Wendy Louise Tinsley (Bullock), 62, Pierce
Our beloved Wendy Tinsley passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at the age of 62, surrounded by her family.
She was born Oct. 9, 1958, to Kenneth and Valdi Bullock in Twin Falls. She grew up in Pierce, where she attended school. A highlight for her was being crowned queen during the 1860 Days celebration.
She met the love of her life, Ken Tinsley, and the two were married April 28, 1984. Wendy was an advanced EMT (emergency medical technician) for 18 years and an avid quilter. She spent her life giving to others and creating memories with her family. One of her favorite milestones in life was becoming a grandmother.
She was a devoted wife, sister, mother, aunt, daughter, cousin and grandmother. Those who knew her will miss her electrifying humor. She was always the life of the party.
She leaves behind her husband, Kenneth Tinsley; sons Robert (MaryBeth) Tinsley and Ryan (Rhonda) Tinsley; grandchildren Gage, Blayke, Peiton and Natalie; and numerous nieces and nephews, whom she helped raise like her own. Wendy touched the lives of so many. While her soul has moved on to be with her mother, father, sisters and brother, her legacy will continue to grow through her children and grandchildren. Wendy's passing marks the end of a generation. She will not be forgotten and will be forever missed.
Her celebration of life was held April 12, 2021.
Photo: Wendy Louise Tinsley (Bullock)
Juanita June Reece, 95, formerly of Clearwater County
Juanita June Reece was born July 3, 1925, on a farm near Southwick, Idaho, and died Monday, April 5, 2021, in Lewiston after a brief illness.
She was the youngest of five daughters born to Clara Belle Armitage and Walter Doyle Bateman. Juanita lived most of her younger years in Southwick and graduated from Southwick High School at the age of 16. After high school, she went to Portland, OR, and worked for the telephone company for about a year. Upon her return to Idaho, she joined her mother, Clara, and her stepfather, Wade Candler, at the Bungalow Ranger Station, where she worked in the kitchen with her mother. Later that summer, she assumed the duties of the dispatcher when he left to search for the Ridgerunner. That fall she moved to Orofino and worked at the Forest Service Office.
Juanita married James Duane Reece on June 18, 1944, in the Cavendish Methodist Church, the first wedding held in that church. After Jim's return from the service, they lived in Cavendish where they raised their two daughters, Kathy and Vicky. In 1997, after Jim's car accident, Juanita sold their home of 50-plus years and moved to Lewiston.
Juanita was first and foremost a homemaker. She was also the custodian and substitute bus driver at the Cavendish Teakean School for many years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star as well as a member of the Cavendish United Methodist Church. Juanita loved flowers and won many awards for her flowers at the Clearwater County Fair. As a 4-H leader, she had an impact on many young lives. She especially loved fishing for steelhead on the Clearwater River and Kokanee on Dworshak Reservoir as well as camping with the "wild bunch." After moving to Lewiston, she was active in the Orchards United Methodist Church and helped with the rummage sales for many years.
To her daughters, she was "Mom," and to her four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, she was "Grammy." She loved her family more than anything and was always proud of their accomplishments. She was a master gardener. She could make anything grow and be beautiful or delicious. She made the best banana cream pies, dill pickles and homemade sauerkraut. She was always up for playing a game ... but you had to watch out if the game was Gestures and she drew the word "stripper" or if you played Taboo and she couldn't use her hands. She faced all the hardships in her life with grace and was the true face of someone who never gives up. She touched so many lives throughout her 95 years. Everyone she met loved "Juanita."
Juanita is survived by two daughters, Kathy Stuehrenberg and Vicky Johnson; "the best ever sons-in-law," Lowell Stuehrenberg and Chris Johnson; grandchildren, Curtis (Julienne) Stuehrenberg, Todd (Stacy) Stuehrenberg, Michelle (Kelly) Allen and Aimee (Mike) Mosher; and eight great-grandchildren, Georgianne and Lily Stuehrenberg, Ethan and Bryson Stuehrenberg, Hunter and Ryan Allen, and Justyce and Kelsyn Mosher. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents; and four sisters, Bessie Armitage, Edith Wells, Dorothy King Silflow and Aletha Rogers Brown.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. April 17 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Chapel, Lewiston. The family asks that everyone attending wear masks. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Juanita June Reece
Sharon F. Barnett, 80, Orofino
Surrounded by family, Sharon F. Barnett, age 80, passed away peacefully in her sleep following a massive stroke. Beloved wife, mother, and friend, Sharon was born Sharon Faye Griffiths on April 12, 1940 to Samuel Vilate and Donnie Griffiths.
She grew up in Emmett, Idaho with a love for dance and pursued a degree in modern dance at the University of Idaho and a minor in accounting. While dancing through college, she met the love of her life, Timothy Dexter Barnett. They were married on Dec. 18, 1960 in the Episcopalian Church in Emmett. Sharon and Tim had two children, Kelli and Kim, and raised them in Clearwater County in a home in Orofino and logging camps for the summers of their younger years.
Creative and passionate, Sharon was a quilter, seamstress, and an artist using paint, fabric, knitting, crochet, and other media. She also played piano, mandolin, and clarinet.
Sharon enjoyed traveling all around North America with her husband in their RV, gardening and spending time with friends and family along the way.
Active in her community, Sharon was involved in the administration, support, promotion and/or support of the following organizations: Women in Timber, Ahsahka Water and Sewer, Orofino Celebrations Inc. (OCI/ Lumberjack Days), Clearwater Hospital Auxiliary, Orofino Cemetery Board, Clearwater County Elections, and also was responsible for the accounting and book-keeper for the Barnett family Logging business while Tim was still co-owner.
Sharon is survived by her husband Tim Barnett; daughter, Kim Barnett-Mills, other treasured family members, and many friends.
No funeral is planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Sharon's honor to Clearwater County Ambulance, VFW, or a local charity of your choice.
Photo: Sharon F. Barnett
Brandon Michael Wolfe, 30, formerly of Orofino
On March 31, 2021, Brandon Michael Wolfe, beloved son and brother, passed away, at the age of 30.
He was born in Kirkland, WA, on March 15, 1991 and spent a beautiful childhood in Monroe and Snohomish. Eventually he and his family called Orofino home.
He graduated Orofino High School in the Class of 2010 and worked at the Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protection Association all four years of high school.
After graduation, Brandon enlisted in the US Navy. He initially signed up as an underwater welder, inspired by shop class, but testing revealed he was cut out for intelligence. He served eight years in the United States Navy, earning the rank of Intelligence Specialist Second Class and also earned three enlisted warfare devices, or subject matter expertise pins, including Information Warfare, Surface Warfare, and Air Warfare (IW/SW/AW). His service included two years in Fallon, NV, two years forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, aboard the USS Blue Ridge, during which time he earned the honor of Shellback, and three years at Commander Carrier Strike Group Four in Norfolk, VA, before he was honorably discharged in 2019.
After leaving the Navy to pursue bigger and better things more befitting his potential, he settled in Norfolk where he went back to school and began coursework to earn a degree in Computer Engineering. Not being satisfied with this, he also accepted an internship at Jefferson Laboratories, something he was immensely proud of. His passion for science was appreciated by all, and quantum computing was his love. He spent innumerable hours lovingly engaging in enthralling conversations with anyone and everyone who would listen about space, reality, and all the possibilities that his substantial, open mind could conjure.
Musically inclined, he would play guitar for hours and write songs for those he loved. His adventurous side lacked for nothing.
His first motorcycle came at age four and the interest continued into adulthood. He also loved snowmobiling, four-wheeling, climbing ice mountains, participating in Tough Mudders, and riding horses with no fear of being bucked off.
His gift of kindness was generous, and there was no one he would not help. His light shined brightly, and his presence made us all better for knowing him.
He is survived by his mother, Kelli Rosellini; sister, Myrissa Wolfe; and grandmother, LaDonna Rosellini. His aunts, uncles and cousins were numerous. His chosen extended family grew wherever he went, and his friends numbered like the stars, which he loved so well.
Goodnight sweet prince.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 17, at 3 p.m. in Orofino, location to be announced.
Photo: Brandon Michael Wolfe
Billie Marie Wiggins Williams, 91, Lenore
Billie Marie Wiggins Williams was born Aug. 21, 1929, in Weiser, Idaho. She was the eldest of five children born to Archie Allen Wiggins and Hazel Gertrude Skeen Wiggins.
Billie married Glen Edward Williams Sept. 14, 1946. Billie and Glen had three sons, Rick, Mitchel and Bruce.
Billie was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. She enjoyed traveling, culture and family. Glen's career led the family to live in many different locations, including Idaho, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Zealand, Wyoming and British Columbia. Eventually, Billie and Glen retired to Lenore.
Billie passed away peacefully Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Lewiston. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Beulah Williams and Yvonne Zerbe; husband, Glen; and son, Rick. She is survived by her brother, Kermit (Joana) Wiggins, of Cambridge, ID; sister, Betty (Harry) Fisher, of Villa Rica, GA; sons, Mitchel (Jenny) Williams, of Pierre, SD; and Bruce Williams, of Lewiston; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned at a time to be announced.
Photo: Billie Marie Wiggins Williams
Peggy J. Cooper, 85, Orofino
Peggy J. Cooper, 85, Orofino, was born Jan. 23, 1936. She passed away April 3, 2021.
A private family funeral will be held.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Jeanette G. Joiner, 86, Weippe
Jeanette G. Joiner, 86, of Weippe, died Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is caring for arrangements.
Shelda M. Ostrander, 80, Orofino
Shelda M. Ostrander, 80, of Orofino, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Coeur d' Alene.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is caring for arrangements.
Isobel Jean Peer, 96, formerly of Peck
Isobel Jean Peer, 96, known to her friends and family as Jean, went home to meet Jesus on Saturday morning, March 27, 2021. Jean was born Feb. 16, 1925, to Clarence Samuel Rugg and Ella Mae Humphry-Rugg in Cabri Saskatchewan, Canada.
Mom was fourth out of seven siblings growing up on a farm on Central Ridge above Peck. Having never been off the farm, she and her sister, Doris, and two close friends moved to Spokane, WA, to work in the war effort in 1942. Mom had been introduced to Jerome Peer by his sister before he left for the service. They were married Dec. 26, 1945, in Lewiston shortly after he returned from the war. Mom and Dad lived all of their lives in this area, spending most of their years in Lewiston or on the farm in Winchester, retiring to Lewiston in 1984. Mom and Dad enjoyed spending many winters snowbirding in Arizona with friends. In 2011 they moved to Royal Plaza.
She was active in her community, leading Bluebirds and 4-H. She was a member of Winchester Community Club and was a Sunday school teacher. She was member of Beta Sigma Phi, Ladies of the Elks and was a member of Congregational Presbyterian Church for 36 years. Mom had many hobbies, which included her grandchildren, gardening, coffee with friends, traveling, handiwork and crocheting.
Mom had an infectious smile and positive attitude that has been passed on to her children and grandchildren. She could make the best of any situation. We were blessed to hear that this spark carried through to the end. Since her passing, we have heard many inspiring stories from her caregivers at Royal Plaza of her great spirit. It was difficult not to see Mom over this past year, but it does our hearts so good to know that she left such an impact on those around her.
She is survived by four children, Terry Jean Peer-Cox (Steve), Tim Peer (Sonja), Brad Peer (Jana) and Jill Peer-Shaw (Curtis); 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two siblings, Wallace Rugg and Joyce Gould. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years.
A private graveside service is planned.
Photo: Isobel Jean Peer
Jeffry Alan Martin, 59
Jeffry Alan Martin, 59, of Pullman, WA, passed away March 25, 2021 at his Pullman home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jeffry was born August 23, 1961 in Eugene, OR, to James and MaryJo (Taff) Martin. He grew up in Oregon through his seventh-grade year, except for his fourth-grade year in Coeur d'Alene, and then in the eighth grade the family moved to St. Maries where he graduated from high school. Jeff attended the College of Southern Idaho for a year where he played baseball, returning to St. Maries. There he worked in the logging industry and as a substitute teacher at the high school.
Jeff married Brenda Haskins in St. Maries on Nov. 26, 1983. They moved to Moscow and Jeff continued his education at the University of Idaho receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physical Education in 1991. He followed this with a Master's Degree in Education Administration in 1995. Jeff taught in the Moscow School District for a year and then taught and coached girls' varsity basketball at the Potlatch Junior-Senior High School until 1998 when he accepted his teaching position at Lincoln Middle School in the Pullman School District where he taught Math. Jeff coached both boys' and girls' basketball and girls' volleyball at the Middle School during his tenure there, as well as girls' golf at Pullman High School.
He enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved fishing, playing golf and traveling to visit his sons. Jeff was a loving husband and father and so enjoyed time with family and friends. He was a member of Living Faith Fellowship Church in Pullman.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Brenda at their Pullman home; his two sons, Brian of Scottsdale, AZ and Eric of Santa Clarita, CA; his mother, MaryJo Gustafson of Nampa; his brother, Jim (Patti) Martin of La Grande, OR; his sister, Jeana (Steve) Thomas of Lewiston; his stepmother, Marsha Martin of Elk River; his nieces and nephews and his great-nieces and great-nephews. Jeff was preceded in death by his father James Martin and his step-father John Gustafson.
The Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Living Faith Fellowship Church in Pullman. It will also be live-streamed. Jeff will be laid to rest at the Pullman City Cemetery with a family graveside service. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Jeff Martin Scholarship, established through the Pullman Education Foundation, to provide financial assistance to athletes at Lincoln Middle School. Memorials may be mailed to PEF at P.O. Box 51, Pullman, WA 99163, or made online at pullmaneducationfoundation.org/donate. Memorial donations can also be directed to Pullman Christian School and mailed to 345 SW Kimball Court, Pullman, WA 99163.
Photo: Jeffry Alan Martin
Darlene M. Kleer, 80, Orofino
Darlene M. Kleer, 80, of Orofino, passed away March 19, in Orofino. She was born April 26, 1940.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Patricia L. Lunders, 94, born in Orofino
Loving wife and mother gently passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the age of 94.
She was born Oct. 5, 1926, to John and Evelyn Duffy in Orofino. Her family moved to North Lewiston in her youth and she fondly remembers her childhood, playing with her three sisters and brother, exploring the hills and dales of what was then undeveloped land in the area.
After graduating from Lewiston High School, she spent a couple of years developing her future career in bookkeeping. Pat married Louis Lunders on June 1, 1947, and soon became a mother to daughter Sherda (1949) and three sons, Monte (1952), Greg (1955) and Brad (1957). Pat and Lou raised their family in Clarkston, WA, with the years filled with singing (she loved to sing), swimming, boating, square dancing and sharing good times with family and friends. She also was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston.
She was a homemaker when her children were young. She then worked at Lewis-Clark State College as a bookkeeper for many years, along with being a partner to Lou at their family-owned businesses, including the grocery store Community Foods, Lunders Roofing and Lewiston Glass and Sash. She was a woman of many talents, but being the best mom and grandma ever is her outstanding accomplishment, to all of us.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Lou; sons, Monte and Greg; brother, John (Helen); sisters, Mary (Quentin), Glenny (Tom) and Jane (Ken); and her sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Lunders. She is survived by her daughter, Sherda (Ken) Allard; son, Bradley (Cory) Lunders; brother-in-law, Leonard Lunders; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mom's family was everything to her, and she taught us all to sing, dance and enjoy life. We will miss you so much, Mom. Now, you and Dad can share a dance together again. Our thanks to all her wonderful care-giving family at Royal Plaza and Evergreen Estates. She was happy being there, spending her days with you.
At a later date to be announced, a gathering to celebrate Pat's life will take place. At her request, there will be no funeral.
Photo: Patricia L. Lunders
Ruth Louise Lettenmaier Riggers, 93, formerly of Southwick
Ruth Louise Lettenmaier Riggers passed away peacefully from natural causes on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston. She was 93 years old.
She was born Oct. 10, 1927, in Kendrick. She grew up as a girl on her horse, riding all over the Southwick area to visit friends and explore far and wide, along the ridges and into the canyons. On horseback, she would be sent to check bear traps while also keeping a lookout for mountain lions. She loved working on the Lettenmaier farm with her beloved father, John, and older brother, Johnie. She was willing to do whatever job they had for her. In those days, the last thing she wanted to do was work in the kitchen with her mom when her dad was outside with the horses. In Cora's later years, Ruth was the one to care for her mom on a daily basis and make it possible for Cora to live out her remaining days at home. Cora lived to age 94.
As a young girl, Ruthie taught herself how to drive on the sly, by watching her bus driver and her dad behind the wheel. No doubt she was the first girl in her family to learn how to drive. She attended school in Southwick and later moved out, working for her room and board to attend Kendrick High School. When Ruth and her classmates went to the principal and asked why the boys had a basketball team and the girls didn't, he answered, "Because you don't have a coach." Fortunately, a coach volunteered and soon enough, Ruth found herself on the court, scrapping for the ball. She graduated in 1946.
She married Carl Louis Riggers on June 1, 1947, and moved to the Riggers' homestead in Gifford. They were married for 63 years at the time of his death in 2011.
Ruth was a farmer, homemaker and forever a cowgirl. They ran the farm together and Ruth was involved in growing the business by securing financing, acquiring land, and dealing with seed companies and the government. They also designed and built a new modern home, doing much of the work themselves. She loved looking at her horses from the kitchen window.
Ruth drove grain trucks in the 1950s when it was not typical for women to do that kind of work, let alone to drive a truck at all. Many a head did a double-take when meeting her on the road. Along with her other farm work, she prepared hot noon meals for the farm crew. She was very dedicated to the farm and did whatever was needed, even driving tractor or combine. Often she would hear Carl say to no one in particular, "We need 'someone' to go to town to pick up a part." She always knew who that "someone" was.
In Gifford, she was an active member of Good Hope Lutheran Church and a faithful rock of the community. As a newlywed with limited cooking skills, she asked a sister-in-law to help her make a pie for a church function. She was self-taught in many things, but enjoyed special friends who helped her with her projects. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, ceramics and making porcelain dolls. She pushed herself to do the best she could do and had high standards.
A devoted mother of two, Ruth served as PTA president and was instrumental in arranging swimming lessons for all Nez Perce County children at what is now Bert Lipps Pool. She felt strongly that the children outside of Lewiston should learn water safety and she made it happen. Her children learned to swim through these lessons and she learned too. Some years later, she also decided the family should learn to ski and they took some memorable trips.
Determined and passionate, Ruth had a strong work ethic that did not let up. But despite all her work and projects, she made time to help her neighbors and had many friends. Ruth and Carl were snowbirds to Arizona and they enjoyed beautiful winters there, escaping the Idaho snow and ice.
In 1973, with her children grown, she decided to start enjoying her horses more. She did the Chief Joseph Appaloosa trail rides for many years, completing the 4-day, 100-mile ride 19 times from 1973 to 1995. She earned her 13-year pin for completing the 1,300 mile trail and received six honorable mentions. She also did endurance rides and many other organized rides. She used to say, "When I am setting out for a trail ride, driving my pickup and camper, pulling the horse trailer and horse, I just put all my worries in the rearview mirror and smile."
One time on an organized ride, a young man spoke up to her and asked her how old she was. She realized that apparently he thought she was pretty old to be on one of these rides. A bit startled, she asked him why he wanted to know. He said, "My wife asked me how long I plan to keep doing these horse trips. I told her, 'I'm going to keep doing it at least as long as that lady I see on the rides.' " Ruth was an inspiration to others, and she would give the advice: "Do things while you can."
She is survived by daughter, Judy (Chuck) Lewis of Wallace; son, Davern (Rozan) Riggers of Gifford; grandchildren, Lucia Gregory of Hauser, Idaho, Shawnna (Steve Krenzel) Riggers of Phoenix, AZ, Heather (Jason) Heidt of Post Falls, Rachelle Riggers of St. Helens, OR, and Klayton Riggers of Gifford; step-grandchildren, Nichole, Kelzey, Jesse and Danny; great-grandchildren, Everett, Owen, Samantha and Jacob Heidt, Ezrah and Quentin Riggers; and many nieces and nephews, including Fred Lettenmaier.
Ruth was the last survivor of her generation of Lettenmaier and Riggers families. She lost her sisters, Ilene Smith (22) in 1942 and Elaine Anderson (103) in 2021; and brother, Johnie (69) in 1984. She was also preceded in death by her nieces, Karen Hill and Rosalie Lettenmaier Brunelle; and nephews, Gary Smith and Eddie Lettenmaier.
She will be missed in so many ways, and her family appreciates how she worked tirelessly to create wonderful family meals and gatherings. She always made holidays very special. The grandkids say, "Grandma's house is where cousins learn to be friends."
We are happy that mom is at peace, without pain in heaven and reunited with many people from her life, especially her dad, John, who she missed daily for 75 years.
An outdoor memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. June 1, 2021, at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 28157 Settlement Rd., Lenore (Gifford), Idaho. Please respect current COVID-19 recommendations, including guidance on masks.
We want to thank Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston for all the loving care they provided mom during the time she lived there.
Photo: Ruth Louise Lettenmaier Riggers
Thelma Mae Hanks, 90, born in Southwick
Thelma Mae Hanks, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Brookdale Lewiston from age-related causes. She was surrounded by family and was met with open arms by her Lord and Savior.
Mom, Grandma and Nana, as she was lovingly called, was born Oct. 28, 1930, in Southwick to Howard Leroy and Opal Odessa Southwick. Her family was the reason we have that lovely town of Southwick. Her parents were the first to have indoor plumbing and electricity, which she said was a very exciting time. She was the youngest of four children with three older brothers.
Mae attended school in Southwick and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1948. She and her childhood sweetheart, Edwin Hanks, married on June 25, 1949. They then settled in Lewiston where they raised their three children and enjoyed 62 years of marriage.
She was a homemaker until the children were in school, when she went to work for the school district cafeteria. She later found her passion for jewelry and started working for Best Department Store in North Lewiston. Years later she would become a grandma and decided it would be best to be home.
Faith was a huge influence on Mae and Edwin. They were members of the Orchards United Methodist Church and Orchards Community Church. They thoroughly enjoyed the community and would later volunteer for many years for the Senior Nutrition Program. Through the years, Mae and her sweetheart would share many hobbies including gardening, camping, picnicking, wood cutting, traveling, enjoying the company of friends and listening to the Old Time Fiddlers, just to name a few. After retirement, they had adventures with Oars Dories and drove for the company for four years.
Mae, or as we knew her, Nana, was amazing at baking and always had "monster" cookies in the cow cookie jar on the counter, as well as a backup container in the freezer for whomever might visit. Nothing meant more to her than family, and time spent with them was precious. She loved with all her heart and was always there for them.
In her twilight years, she moved to her "home away from home" at Brookdale, where she grew her "family" and was considered a loving angel on earth. She was very happy, engaged in many activities and made new friends.
Mae is survived by her daughter, Linda (Hank) Pecoff of Lewiston; son, Gerald (Renita) Hanks of Yakima; daughter-in-law, Rhonda (Eugene) Hanks of Milwaukee; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; son, Eugene; and great-grandson, Mason.
The family wishes to thank Brookdale Lewiston for their compassion and special care in her time of need. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 20 at Orchards Community Church. A graveside service will follow at Memorial Gardens in the Lewiston Orchards.
Photo: Thelma Mae Hanks
Milton 'Mick' Arthur Dokken, 97, Clearwater National Forest lookout, smokejumper
Milton 'Mick' Arthur Dokken, 97, passed away peacefully in his Lewiston home on Sunday, March 7, 2021, surrounded by his family.
He was born April 19, 1923, in Ryder, ND, to Elvin "E.M." Dokken and Carrie Kjontvedt Dokken, proprietors of a general merchandise store. In 1926, E.M. and Carrie loaded Mick and his older brother, Elmore, into their Ford and drove to Nezperce, passing through Yellowstone National Park on the way. There, E.M. partnered with his brother-in-law, Henry Sundahl, in a farm implement dealership that became known as Dokken Implement Company.
Nezperce was an idyllic place to grow up in the 1930s. The creek through town overflowed its banks in the spring, an ideal venue for Mick's 'Huck Finn' rafting adventures with his buddies. He learned to swim in the Hronek Pond southwest of Nezperce long before the town had a swimming pool.
He was an enterprising lad. For free admittance to the movie theater, Mick played records on a hand cranked phonograph before the movies. He and his friends would collect empty liquor bottles around the Palace Dance Hall on Fifth and Pine streets after dances and sell back the bottles for five cents each to Prohibition era bootleggers. A nickel in those days was a fortune for a kid. Some of Mick's enterprises landed him in trouble, like the time he and his friends dug a tunnel that allowed his mother's chickens to escape like feathered POWs.
In high school, Mick met his partner-for-life, Marrilee Weeks, or "Mac" as he called her. As she told it, "The first time I saw him, he had just broken his collar bone in a football game. He was lying on the sidelines looking miserable and green as the grass." When Mick was a senior, he asked Marrilee if he could take her home after the Baccalaureate Ceremony. Mick got along well with her father, Ed Weeks, but found her mother, Grace, a bit intimidating at first.
After graduating from Nezperce High School in 1941, Mick enrolled at the University of Idaho where he roomed with Don Baldus on Deakin Street near the railroad tracks in Moscow. To help pay for their schooling, they shoveled coal from railroad cars into the coal bins for the university's physical plant. According to Mick, this made for some difficult but fulfilling days.
In the summer between his freshman and sophomore years at the U of I, Mick worked for the Clearwater National Forest as a lookout and smokechaser on Liz Butte. This lookout still stands and today serves as a Forest Service summer rental. He often reminisced about his time in the Forest Service - chasing smoke, working trail with a cantankerous old forester who quit speaking to Mick after the younger man jammed their two-man crosscut saw once too often, and sharing his sourdough pancakes with his "pet" chipmunks. One day, a chipmunk grew impatient for the finished hotcakes and nearly drowned in a crock of sourdough starter.
World War II cut Mick and Don's college education short in February 1943 when they were drafted into the Army. Though the war took them in different directions, they remained lifelong friends. After basic training, they sent Mick to the University of California Los Angeles to study engineering. The accelerated curriculum was challenging but he loved it and enjoyed living in L.A. On their few days off, they went to the beach or to Hollywood, where everyone seemed happy to see a boy in uniform.
With the war raging in Europe, the Army pulled the plug on the program, sending Mick to join the newly formed 89th Chemical Mortar Battalion. After training, the 89th sailed for England on a troop ship that was so crowded that Mick could only go out on deck once or twice a day. He developed a lifelong aversion to tight places after being jammed into the bunks below decks for 10 days at sea.
He landed in Le Havre, France, in February of 1945. Supporting the 9th Infantry Division, the 89th fought its way northeast out of France, through Belgium and into Germany, experiencing heavy combat during the crossing of the Rhine River. By mid-March 1945, the 89th had reached the Elbe River, north of Berlin, where Mick witnessed firsthand the horrors of the Holocaust at a liberated SS concentration camp near Ludwigslust. V - E Day was just days away - May 7, 1945. Though a time of celebration for many, Mick's unit returned to the U.S. to prepare to invade Japan. Thankfully, with Japan's surrender, Mick got out of the Army and returned home after three years. He returned to Nezperce through Salt Lake City, where Marrilee attended nursing school at the Holy Cross Hospital. The head nurse came down to where Mick was waiting and told him, "If you marry Marrilee, you are going to ruin a great nursing career."
The two ignored that advice. They married, April 21, 1946, on the Ed Weeks ranch at Gilbert, south of Orofino. Mick's cousin, Carrol Sundahl, served as best man. Kay Robertson and Jackie Powel attended Marrilee. They borrowed Mick's parents' Studebaker and drove to Spokane for their "honeymoon." The quotation marks from Marrilee's diary notes likely represent the fact that Mick spent part of their time in Spokane at a raffle of Army surplus deuce-and-a-half trucks, which he hoped to use at Dokken Implement. Following the "honeymoon," Mick worked for his father there. He did everything from sweeping the floors and pumping gas to changing tires and selling parts. On the home front, they wasted no time starting a family. Jim was born in Cottonwood in 1947, followed by Tom one year later.
On May 20, 1949, E.M. lost his battle with cancer. Mick stepped up as a business partner with his mom. Carrie handled the accounting, while Mick continued sweeping the floors, pumping gas, changing tires, ordering parts, managing staff, selling equipment and everything else that goes with running a farm implement business. He worked long hours, arriving early and staying late during harvest to help farmers bring in their crops. It wasn't all hard work. Many winter hours found him playing gin rummy, penny a point, with his friends on the prairie. He never complained. Rather, he seemed to enjoy every aspect of the business.
The family continued to grow with third son, Terry in 1950, fourth son, Dave in 1954, and finally a girl, Marilyn born in 1957. Just prior to Marilyn's birth, the family realized they needed more room, so they moved to the house at Sixth and Walnut, home for the rest of their days in Nezperce.
Over the years, Mick developed some strong friendships, both personal and professional. One of his friends was also his closest competitor - Garrett Likkel. Garrett managed Bell Motors, the local John Deere dealership located literally across the street. Both were members of St. John's Lutheran Church. Their business "competition" was on unusually friendly terms. At one point, they even considered combining the two dealerships. One can imagine that the John Deere and International Harvester corporations were not terribly excited about this, so they dropped the idea. In the end, they shared an equipment delivery truck with magnetic door signs that could be swapped to read "Bell Motors" or "Dokken Implement."
Other close friends included Walt Torgerson the school superintendent and Dale Branson, a farmer and business associate. Walt, Dale and Mick's families were almost mirror images of one another. Walt and Mick even filed a gold mining claim together, called the Chrisnmary Mine named for their daughters, Chris and Marilyn.
In 1990, Mick and Marrilee retired, sold their business and then built a house on the Lewiston Country Club Golf Course. There he enjoyed years of golf and cards with his friends, who called themselves "the Primers." The couple also enjoyed traveling to Death Valley for winter golf and relaxation. They made regular trips to Hawaii to visit Marrilee's sister, Phyllis and family. They made special trips to Germany and Thailand to visit their globe-trotting daughter, Marilyn and her husband, Colonel Dan Tarter. Mick always maintained that Dan was his favorite, not to mention his only, son-in-law.
In 2012, Mick took part in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC, an all-expense-paid recognition for military veterans of WWII. When they got back to Spokane, a reception of dozens of local school children thanked them for their service to the country, which greatly touched Mick.
In October 2019, he lost the love of his life to cancer. It was quite a blow. He soldiered on for another year-and-a-half with the loving support of his children, caregivers, friends, neighbors and in the end, hospice, for whom he was always grateful.
Mick was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Elmore. He is survived by his five children, Jim (Kay), Tom, Terry (Anne Black), Dave (Sue) and Marilyn (Dan) Tarter; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; niece, Mary (Joe) Hardin; and nephew, Danny Hawe.
Instead of flowers, please make donations in remembrance of Milton Dokken to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1115 13th St., Clarkston, WA, 99403. A celebration of life will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at a date and time to be announced.
Photo: Milton 'Mick' Arthur Dokken
Ruby Violet Flerchinger, 85, formerly of Orofino
Ruby Violet Flerchinger, 85, resident of St. Maries, passed away at her home surrounded by loved ones on Jan. 29, 2021.
She was born to Ted and Frankie (Hartman) Fairhurst on Feb. 4, 1935 in Elk City. Ruby grew up in Stites and graduated high school as the Salutatorian of the class of 1954.
On May 21, 1954 Ruby married her high school sweetheart John Flerchinger. He was serving in the U.S. Navy, so Ruby went to work for her aunt as a CNA in a nursing home in Seattle, WA. A few months later, she hopped on a plane to Corpus Cristy, TX to join John. The couple started their family and Ruby was a homemaker. In 1955, Ruby and John returned to Stites. Shortly thereafter, they settled in Orofino to raise their family.
In 1969, John opened an auto body shop where Ruby managed the office. She spent her afternoons and evenings working swing shift at the nursing home as a CNA, and her mornings working on the books for the body shop. The family moved to Clarkston, WA in 1977 where she again went to work at a local nursing home as a CNA, and in 1980 they moved to Rathdrum where Ruby was able to work as a homemaker. In 1990, Ruby and John moved to St. Maries. They opened up Two Rivers Glass where she served as office manager, and in 1997 they retired together.
Ruby loved gardening and yard work. She enjoyed the time spent working outdoors and watching wildlife and hummingbirds. She canned and always kept her home immaculate.
Ruby loved her dogs and her family. Often the family would have a work or project day, which was always followed up by a family dinner. She was a member of the Seventh -day Adventist Church and also loved her church family.
Ruby is survived by her husband, John at their home in St. Maries; children, Debra (Rod) Burger of Four Lakes, WA, Michael (Sharon) Flerchinger of Royal City, WA, Jack (Morleen) Flerchinger of Clarkston, Sandra Flerchinger (Greg Kopping) of St. Maries, and Steven (Alex) Flerchinger of Plains, MT; siblings, Theodore Fairhurst of Grangeville, and Gail Lyons of Stites; 18 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.
A Celebration of Ruby's Life will be on May 21, 2021. The time and place will be forthcoming.
Photo: Ruby Violet Flerchinger
Johnny Lee Gilbert, 86, formerly of Elk River
Johnny Lee Gilbert was born Aug. 7, 1934, at Spokane, WA. Dad passed Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, at age 86.
He was known as John to many except by his mother, Melba, and siblings, who called him Johnny - unless he was in trouble, then it was "Johnny Lee." When he was very young, he lived in Rose Lake, ID. He spent the war years in Lewiston living with his mother and grandparents. After the war, his family moved to Elk River. He would spend his entire life working and playing in the small towns and cities of northern Idaho.
When his uncle Vernon returned from military service in England after the war, they both went on a grand tour by rail and bus of the "big" cities of the Pacific Northwest - Spokane, Seattle and Portland - when John was the ripe old age of 12. A lifetime of stories came from this trip.
The move to Elk River set up a lifelong love of hunting and fishing that he passed down to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing sports at Elk River High School, lettering in all. After graduating in 1954, he went to work in "the woods." Family enjoyed his retelling of rescuing an infant chipmunk from a fallen tree and raising it in his front shirt pocket until it was old enough to scamper back into the forest.
He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce, and they had three sons, Dean, Todd and Craig. He made the move from Elk River to Lewiston in 1962 to find steady work to support his young family. He found that work at PFI/Potlatch (Clearwater Paper) mill. He made many lifelong friends at the mill and enjoyed lots of hunting and fishing trips with them over the years. He retired in 1994.
After his marriage to Joyce ended, he built a new home with the help of one of his best friends, Don Renn, in between their famous hunting trips. He spent the rest of his life living there.
A marriage to Carol would bring new children who he would come to love and adopt as his own. He would become a scoutmaster and coach for them. That marriage would later end in divorce.
Dad was lucky in finding love and lasting marriage when he met Yvonne in 1984. They enjoyed many trips to varied locations like Hawaii, Mexico and Florida.
They spent many fun-filled weekends at their cabin in Elk River, picking huckleberries and fishing with the grandchildren. After retiring, a great source of fun was many camping trips with their Good Sam Club. The pair threw many large family feasts and barbecues at their home, lavishing loads of love on everyone. And if you were lucky, his world-famous walnut pie would be served.
