Clayton Cross, 85, born in Orofino
Clayton Lee Cross Sr. was born June 12, 1932, in Orofino, and died at age 85 of natural causes Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Clarkston, WA.
He was born to Harvey D. Cross and Hazel Monroe. Clayton's early years were lived in Orofino and in Buhl, Idaho, where while in church he met the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Patricia Yvonne Shaver Cross. They had four children and raised them in Orofino, Lewiston and Spokane, WA.
Clayton was a logger in Orofino until he moved to Lewiston, where his career in baking began at Holsum Baking Co. After attending the American Institute of Baking and Technology in Chicago in the early '60s, he moved his family to Spokane, where he worked for Wonder Bread and fulfilled the position of superintendent. After he retired from Snyder's Bakery in 1983, he went on to become a baker's consultant for W.E. Long Co-op and traveled the United States and Canada.
In their retired years, Clayton and Yvonne spent many winters in Lake Havasu, AZ, and summers as camp hosts at Chief Timothy State Park managing the Alpowai Interpretive Center outside of Clarkston. Clayton never knew a stranger. He always had stories to tell from the good ol' days. He loved to listen to old country music and was a great dancer. He had a laugh that was boisterous and infectious and a growl that was cantankerous and ornery. He was very handy and loved making things from wood, particularly furniture and canes. He had a passion for handling and knowing everything about rattlesnakes. He loved fishing, hunting, boating, camping, traveling and the years he spent as a Shriner.
Clayton was a father of four children: Vicki Yvonne Timmerman of Chico, CA, Diana Lee Kimrey of Spokane (deceased), Janice Twila 'Cookie' Genasci of Yelm, WA, and Clayton Lee "Chip" Cross Jr. of Fairbanks, AK. Clayton was the grandpa of 15 grandchildren: Baby Girl Shippy (deceased), Shelly (deceased), Trisha, Lisha, Korey, Dana, Tina, Shon, Corina, twins Christy (deceased) and Misty, Nikki, Travis, Tonya, Michelle and Ben; 31 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister: Doug Jones, Twila Olin and Jim Jones. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Cross, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and two brothers: Jack and Harmon Cross.
Clayton was an avid supporter of Boys Town as they were a positive influence in his childhood. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Boys Town Nebraska - a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving children and healing families by caring for homeless children - in memory of Clayton Cross. Clayton's close friends and family gathered on Dec. 27 to celebrate his life.
Cremation was performed by Merchant Funeral Home. Please visit the online guest book at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photos: Clayton Lee Cross, Sr.
Beatrice Phelps, 90
Beatrice A. Phelps, 90, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Lewiston.
Bea was born June 24, 1927, to Sam and Sarah (Ward) Mace. She married Charles W. Andrews, and the couple had one daughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Paul, and grandsons Tony and Allen Paul. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Debra Widmier.
A celebration of life will be held later in the spring. Condolences may be sent to Sandy at Hidden Village No. 5, Bass Lane, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Beatrice A. Phelps
Agnes Alice Lancaster, 86
Agnes Alice Lancaster, 86, of Lewiston, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. She was born Aug. 26, 1931, to Elizabeth Reed.
Agnes married Spencer 'Doc' Lancaster on Feb. 21, 1951.
She is survived by her grandson, Damian Spencer Lancaster. She was preceded in death by daughter Kimberly Kay Lancaster; and her husband, Spencer 'Doc' Lancaster.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Orofino Cemetery. The service will be officiated by Chuck Powell.
Photo: Agnes Alice Lancaster
Virginia Lea Barnett, 82, formerly of Weippe
Virginia Lea Barnett, 82, of Lewiston, went to be with her Lord on Jan. 3, 2018, at her home.
Virginia was born May 29, 1935, in Kendrick, to Ronald Wolfe and Pearl Johnson Wolfe. She attended Troy High School.
She married Jake Floch on Oct. 4, 1957, in Lewiston. They later divorced in 1964. She later married Albert Barnett on April 10, 1964. Albert died April 25, 1996.
Virginia ran a day care facility in Weippe until she retired in 1996. She then moved to Lewiston, where she remained for 17 years.
She was a member of the House of Faith in Lewiston.
Virginia is survived by daughters, Juliann (Daniel) Cattron of Lewiston and Sharon Alviar of McCleary, WA.; sisters, Evelyn (Carl) Dalberg of Bonners Ferry and Alice Roberts of Athol; her grandchild, Joanna Cattron of Lewiston; and great-grandchild Shawntell Cattron of Lewiston; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Barnett; parents Ronald Wolfe and Pearl Johnson-Wolfe; and sister Wilma Pochart.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, followed by a gathering at the House of Faith, 2502 16th Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Virginia Lea Barnett
Norma May Fauver, 96, formerly of Pierce
Norma May Fauver, 96, passed away Jan. 2, 2018, of natural causes, at Living Spring Residential Care of Lewiston. She was born March 28, 1921, to Sanford and Sarah Davis Larson, at Jerome.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lavar, Orville and Len Larson; and sisters, Delisle McCollum and Othella Hamrin. Also preceding her was her husband, Lloyd; daughter, Jean; and sons, David and Jeff.
Norma spent her childhood in Pierce and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1939. Her family moved during World War II to Seattle, WA, where her brothers worked in the shipyards and she worked in a shoe store. Norma's family moved back to Lewiston at the end of the war, and it was during this time she met and married her first husband, Karl Taylor. They welcomed a daughter, Jean Ann. They divorced, and Norma married Lloyd Fauver in December of 1949 in Lewiston.
Lloyd adopted Jean and together they had seven additional children: Jean (Stan) Wilson, Michael (Donna) Fauver, David Fauver, June (Andy) Bible, Janis (Bob) Whetstine, and Tom, Jim and Jeff Fauver. She was a proud grandma to seven grandchildren: Lance (Judy) Wilson, Jennell (David) Reece, Jaime (John) Southmayd, Cyndi (Brett) Steele, Samantha (Jason) Donat, Candace (Jeremy) Pauley and Nathan Fauver; as well as 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Norma was a stay-at-home mom who was always busy caring for her children, including a special-needs child, and then for her grandchildren.
She loved baking for her large family and her children's friends. She is still remembered by a few of these friends for her cookies. Some of her grandchildren nicknamed her "Grandma Cookie." In later life, she loved to read, especially Danielle Steele books. At 90 years old she learned how to operate a Kindle Paperwhite, which was a lot easier for her to hold.
During the past year, Norma was a resident of Living Spring Residential Care, Lewiston. She loved living there, where she felt at home. Thanks to Pat Fowler and her family and staff who always treated Norma with love, dignity and respect. Thank you also to the hospice team from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, who helped make her final days peaceful.
Norma was cremated and a remembrance of her life will be held in the spring.
Memorial donations should be made out to Tri-State Hospital Foundation.
Photo: Norma May Fauver
Robert C Burger, 90, Dworshak Dam construction worker
Robert Charles Burger passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Spokane Valley, WA.
Robert 'Bob' was born April 30, 1927, to Charles and Myrtle Burger in Blencoe, Iowa, one of four children. He was raised mostly by his father, as his mother passed away when he was a very young boy.
After graduating from high school, Bob went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1945, making lifelong friends along the way. In 1952, Bob married the love of his life, Fern Buchholz, and they had two sons, Richard and William. After traveling across the country working construction, Bob and Fern settled in Orofino so Bob could work on Dworshak Dam until he retired in 1982.
After retiring, Bob and Fern moved to Lewiston to enjoy what would end up being a very long retirement. Bob enjoyed camping, traveling down south with friends for the winter along with spending time up in Spokane, WA, with his son, Bill, and daughter-in-law Teresa. In 2012, Bob and Fern moved to Spokane Valley to be closer to family.
Bob was preceded in passing by his son, Richard, and his wife of 65 years, Fern, just last May. Bob is survived by his son, Bill; two daughters-in-law, Teresa and Beverly, both of Spokane; two grandsons, Jackson and Christopher; two granddaughters, Melissa and Wendy of Spokane; and five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mason, Malia, Joci and Trenton.
Bob's love for his family and friends, along with his great sense of humor, will forever be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Memorial service for Robert Charles Burger will be 2 p.m. March 24 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, because of weather concerns.
Photo: Robert Charles Burger
Roger Preston Fisk, Sr., 80, Orofino
It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Preston Fisk, Sr. announce his passing after suffering a heart attack, on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at the age of 80 years.
Born on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 1937, in Chicago, IL. He was the second of three sons and a daughter born to Preston and Helen Ruth Fisk.
The Fisk family moved to the Yakima, WA area in 1946 where the family established a home; it was here that Roger developed his great love for the outdoors, spending much time hunting and fishing.
Roger led a colorful life as a young man with many adventures, some were fun and some were fun and foolhardy, but he always managed to come out with only a few scratches and a great story to tell.
Graduating from Yakima High School in 1955 he learned the auto-body trade and moved to Burns, OR, where he met and fell in love with Audrey Vignery. Roger and Audrey eloped and married in a wedding ceremony in Winnemucca, NV on April 29, 1956. Their marriage lasted for 18 years when they decided to call it quits as a married couple, but their love for their children kept them well connected and in their later years they were the best of friends who still cared deeply for each other.
An early Jeep enthusiast, Roger spent a lot of time at hill climbs and backwoods trails no matter what the weather might be, rain, hail and snow were not a deterrent to him. If it was raining it only meant more mud to play in! It was usually a family affair and as children we were thrilled, we all loved getting out there and playing in the mud! The thrill of catching a little air while riding in the jeep was something he and his children loved. Roger discovered a lot of things while out "Jeepin'", but the biggest one was "It's easier to break them than to fix them!"
Roger was an avid reader and loved going to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, sometimes going there twice a day. He enjoyed good Westerns and reading of the history of the Pacific Northwest. He never lost his love of being out-of-doors where he could be found getting wood, mushroom hunting and panning for gold with his good friends and his companion Ellen.
Roger raised a little hell but always cared for the welfare of his family and friends. He was a giving man, sharing and doing what he could when seeing or hearing about another person in need.
Roger was blessed to have many long time friends that gave him their friendship, companionship and a helping hand, assisting him with his wood to keep his house warm (Richard Remen, we're thinking of you!). He had a sweet tooth and there was always a steady supply of sweets from friends and neighbors alike. Thanks to all of you(!) for showing your love and bringing the warmth of your friendship into his life!
Roger will be lovingly remembered by his friend and companion, Ellen Lengacher; his children, Debra Ehlinger, Roger Fisk, Jr., Carol Anderson and Viva Davis. Roger will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren, Bobby, Asia, Aaron, Eric, Rachael, Brandon and Colton; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Gavin. Roger is also survived by his brothers, Bud and Rick Fisk of Tieton, WA .
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Ruth; his sister, Joan Fisk Thomas, of Colorado; and the mother of his children, Audrey Vignery Fisk.
A Celebration of Life Service in memory of Roger will be held on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m., at the Orofino Church of the Nazarene, 802 Michigan Ave., Orofino, Idaho, with Rev. Shane Endicott officiating.
In memory of Roger, those who so desire are encouraged to make memorial donations to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation Inc., 139 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, Idaho 83520 / Phone # 208-476-7570, or at their web site: www.cmplfoundationinc.org.
Photo: Roger Preston Fisk, Sr.
Roger Preston Fisk, 80, Orofino
Roger Preston Fisk, 80, Orofino, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Jeffrey Miles Midstokke, 55, Peck
December 20, 2017 will forever be a day to remember and will never be the same again. Our loving, hardworking husband, father, son, grandfather and great-grandfather has left us due to a tragic work accident.
Jeffrey Miles Midstokke was born to Richard and Shirley Midstokke in San Jose, CA, Sept. 13, 1962. The family moved to Peck, Idaho in 1971.
Jeff married Renee' Cobbs in 1979 and they had two children, Shan Avila and Brandon Midstokke. They divorced in 1981.
Jeff married Misty Atkinson on June 23, 1990 after they had lived together for 6 years. They have one son together, Dylan Midstokke.
Jeff worked for Potlatch Corp for many years, starting at Jaype in Pierce, Idaho, then later transferring to the Potlatch mill in Lewiston, Idaho, as a millwright. Jeff took a few years break from millwork and went to work as a machinist at Nightforce in Orofino, Idaho, before going back to work as a millwright at both Tri-Pro in Orofino and Guy Bennett Lumber in Clarkston, WA.
Jeff loved to do so many things, most of them all including one or all of his family members. He enjoyed working/playing with the cows which took up a lot of his time, especially during the months of calving. Jeff was such a hardworking man, who never backed down from any task that was before him.
He was so smart. There just wasn't anything he couldn't do or fix. We never seemed to worry about things as they broke down, just knew that he would be able to make it work again.
Jeff loved family gatherings and always wanted to cook a feast. Even when there was already more than enough food, he always wanted to 'smoke a fish', or bring a ham, or cook a buffalo roast. He loved making jerky, always enough to share. No one would ever leave hungry or without leftovers to take home.
Watching the Seahawks was a family passion since the 1980's and he was so fortunate to attend three Seahawk games. The most recent game was this October with both sons and his wife. It was a terrific time and a lasting memory.
Jeff loved his three children very much. They were all so very special to him. He was so proud of them, and never ever missed an opportunity to let them know, and to brag on them. He was so proud of each of their journeys into adulthood, their hurdles they each overcame, and each of their accomplishments.
He was able to see them each improve their lives with promotions and advances in things they love. He was such an encouraging man, and always tried to advise them with the different obstacles and directions all their lives have taken them. Jeff just always wanted them to know that he was available for each and every one of them.
He loved his grandchildren and great-grandson so much. He was just so proud of them also. He looked forward to watching them grow into the strong, fabulous people they are and will be. He loved his grandson, and could not wait to have him participate in the trips to the Seahawk games. Jeff took pride in helping mold him and encourage him to become a helpful, strong, honest, successful and hardworking man.
He loved his granddaughter and was so excited to see her enter into adulthood, and parenthood with his new great-grandchild. He was so proud to see her overcome obstacles and improve herself and loved watching her be happy. The time the two of them spent with 4-H was a great joy for him, and he was very happy with the way she handled things and her success.
Jeff loved his wife Misty so very much. There was never a day that he didn't tell her so, or let her know. He was always reaching out for her, to touch her, whenever she walked by, always kissing and hugging each other before bed. The morning of his death, he sent her a text message that read, "Good Morning Beautiful". They were soul mates who did absolutely everything together, from fun to work. You rarely saw one of them without the other.
They balanced each other. He was Misty's best friend. He kept her calm by assuring her that things were going to be just fine, and to not worry so much over things. His love for Misty was real, and everyone could see and feel it.
Jeff had a special relationship with his mom and siblings. He called his mom every day to see how she was doing, and to just visit with her about his day. Jeff was best of friends with his siblings as children and that grew and continued into adulthood. It was a joy for him to be involved and included in all the steps of their lives as each of their families grew.
The friendship and love Jeff shared with his in-laws, Tommy and Jann Atkinson, and later Doris Peterson was very strong. They welcomed Jeff into their lives from the start, and loved him as their son. Jeff had the same strong love, and relationship with his sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Kelly Dub as he did his siblings. He was their brother too. He was honored to be the uncle to their three children and loved each of them. It was a joy for him to see them each grow into successful adults.
Jeff had many friends, and something that was important to him, was to show everyone respect. He was a good friend and family man because of his ability to show everyone that he was good, kind, honest and helpful. That was what he wanted everyone to see and I believe this was accomplished in his life, that was stopped way too short.
Jeff was preceded in death by his sister, Kari; his father, Richard Midstokke, paternal and maternal grandparents; uncles; aunts; and a nephew.
Jeff is survived by his mother Shirley Midstokke, his wife Misty Midstokke, his children Shan Avila, Brandon Midstokke, Dylan Midstokke (Samantha Swimley). His grandchildren Kayla Avila, Owen Avila, and his great-grandson Weston Smith. His siblings, Dan Midstokke (Robin), Chris Midstokke (Loree), Jennifer Midstokke, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Lodge at Rivers Edge in Orofino, Idaho on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. A gathering for family and friends will be immediately following the ceremony.
Photo: Jeffrey Miles Midstokke
Evah Jean Gentry Hicks, 79, formerly of Fraser
Evah Jean Gentry Hicks, 79, passed away peacefully in Clarkston, WA, on Dec. 21, 2017, the longest night of the year. She left her tired, aged body to join loved ones anxiously awaiting her return to Heaven.
Born in Pomeroy, WA, in June 1938, the daughter of Raymond Ellsworth and Gertrude Doris Eberhardt Gentry. Married in Pomeroy, WA, in June 1957, to Royce Elbert Hicks of Wolf Creek, MT. Evah and Royce have six (6) children, twenty-four (24) grandchildren, and forty-four (44) great grandchildren.
With BA and MS degrees from BYU, in addition to an agrarian Palouse upbringing, Evah excelled in Genealogy, Library Science, Gardening, Sewing, and Culinary Arts.
Burial will be beside Royce in the Fraser Cemetery on the Fraser Prairie above Greer, ID. A graveside service will be held when the weather and travel safety improve. In lieu of flowers, please, bring a yellow daffodil bulb or two to plant on her grave when you visit. Symbols of our hope in The Resurrection.
Earl A. Hewett, 99, born in Southwick
Earl A. Hewett, age 99, of Culdesac, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston.
He was born Dec. 13, 1918, to Harlen L. and Bertha Heinrich Hewett in Southwick, where he lived as a child. The family moved to Clarkston, WA, where he graduated from Clarkston High School in 1938. He was very athletic and played high school baseball and later was on several area club baseball teams.
Earl married the love of his life, Elva Eaton, in 1938. They were together nearly 79 years before her death in August. They moved in 1943 to Culdesac, where he farmed and worked for the railroad. He also worked in the construction field, starting with the Culdesac grade in the 1950s, and many more jobs in the Northwest. He loved the land and always considered himself foremost a farmer. Until his last few years, he maintained his home, half-acre of lawn, flowers, garden and fruit trees.
He was an avid Mariners, Seahawks and Gonzaga fan.
Earl is survived by his son, Jerry (Maureen); daughter Sharon Wilkins (Dave); five grandchildren; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Lewis; sister-in-law Maxine Hewett; and grandson Curtis Hewett.
A memorial service was held. Saturday at the Culdesac Community Church.
Donations may be made to Culdesac Community Church or the charity of choice.
Photo: Earl A. Hewett
Michael 'Mick' Baldwin, 82, OHS graduate
Michael 'Mick' Baldwin, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Life Care Center in Lewiston.
He was born April 7, 1935, in Lewiston to Lewis and Frances (Rambeau) Baldwin.
Mick attended and graduated from Orofino High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea and Okinawa, Japan, from 1954 to 1957.
After an honorable discharge, Mick went to work for Potlatch Corp., retiring after 35 years.
Mick married Noma Garrett in 1958. During their marriage, they were blessed with two sons, Kelly and Ron. The marriage ended in 1971.
Survivors include Kelly (Kattie), Ron (Denise); five grandchildren, Bruce, DJ (Megan), Chance (Christine), Kabe, and Kooper; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Camryn.
At Mick's request, there will be no service. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Photo: Michael 'Mick' Baldwin
Janine Renee Mattoon, 66, formerly of Weippe
Janine Renee Mattoon, 66, formerly of Weippe, passed away Dec. 13, 2017 in Burien, WA.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Weippe Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Effie C. McAllister, 93, Orofino
Effie C. McAllister, 93 of Orofino, passed away at her home Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Helen Janice Smith, 100, formerly of Orofino
Helen Janice Smith went to be with our Lord Dec. 13, 2017. She blessed almost everyone that knew her for more than 100 years.
Janice, (Janiece as she was always known), was born in Cambridge, Idaho, on July 22, 1917. Her father was Oscar M. Denney from Idaho and her mother was Iva Lee Thrall from Nebraska. She is the middle child of five children. She was the last of her generation to pass away.
As was said, Janice was born in the little town of Cambridge. While she was a young child, the family moved to Tamarack, Idaho, where her father worked in the local sawmills. In 1925, when she was 8, they moved to Orofino in a rubber-tired, covered wagon drawn by their team of work horses.
Over the next few years, they moved several times, and ended up living up Elk Creek on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, where she went to school until she graduated from the eighth grade, which was the highest grade that was available in those years in that rural area. During those years, she worked with her mother doing laundry for the Civilian Conservation Corps workers who were stationed at the Elk Creek CCC Camp.
In 1935, she married William Clark Jenks. They had two sons, Donald and Floyd. In 1940, Clark was killed in a hunting accident, leaving her a widow at the age of 23. During the next eight years she and the boys lived with her older sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Willis Grimm, where one of her favorite chores was to drive the team of horses while helping put up hay for the livestock.
In 1948, with her two sons, she moved to Lewiston, where she lived in the same house for the next 66 years. In 1956 she was remarried, to George Eugene Smith, and they had one son, George Lee. Most of her life was devoted to her three sons, giving them a sense of pride for who they were and instilling in them a proper respect for the strong woman that she was.
In March of 2014, after a serious illness, when she could no longer live on her own, she was moved to the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Floyd and Carol Jenks, north of Spirit Lake, Idaho. While there, she loved to watch all the wildlife that could occasionally be seen in their front yard. During this time her favorite adventures included going out for breakfast and on long drives, which she did with her oldest son, Donald.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her sisters and brother, Lillian, Doris, Oscar Jr. and Delores; her first husband, William Clark Jenks and second husband, George Eugene Smith; and her youngest son, George Lee Smith, who preceded her in death by just one week.
She leaves behind a legacy of smiles and laughter that will never be forgotten. Her survivors are her sons and daughter-in-law, Donald Jenks, and Floyd and Carol Jenks; nine grandchildren: Carol Ann, Donna, Lisa, Tracy, David, Kendell, Scott, Neal and Kimberly; 21 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-great-grandchildren; and innumerable extended family.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Helen Janice Smith
Betty Jane (Collins) Davis, 70
Betty Jane (Collins) Davis, 70, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at her home, because of cancer.
Betty was born Dec. 6, 1946, in Newport, AZ, to George K. Collins and Blanch E. (Stacy) Collins. She moved to Wenatchee, WA, with her family when she was three years old. They later moved to Cashmere, WA, where she graduated from Cashmere High School in 1965.
Betty met her future husband, Freddy L. Davis, at a movie in 1964. She and Fred were married April 23, 1966, in Cashmere. They spent more than 51 happy years together, deeply in love.
During Fred's military service, they lived and traveled in Germany and the United States. She returned in 1984 to Cashmere, where she and Fred lived until 2003, when they moved to Clarkston, WA.
Betty was a member of several square dance clubs in Germany and Georgia. She loved to sew and make quilts that she would later donate. She also enjoyed going to the casino and playing the slots. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Freddy Davis of Clarkston; daughters, Rachel Turner of Caldwell, Angela Jones and Jessica Ray, both of Clarkston; son, Steven Davis of Wenatchee; sisters, Marie Poirier of Wenatchee and Eloise Pierce of Clarkston; brothers, George Collins of Weippe and Earl Collins of Lake Wenatchee. WA; sister-in-law and special friend, Ann Bowlin; as well as two grandsons, two granddaughters, three step-granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, Blanch and George Collins; sister, Elizabeth Milton; and her son, Timothy L. Davis.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Betty Jane (Collins) Davis
Manuel 'Manny' Phillip Villalobos, Jr., 70
Manuel 'Manny' Phillip Villalobos Jr., a warrior, veteran and strong Nimiipuu of the banks of the Clearwater River in Cherry Lane, passed away surrounded by his loved ones Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, after courageously battling health complications.
He was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Seattle, WA, Ermith Cloud and Manuel Villalobos Sr.
Growing up, he attended Lapwai High School (class of 1967), while later attending school in Concho, OK. At age 15, he was among one of the first groups of young artists to attend the Wallowa County Educational Camp held by Alvin Josephy and family.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army, 25th VAN BN, on Feb. 16, 1967, at age 19. He served two tours as a pathfinder in the Vietnam War, and later re-enlisted into the U.S. Navy, U.S.A. RAMSEY (DEG-2). His service as a combat veteran during Vietnam was defining for him; he was a fearless and brave Nimiipuu hamaa.
Manny was one of the original founding members of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Chapter 13-3. The group includes veterans, with membership growing to 54 members. The bond of brotherhood played a very important part of his life. One of the highlights of his life was participating in local CVMA rides to support charitable causes like the annual Toys for Tots run, as well as various state and national meets.
Manny was known to be a hard worker and took pride in the work he did. He worked for Lockheed Shipping Yards in Seattle, and spent 10 years in Portland, OR, working for Precision Cast Parts. Upon returning home to the Nez Perce Reservation, he worked for the Potlatch Corp. pulp mill in Lewiston until he began his final career with the Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resource Management. He became one of the longest-serving employees for fisheries, starting in 1983 and only recently retiring in October because of health concerns. In addition to being a proud Nimiipuu fisherman, he was dedicated to his work and was passionate about the preservation and protection of salmon.
Manny was married to the love of his life, Bobbi Ann, for 23 years. They enjoyed traveling together, going as far as Hawaii. He also enjoyed their long-weekend trips and rides with their CVMA family. Manny was a great father and loved each and every one of his children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ermith Cloud and Manuel Phillip Villalobos Sr.; his brother, Jaime Villalobos; and grandson, Anthony "Charlie-Bear" Charles Kuechmann Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi Ann; sons, Jaime Christopher (Serena) Villalobos of Camarillo, CA, and Manuel Phillip Villalobos III, of Lenore; daughter LaSaundra Sue (Anthony) Villalobos-Kuechmann of Kalispell, Mont.MT; stepchildren, Cameron and Becky Lozon of Lewiston, and Juanito Hudson of Boise; sisters, Carmen Payne, Vesta Villalobos, Suzie Villalobos, Dulce Villalobos and Cara Mia Villalobos; grandchildren, Austin, Thunder Cloud, Sarah, Tierra, Logan, Mercedes, Diamond, Aurora, Akazia, Izzabella and Tristin; great-grandson, Grayson Moon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Manny was the patriarch of his family and he will be greatly missed by his friends and loved ones.
A celebration of life for Manuel will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center, Main Street South, Lapwai. A color guard ceremony and 21-gun salute will follow at noon at Spalding Cemetery. Dinner will follow at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is caring for the family.
Photo: Manuel 'Manny' Phillip Villalobos Jr.
Dr. Hilda Gladys Strong, 93
Dr. Hilda Gladys Strong, 93, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. She was born July 7, 1924, in Preston, England, the daughter of Henry William Lund and Ellen Jane (Holding) Lund. She was the second of four children. On Sept. 25, 1945, Hilda married Raymond Clifford Strong, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed in England during World War II. She came to the United States in 1946 as a war bride. Although she became a U.S. citizen, she remained proud of her home country.
Hilda had a love of learning, as evidenced by her actions after all her children had started school. She attended for two years at what was then Lewis-Clark Normal School, where she earned the Gertrude Mellon Dick Award, the college's highest academic award. Her Bachelor of Arts in English followed in 1965 from the University of Idaho, where she received the Howard Packenham Award for Outstanding Graduate in English. A Master of Arts in English followed in 1968 from the University of Idaho. She received her Ph.D. with a perfect grade-point average of 4.0 in English literature from Washington State University in 1980. Her work as a student was distinguished by excellence; she was a member of three national honor societies, beginning with her induction into Phi Theta Kappa at LCNS, followed by her induction into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Idaho, and finishing with her induction into Phi Kappa Phi at Washington State University.
