Rex Maitland Barstow, 91, formerly of Orofino
After 51 and a half years with "one foot in the grave," Rex Maitland Barstow, age 91, finally put the other foot in, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at his Lewiston home.
Born March 23, 1928, in Moscow, and never a smoker, Rex was diagnosed with lung cancer and had his left lung removed at age 40. For about the next 30 years, he and his family endured a month of fear, anxiety and depression in the days leading up to his annual checkup. His cancer never returned, and he lived far longer than he ever expected, seeing a lot that he "would never live to see."
He saw his children, Ben (Janet) Barstow, Linda (Jeff) Eaton and LeeAnn (Shawn) Nilsson, all married. He saw his wife of 34 years, Donaldean "Donnie" Jenkins Barstow, die of melanoma. He found himself with a second wife, Frances McCoy Hall Barstow, and four stepdaughters and their families, Connie Davis, Frances "Bo" Flatt, Rose Mary "Posie" LaDow and Annie Jernberg. In Rex, they found a father they never really had. He saw his seven grandchildren, Mary Barstow MacDonald, Tyler Barstow, Kyler Nilsson, Allyssa Nilsson Loesch, and Hannah, Rachel and Julia Eaton, all off to college. He lived to see more than half of them married, and got to know six great-grandchildren.
His life was longer than either of his parents', Rexford Walker Barstow and Marguerite Lilly Warren Barstow. He outlived his second wife, Frances, stepdaughter Rose Mary, and his siblings, Robert Angus Barstow and Katherine Elizabeth Karo. He finally died, not from long-expected cancer, but from congestive heart failure and TMB (Too Many Birthdays).
Though the dread of a returning cancer occupied the back story of much of his life, Rex was not outwardly defined by it. Many did not even know of his "pulmonary handicap." Rex was always mechanically inclined, even before age six when he disassembled his mother's vacuum cleaner. (Rex: "I couldn't figure how to get all those shiny little needle bearings to go back in the motor.") He was inventive, from beginning to end. Early wringer washing machines were gasoline powered, and he built himself a Maytag-powered go-kart, swapping the engine back when his mother needed to do laundry. At age 86, when he finally needed oxygen, he hobbled to the shop with his cane, and made devices to keep his oxygen hose from snagging on the dining room chairs. Stubborn, and a bit of a perfectionist, his solutions were well-made and well-done - "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right!" (Except, when Rex said it, there would be a string of swear words instead of an exclamation point.)
At age eight, he started stocking shelves at Dickenson's Grocery across Moscow's Third Street from where he lived. As a teenager, he also started working as a "helper" in the plumbing shop at Powell Plumbing and Heating, and Mr. Dickenson told him, "Son, as long as there is a grocery store, someone is going to need a plumber." He continued working part time for Powell Plumbing and Heating through high school and college at the University of Idaho.
College was interrupted when the Idaho National Guard's 148th Field Artillery Battalion was called to active duty, and Rex spent 12 months as a sergeant assigned to battery C of the U.S. Army's 96th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea. Upon return, he continued college and worked part time for Powells', married Donaldean Jenkins, of Colfax, WA, on June 13, 1954, and finally graduated (B.S. in agriculture) in 1956.
Electing to follow the grocer's advice, he chose plumbing as a career. In the fall of 1958, he and Donnie moved to Orofino, where they made many lifelong friends. They started Barstow Plumbing and Heating, which they owned and operated together until 1966. At that time, he decided to close his business and go back to working for a union shop. "The best thing about working for someone else," he said, "is that you always get paid." The family moved to Lewiston in 1969, but continued to return to Dworshak and the North Fork for fishing and camping. Rex worked for various shops and contractors for the next 25 years, initially as a plumber, and later as a pipefitter. While working, he taught the plumbing apprenticeship course at night for 10 years, and after retirement, worked part time for the City of Lewiston as a plumbing and gas inspector.
He plumbed houses and buildings, and laid water and sewer lines from Anatone, WA, to the Forest Service's Kelly Creek Work Center, and from Grangeville to Colfax. He worked on University of Idaho's Ag Science Building, the Kaiser works in Spokane Valley, Dworshak Dam, the Satsop Nuclear Plants (WPPS) and for various contractors on major projects at Potlatch Forest, Inc.
This story probably best illustrates his career: The vessel for the new bleach plant at the Lewiston pulp mill was scheduled to arrive via special rail car. The manufacturer's representative asked the job superintendent who would be the best man to put in charge of unloading the very large and delicate vessel. His response: "Well, you probably won't get along with him, but if you want it done right, give it to Rex Barstow."
In retirement, he spent more time fishing, cracking walnuts and giving them away, making dill pickles, cutting firewood at the family's Moscow Mountain cabin, tending his raspberry patch, making fruitcake, picking huckleberries and doing some traveling. He and Frances enjoyed the Orofino dance club and Wilderness Gateway jam sessions, traveling to his Army reunions, and the local veterans coffee club.
His family would like you to join them from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 1, at the Lewiston Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave. Food and beverages will be served.
Rex's family would like to thank Advanced Care Hospice for their wonderful care of Rex. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley, 1021 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Rex Maitland Barstow
Evelyn Florance Ploharz, 89, Orofino
Evelyn Florance Ploharz, beloved mother, grandmother and friend of many passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 89 and a longtime Clearwater County resident.
She was born June 5, 1930 in Little Falls, MN, to Jerome and Francis Boisvert. She had two older brothers, Lawrence and Edward and a younger sister, Dorothy.
Evelyn attended Lady of Lourdes Parochial Grade School and graduated from Little Falls High School in 1949. While in high school, she was catcher on the softball team.
In Little Falls, she met and married Joseph C. Ploharz and they moved to western Montana where they raised their seven children and lived for 30 years. They lived in Corvallis, Columbia Falls, Libby and Stevensville.
In 1980, Joe and Evelyn's logging company, J.P. Logging and Construction, was awarded several Potlach logging road construction contracts in the Headquarters area and thus they moved from their farm in the Three Mile area of Stevensville, MT, to Weippe, ID. During the recession of 1983, Evelyn and Joe sold the logging business and purchased the High-Country Café in Weippe from Luke and Marilyn LaPointe changing the name to the Timberline Café. Joe passed away in a car accident in April of 1991. Evelyn continued to operate the café until 2000 when she sold it and moved to Orofino, where she resided until her passing.
She was a past member of Our Lady of the Woodland in Pierce and current member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. Evelyn was a member of Clearwater Senior Citizens center, enjoying the company and comradery there on Tuesdays and Fridays. She had a green thumb, was a breast cancer survivor, an avid reader and enjoyed quilting in her later years.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers.
She is survived by her seven children, Judy (John) Smith, Helena, MT; Annette (Richard) Koch, Roy, WA; Mike (Melanie) Ploharz, Layton, UT; Pat Ploharz, Spring Hill, FL; Karen (Tom) Pearson, Stevensville, MT; Jerry (Jessie) Ploharz, Mullan; and Teri (Jim) Bolling, Orofino; 19 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Daleiden, St. Michaels, MN; and sisters-in-law, Opal Boisvert, Spring Lake Park, MN, and Lucille Hubner, Motley, MN., along with numerous nieces; nephews and cousins.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Evelyn's Life will be held Saturday, July 18, 2020, 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino, ID. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Clearwater Valley Hospital for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Evelyn to: the TLC (Tammy L. Clark) Foundation, c/o Jessica O'Shaughnessy, 1106 Alder Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501; the Orofino Rotary Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 482, Orofino, ID 83544; or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation, CMPL Foundation Inc., 139 High Country Ln., Ahsahka, ID, 83520.
Martha H. Rieman, 93
Martha H. Rieman, 93, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Lewiston, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Martha was born Sept. 30, 1926, to Michael and Anna Geis in Ferdinand. Martha and Leonard Rieman were married Feb. 22, 1946, and lived on the ranch in the Keuterville area until Leonard's death in 1985. She was preceded in death by 10 of her siblings.
Mom loved to garden. She would have lots of flowers. Gladioluses were one of her favorite flowers, along with roses, especially red. Every spring, we were encouraged to come help her plant her garden so we could eat on them all summer. As the seasons changed, we harvested the garden to prepare for the canning process that would help us through the winter months. During the winter months, Mom would do a paint by numbers of the Last Supper picture and give it as a gift to her children.
Martha is survived by her two daughters, Betty Sorenson, of Boise, and Debbie Estlund (Dave), of Clarkston; her two sons, Allan Rieman (Rachel), of Barstow, CA, and Clifford Rieman, of Cottonwood; sisters, Francis Nuttman, of Keuterville, Rosie Steiger, of Kamiah, Margie Gentry, of Orofino, and Rita Walker, of Bear Creek, AK; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to share with us the celebration of Martha's life at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with services to follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Burial will follow at the Keuterville Cemetery. Christian mothers will be holding a dinner at the Cottonwood Community Hall following the burial. Blackmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Martha H. Rieman
Nona Marie Hill, 77, formerly of Orofino
Nona Marie Hill, age 77, passed away February 1, 2020 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Wasilla, Alaska, while surrounded by her family.
Nona was born in Pocatello May 23, 1942. She and her twin brother were the youngest of nine children born to Henry Elmer Crump and Ida Vietta Crump. The family moved to Orofino where Nona attended high school, met and married the love of her life, Richard Hill. They were married for 62 years and made their home in many places, including Weippe; Sheridan, WY; Missoula, St. Regis, Helmville and Great Falls Montana; for the past 22 years in Anchorage and Wasilla Alaska.
Nona worked as a waitress, secretary, and later went logging with Richard. She drove log truck, ran skidders, kept the books and cooked for her crew, who she dearly loved. Nona loved to garden and exploring Alaska with her family; anywhere there were berries to pick and fish to catch. Nona's spirit was bigger than her little body could hold, which poured out over all she touched. She dedicated her life to family, friends and kitties.
Nona is survived by her husband, Richard, daughter, Barbara Worley (Mark); grandsons, Josh Nelson (Meg) and Kody Worley (Emily); five great grandchildren, Caitlin, Jacob and Zoe' Nelson, Abel and Laina Worley: sister, Una Crump and brother, Lynn Crump, many nieces and nephews and good friends.
A celebration of life will be held Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Alaskan Memorial Chapel in Wasilla, with a luncheon to follow. All are welcome to attend and share your memories; to meet her once, you were her friend for life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating in her memory to the Mat-Su Animal Shelter, she loved all living things and wanted no orphans.
Photo: Nona Marie Hill
Evelyn Ploharz, 89, Orofino
Evelyn Florance Ploharz, 89, Orofino, ID, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.Services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Paul Schmidt, 71, formerly of Weippe
Paul Schmidt, 71 was born to Alfred and Martha Schmidt in 1949. He was one of six children and grew up in Nebraska. After graduating from high school, he served honorably for the US Navy as a radar man on the USS Nitro, deployed in the Mediterranean.
After leaving the Navy, he moved to Vail, CO. He began his career in the grocery business, while taking advantage of the camping and fishing opportunities provided by the area. Paul later moved to Idaho where he continued to work in grocery stores in Weippe, Cottonwood, and Grangeville. Paul was extremely hard-working. He took pride in his work and doing things correctly the first time. He strove for quality work and provided excellent customer service.
He met and married Irene Wettstein in 1976. They moved to Grangeville and raised three children. When not at work, Paul was an exceptional home cook. He also had numerous interests including history, football, the outdoors, travelling and most recently, cabochon and jewelry-making. He admired the delicate intricacies of small details and enjoyed working with his hands. He enjoyed capturing vacation moments and travels on camera and recounting details of past adventures with his wife and family; so long as it was him behind the camera, not in front of the camera.
Paul was exceptional at helping whenever possible. He strove to put family first and would help with whatever he could, no matter the scope of the request. He would volunteer to help with house projects on his days off, take a phone call to help with a recipe or lighten the mood with a "dad joke." He knew what was important to his family and stayed strong to provide them with whatever he could.
Paul suddenly passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Irene; his children, Heather, Ken and Greg; and sister, Barbara. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Alfred, Donna, James and William.
Paul's Celebration of Life was a potluck style event held at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. The family would ask that any memories or stories you have of Paul be written down, so they can be preserved. There will be a box at the Celebration of Life to drop your memories and cards into. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Paul Schmidt
Oliver Charles Bittleston, 90, formerly of Orofino
Oliver Charles Bittleston, 90, was born Oct. 18, 1929, to Cyrus Bittleston and Lottie Wolske Bittleston, in Coeur d'Alene. Cyrus and Lottie had eight children (five girls and three boys), Mabel, Alfred, Marie, Irene, Elmer, Hazel, Dorothea and Oliver. He was the youngest of those eight children.
Oliver was raised on a stump farm homestead outside of Coeur d'Alene. Cyrus Bittleston and his family cleared the land and put it into farming. Oliver attended school at the Meadowbrook School (country school) for the first eight grades. His first grade was held in a neighbor's house because the country school building had burned - a new school building was built by the following year. After eighth grade, Oliver attended Coeur d'Alene High School. Cyrus suffered several heart attacks, so Oliver took a semester off in his sophomore year to care for the family farm and his parents. After that semester off, Oliver returned to school and finished high school after five years.
He then attended Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR, working his way through college. Oliver graduated with a degree in Christian theology. While at Warner Pacific College, Oliver met and fell in love with Blanche Seekins. After completing college, Oliver and Blanche married June 12, 1953.
In 1954, Oliver and Blanche began their work in the ministry. Oliver served as an ordained minister for 60 years, serving in Montana, Idaho and Washington. Oliver served as a bi-vocational pastor. He and Blanche supplemented the ministry with business vocations in order to support their family. Oliver and Blanche pastored in Big Sandy, MT, from 1953-56. They then returned to Coeur d'Alene, where they ran a boys' home, farmed the family farm and logged until 1962. In 1962, they moved to Orofino to pastor the First Church of God. During the years in Orofino, Oliver worked for the state forestry service. Then he started Clearwater Homes and Service, working on RVs in 1963. In 1964, they branched out into selling and servicing mobile homes. In 1978, Oliver left the pastorate and went into business full time.
Oliver and Blanche raised five children together: Cyrus Bittleston (Diana Ferris Poulton), of Orofino, Creta Reilly-Saxton (Joe Saxton), of Uniontown, WA, Corlene Becker (Tim Becker), of Genesee, Christy Skinner (Larry Skinner), of Orofino, and Cynthia White (Ernie McPeak), of Clarkston, WA.
After suffering with multiple heart ailments, Oliver and Blanche sold the business and moved to Clarkston in 1982 to pastor the Clarkston First Church of God. Oliver suffered a severe heart attack as this transition was occurring, requiring bypass surgery. During his recovery, the Clarkston church graciously granted him a six-month leave of absence before he stepped into the full-time pastorate. In 1994, Oliver retired from pastoring and built a retirement home on Angel Ridge Road, above Peck. Oliver and Blanche loved their little piece of paradise on Angel Ridge, and especially enjoyed all of the wildlife.
n 2000, Blanche was diagnosed with cancer and, after 12 years of battling the disease, she went home to her Lord on July 16, 2011. Oliver and Blanche were married for 58 years. Oliver's health was failing, so their little piece of paradise was sold shortly after Blanche's passing, and Oliver moved back into the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. He spent some time living in retirement homes and assisted living facilities.
After recovering from brain surgery, Oliver regained strength and enough vitality to realize God was not calling him home quite yet. In renewed health, he decided that he did not want to spend these years alone. So, he picked up the phone and called Betty (Elizabeth) Brooks Anderson - our family's lifelong friend and Blanche's best friend - and asked Betty to move from Missouri and come to Idaho as his wife. After "thinking on it" for a day, Betty accepted Oliver's marriage proposal, and on Feb. 11, 2012, they were married. She passed away in 2017.
The months since Betty's passing have been lonely, and have seen Oliver in and out of hospitals a number of times. He has fought a long, hard battle, but has remained open to being God's instrument for as long as God has needed him here on this Earth.
Oliver was preceded in death by his father, Cyrus Bittleston; mother Lottie Bittleston; siblings Mabel Montenegro, Alfred Bittleston, Marie Blocksom, Irene Petty, Elmer Bittleston, Hazel Friberg and Dorothea Curtis; and his wives, Blanche Bittleston and Betty Bittleston. Oliver was the last family survivor of his generation except one cousin, Robert Matheson.
He is survived by his children and stepchildren, Cy, Creta, Corlene, Christy, Cynthia, John Reichelt, Roger Anderson and Carol Stickens; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Oliver enjoyed the outdoors and hunting interactions with church family and a multitude of friends and family scattered around the world. He loved to share the gospel and bringing souls to the Lord. It was his deepest desire that he will spend eternity with each and every one of these in heaven.
Oliver, you are deeply loved and missed by all who knew you.
A viewing was held Feb. 6 at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. A celebration of life service followed at the First Church of God, Clarkston.
Photo: Oliver Charles Bittleston
Geraldine 'Gerrie' M. Johnson, 87, formerly of Peck
Geraldine 'Gerrie' M. Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the age of 87.
Gerrie was born Jan. 5, 1933, at her aunt's home in Clarkston, WA, to Hazel and Arthur Meier, of Peck. She was the middle child of the three daughters of Arthur and Hazel. She attended Meier Grade School through the fifth grade; she then went to Reubens High School, where she graduated in 1950. After high school, she attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, WA, graduating in 1951.
Her first job was with Nez Perce Tractor Co. in Lewiston. She worked there for approximately a year until her marriage March 23, 1952, to Carl E. Johnson, whom she had met while attending Kinman, as he was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. They lived in Spokane for a short time before Johnny, as he was known to everyone, was transferred to Smokey Hill Air Force Base at Salina, KS. While there, they lived in Lindsborg, KS, a small town approximately 20 miles from the base. Gerrie worked at a Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. office in Salina until becoming pregnant with her first child, Debra Lee.
After being discharged from the Air Force, Johnny worked for Gerrie's father for a while and they lived in the country. Their second child, a son, Guy Eugene, was born during this time. Johnny decided he wanted to take advantage of the G.I. Bill and started school at the University of Idaho, where their family lived in Vets' Village. During this time, Gerrie worked at the electrical engineering experimental station at the university. Two more children, Brad Arthur and Lori Ann, joined the family.
The family then moved to Lewiston, with Johnny teaching and later becoming principal at Lapwai High School, and Gerrie becoming a legal secretary. She first worked for Thomas W. Feeney and Frank V. Barton; then for the firm of Blake, Givens and Feeney; then Blake, Givens, Feeney and Clark; then Clark and Feeney. In all, she spent 35 years as a legal secretary. She retired in 1994. After 33 years of marriage, Carl died July 19, 1985.
Gerrie married Floyd W. Harvey in 1994. They traveled extensively, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Africa, England, Ireland, Scotland, China, the Holy Land, Turkey, Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, Costa Rica and a cruise around South America and through the Panama Canal. Gerrie's greatest joy was having family gatherings, being with her family, shopping and bringing gifts home to her family. Floyd died Aug. 13, 2010.
Since 1964, she was a member of the Orchards United Methodist Church and had served as secretary, ad council chairman, pastor-parish chairman, treasurer and on many committees, as well as singing with the choir or worship team. After retiring, she worked one morning a week in the church office, and helped with putting the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter out.
Gerrie is survived by her four children, Debbie (Dave) Yeoman, Guy (Kathy) Johnson, Brad (Terri) Johnson and Lori (Greg) Edwards. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Sarah (Rich) Schaefer, Evan (Marni) Yeoman, Abby (Andy) Pottenger, Clayton (Morgan) Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Jacob (Katie) Johnson, Justin (Rachel) Edwards and Anna (James) Gray; also by great-grandchildren Janie Schaefer, Max (Cheyenne) Schaefer, Paige (Marvin) Leister, Faith Yeoman, Morgan Fields, Ethan Yeoman, Oliver Johnson, Adelynn Gray, Nathan Gray, Samantha Edwards, Adam Edwards, Elijah Edwards, Alexander Edwards, Griffin Pottenger, Nash Pottenger and Lennox Pottenger; and by her great-great-grandchildren, Colt Earl and Ryker Schaefer. She is also survived by her two sisters, Jackie Brammer and Rosalyn (Bill) Stellmon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gerrie was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl E. Johnson and Floyd W. Harvey; and her parents, Arthur and Hazel Meier.
The funeral was held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston. Memorials may be given to the Orchards United Methodist Church; or to a charity of your choice.
Photo: Geraldine 'Gerrie' M. Johnson
Barbara J. Moon, 86, Orofino
Barbara J. Moon, 86, Orofino, passed away at Wedgewood Terrace on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
She was one of eight children of George and Rosetta (Smith) Scott, born on April 14, 1933, in Williamsburg, MA.
Barbara moved to Orofino in 1975 to accept a position with State Hospital North. She enjoyed walking to work and was a dedicated and loyal employee for 20 years, retiring in 1995.
She enjoyed attending church, visiting shut-ins, reading, needlework and spending time with family and friends.
One highlight in her life was a trip to Seoul, South Korea, to visit her granddaughter.
Survivors include one brother, one sister, three daughters, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and at her request there will be no funeral or memorial service.
The family of Barbara Moon wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the caregivers of Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston, A Compassionate Care in Orofino and Kindred Hospice for the wonderful care provided in the last months of our loved one, by extending her time in her own home and making her last months as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
We thank you and are grateful for your generous hospitality to the family, especially in the last week of her life, and for the cards of condolences.
Photo: Barbara J. Moon
Doris 'Jean' Aldrich, 89, formerly of Orofino
Doris 'Jean' Aldrich, 89, formerly of Orofino, passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 14, 2020 at Meadowlark Homes in Grangeville, Idaho. Jean was born in Sandpoint, ID, on July 26, 1930. She was the third child born to Noah and Elizabeth Woodard and joined brother William 'Bill' and sister, Helen.
Jean graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1948. On June 9, 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Cecil 'Luke' Aldrich, a young woodsman from Kootenai, ID. Jean and Luke lived in England and Florida during Cecil's service with the Air Force and also lived in Sandpoint, Moscow, and Orofino. They spent 59+ years together and had four children.
Jean's father passed away when she was in junior high school and Jean learned early the value of family, hard work, and perseverance. Her mother, 'Beth', a great role model, worked multiple jobs to support herself and her three children. Jean thus grew up with a strong work ethic and a desire to help whenever and wherever needed.
In addition to raising her three children, Jean worked as a telephone operator, kindergarten aide, Sears salesclerk, Tupperware dealer, Girl Scout leader, and Chapter I/teachers' aide at Orofino Elementary School. She was a member of the Orofino Christian Church for all the 55 years she lived in Orofino, serving on the board, teaching Sunday school, participating in Christian Women's Fellowship, and serving the Lord in innumerable other ways. Her faith in Jesus Christ was unshakeable.
In 1967, Jean was initiated into Chapter AW of the PEO (a women's Philanthropic Educational Organization) and on May 20, 2017, she was honored as a 50-year member. Over the years, she held various offices in the chapter, including president, vice-president, chaplain, and guard.
Jean was the most loved and loving person we have ever known. Her smile was radiant, and she had a hug and kiss for everyone. She enjoyed reading, camping, family activities, downhill skiing, spending time at the river beach, watching sports, and traveling/road trips.
