Eddie C. Lettenmaier, 67, grew up at Southwick
Eddie C. Lettenmaier 'Ed', beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, from a hypoglycemic episode related to diabetes, while working on the spring at his home.
Raised at Southwick, Ed was the youngest of three children born to Johnie and Lula Lettenmaier on Jan. 23, 1948. He grew up on the family ranch, where he loved his family, horses, cars and cows. He made up his mind to be a cowboy, riding a pet steer after cows when horses were not available, breaking his first mule colt and loving his first pair of boots more than one can imagine.
Ed went to work for Gray Buick when he was 17 and worked as a wash boy until Bill O'Kelly, the man Ed considered his mentor, encouraged him to become a mechanic. He left the dealership to join the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in l967 and did a tour plus an additional six months of serving his country before his honorable discharge in l969. Ed returned to his mechanic position immediately after coming home and worked for the "Buick Garage" another 38 years. He was highly regarded for his skills; however, Ed felt the friendships he made during those years were the most important part of his career.
He married Nikki Curtis on July 3, l997, and they enjoyed a wonderful life full of family, good friends and more horses. Ed continued to run cows with his brother, Fred, at Southwick until he retired. He then was able to become a full-time cowboy, taking the range rider job for the Mason Butte Cattle Association. While Ed continued to be involved at the ranch, this was perhaps the happiest time of his life, as he and Nikki had the chance to focus on training good horses, great cow dogs and gathering the best gear. Ed was accomplished in leather braiding and made beautiful tack that they used from June to November on the range. Ed lived life to the fullest and refused to let his diabetes define him. He was an amazing, humble man who influenced the lives of people close to him more than he ever knew.
Ed is survived by his wife, Nikki; his brother, Fred (Betty); his mother-in-law, Patricia Smith; brother-in-law, Todd Curtis; sister-in-law, Tamara Curtis; nephews Lucas Curtis (Katie) and Jeff Brunelle; and nieces Angie Bailey (Brad), Darlene Heath (Gordy) and Jeanette Weidig. There are also other extended family members, too many to acknowledge, who have been touched by Ed being part of their lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Rosalie.
A memorial service for Ed will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home.
Photo: Eddie C. Lettenmaier
Alan Dean Brooks, 67, Orofino
Alan Dean Brooks, 67 passed Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at his residence in Orofino, Idaho.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Emmett Luke Wilkins, 86
Emmett Luke Wilkins died at his Kamiah home Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Emmett was born March 28, 1929 at Winona, Idaho to Amos and Odessa (Heath) Wilkins. He and his three sisters grew up on the family farm there and attended the Cramer school and then later Kamiah High School.
Emmett played football, basketball, and baseball before graduating in1947. He went on to attend the University of Idaho and continued to manage the family farm while working on his BS (Bachelor of Science) in Business Law.
Emmett met his lifelong sweetheart, Helen Brown in Kamiah. They both attended the University of Idaho and were married Dec. 22, 1950. They spent the early years of their marriage between the farm and the University, often taking the fall semester off for late harvest. Shirley was born in 1953 and then Tomas in 1954.
They moved to Kamiah and Emmett purchased Ida-Lew Construction in 1959, an excavation and construction business he operated for 28 years. He prepared building sites for many homes and businesses in the Clearwater Valley and Camas Prairie. Emmett built many roads, ponds, and prepared footings for bridges in the area as well. He was an expert excavation equipment operator.
Emmett and Helen added three more children to their family; Mariann was born in 1959, Patty in 1967, and Bryan Emmett in 1970.
When Emmett "retired" in 1987, he continued to serve the community by working in city maintenance with his good friend Jim Osborn for a few years. Emmett's community contributions were extensive. He was honored for serving the Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department for 45 years. He was Past President of both the Kamiah and the North Idaho Chambers of Commerce. Emmett was always active in supporting the Chamber's annual Barbeque Days events and he and Helen were honored as Grand Marshalls in 1998.
Emmett was a driving force in establishing a community credit union in Kamiah. He was a charter, lifetime member and served on the Board of Directors as well as KCCU's Supervisory Committee for many years. Emmett served on the Kamiah Planning and Zoning Commission and was also active in Oddfellows, Elks, Lion's Club, and Jaycees.
He served as state Jaycee Vice President and received the JCI Senatorship honor. Emmett was proud of many community projects the Jaycees spearheaded, including establishing the clinic in Kamiah and working with the Jayceettes to support the community library. He was also instrumental in building the community pool in Kamiah. In 1964, Governor Samuelson appointed him State Chairman of the Mental Health Board. Emmett provided Boy Scouts leadership as Scoutmaster for eight years and volunteered his efforts in building Camp Grizzly.
Emmett and Helen were adventurous and enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling the back roads of Idaho County and beyond. Emmett built a family cabin on the Lochsa for Helen's mother and step-father, Buelah and Dr. C. H. Bryan. The family place on the Lochsa and the wonderful times spent there is a gift that Emmett and Helen have created for their family.
He loved a good card game, especially when there were small stakes and he could get caught being crafty. Emmett had a good healthy sense of mischief and a fabulous sense of humor. He valued hard work, a good Kub, Vandal, or Zags basketball game, gardening, and sharing a frosty beverage with friends and family. Emmett was rarely seen without his iconic red hat, a symbol of his unique character.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Odessa Wilkins; and his sister, Verla Simler.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters, Shirley (Dean) Roach, Mariann Wilkins, Patty (Wes) Carscallen; and sons Tom (Marty) Wilkins, Bryan (Kris) Wilkins; 10 grandchildren, Christopher, Ben, and Riley Wilkins; Kevin and Craig Roach; Parker Leigh; Emma and Sarah Carscallen; Kati and Jack Wilkins; 17 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Zach, Lexi, Tylee, Hannah, Layton, Maylee, Kaleah, Isabella, Fallon, Jayden, Beau, Riker, Cole, Finley, Madison, Reagan; and one great great-grandchild, Rydge; sisters, Veta Miller and Melvena Imthurn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Emmett's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the St. Catherine's Church at 407 7th St. in Kamiah. Refreshments will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kamiah Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 933, Kamiah ID 83536; Lowell Quick Response Unit, 6741 U.S. Highway 12, Kooskia ID 83539, Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 993, or Syringa Hospice, 607 W Main St, Grangeville ID 83530.
Photo: Emmett Luke Wilkins
Briar Gilliland Bolon, 20, Orofino
Briar Gilliland Bolon, 20, Orofino, passed away Dec. 6, 2015 in Seattle WA after a valiant battle with cancer.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Eddie R. Burke, 84, Orofino
Eddie Russel Burke, 84, of Orofino, passed away Saturday, Dec, 5, 2015 at the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Eddie was born one of 10 children on July 15, 1931 to Scot and Edna Burke of Uniontown, PA. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, followed by 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.
Eddie served as an Aviation Mechanic, specializing on the B-52 instrument panels. He served in Thailand, Korea, and Japan. Eddie was also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring in 1971, with a number of medals.
Eddie met Linda Martin, and they were married Jan. 17, 1960, in Orofino. After serving at various bases in the U.S., the family settled in Orofino. Eddie then took a position at the U.S. Post Office, and later worked as custodial staff for School District #171, and eventually into official retirement.
He was a lifelong member of his local VFW, where he spent a year serving as commander.
Eddie leaves behind a legacy of family, who fondly remember, "Nobody was allowed to sit in his chair at the kitchen table or park in his spot." He loved and cared deeply for his family. He especially liked to take the kids fishing and hunting.
Attending the boys' sporting events as they were growing up brought a lot of enjoyment to his life, as well. Eddie was passionate about hunting at Three Bear, fishing at Campbell's Pond, Pittsburgh Steelers football, and giving the girls at the Brass Rail a hard time.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Linda, of 55 years; four sons, Rick (Julie) Burke of Lewiston, Mike (Jennifer) Burke of Orofino, Kelly Burke (Connie Sommers) of Orofino, and Chad (Bernetta) Burke of Southwick; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Pratt in Ohio.
His parents, four brothers, four sisters, and one granddaughter, Kerissa Burke, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 330 Michigan Ave., in Orofino. A light luncheon provided by the family will be held after the services.
Memorial donations can be made to the local VFW Post #3296, P.O. Box 1270, Orofino, ID 83544; or, you may donate to a charity of your choice.
Photos: Eddie R. Burke
Kenneth 'Ken' Mickey Kent, 68, Orofino
Kenneth 'Ken' Mickey Kent passed away on Dec. 3, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino, Idaho sleeping peacefully beside the love of his life, Richard Kerr.
Ken was born on Jan. 31, 1947 in Santa Rosa, CA, to Joyce Bernadine Detrick Kent and Kenneth Rush Kent. Ken's father was killed tragically in a motorcycle accident while Ken was very young and he and his sister Sheila were raised by their loving grandmother Lydia Kent.
Ken served 2 years and 11 months of active duty in the military during the Vietnam era. He was stationed in Germany where he served as a supply clerk and was granted early honorable release in 1969 for service overseas. In 1971, he met his lifelong partner Richard Kerr, in Eugene, OR. Richard and Ken lived in various cities in Oregon, in Arizona and in Idaho. Ken and his sister were exceptionally close and because of that special bond, when Sheila moved to Orofino, Ken and Richard were not far behind. They made their home in Orofino in 2000. Ken received his associates degree in Business Administration from Linn Benton Community College and over the years worked as a pharmacy technician at a veteran's hospital, as store manager at Safeway and Coast to Coast, city manager of Lowell, OR, and he helped Richard manage his upholstery business in Arizona. In Orofino, he worked as a psychiatric technician at State Hospital North and his last job was as well loved clerk at IGA.
Ken was a generous and kind man with a quick wit and a curious mind. He was a natural caretaker, always putting the comfort of others before himself and he was loved by all who knew him. Three days before his passing on Nov. 30, 2015, after 44 years of love and commitment, Ken and Richard were married in a ceremony at Clearwater Valley Hospital surrounded by compassionate and supportive caregivers. This final act to validate their love was a blessing to Ken and Richard and all who know and love them.
Ken was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Sheila McBride of Orofino; his grandfather, P.O. Kent and grandmother, Lydia Kent of Couelo, CA; his mother, Bernadine Mead of Garberville, CA; his father, Kenneth R Kent, of Shedd, OR; and a sister, Linda Lawrence of California.
Ken is survived by his devoted husband, Richard Kerr of Orofino, Idaho, three sisters, Janet Phurman, Shirley Smith and Kathy Atwell all of California, two brothers, Mike Mead and Arnie Mead also of California, special nieces and nephews belonging to Sheila include Ron Ropp of Portland, OR, Harvey Ropp of Oregon, Angel Saxon of Washington, Renee Kent Gardner of California and Jeffry Ropp of Orofino.
Cremation was performed by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. A celebration of Ken's life will be held Friday Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3296 on Michigan Ave. in Orofino.
Photo: Kenneth 'Ken' Mickey Kent
Jerrie Otto Ost, 73, Orofino
Jerrie Otto Ost passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at his home in Orofino. He was 73.
Jerrie was born June 19, 1942, in Helena, MT, to Otto Oscar and Lola V. Ost. He was the first-born, and had three sisters.
He grew up in Hamilton, MT, moved to Spokane, WA, during school, and settled in Orofino in 1964.
He married Patricia Wernecke in 1961, and they had two sons and a daughter. Jerrie started work with his father as a hod-carrier, and then a brick mason. He owned Ost Masonry and Orofino Coal Company. He built most of the fireplaces in Orofino and Pierce area.
He proceeded to be the plant operator at Riverside Water and Sewer District for 17 years before his retirement. Jerrie enjoyed this Harley Davidson motorcycles and loved to tell stories of his adventures on the Harley. Working on and repairing Volkswagens was his favorite hobby.
He also loved camping, hunting, and getting wood for the winter.
