George E. Wheeler, 76, graduated from Elk River High School
George E. Wheeler, 76, of Clarkston, WA, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital.
George was born Jan. 19, 1944, to William R. and Hazel V. (Schwarz) Wheeler. He graduated from Elk River High School in 1963.
George had several jobs throughout his lifetime: Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association in Elk River, LOID, Flying J and retired from the Clearwater River Casino in 2019. He celebrated 47 years of sobriety through AA and Al-Anon. We are very proud of him.
George was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lowell R. Wheeler.
He is survived by his brother, Bill (Sandy) Wheeler; nephews, Bryan, Joey, Stacy and Sam Wheeler and family, Michael (Michelle) Wheeler and sons, Dale (Amanda) Wheeler and family; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Photo George E. Wheeler
Robert Benjamin Blanck, 45, formerly of Orofino
Robert Benjamin Blanck, 45, of Lewiston, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston because of multiple organ failure.
He was born Sept. 4, 1975, in Berrien Springs, MI, to Diane (Clayville) Wells and Warren Blanck.
Ben attended the special education program at LaGrande High School in Oregon. In June 2000, he moved with his mom to Orofino and started working for Opportunities Unlimited Inc. in Lewiston, They later moved to Lewiston in 2008, and he retired from OUI in 2013.
He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and he loved church, Christian fellowship and was involved in Pathfinders.
Ben is survived by his mother, Diane (Clayville) Wells, of Lewiston; aunt and uncle, Dennis (Linda) Clayville; uncle and significant other, Don (Wilma) Clayville; aunts, Sue Clayville and Rhonda Clayville; and numerous cousins and family members. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Peggy (Dempsey) Clayville; grandfather Roberty Clayville; and uncle Doug Clayville.
A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Lewiston Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1212 19th St., Lewiston.
Photo: Robert Benjamin Blanck
Clyde Elton Bringman, 85, born in Weippe
Clyde Elton Bringman, 85, of Lewiston, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Lewiston.
Clyde was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Weippe to Lester Clyde Bringman and Manda Lee Jordan. He attended school through eighth grade and was a roller hockey goalie for Skateland in his youth. After his dad's death, he moved a lot. He settled in Lewiston, working various jobs until going to work for Potlatch Forests Inc. in 1963, where he worked until retirement.
He married Sylvia Alice Payton on July 9, 1956, in Asotin, WA. Clyde enjoyed woodworking, leathercraft, drawing, painting and spending time with family and friends. In 1976, he moved the family to the homestead at Lenore, where he maintained residence until his health forced him into Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. And from there, he stayed with family in Lewiston where he hoped to get well enough to go home to Lenore. Sylvia died Aug. 11, 2015.
He is survived by his sons, William (Atsuko) Bringman, of Japan, and Steven (Tysha) Bringman, of Lewiston; daughter, Celeste (Derek) Weinmann, of Lewiston; sister, Louise (Gene) Anderson, of Lewiston; brother, Jack (Sherry) Bringman, of Clarkston, WA; grandchildren, Justin (Courtney) Weinmann, Amber (Jasper) Umphenour, Izaak Bringman, Grace Bringman, Eva Bringman, Arabella Bringman, all of Lewiston; and great-grandchildren, Zander Weinmann and Gwendolyn Weinmann, both of Lewiston.
Clyde was preceded in death by his father, Lester Bringman; mothe,r Manda Lee Bringman; sons, Clyde Bringman Jr. and Danny L. Bringman; and sisters, Dorothy Ryan and Delores Johnson.
A funeral with Herb Boreson as the officiant is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston.
Photo: Clyde Elton Bringman
Nicole Gilbert, 31, formerly of Southwick
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, our angel on earth, Nicole, 31, spread her wings and went on to eternal peace in heaven.
She was born to Darline Lettenmaier on Dec. 17, 1988, in Lewiston and began her life of loving, caring and living. She started out her younger years living in the Southwick area and loved the farming and ranching life. She especially cherished her moments with her grandparents there.
She graduated from Prairie High School in 2006. She married her high school sweetheart, David Gilbert, on Jan. 20, 2007, in Coeur d'Alene. She then attended Evergreen Cosmetology School, gaining her license to do manicures and pedicures.
Nicole is survived by her spouse, David M. Gilbert; their four children, Hunter (12), Casey (8), Jason (6) and McKenna (2); mother, Darline Lettenmaier; grandparents, Fred and Betty Lettenmaier; brothers,Slade and Justis Nelson; sister, Andreya Nelson; nephew, Ryland; aunt, Jeanette (Dave) Henegen; cousin, Steven Willoughby; in-laws, with whom she spent many years with, father-in-law Steven (Kathy) Gilbert; mother-in-law, Debbie Gilbert; and brother-in-law, Daniel (Gilly) Gilbert. Preceding her in death was her grandmother, Phylis Wagner.
Join us in a celebration of Nicole's life at 11 a.m. Sept. 26, at the VFW Hall in Kendrick. A potluck will follow the celebration. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation account has been set up by a friend of the family at Latah Credit Union under Darline Lettenmaier to help pay for memorial and Nicole's children.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left at malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Nicole Gilbert
Terry John Slette, 82, worked at Camp X
Terry John Slette, a.k.a., TJ, a longtime Lewiston resident, passed away at the age of 82, due to the infirmities of age (and mileage), with his children by his side Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 12, 1938, in Sandpoint, ID, to Osborne and Olava Slette. Terry and his parents moved to Bovill when he was 6. He attended grade school in Bovill and graduated from Deary High School in 1956. He spent one year at the University of Idaho, then married Gayle O'Keefe of Bovill in 1957. They had four children. They divorced in 1975. In October 1985 he married his true love, Mary Kay Huck (Bopp) of Sandpoint.
Terry began working at the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association in 1957-1958. He then began his 41-year career with Potlatch Forest Inc. in 1959 as a camp clerk at Camp-X on the North Fork of the Clearwater. He moved to Lewiston in 1962 and held several positions in accounting for Potlatch, including time in Lewiston, Fort Wayne, Ind., St. Maries and finished his career back in Lewiston, retiring in 2000.
Terry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Kay Slette; his four children, Michael Slette (wife Lauren) of Boise, Patricia Legard of Kennewick, WA, Cynthia Hines of Kennewick, Dana Branim of Nashville, TN; as well as six grandchildren, Jonathan (wife Erin), Jillian, Matthew (wife Kallie), Brandon (wife Hannah), Troy, Heath and three great-grandchildren, Luke, Hudson and Erik.
Terry is also survived by his adult stepchildren, Chris, Richard (wife Michelle) and Matt Huck, all of Boise, and seven step-grandchildren, Carson, Madison, Brandon, Livia, Katelyn, Brielle and Mya.
Terry loved the outdoors and he shared that passion with his children and grandchildren, spending priceless time camping at Priest Lake, fishing and camping at Dworshak Reservoir with his family and his lifelong friend Floyd Marshall, steelhead fishing on the Clearwater and Snake rivers, and water skiing on the St. Joe River and Coeur d'Alene and Chatcolet lakes. He introduced his children to snow skiing in the 1970s, taking several snow skiing vacations to McCall and Sandpoint. His children continue to carry on those outdoor traditions with their families, passing down the legacy of his love of the outdoors.
Terry was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and took his four children to Norway in 2013 and enjoyed a wonderful visit with relatives who reside there. In 2015, three cousins from Norway came to Idaho and Terry treated them to a jet boat tour up Hells Canyon. Terry was thankful to be able to remain in contact with his family in Norway via email. Terry loved making and eating the traditional Norwegian foods: Lutefisk, Lefsa and Potatas Korv. He was a proud member and past president of the Sons of Norway and his children became active members participating in several "Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers."
He was chaplain of the Elks in St. Maries.
Terry was the type of man who never knew a stranger. His warm and friendly nature and gift of gab were his trademarks. He was always willing to share stories of his trip to Norway, his children's and grandchildren's activities, and fun camping and fishing trips. Terry became known as "Salsa Man" during many years of camping trips at Priest Lake. He would make gallons of his homemade salsa and share it with anyone in camp that was willing to try it. Most brought back empty containers to him begging for more. What we all wouldn't give for one more batch of his homemade salsa.
Heaven has gained a champion, and we will dearly miss his big warm hugs and kiss on the cheek. We love you, dad.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sons of Norway in Lewiston. And, due to the risks posed by COVID-19, a "direct family only" graveside will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Sandpoint.
A celebration of life will be held in Sandpoint over Memorial Day weekend in 2021.
Photo: Terry John Slette
Zada Mae Woodruff, 92
Zada Mae Woodruff passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston of natural causes. She was a month short of her 93rd birthday and was the last sibling of four: brothers, Don Long and Kenny Long and sister, Leta Hardin.
Zada was born Zada Mae Long on Oct. 25, 1927, at Deer Creek (near Potlatch) to Jesse Alonzo Long and Rose McManama Long. The family moved to Juliaetta, where Zada attended school, and she dropped out after eighth grade. She married Ronald "Dude" Jones of Bear Ridge in Kendrick at age 16. They had three sons, Keith (deceased), Ken and Dave. They divorced, and she married Pat Woodruff on July 28, 1957. Together they moved to Lewiston and had one son, Patrick.
Zada's career was as a cook, wife and mother. Her cooking career began early for the threshing crews on Big Bear Ridge and included her own restaurant, Zada's Cafe in Juliaetta (now Colter's Creek Winery), Lewiston's Golf and Country Club, the Stockyards Cafe, Whitepine Cafe at Potlatch Forests Inc. and the Montgomery Ward lunch counter in the Lewiston mall. She continued cooking for family her entire life, baking magnificent pies and baking her own bread every day well into her 80s. She also made and canned excellent pickles and peaches.
For more than 50 years Zada was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She paid dues faithfully. They assisted her two times with stipend checks for cancer treatments. She was also Queen Chairman of the Orchards Blossom festival in the mid-1960s. She and Pat bowled for more than 35 years on the Ball and Chain League at Orchards Lanes and they participated in many tournaments both locally and statewide.
She loved to fish, camp and spend time snowmobiling and four-wheeling at their cabin near Dent Acres. She also won the contest to name Centennial School when it was built.
Zada leaves behind her sons Ken (Dena) Jones, Dave (Keri) Jones and Patrick Woodruff. She has four grandkids; seven great-grandkids and two great-great-grandkids. Her husband, Pat; son, Keith; her siblings and her parents preceded her in death.
Cremation will take place and, per her longtime wishes, no services will be held. There will be a private family gathering to bury her and Pat's ashes at a later time.
The family would like to thank all of Zada's caregivers at Royal Plaza for their loving care over the last three-plus years.
Remember Zada as you will, with a cold beer, a cold vodka beverage or a joke with a naughty punchline. She would appreciate that.
Photo: Zada Mae Woodruff
Albert 'Joe' Stifanick, Jr., 58, Orofino
The world lost an amazing man on Aug. 28, 2020 when Joe Stifanick lost his year-long battle with lymphoma. He passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston surrounded by his family.
Joe loved the Lord and his family more than any words can say. He was a devoted and loving husband and father. Joe cherished every moment with his grandkids who were one of the greatest gifts God gave him. He was the fun Papa spending countless hours giving horsey rides, wrestling and playing hide and go seek with them.
Joe was the third of seven children born Nov. 15, 1961 in Ogdensburg, NY, to Albert Stifanick, Sr. and Pauline Williams.
Growing up he lived in Ohio, Michigan and Colorado before his family settled in Peck, ID, in 1974. They later moved to Orofino where Joe went to school and graduated from Orofino High School in 1980. He lived there until his passing.
In early 1981, Joe met Lauri Tintle. They married later that year in Orofino and this November they would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with two amazing daughters that he was so proud of, Taylor and Courtney.
Joe was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 44 where he worked many jobs as a welder and pipefitter all over the Pacific Northwest and Alaska before going to work for Clearwater Paper in Lewiston in 1999. He worked there until last year, when his health forced his retirement.
In addition to being the greatest husband, dad and papa, Joe was the most loyal friend you could ever have. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for you. Joe was a kind and gentle person with the biggest heart. He was full of forgiveness and never held a grudge.
He was happiest when he was doing something outdoors. He loved to hunt and fish with his dad and all his buddies. He also enjoyed camping, boating and riding 4-wheelers.
Joe touched so many lives and will be missed tremendously by all that knew him. To honor his memory, do good things and be kind.
Joe is survived by his wife Lauri. His daughters Taylor (Luke) McIntosh, and Courtney Stifanick. His grandchildren Destiny Stifanick, Ryker McIntosh, Rayce McIntosh and Rya McIntosh. His dad Albert (Terri) Stifanick and his mom Pauline Williams. His siblings Tina (Darryl) Olive, Karen (Ken) Humiston, Todd Stifanick, Stephanie (Norman) Jordon, Stacy Stifanick and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his sister, Cindy Stifanick.
Funeral services will be held at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 at 2 p.m. A graveside service to follow at the Orofino Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Cream Ridge Church that Joe attended in c/o Mike Richardson at 256 Shasta Circle, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Albert 'Joe' Stifanick, Jr.
William 'Bill' D. Jacks, 80, formerly of Pierce
CLEARWATER-- William D. Jacks passed away Aug. 29, 2020 unexpectedly while hauling hay. He was born May 23, 1940 to Lloyd and Marie Jacks at Winchester, ID. The family moved to Clearwater, ID when Bill was eight years old. He attended grade school in Clearwater and graduated high school in Stites in 1958.
He worked at various jobs before working at Jaype Mill in Pierce for 35 years. He retired when the mill shut down and he moved back to the Clearwater ranch where their current home is. He never really retired from work. They were haying and raising cattle. He married Gloria Paul on August 12, 1960.
Bill was very active in the community. He was a volunteer fireman for BPC, president of QRU and ambulance driver, a Gideon, a member and treasurer for Clearwater Baptist Church, and a board member of the ILC Cattleman Assoc.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria at the family home in Clearwater; two children, Darin (Patricia) Jacks of Peck, and Serena (Bill) Jackson of Clearwater. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Laci (Casey) Myers, Callen (Jerrica) Jackson and Wyatt Jackson, eight great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving him are his sister, Connie Forsmann and sister-in-law, Norma Jacks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy Jacks; a brother, Archie; and two sisters, Roxie George and Myrna Hornbeck.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. A potluck meal will follow the service at the Clearwater IOOF Hall. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: William 'Bill' D. Jacks
Phyllis C. Williams, 100
GRANGEVILLE: With profound sadness we announce the passing of our loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, Phyllis C. Williams who died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday Aug. 30, at the graceful age of 100.
She was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Cottonwood, ID, to Alice and Raymond Downer.
As a child, she lived in Clarkston, WA, and Lewiston with her younger sister, Marcia, before the family settled in Grangeville. After graduating from Grangeville High School, she worked as a receptionist and dispatcher for the Forest Service. Her father, Raymond, had built several of the forest service lookout towers at that time.
In 1940, she married James Buel Williams of Grangeville and the two proudly ranched in the area for over 60 years.
Phyllis was a member of the First Christian Church of Grangeville where she was very active in many roles over the years including event coordinator, Sunday school, youth groups, participated in the prayer line and scheduled greeters until she was 99 years old. For several years, she was an active member of the Christian Women's Fellowship, local cancer drive and helped with many election years alongside her mother, Irene. Her valiant spirit and incredible faith in family, church and community will carry on for generations. She will forever be in our hearts and will graciously guide us along the way.
Her family wishes to thank Syringa Hospice and all the compassionate caregivers who provided for Phyllis.
Survivors include a son, Bill (Gail) Williams of Orofino and daughter, Sherry Morrison of Grangeville; 6 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Raymond Downer; her beloved husband, James Buel Williams; a twin son, Gerald; and a sister, Marcia Hudson.
Due to family member health and COVID safety, the family will be holding a public viewing at Blackmer Funeral Home Thursday, Sept. 3, from 1-4 p.m. In addition, the family will hold a private graveside ceremony at Prairie View Cemetery at Grangeville to honor their beloved mother and grandmother. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Russell 'Jack' Zagelow, 65, Orofino
Russell 'Jack' Zagelow, 65, of Orofino, died of cancer at Deary, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. He was born Sept. 7, 1954, to James Zagelow and Loretta Harris, and was the youngest of six children.Jack was raised in Bovill. He graduated from Deary High School in 1973, and went to work for The C-PTPA (Clearwater- Potlatch Timber Protection Association) and McFarland Pole Company in the early 70's. He drove logging trucks for various companies for many years, retiring in 2017 from Bear Creek Timber Company out of Orofino.
His passion was his family and his guitar. He started playing guitar when he was nine years old when his older brother Joe taught him an E minor chord. He played Rock and Roll with various bands, starting in the early 70's, and played with "6 String Circus" the last four years. He was known and loved by many as "Uncle Jack" or "Ripper."
Jack is survived by daughter, Loretta Marie Zagelow, of Orofino; stepson, Jaime Dee Steadman of Healdsburg, CA; brothers, Allen Zagelow, of Moscow, and Joe Zagelow (Kari), of Deary; sisters, June Smith (Justin), of Bovill, and Carla Eggers, of Lewiston; brother-in-law Stan Babkowski, of Stephenville, TX; grandsons, Curtis and Miles Hamilton, of Orofino; step-grandsons, Lucas and Isaac Hamilton, of Lewiston; step-granddaughter, Allie Steadman, of Orofino; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cheryl Babkowksi; and great niece, Kori Day.
A remembrance will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at the Canyon Inn Bar and Grill, 20289 Big Canyon Rd., Peck, ID. Potluck Dinner with Music by "Six String Circus".
Memorial Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, The National Kidney Foundation, and the Clearwater County Humane Society.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Russell 'Jack' Zagelow
Traci Shane Tolle, 56, Fraser
On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, Traci Shane Tolle, 56, of Fraser, was welcomed to heaven into the loving arms of her parents and dear ones who left before her.
We are all shocked that she is gone as she was a bright spot and a source of joy for all who knew her. She had battled health issues for many years and had always overcome adversity; this last sudden setback was one she just couldn't physically defeat.
Traci was born Aug. 15, 1964, in Lewiston to Melvin and Maggie Dahl, of Pierce, the last of four daughters. She grew up with a great circle of friends with whom she stayed close to all her life. Traci graduated from Timberline High School in 1982 and then was off on an adventure with a friend to Los Angeles. She returned home a few years later and eventually went to work for Washington State University. She started in the admissions department and went on to spend most of her career as a communications coordinator in the physical plant. Traci had 27½ years of loyal service with Washington State University before she took a disability retirement in 2015. She made many lifelong and special friends there.
Traci married Gary Tolle in July of 1991 and resided in the Palouse region for several years. To this union were born her two children, Michael and Kylee, who, along with her four grandchildren, she cherished and loved more than anything in life. After Gary's death in 2002, she and her kids moved to Lewiston. She met her soul mate, Tony Kast, and they spent many years attending concerts, traveling to Oregon and enjoying their life together. She lost Tony after his short illness in 2017.
In 2019, she moved to Fraser where she lived at the time of her death. In life, Traci loved her family, her four-legged friends, anything with sparkly bling on it and the color purple. She had purple-tinted hair long before it was fashionable and pulled it off grandly even up until her last day. She had such a tender heart for her family and animals, but boy, she could bring out the feistiness if you crossed her or her loved ones. She was one of a kind and we will miss her forever.
