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Hollie Marie Eller, 66, Orofino

Hollie Marie Eller gained her wings at home surrounded by her loved ones, on Nov. 20, 2022 after losing her battle to cancer. She was born Dec. 4, 1955 to Lubin (Pete) and Pauline Nygaard.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Gale Eller; children, Cassie (Tim) Adams, Trent (Debbi) Hoyle, Daun (Joseph) Martinez, and Ali (Peter) Hoene; grandkids, Shaylen, Kaylie, Dalton, Brynlee, Layla, Aurora, Brody, Lawson, Lakelyn, Aria, and Landry; great grandkids, Josylen, Paisley, and Joaquin; brother, Mark Nygaard; and sister, Julie (Terry) Hollibaugh.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steven Nygaard; nephew, Jeremiah Hollibaugh; and grandson, Andrew Adams.

Hollie enjoyed her days spent with her dogs, gardening, and with family. She was a loving woman who accepted and loved all that she met for who they were. She always put others first before thinking of herself and will be missed by all who knew her.

Hollie's wishes were to be cremated without services. Her family will have a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the animal rescue of your choice.

Photo: Hollie Marie Eller


Billie Rae Brown, 63, formerly of Orofino

Billie Rae Brown, 63, passed away in St. Maries, on Nov. 18, 2022 with family by her side. She was born to William and Winnie (Usrey) Tiller on July 18, 1959, in Burns, OR. Billie attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1977.

Following high school, Billie took a job as a bartender to put herself through college. She enrolled into LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) in Lewiston and obtained her BA degree in Business Administration. In the early 1980's, she reconnected with James Brown who was a friend of hers in high school. They married in 1985 in Coeur d' Alene and made their home in Orofino. Billie worked as a Clearwater County dispatcher for a few years, and then went to work at the USDA office in Soil and Water Conservation.

In 1996 the Brown family relocated to St. Maries where Jim went to work for Potlatch Corporation. Billie went to work for Potlatch in 1998 as an HR Assistant. She then became the Administrative Secretary for the mill and was still currently working for Potlatch-Deltic at the time of her death.

Billie was a workaholic and she enjoyed her "Hobby Job" serving as the Regional Rep. for the Soil and Water Conservation District thru 2017. She was instrumental in securing the grant for the overhaul on the St. Maries River Road into the Benewah. She also enjoyed outings with her family, her Persian cats, and Days of Our Lives. Billie was a very talented pianist and vocalist who loved to perform and shared love of music with her children.

Billie is survived by her children, Tansi Pedersen of Orofino and Roddy Brown of St. Maries; her mother, Winnie Tiller-Spoon of Orofino; siblings, Ivan Tiller of Rainier, OR and Eric Tiller of Chanel View, TX; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Brown; daughter, Audra Dawn Pedersen; and her father, Bill Tiller.

Billie will be laid to rest with her daughter Audra. Please visit her online tribute at hodgefuneralhome.com.


Sis L. Campbell, 81, Orofino

Sis L. Campbell, 81, of Orofino, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d' Alene.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Larry Dean Good, 78, Orofino

Larry Dean Good, 78, of Orofino, shed his coat of many colors to join the angels on Nov. 16, 2022.

Larry was a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation and attained a unique balance between his native beliefs and his faith in God.

Larry never missed an opportunity to meet new people, travel some place new, and be there when he was needed. Larry was a kind and caring friend, he was compassionate, very generous, patient, and intelligent and if you knew him well one of the funniest people you've ever met.

Larry always looked for the best in people and was the type of friend that always had your back.

Larry respected and spoke very highly of his stepfather, William Fain, and through that admiration aspired to be the person he was meant to be. Larry was very comfortable in his skin and it's no surprise that he could be such a good friend to so many and those of us he called a friend should be humbled.

Given Larry's compassionate nature, one could not picture Larry as Elvis Presley's personal security guard until Elvis died in 1977, after which he was employed by the highest bidder, Buck Owens, until Larry retired.

Even though Larry's death was so sudden, and he had only lived here a few years, his impact cannot be contained in his short lifetime, but rather in the many lifetimes of all that knew him.

He will surely be missed, "Papa needed him more than we did".

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Carl Dean Good, 1925-2013, his mother, June Kathryn Fain, 1928-2015, and his stepfather, William J. Fain, 1928-2019, of Rosenberg, TX.

Larry is survived by his loving son and grandson, Larry Wayne Good, age 48, and Mason Laine Good, age 7, both of Gentry, Arkansas, and his longtime friend, Richard O Gera, of Rosenberg, TX.

A celebration of life will be held at The Oasis Bar, 159 Johnson Ave., Orofino, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at 6 p.m.

Photo: Larry Dean Good


Betty Zech, 95, Orofino

Our precious mom, Betty Zech, went to her Heavenly home Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9. We are thankful she passed away peacefully at home and is no longer in pain!

Mom was born Feb. 22, 1927 in Sharon, Tenn. She was the first-born child of Bedford and Ruby Bessent; her sister, Sue and brothers, Jim and Rex followed.

The family moved from Tennessee to Orofino, Idaho in 1929. I got a kick out of it when she'd show me where their houses were in Yellow Dog, Jingle Town and Canada Hill, finally settling into their home on "A" Street right next to the mortuary. You can imagine the stories she, and especially my uncle Jim had about that. She had incredible memories of hiking the hillsides, walking across the train trestle at Harmony Heights, and most especially the frequent family outings at Beaver Dam.


Mom graduated from Orofino High School in 1944, making many lifelong friends along the way.

After graduation, she attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, Wash. It was while Mom was attending Kinman that she met our dad, Guy Johnston. The two of them married in June, 1947 while Dad was on leave from the Navy.

After Dad's discharge from the US Navy, he began working for the Great Northern Railroad and Mom worked for the Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Spokane.

The first of their five children, Judy, was born in 1949. In 1950, when the war broke out in Korea, Dad enlisted in the US Coast Guard and Mom brought Judy "home" to Orofino.

After Dad's discharge from the US Coast Guard, the family of three returned to Spokane. Their daughter Susan was born in 1952, Jackie in 1954, Shelley in 1956, and finally their son Guy Jr., "Chip" was welcomed in 1957.

Both Mom and Dad worked tirelessly to provide for our family. Mom was the proverbial glue that held our family together, supporting Dad's dream of going to college and Law School thereafter. Life was good in Spokane! We attended church on a regular basis; dressing up in our matching Easter outfits and attending sunrise services are special memories. Christmas was always a special time too!

In 1965, our family moved from Spokane to San Diego, Calif. Mom and Dad divorced in 1970.

While working in San Diego for General Dynamics, Mom caught the eye of John Zech. The two married in May, 1975. One of the first trips Mom and John made after they married was to Orofino. John fell in love with the area and bought a home.

Mom and John spent 24 wonderful years together, until his passing in 1999. They enjoyed camping and fishing, (well Mom read while John fished) and traveling. They spent a year traveling all around the United States in their fifth wheel.

Many close friendships either began or were rekindled here in Orofino. Mom was a member of PEO Chapter AW from 1987 to 1998 and Chapter CD from 1998 until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bedford and Rub; and all three of her siblings; her husband, John; her grandson Jeff; her daughter-in-law, Aggie; and her son-in-law, Pat. Her first husband, Guy, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Judy Hill (Larry), Susan Costa (Robert), Jackie Williams (John), Shelley Long, and Chip Johnston (Christina). She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who cherished her.

A celebration of life will take place later in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, Mom would have appreciated donations to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation.

Photo: Betty Zech


Leo Edward Binder Sr, 91, Weippe

Leo E. Binder Sr, of Weippe, Idaho, passed away Oct., 24, 2022, in Orofino, at Clearwater Rehab.

He was born in Spokane, Wash., to Adolph and Mary Rose Binder, on April 10, 1931. Leo was the youngest of 15 children.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Joseph, Rudolph, William, Louis, Edward, and Leo; eight sisters, Leonalla, Marie, Theresa, Cecelia, Josephine, Marie, Mary, and Josephine Mary and his parents, Adolph and Mary Rose.

Leo attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School. He married Alva May Eilmann on April 10, 1965. They moved from Spokane, Wash. to Weippe.

He worked at Jaype Mill and then at Kirby's Cedar Mill in Weippe.

Leo is survived by his wife, Alva May Binder of Weippe; his son, Leo Binder Jr. (wife Ronda of Weippe); his son, Clarence Binder (his companion Pam Richenberg of Pierce); grandson, Brandon Binder, wife Nikki, great grandchildren, Jaimie, Leighton, Isaac and Noah Binder of Pierce.

Photo: Leo E. Binder, Sr.


Jane Ann Wiegand (Edwards), 86, formerly of Weippe

Jane Ann Wiegand was born June 21, 1936. She passed away suddenly, Oct 26, in her home in Baker City. She was 86.

Jane Ann was the daughter of Forrest and Hazel Edwards of Weippe.

She will be missed dearly by her friends and family.

She leaves behind her son, Robert Russel, and his wife Shawn and daughters Sharon Raya and her husband Ken and Christina Wiegand-Maloy and her husband Russell.

She had 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

There will be a private memorial.

Photo: Jane Ann Wiegand (Edwards)


Ethel 'Jackie' Louise Jackson Trappett, 81, Orofino

Ethel "Jackie" Louise Jackson Trappett passed away surrounded by her family on Nov. 5, 2022. Jackie was born in Morton, WA on May 2, 1941, to William Oscar and Fern Jackson.

Jackie grew up in Riffe, WA with her parents and sister, Rose. Her family owned the local grocery/gas station and her dad, Oscar was the Postman for the county. Her childhood was filled with great memories with her family and cousins, and her favorite memory was driving back to Tennessee to see relatives in their old Buick car.

Jackie graduated from Riffe High School in 1959 and immediately moved to Tacoma, WA, where she worked at a real estate office, bought her first home, and began saving money for life's adventures. She loved to travel and took every opportunity to see the world. She loved the beaches of Hawaii and then moved in with a cousin on Govenor's Island in New York in 1964. She worked as a civilian on the military base as a purchasing agent and loved being in New York. Jackie and her cousin, Noel purchased bicycles and would often ride through the streets of NYC.

In 1966, the adventure of a lifetime came when Jackie was able to board a cruise ship with a one-way ticket to Europe where she met the Love of her life. She moved to Frankfurt, Germany with her cousin and again worked on the Army base. Jackie worked as a secretary in the Classified Department.

One day while attending church in Frankfurt, she met Keith Trappett. They were inseparable from that time on. After two long months of dating, Keith proposed on March 24 and they were married on April 29, 1968. Keith and Jackie were sealed for Eternity in the Swiss Temple in Switzerland and were married for 54 1/2 years. They loved being together. Both Jackie and Keith loved to dance. They loved being on the dance floor together and knew every Ballroom Dance that existed.

After Keith was released from the military, they moved back to Idaho where they made their home for the next 53 years. Keith was in education, and Jackie was able to stay home and raise their four kids. As a family, they always lived out in the country and loved going camping, fishing, hiking, and white-water rafting. Jackie loved camping at any given time no matter the weather. She also loved every chance she had to be in the gym supporting her kids and grandkids in every activity they were in. She seldom missed anything her family was participating in.

Jackie's favorite hobby was making quilts. She spent hundreds of hours with her best friend Fran piecing together and hand quilting them. She took great pride in presenting each grandchild a hand quilted quilt last Spring. Over the years, she made too many quilts to count and most of them were given away to bless someone else.

Four years ago, Keith and Jackie moved to Orofino to be closer to their grandchildren. So many great memories were made with her granddaughters having tea parties and being together. She is going to be so missed and the tea parties will never be the same without her.

Jackie is preceded in death by her parents, and her son, Michael Trappett. She is survived by her Eternal Companion, Keith W. Trappett of Orofino; her sons, Bill Trappett and Spencer (Julie) Trappett; her daughter, Cindy (Monte) Beardin, 4 grandsons, 10 granddaughters, 4 great-grandchildren, her sister Rose (Loren) Hansen and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Jackie will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., at the Orofino Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All family and friends are invited to celebrate her life! Families are Forever!

Photo: Ethel 'Jackie' Louise Jackson Trappett


Sandra Jean Pearcey Kiesser, 73, OHS graduate

Sandra Jean Pearcey Kiesser went to heaven Oct. 5, 2022, at Vancouver, WA. She was 73.

She was born Dec. 8, 1948, at Myrtle Creek, OR, to Aloha J. Kimball Pearcey and George W. Pearcey, Jr.

She graduated from Orofino High School in 1967, and married Earl R. Kiesser of Lewiston, in Hawaii, June 2, 1969.

They belonged to a Square and Round Dance group, for which she sewed their outfits.

They had sons, Rustel, Brandon and Sean, and six grandchildren, Jesse, Camron, Noah, Colton, Aliana and Ariana, all of Vancouver.

She loved babies and small children, sewing, crochet and knitting, as well as flower gardening.

She leaves four siblings: Georgia (Garry) Pilant of Lapwai, Julie (Joe) Moran of Post Falls, Russell (Kim) Haralson of Orofino, and Lori Bringman, of Lewiston, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her parents and two siblings, Joel Pearcey and Violet Pearcey are deceased.

A small family memorial will be held at Vancouver Nov. 18, 2022.

Photo: Sandra Jean Pearcey Kiesser


Julia Maurene 'Mo' Burton, 76, formerly of Myrtle

Julia Maurene "Mo" Burton, 76, of Clarkston, Wash., formerly of Myrtle, Idaho (along the Clearwater River), Bremerton, Wash., Indianapolis and Issaquah, Wash., passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, from a combination of cancer and dialysis.

Maurene was born Dec. 2, 1945, in Bremerton to Eugene and Gayle Searle, while Eugene was working at the Naval Shipyard. The family moved to Lewiston in 1955, when Maurene's father went to work for PFI. Maurene attended one year at Lewiston schools and then the family moved to a small farm beside the Clearwater River, near Myrtle. Maurene finished her schooling at Lapwai and graduated in 1963 as valedictorian of her small class, with a grade point average of 4.0. During her school years, she was a majorette for four years, student body treasurer and her senior year, she was FHA Idaho state president.

After graduation, she moved back to Bremerton and attended Olympia Junior College, where she was one of two girls in the first data processing class taught by the school. She received her AA degree and met her future husband, Robert H. Burton, while working at the city diner. Bob was from Indianapolis and they returned there to get to know his family and start their careers. Maurene got a job at Allisons, a division of General Motors, as a programmer and was the only woman in a department of at least 50 men. She worked there for two years, until the humidity drove her back to the Seattle area.

There, she found a job with Kenworth, a division of Paccar and ended up working with them as a programmer, analyst and senior analyst for the next 40 years and retired in 2005.

Maurene married Robert Burton on Feb. 5, 1966, in Huntington, Ind. She and Bob had two girls, Michele and Renee. Michele was the victim of a murder in 2008 and Renee is a second-grade teacher with the Issaquah School District.

During her life, Maurene went through what she called her "phases." There was the cake decorating phase; the crocheting phase; the Volksmarching phase, where she earned patches for multiple marches and at least two marathons; the knitting phase; the soap- and lotion-making phase; the candle-making phase; the scrubby-making phase; and the cookie party phase. For 11 years, in Bremerton and then Clarkston, she hosted a cookie party around Christmas, where 18 ladies brought cookies to share with each other and partake in a gourmet dinner prepared by Maurene and two of her friends. She also enjoyed sewing and camping. Every year for 40 years, the family and some friends would traverse to Dworshak-Dent Acres to spend a week camping, boating and enjoying each other's company. Maurene and her husband frequently traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, New Orleans and cruised through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and to Hawaii. Maurene was noted for planning lady's getaways to New Orleans, Hawaii and other adventurous places.

Maurene was preceded in death by her parents (Gene and Gayle Searle), her grandparents (Davis and Adeline Searle), her sister (Shirley McIntire), her aunt and uncle (Lillian and Ewart Harvey) and her daughter (Michele Lee Burton).

Maurene is survived by her husband, Bob, at the family home, and her daughter, Renee, of Newcastle, Wash. She also leaves behind, her sister, Vonda (Dave) Carlin, of Lapwai. She will be missed by all of them.

There is no celebration of life to be scheduled, however, any memorial donations may be made to the Valley Community Center, 549 Fifth St., Clarkston, WA 99403.

Photo: Julia Maurene "Mo" Burton


J C Bryan, 89, Dworshak construction worker

J C Bryan, 89, of Lewiston, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at his home.

He was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Mountain Grove, near Muskogee, Okla., to William Alexander Bryan and Annie Gertrude Smalley Bryan.

He moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in 1952 where he worked in agriculture and as an automobile painter for General Motors. J C moved to Burley in 1958, and worked at a potato processing factory. In 1959, he began working as a cattle wrangle for J.R. Simplot, under the watchful eye of his brother-in-law.

J C met his future wife when he cashed a check at the local lumber yard where she worked and paid him in all silver dollars. Three days later they began dating and were married Jan. 1, 1960, in Burley after being unable to reach Elko, Nev., because of a snowstorm.

Soon after the birth of their first child, J C and Karen moved to Muskogee, where J C worked for a moving company. In 1963, J C was hired by Kiewit Corporation, which was constructing dams in Colorado and Idaho at that time. They lived in Colorado for two years and then J C moved his family to Lewiston in 1960, where he served as a "powder monkey" for the construction of the Dworshak, Lower Granite, Little Goose and Lower Monumental dams. Their second child arrived in May 1967.

In the early 1970s, J C started his own flooring installation business, using skills he had learned from a furniture store owner in Colorado. J C was able to use his explosives knowledge while employed by Omark/CCI as a primer mixer in the chemistry department from 1980 until his retirement in 1996.

J C was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also active with the Elks, the Civic Theater, Christmas in April/Action and Habitat for Humanity. He would also use his building and flooring skills to help many residents in the region through volunteerism through various nonprofits.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Bryan, of Lewiston; daughter, Debra (David) Smith, of Lewiston; son, Rodney Bryan, of Lewiston; grandchildren, Craig Krueger, of Lewiston, Jennifer (Michael) Amore, of Dallas, Zachary Smith, of Lewiston, Jason (Amber) Conord, of Gladstone, Ore., and Cierra Bryan, of Lewiston; and great-granddaughters, Isabella Amore and Evey Amore, of Dallas, and Madelynn Conord, of Gladstone. He is preceded in death by his parents, and all 11 siblings.

A viewing will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, with a funeral at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ripon Chapel, 3810 16th St., Lewiston. Burial will follow at Normal Hill Cemetery, in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at vassar-rawls.com.

Photo: J C Bryan


Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Averett, 95, Orofino

Betty would like to let you know that her work here on Earth is done. She has left for her greatest adventure yet. It's a reunion with family, loved ones and friends she has not seen in a long time. Heaven received an angel when she passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 - she was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend who went home to the Lord.

Born Marie Elizabeth "Betty" Lyle on July 2, 1927, in Oakland, Calif., she was known to all as Betty. At 18 months of age, the family left Oakland to live in Seattle until she was six years old. Betty finished growing up in Weiser, Idaho, with her Uncle Ralph after the family moved there from Seattle. She graduated from Weiser High School in 1945 and went to work at Pop Schnell's cafe for her first job as a waitress.

Growing and learning, she went to work at First National Bank as a teller, where she spent many years. After meeting the love of her life, Gene, she went to work in Orin's sheep camp as a cook for the lambing crew, Konkolville Restaurant baking pies, Averett Trailer Court with Gene and keeping books for Averett Carpentry Shop. While working at the bank, she met the love of her life, Howard "Gene" Averett. They married April 7, 1952, and they were married for 64 years, until Gene's passing.

Gene always said that Betty was his perfect one. She always said that he made it possible for her. They traveled to many different states, went on camping trips, fishing, hunting, visiting historical sites and more. Together, Gene and Betty had one adopted son, Scott Averett, their chosen child, born in June of 1963. Scott brought love and joy into their lives and they doted on him. They were devastated when he passed away in March of 2014. But they had many children of the heart to help see them through those difficult times.

Gene went to work for Gus Bezates at 13 years of age and he became a beloved member of the Bezates family. He always said some of his best years were in sheep camp with the Bezates. When John Bezates was born, he became the light of Gene's life, Gene always said that John was his first baby. After Gene married Betty, she loved John as one of her kids and her family grew. When John married Colleen (known by those who love her as Coke), her family expanded even more and when they had children, Johnna, Kiska and Gus, it brought more love and joy into their lives. All of Betty's Bezates kids came to visit on Easter of this year and she said it was the best Easter she had since losing Gene. During the last six years, the highlight of her day was talking to John and Coke every evening. She called them "the kids" up until the end.

In 1988, Betty and Gene took into their hearts a single mother and her two boys. From that moment on, their family grew. Kelly Worthington became their daughter and John and Michael Worthington became their grandsons, whom they watched grow and loved dearly. John and Michael had many adventures with Gene, from getting wood out of the forest, building the boys' boats, fishing, going to Alaska, but most importantly, learning the true meaning of family, love and honor. Betty also taught them many life lessons: being independent, cooking, cleaning up after themselves, helping those older and weaker, but mainly, love. Every year they would fly to Colorado for two weeks to visit Kelly, John and Michael until the boys graduated from high school, who followed in their grandpa's footsteps, serving their country in the military.

Betty also had a strong sense of compassion and responsibility for one's family and community. She saved the best of everything for everyone else, especially her extended family. She enjoyed reading, learning history, sewing, baking and just doing for loved ones. She liked giving little gifts and never visited someone empty-handed. She offered food to all who came through the front door and her passion for baking "goodies" was known throughout the community. She had a soft spot for children and elderly people and was a champion of the underdog.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Foster Lyle; her brother, James Lyle; her husband, Gene; and her beloved son, Scott Averett. She was also preceded in death by her dear friends, Pat Dammarrell, Rita Blewett and Hazel Chandler. She is survived by her family of the heart, John and Colleen Bezates, of Oregon, Johnna and Olaf Holmes, of Washington, Kiska and Frank Alexandropoulos, of New Hampshire, Gus and Robin Bezates, of Oregon, Kelly Worthington, of Idaho, John and Heather Worthington, of Pennsylvania, and Michael Worthington, of Minnesota.

Also surviving are her extended family, Jeff and Laura Saxe and children, of Alaska, James (pesty Jim) Marston, of Idaho, Shelly and Randy Swift, of Idaho, Frank Dammarrell, of Idaho, Linnea Duberowski, of Idaho, Georgia Bowen and children, of Idaho, and many others that she has held dear to her heart over the years.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date and Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Averett


Arnold Joseph Eidam, 91, Orofino

Arnold J. Eidam of Orofino, Idaho passed away Oct. 10, 2022. Arnie was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on Oct. 25, 1930, to Eva and Arnold C. Eidam and lived on a cattle ranch in Sioux County, N.D.

In 1936, the family moved to the Humbird Lumber mill site at Ponder Point on Lake Pend Oreille in Kootenai, Idaho where Arnie began his schooling. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1948. After two years of college at Gonzaga University and with the start of the Korean War, Arnie qualified for the Aviation Cadet Program and enlisted in the Air Force. He was commissioned and assigned as a jet fighter pilot to Korea, then to Japan, and later to the S.A.C in Georgia.

After his service, he returned to college at the University of Idaho, graduating with degrees in business and mechanical engineering. He pursued his engineering career around the U.S.

In 1968 while living in the Portland, Oregon area, he met and married Nancy Smith of Salem, Oregon. Changing careers, Arnie and Nancy established a Morgan Horse Breeding and Training facility near Stayton, Oregon where they remained until their divorce.

In 1992, Arnie returned to Sandpoint to retire. He relocated in 1994 to Orofino to enjoy the friendly area and fine people. Arnie enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and golf. His outlook on life was: "smile, you're better looking when you do."

Arnie is survived by his daughter, Kate Conrad, husband Nick, and children, Polina and Alek of Boring, Oregon. Also, his sister-in-law, Arline; and nephews, Brad, John, and James, and their families in Boise.

Family is planning a private service.

Photo: Arnold Joseph Eidam


Jerry E. Brown, 80, formerly of Pierce-Weippe area

Jerry E. Brown, 80, of Lewiston, passed away from lung cancer Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, with her family by her side.

She was born at home March 6, 1942, in Portland, Ore., to Ted and Peggy Harkleroad. She grew up in Portland and her father died in a car accident, when she was 11. At the age of 16, she went to live with her aunt Gladys York in Elk City, and she worked as a cook for her aunt, who was a hunting guide. Later in life, she was very proud to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

On June 20, 1959, she married Dale M. Brown and they had two children together: Tammy Sue, born in 1960, and Ted Monroe, born in 1963. They lived in Elk City until 1970 when the sawmill closed. Then they moved to the Pierce-Weippe area.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Dave O'Donnell; her grandchildren, Brandi Sweet (Bill Sweet), Sean West (Missy Scheuerman); and great-grandchildren, Madalynn Thrall, Alex Thrall, William Sweet, Landon West and Gavin West. She is also survived by a younger sister, Sue Reich, of Missouri, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ted; husband, Dale; her mother, Peggy; her stepfather, Herman; and two older sisters, June and Jean. Also preceding her are, three half-brothers, Ted Jr., Jim and Don Harkleroad.

Mom was a very happy, sunny and spunky person. That's probably why she loved the color yellow. Her favorite saying was, "This too shall pass."

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 Seventh St., Lewiston. A celebration of life and covered-dish dinner will follow from 3-6 p.m., at the VFW Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston.

Photo: Jerry E. Brown


Jim 'Arco' McCollister, 77, Orofino

Jim "Arco" McCollister passed away Sept. 7, 2022, in Orofino, Idaho, at the age of 77, after a four-year stint with cancer.

Born Feb. 9, 1945, in Kamiah, Idaho, Jim was named Charles James McCollister after his dad and great uncle. Jim's parents, Charlie "Red" McCollister and June Huffman McCollister, were then living in Headquarters, Idaho, where Red worked as a foreman for Potlatch Forests.

In 1947, the family moved to a two-story log house at the ranch on Canyon Creek Road, and sister Patty was born. Jim taught Patty how to throw kitchen utensils out of the second story windows and eggs against the wall in the chicken house across the road, both short-lived adventures.

In 1950, Red went back to work for Potlatch, and the family returned to Headquarters. Shortly thereafter, sister, Sandy, was born.

In 1956, the family moved to Pink House west of Orofino. Jim was going into the sixth grade. June painted the new cedar siding pink "to add a touch of color to the valley".

Jim always loved cars, trucks, and vehicles of all kinds. As a kid he played, tinkered, took things apart, and put things back together again. Jim enjoyed making model cars, understanding machinery, and keeping up on the latest automotive developments.

From an early age he could tell you all about the features and design of various cars on the road. Over the years, Jim bought and sold dozens of vehicles, often getting a new car every year or two. His "used" vehicles were always in great demand because he maintained them meticulously.

After graduating from Orofino High School in 1963, Jim went to Columbia Basin College in Pasco for two years and obtained an associate's degree in Automotive Technology in 1965.

Jim was drafted into the Army later in 1965 and served in Germany on a radio crew for the Pershing missile program. Jim drove to Nashville for a 50-year reunion with his Army buddies in 2017.

Back in Orofino after his tour of duty, Jim ran an Arco station for a year or so which resulted in his long-time nickname "Arco."

Jim began driving logging trucks and drove in the area for the rest of his working life. He drove for D & K Logging, Konkolville Mill, Don Lathrop Trucking, himself, and Whitco, Inc., out of Kamiah. Jim drove Kenworths, Peterbilts, Macks, and Western Stars. We believe his favorite truck was an L Model Kenworth he drove for Whitco, teal, with plenty of chrome, and kept clean and shiny.

Jim retired from Whitco in his early 70's, after he "got tired of putting on chains in the winter." Retirement gave Jim time for breakfast with his coffee buddies at Krystal's Cafe with Kelly, shooting the breeze. He prized his Sunday breakfasts with Steve and Connie, and late afternoon dinners and conversations with Rosie and Patty at the Ponderosa.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. "Red" McCollister and June McCollister, his aunts and uncles, Laurinda Taylor of Walla Walla, Manning and Elsie Onstott of Kendrick, and Jack and Bonnie Delaney of Orofino.

Jim is survived by his sister, Patty and brother-in-law Rob Pabst of Camas, Wash., and nieces, Meridee Pabst (David Hajek) and Alison Pabst; sister, Sandra and brother-in-law John Goffinet of Orofino, Idaho, and nephews, Ross and Matthew Finlayson. Jim's great nieces are Lainey Hajek and Lily and Jayla Finlayson.

Jim is also survived by cousin,s Ray Onstott of Williams Lake, British Columbia; Joe Delaney of Richland, Wash., and Ken Delaney of Spokane Valley in Washington; and Bill and Kelley Bartz, Winchester, Mike Miller of Lewiston, and Jon Miller of Elk River in Idaho.

A celebration of life for Jim "Arco" McCollister will be held in the spring.

Photo: Jim "Arco" McCollister


Richard J. Bosshardt, 88, worked at Dworshak Dam

Richard "Ric" Jacob Bosshardt, of Lewiston, beloved friend, uncle, grandfather, father, husband, brother and well known western and Native American artist of oil paintings, custom knife building and scrimshaw work in the Northwest, passed away at the age of 88 years old after a brief stay at the Lewiston Life Care Center to be reunited with his lifelong love - Roberta "Birdi" Bosshardt - on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

Ric was born and raised in Great Falls, Mont., enlisted in the U.S. Army and along with his bride, whom he met and married in Illinois, moved and served in Europe as a surveyor rebuilding road after World War II. Their first child, Richelle, was born while overseas, making their time there memorable.

Upon returning to the states, Ric took a civilian job for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working throughout the western states including Montana, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, always together with his growing family, exploring new camping, hunting and fishing spots, discovering Indian artifacts and historical digging.

The Northwest Hydropower Projects, including Dworshak Dam, the Lewiston-Clarkston Levee System and Fish Hatcheries, brought him to the region, where he worked as an inspector during the construction of these monumental projects. Settling in Lewiston, they raised their five children.

He retired early in 1989 to devote himself full time to his artwork, and it paid off.

Ric's art is of the finest quality and his oil paintings and scrimshaw work is highly sought after around the Northwest by outdoor enthusiasts and collectors alike. He created jewelry, napkin rings, custom knife building and cribbage boards with ivory and antler material. His favorite medium was oils, painting majestic sceneries of the Northwest plains, mountains, wildlife and Native American Chiefs.

One of his original Chief Joseph oil paintings was donated to the Nez Perce Tribe and hangs in a place of recognition at the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Building for public viewing today.

Ric and Birdi again loaded up their camper and traveled around the Northwest to numerous western art shows in Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, where he built his following for his art and made lifelong friends along the way. They lived this way for many years always making time during the summer months for camping on the Joe with family and friends. If you were in the area, you would always be invited in for a float on the St. Joe River and a slice of Birdi's famous buckle or huckleberry pie.

Ric is survived by his brother, Frank Bosshardt, of Hemet, Calif.; his children of the Lewiston area, daughter, Richelle (John) Cadloni and sons, Ric (Anna) Bosshardt, Bob (Cathy) Bosshardt, Russ (Penny) Bosshardt and Rocky Bosshardt; and numerous grand- and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Caitlin Ordway Bosshardt, and wife, Roberta Bosshardt, both in 2018, and sisters, Evelyn Grossman and Barbara Curtis.

The family is planning a gathering next summer along the St. Joe to celebrate Dad's life, as it should be done - enjoying the river however you see fit, picking berries with those you love and eating some huckleberry pie.

Photo: Richard J. Bosshardt


Arnold J. Eidam, 91, Orofino

Arnold J. Eidam, of Orofino, born Oct. 25, 1930, died Oct. 10, 2022 in Orofino.

Pine Hills Chapel and Crematory is in caring for arrangements.


Tonce Renae Graves, 65, Lenore

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, Tonce Renae Graves, loving fiancé, and mother of one, passed away surrounded by her loved ones. At age sixty-five "Tonce went home". She was born Nov. 26, 1956.

A loving and giving woman, she made sure her family came first, and is survived by her son, Nathan, of Lewiston; her life-partner, Bill, of Lenore; her sister, Annette, brother-in-law Tom and nephew Eric of Redmond, Oregon; and her brother, Stan and sister-in-law, Margaret, nephews, Jason and Brian and niece, Athena, of Olympia, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Laverne Graves; her brother, Shane; nephew, Gary and her loving dog, Hannah.

Tonce cared more for her family and animals than anyone could ever claimed to have done. She gave up her entire life in sacrifice for her son; lifestyle, career, relationships were all put secondary to his well-being, and happiness.

While in the AA program and throughout her life she made countless friends, and so many more strangers, happy with her warmth and kindness. It hurts to think about her passing, and countless stories could be told to honor her memory. At least the feeling she leaves behind can be felt with the passing of each word. Love!

Family services were held in private.

Photo: Tonce Renae Graves


Jeffrey 'Jeff' Michael Bird, 59, Orofino

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Jeffrey 'Jeff' Michael Bird, a loving dad and grandpa, passed away. He was 59 years old.

Jeff was born to James "Jim" Bird Sr. and Gerri Bird on Aug. 27, 1963 in Orofino, ID.

He is survived by his two children, and two grandchildren, Shantell Marie Hixson (Zain Hixson), granddaughter, Freya Hixson and grandson, Milo Hixson; and Dylan James Bird; his parents, James 'Jim' Bird Sr. and Gerri Bird; his sister and three brothers; Dianne Nygaard (Terry Nygaard), Jim Bird Jr. (Carrie Bird), Rick Bird (Tammi Bird) and Dave Bird, along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his close friend, Codi Thompson.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Dave Bird's residence, 179 Konkolville Road.

Jeff was a creator and an artist. He loved to build things and was extremely talented. By the time he was four years old he began taking things apart and reassembling them to understand how they worked. He was passionate about computers and technology and even had his own computer repair business. He would make house calls and tried to help people understand and operate their computers effectively. He was a master at making things, whether it was building a computer from scratch or building a playhouse for his kids or a piece of furniture, or beautiful steam punk inspired lamps.

He loved music and listened to it every day. He learned to play guitar in a matter of weeks and played drums and the banjo, too. He would often get an idea for something he wanted to make or do and in no time would have figured out how to do it. His talents, creativity and computer savviness were second only to his kindness. He had such a kind and generous heart and would help anyone he knew needed it in a second without even thinking about it.

Church and his relationship with God was one of the most important things to him. His family was so important to him, he loved and cared about them so much. He was an amazing grandpa who had a very special bond with his grandkids. He always spoiled his grandkids and got them interested in new things. He loved to have real, meaningful conversations with people and he was a very empathetic person.

He was very special; and his family feels lucky to have him as long as they did. Those who knew him well knew that he was always trying to get better, even though it was hard. When he was able, he was always there for anyone who needed him. He had a great sense of humor and was always making people laugh.

Jeff built many relationships over the years and they all meant so much to him. Above all, he loved God and loved his family; he will be deeply missed by all.

Photo: Jeffrey 'Jeff' Michael Bird


Mildred E. 'Millie' Jones, 101, formerly of Headquarters

A choir of angels welcomed Millie as she passed in her home surrounded by loved ones Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Remarkably, she celebrated her 101st birthday in August.

Mildred Ellen Michelbach was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Bynum, Mont., to John Frederick Michelbach and Minnie Kempf. Millie enjoyed farm life with her sisters Hilda, Barbara and Loraine. She attended high school in Choteau, Mont. Because her high school was so far from the farm, she worked for her board and room in town to attend Choteau High School, graduating in 1939.

After high school, Millie worked for Montana Power Company in Choteau. She moved to Lewiston to live with her sister Barbara in 1940. Millie worked for C. C. Anderson Company and Washington Water Power while in Lewiston. Millie rented an apartment in Lewiston and enjoyed dancing on the weekends. Olive, her best friend, and Millie joined the Moose and Elks lodges for about $10 a year social membership to go out dancing. One time, Millie was invited on a blind date by Olive, who was dating Wylie Worthington, and Millie met her future husband, Ron Jones.

On Jan. 10, 1943, Millie married Ronald F. Jones in Portland, Ore., at her parents' home. Millie's sister, Barbara Lufkin, was maid of honor and Wylie Worthington was Ron's best man. They made their home at Headquarters, Idaho. Millie would comment that she wasn't quite sure what she had gotten into when she arrived at her new home with 14 feet of snow overshadowing the entrance, but the bonus was, no need to cook. Everyone would go to the cafeteria to eat meals for a $1 or less. Not long after they were married, Ron was drafted into the service. He left for Fort Bragg, Ky., in 1944. Millie went to live with Ron's mother, father and sister in Spokane, Wash. After Ron's boot camp, Millie and a friend, whose husband was also there, drove to Kentucky. Ron surprised Millie with tickets to the Kentucky Derby. This has been one of Millie's favorite memories throughout the years.

In 2007, Millie and Ron celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were blessed to have the original wedding party, Millie and Ron; maid of honor, Millie's sister, Barbara Lufkin; and Ron's best man from Pennsylvania, Wylie Worthington. They shared their lives with family and many guests over the weekend with open house and picnic.

Ron was employed by the Camas Prairie Railroad Company for 42 years, working in Headquarters, Grangeville and Lewiston. They were blessed with five children: Carolyn, 1947; Dennis, 1950-1973; Roger, 1953; Robert, 1955; and Thomas 1965. Millie and Ron moved to Lewiston in Fall 1953. Ron and Millie became members of the Congregational Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, and continued members until today.

Their home in Lewiston Orchards boasted a large garden that was a family affair during the summer harvest. Millie canned and preserved the bounty for their growing family. There was always a project to complete. Ron and Millie enjoyed many hunting trips to fill the freezer for winter.

Ron retired in 1980. Ron served as mayor of Lewiston 1970-74. Along with being a Mayor's wife, Millie worked for the Lewiston School District for 21 years, also retiring in 1980.

During Ron's term as mayor, Millie and Ron traveled to Washington, D.C., to the president's Mayor's Breakfast. Ron has been a member of the Elks Lodge for more than 65 years. Also, Ron has been a member in various Masonic organizations more than 70 years. Many trips traveling with these organizations and the Shiners over the Northwest and meeting members were enjoyed by Ron and Millie. She continued to enjoy traveling and seeing family and old friends throughout the years afterward.

Millie was an avid bridge player, golfer and fisher, especially after retiring. Millie and family attended two Worlds Fairs, Seattle in 1962 and Spokane in 1974. Many vacations were spent at national parks, but the most fun was fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater. After slack water, they enjoyed fishing on Dworshak Reservoir State Park.

Millie and Ron's major retirement was building their dream home with a view of the city, which they have enjoyed for 40-plus years. Millie enjoyed entertaining, planning, designing, and sharing with friends and family their home. Many holidays were spent and enjoyed celebrating.

Some of their retirement traveling included Millie and Ron visiting her family in England and touring Europe. They went on cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and traveled extensively with their RV around the United States and Canada visiting extended family and friends. One of Millie's favorite memories was reminiscing camping trips with the "Church Group" to various destinations including the Oregon Coast many times. Many stories were told of clamming and cooking them right in the camp ground with the big clam pot. They also spent many winters down south as "snowbirds." Millie would often remember a story or two to tell about her travel experiences.

Millie's community service always included donated time for fundraisers for various organizations of which she was a member: Women's Club at Congregational Presbyterian Church, Past President, Chapter BL PEO, Member of Daughters of The Nile, Malac Temple No. 55, and Tsceminicium Club.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis; her parents; and her sisters, Hilda Moulton, Barbara Lufkin and Loraine Hickman. Millie is survived by her husband of 79 years, Ronald Jones; children, Carolyn (Randy Bloom) Jones, Roger Jones, Robert (Kathy) Jones and Tom (Debi) Jones; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Webster, of Spokane. She remembered and loved all of the grandchildren and always enjoyed their visits. Millie had a special toy area that also included fun children's books to read and the familiar children's games.

The family is thankful Millie was able to stay at home with the wonderful care provided by staff and aides at St. Joseph's Hospice, Seubert's, and Open Arms.

A viewing will take place from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Normal Hill Cemetery, Masonic Row 10, in Lewiston. After the service, refreshments will be at the Masonic Lodge NezPerce No. 10, 1122 18th Ave., Lewiston.

Memorials may be made to Congregational Presbyterian College Scholarship Fund in memory of Mildred Jones, 709 Sixth St., Lewiston; or donate to a charity of your choice.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be left at malcomsfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Mildred E. 'Millie' Jones


Julie Garton-Good, 70, Lenore

10/29/1951 - 10/14/2022

Julie passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from complications of a blood disorder.

Julie was a nationally recognized instructor and speaker on real estate, having been awarded "Educator of the Year" three times by the Real Estate Educators Association.

Julie authored 11 books on real estate as well as being honored by Realtor Magazine as "one of the most 25 influential people in real estate." In addition, Julie was awarded a Pulitzer Prize with the Miami Herald for reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Marion Martin of Boise, and her daughter, Crystal Ann Branch. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Scott Good, who resides at their home in Lenore.

Photo: Julie Garton-Good


Lauren Allen Dietz, 59, Weippe

Lauren Allen Dietz, 59, of Weippe, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27, due to complications of cancer.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Oct. 29, at the Faith Lutheran Church, 611 Main St. S, in Pierce, ID. A wake will follow the service with food and drinks. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, Idaho handled the cremation service.

Lauren was born in North Dakota, on March 21, 1963. He attended Weippe schools through the eighth grade.

Lauren married Jolynn Gray Aug. 16, 1984, but later divorced. Even after their divorce they remained a very close relationship.

Lauren joined the Army National Guard for a short time.

He worked various jobs from construction to logging and also at miscellaneous lumber mills.

Lauren enjoyed camping and just getting in his car and driving the vast wilderness around the area that he lived. He would always be lending a helping hand to friends and strangers when he could.

Lauren is survived by longtime love Jolynn Dietz; parents, Lester and Eileen Dietz; brothers, Greg Dietz and Roy Dietz (wife Sharon); sister, Tina Jonas (husband Rodney); nieces, Rolawna De La Cruz, Rochelle Norman (husband Nate), Katie Dietz, Alex Dietz, Olivia Dietz; and nephew, Justin Dietz, great nephews, Preston De La Cruz, Oliver Norman and Heston Haight, great niece Hazel Norman, Penelope Haight and other family and friends.

Lauren is preceded in death by his son, Nathan Wesley Dietz; a sister, Sandra Dietz; and brothe,r Frank Dietz.

Photo: Lauren Allen Dietz


Catherine Mae Symons, 84, formerly of Orofino

Catherine Mae Symons passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 9, 2022, at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia with her sons by her side. Catherine was born Nov. 20, 1937, in Merced, Calif., to Clarence and Helen Tedrow. She was raised in Mariposa, Calif.

She married Paul C. Todd in 1955 and had five sons. She remarried in 1965 to Norman Symons with three sons, and they had a daughter - all were raised in Post Falls, one big family.

Mom enjoyed cooking, she worked for the Post Falls School District as head cook. She loved to take care of everyone and family. She took care of Dad until her passing. At retirement they moved to Orofino for 20 years and then moved to the Clarkston Heights, Wash., and lived at Sunset Heights.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Nancy; and sons, Dale Synmons and Donald Todd.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Norman Symons; sisters, Barbara Symons and Laura James; brother, Ben Tedrow; sons, Daniel Todd, Ken Todd, Ron Todd, Larry Todd, Bryan Symons and Russell Symons; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed very much.

There will be a small celebration of life for her from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Sunset Heights Clubhouse, 2115 Sixth Ave., Clarkston. Another celebration of life will take place in Post Falls at a later date.

Photo: Catherine Mae Symons


Margaret E. Gentry, 87, Orofino

Margaret E. Gentry, of Orofino, born Feb. 12, 1935, died Oct 17, 2022, in Orofino.

A private family funeral service will be held.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Michael Atkinson, 67, Orofino

Michael Ray Atkinson was born Nov. 14, 1954 in Lewiston.

He passed away Oct. 9, 2022 in Orofino. He was a lifelong resident.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Randy K. Doman, 72, formerly of Orofino

A man among men, Randy Kevin Doman, 72, passed away peacefully Oct. 13, 2022, in Cottonwood, Idaho after a four-year brawl with Scleroderma.

Born May 16, 1950, Randy was the eighth child of Eldon and Martha (Babbitt) Doman. Raised on Cranney's Farm and Ranch in Oakley, Idaho, with his four brothers and four sisters, he developed his love of hard work and horses. After graduating Burley High as a standout student and football player, Randy attended Brigham Young University. During this time, he met his first wife, Diann Barlow, and they moved to Orofino where they raised their three daughters. Years later, Randy met and married the love of his life, Laurie Ann Simmonds. They found their home on the Camas Prairie first in Grangeville and then settling on their ranch in Cottonwood.

Randy was a lifelong civil servant with a diverse background as a Sawtooth Hotshots foreman, wildland fire manager for Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests, Idaho County Commissioner, rancher, North Central Resource Advisory Committee member, and Idaho Park and Recreation Board member.

Randy enjoyed riding horses with his long-legged cowgirl, working on his ranch, a good game of Liverpool Rummy, telling bad jokes, fishing with friends, and spending hours on the phone in long conversations with family and friends. We will remember Randy for his big personality, hilarious mishaps, making everyone feel important, service to all, and being the best of us.

Randy is survived by his wife, Laurie Doman; three daughters, and their families, Alisha (Eric) Thomas, Brooke (Michael) Doman, Danielle (Chris) Neeley; sisters, Gay Doman, Doreen Hutchinson, and Cathy Libby; mother-in-law, Beverly Christensen and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends that are too numerous to list but not forgotten. He was preceded in death by his parent; brothers, Leon, Dale, Donal, Douglas, and Craig; and sister, DeeAnn.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grangeville, Idaho followed by a banquet to celebrate Randy's life; all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scleroderma Foundation at https://scleroderma.org/.

Photo: Randy K. Doman


Brandi Elaine Wyatt, 49, Weippe

Brandi Elaine Wyatt passed away unexpectedly at her home in Weippe. While her family are shocked by her death, they are thankful for her life. She was a free spirit who brought joy to her family with her bubbly personality and ability to bring a smile to everyone just by her presence.

Brandi enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and had a soft spot in her heart for animals.

She was born Dec. 1, 1972, to Sharon (Anderson) Wyatt and Larry Wyatt in Cottonwood, Idaho.

Brandi is survived by her children, Mercedes Evenson, Hunter Evenson and Blade Evenson; her father, Larry Wyatt; and brother, Justin Wyatt.

She will be deeply missed by her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Sharon Anderson and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Her precious pets, Richie, Noah, Lily and Gizzmo have found loving homes with family.

We welcome family and friends to celebrate Brandi's life at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Helgeson Place Hotel (conference room) 125 Johnson Ave., Orofino, Idaho.

Someone we loved so dearly can never be replaced.

Photo: Brandi Elaine Wyatt


Ann Baird Schuyler, 88, Orofino

Ann Baird Schuyler of Orofino, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2022. Ann was born Feb. 3, 1934 in Schenectady, New York to Philip and Mildred (Toulson) Schuyler. She was raised on a dairy farm in Cobleskill, NY with her siblings, Philip Schuyler Jr. and her sister, Sara Beth Schuyler Dilworth. Ann attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and went on to the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nurse Training in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

After completing nurse's training, Ann joined the United States Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Nurse Corps. She was a member of the Retired Reserve of the US Navy.

When not attending to her naval duties or travelling to her family cabin in Summit, NY, Ann worked faithfully for the Orofino Clinic from 1972 until its sale and closure in 2016. Ann's work there ranged from receptionist to bookkeeper to lawn maintenance to surgical nurse. Her value was immeasurable.

Ann was known for her service to the people of her church and local community. She volunteered in many capacities and gave generously. She was honored with a Lifetime Service Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama.

Ann was preceded in death by her father, Philip Schuyler, her mother, Mildred (Toulson) Schuyler, and her brother, Philip Schuyler Jr.

In keeping with Ann's private nature, there will be no public memorial service. We miss you, Ann

Photo: Ann Baird Schuyler


Jonas G. Olin, 81, Weippe/Orofino

Jonas G. Olin, 81, of Weippe/Orofino passed away due to complications of Alzheimer's on Oct. 1, 2022.

Jonas was born to Carl Olin and Minnie Tower Bower in Orofino, where he grew up and then graduated in 1960. He then joined the Air Force in 1962 and became a security policeman. He served in North Korea and Japan.

Jonas left the military in 1966 and moved to Weippe where he married Judy McPherson in 1967.

Jonas was in the logging industry where he was a loader operator for Potlatch in 1982. He then moved to Oregon and also worked as a loader operator for Crater Lake Lumber Company.

In 1991 he moved to Alaska and drove truck for C&R Pipe Company for 26 years before moving back to Orofino for retirement.

His favorite things to do were work hard and help others in need.

He was admired and an inspiration to us all.

He also was a long-time member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Jonas was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie; father, Carl; stepfather, Les Bower; and granddaughter, Michelle Mcloud.

He is survived by son, Jeff Olin; daughter, Jody Olin; brothers, Bruce Bower (Bev Bower), Lorin Bower; sisters, Judy McIntosh and Bonnie Lewis; grandchildren, Erica Olin Klopfenstein (Brent Klopfenstein), and Ashley Mcloud; and one great grandson, Bradley Sieg.

Services will be held at Cook's Cemetery in Orofino, on Upper Fords Creek Road, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, with a potluck following at the VFW Hall located at 330 Michigan Ave., also in Orofino.


Patrick Dale Manfull, 72, Orofino

1949-2022

With broken hearts we want to let our friends and family know that Patrick passed away on October 7, 2022 from complications of surgery. He fought a valiant fight to stay with his family and loved ones.

Patrick was born Dec. 2, 1949 to Elma and Clarence (Red) Manfull. He lived his early life on the Manfull Hill with his family.

In 1965, after a successful basketball game, he walked up to a cheerleader, Carolyn Nichols and introduced himself. A spark was started and the two of them continued to date and love each other.

In 1967 we were married and welcomed our first baby girl, Heidi. What a joy even at our young age, because she was such an important part of our love for each other.

Pat finished his education at Orofino High School and with the aid and help of Darrel (Oly) Olsen Pat was able to obtain a college scholarship at Lewis Clark State College playing basketball. He was a remarkable athlete and basketball was his gift.

After college we moved back to Orofino to the Manfull Hill and began our life welcoming our second daughter, Kimberley, in 1970.

In 1978, we welcomed our third daughter Mandy Lynn. Pat worked in the woods as a sawyer and later an equipment operator.

In 1996, he began working for Clearwater County Road Department. He continued this employment until 2011 when he retired. We were able to enjoy our time golfing and going on various adventures, but the most memorable was this last winter when we traveled to Yuma, Ariz. to be with Pat's nephew, Mark Deyo and Barbie. We all golfed every day and Pat enjoyed the night bow fishing with Mark and Barbie.

As we traveled to Yuma, I will never forget, Pat said, oh my gosh, after 55 years of marriage we are finally getting a honeymoon. I laughed because during our 55 years we have had many honeymoon moments.

Pat lived a full wonderful life enjoying the outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing and his family.

Pat leaves behind his beloved wife, Carolyn; precious daughters, Heidi Adams (Doug), Kimberley Powers (Dane) and Mandy Lacey; grandchildren, Ashlee Diffin (Sean), Meghan Maki (Luke), Courtney Ohlson (Bailey), Brendon Judd, and Allyson Lacey; and great grandchildren, Rilee Diffin, Jace Diffin and Cutlar Ohlson and new baby coming soon in November; brothers Kip Manfull (Debbie) and Chris Manfull (Denise); and sister, Kathy Naslund, (Jim) and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Clarence and Elma; brother, Darrell Manfull, and sisters, Norma Deyo Grimes and Lenni Driver.

One of Pat's greatest joys over the years was playing and teaching our youth the love of the game of basketball.

If anyone would like to donate in Pat's honor, we would like to continue his legacy of teaching and playing the game of basketball. An account has been set up at LCCU (Lewis-Clark Credit Union).

We welcome our family and friends to "Celebration of Life" for Patrick at the Orofino Golf & Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Photo: Patrick Dale Manfull


William Bonson, 73, worked on Dworshak Dam

William "Bill" Nairn Bonson passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, peacefully at his home in Clarkston from congestive heart failure and kidney failure. Merchant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 7, 1949, to Earnest Nairn Bonson and Joyce Marie Bonson (Trent) in Clarkston. Bill was the second of seven children and the oldest boy. He graduated from Clarkston High School in the class of 1968. He enjoyed playing football, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He kept in touch with his classmates and enjoyed all the class reunions and luncheons spent with friends and classmates.

He often said some of his best days growing up were spent at the ranch on Joseph Creek owned by Fred and Minnie Haberman. His summers were spent learning to ranch, ride horses and shoot a gun. Most of his evenings were spent with a fishing pole in his hand and a bar of soap for his bath in the creek.

Bill went to college briefly in Spokane, Wash., where he met Nancy Pyles. They were married and had two daughters, Julie and Angela. They made their home in Clarkston. Their marriage ended in divorce after 35 years.

Bill's first career was as a sheet metal worker. For many generations, his family before him worked in metals, so this was a natural fit for him. He joined the Sheet Metal Workers local 66 Union in the early 1970s. He worked all over the Northwest on large commercial projects including the Dworshak Dam. He retired in the late 1990s.

The Snake River then called him to his second career. A partnership with his future son in-law, Gabe Cassell, was formed and they purchased Snake Dancers Excursions in 1999. Bill was passionate in sharing the beauty and life of Hells Canyon. He was a Coast Guard-certified boat captain. He ran year-round scenic jet boat tours and fishing trips. If you knew Bill, chances are you talked about the river. He was full of pride and was so very proud of the family business. He never truly retired.

Bill purchased property at Middle Creek Landing on the Snake River in 1989 and started building his cabin, which became his second home. He could always be found there working on something, fishing and just watching the river go by. There was always something about that river.

Bill was a past member of the Hells Canyon Muzzleloaders Association, partaking in monthly shoots and yearly rendezvous. Bill loved camping out. He also belonged to the Lewis and Clark ATV Club, and was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and was a current member of the Wreaths Across America. He spent many years coaching softball and enjoyed watching all of his grandchildren play sports. He never wanted to miss a game.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carol Bonson. He is survived by his daughters, Julie (Gabe) Cassell, of Clarkston, and Angela (Shane) Nightingale, of Asotin, Wash; his grandchildren Corah, Kinley, Brady, Stevie and Brooks; and his lifelong friend and companion, Jackie Roseborough whom he treasured.

Also surviving are his siblings Linda (Pat) Faith, of Pahrump, Nev.; Gordon (Cathy) Bonson, of Clarkston; Louise McKinney, of Spokane; Bruce Bonson, of Lewiston; Sandy (Rick) Fromdahl, of Clarkston.

Bill was an outdoorsman, a mountain man, a tin bender, fishing guide and boat captain.

He lived well, and laughed often.

You are invited to celebrate his life with us at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Floch Hall at the Asotin County Fairgrounds.

Bill loved eating good food and sharing a meal with family and friends. Please bring a covered-dish for everyone to share, some refreshments to be provided.

Photo: William "Bill" Nairn Bonson


Reneé Lynn Wheeler Strom, 46

Reneé Lynn Wheeler of Lapwai passed away surrounded by loved ones on Saturday Oct. 8, 2022 at the age of 46.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1975 to Phillip Wheeler JR and Francine Compo. She graduated from Lapwai High School in 1994. She enjoyed spending time with her children and family. She spent most of her years living on the Nez Perce reservation. As a child until her adult years, she enjoyed attending Powwows, playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. As she got older, she loved playing darts, attending Pendleton Round-Ups and watching the Seattle Seahawks play (her favorite NFL team).

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She is survived by her sons, Daren E. Strom of Lapwai, Brandon U. Wheeler of Lapwai; granddaughter, Nezhalynn Renee Nicole Bowman of Lapwai; daughter, Marissa R. Vallem of Lewiston, companion Tate Vallem of Lewiston; grandsons, Julian and Jaidan Maldonado of Lewiston. She is also survived by her mother, Francine Delorme of Sweetwater; sisters, Michelle Moreno of Lapwai, Deanne Covarrubias, of Carson, WA, Julia Allen of Lapwai; brother, William Allen III, of Orofino and brother-in-law, Steven Lombard Jr. of Orofino; and many nieces and nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Phillip Wheeler JR; grandparents, Ken and Rose Frank, step father, William T. Allen Jr; Aunt Freda Allen, and her uncles, Frank Compo, Richard Compo, and Rod Wheeler.

A burial will be held at Jonah Cemetery, Sweetwater, following the funeral service on Thursday, Oct. 13. A dinner will follow afterwards at the Julia Allen Memorial Building. Lana Rickman is the Head Cook.

The funeral is Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Lapwai Methodist Church, Lapwai.

Photo: Reneé Lynn Wheeler


Robert L. Francis, 93

Robert L. Francis, 93, Kooskia, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is in charge of arrangements.


Shirley McKnight, 74, Orofino

Shirley McKnight, 74, formerly of Yakima, WA, born on Dec. 6, 1947, died in her home in Orofino on Sept. 28, 2022.


John M. Meade, Jr., 85, Kamiah

John M. Meade Jr., 85, of Kamiah, passed away surrounded by family at his home in Kamiah.

Trenary Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.


Melvin James Carlile

Melvin James Carlile was born and died in Redding, CA. At five weeks old we moved back to Weiser, until third grade, beginning fourth grade in Havre, Mont, and various town or dam sites, such as Tiber Dam, Albuquerque, NM until high school.

Melvin graduated in 1963 and married Sheila, and shortly after became an Army draftee and off to Ft Hood, Tex. He was in Military Police and became ordained as a Reverend, as a General's driver/guard, gave prayers to graduating troops as most were going into combat immediately in Vietnam. He married Lori. He always helped anyone who needed anything, helping pay someone's rent or getting them out of the ditch in the winter with his old tow truck, without accepting any payment for such.

He supervised workers in a large machine shop in California for 12 years, manufacturing tire molds of many brands and sizes from a glob of metal. He trained men on huge Webster Bennet turret lathes. He then became a master carpenter, helping his neighbor/contractor build restaurants and custom homes.

His next "phase" was a Harley Davidson factory trained mechanic, working as a "wrench" at Ukiah, Calif., Harley Dealership.

He loved the Weippe area, the people, the country life and animals. He saw beauty and art in all things, old cars being major. He will be missed by many, and I pray, also, to be successful at knocking on heaven's door, at the resurrection.

He is survived by twin brother, Calvin Carlile; younger sister, Janiel Johnson; first cousin, Evelyn Wilson of Orofino; nephew, Jason Carlile; and niece, Jessica.

There will be a memorial service on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Weippe Seventh-day Adventist Church, 221 Main St. S., Weippe. Reception to follow.

Photo: Melvin James Carlile


Mary Frances Hintz Redl, 96

Mary Frances Hintz Redl, 96, of Lewiston, passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. She was born April 6, 1926, along with her twin brother, Robert, in Le Mars, Iowa, to Frank and Genevieve Hintz.

She met James Redl and they were married at Sioux City, Iowa, on Feb. 14, 1947, during a big snow storm where Jim and his best man, "shoveled all night so they could get a rig out to get to the wedding. We needed to pick Mary up on the way, we were late to our own wedding!" They lived in Sioux City, Pierce and Clark Fork, before permanently settling in Lewiston. They were married 67 years, until Jim's passing in 2013.

Mary was a stay-at-home mom, but had one of the hardest work ethics, which her children followed. She tended to their house, garden, canning, baking, sewing and making sure her ornery sons were behaving. Walking into her house on Saturday mornings smelled heavenly as she did her baking for the week and if you were lucky, you received a warm cookie. She led the girls in Brownies, Camp Fire Girls and 4-H. Her hobbies included reading, embroidering, sewing, crocheting and quilting. She was a member of the KRLC Quilters for several years, donating quilts to those in need. Anyone who received one of her quilts or table runners received a labor of love. She was very proud of the fact that she was able to live on her own until June.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Linda) Redl, of Lewiston, and Tom (Oats) Redl, of Peck; and her daughters, Sara (Randy) Olson, of Lewiston, and Mary (Darrel) Uhlorn, of Cottonwood. She is also survived by her grandchildren who she adored, Ann Marie Gale, Curt Scott, Dawn Tolotti, Mary Rumbaugh, Brent Uhlorn, Kylie Jacobs and Holli Uhorn. Her great-grandchildren were the apple of her eye, Breanne and Randall Scott, Hudson Rumbaugh, Katie Tolotti, Tristan, Baker and Rayna Uhlorn, Ellie and Baby Girl Jacobs. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim; her beautiful daughter, Cecelia Peters; her parents, and four brothers and two sisters.

A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with a funeral Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Helping Hands, P.O. Box 1975, Lewiston, ID 83501 or St. Vincent De Paul, 604 Second St., Clarkston, WA 99403, who helped her family when she was a child.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photos: Mary Frances Hintz Redl


Robert E. Bennett, 79, Weippe

Robert E. Bennett of Weippe, passed away suddenly on Sept. 25, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He had been spending time at Lucky 7 Ranch in Weippe, his most favorite place to be, when he became ill and was transported to the hospital.

Known to his family and friends as "Bobby", he was born in Orofino in the Burns Hospital to Dick and Lilly Bennett, on Jan. 11, 1943. He joined a sister and brother at the family home in Weippe.

In the late 1940s the family moved to Richland for employment. When WWII ended, so did the job.

The family returned to the farm on Three Mile Road, in Weippe.

A tragedy at the farm took the life of Bobby's father and the family moved to Clarkston, Wash.

God provided a new father to Bobby in the form of his beloved Uncle Bob.

Bob and Lilly married, and subsequently had two boys, Dave and Dan. Bob taught the boys hunting, fishing, camping, the value of friendship, truth, honest and good work habits. Everyone always had a job.

Early on, Bobby developed a love of horses, and through the years, he learned how much fun team roping was. This became his passion, and he won many buckles and made many friends and memories.

He was an accomplished crane operator in the Potlatch Log yard in Lewiston until his retirement.

He is survived by three brothers, Dick, Dave and Dan. In addition, he is survived by eight children, Tina, Scott, Shane, Brent, Jason, Josie, Becky and Kristine.

He is also survived by his wife, Marcie, along with many lifelong friends.

Preceding him in death is his father, Dick; mother, Lilly; uncle, Bob; sister, Betty Lathrop; and brother-in-law, Dale Lathrop.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at the Weippe Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. where Bobby will be laid to rest close to his mother and father.

Photo: Robert E. Bennett


Celebration of Life set for James Harper

A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held for long time Orofino resident, James Harper, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at the VFW, 330 Michigan Ave., Orofino.


Marvin Sam Borders, 77, formerly of Weippe

Marvin Sam Borders passed away peacefully at Tri-State Hospital Sept. 19, 2022 in the presence of his wife Karin Borders, his daughter Kolleen Torgerson, and his granddaughter Alaini Bierhaus. Sam was born on Jan. 23, 1945 to Ted and Viola Borders in Orofino where he would find himself growing up in Weippe Idaho.

Sam was the class clown type all the way through school and also quite the athlete when it came to football in his later years of high school.

He married the love of his life, Karin Jean Dykes fresh out of high school, in 1965 where they would spend the next 57 years together.

They lived their early days in their small hometown, where Sam became a truck driver, earning the name highway angel.

They shortly made their way to Lewiston where they would start their family. They were to have their first-born daughter, Michelle Borders in 1966, but due to unfortunate circumstances she passed at birth.

They were blessed with their next miracles in 1970 with their second daughter, Jolene Borders, and 1971 with their third, Kolleen Borders.

He made a living for his family as a truck driver but was also quite the artist and would make some side money by selling his hand drawn CB radio cards to friends and family. He was also an avid yard saler. He was always out catching the best deals first thing in the morning.

Later in life he enjoyed his men's breakfasts with some old friends who he always enjoyed catching up with.

Another thing he took pride in was making sure his home was a home to everyone. He was a very good host for get-togethers and loved being a people and family man. Sam leaves behind his wife, Karin Jean Borders; his daughter, Kolleen Torgerson; granddaughters, Alaini Bierhaus, Kristi Yokum, Whitney Torgerson, Kaitlyn Torgerson, Kaylee Rose, Lacey Rose, Lexi Rose; and his grandsons, Zane Gosslin and Kale Stewart.

He is proceeded in death by his parents Ted and Viola Borders; his sisters, Gail Hibbs, and Helen Smith; brothers, Fred, and Larry Borders; and his two daughters, Michelle and Jolene Borders.

A service will be held at Deyo Reservoir in Fraser on Oct. 8. All friends and family are welcome. Potluck dinner following.

Photo: Marvin Sam Borders


Mary Lee Clelland, 84, formerly of Orofino, Peck

Mary Lee Clelland, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family, including all four of her beloved children.

Mary was born July 7, 1938 in Atlanta, to Ira Lee Kirkus and Metha LaVerle Kirkus (Graythen). She moved to Lewiston with her parents and sister, Laverle. She attended school at Lewiston Senior High School. She married Jim Olson and during their short marriage they brought their daughter Susanna Lynn into the world, the first of her four beloved children.

In her younger years, Mary worked a variety of jobs, including when she worked as a cashier at Highland Grocery and Potlatch Cafeteria. But while Mary was working at the Tip Top Drive Inn in north Lewiston, a young man by the name of Clifford Arthur Clelland walked in. He was a handsome man and Mary perceived that he was interested in dating one of the other girls that was working there with her. It turned out though, that he had his sights set on her, when he asked Mary to go on a date with him and the rest is history. Clifford became her very best friend and her husband, whom she would adore and lean on for the rest of her life. Soon they would bring into the world Timothy Ray, Carrie Ann and Dawn Linette, to complete their family.

Their young family moved from Clarkston, Wash., to Orofino in 1974, where they raised their young children on Wells Bench. In 1991, they drove to Roseburg, Ore,. in a Suburban and picked up two breeding pairs of Emus and started their Emu Farm as they settled into their Peck home. This was the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, filling every inch of their home with their children and grandchildren's laughter and love. The rustic farmhouse in Peck was the place that brought the family together on the weekends, holidays and all other occasions in between. This home was the setting for many moments that make us laugh and cry, what memories are made of.

From 1997 to 2006, Mary commuted six days a week to Lewiston. Five days of which, to work for her son Tim, at Allstate Insurance and then at Murray Insurance, during the work week and to attend church every Sunday. She attended Warner Alliance and CrossPoint Alliance where she met some of her very best friends, including Virginia Mastroberardino. In 2006, Cliff and Mary retired from their family-owned floor covering business, Cliff's Custom Floors. They bought a house in Lewiston, to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Through all the years of her life, she considered her work as a Prayer Warrior for Christ, her most important mission on earth. She set her alarm every morning at 4 a.m., to get on her knees and begin her prayer list from a journal where the names of people and specific needs grew daily, to the point of her being on her knees, for up to two hours at a time. She had calloused the tops of her feet from the labor of love of praying.

In December of 2015, Mary lost her dear Clifford. Life was not the same without him and she had been desperately missing him ever since. Our hearts are filled with joy, knowing how loving and joyous that reunion must have been.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Lee Kirkus and Metha L. (Pat) DeVault and her "Nanny", Mabel Susanna Graythen; her father-in-law, Ansel; mother-in-law, Argyl Irene Clelland; sister, Mandy LaVerle Fagan and Carl Fagan (brother-in-law); husband, Clifford; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Moxley; and grandma, Lila DeVault.

She is survived by her father by marriage, Everett DeVault; her children, Susan Warren, Tim Clelland (wife Brenda), Carrie Clelland and Dawn Stuffle (husband Keith); a son-by-law and kept by choice, Tom Goodroad; grandchildren, Danielle Butsick (husband Brandon), Brittani Bailey (husband Derek), Dustin Clelland (wife Diana), Jessica Chase (husband Levi), Raschelle Harper (husband Dustin), Kimberly Marcy (husband Garret), Mikayla Rhodes (husband Dakota), Bethany Behler (husband Kit), Zion and Damaris Stuffle, Brian and Cadelind Warren; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Derek, Titus, Adelle, Benjamin, Charlie, Amelia, Sawyer, Sadie, Arden, Isla, Wylee, Junie, Goldie, Livi, Virginia, Imogen, Cora, Alastair and one more, due in December; as well as many beloved friends.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Ann and MariBeth, RNs from Hospice and Connie, medical caregivers for their work.

Donations may be made in Mary's honor, to Life Choices Clinic, where she volunteered her time, in care of Christine King, P.O. Box 1107, Lewiston, Idaho 83501, or, by visiting their website, lifechoicesclinic.info.

A service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave, Lewiston.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston, is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Mary Lee Clelland


Allen Nichols Crawford, 83, former area log truck driver

On Sept. 22, 2022, we lost our father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Allen Nichols Crawford, who was 83 years of age. Allen passed away at Tri-State Memorial in Clarkston, of symptoms related to COVID-19.

Allen was born to Ernest Crawford and Mildred (Olmsted) Crawford, in Emida, Idaho, on Nov. 20, 1938. He was the youngest boy of six brothers and he also had five sisters.

Telling a fib about his age, Allen enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1955 at the age of 17 and he was honorably discharged in 1960. Shortly after he was discharged, he married Wesleyne Jackie Barker "Sandy." Allen and Sandy had three children, Audrey Nanette, Allen Nathan and Dimond Lyle Crawford.

Over the years, Allen worked various jobs, mainly at sawmills, from South Dakota to Idaho. In 1971, he landed his first log truck driving job with PFI at Headquarters. After PFI closed logging operations at Headquarters, Allen drove logging truck for Kenny Miller and Finke Logging. After 45 years, at the age of 78, Allen retired to become a full-time caregiver for his beloved wife, Sandy.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sandy; daughter, Audrey; his brothers Alonzo, Arnold, Abby and Roy; and his sisters, Darlene, Wanda, Lois and Mary Kay.

He is survived by his sons, Allen Crawford (Joya) and Dimond Crawford (Sherry); his sister, Diane Winter, of St. Maries; and his brother, Clifford Crawford, of Council, Idaho. Allen also leaves behind his grandchildren, Joshua, Jay Ausman, Rickelle Wesleyne Ladd and Derick D. Lyle Crawford (Lacie); great-grandchildren, Brooke, Harley and Josie Ausman, Serena and Brock Ladd, Katherine and Zoey Crawford; and several nieces, nephews and too many friends to count.

At his request, there will not be a service and cremation has taken place. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Allen Nichols Crawford


Betty Dahl, 89, former Elk River City Clerk

Betty Dahl, 89, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Avalon Nursing Home in Pullman, Wash.

She was born at home March 1, 1933, near Remer, Minn., to Don and Illa Trott.

Her early childhood was spent in the Bruce, Wis., area. In 1945, the family moved to Elk River. She graduated from Elk River High School in 1951 as class valedictorian.

Betty Trott and Bernie Dahl were married Nov. 23, 1951, at Bernie's maternal grandmother's house in Spokane, Wash. Four children were born to this union. Most of Betty's adult life was spent in Elk River. The family moved to Troy for 10 years and then they moved back to Elk River in 1973. She was a member of the Sno-Ball Rebekah Lodge No. 70 when it was in operation, and she was also a member of the Kendrick-Juliaetta Evergreen Friendship Club and she was also the Elk River city clerk from 1975-85.

Betty is survived by her four children, Becky Pierson, Dawn Tillson, Judy (Mike) Heath and Tom (Jaimie) Dahl. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and a sister, Frances Blakely.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie, in 1996; her parents; brothers Don and Lloyd; her sister, Dolores Dahl; and her grandson, Aaron Heath.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Betty Dahl


Robert E. Bennett, 79, Weippe

Robert E. Bennett, 79, Weippe, born Jan. 11, 1943, died Sept. 25, 2022 in Orofino.

A memorial service is pending.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Tonce R. Graves, 65, Lenore

Tonce R. Graves, 65, Lenore, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Richard 'Dick' G. Farrington, 80, Lenore

Richard 'Dick' G. Farrington, 80, was peacefully called to Heaven from his home in Lenore, Idaho on Aug. 18, 2021. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho on Oct. 25, 1940 to Glen and Bernadine (Bunny) Farrington.

In 1958 he married Irene Shine and they had three boys. The marriage ended in a divorce and Dick married Patricia (Pat) Irby in 1976. Together they had one daughter.

After high school, he went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla as a carpenter. He later worked for Broemeling Welding in Genesee. After that he worked for Alec & Howard Lumber as a timber cruiser. He also was a log scaler at Headquarters for Potlatch Corporation. From there he went to work at Jaype Plywood Plant in Pierce and was there for 28 years. Along with his best friend, Robert (Jelly Bean) Brown, Dick enjoyed working with wood and restoring old furniture.