Jerrie is survived by: his wife, Patty; a son, Tony Ost; a daughter, Leann Hubbard; four grandchildren, Kara Ost, Michelle Ost, Samantha Hubbard, and Kennedy Hubbard; and two sisters, Joy Douthitt and Lexie Bradley.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; a son, Scot Ost; and a sister, Gaye Rauenzahn.
A memorial service will be at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to charity of your choice.
Mountain View Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Photo: Jerri Otto Ost
Launie Ray Sorrels, 70, Orofino
Launie Ray Sorrels, 70, Orofino, passed away Nov. 26, 2015.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in caring for arrangements.
Daniel Lawrence Sandoval, 34, Lenore
Daniel Lawrence Sandoval, 34, of Lenore passed away Nov. 25, 2015.
Graveside services will be held Friday Dec. 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Weippe. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dean Sazma, 79, Orofino
Dean Sazma was born Feb. 17, 1936, the fourth child born to Alpert and Helen Sazma. He joined three sisters who adored him Margaret, Alice and Gladys.
He graduated from Mason City, Iowa, and began a lifelong career in the U.S. Forest Service. He started with the trail crew in 1956 and worked his way up to the Budget and Finance and fire control, retiring in 1992.
Dean married the love of his life, Hazel Fleming, on Sept. 28, 1963. They were blessed with a son David Allen in September of 1969. He passed away in November of 1975.
Dean and Hazel loved spending time in the woods and on the water. They spent many days in the back water of Minnesota canoeing and backpacking with their close friends, Denny and Torche Yates.
Dean loved working with wood making cabinets for many people here in the valley. He was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witness in 2005.
Dean will be missed so much for his sense of humor and always being 'peachy keeny'. We would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Singh for the wonderful care.
Services for Dean will be held Sunday Nov. 29 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 120 Randal Orofino, Idaho. A reception will follow and Speaking will be Jerry Hall.
Photo: Dean Sazma
Marjorie Minna (Eberhardt) Lunders, 71, Elk River
About 4 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2015, surrounded by her adoring family, one of the brightest human lights of their lives departed to join her heavenly family and the God she believed was expecting her, the God Who has become accustomed to being addressed by the opening words of her daily prayers, "Thank You, Father, for Your love..."
Marjorie Minna (Eberhardt) Lunders was born at White's hospital in Lewiston, Idaho, on August 15, 1944, to Bernard Joseph and D'Alice May (Hollingsworth) Eberhardt. Her "growing up" years were spent on the family farm on Eberhardt Road just up river from Lenore, Idaho, where she acquired the many skills of motherhood working in the home and kitchen of her own capable mother, canning and preserving tons of fruit and vegetables, hunting, butchering, and preserving both wild and domestic animals, gardening, cooking large and delicious meals for family and friends, swimming in the trout pond, catching and eating the dumber trout!
Marge's early schooling took place in a one-room school at Lenore, with her transferring to Lapwai through 11th grade and finishing her senior year at Lewiston after her parents left the farm in 1961 and moved to Lewiston. Her husband to be, R. (Roger) Keith Lunders had fallen hopelessly for the brown eyed beauty while sharing classes at Lapwai and welcomed the decreased mileage and transportation costs involved in a simple date, since he lived much closer to Lewiston than Lenore. She completed her formal education with a year of beauty school, never working as a beautician, yet freely sharing her talents with friends and family.
One thing led to another, "going steady" led to "engaged", "engaged" led to a Nov. 10, 1962 date at a church altar where vows, rings, and "I do's" were exchanged which held them together "til death do us part", which in their case was 53 years and 3 days. Prior to their wedding the pastor who married Keith and Marge asked if he could pray for them. Little did they suspect then the impact that Godly man's petitions would have on them and their offspring, as both experienced life-changing conversions within a few months. From that day, they endeavored to make Christ the center of their home.
Over the years, Marge and Keith lived in various locations, eventually settling in Elk River in 1977. They owned and operated a small manufacturing business of which Marge was an indispensible part, doing the bookkeeping, taking orders, assembling the products and whatever else needed to be done. All of this was in addition to her running the family home, canning, baking and caring for her family.
After God, her family was the focus of Marge's life, there being no sacrifice too great for any of them. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, R. (Roger) Keith Lunders of Elk River; Eldridge Mark Lunders (Sheila) of Troy, Valorie Jean (Dionicio) Rios of Troy, Connie Sue (Eldin) Arauz of Orofino and Jeffrey Keith (Brook) Lunders of Lewiston.
Additionally, all who lovingly called her "Grandma" and whom she lovingly claimed for her own are listed in order of age: Jon Schaper, Benjamin Lunders, Jamie Lunders, Conn Evans, Wyatt Lunders, Seth Lunders, Ryder Sams, Morgan Sams, Kanna Evans, Abigail Lunders, and Aspyn Lunders.
Marge's final days were marked by a most remarkable courage that has greatly aided her family and friends in coping with her passing. A typical example was her informing Keith very early that it was her choice and hers alone not to resort to heroics in fighting the disease (cancer) that would ravage her body. She took full responsibility for her decision because "I don't want anyone to be on a guilt trip no matter how it comes out". She lived her convictions to the very end, freely dispensing smiles and encouragement to all who crossed her path. Her choices gave her family the liberty to just enjoy whatever time she had - making the most of each moment with her. Until the last few weeks before her passing she never had a bad day and enjoyed near perfect health for most of the 10 months she lived after her cancer diagnosis.
We sorrow not as others who have no hope!
If possible please join friends and family for a memorial celebration of Marge's life at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at Trinity Baptist Church, 711 Fairview Drive, Moscow. If not possible, please rest assured that Marge will be the most understanding person there. A covered dish dinner will follow the services.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Elk River Community Bible Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel and viewing will be on Thursday from noon until 8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.
Photos: Marjorie Minna (Eberhardt) Lunders
Karlene K. Stewart, 66, Kooskia
Karlene K. Stewart, 66, Kooskia, passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Orofino.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are in charge of arrangements.
Tamara Lynn Reynolds, 60, formerly of Pierce
Tamara Lynn Reynolds, age 60, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at home on Grouse Flats, near Troy, OR, after a long illness. Her husband, Darrell, was by her side.
Tammie was born Sept. 15, 1955, in Twin Falls, to Valdi (Francis) and Kenneth Bullock. She grew up in Pierce, attending grade school there and high school at Timberline. She met and married James Reynolds in 1971. They raised three daughters and one son in the Pierce area. Tammie stayed home to be with her children when they were young. James and Tammie later divorced. On Aug. 26, 1984, she married Darrell Reynolds in Lewiston, where they lived for several years. In 1994, she and Darrell moved to the family farm on Grouse Flats, north of Troy, OR.
Tammie loved to do crafts. She made beautiful dolls and painted beautiful wooden ornamental figures that were cherished by all who received them. She also loved to cook for family and friends. She worked at times as a waitress and cook in local restaurants where she lived. She also worked as a shuttle person for rafters and boaters on the Grande Ronde River before she became ill.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell; and her children, Kenner (Lori) Reynolds of Lewiston, Tina Supak of Weippe, Tanya (Mike) Howington of Nezperce and Sondra (Sean) Burger of Yorktown, VA; as well as nine grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Pam Richel and Wendy (Ken) Tinsley of Lewiston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Valdi and Kenneth; a younger brother, Kenneth Jr. (Bobe); and an infant sister, Rhonda.
The family has chosen to only have a graveside service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Cemetery on Grouse Flats, officiated by Pastor Gary Parr. At 1 p.m. Sunday, there will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Tammie's life with a side dish covered-dish dinner at her son Kenner's home, 1040 Hemlock Drive in Lewiston.
Arrangements were made by Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston.
Flowers can be sent to Merchant Funeral Home. If considering donations in Tammie's memory, make them to a charity of your choice.
Photo: Tamara Lynn Reynolds
Todd Ebsen Boston passed away suddenly Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at his favorite place on Earth, where his family ties run for more than a century, at Grouse Flat, OR, while doing one of his most beloved activities - hunting for elk.
Todd was born Aug. 29, 1963, in Lewiston. Todd lived for the most part of his life in Clarkston and Troy, Ore. He attended grade school through high school in Clarkston, graduating in 1981. He also attended Wenatchee Valley Community College, where he played football.
Todd worked in farming and ranching, construction, electronics manufacturing and most recently at Costco in Clarkston, WA.
A true outdoorsman, Todd spent his spare time on Grouse Flat to hunt, fish and enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife. He cherished his time being with family in participating in these activities and wonders of the great outdoors. His heart was open to all and his infectious joy for family and friends influenced the lives of many.
Todd is survived by his parents, Paula Ebsen of Clarkston and Clarence Boston of Terrebone, OR; brother Terry Boston (Tammey) of Pullman, WA; nephews, Chase Boston of Madison, WI, and Drew Boston of Kennewick, WA; aunts, Norma Lovelady of Asotin, WA, and Pam (Rich) Earp of Lenore; and many cousins throughout the Pacific Northwest.
His sister, Taunia, preceded him in death in 1976. He was also preceded in death by grandparents Joe and Ellen Ebsen of Asotin, and Dewey and Anna Boston of Troy, OR.
Graveside services for family will occur privately. A celebration of life for Todd will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Bennett Pavilion at the Asotin County Fairgrounds, on Second Street in Asotin. A lunch will follow the celebration. In lieu of flowers, please provide memorial gifts to a favorite charity.
Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston is handling arrangements.
Photo: Todd Ebsen Boston
Vestal Hunt, 85, formerly of Cardiff Spur
After a valiant fight to get out of the hospital and into her own home, where she was surrounded by expansive views and her husband of 69 years, Vestal went home to be with her Lord and Savior. She died because of pulmonary fibrosis on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The oldest of five children, Vestal Dolores was born June 6, 1929, in Stigler, OK, to Effie and Earl Cantrell.
Vestal was always a hard worker. As a young girl, she picked cotton and worked in a restaurant. When she was a teenager, she traveled to Idaho to be a flunky at Camp 60 logging camp behind Headquarters. Here, she met the love of her life, Alfred Henry Hunt. After a short courtship, they married in Arkansas in 1946.
They moved around a bit before they eventually made their home in Cardiff Spur, between Pierce and Headquarters. They owned and operated Hunt Oil company, a gas station and bulk plant, for 22 years.
They had three children, Sharon, Arthur (Teresa) and Bruce (Bonnie); seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was always up for anything, which included changing big-rig tires at the station, chopping wood and she even delivered a calf by herself while Alfred was out fishing.
The couple retired in 1986 and moved to Lewiston, where they started a ranch. They had horses, chickens, cows and even cared for some miniature horses. Vestal loved camping, riding four-wheelers, spending time with family and most of all, she loved golf. She won many tournaments, had a hole-in-one and was club champion several times.
She also enjoyed hunting and often outshot the men. Vestal's love of travel took her many places, including most of the United States, Alaska and an unforgettable trip to the Holy Land. With her love of the Lord, Vestal and Alfred started many churches in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. Vestal had extensive knowledge of the Bible from reading and studying it daily. She had a servant's heart and treasured any gift she received, no matter how small.
Vestal was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lewis-Clark Valley Baptist Church.
There will be a viewing from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston. Lunch will be provided at the church.
Photo: Vestal Hunt
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Bill G. Ewing, passed away suddenly Thursday morning, Nov. 5, 2015. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. Bill was born May 18, 1935, in Republic, MO, the second son of Regis "Curly" and Alma Ewing. Following the construction business, his parents relocated the family to the Northwest, and his love for the outdoors began.
Bill had been previously married and divorced, and he was blessed with four beautiful children whom he loved dearly. In 1969, Bill met the love of his life, Bonnie, in Orofino, and they married in 1974 in Clarkston. Between the two, they combined his children with her three to make a large and loving family that for decades went on numerous camping, fishing and hunting trips together. These times were special and hold memories for us all. He was our moral compass and taught us how to enjoy life and appreciate family.