She is survived by her loving son, Michael, and Lindsy Tolle, of Orofino; devoted daughter Kylee Tolle and Mathias Hamilton, of Clarkston, WA; and those precious grandchildren, Brindallynn, Kinley and Koen Tolle, and Maximo and Kylo (arriving in October) Hamilton. Surviving sisters and brothers-in-law are Nancy and Lonnie Cowger, of Pierce, Linda and Randy McKinnon, of Fraser, and Debbi and Mike Duffy, of Lenore. She leaves behind her nieces, Tami LaDoux, Brandi Stamey and Sunny Haynes, of Lewiston, Jakki Landstrom, of Loon Lake, and nephew Kelly Cowger, of Pierce, along with their families. She is also survived by her five stepsisters, Rona Hall, Barb Robertson, Verna Soyk, Tiny Bowling and Sheila Struck; her bonus son, Julian Marsillett, of Clarkston; her aunt, Peggy Mundell, of Richland; many loving cousins; and a million friends.
She was preceded in death by former spouse Gary Tolle; her life partner, Tony Kast; her parents and stepfather, Wally Williams; and her brother-in-law, Jack Smith.
We will hold an outdoor gathering for family and friends in Traci's honor at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Fraser Park near Weippe. We will be respecting social distancing. Please bring your own lawn chair and feel free to wear your mask. And of course, if so inclined, wear a little something purple in Traci's memory.
Memorials can be sent to the Tolle family in care of Tami LaDoux, 3131 Cherry Circle, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Traci Shane Tolle
Skyler L. Kelso, 24, Weippe
Skyler L. Kelso, of Weippe, Idaho, was born July 31, 1996. He passed away on the Musselshell, Aug. 15, 2020.
Services will be held Saturday Aug. 29, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Orofino City Park baseball field.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Edra Pearl Mattson, 102, formerly of Weippe
Edra Pearl Mattson, 102, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation - Clarkston.
She was born June 25, 1918, in Bay City, OR, to Emma (Garret) Nelson and Lee Nelson. Edra grew up in Weippe, at the family's Schmidt Brothers' Mill, where she was raised by her mother, Emma, and stepfather F.G. (Mickey) Schmidt. She graduated from Weippe High School.
Edra Nelson married Richard Benson and they had two sons, Richard "Dik" and Larry. Her second marriage was to Allan Summers. They had one child, a daughter, Sharon.
Edra began her working career as a beautician and later a licensed hair color technician/instructor of cosmetology in California. Returning to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley in 1967, she was employed as an instructor at Mr. Nick's Beauty College until she purchased and operated the Idaho Beauty College with her son, Larry.
Edra married Clarence William "Bill" Mattson in 1973. Their fondest memories were the years spent traveling the country while living in their fifth wheel, visiting friends and family along the way. After Bill passed away, Edra continued to travel, visiting relatives and friends. Oh, the stories she would tell. We often wondered about tales untold.
Thank you to Evergreen Estates and a big thank you to Prestige Care for the additional medical care needed to extend Edra's quality of life. A special thank you to the Robeson Wing for the extra care, support, compassion, patience and friendship. Most importantly, thank you for keeping our little Energizer Bunny going and going and going. Robeson Wing calls informing us that Edra's "Energizer juice" needed replenishing will be missed. A special thank you to Dr. Martin for his continued care, kindness and support during Edra's roller-coaster ride of life.
Edra was preceded in death by her parents; two siblings, Aloha Nelson Atkins and George Schmidt; her husband, Bill; two sons, Richard and Larry Benson; and a grandson.
Those left behind to carry Edra's spirit and love of life are her daughter, Sharon Vahlkamp; favorite son-in-law Dean Vahlkamp; and her brother, Fred Schmidt; along with seven grandchildren, Teresa, Karl, Kendall, Lance, Julie, Jaimie and Susan; 17 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
It was important to Edra to donate her body to science. She wanted to contribute to life-saving research and education. Unfortunately, Washington state donors are currently not accepted because of the coronavirus. Hopefully, she will never find out.
Her ashes will join her husband, Bill, and her sons, Dik and Larry, at Normal Hill Cemetery. A family celebration of life will be planned for a later date.
Photo: Edra Pearl Mattson
John Burt Thompson, 70, formerly of Orofino
John Burt Thompson, 'Papa John' to most, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at his home in Asotin, WA, at the age of 70.
John was born March 18, 1950, to Lee and Marion Thompson, in Twin Falls; he was the second oldest of seven kids. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1970. He married Lillian Dixon in Orofino and moved to Boise. They welcomed a daughter, Danna, in 1971. John and Lilian would later divorce. John met Jean Magdall and her daughter, Nikki, in 1976. John and Jean made their home in Asotin. John supported both girls in their sports, never missing a volleyball or basketball game when he was home.
He went on supporting his grandchildren in their interests, from supercross races to the Special Olympics to riding snowmobiles and four-wheelers with them on his property. Papa John was a very giving person of his time and support to many families, friends and neighbors. His kindness to others was a value no one will forget.
John was a union crane operator having worked in Idaho, Washington and Alaska. John retired from Alaska in 2012 and returned home to start many family adventures with his grandkids, brothers and sisters. John was a man of many outdoor adventures, from rafting, hang gliding, paragliding and camping with the family at the North Fork in June for the annual Thompson Campout. This year, their four-wheeler ride took them on a trail to paradise, "Best ride so far," he said. John would also take yearly snowmobile trips to the Lochsa Lodge with friends. It didn't matter the season, John had a toy for every adventure.
John is survived by his daughter, Danna (Rich) Smith; grandson Justin; granddaughter Brenna (Cody) Anderson; and great-grandson Bentley; daughter Nikki Thompson and grandson Destyn. He is also survived by brothers Mike, Kip (Sylvia) and Todd; sisters Ellen and Nancy (Wade); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jean; and brother Leo.
A celebration of John's life will take place at the North Fork in June 2021. All family and friends are welcomed. Date and time to be announced.
Photo: John Burt Thompson
Margaret Doris Meyer Silflow, 95, formerly of Southwick, Leland
Margaret Doris Meyer Silflow went home to her Lord on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lewiston.
She was born Feb. 24, 1925, the first child of Thelma and Herman Meyer. She grew up on the family farm near Leland with her siblings Dorothy, Hermina, Theodore and Loeda and cousin, Lawrence Abitz. She was confirmed at Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1937 and attended school in Leland and Southwick, graduating in Southwick High School's class of 1942. She attended the School of Nursing at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA, graduating as a registered nurse in 1946.
On Sept. 16, 1946, Margie married the neighbor boy, Marvin Frederick Silflow, after his return from service in the army. Margie and Marvin farmed near Kendrick and raised their son, Dale, and daughters, Carolyn, Mariann and Joan. After her children were grown, Margie completed a refresher course in nursing in 1981 and enjoyed a ten-year career as a nurse at St. Joseph's hospital in Lewiston. Following retirement, she served as a hospice volunteer for many years. She moved to Brookdale in the fall of 2019 where she enjoyed reconnecting with longtime friends and family.
Margie loved her life on the farm. She milked cows and raised chickens and turkeys. She maintained a large vegetable garden and orchard, sharing the produce with many. She canned, pickled and preserved the produce she grew, as well as the hard-won treasure from frequent trips to the huckleberry and black-cap patches, trips that she continued into her 90s. At the county fair, she was delighted to win ribbons for her exhibits of garden produce and flowers. Even after moving to town, she continued to supervise, ordering the seeds for the 2020 garden.
Margie's house was busy with visitors and often staying for a meal. Later in her life, she liked to refer to her house as "Grand Central Station." She delighted in the relationships she had with children in the family, attending their sports and school events and playing games when they would come to visit.
Cooking for others was one way that Margie showed her love. She was a talented cook, always trying new recipes and generously sharing her knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn. At potluck events she always had something special to share including Kringle, cinnamon rolls, creampuffs or honey-baked lentils. Yearly group activities such as butchering, making sauerkraut and Ralston Caramels were highlights for Margie.
She was a lifelong devoted member of the Cameron Church. She was an active member of the women's group, sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She shared her gifts for needlework in preparing items for the annual church bazaar. Margie was a strong supporter of community activities, serving as a 4-H leader when her children were young and enjoying meals at the Senior Citizens Center when she got older. She was Grand Marshall of the 2014 Locust Blossom Festival in Kendrick.
Margie is survived by sisters, Dorothy Schnaible of Moscow, Hermina Meyer and Loeda (Horst) Reil of Kendrick; sister-in-law, Marlene Meyer of Kendrick; children, Dale (Patti) Silflow of Kendrick, Carolyn (Pete Lefebvre) Silflow of Roseville, MN, Mariann (Ed) Lynch of Kendrick and Joan (Randy) Tiede of Winchester; grandchildren, Brian (Shelby) Silflow, Janel (Sam) Shaw, Matthew (Hannah) Lefebvre, Jerimy (Tammy Olmstead Davis) Chase, Cindy (Aaron) Patterson, Leslie (Nelson) Huddleston and Kristen Tiede; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Cade Silflow, Lydia, Ava and Gwen Shaw, Logan (Josie) and Brooke Chase, Dawson Bedard and Troy, Aubrey and Brayden Patterson. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins from a large tight-knit extended family.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma Schmidt Meyer and Herman Meyer; husband, Marvin; brother, Ted; and grandparents, Otelia and Ernest Schmidt and Dorothea and Heinrich Meyer.
A graveside service for Margie is being planned. An event to celebrate her life will be scheduled later. Memorial donations may be given to Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the Kendrick Senior Citizens Center.
Photo: Margaret Doris Meyer Silflow
Kay Charles Kalbfleisch,87, formerly of Orofino
Kay Charles Kalbfleisch passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at 1830 hours surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Kay was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Lewiston, to Vernon and Lolita Kalbfleisch. When Kay was a child, the family moved to Orofino, where he graduated from Orofino High School in 1951, Kay was an excellent athlete, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track and field. After graduation, Kay attended the University of Idaho for one semester before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps on Feb. 20, 1952. When asked why he chose to join the Marine Corps over the other military branches, he stated, "Because I liked the uniforms." He served during the Korean War and was released from active duty in 1955.
In May 1955, he married Frances Grove of Kamiah. They had three children together, Cynthia, Greg and Kevin. Kay continued his education at Lewis-Clark Normal School and then graduated from the University of Idaho in 1959, with a degree in elementary education.
His first teaching job was at Sacajawea Junior High in 1959. Even though he enjoyed teaching, he still had a desire to be part of the Marine Corps and serve his country. In 1960, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve and went into active duty in 1967. In 1968, he was the commander of a fire base in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star medal of combat for meritorious service. He returned to Lewiston in 1970 and taught at Jenifer Junior High. In 1973, he again went into active duty in the Marine Corps. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1979, having earned the rank of major. He returned to teaching in Lewiston until his retirement in 1992.
He continued to be dedicated to the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lewiston community and to the education of children throughout his life. After retirement, he was actively involved in the National Education Association, Marine Corps Reserve Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, the Marine Corps League, Grace Lutheran Church and the North Idaho Senior Games. For years, he spent many volunteer hours at elementary schools, assisting students with individual reading, participating in school Veterans Day activities and even playing Santa Claus at Christmas. He helped organize many veterans' functions in Lewiston, including bringing the traveling Vietnam Memorial to Lewiston. He never said no, if asked to participate in a community event such as collecting Toys for Tots, food for the veterans' home food drive, providing military honors at funerals, setting up Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies and putting on his dress blues to give presentations at the ceremony on Veterans' Day. He was proud to wear his dress blues in public throughout his life.
He was a proud supporter of LCSC athletics and attended countless baseball and basketball games. He also had a passion for running. He participated in nearly every Bloomsday event in Spokane until he was in his 80s and could no longer make it up Doomsday Hill. Many people in Lewiston will remember seeing him on the levee paths running every day. He could also be easily identified driving around Lewiston by his license plate, "Maj K" which was open parked at Arby's where he loved to have lunch nearly every day.
In 1971, he lost his true love, Frances, in an airplane crash over California. He stood strong and met the challenge of being a single parent for his three children. He was a kind and generous father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud of his family and never missed his grandchildren's sporting events or school functions, even if it meant long road trips. Nothing brought him more joy than his children and grandchildren. He was a strong and steady patriarch. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.
He is survived by his three children, Cynthia (Wayne) Hochhalter, of Sequim, WA; Gregory (Marcy Spilker) Kalbfleisch, of Lewiston, and Kevin (Tina) Kalbfleisch, of Lewiston. Also surviving him are his five cherished grandchildren, Heidi (Eric) Wilponen, Daniel (Beatriz) Hochhalter, Cami (Mike) Madrid, Wesli (Tyler) Houston and Matt Kalbfleisch; along with 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Lolita Kalbfleisch; and Frances Grove Kalbfleisch.
The family held a private graveside service Aug. 6 at Lewiston Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In support of Kay's lifelong dedication to education, memorial donations may be sent to Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education (L.I.F.E.).
Photos: Kay Charles Kalbfleisch
Michael E. Topping, 62, formerly of Elk River
Michael E. Topping, 62, of Lewiston, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at his home in Lewiston, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 24, 1957, to George W. and Barbara C. Topping in Lewiston.
Mike graduated from Lewiston High School in 1976 and started in the woods of Elk River producing cedar fencing. Upon returning home, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
After his time in the service, he moved to Boardman, OR, and found work as a supervisor at a potato plant. Mike took his supervising skills back home, where he worked as a cook and night manager at T.J.'s Pantry in Clarkston, WA, and then later as a cook at Panhandler Pies in Lewiston. After that brief stint in the kitchen, he moved on to a career as a corrections officer for the Idaho Department of Correction in Lewiston.
He briefly moved to Astoria, OR, where he worked security and maintenance for The Job Corp. While working there, he met Janice Olson and they were married May 12, 2015, in Astoria.
They returned to Lewiston in 2017, and he continued working as a corrections officer for the Idaho Department of Correction, where he retired after a couple of years.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, playing paintball, training horses and working in his garden.
Mike is survived by his wife, Janice; his parents, George and Barbara; sisters, Linda Gifford (Mike Mann) and Lori Knoll (Chad Fenimore); daughters, Brenda Harless (Richard), Shayla VanPelt and Jenei Topping; son, Noah Topping; aunt, Mary Moeller; seven grandchildren; and many extended family from the neighborhood - you all know who you are.
A celebration of life will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A graveside service with military honors will follow.
Memorial donations may be made in Mike's name to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Please visit the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Michael E. Topping
Allen 'Gene' Johnson, 69, formerly of Weippe
GRANGEVILLE: Beloved husband, father and brother Allen 'Gene' Johnson passed away Thursday Aug. 6, 2020 at his home in Grangeville.
Gene was born at Tri-state Hospital on Aug. 8, 1950 to Hjalmer and Myrtle (Wilson) Johnson. He grew up in and attended school at Weippe.
Almost as soon as he could walk and talk, he took to the woods both for work and play. He had many entertaining stories of work, camping, hunting, and hiking.
Almost the entirety of his working life was spent in the timber industry working both for others and he also had a company with his sons until he retired in 2019.
He lived the last 20+ years in Grangeville and considered it home.
He is survived by his wife Kelli (McGee) Johnson; his sons, Jesse (Sharlene) Johnson and Jeremy (Dawn Marie) Johnson; and grandson, Jace Johnson. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Johnson; and brothers, Clayton Johnson and Peter (Doris) Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hjalmer and Myrtle Johnson; brothers, Steve Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Harold Johnson and Eddie Johnson.
Gene was a "one-of-a-kind" person. I don't think God made very many like him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and if he loved you, he always had your back, no matter what. He will be missed tremendously. Gene didn't want a funeral service. We may have a celebration of life at a later date.
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Condolences can be sent to PO Box 574, Grangeville, ID 83530 or you may submit them online at blackmerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
Photo: Allen 'Gene' Johnson
Irma Jean (Tweedy) Abell, 93, formerly of Headquarters
Irma Jean (Tweedy) Abell passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Royal Plaza Skilled Care in Lewiston, because of heart failure. She had been a resident at Royal Plaza since 2016.
Irma was born April 22, 1923, on Tahoe Ridge near Kooskia, the third child of Eugene and Bertha (Godwin) Tweedy. She attended school in Kooskia and graduated from Kooskia High School in 1940.
Irma married Philip B. Abell on June 12, 1942, in Grangeville. Shortly after their marriage, they moved with other family members to Bremerton, WA, to work in wartime shipyards. Later, they moved to Portland, OR, where their first child, Phyllis, was born.
In August 1943, Irma and Philip returned to Idaho, where Philip went to work for PFI at Headquarters. Their sons, Gene, Phillip and Stephen, were born during their years at Headquarters. In 1955, the family moved to Clarkston, WA, and built a house.
After the children were grown, Philip and Irma moved to Lewiston. Shortly thereafter, they purchased their first of many RVs and began to travel. They joined a Good Sam Club and made many new friends while traveling all over the West, Canada and Mexico. Camping and four-wheeling were their favorite pastimes.
Irma loved spending time and sharing stories with her family. She had a gentle sense of humor and an ability to find the silver lining in almost any situation, and she was incredibly resilient in overcoming many health issues over the years. A big hug always awaited any visitor.
Irma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 69 years, Philip; sisters, Helen Smith, Oma Abell and Mary Lorentzen; brothers, John and Joe Tweedy; daughter, Phyllis, and son-in-law, Joe Collins; daughter-in-law, Norma Abell; grandson, Phillip Abell; and great-grandson, Jesse Sperry.
She is survived by sons, Eugene (Sharon), of Lewiston, Phillip, of Sandpoint, and Stephen (Pat), of Sandpoint; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff at Royal Plaza Assisted Living and Royal Plaza Skilled Care. Their kindness and care for Mom are greatly appreciated.
No service is planned.
Photo: Irma Jean (Tweedy) Abell
Eugene Peter 'Ticket' Meyers, 90
Eugene Peter 'Ticket' Meyers, 90, died at his home in Hope, ID, surrounded by his family and loved ones on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
Eugene was born on Aug. 22, 1929 to Harry and Ruby Meyers in Chicago at the Swedish Covenant Hospital in the middle of four sisters whom he teased incessantly.
Eugene served in the US Army from 1949 to 1952. He was primarily stationed in Vienna, Austria when that city was governed by four powers: British, French, Soviet, and the USA. He returned to Chicago after being discharged, but his love of adventure and desire for further education brought him to Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho with partial financial support due to his military service. He further financed his education through the challenge of logging. With the love of the outdoors, he chose Geology for a career and graduated with a BSc in Geology in 1963.
During his early time in Idaho, Eugene married Mary Profit of Orofino and they had five children; David (1957), Daniel (1959), Brian (1961), Joseph (1962), and Evelyn (1964). That marriage ended in 1970.
Eugene's Geology work included the Sunshine Mines in Kellogg, ID, and another in Metaline Falls, WA. He then moved to Canada where he used his talents in "hard rock mining" in British Columbia, the Precambrian Shield of Saskatchewan, and Gold Mining in the North West Territories. Often isolated in his work in the Territories, with his indomitable spirit he braved the winter frosts and spring breakups to drain and restart an underground gold mine. He also became a USA/Canadian dual citizen.
Eugene met Marlene in 1973 during the Calgary Stampede. They married in 1975.
Marlene had three children whom he adopted; Lori (1965), Lisa (1967) and Dean (1971). This blended family have together enjoyed laughter, adventure, playing and a love of physical fitness, inspired by their dad. Eugene was active his entire life. Many of his friends were decades younger as they were the ones that could keep up with him in his love of sports. At the age of 89, he met his Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis by doing sit-ups and pushups in the park with a vow to beat the Cancer. When he died his Cancer was not the cause.