Hilda's work as a teacher continued her tradition of excellence in education. Her career on the other side of the desk began with teaching grades 1-4 at Beacon Seventh-day Adventist School in Lewiston from 1960 to 1962. She taught English at the University of Idaho from 1965 to 1967. In the fall of 1967, she began working at LCSC, where she taught for 17 years, retiring from there in 1984.
Hilda's greatest happiness was her family. Every summer, she, her husband Ray and their three children enjoyed camping trips and vacations on the Oregon and Washington coasts. They also camped and hiked at Wallowa Lake in Oregon, and many years the trips included friends, as well as family. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, researching and writing.
Hilda is survived by her children, Linda-Rae (Strong) Higby and Albert Higby of Lyons Falls, NY, Marilyn Jane (Strong) Folk and John Folk of Seal Rock, OR, and David and Wanda (Gangewer) Strong of Weippe; one brother, Harry Lund of Chemsford, England; five grandchildren, Kim (Strong) and Pat Donahue, Cheri Strong and Seth Paine, Daidre (Higby) and Johnson Scaria, Sharna (Higby) and John Karelus, Sara (Folk) and Ryan Berweger; nine great-grandchildren, Ryan Strong, RayLynn Smith, Courtney Wolhaupter, Joshua Chapman, Ethan Scaria, Joshua Scaria, Brayden Scaria, Tyler Scaria and Adela Karelus; two sisters-in-law, Janet Gregg and JoAnn Frost; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Ray; brothers, Gordon and Bert; and sisters-in-law, Val Lund and Gladys Lund.
There will be no calling hours and at her request a private family service will be held. Interment will be at Normal Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity or food bank, to the American Red Cross or to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
Hilda, a survivor of WWII and the Blitz, the 1940-1941 bombing of London, daily remembered her family, friends and the suffering in prayer. She kept framed the following words, penned by Minnie Louise Haskins in "The Desert," and quoted by King George VI in his 1939 radio Christmas speech: "I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.' " She left us with these words: "Life has been worth the living because He lives." Amen. We miss you Mom/Nana/Gigi/Hilda.
Photo: Dr. Hilda Gladys Strong
William Floyd Hammond, 92, helped build Dent, Grandad bridges
Floyd Hammond passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston with his family by his side. He had a strong relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ to guide him on his final journey.
Floyd was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Tulsa, OK, to John and Agnes Belle Hammond. He and Ramona M. Deaver were married Oct. 11, 1947, in Reno, NV. They had two children.
In 1960, the family moved from Fiddletown, CA, to Dent, up on the Clearwater River. This was always to be where they called home. When he retired, they bought The Lariat Drive-in at Riggins and then moved to Lenore as caretakers at the Lenore rest area. Then they moved back to Peck and then to Lewiston in 2014.
Floyd was a member of the Nazarene Church in Orofino and the Blessed Hope Assembly of God in Lewiston. He loved both his church families.
He worked for Carl Finke Logging, Kenny Miller Logging and owned his own truck for several years. He then worked for Barnett Logging and Hensel Phelps, building Grandad Bridge and the Dent Bridge.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and four-wheeling. He loved spending any time he could with his grandsons and those great-grandkids. He loved them so very much. They were his light and delight.
Floyd is survived by daughter, Sandy (Bill) Wheeler; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hammond; grandsons, Michael (Michelle) Wheeler, Dale (Amanda) Wheeler, Wade (Stacy) Hammond and Nathan (Kim) Hammond; great-grandchildren, Josh, Brett, Ryan, Mariah, Emilee, Devinee, Alexis Wheeler, Steele and Brooke Hammond, and Kirsti, Gage and Kara; as well as sisters, Thelma Blake and Eva Fisher; and brothers, Dan and Larry Hammond.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona, in 2016; his parents; sisters, Barbara Chase and Faye Albiani; brother, Theron Hammond; and son, Robert in 2000.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Nazarene Church, 802 Michigan Ave., Orofino.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Family Hospice or a charity of your choice.
Photo: William Floyd Hammond
Calvin Ray Profitt, 74, formerly of Orofino
Calvin Ray Profitt, 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby. MT, of natural causes. He was born on Jan. 24, 1943 in Orofino to John and Grace Profitt. He was the second child of 11 brothers and sisters, so there was lots of activity in his family. He started school in Orofino and then attended different schools as his father had to move the family for work.
The last school he attended was Flathead High School which he left after his sophomore year to enlist in the National Guard. He completed his service and was honorably discharged. He attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon for two semesters. Calvin decided school was not for him and went back to logging and driving truck.
Calvin retired from the Teamsters Union in Anchorage, AK, in 2008 and moved back to Libby to enjoy fishing, hunting and visiting with his many friends.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, John and Grace Profitt; brother, Larry Profitt; sisters, Judy Johnson and Peggy Cunningham; sons, Lane and Shannon Profitt; and a stepdaughter, Shelly Tweet.
Survivors include his wife, Deanna Profitt; daughter, Shawnna Robertson; son, Raymond Profitt (Kelly); and stepchildren (although they were considered his children), Bernie Clark (Tina), Sally Sutherland, Rick Sutherland (Raeann); siblings, Dave Profitt (Claudette), Debbie McCray (Jim), Loren Profitt, Glenda Profitt, Ramona Cain (Pat), Cindy Brown, Cecil Profitt, and Tammy Burnside; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
Photo: Calvin Ray Profitt
Toni Marie Simpson,46, formerly of Orofino
Toni Marie Simpson was called home Dec. 3, 2017, around 6:40 a.m., holding onto the hands of her loved ones. Toni Marie Simpson was born Aug. 8, 1971, in Brewster, WA, to Lucinda Pauline George and Wilfred Ronald Simpson. Over the years, Toni lived in Spokane, Lewiston, Wenatchee, Reno, Nev., Alturas, Calif., Orofino, Lenore and her current residence at Lapwai.
Toni had a good heart and a passion to help others. This encouraged her to fulfill her dream job, becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in 1994. She remained one until she became disabled in 2014. Her other occupation, which she enjoyed, was being a native artist and a holistic healer. Toni believed in several religions. She was baptized Methodist and practiced the Wah-lus-it Indian religion.
She attended high school at Wenatchee High School and Lapwai High School, graduating from Lapwai in 1989.
Survivors are her mother, Lucinda (George) Simpson, of Lapwai; brother, William Charles Simpson (Robin Ann) of Clarkston; sons, Isaac Nicholas Pinkham of Seattle, WA, and Elias Zachary Pinkham and Cervante "Dante" Henry, both of Lapwai; daughter, Talia W. Bybee (George Lopez) of Lapwai; and grandsons, Nathen Wesley Pinkham, Adrian J.M. Lopez and Alanzo R.J. Lopez, all of Lapwai. She was preceded in death by her father; her maternal grandparents, Edith and Russell George; granduncle, Gordon Fisher; uncles, Samuel Gilbert George Sr. and Phillip William George; and cousins Michael Ellis George and Eugene Stone.
There was a dressing at Tuesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. A short Wah-lus-it drum service followed, as well as a viewing. She was then transported to the Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Columbia River Road, Nespelem, WA. A Wah-lus-it service will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Services will begin at sunrise and will conclude at the Owhi Family Cemetery. A dinner will follow the graveside services.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of the services in Idaho.
Photo: Toni Marie Simpson
William A. 'Bill' Wilson, 85, Poltatch woods worker
William A. 'Bill' Wilson passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at his home in Kendrick, where he was born Nov. 6, 1932, in the same house, to Lillian (Zimmerman) Wilson and Stewart Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Stewart Wilson; brothers, Clarence and Elmer; sister. Wilma; first wife, Erma May; daughter, Ester; and son, Alvin. He is survived by his second wife, Darlean Wilson; daughter, Diane Clemm; grandson, Brian; granddaughter, Cristina; and great-grandson, Ashjen.
He had a full and busy life. He was born on Gold Hill (Southwick at the time), and went to school on Gold Hill until eighth grade.
He helped build the road from the old Cedar Ridge Road to the current spot with his dad, Stewart, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent overseas to Korea. When he came home he was a logger, cat driver, sawyer for Potlatch Forests Inc. in Camp X, and 3 on the river. A rancher/farmer, he raised cattle and hogs and butchered about 40 per year on the place. He operated his own gas station and had a battery service. He was a telephone lineman on the hill when Gold Hill had their own company. Then he did his own logging with the family.
He enjoyed his hunting and fishing with his kids, grandkids, friends and family.
A memorial will be held at noon Dec. 16 at the Grange Hall in Kendrick on Main Street. A covered-dish dinner will follow with turkey and ham, with mashed potatoes and gravy furnished. The family requests no live flowers, please.
The family welcomes you to come and enjoy and share stories, just like dad liked to talk about and share. Come and have fun and cry with us to celebrate his full life that he lived.
Photo: William A. 'Bill' Wilson
Beth Estes, 87, formerly of Weippe
Beth Estes passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. She was 87.
Beth was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Southern California to Conrad and Lucille Breitenstein. After graduation, she headed up north to Montana, eventually marrying and putting down roots on a ranch in the Weippe area. Life on the ranch was tough, but Beth proved she was more than capable; if it was making clothes for the kids or meals for the ranch hands, she was sure to add her special blend of creativity and style. She became involved with 4-H along with her children and continued to stay involved throughout the next 50 years. Alongside her friend, Iris Schmidt, she judged various food projects for Asotin, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties.
She volunteered as a substitute teacher in the Weippe area and taught sewing and embroidery at Lewis-Clark State College in the 1970s and '80s. She also worked at the Lewiston Tribune in the mail room as a manager. If the rollers were rolling and the paper was coming off the press, she was cracking the whip. If you lived near L-C and you've voted in the last 40 years, you've met Beth. She also volunteered at the Salvation Army over the past 30 years as their Corps Sgt. Major, serving as a leader.
Captain Ralph noted, "(She) was a faithful and dedicated Salvation Army soldier, and was a good example of what a Christian should be, as she was always ready to serve."
After retirement Beth stayed busy as a crafter, selling her creations at craft fairs far and wide. She had a magnet on her fridge that reads: "She who dies with the most fabric wins." She won.
Her great-grandson was born on her birthday; Little Lincoln was her "favorite birthday present."
She is survived by children Mike Estes, Ben Estes and Diane Ludwig; grandchildren Eric, Tiffany, Alexandra, Adam, Luke and Amber; as well as great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Conrad Breitenstein.
A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Salvation Army, 1220 21st St., Lewiston.
Photo: Beth Estes
Dale Howard Stuart, 81, Fraser
Dale Howard Stuart, 81, of Fraser, was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Orofino to Albert and Bernice (Harrison) Stuart. He died Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Lewiston from complications after a fall.
Dale spent his childhood on the family farm in Fraser. He began working for Potlatch Forests Inc. in Lewiston at age 17. At that time, he was living in Juliaetta with his grandparents and it was there he met Oreta Holt, whom he married March 11, 1956, after a yearlong engagement. They began their married life in Lewiston, where their three children were born. They moved to Weippe in 1965 when Dale was transferred to Potlatch's newly opened Jaype mill in Pierce, where he was a foreman.
In 1977, the family moved from Weippe to their home in Fraser, where he continued his career with Potlatch. He went on to become the mill superintendent, retiring after 42 years and with many lifelong friends. After retirement, Dale was happy to be able to devote himself full time to what he had always loved the most, farming and raising cattle. "The Farm" was always the family gathering place and was where Dale was happiest. He was involved in many Fraser community organizations and activities. In his spare time Dale enjoyed farming. He also enjoyed traveling - around the farm, and to neighboring farms to track down his cattle.
Dale was a genuine, unassuming and fair-minded man with a good sense of humor who was always willing to help others. Those who knew him liked and respected him.
He was preceded in death by Oreta, his wife of 61 years, who passed away just three months ago; his parents; and his brother, Wes Stuart. He is survived by children, Lisa (Don) Curnutt of Orofino, Carmen (Scott) Minard of Gresham, OR, and Mitch (Jeannie) Stuart of Lewiston; grandchildren, Dustin Denison of Weippe, Mallory Mason of Meridian, Tara Wilson of Lewiston, and Tessa Brown and Vanessa Minard of Portland, OR. He also is survived by eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Howard and Diane Holt of Bovill; and nephew, Erik Stuart of Fraser and his three children.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orofino. Friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Dale Howard Stuart
Rita Doreen Johnson, 79, Weippe
Rita Doreen Johnson, 79, Weippe, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Clearwater Health and Rehab Center in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Donald Merle Wilson, 89, formerly of Weippe
Donald Merle Wilson was born Oct. 1, 1928, as a premature infant weighing three pounds. Miraculously, he survived and thrived. His father, Harvey Wilson, was the first white child to be born (and live) on the Weippe prairie. His mother, Jeanette Wilson (Carr), died when he was 12 years old.
He passed away Nov. 9, 2017.
Don grew up in Weippe and in 1953 married the love of his life, Eileen (Phelps). Together they moved to College Place, WA, where Don graduated from Walla Walla College in 1957. After serving one year as a school principal, Don entered the Gospel Ministry as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor. His lifelong passion was to introduce people to Jesus Christ and to encourage them to accept Jesus as their personal savior.
Don pastored churches in Medford, OR; Coquille, OR; Bend, OR; Bozeman, MT; Spokane, WA; Coeur d'Alene; Granger, WA; Enterprise, OR, and also served as an evangelist in many areas of the Northwest, Alaska and Michigan.
Don had a great love for the things of nature and often would say, "Lord, you sure can make it beautiful," as he marveled at nature's wonders. He was instrumental in the founding of two family Christian outdoor clubs.
Before his marriage to Eileen, Don served honorably in the U.S. Army. He served his country in Korea as a member of the 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.), which was the first M.A.S.H. hospital unit to exist. He was always proud of the many lives that he was able to help save.
Upon retirement, Don and Eileen moved to Clarkston, WA, to be near family. The last 10 years, Don and Eileen lived in Lewiston, and he was proud to have returned to Idaho.
Don is survived by his wife, Eileen; sister, Alice Hueth; sons, Steve (Jean), Dan (Sandy) and Marv (Lori); grandchildren Lisa (James), Levi, Mandy, Caitlin, Keelin, Danielle and Matthew; great-granddaughter, Lois; and a host of extended family members.
Don invites all of his friends to meet him in heaven.
A memorial service was held Saturday in the Clarkston Seventh-day Adventist Church. A hosted reception followed.
Photo: Donald Merle Wilson
Harry Schaack Jr., 63, formerly of Orofino
Harry Schaack Jr. was born July 4, 1954, in Wenatchee, WA. He passed away at age 63 from complications related to Parkinson's disease on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Guardian Angel Cottage House in Lewiston.
Harry lived in Orofino most of his life and graduated from Orofino High School in 1973. After graduation, he worked at the IGA in Orofino before moving to Lewiston in 1986.
He married Donna Schmidt on April 16, 1988. Together, they had two beautiful children: a daughter Sara, and son Matthew. They were the light of his life.
He worked many places in Lewiston, but the job he loved so much was at his own business, SMS Financial, and later working at the Lewiston Elks.
Harry was a true gentleman, whether it be teaching his son to always open the door for others, or picking flowers to give to people just to brighten their day. He loved to smile and joke with others and always brought a laugh out of you.
He was happiest when he was outside, whether it was in the woods, in the backyard or taking a walk. He could always be found chopping and counting wood for the winter. He taught his children to be passionate about the outdoors.
Harry is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Sara (Devin) Byers, and Matt (Lauren) Schaack. He is also survived by his mother, Janet Schaack, and his three sisters. Preceding him in death were his father, Harry Schaack Sr., and his nephew, Joshua Burton.
At his request, there will be no service, but the family is hosting a small gathering from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Barn at Guardian Angel Homes, 2221 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
We would like to thank the staff at the Cottage House for taking such good care of Harry. He loved you all so very much.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations to go to the Parkinson's Foundation, 7525 S.E. 24th St., Suite 300, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
Photo: Harry Schaack Jr.
Virginia Leila Baca, 87, Orofino
Virginia Leila Baca, 87, Orofino, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Life Care Center in Lewiston.
Cremation has taken place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Charles 'Chuck' Ernest Easterbrook, 89, Orofino
Charles Ernest Easterbrook was born on June 25, 1928 in Wallace to Raymond and Bonnie Easterbrook, the oldest of five children. Charles passed on Nov. 2 after an almost 2-year battle with cancer. Charles (known to many as Chuck) was at his home on Grangemont Rd., Orofino with his children when he passed.
Chuck spent his childhood on Big Creek between Wallace and Kellogg at the Sunshine Silver Mine. He then moved to and attended Kendrick schools, graduating from Kendrick High School in 1946. Chuck served in the Army from 1946-1947 in Japan. Chuck attended the University of Idaho for a short period then began working in the woods to aid in supporting his mother and siblings as Chuck's father died in 1947. Chuck married the love of his life, Bernadine Glenn on Oct. 24, 1953 and celebrated 63 years of marriage until her death on Nov. 13, 2016.
Chuck and Bernie spent their first few years in Kendrick at which time they built their family, first Chad, then Gail and then Amy. In 1959 the family moved to Porter's Camp outside of Orofino living there for 12 years before moving to Orofino in 1971. During his life, Chuck was active in the Shriners, Eagles, and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Chuck enjoyed raising vegetables and fruits and sharing his crops with others in the community. Until his passing, Chuck enjoyed cutting firewood and burning it in his fireplace. Chuck spent his career in the logging industry as a sawyer/faller, truck driver, mechanic, and loader operator. Chuck worked in the woods for 40 years.
Chuck and Bernie helped start the Bald Mountain Ski Club outside of Pierce in the early 1960's where they and their family enjoyed skiing for numerous years. Chuck and Bernie were key members in the Orofino Dance Club for 34 years. Chuck tinkered with woodworking for many years making toys and home décor items. Chuck was a huge Maniac supporter attending children and grandchildren sporting and school events. Chuck also attended and cheered for all his grandchildren's events either home or on the road. Chuck loved sports, he enjoyed watching and following the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Gonzaga and Duke Basketball as well as many other sports.
Chuck loved the northwest and the great outdoors, spending many hours boating, swimming, waterskiing, hunting and fishing on the beautiful Dworshak Reservoir and may have told a fish story or two.
Family and friends were always important to Chuck as he spent countless camping, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, holidays and birthdays trips and events with his family and friends.
Chuck leaves behind children Chad Easterbrook, Gail (Eric) Rensink, and Amy (Ted) Peterson, six grandchildren - Thea (Willie) Beaudoin, Dain Rensink, Zach Rensink, TC (Annette) Peterson, Glenn Peterson (Carrie Hendel), and Stephanie (Heath) Fox and six great-grandchildren (plus one on the way); brothers, Raymond, Gene and Jack (Ann) Easterbrook and sister Verna Banks. He was proceeded in death by the love of his live, Bernie, his parents and great granddaughter Krista Kay Vincent.
The family would like to thank family and friends for their support and prayers and would also like to thank all the doctors and staff at the St. Joseph Cancer Center, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic, and St. Joseph's Family Hospice for the special care he received.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the VFW, St. Joseph's Hospice or your favorite charity are encouraged.
A memorial service is scheduled for Nov. 19, at the VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Avenue, Orofino starting at 1 p.m. with a luncheon to follow.
Photo: Charles 'Chuck' Ernest Easterbrook
Carol Montgomery, 73, Kamiah
Carol Montgomery, 73, Kamiah, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Services will be held at a later date in Montana. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.
Cheryl D. Smolinski, 73
Cheryl D. Smolinski passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston at age 73.
Cheryl was born Sept. 19, 1944, to Helmer and Maldarine Ball in Kamiah.
She went to school in Weippe, where she met Jerry Smolinski. They were married Sept. 3, 1960. They had two sons, Michael and Daniel, both of Lewiston.
Cheryl enjoyed being a 4-H leader, showing horses, antiquing, working in the garden and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Helmer and Maldarine Ball; and her brother, Ronny Ball. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; brother, Terry Ball (Sharlene); sister, Janice Shuebert (Harold); sons, Michael Smolinski (Cheryl) and Daniel Smolinski (Teresa); grandchildren, Josh Smolinski, Savannah Smolinski, Tyrell Smolinski, Amber Putnam (Cody) and Dereck Smolinski (Angelica); and six great-grandchildren.
No memorial services will be held.
Photo: Cheryl D. Smolinski
Nancy L Johnstum, Weippe
A Celebration of Life for Nancy Lynn Johnstun, Weippe, will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Weippe Community Hall.
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, Orofino
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. She was born Feb. 13, 1969, in Lewiston to Clinton and Carrol Frederiksen. She was named after her Grandma Rose and has always reminded us of her; her thick dark hair, her pretty eyes - she was such a cutie. She ran instead of walked, talked at an early age and never stopped.
Debbie grew up a country girl on the family farm on the Cavendish Grade where she rode motorcycles and horses, raised 4-H pigs as well as cats and dogs and one turkey.
She attended the Nazarene Church and was a member of the Teakean Junior Grange and the Teakean-Cavendish 4-H Club.
A lot of good memories and lifelong friends were made during her school years at the Cavendish-Teakean country grade school, and junior high and high school in Orofino. She also attended Boise State University.
Debbie worked at Copperhood Pizza, Olive's Auto Parts, Musselman Construction, Helbling's Supply, the U.S. Forest Service and Wells Fargo Bank.
In 1993, Debbie married Norman Stalnaker. Together they raised two great sons, Jordyn Louis and Jarryt Ray, whom she was very proud of.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Norman; sons, Jordyn and Jarryt; her mother, Carrol Frederiksen; a brother, Ron Frederiksen of Monroe, WA; a half-sister Jo Frederiksen of The Woodlands, TX; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clinton Frederiksen; father-in-law, Louis Stalnaker; grandparents Swen Frederiksen and Wanda Wood, Reuben and Rose Anderson; and her uncle Delbert Anderson.
Cremation has taken place.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Best Western Conference Center in Orofino. A catered dinner will follow.
Photo: Debra Rose Stalnaker
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, Orofino
Debra Rose Stalnaker, 48, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, Clarkston, WA.
Memorial Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Edward J. Hudson, 80, Orofino
Edward J. Hudson 80, of Orofino passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at his home on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017.
Ed was born at home to Harry and Beatrice Hudson on Dec.15, 1936 at Grangemont and graduated from Orofino High School in 1955. Ed served his country and was honorably discharged from The United States Army in 1958.
He was employed in several positions within the lumber industry with his first job at Johnson's Mill and went on to work for Boise Cascade and Weyerhaeuser.
Ed had children Shirley (Bernard), Edward, Georgie, and stepdaughter, Debbie from previous marriages.
In 2011, Ed married the "Love of his life", Bonita with whom he resided in Orofino where they spent six wonderful years together.
Ed enjoyed fishing, carpentry, and especially gathering firewood.
Ed is survived by his wife Bonita, her children JoAnn (Kraig), Jim (Debbie), Brad (Vicki), Bonnie (Dave), and Donna (Bob); his daughter, Shirley (Bernard); son, Edward; daughter, Georgie; and his stepdaughter, Debbie; along with sisters, Laura (George) and Ellabee; brothers, Sam (Dorothy), Joe (Colleen), and Andy along with (many of his own and shared with Bonita) grandchildren, great grandchildren, grand dog "Brady" and Dewey the cat.
He was preceded in death by parents, Harry and Beatrice; brothers, Lee, Louie, Frank, Charlie, and Tom.
Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, and Great Uncle Pa, you will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends on Nov. 4 at the Nez Perce Tribe Teweepuu Community Center with covered dish.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Edward J. Hudson
Lee Heitstuman, 80
Lee Heitstuman passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at his Clarkston, WA, home. He was 80 years old.
Lee was born Oct. 14, 1937, in Uniontown to John and Josephine (Sonnen) Heitstuman. He married Sherryl Jensen in Clarkston on June 20, 1992.
Lee farmed and ranched in Gifford until moving to Uniontown, WA, where he farmed the home place. He owned Lee Heitstuman and Sons Trucking until 1984, when he went to work for Deatley Crushing Service until he retired in 1992 - though he never really retired. He helped his brother Harold farming, driving truck and fixing equipment that Sam broke.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ron; great-grandson, Kason Slade Mitchell; brother, Eugene; and sister, Mary Jo. He is survived by wife, Sherryl; son, Tony of Athol; daughter, Julie of Pullman, WA; son, Mark (Gwen) of Peck; and Jamie (Brandon) Cunningham of Clarkston. Lee loved his 12 grandkids and 15 great-grandkids and always looked forward to sausage-making time. He would entertain the great-grandkids while everyone else worked.
He was very talented and could build something out of nothing. He once took a pile of tractor parts that was a disassembled Cletrac crawler and he not only put it back together but got it running.
Donations can be made to a charity of your choice or the Holly Heitstuman Cancer Fund.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Photo: Lee Heitstuman
Nancy Lynn Hook Johnstun, 65, Weippe
Nancy Lynn (Hook) Johnstun, our loving wife, mother, and grammy of Weippe, Idaho passed away on Oct. 5, 2017 at Kootenai Health, in Coeur d'Alene after a long courageous battle with cancer. Although she lost her battle, cancer would never take away her dignity, hope, faith, courage, or love.
Nancy was born on Oct. 15, 1951 to Loyd and Phyllis Hook in Cook, MN. The family then moved to Valley City, ND where she was raised. She graduated from Valley City High School in 1969, and then went on to attend The University of North Dakota, home of the Fighting Sioux, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.
After graduating college, she moved West after taking a job with the United States Forest Service. She was stationed just outside of Pierce on the Austin Ridge Lookout as a fire spotter for several years. While working for the USFS, she met her husband, Jerry Johnstun, and they moved to Weippe together. Shortly after, she became pregnant with their first son, Matthew, and they got married at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene on Feb. 5, 1983. Her son, Matthew was born that same year in September and then in March of 1986 her second son, Kyle, was born. She was very active in her two sons lives, and she sacrificed so much for them while they were growing up. She always made it a point to drive herself and her two kids out to North Dakota every summer, where they would visit with family and friends. She continued to visit her hometown every year even while going through many different cancer treatments.
She was a stay at home mom for several years, but then took a job at the Pierce Library as a librarian. She had many more careers throughout the rest of her life working at the Weippe Head Start, Orofino Head Start, Clearwater County Courthouse, and the Orofino School District.
Nancy was known for her sweet soul, generous spirit, and her giving nature. She will be remembered as compassionate, caring, and always putting others before herself. She never seemed to complain about her health condition, and always made sure that everyone else was taken care of. Her fighting spirit drove her to never give up.
Her children and grandchildren were the absolute light of her life, and she always wanted them around her. She loved to read them books, do craft projects, and make cookies together, among countless other fun activities. The grandchildren brought great joy to her and helped to take her mind off of everything she had to go through over the past several years.
Some of her favorite hobbies were listening to audio books, cooking for her family and playing countless hours of card games (especially Crazy Rummy) with the entire extended family. She loved watching her favorite tv shows, yard-saling, thrift shopping, and going to the library with her grandkids.