Jean is survived by three of her children: Darcy (Ray) Pederson of Grangeville; Alan (Donna) Aldrich of Thornton, CO; and Luke (Tracie) Aldrich of La Grande, OR. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Debbie Thomason, Amy Aldrich, Lisa Harris, Eyler and Katie Aldrich, and great-great grandson Marshall Thomason. Jean was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Debbie Jean in 1953; husband, Cecil in 2010; and brother, William and sister Helen in 2011.
Jean's family would like to thank the staff at Meadowlark Homes, Syringa Hospice, and St. Joseph's Hospice for their loving care and support over the past several years.
Befitting Jean's love of summertime and lazing at the river beach, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please feel free to remember Jean by helping someone in need, smiling at every opportunity, donating to a church of your choice, and loving one another. You may submit condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
Photo: Doris 'Jean' Aldrich, 89, formerly of Orofino
Darlene Marie Newland, 80, formerly of Orofino
Darlene Marie Newland, 80, of Roseburg, OR, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.
She was born Feb. 2, 1939 in LaCrosse, WI to Clifford and Myrtle Larson and moved to Orofino, Idaho as a child. Darlene later moved to Grants Pass, OR and finally to Roseburg.
She attended Orofino schools, graduating in 1956. Darlene attended Lewis and Clark Normal College and then University of Idaho and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree. She taught elementary school and then stayed home with her kids and delivered newspapers. Darlene went back to work at Idaho State Hospital to work with juveniles. She was a longtime member of the P.E.O's Roseburg Chapter, even serving as President from 2001 to 2003. Darlene loved to study history with the other ladies in Roseburg's Button Club. She was passionate about arts, culture and music concerts both in Orofino and Roseburg. Darlene was a crafter extraordinaire, making hundreds of Angel Pins and selling them to donate the money to P.E.O. for women's scholarships.
She was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Nezperce and a member of Orofino United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Rod Newland; daughter, Cassie Anderson (Greg); sons, Tim Newland (Jody) and Spencer Newland (Dondra); sisters, Jeannine Miller, Ardis Pishl (Wes), and Karen Holladay; grandchildren, Jasmine Rodriguez, Corey Newland, Ben Anderson, Kayla Davenport (Rob), Ashleigh Anderson, Casey Newland, and Keeley Newland; great grandchildren Armando, Viviana and Tyresse; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; and her best friend since seventh grade, Uni Kincaid.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Elsie Bean.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Private interment was held within the grounds of Roseburg Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Darlene's memory to Chapter CU P.E.O. c/o Linda Hahn, 1390 Del Rio Rd, Roseburg, OR 97471.
Please visit www.wilsonschapeloftherosesfh.com to leave the family fond memories and condolences.
Photo: Darlene Marie Newland
Mary Jane Helt Konkol, 83, formerly of Konkolville
Mary Jane Helt Konkol, 83, resident of Lewiston, and the beloved wife of Don Konkol, formerly of Konkolville, Idaho, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston.Mary was the first twin born to Lydia and Jacob Helt on April 17, 1936, at home on a ranch in the St. John, WA, area. Mary is survived by her beloved twin sister, Marian, of Sun City, AZ, and her sister, Barbara, of Colfax,WA, and her brothers, Jack Helt, near Pittsburgh, PA, and Raymond Helt, of Sun City West, AZ.
Mary attended Colfax High School in the Class of 1954 and married Don Johnson. She and Don had four children, Nancy Wight, on a ranch near Potlatch; Roy Johnson, in Richland, WA; Jeff Johnson, of Colfax; and Robert Johnson, on a ranch near Colfax - and all the children are her survivors. Mary is survived by her husband, Donald Konkol, whom she married Dec. 22, 1978, and stepchildren Donlee Marlin, of Spokane, WA, Gregory Konkol, of Spokane, and Mathew Konkol, also in Spokane. In addition, she is survived by 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, and her first great-great-grandchild is on the way in June.
Mary and her dear husband, Don, very much enjoyed traveling together. In the early years, it was often for Don's business as the owner of Konkol Lumber Co., and after retirement, they traveled for pleasure.
Mary was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, and she loved decorating her beautiful home and opening it with warm hospitality to friends and family. She was an avid reader and could converse brightly on a variety of subjects.
Mary was an expert seamstress, and she enjoyed sewing lovely clothing and quilting beautifully designed quilts. Mary was always willing to teach her amazing skills to others. Mary blessed her many friends and family by teaching quilting classes, and her daughters and granddaughters all looked forward to the annual fall quilting frenzy often held at daughter Nancy's house in Potlatch.
Mary very much loved attending church with her beloved husband, Don. Church, family and friends were so very important to her and Don.
A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston, immediately followed by a reception.
Photo: Mary Jane Helt Konkol
Jack C Gilmer, 87, Orofino
Jack C. Gilmer was reunited with family and friends that preceded him to a place with no pain, he regained his mind and memories.
Jack died on Dec. 22, 2019 at Lakeside Memory Care, in Winchester, Idaho.
Jack was born on Dec. 10, 1932 in Orofino to Gayle Margaret Crockett Gilmer and Chic Byron Gilmer.
His father left the family when he was two and so his maternal grandparents, Oren and Nellie Gayle Crockett helped raise him.
He attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1952.
During school, he excelled in football, basketball and baseball under Wilbur "Monk" Montgomery. Jack's freshman year he was a member of the Idaho State Champion Class B Boys Basketball team in 1950. This team was recognized for being the State Champs in 2015 at a ceremony for IHSAA Legends of the Game.
Jack enlisted in the US Army, after graduation and was honorably discharged in 1954 as a staff sergeant in the Signal Corps. During this time, he was stationed for 18 months in Korea.
When he returned home he worked for Alph Johnson Lumber Company and became a skilled loader operator and truck driver.
In the following years he worked for Louis Porter, Potlatch Corporation and Konkolville Lumber Company. In 1989, he and his son bought a logging truck that his son drove. Jack retired in 1999.
Jack met and married Betty "Carol" Talbott on November 20, 1955 in Lewiston, Idaho. They welcomed Craig Alan Gilmer on November 3, 1956 in Lewiston. Carol died Dec. 11, 1969.
Jack met his longtime companion, Lola Ost in 1971 and she died in 2007.
His hobbies included walking, boating, raising a garden and visiting his friends.
His is survived by his son, Craig "Wally" (Tammy) Gilmer of Orofino and his granddaughter, Megan Gilmer (Alexis Grieger) of Clifton, CO. He is also survived by his Crockett cousins and the children of the Ost family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Carol and Lola.
The family would like to recognize and thank the staff and management of Brookside Landing and Lakeside Memory Care for the outstanding care he received in the last five years of his life and also Syringa Hospice. The relief to the family that Jack was being cared for and safe will always be remembered.
At Jack's request there will be no services.
The family asks that memorials be made to benefit the community of Orofino. Memorials may be made to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, CMPL Foundation, 139 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, ID 83520 or the Clearwater Historical Museum in Orofino, PO Box 1454.
Photo: Jack C. Gilmer
Kathleen 'Cathie' Hunt, 71
Kathleen 'Cathie' Hunt, 71, of Prosser, WA, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 18, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home following a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer.
Cathie is survived by her children, Larry Hunt and wife Lori of Orofino and their children Matthew, Christopher, Ally, Nathan and Jordan; daughter, Angie Villanueva (Hunt) and husband Joe of Prosser and their grandson Ashton and their children Sharrae and Kortney; son, Tim Hunt and wife Amy of Prosser and their children Byron and wife Tawnya and Trevor and wife Tanner; and son, Scotty Hunt and his son Scotty, Jr., of Prosser. Cathie also leaves behind six great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters Charlene Eakman of Richland, WA, and Chris Eakman of Oregon; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Cathie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Harold Hunt; her father, Frank Eakman and mother, Blanche Eakman (Judkins) of Prosser; her grandparents, Thomas and Hannah Judkins of Whitstran; a baby brother, Ronald; and grandson, Preston Yahne of Prosser.
Cathie was born March 16, 1948 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Pasco, WA, the daughter of Frank and Blanche Eakman of Prosser. Cathie attended school in the Prosser School District, graduating from Prosser High School with the Class of 1966.
Cathie and Harold were married at the Central Christian Church of Prosser on March 18, 1967.
Cathie started her career working as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service from which she later retired in 2000. In addition to her career Cathie and Harold operated a small family farm and vineyard in Prosser where they made their home and raised their children.
Cathie and Harold loved spending time together with their family. She loved fishing, hunting, camping and picnicking with her family. Cathie was an amazing seamstress, spending many hours making clothes for her family, patching, hemming, mending a hole in a sock or replacing a lost button. Cathie also loved to crochet and quilt and share her projects with family and others.
Cathie was an avid participant in church and worship services. She loved Bible study events and sharing the Lord's word with her friends and family. She enjoyed helping others and over the years spent countless hours as a volunteer at local food banks, quilted blankets for donation to local women's shelters, worked tirelessly in giving of her time to projects for children in need, donating school supplies and backpacks to youngsters and annually prepared and donated dozens of Christmas Shoeboxes as part of a local church volunteer gift program.
A memorial service was held in honor of Cathie at the Friendship Baptist Church, 1801 Paterson Road, in Prosser on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 with graveside services following.
You may leave a message for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Kathleen 'Cathie' Hunt
Mildred Eleene Stillman, 98, formerly of Peck
Mildred Eleene Stillman's life here as farm wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother ended Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston, of causes related to age. She was 98.
Eleene was born on Oct. 1, 1921, at the family homestead on Central Ridge, above Peck, to Edgar Rogers and Mildred (Damron) Rogers. She rode the farm horse to attend the Ringsage School and recalled her frustration with Dan, who would carry her over the hill, out of sight of the men. "Then he would balk. I didn't like that horse much." She graduated from the eighth grade in 1936.
Eleene fell in love with Carl Stillman, who had hired on to help at the farm. They were married in Lewiston on July 23, 1946, and farmed together on Central Ridge until 2005. She loved her family above all else, and relished her role as a devoted homemaker, helping Carl in every way she could. When she wasn't working in the kitchen cooking or canning to feed her family, she was busy tending her gardens, sewing or knitting to keep them warm. She efficiently managed two households, one at their ranch on Central Ridge, and the second in Lewiston, where her children attended school.
Eleene's activities kept her busy beyond the farm, and she thrived serving others in a support role. She contributed to the Cowbells, Bluebirds and Camp Fire Girls organizations, and diligently assisted at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she faithfully attended for more than five decades until her health would no longer allow it.
As hard as they worked, Eleene and Carl also knew how to play. They enjoyed hosting and attending dinner parties with friends and took every opportunity to pick up a pinochle deck. They owned a timeshare and traveled every chance they had, even leaving the day harvest ended to sneak in a trip before fall work. They were Vandal Boosters and avid baseball fans, following the Lewis-Clark State Warriors to watch them play in Hawaii. In their later years, if the power was out on the farm, Eleene could be found outside together with Carl, sitting in the pickup listening to the Mariners game. She could visit for hours on end, and we will miss the quick smile, easy laugh, gentle hug and love she shared.Eleene was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Carl Stillman. She is survived by her three children, Roger Stillman, of Las Vegas, NV; Karen Stillman-Voss and her husband, Rich, of Kalama, WA; and Bill Stillman and his wife, Carol, of Lewiston. She also leaves behind six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, Nathan Nyberg and wife, Jayne, of Portland, OR; Bridget Nyberg (Josiah, Zoe) of Friday Harbor, WA; Millie Bromley and husband, Joe, (Madeline, Benjamin, Isabella, Miles) of Longview, WA, Brian Stillman and wife, Gayla, (Jonathan, Timothy, Samuel, Lydia) of Nampa; David Stillman and wife, Melinda, of Nampa; and Amy Uptmor and husband, Neil, (Leah, Cody, Katie) on the Central Ridge farm.
A service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Lewiston. Memorial contributions in Eleene's name can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 920 Eighth Ave., Lewiston, or to a charity of your choice.
Photo: Mildred Eleene Stillman
William 'Rick' Danner, 75, Orofino High School graduate
William 'Rick' Danner, 75, passed away gently Dec. 24, 2019, at his Lewiston home, with family by his side.
Rick was born Dec. 8, 1944, in Orofino, the second of two children to Leonard and Patricia Danner.
An avid sports enthusiast, Rick was active. He played basketball and baseball, the latter under his father's tutelage as a boy. When he was 17, he overcame a broken neck while playing Legion ball. A proud Maniac, Rick graduated from Orofino High School in 1963. He attended Lewis-Clark Normal School, where he pitched for the Warriors under Marv Vasher.
While at LC, he met the love of his life, Gayle Scott. They married March 1, 1966. Later that year, Rick liked to say he received a "personal invitation" from Lyndon Johnson, and proudly answered the call to service with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. It was the only time in nearly 54 years of marriage that he and Gayle were apart. After being honorably discharged, Rick and Gayle settled in the small town of Reubens to start a family.
He wore several hats professionally, mostly in the agricultural industry with Lewiston Grain Growers, Western Farm Service and the McGregor Co. Upon his retirement, he dutifully took on the role of full-time caregiver to his wife, Gayle, following a devastating stroke. "In sickness and in health" were not just words to him. He continued to care for his wife even after he suffered a stroke.
Rick enjoyed the outdoors of north central Idaho, taking the family camping, hunting and fishing often. His boys learned that "flock-shooting" at deer on the Camas Prairie was a terrible idea. The North Fork Clearwater River and Lochsa River were two of his favorite places. His boys razzed him endlessly when the Fish Creek Ranger Station (where Rick worked as younger man) was transformed into a museum.
As a father and grandfather, he was unmatched in his devotion to his boys and grandchildren. Watching and supporting his boys play sports at Highland High School was special to him, and he made it to nearly every event they took part in. He was equally proud of his grandchildren, attending his grandsons' soccer matches and baseball games. Listening to his granddaughters play music always brought a smile, but the biggest smiles came from them, knowing "Papa" was there.
A quick-witted personality, Rick was known for including funny poems he penned in birthday cards - poems that at times might make a sailor blush. He was a member of the Reubens Volunteer Fire Department and Reubens City Council, and was elected to the Highland School Board.
Our hero is now resting, but he'll always be with us in the eyes and hearts of those he cared so deeply for, and in the lasting memories he leaves us with. This wasn't the ending any of us wished for Rick, but it's not about the ending. It is and will always be about the happy life he lived and the people he touched along the way.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Danner, of Lewiston; sons, Kevin, Brian and Darin, of Lewiston; grandchildren, Jessica and Clayton Steeby, of Lafayette, IN, Kelli Danner, of Lewiston, Aaden Danner, of Lewiston, and Brycen Danner, of Nezperce; nephews Greg Turcott, Jeff Turcott, Scott Williams and Corey Williams; along with many other family members and lifelong friends. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Patricia; sister, Joan Williams; and parents-in-law, Dwight and Helen Scott.
A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St. No. 5137, Lewiston. Memorial donations can be made to Meals on Wheels. A very special thank you to Elite Home Health and Hospice for the care they provided to Rick. The Danner family invites anyone who knew Rick to attend a reception following the service at the Lewiston Eagles Lodge on Main Street.
Photo: William 'Rick' Danner
Eileen L. Wilson, 87, formerly of Orofino
Eileen L. Wilson was born to her parents, Francis and Vera Phelps, on July 23, 1932, in Oregon City, OR. The family was soon blessed with another daughter, Dorothy, and a son, Donald.
The family lived in Molalla, OR, and Roseburg, OR, before moving to College Place, WA, for Francis to attend college. Following his graduation, Francis moved his family to Orofino, where he pastored several churches.
Eileen attended Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, WA, and then Walla Walla College in College Place. She then returned to Orofino as a school teacher. Eileen was always delighted to tell the story of how her father, Francis, and her father-in-law to be, Harvey Wilson, arranged a huckleberry picking outing to get her together with Harvey's son, Don Wilson. Don and Eileen were married on Aug. 23, 1953, and soon moved to College Place for Don to attend college.
Upon Don's graduation, the couple moved to Vancouver, WA, where Don served as a principal of a school for one year. The following year, Don was called to become a gospel minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Eileen supported Don in his ministry as they pastored churches in Medford, OR; Coquille, OR; Bend, OR; Bozeman, MT; Spokane, WA; Coeur d'Alene; Granger, WA; and Enterprise, OR. They also served as an evangelistic team, holding revival meetings in all of the Northwest states, as well as Alaska and Michigan.
In addition to supporting Don in his ministry and being a wonderful homemaker, Eileen also was employed as a secretary and part-time baker at youth camps.
The real passion of Eileen's life was raising her sons. She put her heart and soul into all of her endeavors for them. Many weekends, it was at her home that not only her sons, but also her sons' extended group of friends, delighted to spend time and would drive many miles just to be there.
Eileen was known by all to be a great cook. She loved family camping trips, where she would always see to it that everyone was well-fed (think huckleberry pie).
In retirement, Eileen and Don lived in Clarkston, WA, and then in Lewiston. Eileen's beloved husband, Don, passed away in 2017. Eileen was so happy to be able to remain in her own home until just weeks before her passing on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Almost daily, she would recount how happy she was to have "my home, my bed and my family."
In the last weeks before her passing, Eileen would encourage all of her visitors to commit their lives to God and accept his salvation so that she could meet them again in heaven.
Eileen is survived by her sister, Dorothy Graham; her brothers, Donald and Andrew Phelps; her sons, Steve (Jean), Dan (Sandy) and Marv (Lori); seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Clarkston Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2673 13th St., Clarkston, with a hosted reception to follow at the Quality Inn. All of Eileen's family wishes to express our sincere thanks to all of the staff at Life Care Center for their tender mercies for our mother.
Photo: Eileen L. Wilson
David E. Owsley, Jr., 43, Orofino
David E. Owsley, Jr., 43, Orofino, passed away Dec. 25, 2019 in Orofino. He was born July 27, 1976.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Evelyn R. Blount, 85, Orofino
Evelyn R. Blount, 85, Orofino, passed away Dec. 24, 2019 in Orofino. She was born Oct. 19, 2019.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Marguerite Pearl McLaughlin, 91, Orofino
Marguerite Pearl McLaughlin, 91, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Marguerite was born Oct. 15, 1928, to Harvey and Luella Miller, in Ontonagon, MI. In 1945, she graduated from Bergland High School and continued working in the family grocery store in the township of Matchwood, MI.
She married the love of her life, Bruce McLaughlin, of Trout Creek, MI, on Oct. 18, 1947, in Ewen, MI. They remained in Trout Creek, where their daughter Pam was born in 1948, and son Mick was born in 1951. The family of four moved to Orofino in 1952, where their youngest daughter, Cindy, was born in 1957.
Marguerite dedicated her life to serving both her family and community. She and Bruce opened their business, McLaughlin Logging Co., in 1958, where she served as secretary and treasurer for many years. While raising her children and two nieces, she created and taught the first Orofino kindergarten at the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes at St. Theresa's of Little Flower Catholic Church.
She was a lifelong Democrat who served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1979 to 1982, followed by nine terms in the Senate from 1983 to 2000. During her time in the Legislature, she served as Senate minority leader, as well as sitting on the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, Commerce and Human Resources Committee, State Affairs Committee, Governor's Advisory Committee on Employee Compensation, State Endowment Fund Investment Board, Idaho Job Training Council, Board of Environmental Quality, Orofino School Board, PEO Board and multiple hospital boards. She represented Idaho as the chairwoman of the Western State Forestry Task Force, and after retiring from the Legislature, served 10 years as a councilwoman for the city of Orofino.
Her professional accomplishments have been honored through multiple awards, including the Cecil D. Andrus Statesmanship Award, an honorary degree from Lewis-Clark State College, Region 11 Business and Professional Women's "Woman of Progress," and Clearwater County's "Woman of the Year."
Marguerite was an avid member of St. Theresa's of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Orofino, and served as a past president of St. Theresa's Council of Catholic Women as well as president of the North Central Deanery.
Arguably her greatest accomplishment is bringing a small family to Idaho from northern Michigan and growing it into a close-knit family of 40. Her moral conviction, fierce independence and loving demeanor continue to shine through in all of those she has left behind.
She is survived by her son, Mick (Mary-Anne) McLaughlin; daughter Cindy (Jerry) Francisco; son-in-law, Robbie Clift; grandchildren, Michelle (Chad) Nettleton, Joni (Kieth Zalewski) Francisco, Lexi (Jake) Maetche, Bruce (Andrea) McLaughlin, Timberly Clift, Molly (Austin) Waters, Andrea (Brandt) Fuller and Nate (Tawnee) Francisco; great-grandchildren Jaelyn, Dayna, Lyla, Jack, Maddy, Rumor, Katie, Ava, A.J., Jarret, Brielle, Kase, Lily, Bruce, Owen, Ally and baby Francisco on the way; nieces, Donelle Napier and Kitty Krajnak, along with numerous other nieces and nephews; and her beloved kitten, Louie.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bruce McLaughlin; daughter, Pam Clift; sister, Verna Napier; and brothers, Red Miller and Eugene Miller.
A rosary was recited Saturday at St. Theresa of the Little Flower Church. A funeral ceremony followed. A graveside service was held at Sanders Cemetery on Lower Wells Bench Road.
Memorials may be made in Marguerite's name to VFW Post No. 3296, P.O. Box 1270, Orofino; and St. Theresa of the Little Flower Parish, P.O. Box 1169, Orofino.
Photo: Marguerite Pearl McLaughlin
Jill Irene Lynch, 76, Orofino
After many miles and many adventures, Jill Irene Lynch died in her hometown of Orofino Dec 19, 2019.
She was born Aug. 10, 1943, to Charles (Bud) Lynch and Irene (Tull) Lynch, and lived the first year of her life in a tiny log cabin our father had built at the age of 17. Many years later, she hosted a family gathering to rebuild that cabin on our family homestead, which was, in her last 30 years, her home.
She left a four bedroom ranch house (and in these last years, lived in) to attend Lewis-Clark Normal school, where she met and married an Orofino home town boy, Ken Gough. After graduation, they worked on the Diamond Lake lookout in Oregon, and then taught grade school for three years in Myrtle Creek, OR. After working to put Ken through law school, she then entered law school herself, complementing her earlier studies in geology, anthropology, chemistry and sociology with a University of Oregon Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Although divorced, she and Ken remained close friends for life.
Her journey through law saw her as a law clerk, trial attorney in Eugene and Roseburg, OR, Lane County Attorney, a legal aid practice at the White Mountain Apache Reservation, and a prosecuting attorney in Parker, AZ. With the Eugene Police Department and Lane County Sheriff's Department, she pioneered a rape victim advocacy program.
A break in law practice became a three-year spiritual journey in the Southwest and Mexico, she and a dog named Wilson traveling in a 1967 GMC motorhome with a Datsun pickup in tow.
She returned to Orofino in 1988 after our father's death to support and later become a caregiver to our Mom, Irene. Many trips they had, to the North Fork, the Lochsa, and even as far as White Sulphur Springs, MT.