Volunteer work included Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and St. Joseph's Church Food Bank. He also accompanied his wife Marlene to Guyana, South America under the auspices of Canadian Executive Services to advise that country of their Gold Deposits along the Venezuela Border.
Retiring in Canada, Gene and Marlene decided to move to vacation locations that their children and their families would wish to visit for joy. Scottsdale, AZ for the warmth of the winter and the Hope, ID Peninsula for their lakeside play.
In Hope, they have hosted Bi-annual Meyers Family Reunions that have brought together their various extended families from across the continent to enjoy the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille sunsets and build a lifetime of memories of laughter, water games and shenanigans. Gene taught his family to love, laugh and play hard. He never tasted a Cabernet he did not like and he never lost a tennis or softball game with his kids and grandkids (or any game for that matter as he was the only one calling the shots).
Eugene and Marlene travelled extensively to various Continents in their retirement years, often with their children, and shared many fond memories together in their joint passion for the zest of life. Eugene was dearly loved by his surviving wife, children, grandchildren (16) great grandchildren (12) and many friends that he has met over his long, brave life.
Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Doctors Without Borders.
Eugene will be laid to rest in the Hope Cemetery. Private family graveside services will be held with a Celebration of Life to follow.
Photo: Eugene Peter 'Ticket' Meyers
Clyde Earl Burgess, 70, formerly of Orofino
Clyde Earl Burgess, age 70, passed peacefully in his sleep July 24, 2020 in Spokane, WA.
Clyde was born Aug. 15, 1949 to William (Bill) and Duane (Dee) Burgess in Idaho Falls Idaho.
As a youth Clyde enjoyed hunting, fishing, ranching, and causing trouble with his twin brother.
At the age of 17, Clyde enlisted in the Marines and served two terms in Vietnam.
Upon his return to civilian life Clyde became a 27-year civil servant; beginning with the Bonneville County Sheriff's office and commencing with the Clearwater County Sheriff's office when he retired in 2001.
As a lifelong outdoorsman, Dad spent his adult years camping, fishing, hunting or teaching his kids to camp, fish and hunt. Vacations seemed to be planned around various hunting seasons.
He was a man of little words, unless you had questions about guns, animals, or the latest book he was reading.
Though many may not have experienced it, Dad had a sharp wit and quick sense of humor, his sarcasm was quite thick though hidden by soft tone and easy demeanor.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Terri Burgess. He is survived by his wife Vicky of Spokane; his three children, Matt (Rachel) Burgess of Wellsville, UT; daughters, Jenni of Lewiston and Tricia (Kris) Waide of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; his brother Ford (Sue) and their two children and his twin brother Claude (Terri, deceased) and their two children.
At Clyde's request cremation has taken place and there will be a small private family service.
Photo: Clyde Earl Burgess
Kay C. Kalbfleisch, 88, formerly of Orofino
Kay C. Kalbfleisch, 88, Lewiston, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Royal Plaza in Lewiston.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Sullivan, 92, 60-year resident of the Cavendish/Teakean
Gladys Sullivan, 92, a 60-year resident of the Cavendish/Teakean area, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Brookdale Assisted Care in Lewiston.
Gladys was born July 22, 1927, to August F. and Meta Schutz Wegner and grew up on their farm near Cameron, Idaho. She graduated from Kendrick High School and obtained her teaching certificate at Lewis-Clark Normal School.
Her first teaching position was in Washtucna, WA. That was where she met Dan Sullivan. They later married Feb. 29, 1948, at Cameron.
In 1949, they purchased a farm in the Cavendish area. This is where they raised their family of four. Gladys was not only a farm wife and mother; she was also a substitute teacher at the two-room Cavendish/Teakean School for grades first through eighth.
Gladys was a baptized and life-member of the Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church near Kendrick. She was an active member of the church's Ladies Aid group and embroidered many pillow slips and kitchen towel sets. She helped to tie quilts for the annual dinner and bazaar fundraiser each year and to sew hundreds of relief quilts that the church sent to other countries.
Gladys took pride in growing fruits and vegetables and preserving them for her family. She loved growing flowers and maintained a beautiful yard. She raised and sold chickens and eggs and helped in the production of their cattle herd. Gladys was a 4-H leader in her community and an election official. Gladys and Dan worked many hours to improve and preserve the community LeBaron Park outside Cavendish and felt rewarded when people left comments in the park register. Each fall, she assisted with the Clearwater County Fair, helping people place their exhibits and later judging exhibits.
In 2010, they sold their beloved farm and retired to Lewiston, close to family and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents and her three brothers, Glen, Wayne and Vern Wegner; her husband, Dan; her eldest daughter, Joanne McAllister, and her husband, Ralph McAllister.
Survivors include a daughter, Lynda (Bob) Roberts; sons, Randy (Durelle) Sullivan and Dale (Christy) Sullivan; eight grandchildren, Kevin (Angie), Eric (Kathy), Jenifer (Jamie), Mark, Col, Stephanie, Dayne (Lindsey) and Clint (Robyn); eight great-grandchildren, Ashtyn, Riley, Blake, Brynn, Jake, Dylan, Nellie and James; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions can be made to Elite Home, Health, and Hospice at 1370 Bridge St., Clarkston, WA 99403; Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 12633 Cameron Road, Kendrick, ID 83537; Willow Center for Grieving Children, P.O. Box 1361, Lewiston, ID 83501; or to a charity of your choice.
Photo: Gladys Sullivan
Rosemary Van Cleave, Madson, Liedkie, 87, formerly of Elk River
Rosemary Van Cleave, Madson, Liedkie, 87, died Friday, July 17, 2020, from complications of Alzheimer's disease at Good Samaritan Assisted Living in Moscow.
She was born Nov. 29, 1932, to Lester and Laura Van Cleave, of Clarkston, WA, where she lived until marrying Everett C. Madson in 1948.
Her travels would take her to Spokane, WA, where Everett was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. They later traveled to Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake, WA, then back to her home in Clarkston.
She later divorced and married Eugene 'Vern' Liedkie. Both ran Riverside Meats in Lewiston until they retired to Elk River. Vern is currently at Good Samaritan Assisted Living in Moscow.
Rosemary was preceded in death by five brothers, Ted, Barney, Eugene, Bill and James; and two granddaughters, Katie Madson and Kari Doggett.
She is survived by her five children, Margaret 'Peggy' Morrill, of Wayne, ME, Clarence "Tim" Madson, of Clarkston, Emory "Butch" Madson, of Spokane, Cheryl McFarland, of Spokane, and Tina Madson, of Orofino; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a loving extended family.
Rosemary was a kind and gentle lady, loving mother, Air Force wife and avid gardener with a never-ending smile.
Women of her caliber are few and far between and will be dearly missed by all.
Rosemary will be buried at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston at a time to be announced later.
Robert G. 'Bob' Artz, 75
On Friday morning of July 17, 2020, my wonderful husband, Robert Artz, passed away, at age 75, from an aggressive cancer of the bone marrow/leukemia.
He went so quickly. This big, strong man couldn't fight it, but he sure gave it his all. Had so much more living to do.
Bob was born July 30, 1944, in Akron, OH, to Wilbur and Ruth Artz. He was raised in Akron, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Jan Hopkins. They had a son and a daughter, Bobby and Kim. Early on they moved to Tucson, AZ, where Bob worked in the copper mines driving huge dump trucks. They later divorced after 16 years.
Bob met and married Teri Todd, which brought them to Lewiston, where she had family. Bob worked at Twin City Foods where he later retired from. He and Teri later bought and started Final Touch in the Lewiston Orchards. They adopted a son, Tori. They later sold the shop and moved to Las Vegas, NV, and opened another detail business. They also helped raise a niece, Natalie, who always called Bob her dad. They had been very close.
Bob moved back to Lewiston, where he felt more at home and where his buddies were. He met Judy Cridlebaugh through some good friends - lucky day for both of them. They married April 14, 2006.
He had an amazing life. His passion and talent were rebuilding classic cars and riding Harleys. He worked on his well-known '55 coral-and-grey Chevy for years. It won the Super Chevy award in Seattle and it made the cover of their magazine. Bob rebuilt many cars, the last of which was his '65 red Chevy Malibu, which we took to many a car show. His good friend, Al Matheson, bought the '55, and he and his wife, Diane, won many more awards.
Bob got into Harleys years ago. Eventually, I rode on the back with him all over the country. He and his friend, George Rauch, started a riding group called the "Buzzards." Every week they would all meet and ride out of town for lunch. This has been going on for 18 years or more. Bob loved those rides. He will be missed.
Hope they have a Harley waiting for you. Save me a seat.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Bobby Artz, of Showlow, AZ; daughter Kim (John) Keth, of Lompoc, CA; son Tori Artz, of Georgia; stepson Bryan (Shauna) Cridlebaugh, of Gig Harbor, WA; stepdaughter Tori Cridlebaugh, of Weippe; brother Jerry Artz, of Akron; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
At Bob's request, there will be no services planned.
Photo: Robert G. 'Bob' Artz
Barbara M. Fitzsimmons, 88, Orofino
Barbara May (Sifton) Fitzsimmons was born June 5, 1932 to Forest and Luella Sifton in Emmett, Idaho. She passed away in Lewiston, Idaho on July 10, 2020 from complcations of Alzheimer's disease.
Barb grew up on a farm in the Crane Creek area east of Weiser and Midvale, Idaho. Her sister, Luella Ann was three years older than her. The Crane Creek farm was remote so they stayed in their home in Weiser during the school year while her Dad stayed on the ranch.
Barbara graduated from Weiser High School in 1950. Summers were spent at the ranch raising hay, grain, and livestock. She had many fond memories of her childhood;
Barbara attended the University of Idaho in Moscow.
In 1952 she married Norm Fitzsimmons. Upon his graduation he was committed to the Air Force Reserves and they moved to Washington, D.C. where she was employed by the National Security Agency.
In 1954, they returned to Idaho and Barb continued her education seeking a degree in Elementary Education. In 1955, Norm accepted a position with the University of Idaho Extension Service in Nez Perce County and they moved to Lewiston.
In 1959, they moved to Orofino, where Norm was the County Extension Agent and she began teaching at the Orofino Elementary School. Over the years she taught second, third and fourth grades. She continued classes and earned a Master's Degree in Education.
As a dedicated teacher, she was an advocate of the Fox Fire teaching method, a unique way of involving students in the history of their family and community, where they learned speaking, writing, and preparing presentations and reports. She loved and enjoyed all of her students. Her interest in history led her to research and prepare an extensive manuscript on the history of rural schools in Clearwater County.
In 1955 her daughter, Susan, was born and her son, David, was born in 1958. In 1969 the family moved to a ranch in the Wells Bench community. There they could continue in their careers but also enjoy the life they were raised in and could give their children the experiences and values of rural life.
Barbara was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was instrumental in organizing a chapter in Orofino, which grew to four chapters in Clearwater County. She also belonged to the Orofino Dance Club, Fine Gold Campers, the Orofino Community Choir, P.E.O. and Rotary Club.
She had an intense interest in antiques and books, especially old children's books and collected many. Besides teaching, she was also an artist and did art in 32 different mediums such as oils, acrylics, pen and ink, tatting, dolls, spinning, dying wool with plants, weaving, drawing, fabric, yarn, and many more. She included her art into her classroom teaching.
Barbara never minded doing things by herself. If she wanted to ice skate she would go out to the pond and do it. Take a class, she would do it. Walk to the back 40 acres, she would do it. She was strong and gentle.
She is survived by her husband, Norman, of 68 years, and her daughter, Susan Howland from Carson City, NV. She has 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Forest and Luella Sifton; her sister, Luella Ann; and her son, David.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is in charge of the arrangements. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned at a later date when the national health crisis has stabilized.
Photo: Barbara May Fitzsimmons
Laurence Burrell 'Skip' Oldham, 88,
Laurence Burrell 'Skip' Oldham died June 24, 2020 in Boise, age 88.
He was firstborn of Volney Lee and Elda Mary Burrell Oldham, in Rexburg, Idaho on Nov. 18, 1931. His sister, Mary Lee Oldham followed.
Owing to his abundant energy, his father began calling him "Skippy" very early and the sobriquet stuck. Nobody ever knew him by anything but Skip.
His chronically ill mother's health forced a family relocation to Hollister, CA, where Skip made pharmacy bicycle deliveries and played baseball.
With Elda's subsequent passing, young widower Volney moved Skip and Mary Lee back home to Rexburg.
Volney soon married prominent Rexburg attorney, Mary Smith, who raised the two. Volney and Mary added two more blessings to their family, sisters Francie and Nancy.
Skip graduated from Madison High School in 1950, where he excelled as a pitcher on Madison's baseball team.
He served in the US Navy, then as a USMC Corpsman during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA, Yokosuka and Iwo Jima, Japan where his unit trained for an amphibious assault on Korea until 1953.
In 1952, he married a lovely blonde, Joan Sutherland and together they had four beautiful daughters: Susie, Barbara, Donna, and Diane.
They resided in Rexburg, where Skip built, co-owned, and managed the Rexburg Bowling Alley, where the Rexburg Senior Center stands today.
Skip was a very accomplished bowler and rolled a 700 Series on a few occasions. He attended Ricks College, fished at Henry's Lake and Island Park Reservoir, played Pinochle at the Rexburg Boat Club, coached a championship little league team and zealously hunted Jefferson County rabbits. Skip and Joan divorced in 1969 and Skip moved to Whitehall, MT.
He married Arlyce Kunz Holley in Anaconda, MT, in 1970. Skip took her son, Steve Holley and daughter, Linda Holley and raised them as his own. Their daughter, Gena Lynn, was born in Sheridan, MT.
Skip began a career in road construction, eventually becoming a summertime heavy equipment operator and wintertime fur trapper. The construction family stayed at long-term, austere, summer campsites. This included places like Hoback, WY, Quake Lake, Wise River, and Lolo, MT.
Skip and Arlyce moved the three children to Peck, Idaho in 1975 where he was employed by Nez Perce County. Skip launched a 20-year career with the U.S. Forest Service working in the Clearwater National Forest.
They moved with Gena to Orofino, Idaho in 1984, until their retirement in 1998.
They moved to Meridian, Idaho following children, but they left their hearts in Orofino. He frequently stated that he had the perfect job because he was paid to camp in the most beautiful forest in the world.
His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, bowling, baking (especially bread), and model airplanes and ships.
Skip was the consummate devoted caregiver to his wife, Arlyce, until she passed in 2009. He recently moved to an assisted living facility.
Skip was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlyce, and daughter, Diane Perkins (Brent).
Skip is survived by sisters: Mary Lee Sellars (Dee) of Rexburg, Nancy Atwood (Roger) of Rexburg, and Francis Murphy (Steve) of Surprise, AZ: daughters, Susie Brittell (Rick) of Meridian, Barbara Hirschi (Mike) of Rexburg, Donna Nelson (Wendel) of Nampa, Linda Holley of Meridian, and Gena Case (Doug) of Boise; son, Steve K. Holley (Dawn) of Provo, UT; 17-grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
The family extends profuse thanks to MorningStar Memory Care of Boise for the outstanding care and compassionate love they provided Skip.
A memorial is planned at his final resting place with Arlyce, at the Cedron Cemetery in Victor, ID, in beautiful Teton County, ID, summer 2021.
Photo: Laurence Burrell 'Skip' Oldham
Barbara Fitzsimmons, 88, Orofino
Barbara Fitzsimmons, 88, of Orofino, died Friday, July 10, 2020, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation - The Orchards in Lewiston. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements.
Tyler Lynn Cochrell, 20, Weippe
Tyler Lynn Cochrell was born March 15, 2000 in Orofino, Idaho to Shawna Rae (Hendren) Cochrell and Brant Allen Cochrell.
Tyler joined his older brothers Justin Lee Cochrell, Kody Lane Cochrell, and Ryan James Cochrell.
Tyler left this earth to be with his Uncle Dan on July 4, 2020.
Tyler attended preschool through Senior year at Timberline Schools in Weippe, Idaho.
Tyler and Colton Brouwers became best friends in second grade and were inseparable throughout their school years and become roommates. The boys played sports together for years and Tyler shot his first bear with Colton his junior year.
Tyler excelled in basketball and played football and field events in track throughout his high school years. Their senior year they made a pact and were co-captains of football and basketball together. Tyler spent a lot of time with his high school girlfriend Emily and she and her family were significant in Tyler's life.
To know Tyler was to love him. He had a larger than life personality. He was a social butterfly and it was nothing to have 65-70 May Day baskets each year for the older ladies on his list. He had friends everywhere he went. Family meant everything to Tyler and he was motivated to have a special relationship with each person. Tyler went out of his way to make younger kids and family members feel special. Tyler would frequently attend family events and birthday parties and sporting events just to cheer them on. Tyler had a soft spot for so many youngsters.
Tyler was involved in Knowledge Bowl every year and was a founder of the EPIC club.
Tyler was Student Body President his senior year and graduated second in his class at Timberline High School.
Tyler graduated with his welding certification from Lewis-Clark State College in May 2020.
Tyler was on the Dean's or President's list each semester and truly enjoyed the college experience.
Tyler's true passion was working for CPTPA (Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association) Headquarters Unit and his ultimate goal was to be CT for life or become a "hot shot" firefighter.
Tyler was involved in his community in many ways and one special event that meant a lot to him was the Weippe Rodeo. Tyler recruited family members and friends to ensure that this community event continued to be a strong tradition.
Tyler was preceded in death by his Uncle Dan Hendren and his Aunt Stephanie Hendren.
Tyler is survived by his parents, Brant and Shawna Cochrell; his brothers, Justin Cochrell; Ryan and Christine Cochrell and niece Graiclyn and nephews Zarek, Wesley, and Vern; and brother Kody Cochrell. Tyler is also survived by his aunts and uncles and their partners: Fonney, Kevin, Miranda, Ashley, Hailey, Preston and Heather and Kelsey and his Uncle Jay; his grandparents, Judy and Dave Turner, Dave Hendren, and Art and Barb Cochrell.
Tyler's celebration of life will be held July 18th at 10 a.m. at the CPTPA Headquarters Office on the air strip. Potluck will be held afterwards at the CPTPA cookhouse. All family and friends are welcome to attend and share memories.
Photo: Tyler Lynn Cochrell
Susan Bacharach Meyer, 84, formerly of Orofino
Susan Bacharach Meyer Sept. 11, 1935 - July 1, 2020.
Born to Chloie (Shaw) and Roy Bacharach, Sue was raised in Orofino, Idaho. At 19 she married Don Allison of Toronto, Canada. Together they attended the University of Idaho, Moscow. In 1958 Sue attained a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. Sue and Don settled in Jackson Hole, WY, in 1960. In Jackson, while raising three young children, Sue learned to ski and became one of the first women ski patrol members on Snow King Mountain. She volunteered as a Candy-Striper at St. John's Hospital and became a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, a faith she maintained the rest of her life.
In 1970, the family moved to Utah so Sue could attain a certificate in Medical Technology. In 1971, the family moved to Duluth, MN, Lester Park neighborhood. Sue worked for the University of Minnesota, Duluth medical school as a research scientist, and taught at St. Scholastica. Later Sue attained her Master's degree in Industrial Hygiene from UMD, taught at UMD and partnered in a consulting business.
Sue and family introduced to the Duluth harbor and Duluth Keel Club; American Pie followed by Bilbo Baggins. Sue fully embraced sailing and race nights. Sue was one of the first all-women's crew of the Trans Superior in 1977.