He spent his career following big construction jobs, including working at McNary, Dworshak and Lower Granite dams, then later was transferred to South America for the construction of the Consorcio Turimiquire Dam. This was an awesome experience for the family as they resided in Playa Colorada, Venezuela, for several years.
After his retirement, he became involved with several organizations, was a past member of the Nez Perce Mounted Sheriff's Posse and affiliated with the Chief Joseph Foundation (CJF) through his wife, Bonnie. For the past 26 years he has voluntarily maintained the CJF herd on a daily basis and assisted with their youth riding program. He was also very proud of the breeding program of their own Appaloosa horses, and he sold a beautiful Appaloosa mare to actor Richard Gere. Numerous horses were sold to buyers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
His loving wife Bonnie survives him at the family home near Jacques Spur; as do sons, Mike Ewing of Lewiston, Mitchell Ewing of Redmond, OR, Bob (Cheryl) Samuels of Lapwai, and Melvin Samuels of Sanford, ME; daughters Marci (Reid) Littell of Lewiston and Dawn (Robert) Johnson of Lapwai; sister Linda Ewing-Wilks; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and all those who lovingly called him "Papa Bill"; in addition to all of his friends and acquaintances at the Clearwater River Casino, where he loved to unwind and visit with each of you.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Curly and Alma Ewing; brother Bob Ewing; son Mark Ewing; grandson Larry "Sonny" or "LG" Greene III; and sisters Wanda Ewing, Loretta Brown, Mya Bushkala and Kathy Stewart.
A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., in Lewiston. A potluck will follow the service.
Pete Paul Kubicek, 87, formerly of Orofino
Pete Paul Kubicek was born Nov. 11, 1923, to John and Clara Kutach Kubicek, and passed away from cancer Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
His grandparents emigrated from Czechoslovakia and settled in Moulton, TX.
Times were tough during the Great Depression, so Pete and his twin brother left school after the eighth grade to work and help feed the family. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in New Mexico at age 16, and then was drafted into the U.S. Army at age 18. He served in five campaigns during World War II, including Normandy. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Orofino to work in the lumber mill in Ahsahka. Upon its closure in 1976, he transferred to the Potlatch Corp. mill in Lewiston, where he retired in 1985.
He married Nadean Schubach on Nov. 19, 1949, and they were happily married for 48 years, until her death on July 11, 1998.
He married Leona Trent in 1999 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 2010.
Pete was an avid fisherman, smoked a mean steelhead and cherished his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska for halibut. He was very active in bowling for many years, participating in leagues and state championships.
Pete was committed to his participation in the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization and received an award for man of the year.
He enjoyed gardening and gracing his neighbors with gifts of oversized zucchini in their mailboxes.
Pete's mind remained sharp as a tack and he loved a good debate on sports and politics with whomever was up for the challenge.
Pete was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Johnny; and sister, Rosie.
Surviving him are sister, Willie Mae Pechacek; twin brother, Ben Kubicek; brother, Joe Pilat; and niece, Rose Marie Warren, all from Texas. Also surviving are his in-laws, Bill and Prudy Schubach, Yvonne Schubach and June Pomerinke; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Pete especially leaves behind his niece, Karen Michael, who was like a daughter to him and Nadean.
The family would like to thank Bob and Myrna Roskam, and Rob and Bernie Koppel for their many years of wonderful friendship. We would also like to thank Juniper Meadows for giving Pete a great home for two years, and to Kindred Care Center and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Hospice for their loving care during his final weeks.
A service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local VFW or St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Hospice.
Photo: Pete Paul Kubicek
Valerie Patricia Patrick, 83, Orofino
Valerie Patricia Patrick, 83, Orofino, passed away Nov. 1, 2015 in her Orofino, Idaho home.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lorraine L. Slichter, 75, Pierce High grad
Born July 12, 1940, in Twin Falls, Lorraine was the sixth of eight children born to Herbert and Shirley Anderson. She spent the majority of her life in the Pierce area, graduating from Pierce High in 1958.
She excelled in basketball and telling jokes.
She married Charles Billups in 1959. They raised four kids as they traveled the country. In 1965, they returned to the Pierce area as their oldest, Chet, became old enough to start school. After a short time at Townsite 4, the family moved to Whispering Pines, where Lorraine remained in the same home for 50 years, raising lots of kids and a little hell now and then.
In 1972, Lorraine married Ronald Slichter. This relationship brought forth Ronnie Sam, who is a treasured gift to the whole family.
Grandkids started arriving in 1979, bringing Mom great joy and lots of love until her passing.
"Rainy," as most knew her, passed from this world Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, and into one free of the pain and the lung disease that had plagued her for some time. She was at peace and ready to go when the time came. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is what she sang as the time was drawing near.
While most called her "Rainy" or "Rainy-Do," many called her 'Mom'. She was a great listener and never judgmental. Those traits, her terrific work ethic and her sense of humor made her the best bartender around. "Get it down and get it workin'," was her trademark saying. Though tending bar "drove her to drink" (her words), she loved the interaction and the opportunity to pull a prank or two - some of which are legendary. She was a people person, and that is probably why she enjoyed bartending over work in the plywood plant, at Dworshak Fish Hatchery and for Columbia Helicopter.
Aside from her work, Rainy enjoyed softball while in her prime, playing at a high level for many years. She was a tremendous athlete who could hold her own on any field of play. She even possessed trophies for arm wrestling and proved hard to pin into her 70s.
More than anything, Mom loved to make people laugh. Gatherings with family and friends were always a laugh fest. She loved to share a song. Singing karaoke with her friends was a treat for all. Granddaughter Jackie Jo Isbelle is cut from the same cloth and shared many of those times with "Grawma."
Her family and friends will miss her dearly. She is survived by four sons, Chet and Debbie Billups of Pierce, Greg and Lynette Billups of Weippe, Todd and Chrissie of Post Falls, Idaho, and Ronnie and Angie Slichter of Portland, OR; a daughter, Tammi, who rarely left her side during her illness (and Jim) of Portland; OR, and always helpful daughter-in-law, Jennifer Billups of Pierce. Mom would want to mention Scott Smith of Pierce as like a son as well.
She was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
She leaves a sister, Betty Lou Jennings; and brother, David Anderson of Reno, NV, who brought much love and care to the family during Mom's last days. She is also survived by the love of her life, husband Ron; and Ron's sister, Kathleen Vopat, was also a great comfort to Mom. Many dear friends will miss her - most notably Debbie Troutwine of Lewiston and Myrna Ely of Pierce.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Donna Jean, Alice and Helen; and brothers Herb and John.
Mom was respected and loved. She was deeply honored to serve as grand marshal for the 1860 Days parade. She loved Pierce, America, and its residents as much as they loved her. Folks near and far know Rainy, and all are invited to pay respects and share a memory or two at a memorial service at noon Nov. 14 at the Pierce Community Center. A meal and short graveside service will follow.
Memorials may be sent to the White Pine Credit Union, Main Street, Pierce, ID 83546, in Mom's name to go toward expenses and to local charitable causes.
Photo: Lorraine L. Slichter
Oliver Wayne 'Perk' Perkins. 90, Orofino
Oliver Wayne Perkins, 'Perk' died peacefully at home at the age of 90 Oct. 21, 2015. His parents were Vergie (Snyder) and Jerry Perkins of Fraser. He had five siblings.
After high school, Oliver worked and then joined the Army Air Force. At this time, he married Theda Mae Dirrim and had two children Kerry and Denise. They moved to the Grand Coulee, WA, area where Oliver began his trucking career.
In 1963, after divorcing, Oliver returned to his Idaho roots and worked in the logging industry. He met and married Doris Corder and had one step-son, Mike Corder. They lived in Grangeville until Wayne's retirement.
Following Doris's death, Oliver met Lois (Myers) Moore, his partner in life. They resided in Orofino until his passing.
Perk was known for his generous heart and giving spirit. His sense of humor was appreciated and he was an all-around good guy. He had many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren steps and friends who loved him dearly.
He will be missed. Services will be Thursday, Oct. 29. A military interment will take place at 10 a.m. at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville followed by a Celebration of Life at Brookside Landing at 1:30 p.m.
Photo: Oliver Wayne 'Perk" Perkins
Evalona Mae (McGee) Moser Woerman, 97, born near Orofino
Evalona Mae (McGee) Moser Woerman, 97, passed away at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow on Oct. 16, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene and burial will follow at St. Gall Catholic Cemetery in Colton, WA. Viewing will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Evalona was born on March 11, 1918 near Orofino, Idaho to Charles S. and Mary Ann (Scharbach) McGee. Her father died during the flu epidemic of 1918 when she was only 9 months old and she was raised by her mother and stepfather, August Kopf, on a farm near Colton. She attended Bald Butte School and graduated from Colton High School.
She married Roy Moser on June 18, 1940 and they made their home in Colton. Evalona worked for many years as a cook for the Colton School District. After retirement, she and Roy enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren as well as camping and fishing. Roy passed away Oct. 24, 1982.
On May 12, 1990, Evalona married Elray Woerman. They eloped to Coeur d' Alene where they were married at a Lutheran church and then sent notes to their children that they had married. They were active in the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers and enjoyed traveling in their motorhome to Nebraska and many fiddle exhibitions. Elray passed away on March 7, 2005.
In 2006, Evalona moved to Good Samaritan Village in Moscow and lived independently in her apartment until her passing. She enjoyed visiting family, setting up and completing jigsaw puzzles with her friends and listening to the Old Time Fiddlers.
She is survived by her son, Duane (Jeanne) Moser; daughters, Vickie (Ron) Loomis, Shirlene (Mike) Weeks and Linda Weeks; her stepchildren, Allyn (Linda) Woerman, Wendy (Dale) Ridenour and Mark (Dolly) Woerman; as well as her brother, Larry (Rosemary) Kopf. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her two spouses, Evalona was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one infant granddaughter. Memorial contributions in Evalona's honor are suggested to Palouse Care Network, 1515 West A Street in Moscow or to a charity of your choice.
Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kimballfh.com.
Photo: Evalona Mae (McGee) Moser Woerman
Larry Dean Newbury passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, at the age of 74.
Dean was born April 13, 1941, to Golda Marie (Newbury) Lisignoli in Greenfield, Iowa. He moved with his mother and grandparents to California, where he grew up and went to school. He graduated in 1960 from Analy High School in Sebastopol, CA.
Dean joined the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and was stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California as a jet refueler. He was honorably discharged in 1964 after two and a half years of service.
Dean loved cars and began his long career as a repairman in Santa Rosa, CA. While in California, he met and married Sharon Margaret Bradley on Sept. 28, 1968, at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church in Sebastopol. They had two daughters there before the family moved to Pierce in 1973, where he worked at the Jaype Mill. In 1975, he returned to auto repair in Orofino at A1 Body Shop. Dean and his family moved to Lewiston in 1977 and he retired after 43 years of auto body work in 2005.
Dean was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and the Valley Vintage Car Club. He also enjoyed camping and four-wheeling in the North Fork area of the Clearwater River. Dean loved collecting old cars, beer steins and Jeff Gordon memorabilia. The only thing that rivaled his love of cars was his passion for NASCAR.
Dean is survived by his wife, Sharon Newbury; daughters Tina (Darryl) Smith and Lauri (Steve) Hayes; and grandchildren Clinton Newbury, Brandon Smith, Ashley Hayes and Kendra Hayes.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Johnny Lisignoli; and mother Marie Lisignoli.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association.
Photo: Larry Dean Newbury
Raymond F. 'Ray' Coon, 90, long-time local logger
Raymond F. 'Ray' Coon, a longtime Idaho logging contractor, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA at the age of 90.
He was born to Ira Pearl Coon and Mamie Vianna (Quinn) Coon on Nov. 27, 1924, in Lewiston, the youngest of six children.