An avid outdoorsman, he spent much of his time in the mountains hunting, fishing and camping with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Pat of 45 years; his children: Ricky (Loretta) of Lewiston, Greg (Laurie) of Meridian, Kevin (Katie) of Spokane, Wasjh., and Tanya (David) of Lewiston. He is also survived by his brother, Doug (Linda) Farrington of Lewiston and sister-in-law, Carmen Rinehart (Greg) of Pierce and his grandchildren: Zane Farrington, Nina (Dustin) Wooldworth, Shallyn (Will) English, Kyle Farrington, Riley Farrington, Max Farrington, Chad Vonk and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Carol Farrington (Boyd) Wood and his brother, Norm Farrington.

While we are thankful for the blessing of having him in our lives, Heaven has received another special 'outdoor angel' to watch over those he left behind. A graveside celebration of life will be held at Sanders Cemetery at the Wells Bench Church in Orofino on Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. Following the service, friends and family are invited to a lunch gathering at the home of Alex & Julia Irby at 58 Preston Road off Grangemont Road.

Photo: Richard 'Dick' G. Farrington


Jackson Carl Pease, 81, formerly of Headquarters

Jackson Carl Pease peacefully passed away at his home in Clarkston, Wash.,with his wife Mary by his side in the early morning Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. He was 81 years old.

Jack was born to Carl and Iola Pease in Lewiston on July 19, 1941. He grew up in the small logging community of Headquarters, and graduated from Pierce High School in 1959. Jack immediately began his pursuit of a career in education from Lewis-Clark State College with his degree in elementary education in 1961. He then graduated from Sonoma State College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and from there, proceeded to San Francisco State University. Jack graduated with a master's degree in elementary school administration from San Francisco State in 1965 and then graduated from the University of Idaho's Graduate School with a focus in elementary school administration.

Jack subsequently embarked on his more than 30-year career in education in Long Beach, Calif., where he also met the love of his life, Mary Alice Terrell. A short courtship was all it took for them to know they were meant for one another and were married soon thereafter in 1971 in Compton, Calif. It was not long after they were married that Jack and Mary decided to move to Clarkston and start a family.

Upon being hired as a teacher and principal at Asotin Elementary, Jack soon made it his mission to encourage literacy in youth by creating a reading program that began with newborn children in the district and continued on throughout their time in grade school. It was a devotion that would eventually result in Asotin Elementary school student test scores in reading exceeding state averages.

Jack's discipline system also left a positive impact on the children he dealt with and the school as a whole. Jack also cared enough to send children out of his office with words of encouragement and candy from the ever-present candy jar that sat on his desk. As a result of his devotion to the education of children, Jack was awarded the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington Distinguished Principal Award in 1998 and nominated for the Washington Award for Excellence in Education in 2001.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman who loved fly-fishing and backpacking into the mountains of northern Idaho. He also enjoyed spending summers camping with his family. As soon as the school year gave way to summer vacation, Jack could be found towing his trailer and his family to the forests of northern Idaho. It was there he found his Zen, whipping his fly rod back and forth along the banks of many a cold brook, stream or lake.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Andrew; daughter, Alicia; daughter-in-law, Stephanie; and son-in-law, Eric. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew, Nick, Mary, Gabe, Erica and Drew; his surviving sibling, Nancy Johnson, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will have a celebration of life at a later date. Any condolences may be sent to the family directly.

Photo: Jackson Carl Pease


Celebration of Life set for Ralph L. 'Buffy' Richardson

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ralph L. 'Buffy' Richardson on Oct. 1, 2022, at 1 p.m., at the VFW, 330 Michigan Ave., Orofino.

Please bring a favorite memory and a potluck dish.


Ruth Esther Hatfield, 92, formerly of Orofino

Ruth Esther Logan Hatfield died at age 92 in Forest Grove, Ore.

Ruth was born at her grandmother's house in Clarkston, Wash., on March 25, 1930. She grew up in Orofino. where she attended school and graduated from Orofino High School in 1948. She met her future husband Frank while working as a clerk at the State Mental Hospital - he was installing the phone system; the joke was that they both got to leave at the end of the day. They married in 1957 and later moved to the Tri-Cities in Washington in 1960.

Ruthie had a great sense of humor and loved visiting with her family and friends. She loved pets and had numerous well-loved cats and dogs through the years. She worked at the Department of Energy in Richland, Wash., for many years, retiring in 1991.

She was preceded in death by husband, Frank Hatfield; parents, Ralph Logan and Francis Laudenbach; sister, Linda Albers; and beloved cousin, Carol Edmark who was like a sister to Ruth. She is survived by sister, Laurie Jo Hobson; brothers, Tom Logan and Jim Challinor; children, Liz Hutchison and Carl Hatfieldl six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A gathering to celebrate Ruth's life will be held later, an announcement will be made once the details are known.

Photo: Ruth Esther Hatfield


Janet Marie Gardner, 78, Orofino

Janet Marie Gardner passed away on Aug. 29, 2022 at her home in Orofino with her family by her side, at the age of 78.

She was born in Redding, Calif., to Sam Jones and Martha Hunsaker, on Jan. 17, 1943.

She married Richard (Dickie) Mendenhall, in 1956. They had five children; Lorena (Andy) Cantrell of Proberrta, Calif., Linda Mendenhall (John Bernard) of Kamiah, Loralee Parkinson (deceased), Richard Mendenhall (deceased), and Charles (Mechell) Mendenhall of Weippe.

She married Ray Mendenhall with three stepchildren, Marvin Mendenhall, Debbie Bunch and Missy Knight, all of Kamiah. They divorced in 1980.

She married Rex Gardner with two step children, Sueann Gardner (John Beck) of Orofino, and Emily Gardner (David Johnston) of Sheridan WY.

She also had numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She enjoyed canning and gardening. She had a love for horses and her two little dogs (Sissy and Abby).

A brief service will be held on Oct. 22, 2022 at Willow Ridge Cemetery, at 12 noon, then finish at Kamiah Senior Citizen Building from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a potluck dinner.

Photo: Janet Marie Gardner


Charles 'Jim' McCollister, 77. Orofino

Charles "Jim" McCollister, of Orofino, born Feb. 2 1945, died Sept. 7, 2022 in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Myrna Kay Ely, 84, Pierce

Our dear Myrna Kay Ely's life ended peacefully on Aug. 3, 2022. She was 84.

Myrna was born July 13, 1938, to Oscar and Anna Munck in Culdesac, Idaho. Myrna lived in Orofino during her youth and briefly moved to Chicago when she was 14. There she lived with her sister, Anna Lee, while her mother, Anna, was a cook for the Forest Service for many months. Later, Myrna moved back to Culdesac and graduated high school. After graduation, Myrna moved to Hepner, Ore., with her sister, Wanda, where she met Ray Ely. They married in 1956 and had four children, Kenneth (Ken), Kevin, Thomas (Tom), and Laurie. In 1964, their family of six moved to Lewiston, and in 1976 finally settled in Pierce, Idaho, where she lived for over 40 years.

Myrna was a well-loved member of the community of Pierce, where she was a teacher's aide at Pierce Elementary and Timberline High School until her retirement.

She was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Sorority, Lion's Club, and Rebekahs. Myrna also enjoyed volunteering her time at the Pierce Community Center and attending the polls on election day. Always contributing, she served on the Pierce Library Board and J Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum board. A highlight of Myrna's time in Pierce is when she was the Grand Marshal of 1860 days in 2014. Her whole family came to surprise her and she was delighted!

Myrna was a master seamstress and could crochet or sew just about anything. A generous soul, she loved crocheting hats for people far and wide. Of course, it was time to watch out when she yelled, "DAMN IT!!" from her well-stocked sewing room, but everything usually turned out okay.

Myrna was an avid sports fan (TV/bleacher yeller), reader of books, and word search connoisseur. She rarely missed a Mariner's or Gonzaga game (or an episode of Jeopardy), and she was a steadfast supporter of the Timberline Spartans.

In addition to living in Chicago, Myrna was also a world traveler. She went to Denmark to visit relatives with her sister, Wanda, and brother, Tom. She visited West Virginia with her friend, Tiny, went on a road trip to Disneyland with her daughter, Laurie, and Seattle to visit her granddaughter, Shelby.

Myrna enjoyed taking her "little dog Nugget" for car rides and then going "uptown" to listen to music while "no doubt in my mind," having a couple of beers with her friends. Myrna never missed a birthday and had a knack for ensuring a card arrived on the exact date. She enjoyed camping and watching friends and family play softball in the summer. In her later years, her Saturdays were happily spent at the J Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum, educating the masses about the history of Pierce.

More than anything, she loved being with her family and friends while enjoying the outdoor beauty of Idaho. Above all else, Myrna treasured her time with her son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Myrna was greeted in death by her mother, Anna Scarborough; father, Oscar Munck; stepfather, Jake Scarborough; husband, Ray Ely; husband, Paul Leeper; partner, Frank "Randy" Gumaer, and three children, Kevin Ely, Thomas Ely, and Laurie Shelton-Carlson. Her siblings, Thomas Munck, Elvin Munck, Wanda Appflebeck, and Anna Lee Moore, were also awaiting her. In addition to her immediate family, Myrna had many special friends and other family members waiting for her with love.

Myrna is survived by her son, Ken Ely; grandchildren, Jennifer Dunaway (Avery), Brandon Ely (Angelina), Shelby Shelton, Justin Ely (Mallorie); great-grandchildren, Gavin Dunaway (Harlee), Tate Dunaway, Aidan Ely, Ryan Ely, and Miller Ely and many loved nieces and nephews.

We would like to invite family and friends to Deyo Reservoir on Sept. 24, 2022, at 1 p.m. in Fraser, Idaho, for a potluck/BYOB. We will celebrate Myrna's life, sharing memories of love and laughter. Any donations in Myrna's name are suggested to be made to the Pierce Community Center or the J Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum.

In addition, our family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Brookside Landing for the kindness and care they gave to Myrna in her final months of life. While no amount of time was enough with the Magnificent Myrna, our memories will last a lifetime.

Photo: Myrna Kay Ely


Steven 'Brian' Main, 56

Steven "Brian" Main, 56, of Spokane and Kooskia, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, while in Kooskia.

A graveside service at Washington State Veteran's Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being taken care of by Trenary Funeral Home.


Brad Brown, 52, formerly of Fraser

Brad Brown, 52 years of age, passed away Sept. 1, 2022 at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Wash.

Brad was born May 9, 1970 in Orofino, Idaho. He was the oldest of five children. Brad graduated from Timberline High School in 1988. He then attended Lewis Clark State College for three years.

Brad worked at Twin City Foods Pea Harvest in Lewiston and then worked for Mader Farms on the Palouse and in Waitsberg, Wash. Then he worked for McGregor's on the Palouse where he drove trucks, spread fertilizer, and sprayed fields.

Brad also worked at NWB Asphalt in Pendleton, Ore., for his Uncle Neil Brown.

Brad then went on to work at the bowling alley's Zeppoz in Pullman, Wash., Lancer Lanes in Clarkston, Wash., and Imperial Bowl in Craigmont. He was a mechanic at all three bowling alleys. Brad loved bowling and played in many tournaments and made a lot of friends.

Brad married Debbie Dedmore on May 26, 2012. They divorced in 2021.

While growing up on the family farm in Fraser, Idaho, Brad was driving trucks, combine's, and tractor's in his teen years. He also gained a lot of experience by helping take care of cattle. There was always work to do and so he was always kept busy.

Brad has spent many summers in his adulthood coming back to the Brown's Family Farm to help with haying and harvest season. During harvest, he was usually in charge of running the bank out wagon. His family was always grateful for his help during those busy months.

Throughout most of his youth, Brad was in 4-H Club. He showed many steers at the fair and really enjoyed that. For a 4-H woodworking project, Brad made his Mom a beautiful China cabinet that he won best in show for. His Mom, Donna, still uses and loves it to this day.

Brad's family and friends knew him by the nickname Bear because he was like a big Teddy Bear. He was the tallest of the five siblings and also had a big heart. He loved animals and had many pets throughout his life.

Brad is survived by his parents Danny and Donna Brown; brother, Cory Brown; brother Kevin and sister-in-law Katy Brown; brother Derek Brown and sister-in-law Caresse Brown; and sister Danette McIntosh and brother-in-law Josh McIntosh. He also has 10 nieces and 6nephews.

A small family gathering will be held for Brad at a later date.

Photo: Brad Brown


Ray Mendenhall, 85, Weippe

Ray Mendenhall, 85, of Weippe Idaho passed away on Aug. 18, 2022.

He will be missed by many.

Ray was born in Harrisburg, Idaho on June 15, 1937 to Herman and Ethna Mendenhall. Ray had three brothers Reese, Neil, and Harold and one sister, Wanda Mendenhall Trombetta.

Ray grew up on Carabelle, and in the Kamiah area. He loved this area, as he was an avid hunter and fisherman. The Black Lead area was one of his favorite places.

Ray always loved a good horse and had a special place in his heart for them. He spent many years cowboying in Idaho and Montana before returning to Idaho.

On July 29, 1989 he married the love of his life, Connie Weidner (Mendenhall). They made a family and together raised their six children Marvin Mendenhall Sr., Debbie Bunch, Missi Knight, Brandon Ladd, Monte Walsh and Rachael Mendenhall.

He also spent a number of years in many different positions of the logging industry from being a sawyer and road builder to acting as the woods foreman for Potlatch. He was great at his job and made a name for himself amid the logging community.

Ray had 14 grandchildren: Marvin Jr., Levi, Amanda, Jeremiah, Amber, Josh, Ashley, Bart, Jacy, Linzy, Jacglen, Jed, Dalton, and Taylor and many great grandchildren as well as a number of nieces and nephews he considered very close to him.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Mendenhall, and his children Marvin Mendenhall Sr., Debbie Bunch, Missi Knight, Brandon Ladd, Monte (Sara) Walsh, and Rachael Mendenhall.

There will be a Celebration of Life held on Sept. 24, 2022 at the IOOF Hall in Weippe, Idaho at 1 p.m. We request your presence to join us for a potluck dinner and to share the stories of how Ray Mendenhall has impacted our lives.

Photo: Ray Mendenhall


Maxine L. Anderson 71, Pierce

Maxine L. Anderson 71, Pierce, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 at her daughter's home in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Fern L. Moulton, 96, Orofino

Fern L. Moulton born Oct. 10, 1925, in Bloomer, Wisconsin, to Victor and Clara Lueck. Baptized Oct. 18, 1925.

She was Confirmed October 22, 1939, at the age of 14.

Aside from the date of her Marriage to Rexford Moulton on Jan. 10, 1953, and the birth of daughter Shirley in 1959, these were the most important dates in her life.

Fern's life was centered around Faith and Family, and she was unwavering in her commitment to both.

Fern was no stranger to hard work, growing up on the family farm there was work a plenty. She helped take care of her grandmother who was bedridden as well as having chores on the farm. With the addition of twin sisters Ruth and Rita in November of 1937 Fern was kept busy heating water and washing diapers in the old wringer washer. She would hang them outside in the bitter Wisconsin winter to dry (freeze), then bring them in to hang by the fire until they were fully dry. She confided to me that freezing them first actually sped up the drying process!

After moving from the farm, rather than lightening the workload, Fern took over raising the twins as her Mother had to go to work to help support the family. Ruth and Rita have many precious memories of what a wonderful "Mom" Fern was to them during those Depression years.

Fern's faith didn't allow for work that was anything less than her very best and that was true of everything she did throughout her life. From building a tree fort for Shirley and her friends, to placing "live traps" to trap stray cats to take to the vet for spaying and neutering. Fern gave every project 100%!

Fern shared care of her mother Clara for years with her sisters, and when travel was no longer an option for Grandma Lueck, she came to live with us until her health forced us to make other arrangements.

This move didn't lessen the care and attention Fern devoted to her mother. She would visit every morning and evening, after finishing her cleaning jobs.

Most of you will remember Fern as the cleaning lady for many of the local downtown businesses. She started her cleaning career in private homes for Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hill, Willard and Rosella Markuson, Mick and Ruth Markuson, and Bill Cummings. Dr. Hill recruited her to clean the clinic for him in the late 70's and she cleaned there for many years even after he was gone.

She and husband Rex cleaned Barnett Thompson Chevy Garage together after my Dad retired. My mom worked there for 31 years until Denny closed the doors! She worked for Ted and Donna Leach until they sold the Burns Building and kept right on cleaning for Lonnie and Shannon Simpson until she retired on Dec. 31. 2016 at the age of ninety-one! (That is NOT a typo!) Clearwater Reality, Goffinet & Clack and the old downtown Unemployment Office all benefitted from her love of her work and her 100% commitment to doing her best!

Granddaughter Mariah spent many wonderful years as Grandma's best friend! Sunday School lessons were created and taught with love, puzzles, playing store, blocks, games Grandma created, or building snowmen. Mariah was the apple of her eye and experienced that 100% commitment to love and care of family. This shining example will continue to be reflected in the care and devotion Mariah has for her own family now.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Clara Lueck; husband, Rex; and grandson, Joshua Roy Stuart. Fern is survived by daughter, Shirley (Dennis) Harper, Mariah (Michael and Javier) Hunter, all of Orofino; sister, Rita (Duane) Dover of Phoenix, AZ, and Ruth Swigart of The Dalles, OR.

Fern became a member of Peace Lutheran Church here in Orofino on May 21, 1967, just 10 days after we moved here! I know she would wish for any memorials to go to our sister church St. John's Lutheran Church Valley Bible Academy 1107 14th St. Clarkston, WA. 99403 (Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.)

A Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church 13946 1st. Ave. W. Orofino, Id 83544, located behind Green Things Nursery.

Fern went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 25, 2022, she was ninety-six.

Matt. 25:21 May we so live to enjoy that day when the Lord may say to us, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

Photo: Fern L. Moulton


Stanley Evert Ball, 86, born in Orofino

Stanley Evert Ball, dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at the age of 86.

Stanley was born May 1, 1936, to Harry R. Ball and Irene B. (Beck) Ball in Orofino and joined his sister, Betty Ann (Ball) Squires.

His father died when he was 3 months old and his mother later married Francis Wohlsein and, in time, was joined by two younger brothers, Jerry and Raymond.

He graduated from Kooskia High School in 1954. He loved all sports and lettered in all four sports in each year of high school. He also boxed for two years. His coaches called him their "workhorse."

After high school, Stan worked for the Forest Service, doing trail maintenance and then as a smokejumper out of McCall, which is also where he learned to water ski. He was a natural in athletics and any outdoor activities.

He attended one year at Coalinga Junior College in Coalinga, Calif., on a football scholarship. This is also where Stan met the love of his life, Joyce White. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

Stan owned and operated Roto-Rooter Franchises in Merced, Calif., Medford and Salem, Ore., as well as Lewiston. It seems that each time he moved, it was closer to his beloved mountains and rivers of Idaho. He loved the Selway, Lochsa, Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers. He also loved to hunt, fish and anything outdoors. He lived life to the fullest, as he worked hard and played hard with his family.

Stan was a longtime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many capacities throughout his life.

A joyous reunion took place as he was greeted by loved ones who preceded him in death, his mother, Irene (Beck) Wohlsein; his father, Harry R. Ball; his brothers, Jerry and Raymond; Evert Sue Lavin (great-granddaughter); and other family members.

Stan and Joyce raised a large family. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, and children Michael (Diane) Ball, Kim (Jeff) Lavin, John (Crystal) Ball, Stephanie (Lee) Trotter, Rebecca (Joe) Harris, Jennifer (Paul) Kraus, Melinda (Bill) Thatcher, Heather (Ted) Everett, Chris (Jody) Ball, Travis (Angie) Ball, Trevor (Gina) Bushey and Nazaree (Casey) Jackson. Stan is also survived by his sister, Betty Ann Squires; sister-in-law, Pam Wohlsein and many nieces and nephews. He has left a wonderfully large posterity which includes 47 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 3 more on the way, and they love and cherish them all.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 836 Preston Ave., Lewiston. A viewing will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Asotin Cemetery.

Photo: Stanley Evert Ball


Kenneth R. Hoffman, 60, Ahsahka

June 20, 1962 -Aug. 26, 2022

Kenneth R. Hoffman, of Ahsahka, Idaho, passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, with his beloved wife and his loving mother by his side.

Ken was born in Boise, Idaho, in 1962, to Fred Hoffman and Alta (Hansen) Hoffman. He was the second of three sons. His father worked in construction, so the family lived in various places in Idaho, Oregon and California, eventually settling in the Boise area.

Throughout his childhood, he and his brothers helped out on their grandparents' farm south of Boise every summer, and they all enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever possible. He was a champion wrestler throughout junior high and high school.

Immediately following his graduation ceremony from Meridian High School, Ken traveled to Ely, Nevada with his dogs to work for a cougar hunting guide. Ken also loved hunting bears. In his recent years his hunting was usually with a camera.

Ken worked for Albertsons Sundries for many years, as well as being a commercial truck driver, carpenter, and farmer.

Ken moved to Ahsahka, Idaho (near Orofino) and enjoyed living close to wildlife. He enjoyed talking about his "pet" deer and turkeys that stayed around his house, even the cougars and bears he frequently saw. He especially enjoyed shopping at the local grocery store and catching the eye of "deli girl" DeeAnna Nichols who became his wife and the love of his life.

Ken is survived by his wife, DeeAnna Nichols Hoffman; mother, Alta Doersch of Payette, Idaho; brother, John (Mendy) Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona; brother-in-law, Kelley Nichols; and uncles, Jerry Hansen, of Boise, and Marvin (Nancy) Hansen of Meridian.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Lowe Hoffman and his older brother, Frederick W. Hoffman.

Ken had a unique sense of humor and loved telling jokes and playing practical jokes. He made us laugh! He is gone too soon and will be very deeply missed. We will remember him in the trees and wildlife. We love you, Ken, always have.

Services to honor and celebrate Ken's life will be held Thursday, Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 939 Michigan Ave., Orofino. A potluck will follow at the Helgeson Place, 125 Johnson Ave., Orofino.

Photo: Kenneth R. Hoffman


Robert 'Bob' Dupea, 86, formerly of Orofino

Robert "Bob" Dupea passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, from congestive heart failure. He was 86.

Bob was born June 26, 1936, in Seattle, Wash., to Nellie Drube Dupea and Joe Dupea. He grew up in Greer and attended school in Orofino. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served on the USS Wasp and the USS Lexington. He returned to Orofino and worked on many construction jobs in the area.

Bob married his wife and partner of 62 years, Diane Benscoter, on June 18, 1960. They raised their sons Tim and Chris in Orofino. Bob and Diane were very involved in the boys' activities. He coached the "Bad News Bears" for many years.

In 1989, they moved to Moscow and both went to work at Washington State University. Bob retired in 2002, after Diane retired, and they moved to Lewiston to be with family.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, Chris; his parents; sister, Arlene Hewit; and brothers, Wayne Dupea and Julius Trukositz.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Tim and wife Kathy; sister, Betty and husband Larry Steffensmeier; and brother, Matt and wife Pam Trukositz. Bob's grandchildren are Patrick, Andrew, Kyler, C.J., Chaun, Camille, Jessica, Micah and Katie. He has 19 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way. Bob will also be missed by all his extended Dupea and Benscoter families.

Bob requested to have no services.

Memorials may be made to the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter at 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501 or lcshelter.org.

Photo: Robert "Bob" Dupea


Ralph Lee 'Buffy' Richardson, 72, Orofino

Our hearts are broken at the loss of Ralph Lee "Buffy" Richardson. He was born on Feb. 7, 1950, in Havre, Mont. and passed Aug. 9, 2022, in Orofino, Idaho after a courageous, hard-fought, five-year battle with cancer.

Buffy was raised on the high plains of the Havre/Chinook area. He spent his days pretending to be Buffalo Bill. At his young age, he had trouble pronouncing buffalo, so he became "Buffy" Bill. A nickname that stuck with him the rest of his life and later as "Papa Buffalo" by his grandchildren.

Buffy attended school in Havre. At the age of 17, after the death of a good friend in Vietnam, he felt the need to enlist in the Army. In February 1967, he did just that. He completed basic training in Fort Lewis, Wash. In April of the same year, he was sent to diving school in San Diego, Calif., but did not receive certification as the Army would not supply him the proper lenses he needed.

In January 1968, he deployed to Vietnam, arriving two weeks before his 18th birthday in the height of the Tet Offensive, a major escalation and one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War. Buffy was attached to the 1097th, Medium Boat, 9th Division of the Mobile Riverine Force, as a Coxswain. He was promoted to an E5 Section Sargent, operating a 65-foot boat and in command of 20 to 40 personnel on three boats with wing barges of artillery.

Buffy was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969.

Following his departure from the military, Buffy traveled throughout the country before settling in Butte, Mont., in 1974. There he met the love of his life, Jean Tritica. In January of 1975, he and Jean moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and they married in December of that same year. In his union with Jean, he gained a son, Steve, and a daughter Staici, whom he adopted and loved as his own. Ralee and Jessica completed the family. He loved his family unconditionally and was always their biggest fan.

Buffy worked as a logger for several years before expanding into road construction. He owned and operated his own business "Pygmy Logging and Road Construction." Unfortunately, he was forced to retire in the late nineties due to health issues.

He built his family's dream home on West Side Road in Bonners Ferry, known by some as "Buffyville." Buffy and Jean lived there until 2000 when they relocated to Orofino.

In Orofino, eager to put his craftsmanship to work again, Buffy built a new family home from the wood he logged and milled while in Bonners Ferry. Buffy was a master of utilizing whatever was at his fingertips and had both vision and knowledge needed to complete the tasks at hand.

Buffy was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He spent hours in the mountains. It was in the mountains where Buffy felt most at peace and home. His "big" buck in Bonners Ferry won a head mount and trophy. He landed a 30-inch Pike in the Coeur d'Alene River, shot a buffalo on the plains of South Dakota, bagged a Full Curl Bighorn Sheep in the Snake River Canyon, and trapped a rare Blue Fox which he also had mounted and added to his prized head mount collection. These mounts decorated the Orofino home until they were sadly lost in a house fire in 2017.

He was a kind and giving person who was willing to help anyone in need - from the orphans in Vietnam to family, friends, or strangers. He would give the shirt off his back if necessary. He had the ability to talk to anyone and Buffy never met a stranger. His exceptional quick wit and fun sense of humor always kept you laughing, and no one escaped without a nickname. His laugh was infectious, his heart big, and his personality filled the room. They broke the mold when they made Buffy!

There are not enough words to say how much he meant to each of us: his wife, his children, his mother, his siblings, our family members, his lifetime friends, and fellow Veterans. We are all better for knowing him and being loved by him. No matter our faults or shortcomings, he supported, believed in and was proud of us. Buffy was the epitome of family, the glue that kept us together. Buffy fought his battles with bravery, grace, and strength.

Buffy was one of a kind, never to be replaced or replicated. Nobody can fill the space that he held in our lives. There will always be a place at the head of the family table for him, as we keep his spirit alive through the many stories of him, hear the echoes of his laughter and remember what he meant to us. He will be missed beyond measure. Rest in peace until we meet again, Buff.

Buffy was preceded in death by his father, Cecil; stepmother, Shirley; stepfather, Bill; brother, Wayne; sister, Lisa; brothers-in-law, Hank and John; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He is survived by his loving wife and children, Jean, Steve (Tara), Staici (Greg), Ralee and Jessica (Jeff); his grandchildren - Nicole (Ryder), Logan (Kinsey), Adrian (Julia), Madison (Paul), Olivia (Gabe), Izabella and Jerin and great grandchildren Layna, Halle, and Indy. He is also survived by his mother Avis; sisters, Nancy (Dennis), Neva (Leo), Cathy and Peggy; and brother, Steve (Tammy); sister-in-law, Jo Anne (Brian); nieces, Becky, Kristine, Brenette, Brenda, Sarah, Grace, Angela, Lucinda, Gabby, Kara, Amanda, Jenny, and Renee; nephews Brian, Keith, Colton, Steven Lee, and their families.

A celebration of life will be held sometime in the fall.

Photo: Ralph Lee 'Buffy' Richardson


Ray Mendenhall, 85, Weippe

Ray Mendenhall, Weippe, born June 15, 1937, died Aug. 18, 2022 in Weippe.

Memorial Services are pending.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Linda E. Lockwood, 80

Linda E Lockwood, born on April 7, 1942, died Aug. 13, 2022 in Orofino.

There was be a small service held Friday, Aug. 26, at Orofino Cemetery. A memorial service is pending.


Eddie LeRoy Anderson, 79, taught in Elk River

Eddie LeRoy Anderson, 79, passed away at his Juliaetta home, surrounded by his family Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 20, 1943, to Irene Carlson and Edwin Anderson in Orofino.

Ed attended his early school years in Pierce and in the second grade, he moved in with Ernest and Rannie (Pa and Ma) Vine and they raised him as their own son. He attended Elk River High School, where he excelled in football and basketball, graduating as Valedictorian of his class in 1961. While attending high school and college, Ed spent his summers peeling poles, logging and driving truck for Emry Hall.

After high school, he attended the University of Idaho with a basketball scholarship and ended up playing football until an injury cut that short. He then received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1967.

After college, Ed was a teacher in Elk River for a year and then he moved to Cottonwood, where he taught at Prairie High School for nine years. While teaching biology and physical education at Prairie, he also coached football, basketball and track. They had many successful seasons and he was affectionately known by his students as "Physical Ed."

He continued to log in the summers and his love for the woods took over and he started E.L. Anderson Logging.

He met and married Peggy Goeckner in 1972 and they made their home in Keuterville and they had three children, Tracy, Eddie and Mark. They later divorced in 1986.

He later met the love of his life, Connie Vallem, in 1990, and they married July 18, 1992. When he married Connie, he gained two children, Tate and Carrie. They made their home in Craigmont.

He continued to log until he "retired" in 2007. Although, he never fully retired.

He loved being in the woods, studying logging history and the old Potlatch camps. He was instrumental about rediscovering the old town site of Anoka.

He was often found at his son's logging job, with a large pot of goulash ready for when the boys got back to camp. He loved hunting, spending time with his children, camping with friends, watching his grandchildren play sports and spending time with his beloved dog, Annie.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Anderson; children, Tracy Adams, Eddie (Candra) Anderson, Mark (Stacy) Anderson, Tate Vallem and Carrie Vallem. Additionally, he is survived by 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and his siblings, Sally Roberts and Naydene Velez.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prairie High School Athletic Department, 53 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID 83522.

There will be a celebration of Ed's life at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cottonwood City Hall, 506 King St., Cottonwood.

Lunch will be provided, so please come and share your stories.

Photo: Eddie LeRoy Anderson


William Arvo Maki , 85, Pierce

William Arvo Maki was born May 2, 1937 in Paonia, Colo. the first of five sons born to Arvo and Anna Valin Maki. He took pride in his Scandinavian heritage; his grandparents were from Finland and Sweden. Bill died suddenly and unexpectedly at his Pierce Revling Siding home, of heart failure, on Aug.18, 2022. Bill was 85 years old. He had been working in his shop three months ago.

Bill's family lived in Knappa, Ore. where he attended school. Bill graduated with the class of 1955 from Knappa High School. He was the first Maki man in his family to finish high school, as the previous generations were all working at an early age.

Bill's father owned a welding shop. Long before Bill had a driver's license, he was sent out with a portable welder to do repair jobs. His father's instructions were "stay until it's fixed because I don't want to have to go and do it over."

His father had a uranium mining adventure in Crested Butte, Colo. which resulted in four summers of hard manual labor for Bill and his brother Jack. Bill spent four years in the National Guard winning marksmanship awards in shooting competitions.

Following high school, Bill worked in logging, sheet metal fabrication and a welding shop.

In 1962, he went to work as a mechanic for Curley Swank Logging out of Grangeville, Idaho, moving to Pierce in 1965.

In 1968, Bill started his own business, Maki Manufacturing Inc. with a pickup and portable welder. Bill eventually built the shop at Revling Landing.

Over the years Bill was privileged to work for many loggers who encouraged him to invent and create machines to improve the logging industry. Bill's creativity led to the inventing of the first gravity carriage in 1972. Through the years he built the world's first of many carriages including-hydraulic stop, mechanical slack pulling, the most successful intermediate support carriage, world's only cornering carriage, grapple carriage and the world's only electric slack pulling carriage. Bill was also well known for his customizing of logging equipment to increase productivity. Bill's mind was always working toward the next invention.

Bill's metal artistry is visible in many places, including the Pierce Play Park Pavilion, the kiosk and Faith Lutheran Church where he had been a faithful member for many years.

Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and guns. In the past he was an accomplished trap shooter and piloted his own 182 Cessna airplane. One of his more useful inventions is a wood splitter made from mostly donated parts with a very early CAT RD600 engine. Most summer mornings Bill could be seen driving to Pierce for coffee and parts in his 1931 Model A, unrestored, pickup.

On Dec. 30, 1961, Bill and Nancy Estoos, daughter of Dale and Virginia Estoos, were married at Zion Lutheran Church in Astoria, Ore. They recently celebrated 60 years of faithfulness and caring. Daughter, Elaine (Marvin Cook) was born in 1966, Melinda (Aaron Davidson) in 1970. Bill enjoyed teaching his daughters woodworking, electrical, carpentry and anything that would equip them to be self -sufficient, independent women.

Bill was very proud of his grandchildren, Kirsten (Dylan Anderson), Annika Cook, Allison and Arvo Davidson and great granddaughters, Teagan and Locklynn Anderson. They brought him much joy and happiness, he enjoyed spending time with them.

Bill's family members include-brother, Jack Maki (Diane, deceased), children-Tad Maki (Robbie), Traci Maki-Soffer (Henry),George Maki (deceased), Erik Maki, children-Jeromy Maki (Wendy), Anna Maki-Ross (Brian), Holly Daugherty (Shawn), Ed Maki (Debbie), Lindsay Steiner (Josh), Luke Maki (Meghan).

In laws are Jean Estoos, Ann Peitsch (Ralph), children-Joe Peitsch (Candy) Debbie (deceased), Carol Larsen (Dale), Andy Peitsch, Rachel Trio (Geoff), Tim Peitsch (Mollie), Linda Takalo (Alan deceased), children-Melissa Takalo, Todd Takalo (Kara), Katrina Morris (Chuck), John Estoos (Barbara), children- Chris and Bryan Estoos. Bill has many great nieces and nephews including Ole and Trig Morris who live close and are like grandsons.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at Prairie Cemetery in Knappa, Oregon on Friday, Aug. 26. A memorial service in Pierce will be held in the near future. Should you wish to make a memorial donation, please consider Faith Lutheran Church, Box C. Pierce, Idaho 83546 or J Howard Bradbury Logging Museum, 239 Woods Road Weippe, Idaho 83553.

Photo: William Arvo Maki


Robert Severin, 91, formerly of Elk River

Robert Severin passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. He was 91 years old.

Robert was born Nov. 16, 1930, in Elk River to Daisy (Nussio) and Attilio Severin.

He attended grade school in Potlatch and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1948.

Robert served in the U.S. Navy from February 1949 to February 1950.

He married Nora Ruth McCall in February of 1951 in Asotin, Wash. They operated a restaurant at Clark Fork in 1951, then moved to Dayton, Wash., where he worked at the grain elevators and as an iron worker apprentice on McNary Dam. The first two of his seven children were born in Dayton.

The family moved to Clarkston, Wash., in April 1954, where he began his 32-year tenure at Potlatch Corp. He worked on the pulp and paper side as a maintenance carpenter. His remaining five children were born in Clarkston.

He married Ardella Hudson in April 1974.

He retired from Potlatch in 1992.

His hobbies included motorcycle riding, bicycling and woodworking.

He was a great dancer and was always a sight to see on the dance floor at 6-foot, 6-inches tall, arms and legs moving in all directions.

Robert was preceded in death by his son Steve; his daughter, Sandy; his parents; and his brother, Joe.

Bob was a kind and non-judgmental man. He kept his personal opinions to himself and never had an unkind word to say to or about anyone.

His home was the family gathering place for decades.

He is survived by 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He will be missed. Safe journey, Pop. We love you.

A special thank you to Carol and the staff at Avalon Progressive Care for the kind and gentle treatment they gave our father the last year of his life.

Photo: Robert Severin


Thomas A. Willenborg, 63

Thomas August Joseph Willenborg "Tommy" went home Aug. 19, 2022, with his sister JoAnn by his side. Tommy was born to John and Loretta Willenborg on Jan. 10, 1959. He was their youngest child. Tommy embodied all things good, kind and Holy. His parents knew Tommy was special, but he was not diagnosed with Down Syndrome until the age of 7 when his parents and sister JoAnn travelled to Seattle's Children Hospital. He attended school in Cottonwood for several years; he then went to school for a brief time in Lewiston. When he was young, he competed in the Special Olympics and loved to run with complete abandon.

After John and Loretta passed in 1982, Tommy went to live with his sister JoAnn McHugh and her family. JoAnn and her husband Eugene then moved to the family farm outside of Cottonwood along with Tommy and their seven children. Tommy lived in their family home until his death. For 40 years, Tommy thrived living under the careful, devoted and loving hands of JoAnn and Eugene, his surrogate parents. Tommy had a child-like innocence, an infectious laugh and an almost-limitless capacity for shenanigans. Tommy brought tremendous joy to JoAnn, Eugene, their children and grandchildren.

Tommy loved Pink Panther, playing his records and Hee Haw. He enjoyed every Christmas with JoAnn and Eugene's family and never failed to put his Christmas stocking on his foot and laugh like it was the funniest joke. Tommy was blessed with an eternal child-like faith, said his prayers every day, and always had a smile for those around him.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents John and Loretta Willenborg; and sister, Arlene Willenborg.

He is survived by his devoted and loving sister-mom, JoAnn (Willenborg) McHugh, her husband and Tommy's devoted and loving caregiver-dad, Eugene McHugh; his sisters, Barbara Meyers of Weippe and Laura Johnson of Lewiston; and his brother, Terry Willenborg of Lewiston. Tommy is also survived by seven nieces and nephews who grew up with him as their sibling: Susie Keating of Cottonwood, Ryan McHugh of Ferdinand, Cathleen McHugh of Boise, Tara Klapprich of Cottonwood, Morna Lustig of Cottonwood, John McHugh of Denver, Colo. and Colleen Bennett of Greencreek. Tommy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Tommy would end every day with a prayer and ask for God's blessing for each and every sibling, in-law, niece and nephew by name. He always assured God that "Tommy is a good boy." And Tommy was. In his later years, his nighttime ritual started by getting into his pajamas and then jogging into the living room to proclaim "Gene! Gene! Got my jammies on."

His sweetness, his kindness, his soft and gentle nature will be missed by all and serves as a true example of how best to live. "Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Tommy, enjoy the streets of gold and the singing and dancing with the angels. You were such a blessing to us.

A rosary will be recited on Friday, Aug. 26, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cottonwood with Mass of the Angels to follow at 10 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit a condolence to the family online at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Thomas A. Willenborg


Ralph 'Buffy' Richardson

Ralph 'Buffy' Richardson, 72, born Feb. 7, 1950, died Aug. 9 in Orofino.

A memorial service is pending.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Leonard Robert Randall, 63, Orofino

Leonard Robert Randall, Orofino, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Leonard was born in Ellensburg, Wash., on Jan. 30, 1959, and raised in Roslyn, Wash., and Ellensburg. He met his wife Cynthia Ann Randall in Yakima, Wash., in 1978. They were married October 11, 1980, and had three children Tamarack Dawn Randall (1981), L. Avery Randall (1983), and James Lawrence Randall (1986).

He loved the outdoors and worked in the woods from the age of 16 until an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down at age 50.

He was immensely generous and could make friends with anyone he met. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need of one.

An avid reader and teller of tales, he will be greatly missed by his family and all who loved him.

Leonard is survived by his brother and two sisters, Eugene Randall, Lisa Randall, and Tana Monteith. He is also survived by his wife and children and his two grandchildren, Leo Randall and Oliver Randall.

A remembrance will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Photo: Leonard Robert Randall


Elizabeth Ann Tetwiler, 76

Elizabeth Ann Tetwiler, 76, of Clarkston, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at her home surrounded by family.

She loved traveling, shopping and gambling, but she really loved spending time with her family and grandkids.

Elizabeth was a devout Catholic and had attended church at Our Lady of Lourdes for several years, then later All Saints. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Elizabeth met her partner in crime, Jerry Tetwiler, and they were married May 13, 1972. (They said it would never last.)

Elizabeth and Jerry lovingly raised their children, Candi, Robbie, Codi and Laurie in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Clarkston, Wash.; children, Candi Nissen, of Lewiston, Robbie (Shannon) Tetwiler, of Clarkston; Codi (Elton) Jones, of Asotin,Wash., and Laurie Fitzgerald, of Asotin; brothers Michael Clift, of Yuma, Ariz., and Robbie Clift, of Orofino; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Jacob, Ashlin, Erika, Mikynlee, Sarah, Jesse, Korvin, Tryston Tierney, and numerous friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Tim, son-in-law Gary, and grandchildren, Angela and Madison.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1109 Chestnut St., Clarkston. A luncheon will follow at the parish hall.

Photo: Elizabeth Ann Tetwiler


Richard Everett Carver, 74, Orofino

Richard Everett Carver, age 74, passed away in Orofino, Idaho, on Aug. 10, 2022 due to multiple health issues. Richard was born in Cleveland, Miss. on April 8, 1948 to Ruby and Quinton Carver.

In his younger years Richard attended Mississippi State University where he played football. Richard met Judy Kaye Renfrow and married in 1970. He owned and ran a carpet business in Mississippi before moving with his family to Idaho in 1976.

In Idaho, he worked in logging as a scaler for many years before becoming an equipment operator in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where he worked until his retirement in 2010.

He enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing, a passion he passed along to his sons Charles and Rick.

Richard was always up for a laugh and a good time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father Quinton Carver; mother Ruby Carver; and brother Michael Carver.

He is survived by his brother, William (Billy) Carver; sister, Nina Kaye Carver-Hannah; son, Richard (Rick) Carver, daughter-in-law Angela; and grandson, Trevor; and son, Charles Carver, daughter-in-law, Coree, and granddaughters, Katelyn and Nicole.

Please join the family for a celebration of life at 4 p.m. on August 20, 2022 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296 in Orofino.

Photo: Richard Everett Carver


James Jay (Jim) Bolling, 74, Orofino

We would like to update some information about James Jay (Jim) Bolling, the loving husband, devoted father and loyal friend we lost.

Jim was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to James and Juanita (Dempsey) Bolling. Jim passed suddenly and unexpectedly in Clearwater County Friday evening, Aug. 5, 2022, at the age of 74.

Jim was the oldest of four children growing up in the Detroit area. He graduated from high school in 1965. He attended the University of Michigan, then transferred to Wayne State University. He served in the US Army in Alaska during the Vietnam War from 1971-1974.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he started his 40+ year career in the oil industry working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Jim lived fulltime in Fairbanks, Alaska, until 1989 when he moved to Lenore, Idaho, and commuted to work in Alaska.

Jim, also known as 'Reddog' on the Slope due to his sunny disposition at work, began his 40-year career on the North Slope as a Material Technician with ARCO Alaska. He advanced his career with every new position: dispatcher for Northern Oilfield Services; Expeditor for Alaska Oil Services, and Dispatcher for Veco.

In 1987, he took a break from Prudhoe Bay and headed south to Homer, Alaska, where he worked for Alaska Interstate Construction as a tugboat and barge deck hand on the Bradley Lakes Hydro Project. He also commercial fished, set nets in Cook Inlet during this time.

In 1989, Jim returned to Prudhoe Bay: 1989-1992 as an Administrative/ Field Supervisor for Veco, Inc; 1993-1995 as a Material Coordinator for Veco Construction, ANSC Alyeska Electric Upgrade Project, 1995-1999 as a Warehouseman Coordinator for Veco-Alaska (contracted to Arco-Alaska), 1999-2002 as a Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Alaska Supply Chain Integrators, 2002-2016 as Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Tubular Solutions of Alaska.

Jim culminated his career in Prudhoe Bay in 2016 and started a new career path with Nez Perce Clearwater National Forests. He started as a season recreation technician with the North Fork Ranger District and then due to his dedication and work ethic, Jim advanced to become a fulltime information specialist at the Moose Creek Ranger District Office at Fenn Ranger Station where he was employed at the time of his passing.

It was in 1994 that he met, through mutual friends, the Love of his Life, Teri Ploharz, while he was on R and R from the Slope. They married Sept. 21, 1996 at the Ponderosa Ranch in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Settling in Orofino, they welcomed two sons, James Patrick and George Clancy.

He was a member of the Cottonwood Community Church. Jim enjoyed Michigan football, the Detroit Redwings and NASCAR.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, all of his siblings, Gordon, Janet and Scott; and his in-laws, Joseph C. and Evelyn F. Ploharz.

Jim is survived by his wife, of nearly 26 years and their two sons at their family home.

Jim's Memorial Service /Celebration of Life with full military honors was held Aug. 12, 2022 in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the "Bolling Boys' College Fund" c/o Teri Bolling at any Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union or mailed to P1FCU, 1167 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544.

Photo: James Jay (Jim) Bolling


Myrna K. Ely, 84

Myrna K. Ely, 84, born July 13, 1938, passed away in Orofino on Aug. 3, 2022.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory caring for arrangements.


May Jesseph, 87, formerly of Orofino

May P. Jesseph passed away on July 30, 2022 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Min., after a series of health challenges. She is survived by her sister Ann in Snohomish, Wash., two sons Doug (Doreen) of Tampa, Fla. and Steve (Jane) of Doylestown, Penn., and daughter Jennifer (Randy) of Pine Island, Minn., and grandchildren Joel and Laura. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph R Jesseph, parents Dr. Albert B Pappenhagen and Elizabeth Pappenhagen along with her sister Betty and brother Albert.

May P. Jesseph passed away on July 30, 2022 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Min., after a series of health challenges. She is survived by her sister Ann in Snohomish, Wash., two sons Doug (Doreen) of Tampa, Fla. and Steve (Jane) of Doylestown, Penn., and daughter Jennifer (Randy) of Pine Island, Minn., and grandchildren Joel and Laura. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph R Jesseph, parents Albert B Pappenhagen and Elizabeth Pappenhagen along with her sister Betty and brother Albert.

Born on Dec. 7, 1934 in Orofino, Idaho, May graduated from the local Orofino High School, and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where she married Joseph R. Jesseph in 1956. The family lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., Laramie, Wyo., and moved to Morris, Minn. in 1967.

In 1971, May became the librarian at the circulation desk at the Rodney Briggs Library of the University of Minnesota, Morris, a position she held until retiring in 1997. She also taught Children's Literature to teachers in the Morris area which enabled them to get their master's degrees in teaching. In 1997, May moved to Rochester, Minn., and began a new career with part time jobs at Goddard Library at Rochester Technical College and at the Rochester Public Library in the children's area where she did many night time story times and story times with children. She retired from the Goddard library in 2019 and from the Rochester Public Library in 2021.

May was active in the communities she lived in. During her time in Morris, she served on the County Planning Board for many years. In Rochester, she was an active volunteer through church and library outreach programs. She attended Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester.

All her life, May was passionate about children's literature and folk tales. She loved telling all kinds of classic folk tales to groups of children in schools, and at the library. May also loved to sing folk songs of all kinds with children and with her family, a passion she enjoyed up to the very end.

A memorial service is planned for May Jesseph on April 22, 2023 at Peace United Church of Christ located at 1503 2nd Ave. NE, Rochester Minn. 55906.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of May Jesseph to: Rochester Public Library Foundation 101 2nd St SE Rochester, MN 55904. https://www.rplmn.org/about-us/library-foundation/donate-to-library

Or send donations to the Rodney A. Briggs Library in Morris, Minnesota at 600 East 4th Street, Morris MN, 56267. https://library.morris.umn.edu/about-library/giving-rodney-briggs-library

Photo: May P. Jesseph


Ila May (Cox) Tondevold, 95, formerly of Pierce, Headquarters

Ila Marie (Cox) Tondevold passed away peacefully, Aug. 1, 2022, at the age of 95. She was born on Sept. 5, 1926 to Elma and Floyd Cox in Lewiston, Idaho. Her parents divorced and Ila lived in Lewiston until she moved to Pierce, Idaho, with her mother in the 1930's. There, they lived in the Gaffney House which is still standing on the hill to the old Pierce High School.

At age 16, Ila met Robert (Bob) Tondevold and was quickly enamored by his charm. She would tell of the way he whistled a tune on his way to school and how endearing it was to know he was whistling for her. He joined the United States Army upon graduation from high school. Soon after, they were married on October 4, 1945.

Following Bob's honorable discharge from the service, the couple moved to Dunsmuir, Calif. where he worked as a train conductor while Ila cared for their young daughter, Cheryl. An opportunity to move back to Idaho was a welcome change for the young family and they settled in Headquarters, Idaho. It was there that Bob and Ila raised their three children: Cheryl, Roxanna, and Robert, Jr. Ila's common sense, love of life, Godly wisdom and knowledge guided her in teaching and directing her family. They attended the Community Church at the Headquarters Hall weekly. Her home was warm, comfortable, and immaculate. She loved to paint the interior of her home. It was rumored by the Bull Gang that she had more paint on the walls of her home than all the homes in town put together. The family recalls a funny story of her unique paint job in the bathroom. Watch those toilet seats!

Headquarters was a wonderful place to raise their children. Ila swam in the old log swimming pool and taught her children to swim. She had beautiful diving form and graceful swim strokes. Ila and Bob were integral in the founding of Clearwater Ski Club at Bald Mountain. They spent many winter days hauling their family up to the ski hill, packing the runs and skiing with friends.

Ila loved to cook and bake. She pored over recipes and her kitchen was often filled with the mouthwatering aroma of a new recipe she was testing. Very seldom did a recipe disappoint, but eggplant parmesan, to her dismay, was one of the unpopular dishes. Her family lovingly joked, saying she would serve it one night and if not eaten, it would show up disguised in a casserole the next. Many of her recipes are being used and enjoyed by family and friends. Not sure about that eggplant parmesan!

Singing, dancing, and her love of music offered many hours of entertainment for Ila. A family favorite song to sing in the car was "You Are My Sunshine". She was often caught singing and dancing with the broom in her large kitchen. She and Bob made a striking couple on the dance floor at the Headquarters Hall. Later in life, when her special radio played music from the 1940's, she told of waltzing around her spacious room with her walker.

A self- taught seamstress, Ila made clothing for herself, her daughters and grandchildren. She learned to knit and crochet. She crafted holiday decorations, often with unique and unusual items. Ila started painting ceramics while living in Headquarters, and continued to do so for many years. Her beautiful ceramic pieces adorned her home year-round but many were especially made for holidays. After trying her hand with several paint mediums and before the loss of most of her vision, she picked up watercolors. Her works of art grace the walls of friends and family.

She was known for her delightful sense of humor. You very well could be subject to one of her April Fool's Day telephone pranks or hidden string sandwiches for lunch as well as string in your evening meal spaghetti. She had a unique way of removing your hiccups either with anger or fright. Her pranks were always followed by her hearty laugh.

Bob retired from Potlatch Corporation after 36 years with the company. They moved to Lewiston in 1978. There they learned to enjoy a new sport, golf. As members of the Lewiston Golf and Country Club, they golfed every day they could get on the course. Ila was not one to boast, but she did achieve five holes in one, surpassing Bob by two.

Her love of gardening, and the Lewiston climate and soil, made for perfect conditions to grow a variety of vegetables and beautiful flowers. Ila always enjoyed sharing her bounty.

Bob passed away in 2007. Ila continued to enjoy their home until it became too much for her to manage. She spent her golden years at Royal Plaza, making friends and reminiscing about her many wonderful years of life.

Ila is survived by her children: Cheryl (Harry) Stenzel of Pierce, Roxanna (Larry) Swanson of Checotah, Okla., and Robert (Marcia) Tondevold, Jr. of Orofino; grandchildren: Amy, Rob, Dorie, Alana, Chad, Scotty and Josh; great grandchildren: Jessy-Lee, Jade, Drew, Lundyn, Lawson, Durgan, Zachary, Mya, Taylor, Jaeger, Sierra, Camden, R.W. Riggins, Audrey, Taila, Kahlen, and Hailey; great great grandchildren: Justin, Rylee, Westyn and Leandro.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Living Word Missionary Baptist Church, 707 Preston Ave., Lewiston. Friends wishing to honor Ila, in lieu of flowers, are invited to make a donation to Bald Mountain Ski Area, PO Box 49, Pierce, ID 83546.

The family wishes to thank Royal Plaza Retirement Center for the excellent care they provided our beloved mother and grandmother. She often commented, "It's all the people working here that makes this place so wonderful". She loved you all. Mark Newman, you both shared an appreciation of music; she enjoyed your talent. In addition, she was particularly fond of your planned ice cream socials. Opal Newman, your tender care and kindness always exceeded your profession. She had a friend in you who enjoyed licorice as well as she. Sharon Heuett, she called you a bubble. Your delightful personality and laugh brought her joy. Again, thank you.

Photo: Ila May (Cox) Tondevold


Richard Alan 'Dick' Johnston, 89, formerly of Orofino

Former University of Idaho Alumni Director Richard Alan (Dick) Johnston passed away Aug. 8, 2022 at his home in Moscow surrounded by his three children. As Alumni Director, Dick helped build a vibrant network of supporters for the U of I - throughout Idaho and across the country. In the process he made many lifelong friends of his own. In his subsequent career as a financial planner for Northwestern Mutual Life, Dick became a trusted advisor to businesspersons, educators, and farmers throughout the Palouse.

Dick was born March 10, 1933 in Seattle, Wash., the middle of three sons, to Alph and Gladys (nee Butler) Johnson. Alph hailed from several generations of sawmill operators and Gladys trained to become a registered nurse at Seattle General Hospital.

In 1940, the family moved to Orofino, Idaho, so that Alph could help his father, William J Johnson, operate the Johnson Mill. The family's rustic new home consisted of a log cabin (formerly a mill cookhouse) that lacked running water and electricity. Dick and his brothers soon adapted to milking cows and raising chickens, and the city boys soon took to hunting and fishing in the forested surroundings. His parents went on to local leadership positions and instilled in Dick a strong work ethic, a sense of personal and social responsibility, and an awareness to be prepared for opportunity.

Dick liked to recall that when the family moved to Orofino, he was advanced a grade and subsequently graduated from high school and started at the University of Idaho in 1949 at the age of 16. At UI, Dick earned a BS in business, completed the ROTC program, and made his mark as intramural ping pong champion two years in a row.

Dick served in the Army from 1953-1955. After officer training at Ft. Benning and a transfer to F.t Lewis, Lt. Johnston was stationed at Camp Roeder near Salzburg, Austria. Here he was trained to ski the Austrian Alps (a tough duty!). During his last year of military service, he bought a VW bug and traveled 15,000 miles throughout Europe on the weekends, fostering Dick's lifelong love for adventure and exploring other cultures. His enormous slide collection is graced with images of Italy, Germany, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Canada and most U.S. states.

Stateside again, Dick moved to Los Angeles and worked in sales at the TWJ lumber company and later at two catering companies. In 1961, Dick met the love of his life, Marlene Neubronner, an elementary school teacher, at the Hollywood Young Republicans Club. After that their lives changed quickly. In six months they were married, settling in Santa Monica, Calif. and four years later they had three children: Ken, Erika, and Nancy. As he advanced in his sales career Dick distinguished himself as the point man for organizing University of Idaho alumni events in Southern California, including gatherings at Santa Anita Race Track, Dodger baseball games, fossil hunts, and dinner dances at the Balboa Bay Yacht Club. His skills in organizing and entertaining caught the eye of retiring Alumni Director Jim Lyle, who recommended Dick as his replacement. Upon his hiring Richard quickly moved to Moscow and his family followed shortly thereafter.

Dick's philosophy as Alumni Director was one more of "friend-raising" than fundraising. He cherished his time traveling the state connecting students, faculty, and alumni. Older alums will recall toasting the Vandals at lively soirees at the U of I Alumni Office and the Johnston household was frequently abuzz with alums from around the state who descended upon their home for Vandal football weekends. In 1969, Dick founded the Student Alumni Relations Board (SArb) which continues to serve the U of I community today.

In 1981, Dick joined the Moscow office of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. He became a lifelong student of financial planning and directed his talents to helping Palouse families establish and preserve their financial security.

Dick was an active member of the Moscow chapter of Rotary International for more than 24 years, serving as president for a term and as program chair for more than a decade. He very much enjoyed opening lines of communication between Moscow's university and business communities and nurturing lifelong friendships. Dick credited his experience in Toastmasters International for giving him the speaking skills and confidence to excel professionally. He attended Los Angeles Toastmasters for 10 years and served one year as the L.A. Area Governor.

In 1995 Dick and Marlene retired to the now renovated home where Dick was raised near Orofino. Here they shared their love of gardening: Marlene for flowers and Dick for anything edible. Among his children and grandchildren's favorite memories are cutting firewood, digging potatoes, and driving the tractor with Dick, and each summer grazing full meals from the berries, grapes, and fruit trees he cultivated. One proud year 42 varieties of fruits, berries, and vegetables flourished from his tireless farming. For several years Dad raised a couple steers and, ever sensible and frugal, bartered with neighbors up and down Whiskey Creek Canyon for spare pea vines and corn stalks to fatten the steers by September.

Retirement afforded Dick even greater access to the mountains and streams he had enjoyed fishing and hunting since childhood. He relished his annual salmon fishing trips to Vancouver Island and among his hunting prey he counted 49 elk, a moose, and a bison and estimated the effort exceeded a year spent with intrepid friends in cold hunting camps. His children never took to hunting, but all three inherited his curiosity about the natural world and deep appreciation for Idaho's wilderness.

Friends and family will remember Dick for his wit and avuncular nature, and his love of good conversation. Marlene exercised great patience with him at social functions as he was frequently the last to leave, ever engaged in conversation for another laugh or anecdote to keep in his mental file for future reference. In recent hospitalizations he enjoyed learning the life stories of the doctors and nurses who treated him for COPD, many of whom seemed genuinely sorry to see him leave.

Dick was predeceased by his parents Alph and Gladys Johnson, his wife Marlene Johnston, his brother Ron Johnston and sister-in-law Glenna Johnston, all of Orofino.

He is survived by his brother Phil Johnston of Orofino and his three children, son, Kenneth Johnston and daughter, Nancy (Brian) Zabriskie of Moscow and daughter, Erika (Geoff) Johnston-Keith of Lexington, Mass. He is further survived by grandchildren Joe (Morgan) Zabriskie and Elaine Zabriskie of Boise and Martin Keith of Lexington, Mass., brother-in-law Fritz Neubronner of Chicago, Ill. and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1036 West A Street, Moscow, and will be followed by a gathering of family and friends at noon at the Best Western in Moscow.

The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the UI Alumni Office through the University of Idaho Foundation or to the Moscow or Orofino Rotary Cl.

Photos: Richard Alan 'Dick' Johnston


Wesley Pishl, 95, Orofino

Wesley Pishl, of Orofino, died Sunday, July 31, 2022, at 95 in his home.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Dwain 'Fuzzy' Lee Clark, 80, formerly of Weippe

Dwain 'Fuzzy' Lee Clark passed away at home in Lapwai on July 30, 2022. He had celebrated his 80th birthday about a month prior on June 27.

Dwain was born in Alpena, Ark., but he was raised in Weippe, Idaho. He attended elementary, junior high, and some high school there. He left high school early to help in the family's saw mill.

In 1963, Dwain married Judy Van Moulken. They spent the next 49 years together until she passed away in 2012.

Dwain joined the US Army in 1965 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1967. The 1960s were busy for Dwain and Judy. All three of their children: Tracy, Mike, and Dan were born during this time. Tragically, Tracy passed away shortly after birth. They also moved from Weippe to Virginia to New Mexico to Arizona and back to Weippe again. This is where they raised their boys and called home for a big chapter of their lives. Next, Dwain and Judy lived in Post Falls, Idaho, for a while before settling into their final home in Lapwai, Idaho.

Dwain spent most of his working life in the logging industry, though he "dabbled" in a lot of things in his free time over the years. Whether it was racing cars at the Lewiston Speedway, polishing rocks, or tearing broken things apart then figuring out how to put them back together, he liked to keep busy. He even built his and Judy's homes in Weippe and in Lapwai. If there was a Nascar race on TV, it was a safe bet that he was watching it. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him (especially any time they see a blue bucket hat), and he will be dearly missed.

Dwain was predeceased by his wife, Judy Clark; daughter, Tracy Clark; mother, Betty Snyder; father, Onis Clark; and brothers, Coy and Edward Clark. He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Laverne Bodeen, Rhonda White, and Donna Jacobson; sons, Mike and Dan Clark; grandchildren, Bradley Clark and Maranda Miller; great grandson, Elijah Miller; and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

A graveside memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13 at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino, Idaho. All family and friends are welcome to attend.


James Jay (Jim) Bolling, 74, Orofino

Jim was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to James and Juanita (Dempsey) Bolling. Jim passed suddenly and unexpectedly in Clearwater County Friday evening, Aug. 5, 2022, at the age of 74.

Jim was the oldest of four children growing up in the Detroit, Mich. area. He graduated from high school in 1964. He attended the University of Michigan then transferred to Wayne State University. He served in the US Army in Alaska during the Vietnam War from 1971-1974.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he started his 40+ year career in the oil industry working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Jim lived fulltime in Fairbanks, Alaska until 1989 when he moved to Lenore, Idaho, and commuted to work in Alaska.

Jim, also known as 'Reddog' on the Slope due to his sunny disposition at work, began his 40-year career on the North Slope as a Material Technician with ARCO Alaska. He advanced his career with every new position: dispatcher for Northern Oilfield Services; Expeditor for Alaska Oil Services, and Dispatcher for Veco.

In 1987, he took a break from Prudhoe Bay and headed south to Homer, Alaska, where he worked for Alaska Interstate Construction as a tugboat and barge deck hand on the Bradley Lakes Hydro Project. He also commercial fished, set nets in Cook Inlet during this time.

In 1989, Jim returned to Prudhoe Bay: 1989-1992 as an Administrative/ Field Supervisor for Veco, Inc; 1993-1995 as a Material Coordinator for Veco Construction, ANSC Alyeska Electric Upgrade Project, 1995-1999 as a Warehouseman Coordinator for Veco-Alaska (contracted to Arco-Alaska), 1999-2002 as a Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Alaska Supply Chain Integrators, 2002-2016 as Senior Drilling Material Coordinator for Tubular Solutions of Alaska.

Jim culminated his career in Prudhoe Bay in 2016 and started a new career path with Nez Perce Clearwater National Forests. He started as a season recreation technician with the North Fork Ranger District and then due to his dedication and work ethic, Jim advanced to become a fulltime information specialist at the Moose Creek Ranger District Office at Fenn Ranger Station where he was employed at the time of his passing.

It was in 1995 that he met, through mutual friends, the Love of his Life, Teri Ploharz, while he was on R and R from the Slope. They married Sept. 21, 1996 at the Ponderosa Ranch in Lake Tahoe, Nev.. Settling in Orofino, they welcomed two sons, James Patrick and George Clancy.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, all of his siblings, Gordon, Janet and Scott; and his in-laws, Joseph C. and Evelyn F. Ploharz.

Jim is survived by his wife, of nearly 26 years and their two sons at their family home.

Jim's Memorial Service /Celebration of Life with full military honors will be Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at 4 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge Conference Center in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the "Bolling Boys' College Fund" c/o Teri Bolling at any Potlatch No. 1 Credit Union or mailed to P1FCU, 1167 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544.

Photo: James Jay (Jim) Bolling


James Jay 'Jim' Bolling, 74, Orofino

James Jay 'Jim' Bolling, 74, Orofino, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. He was born Sept. 15, 1947.

There will be a Celebration of Life/Memorial at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge Conference Center in Orofino. Harold Kinne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296 in charge of providing full military honors.


Catherine Millward Skiles, 77, Orofino

Catherine Louise Millward Skiles, age 77, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2022 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was born Sept. 16, 1944, on the Alameda Naval Base in Alameda, CA, to Andrew Blaine and Dorothy Mae Blyler, Millward. She was a 1962 graduate of Orofino High School.

Cathy gave birth to her one and only son Charles Anthony Skiles (Tony) on Christmas day 1968. She spent most of her career working for the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office as a dispatcher and then deputy retiring in 2011.

Cathy was a member of the Cottonwood Creek Community Church and loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She could often be found traveling to all the festivities and sporting events of her three grandchildren Hunter, Tori and Mara.

She had a passion for photography and bird watching.

She is survived by sister, Patricia Rencehausen of Lewiston; sister, Rita and Richard Norton of Missoula, MT, and sister, Robin Allen of Clarkston, WA; Tony Skiles of Pierce; two grandchildren, Tori and Mara Skiles; great grandson, Brantley Tyler Brouwers; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Cathy is preceded in death by her father, Andrew Blaine Millward; stepmother, Gertrude Trudy Hoke; mother, Dorothy Mae Kerzman; stepfather, Arthur Kerzman; sister, Sharron Marcell and grandson, Hunter Skiles.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Cottonwood Creek Community Church, 20706 Gifford Reubens Road, Culdesac Idaho. Lunch and fellowship will follow the service.

Photo: Catherine Millward Skiles


Ila M. Tondevold, 95, Lewiston

Ila M. Tondevold, 95, of Lewiston, passed away on Aug. 1. 2022, in Lewiston. She was born Sept. 5, 1926.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Eugene 'Gene' Dale Polk, 88, Orofino

Eugene 'Gene' Dale Polk went to be with Jesus on Friday morning, July 29, 2022 with most of his family at his bedside.

Gene was born on March 9, 1934 to George and Ruth Knox in Prentiss, Mississippi joining an older sister Lanell and brother George (Bud). Both parents and siblings preceded Gene in death.

Gene joined the Navy when he was 18 years old, as he said "to get three meals and a dry bed", serving four years from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS HAMUL as Ship's Serviceman Third Class.

He met Naomi McIntyre while he was on shore duty in Long Beach, CA. They were married July 16, 1955 and had one son Dennis Wayne Polk.

The family settled in South Gate, CA, where Gene went to work for the Arrowhead Spring Water Company in Los Angeles after his Honorable Discharge from the Navy.

Gene worked there for 42 years, 40 of which he drove a tanker water truck hauling spring water from the mountains to the plant in Los Angeles to be bottled and sold.

God was the focus of Gene's life, and he was faithful in his attendance and giving to the church, through finances, service projects or whatever he saw needed to be done. He was quick to help those he saw in need.

He worked hard to provide for his family and to be sure they had what they needed since he grew up with so little himself.

When illness visited his wife and son, he did all he could to provide care for them, even up to the final moments of his own life.

He loved God's creation, as he took his wife and son with friends and extended family fishing and camping as much as he could. So many great memories were made during times like these.

In his later years and after the death of his wife, the family moved to Orofino Idaho in 1999.

Gene made himself known around town with his outgoing personality (never met a stranger), through his faithful attendance at the First Church of God, his frequent visits to the local restaurants, and his familiar presence at the end of the counter at Augie's Deli. He loved working at the Food Bank on Friday's and took great delight in teasing and joking with all the workers and people who came in.

He will be missed by many people, but especially by his family that he has left behind: son, Dennis Polk and daughter-in-love Debbie; grandchildren, Melany Hewlett, Heather and Tony Mastroianni, and Nathan and Tayler Polk, great-grandchildren Zachary Peterson, Ayden Polk and Lyana Polk. Heaven is a happier place today because Gene is making jokes with everyone.

"Bye Dad, we love you and miss you so much."

Services are to be held at the First Church of God in Orofino.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Local Food Bank.

Photo: Eugene 'Gene' Dale Polk


Joan M. Nubbe, 81, Kooskia

Joan M. Nubbe, 81, of Kooskia, passed away at home on July 26, 2022.

Arrangements are being handled by Trenary Funeral Home.


Thomas Patrick Hayes, 41, formerly of Orofino

Thomas Patrick Hayes was killed while fighting a wildfire with a Chinook helicopter near Salmon, Idaho when it crashed July 21 at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Thomas was born Aug. 27, 1980, to Tim and Becky Hayes of Orofino, Idaho. He was a very large child from birth on up, and large in life. He had a great big heart, and a great big smile. Through Tom's years, he was very caring, and loving, and especially protective of his younger sister, Nicky.

In his younger years, Tom played baseball, football, basketball, and took horse 4-H. But his love became hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed other activities; one which his mother was against, which was "mudding" with his pickup, and jumping gravel piles, which his little sister, Nicky, "squealed" on him about.

Tom loved his whole family, and was especially fond of his grandfathers - Pat Hayes of Orofino, and Bill Craner, of St. Maries.

When he was a little boy, he loved going carpentering with "Grandpa" Craner on his new house builds, and going to see Grandpa Pat Hayes.

He also worked in the family businesses: Frontier Foods, and Becky's Burgers, where he was "The Ultimate" in employees, with his big smile, speed and professionalism.

In high school, his dream was to become a helicopter pilot. He felt the only way to achieve his dream, and get enough hours, was to join the United States Army. He enlisted at the age of 18, and through his hard work ethics, and motivation, quickly was in "The Airborne Division", then became a "Top of the Line" Chinook CH 47 Helicopter Pilot - well revered with 20 Years served in the United States Army, Rank CW4.

We are all so extremely proud of Tom. He attained a fantastic career, and was very respected and honored by his comrades and friends.

A personal note; when Tom saw someone "doing wrong", family or friends, he tried to talk to them, to get them back on track. Tom was very forthright, and never afraid to speak the truth, especially if it was for the good. He was a very joking, loving, and caring person. His Bear Hugs could not be beat.

In the last year of his life, he met The Love of His Life, Kristin Erickson, with which he traveled, skied, rode bikes, camped, and fished. They had everything in common, and he loved her three children, Linnea, Sonja, and Mira, as his own, and they loved him. They all went camping and fishing, and had made a lovely, happy life together, with marriage included in future plans.

Tom also had three children, Patrick, Sam, and Sophia. He loved these children so deeply.

Tom will be missed by so many; parents, family, friends, and comrades.

We salute Tom as a red-blooded all American patriotic hero for his military service of 20 years, and firefighting with all the huge Chinooks he was in charge of.

This was a great man, and will be sorely missed. Love, Your Mom, Dads and family.

Tom is survived by, his father Tim Hayes, of Orofino; his mother, Becky Hovey, and her husband Steven Hovey; sister Nicole and her husband Dylan Bonner and their daughter Ariyah; Uncle Billie Craner of St. Maries, Aunt Deborah Craner, Aunt and Uncle Jeanne and Allen Webb, Aunt and Uncle Terry and Harvey Leach, Aunt and Uncle Cheri and Scott Steinmetz, Grandmother Eleanor Hayes, Great Aunt Betty and Tom Eckroth, and so many more.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Pat Hayes of Orofino, and Grandparents Bill and Dorothy Craner.

The funeral of Thomas Patrick Hayes will be Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 in Orofino, ID, at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge, in the conference room, at 3 p.m. There will be a reception afterward, with food and drinks. During the ceremony, there will be slides, and Tom will be carried in a horse-drawn carriage down and through town, then out to the cemetery, with the Military Honor Guard and USFS Honor Guard. There will be fly-ins by Chinook Helicopters. These choppers may land at the airport, to see, in honor of Tom, for his service to both country and state.

Any donations can be made to Wildland Firefighters Foundation, 208-424-1111, Burke Minor.

Photos: Thomas Patrick Hayes


Thomas Patrick Hayes, 41, formerly of Orofino

Thomas Patrick Hayes died in a Chinook helicopter crash the afternoon of July 21st, 2022. He was the captain of the two-pilot crew operating the heavy helicopter in support of the Moose Fire off the Salmon River in northern Idaho. The co-pilot Jared Bird also succumbed to his injuries.

Tom's aviation background is substantial amongst even the professional aviators reading this. He wrenched on Blackhawks before going through Army flight training in 2002/03. Tom's ability to lighten any situation is well-known amongst the tightly knit Chinook helicopter community. His entire career was steeped in aviation maintenance and he held FAA mechanic, helicopter instructor pilot, and commercial airplane pilot certificates.

In the military Tom worked in S. Korea, all over the US on and hazardous duty operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the "Horn of Africa". After retiring from his 20-year Army career, he worked Chinooks for Helimax Aviation and Billings Flying Service before dabbling in airplanes, and smaller helicopters. This fire season he chose to work with a new team at ROTAK Heli, once again on his favorite machine the CH47 Chinook.

For those people lucky enough to know Tom as a friend know he brought enthusiasm, new ideas to all he did and increased the joy of whatever group lucky enough to have him on their team. The little amount of his life's time not dedicated to service of country and job was serving his loved ones and making memories as an all-around man: fishing, hunting, biking and trying a new routine. Tom was a jack of all trades and an unrivaled expert at many things aviation.