In 1979, Sue married Dr. Howard Meyer. Sue and Howard found true love and partnership together. They sailed, took dance lessons, and world traveled together. Sue was heartbroken when she became a widow in 2011.
Sue played Bridge weekly for decades with her bridge ladies. She had a passion for singing and playing the piano and was a member of the Duluth Symphony Chorus. She was also an active member of the American Association of University Women, University for Seniors, and many other groups throughout the years. In her 60s Sue began painting and wrote poetry. One of her watercolors is part of the Members Collection in the Tweed Museum of Art.
Sue was an active member of St. Edward's and later St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In the 1990s, Sue began to embrace her Jewish heritage singing with Temple Israel, Duluth choir in conjunction with her Episcopal faith. It was the rituals of services, the choir and the life-long friends she made through her church families that comforted her throughout her life.
An Idaho girl at heart, Sue embraced living in Duluth. She was an adventurous and curious woman who embraced learning and was always open to new experiences. Sue was a kind person and seemingly reserved as she loved her family and friends unconditionally. She is missed.
Sue is survived by her three children, W. Garth (Karen) Allison, Dr. Lisa (Mark) Abeles-Allison, and Robin Allison; grandchildren, Benner Hartnett, Jacob Allison, Elizabeth Abeles-Allison, Gabrielle Abeles-Allison, Mackenzie Allison, and Tianse Abeles-Allison; a brother, Sam (KayEllen) Bacharach; nephew, Roy (Sandra) Bacharach; niece, Army LTC(P) Meagan Rizzo and families; step-children, Howard (Darlis) Meyer, Jr., Joanna (Kurt) LaBresh, Jennifer Miller and Steve Amundson, Deborah Meyer and Leslie Plettner, Sarah Meyer and William Benson, Stephen (Anne) Meyer and all the Meyer children who know her as Grandma Sue.
Susan passed unexpectedly from natural causes. Remembrances may be given in her name to Duluth, St. Paul's Episcopal Church building preservation project or any local charity of your choice. Due to COVID-19 a private family service will be held. Sue's friends are welcome to visit Sue and Howard's resting place in Forest Hills Cemetery, Duluth after July 27.
Photo: Susan Bacharach Meyer
Celebration of Life planned Saturday for Evelyn Ploharz
A Celebration of Life will be held for Evelyn Florance Ploharz at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino.
Evelyn was a longtime Clearwater County resident. She was born June 5, 1930 in Little Falls, MN and passed away Feb. 4, 2020 in Orofino.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers.
She is survived by her seven children, Judy (John) Smith, Helena, MT; Annette (Richard) Koch, Roy, WA; Mike (Melanie) Ploharz, Layton, UT; Pat Ploharz, Spring Hill, FL; Karen (Tom) Pearson, Stevensville, MT; Jerry (Jessie) Ploharz, Mullan, ID, and Teri (Jim) Bolling, Orofino, 19 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Daleiden, St. Michaels, MN; and sisters-in-law, Opal Boisvert, Spring Lake Park, MN, and Lucille Hubner, Motley, MN., along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Evelyn to: the TLC (Tammy L. Clark) Foundation, c/o Jessica O'Shaughnessy, 1106 Alder Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501 or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation, CMPL Foundation Inc., 139 High Country Ln., Ahsahka, ID, 83520.
Nancy Kay Amell, 79, formerly of Orofino
Nancy Kay Amell, 79, surrounded by family, went peacefully to Heaven early morning July 6, 2020. Nancy Kay Rambeau, was born April 15, 1941 in Orofino, Idaho. She was an only child and had many stories about growing up with her many aunts, uncles and cousins. When she was 15, she lost her father in a tragic car accident. She always had fond stories of her father and his practical joke antics.
She and her mother continued to live in Orofino while her mother took over her father's legislative representative seat. She was very proud of her high school opportunity about being a page in the state legislature. Because of her father's and mother's influence she was a strong believer that your voice matters and your vote mattered. She was very active in the Democratic Party (and if she believed in the person, even the Republican Party) and continued to make a difference throughout her life.
She graduated as an Orofino Maniac in 1959, she then moved on to graduate as an Idaho Vandal in 1967. She was very proud of her Maniacs and Vandals and supported them every chance she would have.
She married a Kooskia boy, Lester Joseph Amell, June 24, 1961 and they honeymooned for the summer at Indian Hill Lookout in the Clearwater forest. They moved to Mountain Home, Idaho to start their family and they had a beautiful daughter Kelleen Rose in 1962. Nancy taught at Mountain Home AFB and then moved to the Meridian School District in 1968. She started teaching at Ustick Elementary and then decided to go back to school to get her Master's Degree in Education. Once she decided to go back to school for her masters, Nancy and Joe welcomed their second daughter, Kathleen Sue in 1969. Nancy graduated from Boise State University in 1973 with her Masters.
Nancy pioneered the district and was the first full time female principal in the Meridian School district. She became Ustick Elementary's principal until she moved to principal Eagle Hills Elementary. Her years at Ustick and Eagle Hills Elementary were her most meaningful. She loved teaching children and her fellow educators. She will be remember as being fair but expecting you to get the job done. She has been described as a blessing to the community and the educational system. This is still evident today as she was still good friends with most of her colleagues and she still had past students stopping to say 'Hi' everywhere she went.
She retired in 1998 and started her "bucket list". She was always up for an adventure and would try anything at least once. She loved to travel and traveled to many countries including, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Belize. She loved to travel extensively within the United States. She visited the east coast, mid-west and visited the Oregon Coast often. She loved doing her traveling with her Lollies and Goldies. Her friends meant the world to her! If you saw them laughing, they were probably up to something or a practical joke was brewing. She had a silly side to her that was contagious. She loved to travel with her friends in Beulah (motorhome) and with Beulah they normally had an adventure that included a membership to AAA and stories we will still hear about today. Nancy never knew a stranger. She was happy to help and be anyone's friend. There would seldom be a place she would go that she would not know someone.
She was actively involved with several organizations, Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers, National Educators Association, Presbyterian Woman, Lions Club and proudly the Idaho Democrats. She had an insatiable appetite for learning and reading. She loved her Wednesday morning breakfast club with her beloved Cliff and neighbors Don and Lavonne. She loved to just have fun, spend time with her kids and grandchildren. She was an amazing mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Torok; sons-in-law, Zsolt Torok and Jerry Chapman; granddaughters, Kelsey, Alexis and Allison; grandson, Jordan; multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Lester Joseph, July 4, 1990; and her daughter, Kelleen Rose Amell Chapman, June 1, 2010; and her mother and father.
She will be put to rest with her parents in Lewiston, Idaho at Normal Hill Cemetery.
A private family memorial will be held on July 12th and there will be a link available for the service viewing at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdjtoy6XmKOXXHJSg6tHLIQ.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to your local Lions club, Idaho Democrats or your local schools.
Photo: Nancy Kay Amell
Terriann Yochum, 60, formerly of Pierce
On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Terri got her wings. She passed away at her home in the arms of her husband surrounded by family. Some people have the chance to fight their cancer; unfortunately, she didn't have that option as it came to her fast and furious. Terri was diagnosed May 1 of this year. Although it happened so quickly, there were a multitude of setbacks every step of the way, that regardless of her commitment to fight and the dedication and skilled hands of our surgeon, the body could only handle so much.
Born to Richard and Maryanne Clark on March 20, 1960. Terriann entered this world full of life and ready to go. In 1963, she was joined with a brother, Nick, and a sister, Cheri. They lived in Twisp, WA, until moving to Lewiston in 1967, where she enrolled in school. Upon entering junior high at Sacajawea, she met the love of her life, Chris Yochum. From Sacajawea, she went to Lewiston High School. She went on to marry Chris in May 1977; they just celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. In her younger years, she spent her summers swimming in her backyard pool, which developed her into an amazing athlete. She won several awards and broke records competing at swim meets. To this day, she could still beat us all doing the butterfly stroke.
In September 1977, Chris and Terri, at just 17 and newly married, welcomed their first child, Trever. The following year, they moved to Pierce, where Chris got a job at Potlatch Corp. in Headquarters. Terri managed the local swimming pool and felt right at home. In August 1980, they had their daughter Laci. Two years later, while visiting her parents, Terri's father suffered a spinal cord injury in the family pool, leaving him a quadriplegic, and because of Terri's training, she was able to save him from drowning.
Soon after, Potlatch Corp. in Headquarters shut down and they moved back to Lewiston to raise their family. Terri enrolled in night school, where she earned a degree in dental assisting, and worked for more than 20 years as a dental assistant. She later decided to work for the Lewiston Independent School District as a cook and settled in at Webster Elementary, where she absolutely loved everything about that job, especially the kids. Terri was a great cook whether she was making dinner at home, making meals for the school or their hunting camp cook - dinner was always on the table.
She spent so much of her time over the years sitting in bleachers being her family's biggest fan. Whether it was at her daughter's sporting events, her son's bull riding events or the many miles she traveled to watch and support her husband racing cars, she didn't miss an opportunity to cheer us on. Everyone knew who was hollering "YEE-HAW" from the stands. There was rarely a time that you would see Terri without her sister, Cheri, who, besides just being her partner in crime, was also her best friend. Terri and Cheri spent thousands of miles on the backs of their husbands' Harley-Davidson motorcycles, taking trips with their friends to Sturgis, along with several other trips around the states. Their brother, Nick, was never far behind driving their support vehicle.
Terri was not only the matriarch of her family, but to her group of friends as well. Whether she and Chris were hosting their weekly NASCAR party or just simply a friend's birthday, you could always find her sitting at the hen house table with a smile on her face and a beer in her hand. Chris and Terri also loved hosting their friends and family at their cabin in New Meadows, Idaho. She always enjoyed having her grandkids at the cabin on Christmas morning, as Christmas was her favorite holiday.
Terri is survived by her husband, Chris, truly the love of her life; her son, Trever (Darci) Yochum; her daughter, Laci (Matt) Thorson; her mother, Marianne Clark; brother Nick (Julie) Clark; sister Cheri (Brad) Cleveland; and her grandchildren, Lucas, Sayler, Scout, Tai and Ava Jo.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bud and Florence Peters; father, Dick Clark; nephew, Ricky Clark; and this past October, she lost her grandson, Malcolm Thorson, to cancer as well.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Terri's name to the Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education, 3317 12th St., Lewiston, ID 83501; or to the Jackson's Pay It Forward Foundation, 3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.
The family would like to thank Dr. Alexi Matouseik for his unwavering support and care through this process, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice and Kindred Home Health.
Because of COVID-19, the family will hold a private memorial.
Terri's life cannot be summed up in so few words, but she lived her life her way, and to the fullest. She encouraged others to do the same.
We love you to the moon and back.
Photo: Terriann Yochum
Walter James 'Bud' Lester, 88, worked on Dworshak Dam construction
Walter James 'Bud' Lester, 88, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
Walter was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Weed, CA, to Walter W. Lester and Anita Laura McRae. He graduated from McCloud High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Air Force as sergeant from 1949-1953.
In 1958, he married Carole Gill. They divorced in 1975. In 1981, he married Lois Swanson and they later divorced in 2016.
Walter worked as a standard oil distributor at Mount Shasta, CA, until 1966. In 1967, he moved to Lewiston and worked on Dworshak Dam and many Northwest road construction projects, mainly as a hard rock driller.
He retired in 1993 and enjoyed gardening at his Clarkston home, travel, genealogy and family. He was a member of the Laborers Union No. 238.
He is survived by his daughter, Karin Lester; sons, Kirk and Brian Lester; sister, Ramona; niece, Cinde; nephew, Dan; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Anita and Julian Baldi, and sons Guy Lester and Jeff Lester.
Sign the online book the memories at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Walter James 'Bud; Lester
Maurice 'Chief' Abel McAtty, 40
Maurice 'Chief' Abel McAtty, 40, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA, because of kidney and liver failure.
He was born to Walter "Nim" Abel McAtty and Teri Sampson Littleman on Dec. 14, 1979, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Chief attended school in Clarkston, including Grantham Elementary, Lincoln Middle School and Clarkston High School, to the tenth grade. He worked janitorial work throughout the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
Chief enjoyed the many times with his dad hunting in the mountains and was an outstanding ballplayer, excelling in pitching and hitting home runs. He loved fishing and going to Rapid River and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
He is survived by his mother, Teri Sampson Littleman, of Clarkston; stepfather, Art Littleman, of Clarkston; brothers, Benjamin Sampson, of Weippe, Kyle Lee McAtty, of Clarkston, David I. Samuels, of Lewiston, and Wesley V. Sampson, of Lewiston; daughters, Dionne McAtty, of Lewiston, and Morissa McAtty, of Clarkston; son Maurice "Little Chief" McAtty (II), of North Pacific, WA; grandson, Xzavier McAtty, of Clarkston; grandfather, Melvin Sampson, of Wapato, WA; uncle, Adrian McAtty, of Toutle, WA.; aunt, Suzanne McAtty, of Lapwai; aunts, Violet Nanpooya and Becky LaCourse; aunt and uncle, Teri and Jeff Scott; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Chief was preceded in death by his father, Walter "Nim" McAtty; brother, Walter Abel McAtty Jr.; grandfather, Walter McAtty; grandmother, LaVeda F. McAtty; great-grandparents, Edward and Sophia Nanpooya and Abel and Stella McAtty; aunt, Simone "Sam" Sampson; and great-aunt, Beatrice McAtty Lawrence.
A dressing took place at 2 p.m. Thursday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston and a 7 p.m. memorial service at Pi Nee Waus in Lapwai. There will be a funeral serviceat Pi Nee Waus in Lapwai.
Please sign the online guestbook at merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Maurice 'Chief' Abel McAtty
Levi Joseph Holt, 71, born at Orofino
Levi Joseph Holt, aka Cimuuxcimuux Taxcpol (Black Beaver), began his journey to be with Creator on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Levi was born Nov. 14, 1948, to Lewis B. Holt and Elizabeth Cora Holt. He was a proud member of the Escapo Band of Nez Perce, and grew up in the upper reaches of the North Fork Clearwater River. Levi lived a fulfilling life in which he accomplished many great and wonderful things for the people. Levi was a leader, conservationist, musician, artist, carpenter and veteran. Although his most important titles were husband, father and grandfather.
Levi was born at Orofino and lived his childhood years helping his father run the family cattle operation. He lived for a time in Granger, WA, and those were formative years for him. He graduated from Boise High School and joined the U.S. Army, where he served honorably. After the Army, he moved back to the Nez Perce Reservation and began his career in carpentry. It was then he also began to follow his passion for advocating for the People, the Treaty of 1855, and for the conservation of our Mother Earth. It was during that time he met and married Viola Allen, of Lapwai. They had two children and later divorced.
Levi was a renowned and exemplary leader for the Nez Perce Tribe. He served on the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee from 1992-1995, and again in 2004. He championed the rights of the tribal membership, the sanctity of the Treaty of 1855 with the United States, and tamulwit, a sacred responsibility to the natural world. Whether it was in the halls of Congress, at the National Congress of American Indians, or in boardrooms of conservation organizations around the country, Levi excelled. He spoke with grace and eloquence for the rights of Indigenous people, and for the wolf, salmon, buffalo, clean water and healthy forests. Levi secured the place of many species through his advocacy. His conservation legacy will be as the Voice of the Wolf and their return to the Pacific Northwest.
Levi loved to be an artist. His beautiful music reflected a life filled with tribulation and achievement. As a carpenter, he also utilized his creative passion. He was very proud of the construction projects he supervised and the structures he built. He was a flutist. Levi loved to express himself by the music of his flutes. With his flute, he performed for many special occasions and contributed to many ceremonies. Whether it was with his harmonica, electric slide guitar, hammer or flute, Levi created beauty.
Nurturing and supporting family dominated Levi's life. He met his wife, Patricia Monter, and they fell deeply in love. They were bright stars in each other's lives. They breathed life into each other and had a beautiful journey. Levi loved their annual trek to Colorado and spending time with the family. Levi cherished his children. His precious "Little Girl" and beloved "Sonny" were the most important people in his life. He loved his grandchildren and was always their biggest fan. He loved to check in with them and hear the wonderful things they were doing in life. He proudly proclaimed to the world who his children and grandchildren were. He also spent much of his time with nephews and nieces, inspiring them and guiding them with his unique wisdom. Levi believed in the Circle, and embraced his brothers and sisters as leaders of the clan. He spoke honorably of his siblings, and always shared stories of their accomplishments. Levi's life was full of love, music and relationships. He treasured all of his friends in music and in the conservation community. He spoke highly of you all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Holt and Elizabeth Cora Holt; and siblings, Ferris Holt, Norman Holt, Claudia Holt-Barnes and Maynard Holt. He is survived by siblings, Marcelene and Richard Anderson, of Wapato, WA, Ronald Holt, of Lapwai, Lewis Holt, of Lapwai, David and Sarah Holt, of Lapwai, Virgil and Sandy Holt Sr., of Lapwai, and Adrian and Angel Holt, of Wapato.; daughter, Clarice and Orlando Villavicencio, of Lapwai, and their children, Koyama', PoxPox Himi-n, Kahless and Joseph; and son Joseph and Lindsey Holt, of Worley, Idaho, and their children, Shiniah, Ashlee and Jolissa.
Dressing was at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday, the procession gathered at the Nez Perce Tribal Long House at Spalding and accompanied the body to the Jonas Cemetery at Sweetwater where graveside services were held. To-go dinner plates were picked up after the graveside service at the Methodist Church. The family appreciated everyone's patience and understanding in implementing social distancing protocols during this difficult time.
Photo: Levi Joseph Holt, aka Cimuuxcimuux Taxcpol (Black Beaver)
Arvin Earl 'Al' Spurling-Finley, 78, formerly of Orofino
Arvin Earl (Al) Spurling-Finley passed away at home on June 8, 2020, at the age of 78. He was surrounded by love when he passed after bravely battling cancer.
Arvin was born on September 26, 1941 in Los Angeles, California to Herbert Earl Spurling and Winifred McKay Tolland.
Best known as Al by his community, family, and friends, to know him was to love him. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. Al had a very kind and giving heart, helping anyone, whether they were a stranger or a friend. Al was loved and respected by the community where he lived. He was a wonderful husband, dad, brother, son, father-in-law, grandfather, and uncle. A true family man and friend, Al was a hero to so many. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and take long drives with his wife and critters.
Al was married to Frankie Gillstrap in 1965, until her passing. He then married Nancy Koontz in 1974, and they gave life and love to five wonderful children. In 1990, Al married Bessie Christina (Tina) Tyndall and took her children under his wing to love and call his own.
After serving in the US Navy from 1959 to 1965, Al worked on the construction of the Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho. His true calling was within law enforcement though. He became a Sergeant for the Orofino Police Department, a deputy for the Clearwater Sheriff's Office, and a deputy for the Custer County Sheriff's Office. In 1993, he was elected Sheriff of Custer County. He was proudly working for the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Forest Fire Program at the time of his passing.
Arvin is preceded in death by his mother, Winifred Martinez; father, Herbert Spurling; grandmother, Dale Kautzman; sister, Maureen Bangle; first wife, Frankie Finley; and granddaughter, Stephanie Burrup.
Arvin is survived by his wife, Bessie Christina Finley; sisters, Glenda (Jack) Winget, Cheryl Munson, Debra (Chuck) Harper, Norma (Ralph) Schaeffer, Melissa Marsh; brother, Jon (Barbara) Finley; his children, Don (Julie) Nyden, Connie (Scott) Bowcutt, Rena (Herb) Fields, Melissa (George) Scala, Hollie (Richard) Burrup, Nicholas Finley and James (Heather) Finley. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation. https://wffoundation.org/.
