing school to become a licensed practical nurse. She loved her job working at the local hospital--especially attending to the new born babies.
She joined the Church of Latter Day Saints with her children in 1954 and it was a constant blessing to her for the rest of her life. She had a great appreciation for nature and the beautiful outdoors of Northern Idaho and enjoyed many camping, fishing, and hiking trips. Her main hobby was Art so she took lessons in Oil, Watercolor, and Sketching and won several ribbons at the Clearwater County fairs.
She lost her beloved husband Dick to emphysema in 1980 and spent many winters after that traveling to Arizona and Southern California to enjoy the sunshine and visit with friends and family. She was married a second time briefly to local Orofino resident Alvin Bloodsworth until his death.
Mary is survived by Don and Luana (daughter) Walker and grandchildren: Brad Walker and Taja Walker Bourgeau, and Jim (son) and Linda Pearsall and grandsons: Jay Pearsall, Brian Pearsall, Grant Pearsall and 14 great grandchildren. She will be missed!
A memorial service will be held at the LDS church, Orofino 13610 Fremont Ave. in Orofino on Saturday, May 5, at noon.
Photo: Mary Ralston Pearsall
Glen Wortham Hillman, 83
Glen Wortham Hillman, 83, of Silverton, Idaho, peacefully passed away on April 18, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society in Silverton. He was born Jan. 21, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA. Glen was the son of Wortham and Jennie (Dyck) Hillman.
Glen attended schools in the Los Angeles area.
Glen served in the U.S. Postal Service, working in California, Texas, and Nampa, Idaho, until he retired in 1998. Glen married Carla (Bradley) Alexander on November 25, 1994 in Payette, Idaho. He moved to the Silver Valley in 1994, while still maintaining a part-time residence in Orofino. Glen had many hobbies including collecting guns and shooting, model trains, mountain biking, ATV-ing and had a special love for cats.
Glen is survived by his three step-children Charles Alexander of Spokane, WA, Robin (Willard) Schremser of Pinehurst, Idaho, Dara Bebee of Pinehurst; three grandchildren, Darla Arosco, Jennifer Webb, and Michael Nichols; and 2 great-grandchildren Noah Werk and Isiah Webb. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wortham and Jennie; his wife, Carla; and one granddaughter, Jessica Case.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Orofino.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Cat Wranglers, P.O. Box 995, Osburn, Idaho 83849. One may sign Glen's online guestbook at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com.
Shoshone Funeral Services and Crematory Kellogg, Idaho is entrusted with cremation services.
Photo: Glen Wortham Hillman
Gary M. Ogden, 71, Cavendish
Gary Mickeal Ogden passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, from pancreatic cancer.
Born Aug. 29, 1946, to Harrison and Ruby Ogden, Gary grew up on the farm near Cavendish with his two sisters, Barbara and Pat. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany, the Vietnam War and as a member of the National Guard.
He married his beloved wife, Bonnie Ogden, in 1968. They raised two children and were members of the Eagles. Gary retired from Safeway after 25 years and moved from Kirkland, WA., to Cle Elum, WA., where he had an excavation business for 10 years. Gary and Bonnie moved back to Cavendish, where they enjoyed farming, fishing and friends.
Gary's enjoyment's included fishing, camping, skiing, riding dirt bikes, snowmobiling and much more. He shared these adventures with family and friends, teaching others to enjoy life and have fun.
He is survived by, and greatly missed by, his two children: Christine Lewis and her husband, Steve, and Clint Ogden and his wife, Becky; his four grandchildren: Rory Lewis, and Jarrod, Erica and Jillian Ogden. He also is survived by his sisters, Barbara Marvin and Patricia Ogden. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Teakean Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the graveside service at the Southwick Bible Church. Salads and desserts are welcome.
Photo: Gary Mickeal Ogden
Violet Treib, 86, formerly of Orofino
Violet L. Treib went to be with her savior Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Cascadia Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Lewiston, of causes related to age.
Violet was born to Vivian and Albert Truax on Sept. 15, 1931, in Adams County, ND. She attended North Lemmon and Lemmon schools in North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively. Violet married John P. Treib on Sept. 12, 1951, at McIntosh, SD. They lived in Lemmon and Pierre in South Dakota, Sidney and Kimball in Nebraska, and Lewistown and Stanford in Montana before moving to Orofino in 1967 to work on the dam.
Violet and John together had five children: Douglas, Linda, John, Alan and Sandra. She was a member and faithful servant of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 40 Years. Her hobby was embroidery. She made pillow cases for each of her children and grandchildren.
Violet was preceded in death by her husband, John Treib; her infant daughter, Sandra; her son, Douglas; her parents; and sister, Arlene Bucklin. She is survived by her children, Linda (Lonny) Erickson of Lewiston, John (Teresa) Treib of Clarkston, WA, and Alan (Chris) of Kennewick, WA. Violet also is survived by one brother, Alvin (Arlene) Truax of Pierre; and many nieces and nephews. She has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family.
A viewing is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a graveside service at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A reception will follow at the Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge in Lewiston.
Photo: Violet Treib
Frank 'Bucky' Dale Agost, 89, formerly of Pierce
Frank 'Bucky' Dale Agost, age 89, passed away in his home in Kamiah Idaho on April 10, 2018 from cancer. He was born on March 22, 1929 in Longview, WA, to Floyd and Isabelle (Baney) Agost.
Bucky lived in Hollywood near Pierce in a tent for his first several years. He then moved to Lewiston, where he lived with his father, Floyd, and stepmother, Margaret 'Smokey' Agost. He moved back to Pierce at age 12. Bucky was always a good athlete, playing varsity basketball at Pierce High School, where he graduated in 1947. After high school, he boxed under his trainer and good friend, Glen Northcutt.
Bucky was very talented, using his mechanical skills to fabricate many inspired products in both his trucking business and personal life. He logged for 43 years and ran a hunting camp during winter months for a number of years. He even tried his hand at owning and operating the Timber Inn in Pierce for two years.
In 1952, Bucky married his wife of 66 years, Juanita Mae Munds. They had two children, Dale Floyd (deceased 1972) and Debra Louise. Bucky and Juanita moved to Kamiah, ID in 1975. He and Juanita loved the outdoors and could often be found on a hillside picking huckleberries or mushrooms, four-wheeling, or hunting.
Bucky is survived by his daughter, Debra, and her husband, Evan who live in Gig Harbor, WA; three grandchildren and their spouses (Jona Durousseau and Dane McTear of Roy, WA; Jason and Sarah Hansen of Tacoma, WA; and Christopher Burk and Jessica Hoefle of Gig Harbor, WA. Bucky has seven great grandchildren: Tiara Durousseau (deceased), Shane Durousseau, Damien McTear (Jona); Eli and Toby Hansen (Jason); Hayden Ondell (stepdaughter) and Hudson Burk (Chris).
He was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to many. He will be dearly missed. The family plans to have a celebration of life in early summer for family and friends.
Photo: Frank 'Bucky' Dale Agost
Ronald Gene Blakesley, 76, Orofino
Ronald Gene Blakesley passed away at home on March 1, 2018, after four years of quarreling and fighting with multiple myeloma. Born on December 27, 1941 in Lovell, WY, to Geraldine Emerson and Elmer E. Blakesley, Ron grew up primarily in Oregon Basin, WY, where he was introduced to playing with radios. He spent his junior and senior high school years living in Cody, WY, graduating from Cody High School in 1960, and in January 1961 started school at the National Electronics Institute in Denver, CO.
After graduating and marrying his first wife, Barbara Ashton, he went to work for military contractors specializing in missile systems around the west. In 1965, Ron joined the Navy, serving as an Electronics (Communications) Technician on the Bryce Canyon, a destroyer tender. After his discharge in 1969, Ron worked for Collins Radio in Orange County, CA, then Hathaway in Denver, CO, where he met and married his second wife, Terri Gross Kennedy. In 1972, he went to work for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dworshak Dam in Orofino. He retired from Dworshak in 2000.
Ron loved working with radios and electronics all his life. He enjoyed employment in an industry where he, "could play during the week as well as weekends." Since retirement, he traveled, hiked to mountain-tops, and enjoyed his hobby, "playing with radios." He installed a 63 ft. tower in his yard and talked to people around the world in English and Morse code. He maintained a mountain-top repeater and traveled to Ham festivals around the west to find "treasures" and connect with friends who shared his passion for radio.
Ron is survived by his partner of 17 years, Sheila Noall of Lewiston; two daughters, Pennie (Kirk) Morgan, Cody; Tracy (Kevin) Graffis, Lewiston; son, Mike Kennedy of Lewiston; six grandchildren; and sister, Marlene (Mike) Thiel, Powell, WY. He was preceded in death by his parents; second wife, Terri; and son, Wade Kennedy.
Per Ron's wishes, there will be no memorial service and his ashes will be placed at the top of Carter Mountain, WY, near the old radio towers, where he will have a good view and great reception.Photo: Ronald Gene Blakesley
James Thomas, 95, Orofino
James passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2017 at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston, where he has resided the last several years. He was 95.
James was born May 20, 1922 to James and Margery Thomas in Kentucky, and his adventurous life began just a few months later when his family and extended family uprooted themselves and headed west to southern California.
Growing up in Riverside and Covina with a hard-working father, an artistic mother, and two adoring younger sisters, he thrived in a creative environment and succeeded in school, winning a scholarship to USC. His education was interrupted by World War II, when he joined the Army Air Corp and became a co-pilot, navigator on B-17 bombers, running 35 missions across the English Channel from England to Germany, earning the rank of First Lieutenant. His time in the service engendered a lifelong love of flying.
He continued his education after returning home after the war, graduating with a bachelor's degree. He entered the world of aeronautical engineering, becoming a designer; married Elaine Kramer, and became the father of four children: Wendy, Jamie Robin, and Teresa.
Loss struck the family when Jamie passed away from an irreparable heart condition. This tragedy traumatized the marriage, but hope returned when, two years later, a brand new baby brother was adopted into the family - James Martin Thomas.
Dad was a devoted family man, not just to his nuclear family, but to his parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, Air Force buddies and fraternity brothers. Lively get-togethers were frequent. Hilariously themed neighborhood parties were hosted.
He went deer and wild boar hunting with his brother-in-law and friends - not with guns, but with bow and arrow. He made his own arrows. He rebuilt car engines, re-upholstered furniture, painted, sculpted, photographed, constructed. He even built his own airplane. He introduced bows and arrows and handguns to his children, along with rigorous safety training. He was a father figure and advisor when the sisters brought home potential boyfriends.
After his marriage dissolved he moved to Idaho to be near his one living sister, Athalie, and her husband George, and to start a new life. He was unbelievably fortunate to find a wonderful woman with whom to share it, Barbara Cramer. Not only did she welcome him with a loving heart and open arms, her children, Rick, LeLonnie, and Stan, and grandchildren made him a complete and integral part of the family. His new grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him a double portion of joy and delight.
Jim and Barbara took full advantage of their retirement years, traveling around the U.S. by car. Traveling to Hawaii several times, and to England. They used to say to their kids, "We're spending your inheritance!" With one mind we all responded back: "Go for it!" They had a lot of golden days and years together.
In the last few years, things began to slow down. The vile thief, Alzheimer's began to encroach on Dad's mind, stealing away his cognizance and putting the family beside themselves. The one bright aspect to this wretched condition was that he became sweeter and jollier. He finally had to go live at Guardian Angel Homes where all the caregivers in Timber House took loving care of him over the years.
He was never very alone! Barbara and her family were frequent visitors, taking him on drives and picnics in the parks around Lewiston and Clarkston. He enjoyed watching the waterfowl on the river and in the ponds, and the beautiful trees and flowers when they were in bloom. And of course, the weekly visits to DQ! His children, although they live far away, visited as often as they could. Their visits were always a joyous time, filled with much fun and laughter. His nephew Arnold was devoted to his Uncle James.
Dad has left behind a family of too many to name who loved him, delighted in him, and will miss him for the rest of their lives.
A Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m., the United Methodist Church in Orofino.
Memorials may be addressed to: Orofino United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Orofino, ID 83544 or Orofino Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 1317, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: James Thomas
Kathleen Ann Tinsley, 65, Orofino
Kathleen Ann Tinsley passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from complications related to her battle with acute aplastic anemia.
Kathy was born Aug. 12, 1952, in Newport, WA, the third of five children raised by Donna and Leroy Brillon. She grew up in north Idaho before moving to Pierce, where her father worked at the Jaype plywood mill. This is where she met her high school sweetheart, future husband and love of her life, Mike Tinsley. Kathy and Mike were married Aug. 27, 1971, after Kathy graduated from Timberline High School.
Mike and Kathy lived in Pierce, where Mike worked for Potlatch Forests Inc., both in the plywood mill and their logging operations. In 1976, they were blessed with a son, Paul. Mike and Kathy were nomadic, loving to see new places and things. They lived in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Georgia before retiring in Orofino two years ago. Kathy would go back to the Oregon coast at the drop of a hat - loving to visit her son, grandson and daughter-in-law, as well as seeing the coast. The ocean was where she could always "reset and refresh" when things were bothering her.
Kathy's loves were her friends, her family, camping, fishing, the Pacific Coast and card games. She was a fierce competitor at pinochle and cribbage and was known to be a gracious winner, although sometimes not so gracious at losing. We loved her for that.
In her later years, and especially when living away from her family, Facebook became another love of hers. She said that Facebook allowed her to keep up with all of her friends and family, as well as vicariously enjoy what they were all doing.
Kathy is survived by her mother, Donna Derrick of Orofino; her husband, Mike of Orofino; her son, Paul Tinsley, his wife, Casey, and their son, Brady, of Woodburn, OR; her sister, Christine Alcock, and her husband, Chris, of North Bend, OR.; her brother, Nick Brillon, and his wife, Melinda, of Cottonwood; her sister, Karen Howell, and her husband, Eddie, of Orofino; and her sister, Linda Bolen, and her husband, Loren, of Pierce. She was preceded in death by her father, Leroy.
Kathy is being cremated and requested that no service be held.
Photo: Kathleen Ann Tinsley
Violet Juran, 98, born at Elk River
Violet passed away Friday, April 6, 2018, at Wedgewood Terrace at age 98. On the day she went to heaven, the violets were blooming.
Vi was born Jan. 8, 1920, at Elk River, the second of five children born to John and Ida Smithwick. The family later settled on a farm north of Genesee, where Vi developed her strong work ethic. She helped with all the farm chores and even worked with her dad splitting cedar shakes and posts.
She was a student at the one-room Lone Star School near Cordelia, graduated from Genesee High School in 1937, and attended the University of Idaho.
Vi had many jobs in her early years, including as secretary at Boeing in Seattle, WA, and as legal secretary for Ed Butler in Moscow. Later in life, her favorite job was secretary to the director of vocational education at Lewis-Clark State College. She retired from LCSC in 1985.
Vi married Lonnie Juran at the Juran family farm Sept. 20, 1941. They lived in Seattle at the beginning of World War II, eventually returning to Idaho and settling in the Lewiston Orchards. After 72 years of marriage, Lonnie passed away in 2014.
Vi is survived by her daughters, Donna (Jeff) Johnson and Karen (Dennis) Thorson of Lewiston. She also is survived by her sister, Bonnie (Vince) Dressel of Lewiston; her four grandchildren, Jared (Casey) Johnson of Lewiston, Derek (Tiffany) Johnson of Genesee, Kirk (Taiya) Johnson of Kamiah, and Cori (Dick) Straw of Lewiston; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Etta Taylor Smothers and Betty Osmundson; brother, Bobby Smithwick; and her favorite grand wiener dogs, Pete, PJ and Gus.
Our mom, grandma, and GG was a wonderful cook, grew beautiful flowers, and could sew anything from suits to baby clothes, wedding dresses and quilts. She was always working but no matter how busy she was, she was never too busy to help us with anything. In her memory, cook your family and friends a huge dinner (and do not forget the dessert) or teach a child how to sew or raise a garden.
Our mom is in heaven fixing the flower beds, canning the extra fruits and vegetables, or on the porch having coffee with our dad.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wedgewood Terrace and Royal Plaza for the wonderful care they provided for Mom. You are angels on Earth.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
Photo: Violet Juran
Joyce Crawford, 86, Kooskia
Joyce Crawford 86, of Kooskia passed away Friday April 6, 2018 at Guardian Angel Home's in Lewiston.
Service are pending. Arrangements are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Margo Aragon Herrington, 59, formerly of Orofino
Margo Aragon Herrington, at age 59, continued her adventurous journey from this life to the next Monday, April 2, 2018. Her death was due to colon cancer.
When she was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, 1959, her paternal grandmother, Chole Romero, said, "it was raining and the birds sang in the trees." Her parents, Evelyn Cruz Gomez Aragon and Raul Aragon, spent a few more years in Tinseltown, working and going to school, and then moved back home to Imperial Valley, CA. The community had many colorful nicknames, and Margo's favorite was "Shake and Bake" because of the many earthquakes and frequent summer temperatures of 120 degrees or higher.
Margo attended local elementary schools and graduated from Central Union High School, home of the Spartans. Due to the fine instruction, leadership and camaraderie, those four years helped shape Margo's interest in modeling, broadcasting, writing, traveling, learning new languages and community service. She attended Imperial Valley College and San Diego State College, but decided to give modeling a serious try before graduating. Although she modeled sporadically throughout San Diego, she moved to Los Angeles to see if she would find more work. While she did print work and modeled for shops, this career didn't fulfill her as much as she hoped. When her family friends retired to Orofino she decided to visit them.
In 1980, she saw the Snake River and Clearwater River drainage for the first time. Right then and there she decided to pack up her things in Los Angeles and move to Idaho. It seemed everything Margo had ever wanted to do happened in Idaho. She graduated from Lewis-Clark State College and immediately attended Bennington College, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in writing. During this time, she was also a KLEW-TV broadcaster and host of "Northwest Morning".
In 1997, Margo and Horace Axtell published their book, "A Little Bit of Wisdom: Conversations With a Nez Perce Elder," with Confluence Press and publisher James Hepworth. It was a memoir that transformed the lives of Margo and Horace. Suddenly everyone wanted to meet Horace and Margo and know more about Horace's life. They were invited to speak at events across the country. One memorable occasion resulted in an invitation to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Ketchum, Idaho, in September 2005. Margo, Horace and his wife, Andrea, sang a walasat (Nez Perce traditional belief) song for His Holiness and the audience. Both spiritual leaders also met face to face and "it was a highlight that I will never forget," said Margo. Their collaboration, friendship and kinship (Margo called Horace "toota," which means daddy in the Nez Perce language) continued until his death in 2015. Horace, Andrea and their children became Margo's family.
Horace and Margo also translated the oldest book in the Pacific Northwest, "Nez Perce's First Book: For Children and New Beginners." Margo also wrote for other publications including Idaho Magazine.
Margo also served on the board of several local, state and regional organizations. Additionally, she worked at the University of Idaho Press, Community Action Partnership, Walla Walla Community College and Northwest Indian College.
Horace and Andrea also were responsible for Margo meeting John B. Herrington, the world's first indigenous astronaut. While he was on his cross-country bicycle ride from Cape Flattery, WA, to Cape Canaveral, FL, in 2008, John stopped to see his friends and colleagues, Horace and Andrea. Their daughter, Kay, asked Margo to set up some media events and show him around the area. After three days, they fell hopelessly in love. At the end of John's bicycle ride, he proposed to Margo at Cape Canaveral's countdown clock. They were married twice in 2009; once in California and once by Horace in a Nez Perce ceremony in Joseph, OR.
Margo and John's marriage brought two adventurers together, and their married life was just as exciting as one could imagine. They worked together, met famed lunar astronauts, rafted several rivers in Idaho, Alaska's Arctic, the Grand Canyon, traveled the country and Europe, developed interesting projects, and loved each other more than words could say.
Margo's first two marriages - to Douglas Tyler and Robert E. Kinney - ended in divorce. Her marriage to David G. Sears was a beautiful and happy one. He died in January 2004.
Having a strong spiritual life was important to Margo, and she is forever grateful to Zona and Fred Bowen, and Horace and Andrea Axtell for teaching her and imparting their knowledge to a lifelong learner.
Margo is survived by her dear husband, John; brother Eric (Sacha); siblings-in-law James (Jo) and Jennifer (Mark); several stepchildren; her dear nieces, Diamond and Heaven; and many more nieces and nephews, beloved aunts, uncles and cousins; a sweet grandson, Brogan; the entire Axtell family; and devoted friends and neighbors whose love was shown on a daily basis.
A dressing service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Malcolm's Brower-Wann. A walasat service will be held starting at 7 p.m. in the Pi Nee Waus Community Building in Lapwai. Burial will be the next morning at 8 a.m. Friday at Normal Hill Cemetery. A dinner will follow burial at the Pi Nee Waus Community Building.
A celebration of life will be held at Clarkston's Quality Inn the third weekend in April and in San Diego at a later date.
Margo dearly loved the mountains of Idaho and supported SBFC's efforts to protect and preserve this pristine environment. Literature and art also were her passion, and telling the stories of Idahoans was one of her greatest pleasures.
Photo: Margo Aragon Herrington
David E. Leeper, 79, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
David Leeper went to his heavenly home Thursday, March 29, 2018, at his home in Clarkston, WA.
He was born Aug. 20, 1938, to Emmett and Reva Leeper in Orofino.
He lived on the family farm at Angel Ridge. The family moved to Lewiston to care for his grandfather. David attended school in Lewiston, after his grandfather's death the family moved to the Orofino area. David attended Orofino High School.
In 1955, he joined the U.S. Navy. After his discharge, he returned home. He met and married Marjean Smith and they had three children. He rejoined the Navy and he and Marjean later divorced.
In 1970, while home on leave, he met his soulmate, best friend and love of his life, June Purcell Reagan. They were married in 1970, and he became the instant dad of her five children and they had a son.
After David was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Pierce, where he worked for Ray Coon Logging until his health forced him to leave the woods. He and June obtained their log-scaling license. They worked for Idaho Forest Industries, in Priest River until they retired. They then moved back to the valley.
David Loved to camp, fish the lakes, play golf, sit by the campfire and spend time with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Burrett Fergson; brother Paul Leeper; and daughter Janice Hurst.
He is survived by his wife, June; sons Brad (Denise) Leeper, Ron (Earlene) Reagan and Doug Russell; daughters Peggy DeYoung, Cheri (James) Baxter, Lisa Wilson, Reva Monk and "DD" Russell; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and his best four-legged friends, Troy and Max.
At David's request there will be no service, but a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the family.
Photo: David E. Leeper
Everet H Martin, 91, formerly of Weippe
Everet Harvey Martin was called home to be with his loving Savior on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at age 91. He was receiving hospice care for cancer at Lewiston Transitional Care Center.
Everet was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Carson City, ND, to Leo and Christine (Zeller) Martin. The family moved to Weippe when Everet was age 8, where they owned and operated a restaurant and gas station on the corner in Weippe. He was always proud to tell that he came home from third grade and told his mother that he had found the girl he was going to marry. It was Barbara Bennett. They were married Nov. 26, 1944 in Orofino.
During World War II, Everet was a senior at Weippe High. He knew he would certainly be drafted on his 18th birthday in Dec. 1944. So, he did three things to prepare. He and Barbara married in November. He took extra credits so that he could graduate in May 1944 - with wife Barbara accepting his diploma. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The day he turned 18, he left for basic training in San Diego. He served on a yard tug boat in the Philippine Islands and was honorably discharged in May 1946, with the rank of Electricians Mate 3rd Class. He returned to Weippe, where he and Barbara made their home for the next 70 years. They have two children, Carrie and Kenneth.
Everet supported his family by working in Weippe saw mills. At Schmidt Brothers Lumber, he started out on the clean-up crew, advancing to the position of head sawyer for 13 years. At Hutchins Lumber Inc. he was the head saw filer for 27 years until retirement in 1992. As head filer at Hutchins, Everet (like other filers) struggled with band saws that could not be filed to readily cut frozen logs in the winter. He perfected a new technique of filing saws for frozen timber which increased lumber production during winter months to be almost equal to production in summer months. It was truly an amazing new technique, which Everet shared with other saw filers and always gave credit to God for giving him the solution.
Everet always considered Weippe the "best place on Earth to live". He owned and operated Martin's Gun Shop. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting elk and deer, fishing in the many creeks around the area and camping with family and friends. His greatest love was backpacking with pack goats. His love of God's creation and the outdoors was evident when he shared stories.
Everet was a member of many community and professional activities. He and wife, Barbara, participated in many fun-loving "Haw Hee" productions by the Hilltop Civic Group. He was on the Weippe City Council for many years and also served as the Weippe water/sewer manager. He served as both vice president and president of the Intermountain Saw Filers Convention. He was a lifetime member of the Hilltop Heritage Society and Museum, serving as president for many years. He was always excited to procure local items for the museum and even happier to personally give tours of the museum. In 2001, Everet headed up Weippe citizens to sponsor the First Annual Camas Festival, which 16 years later still occurs each May.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Orofino, serving on the church council as treasurer for many years. He became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarkston, WA, when he and Barbara moved to Lewiston in 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Lewiston; and his children, Carrie Gurgel (Rich Goodwin) and Kenneth (Sue) Martin, all of Clarkston. Everet has 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His namesake, Everet David Martin's arrival is expected soon, becoming great-grandchild number 12. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Christine; his sister, Arlene Caton; and a great-grandson, Mason.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1107 14th St., Clarkston. The family suggests memorials to Weippe Hilltop Heritage Society/Museum or St. John's Lutheran Church. Prayers, condolences and memories will be cherished at the book of memories at www.merchantmemorialgroup.com.
Photo: Everet Harvey Martin
John Robert Jenkins, 75, formerly of Orofino
John Robert Jenkins, age 75, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, under the care of his wife at their residence in Lewiston. He was born, Sept. 5, 1942 in Little Rock, AR. At 3 years old he moved to Orofino with his parents Edna and Roy Jenkins. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1960, where he was voted best dancer.
He joined the U.S. Air Force at 17 and served for four years mostly in Germany. He married Joyce Nassin and they had two daughters, Kimberly and Marnie. They later divorced.
He worked for Connecticut Northeast Utilities for 35 years as a project manager. He retired and moved to Maui, HI, to be with his children and grandchildren. In Maui, he pursued his love for golf by working at Gold Emerald Golf Course in Wailea, HI.
He met and married Debbie Gadiana in 2009. He became step-father to Aya. In 2016, John and Debbie moved to Lewiston to be closer to the rest of the family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Audrey Wermers. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Jenkins; daughters, Kimberly (Isaac) Rachinski, Marnie Jenkins, Aya Gadiana; brothers, Mike (Pidge) Jenkins, Ed (Liz) Jenkins and Doug (Kathleen) Jenkins; sisters, Jody (Alyn) Domschot, Barbara Loftis, Jan (Rick) Wade; three grandchildren, Taylor, Deacon and Emily; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. A reception will follow downstairs in Little Flower Room.
Photo: John Robert Jenkins
Walter A. Mallory, 101
Walter A. Mallory, 101 - a son, a brother, a husband, a brother-in-law, our dad, an uncle, a grandpa and a good friend - has left this world for a better place where he can see, hear and move about in the care of the Heavenly Father.
He died Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Living Spring Residential Care Center in Lewiston.
He was a longtime employee of Potlatch Corp., working for more than 40 years serving in various administrative and managerial capacities, and retiring in 1981.
He was born Jan. 1, 1917, at Deary to Leslie T. Mallory and Carrie La Bolle Mallory. He graduated from Deary High School in 1935. While in high school, he worked summers for the U.S. Forest Service blister rust crew, and for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Idaho in 1940. While attending college, Walt worked summers for Potlatch with a railroad construction crew at Camp 32, near Bovill, at Headquarters with a logging railroad survey crew, and with the USFS at Powell Ranger Station manning a lookout above the Lochsa River. After graduating, he applied to Potlatch for a permanent position and was hired effective May 20, 1940, and assigned as a camp clerk at Camp 24 Headquarters, Idaho. The next summer he was camp clerk for the crew constructing the Long Creek flume at Camp X.
While in college, Walt enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and in the fall of 1941, contemplating that he soon may be called to active duty, he was transferred to the Lewiston office and was assigned to the purchasing department. He was called to active duty soon after Pearl Harbor and served more than four years with the U.S. Army during World War II, including time as a battalion adjutant of a truck outfit operating convoys in the China-Burma-India theater and over the Ledo-Burma Road.
While in the service he met Alice Blaskowsky from Olympia, and they were married at Petersburg, VA, on July 14, 1944.
On his release from active duty, Walt and Alice returned to Idaho and his employment with Potlatch. After a short stay at Lewiston, he was assigned to the Potlatch mill office, where he served as cost accountant and office manager.
During his career with Potlatch, they resided 11 years at Potlatch, seven years at Kamiah, as mill manager, and the balance at Lewiston in various positions including chief accountant, Clearwater logging manager, and acquisitions and allocations manager.
He was active with the Boy Scouts in troop and Lewis-Clark Council activities, for which he was awarded the Silver Beaver. He served on the school board at Potlatch and as the chairman of the Kamiah School Board, the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, the North Idaho Chamber of Commerce and as the president of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association.
He was a Mason, holding dual membership in Kamiah Lodge No. 56 and the Nez Perce No. 10 AF&AM, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite, a Calam Shriner, and a life member of the Lewiston Elks. He enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, Lewis-Clark State College and University of Idaho sports, and family activities.
He is survived by two sons, Jim Mallory and wife Sheri of Weippe, and Jerry Mallory of Lewiston; one daughter, Patti Amos and husband Bruce of Lewiston; one sister, Mildred Meserve of Spokane, WA; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; an infant sister, Irene; and a special friend, Vivian Scoville of Lewiston.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
At his request, no services will be held. His ashes, along with Alice's, will be buried at the Elwood Cemetery on Texas Ridge near Deary at a later date.
Photo: Walter A. Mallory
Lynn B. Card, 80, Orofino
Lynn B. Card 80, of Orofino passed away Saturday March 24, 2018 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino.
Arkley Ed Derrick, 93, area lumberjack
In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 17, Arkley (Arkie) Ed Derrick, 93, passed peacefully through heaven's gates. Arkie was born May 27, 1924 in Burns, OR, to Floyd and Amanda Derrick. In 1949, he married Delores Carlson in Council, ID. For a short time, Arkie and Delores lived in Lewiston, then a few months later, they moved to Pierce, where they made their permanent home. This is where their children, Dena and Kenneth would join the family. Arkie and Delores divorced in 1971.
Then in 1974, Arkie met and soon married the love of his life, Donna Pearce. The couple resided in Weippe, for a few years and then moved to Orofino permanently.
Dad was one of the last true lumberjacks from Pierce. He began his logging career by hauling lumber from Troy, OR to Lewiston up and down a very narrow and windy Rattlesnake Grade. For close to 50 years, he sawed, skidded, drove logging trucks and operated all types of heavy equipment constructing logging and access roads in the rugged Clearwater forests. If you have traveled on roads throughout the Clearwater drainage - no doubt you traveled on one of Arkie's roads!
In the early 1950's he worked alongside Eldon Hutchinson and Ray Norton to construct the electrical equipment and cable line construction necessary to receive and amplify the first television signals sent out of Spokane, WA. TV Cable systems were built in Orofino, Weippe, Pierce and Headquarters by this communications pioneer team. This landmark event led to the purchase of the Pierce TV Cable system, which he and Delores maintained and operated until their divorce in 1971.
Arkie also worked with a small group of men to develop the Bald Mountain Ski area. As a charter member of the Bald Mountain Ski Association, he worked endlessly with others constructing, maintaining and expanding the ski hill. He also served as a ski instructor for new skiers. The Derrick family could always be found traversing down the hill during the winter months!
Time in the beautiful mountains of Clearwater County was Dad's favorite pastime. He spent endless hours walking through the forests hunting, but really, he was just enjoying the beauty of God's creation. He was also an avid fisherman. He especially liked fishing on the Dworshak Reservoir for Kokanee. Steelhead season was a favorite time also - and he seldom did not bring a "big one" home for dinner. His fishing expertise was well known and often sought after by his fishing friends.
Arkie was the epitome of the song "Humble and Kind". He loved his family deeply. This love drove him to work endlessly, in often difficult situations, to provide for those he loved. He also cared for his friends and neighbors and would be there for them when he could. His life was filled with determination, kindness, and modest living. Those that called him husband, dad, and gramps were blessed by the life lessons he taught them.
Arkley's survivors include his wife of 43 years, Donna Derrick; his daughter, Dena Thornton (Richard) (Spokane, WA); his son, Ken Derrick (Tammy) (Battle Ground, WA); step-children, Christine Alcock (Chris) (Northbend, OR); Kathy Tinsley (Mike) (Orofino); Karen Howell (Eddie) (Orofino); Linda Bolen (Loren) (Pierce) and Nick Brillion (Melinda) (Cottonwood). Fifteen grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild loved "Gramps" deeply.
At Arkie's request, there will be no memorial service. A private spreading of his ashes will occur later this summer.
The family would like to give a special thank-you to Dr. Phillip Peterson, Brookside Landing and Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care of Arkley. He was truly blessed by the love shown to him by all of you.
Photo: Arkley Ed Derrick
Joe C. Ingram, 82
Joe C. Ingram passed away on Friday, March 23, at his home in the Lewiston Orchards. He was 82 years old. Joe was a husband, father, brother, son and a good friend. He served 23 years in the United States Air Force, working communications in Strategic Air Command in Labrador, California, Germany, Belgian Congo, France, Florida, Philippines, Colorado and Hawaii.
Joe was serving in the Air Force when he met Millie in Sacramento, CA. He charmed her with his big blue eyes, smile, deep voice and perfectly polished and shined shoes. They shared a typical military family life, traveling the world and enjoying every minute of it.
After retiring from the Air Force, Joe started in the car business, and for the next 35 years sold a car to almost everyone in Lewiston. His diligence and commitment to his customers earned him a great reputation.
Joe did not have any nicknames, but if you were in a crowd of his friends and someone said, "The Grouch," you knew immediately who they were speaking of. Joe was an excellent card player, avid fisherman and a persistent golfer.
Joe was baptized in 1969 and found comfort and guidance in the scriptures.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Edith of Ojia, CA; and his brothers, Leonard and Bert Ingram. Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Millie; three children and their spouses, Tony and Kathy Ingram of Lenore, Joice and Chris Cary of Liberty Lake, WA, and John and Andrea Ingram of Moscow. His is also survived by seven grandchildren: Andrew, Daniel and Matthew Ingram, Jacey Harder and JoAnne Eppers, and Erin and Jill Ingram; and three great-grandchildren, Eliza, Eva and Harrison Joe. He is also survived by his brother, G. Duane Ingram, of St. Maries.
A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Vasser-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Joe C. Ingram
Arnold E Wilson, 81, formerly of Weippe
Arnold Eugene Wilson, 81, loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather went home to His Heavenly Father on March 10, 2018, after a series of setbacks following a traumatic brain injury in August 2011. His devotion to his family and his faith in God supported him in these struggles as well as throughout his life. He was deeply respected by all who knew him, but never took himself too seriously, sharing his great sense of humor in a light-hearted approach to each day.
Arnold was born to Lyle and Viola Wilson on the Weippe prairie on August 27, 1936. He attended school in Weippe, graduating from Weippe High School in 1954 where he was in band and on the boxing and basketball teams.
Following high school, Arnold served in the Army National Guard. He was called up for active duty during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and reported to Fort Lewis in Washington.
Arnold married the love of his life, Sharry (Finke) Wilson, on October 28, 1962. Arnold and Sharry were blessed to have a large and loving family including four daughters, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (with another to arrive in April). Arnold raised his family with unconditional love, supporting each one with everything he had to give. He was his daughters' fiercest protector and champion.
Arnold was probably best known as a hard-working man who never complained. Arnold worked at Hutchins Mill and then as a logger for Finke Logging, bucking logs on the landing until age 71. He worked with some of his best friends in the mill and logging including Everett Martin, Don Webster, Tom Jared, and Fred Miller. He also farmed with his Dad and on his own property in Weippe, raising cattle and good timothy hay. He continued to deliver horse hay to customers until age 75.
Arnold loved the outdoors. He took his family camping and fishing and taught them all to ride horses, motorcycles, four-wheelers and snowmobiles and how to drive cars when the time came. He drove kids and their animals in trailers all over supporting their 4-H and rodeo royalty pursuits. He loved to laugh and sing along to classic country songs. He didn't attend church regularly but demonstrated his faith by reading God's Word in his home and using biblical principles as part of his parenting advice.
Arnold is survived by his four daughters: Debra (Pat) Purdy, Sarah (Everett) Weeks, Pamela (Ed) Mattson, Amy (Moises) Barona, thirteen grandchildren: Mitchell (Leah) Hinkle, Alicia Hinkle, Doniel Haskins, Gabriel (Angel) Barona, Anna, Lydia, Mady, Isaac, Leandro, Nathaniel, and Elijah Barona, Nicole and Christian Purdy; two great-grand-children, Alana Hinkle and Anthony Barona, as well as two sisters, Edith Chapman and Ione Wilson, and one brother, Lonnie Wilson.
Arnold's life will be celebrated on June 15, 2018 in Weippe. The family will publish details for the celebration closer to that date. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted at: http://www.allvalleycremation.com/obituaries/Arnold-Wilson-2/.
Photo: Arnold Eugene Wilson
Bernadine E. Fuchs, 104, formerly of Peck
With tears and heavy hearts, our family announces the passing of a sweet and gentle lady. We are sure she would find the fuss over her now unnecessary; but forgive us, Bernadine - fuss we must.
Bernadine Elizabeth Mosman was born Oct. 10, 1913, to Albert and Mary (Wissink) Mosman, in Uniontown, WA. The birth was touch and go. Bernadine's grandmother administered too much ether to Bernadine's mother, who was "out cold" during delivery. The guardian angel's work had to start immediately.