John is survived by his wife, Yvonne; children Dean (Jacqui), Todd (Diana), Craig (Michelle), Todd (Peggy); 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Dad was the oldest child and the last to go. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Melba; siblings, Barbara, Guy, Becky and Ralph; and Uncle Vernon.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Cremation has taken place and a graveside interment service will be held at a later date. John was a member of the Community of Christ Church.
Dad was a kind man who lived a full life and was loved.
Photo: Johnny Lee Gilbert
Carolyn Faye (Hatleberg) Tetwiler, 79
Carolyn Faye (Hatleberg) Tetwiler, 79, passed away from a broken heart Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.
Carolyn is survived by her two sons, Craig Evan Tetwiler and Michael Philip Tetwiler; sisters Beverly Ann Orton and Judith Eileen Solomon; and grandchildren Megan, Heather, April and Kyle. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Philip Irving Tetwiler; and her parents.
Carolyn (lovingly called CF by her sisters) was born July 23, 1941, the middle child of three daughters to Clifford and Jennie Hatleberg, in Havre, MT. She attended all her schooling there, graduating from Havre High in 1960. Carolyn enrolled at Kinmen Business University in Spokane, WA.
Through a mutual friend in Spokane, she met her future husband, Phil, who was stationed at Geiger Field. During their 20 years as an Air Force family, Carolyn experienced some of her most cherished moments in life. They were stationed twice in the United Kingdom and traveled all over Europe with family and friends.
Carolyn's career included employment with the Idaho Department of Labor, Lewiston branch; preschool secretary at Mountain Home Air Force Base; medical secretary, RAF Upper Heyford UK; legal secretary 3rd AF Headquarters, RAF Mildenhall UK; financial secretary S & S Automotive Color Center, Lewiston.
Carolyn was an accomplished baker and cake decorator and once earned her way to be a finalist at the annual Pillsbury Bakeoff Contest. She often delivered her famous cinnamon rolls, coffee rings and Easter basket cakes to friends, family and co-workers.
Carolyn will be remembered as a loyal wife, caring mother, doting grandmother, loving daughter and sister, and generous friend. She will be missed.
A private viewing was held at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home prior to Carolyn's cremation. Some of her remains will be spread over the family farm north of Havre as she wished. The rest will be interred above her husband at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be planned later in the spring.
Photo: Carolyn Faye (Hatleberg) Tetwiler
Janice Lorraine Noble Groseclose, 73, formerly of Southwick
Janice Lorraine Noble Groseclose was born July 22, 1947, to Charles and Phyllis Noble, in Moscow. Janice died Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, of Alzheimer's disease.
She spent her early life in a cabin near Deary. Later, her family moved to Lewiston and then Kendrick, where she graduated from Kendrick High School in 1965.
Janice married Larry Groseclose on Feb. 5, 1966, at the Juliaetta Nazarene Church. 2021 marked their 55th wedding anniversary. They started their life together in Southwick, and then moved to Spokane where they both attended school. Janice attended computer school in the early '70s.
After school, they moved to Lewiston, where she worked at several places as a bookkeeper, including the Inkwell, Cole's Jewelry, Lewis-Clark State College and Phillips Agency for 12 years.
Janice and Larry were very involved with the Cowboy Balladeers and attended Cowboy Church every Sunday. They helped plan events and held offices in the organization. They made an annual trip to Kennewick, where they were judges for the Cowboy Poetry competition. Janice was also a 4-H leader, and she played a vital role in raising her grandchildren, always the proudest grandma in the room.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by brother, Randy, of Spokane; children, Melissa, of Lewiston, Ryan (Jill), of Juliaetta, and Alicia (Randy), of Scappoose, OR; and grandchildren Emily, Matt, Amelia and Madison.
Funeral services will be held at the Juliaetta Community Center at a later date.
Photo: Janice Lorraine Noble Groseclose
John Martin Dahl, 87, formerly of Elk River
John Martin Dahl, of Lewiston, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
John was born Nov. 25, 1933, in Spokane, WA. He was the youngest of four boys born to Gilbert and Edna Dahl. They lived a short time in Usk, WA, where his father owned his own logging truck and business. In 1947, his family moved to Elk River, where his father bought a saw shop and bar/restaurant, The Square Deal Tavern and Cafe. John worked for his father in the saw shop and bar while he grew up in Elk River. John enjoyed growing up in Elk River and talked about a scooter he owned he nicknamed "Doodle Bug." He also had a St. Bernard named Laddie that he dearly loved.
John played sports all through high school, including basketball and football, and was the quarterback on a six-man state championship football team for Elk River High School from 1951-53. While in high school, he was visited by a scout from the University of Idaho, who was interested in having John play football for the university. John graduated from high school in 1953, and continued living in Elk River. He married his high school sweetheart, Dolores Mae Trott, Aug. 14, 1954, in Coeur d'Alene. John and Dolores had two children, Arlene Mae Dahl, born March 26, 1956, and Michael John Dahl, born May 19, 1958. John and Dolores lost their daughter, Arlene, to cancer in 2001.
John served as chairman on the school board for Elk River High School for nine years. He worked in logging for 28 years as a faller for J.E. Hall, Potlatch and Diamond Match.
In 1978, John and Dolores moved to Clarkston, WA, and shortly afterward John opened card rooms at Joe's Roundup and Tom Smith's. Later in life, John got a job as a rural paper carrier for the Lewiston Morning Tribune. He loved meeting people and was very conscientious about his paper route.
John had a special relationship with his nephews Donald "Tuffy" Dahl and Johnny Dahl. He also had a close relationship with his son, Mike, and along with Tuffy they enjoyed many hunting trips together.
John watched all ball games and was especially fond of the Mariners. He followed all the games his son played in high school as well as his grandchildren. He was a member of the Clarkston Eagles Lodge and dealt hold-em poker tournaments there. He liked to do picture puzzles and wanted to be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
John is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dolores Dahl; his son, Mike (Amy) Dahl of Clarkston; five grandchildren, Malissa (Tyson) Hager of Lewiston, Christi (Marshall) Evans of Lewiston, Preston (Juana) Dahl of Goldendale, Chelsey Miller of Lewiston and Amya Dahl of Clarkston; as well as nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Christmas Angels at the Potlatch No. 1 Financial Credit Union in memory of John's daughter, Arlene Dahl. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Three Pines Cemetery in Elk River.
Photo: John Martin Dahl
Lyla J. Ostman (Jean), 80, Peck
Lyla J. Ostman (Jean), of Peck, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Lewiston.
Mom was born Sept. 22, 1940, in Sacramento, CA, to Earl E. and Lyla Coombs Weese. She was one of 13 siblings in this wonderfully full household.
She met and married the love of her life, Dick Ray Ostman, on April 29, 1967. To this marriage she brought a son, Greg, and a daughter, Roxie. Together they had son, Duane, and daughter, Jeanette. This made her family complete. Family meant everything to her.
She spent many years working in the retail industry until she found her calling as an inspector of circuit boards for ATL. She stayed at this job until an accident caused her early retirement.
During this time, they lived in the Lynnwood area. Mom was never a fan of city life, so when Lynnwood began to grow they moved their family to Snohomish. Here they were able to have a garden and a few farm animals. A few years later, they moved to Idaho.
As her family started to make their own way in the world she took on two more special daughters. These special daughters were brought to her through the Foreign Student Exchange program. Together with daughter Jeanette they formed a group that gave high school students a chance to travel to some very historical places across the U.S. This was one of the highlights of her life being able to help young students see history up close.
With her children raised, she moved to Peck. Here she got to fulfill her dream of becoming an owner of a small mom and pop business. She opened the Peck Market that provided some basic convenience store products to the area. She loved seeing friends and residents of this wonderful town until her health forced her to close her business and become a full-time homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lyla; her son, Greg; her sister, Marie; and her brothers, Jay, Rick, Alan, Ted and Floyd.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dick, at their family home; her children, Roxie (Brad) Grimm, of Lenore, Duane (Tracie) Ostman, of Sedro Woolley, WA, and Jeanette (Gary) Burnham, of Boise; daughter-in-law Marie Stokes, of Orofino; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Alice and Sue and brothers Doyle, Ron, Hal and Lee; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family members.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the family has decided to postpone any services until a later date when getting together and sharing memories is safe for everyone that loved her.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a local pet rescue of their choosing.
Photo: Lyla J. Ostman (Jean)
Shirlee C. Hennigan, 89, taught at Pierce High School
Our mom, Shirlee Hennigan, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. In Judaism we say, "May her memory be a blessing" on these occasions and we, her surviving family, know that such will be the case for so very many of you in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley (and beyond) who knew her as a professor, director, performer, mentor and friend.
You might also have known her as a Red Hat Lady, Bunco player or active member of the Unity Church.
For us, of course, she was Mom or G'ma Shirlee. Mom was born in Cleveland, OH, in 1931, the youngest of three daughters. The unusual spelling of her name was chosen because there were already two cousins named Shirley in her generation. The family later moved to nearby Lorain, OH, where Mom graduated from Admiral King High School.
Mom did her undergraduate work and teacher certification at the Ohio State and Kent State universities. She earned her master's degree from Columbia University while teaching at Suffern High School and Rockland County Community College in New York.
Mom earned her Ph.D. from Washington State University and her dissertation on women directors working on Broadway remains a seminal and oft-referenced work.
The Hennigan family was headed to California in 1968, stopping in Idaho for what was supposed to be a short adventure gold-dredging on the Salmon River near Riggins. That adventure led to the family staying in Idaho and Mom teaching first at Pierce High School, then Lewis-Clark State College.
Her long teaching career in speech and theatre and her many stage appearances at LCSC and the Civic Theatre are more than can be recounted fully here. Certainly her staging "Hair," "Jesus Christ, Superstar," and the modern Russian drama "Strider" at LC were landmarks in her career.
Mom worked with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A two-time award winner herself, Mom traveled the region adjudicating plays and individual performances for the Center's awards programs. In 1990, she was named an ambassador to Russia by the Center and was part of a group of arts professionals who toured that nation on the Center's behalf.
Mom's achievements were recognized with an Idaho Governor's Award in the Arts, presented to her by Cecil Andrus in 1994.
Perhaps it is most fitting to note that in her time, Mom played Golde, Tevye's wife, in "Fiddler on the Roof!" when it was first staged in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and bookended that by playing Yente the Matchmaker in the production that marked her last stage appearance.
Mom's health began to fail her shortly after that show closed but she was able to stay in her home, cared for by her daughter, Stephanie, and grandson Jon, supported by in-home professional caregivers. Mom enjoyed a life at home surrounded by love until she succumbed to an infection too powerful for even her to fight.
Mom's parents, Sidney and Belle Gotliffe, and her sisters, Bettina and Jo Anne, have all preceded her in death. Her cousins, Harvey Gotliffe and Shirley Halpern; her nephews, Ed and Jeff Fine; niece Judy Berkman; and their families remain to honor Mom's memory.
Her children, Stephanie Lee Hennigan and Thomas Anthony Hennigan, along with their spouses, children and grandchildren, will long hold fond memories of our beloved mother. We will hold a celebration of her life this summer and hope to see her many dear students, friends and colleagues then.
Photo: Shirlee C. Hennigan
Charles D. 'Chuck' Cuddy, 81, Orofino
Charles D. "Chuck" Cuddy passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, from complications with COVID-19. He was 81 years old and was born Sept. 23, 1939, in Southwick to C. A. Cuddy and Christina Cuddy.
The youngest in the family, Chuck had two brothers, John R. Cuddy and David Cuddy, and two sisters, Annabelle Cuddy and Virginia Cole, all preceding him in death. Dick Nichols, who Chuck also considered a brother, was a big part of his life, along with his in-laws, Leonard Cole, Carolyn Cuddy and Jeanie Nichols. He was blessed with a tightly knit family who gathered often. Chuck loved these events, which were notoriously fun.
Chuck grew up on the family farm, a Century Farm homesteaded in 1891, in Clearwater and Nez Perce counties, just outside of Southwick. His early years comprised doing chores and helping with the farm and livestock, which contributed to his well-known strong work ethic. His fondness of horses was kindled early on and, when given the opportunity to choose between a bicycle or horse for his birthday, he chose the horse.
At the farm, Chuck developed many skills, including metal and machine work, mechanics, and working with livestock. He shod many a horse using a coal forge and tested his rodeo skills by riding cattle bareback, but only when his dad wasn't around to avoid a scolding for running the fat off the cattle. Active in 4-H for many years, he also did as much hunting and fishing as time allowed. He taught himself to play guitar, or "pick and grin" as he called it, and during family gatherings and holidays, he would join in with other family members for a good old-fashioned sing-along. C.A. was on fiddle, Dave on harmonica and Virginia at the piano or accordion and Leonard on guitar along with Chuck.
An accomplished horseman, Chuck and his brother, Dave, and other family and friends enjoyed numerous pack trips into the back country of the North Fork of the Clearwater River. A few favorite destinations were Mush Saddle and the Quartz Creek drainage. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved elk hunting and fishing. If he was near the North Fork with a few hours to spare, you would surely find him pulling cutthroat trout from his favorite stream (the name of which will remain a family secret). He was also known for his excellent rifle skills and won many trophies at the Peck Gun Club. Always self-reliant, he did his own ammunition reloading and carved a wood stock for his .300 H&H, his favorite rifle.
Chuck received his education at the Southwick Primary School and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1957. He remained lifelong friends with many of his classmates. He played eight-man football, was on the basketball team, and sang in the choir. In the early '70s, he completed enough night classes at Lewis-Clark State College to later sit for his registered surveyor's exam.
Chuck enjoyed supporting the local and regional sports teams. In 1959, he and friends traveled to Mackey, Idaho, to support the Kendrick basketball team. It was a worthwhile trip, since Kendrick won the state championship. After the victory, he and pals stopped in Salmon, and properly celebrated playing the boogie-woogie and 12-bar blues at a local tavern. Rumor has it that as long as he and his friends played, the drinks continued to line the bar. After the jam session, they wandered back to their hotel chanting through the streets, "Hoorah for Kendrick!" He is also famous for his fishtailing, white-knuckle trips to ballgames, often arriving just in time for the tip-offs and kickoffs.
Chuck and Judith A. Craig (Judy) wed in 1960 and a family soon followed. They were married 60 years and have four children, Jacklyn Montgomery, of Vacaville, CA, Carrie Bird, of Orofino, Brenda Ford, of Bellingham, WA, and Brad Cuddy, of Lewiston; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.After graduating, Chuck started work with the Idaho Department of Transportation in 1957 in the engineering department and worked on several highway projects, including Culdesac Canyon and the White Bird Grade. He loved construction. During the winter, he did maintenance and spent many a Christmas holiday plowing snow from state highways. Chuck worked there 17 years and developed many lifelong friendships. He spent 6 of those years apprenticing under a licensed surveyor and later obtained his own surveyor's license in 1973. Shortly thereafter, in 1974, he opened his surveying business in Orofino and visited the office regularly until his last days. Over the years, he completed work for fish hatcheries, Dworshak Dam, highway and bridge projects, the U.S. Forest Service and Corps of Engineers, and many private landowners. Always looking for an opportunity to be outside and on a horse, he used his horses to pack a camp into a remote site outside of Dixie for his survey crew. One of his younger employees suggested that motorcycles might work better, but he wasn't having it.
Chuck took many of his employees under his wing, sometimes boarding them at his home for a summer or longer, mentoring them and furthering their education toward professional qualifications. The invitees considered themselves darn lucky, often enjoying Judy's homegrown cooking, spinning a yarn and telling jokes with Chuck and family at the dinner table. He was a reliable source for good-paying summer employment for many family and friends.
During the 1982 recession, Chuck worked as a consultant for Oxford Energy and helped build a small hydroelectric project in Clearwater County. He traveled all over the Northwest looking at various energy and small hydropower projects to develop. He and partners also licensed a three-megawatt hydroelectric plant on Orofino Creek through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and assisted with road construction on a 40-megawatt energy plant in Modesto, CA. He also worked on several projects at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.
Politics and public service were always a big part of his life. His grandfather, L. J. Southwick, was a county commissioner in Nez Perce County in the 1920s and his father, C.A. Cuddy, served 18 years as a county commissioner in Clearwater County. He often recalled that there were many political discussions around the dinner table after a long day's work on the farm. Chuck continued this tradition with his own family and spoke often of the need to "give back to your community." His lessons in public service hold true today as many in his family are involved with their communities.
On May 15, 1991, Chuck was appointed to the Idaho House of Representatives for District 7 by Gov. Cecil Andrus. His district was large and rural, but he knew his constituents well and traveled to visit schools in Elk City and meet with county commissioners in St. Maries. During his time in the legislature, he served on the Revenue and Taxation, Resources and Conservation, and Transportation and Defense committees. He took great pride in the fact that he got along well with his fellow House members on both sides of the aisle, and again, built lifelong friendships. Chuck was well known for his expertise on natural resource issues and was a strong advocate for kids and schools. Well liked by his colleagues, he was known for his courtesy, kindness, quick sense of humor and funny stories.
During the flood of 1996, Gov. Phil Batt invited him to fly over northern Idaho to size up the damage and needed emergency efforts. When President Clinton landed in Boise to assess the flood damage, Chuck and Sen. Marguerite McLaughlin were in the receiving line at the airport to greet the president as he stepped off Air Force One.
Later, Gov. Butch Otter appointed Chuck to the Idaho Water Resources Board where he served 12 years. He enjoyed his work and respected and liked his fellow board members greatly.
Dedicated to his community of Orofino, Chuck served as a volunteer firefighter for the Orofino Fire Department, served on the Riverside Water District Board and the Clearwater Valley Hospital Board. He was a Maniac booster and made significant donations for improvements to the Orofino High School track and the baseball field. He was an Idaho Vandal Booster, a member of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce and joined the Grangeville Elks Club where he occasionally sipped a little whiskey with his brother, Jack.
Chuck loved his family deeply and was an excellent father and grandfather. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all. Known for his wit and funny sayings, his friends fondly referred to these famously original phrases as "Chuckisms." Cracking jokes and cheering up folks came easy to Chuck, inherently knowing what to say in the best and worst of times. Often with a few words he could lighten a burden and bring comfort. He continued to do this to the very end.
Chuck Cuddy lived a good and full life, and the world is a better place for the time he was here with us. His only flaw was that he was human.
The family would like to thank Chuck's many friends and family for the outpouring of love and support, and wish to thank the excellent crew at Clearwater Valley Hospital for the loving and compassionate care they provided him. Memorials in Chuck's honor may be sent to Clearwater Valley Hospital, 301 Cedar St., Orofino, ID 83544, Attn: Ashley Steinbreucker.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions and Chuck's desire to keep others healthy, a small family graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. A larger celebration of life will occur when conditions allow and will be announced in advance. To honor Chuck's request of "no sad stuff at my service," it will be a positive, upbeat and fun occasion.
Photo: Charles D. "Chuck" Cuddy
Emily J. Potter, 80, formerly of Orofino
Emily J. Potter, 80, of Clarkston, died peacefully at her home Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
She was born Emily Jean Cargile on Sept. 30, 1940, in Denver to Emma Wanita (Flaharty) Cargile and Arthur Raymond Cargile. Her parents moved from Colorado, eventually settling in Orofino in 1947. She spent most of her young life there and attended Orofino High School. During high school, Emily met Larry Daniel Potter. They later married on April 14, 1957, in Ahsahka. Larry was employed in road construction and the family lived in several towns of the Inland Northwest, settling at Clarkston, WA, in 1974.
In 1975, Emily earned her LPN nursing certificate from Walla Walla Community College in Clarkston. She worked for more than 40 years in long-term care facilities. She dearly loved and cared for her residents.
Her husband, Larry, passed away in April 1994, and in 1995, Emily relocated to Clarkston where she had lived since. Emily was also preceded in death by her parents and older brother, Arthur (Butch) Cargile. She is survived by her children, Karen LaRae Smith, of Clarkston, Kathy RaNae (Doug) Ferrell, of Oxford, Miss., and Daniel Arthur Potter, of Clarkston. Her surviving siblings are Drusilla (Larry) Knopes, of Clarkston, and brothers Larry Cargile and Lonnie (AJ) Cargile, of Spokane, WA; her grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Nolan, Shannon Smith, Dani Smith, Ashley (John Paul) Brown, D.C. (Carissa) Ferrell, Tara Potter and DJ Potter; four great-grandchildren, Kyle Smith, Anna Lise Gaines, Keira Nolan and Beau Brown; and numerous loved nieces and nephews.
Mom was a wonderful lady and will be dearly missed and forever loved.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Emily J. Potter
Elaine Mildred Anderson, 103, formerly of Southwick, Orofino
Late in the wintry evening of Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, Elaine passed on gently in her sleep, in her home as she wished.
Born Sept. 18, 1917, to John and Cora Lettenmaier in Southwick. Elaine graduated high school in 1935 and was a Cherry Blossom Princess in 1934. Besides being a homemaker, Elaine had worked at the Southwick post office, worked as a waitress and cook in logging camps and drove grain truck. Through her life, she had lived in Orofino, Clarkston, Cottonwood Creek and finally in Lewiston.
Elaine was a hard worker and raised her only daughter, Karen, on her own for a while after a divorce, and then she later remarried. Elaine was kind and generous, welcoming many people into her home, and everyone enjoyed her cooking, especially her cookies and elk steak. A lifelong lover of dogs, she had many in her lifetime and even grew attached to her sister's dog when she could no longer care for one of her own. Up until the day she died, Elaine was great at spontaneous quips that surprised and brought a chuckle to all within listening distance. In later life, confusion sometimes got the better of Elaine and she was often saddened at how many friends and family had passed before her.
Elaine is survived by her sister, Ruth; nephews Davern and Freddie; niece Judy; grandson Steve; and good friends Evelyn, Jeri, Bruce and Bunny. Her daughter, Karen; sister, Ilene; brother, Johnny; nephews Gary and Eddie; and two of her husbands preceded her in death.
Caregivers Alexee and Justin were crucial in making her desire to remain in her home a reality. She will be buried with her daughter and late husband at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Elaine will be buried without services.
Photo: Elaine Mildred Anderson
Marjie Molloy 'Chi Chi' Johnson, 82, formerly of Headquarters
Marjie Molloy 'Chi Chi' Johnson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation Center at Lewiston.
She was born to Howard and Vivian Molloy Bradbury on June 29, 1938, at Orofino. She attended the Headquarters Grade School, Holy Names Academy (Spokane), Pierce High School and the University of Idaho, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated with a degree in sociology. She then pursued graduate studies in social work at Loyola University at Chicago.
Following her studies, she worked for the Fire Underwriters Laboratory at San Francisco and taught at Orofino High School for a year, after which she married David Johnson, to whom were born Geoffrey Howard and Dwight Samuel Johnson. The marriage later ended in divorce.
Marjie started her career in Lewiston teaching at the Lewiston High School, until she was elected to the Lewiston School Board. She then spent the rest of her work life with the Department of Health and Welfare protecting vulnerable children and adults. She never let the bureaucratic red tape get in the way of doing her job and was always a friend to those who needed one most.
Marjie's spunk culminated in a set-to with a magistrate judge about whether a young boy would go to the Juvenile Corrections Facility or remain under her jurisdiction. In a spectator-filled courtroom that included the two district judges, Marjie refused to surrender her jurisdiction and introduced the judge to an immoveable force. During this time as the chair of the Lewiston Girls' Club and the mother of two boys, she was instrumental in the merger of the Girls' Club with the Boys' Club.
Marjie was also an avid reader and a member of two book clubs. Her passion for reading led to her membership on the Lewiston City Library Board that sparked the approval and construction of the new library and her delivery of library books to the homebound until physical infirmities intervened.
When Marjie wasn't reading books, she was often playing bridge; she played over a 50-year period with lifelong friends. Whether you played duplicate or party bridge with her, you soon came to appreciate her card smarts and competitive spirit. It can truly be said of her, "She did it her way."
Marjie is survived by her sons, Geoff and Sam; her grandchildren, Jack and Jody Johnson; her brother, John Bradbury; her cousin, Mark Edelblute; and several other cousins.
There will be a public viewing at Vassar Rawls Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 22, and a private graveside service will be held the next day. A public celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Memorials to the Lewiston City Library Foundation or the J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum at Pierce are suggested.
Photo: Marjie Molloy 'Chi Chi' Johnson
Linda Ilene (McNair) Erbst, 73
Linda Ilene (McNair) Erbst, a resident of Lewiston, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, from complications because of pneumonia at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 73.
Linda was born Aug. 27, 1947, to Rolly and Shirley McNair. She attended schools wherever her dad coached and taught, including Craigmont and Nezperce. She graduated from Kamiah High School in 1965.
In her early years, she was a homemaker, and lovingly referred to herself as "Mommy." She enjoyed camping and family gatherings, exercising and cooking. She worked briefly for Stillings & Embry Florists, and in her later years as an Avon consultant. Mommy loved makeup, fashion, music and sunshine, especially when all four existed at once. She was voted "Best Dressed" in high school, and lived out that title for the rest of her days. Her favorite musician was B.J. Thomas, made evident by wearing out one vinyl record, two cassette tapes and one CD. You can imagine her heart's joy when she got to see him in concert during Hot August Nights - a highlight of her life for sure.
She thrived on relationships, including the friendships she made with her nurses and therapists. Because of mental illness, her purpose in life, ironically, was to give them purpose. Her family was deeply blessed by several testimonies on the morning of her passing. They truly loved her. A very special thank you to all who gave her such tender care at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia.
Among Linda's greatest treasures were her family. She is survived by her daughters, Lisa (Mark) Trigsted, of Dallas, TX, Kelly (Jim) Cach, of Richland, WA, and Trisha (Pat) Kaschmitter, of Lucile; her son, Shane Erbst, of Orofino; a sister, Michelle (Gary) Moore, of Lenore; two brothers, Rolly McNair Jr., of Houston, TX, and Randy (LeAnn) McNair, of Lewiston; and 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 9 nieces and nephews, who all loved her dearly.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved companion of many years, Ben Penney. She is set free, joining them now in singing and dancing with a mind and body made new and whole again.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests prayers for comfort, peace and healing for anyone suffering or affected by mental illness.
Photo: Linda Ilene (McNair) Erbst
Phillip Jackie 'Jack' Coomer, 72, formerly of Peck
Phillip Jackie 'Jack' Coomer peacefully slipped to heaven in the comfort of his home on Jan. 5, 2021. This was in true 'Jack' form as he always did things in his own time. Jack was born July 19, 1938 to William L. and Emma F. Coomer in Laona, WI. He was the sixth of seven children. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Judy Coomer and daughters Cyndi (Dean) Smith, Millcreek, UT, Angela (Mikel) Bishop, Boise, and Michelle Officer, Boise. Jack is survived by two sisters, Beulah Wood, Twin Falls and Emy Lou Volkers of Nampa. He was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, two brothers, two sisters, numerous Aunts, Uncles, nephews, cousins and great friends.
Jack's family moved to Idaho from Wisconsin in 1940. Their family homesteaded in Peck. Jack often told stories of investigating every inch of the land around their home from sunup to sundown. Jack was the proverbial younger brother. The mischievous little guy was loved dearly by his brothers and sisters.
Jack enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country for 3 years' active duty and 3 years' inactive duty. He served on the USS Boxer CVS-21 and worked as an air traffic controller when he was honorably discharged from the base in Annapolis, MD. Jack returned to Peck to start his family. Jack married his beautiful wife, Judy Baugh, of Orofino on May 26, 1961. They moved to Boise in December 1961. Jack and Judy raised their 3 daughters in Boise. Jack was always protective of his girls. He was the "rock" of the family. When big issues came about, it was always Dad that you went to. He was always calm and supportive, demonstrating unconditional love in its finest form. Jack was a remarkable husband and father, putting his family first, working hard and providing.
Jack was "Pop" to four grandchildren whom he loved dearly; Dylan Jackie Coomer, Ogden, UT, Lukas Cole Coomer, Midvale, UT, Isaiah Charles Officer, Boise and Jacey Mikela Ray Bishop, Emmett.
Jack worked in furniture sales and was well known and respected throughout the Treasure Valley for his salesmanship. Jack spent his last 25 years working at Parma Furniture before retiring in 2008. Jack developed many close friends and loved ones during his time in Parma.
During Jacks retirement, he and Judy enjoyed their escapades to Jackpot and Wendover. Lots of good times and happy memories were created. Jack and Judy also became parents to their beloved Rosie, a red toy poodle. Rosie was Jack's baby girl. Jack was happiest at home surrounded by family with his precious Rosie on his lap.
Jack was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer August of 2011. He met his diagnosis head-on with determination and poise. He bravely and valiantly beat it and was cancer free for 10 years. It was a happy celebration with each years' clean bill of health. He was a hero in this battle. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Encompass Home Health for their efforts in making Jack comfortable at home.
Everyone is welcome to a visitation at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise, on Thursday January 14, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. A graveside service for all will be held at 2 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery on Friday, January 15, 2021. A livestream of the graveside is available at www.aldenwaggoner.com/jackcoomer.
Photos: Phillip Jackie 'Jack' Coomer
Charles Edmund Shively, 20, formerly of Orofino, Peck
On Christmas night, Dec. 25, 2020, at around 10:15 p.m., our precious, amazing son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend Charles Edmund Shively left this Earth by suicide.
He was born Jan. 13, 2001, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane to Sarah and Michael Shively. He was a twin brother to Daniel, who died in utero at 24 weeks. He joined his older brother, James Shively. In 2004, his younger brother, Aaron, was born, and this completed the trio of brothers and best friends that they would be forever. They would be collectively referred to as "the boys" by their parents, grandparents, Auntie Mur and everyone who knew them. A little sister, Clara, came along four years ago, and Charles adored her as she did him.
Charles was born six weeks early after a stay in the antepartum unit at Sacred Heart by his mom, and with the constant presence and support of his father and big brother, and grandparents. He was tiny but healthy and quickly grew, making up his size in no time. Over the course of his childhood, he overtook his older brother and eventually grew to be a 6-foot, 3-inch gentle giant. He started as the smallest and grew to be the biggest of the brothers.
Charles's childhood was a rich, varied adventure of living and moving with his parents to various areas around the Northwest and even California. He and his brothers made so many memories as young boys playing, imagining and adventuring together wherever they were. His school career was, well, all over the place. He started school at Evergreen Elementary in Moyie Springs, Idaho, and went on to attend school at West Park in Moscow, a brief stint of homeschooling while his family was traveling in California, Peck and Orofino elementaries, Jenifer Junior High and LHS in Lewiston, Lincoln Middle School in Pullman, and finally graduating from Pullman High School.
Charles was an intellectual. He was extremely intelligent, and one of his favorite pastimes was reading. He was a prolific reader starting from an early age; he read above his age level and by second grade had read the entire Harry Potter series, as well as several other series that were geared toward older readers. In fifth grade, he read "War and Peace." His love of reading continued beyond his school years, and his co-workers often found him reading classic books on his downtime at work. Charles also enjoyed chess; he belonged to the chess club at Pullman High School and also played chess or poker with his friends.
He loved being outdoors, fishing, collecting and shooting guns, playing video games - often doing these things with his brothers and his friends. He loved to watch shows. He and his mom would pick a series and watch it together, and he loved to watch TV and movies with his brothers, dad and Holly. He would have lively conversations about everything from politics to history, and would always inject his particular brand of humor and unique perspective. More recently, he had begun collecting watches; he appreciated the simple ingenuity of their movements and the durability of their faces crafted of tempered mineral or sapphire. Charles loved to dress well; he had a collection of polos and khakis for work, and he had Stetson hats, a leather jacket he got from his brother, James, and cowboy boots, which he wore when he was out and about.
Charles began working at St. Joseph Regional Medical center in Lewiston in March of 2020 as a patient safety attendant. In fact, he was the first person hired to this role, and this was an exciting and proud moment for him. Charles's job entailed sitting with and monitoring patients who for different reasons could not be left alone, and he did an amazing job. He was excellent at therapeutic communication and often made a genuine difference for these patients with his quiet, calm and comforting presence. He also made friends, and even a work family, with his co-workers, who loved him dearly and appreciated his dedication and amazing work ethic and his kind and often humorous personality.
Charles had a whole group of friends who loved him and who he spent so much time with. He shared many experiences with them, starting from middle school, including Nick, Spencer, Tyler, Josh and Jerry in Lewiston, and Zoel and Hayden in Pullman.
Charles was preceded in death by his identical twin, Daniel.
He is survived and beloved by his parents, Sarah (Mike) Chapman and Mike (Holly Ashkannejhad) Shively; brothers, James (Susan) Shively and Aaron Shively; sister, Clara Chapman; grandparents, Maria and Alan Shively and Kay and Richard Stone; uncle Matt (Camille) Shively and aunts Elena (Joey) Trevino and Mary Stone; cousins Alex and Alicia Trevino, Mattea Shively and Jake and Josh Tatko and numerous friends and co-workers who cared deeply for him as well.
Charles was so incredibly loved, and will be forever missed.
His family asks anyone who is struggling or knows someone who is to please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255. Donations can be made to the lifeline at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/donate.
Cremation has taken place through Malcolm's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. There will be a celebration of Charles's life from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 13, on his birthday, at Wawawai County Park campground, where people can be outdoors and observe social distancing. Everyone is welcome.
Photo: Charles Edmund Shively
Kathleen Lynn Eckman, 74, Orofino
Kathleen Lynn was born in Lewiston, ID by her loving parents, Earl and Jessie Neely, on Oct. 3, 1946. She passed away Dec. 31, 2020.
Raised most of her life in Lewiston, she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1964, and went on to graduate with her Education Degree from Lewis-Clark State College in 1968.
She met the love of her life, Leonard Eckman, and they married right after college in 1968. The summer of 1969, they toured Europe together, which was only the beginning of their many travels and adventures they'd experience together.
She spent three years teaching in Oregon, before they relocated to Orofino to plant their deepest and most important roots.
Kathleen taught Third Grade, but was primarily a Kindergarten Teacher at Orofino Elementary School.
In 1973, she welcomed her first-born son, Lester Lee, and in 1976, her last born son, Lance Lynn. With their boys in tow, they toured the entire U.S., and used many of their stories and adventures as part of the curriculum in their classrooms.
In 1998, Kathleen retired from her Teaching career at Orofino Elementary School, but remained a beautiful staple in the lives of her students and families in the Community.
The legacy she leaves behind is her unwavering love for Jesus, her family and friends, her Church and the Community of Orofino.
She loved Community Events of all kinds, especially Lumberjack Days and Craft Shows. With her passion for writing and journaling, she wrote inspirational Articles for the Clearwater Tribune, on behalf of her home Church, 'Christian Church'.
A Celebration of Life may be held at a later date, but the greatest way to honor her now, is to donate to her home Church, Christian Church (515 Michigan Ave, 83544), or a School Supply to Orofino Elementary School.
Kathleen is preceded in death by her Parents, her Sister (May Neely), her best friend and Nephew (Earl Pederson), and her Sister-in-Law (Linda Horning).
She is survived by her Husband (Leonard Eckman), Sons (Lester and Lance Eckman), Daughter-in-Laws (Stephanie and Kourtney Eckman), and her wonderful Grandchildren (Lenn, Leah, Spencer, Cassidy, Laurel, Leighton, Landon, Kaylee and Tanner).