Photo: Arvin Earl 'Al' Spurling-Finley
Franklin Braucher, 83, worked on Dworshak Dam construction
Our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Frank Braucher, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from complications of Parkinson's. He was 83.
Dad was born Nov. 11, 1936, in Johnson, Kan., to John and Ethel Braucher. Dad was the eighth of nine children.
When Dad was very young, the family migrated to Colorado for a short stay, then on to the homestead near the town of Westlake, a few miles from Craigmont. Dad always told us stories of walking, skiing or riding his horse to school, uphill both ways of course. When dad was 18, he built his parents a house in Craigmont and moved them into town from Westlake.
Dad and Dorothy Marie Bower were married June 14, 1965, gaining three children from this union: Tom, Peggy and Russ. Randy, Robert and Shannon joined the family over the next six years. Dad always called us his six-pack.
Mom and Dad lived in Craigmont for a couple of years before they bought a small farm/ranch overlooking Sweetwater in 1967. This is where Dad taught the ethics of hard work and how valuable that would be throughout our lives.
Dad was a carpenter by trade and could build just about anything. He worked on many large projects in the area, including Dworshak, Little Goose and Lower Granite Dams, Expo 74, the Southway Bridge and many others. He did this while also farming and ranching the home place and another small farm/ranch that Mom and Dad leased with Connie and Larry Vallem. Us kids had a lot of fun there learning how to farm, ranch and even did some logging.
In their later years, Mom and Dad sold the home place and moved to a smaller place on Sweetwater Creek. They then moved to the family cabin in Forrest. The kids and especially the grandkids have many fond memories of their time there. Dad loved to take the grandkids fishing in his boat on Soldiers Meadow lake near the cabin.
Dad was preceded in death by his wife in 2011; his parents; and by all but one of his siblings, brothers Warren, Johnny, Clifford and Dale, and sisters Nellie Poxleitner, Lorraine Dugger and Bonnie McFalls.
He is survived by his younger brother, Dwain; his six children, Tom (Shirley) Bower, Peggy (Bob) Goeckner, Russ (Theresa), Randy (Kay), Robert and Shannon (Norm) Hagle; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren, with 3 great-grandchildren on the way.
Our family would like to thank Life Care Center of Lewiston for the amazing care and compassion Dad received in his stay there. You are the best.
A service will be held at a later date after the world settles down.
Photo: Franklin Braucher
Harold 'Bill' Brown, 78, formerly of Pierce
On Thursday, June 4, 2020, our brother and friend heard the angels sing and laid down his earthly burdens and went to join his mother, Julia; father, Harold; little brother Bruce; brothers-in-law George and Darold; and his wife, Judy.
Bill was born June 23, 1941, to Harold and Julia Brown in Bridger, MT. He was born in the same house his mother was born in. When he was six years old, the family moved to Pierce, and his father went to work for Potlatch Forests Inc. as a logger. In 1950, the family moved to Clarkston, WA. Bill attended the Holy Family Catholic School system.
When he reached manhood, he followed his dad into the woods to become a logger. It was while they were working in Montana that he met his first wife, Deanna. He became an instant father to Deanna's two girls, Brenda and Wanda. Two more girls were born into the family, Paula and Rae Ann. The marriage ended in divorce.
He worked for several different guys, including Emery Hall, Hartman Logging in Elk City, McCall Logging of Fernwood and Swanson Logging of Clarkston. In 1978, while working for Swanson Logging, he suffered a severe injury when a tree fell on him, breaking his back. He was flown to Tri-State Hospital by a helicopter furnished by Bennett Lumber of Princeton.
Bill's life was forever changed. No longer able to return to his previous occupation, he bought a truck and hauled wheat out of Montana to the Lewiston Port, and then he turned the truck into a logging truck. Then he bought a loader and started loading logs until his retirement. It was while he was trucking that he met his second wife. He and Judy Cope were married in 1980. Judy came into the marriage with two boys, Justin and Micah. They had two more children, Billy and Peggy.
After his retirement, Bill and Judy managed the Bottoms Up Tavern in Juliaetta from 1980-85. They purchased a piece of land in Juliaetta that is now known as Brown's Addition.
They moved to Arizona with their two youngest children in 1994. They returned to Juliaetta when Judy became ill. She passed away in 2014. Bill could never sit still; he had to be doing something. He was a man of many talents including making furniture, wooden toys, restoring cars, sewing and quilting, among other things.
Bill had many major health issues in his life, but was able to manage them all until his kidneys started to fail and he had to go on dialysis. He could never make peace with that.
He was laid to rest beside his wife in the Juliaetta Cemetery.
Louise says, "Wish we could have made it to Orofino to see Jim Bonner like you wanted."
David says, "I was always very proud of you and admired all of your talents."
Pat says, "After having taken care of you this past year and watched as you lost more and more control of your life, you just wanted peace. I hope you have found that. You were a very good brother. I miss you more than words can say."
Marilyn says, "I always have been proud of my big brother. He has fought and won so many medical obstacles thrown his way since his 1978 logging accident. Even though I will miss him for the rest of my life, I find comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain. Bill, I hope to see you again one day so we can continue our conversations. I'm grateful for the memories I have of our time together traveling down the Montana highways. I love you and already miss you dearly."
He is survived by his siblings, Louise Laughton, Pat Burcham, David and Grace Brown and Marilyn and Vaughn Duffield; his children and their families; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a half-sister, Hazel Mayo.
We wish to say a special thank you to Dr. Kumar and his staff at Lewis-Clark Kidney Center for their kindness to and care of Bill.
Photo: Harold 'Bill' Brown
Gavin Russell Ehlinger-Sherard, age 12, Orofino
It is with great sorrow and heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, grandson and friend, Gavin Russell Ehlinger-Sherard, age 12.
Gavin was a loving son, brother, grandson and friend. He drew the friendship, love and admiration of an astonishing number of people before the arc of his young life was cut short on June 3, 2020, in the backwoods of Idaho enjoying the outdoor activities that he thrived on so much.
He was never boring, always funny and his generosity, empathy and concern of other people and their feelings endeared him to many. Countless times while at the store he would bring enough candy home to share with all his buds in the neighborhood, "The Hartford Biker Gang".
At the side of his big brother, Alex, whom he idolized, Gavin was the energized sidekick always up for the next adventure with his big brother. They collaborated together to outwit their mother and friends with their many schemes of torment. Together they loved to shoot trap with the Orofino Pierce Gun Club and spent many hours gaming as both allies and enemies on their favorite video games at home. Truly, theirs' was a bond unbroken.
Known as a prankster, many of us waited for his sense of humor to erupt. His wit was always irrepressible, unpredictable, and often a little mischievous. His joy for life was infectious and he shared his happiness with all who were around.
Gavin enjoyed baseball with his team, riding his hoverboard, camping, fishing and generally just being out of doors, no matter the season or temperature. Above all, he loved his family more than words could possibly convey, and we loved him so very much.
Gavin was genuinely a polite, respectful, considerate and caring boy and he was much loved in return. His family and friends hold tight to that love and are beyond grief for his loss. The memory of Gavin's goofy smile will always warm our hearts.
"Absent from body, present with angels, goodnight sweet prince. May flights of angels sing thee to your rest."
He is survived by his mother, Asia Ehlinger; father, Donny Sherard; brothers, Alexander Powers, Brian, Aaron & Kevin Sherard; grandparents, Debra & Russell Ehlinger and Josephine Sherard; Uncle Aaron; as well as many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life memorial and potluck will be held Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Pink House Hole campground pavilion on U.S. Highway 12, west of Orofino. Family friend Brian Craig-Slovik will officiate. Please bring a folding chair and maybe umbrella, as well as all your memories of our Gavin. We all have concerns about the COVID 19 virus, so please hold your handshakes and hugs until a safer time.
An account has been set up in Gavin's name at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, ID 83544.
Note: A special thank-you to the Musselshell & Lolo Creek Forest Service employees, the Clearwater County EMS & Life Flight crews and the unknown helpful persons that gave their valiant and heroic energy in Gavin's rescue effort. Thank you.
Photo: Gavin Russell Ehlinger-Sherard
Courtney LeeAnn Morris, 15, Weippe
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter Courtney. Courtney LeeAnn Morris, age 15, passed away at her home in Weippe on May 11, 2020. She was born on Nov. 7, 2004 in Lewiston.
From the time Courtney was born until she was called back to Heaven, she brought so much joy, happiness and laughter to our lives and anyone that knew her. She was loved by so many. Courtney had such a kind heart and would always try to help others.
Courtney was a freshman at Timberline High School and enjoyed things most teenage girls enjoyed, listening to music, hanging out with friends, fashion, makeup. She loved to ride four wheelers and go swimming in the summer. Her favorite sport was volleyball.
Courtney had an extreme love for cats, especially her own two that she adopted. She was involved in 4-H raising market swine to save money for her future. Her wish was to be a flight attendant so she could travel the world.
Courtney is survived by her parents, Tony and Sisalene Morris; a sister, McKenzie Morris; grandparents, Rick and Kathy McIntosh, Fred Borders, Millie Morris, Dan Morris; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Richard Shope.
Courtney will be remembered for her kind heart and desire to help others. She touched the lives of so many. She will continue on with us all through memories, and we will carry her in our hearts. We know she is without pain and is now at rest in God's arms.
This isn't goodbye but until we meet again. Fly high sweet Angel....A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Photo: Courtney LeeAnn Morris
Ardith T. Stewart, 96, formerly of Orofino
Ardith T. Stewart, 96, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, at Guardian Angel Homes Cottage House in Lewiston.
She was born May 22, 1924, to William H. and Nellie (Shook) Trotter in Princeton, Idaho. Ardith graduated from Potlatch High School and was the last surviving member of her class. She was a homemaker and very much enjoyed caring for everyone around her and those she loved dearly.
She married Max L. Stewart on Feb. 6, 1946, in Moscow. They made their home in Potlatch until moving to Lewiston in 1947. In 1978, they settled on a 24-acre piece of property on the Gilbert Grade near Orofino where they farmed and raised timber. In 2001, they moved back to Lewiston, where Ardith stayed for her remaining years.
Ardith was a member of the Orchards United Methodist Church. She also loved to cook and go on fishing and camping trips, as well as often making trips to the casino. Traveling was something that they cherished and experienced trips all over the Western United States. Most of all she took every chance she could to spend time with her family. Max and Ardith were married for 66 years until Max passed away Nov. 26, 2012.
She is survived by her three sons, Bill (Shari) Stewart, of Lewiston, Mike (Barbara) Stewart, of Moscow, and Scott (Nan) Stewart, of Red Bluff, CA; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Max, and sister, Donna Rueppel.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
Photo: Ardith T. Stewart
Gary D. Forsey Sr., 85, taught in Elk River
Gary D. Forsey Sr., 85, of Lewiston, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
He was born June 5, 1934, in Pilley's Island, Newfoundland, to Philip Samuel Forsey and Doris N. Cobb Forsey. He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in math and science. He obtained his master's degree at the University of Idaho in 1996. Gary served in the U.S. Air Force for eight and a half years, from 1953-62. He served in the U.S. Army from November 1962-74 as a personal control unit, served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. Gary was awarded a Purple Heart among numerous honors awarded. On Nov. 11, 2019, he earned the Spirit of Freedom Award.
Gary married Marie Johnson on March 26, 1969, at Orchards Community Church in Lewiston. Gary taught at Nez Perce Tribal School in Lapwai, the first year of Lewiston High School Alternative School (the pilot program), at Elk River High School at Elk River, math tutorial service at Walla Walla Community College and Lewis-Clark State College.
Gary was a member of multiple organizations, including Orchards Community Church (1974-89), the Lewiston-Orofino-Clarkston Bowling Association (1974-95), Lewiston's Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 631 (1979-present), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Senior Citizen Bridge League.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Forsey, of Lewiston; sons, Gary D. Forsey (Judy), of Ozark, AL., Philip A. Forsey (Kelly), of Burbank, CA, and Robert E. Forsey, of Lewiston; sisters, Judy Campbell (Harry), of Henderson, NV, and Joan Forsey, of St. John's, Newfoundland; brother, Robert Forsey, of St. John's, Newfoundland; four grandsons; one granddaughter; five great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and 29 nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Philip S. Forsey; mother, Doris N. Forsey; son, William "Bill" Forsey; sister, Phyllis Ewer; and brother, Howard Forsey.
At this time, no services are planned. Memorial donations in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org. Donations may also go to the Lewis-Clark State scholarship funds at 125.lcsc.edu/donate.
You may sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Gary D. Forsey Sr.
Thomas Kyle Groseclose, 86, formerly of Orofino
Thomas Kyle Groseclose, 86, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, of old age at Sycamore Glen Adult Family Homes in Clarkston, WA.
He was born Oct. 9, 1933, to Houston and Lillian (Dyer) Groseclose in Juliaetta.
He attended Juliaetta-Kendrick schools and later served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. In his free time, he enjoyed reading and watching Westerns.
He married Virginia Marie Carpenter and they had four children together. They were married for 64 years. They lived in Waterloo, Iowa, where Thomas worked at the John Deere Factory until he retired in the 70s and moved to Freeman Creek Road near Orofino and lived there for many years.
He is survived by his four children, Roxanne (Frank) Shankle, Suzanne (Larry) Geffre, Kylene (Bill) Reasland and Neal (Debbie) Goseclose; 11 grandkids; and 15 great-grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Virginia.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A viewing will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. Graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Cavendish Cemetery, 4386 Middle Road, Lenore. Rev. Craig Groseclose of the Cameron Lutheran Church will officiate the service.
Photo: Thomas Kyle Groseclose
Floyd K. Haugen, 87, worked at Dworshak Dam
Floyd K. Haugen, 87, of Lewiston, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Written by Floyd himself:
He was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Belt, MT. His parents were Conrad and Wilhelmina Haugen. He grew up on the family ranch 13 miles from Belt, and attended a one-room schoolhouse for grades one-four. Floyd then completed grade school and high school in Belt. He worked on the ranch for two years after high school before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He served in the Korean conflict from 1953-54, and then began studies at the College of Great Falls. After one year, he transferred to Montana State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.
Floyd was employed by the Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers in July 1958. After an 18-month training program, he took a position in contract administrations (change orders and claims) on the Titan I Missile Project in Moses Lake, WA.
While there, he met the love of his life, Marian E. Thorstenson. After a short courtship, they were married Oct. 14, 1961, at Trefoldighed Lutheran Church near Battle Lake, MI.
Floyd's work took them to various places and they lived in six states in the next five years, including a year at Stanford University to obtain a master's degree in construction management. He then served as resident engineer in charge of all Corps of Engineers projects in southern Idaho.
Floyd then took a temporary position at Dworshak Dam in November 1968, which ended up stretching out into various projects around the area so they could continue living in Lewiston until his retirement in 1988.
Floyd and Marian had a great time in retirement, with trips to most of the great historical centers of the country, including Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Texas, Alaska and California. The highlight of them all was a family trip to trace their roots to Norway in 2005. They also were dedicated members of Trinity Lutheran Church where they spent many volunteer hours on various causes and projects. They also volunteered together at Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army soup kitchen, Sons of Norway benevolent projects and Habitat for Humanity.
Floyd liked to hunt and fish, was a rock hound who displayed gemstones that he cut and polished, and collected stamps and coins. He enjoyed helping elderly people with weeding their gardens and flower beds, digging stumps and painting houses.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Marian; his son, James, of Walla Walla, WA; his daughter, Amy, of Renton, WA; his sister, Blanche Potter, of Great Falls, MT; and his sister-in-law, Audrey Haugen, of Lewistown, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Gary and Clifford.
The family would like to thank Dr. McIntosh and his team, as well as the staff at Life Care for the love, respect and dignity they showed our husband/father in his final years.
Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A private family burial is planned. There will not be a service at this time.
Memorial donations can be made in Floyd's name to the Salvation Army or Snake River Community Clinic.
Photo: Floyd K. Haugen
Lee Neiffer Steffes, 85, formerly of Orofino
Lee Neiffer Steffes passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Royal Plaza Assisted Living, in Lewiston. She was 85. Son Francis "FJ" was at her bedside when she passed away.
Lee was born March 9, 1935, in Baker, MT, to William and Mary Neiffer. She met Francis Steffes where he was working as a baker. Lee later told a family friend that Francis had a sharp mind for business even as a young man.
Francis and Lee were married May 1, 1951, in Ekalaka, MT, spending almost 63 years together. They lived in eastern Montana, where together, they raised five children.
The family moved to Lewiston in 1969. Francis went into a partnership, co-owning Ideal Homes in Orofino; he commuted back and forth from Lewiston to Orofino until 1972, when Lee finished beauty school and they moved to Orofino. While living in Orofino, Francis became sole owner of Ideal Homes, and Lee opened Lee's Beauty Den in Riverside. Lee was very personable to her customers, greeting them with her wide smile even after standing all day long.
Lee and Francis were active in their children's activities. Many will remember that they were present at son Kent's numerous football and basketball games. Lee and Francis gave rides to many cheerleaders to many away games, in which Clarissa (Jackson) Cleto thoroughly enjoyed the ride and chats with Francis and Lee.
Lee and Francis were also active at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, where they helped see the new church built. They spent many years enjoying the Clearwater Valley and the many friendships they made while there.
In 1991, Lee and Francis semi-retired and returned to Lewiston. They became active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. In 2010, they moved into Royal Plaza Assisted Living. There, Francis preceded Lee in death in 2014. Lee remained at Royal Plaza until her death.
Lee is survived by Patti Steffes-Marsh, of Clarkston, WA; son Francis "FJ" Jr. (Candi), of Boise; Kent (Tammy), of Lancaster, CA; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be set at a later date at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Lee Neiffer Steffes
Cecilia M. Turner, 94, OHS grad
Cecilia M. Turner, 94, passed away of natural causes Friday, May 15, 2020, at Golden Girls Residential Care hospice care in Lewiston. Cecilia's family is forever grateful for the excellent end-of-life care provided by the staff at Golden Girls.
She was born Nov. 7, 1925, to Leeta (Stonebraker) and Joseph Patrick Hayden, in Lewiston.
Cecilia graduated from Orofino High School in 1943. She married builder Robert Klein-Schoorel in 1947. They had three children, and were divorced in 1956. Cecilia married pharmacist John Turner on Sept. 12, 1958. They had one child, and Mr. Turner adopted the children from Cecilia's previous marriage. The marriage later ended in divorce in 1972.
She worked for the state of Idaho Youth Services for three years, and was an administrative assistant for the Division of Environmental Quality for 35 years. She retired at 80.
She was involved in a variety of community events and organizations. She was a founder of Lewiston's "Candy Cane Lane" on Sunset Drive; a 1964 Lewiston Roundup chaperone; member of the Fine Arts Committee and chairman of the Fine Arts Ball of 1968; member of the Welfare League, and later took the position of chairman in her 10th year. She attended Fourth Day of Grace prayer group for 35 years and was a congregant of All Saints Catholic Church.