Bernadine's calling in life was that of a nurturer. Being the oldest of six children, her calling began at a very young age. Even as children, their mother's health was a big concern, and Bernadine became a second mother to the younger children. Life in that era was hard and many responsibilities were taken on by the children, as in many families. As a result, the "greatest generation" emerged. Life was not all work, and oh, did they have fun along the way. The family farmed just outside of town. The children attended school in Uniontown. Oftentimes after school the children would sit in the pews at St. Boniface and watch artisans (some local) do the finishing artwork in that beautiful church.
When Bernadine was 14, the family left Uniontown and moved to Central Ridge up the grade from Peck, where they continued farming. After the move, Bernadine did not continue in school, as responsibilities at home took up more and more time. She was very shy and was relieved she did not have to start over in a new school.
When she was 18, she moved to Lewiston and started working at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She lived in the nurses' quarters, where she tediously ironed uniforms and bedsheets, and starched and ironed all the nurses' caps. Needless to say, she never liked ironing after that. It was at the hospital where she first laid eyes on this handsome young man walking down the hall. "Tall, dark and handsome" was wearing a cowboy hat. She and her co-worker thought he "looked like a movie star". Leonard Fuchs was his name and he also worked at the hospital. They were married Sept. 14, 1938. They settled in Clarkston, WA, in a two-bedroom house. When the family with five children outgrew the house, Bernadine and Leonard purchased a lot and had a larger home built, also in Clarkston. They worked side by side doing whatever finishing work they could do to save money. That was in the mid-'50s. Bernadine, along with her son, Robin, continued to live in the house until her passing.
Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; sisters, Loretta Fox and Jean Wemhoff; and brothers, Ray and Clarence Mosman. She is survived by her beloved sister, Stella Harman of Anchorage, AK; her daughters, Patricia (Larry) Remacle of Cottonwood, Sylvia Weissenfels of Kendrick, and Chere' (Jim) McKelway of Lewiston; sons, Michael and Robin Fuchs, both of Clarkston; Remacle grandchildren, Chuck, Kristine, Heidi, Aaron and Rachel; Weissenfels grandchildren, Rick, Bob, Kevin and Scott; McKelway grandchildren, Brennan and Chelsea; Fuchs grandchild, Erica; 28 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Bernadine was a faithful servant to her Lord Jesus Christ. She religiously attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston until she could no longer do so.
After her husband Leonard's death in 1984, she had to take on more of the role and responsibilities providing for her special-needs son, Robin. Her love and devotion to him was unwavering. Her biggest concern was taking care of him, and we always believed this gave her the inner strength to carry on. Bernadine loved her family very much. Thanksgiving was always a special occasion and a time when she was always the last to come to the dinner table. She made sure that everyone had what they needed before she sat down. Most precious of all were her children. Later in her life they supplied the love and support she and Robin needed. After she broke her hip at age 101, her independence came to an end and her children maintained their 24-7 care. People often wonder what the secret to a long life is: Active life style? A healthy diet? Good genes? It has to be more than that. Perhaps a recipe for Bernadine was first a special bond and devotion to God, and second a limitless love for her family.
A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 917 Chestnut St., Clarkston, with a rosary recited at 10:30 a.m. and a Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston.
Photo: Bernadine Elizabeth Mosman Fuchs
Dick Wurth, 85, formerly of Orofino
Dick Wurth, 85, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston from complications of Parkinson's disease. Dick was born Sept. 21, 1932, to Fred and Rose (Custer) Wurth.
Born in Lincoln, IL., during the Depression, Dick was number seven of nine kids. In his early teens, the family moved to San Diego, CA, where Dick graduated high school. After high school, during the Korean War, Dick served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA., where he served as a drill instructor. After his service in the military, he went to work for the Fish and Wildlife Service in White Salmon, WA, where he met and married his wife of 54 years, Charlotte Bebbington. Dick and Charlotte then moved to Burns, OR, before settling in 1969 in Orofino, where Dick worked for the fish hatchery and eventually retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as maintenance supervisor at Dworshak Reservoir in 1990.
Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman, and spent most of his retirement fishing and spending time with his family. He also loved to build and remodel homes.
Dick is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlotte; daughter, Julie Craven (Jim); sons, Thomas (Dedra) and Raymond (Renee); grandchildren, Carter and Cassidy Wurth, Brittney Wurth and Annie Craven; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Cards and condolences can be sent to the Wurth family at 3428 15th St. No. 19, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Dick Wurth
Lorraine Gertrude Korlaske (Daniels), 90, formerly of Orofino
Lorraine G Korlaske died at the age of 90 on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in the Pacific Care Nursing Home, Hoquiam, WA.
She was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa with six siblings.
Lorraine was married to Harold Korlaske on July 4, 1946 and raised their son, Gerald Korlaske, in Orofino.
She moved to , WA, and then settled in Hoquiam, WA, where she lived out her life as a devoted Jehovah's Witness.
Lorraine was very creative with photography and very talented as an artist. Her family remembers her most for her creative fun loving and caring personality with no shades of grey. She was known by family most by her nick name of Tube.
She is survived by brother, Gene Daniels of Des Moines; sister, Dorothy of Oregon; a son, Gerald Korlaske of Hoquiam, WA; granddaughters, Crystal Ellis and Leanna Korlaske of Spokane, WA; and great granddaughter, Dezirae Fichte of Kennewick, WA.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at the Hoquiam WA. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell's Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, WA.
Photo: Lorraine Gertrude Korlaske
Steven D. Johnson, 78, Weippe High School grad
Steven D. Johnson, 78, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Lewiston, with his family by his side. He was diagnosed with cancer nine months ago and continued to live every day to the fullest, with quiet strength and deep faith.
Steve used to say he was "born and raised in a sawmill," but his actual birth took place Nov. 14, 1939, in Orofino. His parents were Hjalmar and Myrtle Johnson of Weippe.
Throughout his life, Steve worked as a millwright and mechanic at various mills, but he got his start at the family operation in Weippe. His father knew Steve was cut out for the industry when the boy successfully delivered his first load of logs at age 12.
In 1958, Steve graduated from Weippe High School. A year later, he married the love of his life, Sherry L. Armitage, on June 3, 1959, in Clarkston, WA. Together, they raised three sons and a daughter who brought him much joy and happiness. Sherry survives him at the Lewiston home they bought 50 years ago as a young, married couple.
Steve was a gentle, kind man who loved his family, logging, cattle, hunting, fishing and working on cars. A natural-born mechanic, he could fix just about anything and enjoyed taking on projects, big and small.
He was a longtime Jehovah's Witness who served with the Orchards congregation. It made him happy to share the Bible's message with others. He leaves behind many friends and family members who admired his calm, steadfast demeanor. He will be remembered as one of the best; a truly great husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jimmy, Tommy and Eddy.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children and their spouses: Garrett and Polly Johnson of Coeur d'Alene, Lane and Alisa Johnson of Lewiston, Scott and Lorena Johnson of Hayden, and Lana and Rich Sager of Colville, WA; grandkids, Rachell, Aaron, Joscelyn, Jordan, Jesse, Blaine, Cole, Brandon, P.J. and Chelsee; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Betty and Bill Cole of Weippe, P.L. and Doris Johnson of Lewiston, Clayton Johnson of Weippe, and Gene and Kelly Johnson of Grangeville.
A celebration of Steve's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the former Daily's Bakery building, 700 Sixth St., Clarkston.
Photo: Steven D. Johnson
Dorothy Lorraine Luffman, 93, Orofino
Dorothy Lorraine Luffman, a long-time resident of Orofino, passed away peacefully on her 93rd birthday, Thursday, the 22nd of February, 2018, at Clearwater Health and Rehab, Orofino.
Born in 1925 in Salem, ID, to James Ervin an and Gladys Almina (Allen) Olsen, she was the fifth of eight children. Her early years were spent in southern Idaho.
At a young age, she married Wilford Dixon and together, they had two sons, Larry and Blair. Dorothy spent time in California raising the boys while Wilford was away at war.
Dorothy later married E.W. 'Jake' Jacobsen and moved back to Idaho. Together, they had three sons, Kelly, Rockie and Kevin, and one daughter, Crystal. They lived in southern Idaho several years, then Lewiston, ID, for a short period before settling in Orofino. Around 1960, they purchased a home on Orofino Creek, which Dorothy called home for over 50 years.
While waiting tables at a local restaurant, Dorothy met Ray Luffman and they were married. She helped raise two of Ray's children and was called 'Mom' by the rest of his children. Dorothy and Ray were both hard workers, spending their time making and selling firewood and corn, which she grew in her impressive garden. Dorothy and Ray were sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple. After Ray's passing in 1990, Dorothy continued to get her own firewood in, with help from friends, grew her garden and even worked cleaning a local bank into her 70s.
Dorothy was never an idle person. If not working outdoors, she was canning, doing needlepoint, crocheting, sewing or making a quilt. There always seemed to be a quilt on her frames in the living room, which her grandkids loved to use as a fort or hiding space. Many family members and friends have been blessed to have one of her prized quilts gifted to them.
After joining her for one trip to the woods to pick huckleberries, you knew that if you were invited again, you should plan an all-day trip and bring a sandwich. If there was a berry left on the bush, Dorothy stayed and picked it. She loved huckleberry picking.
While in her 80s, Dorothy remained independent and continued to gather her own firewood, leading to a fall which injured her back and made her realize a slower lifestyle. As time went on, additional accidents made it necessary for her to move to Brookside Landing assisted living in Orofino. In March 2012, she moved to Clearwater Health and Rehab where she lived until her death. While at CH&R, Dorothy kept busy with her serger and sewing machine, even doing mending for some of the staff. She also enjoyed Bingo with Charlene and the gang.
Dorothy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding many callings, helping on service projects and she and Ray were custodians for many years. Many of the youth revered her and knew to mind their Ps and Qs in the church halls. She was affectionately called 'Grandma Dorothy' by many members of the church.
Dorothy was preceded in death by he parents; husband, Ray; and five siblings. She is survived by sons, Larry Dixon, Blair Dixon, both of California; Kelly Jacobsen of California, Rockie Jacobsen of Kamiah, ID, Kevin Jacobsen of Culdesac, ID; and daughter, Crystal Dupont of Hawaii; as well as several of her Luffman kids. She leaves grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, too numerous to list.
Her funeral will be Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the LDS Church in Orofino at 10 a.m. with burial at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston, ID, at 2 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.
Photo: Dorothy Lorraine Luffman
Thilo Francis Edmonson, 89, born on Upper Fords Creek near Orofino
Thilo Francis Edmonson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Brookdale Assisted Living, in Lewiston. He was born June 17, 1928, on Upper Fords Creek near Orofino, to Marion Elmer Edmonson and Margaret Ann Nette. Being one of a set of triplets, quite amazing in 1928, Francis and his sisters, Elizabeth and June, at the age of 84, were recognized as the oldest living triplets in the state of Idaho.
The family lived on Upper Fords Creek through his early childhood. They moved to Weippe, then to Riverside near Orofino, then to Pierce, where he graduated from high school. He went into the U.S. Army in January 1951, and served in the Korean War for nine months. He recalled the difficult 16-day trip to Korea in an over-crowded ship approximately 800 feet long. He was in the Army for two years and finished as a corporal.
In 1958, Francis went to work at Potlatch Forests Inc. in Lewiston. He worked in the sawmill, at the pond, and on the slope until 1963, when he suffered a back injury. He then went to work for Naslund Disposal, where he worked for 13 years. His years of physical work ended when he had a serious injury to his hand and lost a finger. He had saved enough to invest in real estate in north central Idaho. Managing this real estate allowed him to become semi-retired. Francis was always kind-hearted and often befriended those with few or no friends.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June McCollum; and his brother, Marion Edmonson. Survivors include his sister, Elizabeth Kiblen; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Special thanks to the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living for their care in Francis's final years and to his longtime friend, Elizabeth Gribble.
A celebration of Francis' life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Thilo Francis Edmonson
Randy Roy Steiner (AKA Schtein), 56, Orofino
Randy Roy Steiner (AKA Schtein) of Orofino went to walk with the angels on Feb. 15, 2018.
Randy was born on March 12, 1961 to LeRoy and Helen Steiner and was raised in Orofino his entire life. After graduating high school, Randy attended one year of college at North Idaho College and then transferred to the University of Idaho where he studied landscape architecture, interpersonal communication and computer science. Being an avid golfer, his dream was to one day design a golf course. In 1984 an accident left him paralyzed but that didn't keep him down. He went on to teach golf to the local high school students as well as help assess facilities that needed to be more handicap friendly.
After college, Randy worked several years for the US Forest Service in Human Resources and as a computer specialist. Randy was very involved with the Rotary Club, but also spent most of his time with OCI (Orofino Celebrations, Inc.). Some of his duties with OCI included: Past President, was a member of the board since 1990 and served on their PR committee, helped with the log show announcing which he was a chairman as well as well as many other achievements.
When Randy wasn't working, he most enjoyed being on Dworshak Lake on his Pontoon boat with his dog and friends.
Randy was one of the biggest Green Bay Packer fans you will ever meet. He was a team shareholder and had the pleasure of seeing his team play with one of his favorite quarterbacks, Brett Favre.
He is survived by his three sisters, Janet (Tim) Overman, Darla (Mick) McGee, Teena (Rod) Gortsema, all of Orofino and his brother Terry Steiner of Hayden, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Brock Steiner and his nephew, Travis Leddige.
There will be a public viewing at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Friday, Feb. 23 from noon until 5 p.m. with the funeral to be held later on March 2 at 11 a.m. There will be a potluck to follow at the VFW in Orofino. Please come and help celebrate a life well lived.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino will be in charge of the arrangements.
Photo: Randy Roy Steiner 'Schtein'
James Archie Martin, 78, former Elk River mayor
James Archie Martin, 78, of Elk River, Idaho passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 9, 2018.
Born Aug. 3, 1939 in San Jose, CA, he was the son of the late Archie Martin and Jessie Gilmore Martin.
Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marsha Martin; two sons, Jim and his wife, Patti of Unalakleet, AK, Jeff and his wife, Brenda of Pullman, WA; a daughter, Jeana Thomas and her husband Steve of Lewiston; as well as a brother, Charles and his wife, Dorothy of Eugene, OR; and eight grandchildren.
Jim had a lifelong love of the outdoors. He was a logger for nearly 45 years, starting in Western Oregon shortly after graduating from Elmira High School in 1957. He moved to Idaho in the early 1970's, eventually settling in Elk River. He logged the upper St. Joe and later the Floodwood in North Central Idaho. Jim hunted and fished extensively. Later in life he looked forward to his annual fishing trip to Alaska in the summer and to setting up elk camp in the fall. After retiring he continued to spend nearly every day outside. He cut firewood, picked huckleberries and mushrooms, and looked for animals in his side-by-side.
Jim believed in community service. He started as a school board member in Oregon. After moving to Elk River, he served on the Elk River School Board, the Recreation District board and as a city councilman. He was mayor of Elk River for the last 25 years, retiring in January of 2018. Jim loved promoting Elk River. He and Marsha, as well as their close friends Curt and Shelley McLam, were heavily involved in fundraising for the annual fireworks show in Elk River. They could be seen hosting ATV/UTV (all-terrain-vehicle/utility-terrain-vehicle) Poker runs and working the hamburger stand at local events. Jim was very involved in the Search and Rescue organization, often taking the lead in locating missing persons.
An informal celebration of life will take place at the Elk River Community Bible Church on Saturday, Feb/ 17, at 1 p.m. A luncheon for friends and family will follow at the Elk River Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elk River Fireworks Fund, the Elk River Emergency Fund or the Elk River Fire Department Building Fund.
Cremation has taken place and burial will take place later this year.
Photo: James Archie Martin
Dustin Wayne DeCann (Dusty), 42
Dustin Wayne DeCann (Dusty), 42, Moscow, passed away suddenly on Feb. 7, 2018. He and his family had recently moved to Moscow from Nampa to be closer to his sister/best friend and family.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Orofino. A potluck dinner will follow the service.
Dusty worked as a car mechanic, but was known to be a jack-of-all-trades.
Dusty is survived by his wife, Brenda; children, Hunter, Malachi, Willow, and Jace DeCann and Sydney Norma; father, Wayne DeCann,; and siblings. Aaron DeCann, Bryan DeCann, Amber Taylor, Trent DeCann, and Emma Jackson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda White.
Dusty will be remembered for his contagious and quirky laugh, and his kindness and willingness to help others, even when he had little. His children were his whole world and anyone who knew him knows he would do anything for them.
Photo: Dustin Wayne DeCann (Dusty)
Herbert 'Hud' McCartney, 69, Elk River
Herbert 'Hud' McCartney, age 69, Elk River, passed away at his residence on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Hud was born Sept. 9, 1948 in Youngstown, OH, to Herbert and Adair McCartney two minutes ahead of his twin brother, John. In his youth, Hud could always be found outdoors rather than being cooped up inside the house. In high school he was a star athlete in both football and wrestling.After high school Hud enlisted in the United States Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He was always an avid hunter and fisherman while working as a carpenter and also a truck driver but always dreamed of moving west. In 1989 he packed up and moved to Montana to live and work for outfitters in the wilderness, where he became well known for his guiding skills.
In 2003, Hud and wife Connie bought the Elk River Lodge and General store in Elk River, during all of which he still continued to take family and friends on many outdoor adventures. Through all of this somehow the mountain man became an integral part of the small community, joining the volunteer fire department, backup ambulance driver and a member of search and rescue team. The word on the street was if you needed help of any kind - go find Hud.
Hud is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Connie McCartney, children, Tonya (Paul Arthur) Delphous, Elk River, Chad (Meri) Delphous, Oak Harbor, OH., Rhonda Bliss, Oregon, OH., grandchildren: Trevor (Erin) Delphous, Tyler Delphous, Tiffany Delphous, Amber Delphous, Jessica Delphous, Christie (Greg) Clinton, Walker Bliss, Mason Bliss, great grandchildren: Ayla Delphous, Izzy Delphous, Chloe Stryhas, Sydney Tymiak, Calista Clinton, Elijah Clinton, Harmoni Clinton; brother:, John (Lisa) McCartney, Deerfield, OH; sisters,: Jackie (Don) Lowery, Muldrow, OK, Sharon (Bob) Bailey of Deerfield, OH, along with several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Hud's Life will be held Feb. 18, 2018 at the Elk River Community Center from 1-3 p.m. with a luncheon to be served. Those giving a memorial contribution may wish to consider: Elk River Emergency Fund or the Elk River Fire Dept. Building Fund.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pine Hill Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Orofino, with Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home Luckey, OH assisting with the arrangements. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at www.marshfuneralhomes.com.
Photo: Herbert 'Hud' McCartney
Alexis Bittleston, 37, born in Orofino
Alexis Graham Bittleston of San Jose, CA, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, from complications from a blood disorder. She was 37.
Alexis was born June 24, 1980, in Orofino, to Susan Elaine Graham and Cyrus Ray Bittleston. She was an avid pet lover, animal rescuer and did volunteer work at local pet shelters. She loved gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
She worked as an administrative assistant for Snow Bittleston CPA Inc., and as a caregiver for Glenndine Graham, her grandmother.
She is survived by mother, Susan Graham Bittleston; father, Cyrus Ray Bittleston; stepfather, Gregory Wilson Snow; brother, Kermit Charles Graham; grandmother, Glenndine Graham; and grandfather, Oliver Bittleston.
She was preceded in death by grandfather, Donald Lee Graham; and grandmother, Blanche Bittleston.
A memorial service was held Thursday at Merchant Funeral Home, Clarkston, WA.. Shannon Profit of Clarkston was the officiant.
Photo: Alexis Graham Bittleston
Edward E. Berg, 76, Pierce
Edward E. Berg, 76 of Pierce passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was born to Ernest E. and Maxine E. (Thorson) Berg on March 22, 1941 in Fort Collins, CO.
His family moved to Caldwell where he went to school and graduated in 1959. He met and married the love of his life Linda (Walters) Berg on Aug. 14, 1964. They had two children together; a daughter, Catherine Berg and son, Edward Berg.
Edward worked for the Federal Highway Administration formally known as the Bureau of Public Roads from high school graduation until Aug. 1976; when he began his career with the U.S. Forest Service as an Engineering Technician. He also joined and served in the Idaho National Guard from 1964 until 1970.
Ed served on the Board of J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum in Pierce. After retiring from the USFS, he pursued his hobbies of woodworking, prospecting for gold and fishing, particularly for steelhead. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and most especially his two grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife Linda Berg of Pierce; son, Edward Berg, daughter-in-law Kylie, grandson, Chase Berg; and granddaughter, Katherine Berg all of Post Falls, and his sister, Juanita A. (Berg) Chrz and her husband Bill, and nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents Ernest and Maxine Berg; and his daughter, Catherine Berg.
A Memorial Service will be held for Ed Berg, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino, followed by a gathering at the Pierce Rec Center.
Photo: Edward E. Berg
Joan Ann (Green) Kroupa, 78, formerly of Orofino
Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend too many passed away peacefully on Jan. 31 in Elko, NV at age 78.
Joan was born Sept. 8, 1939 in Orofino to George and Gretta (Martin) Green. She married Frank 'Dale' Kroupa in June 1967 and they made a home on Gilbert Grade, farming and raising cattle.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by: a brother, Tom (Diana) Green of Bothell, WA; a sister, Diana Schoeffler of Lewiston; a son, Gary Kroupa (Lisa and grandson Aaron age 13) of Elko, NV; a son Stacy Kroupa (granddaughter Madisyn age 6) of Elko, NV; and a daughter, Jodi Nelson (Eric and grandsons Hunter age 9 and Maddox age 6) of Wheat Ridge, CO.
Joan attended grammar school at Orofino Elementary and high school at what was most recently known as the Orofino Junior High School. She graduated in 1957 and attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, WA.
Joan spent her entire career working at Clearwater Valley Hospital - first hired as a receptionist in 1961. She retired from CVH as the assistant administrator in September 1997. Joan received an award from the State of Idaho for her 36 years of service; she was extremely proud of this recognition.
Joan was an amazing cook. She shared her love with people by feeding beloved family members, cherished friends, and countless baseball/softball team members and twirlers. Joan never forgot to mail the perfectly selected card in recognition of birthdays. She shared her best wishes for many a new graduate, new baby or newlywed near and far.
Always quick to give a hand to anyone in need, Joan took pleasure in helping others. She was fond of quick-witted humor and enjoyed the company of many friends - new and old - over her 78 years. She was easily in the running for biggest fan' of both the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, along with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. A handwritten note found in her belongings said, "Come my friend grow old with me; the best is yet to come."
Please join the Kroupa family in a celebration of Joan's life at the Best Western in Orofino on Friday, Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; lunch will be served.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 301 Cedar St., Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: Joan Ann (Green) Kroupa
Paul F. Muhonen, 84
Paul Muhonen, beloved father and husband, passed away peacefully on Jan. 27, 2018. Paul was born in Lake Fork to Alexander and Martha Muhonen on June 17, 1933. He had two brothers, Dan and Jim and two sisters, June and Ruth, as well as five half-brothers and two half-sisters who preceded him in death.
Paul attended Norwood School in Lake Fork for his first three grades. His family moved to Boise in 1943 at Paul's age nine. There, he attended Longfellow School, North Junior High, and graduated from Boise High in 1951. While in high school, he worked at J.J. Newberry store and was assistant manager at Intermountain Theatres.
He joined the Navy in 1951 and was in the service for four years. He achieved the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer He attended the University of Idaho and graduated in 1959. He married Marvel Grasser in 1957 who was also attending U of I at the time. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage last September.
Paul worked for IBM as an engineer for 32 years and was President of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International in Pocatello. The Muhonens resided for 24 years in Pocatello and later relocated to his childhood home of Boise. He was also PTA President of Pierce Park School in Boise. He took an active part in the education of his children.
Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marvel, 10 children, Gregory, Michael, Christian, Anna, Tamara, Stephen, Timothy, Martina, Rachael, and Serena; 27 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
The family celebrated a living memorial with dad on Jan. 21, 2018, where he was honored for his military service and was presented with a Quilt of Valor. A memorial will be held this summer at his wife's Orofino ranch. He left a lasting legacy and will be greatly missed.
Photos: Paul Muhonen
(Published in Idaho Statesman on Jan. 30, 2018)
Clarke H. Burnham, 91, Orofino
Clarke H. Burnham passed away on Jan. 30, 2018 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was surrounded by his family and holding the hand of his beloved wife of 68 years, Fran. Clarke was 91 years old.
Clarke was born March 29, 1926 to Curtis and Goldie Burnham in Aberdeen, SD. He attended school in Aberdeen and joined the Army two days after graduation. After his honorable discharge from the Army he attended college in Wahpaton, SD.
He and Frances Barbara Leff were married in 1949. They raised five children; Jim, Rick, Roger, Dale and Denise.
He moved his family to Lewiston in 1963 and then to Orofino in 1964. Clarke was very active in Orofino, participating in OCI (Orofino Celebrations, Inc.) for 20 years and becoming a member of the JayCees. One of his most proud achievements was founding the Orofino Rotary Club and participating in the many civic projects of the Rotary Club. He was Rotary President and also served as a District Governor where he and Fran traveled to Australia and New Zealand.
Clarke was a contractor all of his adult life and built many homes in this area. He was the proudest of two of his volunteer accomplishments, the ManiYAC Teen Center and the Nez Perce Tribal Church in Ahsahka.
Clarke and Fran enjoyed camping, square dancing, traveling, margarita parties and neighborhood gatherings. In 2000, Clarke's world changed when Fran was injured in a fall and became disabled. Clarke became her 24-7 caregiver doing so for 17 years. In 2017 Fran moved to Clearwater Health and Rehab Center. Clarke rarely missed a day visiting her, sitting by her side for hours every day.
Clarke was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his eldest son, Jim and his grandson JaySon. He is survived by his wife, Fran, of Orofino; his sons, Rick (Janet) and Roger (Ellen) of Orofino, Dale of Spokane, WA, and his daughter, Denise of Boise. He has 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Dad was a proud, hardworking and honest man. He always gave back more than he received and couldn't have been a better role model. His contributions to his community are a living reminder of his generosity. Following his example, his children continue to give back to the community through volunteer work and service organizations. We loved him and will miss him; rest in peace Dad, you deserve it.
At Clarke's request cremation has taken place; a Celebration of Clarke's Life will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Memorials may be made in memory of Clarke to the Orofino Rotary Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 482 Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: Clarke H. Burnham; An early company truck
Rex A. Harris, 66, served with Orofino National Guard unit
Rex A. Harris passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. Rex was born April 4, 1951, in Kendrick to Virgil and Hulda Harris.
The family moved from Southwick to Lewiston in 1954. Rex grew up in the Lewiston Orchards and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1969.
Rex served in the Orofino unit of the Idaho National Guard from 1971 to 1977.
Rex and Karen Merritt were married Jan. 7, 1989, in Coeur d'Alene. They had no children of their own but served as the "best uncle and aunt" to their many nieces and nephews. Some of the younger ones received special toy boxes made by Uncle Rex.
Rex began his career while in high school working for Red Able, Bill Skelton, S&H Contractors and Albright's operating backhoe. He joined the Operating Engineers Local 370 and began operating earth-moving equipment. He finished his career of "moving dirt" as a foreman with Steelman-Duff Inc.
Rex "played hard" during his life and enjoyed many good times and adventures.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, at their Clarkston, WA, home; brothers, Wayne (Kaye) Harris, Doug (Sharon) Harris and John (Debbie) Harris; sisters, Valerie (Howard) Guenther and Verna (Gary) Wessels; brother-in-law George Brocke; and sister-in-law Delores Harris. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Hulda Harris; brother, Jerry Harris; and sister, Helen Brocke.
Karen and the family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Tri-State Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for their excellent care of Rex during the last days of his life. A very special thank you goes to Bill, Pete and Teresa of the Asotin County Emergency Medical Technician Unit.
Celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston. Lunch will be served.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to K-J Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 182, Kendrick, ID 83537; Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter, 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501, or a charity of choice.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.
Photo: Rex A. Harris
Edward Elmer Berg, 76, Pierce
Edward Elmer Berg, 76, Pierce, ID, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino, ID Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory caring for arrangements.
Gordon Courtney, 71, formerly of Peck
Gordon was born May 13, 1944, in La Grande, Ore. His family lived in Troy, Ore., for a few months before moving to Peck when he was 3 months old. At age 15, his family moved to Lewiston, and he later graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962.
Gordon met his lifelong sweetheart at Lou's Drive-In. Her name was Marla Miller. He asked her out to a movie and their romance led to their marriage in 1963. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage.
Gordon and Marla had three children: Mark Courtney of Grand Rapids, MI, Kristi Wear (Roy) of St. Maries, and Shane Courtney (Michelle) of Lewiston. They have three grandchildren: Courtney Wear, Cody Wear and Katelynn Courtney.
Potlatch Corp. was Gordon's first job, and he worked on the log pond and as a purchasing agent.
In 1985, he purchased a shoe repair business and titled it Gordon's Shoe Repair. This lined up with his passion for leather craft and other craft-based skills. He made many friends in that shoe shop and it became the place to go for custom hand-crafted goods.
Gordon received Jesus into his life at age 28 at Orchards Community Church. He served as a Sunday school teacher, vocal soloist, bus driver and church deacon. He attended Tammany View Baptist Church. He always loved to tell people about Jesus and how they could have a relationship with Him.
He battled lung cancer for five years and passed away at his home Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Marla; and brothers Lawrence Courtney (Rita), Dale Courtney (Marlene) and Gene Courtney (Vickie).
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Tammany View Baptist Church, 3732 20th St., Lewiston.
Photo: Gordon Courtney
Clarke H. Burnham, 91, Orofino
Clarke H. Burnham, 91, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Memorial services are being planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Diana L. (Hudson) Brown, 59, born in Orofino
Diana L. (Hudson) Brown passed on the 29th day of January 2018.
In asking for input from Diana's loved ones and friends, there was a consensus in their observations about how Diana's smile would light up a room and she always had a positive attitude toward anyone or any task.
She was an excellent cook and loved to host a party. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and was always worried about the health of the meal she was providing to her family. Instead of shying away from the holidays, she embraced them, from having great Fourth of July parties to Christmas decorations at both her home and cabin.
When you were with Diana, she always made you feel special - she was a hugger. She loved her snow and water skiing. She had a zest for life that was infectious to everyone around her. She never judged you.
She was willing to try new things from a polar bear plunge in 2016 to taking firstt place in her class at the Seaport River Run, or riding in the I Made The Grade event. She loved to exercise and simply was not a complainer. She was an avid reader. You may have seen her running or walking with her dog, Ally, both of whom were loving and bonded with the other.
The old saying of "Don't be sad I'm gone; just be glad I was here." applies so well to Di.
Diana and her daughter Caitlin were bonded together in a manner that was special, warm, caring, and deep. After Diana was diagnosed with cancer, Caitlin was always there for her, four or five phone calls a day was not unusual as Caitlin monitored Diana's well-being.
Diana was born on June 7, 1958, to Barbara Thomason Hudson and Andrew E. Hudson in Orofino, Idaho.
After Diana moved to Lewiston in 1972, and she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1976.
She continued with her education and attended and graduated from Fashion Merchandising school in Seattle, WA. She also attended and graduated first in her class from airline school in Miami, FL.
She began working in human resources for Gator Intermodal and Lewis-Clark Motors, and then went on to obtain her college degree in human resources in 2005, the same year she was diagnosed with cancer and accepted her degree at the graduation ceremony in between chemo treatments.
Diana continued with her private enterprise, giving businesses human resource guidance and advice, and then was adjunct professor for human resources at Lewis-Clark State College where she received the Outstanding Faculty award for the Business Division.
Diana took great pride that she was a nontraditional student of LCSC where she graduated cum laude and was able to carve out a profession for herself.
She was not an athlete growing up but turned herself into one. She took up biking and participated in seven sprint triathlons. Over the years she participated in Lewiston Service League, Crazy Ladies Bike Group Investment Club, PTA President, cancer outreach programs, and spoke to cancer groups as to how she battled it and dealt with it in her life. When she was receiving treatment at Virginia Mason in Seattle, she would receive treatment in one department and then volunteer in another. She was such a great volunteer that they offered her a paid position to head the gift shop in the hospital.
Medical providers and friends would refer women to her that had been diagnosed with cancer who were scared and felt alone in their fear. After meeting with Diana, regardless of their diagnosis, they took strength and motivation from what Diana had been faced with, and they saw how she battled it and continued to survive in a most gracious manner.
Diana loved to travel; she, Chuck and Caitlin visited London, Paris, Prague, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Vienna, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, as well as Alaska, Canada, and many cities in the United States. She also traveled with friends to Cyprus, the Spanish Mediterranean, Mayorga, Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Mekong, Laos. She minored in Spanish in college and ventured out for self-study in Costa Rica and Mexico where she went by herself and lived with families trying to immerse herself in the language.
Diana and her family made many trips to the Hawaiian Islands, loved the people, ocean, and beauty. Diana and Chuck celebrated their 30th anniversary with a trip to Stockholm, Sweden where she became enamored with the culture, the society and even the pickled herring.
Diana was tough and ornery when it came to battling the cancer but was kind, loving, sweet, fun and giving when it came to dealing with others in her life.
After being diagnosed with advanced stage IV breast cancer in 2005, at which time she was given approximately 12-24 months to live, the lesson that Diana has for all women is that the battle against breast cancer is from the neck up and not by the body on its own.
She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Brown; her daughter, Caitlin Brown, of Seattle; her mother, Barbara Jerdee, of Lewiston; her sister, Andrea (Kirk) Kinzer, of Lewiston; her brother, Ron (Michelle) Hudson, of Gresham, OR; her father, Andrew E. Hudson, of Lewiston; and her niece Erika LaVella, nephews Jeremy Kinzer, Michael Mullen, and Randy Hudson.
She was preceded in death by her son, Chance; her maternal grandparents, Byron and Pauline Thomason; her paternal grandparents, Harry and Beatrice Hudson; and a nephew she loved so much, Brad Kinzer.
Everyone loved her beautiful and infectious smile and loved to be in her presence.
Special thanks has to be given to Caitlin Brown, Barbara Jerdee, and Andrea Kinzer for the intense loving support they gave her during the final years, months, weeks, and hours of her life.
Services will be held at Valley Christian Center 3215 Echo Hills Dr., Lewiston; at 11 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2018. Please make any memorial donations to The Diana Brown Endowed Scholarship at Lewis-Clark State College which is structured for scholarships to be given to those who have been affected by cancer, either directly or by close loved ones.
Photo: Diane L. (Hudson) Brown
E. Gregory Munson, 70, Orofino
Greg Munson, 70, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Jan. 21, 2018 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino, ID, he had been battling various health issues over the past few years.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1947 in Ogden, Utah. The family moved to Sacramento, CA where dad graduated high school then attended C.O.S. in Weed, CA with honors. After graduation he served in the Navy as an air traffic controller on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Vietnam War.
Greg married Colleen Shannon in 1973 and they began their life together in Weed, CA. In the early eighties dad became owner and Broker of Century 21 in Yreka, CA. He was a very intelligent, hardworking, driven entrepreneur. He was a major factor in the development of Lake Shastina Golf Course, one of the original owners in the Golf Club and was the general manager there for 11 years before starting his next adventure in a computer programming company.
Dad had a big heart and loved to make others laugh. He dearly loved his family and was always there for anyone who needed help. Everyone who knew dad considered him a wonderful friend, family member, or boss. He never let his illness get him down but tried to always uplift those around him with his jokes. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Genett Munson, and brother Jeff Munson.
He is survived by his daughters, Michelle (David) Crawford of Orofino, ID, Erin (William) Rocha of San Diego, CA, brother Brad Munson of Weed, CA, six grandchildren, Rileigh and Grayden from Orofino and Jade, Jesse, Christian, and Justin of San Diego.
As per his request there will be no service but a family gathering at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, ID.
Photo: E. Gregory Munson
Shirley (Lathrop) Bott, 81, Orofino
Shirley (Lathrop) Bott, 81, passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.
A Funeral Service for Shirley will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Gregory Munson, 71, Orofino
Gregory Munson 71, of Orofino passed away Sunday January 21, 2018 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Arrangements are being made through Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
Arlie J. 'Short' Armitage, 83, formerly of Southwick
Arlie J. 'Short' Armitage passed away Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman, WA. He was a quiet, unassuming man and a non-judgmental listener to his many friends.
The last of eight children, he was born Feb. 9, 1934 to Rachel Ann (Hayward) and Thomas Jefferson Armitage in Southwick, Idaho where he lived nearly all his life.
He completed eight years of school at Southwick and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1952. On April 1, 1953 he married Priscilla Benscoter and they had two children, Nick Ellis in 1956 and Tammy Lynn in 1959.
Short worked as a sawyer in the woods and farmed with his father until taking over the family farm when his father retired, later farming with his son, Nick. He was a farmer/rancher whose heart was in the woods, and he loved making firewood and posts in the winter. Always an avid reader and especially in his later years, he read boxes and bags of books supplied by his friends and family. He also served on the Southwick Cemetery board of directors for 46 years.
Arlie was preceded in death by his son, Nick in 1991; brothers, Elbert, Ross, Mick, Rollin and Jay Armitage; and sisters, Naomi Cuddy and Doris Mustoe. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Priscilla; daughter, Tammy and son-in-law Glenn Ford of Woodinville, WA; and granddaughters Amber Ford of Los Angeles, CA, and Jenny Ford of Moscow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Juliaetta/Kendrick Ambulance Fund or your favorite charity.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan 26, at 11 a.m., at the Church of The Nazarene, 1400 E 7th St., Moscow. Please send condolences or sign the online guestbook at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Photo: Arlie J. 'Short' Armitage
Bob Allen, 89, formerly of Pierce
Bob Allen, 89, formerly of Pierce, passed away from heart failure Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
He was born April 19, 1928, in Lewiston, to Percy and Frieda Allen. He was raised most of his younger years in Stites and Harpster. After losing his father at age 12, he soon quit school and went to work. He worked on various ranches in the area. He went to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a packer in the late '40s in the Buffalo Hump area. He loved his mules, horses and being outdoors.