Nancy is survived by her husband Jerry of Weippe; son, Matt (Amanda) of Coeur d'Alene; son, Kyle (Jessica) of Lewiston. She is also survived by her beautiful grandchildren, Shylei, Jayce, Owen, and one to be born in March 2018; mother, Phyllis Hook of Valley City; sisters, Cyndi (Mike) Malsam of Valley City and Lori (Brian) Heath of Valley City; last but not least many countless nieces, nephews, and close friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Loyd Hook; and sister,Janel Bzdok.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the staff of the Kootenai Cancer Center, Kootenai Health Emergency Department, and the Kootenai Health Oncology Hospice wing for all of their loving care and compassion.
There will be a memorial service in Valley City, ND, on Nov. 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family wants to respect her wishes and donations can be made to the Weippe Community Hall, Weippe Museum, or the charity of your choice in her name.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Nancy Lynn Hook Juhnstun
Nancy L. Johnstun, 65, Weippe
Nancy L. Johnstun, 65, Weippe, passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 201,7 at Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Rollon Wilson, 72, Kooskia
Rollon Wilson, 72, Kooskia, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
A Graveside Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Pinegrove Cemetery outside of Kooskia.
Arrangements are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Edna Louise Summers, 86, Orofino
Edna Louise Summers passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Oct. 3, 2017, at 2:25 a.m.
She was the beloved mother of Wm. Mark Summers; sister of Dorthy Young, Kenneth Stickens, Charlotte Heatherly and Donna Roy; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.
She was born Dec. 18, 1930 to Eugene F. and Viola Stickens in Paonia, CO. She married William Calvin Summers on Aug. 2, 1948 in Weippe, ID. They started their family home in Phoenix, AZ, where their only son, Mark was born in 1957. They moved to Orofino in 1961 and had a ranch on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and later on Huckleberry Butte where they lived until 1987 when they moved to downtown Orofino.
She loved going to Jackpot, NV, and Las Vegas, NV, with her sisters, camping with Cal, bowling and gardening, both flowers and vegetables. Edna worked as a dietary cook at Clearwater Valley Hospital until her retirement in 1990.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cal; parents, Gene and Viola; and sisters, Patricia and Wilma.
Services will be graveside with internment at Weseman Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Edna Louise Summers
Raymond F. Kunze, 92, worked at Camp 61, on log drive
On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, Raymond Kunze, 92, passed away at the Idaho State Veterans Home.
Ray was born Feb. 15, 1925, to Joseph and Catherine Kunze in Abbotsford, WI. He and his six siblings grew up on the family's dairy farm in Hull, Wis.
Following his high school graduation, he moved to Idaho, where he went to work for Potlatch Forests Inc. at Camp 61 near Headquarters, Idaho. Ray often reminisced about his logging days and told of his experiences participating in a log drive down the Clearwater River.
Ray returned to Wisconsin and joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 29, 1950. He received the Army of Occupation medal for his service in Germany and was honorably discharged on Nov. 8, 1952.
In 1968, Ray married Peggy Howerton. They moved to Alaska, where they spent the next eight years on Prince of Wales Island working for Valentine Logging. They moved to Kodiak Island for a short time and then returned to Idaho.
Following their return from Alaska, Ray drove truck, hauling everything from logs to seeds and peas. For several years he and Peggy owned a grocery store in Culdesac. Eventually, Ray went to work at DeAtley Construction, where he remained until his retirement.
After retirement, Ray pulled a camper all over the United States, seeing and doing everything grandma told him to. They wintered in California, visited family in Wisconsin and they even did some traveling abroad.
Ray was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. He enjoyed going to the Elks, telling stories and gardening. One of his proudest accomplishments were the blue ribbons that he and granddaughter, Lakota, won for the pumpkins they grew and entered in the county fair.
Ray is survived by brother, Bernard Kunze; stepchildren, Norman Eastman, Diana Mohr and Larry Copenspire; grandchildren, Tracy and Brad Mohr, Darin and Lisa Copenspire, and Danna Eastman; as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Kunze; his parents; sisters, Frances Angelich and Estella "Teda" Sossaman; and brothers, Gilbert and Lawerence Kunze.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lewiston Elks Lodge in Lewiston.
Photo: Raymond F. Kunze
John Raymond Heigis, 91, Dworshak Dam construction worker
John Raymond Heigis passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at age 91.
He was born in Whitewood, SD, on April 1, 1926. He loved his birthday being April Fool's Day. His early years were spent on miscellaneous homesteads until his parents, Joseph and Veronica Heigis, bought a ranch in Whitebird, MT. He then spent many years farming and ranching until he joined the U.S. Army in 1945, serving in both World War II and Korea as a sergeant in aviation engineering. He performed duties of section chief, had charge of a diesel repair shop and operation of construction equipment. He supervised and assigned duties to enlisted men and 80 civilians in operating construction equipment such as D7 and D8 Caterpillars, shovels, motor graders, cranes, ditchers and operating up to six-ton trucks. The type of work included road, housing and airstrip construction in secret locations.
Upon returning from the service, he married his first wife and had two sons and a daughter. He later married his second wife, fathering two more daughters.
John pursued his career as a heavy machine operator in construction, running D10 and D11 bulldozers, graders, skinners, backhoes, etc. He is well known for the construction of several familiar landmarks such as Centennial Veterans Bridge and Interstate 90 passes like the Pipestone Pass. He spearheaded the fire road up Iron Mountain, along with construction on Yellowtail, Columbia River and Dworshak dams. John was sought out across the U.S. for his expertise and knowledge on grading and sloping dangerous terrains, taking jobs no one else would tackle. He always said he bulldozed by the seat of his pants, testing both his luck and the equipment he operated.
John was a passionate person, lending a hand to anyone in need. He loved to camp, fish, picnic and take others to special locations he knew of in the wilderness. He was also well known for his storytelling. He loved music and playing the guitar and harmonica. His favorite hobby was gold mining, staking claims to many mines, and the tales that went along with them. He was also proud to be a Golden Eagle member.
In his later years, John moved to Juliaetta, where he lived until his passing.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, three brothers, a sister and a grandson. Surviving are children Mark Heigis, Lynn Wauben, John Matthew Heigis, Debra Canham and Delina (Jeff) Adams. John had 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
The family also would like to thank Susan Moore for the love and care she showed him in his last few years of life. John will forever be loved and missed by those who knew him and the stories he told. They will be passed on for generations.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Kendrick, with a graveside service to follow at the Juliaetta City Cemetery.
Donations in his honor can be made to the VFW Post 3913 in Kendrick or the Senior Meals Site (Meals on Wheels) in Kendrick.
Photo: John Raymond Heigis
Terry Russell Bell, 63
Terry Russell Bell passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 after suffering a major heart attack in Holland, MI.
Terry was born April 23, 1954 in Lewiston, Idaho to Edward (Red) and Georgia Bell. The youngest of all the Bell children, an addition that can never be forgotten.
Terry grew up in Ahsahka, attending school in both Ahsahka and Orofino.
Terry's passion as a child and into adulthood was fishing, especially with his fa-ther. In his young adulthood, he spent time living in Orofino, Lewiston (attending college) and Coeur d'Alene. Terry was a graduate of Orofino High School in 1972, while in school he was known for his football skills. His love of football could also be seen later as he paced the sidelines at Orofino High School while watching his son Scotty and grandson Xavy play.
Terry always had a love of sports, cars and motorcycles. Terry went on to attend Lewis-Clark State College, where his interest in cars grew with his training in auto body repair.
Terry's love for sports could be seen throughout his life, especially where his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were concerned. At one time, he could be found coaching girls softball in Orofino as well as being a little league commissioner. Terry could always be found attending local high school events even when his children were not participating.
A lifelong passion of Terry's was softball, men's, little league boys and girls, as well as coed adult leagues. Terry played with many teams over the years including Bell, Stamper and Friends in 1979, and the Oasis team. His daughter Lindsey said he was always saying, "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play center field". He coached, played and watched softball with a passion.
Terry worked many jobs over the years, almost always having something to do with cars, trucks or parts for both. Just a few of the places he worked and learned to love what he did were H & W Logging, where he drove log truck, a parts store in Coeur d'Alene (while living with his niece Vickie and her husband Ronnie), working construction with the Stamper's, Bracks Parts and Fasteners, Henderson Motor, working as a big rig mechanic in North Dakota at Bear Mountain LLC (where he lived with his daughter Lindsey) and the job at the time of his death with Celadon Trucking.
There is one thing that everyone that met Terry could say; he was a very hard working man.
Later in life Terry's love of cars and sports combined when, while living in Texas he was part of the Lone Star Dwarf Racing club. When asked what he was most proud of as Dwarf Race car driver he answered "not getting lapped". Terry said some of his fondest memories of racing were when little kids would come to the pits and ask questions, he said seeing the excitement in their eyes made him willing to do anything for them.
Terry can best be described as a man who loved life, his willingness to drop eve-rything to help anyone was a motto we should all aspire to live by. Terry was never without a smile and a hug, handshakes weren't enough, and hugs from Terry Bell stayed with you for a long while. Terry could be described as an all-around "good guy". He had many, many friends.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents Red and Georgia Bell, sisters Sharon (Bell) Sanchez and Judy (Bell) Henson. He is survived by his wife, Sherrilyn Bell; children Scotty Bell, Lindsey (Bell) Rukavina, Trista Bell and Amanda Bell; siblings Jean (Bell) Fackenthall, Bob Bell, Billie (Wilma) (Bell) Cain, Lee (Frances) (Bell) Hamilton; eight grandsons (yes, all boys, enough to field a soft-ball team, allowing him to play center field); and friend as close as a brother, Erkie Stamper. He is also survived by too numerous to name cousins, nephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino, ID. This is a time for family and friends to come together, share stories, memories, laugh and say good-bye to a wonderful son, brother, father, husband, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandfather and friend.
In lieu of flowers donations in Terry's name can be sent to the St. Christopher's Fund (helping truckers in times of great need, Terry donated to this organization for many years) at truckersfund.org.
Photo: Terry Russell Bell
Virdia Reggear, 94, Orofino
Virdia Reggear passed on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, six days before her 95th birthday, at the Lewiston Veteran's Home.
Virdia was born on Sept. 27, 1922 in Lenora, KS, to Francis and Ola Petty. At the young age of six, Virdia and her family moved to Colorado. When Virdia was 21, she bravely enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. Virdia met her beloved husband of 59 years while they were both serving in Hawaii with the U.S. Navy. Together they served their country from 1943-1946 before being honorably discharged.
Virdia and Bud were married in Denver, CO, on Nov. 30, 1946 before moving to Orofino in 1947 to start their family. Together they worked as loggers and Christmas tree farmers as they established the Reggear Tree Farm. Virdia was an avid lover of the outdoors and enjoyed working alongside Bud and their children and grandchildren. Virdia was a strong and independent woman, who held her own against "the boys". She was able to drive a tractor better than most men, and she instilled a work ethic like no other in her family.
While the outdoors was her passion, her true love was her husband and her family. The two took many family road trips with their grandchildren while they could, and they both treasured being outdoors teaching their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to hunt and fish and respect Idaho's forests.
Virdia's home and family were always top priority, and together, Virdia and Bud would welcome anyone in their home to share a meal. Virdia was an amazing cook, and family gatherings were always cherished. Not only did Virdia and Bud love family, they brought many others into their home and treated them as family as well.
Virdia was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Reggear; parents, Francis and Ola Petty; brother, John Petty, sisters, Irma Mowery; Gladys Mowery and Minnie Beck.
Virdia is survived by her four children: Charlotte Leonard, Bob (Pat) Reggear, Patricia (Dorian) Larsen, and Mike (Kelly) Reggear. Virdia is also survived by her 11 grandchildren: Travis (Michelle) Reggear, Tammy (Dave) Osburn, Jon (Jolene) Isbelle, Brian (Jodi) Reggear, Shereece Shriver, Paul (Rachell) Larsen, Christina (Scotty) Tondevold, Amanda (Martine) Sobrevilla, Je'Neen (Kacy) Field, Mitch (Joy) Reggear, Kaitlyn Reggear; and 21 great-grandchildren: Hannah and Walker Reggear, Brayden and DeLaney Osburn, Damon and Cody Isbelle, Griffin and McKenna Reggear, Alexis (Michael) Luper, Kyle Shriver, Reece Erickson, Clay and Sean Larsen, Jaeger, Sierra, Riggins, and Camden Tondevold, Emalee, Colten, and Kaleb Sobrevilla, and Elly Reggear.
At last, Virdia has rejoined her husband after a long 11 years of being apart. Their legacy and love of the outdoors is engrained in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Their memory will live on in the hearts of their family, and their stories will never be forgotten.
Virdia's family would like to thank the staff at the Veteran's Home in Lewiston, and the many caregivers who were able to keep her comfortable in her final years. The support, care, and love she was shown was unparalleled. Virdia was a one of a kind lady, and her family is thankful for all of the memories they were able to continue having with her.
Because Bingo was one of Virdia's favorite pastimes, donations can be made in Virdia's name to the Lewiston Veteran's Home addressed to IVAL-N Activities Department, or donations can be made to your favorite charity of choice.
A celebration of life and potluck lunch will be at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 330 Michigan Ave., in Orofino, on Sunday, Oct. 15 at noon for friends and family.
Photo: Virdia and Bud Reggear
Lois Beverly Mullen, 84, Weippe
Lois Beverly Mullen, 84, Weippe, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lucile Joscelyn, 83
Our precious mother and grandmother, Lucile, died unexpectedly from complications of surgery on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Joscelyn, and her daughter, Amy Benson.
Lucile was born April 12, 1934, to Alvin and Gladys Wisdom. She spent much of her childhood with her wonderful grandmother, Lula Maude, from whom she learned the values that would stay with her for her entire life.
Lucile had an infectious sense of humor and a zest for life that she instilled in her children and grandchildren. She wrote poetry, had a beautiful singing voice and, with no formal training, played several instruments including the accordion, harmonica, guitar and drums. Her sewing and cooking abilities were perfection. She was an avid gardener and delighted in antique shopping. But her greatest love was her children and grandchildren.
During her lifetime, Lucile not only loved her own children but provided the same for numerous other children. She supported them in their every endeavor and enjoyed their successes.
Lucile's outlook on life was largely influenced by her dedication to her faith as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. She believed in all Bible teachings and promises, including the resurrection of the dead to life on a perfect Earth as found in John 5:28-29. Her favorite scripture was Revelation 21:3-4.
Lucile is survived by her seven children, LuAnne (Sutton) Naccarini, Tresa (Sutton) English, Mark Sutton, Tammy (Sutton) Reilly, Lisa (Sutton) and husband Mark Ponozzo, Misty (Benson) and husband Brian Gearhart, and Gordon "Boo" Benson II and Jenny; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our dear, sweet mother and grandmother fed us, clothed us, loved us and taught us to hold our heads high. We unitedly feel a profound loss too great to bear.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, located at 120 Randall Drive in Orofino.
Photo: Lucile Joscelyn
Sandra Sue Kelso, 81, Weippe
Sandra Sue Kelso, 81, Weippe, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
A Funeral Service will be held for Mrs. Sandra Kelso at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino with burial to follow at the Weippe Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Rodney Lee Kimble, 88
Rodney Lee Kimble died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at age 88, in Pomeroy, WA. He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Pomeroy, to Jake and Edna Watson Kimble.
He attended Dry Hallow, Chard and Pataha Valley schools in his elementary years. He attended Pomeroy High School, where he represented the school in boxing for four years. After graduation, he went on to attend Washington State College, where he earned his associate degree in agriculture. He then served his country in the U.S. Army, 1950-52, stationed in Germany.
Upon returning to the states, he farmed the family place under his brother, Virgil Kimble. He married JoAnn Ruark on March 1, 1953. The couple moved to the family farm near Dodge in 1955 and remained until October 1959.
Rod began his career in banking with the National Bank of Commerce, training in Richland, WA, in 1959 and moving back to Pomeroy in 1960. By 1968, he had been promoted to branch manager. The bank changed hands to Rainier Bank in 1974, and in 1975 he was promoted to branch manager of Rainier Bank in Dayton, WA.
After several years in Dayton, he was again promoted, this time to senior loan officer of the Clarkston, WA, branch in '79. Finally, he returned to Pomeroy as branch manager in '83. While the bank changed hands several times over the years, ending up as Bank of America and Key Bank, Rodney was a constant fixture as a community banker until his retirement on Aug. 1, 1994.
Rod was a lifelong member of Pomeroy First Christian Church, where he served as deacon and elder. He also served on many church committees. He was a member of Kiwanis, which became the Service Club, Pomeroy Dollars for Scholars, and Elks. He served as a volunteer for the food bank, the Garfield County Fair and the Garfield County Property Tax Assessment Board. He also was an avid fisherman, spending many leisure hours along the Tucannon River and lakes, and Pataha Creek. He enjoyed many family activities, attending events involving his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, bowling, camping, trips to the coast, playing card games and supporting Pomeroy High School athletics and school events.
He is survived by his two daughters, Kathi Howard and husband Clarence of Orofino, and Debby Waldher and husband Nick of Pomeroy; two granddaughters, JoyAnn Riley and husband Karl of Moscow, and Kara Daley and husband Mike of Kent, WA.; grandson, Joe Waldher and wife Elizabeth of Pomeroy; great-grandchildren, Teagan, Tamren and Trynley Riley, all of Moscow, and Daphne and Delilah Waldher of Pomeroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Jake and Edna; wife, JoAnn Ruark Kimble; and siblings, Virgil Kimble, Cecil Kimble, Stella Kimble McFalls, Jimmy Kimble and Hazel Kimble Colyar.
A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Pomeroy First Christian Church, with Rev. Roger Pedersen officiating. Viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Memorial donations may be given to the Pomeroy First Christian Church.
Photo: Rodney Lee Kimble
Mary Idell West Woolum, 86, formerly of Orofino
Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Mary Idell West Woolum, 86, of Kellogg, Idaho, passed away Aug. 16, 2017 at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Mountain Valley of Kellogg. She was born Jan. 19, 1931 in Orofino, Idaho; Mary was the daughter of Harry and Nona (Walker) West.
Mary attended and graduated from the Orofino High School in 1949. She then attended and graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelors Degree in education.
Mary married Raymond 'Pert' H. Woolum on June 15, 1952 in Orofino. After their marriage, Mary moved to the Silver Valley in 1952.
Mary served as an elementary school teacher. She began her teaching career in 1951; she had first taught school in Weippe, Idaho. After moving to the Silver Valley, she taught at the Lincoln school, the Silver King school and the Sunnyside Elementary of Kellogg. Before retiring in 1988, Mary served as Director and had implemented the Talented and Gifted program for the Kellogg School District.
Mary was a member of the Parent Teachers Association, the Delta Kappa Gamma, the American Association of University Women, a member and past president of the West Shoshone Education Association, a very active member of the Idaho Education Association, a member of the Retired Educators of North Idaho and had served on the Kellogg Library Board. Mary was also a member of the United Church of Kellogg and had volunteered for the Silver Valley Habitat for Humanity, now known as the Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing.
Mary loved and enjoyed her family, gardening, reading, attending community concerts and attending plays at the Sixth Street Melodrama of Wallace and the Coeur d' Alene Summer Theatre.
Mary is survived by three children, Bill Woolum and his wife Debbie of Greenbelt, MD; Christy Woolum and her husband Everett Jolley of Kellogg, and Carol and Paul Roberts of Kellogg; six grandchildren, Molly Roberts-Cornwell, Zoe Roberts, Cosette Roberts, Adrienne Diedrich, Patrick Hennessey and Molly Diaz; four great-grandchildren Olivia, David, Ana and Jack; one brother, Bob West of Orofino; two nieces, Judy Coomer of Boise and Lura Mullikin of Orofino. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ray 'Pert' Woolum; one sister, Lila Zimbauer; and one nephew, John Baugh.
A Celebration of Mary's Life will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Congregational Church (formerly the United Church of Kellogg) with Mary's son, Bill Woolum officiating. A reception and a gathering of family and friends will be held at the home of Carol and Paul Roberts following services. Inurnment will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery of Kellogg.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Kellogg Public Library, 16 E. Market Ave. Kellogg, Idaho 83837 or to the Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing, P.O. Box 338, Smelterville, Idaho 83868.
One may sign Mary's online guest book at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com Shoshone Funeral Service and Crematory, Kellogg, is entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Photo: Mary Idell West Woolum
Jack Lee Harney, 80, Weippe
Jack Lee Harney, 80, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 at his home in Weippe.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dorothy I. Marvin, 92, born in Frasier
Dorothy I. Marvin, loving wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Avalon Progressive Care in Clarkston, WA. She was 92.
Dorothy was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Frasier to John Smolinski and Rilla (Merta) Smolinski, the youngest of eight children. She attended Frasier School until 1937 and moved to Clarkston.
Dorothy and Matt Cox were married in 1942, and they had one daughter, Sharon. After moving back to Clarkston, Dorothy graduated from Clarkston High School in 1944. She and Matt Cox were later divorced.
In 1945, Dorothy started to work at Lipps Insurance, and later at Remer Insurance. She retired in August 1985 from Troy Insurance.
Dorothy was active in the Lewiston-Clarkston Insurance Women and was a life member of the Lewiston-Clarkston Women of the Moose. She also enjoyed bowling.
In 1956, she married Andrew E. Marvin. In 1972, they built a cabin at the Soldiers Meadow subdivision. It was the fourth cabin to be built there. They enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, dune buggies, fishing and hunting.
In 1981, Andy and Dorothy moved to Soldiers Meadow, where they owned and operated Marvin's Rest Stop, a recreational bar/restaurant. They enjoyed old and many new friends, especially at wintertime with snowmobilers. Marvin's Rest Stop was closed in 1987. During winters, they traveled south in their recreational vehicle, staying mostly near Parker, AZ. They sold Marvin's Rest Stop in October 1994 and moved back to Lewiston in 1995. Dorothy enjoyed doing crafts, crocheting, knitting and playing cards.
Dorothy is survived by daughter Sharon Halsey, stepdaughter Diana Sargent, and stepson Dale Marvin, all of Spokane, WA; granddaughter, Denise (Roy) Zenner and their children Natalie, Kate and Adam of Missoula, MT.; grandson, Lance (Cami) Halsey of Spokane; and step granddaughter Andrea (Gary) Gillespie and their children Nicole and Emma of Spokane; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, on Dec. 27, 2009; brothers Edward, Alfred, Roscoe, Leslie and Wallace Smolinski; and sisters Mary Gentry and Gladys Johnson.
She will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.
Dorothy's family would like to give a special thank you to Carol Galles, the owner/administrator of Avalon Progressive Care, and her staff for giving Dorothy such loving care in the last days of her life.
Memorial donations may be sent to Tri-State Memorial Hospital Dialysis Center, 1221 Highland Ave., Clarkston, WA 99403.
Photo: Dorothy I. Marvin
Elroy Kuykendall, 92
Elroy Kuykendall passed away on Aug. 22, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
He was born in Black Bear, Idaho on Oct. 12, 1926 to Alice and Wayne Kuykendall. He was the oldest of four children, including two brothers, Richard (Dick) and William (Bud) and a sister, Cleo.
After briefly moving to Seattle, WA, the family returned to Kendrick and lived on the family farm. He attended school in Leland and Kendrick.
In 1945, at the age of 17, Elroy enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II. He was first assigned aboard the USS Pensacola. He later served aboard the USS Presque Isle and participated in the occupation of Japan at the close of World War II. He was very proud to serve and loved his country.
He finished high school upon returning home to Kendrick. Elroy loved sports and participated in football, baseball, and track.
Elroy married Lucile Halen in Deary. They have three children who are now married; Lori and Bill Fagan, Galen and Mary Kuykendall, and Marla and Danny Haskell. Elroy loved his family and enjoyed five beautiful grandchildren: Kelsey, Ashley, Drew, Drake and Shay. One year ago, Elroy helped to welcome one great grandson, Zach.
Throughout his lifetime, Elroy enjoyed the great outdoors. He was an expert outdoorsman, particularly good at fishing, hunting, and hiking. He loved camping in the mountains, choosing campsites well off the beaten track. He often referred to his favorite places in Idaho as "God's Country."
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church, 1839 Michigan Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to:
Clearwater Humane Society
Photo: Elroy Kuykendall
Elroy Wayne Kuykendall, 90, Orofino
Elroy Wayne Kuykendall, 90, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Della 'Stormy' Wheeler, 57, Lapwai
Della 'Stormy' Wheeler, 57, of Lapwai passed away Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Prestige Care in Lewiston.
The Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Waayas Community Center in Kamiah. The Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kamiah 2nd Indian Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at 2nd Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery on No Kidd Lane Road in Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia assisted the family.
Joyce L. Seamans, 81, formerly of Pierce
Joyce L. Seamans, beloved daughter, niece, wife, mother and grandmother, of Lewiston, passed away Aug. 17, 2017, surrounded by friends and family.
She was born Feb. 17, 1936, to Edward LaVerne and Lucille Barnett in Hamburg, AR. After the death of Joyce's mother when Joyce was only six weeks old, her father's sister, Eva Barnett, raised her.
She graduated from Crossett High School in 1953 and immediately went to work at an accounting firm. Joyce met her beloved husband, Art, while he was attending a Yale Forestry School course in Arkansas. They were married Dec. 25, 1960, in Hamburg, AR., and enjoyed a wonderful 53 years of marriage until Art's death in 2014.
In 1960, Joyce and Art moved to Pierce, where he started his Forest Service career. Joyce also worked for the Forest Service in Pierce, where operating the switchboard was just one of her many tasks. Art's work with the Forest Service took them to St. Maries, Moscow and Trapper Creek Job Corps Center near Darby, MT, in the late 1960s, where the family developed friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
They later moved to Slate Creek in 1971 and then, in 1975, Art transferred to the Moose Creek Ranger District within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. During this time, the family lived in Grangeville during the school year months and in the wilderness during the summer. While living in Grangeville, Joyce worked for Morris and Lee Co. as a bookkeeper.
In 1980, they moved to Lewiston when Art took a job with the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Joyce worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for Steve Henderson Logging for nearly 20 years. Joyce was truly the heart of the company and remained close to many of her former co-workers until the time of her passing.
Joyce enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous friends, as well as traveling with Art to Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand and Alaska. Joyce and Art spent much of the last several years traveling with a group of high school classmates throughout the United States. She was an avid Seattle Seahawk, Seattle Mariner, Arkansas Razorback, NASCAR and Professional Bull Riding fan.
Joyce always put the needs of others ahead of her own. Her kind demeanor and beaming smile lit up any room she entered. Her name fit her perfectly and she fulfilled its meaning - cheerful, merry and happy - that was Joyce.
Joyce is survived by daughters Cindy Schacher (Peter Bartholf) of Grangeville, and Nancy (Randy) Buttenhoff of Lewiston; grandchildren Michelle (Rob) Teasley of Clarkston,WA, Melissa (Troy) Smith of Grangeville, Brian (Crystal) Schacher of Grangeville and Rebecca and Rayanna Buttenhoff of Lewiston. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Claire, Ellie, Lily, Lydia and Kolton.
Memorial donations can be made to the Willow Center for Grieving Children, P.O. Box 1361, Lewiston, ID, www.willow-center.org; or the charity of your choice.
A public viewing took place at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Cross Point Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. Refreshments will follow the service at the church.
Photo: Joyce L. Seamans
Phyllisann Wood 76, Tahoe Ridge
Phyllisann Wood 76, of Tahoe Ridge passed away at her home Aug. 10, 2017.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia assisted the family.