His family first farmed at Central Ridge in Idaho. His father sold the farm and moved to Clarkston, WA, in order to pursue a career in car sales with his uncle, Pres Regan. Ray was born at Lewiston and lived in Clarkston until about the age of six, when the family purchased another farm in the Melrose area near Peck. His father passed away when he was 11.
He received his elementary education at the Garner School, then graduated from Peck High School in 1942. He enjoyed playing basketball and making mischief, such as the time the boys rigged the bell to ring in the adjoining classroom to irritate the adjoining classroom teacher.
He attended his last "Peck Breakfast" Oct. 3, with his two remaining classmates, Lee Owens and Wally Rugg.
After high school, he enlisted in the Marines. He was part of the 9th Marine 3rd Division that was sent to Iwo Jima and Guam during World War II. He received a Purple Heart for his service. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship with his "Foxhole Buddy" George Schaer of Connecticut. They were able to have one last visit in September.
After his military service, he married Isobel Garner, the neighbor girl and sister of his best friend, Allan Garner. That was obviously the best decision he ever made. Although she was generally a silent partner, she made everything work in the background from keeping the books to cooking for the crews and raising the kids.
Her ability to stretch a dollar helped ensure success. She was a great listener and always welcomed guests to the table. She was famous for her baked goods that she shared with the crews.
They were married in Lewiston on Oct. 9, 1949. They raised four children, Janice (Ron) Hartig, Jo Coon, Dawn (Mike) Quigley and Dave (Carla) Coon. They have seven grandchildren, Jeremy Hartig, Vianna (Bejay) Marshall, Gib (Melissa), Garner, Denver and Derrick Quigley, Matt Coon.
Ray has four great-grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren, and one very special dog named Cher, who was his constant companion.
He returned to the family farm temporarily until he was able to purchase a military surplus TD-14 Caterpillar and began his construction career building ponds in the region. In 1952, he began logging with Clint Graham in the Big Canyon area hauling logs to Smith and Nelson's Pataha Lumber Co. Later, Ray and Isobel bought out Clint's share and continued logging as R.F. Coon Logging.
They logged for Twin Feathers Mill (Potlatch) near Kamiah before moving to Pierce in 1965, when Jaype Mill opened. His good friend Dean Huffman was a part of the business early on, and was joined by nephew, Kenny Coon, when they formed R.F. Coon Logging, Inc. They typically employed upwards of 60 employees.
Ray was a logging contractor for more than 60 years. Ray took great pride in his crews and their accomplishments and was pleased when his crew was featured in Loggers World magazine two times. He was a strong voice for land stewardship and was an original member of the Forest Practices Act receiving the Forest Products Commission's Crown Award.
He was one of the founding members of the Associated Logging Contractors, formed to help independent loggers have a united voice when dealing with contracts and legislative issues.
He served as president of ALC and was a founding board member of the Associated Loggers Exchange providing workman's compensation at a reasonable cost, a position he still held. He was looking forward to the 50th anniversary celebration of the ALC which would take place in April 2016.
Throughout his life, Ray had a love of Caterpillar tractors. He collected nearly every model of antique Caterpillar farm crawler tractor made. He developed a friendship with Ted Billups who assisted with restoration work.
Ray was an early member of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club and Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club and enjoyed watching equipment run at threshing bees, parades and fairs. He was especially proud of Isobel's Rumely Oil Pull that he had Ted restore from the ground up. It has been driven in many parades in the area along with some of Ray's restored antique Cats.
Ray's oldest brother, Bill, restored a Model T Ford for him in the 70s, and Ray nearly had completed restoring a Model A since moving to Lewiston. He always tried to make old things run again and would often repair toys for the great-grandchildren.
He saw the value in old parts and it was hard to see those parts sold for scrap, always hoping the right person would come along that needed just that part.
He loved the development of new equipment and revisions to the old, he converted his 550 John Deere tractor into a high drive. His close friend Bill Maki developed his original Maki carriage used for line skidding in Ray's shop.
Ray was a major supporter of the J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum which his longtime friend Bob Allen created. Ray spent time and money disassembling the Whiskey Butte lookout to add to the museum but was stymied by the inability to provide liability insurance to have it on display. He was recognized by the museum with a special photo pin in 2015 which he considered a great honor.
Ray was a member of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association advisory board for many years. He served on the Pierce City Council for one term. He was a supporter of Pierce and Timberline scholarships and athletics, the Pierce Community Center, the Sixth Grade Forestry Tour, 4-H, and Bald Mountain Ski Hill, where he provided the snowplowing for many years and equipment to improve the ski runs. He was a member of the Elks and the Veteran of Foreign Wars.
Ray was preceded in death in 2010 by his wife of 60 years, Isobel; his parents, Ira and Mamie; his brothers, William A. 'Bill' Coon, Clifford Coon, Marion 'Bud' Coon; and sisters Ella Hunter, and Eva Skeels.
The family wishes to acknowledge and express appreciation to all the people who were part of Ray and Isobel's lives. The loyalty and dedication of their logging crews and the lifelong friendships of people in the "6C" area made for a life well lived.
A memorial service in honor of Ray and Isobel will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hill Drive, Lewiston.
The family suggests memorials in honor of Ray to the J. Howard Bradbury Museum in Box 307, Pierce, ID 83546 or the ALC Office Renovation Fund, Box 671, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816.
Photo: Raymond F. 'Ray' Coon
Paul Mickey Jackson, 81, Weippe, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at the Life Care Center in Lewiston, of natural causes. Mick was born May 4, 1934, to Paul and Irene Jackson in St. Edward, NE. When he was three years old, the family left Nebraska and headed to Idaho to make a new life. They settled in Fraser, where Mick would farm and ranch for the rest of his life. He attended Cottonwood School in Fraser and graduated from Weippe High School in 1952.
After graduating from high school, he worked for the highway district, did some logging and worked on the family farm. In 1957, he answered the call of duty for the U.S. Army to serve in Korea. He remained in Korea for two years. While there, he received letters from a childhood friend, whom he would fall in love with and marry when he returned home.
On May 3, 1959, he married the love of his life, Darlene Justus. The two were married in Clarkston, WA, and moved to Three Mile Road outside of Weippe to start their life together farming and ranching. During this time, Mick also worked in the shop at Schmidt Mill and was a logger. In the 51 years he and Darlene were married, they raised three children, Mike, Mark and Tammy.
He took pride in his farming and ranching, caring for the land and his cattle. In 1989, he received an award from the Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District.
Mick was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Irene Jackson; and his darling, Darlene.
He is survived by his brother, Bill Jackson; sons Mike (Linda) Jackson and Mark (Angie) Jackson; his daughter, Tammy (Jaime) Ward; grandchildren Cheyenne Sterck, Mickey Jackson, Trevor and Hailey Ward, and Dakota and Mickala Jackson; an "adopted" granddaughter, Jessica Corsi; and two great-grandchildren, GraceLyn and Jackson Thornton.
Mick will be remembered for his hard work and humor. He loved to make everyone laugh. He was admired by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, with a graveside service to follow at 3 p.m. at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
Photos: Paul Mickey Jackson
Edward Ernest Krueger passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the age of 72.
Edward was born Oct. 13, 1943, in Pasco, WA, to Edward Paul and Nellouise (German) Kreuger. He grew up in Winchester and attended schools there. Edward worked for the mill in Winchester until its closure. He then went on to work for the Jaype Mill in Pierce. Edward was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam as a tank operator. He received numerous medals for his service, including the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged in 1971.
Edward enjoyed fishing and woodcutting, but his main pleasure was his love of his nieces and nephews, whom he showered with gifts. At any family gathering you could always tell that Edward was there by the buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He also loved his new trucks and cars.
Edward is survived by his siblings, Harold Krueger of Lewiston, Alfreda Simpson of Woodbridge, VA, Charles Krueger of Camano Island, WA, Melvin Krueger of Helena, MT, Thelma Bishop of Deer Lodge, MT., Alan Lutes of Clarkston, WA, Mary Kay Lutes of Moyie Springs, ID, and Walt Krueger of Pomeroy, WA.
He was preceded in death by brothers James and Howard Krueger; father, Edward Krueger; mother, Nellouise Krueger; and stepmother, Elizabeth Krueger.
Edward requested no services and he has been inurned at the veterans' memorial at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Photo: Edward Ernest Krueger
Katherine A. LuPole , 64, formerly of Weippe
Katherine A. LuPole passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at home of lung cancer.
She was born Dec. 31, 1950, in Syracuse, NY, to Jim and Mabel LuPole.
When Kathy was a year old, they moved to Lewiston, where her sister, Mary, was born. The family then moved to Orofino, where Kathy started the first grade. The family moved to Weippe, where Kathy finished her schooling with a General Educational Development diploma in 1971.
She went into the U.S. Army in 1974 and was discharged in 1976, having served in Vietnam. Kathy returned to Weippe and worked at Lackey Cedar Mill and also tended bar at the Lucky Inn.
Kathy met Jerry Brown in 1978 and they moved to Coeur d'Alene, where she worked making mousetraps. Kathy and Jerry moved to Pocatello, then on to Jackson Hole, WY, in 1984. They moved back to Lewiston in 1988 to see Jerry's grandson come into the world.
She worked for Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in the Lewiston Orchards from 1992 when it was Orchards Villa until July 2015, when her health started failing.
Her hobby was collecting movies. She had every John Wayne (her hero) movie ever made. Animals were a big part of Kathy's life. She left eight cats that will miss her a lot.
She is survived by Jerry; stepdaughter/sister, Tammy (Dave) O'Donnell; sister, Mary (Jerre) Fender; nephews, Beau, Joey, Cody, Kyle and Jefferey; nieces, Traci, Staci and Layla; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
The family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice for the excellent care of Kathy, and thank Brandon and Taylor for being such caring neighbors.
Kathy was preceded in death by her mom and dad; favorite Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Iva; and a good bud, Ted Brown.
There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino.
Photo: Katherine A. LuPole
Roy Lee Elliott Sr., 85, Dent Bridge ironworker
Our loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, co-worker and friend put his tool belt away for the last time Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, with his family at his side.
Roy Lee Elliott was born March 4, 1930, in Alamosa, CO, to Walter Benjamin Elliott and Elva Susan (Pittman) Elliott. He was raised in the small town of Mosca, CO, along with his sisters, Vera, Lila, Edith and Bertha, and his brothers Lyle and Kenneth. His parents passed away many years ago, and of his six siblings, only his baby sister, Bertha, has survived him, living in Denver with her husband, Gordon Meisner.
Roy met the love of his live, Twyla Faye King, in 1948, just after he had graduated from high school. She was still a junior at the time. They eloped and were married on June 27, 1950, in Santa Fe, NM. From there, they moved to Hale Center, TX, where he worked for the county road department, operating heavy equipment. He became Roy Elliott Sr. in November of 1951, when his first son, Roy Jr., was born. In the mid-50s, he and his little family moved to Farmington, NM, where his second son, Gary, was born in May 1960. It was around this time that he changed his vocation to the building trade, eventually becoming a structural ironworker. The knowledge, skills and insight he gained in 40-plus years in his chosen trade made him a valuable commodity throughout the country. His positions as a worker, teacher, mentor and supervisor amongst his ironworker brothers resulted in many moves for his family through the years. They "settled" in many places throughout the Western U.S. for varying periods of time, following construction jobs. There were many times that he would get the family settled, then "boom out" to find work.
In 1967, he moved his family for the last time, to Clarkston, WA, where his sons, Roy Jr. and his wife, Sandy, and Gary with his wife, Tracie, still live. Along with working his trade on local projects which included Dent Bridge, the "Someday" Bridge, Little Goose Dam and many others, including a stint on the Alaska pipeline, he pursued his other passion, farming, which he had learned as a boy growing up. I'm certain that there are many folks in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and surrounding area that remember Elliott's strawberries and especially Elliott's corn. Roy and Faye moved from the family home in 1983 out to the place at 10-Mile Creek, where they worked tirelessly to ensure all orders for berries and corn were filled. They gave up commercial farming in 1995 and moved back into their home in Clarkston.