Tom was raised in Orofino, on the famed Clearwater River, which he often referred to as "God's country". He is survived by so many people who loved him: his sister, Nicole Bonner and her husband, Dylan with their daughter, Ariyah; his mother, Rebecca Hovey and stepfather Steve Hovey; his father Tim Hayes; Tom's three children, Patrick, Sam and Sophia; his aunt and uncle, Cheri and Scott Steinmetz; aunt and uncle, Terry and Harvey Leach; uncle, Billie Craner; aunt, Deborah Dickensen; aunt and uncle, Jeanne and Allen Webb; and grandmother, Eleanor Hayes. The last couple of years he based himself in Post Falls, ID and is survived by his partner Kristin and her daughters Linnea, Sonja and his little buddy Mira, all of whom he planned to share the rest of his life with. The thousands of people who knew and loved Tom know that losing him is a crushing personal and professional loss to us all.

Rest in Peace our TMFH.

Services honoring Thomas P. Hayes will be in Orofino Idaho on the 5th of August starting at 3 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge. Immediately after is a short procession to the burial at Orofino Cemetery. Following is a celebration of life back at the Best Western.

Shuttles are being arranged from Lewiston area hotels to and from the services and celebration.

Further information is located at https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/tom-p-hayes/9425 and a Facebook event page https://fb.me/e/2wiNnfjJC.

Photos: Thomas Patrick Hayes


Gregory Vaughn Buchholz, 74, formerly of Weippe

Gregory Vaughn Buchholz, at age 74, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 15, 2022, in Seattle.

He was born Oct. 24, 1947, in Orofino to Harold and Joyce Buchholz.

Greg grew up in Weippe with his younger sister, Janet, and was surrounded by many beloved family members and friends. He graduated from Weippe High School in 1965.

Greg then graduated from the University of Idaho with his undergraduate business degree in 1969. He married Carol Slaymaker in December 1969 in Roseburg, OR. After serving two years in the Army, stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, he returned with his wife, Carol, and newborn son, Christopher, to the Pacific Northwest.

Daughter, Monika, was born in 1975 while the couple lived in Lewiston. After receiving his master's degree in business from the University of Idaho in 1978, he moved with his family to the Seattle/Tacoma area, where he began his accomplished career as a financial controller for U.S. West and Quest telecommunications. Son, Jonathan, was born in 1981. He retired after a nearly 30-year career.

Greg was devoted to his family and was happiest at holidays when he could have everyone he loved together. He adored all animals, had many beloved pets throughout his lifetime and was particularly fond of his lap dogs. Greg was preceded in death by his mother Joyce. He is survived by his father, Harold; sister, Janet (Bruce) Wyatt; children, Christopher, Monika and Jonathan Buchholz; the children's mother, Carol; grandchildren, Jackson, Quinn and Asher Buchholz; as well as his nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews and many cousins.

Greg is returning to his hometown to be laid to rest in the Weippe cemetery with his family and friends.

Photo: Gregory Vaughn Buchholz


Leo 'Butch' Butler, 90, formerly of Elk City

Leo, son of Floyd and Emma Butler, passed away peacefully at home on July 6, 2022. He was surrounded by friends and family - and the love of those who could not be with him. He is survived by his brother Orville, his second spouse Josephine and his daughter Sherry.

Born in Airways, Alberta, Canada, he moved to Clarkston, WA, in the 1940s. He attended college in Lewiston where he met Evelyn Wineteer in the debate program.

Following his USAF (U.S. Air Force) service in Japan; he married Evelyn (b.1931 to d.2008), and they welcomed their daughter Sherry. He became a US citizen and completed his teaching degree. He went on to enrich the lives of many - as both a teacher and an administrator. Concerned that teens in 1990s Elk City had to board out for high school, he pioneered a distant learning high school program.

His life was full, and he appreciated every gift life gave! An exceptional teacher; he was also a talented carpenter and electrician, a farmer, golfer, pilot, traveler, and avid backpacker; he enhanced many lives. He was passionate about women's rights and value, and a faithful loyal friend. He epitomized the "love in daddy's hands" for his daughter Sherry and was a second father to many.

Ever the teacher, he has donated his body to research. He requests any donations go to Saint Jude Children's, Doctors without Borders, or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

There will be a celebration of life at 98 Memory Lane, Tooele, UT, 84074 on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Please help us celebrate a life well lived by attending or sending memories to the same address.

Photo: Leo 'Butch' Butler


Ronald Bonner, 76, Weippe

Ron Bonner passed away the evening of July 9, 2022, after complications of COVID and long-term medical issues. He was 76 years old.

Ron was born Dec. 25, 1945 in Aberdeen, WA. His parents were Harmon (Bud) Bonner and Charlotte Bonner. They lived in Weippe where Ron went to school and graduated in 1964.

In 1967 Ron married Karen and they lived in Moscow until Ron's graduation from the University of Idaho in 1968.

Accepting a job with Allstate they moved to Spokane and had a son, Tom.

1972 led them to Oregon where the family started a 40+ year life until 2021 when Ron and Karen moved to Weippe to spend their "Golden Years". Ron was lucky enough to have all of his family close in his final years.

Ron is survived by his wife Karen; son, Tom; grandson, Tyler; and great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Madelyn, and Colton.

Ron was loved by his family and friends and will be missed very much. He is believed to have had no regrets.

Ron has been cremated. No services are planned at this time.

Photo: Ronald Bonner


Gregory V. Buchholz, 74, formerly of Weippe

Gregory V. Buchholz, 74, of Seattle, WA and formerly of Lewiston and Weippe, died Friday, July 15, 2022, at Cogir of Queen Anne in Seattle.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Katie Barron, 17, Lenore

Katie left this world peacefully on the afternoon of July 15, 2022.

Katie was a fighter; she defeated cancer three times throughout her 17 years on this earth.

Katie loved many things. She loved animals, writing poetry, and spending time with her family.

She was a fierce academic with a love of learning.

She leaves behind many loved ones; notably, her mother Jessie; her brother, Tyler; her stepfather, Danny; her grandmother, Jodel; her great-grandmother, Nadine; and her uncles, Luke and Logan (along with their respective families and those who were not mentioned).

She also leaves behind her boyfriend, Lance, who made her smile like no other.

May she rest in peace.

No funeral arrangements as of this time.

Photo: Katie Barron


Casey A. Neumayer, 44, 1995 OHS grad

Casey A. Neumayer, 44, of Clarkston, WA, passed away suddenly Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Those that knew Casey knew him for his big laugh and even bigger heart. Casey was the friend that, even if you hadn't seen him in a while, he immediately picked up where you left off like there was never time or space separating you. Casey was a generous person, who knew no stranger. He would help anyone with anything, while always donning his signature megawatt smile.

Casey was born in Orofino in 1977 to Tim and Kay Neumayer. He graduated in 1995 from Orofino High School, where he formed lifelong bonds with his best friends, Eric Norton, Josh Steiner, Jayson Haworth and Caleb Goodwin. There are many childhood stories of these best friends racing hot wheels as kids, being chased out of huckleberry bushes by Casey's grandfather, Art, who was pretending to be a bear, and plenty of weekend adventures that created long-lasting memories.

After high school, Casey went on to the University of Idaho, where he studied art and architecture.

In 2003, Casey married Lindsey Zimmerman, of Clarkston, and later they welcomed their only child, a daughter, Laynee, who would immediately become the center of Casey's world. Casey was always proud of Laynee's accomplishments and the woman she was growing up to be. He was the dad who went to all her extracurricular functions to watch her dance, cheer or any other event she was involved in.

Casey enjoyed shooting guns in the woods with his friends, spending time at home and visiting family out of town. He loved '80s rock and was the best concert buddy. Casey enjoyed all things fun, but that's because Casey always made things fun. Casey was a volunteer diver alongside his father, Tim, in Clearwater County for search and rescue after high school. Casey was a skilled tradesman in construction and worked for Lew Mangum. Casey enjoyed working on cars, loved Chevys and was a loyal Chicago Bears fan. His dog, Chubbs, was proud to wear a Bears jersey during football season. With Casey, it was never a goodbye. It was always a see you later.

Casey is survived by his wife, Lindsey, and daughter, Laynee, along with their loyal pup, Chubbs, of Clarkston; his parents, Tim and Kay Neumayer, of Orofino; sister, Danna (Rich) Smith; nieces and nephews, Brenna, Justin, Brandy Howell, Jordyn and Nic; in-laws, Don and Joan Zimmerman, of Clarkston; sister-in-law, Courtney (Jon) Schlee; nephew, Brady; brother-in-law, Jeff (Brandy) Zimmerman; niece, Aubrey, and nephew, Brody; numerous cousins; and close friends whom he considered family.

Arrangements are being held by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston. A celebration of Casey's life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Casey A. Neumayer


Joan Marlene Meisner, 89, formerly of Orofino

Joan Meisner died peacefully July 5, 2022, at her home. Joan Marlene was born May 21, 1933, to John and Josephine Battaglia in San Francisco, CA.

With her father being a prominent San Francisco pharmacist, Joan grew up in the Marina District, two doors away from Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.

Joan graduated from Galileo High School and attended University of San Francisco. While working in Lake Tahoe a chance meeting with a young ex-GI from Glenwood (Kamiah), Idaho would change her life forever.

In 1960 Joan married that young man, Mark Meisner. They would live in Concord, CA; Orofino, Kamiah, and Lewiston, Idaho while raising their family before eventually retiring to Clarkston Heights in 1999.

Joan had several jobs throughout her life but the one she enjoyed the most and worked at the longest was for optometrist Dr. Osterberg in Kamiah and Orofino. The main focus and joy in her life was her children and grandchildren. She was proud of each one of them.

Joan is survived by her husband Mark; daughters, Nancy Jasper of Boise, Kristina Wright of Costa Mesa, CA; son, Brian Meisner of Lewiston; and stepdaughter, Michelle Meisner of Clarkston; grandchildren, Nathan Jasper, Janae D'Orazi, Katie Meisner, Hailey Meisner, and two great-granddaughters. Joan is also survived by her younger brother, Roger Battaglia, Tiburon, CA.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her three-year-old daughter, Pamela Meisner. Joan was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be missed very much.

Cremation has taken place.

Photo: Joan Marlene Meisner


Catherine L. Skiles, 77, Orofino

Catherine L. Skiles, 77, Orofino, died Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 77 in Clearwater Valley Health in Orofino.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Michael E. Quigley, 64, Lewiston

Michael E. Quigley, of Lewiston, died Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 64 in the University of Washington Medical Center - Montlake in Seattle, WA.


Shanon M. Niland, 51, formerly of Weippe

Shanon Marcel Jaren Niland, 51, Clarkston, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA.

She was born Sept. 21, 1970, to Rod and Jan Jared. She was raised in Weippe and attended school there.

Shanon loved to go camping and fishing, of which she had a running bet - that she could catch more fish than her dad. Shan loved to read and was buried in a book or on her Kindle doing so. She was a loving girl and would always try to keep everyone who was around her laughing.

Shanon is survived by her husband, Jerry, three daughters, and her mother Janet. She is also survived by her brother, Travis, and his son Dillin.

There will be a celebration of life held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2022, at Hereth Park, 1534 Powers Ave., Lewiston and will be followed by a covered dish dinner.


Patsy Jane Pitts, 88, formerly of Southwick

Patsy Jane Pitts passed away of natural causes Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Lewiston. She was 88 years old.

She was born Patsy Jane Weaver in Phenix City, Ala., to C. Earline and Henry Clay Weaver on June 9, 1934. Patsy grew up around lots of family and enjoyed all the family gatherings. Getting family together for any reason was one of Patsy's favorite things, and she looked forward to seeing everyone.

Patsy did very well in high school, and at one point was teaching Latin to her father, a pastor.

Patsy married Pete E. Jacobs, who was in the U.S. Navy, on Jan. 10, 1954. During this marriage, Patsy lived many places such as Honolulu; Brooklyn, NY; Big Coppit, Key West; Jacksonville, FL. They chose to retire in Southwick, Idaho. She was a part of and loved the Southwick community. Peter and Patsy divorced in 1978, and Patsy moved to Kendrick. In 1980, she met and married Joseph H. Pitts and moved to Lewiston.

Patsy always wanted to be a nurse, and with Joe's encouragement and support she attended Walla Walla Community College, earning an associate degree in nursing in 1990 at age 56. As an RN, she worked for several nursing homes in the valley during her 20-year nursing career and loved working with the elderly.

Joe and Patsy were happy and enjoyed their life together. In their 24th year of marriage, Joe passed away, which was very painful for Patsy. She and Joe were members of Tammany View Baptist Church and had developed many loving friends. Patsy and her friends took annual trips to the Oregon Coast to attend women's retreats for many years, with Patsy as chauffeur. These were some of Patsy's many fond memories, and she spoke of them often.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Pitts, and son, Peter I. Jacobs.

She is survived by her children, Dean Alice Kinzer, Jane Ellen Richards and Colley Paul, (Jill) Jacobs; stepson, Micky Pitts; stepdaughter, Deanna McFadden; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, at Tammany View Baptist Church, 3732 20th Street, Lewiston.

Photo: Patsy Jane Pitts


Payton Jo Blasingame, 19

Payton Jo Blasingame was tragically taken from this earth on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

She was born June 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston to Rusty Joe Blasingame and Erin Cathey Stamper. Payton Jo was the most adorable blonde-haired and big blue-eyed little sister to Macey Blasingame and Lance Antilla.

Payton Jo spent her 19 years raised here in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, starting her education journey at Parkway Elementary in Clarkston, and then in 2012, Payton, Macey, their mom and bonus dad Charlie Stamper moved to their home on Gifford-Reubens Road in Culdesac. The girls switched to Webster Elementary where their Nana, Sandi Axtell, lived across the street and they spent their mornings and afternoons with Nana until their mom was off work. Payton attended Jenifer Junior High School, where she participated in cheerleading, and then Lewiston High School.

Payton was a very hard worker and she understood what hard work attained both personally and in the workforce. Work challenged her and "she wasn't afraid of it at all" says her father, Joe. Payton helped Joe on several of his construction jobs. Payton started working around 15 years old at Dairy Queen, grabbing as many hours as she could. She knew the value of a dollar and she knew how to save for what she wanted. In the summer of her sophomore year, Payton applied to the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and was accepted to a job at Yellowstone. With nervous and anxious parents, Payton faced the challenge with her head high and worked extremely hard that summer, gaining experience, knowledge and a group of friends she referred to as her YCC family. The following summer, she did the YCC program again, this time in The Steins and Payette National Forests, and her accomplishment meant a lot to her. Payton worked at Roosters, Taco Time in Clarkston, her friend Amber's dog kennel and had just gained a job at Salvation Army before her passing.

In the short 19 years, we were blessed to have her with us and we can say that Payton lived BIG, fearless and with true intent in life. Her sister Macey described her so perfectly, as fiercely independent. Payton Jo was a free spirit; she made her own path and definitely beat to her own drum with her strong beliefs and convictions in life. Payton had a thirst for knowledge and she was a sponge for information. She had a sincere love for books from a very young age, which was something her mom instilled in her, and they shared this passion together. Payton loved learning in her own way on her own terms. She could debate any topic and loved to with Charlie. If she didn't have all the information at the time, it was a sure thing she would shortly and almost always had the upper hand. Payton was creative and artistic, she kept a journal for all her thoughts, drawings and ideas. She was private and appreciated for exactly who she was to each person she blessed to be close to her. Payton loved baking with her Nana for the holidays and it became a true tradition for them to share and for us to enjoy.

Payton loved camping with her family, especially the trips to North Fork with her mom and Charlie and backpacking with her dad. Payton appreciated the outdoors so much; she saw beauty in the sky, clouds, mountains, streams and animals that gave her an outlook on the world so different and special from most out there. Payton loved trips with Grandma Leigh, adventures with PaPa Gerry and Grandma Deb, and fishing trips with Grandpa Allen and Grandma Dorine. Payton loved to share beautiful sunsets with her mom at the family home, something they often did, just the two of them. Payton loved her big sister, Macey, and it very much was reciprocated. Macey was her protector, confidant and voice of reason when needed. They were adventure buddies and Macey felt safe with Payton, could tell her anything and knew they had an unbreakable bond.

Payton Jo Blasingame is survived by her parents, Erin and Charlie Stamper, Rusty Joe and Jami Blasingame (Zach); sisters, Macey Blasingame and Kareena Haight (Chase); brother, Lance Antilla; nephew,s Heston, Colt and Conway; her niece, Penelope; maternal grandparents, Leigh Cathey, Gerald Cathey and Debbie Howard, and Allen and Dorine Stamper; paternal grandparents, Sandi and Dan Axtell; her numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and bonus aunties and their families.

Payton Jo was preceded in death by her uncle, Ted Lance Blasingame; paternal grandfather, Theodeore Lee Blasingame; and her maternal great-grandparents, Alvin Cathey, Gertie and Buster Fruit, Edwina Nitz, Don Nitz and Bill and Birdie Allen.

"If you're not paying attention to the trees and how they sway in the wind then what are you even doing?" - anonymous

A Celebration of Payton Jo's life will take place 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Big Eddy Lodge, 3286 Viewpoint Road, Ahsahka.

Photo: Payton Jo Blasingame


Eleanor 'Blondie' Greene, 88, Orofino

Heaven has gained the sweetest angel, and the world has lost the kindest, most genuine, and most amazing Mother, Grandmother, "GG", Mother-in-Law, Aunti, and Friend. On July 7, 2022 Eleanor 'Blondie' Greene went to be with God and those family and friends who have gone before her.

Blondie was born September 30, 1933 in Custer County, Nebraska. In her youth, she moved to Jerome Idaho, where she attended school and met her lifelong love, Hap Greene. After Hap returned from serving four years in the Navy, they were married on April 1, 1952.

In 1955, they moved to Orofino with their toddler daughter, Mellisa Greene (Stewart), and their daughter Melody was born the following year.

Blondie worked for Orofino Joint School District 171 for nearly thirty years, not only taking excellent care of the school facilities, but also setting a great example of tough love and grace in dealing with countless students, some of whom were family and friends.

Blondie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Orofino, where she enjoyed nearly life-long friends and Brothers and Sisters in Christ's Family.

She loved her church and scarcely missed a Sunday when health allowed.

She loved her family and her church family deeply, and she was always excited to spend time with them all. Blondie and her daughter, Mellisa, were best friends, doing nearly everything together in Blondie's daily life the last 25 years.

She enjoyed reading, crochet, crafts, telling stories, fishing, almost any outdoor activity, and watching her favorite TV shows, including "Everybody Loves Raymond," NFL football, and every nature show she could find. She also enjoyed writing letters, cards, and poetry; she was "tickled pink," as she would say, that one of her poems was published in 2003. One of her other poems is reproduced below.

Blondie had the toughness and wisdom borne of a long life well-lived, depression era influences, WWII influences, and faith, all tempered with a sweet disposition, sense of humor, and deep love and kindness.


The people she will be joining in Heaven include her husband Gerald 'Hap' Greene, who went to be with God in 1990, and her daughter Melody Greene who went to be with God in 1960.Her family who remain and fondly remember Blondie include her daughter and son-in-law, Mellisa and Dewey Stewart; her grandchildren and their respective spouses, Morgan Renner (Stewart) and Sam Renner, and Trapper and Christy Stewart, her great-grandchildren, Jake Renner, Brooklyn Renner, Austin Stewart, and Madelyn Stewart, her niece Mona Weeks, too many loving extended family to name, and countless friends.

We would like to invite all who loved her to join us for a memorial service in her honor 4 p.m., Thursday July 14, 2022 at the First Baptist Church in Orofino. Food and fellowship to follow in the church basement. In lieu of flowers Blondie would have preferred that anyone who wishes to, donates to the Baptist Church in her name, at PO Box 1070, Orofino, ID 83544.

The following is a family favorite among Blondie's poems, written in memory of the life and passing of her 4-year-old daughter, Melody. We, her family, think this poem equally applies to Blondie's life and her passing:

"There is a rose in Heaven now that once was here on earth,
She spread the joy of love from the moment of her birth.
When she left she was only four and all I could do was mourn,
My heart was greatly broken and my soul was badly torn. I know that God did need her for a special task to do,
The roses in His garden needed a gentle hand that's true.
One night God did allow her a moment to hug me oh, so tight,
I never knew such blissful peace, it's what keeps her memory bright.
And so each time I see a rose my eyes search everywhere,
To see a little fingerprint in hopes that she's been there.
Roses are such a blessing and are held so dear to me,
And I long to hold the Keeper of the Roses, her lovely face to see. "


Richard Dell Ruddell, 94, formerly of Clearwater County

Richard Dell Ruddell joined the love of his life, Joann (Ayers), on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the age of 94, just four months after her passing Feb. 27. When Mom passed, Dad said, "I won't be far behind." Now they are back together again.

Dad was born Aug. 12, 1927, (although he always thought he was born on the 13th), to Harry and Neta (Blewett) Ruddell, in Lewiston. His childhood was spent in Culdesac and Cottonwood Creek. Dad was an extremely talented mechanic. He rebuilt his first car at the age of 12. He was a jack of all trades and a master of many, quite a MacGyver of sorts. From building furniture, to making his own car parts, he could make anything he set his mind to.

Mom and Dad were married April 19, 1953, and remained married for 69 years. They lived in Lewiston for a few years, and had their son, Dellwin, and daughters, Terrie, Tammi and Lonna. Dad worked different mechanic jobs and Mom stayed home taking care of us, sewing our clothes and starting many a craft project. She led 4-H groups and participated in many Boy Scout adventures.

Over the years, Dad worked for several employers including Odom's on the 4-O Ranch, International Harvester, in Lewiston, then Weippe. Their fourth child, Darwin, was born during this time. He then went to work for Hall Logging then Finke Logging, where he worked for many years. Darrin and Cory joined the family while living in Pierce. Mom would take us out camping by Dad's work on the North Fork of the Clearwater River every summer. Mom and Dad even moved to Kotzebue, AK, for a short time, with the three youngest in tow. Dad started working again for Finke Logging so they moved back to Pierce/Headquarters area. Dad finally retired at the age of 82 (we had to apply force and coercion). They purchased part of the old ranch off Cottonwood Creek and spent the next 20 years there. Because of their health and age, we moved them closer to us in Clarkston.

Dad was a wonderful husband to Mom and a great dad to all of us. He was a man of integrity, love and kindness. There wasn't a stranger who Dad wouldn't stop to help on the side of the road (even though Mom tried to encourage him to keep on going).

Dad is survived by his children, Dellwin (Dana), Terrie (Hal) Forge, Tammi (Steve) Mizer, Lonna Lyon, Darrin and Corey; 22 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Bernita Earl and Roberta (Wayne) Bonnalie-Ayers; and brothers, Ron, Terry (Linda) and Larry (LuAnn).

Dad was preceded in death by his wife, Joann; son, Darwin; grandsons, Joshua Ruddell, Brendan Lyon, Jonathan Bake and Bradley Bake; parents, Harry and Neta Ruddell; brother-in-law, Russell Bonnalie; and sister-in-law, Donna Ruddell.

A graveside service was held July 7 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. A joint memorial service for Dad and Mom will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 836 Preston Ave., Lewiston.

Photo: Richard Dell Ruddell


Eric Wayne Engle, 54, Orofino

Eric Wayne Engle, proud husband, father, brother, and friend was tragically taken from us on June 29, 2022, at the age of 54. He was born Aug. 31, 1967, to Dorylee Jean Blanc Engle and Albert Michael Engle in Orofino, Idaho.

On June 6, 1983, he married the love of his life Kimberlee Dawn (Rainville) Engle at the age of 15. They had four beautiful children that were the light of his life.

He served with the Idaho Army National Guard serving with the 116th Engineer Battalion and Active Duty with the US Army at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Afterwards, he deployed to Desert Storm with the 101st Airborne Division.

His Awards and Decorations include Army Service Ribbon, Army Lapel Button, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal.

After being Honorably Discharged from the military, Eric moved back to Orofino to raise his family in the small community that he loved. He worked for NADL Sanitation as a truck driver for several years before joining the ranks of the US Army Corps of Engineers in August of 2003, where he continued to work until his untimely passing.

Eric never met a stranger, making new friends wherever he went. He was a kind and caring person with a heart of gold that would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Anyone that knew Eric witnessed his love of music and could hear it before he even pulled in. He was known for his amazing 80's hairband voice and singing his own version of the songs he loved.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles and going out on the lake with friends and family. When he wasn't enjoying a few rounds of golf or hosting a friendly game of poker, Eric was working in his shop with his two sons. He was known as the wild and crazy grandpa by his grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He brought a much-needed light into everyone's life, making you laugh when you felt like crying.

Eric is survived by his lifelong love, Kimberlee Engle; and their four children, Kelsy Haag (Nathan), Jeremy Engle, Kayla Sibbett (Michael), Ryan Engle (Cady); and grandchildren, Taytin Knoblich, Axton, Ciani, and Mavryn Haag; Mason Engle; Addalyn Stewart and Thomas Sibbett; and Silver, Chayn, Tomi Jo, and Wesson Grace Engle. He is also survived by siblings, Renee Anderson, Andrea Harp (Harley), Michael Anderson (Colleen), and James Engle; and his father, Albert "Mike" Engle. He is survived by numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins that he loved.

He was preceded in death by his mother Dory Engle; sister in-law, Linda Engle; and his nephew, Christopher Anderson.

A service and celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge, 615 Main Street, Orofino.

Photos: Eric Wayne Engle


Norman (Bruce) Calhoun, 88, Orofino

1934 - 2022

Bruce Calhoun of Orofino passed away at Brookside Landing on June 27, 2022, at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Bruce was born to Norman D. and Gertrude Ellsworth Calhoun on March 28, 1934, in Cooperstown, NY. Bruce was soon joined by a brother Jess.

His mother died at a young age and his mother's sister Polly helped with the boys. Norman D. and Polly soon married, and they had three sons Art, Doug, and Charlie.

His youth was spent hunting, fishing and trapping.

He graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1952. Upon graduation he entered business with his father as Calhoun & Sons Welding & Repair.

In 1953 he was drafted into the Army for the Korean War, but instead enlisted in the Navy and served on the US Warrington for the next four years.

Cooperstown became his home again after completion of military service, where he again worked with his father.

He was recalled to the Navy where he then served a tour with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

His next assignment was Nuclear Power School. He served on four fast attack submarines. His favorite was the Skipjack SSN-585.

He also served as a Navy Recruiter in Nampa Idaho.

During this time, he fell in love with Idaho's hunting & fishing.

After retiring from the Navy, he worked at the Iowa Beef Processors, in Boise, and Mercy Medical Center in Nampa.

He married Jennie (Zigon) and became a father to Kenny, Albert and Frannie. They also had four sons Robert, George, Norman (Bruce) Jr, Malcom, and daughter Jennifer.

They divorced, and he later married Sharon Calkins, in 1999, and became father to two more children, Amy Riley and Mike Calkins.

Sharon and Bruce moved to Orofino in 2001, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and muzzleloading.

While in Cooperstown he was Commander of VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post #7128. He also served this position in Orofino post # 3296, as well as numerous other positions.

He was president of the Cooperstown Fish & Game Club and was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association for 50 plus years. He was also a member of the Lolo Trail Muzzleloaders.

Many hours were spent hunting and fishing with his children, their friends, grandchildren and many lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jess, Doug, and son Albert Zigon.

Survivors include his wife Sharon of the home. five sons, three daughters, 23 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and nephew Scott Calhoun.

His last 20 months were spent with the loving caregivers at Brookside Landing. Many thanks to all the staff.

Per Bruce's request, Monday, July 11 will be internment at Boise VA Cemetery, at 11 a.m.

A Celebration of his life will be held at Pink House Hole shelter at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 in Orofino, followed by a potluck.

Photos: Norman (Bruce) Calhoun


Brigitte Richardson, 85, Orofino

Brigitte Richardson passed away on the evening of Thursday, June 23, 2022. She was 85 years old. Brigitte was born April 6, 1937, to Leo and Anna Wöller, in Rheydt, Germany.

In 1938, Brigitte's family moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where her father managed a men's clothing factory. During World War II, Brigitte, her mother and her brother were evacuated to Bad Schwalbach, where they would live with extended family until 1948 before returning to live in Frankfurt in a rebuilt home in 1952. After a one-year apprenticeship in a women's clothing factory, she would earn a college degree in textile fashion, merchandising and design and was later hired as a production manager at Plutte Company in Wuppertal.

Brigitte saved up funds and moved to New York City in 1957. At her first apartment, she met Marigay Nelson, of Orofino. Brigitte would work in New York as a dressmaker for Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue, with a part time job at Bloomingdales. In 1958, Brigitte and her American cousin, Fred Wöller, would move to Los Angeles for six months, where Brigitte worked at Security-First National Bank and also Carnation Company on Wilshire Boulevard.

Brigitte ended her two-year stay in the U.S. with a two-week trip to Hawaii. Back in Germany, she started a new job as a production line manager at the Lauf Company, producing high-quality women's dresses. Returning home for the weekend, Brigitte met Dale Richardson, who was touring Europe on his motorcycle in 1959. Marigay Nelson had referred Dale to visit the Wöller's when he got to West Germany, and Dale and Brigitte later married on Oct. 1, 1960. They would be married for more than 62 years. Brigitte and Dale moved back to Orofino soon after and had two sons, Brent (born 1964) and Dan (born 1967).

Dale would teach Brigitte to drive, ride a horse, to fish and how to ski during the Idaho winters. Brigitte enjoyed attending all the sporting activities her boys participated in. Brigitte took night classes at Lewis-Clark State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in management technology in 1989. She would work for the Bon Marche and Cole's Jeweler's and later owned and operated Riverside Storage in Orofino for more than 20 years. During that time, they welcomed the birth of their three grandsons, Joe (to Brent and Elizabeth) and Zack and Lucas (to Dan and Kristal).

In her semi-retirement, Brigitte participated in the Senior Olympic Games at Stanford, Houston and Cleveland as a swimmer. She also enjoyed the company of her grandsons as their chaperone, German teacher and swim instructor.

Brigitte is survived by her youngest son, Dan; daughter-in-law Kristal; and her three grandsons Joe, Zack and Lucas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, and eldest son, Brent. In her own words, "I wanted to see the new world - America. Dale wanted to see the old world - Europe. In Orofino, we created our own world."

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Lodge at Rivers Edge, Orofino.

Photo: Brigitte Richardson


Dale John Haley, 76, formerly of Orofino

Dale John Haley was born to parents Veronica (Verna) Laylin and Horace (John) Haley on June 15, 1946, in Marquette, MI.

Dale spent his early years near the great lakes. As a small child, he moved with his family to northern Idaho, living first in Cottonwood, then in Orofino. After high school, he started a janitorial business with his brother, Duane.

In 1971, he moved to Lewiston, where he made his permanent home. Dale was a valued employee at J.C. Penney for 40 years, from 1971 until his retirement in 2011.

Dale was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in both Orofino and Lewiston, participating in many charitable and civic activities. He taught gun safety to teens at the Lewiston Gun Club and played Santa Claus for the local Boy Scouts on several occasions.

Dale was fond of animals and frequently donated to the local animal shelter. He was also a lifelong supporter of Military Veterans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the veteran's home or to Lewis Clark Animal Shelter.

Dale passed away gently Friday, July 1, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ines Rose; his brothers, Dwight Haley and Duane Haley; and nephews, Donald Rose, Timothy Broemeling and Paul Haley.

He is survived by his sister, Leola Broemeling, and many beloved nieces, nephews and great and grand-nieces and nephews.

Services will be held graveside at 1 p.m. July 9 at the Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.


Christopher Mark Anderson, 44, Orofino

Christopher Mark Anderson, 44, Orofino, was born to Helen Gibbs-Anderson and Mark H. Anderson, on Jan. 9, 1978.

Chris passed away June 17, 2022 due to complications of a longtime illness.

Chris is survived by his two children, Josh Anderson and Courtney Anderson; his mother; brothers, Justin and Brice Anderson; Mark and Debbie Anderson and extended siblings, Dustin Helm, Linda Baker, Teresa Baumer and Deedee Monniere.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Nancy Jean Townsend, 85

Nancy Townsend was born Oct. 11, 1936, in Chicago. Later in life, she lived in California and Washington and permanently resided in Idaho, as she wished to be closer to her family.

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he was an adventurous, fun and active person in the lives of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, on whom she made a significant impact.

Her joys in life were tending to her garden, collecting Native American art, hiking, watching Western movies, roller-skating, chocolate, Elvis Presley and most especially, sharing all of these with her loved ones.

The most significant impact Nancy left has been leaving us to join our Lord, and her grandson, Robert, in Heaven on Monday, June 13, 2022.

She is missed tremendously and is forever in our hearts.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Glover and Deborah Townsend; sons, Frank DeFoe and John DeFoe; granddaughters, Rebecca Jordan, Rhiannon Larson, Vanessa Ellsworth and Sarah Reynolds; grandsons, Elijah DeFoe and Joshua Defoe; and several great-grandchildren.

Inurnment will take place at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to your local animal shelters would be appreciated.

Photo: Nancy Jean Townsend


Roy William Fry, 72, Orofino

Roy William Fry passed away peacefully at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, with his daughters by his side on June 18, 2022 at the age of 72.

Roy is preceded in death by his father, Bill Fry; his mother, Maxine (Bartlett) Fry; and his sister, Norma (Fry) Harrison.

Roy is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sandy Fry; daughter, Leah (Jayson) Springer; daughter, Jenna (Mark) Walton; grandchildren, Justin Springer, Ethan Springer, Wyatt Walton, Morgan Walton, and Lanie Walton; as well as his extended family and many friends. Roy didn't know a stranger and was thought of by most people as a kind and generous man.

Roy was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, riding motorcycles, four wheeling, and riding horses. He also had a passion for trading and bartering anything from trailers, campers, vehicles, guns, and ATV's. He graduated from Kendrick High School and much of his life was spent at the family property on Cedar Ridge and having fun at the mining claim in Florence.

He worked as a police officer for many years and retired from the Idaho Department of Transportation.

There is an emptiness in our hearts without him, but he is full of the goodness of God with his Lord and Savior in Heaven today.

A funeral service will be held at Orofino Tabernacle at 1839 Michigan Ave. in Orofino on July 9 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Stanton Walker officiating. A taco bar will be provided immediately after. A side dish or dessert would be appreciated, but certainly not required.

Roy was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, riding motorcycles, four wheeling, and riding horses. He also had a passion for trading and bartering anything from trailers, campers, vehicles, guns, and ATV's. He graduated from Kendrick High School and much of his life was spent at the family property on Cedar Ridge and having fun at the mining claim in Florence.

Photo: Roy William Fry


Robert Marc Mason, 60, Orofino

Marc entered the pearly gates of Heaven June 18, 2022 after a tragic fire in his home in Orofino.

He was born on June 7, 1962 in Cloverdale, CA, to parents Robert L. and Laura Mason. His legal name is Robert Marc Mason, but he was always known as Marc.

He is survived by his parents, as well as a sister, Melanie (Dave) Gee; a niece, Callie Gee; several aunts and uncles, and many cousins.

In 1965, Marc's family moved to Pierce. Growing up, he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He was an avid and skilled downhill skier, well-known on the slopes of Bald Mountain.

Marc always enjoyed reading and was passionate about history. He was a definite music buff with an extensive music library and could tell you the name, artist and lyrics of most any blues or classic rock song from memory.

After he graduated from Timberline High School in 1980, he worked at Jaype Mill near Pierce and the Lewiston Potlatch mill. He attended Lewis Clark State College three times over the years and graduated with an AA degree in 2004 in HVAC and Small Appliance Repair. He did some work in HVAC and also worked for Clearwater Homes.

His most recent job was as a Security Guard for the Cruiseline Agency of Alaska in Skagway and the 10 years he spent there were some of the best of his adult life. He really loved that area and his job, and worked seasonally there through 2018. Sadly, he struggled with serious health issues in the years since.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Timberline Schools Library.

The family is planning a gathering in Weippe for friends and family to come together to celebrate his life later this summer (date yet to be set), with a scattering of ashes at his favorite fishing hole on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Photo: Robert Marc Mason


Hjalmer 'Clayton' Johnson, 90, and Rita 'Doreen' Zipse Johnson, 79, Weippe

Hjalmer "Clayton" Johnson was born Sept. 24, 1931. He joined his beloved Doreen at their eternal resting place on June 12, 2022. Doreen was born on August 23, 1938 and passed on Nov. 18, 2017.

Clayton and Doreen were married on April 11, 1956 and raised their children, Neil Johnson (Delores) of Weippe, Sheila Johnson Patterson (Dave) of Weippe, and Dale Roy Johnson on the Weippe Prairie.

Clayton served in the US Army during the Korean War and spent his working life as a logger. He was often sought out by the power companies to accomplish the felling of "danger" trees near powerlines. He enjoyed iron fabrication and built several sawmills. He also enjoyed hunting in the fall.

Doreen was a devoted mother, housewife, homemaker, and caretaker. She ran the home as efficiently and orderly as Clayton ran jobs in the woods.

They were preceded in death by their parents, son Dale Roy Johnson, siblings Elmer Wayne Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Gene Johnson, Tom Johnson, Steve Johnson, Eddie Johnson and Ira Lee Zipse.

They are survived by their children, Neil and Sheila, siblings P.L. Johnson, Betty Johnson Cole, Oren Zipse, Walter Zipse, Tracie Zipse, a special granddaughter Megan Johnson, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to ?, at the home of Dave and Sheila Patterson, 2682 Larson Road, Weippe.

The family will supply smoked brisket to go with potluck dinner. It is casual dress for friends and family.

"Come tell us a story".

Photo: Hjalmer 'Clayton' Johnson and Rita 'Doreen' Zipse Johnson


Marillyn Caldwell, 94, Orofino

Marillyn Joyce Caldwell passed away in Orofino from pneumonia on Thursday, May 19, 2022. She was 94.

Marillyn was born on March 19, 1928, in Washington state, to Dora and Lloyd Shafer. She was named for her grandmothers Mary (Marne) and Lillian (3" I's"). They lived near grandmother Lillian in Seattle, WA, where she also had a strong bond with the family dog who watched over her.

As a result of her painting of flowers at age eight, she received a scholarship to Seattle's Cornish School of the Arts which she attended on Saturdays. She began attending University of Washington at age 16 as an art major, but disliked the "way of teaching art" so quit.

Later she received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and then a master's degree in zoology and physiology while keeping her own art studio off campus. She went on to teach at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College in Nebraska, and was appointed Assistant Curator of Anthropology for Washington State Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She met her husband Warren Caldwell while at the University of Washington and they married in 1952. They worked on archaeological digs together near the Columbia River, and developed a passion for Dalmatians and then Curly-Coated Retrievers.

After retirement, they purchased rural property near Orofino near Huckleberry Butte where they could keep a successful breeding and showing kennel. Ravens flew skyward over Huckleberry Butte so the kennel was aptly named Sevenravens.

Marillyn was among the charter members of the Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America and successfully showed and placed well at the first Curly specialty held in 1979, as well as having bred the top female dog at the show. She also trained and showed two of the first Curly-Coated Retrievers to attain advanced obedience titles.

Marillyn continued her passion for art and books, sketching and painting the dogs and amassing a huge book collection which she stated was a "disease she couldn't cure".

When Warren and the last dogs passed away Marillyn recognized the advantages of living in town where she could socialize and receive extra help. So, she moved into Brookside Landing in Orofino where it took two apartments to hold her massive book collection. She loved her neighbors and the staff there.

She leaves behind her family at Brookside and a few cousins and friends. She outlived most of her relatives, husband Warren, daughter Susan Hanley, and dozens of dogs and friends. It was Marillyn's wish for any donations made in her memory be given to the Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino Idaho 83544.

Photo: Marillyn Joyce Caldwell


Chancelor Clark Maughan, 25

November 18, 1997 - June 17, 2022

Chancelor Clark Maughan, 25 returned home to his Heavenly Father on Friday June 17, 2022. Chancelor was born on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997 to Jennifer Ruth Maughan in Payson, Utah. Chancelor spent his early childhood in Pocatello, Idaho attending Poohs Half Acre, Grace Lutheran Pocatello Charter School, where he was loved by so many. All the staff had a soft spot for him in their hearts. At the age of 7 Chancelor gained his father, Keaton J Irby and his entire family moved to Twin Falls to start their new chapter. Chancelor attended Sawtooth Elementary "PRISON" as he called it, O'Leary middle school, Dixie High School (St. George, UT) and Bruins High School.

As a little guy, Chancelor had a drive for everything to do with athletics - t ball, taekwondo, swimming lessons, golf lessons, hunting and fishing which led to a passion to compete in summer swimming teams and golfing tournaments. His happy place was in the mountains, in the open fresh air with beautiful streams and wildlife, along with becoming a father to his son Jamison at a young age. Whether he was hunting birds to elk, fishing for trout to salmon, his energy and drive was endless. Chance touched every person he met and brightened any room he walked into. Chancelor was such a unique young man with so many bold and beautiful characteristics, his favorite thing to do was protect his momma and pound on his little sisters. With a passion to please, zest for life, that infectious Maughan smile, a heart full of humbleness with unconditional love for all his friends and family. He has now left a void on this earth that no one can replace.

Chancelor is preceded in death by his great grandparents - Ralph Clark and Betty Maughan; Grandpa Jed R. Crowder; cousin Spencer Swallie and his legend uncle, Ralph Von Dohln Maughan. He is survived by his grandparents - Raymond and Teri Burstedt (Eagle); James Maughan Sr. (Twin Falls)- Sam and Valena Irby (Orofino); Tony and Tami Haines (Twin Falls); his momma, Jennifer Ruth Maughan (Ahsahka); his father, Keatan J Irby (Ahsahka); his sisters, Halle Nicole Maughan (Twin Falls); Kloee Lynn Irby and Sammie Irene Irby (Ahsahka); his son Jamison Clark Maughan (Twin Falls); his niece Alayna Nicole Maughan (Twin Falls); his uncle Seth James Maughan (Twin Falls); his uncle Kirk and aunt Alishia Maughan (Twin Falls); Jim Jr Maughan (Tonopah, NV); Tricia Maughan (Tonopah, NV); Katie Nicole Weeks (Preston); Nacsan and Ashley Irby (Lewiston); Zack Irby (Orofino) and many, many cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home, 2551 Kimberly Rd. in Twin Falls. There will be viewing on Monday, June 27, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the service to begin at 1 p.m.

To view Chance's Video Memories Click This Link: https://youtu.be/v3Sj31TlUyc

Photo: Chancelor Clark Maughan


John C. Vangelder Sr, 69, Weippe

John C. Vangelder Sr., born April 8, 1953, died June 17, 2022 in Orofino.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Jo Anne Bonura, 78, Pierce

Jo Anne Bonura, 78, Pierce, died Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Generations Senior Living in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Robert E. West, 93, Orofino

1928-2022

Robert Ellis West of Orofino passed away at the Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Facility on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the age of 93 years.

Bob (Robert) was born to Harry H. West and Nona I. Walker West in Peck on Oct. 11, 1928. The story goes that the doctor couldn't make it in time for his birth, so his Grandma Walker had to be the one to deliver him! He was the middle child out of three, with two sisters, Lila Baugh Zimbauer and Mary West Woolum.

As a young boy, Bob grew up below Sunny Side on the Clearwater River just up the river from the Peck Depot. In 1937 his family moved to Orofino, where Bob's father began working as the manager for The Grange Store. When he turned 15, Bob dropped out of school and went straight in to work for a local lumber company. The following spring, he went to work for the US Forest Service, then in the fall he went on to work for the Clearwater Timber Protective Association at Camp 11. Throughout the next few years Bob worked several jobs, some being the Clearwater County Road Department, several construction jobs, driving truck, and for Stone and Tile in Boise.

While in Boise in 1953, Bob met Ronnie Johnson, and promptly married her on Dec. 5, 1953 in Winnemucca, NV. In 1954, both Bob and Ronnie went to work for Potlatch Timber Protective Association while living in Elk River. The following years, he moved from logging, to Road Forman for Clearwater Highway District at Elk River, and worked as a grader operator for the Clearwater County Road Department. In 1965 Bob and Ronnie were able to purchase a house off Michigan Ave and started selling hunting and fishing supplies.

In 1975, they were able to purchase a larger property on Michigan Ave. and move the business there, it became West's Sporting Goods. Through hard work and dedication, they were named the Store of the Year in 1981. On Dec. 31, 1994 they both decided to retire from the store and spend time fishing and pursuing other interests.

As time went on Ronnie began to suffer from several medical conditions and sorrowfully passed away in 2005. Over the next few years Bob bought rentals and pursued things that interested him, most notably was investing in discovering all about his Family Ancestry.

Bob has had many friends over the years and could tell you stories as if they happened yesterday. His memory of his life was sharp as a tack clear to the end. A few of those friends he really let in and become part of his family. One in particular being, Kim Burger, who was his dearest friend, up to her passing in October of 2021.

To know Bob is to know he was wise and resourceful and generous beyond measure. Bob and Ronnie West did not have any children together, but Bob is survived by two nieces, Judy Coomer and Lura Mullikin. As well as an inherited family member who cherished him, Malloree Norris.

And as requested by Bob, there will be no services held.

Photo: Robert Ellis West


Christopher M. Anderson, 44, Orofino

Christopher M. Anderson, 44, of Orofino, born Jan. 9, 1978, died June 17, 2022 in Orofino.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Artemio 'Tim' Rubio Sr., 70

Surrounded by loved ones, Artemio "Tim" Rubio Sr. was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ Monday, June 13, 2022.

Born Aug. 17, 1951, in the beautiful Texas hill country to Juanita and Santos Rubio, Timmy spent his childhood and youth surrounded by his 11 siblings in Leakey, TX.

After graduating high school in 1969, Tim served in the United States Navy. In 1984, he moved to southern Idaho with his wife, Maria, and children.

Eventually making Lewiston his home, Tim devoted his life to helping others. He was an active member of Habit for Humanity, American Legion and several local churches. Tim could always be found doing for others before himself. After retiring from the Idaho Department of Employment after 20 years where he helped so many, Tim spent his days doing what he loved most: taking long walks on the levy, mowing lawns, fishing and checking on his grandkids.

Tim also worked with Clearwater County Economic Development (CCED) and Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA).

Tim is survived by his four children: Junior (Tosha) Rubio, of Lewiston; Arcelia Rubio, of Clarkston; WA, TC (Jeni) Rubio, of Kennewick, WA, and RoxAnne (Christopher) Perez, of Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are his nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with another one on the way; and lifelong friend, Maria Rubio, of Leakey.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Cody Koth, who cared for and loved Tim the same way Tim cared for others.

Artemio leaves behind a beautiful life of love and memories. He will be greatly missed by everyone who ever had a chance to meet him.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Artemio "Tim" Rubio Sr.


Donna Swatman, 84, 1955 OHS grad

Donna Swatman was born Donna Elizabeth Miller on Jan. 3, 1938, to Donald Miller and Madeline Welch Miller in Orofino. She passed away Feb. 20, 2022.

Donna attended school in Orofino and graduated high school there in 1955.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dave Swatman in 1992, and her husband, Thomas Young in 2021.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas (Yvonne) Miller; her children, James (Rebecca) Swatman, Jeffrey (Linda) Swatman, Elaine (Gregory) Englehart, Daniel (Amy) Swatman and Holly (Troy) Lake and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Please, join the family to celebrate her life at the City Park in Wamsutter, WY, on Sunday July 24, 2022, at 11:30 a.m.

Jacoby Funeral Home in Rawlins, WY, has been entrusted with arrangements.


Roy W. Fry, 72, Orofino

Roy W. Fry, 72, born Sept. 28, 1949, died June 18, 2022 in Orofino.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Michael Forest, 45, Orofino

Michael Francis Forest, 45, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Mike was born on April 29, 1977 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Jack and Shirley (Harvey) Forest. He lived most of his life in Orofino, the early years spent in Pierce America.

He graduated from Orofino High School in 1995. He spent a lot of time on the road logging with his dad in the summers- Benton Creek or at Dworshak Dam learning to pull logs out of the lake.

Mike was a man of many traits-he was talented at hunting, fishing, camping, singing, comedy, and making friends no matter where he went.

He passed on his love for hunting to family and friends and had a true talent for bugling in elk and calling turkeys. He proved his ability to "talk to animals" by winning a bugling competition in Missoula, MT years ago.

One of his greatest accomplishments was that he was with his niece and nephews for each of their first big game harvests, as well as many other family friends' first big game harvests too. He truly loved to share his passion for the outdoors with anyone he could, but daddy-daughter hunting time was always his favorite.

One of his earliest jobs was working for his dad at Jack Forest Enterprises. In addition, Mike worked for many years at Nightforce Optics, almost a year at Orofino Builders Supply and most recently at N&N Machine.

In May of 2008 Mike and Rachel Corder welcomed their daughter, Ashlynn Michelle, into the world. Along the way he also gained two bonus children, Jadyn Corder and Carson Corder. Mike took pride in being the best father he could by attending all of Ashlynn's activities to include sports, hunting, and dance.

Mike is preceded in death by his dad, Jack Forest, Sr.; his stepdad, Denny Meyer; grandparents, Clarence and Loretta Harvey, Bessie Morgan and Francis Forest; great grandparents, Woody and Pearl Cox; and great nephew, Rowan Forest. He is survived by his daughter, Ashlynn who was his pride and joy; stepdaughter, Jayden Corder; and stepson, Carson Corder; mother, Shirley Meyer; stepmother, Diane Forest; brothe,r Jack (Casey) Forest Jr.; sister, Staci (Randy) Lee; stepsiblings, Lew (Patti) Mangum, Kevin (Shannon) Mangum, Vanessa (Darrel) Gray; niece, Danielle (Jeff) Caldwell; nephews, Michael (Kate) Forest and Scotty (Jordyn) Lee; great niece, Josie Caldwell; great nephew, Wally Caldwell and soon to be great nephew, Easton Lee. In addition, he had many step nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by many friends (far too many to list) who considered him family.

Mike never knew a stranger. He had a larger-than-life personality that stole the hearts of those lucky enough to spend time with him.

There will be a celebration of life for Mike on Friday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers there has been a trust/savings account set up at Lewis-Clark Credit Union for Ashlynn to use toward college.

Photo: Michael Francis Forest


James Fredrick Claffey, 71, Orofino

James Fredrick Claffey was born in Yakima, WA, to Frances and James Claffey, on Nov. 4, 1950.

Jimmy graduated from Orofino High School in 1969, working for the US Forest Service and Konkolville Lumber.

In 1971, Jim was off to the US Army, stationed in Kitzingen, Germany Army Base during the Viet Nam era. He was an Avionic Communications Equipment repairman. He then got his CDL to travel the world and was honorably discharged in 1974.

Jim was an Alumni of both LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) and U of I (University of Idaho).

He worked for the US Forest Service and the Corps of Engineers.

A man of many traits, a student of Biblical Prophecy, an amateur astronomer, cartographer and the author of Defiant Cry, a book of poetry. If you knew Jim from his letters to the editor, a drink at the bar, a toke or a funny joke, or even just a conversation at the park you would know Jim was unconventional and you would recognize that material things weren't high priority. He never wanted to be rich or keep up with the Jones. He enjoyed living one day at a time.

Jim went on his next Grand Adventure peacefully Friday, June 17, at 4:22 p.m., with his son by his side.

He is survived by his daughter, Frances (Ben) Michels of Kettle Falls, WA; son, Joseph Claffey of Weipp;, son, Joshua Eller-Lombard of Weippe; daughter, Christina (Brad) Minear of Orofino; five grandchildren and his wife, Julie Claffey, of Weippe,

Jim has three brothers, Joseph, Michael, Steven, and four sisters, Janet, Susan, Patricia and Kathleen, along with numerous cousins, extended family and friends.

We can't forget the famous Downtown Buster Brown.

Jimmy was a son, brother, father and friend, but most of all a great teller of tales, a legend to those he impacted, large or small, a great man who walked this earth, cowboy hat and all. Nothing held him back, nothing got him down, his life was too much fun to ever wear a frown.

Come celebrate Jimmy on his next Great Adventure at the Orofino City Park, June 25, at 2 p.m., with a potluck following.

May the party never end.

Photo: James Fredrick Claffey


Jesse Owen Thornton, 35, formerly of Orofino

Jesse Owen Thornton of Volcano, HI, passed away with his loved ones at his side on May 30,2022.

Jesse was born in Enterprise OR. on Dec. 21,1986 to Leon Thornton and Victoria Fowler. Jesse had a creative spirit and always believed "if you want it, you can make it". Jesse and his family lived in Orofino during his teenage years.

His greatest treasures in life were his wife and children.

Jesse was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Mary Thornton; grandfather, Jim Eldridge; stepfather, Jim Fowler; and cousin, Lewis Eldridge.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Marci Thornton, and three daughters, Veronica, Violet and Leila all of Volcano, HI; father, Leon Thornton (Shari) of Julietta; mother, Victoria Fowler of Boise; grandmother, Connie Eldridge of Boise; brother, James Thornton (Dawn) of Elk, WA; stepbrother, JD Fowler (Amanda) of Troy; as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, nephew, nieces and cousins.

Jesse will be remembered for his kindness, caring and love of life. He was happiest spending time with his family and numerous friends. His grandma Connie always said "wherever Jesse went in this world he always had a friend". He will be missed and remembered for ever, for he lives on in our hearts.

There will be a celebration of life at a later time.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for his family.

Photo: Jesse Owen Thornton


Brian Jason Lee, 54, formerly of Orofino

It is with heartfelt regret to pass on that a loving son, brother, and father, Brian Jason Lee, 54, of Walla Walla, WA, passed away May 28, 2022 in Seattle, WA.

He was born May 1, 1968, in Orofino to Eldon and Mary Lee. Brian served in the United States Army Infantry and was stationed in Germany, and worked as a roughneck in the oil fields of Wyoming and on various ships and boats in Alaska out of Dutch Harbor.

Brian was a wandering soul who never forgot where his roots laid. He had a love for the outdoors, art, and music, which he shared with and passed onto his daughter Destiny.

On the 28th of May of 2022, at 11:22 p.m., Brian surrendered his soul to our Heavenly Father as his family was holding his hands and singing the final verse of "Amazing Grace".

Along with his daughter, Destiny, he is also survived by his father, Eldon; and brother, Steven.

Even though his life on Earth has come to an end, he will undoubtedly and forever enjoy the peace, love and solitude to which Jesus Christ our Lord has prepared for us.

Rest in peace Brian, you will always be in our hearts and a part of our souls. We love you so much.

May our God, the Lord all Mighty, receive you into His kingdom, embrace you with His love, provide you with peace and tranquility. May He relieve you of all your pain and suffering, giving you eternal peace, happiness, never leaving you to want. May He assure you that your family is safe, loving and awaiting the day we are all together again. In Jesus' name I ask you, Amen.

There will be a memorial service held on June 25, 2022 at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) in Orofino, located at 330 Michigan Ave. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the service will start at 12 p.m., followed by a luncheon.

Photo: Brian Jason Lee


David B. Dutro, Sr., 88, formerly of Orofino

David B. Dutro, Sr., 88, passed away peacefully with his son Dave and his grandson Gabe by his side on Dec. 6, 2021 at Hospice of Coeur d'Alene, and he will be missed by his family and friends.

David was born July 6, 1933, in Zanesville, OH, and lived most of his life in California.

In 1983, he moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, and in 1985 he and his son Dave moved to Orofino, where he lived until 2017, when he moved in with his son in Coeur d'Alene.

David had three children, Dave Dutro, Jr., Madaline Orie, and Daniel Dutro.

He is also survived by his brother Jerry Dutro of Orofino, his grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

David loved to spend time working on his Nomad, camping, and hunting.

One time he and his son Dave were hunting in the Red River area, and Dave was trying to fill his moose tag. They went out scouting on a Sunday morning and David specifically told his son "Don't shoot anything, it's Sunday and I want to get home to watch football".

Two hours later Dave showed his dad the moose he had shot. After David finished hyperventilating, they started cutting the moose into 1/8ths and packing it out of the woods. Needless to say, there was no football watching that day!

A celebration of David's life will be held on June 27, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at The Brass Rail. If you have time please swing by and raise a glass to this grumpy old man.

Photo: David B. Dutro, Sr.


Mary May Smith, 77, Orofino

Mary May Smith (Evridge), age 77, of Orofino, was born June 19, 1944 in Reno, NV to Eugene and Geraldine Evridge.

Mary went to heaven June 5, 2022.

Mary was a wife, daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved family gatherings, collecting friends, coloring, and doing puzzles.

Mary always had a smile on her face and enjoyed her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Salisbury (Mark); spouse, Walter Jack Gibson; son-in-law, David Brookshire; stepdaughter-in-law, Sandy Crow; and many grandkids and great grandkids.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Erma Brooksire; stepson, Jimmy Crow Sr.; her twins, Eugene and John Wayne; mother, Geraldine Evridge; father, Eugene Evridge (Tiny); and her brothers, Richard Evridge and Eugene Evridge.

Our mother/grandmother will be missed for her loving care of her family, smile and wittiness. She will forever live in our hearts.

There will be a viewing June 20, 2022 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Fraser Cemetery at 12 p.m., followed by a potluck at 107 Preston Drive in Orofino.

Photo: Mary May Smith


Floris O'Leary, 98, formerly of Orofino

Floris O'Leary, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully in her sleep in Redding, CA, on Good Friday, April 15, 2022.

Floris was born March 16, 1924 to Floris and Bion Gregory in San Francisco, CA. Her twin sister Grace arrived one minute later.

Floris spent her early years growing up in San Francisco, moving to Placerville at age 12. After graduation from Placerville High School, she returned to San Francisco. There she met and married Joseph O'Leary in 1946. They had a loving marriage which lasted 61 years until Joe's death in 2007.

Floris was a wonderful mother to eight children. With six growing children and another on the way, the O'Learys moved to Montana in 1958. Two more sons arrived to complete the family.

She loved her large family. Floris had a wonderfully optimistic nature. She always gave fully her hugs and prayers to all in need. She was a wonderful seamstress, baker of Irish soda bread and prayer warrior. Her fondest memories were of times spent at Holland Lake in Montana with family and friends. She enjoyed playing Pinochle and Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, cryptogram puzzles, reading, taking walks on the river trail, and football.

When Joe retired in 1987, they returned to California, settling in Redding, where they lived until 2004. While in Redding, Floris and Joe served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and were involved in Our Lady of Mercy Church, where she served as a Eucharist minister. She also volunteered at Mercy Hospice, working in the Angel's Gift Shop. In 2004, Floris and Joe moved to Orofino and built a home near their oldest son, Jim. She moved back to Redding in 2009 and spent her last 13 years living with her daughter Eileen.

Floris is predeceased by her parents, Floris and Bion; her sister, Grace; half-brother, Bion; husband, Joseph; and her son, Dennis.

She is survived by her children, Jim O'Leary (Vicki) of Orofino, Paul O'Leary (Vickie), JoAnn Matsko (Tom), Marie O'Leary and Tom O'Leary of Great Falls, MT, Eileen Bobich of Redding; and Mike O'Leary (Jean) of Santa Clara, CA.

Floris also leaves behind 31 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and 1 niece. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. She had 98 years on this earth and she lived them well, with grace and dignity and a strong faith.

Services will be held in Orofino on Saturday, June 18, at St. Theresa's Church at 10:30 a.m. Following a Rosary and Mass, Floris will be buried in Cook Cemetery next to her beloved husbandm Joe.

Donations can be made in her memory to the Poor Clares of Montana: 3020 18th Ave South, Great Falls, MT, 59405.


Clayton Hjalmer Johnson, 90, Weippe

Clayton Hjalmer Johnson, 90, of Weippe, born Sept. 24, 1931, died in Orofino on June 12, 2022.

No services are planned to be held at this time.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Mary M. Smith, 77, Orofino

Mary M. Smith, of Orofino, born June 19, 1944, died on June 5, 2022, in Lewiston at the age of 77.

A graveside funeral is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Brenda Kay (Beck) Baune, 78, OHS graduate

Brenda Kay (Beck) Baune passed away on June 2, 2022 at the age of 78 due to a brief illness at her home with family around her. She was born March 23, 1944 in Orofino to CW Beck and Bernice Lundblad Beck of Orofino she was the fourth of five to be added to the family. She and her siblings always had an adventure while growing up. Brenda attended Orofino High school.

Mom married at a young age to Mike Whitney and had a son Bob, they later divorced. She then married Norman Duane Storey of Kamiah and had two girls Renee and Jami. Norman passed away in 1985. Mom then met and fell in love with her soul mate Robin Baune where she lived out the rest of her life with him and boy did, they have a great life together. Throughout her years Brenda had many jobs. She worked for Olive's Auto Parts, various restaurants in Kamiah and bartended in Nezperce, where her and Robin became owners of B & R Station. They later sold it to enjoy more time with each other. The most important job she had was being a wife and mother.

She loved to garden, and she spent many hours in her yard making it look beautiful with her hand painted decorations, that she would spend hours either fixing up or cleaning to make sure they were perfect to display.

She is survived by her husband Robin of 37 years; Brother, Larry Beck, Sister, Crystal Beck, Brother-in-Law, Ted Rainville all of Orofino; son, Bob of Nezperce; daughter, Renee (Delvin) Keeler of Grangeville and daughter, Jami of Boise. Grandchildren are Michael, Joel, La Breena, Jace, Shaylee, RaeDaun, Shilo, Dustin and eight great grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews that she loved as her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ron Beck; sister-in-law, Bev Beck; sister, Nancy Rainville; sister-in-law, Becky Beck; grandson, Tanner Whitney and nephew, Teddy Rainville, and many aunts and uncles.

Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date in July. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit a condolence to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Brenda Kay (Beck) Baune


Wayne Michael Hodges, 24, Orofino

Wayne Michael Hodges, 24 years old, was born and raised in Orofino, Idaho to his mother, Doris Cleveland, and his father, James (Mike) Hodges.

Wayne was born on June 16, 1997, then gained his wings and flew to heaven on Sept. 26, 2021.

Wayne married his high school sweetheart, Ashtin Willow Bolz, Aug. 25, 2019. Wayne and Ashtin have his first son Ronald Michael Hodges. Ron is a very clever 3-year-old who has the same interests as his dad and is a reflection of his dad as well.

Wayne loved nothing more than to be out and about in the outdoors, he loved his dirt bike and Toyotas. He was a country boy at heart and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Wayne was very experienced in the work field and no matter the job he could do it; carpentry, mechanic, welding, and logging. He made it all seem so easy. It didn't matter to him, he just wanted work to take care of his family.

Wayne is preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Cleveland; great grandfather, Jim Herman; grandfather, James M. Hodges; grandmother, Christa D. Schilling-Cleveland-Ladd and uncle, Calvin Cleveland.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Ashtin Hodges; son, Ronald Hodges; mother, Doris Cleveland; father, James (Mike) Hodges; uncles, Larry and Joe Cleveland and grandmother and grandfather, Tammy and Danny Marks.

A celebration of life will be held on June 16, 2022 at Campbells Pond and starts at noon. We invite you to celebrate the life of Wayne on his birthday with memories shared, food-potluck, fishing, camping if you want, and a huge bonfire for everything we would want for his friends and family on his day.

Please remember Wayne's birthday party this year, because he will never be forgotten. Bring your own chair, please.

Photo: Wayne Michael Hodges


Eugene Bonnalie, 95, Orofino

Eugene J. Bonnalie passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at his family home on Grangemont Road in Orofino, with the love of his life Rachel by his side.

Gene was born in Weippe on Jan. 28, 1927, to Ernest and Beulah Bonnalie. After several moves the family settled down in Sweetwater/Lapwai area of Idaho, where Gene attended school and then graduated in 1945. That same year he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the Light Cruiser USS Columbia during World War II, where he was stationed in the South Pacific. He returned home from War in 1946 and in 1947 married Rachel Anderson on Christmas Eve; this year they would have celebrated 75 years of marriage.

During his working years, Gene was a heavy equipment operator, worked construction and for the Clearwater County Road Department; he was also owner/operator of his own logging truck. For many years he suffered from heart problems and survived several operations and procedures. Gene was a family man who enjoyed camping and fishing. After retiring, his hobby was gardening and taking care of the family home. Then his heavy equipment was his riding lawn mower and rototiller, to make the yard look like a park.

Gene is survived by his wife, Rachel, and their four children: Joan and Tom Wargi of Craig, Alaska; Sandra and Mike Clay of Orofino, James and Joanne Bonnalie of Lewiston, Scott and Sue Bonnalie of Orofino; his brother-in-law, Ron Ruddell, and sister-in-law, Roberta Bonnalie Ayers. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, James Bonnalie, Russell Bonnalie; and sister, Donna Ruddell.

A memorial service will be held on June 12 at 1 p.m. at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) in Orofino, ID, 330 Michigan Ave.

Photo: Eugene J. Bonnalie


Marthan 'Marty' Marius Bourassa, 78, formerly of Orofino

Marthan 'Marty' Marius Bourassa was born in Polson, MT on Sept. 21, 1943, the first child of Marius and Ruby Hanson Bourassa. At his birth, his father was serving in the South Pacific as a medic in the US Army Rangers, and his mother was living with her parents. When Marius returned in 1945, the Bourassa family continued living in Polson until 1952, when they moved to Missoula, MT.

Marty attended Missoula grade schools and Missoula County High School, graduating in 1961. As a teenager, he worked at a local grocery store to save for his first car, which he bought at the age of 14--a 1949 Ford. Marty continued his education at the University of Montana; obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1966.

His first job was as an accountant with the USFS in Orofino. He made the round-trip drive between Orofino and Missoula nearly every weekend to see his family, but particularly, Leora Lila Kane. Leora and Marty married on Nov. 29, 1969. He and Leora moved a number of times over the next 20+ years, as Marty advanced his career within the Forest Service. They lived in Missoula, then Great Falls, MT, back to Missoula, and over to Colville, WA until 1982. Marty finished his Forest Service career in the Region One, Regional Office in Missoula with a promotion to Chief Financial Officer for the Region. He retired in 1999.

Marty's passion was classic cars, especially the Ford Mustang. Over the course of his life he owned several Rancheros and Mustangs. Marty was a die-hard Ford fan and only worked on the best cars, which in his eyes were exclusively Ford. He always had a car project in the works. With the help of his brother-in-law, Erv Kane and others, he built a Replica 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe from a Factory Five Kit for his 65th birthday. He "souped up" every car he ever owned. His most recent purchase was a vintage 1962 Ford Galaxy 406.

His passion for cars also included helping to organize car shows locally. He was an active member of the Five-Valley Ford Club. The Garden City River Rod Run was first held in 2001. Every year after 2001, working extensively with the Missoula Downtown Association, he helped organize one to three car shows in the Missoula area. Nearly every year, he also participated in at least one car show in the Pacific Northwest, including southern British Columbia. He also loved his poodle dogs who would often keep him company in his garage.

Marty and Leora traveled a fair amount around the US before she passed away from breast cancer in September 2006. Marty's mother died of cancer the following year. Happily, Marty reconnected with a Forest Service colleague, Virginia Nichols, when she retired in Missoula in 2008. They were married Nov. 11, 2011. Marty and Virginia enjoyed both domestic and international travels.

Marty passed away on May 30 at his home in the Rattlesnake, from kidney failure. His wish was to die at home, and he did. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; her three children, Mary (Eddie) Kendrick, Chatsworth, GA, Stewart (Amy) Nichols, Fallon, NV; and Colin (Jolene) Nichols, Forsyth, MT; and her seven grandchildren; his sisters, Connie Bourassa-Shaw (Dick), Seattle; Kathleen "Kitty" (Rob) Porch, Corvallis, OR, Judee (Lyle) Enderson, Missoula, five nieces and a nephew; as well as many extended family and a host of friends.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Frenchie and Ruby Bourassa; wife, Leora Bourassa; sister, Eve and brother-in-law, Dale Thompson; and brother-in-law, Erv Kane. Marty cherished the time he was able to spend with his friends and family. He will be greatly missed by them.

A viewing and Vigil service for Marty will be Tuesday, June 7, at Garden City Funeral Home (1705 W Broadway St), from 6-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (420 W. Pine St) on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 am. A reception at Garden City Funeral Home will follow the Mass. The Mass will be live-streamed at St. Francis Xavier - (sfxmissoula.org). Monetary memorials may be sent to the Five Valley Ford Club, PO Box 3224, Missoula, MT 59806. The Marty Bourassa Memorial Award will be presented at the July 2, 2022, car show in Caras Park.

Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Marthan 'Mart' Marius Bourassa


Kayla Borden, 19, Stites

Kayla Borden, 19, of Stites, passed away on June 1, 2022; in a vehicular incident near Stites.

Arrangements are ongoing with Trenary Funeral Home.


Donald 'Uncle Don' James Andersen, 83, Stites

Donald "Uncle Don" James Andersen, 83, Stites, passed away on June 1, 2022; in a vehicular incident near Stites.

Arrangements are ongoing with Trenary Funeral Home.


Melvina Hazel KillsCrow, 71, Kamiah

Melvina Hazel KillsCrow, 71-years-old, of Kamiah, Idaho, passed away on May 28, 2022, in her home in Kamiah.

A lovely service occurred for her, and arrangements were handled by Trenary Funeral Home.


Marie J. Myers, 85, Orofino

Marie J. Myers, 85, of Orofino, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2022 in Orofino. She was born April 12, 1937.

No services are planned at this time.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Eugene J. Bonnalie, 95, Orofino

Eugene J. Bonnalie, of Orofino, born Jan. 28, 1927, died May 24, 2022.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Nettie J. Karn, 88, Pierce

While Heaven may seem brighter our world has dimmed.

Our mother has passed on from natural causes on May 22, 2022, to be joined with her husband, Marvin, once again.

Salt of the earth would only begin to describe our mother.

She was born Nettie Juanita Leasure, on Feb. 20, 1934, to Lawrence (Patty) and Helen Leasure. In Salem, OR.

As the youngest of two girls, she was raised in a modest home environment, growing up in Salem.

She eventually met and married Marvin W. Karn Sr. They were married on Aug. 18, 1951, and she became an Air Force wife.

As life moved forward, they settled in Pierce with their four sons, Marvin Jr., Michael, Gary and Eric.

Our mother touched many lives in the area, from teaching kids to roller skate in the old boys club, to harassing early morning loggers with her pal, Bobbi Jo, as they served breakfast in the Clearwater Café.

In 2013, after a hard-fought battle with cancer, our father passed away, leaving our mother to go it alone.

Thanks to Pierce residents, neighbors and Nelson's two dogs, Cody and Zoey, our mother lived an active, healthy life, until her death. She passed away in Pierce in her sleep with sons and neighbors close by.

Nettie is survived by her sons, Marvin W. Karn Jr. of Bennettsville, SC, Michael W. Karn of Winchester, Gary L. Karn of Otis Orchards, WA, and Eric H. Karn of Saint Maries, plus many Grand, Great, and Great-Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband.

Services will be announced at a future date.

Photo: Nettie J. Karn


Wendell Matthew Stark, 81, Orofino

Wendell Matthew Stark, 81, of Orofino, went to be with his loving wife, Judy Ann (Jarvis), on Monday, May 23, 2022. He passed away peacefully with both of his daughters by his side, at Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene.

Wendell had suffered with Alzheimer's for several years, but during the past two years, he had the greatest amount of decline. He was able to remain in his home, per his wish, with his daughter, Jackie and her husband Tim, as his primary caregivers.

Wendell was born in Spokane, WA, on May 10, 1941, the son of James A. Stark and Ferne V. (Finely). He has one brother, Jim Stark, and two sisters, Jacqueline Scheffler (deceased) and Renee Harris.

He graduated in 1959 from Priest River. In 1961 he hired on with the Potlatch Corporation as a heavy-duty diesel mechanic and loader operator. He retired in 2001 and became a volunteer with the Orofino Ambulance Department as an EMT (emergency-medical-technician) until 2014. He loved helping and taking care of people.

Wendell met and fell in love with Judy in Elk River. When she moved back to Wisconsin, he jumped on a train to go get her. He and Judy eloped in Galina, IL and were married on Aug. 23, 1963. Judy was only 16 years old and he was 22.

Together they moved back to Elk River for a year before moving to Headquarters, in 1964 where they raised their family and made many lifetime friends. In 1989, they moved to Orofino into the house he built. He loved living next door to one of his best friends, Gary Carlin.

While living in Headquarters, Wendell and Judy had three children. Unfortunately, their first born (son), Glen Matthew, passed away shortly after birth. They also have two daughters, Jacqueline/Jackie (Tim) Chapman and Annett (Mark Higbee) Reece.