He joined the U.S. Army, and he served in the Korean War. After being discharged, he came home to Stites, where he married Lois Schneider. He learned how to operate dozers in the woods, thus starting his career working in the woods for Potlatch Forests Inc. He worked out of Headquarters for nearly 40 years. Bob and Lois moved to Headquarters, then Pierce, where they started a family. They had two children and were later divorced.
On Jan. 24, 1969, he married the love of his life, Jeanette Dennison Schrempp. They lived in Pierce, then moved to the Pierce-Weippe divide, where they built their home. They later moved to Lewiston until Jeanette passed away in August of 2012. Bob then moved to Orofino to Brookside Landing Assisted Living facility.
Bob and Jeanette were avid basketball supporters, going to most of the games in the area. They served as grand marshals for Pierce 1860 Days and Weippe Rodeo. Bob was the founder of the J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum. He and Jeanette worked many hours getting the museum up and running. He served as president at Bald Mountain Ski Area for many years.
Survivors include son, Sam (Chris) Allen of Weippe; daughter, Becky (Terry Jackson) Brotnov of Syringa, Idaho; stepson, Terry Griner of Troy, MT; stepdaughter, Claudia Decker of Lewiston; stepson, Bob (Ann) Schrempp of Spokane, WA; eight grandkids; numerous great-grandkids; and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Priscella Petersen and Alexandria Davis; brothers, Morris Allen and William Allen; a stepson, Edward Allen; and wife, Jeanette Allen.
Many thanks to the staff at Brookside Landing for taking great care of Dad.
A memorial service for Bob will be held sometime in the spring at Pierce, with a graveside to follow at the Weippe Cemetery.
Photo: Bob Allen
Dolly Olson Lear, 95, formerly of Orofino
Dolly Olson Lear passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation, in Clarkston, WA, of age-related illnesses. She was 95.
Dolly was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Spokane, WA, to Bjorn Olson and Annie Gigstead Olson. She was raised in Spokane, graduating from John Rogers High School.
She and George Fredrick Lear Sr. were married in July of 1941 in Newport, WA. They moved to Orofino in 1948 and had three children together. George passed in October of 1962 in Orofino. Dolly and the children moved to Newport, WA, in 1971, and in 1972, Dolly wed George's older brother, Alfred LeRoy 'Poly' Lear, in Newport. He died in August of 1991 in Newport.
In 2002, Dolly moved to Clarkston to be closer to her family. In November of 2017, she took up residence at Prestige Care in Clarkston.
Dolly was an accomplished swimmer and diving champion. She was proud of her many diving medals. She also was a volunteer for both the Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Center and a member of the First Baptist Church in Newport.
Survivors include children, Helen Lucille Hyatt and her husband, Rich, of Toledo, WA, and George 'Fred' Lear and his wife JoAnn of Pendleton, OR; stepdaughters, Luella Paddack of Tigard, OR, Carol Hamilton (Jerry) of Coos Bay, OR, Diane Morrow (Jim) of Hillsboro, OR, and Sandra Madson (Wayne) of Colville, WA. She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Fredrick Lear Sr. and Alfred LeRoy Lear; and daughter, Patricia Ann Weza.
Graveside services were held Monday at Normal Hill Cemetery. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Dolly Olson Lear
Daddy went to heaven Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at his home in Juliaetta. He was a son of the South, born in Shelby, Miss.., to Mr. Woodrow Isaacks and Mrs. Vera (Beck) Isaacks. He was raised on the family farm, with four brothers and two sisters: Wesley, Jerry, Jimmy, Lindel 'Poo', Phylus A. Jordan and Betty J. Michell.
He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara A. Burchfield, and they started a family. He was a father to three children, Lisa Isaacks, Crystal Michella Fleming and Seth Ryan Isaacks, an honored father-in-law to Eric D. Fleming and a proud grandpa to Eric D. (Jr.) and Tasha R. Fleming.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. There was never a problem that daddy couldn't fix. He loved his family, friends and long drives down an old country road. He lived an adventurous life, leaving those remaining here with some of the "greatest" stories ever told. Daddy was a Southern gentleman, loved by many and missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Best Western in Orofino. It was dad's and the family's wishes that any memorial donations go to the Wounded Warriors Project or local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Photo: Donald Isaacks
Roger G. Currin, 72, formerly of Orofino, Weippe
Roger was born to Walter 'Hap' and Helen Dennis Currin on June 10, 1945, in Orofino and passed away Jan. 11, 2018.
He graduated from Weippe High School in 1963, then joined the military. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. During this time, he served in Turkey and France.
He married Inge T. Koller on Oct. 22, 1963, in Petersburg, VA. At this time, he worked in logging for a short while in Headquarters, Idaho. He attended Lewis-Clark Normal School and received an associate's degree and a Bachelor of Arts in police science. He began his career as a police officer in Coeur d'Alene in 1970. He worked at the Lewiston Police Department from 1970-77. He went on to become a detective and later attended training at the FBI academy at Quantico, VA, and became a member of the LPD's SWAT team.
He was hired at Potlatch Corp. in 1978, and after a few years he was head of security for Potlatch Corp. Northwest. After leaving Potlatch, he worked for the Lewiston School District for 11 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Catherine Kopczyski.
He is survived by his wife, Inge; his son, Christopher (Cindy) and grandsons, Evan and Race; daughters, Shannon Kenyon and grandsons, Douglas (Allie) and John (McKenzie), and Sheila Rae Fuchs (Andrew) and grandson, Zachary and Matthew; sister, Judy Bown; one niece, four nephews; and his faithful dog, Schatzie Web.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please give to any veterans' services.
At Roger's request, cremation has taken place and no public memorial is planned.
Photo: Roger G. Currin
Helen Ruth Ingram, 90, formerly of Orofino
Helen Ruth Ingram passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was born July 24, 1927, in Kamiah, to Robert and Ruth Jewell. When she was eight years old, the family moved to Orofino, where she went to school, graduating from high school in 1944.
In 1949, she married Donald Ingram of Orofino, and they lived most of their married life in Lewiston.
Helen was interested mainly in her family, but liked volunteering, especially at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She also enjoyed volunteering and raising money for the March of Dimes. She loved to crochet and gave many beautiful items to friends and family.
She is survived by son, Brian and wife Gail; her granddaughter, Marie Teslow and husband Jacob; great-granddaughters Taylor and Payton Teslow; and her sister, Gladys Brooks, of Orofino.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; daughter, Linda Trimp; and sister, Bobbie Beck.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be a family memorial later.
Photo: Helen Ruth Ingram
William G. Ankney, 84, Dworshak Hatchery worker
Bill Ankney, 84, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. Bill was born Feb. 19, 1934, to Albert and Bessie (Bonnalie) Ankney in "that old house along the crick in Sweetwater." His memory will live on from all the stories of the Ankney boys and their antics (from outhouse tipping to stealing one of Mom's chickens to have her cook for their dinner.)
Bill grew up in Sweetwater and attended school in Lapwai. He worked for farmers in the summer and loggers in the Pierce area during the winters, digging out trees. He worked until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in February 1953. His basic training was at Fort Lewis, WA, and he was stationed there until his discharge in February 1955.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Bill worked for Erbs Hardware and Highland Market as a meat cutter. In March 1955, he married Carol Miller. They had three daughters: Laura, Cindy and Marilyn.
In 1958, Bill and Carol moved their family to Tacoma, WA. Bill worked for Boeing building KC-135s. He and Carol later divorced.
In 1959, Bill worked briefly as a correctional officer in Lompoc, CA. In 1960, he married Colleen Morrison in Tacoma. Colleen had three children from a previous marriage: Bruce, Dorothy and Suzanne. They moved to Culdesac, and in 1961 they had their daughter, Delta. During this time, he worked for Howard Logging in Winchester. He then worked for Good Year Tire Co. in Lewiston.
Colleen passed away in 1972. Later, he worked various jobs in Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho, primarily for Fish and Game, which included three years at the Dworshak Fish Hatchery.
In 1974, he married Patricia Martin. Pat had four children from a previous marriage: Kathy, Ila, Rick and Kim Ankney. Together they had a son, James.
Bill loved camping, fishing, hunting and sightseeing in the mountains. He enjoyed spending time at the American Legion and organizing fundraisers.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Bessie Ankney; brothers Dale and Bob; and sister Merle Ulber.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Assembly of God, located at 400 N. U.S. Highway 95, Lapwai, Idaho, next to the Lapwai High School running track. The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the church, and the American Legion Post No. 13 of Lewiston will provide an honor guard outside the church directly after the service that will include taps and passing of the flag to the family. This will be followed by a fellowship potluck dinner from approximately noon to 2 p.m. in the church community dining room.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Legion Post No. 13, P.O. Box 683, Lewiston, ID 83501; or the Idaho State Veterans Home Food Drive, 821, 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501-6392. Both of these organizations were close to Bill's heart, and he spent countless hours volunteering to assist their efforts.
Photo: William G. Ankney
Clayton Cross, 85, born in Orofino
Clayton Lee Cross Sr. was born June 12, 1932, in Orofino, and died at age 85 of natural causes Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Clarkston, WA.
He was born to Harvey D. Cross and Hazel Monroe. Clayton's early years were lived in Orofino and in Buhl, Idaho, where while in church he met the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Patricia Yvonne Shaver Cross. They had four children and raised them in Orofino, Lewiston and Spokane, WA.
Clayton was a logger in Orofino until he moved to Lewiston, where his career in baking began at Holsum Baking Co. After attending the American Institute of Baking and Technology in Chicago in the early '60s, he moved his family to Spokane, where he worked for Wonder Bread and fulfilled the position of superintendent. After he retired from Snyder's Bakery in 1983, he went on to become a baker's consultant for W.E. Long Co-op and traveled the United States and Canada.
In their retired years, Clayton and Yvonne spent many winters in Lake Havasu, AZ, and summers as camp hosts at Chief Timothy State Park managing the Alpowai Interpretive Center outside of Clarkston. Clayton never knew a stranger. He always had stories to tell from the good ol' days. He loved to listen to old country music and was a great dancer. He had a laugh that was boisterous and infectious and a growl that was cantankerous and ornery. He was very handy and loved making things from wood, particularly furniture and canes. He had a passion for handling and knowing everything about rattlesnakes. He loved fishing, hunting, boating, camping, traveling and the years he spent as a Shriner.
Clayton was a father of four children: Vicki Yvonne Timmerman of Chico, CA, Diana Lee Kimrey of Spokane (deceased), Janice Twila 'Cookie' Genasci of Yelm, WA, and Clayton Lee "Chip" Cross Jr. of Fairbanks, AK. Clayton was the grandpa of 15 grandchildren: Baby Girl Shippy (deceased), Shelly (deceased), Trisha, Lisha, Korey, Dana, Tina, Shon, Corina, twins Christy (deceased) and Misty, Nikki, Travis, Tonya, Michelle and Ben; 31 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister: Doug Jones, Twila Olin and Jim Jones. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Cross, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and two brothers: Jack and Harmon Cross.
Clayton was an avid supporter of Boys Town as they were a positive influence in his childhood. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Boys Town Nebraska - a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving children and healing families by caring for homeless children - in memory of Clayton Cross. Clayton's close friends and family gathered on Dec. 27 to celebrate his life.
Cremation was performed by Merchant Funeral Home. Please visit the online guest book at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photos: Clayton Lee Cross, Sr.
Beatrice Phelps, 90
Beatrice A. Phelps, 90, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Lewiston.
Bea was born June 24, 1927, to Sam and Sarah (Ward) Mace. She married Charles W. Andrews, and the couple had one daughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Paul, and grandsons Tony and Allen Paul. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Debra Widmier.
A celebration of life will be held later in the spring. Condolences may be sent to Sandy at Hidden Village No. 5, Bass Lane, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Beatrice A. Phelps
Agnes Alice Lancaster, 86
Agnes Alice Lancaster, 86, of Lewiston, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. She was born Aug. 26, 1931, to Elizabeth Reed.
Agnes married Spencer 'Doc' Lancaster on Feb. 21, 1951.
She is survived by her grandson, Damian Spencer Lancaster. She was preceded in death by daughter Kimberly Kay Lancaster; and her husband, Spencer 'Doc' Lancaster.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Orofino Cemetery. The service will be officiated by Chuck Powell.
Photo: Agnes Alice Lancaster
Virginia Lea Barnett, 82, formerly of Weippe
Virginia Lea Barnett, 82, of Lewiston, went to be with her Lord on Jan. 3, 2018, at her home.
Virginia was born May 29, 1935, in Kendrick, to Ronald Wolfe and Pearl Johnson Wolfe. She attended Troy High School.
She married Jake Floch on Oct. 4, 1957, in Lewiston. They later divorced in 1964. She later married Albert Barnett on April 10, 1964. Albert died April 25, 1996.
Virginia ran a day care facility in Weippe until she retired in 1996. She then moved to Lewiston, where she remained for 17 years.
She was a member of the House of Faith in Lewiston.
Virginia is survived by daughters, Juliann (Daniel) Cattron of Lewiston and Sharon Alviar of McCleary, WA.; sisters, Evelyn (Carl) Dalberg of Bonners Ferry and Alice Roberts of Athol; her grandchild, Joanna Cattron of Lewiston; and great-grandchild Shawntell Cattron of Lewiston; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Barnett; parents Ronald Wolfe and Pearl Johnson-Wolfe; and sister Wilma Pochart.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, followed by a gathering at the House of Faith, 2502 16th Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Virginia Lea Barnett
Norma May Fauver, 96, formerly of Pierce
Norma May Fauver, 96, passed away Jan. 2, 2018, of natural causes, at Living Spring Residential Care of Lewiston. She was born March 28, 1921, to Sanford and Sarah Davis Larson, at Jerome.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lavar, Orville and Len Larson; and sisters, Delisle McCollum and Othella Hamrin. Also preceding her was her husband, Lloyd; daughter, Jean; and sons, David and Jeff.
Norma spent her childhood in Pierce and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1939. Her family moved during World War II to Seattle, WA, where her brothers worked in the shipyards and she worked in a shoe store. Norma's family moved back to Lewiston at the end of the war, and it was during this time she met and married her first husband, Karl Taylor. They welcomed a daughter, Jean Ann. They divorced, and Norma married Lloyd Fauver in December of 1949 in Lewiston.
Lloyd adopted Jean and together they had seven additional children: Jean (Stan) Wilson, Michael (Donna) Fauver, David Fauver, June (Andy) Bible, Janis (Bob) Whetstine, and Tom, Jim and Jeff Fauver. She was a proud grandma to seven grandchildren: Lance (Judy) Wilson, Jennell (David) Reece, Jaime (John) Southmayd, Cyndi (Brett) Steele, Samantha (Jason) Donat, Candace (Jeremy) Pauley and Nathan Fauver; as well as 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Norma was a stay-at-home mom who was always busy caring for her children, including a special-needs child, and then for her grandchildren.
She loved baking for her large family and her children's friends. She is still remembered by a few of these friends for her cookies. Some of her grandchildren nicknamed her "Grandma Cookie." In later life, she loved to read, especially Danielle Steele books. At 90 years old she learned how to operate a Kindle Paperwhite, which was a lot easier for her to hold.
During the past year, Norma was a resident of Living Spring Residential Care, Lewiston. She loved living there, where she felt at home. Thanks to Pat Fowler and her family and staff who always treated Norma with love, dignity and respect. Thank you also to the hospice team from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, who helped make her final days peaceful.
Norma was cremated and a remembrance of her life will be held in the spring.
Memorial donations should be made out to Tri-State Hospital Foundation.
Photo: Norma May Fauver
Robert C Burger, 90, Dworshak Dam construction worker
Robert Charles Burger passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Spokane Valley, WA.
Robert 'Bob' was born April 30, 1927, to Charles and Myrtle Burger in Blencoe, Iowa, one of four children. He was raised mostly by his father, as his mother passed away when he was a very young boy.
After graduating from high school, Bob went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1945, making lifelong friends along the way. In 1952, Bob married the love of his life, Fern Buchholz, and they had two sons, Richard and William. After traveling across the country working construction, Bob and Fern settled in Orofino so Bob could work on Dworshak Dam until he retired in 1982.
After retiring, Bob and Fern moved to Lewiston to enjoy what would end up being a very long retirement. Bob enjoyed camping, traveling down south with friends for the winter along with spending time up in Spokane, WA, with his son, Bill, and daughter-in-law Teresa. In 2012, Bob and Fern moved to Spokane Valley to be closer to family.
Bob was preceded in passing by his son, Richard, and his wife of 65 years, Fern, just last May. Bob is survived by his son, Bill; two daughters-in-law, Teresa and Beverly, both of Spokane; two grandsons, Jackson and Christopher; two granddaughters, Melissa and Wendy of Spokane; and five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mason, Malia, Joci and Trenton.
Bob's love for his family and friends, along with his great sense of humor, will forever be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Memorial service for Robert Charles Burger will be 2 p.m. March 24 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, because of weather concerns.
Photo: Robert Charles Burger
Roger Preston Fisk, Sr., 80, Orofino
It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Preston Fisk, Sr. announce his passing after suffering a heart attack, on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at the age of 80 years.
Born on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 1937, in Chicago, IL. He was the second of three sons and a daughter born to Preston and Helen Ruth Fisk.
The Fisk family moved to the Yakima, WA area in 1946 where the family established a home; it was here that Roger developed his great love for the outdoors, spending much time hunting and fishing.
Roger led a colorful life as a young man with many adventures, some were fun and some were fun and foolhardy, but he always managed to come out with only a few scratches and a great story to tell.
Graduating from Yakima High School in 1955 he learned the auto-body trade and moved to Burns, OR, where he met and fell in love with Audrey Vignery. Roger and Audrey eloped and married in a wedding ceremony in Winnemucca, NV on April 29, 1956. Their marriage lasted for 18 years when they decided to call it quits as a married couple, but their love for their children kept them well connected and in their later years they were the best of friends who still cared deeply for each other.
An early Jeep enthusiast, Roger spent a lot of time at hill climbs and backwoods trails no matter what the weather might be, rain, hail and snow were not a deterrent to him. If it was raining it only meant more mud to play in! It was usually a family affair and as children we were thrilled, we all loved getting out there and playing in the mud! The thrill of catching a little air while riding in the jeep was something he and his children loved. Roger discovered a lot of things while out "Jeepin'", but the biggest one was "It's easier to break them than to fix them!"
Roger was an avid reader and loved going to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, sometimes going there twice a day. He enjoyed good Westerns and reading of the history of the Pacific Northwest. He never lost his love of being out-of-doors where he could be found getting wood, mushroom hunting and panning for gold with his good friends and his companion Ellen.
Roger raised a little hell but always cared for the welfare of his family and friends. He was a giving man, sharing and doing what he could when seeing or hearing about another person in need.
Roger was blessed to have many long time friends that gave him their friendship, companionship and a helping hand, assisting him with his wood to keep his house warm (Richard Remen, we're thinking of you!). He had a sweet tooth and there was always a steady supply of sweets from friends and neighbors alike. Thanks to all of you(!) for showing your love and bringing the warmth of your friendship into his life!
Roger will be lovingly remembered by his friend and companion, Ellen Lengacher; his children, Debra Ehlinger, Roger Fisk, Jr., Carol Anderson and Viva Davis. Roger will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren, Bobby, Asia, Aaron, Eric, Rachael, Brandon and Colton; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Gavin. Roger is also survived by his brothers, Bud and Rick Fisk of Tieton, WA .
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Ruth; his sister, Joan Fisk Thomas, of Colorado; and the mother of his children, Audrey Vignery Fisk.
A Celebration of Life Service in memory of Roger will be held on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m., at the Orofino Church of the Nazarene, 802 Michigan Ave., Orofino, Idaho, with Rev. Shane Endicott officiating.
In memory of Roger, those who so desire are encouraged to make memorial donations to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation Inc., 139 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, Idaho 83520 / Phone # 208-476-7570, or at their web site: www.cmplfoundationinc.org.
Photo: Roger Preston Fisk, Sr.
Roger Preston Fisk, 80, Orofino
Roger Preston Fisk, 80, Orofino, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Jeffrey Miles Midstokke, 55, Peck
December 20, 2017 will forever be a day to remember and will never be the same again. Our loving, hardworking husband, father, son, grandfather and great-grandfather has left us due to a tragic work accident.
Jeffrey Miles Midstokke was born to Richard and Shirley Midstokke in San Jose, CA, Sept. 13, 1962. The family moved to Peck, Idaho in 1971.
Jeff married Renee' Cobbs in 1979 and they had two children, Shan Avila and Brandon Midstokke. They divorced in 1981.
Jeff married Misty Atkinson on June 23, 1990 after they had lived together for 6 years. They have one son together, Dylan Midstokke.
Jeff worked for Potlatch Corp for many years, starting at Jaype in Pierce, Idaho, then later transferring to the Potlatch mill in Lewiston, Idaho, as a millwright. Jeff took a few years break from millwork and went to work as a machinist at Nightforce in Orofino, Idaho, before going back to work as a millwright at both Tri-Pro in Orofino and Guy Bennett Lumber in Clarkston, WA.
Jeff loved to do so many things, most of them all including one or all of his family members. He enjoyed working/playing with the cows which took up a lot of his time, especially during the months of calving. Jeff was such a hardworking man, who never backed down from any task that was before him.
He was so smart. There just wasn't anything he couldn't do or fix. We never seemed to worry about things as they broke down, just knew that he would be able to make it work again.
Jeff loved family gatherings and always wanted to cook a feast. Even when there was already more than enough food, he always wanted to 'smoke a fish', or bring a ham, or cook a buffalo roast. He loved making jerky, always enough to share. No one would ever leave hungry or without leftovers to take home.
Watching the Seahawks was a family passion since the 1980's and he was so fortunate to attend three Seahawk games. The most recent game was this October with both sons and his wife. It was a terrific time and a lasting memory.
Jeff loved his three children very much. They were all so very special to him. He was so proud of them, and never ever missed an opportunity to let them know, and to brag on them. He was so proud of each of their journeys into adulthood, their hurdles they each overcame, and each of their accomplishments.
He was able to see them each improve their lives with promotions and advances in things they love. He was such an encouraging man, and always tried to advise them with the different obstacles and directions all their lives have taken them. Jeff just always wanted them to know that he was available for each and every one of them.
He loved his grandchildren and great-grandson so much. He was just so proud of them also. He looked forward to watching them grow into the strong, fabulous people they are and will be. He loved his grandson, and could not wait to have him participate in the trips to the Seahawk games. Jeff took pride in helping mold him and encourage him to become a helpful, strong, honest, successful and hardworking man.
He loved his granddaughter and was so excited to see her enter into adulthood, and parenthood with his new great-grandchild. He was so proud to see her overcome obstacles and improve herself and loved watching her be happy. The time the two of them spent with 4-H was a great joy for him, and he was very happy with the way she handled things and her success.
Jeff loved his wife Misty so very much. There was never a day that he didn't tell her so, or let her know. He was always reaching out for her, to touch her, whenever she walked by, always kissing and hugging each other before bed. The morning of his death, he sent her a text message that read, "Good Morning Beautiful". They were soul mates who did absolutely everything together, from fun to work. You rarely saw one of them without the other.
They balanced each other. He was Misty's best friend. He kept her calm by assuring her that things were going to be just fine, and to not worry so much over things. His love for Misty was real, and everyone could see and feel it.
Jeff had a special relationship with his mom and siblings. He called his mom every day to see how she was doing, and to just visit with her about his day. Jeff was best of friends with his siblings as children and that grew and continued into adulthood. It was a joy for him to be involved and included in all the steps of their lives as each of their families grew.
The friendship and love Jeff shared with his in-laws, Tommy and Jann Atkinson, and later Doris Peterson was very strong. They welcomed Jeff into their lives from the start, and loved him as their son. Jeff had the same strong love, and relationship with his sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Kelly Dub as he did his siblings. He was their brother too. He was honored to be the uncle to their three children and loved each of them. It was a joy for him to see them each grow into successful adults.
Jeff had many friends, and something that was important to him, was to show everyone respect. He was a good friend and family man because of his ability to show everyone that he was good, kind, honest and helpful. That was what he wanted everyone to see and I believe this was accomplished in his life, that was stopped way too short.
Jeff was preceded in death by his sister, Kari; his father, Richard Midstokke, paternal and maternal grandparents; uncles; aunts; and a nephew.
Jeff is survived by his mother Shirley Midstokke, his wife Misty Midstokke, his children Shan Avila, Brandon Midstokke, Dylan Midstokke (Samantha Swimley). His grandchildren Kayla Avila, Owen Avila, and his great-grandson Weston Smith. His siblings, Dan Midstokke (Robin), Chris Midstokke (Loree), Jennifer Midstokke, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Lodge at Rivers Edge in Orofino, Idaho on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. A gathering for family and friends will be immediately following the ceremony.
Photo: Jeffrey Miles Midstokke
Evah Jean Gentry Hicks, 79, formerly of Fraser
Evah Jean Gentry Hicks, 79, passed away peacefully in Clarkston, WA, on Dec. 21, 2017, the longest night of the year. She left her tired, aged body to join loved ones anxiously awaiting her return to Heaven.
Born in Pomeroy, WA, in June 1938, the daughter of Raymond Ellsworth and Gertrude Doris Eberhardt Gentry. Married in Pomeroy, WA, in June 1957, to Royce Elbert Hicks of Wolf Creek, MT. Evah and Royce have six (6) children, twenty-four (24) grandchildren, and forty-four (44) great grandchildren.
With BA and MS degrees from BYU, in addition to an agrarian Palouse upbringing, Evah excelled in Genealogy, Library Science, Gardening, Sewing, and Culinary Arts.
Burial will be beside Royce in the Fraser Cemetery on the Fraser Prairie above Greer, ID. A graveside service will be held when the weather and travel safety improve. In lieu of flowers, please, bring a yellow daffodil bulb or two to plant on her grave when you visit. Symbols of our hope in The Resurrection.
Earl A. Hewett, 99, born in Southwick
Earl A. Hewett, age 99, of Culdesac, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston.
He was born Dec. 13, 1918, to Harlen L. and Bertha Heinrich Hewett in Southwick, where he lived as a child. The family moved to Clarkston, WA, where he graduated from Clarkston High School in 1938. He was very athletic and played high school baseball and later was on several area club baseball teams.
Earl married the love of his life, Elva Eaton, in 1938. They were together nearly 79 years before her death in August. They moved in 1943 to Culdesac, where he farmed and worked for the railroad. He also worked in the construction field, starting with the Culdesac grade in the 1950s, and many more jobs in the Northwest. He loved the land and always considered himself foremost a farmer. Until his last few years, he maintained his home, half-acre of lawn, flowers, garden and fruit trees.
He was an avid Mariners, Seahawks and Gonzaga fan.
Earl is survived by his son, Jerry (Maureen); daughter Sharon Wilkins (Dave); five grandchildren; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Lewis; sister-in-law Maxine Hewett; and grandson Curtis Hewett.
A memorial service was held. Saturday at the Culdesac Community Church.
Donations may be made to Culdesac Community Church or the charity of choice.
Photo: Earl A. Hewett
Michael 'Mick' Baldwin, 82, OHS graduate
Michael 'Mick' Baldwin, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Life Care Center in Lewiston.
He was born April 7, 1935, in Lewiston to Lewis and Frances (Rambeau) Baldwin.
Mick attended and graduated from Orofino High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea and Okinawa, Japan, from 1954 to 1957.
After an honorable discharge, Mick went to work for Potlatch Corp., retiring after 35 years.
Mick married Noma Garrett in 1958. During their marriage, they were blessed with two sons, Kelly and Ron. The marriage ended in 1971.
Survivors include Kelly (Kattie), Ron (Denise); five grandchildren, Bruce, DJ (Megan), Chance (Christine), Kabe, and Kooper; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Camryn.
At Mick's request, there will be no service. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Photo: Michael 'Mick' Baldwin
Janine Renee Mattoon, 66, formerly of Weippe
Janine Renee Mattoon, 66, formerly of Weippe, passed away Dec. 13, 2017 in Burien, WA.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Weippe Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Effie C. McAllister, 93, Orofino
Effie C. McAllister, 93 of Orofino, passed away at her home Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Helen Janice Smith, 100, formerly of Orofino
Helen Janice Smith went to be with our Lord Dec. 13, 2017. She blessed almost everyone that knew her for more than 100 years.
Janice, (Janiece as she was always known), was born in Cambridge, Idaho, on July 22, 1917. Her father was Oscar M. Denney from Idaho and her mother was Iva Lee Thrall from Nebraska. She is the middle child of five children. She was the last of her generation to pass away.
As was said, Janice was born in the little town of Cambridge. While she was a young child, the family moved to Tamarack, Idaho, where her father worked in the local sawmills. In 1925, when she was 8, they moved to Orofino in a rubber-tired, covered wagon drawn by their team of work horses.
Over the next few years, they moved several times, and ended up living up Elk Creek on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, where she went to school until she graduated from the eighth grade, which was the highest grade that was available in those years in that rural area. During those years, she worked with her mother doing laundry for the Civilian Conservation Corps workers who were stationed at the Elk Creek CCC Camp.
In 1935, she married William Clark Jenks. They had two sons, Donald and Floyd. In 1940, Clark was killed in a hunting accident, leaving her a widow at the age of 23. During the next eight years she and the boys lived with her older sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Willis Grimm, where one of her favorite chores was to drive the team of horses while helping put up hay for the livestock.
In 1948, with her two sons, she moved to Lewiston, where she lived in the same house for the next 66 years. In 1956 she was remarried, to George Eugene Smith, and they had one son, George Lee. Most of her life was devoted to her three sons, giving them a sense of pride for who they were and instilling in them a proper respect for the strong woman that she was.
In March of 2014, after a serious illness, when she could no longer live on her own, she was moved to the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Floyd and Carol Jenks, north of Spirit Lake, Idaho. While there, she loved to watch all the wildlife that could occasionally be seen in their front yard. During this time her favorite adventures included going out for breakfast and on long drives, which she did with her oldest son, Donald.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her sisters and brother, Lillian, Doris, Oscar Jr. and Delores; her first husband, William Clark Jenks and second husband, George Eugene Smith; and her youngest son, George Lee Smith, who preceded her in death by just one week.
She leaves behind a legacy of smiles and laughter that will never be forgotten. Her survivors are her sons and daughter-in-law, Donald Jenks, and Floyd and Carol Jenks; nine grandchildren: Carol Ann, Donna, Lisa, Tracy, David, Kendell, Scott, Neal and Kimberly; 21 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-great-grandchildren; and innumerable extended family.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Helen Janice Smith
Betty Jane (Collins) Davis, 70
Betty Jane (Collins) Davis, 70, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at her home, because of cancer.
Betty was born Dec. 6, 1946, in Newport, AZ, to George K. Collins and Blanch E. (Stacy) Collins. She moved to Wenatchee, WA, with her family when she was three years old. They later moved to Cashmere, WA, where she graduated from Cashmere High School in 1965.
Betty met her future husband, Freddy L. Davis, at a movie in 1964. She and Fred were married April 23, 1966, in Cashmere. They spent more than 51 happy years together, deeply in love.
During Fred's military service, they lived and traveled in Germany and the United States. She returned in 1984 to Cashmere, where she and Fred lived until 2003, when they moved to Clarkston, WA.
Betty was a member of several square dance clubs in Germany and Georgia. She loved to sew and make quilts that she would later donate. She also enjoyed going to the casino and playing the slots. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Freddy Davis of Clarkston; daughters, Rachel Turner of Caldwell, Angela Jones and Jessica Ray, both of Clarkston; son, Steven Davis of Wenatchee; sisters, Marie Poirier of Wenatchee and Eloise Pierce of Clarkston; brothers, George Collins of Weippe and Earl Collins of Lake Wenatchee. WA; sister-in-law and special friend, Ann Bowlin; as well as two grandsons, two granddaughters, three step-granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, Blanch and George Collins; sister, Elizabeth Milton; and her son, Timothy L. Davis.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Betty Jane (Collins) Davis
Manuel 'Manny' Phillip Villalobos, Jr., 70
Manuel 'Manny' Phillip Villalobos Jr., a warrior, veteran and strong Nimiipuu of the banks of the Clearwater River in Cherry Lane, passed away surrounded by his loved ones Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, after courageously battling health complications.
He was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Seattle, WA, Ermith Cloud and Manuel Villalobos Sr.
Growing up, he attended Lapwai High School (class of 1967), while later attending school in Concho, OK. At age 15, he was among one of the first groups of young artists to attend the Wallowa County Educational Camp held by Alvin Josephy and family.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army, 25th VAN BN, on Feb. 16, 1967, at age 19. He served two tours as a pathfinder in the Vietnam War, and later re-enlisted into the U.S. Navy, U.S.A. RAMSEY (DEG-2). His service as a combat veteran during Vietnam was defining for him; he was a fearless and brave Nimiipuu hamaa.
Manny was one of the original founding members of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Chapter 13-3. The group includes veterans, with membership growing to 54 members. The bond of brotherhood played a very important part of his life. One of the highlights of his life was participating in local CVMA rides to support charitable causes like the annual Toys for Tots run, as well as various state and national meets.
Manny was known to be a hard worker and took pride in the work he did. He worked for Lockheed Shipping Yards in Seattle, and spent 10 years in Portland, OR, working for Precision Cast Parts. Upon returning home to the Nez Perce Reservation, he worked for the Potlatch Corp. pulp mill in Lewiston until he began his final career with the Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resource Management. He became one of the longest-serving employees for fisheries, starting in 1983 and only recently retiring in October because of health concerns. In addition to being a proud Nimiipuu fisherman, he was dedicated to his work and was passionate about the preservation and protection of salmon.
Manny was married to the love of his life, Bobbi Ann, for 23 years. They enjoyed traveling together, going as far as Hawaii. He also enjoyed their long-weekend trips and rides with their CVMA family. Manny was a great father and loved each and every one of his children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ermith Cloud and Manuel Phillip Villalobos Sr.; his brother, Jaime Villalobos; and grandson, Anthony "Charlie-Bear" Charles Kuechmann Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi Ann; sons, Jaime Christopher (Serena) Villalobos of Camarillo, CA, and Manuel Phillip Villalobos III, of Lenore; daughter LaSaundra Sue (Anthony) Villalobos-Kuechmann of Kalispell, Mont.MT; stepchildren, Cameron and Becky Lozon of Lewiston, and Juanito Hudson of Boise; sisters, Carmen Payne, Vesta Villalobos, Suzie Villalobos, Dulce Villalobos and Cara Mia Villalobos; grandchildren, Austin, Thunder Cloud, Sarah, Tierra, Logan, Mercedes, Diamond, Aurora, Akazia, Izzabella and Tristin; great-grandson, Grayson Moon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Manny was the patriarch of his family and he will be greatly missed by his friends and loved ones.
A celebration of life for Manuel will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center, Main Street South, Lapwai. A color guard ceremony and 21-gun salute will follow at noon at Spalding Cemetery. Dinner will follow at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is caring for the family.
Photo: Manuel 'Manny' Phillip Villalobos Jr.
Dr. Hilda Gladys Strong, 93
Dr. Hilda Gladys Strong, 93, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. She was born July 7, 1924, in Preston, England, the daughter of Henry William Lund and Ellen Jane (Holding) Lund. She was the second of four children. On Sept. 25, 1945, Hilda married Raymond Clifford Strong, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed in England during World War II. She came to the United States in 1946 as a war bride. Although she became a U.S. citizen, she remained proud of her home country.
Hilda had a love of learning, as evidenced by her actions after all her children had started school. She attended for two years at what was then Lewis-Clark Normal School, where she earned the Gertrude Mellon Dick Award, the college's highest academic award. Her Bachelor of Arts in English followed in 1965 from the University of Idaho, where she received the Howard Packenham Award for Outstanding Graduate in English. A Master of Arts in English followed in 1968 from the University of Idaho. She received her Ph.D. with a perfect grade-point average of 4.0 in English literature from Washington State University in 1980. Her work as a student was distinguished by excellence; she was a member of three national honor societies, beginning with her induction into Phi Theta Kappa at LCNS, followed by her induction into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Idaho, and finishing with her induction into Phi Kappa Phi at Washington State University.
Hilda's work as a teacher continued her tradition of excellence in education. Her career on the other side of the desk began with teaching grades 1-4 at Beacon Seventh-day Adventist School in Lewiston from 1960 to 1962. She taught English at the University of Idaho from 1965 to 1967. In the fall of 1967, she began working at LCSC, where she taught for 17 years, retiring from there in 1984.
Hilda's greatest happiness was her family. Every summer, she, her husband Ray and their three children enjoyed camping trips and vacations on the Oregon and Washington coasts. They also camped and hiked at Wallowa Lake in Oregon, and many years the trips included friends, as well as family. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, researching and writing.
Hilda is survived by her children, Linda-Rae (Strong) Higby and Albert Higby of Lyons Falls, NY, Marilyn Jane (Strong) Folk and John Folk of Seal Rock, OR, and David and Wanda (Gangewer) Strong of Weippe; one brother, Harry Lund of Chemsford, England; five grandchildren, Kim (Strong) and Pat Donahue, Cheri Strong and Seth Paine, Daidre (Higby) and Johnson Scaria, Sharna (Higby) and John Karelus, Sara (Folk) and Ryan Berweger; nine great-grandchildren, Ryan Strong, RayLynn Smith, Courtney Wolhaupter, Joshua Chapman, Ethan Scaria, Joshua Scaria, Brayden Scaria, Tyler Scaria and Adela Karelus; two sisters-in-law, Janet Gregg and JoAnn Frost; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Ray; brothers, Gordon and Bert; and sisters-in-law, Val Lund and Gladys Lund.