Roy was devastated when, in June 1997, the love of his life was suddenly, unexpectedly, taken from him by a fatal brain aneurism. He still had his boys and their families for support though, and enough property to continue putting in a garden, mostly Elliott's corn, every year. He planted his last nine rows of corn this spring. That and three enormous tomato plants. He loved canning tomatoes.
Several years ago, he met Vivian Stuart and they remained close friends and loyal companions until 2013, when Vi, with Roy at her bedside holding her hand, passed away.
Along with his sons and their wives, Roy is survived, including Roy Jr.'s blended family, by nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandkids.
He is survived by Gary's children, April (Lewiston), Michael (stationed with the Navy in Panama City Beach, FL), and Molly, who lives in Lewiston with her husband, Trent.
He is also survived by Roy Jr.'s children, Angela with her husband, Greg, and their children, Kyle, Ben, Kendra and Mia of Yuma, AZ; Roy III, a Navy chief petty officer, with his wife, Delores, and their daughters, Kailien and Rhena, of Port Orchard, WA; Dominique and her fiance, Brandon of Boise; Lindsey, who also lives in Boise; Brandi Chapman, her husband Chuck and their children Caden, Alexis and Charlie of Clarkston; and Dustin Blankinship with his wife, Danielle and their boys, Carter and Sawyer, who live in Monroe, WA.
As you can imagine, with all of his siblings, Roy Sr. had many nieces and nephews that he thought the world of and who will miss him terribly.
There will be a celebration of Roy's life from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clarkston Eagles Lodge. His family hopes that his many friends will join us and share some of your stories and memories of him with us.
Photo: Roy Lee Elliott, Sr.
John Rustan, 75, Orofino
John Rustan, 75, Orofino, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at his residence at Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lois Jean Mehlhorn Moody, 85, Peck
Lois was born to Sylvia Jean Malone Mehlhorn and Oris Mehlhorn at her maternal grandmother's home in La Grande, OR, on May 26, 1930.
Lois graduated from St. Francis Academy in Baker City, OR. She graduated on May 28, 1948 in the morning and was married to Michael R Moody that evening in Walla Walla, WA. The early years of Mike and Lois were spent in Pine Valley, OR. They moved to Idaho to become trailer tramps before they purchased the Canyon Inn in Peck, Idaho. Lois and Mike owned and ran the Canyon Inn for 30 years.
Lois had three sons, George Michael, John Matthew and James Luke. She is preceded in death by her husband Mike; son, John; grandson, Jeff his wife Natalie; son, Jonathan and Craige Heilmar.
She is survived by son, George and wife Laurie; son, James Luke; daughter in-law, Sharalee Moody; sister, Eleanor Sullivan and family; brother, Walt Ebell and wife Diana and family; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and several friends.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Joseph's Family Hospice in Lewiston, ID. Rosary was on Sept. 10, 2015 at All Saints Church in Lewiston. There will be a potluck celebration of life at the Peck City Park, Main St, Peck Idaho on Oct. 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. If it is raining, the celebration will be moved to the Peck Community Center just up the road from the park.
Any questions, please contact Becky Colwell, 208-486-6881.
Photo: Lois Jean Mehlhorn Moody
Corinne Thompson, 74, State Hospital North nurse
On a cold winter night, Jan. 26, 1941, Corinne E. Flynn arrived at St. Joseph Hospital to Leo L. and Helen J. (Floch) Flynn. They bundled her up and took her to live on the Grande Ronde River at the foot of Shumaker Grade. It was there that she began her love of cattle.
When she was six, the family moved to Asotin Creek so she could start school. She was active in 4-H - sewing, cooking and livestock to take to the fair. Her steers earned grand champion in 1957 and 1958. In 1959, her next steer placed reserved champion. The same year, she felt honored to serve what is known now as the Asotin County Fair as the 1959 queen.
Corinne graduated from Asotin High School in 1959. The next week, she started X-ray technology training under the direction of radiologist Dr. Donald D. McRoberts. She completed that two-year study and received her registry in the summer of 1961. She also attended Lewis-Clark Normal School and received a two-year associate degree at the same time in 1961.
From there, Corinne went to work at State Hospital North in Orofino in June 1961. She arrived in time to design the new X-ray technology lab.
On Feb. 10, 1962, she married Harold C. Thompson and moved up to the Steve Black Smoothing Iron Ranch, where her husband was employed by Lloyd West. "Back to cattle country," she would say. In 1963, her husband was injured and they moved back to the valley. She worked for Dr. Howard Earl, DDS, and the Asotin County Treasurer's Office when tax statements were all written by hand and there were only two people in the office - herself and the treasurer. Can you imagine?
During this time, Corinne attended Lewis-Clark State College at night and later full time. She graduated with a bachelor of science from Lewis-Clark State College in 1967.
Corinne became employed with the Lewis-Clark Early Child Education program in the fall of 1967. In 1973, she became employed with the Clarkston School District. She taught in the special education field for 17 years and then regular elementary education for 13 years. She retired in 2003. She then went back to full-time ranching, raising commercial cattle.
Corinne passed from this Earth on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, after a long and courageous battle against cancer, with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband, Harold; her daughter, Tamala Thompson of Asotin, WA; son Bryan Thompson (Jody) of Boise; six grandchildren; and brother, Carl (Debby) Flynn of Asotin.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
No services will be held per her request. Memorials may be sent to any animal shelter of one's choice; the Asotin County Historical Society; or a charity of choice. Merchant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Corinne Thompson
Clifton Smith died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at the Idaho State Veterans Home at Lewiston. He was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Orofino, to John and Eupha Whitworth Smith during the decade of American history known as "the Roaring '20s."
Cliff was five years old in 1927 when Charles A. Lindbergh made the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Early on, Cliff dreamed of becoming an aircraft mechanic. The family moved to Lewiston for a year before relocating to their permanent home in Winchester in 1927. A highlight of his early life was a family trip to Chicago in their 1935 Chevrolet. "I saw many interesting sights that will live in my memory forever," Dad recorded.
At 14, Dad's first car was a Model T Ford Coupe and the first thing he did was overhaul it. While in high school, Dad participated in basketball, football, drama class and he played trumpet in the school band, graduating in 1941. He then attended AERO Industries Technical Institute in California and completed a course in aircraft assembly. He worked for a time for Lockheed Aircraft Co. rigging tails on aircrafts - a dream come true.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Dec. 10, 1942, and spent 21 months in the European theater as a mechanic with the 613th Ordnance Base Armored Maintenance Battalion. Dad's boyhood experience with his father's automotive garage served himself and his country well.
On Sept. 24, 1946, Cliff married Loretta Lorentz in Cottonwood. The couple lived in Winchester and Lewiston before settling permanently in Grangeville by 1950, where Dad was employed at a car dealership, International Harvester dealership and at Ida Pine Sawmill, which later became Wicks Forest Industries, where he retired.
Loretta died on Oct. 20, 1987. Dad was remarried to Dolores Erne and this marriage ended in divorce.
Cliff and Loretta were blessed with six children. Ronnie, the oldest son, was killed in a car accident in 1964. Surviving children and grandchildren are Jim Smith and wife Patti (Josh and Whitney), Bob Smith (Shannon, Nathan and Brandon), Janet Thompson and Tim (Jason, Jennifer and Jackson), Karen Smith (Holly and Michaela), Rhonda Kirk and Michael (Landon, Cameron and RaeAnn). Cliff had 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Buford Smith of Payette.
Cremation has already taken place. A private family gravesite interment in Grangeville will take place at a later date.
Dad's service to his country was very important to him. Thank a veteran in his memory.
Photo: Clifton J. Smith
Peggy Lou Lange, 87, Orofino
Peggy Lou Lange was born April 12, 1928 To Coweta and Alfred Adkins in Osage County Oklahoma. She passed away in Orofino, Idaho on Sept. 24, 2015.
She grew up in Osage, OK. The family moved to California when Peggy was 14 years old. Peggy met and then later married Rudolph Henry Lange on May 8, 1944.
Peggy worked as a secretary for the Long Beach school district until retirement in 1981. While living in Long Beach, Peggy had three sons Robert (Bob) Gerald (Jerry) and Donald (Don).
Mom was a talented seamstress and cook. She designed beautiful clothes and shared with anyone who showed interest many wonderful recipes, which have become family treasures.
Some of her favorite pass times were spending time with her husband, kids and grandkids; road trips in her RV, camping, crochet and knitting.
She was preceded in death by her parents Coweta and Alfred; two sisters Alfreda (Alfy) J. Frick, (Terry) Brogan; an infant brother; and son, Jerry Lange.
She is survived by her husband, Rudy; sons Bob Lange and Don and Frances Lange; grandchildren, Josetta Lange, Diane and John Talley, Darla and Mark Torres, Jared and Amanda Lange, Alicia and Javier Concepci?n, Celine and Dan Reynold; and 14 great-great grandchildren, and lots of loving extended family.
Memorial contributions may be made to: NOSDA (No One Shall Die Alone) in care of Clearwater Valley Hospital or a church of your choice.
Moms' final care will be provided by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Graveside Services will take place on Oct. 2, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery with officiating by Pastor Hale Anderson.
Photo: Peggy Lou Lange
Peggy Lou Lange 87, Peck
Peggy Lou Lange 87, Peck, passed away Thursday Sept. 24, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.
Graveside services will be held Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Rocky Edmond Swartzfager, 22, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Rocky Edmond Swartzfager was born to John and Cindy Swartzfager on Aug. 31, 1993, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Heavenly Father sent his angels to bring Rocky home Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.
Rocky and his family spent six years in Pierce. Rocky loved to snowboard in the winter and loved riding his motorcycle all year long. After a house fire and living in a travel trailer, Rocky and his family moved to Clarkston, WA, in 2009. This is where Rocky attended Clarkston High School. Rocky graduated in 2013. He made lots of friends while in high school. Rocky loved spending time with his friends.
After graduating from high school, Rocky took a journey to Kenai, AK. He found a job making fisherman nets. He stayed in Kenai for three months, eventually coming back to Clarkston. He missed his good friends and family.
The love of his life will always be Cassandra Hollaway. He would visit her often in University Place, WA. He would always take his best friends Jacob Cole, Tristan Olson and Zac Stone.
Rocky was very talented. He wrote a book called May Sickness. He also wrote poems.
He moved into an apartment in June 2015. He lived with Jacob Cole, Mellisa Maus and the love of his life, Cassandra Hollaway. He loved living with his friends and had started to become independent.
Rocky loved his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed playing with them outside. He enjoyed playing with his little brother, Aaron.
He enjoyed having his little sister, Amy, come and visit him at his apartment. Rocky's big sister, Jessica, and Rocky worked at Howell Industries together and spent a lot of time getting to know each other. Rocky and his brother-in-law used to play cube and loved collecting Yu-Gi-Oh cards together. Rocky had many friends; at the time of his passing he lived at his apartment in Clarkston. Rocky was employed at Regence Insurance as a salesman.
He is survived by his father, John Curtis Swartzfager, and mother, Cindy Rae Swartzfager, of Clarkston; sisters, Jessica Ropp and Amy Swartzfager; brother, Aaron Swartzfager; brother-in-law, Jeff Ropp; uncle, Rick Swartzfager of Montana; nephews and nieces, Jayden, Jennifer, James and Journie, all of Clarkston; grandmother, Sylvia Jackson and family of Pennsylvania; and his girlfriend, Cassandra Hollaway of Clarkston; Monte Hollaway of University Place, WA; and Robert Higley and family and Joseph Witherup and family.
He was preceded in death by uncles, Frank Higley and John Higley; Grandpa Harry and Grandmother Betty; Grandpa Ed and Grandmother Helen; and many other relatives.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Merchant Funeral Home. A memorial service will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Clarkston.