A stint as a volunteer at the Clearwater Memorial library turned into a job as the librarian, from which she retired, and to quote: "A bad day as a librarian is better than a good day as a lawyer, anytime!"
A strong voice of community service and as an advocate for social justice, she spent her retirement years in Rotary, Book Club, Garden Club, registering people to vote, supporting the Museum, gathering signatures for Medicaid expansion, helping with library book sales, and banding together with many close friends: Cleo, Deb, Cindy, Sandy, Lynn, Grace, just to name a few of many.
Jill was admired for her physical and psychological strength in the face of many challenges, for her wonderful sense of humor, by being fiercely independent and loyal to friends and family. She loved animals and tools; she kept a poem on her refrigerator titled "The Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God." Her house is floor to ceiling with books.
She is survived by her sister, Bette Lynch Husted (Dean); brothers, Tom, John, Monte (Kitty); nieces, Destiny Lynch, Angela Lynch Nelson; nephews, Josh Husted, Aaron Lynch, Jacob Lynch, Jared Lynch; maternal aunt, Caroline Cuddy; best-friend-since-childhood cousin, Rosalie Miles Francisco, and too many cousins and friends to list.
A remembrance will be held in June, date and time to be announced.
Jill was passionate about learning and books, so please make any contributions in her name to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library.
Photo: Jill Irene Lynch
Gerald Merle Young, 84, formerly of Lenore
Gerald Merle Young, beloved husband, father and grandfather, was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Casper, WY, to Earl and Erma Young. He passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Royal Plaza, in Lewiston.
As a young man, Jerry served in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier and sailed around South America's Cape Horn. In 1960, he married Carol (Boyd) Young and they made their home in Lenore and later moved to the Lapwai area. He worked for Potlatch Corp. at the Spalding sawmill and retired from the wood products division in Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard, Bruce and Scott Young; and sisters, Helen Schubert, Marilyn Penland and Phylis Landrus.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Carol, of Lapwai; daughters, Lisa (Darren) Cole of Brighton, IL., Cara (Ricky) Stokes of Snohomish, WA.; brother, Loren (Diane) Young of Clarkston WA; and grandchildren, Michaela Tuell, Loretta Tuell, Richard (Tripp) Stokes III and Lorelei Stokes.
An open house was held Thursday, Dec. 26, at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Gerald Merle Young
Marguerite McLaughlin, 91, Orofino
Marguerite McLaughlin, 91, Orofino, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is in charge of arrangements.
Jill I. Lynch
Jill I. Lynch, 76, Orofino, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is caring for arrangements.
Jack E. Forest Sr., 74, Orofino
Jack E. Forest Sr., passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation. He was 74 years old.
He was born April 6, 1945, in Orofino to Francis "Frenchie" Forest and Bessie (Smith) Morgan; he was the second to the youngest of five children. Jack was raised and spent his entire life in Orofino.
Jack served our country in Vietnam in 1966. After his service, he spent years in the woods working as a loader operator and log and dump truck driver. He worked for Ron Beck in the JP log yard, Gary Medley Logging and Lew Mangum. He also owned his own logging company, Jack Forest Enterprises. He was a hard worker his entire life until Parkinson's disease took over.
Jack married the love if his life, Diane Mangum Feb. 29, 1992. He loved spending time with Diane, especially when she played music. You could always find the two of them sitting in the stands watching their grandkids playing sports. If they weren't watching grandkids, they would be at home working in their yard and garden. He always made sure that the yard was mowed. He loved spending time with his family, hunting, camping, fishing and riding his RZR.
Jack and Diane each had three kids that they brought to this marriage, Staci, JJ (Jack Jr.) and Michael, Vanessa, Lew and Kevin. Jack is survived by his wife, Diane; his daughter, Staci (Randy) Lee of Orofino; Jack Jr. (Casey) of Peck; and Mike Forest also of Orofino; three stepchildren Vanessa (Darrell) Gray, Lew (Patti) Mangum of Orofino and Kevin (Shannon) Mangum of North Carolina. He had 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren with one more on the way. Sisters, Darlene Kleer of Orofino, Shirley Hockaday of Yreka, CA; brother, John Morgan of Broken Bow, OK., and aunt, Dolly Hulin of Orofino also survive him. He also has numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Bessie; and dad, Frenchie; brother, Mick Forest; sister, Faye Parris; niece, Tammy Thornton; nephews, Tom Larson and Jeffrey Thornton.
There will be a celebration of life for Jack at a later date.
Jack will be missed, but never forgotten.
Photo: Jack E. Forest Sr.
David Walter Kinzer, 72, formerly of Pierce
David Walter Kinzer, 72, of Lewiston, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, because of a stroke.
David was born Jan. 31, 1947, in Grangeville, to Cornelius and Alma Cox Kinzer. He attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School in Grangeville, St. Gertrude's Academy in Cottonwood and graduated in 1966. David served in the National Guard from 1965-69 and served in Vietnam from 1968-69.
David was married three times that ended in divorce. He married Debra Timme on Nov. 16, 2012. She survives him at their home.
David worked as a parts man at many auto and equipment parts houses. He lived in Grangeville, Nezperce, Pierce, Lewiston, Moscow, Spokane, WA, and back to Lewiston. His hobbies were fishing, four-wheeling, camping and trips to the Oregon Coast and Arizona.
David is survived by his wife, Debra L. Kinzer, of Lewiston; stepsons, Eric (Samantha) Timme, of California, MD, and Austin Hubbard, of Lewiston; sons, Bryan Kinzer Forsmann, of Idaho Falls, and Jayson Kinzer, of Seattle, WA; sisters, Marilyn (Bob) Robinson, of Boise, Amy (Mike) Wemhoff, of Lewiston, and Debbie (Ed) Barnes, of Port Townsend, WA; brother, Daryl (Donna) Kinzer, of Kamiah; stepmother, Sharon Kinzer, of Clarkston; stepsister, Lorrie (Del) Downs, of Colfax, WA; and stepbrothers, Scott (Tami) Crea, of Clarkston, and Jeff Crea, of Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius Kinzer; mother, Alma Cox Nickel; stepfather, William Nickel; brother, Thomas Robert Kinzer; nephew, Chad McMillin; son, Scott Kinzer Forsmann; and father-in-law, Henry Timme.
A celebration of life is set for 3 p.m. to whenever Feb. 8, 2020, at the Zoo behind the Wayback Cafe in Lewiston.
Photo: David Walter Kinzer
Bobby 'Kim' Hayes, 92, grew up near Lenore
Bobby 'Kim' Hayes passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Lewiston Transitional Care and Rehabilitation of Cascadia after a short battle with colon cancer. He was 92 years old.
Kim was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Lewiston to Marjorie Evelyn (Bedient) and Oliver George Hayes. He grew up in Jacks Canyon, Lenore. He attended the one-room Jacks Canyon School for grades 1-8 and graduated from Lapwai High School.
Kim worked in the plumbing and pipe fitting fields, starting at Meyers Plumbing for one year after graduation then continuing on at Miller Brothers Plumbing for many years. He later worked as a pipe fitter until retiring.
Kim served in the U.S. Army from 1952-54 during the Korean War.
In his younger years, Kim was an avid hiker and fisherman. He did not think anything of hiking 15 miles into a lake, fishing and turning around to hike back out. His later years were spent camping and restoring wrecked cars.
Kim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lee and dear friend, Dorothy Hayes.
He is survived by sister Doris Nelson, of Bonita Springs, FL.; brothers, Joe (Edna) Hayes, of Lenore, Fay (Gaye) Hayes, of Orofino, Ron (Renee) Campbell of Keiser, OR; and many nieces and nephews. Kim was a very faithful and good man. He will be missed.
Kim has been cremated and there will be a celebration of life in the early spring.
Malique Antoine Higheagle, 20
On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, Malique Antoine Higheagle, 20, of Lapwai, was doing what he loved to do. He was working to provide for his family and protecting tribal fishery resources in his Nez Perce homeland. This beautiful day turned to tragedy when he was in a fatal car accident on his drive home from work. Gone too soon, but forever in our hearts, Beakers.
Malique was born July 19, 1999, in Lewiston to Dominic and Jessica (Erevia) Higheagle. He joined his older siblings, Sierra and Nico, in their close-knit and loving family. He was a member of the Nez Perce Tribe. His Indian name was xa'xaac wa'nptay'naw'a'at ~ Grizzly Bear Singing.
His family says he only lived two decades, but he had a full life and was like an old man in a 20-year-old body. In so many ways, they believe his life exceeded and epitomized what it meant to be a qeps'qeps nimiipuu ha'ma (strong Nez Perce man). Malique could often have a stoic or serious look but everyone will remember him smiling with his big dimples.
Even though he was the baby of the family, he often acted like the older brother to his siblings. This included bossing them around and also taking care of them when needed. Malique was just like his Grandpa Tony Higheagle. Besides having a big heart, they also were both renowned pranksters. He would tease his younger cousins in the same way his older siblings did to him.
On Nov. 16, 2013, he went on his first date with Chanel Broncheau. They celebrated their sixth anniversary last month. She remembers how he traveled to Kamiah every weekend to see her. They later became engaged and welcomed their son, Easton Francis Higheagle, in 2018. Malique and Chanel were happily anticipating the birth of their daughter in March. Malique said he wanted to have a big family. He loved his kids and ensured Chanel was taken care of always. He made sure to kiss her before leaving for work or, more recently, kissed her pregnant belly, too.
Malique attended schools in Lapwai. He graduated with the Class of 2017. He participated in sports simply for the joy of playing, but didn't care about excelling in the same way Sierra and Nico did in athletics. He knew where he was talented, so culture and outdoor learning was his sport. He showed his athleticism with the rigors of being a traditional fisherman, hunter and horseman. Malique earned a lot of respect, at a young age, from experienced tribal fishermen for his mastery of many traditional fishing techniques.
He loved being with nature. His favorite places included the Blue Mountains, Rapid River, Imnaha River and buffalo country. He often liked to go cruising in the mountains by himself, but made a special memory when he went alone with his son, Easton, to pick huckleberries last summer. Malique prided himself in being a traditional provider for his family and community.
After high school, he worked for the Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority and the Nez Perce Fisheries Resource Management Department. In March 2018, he started as a fisheries technician at Dworshak near Orofino. He was recognized for being a hard worker who enjoyed his jobs.
Another important aspect of his Nimiipuu way of life was his active involvement in ceremonies, prayer and going to many sweathouses since he was a baby. He traveled extensively around Indian country to participate in the Native American church. Malique was also an accomplished singer with the Dancing Eagle drum.
As the family met to lovingly prepare for his celebration of life, this question was said aloud: What do you think Malique's legacy will be? Without missing a beat, the youngest among them, Easton said, "ME!" His family agreed that his greatest achievement was being a family man who openly showed his love and devotion to everyone. His dad, Dom, asks for "good prayers and thoughts for his children to look ahead to their future and good things to come."
He is survived by his fiance'e, Chanel Broncheau-Higheagle; son, Easton Francis Higheagle; parents, Dom and Jessica Higheagle; sister, Sierra Higheagle; brother, Nico Higheagle; and grandmothers, Evelyn Higheagle and Nora Dishion, all of Lapwai; his grandfather, Jess (Debbie) Erevia, of Hermiston, OR; his second parents, Lee and Ramona Whiteplume, of Lapwai; his uncles and aunts, Jeff and Tammy Dixson, Anthony Jr. and Billie Higheagle, Mike and Eva Hayes, Miguel and Angel Moreno (godparents), Laloni Aytch, Sosena Hernandez, Junior Erevia and Destiny Erevia; and numerous other grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Anthony Higheagle Sr.; by one child because of miscarriage; his uncle, Juan Higheagle; and brother, Johnathon Matheson.
A nondenominational sharing will start at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, followed by a memorial and Walasat service at 7 p.m., both at the Nimiipuu Longhouse near Spalding. On Wednesday, a sunrise service will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Nimiipuu Longhouse. Quanah Matheson of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe will officiate on both days. Burial will follow at Jonah Cemetery near Sweetwater.
Vassar-Rawls of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Donations for his family can be made at Lewis Clark Credit Union in Malique Higheagle's name or on his GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/maliquehigheagle.
Photo: Malique Antoine Higheagle
Charles Nylic Low 'Nick' Partee, 81, Orofino High grad
Words can't begin to describe how one person can bring so much love to so many people in 81 years here on Earth. Charles Nylic Low Partee, or 'Nick' as he was called by those who held him close to their hearts, was born June 14, 1938, to Edna Pauline Beck and Charles Stewart Low, in Orofino. On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, he was surrounded by his family in the last hours before his heavenly body went to be with Jesus.
As a young boy in the shadows of the Clearwater forest, he spent his summers working in the forest clearing brush at the age of 13. Nick joined the United States Navy in 1956, directly after graduating from Orofino High School. Nick met the love of his life, Barbara 'Bobbie' Ann Brooks, and they were married on Jan. 17, 1959, in Washington, D.C. They had three children together, Charles Gregory, Karen Denise and Carla Jean.
In his 20 years of service, his family lived in many places. He worked as a linguist and spoke Romanian, Chinese and Spanish. He retired as chief petty officer first class in August 1976 and decided that Idaho was the place he wanted to raise his family. One of his highest honors in the military was the Chinese American Relationship Award for his service at the Shu Jen Orphanage in Taipei, Taiwan. He was the first naval personnel to receive this honor.
After moving his family to Idaho, he went to college to get his degree in education at Lewis-Clark State College and a master's in education at the University of Idaho. He did this simultaneously while working full time. Nick was known to always put his family first. He never missed a sporting event for his children or grandchildren.
Family fondly remembers camping, fishing, Sunday dinners and all holidays spent at his house with our mother. His grandchildren remember him always singing nursery rhymes, playing cards and Monopoly.
He not only touched the lives of his family, but of those he taught over the years. He was always one to give a helping hand. No one was a stranger to him. He would talk to anyone who would listen. From then on, they would become friends.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sisters, Phyllis and Judy; daughters, Denise (Ray) Boyd and Carla (Tony) Edmison; grandchildren, Brett (Christine) Boyd, Brad (Mallory) Dudra, Victor (Mikki) Wolf, Brian (Sherrece) Boyd, Phillip Wolf, Payton Wolf, Alishia (Dagen) Reel, Daunte and Quinton Edmison; and great-grandchildren, Talan, Michael, Landon, Caleb, Micah, Karina, Samuel, Leighton, Lucas, Sebastian and Jaxon.
He was preceded in death by his son, Greg; grandson, Tyler; sister, Ann; his cousin, who was more like a brother, Ronny Beck; and his parents and grandparents.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 840 10th St., Clarkston, WA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to ANRF (Arthritis National Research Foundation) in his name. Go to https://curearthritis.org/rheumatoid-arthritis-research/ to donate.
Don Simmons, 85, Kamiah
Don Simmons 85, of Kamiah passed away at his Kamiah home Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 14, 2019 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah. A potluck dinner will follow in the church basement.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home.
Jack Dwayne Rose, 73, Orofino
Jack Rose was born to John and Gracie Rose in New Mexico on Feb. 4, 1946. and passed away on Nov. 19, 2019 in Orofino.
Jack served our country by fighting in the Vietnam War and was very proud of being a Veteran of the US Marine Corps.
After the war, Jack became Chief of Police in Asotin, WA, then later in Lapwai (with his K-9 partner Ben). He then finished his police career in Orofino, when he decided to pursue his dream of welding.
He had previous marriages, but finally found his soulmate with Lynn (Vicki) and they married on January 16, 1981. They enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping for many years until busy schedules got in the way.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife and numerous other family members. He will be missed deeply in the Orofino Community.
Jack being Jack asked for no services. I believe it was because he didn't like to see people upset. He loved to make people smile and laugh.
Letitia 'Tish' Gayle Parkins Ruark, 80
Letitia 'Tish' Gayle Parkins Ruark, 80, of Clarkston, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, peacefully with loving family by her side.
Tish was born Feb. 26, 1939, to Velma Iris Chapman Parkins and Lynn Leroy Parkins. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1957.
She was survived by her daughter, Jani Lou Erickson, of Clarkston; son, Scott Snodderly, of Orofino; son, Jon Ruark and fiancé Jennifer, of Lewiston; daughter, Bobbie Jo Wilson and husband Troy of Soldotna, AK; and her sister, Jan Johnson, and husband Doug, of Post Falls.
Tish was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Linda Bartlett and her husband, Jack; and her son, William 'Billy Rue' Snodderly.
The valley knew her as Tish, but her family called her Mamma. She fiercely loved her children, sister, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She enjoyed camping, family reunions, watching the young ones play sports and traveling. Mamma's fondest memories were of a Caribbean cruise that she and her sister, Linda, took to Jamaica. She also made her way to Hawaii with Jani. She enjoyed the beach, but visited Alaska as much as she could.
She lived her life and worked at numerous locations in the Inland Northwest, including Stinker Station, The Arbor, Eagles, Mighty Mart and Economy Station, just to name a few. She was residing at Austin Manor in Clarkston at the time of her death.
A celebration of life will be at a later date to be determined.
Photo: Letitia 'Tish' Gayle Parkins Ruark
Elton Wilbur Ankney, 97, formerly of Lenore
Elton Wilbur Ankney flew his last sortie Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, destination heaven, to be with his lord, Jesus Christ.
Elton was born to Clifford W. Ankney and Verna (Dew) Ankney on Aug. 29, 1922, in Nateby, Alberta, Canada. When Elton was 5, his family moved to Sweetwater. He went to schools in Lapwai, where he graduated in 1941.
When World War II broke out, he volunteered for the draft and went into the Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the 15th Air Force, 464 Bomb Group H, 776 squadron. After training, the squadron flew from Florida south to Brazil and then to Africa, across North Africa and finally to Italy. From there, his bombing missions were to bomb all points north of Italy that the bombers from England could not reach. His planes were shot down twice. The first time, it took 17 days to get back to base; the second time, he did not get out of the tree that he landed in before he was captured. He spent nine months as a prisoner of war.
When he got home, he and Callie Jean Maguire were married July 15, 1945. Together, they had four children, Charlene, Kent, Leslie and Jeffrey. He worked for Eisele's Sheet Metal for a short time, then went to work for Gifford Summit Warehouse. He worked there through four different company names and retired from Lewiston Grain Growers in 1986.
Elton and Callie lived in Lenore on Callie's folks' place until 2012, when they moved into the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
During his life, he wore many hats: 4-H leader, superintendent of the swine barn for the Nez Perce County Fair, scout leader and precinct committee man, to name a few. The hobbies that he enjoyed were fishing, hunting, Lapwai girls' basketball, boating on the reservoir, raising cattle, working with kids and playing with his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Callie; three brothers, Glen, Wayne and Jack; and two sisters, Zelma and Etha.
Elton is survived by sister, Lila' brother, Lloyd (Rosetta); and sister-in-law, Nell Hamil. He is also survived by his four children, Charlene, Kent (Fern), Leslie (Nancy) and Jeffrey (Carol). He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Church of God, 910 Sycamore St., Clarkston, WA.
Photo: Elton Wilbur Ankney
Wallace James Williams, 89, former Pierce mayor
Wally passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at 89 years old. He was born May 22, 1930, in Emmett, Idaho. He was the oldest of six children born to Earl and Evalyn Williams. Wally loved his brothers and sisters, Nellie, Jean, Sherry, Doug, Rocky and Vanessa.
Wally spent his childhood in several towns throughout Idaho.
He served in both the U.S. Navy and Army, spending time in Guam and Panama. While serving, Wally earned his pilot certificate, which sparked a lifelong love of aviation.
After his time serving our country, Wally returned to Idaho, where he fell in love with childhood friend Molly VanScotter, and they married in 1955. Wally and Molly started their family with the birth of their first daughter, Sheila, followed by Rona, Linda (Tiny), Barbara and Verna. After a few moves, Wally and Molly settled in the Lewiston Orchards, where they raised their five daughters. Wally and Molly separated after 28 years of marriage.
Wally later married Maggie Dahl in 1990. He gained four bonus daughters: Nancy, Linda, Debbi and Traci. Wally and Maggie were married for 22 years before Maggie passed away.
Wally loved his nine daughters, his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a jack-of-all-trades. Among his favorite career paths were log truck driver; Carnation milkman; civil engineer in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; EMT; school bus driver; and mayor of Pierce.
Wally loved supporting his favorite sports teams, both local and national. Throughout his life, Wally and his family spent time on the Snake and Clearwater rivers, boating, exploring and skiing.
Wally's dream of finding the rock was never realized, though not for lack of trying. So, the search continues with the next generations. Drop a hint from your bird's-eye view, Dad.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hells Canyon Resort, 1560 Port Drive, Clarkston, WA.
Photo: Wallace James Williams
Lilia Jane Radtke-Kennedy, 56, born in Orofino
Lilia Jane was the youngest of four children born to Edward and Barbara (Weeks) Radtke. She was born Dec. 11, 1962, in Orofino, and passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Lewiston, from cancer.
She lived in many places, held many jobs and made many friends everywhere she went. Lilia had a big heart and loved her role of being a daughter, sister, mom, aunt, cousin and especially grandma.
Her first marriage was to Robert Lyons and they had two sons, Robert and Nicholas. That marriage ended in divorce and she later married Wade Kennedy and they had a daughter, Chelsey.
Lilia loved everything outdoors and being adventurous. She could book a trip and pack a suitcase faster than anyone. Boating, sunbathing, trips to ocean beaches and the glitter of Vegas never got old for her. Lilia loved life and celebrated it by making traveling memories.
Her parents and her brother, Edward, predeceased her. Lilia is survived by two sisters, Lorrie (Ted) Smith and Debra (John) Adams; her three children; and nine precious grandchildren.
Honoring her request, there will be no service.
Mountain View Funeral Home was in charge of cremation.
Photo: Lilia Jane Radtke-Kennedy
Ruth Dolorita Nevala Farbo, 90, Orofino
Ruth Dolorita Nevala Farbo was born April 8, 1929 to John and Impi Lumpus Nevala in South Range, MI. She passed away Nov. 1, 2019 at Life Care Center in Lewiston from the cruel and horrible effects of dementia.
Ruth attended grade school in South Range and graduated from Painesdale High School in Painesdale, MI in 1946. She attended beauty school and met her future husband in Houghton, MI while he was attending the Michigan Tech Forestry College there. Thomas P. Farbo married his "Ruthie Dolly" on Feb. 16, 1952 in South Range and they celebrated 49 years of marriage before Tom passed away in 2001.
Ruth left Michigan and followed Tom throughout his U.S. Forest Service career living in Worland, Fortine, Sylvanite and Butte, MT, before moving to Orofino in 1964 where they built their home in Miles Addition.
Ruth enjoyed talking to people, playing bridge and bingo, gambling, fishing, harvesting Christmas trees and seed cones, cleaning her house, making the best chocolate chip cookies and Swedish meatballs, and feeding her pet deer and squirrels. She was very proud of her Finnish heritage and would speak Finnish to anyone who shared that. She worked many years at the Western Auto Store in Orofino and seasonally at H&R Block. Ruth and Tom were members of the Ascension Lutheran Church and the Orofino Dance Club.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom; her brother, Gordie Nevala; and brother-in-law, Paul Emley.