Joyce Hanson, 68, Orofino
3/24/1949 -- 7/25/2017
It is with a heavy heart that we lose Joyce Hanson. Joyce was born to Norris and Nadine (Bowler) Hengen in Lewiston, ID and lived near Orofino since the age of five. She has two brothers, Jim and Alan Hengen. Joyce's mother was previously married and Joyce has three half-brothers, Tom, Don and Roy Clay. Nadine died when Joyce was 10. A few years later Norris married Laverne Hanes, and Joyce gained two stepbrothers, Gary and Ron Hanes.
Joyce enjoyed and did quite well in school excelling in chorus, art, 4-H, and loved being with her friends and going to dances. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1967. That same year she married and was with Ronald Harvey through 1984, having two children, Darcey and Ron, Jr.
Joyce's first job was at the A&W. Then she started bookkeeping, boarding dogs, dog obedience classes, janitorial work, selling pet food, and a job she loved assisting local farmers and ranchers at the Ag. Stabilization and Conservation Service (Farm Services Agency). While with ASCS Joyce also assisted with computer training and became an officer of the statewide employee association.
In 1987, Joyce married Bruce Hanson of Orofino and gained two stepdaughters, Raen and Jamie.
Though dementia may have diminished Joyce's faculties late in life, her mind from a young age was sharply attuned to understanding business and an ability to keep a tight bottom line. Very much like her love for family and animals, Joyce often helped others with record and bookkeeping. Joyce gained a respect for business from her father, Norris, who was a realtor, escrow broker, and owner of multiple rental properties before his passing.
Joyce lived on her father's ranch most of her life and had a place in her heart for any animal, which they sensed. Once an animal came to the ranch, she wanted it there for the rest of its life. She preferred being at home with family and pets than almost anywhere else. Besides milking cows, raising sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs, training horses, and numerous pets, she spent over 40 years showing and breeding Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Irish Wolfhounds.
Joyce attended the national specialties for each of the parent clubs of her dog breeds. She raised, showed, and retired many champions for herself and others. She was a part of the Wolfhound club of America, Orofino Dog Fanciers, AKC, county employee association (secretary), Search and Rescue, Bernese Mountain Dog parent club, Great Dane parent club, American Quarter Horse Association, and 4-H leader to name a few.
Joyce had many passions that she excelled at to include being an accomplished artist. She felt a kinship and appreciation for people who created or crafted with their hands. She loved her work job at the ASCS office, life on the ranch and her family.
If not for a back injury that limited her mobility, Joyce had plans for many more things in life, including doing more sketches, painting, crafts, gardening, fishing, camping, traveling, animal behavioral training and studying veterinary medicine. Her home was always filled with her personal artistic touch, pets, plants and love. She cherished all her friends and relatives and would spend hours on the phone when they wanted to visit.
After a 3-year battle at home with dementia, she spent the last year at a memory care community. Joyce passed away at the community early morning on July 25, 2017. The staff always shared stories of how encouraging and fun Joyce was with the residents; helping them. Joyce was in every moment a tough lady and yet loved to laugh. She appreciated a good joke, always used humor to aid tough times, and her smile radiated beyond just passion and caring but into her life every day despite pain or lost faculties.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce Hanson of Orofino; her daughter, Darcey (and Richard) Shank of Hayden; her son, Ronald Harvey, Jr. (and Kim Harvey) of Spokane, WA; stepdaughters, Raen Hanson (and Luke Clinkenbeard) of Spokane, WA, and Jamie Hanson of Post Falls; her brother, Alan (and Carol) Hengen of Orofino, and stepbrothers, Gary Hanes of Boise, and Ron Hanes of Orofino, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Joyce was preceded in death by her mother; father; step-mother; brother, Jim Hengen; and half-brothers, Tom, Don and Roy Clay.
A graveside service for Joyce will be Sunday, 13 August at 1 p.m. at the Sanders Cemetery adjacent to the Wells Bench Community Church, five miles north of Orofino. A celebration of life will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church on Riverside at 3 p.m.
Joyce loved living flowers but in appreciation for the love of animals and honoring her wishes, in lieu of sending flowers please take the time to donate to a local animal rescue shelter or some organizations mentioned that Joyce loved and supported or help in fighting Dementia.
American Brain Foundation-Fight Dementia
Clearwater County Sheriff's Search and Rescue
Clearwater Humane Society
Photo: Joyce Hengen Hanson
Dr. Robert D. Hill, 81, formerly of Orofino
Dr. Robert D. Hill, long time physician of Orofino, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the age of 81.
Doc Hill touched many lives in the 26 years he served the area from 1968 to 1994. He delivered over 1,000 babies, including his own children and many of their friends.
He worked long hours and spent many nights in the emergency room tending to the sick and injured. He recruited other doctors and served for a while as president of the hospital medical board.
As the son of a Silver Medal Olympian, Bob followed his sport-loving cowboy-heart riding rodeo barebacks while attending college before joining the Army where he finished his undergraduate degree.
He then completed his medical training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His personality and charisma afforded him an uncanny ability to gain respect and work with even the most challenging of personalities in hospitals and offices.
Although he always claimed to be a cowboy before doctor, he is especially remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, and honesty while working with this community. He loved living in the area, as it suited him for his passion of fly-fishing, camping, reading, golf, and flying his airplane over Idaho's beautiful rugged terrain.
Bob also practiced in Creswell, OR, and the State Penitentiary in Boise, before retiring in Powell Butte, OR, and marrying his high school sweetheart, who preceded him in death.
Doc is survived by his two daughters and son, Amber, Melissa, and Brian.
Photo: Dr. Robert D. Hill, MD
Marie Sewell, 82, born at Teakean
Marie Sewell, of Lewiston, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 23, 2017, at age 82.
She was born Clara Marie Preussler on Aug. 16, 1934, in Teakean, Idaho. She began calling herself by her middle name at an early age and insisted others call her by that name as well.
On Feb. 14, 1950, she married Johnnie Sewell and became a homemaker. He passed away on Nov. 20, 2001. She also was preceded in death by an infant son in October 1950 and her parents, Merton and Olive (Herring) Preussler.
Marie is survived and will be missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jan Sewell; grandchildren, Amber and Jerad Estus and David and Brooke Sewell; and great-grandchildren, Jalen, Jameelah and Mekhi. She also is survived by her sister, Marilyn (Ed) Glaze; brothers, Melvin, David, Marvin and Darrell (Teresa) Preussler; sister-in-law, Laura Sewell; brother-in-law, Leonard Peterson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
At her request, there will be no memorial service. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and cremation has taken place.
Photo: Marie Sewell
Walter 'Wally' Owen Schenk, 89, former Orofino music teacher
Walter Owen Schenk (Wally) listened to "Taps" for the final time on July 16, 2017. He was 89 years old. He took his final bow, leaving a legacy of leadership through music to thousands. He was born March 9, 1928, in Minneapolis, MN, where he grew up and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1946. After high school, he joined the Army and played in the Army band in Italy during the time of the occupation after World War II. He later followed his passion for music and studied at the University of Minnesota and The MacPhail School of Music, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Music Education. While attending college, he met and married Sharley Mae Linker in 1949.
Wally's first teaching job took him to Bonner's Ferry where he taught music to grades 1-12, and he was active in local civic organizations. Building an impressive curriculum, his band was honored by playing at a local railroad station when President Truman made a stop there during his campaign. Wally moved his family to Orofino in 1954 where he taught band and choir and received recognitions which resulted in invitations for his band to play for events and parades all the way to Creston, Canada.
In 1967 Wally moved the Schenk family to Clarkston, WA, to teach middle and high school band, as well as the high school flag team. He increased the high school band from a 30- to 90-piece concert and marching band, which won many honors and awards over the years.
Wally was loved by countless fellow teachers, musicians, and students. It is estimated that over 15,000 students were involved with his music programs over his 39 years of teaching. As a mentor, he inspired many students to pursue careers in music as teachers and performers.
Wally loved the outdoors, especially camping, backpacking, hunting, and fishing. One of his favorite camping spots was the Buffalo Hump area of Idaho, and he looked forward to meeting his buddies at the cabin in Pierce every year to go elk hunting. Wally and Shar were also avid golfers and were members of the Clarkston Country Club and Quail Run Golf Course. Wally derived a great deal of pleasure from his participation in many civic bands and orchestras over the years, including the well-known "big band" dance band known as "The Gentlemen of Note."
Wally is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Sharley Mae Schenk, and five children: Nancy Hartill (Howard), Larry Schenk (Martina), Janis Blayer (Jeff), Deborah Baker (Larry), and Peggy Chapel (Lee); nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Marvin Schenk of Minneapolis and nephews Chris, Nick and Anthony Schenk.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1115 13th Street in Clarkston, with a reception at the church to follow. The public is invited.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Lewis Clark Community Concert Band, PO Box 1481, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photos: Walter 'Wally' Owen Schenk
Charlotte L. (White) Moon, 89, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Charlotte was born June 7, 1928, in Orofino, to Charley R. Baker and A. Louise (Sheridan) Baker. She went to heaven on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by all her children and other family.
Charlotte, the oldest of five children, spent her first nine years in Pierce. Her father died when she was almost six years old, leaving Louise to raise the family through the Depression years. The family moved to Orofino and settled in the area called "Jingle Town." After a few years, Charlotte's mother purchased a rooming house in town as both a business opportunity and a family home. Charlotte enjoyed growing up in Orofino, especially the opportunity to roam the hills around town with her brothers and sisters.
Money was hard to come by during the Great Depression. Charlotte developed a strong work ethic as she grew up. She fondly remembered the summer when she was 16 and "flunkied" at Potlatch's Logging Camp 52 near Headquarters. Through school and college, she almost always had a job, including being a waitress in high school and making sandwiches to sell in her college dorm. She took this hard-working approach through her life and into her 20-year career at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, from which she retired in 1993.
The impact and lifelong consequences of not attending school past seventh grade made her mother encourage Charlotte to get a good education. She learned the lesson well, graduating from Orofino High School in 1946 - "Once a Maniac, always a Maniac." She then enrolled at the University of Idaho, going from Maniac to Vandal. While attending the UI she lived at Ridenbaugh Hall, the women's cooperative dorm. She liked living there because many of the women were from Orofino, and she made numerous lifelong friends. At Idaho, she completed her degree in education and went on to teach for a number of years before "taking a break" to raise five children - all of whom she considered smart and one she thought was good-looking.
After graduating from college, Charlotte moved to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, where she started her teaching career. She met George O. White, and they married in 1954. George and Charlotte made their home in the Orchards, raising their five children (John, Shanon, George, Joseph and Mary). Times in the White household were not always easy, but Mom always made it a priority to show love and affection to her family. Charlotte's children will always remember and appreciate her faith, positive approach to life and the twinkle in her eyes as she shared her sense of humor and quick wit. She kept these traits to the end of her life. While in the hospital, days before she died, she heard someone say there was a policeman on the floor. She replied, "Someone should help him up."
George died in 1988, and in 1997 Charlotte married Rulon Moon. They were married for 17 years, living in Clarkston. During their marriage, they enjoyed wintering in Arizona, camping and spending time with Charlotte's family. They also cherished their visits with Rulon's children (Steve and Holly Moon, Sandy Lee, Tami Moon and Kathi and Mike Decker) and grandchildren. Rulon passed away in 2014.
In her last three years, Charlotte lived in the Lewiston Orchards, both at her own home and later at Brookdale Assisted Living. During this period, she really appreciated her time with family. She was always happy to see and talk with any and all of us - the more the merrier. And if someone brought her a caramel sundae, you were her favorite.
In addition to George and Rulon, Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pat Polillo of Foster City, CA, and Emma Moon of Tenino, WA; and brothers, Robert "Bob" Baker of Lewiston and Bruce Baker of Anchorage, AK.
She is survived by children John White and his wife Allison, Shanon Jones and her husband Ray, George White and his wife Lisa Donahue-White, Joe White and his wife Michelle, and Mary Uhling and her husband Mike. She has 13 grandchildren: Eric Sprenger, Lane White, Lake White, Luke White, Kirsten White, Joshua White, Nathan Jones, Rachel Jones, Jenny Uhling, Jackie Uhling, Jessica Uhling, Caidan White and Benson White.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Charlotte at 10:30 a.m. Monday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. Lunch will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Idaho Foodbank or the Salvation Army.
Photo: Charlotte L. (White) Moon
Helen Bryant Vannoy, 98, Lewiston
Eva Helen Bryant Vannoy passed peacefully at her home in Lewiston July 20, 2017 after courageously dealing with a long illness. Helen was born April 16,1919 in Orofino, ID. to Andrew Hamilton Bryant and Mamie Sumpter Bryant. The family lived in the Glenwood area, and she was the third of four children. While a high school senior and a short time after graduation from Orofino High School, Helen worked as a waitress in Malloy's House of Sweets in Orofino.
Helen married Ocie Vannoy on Dec. 19, 1938 in Orofino. The couple lived on a rental farm of approximately 1,000 acres near Cavendish, farmed by Ocie and his brother, Allie Vannoy. Helen often prepared meals for farm crews in a house with no electricity, indoor plumbing, or telephone. There were many stories of critters, snakes, ornery horses and mules, and having to make do with little. Helen related that the early days of farming had been a hard life, but it had been a good life.
Helen and family attended the Cavendish Methodist Church, a log church built by the community in the late 1930s. She was blessed through her church involvement over the years both spiritually and socially.
In 1946, Helen and Ocie purchased a farm property nearby where they lived and farmed until retirement in1981. They continued to live at Cavendish until 1995 when they moved to Lewiston. Helen has been blessed with wonderful and caring friends who have assisted her for several years allowing her to remain in her home.
Helen had many interests including gardening, crocheting, fishing, camping, boating, and travelling with a camp trailer. The Vannoy's spent many winter months in Yuma, AZ. living in their trailer, and later in a home they purchased there. Helen has been an avid fan of Gonzaga basketball for many years and never missed watching a game on TV.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ocie in 2007; brothers, Delbert Bryant and Faye Bryant; and a sister, Neva Wilson.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Sandra Enger and husband Darl of Missoula MT, and her son, Robert and wife Marolyn of Greenville SC, and five grandchildren; Susan Hawkins and husband Jeff of Nampa, Joseph Vannoy of Kirkland, WA, Todd Vannoy of Redmond, WA., Mike Enger and wife Debra of Walla Walla, WA, and Michelle Snobar and husband Sam of Seeley Lake MT, and 10 great grandchildren. There are several nieces and nephews in the Lewiston area as well as her sister-in-law, Edith Vannoy, and dear friends, Carley and Don Lawrence.
A special 'Thank you' to the wonderful physicians and nurses at Saint Joseph Oncology, doctors Eggleston, Kumar and Flinders, for all the kind and special care.
A graveside memorial service will be announced in the Lewiston Tribune, and will be held when relatives living out of town are able to attend.
Memorials can be sent in Helen's name to the Orofino Methodist Church, PO Box 424, 337 College Ave., Orofino ID 83544, and specify they are for the Cavendish Methodist Church.
Photos: Eva Helen Bryant Vannoy
Edith Blewett, 91, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Edith Keturah Blewett died Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Lewiston, at age 91.
She was born to Loyal V. and Zoe (Anderson) Mattoon on April 3, 1926, in a farmhouse near Gifford, the youngest of six children. The family moved to Mohler, Idaho, when she was 4 years old. She was asthmatic from birth, and the family soon moved again to Kamiah in search of a better climate for her. A short time later, the Mattoon family moved to a small side-hill farm between Kamiah and Kooskia.
Quoting Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life," her saintly mother taught her to be "up and doing."
Mom graduated from Kooskia High School in 1944 and went to work as a telephone operator in Grangeville. There she caught the eye and the heart of Herbert Calvin Blewett, who had just been honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Herbert and Edith were married Aug. 22, 1946, at her parent's farm between Kamiah and Kooskia, mom holding a beautiful bouquet of gladiolas. Herb and Edith followed Dad's job with Washington Water Power and made their homes through the years in Grangeville, Lewiston, Orofino, Pierce, Craigmont and Clearwater. Along the way, the couple welcomed a daughter and five sons who were her joy.
Mom was happy. To some, crawling in a hot, old one-seat pickup with two adults and several kids might not appear to be an occasion for fun, but Mom made it so with a wink, a joke, a song or an elbow deftly thrown. Until long after they were grown, her kids didn't even know that she was "scared to death" of lightning storms. We all grew up loving thunder and lightning because she made it fun to watch the crack and hear the rumble. Mom was happy, and it was contagious.
Mom could cook - really cook. In today's world, they would have called her a chef. We called her Mom. Some of our best memories are of sitting around the family table with heaps of venison steak seasoned "just right," piles of mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh salads and vegetables and new things she would try - and always a cake or pies. The latter might not make it to dinner if they fell into the hands of her hungry sons, just home from the fields; but then Mom didn't care. Mom was happy.
In addition to raising six children, she managed a garden, sometimes larger than an acre in size. Her older children helped with the milk cow. In older days, she washed our clothes outside in a tub washer with a hand-wringer, but could still manage to whip up a cake so good that the neighbors wanted to find a reason to come visit. An entire generation of Cub Scouts have lost their den mother.
In the 1970s, with her children mostly grown, Mom took work outside the home, and did so successfully. She was secretary in the Highland school system and was well-loved. She received a framed recognition for her stellar service. She was the secretary/bookkeeper at Hewson Brothers in Grangeville and assisted her family members in that same capacity for several ensuing years.
Herb and Edith retired in 1982 to their little ranch on Wall Creek near Clearwater, and in later years moved to Lewiston. They loved to travel around the lower 48 and to Alaska in their motorhome. They were faithful Yuma, AZ, "snowbirds" each winter.
Mom was a Daughter of Rebekah of the International Order of Odd Fellows and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She could play a mean hand of pinochle. She liked to fish, but usually was at the campfire working the griddle and Dutch oven. She was still driving a car a month before her death. She didn't let any grass grow under the tires, but never had a traffic ticket or an accident in her entire life, except once when a pack horse jumped off a cutbank through the roof of her Model A Ford. She used to laugh about it. Mom was happy.
Mom's love of Jesus Christ was the first priority in her life. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. One of her greatest joys was to listen to her son preach, and she tried never to miss a service.
Mom was greatly beloved and is sorely missed, but she made deep "footprints in the sands of time," in which we "shall take heart again."
Edith was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Herb, whom she missed desperately; by her beloved grandchildren, Jared Bret Lunders and Lisa R. Paul; her parents, Loyal and Zoe Mattoon; sisters Lavene Z. Manes and Doris May Haight; and brothers E.V. Mattoon and Paul Mattoon.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara Brown, of Lewiston; her daughter, Lexie (Delbert) Lunders, of Grangeville; , James (Janet) Blewett of Lewiston, Robert (Lila) Blewett of Lewiston, Donald (Carla) Blewett of Grangeville, Ron (Melynda) Blewett of Lewiston and David (Rebecca) Blewett of Meridian; 20 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren on the way.
A private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blessed Hope Assembly of God Food Bank, 1033 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Edith Keturah Blewett
Arlee Buford Head, 80
Arlee Buford Head passed away in peace Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, less than a week after his 80th birthday. He was surrounded by his four children.
Arlee was born to Harvey and Daisy (Johnson) Head on July 9, 1937, in Moscow. He attended school in Deary and graduated from Deary High School in 1955. After high school, he served with the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1958, with tours of duty in the Philippines and Guam.
He was skilled as a welder and fabricator, as a sawyer, a logger, and as a road builder working around the Northwest, primarily in the areas of Kendrick and Orofino. He was especially proud of the beautiful red-and-white logging truck he owned and operated in the late '60s and '70s, which he kept in pristine condition. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and taught his children to love the mountains and beauty that surrounded them in Clearwater County and beyond. He raised sheep and was a devoted shepherd and horseman. He rode horses as a boy on their Deary ranch and had a horse all through his life.
Arlee and Wanda Elizabeth Munck were married Dec. 19, 1958, in Clarkston, WA, and began raising their family in Lewiston. They were founding members of Faith Tabernacle Church in Lewiston. In 1972, they built their family home and ranch on Angel Ridge outside of Peck. Arlee's four children grew up there, and the family was part of the United Brethren congregation at Cream Ridge and Riverside Assembly of God in Orofino. Arlee and Wanda divorced in 1982.
Arlee married Ruth Hull in 1995 in Hamilton, MT. They later moved back to Idaho and were together on their ranch in Southwick until Ruth's passing in 2005. Ruth had a way of bringing out the very best in Arlee, and their families rejoice that the two are reunited in heaven.
Arlee will be remembered for his tough exterior, humor and strength, but also for his humility and heart for Jesus. He was known for his sense of humor, for having the "gift of gab" and he made friends everywhere he went. Arlee had a twinkle in his eye, a warm smile and a warm heart that was hard to forget. He drove gravel truck and lived on his ranch until the day in July 2011 he had his stroke and was moved to the Idaho State Veterans Home. He made many friends there, though he could no longer talk. He had a way of communicating with his eyes and expressions, and his love for his family and for Jesus sustained him until the end.
He is survived by his children and their families: Connie (Rodney) Hallen of Asotin, WA, and Vicki (Will) Gertje, Douglas (Colleen) Head and Steven Head, all of Clarkston; along with his stepchildren and their families. Arlee also had five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who will remember him fondly from the many stories told about their grandpa. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth Head and sister Wilma (Head) Goertzen.
The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bridges Church in Lewiston with the Rev. Jack Pea officiating. A covered-dish dinner will be held following the service. Burial will follow at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Deary. Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends are welcome to send donations in Arlee's memory to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Arlee Buford Head
Rodney George Clark 'Frogman', 69, Elk River
The world lost a great man and heaven gained another angel. On July 9, 2017, Rodney George Clark 'Frogman', passed away peacefully at his home in Elk River with his loving wife by his side.
Rod was born Dec. 10, 1947 in Lewiston to Homer Marion and Elsie Mae Taylor Clark, who have opened their arms to welcome him into heaven. Also meeting him is his beloved father-in-law, Raymond Jack Cole.
Rod graduated from Lewiston High School in 1966 and joined the United States Navy. After completing boot camp, Rod was accepted into the Navy SEAL Training Program in Coronado, CA. Rod went to Vietnam in 1967, where he did two tours as Special Forces Navy Seal. Among his many duties, he specialized as a frogman. After his discharge from active duty, Rod served in the Naval Reserves until 1971.
After Rod returned home, he worked at the Blount Bullet Factory and Pepsi Cola Warehouse. He then took a job with the City of Lewiston where he worked his way up to Street Maintenance Supervisor, retiring after 25 years and made his home in Elk River.
One of Rod's most rewarding jobs was aiding the Idaho State Police as a SCUBA diver, helping families recover their loved ones and vehicles from the Clearwater and Snake rivers. Rod's passions in life were fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and most of all he loved to ride his Harley. When Rod wasn't enjoying the outdoors, he loved to sit and read books by his favorite author, Harold Robbins. His two favorite companions, 'Gizmo' and 'Chewy' could always be found by his side.
For the first time since coming home from Vietnam, Rod found peace when he met Greta Cole, also a military veteran, who soon became his best friend and wife in 1991. It was obvious to those that knew them, they were destined to be soul mates. Rod and Greta were each other's partners in life's adventures. She was his 'biker-babe' and caretaker until the end.
Rod found an even deeper peace and place of belonging when the CVR (Combat Vet Riders) Motorcycle Club found him in 2005 and opened their hearts and arms to him. He knew from that day forward, he would never have to look over his shoulder again. He knew his military brothers and sisters would have his back until he joined his SEAL Teams again in heaven.
Rod is survived by his wife Greta at their home in Elk River, his sons, Troy Clark, Steven Bellavance, Bryan May, Chad Clark, Sean Clark and daughters, Karen Richardson, Honey Lynn Sychtysz, Rhonda Clark and Traci Clark. He is also survived by his brothers, Gary (Bunyan) Clark, Terry (Butch) Clark, Jerry (Buzz) Clark, Craig (Smokie) Taylor, Mark Clark, Larry Clark and sisters Tana Abbott and Judy Bigalow.
Rod has too many grandchildren to name, all of which he loved and enjoyed spending time with, some of whom gave him the joy of great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Naomi Inez Cole.
A memorial service and celebration of Rod's life will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 15 in Elk River at Merrill Park. Chaplain Richard 'Precious' Hemming and President 'Taz' of the Combat Vet Riders along with the Navy Honor Guard will conduct the service. A covered dish lunch will follow at the Gazebo at the Park.
In lieu of flowers, Rod requested donations be made to the CVR Motorcycle Club, PO Box 11162, Spokane Valley, WA 99211 or at their web site, www.combatvetriders.org.donation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.
Photos: Rodney George Clark 'Frogman'
David Lee Braun, 74, Orofino
David Lee Braun, 74 a lifetime resident of Orofino, ID passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
Dave was born Feb. 1, 1943 to Carl P. Braun and Gladys Albers Braun. He attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School in 1961. He married Jeanette Sue Haney on May 4, 1968.
Following high school Dave worked in the woods for several years, prior to being injured in an auto accident in 1969 that left him paralyzed and wheelchair bound. He later obtained his Real Estate license and worked for Clearwater Realty for many years. He was involved in numerous subdivision development sales and primarily specialized in land sales.
He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Gladys Braun; a brother Richard and a sister, Kathy.
He is survived by his wife Sue, brother-in-law Jim Haney; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
At his request, there will be no services. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
A Very Special Thanks to Carl Cook and Dewey Stewart for their help with everything!
Donations can be made to the charities of your choice in Memory of Dave Braun.
Terry Charles Weeks, 58, worked at Dworshak Hatchery
Terry Charles Weeks passed away Tuesday, July 4th 2017 at his home on Tahoe Ridge near Kooskia.
Terry was born on April 20th 1959 in Grangeville, Idaho. He grew up in Kooskia and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in 1977, where he enjoyed playing basketball, tennis and working at the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery in the summers. After high school, he attended the welding program at Lewis Clark State College, then worked for the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery shortly before logging for Pierson Enterprises for several years.
He married Jamie McKenzie and became a father to Matt Weeks in 1981. His first daughter, Jessica, was born in 1983. In 1985, he joined the Army after recovering from a logging accident. He attended training at Fort Leonard Wood, and was stationed in Heilbronn, Germany as a Combat Engineer. His second daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1988 in Stuttgart, Germany. He returned home shortly after the end of the Cold War and fall of the Berlin wall, completing his enlistment and earning an honorable discharge from the US Army. He transferred to the Idaho National Guard and served for several years afterwards. He was very successful in the Army and was always proud of his military service.
After returning to Idaho, he lived in Kooskia with his family and worked at the lumber mill in Kamiah for a short time before starting what would be his career in fisheries at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery as a Maintenance Mechanic. His son, Jordan, was born in 1994.
Over his 27 years at the hatchery, he learned the intricacies and complexities of the facility and became close friends with many of his colleagues. He took pride in his work, and spoke often of his family at Dworshak.
Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Weeks; his father, Gale Weeks; his nephew Bryan Johnson; and his brother, Rich Weeks. He is survived by his brother, Butch Weeks and family; sister, Kathy Johnson and family; son, Matt Weeks and wife Carrie; daughter, Jessica Weeks; daughter, Chelsea Weeks; son, Jordan Weeks; and granddaughter, Chloe Weeks.