Rocky was a great man who accomplished a lot in his short 22 years. He touched the lives of so many. He had lots of friends. He loved life and had many plans.
Rocky loved life and what life had to offer him. Rocky was taken from this world way too early. Rocky will be missed and loved by many.
John Franklin Leaton, 76, Orofino
John Franklin Leaton passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 at Clearwater Valley Hospital with his wife and girls nearby. He loved his family and being home in Orofino.
John was born the son of William D. Leaton and Margaret E. Oud Leaton on June 12, 1939 in Pocatello. He grew up in Kamiah with his sister, Mary Tattershall and brother, William Leaton. He learned his hard work ethic at his father's store, Kamiah Hardware and Supply, where he counted nuts and bolts for inventory and shoveled coal into the boiler in the winter. At age 16, he started working as a firefighter at Maggie Creek. He spent his freshman year of college at the University of Idaho in 1958, later transferring to Links College of Business in Boise where he met his wife-to-be. They first met in accounting class when John sat next to her. She was hoping he would be able to help her with her math skills. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While on leave on Feb. 8, 1962, he married Roberta Karleen Nicholson in Boise. They were married for 53 years.
John spent three years in the service in Fort Ord, CA, before moving to Orofino. He worked as a bookkeeper for Barnett Thompson Chevrolet for 37 years. He was an Orofino Golf Course board member and involved in the Lions Club. After retiring, he happily spent his days on the golf course in the garden or playing cribbage with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Karleen; three daughters, Margie (Larry) Wienkers of Bainbridge Island, WA, Jean (Martin) Evans of Walla Walla, WA, and Maila (John) DeAngelis of Orchard Park, NY; and seven grandchildren. He was Grandpa to Henry, Lindsay, Zachary, Devin, Claire, Noah and Kate, who were his pride and joy.
A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Photo: John Franklin Leaton
Paul Albert Johnson, 97
Paul Albert Johnson, 97, Kamiah, died Sunday, Sept, 13, 2015, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.
Paul Albert Johnson was born Aug. 14, 1918 in Helena, MT, to Albert "AR" and Sadie Soward Johnson. Paul was soon joined by two younger brothers, Robert and Lloyd. He graduated from high school, class of 1937, in Thompson Falls, MT and went to work for the Northern Pacific (NP) Railroad. While working for the NP he met a telegraph operator Dorothy "Abbie" Clark. He entered the Army in June 1944 and while training at Camp Gordon Johnson in Florida, Abbie traveled by train and they were married in Tallahasse, FL on Sept. 30, 1944. He was then stationed at Yokahama, Japan and Taclabon, Philippines as an electric welder in ship repair.
After the service he returned to work for the NP where he and Abbie lived in an outfit car which was a rail car converted to living quarters. Their eldest son Greg was born in June 1948 and after moving to 13 different locations in 18 months for the railroad it was time to find a permanent job location. He went to watch repair school at NIJC (North Idaho Junior College) in Coeur d'Alene, where their second son Neal joined the family in May 1951.
After graduation Paul went to work for Servatius Jewelry in Orofino. While in Orofino he was active in the Orofino Volunteer Fire Department. In 1960 Paul and Abbie purchased Jarty's Jewelry in Kamiah, and renamed it Johnson's Jewelry which they operated until 1984. After retirement Paul and Abbie enjoyed the outdoors including camping, riding 4-wheelers, their houseboat on the lake and going south for the winter which to them was going to McCall and downhill skiing. They also enjoyed their family cabin, Johnson's Little Jewel, on Mallard Creek near Dixie, which has become the favorite recreation place for the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
He was an active member of the Kamiah community having just receiving his 75-year pin from the Kamiah Masonic Lodge, a member of the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years and a long-time member of the Kamiah Kiwanis. He served on the loan committee for the Kamiah Community Credit Union for several years. He believed in giving back to the community that had been so good to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents AR and Sadie, his brothers, Robert and Lloyd; and his beloved wife of 70 years, Abbie. He is survived by his sons, Greg (Donna), Neal (Jeannie); four grandchildren, Tracy (Darin) Tucker, Brian (Sarah) Johnson, Jodi (Mike) Reidy, Jason (Kristy) Johnson; and nine great grandchildren, Savanah, Stephanie and Ryan Tucker, Jenna and Hanna Johnson, Paige and Dylan Reidy and Kole and Carter Johnson. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Philip (Mary) Clark and sister-in-law, Jean (Bill) Sage and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 at St Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah with light refreshments to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Kamiah Ambulance Service P.O. Box 951 Kamiah, ID or the Kamiah Fire Department P.O. Box 993 Kamiah, ID. 83536.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, ID.
Photo: Paul Albert Johnson
Glen Irvin Wilkins of Slate Creek, Idaho passed away Sept 13, 2015, one day short of his 82nd birthday. Memorial services will be held at his family home in Slate Creek, Friday, Sept 18. Family and friends are invited to remember Glen and his kind gentle nature. Charlie Stefani of the Pleasant View Baptist Church will officiate the services at 1 p.m. (Pacific Time).
Glen was born on the Camas Prairie Sept 14, 1933. He lived much of his childhood ranching on the breaks of the Salmon River and Weippe with his family. After serving in the Army where he was stationed in Germany from 1956-1958, he moved to Kamiah where he married his wife Jeanie Dec. 1, 1962. He worked as a truck driver and mechanic in Kamiah and Alaska. They later moved their young family to Slate Creek in 1975 where Glen was self-employed as an auto body/mechanic and jack-of-all-trades in the Slate Creek area. He put his many talents to good use at Slate Creek working on cars, helping family and friends, crafting tools, cannons, muzzle loaders, leather, walnut furniture and toys, and designing two log homes.
Glen wanted a large house by the creek so he built two log homes by the banks of Slate Creek. He used one as an auto body/mechanic shop for several years before retiring and remodeling it into a pleasant home for himself and Jeanie in 1989. They were married for 52 ? happy and rewarding years. His family enjoyed a comfortable life surrounded by Glen's creative woodworking talents and skilled creations in and around the home.
Glen enjoyed family time and "tinkering" with wood, tools, mechanics and automobiles and antiques. He never found a thing he couldn't fix or build a better one! He even fell, logged, peeled and placed all the logs for his homes by hand.
Glen is survived by his wife, Jeanie (Georgene Maynard Johnson Wilkins); his three children and spouses, Neal, Kevin, Laree, Shaun, Edward and three grandchildren, Seth, Kaleb, and Kaleala. Glen is also survived by his older brother, Don of Spokane area and his older sister, Lola Wilman Chavez of Orofino and numerous nieces and nephews. Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Rose Wilkins; his brothers, Doyle, Ray, and Gerald Wilkins and sisters -in-law, Lennis and Lori Helga Wilkins; and brother-in-law, Chuck Wilman.
Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
Photo: Glen Irvin Wilkins
Paul A. Johnson, 97
Paul A. Johnson, 97, Kamiah, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.
A Celebration of Life will be 1 p.m. Friday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah. Light Refreshments will follow in the Church Basement.
Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Bill 'Wicker' Schmadeka, 54
Bill 'Wicker' Schmadeka, 54, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, after a logging accident in the flood woods of Clearwater County.
Bill was born to Marshall Schmadeka and Georgia Ann Schmadeka on Nov. 25, 1960, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho. Bill, a lifelong resident, grew up in Grangeville with his siblings, Mike Wesley, Vickey Lea, John Taylor, Patty Ann and Kim Rae. Growing up he enjoyed football, wrestling and baseball. He graduated from Grangeville High School in 1979.
Bill began logging at age 10 with his father and brothers and continued to log the rest of his life. He used to say his favorite things were watching the sunrise, the smell of diesel and the sound of CATS starting. He was an equipment man and could run almost anything on the job (using the "Wicker Dictionary" when appropriate).
When he wasn't logging, Bill loved to fish for sturgeon and catfish at Rock Bar (where he, coincidentally, spent many nights sleeping on rocks). He passed this tradition on to his children, not just the fishing, but the "rock camping" as well. He took his sons hunting annually. He taught his boys not to trophy hunt, but to put meat on the table for their families.
Family was something Bill cared very much for; his children and grandchildren were the joy of his life. He was always willing to help someone, and would give the shirt off his back.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Marshall; his brother, Mike; his daughter, Amanda; and his brother-in-law, Kim Allen Gini. He is survived by his mother, Georgia; brother, John; sisters, Vickey, Patty, Kim; his six children, Danny, Tel, Seth, Kaitlin, Jessie Brooks, Tyler McDade; 13 grandchildren and his fianc?e, Tammy Hartman.
A graveside memorial will be held Friday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Idaho Cemetery with a potluck dinner at the Eagles to follow. The family will be wearing hickory shirts in honor of Bill and invite you to join them. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Blackmer Funeral Home. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Bill 'Wicker' Schmadeka, 54
Dwayne Thomas Brigham, 81
Dwayne Thomas Brigham passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. He was born to Ralph and Dorothy Brigham on Jan. 31, 1934, in Spearfish, SD.
He grew up in Custer, SD, and spent much of his youth exploring the Black Hills while hunting, camping and working on the family homestead. As a toddler, he lived for a summer in a tent with his parents and five siblings while his father worked on the roads leading to Mount Rushmore, which was under construction at the time.
He graduated from Custer High School in 1952 and enrolled at South Dakota State University to pursue a degree in engineering. During the summer, he worked deep in the forest at different fire lookouts, even Harney Peak, where he took his family on horseback many years later. His deep love of the outdoors led him to transfer to the University of Montana, where he studied forestry, was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and graduated in 1957.
Following graduation, he was hired by the U.S. Forest Service. He immensely enjoyed his time with this agency while leading firefighting teams out of Kalispell Bay at Priest Lake, Idaho, as well as many other projects in such places as the North Fork of the Clearwater River. He was transferred to Spokane, where his life was changed forever after meeting Shirley Ann Wilson in 1963. He quickly realized his good fortune and married Shirley one year later, becoming a father to her two young boys, Mark and Jim.
This new family soon moved to Clarkston, WA, and after a brief stint in insurance sales, Dwayne risked everything by opening the Red Steer Drive Inn in Lewiston. This led to more than four decades of successfully running restaurants, Mr. B's and Skipper's in Lewiston, a Skipper's in Moscow as well as other ventures. Dwayne and Shirley loved the business and especially loved giving hundreds of youth their first jobs in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
Dwayne lived most of his life in Lewiston with Shirley and his family. He was exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge, volunteered on various community boards and actively supported his children in many different youth sports. Much later in life, he retired to Clarkston, where he volunteered at the Inland Northwest Blood Center and was named volunteer of the year in 2012. He also kept busy reading, gardening, playing poker and enjoying a daily cigar while his dog Buddy lay by his side. Dwayne will be remembered as an intelligent man with a great sense of humor, a businessman who had a lot of fun, and more than anything, a dedicated and loving husband to Shirley and father to his children and many grandchildren and great-grandchild.
He is survived by his children, Mark (Dena) of Clarkston, Jim (Kelli) of Boise, Mary (Dave) Warner of Hillsboro, OR, and Brian (Allison) of Coeur d'Alene; brother Don of Boise; sister Shirley of Polson, MT; and sister Helen of Washington, DC. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Dorothy.
His funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at New Bridges Community Church, 2102 Eighth St., Lewiston. Donations in his honor can be made to the Lewiston Elks Lodge No. 896, 3444 Country Club Drive, Lewiston.
Photo: Dwayne Thomas Brigham
Wilbur 'Monk' Montgomery, 94, Orofino
Wilbur 'Monk' Montgomery of Orofino died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 94.
Monk was born in Kooskia on Dec. 3, 1920, to Owen and Estelle Montgomery. He graduated from Kooskia High School in 1939, where he played football, basketball, and baseball.
He attended Lewiston State Normal School in Lewiston from 1939-1942, where he excelled academically and continued his passion with sports lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1942 he earned his Diploma of Graduation.