Ruth is survived by her children - Kathy and Alan Deyo of Orofino, John and Diane Farbo of Orofino, and Jean Anne and Kevin Sharrai of Rathdrum. She is also survived by her grands - Tyson Cobbs and Emily Simmons of Orofino (and great-grands Kyla Cobbs of Caldwell and Hunter Cobbs of Orofino); Jayce and Laura Sharrai of Boise; and Carson and Matt Hill of Hayden. She is survived by her sister, Eunice Emley of Simsbury, CT and sister-in-law, Rosemary Nevala, of Escanaba, MI, and extended Farbo family in Pennsylvania along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A life celebration luncheon will be held at the Orofino VFW on Saturday, Nov.9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A family graveside service will be held earlier in the day under the direction of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Auxiliary, c/o Janet Overman, P.O. Box 326, Orofino, ID 83544.
Special thanks to the staff at Life Care in Lewiston for taking such good care of Ruth the last several years.
Photo: Ruth Dolorita Nevala Farbo
Randy D. Frederick, 70, Elk River High School grad
Randy D. Frederick, age 70, died peacefully of natural causes Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.
Randy was born July 4, 1949, in Newport, Wash., to Margaret and Duane Frederick. Randy spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Elk River, where he graduated from Elk River High School in 1967. He married June Zagelow of Bovill in August of 1969. Together, they raised three children in the Bovill area. During this time, he was employed by Potlatch Corp., and was enlisted in the Army National Guard.
Randy loved working in the woods, operating heavy machinery. We all remember the day he came home, proudly announcing that he held the record for the most logs skidded in a day. Randy, however, was better known as the annual Bovill Days Chug-a-Lug Champion, holding the title for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, camping and fishing. He especially loved spending time in the Floodwoods area. He was an avid rockhound and spent the last few years enjoying his lapidary hobby, making jewelry for family and friends. He was a man full of life, who had a laugh no one will ever forget. He was a loving father, grandfather and a friend to everyone.
Randy asked to have this quote included in his obituary: "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-rounded body, but rather to skid in sideways, a beer in one hand, a smoke in the other, body totally used up, worn out and screaming, 'Woo-Hoo, what a ride!'"
Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Bogar; his father, Duane Frederick; and his brother, Ralph Frederick.
Randy is survived by his sister, Dodie Jensen-Rand; his three children, Randi Frederick and wife Natalie, Jamie "Gus" Frederick and wife Jodie, Sally DeLane and husband Rory; his six grandchildren, Alex Frederick, McKenna Frederick, Drew Frederick, Alisha DeLane, Kady DeLane and Jesse DeLane; one great-grandchild, Lukas Naranjo; and many nephews and nieces.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Deary Community Center. Bring your stories and memories and join the family for dinner. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Randy D. Frederick
Johnson Edward Leighton Sr., 52, Lenore
Johnson Edward Leighton Sr., of Lenore, at the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation, age 52, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, with his partner, Kim Pate, by his side.
He was born on the island of Oahu to Darlene (Greene Leighton) and Josh Leighton Sr. in 1967. After traveling the country with his family while his father was in the U.S. Navy, his family put down roots in Lapwai when he was in the fourth grade.
At Lapwai High School, he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He was a member of the 1984 state basketball championship team. Johnson graduated from Lapwai High School in 1985. He earned a scholarship to play basketball at Blue Mountain Community College following high school. After a year there, Johnson transferred to Lewis-Clark State College to play basketball alongside his brother and friends.
Johnson had three marriages to Casey (Boyer) Gibbins, Danielle (Bohn) Scott and Heather Kinley, of Lummi, WA. Johnson lived on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, WA, for much of his adult life.
Johnson and his partner, Kim, recently moved home to the Nez Perce Reservation. It was everything he had ever wanted. They lived happily in their home on the Clearwater River. They enjoyed traveling and exploring all while keeping up with grandkids' events. Johnson and Kim had an incredible "next level" love that will only continue.
Johnson was a skilled artist, whose work can be seen all over our local community and the country. He enjoyed practicing the traditional ways of the Nimiipuu, and his most treasured artwork was inspired by his people. He built a business called Riverbend Metal Arts in the spring of 2018. He was proud to have accomplished this and felt his work was healing to others.
Johnson is survived by his children, Skyler White Temple, Tileena Johnson, Johnson (Jay) Leighton Jr., Kayeloni Scott, Akela Scott, Lakisha Williamson, Alianna Cash, Winterhawk Leighton, Watiko Leighton and Jai'e Leighton; his sister, Judah (Sis) Leighton and brothers Josh Leighton Jr., Gem (Tudi/Kota) Leighton, Jesse Leighton and Paris Leighton, and step-brother, Randi Bennett; his grandchildren, Jennilia White Temple and Tyrone White Temple; Layla Johnson, Adison Johnson and Sawyer Johnson; Jayden Leighton and Cason Leighton; and Kamai Crane; parents, Darlene and Alfred Pinkham and Josh and Nancy Leighton; along with many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He will be remembered for the unique individual and great man that he was. He was an amazing artist, athlete, hunter, fisherman and so much more that made this man a powerful force of nature. His love for life was felt by all who knew him. But now, "he will fight no more forever," a favorite quote from a man he admired so, Chief Joseph.
Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pi-Nee-Waus in Lapwai. Funeral services will be at the Pi-Nee-Waus at 10 a.m. Friday with a burial and dinner to follow. In lieu of flowers, a memorial account is set up at Lewis Clark Credit Union in his name.
Online condolences and memories can be shared at malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Johnson Edward Leighton Sr.
Betty Jane Pyles Wetter Nesby, 91, formerly of Orofino
Betty Jane Pyles Wetter Nesby passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston from complications of congestive heart failure.
Betty was born March 18, 1928, to Clarence Richard and Bessie Lena (McCullah) Pyles at the ranch at Leep Creek, eight miles north of Enterprise, OR. She was the youngest of five siblings.
Her parents paid 50 cents a month to the school district so she could attend elementary school in town. Betty completed her primary-to-freshman school years at Enterprise. She moved with her family to Nezperce, and graduated from Nezperce High School in 1946. She attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics in 1950.
She taught high school home economics in Bonners Ferry High School and enjoyed the students and community. She also sang and directed in the church choir, and helped at county fairs.
Betty married Paul Wetter on March 23, 1951, in Nezperce. Paul was the ag teacher at Bonners Ferry High School. They both continued teaching there and later at Sandpoint High School.
They were blessed with two sons, David Warren and John Richard, and over the years they had lived in Moscow, Eden Prairie, Minn., Orofino and Twin Falls.
In Orofino, they owned the flower shop and did substitute teaching. Paul also worked for Crites Seed Company and at the U of I as a grain breeder. Later they moved to Twin Falls, where Paul was head of the ag department at the College of Southern Idaho for many years.
Paul passed away in 1997 in Twin Falls. He and Betty had been married for 46 years.
Betty moved to Clarkston, WA, in 1998 to be near family.
She and John C. Nesby, of Bend, OR, were married Nov. 4, 2004, in Lewiston. They moved to Bend for 12 years before returning home to Clarkston to be near nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Betty was always a happy, cheerful person with a smile for everyone. She was surrogate mother to all the family and in-laws who had lost their mothers. Her home was always open for short-term foster care. She was quite a gal and well loved. She was a wonderful cook and set a beautiful table. Betty was a quilter, an avid reader and a competitive pinochle player. Her theme was "living on love" hugs and kisses.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Paul; brothers Mansel, Max, Elbert and Junior "Jay." She is survived by her husband, John Nesby; sons David W. Wetter (Maria) and John R. Wetter (Liz); stepson Mark C. Nesby (Donna Jean); five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews in the area.
A family celebration is to be planned at a later date.
Corrie Lee Calland Shriver, 92, Orofino
Corrie Lee Calland Shriver, 92, of Orofino, was born on June 7, 1927 in Orofino. She passed away Sept. 16, 2019.
Corrie grew up on the Calland Homestead in Grangemont. She attended school for the first eight grades in Grangemont. The Calland family loved living in Grangemont and shared many wonderful memories through adventures in the meadow and woods. Corrie moved to Orofino to attend high school living with her aunts and uncles.
Corrie married Wayne Shriver in March 1947. She worked for the Forest Service for 25 years. Upon retiring she spent time doing her favorite things, gardening and spending time with friends and grandkids. She and Wayne enjoyed pinochle parties, picnics in Grangemont, dancing, and summer Sundays at the beach. They enjoyed life, family, and friends and there was always a lot of laughter.
Corrie was a member of the Hit and Miss Club and the Red Hat Society.
Corrie is survived by her son, Ron (Leslie), daughter, Debbie and son Ken, 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and one great great granddaughter expected in January. Also, a cousin, David Johnson, plus numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; brother. Charlie Calland and sister, Margaret Fine.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to: OCI P.O. Box 543, Orofino ID 83544 or Orofino Senior Center, 930 Michigan Ave, Orofino ID 83544.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Omer K. Church, 83, Lenore
Omer was called home by his heavenly father Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, so he could enter into his eternal rest, after 83 years living and working for our Lord Jesus.
Omer was born July 2, 1936, to Earl C. Church and Elizabeth J. Elliott, in Imlay, MI. He was born on a dairy farm and later moved to Fayetteville, AR., where they farmed strawberries, etc. When crops failed because of a rainy season for two years, Omer's family packed up their truck and moved to Springfield, OR. Omer and his father did the pea and lentil harvest all over Oregon and Idaho.
Omer traveled back to Arkansas to marry Betty Jo Wallace. Omer and Betty returned to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and made their home in Clarkston, WA. Omer and Betty had two children, Linda (Bruce Nelson) and Ken (Sherri Church). In 1980, Omer started "Church & Son Construction" with his son, Ken.
Omer and Celeste met and later married in 1993. Omer and Celeste made their home in Lenore. Omer built his dream home on Redheart Ridge. After retiring in 1995, Omer enjoyed life to the fullest on his property in Lenore. Omer was an excellent marksman and enjoyed crafting his own guns. Omer was also a remarkable woodworker. He spent hours in his shop on the property woodworking and crafted bowls, furniture and anything that could be transformed from wood to a piece of art.
Omer is survived by his loving wife, Celeste; his daughter, Linda (Bruce Nelson); his son, Ken (Sherri Church); as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: KC Church and Ben (Hailee Church), their children Landon, Lyvia and Audrina; also, Amber Holliday and her daughter, Ella Waller; Aubrey Mimier and her son, Aiden; Brionna Mimier and her daughter, Sayler; and Ashley Mimier and her son, Matthew.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 11, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Orofinoand the burial followed on Omer and Celeste's property at Redheart Ridge, Lenore.
Photo: Omer K. Church
Marrilee Dokken, 93, formerly of Orofino, Headquarters areas
Marrilee Dokken, 93, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. She was born Dec. 9, 1925, to Ed and Grace (Simpson) Weeks in Tacoma, WA.
They soon moved to Camas, WA, where Ed worked in a paper mill until 1937, when they moved to the family farm on Russell Ridge south of Orofino. There they raised various livestock and crops. Marrilee was Ed's hard-working right hand, earning $15 hoeing pinto beans for a penny per row one summer. She attended the one-room Gilbert Community School until starting high school in Nezperce.
She met and fell in love with Mick Dokken her first semester there. They were separated by World War II; Mick was drafted into the Army, and Marrilee went to nursing school in Salt Lake City, after spending a winter as one of the first female lumber camp "flunkies" at Camp 55 near Headquarters east of Orofino. They married immediately after the war and moved to Nezperce, where Mick worked for his dad and later owned and operated the Dokken Implement Co. Although Marrilee had her hands full raising five rambunctious children, she still found time to be an active member of the community and St. John's Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a member and officer of the Ruth Circle.
When Mick retired and sold the business in 1990, they built a house on the Lewiston Country Club golf course. She continued her community activities at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Clarkston, WA, and the Philanthropic Educational Organization in Lewiston, right up until her passing.
She is survived by her husband; children, Jim (Kay), Tom, Terry (Anne Black), Dave (Sue) and Marilyn (Dan); six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; niece, Mary (Joe) Hardin; and nephew, Danny Hawe. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Phyllis.
Memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1115 13th St., Clarkston.
Photo: Marrilee Dokken
Leo Kendall Crane, 84, Orofino
Leo Kendall Crane, 84, was quietly and peacefully called home on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, due to a massive heart attack. As he had said many times over the past few years…" I'm tired, I hurt all the time and I just wish I could be done." He passed on his pontoon boat at Rooney Creek near his beloved cabins with his dog at his side. Leo was born in Pocatello, Idaho on June 3, 1935 to Lloyd Crane and Ethel Munn Crane.
After graduating from Pocatello High School in 1953, he married Renae Smith, lived in Arbon Valley and enjoyed farming. They had two children and were divorced after eight years. He later married Zola (divorced after eight years), Elaine (divorced after six years), and Virginia (divorced after five years). Leo married Deloris (Dee) Johnston in August of 1993 and had lived in Orofino since 1978.
Having purchased Clearwater Outfitters in North Idaho in 1964, he remained an outfitter until his passing. The hunting, fishing, packing and guiding lifestyle was the kind of work he loved and he did it well! Operating Clearwater Outfitters in the Mallard Larkin Pioneer Area until 2005 when he sold the backcountry portion of his license and started Lake-n-Leather Outfitters where he operated on the lower Smith Ridge and Dworshak Reservoir. He was a lifetime member of the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association, served over 10 years on the Clearwater Basin Collaborative, served 12 years on Idaho Outfitters & Guides Licensing Board (appointed by three different governors) and was the longest licensed outfitter in the State of Idaho serving the public for 55 years.
He was a member of the Twin Ridge Fire District and helped cook rib-eye steaks at Orofino's annual Spring Roundup for 15 years.
Survivors include his Wife: Dee (Deloris) Crane
A well-respected man, Leo was from the 'old school'. He told many wonderful stories of his life experiences and was often a man of few words that those around him 'listened' to. This 'Man of the Mountains' had a kind and generous heart that will be missed by all who knew and loved him. While we thank God for the blessing of having him in our lives, Heaven has received another special 'cowboy angel' to watch over those he left behind.
A Celebration of Life will be held later this Fall after the hunting seasons are over.
Photos: Leo Kendall Crane
Alice J Parsons, 86, Orofino
Alice J. Parsons, 85, was born Feb. 2, 1934 and passed away Sept. 17, 2019, in Orofino.
Her memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.
Corrie L. Shriver, 92, Orofino
Corrie L Shriver, 92, was born June 7, 1927 and passed away Sept. 16, 2019, in Orofino, Idaho.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Michael E. McNichols, 80, formerly of Orofino
Michael E. McNichols, 80, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at his home in Lewiston, surrounded by his family and friends.
Michael was born July 1, 1939, in Lewiston, to Raymond C. and Mary Kay McNichols. The family lived in Iowa and Texas while Ray served in the United States Navy, and in Lewiston and Moscow while he attended law school. They settled in Orofino after Ray graduated from the University of Idaho law school in 1950. Michael graduated from Orofino High School in 1956. That year, he served as the youth governor in the YMCA Youth Legislature in Boise.
Michael attended the University of Idaho, where he was affiliated with Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1960. Michael was a member of the Blue Key Honorary Society, was co-chairman of the campus blood drive and served as a member of the executive board, the student government body. Michael graduated second in his class from the University of Idaho College of Law with an LLB in 1963. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, a member of the College of Law Moot Court team and an editor of the Law Review.
Michael practiced law with his father and Sam Swayne in Orofino until Ray was appointed to the United States District Court by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1964. Michael and Sam then practiced law until 1970, when Michael purchased the Clearwater County Abstract Co., the local title insurance agency that he managed until 1983.
Michael's law practice in Orofino was a general practice with an emphasis on litigation. Michael defended three first-degree murder cases and was counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous civil cases. He especially enjoyed appellate practice before the Idaho Supreme Court.
Michael was an active member of the Idaho State Bar, a member of the Idaho Judicial Council and was chairman of the Client Security Fund in which he served as a commissioner for one year. Also, Michael served as secretary and president of the Clearwater Bar Association and was a member of the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel, where he served as president for one year. Michael served two years as a lawyer delegate for Idaho to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Conference.
Michael was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He served on the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Council. Michael considered his proudest accomplishment as being inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, where he served as state chairman. He was also extremely honored to have been recognized by the Idaho State Bar as a Distinguished Lawyer of the Year, the highest honor awarded to lawyers by the bar.
In 1983, Michael and his family moved to Lewiston, where he joined Reed Clements and Bob Brown to form the firm of Clements, Brown & McNichols, where he practiced until 2014.
Michael married Nancy Alcorn, of St. Maries, in 1962. They had two beautiful children, John and Kate. Michael and Nancy later divorced.
In 1996, Michael married Kathryn "Katie" Boyer. Michael and Katie enjoyed traveling together. They loved visiting New York City, and traveled to six of the seven continents, Africa being their favorite.
Michael took his honesty in his everyday life into the courtroom. He was widely known for his intelligence, kindness and his gentle spirit. Michael was proud to be a member of the social fraternity Phi Chi. He was an avid reader and took delight being a part of his men's book club. Michael's friends knew they could always find Michael at his favorite local coffee shop for conversation.
Michael generously loved and cared for his family, his many, many friends, his clients, law partners and staff.
Michael is survived by wife Katie; son John (Lisa), of Alexandrea, VA.; daughter Kate (Scott McGlashan), of Berkeley, CA; stepson Brian Anderson (Heather), of Wenatchee, WA ; seven grandchildren, Nick, Eliza, Inez, Eleanor, Mary Katherine, Rita and Samantha; sister Kathy Fellows (Tom), of Lewiston; and his first mother-in-law, Inez Alcorn, of Lewiston.
A wake (celebration of life), will be held from 5 p.m. until bedtime Oct. 5 at Lindsay Creek Winery, 3107 Powers Ave., Lewiston. A private family graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Normal Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, University of Idaho Foundation or the Clearwater Community Complex; contact Steve Clack through LCCU.
Photo Michael E. McNichols
Forrest Rudy 'Frosty' Brooks, 75, formerly of Orofino
Frosty was born on May 19, 1944 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA. He, and his three siblings, Alan, Charles, and Kelly, were raised in Orofino, ID by their loving parents Roy (Fort Benton, MT) and Gladys Brooks (Kamiah, ID). Frosty attended school in Orofino from elementary through high school. He was a proud Orofino Maniac who excelled in football and track and field. After graduating from Orofino High School in 1962, he went on to the University of Idaho to play football for the Vandals. A broken leg cut his football career short, but prompted him to join the United States Forest Service as a surveyor.
He went on to join the United States Army, where he served honorably as a Staff Sergeant from 1968 to 1971, including 18 months in Vietnam with the 116th Combat Engineers. After his time in the military, Frosty returned to Orofino where he began his career with SJ Groves and Sons Co during the construction of Dworshak Dam. He married Lou, his wife of 49 years, in Orofino on October 10, 1970. They raised 2 sons who went on to achieve great success in their chosen fields. Doug recently retired from the United States Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer and Joe is a Senior Principal Engineer with ON Semiconductor. Frosty's career carried the family from several small towns in the Pacific Northwest to as far away as Hawaii and Georgia before he finally retired to Boise, ID in 1990.
Frosty had ridden off-road motorcycles for most of his adult life, but he didn't do so competitively until 1989 when he joined the International Old Timers Motocross Association. He and his friends traveled the country racing with the Old Timers throughout the 90's and into the 2000's. When he wasn't racing or traveling, Frosty was in the classroom at Boise State University earning his Associate of Applied Science degree. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1998. After graduation, he went on to work as the Facilities Manager at the Idaho State Police POST (Peace Officer Standards Training) Academy in Meridian, ID. In January of 2002, Frosty was involved in a serious automobile accident which led to his retirement from competitive motocross and from the POST Academy.
In retirement, Frosty and Lou found joy in traveling and camping in their motorhome and taking rides together in their Polaris RZR side-by-side. Frosty loved the outdoors, and he also loved animals. He held a special place in his heart, not only for his beloved dogs, Snooker, Ollie, Tiger, and Shade, but for all animals who needed a chance at finding a forever home. He found great joy in making donations to the Idaho Humane Society and has asked for you to do the same in his memory.
Frosty is survived by his mother, Gladys and his sister, Kelly (Mike) of Orofino; brother Charles; wife, Lou and their son, Joe (Melissa) of Boise, and their son, Doug (Rebecca) of Port Orchard, WA. He has three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy, and his brother, Alan.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Oct. 12 in Orofino. Any wishing to attend should meet at the ShopKo parking lot in Orofino at 1:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite dirt bike, ATV, UTV, Jeep, or car to join the procession through town then up the hill to the Reggear Ranch. Please dress appropriately in your racing or hunting gear or your favorite flannel shirt.
Photo: Forrest Rudy 'Frosty' Brooks
Gregory William Diehl, 58, Orofino
The Big Guy was born on Sept. 17, 1961 to Lester and Joyce Diehl in Gooding, Idaho. Although he was the smallest born of his two older brothers, he quickly grew up to be a formidable, strong young man. His family moved to Genesee and later in 1976 moved to Orofino when his father took a job as superintendent of schools for Joint School District # 171. From that time on, Greg would consider Orofino to be his true home.
As the new sophomore at Orofino High School, Greg forged strong friendships with his classmates, many who are still to this day his best buddies and brothers. He was becoming an outstanding athlete and spent many hours in the weight room, playing football, basketball and wrestling. As a high school junior, he took second place in state wrestling, only to turn around as a senior and take the state championship against that same opponent from the prior year. He had drive.>After graduating from Orofino High School in 1979, it was no surprise when Greg took a full-ride football scholarship to the University of Idaho, his father's alma mater. Many locals would remember the success that the two small town boys would have with the Idaho Vandal football program; Greg, the offensive right tackle #76 (or Freight Train as his teammates knew him) and Ken Hobart, the Kamiah Kid as quarterback. The early 80s were some of the best years in Vandal football history. After his four-year stint in college with the Sigma Nu Fraternity (or Animal House as it came to be known) Greg returned to Orofino to pursue his second life's passion, a career in logging.
Greg began hooking for the Kludt Brothers. They taught him the logging world and he soon developed a love for the industry and the outdoors. While he worked for various outfits throughout time, he later became a sawyer for a three-man crew with Finke Logging. It was a job he held for over 30 years. While Jim Finke would suggest he get off the deck and start operating equipment, Greg just wanted to buck logs. He was stubborn that way. He was happiest with a saw in his hands. Fellow loggers were his extended family.
Greg lived big and out loud. If you were his friend, you knew it. He hunted and fished with his black lab, shot trap at the local gun club, went to Vandals football games and spent a lot of time with his buddies. Logging, he was a hard-working dedicated individual who spent a lot of time in the woods. But he played hard too. Be it drinking beer, watching Steeler and Badger football, sumo wrestling at M & M Pizza or taking care of his neighbors in the compound, he was always surrounded by people who loved him. He always gave more than he took.