Wendell was a member of the Clearwater (Headquarters) Search and Rescue, Eagles and the Clearwater Road and Trails Committee, as well as many other clubs. He took a lot of pride in maintaining the trails into Fish Lake. His hobbies included bowling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, building custom fly rods, and camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater River with his family and friends. He had such a love of the North Fork that, in 2013, he wrote a book about its history called "North Fork of the Clearwater River, The Almost Forgotten History". Unfortunately, he never finished his book about the Look-Outs in Clearwater County.

Wendell may best be known for the "Big Foot" prank that he and Paul Cleveland pulled off on a logging site near Headquarters, or many other jokes and pranks he was a part of.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jackie and Annette; five grandkids, Nicholas (Kaitlyn) Chapman, Rachelle (Shawn) Lange, Brianna Chapman, Jessica Reece and Randy Reece Jr.; seven great granddaughters, Kynslee, Rowen and Brielle Chapman, Gracelynn and Emily Reece, Gabriella Napolitano and Elizabeth Berrard. He also has two "adopted" sons, BJ Mills (nephew) and Gerry Rouleau, as well as many others who called him "Dad", including Tom Rouleau and Randy Reece. He had two "adopted" granddaughters, Jennifer Reece and Shelby Swann.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister and infant son.

A memorial service for both Wendell and Judy will be held at the Best Western Lodge at the Rivers Edge Convention Center, in Orofino on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

Photo: Wendell Matthew Stark


Beverly Walker, 86, formerly of Orofino

Beverly Walker was born in 1936 in Auburn, Wyo., the third child of Wells Franklin Weaver and Myrtle Steed Weaver. The family then moved to Afton, WY, where she attended Star Valley High School. During school, she met Darrell Walker, who had returned from the Korean War. They were soon married in Jackson Hole, WY, and started their family with a son, John.

They then moved to Salt Lake City, where Darrell took a job working for Kennecott Mining Company. Beverly stayed at home and welcomed their second and third child, Teresa and Kathy, before moving back to Afton and giving birth to Kelly as Darrell worked on the Palisades Dam. They then moved from state to state as he worked on the Minute Man Missile Silos. She had child numbers five and six, Hal and Sandra, in Salt Lake and Dutch John, Utah.

They then moved to what she called the most beautiful place in the country, "Idaho," where she worked as a cashier at numerous grocery stores in Orofino and Lewiston and where she lived out the rest of her life.

On May 27, 2022, Beverly passed away at Brookdale Assisted Living after a two-year battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Walker, Kathy (Dave) Barfty and Kelly Walker; and son, Hal (Brenda) Walker; grandchildren, Stephanie Raymond, Amy Holt, Annyjo Brown, Randee McDaniels, and Jessica Martin; great-grandchildren, Emilly Ann Ferguson, Stephanie Martin, Wesely and Sophie Brown; sisters, Garnetta Harvey and Sharon Granato; and brothers, Claine Weaver, Jack Weaver and Clair Weaver. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; son, John Walker; daughter, Sandra Raynor; parents, Wells and Myrtle Weaver; brothers Garr Weaver, Blair Weaver and Chad Weaver; sister, Betty Melcher; and grandson, John Heron Jr.

A service will be held at noon Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. Burial will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

Photo: Beverly Walker


Duane Horace Haley, 83, formerly of Orofino

Duane Horace Haley was born to parents Veronica (Verna) Laylin and Horace (John) Haley on July 6, 1938, in Florence County, WI.

Duane spent his early years near the Great Lakes. In adolescence, he moved with his family to northern Idaho, living first in Cottonwood, then in Orofino. He worked with his father at Orofino Richfield Station and taxi cab and bus depot, later starting a janitorial service with his brother, Dale. In 1971, he moved to Lewiston, where he made his permanent home. Duane was a valued employee at Lewis-Clark State College from 1972 until his retirement in 2000.

Duane was fond of animals and frequently donated to the local animal shelter. He was also a lifelong supporter of Military Veterans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Veteran's Home or to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter.

Duane passed away gently Saturday, May 28, 2022. He is survived by his sister, Leola Broemeling, brother Dale Haley, and many beloved nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Services will be held graveside at 2. Arrangements have been entrusted to Merchant Memorial Group.

Photo: Duane Horace Haley


Judith Lynn Cronan, 77, Orofino

Our special friend, church member at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Judith Lynn Cronan passed away May, 21, 2022 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene. She had been very sick and was transferred from Clearwater Valley Hospital and put in the Critical Care Unit.

She was born June 7, 1944, and adopted two children, a boy and a girl, with her former husband. After they divorced, she married Ed Cronan and the lived on Orofino Creek Rd. He passed away in 2003 and she moved into town, most recently living at Riverside Apartments.

A Memorial Service is to be held at a later date at St. Theresa's Catholic Church.

Photo: Judith Lynn Cronan




Beverly Benson Kayler, 92, formerly of Peck

1930-2022

Beverly Benson Kayler, 92, died peacefully in her sleep on May 16, 2022, in Sandpoint. Beverly was born in Rexburg, to Frank & Josephine Benson, completing their family with her older brother, Frank Thomas "Tom" Benson. After Rexburg, the family moved to Ogden, UT before settling in Spokane, WA, where Beverly attended school and had her first job at The Crescent Department Store. She attended the University of Idaho where she met her future husband.

John Kayler and Beverly were married in February of 1953 and made their home on Angel Ridge in Peck, where John assisted with the family farm. The next year, they added James "Jeff" Kayler to the family. When Jeff was a toddler, their house was moved down the hill to the property along U.S. Highway 12, overlooking the Clearwater River, and they managed the dairy operations of the farm.

In 1968, the farm transitioned from a dairy farm to a tree seedling nursery and Christmas tree farm. Beverly was instrumental in working with the seedlings and managing the Squirrel Cache where Christmas ornaments, swags and wreaths were sold. Families from miles around made a trip to Fantasy Farms an annual tradition to pick out their special tree, buy ornaments and sip cocoa and coffee around the fire.

After the last Christmas trees were sold, the family opened their next venture, Kayler's Bend Golf, the day after Labor Day in 2000. The 9-hole course and driving range operated until November 2017, when the family made the decision to retire.

In addition to working at the family businesses, Beverly was a home economics teacher, girls' guidance counselor and librarian at Orofino High School. She was active in the community as a founding member of Clearwater Valley Hospital Board, represented Peck's Library as a board member of Prairie River Library District, a member of AAUW, Peck Ladies' Club and PEO.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John, her parents, her brother and her grandson, John Robert Kayler.

She is survived by her son, Jeff, and his wife, Treva, grandson, Brian, and his wife, Amanda, and her nephews and nieces.

Cremation has already taken place. At Beverly's request, there will not be a service.

If you would like to make a donation to honor Beverly, please consider The John Kayler Loose Change Scholarship Fund, c/o Janet Burnham, PO Box 1592, Orofino, ID 83544 or The Prairie River Library District, ATTN: Claudia, PO Box 1200, Lapwai, ID 83540.

Photo: Beverly Benson Kayler


Carol Ann Johnson, 86, formerly of Orofino

Carol Ann Johnson, 86, of Missoula, MT, left this world on May 19, 2022 to spend an eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Carol passed away peacefully of natural causes surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born in Orofino on May 11, 1936 to Arnold Roy and Martha Madeline (Nines) Erickson. She was the eldest of six children. The family moved to Lewiston in her childhood, where she attended school and later attended beauty college, receiving her beautician license. She returned to Orofino, where she began her career.

While in Orofino, Carol met and married Thomas Lee Johnson on February 18th, 1955. They raised two children, a daughter Cheri Kay and son Jeffrey Thomas.

In 1974, Carol and Tom relocated to Pacific Beach, WA, where they owned and operated Pacific Beach State Park for 15 years. Carol loved walking the beaches, clamming, searching for glass balls, and other treasures brought in by the numerous storms. Her time at the beach honed her painting and other artistic skills.

In 1989, Carol and Tom moved to Missoula to be closer to their son Jeff, his family, and daughter Cheri and her family of Orofino. Most of all she dearly loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and extended family gatherings.

Carol maintained a healthy active lifestyle while in Missoula. She cultivated many deep and lasting friendships throughout her life which she always cherished. Everyone who knew Carol, was touched by her generosity, friendly outgoing personality, her contagious wit and humor, warm smile, kindness, and devotion to family and friends.

Carol was proceeded in death by her parents, Arnold and Mandy Erickson; her brothers, Richard, Allan, and Michael Erickson; husband, Thomas Johnson; and daughter, Cheri Kay Jenks.

She is survived by her son Jeffrey "JJ" (Patricia "Patty") Johnson of Missoula; sisters, Christy Lea Wills and Brenda Lynn Walton of Vancouver, WA; son-in-law, Alfred "Hank" Jenks of Orofino; grandchildren, Tracy (Jose) Barajas of Orofino, Rusty Jenks of Meridian, Jennifer (Daniel) Blakesley of Liberty Lake, WA, and Jason Johnson of Missoula. Great Grandchildren: Marissa Barajas, Jose Barajas, Olivia Blakesley and Grant Blakesley also survive her.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Photo: Carol Ann Johnson


Dale Joe Richardson, 87, Orofino

Dale Richardson passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, May 14, 2022, with family by his side. He was 87 years old.

Dale was born to Joe and Bertha Richardson on Oct. 29, 1934, in Orofino. He lived in one of the three houses in Riverside, moving to Spokane during the second grade while his father worked in the naval shipyard in Astoria, OR, during the outbreak of World War II. In 1943, Dale and his family moved back to Upper Fords Creek in Orofino, where his father would start Riverside Lumber Company with two partners, Gwen Maynard and Leonard Floan. His family would once again move to Riverside in the late 1940s.

Dale turned out for track his freshman year of high school, lettering in his first track meet. He was the only freshman to letter that year and won the state long jump title as a senior in 1953. During his high school years, he worked for his father at Riverside Lumber, learning sawmill maintenance and operation management throughout the late 1940s through '50s.

Dale enrolled at the University of Idaho in the fall of 1953, hitchhiking back home whenever he could his first year. He would purchase his first motorcycle in the summer of 1954, starting a lifelong love affair with motorcycles.

During his time at college, Dale enlisted for the National Guard in 1956, graduating from National Guard Officer School in Boise as a Second Lieutenant in 1958. He later retired from the National Guard reserves as a second lieutenant in the early 1960s.

Dale's passion was off-road motorcycle racing, and he competed in some of the biggest races of the late 1950s through '70s. He won the Northwest Championship Paul Bunyan Enduro six times. Dale Represented the United States at the ISDT in '65, '69, '70 and '71 in Garmisch, Germany; El Escorial, Spain; and twice on the Isle of Man. He also competed numerous times in the Big Bear Run in Southern California as well as the inaugural Baja 1000 and Barstow to Vegas races.


In 1959, Dale sold his car and motorcycle to save up money to travel to Shannon, Ireland. He spent the fall riding a Maico motorcycle throughout Europe, meeting Brigitte Woller in Frankfurt, West Germany, through a reference from a friend. Dale and Brigitte would later marry Oct. 1, 1960, in Frankfurt. They moved back home to Orofino soon after and had two sons, Brent (born December 1964) and Dan (born May 1967).

In 1965, Dale spent time at Forest Products Research lab in Madison, WI, finalizing his operational knowledge to manage operations for Riverside Lumber Company. He and his father, Joe, would run the sawmill until 1980. Unable to renew their property lease for the sawmill, they dismantled the mill in 1981.

Dale went on to work at Konkolville Lumber Company as plant manager in 1987. Dale worked for Don Konkol until retiring in 1996. Dale and Brigitte started Riverside Storage in 1998, operating it for more than 20 years. During that time, they welcomed the birth of their three grandsons, Joseph (to Brent and Elizabeth), and Zack and Lucas (to Dan and Kristal). Dale spent his retirement working on vintage cars, motorcycles and steam engines with his sons and grandsons - a passion he was happy to share with his family and friends.

Dale is survived by his wife of 62 years, Brigitte; brothers, Jack and Gary; his son, Dan, and daughter-in-law, Kristal; and grandsons, Joe, Zack and Lucas. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Brent.

We will forever miss the twinkle in his eye as Brigitte prodded him into telling a story, his quick sense of humor and his joy at finding that special part needed to finish a project.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A celebration of life will follow at 2 p.m. at the Lodge at River's Edge, 615 Main St., Orofino.

Photo: Dale Joe Richardson


Elwin R. 'Speed' Germer, 93, Dworshak dam construction worker

Elwin Ray "Speed" Germer died Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in his daughter's home in Clarkston, WA, in the arms of his wife, Hazel, and surrounded by their children. He was 93 years old.

Speed was born in April 1929 to Paul Leonard Germer and Mary Florence (Keogh) Germer. His actual date of birth is disputed; Speed and his mother said that his birthday was April 23, but his birth certificate says April 22.

After growing up on the family farm near Viola with his siblings and attending the local schoolhouse, Speed attended Moscow High School. On May 27, 1947, the night of his graduation, Speed was driving too fast and earned a ticket. The nickname stuck for the rest of his life. Speed attended college at the University of Idaho for one semester before deciding to find work as an operating engineer. He joked that he dropped out of college because he wasn't smart enough to be a farmer.

Speed met Hazel Lavon Skiens at the St. Patrick's Day Dance in Moscow in 1950, and they were married three months later at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moscow on June 10, 1950. They were married for nearly 72 years.

After meeting with a local pastor, Speed fully dedicated his life to Christ in 1960. Throughout his life, Speed made it a priority to spend time alone to pray and study scriptures. Speed and Hazel were members of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Lewiston.

Speed and Hazel raised five children in Lewiston and lived there for several decades while Speed operated cranes and other heavy equipment on a variety of construction projects. He was a highly sought-after engineer, and he left his mark on some of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the northwest, including Dworshak Dam, the Kibbie Dome, the Lewiston Levee Parkway Trail and the Ed Hendler Bridge. He worked on the Revelstoke Dam in British Columbia for only one day because he couldn't stand to be so far away from Hazel.

Speed retired at age 62 but continued working when requested for Al Haener Construction for several more years. Speed was proud of being active well into his 80s, maintaining a high level of fitness through physical labor and aerobic exercise. He always felt more at home around kids and other energetic folks, and he pushed himself to learn new things every day.

Speed and Hazel enjoyed taking long motorcycle trips, sometimes with the Christian Motorcycle Association, and other times by themselves. They made their way through every state west of the Mississippi River. He also enjoyed family camp-outs, restoring his 1931 Model A Ford, and riling up his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved getting a reaction out of people. Speed liked being ornery, but he couldn't help but do whatever it took to help someone in need.

Speed is survived by his wife, Hazel; his children, Alan Germer, Ben (Verna) Germer, Jan (John) Maguire, Karen (Dale) Andrews and Sandra (Gary) Stephens; his grandchildren, Jeremy Maguire, Tara Smith, Brock Germer, Janell Teichmer, Bethany Grijalva, Wesley Andrews, Allison Wright, Ashley Stephens, and many loving great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members. He was also blessed with his first great-great-grandchild, Gracie Rae McCleod.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul; mother, Mary; brothers, George Harvey, Leonard Paul, and Michael Paul; sisters, Florence Marie, Ethel Lorene, and Esther Alice; infant son, John Mark; and grandson, Jason Michael.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the folks at St. Joseph Regional Cancer Center and Elite Hospice for their care and support during Speed's final days.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston. A luncheon will follow at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2200 11th Ave., Lewiston. The committal will be at 3 p.m. at the Viola Cemetery.

Photo: Elwin Ray 'Speed' Germer


Ruby Jeanne Rukavina, 66, Weippe

Ruby Jeanne Rukavina, 66, Weippe, passed away in the early morning hours on May 9, 2022 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino after a very courageous two year battle against lung cancer and COPD.

Ruby was born on Feb. 29, 1956 in Orofino, Idaho to Chauncy and Glenna Gibbs. She was the third of nine children. She attended Orofino Elementary, Junior High and High School.

After high school, Ruby worked in Pendleton, OR, where she worked in nursing homes and later as a maintenance worker at Pendleton High School. She left Pendleton to be with the love of her life, Michael (Mick) Jay Rukavina in Weippe. After nine years together, they decided to make it official and married in Orofino on Dec. 21, 2006. An earlier marriage to Ted Ost ended in divorce after 20 years.

After moving to Weippe, Ruby worked for loggers as a flagger and became a certified scaler. Mick was a log truck driver and owned 160 acres of land when he and Ruby met. Together they had horses, goats, cattle, dogs and cats. After a while, Ruby stopped working away from home and took care of the ranch. She was an avid horse woman and helped in teaching kids in the 4H program about horses and riding and took them on trail rides with her sister, Helen. Ruby was a Ring Steward, assisting the official show judge, at local horse shows for many years.

Animals were Ruby's passion and she loved them all. She named each and every one of the cattle and they all came running when they heard her voice. The animals loved her as much as she loved them. She fed and took care of the animals while Mick worked long hours with his logging truck. On the weekends, they worked on ranch projects together. She wasn't afraid of work and as small as she was, she could buck bales of hay right alongside the others. She ran the tractors, helped with the fertilizing, weed spraying, haying, and birthed calves, and anything else that needed done around the ranch. In addition, she took care of the house, made Mick's lunch every day and had a nice dinner waiting for him when he got home after a long day. As hard as the work on the ranch was, Ruby loved living there and taking care of the animals.

Ruby loved camping and fishing, hosting large holiday and family dinners and everyone was invited. Mick and Ruby hosted many Gibbs family reunions on the ranch during their 25 years together. She had many friends and loved to connect with them on Facebook. Since the COVID outbreak, she was unable to see her family and friends in person because she could not take the chance of further compromising her health. She has missed her son and all of her family and friends greatly since she became ill and especially missed having the last reunion at their ranch. Rest assured, she missed all of you and spoke of you often.

Ruby did so much for so many. She loved having her niece Savannah Cox and her daughter, Abigail, live with her and Mick. Actually, Savannah is a cousin, but Ruby upgraded her to niece and both Ruby and Mick have treated her as if she was their daughter. Savannah has been a great help to both Ruby and Mick during the past few years as Ruby's health declined. Ruby told me many times she didn't know what she and Mick would have done without Savannah's help during the last few years.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Chauncy and Glenna Gibbs, two brothers, Pertle Gibbs, and Daniel Gibbs. She is survived by her son, Chauncy Gibbs of Seattle, WA, Chris Rukavina of Weippe and Mickayla Rukavina Lyons of Centralia, WA; siblings Bonita Hudson of Orofino, Helen Gibbs Anderson of Grangemont, Rose Gibbs of Pierce, Charles Gibbs of Lewiston, Bill Gibbs of Pierce, and Walter Gibbs of Orofino.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Cards can be sent to Mick Rukavina at PO Box 6, Weippe, ID 83553. Donations can be made on behalf of Ruby Rukavina to St. Joseph Regional Cancer Center and Blood Institute 1250 Idaho St, Lewiston, ID.

Photo: Ruby Jeanne Rukavina


James T. Bessent, 91, Orofino

James T. Bessent, born in Orofino on May 31, 1930 to Bedford and Ruby Bessent, died May 7, 2022 in Orofino.

Jim was the student body president at Orofino High School, graduating from Orofino High School in 1948.

In high school Jim played football, basketball and baseball. He attended the University of Idaho; North Idaho College of Education (NICE), now Lewis Clark State College; and Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, playing basketball at NICE.

After college Jim was active in town team basketball with John Hutchinson, Monk Montgomery and Pete Nygaard.

Jim married Bonnie Jolstead on Nov. 1, 1951. The couple was married for 70 years.

He was a member of the Lions Club, the Clearwater County Chairman of the March of Dimes, a city councilman, on the board of the Dworshak Recreation District, and was also a member of the Orofino Volunteer Fire Department, serving as the Assistant Fire Chief, in charge of education. Jim enjoyed taking the fire truck to the Orofino Elementary School to instruct grade school kids on fire safety.

Jim was the announcer for Orofino Celebrations Inc. (OCI) for over 40 years, He began announcing for Lumberjack Days in high school by announcing the results of the logging show from a flatbed truck, driving around town. He owned and ran his own grocery stores in Orofino and Elk City. He was also employed by Crocketts, Oud's Hardware, Abram's Hardware, and worked at Hanson Garage for 19 years, from where he retired.

For 20 years after retirement Jim and Bonnie spent their winters in Yuma, AZ.

Jim is survived by his wife, Bonnie; son, Mike and wife Pam; son, Gary; and daughter, Tracie and husband Luke Aldrich; several grandchildren; sister, Betty Zech and niece, Shelley Long.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Shriner's Hospitals for Children or to St. Jude's Cancer Center.

Photo: James T. Bessent


Gordon Charles Wilson, 80, Orofino

Gordon Charles Wilson, age 80, died May 2, 2022, in Orofino, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Butte, MT, on May 9, 1942. His parents were George and Bertha (Haag) Wilson, and Gordon was the oldest of their four children.

He graduated from Ferdinand High School in 1960 and joined the Air Force that winter. In the Air Force, Gordon served as a non-morse code interceptor operator in Germany.

In January 1963, he and Beverly Ponozzo were married in Orofino and the couple was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, where their son Shannon was born. When Gordon left the Air Force, the family moved to Lewiston, where their second son Eric was born. After a brief time in Spokane, WA, they moved to Orofino, where their third son Sven was born, and where Gordon lived for the rest of his life. Over the years, Gordon and Bev took in seven foreign exchange students and numerous teenagers who needed a home. Bev died in 2009.

Gordon worked for Ponozzo Bros. Logging for his father-in-law Don Ponozzo and as a millwright for many years for the Jaype, Potlatch, and Konkolville lumber companies. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Orofino. He enjoyed good drinks and good friends - but mostly good drinks. The last year of his life was greatly enriched by the companionship and devotion of Kathy Stubbers.

Gordon is survived by his siblings, Sallie Wilhelm (Robert) of Orofino; Emmett Wilson (Cynthia) of Cottonwood; and Emma Hoffman (Jack) of Clarkston, WA. He is also survived by his sons, Shannon Wilson (Lisa McEwen) of Clarkston; WA, Eric Wilson of Orofino; and Sven Wilson (Kristin) of Plantation, FL; five grandchildren, Kristin Wilson (Nick Masters) of Clarkston; Brandon Wilson of Missoula, MT; Kecia Wilson of Orofino; and Matteus and Giselle Wilson of Plantation, FL; great grandson Evan of Orofino and numerous nieces and nephews

He is also survived by extended family members Scott and Kristin Fry and children Emily, Steven, and Mara of Milton-Freewater, OR; and Caroline Van Doorne and son Meryn of Holland.

Preceding Gordon in death were his parents, George and Bertha Wilson; his wife, Bev; and his cousin, best friend, and hunting and fishing partner Charles Haag and wife Linda.

A celebration of life is planned for later in the year.

Photo: Gordon Charles Wilson


James Homer Ferguson, 85, Ahsahka

It is with great sadness that the family of James Homer Ferguson announces his passing at his home in Ahsahka, Idaho, on April 24, 2022.

Homer was born July 26, 1936, in San Antonio, TX, to Haynes Morgan and Mary Alice (Henson) Ferguson. His sister, Agnes Rebecca (Becky) was added to the family before they moved to Pearsall, TX. While growing up, Homer was surrounded by extended family members who had a profound influence on him.

When Homer was young, his Uncle Mike Roach was there to fix him an early morning cup of coffee to ease Homer's breathing and then tell him family stories as they sat on the front porch waiting for the asthma attacks to subside. Those family stories stuck with Homer, and he passed them on to his children.

When Homer was in his early teens, his grandmother, Eliza (Duncan) Ferguson, gave him his Uncle Homer's fiddle. It began young Homer's longstanding love of music which included playing with the Idaho Old-time Fiddlers. He was self-taught on both the fiddle and the guitar. He would often serenade his family and friends. His favorite pieces were old western songs like "The Strawberry Roan" and "Old Red". He even wrote a song about his favorite horse, Stonewall.

Speaking of horses, animals were a focal point of his life starting with a dog named Ring and ending with a dog named Kymber. If he didn't have cattle or horses around him, he had to have dogs and even a cat or two. They loved him unconditionally.

Upon graduation from high school, Homer continued his education with encouragement and financial help from his Aunt Agnes Bynum. He was always so grateful to her for her undying support. His studies culminated with a Ph. D. in Physiology from the University of Arizona and postdoctoral work at University of Iowa.

In 1959, he married Sheila Cone and they had two children, John Scott and Jennifer Lynne. After completing his postdoctoral work, the family moved to Moscow where Homer taught in the Department of Biological Sciences and the WWAMI Program at the University of Idaho. He was heavily involved in research, and especially enjoyed his work with the animals and Inuit people of Barrow, AK, where he worked at the Naval Arctic Research Lab (NARL).

He went on to publish much of his research and even authored the textbook, Mammalian Physiology. Homer also enjoyed mentoring his graduate and undergraduate students.

In the early 70s, he took a break from teaching and research to become head of the new Earth and Life Sciences Department at the University of Texas, San Antonio before returning to the U of I to resume teaching and research. In 1976, Homer married Carolyn Hawley and they had two children, Eliza Jeanne and Will Morgan.

Homer changed professions in 1983, received his Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, and took a position as Patrolman with the Lewiston Police Department. He later worked for Idaho State Police and Orofino Police Department. This fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a law enforcement officer which he continued until his retirement in 1995.

Homer married Gloria McDougall in 2015. He spent his final years fighting his heart condition with the loving support of Gloria.

Homer loved family history, music, horses, and his dogs. Homer was a member of the Son of the Republic of Texas and could often be heard telling stories about history and family. Homer had an interest in a great many subjects and if you spent any time with him, you would come away knowing most of his opinions. He was a member of the American Physiological Society. He was a Master Mason in a Lodge of Masons and was a member of Frio Lodge No. 399, Free and Accepted Masons.

Homer is survived by his widow Gloria Ferguson, sister Becky (Joe) Danchak, children Dr. J. Scott (Dr. Lisa Kaufman) Ferguson, Jennifer (Michael) Hill, Dr. Eliza (Dasul) Jeong, and Will (Casey) Ferguson, grandchildren Emma Ferguson, Maggie Ferguson, John Ferguson, Jessie Hill, and Logan Jeong.

Homer's family would like to give a special thank you to the care given by the members of the local Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, Elite Home Health and Hospice of Clarkston, WA, and especially the pastoral care by Pastor Hank Heschle. Thank you for doing God's work in the community.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date in Texas.

Photo: James Homer Ferguson


Shelly Lea Ausmus, 49, formerly of Orofino

Shelly Lea Ausmus, 49, resident of St. Maries, passed away at her home on May 12, 2022. She was born to James and Patricia Sweet on August 1, 1972, in Orofino.

Shelly grew up in Tekoa, WA and graduated from Tekoa High School with the class of 1990. Following high school, Shelly attended Spokane Falls Community College where she obtained a degree in Health Unit Coordination. She then went on to Lewis-Clark State College to further her education, and she began taking care of her father. Shelly earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Chemical Dependency Counseling. Through satellite classes at LCSC, she attended Boise State University where she earned her MA in Social Work. After she obtained this degree, she went to work at the prison in Orofino where she taught inmates how to transition back into society and stay sober. She was such a shining star in school that her Instructor Robert Haynes wrote her a recommendation for this job that helped her obtain it. Robert was the one who wrote a book and founded the program at the Orofino prison. This was not just a career to Shelly, but a passion to help people.

In 1993 Shelly met Hank Ausmus in Tekoa. Later in her life she started dating him, and they married on July 7, 2007, in Emida, ID. The couple made their home in Emida, and along with working full-time, Shelly helped take care of her father and raise her sister. Shelly fell ill five years after working at the prison and was no longer able to work. She found herself at home and became creative making jewelry and adventured into the journey of a Beekeeper. Hank and Shelly established Henry's Sweet Mountain Honey, with Shelly as the primary caretaker of the bees. This was a newfound passion for her, and she loved tending to her hives and making honey.

Shelly also had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She canned fruits, vegetables, and jam. Shelly was a ray of sunshine and had so much love to give. She adored her pit bulls and found herself raising a few.

Shelly is survived by her husband, Hank at their home in St. Maries; her mother, Pat Sweet of Emida; her sisters, Shannon (Lonnie) Layman of Emida and Ashley Sweet of Lewiston; four nephews; and her pittie, Baby. She is preceded in death by her father, James Sweet.

A celebration of Shelly's life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.

Photo: Shelly Lea Ausmus


James Thomas Bessent, 91, of Orofino

James Thomas Bessent, 91, Orofino, born May 31, 1930, died Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Orofino.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Christine Thomas, 87, Orofino

Christine Thomas passed away Friday, May 6, 2022 at her home in Orofino.

Christine was born April 19, 1935 on the family farm in Christian County, KY, to Dee and Malisa Chapman.

Christine was raised on the family farm by loving parents with twin, double first cousins on an adjoining farm.

She attended elementary school at the one-room Little River School. She attended high school at South Christian High School, graduating in 1953. She then graduated from Arizona State University and was on the Dean's list. Over the years she added credits to have the equivalent of a Masters Degree in Education.

Christine was employed by Mesa School District for 25 years before retiring.

She married Robert L. Thomas on Nov. 12, 1954, and they both retired and moved to Orofino, ID. in 1997.

She loved to fish and was an excellent shot.

She had a large embroidery room filled with several great machines that enabled her to do beautiful work with great designs.

She and her husband were members of the First Christian Church in Orofino.

Christine is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Thomas Lee Thomas; sister, Betty; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dee, and mother, Malisa, two brothers and four sisters.

She was also preceded in death by daughter, Sandra Ann, and son, Donald Allen.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church, Michigan Avenue and C Street in Orofino.

A memorial graveside will follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.

Photo: Christine Thomas


Joan Schultz-Wallace, 95, formerly of Headquarters

Joan Schultz-Wallace died peacefully Monday, May 2, 2022, age 95 at Cascadia of Lewiston of Acute Respiratory Failure with two of her children at her bedside.

Joan Schultz-Wallace, nee L. Joan Eyberg was born in Duluth, MN, on Oct. 10, 1926, the youngest of three and only daughter. Her brothers have preceded her in death.

At the age of 6, Jo (affectionately known by many) moved to Minneapolis, where she graduated from high school and went on to St. Olaf College for two years. She transferred to the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1948 in Business/Psychology.

At the U of M, Joan met Art Schultz, who was a freshman after returning from his enlistment in the U.S. Navy and his time spent in the Pacific Theater. They married June 4, 1949, and left for a honeymoon through the national parks on the way to Wyoming where Art was employed as a fire lookout on a 11,000-foot peak in the Blackhawk National Forest. It was a lesson in learning to cook at high altitude or starve. They learned. This first year was a precursor to 53 years of marriage and the raising of five children.

Daughter, Nancy, was born in Minneapolis in 1950. Art graduated in forestry and accepted a job as a Forester for the Potlatch Corporation. Joan and Art packed up and moved to the end of a dirt road in Northern Idaho to live in the lumber town called Headquarters, where they spent the next five years and were blessed with many friendships that lasted a lifetime. Scott was born in 1951 and Sandy followed in 1955. The family moved to Lewiston to allow for better education opportunities where Rick was born in 1957 and Kim followed in 1965. Art continued to work in Headquarters Monday through Friday for years as Jo managed the household and children.

Joan went back to school at the University of Idaho for a teaching certificate and later obtained a Masters degree in Education and began her teaching career in 1963 at McSorley Elementary, where she spent 10 years. Jo and a fellow teacher Wanda Rudolph were instrumental in developing a new pilot program in the State of Idaho for gifted/talented students called NOVA. Jo took great pride in education throughout her life both personally and professionally.

Jo retired in 1982 and joined Art and many friends for international travel and Elder Hostel visits in the United States. The two of them loved the diversity of culture and ethnicity and passed that trait down to their children and grandchildren who have subsequently traveled far and wide with open hearts and minds.

Religion was an anchor in the lives of Joan and Art. They were early and lifetime members of Grace Lutheran Church in Lewiston, and donated much time and energy to the betterment of the church and its ideals. Jo spent a lifetime of service to the church as the organist for 27 years, choir director, Sunday school teacher and helped with Sunday communion preparation, as well as so many other acts of devotion and kindness to her church community. Joan worked for almost 30 years delivering Meals on Wheels and was active as a volunteer in the Hospice program for the sick and dying.

Art passed away in 2002, leaving Jo to continue her many activities on her own. She loved to travel and visited her grandchildren whenever she could. She took great pride in her Norwegian longevity and in her fitness, attending water aerobics, and keeping her mind sharp with a lifetime passion for bridge and crossword puzzles. The Symphony and Civic Theater were supported with her passion for the local arts. Joan was an avid reader and always had an opinion, which she readily shared.

After several years, Joan met Bill Wallace in 2007 and was infused with a renewed energy for life. Friday evenings were often spent dancing the night away with youthful vigor. The two married in 2008 but unfortunately, Bill became ill and passed away within a year.

Joan had a full life of love for her extended family and service to her church and community. Joan leaves behind her daughter, Nancy and her children Nick, Heidi and Emily; her son, Scott (Elaine) and their children Kendra and Devin; daughter, Sandy (Tim) Chetwood and their children Katie and Molly; son, Rick his children Grete, Kyle and Kara; and daughter, Kim (Joe) McKeough and their daughter Madison. In addition, she leaves behind nine great-grandchildren, who all will grow up with the legacy Joan left behind as a wife, mother and matriarch of the family. She was greatly saddened by the passing of her great-grandson Ethan this past August.

Special thanks extended to Diane, RN at her primary care physician's office; Dr. Kim and Carley RN at St. Joe's Cardiology; Patty her home helper, Advanced Hospice and all the staff at Cascadia of Lewiston. You all exemplify the gift of caring and compassion. We appreciated all of you.

Donations may be made in her name to any hospice in your local area. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

Photo: Joan Schultz-Wallace


Mark Curtiss Brandt, 68, formerly of Orofino

Mark Curtiss Brandt "Shark"- born Feb 14, 1954 in Minneapolis, MN died Tuesday morning peacefully in his sleep in Lewiston, Idaho.

He struggled with a complicated mix of heart disease and mental illness- and ultimately his big, beautiful heart and his complex and complicated mind gave out. He was well cared for by the kind people at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. He has had several guardian angels looking out for him over the past several years- none more committed and loving than Shirley Boyer.

He had a huge heart for the disadvantaged people of the world. He served others as a younger man as a Lutheran minister for 10+ years serving several small parishes in North Idaho. He had a midlife change of career and chose to pursue an education in mental health care - earning his master's degree from the University of Idaho. He served others and took great pride in this- serving primarily low-income adults with mental health challenges for almost 20 years.

He loved being out in wild spaces- and had a special appreciation for the pristine mountains and rivers of Idaho. This likely came from growing up in the flatlands of North Dakota and Minnesota. He came from Norwegian and Swedish immigrants who settled primarily in Minnesota- and were stubborn and resilient people. He liked to say that he left for the Northwest after seeing a brochure with Mt. Rainier on it- and he never looked back.

He took great pride in being a dad. He was a present, loving, encouraging, and adventurous. He regularly made time to connect with his kids throughout their childhood in the Orofino, Idaho area. He loved to take them backpacking, talk about philosophy, encourage their personal pursuits and passions, and really loved to make them laugh (even if they didn't want to). He was proud they all found service professions- helping others (Isaac- Psychologist, Hannah- Nurse, Leah- Nurse).

He is survived by his sister, Cindy Gamell and his three children: Isaac Brandt, Hannah Brandt, and Leah Brandt.

His wild spirit is now free to roam as far and wide as it needs to.


Gordon C. Wilson, 80, Orofino

Gordon C. Wilson, 80, of Orofino, died Monday, May 2, 2022, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Charles 'Pat' Linja, 62, OHS graduate

Charles 'Pat' Linja, 62, passed away surrounded by his family on April 10, 2022, in Kennewick, WA, after a long battle with Parkinson's.

Pat was an Army baby, made in Germany. He was born on August 14, 1959 in Laurium, MI, to Chuck and Jean Linja. Pat is survived by his wife Jeanette; and children, Scott (Cheyenne), Jacki and Keaton; his mother, Jean; and siblings, Tiffany (Travis), Rod (Sue) and Greg (Teresa). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by his father, Charles 'Chuck'; and his brother, Scott.

Pat attended and graduated from the Orofino High School in Orofino in 1977. He attended the University of Idaho, before gaining employment at Idaho Forest Industries. Pat and Jeanette were married in 1984 at the Fort Sherman Chapel and had three children, later moving to Shoshone County. He loved to attend the Kid's sporting activities; he was very proud of Scott's baseball, Jacki's art and Keaton's track.

Possessing work ethic fostered by his family and upbringing, Pat worked very hard to ensure that his family always had what they needed. He was at IFI for 22 years, before relocating the family to the Tri-Cities in 2002.

Pat always had activities that interested him. As a youth, he was an All-Star Baseball player and was on the Miller Life softball team in his adulthood. He loved to ride dirt bikes competitively, bow hunted in his home State of Idaho, golfed and was an audiophile.

Pat was employed by Tidewater for 10 years, before being diagnosed with Parkinson's. Retirement allowed him time to hone his golf game and he spent a lot of time trying to break 90. He loved old stereo equipment and was constantly on the lookout for the good stuff.

Pat loved to be around his family "up the river" at the family's campsite. He loved the campfire and floating the Coeur d' Alene River. He loved to be outdoors; his entire adult life he worked outside and did not see how he would ever work inside.

Memorial Services for Pat will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Kellogg Funeral Chapel of Kellogg with Rev. Ken Bartle officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Wheel Bar of Smelterville following services.

You may share your special memories of Pat with his family at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com.

Photo: Charles 'Pat' Linja


Alma Jean Bell, 88, born in Orofino

Alma Jean Bell, 88, of Osburn, Idaho, passed away Jan. 23, 2022 at Pacifica Pinehurst. She was born March 5, 1933 in Orofino, Idaho. Alma was the daughter of Clifton and Vyrle (Callihan) Flatt.

Alma has lived in the Silver Valley all of her life. She attended and graduated from the Kingston High School in 1951. While attending high school, Alma enjoyed sports and played basketball and in later years she enjoyed and was a member of several softball teams.

Alma was united in marriage to Jay Bell on July 12, 1952 in Superior, MT; Jay passed away on Sept. 17, 2020.

Alma was co-owner and operator, along with her husband Jay, of Bell Plumbing of Osburn for 60 plus years. She also served as bookkeeper for the business.

In younger years, Alma was a member of several dance groups. She was also a member of several bowling leagues here in the valley. Alma also served as a poll worker in Osburn for elections; she had just worked in the last presidential election.

Alma loved and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at the family Coeur d' Alene River property, dancing, playing card games, camping, walking and bowling (she just bowled this last October). Alma was an avid sports fan and loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting events.

Alma is survived by three grandchildren, Aliza Seay (Grant) of Rathdrum, Bryce Grebil of Covington, WA, and Brianne Grebil (Brian Marquis) of Nashville, TN; four great-grandchildren, Garth and Carson Seay, Andrew and Daniel Norfolk; one sister, Lorraine Navis of Caldwell; one brother, Kenny Flatt (Linda) of Boise; son-in-law, Mike Grebil of Kellogg; daughter-in-law, Carol Bell of Wallace; sister-in-law Vickie Pickett of Spokane, WA. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Alma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jay Bell; one son, Douglas Bell; one daughter, Jaylene Grebil; two brothers and two sisters.

A Celebration of Alma's Life will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Shoshone Golf Course of Big Creek; 2000 Club Rd., Kellogg. Everyone is welcome.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 2065 W. Riverstone Dr., Suite 205, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814.

You may share your special memories of Alma with her family at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com.

Shoshone Funeral Services & Crematory Kellogg is entrusted with services.

Photo: Alma Jean Bell


Rose Marie Vanderpool, 96, Orofino

Rose Marie Snyder Vanderpool, 96, left her earthly home, surrounded by family, to join her Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 14 at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston. Marie was born to Denver and Sylvia Snyder in Weippe on Jan. 11, 1926 and spent most of her adult life there.

She and her high school sweetheart, Floyd (Flick) Vanderpool, married April 9, 1943, where Flick served in the U.S. Army

Air Corps during World War II. Their first daughter, Cheryl Lynn, was born Oct. 11, 1945, and their second daughter, Paula Kay, was born May 21, 1947.

Marie was active in her community, leading 4-H for several years and was also the first city treasurer in Weippe. Later while living in Pierce for a time, she became a bookkeeper for First Security Bank of Idaho. She worked there for 17 years and became manager for the last six years.

Marie was a wonderful seamstress, and she and Flick did of lot of boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, snow skiing, and dancing. She loved playing bridge, pinochle, and bowling.

She took early retirement when she was 60, and she and Flick did a lot of traveling in their motorhome. Flick passed in 1999, after 56 years of marriage. She then moved from Pierce to Orofino and later married Dean Arndt, who passed two years after their marriage. She continued living in Orofino until her death.

She is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl (Gene) Jensen and Paula (Richard) Paananen, four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

We will be having a memorial gathering in August for our beloved mother. More information will be given later as plans are made.

Photo: Rose Marie Vanderpool


Betsy May Vargovich, 77, Orofino

Betsy went to the Lord, joined Heaven's angels on April 20, 2022.

Betsy was born June 2, 1944, to Roy R. and Wilma F. Mattson. She grew up in the Orofino area with her siblings, Jeannine Foster, Roberta Parker, Robert R. Mattson, Willi Lawhon, and Kathy Sue Carlson.

Betsy became Betsy Vargovich when she married William (Bill) Vargovich, her soulmate and husband of 50 years. They became proud parents of two extraordinary children; Rocky March 11, 1962 and Karen May 14, 1965.

Following Bill's work, they moved to California in 1962, then returned to Orofino in 1970 to raise their family in God's country.

Betsy was a multi-talented lady. She was recognized and appreciated by the various insurance companies she worked with from 1970 to 1989.

In 1991 Betsy established her graphic business until retirement in 2009.

Her beautiful garden and flowers were a testament to her nurturing green thumb as well as her passion for crafting, learning and creating amazing projects for others to learn from.

Betsy was active in the church and developed a deep affection for her church family. With them she embraced a new purpose and a new Betsy, sharing knowledge, love and grace.

Betsy was a blessing to us all!

She is proceeded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2011 and daughter, Karen, in 2005.

Her surviving family includes, son, Rocky Vargovich, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Betsy's Celebration of Life will be in June. Date to be announced.

Photo: Betsy May Vargovich


Linda Engle, 64, of Orofino

I think I'm one of the luckiest people in the world. Being diagnosed with cancer isn't very lucky, but to have lived the life I have is very lucky and I'm very grateful.

I am the only daughter born to Lester Barger and Lillie Marie Taylor Barger, and the oldest granddaughter to my Granny Hazel and Grandad Ralph Taylor. I'm also the spoiled sister of Dale and Jim.

I can say I'm probably one of a few who can say they were lucky enough to live from the time they were born until they got married in the same house with my mom and dad and brothers. I had a great childhood...lots of family get togethers for holidays and birthdays, camping trips on the North Fork and at Big Island. We had dinner together every evening. We may not have had everything we wanted, but we had everything we needed, and then some. I felt very loved…and very lucky.

I fell in love with my high school sweetheart at a motorcycle race. We were married after high school and spent 23 years together, raising our family. We were blessed with two wonderful children, Jennifer and Brian, who have grown to be sweet, successful adults with beautiful families of their own.

That marriage ended in divorce in 1998, which turned out to be one of the hardest years. As I began my 40's I lost my dad to a stroke, got divorced, and my baby graduated high school. I also started a new life with my current best friend and love of my life Jim.

Jim and I have over twenty years packed full of all kinds of adventures! I've supported him through three military deployments and we were so proud of him as he celebrated 21 years Army retirement in 2015. We've golfed together, skied, enjoyed concerts, and motorcycle races.

Our most enjoyable times, the times I feel luckiest about, are the times spent with our children...watching them graduate, get married, have families of their own.

Brian and Maegan have Brinley and Ashton.

Jennifer and Travis have Jonah and Lucas (on my birthday) and then welcomed daughter Brooke Linda Mary.

And Michael has a beautiful daughter, Emilia.

We love to spend time with them celebrating birthdays, holidays, and our summer camping trips. Jennifer and I also got to enjoy a wonderful trip to Martha's Garden.

Of course, mixed with all of the fun times, I completed my college degree and worked at State Hospital North for many years, retiring in 2017. I had many great co-workers whom I also considered great friends. I have also enjoyed, and still do, belonging to Beta Sigma Phi sorority and having wonderful sorority sisters. We had some great sorority trips and activities over the years...where some of us enjoyed bungy jumping and getting tattoos.

All of these things make me feel like I am very lucky and I've had a very full life...,"I Lived"!

Linda was born in Orofino, Idaho, on June 28, 1957, to parents Lillie Marie (Taylor) Barger and Lester Leroy Barger. She passed away on Monday, April 11, 2022, in Orofino, at the age of 64, ending her year-long war with Multiple Myeloma, on her terms.

Linda is survived by her husband Jim Engle, mother Lillie Barger, and brothers Dale Barger and Jim Barger all of Orofino. She is also survived by her daughter, Jennifer Thom, son-in-law Travis Thom, and three grandchildren of Draper, UT, and her son, Brian Lathrop, daughter-in-law Maegan Lathrop, and two grandchildren of Meridian, Idaho. She was predeceased by her father Lester Barger.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Two of her favorite causes were supporting veterans and animal shelters.

Photo: Linda Engle


Betty Louise Solman, 97, Orofino

September 3, 1924 -April 11, 2022

Mom left us quietly and so peacefully that evening.

She was born in and grew up in Hawthorn, CA, the oldest of three children to Opal and Clarence Mathieson.

She wanted to be a nurse since she was five years old, she once told me.

Marriage and three children happened, but she never gave up her dream. She went back to college and she did get her registered nursing degree. She was a grandma by this time.

Mom followed us to Orofino in 1989. She went to work at Clearwater Valley Hospital and retired after five years. She wasn't about to slow down and retire for real, so she then began her career at the Care Center (now called Clearwater Health and Rehab).

At the age of 82 she retired from there. She continued there as a volunteer until she started volunteering at the F.I.S.H store.

She moved to Brookside Landing. She enjoyed living there. She fell on March 28, she told me that day in the ER she was walking down the hall and got off balance and couldn't stop her fall.

Mom is survived by daughter, Suzette, and Wayne Tachell, Orofino; son, Daniel Solman, Los Angeles, CA. and daughter, Leah Marks, Belfair, WA.; her grandchildren, Brenda Solman, Jamie Tachell and Ann, Jeremy Tachell, Robin Tachell and Heidi Gnehm and Marie Tachell; her great-grandchildren, Tico Solman, Cherish Adams and Jesse, Mariah Tachell, Samantha Tachell and Emma, Elise and Oliver Tachell; her great-great-grandchildren, Jaecee and Lane Adams and Miles and Tyson Solman; Mom's grandchildren of her heart, Larry Solman and his family and Kristin Marks.

Mom is also survived by the children of her sister Doris, who preceded her in death here in Orofino in 1990, niece, Linda and husband Larry Demitter of Peck, great-niece and nephew, Tony Demitter and Carlene Demitter; great-great- niece and nephews, Rayven and Ben Byrd, Justin Nelson and Seth Demitter and great-great-great nephew and niece, Tony and Willow Byrd.

A Memorial Service in Mom's honor will be Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church, followed by a catered dinner at the church with Pastor Stanton Walker officiating. Everyone is welcome.

Photo: Betty Louise Solman


R. Marie Vanderpool, 96, Orofino

R. Marie Vanderpool, 96, Orofino, died Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation in Lewiston.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth E. Mitchell, 70, Lenore

Kenneth E. Mitchell, 70, Lenore, died Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab in Lewiston.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Edward Stuart Moffitt, 86, Orofino

Edward Stuart Moffitt, 86, Orofino, born Feb. 8, 1936, died March 5, 2022 in Orofino.

No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Lola Mae Boyer, 88

Lola Mae Boyer, of Culdesac, passed away Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was 88 years old.

Lola was born Feb. 10, 1934, to Henry and Zulah Anderson in Lewiston at White's Hospital. She was raised on the Flat Iron near Sweetwater Creek. She attended Flat Iron and Webb Ridge schools. The family moved to town in 1944. Lola finished her schooling at Lapwai High School. She met her beloved Jack Boyer when she was a sophomore in high school. She loved Jack so much that she told her father she was pregnant so she could marry him. He gave her his blessing and Lola hopped on the bus with a $100 bill tucked into her high heeled shoes. He eventually found out there was no pregnancy. They married Feb. 9, 1951, in Colorado Springs, CO.

After they married, they lived in Manito Springs, CO., while Jack was in the U.S. Army. She moved back with her father in Lewiston when Jack was sent to Korea. Their daughter, Terry, was born in September of 1952 in Lewiston.

Lola and Jack settled in Lewiston after the war. Their son, Bruce, was born in July of 1954. Henry, Lola's father, lived next door to them and helped her with the children while Jack was working on Potlatch Forest. They soon realized that "town life" was not for them and began looking for a farm to buy. In 1958, they purchased their ranch on Lyle Gulch, where she remained until August of 2021. They had a huge garden, raised cattle and farmed wheat, alfalfa and peas. In 1960, they bought the Dari-Delight in Lapwai. They added onto it and renamed it Jack and Lola's Café. Lola did it all ... she was the cook, waitress and she kept the place in line. People still talk about her famous cheeseburgers. After they sold the restaurant and retired from farming, they focused on their cows. She loved going to Weippe "Cow Camp" and tending to the cows with Jack. They enjoyed traveling to Florida, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. One year they took a road trip to Florida in their white Cadillac to see her sister, Oleta.

She is survived by her daughter, Terry Whipple-Keller (Sonny); sister-in-law, Evelyn Anderson (Kenneth); sister-in-law, Carla Halsey; and brothers-in-law, Larry Boyer and Willie Boyer (Linda). Lola is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tina Whipple Lien (Pat), Dana Whipple Knudsen, Donnie Whipple (Meghan), Michael Boyer (Andrea), Sarae Boyer, Lance Boyer (Karen) and Bryce Boyer (Marissa); 13 great-grandchildren, Kailee Boyer, Preston, Taylor and Morgan Boyer, Nicholas and Hannah Lien, Jack and Sam Knudsen, Whitney Oler and Jacoby Whipple, Olivia, and Aubrey and Jameson Boyer; and great-great-grandchildren Zaiden Houston and Oliver Boyer (Kailee).

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Zulah Anderson; her husband, Jack Boyer; her son, Bruce Boyer; brothers Kenneth, Bill, Elbert and Orval; her sister, Oleta Dunbar.

Lola was an amazing lady who touched so many lives. She was always up for a few dirty jokes, a cup of coffee and more recently, a margarita. She loved to garden and could be seen borrowing plant starts from the local Taco Time. She graciously survived throat cancer, breast cancer and triple bypass surgery, but her biggest heartbreak was losing her soul mate, Jack. She was a beautiful light, irreplaceable and unforgettable. Lola has been waiting for Jack's embrace for four long years and we know they are together again.

A celebration of life for Lola Boyer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., in Lewiston. Please join us for a reception afterward at Hells Canyon Grand Hotel in the Seaport Ballroom at 621 21st St., in Lewiston.

Photo: Lola Mae Boyer


Ronald 'Ron' Eugene Beeman, 77, formerly of Orofino

Ron Beeman passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at the age of 77, at home surrounded by loved ones who will strive to honor his memory by living their lives to the fullest.

Ron was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Payette, Idaho, to Rufus and Pearl Beeman. He was also welcomed into the family by his older brother Robert, "Bob." In the following years a younger brother, Richard "Dick" and two sisters, Susan and Sandra came along.

Most of his formative years were spent on the Little Salmon River. He spent 30 years in Orofino devoting his time to the church he pastored where he was involved in prison ministry and an alcohol treatment program, a logging career, a butcher shop he built and operated as well as many hobbies including hunting, fishing, gardening and training horses. Most of his time however was devoted to God and his family.

Ron will be lovingly remembered by the love of his life and wife of 59 years, JoAnn; five children, Randy (Judy), Rick (Holly), Ron, Tami (Bill) and David. He will also be lovingly remembered by his 10 grandchildren Tia (James), Ryan, Rusty, Brittany, Kristi (Alan), Tyler (Bernadette), Devon, Cody, Hunter and Jordan; 5 great-grandchildren Lizzy, Jackson, Hunter, Hayley, Leland, Lannie, Ryan Jr., and Emily; sister, Sue and brother, Dick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ron was preceded in death by one brother, Bob; one sister, Sandy; mother, Pearl; and father, Rufus.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. April 30 at Blessed Hope Assembly Church located at 1033 Burrell Ave., in Lewiston. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Photo: Ronald 'Ron' Eugene Beeman


Doris Ponozzo, 94, Orofino

A Funeral Mass for Doris Ponozzo will be held Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, C Street (between Brown and Kalaspo), Orofino.

She died Dec. 7, 2021 at age 94.


Hollie Snyder, 36, Stites

Hollie Snyder, 36, Stites, passed away in Stites.

Services are being arranged with Trenary Funeral Home.


Daniel Piotrowski, 73, Kamiah

Daniel Piotrowski, 73, Kamiah, passed away in his own home.

Arrangements are being handled through Trenary Funeral Home.


Daniel Thomas Byrne, Jr., 73, Orofino

Daniel Thomas Byrne, Jr., 73, passed away on April 6, at home in Orofino, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born in San Francisco, CA, he was the son of Daniel Thomas Byrne Sr. and Ellen Byrne (Flesher). He graduated high school in Mill Valley, CA, and from Humboldt State University in California in 1971.

Growing up in California, he fondly remembered running the hills of Tennessee Valley, canoeing in the San Francisco Bay and hiking, hunting and camping in the Sierras.

After college he moved to Idaho where he was able to pursue his interests in hunting, hiking and photography.

Dan met his wife, Jenne (Jasper), in Orofino and they eventually moved down to California where they lived for 30 years. They had two children. As a family they enjoyed hiking, camping and going on road trips to visit family in Idaho.

He worked for many years with the Bureau of Land Management in Fire Suppression and Dispatch, then as a Realty Specialist. He retired in 2011, when he and Jenne moved back to Orofino.

Dan is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jenne; his son, Brian of Orofino; daughter, Bonnie of Coeur d' Alene; and his sister, Linda Scott (Ed Baldus) of Lewiston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Ellen Byrne; and his brother, Michael Byrne.

There will be no formal services held.


Gary E. York, 75, formerly of Headquarters

Gary E. York, affectionately known as Yogi to many, passed away April 3, 2022 at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center due to complications of liver failure. He was surrounded by his family.

Yogi was born May 20, 1946 in Stites, Idaho, to Earl and Elvena York. Yogi was one of ten children of Elvena, but the first for Earl. Together Earl and Elvena went on to have another child, Duane, who was 11 years younger than Yogi. They were not only brothers but best friends.


Yogi was raised in the Camp 58 area before moving to Headquarters, Idaho. Dad talks about his time growing up in Camp 58 as being difficult, but full of memories. He spent his school days residing closer to town so we he could attend school in Stites, Idaho before moving to Headquarters and graduating from Pierce in 1965.

Yogi loved to hunt, fish, ride snow machines, four wheelers and later fell in love with his Razer. He would often tell his family when he left this life, he was taking it with him to the next and wanted to be buried in it. We are not honoring that request!

In 1968, Yogi was called to Vietnam as part of the 116th National Guard out of Orofino, Idaho. He didn't talk a lot about his time there, but when he did he always recounted the story of being strapped into an old plane to fly out of Alaska when the pilot jumped out of the plane onto the wing before takeoff with a fire extinguisher to put out the engine fire before climbing back in and heading out to their next station.

After returning from Vietnam in 1969 Yogi returned to Headquarters, Idaho where he began his career with Potlatch Corporation. He drove truck, worked in the office and later scaled for Potlatch at Jaype, Ahsahka, summers at Benton Creek, and finally in Lewiston prior to his retirement in 2008.

Yogi went on to meet and marry Claudia (Carlin) on Feb. 20, 1975, in Orofino, Idaho after a snow storm forced them to cancel their plan of getting married in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Yogi and Claudia have two children, Bill and Sharon. The couple spent their honeymoon in Clarkston and went to the movie Chainsaw Massacre for part of the honeymoon celebrations.

Dad loved to take his kids, grandkids and anyone else he could fishing, or hunting, and we spent a lot of time going on drives either in the pickup looking for elk and deer and in his Razer. We are wishing now we had paid more attention to our tour guide as he led us through various mountain trails always telling us he knew about where we would come out.

Yogi is survived by his wife, Claudia; son and daughter-in law, Bill and Heather York of Salem, OR; daughter and son in law, Sharon and Wayne Haines of Orofino; grandchildren, Hayden and Grayson York and Steven Haines. He is also survived by brother, Duane (Leah) York, Kamiah; and half-brother Alvin (Janet) Lycan, of Stites. Yogi also claims Sharon's friends Stacy (Bob) Linscott of Clarkston, and Dusty (Joe) Wirtzberger of Benton City, WA, as his daughters. If anyone asked, he would tell them they were his girls. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and their kids.

He is proceeded in death by his parents; sister, Beverly York; half-sisters, Barbara Rickett and Darlene Denham; half-brothers, Junior Lycan, Bob Lycan, Rollie Lycan and Allen Lycan.

A celebration of life will be held at the V.F.W in Orofino, Idaho on April 15, 2022, at 1 p.m. A covered dish dinner will follow, please bring a dish to share.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the J. Howard Bradbury museum in Pierce.

Photo: Gary E. York


Buford B. Smith, 95, born in Orofino

With great sadness we lost our dad, Buford B. Smith, on Friday, April 8, 2022, just two weeks after his 96th birthday.

Buford was born March 23, 1926, to John and Eupha Smith at Orofino. At 1 year old, his parents moved him and his older brother, Clifton, to Winchester. Buford attended Winchester Grade and High School, graduating in 1944.

He was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1944-46. He served as a Navy Seabee in the Aleutian Islands.

Buford married Ellen J. Warren in 1947. The couple moved to Moscow where he attended the University of Idaho. While attending college, Buford and his brother-in-law co-owned Bill's Taxi Service in Moscow from 1948-51. Buford and Ellen had a daughter, Susan, and a son, Alan, while living in Moscow.

In 1951, the family returned to Winchester where Buford and Ellen started Smith Oil Company as a consignee for Phillip's 66 Co. They moved Smith Oil to Craigmont with the grand opening of a new bulk plant and 66 Service Station in September 1960. He and Ellen retired from the business in 1988.

Buford served on the Winchester City Council during tough negotiations with the State of Idaho concerning a new U.S. Highway 95 in the Culdesac canyon. The council was influential in Winchester receiving the North Business Loop entrance connecting Winchester to the new U.S. 95.

Buford was a Scout leader, a charter member of the Winchester Credit Union and served as commander of the American Legion Post, keeping his membership with the Legion for 76 years.

Family was important to Buford and Ellen. They were always present at their children's and grandchildren's activities. After retirement, they enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.

Buford and Ellen moved to Payette, Idaho, in 1994. When Ellen passed, he moved to Lewiston in 2016.

Buford is survived by his daughter, Susan (Rick) Callender, of Fruitland, Idaho; son, Alan (Peggy) Smith, of Ahsahka; grandsons, Jeff (Melanie) Smith, of Pocatello, Idaho, Greg (Stacie) Smith, of Clarkston, WA, Tim (Kendal) Callender, of Boise; and seven great-grandchildren.

Buford was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; his parents; his brother, Clifton Smith; and great-granddaughter, Tymarie Smith.

At Buford's request, no service will be held. Buford would like everyone to "Thank a vet."

Photo: Buford B. Smith


Ethel Mae (Lewis) Lovell, 83, formerly of Elk River

Ethel Mae (Lewis) Lovell passed away Sunday, April 3, 2022, after a mercifully short battle with cancer. She was born June 20, 1938, to Henry (Hank) and Mabel Lewis in Bath, N.Y. She lived and attended school in Warrensburg, N.Y., through the seventh grade.

In 1951, Hank's employer moved his lumber mill from New York to a site eight miles out of Elk River. So, Ethel, who was not too excited about the move, set off on a life-changing adventure with her parents; younger sister, Beverly; and a few other families. The group lived in tents while the mill was set up and a few homes were slapped together for the workers before winter. She graduated from Elk River High School in 1957 and was valedictorian of the largest class ever to graduate from ERHS (16).

She married Everett Lovell (ERHS class of 1954) on Dec. 7, 1957, and was happy to be a mother and homemaker until she and Everett purchased the general store in Elk River in 1970. After Everett passed away in 1981, she sold half the business to the Molsee family and Lovell's Market was transformed into Huckleberry Heaven. In 1993, she sold her interest in the business and moved to Asotin, WA. She continued to work, first as a secretary for the Nazarene church in Lewiston, and later as a substitute aide for the Asotin School District.

Mom's greatest joy in life was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She spent countless hours traveling to and watching games, performances and activities that her kids and grandkids were involved in. We have all lost our biggest fan.

Always up for an adventure, she loved to travel and was able to see and experience many places in the world. Her weekly lunches with whom she referred to as "the lunch ladies" was also something she always enjoyed (you were all very special to her).

She is survived by her children, Ron and Jackie Lovell, Lynn and Jeff Edison, and Lisa and Rick Swearingen; as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 (soon to be 13) great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Photo: Ethel Mae (Lewis) Lovell


Avery Duane Hendrix, 89, formerly of Weippe

Avery Duane Hendrix passed away at his home in Winchester on April 8, 2022. Duane was born on April 27, 1932 to Ray Hendrix and Faye (Henderson) Hendrix, in Ellensburg WA. Duane had two sisters, Marjorie and Bette. The family moved from Ellensburg to Weippe and then later settled near Nezperce where Duane attended the Alpine School. In 1941 the family moved to their farm in Winchester. Duane attended the Jewel School and then graduated from Winchester High school in 1950. His favorite sport was football.

Duane joined the Navy in the fall of 1950. His boot camp was in San Diego CA. From there he was stationed on Treasure Island in San Francisco and then in Okinawa Japan. He served as 2nd class gunners' mate on the aircraft carrier Bataan during the Korean War. During his Navy career and while on dry dock in Bremerton WA, Duane met and fell in love with Jane Kent. They got married on Sept. 15, 1952 in Bremerton. In 195,4 Duane was offered a Navy missile job, but he chose to move his family back to Winchester and resume farming and ranching with his father.

Duane was a farmer and a rancher. He raised both beef cattle and horses. He enjoyed horse pack trips into the mountains, fishing, hunting, black powder rendezvous shoots, family camping trips and boating. Duane loved country music and enjoyed singing to his family around many a campfire. He loved to travel with his wife in their pick-up camper or 5th wheel trailer. They were snowbirds for years and made many lifelong friends. They took trips to Arizona, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, and many other places.

Duane was a member and President of both the Lewis County Cattleman's Association and the Idaho State Cattleman's Association and was awarded the outstanding achievement award in 1978. He was a member of the Lewis County Fair Board from 1965-1978, served as President and was awarded outstanding service award. He was a member of the Winchester Wood Bees riding club, and a 4- H leader and mentor for years. Duane served as Commissioner for the Evergreen Highway District, and he and Jane were Winchester Days Grand Marshals in 2013.

Duane believed that loving and caring for his family was the most important job a man could have in his lifetime. His wife and his family were always his #1 priority. He held high moral standards and his word and a hand shake were all anyone needed. Duane was a kind, loving, and honest man, who would offer to help anyone in need. He believed in generosity, fairness, and forgiveness. He was a man you could always count on. He had a quiet wisdom about him and he touched many lives through it. Duane believed in hard work and a job well done. He succeeded. We love you Dad!

Duane is survived by the love of his Life, his wife of 70 years, Jane Hendrix; his four daughters, Cherie (Nathan) Stigum, Pam (Darrell) Barnard, Sandy (Tom) Zenner, and Cindy (Mike) Pratt; 12 grandchildren, 21 great- grandchildren, his nieces and nephews and his faithful dog Gus. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia; parents, Ray and Faye Hendrix; sisters, Marjorie Wyman and Bette Law; and great granddaughter Michaela Rosenau.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston ID. A dinner will follow at the Craigmont American Legion Hall in Craigmont ID. Please join us to honor his life and share the memories. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Duane's honor to the Craigmont American Legion Post #38 or the Winchester Quick Response.

Photo: Avery Duane Hendrix


Beverly 'Bev' Sue Bailey, 66, Weippe

Beverly "Bev" Sue Bailey, 66, Weippe, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed peacefully surrounded by family on March 30, 2022 after a heroic battle against cancer.

She was born on June 14, 1955 to John "Jack" and Caryl Smolinski. Raised on her family farm in Weippe, Bev attended Weippe Elementary and Middle Schools before graduating from Timberline High School in 1973. During her high school days, Bev was actively involved in Cheerleading, Drill Team, Track, and was on the school's very first Girls Basketball team. Athletically gifted in Track, Bev competed in Long Jump, and even went to state in the 100 Meter Dash and High Jump.

Bev met the love of her life, Barry Bailey from St. Maries Idaho, at the Weippe Teen Center in early 1971. While they were dating, one of Bev's favorite things to do with Barry was going to Orofino to see a movie at the Rex Theater and to the A&W for root beer floats. The couple married in late 1971 at the Wesleyan Church in Weippe and enjoyed their life together in her hometown for over 50 years.

Bev and Barry welcomed their only daughter, Kimberly, in 1972. When asked what it was like to be a mother, Bev responded with pure love in her eyes, "No words can even begin to describe it." Bev was devoted to her daughter and was her biggest fan, travelling around with Kim as she competed in rodeo barrel racing and made it to nationals. She enjoyed raising her daughter and then walking beside her in friendship through the endless travelling, adventures, and activities they did together.

Bev was a wonderful friend and teammate. An avid bowler, she started the "Just-for-Fun" league and enjoyed many years with Kim and other close friends, competing both locally, and nationally. Bev even scored a perfect 300 game. She also played the position of first base for both a travelling women's softball team called "Charlie's Angels" and later the Orofino Ladies Softball League. During her softball years, she earned MVP multiple times and also was named the Home Run Derby Champion.

A self-proclaimed workaholic, Bev was a substitute teacher for the school district for 5 years, worked with the Weippe Rodeo, eventually started and ran her own successful business "Creative Gifts" for over 26 years, and also, with her team of elves, made and shipped hundreds of beautiful wreaths and swags each year for the holidays.

Growing up, Bev loved crafts and horseback riding in the canyon with her friends. This passion for horses coupled with her immense love for people and community continued throughout her lifetime as she led 4-H for 15 years, started the Timberline Rodeo Club (and took kids to state for competition), assisted with the Junior Rodeo, and started Horse Play Nights (a much-loved annual summer community event). Bev won the novice barrel racing at the Weippe Rodeo in the 80s and was honored to be named Grand Marshall in 2020. Those that knew and loved Bev would say she didn't sit still for long. She was a "go-er" and devoted innumerable hours in service to her beloved community including co-founding the Timberline All School Reunion in 2000 and raising funds annually for the Timberline Alumni Scholarship Fund through which she awarded two scholarships each year. She also assisted with the "Retreat to Weippe" event for over 20 years and remained an avid financial supporter and advocate for the Weippe Rodeo and Weippe Farmers Market.

Bev and Barry's absolute delight arrived in 2007, their grandson Connor. Connor was absolutely adored by Bev who loved travelling around to watch Connor compete in sporting events. She loved every moment spent with her grandson and would share about him and how proud she was of him to any and all willing to listen. When asked what it felt like to be a grandma, she stated, "You've never lived until you've been a grandma."

Bev's favorite saying was "Get er done"; a motto she lived and breathed in her own life. Bev was going and getting it done until her very last days. She made a tremendous impact and left an unsurpassed legacy in this community through her endless dedication, hard work, and love. The impression she's left is far-reaching and the mark she's made on the lives of others will remain cherished in their hearts.

Beverly Bailey was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Caryl Smolinski, and Ross Bailey. She is survived by her husband, Barry Bailey; daughter, Kimberly Cox; son-in-law, Toby Cox, grandson Connor Cox; sister, Christine and Fred Walsh and, Dolores Watson, mother in-law; in-laws, Terry and Bill Millage, Rick and Donna Bailey, and Sue and John Wyatt, and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service honoring Bev will be held on June 4, 2022, 1 p.m. at Fraser Cemetery. A potluck reception will immediately follow at the Deyo Reservoir.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all who volunteered to make meals, care for, love on, pray for, and assist the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Photo: Beverly 'Bev' Sue Bailey


Jacob A. West, 30

Our precious boy was called home Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Jacob Anthony West was born June 27, 1991, in Lewiston to Shane and Denise West. Jacob grew up in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 2009.

Jacob loved to hunt, fish, camp and anything to do with the outdoors. He also liked to tear things apart just to see how they worked and put them back together. Jacob worked at Albright Construction of Lewiston. He was a hard worker. He loved his job and employer and took great pride in his work. Jacob was the youngest foreman the company ever had. Jacob was a wonderful father to his only child, Gracie West. He took her with him everywhere he went.

Jacob was preceded in death by all of his grandfathers, Rex Bunny, of Cottonwood, Billy West, and Bill Jennings, of Orofino.

He is survived by his two grandmothers, Ellen Bunny, of Lewiston, and Betty Jennings, of Orofino. Jacob is also survived by his mother, Denise West, of Lewiston; two sisters, Heather West and Kayla Kaufman, of Lewiston; his father, Shane West, and stepmother, Laura West, of Lewiston; three stepbrothers, Tyson Winkelman, Thomas Winkelman, of Clarkston, WA, and Travis Morrison, of Arkansas. Jacob had a large, loving, extended family on both sides, including many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him dearly and will miss him. He was especially close to his Uncle Dale Bunny, of Lewiston. Jacob also had many friends and colleagues whom he adored who will miss him.

Services are to be announced.

Photo: Jacob Anthony West


Dale Lee Brown, 79, Weippe

Dale Lee Brown, 79, passed away Friday, April 1, 2022, at his home in Weippe, from complications of dementia and heart problems.

Dale was born Aug. 21, 1942 in Moscow, Idaho to Gladys Baker Brown and George Everett Brown of Bovill, Idaho. He was raised in Headquarters and attended school in Pierce, playing various sports, and graduated as a Forester from Pierce High in 1961.

He joined the Navy in 1962 soon after graduation, carrying on a long family tradition of military service. When he got out of the Navy he went to work at Rape's Market in Pierce as a butcher. He married Cathy Currin and was the proud father of three children.

Later he married Dorothy Ottinger and added step-children to his beloved extended family. He was proud of all "his kids" and made a lasting impression on them to be kind and hard working.

Dale spent most of his working years driving logging truck, and he sure loved to decorate them with all kinds of fancy lights and shiny things. It's not an exaggeration to say his trucks were lit up like Christmas trees. Everyone could recognize a Finke truck that belonged to Dale. He also loved Christmas and would decorate his house and shop with what seemed like a million twinkling lights.

When he wasn't driving truck, he was working on carpentry projects around his home. In the summer, he enjoyed making firewood and having barbecues with family and friends in his shop. Come fall, he looked forward to hunting and cutting game in the meat room with his sons, grandsons, and many friends.

He will be terribly missed and remembered as quite the storyteller who could make anyone laugh. He will also be remembered as a kind man, loving father, and good friend to all.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents, ex-wife Cathy, and other family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy, who is residing in their home in Weippe. Surviving children include: Melony Brown of Deary; Doug (Lori) Brown of Lewiston; Faris (Tina) Brown of Pinedale, WY; Larry (Juli) Kelly of Great Falls, MT; Debra (Joe) Peltier of Rock Creek, MT; Roberta (TJ) Farmer of Spokane, WA; Chris Brown of Antelope, CA, and Shala (Boyd) White of Libby, MT. He was the proud grandfather of 16, and great grandfather of 21 treasured children.

To honor Dale's wishes he will be cremated without a funeral service. He never did like much of a fuss to be made over him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Petersen and assistant Arika Griffin, St. Joe's Hospice, Pine Hills Funeral, and family, friends and neighbors who have been helping the Brown family through this difficult time.

Photo: Dale Lee Brown


Diane Bellm, 71, formerly of Orofino

Diane Bellm, 71, passed away on March 16, 2022, in Klamath Falls, OR. She was a beloved wife, mother and friend. She will be missed by those who were uplifted and inspired by her kind heart and her easy-going personality.

The third out of four children of Willis and Mary Kane, she was born on May 24, 1950 in Eugene, OR.