While in college he met Joyce Walters of Clarkston, WA, and they were married Feb. 6, 1942. They moved to Biloxi, MS, then Sherman, TX, where Monk served in the Army Air Corps. In September of 1946, they returned to Lewiston. Monk enrolled in Northern Idaho College of Education and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1947. He lettered in basketball and baseball during this phase of his education and received several college honors including Phi Beta Sigma, I Club, and Senior Class President.
Monk accepted a teaching, coaching, and athletic director position in Orofino, and he and Joyce moved to Orofino, where they raised their family of four children: Craig, Greg, Laurie, and Robin, in their beloved Orofino community.
Monk continued his education and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1954 with a Master's of Science in Education. Monk and Joyce were married for 52 years.
Monk enlisted in the Army Air Corps in July of 1942. He graduated from Non Commission Officers School at Miami Beach, FL in 1942 with the rank of Staff Sgt. He graduated from Officers Candidate School at Miami Beach, FL, in 1944 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in 1945.Monk played basketball and baseball on Army Post teams and also coached basketball and baseball teams while in the service. His main duty was as an instructor.
He was relieved from active duty on Sept. 25, 1946, and was assigned to United States Air Corps Reserves. He was promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain on Jan. 1, 1956. He retired from the Reserves in 1957.
Monk continued teaching at Orofino High School, where he coached football, basketball, baseball, and was the athletic director. He was Orofino Junior High principal, athletic director, and high school teacher for five years, from 1964-1969. He became OHS vice principal, athletic director and first aid/health teacher in the new high school from 1969 until his retirement in 1987, completing a 40-year career in education.
Monk led an exciting and passionate life as an athlete and coach, excelling in both areas. In 1948 Monk played semi-pro baseball for the Lewiston Jaycees team against semi-pro teams such as House of Davids, Atlanta Crackers, Walla Walla Bears, Kansas City Monarchs and Richland Bombers. He also played for the Orofino semi-pro baseball team in the Lewis Clark League.
Also, in 1948, he coached the American Legion Junior baseball team of Lewiston. They defeated Pocatello for the State Championship. They lost to Yakima 2-1 in the regional tournament.
In 1949, Orofino won the high school District II Class B basketball championship at Lewiston, and defeated Aberdeen at Kimberly for the state championship. In 1950, Orofino lost to Genesee in the District II basketball game but came back and won the state basketball game at Lewiston. Additionally, in 1950, Orofino defeated Class A Central Valley of Spokane, WA, and Class A Lewiston and Moscow.
Monk competed in the Idaho High School Athletes Association Allstars basketball game in Boise as a coach in 1950. He also competed in the IHSAA Allstars football game for seniors at Boise as one of the football coaches in 1951. Both football and basketball games were designated as west and east teams, with northward Boise as west and southward Boise as east.
Through his association and membership in the Idaho High School Athletic Association, Monk was president several times in the District II Interscholastic Board of Control. In 1985 he received The Hall of Fame IHSAA Distinguished Service Award for District II.
On March 7, 2015, Orofino High School's 1950 basketball team, coached by Monk, was awarded the "Legends of the Game" boys basketball award that showcases great teams and preserves the heritage of the sport. It was a great honor to receive in the twilight of his life. It was an adventure to share with the remaining team, family representatives, and friends.
He was a member of the following organizations: Orofino Golf Course, National and Idaho Education Associations, Methodist Church, Orofino Dance Club, Lewiston Gun Club, and Orofino Celebrations, Inc. for 68 years.
Monk was an Instructor for American Red Cross for 43 years, and started first aid classes in Clearwater County in the late 1940s. He continued them until 1990, certifying 3,365 advanced certificates and 2,770 standard certificates. Classes taught were Advanced and Emergency Care, Standard, Standard Refresher, and Multi Media Standard.
Advanced and standard cards were mainly issued to Orofino high seniors and juniors, and some nurses. Standard cards were issued to workers in Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho counties. Workers included Dworshak Dam, Forest Service, nurses, outfitters and guides, Potlatch foremen, CTPA, City of Orofino, Peter Kewit, Dravo, Murphy Bros Dam workers, loggers, skiers, Sheriff's Posse, and snowmobilers.
Monk enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, dancing and being a part of Orofino Celebrations, Inc. He was an official timer for 68 years beginning with the first Lumberjack Days.In 1998 he met Patty Lyons of Peck, who became his longtime companion. They enjoyed traveling, dancing, hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling, which kept them both young.
Monk was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Joyce, in September 1994; six brothers, Royce Montgomery of Kamiah, Elmer of Lewiston, Floyd of Portland, OR, Lester of Sandy, OR, Everett of Clarkston, WA, and Robert of Kooskia; three sisters, Ida Blair of Lewiston, Thelma Montgomery of Kooskia, and Edna Jordal of The Dalles, OR; and his son, Gregory Montgomery, of Spokane, WA in 2011.
Monk is survived by: his son, Craig Montgomery, Spokane, WA; his daughters, Laurie Montgomery of Orofino and Robin Vande Voorde (Mark) of Brush Prairie, WA; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Lana Montgomery, Hoi Montgomery (Gregory, Paige) Matthew Montgomery and Cassandra (Mattie) Andy Montgomery, Heather Morford and Travis (Peyton), Leslie Montgomery, Holly Christensen and Rick (Jared, Andrew, Kaden), Otis Clift (Jordan), Eric Vasquez Montgomery (Kalianna), and Nate Montgomery and Dani.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the conference center in the Best Western Plus Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino on Saturday, Sept. 5. After the memorial, attendees are invited to a graveside service (location to be announced at the memorial). After the graveside service, a reception will be held at the Best Western.
Memorials may be given to Orofino Junior/Senior High School.
Photos: Wilbur 'Monk' Montgomery
Roger Jay Montambo, 80, Lewiston, formally of Orofino, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 after a short battle with cancer. He was born to Robert and Norine (Ellsworth) Montambo on Dec. 14, 1934, in Merriweather, MI.
Roger served four years in the U.S. Air Force with his twin brother, Russell. They entered the Air Force together Jan. 1, 1952. They completed their basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Both Roger and Russell served one year in Korea and two and a half years in Masowa, Japan. They were honorably discharged Jan. 2, 1956.
Roger married Myrle Jean Grasser Nov. 3, 1956 at Orofino. Together they had four children.
He worked in the woods a short time before going to work for Continental Drilling Co. working for them until 1975. He then bought a logging truck and drove for various logging companies in and around Orofino until going to work for Triplett, driving gravel truck.
He married Jerilyn Dykes Nov. 2, 1991, and gained four daughters.
Roger is survived by his wife, Jerilyn, at the family home; his four children, Kathy (Dan) Crawford, Peggy (Denis) Munden, Bill (Mary) Montambo, and Lori Montambo; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Robert, Bruce, Jim, and Mike and his sisters, Pat, Connie, Kathy, and Sharon.
He is also survived by his four stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Jamie Olin, Stephanie Olin, Shawn (Steve) Province, Tom Salzman, and Tony Hileman; grandchildren, Kayla Knapik, Rudi Knapik, Tristen Womack, LJ Wyatt, Steven Olin, Quenton Cook, Beth Ann Salzman, Kathleen Province, Alexander Province, Jacqueline Salzman, Stevie Ann Province, Rachael Province, KC Hileman, and Graceland Hileman.
More grandchildren include Jon Rinehart, Roger Rinehart, Jennifer Hudson, Jayson Altmiller, Josh Altmiller, Christopher Montambo, Courtney Mount, Shawn Weeks, Billy Montambo, Leah Musgrave, Heather Plank, David Montambo, and Amy Montambo.
Roger was preceded in death by his late wife, Myrle; stepdaughter, Jennie Olin; twin brother, Russell; his parents; his sister, Nancy; and sisters-in-law Cora, Linda, and Joan.
There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. at New Bridges Community Church, 2102 8th St. in Lewiston.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, there will be a color guard at 10 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Orofino, with a dinner to follow at 11 a.m.
Photo: Roger Jay Montambo
Roger J. Montambo, 80
Roger J. Montambo, 80 of Lewiston Idaho passed away Aug,20, 2015, at home in Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is caring for arrangements.
Mary A. Mingo, 65
Mary A. Mingo, 65 passed away Wednesday Aug, 19, 2015 at her residence in Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is caring for arrangements.
Ivadell 'Marie' McGoldrick, 94, Orofino
Ivadell "Marie" McGoldrick, died in her home, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at the age of 94. Marie, as she was known by her friends and family, was born on May 3, 1921, in Walla Walla, WA, to William and Ivadel Fernandes. Marie's mother passed away while Marie and her siblings were very young, so her grandmother was very active in her upbringing. Marie always made a point that her maiden name was spelled with an 'S' on the end, because that represented the Portuguese spelling of her family ancestry.
Marie met and married Brian McGoldrick in Walla Walla, in 1952 and they moved to Orofino a few years later. Marie was predeceased by her three siblings, Francis, Jack, and Rita, as well as her eldest son, William Entley, who died last November.
Marie and Brian, well known and loved in the Orofino and St Theresa's Church communities, had been married for 63 years and had three sons together: Jim, Steve, and Don. Marie is also lovingly remembered by Steve's wife Denise and their son's Brandon and Ryan, and Don's wife Velma. In addition to enjoying the many calls and visits from her sons, Marie greatly enjoyed chatting with Velma many times a week and the many, many pictures Denise sent her-first of Brandon and Ryan, then of Brandon and his wife Emily's three young daughters; Maria, Eve, and Alaia. Ryan married Melinda in Oregon in May, and although Marie couldn't attend the wedding she enjoyed hearing about it.
Talking, sharing jokes, and sharing memories were some of Marie's favorite past times, as her many dear friends in the Orofino community can attest. Although Marie was very shy in her early years in Orofino, she didn't know a stranger in her later years, and would happily strike up a conversation with anyone near her. In fact, one of the things that made her many hospital visits bearable was the opportunity to chat with so many friendly nurses at Clearwater Valley Hospital. Marie's care-giver, Barbara Crawford, was a great confidant and friend to Marie over the last few years. Charlotte Leonard also provided great help and care. Pam, Melissa, and others from A Compassionate Care, were also dedicated, appreciated care-givers to Marie and Brian.
As all of Marie's sons live in California or Oregon, it wouldn't have been possible for her to reach the age of 94 while living in her own home without the friendship and help of many in the community. It is with great appreciation that the family thanks all those who provided help, friendship, and care. Most recently, the additional support of St Joseph's Family Hospice was greatly appreciated.
Marie and Brian were the oldest members of St Theresa's Catholic Church. For many years, Marie was a dedicated volunteer for many of the service programs provided by the church. Marie will be missed!
Rosary will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pine Hill Funeral Chapel and Funeral Mass will be Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. Internment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.
Photo: Ivadell 'Marie' McGoldrick
Kenneth Eugene Rinehart was born May 31, 1937 to Sybil and Thomas Rinehart in Springview, NE. He passed away in Orofino on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.
He grew up in Springview and graduated from Springview High School in 1954. He attended Business School in Omaha, NE, but joined the army and served in Korea for 16 months.
After his return he finished college and went to work for Peter Kiewit and Sons Construction Company. He worked for them for over 21 years. That job brought him to Orofino during the construction of the Dworshak Dam, and he met and married Elaine (Gleason) Frederikson in 1966.
They moved to Charleston, SC and many other places. After their divorce he returned to Orofino and was employed by Atkinson Distributing. He was later employed by the U.S. Forest Service, from which he retired in 2002 to enjoy time trap shooting, spending time with family and friends, and his love of golf. In 2002 he met his current wife, Carmen, and they married in 2005.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
He is survived by: his wife, Carmen; her daughters, Jenn and Brian Blue of Lewiston and Patty and Chuck Snyder of Spirit Lake, WA; his daughter, Michele Rinehart of Bayonne, NJ; and stepdaughter Jo Frederickson of Texas; and his grandchildren, Race and Ali Blue, Daryan Leonard, Gavin and Chloe Nash, and Clinton Garrett.