Photo: Kathleen Lynn Eckman
Lillie Margaret (Snyder) Thiessen, 92, Orofino
Lillie passed away in Orofino, Idaho on Nov. 5. She was born in Weippe, Idaho on Aug. 5, 1928 to Denver Snyder and Sylvia (Teed) Snyder. Lillie attended school in Weippe with her seven siblings and was raised by her grandmother, Lillian Teed, for one year in Spokane and the remaining years back in Weippe, after her parents passed from illnesses when she was in the second grade.
Lillie spent her summers working for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA) primarily doing cooking and cleaning, which is how she met Gordon A. Thiessen from Tillamook, OR, who would become her husband of 69 years. Lillie and Gordon married in 1945 and made their home in Weippe where they raised two daughters and a son together.
Lillie took care of the family while they followed Gordon to his jobs including when he worked for Standard Oil at the bulk plant in Pierce and also was a fire warden for the state of Idaho out of Pinehurst, Idaho while operating a restaurant in Cocolalla. They also operated other restaurants and motels together before settling in Orofino, Idaho to work at Konkoville Motel for many years. On Jan. 1, 1990 they opened their newly built White Pine Motel and were very proud to own their own business, which they worked until their retirement. They both enjoyed the outdoors, four-wheeling and meeting new people, so for a few summers they also worked as camp hosts for the state parks in the region.
Lillie loved to play pinochle, bridge, bingo, and square dance. She was an avid baker and great cook. The family has fond memories of boating and fishing at Dworshak, and camping trips with Lillie and Gordon, including taking their RV around the state. Lillie had multiple sclerosis since her mid-40s, but that didn't slow them down. Gordon also took every opportunity possible to drive Lillie to the grandchildren sporting events and band concerts. Gordon's attention and devotion to caring for Lillie and her disabilities was truly a testament of their love for each other over their almost seven decades together.
Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; daughter, Susan (Thiessen) Goetz; son, Tony Thiessen; brothers, Robert Snyder, Ellis Snyder, Burt Snyder, Louie Snyder, Floyd Snyder, and sister, Mary Dickinson. She leaves behind her sister, Marie Vanderpool; daughter, Sylvia Peters; son-in-law, David Goetz; and grandchildren and spouses, Edwin & Tricia Ostroot, Mark & Michelle Ostroot, Amber & Matt Steigelman, Toni & Dan Broyles, Tami Goetz & Jen Jackson, Courtney & Geoff Soderquist, Jason Thiessen and Theresa Thiessen; in addition to great grandchildren, nieces and nephews she also cherished.
There will not be a funeral now due to the pandemic. An outdoor graveside service for Lillie is planned for summer 2021 in Weippe. Please send condolences to the family via Toni Broyles, P.O. Box 596, Pullman, WA 99163.
Photo: Lillie Margaret (Snyder) Thiessen
Bessie "Greene" Scott, 87
Bessie 'Greene' Scott, 87, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at her home in Lapwai.
She was born May 22, 1933, at Spalding to James and Maggie Mox Mox Greene.
She received her elementary schooling at the Clearwater Grade School on Coyote Grade near Spalding, grade school at Arlee, MT, and Spalding Grade School. She attended high school at Lapwai, graduating in 1951.
While in high school, Bessie was an outstanding athlete, excelling in varsity basketball and softball all four years. She also participated in all school activities, including four years as a Wildcat cheerleader.
In 1989, she accepted a position with the Nez Perce Tribal Early Head Start Program as a teacher and Niimiipuu language instructor. In compliance with program policy, she attended Lewis-Clark State College and on May 20, 1994, she was awarded an Associate of Applied Science in child development.
On March 25, 1952, she and Wilfred 'Scotty' Scott, who was on U.S. Navy leave, were married at Asotin. While Scotty then attended Naval School in San Diego, CA, where their first daughter, Venita, was born.
Following Scotty's four months at school and two weeks leave, they would be separated for two and a half years while Scotty served on ship at Pearl Harbor when their first son, Wilfred Jr., was born. Scotty also served at a ship board staff home ported at Sasebo, Japan.
At the end of his enlistment, and with Bessie's concurrence, Scotty reenlisted and a 20-year career as a Navy wife began. Home would be various sites across the United States.
First would be at Davisville, RI, where sons, James and Jeffery; and daughter, Dani; were born. Various ships and commands would follow at Bainbridge, MD, Long Beach, CA, where daughter Lori was born; and El Centro, CA, Millington, TN., and Meridian, MS.
While Scotty served in Vietnam from May 1967 to November 1968, she participated in a tribal home construction program. She and nine other families jointly built their homes from foundation to completed house construction, inside and out.
All while raising her children, and working at the Tribal Head Start program, she continued writing her daily letters to Scotty.
Bessie was most proud of who she was and where she came from. Everyone and everything was very special to her. Her reminders were: "No one is better than you, and you're no better than anyone else," and "If you feel you should say you are sorry for something you said or done ... you should not have said or done it in the first place."
At the urging of some elder ladies she greatly respected, she took the Niimiipuu name of her grandmother who had been known and respected as a woman of Great Medicine. Bessie was proud to be known as hiyúumyanmay, meaning "Grizzly Bear Woman."
As hiyúumyanmay she gladly and efficiently shared her language and cultural knowledge with everyone. No question went unanswered. Being one of the founding contributors and participants in formulation of the Niimiipuu Language Dictionary, and she was very proficient in the dictionary's use.
Bessie was Nez Perce Tribal Employee of the Year in 1990. At the 16th annual Lewis-Clark State College Native American Awareness Week, the Native American Club 2002-03 awarded Bessie the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, the state of Idaho also recognized Bessie's contribution to the practice and preservation of Niimiipuu language and culture, and she was presented the Esto Perpetua Award. Bessie Scott received the Nez Perce Tribal Woman Elder of the Year in 2012.
Although the "get up and go" remained, she would answer two more calls; to assist with the After School Language Program at the Lapwai Elementary School and to teach Niimiipuu language classes at LCSC. She accepted both offers and complied until COVID-19 made its devastating appearance last year. On April 6, 2018, through her untiring efforts with the Niimiipuu Language Program, Bessie was presented the Lewis-Clark State College Presidents Award for Excellence in Diversity and Cross-Cultural Understanding.
For many years, she used that proficiency with the young people in early childhood development. But the daily routine coupled with her advancing in age began to take its toll. With her following words, she decided to step aside and let the younger language practitioners take over the teaching duties. "We (Scotty and I) are up in age and it's getting to the point we can't hardly get around anymore. I want to take advantage of the time we have to get up and go, so that's what we've been doing."
For 15 years, Bessie, with Scotty in tow, participated in the Annual Tribal Youth Culture Camp at Wallowa Lake, as resident elders. She was an inspiration during the language and culture sessions to the 120-plus youth in attendance during the two weekly gatherings. Because of COVID-19, she did not attend last year.
On Oct. 5, 1997, Bessie attended the 100th anniversary ceremony honoring those Niimiipuu who participated in the Nez Perce War of 1877. One of her great-grandfathers was killed and his remains are buried at the Bears Paw Battlefield near Chinook, MT. Her other great-grandfather and great-grandmother were both wounded while their 2-year-old daughter was killed at the Big Hole Battlefield near Wisdom, MT.
Every year since, she and Scotty have attended every annual ceremony there and many other sites pertinent to the 1877 war.
Bessie was also a life member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Maggie Mox Mox Greene; her grandmothers, Dolly Williams and Mary Wilson; her grandfathers, Johnson Greene and George Mox Mox; her sisters, Rose, Baby and Geneva Greene; her brothers, Alex Taylor, Johnson, Jesse, Billy, Matthew and Larry Greene; her son, James Scott; her namesake and grandaughter, Bessie Blackeagle.
She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Wilfred Scott Sr.; daughters, Venita Scott, Dani Scott and Lori Enick, all of Lapwai; sons, Wilfred Scott Jr., of Waha, and Jeffrey Scott, of Lapwai; sister Darlene Pinkham, of Lenore; granddaughters, Fawn Domebo and Kiri George, both of Lapwai, Nicole George and Vashti Scott, both of Lewiston; grandsons Kemo Scott, of Waha, John Oatman, Geoffery Scott, Sam Davis Jr., and Basil George, all of Lapwai. Bessie also leaves 12 great-grandchildren and many, many nieces and nephews.
The family extends their deepest heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all those who responded in Bessie's and her family's time of need. Your outpouring of sympathy and concern will never be forgotten.
Bessie - hiyúumyanmay had a deep faith in our Creator and eternal life. She treated all faiths as equal and was comfortable in attending all services.
By her wish, open nondenominational services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pi-Nee-Waus in Lapwai.
Final services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Pi-Nee-Waus in Lapwai. Burial will follow at Coyote Cemetery in Spalding where she will be laid to rest near her son and granddaughter. Dinner to follow.
Photo: Bessie Scott
Herbert A. Sarbacher, 88
Herbert A. Sarbacher, 88, of Lewiston, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Rose Terrace Assisted Living in Coeur d'Alene.
Herbert was born July 1932 in Cottonwood to Joeseph Sarbacher and Gertrude Sonnen. He grew up in Ferdinand and worked as a carpenter and construction worker. He was drafted into the U.S. Army after the Korean War and served two years. Herbert worked at Lower Granite Dam and Little Goose Dam. He helped pour the concrete grain bin at Port of Wilma. He also built and remodeled houses. Later in life, he managed the Wagon Wheel Motel in Craigmont.
He liked playing cards and enjoyed the outdoors, camping and visiting new places.
Herbert is survived by his sister, Viola (Sarbacher) Anderson, of Seattle, WA; brother, Gerrold Sarbacher, of Rathdrum, Idaho; sons, Charles Sarbacher, of Lewiston, and Kevin Sarbacher, of Lapwai; daughter, Linda (Sarbacher) Dupuis, of Peck; granddaughters, Jeanine Riley, Jackie Robinson, Tammy Dupuis and Ashley Sarbacher; and grandsons, Jason Dupuis and Justin Sarbacher.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joeseph Sarbacher; mother, Gertrude (Sonnen) Sarbacher; brothers, Virgil Sarbacher, Ambrose Sarbacher, Martin Sarbacher and Omar Sarbacher; and sister, Irene (Sarbacher) Adams.
Services will be announced at a later date. Sign the online guestbook at mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Herbert A. Sarbacher
Ernestine Frances (Harvey) Ball, 97, former area resident
Ernestine Frances (Harvey) Ball, 97, of La Grande, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 at a local care facility. At her request, there will be no service.
Ernestine was born in Harrisburg, Idaho in 1923 to Lilly and Ora Harvey. She lived in Harrisburg until the age of five. The family then moved to Kamiah, where she lived until 1935. Then the family moved to Orofino, where Ernestine spent the rest of her school years. Ernestine rode horses in her younger years. She married Harold Ball in 1941. They built a home in Pierce where they had three children and lived there until 1965. After that, they moved to Weippe where they built a home.
Ernestine worked at the plywood mill at JP near Headquarters for eight years to help pay off their home. She was not afraid to do what needed done; once, while working on an electrical outlet, something went wrong and sparks flew. Harold told her she almost fried her bacon that time. Harold passed away in the summer of 1988. Ernestine lived in Weippe in their home for about two more years and then moved to La Grande, OR, to be near her son, Roger, and his wife, Tisha Ball.
Ernestine met Lon Northcutt after a few years in La Grande. She lived and traveled with Lon for 17 years. She had her picture in the paper a few times, as she was an excellent dancer. She and Lon danced and entertained at assisted living homes.
Ernestine moved into Valley View assisted living where she lived until she passed on the 27th of December at the age of 97. She had very good care by the owner Lisa Nice, many thanks to Lisa.
Survivors include Reggie Ball of Orofino and Roger and Tisha Ball of Cove, OR. Harold and Ernestine also had a daughter Maxine Gorley who passed away in 1993. Ernestine was an excellent seamstress and made the most professional looking clothes for her grandkids. She had her grandkids stay with her where they learned things about life that only a grandma could teach them. She was an organizer by design, and if you had a room that needed organized and let her at it; it would be immaculate when she was done. She was quite the carpenter as well, building shelves and cabinets for storage. She always had the most beautiful flower gardens. Ernestine once transplanted wild ferns from the woods to her rock garden at her home. They were beautiful. Ernestine will be missed, but her memories will live on and blessed are the lives she touched. She will be in a better place with her heavenly and passed on family members.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Loveland Funeral Chapel: https://www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com/obituaries/Ernestine-Frances-Ball?obId=19482112#/obituaryInfo
Photo: Ernestine Frances (Harvey) Ball
Earl Wayne 'Handlebars' Cox, 83, formerly of Elk River
Our loving dad, husband, grandpa and friend, Earl Wayne Cox, passed Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, at his home in Lewiston.
Born May 26, 1937, to James and Mary Cox at Dustin, OK. He was the youngest of their 11 children. The family later moved to Wenatchee, WA,, and to Plummer, where he attended school.
In November 1954, he married Doris Cox at Moscow. They made their first home at honeymoon cottage, as they called it, in Sanders, Idaho. Together they raised three daughters. For many years, they lived in St. Maries and then Elk River, where he worked in the woods. In 1975, he purchased his first log truck and added more trucks over the years, forming Cox Trucking.
He was an extremely hard worker, finally hanging up his tin hat at age 70 to spend retirement years in Lewiston.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time at their getaway house, "The Mudhole," in Elk River, camping, traveling, boating, auto mechanicing, crafting hunting knives from found items and growing the best garden veggies to share. Most of all, Dad believed family was the most important element to life - and the best times are being surrounded by family and friends. He was never too busy to visit with you or help you out. He spent his whole life doing caring things for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris, at the family home; daughters, Judy (John) Dahl and Deborah Griffin; grandchildren, Bill (Brandi) Dahl, Kandy (Lance) Dennler, Terry (Chrissy) Hunt and Shaun (Bekah) Griffin; great-grandchildre,n Dylan and Kai Dahl, Brandie and Chaylee McCleese, Taylor Hunt, Maci and Zachary Dahl; and many special family members and friends.
Preceding him were his parents; siblings; daughter, Mary Hunt Plunklett; granddaughter, Chanda Le Morris; grandso,n Nathan John Dahl; father- and mother-in-law, Allen and Jayne Titus.
Hold on tight to those dear until we can gather safely in a celebration of life.
Photo: Earl Wayne 'Handlebars' Cox
Arthur Lee Reuben Sr., 78, worked at Kelly Creek
Arthur Lee Reuben Sr., 78, born May 22, 1942 and passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Spokane, due to complications of COVID-19. He was surrounded by his wife of 57 years, his children and grandchildren.
Art (Otto) was born in Lewiston to Thomas and Lillie Reuben. Art married the love of his life, Darlene F. Reuben in 1963, moving to Spokane, WA, shortly after where they raised eight children together. He attended Lewis-Clark State College, where he completed an auto mechanic program. He also attended Spokane Community College, where he received his culinary degree. He worked for the Forest Service in Kelly Creek, Idaho, as well as Greyhound in Spokane for many years. After completing his culinary degree, Art worked as a chef for retirement homes in the Spokane area, where he retired from Moran Vista Assisted living in 2006.
Art traveled all over Indian Country playing in basketball tournaments all his life and continued to coach his kids and grandkids over the years. Art's passion was hunting and fishing with his family, which he continued to do even this past year. The annual hunting trip to the Oregon Blue Mountains was something he looked forward to every year and are some of his favorite memories. He loved his 49er and Zags games. Sports have always been a huge part of his life, as a player, coach and spectator. We will miss his infectious smile, sense of humor and the love he shared. He will be missed dearly by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lillie Reuben; his brothers J. Herman and James (Babe) Reuben; and his sisters D. Marie Reuben, Cecilia Reuben and Thelma Reuben. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Reuben; sons Seymour and Arthur Jr. (Junior); daughters Shelly, Sharmain, Sharlee, Sherry, Sophie, Darlene; brothers Steven Reuben, Thomas Reuben; sister Darlene (Novak) Reuben; and countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial will be held at 7 p.m. today at the family home (green house), 24473 Grouse Road, Lapwai. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the community center (Pi-Nee-Waus) in Lapwai with a burial and lunch to follow.
Photo: Arthur Lee Reuben Sr.
Mike McHargue, 78, Dworshak Dam construction worker
Mike McHargue passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, from vascular dementia.
He was born May 20, 1942, in Lewiston to Cleo Williams McHargue and Earl McHargue. He remained in Lewiston until 2 years of age when the family moved to Elk City, where he was raised by his maternal grandparents. In the wake of World War II, Cleo became the family's only provider. She became a beautician and owned Cleo's Beauty Lounge. In 1952, she was able to bring Mike back to Lewiston, where he attended Whitman Elementary, and later Lewiston Junior and Senior High.
Mike started working as a box boy at the old Safeway Grocery in junior high; he was never without a job from then until his retirement in 2013.
He and Mary Catherine Bauman were married in Lewiston and together had three children. That union ended after almost 20 years.
Mike worked at Cascade Cartridge (now Vista Outdoor). He then joined the labor union and worked several jobs in the Lewiston area. In the late 1960s, he joined the Teamsters Union and started a career driving/operating heavy equipment and worked at Dworshak and Lower Granite dams. In the 1970s, he worked in Alaska on the oil pipeline project and was there for several years, coming home during the holidays and breaks. In 1975, as a Teamster, he was consigned as a driver for the motion picture company Columbia Pictures.
In the 1980s, Mike acquired land in the Winchester and Waha areas. At this time, he was able to start his business, Western Construction and Logging. Western Construction worked jobs all over the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, including a project off the coast of San Diego on San Clemente Island, where they constructed roads and building sites for the Navy Seals. Through his work in the Lewiston area, Mike forged many valuable relationships with clients, associates and friends - too many to name.
He loved everything with a motor - diesel, flathead, two-stroke, etc. Eventually he fulfilled his dream of building (with Dave West) a nitro-burning A/fuel dragster.
Mike mentored many young men throughout his life (maybe unconventionally). One person, in particular, who he helped raise was Case Stedham, who eventually purchased Western Construction in 2013.
Mike was fortunate to have many great friends. He will be remembered for his work ethic and sense of humor. His stories and anecdotes will be memorialized.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Earl; and his siblings, Bob and Sallie McHargue. He is survived by his children, Michael G. "Mike" McHargue (Audra), of Enoch, UT, Scott McHargue (Brandi), of Lewiston, Molly McHargue Larson (John), of Asotin, WA, and Cari Taylor (Tracy), of Lewiston; granddaughters, Maggy McHargue Jones, Parker Hollingshead and Lexington Larson; grandsons Thane McHargue, Jordan Hollingshead, Logan Taylor and Jackson Taylor; and great-grandchildren Hudson and Reagan Jones.
Photo: Mike McHargue
Ronald Eugene Kerby, 82, born in Orofino
Ron Kerby went to Heaven on Dec. 18, 2020. He was 82 years young. He now rests in our Lord for eternity.
Ronald Eugene Kerby was born in Orofino, on May 4, 1938. He was the oldest of three boys born to Clair and Elinor Kerby. The family moved from Orofino to Grand Coulee, WA, where his dad, Clair, worked for the school district as a bus driver and taught school for 10 years. His mom, Elinor, worked as a clerk in a small boutique. Growing up, Ron and his brothers, Jerry and Dean, were active in many sports. Ron and Jerry especially enjoyed riding their own horses.
Ron attended school and graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1956. The family then moved to Pasco, WA, where Ron attended Columbia Junior College and worked at a local gas station. He then moved to Seattle, WA, where he attended the University of Washington and spent one summer working as a guide at the 1992 World's Fair for the U.S. Space Center Pavilion. He was proud that he got to meet several astronauts as well as many other celebrities. Ron transferred from the UW to Central Washington College, where he earned both his BS and MEd in education.
He taught math one year at Morgan Junior High in Ellensburg, WA, and met the love of his life, Mary Ellen Ames. They were married June 6, 1964, in Ellensburg. Ron was married to Mary Ellen for 56 years. They lived in the same home in East Wenatchee, WA, for 55 years. After they were married, Ron went on to teach math and science at Eastmont Junior High in East Wenatchee, where he eventually coached girls and boys golf at Eastmont High School. His crowning achievement was taking both boys and girls to State Championships over the years. He also coached Kirstan and David in basketball, soccer, and softball.
Ron loved working on the railroad, and for seven summers supplemented the family's income by working on the Fairbanks to Anchorage Railroad. Some of his students affectionally nicknamed Mr. Kerby, Fozzy Bear, which stuck with him for years. He would often entertain his students in the classroom telling about his adventures on the railroad. Especially, those adventures that took his train through Denali National Park (Mt. McKinley) and other Alaska points of interest. Ron loved his students, even the ones who didn't always appreciate his teaching methods and philosophy.
Ron belonged to Faith Lutheran Church, Three Lakes Golf Club, Wenatchee Gun Club, and was a member of the Purple Garters, Job's Daughters. Ron had travelled in the United States and in many foreign countries including, England, France, Russia, Norway, Spain, and Italy. He served in the National Guard in Pasco, WA, and was honorably discharged in Wenatchee, WA, in 1964.
Ron and Mary Ellen have two children, Dave and Kirstan. He taught both his children math at the junior high in Eastmont. Ron encouraged his children to reach for the stars and he was very proud of all of their efforts. He reminded all of us that we are responsible for our own happiness. In that light, Ron made himself happy by hunting, fishing, fly-tying, shooting trap, and golfing. He won local golf and shooting tournaments. His hunting dogs were special in his life, and with their help, made sure the family and friends enjoyed many tasty bird or venison dinners. He taught for 35 years. His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Sage, Lakota, and Indika.
Ron was preceded in death by his father and mother, Clair and Elinor Kerby; and one brother, Charles Dean Kerby. Ron leaves behind his wife, Mary Ellen; brother, Jerry Clair Kerby, and his wife, Clea, of Grand Coulee, WA; his daughter, Kirstan Elizabeth Kerby-Yalcin, and son-in-law, Bora Yalcin of Auburn, WA; and his son, David Warren Kerby, and his fiancee, Jill Laverne Lyon, of Wenatchee, WA; and three grandchildren, Sage Vai Hansen, Lakota Wolf Kerby, and Indika Starr Kerby; and many, many wonderful memories of 35 years of teaching and a lifetime of good friends.
A Memorial Service will be offered at Faith Lutheran Church in East Wenatchee, WA, at a later date. Chapel of The Valley, East Wenatchee, WA, is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to buy food for Packing Friendship at Faith Lutheran Church, 171 Eastmont Ave., East Wenatchee, WA, 98802, or The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA, 98801.
Ronald R. Brackelsberg, 75, formerly of Orofino
Ronald R. Brackelsberg passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. Ron was born on June 30, 1945 at Upland, CA, to Clyde and Doris Brackelsberg, the family moved to Lewiston in the early 50's.
Ron graduated from Lewiston High School, then the family moved to Orofino. Ron went to welding school and learned the trade by returning to California to work as a welder on submarines at Mare Island Shipyard in Northern California. He joined the Army in 1968 and qualified in the Airborne and was attached to the 181st Airborne Division. He was regarded very highly by his peers as one of the finest welders both in California, and later in Idaho where he moved to in 1971 and went to work at Dye Machine. Ron married Judy Westberg on Jan. 31, 1973. Ron and partner Bob Kaufman bought the business in 1977. He sold his interest in Dye Machine and retired in 2000.
Ron took an interest in trapshooting in 1986 and along with Judy they took the helm of the club kitchen for many years. The two could always be counted on to help with getting everything prepared for the two registered shoots as well as taking care of stocking the kitchen for the ten-week winter shoot. His love of cooking was evident. He would take the time to visit commercial cooking stores to look for high quality cooking equipment.
Ron began taking road trips and traveled to area gun club shoots. He shot at Missoula, and Dillon, Montana as well as Boise and Caldwell. One of his favorites was Wallowa, OR. These trips became legendary for several reasons. In the first place, most of these were one day affairs but he would leave two days early, truth being told, because the real reason for these adventures was to get to see more of the beautiful country that surrounds this part of our world and to have fun! If you were ever fortunate enough to tag along on one of these epic journeys you would quickly see that fun was the major event of the trip.
Ron took up woodworking after retirement and became just as skilled at this as he was as a welder, producing gorgeous works of furniture and beautiful gift boxes, tables, or bookcases. It mattered not what he was making. He did first class work on pieces that were often of his own design.
He is survived by his wife, Judy at the family home in Grangeville. He leaves behind a daughter, Christy (Josh) of Spokane, WA; and sons, Greg (Kristi) and Mike (Jody) of Wyoming; sister, Cindy (Lonnie) of Lewiston; along with seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A gathering of friends and family will take place at the Grangeville Gun Club as soon as conditions permit. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.
We have lost a wonderful husband, father and a great friend, may he Rest In Peace.
Photo: Ronald R. Brackelsberg
Betty Burnham, 89, Orofino
Betty Burnham, aged 89, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, at Brookside Landing due to advanced heart disease.
Betty was born in Missoula, MT, to Carrol and Lois Brock, March 24, 1931.
While growing up, the family resided in Spokane, WA, before settling in Orofino, where her father found an accounting position with a local firm.
The family lived in the Riverside neighborhood, and Betty graduated from Orofino High School.
Betty met Luther C. 'Bob' Burnham, her future husband of 53 years, while attending the University of Idaho. Due to several relocations because of Bob's work as an electrical engineer with Westinghouse, Betty lived in Pittsburgh, PA, Orange County, CA, and Appleton, WI, before making Orofino her permanent home.
Betty and Bob had two children, Robin and Denise. Betty was a full-time homemaker while her children were young, then worked as an office manager and bookkeeper at an insurance agency.
When Bob retired, they were finally able to fulfill their lifelong dream of returning to Idaho, and purchased the home her father built.
Throughout her adulthood, Betty enjoyed being a member of several organizations, among them Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, P.E.O., and Daughters of the American Revolution. The sisterhood and friendships she developed in these organizations brought her much joy through the years.
Betty was an avid bridge player and loved her regular get-togethers to have lunch and play bridge with her many friends. Betty also enjoyed crafting and sewing. She created many beautiful tapestries and needlepoint objects that are enjoyed by her children and grandchildren.
Betty was an active community volunteer in her retirement years.
Betty enjoyed working with numbers and was a talented bookkeeper. She has given accounting services as treasurer for a combined total of 113 years for community organizations. They include the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, 28 years (1991-2019); P.E.O. Chapter CD, 23 years (1996-2019); Daughters of the American Revolution, 24 years (1991-2015); Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 14 years (2005-2019); and the United Methodist Church in Orofino, 24 years (1995-2019).
Betty is predeceased by her parents, Carroll and Lois Brock, her husband, Bob Burnham, and her son, Robin Burnham.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Denise Whetzel and husband Regis, of Pittsburgh, PA; three grandchildren, Scott Hoadley of Portland, OR, Matthew Hoadley and wife Amanda of Madison, WI and Elizabeth Oravets and husband Rob of Pittsburgh, PA; and her brother Norman Brock and his family of Davenport, WA.
Arrangements have been made at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino. Due to public safety concerns and her wishes, no service is planned.
Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library P.O Box 471 Orofino, Idaho 83544.
Photo: Betty Burnham
Lillian O. Murdock (Barber), 76, formerly of Orofino
Lillian O. Murdock (Barber) passed away peacefully at home in Clarkston Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at the age of 76.
She was born Feb. 27, 1944, in Montebello, CA, to Roland and Delta De Board Barber. She lived in El Monte, CA, until she finished the fifth grade; she then moved to Baldwin Park, CA, and started the seventh grade. She graduated from Baldwin Park High School in 1961. After finishing high school, she was a swimsuit model and dress model in restaurants and did some TV commercials in Sacramento, CA, then she started working for Pacific phone service as a telephone operator in Fairview, CA.
In 1971, she moved to Orofino and worked for an eye clinic. Lill joined the U.S. Army in '71 with the help of a man named Wally Youngren. She then went to basic training March 15, 1971, in Aniston, AL. She finished AIT in Georgia and was one of 30 women who started the Women's Army Corps. She was transferred to Fort Lewis, WA, and was interviewed by the Seattle Times for becoming the first woman MP in Fort Lewis. She was then transferred to South Korea where she was also one of the first women MPs. She was sent from Korea to Fort Belvor, VA, and later to Fort Ord, CA. While she was at Fort Ord, Ronald James Barber Evans was born in 1977.
In June 1978, she got out of the Army and landed a job with the Idaho Army National Guard under a pilot program in Gowen Field, called Full Time Military Force. She was one of four who started this program that turned into Active Guard Reserve as we know it now. She was transferred to Blackfoot, under the AGR as a supply sergeant for the 126th Dump Truck Co. where she met Kerry D. Murdock and was later married by Santa Claus on Dec. 3, 1988.
In 1989, she was transferred to Caldwell under the BMMC 145th SPT BN. SFC Lillian Murdock retired from active duty June 1991 with more than 20 years of service. She moved to Lewiston in '91 and went to work for the State of Idaho Job Service as a veterans representative in Moscow and later in Caldwell. She retired from the job service in 2001. Lill and her husband moved to Clarkston, WA, and built a new home in 2003. In January of 2004, Lill went to work for the Idaho Army Guard as a family assistance coordinator while the Idaho Guard went to Iraq. After finishing that job, Lill and her husband started going south to Arizona for the winters. She always said people who don't go south only have one family. She had so many wonderful people we played with in the winter in Arizona and Nevada. She and her husband had a timeshare for years, which they visited all over the U.S.
Lillian was preceded in death by her dad Roland Barber; mother, Delta Barber; and sister-in-law, Lavon Barber. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Kerry D. Murdock; son, R.J. Evans of Raleigh, NC; stepdaughters, Brandy (husband Todd) Robinett of Clarkston; Robin Murdock of Willamina, OR; Lindsey Murdock of Willamina; six stepgrandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother, James O. Barber of Star; sister, Betty Browne (husband Jerry) of Loomis, CA; sister Evelyn Shill (husband Marty) of Murray, UT.
Lillian loved the military, her country and family. She lived by duty, honor and country.
A graveside service with military honors will be at Vineland Cemetery in spring 2021.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to disabled veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Photo: Lillian O. Murdock (Barber)
Harley Loyd Williams, 93, formerly of Pierce
Harley Williams hung up his coaching whistle for good on the morning of Dec. 11, 2020.
The longtime area sports figure spent his final years at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
Harley Loyd Williams was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Purcell, MO., the second son of Lloyd Williams and Elva (Martin) Williams. The family soon moved to Wallace for work in the silver mines.
Harley attended schools in Wallace, Lewiston and St. Joseph's Mission in Slickpoo before moving to Clarkston, WA, where he excelled in football, basketball, track and baseball for the Bantams. He set numerous school athletic records at Clarkston, and his 17-touchdown season in 1944 remains the school record to this day. After graduation, Harley was in communication with Notre Dame football coach Hugh Devore, who told him that if the Army didn't want him, the Fighting Irish did. The Army won out, however, as Harley was drafted and entered military service in 1945.
While serving in the Army, Harley married his high-school sweetheart, Pat Johnson, on Sept. 19, 1946. They welcomed their first son, Lonnie, while stationed in Lompoc, CA.
The young family moved back to Clarkston four months later, and Harley spurned an offer to play football for Washington State College in favor of the University of Idaho. After two seasons of football and two seasons of baseball at the UI, he transferred to North Idaho College of Education, now LCSC, where he played football and baseball and finished his bachelor's degree.
Unable to get a teaching and coaching position right out of college, Harley went to work in the laboratory at the Potlatch Forests Inc. paper mill. That lasted until 1951, when he took a job teaching and coaching baseball at Lapwai High School. He went on to become the football, basketball and track coach at Lapwai as well, leading the Wildcats to their first-ever state basketball title in 1956.
Meanwhile, he and Pat's family was growing. Daughter, Sherry, and son, Tom, were born in 1950 and 1952, respectively, and Sandy would come along in 1954.
While continuing to teach and coach at Lapwai, Harley went back to school at Washington State University, earning his master's degree in school administration in 1960.
Harley left Lapwai to become superintendent at Pierce High School, and in 1962 returned to his alma mater, Clarkston High School. Over the next 31 years, Harley's teams fashioned a 490-210-4 record in football, basketball, baseball, track and wrestling.
After "retiring" in 1983, Harley became principal of Holy Family Catholic School, and then went on to serve two terms as Asotin County commissioner. In his later years, Harley became exalted ruler of the Lewiston Elks Lodge.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Harold. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Pat; as well as sons, Lonnie and Tom (Dana) and daughters, Sherry (Ray) Domaskin and Sandy (Mike) Andrews. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Michael (Nora) Domaskin, Angela (Mike) Horn, Jeremy (Deedee) Williams, Lonnie Williams, Dawn (Ben) Harrell and Shane (Jennifer) Andrews, and great-grandchildren Eddie, Johnny, Zac and Emma Domaskin; Alexa, Kayla, Madison, Taylor and Mikey Horn; Mikah, Mason, Olivia and Sophia Williams; Ashton, Olivia and Ben Harrell; and Paige and Leo Andrews. He also is survived by his sister-law, Mary Schlee, and numerous nieces and nephews.
To those of you who played for Coach Williams: "OK ... Last play and we'll hit the showers."
A funeral Mass for Harley on Dec. 21 at Holy Family Catholic Church will be streamed as a live event on the Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 11 a.m.
Photo: Harley Loyd Williams
Delores (Kotzea) Czmowski, 85, Southwick
Delores (Kotzea) Czmowski, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully of heart failure and dementia Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at her home in Southwick.
She was born Sept. 14, 1935, to Joseph and Mabel (Knapp) Kotzea at Waubay, S.D. She graduated from Waubay High School in 1953.
She married Sylvester Czmowski Oct. 24, 1953, in Waubay. The couple lived on a farm outside of Sisseton, S.D. They lived in Newel and Rapid City, S.D., Lakota, N.D., and Clarkston, following construction. They settled in Southwick in 1967.
Delores was an active 4-H leader, belonged to the Southwick Homemakers Club, was on a bowling team and sold Avon.
She took care of us kids and grandchildren while working on the farm. She was called Grandma by several children.
She is survived by her brother, Donald Kotzea, of Waubay; sister-in-law Rita Hammon; daughters, Debra Lindstrom (Robert), of Southwick, and Barbara Osborn, of Princeton; sons Michael (Diane), of Clarkston, WA, and Jeff (Natalie), of Kennewick, WA; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Delores is preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester; parents, Joseph and Mabel Kotzea; sisters-in-law; brother, Gene Kotzea; and the family dog, Alphie.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 15, at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston.
A big thank you to the Elite Hospice staff, especially Sandy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elite Hospice or to the Juliaetta-Kendrick Ambulance Fund.
Photo: Delores (Kotzea) Czmowski
Eva M. Maynard, 90, formerly of Lenore
GRANGEVILLE: Eva M. Maynard, 90 of Grangeville, passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 23, 1930 in Pocatello, Idaho to James and Berniece (Lamb) Barnish.
At the age of 6, the family moved to Coeur d' Alene where Eva started school. In 1936, both Eva's parents became ill. In the words of Eva, "Daddy was placed in hospital because of malaria, I never heard what happened to daddy again". Eva's mother, Bernice survived and was nursed back to health.
In November of 1936, Eva and her sibling were placed in the North Idaho Children's home in Lewiston. In May of 1939, she was taken to live the William Fortin family near in Fenn, Idaho. Later the next summer, she returned to NICH. In 1949, Eva and her brother Joe were adopted into the Jack and Inis Giles family in Stites, Idaho. Eva continued school and ended up graduating from Stites High School in May 1949.