Cecilia Turner was a devoted mother, grandmother, GiGi and friend. She was incredibly proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. If you had the pleasure of knowing Cecilia, you almost certainly also know of her family. Nothing pleased her more than to boast of their accomplishments. Cecilia was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. We will miss her every day.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Pat) Lightfield and Lisa (John) Fabrique, both of Lewiston; grandchildren, Ashley (Dave) Morris of Everett, WA, Kiley (Brady) Claussen of Lewiston, Stephanie (Mitch) Bowen of Lewiston, Rob (Courtney) Lightfield, of Troy, Lucy (Tim) Laney of Lewiston, Scott (Jerriann) Turner of Martinez, CA, Alicia Turner of Chico, CA, and Alex (Megan) Turner and Angela Turner of Spokane, WA; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Nicholas and Ronald Turner; and sisters, Katie Carey and Barbara Fairley.
A rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, followed by an 11 a.m. service. Social distancing guidelines will be in place.
Photo: Cecilia M. Turner
Hilda W. Frei Nuttman, 93
Hilda W. Frei Nuttman, 93 of Cottonwood, ID passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur D'Alene.
Hilda W. Nuttman was born on Maughmer Point, Keuterville, Idaho to Sabi (Eusebaiua Julius) Frei and Clara Bauknecht Frei on March 29, 1927. Her mother died when Hilda was seven years old. She and her older brother moved in with and were raised by Joe and Amalia Uhlenkott. She tagged along to Point School with her older brother, Richard to learn English. Hilda attended Karnes School for one year. She attended grade school and high school at St. Gertrude's Academy, living as a boarder part time, graduating in 1944.
After high school, Hilda spent a year with relatives in Wilmington, CA, and worked at Woolworth's. She returned to Cottonwood, met Robert J. Nuttman and they were married in April 1947. In July 1948, the couple had a daughter (Gail). She lived on a small farm south of Cottonwood all her adult life. She was employed as a part time receptionist and bookkeeper at Dr. Orr's office for 28 years and for 18 years at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. She did clerical work for Cottonwood Sales Yard and Spencer Livestock Sales Yard in Lewiston for many years. She drove a mail route in the Winona Area for a time.
Hilda was a member of the St. Mary's Hospital Guild, the Christian Mothers, the CDA and Prairie Senior Citizens serving as treasurer for many years. Hilda was also a member of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee for 24 years.
Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Richard, her husband, Robert and her daughter, Gail.
Survivors include her sister Dorothy Hanson, Ferdinand, ID, her brother Leo and wife Betty Frei, Lenore, ID, her son-in-law Larry Church, Fruitland, ID; grandsons, Jeff (Ginger) Church, Fruitland, and Rob (Sarah) Church, West Lafayette, IN; granddaughters, Dianna (Troy) Thomson, Santa Fe, NM and Jacque Church, Wenatchee, WA. She also had nine great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of cousins.
There was a public visitation at the Blackmer Funeral Home on Thursday May 7, 2-6 p.m. Friday, May 8, there was a Rosary at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood at followed by a Mass of Christian burial. Graveside service were at the Keuterville Cemetery.
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Photo: Hilda W. Frei Nuttman
Terry Lynn Van Meeteren, 68, Orofino
Terry Lynn Van Meeteren passed away on April 21, 2020, at his home in Orofino after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on May 12, 1951, in Sheldon, Iowa, to Cordie and Mona Van Meeteren, and was the second youngest of 13 children.
He married Joanne Klostermann in 1972; they had three children, and later divorced.
Following his divorce, he spent several years in California and Oregon before settling in north central Idaho. There he met and, in 2007, married his partner and best friend, Jeanne, who survives him. He passed on their 13th anniversary.
Terry spent his life as a carpenter, operating his own business wherever he lived. His love of wood working showed in the beautiful custom cabinetry he crafted. He also enjoyed playing pool, and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs, especially when they won the World Series. In later years, he became a devoted Gonzaga Basketball fan while still rooting for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
He is survived by his loving wife; his three children, Chris (Kara) Van Meeteren, Amy (Travell) Carothers, and Shaun (Deanna) Van Meeteren, all of Iowa; six grandchildren, Kaylee, Whitney and Jace Van Meeteren, Damon and Dante Rodriguez, and Eliza Van Meeteren; and one great-grand child, Kahlil Rodriguez. He is also survived by three sisters and eight brothers.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Terry Lynn Van Meeteren
Verna Elvira Neal, 87, formerly of Sunnyside
Verna Elvira Neal, 87, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Life Care Center of Lewiston because of the coronavirus.
Verna was born to Arthur Chester Hancock and Lavada Ellen Breeze Hancock on May 1, 1933, in Sunnyside, Idaho, near Ahsahka. She attended school in Kamiah.
Verna was a realtor from 1972 to 1982 in the Lewiston-Clarkston area. She spent time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had four children, Mike, Gary (Kathy), Dale, Scott (Pam); 10 grandkids; and 13 great-grandkids.
She married Martin D. Jay on Dec. 20, 1949, and divorced in 1966. She was married to Buford Cordell Neal from June 15, 1968, until his passing, March 20, 2010. She married Phil Koler on Oct. 1, 2011.
The family would like to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Lewiston for all their loving care of Verna. They are incredible.
Verna is survived by her brother, Arthur Calvin Hancock, of Weippe, sister Betty Louise Sheets, of Lewiston, and brother Joseph Melvin Hancock, of Clarkston. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, two brothers and one sister.
Services will be held at a later date. Please sign the online guestbook at merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Verna Elvira Neal
Diana Schoeffler, 74, formerly of Orofino
Diana Schoeffler, 74, of Lewiston, Idaho, passed away on April 10, 2020. She was born Oct. 7, 1945 to George and Gretta Green in Orofino.
Diana earned her bachelor's degree from Lewis-Clark State College in 1990. She held several jobs in the Lewiston-Clarkston area before retiring from Mac's Cycle in 2014 where she worked for more than 20 years.
Diana enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, camping and watching movies.
Diana is survived by her children Shawn Schoeffler (Stephanie) and Kim Humphreys; grandchildren Sara and Luke Schoeffler, Austin Kilmer (Jena), Zoey and Trace Steele; and great granddaughter Harper Steele.
Diana wishes to spend eternity up in the mountains where she used to camp, so her ashes will be spread at a later date.
Photo: Diana Schoeffler
Vicki Owsley, 68, formerly of Orofino
Vicki Mae Owsley passed away peacefully on April 19, 2020 in El Cajon, CA,
Vicki was born on Feb. 15, 1952 in Caldwell, ID, to her parents Richard and Donna Curtis.
In 1968, Vicki left Boise and moved to Orofino where she graduated from high school in 1970. Vicki, while attending Boise State University, married her high school sweetheart, Clark, in 1972.
1974, found Vicki and Clark headed for Pensacola, FL, looking for a Navy adventure. They spent the next 26 years with the Navy.
Vicki gave birth to her daughter, Kristi, in San Diego, CA on Oct. 17, 1975. Four years later she gave birth to her son, Bobby, in Pensacola, FL on Nov. 11, 1979. After several Navy moves, the Owsley's finally settled into their current home in August, 1984 in El Cajon CA.
In 1989, Vicki earned a Masters of Arts in Education from San Diego State University, launching a fulfilling career in education as a Reading Specialist. Intelligent and strong, Vicki had a gift for teaching. She loved her job and adored her students. Hundreds thank her for teaching them to read and she cherished their successes.
Wherever Vicki traveled, great friends quickly followed. They remember her wisdom, warmth and passion of life. Her joys' included hiking, biking, spin classes, reading and relaxing by a warm fire.
Vicki found an acre of land in McCall in 2003 where she designed and had built a family log cabin. Her cabin was one of her favorite places and she shared it with family and friends.
An amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher and friend, Vicki also loved and cherished her grandchild, Brandon Jones. Vicki invested much of her time doing what grandparents are supposed to do. She spoiled him perfectly and helped him become an outstanding young man that she was forever proud of.
Vicki is survived by her husband, Clark, her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Alicia Owsley of Brooklyn, NY, her grandson, Brandon Jones and her sister and husband, Pam and Mike Bessent of Boise. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Kristine Jones, and her mother and father.
Vicki will be interned beside her daughter in the Mary Carpenter Memorial Garden at the Foothills United Methodist Church in La Mesa, CA. An internment ceremony will be at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, Vicki would ask that donations be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Photo: Vicki Mae Owsley
Rene Phillips, 73, formerly of Orofino
Rene V. Phillips caught fish and loved his family, being highly successful at both and good at all things he applied himself to, including gardening and woodworking, among other pursuits. If you've never heard of Rene before reading this obituary, his name rhymes with Gene, or bean, or Dean. It's Rene. He always knew when telemarketers were calling because they asked for Renee.
Rene was born in March of 1947 to Howard and Peggy Phillips, living in Pierce and Grangemont, Idaho, as a youngster before moving to Orofino. His surviving siblings, Lorraine Kidder, Nancy Wunderlich and her husband Larry, and Barbie Deyo and her husband Mark, still live in Clearwater and Nez Perce counties. His folks and older brother, Bill, have already passed.
When his nation called, he answered, serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam who walked in front of convoys, armed only with a metal detector, finding DIY land mines planted in roads - the IEDs of his day. Rene was too humble to tell you this, but he earned a Bronze Star for meritorious service in the face of a hostile enemy for his work in Vietnam.
Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he worked alongside his father and brother in the family logging business, Bano Inc. Later, Rene had a long career in public service as a Health Protection Officer for Ada County where he helped manage landfill operations and held would-be polluters accountable. His boss recalled Rene was a quiet man whose reserved words were backed up by competence and capability.
What Rene did speak about often was his family, for he loved them so deeply. Karen and Rene's lifelong romance started in a high school typing class, continuing through their 52 years of marriage, producing their son Scott. His beautiful bride, Karen, was his best friend, constant companion and partner in all adventures. They traveled across the west and she often out- fished him, which Rene admitted freely. In his final months, she was his compassionate and loving caregiver, too.
And Rene talked about fishing, sometimes blurring the fine line between fishing-fact and fiction.
Last summer, he bought a welded-aluminum fish-slaying machine and outfitted his new boat to fish any waters between the Pacific Ocean and the Clearwater River. Karen, Scott and his wife Courtney, and their children Jackie, Scotty, Bridgi and Jackie's boyfriend Christian intend to honor this man they love so much, Papa, by frequenting his favorite fishing spots and landing a limit of kokanee.
Rene left for a great fishing trip in the eternal waters on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at that time of day when the fish are just beginning to bite. He passed at home in his son Scott's arms, awakening moments before heading out on his next adventure to gaze into Karen's eyes, surrounded by his daughter-in-law Courtney and his grandchildren Jackie, Scotty and Bridgi, whom he loved so much.
Rene's cremains will be interned at a few of his favorite fishing holes and at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise with full military honors. A gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.
Photo: Rene V. Phillips
Mabel Lena Wedding Hunt, 87, formerly of Weippe
Mabel Lena Wedding Hunt left us Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Life Care Center in Lewiston, where she had been residing. She was well loved and will be missed by her family and friends.
She was born Aug. 15, 1932, to Acie and Marie Agnes Cyr Wedding, in Council, ID.
She married Lyle Hunt on Aug. 4, 1951, in Weippe, and had seven children. Lena and Lyle later divorced, in 1972.
She enjoyed quilting, which her daughter, Lynn; and granddaughter, Tonia; picked up from her. She liked to fish but wouldn't eat them. She also enjoyed her family, loved the outdoors and loved to drive the rolling hills in Weippe. She had a handful with seven children, but all were successful and learned a lot from her. She loved her dogs and cats. Puzzles were another one of her favorite pastimes.
She is survived by her son, Ken (Carol) Hunt, of Culdesac, and her daughters, Kathy (Sam) Cash, of Lewiston, Connie (Rocky) Pool, of Spokane, WA, Bonnie (Terry) Temple, of Bonnie Lake, WA, Lynn (Robert) Boyle, of Ridgecrest, CA, and Susan Atkinson, of Lewiston; 11 grandkids; 12 great-grandkids; 5 great-great-grandkids; and 3 great-great-grandkids on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Acie and Agnes; her brothers, Charles, Glen and Frank; her oldest daughter, Shirley; and a grandson, Mike.
Services to follow at a later date.
Photo: Mabel Lena Wedding Hunt
Lloyd 'John' J. Brooks, 73
Lloyd 'John' J. Brooks, 73, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020, at his home in Clarkston, WA, from congestive heart failure.
He was born April 27, 1946, to Len and Marie Brooks, in Pomeroy, WA.
When John was 12, the family moved to the Clarkston Heights. John attended Clarkston schools until graduation in 1964. He met and married Linda Lahti on Sept. 5, 1965. Both were lifetime residents of Clarkston. They had four children, Jay, Theresa, Robert and Willy.
John started working for Potlatch Corp. as a green chain puller, later becoming a millwright, and retiring after 45 years. He also worked on the Florence Hansen farm for many years. He was an avid hunter, spending his retired years enjoying the outdoors at the family farm in Peola, WA. He was a member of the Peola Pioneer Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
John is survived by his brother, Ken Brooks, of Orofino; daughter, Theresa Brooks, of Post Falls; sons Robert (Brandee) Brooks and Willy (Annette) Brooks, both of Clarkston; grandchildren Cari, Christy, Kendra and Riley; great-grandchildren Kevin, Chase, Darren, Daxton and Lily; and fur friends Clem, George and Penny.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Brooks; parents Len and Marie Brooks; and son Leonard Jay Brooks.
Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Peola Pioneer Cemetery. Donations in John's honor can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Photo: Lloyd "John" J. Brooks
Vollie Quinten 'Dude' Hunter,82, Orofino
Dude Hunter was born to Milton N. Hunter and Fannie A. Hunter (Langdon) in Eureka Ridge, Orofino. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. Hunter, son Rick Hayes, grandchild, Kim Sanford, parents, sister, Edith and five of six brothers, Lawrence, Wallace, Jamie, Lowell, and Rhoda.
Dude loved fishing in Alaska and story-telling. He was gregarious, generous and well-liked by everyone he met. He could make the nurses laugh and turn a negative into a positive. He would jump to help anyone that needed a favor. He loved to help anyone in need.
As a lineman, he told some extremely funny stories about hanging from a helicopter in Alaska to put up poles. He was always looking forward to his annual trips back to Alaska to fish for salmon and halibut with his friends and nephew, Keith. Although he didn't like to eat fish, he brought back a freezer full to share with everyone and stories that he would hold close to his heart forever.
Dude is survived by 4 daughters, Jill (Todd) Swanson, Julie (Norris) Boothe, Debbie (Pat) Hightower and Patti Miller. Dude is also survived by brother, Dwight Hunter; 9 grandchildren, Matthew (Kristi) Ward, Tara (Kyler) Courtney, Garrett Swanson, Joanna (Tim) Lewis, Sarah (Joseph) Young, Rebekah (Quincy) Saunders, Melissa Sanford, Lindsey (Josh) Lang, and Taci VanLueven; 19 great grandchildren Kyler, Jayce, Avery, Brady, Breona, Easton, Damian, Dominique, Jack, McKenzie, Parker, T.J., Michael, Julia, Tetra, Finnian, Landon, Avery and Emmy. And one very special nephew, Keith (Diane) Hunter.
Memorial Services will be after the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders are lifted.
Photo: Vollie Quinten 'Dude' Hunter
Lena M. Hunt, 86
Lena M. Hunt, 86, of Lewiston, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Willard A. Cochran, 93, Ahsahka
Willard A. Cochran, 93, of Ahsahka, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation of Cascadia in Orofino.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Gage Frizzell, 21, formerly of Stites
Gage Frizzel,l 21 of Couer D Alene and formerly of Stites died March 10, 2020 near Hauser, ID.
Services are pending for late April with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Marlene May Haag Stellmon, 86, born in Lenore
Marlene May Haag Stellmon, 86, passed away peacefully while surrounded by many family members on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Spokane, from causes related to age.
She was born May 17, 1933, to Victor and Velva Haag, in Lenore. After moving to Lewiston with her family, she attended the Weaskus Grade School and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1951.
While in high school, she met her future husband, William A. "Bill" Stellmon. They married in Lewiston on Dec. 12, 1954. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan. 3, 1957.
Prior to her marriage, Marlene graduated from the Sacred Heart nursing school. She worked for many years as a nurse, assisting surgeons for Lewiston Orthopedics. She loved her job and the many people she worked with there. Marlene and Bill were very supportive of the Lewiston community, spending many hours in various causes, including the Valley Boys and Girls Club, the Lewiston Roundup Association and the Lewiston Roundup Royalty. Marlene and Bill were also very involved in Lewiston schools and school activities.
They are the parents of five children, all of whom graduated from Lewiston High School. The Stellmons lived across the street from the high school, and their home served as a gathering place for her children's many friends and acquaintances. Marlene baked thousands of cookies during those years to provide treats to all of her drop-in visitors. She also prepared numerous kettles of oatmeal and stored many, many textbooks that were left in the corners of her home. Marlene attended hundreds of football, basketball and baseball games in the valley while supporting her children, grandchildren and other youth. She was a life-long supporter of Lewiston High School athletics and Seattle Mariner baseball. Marlene could be frequently seen darting around town in her blue Volkswagen convertible.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she spent many hours in service to her church. She loved the youth and served in many positions in the church, and also served a full-time mission with Bill at Martin's Cove, WY. She had many church friends and enjoyed serving and associating with them over the years.
Bill and Marlene always had "room for one more" and frequently had neighbor kids at their table. They also took in many young people who needed a place to stay for a short period of time. Their door was always open to anyone who needed a hand. In 1997, Bill had early onset Alzheimer's. For 12 years, Marlene took care of her husband in their home with faith, patience and endurance, until Bill's passing on Dec. 18, 2010.
Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; and brother, Charles. She is survived by her brother, Rick (Jeannie) Haag of Lewiston; sister-in-law, Gail Williams of Clarkston; her children, Jacob (Kelli) Stellmon of Loon Lake , WA., John (Donna) Stellmon of Eagle, William (Cindy) Stellmon of Oceansides OR, Lisa (Brad) Mangum of Burns, OR, and Daniel (Melanie ) Stellmon of Clarkston; 24 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Marlene's children will hold a private graveside service for Marlene, as a precaution because of COVID-19. A memorial service will be held for her at a later time, at which time there will be an opportunity for grandchildren, extended family, community and church friends to honor Marlene's memory.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Hon. William A. and Marlene Stellmon Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho College of Law in care of the University of Idaho Foundation.
Photo: Marlene May Haag Stellmon
Marvel Muhonen, 83, formerly of Orofino
It is with great sadness that the family of Marvel Violet Muhonen, née Grasser, announces her passing on March 12, 2020 at the age of 83. Marvel spent the last months of her life in Blacksburg, VA, in the care of her daughter, Tamara Shimozono, battling breast cancer.
Predeceased by her husband of 60 years in 2018, Ma-vel had recently been living with her children and grandchildren across the country. She was a beloved mother, grand-mother, sister, minister, evangelist, and friend.
Marvel was an Idaho woman through and through.? Born Dec. 10, 1936 to Harvey and Violet Grasser, née Carr, she was raised on her grandfather's homestead in Orofino with her sister, Louise.
Growing up, Marvel shared a special bond with her nearby grandparents and cousins. She worked on her parents' ranch, as a hospital volunteer, and for the U.S. Forest Service, spending summers with her family at the "lookout."?
Marvel graduated from Orofino High School then earned a BA in Education at the University of Idaho, where she met her husband, Paul Muhonen, whom she married in 1957. After college, Paul began his career with International Business Machines (IBM) in Boise, where Marvel taught English until they started their family in 1959.