Terry was an outdoorsman at heart. He loved spending time in the mountains; hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and camping. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, mischievous smile, and hearty laugh. He would go out of his way to help anyone in need, and was a very patient father. He will be dearly missed.
There will be a service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday the 12th of July 2017 at Trenary Funeral Home at 18 1st Ave, Kooskia, with a covered dish dinner to follow at the Life Center Pentecostal Church at 69 US 12, Kamiah.
We love you Dad, thank you for always being there for us.
Photos: Terry Charles Weeks
Steven Osburn, 60, formerly of Weippe
Steve was tragically taken from us too early in a vehicle accident on July 6, 2017, near Pateros, WA.
He was born to Donald and Della (Hartwig) Osburn on Dec. 26, 1956, in Cottonwood.
He graduated from Highland High School in Craigmont in 1975, and went to work farming and driving logging truck for Osburn and Son's Logging.
Steve married Sherry Solberg and they had two sons, Chris and Cody. This marriage later ended in divorce. Steve later met and married the love of his life, Gayle Westhoff, at their Weippe house in 2010.
Steve took great pride in being an owner and operator of Don Osburn and Son's Logging and later Osburn and Son's Logging; driving logging truck for 26 years. Everyone knew him coming down the road by the "OZZIE" on his truck's bug shield. He later worked for Truss Systems and was well known for the locations he could place his truck to set the trusses off. When Truss Systems relocated, Steve went to work for Atlas Sand and Rock, driving dump truck.
Steve loved camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends. He enjoyed snowmobiling and tinkering on any machine to achieve full power potential. He will always be remembered as a super nice guy who would do anything for anyone, and his capability to make anything run. He loved his life with Gayle and their beautiful new home that he helped build. He also enjoyed caring for his two dogs and cat. Steve's granddaughter, Taylor, held a special place in his heart. He loved going to, and watching, everything she was involved in, as well as her coming down to stay with him.
Steve is survived by his mother, Della of Craigmont; and nine siblings, brothers, Lonnie (Glenda), Danny, Tony (Debbie), sisters, Trish (Ted Wicks) and Lana (Gary Fonnesbeck) all of Lewiston; brother, Richard and sister, Julie (Ernie Steckman) of Winchester; brothers, Jerry (Teri) and David (Tammy) of Craigmont; son, Chris (Michelle) of Lewiston; son Cody (Jill) of Nezperce; and stepson, Shane Doyle (Kellie) of Great Falls, MT. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Taylor Osburn, of Craigmont. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and more family and friends than we are able to list.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; grandparents, Carl and Edith Osburn; and grandparents, George and Mary Hartwig.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, at the Craigmont School Gymnasium. There will be a covered-dish gathering immediately following at the Craigmont Legion Hall in Craigmont. Please come and share a favorite "Steve" story. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lewis Clark Animal Shelter, Lewiston.
Photo: Steven Osburn
Irma Wise, 96, former Orofino, Weippe teacher
"Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling and falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living." Psalms 116:7-9
Irma was born Aug. 29, 1920, to Luella L. (Thurston) and Fred E. Baugh in Cayuga, IN, one of seven children. Before she was two years old, the family moved to South Wenatchee, WA, where she spent her growing-up years. She attended elementary school in South Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1938. Singing was always her passion, and she was involved with music in various ways all of her life.
Irma attended Eastern Washington College at Cheney, WA, for three years. There she met the love of her life, Donald Wise. They were married Sept. 13, 1942. She began teaching in Weippe in 1957 and in 1963 she completed her Bachelor of Arts in education after returning to school several successive summers. She taught for a total of 17 years, including at Kamiah, Orofino and Weippe.
Irma passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Living Spring Residential Care, where she had been a resident, taken care of by a loving staff, for just a few months. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; special daughter, Katie Jubinville; and all six of her brothers: Arthur, Leslie, Norbert, Odin, Fred and Norman. She is survived by her three children, Duane (Laurinda) Wise, Joy (Rick) Cook and Diana (Jim) Mickelson; special son, Devis (Sylvia) Jubinville; their exchange student, Jon Kuman of Norway; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters-in-law, Nearine (Deede) Baugh and Faye Baugh; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Irma was always busy in her church - she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and participated in women's church groups. She was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teacher's society. Her volunteer work included crafts and reading at the Cottonwood prison, crafts with developmentally challenged people in Clarkston, WA, Meals on Wheels for 10 years and various activities at the Idaho State Veteran's Home.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Irma's name.
Photo: Irma Wise
Clayton Everett Dugger, 64, Freeman Creek
Clayton Everett Dugger, 64, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home in Freeman Creek.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder, 87, Orofino
Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder, 87 a longtime resident of Orofino passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
He was born Feb. 18, 1930 in Orofino to Eldon and Rosella (Parkins) Snyder. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years in the service. During his time in the service he was trained as a photographer and after the service he went to the Seattle Photographer School. Morie joined Snyders' Inc. and worked at the clothing/sporting goods store for 35 years until his retirement.
He was a photographer, a member of the Clearwater County Search and Rescue, longtime Elk Lodge member and Moose Lodge member. Morie also enjoyed singing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Karaoke night.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Rosella and lifelong friend Mary Pittman.
He is survived by his brother Elbert and wife Angie, two nephews, seven cousins, two great nieces, one great nephew, two great-great nephews and all the many friends he left behind.
Morie Snyder's funeral service will be Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, Orofino
A memorial service will be held for Doris Joanne Hutchinson at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, at Lodge at River's Edge, 615 Main in Orofino.
She passed away March 30, 2017.
Larry Rynearson, 79, Orofino
Larry L. Rynearson passed peacefully Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home at Lewiston.
Larry was born to Emmett and June (Bullock) Rynearson on Aug. 12, 1938, at Stites. He started out his early life living with his family on the Selway River across from Johnson Bar. He started his school years in Benton City, WA, where his father went to work at Hanford. The family eventually moved back to the Selway area and Larry attended school at the "Pete King" schoolhouse up the Lochsa River.
His family moved again in 1950 to Lewiston, as his father worked on the construction of Potlatch Forests Inc. Larry attended Lewiston schools up until 1955, when the family moved to Syringa, where he went until his senior year and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia in 1956.
After high school, Larry worked at various logging and construction jobs. He worked for various auto dealerships in Lewiston as a mechanic and service writer. They had two sons born while living in Lewiston: Tim was born in 1968 and Scott in 1971. Larry moved his family upriver around 1973 and to Montana for a short period of time while he drove his own grain truck. They moved back to Syringa in the spring of 1978 and he opened his own mechanic shop there. In 1981, Larry and family moved to Kamiah, where he owned and operated Larry's Syringa Auto Service, finally settling in a home and shop in Pine Ridge subdivision.
Larry and Paulette divorced in 1991 and he remained in Kamiah, where he met Nancy Ryle. They moved to Culdesac in 1996 and were married in August of 1998 at Coeur d'Alene. After Nancy passed in 2006, Larry moved upriver back to Kooskia, where he lived until 2011, later moving to Orofino, where he lived until the spring of 2017.
Larry was a big auto enthusiast to say the least and had many adventures and fun with his rigs. He also loved hunting and fishing, which started when he was young and living upriver. There are many fond memories of pack trips with his father and brothers, as well as friends and other family members.
Larry is survived by his two sons, Tim (Debbie) Rynearson of Orofino and Scott (Jenny) Rynearson of Post Falls; stepdaughter, Renee Ryle (Taka) of Japan; brothers, Dean (Janet) Rynearson of Sandpoint and Steven (Jan) Rynearson of Clarkston, WA; granddaughters, Ashley Rynearson, Sierra Rynearson and Savannah Rynearson; great-grandson, Coltan Terras; stepgrandson, Javon Gibson; nieces, Jenny Estlund, Heidi Van Dyken and Nicole Anderson; and nephews, Ty Rynearson and Nick Winburn.
Larry was a very social person throughout his entire life and had many friends who he considered to be family as well and thought very highly of all of them. He always had a smile on his face and especially enjoyed a good cup of coffee and conversation.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Photo: Larry L. Rynearson
Boyd Eberhardt Jr., 74, formerly of Lenore
Boyd Eberhardt Jr. was born Sept. 17, 1942, in Lewiston. He passed peacefully at home, going to join the Lord on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Boyd was a kind-hearted man who was always there for anyone who needed him.
He attended grade school in Lenore and graduated from Lapwai High School in 1960. After high school, Boyd enlisted in the U.S. Army and achieved the position of Army Airborne Paratrooper Specialist 4, from 1960 to 1963. When he was discharged, he lived in New York for a year, but missing his home, returned to Idaho. He moved to Lewiston and began working at Potlatch Forests Inc. He took pride in his career and his many years of service at Potlatch.
During this time, he married Lynette Wilson in 1967, and they divorced in 1969. He married Patricia Estell in 1971. They divorced in 1973. In 1974, he married the love of his life, Regina Dasenbrock-Calene, his wife, partner and friend the rest of his life. In 2001, after 36 years of service, he retired as a senior machine tender on No. 1 paperboard machine. Boyd filled his time outdoors in his beloved Northwest for the first three years of his retirement.
To help fill his hours, in 2004 he began working part-time as a dealer exchange driver for Kendall Auto. He greatly enjoyed his work transporting vehicles everywhere from Montana to Southern California. Boyd immaculately restored a 1968 Mercury Cougar and thoroughly enjoyed showing it at local car shows, winning numerous awards. He was a longtime member of the Lewiston Catholic community, belonging to the Knights of Columbus. He also was part of the American Legion and the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club. He retired finally in 2012, pursuing hunting, fishing and wood cutting, often with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Regina; a son, Kevin Calene; and four daughters, Teresa Stephenson, Patricia Offt, Brydget Forest and Heather Taylor. He had 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He also is survived by two sisters, Shirley Morgan and Sarita (Bob) Linkhart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Joyce Eberhardt; and his brother, Troy Eberhardt; as well as his brother-in-law, Dave Morgan.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Greencreek Cemetery in Greencreek. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints Catholic Church.
Photo: Boyd Eberhardt Jr.
Nadene Jones, 95, Orofino
Nadene Francis (Gustin) Jones, 95, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017. She was born April 20, 1922, in Clarkston, WA, to Lillie and Claude Gustin. After a very short battle with cancer, Nadene joined her beloved family who passed before her.
Nadene grew up near Waha in the Flat Iron area, learning to ride horses, hunt and shoot with her dad. Riding a horse to Waha School was a daily event, and she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1940.
She was introduced to Melvin Jones by her brother Bill, and they married on Sept. 10, 1941, in Corvallis, OR. While Mel was serving during World War II, they lived in Seattle, WA, and Paris, TX. After the war, they moved back to Lewiston, where they raised their five children.
In her younger years, Nadene worked at several Safeway and Albertsons stores. Nadene and Mel followed the construction of many northwest dam projects, and she worked the guard station on the Chief Joseph Dam. They made their permanent home in Orofino in 1966. Nadene was a 4-H leader and a member of the 49r's Saddle Club for many years. She raised, trained, showed and rode many horses in her lifetime, but the Arabian was her favorite. She was especially proud of the leather side saddle that she rebuilt and her leather tooling.
Nadene was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and she enjoyed making ceramics for family and friends in her own little shop at the house. Gardening was a passion and everyone benefited from the jams and pickles. Nadene guarded her property with an eagle eye and shotgun, thus the naming of Shotgun Lane for her address.
Nadene is survived by Carolyn (Ray) Antonsen, Karen Capper, Alan Jones, Kim (Pam) Jones, Kevin (Ginger) Jones; grandchildren Elton Jones, Kyle Jones and Sheri Weaver; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Charlotte, and husband, Mel.
Please make any memorials to St. Joseph Family Hospice in Lewiston. A celebration of Nadene's 95 years will be held at later this summer.
Photo: Nadene Francis (Gustin) Jones
Beverley Swanson, 92, born in Orofino
Beverley J. Swanson, whose voice, commercial sales, and writing talent were hallmarks of her treasured days at KRLC radio station, Lewiston, in the '50's, '60's and '70's, died May 30, 2017 in Westborough, MA. In 2015, she moved to be closer to family and gained many new friends with residents and staff at Whitney Place Assisted Living and Beaumont Rehab facility there.
She was born Jan. 25, 1925 In Orofino, to Emma Phillips Dresser, a seamstress, and Hugh Burford Dresser, a lumberman. Except for the last two years in Massachusetts, she lived her life in Lewiston. She traveled to Mexico, England, where she visited the Burford estate, her father's namesake, and to Ireland, but always called Lewiston her happiest place, her home. Three siblings preceded her in death: Beryle Scherfenberg of Spokane, WA; Philip Dresser of San Diego, CA; and Donald Dresser of Medford, OR.
Beverley's paternal grandfather, Edward Dresser born in 1858 in Carlinville, IL, was a horse trader and had the first lumberyard in Lewiston (located on the current site of Hahn Supply). Her paternal grandmother, Emma VanArsdale also of Carlinville, had the same first name as her own mother. Her maternal grandparents, Phoebe James (family lore had her related to Jesse James), and George Washington Phillips, were born and raised in Sprague, WA. George was an early railroad man; the locomotive he engineered now sits in Locomotive Park in Lewiston.
In 1944, she met and later married Art Swanson, a Spokane native, who retired from the Lewiston Post Office in 1970. They had two daughters, Dawn Swanson of Seattle, and Carol Isvak of Westborough, MA. They made their home in Clarkston where the girls went to school. In 1959, Beverley worked part-time demonstrating and selling food products at local grocery stores. As the story goes, she presented Van Camp green beans to the then owner of KRLC, Don Thomas. She said, "These are the only canned beans with no strings and they are cheaper by the case!" One case later, and a meeting with Art to discuss a sales job at the radio station, and she was on her way to a radio and public relations position lasting more than 20 years.
Beverley's early history includes recognition by her first-grade teacher for her natural ability to sing, dance, and perform. Her first stage appearance was at Lewiston's Masonic Lodge on Main Street at the age of six. With no formal training, except voice lessons, Beverley wrote and broadcast her way to successive regional awards and recognition for commercial journalism. Sales and advertising were in her blood and her voice was perfect for the radio! "Mad Men" would have taken notice of her drive and competitive spirit at a time when women in the field would have been an anomaly. A flair for the dramatic and artistic abilities influenced and punctuated nearly every element of her life since then.
Lucy Rice, a former colleague now of Sales Sense, Portland, OR, who considered Bev her mentor, said upon learning of her passing, "She was one of the most creative people in the last 100 years".
Beverley's commercial writing was recognized by the National Federation of Press Women (1971 Journalism Award), Idaho Press Women, the Inland Empire Press-Radio-Television (radio production commercials), the Spokane Press Club, the L-C Kiwanis Club, where she was included in the Foremost Women in Communications 1969-70, plus many other distinctions for sales and advertising work.
Photo: Beverley Swanson
Roy Dee Fonnesbeck, 75, Orofino
Roy Dee Fonnesbeck, 75, passed away at his residence in Orofino.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
John Michael Apfelbeck, 86, Peck
John Michael Apfelbeck of Peck, ID, 86 passed away June 2, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
He was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Colby, WI, to Leo and Hilda (Ohlinger) Apfelbeck. John grew up in Colby, WI where he attended school. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Guam from 1951 - 1952. He married Carol J. Nielsen in April 1955 and later divorced in 1991. They raised their four children in Wausau, WI where he drove long haul trucks for Wausau Papers and later Schneider transport. John retired in 1993 and moved to Idaho. He met and married Wanda Head in October 1997 until present.
John was a member of the St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. He was also an active member of the Eagles and the Senior Center in Orofino.
John is survived by his wife, Wanda (Head) Apfelbeck of Peck; four stepchildren, Connie (Head) and Ron Hallen of Lewiston, Doug and Colleen Head of Lewiston, Vicki (Head) Gertje of Lewiston, and Steve Head of Lewiston; four children, Fay Lippert, of Wausau, WI; Penelope and Gregg Thompson of Ankeny, IA; Neal and Cami Apfelbeck of Poulsbo, WA and Amy Nielsen of Morton, WA; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Leo and Hilda Apfelbeck; two brothers and seven sisters.
A Rosary recitation begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino, ID with Father Sipho Mathabela, OSB officiating.
Memorial Donations can be made in John M. Apfelbeck memory to: St. Theresa's Catholic Church P.O. Box 1169 Orofino, Idaho 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: John Michael Apfelbeck
Fern Marie Burger, 89, formerly of Orofino
Fern Marie Burger passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Spokane Valley, WA, after a brief illness.
Fern was born June 28, 1927, in Avon, SD, one of 12 children. She married Robert Burger in 1952 and they had two sons, Richard and William.
She moved to Orofino with her husband Bob in 1965 so Bob could work on Dworshak Dam. After the dam was complete, he retired and the couple moved to Lewiston to enjoy the retired life.
Fern enjoyed taking care of her home, crocheting, camping and hanging out with friends and family. In 2012, Fern and Bob moved to Spokane Valley to be closer to family.
Fern is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bob; son Bill of Spokane; two daughters-in-law; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. Fern will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Funeral services for Fern Marie Burger will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., in Lewiston.
Photo: Fern Marie Burger
Henry 'Hank' Hiller, 77
Henry 'Hank' Hiller passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017, from lung cancer.
He was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Pomeroy, WA, to Edward J. and Blanche C. Hiller. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane, WA, in 1957, and he served with the U.S. Army in Germany from January '62 to January '65.
Henry and Lynda Myers were married Oct. 30, 1965, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston, WA, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii and back in October 2015. After a long and varied work career, Henry finally retired for good in April of 2012. They then moved to Walla Walla, WA, in July of that year.
Hank is survived by his wife, Lynda, at Walla Walla. There were no children. He also is survived by brother Jim (Lee) Hiller of Spokane; sister Barbara Carlton of Dayton, WA; sister-in-law Kathy Shepard of Clarkston; former brother-in-law Lee Berndt of Weippe; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife's parents and brother-in-law Bill Carlton.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, with the Rev. Pat Wolf officiating. Lunch will follow at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston. Burial will take place in the family plot at the Catholic cemetery in Pomeroy at a time to be determined.
Photo: Henry 'Hank' Hiller
Eleanor R. McKnight, 97
Eleanor R. McKnight, 97, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Lewiston.
She was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Grand Forks, ND, to G.E. Rolf and Ellen Flynn Rolf. Several years later, the family moved to Duluth, MN., where she attended schools and graduated from Central High School in 1938. She then attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and studied to become a medical record librarian and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942.
Eleanor worked in hospitals in New Haven, CT., Nashville, TN., and Alameda, CA. Then she worked in Washington, DC, for the U.S. Public Health Service as a public health analyst.
In July of 1945, while working in California, she met her future husband in San Francisco while he was serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. She married Milan "Mac" McKnight on Feb. 7, 1948, in Valentine, NE. In June of that year, they moved to Fresno, CA, where her husband taught high school for five years. Next, they moved to San Jose, CA, where her husband was a teacher for 29 years and she was a homemaker. In 1982, they retired and moved to Lewiston.
She and her husband were members of several organizations in the valley. They also traveled to many western states and enjoyed fishing local streams and reservoirs.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Towne of Lewiston; a son, Bob McKnight, and wife Kathy of Orofino; grandsons, Tom McKnight of Moscow and Dan McKnight and his wife Tonya of Niceville, FL; great-grandchildren Storm, Skylar, Alisha, Xavier, Tyler, Tia and Addison; and sister-in-law Jessie Rolf of Tulsa, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mac; brother, Bill Rolf and wife, Virginia; brother, Bob Rolf; and an infant great-granddaughter.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the chapel of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Memorials can be made to Holy Family School in Clarkston. WA, or the Salvation Army in Lewiston.
Photo: Eleanor R. McKnight
Jessie Eloise Smith, 89, Weippe
Jessie Eloise Smith, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Lewiston on May 30, 2017 she was 89 years young.
Jessie was born Sept. 14, 1927 in Greer to Walter and Edith Kingen. She was raised on the family farm in Fraser and attended school at Cottonwood School of Fraser and Weippe High School. During World War II she worked as a flunky for Potlatch Forest Inc. at Headquarters.
On May 31, 1946, she married Albert Smith. They lived in Weippe until 1960 when they moved to White Sulfur Springs, MT, where her husband worked in logging. He passed away in 1969 and she moved back to Weippe.
In January 1970, she went to work for School District #171 as a kitchen manager at Timberline, a job she held for 15 years. She worked the next 25 years as a live-in care giver in the Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow, Pullman and Colfax area. Retiring at the age of 80.
Jessie then travelled throughout the United States and Canada, especially in Alaska. She loved the rodeo and attended the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas many times as well as Cheyenne, Calgary and Alberta, Canada.
She loved music and played the piano since childhood. She enjoyed her bowling for many years and she was an avid Bingo and Pinochle player right up to the time of her death. She also was a life time member of the Rebekah Lodge in Weippe and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Ron and Vickie of Weippe and Darold and Anita of Weippe; daughter, Linda and Earl of Potlatch; two step daughters Nita and Ginny; her oldest grandchild, Sheila Miller, who she raised from infancy; and her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; her parents, Walter and Edith Kingen; four brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Dean and Ray; two sisters, Viola Borders and Fern Wilson; and one grandson.
A Graveside Service will be held celebrating Jessie's life at the Weippe Cemetery on Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. Jessie would like all donations sent to Crossroads Hospice and Caregivers Charitable Foundation at https://crhcf.org.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Photos: Jessie Eloise Smith
Clarence Victor Henderson, 74, Orofino
Clarence Victor Henderson, 74, Orofino, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Orofino.
He was born June 26, 1943 in Andaeko, OK, to Mildred Epperly and Olaf Henderson. He married Sylvia York in 1985.
Clarence was an automotive machinist, an emergency medical technician in Bridgeport, WA and worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WWP. He was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy for six years.
He enjoyed fishing and automotives.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Joan Henderson; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Celebration of the Life of Papa will be held June 11 at Evans Campground in Evans, WA. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Clarence Victor Henderson
Rose Buchert, 78, Orofino
Rose Buchert, 78, Orofino, died at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, on May 25, 2017.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Samantha Shea Fignani, 23
Samantha Shea Fignani, age 23, of Kooskia, was taken from us on Monday, May 22, 2017, in Orofino. She was a loved daughter, sister, mother and friend. Her sweet smile and infectious laugh will be missed dearly.
Samantha was born in Lewiston on Dec. 24, 1993 and grew up in Kooskia, where she resided with her family for the better part of her childhood.
Samantha was preceded in death by her sister, Randi Nicole Broncheau, and her grandfather, Pete Olsen.
She is survived by her daughters, Diamond Rain and Mia Willow; her siblings, Kora Fignani, Colten Fignani, Tamika McMillian and Mike Fignani; her parents, Consuelo Augie and Nick Steiger, and Mike E. Fignani; her grandmother, Patti Rae Trachell; her great-grandmother, Delores Willig; as well as a vast group of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services for Samantha will be held at the Life Center in Kamiah, U.S. Highway 12, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Immediate family members viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All other friends and loved ones are welcome to come say goodbye at 1 p.m. during the Celebration of Life.
Photo: Samantha Shea Fignani
Frank Morford, 95, logged out of Elk River
Frank Morford went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Frank was born Oct. 21, 1921, to Fannie and Herbert Morford, one of 11 children. He grew up on a farm outside of Notus, Idaho. He served in the U.S. Marines for four years during World War II. In November of 1945, he married Billie Totty, and they were married for 72 years.
Frank worked as a logger out of Elk River from 1953 until the family moved to Lewiston in 1971. He then worked for the city of Lewiston Parks and Recreation for a time and later at the transfer station until he retired in 1988. He was active in, and a member of, Orchard Community Church for 42 years. Frank also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Billie; daughters, Diana Alexander (Doug), Carol Chambers and Susan Tibbs (Kenneth); six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Photo Frank Morford
Jim Goetz, 67, Orofino
Jim Goetz passed away at his home in Orofino on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Jim was born Nov. 18, 1949, in New London, WI, to Leonard and Evelyn Goetz. He attended school in Manawa, WI, and played drums in the school band and wrestled.
As a child he loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He had many great times throughout his life with family and friends in the great outdoors.
While attending college in Oshkosh, WI, he started to work part-time at Shopko. This was the start of long career in retail, which meant relocating many times to open new stores.
He lived in Marshfield and Appleton, WI. He also lived in Boise and in Sandy, UT, while opening Shopko stores throughout the west. After retiring in 2007, Jim relocated to Orofino.
Jim met his wife, Nancy, while working at Shopko. They were married June 15, 1973. Jim shared his good work ethic and his love for the outdoors with his three sons and one daughter. He was blessed with four beautiful granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson.
Jim was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Jim loved football and was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan.
Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Chris (Brittany), of Orofino; son, Nick, of Missouri; son, Andy, of Missouri; daughter, Julie (Steven), of Georgia; granddaughter, Nemiko, and great-grandson, Phoenix, of Utah; granddaughters, Ava and Ella, of Orofino; granddaughter and grandson, Breanna and Nathan, of Georgia; and sister, Kathy, and brother, Tom, of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Wanda.
Father Sipho officiated the Celebration of Life Mass at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino on May 22.
Photo: Jim Goetz
Lucille Marie Preussler, 88, Teakean
Lucille Marie Preussler passed away at age 88 on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Clarkston, WA, from complications from hip surgery.
Lu was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Presque Isle, WI., to John and Margaret (Eleam) Anderson. She was raised there and attended school in Presque Isle.
She married Alvin E. Schultz on Sept. 29, 1945, in Ironwood, MI. He passed in 1974. Lu came out West in 1977, and she married Marvin Preussler on Oct. 6, 1979, at Cream Ridge, Idaho.
Lu was a longtime resident of Teakean and Kendrick, where she was a homemaker and served as a church secretary, a job she also had done in Michigan.
Lu is survived by her husband, Marvin Preussler; sisters, Beverly Pearcey and Dorothea Gerovac; brother, Frank Andersen; children, Alvin L. (Sandy) Schultz, Marie (John) Fink and Deborah (Tom Pedersen) Arnestad; daughter-in-law Colleen Schultz; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neighbors and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin E. Schultz; sons, Edward and Timothy Schultz; and siblings, Sam, Bob, Mildred, Mary, Doris and Betty Lou.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Assembly of God Church, 208 W. Main St., Kendrick, with her husband, the Rev. Marvin Preussler, officiating.
Please sign the online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Lucille Marie Preussler
Mary Jane Peterson, 89, Orofino
Mary Jane Peterson, 89, Orofino, passed away peacefully, at Clearwater Valley Health and Rehab, in Orofino Saturday May 20, 2017.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Boyd William Wood, 75, Lenore
Boyd William Wood was born in Moscow, Idaho to Verla and William Alfred Wood on Sept. 6, 1941 making a family of four with his older brother Deryl Edwin Wood. Boyd reached the age of 75 and passed peacefully at his home in Lenore on May 15, 2017.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. May 19, 2017 at CrossPoint Alliance Church 1330 Powers Ave. Lewiston. Pastor Paul Smith will conduct the service. A reception will follow at the Lenore Community Center on U.S. Highway 12 at 2 p.m. Friday. A private family burial will occur at a later date in Elwood Cemetery at Texas Ridge.