Jack and Inis helped Eva pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. In May 1952, Eva graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Lewiston. She specialized in orthopedics and eventually started to work at St. Joseph Hospital.
On Feb. 14, 1953 Eva married Algy "Al" Maynard. Together they bought a place on Cottonwood Creek, near Lenore. They were blessed with two children, Steve and Nora.
In 1958, Eva started to work at Tri-State Hospital in Clarkston, WA. Following a short time at Tri-State, the family packed up once again and leased some land near the Selway River. She and Al spent 28 years on the Selway River. Following 28 years on the Selway, Eva and Al followed their children and moved to Rathdrum, Idaho to be closer to them.
In 2004 Eva lost the love of her life, moved to Grangeville and began to reside at the Meadowlark Homes in Grangeville. She was later transferred to Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center. Eva had a lifelong friend, Mardell Kubitza and they spent many times of laughter and joy. Mardell was like a sister to Eva.
During Eva's time on the Selway she found her passion for gardening, baking and leading a Bible study group in her home.
Eva was preceded in death by both her biological and adoptive parents. She is survived by her children: Steve and Nora.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Redeemer Baptist Church in Grangeville. Eva will be laid to rest at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville at a later date.
Photo: Eva M. Maynard
Barbra J. Cuddy, 89, formerly of Southwick
Barbra J. Cuddy, 89, a lifelong resident of Kendrick, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Royal Plaza in Lewiston.
Barbra was born April 27, 1931, in Southwick to Commodore and Clara Perry. She attended schools in Southwick and graduated from Kendrick High School.
In 1950, she married Dave Clayton. They had three sons. They owned Rexall drugstore in Kendrick for many years. Dave passed away in 1993.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Barbra married Jim Cuddy on Nov. 16, 1996.
Barbra was preceded in death by sons Doug Clayton, Ray Clayton; and stepson, Mitchell Cuddy.
She is survived by son, Stanley; and stepdaughters Ferris Robertson and Kristen Bumgarner; also 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
There will be a viewing from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. No service is planned at this time.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Photo: Barbra J. Cuddy
Jeffrey Steven Powell, 61
Jeffrey Steven Powell, 61, joined his parents in eternal rest on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at his home in Lewiston.
Jeffrey was born July 4, 1959, in Los Angeles to Edward and Marilyn Powell. He married Monica Murillo on May 1, 1999, and they shared 20 wonderful years of marriage. Together they had one daughter, Lydia, and he also had a bonus daughter, Abbey. He had previously been married to Sue Plum, who gave him his first two daughters, Katrina and Tiana.
Jeffrey graduated from Hemet High School and started working on fishing boats at the age of 18. This is where his love for the ocean began to grow. He worked many years on different ships before he received his Masters Unlimited License in 2008 from the United States Coast Guard. Shortly after, he became the captain of the MV Liberty Eagle cargo ship for AMO for the last 10 years.
Jeffrey was always looking for a new hobby or new adventure. When he went to other countries, he befriended the locals. While traveling the world, he always found something new to try, including riding camels in Egypt and bungee jumping at the largest soccer field located in Africa. Because of his love for everyone he met while traveling, this loss is felt around the world. When he wasn't out on the ocean, he always kept himself busy at home by gardening, remodeling and collecting coins. He also enjoyed collecting Dodgers memorabilia and was a true lifelong fan. He grew up going to their games with his father and brother. He always made it a point to take his family on some sort of trip during his time home, whether it was skiing or just a weekend in Reno; he loved to travel and spend as much quality time with his family during his short stints at home.
Jeffrey was a fantastic grandfather and spent quality time with his eight grandchildren when he was home. His last trip home, he fulfilled his dream of skydiving with his daughter, Lydia, and made it a point to show off the video to all of his crewmates, friends and family. His other great dream was to own property, and he found a beautiful spot in the hills of Lenore, which he was so proud of.
Everyone who met Jeffrey remembered him and loved him for his fun sense of humor, outgoing personality and his gift of storytelling. Now with that being said, if a book was ever written about his life, it would definitely be one heck of a book to read.
Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Monica Powell; daughters, Katrina Powell, Tiana Powell, Abbey Achziger and Lydia Powell; grandkids, Leighton Nedrow, Taylor Celigoy, Kiyomi Guzman, Mia Celigoy, Jayce Guzman, Lamar Guzman, Aria Celigoy and Xander Guzman; siblings Lana Collom, Robert Miller, Polly D'Orazi, Brad Powell, Elizabeth Busch and Mellissa Powell; and dogs Penny and Maddie, along with one turtle, Elvis.
He is preceded by his parents, Edward and Marilyn Powell; nephew Tony Collom; and grandchildren, Jayden and Grayson Guzman.
His celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 1715 Seventh Ave., Clarkston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Photo: Jeffrey Steven Powell
Charles Reginald 'Rex' Crookes, 89, Orofino
Charles Reginald 'Rex' Crookes passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.
He was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, to Charles and Edith Crookes and he grew up in Ta Ta Creek, B.C., where his family owned a gas station. Rex told many stories from his childhood that involved horses, fishing and sleighing down the big hill behind the dance hall with his friends, Freddy and Loren. Rex attended school through the eighth grade and then started working in a sawmill packing slabs.
In 1949, Rex moved with his family to Oceanside, CA, where he worked various jobs running scrapers, bulldozers and other pieces of heavy machinery. Rex joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, of which he was a proud member for more than 60 years.
It was in California where Rex met his future wife, Wilma Rae Courtney. They spent some time dating and getting to know each other, but their wedding would come at a later date because Rex joined the U.S. Army to serve during the Korean War. Once the Army learned of Rex's construction background, he went on special detail to the Air Force to help build runways and bombing targets for the bombers on Okinawa. It was during his service that Rex gained full citizenship in America, a country he's always been proud to live in.
After his service, Rex returned home and married his love, Wilma, on Feb. 7, 1959. While living in California they had two children, Michael and Regina, whom he and his wife loved very much. In 1965, Rex and his family moved to Orofino so Rex could take a job working on Dworshak Dam. The dam was a massive job and Rex was one of the first people hired on and one of the last to leave. They decided to stay in Orofino after the dam was completed and Rex started a backhoe service and continued to work for local construction companies. Rex worked on many of the highways from Idaho to California, and it seemed like there wasn't a stretch of road wherever the family traveled that Rex didn't work on. Rex finished his career working with Lonnie and Shannon Simpson at Debco Construction. They became family and Rex was honored when Lonnie and Shannon gave their son, Evan, his middle name to honor him.
Rex was a loving father and husband, and he eventually became a loving grandfather too. He had four grandchildren, Hayden, Rayla, Dillon and Evan, whom he loved deeply and helped to shape into the people they are now.
All the people whose lives he touched will remember him as the strong, loving and helpful man he was; and we all aspire to be as great of a person.
Rex is survived by his sister, Sharon Baker; children Michael Astorga (married to Jacquie), of Seal Beach, CA, and Gina Lohman (married to Steve), of Lewiston; as well as his grandchildren, Hayden, Rayla, Dillon and Evan.
There will be a COVID-safe celebration of life from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Ernie's Steakhouse in Lewiston. Everyone who has fond memories of Rex is welcome to attend.
Photo: Charles Reginald 'Rex' Crookes
Kathy Deyo, 65, Orofino
Kathy was born to Thomas Patrick Farbo and Ruth Dolorita (Nevala) Farbo on Jan. 3, 1955 in Kalispell, MT. She passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, of cancer.
Tom worked for the US Forest Service and the family lived at both the Fortine Ranger Station and the Yaak Ranger Station. Kathy attended the one room school at the Yaak, MT, until the family moved to Butte, MT, and then later to Orofino when she was in the third grade.
Kathy made lifelong friends while attending school in Orofino graduating as a proud Maniac in 1973. Kathy was the editor of the high school newsletter, editor of the annual and instrumental in organizing class reunions that are held every five years.
Kathy married her best friend, Alan, May 5, 1978; the only weekend they weren't at a motorcycle race. At the time, she was the secretary of the Orofino Motorcycle Club and Clearwater Valley Racing Association. She also served as secretary for the Clearwater Riding Club, Orofino Dog Fanciers, and secretary manager of the Clearwater County Fair for 11 years. Kathy devoted her time as Dog 4-H Leader for 21 years. She was passionate about any activity or hobby she became interested in. Kathy enjoyed Tennessee Walking Horses, giving 4-H dog clinics, judging dogs and she along with Demetra Stewart taught semiannual dog obedience classes for almost 30 years.
Kathy loved her family, her animals (including her annoying goose!), taking pictures of everyone and their dog (literally), yard sales, driving to Lewiston to shop, especially at Costco...and we loved her.
In 1986, Kathy fell head over heels in love with Bernese Mountain Dogs. She planned litters and placed puppies with people who became significant friends. Kathy showed her Bernese at dog shows throughout the Northwest and across the US at the annual Bernese Mountain Dog specialty. She was a 33-year member of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America. Kathy served three terms on the Bernese Mountain Dog Board of Directors, was the national Rescue and Rehome Coordinator for 20 years and was presented with the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Outstanding Service Award for 2020. In 1989 Kathy was a founding member of the Inland Northwest Bernese Mountain Dog Club and was secretary/treasurer from the beginning until now. She was also a founding member of the Cascade Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club in 1998 and a long-standing member of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada.
Kathy was proud to be a part of the extended Deyo family enjoying all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her husband, Alan; a brother, John Farbo and wife Diane; sister, Jean Anne Sharrai and husband Kevin; brother-in-law Steve Deyo and wife Pam. Also surviving are: nephews, Tyson Cobbs and Emily, Matt Deyo and wife Stephanie, David Deyo and wife Jess, Jayce Sharrai and wife Laura; niece, Carson Sharrai Hill and husband Matt; Godson, Abe Deyo, and her Berner Sisters.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either of the below organizations:
Inland Northwest Bernese Mountain Dog Club Rescue C/O Deb Bammel POB 50241 Boise, Idaho 83705; Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Rescue and Rehome C/O Pam Weir1109 Northwood Dr., Anderson, IN 46011.
A graveside service will be held at the Weseman Cemetery on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Photo: Kathy Deyo
Kurtis L. Semler, 37
Kurtis L. Semler, 37, of Pullman, WA passed away Oct. 30, 2020 at his Pullman home.
Kurtis was born July 23, 1983 in Pullman where he grew up until moving to Colton, WA, where he graduated from Colton High school. Growing up, Kurtis was involved in Boy Scouts for several years. He attended LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) in Lewiston for a time. Kurtis worked at Chipman & Taylor, Campus Commons at WSU (Washington State University) and later at the Sunset Mart in Pullman.
He enjoyed computers, electronics, and guns and was comfortable being at home.
He is survived by his mother, Teresa (Lawren) Harper of Elk River, ID; his step-mother, Julie Semler of Colton; sister, Leesa Semler of Moscow, ID; his nieces and nephews Kayden, Michaela, Jessica Semler and Weston Olesen and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Semler.
A family memorial service will be held at St. Gall Catholic Church in Colton. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA has been entrusted with arrangements.
Edith C. Vannoy, 105, formerly of Cavendish
Edith C. Vannoy of Lewiston died at her son's home in Spokane on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. She was 105 years old. Her beautiful smile, positive outlook on life and her sense of humor will be missed by all.
She was born Edith Correna Webb, the fifth of six siblings, on Sept. 30, 1915, to Ernest and Lula Webb in Reubens. She had an older brother, Fred, who died before her birth, older sisters Marie, Ruth and Eupha and a younger brother, Marvin. When she graduated from the eighth grade, she was scored second only to her cousin, for the required tests to be taken by the entire state of Idaho. Growing up in Reubens, she was very close to her mother's mother, "Ma Prine." The family moved to Craigmont, where Edith graduated with honors from high school in 1933.
While working for the Forest Service in Orofino, Edith met Al Vannoy and they were married Nov. 23, 1938. This was the beginning of a wonderful 76-year marriage. They farmed in Cavendish for nearly 50 years and raised their children, Janet, Don and Stan. In August of 1958, Janet died in a tragic car accident at the age of 17.
Edith was very involved with the Cavendish Methodist Church, where she was Sunday School and Bible School teacher among many other duties. It seemed as if any occasion, such as bridal and baby showers, warranted a program orchestrated by Edie with hilarious skits and music. She loved playing the piano and gave lessons at home. Nearly every family get-together with her sisters and families would culminate into hours of piano music and singing.
After retiring, the Vannoys spent many winters in Arizona, traveling and making new friends. They also took several trips around the country to further Edith's research of family genealogy. She traced the Vannoy name back to the 14th century Huguenots and also wrote a book on the Webb family history. In 2003, the Vannoys bought a home in Lewiston and after Al died in 2015, Edith moved in to Brookdale Senior Living in Lewiston where she was affectionately called "Miss Edie."
At the age of 96, Edie published a book with the help of friend, Les Huntley. Her talent, dry wit and ability to find humor in difficult times brought to life many of Al's colorful adventures. Growing up in North Carolina, he and his father and brother left during the Great Depression. They headed west to find employment and eventually started farming in Idaho. Al and Ocie's journey was very nearly a "Grapes of Wrath" experience. To have listened and learned from two centurions whose minds stayed keen brought our family a wealth of history and heritage.
Edith's hobby was making dolls with clay heads and hands complete with elaborate costumes and furniture. Each doll seemed to take on a distinct personality.
She is survived by her sons, Don (Joyce) Vannoy of Spokane and Stan (Susan) Vannoy of Lewiston; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be sent to the Cavendish Methodist Church or Orchards United Methodist Church. There will be a graveside service at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. At her request, there will be no reception after. In her own words, she didn't want a gathering that could become a "super spreader" event.
Please sign the online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Edith C. Vannoy
Beverly May Stobie, 78, born in Southwick
Beverly May Stobie, 78, died Nov. 2, 2020, at her home in Lewiston.
She was born Jan. 31, 1942, to Jay Lot Thornton and May Irene (Davis) Thornton in Southwick.
She enjoyed dancing, needlework, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and camping in her RV with family and friends. Her Sunday mornings started with coffee and a sweet as she read the paper and did the crossword puzzle. Viewing the wildlife from her home in North Lewiston, where she resided for more than 20 years, was one of her favorite pastimes.
Far from a simple woman, she did however enjoy life's simple pleasures. Bev was fiercely independent and handier than most men.
She is survived by three daughters, Terry Roberts of Clarkston, Cindy Imeson of Longview, WA, and Katrina Redfoot of Clarkston, WA; siblings, Roy Thornton, Barb Cook, Ray Thornton, Richard Thornton and Randy Thornton; three grandchildren, two bonus grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three bonus great-grandchildren.
She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. There will be a small gathering for immediate family members at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Photo: Beverly May Stobie
Leonard Alva Peel, 84, formerly of Orofino
Leonard Alva Peel, 84, went home to the Lord Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at his home in Lewiston. He died from natural causes.
Len was born to Alva Franklin Peel and Sammie G. Carlock Peel on July 7, 1936, in Holland, AR. As a child he attended grade schools at Holland, Long Beach, CA., and Forest Grove, OR. He attended high schools at Livingston, CA, and Forest Grove, OR, where he graduated in 1954.
Len joined the U.S. Army in 1954 at the age of 17. He served in the Korean War and Vietnam War, as well as serving in other countries. Len was proud to be an American and valued his time in service to his country. His dedication is documented in his medal and award history. A highly decorated veteran, Len received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart medal multiple times. In addition to these medals, he received many other medals and recognition awards for his military service.
After being discharged from the Army, Len continued his commitment to the armed forces of the United States by serving in the Army National Guard until his retirement.
Len met and married Millie Harding in California. She brought four children into the marriage; whom Len dearly loved. Len and Millie had one child together during their marriage. They were later divorced.
Len moved to Santa, ID, in 1971 and worked at various agricultural, woodland and logging-related jobs; as a U.S. Postal Service employee, as well as serving the community as a Benewah County deputy sheriff.
Len met Arlene Y. Davis Bainbridge during a Fraternal Order of Eagles event in St. Maries and he moved to Orofino shortly after to be closer to Arlene. Len and Arlene were married in 1983 and he became "Papa" to her four girls. The couple resided in Orofino until 1986 when they moved to Lewiston.
Len worked as a correctional officer for the Idaho Department of Correction in Orofino until his full retirement. He also owned a home business, Peel's Tax Service. Len thoroughly enjoyed meeting the people that sought his tax preparation services.
After retirement, he and Arlene enjoyed many years traveling across the U.S. in their motorhome visiting friends and family, and making new friends along the way.
Always one for enjoying a good story, and often sharing his own, Len was active in many endeavors that called for his expertise and knowledge. As an active member of Orchards Baptist Church, he often would be called to travel on mission trips across the U.S., lending hand and heart wherever needed. Len made it very evident that he placed his faith and hope in Jesus Christ his Savior. Until his eyesight became so diminished that he could no longer read, Len could be found delving into his Bible.
As a "jack of all trades," Len enjoyed many hobbies. He would happily lend his resources and capabilities to anyone in need and he always had a story to lighten the mood. His sense of humor and enjoyment of life was an inspiration to many.
Len was preceded in death by his parents; his only sibling, a sister, Ola Zell (Peel) Vevle; and an uncle, Guy Peel, whom he was very fond of. Len was especially close to two surviving cousins, Barbara Peel and Shelby Pullin in Atwater, CA.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 37 years, Arlene in Lewiston; sons, Charlie (Monica) Peel of Santa and Leonard F. (aka Buddy) (Liz) Peel of Sierra Vista, AZ.; daughters, Linda Peel (Roy, aka Punk) Michael of Emida, ID, Mary Peel Holliman of Lewiston, Denese Peel Gleason of Lewiston; Tami (Dan) Wayt of Orofino, Tracey Vaughan Lago of Somersworth, NH; Toni (David) Roehl of Salem, OR; and Tara (Victor) Peterson of Salem, OR. Another child that Len and Arlene invited into their home and love as a daughter is Tammie (Clark) Harris of Colorado Springs, CO. Len often spoke about his 10 kids and it was evident that he cherished and loved them all.
Along with his wife and children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and those loved ones considered family will greatly miss Len, but all will treasure their memories of time spent with him.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston.
Memorials in Len's honor may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.
Photo: Leonard Alva Peel
Jerald L. Profitt, 84, born in Ahsahka
Jerald L. Profitt died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, from complications of diabetes at his home in Lewiston. He was 84.
He was born Oct. 21, 1936, to Luther and Myrtle (Dodge) Profitt in Ahsahka, ID. He was the youngest of their five children. He grew up in the Orofino area and on the North Fork of the Clearwater River before the dams were installed and the river ran wild. His father owned a logging company, and his mother ran the Rainbow Inn, Ahsahka's local tavern. He entertained his family recalling stories of the "old timers" he met as a child.
Jerry attended grade school at Ahsahka. He graduated in 1954 from Orofino High School, where he boxed, played football and enjoyed racing cars. Following his high school graduation, he expected to join his dad and older brothers working as a logger. His mother informed him that she had secured a job for him at the telephone company instead. Not one to argue with his mother, he reported for work, realizing only after receiving his first paycheck of $51 per week that he hadn't asked about his pay. He had been earning more than $700 per month. He stuck with the phone company through many changes and retired 42 years later as the supervisor of the largest geographical territory in the country. Jerry liked to say, "Not bad for a guy who never applied for a job!"
He did work with his extended family on the spring log drives on the Clearwater including the last one in the U.S. Reminiscing with friends at the Log Drive Picnics the rest of his life were reunions he looked forward to attending. He also enjoyed his time with the Telephone Company Pioneers, a group of former telephone workers.
Jerry married Nina Walruth. They had three children. He later married Scarlett (Sennett) Owen. They raised her two children. In 1990, he married Mary (Earp) Wren. They enjoyed 30 years together, camping, fishing and spending the winter in Arizona, with her parents joining them.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and told incredible stories with his unique, entertaining, tall tale twist. If he loved you, you probably had a nickname. His family will miss his encouragement. Everyone was his favorite.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Leo Ellis; sisters, Jean Daniels and Betty Kissler; brother, Robert "Herb" Profitt; and granddaughter, Alyssa Owen.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, at the family home; children, Polly (John) Hagen, Shann (Loris) Profitt, Chris (Todd Main) Naylor and Linda Williams; stepchildren, Loretta and Mike (Leanne) Owen, Travis (Olivia) and Dan Wren and Vickie Martini; grandchildren, Patrick, Spencer, Alex, Cameron and Jordan Hagen, Dylan, Joel and Micah Profitt, Nichole Woydziak, Elisha Gough, Julian Williams, Auriana Woods, Chase Owen, Tucker, Tyler, Sydney, Logan, Megan and Jake Wren, and Troy and Alex Cannon; his great-grandchildren; former wife, Scarlett Profitt; brother, Don (Yvonne) Profitt; and Virgil Profitt, an uncle two years Jerry's junior, with whom he had an especially close lifelong friendship. He also is survived by a large extended and beloved family. The family would like to thank Dr. Melanie Eggleston of Valley Medical and Jennifer Haddock of Elite Hospice for their excellent care.
Jerry has been cremated and will be interred at Mountain View Mausoleum in Lewiston. A celebration of his life will be held at a time when his loved ones can gather safely together. Jerry said recently he was looking forward to seeing his mother again and meeting Jesus face-to-face. We are comforted in knowing his suffering is over and he is with them.
Photo: Jerald L. Profitt
Darvin Elroy Larson, 83, Dworshak Dam worker
Darvin Elroy Larson, 83, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at his daughter's home in Clarkston, WA.
Darvin was born May 13, 1937, in Valier, MT, to Thelma and Harley Larson. At a young age, Darvin moved to Lignite, ND, where he worked for several farmers in the area and grew to love riding his horse, Bill. In 1959, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany for three years. After leaving the service, he moved to Tioga, ND, where he met the love of his life, Ardis. They married in December 1962 and spent 58 years building a beautiful life together filled with so many wonderful friends and family. In 1964, they welcomed their first daughter, Karla. In 1965, they welcomed their second daughter, Keesha, and moved to Clarkston. In 1967, they finished their family with the addition of their son, Shawn.
Darvin was a hard worker and proved his work on various dams in the area: Little Goose, Lower Granite and Dworshak, where he did sandblasting and concrete work. After that, he went to work at Hanford for several years. Lastly, he owned and operated his own painting business up until he retired in 2010. He loved to play guitar, two-step with his wife, watch NASCAR, cruise through Value Village and buy things he did not need, make beautiful artwork out of wood, enjoy his time eating around the family table and tinker with all sorts of toys. He spent his life making jokes and seeing people laugh.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ardis; along with his children, Karla (James) Petrie, Keesha (Todd) Johnson, Shawn (Christy) Larson; and his brothers, Elton and Doug, and sisters, Doris and Beretta. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren (whom he adored): Kurt (Megan) Evans, Josh (Nichole) Petrie, Ashley Zenner, Kyle (Kayla) Evans, Tyson (Kelsey) Larson, Shannon Zenner, Kelsey Evans (Jason Williams), Jessi (Joe) Kraudel, Sadie Johnson, Tanner Larson, and Tim and Taylor Johnson. He is also survived by seven great-grandkids: Jayla and Jaron Williams, Porter Evans, Emmett Evans, Will Petrie, Kaleia Williams and Everett Larson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and Harley, along with his brothers, Leonard, Larry, Jerry and Paul.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church, 21326 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake, WA 99019.
Photo: Darvin Elroy Larson
William 'Bill' H. White, 89, Orofino
William 'Bill' H. White, 89, passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Bill was born June 27, 1931, in Vernal, UT, to Henry Howard White and Dorothy Etta Barger White. As a child he moved many places. After living a short time in Vernal, the family moved to Wyoming; Dover (Sandpoint), ID; Maybell, CO.; Port Gamble, WA.; Kodiak, AK; Eureka Springs, AR; Thompson Falls, MT; and then in 1946 the family moved to Big Island, ID, where Bill finished his high school lessons by correspondence, as he was a bright student, even being able to skip the second grade. Numerous times he snowshoed out to catch the logging trains into Pierce to get new lessons. After finishing his schooling, he helped his parents on the ranch and worked in the woods for several companies. While ranching, he and his parents found a pair of orphaned bear cubs they raised. The one cub would often climb the tree and into Bill's bedroom and sleep with him, just like a live teddy bear.
In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War, where his interest in electronics lead him into the Signal Corps and a chance to serve as a combat photographer. Some of his photos were featured in Stars and Stripes. After his military service he returned to the family ranch at Big Island on the North Fork.
In 1957, he married Jean Wilson. They lived around Revling and Pierce for a brief time, where Bill worked for various logging contractors. The couple then moved back to the family ranch at Big Island, where Bill and his father built a house for the young family. They had two children, Terry and Saundra.
In 1964, the family had an opportunity to purchase a ranch on Crockett Bench in Orofino and more cattle. Needing a larger income, Bill took a job as a postal clerk at the Orofino Post Office (1968), where he worked for many years before retiring in 1991.
He then spent more time working on the ranch and traveling with his wife and friends. Bill loved cruising and sightseeing. They traveled to Costa Rica, Panama Canal, South America, Spain, Morocco, Tahiti, Jamaica and many trips to Alaska. He also went on a photo safari to South Africa, where they saw many sights.
Bill's photographic interest and talents carried over to life back home after his Army photographer experience. He was a devoted 4-H photography leader, took many senior and wedding pictures, and was often seen taking photos of the 4-H members and their animals at the Clearwater County Fair. Bill also loved amateur (ham) radio. He enjoyed talking on his ham radio and participated in many field days and events with the local Ham Radio Club. Bill had radio contacts with friends around the globe and with the space shuttle. He loved classical music, especially operas.
He and Jean were very active in the formation of the Community Concert Association. Bill also loved the outdoors and was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and organizations, including Defender of Wildlife and Sierra Club, where he loved the beautiful pictures. Bill also served on the Clearwater County Fair board, the Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District and even ran for county commissioner one year.
Bill will always be remembered as a loving, dedicated husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Terry, of Orofino; daughter, Saundra, of Issaquah, WA; granddaughter Whitney Rales; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Photo: William 'Bill' H. White
Robert Gene Patterson, 94, former Elk River mayor
Robert Gene Patterson's fondest wish was to be able to stay by the side of his beloved wife of 53 years, Della, until the time when he would pass from this life. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, Robert received the final step of that wish, and breathed his final breath with Della and grandson Rick Haynes by his side.
He will be missed terribly, but long remembered. He was a masterful storyteller and shared his life with those who wished to listen while he spun his tales. They ranged from childhood, to military service, to the return to the Northwest and his long adventures in the mountains of Idaho, and later Hawaii. His stories, even when about war, injustice or some deprivation, usually contained humor and a slant to the ridiculous or ironic. Yes, he shall be missed.
His life and childhood began in Colfax, WA. March 16, 1926, joining the growing family of Cecil Milo and Dena (Largent) Patterson, and sisters Hilda, Alice and Mary. The family remained in Colfax during his childhood, and 10 days after his 17th birthday Robert left school to join the United States Marine Corps to defend his country during World War II. He served in the South Pacific Theater, participating in numerous campaigns and receiving many decorations, including two Purple Hearts. He was honorably discharged Dec. 5, 1946.
Returning to a country still suffering from the war and its losses of men, women and resources, he began a new life in Idaho, eventually finding his way to Elk River. There he met and married Willamae Greenhalgh in 1949 and started a family. In Elk River, he began his long employment in the logging industry. The area was ideal for Bob to pursue his love of hunting, fishing and camping. He simply loved the outdoors and supplemented the family's food needs with wild game and fish. He joined the I.O.O.F Lodge No. 140 of the Masonic Lodge. He was elected Mayor of Elk River in April of 1961. Many of his stories were based on this time in Elk River. He and Willie divorced in 1966, and Bob and children moved to Lewiston where he began yet another chapter in his life.
It was here in Lewiston he met Della (Harvey) Haynes. Their mutual love of dancing sealed the deal, and they were married in October 1967, forming a blended family of seven with the addition of Della's four children.
He pursued his career as an explosives worker. His career eventually took him to Hawaii, Alaska and Kwajalein of the Caroline Islands of the South Pacific. Robert retired while in Hawaii (1981), moving then to the Juliaetta/Kendrick area. He joined the Kendrick Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he became an honored longtime member, laying the Wreath of Honor at the Veterans Memorial, which by tradition, started the celebration of the annual Locust Blossom Festival. Bob proudly began the parade each year until 2019 when, with his wife, Della, and grandson Rick Haynes, he moved to Lewiston to be closer to family and doctors.
He participated in The Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., accompanied by son MM 22nd Class Milton Patterson, in August 2011, and around the same time received from the Kendrick Lion's Club an Honor Quilt made by the Quilts of Valor organization.
Robert is survived by his wife, Della Patterson, of Lewiston; sons, Milton Patterson (Becky), of Lewiston, and Wesley Patterson (Pam), of Lewiston; daughter, Althea Zielinski (Bill), of Lewiston; stepsons, Christopher Haynes (Susan), of Hawaii, and Jay Haynes, of Spokane WA; stepdaughter, Carol Haynes, of Clarkston, WA; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and stepson, Gary Haynes.
There will be a celebration of life for friends and relatives at a time and place to be announced.
Family contact: Milton Patterson, 515 Linden Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501. 208-790-8060, email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone for well wishes, prayers and understanding.
Photo: Robert Gene Patterson
Margie 'Marge' Lee Jonas, 82, formerly of Weippe, Headquarters
It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of our mother, Margie (Marge) Lee Jonas. Marge passed away peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 24, 2020 in Pullman, WA, at her home at Pullman Regency Assisted Living. She was 82.
Marge was born June 18, 1938 in Willow, OK, to George and Lillian Reedy. She was the oldest of 6 children and spent the first 15 years of her life in Oklahoma. She met and married Wendall (Hap) Jonas on Nov. 28, 1953 in Durango, CO. They had 7 children together, sadly they lost their first child, Jennifer, when she was 4 months old. The family moved to Los Lunas, NM, where they began raising their 6 children on a farm. Mom loved being a stay at home mom, something she enjoyed and took pride in even though it was hard work with 6 very active kids.
In the course of her and Hap's long marriage, they moved around quite a bit due to the nature of Hap's work. Marge would pack up the family belongings and 6 kids and away they would go, which was no easy task. In 1972, they piled the 6 kids and a dog into a station wagon and made the long trip from New Mexico to Weippe, ID. At the peak of the logging boom, they moved to Headquarters, ID, where Marge got a job driving a school bus. One of her favorite activities was spending time camping with her family on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. There were many great memories and beautiful friendships created during their time in Headquarters. She spoke of those often. The family moved again to Juliaetta, then to Lewiston Idaho where Marge and Hap finished raising their children. They eventually ended up in the Seattle area where Marge worked in various caregiver jobs. She was a member of the Machais Community Church in Snohomish, WA. They lived there until her recent move to Pullman, WA, in February of 2020. Her husband Hap passed away in 2017. Mom considered the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren she had a huge blessing in her life.
Marge is survived by her children, Rod (Tina) Jonas of Asotin, WA, Shannon (Suzie) Jonas of Camano Island, WA, Eric Jonas of Santa Fe, NM. She is also survived by daughters, Pamela (Bart) Richter of Auburn, WA, and Audra (Dave) Forsman of North Pole, AK; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one brother, Buster Reedy of TX, three sisters, Brenda Lee, Sharon Bennett and Nancy Mumbre of AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Jennifer; her husband, Hap Jonas; a son, Steven Jonas; and a sister, Joyce Bowen.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a memorial service will be planned at a later date. On-line guest book is at www.kimballfh.com.
Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family.
Photo: Margie 'Marge' Lee Jonas
Roxanna Celesta Wells, 101, worked in Headquarters, at Jaype
Roxanna Celesta Wells passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at the age of 101 in Lewiston.
She was born April 22, 1919, to Peter Stump and Veta Nicholas Dunning in Kendrick. She attended school in Kendrick. Roxanna married Arlos Wells on Jan. 15, 1938. They made their home in Juliaetta and had their son, LeRay, daughter Carolyn, and son Jerry. She worked at the cookhouse in Headquarters and log handling at Jaype Mill.
Roxanna retired in 1981 and later moved to Lewiston. Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, quilting, playing cards, watching her husband and son trap shoot, and going to her grandsons' and great-granddaughters' many sports events.
Survivors include son Jerry, grandson Brent (Rhonda), and great-granddaughters Paige (Ty) and Hally, all of Lewiston; and sisters, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlos; daughter, Carolyn; son, LeRay; grandson, Darrin; parents, Peter and Veta (Wilbur); sister, Josephine; and brother, Pete.
The immediate family will be doing a graveside service at a later date.
Photo: Roxanna Celesta Wells
Robert Knutson, 84, born in Orofino
Robert Knutson, 84, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, peacefully at his home in Clarkston, WA.
Robert, Bobby, Bob or Dad, as known by his friends and family, was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Orofino. Half an hour later came his twin brother, Kenny, the two children of Jean and Lyle Knutson.
Being raised with a strong work ethic, Bob went to school in Lewiston and then served in the Army. Soon after, Bob met and married Gayle Glasson Knutson. They were happily married for 63 years. Bob worked as a superstar truck driver for his father and Knutson Supply in north Lewiston until moving to Clarkston, and finishing up his work and retiring at Guy Bennett Lumber Co.
My dad, Bob, was the most solid, responsible and practical man I knew, he also gave his family his most loyal love and support. Bob and Gayle had three children, Lyle Knutson of Spokane, WA, Patti Johnson of Clarkston, Brenda Steel of Richland, WA, and grandson, Rydr Ferguson, also of Richland.
We love you, Dad, and so appreciate your unconditional love and support. You were and always will be a strong, great man.
Bob has been laid to rest in the Normal Hill Cemetery in the Knutson plot. Thank you to Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home for your kind and confident care.
Photo: Robert Knutson
Ralph B. Roseberg, 71, formerly of Orofino
He was born July 4, 1949, to Hilmer and Annetta (Griess) Roseberg in Wahoo, NE.
Ralph attended school in Ceresco, NE, before moving to Sutton, NE., with his mother following the death of his father. He was confirmed in the Saronville Lutheran Church and graduated from Sutton High School in 1967. He went on to graduate from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in biology and earned his master's degree from the University of Arkansas. Ralph was a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife at the Clearwater Fish Hatchery in Ahsahka until his retirement.
He almost always had a smile on his face and a jolly laugh to go along with it. This earned him the nickname "Hap," short for happy, from his Theta Chi fraternity brothers. Ralph loved nothing more than spending time in his garden and earned the title of master gardener. He was instrumental in starting the farmers market in Orofino and later helped with the farmers market in Lewiston. Ralph said helping at the market was like having a party to attend every Saturday.
He is survived by his aunt, Talitha Wach, of Sutton, NE.; uncle Walter Griess, of Cincinnati, OH; numerous cousins and friends. Also left to cherish his memory are his surrogate grandchildren, Dakota and Patrick Henry, along with their mother, Lori Couch.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Hilmer and Annetta; and his grandparents, Henry and Hedvig Roseberg and John and Ida Griess.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Swedeburg Cemetery in Ceresco, NE. A celebration of life in Lewiston will be held in the spring of 2021.