Diane and her three brothers were raised in Klamath Falls, OR. That is where she met and married Steve Bosse in 1973. Together they began raising a family with three boys, ultimately moving to Orofino.

They divorced in 1987 and Diane went back home to Klamath Falls. She would marry James Bellm in 1995 in Klamath Falls and they lived together until her passing. Diane enjoyed the simple things in life. She was known to stop at a casino or two. That was when she wasn't "junking" as she called it for treasures at any second-hand store.

Diane is preceded by her brothers Robert Hastings of Springfield, OR, and Donald Kane of Portland, OR.

She is survived by her husband, James, of Klamath Falls; brother, Charles, of Eugene, OR; her son, Tracy, and daughter-in-law, Holly, of Peck; son, Brent, and daughter-in-law, Sally, of Meridian; and her son, Adam, of Lewiston.

She was also grandmother to multiple grandkids. There will be a family celebration of Diane's life later this summer.

O'Hair & Ward's Funeral Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Photo: Diane Bellm


Allen Curtis Medalen, 91, formerly of Orofino

Allen Curtis Medalen, a former long-time resident of Orofino, passed away after a long battle with cancer at Harmony Hills Assisted Living in Meridian, Idaho on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the age of 91 years.

Al was born July 19, 1930 in Nekoma, ND, to Oscar and Maine Medalen.

In junior high, his family moved to the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, where he attended school and worked at the Woodland Park Zoo. His family then moved to Kendrick where he attended high school and played basketball. It was here that he met his sweet wife, Dorothy Thornton. Al and Dorothy were married on Aug. 2, 1949, and soon moved to Orofino where they raised their two children, Eric and Teresa.

Al worked for Clearwater County as an assessor and then commissioner.

Allen loved the outdoors, camping and boating with his family. He enjoyed gardening, taking pride in his tomatoes, potatoes & carrots, and woodworking, building many beautiful pieces of furniture for his family.

Al was a skilled carpenter, plumber, electrician, and he built several houses in Orofino. He was a quiet man who loved watching baseball on TV. He loved to pick huckleberries and made the very best huckleberry cheesecake.

Al is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Medalen, who misses the love of her life dearly.

He is also survived by his son, Eric Medalen (late Rebecca Sailor-Medalen) of Star ID; daughter, Teresa Hathaway (Pete) of San Diego CA; sister, Dolores Harris of Lewiston ; and many nieces and nephews. He was Grandpa and GGPa to six granddaughters and 14 great-grandchildren.

Al is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Glenna Wood.

A celebration of life will be held July 19 in Orofino.

Photo: Allen Curtis Medalen


Alvin Moyer, 86

Alvin Eugene Moyer, 86 years young, of Boise, was surrounded by family as he peacefully took his last breath at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 22, 2022. He was not afraid. His faith in God was absolute.

He was born Sept. 25, 1935, to Ruby (Zong) and Leon Moyer in Lancaster, PA. He was the second of four children raised within a tight-knit Mennonite community.

Dad developed a strong work ethic as a child as he helped on the family farm with most of the work done manually. His dedication to work and doing it the right way, was a trait he would practice his whole life.

He attended schools in Neffsville, PA., through the tenth grade at Manheim Township High School. In addition to his chores at home, he helped to support his family working for an Amish family on their farm until the age of 18. Much to the dismay of his family and strong opposition of the church community, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was truly devoted to his country.

He married Sandra McCandless in October of 1956, and four children were born of that marriage; Elizabeth Morgan and Janet (Jim) Montambo, both of Orofino. Rosanna Daniel-Kanetake (Tyler) of Kaneohe, HI, and Daniel (Sabrina) Moyer of Troy, ID. The marriage ended in divorce.

He served in Okinawa during the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, He had assignments in Guam, Turkey, and Australia and many locations throughout the United States.

During his time in the Air Force he served as a communications center supervisor, a central office supervisor and retired after 21.5 years of service in September of 1975.

After retirement from the Air Force he worked as a TV repairman. His house was always full of TVs and other electronics.

He married Sheila Gage in November of 1986 and they recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. Sheila and Dad raised her children, Michael and Amber, and many others throughout their time together. They had love enough for everyone. Dad's best friend had nicknamed the home "Moses' Mission." Many have been blessed with their love and open arms.

Dad loved a good home cooked meal and fresh cup of coffee, he loved traveling, the great outdoors, camping, and fishing. He loved children and animals and they loved him. He loved riding his Kawasaki Mule and taking the grandkids and kids on rides. Family was his everything.

Dad was always kind, calm and thoughtful. How very much he will be missed.

He was an active member of the Vietnam Vets of America and was involved with Helping Hands across the Valley.

He is survived by his four children, his wife of 35 years, Sheila Moyer; and her children, Michael Gage of Boise, and Amber Patten of Kuna; step-granddaughter, Starlina Todd of Pocatello, ID, guardian of granddaughter Christina Patten of Boise and 13 grandkids, 19 great grandkids, 2 great-great grandkids, and best friend Donald McDole of Nampa.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leon Moyer and Ruby Moyer; brothers, Richard L. Moyer, Robert Moyer; and sister, Carolyn Sweigart all of Pennsylvania; and great granddaughter, Morgan Keane of Orofino.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans of America.

Services will be held Monday, April 11, at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise, beginning with the viewing at 10 a.m., services at noon, followed by the committal ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Photo: Alvin Eugene Moyer


Jesse Allen Jackson, 59, Orofino

July 18, 1962-March 24, 2022

Jesse was born in Marysville, CA to Jesse J. Jackson and Joyce Jackson. Jesse Allen moved to Orofino, Idaho at age nine and went to elementary school through high school in Orofino.

After high school Jesse Allen worked building cell phone towers in various countries all over the world until a back injury forced him to retire. Jesse accumulated many friends throughout his life. He loved anything to do with the outdoors including fishing, hiking, exploring, going hunting with his Dad and working on cars. He had a great ability and vision for carving things out of wood and rocks that he found during his adventures in the woods and along the Clearwater River.

Jesse Allen is survived by his father Jesse J. Jackson; his sister, Kim Jackson Skipper; his children, Larry Jackson, Lacie Bunyard, Cheyann Rauenzahn, and Kelli Reece. Grandchildren are Lily, Lisa, Lola, William, Ava, Hazel, Sampson, Catherine, and baby Keller. Nieces and nephews include Monica, Jennifer, Spencer, and Kylie. Jesse is preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Jackson; sister, Babette Castillo; and nephew, Lucas Castillo.

Jesse Allen will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

Flowers may be sent to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Saturday April 9, 2022 at 2 p.m., with Pastor and Uncle Steve Gledhill and Aunt Sue Gledhill presiding.

Photo: Jesse Allen Jackson


Norman D. Woods, 76, former Jaype worker

Norman D Woods, 76, of Wickenburg, AZ, passed away from cancer on Jan. 13, 2022, at About Seniors Assisted Living in Surprise, AZ. The facility and the hospice staff were very good to him, and we are grateful for their care and support.

Norman was born in Payette, Idaho to Calvin Elgin and Bessie Mae Lee Woods. The family was living in Indian Valley at that time, and Bessie went to stay with her parents, Guy and Abbie Lee, in Payette for a short time, to be near the Payette hospital.

The Woods family moved from Indian Valley to Kamiah when Norman was four, and he attended school there for twelve years, graduating from Kamiah High School in 1963.

Norman married Jessie May Nedrow the following August, and they had a daughter, Teresa Ann, born in October, 1964. Jessie and Teresa died in an automobile accident April 4, 1965, on the highway near Stites.

Norman married Irene Watt in Lewiston, Idaho on April 15, 1966. He always joked that he would never forget their anniversary because it came on income tax day. This always included a nice meal and flowers (and Irene never did have to remind him.)

Norman worked for Potlatch for 35 years, first at Twin Feathers in Kamiah, then at the Jaype plywood mill near Pierce. After the Jaype mill closed, Norman and Irene moved to Wickenburg, Arizona, and exchanged long, cold winters for long, extremely hot, summers. But air-conditioning makes the summers bearable, and the winters are really nice (you don't have to shovel sunshine!)

Norman is survived by his wife, Irene; daughters, Elizabeth (Jubal) Ahlstrom of Weippe, and Christina Woods, of Orofino; and son, Jonathan Woods, of Wickenbur; two sisters, Rozella Reichenberg of Pierce, and Dorothy (Mardean) Kiele, of Lewiston; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Vera ("Tex") Gilmore and Verna, who died as an infant; brothers, Marvin "Bud", Calvin Eugene "Gene", and Orval; half-brother, Melvin Woods; and half-sister, Maxine (Carl) Tiede.

At Norman's request, there was no funeral, and his body has been cremated.

Photo: Norman D. Woods


Beverly Bailey, 66, Weippe

Beverly Bailey, 66, Weippe, passed away March 30, 2022.

A tribute for her life is being planned for a later date, Trenary Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Craig William Montgomery, 76, formerly of Orofino

Craig William Montgomery passed away peacefully in his sleep March 13, 2022 during a short rehabilitation stay at the Veterans Home in Spokane, WA. He was 76 years old.

Craig was born in Sherman, TX, on Oct. 22, 1945 to Wilbur "Monk" Montgomery and Joyce Walters Montgomery.

After Craig's birth his father was transferred by the military to Geiger Field in Spokane and the family returned to Clarkston, WA.

From Clarkston the family moved to Orofino where Craig grew up playing on the hillsides, in the empty field, and along the Clearwater River, in Jingletown, with a big group of neighborhood friends.

As a youngster he was active in little league baseball, cub scouts, boy scouts, fishing, swimming, and camping.

As he grew older, he hunted with his dad and brother around the Montgomery/Schenk cabin. However, throughout his life he was most passionate about fishing.

Craig attended Orofino schools and graduated from Orofino High School in 1965. He was active in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He also loved drawing, painting, and photography.

After graduating from high school, he attended Spokane Falls Community College for carpentry training.

From there he moved back to Orofino, joined the National Guard, worked, and met the love of his life.

In 1968 he was deployed to Viet Nam with the 116th Engineer Battalion Army National Guard.

On Dec. 27,1969, Craig married Mary Lee Jasper. They moved to Lewiston where Craig worked for Potlatch and attended LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College).

In 1972, Craig and Mary Lee moved to Nezperce where Craig worked for Nez Perce Rochdale for three years. During this period their oldest son Matthew was born.

Craig attended Spokane Falls Community College from 1976-1979 and graduated from photography school.

In 1979, he opened Red Beard Photography and pursued his dream as a professional photographer.

As the years passed the family expanded and sons Andy, Nate, and daughter, Lesly, were born.

For several years, Craig and Mary Lee opened their loving home to nephew Hoi.

In the years 1993-1995, Craig worked at the Spokane Airport as a security screener.

He became a stay-at-home dad before it was popular and devoted himself to raising his family. He was a wonderful father, not only to his own children, but others. Over the years, he was a mentor and offered sanctuary to numerous teenagers.

Craig will be remembered as a devoted father and loving family man. His generous heart and giving nature were a blessing we all received. His tender spirit is dearly missed.

Craig is preceded in death by: his parents, Monk and Joyce Montgomery of Orofino and his brother, Gregory Montgomery of Spokane.

Craig is survived by: Mary Lee Montgomery, sons, Matt, Andy, Nate, and daughter, Lesly Montgomery all of Spokane; sisters, Laurie Montgomery of Orofino and Robin Vande Voorde of Brush Prairie, WA; grandchildren, Mattie Montgomery, Naomi Logon, and Kamron Long all of Spokane; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2022 at Spokane Cremation 2832 N Ruby with reception to follow at the VFW 300 W Mission.

Photo: Craig William Montgomery


Ken 'Pete' Petersen, 93, formerly of Elk River

Ken 'Pete' Petersen, age 93, passed away at Cascadia of Lewiston.

Ken was born in Spokane, WA, to Roy and Mayme (Ball) Petersen. His first seven years were spent in Elk River. His remaining years were spent in Lewiston, where he attended grade school and high school. He finished one year at Normal School.

He loved sports and lettered in four sports in high school. Ken played professional baseball for two years with the Yankee organization in minor leagues before joining the U.S. Navy in 1950. He played four years of baseball in the Navy at the base in San Diego.

On July 13, 1952, he married Jean A. Campbell to whom he was wed for more than 69 years. They were blessed with a son Kent and daughter Lee Ann.

He worked many places before settling at the Lewiston Post Office, retiring in 1984 after 31 years of service.

Ken spent many years as a basketball referee, baseball umpire, and B Legion coach.

He loved hunting and spent many years on Cook Mountain with buddies Sam, Mick, Sam II, Lane, Leroy, Mike, Mel and Jeff. He also loved fishing, golfing and handball.

He was a lifetime member of the Elks (71 years).

Ken is survived by his wife, Jean Ann; son, Kent (Deanna); daughter, Lee Ann, (Buck); and granddaughter, Riley.

Per his request, there will be no service. Cremation has taken place.

Photo: Ken 'Pete' Petersen


Andrew (Andy) John Godwin, 70, formerly of Orofino/Pierce

Andrew (Andy) John Godwin of Kennewick, WA, passed away March 10, 2022, of heart failure. Andy was born May 29, 1951, to Jack Eugene Godwin and Mary Ellen (Andrews) Godwin in Lewiston.

After living his first year in Pierce, the family moved to Orofino. He attended school in Orofino and the Opportunity School in Lewiston.

As a young adult he went to live with his sister, Meg, and her family in Finley, WA. He eventually moved into his own apartment in Kennewick and lived independently with the help of Tri-Cities Residential Services. He worked for Goodwill and then Columbia Industries. The jobs he did over the years were varied; anywhere from loading grape juice boxes onto conveyor belts at Welch's; cleaning displays at Lowe's, or helping make liners for hard hats. He took pride in any job he did. He retired in December 2013.

He was president of the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Tri-Cities in 1995.

He competed in Special Olympics for several years.

Andy went to Disneyland, made an annual camping trip to a resort and also got to attend a Mariner's game. He loved to ride his bike and he loved muscle cars. He went to the dances whenever he could.

After retirement he moved into a home with three roommates. He went to Columbia Industries three mornings a week and to The Arc of Tri-Cities two afternoons a week.

He attended Hill Springs Church, going to the men's breakfast on Saturday morning and church on Sunday.

He had challenges different than yours or mine, but he loved life. He didn't know a stranger. He always had a smile on his face and he really loved sports, especially the Seahawks and the Mariners. He loved rock and roll music and later heavy metal. He loved coming to Orofino and going downtown to visit and have coffee. He attended the Clearwater Lumberjack Days every year until COVID shut it down.

The family is so grateful to all of the staff at Tri-Cities Residential Services for the love, care and guidance they gave Andy over the last 40 years.

Andy is survived by sister Karen (Sonny) Mitchell of Orofino; nieces, Angela McDowell of Yakima, WA, Sarah (Dean) Jennings of Pullman, WA, Jacci (Darin) Sitko of Hauser, ID and Brenda Mitchell of Coeur d'Alene, ID; and nephew, Max (Kimber) York of Yakima, WA, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Godwin, and his sister Mary Ellen (Meg) Frost, and brother-in-law Robert Frost.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on April 29, 2022 at Hill Springs Church, 1153 Gage Blvd, Richland, WA, and Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. on April 30, 2022 at Riverside Cemetery, 10100 Highway 12, Orofino, ID.

Memorials can be made to Special Olympics or Hill Springs Church.

Photo: Andrew (Andy) John Godwin


Raymond R. Klaudt, 96, formerly of Peck

Raymond R. Klaudt, 96, of Lewiston was called to his heavenly home on Feb. 20, 2022. Ray was born to Henry and Olga Klaudt in the small German-speaking community of Linton, ND, as the fourth of nine children. A child of the Great Depression, he learned early the value of hard work and personal responsibility.

Ray served for a time in the Roosevelt-era Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in western Montana prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy in late 1943. He completed basic training at Farragut Naval Training Station on southern Lake Pend Oreille and went on to serve in the South Pacific from early 1944 until the end of WWII in 1945. Ray was honorably discharged in 1946, and married his sweetheart, June Stringer, in Seattle, WA. They settled briefly in North Dakota where their son Ron was born, then in 1949 moved back to the Olympic Peninsula, where their daughter Coral was born and where Ray started his civil service career at Fort Warden, near Port Townsend. Ray transferred to Fort Missoula in 1953 and the family moved to Western Montana. Ray and June raised their family in Missoula, where son Dale was born, until Ray was offered the position of Administrative Services Section Head on the Clearwater National Forest in 1968. The family moved to Orofino, where Ray worked for the Clearwater National Forest until his retirement in 1980.

The Klaudts purchased a home in Peck in 1972 and lived there for 30 years, during which time Ray served a term as town mayor. Ray and June were instrumental in starting the Clearwater Alliance Church in Orofino, and they served their Lord and Savior with love and generosity. The Klaudts were known as faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus and were quick to share the Gospel wherever and with whomever they could.

After Ray retired from civil service, he spent many years as a beekeeper before age necessitated the sale of his honey business and their Peck home. They moved to Clarkston, WA., in 2002, and remained there until June's death in 2018. While there they were active in the Living Heritage Free Methodist Church.

Ray was preceded in death by his youngest son, Dale Klaudt, in 2012 and his wife of 72 years, June Klaudt, in 2018, as well as his parents and his four brothers and four sisters. Ray is survived by son, Ron Klaudt (Rita) of Juneau, AK; daughter, Coral Bruce (Theron) of Peck; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


A memorial service and celebration of Ray's life will be held for family and friends at a later date. Lewis & Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, ID is handling the arrangements.

Photo: Raymond R. Klaudt


Marion Monroe Smith, 86, of Kamiah

Marion Monroe Smith, 86, of Kamiah passed away at Cascade Health in Lewiston on February 23, 2022. Marion was born in Priest River, Idaho, on August 17, 1936, to Florence and Fonney Smith.

Marion grew up in Luke's Gulch outside of Stites, Idaho, and graduated from Stites High School, in 1953, as one of 9 graduates.

Marion joined the U.S. Army in 1954, and served 7.5 years, in both Army and Army National Guard. He was called up for the Berlin Crisis and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA, for 10 months.

In 1964, Kathryn and Marion were married in Coeur d'Alene, then settled down in Kamiah and raised their family.

Marion was honored to be a "jack of all trades & master of none". He had many jobs, spanning across Idaho; from Potlach, Harpster Saw Mill, Olive's Auto Parts of Kamiah, and becoming Assistant Forest Warden for Department of Lands, Maggie Creek Protective Fire District, from which he retired.

His favorite trade was making dirt roll," with his dozer, while working for road crews.

Kamiah residents will recall Marion Smith being the Volunteer Fire Chief for 3 years. Utilizing his skills, he taught Red Cross First Aid to Kamiah's earliest First Responders; he drove the first Kamiah ambulance, which, at the time, doubled as a hearse.

Marion was also active in Jaycees-Kamiah, until they disbanded.

In the early years of Kamiah, Marion also supported a little start-up of Kamiah Community Credit Union, now known as Freedom Northwest Credit Union. He was also active in Kamiah Arbor Society.

A neighbor, a friend, a firefighter, a veteran, a husband, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather; there are so many ways to describe Marion, but nothing quite captures the feeling of his big laugh and kind heart.

Marion is preceded in death by his sisters, Colleen Smith, Charlotte Smith, Betty (Smith) Huntley; his parents, Florence Lange Smith and Fonney Smith, and he is also preceded in death by one great granddaughter Lilliana Kelm.

Marion is survived by his wife, Kathryn Smith; his daughters, Lena Soto, and Leona Robertson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his two sisters, Dolly Phelps and Judy Turner both of Weippe, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Marion's Life took place Friday March 4, 2022 at Trenary Funeral Home followed by a memorial luncheon at the Kamiah American Legion Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kamiah American Legion.

Photo: Marion Monroe Smith


Clayton B. Baker, 86, of Kamiah

Clay (Clayton) B. Baker passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 22, 2022. He was at home in Kamiah with Hospice Care.

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada of American parents on May 2, 1935.

He traveled to California with his mother, Kathleen, in 1948.

After graduating Venice High School, he served in the Navy SeaBee's, then went to work for General Telephone Co. of California, now known as Verizon. In his retirement, he enjoyed serving in Kiwanis (Oregon), was VP of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee, a Freedom Credit Union Board Member and was a Deacon at Kamiah Bible Church.

Clay is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sally; his daughter, Lisa Kellim; grandchildren, Michael (Brittany) Kellim, Shannen Kellim; and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service may be scheduled at a later date.

Photo: Clayton B. Baker


E. Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler, 100, formerly of Pierce, Orofino

E. Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler, 100, of Lewiston, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at her home.

She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Kooskia to Nelson Arthur Judd and Martha E. Harrington Judd, and graduated in 1940 from Kooskia High School.

She married Frank N. Schoeffler on April 23, 1941, in Lewiston. Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 in Alaska, England and France during World War II.

During Frank's deployment, Jo worked at Farragut Naval Training Station at Pend Orielle in 1942, then she worked in Seattle for Boeing from 1942-45.

After Frank's discharge in 1945, they both moved to Pierce and then later to Orofino. During this time, Jo was a homemaker and cared for their two daughters. In 1955, she started work for Dr. Jack Fairley and worked there until 1979 when her family moved to Lewiston.

She was a Lutheran. Jo enjoyed gardening and would raise a big garden and loved planting flowers. She enjoyed sewing doll clothes. Jo was also a past Rebekah of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Pierce.

Jo is survived by her daughter, Cheri J. Robinson; granddaughters, Tonya L.P. (Bob) Jensen, of Lewiston, and Tara Freeman, of Montana; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1998; her parents, Nelson and Martha; her daughter, Trudy K. Freeman; and her sister, Dorothy Ruark.

At her request, there will be no service. Memorials may be sent to Family Hospice of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Photo: E. Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler


Rieford Franklin 'Frank' Burch, 86, Orofino

Born on Aug. 15, 1935, on Wells Bench above Orofino, Idaho, Rieford Franklin "Frank" Burch departed from this life on March 4, 2022, with fishing rod in hand to that sparkling stream in the heavens where Cut-Throat Trout, Sturgeon and Dolly Varden wait in abundance.

Frank was raised on the North Fork of the Clearwater River by his late parents, Frank and Odetta Burch. In his younger years, Frank attended school at the mouth of Elk Creek. He later attended Orofino High School, where he took up the sport of boxing and lettered in track.

Frank began working the woods at an early age to make cedar poles with his father, who still used a team of horses. He married Norene Plank in 1956 and shortly thereafter began his own logging company. Frank had first run a bald-face dozer to skid logs at the tender age of fourteen. He carefully honed his skills as an operator and eventually gained a reputation as one of the best operators in the area. Frank worked on the construction of the sludge ponds for the Lewiston paper mill and for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association during the 1970s.


By that time, he had acquired a herd of 29 Red Herefords which he managed with the help of his trusted horse, Topsy, at the mouth of Jim Ford Creek. But Frank loved his dozer much more than his Herefords. By the early 1980s Frank was working as a contractor for Potlatch Corporation and continued contract work for the company until retirement. During a long career operating his dozer for soil erosion control, road building, forestry practices and fire suppression, Frank became relatively famous for the installation of "whoopie bumps."

He was very proud of his self-described "whoopie bumps" and, as all of his friends well know, never missed a Twinkie at "tea time" when on the job. If you were special, Frank might even offer to share a Twinkie with you.

Frank was self-taught as a welder and was an extremely talented fabricator. In addition to performing maintenance on his dozer, he could build just about anything with metal, including flat-bed trailers, vehicle bumpers, gates, stairs, railings and tables. For a number of years during the winter off-season,

Frank worked for Bruce Oakes in Clarkston, WA, where he built aluminum jet boats. Frank personally built several jet boats for himself. His masterpiece was a 36-foot aluminum jet boat, which he designed himself. It features a steering stick rather than a wheel, under-bow sleeping quarters, a galley, two in-board motors and a unique "V" hull shape that lifts the boat to allow it to skim across the top of the water. Of course, Frank's fascination with his jet boats was closely related to an affinity for catching Sturgeon and Channel Catfish on fishing expeditions to the Snake River's Hells Canyon.

Frank was one of six children, including four sisters and one brother. He is survived by three sons: Kevin, Kelly and Keith. One son, Kraig, preceded him in death. Grandpa will be dearly missed by all of his many grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Sanders Cemetery on Wells Bench Thursday, March 24.

Photo: Rieford Franklin 'Frank' Burch


James A. Brown Jr., 66, formerly of Orofino

James A. Brown Jr., 66, resident of St. Maries, ID passed away at his home on March 5, 2022. He was born to James A. Sr. and Betty Brown on April 12, 1955, in Oklahoma City, OK. Jim grew up in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1974.

Following high school, Jim went to work for Jaype Plant of Potlatch Forests, Inc. in Pierce Idaho where he served as a Relief Supervisor and Fire Chief. Jim volunteered as an EMT and fire fighter for Orofino Fire and EMS. In 1985 he married the love of his life Billie Tiller, a high school friend that he reconnected with. They made their home in Orofino until 1996 when they relocated to St. Maries, ID. Jim took a Supervisor position at Potlatch Corporation, St. Maries Complex. In 2001 Jim left the complex and went to work at the Coeur d' Alene Casino running their wastewater plant and serving as a Preventative Maintenance Coordinator. Due to health reasons, Jim retired from the casino in 2017.

Jim loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed camping, spending time on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, watching football, and was an avid Steelers fan.

Jim is survived by his wife Billie at their home in St. Maries; children, Tansi Pedersen of Orofino, Roddy Brown of St. Maries, Tessa Declet of Augusta, GA, and Tara Wilson; siblings, Chris (Gary) McBee and Debbie (Mike) Claffey both of Orofino; six grandchildren; one great grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private family service will be held at a later date to honor Jim. You may leave condolences for his family at hodgefuneralhome.com.

Photo: James A. Brown Jr.


Betty Jane Donohue, 86, formerly of Cavendish, Orofino

"Granny" Betty Jane Donohue passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Lewiston, reuniting with her beloved husband, Jack, who preceded her in death.

She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who brought love, laughter and fun into the lives of everyone she knew.

Betty was born in 1935 in Orofino to parents Everett and Gladys Blackburn, the second of three children between brothers Mick and Bill, whom she adored.

She grew up in Cavendish, where she learned to hold her own as the only girl among several cousins who doubled as best friends. Later, the annual Cousin's Weekend family reunion would be the highlight of Betty's year right up through this past summer.

After Betty married the love of her life, Jack Donohue, in 1955 in Orofino, they quickly welcomed three sons - Tom, Mike and Pat - one after the other. She found herself happily surrounded by boys once again until their long-awaited daughter, Jacki, arrived in 1969 after their family moved to Lewiston. Jack would later reminisce with a smile in his eyes about the pride Betty took in raising their children and how proud he was to have her by his side.

Jack and Betty's home was always open and usually full. Anyone who entered was welcomed as family, and treated to food, fun and the good-natured teasing that came with it.

Given how much Betty loved to feed everyone around her, it was fitting that she worked as a cook and cashier for the Lewiston School District.

When the grandchildren began to arrive, Betty became "Granny," and spoiling her grandkids was her full-time job. That meant handmade blankets and homemade cookies - but most importantly, time and attention that made each one feel as uniquely special as they were in her eyes.

Betty loved to play cards and games with friends, though it was always more about catching up than keeping score. She cherished her memories vacationing and camping with Jack - from Hawaii; to their cruise to Alaska with friends; to visiting cousins Paul and Lee Pippenger in Mazatlan; to touring Europe with Jacki and her family; to Otter Camp, Winchester; or simply parking their trailer at Myrtle, often with a grandkid or two in tow. Betty knew how to have fun, wherever she was.

Betty's sense of humor was a source of strength and joy for herself and her family. The best part of her jokes was watching her tell them - which usually ended by her cracking herself up with a signature knee slap before she could make it through the punchline.

Betty took great pride in volunteering for the Wishing Star Foundation and Orchards United Methodist Church, where she and Jack were members. With a natural talent for art and crafting, she made beautiful quilts, cakes and paintings.

But anyone who knew Betty knew that her family was her proudest creation. If spending time with them was her favorite pastime, her second favorite was bragging about them to everyone else.

Later in life, Betty enjoyed reading, playing bingo with her friends at Royal Plaza and getting her nails painted by the kind caregivers there.

She loved rooting for Gonzaga basketball. If she left any regret in this world, it would be missing this years' tournament (no pressure, guys). But it certainly wouldn't be words left unsaid. Betty was generous with her love and never missed an opportunity to tell the people she cared for how much they meant to her.

In addition to Jack, Betty was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws; brother, Mick; brothers-in-law, Art, Bob, Pete and Norm; sisters-in-law, Lila, Donna and Jan; and many good friends.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Tom and Casey, Mike, Pat and Kim, and Jacki and Jerry; brother, Bill and his wife, Sandy; sisters-in-law, Penny and Pat; nine grandchildren and their spouses: Kobi and Missy, John, Jenny, Kiley and Ben, Addie, P.J. and Hannah, Sydnee, Ryan, and Courtney; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; many good friends; a lifetime of memories; and a chocolate chip cookie recipe that will live on.

Nothing gave Betty more joy than bringing people she loved together. So, please join us for a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Friday at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Jackson Baldwin Pay It Forward Foundation at jacksonspayitforward.com or the Orchards United Methodist Church at (208) 743-9201.

Photo: Betty Jane Donohue


Lorraine Wingard, 85, formerly of Orofino

Lorraine S. (Hatcher) Wingard, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Cottage Grove, OR. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Wingard.

Born May 8, 1936, in Orofino, ID to Paul and Oda (Bonner) Hatcher, Lorri met Chuck while working for the U.S. Forest Service in Orofino. After marrying, they lived for short periods in Billings, MT, Juneau, AK, and Missoula, MT before settling in Kalispell, MT.

Following Chuck's death in 2007, she moved to Eugene, OR in 2012 to be closer to her children.

Lorri enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband and researching her family's history. She is survived by her children, Shelley Mehner, Joseph Wingard, and Russell Wingard, as well as two grandchildren, Austin Mehner and Taryn Mehner.

No services are currently planned.

Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service (541-485-6659), Springfield, OR,. is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Lorraine Wingard


James Franklen Crawford, 88, formerly of Orofino

James Franklen Crawford passed away Jan. 6, 2022 in Newburg, OR. He had been in ill health for several years.

Jim was born November 6, 1934 to Glen and Mable Crawford at Melcher, IA. The family moved to Des Moines where Jim and his sister Glenndine grew up.

Jim graduated from Johnson High School in 1952. After graduating he built stock cars and raced them.

He moved to Idaho to be with his dad and his mom. He began working for Les Crawford in the woods and then later for Andrus Stud Mill.

Jim met and married Carol Snyder in 1956. They had three boys; Jeffery, Jody, and Brian. They would later adopt a baby girl named Jami.

In 1957, Jim was drafted into the Army. He was part of a training exercise off the Western Coast of France. He spent 18 months in Fontennet, France.

Jim and Carol lived in Rialto, CA, for three years, where he attended San Bernardino Community College. He received a Certificate in diesel mechanics and welding.

Jim loved to hunt and fish with his dad and his boys. They had several hunting camps, one at Sheep Mountain Saddle and Bear Creek, close to East Port, OR. He liked to camp at South Beach, OR, and spent time there digging clams and netting crab. His grandchildren looked forward to their trips to the beach because grandpa and the boys would catch lots of crabs to eat.

In 2001 Jim and Carol would adopt their granddaughters Jessica, Jennifer, Stormy, and Marie. They would grow up in Orofino and become (MANIACS) graduating from OHS (Orofino High School).

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Mable Crawford, Orofino; his grandparents, Loyed Crawford and Josephine Infield; his brother in-law, Don Graham; sister, Glenndine Graham (who just passed away at this writing); brother in-laws, Rick and Mike Snyder; and sister in-law, Paula Lougee. He lost his baby grandson, Castiel Stradle at 7 months old, and his niece, Alexis Bittleston.

Jim is survived by his children, Jeffery and Brian Crawford, Orofino; Jody Crawford, Newberg, OR; and Jami Sue Crawford, Clackamas, OR.; Jessica Edwards, Moscow; Jennifer and Alan, Orofino; Stormy Patton, Lewiston and Marie, Seattle, WA.; grandsons, Travis Crawford, Adam Crawford, Newburg, OR; Tyson and Tomas Crawford, Orofino; and granddaughter, Tonya, Cervantes, Lafyette, OR., and T.J. Stevens, Fossil, OR; his nephew, Steven Graham (Lola); and nieces, Susan Bittleston, Peck; 15 great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

Photo: James Franklen Crawford


Wallace 'Wally' Schmidt, 94, formerly of Orofino

Wallace Cameron Schmidt passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, Iris and his children, Bryan Schmidt and Ilene Dudunake; and his grandchildren Taylor Dudunake and Savannah Dahlgren on March 8, 2022, after a brief illness.

Wally was born on August 15, 1927 in Weippe, Idaho. He was the fifth son and sixth child of William Frederic Schmidt and Ruth Carol (Gordon) Schmidt. While attending the University of Idaho, Wally met Iris Margaret Fisher, the love of his life, from Emmett, Idaho. They both received their degrees on June 7, 1953, and were married on June 21, 1953 in Emmett.

Wally and Iris began their married life close to Weippe at Schmidt Brothers Sawmill. Wally joined his two brothers in the management of the family logging and sawmill business - Schmidt Bros Inc.

Wally and Iris had three children, John William Schmidt, born in 1955, Bryan Robert Schmidt, born in 1957, and Ilene Marie Schmidt, born in 1961.

John preceded his father in death from a motorcycle accident in 1975.

Services will be held at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise on March 21 at 1 p.m. A live video feed will be aired for those who are unable to attend. Contact Cloverdale Funeral Home for further information about the live feed, 208-375-2212.

Photo: Wallace Cameron 'Wally' Schmidt


Sheri A. Mallory, 70, Weippe

Sheri A. Mallory, 70, of Weippe, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a dear friend to many, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at the Banner Del Webb Medical Center near her winter home in Surprise, AZ. She died from the effects of congestive heart failure.

She was born Sharon A. Kappel March 5, 1951, to Andrew and Mabel Bischoff Kappel in Ephrata, WA, but known as "Sheri" all of her life. Her parents both passed away when she was in junior high, she then lived with her aunt and uncle, Walter and Alice Bischoff Spies and her two younger siblings in Moses Lake, WA. She graduated from Moses Lake High School in 1969, and attended Big Bend Community College of Moses Lake enrolled in the business program. She started working as a court clerk for the Grant County District Court.

She married Ed Miller in June of 1973; together they had two sons, Brandon E. and Scott M. Miller. They moved to Idaho where she worked for the First Security Bank in Lewiston and later Regence Blue Shield as a secretary. The marriage ended in divorce.

In 1988 she married Jim Mallory and moved to Deary, then Coeur d'Alene in 1989, and then to Headquarters in 1992. In 1994 they purchased property and built their log home near Weippe. At this time, she started at the job she loved the most at Timberline High School as an assistant secretary where she worked until retiring in 2009.

Sheri was always very active, boating on Dworshak, jogging the Seaport Run and numerous Bloomsdays, camping at her favorite spot at Powell, exploring the Mallard Larkin, riding her four-wheeler and snowmobile, picking huckleberries with friends, trips to the Oregon and Washington coasts and many trips to the Island of Kauai. Sheri loved to plan parties, lunches, and barbecues for family, friends and co-workers. Since retirement her favorite was spending time with family and the grandkids, and relaxing in the warm winter in Surprise, AZ, with many friends and visits from the family.

She is survived by her husband Jim Mallory, of Weippe; sons, Brandon Miller, of Lewiston, Scott Miller and wife Shannon; grandsons Landon and Graycen Miller, of Colton, WA; stepdaughter, Mandy Mallory, of Clarkston, WA; stepson, Tyler Mallory and wife Christine; granddaughter Evie Mallory, of Austin, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Mabel Bischoff Kappel; aunt and uncle, Walter and Alice Bischoff Spies; brothers, Delbert Kappel, Jimmy Dean Kappel, Andy Wayne Kappel Sr.; sisters Delilah Miller and Peggy Weed.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or the charity of your choice.

The Palm Valley Funeral Home of Sun City, AZ, is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of Sheri's life will be held at a later date and place to be determined.

Photo: Sheri A Mallory


Kathryn Gayle Hobson, 49, born in Orofino

Katie was born Sept. 4, 1973 in Orofino, Idaho, to Rob Hobson and Karen Rogers Hobson. She passed away in Emmett, Feb. 20, 2022.

Surviving are her sons, Austin and Bodie Hisaw; brothers, Robby and Drew Hobson; her parents; her life partner of 18 years, Randy Reiman; Dyna the dog, and many other dear family members and friends.

A celebration of Katie's life will be held March 19, 2022, 11 a.m. at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Opportunities to verbally pay tribute to Katie will be given during the service, or a written tribute may be handed to the minister prior services.

Donations in Katie's name may be given to St. Luke's Cancer Institute (https://www.stlukesonline.org/health-services/service-groups/cancer-care-at-st-lukes-cancer-institute/make-a-donation-to-st-lukes-cancer-institute) or West Valley Humane Society in Caldwell (https://westvalleyhumanesociety.org/?s=donations).

Photo: Katie Hobson


Donna Knight, 80, born in Orofino

Donna Maureen Knight died peacefully on March 10, 2022 in Grangeville at the age of 80. Born May 24, 1941, to Donald and Aletha Ann Rogers in Orofino, Idaho. Donna was the oldest of four daughters.

Donna moved a lot in her younger years. She went to school in Spaulding, Winchester, Weippe, Greer, Orofino and Kamiah.

Donna married Ray Mendenhall in 1956 and they had three children, Marvin, Debra and Melissa. They were later divorced.

In 1970, Donna married Larry Wayne Knight, the love of her life. In March 1971, they welcomed their daughter Monica into the world. They made their home on Caribel Road where they raised their children and built their home with "a million dollar view".

Donna and Larry were farmers and ranchers. They grew grain, hay, and raised cattle. They also had chickens and a few rabbits. Donna also helped the girls with 4-H steers and sheep. The couple also raised horses for work and play. Donna loved her cow dogs too. Above all she was an amazingly devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

There was not anything Donna couldn't accomplish.

In addition to being a wife, mother, farmer, and rancher, she was an avid hunter, fisherman, artist, seamstress, cook, gardener and realtor.

In 1992, Donna went back to school and received her GED and real estate license. She later became a real estate broker and owner of Knight Realty. She was so proud of her accomplishment. As a successful realtor, Donna also mentored her niece Shannon and daughter Monica, as they became realtors as well.

Donna started painting after meeting the most wonderful pastor's wife Naomi White. She met Naomi while attending the Woodland Friends Church.

Donna was a natural when it came to painting. She loved to paint and later did pastels. Donna had many other talents and was never bored. She made root beer in the summertime with the kids, old fashioned pressed cider, and canned and preserved anything she could get her hands on. She enjoyed teaching her skills to anyone willing to learn. She believed in hard work and kindness.

Donna never met a stranger. She was kind and considerate to all who crossed her path. She was always faithful and honest.

She is survived by her husband Larry Wayne Knight; her four children: Marvin Mendenhall, Debbie Bunch and Missi Knight of Kamiah and Monica Hagen (Patrick) of Grangeville; her grandchildren: Marvin Mendenhall of Lewiston, Levi Mendenhall, Amanda Earles (James) of Abeline, TX, Jeremiah Bunch of Lewiston, Amber Schmadeka (William "Tel") of Kamiah, Joshua Knight (Kasey) of Kamiah, Ashley Prado of Cottonwood, Jacob Prado of Kamiah, Trever Knight of Kamiah, Devin Knight of Orofino, Simon and Agustus Hagen of Grangeville; her sisters: Ruth Anderson of Milton, WA, Julia Ayers of Cahone, CO, Shirley Weddle of Kamiah; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Mike Bunch; grandchildren David Bunch, Heather Bunch; great-grandchild, Dixon Earles; and her brothers-in-law, Norman Ayers and Jesse Weddle.

A funeral will be held at St. Catherine's of Sienna Catholic Church in Kamiah on March 19, 2022. Burial directly follows at the Kamiah Cemetery with a luncheon afterward at St. Catherine's in the basement. Trenary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (trenaryfuneralhome.com). Donations may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org) or Shriner's Hospital (donate.lovetotherescue.org).

Photo: Donna Maureen Knight


Eudora McMinn, 82, formerly of Orofino

Eudora Florence McMinn walked through the door from this world into the hands of our Lord and Savior at 5 a.m. on Wednesday March 9, 2022. She was 82 years young. Her life began on Nov. 26, 1939 in Caldwell, the youngest of four girls born to Lora E. and John E. Harritt. Her teen years were a little rocky with her parents divorcing and her father later dying when she was 12 years old. Her mother later married Clarence Cy Roark whom she became very fond of so much that he became her Dad, not just a step-father.

At 16 she met and married Robert Shields circa 1955 and had three boys from this union but divorced before the third boy was born in February of 1963.

In July of 1963 she met and married Fred T. Berg who was an Exploration Driller and through their 21-year marriage traveled quite extensively across North America to include Canada and Mexico. Their union also brought along three more children, a girl in 1964, another boy in 1965, and then finally the youngest a girl in 1970.

In 1977 they became foster parents to a 12-year-old girl whom they later adopted. Fred also brought 3 older girls from a prior marriage making 10 kids in all. In 1984 Eudora and Fred divorced.

In 1985 she met and married Melvin McMinn who had a son and a step-son from a previous marriage. They lived for a short while in the Treasure Valley in southern Idaho and then Garden Valley. They then moved up to Stanley where Mel had some property and they built a log cabin on it from logs that Eudora and Mel harvested and processed together. In 1993, they sold out in Stanley and found 10 acres on the Old Peck Grade between Orofino and Lenore where they had a gorgeous view of the Clearwater River and which they resided until 2021. She sold the property in 2021 and moved up to Craigmont to be closer to her son Randy and where she resided at the time of her death.

Eudora was an avid sportsman who loved to fish and hunt. She was a remarkable gardener and was even a gardener for Walmart in Lewiston for a number of years. She could even make rocks grow. She also owned and operated the Quilting Shed in Lenore for many years until her health turned on her.

She was a member of the Clearwater Hospital Auxiliary and she made and donated several of her quilts for raffles over the years. She was also a member of the Malac Temple of the Daughters of the Nile in Lewiston.

Eudora was preceded in death by her father, John; her step-father, Cy; her mother, Lora; daughter, Karen; husband, Melvin McMinn; and son, Timothy Shields.

Her surviving children are Robert Shields of Missoula MT, Randy Berg of Craigmont, Cheryl (Shea) Paulson of Salt Lake City UT, Fred C. Berg Jr. of Virginia, MN, Jeanette Jones of Hailey, and Brenda Paulson (her adopted daughter). She has many grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Photo: Eudora Florence McMinn


Robert 'Bob' Kinney, 75, formerly of Orofino

Well known attorney Robert 'Bob' Kinney of Mesilla, NM, died suddenly on Feb. 16, 2022. Kinney lived in the Las Cruces area for 27 years, where he was head of the Las Cruces Office of the Federal Public Defender.

Bob was born on Sept. 13, 1946 at Yakima, WA, where he spent his first 18 years. His parents, Robert E. Kinney, Sr., an electrician, and Erma Marie Kinney (nee Headley), a homemaker, passed in 1991 and 2009, respectively.

Bob is survived by his wife, Rosa Rodriguez of Mesilla, NM, and by siblings Patricia Aragon (Joe) of Greeley, CO, and his brother and best friend, Gregory Kinney of Sebring, FL. Two other siblings predeceased him, Sharon Lee Genson (Jerome) in 2007 and Linda McAleer (Michael) in 2021.

Rosa, the love of Bob's life, became close friends with him in the early 1990s. After some intervening years they reunited in 2013. Rosa has been a wonderful companion and mate for Bob -- fun-loving, unique, smart, beautiful, and caring. They were married on September 20, 2014. Rosa brought beauty and grace to their life. They enjoyed traveling the world together. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve from the 1960s. He received a B.A. from Central Washington University, then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho in 1976.

Bob was an attorney for the City of Orofino, beginning in March of 1984, and was also a solo law practitioner in Orofino for 19 years. In 1995 he was hired as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Las Cruces where he diligently defended indigent people accused of crimes in Federal court, and in May 1996 became that office's branch chief.

Bob trained and supervised many lawyers and other employees until 2014 when he retired. He was a long-time member of several criminal defense organizations. At the time of his passing he was an active member of the New Mexico Parole Board, having been appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham with the consent of the New Mexico State Senate.

Bob also leaves nieces, nephews and many friends in the U.S. and abroad. During the last three years he especially enjoyed the Wednesday evening meetings with the "Yacht Club" at the Double Eagle in Mesilla. His view of his friends may be summed up by a song line from Tom Paxton: "Thanks for the company. The honor was all mine." His life also was enriched by the hundreds of clients he was honored to represent. Bob viewed their stories as lessons in human frailty and in strength.

Bob gave additional significant time to public service. For weeks at a time he voluntarily taught and assisted young lawyers in Mongolia and in Bulgaria under the sponsorship of the Soros Open Society Foundations. He believed strongly in the Rule of Law. Bob logged 46 years as a licensed lawyer. He was a top-rated criminal defense lawyer, admired by clients, judges, prosecutors, co-workers, other criminal defense attorneys and countless friends. He was proud to have served as court-appointed counsel in nine State and Federal death penalty cases. He was among an elite of the relatively few "death-qualified" lawyers. None of his clients received the death penalty.

Bob was a calm, intelligent person who loved horse racing, quality gin, travel, BMWs, New Mexico, scuba diving, ice hockey and lawyering. He believed that his life was a hell of a ride. He suffered the heart attack which took his life while with Rosa shortly after they had spent a fine day at the Sunland Park Racetrack. Bob's friends always were inspired both by his smiling determination to fully live life despite his Parkinson's disease and by Rosa's devotion to him.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later time.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Parkinson's Support Group of Southern New Mexico by using www.pmdalliance.org, then selecting the green donation button and adding Bob's name and "for the benefit of PDSGSNM.org."

Photo: Robert 'Bob' Kinney


Riferd 'Frank' Burch, 86, Orofino

Riferd "Frank" Burch, of Orofino, born Aug. 15, 1935, died March 4, 2022, in Lewiston.

A graveside funeral is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Sheri A. Mallory, 70, Weippe

Sheri A. Mallory, 70, of Weippe, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at Banner Del E Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, AZ.

Palm Valley Funeral Home of Sun City is in charge of arrangements.


Cheri K. Jenks, 66, Orofino

Cheri K. Jenks, 66, of Orofino, passed away Feb. 22, 2022, in Missoula, MT, after a short but courageous battle with hepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

Mom was born Sept. 29, 1955, in Lewiston, to Thomas and Carol Johnson. She lived her entire life in Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 1973. Shortly after graduation, she married Alfred "Hank" Jenks in July, 1973 and they welcomed their daughter Tracy, in July, 1975. Six years later, they welcomed a son, Rusty, in April, 1981.

Mom spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, however she spent moments of her life as a caretaker for several local families.

She loved nature and the outdoors; camping with family, fishing and hunting. Her hobbies included scrapbooking, reading and a deep love for animals.

Her unconditional love and devotion to her children and grandchildren were unmatched and she was a great supporter and avid enthusiast of their games and activities. She was compassionate for helping others in need. She spent the last year of her life taking care of her mother in Missoula. One of her favorite things to do was visit her family and sit on her brothers' deck to look out over the Big Sky of Montana.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Johnson. She is survived by her mother, Carol Johnson of Missoula; husband Hank Jenks of Orofino; daughter Tracy (Jose) Barajas of Orofino; son Rusty Jenks of Meridian; brother Jeff (Patty) Johnson of Missoula; granddaughter Marissa Barajas of Spokane, WA; and grandson, Jose Barajas of Nampa.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Photo: Cheri K. Jenks


Richard 'Dick' Miles Cochrane, 82, OHS grad

Richard 'Dick' Miles Cochrane, aged 82, passed away at his home in Emmett, Idaho on Dec. 22, 2021.

Dick, known to some as Miles, was born in Orofino, Idaho on Jan. 18, 1939, to Marie Mattson Cochrane Evert and Miles A Cochrane.

He graduated from Orofino High School in 1957 and attended the College of Idaho as a collegiate boxer, while receiving a BA in Art. He later received a diploma from Boise State University with a degree in Physical Education.

After college, Richard enlisted in the Air Force in 1961, served as a trained crew chief on F-86 Interceptors at Gowen Field Air Force Base in Boise, Idaho. Then later enlisted and served 8 years in the United States Naval Reserve, a.k.a. the Sea Bees as an equipment operator, military instructor, automatic rifleman, and physical readiness program coordinator. He attended several special schools and received several awards while serving.

Dick said more than once, "I am a lover, not a fighter." He spent the next years of his life enjoying dancing. His specialty Ballroom! Dick lived life to the fullest, surrounded by people and doing what he loved! He owned/managed "Dick and Joanie's Dance Studio", in Boise, Idaho, and traveled the world participating in Dancing competitions. He organized and promoted travel ventures to Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden, and many cities in the United States including Hawaii. If you watch the Bronco Billy movie, in the scene at the Ranch Club in Garden City: There is Richard dancing as an extra!

Later in life

Richard continued to pursue physical fitness. He loved attending Boise State Football games with his long-time companion, Zilma "Cookie" Herridge. He enjoyed driving his shiny blue corvette and dancing with the Ladies while joking: "Don't forget ladies, I'm up for adoption." And as he left the building he always added, "Arrivederci!"

He is survived by his three sisters: Lillian Howerton, Carolynn Shaw, and Melvina (Mike) Tredway.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Miles A. Cochrane; mother, Marie Evert; and companion, Cookie Herridge.

He is buried beside his father in Orofino Riverside Cemetery. No services are scheduled at this time.

Photo: Richard 'Dick' Miles Cochrane


Lawrence Tressler, 73, Peck

Lawrence Tressler, 73, of Peck, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at Clearwater Valley Health in Orofino.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Elaine Pelton, 88, formerly of Orofino

Elaine Marie Brandt Pelton passed away early Sunday morning, Feb. 13, 2022, at home surrounded by her family.

Elaine was born on Dec. 31, 1933. She was one of the first babies born in the 'new' Pierce Hospital! She grew up in and around Orofino where her parents built sawmills, finally building JW Brandt and Son, Inc., on Orofino Creek.

Elaine graduated from the University of Idaho in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in Education. Later that summer she married Dale Pelton. They settled in Orofino, where Elaine taught third grade and Dale worked at the pole yard in Ahsahka.

Their three sons; Douglas Dale - 1957, Gary Dean - 1959 and Dana Bradley - 1961 were all born in Orofino. The family later moved to Sandpoint, Idaho where Melinda was born. And later to Kalispell, MT where all four children graduated from high school, Elaine became a substitute teacher and began her quilting career!

Elaine was the 'soul' of her family, spending many summer vacations and holidays with extended family, including grandparents; Adron and Nellie Pelton of Ahsahka, Walter and Bessie Brandt of Orofino along with John Brandt and family; Norma, Lucky, Amee and Skipper of Kooskia and Dean Brandt and family; Judy and Alison of Orofino, Clarence Johnson and family; Bertha, Ann, Eileen, Carl and Kaye of Orofino, and so many others!

Elaine was a daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, mother, grandma, great-grandma, and friend. Strong, talented, and smart, Elaine was a wickedly sarcastic conversationalist!

A feminist, teacher, pianist, master seamstress and quilter, she loved to be on the go, to be in the middle of a project or 10 and had more real friendships than most! She nourished all of those around her with her home-made cookies, soups, quilts, strong opinions, and sage advice.

As a mother, Elaine was simply the best! Quick to correct, happy to help, and easy to love. She loved her children fiercely and recovered from both the loss of Dougie in 1978 after a terrible car accident and Gary in 2019 after a complicated illness. She relished her visits with son, Dana and family, Dana, Nathan, Chris, Douglas, Ava, and Wyatt, of Collinsville, OK. She moved in with daughter Mindy, and family; Kiefer, Carson and Zavier in San Antonio, TX in 2015 where she continued to be on the go, traveling, shopping, and enjoying time with her grandsons, who affectionately dubbed her, Great! Great, indeed.

The family will be gathering later this spring to memorialize Elaine. In lieu of flowers, please do something fun, in memory of Elaine.

Photo: Elaine Pelton


Vena Lee Steward, 86, of Orofino

Vena Steward went to see the Heavenly Father Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. She passed away quietly at her home in Orofino with family present.

Vena was born to Oscar and Estella Hulett on May 11, 1935. She married Billy Steward in 1955; they had eight children, Billy Steward, Kenneth Steward, Ronald Steward, Johnny Steward, Dena Rose, Lester Steward, Tracia Manuel and Timothy Steward.

Vena enjoyed attending her church and church functions with the many friends she made over the years. She has 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.


Glenndine Graham, 89, Peck

Glenndine Graham, 89, of Peck was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Dallas, IA, to Nick (Glenn) Crawford and Mable Miller-Crawford.

She passed away of age-related complications and sepsis on Feb. 18, 2022 at her home in Peck.

Glenndine graduated from high school in Des Moines, IA. She also did three years of college in Southern California.

She was married to Donald Lee Graham on Jan. 10, 1951 in Des Moines. After he passed away, she lived in San Jose, CA. until coming to Orofino in 2017.

Glenndine was a hair dresser in Rialto, CA. for many years (1967-1968), before going to dog grooming school in Portland, OR in 1970. She practiced the dog grooming in Southern California before moving to Orofino, where she opened a grooming shop called, "Fluffy Puppy".

Glenndine is preceded in death by her mother and father, Glenn and Mable Crawford; her husband, Donald Lee Graham; a granddaughter, Alexis Bittleston; and her brother, Jim Crawford.

She is survived by her son, Steve (Lola) Graham of Peck; daughter, Susan Bittleston of Peck; grandson, Ian (Chrystal) Graham and their children, Morgan, McKenzie and Canyon; granddaughter, Jessi Graham, of Orofino; grandson, Kermit (Gina) Graham of Shermon Oaks, CA. and their children, Crichton and Teagen; and sister-in-law, Carol Crawford, of Orofino.

No services are planned.

Photo: Glenndine Graham


Mark Benjamin Hutchins, 46, Weippe

Mark Benjamin Hutchins, 46, was life-flighted to Boise, Idaho on Jan. 26, 2022 and he passed away on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Mark was born on June 24, 1975, at Saint Luke's hospital in Boise. He was the son of Linda Suesan (Wolfe) Hutchins and David (Larry) Lawrence Hutchins. Mark lived in Weippe, Idaho, all his life where he attended Weippe Elementary School, Weippe Middle School and Timberline High School where he graduated in 1993. As a child, Mark participated in 4-H, completing projects in forestry, fishing and many other projects. He enjoyed glass etching, welding, track, baseball and working on cars (his Jeep and Chevy Nova). Mark enjoyed helping his dad on the farm and at the lumber mill learning about all of the equipment. Mark worked at Hutchins and Timberline Lumber as an edger operator and later he worked for Empire Lumber as a front-end loader operator for several years. He married Tina Marie Santos in 2002. He then went on to get a Commercial Driver's License and drove logging truck for Magnum's Trucking, chip truck for KBC and logging truck for Finke Logging.

In 2015, Mark broke his lower back driving a logging truck near Dent Bridge. Prior to the accident, he loved riding snowcats, 4-wheelers, and motorcycles. In the last several years, he became good at outdoor cooking on his Blackstone grill.

Mark is survived by his parents Linda and Larry Hutchins; his wife, Tina Marie Hutchins; son, Kyle Donald Lee Miller; sister, Melody Roseann Hutchins; brother, Joshua James Hutchins (Weippe); aunt, Lois (Gerald) Aeschliman; nephew, Christopher David Joeseph Allen; and by Kyle's mom, Beverly Miller. Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edna and Ben Wolfe, Alice and Lawrence Hutchins; aunts, Penny Ross and Patricia Ann Wolfe; and uncle, Donald Lee Wolfe.

Remembrances may be left for the family on Mark's webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com. Arrangements are under the care of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation of Meridian, Idaho. A service will be held later in the spring.

Photo: Mark Benjamin Hutchins


Janet A. 'Jan' Meneely, 81, born in Orofino

On Feb. 10, 2022, God gained another angel. Janet Audrey Meneely of Kootenai, Idaho entered eternal rest surrounded by her loving family, she was 81 years old. Jan was born on April 19, 1940 in Orofino, Idaho, to Rolfe and Barbara Hottell and married James (Jim) Meneely on May 3, 1958.

In 1960, Jim and Jan made their home in Kootenai, ID where they raised their three girls Jacque, Jerrie and Julie. They were known as the 5 J's! Jan worked in retail in Sandpoint at Sprouse Reitz, Furniture Exchange and Co-Op until they started their fishing charter business, Seagull Charters. Jan loved the years they spent traveling in their motorhome until they bought their second home in Arizona where they spent the winter months soaking up the sun with good friends. Life presented many health challenges for Jan but she fought them courageously. She never allowed it to get her down and was always making new friends along the way.

Jan loved to be involved with her children's activities and was typically found volunteering at their schools, leading 4-H groups and never missed attending an activity or sporting event they were involved in. Jan had seven grandchildren and proudly boasted about them often. She was always their No. 1 fan and they knew they could do no wrong in her eyes. Jan was happiest spending the day with her family and friends enjoying a meal, playing cards, going for a drive in the mountains or helping someone with a home improvement project. She loved camping with her family and taking road trips where long hours were spent singing along the way.

Everyone that knew Jan, knows how talented she was. She would go above and beyond for her family and as a master seamstress, would make anything that they requested. She made clothes for special events, costumes and many matching square dance outfits for herself and Jim. Cooking and sharing food was her love language; it is how she chose to express her love for those close to her. As a gardening enthusiast, Jan grew both vegetables and flowers. She was the go-to for "starts and tips''. Driven by her passion to help others, Jan never turned down the opportunity to share her talents to help someone. She decorated cakes, sewed everything, created flower arrangements, upholstered furniture, made beautiful stained glass & etchings and would take on any homeowner project asked of her.

Jan leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Jim Meneely; her daughters, Jacque (Dave) Turner, Jerrie (Bruce) Colin, Julie Meneely Halliday; her grandchildren, Megan (Zac Manor) Turner, Danielle (Jimmy) Butts, Tiffany (Kyle) Cannon, Ryan (Amanda) Colin, Cody Halliday, Ashley Halliday (Stefan Buratto) and Allison Halliday; her great-grandchildren, Atlee, Tucker and Grant Colin, Charlee and Hank Cannon, Turner and Austin Butts, Layney and Layton Halliday, Reece (and one on the way) Buratto; her brother, David (Jeanette) Hottell; her sister, Beth (Ray) Holmes and a host of dear nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Rolfe and Barbara Hottell; her step-mother, Jean Hottell Lynch, her brothers, Jim Hottell and Bob Hottell; her aunts, Marion Schmidt and Doris Bare; her father and mother in-law, Frank and Faye Meneely and her sister-in-law, Evelyn Collins Perry.

A Celebration of Jan's Life will be held at a later date.

Coffett Funeral Services in Sandpoint is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Janet A. 'Jan' Meneely


James M. Cassetto, 72, OHS grad, teacher

Jim, the love of my life was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Lewiston, and passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at Confluence Medical Center in Wenatchee, WA.

Jim grew up in Orofino, graduating in the class of 1968. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial education from the University of Idaho in 1972. Then he graduated with a master's degree of education in 1973 also at UI.

He taught at Orofino High School for a time then became a professor of industrial education at UI from 1976 to 2006, when he retired.

He was active in various groups around industrial education at the university.

Jim loved computers and taught himself to run them so he could teach his students. He was maintaining the computers on campus with a few of his students to help him until he retired.

Jim loved Christmas and decorated our house every year. He also decorated our house for Halloween and just about all holidays. We thank everyone who came by with kind words.

He also loved dogs, especially terriers, of which we have quite a few.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and his dogs, Muffy, Abby and Marley; his son, Michael (Sarah) and baby granddaughter Callista, of California; aunt, Esther Rhodes of Lewiston; cousins, John (Kerry) Giardinelli, of Asotin,WA, Judy Gains (Mel) of Lewiston, and many more cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Rose Cassetto.

Jim was a loving, generous person and will be missed greatly.

There will be a small graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his honor may send them to the Food Bank, Helping Hands Rescue, Clearwater Humane Society, Lewiston Animal Shelter or to a charity of your choosing.

We thank the doctors and nurses at Tri-State Memorial Hospital (ER) for trying so hard to stabilize him and find him a hospital bed. We also thank the doctors and nurses at Confluence Medical Center in Wenatchee.

Photo: James M. Cassetto


Donald Gross, 79, Lenore

Donald Warren Gross from Lenore, Idaho, passed away on Feb. 19, 2022 at the age of 79.

Donald was born May 27, 1942 in Long Beach, CA, to Richard and Amy Gross. He graduated from Lynwood High School in California. He attended Long Beach State University and graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science, with a major in Police science.

He became a police officer with Torrance Police Department in California.

A year later he was drafted with the US Army to Vietnam for two years. He then came back and retired in 1985 from The Torrance Police Department. He went to work for the California State Lottery in Sacramento as a criminal investigator. He worked there for five years. He was then recruited to the California Horse racing board as a criminal investigator. Don retired in 1997 and traveled for six years then built his home in Lenore, Idaho.

Don was very active in his community. He became fire commissioner for Big Canyon Fire Department in Peck, Idaho. He was also very active in the Nez Perce County Republican Party.

Donald Gross is survived by his wife, Linda Gross; and his two children, Matthew Gross and Melissa Gross, along with her spouse, Jason King and his stepchildren, Chris Coll, Rick Coll, Ken Coll, and Michael Coll; his grandchildren, Eryn Gross, Christopher Albert, Matthew Gross, Jake Fields, Savannah King, and Parker King.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Photo: Donald Warren Gross


Kenneth Ray Williams, 61, Orofino

Kenneth Ray Williams, 61, passed away of a massive heart attack on Feb. 19, 2022, in Orofino, ID.

He was born May 11, 1960, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe from the Eskaapo Band of Nimiipuu, to parents Volney "Buck" Williams and Esther Helen Miller-Williams. Kenneth married Angel Williams on May 9, 2015, of the Lower Elwha Klallum Tribe.

His children are Kenneth Ray Williams Jr., Eugene (Geno) Williams, Lemina Williams, Deanna Ramirez (Carlos Ramirez), Ayvorie Drones, Alton Drones, and Lyle Drones.

Kenneth was known as "Laughing Boy" by his family and friends because of his memorable laugh and he was a very free spirit.

Most of his jobs and times were spent in the great outdoors; logging, making firewood, hunting and participating in his true passion, fishing. He was an avid fisherman.

Kenneth started his own business, Northfork Salmon. He also went to work for the Nez Perce Tribe on fire camp crews, and ultimately, for the past three years, has been working for Traffic Corp as a traffic controller until the time of his passing.

Kenneth is survived by sisters: Bonnie Ewing and Dr. Claudia Long as well as brothers: Robert Hughes and Arthur Bertholf of Lower Elwha Klallum Tribe.

He has 24 grandchildren and numerous other family members including Nancy Smith and Chuck Smith, mother and father-in-law; Josie Williams, daughter-in-law; and Justin Olive, son-in-law.

He was preceded in death by sisters: Loretta Brown, Mya Buskala and Kathleen Stewart and granddaughter Mariah Williams.

Arrangements for burial and ceremonies is to be announced on social media of family.

Photo: Kenneth Ray Williams


Vernon Leroy Kinney, 81, Fraser

Feb. 25, 1940 - Feb. 17, 2022

Vern was born to Roy Alvin Kinney and Florence Christine (McGinnis) in Ellensburg, WA. He moved to Arlington, WA, at the age of six where he attended school all 12 years. He passed away at his home in Fraser, Idaho where he had lived for almost 15 years.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Anita (Kinney) Bemrose; son-in-law, Chester "Chet" Bemrose; grandsons, Elliot, Edwin "Ned", and Wyatt Bemrose; sisters, Betty (Kinney) Brown and Leatrice (Kinney) Kunze; and brother, Wendall Kinney.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Blanche (Hulka) Kinney; daughters, Esther Kinney, Bonnie Kinney, Elizabeth Kinney, Carol (Kinney) Beach (Mike), Sarah Kinney; sons, David Kinney and Timothy Kinney (Brenda); 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; brothers, Darrell Kinney (Ione) and Maurice Kinney (Pat); sisters, Lila (Kinney) Fulfs and Gloria (Kinney) Williams (Tom); and numerous nephews and nieces with their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Weippe Wesleyan Church at 220 N Main, Weippe, Idaho at 11 a.m. on March 5. A luncheon will be provided for all following the service.

Photo: Vernon Leroy Kinney


Michael Robison, 68, Orofino

Michael Ray Robison was born in Boise, ID on June 25, 1953 to M.L. "Bud" Robison and Dorothy "Dotty" Shores. Sadly, Mike passed on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Wenatchee, WA.

Mike's first home was in Idaho City and I suspect that may have influenced his lifelong love of the outdoors. He was a proud Maniac and graduated from Orofino High School in 1971. His athletic talent provided him with a scholarship to Boise State University. Mike enjoyed his time working in the woods; however, he eventually traded in logging for construction and worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years and in many places until his much deserved retirement.

Mike and Connie were married Aug.16, 1997 at our favorite place on earth, Bungalow beach on the beautiful North Fork River. We had lots of great adventures together skiing, camping, boating, floating, and RZR riding. Coffee hour won't be the same, happy hour won't be as happy, and I will miss his strength, humor, and music. I'm sure wherever he is; he has his banjo in one hand and his fishing pole in the other!

Mike was a very private guy, but I just want everyone to know how much his good friends meant to him. His bandmates and his gang of four-wheeling buddies were all special to him and he always looked forward to having a good time with them! You know who you are.

Mike was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Nan and Gay, his mom and dad, and his little brother, Kenny. He is survived by his wife Connie; brother, Rick; and sister, Kathy, both of Oregon; and brother, David Joe (Kenda) of Florida. He is also survived by a son, Christopher; a daughter-in-law, Kyra; as well as three beautiful granddaughters, Adina, Elise, and Nico, all in Boise. He had many nieces and nephews scattered everywhere and enjoyed hearing what they were up to!

As per Mike's wishes for privacy, no services will be held.

Photo: Michael Ray Robison


Colette Anderson Hudgins, 50, OHS grad

(1972-2022)

Colette Anderson was born Jan. 8, 1972 in Highland Park, IL. She was the first of seven children born to Layne Doran and Pat Buchan Anderson. She lived in Illinois for six months, then Houston, TX, for the next six months, before moving to São Paulo, Brazil in 1973 remaining there until December of 1983.

Colette attended St Paul's British School in São Paulo, Brazil. She made friends along the way at school, in the neighborhood, and at church, maintaining those friendships for the rest of her life. At St. Paul's she excelled in academics as well as athletics, winning many awards for her age group in long distance running as well as team relay events.

She had a natural talent for languages, having the best Brazilian accent of all her family members. She loved poetry, music and singing. She, along with her siblings, performed many times in church settings as the "vonTrapp" Anderson family singers (ala The Sound of Music) with her mother conducting them. She continued her love of music by studying piano briefly, but singing her way through elementary, junior high, and high school, and even until her very last days, singing along with her children. She (probably) knew every nursery rhyme in existence and was never stumped when someone asked her to recite one, usually putting it to music or rhythm.

The family moved to Orofino in December 1983, where she attended the local schools, graduating with honors from Orofino High School in 1990. It was discovered in her junior high years that she had severe scoliosis and underwent a difficult surgery to help correct her spinal curvature. This meant that she had to give up her beloved running and other sports for two years while her back healed. She was able to return to sports after surgery and showed incredible grit and determination as she worked at getting back to the level of fitness that she'd been at before.

Colette attended Ricks College, earned her Associates Degree, then continued her studies at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT. She served as a volunteer missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Sofia Bulgaria Mission from May 1993 until November 1994. She had a natural talent for languages, as mentioned before, and quickly learned and mastered Bulgarian, making friends and sharing the message of hope in Jesus Christ and that we are all children of God. Upon her return from Bulgaria, she finished her studies at BYU, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish.

Colette moved to Houston in January 1997 to take a job translating documents between English and Portuguese. She met Ben Hudgins one week later. They had a whirlwind romance and were engaged two weeks later and married two and a half months after that on April 19, 1997.

Over the next 15 years Colette and Ben would live in five different states and complete their family with nine children. They returned to Texas in 2013 and put down more long-term roots. They had a blessed, wonderful, and sometimes wild 25 years together! Colette enjoyed doting on her four grandchildren, the youngest of which was born only four weeks before she passed away.

Colette has always been a peacemaker, yet fierce about defending her children and things she believed in. She was a friend to all. She shared her knowledge, time, resources, quick smile and huge laugh freely. She loved to study about healing and energy and other similar interests. She was a teacher by nature, a teacher by profession, and the primary teacher in her children's education until her death. She was a teacher to friends as well as strangers (who became friends) during her missionary years in Bulgaria. She has taught dozens of children and adults at church in various volunteer positions. She has taught people from all over the world through her work and passion with health and health products.

Colette exemplified being a disciple of Jesus Christ. He was and is her hero and The One she followed and led other people to. Her life was dedicated to uplifting others; to making a positive difference to everyone whose life she touched.

She lived fully and valiantly. She fought her battle against cancer heroically and faithfully. She died gracefully and at peace, firm in the knowledge that there is a glorious existence in the next world. She is now free from cancer and free from worldly cares and sorrow. Colette returned to heaven on Feb. 21, 2022 to meet with loved ones on the other side.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ben; her nine adored children Kalina (River) Gilson, Kendrick, Rhiannon, KC, Benson, Warren, Conall, Christiana, and Elsbeth; as well as her darling grandchildren, Austen, Taylor, Ruth, and Timothy; her parents, Layne and Pat Anderson, and all six of her younger siblings - Lydgia (Jarvis), Gaelen, Kenyon, Braan, Cort, and Tarina (Cooley).

There will be a funeral service in Houston Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at 4 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building located at 16833 TC Jester Blvd, Spring, Texas.

There will be a memorial service in Salt Lake City, UT, on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 1 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building located at 1320 Wasatch Drive East, Salt Lake City, UT.

Condolences to the Hudgins family may be sent to: 5506 Fellowship Pine Circle, Spring, TX 77379. That is their home address.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-hudgins-family-after-loss-of-mother?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

Photo: Colette Anderson Hudgins


Michael Jason Trappett, 48, Orofino

June 10, 1973 to Jan. 31, 2022, Orofino, Idaho

Michael was born to Keith and Jackie Trappett in Morton, WA, on June 10, 1973. He graduated from Council and lived most of his life there.

Michael was no ordinary child. He had a special gift to find the animals that nobody wanted and then he loved those animals until they passed. Throughout his life Mike had many horses and dogs that felt his love and companionship. Mike loved to train and work with horses and to go for rides with friends.

Michael had many friends come in and out of his life, but his greatest friendship was with his mother and nieces. He truly unconditionally loved his mom, dad, and nieces and nephews. He spent hours quilting, scrapbooking and spending time with his mother. Another favorite pastime was spending time with his nieces, helping with their animals.

But above all else, his greatest love was riding through the trails of the mountains on the back of his horses to bring joy to his soul.

Michael had a special gift for taking care of the elderly, especially those that couldn't care for themselves. He worked as a CNA for over 25 years. He loved and treated them as his own parents. The past several years he has taken care of his parents. We as a family, are so thankful he was a part of our lives. We truly loved him.

Michael is survived by his parents, Keith and Jackie; siblings, Bill/Wendi (Fuhriman) Trappett, Spencer/Julie Trappett, Cindy/Monte Beardin and numerous nephews and nieces: Garrett/Hannah Trappett, Mickala "Blue Eyes"/Kyle Mahaffey, Abby and Maddie Trappett, Katie/Ricky Ortega, Trey/Hannah Trappett, Justin/Jana Trappett, Kortney Trappett, and Kathryn, Will, Grace, Sara, Ella and Lucy Beardin.

A service / "Celebration of Life" will be scheduled at a future date (April). More information will be posted later. Until then happy trails!

Due to Mike's love of animals the family would like to request that those who wish to express sympathy, please make a donation to the following: Whitman County Humane Society (1340 SE Old Moscow Road, Pullman, WA 99163) (mail: PO Box 453, Pullman WA, 99163) (phone number 509-332-3422) (www.whitmanpets.org) (email - webmaster@whitmanpets.org) where one of his favorite nieces works.

Photo: Michael Jason Trappett


Raphael Ruocco, 96, Orofino

02/23/1925 - 01/23/2022

In loving memory of "Ralph". "Ray". "RJ". "Pops". "Gordo". "Abuelo".