Boyd graduated from Lewiston High School May 28, 1959. After graduation, he went into the Navy. During his enlistment, he was trained in San Diego, CA. Upon completing his training as a radioman, Boyd was stationed in Adak, AK, also on the U.S.S. Everett F Larson, and the U.S.S. Harry E. Hubbard. He was discharged Jan. 23, 1964.
Carol Ann Farrington married Boyd Aug. 30, 1963 in Lewiston at the Orchards Community Church. They were married for 48 years. During their married life, they moved many times for employment in floor covering and farm chemicals. They moved from Lewiston to Denver to Portland, OR, and back to Lewiston. When he accepted work in Moscow, the family moved to Genesee. Boyd and Carol lived in Genesee from 1977-2003, finally settling in Lenore from 2003 until the present. Along the way, they had four children, Bill Wood, Kim Moser (Paul), DeLayne (Dee Dee) Wood and Duane Wood (Jeannie).
Fishing, hunting, camping and growing a garden to harvest and enjoy were some of his favorite hobbies. Though he said he would not grow a garden this year, he had already planted tomatoes because he just couldn't resist. Boyd would never refuse a piece of huckleberry pie.
Boyd is survived by his four children as well as grandsons Jared Wood (Shoshana), Ian Klippenstein (Ruth) Steven Wood (Elizabeth) and Elijah Moser and granddaughters Shandra Duncan (Matt), and Valorie Marubahi. He also leaves behind two great grandsons, Brodie and John; with two great granddaughters on the way Ariel and Ruth. Boyd is survived by his special friend and partner of the last five years, Barbra Felton.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, brother and wife.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lewiston Class of 1959 L.I.F.E. Scholarship fund 3317 12th St. Lewiston, ID, 83501 or the Lenore Community Center, LCAC P.O. Box 21 Lenore, ID 83541.
Photo: Boyd William Wood
Harry E. Owen, 89, attended school in Peck
Harry E. Owens, 89, Grangeville, died in a single-car accident on Idaho Highway 13 near Stites on Thursday, May 11, 2017.>Harry was born May 11, 1928 in Spokane, WA, the second son of Charles E. and Pearl Tumelson Owens. He attended schools in Peck, Hayden and Grangeville, graduating from Grangeville High School in 1946.
Following his graduation, Harry moved to Lewiston to work at the mill. He married Marietta Huffman, also of Grangeville, on Dec. 7, 1947 in the Grangeville First Christian Church. After a few months in Lewiston, the couple returned to Grangeville, where he began working at the Post Office. In 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force. Over the next four years, he was stationed at bases in Texas, Florida, and Georgia. During this time, their sons, Randy and Mike, were born.
After his discharge from the military in 1955, they returned to Grangeville, where he resumed his career at the Post Office. In 1957, he joined the Army National Guard unit in the Grangeville area. Daughter, Sandi was born in 1958, followed by youngest daughter, Leann, in 1961. Later that year, Harry's local guard unit was called to active duty at Fort Lewis, WA, where he was stationed for one year. In 1965, Harry attended helicopter flight schools in Texas and Alabama. Upon returning to Idaho, he transferred from the local National Guard engineering unit to the 116th Armored Cavalry, Boise. He retired from the National Guard in 1988.
In 1975, Harry became a fulltime rural route carrier for the Post Office, which he continued until his retirement in 1983. During this time, he also drove school bus between Grangeville and Slate Creek. In 1986, Harry was elected Idaho County Commissioner, a position he held for the next 16 years.
Harry was an active member of the Grangeville Christian Church until the time of his death. He was a dedicated member of Mount Idaho Lodge #9 A.F and A.M, and Mountain Queen Chapter #11, Order of the Eastern Star, and held memberships in several other Masonic bodies, including York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Cryptic Masons, Red Cross of Constantine and Knights Templar.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Patricia, son Randy, and wife Marietta.
He is survived by his older brother, Lee (Roberta) of Lewiston; youngest sister, Shirley Hunter, of Lewiston; son, Mike of Grangeville; daughter, Sandi Wheeling and her husband, Richard, of Boise; daughter, Leann Owens and her husband Kurt Spracher, of Idaho Falls; grandchildren, Sarah Owens, Dylan Owens, Jeremy Yuill, Jameson Spracher, J.C. Spracher, Jeff Spracher, Tyler Wheeling, Laura Wheeling, and Ryan Wheeling.
A viewing will be held Friday, May 19, 2017, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. A Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017. at 1 p.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church with Pastor Tom Helmick to officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences for the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Spokane Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204, or a charity of your choice.
Photo: Harry E. Owens
Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly, 95, formerly of Orofino
Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly, 95, a resident of Lewiston since 1957, passed away peacefully Monday, May 8, 2017.
She was born July 11, 1921, in Moscow, to Thomas and Effie (Juhnke) Jabbora, the third of 10 children. She attended kindergarten through second grade at St. Rose's Catholic School in Moscow and moved with her family to Orofino in 1927.
While living in Orofino, Katherine taught herself to play trombone, violin and piano. She played basketball and was the first female drum majorette at Orofino High School, graduating in 1939.
She attended Lewiston Normal School (Lewis-Clark State College) from 1939 to 1941, majoring in education. She taught for two years in Kooskia before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1943. During her years of service, she was stationed at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Totten, NY. She obtained the rank of sergeant first class, giving her the lifelong nickname, "Sarge." During her service, she met the love of her life, Robert J. Reilly, who would throw snowballs at her window to get her to have breakfast with him on Sunday mornings. They fell in love, and she married her Irishman on June 16, 1951, at Fort Devens, MA. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Japan, where she was honorably discharged in 1953 as they welcomed their first son, Robert. The family moved to the Presidio in San Francisco and had their daughter, Kay, in 1956. They resided in California until 1957, when her husband was transferred and served in the Korean War. At that time, the family moved to Lewiston and welcomed their third child, Richard, in 1958.
Katherine was employed at the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District (LOID) from 1958 to 1963. During this time, she went back to school to renew her teaching certificate and graduated in 1963. She taught for 28 years at Tammany Elementary School, primarily teaching the third grade. During this time, she touched many students' lives, and throughout the rest of her life, she was fondly remembered as "Mrs. Reilly, my third-grade teacher." Katherine frequently was recognized by her former students - they would catch up on their lives, reminisce about their days at Tammany and acknowledge how much of an impact Katherine had on their lives. She retired from teaching in 1991, and even after retiring she continued to substitute teach and enjoyed nurturing her grandchildren's lifelong love of learning.
She did have fruitful retirement years. She went on many trips with her children and grandchildren, including Maui, HI, Disneyland, the Oregon coast, Texas, Laughlin, NV, and Las Vegas. She celebrated her 87th birthday fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska. In addition to traveling, she loved playing pinochle, dancing, playing her organ, going to the casino, gardening, painting and fishing.
In 2004, Katherine was nominated and included in the World War II Women's Memorial by one of her former students. In 2012, she saw the memorial in person when she traveled on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, DC. She was celebrated by civilians from coast to coast and met young women in the service, for whom she paved the way and served as inspiration.
She was an active member of the Lewiston Catholic Community and a member of the American Legion Post No. 13.
Katherine is survived by her children, Bob (Anna Maria) Reilly of El Paso, TX, Kay (Sherman Fike) Reilly Packer of Lewiston, and Dick (Karen) Reilly of Meridian. She also is survived by her brother, Richard (Bertha Mae) Jabbora, of Bellingham, WA; sister Dorothy (Jerry) Johnson, of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Mary Packer, Krisi Packer, Kimberly (Henry) Funk, Matt Reilly, Iris (David) Marston, Spencer Reilly and Maegan (Will) Krahn; and great-granddaughter Brynn Krahn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Effie (Juhnke) Jabbora; her husband and best friend of 45 years, Robert J. Reilly; brothers Joseph Jabbora, Pat Jabbora and Fred Jabbora; and sisters Mary Crabb, Virginia Bradley and Joan Eikum.
A funeral and rosary will be held Saturday. The rosary will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Catholic services at 10:30 a.m. at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., in Lewiston. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. Katherine always loved hosting friends and family, so please join us to celebrate her wonderful life.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education (L.I.F.E.), 3317 12th St., Lewiston, ID 83501; or www.life-inc.org.
Photo: Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly
Edward John Galloway, 70, Lenore
Edward John Galloway, 70, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home on Freeman Creek.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel caring for arrangements.
Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo,, 87, Orofino
Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo, age 87, passed away peacefully on May 4 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, due to heart complications. Mary Lou was born in Lewiston on Oct. 14, 1929 to Orofenia Hand and Rasmus Rasmussen. She was the youngest of seven children. Mary Lou was born prematurely weighing just 3 pounds 8 ounces and arrived at the beginning of the Great Depression.
Mary Lou grew up in Peck and attended schools there and in Orofino. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1948 and later graduated from the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in 1952 and became a Registered Nurse.
On Aug. 28, 1950, she married her childhood sweetheart, Bud Deyo. Bud and Mary Lou worked side by side in several business ventures, including the highly successful D&K Logging Company. Mary Lou managed the bookkeeping and office duties while raising a family with four children. The Deyo household was always busy with business, kids, school and church events, and family celebrations. Bud passed away in 1978 in a logging accident and Mary Lou later moved to Lewiston and lived there for over 20 years. She moved to Orofino in 2014 to be closer to family.
Mary Lou was always active in the community. She was a church school leader and a 4-H leader for over 25 years. She taught local youth everything from Bible verses to child care to motorcycle safety. Mary Lou took great joy in the hundreds of young people she was able to work with. She served as the Mayor of Peck along with being involved in the League of Women Voters, Hospice, the Peck Methodist Church, the Peck Cemetery Board, and many other local activities. Mary Lou was a true community activist before most of us understood what that was.
The crowning achievement of her dedication to the community was the completion of the Deyo Reservoir in 2013. Mary Lou's vision of turning an old mill pond and sawmill site near Weippe into a fishing reservoir and recreation area for the public to use are now a reality. Her donation of land along with nearly two decades of work helped create a destination that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Mary Lou was a wonderful gem, bolstered by her strong faith and political views, allegiance to sports teams, sincere interest in people, positive attitude and sharp wit. Most of all she took great pride, joy and interest in her family. She kept track of each family member (and their friends) and cheered for them every step of the way. She will be greatly missed by all.
Mary Lou is survived by her four children, Mike (Joanne) Deyo of Orofino, Barbara Deyo of Portland, OR, Brian (Penny) Deyo of Peck, and Joe (Jodie) Deyo of Spring Hill, TN, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband Bud and her six siblings including Owen Knowlton, Edward Knowlton, Melva Cain, Alice Wargi, Alta "Bet" Spear, and Lester Rasmussen.
A celebration of life for all to attend is being planned in June. One of Mary Lou's long standing final requests to everyone was to, "Plant a tree for me." The family suggests any memorials be made to the City of Peck Cemetery at P.O. Box 105, Peck, Idaho 83545 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Photo: Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo
Gary L. Edmonson, 77, born in Orofino
Gary L. Edmonson went home to our Father on May 3, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born Jan. 5, 1940, to Myrtie Zann Edmonson and Hope Lavina Adamson at Orofino. He grew up in Lewiston. Prior to graduating high school, he entered the U.S. Navy on Jan. 9, 1957. He was stationed on the USS Missouri throughout much of his military career. Upon discharge in December 1960, Gary returned to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and remained there until his passing.
He married Virginia Willis, and they had four children together. He later married Janis Hogaboam, having two children. Then on June 30, 1967, Gary married the love of his life, Roxie (Rice) Bayless, who brought two children to the relationship. Together they presented to this world one child, which completed their family structure of nine. He was a strong father figure and outstanding provider throughout their 50 years of marriage. Most would struggle with this size of family - however, not Gary. He thrived on the love he created for each and every one of his children.
Gary shared his ethic of hard work throughout this working career from the Idaho State Highway Department to the City of Lewiston. Here he held positions as a construction supervisor, street superintendent and retired as their construction coordinator.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, but his passion was painting wildlife. The day after retirement, he and Roxie left Lewiston to enjoy the rest of their lives in Dixie, Idaho. The one-room cabin he had built soon became a much larger structure to accommodate his family and friends. These gatherings became his fondest memories. They lived there for 18 years. He had turned his lifelong dream into a reality.
He was preceded in death by his father, Myrtie Zann Edmonson; parents Melvin and Hope Schlieper; sister Patricia Engle; brother Robert; son Dennis Bayless; and grandchild Kami Edmonson.
Gary is survived by his wife, Roxie; his children, Terri (Mike) Small, Martin, Pamela, Rory, David (Tracy), and Jerry Edmonson, Lenny (Trudy) Bayless and Cary (Theresa) Edmonson; daughter-in-law Marcie Bayless; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral service for Gary will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston, 1711 18th St., followed by a gathering at 1 p.m. to celebrate Gary's life at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Lewiston, 1304 Main St.
Family suggest memorials be made to the Dixie Community Center in Dixie, Idaho, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Photo: Gary L. Edmonson
Dorothy L. Bryant, 82, formerly of Orofino
Dorothy Lee Bryant passed away Sept. 18, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, CA, at the age of 82.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1934, in Orofino, to parents Delbert and Grace Bryant. She spent her childhood years in Orofino with her brother, Larry Bryant.
Dorothy was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, a bird lover and a gifted gardener. She obtained her real estate brokers license and enjoyed being a realtor for many years in California.
Dorothy believed, though, her most important responsibility was being a mother to her five children. We were blessed to have such a wonderful mother.
Dorothy is survived by her five children; Dick and Debbie Brandt, Kathy and Smokey Green, Carl and Vanissa Brandt, Larry and Pam Brandt, and Julie Brandt; her brother and his wife, Larry and Sandy Bryant; aunts, Edith Day and Helen Vannoy; grandsons, Jeff Brandt and Eric Brandt, Corey Patton, and Cody Green, who recently passed away; many cousins that were devoted friends throughout her life; as well as childhood friend, Mona Noble.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, Delbert; mother, Grace; and stepfather, Roscoe Morton.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Sanders Cemetery, 1221 Lower Wells Bench Road, Orofino. It will be followed with a luncheon at the High Country Inn, 70 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, to celebrate and share fond memories of her life.
Photo: Dorothy Lee Bryant
Marilyn Gertrude LaPointe, 75, Orofino
Marilyn Gertrude LaPointe, 75, Orofino passed away at Living Springs Residential Care, Lewiston on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Peggy Lou Mercer Phillips, 83
Peggy Lou Mercer Phillips, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation in Grangeville, Idaho. She was born Jan. 17, 1934 in Graham, North Carolina to the late Agnes Ruth Campbell and Thurman Lofton Mercer.
Peggy attended school until graduating from Summer High School in 1952. Peggy began her business career with Jefferson Standard Insurance Company. On Nov. 20, 1954, Peggy married the love of her life, David Phillips in Greensboro, NC. They moved to California and started their family. David worked as a machinist and Peggy was in charge of the house. Raising seven children and having many other kids from the neighborhood over kept her very busy.
Peggy served as church treasurer at First Southern Baptist Church in Culver City for 18 years. She joined the Culver City California Gideon Auxiliary in 1994 and was an active member until her death. Their desire to be near their children brought Peggy and David to Kamiah where they retired.
Peggy is survived by her husband David Phillips of 62 years; her daughters, Kathy (John) Gunter of Clearwater, Diana (Tom) Upton of Orofino; sons, David Keith Phillips of CA, Gary Phillips of West Palm Beach, FL, and John Phillips of Orofino; sisters, Ruth (Leonard) Oliver of Greensboro, NC and Norma Ingram of Thomasville, NC. She is also survived by 11 grandkids: Kameron and Kristin Phillips, Tina (Paul) Lane-Cavallo, Jay Lane, Holly Lynn Caruso, Jason Lama, Jeremia Phillips, Peggy Ann Milburn, Crystal Stancliffe, Justin Upton and David Upton; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Peggy was preceded in death by her father Thurman Mercer, mother Agnes Mercer and by her sons James and Tony Phillips.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 108 Pine Rd., Kamiah. Rev. David M. Hunt of Kamiah, officiating. Burial will follow church service at Clearwater Cemetery, in Clearwater. A dinner will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to; Gideon Intl., Alzheimer's Assoc. or Breast Cancer Research in memory of Peggy M. Phillips.
Photo: Peggy Lou Mercer Phillip
Carol Jean Lyons, 83, Weippe
Carol Jean Lyons, 83, Weippe, passed away at her residence on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
A Graveside Service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Roger Konkol, 74, formerly of Orofino
Roger Konkol, 74, husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, teacher and dear friend to all, died on April 11, 2017 at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.
Roger was born in Stevens Point, WI, on May 18, 1942 to the late Andrew and Bernice Konkol. The family initially moved to a remote area called Cow Creek, near Orofino, in 1947, where they started the Konkolville Lumber Company. Roger graduated from Orofino High School in 1960. He attended the University of Idaho and was a member of the TKE Fraternity where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Education in 1964, and went on to earn his Masters in Education in 1969. Roger moved to Boise, where he began his career with the Boise School District at East Junior High School as a history and PE teacher. On June 6, 1970, he married Georgia Horner. Roger and Georgia enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with their family.
Roger retired in 1997 after 32 years with the Boise School District as a Humanities Teacher at Hillside Junior High. He spent his summers painting houses with two other good teaching buddies to supplement their salaries. Roger enjoyed his winters of retirement in sunny Mesa where he played golf, tennis, pickle ball and poker on a daily basis.
Roger is survived by his wife of 46 years, Georgia Konkol; their daughters, Tiffany Wilson and son-in-law Scott Wilson, Camille Wegner and son-in-law Greg Wegner; his grandchildren Kaleb Fleenor, Hadley, Brodie and Tucker Wilson, McKenna and Hayden Wegner, his brothers Donald, Ralph, Andrew (Andy) Jr.; his sisters Gerri Bird, Carol Ponozzo, Lavern Duman, JoAnn Glasgow; many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and an abundance of friends.
Roger truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures. An avid sportsman who loved golf, tennis and jogging, his real and abiding passions were his family and friends. Roger sought to instill in his family a zest for life, a commitment to family, friends and community, and the power to see the positive in everyone and everything - every day.
Roger's life would seem too short to some, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile, infectious laugh and humungous heart brought so much joy to everyone's lives.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the family, friends and neighbors for their support in his final days. If you'd like to donate in Roger's memory, donations may be made to the Idaho Foodbank where Roger volunteered his time.
A Celebration of Life honoring Roger will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Stonehouse at the Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise. Appetizers, dessert, beer and wine will be provided. Casual attire.
Photo: Roger Konkol
Gretta J. Anderson 94, Kamiah
Gretta J. Anderson 94, Kamiah, passed away Thursday April 13, 2017 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Graveside services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooksia.
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, 81, Orofino
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, a lifelong resident of Orofino, died March 30, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital surrounded by her daughters. She was 81.
Joanne was born July 21, 1935 to Stan and Alice Shriver in Orofino. From an early age, Joanne began playing the piano. She inherited her talent and love of music from her father and began playing at the Methodist Church by age 10. Through the years, Joanne had accompanied the high school choir and soloists, played at music festivals and the Orofino Community Choir, as well as numerous city events and festivities.
She married John Hutchinson on June 23, 1951 and they raised three daughters, Shelley, Sandy and Susan.
Joanne was secretary at Orofino High School for 30 years. She always told us that it was the "best job in town" and loved working with the kids and staff. She touched the lives of many students over several generations. Joanne had a great sense of school spirit and community pride.
In her later years, Joanne loved traveling and visiting her children and grandchildren in various parts of the country and Europe. She also took several cruises with good friends here in Orofino. She joined PEO and was proud to be a part of such a wonderful group.
In 2005, mom was featured in "A Hometown Story" in the Clearwater Tribune. It was a great article about her life and roots here in Orofino. We would like to include the last few paragraphs that sums up so much about our mom.
"Music touches us throughout our lives from babies' lullabies, school concerts, graduations' Pomp and Circumstance, celebrating new life together at weddings, and wishing fond farewells at funerals. It moves us and encourages us, triggers memories and soothes us.
In a world where there is increasingly less and less we can count on, the beautiful music of Joanne Hutchinson, like the Clearwater River, remains a constant and lasting part of our lives."
Besides the many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews, Joanne leaves behind, she is survived by her daughters: Shelley (Frank) Coppel of South Carolina; Sandy Severson, Portland, OR and Susan (Matt) Turner of Orofino. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Tyler Severson and Jordan Severson, both of Portland; Jason Bruns, Denver, CO; Kali Turner, Seattle, WA; Jack Turner, Corvalis, OR; and a brother, Jim (Monica) Shriver of Nampa.
In lieu of flowers, Joanne had requested donations to the OHS Alumni Scholarship fund and Orofino/Peck United Methodist Churches.
A memorial service will be held in late June when all the family can attend.
Photo: Doris Joanne Hutchinson
Richard C. Field, 68, Orofino
Our father, grandfather, and brother, Richard Charles Field, 68, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at home in Orofino, surrounded by his family. In the weeks prior to his passing, Dick was surrounded by people he loved most.
>Richard was born in Orofino on Aug. 2, 1948, to Charles and June Field. The youngest of three children, he and his sisters were raised in Orofino, where he graduated as a Maniac in 1966.
After graduation, he went to the University of Idaho to play baseball. After completing a year and a half, he enlisted in the Navy in February 1968, where he served in San Diego, CA, and Hawaii as a Torpedomen 2nd Class, until he left in September of 1971.
In May 1975, Richard married Teena Steiner and that relationship produced two children: Misty Lee and Kacy Charles. During that time, he worked various jobs in the logging industry where he became "a jack-of-all-trades, master of none."
In 1989 he started college and finished with a teaching degree from Lewis-Clark State College. After a short stint of substitute teaching, he found his calling as a Road Maintenance Supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement on Christmas Eve 1997.
Before his passing, he had several things he wanted included in his obituary, beginning with his children. "I did leave the world a better place; I have left behind Misty and Kacy. Both smart, hard-working, well-adjusted, and independent thinkers; they don't always see eye to eye, but don't say anything bad about one unless you want deal with the other.
"I leave behind two grandchildren, Brandon is the athletic one and Rayce is the brains-smarter than me AND his mother put together."
Richard is survived by his children, Misty (Shaquille) and Kacy (Je'Neen); grandchildren, Brandon and Rayce; sister, Judy (Gary) Foust; and many nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Jack Stone; nephews, Bill Stone and Dan Fertakis; and his grandparents.
As he would say, "I did not set the world afire, but I made many friends and a few enemies along the way."
Per his request, a memorial gathering will be determined at a later date.
Photo: Richard C. Field
Cleo Gillespie, 98, formerly from Sunnyside/Lenore
Cleo Gillespie passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Royal Plaza Care center in Lewiston.
Cleo J. (Jenkins) Gillespie was born in Nezperce on Dec. 31, 1918, to Elma and James Jenkins. She had seven brothers and sisters. She attended school at Nezperce and Sweetwater. The family moved to Lenore, where she met Clyde, and they were married May 16, 1938, in Lewiston.
They lived on the family farm at Sunnyside/Lenore. Mom was a stay-at-home mother. Her interests were growing flowers - mostly roses - gardening, crocheting doilies, quilting and embroidering pillowcases, as well as raising her flock of chickens.
In 1974, Dad retired from the Ahsahka lumber mill and farming. They moved to Lewiston in 1976 to enjoy town living. Clyde passed away Feb. 8, 1998.
Through the years, they faithfully attended Cream Ridge Church near Lenore and the Orchards Nazarene Church in Lewiston.
Her survivors include children, Clyde J. Jr. (Nila) of Puyallup, WA, and Carolyn J. Turner (Dale R.) of Lewiston; one sister, Ruby Roberts; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter, Charlotte Choate, and one grandchild.
There will be no memorial service, at her request.
Photo: Cleo Gillespie
Wendall 'Hap' Jonas, 82, formerly of Headquarters
Wendall 'Hap' Jonas, 82, passed away peacefully March 21, 2017, with loving family at his side. Hap was born in Albuquerque, NM., on Feb. 15, 1935, to Jesse and Amy Jonas. He was one of eight children, so needless to say it was a lively household and their lives were full of many adventures. Some of his fondest adventures were with his brother, Morris. They kept their mother on her toes and the birds hiding. Hap loved being a part of this large family.
Hard-working, fun, sunny disposition, loving and mischievous are just few adjectives to describe him. He appropriately got the nickname "Happy" as a kid, which was later shortened to Hap and remained with him all his life.
He met Margie Reedy in Durango, CO., and they were married Nov. 28, 1953. He and Margie created their own lively household by having seven children and that same adventurous life with 20-plus moves and everything in between. This made for a colorful life, one full of living and loving. They were young parents at the ages of 18 and 15 and did the best they knew how. In his eyes, his most esteemed accomplishment of his life was being a father. He loved his children fiercely and unconditionally. When they needed him, he was always there.
Hap held many jobs throughout his lifetime, and he most assuredly was a jack-of-all-trades. There wasn't a job or skill he couldn't master. These jobs took the family to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho and finally, Washington. Of all the jobs, he worked to support his large family, logging was his favorite. Some of his fondest memories were of living in Headquarters and logging and camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater area. Hap was proud and blessed to have worked many jobs with his sons. He was a proud and longtime member of the Teamsters. He attributed his long life to hard physical work and maintaining an active lifestyle. Hap moved from Idaho to the Seattle area in 1989 and worked in construction until his retirement in 2000.
Margie and Hap separated in 2002. He met Verla Morrison and they shared 10 wonderful years together. During this time, he came to know and accept Christ. Hap and Verla were very involved in their church. He discovered his calling of giving to others and enjoyed spending many holidays serving meals at the food bank and homeless shelter. He was known for his chili and never missed the opportunity to fix up a large pot to share.
Hap is survived by his sons, Rod (Tina) Jonas of Asotin, WA, Steve Jonas of Lake Stevens, WA, Shannon (Suzie) Jonas of Camano Island, WA, and Eric Jonas of Santa Fe, NM; daughters, Pamela (Bart) Richter of Auburn, WA, and Audra (Dave) Forsman of North Pole, AK; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Jennifer; his brothers; and a sister.
A service will be held at 4 p.m. April 1 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your local food bank or serve a meal in his honor. A celebration of life along with a potluck will follow the service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., in Lewiston.
Photo: Wendall 'Hap' Jonas
Donna Statler, 65, formerly of Orofino
Donna passed away peacefully March 19, 2017, at her home in Lewiston.
Donna Mae Statler was born June 21, 1951, in Richmond, IN, to Hubert and Iva (Phenis) Burelison. Her father's sister, her aunt Bettie Burelison Brant, was on her first day of work as a nurse's aide in delivery and helped to deliver her and took good care of Donna's mom. Donna joined a large family already filled with her father's children and her mother's children from previous marriages.
Donna lived in four states by the time she was finishing third grade, and the family moved into Kankakee, IL. She worked at St. Mary's Hospital as a teen, then at the coupon sorting tables for General Mills in Kankakee.
Donna married Dave Statler and they had one daughter, Sarah. She was proud to have married a college man, and in 1970 the Statler family moved to Missoula, MT, where Donna worked at the University of Montana kitchen, allowing her husband to graduate college in 1972.