Photo: Ralph B. Roseberg
Harvey Melvin Leachman, 83,
Harvey Melvin Leachman, 83, of Craigmont, passed away of Parkinson's on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Riverview Residential Home in Clarkston, WA.
Harvey was born June 8, 1937, in Morrowtown, Idaho, the son of Everett and Lucy Kole Leachman. He lived in Morrowtown and Forrest until 1942, when the family moved to the Lewiston Orchards, where he attended school. At 14, he began driving truck and working for farmers in Tammany and the green pea harvest.
While working for farmers in the Nezperce area, he met the love of his life, Edith Mae Farmer. They were married Aug. 25, 1956, in Nezperce. They had three daughters, Debbie, Darlene and Judy.
For three years early in their marriage, they lived and worked on a chicken ranch above Lenore. They moved to Craigmont in 1959, where they made their home. Harvey loved to travel, woodworking, listening to country music, gathering for his coffee group and spending time visiting with family and friends. He especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren, Kami and Zack, and attending their activities. He was a member of Winchester Community Church, where he served as an elder and on the Craigmont Cemetery Board.
Harvey spent 44 years working in the lumber industry at several mills, including Kamiah, Winchester, Craigmont, Jaype and Spalding. He retired in June 2000 as a certified lumber grader after 34 years at Potlatch Corp. in Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Darlene; his parents; and siblings Edward, Clifford, Dale and Margaret Dugger.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edith, of Craigmont; daughters Debbie Leachman and Judy (Greg) Sledge, both of Lewiston; grandchildren Kami Sledge and Zack Sledge, both of Lewiston; sisters Leta (Jim) Widener, of Post Falls, and Linda Oversby, of Reardan, WA; and several extended family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Monday at the Winchester Community Church, 410 McBeth Ave., Winchester.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Winchester Community Church or the charity of your choice.
A special thank you to Matt, Michelle and the caregivers at Riverview Residential Home for the excellent care his last 17 months.
Photo: Harvey Melvin Leachman
Donald Eugene Knight, 77, born in Orofino
Donnie, Duck, Dad, Papa. It didn't matter what you called him, he always answered with a smile. He was a hard-working family man with a huge circle of friends and he never met a stranger. This positive soul left us on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
He was born Donald Eugene Knight on March 17, 1943, to Ralph "Pete" and Francis (Montgomery) Knight in Orofino.
Don attended grade school in Woodland, Idaho. He would often share the story of bundling some hay, strapping it to his horse and riding to the one-room schoolhouse and putting it in the schoolyard barn before the teacher called the students to class. He then attended school in Kooskia and later graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in 1961.
Don started working at IdaPine Mill in Harpster and later went to work sawing shakes at a cedar mill in Stites. He was highly sought after for his skill and speed. He was fast but also safe and never had an incident in all those years, a remarkable feat at the time.
In 1965, Don married Janet Remington. They had four children and later divorced.
While raising his family, Don held several jobs at local mills in the Kamiah-Kooskia area, and he could run any piece of heavy equipment needed to get the job done. During that time, he was also a volunteer firefighter and a member of the Kamiah JC's. Later he became a member of the Moose Lodge.
He moved his family to Clarkston and started working for Willow Creek Timber. Don finished his working career as a heavy equipment operator at Eko compost in 2012.
In 1995, he married Cheryl Leding and gained two more daughters. He loved to camp, fish and hunt. For more than 20 years, he never missed a special family-and-friends gathering on the Tucannon. He spent that time camping, fishing and spending the evenings telling stories. NASCAR was one of his favorite pastimes, and he attended several races in Las Vegas. The Seahawks were his team; he rarely missed watching them play. Don never lost his passion for horses; his favorite was a Morgan named Echo, and we are sure he has her saddled up and is riding once again.
Don will be deeply missed by his wife, Cheryl; sisters, Shannon Siegel and Sherry (Glenn) Johnson; children, Jaqueline (Lyle) Brownsberger, Donald "Dee" (Renee) Knight, Fonda Knight and Anthony Knight; stepdaughters, Tereasa (Cary) Edmonson and Melissa (Tim) Lacour; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and beloved stepmother, Hazel (Falway) Knight.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial will be held at a later date.
Photo: Donald Eugene Knight
Duane 'Dave' David Fowler, 69, Peck
Duane 'Dave' David Fowler, 69, of Peck passed away Oct. 7, 2020 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. He was born March 8, 1951 in Burns, OR, the son of James Dale and Jeanine Marie (LaDoux) Fowler.
Dave graduated from Orofino High School, class of 1969. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. After serving in the Army, he re-turned to Peck for a short time, then moved the family to Delta Junction, AK to work on the pipeline. After that, he returned back to his hometown of Peck where he raised his family with his first wife of 20 years, Theresa Fowler. Dave joined the Union Ironworkers Local 14 and was a member until his death. He retired in 2013 and shortly after met Patty, who he married in 2018.
Dave had a passion for elk hunting, and also loved camping, fishing, guns and gun trading. He was a true woodsman and loved to mentor the younger generation on every-thing outdoors. He always looked forward to hunting camp each year with his family. When not outdoors, Dave loved to watch western movies with a big bowl of popcorn. He was a kind, loving father, brother, husband and will be missed by all who knew him.
Dave was preceded in death by both parents.
Dave is survived by his wife Patty, sons; Dave (Sarah) of Colton, WA, William (Holland) of California, Clinton (Tara) of Lewiston; daughter Jessica Anderson (Matt) of Juliaetta; brothers Alan (Karen), Jim (Vicki), Ken (Lori); sister Cassie Randall (Loren); uncle Mark LaDoux; 10 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A service for the family will be held at a later date.
Photo: Duane 'Dave' David Fowler
Christine A. 'Chris' Craig, 75, formerly of Orofino
Christine A. "Chris" Craig, 75, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from melanoma cancer.
Chris was born to Baptist and Elsie Plourde Oct. 7, 1945, in Stambaugh, MI, and spent her early childhood in the beautiful Upper Peninsula until she was nine years old, at which time the family moved to Idaho, her father following the logging profession. She went to elementary school in Orofino and then attended junior high and high school in Lewiston, where she graduated in 1963. Later, she graduated from Kinman Business University in Spokane, WA, after which she worked at State Hospital North in medical records until 1976, when she accepted a position with Idaho Fish and Game in Lewiston until her retirement in 2002. Chris welcomed a daughter, Angie, in 1981 and together they formed an unbelievable friendship and bond.
Chris spent the next several years into retirement volunteering for the local food bank and found a joy in serving others and giving back to the community.
She married the love of her life, James Craig, in September 2004 and moved to Lenore. They spent the next 16 years exploring the world, including trips to New Zealand, Canada and an East Coast adventure, and exploring many national parks. Chris was an outdoor enthusiast through and through and found a love for fishing with her family, including taking her grandchildren to Campbell's Pond so they too can seek the thrill of a fish on the line. Chris found much joy in spoiling her grandchildren with her time, attention and their most favorite cookies, earning her the beloved name of Cookie Grandma. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, strong in her faith, and enjoyed going to Mass each Sunday and taking anyone who would join her. She was a giver to all and never missed the chance to celebrate others and their achievements and special days. Her attention to detail and kind heart followed her until she left this world.
Chris is survived by husband, James 'Jim' Craig; daughter, Angela Ossa; son-in-law, Jim Ossa and grandchildren, Jack, Ben and Isla Lillis, and Cassie and Kaylee Ossa; sister, Deanna Presnell; nephew, Blake and Bridgette Presnell and family; niece, Ralaine and Kirk Rees and family; nephew, Craig Presnell and family; niece, Lisa and Eddie McCoy; brother, Ray Plourde; nieces, Debbie and Leonard Card, and niece, Donna Plourde; and sister, Sue Reimers; stepdaughter, Becky Craig-Johnson and husband Tim Johnson; children Craig and Emily; sister-in-law, Janette and niece, Erin Craig; including many other beloved family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elsie and Baptist Plourde; mother-in-law, Dorothy Craig; brother, David Plourde; brother-in-law, Ralph Presnell; sister-in-law, Janet Plourde; and brother-in-law, Tom Craig.
Delores Stacy Schmadeka, 87, Pierce High School grad
Delores Stacy Schmadeka passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lewiston.
Delores was born March 15, 1933, to Charles W. and Ione Bigelow Stacy in a one-room house at Hollywood, seven miles from Pierce. When she was six, Delores dropped out of school for the first time to be home-schooled when the family moved into a two-room log house on Rhodes Creek, 2½ miles from Pierce. The amenities were an outhouse and running water. Of course, the water was in the creek several hundred yards away.
The next year, she was deemed old enough to walk by herself through the woods to school. When she was in fourth grade, her brother, Elwood, joined her on the long trek, sometimes in snow as deep as six feet. The family finally moved to Pierce when she was in seventh grade.
When she was 16, she once more dropped out of school for an early marriage to Dallas Marshall and motherhood. They lived in Headquarters for eight years. When her younger son started school in 1958, she hopped onto the school bus with her two boys and returned to Pierce High School to complete her senior year, graduating with honors in 1959.
That fall, she entered Lewis-Clark Normal School in Lewiston (now Lewis-Clark State College) for two years before transferring to the University of Idaho, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1963.
She later attended Oregon State University on a federal geography fellowship, graduating with a M.A. in social science in 1967. She also attended the University of Hawaii summer school sessions in 1974 and 1976.
While in Pierce, she served as Nobel Grand of Gold Nugget Rebekah Lodge No. 119 and was adviser of the Theta Rho club. As an educator, she was a member of LEA (Lewiston Education Association), I(Idaho)EA and N(National)EA. She was treasurer of LEA and worked on numerous committees.
Delores taught at Sacajawea Junior High School in Lewiston for three years before going to Oregon State University. She then taught at Cut Bank, MT, for two years. In 1969, she returned to Sacajawea for another 26 years of teaching seventh grade English and social studies. Delores retired in 1995.
Since then, she has enjoyed the good life. Reading, antiquing, time with family and friends, and traveling with her husband filled her golden years, which she sometimes referred to as "the brass years." Delores was instrumental in gathering former Pierce classmates for travel, parties, lunches and fond memories. She especially loved the Christmas season when she and her husband hosted an annual Christmas party for her "old" Pierce classmates and a family "soup party."
She wrote and self-published "Whatever Happened to the Kids from Pierce" and "Love, Chrissie" which are the fictionalized truth of life in Pierce in the '40s and '50s. She also had several articles published in magazines.
In May 1977, she married William H. Schmadeka, who survives her at the family home. Delores is also survived by a son, Randolph Marshall, and his wife, Jackie, of Green Acres; brother, Elwood Stacy and his wife, Jean, of Weippe; sister-in-law, Mona Stacy, of Wenden, AZ; first daughter-in-law, Nina Markow, and her husband, Lorin, of Lewiston; four grandchildren, Rodney Marshall, and his wife, Kristy, Dayna Marshall Watson and her husband, Jerry, Andrew Marshall and Amy Marshall, all of Spokane, WA; four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. She is also survived by three stepdaughters, Cerie Thoren and partner Joann Schmid, of Tenino, WA, Carlynne Gehring and her husband, Doug, of Spokane, Charlotte Hoffman and partner Paul Water, of Potlatch; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren; four nieces and three nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her son, Rodney Marshall; her parents, Chas W. and Ione (Micky) Stacy; and a brother, Leland Stacy.
Delores often reminded her grandchildren and nieces to remember, "Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the adventures along life's road." She did.
Memorial donations may be made to Community Action Partnership Food Bank, 124 New Sixth St., Lewiston.
A family graveside service will be held at the Pierce Cemetery in Pierce, where she will be laid to rest beside her son, Rodney Marshall, who died in 1968, and near her dear friend, June Hohnstein.
Photo: Delores Stacy Schmadeka
Mason Patten Teel, 20, Orofino
Mason Patten Teel was born April 4, 2000 in Moscow, ID to Tony and Stephanie Teel. Mason was on this earth for a short time but will be in our hearts forever.
Mason was a 2018 graduate from Orofino High School. Mason's first love was music. Mason played the piano and all percussion instruments as well as being self-taught on guitar and baritone saxophone. Mason played nearly any instrument he touched and he played them amazingly well. He loved to share his gift of music with friends and family.
Mason was kind-hearted and always willing to help strays, be it animal or human. Mason loved animals and every animal that Mason came into contact with the feeling was mutual. Mason loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time with his family and extended family in this environment. Mason had a kind spirt that touched many lives.
Mason is survived by his parents and sister, Trinity Teel; aunts and uncles, Jen & Mike Burke, Pam & Rob Sawyer, Cindy & Nick Miller, Gina Lynn Teel, Jackie & Stan Hall; and grandparents, Gene and Marilyn Fish. He is also survived by great aunts and uncles, numerous cousins, plus a host of relatives and friends who miss Mason dearly. Mason joined the following grandparents in heaven; great grandparents, Lowell (Rip) and Dorothy Alexander, great grandparents, Richard and Eloise Fish, and grand-parents, Orlan Patten and Diana Lee Teel.
In lieu of flowers, Mason's family encourages donations be made in his honor to Clearwater County Humane Society or Mason Teel Memorial at LCCU, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, ID 83544. A decision about a gathering to celebrate Mason's time with us will be announced in the future.
Photo: Mason Patten Teel
Debbie J Jacobus, 70, formerly of Weippe
Debbie J Jacobus, 70, passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia in Lewiston.
Debbie was born on April 12, 1950, in Viroqua, WI, the daughter of Lester and Virginia (Kingslien) Peterson. She attended Viroqua Elementary and Junior High School, and Orfordville Parkview High School, graduating in 1968. Debbie was married to Dennis Jacobus in June 1969. They later divorced. She worked at APCO Manufacturing Co. in Brodhead, WI, before she and her family and close friends moved to Weippe. In Weippe, she enjoyed working at the Weippe Public Library. She loved spending time with family and friends, especially with her son, Buddy, Marla and Daymon. Her sense of humor, kindness and loving spirit brightened the lives of many who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Dennis "Buddy" and Marla Jacobus II; grandson, Daymon; sisters, Sherry (Bob) Folck, Sandy (Tom) Hill, Karen (Lonnie) Coplien and Karlene (Jim) Jensen, all of Janesville, WI; brothers, David (Connie) Peterson, of Janesville, Kelly (Rose) Peterson, of Orfordville, WI, and Conrad (Jenny) Peterson, of Markle, IN; special friends in Weippe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Roderick Peterson.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is assisting the family. No services are planned at this time.
Thank you to the nurses and staff at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia for taking exceptional care of her these last few years.
Photo: Debbie J. Jacobus
George E. Wheeler, 76, graduated from Elk River High School
George E. Wheeler, 76, of Clarkston, WA, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital.
George was born Jan. 19, 1944, to William R. and Hazel V. (Schwarz) Wheeler. He graduated from Elk River High School in 1963.
George had several jobs throughout his lifetime: Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association in Elk River, LOID, Flying J and retired from the Clearwater River Casino in 2019. He celebrated 47 years of sobriety through AA and Al-Anon. We are very proud of him.
George was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lowell R. Wheeler.
He is survived by his brother, Bill (Sandy) Wheeler; nephews, Bryan, Joey, Stacy and Sam Wheeler and family, Michael (Michelle) Wheeler and sons, Dale (Amanda) Wheeler and family; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Photo George E. Wheeler
Robert Benjamin Blanck, 45, formerly of Orofino
Robert Benjamin Blanck, 45, of Lewiston, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston because of multiple organ failure.
He was born Sept. 4, 1975, in Berrien Springs, MI, to Diane (Clayville) Wells and Warren Blanck.
Ben attended the special education program at LaGrande High School in Oregon. In June 2000, he moved with his mom to Orofino and started working for Opportunities Unlimited Inc. in Lewiston, They later moved to Lewiston in 2008, and he retired from OUI in 2013.
He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and he loved church, Christian fellowship and was involved in Pathfinders.
Ben is survived by his mother, Diane (Clayville) Wells, of Lewiston; aunt and uncle, Dennis (Linda) Clayville; uncle and significant other, Don (Wilma) Clayville; aunts, Sue Clayville and Rhonda Clayville; and numerous cousins and family members. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Peggy (Dempsey) Clayville; grandfather Roberty Clayville; and uncle Doug Clayville.
A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Lewiston Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1212 19th St., Lewiston.
Photo: Robert Benjamin Blanck
Clyde Elton Bringman, 85, born in Weippe
Clyde Elton Bringman, 85, of Lewiston, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Lewiston.
Clyde was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Weippe to Lester Clyde Bringman and Manda Lee Jordan. He attended school through eighth grade and was a roller hockey goalie for Skateland in his youth. After his dad's death, he moved a lot. He settled in Lewiston, working various jobs until going to work for Potlatch Forests Inc. in 1963, where he worked until retirement.
He married Sylvia Alice Payton on July 9, 1956, in Asotin, WA. Clyde enjoyed woodworking, leathercraft, drawing, painting and spending time with family and friends. In 1976, he moved the family to the homestead at Lenore, where he maintained residence until his health forced him into Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. And from there, he stayed with family in Lewiston where he hoped to get well enough to go home to Lenore. Sylvia died Aug. 11, 2015.
He is survived by his sons, William (Atsuko) Bringman, of Japan, and Steven (Tysha) Bringman, of Lewiston; daughter, Celeste (Derek) Weinmann, of Lewiston; sister, Louise (Gene) Anderson, of Lewiston; brother, Jack (Sherry) Bringman, of Clarkston, WA; grandchildren, Justin (Courtney) Weinmann, Amber (Jasper) Umphenour, Izaak Bringman, Grace Bringman, Eva Bringman, Arabella Bringman, all of Lewiston; and great-grandchildren, Zander Weinmann and Gwendolyn Weinmann, both of Lewiston.
Clyde was preceded in death by his father, Lester Bringman; mothe,r Manda Lee Bringman; sons, Clyde Bringman Jr. and Danny L. Bringman; and sisters, Dorothy Ryan and Delores Johnson.
A funeral with Herb Boreson as the officiant is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston.
Photo: Clyde Elton Bringman
Nicole Gilbert, 31, formerly of Southwick
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, our angel on earth, Nicole, 31, spread her wings and went on to eternal peace in heaven.
She was born to Darline Lettenmaier on Dec. 17, 1988, in Lewiston and began her life of loving, caring and living. She started out her younger years living in the Southwick area and loved the farming and ranching life. She especially cherished her moments with her grandparents there.
She graduated from Prairie High School in 2006. She married her high school sweetheart, David Gilbert, on Jan. 20, 2007, in Coeur d'Alene. She then attended Evergreen Cosmetology School, gaining her license to do manicures and pedicures.
Nicole is survived by her spouse, David M. Gilbert; their four children, Hunter (12), Casey (8), Jason (6) and McKenna (2); mother, Darline Lettenmaier; grandparents, Fred and Betty Lettenmaier; brothers,Slade and Justis Nelson; sister, Andreya Nelson; nephew, Ryland; aunt, Jeanette (Dave) Henegen; cousin, Steven Willoughby; in-laws, with whom she spent many years with, father-in-law Steven (Kathy) Gilbert; mother-in-law, Debbie Gilbert; and brother-in-law, Daniel (Gilly) Gilbert. Preceding her in death was her grandmother, Phylis Wagner.
Join us in a celebration of Nicole's life at 11 a.m. Sept. 26, at the VFW Hall in Kendrick. A potluck will follow the celebration. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation account has been set up by a friend of the family at Latah Credit Union under Darline Lettenmaier to help pay for memorial and Nicole's children.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left at malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Nicole Gilbert
Terry John Slette, 82, worked at Camp X
Terry John Slette, a.k.a., TJ, a longtime Lewiston resident, passed away at the age of 82, due to the infirmities of age (and mileage), with his children by his side Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 12, 1938, in Sandpoint, ID, to Osborne and Olava Slette. Terry and his parents moved to Bovill when he was 6. He attended grade school in Bovill and graduated from Deary High School in 1956. He spent one year at the University of Idaho, then married Gayle O'Keefe of Bovill in 1957. They had four children. They divorced in 1975. In October 1985 he married his true love, Mary Kay Huck (Bopp) of Sandpoint.
Terry began working at the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association in 1957-1958. He then began his 41-year career with Potlatch Forest Inc. in 1959 as a camp clerk at Camp-X on the North Fork of the Clearwater. He moved to Lewiston in 1962 and held several positions in accounting for Potlatch, including time in Lewiston, Fort Wayne, Ind., St. Maries and finished his career back in Lewiston, retiring in 2000.
Terry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Kay Slette; his four children, Michael Slette (wife Lauren) of Boise, Patricia Legard of Kennewick, WA, Cynthia Hines of Kennewick, Dana Branim of Nashville, TN; as well as six grandchildren, Jonathan (wife Erin), Jillian, Matthew (wife Kallie), Brandon (wife Hannah), Troy, Heath and three great-grandchildren, Luke, Hudson and Erik.
Terry is also survived by his adult stepchildren, Chris, Richard (wife Michelle) and Matt Huck, all of Boise, and seven step-grandchildren, Carson, Madison, Brandon, Livia, Katelyn, Brielle and Mya.
Terry loved the outdoors and he shared that passion with his children and grandchildren, spending priceless time camping at Priest Lake, fishing and camping at Dworshak Reservoir with his family and his lifelong friend Floyd Marshall, steelhead fishing on the Clearwater and Snake rivers, and water skiing on the St. Joe River and Coeur d'Alene and Chatcolet lakes. He introduced his children to snow skiing in the 1970s, taking several snow skiing vacations to McCall and Sandpoint. His children continue to carry on those outdoor traditions with their families, passing down the legacy of his love of the outdoors.
Terry was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and took his four children to Norway in 2013 and enjoyed a wonderful visit with relatives who reside there. In 2015, three cousins from Norway came to Idaho and Terry treated them to a jet boat tour up Hells Canyon. Terry was thankful to be able to remain in contact with his family in Norway via email. Terry loved making and eating the traditional Norwegian foods: Lutefisk, Lefsa and Potatas Korv. He was a proud member and past president of the Sons of Norway and his children became active members participating in several "Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers."
He was chaplain of the Elks in St. Maries.
Terry was the type of man who never knew a stranger. His warm and friendly nature and gift of gab were his trademarks. He was always willing to share stories of his trip to Norway, his children's and grandchildren's activities, and fun camping and fishing trips. Terry became known as "Salsa Man" during many years of camping trips at Priest Lake. He would make gallons of his homemade salsa and share it with anyone in camp that was willing to try it. Most brought back empty containers to him begging for more. What we all wouldn't give for one more batch of his homemade salsa.
Heaven has gained a champion, and we will dearly miss his big warm hugs and kiss on the cheek. We love you, dad.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sons of Norway in Lewiston. And, due to the risks posed by COVID-19, a "direct family only" graveside will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Sandpoint.
A celebration of life will be held in Sandpoint over Memorial Day weekend in 2021.
Photo: Terry John Slette
Zada Mae Woodruff, 92
Zada Mae Woodruff passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston of natural causes. She was a month short of her 93rd birthday and was the last sibling of four: brothers, Don Long and Kenny Long and sister, Leta Hardin.
Zada was born Zada Mae Long on Oct. 25, 1927, at Deer Creek (near Potlatch) to Jesse Alonzo Long and Rose McManama Long. The family moved to Juliaetta, where Zada attended school, and she dropped out after eighth grade. She married Ronald "Dude" Jones of Bear Ridge in Kendrick at age 16. They had three sons, Keith (deceased), Ken and Dave. They divorced, and she married Pat Woodruff on July 28, 1957. Together they moved to Lewiston and had one son, Patrick.
Zada's career was as a cook, wife and mother. Her cooking career began early for the threshing crews on Big Bear Ridge and included her own restaurant, Zada's Cafe in Juliaetta (now Colter's Creek Winery), Lewiston's Golf and Country Club, the Stockyards Cafe, Whitepine Cafe at Potlatch Forests Inc. and the Montgomery Ward lunch counter in the Lewiston mall. She continued cooking for family her entire life, baking magnificent pies and baking her own bread every day well into her 80s. She also made and canned excellent pickles and peaches.
For more than 50 years Zada was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She paid dues faithfully. They assisted her two times with stipend checks for cancer treatments. She was also Queen Chairman of the Orchards Blossom festival in the mid-1960s. She and Pat bowled for more than 35 years on the Ball and Chain League at Orchards Lanes and they participated in many tournaments both locally and statewide.
She loved to fish, camp and spend time snowmobiling and four-wheeling at their cabin near Dent Acres. She also won the contest to name Centennial School when it was built.
Zada leaves behind her sons Ken (Dena) Jones, Dave (Keri) Jones and Patrick Woodruff. She has four grandkids; seven great-grandkids and two great-great-grandkids. Her husband, Pat; son, Keith; her siblings and her parents preceded her in death.
Cremation will take place and, per her longtime wishes, no services will be held. There will be a private family gathering to bury her and Pat's ashes at a later time.
The family would like to thank all of Zada's caregivers at Royal Plaza for their loving care over the last three-plus years.
Remember Zada as you will, with a cold beer, a cold vodka beverage or a joke with a naughty punchline. She would appreciate that.
Photo: Zada Mae Woodruff
Albert 'Joe' Stifanick, Jr., 58, Orofino
The world lost an amazing man on Aug. 28, 2020 when Joe Stifanick lost his year-long battle with lymphoma. He passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston surrounded by his family.
Joe loved the Lord and his family more than any words can say. He was a devoted and loving husband and father. Joe cherished every moment with his grandkids who were one of the greatest gifts God gave him. He was the fun Papa spending countless hours giving horsey rides, wrestling and playing hide and go seek with them.
Joe was the third of seven children born Nov. 15, 1961 in Ogdensburg, NY, to Albert Stifanick, Sr. and Pauline Williams.
Growing up he lived in Ohio, Michigan and Colorado before his family settled in Peck, ID, in 1974. They later moved to Orofino where Joe went to school and graduated from Orofino High School in 1980. He lived there until his passing.
In early 1981, Joe met Lauri Tintle. They married later that year in Orofino and this November they would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with two amazing daughters that he was so proud of, Taylor and Courtney.
Joe was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 44 where he worked many jobs as a welder and pipefitter all over the Pacific Northwest and Alaska before going to work for Clearwater Paper in Lewiston in 1999. He worked there until last year, when his health forced his retirement.
In addition to being the greatest husband, dad and papa, Joe was the most loyal friend you could ever have. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for you. Joe was a kind and gentle person with the biggest heart. He was full of forgiveness and never held a grudge.
He was happiest when he was doing something outdoors. He loved to hunt and fish with his dad and all his buddies. He also enjoyed camping, boating and riding 4-wheelers.
Joe touched so many lives and will be missed tremendously by all that knew him. To honor his memory, do good things and be kind.
Joe is survived by his wife Lauri. His daughters Taylor (Luke) McIntosh, and Courtney Stifanick. His grandchildren Destiny Stifanick, Ryker McIntosh, Rayce McIntosh and Rya McIntosh. His dad Albert (Terri) Stifanick and his mom Pauline Williams. His siblings Tina (Darryl) Olive, Karen (Ken) Humiston, Todd Stifanick, Stephanie (Norman) Jordon, Stacy Stifanick and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his sister, Cindy Stifanick.
Funeral services will be held at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 at 2 p.m. A graveside service to follow at the Orofino Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Cream Ridge Church that Joe attended in c/o Mike Richardson at 256 Shasta Circle, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Albert 'Joe' Stifanick, Jr.
William 'Bill' D. Jacks, 80, formerly of Pierce
CLEARWATER-- William D. Jacks passed away Aug. 29, 2020 unexpectedly while hauling hay. He was born May 23, 1940 to Lloyd and Marie Jacks at Winchester, ID. The family moved to Clearwater, ID when Bill was eight years old. He attended grade school in Clearwater and graduated high school in Stites in 1958.
He worked at various jobs before working at Jaype Mill in Pierce for 35 years. He retired when the mill shut down and he moved back to the Clearwater ranch where their current home is. He never really retired from work. They were haying and raising cattle. He married Gloria Paul on August 12, 1960.
Bill was very active in the community. He was a volunteer fireman for BPC, president of QRU and ambulance driver, a Gideon, a member and treasurer for Clearwater Baptist Church, and a board member of the ILC Cattleman Assoc.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria at the family home in Clearwater; two children, Darin (Patricia) Jacks of Peck, and Serena (Bill) Jackson of Clearwater. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Laci (Casey) Myers, Callen (Jerrica) Jackson and Wyatt Jackson, eight great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving him are his sister, Connie Forsmann and sister-in-law, Norma Jacks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy Jacks; a brother, Archie; and two sisters, Roxie George and Myrna Hornbeck.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. A potluck meal will follow the service at the Clearwater IOOF Hall. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: William 'Bill' D. Jacks
Phyllis C. Williams, 100
GRANGEVILLE: With profound sadness we announce the passing of our loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, Phyllis C. Williams who died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday Aug. 30, at the graceful age of 100.
She was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Cottonwood, ID, to Alice and Raymond Downer.
As a child, she lived in Clarkston, WA, and Lewiston with her younger sister, Marcia, before the family settled in Grangeville. After graduating from Grangeville High School, she worked as a receptionist and dispatcher for the Forest Service. Her father, Raymond, had built several of the forest service lookout towers at that time.
In 1940, she married James Buel Williams of Grangeville and the two proudly ranched in the area for over 60 years.
Phyllis was a member of the First Christian Church of Grangeville where she was very active in many roles over the years including event coordinator, Sunday school, youth groups, participated in the prayer line and scheduled greeters until she was 99 years old. For several years, she was an active member of the Christian Women's Fellowship, local cancer drive and helped with many election years alongside her mother, Irene. Her valiant spirit and incredible faith in family, church and community will carry on for generations. She will forever be in our hearts and will graciously guide us along the way.
Her family wishes to thank Syringa Hospice and all the compassionate caregivers who provided for Phyllis.
Survivors include a son, Bill (Gail) Williams of Orofino and daughter, Sherry Morrison of Grangeville; 6 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Raymond Downer; her beloved husband, James Buel Williams; a twin son, Gerald; and a sister, Marcia Hudson.
Due to family member health and COVID safety, the family will be holding a public viewing at Blackmer Funeral Home Thursday, Sept. 3, from 1-4 p.m. In addition, the family will hold a private graveside ceremony at Prairie View Cemetery at Grangeville to honor their beloved mother and grandmother. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Russell 'Jack' Zagelow, 65, Orofino
Russell 'Jack' Zagelow, 65, of Orofino, died of cancer at Deary, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. He was born Sept. 7, 1954, to James Zagelow and Loretta Harris, and was the youngest of six children.Jack was raised in Bovill. He graduated from Deary High School in 1973, and went to work for The C-PTPA (Clearwater- Potlatch Timber Protection Association) and McFarland Pole Company in the early 70's. He drove logging trucks for various companies for many years, retiring in 2017 from Bear Creek Timber Company out of Orofino.
His passion was his family and his guitar. He started playing guitar when he was nine years old when his older brother Joe taught him an E minor chord. He played Rock and Roll with various bands, starting in the early 70's, and played with "6 String Circus" the last four years. He was known and loved by many as "Uncle Jack" or "Ripper."
Jack is survived by daughter, Loretta Marie Zagelow, of Orofino; stepson, Jaime Dee Steadman of Healdsburg, CA; brothers, Allen Zagelow, of Moscow, and Joe Zagelow (Kari), of Deary; sisters, June Smith (Justin), of Bovill, and Carla Eggers, of Lewiston; brother-in-law Stan Babkowski, of Stephenville, TX; grandsons, Curtis and Miles Hamilton, of Orofino; step-grandsons, Lucas and Isaac Hamilton, of Lewiston; step-granddaughter, Allie Steadman, of Orofino; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cheryl Babkowksi; and great niece, Kori Day.
A remembrance will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at the Canyon Inn Bar and Grill, 20289 Big Canyon Rd., Peck, ID. Potluck Dinner with Music by "Six String Circus".
Memorial Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, The National Kidney Foundation, and the Clearwater County Humane Society.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Russell 'Jack' Zagelow
Traci Shane Tolle, 56, Fraser
On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, Traci Shane Tolle, 56, of Fraser, was welcomed to heaven into the loving arms of her parents and dear ones who left before her.
We are all shocked that she is gone as she was a bright spot and a source of joy for all who knew her. She had battled health issues for many years and had always overcome adversity; this last sudden setback was one she just couldn't physically defeat.
Traci was born Aug. 15, 1964, in Lewiston to Melvin and Maggie Dahl, of Pierce, the last of four daughters. She grew up with a great circle of friends with whom she stayed close to all her life. Traci graduated from Timberline High School in 1982 and then was off on an adventure with a friend to Los Angeles. She returned home a few years later and eventually went to work for Washington State University. She started in the admissions department and went on to spend most of her career as a communications coordinator in the physical plant. Traci had 27½ years of loyal service with Washington State University before she took a disability retirement in 2015. She made many lifelong and special friends there.
Traci married Gary Tolle in July of 1991 and resided in the Palouse region for several years. To this union were born her two children, Michael and Kylee, who, along with her four grandchildren, she cherished and loved more than anything in life. After Gary's death in 2002, she and her kids moved to Lewiston. She met her soul mate, Tony Kast, and they spent many years attending concerts, traveling to Oregon and enjoying their life together. She lost Tony after his short illness in 2017.
In 2019, she moved to Fraser where she lived at the time of her death. In life, Traci loved her family, her four-legged friends, anything with sparkly bling on it and the color purple. She had purple-tinted hair long before it was fashionable and pulled it off grandly even up until her last day. She had such a tender heart for her family and animals, but boy, she could bring out the feistiness if you crossed her or her loved ones. She was one of a kind and we will miss her forever.
She is survived by her loving son, Michael, and Lindsy Tolle, of Orofino; devoted daughter Kylee Tolle and Mathias Hamilton, of Clarkston, WA; and those precious grandchildren, Brindallynn, Kinley and Koen Tolle, and Maximo and Kylo (arriving in October) Hamilton. Surviving sisters and brothers-in-law are Nancy and Lonnie Cowger, of Pierce, Linda and Randy McKinnon, of Fraser, and Debbi and Mike Duffy, of Lenore. She leaves behind her nieces, Tami LaDoux, Brandi Stamey and Sunny Haynes, of Lewiston, Jakki Landstrom, of Loon Lake, and nephew Kelly Cowger, of Pierce, along with their families. She is also survived by her five stepsisters, Rona Hall, Barb Robertson, Verna Soyk, Tiny Bowling and Sheila Struck; her bonus son, Julian Marsillett, of Clarkston; her aunt, Peggy Mundell, of Richland; many loving cousins; and a million friends.
She was preceded in death by former spouse Gary Tolle; her life partner, Tony Kast; her parents and stepfather, Wally Williams; and her brother-in-law, Jack Smith.
We will hold an outdoor gathering for family and friends in Traci's honor at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Fraser Park near Weippe. We will be respecting social distancing. Please bring your own lawn chair and feel free to wear your mask. And of course, if so inclined, wear a little something purple in Traci's memory.
Memorials can be sent to the Tolle family in care of Tami LaDoux, 3131 Cherry Circle, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Traci Shane Tolle
Skyler L. Kelso, 24, Weippe
Skyler L. Kelso, of Weippe, Idaho, was born July 31, 1996. He passed away on the Musselshell, Aug. 15, 2020.