In 2007, his life became complete when he met his Wisconsin girl, Sandy. Despite both being stubborn as mules, they became best friends and fell deeply in love. They balanced each other and filled the gaps in each other's lives. With their black lab, their life was happy and complete for many years. Unfortunately, logging was beginning to take a toll on Greg's health, although he tried to hide it from others. On Aug. 20, 2019 we lost him to the hopelessness and darkness in his mind.
Greg is survived by his girl, Sandy; his mother, Joyce (Lewiston); his brother, Dan and wife Kim (Pocatello) and two beautiful nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester, and brother, Jeffery.
A Celebration of Greg's Life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 starting at 11 a.m. at he and Sandy's home in Orofino. It will be outdoors as Greg would have wanted. Please bring potluck and lawn chairs. Together, let's share stories and laughs and say goodbye to our Big Guy.
Photo: Gregory William Diehl
David Alan Fitzsimmons, 61, formerly of Orofino
David Alan Fitzsimmons passed away on Aug. 19, 2019 at his home in Vancouver, WA., following an eight-month battle with cancer. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho on May 10, 1958, the son of Norm and Barb Fitzsimmons.
He graduated from Orofino High School in 1976. He then moved to Valdez, AK, for work.
After starting his family, he returned to Moscow, Idaho to attend the University of Idaho, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.
He started a 36-year career in the electric utility industry with Washington Water Power (Avista) as a meter reader, culminating with his role as the Transmission Sales Manager at Bonneville Power Administration.
He is survived by his parents, his wife of 20 years, 3 children, 3 step-children, 17 grandchildren, 1 sister and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA., at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2019.
Dave was passionate about safety and being prepared. In lieu of flowers, Dave would like you to take time to prepare yourself and your family to assure you are prepared in the event of any disruption or disaster.
Photo: David Alan Fitzsimmons
Barbara Jean Neff English, 79, formerly of Orofino
On Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, Barbara English, extraordinary wife and mother, passed away at the age of 79.
She was born and raised on the family farm near Bucyrus, OH, and graduated from Mt. Zion High School in 1958. Barbara met her husband, Stephen, at Ohio State University where she majored in music (piano) and sang in the University Chorus. Following their marriage, she and Steve lived in Michigan for several years before moving west to raise their family, living in Oregon and Idaho for more than 30 years before returning to Michigan.
"Barb was a wonderful pianist," said her sister-in-law Betty. "She could breeze through Chopin in a heavenly way." Singing with her two brothers in the "Little Kids Trio," her soprano blended perfectly with their tenor and bass. How we were touched by their rendition of Carmen Ohio!
A lifelong learner, Barbara earned two Masters Degrees. She taught piano lessons for more than 30 years, and frequently shared her musical talents and the talents of her students in many community events. While living in Orofino, she helped organize and raise funds for a yearly series of community concerts, which brought talented musicians and artists from various parts of the world into smaller communities. She also obtained a second Master's degree and devoted much time and love to laboring in the school and public libraries-a service she continued upon moving to the upper peninsula of Michigan.
She and her cousin Miriam curated and published a book of genealogy cherished by branches of the Neff family nationwide.
She married an outdoorsman; Barbara and her husband, Steve, were known for introducing friends and family to new ways of cooking. "We'll never forget the elk steak or the smoked salmon. Her fruitcake never failed, and was eagerly appreciated every year. A jar of jelly was her calling card!"
Barbara was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and held several unpaid positions of responsibility, service, and mentorship, most particularly serving youth and children. She played the piano and the organ in every congregation she attended, and at the time of her passing was serving as the instructor of the adult Sunday School program in Germfask, MI.
She is survived by Stephen, her husband of 57 years; son, Ben; daughter-in-law, Evangeline; grandson, Stephen; granddaughter, Ryan; brother, Roger Neff and sister-in-law, Betty; brother, Richard Neff and sister-in-law, Jackie; sister-in-law, Patty Neff; and numerous extended family members. She joins a wonderful family on the other side of the veil, including father, Ralph Neff; mother, Margaret; brother, Jim; and sister, Dorothy.
A graveside service for Barbara will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus, OH. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germfask, MI.
Flowers are welcome and anyone who desires may make a donation in Barbara's name to the Curtis Public Library, P.O. Box 220, Curtis, MI 49820.
Cards for the family may be sent to: 4375 County Road 135, McMillan, MI, 49853.
She will be tremendously missed. There was simply music wherever she went.
Photo: Barbara Jean Neff English
Patrick Wayne Loseth, 64, formerly of Orofino
Patrick Wayne Loseth, 64, a longtime fixture in the medical community of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley who was equally well known for his civic involvement and big smile, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in an automobile accident.
Patrick was born in 1955 in Moscow, the first of two sons of John and Merle (Bobbitt) Loseth. He grew up in Orofino, in a home situated on the north bank of the Clearwater River, and it was there that his lifelong affection for the region's rivers and devotion to fishing was spawned, so to speak. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1973, and his early education was invaluably supplemented by two summers spent at the Stanton Cedar Mill, where he and brother, Chris, earned $1.90 an hour bundling shakes. He devoted nine years to military service, serving in the Idaho National Guard from 1972-74, the United States Air Force from 1974-77 and the Nevada National Guard from 1978-80.
During his time in Nevada, Pat turned his attention to what would become a medical career that spanned five decades. Pat received his associate and bachelor's degrees in nursing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1978 and 1980, respectively; he graduated from the Emergency Nurse Specialist Program at the Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha, NE, in 1981; and he received a bachelor's degree in nurse anesthesia from Creighton University in Omaha in 1983.
Pat honed his skills in myriad positions including, but not limited to, emergency flight nursing, surgical nursing and corrections. He expanded his expertise to the point where he owned and operated Clearwater Anesthesia in the Lewis-Clark Valley, where he practiced from 1985 until his death. He was a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and was licensed to practice in both Washington and Idaho. He was proud of his work and the people he touched.
Patrick was a volunteer firefighter beginning in 1988. He was elected commissioner for Asotin County Fire District No. 1 in 2000. He was very dedicated to the fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Services) community, both in Lewiston and Clarkston. Patrick always took the opportunity to serve the community.
Pat married Diane Eggers in 1987. They made their home in Clarkston and had three children, Shawnna, Andrew and Keeton. Patrick was a mentor to many kids through the years. The Loseths have "a great extended family."
Pat and Diane were the consummate hosts, equally adept at staging intricately planned parties for scads of people, or intimate gatherings thrown together at a moment's notice. While he excelled at any number of culinary skills, Pat especially enjoyed tending to the grill, where he prepared copious amounts of meat, chicken and fish - all delectable without his condiment of choice, Heinz ketchup, which was invariably present on his plate.
Pat spent his time doing what he loved - for example, fishing, although for him it was more of a social occasion than an outdoor pursuit. It was about making memories and spending quality time with those he cared about. Even in the brisk fall and winter months, when he would be on the Clearwater or Snake pursuing steelhead, he seldom wore long pants. He especially enjoyed going to Alaska with his boys and other family friends. In addition, Patrick was often found at "Tina Tuesday" or "cheerleading" for darts and paintball. And of course, playing Santa during the winter months. He particularly enjoyed playing Santa alongside Diane, aka Mrs. Claus, at National Adoption Day in Phoenix every year.
Pat and Diane thoroughly relished travel, whether those adventures took them to far-off destinations or local haunts. They were probably only home five weekends out of the 52 in the year. He made friends effortlessly, could integrate himself into any conversation and did not hesitate to initiate a handshake or hug.
Patrick is survived by Diane, daughter Shawnna Riggers (husband Steve Krenzel), of Phoenix; sons Andrew Loseth (wife Amanda), of Clarkston, and Keeton Benedict, of Clarkston; brother Chris Loseth (wife Lori), of Asotin; nephews David Loseth, of Wheatland, WY, and Erik Loseth, of Clarkston; and nieces Caitlin Loseth, of Santa Barbara, CA, and Rachel Vance and Laney Vance, both of Yakima, WA. The profound sorrow surrounding by Pat's untimely passing is sadly amplified by the fact that he will miss the birth of his first grandchild - Andrew and Amanda are expecting a son in September.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Life Center Church, 2377 Appleside Blvd., Clarkston, with burial to immediately follow at the Cavendish cemetery. A reception will take place beginning at 3 p.m. at the Red Lion in Lewiston. Pat's family invites everyone to attend in Pat's ensemble of choice: cargo shorts, plaid shirt and sandals.
Pat's family encourages donations in his memory be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3296 in Orofino.
Photo: Patrick Wayne Loseth
Lynette Lynn Dobson, 43, Orofino
Lynette Lynn Dobson, 43, passed away peacefully among family and friends on August 21, 2019, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
Lynette was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in July 2018.
Lynette was born on May 11, 1976, to Ed and Rea Dobson of Weippe, Idaho. As a child, she was curious, playful, and always up for an adventure. She loved playing with the neighborhood girls, skiing, participating in gymnastics, going for rides with her dad, and learning to cook from her mom. She and older sister, Michelle, were involved in lots of mischief, including a game of hide-and-seek which resulted in Lynette getting stuck in the washing machine!
Graduating from Timberline High School in 1994, Lynette went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lewis-Clark State College in 1998. Lynette was born to be a teacher, following in the footsteps of both her mother and sister. She loved learning and could turn any discussion into a teachable moment.
Lynette taught for 19 years at Orofino Elementary School. She possessed an uncanny way of engaging students and promoting a positive, fun learning environment. The connections she made with her students continued long after they left her classroom. No matter where Lynette went, she was met with hugs and a smile from former students who commented on how she had changed their lives.
One of the few things that meant more to Lynette than teaching were her two children - Peyton Elise Merry (14) and Reese Layton Merry (12). She loved watching them compete in sporting events and in 4H. She would do anything for her kids, including enduring months of chemotherapy to prolong her life as long as possible.
Family meant the world to Lynette and she maintained a very close relationship with her parents, Ed and Rea Dobson, sister Michelle Dobson-Sellers, brother-in-law Bill Sellers, and niece and nephew Erin and Carson Sellers. She loved being an Auntie and could be found cheering for the rival Timberline Spartans any time Erin or Carson were playing. Lynette's mother, Rea, had recently passed away but was always Lynette's closest friend and someone she had talked to daily. Ed was her rock. He made sure her oil was always changed, that she had good tires, and he loved taking her out for weekly lunch dates. Christopher Merry, Ben and Patty Grimm, John and Dolly Cooke, and Bret, Megan, Tate and Olivia Merry were also important parts of Lynette's extended family.
Cancer may have ravaged Lynette's body, but it was no match for her amazing spirit. Lynette's positive outlook on life and inspirational, never-give-up attitude were unparalleled. Not once did she ever utter the slightest word of defeat. She chose to see cancer as a detour, not a roadblock in life. She found ways to bless others, even while she was fighting her own battle, by spreading love and kindness wherever she went. Lynette would want others to continue her spirit of giving. Please volunteer to causes that are close to your heart, extend a hand to the underdog, show love to the less fortunate, live generously, and forgive others. Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.
A celebration of life brunch honoring both Lynette and her mother, Rea, will be held September 8th at Deyo Reservoir in Weippe, Idaho, beginning at 10 a.m. All close friends, colleagues, and family are invited to attend and share stories and memories. Following this brunch, a larger celebration will be held for Lynette at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino, Idaho, beginning at 1p.m. Everyone who knew and loved Lynette is invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Lynette Dobson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been established at Lewis-Clark Credit Union.
Photo: Lynette Lynn Dobson.
Jeanine Fay Cook, 78, Orofino
Jeanine Fay Cook, 78, passed away Friday evening, Aug. 16, 2019, peacefully in her sleep.
She is now with her husband, Don Cook, and the Lord in heaven. She was born in Juliaetta to Axle Swanson and Theda Stauts. She also had two brothers, Will and Raymond Swanson.
Jeanine worked much of her life at the State Hospital North in Orofino, doing admissions. She had a knack to connect with people and animals. Her caring heart and gentle touch have allowed her to rescue and take in many animals throughout her life. She will be greatly missed by many friends and family.
Jeanine is survived by her brother, Will Swanson, and his wife, Vicki Croft; daughter, Belinda Wynn and her husband, Howard Wynn; grandson, Joe Wynn; and granddaughter, Michelle Wynn-Trejo and her husband, Albert Trejo.
Her funeral took place Saturday, Aug. 24, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino for family and friends.
Photo: Jeanine Fay Cook
Jolene Gay Borders, 49, born in Orofino
Jolene Gay Borders, 49, beloved daughter, sister, cousin, mother, grandmother and aunt passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Lewiston.
Jolene was born April 20, 1970, in Orofino, the second daughter to Sam and Karin (Dykes) Borders. She was the middle child of three girls.
Born and raised in Lewiston, Jolene completed high school at Lewiston High School and went onto complete two years of college at Lewis-Clark State College for medical secretary studies. Jolene had two beautiful daughters, Alaini and Kristi, and was a devoted mother and friend.
Jolene loved to spend time with her family, enjoying many trips around the country with them. One of her favorite things was to go to a movie and dinner date with her sister; of course, all were always welcome to join in the fun.
Jolene was a special lady, always thinking and caring for others before herself. Her quick wit, humor and bright smile were always just the ticket to light up any room. She was known by her grandchildren to give the best hugs and always knew what to say to lighten the spirits of those around her. Jolene's kind and gentle grace was only exceeded by her amazing love for others; she saw the good in all that was around her, whether a place or a person.
Jolene is survived by her father and mother, Sam and Karin Borders; siste,r Kolleen Torgerson; daughters, Alaini Bierhaus and Kristi Yochum; nieces, Whitney and Kaitlyn Torgerson; granddaughters, Kaylee, Lacey and Lexi Rose; grandsons, Zane Gosselin and Kale Stewart.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Michelle Borders, grandparents Ted and Viola Borders and grandfather Jerry Dykes.
A celebration of life was held at Deyo Reservoir in Fraser.
Photo: Jolene Gay Borders
Dean Alden Brandt, 87, Orofino
Dean Alden Brandt, 87, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Clearwater Valley Hospital, from age-related causes.
He was born March 25, 1932, to Walt and Bessie Brandt, in Orofino.
Dean Alden Brandt was a beloved and devoted father, grandfather and husband. He was a logger, sawmiller, heavy equipment operator and a historian of Clearwater County's lumber and logging industry extraordinaire.
He grew up in the woods in the Gin Pole Johnson family logging operation and built numerous sawmills with his father and brother, John Brandt, before building a wooden cedar fencing mill with his father on Orofino Creek in 1963. In 1980, Dean replaced the wooden structure with a steel mill he designed and then built with the help of his daughter, whom he taught to weld, and his mill crew. There was never an old rotten cedar log that he couldn't saw into a beautiful fence board in that mill. The sawmill operated until his retirement in 2014.
In 1961, Dean met and married Judith Wunderlich. After living for a short time in Pierce and in an apartment in Orofino, they settled into their home, which they built on Orofino Creek and where they had their daughter, Alison, in 1966. They rebuilt their home again in 1981 after a fire burned the first one to the ground. After Dean broke his leg during the rebuild, Dean's brother, nephew, and father-in-law, Gene Wunderlich, were instrumental in helping Dean complete it.
Dean was an avid golfer and bowler, taking his family to many bowling tournaments with his friends throughout the Northwest. Dean, Judy and Alison never went camping because Dean said that he lived his whole childhood in the woods, why would he want to go vacationing there? So, they went on wonderful trips all around the United States.
He loved to run his D-8 Cat and was an excellent operator, leveling the home sites for many people in addition to his own mill property, his parent's, his home sites on the Orofino creek property, and for his daughter's home in Orofino. He could build and mechanic on anything and when he couldn't do it the right way, he could always get it done with brute force and awkwardness, according to his aunt, Evelyn Mooers.
Dean loved family and provided his home for many large family gatherings of Judy's sisters and his siblings and all of their children. His nieces and nephews, of whom there were many, would run wild around their home playing tag and causing a commotion which would drive everyone crazy but Dean. Every one of his nieces and nephews were truly special to him. He was happy to let them run.
Nothing could compare to the love and joy he felt for his grandchildren when they came along, starting in 1997. Dalton, Brandton, and twins Wyat and Samantha Chatfield were his pride and joy. He was an amazing grandfather, teaching his grandchildren all the things he had taught his daughter. How to swim, weld, play pool, operate heavy equipment, drive a standard, magic tricks and play cards, just to name a few. He attended all of their Boy Scout and Girl Scout ceremonies, dance and piano recitals, band concerts, 4-H competitions, graduations and sporting events, even when it became difficult for him to walk because of being knocked off a load of logs in his 20s. His son-in-law, John Chatfield, was always helping him getting in and out of places and Dean was thankful for his assistance. Dean's favorite times were being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Alison (John) Chatfield; sister, Elaine Pelton; sisters-in-law, Norma Brandt and Norma Carpenter; brothers-in-law, Hank Carpenter and Mike Dugger; four grandchildren; nephews, Lucky (Nancy) Brandt, Skip (Pia) Brandt, Dana (Danna) Pelton, Mike Wilks and Jeff (Katie) Dugger; nieces, Amee (Daniel) Coulter, Mindy (Guy) Kelley and Jeni (Mike) Fitzgerald; and many cousins, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Dean was a humble, kind and generous man who had many friends, mill crews who loved him, and a family who adored him. Words cannot express how much he was loved or how much he will be missed.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino on Aug. 24, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Clearwater Historical Society, Inc., c/o Goffinet & Clack Chartered, P.O. Box 629, Orofino, Idaho 83544.
Photo: Dean Alden Brandt
Clo Ann (Wilkins) McNall, 86, Orofino
Clo Ann (Wilkins) McNall was born to a life of adventure at midnight on a hot summer night on July 18, 1933 in Goodland, KS, to Cecil and Alice (Haller) Wilkins. From that time on she was a confirmed 'night owl.' It was in Goodland where she became a born again Christian at the age of six, and continued on this journey until her passing.
She died Aug. 11, 2019 in Orofino. She was 86.>For many she will be remembered by her column From this Chair, which appeared weekly for many years in the Clearwater Tribune.
Clo Ann started her adventurous, challenging life as the middle child and only girl of three children. She laughed and joked her way through life in the good times and the bad times.
She was blessed with an everlasting faith in God and His power to care for her and her children.
Clo Ann, whose name was the object of many humorous misspellings and mispronunciations, was taken from a True Story magazine about a fictitious southern bell.
She always said her favorite misspelled name was on a letter addressed to her as Mr. Cleann McNazz. Another of her favorites was Cloann McNutt.
She received her formal education in Kansas and Colorado and was the valedictorian of her class. Clo Ann learned to play the piano, organ and accordion during her young years, and sang in a high school quartet. She had her first newspaper job in 1951 at age 18 working for her father at the Gazette Telegraph in Colorado Springs, CO.
Clo Ann married John McNall Oct. 19, 1951 in Goodland, KS. Her three children were born to this union. The marriage ended in divorce in 1984.
In 1954 her parents purchased a newspaper, the Plainsman, in Hugo, CO, for her and her older brother, Bryce.
Clo Ann's three children were born in Hugo and in 1963 the paper was sold and Clo Ann and her family moved to Chewelah, WA, where they purchased the Chewelah Independent. Bryce and his family relocated to Mitchell, NE, where they purchased a newspaper. The two families kept in close contact down through the years.
In 1969 the McNalls purchased the Clearwater Tribune from Bob and Vera Werner. Clo Ann became sole owner of the paper in 1984 with the assistance of her daughter, Marcie (McNall) Stanton.
Clo Ann was the second woman publisher in Idaho. After acquiring the Clearwater Tribune, she converted the paper to Desktop Publishing, and the paper was the first weekly in Idaho to convert to Desktop Publishing. Clo Ann served on the board of directors for the Idaho Newspaper Association.
During her lifetime she served on the board of various churches she attended and was active in the music programs.
Clo Ann married Charlie Pottenger of Lewiston on Sept. 26, 2008 in the Orofino City Park. She lovingly referred to him as the 'Phantom' as she said "after being single for 25 years Charlie appeared out of nowhere and we were married two years later."
Her three children, Lynette, Diane and Marcie, and their children, Ashley, Cody, Lacey and Bonney, were the love of her life. She cherished every day with them and said the best times of her life were those spent with her family.
She loved music, art and everything beautiful in nature. Clo Ann taught her kids and grandkids to spot and appreciate the full moon. Her quiet, gracious strength was her legacy, these traits and her devotion will be forever cherished by her family. Her passing left a hole in the hearts of those who love her, and she will be forever missed.
She is survived by her husband, Charlie Pottenger; three daughters, Lynette Codr of Meridian, Diane Baldwin of Spokane and Marcie Stanton of Orofino; four grandchildren, Cody Stanton, of Orofino, Ashley (Stanton) Howland, of Lewiston, Lacey (Codr) Johnson, of Boise, and Bonney Codr, of Nampa. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Tristan and Jaden Johnson, of Boise, Ivy Codr, of Nampa, twins Braylon and Kaden Howland, and Harper Howland, of Lewiston; and her lifelong friend, Maxine Wilkins Goldsmith, of Loveland, CO.
Clo Ann was preceded in death by her parents in the 1990's, her brother, Bryce Wilkins, in 2007 and younger brother, Hal Wilkins, who died at age six in 1945. She was also preceded in death by her beloved pug dog, Mary Jane.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge in Orofino, 615 Main Street. Casual attire is welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House at 1015 W. 5th Street, Spokane, WA, 99204.
Photo: Clo Ann (Wilkins) McNall
Colleen Marie Ross, 89, Weippe High graduate
Colleen Marie Ross passed away Monday, July 8, 2019, at Wedgewood Terrace, in Lewiston.
Colleen was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Sharon, Mi, to Roy and Hazel Seeley. In 1937, the family moved to Weippe, where she attended school. She graduated from Weippe High School in 1948.
After high school, she worked at miscellaneous restaurants and at the logging camp for Potlatch Forest Industries around Headquarters, Idaho. She met Ted Byers there in 1950, and they were married in the spring of 1951. Colleen and Ted welcomed a son, Kelly, later that year. They divorced in 1952.
Colleen continued to work in the Headquarters area, where she met Charles "Chuck" Ross in 1958. They married Sept. 6, 1958, in Boise. They welcomed a daughter, Sandra, in 1959, and a son, Marty, in 1960. Colleen and Chuck lived in Headquarters until 1961, then briefly lived in Bovill before moving to Lewiston in 1963.
In Lewiston, Colleen worked as a homemaker and occasional housekeeper. The family welcomed two more sons, Steven in 1965 and David in 1967.
Colleen stayed active and was in bowling leagues for many years. She was a member of the Lewis Clark Doll Club and later a local button club. She was always very involved in her children's school activities, and could always be counted on for bake sales or making costumes for school plays.
Colleen was an avid doll collector and enjoyed participating in doll shows. Over the years, her collection started to include stuffed animals and other collectibles. She also enjoyed collecting stamps and buttons.
She will most be remembered for her huge heart. She loved children and treated many neighborhood children and friends like they were her own. No child ever left her house hungry. She was a gracious hostess and no one ever felt unwelcome in her home.
Colleen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; and brothers Dennis, Gary, Gerald "Bud" and James.