Although born just outside of Boston, he came of age in California, but was indisputably Idahoan. All 6'3", one hundred and (something skinny) pounds. Giver of prickly kisses. Rocker of thick mustache and even thicker glasses (pre-Lasik). Lover of ice cream and mom's apple pies. He also had a lifelong affair with See's Candy, which mom was accepting of. Teller of corny jokes. Why?. "Just for the Halibut!".

Fisherman of Orofino bridge. Conqueror of crosswords, and a novice of numismatics, who fiddled with philately. He had an aversion to phlebotomists and bills.

As a young man he dabbled in barbering and boxing like his father and grandfather. But after serving as an Army infantryman during WWII, he attended college in San Francisco and went on to become an accountant, auditor, financial advisor and bank manager.

Approaching 60 and retirement, he began his second life as a newlywed and first-time father. A person must really want children to have them at that age and it showed! We couldn't have asked for a kinder, more patient, selfless, and loving husband and father. More recently, at 94, he welcomed his first grandchild. Ralph told unforgettable stories about his childhood, traveling abroad, and befriending famous Hollywood actors, musicians and athletes.

Had we celebrated one last birthday, someone surely would've said to him, "Wow, 97 years old! What's your secret?", to which he would have replied something to the effect of, "Well, I never drank or smoked...and only the good die young".

Photo: Raphael Ruocco


Anita L. Olson, 84, Orofino

Anita L. Olson, 84, lifelong resident of Orofino, passed away on Nov. 26, 2021, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

She was born Oct. 7, 1937, to Harry and Mary Gerrmann. Anita grew up and lived her whole life 100 feet from where she was born.

She started school at Banner School and finished at Orofino High School in 1955. Anita had many different jobs in her life, and was a devoted wife and mother.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert (BoBo) in 2006; and son, Norman in 2011.

Anita is survived by her son, Bill (Nadine) Olson; daughter, Shirley Akerstrom; sister, Karen (Joe) Parra, of Payson, AZ.; and grandchildren Robert and William Akerstrom, Tawnya Brink and three great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and graveside services will take place at a later date.

Photo: Anita L. Olson


Richard Lee Gregg, 77, formerly of Lenore

Richard Lee Gregg, age 77, passed on to his Higher Power Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, he passed peacefully in his chair at his home. Surviving are his present wife, Carol Lynne Gregg, whom he married Dec. 9, 1988, in Lewiston. He passed at the home in Clarkston, WA.

He was born July 10, 1944, in Montana. He survived both his parents, Richard Gregg and Hazel Ruth Sands of Pocatello, Idaho.

He is survived by his brother and sister. His first wife was killed in an auto accident; leaving seven children, who he moved with to Texas to finish raising them. I only got to know one of the boys, James, as he lived and worked with his dad for a couple of months in the 1990s. After all children graduated from school, in Texas, he traveled some and returned here to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. He has numerous aunts and uncles in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana area.

He was a great musician, playing old and new country and blue grass music, a wonderful voice, seldom needing a mic, and a great guitar player. He met and Married Carol Lynne Dec. 9, 1988, living to have 34 years of marriage. Over the years we lived in Genesee and Lenore and Lewiston, then Clarkston. He has numerous aunts and uncles. He served time in the U.S. Army, worked around the valley in several capacities. He was also a very grateful member of AA for more than 29 years, where he was of service to the fellowship. He played music with several bands, and did several years of full-time Rving before settling in Clarkston.

He is survived also by children, Tricia Dominguez, James Allen Larsen, Ann Michele Porteous, Emily Bredehoft; grandchildren, Devin and Cody, Gaberial, Ashlyee, Donny and Sawyer; great-grandchildren Jamisen, Gannon, Maverick, Lillee, Addelyn and Kimley.

There will be only a graveside service in Fairfield, WA, in the spring. Also there will be a gathering to celebrate him to be announced.

Merchant Funeral is handling the cremation.


Edward 'Ed' H. Robers, 84

Edward 'Ed' H. Robers, 84, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston with his youngest daughter holding his hand.

He was born March 28, 1937, to Martin and Catherine (Lois) Robers in Wheatland, WI. He married Arlene S. Seitz on Oct. 5, 1957, in New Munster, WI, and they had three children. He was a carpenter and a dairy farmer until the beauty of the great outdoors drew him to Idaho in August of 1981. He fell in love with the coast and moved to Newport, OR, in 2001. In 2018, because of declining health, he moved to Lewiston to be closer to his daughter.

His hobbies included fishing on the Great Lakes, hunting in Idaho, collecting antiques and yard sales.

Edward is survived by his three children; Julie (Randy) Brusky, of Ahsahka, Steven (Susan) Robers, of Fenwood, WI, and Cindy (Ken) Stamper, of Lewiston; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and sibling Martin (Audrey) Robers, of Burlington, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Arlene Robers; grandson, Jeremy Brusky; and siblings Charles (Phyllis) Robers, Lucille (Andrew) Borcuki, Martha (Ed) Hegeman, Esther (Roman) Hegeman and Arthur (Patricia) Robers.

And in the words of Ed, "If you don't have a good day, it's your own damn fault."

There will be no service scheduled at this time. A private family memorial will be scheduled at a later date.

Photo: Edward "Ed" H. Robers


Franklin Tyrone Bear, 48, born in Orofino

Franklin Tyrone Bear, also known as "Spanks," a true warrior, had gone on to join his Creator on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Oklahoma City, OK, with his wife by his side.

Frank was born Dec. 14, 1973, in Orofino to Michael Bear and Marcella Bailey. Frank was a proud enrolled Nez Perce Tribal Member and also carried Cree blood of the Red Pheasant Band of Saskatchewan, Canada. No matter where he was, he was proud to share who he was as a true blue Ni-Mii-Puu. As an adult, Frank found Lapwai and Broken Arrow, OK, to be his true home and as we would lovingly call it Idahome and Oklahome.

As a child, Frank attended First Indian Presbyterian Church and Second Indian Presbyterian Church and was a part of many different communities growing up. He attended schools in Sitka, Alaska, Red Pheasant, Canada, Kooskia, Kamiah and Lapwai and was proud to be a Kub and a Wildcat. This is where Frank was involved in many sports such as Baby Wildcat football, junior high track and high school football and basketball. He was also involved in the Upward Bound Program. Frank graduated with the Lapwai Class of 1994 (Ninety Fo, Fo Sho) and later attended Lewis-Clark State College and Haskell University.

As a kid, Frank loved the cowboy life, mutton busted and loved riding his very own horse, Dunbar. Also, his favorite things to do were to ride his dirt bike, shoot his BB gun, put on comedy skits, rock out to heavy metal, hang with all of his friends and family, and especially be out on all day on adventures, which usually involved hunting, fishing and just being in those good medicine spots. As an adult these loves did not change. You would often find him being out all day enjoying good medicine spots and hunting and fishing with many different cruising buddies, young and old. He mainly loved to go to those No Tell Em' Ridges, especially nephews and nieces who he considered his own kids. You could also be sure that if you had any interaction with him you would have a new name.

When it came to this die-hard Denver Bronco, Chicago Bull, Ohio State Buckeye and Broken Arrow Tiger Fan, it seemed that there is nothing that he could not do. He was employed in the Nez Perce Tribe fisheries program, engine crew boss, wildland fire fighter, sawyer, delivering wood to elders, Native Lands West, McFarland Enterprises, Enterprise with Richard Guzman, Nez Perce Tribe Salmon Corps, Triple R mill and the Clearwater River Casino. With his huge heart he also volunteered at the Nez Perce Tribe Early Headstart Program, the Nez Perce Tribe Children's Home and in all of his kids' classrooms where he was known as the infamous Uncle Spanks. You could also rely on Frank to help anyone in need, especially elders. He was also an honorary Boys & Girls Club of America Native Services team member.

Frank is preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Joanna Bear, Eileen (David) Shepherd and James Davis; daughter, Tyone Bear; uncle, Wendell Davis and uncle, Richard Bear including many other uncles and aunties.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Bear; father, Micheal Bear; mother, Marcella (Henry) Bailey; his second parents, Vic and Sandy Holt; sisters, Deanna (Albert) Penney, Katie (Bo) Wilson, Wilissa (Devon) Walker; brothers, Vernon Holt, Erik Holt, Virgil Holt Jr., James (Feather) Holt, Lewis (Wenona) Holt; his sons, Peyton Bear, Tyus Bear and Bryden Bear; and all his nieces and nephews who he considered his own: Alyssa Holt, Davis Bear, Sandrine (Zach) Penney, Fletcher (Hattie) Penney, Michael Bear, Albert Penney Jr., Marcileen Penney and many many more.

The memorial will took place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center in Lapwai. The celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wa-A'Yas Community Center in Kamiah. Burial will take place at No Kidd Lane Cemetery with a dinner to follow at the Wa-A'Yas.

Donations can be made to the P1FCU Account of Anna Bear.

Photo: Franklin Tyrone 'Spanks'Bear


Mark Hutchins, 46, Weippe

Mark Hutchins, 46, Weippe, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at a Boise hospital.

Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation, Meridian.


Matthew 'Matt' J. Baugh, 51, Orofino

It's with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of my beloved son, Matthew J. Baugh, at his home in Orofino, on Jan. 25, 2022. He was born Nov. 23, 1970, in Orofino, son of John Baugh of Orofino (deceased) and Linda Baugh Scheible of Arizona and Clarkston, WA.

Matthew is survived by Linda C. Scheible, mother; Ryan Baugh, son, and his companion, Victoria, of Arizona; Paul Baugh, brother, and his wife, LaDawna, of Orofino; Summer Baugh, sister, of Orofino and Moscow; Dianna Chamberlin, aunt, of Arizona; Laura Mulligan, aunt, of Orofino; Judy Coomer, aunt, of Boise; Lavelle Weddle, uncle, of Arizona; Terry Weddle, uncle, of Arizona, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Some of Matt's joys were in nature, fishing, four wheeling, camping, and he was an exceptional cook, a skilled man of many areas of interest which he shared with all.

A Celebration of Life Memorial, sponsored by Travis Mechling, will be held on April 30 at 1 p.m. at the VFW of Orofino, 330 Michigan Avenue, Orofino. Please bring, if possible, a good story and a side dish.

A message by Sage Mechling, nephew: The saddest words of tongue and pen are simply these: "What might have been"

Photo: Matthew 'Matt' J. Baugh


Jefferson Hendren, 73, Kooskia

Jefferson 'Jeff' Mike Hendren, 73, passed away, at his home in Kooskia, Idaho on Feb. 3, 2022.

Celebrating the life of this veteran will be at Pine Grove Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, with a memorial luncheon to follow at Life Center of Kamiah, US Highway 12.

Arrangements are under the care of Trenary Funeral Home.


Barbara June (Cramer) Thomas, 92, Orofino

Barbara June (Cramer) Thomas, 92, of Orofino, passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, with family by her side at the Royal Hills Plaza in Lewiston. She was born in Clarkston, WA, on June 8, 1929.

Barbara went to Pierce High School where she was an actively involved student, playing in jazz band and her claim to fame was scoring 32 points against Anatone, WA, on the girls' basketball team. She graduated in 1947.

Barbara married Stanley Cramer on June 13, 1947, and they lived together in Pierce until 1970. During her time in Pierce, she and her father opened Pierce Auto Supply in 1960; she was the first female auto parts saleswoman in the area. Most of the local loggers were quick to learn that she knew the business well.

After moving to Orofino in 1970, Barbara worked at Rod's Drug and then Barney's Supermarket until retiring in 1993.

Barbara and Stanley were married for 43 years until Stanley passed in 1990. She was later remarried to James Thomas in 1995. She and James enjoyed traveling the world together and visiting with family and friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Ruth Brown; brothers, Bob Tondevold and Gerry Brown; husbands, Stanley Cramer and James Thomas; grandson, Jeramia Cramer; and great-granddaughter, Sierra Cramer.

She is survived by daughter, LeLonnie (John) Curtis; son, Rick (Warrena) Cramer; son, Stan "Buster" Cramer; step-daughters, Wendy (Claud) Beaulieu, Theresa (Frederick) Espaniola and Robin (Joe) Stiles; stepson, James Thomas; grandchildren, John (Ida) Curtis, Melissa (Ben) Bonfield, Corrina Curtis, Danielle (Jessie) Mier, Kelsey (Brian) Grieser, Todd Cramer, Micah Cramer, AbbyJo Cramer and Kenny Cramer; and sisters-in-law, Ila Tondevold and Marilyn Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

The joy of Barbara's life was her family; she always talked about her grandchildren and how special to her each of them were.

Photo: Barbara June (Cramer) Thomas


Marie E. Thompson, 90, Orofino High School grad

Marie E. Thompson, 90, of Clarkston, WA, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Lewiston. She was born May, 8, 1931, in Orofino to Theodore Caleb and Ethel M. Dailey Nelson. She attended Orofino High School and graduated in 1949.

She and Robert "Bob" G. Thompson were married Oct. 26, 1952, in Lewiston and they made their home in Clarkston.

Marie worked in the kitchen at Parkway Elementary School and then later at Tri-State Memorial Hospital from where she retired.

She was a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association and traveled thousands of miles with her husband riding for the "Son." Marie was also a wonderful cook and collected recipes, trying them out on Bob. She enjoyed gardening, especially her roses, and her Saturdays were spent with her daughter, Barb "Boo," shopping and looking for bargains.

Marie is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Barbara Endicott; son, Larry Thompson; daughter-in-law, Mickie Thompson; grandsons, Randy (Stephanie) Dodson and Scott Dodson; granddaughters, Jenna Graff (Spencer) and Christi Thompson; great-grandchildren Emilee, Curtis and Danica Dodson, and Tristan, Sailor and Collins Graff; and step-great-grandchild, Jacob While Hart.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Irene McClain, Nellie Scoles and Alice Parsons; brother, Albert Nelson; granddaughter, Angela Thompson; and great-grandson, Kayden Dodson.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to River City Church or to Helping Hands Rescue.


Pamela Jean White, 73, Orofino

Pamela Jean White, 73, of Orofino, was born Jan. 7, 1949, in South Gate, CA, to Arthur Birch and Corrine Nadine Pauleen Birch. She passed away Jan. 26, 2022 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Pam attended Colorado State in Fort Collins, CO. She married James D. White, retired Army Command Sergeant Major, Jan. 30, 1993, in Las Vegas, NV.

Pam worked as a supervisor in the Denver, Colorado Department of Labor from May 14, 1993 until April 30, 2007.

She was active as a member of the No One Should Die Alone organization, and was President of the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Auxiliary.

Pam was founder and president of the Clearwater Valley Fire Districts Auxiliary, and was also an active member of the Daughter of American Revolution.

Pam is survived by her husband, James D. White, of Orofino; daughters, Traci Worthan (Grant) of Broomfield, CO and Tami McGirr of Northglenn, CO; grandson, Joshua Worthan of Broomfield; granddaughter, Jessica Worthan of Broomfield; sisters, Cheri Hansen of Highlands Ranch, CO, Kim Avery of Littleton, CO, and Cindy Robinson of Aurora, CO and nephew, Brett Robinson of Aurora.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Nadine Birch.

A celebration of Pam's life will be held at a later time this spring.

In lieu of cards and flowers she would want donations for fire equipment for the firefighters at the Clearwater Valley Fire Districts. Send donations in care of James White for Pam White Memorial Account to P1FCU Credit Union, 1167 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544.

Photo: Pamela Jean White


Kevin Wade Hesler, 50

Kevin Wade Hesler, 50, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at 10:46 a.m. surrounded by his family at St. Joseph Hospital.

Kevin lived in Lewiston, where he was born and raised with his two sisters, Stacey and Becky. When Kevin was in junior high, his family moved across the street from his soon-to-be high school sweetheart. Kevin and his wife, Vicki, started dating in 1990 and married on March 13, 1994. They later welcomed their first daughter, Roshell, in August 1994, then their second daughter, Mandy, in January 1997.

Kevin was a friend to all and was always there when you needed him. He was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back without a second thought, he always had something to say and there was always a story to be told. He was many things in life, the best being a friend, son, grandson, brother, husband, father and finally: Papa.

Kevin had a large community of friends. He was highly involved in the horse community - especially with the local saddle clubs. Kevin was largely involved in horse 4-H and was even a leader for many years while his girls were involved.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rosemary and Sam Rosetti; uncle, Richard Rosetti; and grandparents, Edna and Lloyd Hesler.

Kevin left behind a large family, his wife, Vicki, of Lewiston; daughters, Roshell and Mandy, of Lewiston; and grandson, Kaden Thompson, who hung the moon in his papa's eyes. He is also survived by his sisters, Stacey (Dale) Dyer, of Clarkston, WA, and Becky Hesler, of Moscow; parents, Susan Hesler, of Lewiston, and Darrel Hesler (Jean Bennett), of Lenore; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved. Kevin will be missed by many people.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, 1 p.m. Feb. 5, 2022, Asotin Rodeo Grounds Bennett Building, 412 Fairgrounds Road, Asotin, WA.

Photo: Kevin Wade Hesler


Violet June Opdahl, 91, former Timberline secretary

"Be careful how you live: you [may] be the only Bible some people ever read."
- William J. Toms

After 91 years of living an exemplary life, our dear mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and treasured friend took Jesus' hand on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, and went to her heavenly home to be joyfully welcomed by dear family and friends who were waiting.

Violet June (Mino) Opdahl was born on April 7, 1930, to Doris Evelyn (Goreham) and Leonard Mino on the family farm in Grant Township in northern Iowa. She was their first child and was later joined by a brother and three sisters.

Mom embraced her simple yet solid upbringing as a farm girl, even titling her self-published autobiography, "Memories of a Country Girl," which she gifted to very grateful family members and friends several years ago and which has proven very helpful in compiling this micro view of her life. The school she attended was just a mile's walk from home in the middle of rich farmland. After 12 years at Grant Township Consolidated School, she graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1947. She went on to study for a teaching degree at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. While singing in the college choir, she met a very handsome farm boy who was attending Waldorf on the G.I. Bill. After graduating in 1949, Mom took a teaching job in Clarion, Iowa, and that farm boy kept showing up for visits. During the year, they decided that visits just weren't enough and on July 8, 1950, Mom married Bertrum Duane Opdahl. The newlyweds took up residence on Dad's family farm in Freeborn County in southern Minnesota. Mom took on the teaching job at the local one-room schoolhouse for that first year of their marriage. In 1952, they welcomed their first son. He was followed by three daughters and another son.

In 1969, the family moved from the farm to Forest City, Iowa, and in 1976, after years of family vacations out West, the family pulled up roots and relocated to Pierce, where their oldest son and wife had already moved, and their first grandchild was due to arrive in a few months. Dad drove truck for several different logging operations in the years that followed while Mom worked at THE bank for several years before becoming the school secretary at Timberline High School. For a time, the couple also co-owned Triple "O" Outfitters with our uncle and aunt, Harlan and Barb Opdahl. They were also very active in the leadership and activities at Faith Lutheran Church. The people there became their extended family.

In 2006, Dad passed away and in 2007, Mom moved to Lewiston where she created new relationships and joined in the activities at Grace Lutheran Church. Her new condo became the new "gathering place" for family and friends. She was a wonderful hostess and loved having family and friends around her. She was also very good at forging new friendships wherever life took her. Her family meant everything to her but we learned to check the Gonzaga men's basketball schedule before calling her or the conversation would be cut short. It's been a family joke for the last few years that, in spite of some serious health challenges, Mom wouldn't go to heaven until the "Zags" won the national championship. We'll cheer them on for her for the rest of this season.

Mom was a survivor. At age 82, she had double bypass surgery and recovered. Several years later she had major surgery for colon cancer and, despite opting out of any follow-up treatments; she survived and went back to life as usual. She also survived a plane crash in 1986 with Dad at the controls. She was pretty banged up after that but, after orthopedic surgery and months of healing, she even went flying with Dad again.

We are so blessed to have had such a wonderful role model in Mom. Her priorities were faith, family, friendships and living a life of service. Many will remember her for the birthday cards she faithfully sent, always including a personal note. She loved to quilt and each of her kids and grandkids has at least one of her creations. When the family gifts had been satisfied, she started making "Quilts of Valor" for our veterans of the armed services and of course, she helped her "church lady" friends in the construction of many quilts that warmed others nearby and around the world with love and prayers. Hers most certainly was a life well lived.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Maribel Mino: a brother, Donald Mino; and her oldest son, Dennis Opdahl.

She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Moore (Don) of Yakima, Janet Holzer (Bob) of Orofino, Betty Weeks (Howard) of Cavendish; and her son, Martin (Pam) Opdahl of Pierce and her daughter-in-law, Jill (Jensen) Opdahl of Lewiston. Her surviving grandchildren are Jeremy and Jennifer Opdahl of Lewiston, Veronica Moore Skaar (Lars) of Story City, Iowa, Laurel Moore Kaschmitter (Darin) and Eric Moore of Yakima, WA, Katelyn Holzer of Hawaii, Breck Holzer (Genevieve Sylvia) and Holly Weeks of Orofino, and Clay Weeks (Megan) of Cavendish, and Alex Opdahl (fiancé Kelsey Williams) of Weippe. Mom also is survived by the following great-grandchildren: Keegan and Maddisyn Opdahl of Lewiston, Kaia and Leif Skaar of Story City, Iowa; Everett and Flynn Kaschmitter of Yakima and Carter and Kennedy Weeks of Cavendish. Another great-grandson will be joining the family later this year.

Our family would like to thank Amy Knapp and the staff at Unique Senior Care for the loving home provided to our Mom the last few years. Thanks, also, to Advanced Hospice and Open Arms for the compassionate caregivers that assisted us in giving comfort and dignity to Mom in these last days of her life and in the support given to us family members as well.

A celebration of life in honor of our Mom is being planned for June with details to follow at a later date.

Photos: Violet June Opdahl


Lawrence Patrick Long, 70, Orofino

My beloved husband, 'Pat', passed away peacefully on the very snowy morning of Jan. 6, 2022 after months of fighting a valiant battle against AML Leukemia. He was born Feb. 15, 1951.

Rather than give you all the "particulars" of Pat's life, he'd want you to know that the past 6 ½ years living here were some of the best years of his life! He loved everything about being a member of this "small town" community.

Our families are devastated by Pat's passing, but we have faith that we will one day again see him with our Heavenly Father for eternity.

Both Pat and I would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who helped us through this battle, most especially Dr. Josh Morris and his staff, Pastor Hank Heschle, the Elite Hospice team and all those at Clearwater Valley Hospital who provided care and support.

I would also like to thank all our family and friends who have prayed fervently, sent cards, flowers and well wishes; it's meant the world to me.

Per Pat's wishes, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered at a later date.

Photo: Lawrence Patrick Long


Jack Carter Blewett, 93

Jack Carter Blewett, 93, of Sweetwater, went to Heaven on Jan. 22, 2022, to meet his Lord and Savior and to be reunited with his wife of 73 years, Julia, and their daughter Gina. Born April 4, 1928, to Milford and Phyllis (Carter) Blewett in Lewiston, he was delivered by "Doc Watts" at the local hospital.

Because the family moved frequently, Jack attended school in Culdesac, Lewiston and Lapwai. During his high school years, he attended Lewiston High School. He was short two credits and was not allowed to graduate with his class. That summer, the family moved to Sweetwater to what is now the Blewett Ranch. Jack enrolled in Lapwai High School to complete his additional credits and graduate in 1948.

After moving to Sweetwater, he met the love of his life, Julia Mae Ankney. They married Aug. 25, 1948, and together they moved to a small rental house on Webb Road. While there, they welcomed their first of five daughters. A few years later, his parents moved. Jack and Mae rented and later purchased the ranch and moved to Sweetwater. Over the next 17 years, they were blessed with four more daughters.

Jack was an extremely hard-working man. He delivered papers as a child and worked for farmers after school, on the weekends and every summer. Because he worked, he had the means to have a motorcycle and/or car. When he was in high school, during the Depression he worked at a gas station. Because older people or people without cars had extra gas ration cards, they would give them to Jack. He was very popular among his high school friends because he always had a nice car and plenty of gas.

While working for farmers, he learned, developed and nurtured a love for farming. Because his farm was small and the family was growing, he needed to supplement the income with other means. He worked for a time for the Camas Prairie Railroad, but later took a job with Bennett Lumber Mill in Clarkston, WA. He started at Bennetts unloading logging trucks in the yard. He decided he didn't want to do that his whole career, so he studied and learned the trade of sharpening saws (filing). He then took the night filer position at Bennetts. He worked there for 31 years.

Jack had an enormous amount of energy and didn't require much sleep. Although he worked nights at the Mill and farmed during the day, he wasn't satisfied that he was doing all he could for his family. He also had cattle - typically 40 pair, and during the '60s and '70s, he built a hog operation. He purchased 75-100 grower pigs 2 or 3 times a year and raised them to market weight and sold them. There were always animals to be doctored or fences to be maintained. When he took cattle to the mountains for summer pasture, he would often cut firewood and fill the truck before he came home.

Jack didn't have hobbies, but on the rare occasion that he had time, he loved fly fishing in high mountain lakes. The Seven Devils, Buffalo Hump and Gospel Hump were favorite areas to ride motorcycles to pristine lakes to catch trout.

Jack spent 75 years living in the farmhouse by U.S. Highway 95. Every winter, he would see cars going by with skis on top headed to the ski hill. He always said he knew he could snow ski if he ever tried. When he was 69 years old, he decided to join the girls and their families on Brundage Mountain and learn to snow ski. The first time he buckled on the snow skis, he took off and never looked back. He loved it. The family was fortunate to spend many winters in McCall skiing with him.

Jack loved the Lord. Because of his work schedule, he seldom attended church. Later after he retired from the mill, he and Mae rejoined the Orchards Community Church in Lewiston, where Jack attended as a child. They enjoyed their fellowship in the small groups and Sunday morning services. Jack was a faithful Sunday morning door greeter at OCC for many years.

The last few years, he has enjoyed the fellowship of his youngest brother, Tom. He and Tom would practice their shooting skills at Diamondback Range and then enjoy lunch together. Even at 90, Jack was still a sharp shooter.

He is survived by his brother, Tom; daughters, Lynda (Phil) Taylor Derby, of Rainier, OR, Leanne (Randy) Keatts, of Clarkston, and Joan (Steve) Boyle and Kristin (Dave) Gibson, of Lewiston; grandchildren, Chad (Stephanie), Scott (Kim), Jason (Sonia) Taylor, all of Ranier, Larry (Monica) Keatts, of Richland, WA, Laynie Moser, of Lewiston, Lauren Bradley, of Orofino, and Alexa Ockwell, Levi (Tyler) Gibson, Jake (Ashley) Boyle, Clay (Sammi) Boyle, all of Lewiston; step grandchildren, Joshua (Thuong) and Mona Derby, of Rainier; 18 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Milford and Phyllis; wife of 73 years, Julia Mae (Oct. 29, 2021); his sister, Beverly Wright; brother, Phillip; infant siblings, Denise and James; daughter, Gina Blewett Quesenberry; son-in-law Don Taylor; and great-grandson, KC Taylor.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston.

The family wishes to thank Lorna and staff at Glenhaven Adult Family Home in Pullman, WA, for the love and personal care of Dad during his stay there.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Gina Quesenberry Foundation, P.O. Box 506, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Jack Carter Blewett


Doris Jean Ponozzo, 94, Orofino

Doris Jean Ponozzo, of Orofino, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. She was surrounded by her loved ones, in her bed, exactly how she had hoped. Doris was born on January 31, 1927, in Trout Creek, MI, to Ray and Lilian (Kukenbeker) Roxbury. She married the love of her life Lawrence Paul Ponozzo, Sr. one month after her high school graduation in 1945. He preceded her in death in 1997. Together they raised four children.

Survivors include her son, Lawrence Paul Ponozzo, Jr. of Tonasket, WA; and three daughters, Nancy Lilian (Ponozzo) Richardson, Terry Ann (Ponozzo) Betschart, and Sandra Nora Ponozzo, all of Orofino; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews that she always stayed in close contact with.

Doris moved to Orofino in 1952, to support her husband's endeavors in the logging industry. She worked in local restaurants until 1964, when she finally found her calling to serve others as she began working at Clearwater Valley Hospital. She became a full-time Nurses Aid in January of 1965 and a Certified Nurses Aid in 1984. She retired in 1998. After retirement, she cared for many Orofino residents in their homes.

Doris was a member of the St. Theresa's Catholic Church and was a past president of the Altar Society. She was active in many groups, including the American Cancer Society, Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Good Sam's Club, and the Meals on Wheels program. In 2007, she volunteered for a Mission of the Poor trip to help people in Kingston, Jamaica.

Doris was a member of the dance club with friends for many years. She especially looked forward to the monthly luncheon with her retired nursing friends and monthly support of grieving spouses.

Time spent with her family and friends was how she lived her whole life. Her door was ALWAYS open. Her grandchildren have many memories of time spent at her house that included her delicious cooking and baking. You came to her house to eat, drink, and be merry! Doris hosted the neighborhood Super Bowl party even though her home wasn't large. Everyone crammed in to celebrate life and friendship, and on many occasions, her beloved team, the Green Bay Packers.

Doris enjoyed watching the Seattle Mariners, Seahawks, playing cards, and keeping her mind sharp doing crossword puzzles. Most of all, she loved playing Farkle. Her family will continue the Farkle tradition, and her version of this popular dice game will be played for generations in her memory.

Doris had so many lovely, lifelong friends with whom she stayed in close contact with up to her passing. She enjoyed an extremely cherished group, called her "Circle of Friends". These were her neighbors on Wixson Heights; Moe Pare', Dick and Debbie Haveman, and Lee and Wayne Olson.

Knowing Doris, is knowing her love of wine. So after you read this, please raise a glass in her honor.

Funeral date and time is to be announced at a later date.

Photo: Doris Jean Ponozzo


Robert 'Bob' Lewis Braun, 88, born in Orofino

Robert 'Bob' Lewis Braun, 88, passed away unexpectedly at home on Jan. 21, 2022 in Nezperce. Bob was born Feb. 28, 1933 in Orofino to Clarence and Dote Braun. He was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Nezperce High School in 1951.

He married Louise A. Hueth on Nov. 8, 1952 in Nezperce. They had nine children which they raised on the family farm north of Nezperce until moving to town in 1966.

Bob was a lifetime farmer, until his retirement. He played guitar and sang in a band on Saturdays for many years at the Royal Room in Cottonwood. He even made a record!

After retirement, Bob and Louise traveled to many places on their bucket list. He enjoyed fishing, flying, air shows and anytime he heard an airplane, he would run to the window just to check it out. He loved spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed playing games with family. Everyone knows he enjoyed the Braun birthday bash at the ranch, (38 years and counting).

He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Bob) Simmons, Alisa (Stan) House, Dorene (Lee) Druffel; and sons, Mike Braun, Chris Braun, Pat (Rachel) Braun; daughter-in-law Jody (Steve) Braun and son- in- law Mike (Vicki) Cerutti; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Janet and husband Jerry Currin.

He was preceded in death by wife, Louise; his parents, Clarence and Dote; brother, Stan and his wife Bev; children, Steven, Vicki and Donald.

A rosary will be recited at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church in Nezperce. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery with lunch to follow at Holy Trinity Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Nezperce EMS. Arrangements are through Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Robert 'Bob' Lewis Braun


Judith A. 'Judy' Haney, 83, formerly of Headquarters

Judith A. 'Judy' Haney, 83, formerly of Winchester, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Palouse Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care in Moscow.

The daughter of George and Alice (Rutter) Rauch, she was born in Omer, MI. on April 20, 1938. The family moved to Headquarters when her father took a job with Potlatch Forests, Inc. Judy was the oldest of five children, with Eric, Mary, Fred and George to follow. They lived in Headquarters until her father took an executive position at the Potlatch mill in Lewiston.

Judy graduated from Lewiston High School with the Class of 1955, at the young age of 17. She then moved to Moscow where she attended the University of Idaho as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. While going to college, she met Chuck Haney from Winchester, and shortly after that was the end of her college career.

Judy worked in an attorney's office in Lewiston until she and Chuck were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Lewiston on April 23, 1960. After their wedding, they moved to Craigmont.

Judy was a homemaker, and Chuck worked at the mill in Winchester until 1964. Chuck and Judy then took over his parents' farm and later his uncle's farming operation. They farmed and lived on the ranch in the Craigmont-Winchester area until they retired in 2000. Upon retiring, they bought a home on the outskirts of Winchester and lived there until 2018, when they moved to Lewiston. They enjoyed their retirement and had 61 years of marriage together.

Judy was involved in JayCee-ettes, American Legion Post No. 38 Auxiliary, Job's Daughters, bowling leagues and golfing. She enjoyed reading, playing and listening to music and growing flowers. She always made Christmas a fun time for all. She loved to spoil her kids and grandkids. She and Chuck enjoyed traveling and snowmobiling, but especially enjoyed having fun and sharing good times with friends and family.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Eric Rauch; brother-in-law, Tim Bartlett; and grandson, Casey Randall. Judy is survived by her husband Chuck in Lewiston; her daughters and sons-in-law, Shannan and Bob Randall of Craigmont, and Chris and Moose Hempel of Nine Mile Falls, WA; her grandkids Chase and Shanna Randall of Spokane Valley, WA, and Tyler and Kayla Hempel of Nine Mile Falls; and her great-grandkids, Zandyn, Zeller, and Zenley Randall of Spokane Valley. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Bartlett, of Spokane, WA; brothers, Fred and Trudy Rauch, and George and Linda Rauch, all of Lewiston; sister-in-law, Donna Rauch, of Girdletree, MD; and numerous nieces and nephews. We are sad that she is gone but so happy for her to break free from her dementia.

A service will be held in the spring, her favorite time of the year. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family would like to thank Linda Vestal and staff at Palouse Hills and Hospice of North Idaho for their wonderful care of Judy.

Photo: Judith A. 'Judy' Haney


Melinda Sue Leddige, 66, formerly of Orofino, Pierce

Memorial service for Melinda Leddige will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Trent Hardig officiating.

Melinda Sue Leddige passed away the morning of Jan. 9, 2022, suddenly and unexpectedly at home. Melinda was born Sept. 30, 1954 to Pina Geneva (Bolon) and Tex Stanford in Eugene, OR. Her early years were spent in Oregon and Northern California until the completion of high school, when she returned with her mother to the family home near Orofino. After the birth of her first son, Michael, Melinda moved in with Tom and Bobbie White, in Pierce. There, she met Miles Souders and they were married in 1977. Miles Andrew was born in 1977 (affectionately known to family as Andy). During those years, Melinda worked at the Jaype Mill and as a volunteer EMT (emergency medical technician) for the City of Pierce. After her divorce in 1991, Melinda met John Leddige in 1992 and became the proud step-mother of Travis Leddige. John and Melinda were married on Halloween in 2000.

The late 1990s were hard years for Melinda and John. Melinda lost her mother and older brother, Paul, in 1998 and young Travis in 2000. In 2001, they packed up and headed to Gillette, WY. Once there, Melinda began working at Simply the Best, keeping the ladies of Gillette looking sharp. They bought a home, raised some colts, and made several new friends. In 2020, she began driving a school bus for the children of Gillette while keeping their moms looking good.

Melinda was fearless, she had a warm, loving and generous heart, and a mischievous grin. She took no guff from anyone, always had a good comeback and always had your back. She loved gathering with the girls, drinking coffee, and talking over the world's problems. She loved the outdoors, camping, her animals, and socializing. She loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally and was so proud of them all.

Melinda was preceded in death by her father, Tex Stanford; her mother, Pina Stanford; her brother, Tex Stanford; her brother, Paul Stanford; her stepson, Travis Leddige; her sister, Stella Whipple; and her brother, Carl Stanford; her parents-in-law, Verdeen and Mildred Leddige; and her brother-in-law and his wife, Bill and Mary Leddige.

Melinda is survived by her husband, John Leddige; sons, Michael and wife Shay Souders, and Andy Souders; and her big sister, Lee Thornton; her grandchildren, Tyler, Jordyn, Trent, Jadyn, River, Emma; great-grandchildren Atley, Oakley, and Eastynn, along with several nieces and nephews that loved her dearly and affectionately called her Auntie Lindy.

She will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved her. There will be a Remembrance of Life for Idaho friends and family at a later date.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.

Photo: Melinda Sue Leddige


Jess Roeder, 66, Orofino

Jess Roeder, age 66, passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2021 at his daughter's home due to continued strokes. Jess was born on Feb. 8, 1955 in Boise along with his identical twin brother. His family moved all around the Pacific Northwest before settling down in Kamiah. Kamiah is where he went to school and worked and played, swam, and fished with his brother along the banks of Lolo Creek at his family's ranch.

Jess was a very hard worker and had a strong work ethic. He worked for several years as a mechanic and welder for Clearwater Equipment in the 1970's. He then spent over 10 years working overseas in Africa for Morrison-Knudsen and had the distinction of being their youngest ever superintendent of his department. During that time, he also traveled and explored many different countries. Jess was part creator and owner of his business, J.R. Machine and Equipment in Orofino. He called Orofino home and would live the rest of his life there. Jess was a machinist and a very gifted heavy equipment mechanic.

Jess enjoyed cars and music and learned to play the guitar at a young age. As he got older, he enjoyed cooking, especially with his pressure cooker. His signature dish was ham hock and beans, which were delicious. He also liked to home can. He loved nature and the woods. He also enjoyed talking about politics and watching movies about history and wars.

He had a quick wit and humor and always made his daughter and son-in-law laugh. Jess loved and cared for animals. Most of all, Jess loved his cats and his dog, Girl. Girl and Jess loved each other very much. Jess was a very intelligent man that liked to live a simple life.

Jess was preceded in death by his parents (Julius and Dorothy Roeder) and siblings, Richard and Lorraine Roeder.

He is survived by his two children, David Lee Roeder and Tawnya Sue Roeder. Tawnya's husband Mike Burke, and his grandchildren: Trinity Storm Burke and Cannon Michael Burke. He is also survived by his sweet dog, Girl. He will be missed by them all so much. We will especially miss him saying "hey kiddo".

Jess is also survived by his twin brother, Jerry Jay Roeder and his wife Shanna Roeder; his nephew, Darrin Roeder (Leslie), Darrin's son Damion Roeder, and his two young boys.

To Jess's friends and neighbors of the Grangemont community, Thank You so much for being there for him. Your kindness and support allowed him to remain in 'the snowbanks' for as long as he possibly was able.

Celebration of Life is to be announced at a later date.

Photo: Jess Roeder


John Homer Foster, 74, born in Orofino

John H. Foster, 74, of Yakima passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 1, 2022.

John was born on March 14, 1947 in Orofino, Idaho to Elwood (Pete) Foster and Melba Maxine Sykes.

John grew up in Yakima, WA, with four brothers and two sisters. He worked many jobs throughout his life. The job that changed his life forever was St. Elizabeth's Hospital. This is where he met and fell in love with Anna Marie Velasquez. He then went on to work many years for Valley Septic. Following that he went to work for Columbia Aluminum until an unfortunate work accident.

John and Anna were married on April 9, 1968, a decision he never regretted. John loved Anna until the very end. Together they raised two children and have been blessed with two grandchildren, three years ago they were blessed with a great-grandson.

John loved to go hunting, fishing and camping. He loved to sit around the campfire and visit with everyone. John also enjoyed watching NASCAR.

John is preceded in death by his father, Elwood (Pete) Foster of Yakima; mother, Melba Maxine Foster of Yakima; brother Lyle Foster of Idaho; and brother Leonard Foster of Oregon.

John is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Foster of Yakima; son, Pete E. Foster (Myrna) of San Diego; daughter, Serena E. Foster (Jim) of Yakima; grandson, John Pete Foster (Mia) of Virginia; brother, Leon Foster of Goldendale, WA; sister, Iris Johnson of Naches; brother, Randy Foster of Idaho; sister, Lori Foster of Idaho; granddaughter, Alexandria Nicole of San Diego; and great-grandson, Bradley Foster of Virginia. John also had three young men that loved him like a grandfather, Jesse Neveu (Julia) of Yakima and Tommy and Scotty Lagerquist, both of Yakima.

John's Memorial Service is Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Brookside Funeral Home with a Reception immediately following.

Photo: John Homer Foster



John Clayton Henriod, 84, Dworshak Dam construction worker

John Clayton Henriod passed away at the age of 84 on New Year's Eve, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. He was suffering from many ailments and passed quietly and peacefully,

He was born March 9, 1937, in Ely, NV, to Albert and Mary Henriod. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1955 and while serving, met his future wife, Lurline, on a blind date. After many love letters back and forth, they married in April 1958 and shortly thereafter he was discharged in September 1958.

John worked in various jobs of construction, operating heavy equipment, mechanics and long-haul trucking. He moved his family to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley in the Spring of 1966 to work on the construction of the Dworshak Dam and ended up staying, calling the Valley his home base.

He enjoyed playing his various guitars and banjos, and playing the harmonica. He also enjoyed his "whoop-tie" '53 Chevy Bel Air convertible that he was always working on. He emphasized hard work and independence to his children and enjoyed the outdoors and Harley motorcycle travel with friends and family.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Lurline; his sister, Margaret; and his younger brother, Leonard. His elder brother, Albert, still lives in Nevada.

He is also survived by his sons, Timothy (wife Katherine), James 'Jim', David (wife Laura), and Kenneth (wife Debbie); his daughter, Leslie Lightfoot (husband Andrew); a total of 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside memorial at 11 a.m. Thursday at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston, WA, for those who wish to attend.

Photo: John Clayton Henriod


Maurica 'Marci' Jeanene Littell, 67, formerly of Orofino

Maurica 'Marci' Jeanene Littell, 67, was born to Bill and Earlene Ewing on May 11, 1954, in Hermiston, OR. Marci passed away in the early morning of Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, before the sun came up.

Marci was a firecracker with a heart of gold. Being the second of four children and raised with three brothers, she learned early on to take no prisoners. During her childhood, her dad followed big construction jobs for work, which brought them to Orofino in 1966. Orofino became home. Marci graduated from Orofino High School in 1972 as a proud Orofino Maniac. She was involved in all activities, from cheerleading to band to being a standout athlete. Summertime found her at the pool as a lifeguard and an active member of the swim team.

Marci graduated from Walla Walla Community College in 1973 as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She worked at hospitals in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, Southern Idaho and Washington. She received her National Surgical Technician certificate in 1988 and worked in the operating room for years. Although she had many nursing opportunities, plastic surgery was her favorite. Marci retired from nursing after more than 40 years and remained a well-loved favorite among patients and co-workers. Her wit and humor were legendary and the stories endless.

Marci married the love of her life, Reid Littell, on Nov. 27, 1981, and recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. As Reid's aviation career advanced, they moved to South Carolina. To occupy her time in the South, Marci perfected her manicure/pedicure skills and kept everyone beautiful and entertained.

Her life was forever changed with the birth of their child, Mason. They were best friends and shared everything. She fully supported Mason's interests and the many places that would take them. She became a Civic Theater mom when Mason got the acting bug and enjoyed the many years of friends and fun that brought them both. One day, when Marci told Reid, "I want to move home, to be with family," Reid moved the Earth to make it happen. It was told Marci went to an auction with her dad and bought a saddle. She returned home and told Reid she needed a horse and ranch. Reid bought her the horse and ranch.

Family was everything to Marci. She embraced her blended family and hosted many barbecues, pool parties and sleepovers at the "Littell Ranch." Her cousins, nieces, nephews, and "surrogate" kids were her world and she loved her time together with each of them. The annual visit with her mom and Frank were special times. Each fall brought Marci back to Orofino to be a part of the Lumberjack Days to reacquaint with old friends and reminisce about fond memories. She even made the occasional appearance as a timer for Monk during the logging show.

Marci was preceded in death by her father, Bill Ewing, and her brothers Mark Ewing and Mitch Ewing. She is survived by her husband, Reid; son Mason (Chase) Ewing Littell Emrys, of Seattle, WA; mother, Earlene Ewing (Frank Navarro), of Palm Desert, CA; brother Mike Ewing, of Orofino; brother-in-law Kim (Jan) Littell, of Dalton, GA; stepmother Bonnie Ewing, of Culdesac; stepbrothers Bob (Cheryl) Samuels, of Lapwai; Mel Samuels, of Sanford, ME; and stepsister Dawn (Robert) Johnson, of Lapwai. Marci is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and cherished friends (aka, the "Fab Five").

Marci, you lived life to the fullest. You taught us to live in the present, laugh often, love deeply and give generously. Our hearts miss you deeply. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. The family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in Marci's name. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.

Photo: Maurica 'Marci' Jeanene Littell


Linda J. Gullikson, 72

OROFINO: Linda J. Gullikson, 72 of Stites, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.


Wallace D. 'Wally' Rugg, 98, formerly of Orofino, Peck

Wallace D. Rugg, 98, known to his family and friends as Wally, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 18, 2021.

Wally was born March 8, 1923, in Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dad was the third of seven children born to Clarence and Ella May (Humphrey) Rugg.

When he was four, Dad's family moved to Peck. He graduated from Peck High School in 1942. Dad met Louise Conard in 1946, and they were married in August of 1946. They raised three children together, John, Marilyn and Patty. They later divorced and Louise passed away in 2002. In 1993, Dad moved from Orofino to Lewiston to be closer to his son and two daughters. Dad lived at the Highlander Apartments in Lewiston for several years before moving to Wedgewood Terrace because of health reasons. At the time of his passing, Dad was living at Royal Plaza Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston.

Dad served in the U.S. Army from January 1943 through January 1946, stationed in St. Petersburg, FL, during his basic training and later discharged at McCord Air Force Base. He was with the combat aviation engineers who built airfields for fighter planes taking part in the New Guinea and Southern Philippines campaigns during World War II. Upon his discharge from the service and his return home to Orofino, he joined Harold Kinne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3296. One of Dad's first jobs after returning home from WWII, was driving a laundry truck, and then he was hired at the Clearwater Tribune in Orofino in December of 1946. Dad apprenticed and worked his way up from a printer's devil to a career as a pressman and compositor. He worked for six years before becoming a journeyman printer. He received on-the-job training through the GI Bill and retired from the Clearwater Tribune as a printer after 27 years of service.

After his retirement, Dad spent enjoyable times mushrooming, picking up cans or a quick trip to Reno. He logged the hundreds of pounds of cans he collected that were later delivered to the recycling center in Lewiston. A particular enjoyment came from his many hours in the outdoors mushrooming with friends.

On Sept. 11, 2020, Dad was honored by the Harold Kinne Post 3296 VFW and Auxiliary members as a dedicated member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for more than 75 years and was presented with a nice plaque and 75-year pin to commemorate the occasion. It was an unforgettable day for Dad to be honored by the VFW. John, Marilyn and Patty were also in attendance to see their dad receive this award. Dad was very involved in the VFW, where he was commander of VFW Post 3296 in 1978-79 (lifelong member) and post quartermaster from 1989-90 and went through the chairs in the Oddfellows organization (lifelong member). In May 2019, Dad was honored at Wedgewood Terrace with a quilt of honor for his military service.

Of special importance to Dad was his time attending meetings and the other various functions he attended at the VFW building. Dad always felt a deep connection to the members of the VFW Post and the entire community. It was truly a gift for him to receive the plaque and pin for his 75 years of service and the visit with old friends and family.

In the past, when Dad was not watching his favorite team playing baseball, he was in the kitchen preparing fish, vegetables and fruit to add to his pressure cooker. When he relocated to Lewiston, he continued canning fruits and vegetables for himself and others and won several blue ribbons in the Nez Perce County Fair for his perfectly prepared jars.

Dad always treasured time spent with friends to reminisce about his life growing up on the family farm in Peck, service to his country or time with his family. Dad enjoyed fishing with son, John, and other friends and family, playing cribbage, especially Bingo, and a trip to the casino.

After Dad's passing, we have heard so many wonderful stories and heartfelt thoughts from so many of Dad's caregivers as well as staff at Wedgewood Terrace and Royal Plaza. We were so happy to finally be able to visit Dad in recent weeks, which was a delight to him and all of us after such a long delay because of the coronavirus.

Dad will be remembered by all who knew him as saying "you bet-cha, by golly," and most knew him as 'Wally by-golly.' Dad was "Uncle Wally" to numerous nieces and nephews who he always welcomed to stop by for a visit, whether in Orofino or at his home in Lewiston.

He is survived by three children, John K. Rugg (Karen), Marilyn Britain and Patty Rugg-Moran (Kevin); 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sibling, Joyce Gould; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John Rugg and Clarence ("Ki") Rugg; and sisters, Marie Wargi, Jean Peer and Doris Harvey.

A family graveside service will be planned at a later date. A memorial service will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Orofino in the spring. Dad lived more than "98 years of a wonderful life" and will always be loved and missed.

Photo: Wallace D. Rugg


Maxine Umphenour, 85, Weippe

Maxine (Gransbury) Umphenour passed away on Dec. 15, 2021, at Prestige Care in Lewiston after a full and courageous life filled with love and faith which our entire family admires and feels incredibly lucky to have lived with her.

A memorial service was held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino and a graveside burial in the Woodland Cemetery in Kamiah. Doug Smith conducted the services.

Maxine was born on Jan. 18, 1936, in View, Idaho to Charles and Thelda Gransbury. She had 13 brothers and sisters who cared for and supported each other in their big family. She is survived by four sisters, Marva Myers, Linda Ralston, Carma Knutson and Sandra Matthews, and one brother, Howard Gransbury.

Maxine met her husband, Claud, in 1951 and they were married shortly after. They lived in several towns in Idaho, before moving to Mussellshell Road in Weippe in 1965. They settled into the family home, also on Mussellshell Road, shortly after that.

Claud and Maxine created a very loving home, and they treasured their four children (Dean, David, Steve, and Barbara) and 15 grandchildren more than anything in their world. Maxine was a member of the Weippe Assembly of God Church and her faith and dedication to the Lord was a testament to how she lived her life.

Maxine worked at Jaype Potlatch Mill in Pierce, but her favorite job was taking care of her family. She always wanted family in her home as much as possible and you could always find a few, or all the grandchildren, with them. Maxine and Claud were never apart, and they would often drive to visit, but our family really enjoyed being with both of them at their house, eating her amazing and heartfelt meals with enough to feed everyone. She was never too busy for us, and she and Claud attended every event in our lives.

Maxine also enjoyed spending time with her siblings making quilts, cooking, or just visiting. Her laugh was infectious, and she shared so many memories about growing up in a big family.

In the last years of her life, she was fiercely and lovingly cared for by her son, David, in the family home. Recently, she was also cared for by her niece, Shirley, who couldn't have loved her more or taken better care of her. Although it wasn't easy, she was the angel Maxine needed and welcomed our family into her home to spend time with her anytime we needed to. We will never be able to thank her for the peace and support she gave to Maxine and to us during this time.

Maxine's survivors include her sons and family: Dean and Patty Umphenour, David Umphenour, Steve and Pam Umphenour and son-in-law Marvin Gibbar. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and their spouses, 30 great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Claud, her daughter, Barbara Gibbar, and her grandson, Bryon Vessey Umphenour. She is also preceded in death by her parents and eight brothers and sisters.

Photo: Maxine Umphenour


Ashley Hosley Sanders, 35, Orofino

Ashley Hosley Sanders passed away Nov, 19, 2021, at the age of 35. She was born June 19, 1986 in Afton, WY. It was in Wyoming that she learned to love the outdoors. She spent most of her summers helping her grandparents with their hunting camp. Until her passing she would always prefer her sleeping bag and campfire over a warm comfy bed.

She moved to Idaho at the age of five and attended school in both Whitebird and Orofino. She also attended several years at Lewis Clark State College.

Ashley had an amazing heart, a great personality, and an adventurous soul.

Ashley's world started and ended with her children whom she adored. They were her everything. She was their mom, best friend and whole world.

Ashley is survived by her children, Caleb Dannels and Samara Sanders; parents, Gerald and Nancy Hosley; siblings, Gerry and Jake, Michelle and Ivon, Ben and Amber and Kaylee, and Chloe; grandparents, Sharen Trefren, Ivy Simpson and Carolyn Phillips; nieces and nephews, Clintell, Preslee, Rosella, Brixton, and Isaiah; along with numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and friends whom she loved.

She is greeted in Heaven by sister, Jessica Hosley; first love Ollie Dannels; and her heroes, Grandpa Trefren and Grandma Dottie.

Memorial Services were held in Orofino at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Photo: Ashley Hosley Sanders


Wallace D. Rugg, 98, former longtime Orofino resident

Wallace 'Wally' D. Rugg, 98, of Lewiston, (former longtime Orofino resident), died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Royal Plaza Retirement Center in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia 'Patty' Maye Williamson, 78, formerly of Orofino

Patricia 'Patty' Maye Williamson was born May 13, 1943, in Raleigh, NC, to Robert Gilliland and Beatrice Mills. Patty was an Army brat, and frequently moved throughout her lifetime. Eventually, Patty ended up in Orofino where she met her first husband, James Barber, and had two children, Shannon Barber (Marcell) and Victor Barber. The two would later divorce.

This only led her to the eventual love of her life in Harold 'Skip' Williamson. Patty and Skip would eventually have two sons of their own, John Williamson and Thomas Williamson.

Throughout her adult life, Patty was a great cook and worked in the Lapwai schools as a cook. She was a loving individual and considered every kid within the community to be her grandchildren.

Patty passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at Life Care Center of Lewiston of an age-related illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, and daughter Shannon.

Patty is survived by her husband, Harold; sons Victor, John and Thomas; and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services for Patty will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Pi-Nee-Waus.

Photo: Patricia 'Patty' Maye Williamson


Doris Ponozzo, 94, Orofino

Doris Jean Ponozzo, 94, of Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Dec.7, 2021, at her home.

She was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Trout Creek, MI.


Linda L. Cummins, 77, of Peck

Linda L. Cummins, of Peck, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Peck. She was born Feb. 28, 1944.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Kim Burger, 57, Weippe

Kim Burger entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Oct. 23, 2021 with family by her side, after a brave battle with lung cancer.

Kim was born July 23, 1964 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Janine and Michael Martin. She was the youngest of four children. Her older siblings are Kurt, Keif and Kari Martin.

With her siblings she grew up on several ranches learning how to work with cows, sheep, and horses. Many years were spent on their Grandma and Grandpa Crow's property off of Upper Ford's Creek Road and then later a smaller ranch behind the Valley Apartments.

Over the years, Kim and her siblings entered many rodeos and she even earned the title Rodeo Princess one year.

When Kim had her children, Kevin, Joe and Malloree, she dedicated her life to them, even when times were difficult. She excelled at making the best of what they had. She supported them through their passions and difficulties, never giving up on them, even when many others had.

She would always help anyone that crossed her path and if asked, give them anything she had of value that might help them. She would never ask for anything in return, but love and kindness. The same that she gave.

In her mid-thirties, as a single mother to three, she thrived at LCSC (Lewis Clark State College) in Computers, obtaining her Associates Degree in Computer Systems Analyst and working several years for the college after earning her degree.

Next she worked for a The Computer Guy business in Lewiston and eventually made her way to working for Clearwater County. Her roles and titles changed over the years but her final position was GIS Administrator, which she enjoyed very much.

While working for the County she made very dear friends that were there for her until the very end. One of those long-standing friendships was with Bob West, who she cherished very much.

Beyond work her greatest joys were the outdoors, the fresh air, and to see God's creation. She was an Ace at Rummy, enjoyed many card and board games, as long as it brought joy and laughter to those around her.

Her favorite pastimes were definitely digging for special rocks and looking for old dumps, where she could find many treasures. She would go for drives on cloudy days, riding her 4-wheeler all over the woods behind Pierce and Weippe, where she had lived for the last 15 years.

And this is where she met her husband, Eugene Burger. They married on Sept. 21, 2016. They were Best friends and enjoyed the last five years together.

She was the grandmother that you would find on the ground playing in the dirt with her grandchildren, Shayla and Maddox, teaching them about rocks, plants and having an appreciation for many things that they might overlook.

She had a way of adding "ers" to the end of words that made them sound naturally perfect, like yeppers, nappers etc. Any time you hear that you will surely think of Kim.

Anyone who knew her knows she would give you her last dollar in her pocket and go above and beyond to make sure you were taken care of if needed. You would also know that for someone with such a sweet soul, you definitely didn't want to test her temper. Finally, you would know that she loved Jesus with all her heart and wasn't afraid to pray with any crowd for every meal that was shared. She was the kindest, most generous women to walk this earth and our family was blessed to have her as the head of the family. She will be missed by all who called her Mom, Sister, Wife, and Friend.

There will be a Celebration of Life event held in the Spring of 2022, for the time, date, and place, please email Mallnorris@hotmail.com.

Photo: Kim Burger


Deanna May Presnell, 82, formerly of Orofino

Deanna May Presnell passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, from causes related to cancer.

Deanna was born to Elsie (Latva) and Baptist Plourde on July 1, 1939, in Caspian, MI, the third of four children. She grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan until the family moved to Idaho when she was in high school. After graduating she met the love of her life, Ralph Presnell and they were married Oct. 31, 1959. They began their life together in Spokane and welcomed their first son, Blake, in November 1960, followed by Craig in April 1963 and then their daughter, Ralaine, in May 1965. They moved to Orofino in 1966, where she went to work for Konkolville Steakhouse as a waitress for many years and then became manager for years. They moved to Lewiston in 1999 and Mom went to work at Life Care Center until 2012 when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. A testament to the strong person she was - fighting cancer for years, never letting it get her down, a fighter to the end.

She was one of the kindest, most caring people you would ever meet. A friend to all and a smile to brighten your day. She loved spending time with her family and friends. The light of her life was all of her grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved them all so much.

Deanna is survived by her sons, Blake (Bridgette) Presnell, of Orofino, Craig Presnell, of Kamiah; daughter Ralaine (Kirk) Rees, of St. Maries; brother, Raymond Plourde, of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren with another on the way; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, David, and sister, Christine.

A celebration of Mom's life is set for June 2022 with a time to be determined.

You may sign the online guestbook at mtviewfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Deanna May Presnell


Simon George 'Skip' Wilson, 80, former OHS principal

Simon George 'Skip' Wilson was born on Aug. 8, 1941, and passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. He was born and raised in Orofino, the second of four boys to parents Bernard 'Barney' and Margaret 'Midge' Wilson. His brothers included Bernard 'Buster', Victor 'Jim', and Michael 'Jack' Wilson.

Skip grew up playing and making memories with his brothers and neighborhood friends on Riverside. He loved to be outdoors and enjoyed being in the woods, passions that lasted his entire life. He loved sports and he excelled in both basketball and baseball through his college years and was said to be a tremendous athlete by those who watched him play.

He graduated from Orofino High School in 1961 and attended Lewis-Clark Normal School (now Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston) before moving on to the University of Idaho, where he earned his Idaho teaching credentials and graduated with degrees in English and social studies. While in college, he married Janice Berger.

Skip played both basketball and baseball while attending Lewis-Clark. He was a member of Lewis-Clark's first baseball team in 1962, and for many years he held the school record in basketball for having the highest free throw percentage. His baseball skills earned him a tryout with the Spokane Indians professional baseball team in 1962. He was invited back for a second tryout in 1963, but passed on the opportunity and instead elected to attend the University of Idaho and start his family.

Skip and Janice had three children: Shawn, Wade and Jeff. Although they later divorced, Skip assumed the role as the primary caregiver and continued to raise all three kids.

After college graduation, he returned to Orofino, where he spent 33 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Orofino School District. He began his career as a teacher at Orofino Junior High before moving to Orofino High School to teach social studies. He served for several years as the Maniacs' head basketball coach and head baseball coach and spent many years coaching his kids' Little League baseball teams. During the summers, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service.

Skip earned his master's degree in school administration at UI. He then spent a year as the principal at Orofino Junior High before moving back to OHS, where he spent nine years as principal. He retired in 1998 and moved to Washington State, where he served three years as the principal at Garfield-Palouse, spent a year working at Washington State University and spent a year as the principal at Garfield Middle School. He returned to live in Orofino and spent three years working part-time as the principal at Nezperce. He retired for good in 2007 after a 40-year career as an educator.

During retirement, Skip tried golf for the first time. He immediately embraced the activity and began to golf with his buddies almost daily when local courses were open. He continued his love of sports as both a volunteer and spectator. He sponsored local athletes in their fundraising endeavors and donated regularly to U.S.A. Olympics. He served as the treasurer for Orofino Legion Baseball, served on the "chain gang" for UI football games, and was a member of various service organizations over the years. He was generous with both his time and money. He loved to golf, travel, watch and support his children and grandchildren, watch sports live and on TV, ride ATVs and do just about anything outdoors. He liked to read, complete crossword puzzles and study history. He demonstrated an incredible recall for people and events.

His nurturing nature and attributes for loyalty and responsibility continued to be demonstrated following his mother's stroke in 2008, when he and his brothers embraced the role as full-time caregivers for her so that she could remain at home until her passing in 2017.

Skip was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Midge; and brothers, Buster and Jim. He is survived by his children, Shawn (Greg McCracken) of Clarkston, WA, Wade (Angi Wilson) of Weiser, Jeff (Mary Wilson) of Orofino/Montesano; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother Jack Wilson of Orofino.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Photo: Simon George 'Skip' Wilson


Patricia 'Trish' Epley, 74, formerly of Angel Ridge near Peck

Patricia 'Trish' Epley, 74, of Lewiston went to be with Jesus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. She passed away at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center of complications from COVID-19.

Patricia 'Patty' Kay Pittman was born in Bellingham, WA, on Dec. 3, 1946, to Lester and Florence (Thinnes) Pittman. She was the third of three girls. Flo and the girls moved to a farm on Angel Ridge near Peck, where she discovered her love for horses. They later moved to Lewiston, where she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1964.

She married Frank Arriaga Dec. 4, 1964. They welcomed their daughter Carla in 1965. They moved to the Seattle area in late 1965. Their son Michael 'Mike' joined the family in 1967. Tricia and Frank later divorced and Tricia moved herself and the kids back to Lewiston.

Trish worked in the operating room at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for the next 28 years, until her retirement in 2006. While attending church, she met her love, Gerald 'Jerry' Epley Sr. They married in April 2002 and she gained her stepchildren, Kelly, Dawn and Jerry Jr.

Tricia loved her grandchildren very much. She decided that when each of them turned 12 years old, she would take them on a trip of their choice. She took her two oldest grandchildren before meeting Jerry. Jerry and Trish together continued this with the rest of their grandkids. They traveled all over the U.S.A. and Canada. They flew, they drove, they even went by train. Tricia loved Elvis. She was so excited when she finally got to go to Graceland with their youngest grandchild, who also loves Elvis.

She enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, a good card game and putting together puzzles with her grandkids (as long as she hid and always put the last piece in). She also enjoyed attending church and fellowship with friends. She loved spending time with her two other sisters, Lin and Liz. She attended many group functions that revolved around her love for Jesus.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughter, Carla Hauntz (Doug McKown); son, Mike (Michelle) Arriaga; stepchildren, Kelly Epley (Doug), Dawn (Tim) Vidovich and Jerry Jr.; mother, Flo Munn; sisters, Sandy (Lee) Lougee and Claudia (Ned) Lougee; grandkids, Bryan, Michael, Cody, JD, Rachelle, James, Dawson, Devonni, Jordan, Jonathon, Jocylen, Mikey, Chris and Christina; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Pittman.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at River City Church, 2102 Eighth St., Lewiston.

Photos: Patricia 'Trish' Epley


Delbert C. Yates, 79

Delbert C. Yates, 79, of Kamiah passed away on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood surrounded by his family.

Delbert was born on Nov. 2, 1942, to Kenneth and Phyllis Cargill Yates in Grangeville. He grew up at the family place at Winona and attended Kamiah schools. He graduated from Kamiah High School in 1961. He was a 4-year letterman in football at Kamiah and also played basketball and ran track.

He married Barbara Daugherty on June 15, 1963, and they settled in Kamiah.

Delbert was a lineman from 1969 to 1983. In that job, he worked in many places in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying his time working on the towers that came off Dworshak Dam. He started Yates Glass as a part time job, moving it to full time from 1989 to 2010. He had many other jobs, including working in the woods, driving school bus and scaling logs. Delbert was a jack of all trades and a master of many.

Since 1975 he managed the family ranch. One prideful project at the ranch was building the family cabin with Barbara and his John Deere tractor.

He was incredibly involved in his community as a charter member of the Kamiah Lions Club, a lifetime member of the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, former member of the CVRA (Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association), involved in the Kamiah Gun Club, had his pilot's license and belonged to the Kam-Koo Flying Club, he was a member of Lewis County Search and Rescue as well as a former Kamiah Highway District commissioner.

His passions were trap shooting, collecting Winchester guns and attending gun shows. He enjoyed attending all his grandkids' sporting events.

Delbert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara at the family home; daughter, Shellie Yates of Puyallup, WA, and her children, Taryn (Chris) and Will (Autumn), Todd Yates of Kamiah and his children, Ty (Jessica) and Dylan (Alyssa), and daughter, Kellie Hunt and husband, Jesse, of Kamiah and their daughters, Kaylee (Colton) and Kelsee, three great grandchildren, Arielle Bockman, Lexi and Cooper Yates; and his brother, Herman Yates and wife, Shirlene, of Kamiah.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Fred and Mable Daugherty; and a very special nephew, Rick Peterson.

His memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church located at 407 7th St., in Kamiah. A dinner will follow, and all are welcome. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation can do so at the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438.

Photos: Delbert C. Yates


Kinsley Kay Townsend

Heaven has gained an angel with a light so bright it will live in our souls forever.

Our angel passed peacefully in the arms of her parents at 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. She arrived four weeks early on Jan. 20, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

She showed everyone just how tough she was as she was Life Flighted to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane, WA, to undergo heart surgery and a second heart surgery at six months. Her favorite things were playing with her three older brothers and being held by her mommy and daddy. She taught us all about strength and courage, facing every day with a smile and rarely crying. Kinsley was a favorite with the doctors and nursing staff in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) at Sacred Heart - toughest baby ever.

Kinsley is the daughter of Chris and Kylie Townsend, who survive her at the family home in Asotin, WA, along with her three brothers, Keatin, Isaak and Brayden, who adored her; paternal grandparents, Mike Townsend, of Asotin, and Jay and Julie Hancock, of Clarkston, WA; maternal grandparents, Charlie and Dianna Seeley, and maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Seeley, all of Orofino; she is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her very much.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1028 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA, 99204, or the PICU at Sacred Heart in honor of Kinsley Kay Townsend, either online or by mail at 101 W. Eighth Ave., Spokane, WA, 99204. Attach a note or include on the check "PICU honor of Kinsley." Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and everyone who cared for our precious baby girl.

A celebration of our angel's life will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 11, the Orchards Community Church at 822 Bryden Ave. in Lewiston. All friends and family are welcome.

Photo: Kinsley Kay Townsend


Clifford Erwin Smith, 102, Clearwater Valley

Clifford Erwin Smith, age 102, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

He was born to Chester Arthur and Maude Alma Smith on Sept. 20, 1919, in Orofino and considered the Clearwater Valley his home, though he grew up in Missouri. After his father's death when Dad was a baby, his mother took him and his older sister back to her family in Missouri. When his mother remarried, Dad gained three more sisters, and over the years, six more girls joined the family. Dad ended up a farm boy in a family with 10 girls.

As a young man, Dad returned to the West, where he met and married the love of his life, Margaret, in February of 1941. He worked for the railroad for the next few years and their first two children, Kent and Peggy, joined the family. Dad enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II, serving in Europe. Soon after his return, the family settled in the small town of Peck. Dad lived there, in the big old house by the town steps, for more than 75 years.

Starting in 1947, Dad's work life centered around Riverside Lumber Company, where he started as a "pond rat" and eventually became a millwright. Though he worked hard and often came home exhausted, he enjoyed his work at the mill. He took an active role in the community, too, helping to bring TV to our town, working to remodel the library, fighting floods and forest fires, helping to restore the cemetery, dancing at square dances, and having a drink at the Canyon Inn on Saturday nights. As a family, we traveled and saw much of America, enjoyed gatherings with extended family and friends, and loved living in the small town of Peck. Our home was filled with life and laughter, along with its share of loss and tears.

After Dad's retirement, he and Mom enjoyed RVing through the Southwest, especially with Ray and Marie Wargi, and traveling to see family all across America and even took a trip to Japan. When they were at home, he loved starting his days with a walk with the family dogs and the guys in the Old Farts' Club. Lumbering was in his blood, and a favorite activity was taking his chain saw and the dogs (and sometimes Mom) to the woods to make firewood. He would haul it home in his little red pickup, chop it into stove-size chunks and stack it in neat rows, ready to keep the house warm in cold weather. He cared for Mom at home through her long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, losing her in 2011. He remained there in the family home until health issues took him to Brookside Landing in 2018 and there he found a new home. He loved teasing and joking with the staff there in his new community and soon settled in comfortably.

Dad loved Idaho, Mom and his family, his work, his friends, and pinochle. In his later years after losing Mom, he came to rely on the Orofino Senior Center for companionship, and loved Wanda's great meals. He enjoyed the weekly pinochle games thoroughly; it was the highlight of his week if he had high score. One of the things he enjoyed most over the last few years were his birthday celebrations, when he was surrounded by family and friends. Fiercely independent right to the end, strong-willed and a hard worker, he always tried to accomplish something worthwhile each day to "pay his rent on Planet Earth," as he put it. Then at the end of the day, he celebrated the day, sitting in the backyard swing with a drink in his hand as evening fell, with whoever was there. Those were some of the best times.

Dad was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his parents; all 10 of his sisters; and one baby great-grandson. He is survived by his six children, Kent (Donna) Smith, of Loveland, CO; Peggy Keough, of Spokane, WA; Craig (Jill) Smith, of Clarkston, WA; Mary Pat (William) Slinkard, of Palouse, WA; Mike (Judy) Smith, of Santee, CA; and Robin Christensen, of Fruitland, Idaho. He was much loved by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and also enjoyed a loving circle of nieces and nephews. Shortly before he moved from the family home in Peck, he lost Buster and Barkley, his two canine buddies who kept him company after Mom was gone. We're hoping they are in the loving crowd waiting for him, ready for one more Peck walk.

The family wishes to thank Dad's friends at Brookside, who made him feel at home there, and also the wonderful team of medical professionals at Clearwater Valley Hospital, who helped Dad and his family so much during his last days. Dr. Phillip Peterson was Dad's doctor and friend for more than 30 years.

A small graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston. The full celebration of Dad's life will take place at a family reunion next summer at Three Meadows when all of us can be there. More information on that later in case friends want to join us.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Orofino Senior Center, Box 1175, Orofino, ID, 83544.

Photos: Clifford Erwin Smith


Clifford Smith, 102, Orofino

Clifford Smith, 102, of Orofino, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Merchant Funeral Home, Clarkston, WA, is in charge of arrangements.


Doris Lynn Gutierrez, 56, formerly of Orofino

Doris Lynn Gutierrez, 56, of Idaho Falls, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Doris was born on May 13, 1965, to Thomas Stalnaker and Herlinda Delgado Stalnaker in Orofino. She grew up in Orofino and Shelley. She graduated from Shelley High School in 1983.

On March 30, 1996, she married Jose Armando Gutierrez-Rea in Idaho Falls. They lived in Mexico and Idaho.

Doris was a member of the Catholic Church. She enjoyed shopping, gambling, cooking, watching baseball and football. She loved her soap operas and never missed an episode of her favorite, novellas.

She is survived by her husband, Jose Armando Gutierrez-Rea of Idaho Falls; her daughter, Faviola Stalnaker of Idaho Falls; her goddaughter, Yesenia Velasco of Idaho Falls; and her father, Thomas Stalnaker of Idaho Falls.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Herlinda Stalnaker.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First Street, Idaho Falls.

Condolences may be sent at: https://www.coltrinmortuary.com/obituary/doris-gutierrez.


Robert Wayne Brown, 70, formerly of Fraser

Robert Wayne Brown was born May 30, 1951, in Orofino to parents Marvin and Clarabell Brown. He grew up on the family farm in Fraser and was the third of four siblings. He passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, after a battle with cancer.

Robert, along with his siblings, Nancy, Danny and Neil, worked and played hard. Long days of farming were followed by games, sports and 4-H activities with friends and cousins. Robert proved to be a standout athlete in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball and football. He led the Weippe Gorillas to state championships in basketball and football before attending the University of Idaho and playing college baseball for the Vandals.

Known as the "organizer" of nearly every team he was a part of, Robert loved leading. He was a talented athlete, but an even more talented facilitator. He had an inherent ability to analyze situations and build strategies to overcome challenges. This served him well on and off the field/court.