Services will be held Saturday Aug. 29, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Orofino City Park baseball field.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Edra Pearl Mattson, 102, formerly of Weippe
Edra Pearl Mattson, 102, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation - Clarkston.
She was born June 25, 1918, in Bay City, OR, to Emma (Garret) Nelson and Lee Nelson. Edra grew up in Weippe, at the family's Schmidt Brothers' Mill, where she was raised by her mother, Emma, and stepfather F.G. (Mickey) Schmidt. She graduated from Weippe High School.
Edra Nelson married Richard Benson and they had two sons, Richard "Dik" and Larry. Her second marriage was to Allan Summers. They had one child, a daughter, Sharon.
Edra began her working career as a beautician and later a licensed hair color technician/instructor of cosmetology in California. Returning to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley in 1967, she was employed as an instructor at Mr. Nick's Beauty College until she purchased and operated the Idaho Beauty College with her son, Larry.
Edra married Clarence William "Bill" Mattson in 1973. Their fondest memories were the years spent traveling the country while living in their fifth wheel, visiting friends and family along the way. After Bill passed away, Edra continued to travel, visiting relatives and friends. Oh, the stories she would tell. We often wondered about tales untold.
Thank you to Evergreen Estates and a big thank you to Prestige Care for the additional medical care needed to extend Edra's quality of life. A special thank you to the Robeson Wing for the extra care, support, compassion, patience and friendship. Most importantly, thank you for keeping our little Energizer Bunny going and going and going. Robeson Wing calls informing us that Edra's "Energizer juice" needed replenishing will be missed. A special thank you to Dr. Martin for his continued care, kindness and support during Edra's roller-coaster ride of life.
Edra was preceded in death by her parents; two siblings, Aloha Nelson Atkins and George Schmidt; her husband, Bill; two sons, Richard and Larry Benson; and a grandson.
Those left behind to carry Edra's spirit and love of life are her daughter, Sharon Vahlkamp; favorite son-in-law Dean Vahlkamp; and her brother, Fred Schmidt; along with seven grandchildren, Teresa, Karl, Kendall, Lance, Julie, Jaimie and Susan; 17 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
It was important to Edra to donate her body to science. She wanted to contribute to life-saving research and education. Unfortunately, Washington state donors are currently not accepted because of the coronavirus. Hopefully, she will never find out.
Her ashes will join her husband, Bill, and her sons, Dik and Larry, at Normal Hill Cemetery. A family celebration of life will be planned for a later date.
Photo: Edra Pearl Mattson
John Burt Thompson, 70, formerly of Orofino
John Burt Thompson, 'Papa John' to most, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at his home in Asotin, WA, at the age of 70.
John was born March 18, 1950, to Lee and Marion Thompson, in Twin Falls; he was the second oldest of seven kids. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1970. He married Lillian Dixon in Orofino and moved to Boise. They welcomed a daughter, Danna, in 1971. John and Lilian would later divorce. John met Jean Magdall and her daughter, Nikki, in 1976. John and Jean made their home in Asotin. John supported both girls in their sports, never missing a volleyball or basketball game when he was home.
He went on supporting his grandchildren in their interests, from supercross races to the Special Olympics to riding snowmobiles and four-wheelers with them on his property. Papa John was a very giving person of his time and support to many families, friends and neighbors. His kindness to others was a value no one will forget.
John was a union crane operator having worked in Idaho, Washington and Alaska. John retired from Alaska in 2012 and returned home to start many family adventures with his grandkids, brothers and sisters. John was a man of many outdoor adventures, from rafting, hang gliding, paragliding and camping with the family at the North Fork in June for the annual Thompson Campout. This year, their four-wheeler ride took them on a trail to paradise, "Best ride so far," he said. John would also take yearly snowmobile trips to the Lochsa Lodge with friends. It didn't matter the season, John had a toy for every adventure.
John is survived by his daughter, Danna (Rich) Smith; grandson Justin; granddaughter Brenna (Cody) Anderson; and great-grandson Bentley; daughter Nikki Thompson and grandson Destyn. He is also survived by brothers Mike, Kip (Sylvia) and Todd; sisters Ellen and Nancy (Wade); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jean; and brother Leo.
A celebration of John's life will take place at the North Fork in June 2021. All family and friends are welcomed. Date and time to be announced.
Photo: John Burt Thompson
Margaret Doris Meyer Silflow, 95, formerly of Southwick, Leland
Margaret Doris Meyer Silflow went home to her Lord on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lewiston.
She was born Feb. 24, 1925, the first child of Thelma and Herman Meyer. She grew up on the family farm near Leland with her siblings Dorothy, Hermina, Theodore and Loeda and cousin, Lawrence Abitz. She was confirmed at Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1937 and attended school in Leland and Southwick, graduating in Southwick High School's class of 1942. She attended the School of Nursing at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA, graduating as a registered nurse in 1946.
On Sept. 16, 1946, Margie married the neighbor boy, Marvin Frederick Silflow, after his return from service in the army. Margie and Marvin farmed near Kendrick and raised their son, Dale, and daughters, Carolyn, Mariann and Joan. After her children were grown, Margie completed a refresher course in nursing in 1981 and enjoyed a ten-year career as a nurse at St. Joseph's hospital in Lewiston. Following retirement, she served as a hospice volunteer for many years. She moved to Brookdale in the fall of 2019 where she enjoyed reconnecting with longtime friends and family.
Margie loved her life on the farm. She milked cows and raised chickens and turkeys. She maintained a large vegetable garden and orchard, sharing the produce with many. She canned, pickled and preserved the produce she grew, as well as the hard-won treasure from frequent trips to the huckleberry and black-cap patches, trips that she continued into her 90s. At the county fair, she was delighted to win ribbons for her exhibits of garden produce and flowers. Even after moving to town, she continued to supervise, ordering the seeds for the 2020 garden.
Margie's house was busy with visitors and often staying for a meal. Later in her life, she liked to refer to her house as "Grand Central Station." She delighted in the relationships she had with children in the family, attending their sports and school events and playing games when they would come to visit.
Cooking for others was one way that Margie showed her love. She was a talented cook, always trying new recipes and generously sharing her knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn. At potluck events she always had something special to share including Kringle, cinnamon rolls, creampuffs or honey-baked lentils. Yearly group activities such as butchering, making sauerkraut and Ralston Caramels were highlights for Margie.
She was a lifelong devoted member of the Cameron Church. She was an active member of the women's group, sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She shared her gifts for needlework in preparing items for the annual church bazaar. Margie was a strong supporter of community activities, serving as a 4-H leader when her children were young and enjoying meals at the Senior Citizens Center when she got older. She was Grand Marshall of the 2014 Locust Blossom Festival in Kendrick.
Margie is survived by sisters, Dorothy Schnaible of Moscow, Hermina Meyer and Loeda (Horst) Reil of Kendrick; sister-in-law, Marlene Meyer of Kendrick; children, Dale (Patti) Silflow of Kendrick, Carolyn (Pete Lefebvre) Silflow of Roseville, MN, Mariann (Ed) Lynch of Kendrick and Joan (Randy) Tiede of Winchester; grandchildren, Brian (Shelby) Silflow, Janel (Sam) Shaw, Matthew (Hannah) Lefebvre, Jerimy (Tammy Olmstead Davis) Chase, Cindy (Aaron) Patterson, Leslie (Nelson) Huddleston and Kristen Tiede; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Cade Silflow, Lydia, Ava and Gwen Shaw, Logan (Josie) and Brooke Chase, Dawson Bedard and Troy, Aubrey and Brayden Patterson. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins from a large tight-knit extended family.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma Schmidt Meyer and Herman Meyer; husband, Marvin; brother, Ted; and grandparents, Otelia and Ernest Schmidt and Dorothea and Heinrich Meyer.
A graveside service for Margie is being planned. An event to celebrate her life will be scheduled later. Memorial donations may be given to Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the Kendrick Senior Citizens Center.
Photo: Margaret Doris Meyer Silflow
Kay Charles Kalbfleisch,87, formerly of Orofino
Kay Charles Kalbfleisch passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at 1830 hours surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Kay was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Lewiston, to Vernon and Lolita Kalbfleisch. When Kay was a child, the family moved to Orofino, where he graduated from Orofino High School in 1951, Kay was an excellent athlete, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track and field. After graduation, Kay attended the University of Idaho for one semester before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps on Feb. 20, 1952. When asked why he chose to join the Marine Corps over the other military branches, he stated, "Because I liked the uniforms." He served during the Korean War and was released from active duty in 1955.
In May 1955, he married Frances Grove of Kamiah. They had three children together, Cynthia, Greg and Kevin. Kay continued his education at Lewis-Clark Normal School and then graduated from the University of Idaho in 1959, with a degree in elementary education.
His first teaching job was at Sacajawea Junior High in 1959. Even though he enjoyed teaching, he still had a desire to be part of the Marine Corps and serve his country. In 1960, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve and went into active duty in 1967. In 1968, he was the commander of a fire base in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star medal of combat for meritorious service. He returned to Lewiston in 1970 and taught at Jenifer Junior High. In 1973, he again went into active duty in the Marine Corps. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1979, having earned the rank of major. He returned to teaching in Lewiston until his retirement in 1992.
He continued to be dedicated to the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lewiston community and to the education of children throughout his life. After retirement, he was actively involved in the National Education Association, Marine Corps Reserve Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, the Marine Corps League, Grace Lutheran Church and the North Idaho Senior Games. For years, he spent many volunteer hours at elementary schools, assisting students with individual reading, participating in school Veterans Day activities and even playing Santa Claus at Christmas. He helped organize many veterans' functions in Lewiston, including bringing the traveling Vietnam Memorial to Lewiston. He never said no, if asked to participate in a community event such as collecting Toys for Tots, food for the veterans' home food drive, providing military honors at funerals, setting up Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies and putting on his dress blues to give presentations at the ceremony on Veterans' Day. He was proud to wear his dress blues in public throughout his life.
He was a proud supporter of LCSC athletics and attended countless baseball and basketball games. He also had a passion for running. He participated in nearly every Bloomsday event in Spokane until he was in his 80s and could no longer make it up Doomsday Hill. Many people in Lewiston will remember seeing him on the levee paths running every day. He could also be easily identified driving around Lewiston by his license plate, "Maj K" which was open parked at Arby's where he loved to have lunch nearly every day.
In 1971, he lost his true love, Frances, in an airplane crash over California. He stood strong and met the challenge of being a single parent for his three children. He was a kind and generous father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud of his family and never missed his grandchildren's sporting events or school functions, even if it meant long road trips. Nothing brought him more joy than his children and grandchildren. He was a strong and steady patriarch. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.
He is survived by his three children, Cynthia (Wayne) Hochhalter, of Sequim, WA; Gregory (Marcy Spilker) Kalbfleisch, of Lewiston, and Kevin (Tina) Kalbfleisch, of Lewiston. Also surviving him are his five cherished grandchildren, Heidi (Eric) Wilponen, Daniel (Beatriz) Hochhalter, Cami (Mike) Madrid, Wesli (Tyler) Houston and Matt Kalbfleisch; along with 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Lolita Kalbfleisch; and Frances Grove Kalbfleisch.
The family held a private graveside service Aug. 6 at Lewiston Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In support of Kay's lifelong dedication to education, memorial donations may be sent to Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education (L.I.F.E.).
Photos: Kay Charles Kalbfleisch
Michael E. Topping, 62, formerly of Elk River
Michael E. Topping, 62, of Lewiston, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at his home in Lewiston, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 24, 1957, to George W. and Barbara C. Topping in Lewiston.
Mike graduated from Lewiston High School in 1976 and started in the woods of Elk River producing cedar fencing. Upon returning home, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
After his time in the service, he moved to Boardman, OR, and found work as a supervisor at a potato plant. Mike took his supervising skills back home, where he worked as a cook and night manager at T.J.'s Pantry in Clarkston, WA, and then later as a cook at Panhandler Pies in Lewiston. After that brief stint in the kitchen, he moved on to a career as a corrections officer for the Idaho Department of Correction in Lewiston.
He briefly moved to Astoria, OR, where he worked security and maintenance for The Job Corp. While working there, he met Janice Olson and they were married May 12, 2015, in Astoria.
They returned to Lewiston in 2017, and he continued working as a corrections officer for the Idaho Department of Correction, where he retired after a couple of years.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, playing paintball, training horses and working in his garden.
Mike is survived by his wife, Janice; his parents, George and Barbara; sisters, Linda Gifford (Mike Mann) and Lori Knoll (Chad Fenimore); daughters, Brenda Harless (Richard), Shayla VanPelt and Jenei Topping; son, Noah Topping; aunt, Mary Moeller; seven grandchildren; and many extended family from the neighborhood - you all know who you are.
A celebration of life will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A graveside service with military honors will follow.
Memorial donations may be made in Mike's name to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Please visit the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Michael E. Topping
Allen 'Gene' Johnson, 69, formerly of Weippe
GRANGEVILLE: Beloved husband, father and brother Allen 'Gene' Johnson passed away Thursday Aug. 6, 2020 at his home in Grangeville.
Gene was born at Tri-state Hospital on Aug. 8, 1950 to Hjalmer and Myrtle (Wilson) Johnson. He grew up in and attended school at Weippe.
Almost as soon as he could walk and talk, he took to the woods both for work and play. He had many entertaining stories of work, camping, hunting, and hiking.
Almost the entirety of his working life was spent in the timber industry working both for others and he also had a company with his sons until he retired in 2019.
He lived the last 20+ years in Grangeville and considered it home.
He is survived by his wife Kelli (McGee) Johnson; his sons, Jesse (Sharlene) Johnson and Jeremy (Dawn Marie) Johnson; and grandson, Jace Johnson. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Johnson; and brothers, Clayton Johnson and Peter (Doris) Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hjalmer and Myrtle Johnson; brothers, Steve Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Harold Johnson and Eddie Johnson.
Gene was a "one-of-a-kind" person. I don't think God made very many like him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and if he loved you, he always had your back, no matter what. He will be missed tremendously. Gene didn't want a funeral service. We may have a celebration of life at a later date.
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Condolences can be sent to PO Box 574, Grangeville, ID 83530 or you may submit them online at blackmerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
Photo: Allen 'Gene' Johnson
Irma Jean (Tweedy) Abell, 93, formerly of Headquarters
Irma Jean (Tweedy) Abell passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Royal Plaza Skilled Care in Lewiston, because of heart failure. She had been a resident at Royal Plaza since 2016.
Irma was born April 22, 1923, on Tahoe Ridge near Kooskia, the third child of Eugene and Bertha (Godwin) Tweedy. She attended school in Kooskia and graduated from Kooskia High School in 1940.
Irma married Philip B. Abell on June 12, 1942, in Grangeville. Shortly after their marriage, they moved with other family members to Bremerton, WA, to work in wartime shipyards. Later, they moved to Portland, OR, where their first child, Phyllis, was born.
In August 1943, Irma and Philip returned to Idaho, where Philip went to work for PFI at Headquarters. Their sons, Gene, Phillip and Stephen, were born during their years at Headquarters. In 1955, the family moved to Clarkston, WA, and built a house.
After the children were grown, Philip and Irma moved to Lewiston. Shortly thereafter, they purchased their first of many RVs and began to travel. They joined a Good Sam Club and made many new friends while traveling all over the West, Canada and Mexico. Camping and four-wheeling were their favorite pastimes.
Irma loved spending time and sharing stories with her family. She had a gentle sense of humor and an ability to find the silver lining in almost any situation, and she was incredibly resilient in overcoming many health issues over the years. A big hug always awaited any visitor.
Irma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 69 years, Philip; sisters, Helen Smith, Oma Abell and Mary Lorentzen; brothers, John and Joe Tweedy; daughter, Phyllis, and son-in-law, Joe Collins; daughter-in-law, Norma Abell; grandson, Phillip Abell; and great-grandson, Jesse Sperry.
She is survived by sons, Eugene (Sharon), of Lewiston, Phillip, of Sandpoint, and Stephen (Pat), of Sandpoint; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff at Royal Plaza Assisted Living and Royal Plaza Skilled Care. Their kindness and care for Mom are greatly appreciated.
No service is planned.
Photo: Irma Jean (Tweedy) Abell
Eugene Peter 'Ticket' Meyers, 90
Eugene Peter 'Ticket' Meyers, 90, died at his home in Hope, ID, surrounded by his family and loved ones on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
Eugene was born on Aug. 22, 1929 to Harry and Ruby Meyers in Chicago at the Swedish Covenant Hospital in the middle of four sisters whom he teased incessantly.
Eugene served in the US Army from 1949 to 1952. He was primarily stationed in Vienna, Austria when that city was governed by four powers: British, French, Soviet, and the USA. He returned to Chicago after being discharged, but his love of adventure and desire for further education brought him to Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho with partial financial support due to his military service. He further financed his education through the challenge of logging. With the love of the outdoors, he chose Geology for a career and graduated with a BSc in Geology in 1963.
During his early time in Idaho, Eugene married Mary Profit of Orofino and they had five children; David (1957), Daniel (1959), Brian (1961), Joseph (1962), and Evelyn (1964). That marriage ended in 1970.
Eugene's Geology work included the Sunshine Mines in Kellogg, ID, and another in Metaline Falls, WA. He then moved to Canada where he used his talents in "hard rock mining" in British Columbia, the Precambrian Shield of Saskatchewan, and Gold Mining in the North West Territories. Often isolated in his work in the Territories, with his indomitable spirit he braved the winter frosts and spring breakups to drain and restart an underground gold mine. He also became a USA/Canadian dual citizen.
Eugene met Marlene in 1973 during the Calgary Stampede. They married in 1975.
Marlene had three children whom he adopted; Lori (1965), Lisa (1967) and Dean (1971). This blended family have together enjoyed laughter, adventure, playing and a love of physical fitness, inspired by their dad. Eugene was active his entire life. Many of his friends were decades younger as they were the ones that could keep up with him in his love of sports. At the age of 89, he met his Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis by doing sit-ups and pushups in the park with a vow to beat the Cancer. When he died his Cancer was not the cause.
Volunteer work included Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and St. Joseph's Church Food Bank. He also accompanied his wife Marlene to Guyana, South America under the auspices of Canadian Executive Services to advise that country of their Gold Deposits along the Venezuela Border.
Retiring in Canada, Gene and Marlene decided to move to vacation locations that their children and their families would wish to visit for joy. Scottsdale, AZ for the warmth of the winter and the Hope, ID Peninsula for their lakeside play.
In Hope, they have hosted Bi-annual Meyers Family Reunions that have brought together their various extended families from across the continent to enjoy the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille sunsets and build a lifetime of memories of laughter, water games and shenanigans. Gene taught his family to love, laugh and play hard. He never tasted a Cabernet he did not like and he never lost a tennis or softball game with his kids and grandkids (or any game for that matter as he was the only one calling the shots).
Eugene and Marlene travelled extensively to various Continents in their retirement years, often with their children, and shared many fond memories together in their joint passion for the zest of life. Eugene was dearly loved by his surviving wife, children, grandchildren (16) great grandchildren (12) and many friends that he has met over his long, brave life.
Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Doctors Without Borders.
Eugene will be laid to rest in the Hope Cemetery. Private family graveside services will be held with a Celebration of Life to follow.
Photo: Eugene Peter 'Ticket' Meyers
Clyde Earl Burgess, 70, formerly of Orofino
Clyde Earl Burgess, age 70, passed peacefully in his sleep July 24, 2020 in Spokane, WA.
Clyde was born Aug. 15, 1949 to William (Bill) and Duane (Dee) Burgess in Idaho Falls Idaho.
As a youth Clyde enjoyed hunting, fishing, ranching, and causing trouble with his twin brother.
At the age of 17, Clyde enlisted in the Marines and served two terms in Vietnam.
Upon his return to civilian life Clyde became a 27-year civil servant; beginning with the Bonneville County Sheriff's office and commencing with the Clearwater County Sheriff's office when he retired in 2001.
As a lifelong outdoorsman, Dad spent his adult years camping, fishing, hunting or teaching his kids to camp, fish and hunt. Vacations seemed to be planned around various hunting seasons.
He was a man of little words, unless you had questions about guns, animals, or the latest book he was reading.
Though many may not have experienced it, Dad had a sharp wit and quick sense of humor, his sarcasm was quite thick though hidden by soft tone and easy demeanor.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Terri Burgess. He is survived by his wife Vicky of Spokane; his three children, Matt (Rachel) Burgess of Wellsville, UT; daughters, Jenni of Lewiston and Tricia (Kris) Waide of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; his brother Ford (Sue) and their two children and his twin brother Claude (Terri, deceased) and their two children.
At Clyde's request cremation has taken place and there will be a small private family service.
Photo: Clyde Earl Burgess
Kay C. Kalbfleisch, 88, formerly of Orofino
Kay C. Kalbfleisch, 88, Lewiston, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Royal Plaza in Lewiston.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Sullivan, 92, 60-year resident of the Cavendish/Teakean
Gladys Sullivan, 92, a 60-year resident of the Cavendish/Teakean area, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Brookdale Assisted Care in Lewiston.
Gladys was born July 22, 1927, to August F. and Meta Schutz Wegner and grew up on their farm near Cameron, Idaho. She graduated from Kendrick High School and obtained her teaching certificate at Lewis-Clark Normal School.
Her first teaching position was in Washtucna, WA. That was where she met Dan Sullivan. They later married Feb. 29, 1948, at Cameron.
In 1949, they purchased a farm in the Cavendish area. This is where they raised their family of four. Gladys was not only a farm wife and mother; she was also a substitute teacher at the two-room Cavendish/Teakean School for grades first through eighth.
Gladys was a baptized and life-member of the Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church near Kendrick. She was an active member of the church's Ladies Aid group and embroidered many pillow slips and kitchen towel sets. She helped to tie quilts for the annual dinner and bazaar fundraiser each year and to sew hundreds of relief quilts that the church sent to other countries.
Gladys took pride in growing fruits and vegetables and preserving them for her family. She loved growing flowers and maintained a beautiful yard. She raised and sold chickens and eggs and helped in the production of their cattle herd. Gladys was a 4-H leader in her community and an election official. Gladys and Dan worked many hours to improve and preserve the community LeBaron Park outside Cavendish and felt rewarded when people left comments in the park register. Each fall, she assisted with the Clearwater County Fair, helping people place their exhibits and later judging exhibits.
In 2010, they sold their beloved farm and retired to Lewiston, close to family and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents and her three brothers, Glen, Wayne and Vern Wegner; her husband, Dan; her eldest daughter, Joanne McAllister, and her husband, Ralph McAllister.
Survivors include a daughter, Lynda (Bob) Roberts; sons, Randy (Durelle) Sullivan and Dale (Christy) Sullivan; eight grandchildren, Kevin (Angie), Eric (Kathy), Jenifer (Jamie), Mark, Col, Stephanie, Dayne (Lindsey) and Clint (Robyn); eight great-grandchildren, Ashtyn, Riley, Blake, Brynn, Jake, Dylan, Nellie and James; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions can be made to Elite Home, Health, and Hospice at 1370 Bridge St., Clarkston, WA 99403; Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 12633 Cameron Road, Kendrick, ID 83537; Willow Center for Grieving Children, P.O. Box 1361, Lewiston, ID 83501; or to a charity of your choice.
Photo: Gladys Sullivan
Rosemary Van Cleave, Madson, Liedkie, 87, formerly of Elk River
Rosemary Van Cleave, Madson, Liedkie, 87, died Friday, July 17, 2020, from complications of Alzheimer's disease at Good Samaritan Assisted Living in Moscow.
She was born Nov. 29, 1932, to Lester and Laura Van Cleave, of Clarkston, WA, where she lived until marrying Everett C. Madson in 1948.
Her travels would take her to Spokane, WA, where Everett was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. They later traveled to Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake, WA, then back to her home in Clarkston.
She later divorced and married Eugene 'Vern' Liedkie. Both ran Riverside Meats in Lewiston until they retired to Elk River. Vern is currently at Good Samaritan Assisted Living in Moscow.
Rosemary was preceded in death by five brothers, Ted, Barney, Eugene, Bill and James; and two granddaughters, Katie Madson and Kari Doggett.
She is survived by her five children, Margaret 'Peggy' Morrill, of Wayne, ME, Clarence "Tim" Madson, of Clarkston, Emory "Butch" Madson, of Spokane, Cheryl McFarland, of Spokane, and Tina Madson, of Orofino; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a loving extended family.
Rosemary was a kind and gentle lady, loving mother, Air Force wife and avid gardener with a never-ending smile.
Women of her caliber are few and far between and will be dearly missed by all.
Rosemary will be buried at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston at a time to be announced later.
Robert G. 'Bob' Artz, 75
On Friday morning of July 17, 2020, my wonderful husband, Robert Artz, passed away, at age 75, from an aggressive cancer of the bone marrow/leukemia.
He went so quickly. This big, strong man couldn't fight it, but he sure gave it his all. Had so much more living to do.
Bob was born July 30, 1944, in Akron, OH, to Wilbur and Ruth Artz. He was raised in Akron, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Jan Hopkins. They had a son and a daughter, Bobby and Kim. Early on they moved to Tucson, AZ, where Bob worked in the copper mines driving huge dump trucks. They later divorced after 16 years.
Bob met and married Teri Todd, which brought them to Lewiston, where she had family. Bob worked at Twin City Foods where he later retired from. He and Teri later bought and started Final Touch in the Lewiston Orchards. They adopted a son, Tori. They later sold the shop and moved to Las Vegas, NV, and opened another detail business. They also helped raise a niece, Natalie, who always called Bob her dad. They had been very close.
Bob moved back to Lewiston, where he felt more at home and where his buddies were. He met Judy Cridlebaugh through some good friends - lucky day for both of them. They married April 14, 2006.
He had an amazing life. His passion and talent were rebuilding classic cars and riding Harleys. He worked on his well-known '55 coral-and-grey Chevy for years. It won the Super Chevy award in Seattle and it made the cover of their magazine. Bob rebuilt many cars, the last of which was his '65 red Chevy Malibu, which we took to many a car show. His good friend, Al Matheson, bought the '55, and he and his wife, Diane, won many more awards.
Bob got into Harleys years ago. Eventually, I rode on the back with him all over the country. He and his friend, George Rauch, started a riding group called the "Buzzards." Every week they would all meet and ride out of town for lunch. This has been going on for 18 years or more. Bob loved those rides. He will be missed.
Hope they have a Harley waiting for you. Save me a seat.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Bobby Artz, of Showlow, AZ; daughter Kim (John) Keth, of Lompoc, CA; son Tori Artz, of Georgia; stepson Bryan (Shauna) Cridlebaugh, of Gig Harbor, WA; stepdaughter Tori Cridlebaugh, of Weippe; brother Jerry Artz, of Akron; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
At Bob's request, there will be no services planned.
Photo: Robert G. 'Bob' Artz
Barbara M. Fitzsimmons, 88, Orofino
Barbara May (Sifton) Fitzsimmons was born June 5, 1932 to Forest and Luella Sifton in Emmett, Idaho. She passed away in Lewiston, Idaho on July 10, 2020 from complcations of Alzheimer's disease.
Barb grew up on a farm in the Crane Creek area east of Weiser and Midvale, Idaho. Her sister, Luella Ann was three years older than her. The Crane Creek farm was remote so they stayed in their home in Weiser during the school year while her Dad stayed on the ranch.
Barbara graduated from Weiser High School in 1950. Summers were spent at the ranch raising hay, grain, and livestock. She had many fond memories of her childhood;
Barbara attended the University of Idaho in Moscow.
In 1952 she married Norm Fitzsimmons. Upon his graduation he was committed to the Air Force Reserves and they moved to Washington, D.C. where she was employed by the National Security Agency.
In 1954, they returned to Idaho and Barb continued her education seeking a degree in Elementary Education. In 1955, Norm accepted a position with the University of Idaho Extension Service in Nez Perce County and they moved to Lewiston.
In 1959, they moved to Orofino, where Norm was the County Extension Agent and she began teaching at the Orofino Elementary School. Over the years she taught second, third and fourth grades. She continued classes and earned a Master's Degree in Education.
As a dedicated teacher, she was an advocate of the Fox Fire teaching method, a unique way of involving students in the history of their family and community, where they learned speaking, writing, and preparing presentations and reports. She loved and enjoyed all of her students. Her interest in history led her to research and prepare an extensive manuscript on the history of rural schools in Clearwater County.
In 1955 her daughter, Susan, was born and her son, David, was born in 1958. In 1969 the family moved to a ranch in the Wells Bench community. There they could continue in their careers but also enjoy the life they were raised in and could give their children the experiences and values of rural life.
Barbara was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was instrumental in organizing a chapter in Orofino, which grew to four chapters in Clearwater County. She also belonged to the Orofino Dance Club, Fine Gold Campers, the Orofino Community Choir, P.E.O. and Rotary Club.
She had an intense interest in antiques and books, especially old children's books and collected many. Besides teaching, she was also an artist and did art in 32 different mediums such as oils, acrylics, pen and ink, tatting, dolls, spinning, dying wool with plants, weaving, drawing, fabric, yarn, and many more. She included her art into her classroom teaching.
Barbara never minded doing things by herself. If she wanted to ice skate she would go out to the pond and do it. Take a class, she would do it. Walk to the back 40 acres, she would do it. She was strong and gentle.
She is survived by her husband, Norman, of 68 years, and her daughter, Susan Howland from Carson City, NV. She has 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Forest and Luella Sifton; her sister, Luella Ann; and her son, David.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is in charge of the arrangements. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned at a later date when the national health crisis has stabilized.
Photo: Barbara May Fitzsimmons
Laurence Burrell 'Skip' Oldham, 88,
Laurence Burrell 'Skip' Oldham died June 24, 2020 in Boise, age 88.
He was firstborn of Volney Lee and Elda Mary Burrell Oldham, in Rexburg, Idaho on Nov. 18, 1931. His sister, Mary Lee Oldham followed.
Owing to his abundant energy, his father began calling him "Skippy" very early and the sobriquet stuck. Nobody ever knew him by anything but Skip.
His chronically ill mother's health forced a family relocation to Hollister, CA, where Skip made pharmacy bicycle deliveries and played baseball.
With Elda's subsequent passing, young widower Volney moved Skip and Mary Lee back home to Rexburg.
Volney soon married prominent Rexburg attorney, Mary Smith, who raised the two. Volney and Mary added two more blessings to their family, sisters Francie and Nancy.
Skip graduated from Madison High School in 1950, where he excelled as a pitcher on Madison's baseball team.
He served in the US Navy, then as a USMC Corpsman during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA, Yokosuka and Iwo Jima, Japan where his unit trained for an amphibious assault on Korea until 1953.
In 1952, he married a lovely blonde, Joan Sutherland and together they had four beautiful daughters: Susie, Barbara, Donna, and Diane.
They resided in Rexburg, where Skip built, co-owned, and managed the Rexburg Bowling Alley, where the Rexburg Senior Center stands today.
Skip was a very accomplished bowler and rolled a 700 Series on a few occasions. He attended Ricks College, fished at Henry's Lake and Island Park Reservoir, played Pinochle at the Rexburg Boat Club, coached a championship little league team and zealously hunted Jefferson County rabbits. Skip and Joan divorced in 1969 and Skip moved to Whitehall, MT.
He married Arlyce Kunz Holley in Anaconda, MT, in 1970. Skip took her son, Steve Holley and daughter, Linda Holley and raised them as his own. Their daughter, Gena Lynn, was born in Sheridan, MT.
Skip began a career in road construction, eventually becoming a summertime heavy equipment operator and wintertime fur trapper. The construction family stayed at long-term, austere, summer campsites. This included places like Hoback, WY, Quake Lake, Wise River, and Lolo, MT.
Skip and Arlyce moved the three children to Peck, Idaho in 1975 where he was employed by Nez Perce County. Skip launched a 20-year career with the U.S. Forest Service working in the Clearwater National Forest.
They moved with Gena to Orofino, Idaho in 1984, until their retirement in 1998.
They moved to Meridian, Idaho following children, but they left their hearts in Orofino. He frequently stated that he had the perfect job because he was paid to camp in the most beautiful forest in the world.
His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, bowling, baking (especially bread), and model airplanes and ships.
Skip was the consummate devoted caregiver to his wife, Arlyce, until she passed in 2009. He recently moved to an assisted living facility.
Skip was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlyce, and daughter, Diane Perkins (Brent).
Skip is survived by sisters: Mary Lee Sellars (Dee) of Rexburg, Nancy Atwood (Roger) of Rexburg, and Francis Murphy (Steve) of Surprise, AZ: daughters, Susie Brittell (Rick) of Meridian, Barbara Hirschi (Mike) of Rexburg, Donna Nelson (Wendel) of Nampa, Linda Holley of Meridian, and Gena Case (Doug) of Boise; son, Steve K. Holley (Dawn) of Provo, UT; 17-grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
The family extends profuse thanks to MorningStar Memory Care of Boise for the outstanding care and compassionate love they provided Skip.
A memorial is planned at his final resting place with Arlyce, at the Cedron Cemetery in Victor, ID, in beautiful Teton County, ID, summer 2021.
Photo: Laurence Burrell 'Skip' Oldham
Barbara Fitzsimmons, 88, Orofino
Barbara Fitzsimmons, 88, of Orofino, died Friday, July 10, 2020, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation - The Orchards in Lewiston. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements.
Tyler Lynn Cochrell, 20, Weippe
Tyler Lynn Cochrell was born March 15, 2000 in Orofino, Idaho to Shawna Rae (Hendren) Cochrell and Brant Allen Cochrell.
Tyler joined his older brothers Justin Lee Cochrell, Kody Lane Cochrell, and Ryan James Cochrell.
Tyler left this earth to be with his Uncle Dan on July 4, 2020.
Tyler attended preschool through Senior year at Timberline Schools in Weippe, Idaho.
Tyler and Colton Brouwers became best friends in second grade and were inseparable throughout their school years and become roommates. The boys played sports together for years and Tyler shot his first bear with Colton his junior year.
Tyler excelled in basketball and played football and field events in track throughout his high school years. Their senior year they made a pact and were co-captains of football and basketball together. Tyler spent a lot of time with his high school girlfriend Emily and she and her family were significant in Tyler's life.
To know Tyler was to love him. He had a larger than life personality. He was a social butterfly and it was nothing to have 65-70 May Day baskets each year for the older ladies on his list. He had friends everywhere he went. Family meant everything to Tyler and he was motivated to have a special relationship with each person. Tyler went out of his way to make younger kids and family members feel special. Tyler would frequently attend family events and birthday parties and sporting events just to cheer them on. Tyler had a soft spot for so many youngsters.
Tyler was involved in Knowledge Bowl every year and was a founder of the EPIC club.
Tyler was Student Body President his senior year and graduated second in his class at Timberline High School.
Tyler graduated with his welding certification from Lewis-Clark State College in May 2020.
Tyler was on the Dean's or President's list each semester and truly enjoyed the college experience.
Tyler's true passion was working for CPTPA (Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association) Headquarters Unit and his ultimate goal was to be CT for life or become a "hot shot" firefighter.
Tyler was involved in his community in many ways and one special event that meant a lot to him was the Weippe Rodeo. Tyler recruited family members and friends to ensure that this community event continued to be a strong tradition.
Tyler was preceded in death by his Uncle Dan Hendren and his Aunt Stephanie Hendren.