There will be no calling hours and at her request a private family service will be held. Interment will be at Normal Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity or food bank, to the American Red Cross or to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
Hilda, a survivor of WWII and the Blitz, the 1940-1941 bombing of London, daily remembered her family, friends and the suffering in prayer. She kept framed the following words, penned by Minnie Louise Haskins in "The Desert," and quoted by King George VI in his 1939 radio Christmas speech: "I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.' " She left us with these words: "Life has been worth the living because He lives." Amen. We miss you Mom/Nana/Gigi/Hilda.
Photo: Dr. Hilda Gladys Strong
William Floyd Hammond, 92, helped build Dent, Grandad bridges
Floyd Hammond passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston with his family by his side. He had a strong relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ to guide him on his final journey.
Floyd was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Tulsa, OK, to John and Agnes Belle Hammond. He and Ramona M. Deaver were married Oct. 11, 1947, in Reno, NV. They had two children.
In 1960, the family moved from Fiddletown, CA, to Dent, up on the Clearwater River. This was always to be where they called home. When he retired, they bought The Lariat Drive-in at Riggins and then moved to Lenore as caretakers at the Lenore rest area. Then they moved back to Peck and then to Lewiston in 2014.
Floyd was a member of the Nazarene Church in Orofino and the Blessed Hope Assembly of God in Lewiston. He loved both his church families.
He worked for Carl Finke Logging, Kenny Miller Logging and owned his own truck for several years. He then worked for Barnett Logging and Hensel Phelps, building Grandad Bridge and the Dent Bridge.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and four-wheeling. He loved spending any time he could with his grandsons and those great-grandkids. He loved them so very much. They were his light and delight.
Floyd is survived by daughter, Sandy (Bill) Wheeler; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hammond; grandsons, Michael (Michelle) Wheeler, Dale (Amanda) Wheeler, Wade (Stacy) Hammond and Nathan (Kim) Hammond; great-grandchildren, Josh, Brett, Ryan, Mariah, Emilee, Devinee, Alexis Wheeler, Steele and Brooke Hammond, and Kirsti, Gage and Kara; as well as sisters, Thelma Blake and Eva Fisher; and brothers, Dan and Larry Hammond.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona, in 2016; his parents; sisters, Barbara Chase and Faye Albiani; brother, Theron Hammond; and son, Robert in 2000.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Nazarene Church, 802 Michigan Ave., Orofino.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Family Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Photo: William Floyd Hammond
Calvin Ray Profitt, 74, formerly of Orofino
Calvin Ray Profitt, 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby. MT, of natural causes. He was born on Jan. 24, 1943 in Orofino to John and Grace Profitt. He was the second child of 11 brothers and sisters, so there was lots of activity in his family. He started school in Orofino and then attended different schools as his father had to move the family for work.
The last school he attended was Flathead High School which he left after his sophomore year to enlist in the National Guard. He completed his service and was honorably discharged. He attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon for two semesters. Calvin decided school was not for him and went back to logging and driving truck.
Calvin retired from the Teamsters Union in Anchorage, AK, in 2008 and moved back to Libby to enjoy fishing, hunting and visiting with his many friends.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, John and Grace Profitt; brother, Larry Profitt; sisters, Judy Johnson and Peggy Cunningham; sons, Lane and Shannon Profitt; and a stepdaughter, Shelly Tweet.
Survivors include his wife, Deanna Profitt; daughter, Shawnna Robertson; son, Raymond Profitt (Kelly); and stepchildren (although they were considered his children), Bernie Clark (Tina), Sally Sutherland, Rick Sutherland (Raeann); siblings, Dave Profitt (Claudette), Debbie McCray (Jim), Loren Profitt, Glenda Profitt, Ramona Cain (Pat), Cindy Brown, Cecil Profitt, and Tammy Burnside; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
Photo: Calvin Ray Profitt
Toni Marie Simpson,46, formerly of Orofino
Toni Marie Simpson was called home Dec. 3, 2017, around 6:40 a.m., holding onto the hands of her loved ones. Toni Marie Simpson was born Aug. 8, 1971, in Brewster, WA, to Lucinda Pauline George and Wilfred Ronald Simpson. Over the years, Toni lived in Spokane, Lewiston, Wenatchee, Reno, Nev., Alturas, Calif., Orofino, Lenore and her current residence at Lapwai.
Toni had a good heart and a passion to help others. This encouraged her to fulfill her dream job, becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in 1994. She remained one until she became disabled in 2014. Her other occupation, which she enjoyed, was being a native artist and a holistic healer. Toni believed in several religions. She was baptized Methodist and practiced the Wah-lus-it Indian religion.
She attended high school at Wenatchee High School and Lapwai High School, graduating from Lapwai in 1989.
Survivors are her mother, Lucinda (George) Simpson, of Lapwai; brother, William Charles Simpson (Robin Ann) of Clarkston; sons, Isaac Nicholas Pinkham of Seattle, WA, and Elias Zachary Pinkham and Cervante "Dante" Henry, both of Lapwai; daughter, Talia W. Bybee (George Lopez) of Lapwai; and grandsons, Nathen Wesley Pinkham, Adrian J.M. Lopez and Alanzo R.J. Lopez, all of Lapwai. She was preceded in death by her father; her maternal grandparents, Edith and Russell George; granduncle, Gordon Fisher; uncles, Samuel Gilbert George Sr. and Phillip William George; and cousins Michael Ellis George and Eugene Stone.
There was a dressing at Tuesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. A short Wah-lus-it drum service followed, as well as a viewing. She was then transported to the Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Columbia River Road, Nespelem, WA. A Wah-lus-it service will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Services will begin at sunrise and will conclude at the Owhi Family Cemetery. A dinner will follow the graveside services.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of the services in Idaho.
Photo: Toni Marie Simpson
William A. 'Bill' Wilson, 85, Poltatch woods worker
William A. 'Bill' Wilson passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at his home in Kendrick, where he was born Nov. 6, 1932, in the same house, to Lillian (Zimmerman) Wilson and Stewart Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Stewart Wilson; brothers, Clarence and Elmer; sister. Wilma; first wife, Erma May; daughter, Ester; and son, Alvin. He is survived by his second wife, Darlean Wilson; daughter, Diane Clemm; grandson, Brian; granddaughter, Cristina; and great-grandson, Ashjen.
He had a full and busy life. He was born on Gold Hill (Southwick at the time), and went to school on Gold Hill until eighth grade.
He helped build the road from the old Cedar Ridge Road to the current spot with his dad, Stewart, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent overseas to Korea. When he came home he was a logger, cat driver, sawyer for Potlatch Forests Inc. in Camp X, and 3 on the river. A rancher/farmer, he raised cattle and hogs and butchered about 40 per year on the place. He operated his own gas station and had a battery service. He was a telephone lineman on the hill when Gold Hill had their own company. Then he did his own logging with the family.
He enjoyed his hunting and fishing with his kids, grandkids, friends and family.
A memorial will be held at noon Dec. 16 at the Grange Hall in Kendrick on Main Street. A covered-dish dinner will follow with turkey and ham, with mashed potatoes and gravy furnished. The family requests no live flowers, please.
The family welcomes you to come and enjoy and share stories, just like dad liked to talk about and share. Come and have fun and cry with us to celebrate his full life that he lived.
Photo: William A. 'Bill' Wilson
Beth Estes, 87, formerly of Weippe
Beth Estes passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. She was 87.
Beth was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Southern California to Conrad and Lucille Breitenstein. After graduation, she headed up north to Montana, eventually marrying and putting down roots on a ranch in the Weippe area. Life on the ranch was tough, but Beth proved she was more than capable; if it was making clothes for the kids or meals for the ranch hands, she was sure to add her special blend of creativity and style. She became involved with 4-H along with her children and continued to stay involved throughout the next 50 years. Alongside her friend, Iris Schmidt, she judged various food projects for Asotin, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties.
She volunteered as a substitute teacher in the Weippe area and taught sewing and embroidery at Lewis-Clark State College in the 1970s and '80s. She also worked at the Lewiston Tribune in the mail room as a manager. If the rollers were rolling and the paper was coming off the press, she was cracking the whip. If you lived near L-C and you've voted in the last 40 years, you've met Beth. She also volunteered at the Salvation Army over the past 30 years as their Corps Sgt. Major, serving as a leader.
Captain Ralph noted, "(She) was a faithful and dedicated Salvation Army soldier, and was a good example of what a Christian should be, as she was always ready to serve."
After retirement Beth stayed busy as a crafter, selling her creations at craft fairs far and wide. She had a magnet on her fridge that reads: "She who dies with the most fabric wins." She won.
Her great-grandson was born on her birthday; Little Lincoln was her "favorite birthday present."
She is survived by children Mike Estes, Ben Estes and Diane Ludwig; grandchildren Eric, Tiffany, Alexandra, Adam, Luke and Amber; as well as great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Conrad Breitenstein.
A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Salvation Army, 1220 21st St., Lewiston.
Photo: Beth Estes
Dale Howard Stuart, 81, Fraser
Dale Howard Stuart, 81, of Fraser, was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Orofino to Albert and Bernice (Harrison) Stuart. He died Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Lewiston from complications after a fall.
Dale spent his childhood on the family farm in Fraser. He began working for Potlatch Forests Inc. in Lewiston at age 17. At that time, he was living in Juliaetta with his grandparents and it was there he met Oreta Holt, whom he married March 11, 1956, after a yearlong engagement. They began their married life in Lewiston, where their three children were born. They moved to Weippe in 1965 when Dale was transferred to Potlatch's newly opened Jaype mill in Pierce, where he was a foreman.
In 1977, the family moved from Weippe to their home in Fraser, where he continued his career with Potlatch. He went on to become the mill superintendent, retiring after 42 years and with many lifelong friends. After retirement, Dale was happy to be able to devote himself full time to what he had always loved the most, farming and raising cattle. "The Farm" was always the family gathering place and was where Dale was happiest. He was involved in many Fraser community organizations and activities. In his spare time Dale enjoyed farming. He also enjoyed traveling - around the farm, and to neighboring farms to track down his cattle.
Dale was a genuine, unassuming and fair-minded man with a good sense of humor who was always willing to help others. Those who knew him liked and respected him.
He was preceded in death by Oreta, his wife of 61 years, who passed away just three months ago; his parents; and his brother, Wes Stuart. He is survived by children, Lisa (Don) Curnutt of Orofino, Carmen (Scott) Minard of Gresham, OR, and Mitch (Jeannie) Stuart of Lewiston; grandchildren, Dustin Denison of Weippe, Mallory Mason of Meridian, Tara Wilson of Lewiston, and Tessa Brown and Vanessa Minard of Portland, OR. He also is survived by eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Howard and Diane Holt of Bovill; and nephew, Erik Stuart of Fraser and his three children.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orofino. Friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Dale Howard Stuart
Rita Doreen Johnson, 79, Weippe
Rita Doreen Johnson, 79, Weippe, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Clearwater Health and Rehab Center in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Donald Merle Wilson, 89, formerly of Weippe
Donald Merle Wilson was born Oct. 1, 1928, as a premature infant weighing three pounds. Miraculously, he survived and thrived. His father, Harvey Wilson, was the first white child to be born (and live) on the Weippe prairie. His mother, Jeanette Wilson (Carr), died when he was 12 years old.
He passed away Nov. 9, 2017.
Don grew up in Weippe and in 1953 married the love of his life, Eileen (Phelps). Together they moved to College Place, WA, where Don graduated from Walla Walla College in 1957. After serving one year as a school principal, Don entered the Gospel Ministry as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor. His lifelong passion was to introduce people to Jesus Christ and to encourage them to accept Jesus as their personal savior.
Don pastored churches in Medford, OR; Coquille, OR; Bend, OR; Bozeman, MT; Spokane, WA; Coeur d'Alene; Granger, WA; Enterprise, OR, and also served as an evangelist in many areas of the Northwest, Alaska and Michigan.
Don had a great love for the things of nature and often would say, "Lord, you sure can make it beautiful," as he marveled at nature's wonders. He was instrumental in the founding of two family Christian outdoor clubs.
Before his marriage to Eileen, Don served honorably in the U.S. Army. He served his country in Korea as a member of the 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.), which was the first M.A.S.H. hospital unit to exist. He was always proud of the many lives that he was able to help save.
Upon retirement, Don and Eileen moved to Clarkston, WA, to be near family. The last 10 years, Don and Eileen lived in Lewiston, and he was proud to have returned to Idaho.
Don is survived by his wife, Eileen; sister, Alice Hueth; sons, Steve (Jean), Dan (Sandy) and Marv (Lori); grandchildren Lisa (James), Levi, Mandy, Caitlin, Keelin, Danielle and Matthew; great-granddaughter, Lois; and a host of extended family members.
Don invites all of his friends to meet him in heaven.
A memorial service was held Saturday in the Clarkston Seventh-day Adventist Church. A hosted reception followed.
Photo: Donald Merle Wilson
Harry Schaack Jr., 63, formerly of Orofino
Harry Schaack Jr. was born July 4, 1954, in Wenatchee, WA. He passed away at age 63 from complications related to Parkinson's disease on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Guardian Angel Cottage House in Lewiston.
Harry lived in Orofino most of his life and graduated from Orofino High School in 1973. After graduation, he worked at the IGA in Orofino before moving to Lewiston in 1986.
He married Donna Schmidt on April 16, 1988. Together, they had two beautiful children: a daughter Sara, and son Matthew. They were the light of his life.
He worked many places in Lewiston, but the job he loved so much was at his own business, SMS Financial, and later working at the Lewiston Elks.
Harry was a true gentleman, whether it be teaching his son to always open the door for others, or picking flowers to give to people just to brighten their day. He loved to smile and joke with others and always brought a laugh out of you.
He was happiest when he was outside, whether it was in the woods, in the backyard or taking a walk. He could always be found chopping and counting wood for the winter. He taught his children to be passionate about the outdoors.
Harry is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Sara (Devin) Byers, and Matt (Lauren) Schaack. He is also survived by his mother, Janet Schaack, and his three sisters. Preceding him in death were his father, Harry Schaack Sr., and his nephew, Joshua Burton.
At his request, there will be no service, but the family is hosting a small gathering from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Barn at Guardian Angel Homes, 2221 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
We would like to thank the staff at the Cottage House for taking such good care of Harry. He loved you all so very much.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations to go to the Parkinson's Foundation, 7525 S.E. 24th St., Suite 300, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
Photo: Harry Schaack Jr.
Virginia Leila Baca, 87, Orofino
Virginia Leila Baca, 87, Orofino, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Life Care Center in Lewiston.
Cremation has taken place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Charles 'Chuck' Ernest Easterbrook, 89, Orofino
Charles Ernest Easterbrook was born on June 25, 1928 in Wallace to Raymond and Bonnie Easterbrook, the oldest of five children. Charles passed on Nov. 2 after an almost 2-year battle with cancer. Charles (known to many as Chuck) was at his home on Grangemont Rd., Orofino with his children when he passed.
Chuck spent his childhood on Big Creek between Wallace and Kellogg at the Sunshine Silver Mine. He then moved to and attended Kendrick schools, graduating from Kendrick High School in 1946. Chuck served in the Army from 1946-1947 in Japan. Chuck attended the University of Idaho for a short period then began working in the woods to aid in supporting his mother and siblings as Chuck's father died in 1947. Chuck married the love of his life, Bernadine Glenn on Oct. 24, 1953 and celebrated 63 years of marriage until her death on Nov. 13, 2016.
Chuck and Bernie spent their first few years in Kendrick at which time they built their family, first Chad, then Gail and then Amy. In 1959 the family moved to Porter's Camp outside of Orofino living there for 12 years before moving to Orofino in 1971. During his life, Chuck was active in the Shriners, Eagles, and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Chuck enjoyed raising vegetables and fruits and sharing his crops with others in the community. Until his passing, Chuck enjoyed cutting firewood and burning it in his fireplace. Chuck spent his career in the logging industry as a sawyer/faller, truck driver, mechanic, and loader operator. Chuck worked in the woods for 40 years.
Chuck and Bernie helped start the Bald Mountain Ski Club outside of Pierce in the early 1960's where they and their family enjoyed skiing for numerous years. Chuck and Bernie were key members in the Orofino Dance Club for 34 years. Chuck tinkered with woodworking for many years making toys and home décor items. Chuck was a huge Maniac supporter attending children and grandchildren sporting and school events. Chuck also attended and cheered for all his grandchildren's events either home or on the road. Chuck loved sports, he enjoyed watching and following the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Gonzaga and Duke Basketball as well as many other sports.
Chuck loved the northwest and the great outdoors, spending many hours boating, swimming, waterskiing, hunting and fishing on the beautiful Dworshak Reservoir and may have told a fish story or two.
Family and friends were always important to Chuck as he spent countless camping, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, holidays and birthdays trips and events with his family and friends.
Chuck leaves behind children Chad Easterbrook, Gail (Eric) Rensink, and Amy (Ted) Peterson, six grandchildren - Thea (Willie) Beaudoin, Dain Rensink, Zach Rensink, TC (Annette) Peterson, Glenn Peterson (Carrie Hendel), and Stephanie (Heath) Fox and six great-grandchildren (plus one on the way); brothers, Raymond, Gene and Jack (Ann) Easterbrook and sister Verna Banks. He was proceeded in death by the love of his live, Bernie, his parents and great granddaughter Krista Kay Vincent.
The family would like to thank family and friends for their support and prayers and would also like to thank all the doctors and staff at the St. Joseph Cancer Center, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic, and St. Joseph's Family Hospice for the special care he received.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the VFW, St. Joseph's Hospice or your favorite charity are encouraged.
A memorial service is scheduled for Nov. 19, at the VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Avenue, Orofino starting at 1 p.m. with a luncheon to follow.
Photo: Charles 'Chuck' Ernest Easterbrook
Carol Montgomery, 73, Kamiah
Carol Montgomery, 73, Kamiah, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Services will be held at a later date in Montana. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.
Cheryl D. Smolinski, 73
Cheryl D. Smolinski passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston at age 73.
Cheryl was born Sept. 19, 1944, to Helmer and Maldarine Ball in Kamiah.
She went to school in Weippe, where she met Jerry Smolinski. They were married Sept. 3, 1960. They had two sons, Michael and Daniel, both of Lewiston.
Cheryl enjoyed being a 4-H leader, showing horses, antiquing, working in the garden and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Helmer and Maldarine Ball; and her brother, Ronny Ball. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; brother, Terry Ball (Sharlene); sister, Janice Shuebert (Harold); sons, Michael Smolinski (Cheryl) and Daniel Smolinski (Teresa); grandchildren, Josh Smolinski, Savannah Smolinski, Tyrell Smolinski, Amber Putnam (Cody) and Dereck Smolinski (Angelica); and six great-grandchildren.
No memorial services will be held.
Photo: Cheryl D. Smolinski
Nancy L Johnstum, Weippe
A Celebration of Life for Nancy Lynn Johnstun, Weippe, will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Weippe Community Hall.
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, Orofino
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. She was born Feb. 13, 1969, in Lewiston to Clinton and Carrol Frederiksen. She was named after her Grandma Rose and has always reminded us of her; her thick dark hair, her pretty eyes - she was such a cutie. She ran instead of walked, talked at an early age and never stopped.
Debbie grew up a country girl on the family farm on the Cavendish Grade where she rode motorcycles and horses, raised 4-H pigs as well as cats and dogs and one turkey.
She attended the Nazarene Church and was a member of the Teakean Junior Grange and the Teakean-Cavendish 4-H Club.
A lot of good memories and lifelong friends were made during her school years at the Cavendish-Teakean country grade school, and junior high and high school in Orofino. She also attended Boise State University.
Debbie worked at Copperhood Pizza, Olive's Auto Parts, Musselman Construction, Helbling's Supply, the U.S. Forest Service and Wells Fargo Bank.
In 1993, Debbie married Norman Stalnaker. Together they raised two great sons, Jordyn Louis and Jarryt Ray, whom she was very proud of.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Norman; sons, Jordyn and Jarryt; her mother, Carrol Frederiksen; a brother, Ron Frederiksen of Monroe, WA; a half-sister Jo Frederiksen of The Woodlands, TX; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clinton Frederiksen; father-in-law, Louis Stalnaker; grandparents Swen Frederiksen and Wanda Wood, Reuben and Rose Anderson; and her uncle Delbert Anderson.
Cremation has taken place.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Best Western Conference Center in Orofino. A catered dinner will follow.
Photo: Debra Rose Stalnaker
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, Orofino
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, Clarkston, WA.
Memorial Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Edward J. Hudson, 80, Orofino
Edward J. Hudson 80, of Orofino passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at his home on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017.
Ed was born at home to Harry and Beatrice Hudson on Dec.15, 1936 at Grangemont and graduated from Orofino High School in 1955. Ed served his country and was honorably discharged from The United States Army in 1958.
He was employed in several positions within the lumber industry with his first job at Johnson's Mill and went on to work for Boise Cascade and Weyerhaeuser.
Ed had children Shirley (Bernard), Edward, Georgie, and stepdaughter, Debbie from previous marriages.
In 2011, Ed married the "Love of his life", Bonita with whom he resided in Orofino where they spent six wonderful years together.
Ed enjoyed fishing, carpentry, and especially gathering firewood.
Ed is survived by his wife Bonita, her children JoAnn (Kraig), Jim (Debbie), Brad (Vicki), Bonnie (Dave), and Donna (Bob); his daughter, Shirley (Bernard); son, Edward; daughter, Georgie; and his stepdaughter, Debbie; along with sisters, Laura (George) and Ellabee; brothers, Sam (Dorothy), Joe (Colleen), and Andy along with (many of his own and shared with Bonita) grandchildren, great grandchildren, grand dog "Brady" and Dewey the cat.
He was preceded in death by parents, Harry and Beatrice; brothers, Lee, Louie, Frank, Charlie, and Tom.
Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, and Great Uncle Pa, you will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends on Nov. 4 at the Nez Perce Tribe Teweepuu Community Center with covered dish.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Edward J. Hudson
Lee Heitstuman, 80
Lee Heitstuman passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at his Clarkston, WA, home. He was 80 years old.
Lee was born Oct. 14, 1937, in Uniontown to John and Josephine (Sonnen) Heitstuman. He married Sherryl Jensen in Clarkston on June 20, 1992.
Lee farmed and ranched in Gifford until moving to Uniontown, WA, where he farmed the home place. He owned Lee Heitstuman and Sons Trucking until 1984, when he went to work for Deatley Crushing Service until he retired in 1992 - though he never really retired. He helped his brother Harold farming, driving truck and fixing equipment that Sam broke.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ron; great-grandson, Kason Slade Mitchell; brother, Eugene; and sister, Mary Jo. He is survived by wife, Sherryl; son, Tony of Athol; daughter, Julie of Pullman, WA; son, Mark (Gwen) of Peck; and Jamie (Brandon) Cunningham of Clarkston. Lee loved his 12 grandkids and 15 great-grandkids and always looked forward to sausage-making time. He would entertain the great-grandkids while everyone else worked.
He was very talented and could build something out of nothing. He once took a pile of tractor parts that was a disassembled Cletrac crawler and he not only put it back together but got it running.
Donations can be made to a charity of your choice or the Holly Heitstuman Cancer Fund.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Photo: Lee Heitstuman
Nancy Lynn Hook Johnstun, 65, Weippe
Nancy Lynn (Hook) Johnstun, our loving wife, mother, and grammy of Weippe, Idaho passed away on Oct. 5, 2017 at Kootenai Health, in Coeur d'Alene after a long courageous battle with cancer. Although she lost her battle, cancer would never take away her dignity, hope, faith, courage, or love.
Nancy was born on Oct. 15, 1951 to Loyd and Phyllis Hook in Cook, MN. The family then moved to Valley City, ND where she was raised. She graduated from Valley City High School in 1969, and then went on to attend The University of North Dakota, home of the Fighting Sioux, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.
After graduating college, she moved West after taking a job with the United States Forest Service. She was stationed just outside of Pierce on the Austin Ridge Lookout as a fire spotter for several years. While working for the USFS, she met her husband, Jerry Johnstun, and they moved to Weippe together. Shortly after, she became pregnant with their first son, Matthew, and they got married at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene on Feb. 5, 1983. Her son, Matthew was born that same year in September and then in March of 1986 her second son, Kyle, was born. She was very active in her two sons lives, and she sacrificed so much for them while they were growing up. She always made it a point to drive herself and her two kids out to North Dakota every summer, where they would visit with family and friends. She continued to visit her hometown every year even while going through many different cancer treatments.
She was a stay at home mom for several years, but then took a job at the Pierce Library as a librarian. She had many more careers throughout the rest of her life working at the Weippe Head Start, Orofino Head Start, Clearwater County Courthouse, and the Orofino School District.
Nancy was known for her sweet soul, generous spirit, and her giving nature. She will be remembered as compassionate, caring, and always putting others before herself. She never seemed to complain about her health condition, and always made sure that everyone else was taken care of. Her fighting spirit drove her to never give up.
Her children and grandchildren were the absolute light of her life, and she always wanted them around her. She loved to read them books, do craft projects, and make cookies together, among countless other fun activities. The grandchildren brought great joy to her and helped to take her mind off of everything she had to go through over the past several years.
Some of her favorite hobbies were listening to audio books, cooking for her family and playing countless hours of card games (especially Crazy Rummy) with the entire extended family. She loved watching her favorite tv shows, yard-saling, thrift shopping, and going to the library with her grandkids.
Nancy is survived by her husband Jerry of Weippe; son, Matt (Amanda) of Coeur d'Alene; son, Kyle (Jessica) of Lewiston. She is also survived by her beautiful grandchildren, Shylei, Jayce, Owen, and one to be born in March 2018; mother, Phyllis Hook of Valley City; sisters, Cyndi (Mike) Malsam of Valley City and Lori (Brian) Heath of Valley City; last but not least many countless nieces, nephews, and close friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Loyd Hook; and sister,Janel Bzdok.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the staff of the Kootenai Cancer Center, Kootenai Health Emergency Department, and the Kootenai Health Oncology Hospice wing for all of their loving care and compassion.
There will be a memorial service in Valley City, ND, on Nov. 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family wants to respect her wishes and donations can be made to the Weippe Community Hall, Weippe Museum, or the charity of your choice in her name.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Nancy Lynn Hook Juhnstun
Nancy L. Johnstun, 65, Weippe
Nancy L. Johnstun, 65, Weippe, passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 201,7 at Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Rollon Wilson, 72, Kooskia
Rollon Wilson, 72, Kooskia, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
A Graveside Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Pinegrove Cemetery outside of Kooskia.
Arrangements are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Edna Louise Summers, 86, Orofino
Edna Louise Summers passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Oct. 3, 2017, at 2:25 a.m.
She was the beloved mother of Wm. Mark Summers; sister of Dorthy Young, Kenneth Stickens, Charlotte Heatherly and Donna Roy; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.
She was born Dec. 18, 1930 to Eugene F. and Viola Stickens in Paonia, CO. She married William Calvin Summers on Aug. 2, 1948 in Weippe, ID. They started their family home in Phoenix, AZ, where their only son, Mark was born in 1957. They moved to Orofino in 1961 and had a ranch on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and later on Huckleberry Butte where they lived until 1987 when they moved to downtown Orofino.
She loved going to Jackpot, NV, and Las Vegas, NV, with her sisters, camping with Cal, bowling and gardening, both flowers and vegetables. Edna worked as a dietary cook at Clearwater Valley Hospital until her retirement in 1990.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cal; parents, Gene and Viola; and sisters, Patricia and Wilma.
Services will be graveside with internment at Weseman Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Edna Louise Summers
Raymond F. Kunze, 92, worked at Camp 61, on log drive
On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, Raymond Kunze, 92, passed away at the Idaho State Veterans Home.
Ray was born Feb. 15, 1925, to Joseph and Catherine Kunze in Abbotsford, WI. He and his six siblings grew up on the family's dairy farm in Hull, Wis.
Following his high school graduation, he moved to Idaho, where he went to work for Potlatch Forests Inc. at Camp 61 near Headquarters, Idaho. Ray often reminisced about his logging days and told of his experiences participating in a log drive down the Clearwater River.
Ray returned to Wisconsin and joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 29, 1950. He received the Army of Occupation medal for his service in Germany and was honorably discharged on Nov. 8, 1952.
In 1968, Ray married Peggy Howerton. They moved to Alaska, where they spent the next eight years on Prince of Wales Island working for Valentine Logging. They moved to Kodiak Island for a short time and then returned to Idaho.
Following their return from Alaska, Ray drove truck, hauling everything from logs to seeds and peas. For several years he and Peggy owned a grocery store in Culdesac. Eventually, Ray went to work at DeAtley Construction, where he remained until his retirement.
After retirement, Ray pulled a camper all over the United States, seeing and doing everything grandma told him to. They wintered in California, visited family in Wisconsin and they even did some traveling abroad.
Ray was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. He enjoyed going to the Elks, telling stories and gardening. One of his proudest accomplishments were the blue ribbons that he and granddaughter, Lakota, won for the pumpkins they grew and entered in the county fair.
Ray is survived by brother, Bernard Kunze; stepchildren, Norman Eastman, Diana Mohr and Larry Copenspire; grandchildren, Tracy and Brad Mohr, Darin and Lisa Copenspire, and Danna Eastman; as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Kunze; his parents; sisters, Frances Angelich and Estella "Teda" Sossaman; and brothers, Gilbert and Lawerence Kunze.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lewiston Elks Lodge in Lewiston.
Photo: Raymond F. Kunze
John Raymond Heigis, 91, Dworshak Dam construction worker
John Raymond Heigis passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at age 91.
He was born in Whitewood, SD, on April 1, 1926. He loved his birthday being April Fool's Day. His early years were spent on miscellaneous homesteads until his parents, Joseph and Veronica Heigis, bought a ranch in Whitebird, MT. He then spent many years farming and ranching until he joined the U.S. Army in 1945, serving in both World War II and Korea as a sergeant in aviation engineering. He performed duties of section chief, had charge of a diesel repair shop and operation of construction equipment. He supervised and assigned duties to enlisted men and 80 civilians in operating construction equipment such as D7 and D8 Caterpillars, shovels, motor graders, cranes, ditchers and operating up to six-ton trucks. The type of work included road, housing and airstrip construction in secret locations.
Upon returning from the service, he married his first wife and had two sons and a daughter. He later married his second wife, fathering two more daughters.
John pursued his career as a heavy machine operator in construction, running D10 and D11 bulldozers, graders, skinners, backhoes, etc. He is well known for the construction of several familiar landmarks such as Centennial Veterans Bridge and Interstate 90 passes like the Pipestone Pass. He spearheaded the fire road up Iron Mountain, along with construction on Yellowtail, Columbia River and Dworshak dams. John was sought out across the U.S. for his expertise and knowledge on grading and sloping dangerous terrains, taking jobs no one else would tackle. He always said he bulldozed by the seat of his pants, testing both his luck and the equipment he operated.
John was a passionate person, lending a hand to anyone in need. He loved to camp, fish, picnic and take others to special locations he knew of in the wilderness. He was also well known for his storytelling. He loved music and playing the guitar and harmonica. His favorite hobby was gold mining, staking claims to many mines, and the tales that went along with them. He was also proud to be a Golden Eagle member.
In his later years, John moved to Juliaetta, where he lived until his passing.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, three brothers, a sister and a grandson. Surviving are children Mark Heigis, Lynn Wauben, John Matthew Heigis, Debra Canham and Delina (Jeff) Adams. John had 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
The family also would like to thank Susan Moore for the love and care she showed him in his last few years of life. John will forever be loved and missed by those who knew him and the stories he told. They will be passed on for generations.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Kendrick, with a graveside service to follow at the Juliaetta City Cemetery.
Donations in his honor can be made to the VFW Post 3913 in Kendrick or the Senior Meals Site (Meals on Wheels) in Kendrick.
Photo: John Raymond Heigis
Terry Russell Bell, 63
Terry Russell Bell passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 after suffering a major heart attack in Holland, MI.
Terry was born April 23, 1954 in Lewiston, Idaho to Edward (Red) and Georgia Bell. The youngest of all the Bell children, an addition that can never be forgotten.
Terry grew up in Ahsahka, attending school in both Ahsahka and Orofino.
Terry's passion as a child and into adulthood was fishing, especially with his fa-ther. In his young adulthood, he spent time living in Orofino, Lewiston (attending college) and Coeur d'Alene. Terry was a graduate of Orofino High School in 1972, while in school he was known for his football skills. His love of football could also be seen later as he paced the sidelines at Orofino High School while watching his son Scotty and grandson Xavy play.
Terry always had a love of sports, cars and motorcycles. Terry went on to attend Lewis-Clark State College, where his interest in cars grew with his training in auto body repair.
Terry's love for sports could be seen throughout his life, especially where his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were concerned. At one time, he could be found coaching girls softball in Orofino as well as being a little league commissioner. Terry could always be found attending local high school events even when his children were not participating.
A lifelong passion of Terry's was softball, men's, little league boys and girls, as well as coed adult leagues. Terry played with many teams over the years including Bell, Stamper and Friends in 1979, and the Oasis team. His daughter Lindsey said he was always saying, "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play center field". He coached, played and watched softball with a passion.
Terry worked many jobs over the years, almost always having something to do with cars, trucks or parts for both. Just a few of the places he worked and learned to love what he did were H & W Logging, where he drove log truck, a parts store in Coeur d'Alene (while living with his niece Vickie and her husband Ronnie), working construction with the Stamper's, Bracks Parts and Fasteners, Henderson Motor, working as a big rig mechanic in North Dakota at Bear Mountain LLC (where he lived with his daughter Lindsey) and the job at the time of his death with Celadon Trucking.
There is one thing that everyone that met Terry could say; he was a very hard working man.
Later in life Terry's love of cars and sports combined when, while living in Texas he was part of the Lone Star Dwarf Racing club. When asked what he was most proud of as Dwarf Race car driver he answered "not getting lapped". Terry said some of his fondest memories of racing were when little kids would come to the pits and ask questions, he said seeing the excitement in their eyes made him willing to do anything for them.
Terry can best be described as a man who loved life, his willingness to drop eve-rything to help anyone was a motto we should all aspire to live by. Terry was never without a smile and a hug, handshakes weren't enough, and hugs from Terry Bell stayed with you for a long while. Terry could be described as an all-around "good guy". He had many, many friends.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents Red and Georgia Bell, sisters Sharon (Bell) Sanchez and Judy (Bell) Henson. He is survived by his wife, Sherrilyn Bell; children Scotty Bell, Lindsey (Bell) Rukavina, Trista Bell and Amanda Bell; siblings Jean (Bell) Fackenthall, Bob Bell, Billie (Wilma) (Bell) Cain, Lee (Frances) (Bell) Hamilton; eight grandsons (yes, all boys, enough to field a soft-ball team, allowing him to play center field); and friend as close as a brother, Erkie Stamper. He is also survived by too numerous to name cousins, nephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino, ID. This is a time for family and friends to come together, share stories, memories, laugh and say good-bye to a wonderful son, brother, father, husband, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandfather and friend.
In lieu of flowers donations in Terry's name can be sent to the St. Christopher's Fund (helping truckers in times of great need, Terry donated to this organization for many years) at truckersfund.org.
Photo: Terry Russell Bell
Virdia Reggear, 94, Orofino
Virdia Reggear passed on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, six days before her 95th birthday, at the Lewiston Veteran's Home.
Virdia was born on Sept. 27, 1922 in Lenora, KS, to Francis and Ola Petty. At the young age of six, Virdia and her family moved to Colorado. When Virdia was 21, she bravely enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. Virdia met her beloved husband of 59 years while they were both serving in Hawaii with the U.S. Navy. Together they served their country from 1943-1946 before being honorably discharged.
Virdia and Bud were married in Denver, CO, on Nov. 30, 1946 before moving to Orofino in 1947 to start their family. Together they worked as loggers and Christmas tree farmers as they established the Reggear Tree Farm. Virdia was an avid lover of the outdoors and enjoyed working alongside Bud and their children and grandchildren. Virdia was a strong and independent woman, who held her own against "the boys". She was able to drive a tractor better than most men, and she instilled a work ethic like no other in her family.
While the outdoors was her passion, her true love was her husband and her family. The two took many family road trips with their grandchildren while they could, and they both treasured being outdoors teaching their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to hunt and fish and respect Idaho's forests.
Virdia's home and family were always top priority, and together, Virdia and Bud would welcome anyone in their home to share a meal. Virdia was an amazing cook, and family gatherings were always cherished. Not only did Virdia and Bud love family, they brought many others into their home and treated them as family as well.
Virdia was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Reggear; parents, Francis and Ola Petty; brother, John Petty, sisters, Irma Mowery; Gladys Mowery and Minnie Beck.
Virdia is survived by her four children: Charlotte Leonard, Bob (Pat) Reggear, Patricia (Dorian) Larsen, and Mike (Kelly) Reggear. Virdia is also survived by her 11 grandchildren: Travis (Michelle) Reggear, Tammy (Dave) Osburn, Jon (Jolene) Isbelle, Brian (Jodi) Reggear, Shereece Shriver, Paul (Rachell) Larsen, Christina (Scotty) Tondevold, Amanda (Martine) Sobrevilla, Je'Neen (Kacy) Field, Mitch (Joy) Reggear, Kaitlyn Reggear; and 21 great-grandchildren: Hannah and Walker Reggear, Brayden and DeLaney Osburn, Damon and Cody Isbelle, Griffin and McKenna Reggear, Alexis (Michael) Luper, Kyle Shriver, Reece Erickson, Clay and Sean Larsen, Jaeger, Sierra, Riggins, and Camden Tondevold, Emalee, Colten, and Kaleb Sobrevilla, and Elly Reggear.