After earning his bachelors degree, Robert pursued a successful career in financial advising, a profession that came naturally for him with his strong social skills and charisma. He worked for multiple financial institutions in Idaho, Texas and Oregon before retiring in 2015. After nearly 40 years of living, traveling and working, Robert moved back to Idaho, the place he knew best and loved the most.

Robert was very proud of his five children, Kyle, Kirby, Scott, Conner and Sydney. Coaching and teaching them was what he loved. This extended to his seven grandchildren, Alexi, Brandon, Lukas, Baylee, Liam, Carter and Tatum. To Robert, there was no greater joy than attending one of his grandchildren's activities. Robert would often be seen - and heard - cheering at their games with his booming voice that always seemed to cut through.

Those who knew Robert would recall a man who loved movies, pets, music and a good meal. When he wasn't laughing hysterically at a Chevy Chase film (he would often begin giggling during the opening credits in anticipation), he was enjoying a John Grisham book or building some new contraption to enhance the lives of his cats or dogs. Like all of us, he had many endearing idiosyncrasies. Freshly sliced tomatoes placed on a hot pizza were a delicacy. Monitoring bowls of popcorn to ensure that nobody was "pickin' the good ones" was an honorable duty. Using an electric shaver while driving, dousing his children in 75 proof sunblock until they were unrecognizable and clipping their necklines with fingernail clippers were all favorite pastimes. If you spent considerable time around him, you were most likely christened with a nickname. When going out for ice cream, he would express his sad regret that you had made the wrong decision by not choosing the only acceptable flavor: pralines and cream. It was common knowledge that lightly buttered toast and sliced peaches were the cure to any ailment. Countless handwritten to-do lists cluttered any space he inhabited for more than two hours. And being left-handed was considered a virtue.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Robert was overjoyed by visitors in his final months and weeks. An entire community of his family, friends, teammates, classmates and colleagues rushed to his bedside to have a chance to spend more time with him. They reminisced the good old days, laughed, shared tears and pondered what may have been. Robert will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will take place in the spring or summer of 2022 at the Fraser Community Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Fraser Community Center.

Photo: Robert Wayne Brown


Simon G. 'Skip' Wilson, 78, Orofino, former OHS principal

Simon G. 'Skip' Wilson, 78, of Orofino, former Orofino High School principal, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Clarkston, WA.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Joseph Marvin Cook Sr., 89, formerly of Lenore

Joseph Marvin Cook, Sr., 89, of Lewiston, passed peacefully on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Joe was born Nov. 15, 1931, in Kendrick to Boyd and Bina Cook. He was the second youngest of five children and was raised on the family farm in Lenore. He attended Cream Ridge Grade School and Lapwai High School, where he graduated in 1950. During school he was active in 4-H. As a senior, he was selected to serve as a judge of the livestock show in Spokane. While on this trip he was privileged to shake hands with President Harry Truman, which he was always very proud of.

After high school, Joe wanted to join the military but was unable because he had polio as a child. Instead, he joined his father working on the farm, where he built a house that still stands today for him and his then wife, Jane Schurman. In December of 1957 they welcomed his first child, Christine. They later divorced.

In 1969, he met his love, Wanda Buckner and they married a year later on Feb. 13, 1970. Together they combined a beautiful family, his daughter, Chris, and her children, Darlene and Bill. In April 1971, they welcomed their son, Joseph M. Cook Jr. To all his children Joe was supportive and instilled honesty, strong work-ethic, loyalty and the importance of family.

While farming, Joe started hauling logs. Eventually, he started Joe Cook Logging. He contracted with Potlatch for many years before he started purchasing his own contracts. Joe continued logging until he retired in 2011 and his son, Joe Jr., took over the company. Even though he wasn't in the woods every day, we were all aware who was still "boss."

Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman. After more than 80 years of trail riding, hunting and fishing in the back country of the North Fork, Lochsa and Selway, it was easily some of his favorite places to be. He could tell you every good fishing hole along the way, each spot having countless memories. He passed down the love of the outdoors to not only his children, but also his grandchildren. He often reminisced about early fishing trips with his cousin, Don Cook. Joe also loved to fly. He was very proud of his pilot's license and his 182 Cessna. He enjoyed flying over the back country and many trips to Reno. In his later years he enjoyed playing bingo, where he and Wanda made a circle of friends over the years. He was extraordinarily lucky and would get the biggest grin talking about his winnings. His last outing was to play bingo, where he won the last pack game of the day.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Boyd Levi Cook and his mother, Bina Caroline Raby Cook; siblings, June Judd, Larry Cook, Evelyn Calvert, Dave Cook; and daughter, Darlene Draper.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Wanda Cook; daughter, Christine Stone; sons, Bill Strange (Susan) and Joe Cook Jr. (Kristi); 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2200 11th Ave., Lewiston.

Photo: Joseph Marvin Cook, Sr.


James F. Presnell, 93, worked at Dworshak Dam, hatchery

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather James 'Biddy' Presnell passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1927 to Hiram and Pearl Presnell at the family home outside of Craigmont. He served in the US Army and was involved in the Korean War. He later married his beloved wife, Shirley Osburn on Dec. 15, 1957. He went on to work Dworshak Dam and the fish hatchery for many years and then went to work for Steelman and Duff Construction until retiring in 1986.

His greatest love was spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Shirley of 62 years at their family home; a son, Kenny of Craigmont; four daughters; Marla and Robert Thomason of Craigmont, Carla and Richard Hoffman of Winchester, Darla and David Coursey of Craigmont and Deanna and Dana Thomason of Craigmont. He is also survived by his sister, Eileen Pentzer of Winchester.

Family meant everything to dad. He felt truly blessed to have many grandchildren. He enjoyed watching them grow up and attending their many school activities. He also enjoyed his many great grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Hugh, Gene, Tom, Jack, Don (Muggins), Ralph, Jacob, and Ronald (Butch) and his sister, Mary Sue Dawson and his grandson, Colby Thomason.

Dad will be greatly missed by his family who loved him so very much.

Per dad's request, there will be no service and he will be laid to rest at Fletcher Cemetery, Craigmont. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: James F. 'Biddy' Presnell


Linda K. Dupuis, 60, Peck

Linda K. Dupuis, 60, Peck, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Lewiston.

Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas Joe Cash, 82

Thomas Joe Cash, 82 of Winchester, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at Clearwater Heath & Rehab Care Center in Orofino due to COVID-9 Pneumonia complications. He was born Dec. 22, 1938 in Grangeville to Joseph Armstrong Cash & Violet Marie (Lamb) Cash.

Thomas's family moved to Winchester in 1948 by horse and wagon, primarily so his father could work in the newly built lumber mill there. Thomas was one of eight children. He attended the Winchester Community School where he graduated in 1955. In the years following, Thomas enlisted in the Army, and from 1960-63 he served as a weapons instructor in the Korean War. He spent five years after that service in the Army Reserves.

After his time in the military, Thomas began a lifelong career in the logging industry where he was a well-known and respected sawyer. After his logging stint he also dabbled in the mining trade in both the Florence area; as well as, near the Lower Salmon River areas. During his time with family, Thomas became known as the resident "Doctor" of animals. The Cash family has an affinity for nicknames, and after the nickname "Doc" was given to Tom it stuck with him throughout life, and as anyone who knew him could attest, that love of animals was still a vibrant force in his life. Doc enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodcutting, and most anything outdoors. He spent a number of years traveling around the countryside with his special friend Julia Shillings, and they were always out for a good adventure. Another bond that Doc had was with his friend Wally Eckard who took him fishing and woodcutting on many trips that he held very dear. Doc also had a niece Tanya (aka TJ) that would follow him nearly anywhere from the time she was able, and TJ can relate some exciting hunting stories from those followings, such as, the year she passed hunters safety and Doc led her into the middle of a herd of elk, surrounded as he "picked" the fattest cow to cull. According to Doc, TJ also became his "Eyes and Ears" as he needed to attend appointments in his elder years, but never his voice, he had that one down pat. He is very familiar in the town of Winchester for being the lil' ole man who rides his lawnmower (aka. his "LawnChopper") around town daily without fail, no matter the weather conditions.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Violet Cash; his sisters, Marie and Linda; and his brothers, Jim, Corky, Dave, and Ricky. He is survived by: his brother, Kenneth-Sam (Kathy) Cash of Lewiston; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and family members in the surrounding areas. Cremation has taken place and there is a Celebration of Life being planned that will be held later this Spring. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral home, Grangeville. Please send condolences for the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Thomas Joe Cash


Elbert Snyder, 89, Orofino

Elbert "Bert" Snyder passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born on Dec. 14, 1931 in the Clearwater Hospital which is now the parking lot of the Clearwater County Courthouse. He was one of two sons of Eldon and Rosella Snyder. He was just one year apart of his brother Maurice.

Bert graduated in 1950 from Orofino High School and was the last survivor of the Maniacs Championship Basketball Team. He spent two years in the Army, graduating from radio school as an intermediate radio operator. His company was readying to go to Korea when the Korean War ended and they were shipped to Fort Wachuka, AZ, where he finished out his tour.

Once he finished his tour, Bert returned back to Orofino to work at the Sheer Lumber Co. However, when the mill burnt down, Bert decided to enroll in Kinman Business College and worked part-time as a bellhop at Parson's Hotel in Spokane, WA.

In the fall of 1956, Bert returned back to Orofino and worked for the family business, Snyder's Clothing Store.

He then joined the fire department in 1957, was elected as the fire chief in 1965 and served until 1978.

He had two sons from his first marriage, Craig (deceased) and Tom Snyder.

In 1972 he met Angie, the love of his life and they married in 1974.

Although he enjoyed his hobbies of hunting and fishing, Angie brought on new experiences such as snow and water skiing.

In 2014, Bert met his only daughter (which he referred to as his "Dot") Lisa Greene, Angie's daughter from a previous marriage.

He is survived by his loving wife, Angie Snyder, of 49 years; son, Tom (Donna) Snyder; and daughter, Alicia (Lisa) Greene.

He also is survived by his grandchildren, Craig Snyder, Shaunna (Shaughn-spouse) Voepel, and Katie Sharp; multiple great grandchildren of Tom Snyder; Grand Dot Keanna Greene daughter of Lisa Greene; his beloved sister in-laws, Young Nan (Craig) Endres, Sung Nan (Chaewoo) Pak, and brother in-law, Young Kyu Lee. In addition, nephews, WonJun (Joe), Jaeho (Jae), Jordan, Brian, Grant; and niece, Crystal survive him.

The funeral service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Home on Nov. 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. followed by the burial at Riverside Cemetery.

Photo: Elbert Snyder


Julia Mae Blewett, 91

Julia Mae Blewett went to heaven to see her daughter, Gina. She passed away Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, of natural causes. Mae's life will be celebrated with a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. on her birthday, Nov. 3, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, with dinner to follow.

Mae was born Nov. 3, 1930, to Bessie (Bonnalie) and Bert Ankney in Palouse.

Mae attended Lapwai school, graduating in 1948. Mae met Jack Blewett her senior year and they were married in August 1948. They recently celebrated their 73rd anniversary.

After Mae and Jack were married, they lived on Webb Road in a rental for the first two years. While there, their daughter Lynda was born. Later, they moved to the ranch at Sweetwater, where four more daughters completed their family.

Mae was a talented and gifted artist, crafter, decorator and cook. She was a homebody and loved her home. She had friends who moved from home to home each month to do house cleaning and eat lunch together.

A "Happy Helpers" club was formed by Mae and her area friends, where they made clothes for an orphanage and enjoyed tea parties.

The daughters reminisced about Mom's hobbies before she went to work outside of the home. She made a lot of our clothes with her old treadle sewing machine.

Mom liked to keep her hair styled and enjoyed jewelry. She also liked to read romance novels, true stories, Westerns and mysteries. She enjoyed the radio and listening to lots of records, especially Tennessee Ernie Ford and Charlie Pride, whom she saw in Branson, MO. Watching the Gonzaga Bulldogs was also an enjoyed pastime.

Flowers were another favorite hobby. Annuals, hanging baskets, outdoor decor, amusing signs, and landscaping with flowering perennials; but it was always up to Dad to mow the yard.

Dad and Mom also really enjoyed gardening and eating the fruits of their labors.

Mom enjoyed watching TV variety shows like Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Dick Van Dyke and game shows. Mom was always quick with the answers.

Our dad could always depend on good, hot meals. She continued with this even when she went to work full time. This included baking, homemade jams and canned fruit. Mom made freezer meals for Dad even before they were popular.

Wedding cakes became another hobby - she was a perfectionist. She made all of her daughters' wedding cakes and many of their wedding gowns.

Mom spent many hours in the kitchen at Orchards Community Church as well as making floral arrangements for the changing seasons, tea parties and fashion shows.

If she heard of a death, within two hours she could have fried chicken, potato salad, her favorite chocolate cake and banana bread ready to be delivered to the family.

Our mother worked diligently, contributing to our family bazaar for 17 years. She enjoyed this time working with us and visiting with shoppers.

Mom's kindness, soft-spoken voice, and quick sense of humor will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband Jack (93); her youngest brother, Rex Ankney; brother-in-law, Tom (Linda) Blewett; her daughters, Lynda (Phil) Taylor-Derby, of Rainier, OR, Leanne (Randy) Keatts, of Clarkston, WA, Joan (Steve) Boyle, Kristin (Dave) Gibson, all of Lewiston; grandchildren, Chad (Stephanie), Scott (Kim), Jason (Sonia) Taylor, of Rainier, Larry (Monica) Keatts, of Richland, WA, Laynie Moser, of Lewiston, Lauren Bradley, of Orofino, Alexa Ockwell, of Lewiston, Levi (Tyler Vail) Gibson, of Clarkston, Jake (Ashley) Boyle, Clay (Sammi Jo) Boyle, of Lewiston; stepgrandchildren, Joshua (Thuong), Mona Derby, of Rainier; as well as 16 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren with 3 more on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Merle Ulber; brothers, Dale, Bill, Bob, Doug, Mike Ankney; her daughter, Gina Blewett Quesenberry; son-in-law, Don Taylor; great-grandson, KC Taylor; stepgreat-grandson, Fred Fevlov and his daughter, Mila.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the Gina Quesenberry Foundation, PO Box 506, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Julia Mae Blewett


Richard Arnold 'Dick' Erickson, 82, born in Orofino

Richard Arnold 'Dick' Erickson, 82, of Cottonwood, passed away Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Life Care Center of Lewiston of natural causes.

Dick was born June 19, 1939, in Orofino, the second of six children to Arnold Roy Erickson and Martha Madeline (Nines) Erickson. The family moved to Lewiston when he was a young child, in the days before air conditioning. It was so hot that he always said he never wanted to live there again, so it is ironic that he spent his final months in Lewiston. He should have graduated in 1957, but having spent the first grade staring out the window, he got to do it again and graduated in 1958. Despite his rocky start, he learned his lessons well, and went on to study anesthesia in Spokane, WA, which is where he met and married his wife, Luranna (Munton) Erickson, in 1965. Dick and Luranna then moved to Bonners Ferry where they raised their daughter, Carrie.

Dick's job as an anesthetist eventually took them to Cottonwood where they lived until he retired. Dick enjoyed camping, hunting and four-wheeling in his free time. Dick was also a passionate woodworker and could often be found carving or using his scroll saw when he wasn't at work or riding his four-wheeler.

Dick was a skilled nurse anesthetist and he kept many people alive over the years. His face was memorable since it was the last thing people saw before they fell asleep before surgery. He always ran into someone he knew or who knew him wherever he went.

Anyone who knew Dick knew he could be counted on to tell a joke or pull a prank. He enjoyed April Fool's Day even more than Christmas. Dick was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Mandy; and his brothers, Allen Erickson and Michael Dean "Terry" Erickson. He is survived by his sisters, Carol Ann Johnson, Christy Lea Wills, Brenda Lynn Walton; his wife, Luranna Erickson; daughter, Carrie (Bo) Summerlin; granddaughters, Chelsea Summerlin and Aubryanna (Elijah) Kelly; and great-granddaughters, Neveah and Nora Kelly.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. There will be a graveside service Friday at 2 p.m. at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston.

Photo: Richard Arnold "Dick" Erickson


Jonathan 'Jon' Jay McPherson, 40

On Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, Jonathan 'Jon' Jay McPherson succumbed to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident near Peck. He was called home and joined his father, who preceded him in death. Jon was born June 28, 1981, in Pocatello to Larry Dale and Susan Diane (McComb) McPherson.

During his 40 years, he resided in the states of Idaho, Nevada and Colorado. In January 2020, he moved back to Idaho to live in the Clearwater region. Jon never met anyone he didn't like; he was a friend to all he came in contact with. Jon was a kind-hearted and generous man, willing to give what he had to others even if it took his last dollar. He gave the best hugs. After a rough start in life, Jon's persistent hard work, and unyielding need to make his own way in life led him to become an accomplished roofer. He worked hard for everything he had. With support from his significant other, Melany, he was following his dream and had taken steps to start his own roofing business, McPherson Bros Solutions, LLC.

When he wasn't working, he loved to be out riding his Harley Davidson, or cleaning imaginary water spots from the already bright chrome. He also enjoyed falling off his dirt bike, carving the slopes on his snowboard, hiking and fishing as well, though usually ended up swimming against his will when it came time to return to shore.

Jon is survived and loved by his mother, Susan McPherson; sister, Celin Himle; brother, Herman Dennis McPherson; and half siblings, Cheryl (Randy) Spencer, David (Korlynn) Walrath, Lorna McPherson, and Loren (Laura) McPherson, as well as newfound genetic half siblings, Michelle Kalbeitzer, Shane (Allison) Ward, and Kayla (Julie) Thomas. He will be deeply missed by the love of his life, Melany Hewlett. Jon is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jon's remains were cremated by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 at Big Eddy Marina, Dworshak State Park.

In lieu of flowers, Jon asks that you grossly over-tip your server the next time you eat out.


Freddie Raykovich, 65, formerly of Headquarters

Freddie Raykovich was born May 9, 1956, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewiston. He died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at the age of 65.

He loved Jesus, and Jesus loved him. He grew up in Headquarters, where the community loved and embraced him. He had a passion for power saws, helicopters and ambulances because of the sirens. The swimming pool was a joy to him and he ran away to the pool many times.

He moved to Clarkston, WA, in 1971. Everyone knew him and treated him well. He was a regular at local sporting events and karaoke on Wednesday nights at Lancer Lanes. He loved loggers and attending Orofino Lumberjack Days for many years. He also dressed up as a clown and handed out candy at the Asotin County Fair parade, where one year he won second place for best costume. He loved country music, especially Charley Pride and would sing often at family events.

When he was born, there was a short life expectancy, but because of excellent care, he lived a long, healthy life. He was a member of Community Living and a resident as Prestige Nursing Home in Clarkston. He was treated with much love. Fred spread joy wherever he went and will be missed dearly by family and friends.

He is survived by his mother, Leona Dickinson; brother Dude (Janice) Raykovich; stepbrother, Dr. Gordon (Brucha) Dickinson; sister, Linda Nail; nieces, Cynthia Stolzenberger, Angela Raykovich and Hannah Raykovich; and nephews, Tom Dickinson, Lee Dickinson, Shawn Raykovich and Christopher Raykovich.

He was preceded in death by fathers, John Raykovich and Gordon Dickinson.

A funeral will be held at a later date.


Gerry Snyder, 88, formerly of Weippe

Gerry Snyder passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at the age of 88 from complications of a stroke.

She was born Anice Geraldine Wiley to Harvey and Thelma Wiley on Aug. 22, 1933, in Clearwater. She was raised mostly in the Coeur d'Alene area. She graduated from Rathdrum High School in 1951. She moved to Lewiston after graduation, and that is where she met her husband of 51 years, Norm. They married on June 21, 1953, and spent the majority of their lives in Weippe. Gerry worked for Joint School District 171 in Weippe.

In 1984, Gerry and Norm moved to Lewiston, where she started employment at Orchards Rehab and Care Center - now known as Prestige Care the Orchards - for 27 years, retiring at the age of 77.

Gerry enjoyed camping, picking berries, knitting, playing bingo and watching the Seattle Mariners play baseball.

She is survived by her children, Deb (Paul) Bartlett, of Lewiston, Gary (Lisa) Snyder, of Weippe, Gerald Snyder, of Weippe, Dale Snyder, of Moscow, Ron Snyder (Bonnie Torres), of Asotin, WA; grandchildren, Lisa Kersey, Jodie Gibbs, Noel Swearingen, Nikki Kidder, and Brian, Travis, Lacie, Laynie and Logan Snyder; great-grandchildren, Destiny Graybill, Jacee Burns, Thomas Gibbs, Caden and Noah Kersey, Raymond Swearingen, Clair Snyder, Ivy Snyder, Trystan and Ophelia Tow; great-great-grandsons, Ruari and Liam Blanchette; brother Pat Wiley, of Orofino; sister, Betty Morris, of Portland, OR., and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norm, her parents and her daughter-in-laws, Brenda and Lawanda.

Per her wishes, there will be no services.

The family wishes to thank Prestige Care the Orchards for the wonderful care and love they gave her; she loved them all. Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Gerry Snyder


Oren Hayden Blue, 91, Kamiah

Oren Hayden Blue, 91, of Kamiah, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Clearwater Valley Health in Orofino.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas J. 'Doc' Cash, 82

Thomas J. 'Doc' Cash, 82, Winchester, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.


Wayne M. Hodges, 24, Orofino

Wayne M. Hodges, 24 of Orofino, passed away Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 near Lolo Creek Campground.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.


Elmer F. Wessels, 82, former Weippe, Timberline teacher, coach

Elmer F. Wessels, 82 of Greencreek, Idaho, died peacefully at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center on Oct. 7, 2021.

Elmer was born on July 22, 1939, to Albert and Magdalena (Nuxoll) Wessels, the eighth of nine children. He grew up on a farm outside of Greencreek, Idaho, where he enjoyed playing baseball and helping his dad on the farm. He went through the Greencreek school system where he graduated from Greencreek High School in 1957. After graduation, he worked in the lumber mill and drove truck for Burkeland's. He then enlisted in the Army and spent most of his enlistment at Fort Ord and Fort Lewis before he was honorably discharged in 1960. He appreciated his time in the Army because it changed him from being a boy to a man.

After the army, he attended Lewis Clark State College for two years and pitched on the LCSC's Warriors first baseball team. After LCSC, he played baseball at Eastern Washington University for one semester before transferring to the University of Idaho where he completed his bachelor's and later his master's degree in education. It was during this time at the U of I that he became an avid Vandal fan.

After graduation, he took his first job at Weippe High School where he coached football and basketball for three years. These were very special years as he loved the Weippe community and his coaching job. Weippe and the people were always very special to him. During the school year of 1968-1969 Elmer and "his boys" won a state football and state basketball championship, respectively. When Weippe High School merged with Pierce to form Timberline Elmer went along to coach the Timberline Spartans basketball team for two years before moving to the Cottonwood School district for one year. There he taught in the middle school. After one year at Prairie, he moved to Clearwater Valley where he coached and taught. He loved coaching but retired from coaching in 1976 to pursue other adventures. He was honored and thrilled years later when his daughter, Tina, was in junior high and he began coaching her AAU and Hallissey basketball team. He continued to coach Hallissey teams for the Prairie Catholic Youth until 2001. Elmer taught for 29 years, at Clearwater Valley, retiring in 2001, with a total of 35 years of teaching. Elmer loved teaching and always enjoyed running into and catching up with former students, many of which he now calls friends.

On June 1, 1968, he married Irene Stubbers at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Greencreek. While living in Weippe Elmer and Irene had their first daughter, Maria, in 1969, and then a son, Joe, in 1970. They moved to Greencreek and purchased the Greencreek store in 1976, which they owned until 1984. In 1978 they had their youngest daughter, Christina (Tina). Elmer and Irene also owned and operated a bee business, Wessels Honey, that they started from scratch. They slowly expanded from a few hives in 1974 to more than 600 hives at its peak. Elmer and Irene sold honey throughout the local area into Couer d'Alene and Spokane, before retiring from the business in 2013.

After retirement from teaching, Elmer found his passion for bowling again, spending many hours at Lancer Lanes with his bowling family. He was an accomplished bowler. Not only did he bowl three 300 games and five 800 series, but he was also awarded Bowler of the Year in 2008. Elmer also still holds the record at Lancer's for the highest sanctioned series (856). For as much as he loved bowling, he loved his bowling family more. He made many friends over the years at the bowling alley and missed them terribly in his later years when he no longer bowled.

In addition to bowling in his retirement years, Elmer continued his love for teaching and astronomy by working in his daughter Tina's classroom, helping her with a yearly rocket launch. He was also an avid Dodgers fan since he was a little boy and was excited when his beloved Dodgers won the World Series last year. Go Dodgers!

Amongst all of his accomplishments, Elmer's favorite title was Grandpa. He was the proud grandpa of 13 grandchildren. Elmer loved his family and grandchildren more than anything and enjoyed watching their activities and nonsense!

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Harold, Don and John and sisters, Rita (Clarence) Wassmuth, Marcella (Bob) Uhlenkott, Sr. Edward, OSB, and Sr. Bernice, OSB.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irene, in Greencreek, his daughters, Maria (David) Wren and Tina (Chris) Jackson and son Josef (Eugenia) Wessels. He is survived by his grandchildren Nicholas, Natalie, Jacob, Emily, Matthew, Zachary, Mary, Michael, and Katie Wren; Maddilynne and Jossilynne Jackson; and Nate and Lena Wessels; his childhood playmate and sister, Dorothy (Don) Keuter of Tacoma WA; and his beloved sisters-in-laws, Bernadine, Rita, and Teddy. In addition, he is survived by 39 nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.

A Rite of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Greencreek. There will be a public rosary beforehand, starting at 10:30. Burial will follow the funeral Mass with a dinner at the Greencreek Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to All Saints Catholic School, Lewiston, or St. Jude.

Photo: Elmer F. Wessels


Donald E Kissinger, 86, born in Orofino

Donald E Kissinger was born May 21, 1935 to Merle and Dorothy Kissinger in Orofino, Idaho. He died Oct. 11, 2021 due to complications from cancer. He spent his early schooling years in Spokane, WA, but summers he often visited family in Grangeville, Sweetwater and Yellow Pine. He moved to Grangeville in 1951 and graduated from Grangeville High School in 1953. He married Jane Heron on Nov. 7, 1953 and attended Washington State University from 1953-1958, graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. During those college years, all four of his children were born. He later received a M.S. degree from University of Idaho in 1968.

He was employed as an antenna specialist for the U.S. Navy at Point Magu, CA, from 1958 to 1961. He returned to Grangeville and taught in the Grangeville school system both at the Junior High and High School in math and science from 1963 to his retirement in 1993. He was a lifetime member of the Idaho Education Association and the national association. In 1970, he was named Outstanding Educator and in 1993 he received the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Idaho Alumni Association and the Tandy Outstanding Science Instructor award. He served as commencement speaker for GHS in 1992, and as a volunteer science and math tutor for adults seeking to advance their education.

He is remembered for initiating the GHS wrestling program and serving as head coach for 20 years. He received numerous coaching awards including District Coach of the Year 1978 and was the honored coach at the State Wrestling Tournament in 1992. In 2001 Don received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He served on the Board of the Camas Credit Union (now Pine Tree Credit Union) for 20 years and was Treasurer/Manager for 15 of those years. In 1978, he became a licensed land surveyor and accompanied his father-in-law, Bert Heron, on many surveying jobs. He also held a private pilot's license for a number of years. He was a lifetime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and served as elder and Treasurer for many years.

In 2003 Don and Jane celebrated 50 years of love and blessings. After an extended battle with cancer, Jane passed in 2006. On the 28th of February 2015 Don married Linda Aiken and they had close to 6 years of happy companionship before Linda passed in 2021. Most of those years, they had the joy of providing day-care for their grandchildren, Kayla and Jayce.

Don spent his retirement years substituting at GHS, shooting and loading guns from his large collection, 4-wheeling with family and friends, and driving for a shuttle service.

Don is survived by his three children: Anne (Mark) Waite of Marysville, WA; Robert (Michiko) Kissinger of Cincinnati, OH; and David (Chikako) Kissinger of Coeur d'Alene; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Kissinger.

Don's final months were spent at Meadowlark Home. He absolutely refused to leave Grangeville! The family would like to thank the staff there and that of Grangeville Hospice for their excellent and loving care as his life came to an end.

There will be funeral service at Blackmer Funeral Home on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m., followed by the internment of ashes at Grangeville Cemetery. Please join the family for a reception at the Grangeville Senior Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Donald E. Kissinger


Lyle Dean Brotnov, 70, Dworshak Dam worker

Lyle Dean Brotnov of Clearwater, Idaho, passed away Sept. 1, 2021, in Portland, OR. He was born Aug. 17, 1951, in Grangeville to Norman and Neoma Brotnov, and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in 1970.

Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Kitty Learn, on Oct. 9, 1971, and together they moved around the West while growing their family. After attending Denver Automotive School, Lyle completed a carpentry apprentice program that allowed him to work on Dworshak Dam near Orofino. This was the first of several carpentry projects that moved the family around Wyoming, to Wallowa, OR, and Kooskia. In 1980, they moved to Portland, OR, to attend Bible school and settled in the area. Lyle started his own carpentry business in 1993, which he turned over to his son and nephew when he retired to Clearwater in 2014.

Lyle loved the Lord, was an avid hunter, a skilled carpenter, and a loving husband and father. He found satisfaction in building, especially the things he designed, and was most recently working on his and Kitty's dream home. His joy was found in time with family and friends, always looking forward to attending and coaching his kids' sporting events, and eventually watching his grandkids' games, too.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Kitty; their children, Russty (Tami), Renee (Allan), Levi (Kari), and Kellie (Matt); 12 grandchildren, Caitlyn (Jonathan), Caleb (Morgan), Gabriel, Micah, Justina, Alec, Brianna, Pashence, Adilynn, Cohen, Moriah, and Aniyah; and one great- grandchild, Elliana. He is also survived by a sister and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Funeral services were held Sept. 23, 2021, at Valley View Church of the Nazarene in Kamiah.


Dedee M. Blue, 89, Kamiah

Dedee M. Blue, 89, of Kamiah, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Gail Dryden Cook, 72, formerly of Headquarters-Pierce

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend of all Gail Dryden Cook, aka "Grammy," passed away suddenly Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at the age of 72 from a catastrophic stroke at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.

She was born Nov. 20, 1948, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston to Marjorie A. Dryden and Frank V. Dryden. She spent her childhood in the Headquarters-Pierce area with her father being a logger. The family moved back to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley in 1952.

Grammy graduated from Nicks Cosmetology School and obtained her license in 1968. She went on to open G-Dees Hair Salon with her partner in the late '70s. She loved going to hair shows all over the United States to find the latest style. When they opened the beauty shop, they balanced between beehives, up-dos, feathered bangs and big-hair perms - they were the latest and greatest salon in the valley. The salon had the very first tanning bed around, and everyone at Sacajawea wanted them to cut their hair. Grammy worked behind the chair giving people beautiful hair until she passed away.

She married the love of her life, John Cook, Aug. 26, 1996. They built a beautiful, strong life together and shared many wonderful, loving memories. They built a beautiful home in the remote Three Bear area using almost entirely their own efforts. They lived there for 11 years before relocating back to Lewiston to be closer to family. They have shared the joy of raising their grandson Trayt together since he was born in 2009.

Grammy loved softball; her nickname was "super chicken" because of how little and fast she was. What this little spitfire loved even more than playing sports was watching her grandchildren play. The outdoors is where she loved to be whether it be camping, fishing, mushroom picking, huckleberry picking, hunting, riding four-wheelers and motorcycles, as well as quilting, baking and sewing. No one could beat her freshly baked pies and cooked chili. We can't forget about her strong love for elephant decor and she was always showing off her freshly finished sewing/quilting room. She was loved more than she knew and will be missed greatly by so many people whose lives she touched.

Our mom loved us, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren with more passion than you could ever imagine. She went without to make sure we all had what we needed. She was lover of all children who made sure all kids and young people were loved and never judged. She was the glue that kept our family together, she may be gone but her memory will live on in all of us and will always keep us together.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents, Marjorie and Frank Dryden. Gail is survived in death by her husband, John Cook; her children, Gina Schaefer (Ron Klemm), Todd Vanhorn (Kara Aiken), Chad and Crystal Vanhorn, Kimi Sodorff, Susan Cook (Debbie Hamilton), Penny and Tim Skinner; sister Judy Rowland; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted for friends and family at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will follow immediately after the service at Hells Canyon Grand Hotel in the Clearwater Ball Room.

Photo: Gail Dryden Cook


Sherry Melinda Alford (Stoner), 54, born in Orofino

Sherry Melinda Alford (Stoner) passed away during the early week of August 30, 2021. She was born June 28, 1967 in Orofino Idaho, and moved many times in her life with the majority of her childhood spent between Arizona and Idaho.

She is currently survived by her three children, and her two sisters, Michelle and Roxanne. She moved between Pierce and Arizona as a child, returning to Idaho eventually to meet Ronald Allen Martin, whom she married and had two children, Jessica Nicole and Ryan Allen. Through providence, her sister, Michelle was married to a sailor who was friends with Craig Stoner, whom Sherry would later marry and give birth to her other child Joshua Craig.

Preceded by her father, mother, and two brothers, her life was neither a sprint nor a marathon but rather a dodge through an artillery field. There is nothing that can be printed that would explain the totality of her life, but the testimony of those that knew her know that, despite her faults, she was adamant in her beliefs about parenting, morality, and spirituality.

As her child, I am writing this saying that my mother was: neither a feminist, nor one that would tolerate chauvinism; neither a "Holy Roller" nor one that tolerated taking the Lord's name in vain; she would not tolerate inappropriate things on television but when it came down to the gory...when she was studying and became an EMT and then eventually a nurse, her books were open to read and she loved to explain.

Throughout her life, the one thing that never faltered was her love and devotion to her kids. No matter her circumstances, she would put herself second to listen and/or offer support. She also maintained her West Coast spirit, loving to hunt, fish, and camp off the grid, miles and miles into the mountains.

A cremation has taken place and a celebration of life was held at Jollymores Sept. 25.

Photo: Sherry Melinda Alford (Stoner)


Melanie Rae Ellenwood, 66, formerly of Pierce

Melanie Rae Ellenwood, 66, of Lapwai, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was a member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

She was born Nov. 23, 1954, in Lewiston to Rachel Carmen Jackson and Stephen Alvin Ellenwood. Melanie earned her GED from Skadron College and worked as a legal secretary. She resided in Pierce. Melanie worked at a casino in Laughlin, NV; Norm's Cafe in Twin Falls; as a painter apprentice in Utah; and a paramedic in California. Melanie married Bill Hart and they were later divorced.

She enjoyed bead work, drawing, pottery and loved her dog, Scooter, and many past pets. Melanie loved to travel and explore nature. She had many friends who loved her and will miss her.

Melanie is survived by daughter, Pauline Leda Ellenwood, of Utah; son, Stephen Phillip Ellenwood, of Utah; daughter, Simone Rachel Hart, of Spokane, WA; brothers, Kub (Susie) Ellenwood, Corb Ellenwood and Jeff Ellenwood, all of Lapwai, and Chaz Webb, of Pendleton, OR.; sisters, Stephanie Evans, of Lewiston, and Esther Jean Victor, of Toppenish, WA; grandchildren, JaMechia, DaVontae, Thye and Thomas, all of Spokane; and great-grandchildren, Dustin and Kylo, of Spokane.

She was preceded in death by her father, Stephen Ellenwood; mothers, Rachel Jackson Ellenwood and Ethel Kipp; brother, Steven Ellenwood Jr.; sisters, Patricia Matheny and Beverly Burnett; grandsons, Shaun Bradley Davis and Eddie Lewis Daniels III.

A viewing will be from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. A service is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of God in Lapwai.

You may sign the online guestbook at malcomsfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Melanie Rae Ellenwood


Frances Dorothy Olson, 77, formerly of Orofino

Frances Dorothy Olson passed away at her home in Lewiston on Monday, June 7, 2021, at age 77 under the exceptional care of the chaplain, nurses and aides at Elite Home Health and Hospice.

Frances was born to Henry and Julia Furston in London, England, on June 13, 1943. She entered the world undeterred by events after air raid sirens sent her parents underground to a bomb shelter, where her mom gave birth during a German Luftwaffe bombing of the city. In 1948, during the aftermath of World War II, Henry and Julia, with their young daughter and her little brother, Derek, boarded the Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic Ocean for a landing at Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Her memories of the trans-Atlantic crossing were mostly of playing on deck and getting lost on the ship. Her first vivid memories of the Americas were the family's new home and attending school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

After seven years in Canada, the family moved to the United States to be near family in Reseda, CA, before Frances' father accepted a job as a psychiatrist at State Hospital North in Orofino in 1960. Frances graduated from Orofino High School the same year, before her 17th birthday. In her brief time attending high school in Orofino, she caught the eye of her future husband, Darrel Olson, and they married in April 1962. Darrel and Frances had two sons, Arlen and Jeff, and like many moms, she sat through endless athletic competitions, watching basketball, baseball and football games and track and field meets. Her marriage with Darrel ended amicably in 1994, and both remained good friends until the time of her passing.

Frances' first adventure crossing the ocean on the Queen Mary would not be her last trip on a passenger cruise ship, but would become a lifelong passion for travel. She and her mother often traveled for several weeks or months on cruise ships around the world. Much of her mother's time on ship was spent playing matchmaker. Her effort paid off when Frances met Richard Byford, who became a long-time companion and business partner in an entertainment brokerage business in Palm Springs, CA. There, Frances met and worked with many celebrities. On one occasion, she chauffeured Bob Hope in a golf cart at a charity golf tournament, where she nearly crashed the cart. He good naturedly asked how long she had been driving. After her mom's passing, Frances continued with her passion for cruising, meeting old friends and making many new ones from across the United States. At last count, Frances had visited almost 100 countries. At some ports in Africa and Asia, Fran herself would become an attraction and approached by local residents who were fascinated with her permed silver hair and wanted to have their picture taken. At one port, her friend Richard was offered a cow as a dowry for compensation to marry Fran. Richard joked that he considered the offer; however, he needed Fran to be the navigator for their motorsport passion of racing their BMW in rallycross races across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Frances was a dedicated and protective mother and a loving wife and companion. She always prioritized her family's needs and wants before her own, even at the very end of a life cut short by cancer. She had downsized, choosing a simple life with few possessions to make her passing easier on family members. Her gift to her family was a lifetime of memories, stories and photos from two continents, her prized collection of dolls from around the world and many hand-made as a little girl in England and Canada. She will be missed by her many friends on the next world cruise, who will raise a glass in celebration and remembrance of a friend. Her friend and cruise mate, Ann Simonsen, said it well in a memorial, saying: "My dear friend, beloved mother and dear friend to many, you are one of our life's treasures. You are so loved and will be missed. Thank you for being you."

Frances was preceded in death by her father, Henry in 1992; her mother, Julia in 2015; first child, Duane in 1963; and companion, Richard in 2020. She is survived by her brother, Derek (Andrea); two sons, Arlen (Elena) and Jeff (Xi E); four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Emily, Mark and Izabella; three great-grandchildren; niece and nephew; and many cousins.

Cremation has taken place, and at Frances' request there was a private family graveside service. Cremation was handled by Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.

Photo: Frances Dorothy Olson


Beverly Ann Mitchell, 80, Elk River

Beverly Ann Mitchell passed away from complications of COPD on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Asotin, WA.

Mom was born to Henry and Mabel Lewis on Sept. 8, 1940, in Bath, NY. Her family moved to Idaho in 1951 and settled in Elk River, where Mom went to school and spent most of her life.

On Jan. 10, 1958, she married Lloyd Trott and they had four children, Ricky Trott, Jesse Trott, Laura Krueger, of Elk River, and Brian Trott, of Clarkston, WA. They later divorced.

She married Leo Mitchell on July 21, 1978, in Reno, NV. At this time, she was blessed with five more children, Dale (DeEtta) Mitchell, of Elk River, Anthony (Holly) Mitchell, of Elk, WA, Daniel (Bridget) Mitchell and DeAnna (Charley) Brown, of Snohomish, WA, and Shelly (Kyle) Blake, of La Conner, WA.

Mom worked as a waitress and cook in many restaurants in the area until she found her true calling as a CNA (certified nursing assistant). She worked at Good Samaritan in Moscow until her retirement. She also spent many years serving the community as an EMT (emergency medical technician) in Elk River. Mom was a member of the Syringa Club and spent years volunteering for the Elk River Food Bank. Mom's greatest joy was spending time with family. She loved her flowers, needlework and huckleberry picking.

Mom is survived by her children, 28 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sister, Ethel Lovell, of Asotin. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; a daughter-in-law, Francis Trott; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at Three Pines Cemetery in Elk River. A dinner sponsored by the Syringa Club will follow at the Elk River Community Center.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Elk River Food Bank, P.O. Box 69, Elk River, ID 83827.

Photo: Beverly Ann Mitchell


Jack W. Wicks, 78, formerly of Weippe

Road trips with endless conversation, learning what every crop was along the way and old-fashioned doughnuts as a snack ended Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, with the passing of Jack Warner Wicks. He battled cancer for 23 years and we are so proud of the fight he put up to stay with us as long as he could. We miss him every day.

Jack was born April 11, 1943, to Vernon and Iva Wicks in Lewiston. He joined three older brothers and growing up in those days was tough, but he told us stories of going to the dump to find garden hoses to use as bike tires and building their own toys in their dad's shop. Jack was also the yo-yo champion of his school. Jim, Virgil, Myron and Jack would soon be joined by another brother, Steve, and finally a sister, Linda.

Jack graduated from Lewiston High School in 1961 and moved to Spokane to attend Spokane Community College where he earned his Airframe and Powerplant license.

Jack returned to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley to attend Lewiston Normal School where he met Linda Diane (Hendrickson) Daniel, and they were married from October 1964 until 1978. They shared two sons, Curtis and Corey. Jack and his family soon moved to Liberty Lake, WA, where evenings were spent sailing. Jack was a talented sailor who passed on his skills to his sons; even standing on the bank of the lake watching and calling out instructions to Curtis while he sailed by himself at the age of 4. The family moved back to Clarkston, WA, in 1971 and Jack became the manager of Reed's Hardware in Lewiston. In 1975, when the Lower Granite Dam came on line, Jack and his family took advantage and were the first to sail on the newly created slackwater.

During the summer of 1979, Jack leased and operated Lumber West, a sawmill, in Weippe, and many members of the family helped with the daily operations. He married Carolyn (Southwick) Weatherly in March 1980 and with this marriage, Jack gained three stepdaughters, Julie, Terri and Nicci.

Jack's career was multifaceted and throughout the years his skills were utilized at Hillcrest Aviation, Gustin Aviation, Felts Field Aviation, Weldcraft and Renaissance Marine Group.

Jack truly was an artist and a legendary welder. He enjoyed sailing, flying, raising homing pigeons, painting and telling stories. His skills are evident in many handmade wire sculptures, carvings and the knowledge he passed down. One of his most proud accomplishments was the sculptures he welded of the famous Dwight Clark catch that were purchased by the San Francisco 49ers. The free time that Jack did not spend in his shop was spent on the water. He was a past commodore of the Lewis-Clark Sailing Association and won many sailboat races. When sailing on the water wasn't possible, he enjoyed building and sailing land carts, whether it be on the dry lake beds of Alvord desert in Oregon or the Shopko parking lot.

Jack will be missed by his wife, Carolyn; sons, Curtis (Kimberly) and Corey; daughters, Nicci Jackson, Julie (Tom) Tochterman and Terri Ferrill; brothers, Jim (Judy) Wicks, Virgil (June) Wicks, Myron (Barb) Wicks and Steve (Cathy) Wicks; and his sister, Linda (Brad) Cannon. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Afton (Titus) Hansen, Kyle (Kylee) Wicks, Alaina (Anthony) Brown, Forrest Delka, Calyn Presson, Kati, Ben and Samantha Jackson, Ashley (Ryan) Hogue, Matthew (Tram) Tochterman and Abby Ann (Edward) Lane; and great-grandchildren, Krew, Charlee, Baker, Sophie, Carter and Oscar; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Iva Wicks.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of Jack's life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and a potluck gathering will follow at the home of Steve and Cathy Wicks. Please sign the online guestbook at vassar-rawls.com.

Photo: Jack W. Wicks


Beverly A. Mitchell, 80, Elk River

ASOTIN - Beverly A. Mitchell, 80, of Elk River, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Asotin, WA.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Karen Williams, 72, Orofino

Karen Williams, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, mentor, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, of a heart attack.

She was born on March 9, 1949 to Evert and Edith Meiners. She was in a hurry to join her older sister, and was born on the way down from Nezperce, on the Gilbert Grade in the back seat of a 1949 Packard.

She was raised in Nezperce, and graduated from high school in 1967. She decided to continue her education, and become a school teacher. She attended the University of Idaho, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1971. She then decided to continue her education further, and received her Master's Degree in Education in 1974.

Once she received her degree, she began her long and immensely satisfying teaching career at the Grangemont Elementary School.

Once the Grangemont School closed, she continued teaching at the Peck Elementary School. She then moved to the Orofino Elementary School, and finished her teaching career there after 30 plus years in education. She then went to White River, AZ, and taught first grade for one year.

On Aug. 23, 1975, Karen married the love of her life, Floyd Williams. They were blessed with two strong willed sons, Ross and Jay Williams. Karen's biggest joy in life was being with her family, especially her mountain of grandchildren and honorary grandchildren. She was Grammy Karen to most little ones that knew her best.

Karen had many hobbies, including knitting, quilting, and collecting children's books.

She loved to travel and see much of our country's history, and the occasional girl's trip with her numerous high school and college friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Evert and Edith, and husband, Floyd.

She is survived by her son Ross Williams and wife Kimberly, and Jay Williams; and grandchildren, Brogan Davis, Porter Davis, Lincoln Williams, Trevon Williams, Trace Williams, and Ryker Williams; sister, Sharon Lacey; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

People wishing to donate in her memory, may do so to the Orofino Elementary School Library, or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library.

Photo: Karen Williams


Dr. Arthur Gene 'Art' Osterberg, 79, Orofino

Dr. Arthur Gene "Art" Osterberg was welcomed into his heavenly home on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, Idaho with his daughter, Audra, holding his hand, and wife Deniece nearby.

Art was born on March 7, 1942 in San Jose, CA, to Arthur and Etta Jean (Gomes) Osterberg.

He grew up in Sunnyvale, CA, within walking distance to his grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Art graduated high school from Menlo School in 1959. There he participated in Language, Yearbook, Publicity, Current Events, Radio Electronics and French Clubs. He went on to Foothills Community College in Los Altos Hills, CA, where he earned his AA degree. From there he went on to Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, where he received BA and BS degrees in Natural Science and Optometry.

Art graduated with a Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University in 1965. He was a member of the Theta chapter of the Omega Epsilon Phi Optometric Fraternity at Pacific University.

On May 27, 1964, at a fraternity dinner and dance, Art went on a first date with Deniece Mae Tippett of Enterprise, OR. After a whirlwind romance, they were married in Enterprise, OR, on Aug. 29, 1964. They enjoyed over 56 memorable years of marriage.

Art passed away just 19 days shy of their 57th anniversary.

Upon receiving his Doctor of Optometry, Art joined the Army. He went through officer training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. He was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army and stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX.

From 1966 to 1968 where Art performed optometry services for soldiers being sent to Vietnam.

Upon honorable discharge from the military, Art and Deniece moved and settled in Orofino, ID where he began practicing Optometry.

Art practiced Optometry in Idaho for the next 51 years. He hung his original shingle at a small office on Johnson Ave.

In 1980 he renovated a historic railroad section house located on the corner of Riverside and Michigan Ave. It became the Vision Arts Center and Crystal Optical.

Over the years he practiced at Looking Glass Optical in Kamiah, then the Eye Clinic in Orofino. He practiced in Pierce and Grangeville over the years as well.

After he 'retired' he went to work examining eyes at other locations in the area including Excitement Optical in Moscow, Sears Optical and Lewiston Optical both in Lewiston.

Dr. Osterberg finally put down his retina scope in 2019.

When Art was not checking eyes, he enjoyed his ranch on Wells Bench in Orofino.

In 1969 Art became a cattle rancher and father. Todd Ryan Osterberg was born on June 20, 1969. Audra Donica (Osterberg) Frasier followed on Sept. 16, 1972.

Art was just as adept at ranching as he was at optometry. Doc by day, he was a natural rancher by evening and weekend. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for his cattle, horses, dogs, cats and eventually llamas. He hauled 4-H Horses, built and mended fences, stacked hay, plowed snow, cared for his land and did all the things a full time rancher needs to do.

His legendary work ethic and know how spanned from the refracting chair to the optical lab, the hay barn to the squeeze chute and all points in between. Art's work ethic was unmatched even past retirement. He could do hard manual labor on the ranch better and longer than someone half his age.

Early in the Orofino years, Art was a member of the Clearwater Cattlemen's Association and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

He and Deniece also enjoyed square dancing.

Art and Deniece enjoyed traveling throughout the world together and with family and friends. They took 16 cruises together and enjoyed spending holidays and vacations at their Wallowa Lake, OR, cabin.

Later, he was the long-time Chairman of the Board for Sanders Cemetery on Wells Bench Rd.

He was also an active member of the Clearwater County Republican Central Committee.

Art leaves behind a legacy of knowledge, generosity, gentleness and kindness. He was a walking embodiment of the 'Fruits of the Spirit' (Galatians 5:22-23) His love was not showy or loud. He showed his love by humble acts of service to his patients, community, church, family and friends. He was always there to lend a hand and to fix something broken. It is his family and friends that feel broken without his counsel and love. He touched the lives of several generations of Clearwater County residents. He gave many young people a first job, then became their mentor and advisor.

Art's sense of humor was legendary and well known to his family and friends. He would tell amazing and fantastic stories with both a twinkle in his eye and total seriousness, leaving his audience not knowing what to believe.

He will forever be remembered in the lives of those he touched.

We are left with the healing comfort that he has gone home to the Lord. Art was a devout Christian, and we praise the Lord for the blessing Art was to everyone who knew him.

Art was a devoted husband to Deniece and a loving father to Todd Osterberg of Florida and Audra Osterberg Frasier (Brian) of Ohio and his grandchildren, Brett, Mekenzie and Grace Frasier (Ohio) and Ryan Johnson (Columbia, SC.) and great granddaughter, Adleigh (Columbia, SC).

He was a brother-n-law to Carol Kotz (Dean), and Uncle to Dominic Kotz and Deonne Lacie (Merle), as well as great nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Osterberg, and mother, Etta Jean Osterberg, formerly of Saratoga CA, and longtime residents of Orofino.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Art's life at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2021 at the Orofino Community Church located at 14233 Highway 12, Orofino, ID 83544. The service will be livestreamed on the Orofino Community Church Facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person.

There will be a private family graveside service.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino is overseeing arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Sanders Cemetery in care of 204 Woodland Meadows RD, Orofino, ID, or a charity of choice.

As Art would say, 'put it towards the Lord's work'.

Condolences can be sent to PO Box 1034, Orofino, ID 83544.

Photo: Arthur Gene Osterberg


Kammie Sue Hibbs, 56, Timberline graduate

Kammie Sue Hibbs, of Lewiston, was the second daughter born to Glen and Gail (Borders) Hibbs on May 7, 1965, in Orofino. She left Earth to be with her mother on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021.

She attended school in Weippe and graduated from Timberline High School in 1983. Kammie went into the Job Corps, in Sedro-Woolley, WA, directly after high school and later became a screen printer and remained in the Seattle, WA, area for many years before returning to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley performing various jobs through the remainder of her life.

Kammie is survived by her father, Glen Hibbs; sisters, Peggy Hibbs, Marlene Nesheim and Fay (Steve) Leto; nieces, Amanda (David), Chelsey (Floyd), Brandi (Jeff) and Kaylee; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Gail Hibbs; nephew David Hibbs; and niece Amber (Wiswell) Thomas.

Kammie had many friends and among her nearest and dearest were Lousia (Sharp) Wolhaupter, Suzie Hyde, Heidi Reed and Johnny Lane.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of the cremation and a service will be announced by the family at a later date.

Photo: Kammie Sue Hibbs


Michael W. Dugger, 75, Weippe

Michael W. Dugger went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 10, 2021, with his greatest gift from God, his wife Linda, by his side, holding his hand.

Michael is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda, his daughter, Wensdae Davis, his granddaughter, Ruby and grandson Cedar.

Michael is also survived by two brothers and one sister, Stephen Dugger of White Salmon, WA, Kevin Dugger of Lincoln City, OR and Kathleen Dugger of The Dalles, OR.

Michael and Linda were married on Sept. 12, 1992 and thanked the Lord every day that they had each other to walk through this life together.

Together they pursued Michael's passion for Christ and motorcycles.

One of his greatest joys was his involvement with an organization called Christ's Disciples, remaining friends with many of his biker brothers to this day.

They resided in the Portland-Vancouver area for 13 years and upon retiring in 2003, they achieved Michael's dream of buying a homestead full of trees and a pond in Weippe, Idaho. They kept their home in Weippe while also embarking on an adventure in Alaska, which ended up being a nine-year stay in Delta Junction, AK.

They returned to Weippe in 2016, where he spent the remainder of his years.

Michael loved others with a giving heart full of passion for our Lord Jesus. His desire to share the love of Jesus and the word of God was ever present everywhere he went and in everything he did. He knew that someday he would be with our Lord and was not afraid to say he wanted to go home.

The Celebration of the Life of Michael Dugger will be held on Oct. 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. at New Song Ministries, 147 Johnson Avenue, Orofino, Idaho. All family and friends are welcome.

Photo: Michael W. Dugger


Richard G. Farrington, 80, Lenore

Richard G. Farrington, 80, of Lenore, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at his home. Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Arthur G. Osterberg, 79, Orofino

Arthur G. Osterberg, 79, of Orofino, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements. Memorial services are pending.


Clifford Miller, 91, formerly of Orofino

Clifford Heydt Miller passed away on July 6, 2021 in Yuma, AZ. He was born on Jan. 28, 1930 to Alexander Miller and Christine Heydt Miller.

Clifford grew up in a household of 17 children on a farm in North Dakota.

He was very proud of his German (from Russia) heritage and spoke only German until reaching school age.

Clifford was a veteran of the US Army serving from 1950-1953 during the Korean War.

In May 1951, Clifford married Mary Peltier, had two children (Bruce and Ivy), and later divorced.

In 1978, he and Darlene Green were married until her death in 1999.

His final marriage was to Olene Arnold in 2008.

Clifford owned and operated many businesses throughout the years, primarily in Orofino, ID. His longest business venture was Cliff's Saw & Cycle on Riverside Ave.

Upon his retirement from the Idaho Correction Institute in Orofino, he was able to pursue his dream of full-time RV'ing, traveling far and wide, visiting family and friends.

Clifford was an expert mechanic (able to fix anything), talented musician (all by ear), and a true social-bug (never meeting a stranger).

He is survived by his wife, Olene Miller of Yuma AZ; daughter, Ivy (Rod) Breen (Coupeville, WA); brother, Edmund (Anne) Miller (North Dakota); grandchildren, Dusty (David) Miller (Aberdeen, WA), Clifford (Barbie) Miller (Potlatch), Shawn (Elaine) Miller (Orofino) & Rainy (Chase) Simpson (Coupeville, WA) He was blessed to have numerous great-grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the VFW in Orofino. All family and friends are welcome.

Photo: Clifford Miller


Natalie Jean Bryan, 50, formerly of Orofino

On Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, Natalie Jean Bryan's life on this earth ended. She was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

She was born Feb. 26, 1971, in Tucson, AZ, and moved to Idaho in 1983. A precious baby, child and woman full of love and forgiveness, whose family meant everything to her; next only to Jesus her Lord and Savior.

True to her Pisces sign, she had a lifelong love of the water. It was in the water that she felt the most free, as it brought her peace.

It was her move to Idaho that truly started her life. Idaho was her home. During Natalie's younger years, she split time between the Orofino home of her parents, Luke and Lynda Brazeau, and the Lewiston home of her aunt and uncle, Teresa and Robert Artz.

It was in Lewiston that Natalie met and married the love of her life, Rod Bryan. Rod and Natalie married in 1991, and together they built a life. In 1991, Natalie's lifelong dream of motherhood was fulfilled when they welcomed their first child, Jennifer Christine Bryan. In 1995, they were blessed with their second child, Cierra Nicole Bryan, and their family was now complete.

Being a natural-born nurturer, Natalie reveled in raising her daughters. As life sometimes does, it dealt Natalie and Rod some challenges, and they later divorced. Natalie then spent a few years living out of state, spending time with her Aunt Teresa and Uncle Charles Salter. She spent time in the South, exploring other opportunities. It was during this time that she began thriving in a new career in marketing. She focused on marketing and training employees for a large franchise corporation, where she thrived in her element. Her natural ability to nurture and to help others succeed truly fulfilled her.

While Natalie was thriving in her professional life, something was missing in her personal life. She needed to be with her children. Natalie once again uprooted her life and moved back to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. By doing so, she was able to help her daughter Cierra navigate her final year of high school. In doing so, she was able to solidify their bond and make lifelong memories with her.

This was her way of ensuring Cierra started her journey to adulthood on the right path.

Moving back to Lewiston offered another realized dream for Natalie. Thanks to her daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Michael Amore, she became a grandma to her first granddaughter, Isabella Christine Amore, and her second, Evey Michelle Amore. Her life was once again complete, and her love for those two was unmatched. Natalie the nurturer was once again in her zone.

Natalie always let her Lord lead her, and she continued to deepen that relationship with him while living in Idaho. Natalie also had a newer, purer love for her one and only, Rod. It was with Rod and her brother Scott that Natalie drew her last breath. These were the two most important men in her life. Natalie resides in The House of God. Do not mourn for her, as she is whole and free from hurt and pain. Honor her by loving one another and realizing your blessings. In her words, "Have a blessed day!"

Natalie is survived by her mother, Lynda Brazeau; brother, Scott Murphy; first and forever husband, Rodney Bryan; aunt, Teresa Salter; daughters Jennifer Amore and Cierra Olander; granddaughters, Isabella and Evey Amore; and numerous other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her father, Luke Brazeau; uncle, Robert Artz; brother, Paul Brazeau; and cousins Lucky Brazeau and Chad Todd.

Her celebration of life was Monday, Aug. 9, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at Fraser Cemetery off Idaho Highway 11 in Clearwater County, Idaho.

Photo: Natalie Jean Bryan


Louis Arthur Piraino, 80, formerly of Headquarters, Pierce

Louis Arthur Piraino passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from complications of congestive heart failure. His family was in attendance.

He was born July 29, 1941, to Benny and Elvina Piraino in Lewiston. He grew up in North Lewiston, graduating from Lewiston High School in 1959. After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Alamagordo, NM, where he met and married Patricia Meeker in 1962.

After Louis left the Air Force, they returned to Lewiston. They later divorced. In 1969, he moved to Headquarters, Idaho, where he worked at Potlatch Forests, Inc. lumber mill. Here he met Donna Jean Kelso. They married Aug. 14, 1971, living in Pierce until 1985 when they moved back to Lewiston, where he worked at the lumber mill until retiring in 2000.

Louis had a very strong faith in Christ. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he was active until his health kept him mostly homebound.

His greatest passion was family. He loved family get-togethers and helping his children in whatever way he could, be it roofing his son's house, or teaching his daughter how to change a carburetor. His favorite hobby was fishing. He would take anyone fishing, anytime or anywhere. He was a practical joker, always looking to make people laugh. He also had the "gift of the gab," firmly believing no one was a stranger, just a friend you hadn't met yet. He was active in several civic organizations throughout his life including Odd Fellows Fellowship, Lions Club, Elks Club and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna, at their Lewiston home; his children, Adele Mae of Lewiston, Arthur Scott of California, Anthony Todd of Albany, OR, Ben William of Lewiston and Donita Jean of Clarkston, WA; granddaughter, Seaera Jean of Clarkston; sister, Lynn Ann of Portland, OR and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lonny Ray Piraino.

There will be a service at 1 p.m. Aug. 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 920 Eighth Ave., Lewiston. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Photos: Louis Arthur Piraino


Carolyn Ann Ford, 58, Orofino

In loving memory of Carolyn Ann Ford, we are saddened to announce her passing on July 21, 2021, at the age of 58 years. She passed away in her home in Orofino, Idaho, with her husband by her side.

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. We would love to share some of her most cherished memories with you. She was born May 27, 1963 to Shirley Ann and Lowell Reeves, whom she is now reunited with in Heaven. She grew up in Modesto, CA, and was most fond of her memories with her siblings, Greg and Curt and her cousins, Darrell and Paula on her Uncle Paul's farm. She enjoyed sharing stories about her road trips to watch the sunset on the beach in her '66 blue Volkswagen, Willbe, "We'll Be There Eventually".

She married her best friend and love, Russell Raymond Ford, and spent 29 great years together. They cherished their children Dane Ryan Ford, Dylan Raymond Ford, Darion James Ford, and Daryl Nicole Ford. She embraced every moment and dedicated her life to them. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, Grady James Ford, Laura Ann Ford, and Lilyann Kay Carper. They raised their family in Orofino, Idaho for the past 25 years.

Carolyn is survived by and forever remembered by her husband, Russell Ford; her children, Dane Ford, Dylan Ford, Daryl Carper and their spouses; her grandchildren, Grady Ford, Laura Ford, and Lilyann Carper; and her siblings, Curtis Reeves and Greg Reeves.

Our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother will be deeply missed for her fierce spirit and unconditional love.

Photo: Carolyn Ann Ford


Robert Paul Gering, 77, Orofino

Robert Paul Gering, known by his family and friends as Bob, the Patriarch of the Gering Family, entered into the arms of Jesus on July 24, 2021.

Bob was born to Aaron and Cora Gering on Feb. 17, 1944 at their home in Kirkland WA. The young family lived in a home that was part barn, part house. He always enjoyed telling people he was "born in a barn"! Bobby was the second of three children. Older brother Benjamin welcomed Bobby with much delight and later joining the family was younger sister Patricia. Benny and Bobby made a great team; filling any family outing with laughter and pranks. As for Bobby and Patricia, especially in later years, no closer bond could be found between a brother and a sister.

Growing up in Post Falls, the family enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Huckleberry picking was one of the Gering family's favorite pastimes. Bobby graduated from Post Falls High School and was excited to face what the world had to offer. However those plans would be altered in a most wonderful way when he met and encountered the love of his life - Judy Darlene Frizzell.

Bob and Judy were truly a match made in heaven; a love story to which songs could be written. On June 3, 1966 the couple was married in Dallas, TX; and so the love story began. Over the years, the family lived in Dallas and North Central Idaho. Their union would bring seven children, Jeremy Paul, Timothy Aaron, Amanda Maree, Matthew Robert, Esther Darlene, Jonathan Adam, and Deborah Abigail Faith.

Bob was definitely a family man. His wife and children were the very life line that made his heart beat! He was by all accounts, a man among men! Hard work was something that Bob was never afraid of. He was a diligent provider for his family; from owning a construction company with his brother Benny, to delivering bread for Snyder's Bakery and ultimately, retiring from the Idaho Department of Corrections (Orofino) in 2009. His love for his family continued until his dying day; he was a constant presence and support at his son's church, he endured any kind of weather to attend his kids' and grandkids' sporting events, and his face radiated with joy when he was surrounded by his family at birthdays and holidays!

All aspects of Bob's life revolved around his faith in Jesus. He was a worshiper beyond all worshipers. He would bring down heaven with the way he would praise the Lord! Prayer was powerful in Bob's life. Through life experiences, Bob saw the power of God at work in the form of answered prayers. He knew God was always faithful and brought up his children to love the Lord God with their whole hearts. Bob always said he was the richest man on earth with his quiver full of life's greatest blessings - his 7 children, 26 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Welcoming Bob at heaven's gate was his father, Aaron; mother, Cora; brother, Benjamin; wife, Judy Darlene; and grandchild, Jonah Alexander Tillman.

Bob leaves behind his sister Patricia (Jeff Baldwin) of Kooskia, his children Jeremy (Christy), Timothy (Kari Kay), Jonathan (Angel), Deborah Schmidt (Rob), all of Orofino, Amanda of Dallas, Matthew (April) of Post Falls, and Esther of Plaza WA; as well as 26 grandchildren; Justin (Tiffany), Megan Weeks (Clay), Makinze, Walker, Caleb (Emily), Hannah, Chloe, Elesia, Josiah, Kia, Tyrell, Jayden, Logan, Morgan, Nolan, Lezli, Rachael Slotemaker (Quincy), Nathan, Natalie, Savannah, Ethan, Samuel, Hunter, Andrew, and Sawyer; and 11 great-grandchildren; Zachariah, Adalaide, Paisley, Paxton, Pryor, Carter, Kennedy, Titus, Hank, Gareth, and Theron.

The service will be held on Saturday July 31, 2021 at Christ Church located at 1115 Idaho St. Kamiah, Idaho 83536. Service time is 1 p.m., followed by a family graveside service, a potluck dinner and a time of worship afterward.

Photos: Robert Paul Gering


David G. Besst, 76

David G. Besst, 76, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. Arrangements are pending.


Clinton Franklin Reese, 88, born in Cavendish

Clinton Franklin Reese, a longtime resident of Kamiah, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the Royal Plaza Care Center. He was 88.

Clint was born to Lee and Elsie Reese on Feb. 20, 1933, in Cavendish, Idaho, and attended various schools in Idaho and Montana. Clint worked for Potlatch Corp. for 11 years and also worked in various mills in California for 9 years. He is best known for his 30-plus years as an auctioneer in central Idaho.

In 1952, Clint married Dorothy Thomas and had one son, Steven. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1955, Clint married Priscilla Reynolds. Together they had one daughter, Lori. The marriage ended in divorce in 1974. In June 1976, Clint married Betty Jo Jacobs. They remained married until Betty's death in 2015.

Clint was preceded in death by his son, Steve, and his wife, Betty Jo. He is survived by his daughter, Lori, and seven stepchildren.

No service is planned at this time. A private burial will take place in Kamiah at a later date.

Photo: Clinton Franklin Reese


Rick Jay Ausman, 61, formerly of Pierce

Rick Jay Ausman passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at home after a courageous battle against cancer.

Rick was born to Gary and Yvonne Ausman Sept. 11, 1959, in Lewiston. He had two brothers and a sister. The family spent many years in Pierce where the kids grew up. Rick always considered Pierce his true home and loved being in the woods, hunting, fishing and riding his four-wheeler.

He married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Crawford, shortly after graduating from Timberline High School in 1979. They were blessed with two children, Joshua and Rickelle. Rick and Audrey made their home in Pierce for several years with a few stops in between and later moved to Lewiston where they lived until Audrey passed away Feb. 20, 2006.

You can take a boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of a boy, so the family spent any free time they had camping, hunting and enjoying outdoor adventures in the area surrounding Pierce, a place they loved with all their hearts.

Most of Rick's working career was with Potlatch Corporation (later to become Clearwater Paper). He worked at their mill in Pierce and then transferred to Lewiston when the mill in Pierce closed down. He retired from the mill in 2012 after 34 years of service.

Rick had a strong belief in God and country and demonstrated this by serving in the National Guard from 1982 until his discharge in 1988. He loved to tell stories about his time spent serving his country and honestly, I don't think they were quite prepared for that backwoods boy from Idaho.

In 2007, Rick married Debra Brown Keener, and gained another son, Cory. Rick and Deb resided in Clarkston, WA, but the need to be in Pierce and Idaho was as strong as ever for him, and in 2009 they purchased a vacation home there and spent many years entertaining family and friends in their home away from home. The motto was always "What happens at the cabin, stays at the cabin."

Giving came easily to Rick, and if someone was in need, he was always there to lend a hand or a shoulder to cry on, though "suck it up buttercup" was often the advice he dished out. Much of his spare time was spent teaching friends, family or even casual acquaintances to hunt and fish and making sure they had the opportunity to fill a tag. He loved leading his friends and family on four-wheeler rides through the woods he knew so well, instilling in them as much of his knowledge of the area as he could.

Rick is survived by his wife, Debbie; his son, Joshua Ausman; his daughter, Rickelle Ausman Ladd; and his stepson, Cory Brown. He is also survived by his brothers, Mark Ausman (Glenda) and Nick Ausman (Amy); and his sister, Lori Kasper (Kevin), in addition to his seven grandchildren, Brooke, Harlee and Josie Ausman, Serena and Brok Ladd, and Lauren and Kristen Brown. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to list. Know that each of you held a special place in his heart.

A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 at Riverport Brewery, 150 Ninth St., Clarkston.

Photo: Rick Jay Ausman


Raymond Neal Flowers, 86, formerly of Orofino

Raymond Neal Flowers, "Neal" was born Sept. 18, 1934, to Baker and Grace Flowers in Albuquerque, NM. Neal passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Clarkston.

As a youngster, Neal attended numerous grade schools (approximately 20) in and around New Mexico and Arizona. This included the Catholic grade school in San Fidel, NM. He then attended high school in Silver City, NM., and graduated in 1952. Upon high school graduation, Neal was awarded an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to attend New Mexico Agriculture and Mining College (currently New Mexico State) college in Las Cruces, NM. He graduated from college in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. During college Neal met the love of his life, Peggy Ann King, of Santa Rita, NM. Shortly after college graduation, Neal worked for the U.S Forest Service, but was quickly called to active duty in the U.S. Army. As he transitioned from college to work and active duty, he and Peggy were married May 25, 1957. Neal and Peggy shared just over 64 years of marriage.

Upon completion of active duty, Neal resumed practicing his trade as a civil engineer. He first worked for New Mexico and Arizona highway departments in bridge and highway design, and in 1960, went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers. This job led him and Peggy, and a growing family, to Roswell, NM, Anchorage, AK, and Las Cruces, NM. Neal subsequently returned to the U.S. Forest Service in 1963 and served with them until retirement on the Clearwater National Forest in Orofino in 1990. As retirement would not have fit his persona, Neal went to work as the Nez Perce County engineer until 1996 and continued to assist and consult with the county and local agencies until December 2019.

Neal and Peggy raised three children: Colonel James Neal Flowers (Cindy), Pamela Lee Dixon (Bryce) and Beverly Ann Flowers (deceased). In addition to his wife and family, Neal's passion was working! He was always the first to pick up a shovel or jump on a tractor and get 'er done.

Over the past year, Neal fought a courageous battle against the demon pancreatic cancer. Neal is survived by his true love, Peggy; his son, Jim Flowers (Cindy); his daughter, Pam Dixon (Bryce); two grandchildren, Tyson Neal Dixon (Rachael) and Brenton James Dixon (Kati), and six great-grandchildren. Please send remembrance donations to Beverly Ann Flowers Memorial Scholarship Endowment, University of Idaho Foundation, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, ID 83843-9960 or to the charity of your choice.

A private family service will be held at a later date.


Kathryn A. Tacke, 65

Kathryn A. Tacke, a uniquely gifted and generous woman, died suddenly of natural causes in the early morning hours of Friday, July 2, 2021, at her home in Lewiston.

As the first of three daughters of Major R. L. "Pat" Tacke and Rita Hoene, Kathryn was born Sept. 26, 1955, at the United States Airforce Hospital in Limestone, ME. As a child of a military family, she lived in Maine, Maryland, Georgia, Texas, California, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, California and Montana before moving to her parents' hometown of Cottonwood in 1968. Traveling was part of her early life and family trips were central to her happiest childhood memories.

From her earliest memories to the last day of her life, Kathryn loved books. She was a voracious learner. She read history, philosophy, mythology, anthropology and more. She treasured any good, well written or produced story, fiction or nonfiction. Although Kathryn lived simply, her material indulgence was her collection of books, movies and music.

To her family and friends, Kathryn was known as Kay or KayT. She preferred KayT, combining her nickname and the first letter of her last name. From preschool through adolescence, KayT was the director of play. Although "playing" house was acceptable, Greek gods and goddesses and other characters from her books were of much more interest. Stages could be under the tree in the backyard, a makeshift room built with chairs and blankets, the top bunk of the bunkbed, a camp tent or sleeping bag, the large rocks in the river, or certain corners in a swimming pool. KayT occasionally and elaborately scripted plays and puppet shows for her two sisters, cousins and friends. Learning to swim at the age of three, she especially loved water play. In her later years, she instigated hours and hours of dancing in the family basement with cousins and friends with fire pokers as makeshift microphones.