Marvel's inner beauty shined without, and she was selected as a Princess at Idaho's Centennial celebration in 1963. Paul's job took the family all across the country, to Poughkeepsie, NY, to Los Angeles and San Jo-se, CA, and finally back to Pocatello, ID. After Paul retired from IBM, he and Marvel moved back to Boise, where they spent their golden years tending their gorgeous flower gardens and enjoying visitors at their lovely home.
They loved spending summers at their Orofino ranch, picking huckleberries, cherries, and morels, attending Lumberjack Days, and spending time with family and friends.
Marvel was well known for her labor of love in the kitchen, from her luscious baking (pies and cinnamon rolls were her specialty) to preparing sumptuous dinners for family and friends.
An intrepid crotchetier, she spent countless hours creating elaborate afghans for her children and grandchildren.
Marvel was also masterful with the pen. She enjoyed writing clever poems for her children and grandchildren, and authored dozens of gospel tracts and newsletters for worldwide distribution.
Unwavering in her Christian faith, Marvel was known for her generosity and positivity. She donated to feed and clothe the needy, and shipped dozens of boxes of apparel to the poor overseas. She aspired to live and teach determination, perseverance, faith, hope, and forgiveness.? "Let bygones be bygones," she often said.
Marvel wore out dozens of King James Bibles over the years, studying and writing, modeling her life from the inspiration she drew from the word of God.? She wrote in the cover of her last Bible, "Love is the only House that is big enough for all the pain in this World."
Through the end of her days, Marvel spent her time finding ways to help those she loved, and with her last breath praised the Lord in all things.
Marvel will be lovingly remembered by her 10 children: Gregory (Pamela) Muhonen, of Loveland, CO, Michael (Linda) Muhonen, of Corona Del Mar, CA, Christian (Wendy) Muhonen of Pocatello, ID, Anna Vaughn of Loveland, Tamara (Mark) Shimozono, of Blacksburg, VA, Stephen (Jennifer) Muhonen of Chubbuck, ID, Timothy (Heather) Muhonen of Eagle Point, Oregon, Martina (Michael) DelleDonne of Bolton, ON, Canada, Rachael (Ken) Franklin of Aliso Viejo, CA, and Serena Occhino of Odenton, MD; and by her sister, Louise Beavert, of Clark-ston, WA.
Marvel will also be fondly remembered by her 27 grand-children, 3 great-grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, and by her "Nigerian son," Imeh Johnson of Houston, TX.
Marvel was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband of 60 years, Paul Frederick Muhonen.
Condolences can be shared on line at https://www.hornefuneralservice.com.
The family will host a memorial service and celebration of Marvel's life well lived this summer in Orofino; details will be forthcoming.
A charitable memorial fund has been set up in Marvel's honor at Children's Hospital of Orange County, CA. Marvel dedicated her life to raising children and helping the disadvantaged. Knowing other children were being helped would make her most happy. Donations can be made online at www.choc.org/donate (enter amount, select option "Other" and type in "Marvel Muhonen Memorial Fund.").
Donations may also be sent to Good Samaritan Hospice of the New River Valley, which cared for her during her final months. Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Drive Christiansburg, VA 24073.
Photo: Marvel Violet Muhonen
Craig J. Grimes, 49, formerly of Orofino
On Monday, March 2, 2020, we as a family said goodbye to our beloved husband of Trixie; dad to Josh, Kelly, Olivia, Jarrod and Emma Jo; and the best papa to Braylon, Heston and Penelope Ann.
Craig was born July 4, 1970, in Riverside, CA, and spent his youth living in Orofino. He was always picking up odd jobs to make a few bucks, selling everything from the newspaper, cards and gift wrap, shoes and even knives. In high school, he worked at Dworshak Dam.
After graduating high school in 1988, Craig joined the U.S. Air Force, and was an honorable discharge in 1990.
Craig lived in Nebraska close to 10 years before returning to Idaho.
Craig was at his best when spending time outdoors. He enjoyed his job as a loader operator for Ray Moss Logging for many years. Our family spent any free time we had on the job with Craig, no matter where that may be. When that operation ended, he worked for a few other places, taking jobs that would most benefit his family.
Craig had a passion for the outdoors. He was adamant that he instilled this into his children. Taking any opportunity, he had to teach them to cut firewood, hunt, fish and respect their surroundings at all times.
In December 2015, Craig was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The heartbreaking reality was he had become disabled. This disease took many things from Craig and our family, but never his determination and drive. He never gave up.
He always found ways to busy himself, from helping Trixie with her child care business to building things for friends and family. His main focus was always Trixie, his kids and grandkids.
Our family is very thankful for the love and support our community has shown us throughout these past four years. We are stronger because of all of you.
A very special thank you to Lewiston Cancer Center staff, nurses and Dr. Clinton Morgan. All of you were our light in the midst of darkness that came from this disease.
Craig was preceded in death by his mother, Penny MacDonald; and son Joshua Grimes.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Highland School gymnasium, 112 Boulevard Ave., Craigmont. A lunch will follow in the school cafeteria; please bring a covered dish or dessert to add to the taco bar.
Shawn David and John Paul Carr, age 3, Weippe
Shawn David & John Paul Carr, age 3, went running into heaven fishing poles in hand on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
Shawn and John were born on Sept. 23, 2016 to Chance Carr and Hannah Hueth, in Lewiston.
They both loved fishing with their dad, often competing for who caught the biggest bass. One of their highlights was camping and fishing on the North Fork as a family.
Shawn's favorite color was blue and he made his mommy laugh by quoting lines from his favorite movie, The Fox and the Hound, while talking in his sleep.
John's favorite color was red and you could often find him running around wearing only his helmet and favorite PJ Masks underwear.
They were country boys through and through, often going "Hunting" with their toy wood guns. They were a team in everything they did and especially loved playing with their dog Savage.
The boys were preceded in death by their grandfather, Shawn Carr. uncle, Donald Hueth; great grandma. Robin Hueth; and cousin, Dillan Carr.
The twins are survived by their parents, Hannah and Chance; grandparents, Tessie Carr, Casey Eaton, and DJ Hueth; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Timberline High School in Weippe, from 1-5 p.m. on March 6, 2020. All are welcome to attend.
Shawn and John were full of life and touched so many lives. They were too big for this world and will be forever missed.
Photo: Shawn David and John Paul Carr
Carol Bonnalie Molin (Rawson), 81, formerly of Orofino
Surrounded by her closest family and friends, our mother and grandmother left this world, to embrace her son Jim at the gates of Heaven, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, after patiently waiting 49 long years. She was 81, but if you asked her, she was always 25.
She was the third of five daughters born to John and Frances Bonnalie on July 16, 1938, in Orofino.
She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1957. Shortly after she married her blind date, Sam Rawson, on June 29, 1957. They shared 50 wonderful years together in which time they had four children, Gerri, Ann, Jim and Dawna. She always had a love for food and was never shy if she didn't like it. She shared that love with the community by opening Sharol D's restaurant in 1979, with her husband, Sam. After the closure of Sharol D's in 1986, she continued in the service industry as the coordinator for Valley Meals on Wheels and manager of the Sunset Motel in Clarkston, WA.
In the early 2000s when many her age were considering retirement, she started a new venture, opening Carol's Deli. She continued working hard while instilling those same values in her children and grandchildren who worked by her side. After the closure of the Deli, she entered "retirement" where she continued to work odd jobs, including working at A&B Foods, Walmart and volunteering to cook at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
After the death of Sam, she met Ken Molin. They were married in August 2010, and she moved to Grangeville. In the two short years they were married, they enjoyed going to breakfast at the Hilltop and the occasional trip to the Silver Dollar in White Bird. After Ken's passing in 2012, she continued to live in Grangeville, where she met her companion, Bill Carlson, who she cared for deeply up until the end.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Joice Luft and Lorna Day; husband of 48 years, Sam Rawson; son, James Dee Rawson; grandson, Brandon Rawson; and her second husband, Ken Molin.
She leaves behind her companion, Bill Carlson, and many lifelong friends. Also surviving are her sisters, Clara Sipe and Connie Sumpter; daughters, Gerri, Ann (Bill) and Dawna (Lance); grandchildren, Dustie (Mike), Charity (Gene), Ashley (Luis), Jeramy, Heather, Tyler, Megan (Jared), Sheighlyn (Jesse) and Haylee (Randy); 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to send their deepest appreciation to the staff at Advanced Health Care of Lewiston for taking such wonderful care of our mother and grandmother in her final days, and a very special thanks to her favorite night shift nurse, Michael, for treating her as if she was his own mother. We will never forget your kindness.
A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at the Lewiston Eagles, 1304 Main St., Lewiston.
A private graveside service will take place at a later date, where she will be laid to rest at Normal Hill Cemetery with her son, James.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Meals on Wheels or the Gina Quesenberry Foundation.
Photo: Carol Bonnalie Molin (Rawson)
Mary Katheryn Benson Hubbart, 89, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Mary Katheryn Benson Hubbart passed away early on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Royal Plaza Healthcare with her husband, Cliff, by her side.>Mary, better known as Kathy, was born to William Verner Benson and Lillie Marie Penley Benson on Oct. 1, 1930, in Boone, N.C. While going to school, Kathy worked at the theater in Boone, selling tickets. In 1950, she moved with her family to Pierce for a short time before moving to Orofino and eventually Lewiston, where she worked at J.C. Penney. She married Edward Arnzen, though they later divorced. Kathy married Clifford E. Hubbart in August 1969. Together they raised each other's children as their own.
This blended family enjoyed travel and seeing the great outdoors whether it be on a trip cross country or a camping excursion nearby. Later, Cliff and Kathy became members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, and enjoyed many motorcycle adventures. Once the children were grown, Kathy rejoined the workforce as an employee of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for more than 13 years before retiring.
For 49 years, she was an active member and supporter of Warner Avenue Alliance Church, which later become CrossPoint Alliance Church. Kathy's hospitality was enjoyed by numerous visiting missionaries, musicians and college performers whom she welcomed into her home. She had a heart for missions and helped through active support and correspondence. Her refrigerator was covered with pictures of people she regularly prayed for.
Kathy was a loving wife, devoted mother and homemaker who enjoyed a good book or stitching a fine embroidery. Dementia eventually made these things impossible but didn't take away the Southern spitfire spirit she was proud of - things are probably much more exciting in heaven now.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Cliff; son, Greg Arnzen (Margie), of Lewiston; stepdaughter, Edwina Lloyd (Kirk), of Irrigon, OR; her brother, Carl Benson, of Lewiston; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by both parents; infant son, Eric Arnzen; daughter, Linda Wilson; and stepson, Fenton Hubbart.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 3 at CrossPoint Alliance Church.
Photo: Mary Katheryn Benson Hubbart
Mary Ann 'Mares' Leger, 82, formerly of Orofino
Mary Ann 'Mares' Leger passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Lewiston.
Mary Ann was born April 17, 1937, in Orofino, to Melvin and Edna West. She married Robert Leger on May 5, 1967, at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene.
Mary Ann was a stay-at-home mom and enjoyed sewing, crafts and spending time with their dogs.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Leger, of Lewiston; son, Roger Leger, of Seattle, WA; daughter, Angelia Lemm, of Logan, UT; granddaughter Mikayla Porath, of Smithfield, UT; grandson Skylar Lemm, of Logan, UT; and sister Sandra Kelley, of Orofino.
Thank you to the staff at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. A celebration of life will be held in the summer with a date to be determined.
Photo: Mary Ann 'Mares' Leger
Rex Maitland Barstow, 91, formerly of Orofino
After 51 and a half years with "one foot in the grave," Rex Maitland Barstow, age 91, finally put the other foot in, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at his Lewiston home.
Born March 23, 1928, in Moscow, and never a smoker, Rex was diagnosed with lung cancer and had his left lung removed at age 40. For about the next 30 years, he and his family endured a month of fear, anxiety and depression in the days leading up to his annual checkup. His cancer never returned, and he lived far longer than he ever expected, seeing a lot that he "would never live to see."
He saw his children, Ben (Janet) Barstow, Linda (Jeff) Eaton and LeeAnn (Shawn) Nilsson, all married. He saw his wife of 34 years, Donaldean "Donnie" Jenkins Barstow, die of melanoma. He found himself with a second wife, Frances McCoy Hall Barstow, and four stepdaughters and their families, Connie Davis, Frances "Bo" Flatt, Rose Mary "Posie" LaDow and Annie Jernberg. In Rex, they found a father they never really had. He saw his seven grandchildren, Mary Barstow MacDonald, Tyler Barstow, Kyler Nilsson, Allyssa Nilsson Loesch, and Hannah, Rachel and Julia Eaton, all off to college. He lived to see more than half of them married, and got to know six great-grandchildren.
His life was longer than either of his parents', Rexford Walker Barstow and Marguerite Lilly Warren Barstow. He outlived his second wife, Frances, stepdaughter Rose Mary, and his siblings, Robert Angus Barstow and Katherine Elizabeth Karo. He finally died, not from long-expected cancer, but from congestive heart failure and TMB (Too Many Birthdays).
Though the dread of a returning cancer occupied the back story of much of his life, Rex was not outwardly defined by it. Many did not even know of his "pulmonary handicap." Rex was always mechanically inclined, even before age six when he disassembled his mother's vacuum cleaner. (Rex: "I couldn't figure how to get all those shiny little needle bearings to go back in the motor.") He was inventive, from beginning to end. Early wringer washing machines were gasoline powered, and he built himself a Maytag-powered go-kart, swapping the engine back when his mother needed to do laundry. At age 86, when he finally needed oxygen, he hobbled to the shop with his cane, and made devices to keep his oxygen hose from snagging on the dining room chairs. Stubborn, and a bit of a perfectionist, his solutions were well-made and well-done - "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right!" (Except, when Rex said it, there would be a string of swear words instead of an exclamation point.)
At age eight, he started stocking shelves at Dickenson's Grocery across Moscow's Third Street from where he lived. As a teenager, he also started working as a "helper" in the plumbing shop at Powell Plumbing and Heating, and Mr. Dickenson told him, "Son, as long as there is a grocery store, someone is going to need a plumber." He continued working part time for Powell Plumbing and Heating through high school and college at the University of Idaho.
College was interrupted when the Idaho National Guard's 148th Field Artillery Battalion was called to active duty, and Rex spent 12 months as a sergeant assigned to battery C of the U.S. Army's 96th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea. Upon return, he continued college and worked part time for Powells', married Donaldean Jenkins, of Colfax, WA, on June 13, 1954, and finally graduated (B.S. in agriculture) in 1956.
Electing to follow the grocer's advice, he chose plumbing as a career. In the fall of 1958, he and Donnie moved to Orofino, where they made many lifelong friends. They started Barstow Plumbing and Heating, which they owned and operated together until 1966. At that time, he decided to close his business and go back to working for a union shop. "The best thing about working for someone else," he said, "is that you always get paid." The family moved to Lewiston in 1969, but continued to return to Dworshak and the North Fork for fishing and camping. Rex worked for various shops and contractors for the next 25 years, initially as a plumber, and later as a pipefitter. While working, he taught the plumbing apprenticeship course at night for 10 years, and after retirement, worked part time for the City of Lewiston as a plumbing and gas inspector.
He plumbed houses and buildings, and laid water and sewer lines from Anatone, WA, to the Forest Service's Kelly Creek Work Center, and from Grangeville to Colfax. He worked on University of Idaho's Ag Science Building, the Kaiser works in Spokane Valley, Dworshak Dam, the Satsop Nuclear Plants (WPPS) and for various contractors on major projects at Potlatch Forest, Inc.
This story probably best illustrates his career: The vessel for the new bleach plant at the Lewiston pulp mill was scheduled to arrive via special rail car. The manufacturer's representative asked the job superintendent who would be the best man to put in charge of unloading the very large and delicate vessel. His response: "Well, you probably won't get along with him, but if you want it done right, give it to Rex Barstow."
In retirement, he spent more time fishing, cracking walnuts and giving them away, making dill pickles, cutting firewood at the family's Moscow Mountain cabin, tending his raspberry patch, making fruitcake, picking huckleberries and doing some traveling. He and Frances enjoyed the Orofino dance club and Wilderness Gateway jam sessions, traveling to his Army reunions, and the local veterans coffee club.
His family would like you to join them from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 1, at the Lewiston Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave. Food and beverages will be served.
Rex's family would like to thank Advanced Care Hospice for their wonderful care of Rex. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley, 1021 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Rex Maitland Barstow
Evelyn Florance Ploharz, 89, Orofino
Evelyn Florance Ploharz, beloved mother, grandmother and friend of many passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 89 and a longtime Clearwater County resident.
She was born June 5, 1930 in Little Falls, MN, to Jerome and Francis Boisvert. She had two older brothers, Lawrence and Edward and a younger sister, Dorothy.
Evelyn attended Lady of Lourdes Parochial Grade School and graduated from Little Falls High School in 1949. While in high school, she was catcher on the softball team.
In Little Falls, she met and married Joseph C. Ploharz and they moved to western Montana where they raised their seven children and lived for 30 years. They lived in Corvallis, Columbia Falls, Libby and Stevensville.
In 1980, Joe and Evelyn's logging company, J.P. Logging and Construction, was awarded several Potlach logging road construction contracts in the Headquarters area and thus they moved from their farm in the Three Mile area of Stevensville, MT, to Weippe, ID. During the recession of 1983, Evelyn and Joe sold the logging business and purchased the High-Country Café in Weippe from Luke and Marilyn LaPointe changing the name to the Timberline Café. Joe passed away in a car accident in April of 1991. Evelyn continued to operate the café until 2000 when she sold it and moved to Orofino, where she resided until her passing.
She was a past member of Our Lady of the Woodland in Pierce and current member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. Evelyn was a member of Clearwater Senior Citizens center, enjoying the company and comradery there on Tuesdays and Fridays. She had a green thumb, was a breast cancer survivor, an avid reader and enjoyed quilting in her later years.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers.
She is survived by her seven children, Judy (John) Smith, Helena, MT; Annette (Richard) Koch, Roy, WA; Mike (Melanie) Ploharz, Layton, UT; Pat Ploharz, Spring Hill, FL; Karen (Tom) Pearson, Stevensville, MT; Jerry (Jessie) Ploharz, Mullan; and Teri (Jim) Bolling, Orofino; 19 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Daleiden, St. Michaels, MN; and sisters-in-law, Opal Boisvert, Spring Lake Park, MN, and Lucille Hubner, Motley, MN., along with numerous nieces; nephews and cousins.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Evelyn's Life will be held Saturday, July 18, 2020, 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino, ID. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Clearwater Valley Hospital for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Evelyn to: the TLC (Tammy L. Clark) Foundation, c/o Jessica O'Shaughnessy, 1106 Alder Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501; the Orofino Rotary Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 482, Orofino, ID 83544; or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation, CMPL Foundation Inc., 139 High Country Ln., Ahsahka, ID, 83520.
Martha H. Rieman, 93
Martha H. Rieman, 93, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Lewiston, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Martha was born Sept. 30, 1926, to Michael and Anna Geis in Ferdinand. Martha and Leonard Rieman were married Feb. 22, 1946, and lived on the ranch in the Keuterville area until Leonard's death in 1985. She was preceded in death by 10 of her siblings.
Mom loved to garden. She would have lots of flowers. Gladioluses were one of her favorite flowers, along with roses, especially red. Every spring, we were encouraged to come help her plant her garden so we could eat on them all summer. As the seasons changed, we harvested the garden to prepare for the canning process that would help us through the winter months. During the winter months, Mom would do a paint by numbers of the Last Supper picture and give it as a gift to her children.