Donna divorced in 1982 while living in Orofino and moved to Lewiston, where she soon started college at Lewis-Clark State College and Sarah started ninth grade. Donna graduated from college with a degree in special education and was accepted into the Peace Corps. In July 1989, Donna moved to Belize, completed six weeks of training, then swore in to serve her country as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Lucky Strike Village in Belize as a teacher trainer. She soon fit into the village, making friends and learning about the new culture. Though she left Belize in 1991, she continued to return many times to visit friends. Her two years in Belize changed her life.
Before she left for Belize, during her college years, she accepted a job with the Northwest Children's Home. When she returned to Lewiston in 1991, she was offered a job teaching at Hopper House, one of the units at the home. She never dreamed she would enjoy working with teen boys but soon fell into a routine and spent her final years of teaching, at Hopper House.
When Donna returned to Lewiston in 1991, it was just in time to meet her granddaughter, Tiffany Statler. Donna, Sarah and Tiffany loved to travel and took many trips all over the U.S. One time they went all the way to the Mississippi coast, and several 5,000-mile trips followed. One long trip Donna and Sarah took was all the way back to West Virginia where her grandmother, Grace Scruggs Phenis, was born.
They often visited friends Donna had made while serving in the Peace Corps in Belize. As a matter of fact, Donna became the "secretary" for the group and spent time keeping everyone connected, initially with letters to all and eventually with email and Facebook.
Just a year before she retired from teaching, she married Brian Hensley on March 1, 2001 (National Peace Corps Day). They had been together for 18 years at this time. They were settled into Lewiston and again her dream came true - to stay home and enjoy life.
Donna and Brian loved to travel and took many trips around the states and a special trip to Ireland in 2011. They flew to Ireland for a month of travel and some family research. Donna's fraternal grandmother was a McGuire, and she was so excited to travel with the family back to Northern Ireland and find the Maguire Castle, where it all started.
Brian had seen the world, but Donna wanted him to see the states, so upon Brian's retirement from the Forest Service, they started to travel within the states. From Donna's brother in Florida, to Peace Corps friends in Santa Fe, NM, and more - they enjoyed many 5,000-mile trips around the states.
One year, they went to Canada to see Niagara Falls, upstate New York, on what Brian called the Dead Presidents Tour, as they saw presidential libraries and burial places and homes.
Donna was always interested in the family tree as Sarah's kindergarten teacher in Alexandria, VA, asked that Sarah build a family tree. Donna knew little more than her grandparents, and while talking with her father, she realized that the Burelison line was not traced back as far as her great-grandparents. This started her on a journey that never ended. No one realizes the money, time and energy she spent, building all the family trees. Sadly, she never found her great-great-fraternal grandparents, but many believe they have to be connected to the Burlison/Burleson families out of Texas. Who knows?
Donna had an affinity for staying in touch and sent out hundreds of annual letters and stayed connected with elementary friends from Kankakee, and friends in all the states she had lived. Her home was always a welcome place for friends and family, and she has many guest books filled with lovely notes to prove it. Her door was always open, and people loved to spend a few days in Lewiston with Donna and Brian.
Many family members preceded her in death: parents Hubert (1987) and Iva Burelison (2012); brother Bob Burelison (2010); twin sisters Bonnie Lou and Connie Sue (1953); older sister Phyllis Fraker (2001); younger sister Donella Stone (2013); Donna's brother, Glen Burelison, who passed in 2016; as well as many other family members and close friends, too many to mention but not to be forgotten.
In Lewiston she leaves husband Brian Hensley; daughter Sarah Statler; and granddaughter Tiffany Statler. A special daughter in Coeur d'Alene, Tami Fruin, and her family survives. Also surviving are siblings Larry, Anita, Susie, Tom, Duane (Toby); two stepbrothers; and two very special aunts and one uncle.
In 1995, Donna started the Donna Statler Scholarship Fund at the high school in the village where she lived while serving in Belize. Donations would be appreciated. Checks can be made to King's College, with DSSF placed at the bottom of the check and mailed with an airmail stamp to King's College, P.O. Box 290, Belize City, Belize, Central America.
Please add a note as to how you know Donna and the school secretary will see that you get a receipt. These students pay a large fee in order to attend high school. Donna would be happy if you just smiled at someone today and went out of your way to make a difference in this world. No service was requested - spend a day with someone who needs you.
Peace, everyone. Rest in peace, Donna.
Photo: Donna Statler
Robert Wayne Tyson, 70, former Orofino music teacher
Robert Wayne Tyson lived a full and blessed life from April 20, 1946, until March 16, 2017. Bob loved life and lived it fully, always giving 110 percent of himself in everything he did.
Bob was born to Guy Tyson and Gladys Pierce Tyson Yearout in Spokane, WA, and attended school and graduated from St. Maries High School in 1964. Because of his love of music and talent with most any musical instrument, Bob went on to finish his bachelor's and then master's degrees from the University of Idaho in music education in 1969 and 1974.
Bob started his career by sharing his love of music with the young people in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and surrounding area at Tammany Elementary and Middle School, as well as schools in Craigmont, Cottonwood, Culdesac and Orofino. While in his early 30s, Bob played the piano and organ at the First Baptist Church in Lewiston, which is where he met the love of his life and his best friend, Faye Sorrell Strickfaden Tyson. She had two young children, ages 8 and 10 (which somehow didn't scare him off), and they were married June 30, 1979.
Bob and Faye were members of Valley Christian Center for 25 years, during which time Bob was a choir director, usher, leader of the evangelism program, youth group chaperone and Royal Rangers teacher. Bob had a huge heart and love for people and very much wanted them to know the love of Jesus. He and Faye went on several mission trips to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Czechoslovakia, where he shared the message of God's great love for all of us. CrossPoint Alliance has been their church home for the past several years.
After retiring, Bob found a new love and passion - fitness and cycling. On a beautiful, sunny day, he wanted nothing more than to be on his bike riding up a hillside or along the river. He loved cycling, pushing himself further, faster, climbing higher. He had a great group of friends in his "cycling family," with whom he enjoyed riding, but he also enjoyed the solitude of his bike and a hilly road. Bob was a personal trainer at Gold's Gym and then at Anytime Fitness, where he recently became a certified spinning instructor. Bob passed away doing what he loved - riding a bike.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Faye, who was his best friend and the joy of his heart for 37 years; the children he inherited but loved as his own, Cary Strickfaden Dingman (Tom Seale) and Evan Strickfaden (Courtney); his grandchildren, whom he loved to tease, teach and love, and whom he prayed for daily, Cami Strickfaden McArthur (David McArthur), Josh Dingman, Kaci Strickfaden and Emilee Dingman; and his beautiful new great-granddaughter, Sadie Ruth McArthur, who was born just two months ago.
Bob was a generous, caring man who loved his family, friends and people in general. He wanted everyone to know and share the love he had for his Lord, Jesus Christ. We can just picture him riding his new bike along the levee of the River of Life in heaven with his Savior.
A memorial service to celebrate a life well lived will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. As Bob had a special place in his heart for young people, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to YoungLife, 923 Sixth St. No. 2, Clarkston, WA 99403.
Photo: Robert Wayne Tyson
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Orofino
Rudolph Henry Lange was born April 14, 1923 to Rose D. and Rudolph Lange in Denver, Colorado. He went to be with our Lord on March 14, 2017 in Orofino, Idaho.
Rudy grew up on the old family farm in Elizabeth, CO, until he was 14 years of age at which time the family moved to California. He graduated from Santa Maria Union High School in 1940. He then moved to Long Beach, CA. Shortly after, at the age of 21, while being a city transit bus driver, he met a 16-year-old, named Peggy Lou, soon thereafter they married. From this union three boys were born, Robert (Bob), Gerald (Jerry), and Donald (Don).
Dad was a skilled commercial and domestic mechanic. He enjoyed tinkering with anything that had an engine, never stopping until it worked properly again. One of dad's favorite pastimes was fishing. He loved to share his big catch with the grandkids. Road trips in his RV, camping, hunting, gardening and just being outdoors (campfires and s'mores) brought him much joy.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph Heinerch Lange and Rose D. Gayefski Lange; wife, Peggy Lou Lange; son, Jerry Lange and sister Orielda Sherman.
He is survived by two sons, Bob Lange, Don (Frances) Lange; grandchildren, Josette Lange, Diane (John) Talley, Darla (Mark) Torres, Jared (Amanda) Lange, Alicia (Javier) Concepcion, and Celina (Dan) Reynold; and 14 great-great grandchildren and lots of extended family.
Memorial contributions may be made to NOSDA in care of Clearwater Valley Hospital or a church of choice. Dad's final care will be provided by Pine HIlls Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.. at First Baptist Church, Orofino. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate. Everyone is invited to a potluck luncheon to follow at the church.
Photo: Rudolph Henry Lange
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Peck
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Peck, passed away March 14, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel are Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Michael P. Mitchell, 91
Michael P. Mitchell, a lifelong Lewiston resident, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Hospice facility in Boise.
Mike was born June 5, 1925, to George and Loretta Mitchell. He attended elementary school at St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Lewiston and St. Joseph's Military School in Belmont, CA He was active throughout his youth, delivering newspapers, serving as a batboy for the semi-pro Lewiston Indians, serving as a floor commander in military school, and winning a Golden Glove in boxing while attending military school. In 1940, Mike moved back to Lewiston and his family to continue his high school education. After high school, he spent three years in the U.S. Navy as a machinist. In 1945, his ship was in the port of Japan when the treaty was signed to end World War II.
When he returned from the Navy, Mike attended the University of Oregon, receiving a degree in journalism. After graduating, he returned to Lewiston and joined his father in managing Mitchell Distributing, a beer business his father had started after prohibition. In 1962, the company became the local distributor for Coors beer, and what started as a one-man operation had grown to six full-time employees.
When he moved back to Lewiston after college, in addition to taking over the family business, Mike also started dating the love of his life, Arlene R. Harvey - also a lifelong Lewiston resident. Knowing that Arlene worked at the local swimming pool, Mike would drive by in his red convertible with hope of getting the chance to talk to her. His persistence paid off, and on May 5, 1950, the two were married in Lewiston. Together they had three daughters. As a family they shared many fond memories skiing in McCall during the winters and swimming in the family pool at their home on Skyline Drive in the summers.
Never one to sit idle, in 1968 Mike entered politics and was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives. After one term in the House, he moved to the Senate in 1971, serving six terms and running unopposed five times. While serving in the Legislature, he served on numerous committees. In 1982, after an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor, he served as legislative liaison for Gov. John Evans. In 1987, he became chief of staff for Gov. Cecil Andrus and served in that capacity until 1991. Mike served on the Idaho Transportation Board, spent three years as interim director of the Idaho Department of Correction and also served on the State Board of Education.
In 2002, he jumped back into the political arena when another candidate withdrew from the election. Although he entered the race late, he pulled off an upset, beating a four-term incumbent. He was re-elected to his final term in office in 2004. During his final term, he served on the House Health and Welfare Committee and the joint budget committee. He also spent two years on the Education, Resources Conservation and Transportation and Defense committees.
Mike spent nearly 40 years in public service in Idaho. During that time, he and Arlene made lifelong friends and traveled to many parts of the world. More recently, Mike also was active in the Nez Perce County Democratic Party, was a member of the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, served on the Lewiston Parks and Recreation board and was an honorary member of the 148th Field Artillery Battalion.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughters, Chris and husband Ron of Spokane, WA, Cori and husband Mark of Boise, and Molly and late husband Mike of Pasco, WA. He also is survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Mitchell family would like to sincerely thank the caring staff at the Veterans Administration Hospice and all of the very special family and friends who are too numerous to mention who have always kept us in their thoughts.
Mike's memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints Parish in Lewiston, with burial following at Normal Hill Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a gathering at All Saints Parish social hall. Memorials in Mike's honor may be made to Nez Perce County Democratic Party, Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department or the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation.
Photo: Michael P. Mitchell
Ethel Elsie Tobin, 86, OHS graduate
Ethel 'E' Tobin was called home to the Lord on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Spokane, WA.
Born Dec. 4, 1930 to Harry and Daisy Hatch in Orofino, Idaho. Ethel was known by many as "E" and in her childhood years as "Sis." Everyone who knew her would describe her as a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend.
She grew up on the family farm in Grangemont, Idaho with her sister Dolores "Dee" McIntyre and brother, Dwane "Sonny" Hatch. She attended elementary school at the Grangemont School House and graduated from Orofino High School in 1948.
She moved to Lewiston to pursue her passion in nursing. She graduated as a R.N. from St. Joseph School of Nursing in May, 1951.
She was employed at the Pediatric Clinic for Dr. Mannschreck and Dr. Olson. She then worked at the Lewiston Orthopedic Clinic before retiring after 36 years of nursing.
She met the love of her life, James "Jim" Tobin and they married on Sept. 4, 1955 in Lewiston where they resided together for 60 years. During this lifelong commitment, she made their home a place where you always felt welcome and never left hungry.
Throughout E's life, she enjoyed bowling, fishing, water skiing, camping, gardening and animals. She especially loved her horse, Bailey. She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks and volunteered at the First United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents, Daisy and Harry Hatch and her sister, Dolores 'Dee' McIntyre.
E is survived by her two children, Carrie Ann Beloit and her husband, Tom, Trudy Bayless and her husband, Lenny; grandchildren, Leslie, Justin and John Beloit, Stephanie and Brenna Bayless; great grandchildren, Grasyn and Bentley Beloit, granddaughter-in-law Heidi Dunn and many nieces and nephews.
For those who knew 'E' or had the great opportunity to meet her, all quickly realized what a special person the Lord had lent us. She impacted and touched the hearts of many and continued to do so up to the moments of her passing. Our lives have changed forever because of her and the unconditional love she so openly shared was endless.
A memorial service to celebrate E's life will be March 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lewiston, 1906 Broadview Dr.
Family suggests memorials may be made to Lewiston Humane Society or the charity of your choice.
Photo: Ethel Elsie Tobin
Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan, 82, formerly of Pierce
Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Royal Plaza. She was 82 at the time of her entering into the kingdom of heaven.
She was born to Burt and Emma Taylor. She grew up in Asotin, along with 10 other siblings. After graduation, she married Wade Murrill. They later divorced. They had one daughter, Rose Murrill. She then married Joe Vaughan and moved to Pierce, where they lived until 2011.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Rose (Ron) Dammon; grandsons, Shain Dammon (Tess Haefer) and Barry (Stacy) Dammon; five great-grandchildren; three stepchildren; brothers, Clarence and Wayne Taylor; sisters, Adaline (Don) Hendrickson and Lois Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation, 2870 Juniper Drive, Lewiston.
Photo: Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan
Harry Curtis Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino
Harry Curtis Walrath, 79, passed peacefully Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston, surrounded by his family.
Harry was born June 17, 1937, in Orofino, the son of Theodore and Margaret Dickinson Walrath. After graduating from Orofino High School, he attended the University of Idaho and later entered the U.S. Army. Harry was the third-generation owner of the family insurance business, Walrath Insurance Agency, which he managed for 31 years.
In 1979, Neal Johnson joined the agency. Neal and Jeannie Johnson were good friends as well as business partners. When Harry was appointed commissioner of Insurance for the State of Idaho by Gov. Cecil Andrus, Harry and Dorene sold the business to Neal and Jeannie and moved to Boise. For the past six months he lived at the Idaho State Veterans Home, where he enjoyed visiting with other veterans and teasing and joking with the staff.
Harry was always very active in many organizations. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Calam Temple Shriners, Free Mason, Elks, Jaycees, Rotary, Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Orofino Business Association and even Costco. He was a volunteer on the Orofino Fire Department and was both an emergency medical technician and a level-four trainer. He was a timer for many years at Orofino Lumberjack Days. While his kids were in school, Harry could be seen running the chain at football games, running the clock or keeping score at basketball games and timing at swim meets. After retirement, he and Dorene lived in Fairbanks, AK, where he volunteered for the Arctic Winter Games. After moving back to Idaho, he spent time volunteering at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Harry is survived by his wife, Dorene; daughters, Lorrie Scoles (Ted) of Hoonah, AK, and Casey Youngberg (Scott) of Anchorage, AK; and son, Michael Walrath (Gail) of Boise. He has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margot Davis.
Services and a celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the EMS at Clearwater County Ambulance, P.O. Box 1347, Orofino, ID 83544, which was near and dear to Harry's heart.
Photo Harry Curtis Walrath
Tamara Clark, 57, Orofino
Tammy loved large, and in turn was loved even larger (if that is possible). She had the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 our most beautiful wife, adoring mother, loving grandmother, and true friend won her two-year battle with multiple myeloma to become our guardian angel.
She was born to Judith and Arthur Henson on June 12, 1961, in Orofino, and entered life with a zest that she was known for by everyone.
Tammy was an Orofino Maniac through and through, not only attending school in Orofino but also supporting her own children and other children by heart in all events Maniac.
She was the neighborhood mom, coach, and advisor, who kept all our childhood memories alive. She raised a village-literally-as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and motivator.
She brought people together. She valued her friendships and made everyone feel like family. Tammy was the ultimate party planner and always the center of all activities.
Her cooking was a staple-no one could replicate her potato salad, taco feeds or Thanksgiving spreads. Look out, Costco, here she comes. She loved asking questions, which we would often try to limit, to no avail.
After loving work as Manager at the local Serv-A-Burger, working for the city of Orofino, School District 171 office, and the Idaho Department of Labor, Tammy found a home at the U.S. Forest Service as a Human Resources Specialist. She was an extremely dedicated hard worker who always fit in wherever she worked.
Tammy loved her job at the U.S.F.S. and even spoke of going back to work during her final weeks in care.
She enjoyed volunteering her time for many various activities, including C.C.D., Orofino Planning and Zoning, coaching both softball and volleyball, and coordinating the annual Father's Day Softball Tournament before her illness.
Tammy did what she loved, wore what she wanted, and wasn't afraid to dance even when people were looking.
Those who knew her, knew well of our affection for her Tammyisms, for example: fallieoffiosm my legs feel like noodles, yo ho, hubba dubba ding ding, and one of our favorites, go big or go small. She was a free spirit and just didn't care what others had to say.
Tammy is survived by her Hot Stuff, James; Favorite Son, DJ; Beautiful Daughter, Jessica; Favorite Son-in-Law, Patrick; Sister by Heart, Robin; and her most beautiful legacy, her granddaughter, Miss Stella Lynn.
She always held a special place in her heart for her many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also a surrogate mother to so many others, including her nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Tammy's life will occur on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at the Best Western Lodge in Orofino. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any written memories or descriptions of Tammy's character and personality. These will be compiled into a remembrance book for her granddaughter, Stella. Letters can be brought to the service or mailed to: Jessica O'Shaughnessy, 1106 Alder Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Let everyone know what they truly mean to you. Let them know you appreciate them, love them, and are thankful for them. Aspire to live your life like our friend, Tammy Clark. 'We are proud of you!'
Photo: Tamara Clark
Leslie W. 'Les' Heywood, 83, Weippe
Leslie W. 'Les' Heywood, 83, died March 5, 2017 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Les was born on July 24, 1933, the last of eight children born to Bert and Theda Heywood. Les grew up on the Heywood Ranch and attended school in Weippe.
Les started working in the logging industry at the of 16. He worked for various logging operators including JE Hall, finishing his career with RF Coon Logging, Inc. where he started in 1973, working until 2008. He was 74 when he retired. He also worked in the Sunshine Mines in Kellogg. Les was known as being a hard worker and could do almost anything in the woods.
Les married Clairrene Steadman Sept. 15, 1959 at Coeur d'Alene. Together, they raised two children, Leslie W. (Rocky) Heywood, Jr. and Lori McMillen.
In Les's younger years, he enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool. He brought home several trophies. He also loved snowmobiling, camping, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids.
Les was a very caring and loving person to his family and friends. He often visited loved ones and friends when they were sick, in the hospital or care centers.
He accepted Jesus Christ into his life in 2015 and was baptized in February of 2017.
Les is survived by his wife, Clairrene of 57 1/2 years; his son, Rocky (Sharon) Heywood of Napavine, WA; and daughter, Lori (Mike) McMillen of Weippe; grandchildren Chelsey (Josh) McMillen, Brandon (Anka) McMillen, Adrienne (Steve), Mercedes, Jordan and Darin; 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, George, Clyde, Harry, Jim, Lucille, Betty and Fay.
A memorial service and potluck will be held Thursday, March 16, at the Weippe Community Hall at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Weippe Community Hall, P.O. Box 351, Weippe, ID 83553; New Life Fellowship Church, Box 484, Pierce, ID 83546 or the charity of your choice.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Leslie W. 'Butch' Heywood
Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin, 72
Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin was born in Albany, OR, on April 25, 1944 to Leo Ivan Godwin and Elva M. "Sis" Sink Godwin. He died at the age of 72 in his home on March 2, 2017.
He was self-employed with his trucking business, Godwin Trucking. His wife, Marsha, is the Dabco office manager, and she also kept books for their family business.
He attended school in Kooskia, Idaho and graduated from Clearwater Valley High. He was married to his wife Marsha Paulsen on Jan. 2 of 1971, in her family church in Arco, Idaho.
Butch served in the army for several years. Part of that time he served in several locations overseas. Butch enjoyed traveling to many areas and even skied in the Alps. Butch's service time was a very important time in his life. He remained in close contact and involved throughout the years with his military family and friends.
When Butch started dating Marsha, he was working at the race track in Idaho Falls on the weekends as a pitman for his best friend, Dusty. At that time, he also worked at the lumber mill in Arco during the week. They married shortly after meeting and Butch was soon employed at Arlo Lott Trucking. In the spring of 1972 they moved to Kamiah and he began working at his dad's cedar mill. After that he bought a self-loader to start his own trucking business. Later on, he bought a chip truck. He was always busy hauling something or working on his truck.
Butch was an active member of the Eagles Club and loved to play poker. He was also in the bowling league in Kamiah for many decades. He loved to play pool and golf. He was a friend to all and liked a good time. Butch could visit and hangout like a teenager. He loved working in his shop and especially on his trucks. He even found and restored Marsha's first car, an Oldsmobile, and gave it to her as a surprise. He loved spending time with his family and going camping, fishing, and hunting. He often traveled and visited friends. He would go on annual trips to Arizona to visit with many different friends.
He left behind his wife, Marsha Godwin, of 46 years; his son, Ryan Matthew Godwin, and Ryan's wife Jamie of Boise, ID. He had two grandchildren Kevin (22) and Emma Godwin (13). He also had four "adoptees" (Hali, Ryle, KC, and Libby) who called him Grandpa Butch. He had a sister Donita (David) Powers of Orofino, and his brother Rick (Opal) Godwin of Myrtle along with many nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed and had many close friends who he loved dearly. He left us too soon, but will never be forgotten.
Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be at 1 p.m., Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, U.S. Highway 12, Kamiah, Idaho. Reverend Luann Howard will officiate. A covered dish dinner will follow at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho.
Photo: Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin
Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman, 87, formerly of Orofino
Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman, 87, of Pullman, WA, passed away March 3, 2017 at Regency Assisted Living in Pullman, WA.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Pullman Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1055 NE Orchard Dr.
Dee was born Feb. 12, 1930 in Salt Lake City, UT, to L. Vern and Ethel (Rowe) Bland. She grew up in the Los Angeles area until moving to Southern Utah at the age of 10. Dee was active in school activities including playing on the basketball team.
Dee was always community and service oriented wherever she lived. An accomplished seamstress Dee was known for her vast creativity. In 1995 Dee came to the Lewiston/Pullman area becoming active with the local humane society, the Unity Church in Lewiston and the LDS Church in Pullman. She was awarded Citizen of the Year for her extensive community service while living in Orofino.
Dee moved to Pullman six years ago and soon after began a morning routine with hot chocolate and the newspaper at Dissmore's IGA where she made many lasting friendships. Dee was a caring person who always was willing to reach out to others and suggest a natural remedy for whatever ailed them.
She is survived by her daughter, Angela Johnston, of Hillsborough, NC; her son, Zane Mangum, of Arizona; sister, Vivian Hansen; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roy Mangum; an infant son and two brothers, Ralph and Frank Bland.
Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial donations are suggested to the local Humane Society.
Photo: Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman
Dr. Kay Miller Rusche, 66, formerly of Orofino
Dr. Kay Miller Rusche ended her seven-year battle with ovarian cancer at home with her family. She was 66 years old.
Kay was born to Lois and Earl 'Red' Miller and lived until age five in Orofino and Culdesac, where her father taught and served as superintendent. The family then moved to Berkeley, CA, while her father pursued his doctorate. After several short stops around the Bay Area, the Millers settled in Mill Valley in Marin County, CA. Kay graduated from high school there and then attended the University of California San Diego, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1972. She worked for a year at the Scripps Institute and entered medical school the next year.
Kay was a stellar student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and graduated in 1977 with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Her husband, John Rusche, was a classmate, and they were married in St. Louis on Sept. 11, 1976. Washington University was - and is - known as a research school, and Kay was encouraged to specialize. Thankfully, she realized the gifts she had were best used in family practice. Her partners and patients are grateful for her decision.
After medical school, Kay and John were resident physicians at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where they learned a lot about medicine and Southwestern culture. The Rusches arrived in Lewiston in 1980. They bought a house with a great view of the confluence, and the yard and the house were dearly loved and tended well by Kay.
Caitlin arrived in 1985, and Kay responded by modifying her practice to stop obstetrics. She knew that being on call for a delivery (and having a husband on call as well) was not conducive to having an infant. Caitlin remembers doing hospital rounds with her mom.
Many of her patients showed gratitude for her manner and care, from potholders to scarves, from laudatory newspaper columns to plants for her garden - and one very special birdhouse condominium. Gardening, especially roses, occupied her free time. John always said it was good that one of them enjoyed it. She also was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed the camaraderie of her book club.
Her major joy, however, was her practice, her patients and their families. She had a special interest in developmentally delayed adults, in helping them and their families. There was no stronger advocate for those "other-abled" individuals. During the course of her medical career she also served as the Tri-State Memorial Hospital chief of staff, on several St. Joseph's medical staff committees, on the Board of Valley Medical Center, as the president of the Idaho Academy of Family Practice, and as a volunteer physician at the Snake River Community Free Clinic. She also was involved in numerous community organizations, including the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation Board, the Girls Club, as the Twin County United Way campaign chairwoman in 2000, the Tsceminicum Club, and Friends of the Lewiston Library.
Her ovarian cancer slowed her down only slightly, and she returned to full-time practice after each surgery or chemotherapy course until she retired from Valley Medical Center Family Practice in May 2015 after 35 years of practice.
She is survived by Dr. John Rusche, her spouse; daughter, Caitlin Rusche; and Lois Miller, her mother. Her kind and gentle heart will be missed by thousands of patients and families in our community.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. A celebration of her life of giving is being planned for later this spring. In lieu of flowers, Kay would have encouraged a donation to the Snake River Community Clinic, 215 10th St., in Lewiston.
Photo: Dr. Kay Miller Rusche
Agnes Jewel Vaughan,83, OHS graduate
Agnes Jewel Vaughan passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 83 years old. She was born to Pearl and Orval Choate on July 30, 1933, in Teakean, Idaho.
Agnes graduated from Orofino High School at age 15, then attended Lewiston Normal School. She married her childhood sweetheart, Ronald Vaughan, in 1950.