She is survived by her sister, Esther (Don); sons Kelly (Sue), Marty (Amber), Steve (Stacey) and Dave (Stephanie); and daughter Sandy. She also has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a "grandma" to many others.
An informal memorial service and covered-dish meal will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lewiston Community Center.
Photo: Colleen Marie Ross
Gregory D. Higgins, 74
Gregory D. Higgins passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Boise after having a cardiac arrest while vacationing in McCall with family.
He was born December 11, 1944 to Frank and Edna Higgins of Winona. He attended elementary school at Big Butte School House in Winona, then graduated from Kamiah High School in 1963. He attended Lewis-Clark State College and University of Idaho and then started farming with his father in the Winona area in 1967.
He married his high school sweetheart, Sue Snyder, in 1966 in Kamiah. Together they continued to farm until his retirement in 2006, at which time he became a certified crop adjuster. He enjoyed the work and the interactions with other farmers in several states. It was no secret who Greg was or what he loved. His life was a mirror reflection of that. He loved living in Idaho, being a farmer, working with his cows, being a son, a brother, a husband, a dad, and Pop-Pop to his eleven grandchildren. His days unfolded just as he wanted: under the blue skies, surrounded by a family who loved him dearly, a wife who took care of him and spoiled him with good cooking, and planted in a community of wheat fields and loving friends wherever he went. The world has lost a precious soul.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, of Orofino; two sons, Bryan Higgins of Winona (Becky), Brad Higgins of Cottonwood (Cindy); two daughters, Kati Haeder of Moscow (Tom) and Lenne Bonner of Orofino (Bo); a brother, Doug Higgins of Clarkston, WA, (Charlotte). He has 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edna Higgins' and his sister, Janice Higgins. To our beloved husband, father and grandpa….you will be forever missed.
Memorials may be made in Greg's name to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice.
Memorial services will be Monday, July 8, at 2 p.m. at the Nezperce Christian Church, 307 4th Ave. in Nezperce.
Photo: Gregory D. Higgins
Clifford Allen Sr., (aka Seelupaauyeen), 84, worked on Dworshak Dam
Clifford Allen Sr., (aka Seelupaauyeen) passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, June 30, 2019. He was 84.
Clifford was born in 1934 with a midwife near Spalding Church. His parents were Mark Allen Sr., and Irene Wilkinson. His paternal grandparents were Johnny Tah-os-wah-tos Allen and Emma He-mon-tah-lote Allen. His maternal grandparents were Amos Wilkson and Mary Nelson Morris. Clifford had 11 brothers and sisters. He was a descendant of Seelupaauyeen, a warrior from the 1800s, and obtained permission to claim the name as his own to show honor for the family.
Clifford completed his sophomore year at Culdesac High School before being asked to help on the family farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1952. He was a paratrooper and stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged in 1955 having obtained the rank of corporal. Cliff worked at logging, farming, truck driving, road construction and heavy equipment operating. He worked on Dworshak and Lower Granite dams and all dikes surrounding Lewiston.
In 1970 he was appointed to the Idaho State Human Rights Commission by then Gov. Cecil Andrus. He was proudly elected as a permanent elder to Spalding Church in 1974. He served on NPTEC (Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee) in 1976 and also taught federal treaties at Lewis-Clark State College and lectured at local public schools and universities. His life was about serving his people and he served as chairman for various committees including the TERO (Tribal Employment Rights Office) commission, the Fish and Wildlife committee and on the JOM (Johnson-O'Malley Program) at the Lapwai School District. He was chairman of the Columbia Basin Fishery Alliance and served as adviser to the Pacific Marine Fisheries.
Clifford, collaborating with then-attorney Mary Linda Pearson, drafted the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission regulations and bylaws that are still guiding the river tribes to this day. A proud moment was when he served as adviser to the U.S. on the U.S./Canadian treaty negotiations including the water rights of the Columbia River.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Mathias Chick Allen, Francis Jeep Allen, Phillip G. Allen, John Allen, Cyrus Stewart Allen and Nelson Allen; sisters Viola Allen Corbett, Elizabeth Allen, Elsie McKay and Delphine Rose. Clifford is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia Shillal Allen as well as 12 children, 44 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Clifford married Attilia Hunt and produced two children, Dr. Jake Allen (wife Gail) of Michigan, and Sandra Maroney of Florida. He married Virginia Shillal and produced eight children including Clifford Jr. (Lillian) Allen of Lewiston, Lawrence F. (Laura) Allen of Pendleton, OR, Mary V. Allen of Monroe, WA, Desiree E. Coyote of Pendleton, William T. (Bobbi) Allen of Lewiston, Judy J. Allen of Tulalip, WA, Terrence L. (Tracy) Allen of Pendleton, and Misala Peo (Lawrence) Nelson of Polson, MT. Clifford married Sylvia and they produced two sons, Sheldon R. (Geneva) Allen of Culdesac and Calvin D. Allen of Culdesac.
Anyone who met Cliff knew that he stood and fought for treaty rights for all Indian nations throughout the Northwest, and as far as Hawaii and Canada. But his biggest accomplishments he felt was family and its continuance, the circle of life, the umbilical cord. He once said that we do not die, our spirits are inherited by our children and he would say to look at his children's faces and you will see him. Yóx kaló. That is all.
Public viewing will be at the Pi-Nee-Waus at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pi-Nee-Waus.
Photo: Clifford Allen Sr., (aka Seelupaauyeen)
Rosalie M. Blankenship, 96
Rosalie M. Blankenship, 96, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, in Lewiston.
She was born at Cameron, Idaho, to Gustav and Martha (Silflow) Kruger, on June 15, 1923. She attended the one-room grade school in Cameron and the high school at Southwick. She contracted polio at age 11, but was fortunate it left little damage.
On Nov. 1, 1941, she married John T. Blankenship of Leland. They had two children: Larry John and Betty Diane.
John and Rosalie farmed for 40 years in the Cameron-Southwick area. After the children were grown and gone, Rosalie helped on the farm and drove their grain trucks in harvest for 15 years. She always raised a big garden and had berries. At retirement, they moved to Lewiston Orchards. They belonged to the camper club and went on many outings in their RV. They fished streams, square danced, went on tours to Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii and took a Caribbean cruise.
Rosalie dearly loved her grandchildren and often had them for visits.
John and Rosalie attended the Lutheran Church in Cameron and then Grace Lutheran in Lewiston. Rosalie sang in the choir and helped make many quilts to send overseas. She spent a season as a cook at the University of Idaho and later worked as a proof reader at the Lewiston Tribune. Rosalie enjoyed sewing, making quilts and especially wall papering and writing poetry. She contributed many articles and poems to the Kendrick Gazette, and many of her poems were published in magazines.
John passed away in 2013. They had been married almost 72 years. Also preceding her in death were her parents; son, Larry; and two sisters, Elsie Freeman and Dorothy Sinclair. Surviving are daughter Betty (Ed) Radtke; daughter-in-law Mary Blankenship; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Rosalie will be missed by all who love her.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 3434 Sixth St., Lewiston.
Photo: Rosalie M. Blankenship
Leola Swearingen 86, Kamiah
Leola Swearingen 86, of Kamiah passed away Sunday June 23, 2019 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday June 29, 2019. The Viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The Graveside Funeral Service will be at 3 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home.
Marjorie Almeda Wunderlich, 99, formerly of Orofino
Marjorie Almeda Wunderlich, 99, of Lewiston, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Royal Plaza in Lewiston.
She was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Arrow Junction, Idaho, to Edward J. Groseclose and Dixie G. Baugh Groseclose. Marjorie graduated from Lapwai High School in 1938.
Marjorie married Howard E. Wunderlich on July 1, 1939, in Leland. He died July 12, 2001.
She worked for Mrs. Helegson in kitchen work, Hans Wetter Ins., Bob and Bernie and Abrams family, Orofino hardware and gift shop, and St. Joe's Hospital in Phoenix. She lived in Orofino most of her married life, then moved to Lewiston in the early 1990s and eventually moved to Royal Plaza on Aug. 1, 2012, and lived there until her passing.
Marjorie was a member and served in the Methodist Church in Juliaetta, Arrow, Orofino and the Orchard's United Methodist Church. Thank you to her church families for the love and support.
She is survived by her son, Larry (Nancy) D. Wunderlich of Lewiston; daughter, Linda (George) D. Reed of Lewiston; granddaughters, Robin (Stuart) Flowers of El Paso, TX, Danette (Tony) Hyde of Deary and Randi (Dan) Lynn Henson of Clarkston; WA; grandson, Kelly (Pat) Wunderlich of Bend, OR; 7 great-grandkids; and 10 great-great-grandkids.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Howard E. Wunderlich; sisters, Lura Butler and Bonnie Morgan; and brothers, Virgil Groseclose and John Groseclose.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. June 29 at the Orchards Methodist Church.
Memorial donations may be given to Orchards Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.
Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Marjorie Almeda Wunderlich
Arminta 'Minnie' Sinclair Weidner, 84, born at Peterson Corner
Arminta 'Minnie' Sinclair Weidner passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from complications from cancer. Minnie was born Sept. 30, 1934, in a log house, eight miles from Weippe at Petersons Corner, to Chester Sinclair and Alberta Congelton Sinclair. She had two siblings, Wesley Sinclair and Ardella Sinclair Rodgers.
Frank attended Weippe Elementary and Middle School, Timberline High School and received an Associate in Arts degree from Walla Walla Commun/>When she was six years old, her family moved to Weippe for school. Minnie married Dean Weidner on Dec. 22, 1950. Together they built their home on Grasshopper Creek in Weippe. After 43 years of marriage, Dean passed away. Later, Minnie met her companion and partner of 13 years, Vern Huddleston.
Minnie worked for Aitco Sanitation for 37 years, seven seasons planting trees for the Forest Service, Community Action Agency winterization crew and tended bar at three different bars in Weippe.
Minnie enjoyed raising a large vegetable garden and beautiful flower gardens. She also enjoyed crocheting in her free time, which she also taught her grandchildren.
Minnie and Dean had two daughters, Connie (Ray) Mendenhall of Weippe and Cindy Boren (Bronson Roberts) of Spalding; four grandchildren, Monte (Sara) Walsh, Rachael Mendenhall, Brandon Ladd (Kim Williams Jr.) and Mark Weidner McIntosh; 10 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 43 years, Dean Weidner; her parents, Chester Sinclair and Alberta Sinclair Hall (Emil Hall); brother Wesley Sinclair; sister Ardella Sinclair; nephew, Vernie Sinclair; great-granddaughter, Katty Walsh; and companion, Vern Huddleston.
Please make donations to your favorite charity, as Minnie requested.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. June 22, 2019, at Rebekah Lodge in Weippe. The family will provide the meat for the covered-dish dinner; please bring your favorite dish to share.
Photo: Arminta 'Minnie' Sinclair Weidner
Frank Gilbert Norris, 61, Timberline graduate
Frank Gilbert Norris, 61, died Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, after a courageous two-and-a-half year battle with cancer, surrounded by family.
Frank was born in Clarkston Oct. 12, 1957, to Melvin and Dusty Norris. Frank was the fifth of 10 children. Frank spent his childhood in Loon Lake, Ahsahka, Weippe and later years in Calder, Ione, Salmo, British Columbia, Clarkston, Asotin and Lewiston.
Frank attended Weippe Elementary and Middle School, Timberline High School and received an Associate in Arts degree from Walla Walla Community College and attended Lewis-Clark State College. Frank married Leann Hutchins in 1977 and had two children, Melissa and Michael. Frank spent many years as a logger and worked various jobs in the timber industry. Frank was a gifted mechanic, machinist and could fix or fabricate anything. He worked for John Barker River Trips and worked as a handyman and gardener for a paraplegic man in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
One thing he especially enjoyed was volunteering as a cameraman for the NAIA World Series until his health would no longer allow. He also ran the lighting for the theater at LCSC.
Frank was passionate about geology, anthropology and gemology. Frank loved to spend time in the outdoors exploring and enjoying nature.
He would help anyone in need and had a special place in his heart for his two grandsons, Justin and Ryan. He especially looked forward to excursions and watching sports with his brother, Lawrence.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Leann; his daughter, Melissa Berger (Jim Click); son Michael Norris; grandsons Justin Berger and Ryan Click; sisters, Regina (Rick) Wyant, Melvalyn Boggan and Laurel Norris; and brothers, Lawrence, Melvin and David Norris.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Dusty Norris; his brother, Ron Norris; and sisters, Billy Jo Norris and Mona Schoonover.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sennett Pierce; Anita Ringering, family nurse practitioner; nurse Linda and staff at Valley Medical Center; Dr. Morgan; hospice nurses Brooke and Kathy; and social worker, Emmy. You all went above and beyond.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. June 23 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1212 19th St., Lewiston, with a covered-dish meal to follow.
Photo: Frank Gilbert Norris
Pauline R. Durham, 80, longtime Weippe resident
Pauline Rea Durham, longtime Weippe resident, passed away June 2, 2019 in Pullman, WA, where she had been residing for a short time. She was 80 years old.
Pauline was born Nov. 22, 1938 in Caldwell, Idaho to Paul and Erma Rea Hafer. She grew up with her three brothers; Guy, Robert, and Ed. Pauline's family moved to Colorado for several years before finally settling in Weippe in the early 50s. Her father worked in the lumber mills there. Pauline graduated from Weippe High School and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow where she double majored in Biology and Home Economics. She met D. W. Durham of Weippe while she was in college and they married in June of 1961. Her first teaching assignment was in West Frankfort, IL.
The Durhams answered an opportunity for employment in Africa and moved there for the next few years where she kept busy as a mom and homemaker. They moved back to Weippe and Pauline continued to work as a stay-at-home mom for her daughter and three sons.
She became a baptized Jehovah's Witness in the summer of 1972. As a member of the Jehovah's Witness congregation, she liked to teach others and spread the word of her beliefs with friends and neighbors. In 1989, she returned to the classroom and teaching in Culver, OR and later Irrigon, OR, until her retirement.
Pauline moved back to Weippe to enjoy her retirement with D.W. She liked to scrapbook with old photos and made albums for her family to cherish. Pauline adored spending time with her grandchildren at every opportunity. She liked working in her yard and flower beds and enjoyed the many flowers that she grew. She enjoyed going for long walks and spending time outdoors hunting and camping. Pauline loved to cook for her boys and shared many delicious meals with family and friends.
She is survived by her three sons; Kent (Wendy)of Mount Vernon WA, Lance (Teresa) of Lewiston, and Dirk (Jessica) of Orofino. six grandchildren; Shawn, Carrie, Tyler, Samantha, Austin and Cheyenne, and four great-grandchildren; Kylee, Emily, Bella, and Olivia; as well as two brothers, Robert and Ed Hafer. She was preceded in death by her parents; Paul and Erma, her husband D.W. in 2009, her older brother; Guy, and daughter Carry and husband Dan.
A memorial service will be held June 21, at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A celebration of life will follow in Weippe with a potluck, at the Rebecca's Hall at 12:30 p.m. She will be laid to rest with the love of her life and husband, D.W. in the Weippe Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, and monetary donations may be made to the World Wide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses in her name.
Photo: Pauline Rea Durham
Judith Miriam 'Judy' McFadden, 86, formerly of Cream Ridge
Judith Miriam McFadden, called 'Judy' by her friends and family, went to be with her Savior Monday, May 13, 2019.
Judy was born in Cream Ridge, Idaho, Dec. 7, 1932. According to journals that she had written of her recollections of her life, she was born at her parents' home with the assistance of a doctor from Orofino. The doctor's fee for the delivery was $50 and a hog.
Judy and her family attended the United Brethren Church at Cream Ridge. Judy states the church was the center of their social life, the members of the church being almost like an extended family. The farming families often hosted each other for Sunday dinner after services, and birthdays were celebrated by everyone in the community. Even though she was raised during the Great Depression, Judy had many fond memories of growing up in Cream Ridge.
Judy's parents, Lee and Mary (Thain) McFadden, raised cattle and chickens and grew different crops at the farm. Judy and her siblings had many chores: helping their parents with livestock, canning the crops they raised, chopping wood and hauling drinking water from the spring were just a few.
The McFaddens moved to the Lewiston Orchards in the mid-1940s. After Judy graduated from Lewiston High School, she worked at Rosie's Drive Inn in the Orchards for several years. It was at this time Judy decided she needed to seek a more serious career. She attended a local business college for several months and then secured a job with an advertising agency. This led to a job at KRLC radio station, where she worked for many years until she decided she would rather work for herself.
In 1973, she purchased the fledgling Moneysaver Classified Ad paper. In 1977, Lewiston and the Orchards were divided into different carrier routes and home delivery of the paper was started. As circulation grew and different communities were serviced, the Moneysaver office grew and moved several times before it finally moved to its existing location at 626 Thain Road.
Judy's ownership of the Moneysaver provided job opportunities for several of her relatives who also worked there for many years. Judy went into self-proclaimed "semi-retirement" in 1992, when she would spend just a few days each month doing the bookkeeping and help on the deadline day for ads each week. Judy always enjoyed music, gardening, quilting, crocheting, knitting, other hand crafts and travel, and was able to spend more time pursuing these and other interests. The Moneysaver was sold to Eagle Newspapers in July of 2005.
Even though Judy never married, family was always very important to her. Almost every holiday would include a family dinner where her siblings and many nieces and nephews would gather for a day of good food, fond recollections of earlier days and catching up on current events. Many vacations were enjoyed by this group, including annual fishing trips up the Lochsa River every August before school started. Judy was an instigator of many outings. One of Judy's traditions, eagerly anticipated by her nieces and nephews, was to make a quilt for each one for their high school graduations.
Her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior shaped who Judy was and was reflected in her actions. After moving to the Orchards in the mid-1940s, her family faithfully attended Orchards Community Church, where Judy taught Sunday school and played the organ, piano and keyboard until she moved out of the area in 2013. Judy had many close friends in the church.
Judy was also very generous in giving to support various charities. One charity which was particularly dear to Judy was Africa New Life Ministries International, based in Portland, OR. Over the years, Judy's support of this ministry has helped them build a school and hospital in Rwanda. She had very fond memories of traveling to Rwanda to visit the child she sponsored and view the work of the organization first hand.
In 2013, Judy moved to Ocean Park, WA., to live with one of her nephews and his family, and enjoyed her life at the beach, where she pursued her interests in oil painting and photography that she had shelved during her busy career with the Moneysaver. In Ocean Park, Judy attended and supported Peninsula Baptist Church.
Judy is survived by her younger brother, Bruce McFadden and wife Sharon, of Lewiston. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews scattered about the place whom she cared for as her own and who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Mary McFadden; her older brother, Norman McFadden; and older sisters, Lucille Bentley and Jeanette Johnson.
Judy's celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. June 1 at Orchards Community Church. A graveside service will be held immediately thereafter at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorial donations to Africa New Life Ministries International, 7405 SW Tech Center Drive, Portland, OR 97223.
Photo: Judith Miriam 'Judy' McFadden
Jeffrey Brian Lepka, 56, formerly of Pierce
On Friday, May 17, 2019, Jeffrey Brian Lepka, 56, passed away at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, from end-stage liver failure.
He was born to Sharon (Leaf) Dinnell and Michael Lepka Sept. 13, 1962, in Lewiston. He was one of four boys who grew up in the Pierce, Idaho, area, where he graduated high school. He went on to become a plumber. He met the love of his life, Renae Butler, and they married in 1988 and welcomed their daughter Jamie Lynn (Lepka) Carter Jan. 20, 1991. Unfortunately, shortly after he began his battle with addiction to alcohol. He struggled for many years to overcome his addiction. Finally, he saw the spark he needed when his granddaughter, Kherington Renae Carter, was born Dec. 28, 2012.
He saw a chance to correct the past in the eyes of his granddaughter. Then came his grandson, Jensen Michael Carter, July 10, 2016. He called at least once a week to check on them. Every time they came to visit, he would play with them. His last few weeks he was in this world, even though he was in pain and ill, he made it to watch Kheri's last soccer game and was on the floor playing cars with Jensen.
This is what we will remember of him, all the good times and the memories we created.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Renae Butler; his father; and his brother, Kelly Lepka.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. June 29 at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 28157 Settlement Road, Lenore.
William 'Bill' B. Jackson, 88, of Fraser,
William 'Bill' B. Jackson, 88, of Fraser, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, WA.
Bill was born Feb. 17, 1931, in St. Edward, NE, to Paul and Irene Jackson. At the age of 6, he and his family moved to Idaho, where they purchased timber and farm land in the Fraser area. As a young boy and teenager, he helped his parents log, farm and raise cattle and hogs to make their living. Bill carried on these same traditions in his adult life.
Bill attended Cottonwood School in Fraser and Weippe High School, where he graduated in 1949. On Oct. 16, 1952, he married Donna Hayes at the family farm in Fraser, where they made their home for the next 60 years. During this time, they raised their three children, Sherry, Dianna and Dennis. Along with farming and raising cattle with his wife, Donna, Bill also worked for the Clearwater Highway District, Schmidt Brothers Logging, Fromelt Logging and Power City Construction.
When his father passed in 1967, Bill took over the family farm, where he farmed and raised cattle with his brother, Mick. Their agriculture operation earned them the 1969 Grassman of the Year honors in Clearwater County; they went on to compete for the Idaho state title. In 1996, he retired from farming, but continued raising cattle until his eyesight forced him to quit. Bill and Donna moved to Lewiston in March of 2013.
Bill served on the board of directors for the Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District, Nezperce Rochdale Co. and Clearwater Highway District for several years. He was a member of the Fraser Grange and served as a 4-H beef leader.
Bill's love for farming and raising cattle never ended; he enjoyed reminiscing about both to whomever would listen. In his last few years, he especially liked giving advice to his granddaughter and great-grandchildren about their 4-H beef projects, and watch them show and sell their steers at the county fair.
Bill's favorite pastimes were spending time with his family, eating the delicious food his wife cooked, visiting or helping out a neighbor, hunting, camping at Fish Lake, listening to music, especially the old time fiddlers, listening to talking books, watching Gonzaga basketball and Seattle Seahawk football and having Norma's Fraser News read to him.
Bill was known to have a gift to gab, and his children and grandchildren often wondered if there was anyone who could out talk him. Bill was a hard worker, but loved what he did and he was always the first one there when someone needed a helping hand. As a family, we thank you Dad and Grandpa for all you taught us. We miss you and love you, and you will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Irene Jackson; wife Donna; granddaughter Morgan Jackson; brother Mick; sisters-in-law Darlene Jackson and Fay Barbee; and nephew Rick Hayes.
He is survived by his daughters, Sherry (Larry) Schlader, Dianna (Bill) Funke and son, Dennis (Candy) Jackson; brother-in-law, Ed Barbee; grandchildren Heather Haworth, Chad Koppel, Dustin Rodgers, Mackenzie and Makayla Jackson, Kimberly, Alexis and Richard Jackson; great-grandchildren, Whitney, Mallory and Sophie Haworth, Gavin and Claire Koppel, Ciarra and Hailey Rodgers and Kaycee Morgan Templeton; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A service honoring Bill's life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fraser Community Center. Burial will follow at the Weippe Cemetery. A dinner will be held at the Fraser Community Center following the services.