Martha is survived by her two daughters, Betty Sorenson, of Boise, and Debbie Estlund (Dave), of Clarkston; her two sons, Allan Rieman (Rachel), of Barstow, CA, and Clifford Rieman, of Cottonwood; sisters, Francis Nuttman, of Keuterville, Rosie Steiger, of Kamiah, Margie Gentry, of Orofino, and Rita Walker, of Bear Creek, AK; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to share with us the celebration of Martha's life at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with services to follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Burial will follow at the Keuterville Cemetery. Christian mothers will be holding a dinner at the Cottonwood Community Hall following the burial. Blackmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Martha H. Rieman
Nona Marie Hill, 77, formerly of Orofino
Nona Marie Hill, age 77, passed away February 1, 2020 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Wasilla, Alaska, while surrounded by her family.
Nona was born in Pocatello May 23, 1942. She and her twin brother were the youngest of nine children born to Henry Elmer Crump and Ida Vietta Crump. The family moved to Orofino where Nona attended high school, met and married the love of her life, Richard Hill. They were married for 62 years and made their home in many places, including Weippe; Sheridan, WY; Missoula, St. Regis, Helmville and Great Falls Montana; for the past 22 years in Anchorage and Wasilla Alaska.
Nona worked as a waitress, secretary, and later went logging with Richard. She drove log truck, ran skidders, kept the books and cooked for her crew, who she dearly loved. Nona loved to garden and exploring Alaska with her family; anywhere there were berries to pick and fish to catch. Nona's spirit was bigger than her little body could hold, which poured out over all she touched. She dedicated her life to family, friends and kitties.
Nona is survived by her husband, Richard, daughter, Barbara Worley (Mark); grandsons, Josh Nelson (Meg) and Kody Worley (Emily); five great grandchildren, Caitlin, Jacob and Zoe' Nelson, Abel and Laina Worley: sister, Una Crump and brother, Lynn Crump, many nieces and nephews and good friends.
A celebration of life will be held Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Alaskan Memorial Chapel in Wasilla, with a luncheon to follow. All are welcome to attend and share your memories; to meet her once, you were her friend for life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating in her memory to the Mat-Su Animal Shelter, she loved all living things and wanted no orphans.
Photo: Nona Marie Hill
Evelyn Ploharz, 89, Orofino
Evelyn Florance Ploharz, 89, Orofino, ID, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.Services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Paul Schmidt, 71, formerly of Weippe
Paul Schmidt, 71 was born to Alfred and Martha Schmidt in 1949. He was one of six children and grew up in Nebraska. After graduating from high school, he served honorably for the US Navy as a radar man on the USS Nitro, deployed in the Mediterranean.
After leaving the Navy, he moved to Vail, CO. He began his career in the grocery business, while taking advantage of the camping and fishing opportunities provided by the area. Paul later moved to Idaho where he continued to work in grocery stores in Weippe, Cottonwood, and Grangeville. Paul was extremely hard-working. He took pride in his work and doing things correctly the first time. He strove for quality work and provided excellent customer service.
He met and married Irene Wettstein in 1976. They moved to Grangeville and raised three children. When not at work, Paul was an exceptional home cook. He also had numerous interests including history, football, the outdoors, travelling and most recently, cabochon and jewelry-making. He admired the delicate intricacies of small details and enjoyed working with his hands. He enjoyed capturing vacation moments and travels on camera and recounting details of past adventures with his wife and family; so long as it was him behind the camera, not in front of the camera.
Paul was exceptional at helping whenever possible. He strove to put family first and would help with whatever he could, no matter the scope of the request. He would volunteer to help with house projects on his days off, take a phone call to help with a recipe or lighten the mood with a "dad joke." He knew what was important to his family and stayed strong to provide them with whatever he could.
Paul suddenly passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Irene; his children, Heather, Ken and Greg; and sister, Barbara. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Alfred, Donna, James and William.
Paul's Celebration of Life was a potluck style event held at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. The family would ask that any memories or stories you have of Paul be written down, so they can be preserved. There will be a box at the Celebration of Life to drop your memories and cards into. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Paul Schmidt
Oliver Charles Bittleston, 90, formerly of Orofino
Oliver Charles Bittleston, 90, was born Oct. 18, 1929, to Cyrus Bittleston and Lottie Wolske Bittleston, in Coeur d'Alene. Cyrus and Lottie had eight children (five girls and three boys), Mabel, Alfred, Marie, Irene, Elmer, Hazel, Dorothea and Oliver. He was the youngest of those eight children.
Oliver was raised on a stump farm homestead outside of Coeur d'Alene. Cyrus Bittleston and his family cleared the land and put it into farming. Oliver attended school at the Meadowbrook School (country school) for the first eight grades. His first grade was held in a neighbor's house because the country school building had burned - a new school building was built by the following year. After eighth grade, Oliver attended Coeur d'Alene High School. Cyrus suffered several heart attacks, so Oliver took a semester off in his sophomore year to care for the family farm and his parents. After that semester off, Oliver returned to school and finished high school after five years.
He then attended Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR, working his way through college. Oliver graduated with a degree in Christian theology. While at Warner Pacific College, Oliver met and fell in love with Blanche Seekins. After completing college, Oliver and Blanche married June 12, 1953.
In 1954, Oliver and Blanche began their work in the ministry. Oliver served as an ordained minister for 60 years, serving in Montana, Idaho and Washington. Oliver served as a bi-vocational pastor. He and Blanche supplemented the ministry with business vocations in order to support their family. Oliver and Blanche pastored in Big Sandy, MT, from 1953-56. They then returned to Coeur d'Alene, where they ran a boys' home, farmed the family farm and logged until 1962. In 1962, they moved to Orofino to pastor the First Church of God. During the years in Orofino, Oliver worked for the state forestry service. Then he started Clearwater Homes and Service, working on RVs in 1963. In 1964, they branched out into selling and servicing mobile homes. In 1978, Oliver left the pastorate and went into business full time.
Oliver and Blanche raised five children together: Cyrus Bittleston (Diana Ferris Poulton), of Orofino, Creta Reilly-Saxton (Joe Saxton), of Uniontown, WA, Corlene Becker (Tim Becker), of Genesee, Christy Skinner (Larry Skinner), of Orofino, and Cynthia White (Ernie McPeak), of Clarkston, WA.
After suffering with multiple heart ailments, Oliver and Blanche sold the business and moved to Clarkston in 1982 to pastor the Clarkston First Church of God. Oliver suffered a severe heart attack as this transition was occurring, requiring bypass surgery. During his recovery, the Clarkston church graciously granted him a six-month leave of absence before he stepped into the full-time pastorate. In 1994, Oliver retired from pastoring and built a retirement home on Angel Ridge Road, above Peck. Oliver and Blanche loved their little piece of paradise on Angel Ridge, and especially enjoyed all of the wildlife.
n 2000, Blanche was diagnosed with cancer and, after 12 years of battling the disease, she went home to her Lord on July 16, 2011. Oliver and Blanche were married for 58 years. Oliver's health was failing, so their little piece of paradise was sold shortly after Blanche's passing, and Oliver moved back into the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. He spent some time living in retirement homes and assisted living facilities.
After recovering from brain surgery, Oliver regained strength and enough vitality to realize God was not calling him home quite yet. In renewed health, he decided that he did not want to spend these years alone. So, he picked up the phone and called Betty (Elizabeth) Brooks Anderson - our family's lifelong friend and Blanche's best friend - and asked Betty to move from Missouri and come to Idaho as his wife. After "thinking on it" for a day, Betty accepted Oliver's marriage proposal, and on Feb. 11, 2012, they were married. She passed away in 2017.
The months since Betty's passing have been lonely, and have seen Oliver in and out of hospitals a number of times. He has fought a long, hard battle, but has remained open to being God's instrument for as long as God has needed him here on this Earth.
Oliver was preceded in death by his father, Cyrus Bittleston; mother Lottie Bittleston; siblings Mabel Montenegro, Alfred Bittleston, Marie Blocksom, Irene Petty, Elmer Bittleston, Hazel Friberg and Dorothea Curtis; and his wives, Blanche Bittleston and Betty Bittleston. Oliver was the last family survivor of his generation except one cousin, Robert Matheson.
He is survived by his children and stepchildren, Cy, Creta, Corlene, Christy, Cynthia, John Reichelt, Roger Anderson and Carol Stickens; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Oliver enjoyed the outdoors and hunting interactions with church family and a multitude of friends and family scattered around the world. He loved to share the gospel and bringing souls to the Lord. It was his deepest desire that he will spend eternity with each and every one of these in heaven.
Oliver, you are deeply loved and missed by all who knew you.
A viewing was held Feb. 6 at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. A celebration of life service followed at the First Church of God, Clarkston.
Photo: Oliver Charles Bittleston
Geraldine 'Gerrie' M. Johnson, 87, formerly of Peck
Geraldine 'Gerrie' M. Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the age of 87.
Gerrie was born Jan. 5, 1933, at her aunt's home in Clarkston, WA, to Hazel and Arthur Meier, of Peck. She was the middle child of the three daughters of Arthur and Hazel. She attended Meier Grade School through the fifth grade; she then went to Reubens High School, where she graduated in 1950. After high school, she attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, WA, graduating in 1951.
Her first job was with Nez Perce Tractor Co. in Lewiston. She worked there for approximately a year until her marriage March 23, 1952, to Carl E. Johnson, whom she had met while attending Kinman, as he was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. They lived in Spokane for a short time before Johnny, as he was known to everyone, was transferred to Smokey Hill Air Force Base at Salina, KS. While there, they lived in Lindsborg, KS, a small town approximately 20 miles from the base. Gerrie worked at a Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. office in Salina until becoming pregnant with her first child, Debra Lee.
After being discharged from the Air Force, Johnny worked for Gerrie's father for a while and they lived in the country. Their second child, a son, Guy Eugene, was born during this time. Johnny decided he wanted to take advantage of the G.I. Bill and started school at the University of Idaho, where their family lived in Vets' Village. During this time, Gerrie worked at the electrical engineering experimental station at the university. Two more children, Brad Arthur and Lori Ann, joined the family.
The family then moved to Lewiston, with Johnny teaching and later becoming principal at Lapwai High School, and Gerrie becoming a legal secretary. She first worked for Thomas W. Feeney and Frank V. Barton; then for the firm of Blake, Givens and Feeney; then Blake, Givens, Feeney and Clark; then Clark and Feeney. In all, she spent 35 years as a legal secretary. She retired in 1994. After 33 years of marriage, Carl died July 19, 1985.
Gerrie married Floyd W. Harvey in 1994. They traveled extensively, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Africa, England, Ireland, Scotland, China, the Holy Land, Turkey, Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, Costa Rica and a cruise around South America and through the Panama Canal. Gerrie's greatest joy was having family gatherings, being with her family, shopping and bringing gifts home to her family. Floyd died Aug. 13, 2010.
Since 1964, she was a member of the Orchards United Methodist Church and had served as secretary, ad council chairman, pastor-parish chairman, treasurer and on many committees, as well as singing with the choir or worship team. After retiring, she worked one morning a week in the church office, and helped with putting the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter out.
Gerrie is survived by her four children, Debbie (Dave) Yeoman, Guy (Kathy) Johnson, Brad (Terri) Johnson and Lori (Greg) Edwards. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Sarah (Rich) Schaefer, Evan (Marni) Yeoman, Abby (Andy) Pottenger, Clayton (Morgan) Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Jacob (Katie) Johnson, Justin (Rachel) Edwards and Anna (James) Gray; also by great-grandchildren Janie Schaefer, Max (Cheyenne) Schaefer, Paige (Marvin) Leister, Faith Yeoman, Morgan Fields, Ethan Yeoman, Oliver Johnson, Adelynn Gray, Nathan Gray, Samantha Edwards, Adam Edwards, Elijah Edwards, Alexander Edwards, Griffin Pottenger, Nash Pottenger and Lennox Pottenger; and by her great-great-grandchildren, Colt Earl and Ryker Schaefer. She is also survived by her two sisters, Jackie Brammer and Rosalyn (Bill) Stellmon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gerrie was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl E. Johnson and Floyd W. Harvey; and her parents, Arthur and Hazel Meier.
The funeral was held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston. Memorials may be given to the Orchards United Methodist Church; or to a charity of your choice.
Photo: Geraldine 'Gerrie' M. Johnson
Barbara J. Moon, 86, Orofino
Barbara J. Moon, 86, Orofino, passed away at Wedgewood Terrace on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
She was one of eight children of George and Rosetta (Smith) Scott, born on April 14, 1933, in Williamsburg, MA.
Barbara moved to Orofino in 1975 to accept a position with State Hospital North. She enjoyed walking to work and was a dedicated and loyal employee for 20 years, retiring in 1995.
She enjoyed attending church, visiting shut-ins, reading, needlework and spending time with family and friends.
One highlight in her life was a trip to Seoul, South Korea, to visit her granddaughter.
Survivors include one brother, one sister, three daughters, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and at her request there will be no funeral or memorial service.
The family of Barbara Moon wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the caregivers of Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston, A Compassionate Care in Orofino and Kindred Hospice for the wonderful care provided in the last months of our loved one, by extending her time in her own home and making her last months as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
We thank you and are grateful for your generous hospitality to the family, especially in the last week of her life, and for the cards of condolences.
Photo: Barbara J. Moon
Doris 'Jean' Aldrich, 89, formerly of Orofino
Doris 'Jean' Aldrich, 89, formerly of Orofino, passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 14, 2020 at Meadowlark Homes in Grangeville, Idaho. Jean was born in Sandpoint, ID, on July 26, 1930. She was the third child born to Noah and Elizabeth Woodard and joined brother William 'Bill' and sister, Helen.
Jean graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1948. On June 9, 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Cecil 'Luke' Aldrich, a young woodsman from Kootenai, ID. Jean and Luke lived in England and Florida during Cecil's service with the Air Force and also lived in Sandpoint, Moscow, and Orofino. They spent 59+ years together and had four children.
Jean's father passed away when she was in junior high school and Jean learned early the value of family, hard work, and perseverance. Her mother, 'Beth', a great role model, worked multiple jobs to support herself and her three children. Jean thus grew up with a strong work ethic and a desire to help whenever and wherever needed.
In addition to raising her three children, Jean worked as a telephone operator, kindergarten aide, Sears salesclerk, Tupperware dealer, Girl Scout leader, and Chapter I/teachers' aide at Orofino Elementary School. She was a member of the Orofino Christian Church for all the 55 years she lived in Orofino, serving on the board, teaching Sunday school, participating in Christian Women's Fellowship, and serving the Lord in innumerable other ways. Her faith in Jesus Christ was unshakeable.
In 1967, Jean was initiated into Chapter AW of the PEO (a women's Philanthropic Educational Organization) and on May 20, 2017, she was honored as a 50-year member. Over the years, she held various offices in the chapter, including president, vice-president, chaplain, and guard.
Jean was the most loved and loving person we have ever known. Her smile was radiant, and she had a hug and kiss for everyone. She enjoyed reading, camping, family activities, downhill skiing, spending time at the river beach, watching sports, and traveling/road trips.
Jean is survived by three of her children: Darcy (Ray) Pederson of Grangeville; Alan (Donna) Aldrich of Thornton, CO; and Luke (Tracie) Aldrich of La Grande, OR. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Debbie Thomason, Amy Aldrich, Lisa Harris, Eyler and Katie Aldrich, and great-great grandson Marshall Thomason. Jean was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Debbie Jean in 1953; husband, Cecil in 2010; and brother, William and sister Helen in 2011.
Jean's family would like to thank the staff at Meadowlark Homes, Syringa Hospice, and St. Joseph's Hospice for their loving care and support over the past several years.
Befitting Jean's love of summertime and lazing at the river beach, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please feel free to remember Jean by helping someone in need, smiling at every opportunity, donating to a church of your choice, and loving one another. You may submit condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
Photo: Doris 'Jean' Aldrich, 89, formerly of Orofino
Darlene Marie Newland, 80, formerly of Orofino
Darlene Marie Newland, 80, of Roseburg, OR, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.
She was born Feb. 2, 1939 in LaCrosse, WI to Clifford and Myrtle Larson and moved to Orofino, Idaho as a child. Darlene later moved to Grants Pass, OR and finally to Roseburg.
She attended Orofino schools, graduating in 1956. Darlene attended Lewis and Clark Normal College and then University of Idaho and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree. She taught elementary school and then stayed home with her kids and delivered newspapers. Darlene went back to work at Idaho State Hospital to work with juveniles. She was a longtime member of the P.E.O's Roseburg Chapter, even serving as President from 2001 to 2003. Darlene loved to study history with the other ladies in Roseburg's Button Club. She was passionate about arts, culture and music concerts both in Orofino and Roseburg. Darlene was a crafter extraordinaire, making hundreds of Angel Pins and selling them to donate the money to P.E.O. for women's scholarships.
She was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Nezperce and a member of Orofino United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Rod Newland; daughter, Cassie Anderson (Greg); sons, Tim Newland (Jody) and Spencer Newland (Dondra); sisters, Jeannine Miller, Ardis Pishl (Wes), and Karen Holladay; grandchildren, Jasmine Rodriguez, Corey Newland, Ben Anderson, Kayla Davenport (Rob), Ashleigh Anderson, Casey Newland, and Keeley Newland; great grandchildren Armando, Viviana and Tyresse; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; and her best friend since seventh grade, Uni Kincaid.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Elsie Bean.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Private interment was held within the grounds of Roseburg Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Darlene's memory to Chapter CU P.E.O. c/o Linda Hahn, 1390 Del Rio Rd, Roseburg, OR 97471.
Please visit www.wilsonschapeloftherosesfh.com to leave the family fond memories and condolences.
Photo: Darlene Marie Newland
Mary Jane Helt Konkol, 83, formerly of Konkolville
Mary Jane Helt Konkol, 83, resident of Lewiston, and the beloved wife of Don Konkol, formerly of Konkolville, Idaho, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston.Mary was the first twin born to Lydia and Jacob Helt on April 17, 1936, at home on a ranch in the St. John, WA, area. Mary is survived by her beloved twin sister, Marian, of Sun City, AZ, and her sister, Barbara, of Colfax,WA, and her brothers, Jack Helt, near Pittsburgh, PA, and Raymond Helt, of Sun City West, AZ.
Mary attended Colfax High School in the Class of 1954 and married Don Johnson. She and Don had four children, Nancy Wight, on a ranch near Potlatch; Roy Johnson, in Richland, WA; Jeff Johnson, of Colfax; and Robert Johnson, on a ranch near Colfax - and all the children are her survivors. Mary is survived by her husband, Donald Konkol, whom she married Dec. 22, 1978, and stepchildren Donlee Marlin, of Spokane, WA, Gregory Konkol, of Spokane, and Mathew Konkol, also in Spokane. In addition, she is survived by 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, and her first great-great-grandchild is on the way in June.
Mary and her dear husband, Don, very much enjoyed traveling together. In the early years, it was often for Don's business as the owner of Konkol Lumber Co., and after retirement, they traveled for pleasure.
Mary was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, and she loved decorating her beautiful home and opening it with warm hospitality to friends and family. She was an avid reader and could converse brightly on a variety of subjects.
Mary was an expert seamstress, and she enjoyed sewing lovely clothing and quilting beautifully designed quilts. Mary was always willing to teach her amazing skills to others. Mary blessed her many friends and family by teaching quilting classes, and her daughters and granddaughters all looked forward to the annual fall quilting frenzy often held at daughter Nancy's house in Potlatch.
Mary very much loved attending church with her beloved husband, Don. Church, family and friends were so very important to her and Don.
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