In Cottonwood, Kathryn attended St. Gertrude's Academy before the school consolidated with Prairie High School. Her most gratifying classes were upper division math. It was not unusual for her to occasionally play hooky and walk up the hill behind the Monastery of St. Gertrude and hang out. She loved the view and repeatedly shared that she often broke into song. "The hills are alive with the sound of music."

In 1973, Kathryn graduated from Prairie High School. She was a National Merit Scholar. Kathryn graduated summa cum laude from the University of Idaho in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, economics and political science and a Master of Science in Economics in 1987. During this time period, she worked for Senator Frank Church in Washington, DC, as a teaching and research assistant for the University of Idaho's College of Business and Economics and as an economist in Boise for the Division of Financial Management, Executive Office of the Governor of Idaho. Kathryn briefly worked for an insurance company in Phoenix. One of the happiest periods of her life is the time she spent in Washington, DC. Kathryn had friends to share experiences, museums to explore, places to see, theater and music to enjoy and history to absorb. She especially reveled in her work as a tour guide of the U.S. Capitol when Idaho residents came to visit.

From 1988 to her death, Kathryn worked as a Labor Market Analyst/Regional Labor Economist for the Idaho Department of Labor. Until 2009, she served the five most northern Idaho counties from the Coeur d'Alene office. She then transferred to the Lewiston office to serve the north-central Idaho counties of Latah, Lewis, Clearwater, Idaho and Nez Perce. Highly respected in her field, Kathryn provided honest and accurate economic data to industry, education, local and state government and nonprofit organizations. She knew how to relate and communicate complicated data information. She used her love of story to share information so that the reader could understand and use it. Many successful grants were dependent on information that Kathryn provided. She cherished her relationships with other Idaho economists and was often called on to teach methods and process.

All through her life, KayT was loved by her cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She frequently offered her time to care for them. When her youngest nephew was born, Kathryn was present for his birth. Books, movies, interesting toys, math, logic games, play acts and storytelling were more important than keeping the house picked up. The generational costume trunks were of special delight. As her nieces and nephews matured, her knowledge was shared through numerous and frequent thoughtful conversations and slap down games of Trivial Pursuit. Her more recent teaching curriculum to smaller family members was math, through the use of money and dice played on the top of the seat of her walker. Kathryn wanted to make sure her family was not afraid of math.

In the last few months, she recorded a family history on cooking and the use of different spices. It included her favorite memories associated with food and a focus on what she learned from her mother. In the final weeks, Kathryn made notes for an elaborately scripted party to celebrate history and family.

She had a deep love of learning, freedom and compassion. She was proud of women's rights and the women that struggled for it. In the last week of her life, she insisted that the family celebrate Juneteenth. For her, it was a special commemoration of freedom for everyone. It was also a hopeful sign that the U.S. Congress could work collectively to pass legislation.

Kathryn was generous. She was very sensitive to people's needs. She frequently gave personal cards and gifts. Books were her "go-to" gift. During the Iraq War, she donated hours of time and much money to veteran families in Coeur d'Alene. She appreciated every way people served her, including her family, her bus driver, her taxi driver, her dentist, and more. Along with bright and gifted, she was most frequently described as kind.

After Kathryn died, her family found printed sheets of Latin conjugations that she had been studying under her bed, an open novel next to where she slept and a book on applied regression analysis on the table next to her chair. She was indeed a lifelong learner.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her father in 1969 and her mother in 1991. She leaves behind her family, Christine and Melvin Frei; Elizabeth and Gerard Mathes; Alexander Mathes; Stephenie, Kevin, Keegan and Padraig O'Callaghan; Kelsey, Zach, Declan and Roslynn Richter; Garrett, Ashley, Adilena, Gustin and Clement Frei; and Carson, Haili and Jace (Porter) Frei.

A private graveside service will be held at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery as she requested. If you would like to honor her, please give to St. Mary's Children at sistermaryschildren.org. This foundation was set up to continue the work of Kathryn's beloved aunt, Sister Mary Paule Tacke.

Photo: Kathryn A. Tacke


Marjean Lynn Warford, 49, formerly of Cardiff Spur

Marjean Lynn Warford, 49, went into the arms of our Lord on the afternoon of Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Prestige Care & Rehabilitation - The Orchards, in Lewiston, with her family at her side.

Marjean was born to Gaylon and Evelyn Warford on Sept. 8, 1972, in Lewiston. She weighed 2 lbs. 9 oz. and spent her first 72 days in the hospital. Marjean was raised by her parents for the next 18 years in Cardiff Spur, Idaho. She had many health problems throughout her short life.

Marjean married Brandon Dowers, which later ended in divorce. They had one son, Conrad Dowers. Conrad was her pride and joy and she raised him in Lewiston.

Marjean met the love of her life, Mark Zeman, five years ago. Marjean had never been more content and happy. They spent countless hours hunting, fishing and huckleberry picking. Many weekends were also spent up at Soldiers Meadow and at the Warford place.

Marjean was proud of her elephant collection, many of which she received as gifts.

Marjean is survived by her parents, Gaylon and Evelyn Warford, of Lenore; son, Conrad Dowers, of Pollock; sister, Maxine Lineberry (Wes), of Pierce; brother Mike Warford (Tanja), of Lakewood, WA; companion, Mark Zeman, of Lewiston; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Services are to take place Friday, July 16, at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston. Viewing will be at 11 a.m. and services at 11:30 a.m. with lunch to follow.

Photo: Marjean Lynn Warford


Mildred A. Geis, 80, formerly of Orofino

Mildred A. Geis, 80 of Keuterville passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston surrounded by her family.

Mildred was born Oct.12, 1940 at Cottonwood, the daughter of Lawrence and Alice Rieman Forsman. She attended Cottonwood schools before marrying George Geis on Aug. 23, 1956 at Keuterville. They lived in Orofino for a short time before moving back to Keuterville where she has lived since. Mildred was a stay at home mom raising their 11 children. George passed away in 2012.

Mildred was a member of the Holy Cross Parish in Keuterville and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, raising chickens and her cats. She also enjoyed spending time with her children and their families especially during the holidays.

She is survived by her sons, Donnie of Cottonwood, Luke (Gina) of Keuterville, Jesse (Lynette Miller) of Keuterville, Mark (Marina) of Keuterville, Kevin (Trina) of Keuterville, Kenny (Chrissy Johnson) of Keuterville and Gary (Carrie) of Lewiston; her daughters; Judy (Nick Arnzen) of Keuterville, Sharon (Jeff) Blackmer of Grangeville, Jeanne (Dale) Stubbers of Winona and Sally (Jason) Brown of Moscow. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, two infant children, her parents, two brothers, three grand children and one great grandchild died earlier.

A rosary will be held on Thursday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish in Keuterville followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am. Burial will follow at the Keuterville Cemetery. Please join the family after the graveside service at the Keuterville hall.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Parish, Keuterville.

Send condolence to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Mildred A. Geis


Peggy Jean Broncheau, 84, formerly of Orofino

Our Earthly Angel, Peggy Jean Broncheau, celebrated her independence from a long battle with cancer on Sunday, July 4, 2021. She was 84.

Peggy was born June 5, 1937, in Yakima, WA, to Albert Robinett and Eva Mae Brown. Her dad was a logger and her mother was a homemaker for the 10 Robinett children. The family moved often, and she attended schools in Orofino, Tammany and Culdesac. In 1954, she married her high school sweetheart, Gary Broncheau. The couple would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in August.

Peggy worked for the Culdesac School District for 19 years as an aide. Through the years, Peggy taught arts and crafts. Her reason for staying so long was her joy of children. She also enjoyed working with the dedicated Culdesac teachers. During the summers, she helped with school maintenance and taught many high school students how to paint, clean and prepare for the next school season. In 1971, along with her sister, Patricia Broncheau, she helped organize the Culdesac kindergarten program for which she was an aide. In 2013, Peggy and Gary were chosen as the grand marshals for the Culdesac Community Shebang Days.

Peggy loved the holidays. In the early years, she could turn any holiday into a spectacular event for her young children with some tin foil and glitter. Cooking holiday dinners for her family was the highlight of each holiday. She was the local hairstylist and barber for many Mission Creek friends and neighbors.

Peggy enjoyed gardening, crafts, sewing, camping and traveling with family, family gatherings and making favorite Christmas goodies for family and friends. She treasured her summer sister trips and sister Christmas parties. Many stories have been told about the seven sisters and their playful, crazy antics.

Peggy never traveled far, mostly in Idaho and surrounding states. Her most memorable traveling adventure was flying to Texas to visit grandson, James, and wife Tiffany, in San Antonio, TX. She watched her favorite NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs, play live. She said, "Wow what a thrill that was."

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters, Robert, Patricia Broncheau, Della Walstad, Barbara Marshall, Darrel, Betty Newton; her lifelong friends, Margaret Zenner and Dorothy Scott; and her 2-year-old son, Warren.

She is survived by her husband, Gary, at the family home on Mission Creek; children, Mike and Barbara Broncheau, Pam and Scott Reisdorph, Becky and John Quinn, Mark Broncheau and bonus daughter Jaclyn Roy. Her grandchildren are James (Tiffany) Broncheau, David (Sara) Broncheau, Allie Rae Broncheau and Daniel Reisdorph, and bonus grandchildren Avery, Reillee and Jazmyn. Her great-grandchildren, Autumn, Sheen, Kaitlynn, Emily and the newest addition, bonus great-grandson Enzo, also survive her. Her sisters and brothers, Karen (Larry) Wing, Marge (Nick) Tate, Dick (Carol) Robinett and Doug (Debbie) Robinett, also survive. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

At Peggy's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. A family celebration of life will be planned at a future date.

Peggy's family extends a heartfelt thank you to the Advanced Health Care Hospice staff for their support and care. Especially to Nurse Emily, your loving passion and support gave Peggy and her family strength and peace.

Photo: Peggy Jean Broncheau


Loyd E. 'Pete' Ware, 90, formerly of Southwick

Loyd E. 'Pete' Ware, 90, Kendrick, died Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.

He was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Southwick, to Loyd F. and Georgia Ware. Pete was the oldest of five sons and the fourth generation from Southwick.

Pete attended school at Southwick and Kendrick and then started driving logging truck at age 16 in 1947. Later, he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War in March 1952, and was stationed as a fleet mechanic with the 20th infantry near Fairbainks, AK. Pete was honorably discharged in March 1954. He married the love of his life, Clara Daberco, May 14, 1955.

In 1957, he started Ware Truck Service as a logging company. In 1980, he switched the business to a diesel repair shop at his home in Kendrick. He retired in 2013, but he would still answer telephone calls from truckers seeking advice on engine repair until his death.

Pete had a strong work ethic and loved fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed family history and in his later years loved bird watching. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, the VFW and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a former Lewiston Elks member.

He is survived by his daughter, Amelia Ware, of Kendrick; son Carl (Rona) Ware, of Harrison Flats; four grandchildren, Christina, Jessica, Brianna and Cole; 12 great-grandchildren, Blake, Brayden, Finn, Hannah, Myla, Lane, Carter, Carson, Conner, Tyler, Zach and Kalum; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents and four brothers.

His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Juliaetta Community Church. Burial will follow at the Southwick Pine Hill Cemetery. A covered-dish dinner will follow at the church.

Photo: Loyd E. 'Pete' Ware


Alfred Jordon Pinkham, 84, Red Bear estate Lenore

Alfred Jordon Pinkham was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Tsa Weekta, Idaho, and passed away Monday, June 28, 2021, because of old age and kidney issues.

His Ni Mii Puu name was E Loo Tase La Kat Tset, which means One Who Stands On a High Point Signaling. This name was from his grandfather who participated in the War of 1877 and his name was Johnny Pinkham. Alfred resided at his home on the Red Bear estate in Lenore. His parents were Alex M. Pinkham Sr. and Annette Blackeagle. Mother was a direct descendant of Old Chief Joseph and other chiefs of the tribe. Blackeagle was a treaty signer of 1868. Surviving siblings are Alvin Sr. and Allen Pinkham Sr. Other siblings were Albert Sr., Alex Jr. (a WWII veteran), Audrey, Priscilla, Leroy, Loretta and Bernadine.

Alfred was a steel guitar player and earned a certificate in electronics. He was a hunter of deer, elk, moose, pheasants and also a farmer.

His children are Ron and twin Melvin (deceased), Renita Brien and her husband, Pat Brien Sr., and their son, PJ Brien Jr., of San Jose, CA, and Wayne Pinkham (deceased). He was married to Marian Johnson (deceased), Jan Broncheau (deceased) and was currently married to Darlene Greene, who was always beside him and who especially took care of him during his final years. He also helped raise Darlene's two grandchildren, Cissa B. and Tyler C.

He has more than 40 nieces and nephews who are survivors from his brothers and sisters and from his father's brother and sisters; also descendants of his mother's brother, Rueben Blackeagle.

With his wife and two older children, the family went on the BIA Relocation program to California where he obtained a job at Disneyland.

Alfred worked at Orofino Mills, Disneyland for 14 years and worked in Frontierland at the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Mark Twain River Boat, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Haunted House, Autotopia, Mad Hatter Teacups, It's a Small World and Sky Ride. He worked as a welder for a tire rim company in Corona, CA. In 1978, he returned to the reservation and worked at the Omark Industries bullet factory before retiring.

Services were Monday at the Pi-nee-waus, Lapwai. Dressing was at 4 p.m. and the funeral Tuesday at Pi-nee-waus, Lapwai. Armand Minthorn officiated.

He will be laid to rest at the family cemetery on the Red Bear estate near Lenore.


Ray L. Fry, 85, former hydroelectric engineer at Dworshak Dam

Ray L. Fry, 85, of Republic, OH, passed away on May 1, 2021.

Ray attended Old Fort High School, excelling in baseball and track. After graduation in 1953, Ray enlisted in the US Marine Corps, training at Parris Island and being stationed in Hawaii. After being honorably discharged, Ray attended the University of Idaho to study engineering and forestry while playing baseball and flying airplanes. He was president of the U of I Flying Club and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in May, 1962.

Ray married Elaine (Blada Spurgeon) Moe in 1961. They moved to California where Ray contributed to the "space race," working for Lockheed, then Vandenburg AFB. Son, Greg was born in 1962 and daughter, Laura joined the family in 1963. Ray accepted a position with the Army Corps of Engineers and spent three years as a hydroelectric engineer at Dworshak Dam while living in Orofino, Idaho, before relocating to Colfax, WA, to continue his work at Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River. In 1995, Ray and Elaine moved to St. Maries where Ray was a very active community member. Elaine passed in 1998.

In 2009, Ray married Jane (Johnson) Shaffer and they spent a majority of their time together in Republic with visits to the St. Maries area. Ray enjoyed returning to his roots in Seneca County with Jane and his siblings. He was fond of tinkering with electronic equipment and his riding mower collection.

Ray is survived by his wife, Jane; his siblings, Gerald, Norman, Doris (Kroeger), and Janet (McRanie); his son, Greg (Mallory and Keenan Fry); and his daughter, Laura (Claire and Lauren O'Melia).

Remembrances may be sent to the Colfax American Legion or the St. Maries Senior Center. Online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.shookfamilyfh.com.

Photo: Ray L. Fry


Yvonne Weber, 88, born in Orofino

Yvonne Weber passed away on June 20, 2021, at the age of 88, in the peaceful surroundings of her family home with family members by her side. A longtime resident of Colfax, WA, Yvonne was born in Orofino on Aug. 18, 1932 to Earl and Nellie Franklin. She was the oldest of two children. At a young age, her family moved to Kellogg, where she attended Elk Creek School, and subsequently Kellogg High School where she graduated in 1951.

Pursuing her interests and love of caring for others, she immediately began nursing training in Wallace, where she received her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) certification, and subsequent started a nursing career at the local Wallace hospital. Her career eventually led her to the Shriners hospital in Spokane, WA. Later she was called to a nursing position to help the Catholic sisters at the St. Ignatius Hospital in Colfax.

During her time in Colfax, she met a local farmer from the Shawnee area, Charles Weber, through a double date where they attended an ice-skating show in Spokane. Charles and Yvonne continued dating and married in Colfax on Oct. 12, 1957. They resided in the Shawnee area and continued farming wheat and cattle throughout their 44 years of marriage. Yvonne was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where she enjoyed volunteering and participating with the Catholic Daughters. Yvonne and Charles were also active members of the local Parvin Grange.

Yvonne loved her flower, vegetable gardens, and family pets, and always took tremendous pride in her farm and family. While she loved being outdoors, her true gift was cooking and caring for her five children and ensuring they were always well nourished and on time for their numerous events and activities. Her passion for cooking eventually transitioned to a love of teaching her grandkids the art of cooking. Her recipes, her unique and masterful cooking, and her wonderfully fun and entertaining personality will be remembered by everyone that had the joy of spending time in her amazing, welcoming, and peaceful home.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Charles; her parents, Earl and Nellie; and her brother, Ron of Spokane. She is survived by her children, Vernon, Endicott; David, Colfax; Lori, Pullman; Mary, Spokane; Mark, Pullman, and her grandchildren Taunya, Jamie, Madison, Heather, Justin, Kendra, Kyle, Keith, Dustin, Mitchell, and 10 great grandchildren.

Viewing for Yvonne was Thursday at Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax. The Rosary was be recited Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church followed by a Funeral Mass Friday, June 25, at the church. Burial followed in the Colfax Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to St Patrick's Catholic Parish in Colfax, Whitman County Fire District 11, or Whitman County Fire District 12. On-line guest book is at www.bruningfuneralhome.com.

Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is caring for the family.

Photo: Yvonne Weber


Edward Leon Berreth, 86, Weippe

Edward Leon Berreth of Weippe passed away early Tuesday morning June 15, 2021. He died from a heart condition while held by his grandson Andy Berreth en route to the hospital. "Ed" as many referred to him, was more often called "Leon" or "Lee" by those who knew him in his younger years.

He was born to Edward and Marie (Rusch) Berreth on Sept. 23, 1935 in Glasgow, MT. When he was an infant, the family relocated to the Sanders and later Tensed, Idaho area where Leon grew up with three siblings in Tensed. He graduated from Plummer High School in 1953, then attended North Idaho Junior College in Coeur'd Alene followed by Eastern Washington State College (now EWU) to finish his Bachelor's in Education. He taught high school industrial education in Weippe, in 1960-1961 before returning to college to complete a Master's degree in Industrial Education at the University of Idaho in 1962.

In 1962-1963 Leon taught industrial education and driver's education at Wallace High School in Wallace, then two years at Mullan and another two years at Elk River.

In 1967, Leon moved back to Weippe where he taught at Pierce and Weippe. He helped clear the ground for the new combined Pierce-Weippe High School named Timberline in 1968 and taught there until 1971. Leon then left teaching to work in the booming logging industry of the early 70's, working much of the next three decades in logging and cedar mill operations. In the early 80s he partnered to form the Timber Savers Company, focusing on both salvage cedar product logging and the manufacture of cedar products and later crushed rock. When his sons Jason and Phillip took over mill and rock production operations in the 90s, he focused more on farming on his Fraser ranch, where he worked up until late 2020 as his health permitted.

On June 2, 1963, he married Michal L. Walton. Leon and Michal moved with his early teaching jobs until settling long term in Weippe in 1967. They had four sons. They divorced in 1975, but Leon and Michal maintained a great friendship as they partnered to provide the best parenting presence for their boys. In November 1978, Leon married Judith Reutzel whose daughter Minnie, he accepted as his own. Leon and Judy were together 42 years before they parted with Judy's death in March 2021.

Leon had a gentle spirit and was quick with a wide smile upon greeting anyone. He loved time with family and friends hunting, fishing and potlucks. He also enjoyed woodworking, mechanics, gunsmithing, gardening, growing trees and beekeeping among many other interests. He was deadly with a gun, and would invariably bring game home with just one shot. He also had an uncanny ability, even at a young age, to take machines apart and get them back together working.

Leon professed his faith in Jesus on what he would call a lucky day for him, Friday the 13th at about the age of 25 and attended church regularly-he was a steady support to the Weippe Wesleyan Church for many years. Leon believed in telling others about his faith by example and in personal testimony-with his gentle and friendly approach, his witness did not go unnoticed.

He is survived by two brothers, Larry (Chris) Berreth and Stanley (Linda) Berreth; sons, Jonathan (Svetlana) Berreth, Phillip (Dawn) Berreth, Charles (Candace) Berreth, Jason (Michelle) Berreth; and step-daughter, Minnie (Mike) West; grandchildren, Brittney (Logan) Frederick, Andrew (Megan) Berreth, Emily (Trent) Badger, Rachel Graham, Dalton West and Polina Berreth. He is survived by five great grandchildren including Annabelle and Charlotte Berreth, Judah and Aiden Frederick and Gideon Badger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Marie (Rusch) Berreth; wife, Judith; and sister, Lorraine (Gene) Krell.

Services will be on Saturday, June 26, with a viewing at the home of Jason Berreth of Weippe (407 North 3rd St. E) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This will be followed by a graveside service at 11 a.m. officiated by Navy Commander and Chaplain Carl Rhoads at the Fraser Cemetery (Google Fraser Cemetery, Orofino ID). A potluck lunch and slide show will follow at the Fraser Grange.

Memorials can be made to the Hilltop Heritage Museum, 105 E. 1st Street, Weippe, ID 83553.

Photo: Edward Leon Berreth


Bill G. Ringo, 86, worked for C-PTPA at Headquarters

Bill G. Ringo, longtime Lewiston resident, passed away Friday, June 11, 2021, at the Idaho State Veterans Home Lewiston with his family by his side.

Bill was born and raised in Austin, TX, where he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, participating in the student council, the dance club and the track team. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps where he learned many valuable life skills. Bill left Austin to go to the Northwest and made it his home. He was employed by the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) in Headquarters and soon thereafter took an opportunity to work in Lewiston for Potlatch Forests Incorporated, where he found a lifelong home.

Bill brought his love for music and dancing with him to the Northwest. For many years, he took part in organizing the "25 Special" that arranged for bands to come to the valley for performances at places like Jungert's Auction House and other venues.

Bill made fatherhood his main calling. When raising his son Kyle, his great love was attending all the various athletic and school events from Little League to high school football.

Bill was active in the Jaycees, and after retirement worked at the Salvation Army soup kitchen. He never tired of helping others in need. Later in life, Bill loved being a part of the "Out to Lunch Bunch" retirees from Potlatch as well as Lewis and Clark retirees, continuing his love of social gatherings. Always the organizer, Bill would find speakers to inform and elucidate retirees.

A man of faith since his youth, Bill was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and an usher and hospitality coordinator for Our Lady of Lourdes and later All Saints Catholic churches. He believed in sharing his God-given time and talents.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jackie, of Lewiston; daughter, Linda Ringo-Reyna (Lupe Reyna), son Kyle Ringo (Laura Johanson) and stepsons, James Kopczynski (Sheila) and Christopher Kopczynski (Jeanne Singer). Also missing him greatly are his seven grandchildren, Malik, Amanda, Lucas, Gus, Finn, Joey and Beckett, as well as his three great-grandchildren, Tarek, Amira and Jackson. Bill will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maria; sister, Mary Rina and granddaughter Hanna Maria.

Bill was a giver; everyone delighted in and immediately recognized a gift from Bill - from the wrapping paper to the love inside. Bill loved deeply, and that love was returned by all who knew him. The world will miss his optimistic, resourceful and "spit and polished" appearance. Today Heaven is enriched by his great love.

Services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church. Bill's favorite charity is the Salvation Army. Donations in his name will be appreciated by them.

Photo: Bill G. Ringo


James R. 'Jim' Waldrop, 92, Elk River

James Waldrop, 92 of Elk River left us to join his beloved wife, Gladys, and his son, Jeffrey, on Memorial Day, May 31st, 2021. Jim was born on April 18, 1929 to Henry and Velma (Withem) Waldrop in Robinson, IL. He had three brothers, Leo, Eugene and Kenneth, who all preceded him in death.

Jim enlisted in the Army at the age of 16, but was discharged for being too young. He wandered the country doing many jobs until he landed in Seattle and rejoined the Army. He served on active duty for 3 ½ years and was transferred to the reserves for 5 years. He was recalled during the Korean War and served in the 434 Combat Engineers, Korea 8th Army.

He married his first wife, Joyce Parmelee, and together had eight children. After she passed away, he returned to the Seattle area.

James worked many jobs including gas station manager and owning a lawn care business, before joining the Seattle Metro Bus Company, retiring in 1991. He met his wife, Gladys Rogers, and they married in Seattle on Aug. 8, 1988.

After retirement, Jim and Gladys moved to Elk River and became well-known in the community. If you saw a golf cart, it was Jim and Gladys driving around the community. They enjoyed going to yard sales and then having yard sales. Jim loved to bargain with everyone.

Jim was a hardworking man and could do just about any job around the house. He loved his collections of pocket watches, clocks, knives, belt buckles, car and motorcycle models and was always proud to show them to visitors. In the last year, he enjoyed driving his side-by-side and could be seen puttering around town to visit people.

Viewing for Jim will be from noon until 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, at Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow. There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday at the Three Pines Cemetery in Elk River.

The Syringa Club will provide a luncheon to follow at the Elk River Community Center.

Memorials are suggested to the Elk River Food Bank or Elk River Fire Department.

Photo: James R. 'Jim' Waldrop


Steven Gerald Eikum, 71, Orofino

Steven Gerald Eikum, 71, of Orofino, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Clearwater Valley Hospital of esophogeal cancer that was diagnosed in 2016.

Steve was born Feb. 8, 1950, in Lewiston to Gerald "Gene" and Marilyn (Edwards) Eikum. He thoroughly enjoyed growing up on Normal Hill with more than 20 neighborhood kids who all had the Webster School playground as their backyard. He loved sports and made many lifelong friends playing baseball, football and basketball throughout his school years.

Steve graduated from Lewiston High School in 1968. He attended the University of Idaho and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Steve held several jobs over the years, bartender at the Villa Tavern, salesman for Morgan Bros., he managed Perkins Cake and Steak with his wife. His favorite and most fulfilling job was the six years he worked for Dworshak State Park at Freeman Creek. All of his co-workers became lifelong friends.

Steve enjoyed his annual hunting and fishing trips with his dad on the North Fork, then later with his brother, Jerry, and his family, watching Brandon's baseball and basketball games, trips to Boise with fraternity brothers for Idaho Vandal football games and boating on Dworshak with his lake friends. After retirement, he had the most amazing vegetable gardens. He would always grow extra just so he could give it away to his friends. He was known to can the best dill pickles, tomatoes and pickled beets. He also canned extra so he could share with friends.

The greatest joy of his life were the times Brandon, Junior and Sis came to the lake to go boating, skiing and tubing, followed by a barbecue and sitting around the camp fire with a cold one. He would say, "It doesn't get any better than this."

He married Debbie Lobe and they spent 47 years together. They lived in the Lewiston Orchards with their son, Brandon. In 1980, they purchased property at Dent Acres overlooking Dworshak Reservoir. Steve fulfilled his lifelong dream of drawing up his own blueprints and building his own home in the mountains.

Since Steve and Deb were among the first to purchase recreation property at Dent, Steve welcomed all his new neighbors and they soon became lifelong friends, probably more like family. He would police the neighborhoods and if there was anything that needed done or fixed he was right there to help. He soon became known as the Mayor of Dent.

Steve is survived by his wife, Debbie; son, Brandon David (Scottie Tiechmer); grandson, Brandon Steven; granddaughter, Olivia Marie; former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Eikum; stepbrother, Mark Arnot and stepsister, Lori (Mike) Ayres. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law and 13 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Eikum; father, Gene Eikum; stepmother, Linda Eikum; and brother, Jerry Eikum.

Services will held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steve's memory to: The Jackson Baldwin Foundation, 3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Steven Gerald Eikum


Rebecca Jean 'Becky' Beck, 79, Orofino

Rebecca Jean Beck passed away on May 19, 2021 with family members by her side.

"Becky" was born on March 19, 1942 in a small farmhouse on Town Line Road, near Eveleth, MN. She was born the third of five girls to Martin Joseph and Marie Elizabeth Peterka.

The family moved to California in 1943, and in 1946 relocated to Orofino.

As a girl of 14 she started working in her parents' business, The Orofino Cafe.

Becky attended Orofino Elementary, Junior High, played the flute in the school band and graduated from Orofino High School in May of 1959.

She married Larry Beck a month later, in June of the same year. They built a home on Riverside that they have lived in for over 50 years. During this time, she and Larry were foster parents to local children, who continue to contact the family often.

She worked at Hayes Grocery Store as a grocery checker on Riverside in Orofino then went on to work at Idaho 1st National / West One Bank and retired from West One / US Bank. She later owned "Becky's Tax Service'', for over 20 years, with her friend Nancy Montambo.

In most any situation, Becky was an "in charge" person, and had a ready solution for anything.

Becky was supportive of most of her boy's activities, such as track, football, swimming, dirt bikes, but not so much with snowmobiles and bull riding!

Becky endured many health problems, including three bouts of cancer and other major surgeries throughout her life.

Her dogs, Libby and Buffy were very important to her. When eating out, she always remembered to bring plenty home for them.

Becky was very generous and thoughtful with gift-giving, to her nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Marjorie Gibson; mother and father in-law, Berniece and Bill Beck; sisters-in-law, Nancy Rainville, and Bev Beck; brother-in-law, Ron Beck and nephew, Teddy Rainville.

She is survived by her husband Larry of 61 years, sons; Billy, (Cindy) of Lenore, John, (Sue), of Orofino, and Tim of Wenatchee, WA.

Grandchildren are Cody Beck, (Sammi), of Lenore, Travis Beck, (Hannah) of Lewiston, Shani Cobbs (Zach) of Lenore, Michael Gray, (Josey) of Lewiston, Zach Beck, of Juneau, AK, who spent a lot of time with Grandma and Grandpa Beck throughout the years, and Cole and Connor Beck, of Wenatchee.

Great-grandchildren include Ally Wages, Mick Zenner, Mylie Zenner, Sofie Beck, Benton Beck, baby boy Beck expected in September, Landen Cobbs, Tripp Cobbs, Kinzlee Cobbs, Jace Gray and Tyler Gray.

Three sisters also survive, Judy Daniels (Dale), in Kennewick, WA. Barbara Newbry,(Garry) in Cheney, WA. who named their oldest daughter, Becky Jo after her sister Becky, and Marie Highfield (David) in New Westminster, British Columbia.

Nieces and nephews, are, Jeff Daniels, Danny Daniels, Joni Tiffany, Joe Daniels, Brett Gibson, Greg Gibson, Cameron Gibson, Becky Jo Heath, Brent Newbry, Brady Newbry, Sandon Ross, Sarah MacInnes, Bob Whitney, Renae Keeler, Jaime Corneal and Kim Engle.

Brother and sisters-in law, Ted Rainville, Chris Beck and Brenda Baune also survive her.

A special "Thank You" goes to her dear friend, Martha Dempsey, who was with her constantly through her illness.

A family service will be held at a later date.

Photo: Rebecca Jean 'Becky' Beck


Arlene Yvonne Peel, 85, formerly of Weippe, Orofino

Arlene Yvonne Peel, 85, finished her journey on Earth and went home to the Lord on May 9, 2021 at Lewiston.

Arlene died from natural causes while being cared for by Royal Plaza staff, and in the physical and spiritual presence of family and friends.

Arlene had called Royal Plaza her home since 2018 when she and her husband, Len, transitioned to easier living arrangements.

Arlene was born on May 7, 1936, the only child of Zella Jordan Davis and Elwood Davis. Her family lived in Weippe where Arlene grew up and attended school. She graduated from the Weippe High School in 1954.

Throughout her childhood and young adult years, Arlene spent cherished time with her maternal grandparents, Zan and Ethel Jordan and her paternal grandparents, Paul and Bertha Davis.

She told many stories of Weippe homesteads, an Orofino boarding house, a Lower Fords Creek ranch, as well as her uncle Harold 'Red' Jordan's barber shop, and her aunt Isabelle Jordan's beauty shop.

Arlene remained close to their daughters, cousins Joann and Janice.

Arlene shared fond memories of time spent with her Jordan grandparents at their business, Zan's Tavern, which was located along Highway 12 between Orofino and Greer.

After graduation, Arlene traveled a bit then moved to Lewiston.

Returning to Orofino, Arlene worked as a cook and server until being employed by Idaho State Hospital North. Both Arlene and her mother, Zella, worked at the hospital. Arlene was hired by the Idaho State Liquor store where she advanced to manager of the Orofino store.

Arlene transferred to manage the Lewiston downtown liquor store where she enjoyed her career until her retirement. In 1983, while living in Orofino, Arlene met and soon married the love of her life, Leonard Peel. Len worked for the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino until retirement.

After retirement, Arlene and Len realized their dream of traveling extensively in their RV. Many memories were made as they explored the US, visiting family members and made many friends along the way.

Arlene was a gifted artist, dabbling in drawing and oil painting, although family duties superseded the creative outlet. She had always hoped to pursue the arts again when time allowed.

Arlene enjoyed flower gardening and marveled at the birds that spent time in her yard, ensuring that their needs were met when they visited.

Arlene's cooking skills will be remembered by many, as her love language was to provide copious amounts of homemade delicious food. A smile would spread across her face when family, friends and guests would leave her table fully satisfied.

As a long standing member of Orchards Baptist Church, she could often be found in the kitchen where she exercised her culinary skills. She cherished her friends and family at Orchards Baptist and was quite involved until health concerns prevented her attendance. She and Len spent many years in service to God through the ministries provided through the church.

Arlene was blessed with four daughters before she met Len. Her four children, plus Len's five children, and another daughter by informal adoption, made a large family whom she loved and prayed for regularly. She felt it a great privilege to provide a place for family events and the Peel home was the central point of many celebrations.

Arlene was preceded in death by Len, her husband of 37 years.

Those left to cherish Arlene's memory are her daughters, Tami Anderson (Dan) Wayt of Orofino; Tracey Vaughan Lago of Somersworth, NH; Toni Bainbridge (David) Roehl of Salem, OR; and Tara Bainbridge (Victor) Peterson, as well as, Tammi Clark Harris of Colorado Springs, CO. Len's children are Charlie (Monica) Peel of Santa, ID; Leonard 'Buddy' (Liz) Peel of Sierra Vista, AZ; Linda Peel (Roy) Michael of Emida, ID; Mary Peel Holliman of Lewiston; and Denese Peel Gleason of Lewiston.

In addition to her 10 children, there are many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Along with Arlene's family, there are those loved as family, who will greatly miss Arlene, but all will treasure their memories of time spent with her.

At Arlene's request no formal services will be held. A small gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. If desired, memorials in Arlene's honor may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Photo: Arlene Yvonne Peel


Trelawny J. Bruce, 78 Orofino

Trelawny J. Bruce, 78, Orofino, born May 25, 1942, died Sunday, May 23, 2021 in Orofino.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Clarice M. Moore, 92, formerly of Orofino

Clarice M. Moore passed away peacefully on Monday, May 24, 2021 at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in the Lewiston Orchards. She was 92 years old.

Clarice Marie Lucas was born October 13, 1928 in Healy, KS, to the cattle ranching family of Russell and Minnie Lucas.

In 1937, in the midst of the depression and dustbowl, the Lucas family migrated to Idaho, first living in Bonner's Ferry for a short period and then moving to the Nezperce area. Clarice attended Nezperce High School and later Orofino High School when the family moved to their ranch in Harmony Heights, Orofino.

She married Lloyd Moore of Orofino in 1946 and gave birth to two sons, Martin L. Moore, and John B. Moore (deceased). Her third child died at birth.

Clarice moved to the Lewiston area in the early 1960s. Her passions were music and bridge. She sang with the L.C.S.C. Concert Chorus as well as Stuart Churchill's Chorale. She was Vice President of the Community Concert Association, and later V.P. of the Washington State Symphony Valley League. In her spare time, she acquired B.S. and B.A. degrees at Lewis-Clark State College.

A long-time devotee to the game of bridge, Clarice loved her weekly bridge gatherings in both Lewiston and Clarkston, WA, and taught bridge to a number of people.

She is survived by her sister Mary Filkins of Allyn, WA; son, Martin L. Moore of West Linn, OR; grandchildren, Travis Moore of Clarkston, Ann Moore in Oregon, Adam Moore of Victoria, B.C., Dawn Wetmore of California, and Colleen Presler in Idaho. She is also survived by many great-grandchildren.

A loving parent and good friend, always ready with a bit of advice, Clarice will be missed by all.

Special thanks to the staff at Prestige Care for taking such good care of Clarice in her final year.

Per her wishes, her ashes will be scattered.

Photo: Clarice M. Moore


Richard Reed, 94

Richard Reed passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.

He was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Portland, OR, to Valerie Colgan Reed and Alfred Reed. He attended public schools in Portland and Lewiston, and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1945

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Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1945. He served for 18 months and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA, where he worked in the discharge center. He enrolled at the University of Idaho in the fall of 1947 and joined the Sigma Nu Fraternity.

His love of sports began when he was a youngster and continued all of his life. He played them, refereed them and watched them all. As a high school player, he played baseball, Legion baseball and basketball. At the University of Idaho, he "walked on" to the basketball team, played as a guard and was a three-year letterman.

In college, he met Jody Hutchinson and the two of them were married Aug. 25, 1951, in Orofino. They made their home in Moscow for the next 37 years. They had three children, Jim, John and Sally. Dick worked at the University of Idaho as assistant director of dormitories from 1952-67. From 1967-88, he was business manager for the Moscow Clinic. During that time, he bowled in two leagues, took up golf and went fishing whenever he could. He loved to read and had a library full of his favorite books. In 1988, Dick and Jody retired to Lewiston and bought a house on the golf course where they both enjoyed playing.

He is survived by a son, John Reed; daughter, Sally Druffel (Kirk); grandchildren, Tyler Reed and Kasie Martinez, Taylor and Jamie Reed and Sam, Ben and Anna Druffel; and four great-grandchildren. His wife, Jody Reed, preceded him in death in 2013; son, Jim Reed in 2005; and sister, Dorothy Lucas in 1994.

The family would like to thank Guardian Angel caregivers and Advanced Care Hospice nurses for all their help.

At Dick's request, there will be no service. Memorials may be made in Dick's name to University of Idaho Vandal Booster or a charity of one's choice.

Photo: Richard Reed


Magen Marlene Schlieper DePriest, 36, formerly of Orofino

Magen Marlene Schlieper DePriest, 36, of Clarkston, WA, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, May 1, 2021, in her home.

She was born Jan. 21, 1985, to Greg and Nancy Schlieper in Orofino. After graduation from Orofino High School, she moved to Logan, Utah, to live near her mom. She was employed at ICON Fitness Company for 12 years. She later moved to northern Idaho and finally settled in Clarkston. She married Marcus DePriest in 2018.

Growing up, Magen enjoyed being on the water, water skiing, tubing and fishing with her dad. She also loved singing, dancing, drill team and cheerleading. Magen always greeted people with a smile and was very loving to everyone she knew in her life.

She is survived by her husband, Marcus DePriest; dad, Greg (Terri) Schlieper; mom, Nancy Schlieper; brothers, Reggie (Tonya) Schlieper and Kaden Schlieper; nephew, Taylor Schlieper; and grandparents, Larry and Karon Schlieper. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Marlene Pitcher, of Utah.

After cremation, she will be laid to rest in the Paradise Cemetery in Paradise, Utah. Arrangements are under the direction of the Merchants Funeral Home in Clarkston. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Magen's name.

Photo: Magen Marlene Schlieper DePriest


Beverly Ann Lang, 76, born in Orofino

Beverly Ann Lang, 76, of Lewiston, passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, at Serenity Place from dementia.

She was born May 28, 1944, in Orofino to Joseph and Agnes Akins Wittman. She grew up in Clarkston, WA, and graduated as an honor student from Clarkston High School in 1962.

She married Roy R. DeLaney on June 1, 1962. They had one daughter, Michelle. That marriage later ended in divorce.

She married Edmund J. Lang in 1975. She graduated magna cum laude in 1982 with a teaching degree from Lewis-Clark State College. She spent years as a substitute teacher for the Lewiston and Clarkston school districts. However, her favorite job was working at the Rollaway Skating Rink, where she retired in 2014.

After her husband, Ed, passed away, she met her special companion and dance partner of almost 20 years, Bill Hopson.

In 1999, the joy of her life was born, her grandson, Julian.

Beverly was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, animals, skating, dancing and watching her grandson play baseball.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Agnes Wittman. Beverly is survived by her daughter, Michelle, and husband Larry Washburn; grandson, Julian Washburn and her beloved dog, Sophie.

No services have been planned at this time.

Thank you to Royal Plaza and Serenity Place for taking such good care of her.

Photo: Beverly Ann Lang


Dixie Pauline (Reed) Welch, 90, born in Southwick

Dixie Pauline (Reed) Welch, 90, of Lewiston, died Thursday, May 6, 2021, at her home in Lewiston.

She was born Nov. 1, 1930, in Southwick to Veta and Pete Stump. She attended school in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1948.

She and Elmer Archie Reed were married in 1948 and she became a homemaker. He died in 1995. She later married Lester Welch in 1997.

In the 1980s, she worked for a short time at Lewiston Care Center. She was involved with the Lewiston Eagles and also enjoyed bowling, craft making and any outside activity.

Dixie is survived by her husband of 23 years, Les, of Lewiston; sons, Dwight (Sherry) Reed, Doug (Sandy) Reed and Dave (Debie) Reed, all of Lewiston; daughter-in-law, Vanta "Dean" Reed, of Port Neches, TX; nieces, Sharon Katus and Diana Taylor, both of Clarkston, WA; sister, Peggy Bateman, of Kendrick; and numerous grandkids and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; her parents, Veta and Pete; sisters, Rocky Wells and Josephine Burns; niece and stepson, Larry and Cindy Reed; and brother Pete Stump.

A viewing will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, with a graveside service held at 1 p.m. at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Pastor Jim Wallace of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice will officiate at the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Hospice.

Photo: Dixie Pauline (Reed) Welch


Viralma 'Rusty' Rhoda Black, 79, formerly of Orofino

Viralma 'Rusty' Rhoda Black was born on Dec. 8, 1941, in Pendleton, OR, to parents Ronald E. Tawes and Helen E. (Walker) Tawes. She passed away on May 1, 2021, in Milton-Freewater, OR, at the age of 79.

Rusty was an only child and grew up and graduated from Pendleton High School. She spent a lot of her childhood traveling around with her father who had polio. She often spoke of the time when they traveled to the Kentucky Derby and the wooden racehorse her father surprised her with on their return home. They also attended several sporting events together. She always said that he was the reason for her love of sports, her favorite being horse racing, and pro football and her beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

She also had a love for horses. Whenever they would travel she would always search out the nearest stables so she could ride. Around the age of nine, she talked her parents into buying her a horse, even though they were not horse people. This started her life of owning and training horses. She loved to spend time at the Bar M Ranch, and this is where she acquired her horse Duke, which she trained to do all kinds of tricks. In August of 1959 she made headlines when she rode him in the Omak Suicide Race. She was the first woman to ride in the race, and several years after that, women were not allowed to ride in the race.

She also came across her famous horse Domino when she was running horses from the Round-Up Grounds to the old Happy Canyon. A man was trying to train Domino to do the trail horse part but was too fractious, but she decided she wanted him and could train him to do the part and she did. This started her long journey training horses for the lead part in Happy Canyon. She trained seven horses over the next almost 70 years; 5 of them she raised herself, 1 of those being Chinook, whom she said because of him she was able to do things she would of never done, one of those being their trip to Las Vegas to represent the Round-Up and Happy Canyon when Chinook and Bryson Bronson carried the flag at the opening of the National Finals Rodeo. Another horse she loved dearly was Poco, a mare she barrel raced on and won several buckles.

In August of 1960 she married Charles Black, and they raised two daughters, Lea and Dana, at Gibbon, OR. They spent time on their place at Gibbon raising horses and cattle.

She drove a school bus for the Pendleton School District until they moved in the summer of 1973 to Orofino. While living in Orofino she drove a school bus for the Orofino School District and in the summers she would drive bus transferring fire crews to different fires until moving back to Oregon. She continued to drive a school bus for the Pilot Rock School District for several years before retiring. She often talked about her trips with the different sporting teams from Pilot Rock and how much she enjoyed taking the kids and how much she missed it. Later, she started driving for Kayak; she worked for them until October of 2020 when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Rusty's greatest joy was going and watching her great-grandchildren, Carter, Tucker, Mason and Rietta. She loved going to all their practices and games and watching them work with their 4-H animals. Anything they did, she wanted to be there. She was their biggest fan.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2009, her parents, and a brother. She is survived by her children Lea VanHouten (John) of Pilot Rock and Dana Black (Craig) of New Salem, ND; her grandchildren JaDee VanHouten and Corey VanHouten (Ali) of Pilot Rock; four wonderful great-grandchildren, Carter, Tucker, Mason and Rietta, all of Pilot Rock; and several nieces and nephews.

Please join us for a celebration of life service on Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the Roy Raley Room at the Round-Up Grounds in Pendleton, OR.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that those who wish may make memorial donations to either the Pilot Rock Little League or the Black Sox baseball team.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of the arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com.

Photo: Viralma 'Rusty' Rhoda Black


Peggy Sue Corder, 69, Orofino

Peggy Sue Corder was born on Jan. 22, 1952 and died on April 28, 2021 in Orofino.

Her parents were Eva Corder and Melvin "Mike" Corder.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Mervin Corder and Carl Corder; niece, Cassie Corder and great niece, Rebecca Miller.

She is survived by Frances Crooks (Butch), Ronald "Bud" Corder (Kathy), William "Bill" Corder (Joan), Anita Satterwhite (Brian), Rod Corder (Julie), and sisters-in-law, Donna Corder and Carol Corder, as well as too many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews to list.

Peggy loved all children, the ones in her family, their friends and the neighborhood kids. She especially loved each one with her whole heart. Creating memories and special connections with each of the kids was a special talent. One of her greatest joys was "spoiling" all her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She absolutely loved coming to any sporting events she could attend, probably winning awards for the most spirted while repeating what was just shouted.

Peggy was also a lover of the outdoors, whether it was taking a drive, traveling or just sitting outside. She was always snapping her fingers, bobbing her head and encouraging the kids to dance longer. She also had a slight obsession with listening to her books on tape as she drove back and forth, place to place. She often could be heard telling the kids to "settle, settle down now." If there was a new recipe she found, you better believe she was bringing it along with her signature pistachio salad.

Peggy was a 12-year senior in Orofino, never missing a day and graduating from Orofino High School (Go Maniacs). She then attended Links School of Business in Boise, receiving her degree in business accreditation. Peggy enjoyed her 36 plus years working for the USFS (U.S. Forest Service). Some of her fondest memories were dispatching for the fire crew. She met many wonderful people during this time and many of them became lifelong friends. Her favorite time spent with the USFS was at the Kelly Creek Ranger Station as well as the Powell Ranger Station, where she usually had a niece or nephew in tow.

Peggy loved big and she loved hard. Her knack for creating a special relationship with all that knew her was unique. She had many lifelong friends that she loved dearly, and she loved her family with everything she had. Although they bickered often, her sister Frances and she were the best of friends.

Peggy never met a stranger. She loved to "visit" with anyone willing to sit and chat, always making people laugh and smile. She just had that effect.

Peggy's Celebration of Life will be Saturday, May 8, at 1 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 330 Michigan Ave.

Please bring a potluck dish.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to VFW post #3296 in Orofino or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library in memory of Peggy Corder.

Photo: Peggy Sue Corder


Ruth Bird, 91, Greer

After years of loving commitment and service to her family, patients and community, Ruth Whitney Bird, of Greer, retired peacefully from this life on March 14, 2021. She was 91.

Ruth was born Oct. 30, 1929 in Hawthorn, NV, to Cal and Eva Welcome Whitney. The family which included two older sisters, Marjorie and Betty, moved to Montana where Ruth attended schools at Stevensville, Victor, and finally Hamilton where they settled down. In July 1946, seeking warmer winters, the family relocated to Orofino. That fall, Ruth's Montana boyfriend, Bill Bird, a pilot, bought THE engagement ring, rented a plane and soon put down on Orofino's small tarmac. The couple drove to Hamilton in a blizzard, to get married Dec. 18, of that year. They returned to Orofino, and eventually moved to a little house in Greer, where her parents were now living. Two daughters were born, Kathy, in 1948 and Karen in 1949. In 1950 that special little house burned to the ground. The young family relocated to a home on Riverside.

Ruth's mother, Eva Whitney, was known in the area as a gentle, caring woman. When Dr. Pappenhagen, long-time Orofino physician, approached her about taking in a boarder, an old Lumberjack, with no family and in need of a home and some health care assistance, Eva agreed. Over time others came, mostly old lumberjacks, with similar needs. The Whitney home was expanded with an eye to the future. The construction carefully followed the health and safety guideline requirements of the State of Idaho and officially established the Arcadian Nursing Home, the first care center in the area.

Ruth worked with her mother in the operation of the home, and as state requirements increased, Ruth and family moved to Lewiston where she enrolled in the in the Licensed Practical Nurse program at St. Joseph's Hospital. After graduating third in her class and returning to Greer, with her family, to live and work at the Arcadian Nursing Home, she went on to become the first woman licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Idaho. With the close of the Home, Ruth assisted with the opening of the Orofino Convalescent Center and worked there for a time, moving on to nursing at Clearwater Valley Hospital. Ruth was a natural born caregiver and in her roles as a nursing home administrator and LPN she served faithfully and lovingly individuals in all stages of life. She loved working with mothers and babies at CVH and caring patiently and tenderly, for those in the final stages of life, as well as providing high-level care to all those in-between. Ruth loved all her "Nursing Buddies" who slipped into "older age" together and became the "Old Nurses Breakfast Club" meeting together once a month for Birthday parties and storytelling. She loved the new nurses too, mentoring and nurturing them, sharing nuggets of care that are sometimes overlooked in the rigorous training of the day. The love with colleagues was mutual and in 1978 her peers honored her as the Idaho State LPN of the year.

Ruth & Bill were actively engaged with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, specifically Post #3296 in Orofino. In 1960, Ruth was elected Idaho State President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. At the time, she was the youngest woman ever to serve in that role.

Mama was a Believer in God, which went really well with her spontaneous nature! For example: we were visiting with the cousins in Colfax to show off the new brother in 1960. Mom heard on the TV that the World's Fair in Seattle would be closing soon. Mom felt that was just too close for us kids to miss, so she loaded Gerald, Robert, Kathy, Karen in the car; left the little ones with Aunt Betty and off we went to the world's Fair of 1960!

Mom knew we were in God's hands as we just drove right through the traffic and pulled up insight of one of entry-gates into the fair. We were by a little building where mom got us a downstairs apartment to stay in! It was clean and cheerful; we had no need to get back in in our car until we left two days later to return safely home. It was a wonderful experience which gave us our first glimpse of how big the world truly is. We each had our likenesses drawn for our parents, and we each chose a souvenir of what we liked most, mine were chopsticks and I have eaten with one kind or another at least once a week all these years. I thought my Mom was the bravest person in the whole world...and the most fun!

Miss. Ruth loved the hunt for collectibles and antiques and for, a number of years enjoyed operating the Dusty Trunk Antiques and Collectibles Shop out of their home in Greer. She loved gardening and had a great hand with Roses. She would tell you that Jim Reeves was her favorite singer, that seedless red grapes are the best ever and that pantyhose were the greatest innovation of her lifetime. She was never without a dog, and you may know Tinkerbell, a frequent visitor at Brookside. We often called her "Flora Fauna" because of her love of nature and camping. Mom and Dad loved to go to the Wilderness Gateway Jams with all their friends and on at least one occasion a chipmunk was greeting the folks to their camp.

Mom was a life-time member of the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed the challenge of fund raising for the good cause. It is interesting to note that our Ruthie passed just a month after the disbanding of the CVH Auxiliary in February of this year, after both gave years of faithful service.

Ruth was proceeded in death by her husband Bill Bird; her parents Eva and Cal Whitney; her father-in-law, Jesse "Pop" Bird; her sisters and brothers-in- law: Betty and Berne Davis, Marjorie and Lyle Davis, Betty Bird and Sulo Wouri; a very special nephew, Leonard Davis; too many dear friends; and several Irish ancestors.

Ruth (Dearest Darling, Ruth Alice, Miss Ruth, Mamma, Mom, Grandma, Grammy, Gigi, Auntie Ruth, Sister, Dear Friend) whatever your name for her might be, is survived by her daughters: Kathy and Gary Breen, and Karen/Bird and Michael Goodwin; also, an adopted son, William Bird. She is survived by 5 grandchildren: Joshua Goodwin, Caleb Goodwin, Camas Brandt, Janessa Englehard, and Evan Breen; 13 great- grandchildren: Josh & Amanda: Gabe, Whitney, Tyler & Taylor; Caleb & Lisa: Paxton, & Brooks, Skyler& Zach; Camas: Myles & Fisher; Janessa & Jordan; Isla & Jori; and one great-great grandson, Braxton Goodwin. Also surviving are three sets of wonderful in-laws.*and many beloved nieces and nephews of multiple generations.

*The story about the Bird -in-laws, is one of the family favorites about Mom that deserves a little extra attention. Daddy was the eldest of the five siblings of Jesse/Jack and Emma Lorraine Bird. When Bill was 12 their mother died. Grandpa managed to fight off the do-gooders who wanted to split his kids up. He did not allow it and the family became close and helped each other. Daddy eventually graduated, joined the Navy and went to war. The others: Betty, Jack, Jim, and Peggy finished school and, over a year or two all but Betty found their way to Orofino, where brother, Bill lived with his lovely new bride, Ruth Whitney. There, in this kind loving woman was the mother they did not have during those growing up years in Stevensville, MT. Mom taught them how to dance, how to socialize with good manners and how to talk to that special someone. As a result of these visits, all four (Betty came later after first husband had passed) married Orofino people! You may remember Sulo Wouri who married Betty, Virginia Sturgess, married Jack, Gerri Konkol married Jim, and Dale Bobbit married Peggy. These couples may have called Ruth "Matchmaker" of the five siblings, three couples still living, and now two have passed, approximately 395 years of marriage can be counted. That is a lot of commitment. And a lesson for us all that marriage can be everlasting.

This Sunday is Mothers' Day. Our mother will not be with us physically, but we will feel her in our hearts, smell her in the flowers and blossoms she loved so much and we will celebrate this day for the rest of our days. If possible we were always home for Mothers' Day, hanging out with her, maybe chewing our bubble gum and blowing bubbles, whatever your mom experiences are, find the happiest ones and nurture them. Be there Sunday or call first thing even if there are some complications...Our Mamas are the once who tend to love us unconditionally.

The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to some special folks: Ginger Arnold and her side-kick, Linda Hunter for the many years you have been with Mom and Dad doing everything from general housekeeping to yard sales to yard work to dusting the Dusty Trunk. You chased down the chocolate drink she loved and always cooked Dad's eggs and hash browns "Just right!" A new friendship developed for you along the way as you stopped to see Ronatta to pick up a half dozen yummy scones for mama. Things got more complicated as they aged and you both were always there for them. To Freddi Engblom and Lynn Monger for being the steadfast friends to Mama she ever could have hoped for. You were together in CVH Auxiliary, BUNCO, every sale or hunt for antiques and Beanie Babies. You have been steadfast visitors to Brookside and she loved you to the end.

Richard and Chrissy, your arrival in Greer was like a breath of fresh air for everyone. You were family to all of us and so good to Mom and Dad. Your devotion to Greer made it emotionally possible to leave their home of 65 years; your help with a home in Orofino made it physically possible. Thank you for your visits to Brookside Landing and the support of the family.

The family is also very thankful to and wish to acknowledge: Dr. Peterson and Nurse Arika for the many years of caring service to both of our parents. You were family. giving them trust, knowledge, confidence...the tools to deal with the challenges of aging; DeNeane Bretz, Director, and the entire staff at Brookside Landing for your diligence and love during the Covid-19 Pandemic; Elite Hospice, Nurse Sandy and Pastor Hank for their wisdom and spiritual guidance. We will miss our mother. She touched many lives and I believe we are all very grateful to have been in this life with her.

A Celebration of Life will be held at VFW Post #3296 in Orofino on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Please bring a few cut flowers from your yard to decorate our tables and share with others on Ruth's behalf.

We encourage Covid Vaccine and have tried to allow time for accomplishing this before our Celebration. There will be masks available as well as plenty of hand sanitizer. Things are so much better, but we must stay diligent. Ruth would encourage you to decide what is the right thing for you to do regarding Covid. We do hope to see you.

Photos Ruth Whitney Bird


Dorothy May Young, 93, Orofino

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, Dorothy May Young left this Earth to join Scott and will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.

She was born Sept. 23, 1927, to Viola and Eugene Stickens in Byers, CO. Dorothy was the eldest of seven children, with five sisters and one brother, Edna, Kenneth, Charlotte, Donna, Wilma and Pat.

She attended several schools in Colorado and graduated from Delta High School in 1944. She later attended Business College in Colorado Springs. She moved to Weippe in 1945 and worked for White Pine Lumber Company. It was there Dorothy met her husband, Scott Young, and they married on Sept. 21, 1947. Scott worked for Alph Johnson and Ken Miller Logging. They built a wonderful and welcoming home on Grangemont Road near Orofino and raised their three children, Michael R. Young, David L. Young and Catherine L. Young.

Once the children were all in school, Dorothy began work at Orofino School District No. 171 as a bookkeeper and worked there 26 years until she retired. She was active in the community, and the kids all participated in 4-H, of which she was a leader for 10 years. She was a member of the Eagles for 30 years, member of the Orofino Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years and later joined the Clearwater County Seniors, where she logged countless volunteer hours. Dorothy and Scott celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 21, 1997.

Dorothy has been widely recognized for her jam and candy, gardening skills, hospitality, generosity and wonderful sense of fun.

She is survived by her children, Mike Young and Cathy Peterson; grandchildren, Alicia Young, Justin Peterson, Nick Young, Jeremy Young, Micaela Young, Scott Peterson and Eric Young; great-grandchildren, Neely Uberuaga, Reese Uberuaga, Michael Young, Zachary Peterson, Hudson Peterson, Reese Young, Brennan Young and Gus Stofenger.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Young; son, David Young; sisters, Pat, Wilma and Edna; and her parents, Viola and Eugene.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. May 8, 2021, at United Methodist Church, 337 College Ave., Orofino. A viewing will follow at 1 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston. A graveside burial will take place at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy requested donations to the Clearwater County Senior Center.

Photo: Dorothy May Young


Larry Reuben Blomdahl, 78

Larry Reuben Blomdahl passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from complications because of a stroke.

He was born March 1, 1943, in Fosston, MN, to Reuben and Mabel (Juvrud) Blomdahl. He graduated in 1960 and worked for the Forest Service in Montana and Idaho, where he met Helen Cosner, of Orofino. They were married from 1963-70 and had two daughters, Jayne and Janell.

Larry loved to travel and was able to see a lot of the country while selling and installing cable TV service with his second wife, Mary Juma, to whom he was married for 35 years. His favorite place was in the woods, fishing, hunting, trapping, metal detecting and hunting mushrooms.

He was a very personable guy who befriended nearly every stranger he met at the local bar (in his younger days) or coffee shop (more recently) and entertained them with long and convoluted stories, jokes and terrible puns. He was also quite good at drawing cartoons and assigning everyone a silly nickname.

He is survived by his brothers, Jim (Jeannine), of Mora, MN, Russell, of Bemidji, MN; daughters, Jayne (Robb) Hesley and Janell (Gerald) Arnzen; grandsons, Carson and Wyatt Hesley; and granddaughters, Jacey and Kally Arnzen.

At Larry's request, no service will be held, and his remains will be returned to his home town in Minnesota.

Photo: Larry Reuben Blomdahl


Peggy S. Corder, 69, Orofino

Peggy S. Corder, 69, Orofino, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


William 'Bill' Brown, 78, Teakean

William Edward 'Bill' Brown was born to William Gifford and Leah Irene Brown on March 18, 1943 in Orofino, Idaho. He was the youngest child of four and the only son. He resided at the family farm in Teakean, Idaho for the majority of his life. He passed away on the family farm on April 25, 2021 with his family beside him.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pam Rowsel, his four children; Billie (Shorty) Lee, Teakean, Theresa (Darin) Adams, Orofino, William Edward Brown Jr., Lewiston, and Francis Gifford Brown of Meridian.

Grandchildren. Dustin, Kristin, McKenzie, Michael, Morgan and Dakota, along with nine great-grandchildren also survive him. He is also survived by his oldest sister, Arlene Turri of Lompoc, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Gifford and Leah Irene Brown; sisters; Viola Brown and MaryAnn Hauff.

There will be a graveside service Friday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at the Teakean Cemetery.

Pine Hill Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Evergreen Fire Hall.

Photo: William Edward 'Bill' Brown


Debra Lynn Adams, 60, formerly of Weippe

Debra Lynn Adams, 60, of Lewiston, died Thursday, April 15, 2021, at her home.

She was born May 16, 1960, in San Jose, Calif., to Edward Radtke and Barbara Week Radtke. She was raised in Weippe and attended Timberline High School. Debra lived in Waha during her first marriage to Jeffrey Lynn Thornton (married in 1976 and divorced in 1988).

On April 14, 1995, Debra married John Robert Adams and lived in Lewiston. She worked at Potlatch on the lumber side. Debra loved the outdoors, fishing, shopping and traveling to Hawaii. She was known for her fierce honesty but she also loved just as fiercely.

Debra is survived by her husband of 26 years, John Robert Adams; sister, Lorrie (Ted) Smith; daughter, Sarah Marie (Fred) Kaufman; son, Jeffrey Darrell (Sarah) Thornton; stepsons, David John (Leslie) Adams and Ryan (Tina) Adams, all of Lewiston; stepdaughter, Amy Lynn (Corey) Peterson, of Eagle; and loved by many grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Radtke, mother Barbara Radtke, brother Edward "Junior" Radtke, and sister Lilia Kennedy.

Photo: Debra Lynn Adams


Vivian Martin, 96, formerly of Cream Ridge, Southwick

Vivian Martin was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Cream Ridge, Idaho, to parents William Henry Jack Rugg and Reva Pearl Bratcher Rugg. Vivian had a brother, Bill Rugg, and a sister, Helen Triplett.

Vivian went to school in Cream Ridge until the seventh grade and finished eighth grade in Southwick. Vivian Rugg married Chester L. Martin on March 11, 1947, at Coeur d'Alene. They lived in Southwick running their ranch. Several years later, they moved to Lewiston where Vivian went to work at Twin River Foods. Vivian enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, crossword books and her family.

Vivian was a very hardworking woman and always cared for others. Vivian was a member of the United Methodist Church in the Orchards. After Chester Martin passed, Vivian chose to move to Newcastle, WY, to live with her grandson and his wife, Todd and Sandra Martin, where she peacefully passed away at home Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Vivian passed away with natural cause.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Chester L. Martin; parents, William and Reva Rugg; brother, Bill Rugg; sister, Helen Triplett; grandson, Beau Martin; and granddaughter, Brooke Flynn. Surviving family members are son, Gary (Lynda) Martin; grandson, Todd (Sandra) Martin; granddaughter, Lori Flynn and her spouse, Kent Flynn; Alicia Martin, Wyatt Flynn, Walker Flynn, Heather and Mike McMillan, Colleen Johnson, David and Cori Johnson, Ashton Johnson and Tramayne Johnson.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. The officiant will be Pastor Mike Lawson of Orchards United Methodist Church.

Photo: Vivian Martin


Gerri Lemmon, 84, Orofino
--A Beautiful Life

May 8, 1936 - April 14, 2021

If I could sum up my life in a few sentences, I would say "I am so lucky". I was born (Geraldine Alice Roby) to a wonderful, large legacy of loggers - Roby's and Altmiller's, with a loving and strong father and beautiful and wise mother (Clarence Roby and Caroline Altmiller Roby) and loads of aunts, uncles, and scads of cousins.

I feel fortunate to have been a child at the tail end of the Great Depression. Money was short but I always had everything I needed at home. We grew most of the vegetables and lots of fruit we ate. Cow and chickens provided milk, cream, butter and eggs. Wild game supplemented our meat. I was so lucky to be a child when we played games together like kick the can, hide and seek, marbles, and ballgames, and I had 20 acres to roam and climb and chase cows!

I was so lucky to marry Kenny Lemmon, the only logger I ever met who liked opera and classical music. I loved to dance - tap dance, folk dance, square dance - and when Ken and I were dating and first married we went to a dance somewhere every Saturday night. Later, we took up square dancing and enjoyed it very much. Ken, his mom and dad, and brother's family were so good to me.

I am so lucky to have my three kids and their spouses (Kathy Steinbruecker and Tim Norton, Connie and Mike Robison, Kurt and Lani Lemmon); I couldn't ask for any better. I had lots of fun with them growing up, especially camping and river fun. I have two amazing grandsons and their wives (Kane Steinbruecker and Sabrina Patrick, Cody and Ashley Steinbruecker, and now a great-granddaughter, Addison Kate!) who are loving and beautiful people. So lucky to be a large part of their lives growing up and after years of dragging my kids to the river to play and camp, now they take me (Gerri floated the river when she was 80 years old!).

I was lucky enough to have plenty of business. I started work in my mother's salon, Caroline's Beauty Shop, and enjoyed "beautifying" customers for over 50 years.

I was so lucky to have a chance to make my music in and around Orofino all those years and achieve my Broadway dreams right here in my hometown. I was so fortunate to be connected with some other very talented folks all that time. First and foremost, Joanne Hutchinson and others, including Larry Sharrai, Ev Olsen, and the cast of Hello Dolly, Bird Goodwin, Ted Leach, Carla Laws and others. Lucky to have had my cherished Community Choir; what a great privilege to sing with those fine musicians.

Last but certainly not least, I was so lucky to be able to live in Orofino. I consider the whole town my friends. Some are very old friends that I went to school with, and some are new friends. All are treasured.

Per Gerri's wishes, there will be no services.

Photo: Gerri Lemmon


Roy Valentine Jolley, 88, born in Orofino

Roy Valentine Jolley passed away Monday, April 5, 2021, at the age of 88.

Roy was born Feb. 14, 1933, to Clyde Jolley and Mabel Strait Jolley in Orofino. Roy was the oldest of three boys.

At a young age, Roy's family moved to Winchester where he graduated high school. Following graduation, Roy moved to Lewiston and worked various jobs. In 1953, he joined the United States Army and was stationed in Korea. Upon his honorable discharge, Roy went to work for the United States Department of Interior and was able to travel throughout the western United States. Roy retired from the U.S. Department of Interior in 1987. After retirement, he worked several jobs, like the manager of a roller rink and a dishwasher for the senior meals at the Clarkston Round Table.

Roy was a confirmed bachelor, but was loved dearly by his nieces and nephews and extended family. He also wa s a huge part of his cousin Shirley Purcell and her family's life. He enjoyed every holiday and special occasion with them. It was always an exciting Fourth of July for the Purcell children. Uncle Roy would show up with the biggest firework pack you could buy for everyone. He also shared his passion of roller-skating with the children taking them to the Rollaway in Lewiston and teaching them to skate. In addition, Roy was an avid bingo player. Some of his favorite places to play were the Lewiston Eagles, the Clearwater Casino and the YWCA.

Roy was a member of the Presbyterian Church and active in the choir. He was also a member of the VFW. Roy was a member of the Lewiston Eagles and was considered to be like family there. He will be greatly missed by them. Roy is survived by his brother Don Jolley, of Spokane. He is also survived by his cousin, Shirley Purcell, whom he shared dessert and TV with on Friday evenings. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dick Jolley.

There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Lewiston Eagles.

Photo: Roy Valentine Jolley


Wendy Louise Tinsley (Bullock), 62, Pierce

Our beloved Wendy Tinsley passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at the age of 62, surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 9, 1958, to Kenneth and Valdi Bullock in Twin Falls. She grew up in Pierce, where she attended school. A highlight for her was being crowned queen during the 1860 Days celebration.

She met the love of her life, Ken Tinsley, and the two were married April 28, 1984. Wendy was an advanced EMT (emergency medical technician) for 18 years and an avid quilter. She spent her life giving to others and creating memories with her family. One of her favorite milestones in life was becoming a grandmother.

She was a devoted wife, sister, mother, aunt, daughter, cousin and grandmother. Those who knew her will miss her electrifying humor. She was always the life of the party.

She leaves behind her husband, Kenneth Tinsley; sons Robert (MaryBeth) Tinsley and Ryan (Rhonda) Tinsley; grandchildren Gage, Blayke, Peiton and Natalie; and numerous nieces and nephews, whom she helped raise like her own. Wendy touched the lives of so many. While her soul has moved on to be with her mother, father, sisters and brother, her legacy will continue to grow through her children and grandchildren. Wendy's passing marks the end of a generation. She will not be forgotten and will be forever missed.

Her celebration of life was held April 12, 2021.

Photo: Wendy Louise Tinsley (Bullock)


Juanita June Reece, 95, formerly of Clearwater County

Juanita June Reece was born July 3, 1925, on a farm near Southwick, Idaho, and died Monday, April 5, 2021, in Lewiston after a brief illness.

She was the youngest of five daughters born to Clara Belle Armitage and Walter Doyle Bateman. Juanita lived most of her younger years in Southwick and graduated from Southwick High School at the age of 16. After high school, she went to Portland, OR, and worked for the telephone company for about a year. Upon her return to Idaho, she joined her mother, Clara, and her stepfather, Wade Candler, at the Bungalow Ranger Station, where she worked in the kitchen with her mother. Later that summer, she assumed the duties of the dispatcher when he left to search for the Ridgerunner. That fall she moved to Orofino and worked at the Forest Service Office.

Juanita married James Duane Reece on June 18, 1944, in the Cavendish Methodist Church, the first wedding held in that church. After Jim's return from the service, they lived in Cavendish where they raised their two daughters, Kathy and Vicky. In 1997, after Jim's car accident, Juanita sold their home of 50-plus years and moved to Lewiston.

Juanita was first and foremost a homemaker. She was also the custodian and substitute bus driver at the Cavendish Teakean School for many years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star as well as a member of the Cavendish United Methodist Church. Juanita loved flowers and won many awards for her flowers at the Clearwater County Fair. As a 4-H leader, she had an impact on many young lives. She especially loved fishing for steelhead on the Clearwater River and Kokanee on Dworshak Reservoir as well as camping with the "wild bunch." After moving to Lewiston, she was active in the Orchards United Methodist Church and helped with the rummage sales for many years.

To her daughters, she was "Mom," and to her four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, she was "Grammy." She loved her family more than anything and was always proud of their accomplishments. She was a master gardener. She could make anything grow and be beautiful or delicious. She made the best banana cream pies, dill pickles and homemade sauerkraut. She was always up for playing a game ... but you had to watch out if the game was Gestures and she drew the word "stripper" or if you played Taboo and she couldn't use her hands. She faced all the hardships in her life with grace and was the true face of someone who never gives up. She touched so many lives throughout her 95 years. Everyone she met loved "Juanita."

Juanita is survived by two daughters, Kathy Stuehrenberg and Vicky Johnson; "the best ever sons-in-law," Lowell Stuehrenberg and Chris Johnson; grandchildren, Curtis (Julienne) Stuehrenberg, Todd (Stacy) Stuehrenberg, Michelle (Kelly) Allen and Aimee (Mike) Mosher; and eight great-grandchildren, Georgianne and Lily Stuehrenberg, Ethan and Bryson Stuehrenberg, Hunter and Ryan Allen, and Justyce and Kelsyn Mosher. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents; and four sisters, Bessie Armitage, Edith Wells, Dorothy King Silflow and Aletha Rogers Brown.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. April 17 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Chapel, Lewiston. The family asks that everyone attending wear masks. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Juanita June Reece


Sharon F. Barnett, 80, Orofino

Surrounded by family, Sharon F. Barnett, age 80, passed away peacefully in her sleep following a massive stroke. Beloved wife, mother, and friend, Sharon was born Sharon Faye Griffiths on April 12, 1940 to Samuel Vilate and Donnie Griffiths.

She grew up in Emmett, Idaho with a love for dance and pursued a degree in modern dance at the University of Idaho and a minor in accounting. While dancing through college, she met the love of her life, Timothy Dexter Barnett. They were married on Dec. 18, 1960 in the Episcopalian Church in Emmett. Sharon and Tim had two children, Kelli and Kim, and raised them in Clearwater County in a home in Orofino and logging camps for the summers of their younger years.

Creative and passionate, Sharon was a quilter, seamstress, and an artist using paint, fabric, knitting, crochet, and other media. She also played piano, mandolin, and clarinet.

Sharon enjoyed traveling all