Tyler is survived by his parents, Brant and Shawna Cochrell; his brothers, Justin Cochrell; Ryan and Christine Cochrell and niece Graiclyn and nephews Zarek, Wesley, and Vern; and brother Kody Cochrell. Tyler is also survived by his aunts and uncles and their partners: Fonney, Kevin, Miranda, Ashley, Hailey, Preston and Heather and Kelsey and his Uncle Jay; his grandparents, Judy and Dave Turner, Dave Hendren, and Art and Barb Cochrell.
Tyler's celebration of life will be held July 18th at 10 a.m. at the CPTPA Headquarters Office on the air strip. Potluck will be held afterwards at the CPTPA cookhouse. All family and friends are welcome to attend and share memories.
Photo: Tyler Lynn Cochrell
Susan Bacharach Meyer, 84, formerly of Orofino
Susan Bacharach Meyer Sept. 11, 1935 - July 1, 2020.
Born to Chloie (Shaw) and Roy Bacharach, Sue was raised in Orofino, Idaho. At 19 she married Don Allison of Toronto, Canada. Together they attended the University of Idaho, Moscow. In 1958 Sue attained a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. Sue and Don settled in Jackson Hole, WY, in 1960. In Jackson, while raising three young children, Sue learned to ski and became one of the first women ski patrol members on Snow King Mountain. She volunteered as a Candy-Striper at St. John's Hospital and became a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, a faith she maintained the rest of her life.
In 1970, the family moved to Utah so Sue could attain a certificate in Medical Technology. In 1971, the family moved to Duluth, MN, Lester Park neighborhood. Sue worked for the University of Minnesota, Duluth medical school as a research scientist, and taught at St. Scholastica. Later Sue attained her Master's degree in Industrial Hygiene from UMD, taught at UMD and partnered in a consulting business.
Sue and family introduced to the Duluth harbor and Duluth Keel Club; American Pie followed by Bilbo Baggins. Sue fully embraced sailing and race nights. Sue was one of the first all-women's crew of the Trans Superior in 1977.
In 1979, Sue married Dr. Howard Meyer. Sue and Howard found true love and partnership together. They sailed, took dance lessons, and world traveled together. Sue was heartbroken when she became a widow in 2011.
Sue played Bridge weekly for decades with her bridge ladies. She had a passion for singing and playing the piano and was a member of the Duluth Symphony Chorus. She was also an active member of the American Association of University Women, University for Seniors, and many other groups throughout the years. In her 60s Sue began painting and wrote poetry. One of her watercolors is part of the Members Collection in the Tweed Museum of Art.
Sue was an active member of St. Edward's and later St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In the 1990s, Sue began to embrace her Jewish heritage singing with Temple Israel, Duluth choir in conjunction with her Episcopal faith. It was the rituals of services, the choir and the life-long friends she made through her church families that comforted her throughout her life.
An Idaho girl at heart, Sue embraced living in Duluth. She was an adventurous and curious woman who embraced learning and was always open to new experiences. Sue was a kind person and seemingly reserved as she loved her family and friends unconditionally. She is missed.
Sue is survived by her three children, W. Garth (Karen) Allison, Dr. Lisa (Mark) Abeles-Allison, and Robin Allison; grandchildren, Benner Hartnett, Jacob Allison, Elizabeth Abeles-Allison, Gabrielle Abeles-Allison, Mackenzie Allison, and Tianse Abeles-Allison; a brother, Sam (KayEllen) Bacharach; nephew, Roy (Sandra) Bacharach; niece, Army LTC(P) Meagan Rizzo and families; step-children, Howard (Darlis) Meyer, Jr., Joanna (Kurt) LaBresh, Jennifer Miller and Steve Amundson, Deborah Meyer and Leslie Plettner, Sarah Meyer and William Benson, Stephen (Anne) Meyer and all the Meyer children who know her as Grandma Sue.
Susan passed unexpectedly from natural causes. Remembrances may be given in her name to Duluth, St. Paul's Episcopal Church building preservation project or any local charity of your choice. Due to COVID-19 a private family service will be held. Sue's friends are welcome to visit Sue and Howard's resting place in Forest Hills Cemetery, Duluth after July 27.
Photo: Susan Bacharach Meyer
Celebration of Life planned Saturday for Evelyn Ploharz
A Celebration of Life will be held for Evelyn Florance Ploharz at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino.
Evelyn was a longtime Clearwater County resident. She was born June 5, 1930 in Little Falls, MN and passed away Feb. 4, 2020 in Orofino.
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, ID, and Teri (Jim) Bolling, Orofino, 19 grandchildren, 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.
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 or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation, CMPL Foundation Inc., 139 High Country Ln., Ahsahka, ID, 83520.
Nancy Kay Amell, 79, formerly of Orofino
Nancy Kay Amell, 79, surrounded by family, went peacefully to Heaven early morning July 6, 2020. Nancy Kay Rambeau, was born April 15, 1941 in Orofino, Idaho. She was an only child and had many stories about growing up with her many aunts, uncles and cousins. When she was 15, she lost her father in a tragic car accident. She always had fond stories of her father and his practical joke antics.
She and her mother continued to live in Orofino while her mother took over her father's legislative representative seat. She was very proud of her high school opportunity about being a page in the state legislature. Because of her father's and mother's influence she was a strong believer that your voice matters and your vote mattered. She was very active in the Democratic Party (and if she believed in the person, even the Republican Party) and continued to make a difference throughout her life.
She graduated as an Orofino Maniac in 1959, she then moved on to graduate as an Idaho Vandal in 1967. She was very proud of her Maniacs and Vandals and supported them every chance she would have.
She married a Kooskia boy, Lester Joseph Amell, June 24, 1961 and they honeymooned for the summer at Indian Hill Lookout in the Clearwater forest. They moved to Mountain Home, Idaho to start their family and they had a beautiful daughter Kelleen Rose in 1962. Nancy taught at Mountain Home AFB and then moved to the Meridian School District in 1968. She started teaching at Ustick Elementary and then decided to go back to school to get her Master's Degree in Education. Once she decided to go back to school for her masters, Nancy and Joe welcomed their second daughter, Kathleen Sue in 1969. Nancy graduated from Boise State University in 1973 with her Masters.
Nancy pioneered the district and was the first full time female principal in the Meridian School district. She became Ustick Elementary's principal until she moved to principal Eagle Hills Elementary. Her years at Ustick and Eagle Hills Elementary were her most meaningful. She loved teaching children and her fellow educators. She will be remember as being fair but expecting you to get the job done. She has been described as a blessing to the community and the educational system. This is still evident today as she was still good friends with most of her colleagues and she still had past students stopping to say 'Hi' everywhere she went.
She retired in 1998 and started her "bucket list". She was always up for an adventure and would try anything at least once. She loved to travel and traveled to many countries including, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Belize. She loved to travel extensively within the United States. She visited the east coast, mid-west and visited the Oregon Coast often. She loved doing her traveling with her Lollies and Goldies. Her friends meant the world to her! If you saw them laughing, they were probably up to something or a practical joke was brewing. She had a silly side to her that was contagious. She loved to travel with her friends in Beulah (motorhome) and with Beulah they normally had an adventure that included a membership to AAA and stories we will still hear about today. Nancy never knew a stranger. She was happy to help and be anyone's friend. There would seldom be a place she would go that she would not know someone.
She was actively involved with several organizations, Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers, National Educators Association, Presbyterian Woman, Lions Club and proudly the Idaho Democrats. She had an insatiable appetite for learning and reading. She loved her Wednesday morning breakfast club with her beloved Cliff and neighbors Don and Lavonne. She loved to just have fun, spend time with her kids and grandchildren. She was an amazing mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Torok; sons-in-law, Zsolt Torok and Jerry Chapman; granddaughters, Kelsey, Alexis and Allison; grandson, Jordan; multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Lester Joseph, July 4, 1990; and her daughter, Kelleen Rose Amell Chapman, June 1, 2010; and her mother and father.
She will be put to rest with her parents in Lewiston, Idaho at Normal Hill Cemetery.
A private family memorial will be held on July 12th and there will be a link available for the service viewing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdjtoy6XmKOXXHJSg6tHLIQ.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to your local Lions club, Idaho Democrats or your local schools.
Photo: Nancy Kay Amell
Terriann Yochum, 60, formerly of Pierce
On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Terri got her wings. She passed away at her home in the arms of her husband surrounded by family. Some people have the chance to fight their cancer; unfortunately, she didn't have that option as it came to her fast and furious. Terri was diagnosed May 1 of this year. Although it happened so quickly, there were a multitude of setbacks every step of the way, that regardless of her commitment to fight and the dedication and skilled hands of our surgeon, the body could only handle so much.
Born to Richard and Maryanne Clark on March 20, 1960. Terriann entered this world full of life and ready to go. In 1963, she was joined with a brother, Nick, and a sister, Cheri. They lived in Twisp, WA, until moving to Lewiston in 1967, where she enrolled in school. Upon entering junior high at Sacajawea, she met the love of her life, Chris Yochum. From Sacajawea, she went to Lewiston High School. She went on to marry Chris in May 1977; they just celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. In her younger years, she spent her summers swimming in her backyard pool, which developed her into an amazing athlete. She won several awards and broke records competing at swim meets. To this day, she could still beat us all doing the butterfly stroke.
In September 1977, Chris and Terri, at just 17 and newly married, welcomed their first child, Trever. The following year, they moved to Pierce, where Chris got a job at Potlatch Corp. in Headquarters. Terri managed the local swimming pool and felt right at home. In August 1980, they had their daughter Laci. Two years later, while visiting her parents, Terri's father suffered a spinal cord injury in the family pool, leaving him a quadriplegic, and because of Terri's training, she was able to save him from drowning.
Soon after, Potlatch Corp. in Headquarters shut down and they moved back to Lewiston to raise their family. Terri enrolled in night school, where she earned a degree in dental assisting, and worked for more than 20 years as a dental assistant. She later decided to work for the Lewiston Independent School District as a cook and settled in at Webster Elementary, where she absolutely loved everything about that job, especially the kids. Terri was a great cook whether she was making dinner at home, making meals for the school or their hunting camp cook - dinner was always on the table.
She spent so much of her time over the years sitting in bleachers being her family's biggest fan. Whether it was at her daughter's sporting events, her son's bull riding events or the many miles she traveled to watch and support her husband racing cars, she didn't miss an opportunity to cheer us on. Everyone knew who was hollering "YEE-HAW" from the stands. There was rarely a time that you would see Terri without her sister, Cheri, who, besides just being her partner in crime, was also her best friend. Terri and Cheri spent thousands of miles on the backs of their husbands' Harley-Davidson motorcycles, taking trips with their friends to Sturgis, along with several other trips around the states. Their brother, Nick, was never far behind driving their support vehicle.
Terri was not only the matriarch of her family, but to her group of friends as well. Whether she and Chris were hosting their weekly NASCAR party or just simply a friend's birthday, you could always find her sitting at the hen house table with a smile on her face and a beer in her hand. Chris and Terri also loved hosting their friends and family at their cabin in New Meadows, Idaho. She always enjoyed having her grandkids at the cabin on Christmas morning, as Christmas was her favorite holiday.
Terri is survived by her husband, Chris, truly the love of her life; her son, Trever (Darci) Yochum; her daughter, Laci (Matt) Thorson; her mother, Marianne Clark; brother Nick (Julie) Clark; sister Cheri (Brad) Cleveland; and her grandchildren, Lucas, Sayler, Scout, Tai and Ava Jo.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bud and Florence Peters; father, Dick Clark; nephew, Ricky Clark; and this past October, she lost her grandson, Malcolm Thorson, to cancer as well.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Terri's name to the Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education, 3317 12th St., Lewiston, ID 83501; or to the Jackson's Pay It Forward Foundation, 3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.
The family would like to thank Dr. Alexi Matouseik for his unwavering support and care through this process, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice and Kindred Home Health.
Because of COVID-19, the family will hold a private memorial.
Terri's life cannot be summed up in so few words, but she lived her life her way, and to the fullest. She encouraged others to do the same.
We love you to the moon and back.
Photo: Terriann Yochum
Walter James 'Bud' Lester, 88, worked on Dworshak Dam construction
Walter James 'Bud' Lester, 88, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
Walter was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Weed, CA, to Walter W. Lester and Anita Laura McRae. He graduated from McCloud High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Air Force as sergeant from 1949-1953.
In 1958, he married Carole Gill. They divorced in 1975. In 1981, he married Lois Swanson and they later divorced in 2016.
Walter worked as a standard oil distributor at Mount Shasta, CA, until 1966. In 1967, he moved to Lewiston and worked on Dworshak Dam and many Northwest road construction projects, mainly as a hard rock driller.
He retired in 1993 and enjoyed gardening at his Clarkston home, travel, genealogy and family. He was a member of the Laborers Union No. 238.
He is survived by his daughter, Karin Lester; sons, Kirk and Brian Lester; sister, Ramona; niece, Cinde; nephew, Dan; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Anita and Julian Baldi, and sons Guy Lester and Jeff Lester.
Sign the online book the memories at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Walter James 'Bud; Lester
Maurice 'Chief' Abel McAtty, 40
Maurice 'Chief' Abel McAtty, 40, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA, because of kidney and liver failure.
He was born to Walter "Nim" Abel McAtty and Teri Sampson Littleman on Dec. 14, 1979, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Chief attended school in Clarkston, including Grantham Elementary, Lincoln Middle School and Clarkston High School, to the tenth grade. He worked janitorial work throughout the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
Chief enjoyed the many times with his dad hunting in the mountains and was an outstanding ballplayer, excelling in pitching and hitting home runs. He loved fishing and going to Rapid River and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
He is survived by his mother, Teri Sampson Littleman, of Clarkston; stepfather, Art Littleman, of Clarkston; brothers, Benjamin Sampson, of Weippe, Kyle Lee McAtty, of Clarkston, David I. Samuels, of Lewiston, and Wesley V. Sampson, of Lewiston; daughters, Dionne McAtty, of Lewiston, and Morissa McAtty, of Clarkston; son Maurice "Little Chief" McAtty (II), of North Pacific, WA; grandson, Xzavier McAtty, of Clarkston; grandfather, Melvin Sampson, of Wapato, WA; uncle, Adrian McAtty, of Toutle, WA.; aunt, Suzanne McAtty, of Lapwai; aunts, Violet Nanpooya and Becky LaCourse; aunt and uncle, Teri and Jeff Scott; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Chief was preceded in death by his father, Walter "Nim" McAtty; brother, Walter Abel McAtty Jr.; grandfather, Walter McAtty; grandmother, LaVeda F. McAtty; great-grandparents, Edward and Sophia Nanpooya and Abel and Stella McAtty; aunt, Simone "Sam" Sampson; and great-aunt, Beatrice McAtty Lawrence.
A dressing took place at 2 p.m. Thursday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston and a 7 p.m. memorial service at Pi Nee Waus in Lapwai. There will be a funeral serviceat Pi Nee Waus in Lapwai.
Please sign the online guestbook at merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Maurice 'Chief' Abel McAtty
Levi Joseph Holt, 71, born at Orofino
Levi Joseph Holt, aka Cimuuxcimuux Taxcpol (Black Beaver), began his journey to be with Creator on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Levi was born Nov. 14, 1948, to Lewis B. Holt and Elizabeth Cora Holt. He was a proud member of the Escapo Band of Nez Perce, and grew up in the upper reaches of the North Fork Clearwater River. Levi lived a fulfilling life in which he accomplished many great and wonderful things for the people. Levi was a leader, conservationist, musician, artist, carpenter and veteran. Although his most important titles were husband, father and grandfather.
Levi was born at Orofino and lived his childhood years helping his father run the family cattle operation. He lived for a time in Granger, WA, and those were formative years for him. He graduated from Boise High School and joined the U.S. Army, where he served honorably. After the Army, he moved back to the Nez Perce Reservation and began his career in carpentry. It was then he also began to follow his passion for advocating for the People, the Treaty of 1855, and for the conservation of our Mother Earth. It was during that time he met and married Viola Allen, of Lapwai. They had two children and later divorced.
Levi was a renowned and exemplary leader for the Nez Perce Tribe. He served on the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee from 1992-1995, and again in 2004. He championed the rights of the tribal membership, the sanctity of the Treaty of 1855 with the United States, and tamulwit, a sacred responsibility to the natural world. Whether it was in the halls of Congress, at the National Congress of American Indians, or in boardrooms of conservation organizations around the country, Levi excelled. He spoke with grace and eloquence for the rights of Indigenous people, and for the wolf, salmon, buffalo, clean water and healthy forests. Levi secured the place of many species through his advocacy. His conservation legacy will be as the Voice of the Wolf and their return to the Pacific Northwest.
Levi loved to be an artist. His beautiful music reflected a life filled with tribulation and achievement. As a carpenter, he also utilized his creative passion. He was very proud of the construction projects he supervised and the structures he built. He was a flutist. Levi loved to express himself by the music of his flutes. With his flute, he performed for many special occasions and contributed to many ceremonies. Whether it was with his harmonica, electric slide guitar, hammer or flute, Levi created beauty.
Nurturing and supporting family dominated Levi's life. He met his wife, Patricia Monter, and they fell deeply in love. They were bright stars in each other's lives. They breathed life into each other and had a beautiful journey. Levi loved their annual trek to Colorado and spending time with the family. Levi cherished his children. His precious "Little Girl" and beloved "Sonny" were the most important people in his life. He loved his grandchildren and was always their biggest fan. He loved to check in with them and hear the wonderful things they were doing in life. He proudly proclaimed to the world who his children and grandchildren were. He also spent much of his time with nephews and nieces, inspiring them and guiding them with his unique wisdom. Levi believed in the Circle, and embraced his brothers and sisters as leaders of the clan. He spoke honorably of his siblings, and always shared stories of their accomplishments. Levi's life was full of love, music and relationships. He treasured all of his friends in music and in the conservation community. He spoke highly of you all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Holt and Elizabeth Cora Holt; and siblings, Ferris Holt, Norman Holt, Claudia Holt-Barnes and Maynard Holt. He is survived by siblings, Marcelene and Richard Anderson, of Wapato, WA, Ronald Holt, of Lapwai, Lewis Holt, of Lapwai, David and Sarah Holt, of Lapwai, Virgil and Sandy Holt Sr., of Lapwai, and Adrian and Angel Holt, of Wapato.; daughter, Clarice and Orlando Villavicencio, of Lapwai, and their children, Koyama', PoxPox Himi-n, Kahless and Joseph; and son Joseph and Lindsey Holt, of Worley, Idaho, and their children, Shiniah, Ashlee and Jolissa.
Dressing was at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday, the procession gathered at the Nez Perce Tribal Long House at Spalding and accompanied the body to the Jonas Cemetery at Sweetwater where graveside services were held. To-go dinner plates were picked up after the graveside service at the Methodist Church. The family appreciated everyone's patience and understanding in implementing social distancing protocols during this difficult time.
Photo: Levi Joseph Holt, aka Cimuuxcimuux Taxcpol (Black Beaver)
Arvin Earl 'Al' Spurling-Finley, 78, formerly of Orofino
Arvin Earl (Al) Spurling-Finley passed away at home on June 8, 2020, at the age of 78. He was surrounded by love when he passed after bravely battling cancer.
Arvin was born on September 26, 1941 in Los Angeles, California to Herbert Earl Spurling and Winifred McKay Tolland.
Best known as Al by his community, family, and friends, to know him was to love him. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. Al had a very kind and giving heart, helping anyone, whether they were a stranger or a friend. Al was loved and respected by the community where he lived. He was a wonderful husband, dad, brother, son, father-in-law, grandfather, and uncle. A true family man and friend, Al was a hero to so many. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and take long drives with his wife and critters.
Al was married to Frankie Gillstrap in 1965, until her passing. He then married Nancy Koontz in 1974, and they gave life and love to five wonderful children. In 1990, Al married Bessie Christina (Tina) Tyndall and took her children under his wing to love and call his own.
After serving in the US Navy from 1959 to 1965, Al worked on the construction of the Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho. His true calling was within law enforcement though. He became a Sergeant for the Orofino Police Department, a deputy for the Clearwater Sheriff's Office, and a deputy for the Custer County Sheriff's Office. In 1993, he was elected Sheriff of Custer County. He was proudly working for the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Forest Fire Program at the time of his passing.
Arvin is preceded in death by his mother, Winifred Martinez; father, Herbert Spurling; grandmother, Dale Kautzman; sister, Maureen Bangle; first wife, Frankie Finley; and granddaughter, Stephanie Burrup.
Arvin is survived by his wife, Bessie Christina Finley; sisters, Glenda (Jack) Winget, Cheryl Munson, Debra (Chuck) Harper, Norma (Ralph) Schaeffer, Melissa Marsh; brother, Jon (Barbara) Finley; his children, Don (Julie) Nyden, Connie (Scott) Bowcutt, Rena (Herb) Fields, Melissa (George) Scala, Hollie (Richard) Burrup, Nicholas Finley and James (Heather) Finley. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation. https://wffoundation.org/.
Photo: Arvin Earl 'Al' Spurling-Finley
Franklin Braucher, 83, worked on Dworshak Dam construction
Our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Frank Braucher, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from complications of Parkinson's. He was 83.
Dad was born Nov. 11, 1936, in Johnson, Kan., to John and Ethel Braucher. Dad was the eighth of nine children.
When Dad was very young, the family migrated to Colorado for a short stay, then on to the homestead near the town of Westlake, a few miles from Craigmont. Dad always told us stories of walking, skiing or riding his horse to school, uphill both ways of course. When dad was 18, he built his parents a house in Craigmont and moved them into town from Westlake.
Dad and Dorothy Marie Bower were married June 14, 1965, gaining three children from this union: Tom, Peggy and Russ. Randy, Robert and Shannon joined the family over the next six years. Dad always called us his six-pack.
Mom and Dad lived in Craigmont for a couple of years before they bought a small farm/ranch overlooking Sweetwater in 1967. This is where Dad taught the ethics of hard work and how valuable that would be throughout our lives.
Dad was a carpenter by trade and could build just about anything. He worked on many large projects in the area, including Dworshak, Little Goose and Lower Granite Dams, Expo 74, the Southway Bridge and many others. He did this while also farming and ranching the home place and another small farm/ranch that Mom and Dad leased with Connie and Larry Vallem. Us kids had a lot of fun there learning how to farm, ranch and even did some logging.
In their later years, Mom and Dad sold the home place and moved to a smaller place on Sweetwater Creek. They then moved to the family cabin in Forrest. The kids and especially the grandkids have many fond memories of their time there. Dad loved to take the grandkids fishing in his boat on Soldiers Meadow lake near the cabin.
Dad was preceded in death by his wife in 2011; his parents; and by all but one of his siblings, brothers Warren, Johnny, Clifford and Dale, and sisters Nellie Poxleitner, Lorraine Dugger and Bonnie McFalls.
He is survived by his younger brother, Dwain; his six children, Tom (Shirley) Bower, Peggy (Bob) Goeckner, Russ (Theresa), Randy (Kay), Robert and Shannon (Norm) Hagle; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren, with 3 great-grandchildren on the way.
Our family would like to thank Life Care Center of Lewiston for the amazing care and compassion Dad received in his stay there. You are the best.
A service will be held at a later date after the world settles down.
Photo: Franklin Braucher
Harold 'Bill' Brown, 78, formerly of Pierce
On Thursday, June 4, 2020, our brother and friend heard the angels sing and laid down his earthly burdens and went to join his mother, Julia; father, Harold; little brother Bruce; brothers-in-law George and Darold; and his wife, Judy.
Bill was born June 23, 1941, to Harold and Julia Brown in Bridger, MT. He was born in the same house his mother was born in. When he was six years old, the family moved to Pierce, and his father went to work for Potlatch Forests Inc. as a logger. In 1950, the family moved to Clarkston, WA. Bill attended the Holy Family Catholic School system.
When he reached manhood, he followed his dad into the woods to become a logger. It was while they were working in Montana that he met his first wife, Deanna. He became an instant father to Deanna's two girls, Brenda and Wanda. Two more girls were born into the family, Paula and Rae Ann. The marriage ended in divorce.
He worked for several different guys, including Emery Hall, Hartman Logging in Elk City, McCall Logging of Fernwood and Swanson Logging of Clarkston. In 1978, while working for Swanson Logging, he suffered a severe injury when a tree fell on him, breaking his back. He was flown to Tri-State Hospital by a helicopter furnished by Bennett Lumber of Princeton.
Bill's life was forever changed. No longer able to return to his previous occupation, he bought a truck and hauled wheat out of Montana to the Lewiston Port, and then he turned the truck into a logging truck. Then he bought a loader and started loading logs until his retirement. It was while he was trucking that he met his second wife. He and Judy Cope were married in 1980. Judy came into the marriage with two boys, Justin and Micah. They had two more children, Billy and Peggy.
After his retirement, Bill and Judy managed the Bottoms Up Tavern in Juliaetta from 1980-85. They purchased a piece of land in Juliaetta that is now known as Brown's Addition.
They moved to Arizona with their two youngest children in 1994. They returned to Juliaetta when Judy became ill. She passed away in 2014. Bill could never sit still; he had to be doing something. He was a man of many talents including making furniture, wooden toys, restoring cars, sewing and quilting, among other things.
Bill had many major health issues in his life, but was able to manage them all until his kidneys started to fail and he had to go on dialysis. He could never make peace with that.
He was laid to rest beside his wife in the Juliaetta Cemetery.
Louise says, "Wish we could have made it to Orofino to see Jim Bonner like you wanted."
David says, "I was always very proud of you and admired all of your talents."
Pat says, "After having taken care of you this past year and watched as you lost more and more control of your life, you just wanted peace. I hope you have found that. You were a very good brother. I miss you more than words can say."
Marilyn says, "I always have been proud of my big brother. He has fought and won so many medical obstacles thrown his way since his 1978 logging accident. Even though I will miss him for the rest of my life, I find comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain. Bill, I hope to see you again one day so we can continue our conversations. I'm grateful for the memories I have of our time together traveling down the Montana highways. I love you and already miss you dearly."
He is survived by his siblings, Louise Laughton, Pat Burcham, David and Grace Brown and Marilyn and Vaughn Duffield; his children and their families; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a half-sister, Hazel Mayo.
We wish to say a special thank you to Dr. Kumar and his staff at Lewis-Clark Kidney Center for their kindness to and care of Bill.
Photo: Harold 'Bill' Brown
Gavin Russell Ehlinger-Sherard, age 12, Orofino
It is with great sorrow and heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, grandson and friend, Gavin Russell Ehlinger-Sherard, age 12.
Gavin was a loving son, brother, grandson and friend. He drew the friendship, love and admiration of an astonishing number of people before the arc of his young life was cut short on June 3, 2020, in the backwoods of Idaho enjoying the outdoor activities that he thrived on so much.
He was never boring, always funny and his generosity, empathy and concern of other people and their feelings endeared him to many. Countless times while at the store he would bring enough candy home to share with all his buds in the neighborhood, "The Hartford Biker Gang".
At the side of his big brother, Alex, whom he idolized, Gavin was the energized sidekick always up for the next adventure with his big brother. They collaborated together to outwit their mother and friends with their many schemes of torment. Together they loved to shoot trap with the Orofino Pierce Gun Club and spent many hours gaming as both allies and enemies on their favorite video games at home. Truly, theirs' was a bond unbroken.
Known as a prankster, many of us waited for his sense of humor to erupt. His wit was always irrepressible, unpredictable, and often a little mischievous. His joy for life was infectious and he shared his happiness with all who were around.
Gavin enjoyed baseball with his team, riding his hoverboard, camping, fishing and generally just being out of doors, no matter the season or temperature. Above all, he loved his family more than words could possibly convey, and we loved him so very much.
Gavin was genuinely a polite, respectful, considerate and caring boy and he was much loved in return. His family and friends hold tight to that love and are beyond grief for his loss. The memory of Gavin's goofy smile will always warm our hearts.
"Absent from body, present with angels, goodnight sweet prince. May flights of angels sing thee to your rest."
He is survived by his mother, Asia Ehlinger; father, Donny Sherard; brothers, Alexander Powers, Brian, Aaron & Kevin Sherard; grandparents, Debra & Russell Ehlinger and Josephine Sherard; Uncle Aaron; as well as many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life memorial and potluck will be held Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Pink House Hole campground pavilion on U.S. Highway 12, west of Orofino. Family friend Brian Craig-Slovik will officiate. Please bring a folding chair and maybe umbrella, as well as all your memories of our Gavin. We all have concerns about the COVID 19 virus, so please hold your handshakes and hugs until a safer time.
An account has been set up in Gavin's name at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, ID 83544.
Note: A special thank-you to the Musselshell & Lolo Creek Forest Service employees, the Clearwater County EMS & Life Flight crews and the unknown helpful persons that gave their valiant and heroic energy in Gavin's rescue effort. Thank you.
Photo: Gavin Russell Ehlinger-Sherard
Courtney LeeAnn Morris, 15, Weippe
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter Courtney. Courtney LeeAnn Morris, age 15, passed away at her home in Weippe on May 11, 2020. She was born on Nov. 7, 2004 in Lewiston.
From the time Courtney was born until she was called back to Heaven, she brought so much joy, happiness and laughter to our lives and anyone that knew her. She was loved by so many. Courtney had such a kind heart and would always try to help others.
Courtney was a freshman at Timberline High School and enjoyed things most teenage girls enjoyed, listening to music, hanging out with friends, fashion, makeup. She loved to ride four wheelers and go swimming in the summer. Her favorite sport was volleyball.
Courtney had an extreme love for cats, especially her own two that she adopted. She was involved in 4-H raising market swine to save money for her future. Her wish was to be a flight attendant so she could travel the world.
Courtney is survived by her parents, Tony and Sisalene Morris; a sister, McKenzie Morris; grandparents, Rick and Kathy McIntosh, Fred Borders, Millie Morris, Dan Morris; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Richard Shope.
Courtney will be remembered for her kind heart and desire to help others. She touched the lives of so many. She will continue on with us all through memories, and we will carry her in our hearts. We know she is without pain and is now at rest in God's arms.
This isn't goodbye but until we meet again. Fly high sweet Angel....A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Photo: Courtney LeeAnn Morris
Ardith T. Stewart, 96, formerly of Orofino
Ardith T. Stewart, 96, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, at Guardian Angel Homes Cottage House in Lewiston.
She was born May 22, 1924, to William H. and Nellie (Shook) Trotter in Princeton, Idaho. Ardith graduated from Potlatch High School and was the last surviving member of her class. She was a homemaker and very much enjoyed caring for everyone around her and those she loved dearly.
She married Max L. Stewart on Feb. 6, 1946, in Moscow. They made their home in Potlatch until moving to Lewiston in 1947. In 1978, they settled on a 24-acre piece of property on the Gilbert Grade near Orofino where they farmed and raised timber. In 2001, they moved back to Lewiston, where Ardith stayed for her remaining years.
Ardith was a member of the Orchards United Methodist Church. She also loved to cook and go on fishing and camping trips, as well as often making trips to the casino. Traveling was something that they cherished and experienced trips all over the Western United States. Most of all she took every chance she could to spend time with her family. Max and Ardith were married for 66 years until Max passed away Nov. 26, 2012.
She is survived by her three sons, Bill (Shari) Stewart, of Lewiston, Mike (Barbara) Stewart, of Moscow, and Scott (Nan) Stewart, of Red Bluff, CA; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Max, and sister, Donna Rueppel.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
Photo: Ardith T. Stewart
Gary D. Forsey Sr., 85, taught in Elk River
Gary D. Forsey Sr., 85, of Lewiston, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
He was born June 5, 1934, in Pilley's Island, Newfoundland, to Philip Samuel Forsey and Doris N. Cobb Forsey. He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in math and science. He obtained his master's degree at the University of Idaho in 1996. Gary served in the U.S. Air Force for eight and a half years, from 1953-62. He served in the U.S. Army from November 1962-74 as a personal control unit, served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. Gary was awarded a Purple Heart among numerous honors awarded. On Nov. 11, 2019, he earned the Spirit of Freedom Award.
Gary married Marie Johnson on March 26, 1969, at Orchards Community Church in Lewiston. Gary taught at Nez Perce Tribal School in Lapwai, the first year of Lewiston High School Alternative School (the pilot program), at Elk River High School at Elk River, math tutorial service at Walla Walla Community College and Lewis-Clark State College.
Gary was a member of multiple organizations, including Orchards Community Church (1974-89), the Lewiston-Orofino-Clarkston Bowling Association (1974-95), Lewiston's Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 631 (1979-present), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Senior Citizen Bridge League.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Forsey, of Lewiston; sons, Gary D. Forsey (Judy), of Ozark, AL., Philip A. Forsey (Kelly), of Burbank, CA, and Robert E. Forsey, of Lewiston; sisters, Judy Campbell (Harry), of Henderson, NV, and Joan Forsey, of St. John's, Newfoundland; brother, Robert Forsey, of St. John's, Newfoundland; four grandsons; one granddaughter; five great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and 29 nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Philip S. Forsey; mother, Doris N. Forsey; son, William "Bill" Forsey; sister, Phyllis Ewer; and brother, Howard Forsey.
At this time, no services are planned. Memorial donations in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org. Donations may also go to the Lewis-Clark State scholarship funds at 125.lcsc.edu/donate.
You may sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Gary D. Forsey Sr.
Thomas Kyle Groseclose, 86, formerly of Orofino
Thomas Kyle Groseclose, 86, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, of old age at Sycamore Glen Adult Family Homes in Clarkston, WA.
He was born Oct. 9, 1933, to Houston and Lillian (Dyer) Groseclose in Juliaetta.
He attended Juliaetta-Kendrick schools and later served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. In his free time, he enjoyed reading and watching Westerns.
He married Virginia Marie Carpenter and they had four children together. They were married for 64 years. They lived in Waterloo, Iowa, where Thomas worked at the John Deere Factory until he retired in the 70s and moved to Freeman Creek Road near Orofino and lived there for many years.
He is survived by his four children, Roxanne (Frank) Shankle, Suzanne (Larry) Geffre, Kylene (Bill) Reasland and Neal (Debbie) Goseclose; 11 grandkids; and 15 great-grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Virginia.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A viewing will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. Graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Cavendish Cemetery, 4386 Middle Road, Lenore. Rev. Craig Groseclose of the Cameron Lutheran Church will officiate the service.
Photo: Thomas Kyle Groseclose
Floyd K. Haugen, 87, worked at Dworshak Dam
Floyd K. Haugen, 87, of Lewiston, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Written by Floyd himself:
He was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Belt, MT. His parents were Conrad and Wilhelmina Haugen. He grew up on the family ranch 13 miles from Belt, and attended a one-room schoolhouse for grades one-four. Floyd then completed grade school and high school in Belt. He worked on the ranch for two years after high school before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He served in the Korean conflict from 1953-54, and then began studies at the College of Great Falls. After one year, he transferred to Montana State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.
Floyd was employed by the Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers in July 1958. After an 18-month training program, he took a position in contract administrations (change orders and claims) on the Titan I Missile Project in Moses Lake, WA.
While there, he met the love of his life, Marian E. Thorstenson. After a short courtship, they were married Oct. 14, 1961, at Trefoldighed Lutheran Church near Battle Lake, MI.
Floyd's work took them to various places and they lived in six states in the next five years, including a year at Stanford University to obtain a master's degree in construction management. He then served as resident engineer in charge of all Corps of Engineers projects in southern Idaho.