At last, Virdia has rejoined her husband after a long 11 years of being apart. Their legacy and love of the outdoors is engrained in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Their memory will live on in the hearts of their family, and their stories will never be forgotten.
Virdia's family would like to thank the staff at the Veteran's Home in Lewiston, and the many caregivers who were able to keep her comfortable in her final years. The support, care, and love she was shown was unparalleled. Virdia was a one of a kind lady, and her family is thankful for all of the memories they were able to continue having with her.
Because Bingo was one of Virdia's favorite pastimes, donations can be made in Virdia's name to the Lewiston Veteran's Home addressed to IVAL-N Activities Department, or donations can be made to your favorite charity of choice.
A celebration of life and potluck lunch will be at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 330 Michigan Ave., in Orofino, on Sunday, Oct. 15 at noon for friends and family.
Photo: Virdia and Bud Reggear
Lois Beverly Mullen, 84, Weippe
Lois Beverly Mullen, 84, Weippe, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lucile Joscelyn, 83
Our precious mother and grandmother, Lucile, died unexpectedly from complications of surgery on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Joscelyn, and her daughter, Amy Benson.
Lucile was born April 12, 1934, to Alvin and Gladys Wisdom. She spent much of her childhood with her wonderful grandmother, Lula Maude, from whom she learned the values that would stay with her for her entire life.
Lucile had an infectious sense of humor and a zest for life that she instilled in her children and grandchildren. She wrote poetry, had a beautiful singing voice and, with no formal training, played several instruments including the accordion, harmonica, guitar and drums. Her sewing and cooking abilities were perfection. She was an avid gardener and delighted in antique shopping. But her greatest love was her children and grandchildren.
During her lifetime, Lucile not only loved her own children but provided the same for numerous other children. She supported them in their every endeavor and enjoyed their successes.
Lucile's outlook on life was largely influenced by her dedication to her faith as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. She believed in all Bible teachings and promises, including the resurrection of the dead to life on a perfect Earth as found in John 5:28-29. Her favorite scripture was Revelation 21:3-4.
Lucile is survived by her seven children, LuAnne (Sutton) Naccarini, Tresa (Sutton) English, Mark Sutton, Tammy (Sutton) Reilly, Lisa (Sutton) and husband Mark Ponozzo, Misty (Benson) and husband Brian Gearhart, and Gordon "Boo" Benson II and Jenny; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our dear, sweet mother and grandmother fed us, clothed us, loved us and taught us to hold our heads high. We unitedly feel a profound loss too great to bear.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, located at 120 Randall Drive in Orofino.
Photo: Lucile Joscelyn
Sandra Sue Kelso, 81, Weippe
Sandra Sue Kelso, 81, Weippe, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
A Funeral Service will be held for Mrs. Sandra Kelso at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino with burial to follow at the Weippe Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Rodney Lee Kimble, 88
Rodney Lee Kimble died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at age 88, in Pomeroy, WA. He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Pomeroy, to Jake and Edna Watson Kimble.
He attended Dry Hallow, Chard and Pataha Valley schools in his elementary years. He attended Pomeroy High School, where he represented the school in boxing for four years. After graduation, he went on to attend Washington State College, where he earned his associate degree in agriculture. He then served his country in the U.S. Army, 1950-52, stationed in Germany.
Upon returning to the states, he farmed the family place under his brother, Virgil Kimble. He married JoAnn Ruark on March 1, 1953. The couple moved to the family farm near Dodge in 1955 and remained until October 1959.
Rod began his career in banking with the National Bank of Commerce, training in Richland, WA, in 1959 and moving back to Pomeroy in 1960. By 1968, he had been promoted to branch manager. The bank changed hands to Rainier Bank in 1974, and in 1975 he was promoted to branch manager of Rainier Bank in Dayton, WA.
After several years in Dayton, he was again promoted, this time to senior loan officer of the Clarkston, WA, branch in '79. Finally, he returned to Pomeroy as branch manager in '83. While the bank changed hands several times over the years, ending up as Bank of America and Key Bank, Rodney was a constant fixture as a community banker until his retirement on Aug. 1, 1994.
Rod was a lifelong member of Pomeroy First Christian Church, where he served as deacon and elder. He also served on many church committees. He was a member of Kiwanis, which became the Service Club, Pomeroy Dollars for Scholars, and Elks. He served as a volunteer for the food bank, the Garfield County Fair and the Garfield County Property Tax Assessment Board. He also was an avid fisherman, spending many leisure hours along the Tucannon River and lakes, and Pataha Creek. He enjoyed many family activities, attending events involving his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, bowling, camping, trips to the coast, playing card games and supporting Pomeroy High School athletics and school events.
He is survived by his two daughters, Kathi Howard and husband Clarence of Orofino, and Debby Waldher and husband Nick of Pomeroy; two granddaughters, JoyAnn Riley and husband Karl of Moscow, and Kara Daley and husband Mike of Kent, WA.; grandson, Joe Waldher and wife Elizabeth of Pomeroy; great-grandchildren, Teagan, Tamren and Trynley Riley, all of Moscow, and Daphne and Delilah Waldher of Pomeroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Jake and Edna; wife, JoAnn Ruark Kimble; and siblings, Virgil Kimble, Cecil Kimble, Stella Kimble McFalls, Jimmy Kimble and Hazel Kimble Colyar.
A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Pomeroy First Christian Church, with Rev. Roger Pedersen officiating. Viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Memorial donations may be given to the Pomeroy First Christian Church.
Photo: Rodney Lee Kimble
Mary Idell West Woolum, 86, formerly of Orofino
Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Mary Idell West Woolum, 86, of Kellogg, Idaho, passed away Aug. 16, 2017 at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Mountain Valley of Kellogg. She was born Jan. 19, 1931 in Orofino, Idaho; Mary was the daughter of Harry and Nona (Walker) West.
Mary attended and graduated from the Orofino High School in 1949. She then attended and graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelors Degree in education.
Mary married Raymond 'Pert' H. Woolum on June 15, 1952 in Orofino. After their marriage, Mary moved to the Silver Valley in 1952.
Mary served as an elementary school teacher. She began her teaching career in 1951; she had first taught school in Weippe, Idaho. After moving to the Silver Valley, she taught at the Lincoln school, the Silver King school and the Sunnyside Elementary of Kellogg. Before retiring in 1988, Mary served as Director and had implemented the Talented and Gifted program for the Kellogg School District.
Mary was a member of the Parent Teachers Association, the Delta Kappa Gamma, the American Association of University Women, a member and past president of the West Shoshone Education Association, a very active member of the Idaho Education Association, a member of the Retired Educators of North Idaho and had served on the Kellogg Library Board. Mary was also a member of the United Church of Kellogg and had volunteered for the Silver Valley Habitat for Humanity, now known as the Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing.
Mary loved and enjoyed her family, gardening, reading, attending community concerts and attending plays at the Sixth Street Melodrama of Wallace and the Coeur d' Alene Summer Theatre.
Mary is survived by three children, Bill Woolum and his wife Debbie of Greenbelt, MD; Christy Woolum and her husband Everett Jolley of Kellogg, and Carol and Paul Roberts of Kellogg; six grandchildren, Molly Roberts-Cornwell, Zoe Roberts, Cosette Roberts, Adrienne Diedrich, Patrick Hennessey and Molly Diaz; four great-grandchildren Olivia, David, Ana and Jack; one brother, Bob West of Orofino; two nieces, Judy Coomer of Boise and Lura Mullikin of Orofino. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ray 'Pert' Woolum; one sister, Lila Zimbauer; and one nephew, John Baugh.
A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Congregational Church (formerly the United Church of Kellogg) with Mary's son, Bill Woolum officiating. A reception and a gathering of family and friends will be held at the home of Carol and Paul Roberts following services. Inurnment will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery of Kellogg.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Kellogg Public Library, 16 E. Market Ave. Kellogg, Idaho 83837 or to the Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing, P.O. Box 338, Smelterville, Idaho 83868.
One may sign Mary's online guest book at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com Shoshone Funeral Service and Crematory, Kellogg, is entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Photo: Mary Idell West Woolum
Jack Lee Harney, 80, Weippe
Jack Lee Harney, 80, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 at his home in Weippe.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dorothy I. Marvin, 92, born in Frasier
Dorothy I. Marvin, loving wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Avalon Progressive Care in Clarkston, WA. She was 92.
Dorothy was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Frasier to John Smolinski and Rilla (Merta) Smolinski, the youngest of eight children. She attended Frasier School until 1937 and moved to Clarkston.
Dorothy and Matt Cox were married in 1942, and they had one daughter, Sharon. After moving back to Clarkston, Dorothy graduated from Clarkston High School in 1944. She and Matt Cox were later divorced.
In 1945, Dorothy started to work at Lipps Insurance, and later at Remer Insurance. She retired in August 1985 from Troy Insurance.
Dorothy was active in the Lewiston-Clarkston Insurance Women and was a life member of the Lewiston-Clarkston Women of the Moose. She also enjoyed bowling.
In 1956, she married Andrew E. Marvin. In 1972, they built a cabin at the Soldiers Meadow subdivision. It was the fourth cabin to be built there. They enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, dune buggies, fishing and hunting.
In 1981, Andy and Dorothy moved to Soldiers Meadow, where they owned and operated Marvin's Rest Stop, a recreational bar/restaurant. They enjoyed old and many new friends, especially at wintertime with snowmobilers. Marvin's Rest Stop was closed in 1987. During winters, they traveled south in their recreational vehicle, staying mostly near Parker, AZ. They sold Marvin's Rest Stop in October 1994 and moved back to Lewiston in 1995. Dorothy enjoyed doing crafts, crocheting, knitting and playing cards.
Dorothy is survived by daughter Sharon Halsey, stepdaughter Diana Sargent, and stepson Dale Marvin, all of Spokane, WA; granddaughter, Denise (Roy) Zenner and their children Natalie, Kate and Adam of Missoula, MT.; grandson, Lance (Cami) Halsey of Spokane; and step granddaughter Andrea (Gary) Gillespie and their children Nicole and Emma of Spokane; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, on Dec. 27, 2009; brothers Edward, Alfred, Roscoe, Leslie and Wallace Smolinski; and sisters Mary Gentry and Gladys Johnson.
She will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.
Dorothy's family would like to give a special thank you to Carol Galles, the owner/administrator of Avalon Progressive Care, and her staff for giving Dorothy such loving care in the last days of her life.
Memorial donations may be sent to Tri-State Memorial Hospital Dialysis Center, 1221 Highland Ave., Clarkston, WA 99403.
Photo: Dorothy I. Marvin
Elroy Kuykendall, 92
Elroy Kuykendall passed away on Aug. 22, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
He was born in Black Bear, Idaho on Oct. 12, 1926 to Alice and Wayne Kuykendall. He was the oldest of four children, including two brothers, Richard (Dick) and William (Bud) and a sister, Cleo.
After briefly moving to Seattle, WA, the family returned to Kendrick and lived on the family farm. He attended school in Leland and Kendrick.
In 1945, at the age of 17, Elroy enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II. He was first assigned aboard the USS Pensacola. He later served aboard the USS Presque Isle and participated in the occupation of Japan at the close of World War II. He was very proud to serve and loved his country.
He finished high school upon returning home to Kendrick. Elroy loved sports and participated in football, baseball, and track.
Elroy married Lucile Halen in Deary. They have three children who are now married; Lori and Bill Fagan, Galen and Mary Kuykendall, and Marla and Danny Haskell. Elroy loved his family and enjoyed five beautiful grandchildren: Kelsey, Ashley, Drew, Drake and Shay. One year ago, Elroy helped to welcome one great grandson, Zach.
Throughout his lifetime, Elroy enjoyed the great outdoors. He was an expert outdoorsman, particularly good at fishing, hunting, and hiking. He loved camping in the mountains, choosing campsites well off the beaten track. He often referred to his favorite places in Idaho as "God's Country."
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church, 1839 Michigan Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to:
Clearwater Humane Society
Photo: Elroy Kuykendall
Elroy Wayne Kuykendall, 90, Orofino
Elroy Wayne Kuykendall, 90, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Della 'Stormy' Wheeler, 57, Lapwai
Della 'Stormy' Wheeler, 57, of Lapwai passed away Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Prestige Care in Lewiston.
The Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Waayas Community Center in Kamiah. The Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kamiah 2nd Indian Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at 2nd Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery on No Kidd Lane Road in Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia assisted the family.
Joyce L. Seamans, 81, formerly of Pierce
Joyce L. Seamans, beloved daughter, niece, wife, mother and grandmother, of Lewiston, passed away Aug. 17, 2017, surrounded by friends and family.
She was born Feb. 17, 1936, to Edward LaVerne and Lucille Barnett in Hamburg, AR. After the death of Joyce's mother when Joyce was only six weeks old, her father's sister, Eva Barnett, raised her.
She graduated from Crossett High School in 1953 and immediately went to work at an accounting firm. Joyce met her beloved husband, Art, while he was attending a Yale Forestry School course in Arkansas. They were married Dec. 25, 1960, in Hamburg, AR., and enjoyed a wonderful 53 years of marriage until Art's death in 2014.
In 1960, Joyce and Art moved to Pierce, where he started his Forest Service career. Joyce also worked for the Forest Service in Pierce, where operating the switchboard was just one of her many tasks. Art's work with the Forest Service took them to St. Maries, Moscow and Trapper Creek Job Corps Center near Darby, MT, in the late 1960s, where the family developed friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
They later moved to Slate Creek in 1971 and then, in 1975, Art transferred to the Moose Creek Ranger District within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. During this time, the family lived in Grangeville during the school year months and in the wilderness during the summer. While living in Grangeville, Joyce worked for Morris and Lee Co. as a bookkeeper.
In 1980, they moved to Lewiston when Art took a job with the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Joyce worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for Steve Henderson Logging for nearly 20 years. Joyce was truly the heart of the company and remained close to many of her former co-workers until the time of her passing.
Joyce enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous friends, as well as traveling with Art to Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand and Alaska. Joyce and Art spent much of the last several years traveling with a group of high school classmates throughout the United States. She was an avid Seattle Seahawk, Seattle Mariner, Arkansas Razorback, NASCAR and Professional Bull Riding fan.
Joyce always put the needs of others ahead of her own. Her kind demeanor and beaming smile lit up any room she entered. Her name fit her perfectly and she fulfilled its meaning - cheerful, merry and happy - that was Joyce.
Joyce is survived by daughters Cindy Schacher (Peter Bartholf) of Grangeville, and Nancy (Randy) Buttenhoff of Lewiston; grandchildren Michelle (Rob) Teasley of Clarkston,WA, Melissa (Troy) Smith of Grangeville, Brian (Crystal) Schacher of Grangeville and Rebecca and Rayanna Buttenhoff of Lewiston. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Claire, Ellie, Lily, Lydia and Kolton.
Memorial donations can be made to the Willow Center for Grieving Children, P.O. Box 1361, Lewiston, ID, www.willow-center.org; or the charity of your choice.
A public viewing took place at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Cross Point Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. Refreshments will follow the service at the church.
Photo: Joyce L. Seamans
Phyllisann Wood 76, Tahoe Ridge
Phyllisann Wood 76, of Tahoe Ridge passed away at her home Aug. 10, 2017.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia assisted the family.
Joyce Hanson, 68, Orofino
3/24/1949 -- 7/25/2017
It is with a heavy heart that we lose Joyce Hanson. Joyce was born to Norris and Nadine (Bowler) Hengen in Lewiston, ID and lived near Orofino since the age of five. She has two brothers, Jim and Alan Hengen. Joyce's mother was previously married and Joyce has three half-brothers, Tom, Don and Roy Clay. Nadine died when Joyce was 10. A few years later Norris married Laverne Hanes, and Joyce gained two stepbrothers, Gary and Ron Hanes.
Joyce enjoyed and did quite well in school excelling in chorus, art, 4-H, and loved being with her friends and going to dances. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1967. That same year she married and was with Ronald Harvey through 1984, having two children, Darcey and Ron, Jr.
Joyce's first job was at the A&W. Then she started bookkeeping, boarding dogs, dog obedience classes, janitorial work, selling pet food, and a job she loved assisting local farmers and ranchers at the Ag. Stabilization and Conservation Service (Farm Services Agency). While with ASCS Joyce also assisted with computer training and became an officer of the statewide employee association.
In 1987, Joyce married Bruce Hanson of Orofino and gained two stepdaughters, Raen and Jamie.
Though dementia may have diminished Joyce's faculties late in life, her mind from a young age was sharply attuned to understanding business and an ability to keep a tight bottom line. Very much like her love for family and animals, Joyce often helped others with record and bookkeeping. Joyce gained a respect for business from her father, Norris, who was a realtor, escrow broker, and owner of multiple rental properties before his passing.
Joyce lived on her father's ranch most of her life and had a place in her heart for any animal, which they sensed. Once an animal came to the ranch, she wanted it there for the rest of its life. She preferred being at home with family and pets than almost anywhere else. Besides milking cows, raising sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs, training horses, and numerous pets, she spent over 40 years showing and breeding Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Irish Wolfhounds.
Joyce attended the national specialties for each of the parent clubs of her dog breeds. She raised, showed, and retired many champions for herself and others. She was a part of the Wolfhound club of America, Orofino Dog Fanciers, AKC, county employee association (secretary), Search and Rescue, Bernese Mountain Dog parent club, Great Dane parent club, American Quarter Horse Association, and 4-H leader to name a few.
Joyce had many passions that she excelled at to include being an accomplished artist. She felt a kinship and appreciation for people who created or crafted with their hands. She loved her work job at the ASCS office, life on the ranch and her family.
If not for a back injury that limited her mobility, Joyce had plans for many more things in life, including doing more sketches, painting, crafts, gardening, fishing, camping, traveling, animal behavioral training and studying veterinary medicine. Her home was always filled with her personal artistic touch, pets, plants and love. She cherished all her friends and relatives and would spend hours on the phone when they wanted to visit.
After a 3-year battle at home with dementia, she spent the last year at a memory care community. Joyce passed away at the community early morning on July 25, 2017. The staff always shared stories of how encouraging and fun Joyce was with the residents; helping them. Joyce was in every moment a tough lady and yet loved to laugh. She appreciated a good joke, always used humor to aid tough times, and her smile radiated beyond just passion and caring but into her life every day despite pain or lost faculties.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce Hanson of Orofino; her daughter, Darcey (and Richard) Shank of Hayden; her son, Ronald Harvey, Jr. (and Kim Harvey) of Spokane, WA; stepdaughters, Raen Hanson (and Luke Clinkenbeard) of Spokane, WA, and Jamie Hanson of Post Falls; her brother, Alan (and Carol) Hengen of Orofino, and stepbrothers, Gary Hanes of Boise, and Ron Hanes of Orofino, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Joyce was preceded in death by her mother; father; step-mother; brother, Jim Hengen; and half-brothers, Tom, Don and Roy Clay.
A graveside service for Joyce will be Sunday, 13 August at 1 p.m. at the Sanders Cemetery adjacent to the Wells Bench Community Church, five miles north of Orofino. A celebration of life will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church on Riverside at 3 p.m.
Joyce loved living flowers but in appreciation for the love of animals and honoring her wishes, in lieu of sending flowers please take the time to donate to a local animal rescue shelter or some organizations mentioned that Joyce loved and supported or help in fighting Dementia.
American Brain Foundation-Fight Dementia
Clearwater County Sheriff's Search and Rescue
Clearwater Humane Society
Photo: Joyce Hengen Hanson
Dr. Robert D. Hill, 81, formerly of Orofino
Dr. Robert D. Hill, long time physician of Orofino, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the age of 81.
Doc Hill touched many lives in the 26 years he served the area from 1968 to 1994. He delivered over 1,000 babies, including his own children and many of their friends.
He worked long hours and spent many nights in the emergency room tending to the sick and injured. He recruited other doctors and served for a while as president of the hospital medical board.
As the son of a Silver Medal Olympian, Bob followed his sport-loving cowboy-heart riding rodeo barebacks while attending college before joining the Army where he finished his undergraduate degree.
He then completed his medical training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His personality and charisma afforded him an uncanny ability to gain respect and work with even the most challenging of personalities in hospitals and offices.
Although he always claimed to be a cowboy before doctor, he is especially remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, and honesty while working with this community. He loved living in the area, as it suited him for his passion of fly-fishing, camping, reading, golf, and flying his airplane over Idaho's beautiful rugged terrain.
Bob also practiced in Creswell, OR, and the State Penitentiary in Boise, before retiring in Powell Butte, OR, and marrying his high school sweetheart, who preceded him in death.
Doc is survived by his two daughters and son, Amber, Melissa, and Brian.
Photo: Dr. Robert D. Hill, MD
Marie Sewell, 82, born at Teakean
Marie Sewell, of Lewiston, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 23, 2017, at age 82.
She was born Clara Marie Preussler on Aug. 16, 1934, in Teakean, Idaho. She began calling herself by her middle name at an early age and insisted others call her by that name as well.
On Feb. 14, 1950, she married Johnnie Sewell and became a homemaker. He passed away on Nov. 20, 2001. She also was preceded in death by an infant son in October 1950 and her parents, Merton and Olive (Herring) Preussler.
Marie is survived and will be missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jan Sewell; grandchildren, Amber and Jerad Estus and David and Brooke Sewell; and great-grandchildren, Jalen, Jameelah and Mekhi. She also is survived by her sister, Marilyn (Ed) Glaze; brothers, Melvin, David, Marvin and Darrell (Teresa) Preussler; sister-in-law, Laura Sewell; brother-in-law, Leonard Peterson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
At her request, there will be no memorial service. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and cremation has taken place.
Photo: Marie Sewell
Walter 'Wally' Owen Schenk, 89, former Orofino music teacher
Walter Owen Schenk (Wally) listened to "Taps" for the final time on July 16, 2017. He was 89 years old. He took his final bow, leaving a legacy of leadership through music to thousands. He was born March 9, 1928, in Minneapolis, MN, where he grew up and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1946. After high school, he joined the Army and played in the Army band in Italy during the time of the occupation after World War II. He later followed his passion for music and studied at the University of Minnesota and The MacPhail School of Music, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Music Education. While attending college, he met and married Sharley Mae Linker in 1949.
Wally's first teaching job took him to Bonner's Ferry where he taught music to grades 1-12, and he was active in local civic organizations. Building an impressive curriculum, his band was honored by playing at a local railroad station when President Truman made a stop there during his campaign. Wally moved his family to Orofino in 1954 where he taught band and choir and received recognitions which resulted in invitations for his band to play for events and parades all the way to Creston, Canada.
In 1967 Wally moved the Schenk family to Clarkston, WA, to teach middle and high school band, as well as the high school flag team. He increased the high school band from a 30- to 90-piece concert and marching band, which won many honors and awards over the years.
Wally was loved by countless fellow teachers, musicians, and students. It is estimated that over 15,000 students were involved with his music programs over his 39 years of teaching. As a mentor, he inspired many students to pursue careers in music as teachers and performers.
Wally loved the outdoors, especially camping, backpacking, hunting, and fishing. One of his favorite camping spots was the Buffalo Hump area of Idaho, and he looked forward to meeting his buddies at the cabin in Pierce every year to go elk hunting. Wally and Shar were also avid golfers and were members of the Clarkston Country Club and Quail Run Golf Course. Wally derived a great deal of pleasure from his participation in many civic bands and orchestras over the years, including the well-known "big band" dance band known as "The Gentlemen of Note."
Wally is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Sharley Mae Schenk, and five children: Nancy Hartill (Howard), Larry Schenk (Martina), Janis Blayer (Jeff), Deborah Baker (Larry), and Peggy Chapel (Lee); nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Marvin Schenk of Minneapolis and nephews Chris, Nick and Anthony Schenk.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1115 13th Street in Clarkston, with a reception at the church to follow. The public is invited.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Lewis Clark Community Concert Band, PO Box 1481, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photos: Walter 'Wally' Owen Schenk
Charlotte L. (White) Moon, 89, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Charlotte was born June 7, 1928, in Orofino, to Charley R. Baker and A. Louise (Sheridan) Baker. She went to heaven on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by all her children and other family.
Charlotte, the oldest of five children, spent her first nine years in Pierce. Her father died when she was almost six years old, leaving Louise to raise the family through the Depression years. The family moved to Orofino and settled in the area called "Jingle Town." After a few years, Charlotte's mother purchased a rooming house in town as both a business opportunity and a family home. Charlotte enjoyed growing up in Orofino, especially the opportunity to roam the hills around town with her brothers and sisters.
Money was hard to come by during the Great Depression. Charlotte developed a strong work ethic as she grew up. She fondly remembered the summer when she was 16 and "flunkied" at Potlatch's Logging Camp 52 near Headquarters. Through school and college, she almost always had a job, including being a waitress in high school and making sandwiches to sell in her college dorm. She took this hard-working approach through her life and into her 20-year career at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, from which she retired in 1993.
The impact and lifelong consequences of not attending school past seventh grade made her mother encourage Charlotte to get a good education. She learned the lesson well, graduating from Orofino High School in 1946 - "Once a Maniac, always a Maniac." She then enrolled at the University of Idaho, going from Maniac to Vandal. While attending the UI she lived at Ridenbaugh Hall, the women's cooperative dorm. She liked living there because many of the women were from Orofino, and she made numerous lifelong friends. At Idaho, she completed her degree in education and went on to teach for a number of years before "taking a break" to raise five children - all of whom she considered smart and one she thought was good-looking.
After graduating from college, Charlotte moved to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, where she started her teaching career. She met George O. White, and they married in 1954. George and Charlotte made their home in the Orchards, raising their five children (John, Shanon, George, Joseph and Mary). Times in the White household were not always easy, but Mom always made it a priority to show love and affection to her family. Charlotte's children will always remember and appreciate her faith, positive approach to life and the twinkle in her eyes as she shared her sense of humor and quick wit. She kept these traits to the end of her life. While in the hospital, days before she died, she heard someone say there was a policeman on the floor. She replied, "Someone should help him up."
George died in 1988, and in 1997 Charlotte married Rulon Moon. They were married for 17 years, living in Clarkston. During their marriage, they enjoyed wintering in Arizona, camping and spending time with Charlotte's family. They also cherished their visits with Rulon's children (Steve and Holly Moon, Sandy Lee, Tami Moon and Kathi and Mike Decker) and grandchildren. Rulon passed away in 2014.
In her last three years, Charlotte lived in the Lewiston Orchards, both at her own home and later at Brookdale Assisted Living. During this period, she really appreciated her time with family. She was always happy to see and talk with any and all of us - the more the merrier. And if someone brought her a caramel sundae, you were her favorite.
In addition to George and Rulon, Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pat Polillo of Foster City, CA, and Emma Moon of Tenino, WA; and brothers, Robert "Bob" Baker of Lewiston and Bruce Baker of Anchorage, AK.
She is survived by children John White and his wife Allison, Shanon Jones and her husband Ray, George White and his wife Lisa Donahue-White, Joe White and his wife Michelle, and Mary Uhling and her husband Mike. She has 13 grandchildren: Eric Sprenger, Lane White, Lake White, Luke White, Kirsten White, Joshua White, Nathan Jones, Rachel Jones, Jenny Uhling, Jackie Uhling, Jessica Uhling, Caidan White and Benson White.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Charlotte at 10:30 a.m. Monday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. Lunch will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Idaho Foodbank or the Salvation Army.
Photo: Charlotte L. (White) Moon
Helen Bryant Vannoy, 98, Lewiston
Eva Helen Bryant Vannoy passed peacefully at her home in Lewiston July 20, 2017 after courageously dealing with a long illness. Helen was born April 16,1919 in Orofino, ID. to Andrew Hamilton Bryant and Mamie Sumpter Bryant. The family lived in the Glenwood area, and she was the third of four children. While a high school senior and a short time after graduation from Orofino High School, Helen worked as a waitress in Malloy's House of Sweets in Orofino.
Helen married Ocie Vannoy on Dec. 19, 1938 in Orofino. The couple lived on a rental farm of approximately 1,000 acres near Cavendish, farmed by Ocie and his brother, Allie Vannoy. Helen often prepared meals for farm crews in a house with no electricity, indoor plumbing, or telephone. There were many stories of critters, snakes, ornery horses and mules, and having to make do with little. Helen related that the early days of farming had been a hard life, but it had been a good life.
Helen and family attended the Cavendish Methodist Church, a log church built by the community in the late 1930s. She was blessed through her church involvement over the years both spiritually and socially.
In 1946, Helen and Ocie purchased a farm property nearby where they lived and farmed until retirement in1981. They continued to live at Cavendish until 1995 when they moved to Lewiston. Helen has been blessed with wonderful and caring friends who have assisted her for several years allowing her to remain in her home.
Helen had many interests including gardening, crocheting, fishing, camping, boating, and travelling with a camp trailer. The Vannoy's spent many winter months in Yuma, AZ. living in their trailer, and later in a home they purchased there. Helen has been an avid fan of Gonzaga basketball for many years and never missed watching a game on TV.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ocie in 2007; brothers, Delbert Bryant and Faye Bryant; and a sister, Neva Wilson.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Sandra Enger and husband Darl of Missoula MT, and her son, Robert and wife Marolyn of Greenville SC, and five grandchildren; Susan Hawkins and husband Jeff of Nampa, Joseph Vannoy of Kirkland, WA, Todd Vannoy of Redmond, WA., Mike Enger and wife Debra of Walla Walla, WA, and Michelle Snobar and husband Sam of Seeley Lake MT, and 10 great grandchildren. There are several nieces and nephews in the Lewiston area as well as her sister-in-law, Edith Vannoy, and dear friends, Carley and Don Lawrence.
A special 'Thank you' to the wonderful physicians and nurses at Saint Joseph Oncology, doctors Eggleston, Kumar and Flinders, for all the kind and special care.
A graveside memorial service will be announced in the Lewiston Tribune, and will be held when relatives living out of town are able to attend.
Memorials can be sent in Helen's name to the Orofino Methodist Church, PO Box 424, 337 College Ave., Orofino ID 83544, and specify they are for the Cavendish Methodist Church.
Photos: Eva Helen Bryant Vannoy
Edith Blewett, 91, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Edith Keturah Blewett died Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Lewiston, at age 91.
She was born to Loyal V. and Zoe (Anderson) Mattoon on April 3, 1926, in a farmhouse near Gifford, the youngest of six children. The family moved to Mohler, Idaho, when she was 4 years old. She was asthmatic from birth, and the family soon moved again to Kamiah in search of a better climate for her. A short time later, the Mattoon family moved to a small side-hill farm between Kamiah and Kooskia.
Quoting Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life," her saintly mother taught her to be "up and doing."
Mom graduated from Kooskia High School in 1944 and went to work as a telephone operator in Grangeville. There she caught the eye and the heart of Herbert Calvin Blewett, who had just been honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Herbert and Edith were married Aug. 22, 1946, at her parent's farm between Kamiah and Kooskia, mom holding a beautiful bouquet of gladiolas. Herb and Edith followed Dad's job with Washington Water Power and made their homes through the years in Grangeville, Lewiston, Orofino, Pierce, Craigmont and Clearwater. Along the way, the couple welcomed a daughter and five sons who were her joy.
Mom was happy. To some, crawling in a hot, old one-seat pickup with two adults and several kids might not appear to be an occasion for fun, but Mom made it so with a wink, a joke, a song or an elbow deftly thrown. Until long after they were grown, her kids didn't even know that she was "scared to death" of lightning storms. We all grew up loving thunder and lightning because she made it fun to watch the crack and hear the rumble. Mom was happy, and it was contagious.
Mom could cook - really cook. In today's world, they would have called her a chef. We called her Mom. Some of our best memories are of sitting around the family table with heaps of venison steak seasoned "just right," piles of mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh salads and vegetables and new things she would try - and always a cake or pies. The latter might not make it to dinner if they fell into the hands of her hungry sons, just home from the fields; but then Mom didn't care. Mom was happy.
In addition to raising six children, she managed a garden, sometimes larger than an acre in size. Her older children helped with the milk cow. In older days, she washed our clothes outside in a tub washer with a hand-wringer, but could still manage to whip up a cake so good that the neighbors wanted to find a reason to come visit. An entire generation of Cub Scouts have lost their den mother.
In the 1970s, with her children mostly grown, Mom took work outside the home, and did so successfully. She was secretary in the Highland school system and was well-loved. She received a framed recognition for her stellar service. She was the secretary/bookkeeper at Hewson Brothers in Grangeville and assisted her family members in that same capacity for several ensuing years.
Herb and Edith retired in 1982 to their little ranch on Wall Creek near Clearwater, and in later years moved to Lewiston. They loved to travel around the lower 48 and to Alaska in their motorhome. They were faithful Yuma, AZ, "snowbirds" each winter.
Mom was a Daughter of Rebekah of the International Order of Odd Fellows and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She could play a mean hand of pinochle. She liked to fish, but usually was at the campfire working the griddle and Dutch oven. She was still driving a car a month before her death. She didn't let any grass grow under the tires, but never had a traffic ticket or an accident in her entire life, except once when a pack horse jumped off a cutbank through the roof of her Model A Ford. She used to laugh about it. Mom was happy.
Mom's love of Jesus Christ was the first priority in her life. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. One of her greatest joys was to listen to her son preach, and she tried never to miss a service.
Mom was greatly beloved and is sorely missed, but she made deep "footprints in the sands of time," in which we "shall take heart again."
Edith was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Herb, whom she missed desperately; by her beloved grandchildren, Jared Bret Lunders and Lisa R. Paul; her parents, Loyal and Zoe Mattoon; sisters Lavene Z. Manes and Doris May Haight; and brothers E.V. Mattoon and Paul Mattoon.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara Brown, of Lewiston; her daughter, Lexie (Delbert) Lunders, of Grangeville; , James (Janet) Blewett of Lewiston, Robert (Lila) Blewett of Lewiston, Donald (Carla) Blewett of Grangeville, Ron (Melynda) Blewett of Lewiston and David (Rebecca) Blewett of Meridian; 20 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren on the way.
A private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blessed Hope Assembly of God Food Bank, 1033 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Edith Keturah Blewett
Arlee Buford Head, 80
Arlee Buford Head passed away in peace Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, less than a week after his 80th birthday. He was surrounded by his four children.
Arlee was born to Harvey and Daisy (Johnson) Head on July 9, 1937, in Moscow. He attended school in Deary and graduated from Deary High School in 1955. After high school, he served with the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1958, with tours of duty in the Philippines and Guam.
He was skilled as a welder and fabricator, as a sawyer, a logger, and as a road builder working around the Northwest, primarily in the areas of Kendrick and Orofino. He was especially proud of the beautiful red-and-white logging truck he owned and operated in the late '60s and '70s, which he kept in pristine condition. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and taught his children to love the mountains and beauty that surrounded them in Clearwater County and beyond. He raised sheep and was a devoted shepherd and horseman. He rode horses as a boy on their Deary ranch and had a horse all through his life.
Arlee and Wanda Elizabeth Munck were married Dec. 19, 1958, in Clarkston, WA, and began raising their family in Lewiston. They were founding members of Faith Tabernacle Church in Lewiston. In 1972, they built their family home and ranch on Angel Ridge outside of Peck. Arlee's four children grew up there, and the family was part of the United Brethren congregation at Cream Ridge and Riverside Assembly of God in Orofino. Arlee and Wanda divorced in 1982.
Arlee married Ruth Hull in 1995 in Hamilton, MT. They later moved back to Idaho and were together on their ranch in Southwick until Ruth's passing in 2005. Ruth had a way of bringing out the very best in Arlee, and their families rejoice that the two are reunited in heaven.
Arlee will be remembered for his tough exterior, humor and strength, but also for his humility and heart for Jesus. He was known for his sense of humor, for having the "gift of gab" and he made friends everywhere he went. Arlee had a twinkle in his eye, a warm smile and a warm heart that was hard to forget. He drove gravel truck and lived on his ranch until the day in July 2011 he had his stroke and was moved to the Idaho State Veterans Home. He made many friends there, though he could no longer talk. He had a way of communicating with his eyes and expressions, and his love for his family and for Jesus sustained him until the end.
He is survived by his children and their families: Connie (Rodney) Hallen of Asotin, WA, and Vicki (Will) Gertje, Douglas (Colleen) Head and Steven Head, all of Clarkston; along with his stepchildren and their families. Arlee also had five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who will remember him fondly from the many stories told about their grandpa. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth Head and sister Wilma (Head) Goertzen.
The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bridges Church in Lewiston with the Rev. Jack Pea officiating. A covered-dish dinner will be held following the service. Burial will follow at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Deary. Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends are welcome to send donations in Arlee's memory to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Arlee Buford Head
Rodney George Clark 'Frogman', 69, Elk River
The world lost a great man and heaven gained another angel. On July 9, 2017, Rodney George Clark 'Frogman', passed away peacefully at his home in Elk River with his loving wife by his side.
Rod was born Dec. 10, 1947 in Lewiston to Homer Marion and Elsie Mae Taylor Clark, who have opened their arms to welcome him into heaven. Also meeting him is his beloved father-in-law, Raymond Jack Cole.
Rod graduated from Lewiston High School in 1966 and joined the United States Navy. After completing boot camp, Rod was accepted into the Navy SEAL Training Program in Coronado, CA. Rod went to Vietnam in 1967, where he did two tours as Special Forces Navy Seal. Among his many duties, he specialized as a frogman. After his discharge from active duty, Rod served in the Naval Reserves until 1971.
After Rod returned home, he worked at the Blount Bullet Factory and Pepsi Cola Warehouse. He then took a job with the City of Lewiston where he worked his way up to Street Maintenance Supervisor, retiring after 25 years and made his home in Elk River.