Ron and Agnes had two children, David and Susan. They moved to Spokane, WA, in 1966 and returned to Lewiston in 1991. In 1970, Agnes returned to business college and worked at Pacific Trail as office manager.
Agnes was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed making things special for her family, especially during holidays. Her grandchildren remember her as a great cook and candy maker, a skill she learned from her daddy. She sang with her sisters and played the piano, instilling a love of music in her children. She was a devoted grandmother, even taking them with her for a Bloomsday run. She loved to sew, crochet and hand quilt, making many beautiful gifts for her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald and sister, Alda McIver. She is survived by her sister, Alice Damman; son, David Vaughan (Maxine); daughter, Susan Vannoy (Stan); grandchildren, Niki, Kevin, Zoey and Luke; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, with burial following at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Agnes Jewel Vaughan
Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland, 58, Orofino
Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland, 58, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at her home after fighting a 6 1/2-year battle with cancer.
She was born June 15, 1958, in Clarkston, WA, to Ronald Adams and Joanne Jurgens Adams. She was raised in Headquarters and graduated from Timberline High School in 1976. She went on to college at Lewis-Clark State College and earned an associates degree in graphic arts i 1978. She graduated from LCSC with an Education degree and teacher certification in 1997. She taught at Orofino Elementary School from 1998-2010. Rhonda also taught with the LEAP (Learning Enrichment After-school Program) from 1997-1998.
Rhonda married Ron Norland Nov. 21, 1982 at the Cavendish Methodist Church in Cavendish.
She was a member of the Idaho Teachers Association, PTSA, Clearwater Youth Alliance and participated at the Orofino First Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald 'Bud' Adams. She is survived by her husband, Ron Norland, Orofino; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Ronatta Norland and their son, Nathaniel of Orofino, son and daughter-in-law Russell and Tia Norland and their daughters, Annabelle and Isabelle of Orofino; brother, Craig Adams, Billings, MT; mother, Joann Adams, Orofino; and children of choice, Jacob Lott and his wife Mandy and their daughter, Swayzi Lott of Clarkston.
A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Orofino with Rev. Clarence Howard officiating.
The family suggests memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland
Lyle W. Eacker, 87
Lyle W. Eacker, 87, died Feb. 10, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home.
He was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Bartlett, NE, to George and Christie Eacker. The family came to Idaho when Lyle was two years old. He attended school in Deary.
He later went to work at a logging camp, Camp X. At 18, he went into the Army and fought in the Korean War. He was in the service for three and a half years.
In 1954, he came back to Idaho and married JoAnn May in Troy. They were sweethearts for 62 years. He worked at PFI for 35 years, retiring in 1990.
Lyle and JoAnn had two children together, Charlene and Jeff.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, animals of all kinds and he square-danced for 30 years. He was a self-taught harmonica player and entertained the family for many years.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughter, Charlene (Michael) Yonemitsu; son, Jeff Eacker; three grandchildren, Drew (Johanna) Barker, Kyle (Nikki) Barker and Brandon (Taylor) Eacker; and four great-grandchildren, Isaac, Lydia, Myles and Ellie; many nieces and nephews; and his favorite horse, Pepsie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Wayne Eacker, Carroll Eacker and sister, Margie.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston.
Because of all the kindness bestowed upon us throughout this journey, we want to inspire each and everyone to take time to show that same kind of love, grace and kindness to another person today, all in celebration of and honoring Lyle's life.
Photo: Lyle W. Eacker
Harry C. Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino
Harry C. Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Marcia L. Johann, 72, Orofino
Marcia L. Johann, 72, Orofino, passed Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital with her people by her side.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Darlene Orma Treib, 79, Orofino
Darlene Orma Treib, 79, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Roger Allen Green, 64 of Orofino
Roger Allen Green, 64, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Gary Lee Ross, 56, Weippe
Gary Lee Ross, 56, Weippe, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at his home.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Ken Swart, 71, Orofino
Ken Swart was born on Oct. 1, 1945.
His son, Justin, was with him when he passed away Feb. 4, 2017 in Coeur d'Alene. He also has a son, John Swart.
He and Sandy (Hirsch) Swart were married about 20 years. He was married previously to Candy and Mary.
Besides his sons, Justin and John; Sandy survives him, as do step-children, Joey, Kristen, Andy, Paula and Michelle.
Ken was a gentle man who was very highly skilled with his hands and also a cowboy. He was always good with horses. He also owned his own garage door company and construction company. He built a lot of things.
He was also well loved by everybody in his family. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he didn't live the Mormon way.
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Pierce
Willis L. Wagner, 94, beloved Father, Grandfather, and friend, from Pierce, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Willie was born Dec. 27, 1922, in Menomonie, WI, to Charles and Adeline Wagner. The family moved to the Kamiah area when he was a small boy. Willie later graduated from Kamiah High School in 1940. He met and married Luella Hemphill, and they moved to Lewiston. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, he had his own country and western band called the Sunset Trail Riders. He continued to play music at jam sessions and camp-outs on the Lochsa, for many years. Willie and Luella gave birth to their first son, Lyle Willis Wagner, whom died as an infant. In 1944, they welcomed their second son, Louis Alan Wagner. They later moved to Pierce, where he was co-owner of Pierce Auto Supply with Carl and Jim Finke, and Luella died there in 1981.
Willie met and married Louise Wilson in 1981. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, riding four-wheelers, playing music, drinking coffee and socializing with family and friends. Willie and Louise remained married until Louise's death in 2009. In 2012, Willie moved into the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston.
Willie was preceded in death by Luella, Lyle, Louise; brothers, Arn, Melvin, Lester, Leonard; and sisters, Mary and Alma, and many friends. He is survived by sons, Alan, Marvin, and Wayne; daughters, Judy and Linda; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Willis L. Wagner
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Orofino
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Orofino, passed away Feb. 7, 2027, in Lewiston. He was born Dec. 27, 1922.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Preston E. Fowler, 9, Peck
Preston Eugene Fowler, age nine, Peck, passed away in a tragic accident in Peck on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
It was a cold fall day on Nov. 21, 2007 that Preston came into this world in Lewiston, born to Dustin and Carisa Fowler. He instantly warmed our hearts, and our precious boy joined his older brother, Elijah, at home.
Preston was brought up in Orofino and Peck and had attended Peck Elementary School since first grade. He was enrolled in the third grade. Preston was a happy boy and had an easygoing spirit. He liked helping in the garden, planting and picking vegetables.
Preston loved the water. He spent countless hours on Big Canyon Creek, swimming and spending time in the creek with his dad, Elijah, and his cousins.
He also enjoyed the times he spent going to the beach with his mom and brother. Preston looked forward to camping and fishing, and he made trips with family to Tunnel Pond, Campbell's Pond, and Winchester Lake.
He played baseball in Orofino for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He was a natural horseman and his grandma's riding partner. His love of animals was well known by all, and it did not matter what kind of animal it was.
Preston brought great joy and love to the hearts of his dad, mom, brother, extended family, and friends. We will miss him every day, especially his precious smile and endearing hugs. Preston will forever remain in our hearts.
He is survived by his parents, Carisa Blanchard Fowler of Clarkston, WA, and Dustin Fowler (Christy) of Peck; his brother, Elijah Fowler of Peck; maternal grandparents, Ellen Hopper (Mike) of Clarkston, and Bill Blanchard of Lewiston; paternal grandparents, Ken and Lori Fowler of Peck; paternal great-grandparents, Dale Fowler of Peck and Dale (Carol) Jennings of Lenore; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his great-grand father, Jerry Blanchard; and great-grandmothers, Jean Fowler and Katherine Jennings.
Funeral arrangements are pending and a memorial service date and time will be announced next week.
Photo: Preston Eugene Fowler
Kenneth A. Swart, 71, Orofino
Kenneth A. Swart, 71, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Coeur d'Alene. He was born October 11, 1945.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Theresa Paul, 73, Kooskia
Theresa Paul, 73, Kooskia, passed away Friday, Feb, 3, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
John Walter Brandt, Jr., 86, born in Orofino
John Walter Brandt, Jr. (Grampa John) passed away Monday, January 30th, 2017 at the age of 86. He was born March 8, 1930 in Orofino, Idaho at Hayden's House by a midwife to Bessie Johnson Brandt and John Walter Brandt, Sr. (Walt).
John grew up around the family logging and sawmill business of his grandfather, Charles (Ginpole) Johnson. John's parents and several aunts and uncles worked together in the operation. They lived in logging camps near the jobs and Orofino or Pierce was home during the off season. Some of John's earliest memories were of life in the camps riding on the work horses and "helping" his aunts in the cookhouse. He saw the early Caterpillars and chainsaws come into the woods; but as he grew up, worked mostly with his dad building and operating the sawmills. He became a Boy Scout at age 13 in Orofino and rose through the ranks to Eagle Scout at 19. Later he was cub master and scout master in the Kooskia area.
In 1944 Walt was hired to finish and operate a sawmill in Kooskia owned by Leonard Floan. That mill burned down and Leonard hired Walt to build a new one at the mouth of Clear Creek. Walt and Bessie bought a house in Kooskia and John finished high school there graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1948. He attended the University of Idaho and NICE (now Lewis-Clark State College) and in 1950 married his high school sweetheart, Norma Hosig. Their honeymoon was spent hauling lumber from the mill to Orofino. They built a house together in Kooskia near his parents where Norma still lives. His oldest son John III (Lucky) was born in 1951 and his daughter, Amron (Amee) Coulter was added in 1953. Son Skipper appeared in 1964.
John continued to work for his dad building a mill on the Southfork River in 1950 thirty miles south of Kooskia. This mill burned in 1951, and John began running a mill in Kooskia for George Cory. In the later 50's he went back to the woods first with his dad and brother, Dean, and then for Leonard Floan, first driving logging truck and later as a woods boss after Burl Lange left. In 1961, that company, Loggers, Incorporated, was sold to Dabco and John finished his logging career running a loader.
In 1961 Ernest Hartman, owner of Stites Hardware, asked John, "Why don't you buy me out so I can retire?" Ernest made the deal one that John and Norma could not refuse. On Jan. 1, 1962, they became owners of the business which is still family owned, currently under management of son-in-law, Daniel Coulter.
John learned to fly at age 16 and helped build the airport at Kooskia where he made the first landing in Walt's Fairchild 24 airplane. Later he became a commercial pilot and flight instructor and taught many people to fly including both of his sons. He was also an instrument instructor and had multi-engine, seaplane, glider, and helicopter ratings. He enjoyed flying summer fire patrols for the Forest Service for several years.
John was a master at many things. He could and did run and mechanic on almost any kind of machine from movie projectors to heavy construction and logging equipment. Nothing was too small or too big. He designed and built all the hardware store buildings and several houses doing all the work with help from family. He was the architect, concrete man, mason, carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer, carpet layer, drywaller, and whatever else was needed.
He was a fire fighter for Kooskia and Stites for over 50 years, serving as Kooskia chief for about 10 years.
In 1974, he became a grandfather and thereafter claimed that as his new "rank". He referred to himself as Grampa John and the name stuck.
He ran a roller skating rink in Kooskia during high school and then much later in Kooskia and Kamiah. He loved to skate with his kids and grandkids and often skated to work and back between Kooskia and Stites.
He served on the Kooskia City Council, the Syringa Hospital Board, the Idaho County Planning Commission, the School Board, and at the time of his death was a member of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee. He was a very proud conservative Republican and worked diligently to keep building permits and other government BS out of our lives. He was a big fan of Ronald Reagan and was an early strong supporter of Donald Trump.
As his health was failing he said he had to live long enough to see Hillary defeated and Trump become President. He made that goal.
Family and his love of work meant everything to John, but in 1989 while roller skating in Lewiston he met his 2nd love, his partner, Lynn Churchill. We loved twirling and dancing down the streets in parades on skates and were married in 2003.
John is survived by his ex-wife, Norma, his 2nd wife, Lynn Churchill; his children, Lucky (Nancy), Amee (Daniel), and Skip (Pia); his grandchildren, John IV, Jody, Robert, Alana, Andrea, Kylee, and Nicholas; and his great grandchildren, Codi, Jordan, Kieran, Sierrah, Phoebe, Austin, Cason, William, Nora Jo, and Aubrey. Also, surviving John are his brother Dean (Judy) and sister Elaine Pelton.
When travel conditions have improved a celebration of life will be held.
Please make any memorial donations to the Kooskia-Stites Fire Department, PO Box 126, Kooskia, ID 83539.
Photo: John Walter Brandt, Jr.
Melvin E. Amos, 87, Dworshak Dam worker
Melvin E. Amos, 87, of Lewiston died Thursday, Jan 26, 2017, at Guardian Angel Homes.
He was born in Hagerman, Idaho on Aug. 12, 1929 to Elda and Ernest Amos.
In 1949, he married Mary Ruth Johnston at St. Maries, Idaho. He then enlisted in the army and served in Korea. When he returned home he went to work at the lumber mill. In 1959, the family moved to Hayden Lake, Idaho where he went to work at the lumber mill in Coeur d' Alene. Mel then passed the carpenters exam in 1965 and the family moved to Cusick, WA. He went to work on the Metalline Falls dam. Mel had only been working on the dam a few months when he had an accident. His safety harness failed and he fell 125 feet down the penstock. Expecting to find his body, his coworkers found him looking for his hammer.
In 1966, the family moved to Lewiston. Mel worked on the Little Goose, Lower Granite and Dworshak dams. When those dams were finished, he was a superintendent on many large construction projects including the Emergency room at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
After retirement, he kept busy doing remodeling work for friends and neighbors. He and Mary also enjoyed traveling around the country.
Mel is survived by his daughter, Kathy Grant; son-in-law, Richard; grandsons, Jeffrey and David of Culdesac; granddaughter, Amy Berger (Derek ) and step granddaughter Calista of Clarkston, WA.
He was proceeded in death by his son, Scott; his wife, Mary; his brothers, Lyle and Charles and his sister, Aline Horine.
A memorial service will be held, Saturday, Feb 4 at 1 p.m. at the Guardian Angel Homes barn, 2421 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Melvin E. Amos
June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl, 87
June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl passed away at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. She was born July 5, 1929, to Therlo and Holly Curtis in Dupree, S.D.
The family moved west, and in 1943 arrived in Lewiston. She finished school and in 1947 married her high school sweetheart, Billy Jim Hart. Bill and June were active in the first stock car racing association and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Air Posse.
The family enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and most outdoor activities. June's hobbies also included sewing, painting and rock collecting. For a short time, she worked in real estate, and after moving to Sweetwater in 1965, she worked as a school secretary and teacher's aide at the Lapwai Upper Elementary School. In 1980, Bill was disabled and June became his full-time caregiver.
They joined the Sea Port Good Sam Club and traveled with them for many years. Bill passed away in 1999, and June became active in Family Hospice, RSVP and the Senior Nutrition Program. Although her family was the greatest pleasure of her life, she very much enjoyed volunteering and helping others. It was during this period that she rekindled a friendship with George Hasenoehrl, and the two were married Nov. 17, 2006. She and George traveled a great deal and enjoyed wintering in Yuma, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy, and sister Maxine.
She is survived by her husband, George Hasenoehrl of Lewiston; brother, Roy (Joanie) Curtis of Molalla, OR; daughter, Carolyn (Rick) Kidwell of Elko, NV; and sons, Billy Hart of Pierce, Michael (Star) Hart of Sweetwater, Tim (Gloria) Hart of Sweetwater and Dan (Susie) Hart of Bonners Ferry. Her family also included 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all.
A rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston, with services to follow at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center hospice care.
Photo: June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl
Vernon 'Crow' Kennedy, 88
Vernon 'Crow' Kennedy, 88, of Stites passed away at his home Saturday Jan. 21, 2017.
The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Life Center Church, 4432 U.S. Highway 12. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. A fellowship covered dish dinner will follow services at Gospel Lighthouse Church in Stites.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is handling arrangements.
Frederick Hobbs, 74, formerly of Weippe
Fred Hobbs peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after a long and courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. His family and his hospice nurse were at his side.
Fred was born Sept. 14, 1942, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Cyril C. Hobbs and Opal M. (Hutchins) Hobbs. He spent the early years of his life on the family farm in Alberta. In 1953, the family moved to Weippe, where he grew up surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins and attended Weippe schools. While very young, he began working at a service station after school and on weekends. He continued working in the service station for several years after completing high school.
In 1966, he moved to Lewiston and worked for Coleman Oil Co. for a while, then managed a Union 76 station in Moscow until 1974. After that, he had several jobs but primarily became a truck driver in Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lewiston. He hauled mail from Lewiston to Spokane, WA, and Pasco, WA, until his retirement.
At age 17, he was stricken with polio. After a stint in the hospital and a month at the Elks Rehabilitation Center in Boise, he was able to walk with crutches. After a total of about six months, he threw the crutches away and never looked back. Even though the effects of polio limited his physical ability, with great determination he was able to overcome them or limit them until later in life.
He enjoyed many outdoor activities, such as snowmobiling, skiing behind a car, sledding, "Jeeping" in the back country and camping. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling and camping in a recreational vehicle.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Thelma (Wilson) Nylund. He is survived by brothers, Raymond Hobbs and wife, Geraldine, of Clarkston, WA, and Herbert Hobbs of Lewiston; nieces and nephews Bonnie Hunt, Wayne Wilson, Bev Dobrinski, Tina Bowman, Christopher Hobbs, Ed Hobbs, Kathy Edwards, Debi Hobbs, Melanie Pichette, Amy Bare and Mark Hobbs. He also is survived by stepfamily, including sister-in-law, Shirley Hamilton and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express its sincerest appreciation to those who cared for Fred with great compassion and love: Dr. Jones, nurses, social workers and staff of St. Joseph Hospice (especially nurse Sandy), St. Joseph Pastoral Care, St. Joseph nurses and staff who cared for him while in palliative care, and last but not least, his in-home caregivers provided by Care Connection of Lewiston. They all became his friends.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation, please consider St. Joseph Family Hospice, P.O. Box 719, Lewiston, ID 83501.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Photo: Frederick Hobbs
Carla A. Hillman, 80, Peck
Carla Ann Hillman of Peck, Idaho joined her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. She was 80 years old.
Carla was born Jan. 24, 1936, to Henry Kowitz and Iona Bradley in Salmon, Idaho. She had one brother, Lylie Black.
Carla married Glen Hillman in December of 1995, and lived at their family home in Peck.
Carla enjoyed her flowers, and spent a lot of time going through seed catalogs. She loved all animals and donated to the ASPCA.
A cup or dish from a thrift store brought her great joy! She enjoyed detective programs, watching movies, reading, gardening, and her family.
Carla is survived by: her husband, Glen; her son, Charles Alexander of Spokane, WA; her daughters, Robin Schremser (Willard) of Pinecreek, ID, and Dara Bebee of Pinehurst, ID; grandchildren, Darla Webb and Jennifer Webb, both of Kellogg, ID, and Mike Nichols of Seattle, WA; and her great-grandchildren, Isaiah Webb and Noah Werk.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jessica Case.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at First Baptist Church in Orofino, located at 291 118th Street on Riverside. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate.
Arrangements are in care of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory of Orofino.
Photos: Carla Ann Hillman
Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman, 65, 1969 OHS grad
Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, under a full moon, at Kindred Transitional Care Center in Lewiston at the age of 65, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Trudy was born May 17, 1951, in Lewiston, to Frank and Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler.
She grew up in Orofino and graduated high school in 1969. Trudy was diagnosed at the age of 20 with MS and was a kind and loving person with a strong will and personality who was determined not to let it slow her free spirit down.
Trudy met and had many friends over the years. She eventually settled in the Pierce/Weippe area and lived there prior to the death of Dan, her partner of 25 years, in 2015.
Trudy is survived by her mother, Louise "Jo" Schoeffler of Lewiston; sister Cheri Robinson of Lewiston; daughters Tonya (Bob) Jensen of Lewiston and Tara Freeman of Belgrade, MT; and grandchildren Mikel and Morgan Jensen and Dillon, Kailee and Jordan Freeman.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Schoeffler, and long-time companion Dan Keller.
The family would like to thank the staff of Kindred Care for making Trudy's stay there as comfortable as possible.
At Trudy's request there will be no service, and family will have a private celebration in the summer.
Photo: Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman
Milton Miller 'Milt' Wilson, 81, Weippe High School grad
Milton Miller "Milt" Wilson was born Oct. 23, 1935, on the family ranch just outside of Weippe. He passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Life Care Center in Lewiston, from complications of a stroke, at age 81.
This 10.5-pound bundle of joy was delivered to Laurence and Nora Mae Wilson. Milt had two older half-brothers, Dale and Elmer. His childhood was spent following his dad and learning the work on a farm. He cut down trees with a cross-cut saw, milked cows (which he didn't enjoy) and farmed and logged with a team of horses alongside his father. In school, he was a member of the football team, band and drama.
After graduating from Weippe High, with no money to attend college, he resorted to reading, mostly mechanically-oriented books (which helped him get a job at a sawmill at O'Mill, Idaho). He became very knowledgeable in the field of steam. In 1965, his steam skills were used at the new Potlatch-Jaype Mill between Pierce and Headquarters, where he was head of the boiler plant. He continued as foreman of the boiler plant until he retired in 1993.
Milton and Thelma Hobbs were married and had four children - daughters Beverly Dobrinski (Bill) of Vancouver, WA, Bonnie Hunt (Bruce) of Lewiston, and Tina Bowman of Vancouver; and son Wayne C. Wilson of Lewiston. Their marriage ended in divorce. Milton later married Karen Wilsey of Clarkston, WA. Karen and Milt were married for 25 years and enjoyed traveling to Yuma, AZ, avoiding the Pierce winters. They also enjoyed the sun with many old and new friends who were snowbirds. Their marriage also ended in divorce.
Milt had a love for flying and dreamed of becoming a pilot and owning his own plane. This dream came true in 1980, when he enjoyed flying his own plane. He enjoyed going for drives, whether close to home or traveling across the United States. His one big dream was to travel again to Alaska. He had everything he needed to go except a co-pilot. He was always reading about his hobbies: engines, cars, hunting, guns and travel destinations, to name a few. He also loved to ride his all-terrain vehicle on the backroads around Pierce.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Milt always thought of Pierce as his home, hoping to live out his final years there. Even after he had a few strokes that set his health back some, he would return to Pierce. Dementia finally made it unsafe for him to remain in Pierce, so he resided at Life Care Center of Lewiston, where he passed away on Jan. 4, 2017, with family at his side. Up until a week prior, Milt had been giving the staff a run for their money, or moola, as he would always call it. The family wants to thank the staff at Life Care for all their care and love for Milton and our family. As difficult as it was the past two years, we always felt your loving care. His friends and neighbors in Pierce and Weippe also are greatly appreciated for all you did for him.
There will be a graveside service later this spring at the Weippe Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest beside his parents. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Milton Miller 'Milt' Wilson
Patricia George, 85, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah
Patricia George, 85, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah passed away Friday Jan. 6, 2017 at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation.
The Rosary will be 10 a.m. and Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah. Interment will follow at Kamiah City Cemetery. Following the services a meal will be provided by St. Catherine's Altar Society at the church.
Services are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Margaret Jane 'Midge' Wilson, 93, Orofino
Margaret Jane 'Midge' (Baugh) Wilson was born in the family home near Arrow Junction on March 9, 1923 to Simon and Nannie Baugh and passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab on Jan. 3, 2017 due to age related issues.
She was the sixth and final child in the family. Because she was quite small as a child, her father called her Midget, later on shortened to Midge. As a child, the family moved to Teakean where she started school. She may have been the teacher's pet, because she was allowed to help older students with their work. When she was in the third grade, the family move to Orofino where she was placed in the fourth grade, thus covering two grades in one year.
A few years after her mother passed away, Midge moved to Nezperce to live with her older sister, Pearl, who was managing the Nezperce Hotel. She had her own room at the hotel and worked part time as a maid. As a high school student, Midge won regional competition in Algebra and typing. She could type at a rate of 55 correct words a minute on the old manual typewriters. During her junior and senior years, Midge worked as a student aide in the superintendent's office. After graduating from Nezperce High School in 1940, Midge attended a business school in Lewiston. She then went to work for the US Forest Service as a secretary in the supervisor's office of the Clearwater National Forest when the office covered the top two floors of the post office.
On June 10, 1941, Midge married Bernard 'Barney' T. Wilson in Lewiston, but they made their home in Orofino where he worked for BJ Carney Pole Company. Four boys would round out their family, Bernard Allen 'Buster', Simon George 'Skip', Victor James 'Jim' and Michael Jack 'Jack'. The family moved to Riverside in 1947 where Midge resided until her passing. Much of the early years on Riverside were spent keeping the boys in line as their father worked in the woods and was gone during the week. She began working part time at Riverside Lanes and would remain there until she retired at the age of 84. Midge was very actively involved with the Lewiston Clarkston Bowling Association where she held many offices and was on the board of directors for many years. Midge managed the annual tournament at Riverside Lanes for years. She won a number of trophies and awards as well as traveling to tournaments throughout the northwest with friends.
Midge had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed hearing and telling jokes of various color. She was an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying baseball and basketball, as well as bowling. She was a big fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and stayed with them when they moved to Los Angeles. From the time the boys were in Little League through high school, Midge could be counted on to take a load of baseball players in the family car to out of town games. She was an excellent cook and provided holiday meals for the family into her early 80s.
Midge was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Nannie Baugh; her siblings, George Baugh, Pearl Aiken, Paul Baugh, Ruby Philpot and JT Baugh; her husband, Barney; and her two sons, Buster and Jim. She is survived by sons, Skip and Jack; 6 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Photo: Margaret Jane 'Midge' Wilson
Todd Alan Fisbeck, 43, 1991 OHS grad
Todd Alan Fisbeck passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, after a courageous eight-month battle with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He was 43.
Todd was born Sept. 19, 1973, in Grangeville, to Chuck and Ginger (Trautman) Fisbeck. He attended school in Orofino and graduated as a Maniac from Orofino High School in 1991. He then attended Lewis-Clark State College and received a degree in diesel mechanics.
Todd married Tina Soule on Aug. 14, 1993, in Orofino. They had two children together, Caleb in 1996 and Chantel in 2000.
Todd worked for Clearwater Paper for 17 years and more recently for MHGC Inc. in Clarkston, WA.
Todd was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being in the outdoors. He had a love for life and always put a smile on everyone's face. If you were ever in need of help, he would drop whatever he was doing to help you. He never met a stranger.
Todd is survived by his children, Caleb and Chantel; mother and stepfather, Ginger and Rodger Leach; father and stepmother, Chuck and Sharon Fisbeck; sister, Christy Randall (Lee Wallace); nephew, Devin Randall; very special friend, Monica McCann; grandmothers, Lily Riechers and Edna Fisbeck; and many aunts; uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Earl Trautman and Elmer Fisbeck; an uncle, Cliff Trautman; and an aunt, Bonnie Cook.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bridges Church, 2102 Eighth St., Lewiston, with the Rev. Brad Bramlet officiating. A covered-dish dinner will follow in the basement of the Moose Lodge, 814 Sixth St., Clarkston.
Please make any memorial donations to Snake River Community Clinic, 215 10th St., Lewiston, ID 83501. The family would like to make a special thank you to Charlotte Ash and her crew at the clinic.
Please sign the online guest book and leave a memory at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Todd Alan Fisbeck
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