Memorials may be made in Bill's honor to the Weippe Ambulance fund, P.O. Box 586, Orofino, ID 83544; the Fraser Community Center, Peggy Ball treasurer, 2370 Thornton Road, Orofino, ID 83544; or to a charity of your choice.
Photo: William 'Bill' B. Jackson
Jessine Louise Gordon Jones, 72, formerly of Lenore
Jessine Louise Gordon Jones, 72, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Jessine was born Aug. 16, 1946, in Spokane, WA, to Harry and Zelma (May) Gordon.
She married Merlin Jones in Bountiful, UT, in February 1963. They moved to Clarkston, WA, in 1965 and made their lives in the surrounding area. They made a beautiful life together, having three children, Guy, Merlin Jr. and Heidi (Larkin).
In 1977, with Merlin's encouragement, she obtained her beautician license and successfully ran several beauty salons, including one in their home at Lenore. They had five grandsons, Brian, Zach, Josh, Dustin (Jones) and Aiden (Larkin). Unfortunately, she lost Merlin in 2001.
She was lucky enough to spend the remainder of her life with Jim Wagner following their commitment ceremony in 2004, and they made their home in Lewiston.
She leaves behind her siblings, Raymond (Lela), Royella (Tom Smith), Tim (Gloria), Gary (Pam), Toad (Steve Brandt), Sandy (Eric Varney), Lorene (Whitman) and Taffy. She also leaves her children, grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was an avid quilter, seamstress and crafter. She was an active member of the Orchards Baptist Church, volunteering for the quilting circle and food pantry. She continued hairdressing until her passing.
A service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Orchards Baptist Church, 1002 Bryden Ave., Lewiston. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Orchards Baptist Church or any charity of your choice.
Photo: Jessine Louise Gordon Jones
William Keith Dempsey, 76, Orofino
William Keith Dempsey, age 76, passed away on April 24, 2019, at his home in Orofino after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer five months ago.
Keith, the youngest of three children, was born at his grandmother's home in Shaw, MS on Dec. 19, 1942, to Martha Emma Earline Washington and Woodrow Wilson Dempsey.He grew up in Anguilla, MS, graduating from Anguilla High School in 1960. Keith attended Mississippi Delta Jr College where he majored in construction technology and played on the Trojan baseball team.
On July 1, 1962, Keith married Martha Ann Maranto at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Anguilla. They would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this year along with their seven children, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
After several visits to the northwest, Keith decided he wanted to raise his family in Idaho, so in 1977 the family moved to Peck and then in 1979 to their home in Orofino which remains the family home today.
Keith spent his entire life in the construction field retiring in 2016 after 25 plus years with the State of Idaho as a field representative. He taught flagging classes at Lewis-Clark State College and always enjoyed visiting with his many students who would express appreciation for the job opportunities that opened up to them in the flagging field.
After a major heart attack in 1990, Keith began his daily walks. Over the years, he logged many miles walking around town and around the levee at City Park. Although he loved Idaho, he remained loyal to the strong southern tradition of greeting anyone who passed with either a friendly wave or a nod. If he wasn't seen taking his daily walks or sitting on the front porch of his home during nice weather, after a few days everyone would ask if he was okay.
Keith became known for his catfish fries where he spent many hours frying up catfish and hush-puppies and making shrimp gumbo for family and friends. He enjoyed smoking ribs and pork roasts on his famous smoker built for and delivered to him by his brother-in-law, George McWilliams - all the way from Mississippi.
For over 20 years, during Coach Bo Cummings' reign, Keith was "chef-in-charge" of the Spaghetti Feed fundraisers for the Orofino High School baseball team. He coached Little League Baseball for several years and was instrumental in bringing T-Ball to the Orofino area.
Dubbed "Pops" by his grandchildren and their friends, he was always happy to see any of them arrive for a visit (and to see them leave!!) and they all enjoyed his wry "sense of humor".
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Earline and Woodrow Dempsey, his brother, Gary Dempsey; sister, Joyce McWilliams; and nephew, James Keith "Jake" Dempsey.
Keith leaves behind his wife, Martha Ann, who resides at the family home in Orofino, his seven children: Stephanie (Chris) Nekich of Spokane, WA; Michael Dempsey of Seattle, WA; John (Jennifer) Dempsey of Miami, FL; Stephen Dempsey of Spokane, WA; Monica Dempsey of Orofino; Patrick (Kim) Dempsey of Lewiston; and Jocelyn Dempsey-Dugger of Orofino and his grandchildren, Rachel, Steven, Carleigh, Marah, Will, Lauren, Heath, Heather, Hannah, Tanner, Paige, Peyton, Preslee, Ashlee, Teigen, J. T., Joey and his great grandchildren, Lilly, Landon, Owen and Conor.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 29, at Pine Hills Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ICARE, 2134 Canyon Creek Road, Orofino, ID 83544 or the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Northwest Chapter, 1215 4th Avenue #1100, Seattle WA 98161.
Photo: William Keith Dempsey
Linda Carol Brooks (Laht), 72
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Linda Carol Brooks (Lahti) lost her battle to cancer. Linda was born Nov. 24, 1946, to Leonard and Doris Lahti. Linda was a lifelong resident of Clarkston, WA, and graduated from Clarkston High School in 1966. She married Lloyd John Brooks Sept. 5, 1964. They had four children. Linda worked for the Clarkston School District as a custodian for more than 20 years until her retirement.
Linda was active in 4-H, Moose lodge, Lewis Clark Saddle Club and Peola Pioneer Association. Linda spent many years at Lahti Orchards helping her parents. Linda loved horses, camping, roses, sports, wildlife and spending time on the farm in Peola, and most of all family and friends.
Linda is survived by her husband of 54 years, John, of Clarkston; their children, Theresa of Post Falls, Idaho, Robert (Brandee) of Clarkston and Willy (Annette) of Clarkston; brother William (Paula) Lahti of Lewiston; sister Christine Atkinson of Portland, OR; brother-in-law Kenny Brooks of Orofino; her grandchildren, Cari (Derek), Christy, Kendra (Jeremy) and Riley (Courtney); and great-grandchildren Kevin, Chase, Darren, Daxton and Lilly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Doris Lahti; her sister, Lori Lynn (Lahti) Miller; and son Leonard Jay (Martha).
She will be cremated and a memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. Please wear casual attire. There will be dinner following at the Clarkston boat club. In lieu of flowers, bring a dish to share.
The burial will be held at Peola Pioneer Cemetery at a later date.
Photo: Linda Carol Brooks (Lahti)
James William Flowers, 71, Orofino
He was the third child of six and the first son born to Thomas and Georgia Largent Flowers on Jan. 14, 1948 as James William Flowers. Bill passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on April 5, 2019.
Bill has fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past six years. He had won the battles to become rectal cancer and colon cancer free. Unfortunately, on March 28, Bill received the diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). The AML sadly was extremely aggressive and Bill and his body were tired. He fought to overcome the AML so he could have treatment, but he was just too tired and his health was too poor.
As a child, Bill moved to various locations ultimately residing in Riggins, Idaho, and graduating from Salmon River High School. Bill participated in football and basketball while in high school.
Bill enjoyed the outdoors, working with his Uncle Bill Largent raising cattle and horses, and being with family. Bill was a 4-H volunteer working with youth in developing their skills with horses. The kids connected with Bill, and he cared deeply for them all.
Following high school, Bill worked in several different types of jobs from logging to working in the mines at Wallace, Idaho. He finally landed in the profession that followed in his father's footsteps and he is best known as a truck driver. Bill enjoyed his time working for Richardson Trucking and Excel Transport. Bill was also known for his gift of teaching others to drive truck. That is demonstrated by his nephew Steve who is an owner operator and numerous others who have worked or are working in the trucking industry. Bill drove for over 50 years hauling various types of loads. He was proud of driving of over 5.5 million miles during his career and only had one wreck caused by another driver being on the wrong side of the road.
Bill married Judy Lambson in 1967. They had two children and later divorced. Bill married Bobbi Nichols and they shared over 17 years together.
Bill is survived by his wife; a daughter, Billie Ann (Rick) Anderson; a son, Tom (Susan) Flowers; a stepdaughter, Sirenna (Adam) Smith; four granddaughters, Alisa Anderson, Jennifer Flowers, Amanda Anderson, and Emma Smith; three grandsons, Tyler (Corey) Flowers, Cameron and Jr Smith, and a grandson on the way; a great granddaughter, Tehya Anderson; three great grandsons, Carl and Tyson Anderson, and Everhett James Flowers; three sisters, Carolyn (John) Pottenger, Cindy (Mark) Watts, Marsha (Roy) Grossen; one brother, Cal Flowers; two aunts, Shirley and Pat; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the House of Faith 2502 16th Ave., Lewiston, Idaho. It would have been Bobbi and Bill's 17th wedding anniversary.
Bill requested that in lieu of flowers that people please consider contributing to the Bill Flowers Memorial at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union to help cover expenses incurred.
The family would like to give a heartfelt "thank you" to those who have provided care over the last six year. Dr. Holbrook for the multiple lifesaving surgeries he did; those at the Gritman Wound Center who kept Bill alive in the face of complications - Jennifer Seegmiller, Jami Winter, Jami Turner to name a few; Dr. Eric Van Eaton who removed a source of chronic infection; and Dr. Philip Coff, Angie Rankin, and Kristina Foster for caring for the Crohn's disease that was the underlying source for many of Bill's illnesses. We also want to thank Drs. Randall Kloepfer and Jane Fore, along with the numerous nurses and CNAs for the extraordinary hands-on care given to Bill and the family during Bill's final illness.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim 4:7
Photo: James William Flowers
Virginia L. Schafer, 81, Orofino
Virginia L. Schafer, 81, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
She was born Dec. 17, 1937.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dr. Myrick W Pullen, 103, Orofino
Friday morning at 7:40 Dr. Myrick W. Pullen Jr. died of natural causes; he was 103 years, six months and fives days old. He will be missed by his six children who survive him: Myrick, Ardella Culp, Bernice, Malcolm, Daniel, and Lorinda. He has eleven grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. As a father and a grandfather, he will be missed. He is also survived by his niece Julia Butenas his sister's only daughter.
Myrick's wife Julia Ardella of 64 years died in 2006. They met in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University, married in 1942. Julia Ardella worked for Myrick as his unofficial secretary through their years in Orofino when he was the Superintendent of State Hospital North. She also served as his secretary when Myrick was in private practice in Idaho Falls in the 1970s. They both believed in serving their communities and their world.
Dr. Myrick Pullen served in the Pacific Theater with the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade 262nd Medical Battalion. While serving in the Pacific he made eight D-day landings, four in New Guinea and four in the Philippines. Dr Pullen served his country proudly and honorably. He was discharged Dec. 25, 1945. On his return to civilian life he finished his education in psychiatry in Maryland and Utah.
As the Director of Mental Health for the state of Idaho he moved Idaho from the 47th in the nation in psychiatric services to 3rd, a great accomplishment. Another accomplishment was his term as President of the Intermountain Psychiatric Association. During his long, distinguished career, he held many high positions but many of Dr. Pullen's friend and colleagues called him Mike and even Dr. Mike. He was well liked by his colleagues and those who worked under his steady hand. In 1988 he returned to Orofino where he worked part time at State Hospital North and prison.
A private ceremony will be held at the grave site in Sanders Cemetery on Saturday April 6. After the ceremony, the family and close friends will celebrate his life and accomplishments at the VFW Building 330 Michigan Ave., Orofino. The family asks that instead of donating flowers please donate to the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, or Orofino Kiwanis Club Foundation, or VFW Post Orofino, Idaho.
Photos: Dr. Myrick W. Pullen
Martha 'Marty' Johnson, 97, Orofino
Martha Jane 'Marty' Johnson was born to Alice and Ernest Ingwersen in Denver, CO on July 1, 1921 and died at age 97 in Orofino, Idaho on March 25, 2019.
Her family moved to Southgate, CA where she graduated from Compton High School. Marty and her "baby" brother, Bill "Doc" Ingwersen had an idyllic life exploring Catalina Island and the Sierra's of southern California. Marty intended to join the WASPs and even started flying lessons toward that effort but had to abandon that plan due to her mother's cancer and death.
In the summer of 1944 Marty worked at Sequoia Park where she met a handsome Army Air Corp pilot on leave named, Art Johnson, who she married on Dec. 23, 1945, the longest night of the year, Art always laughed.
Their first son, William Arthur Johnson, was born near the family home In Southgate.
The family moved to Moscow for Art to complete his Forestry education. It was there that their second son, Ty Ring Johnson, was born. Art signed on with the US Forest Service and Marty signed on as the mom who followed Art around Northern Idaho with move after move- three times in one year. She had fond memories of life in Kingston and Avery before they settled in Orofino.
Art and Marty, along with Ty, built their dream home designed by Ty on Harmony Heights. They roughed it in the log cabin already on the site. Marty loved her home on the hill with deer, elk and turkeys eating the apples and pears from her orchard and watching for the daffodils above the pond in the spring. She spent the last 21/2 years at Brookside Landing in Orofino. Marty was a people gatherer and joiner. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, member of the PTA, the Clearwater Art Association, Beta Sigma Phi, Red Hat Society, PEO, a founding member of the Dam Foresters, county Fair judge, on the election board, census taker, Miles Avenue Vigilante and several bridge groups.
Marty did not know a stranger and made friends of anyone she met, whether in a restaurant or a check out register.
Marty was an artist, designing and creating stained glass windows and painting landscapes or tooling leatherwork. She spent many years researching family genealogy and printing eight full books of family history.
Marty is survived by her son, Ty and wife, Mary, grandson, William and wife Alexis, great-grandchildren, Lillian and Christopher; grandson, Benjamin and wife, Emily and daughter-in-law, Eileen and her son, Michael. She was preceded in death by her son, William; her husband, Arthur; grandson, Samuel; and brother, William Ingwersen.
Marty's sister-in-law, Darlene, died just three hours after Marty. She is also survived by or preceded in death by MANY life-long forest service, bridge, Miles Avenue friends and her caregiver and friend, Lisa and husband, Fran Palazzo, and their family who became a second family to her.
Marty's family wishes to thank everyone involved in Marty's long life for their constant and long-term loyalty and good memories.
A small graveside service was held at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene on March 29, where she rests next to Art and Bill. A family and friends memorial will be held at a later date in Orofino. At the family's request, please do not send flowers. Instead, pay it forward, buy lunch for a stranger and give them a cheery "Hello".
Photo: Martha Jane 'Marty' Johnson
Marjorie A. Dryden, 92, formerly of Pierce, Orofino
Marjorie A. Dryden, also known to many as Gaga, died of complications related to dementia and a broken hip, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Schneidmiller Hospice House at Coeur d'Alene. She was 92 and was a retired Centennial Elementary cafeteria cook.
She was born Nov. 21, 1926, at Walla Walla, WA, to Carl Cox and Mildred Weller Cox.
She married Frank V. Dryden at Moscow on Nov. 14, 1945. They moved to the Pierce area, where they lived until 1949. From 1949 to 1951, they made their home in the Orofino area, then moved to Lewiston in 1952.
She was raised and attended school in Asotin, WA. She worked as a cook starting at an early age to help her family. Marge was later employed by the Lewiston School District from November 1961 to January 1989. She was always willing to share that she prepared hot lunches at Centennial Elementary, where she had worked proudly for 27 years, and quickly transported the food to Camelot Elementary; this was before they had a cafeteria.
She is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Gary) Rowland and Gail (John) Cook, both of Lewiston; sisters Janene (Delroy) Schnider of Asotin and Burnice (Gary) Russell of Anaconda, MT; 6 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Her husband, Frank, preceded her in death in 1991. Four brothers and three sisters also died previously.
A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, with a luncheon to follow at the same location.
Photo: Marjorie A. Dryden
Francis L. Huntley, 77, formerly of Orofino
Francis Huntley passed away at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, March 7, 2019. He was born in Cottonwood, Idaho on July 30, 1941 to Guy and Ada Huntley and spent most of his life in the Central Idaho Area.
After graduating Cottonwood High School in 1959, he worked two years as a seasonal worker for the U. S, Forest Service.
On Dec. 7, 1961 he joined the United States Marine Corp. He saw duty at NAS Cubi Point, during the Cuban missile Crisis, and from 6 March, 1964 to 6, July 1965 he was deployed to DaNang, Vietnam with the First Marine Squadron.
After returning to the United States, Francis, reenlisted on 29 Dec., 1965 and returned to Vietnam assigned to the 1st Marine Air Wing, DaNang. In February 1967 he extended his tour of duty for six months. He returned to the States in September of 1968 and was stationed in Texas and Arizona and on 30 April, 1973 was retired disabled.
During his military career, Francis received the following commendations: National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal with device, the RVN Cross of Gallantry with palm, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, a Presidential Unit Commendation, and the Good Conduct Medal with two stars. He also, unofficially, received a pair of wings for flying twice the speed of sound in the back seat of an F4B fighter.
After his service years he lived in San Diego, CA and Boise for several years, before returning to Cottonwood in 1986, where he worked locally as a bartender. This was followed by an interest in computers which led him into building web pages. He moved, with his oldest brother, Albert to Orofino, Idaho in 1995 where he built web pages for various businesses in that locality.
In search of a warmer, dryer climate, Francis, moved to Las Vegas in 2017, where he lived until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings; brothers Albert, Dawn, Myrick, Leland, Raymond and his sister Marguerite.
He is survived by his brothers, Les, of Lewiston, James of Grangeville, and John of Middletown, DE, and his cousins, Linda and Steve of Las Vegas, who faithfully looked after him.
A grave side service will be held in Cottonwood at a future date.
Photo: Francis L. Huntley
Robert Lee Hutchins, 74, Kamiah
Robert Lee Hutchins of Kamiah, Idaho, joined the angels in Heaven on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Bob was born May 5, 1944, in Sonora, CA, to Wilger and Vera Adams Hutchins. He attended school in Sonora and later joined the U.S. Navy. Bob was married to Sandra Williams and they had four children, Sandra Lee, Christine Louise, Lucille Marjory, and Christopher Allen. After Bob and Sandra divorced Bob and his girls moved to Idaho where he met Patricia McPherson and her daughter Fay LaRae. Bob and Pat blended their families and spent many happy years together.
Bob was a retired logger. He worked for many years in the Kamiah-Kooskia area and then he worked for Columbia Helicopter where he traveled all over the west. Bob and Pat also owned the Kooskia Inn for many years and when Bob was laid off from logging you could find him working there.
When Bob finally retired from logging and moved back home to Kamiah, he dedicated 10 years of outstanding customer service to the Nez Perce Tribe Gaming Enterprise, It'se Ye Ye, Casino, as a floor person. Bob made many more friends at the Casino.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Bill. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his sisters, Karen, Diane, and Linda; his daughters, Sandra, Chris (Darren), LaRae (Kelvin), Lucy; and his son, Christopher. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Harry, Eben, Kasha, Brandon, Robert, Cassie, John, Caiden, Joshua, and Macqoy. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren with twins due in June. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved him dearly.
Cremation has taken place with Trenary Funeral Home handling the arrangements and the family will have a Celebration of Life later this spring.
Photo: Robert Lee Hutchins
Michael L. 'Mick' Wilhelm, 61
Michael L. 'Mick' Wilhelm, son of Les and Lil Wilhelm, began an adventurous journey Sept. 29, 1957, in Dickinson, ND, only to have the adventure end suddenly in a terrible accident on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Lewiston.
Mick's tales compare to those of Pecos Bill. He was a true modern-day cowboy with his life's accomplishments including bull riding, rodeo clown, bull fighter, wilderness hunting guide, horse trainer, cutting horse rider, farrier, carpenter and oil field hand. His hunting and trapping skills were learned from his grandpa, Mickey Transtrom, his twin uncles, Bob and Bill, and older brother Rick.
Living by the Golden Rule, Mick put his family and friends first, filling the elders' freezers with meat. Mick loved to make his Cowboy Cookies, which were delivered to loved ones near and far. Unexpectedly, little care packages from Uncle Mick would show up at the homes of nieces and nephews. Mick's artistic talent came to life in his leather work and furniture made from burls and antlers.
On Jan. 17, 2009, Mick married the love of his life, Pam Krigbaum. Having celebrated their 10th anniversary, retirement was providing them with the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Idaho mountains.
Mick's untimely departure leaves behind his beloved wife, Pam, Lewiston; Pam's daughter, Heidi (Stephen) Tamm, Moscow; three sisters, Rita (Larry) Burr, Halliday, ND, Roz (Bill )Amerman, Forman, ND, and Leslie (Ross) Keltner, Cody, WY; and a brother, Robert (Sallie) Wilhelm, Orofino. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Rick and Jim. Having never met a stranger, Mick leaves behind a large family connected by blood and an even larger chosen family, many of whom considered him a best friend. His generous heart made life a better place.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory. Life celebrations are scheduled for 1 p.m. April 20 at 1838 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, and June 8 in Halliday, ND.
Photo: Michael L. 'Mick' Wilhelm
William 'Bill' Temple Cole, 91, Weippe
William (Bill) Temple Cole 91, of Weippe passed away Monday Feb. 25, 2019 at his home.
Service are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino.
Robert 'Bob' Hutchins, 74, Kamiah
Robert 'Bob' Hutchins, 74, of Kamiah passed away at his home Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.
Service are pending at Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Naomi Lynn Snyder, 73, formerly of Orofino
Naomi Lynn Snyder, of Lewiston and formerly of Orofino, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at age 73.
She was born to Otto Lehmann and Peggy Lee May on Nov. 3, 1945, in Spokane, WA. She grew up in the Tri-Cities, where she attended Pasco High School her senior year, graduating with the class of '64. She was the second-oldest out of four siblings. She worked most notably as a waitress at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Orofino, where she lived from 1987 until 2018, when she moved to Lewiston.
Her first marriage ended in divorce, but yielded her first and only child, Lance Gregory (Austin) Snyder, born Nov. 1, 1965. She moved to Weippe, where she met her husband, Boyd W. Snyder, who helped raise her son as his own. She enjoyed traveling to the Tri-Cities to visit family, playing bingo, collecting bears, crocheting and her grandson, Wayne. Her most recent pastime was enjoying visits and pictures of her great-grandson, Anthony Michael.
Lynn is survived by her grandson, Wayne; his wife, Hannah; and great-grandson, Anthony Michael, Moscow; older brother, Isaac Reese Spicer Jr., Kooskia; younger brother, Curtis Williams, Tri-Cities; baby sister, Jenny Kair, Libby, MT; and several nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and two great-great-nephews - and all the cousins.
She was preceded in death by her son, Lance; niece, Stacy; mother, Peggy Lee; husband, Boyd Snyder; grandmother, Emma Johnson; aunt Margaret and uncle "Red" Welch; uncle Clyde McKenzie; uncles Robert, Charlie and Van and aunt Helen May.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in her honor at 2 p.m. March 16 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3532 Seventh St., Lewiston.
Photo: Naomi Lynn Snyder
William T. Bird, 94, Orofino
William T. "Bill" Bird, of Orofino, formerly Greer, passed away at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. He was 94 years old and ready to go.