One of Rod's most rewarding jobs was aiding the Idaho State Police as a SCUBA diver, helping families recover their loved ones and vehicles from the Clearwater and Snake rivers. Rod's passions in life were fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and most of all he loved to ride his Harley. When Rod wasn't enjoying the outdoors, he loved to sit and read books by his favorite author, Harold Robbins. His two favorite companions, 'Gizmo' and 'Chewy' could always be found by his side.
For the first time since coming home from Vietnam, Rod found peace when he met Greta Cole, also a military veteran, who soon became his best friend and wife in 1991. It was obvious to those that knew them, they were destined to be soul mates. Rod and Greta were each other's partners in life's adventures. She was his 'biker-babe' and caretaker until the end.
Rod found an even deeper peace and place of belonging when the CVR (Combat Vet Riders) Motorcycle Club found him in 2005 and opened their hearts and arms to him. He knew from that day forward, he would never have to look over his shoulder again. He knew his military brothers and sisters would have his back until he joined his SEAL Teams again in heaven.
Rod is survived by his wife Greta at their home in Elk River, his sons, Troy Clark, Steven Bellavance, Bryan May, Chad Clark, Sean Clark and daughters, Karen Richardson, Honey Lynn Sychtysz, Rhonda Clark and Traci Clark. He is also survived by his brothers, Gary (Bunyan) Clark, Terry (Butch) Clark, Jerry (Buzz) Clark, Craig (Smokie) Taylor, Mark Clark, Larry Clark and sisters Tana Abbott and Judy Bigalow.
Rod has too many grandchildren to name, all of which he loved and enjoyed spending time with, some of whom gave him the joy of great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Naomi Inez Cole.
A memorial service and celebration of Rod's life will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 15 in Elk River at Merrill Park. Chaplain Richard 'Precious' Hemming and President 'Taz' of the Combat Vet Riders along with the Navy Honor Guard will conduct the service. A covered dish lunch will follow at the Gazebo at the Park.
In lieu of flowers, Rod requested donations be made to the CVR Motorcycle Club, PO Box 11162, Spokane Valley, WA 99211 or at their web site, www.combatvetriders.org.donation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.
Photos: Rodney George Clark 'Frogman'
David Lee Braun, 74, Orofino
David Lee Braun, 74 a lifetime resident of Orofino, ID passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
Dave was born Feb. 1, 1943 to Carl P. Braun and Gladys Albers Braun. He attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School in 1961. He married Jeanette Sue Haney on May 4, 1968.
Following high school Dave worked in the woods for several years, prior to being injured in an auto accident in 1969 that left him paralyzed and wheelchair bound. He later obtained his Real Estate license and worked for Clearwater Realty for many years. He was involved in numerous subdivision development sales and primarily specialized in land sales.
He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Gladys Braun; a brother Richard and a sister, Kathy.
He is survived by his wife Sue, brother-in-law Jim Haney; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
At his request, there will be no services. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
A Very Special Thanks to Carl Cook and Dewey Stewart for their help with everything!
Donations can be made to the charities of your choice in Memory of Dave Braun.
Terry Charles Weeks, 58, worked at Dworshak Hatchery
Terry Charles Weeks passed away Tuesday, July 4th 2017 at his home on Tahoe Ridge near Kooskia.
Terry was born on April 20th 1959 in Grangeville, Idaho. He grew up in Kooskia and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in 1977, where he enjoyed playing basketball, tennis and working at the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery in the summers. After high school, he attended the welding program at Lewis Clark State College, then worked for the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery shortly before logging for Pierson Enterprises for several years.
He married Jamie McKenzie and became a father to Matt Weeks in 1981. His first daughter, Jessica, was born in 1983. In 1985, he joined the Army after recovering from a logging accident. He attended training at Fort Leonard Wood, and was stationed in Heilbronn, Germany as a Combat Engineer. His second daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1988 in Stuttgart, Germany. He returned home shortly after the end of the Cold War and fall of the Berlin wall, completing his enlistment and earning an honorable discharge from the US Army. He transferred to the Idaho National Guard and served for several years afterwards. He was very successful in the Army and was always proud of his military service.
After returning to Idaho, he lived in Kooskia with his family and worked at the lumber mill in Kamiah for a short time before starting what would be his career in fisheries at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery as a Maintenance Mechanic. His son, Jordan, was born in 1994.
Over his 27 years at the hatchery, he learned the intricacies and complexities of the facility and became close friends with many of his colleagues. He took pride in his work, and spoke often of his family at Dworshak.
Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Weeks; his father, Gale Weeks; his nephew Bryan Johnson; and his brother, Rich Weeks. He is survived by his brother, Butch Weeks and family; sister, Kathy Johnson and family; son, Matt Weeks and wife Carrie; daughter, Jessica Weeks; daughter, Chelsea Weeks; son, Jordan Weeks; and granddaughter, Chloe Weeks.
Terry was an outdoorsman at heart. He loved spending time in the mountains; hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and camping. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, mischievous smile, and hearty laugh. He would go out of his way to help anyone in need, and was a very patient father. He will be dearly missed.
There will be a service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday the 12th of July 2017 at Trenary Funeral Home at 18 1st Ave, Kooskia, with a covered dish dinner to follow at the Life Center Pentecostal Church at 69 US 12, Kamiah.
We love you Dad, thank you for always being there for us.
Photos: Terry Charles Weeks
Steven Osburn, 60, formerly of Weippe
Steve was tragically taken from us too early in a vehicle accident on July 6, 2017, near Pateros, WA.
He was born to Donald and Della (Hartwig) Osburn on Dec. 26, 1956, in Cottonwood.
He graduated from Highland High School in Craigmont in 1975, and went to work farming and driving logging truck for Osburn and Son's Logging.
Steve married Sherry Solberg and they had two sons, Chris and Cody. This marriage later ended in divorce. Steve later met and married the love of his life, Gayle Westhoff, at their Weippe house in 2010.
Steve took great pride in being an owner and operator of Don Osburn and Son's Logging and later Osburn and Son's Logging; driving logging truck for 26 years. Everyone knew him coming down the road by the "OZZIE" on his truck's bug shield. He later worked for Truss Systems and was well known for the locations he could place his truck to set the trusses off. When Truss Systems relocated, Steve went to work for Atlas Sand and Rock, driving dump truck.
Steve loved camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends. He enjoyed snowmobiling and tinkering on any machine to achieve full power potential. He will always be remembered as a super nice guy who would do anything for anyone, and his capability to make anything run. He loved his life with Gayle and their beautiful new home that he helped build. He also enjoyed caring for his two dogs and cat. Steve's granddaughter, Taylor, held a special place in his heart. He loved going to, and watching, everything she was involved in, as well as her coming down to stay with him.
Steve is survived by his mother, Della of Craigmont; and nine siblings, brothers, Lonnie (Glenda), Danny, Tony (Debbie), sisters, Trish (Ted Wicks) and Lana (Gary Fonnesbeck) all of Lewiston; brother, Richard and sister, Julie (Ernie Steckman) of Winchester; brothers, Jerry (Teri) and David (Tammy) of Craigmont; son, Chris (Michelle) of Lewiston; son Cody (Jill) of Nezperce; and stepson, Shane Doyle (Kellie) of Great Falls, MT. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Taylor Osburn, of Craigmont. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and more family and friends than we are able to list.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; grandparents, Carl and Edith Osburn; and grandparents, George and Mary Hartwig.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, at the Craigmont School Gymnasium. There will be a covered-dish gathering immediately following at the Craigmont Legion Hall in Craigmont. Please come and share a favorite "Steve" story. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lewis Clark Animal Shelter, Lewiston.
Photo: Steven Osburn
Irma Wise, 96, former Orofino, Weippe teacher
"Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling and falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living." Psalms 116:7-9
Irma was born Aug. 29, 1920, to Luella L. (Thurston) and Fred E. Baugh in Cayuga, IN, one of seven children. Before she was two years old, the family moved to South Wenatchee, WA, where she spent her growing-up years. She attended elementary school in South Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1938. Singing was always her passion, and she was involved with music in various ways all of her life.
Irma attended Eastern Washington College at Cheney, WA, for three years. There she met the love of her life, Donald Wise. They were married Sept. 13, 1942. She began teaching in Weippe in 1957 and in 1963 she completed her Bachelor of Arts in education after returning to school several successive summers. She taught for a total of 17 years, including at Kamiah, Orofino and Weippe.
Irma passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Living Spring Residential Care, where she had been a resident, taken care of by a loving staff, for just a few months. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; special daughter, Katie Jubinville; and all six of her brothers: Arthur, Leslie, Norbert, Odin, Fred and Norman. She is survived by her three children, Duane (Laurinda) Wise, Joy (Rick) Cook and Diana (Jim) Mickelson; special son, Devis (Sylvia) Jubinville; their exchange student, Jon Kuman of Norway; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters-in-law, Nearine (Deede) Baugh and Faye Baugh; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Irma was always busy in her church - she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and participated in women's church groups. She was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teacher's society. Her volunteer work included crafts and reading at the Cottonwood prison, crafts with developmentally challenged people in Clarkston, WA, Meals on Wheels for 10 years and various activities at the Idaho State Veteran's Home.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Irma's name.
Photo: Irma Wise
Clayton Everett Dugger, 64, Freeman Creek
Clayton Everett Dugger, 64, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home in Freeman Creek.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder, 87, Orofino
Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder, 87 a longtime resident of Orofino passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
He was born Feb. 18, 1930 in Orofino to Eldon and Rosella (Parkins) Snyder. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years in the service. During his time in the service he was trained as a photographer and after the service he went to the Seattle Photographer School. Morie joined Snyders' Inc. and worked at the clothing/sporting goods store for 35 years until his retirement.
He was a photographer, a member of the Clearwater County Search and Rescue, longtime Elk Lodge member and Moose Lodge member. Morie also enjoyed singing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Karaoke night.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Rosella and lifelong friend Mary Pittman.
He is survived by his brother Elbert and wife Angie, two nephews, seven cousins, two great nieces, one great nephew, two great-great nephews and all the many friends he left behind.
Morie Snyder's funeral service will be Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, Orofino
A memorial service will be held for Doris Joanne Hutchinson at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, at Lodge at River's Edge, 615 Main in Orofino.
She passed away March 30, 2017.
Larry Rynearson, 79, Orofino
Larry L. Rynearson passed peacefully Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home at Lewiston.
Larry was born to Emmett and June (Bullock) Rynearson on Aug. 12, 1938, at Stites. He started out his early life living with his family on the Selway River across from Johnson Bar. He started his school years in Benton City, WA, where his father went to work at Hanford. The family eventually moved back to the Selway area and Larry attended school at the "Pete King" schoolhouse up the Lochsa River.
His family moved again in 1950 to Lewiston, as his father worked on the construction of Potlatch Forests Inc. Larry attended Lewiston schools up until 1955, when the family moved to Syringa, where he went until his senior year and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia in 1956.
After high school, Larry worked at various logging and construction jobs. He worked for various auto dealerships in Lewiston as a mechanic and service writer. They had two sons born while living in Lewiston: Tim was born in 1968 and Scott in 1971. Larry moved his family upriver around 1973 and to Montana for a short period of time while he drove his own grain truck. They moved back to Syringa in the spring of 1978 and he opened his own mechanic shop there. In 1981, Larry and family moved to Kamiah, where he owned and operated Larry's Syringa Auto Service, finally settling in a home and shop in Pine Ridge subdivision.
Larry and Paulette divorced in 1991 and he remained in Kamiah, where he met Nancy Ryle. They moved to Culdesac in 1996 and were married in August of 1998 at Coeur d'Alene. After Nancy passed in 2006, Larry moved upriver back to Kooskia, where he lived until 2011, later moving to Orofino, where he lived until the spring of 2017.
Larry was a big auto enthusiast to say the least and had many adventures and fun with his rigs. He also loved hunting and fishing, which started when he was young and living upriver. There are many fond memories of pack trips with his father and brothers, as well as friends and other family members.
Larry is survived by his two sons, Tim (Debbie) Rynearson of Orofino and Scott (Jenny) Rynearson of Post Falls; stepdaughter, Renee Ryle (Taka) of Japan; brothers, Dean (Janet) Rynearson of Sandpoint and Steven (Jan) Rynearson of Clarkston, WA; granddaughters, Ashley Rynearson, Sierra Rynearson and Savannah Rynearson; great-grandson, Coltan Terras; stepgrandson, Javon Gibson; nieces, Jenny Estlund, Heidi Van Dyken and Nicole Anderson; and nephews, Ty Rynearson and Nick Winburn.
Larry was a very social person throughout his entire life and had many friends who he considered to be family as well and thought very highly of all of them. He always had a smile on his face and especially enjoyed a good cup of coffee and conversation.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Photo: Larry L. Rynearson
Boyd Eberhardt Jr., 74, formerly of Lenore
Boyd Eberhardt Jr. was born Sept. 17, 1942, in Lewiston. He passed peacefully at home, going to join the Lord on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Boyd was a kind-hearted man who was always there for anyone who needed him.
He attended grade school in Lenore and graduated from Lapwai High School in 1960. After high school, Boyd enlisted in the U.S. Army and achieved the position of Army Airborne Paratrooper Specialist 4, from 1960 to 1963. When he was discharged, he lived in New York for a year, but missing his home, returned to Idaho. He moved to Lewiston and began working at Potlatch Forests Inc. He took pride in his career and his many years of service at Potlatch.
During this time, he married Lynette Wilson in 1967, and they divorced in 1969. He married Patricia Estell in 1971. They divorced in 1973. In 1974, he married the love of his life, Regina Dasenbrock-Calene, his wife, partner and friend the rest of his life. In 2001, after 36 years of service, he retired as a senior machine tender on No. 1 paperboard machine. Boyd filled his time outdoors in his beloved Northwest for the first three years of his retirement.
To help fill his hours, in 2004 he began working part-time as a dealer exchange driver for Kendall Auto. He greatly enjoyed his work transporting vehicles everywhere from Montana to Southern California. Boyd immaculately restored a 1968 Mercury Cougar and thoroughly enjoyed showing it at local car shows, winning numerous awards. He was a longtime member of the Lewiston Catholic community, belonging to the Knights of Columbus. He also was part of the American Legion and the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club. He retired finally in 2012, pursuing hunting, fishing and wood cutting, often with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Regina; a son, Kevin Calene; and four daughters, Teresa Stephenson, Patricia Offt, Brydget Forest and Heather Taylor. He had 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He also is survived by two sisters, Shirley Morgan and Sarita (Bob) Linkhart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Joyce Eberhardt; and his brother, Troy Eberhardt; as well as his brother-in-law, Dave Morgan.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Greencreek Cemetery in Greencreek. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints Catholic Church.
Photo: Boyd Eberhardt Jr.
Nadene Jones, 95, Orofino
Nadene Francis (Gustin) Jones, 95, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017. She was born April 20, 1922, in Clarkston, WA, to Lillie and Claude Gustin. After a very short battle with cancer, Nadene joined her beloved family who passed before her.
Nadene grew up near Waha in the Flat Iron area, learning to ride horses, hunt and shoot with her dad. Riding a horse to Waha School was a daily event, and she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1940.
She was introduced to Melvin Jones by her brother Bill, and they married on Sept. 10, 1941, in Corvallis, OR. While Mel was serving during World War II, they lived in Seattle, WA, and Paris, TX. After the war, they moved back to Lewiston, where they raised their five children.
In her younger years, Nadene worked at several Safeway and Albertsons stores. Nadene and Mel followed the construction of many northwest dam projects, and she worked the guard station on the Chief Joseph Dam. They made their permanent home in Orofino in 1966. Nadene was a 4-H leader and a member of the 49r's Saddle Club for many years. She raised, trained, showed and rode many horses in her lifetime, but the Arabian was her favorite. She was especially proud of the leather side saddle that she rebuilt and her leather tooling.
Nadene was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and she enjoyed making ceramics for family and friends in her own little shop at the house. Gardening was a passion and everyone benefited from the jams and pickles. Nadene guarded her property with an eagle eye and shotgun, thus the naming of Shotgun Lane for her address.
Nadene is survived by Carolyn (Ray) Antonsen, Karen Capper, Alan Jones, Kim (Pam) Jones, Kevin (Ginger) Jones; grandchildren Elton Jones, Kyle Jones and Sheri Weaver; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Charlotte, and husband, Mel.
Please make any memorials to St. Joseph Family Hospice in Lewiston. A celebration of Nadene's 95 years will be held at later this summer.
Photo: Nadene Francis (Gustin) Jones
Beverley Swanson, 92, born in Orofino
Beverley J. Swanson, whose voice, commercial sales, and writing talent were hallmarks of her treasured days at KRLC radio station, Lewiston, in the '50's, '60's and '70's, died May 30, 2017 in Westborough, MA. In 2015, she moved to be closer to family and gained many new friends with residents and staff at Whitney Place Assisted Living and Beaumont Rehab facility there.
She was born Jan. 25, 1925 In Orofino, to Emma Phillips Dresser, a seamstress, and Hugh Burford Dresser, a lumberman. Except for the last two years in Massachusetts, she lived her life in Lewiston. She traveled to Mexico, England, where she visited the Burford estate, her father's namesake, and to Ireland, but always called Lewiston her happiest place, her home. Three siblings preceded her in death: Beryle Scherfenberg of Spokane, WA; Philip Dresser of San Diego, CA; and Donald Dresser of Medford, OR.
Beverley's paternal grandfather, Edward Dresser born in 1858 in Carlinville, IL, was a horse trader and had the first lumberyard in Lewiston (located on the current site of Hahn Supply). Her paternal grandmother, Emma VanArsdale also of Carlinville, had the same first name as her own mother. Her maternal grandparents, Phoebe James (family lore had her related to Jesse James), and George Washington Phillips, were born and raised in Sprague, WA. George was an early railroad man; the locomotive he engineered now sits in Locomotive Park in Lewiston.
In 1944, she met and later married Art Swanson, a Spokane native, who retired from the Lewiston Post Office in 1970. They had two daughters, Dawn Swanson of Seattle, and Carol Isvak of Westborough, MA. They made their home in Clarkston where the girls went to school. In 1959, Beverley worked part-time demonstrating and selling food products at local grocery stores. As the story goes, she presented Van Camp green beans to the then owner of KRLC, Don Thomas. She said, "These are the only canned beans with no strings and they are cheaper by the case!" One case later, and a meeting with Art to discuss a sales job at the radio station, and she was on her way to a radio and public relations position lasting more than 20 years.
Beverley's early history includes recognition by her first-grade teacher for her natural ability to sing, dance, and perform. Her first stage appearance was at Lewiston's Masonic Lodge on Main Street at the age of six. With no formal training, except voice lessons, Beverley wrote and broadcast her way to successive regional awards and recognition for commercial journalism. Sales and advertising were in her blood and her voice was perfect for the radio! "Mad Men" would have taken notice of her drive and competitive spirit at a time when women in the field would have been an anomaly. A flair for the dramatic and artistic abilities influenced and punctuated nearly every element of her life since then.
Lucy Rice, a former colleague now of Sales Sense, Portland, OR, who considered Bev her mentor, said upon learning of her passing, "She was one of the most creative people in the last 100 years".
Beverley's commercial writing was recognized by the National Federation of Press Women (1971 Journalism Award), Idaho Press Women, the Inland Empire Press-Radio-Television (radio production commercials), the Spokane Press Club, the L-C Kiwanis Club, where she was included in the Foremost Women in Communications 1969-70, plus many other distinctions for sales and advertising work.
Photo: Beverley Swanson
Roy Dee Fonnesbeck, 75, Orofino
Roy Dee Fonnesbeck, 75, passed away at his residence in Orofino.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
John Michael Apfelbeck, 86, Peck
John Michael Apfelbeck of Peck, ID, 86 passed away June 2, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
He was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Colby, WI, to Leo and Hilda (Ohlinger) Apfelbeck. John grew up in Colby, WI where he attended school. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Guam from 1951 - 1952. He married Carol J. Nielsen in April 1955 and later divorced in 1991. They raised their four children in Wausau, WI where he drove long haul trucks for Wausau Papers and later Schneider transport. John retired in 1993 and moved to Idaho. He met and married Wanda Head in October 1997 until present.
John was a member of the St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. He was also an active member of the Eagles and the Senior Center in Orofino.
John is survived by his wife, Wanda (Head) Apfelbeck of Peck; four stepchildren, Connie (Head) and Ron Hallen of Lewiston, Doug and Colleen Head of Lewiston, Vicki (Head) Gertje of Lewiston, and Steve Head of Lewiston; four children, Fay Lippert, of Wausau, WI; Penelope and Gregg Thompson of Ankeny, IA; Neal and Cami Apfelbeck of Poulsbo, WA and Amy Nielsen of Morton, WA; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Leo and Hilda Apfelbeck; two brothers and seven sisters.
A Rosary recitation begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino, ID with Father Sipho Mathabela, OSB officiating.
Memorial Donations can be made in John M. Apfelbeck memory to: St. Theresa's Catholic Church P.O. Box 1169 Orofino, Idaho 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: John Michael Apfelbeck
Fern Marie Burger, 89, formerly of Orofino
Fern Marie Burger passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Spokane Valley, WA, after a brief illness.
Fern was born June 28, 1927, in Avon, SD, one of 12 children. She married Robert Burger in 1952 and they had two sons, Richard and William.
She moved to Orofino with her husband Bob in 1965 so Bob could work on Dworshak Dam. After the dam was complete, he retired and the couple moved to Lewiston to enjoy the retired life.
Fern enjoyed taking care of her home, crocheting, camping and hanging out with friends and family. In 2012, Fern and Bob moved to Spokane Valley to be closer to family.
Fern is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bob; son Bill of Spokane; two daughters-in-law; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. Fern will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Funeral services for Fern Marie Burger will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., in Lewiston.
Photo: Fern Marie Burger
Henry 'Hank' Hiller, 77
Henry 'Hank' Hiller passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017, from lung cancer.
He was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Pomeroy, WA, to Edward J. and Blanche C. Hiller. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane, WA, in 1957, and he served with the U.S. Army in Germany from January '62 to January '65.
Henry and Lynda Myers were married Oct. 30, 1965, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston, WA, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii and back in October 2015. After a long and varied work career, Henry finally retired for good in April of 2012. They then moved to Walla Walla, WA, in July of that year.
Hank is survived by his wife, Lynda, at Walla Walla. There were no children. He also is survived by brother Jim (Lee) Hiller of Spokane; sister Barbara Carlton of Dayton, WA; sister-in-law Kathy Shepard of Clarkston; former brother-in-law Lee Berndt of Weippe; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife's parents and brother-in-law Bill Carlton.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, with the Rev. Pat Wolf officiating. Lunch will follow at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston. Burial will take place in the family plot at the Catholic cemetery in Pomeroy at a time to be determined.
Photo: Henry 'Hank' Hiller
Eleanor R. McKnight, 97
Eleanor R. McKnight, 97, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Lewiston.
She was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Grand Forks, ND, to G.E. Rolf and Ellen Flynn Rolf. Several years later, the family moved to Duluth, MN., where she attended schools and graduated from Central High School in 1938. She then attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and studied to become a medical record librarian and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942.
Eleanor worked in hospitals in New Haven, CT., Nashville, TN., and Alameda, CA. Then she worked in Washington, DC, for the U.S. Public Health Service as a public health analyst.
In July of 1945, while working in California, she met her future husband in San Francisco while he was serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. She married Milan "Mac" McKnight on Feb. 7, 1948, in Valentine, NE. In June of that year, they moved to Fresno, CA, where her husband taught high school for five years. Next, they moved to San Jose, CA, where her husband was a teacher for 29 years and she was a homemaker. In 1982, they retired and moved to Lewiston.
She and her husband were members of several organizations in the valley. They also traveled to many western states and enjoyed fishing local streams and reservoirs.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Towne of Lewiston; a son, Bob McKnight, and wife Kathy of Orofino; grandsons, Tom McKnight of Moscow and Dan McKnight and his wife Tonya of Niceville, FL; great-grandchildren Storm, Skylar, Alisha, Xavier, Tyler, Tia and Addison; and sister-in-law Jessie Rolf of Tulsa, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mac; brother, Bill Rolf and wife, Virginia; brother, Bob Rolf; and an infant great-granddaughter.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the chapel of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Memorials can be made to Holy Family School in Clarkston. WA, or the Salvation Army in Lewiston.
Photo: Eleanor R. McKnight
Jessie Eloise Smith, 89, Weippe
Jessie Eloise Smith, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Lewiston on May 30, 2017 she was 89 years young.
Jessie was born Sept. 14, 1927 in Greer to Walter and Edith Kingen. She was raised on the family farm in Fraser and attended school at Cottonwood School of Fraser and Weippe High School. During World War II she worked as a flunky for Potlatch Forest Inc. at Headquarters.
On May 31, 1946, she married Albert Smith. They lived in Weippe until 1960 when they moved to White Sulfur Springs, MT, where her husband worked in logging. He passed away in 1969 and she moved back to Weippe.
In January 1970, she went to work for School District #171 as a kitchen manager at Timberline, a job she held for 15 years. She worked the next 25 years as a live-in care giver in the Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow, Pullman and Colfax area. Retiring at the age of 80.
Jessie then travelled throughout the United States and Canada, especially in Alaska. She loved the rodeo and attended the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas many times as well as Cheyenne, Calgary and Alberta, Canada.
She loved music and played the piano since childhood. She enjoyed her bowling for many years and she was an avid Bingo and Pinochle player right up to the time of her death. She also was a life time member of the Rebekah Lodge in Weippe and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Ron and Vickie of Weippe and Darold and Anita of Weippe; daughter, Linda and Earl of Potlatch; two step daughters Nita and Ginny; her oldest grandchild, Sheila Miller, who she raised from infancy; and her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; her parents, Walter and Edith Kingen; four brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Dean and Ray; two sisters, Viola Borders and Fern Wilson; and one grandson.
A Graveside Service will be held celebrating Jessie's life at the Weippe Cemetery on Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. Jessie would like all donations sent to Crossroads Hospice and Caregivers Charitable Foundation at https://crhcf.org.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Photos: Jessie Eloise Smith
Clarence Victor Henderson, 74, Orofino
Clarence Victor Henderson, 74, Orofino, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Orofino.
He was born June 26, 1943 in Andaeko, OK, to Mildred Epperly and Olaf Henderson. He married Sylvia York in 1985.
Clarence was an automotive machinist, an emergency medical technician in Bridgeport, WA and worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WWP. He was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy for six years.
He enjoyed fishing and automotives.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Joan Henderson; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Celebration of the Life of Papa will be held June 11 at Evans Campground in Evans, WA. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Clarence Victor Henderson
Rose Buchert, 78, Orofino
Rose Buchert, 78, Orofino, died at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, on May 25, 2017.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Samantha Shea Fignani, 23
Samantha Shea Fignani, age 23, of Kooskia, was taken from us on Monday, May 22, 2017, in Orofino. She was a loved daughter, sister, mother and friend. Her sweet smile and infectious laugh will be missed dearly.
Samantha was born in Lewiston on Dec. 24, 1993 and grew up in Kooskia, where she resided with her family for the better part of her childhood.
Samantha was preceded in death by her sister, Randi Nicole Broncheau, and her grandfather, Pete Olsen.
She is survived by her daughters, Diamond Rain and Mia Willow; her siblings, Kora Fignani, Colten Fignani, Tamika McMillian and Mike Fignani; her parents, Consuelo Augie and Nick Steiger, and Mike E. Fignani; her grandmother, Patti Rae Trachell; her great-grandmother, Delores Willig; as well as a vast group of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services for Samantha will be held at the Life Center in Kamiah, U.S. Highway 12, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Immediate family members viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All other friends and loved ones are welcome to come say goodbye at 1 p.m. during the Celebration of Life.
Photo: Samantha Shea Fignani
Frank Morford, 95, logged out of Elk River
Frank Morford went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Frank was born Oct. 21, 1921, to Fannie and Herbert Morford, one of 11 children. He grew up on a farm outside of Notus, Idaho. He served in the U.S. Marines for four years during World War II. In November of 1945, he married Billie Totty, and they were married for 72 years.
Frank worked as a logger out of Elk River from 1953 until the family moved to Lewiston in 1971. He then worked for the city of Lewiston Parks and Recreation for a time and later at the transfer station until he retired in 1988. He was active in, and a member of, Orchard Community Church for 42 years. Frank also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Billie; daughters, Diana Alexander (Doug), Carol Chambers and Susan Tibbs (Kenneth); six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Photo Frank Morford
Jim Goetz, 67, Orofino
Jim Goetz passed away at his home in Orofino on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Jim was born Nov. 18, 1949, in New London, WI, to Leonard and Evelyn Goetz. He attended school in Manawa, WI, and played drums in the school band and wrestled.
As a child he loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He had many great times throughout his life with family and friends in the great outdoors.
While attending college in Oshkosh, WI, he started to work part-time at Shopko. This was the start of long career in retail, which meant relocating many times to open new stores.
He lived in Marshfield and Appleton, WI. He also lived in Boise and in Sandy, UT, while opening Shopko stores throughout the west. After retiring in 2007, Jim relocated to Orofino.
Jim met his wife, Nancy, while working at Shopko. They were married June 15, 1973. Jim shared his good work ethic and his love for the outdoors with his three sons and one daughter. He was blessed with four beautiful granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson.
Jim was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Jim loved football and was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan.
Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Chris (Brittany), of Orofino; son, Nick, of Missouri; son, Andy, of Missouri; daughter, Julie (Steven), of Georgia; granddaughter, Nemiko, and great-grandson, Phoenix, of Utah; granddaughters, Ava and Ella, of Orofino; granddaughter and grandson, Breanna and Nathan, of Georgia; and sister, Kathy, and brother, Tom, of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Wanda.
Father Sipho officiated the Celebration of Life Mass at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino on May 22.
Photo: Jim Goetz
Lucille Marie Preussler, 88, Teakean
Lucille Marie Preussler passed away at age 88 on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Clarkston, WA, from complications from hip surgery.
Lu was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Presque Isle, WI., to John and Margaret (Eleam) Anderson. She was raised there and attended school in Presque Isle.
She married Alvin E. Schultz on Sept. 29, 1945, in Ironwood, MI. He passed in 1974. Lu came out West in 1977, and she married Marvin Preussler on Oct. 6, 1979, at Cream Ridge, Idaho.
Lu was a longtime resident of Teakean and Kendrick, where she was a homemaker and served as a church secretary, a job she also had done in Michigan.
Lu is survived by her husband, Marvin Preussler; sisters, Beverly Pearcey and Dorothea Gerovac; brother, Frank Andersen; children, Alvin L. (Sandy) Schultz, Marie (John) Fink and Deborah (Tom Pedersen) Arnestad; daughter-in-law Colleen Schultz; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neighbors and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin E. Schultz; sons, Edward and Timothy Schultz; and siblings, Sam, Bob, Mildred, Mary, Doris and Betty Lou.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Assembly of God Church, 208 W. Main St., Kendrick, with her husband, the Rev. Marvin Preussler, officiating.
Please sign the online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Lucille Marie Preussler
Mary Jane Peterson, 89, Orofino
Mary Jane Peterson, 89, Orofino, passed away peacefully, at Clearwater Valley Health and Rehab, in Orofino Saturday May 20, 2017.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Boyd William Wood, 75, Lenore
Boyd William Wood was born in Moscow, Idaho to Verla and William Alfred Wood on Sept. 6, 1941 making a family of four with his older brother Deryl Edwin Wood. Boyd reached the age of 75 and passed peacefully at his home in Lenore on May 15, 2017.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. May 19, 2017 at CrossPoint Alliance Church 1330 Powers Ave. Lewiston. Pastor Paul Smith will conduct the service. A reception will follow at the Lenore Community Center on U.S. Highway 12 at 2 p.m. Friday. A private family burial will occur at a later date in Elwood Cemetery at Texas Ridge.
Boyd graduated from Lewiston High School May 28, 1959. After graduation, he went into the Navy. During his enlistment, he was trained in San Diego, CA. Upon completing his training as a radioman, Boyd was stationed in Adak, AK, also on the U.S.S. Everett F Larson, and the U.S.S. Harry E. Hubbard. He was discharged Jan. 23, 1964.
Carol Ann Farrington married Boyd Aug. 30, 1963 in Lewiston at the Orchards Community Church. They were married for 48 years. During their married life, they moved many times for employment in floor covering and farm chemicals. They moved from Lewiston to Denver to Portland, OR, and back to Lewiston. When he accepted work in Moscow, the family moved to Genesee. Boyd and Carol lived in Genesee from 1977-2003, finally settling in Lenore from 2003 until the present. Along the way, they had four children, Bill Wood, Kim Moser (Paul), DeLayne (Dee Dee) Wood and Duane Wood (Jeannie).
Fishing, hunting, camping and growing a garden to harvest and enjoy were some of his favorite hobbies. Though he said he would not grow a garden this year, he had already planted tomatoes because he just couldn't resist. Boyd would never refuse a piece of huckleberry pie.
Boyd is survived by his four children as well as grandsons Jared Wood (Shoshana), Ian Klippenstein (Ruth) Steven Wood (Elizabeth) and Elijah Moser and granddaughters Shandra Duncan (Matt), and Valorie Marubahi. He also leaves behind two great grandsons, Brodie and John; with two great granddaughters on the way Ariel and Ruth. Boyd is survived by his special friend and partner of the last five years, Barbra Felton.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, brother and wife.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lewiston Class of 1959 L.I.F.E. Scholarship fund 3317 12th St. Lewiston, ID, 83501 or the Lenore Community Center, LCAC P.O. Box 21 Lenore, ID 83541.
Photo: Boyd William Wood
Harry E. Owen, 89, attended school in Peck
Harry E. Owens, 89, Grangeville, died in a single-car accident on Idaho Highway 13 near Stites on Thursday, May 11, 2017.>Harry was born May 11, 1928 in Spokane, WA, the second son of Charles E. and Pearl Tumelson Owens. He attended schools in Peck, Hayden and Grangeville, graduating from Grangeville High School in 1946.
Following his graduation, Harry moved to Lewiston to work at the mill. He married Marietta Huffman, also of Grangeville, on Dec. 7, 1947 in the Grangeville First Christian Church. After a few months in Lewiston, the couple returned to Grangeville, where he began working at the Post Office. In 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force. Over the next four years, he was stationed at bases in Texas, Florida, and Georgia. During this time, their sons, Randy and Mike, were born.
After his discharge from the military in 1955, they returned to Grangeville, where he resumed his career at the Post Office. In 1957, he joined the Army National Guard unit in the Grangeville area. Daughter, Sandi was born in 1958, followed by youngest daughter, Leann, in 1961. Later that year, Harry's local guard unit was called to active duty at Fort Lewis, WA, where he was stationed for one year. In 1965, Harry attended helicopter flight schools in Texas and Alabama. Upon returning to Idaho, he transferred from the local National Guard engineering unit to the 116th Armored Cavalry, Boise. He retired from the National Guard in 1988.
In 1975, Harry became a fulltime rural route carrier for the Post Office, which he continued until his retirement in 1983. During this time, he also drove school bus between Grangeville and Slate Creek. In 1986, Harry was elected Idaho County Commissioner, a position he held for the next 16 years.
Harry was an active member of the Grangeville Christian Church until the time of his death. He was a dedicated member of Mount Idaho Lodge #9 A.F and A.M, and Mountain Queen Chapter #11, Order of the Eastern Star, and held memberships in several other Masonic bodies, including York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Cryptic Masons, Red Cross of Constantine and Knights Templar.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Patricia, son Randy, and wife Marietta.
He is survived by his older brother, Lee (Roberta) of Lewiston; youngest sister, Shirley Hunter, of Lewiston; son, Mike of Grangeville; daughter, Sandi Wheeling and her husband, Richard, of Boise; daughter, Leann Owens and her husband Kurt Spracher, of Idaho Falls; grandchildren, Sarah Owens, Dylan Owens, Jeremy Yuill, Jameson Spracher, J.C. Spracher, Jeff Spracher, Tyler Wheeling, Laura Wheeling, and Ryan Wheeling.
A viewing will be held Friday, May 19, 2017, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. A Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017. at 1 p.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church with Pastor Tom Helmick to officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences for the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Spokane Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204, or a charity of your choice.
Photo: Harry E. Owens
Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly, 95, formerly of Orofino
Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly, 95, a resident of Lewiston since 1957, passed away peacefully Monday, May 8, 2017.
She was born July 11, 1921, in Moscow, to Thomas and Effie (Juhnke) Jabbora, the third of 10 children. She attended kindergarten through second grade at St. Rose's Catholic School in Moscow and moved with her family to Orofino in 1927.
While living in Orofino, Katherine taught herself to play trombone, violin and piano. She played basketball and was the first female drum majorette at Orofino High School, graduating in 1939.
She attended Lewiston Normal School (Lewis-Clark State College) from 1939 to 1941, majoring in education. She taught for two years in Kooskia before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1943. During her years of service, she was stationed at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Totten, NY. She obtained the rank of sergeant first class, giving her the lifelong nickname, "Sarge." During her service, she met the love of her life, Robert J. Reilly, who would throw snowballs at her window to get her to have breakfast with him on Sunday mornings. They fell in love, and she married her Irishman on June 16, 1951, at Fort Devens, MA. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Japan, where she was honorably discharged in 1953 as they welcomed their first son, Robert. The family moved to the Presidio in San Francisco and had their daughter, Kay, in 1956. They resided in California until 1957, when her husband was transferred and served in the Korean War. At that time, the family moved to Lewiston and welcomed their third child, Richard, in 1958.
Katherine was employed at the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District (LOID) from 1958 to 1963. During this time, she went back to school to renew her teaching certificate and graduated in 1963. She taught for 28 years at Tammany Elementary School, primarily teaching the third grade. During this time, she touched many students' lives, and throughout the rest of her life, she was fondly remembered as "Mrs. Reilly, my third-grade teacher." Katherine frequently was recognized by her former students - they would catch up on their lives, reminisce about their days at Tammany and acknowledge how much of an impact Katherine had on their lives. She retired from teaching in 1991, and even after retiring she continued to substitute teach and enjoyed nurturing her grandchildren's lifelong love of learning.