Floyd then took a temporary position at Dworshak Dam in November 1968, which ended up stretching out into various projects around the area so they could continue living in Lewiston until his retirement in 1988.
Floyd and Marian had a great time in retirement, with trips to most of the great historical centers of the country, including Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Texas, Alaska and California. The highlight of them all was a family trip to trace their roots to Norway in 2005. They also were dedicated members of Trinity Lutheran Church where they spent many volunteer hours on various causes and projects. They also volunteered together at Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army soup kitchen, Sons of Norway benevolent projects and Habitat for Humanity.
Floyd liked to hunt and fish, was a rock hound who displayed gemstones that he cut and polished, and collected stamps and coins. He enjoyed helping elderly people with weeding their gardens and flower beds, digging stumps and painting houses.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Marian; his son, James, of Walla Walla, WA; his daughter, Amy, of Renton, WA; his sister, Blanche Potter, of Great Falls, MT; and his sister-in-law, Audrey Haugen, of Lewistown, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Gary and Clifford.
The family would like to thank Dr. McIntosh and his team, as well as the staff at Life Care for the love, respect and dignity they showed our husband/father in his final years.
Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A private family burial is planned. There will not be a service at this time.
Memorial donations can be made in Floyd's name to the Salvation Army or Snake River Community Clinic.
Photo: Floyd K. Haugen
Lee Neiffer Steffes, 85, formerly of Orofino
Lee Neiffer Steffes passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Royal Plaza Assisted Living, in Lewiston. She was 85. Son Francis "FJ" was at her bedside when she passed away.
Lee was born March 9, 1935, in Baker, MT, to William and Mary Neiffer. She met Francis Steffes where he was working as a baker. Lee later told a family friend that Francis had a sharp mind for business even as a young man.
Francis and Lee were married May 1, 1951, in Ekalaka, MT, spending almost 63 years together. They lived in eastern Montana, where together, they raised five children.
The family moved to Lewiston in 1969. Francis went into a partnership, co-owning Ideal Homes in Orofino; he commuted back and forth from Lewiston to Orofino until 1972, when Lee finished beauty school and they moved to Orofino. While living in Orofino, Francis became sole owner of Ideal Homes, and Lee opened Lee's Beauty Den in Riverside. Lee was very personable to her customers, greeting them with her wide smile even after standing all day long.
Lee and Francis were active in their children's activities. Many will remember that they were present at son Kent's numerous football and basketball games. Lee and Francis gave rides to many cheerleaders to many away games, in which Clarissa (Jackson) Cleto thoroughly enjoyed the ride and chats with Francis and Lee.
Lee and Francis were also active at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, where they helped see the new church built. They spent many years enjoying the Clearwater Valley and the many friendships they made while there.
In 1991, Lee and Francis semi-retired and returned to Lewiston. They became active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. In 2010, they moved into Royal Plaza Assisted Living. There, Francis preceded Lee in death in 2014. Lee remained at Royal Plaza until her death.
Lee is survived by Patti Steffes-Marsh, of Clarkston, WA; son Francis "FJ" Jr. (Candi), of Boise; Kent (Tammy), of Lancaster, CA; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be set at a later date at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Lee Neiffer Steffes
Cecilia M. Turner, 94, OHS grad
Cecilia M. Turner, 94, passed away of natural causes Friday, May 15, 2020, at Golden Girls Residential Care hospice care in Lewiston. Cecilia's family is forever grateful for the excellent end-of-life care provided by the staff at Golden Girls.
She was born Nov. 7, 1925, to Leeta (Stonebraker) and Joseph Patrick Hayden, in Lewiston.
Cecilia graduated from Orofino High School in 1943. She married builder Robert Klein-Schoorel in 1947. They had three children, and were divorced in 1956. Cecilia married pharmacist John Turner on Sept. 12, 1958. They had one child, and Mr. Turner adopted the children from Cecilia's previous marriage. The marriage later ended in divorce in 1972.
She worked for the state of Idaho Youth Services for three years, and was an administrative assistant for the Division of Environmental Quality for 35 years. She retired at 80.
She was involved in a variety of community events and organizations. She was a founder of Lewiston's "Candy Cane Lane" on Sunset Drive; a 1964 Lewiston Roundup chaperone; member of the Fine Arts Committee and chairman of the Fine Arts Ball of 1968; member of the Welfare League, and later took the position of chairman in her 10th year. She attended Fourth Day of Grace prayer group for 35 years and was a congregant of All Saints Catholic Church.
Cecilia Turner was a devoted mother, grandmother, GiGi and friend. She was incredibly proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. If you had the pleasure of knowing Cecilia, you almost certainly also know of her family. Nothing pleased her more than to boast of their accomplishments. Cecilia was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. We will miss her every day.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Pat) Lightfield and Lisa (John) Fabrique, both of Lewiston; grandchildren, Ashley (Dave) Morris of Everett, WA, Kiley (Brady) Claussen of Lewiston, Stephanie (Mitch) Bowen of Lewiston, Rob (Courtney) Lightfield, of Troy, Lucy (Tim) Laney of Lewiston, Scott (Jerriann) Turner of Martinez, CA, Alicia Turner of Chico, CA, and Alex (Megan) Turner and Angela Turner of Spokane, WA; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Nicholas and Ronald Turner; and sisters, Katie Carey and Barbara Fairley.
A rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, followed by an 11 a.m. service. Social distancing guidelines will be in place.
Photo: Cecilia M. Turner
Hilda W. Frei Nuttman, 93
Hilda W. Frei Nuttman, 93 of Cottonwood, ID passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur D'Alene.
Hilda W. Nuttman was born on Maughmer Point, Keuterville, Idaho to Sabi (Eusebaiua Julius) Frei and Clara Bauknecht Frei on March 29, 1927. Her mother died when Hilda was seven years old. She and her older brother moved in with and were raised by Joe and Amalia Uhlenkott. She tagged along to Point School with her older brother, Richard to learn English. Hilda attended Karnes School for one year. She attended grade school and high school at St. Gertrude's Academy, living as a boarder part time, graduating in 1944.
After high school, Hilda spent a year with relatives in Wilmington, CA, and worked at Woolworth's. She returned to Cottonwood, met Robert J. Nuttman and they were married in April 1947. In July 1948, the couple had a daughter (Gail). She lived on a small farm south of Cottonwood all her adult life. She was employed as a part time receptionist and bookkeeper at Dr. Orr's office for 28 years and for 18 years at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. She did clerical work for Cottonwood Sales Yard and Spencer Livestock Sales Yard in Lewiston for many years. She drove a mail route in the Winona Area for a time.
Hilda was a member of the St. Mary's Hospital Guild, the Christian Mothers, the CDA and Prairie Senior Citizens serving as treasurer for many years. Hilda was also a member of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee for 24 years.
Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Richard, her husband, Robert and her daughter, Gail.
Survivors include her sister Dorothy Hanson, Ferdinand, ID, her brother Leo and wife Betty Frei, Lenore, ID, her son-in-law Larry Church, Fruitland, ID; grandsons, Jeff (Ginger) Church, Fruitland, and Rob (Sarah) Church, West Lafayette, IN; granddaughters, Dianna (Troy) Thomson, Santa Fe, NM and Jacque Church, Wenatchee, WA. She also had nine great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of cousins.
There was a public visitation at the Blackmer Funeral Home on Thursday May 7, 2-6 p.m. Friday, May 8, there was a Rosary at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood at followed by a Mass of Christian burial. Graveside service were at the Keuterville Cemetery.
Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Hilda W. Frei Nuttman
Terry Lynn Van Meeteren, 68, Orofino
Terry Lynn Van Meeteren passed away on April 21, 2020, at his home in Orofino after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on May 12, 1951, in Sheldon, Iowa, to Cordie and Mona Van Meeteren, and was the second youngest of 13 children.
He married Joanne Klostermann in 1972; they had three children, and later divorced.
Following his divorce, he spent several years in California and Oregon before settling in north central Idaho. There he met and, in 2007, married his partner and best friend, Jeanne, who survives him. He passed on their 13th anniversary.
Terry spent his life as a carpenter, operating his own business wherever he lived. His love of wood working showed in the beautiful custom cabinetry he crafted. He also enjoyed playing pool, and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs, especially when they won the World Series. In later years, he became a devoted Gonzaga Basketball fan while still rooting for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
He is survived by his loving wife; his three children, Chris (Kara) Van Meeteren, Amy (Travell) Carothers, and Shaun (Deanna) Van Meeteren, all of Iowa; six grandchildren, Kaylee, Whitney and Jace Van Meeteren, Damon and Dante Rodriguez, and Eliza Van Meeteren; and one great-grand child, Kahlil Rodriguez. He is also survived by three sisters and eight brothers.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Terry Lynn Van Meeteren
Verna Elvira Neal, 87, formerly of Sunnyside
Verna Elvira Neal, 87, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Life Care Center of Lewiston because of the coronavirus.
Verna was born to Arthur Chester Hancock and Lavada Ellen Breeze Hancock on May 1, 1933, in Sunnyside, Idaho, near Ahsahka. She attended school in Kamiah.
Verna was a realtor from 1972 to 1982 in the Lewiston-Clarkston area. She spent time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had four children, Mike, Gary (Kathy), Dale, Scott (Pam); 10 grandkids; and 13 great-grandkids.
She married Martin D. Jay on Dec. 20, 1949, and divorced in 1966. She was married to Buford Cordell Neal from June 15, 1968, until his passing, March 20, 2010. She married Phil Koler on Oct. 1, 2011.
The family would like to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Lewiston for all their loving care of Verna. They are incredible.
Verna is survived by her brother, Arthur Calvin Hancock, of Weippe, sister Betty Louise Sheets, of Lewiston, and brother Joseph Melvin Hancock, of Clarkston. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, two brothers and one sister.
Services will be held at a later date. Please sign the online guestbook at merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Verna Elvira Neal
Diana Schoeffler, 74, formerly of Orofino
Diana Schoeffler, 74, of Lewiston, Idaho, passed away on April 10, 2020. She was born Oct. 7, 1945 to George and Gretta Green in Orofino.
Diana earned her bachelor's degree from Lewis-Clark State College in 1990. She held several jobs in the Lewiston-Clarkston area before retiring from Mac's Cycle in 2014 where she worked for more than 20 years.
Diana enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, camping and watching movies.
Diana is survived by her children Shawn Schoeffler (Stephanie) and Kim Humphreys; grandchildren Sara and Luke Schoeffler, Austin Kilmer (Jena), Zoey and Trace Steele; and great granddaughter Harper Steele.
Diana wishes to spend eternity up in the mountains where she used to camp, so her ashes will be spread at a later date.
Photo: Diana Schoeffler
Vicki Owsley, 68, formerly of Orofino
Vicki Mae Owsley passed away peacefully on April 19, 2020 in El Cajon, CA,
Vicki was born on Feb. 15, 1952 in Caldwell, ID, to her parents Richard and Donna Curtis.
In 1968, Vicki left Boise and moved to Orofino where she graduated from high school in 1970. Vicki, while attending Boise State University, married her high school sweetheart, Clark, in 1972.
1974, found Vicki and Clark headed for Pensacola, FL, looking for a Navy adventure. They spent the next 26 years with the Navy.
Vicki gave birth to her daughter, Kristi, in San Diego, CA on Oct. 17, 1975. Four years later she gave birth to her son, Bobby, in Pensacola, FL on Nov. 11, 1979. After several Navy moves, the Owsley's finally settled into their current home in August, 1984 in El Cajon CA.
In 1989, Vicki earned a Masters of Arts in Education from San Diego State University, launching a fulfilling career in education as a Reading Specialist. Intelligent and strong, Vicki had a gift for teaching. She loved her job and adored her students. Hundreds thank her for teaching them to read and she cherished their successes.
Wherever Vicki traveled, great friends quickly followed. They remember her wisdom, warmth and passion of life. Her joys' included hiking, biking, spin classes, reading and relaxing by a warm fire.
Vicki found an acre of land in McCall in 2003 where she designed and had built a family log cabin. Her cabin was one of her favorite places and she shared it with family and friends.
An amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher and friend, Vicki also loved and cherished her grandchild, Brandon Jones. Vicki invested much of her time doing what grandparents are supposed to do. She spoiled him perfectly and helped him become an outstanding young man that she was forever proud of.
Vicki is survived by her husband, Clark, her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Alicia Owsley of Brooklyn, NY, her grandson, Brandon Jones and her sister and husband, Pam and Mike Bessent of Boise. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Kristine Jones, and her mother and father.
Vicki will be interned beside her daughter in the Mary Carpenter Memorial Garden at the Foothills United Methodist Church in La Mesa, CA. An internment ceremony will be at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, Vicki would ask that donations be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Photo: Vicki Mae Owsley
Rene Phillips, 73, formerly of Orofino
Rene V. Phillips caught fish and loved his family, being highly successful at both and good at all things he applied himself to, including gardening and woodworking, among other pursuits. If you've never heard of Rene before reading this obituary, his name rhymes with Gene, or bean, or Dean. It's Rene. He always knew when telemarketers were calling because they asked for Renee.
Rene was born in March of 1947 to Howard and Peggy Phillips, living in Pierce and Grangemont, Idaho, as a youngster before moving to Orofino. His surviving siblings, Lorraine Kidder, Nancy Wunderlich and her husband Larry, and Barbie Deyo and her husband Mark, still live in Clearwater and Nez Perce counties. His folks and older brother, Bill, have already passed.
When his nation called, he answered, serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam who walked in front of convoys, armed only with a metal detector, finding DIY land mines planted in roads - the IEDs of his day. Rene was too humble to tell you this, but he earned a Bronze Star for meritorious service in the face of a hostile enemy for his work in Vietnam.
Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he worked alongside his father and brother in the family logging business, Bano Inc. Later, Rene had a long career in public service as a Health Protection Officer for Ada County where he helped manage landfill operations and held would-be polluters accountable. His boss recalled Rene was a quiet man whose reserved words were backed up by competence and capability.
What Rene did speak about often was his family, for he loved them so deeply. Karen and Rene's lifelong romance started in a high school typing class, continuing through their 52 years of marriage, producing their son Scott. His beautiful bride, Karen, was his best friend, constant companion and partner in all adventures. They traveled across the west and she often out- fished him, which Rene admitted freely. In his final months, she was his compassionate and loving caregiver, too.
And Rene talked about fishing, sometimes blurring the fine line between fishing-fact and fiction.
Last summer, he bought a welded-aluminum fish-slaying machine and outfitted his new boat to fish any waters between the Pacific Ocean and the Clearwater River. Karen, Scott and his wife Courtney, and their children Jackie, Scotty, Bridgi and Jackie's boyfriend Christian intend to honor this man they love so much, Papa, by frequenting his favorite fishing spots and landing a limit of kokanee.
Rene left for a great fishing trip in the eternal waters on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at that time of day when the fish are just beginning to bite. He passed at home in his son Scott's arms, awakening moments before heading out on his next adventure to gaze into Karen's eyes, surrounded by his daughter-in-law Courtney and his grandchildren Jackie, Scotty and Bridgi, whom he loved so much.
Rene's cremains will be interned at a few of his favorite fishing holes and at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise with full military honors. A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.
Photo: Rene V. Phillips
Mabel Lena Wedding Hunt, 87, formerly of Weippe
Mabel Lena Wedding Hunt left us Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Life Care Center in Lewiston, where she had been residing. She was well loved and will be missed by her family and friends.
She was born Aug. 15, 1932, to Acie and Marie Agnes Cyr Wedding, in Council, ID.
She married Lyle Hunt on Aug. 4, 1951, in Weippe, and had seven children. Lena and Lyle later divorced, in 1972.
She enjoyed quilting, which her daughter, Lynn; and granddaughter, Tonia; picked up from her. She liked to fish but wouldn't eat them. She also enjoyed her family, loved the outdoors and loved to drive the rolling hills in Weippe. She had a handful with seven children, but all were successful and learned a lot from her. She loved her dogs and cats. Puzzles were another one of her favorite pastimes.
She is survived by her son, Ken (Carol) Hunt, of Culdesac, and her daughters, Kathy (Sam) Cash, of Lewiston, Connie (Rocky) Pool, of Spokane, WA, Bonnie (Terry) Temple, of Bonnie Lake, WA, Lynn (Robert) Boyle, of Ridgecrest, CA, and Susan Atkinson, of Lewiston; 11 grandkids; 12 great-grandkids; 5 great-great-grandkids; and 3 great-great-grandkids on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Acie and Agnes; her brothers, Charles, Glen and Frank; her oldest daughter, Shirley; and a grandson, Mike.
Services to follow at a later date.
Photo: Mabel Lena Wedding Hunt
Lloyd 'John' J. Brooks, 73
Lloyd 'John' J. Brooks, 73, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020, at his home in Clarkston, WA, from congestive heart failure.
He was born April 27, 1946, to Len and Marie Brooks, in Pomeroy, WA.
When John was 12, the family moved to the Clarkston Heights. John attended Clarkston schools until graduation in 1964. He met and married Linda Lahti on Sept. 5, 1965. Both were lifetime residents of Clarkston. They had four children, Jay, Theresa, Robert and Willy.
John started working for Potlatch Corp. as a green chain puller, later becoming a millwright, and retiring after 45 years. He also worked on the Florence Hansen farm for many years. He was an avid hunter, spending his retired years enjoying the outdoors at the family farm in Peola, WA. He was a member of the Peola Pioneer Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
John is survived by his brother, Ken Brooks, of Orofino; daughter, Theresa Brooks, of Post Falls; sons Robert (Brandee) Brooks and Willy (Annette) Brooks, both of Clarkston; grandchildren Cari, Christy, Kendra and Riley; great-grandchildren Kevin, Chase, Darren, Daxton and Lily; and fur friends Clem, George and Penny.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Brooks; parents Len and Marie Brooks; and son Leonard Jay Brooks.
Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Peola Pioneer Cemetery. Donations in John's honor can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Photo: Lloyd "John" J. Brooks
Vollie Quinten 'Dude' Hunter,82, Orofino
Dude Hunter was born to Milton N. Hunter and Fannie A. Hunter (Langdon) in Eureka Ridge, Orofino. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. Hunter, son Rick Hayes, grandchild, Kim Sanford, parents, sister, Edith and five of six brothers, Lawrence, Wallace, Jamie, Lowell, and Rhoda.
Dude loved fishing in Alaska and story-telling. He was gregarious, generous and well-liked by everyone he met. He could make the nurses laugh and turn a negative into a positive. He would jump to help anyone that needed a favor. He loved to help anyone in need.
As a lineman, he told some extremely funny stories about hanging from a helicopter in Alaska to put up poles. He was always looking forward to his annual trips back to Alaska to fish for salmon and halibut with his friends and nephew, Keith. Although he didn't like to eat fish, he brought back a freezer full to share with everyone and stories that he would hold close to his heart forever.
Dude is survived by 4 daughters, Jill (Todd) Swanson, Julie (Norris) Boothe, Debbie (Pat) Hightower and Patti Miller. Dude is also survived by brother, Dwight Hunter; 9 grandchildren, Matthew (Kristi) Ward, Tara (Kyler) Courtney, Garrett Swanson, Joanna (Tim) Lewis, Sarah (Joseph) Young, Rebekah (Quincy) Saunders, Melissa Sanford, Lindsey (Josh) Lang, and Taci VanLueven; 19 great grandchildren Kyler, Jayce, Avery, Brady, Breona, Easton, Damian, Dominique, Jack, McKenzie, Parker, T.J., Michael, Julia, Tetra, Finnian, Landon, Avery and Emmy. And one very special nephew, Keith (Diane) Hunter.
Memorial Services will be after the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders are lifted.
Photo: Vollie Quinten 'Dude' Hunter
Lena M. Hunt, 86
Lena M. Hunt, 86, of Lewiston, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Willard A. Cochran, 93, Ahsahka
Willard A. Cochran, 93, of Ahsahka, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation of Cascadia in Orofino.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Gage Frizzell, 21, formerly of Stites
Gage Frizzel,l 21 of Couer D Alene and formerly of Stites died March 10, 2020 near Hauser, ID.
Services are pending for late April with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Marlene May Haag Stellmon, 86, born in Lenore
Marlene May Haag Stellmon, 86, passed away peacefully while surrounded by many family members on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Spokane, from causes related to age.
She was born May 17, 1933, to Victor and Velva Haag, in Lenore. After moving to Lewiston with her family, she attended the Weaskus Grade School and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1951.
While in high school, she met her future husband, William A. "Bill" Stellmon. They married in Lewiston on Dec. 12, 1954. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan. 3, 1957.
Prior to her marriage, Marlene graduated from the Sacred Heart nursing school. She worked for many years as a nurse, assisting surgeons for Lewiston Orthopedics. She loved her job and the many people she worked with there. Marlene and Bill were very supportive of the Lewiston community, spending many hours in various causes, including the Valley Boys and Girls Club, the Lewiston Roundup Association and the Lewiston Roundup Royalty. Marlene and Bill were also very involved in Lewiston schools and school activities.
They are the parents of five children, all of whom graduated from Lewiston High School. The Stellmons lived across the street from the high school, and their home served as a gathering place for her children's many friends and acquaintances. Marlene baked thousands of cookies during those years to provide treats to all of her drop-in visitors. She also prepared numerous kettles of oatmeal and stored many, many textbooks that were left in the corners of her home. Marlene attended hundreds of football, basketball and baseball games in the valley while supporting her children, grandchildren and other youth. She was a life-long supporter of Lewiston High School athletics and Seattle Mariner baseball. Marlene could be frequently seen darting around town in her blue Volkswagen convertible.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she spent many hours in service to her church. She loved the youth and served in many positions in the church, and also served a full-time mission with Bill at Martin's Cove, WY. She had many church friends and enjoyed serving and associating with them over the years.
Bill and Marlene always had "room for one more" and frequently had neighbor kids at their table. They also took in many young people who needed a place to stay for a short period of time. Their door was always open to anyone who needed a hand. In 1997, Bill had early onset Alzheimer's. For 12 years, Marlene took care of her husband in their home with faith, patience and endurance, until Bill's passing on Dec. 18, 2010.
Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; and brother, Charles. She is survived by her brother, Rick (Jeannie) Haag of Lewiston; sister-in-law, Gail Williams of Clarkston; her children, Jacob (Kelli) Stellmon of Loon Lake , WA., John (Donna) Stellmon of Eagle, William (Cindy) Stellmon of Oceansides OR, Lisa (Brad) Mangum of Burns, OR, and Daniel (Melanie ) Stellmon of Clarkston; 24 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Marlene's children will hold a private graveside service for Marlene, as a precaution because of COVID-19. A memorial service will be held for her at a later time, at which time there will be an opportunity for grandchildren, extended family, community and church friends to honor Marlene's memory.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Hon. William A. and Marlene Stellmon Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho College of Law in care of the University of Idaho Foundation.
Photo: Marlene May Haag Stellmon
Marvel Muhonen, 83, formerly of Orofino
It is with great sadness that the family of Marvel Violet Muhonen, née Grasser, announces her passing on March 12, 2020 at the age of 83. Marvel spent the last months of her life in Blacksburg, VA, in the care of her daughter, Tamara Shimozono, battling breast cancer.
Predeceased by her husband of 60 years in 2018, Ma-vel had recently been living with her children and grandchildren across the country. She was a beloved mother, grand-mother, sister, minister, evangelist, and friend.
Marvel was an Idaho woman through and through.? Born Dec. 10, 1936 to Harvey and Violet Grasser, née Carr, she was raised on her grandfather's homestead in Orofino with her sister, Louise.
Growing up, Marvel shared a special bond with her nearby grandparents and cousins. She worked on her parents' ranch, as a hospital volunteer, and for the U.S. Forest Service, spending summers with her family at the "lookout."?
Marvel graduated from Orofino High School then earned a BA in Education at the University of Idaho, where she met her husband, Paul Muhonen, whom she married in 1957. After college, Paul began his career with International Business Machines (IBM) in Boise, where Marvel taught English until they started their family in 1959.
Marvel's inner beauty shined without, and she was selected as a Princess at Idaho's Centennial celebration in 1963. Paul's job took the family all across the country, to Poughkeepsie, NY, to Los Angeles and San Jo-se, CA, and finally back to Pocatello, ID. After Paul retired from IBM, he and Marvel moved back to Boise, where they spent their golden years tending their gorgeous flower gardens and enjoying visitors at their lovely home.
They loved spending summers at their Orofino ranch, picking huckleberries, cherries, and morels, attending Lumberjack Days, and spending time with family and friends.
Marvel was well known for her labor of love in the kitchen, from her luscious baking (pies and cinnamon rolls were her specialty) to preparing sumptuous dinners for family and friends.
An intrepid crotchetier, she spent countless hours creating elaborate afghans for her children and grandchildren.
Marvel was also masterful with the pen. She enjoyed writing clever poems for her children and grandchildren, and authored dozens of gospel tracts and newsletters for worldwide distribution.
Unwavering in her Christian faith, Marvel was known for her generosity and positivity. She donated to feed and clothe the needy, and shipped dozens of boxes of apparel to the poor overseas. She aspired to live and teach determination, perseverance, faith, hope, and forgiveness.? "Let bygones be bygones," she often said.
Marvel wore out dozens of King James Bibles over the years, studying and writing, modeling her life from the inspiration she drew from the word of God.? She wrote in the cover of her last Bible, "Love is the only House that is big enough for all the pain in this World."
Through the end of her days, Marvel spent her time finding ways to help those she loved, and with her last breath praised the Lord in all things.
Marvel will be lovingly remembered by her 10 children: Gregory (Pamela) Muhonen, of Loveland, CO, Michael (Linda) Muhonen, of Corona Del Mar, CA, Christian (Wendy) Muhonen of Pocatello, ID, Anna Vaughn of Loveland, Tamara (Mark) Shimozono, of Blacksburg, VA, Stephen (Jennifer) Muhonen of Chubbuck, ID, Timothy (Heather) Muhonen of Eagle Point, Oregon, Martina (Michael) DelleDonne of Bolton, ON, Canada, Rachael (Ken) Franklin of Aliso Viejo, CA, and Serena Occhino of Odenton, MD; and by her sister, Louise Beavert, of Clark-ston, WA.
Marvel will also be fondly remembered by her 27 grand-children, 3 great-grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, and by her "Nigerian son," Imeh Johnson of Houston, TX.
Marvel was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband of 60 years, Paul Frederick Muhonen.
Condolences can be shared on line at https://www.hornefuneralservice.com.
The family will host a memorial service and celebration of Marvel's life well lived this summer in Orofino; details will be forthcoming.
A charitable memorial fund has been set up in Marvel's honor at Children's Hospital of Orange County, CA. Marvel dedicated her life to raising children and helping the disadvantaged. Knowing other children were being helped would make her most happy. Donations can be made online at www.choc.org/donate (enter amount, select option "Other" and type in "Marvel Muhonen Memorial Fund.").
Donations may also be sent to Good Samaritan Hospice of the New River Valley, which cared for her during her final months. Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Drive Christiansburg, VA 24073.
Photo: Marvel Violet Muhonen
Craig J. Grimes, 49, formerly of Orofino
On Monday, March 2, 2020, we as a family said goodbye to our beloved husband of Trixie; dad to Josh, Kelly, Olivia, Jarrod and Emma Jo; and the best papa to Braylon, Heston and Penelope Ann.
Craig was born July 4, 1970, in Riverside, CA, and spent his youth living in Orofino. He was always picking up odd jobs to make a few bucks, selling everything from the newspaper, cards and gift wrap, shoes and even knives. In high school, he worked at Dworshak Dam.
After graduating high school in 1988, Craig joined the U.S. Air Force, and was an honorable discharge in 1990.
Craig lived in Nebraska close to 10 years before returning to Idaho.
Craig was at his best when spending time outdoors. He enjoyed his job as a loader operator for Ray Moss Logging for many years. Our family spent any free time we had on the job with Craig, no matter where that may be. When that operation ended, he worked for a few other places, taking jobs that would most benefit his family.
Craig had a passion for the outdoors. He was adamant that he instilled this into his children. Taking any opportunity, he had to teach them to cut firewood, hunt, fish and respect their surroundings at all times.
In December 2015, Craig was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The heartbreaking reality was he had become disabled. This disease took many things from Craig and our family, but never his determination and drive. He never gave up.
He always found ways to busy himself, from helping Trixie with her child care business to building things for friends and family. His main focus was always Trixie, his kids and grandkids.
Our family is very thankful for the love and support our community has shown us throughout these past four years. We are stronger because of all of you.
A very special thank you to Lewiston Cancer Center staff, nurses and Dr. Clinton Morgan. All of you were our light in the midst of darkness that came from this disease.
Craig was preceded in death by his mother, Penny MacDonald; and son Joshua Grimes.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Highland School gymnasium, 112 Boulevard Ave., Craigmont. A lunch will follow in the school cafeteria; please bring a covered dish or dessert to add to the taco bar.
Shawn David and John Paul Carr, age 3, Weippe
Shawn David & John Paul Carr, age 3, went running into heaven fishing poles in hand on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
Shawn and John were born on Sept. 23, 2016 to Chance Carr and Hannah Hueth, in Lewiston.
They both loved fishing with their dad, often competing for who caught the biggest bass. One of their highlights was camping and fishing on the North Fork as a family.
Shawn's favorite color was blue and he made his mommy laugh by quoting lines from his favorite movie, The Fox and the Hound, while talking in his sleep.
John's favorite color was red and you could often find him running around wearing only his helmet and favorite PJ Masks underwear.
They were country boys through and through, often going "Hunting" with their toy wood guns. They were a team in everything they did and especially loved playing with their dog Savage.
The boys were preceded in death by their grandfather, Shawn Carr. uncle, Donald Hueth; great grandma. Robin Hueth; and cousin, Dillan Carr.
The twins are survived by their parents, Hannah and Chance; grandparents, Tessie Carr, Casey Eaton, and DJ Hueth; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Timberline High School in Weippe, from 1-5 p.m. on March 6, 2020. All are welcome to attend.
Shawn and John were full of life and touched so many lives. They were too big for this world and will be forever missed.
Photo: Shawn David and John Paul Carr
Carol Bonnalie Molin (Rawson), 81, formerly of Orofino
Surrounded by her closest family and friends, our mother and grandmother left this world, to embrace her son Jim at the gates of Heaven, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, after patiently waiting 49 long years. She was 81, but if you asked her, she was always 25.
She was the third of five daughters born to John and Frances Bonnalie on July 16, 1938, in Orofino.
She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1957. Shortly after she married her blind date, Sam Rawson, on June 29, 1957. They shared 50 wonderful years together in which time they had four children, Gerri, Ann, Jim and Dawna. She always had a love for food and was never shy if she didn't like it. She shared that love with the community by opening Sharol D's restaurant in 1979, with her husband, Sam. After the closure of Sharol D's in 1986, she continued in the service industry as the coordinator for Valley Meals on Wheels and manager of the Sunset Motel in Clarkston, WA.
In the early 2000s when many her age were considering retirement, she started a new venture, opening Carol's Deli. She continued working hard while instilling those same values in her children and grandchildren who worked by her side. After the closure of the Deli, she entered "retirement" where she continued to work odd jobs, including working at A&B Foods, Walmart and volunteering to cook at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
After the death of Sam, she met Ken Molin. They were married in August 2010, and she moved to Grangeville. In the two short years they were married, they enjoyed going to breakfast at the Hilltop and the occasional trip to the Silver Dollar in White Bird. After Ken's passing in 2012, she continued to live in Grangeville, where she met her companion, Bill Carlson, who she cared for deeply up until the end.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Joice Luft and Lorna Day; husband of 48 years, Sam Rawson; son, James Dee Rawson; grandson, Brandon Rawson; and her second husband, Ken Molin.
She leaves behind her companion, Bill Carlson, and many lifelong friends. Also surviving are her sisters, Clara Sipe and Connie Sumpter; daughters, Gerri, Ann (Bill) and Dawna (Lance); grandchildren, Dustie (Mike), Charity (Gene), Ashley (Luis), Jeramy, Heather, Tyler, Megan (Jared), Sheighlyn (Jesse) and Haylee (Randy); 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to send their deepest appreciation to the staff at Advanced Health Care of Lewiston for taking such wonderful care of our mother and grandmother in her final days, and a very special thanks to her favorite night shift nurse, Michael, for treating her as if she was his own mother. We will never forget your kindness.
A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at the Lewiston Eagles, 1304 Main St., Lewiston.
A private graveside service will take place at a later date, where she will be laid to rest at Normal Hill Cemetery with her son, James.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Meals on Wheels or the Gina Quesenberry Foundation.
Photo: Carol Bonnalie Molin (Rawson)
Mary Katheryn Benson Hubbart, 89, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Mary Katheryn Benson Hubbart passed away early on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Royal Plaza Healthcare with her husband, Cliff, by her side.>Mary, better known as Kathy, was born to William Verner Benson and Lillie Marie Penley Benson on Oct. 1, 1930, in Boone, N.C. While going to school, Kathy worked at the theater in Boone, selling tickets. In 1950, she moved with her family to Pierce for a short time before moving to Orofino and eventually Lewiston, where she worked at J.C. Penney. She married Edward Arnzen, though they later divorced. Kathy married Clifford E. Hubbart in August 1969. Together they raised each other's children as their own.
This blended family enjoyed travel and seeing the great outdoors whether it be on a trip cross country or a camping excursion nearby. Later, Cliff and Kathy became members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, and enjoyed many motorcycle adventures. Once the children were grown, Kathy rejoined the workforce as an employee of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for more than 13 years before retiring.
For 49 years, she was an active member and supporter of Warner Avenue Alliance Church, which later become CrossPoint Alliance Church. Kathy's hospitality was enjoyed by numerous visiting missionaries, musicians and college performers whom she welcomed into her home. She had a heart for missions and helped through active support and correspondence. Her refrigerator was covered with pictures of people she regularly prayed for.
Kathy was a loving wife, devoted mother and homemaker who enjoyed a good book or stitching a fine embroidery. Dementia eventually made these things impossible but didn't take away the Southern spitfire spirit she was proud of - things are probably much more exciting in heaven now.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Cliff; son, Greg Arnzen (Margie), of Lewiston; stepdaughter, Edwina Lloyd (Kirk), of Irrigon, OR; her brother, Carl Benson, of Lewiston; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by both parents; infant son, Eric Arnzen; daughter, Linda Wilson; and stepson, Fenton Hubbart.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 3 at CrossPoint Alliance Church.
Photo: Mary Katheryn Benson Hubbart
Mary Ann 'Mares' Leger, 82, formerly of Orofino
Mary Ann 'Mares' Leger passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Lewiston.
Mary Ann was born April 17, 1937, in Orofino, to Melvin and Edna West. She married Robert Leger on May 5, 1967, at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene.
Mary Ann was a stay-at-home mom and enjoyed sewing, crafts and spending time with their dogs.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Leger, of Lewiston; son, Roger Leger, of Seattle, WA; daughter, Angelia Lemm, of Logan, UT; granddaughter Mikayla Porath, of Smithfield, UT; grandson Skylar Lemm, of Logan, UT; and sister Sandra Kelley, of Orofino.
Thank you to the staff at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. A celebration of life will be held in the summer with a date to be determined.
Photo: Mary Ann 'Mares' Leger
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.
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