He was surrounded with love from his dearest wife of 73 years, to the last nurse/aide who gave him comfort. "Such a sweet, appreciative man", they'd say.
Born May 21, 1924, to Jesse (Jack) and Emma Bird in Stevensville, MT, he was the first of five children. Bill's mother died when he was 12 and "Pop" set about raising his five kids.
In high school Bill went to live with his best friend, Vernon, and his family, the Davenports, easing the burden for Pop.
After high school Bill joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Serving from 1942 to 1945, RDM 2nd Class, ETO, in the Atlantic, USS Frankfurt and trained at Farragut Naval Base in North Idaho. He and Ruth (his wife) attended many happy reunions there over the years. He was discharged from the Reserves as an Aviation Cadet.
After the war, at a basketball game in Hamilton, he met the love of his life Ruth Whitney. His aviation skills came in very handy when Ruth's father moved the family to Orofino, looking for milder winters and a new life. Bill flew to Orofino several times to be with Ruth. It is interesting to remember that in those days before Highway 12 went to Missoula, it was a 10-hour car ride to the Bitterroot Mountains. Ruth and Bill took that long drive to Hamilton, in a snowstorm, to be married December 18, 1947.
By now the Whitney family had settled in Greer where Ruth and Bill moved into the "Bird House" where they lived 65 years of 73 together before moving into Orofino in 2016.
In Orofino, Bill was very active in local and regional endeavors. He was respected as a leader with a good spirit, keen sense of humor and a knack for getting things done. Serving as Veterans Service Officer, Post 3296 Orofino for 10 years was an opportunity to get needed benefits to our Veterans, something very important to him. Bill was County Commissioner 1971-79, County Engineer 1981-86, CEDA (Clearwater Economic Development Association) 1981-86 Chairman 1983-85 and was honored by Clearwater County Democrats for his dedication.
In 2014, he was presented with a Quilt of Valor specifically pieced for him by another good friend, Patty Reggear. He spent his very last days under that quilt…it meant so much to him.
Throughout his life his military service, that which he did on behalf of veterans, his service to his community and region as well as the love of his family, especially the "GRANDS", were his greatest source of pride and joy.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; best friend, Vernon Davenport; beloved sister, Betty Wuori of Montana; and nephew, Leonard Davis that Ruth and Bill helped to raise.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; his dog, Tinkerbelle; two daughters, Kathy (Gary) Breen of Spring Lake, MI and Karen "Bird" (Michael) Goodwin of Orofino; an adopted son, William, address unknown; five grandchildren; Josh (SFC Amanda) Goodwin of Colorado Springs, CO, Caleb Goodwin of Boise, Camas (Doug) Brandt, Indianapolis, Janessa (Jordan), Engelhard, MI and Evan Breen, MI, nine great grands and one great- great grandson. Also surviving are siblings Jack (Virginia) Bird, Ashland, OR, Jim (Gerri) Bird, Orofino, Peggy (Dale) Bobbit, Spokane, WA and many well-loved nieces and nephews! Also, his longtime caregiver, Ginger Arnold of Kamiah and his very special Nick Grimm, who always came when a rig quit!
A celebration of life for Bill will be Sunday, March 3, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with VFW Honor Guard at the columbarium Western Riverside Cemetery. A potluck, program, and sharing will follow at the VFW Post 3296.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the OHS Levon Chase Alumni Scholarship, PO 1592, Orofino, ID 83544 or Clearwater Historical Museum, PO 1454, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: William T. 'Bill' Bird
JoEllen Haney, 76, formerly of Orofino
The world's greatest mom and finder of all things lost has passed. JoEllen Haney passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
She was born December 13, 1942 in Orofino, Idaho to Fern Jane Pollock and Harry R. Pishl. The middle child between older sister, Anne and younger brother, Jim. Her early school years were spent in Orofino, Idaho. In high school she was crowned Lumberjack queen and represented the town of Orofino during Lumberjack days. She went on to receive her teaching degree from Lewis Clark State College and her Masters of Education from Boise State University. JoEllen taught fifth grade for 40 years, most of them being in the Kuna school district, where she was known as a "legend" and everyone's favorite teacher. After her retirement she settled into the lazy days of Agatha Christie novels, lunching with friends and spending time with family.
JoEllen married Thomas Savage and had one child, Tasha Savage. They later divorced. She then married. Bob Haney. Later divorced. Jo is survived by her brother, Jim (Kathy); daughter, Tasha Savage (Jeff Eisenberg); granddaughter, Kelsey Eisenberg (Matt Paige) and her grandson and the love of her life, Benjamin Eisenberg. She is preceded in death by her best friend and sister, Anne Pishl Christensen.
Words cannot describe the feelings of loss we feel for mom. She was strong, independent as hell and her dry sense of humor will be missed. A very special thank you to Dr. Ondrej Choutka and Carin Bohan PA for allowing her to maintain a sense of independence and treating her with respect throughout her illness. We would also like to thank Willow Park Assisted Living for having the most professional and loving staff and 1st choice hospice for their kindness.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at 12 p.m., noon, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Scholarship America.
Photo: JoEllen Haney
Vickie Lee Smith, 66, took classes in Orofino
Vickie Lee Smith gained her angel wings Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Vickie was born Nov. 10, 1952, in Lewiston. Three months premature, she was one of the smallest babies in the country to survive.
Vickie's small size and physical limitations proved to be small obstacles for her huge heart. At an early age, she attended the Idaho School for the Blind in Nampa, along with special education classes in Orofino.
Later in life, she attended adult learning classes at Lewis-Clark State College and for a time she operated a small snack shop called Vickie's Munchie Haven in the Nez Perce County Courthouse. Her independent spirit and can-do attitude let her live a life that many never thought possible.
Vickie was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Burdena Smith; sister, Marjean Russell; and nephew, James Hussey. She is survived by her partner in life's journey, Jay Thornley; Bill and Ellen Smith, Deb and Bruce Johnson, Butch and Teri Smith, Willie Russell; nephews Doug Russell and Tony Smith; and nieces, Reva Monk, Dena Russell, Marie Liddiard, Danielle Hunt, Kim Kernin and Michelle Nick.
A celebration of life will take place in the spring.
Photo: Vickie Lee Smith
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, Woodland
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, of Woodland near Kamiah, passed away Jan. 31, 2019 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA.
Thomas was born in Woodland, Idaho near Kamiah to Shane Bytheway and Angela Whitehead Bytheway. He grew up in the Woodland area on the family ranch, where he could run and explore the outdoors. Living on a ranch requires you to learn many skilled trades. He was an accomplished carpenter, and was learning to weld. He also learned how to make knives.
At the age of nine, Thomas came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
He attended Kamiah Elementary School and Junior High. Thomas was an accomplished wrestler and had been in USA Wrestling for the last five years and just started Junior High Wrestling. He held nine gold medals, four silver medals, and three bronze. Recently he learned to ice skate and wanted to play hockey on the Lewiston team. He also enjoyed basketball.
Thomas is survived by his father, Shane (Carley) Bytheway of Woodland; his mother, Angela Whitehead Bytheway of Lewiston; siblings, Stormy Gleason of Amarillo, TX, Mary (Larry) Leaton of Kamiah, Elisheba Bytheway of Caldwell, Abigail, Zacharias, Sarah, Amos, Andronicus, Susanna, Phinehas, Chloe, William, Shirley, Ember, and Annaleigh all of Woodland; his grandparents Bert and Joyce Bytheway of Amarillo, TX and Bob and Mary Whitehead of Amarillo, TX. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Jodi Bytheway.
A viewing will be held Friday February 8, 2019 at Trenary Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m.
The Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 9, 2019, at The Life Center Church, 4432 U. S. Highway 12, Kamiah.
Photo: Thomas Jackson Bytheway
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, Woodland
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, of Woodland near Kamiah passed away Thursday Jan. 31, 2019 in Spokane, WA.
The viewing will be Friday February 8, 2019 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at The Life Center Church 4432 Highway 12, Kamiah.
Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Doyle Pfefferkorn, 94, Kooskia
Doyle Pfefferkorn, 94, of Kooskia passed away Saturday Feb. 2, 2019 at Life Care Center in Lewiston.
Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Glenna Lee Zagelow, formerly of Headquarters
Glenna Lee (King) Zagelow was born in 1929 to Mary and Herb King in Orofino. She spent her early childhood in Headquarters, ID, and attended school in Headquarters and Pierce. The family moved in 1943 to Lewiston, where she attended school, graduating in 1947.
Following high school, she graduated from Western Union in Santa Cruz, CA, with a degree in telegraphy. She was a lifetime member of the Lewiston-Clarkston Alpha Iota chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, a member of the Women of the Moose and a communicant of the First Christian Church.
Glenna enjoyed tending to flowers in her garden, ceramics, crocheting and home decorating; especially for the holidays.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Charlotte Nash and Edna Kirby; her husband of 23 years, Jim Zagelow; and a son, Larry, who died in 1955.
She is survived by her daughter, Reneé Abbott (Derek Nordio) of Troy; her son, Todd George (Karen) of Buckley, WA; three grandchildren, Evan George of Spokane, WA, and Lauren George and Meghan George, both of Buckley, WA; and her beloved Leroy Cutler of Orofino. Leroy brought her much happiness and joy, and she loved him so and is forever thankful for his love in return.
At Glenna's request, there will be no services.
Photo: Glenna Lee Zagelow
Shelly Jean Irby, 59, formerly of Orofino
Shelly Jean Irby died Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at her home, from complications of heart disease and diabetes.
She was born in Orofino on July 27, 1960, to Alvin G. Irby and Donna L. Dickson Irby.
Shelly attended school in Orofino until her junior year, when she moved to Emmett, Idaho. She graduated from Emmett High School in 1978.
She earned her CNA degree and was a very loving, compassionate caregiver to many clients. She was a friend to everyone she met.
She moved from Emmett to Lewiston in 2001.
Shelly is survived by her mother and stepfather, Donna and Gene Mullikin of Orofino; stepmother, Diane Irby of Emmett; her daughter, Amber Vega, and husband Louis Ortega; three grandchildren, Tristan Vega, currently an exchange student in Peru, and Nikko Vega and Coralee Vega, all of Lewiston; brother, Carl (Jayne) Irby of Emmett; sisters, Susan Irby-Perez, Corie (Marcus) Samson, Kristi Irby and brother-in-law Candelario Perez, all of Lewiston; many nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much; and stepbrothers, Scott (Rachelle) Heilman, Dennis Heilman, Robert Heilman and stepsister, Cindy (Yogi) Young.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Irby; grandparents, George and Edith Irby; Milo Dickson and Lawrence and Cora Hunter; and stepbrother, Justin Mullikin.
A memorial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Orofino Community Church, 14233 U.S. Highway 12, in Orofino. A covered-dish dinner will follow the service.
Burial will be at Wells Bench (Sanders) Cemetery.
Photo: Shelly Jean Irby
Lester 'Sonny' McGee, formerly of Orofino-Peck
Much loved husband and father Sonny McGee passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.
He grew up in the Peck-Orofino area, then joined the U.S. Navy in 1957, serving all over the world, including Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1961.
While in the Navy, he married Sharon Zierlein in 1960. They lived many years in the Orofino area, where Sonny worked in the timber industry until 1985, when he began work for the Idaho Department of Transportation. They lived in Moscow for several years, then he transferred to Golden, Idaho. Both Sharon and Sonny enjoyed the years they spent there until he retired in 2001. They eventually moved to Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his son, Russell Brian McGee; parents, Jack and Irene McGee; and sisters, Lucille Senter, Vivian Snyder, Darlene Ketcham, Dorothy Adams and Lorene Phillips.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Kelli (Gene) Johnson and Kimberly (Scott) Sullivan; sisters, Lois Reagan and Linda Hill; four grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Sonny was a gregarious man who enjoyed good conversation and meeting new people. His hobbies included rock faceting, gold mining and gardening.
Per dad's request, he was cremated and there will be no services.
Photo: Lester 'Sonny' McGee
Jack Mustoe, 87, formerly of Southwick
On Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, Jack Mustoe passed away at age 87.
Jack was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Wallace, Idaho, to Given and Goldie Mustoe. The family moved back to Southwick, Idaho, when Jack was age 1. He attended Southwick Grade School and graduated in 1949 from Kendrick High School, where he played on the championship football team. After graduation, he attended Lewis Clark Normal School until it closed in 1951. That fall he started farming at Southwick.
On Oct. 5, 1951, he married his girlfriend, Betty Lee Colwell. They had one son, Mark. Together they farmed and raised cattle until retiring in 1994. They moved to Lewiston in 2002 and attended the Orchards Methodist Church. Jack always enjoyed fishing, camping, visiting friends and spending time with family. His main passion was farming. His favorite time of year was spring, when he could see the crops begin to grow - Betty recalls that he lost several pocket knives while going up newly seeded rows digging to see if the seed had sprouted.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Mustoe; son, Mark Mustoe and partner Barry James; granddaughter, Marie, husband Tom Linehan; great-granddaughter, McKenzie; and granddaughter Mollie, husband Ross Freeden.
Thank you, family and friends, for your kind thoughts and support.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, and burial will follow at the Southwick Pine Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kendrick Memorial Pool, Southwick Community Center, or a charity of your choosing.
Photo: Jack Mustoe
Frances Marion Pfefferkorn, 87
Frances Marion Pfefferkorn 87, of Kooskia passed away Sunday Jan. 20, 2019 at Lewiston Transitional Care.
The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. A covered dish dinner will follow.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Marvel F. Hathaway, 103, Orofino
Marvel F. Hatha-way, 103, of Orofino, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 of natural causes at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Montpelier, OH, to Bertha and Glen Fast.
Marvel married Richard L. Hathaway on December 21, 1935. They had two sons, John (Jack) R. Hathaway and David L. Hathaway.
Marvel worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's business. She also helped out in the office of the grade school while her sons were in school. Marvel volunteered at the Children's Hospital for many years when she lived in Escondido, CA.
She was a member of the Orofino Rotary Club. Marvel took up Bridge later in life, while living in Escondido. In her younger years she and her husband enjoyed playing golf. Marvel also loved sitting on her deck, visiting and entertaining with her many friends and her adorable cats, Bradley and Sissy. She also enjoyed her Bailey's and coffee, was an avid Cubs fan and traveled to Mesa, AZ, to see her team during spring training.
Marvel is survived by her son David and his wife Diane of Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren Amber (Todd) Oser, Raymore, MO, Vivian (Daniel) McKinney of Independence, MO and Jimi Hathaway, of Warrensburg, MO. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Bailey and Blake Oser and Collin, Corbett and Madelyn McKinney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; son, Jack; and brother, Paul.
Marvel was a well-known presence in Orofino and is leaving her friends with many happy memories.
A celebration of life for Marvel will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. at the Orofino Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 330 Michigan Ave. Memorial donations in Marvel's memory may be made to the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy. 117 Timberline Drive, Pierce, Idaho 83546.
Photo: Marvel F. Hathaway
Virgil Bentley, 94, attended OHS
Virgil Bentley, 94, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston, due to age-related causes.
Virgil was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Greenup, KY., to Albert and Tempe (Biggs) Bentley. He attended Orofino High School and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1955 with a bachelor of science in education. He served in the U.S. Army 693rd Field Artillery Battalion, Battery C, in World War II in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1947.
On Aug. 26, 1955, he married Lucille McFadden in Lewiston. They were married until her death on Jan. 21, 1985. He married Wilma Link on May 4, 2004, in Coeur d'Alene. Virgil taught elementary school in Kamiah, Pomeroy and Granger for more than 30 years combined. He enjoyed fishing, camping, thrifting, playing a variety of instruments and satisfying his sweet tooth.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Wilma Bentley, of Kamiah; daughter, Barbara Bentley of Ocean Park, WA; sons, Kellon (Shelly) Bentley of Ocean Park, and Jeffrey Bentley of Lewiston; stepdaughter. Melony (Lance) McRoberts of Lewiston; granddaughters. Samantha Bentley of Sunnyside, WA, Amanda Wickstrom of Vancouver, WA., and Abigail Bentley of Ocean Park; stepgrandchildren, Jordan Ragan of Lewiston, and Logan and Megan McRoberts of Lewiston; and great-grandchildren David Joseph and Avery Lynn Rivera of Sunnyside.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Bentley; wife Lucille Bentley; three brothers; and four sisters.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston.
Donations may be given to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 307, Sunnyside, WA 98944.
Photo: Virgil Bentley
Ronald W. Beck, 79, Pierce
Ronald W. Beck passed away suddenly at home in Pierce, Idaho, Jan. 13, 2019. He was born on Feb 10, 1939 in Orofino, Idaho to Charles (Bill) and Berniece (Lundblad) Beck. >He was raised in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School.
He began working in the woods with his father while in high school and later had his own business, R W Beck Logging. He had six machines at Jaype Mill log yard unloading logs. His machines worked from when Jaype opened until several years after it closed. He finished unloading logs at the Jaype log yard in 2007. He leased out his last piece of equipment, the old 966, until it was sold in 2017 to be used at Bald Mountain Ski Hill.
Ron was a member of the Army National Guard.
Ron was a member of Clearwater County Search and Rescue. He was active in building the S&R building, was camp cook and helped on many of the S&R teams. At the time of his death he was leader of the 4-wheeler team.
For 13 years, Ron was a camp cook and packer for Cayuse Outfitting at Cayuse Creek, in the Kelly Creek drainage of the North Fork. These were his most memorable years and would talk of the many adventures he had while out in the mountains.
Ron was also an avid fisherman. He was looking forward to his first fishing trip of the season in February with his cousin Doug McIver.
He married Bev Lalone Beck Nov. 22, 1968 in Orofino, Idaho. She brought with her three children which Ron treated as his own. Bev died Jan. 14, 2005.
In 1976, he and Bev had a large house built near Revling Siding, outside of Pierce. Ron was always proud of his home.
He met his future wife, Michal Berreth, at a S&R training meeting. They were married April 14, 2006. She brought with her four adult sons, a step daughter and four grandchildren who adored him.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bev; his parents, Bill and Berniece Beck; sister, Nancy Rainville; grandparents, Lon and Georgia Beck and John and Myrtle Lundblad.
He is survived by his wife, Michal; brother, Larry Beck; brother-in-law, Ted Rainville; sisters, Chris Beck and Brenda Beck Baune; sons of the heart, Billy, Tim and John Beck; daughter of the heart, Cathlin McGee; step daughters, Sue Beck Roth, Sharon Beck Martin and Minnie Berreth West; step sons, Randy Beck, Jonathan, Phillip, Charlie and Jason Berreth.
Grandchildren include: Eric Beck, Gregg and Jeff Anderson, Theresa Anderson Koepke, Michael Martin, Michelle Martin, Brittney Berreth Frederickson, Andy Berreth, Emily Berreth Badger, Rachel Berreth Graham, Polina Berreth, Dalton West; and bonus grandchildren, Carl Snyder, Melanie Berreth, and Sebain Hart.
Ron was very close to his step nephew and niece, Mark and Jenna Walton. He considered them as his own children and loved their three children as his own grandchildren. They are Wyatt, Morgan and Lanie Walton.
There will be a public visitation at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held at the Best Western in Orofino at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. Food and beverages will be provided.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Photo: Ronald W. Beck
Kenneth Kay Kidder, 98, worked at Blister Rust camp near Pierce
GRANGEVILLE: Kenneth Kay Kidder of Harpster died Jan, 6, 2019 at the age of 98 at Meadowlark Homes in Grangeville. He was born April 1, 1920 near Gaylord, Michigan to Ray R. and Flo I. Kidder. The family moved to Idaho in 1926
At five years of age he attended first grade in Winchester. In the spring of 1927 the family moved to Grangeville where Ray worked for John Spencer at the "Guernsey Farm". Ken went with Spencer's sheep into the back country east of Grangeville for summer grazing. He worked another summer in a Blister Rust camp near Pierce. He finished his schooling by graduating from Grangeville High School in 1938.
The same year he graduated, the family bought a 172-acre ranch four miles southeast of Harpster at the end of Lee Road. They raised a small herd of cows and sold cream for cash. They raised hay on 39 acres of rough fields using a team and put up loose hay. It was a very fulfilling life before the road was graveled or power lines in and they talked with neighbors using a crank phone over No.9 wire strung in the trees or visited on horseback.
Ken was inducted into the Army July 28, 1942. He spent time in England and France, getting honorably discharged on Oct. 30, 1945.
He returned to the ranch and helped his folks for years and also worked at Idapine Mills for 11 years. Life got even better when he married Linnie Anderson on July 3, 1984. They spent time in town and at the ranch. They enjoyed fellowship with the Evangelical Free Church and meals and dancing at the Senior Center.
Ken was a lifelong fiddle player and used to practice at home listening to CFCN, Canadian radio. Starting in 1966, he and his siblings played music monthly for as many as three nursing homes and two assisted living facilities in Grangeville. His other hobbies were cutting wood, stacking it precisely and rebuilding fence on steep hillsides.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linnie; brother, Jesse Kidder; sister, Eileen Gribble and nephew, Virgil Kidder. Ken is survived by his sister, Angele Hazelbaker (Burt, Lark, Nick); a brother-in-law, Melvin Gribble (Bob, Jim), nieces, Jan, Nancy, Michelle and nephews, Jack and Vaughn (Jesse) and two stepdaughters, Cheryl Spenglerand and Susan Anderson (Linnie). He has numerous other great nephews and nieces who loved and learned from him. He is also dear to the hearts of several neighbors near the Ranch in "Harpster Heights".
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 14.at the E- Free Church, 408 N. College St., Grangeville. Burial followed at the Harpster cemetery. Services are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Dr. Griffiths, The Meadowlark and Syringa Hospital Hospice for their loving care. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Kenneth Kay Kidder
Winifred Hepburn, 89
Winifred Hepburn went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.
Winifred was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Tonasket, WA, to John and Hazel Gillespie. She had three brothers and is survived by her younger brother, Larry Gillespie, of Okanagan, WA.
Winifred was working for Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. in 1946 when she met and married Henry Harrison Hepburn. They settled in Lewiston, where he had his own home construction firm. They had three children. A son, Henry Jr., died in 1983, and she is survived by her daughters, Lin Hepburn Hall of Lewiston and Patricia Marie Jacks of Peck.
While her children were growing up, Winifred was active in PTA, was a leader and then field director for Campfire Girls and taught Sunday school at Orchards United Methodist Church. Winifred went to work for Goodman Oil Co. in 1972 as a bookkeeper and receptionist. She became the credit manager-general manager and assistant to the sales manager as the firm expanded into Washington and Oregon and started a separate fuel transport delivery service. She was with the firm for 19 years.
Winifred's hobbies included reading and gardening. Bird watching was her love, and she traveled to many places in our country where she could "see a new bird." She had leadership roles over the years and remained active in the Priscilla Whitman Mother's Club, the Canyon Birders and Orchard's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed line dancing twice a week.
A celebration of life service for Winifred will be held at 11 a.m. March 2 at Orchards United Methodist Church. There will be a dinner for family and friends after the service at the church.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Photo: Winifred Hepburn
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