She did have fruitful retirement years. She went on many trips with her children and grandchildren, including Maui, HI, Disneyland, the Oregon coast, Texas, Laughlin, NV, and Las Vegas. She celebrated her 87th birthday fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska. In addition to traveling, she loved playing pinochle, dancing, playing her organ, going to the casino, gardening, painting and fishing.
In 2004, Katherine was nominated and included in the World War II Women's Memorial by one of her former students. In 2012, she saw the memorial in person when she traveled on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, DC. She was celebrated by civilians from coast to coast and met young women in the service, for whom she paved the way and served as inspiration.
She was an active member of the Lewiston Catholic Community and a member of the American Legion Post No. 13.
Katherine is survived by her children, Bob (Anna Maria) Reilly of El Paso, TX, Kay (Sherman Fike) Reilly Packer of Lewiston, and Dick (Karen) Reilly of Meridian. She also is survived by her brother, Richard (Bertha Mae) Jabbora, of Bellingham, WA; sister Dorothy (Jerry) Johnson, of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Mary Packer, Krisi Packer, Kimberly (Henry) Funk, Matt Reilly, Iris (David) Marston, Spencer Reilly and Maegan (Will) Krahn; and great-granddaughter Brynn Krahn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Effie (Juhnke) Jabbora; her husband and best friend of 45 years, Robert J. Reilly; brothers Joseph Jabbora, Pat Jabbora and Fred Jabbora; and sisters Mary Crabb, Virginia Bradley and Joan Eikum.
A funeral and rosary will be held Saturday. The rosary will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Catholic services at 10:30 a.m. at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., in Lewiston. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. Katherine always loved hosting friends and family, so please join us to celebrate her wonderful life.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education (L.I.F.E.), 3317 12th St., Lewiston, ID 83501; or www.life-inc.org.
Photo: Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly
Edward John Galloway, 70, Lenore
Edward John Galloway, 70, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home on Freeman Creek.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel caring for arrangements.
Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo,, 87, Orofino
Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo, age 87, passed away peacefully on May 4 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, due to heart complications. Mary Lou was born in Lewiston on Oct. 14, 1929 to Orofenia Hand and Rasmus Rasmussen. She was the youngest of seven children. Mary Lou was born prematurely weighing just 3 pounds 8 ounces and arrived at the beginning of the Great Depression.
Mary Lou grew up in Peck and attended schools there and in Orofino. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1948 and later graduated from the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in 1952 and became a Registered Nurse.
On Aug. 28, 1950, she married her childhood sweetheart, Bud Deyo. Bud and Mary Lou worked side by side in several business ventures, including the highly successful D&K Logging Company. Mary Lou managed the bookkeeping and office duties while raising a family with four children. The Deyo household was always busy with business, kids, school and church events, and family celebrations. Bud passed away in 1978 in a logging accident and Mary Lou later moved to Lewiston and lived there for over 20 years. She moved to Orofino in 2014 to be closer to family.
Mary Lou was always active in the community. She was a church school leader and a 4-H leader for over 25 years. She taught local youth everything from Bible verses to child care to motorcycle safety. Mary Lou took great joy in the hundreds of young people she was able to work with. She served as the Mayor of Peck along with being involved in the League of Women Voters, Hospice, the Peck Methodist Church, the Peck Cemetery Board, and many other local activities. Mary Lou was a true community activist before most of us understood what that was.
The crowning achievement of her dedication to the community was the completion of the Deyo Reservoir in 2013. Mary Lou's vision of turning an old mill pond and sawmill site near Weippe into a fishing reservoir and recreation area for the public to use are now a reality. Her donation of land along with nearly two decades of work helped create a destination that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Mary Lou was a wonderful gem, bolstered by her strong faith and political views, allegiance to sports teams, sincere interest in people, positive attitude and sharp wit. Most of all she took great pride, joy and interest in her family. She kept track of each family member (and their friends) and cheered for them every step of the way. She will be greatly missed by all.
Mary Lou is survived by her four children, Mike (Joanne) Deyo of Orofino, Barbara Deyo of Portland, OR, Brian (Penny) Deyo of Peck, and Joe (Jodie) Deyo of Spring Hill, TN, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband Bud and her six siblings including Owen Knowlton, Edward Knowlton, Melva Cain, Alice Wargi, Alta "Bet" Spear, and Lester Rasmussen.
A celebration of life for all to attend is being planned in June. One of Mary Lou's long standing final requests to everyone was to, "Plant a tree for me." The family suggests any memorials be made to the City of Peck Cemetery at P.O. Box 105, Peck, Idaho 83545 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Photo: Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo
Gary L. Edmonson, 77, born in Orofino
Gary L. Edmonson went home to our Father on May 3, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born Jan. 5, 1940, to Myrtie Zann Edmonson and Hope Lavina Adamson at Orofino. He grew up in Lewiston. Prior to graduating high school, he entered the U.S. Navy on Jan. 9, 1957. He was stationed on the USS Missouri throughout much of his military career. Upon discharge in December 1960, Gary returned to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and remained there until his passing.
He married Virginia Willis, and they had four children together. He later married Janis Hogaboam, having two children. Then on June 30, 1967, Gary married the love of his life, Roxie (Rice) Bayless, who brought two children to the relationship. Together they presented to this world one child, which completed their family structure of nine. He was a strong father figure and outstanding provider throughout their 50 years of marriage. Most would struggle with this size of family - however, not Gary. He thrived on the love he created for each and every one of his children.
Gary shared his ethic of hard work throughout this working career from the Idaho State Highway Department to the City of Lewiston. Here he held positions as a construction supervisor, street superintendent and retired as their construction coordinator.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, but his passion was painting wildlife. The day after retirement, he and Roxie left Lewiston to enjoy the rest of their lives in Dixie, Idaho. The one-room cabin he had built soon became a much larger structure to accommodate his family and friends. These gatherings became his fondest memories. They lived there for 18 years. He had turned his lifelong dream into a reality.
He was preceded in death by his father, Myrtie Zann Edmonson; parents Melvin and Hope Schlieper; sister Patricia Engle; brother Robert; son Dennis Bayless; and grandchild Kami Edmonson.
Gary is survived by his wife, Roxie; his children, Terri (Mike) Small, Martin, Pamela, Rory, David (Tracy), and Jerry Edmonson, Lenny (Trudy) Bayless and Cary (Theresa) Edmonson; daughter-in-law Marcie Bayless; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral service for Gary will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston, 1711 18th St., followed by a gathering at 1 p.m. to celebrate Gary's life at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Lewiston, 1304 Main St.
Family suggest memorials be made to the Dixie Community Center in Dixie, Idaho, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Photo: Gary L. Edmonson
Dorothy L. Bryant, 82, formerly of Orofino
Dorothy Lee Bryant passed away Sept. 18, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, CA, at the age of 82.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1934, in Orofino, to parents Delbert and Grace Bryant. She spent her childhood years in Orofino with her brother, Larry Bryant.
Dorothy was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, a bird lover and a gifted gardener. She obtained her real estate brokers license and enjoyed being a realtor for many years in California.
Dorothy believed, though, her most important responsibility was being a mother to her five children. We were blessed to have such a wonderful mother.
Dorothy is survived by her five children; Dick and Debbie Brandt, Kathy and Smokey Green, Carl and Vanissa Brandt, Larry and Pam Brandt, and Julie Brandt; her brother and his wife, Larry and Sandy Bryant; aunts, Edith Day and Helen Vannoy; grandsons, Jeff Brandt and Eric Brandt, Corey Patton, and Cody Green, who recently passed away; many cousins that were devoted friends throughout her life; as well as childhood friend, Mona Noble.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, Delbert; mother, Grace; and stepfather, Roscoe Morton.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Sanders Cemetery, 1221 Lower Wells Bench Road, Orofino. It will be followed with a luncheon at the High Country Inn, 70 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, to celebrate and share fond memories of her life.
Photo: Dorothy Lee Bryant
Marilyn Gertrude LaPointe, 75, Orofino
Marilyn Gertrude LaPointe, 75, Orofino passed away at Living Springs Residential Care, Lewiston on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Peggy Lou Mercer Phillips, 83
Peggy Lou Mercer Phillips, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation in Grangeville, Idaho. She was born Jan. 17, 1934 in Graham, North Carolina to the late Agnes Ruth Campbell and Thurman Lofton Mercer.
Peggy attended school until graduating from Summer High School in 1952. Peggy began her business career with Jefferson Standard Insurance Company. On Nov. 20, 1954, Peggy married the love of her life, David Phillips in Greensboro, NC. They moved to California and started their family. David worked as a machinist and Peggy was in charge of the house. Raising seven children and having many other kids from the neighborhood over kept her very busy.
Peggy served as church treasurer at First Southern Baptist Church in Culver City for 18 years. She joined the Culver City California Gideon Auxiliary in 1994 and was an active member until her death. Their desire to be near their children brought Peggy and David to Kamiah where they retired.
Peggy is survived by her husband David Phillips of 62 years; her daughters, Kathy (John) Gunter of Clearwater, Diana (Tom) Upton of Orofino; sons, David Keith Phillips of CA, Gary Phillips of West Palm Beach, FL, and John Phillips of Orofino; sisters, Ruth (Leonard) Oliver of Greensboro, NC and Norma Ingram of Thomasville, NC. She is also survived by 11 grandkids: Kameron and Kristin Phillips, Tina (Paul) Lane-Cavallo, Jay Lane, Holly Lynn Caruso, Jason Lama, Jeremia Phillips, Peggy Ann Milburn, Crystal Stancliffe, Justin Upton and David Upton; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Peggy was preceded in death by her father Thurman Mercer, mother Agnes Mercer and by her sons James and Tony Phillips.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 108 Pine Rd., Kamiah. Rev. David M. Hunt of Kamiah, officiating. Burial will follow church service at Clearwater Cemetery, in Clearwater. A dinner will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to; Gideon Intl., Alzheimer's Assoc. or Breast Cancer Research in memory of Peggy M. Phillips.
Photo: Peggy Lou Mercer Phillip
Carol Jean Lyons, 83, Weippe
Carol Jean Lyons, 83, Weippe, passed away at her residence on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
A Graveside Service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Roger Konkol, 74, formerly of Orofino
Roger Konkol, 74, husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, teacher and dear friend to all, died on April 11, 2017 at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.
Roger was born in Stevens Point, WI, on May 18, 1942 to the late Andrew and Bernice Konkol. The family initially moved to a remote area called Cow Creek, near Orofino, in 1947, where they started the Konkolville Lumber Company. Roger graduated from Orofino High School in 1960. He attended the University of Idaho and was a member of the TKE Fraternity where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Education in 1964, and went on to earn his Masters in Education in 1969. Roger moved to Boise, where he began his career with the Boise School District at East Junior High School as a history and PE teacher. On June 6, 1970, he married Georgia Horner. Roger and Georgia enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with their family.
Roger retired in 1997 after 32 years with the Boise School District as a Humanities Teacher at Hillside Junior High. He spent his summers painting houses with two other good teaching buddies to supplement their salaries. Roger enjoyed his winters of retirement in sunny Mesa where he played golf, tennis, pickle ball and poker on a daily basis.
Roger is survived by his wife of 46 years, Georgia Konkol; their daughters, Tiffany Wilson and son-in-law Scott Wilson, Camille Wegner and son-in-law Greg Wegner; his grandchildren Kaleb Fleenor, Hadley, Brodie and Tucker Wilson, McKenna and Hayden Wegner, his brothers Donald, Ralph, Andrew (Andy) Jr.; his sisters Gerri Bird, Carol Ponozzo, Lavern Duman, JoAnn Glasgow; many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and an abundance of friends.
Roger truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures. An avid sportsman who loved golf, tennis and jogging, his real and abiding passions were his family and friends. Roger sought to instill in his family a zest for life, a commitment to family, friends and community, and the power to see the positive in everyone and everything - every day.
Roger's life would seem too short to some, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile, infectious laugh and humungous heart brought so much joy to everyone's lives.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the family, friends and neighbors for their support in his final days. If you'd like to donate in Roger's memory, donations may be made to the Idaho Foodbank where Roger volunteered his time.
A Celebration of Life honoring Roger will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Stonehouse at the Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise. Appetizers, dessert, beer and wine will be provided. Casual attire.
Photo: Roger Konkol
Gretta J. Anderson 94, Kamiah
Gretta J. Anderson 94, Kamiah, passed away Thursday April 13, 2017 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Graveside services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooksia.
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, 81, Orofino
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, a lifelong resident of Orofino, died March 30, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital surrounded by her daughters. She was 81.
Joanne was born July 21, 1935 to Stan and Alice Shriver in Orofino. From an early age, Joanne began playing the piano. She inherited her talent and love of music from her father and began playing at the Methodist Church by age 10. Through the years, Joanne had accompanied the high school choir and soloists, played at music festivals and the Orofino Community Choir, as well as numerous city events and festivities.
She married John Hutchinson on June 23, 1951 and they raised three daughters, Shelley, Sandy and Susan.
Joanne was secretary at Orofino High School for 30 years. She always told us that it was the "best job in town" and loved working with the kids and staff. She touched the lives of many students over several generations. Joanne had a great sense of school spirit and community pride.
In her later years, Joanne loved traveling and visiting her children and grandchildren in various parts of the country and Europe. She also took several cruises with good friends here in Orofino. She joined PEO and was proud to be a part of such a wonderful group.
In 2005, mom was featured in "A Hometown Story" in the Clearwater Tribune. It was a great article about her life and roots here in Orofino. We would like to include the last few paragraphs that sums up so much about our mom.
"Music touches us throughout our lives from babies' lullabies, school concerts, graduations' Pomp and Circumstance, celebrating new life together at weddings, and wishing fond farewells at funerals. It moves us and encourages us, triggers memories and soothes us.
In a world where there is increasingly less and less we can count on, the beautiful music of Joanne Hutchinson, like the Clearwater River, remains a constant and lasting part of our lives."
Besides the many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews, Joanne leaves behind, she is survived by her daughters: Shelley (Frank) Coppel of South Carolina; Sandy Severson, Portland, OR and Susan (Matt) Turner of Orofino. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Tyler Severson and Jordan Severson, both of Portland; Jason Bruns, Denver, CO; Kali Turner, Seattle, WA; Jack Turner, Corvalis, OR; and a brother, Jim (Monica) Shriver of Nampa.
In lieu of flowers, Joanne had requested donations to the OHS Alumni Scholarship fund and Orofino/Peck United Methodist Churches.
A memorial service will be held in late June when all the family can attend.
Photo: Doris Joanne Hutchinson
Richard C. Field, 68, Orofino
Our father, grandfather, and brother, Richard Charles Field, 68, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at home in Orofino, surrounded by his family. In the weeks prior to his passing, Dick was surrounded by people he loved most.
>Richard was born in Orofino on Aug. 2, 1948, to Charles and June Field. The youngest of three children, he and his sisters were raised in Orofino, where he graduated as a Maniac in 1966.
After graduation, he went to the University of Idaho to play baseball. After completing a year and a half, he enlisted in the Navy in February 1968, where he served in San Diego, CA, and Hawaii as a Torpedomen 2nd Class, until he left in September of 1971.
In May 1975, Richard married Teena Steiner and that relationship produced two children: Misty Lee and Kacy Charles. During that time, he worked various jobs in the logging industry where he became "a jack-of-all-trades, master of none."
In 1989 he started college and finished with a teaching degree from Lewis-Clark State College. After a short stint of substitute teaching, he found his calling as a Road Maintenance Supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement on Christmas Eve 1997.
Before his passing, he had several things he wanted included in his obituary, beginning with his children. "I did leave the world a better place; I have left behind Misty and Kacy. Both smart, hard-working, well-adjusted, and independent thinkers; they don't always see eye to eye, but don't say anything bad about one unless you want deal with the other.
"I leave behind two grandchildren, Brandon is the athletic one and Rayce is the brains-smarter than me AND his mother put together."
Richard is survived by his children, Misty (Shaquille) and Kacy (Je'Neen); grandchildren, Brandon and Rayce; sister, Judy (Gary) Foust; and many nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Jack Stone; nephews, Bill Stone and Dan Fertakis; and his grandparents.
As he would say, "I did not set the world afire, but I made many friends and a few enemies along the way."
Per his request, a memorial gathering will be determined at a later date.
Photo: Richard C. Field
Cleo Gillespie, 98, formerly from Sunnyside/Lenore
Cleo Gillespie passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Royal Plaza Care center in Lewiston.
Cleo J. (Jenkins) Gillespie was born in Nezperce on Dec. 31, 1918, to Elma and James Jenkins. She had seven brothers and sisters. She attended school at Nezperce and Sweetwater. The family moved to Lenore, where she met Clyde, and they were married May 16, 1938, in Lewiston.
They lived on the family farm at Sunnyside/Lenore. Mom was a stay-at-home mother. Her interests were growing flowers - mostly roses - gardening, crocheting doilies, quilting and embroidering pillowcases, as well as raising her flock of chickens.
In 1974, Dad retired from the Ahsahka lumber mill and farming. They moved to Lewiston in 1976 to enjoy town living. Clyde passed away Feb. 8, 1998.
Through the years, they faithfully attended Cream Ridge Church near Lenore and the Orchards Nazarene Church in Lewiston.
Her survivors include children, Clyde J. Jr. (Nila) of Puyallup, WA, and Carolyn J. Turner (Dale R.) of Lewiston; one sister, Ruby Roberts; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter, Charlotte Choate, and one grandchild.
There will be no memorial service, at her request.
Photo: Cleo Gillespie
Wendall 'Hap' Jonas, 82, formerly of Headquarters
Wendall 'Hap' Jonas, 82, passed away peacefully March 21, 2017, with loving family at his side. Hap was born in Albuquerque, NM., on Feb. 15, 1935, to Jesse and Amy Jonas. He was one of eight children, so needless to say it was a lively household and their lives were full of many adventures. Some of his fondest adventures were with his brother, Morris. They kept their mother on her toes and the birds hiding. Hap loved being a part of this large family.
Hard-working, fun, sunny disposition, loving and mischievous are just few adjectives to describe him. He appropriately got the nickname "Happy" as a kid, which was later shortened to Hap and remained with him all his life.
He met Margie Reedy in Durango, CO., and they were married Nov. 28, 1953. He and Margie created their own lively household by having seven children and that same adventurous life with 20-plus moves and everything in between. This made for a colorful life, one full of living and loving. They were young parents at the ages of 18 and 15 and did the best they knew how. In his eyes, his most esteemed accomplishment of his life was being a father. He loved his children fiercely and unconditionally. When they needed him, he was always there.
Hap held many jobs throughout his lifetime, and he most assuredly was a jack-of-all-trades. There wasn't a job or skill he couldn't master. These jobs took the family to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho and finally, Washington. Of all the jobs, he worked to support his large family, logging was his favorite. Some of his fondest memories were of living in Headquarters and logging and camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater area. Hap was proud and blessed to have worked many jobs with his sons. He was a proud and longtime member of the Teamsters. He attributed his long life to hard physical work and maintaining an active lifestyle. Hap moved from Idaho to the Seattle area in 1989 and worked in construction until his retirement in 2000.
Margie and Hap separated in 2002. He met Verla Morrison and they shared 10 wonderful years together. During this time, he came to know and accept Christ. Hap and Verla were very involved in their church. He discovered his calling of giving to others and enjoyed spending many holidays serving meals at the food bank and homeless shelter. He was known for his chili and never missed the opportunity to fix up a large pot to share.
Hap is survived by his sons, Rod (Tina) Jonas of Asotin, WA, Steve Jonas of Lake Stevens, WA, Shannon (Suzie) Jonas of Camano Island, WA, and Eric Jonas of Santa Fe, NM; daughters, Pamela (Bart) Richter of Auburn, WA, and Audra (Dave) Forsman of North Pole, AK; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Jennifer; his brothers; and a sister.
A service will be held at 4 p.m. April 1 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your local food bank or serve a meal in his honor. A celebration of life along with a potluck will follow the service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., in Lewiston.
Photo: Wendall 'Hap' Jonas
Donna Statler, 65, formerly of Orofino
Donna passed away peacefully March 19, 2017, at her home in Lewiston.
Donna Mae Statler was born June 21, 1951, in Richmond, IN, to Hubert and Iva (Phenis) Burelison. Her father's sister, her aunt Bettie Burelison Brant, was on her first day of work as a nurse's aide in delivery and helped to deliver her and took good care of Donna's mom. Donna joined a large family already filled with her father's children and her mother's children from previous marriages.
Donna lived in four states by the time she was finishing third grade, and the family moved into Kankakee, IL. She worked at St. Mary's Hospital as a teen, then at the coupon sorting tables for General Mills in Kankakee.
Donna married Dave Statler and they had one daughter, Sarah. She was proud to have married a college man, and in 1970 the Statler family moved to Missoula, MT, where Donna worked at the University of Montana kitchen, allowing her husband to graduate college in 1972.
Donna divorced in 1982 while living in Orofino and moved to Lewiston, where she soon started college at Lewis-Clark State College and Sarah started ninth grade. Donna graduated from college with a degree in special education and was accepted into the Peace Corps. In July 1989, Donna moved to Belize, completed six weeks of training, then swore in to serve her country as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Lucky Strike Village in Belize as a teacher trainer. She soon fit into the village, making friends and learning about the new culture. Though she left Belize in 1991, she continued to return many times to visit friends. Her two years in Belize changed her life.
Before she left for Belize, during her college years, she accepted a job with the Northwest Children's Home. When she returned to Lewiston in 1991, she was offered a job teaching at Hopper House, one of the units at the home. She never dreamed she would enjoy working with teen boys but soon fell into a routine and spent her final years of teaching, at Hopper House.
When Donna returned to Lewiston in 1991, it was just in time to meet her granddaughter, Tiffany Statler. Donna, Sarah and Tiffany loved to travel and took many trips all over the U.S. One time they went all the way to the Mississippi coast, and several 5,000-mile trips followed. One long trip Donna and Sarah took was all the way back to West Virginia where her grandmother, Grace Scruggs Phenis, was born.
They often visited friends Donna had made while serving in the Peace Corps in Belize. As a matter of fact, Donna became the "secretary" for the group and spent time keeping everyone connected, initially with letters to all and eventually with email and Facebook.
Just a year before she retired from teaching, she married Brian Hensley on March 1, 2001 (National Peace Corps Day). They had been together for 18 years at this time. They were settled into Lewiston and again her dream came true - to stay home and enjoy life.
Donna and Brian loved to travel and took many trips around the states and a special trip to Ireland in 2011. They flew to Ireland for a month of travel and some family research. Donna's fraternal grandmother was a McGuire, and she was so excited to travel with the family back to Northern Ireland and find the Maguire Castle, where it all started.
Brian had seen the world, but Donna wanted him to see the states, so upon Brian's retirement from the Forest Service, they started to travel within the states. From Donna's brother in Florida, to Peace Corps friends in Santa Fe, NM, and more - they enjoyed many 5,000-mile trips around the states.
One year, they went to Canada to see Niagara Falls, upstate New York, on what Brian called the Dead Presidents Tour, as they saw presidential libraries and burial places and homes.
Donna was always interested in the family tree as Sarah's kindergarten teacher in Alexandria, VA, asked that Sarah build a family tree. Donna knew little more than her grandparents, and while talking with her father, she realized that the Burelison line was not traced back as far as her great-grandparents. This started her on a journey that never ended. No one realizes the money, time and energy she spent, building all the family trees. Sadly, she never found her great-great-fraternal grandparents, but many believe they have to be connected to the Burlison/Burleson families out of Texas. Who knows?
Donna had an affinity for staying in touch and sent out hundreds of annual letters and stayed connected with elementary friends from Kankakee, and friends in all the states she had lived. Her home was always a welcome place for friends and family, and she has many guest books filled with lovely notes to prove it. Her door was always open, and people loved to spend a few days in Lewiston with Donna and Brian.
Many family members preceded her in death: parents Hubert (1987) and Iva Burelison (2012); brother Bob Burelison (2010); twin sisters Bonnie Lou and Connie Sue (1953); older sister Phyllis Fraker (2001); younger sister Donella Stone (2013); Donna's brother, Glen Burelison, who passed in 2016; as well as many other family members and close friends, too many to mention but not to be forgotten.
In Lewiston she leaves husband Brian Hensley; daughter Sarah Statler; and granddaughter Tiffany Statler. A special daughter in Coeur d'Alene, Tami Fruin, and her family survives. Also surviving are siblings Larry, Anita, Susie, Tom, Duane (Toby); two stepbrothers; and two very special aunts and one uncle.
In 1995, Donna started the Donna Statler Scholarship Fund at the high school in the village where she lived while serving in Belize. Donations would be appreciated. Checks can be made to King's College, with DSSF placed at the bottom of the check and mailed with an airmail stamp to King's College, P.O. Box 290, Belize City, Belize, Central America.
Please add a note as to how you know Donna and the school secretary will see that you get a receipt. These students pay a large fee in order to attend high school. Donna would be happy if you just smiled at someone today and went out of your way to make a difference in this world. No service was requested - spend a day with someone who needs you.
Peace, everyone. Rest in peace, Donna.
Photo: Donna Statler
Robert Wayne Tyson, 70, former Orofino music teacher
Robert Wayne Tyson lived a full and blessed life from April 20, 1946, until March 16, 2017. Bob loved life and lived it fully, always giving 110 percent of himself in everything he did.
Bob was born to Guy Tyson and Gladys Pierce Tyson Yearout in Spokane, WA, and attended school and graduated from St. Maries High School in 1964. Because of his love of music and talent with most any musical instrument, Bob went on to finish his bachelor's and then master's degrees from the University of Idaho in music education in 1969 and 1974.
Bob started his career by sharing his love of music with the young people in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and surrounding area at Tammany Elementary and Middle School, as well as schools in Craigmont, Cottonwood, Culdesac and Orofino. While in his early 30s, Bob played the piano and organ at the First Baptist Church in Lewiston, which is where he met the love of his life and his best friend, Faye Sorrell Strickfaden Tyson. She had two young children, ages 8 and 10 (which somehow didn't scare him off), and they were married June 30, 1979.
Bob and Faye were members of Valley Christian Center for 25 years, during which time Bob was a choir director, usher, leader of the evangelism program, youth group chaperone and Royal Rangers teacher. Bob had a huge heart and love for people and very much wanted them to know the love of Jesus. He and Faye went on several mission trips to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Czechoslovakia, where he shared the message of God's great love for all of us. CrossPoint Alliance has been their church home for the past several years.
After retiring, Bob found a new love and passion - fitness and cycling. On a beautiful, sunny day, he wanted nothing more than to be on his bike riding up a hillside or along the river. He loved cycling, pushing himself further, faster, climbing higher. He had a great group of friends in his "cycling family," with whom he enjoyed riding, but he also enjoyed the solitude of his bike and a hilly road. Bob was a personal trainer at Gold's Gym and then at Anytime Fitness, where he recently became a certified spinning instructor. Bob passed away doing what he loved - riding a bike.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Faye, who was his best friend and the joy of his heart for 37 years; the children he inherited but loved as his own, Cary Strickfaden Dingman (Tom Seale) and Evan Strickfaden (Courtney); his grandchildren, whom he loved to tease, teach and love, and whom he prayed for daily, Cami Strickfaden McArthur (David McArthur), Josh Dingman, Kaci Strickfaden and Emilee Dingman; and his beautiful new great-granddaughter, Sadie Ruth McArthur, who was born just two months ago.
Bob was a generous, caring man who loved his family, friends and people in general. He wanted everyone to know and share the love he had for his Lord, Jesus Christ. We can just picture him riding his new bike along the levee of the River of Life in heaven with his Savior.
A memorial service to celebrate a life well lived will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. As Bob had a special place in his heart for young people, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to YoungLife, 923 Sixth St. No. 2, Clarkston, WA 99403.
Photo: Robert Wayne Tyson
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Orofino
Rudolph Henry Lange was born April 14, 1923 to Rose D. and Rudolph Lange in Denver, Colorado. He went to be with our Lord on March 14, 2017 in Orofino, Idaho.
Rudy grew up on the old family farm in Elizabeth, CO, until he was 14 years of age at which time the family moved to California. He graduated from Santa Maria Union High School in 1940. He then moved to Long Beach, CA. Shortly after, at the age of 21, while being a city transit bus driver, he met a 16-year-old, named Peggy Lou, soon thereafter they married. From this union three boys were born, Robert (Bob), Gerald (Jerry), and Donald (Don).
Dad was a skilled commercial and domestic mechanic. He enjoyed tinkering with anything that had an engine, never stopping until it worked properly again. One of dad's favorite pastimes was fishing. He loved to share his big catch with the grandkids. Road trips in his RV, camping, hunting, gardening and just being outdoors (campfires and s'mores) brought him much joy.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph Heinerch Lange and Rose D. Gayefski Lange; wife, Peggy Lou Lange; son, Jerry Lange and sister Orielda Sherman.
He is survived by two sons, Bob Lange, Don (Frances) Lange; grandchildren, Josette Lange, Diane (John) Talley, Darla (Mark) Torres, Jared (Amanda) Lange, Alicia (Javier) Concepcion, and Celina (Dan) Reynold; and 14 great-great grandchildren and lots of extended family.
Memorial contributions may be made to NOSDA in care of Clearwater Valley Hospital or a church of choice. Dad's final care will be provided by Pine HIlls Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.. at First Baptist Church, Orofino. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate. Everyone is invited to a potluck luncheon to follow at the church.
Photo: Rudolph Henry Lange
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Peck
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Peck, passed away March 14, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel are Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Michael P. Mitchell, 91
Michael P. Mitchell, a lifelong Lewiston resident, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Hospice facility in Boise.
Mike was born June 5, 1925, to George and Loretta Mitchell. He attended elementary school at St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Lewiston and St. Joseph's Military School in Belmont, CA He was active throughout his youth, delivering newspapers, serving as a batboy for the semi-pro Lewiston Indians, serving as a floor commander in military school, and winning a Golden Glove in boxing while attending military school. In 1940, Mike moved back to Lewiston and his family to continue his high school education. After high school, he spent three years in the U.S. Navy as a machinist. In 1945, his ship was in the port of Japan when the treaty was signed to end World War II.
When he returned from the Navy, Mike attended the University of Oregon, receiving a degree in journalism. After graduating, he returned to Lewiston and joined his father in managing Mitchell Distributing, a beer business his father had started after prohibition. In 1962, the company became the local distributor for Coors beer, and what started as a one-man operation had grown to six full-time employees.
When he moved back to Lewiston after college, in addition to taking over the family business, Mike also started dating the love of his life, Arlene R. Harvey - also a lifelong Lewiston resident. Knowing that Arlene worked at the local swimming pool, Mike would drive by in his red convertible with hope of getting the chance to talk to her. His persistence paid off, and on May 5, 1950, the two were married in Lewiston. Together they had three daughters. As a family they shared many fond memories skiing in McCall during the winters and swimming in the family pool at their home on Skyline Drive in the summers.
Never one to sit idle, in 1968 Mike entered politics and was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives. After one term in the House, he moved to the Senate in 1971, serving six terms and running unopposed five times. While serving in the Legislature, he served on numerous committees. In 1982, after an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor, he served as legislative liaison for Gov. John Evans. In 1987, he became chief of staff for Gov. Cecil Andrus and served in that capacity until 1991. Mike served on the Idaho Transportation Board, spent three years as interim director of the Idaho Department of Correction and also served on the State Board of Education.
In 2002, he jumped back into the political arena when another candidate withdrew from the election. Although he entered the race late, he pulled off an upset, beating a four-term incumbent. He was re-elected to his final term in office in 2004. During his final term, he served on the House Health and Welfare Committee and the joint budget committee. He also spent two years on the Education, Resources Conservation and Transportation and Defense committees.
Mike spent nearly 40 years in public service in Idaho. During that time, he and Arlene made lifelong friends and traveled to many parts of the world. More recently, Mike also was active in the Nez Perce County Democratic Party, was a member of the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, served on the Lewiston Parks and Recreation board and was an honorary member of the 148th Field Artillery Battalion.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughters, Chris and husband Ron of Spokane, WA, Cori and husband Mark of Boise, and Molly and late husband Mike of Pasco, WA. He also is survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Mitchell family would like to sincerely thank the caring staff at the Veterans Administration Hospice and all of the very special family and friends who are too numerous to mention who have always kept us in their thoughts.
Mike's memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints Parish in Lewiston, with burial following at Normal Hill Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a gathering at All Saints Parish social hall. Memorials in Mike's honor may be made to Nez Perce County Democratic Party, Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department or the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation.
Photo: Michael P. Mitchell
Ethel Elsie Tobin, 86, OHS graduate
Ethel 'E' Tobin was called home to the Lord on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Spokane, WA.
Born Dec. 4, 1930 to Harry and Daisy Hatch in Orofino, Idaho. Ethel was known by many as "E" and in her childhood years as "Sis." Everyone who knew her would describe her as a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend.
She grew up on the family farm in Grangemont, Idaho with her sister Dolores "Dee" McIntyre and brother, Dwane "Sonny" Hatch. She attended elementary school at the Grangemont School House and graduated from Orofino High School in 1948.
She moved to Lewiston to pursue her passion in nursing. She graduated as a R.N. from St. Joseph School of Nursing in May, 1951.
She was employed at the Pediatric Clinic for Dr. Mannschreck and Dr. Olson. She then worked at the Lewiston Orthopedic Clinic before retiring after 36 years of nursing.
She met the love of her life, James "Jim" Tobin and they married on Sept. 4, 1955 in Lewiston where they resided together for 60 years. During this lifelong commitment, she made their home a place where you always felt welcome and never left hungry.
Throughout E's life, she enjoyed bowling, fishing, water skiing, camping, gardening and animals. She especially loved her horse, Bailey. She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks and volunteered at the First United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents, Daisy and Harry Hatch and her sister, Dolores 'Dee' McIntyre.
E is survived by her two children, Carrie Ann Beloit and her husband, Tom, Trudy Bayless and her husband, Lenny; grandchildren, Leslie, Justin and John Beloit, Stephanie and Brenna Bayless; great grandchildren, Grasyn and Bentley Beloit, granddaughter-in-law Heidi Dunn and many nieces and nephews.
For those who knew 'E' or had the great opportunity to meet her, all quickly realized what a special person the Lord had lent us. She impacted and touched the hearts of many and continued to do so up to the moments of her passing. Our lives have changed forever because of her and the unconditional love she so openly shared was endless.
A memorial service to celebrate E's life will be March 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lewiston, 1906 Broadview Dr.
Family suggests memorials may be made to Lewiston Humane Society or the charity of your choice.
Photo: Ethel Elsie Tobin
Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan, 82, formerly of Pierce
Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Royal Plaza. She was 82 at the time of her entering into the kingdom of heaven.
She was born to Burt and Emma Taylor. She grew up in Asotin, along with 10 other siblings. After graduation, she married Wade Murrill. They later divorced. They had one daughter, Rose Murrill. She then married Joe Vaughan and moved to Pierce, where they lived until 2011.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Rose (Ron) Dammon; grandsons, Shain Dammon (Tess Haefer) and Barry (Stacy) Dammon; five great-grandchildren; three stepchildren; brothers, Clarence and Wayne Taylor; sisters, Adaline (Don) Hendrickson and Lois Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation, 2870 Juniper Drive, Lewiston.
Photo: Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan
Harry Curtis Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino
Harry Curtis Walrath, 79, passed peacefully Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston, surrounded by his family.
Harry was born June 17, 1937, in Orofino, the son of Theodore and Margaret Dickinson Walrath. After graduating from Orofino High School, he attended the University of Idaho and later entered the U.S. Army. Harry was the third-generation owner of the family insurance business, Walrath Insurance Agency, which he managed for 31 years.
In 1979, Neal Johnson joined the agency. Neal and Jeannie Johnson were good friends as well as business partners. When Harry was appointed commissioner of Insurance for the State of Idaho by Gov. Cecil Andrus, Harry and Dorene sold the business to Neal and Jeannie and moved to Boise. For the past six months he lived at the Idaho State Veterans Home, where he enjoyed visiting with other veterans and teasing and joking with the staff.
Harry was always very active in many organizations. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Calam Temple Shriners, Free Mason, Elks, Jaycees, Rotary, Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Orofino Business Association and even Costco. He was a volunteer on the Orofino Fire Department and was both an emergency medical technician and a level-four trainer. He was a timer for many years at Orofino Lumberjack Days. While his kids were in school, Harry could be seen running the chain at football games, running the clock or keeping score at basketball games and timing at swim meets. After retirement, he and Dorene lived in Fairbanks, AK, where he volunteered for the Arctic Winter Games. After moving back to Idaho, he spent time volunteering at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Harry is survived by his wife, Dorene; daughters, Lorrie Scoles (Ted) of Hoonah, AK, and Casey Youngberg (Scott) of Anchorage, AK; and son, Michael Walrath (Gail) of Boise. He has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margot Davis.
Services and a celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the EMS at Clearwater County Ambulance, P.O. Box 1347, Orofino, ID 83544, which was near and dear to Harry's heart.
Photo Harry Curtis Walrath
Tamara Clark, 57, Orofino
Tammy loved large, and in turn was loved even larger (if that is possible). She had the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 our most beautiful wife, adoring mother, loving grandmother, and true friend won her two-year battle with multiple myeloma to become our guardian angel.
She was born to Judith and Arthur Henson on June 12, 1961, in Orofino, and entered life with a zest that she was known for by everyone.
Tammy was an Orofino Maniac through and through, not only attending school in Orofino but also supporting her own children and other children by heart in all events Maniac.
She was the neighborhood mom, coach, and advisor, who kept all our childhood memories alive. She raised a village-literally-as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and motivator.
She brought people together. She valued her friendships and made everyone feel like family. Tammy was the ultimate party planner and always the center of all activities.
Her cooking was a staple-no one could replicate her potato salad, taco feeds or Thanksgiving spreads. Look out, Costco, here she comes. She loved asking questions, which we would often try to limit, to no avail.
After loving work as Manager at the local Serv-A-Burger, working for the city of Orofino, School District 171 office, and the Idaho Department of Labor, Tammy found a home at the U.S. Forest Service as a Human Resources Specialist. She was an extremely dedicated hard worker who always fit in wherever she worked.
Tammy loved her job at the U.S.F.S. and even spoke of going back to work during her final weeks in care.
She enjoyed volunteering her time for many various activities, including C.C.D., Orofino Planning and Zoning, coaching both softball and volleyball, and coordinating the annual Father's Day Softball Tournament before her illness.
Tammy did what she loved, wore what she wanted, and wasn't afraid to dance even when people were looking.
Those who knew her, knew well of our affection for her Tammyisms, for example: fallieoffiosm my legs feel like noodles, yo ho, hubba dubba ding ding, and one of our favorites, go big or go small. She was a free spirit and just didn't care what others had to say.
Tammy is survived by her Hot Stuff, James; Favorite Son, DJ; Beautiful Daughter, Jessica; Favorite Son-in-Law, Patrick; Sister by Heart, Robin; and her most beautiful legacy, her granddaughter, Miss Stella Lynn.
She always held a special place in her heart for her many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also a surrogate mother to so many others, including her nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Tammy's life will occur on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at the Best Western Lodge in Orofino. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any written memories or descriptions of Tammy's character and personality. These will be compiled into a remembrance book for her granddaughter, Stella. Letters can be brought to the service or mailed to: Jessica O'Shaughnessy, 1106 Alder Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Let everyone know what they truly mean to you. Let them know you appreciate them, love them, and are thankful for them. Aspire to live your life like our friend, Tammy Clark. 'We are proud of you!'
Photo: Tamara Clark
Leslie W. 'Les' Heywood, 83, Weippe
Leslie W. 'Les' Heywood, 83, died March 5, 2017 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Les was born on July 24, 1933, the last of eight children born to Bert and Theda Heywood. Les grew up on the Heywood Ranch and attended school in Weippe.
Les started working in the logging industry at the of 16. He worked for various logging operators including JE Hall, finishing his career with RF Coon Logging, Inc. where he started in 1973, working until 2008. He was 74 when he retired. He also worked in the Sunshine Mines in Kellogg. Les was known as being a hard worker and could do almost anything in the woods.
Les married Clairrene Steadman Sept. 15, 1959 at Coeur d'Alene. Together, they raised two children, Leslie W. (Rocky) Heywood, Jr. and Lori McMillen.
In Les's younger years, he enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool. He brought home several trophies. He also loved snowmobiling, camping, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids.
Les was a very caring and loving person to his family and friends. He often visited loved ones and friends when they were sick, in the hospital or care centers.
He accepted Jesus Christ into his life in 2015 and was baptized in February of 2017.
Les is survived by his wife, Clairrene of 57 1/2 years; his son, Rocky (Sharon) Heywood of Napavine, WA; and daughter, Lori (Mike) McMillen of Weippe; grandchildren Chelsey (Josh) McMillen, Brandon (Anka) McMillen, Adrienne (Steve), Mercedes, Jordan and Darin; 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, George, Clyde, Harry, Jim, Lucille, Betty and Fay.
A memorial service and potluck will be held Thursday, March 16, at the Weippe Community Hall at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Weippe Community Hall, P.O. Box 351, Weippe, ID 83553; New Life Fellowship Church, Box 484, Pierce, ID 83546 or the charity of your choice.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Leslie W. 'Butch' Heywood
Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin, 72
Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin was born in Albany, OR, on April 25, 1944 to Leo Ivan Godwin and Elva M. "Sis" Sink Godwin. He died at the age of 72 in his home on March 2, 2017.
He was self-employed with his trucking business, Godwin Trucking. His wife, Marsha, is the Dabco office manager, and she also kept books for their family business.
He attended school in Kooskia, Idaho and graduated from Clearwater Valley High. He was married to his wife Marsha Paulsen on Jan. 2 of 1971, in her family church in Arco, Idaho.
Butch served in the army for several years. Part of that time he served in several locations overseas. Butch enjoyed traveling to many areas and even skied in the Alps. Butch's service time was a very important time in his life. He remained in close contact and involved throughout the years with his military family and friends.
When Butch started dating Marsha, he was working at the race track in Idaho Falls on the weekends as a pitman for his best friend, Dusty. At that time, he also worked at the lumber mill in Arco during the week. They married shortly after meeting and Butch was soon employed at Arlo Lott Trucking. In the spring of 1972 they moved to Kamiah and he began working at his dad's cedar mill. After that he bought a self-loader to start his own trucking business. Later on, he bought a chip truck. He was always busy hauling something or working on his truck.
Butch was an active member of the Eagles Club and loved to play poker. He was also in the bowling league in Kamiah for many decades. He loved to play pool and golf. He was a friend to all and liked a good time. Butch could visit and hangout like a teenager. He loved working in his shop and especially on his trucks. He even found and restored Marsha's first car, an Oldsmobile, and gave it to her as a surprise. He loved spending time with his family and going camping, fishing, and hunting. He often traveled and visited friends. He would go on annual trips to Arizona to visit with many different friends.
He left behind his wife, Marsha Godwin, of 46 years; his son, Ryan Matthew Godwin, and Ryan's wife Jamie of Boise, ID. He had two grandchildren Kevin (22) and Emma Godwin (13). He also had four "adoptees" (Hali, Ryle, KC, and Libby) who called him Grandpa Butch. He had a sister Donita (David) Powers of Orofino, and his brother Rick (Opal) Godwin of Myrtle along with many nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed and had many close friends who he loved dearly. He left us too soon, but will never be forgotten.
Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be at 1 p.m., Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, U.S. Highway 12, Kamiah, Idaho. Reverend Luann Howard will officiate. A covered dish dinner will follow at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho.
Photo: Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin
Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman, 87, formerly of Orofino
Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman, 87, of Pullman, WA, passed away March 3, 2017 at Regency Assisted Living in Pullman, WA.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Pullman Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1055 NE Orchard Dr.
Dee was born Feb. 12, 1930 in Salt Lake City, UT, to L. Vern and Ethel (Rowe) Bland. She grew up in the Los Angeles area until moving to Southern Utah at the age of 10. Dee was active in school activities including playing on the basketball team.
Dee was always community and service oriented wherever she lived. An accomplished seamstress Dee was known for her vast creativity. In 1995 Dee came to the Lewiston/Pullman area becoming active with the local humane society, the Unity Church in Lewiston and the LDS Church in Pullman. She was awarded Citizen of the Year for her extensive community service while living in Orofino.
Dee moved to Pullman six years ago and soon after began a morning routine with hot chocolate and the newspaper at Dissmore's IGA where she made many lasting friendships. Dee was a caring person who always was willing to reach out to others and suggest a natural remedy for whatever ailed them.
She is survived by her daughter, Angela Johnston, of Hillsborough, NC; her son, Zane Mangum, of Arizona; sister, Vivian Hansen; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roy Mangum; an infant son and two brothers, Ralph and Frank Bland.
Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial donations are suggested to the local Humane Society.
Photo: Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman
Dr. Kay Miller Rusche, 66, formerly of Orofino
Dr. Kay Miller Rusche ended her seven-year battle with ovarian cancer at home with her family. She was 66 years old.
Kay was born to Lois and Earl 'Red' Miller and lived until age five in Orofino and Culdesac, where her father taught and served as superintendent. The family then moved to Berkeley, CA, while her father pursued his doctorate. After several short stops around the Bay Area, the Millers settled in Mill Valley in Marin County, CA. Kay graduated from high school there and then attended the University of California San Diego, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1972. She worked for a year at the Scripps Institute and entered medical school the next year.
Kay was a stellar student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and graduated in 1977 with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Her husband, John Rusche, was a classmate, and they were married in St. Louis on Sept. 11, 1976. Washington University was - and is - known as a research school, and Kay was encouraged to specialize. Thankfully, she realized the gifts she had were best used in family practice. Her partners and patients are grateful for her decision.
After medical school, Kay and John were resident physicians at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where they learned a lot about medicine and Southwestern culture. The Rusches arrived in Lewiston in 1980. They bought a house with a great view of the confluence, and the yard and the house were dearly loved and tended well by Kay.
Caitlin arrived in 1985, and Kay responded by modifying her practice to stop obstetrics. She knew that being on call for a delivery (and having a husband on call as well) was not conducive to having an infant. Caitlin remembers doing hospital rounds with her mom.
Many of her patients showed gratitude for her manner and care, from potholders to scarves, from laudatory newspaper columns to plants for her garden - and one very special birdhouse condominium. Gardening, especially roses, occupied her free time. John always said it was good that one of them enjoyed it. She also was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed the camaraderie of her book club.
Her major joy, however, was her practice, her patients and their families. She had a special interest in developmentally delayed adults, in helping them and their families. There was no stronger advocate for those "other-abled" individuals. During the course of her medical career she also served as the Tri-State Memorial Hospital chief of staff, on several St. Joseph's medical staff committees, on the Board of Valley Medical Center, as the president of the Idaho Academy of Family Practice, and as a volunteer physician at the Snake River Community Free Clinic. She also was involved in numerous community organizations, including the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation Board, the Girls Club, as the Twin County United Way campaign chairwoman in 2000, the Tsceminicum Club, and Friends of the Lewiston Library.
Her ovarian cancer slowed her down only slightly, and she returned to full-time practice after each surgery or chemotherapy course until she retired from Valley Medical Center Family Practice in May 2015 after 35 years of practice.
She is survived by Dr. John Rusche, her spouse; daughter, Caitlin Rusche; and Lois Miller, her mother. Her kind and gentle heart will be missed by thousands of patients and families in our community.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. A celebration of her life of giving is being planned for later this spring. In lieu of flowers, Kay would have encouraged a donation to the Snake River Community Clinic, 215 10th St., in Lewiston.
Photo: Dr. Kay Miller Rusche
Agnes Jewel Vaughan,83, OHS graduate
Agnes Jewel Vaughan passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 83 years old. She was born to Pearl and Orval Choate on July 30, 1933, in Teakean, Idaho.
Agnes graduated from Orofino High School at age 15, then attended Lewiston Normal School. She married her childhood sweetheart, Ronald Vaughan, in 1950.
Ron and Agnes had two children, David and Susan. They moved to Spokane, WA, in 1966 and returned to Lewiston in 1991. In 1970, Agnes returned to business college and worked at Pacific Trail as office manager.
Agnes was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed making things special for her family, especially during holidays. Her grandchildren remember her as a great cook and candy maker, a skill she learned from her daddy. She sang with her sisters and played the piano, instilling a love of music in her children. She was a devoted grandmother, even taking them with her for a Bloomsday run. She loved to sew, crochet and hand quilt, making many beautiful gifts for her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald and sister, Alda McIver. She is survived by her sister, Alice Damman; son, David Vaughan (Maxine); daughter, Susan Vannoy (Stan); grandchildren, Niki, Kevin, Zoey and Luke; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, with burial following at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Agnes Jewel Vaughan
Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland, 58, Orofino
Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland, 58, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at her home after fighting a 6 1/2-year battle with cancer.
She was born June 15, 1958, in Clarkston, WA, to Ronald Adams and Joanne Jurgens Adams. She was raised in Headquarters and graduated from Timberline High School in 1976. She went on to college at Lewis-Clark State College and earned an associates degree in graphic arts i 1978. She graduated from LCSC with an Education degree and teacher certification in 1997. She taught at Orofino Elementary School from 1998-2010. Rhonda also taught with the LEAP (Learning Enrichment After-school Program) from 1997-1998.
Rhonda married Ron Norland Nov. 21, 1982 at the Cavendish Methodist Church in Cavendish.
She was a member of the Idaho Teachers Association, PTSA, Clearwater Youth Alliance and participated at the Orofino First Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald 'Bud' Adams. She is survived by her husband, Ron Norland, Orofino; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Ronatta Norland and their son, Nathaniel of Orofino, son and daughter-in-law Russell and Tia Norland and their daughters, Annabelle and Isabelle of Orofino; brother, Craig Adams, Billings, MT; mother, Joann Adams, Orofino; and children of choice, Jacob Lott and his wife Mandy and their daughter, Swayzi Lott of Clarkston.
A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Orofino with Rev. Clarence Howard officiating.
The family suggests memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland
Lyle W. Eacker, 87
Lyle W. Eacker, 87, died Feb. 10, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home.
He was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Bartlett, NE, to George and Christie Eacker. The family came to Idaho when Lyle was two years old. He attended school in Deary.
He later went to work at a logging camp, Camp X. At 18, he went into the Army and fought in the Korean War. He was in the service for three and a half years.
In 1954, he came back to Idaho and married JoAnn May in Troy. They were sweethearts for 62 years. He worked at PFI for 35 years, retiring in 1990.
Lyle and JoAnn had two children together, Charlene and Jeff.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, animals of all kinds and he square-danced for 30 years. He was a self-taught harmonica player and entertained the family for many years.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughter, Charlene (Michael) Yonemitsu; son, Jeff Eacker; three grandchildren, Drew (Johanna) Barker, Kyle (Nikki) Barker and Brandon (Taylor) Eacker; and four great-grandchildren, Isaac, Lydia, Myles and Ellie; many nieces and nephews; and his favorite horse, Pepsie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Wayne Eacker, Carroll Eacker and sister, Margie.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston.
Because of all the kindness bestowed upon us throughout this journey, we want to inspire each and everyone to take time to show that same kind of love, grace and kindness to another person today, all in celebration of and honoring Lyle's life.
Photo: Lyle W. Eacker
Harry C. Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino
Harry C. Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Marcia L. Johann, 72, Orofino
Marcia L. Johann, 72, Orofino, passed Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital with her people by her side.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Darlene Orma Treib, 79, Orofino
Darlene Orma Treib, 79, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Roger Allen Green, 64 of Orofino
Roger Allen Green, 64, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Gary Lee Ross, 56, Weippe
Gary Lee Ross, 56, Weippe, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at his home.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Ken Swart, 71, Orofino
Ken Swart was born on Oct. 1, 1945.
His son, Justin, was with him when he passed away Feb. 4, 2017 in Coeur d'Alene. He also has a son, John Swart.
He and Sandy (Hirsch) Swart were married about 20 years. He was married previously to Candy and Mary.
Besides his sons, Justin and John; Sandy survives him, as do step-children, Joey, Kristen, Andy, Paula and Michelle.
Ken was a gentle man who was very highly skilled with his hands and also a cowboy. He was always good with horses. He also owned his own garage door company and construction company. He built a lot of things.
He was also well loved by everybody in his family. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he didn't live the Mormon way.
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Pierce
Willis L. Wagner, 94, beloved Father, Grandfather, and friend, from Pierce, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Willie was born Dec. 27, 1922, in Menomonie, WI, to Charles and Adeline Wagner. The family moved to the Kamiah area when he was a small boy. Willie later graduated from Kamiah High School in 1940. He met and married Luella Hemphill, and they moved to Lewiston. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, he had his own country and western band called the Sunset Trail Riders. He continued to play music at jam sessions and camp-outs on the Lochsa, for many years. Willie and Luella gave birth to their first son, Lyle Willis Wagner, whom died as an infant. In 1944, they welcomed their second son, Louis Alan Wagner. They later moved to Pierce, where he was co-owner of Pierce Auto Supply with Carl and Jim Finke, and Luella died there in 1981.
Willie met and married Louise Wilson in 1981. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, riding four-wheelers, playing music, drinking coffee and socializing with family and friends. Willie and Louise remained married until Louise's death in 2009. In 2012, Willie moved into the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston.
Willie was preceded in death by Luella, Lyle, Louise; brothers, Arn, Melvin, Lester, Leonard; and sisters, Mary and Alma, and many friends. He is survived by sons, Alan, Marvin, and Wayne; daughters, Judy and Linda; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Willis L. Wagner
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Orofino
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Orofino, passed away Feb. 7, 2027, in Lewiston. He was born Dec. 27, 1922.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Preston E. Fowler, 9, Peck
Preston Eugene Fowler, age nine, Peck, passed away in a tragic accident in Peck on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
It was a cold fall day on Nov. 21, 2007 that Preston came into this world in Lewiston, born to Dustin and Carisa Fowler. He instantly warmed our hearts, and our precious boy joined his older brother, Elijah, at home.
Preston was brought up in Orofino and Peck and had attended Peck Elementary School since first grade. He was enrolled in the third grade. Preston was a happy boy and had an easygoing spirit. He liked helping in the garden, planting and picking vegetables.
Preston loved the water. He spent countless hours on Big Canyon Creek, swimming and spending time in the creek with his dad, Elijah, and his cousins.
He also enjoyed the times he spent going to the beach with his mom and brother. Preston looked forward to camping and fishing, and he made trips with family to Tunnel Pond, Campbell's Pond, and Winchester Lake.
He played baseball in Orofino for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He was a natural horseman and his grandma's riding partner. His love of animals was well known by all, and it did not matter what kind of animal it was.
Preston brought great joy and love to the hearts of his dad, mom, brother, extended family, and friends. We will miss him every day, especially his precious smile and endearing hugs. Preston will forever remain in our hearts.
He is survived by his parents, Carisa Blanchard Fowler of Clarkston, WA, and Dustin Fowler (Christy) of Peck; his brother, Elijah Fowler of Peck; maternal grandparents, Ellen Hopper (Mike) of Clarkston, and Bill Blanchard of Lewiston; paternal grandparents, Ken and Lori Fowler of Peck; paternal great-grandparents, Dale Fowler of Peck and Dale (Carol) Jennings of Lenore; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his great-grand father, Jerry Blanchard; and great-grandmothers, Jean Fowler and Katherine Jennings.
Funeral arrangements are pending and a memorial service date and time will be announced next week.
Photo: Preston Eugene Fowler
Kenneth A. Swart, 71, Orofino
Kenneth A. Swart, 71, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Coeur d'Alene. He was born October 11, 1945.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Theresa Paul, 73, Kooskia
Theresa Paul, 73, Kooskia, passed away Friday, Feb, 3, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
John Walter Brandt, Jr., 86, born in Orofino
John Walter Brandt, Jr. (Grampa John) passed away Monday, January 30th, 2017 at the age of 86. He was born March 8, 1930 in Orofino, Idaho at Hayden's House by a midwife to Bessie Johnson Brandt and John Walter Brandt, Sr. (Walt).
John grew up around the family logging and sawmill business of his grandfather, Charles (Ginpole) Johnson. John's parents and several aunts and uncles worked together in the operation. They lived in logging camps near the jobs and Orofino or Pierce was home during the off season. Some of John's earliest memories were of life in the camps riding on the work horses and "helping" his aunts in the cookhouse. He saw the early Caterpillars and chainsaws come into the woods; but as he grew up, worked mostly with his dad building and operating the sawmills. He became a Boy Scout at age 13 in Orofino and rose through the ranks to Eagle Scout at 19. Later he was cub master and scout master in the Kooskia area.
In 1944 Walt was hired to finish and operate a sawmill in Kooskia owned by Leonard Floan. That mill burned down and Leonard hired Walt to build a new one at the mouth of Clear Creek. Walt and Bessie bought a house in Kooskia and John finished high school there graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1948. He attended the University of Idaho and NICE (now Lewis-Clark State College) and in 1950 married his high school sweetheart, Norma Hosig. Their honeymoon was spent hauling lumber from the mill to Orofino. They built a house together in Kooskia near his parents where Norma still lives. His oldest son John III (Lucky) was born in 1951 and his daughter, Amron (Amee) Coulter was added in 1953. Son Skipper appeared in 1964.
John continued to work for his dad building a mill on the Southfork River in 1950 thirty miles south of Kooskia. This mill burned in 1951, and John began running a mill in Kooskia for George Cory. In the later 50's he went back to the woods first with his dad and brother, Dean, and then for Leonard Floan, first driving logging truck and later as a woods boss after Burl Lange left. In 1961, that company, Loggers, Incorporated, was sold to Dabco and John finished his logging career running a loader.
In 1961 Ernest Hartman, owner of Stites Hardware, asked John, "Why don't you buy me out so I can retire?" Ernest made the deal one that John and Norma could not refuse. On Jan. 1, 1962, they became owners of the business which is still family owned, currently under management of son-in-law, Daniel Coulter.
John learned to fly at age 16 and helped build the airport at Kooskia where he made the first landing in Walt's Fairchild 24 airplane. Later he became a commercial pilot and flight instructor and taught many people to fly including both of his sons. He was also an instrument instructor and had multi-engine, seaplane, glider, and helicopter ratings. He enjoyed flying summer fire patrols for the Forest Service for several years.
John was a master at many things. He could and did run and mechanic on almost any kind of machine from movie projectors to heavy construction and logging equipment. Nothing was too small or too big. He designed and built all the hardware store buildings and several houses doing all the work with help from family. He was the architect, concrete man, mason, carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer, carpet layer, drywaller, and whatever else was needed.
He was a fire fighter for Kooskia and Stites for over 50 years, serving as Kooskia chief for about 10 years.
In 1974, he became a grandfather and thereafter claimed that as his new "rank". He referred to himself as Grampa John and the name stuck.
He ran a roller skating rink in Kooskia during high school and then much later in Kooskia and Kamiah. He loved to skate with his kids and grandkids and often skated to work and back between Kooskia and Stites.
He served on the Kooskia City Council, the Syringa Hospital Board, the Idaho County Planning Commission, the School Board, and at the time of his death was a member of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee. He was a very proud conservative Republican and worked diligently to keep building permits and other government BS out of our lives. He was a big fan of Ronald Reagan and was an early strong supporter of Donald Trump.
As his health was failing he said he had to live long enough to see Hillary defeated and Trump become President. He made that goal.
Family and his love of work meant everything to John, but in 1989 while roller skating in Lewiston he met his 2nd love, his partner, Lynn Churchill. We loved twirling and dancing down the streets in parades on skates and were married in 2003.
John is survived by his ex-wife, Norma, his 2nd wife, Lynn Churchill; his children, Lucky (Nancy), Amee (Daniel), and Skip (Pia); his grandchildren, John IV, Jody, Robert, Alana, Andrea, Kylee, and Nicholas; and his great grandchildren, Codi, Jordan, Kieran, Sierrah, Phoebe, Austin, Cason, William, Nora Jo, and Aubrey. Also, surviving John are his brother Dean (Judy) and sister Elaine Pelton.
When travel conditions have improved a celebration of life will be held.
Please make any memorial donations to the Kooskia-Stites Fire Department, PO Box 126, Kooskia, ID 83539.
Photo: John Walter Brandt, Jr.
Melvin E. Amos, 87, Dworshak Dam worker
Melvin E. Amos, 87, of Lewiston died Thursday, Jan 26, 2017, at Guardian Angel Homes.
He was born in Hagerman, Idaho on Aug. 12, 1929 to Elda and Ernest Amos.
In 1949, he married Mary Ruth Johnston at St. Maries, Idaho. He then enlisted in the army and served in Korea. When he returned home he went to work at the lumber mill. In 1959, the family moved to Hayden Lake, Idaho where he went to work at the lumber mill in Coeur d' Alene. Mel then passed the carpenters exam in 1965 and the family moved to Cusick, WA. He went to work on the Metalline Falls dam. Mel had only been working on the dam a few months when he had an accident. His safety harness failed and he fell 125 feet down the penstock. Expecting to find his body, his coworkers found him looking for his hammer.
In 1966, the family moved to Lewiston. Mel worked on the Little Goose, Lower Granite and Dworshak dams. When those dams were finished, he was a superintendent on many large construction projects including the Emergency room at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
After retirement, he kept busy doing remodeling work for friends and neighbors. He and Mary also enjoyed traveling around the country.
Mel is survived by his daughter, Kathy Grant; son-in-law, Richard; grandsons, Jeffrey and David of Culdesac; granddaughter, Amy Berger (Derek ) and step granddaughter Calista of Clarkston, WA.
He was proceeded in death by his son, Scott; his wife, Mary; his brothers, Lyle and Charles and his sister, Aline Horine.
A memorial service will be held, Saturday, Feb 4 at 1 p.m. at the Guardian Angel Homes barn, 2421 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Melvin E. Amos
June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl, 87
June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl passed away at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. She was born July 5, 1929, to Therlo and Holly Curtis in Dupree, S.D.
The family moved west, and in 1943 arrived in Lewiston. She finished school and in 1947 married her high school sweetheart, Billy Jim Hart. Bill and June were active in the first stock car racing association and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Air Posse.
The family enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and most outdoor activities. June's hobbies also included sewing, painting and rock collecting. For a short time, she worked in real estate, and after moving to Sweetwater in 1965, she worked as a school secretary and teacher's aide at the Lapwai Upper Elementary School. In 1980, Bill was disabled and June became his full-time caregiver.
They joined the Sea Port Good Sam Club and traveled with them for many years. Bill passed away in 1999, and June became active in Family Hospice, RSVP and the Senior Nutrition Program. Although her family was the greatest pleasure of her life, she very much enjoyed volunteering and helping others. It was during this period that she rekindled a friendship with George Hasenoehrl, and the two were married Nov. 17, 2006. She and George traveled a great deal and enjoyed wintering in Yuma, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy, and sister Maxine.
She is survived by her husband, George Hasenoehrl of Lewiston; brother, Roy (Joanie) Curtis of Molalla, OR; daughter, Carolyn (Rick) Kidwell of Elko, NV; and sons, Billy Hart of Pierce, Michael (Star) Hart of Sweetwater, Tim (Gloria) Hart of Sweetwater and Dan (Susie) Hart of Bonners Ferry. Her family also included 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all.
A rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston, with services to follow at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center hospice care.
Photo: June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl
Vernon 'Crow' Kennedy, 88
Vernon 'Crow' Kennedy, 88, of Stites passed away at his home Saturday Jan. 21, 2017.
The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Life Center Church, 4432 U.S. Highway 12. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. A fellowship covered dish dinner will follow services at Gospel Lighthouse Church in Stites.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is handling arrangements.
Frederick Hobbs, 74, formerly of Weippe
Fred Hobbs peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after a long and courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. His family and his hospice nurse were at his side.
Fred was born Sept. 14, 1942, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Cyril C. Hobbs and Opal M. (Hutchins) Hobbs. He spent the early years of his life on the family farm in Alberta. In 1953, the family moved to Weippe, where he grew up surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins and attended Weippe schools. While very young, he began working at a service station after school and on weekends. He continued working in the service station for several years after completing high school.
In 1966, he moved to Lewiston and worked for Coleman Oil Co. for a while, then managed a Union 76 station in Moscow until 1974. After that, he had several jobs but primarily became a truck driver in Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lewiston. He hauled mail from Lewiston to Spokane, WA, and Pasco, WA, until his retirement.
At age 17, he was stricken with polio. After a stint in the hospital and a month at the Elks Rehabilitation Center in Boise, he was able to walk with crutches. After a total of about six months, he threw the crutches away and never looked back. Even though the effects of polio limited his physical ability, with great determination he was able to overcome them or limit them until later in life.
He enjoyed many outdoor activities, such as snowmobiling, skiing behind a car, sledding, "Jeeping" in the back country and camping. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling and camping in a recreational vehicle.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Thelma (Wilson) Nylund. He is survived by brothers, Raymond Hobbs and wife, Geraldine, of Clarkston, WA, and Herbert Hobbs of Lewiston; nieces and nephews Bonnie Hunt, Wayne Wilson, Bev Dobrinski, Tina Bowman, Christopher Hobbs, Ed Hobbs, Kathy Edwards, Debi Hobbs, Melanie Pichette, Amy Bare and Mark Hobbs. He also is survived by stepfamily, including sister-in-law, Shirley Hamilton and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express its sincerest appreciation to those who cared for Fred with great compassion and love: Dr. Jones, nurses, social workers and staff of St. Joseph Hospice (especially nurse Sandy), St. Joseph Pastoral Care, St. Joseph nurses and staff who cared for him while in palliative care, and last but not least, his in-home caregivers provided by Care Connection of Lewiston. They all became his friends.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation, please consider St. Joseph Family Hospice, P.O. Box 719, Lewiston, ID 83501.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Photo: Frederick Hobbs
Carla A. Hillman, 80, Peck
Carla Ann Hillman of Peck, Idaho joined her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. She was 80 years old.
Carla was born Jan. 24, 1936, to Henry Kowitz and Iona Bradley in Salmon, Idaho. She had one brother, Lylie Black.
Carla married Glen Hillman in December of 1995, and lived at their family home in Peck.
Carla enjoyed her flowers, and spent a lot of time going through seed catalogs. She loved all animals and donated to the ASPCA.
A cup or dish from a thrift store brought her great joy! She enjoyed detective programs, watching movies, reading, gardening, and her family.
Carla is survived by: her husband, Glen; her son, Charles Alexander of Spokane, WA; her daughters, Robin Schremser (Willard) of Pinecreek, ID, and Dara Bebee of Pinehurst, ID; grandchildren, Darla Webb and Jennifer Webb, both of Kellogg, ID, and Mike Nichols of Seattle, WA; and her great-grandchildren, Isaiah Webb and Noah Werk.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jessica Case.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at First Baptist Church in Orofino, located at 291 118th Street on Riverside. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate.
Arrangements are in care of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory of Orofino.
Photos: Carla Ann Hillman
Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman, 65, 1969 OHS grad
Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, under a full moon, at Kindred Transitional Care Center in Lewiston at the age of 65, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Trudy was born May 17, 1951, in Lewiston, to Frank and Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler.
She grew up in Orofino and graduated high school in 1969. Trudy was diagnosed at the age of 20 with MS and was a kind and loving person with a strong will and personality who was determined not to let it slow her free spirit down.
Trudy met and had many friends over the years. She eventually settled in the Pierce/Weippe area and lived there prior to the death of Dan, her partner of 25 years, in 2015.
Trudy is survived by her mother, Louise "Jo" Schoeffler of Lewiston; sister Cheri Robinson of Lewiston; daughters Tonya (Bob) Jensen of Lewiston and Tara Freeman of Belgrade, MT; and grandchildren Mikel and Morgan Jensen and Dillon, Kailee and Jordan Freeman.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Schoeffler, and long-time companion Dan Keller.
The family would like to thank the staff of Kindred Care for making Trudy's stay there as comfortable as possible.
At Trudy's request there will be no service, and family will have a private celebration in the summer.
Photo: Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman
Milton Miller 'Milt' Wilson, 81, Weippe High School grad
Milton Miller "Milt" Wilson was born Oct. 23, 1935, on the family ranch just outside of Weippe. He passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Life Care Center in Lewiston, from complications of a stroke, at age 81.
This 10.5-pound bundle of joy was delivered to Laurence and Nora Mae Wilson. Milt had two older half-brothers, Dale and Elmer. His childhood was spent following his dad and learning the work on a farm. He cut down trees with a cross-cut saw, milked cows (which he didn't enjoy) and farmed and logged with a team of horses alongside his father. In school, he was a member of the football team, band and drama.
After graduating from Weippe High, with no money to attend college, he resorted to reading, mostly mechanically-oriented books (which helped him get a job at a sawmill at O'Mill, Idaho). He became very knowledgeable in the field of steam. In 1965, his steam skills were used at the new Potlatch-Jaype Mill between Pierce and Headquarters, where he was head of the boiler plant. He continued as foreman of the boiler plant until he retired in 1993.
Milton and Thelma Hobbs were married and had four children - daughters Beverly Dobrinski (Bill) of Vancouver, WA, Bonnie Hunt (Bruce) of Lewiston, and Tina Bowman of Vancouver; and son Wayne C. Wilson of Lewiston. Their marriage ended in divorce. Milton later married Karen Wilsey of Clarkston, WA. Karen and Milt were married for 25 years and enjoyed traveling to Yuma, AZ, avoiding the Pierce winters. They also enjoyed the sun with many old and new friends who were snowbirds. Their marriage also ended in divorce.
Milt had a love for flying and dreamed of becoming a pilot and owning his own plane. This dream came true in 1980, when he enjoyed flying his own plane. He enjoyed going for drives, whether close to home or traveling across the United States. His one big dream was to travel again to Alaska. He had everything he needed to go except a co-pilot. He was always reading about his hobbies: engines, cars, hunting, guns and travel destinations, to name a few. He also loved to ride his all-terrain vehicle on the backroads around Pierce.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Milt always thought of Pierce as his home, hoping to live out his final years there. Even after he had a few strokes that set his health back some, he would return to Pierce. Dementia finally made it unsafe for him to remain in Pierce, so he resided at Life Care Center of Lewiston, where he passed away on Jan. 4, 2017, with family at his side. Up until a week prior, Milt had been giving the staff a run for their money, or moola, as he would always call it. The family wants to thank the staff at Life Care for all their care and love for Milton and our family. As difficult as it was the past two years, we always felt your loving care. His friends and neighbors in Pierce and Weippe also are greatly appreciated for all you did for him.
There will be a graveside service later this spring at the Weippe Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest beside his parents. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Milton Miller 'Milt' Wilson
Patricia George, 85, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah
Patricia George, 85, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah passed away Friday Jan. 6, 2017 at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation.
The Rosary will be 10 a.m. and Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah. Interment will follow at Kamiah City Cemetery. Following the services a meal will be provided by St. Catherine's Altar Society at the church.
Services are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Margaret Jane 'Midge' Wilson, 93, Orofino
Margaret Jane 'Midge' (Baugh) Wilson was born in the family home near Arrow Junction on March 9, 1923 to Simon and Nannie Baugh and passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab on Jan. 3, 2017 due to age related issues.
She was the sixth and final child in the family. Because she was quite small as a child, her father called her Midget, later on shortened to Midge. As a child, the family moved to Teakean where she started school. She may have been the teacher's pet, because she was allowed to help older students with their work. When she was in the third grade, the family move to Orofino where she was placed in the fourth grade, thus covering two grades in one year.
A few years after her mother passed away, Midge moved to Nezperce to live with her older sister, Pearl, who was managing the Nezperce Hotel. She had her own room at the hotel and worked part time as a maid. As a high school student, Midge won regional competition in Algebra and typing. She could type at a rate of 55 correct words a minute on the old manual typewriters. During her junior and senior years, Midge worked as a student aide in the superintendent's office. After graduating from Nezperce High School in 1940, Midge attended a business school in Lewiston. She then went to work for the US Forest Service as a secretary in the supervisor's office of the Clearwater National Forest when the office covered the top two floors of the post office.
On June 10, 1941, Midge married Bernard 'Barney' T. Wilson in Lewiston, but they made their home in Orofino where he worked for BJ Carney Pole Company. Four boys would round out their family, Bernard Allen 'Buster', Simon George 'Skip', Victor James 'Jim' and Michael Jack 'Jack'. The family moved to Riverside in 1947 where Midge resided until her passing. Much of the early years on Riverside were spent keeping the boys in line as their father worked in the woods and was gone during the week. She began working part time at Riverside Lanes and would remain there until she retired at the age of 84. Midge was very actively involved with the Lewiston Clarkston Bowling Association where she held many offices and was on the board of directors for many years. Midge managed the annual tournament at Riverside Lanes for years. She won a number of trophies and awards as well as traveling to tournaments throughout the northwest with friends.
Midge had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed hearing and telling jokes of various color. She was an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying baseball and basketball, as well as bowling. She was a big fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and stayed with them when they moved to Los Angeles. From the time the boys were in Little League through high school, Midge could be counted on to take a load of baseball players in the family car to out of town games. She was an excellent cook and provided holiday meals for the family into her early 80s.
Midge was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Nannie Baugh; her siblings, George Baugh, Pearl Aiken, Paul Baugh, Ruby Philpot and JT Baugh; her husband, Barney; and her two sons, Buster and Jim. She is survived by sons, Skip and Jack; 6 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Photo: Margaret Jane 'Midge' Wilson
Todd Alan Fisbeck, 43, 1991 OHS grad
Todd Alan Fisbeck passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, after a courageous eight-month battle with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He was 43.
Todd was born Sept. 19, 1973, in Grangeville, to Chuck and Ginger (Trautman) Fisbeck. He attended school in Orofino and graduated as a Maniac from Orofino High School in 1991. He then attended Lewis-Clark State College and received a degree in diesel mechanics.
Todd married Tina Soule on Aug. 14, 1993, in Orofino. They had two children together, Caleb in 1996 and Chantel in 2000.
Todd worked for Clearwater Paper for 17 years and more recently for MHGC Inc. in Clarkston, WA.
Todd was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being in the outdoors. He had a love for life and always put a smile on everyone's face. If you were ever in need of help, he would drop whatever he was doing to help you. He never met a stranger.
Todd is survived by his children, Caleb and Chantel; mother and stepfather, Ginger and Rodger Leach; father and stepmother, Chuck and Sharon Fisbeck; sister, Christy Randall (Lee Wallace); nephew, Devin Randall; very special friend, Monica McCann; grandmothers, Lily Riechers and Edna Fisbeck; and many aunts; uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Earl Trautman and Elmer Fisbeck; an uncle, Cliff Trautman; and an aunt, Bonnie Cook.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bridges Church, 2102 Eighth St., Lewiston, with the Rev. Brad Bramlet officiating. A covered-dish dinner will follow in the basement of the Moose Lodge, 814 Sixth St., Clarkston.
Please make any memorial donations to Snake River Community Clinic, 215 10th St., Lewiston, ID 83501. The family would like to make a special thank you to Charlotte Ash and her crew at the clinic.
Please sign the online guest book and leave a memory at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Todd Alan Fisbeck
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