No services will be held locally. He will be buried with military honors beside his parents in Springview at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the "Ken Rinehart Memorial Fund" at the Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union.
Rest in peace "Omaha."
Photo: Kenneth Eugene Rinehart
She has quietly slipped away from this world. Her beautiful soul has sped home to the welcoming arms of her Lord, and to a joyous reunion with the multitude of loved ones awaiting her arrival.
Louise was born Oct. 4, 1930 in Elk River, Idaho, to Gwen T. Maynard and Irene Warren Maynard. Shortly thereafter they moved 'home' to Peck where Louse was a life-long resident. Her parents, too, had strong ties to North Central Idaho and her family's roots run long and deep in this beautiful country which she so dearly loved.
Gwen was a partner along with Joe Richardson in Riverside Lumber Company, and as such, the family was involved with life in Orofino as well as in Peck.
Louise graduated Orofino High School with the Class of 1948. After graduation, she moved for a time to Lewiston where she worked as a dental technician.
Louise married John E. Wilks at Lewiston in May 1949, and they began their lives together in Orofino. Their daughter, Rebecca Irene Wilks, was born Sept. 8, 1951. Louise and Johnny's marriage later ended in divorce after which Louise and Rebecca returned to Peck to be close to her parents.
Louise had an amazing artistic talent throughout her life-time that included drawing and painting. Her cousins, 'Rine and Lois, introduced her to ceramics and not long afterward, she had her own kiln at home in Peck.
While living back in Peck with her parents; Louise met and five years later married H. Roger Denison. They established their home in Peck and lived their lives together there until the marriage ended in divorce 2005.
Louise was very active in the community during those early years. She was a member of the Peck Community Club and actively participated in town bazaars, community theatre, and many potluck dinners. She was also a member of the Peck Community Church where she taught Sunday School and provided church leadership by enriching the lives of the younger members of the congregation through their participation in the 'Lucky Stars'. Louise contributed her talents to many activities within the Peck School system as well. Additionally, she was a 4-H leader and taught, among other skills, that of 'dog husbandry'.
Dogs and all other 'critters' were her heart's passion. There were many, many dogs, cats and horses who found a loving home with Louise!
Louise ran 'Psycho Ceramists', a ceramic studio in Peck, for many years; and taught day and evening classes to residents throughout a wide-reaching area. Multiple life-long friendships were forged and nurtured within the walls of that shop, and continued throughout her life-time.
Louise's artistic talents also included the creation of magnificent porcelain dolls, beaded jewelry, needlework, basket-making and weaving, to mention a few.
Louise was preceded in death by her father, Gwen T. Maynard; mother, Irene Warren Maynard; and brothers, Douglas and Wm. Warren (Bill) Maynard.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca; son-in-law, Don Darrah; and the love and light of her life, granddaughter, Shannon Brook Sibbald.
In accordance with Louise's wishes, her remains will be cremated. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is caring for arrangements.
A private graveside memorial and celebration of life for Louise will be held at a later date.
'Mom, we, your loving family, neighbors and friends, will forever miss your bright sparkling eyes and mischievous smile! Love you always! Rest well 'til we see you again!'
"Ah Sun-flower! Weary of time
Bernyce M. McCormick, 100
Bernyce M. McCormick, 100, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston from cancer.
Bernie was born Nov. 16, 1914, in Nampa, to Frank and Myrtle Baum. She was the eldest of five brothers and one sister and was later adopted by relatives Leona and James Murray of Boise.
After graduating from high school, she attended Boise Junior College and Links Business College.
She married Ted Lehmann of Baltimore in December 1943 and lost the love of her life when Capt. Lehmann was shot down over Italy in World War II. On Dec. 25, 1945, she married James E. McCormick and, after 14 years, the marriage ended in divorce.
After her divorce, she moved from Weiser, Idaho, to Seattle, where she graduated from Dobney School for Doctor's Assistants as a certified medical transcriptionist. Two days later, she began her 22-year career with the Laboratory of Clinical Medicine, which later changed its name to Puget Sound Institute of Pathology. The day after her retirement from Puget Sound, she was offered employment with Virginia Mason Clinic, which she accepted and worked for two years. While working at Virginia Mason, Bernie was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after a successful recovery she moved to Lewiston to be near her children and son-in-law.
Always energetic, she worked part time at the Fig Leaf and for several years and was a volunteer at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Mother loved her home and yard and was very particular. One leaf on the yard was one too many. People would often stop and comment how nice her place looked, which only gave her more incentive to keep everything in top-notch shape. One fall day, son-in-law Gerald Giedt stopped by to find her at 83 years of age sweeping leaves off the roof.
Throughout the years, mother had a number of cats that just happened to be walking by and decided to take up residence, much to her children's dismay. The cats did, however, provide her companionship and a lot of laughs, and she loved them dearly.
Mother was a member of the Magnolia Lutheran Church in Seattle and later the Trinity Lutheran Church of Lewiston.
Survivors include her daughter, Olivia Giedt of Lewiston; her son, Richard McCormick and his wife Leslie of Lenore; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bernie was preceded in death by her birth parents, adoptive parents, brothers, sister, adoptive sister and son-in-law.
At mother's request, there will be a private family graveside service at a later date. Cremation has already taken place.
Photo: Bernyce M. McCormick
Kenneth E. Rinehart, 78, Orofino
Kenneth E. Rinehart, 78, Orofino, passed away Friday Aug. 7, 2015 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Mrs. Louise Maynard-DuBois, 84, Peck
Mrs. Louise Maynard-DuBois, 84, Peck, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 at St Joseph Regional Hospital in Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dennis D. Opdahl, 63, formerly of Pierce
Dennis D. Opdahl passed away at home, surrounded by his family and his beloved lab, Griffin, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Dennis was born Jan. 31, 1952, in Albert Lea, MN, to Duane and Violet Opdahl. In 1969, the family moved to Forest City, IA, where he graduated from high school in 1970. Dennis went to Waldorf College, also in Forest City, where he met Jill singing in the choir. They graduated from Waldorf in 1972. After graduation, he worked summers in Idaho with his uncle, Harlan. Dennis loved the beauty of Idaho so much that after marrying Jill in 1974, they packed up and moved to Pierce. They have one son, Jeremy, and one daughter, Jennifer.
Dennis worked as a logging truck driver for many years. He went back to college and earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Lewis-Clark State College. Dennis worked for Opportunities Unlimited, Clearwater River Casino and Asotin County/Community Living right up until his passing.
He enjoyed singing in the choir at Lewiston First Nazarene, volunteer ushering at the Lewiston Civic Theatre and was an active member of the Lions Club, serving on the board of directors. He also taught hunters education. His hobbies included snowmobiling, hunting, drinking coffee with friends and potlucks.
He is survived by his wife, Jill; children, Jeremy and Jennifer; grandchildren, Keegan and Maddisyn; and mother Violet Opdahl, all of Lewiston; sisters, Cythnia (Don) Moore of Yakima, WA, Janet (Bob) Holzer of Orofino and Betty (Howard) Weeks of Cavendish; and his brother, Martin (Pam) Opdahl of Pierce. He is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his two favorite chocolate labs, Griffin and Mocha.
He was preceded in death by his father, Duane Opdahl; uncle, Harlan Opdahl; aunt, Barb Opdahl; in-laws, Joe and Beth Jensen; and both sets of grandparents.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lewiston First Church of the Nazarene, with lunch to follow.
Photo: Dennis D. Opdahl
Henry Pomerinke, 91
Henry 'Hank' Pomerinke, age 91, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center following complications of pneumonia. He leaves behind two sons, Ron (Becky) and Gary (Teresa) Pomerinke; a brother, Gene Pomerinke; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was born May 6, 1924, to Rudolph and Maggie Pomerinke, one of five sons. He attended school in Missoula, MT. As a teenager, he worked on a farm and started working for the Civilian Conservation Corps at age 16. He served in the Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946 in the Philippines, receiving several decorations.
He was married to Winnie Thompson from 1949 until her death in 1972. Hank worked as a plumber and was very faithful in his church activities. He was married to Shirley Mack from 1973 until her passing in 1999. Together, they were very active in nursing home ministry. Shirley had two children and four grandchildren. Hank was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Life Apostolic Church, 1010 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Robert Eugene Graves, 78, 1955 OHS grad
Robert Eugene Graves was called to his heavenly home Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Bob was born Dec. 3, 1936, in Lewiston, to Mildred Frances (Larsen) and Robert Lamont Graves. Bob and his brothers and sisters were raised in Orofino.
He received his education in Orofino, graduating high school in 1955. During his high school years, he played football and basketball. He served in the Idaho Army National Guard from 1954 to 1959 and was on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963. Bob was honorably discharged from both services.
After high school, Bob helped with haying for several farmers and worked as a sawyer in the woods prior to going to work for Potlatch Corp. He worked for Potlatch Corp. for 31 years, beginning in 1971 until his retirement on April 2, 2002. He enjoyed camping and loved fishing, whether he caught anything or not.
Bob married Judy Ann Graves. They had one daughter, Debbie Graves Schwab. They later divorced.
On Aug. 12, 1995, Bob married Martha Ann Frazy in Coeur d'Alene.
Bob was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 26, 2010. He and Ann were sealed in the Spokane Temple on July 20, 2011.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Debbie (Jerry) Schwab; sisters, Pat (Bob) Saulls and Betty Riebe; brothers, Jerry and Roger Graves; grandson, Shelby Schwab; stepdaughter, Susan (Jay) Porter; stepson, Roger Gregory; nieces, Staci Nelson, Stephanie Riebe, Collette Manthey and Jennifer Gibson; and nephews, Scott Saulls and Earl Graves.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 836 Preston Ave., Lewiston. Following the service, light refreshments will be served. There will be a dedication of the grave at noon, after the refreshments, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., in Lewiston.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Photos: Robert Eugene Graves
Gordon Donald Bunch of Lenore passed away peacefully Sunday, July 12, 2015, in his daughter's home after a long battle with cancer. Gordon (Don) was born July 29, 1947, in Bangor, ME, to George and Virginia (Grover) Bunch. Growing up in an Air Force family, Gordon's childhood was spent in various places including Puerto Rico, before they finally settled in Plattsmouth, NE., when he was 12 years old.
During the Vietnam era, Gordon served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Vietnam and Taiwan. On Sept. 30, 1968, Gordon risked his life to save numerous Chinese civilians and U.S. military dependents stranded in Taipei, Taiwan, during Typhoon Elaine. For his "courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk," Gordon was awarded the United States of America Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism.
After his discharge from the Air Force, Gordon returned to Nebraska and began attending the University of Nebraska in Omaha. While pursuing his degree in biology, he met and married Charlene Schilmoeller of Remsen, IA. After graduation, they headed west in 1975 to Lewiston. Gordon attended the University of Idaho, where he attained a master's in wildlife resources. They then moved to southern Idaho, where he began working for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a wildlife land manager.
After five years with fish and game, Gordon's heart and his dreams of having his own land called him back to northern Idaho. He and Charlene settled permanently in Lenore to raise their children on a small farm. Gordon also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier, first in Lenore, then Craigmont and finally in Juliaetta, where he carried mail for more than 20 years. He was a dedicated postal carrier and loved to banter with his postal customers. He retired from the postal service in 2007.
An avid fisherman and hunter, Gordon shared his love for the outdoors with his family. He was a loving husband, devoted father, farmer, 4-H leader, outdoorsman and conservationist.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Charlene; daughter, Jessica Bunch of Lewiston; son, Daniel Bunch and his wife Tiffany of Bremerton, WA; sister, Elizabeth Andersen of Sherman Oaks, CA; sister-in-law, Betty Kaschmitter and her husband Mike of Spencer, IA; brothers-in-law, Gary Schilmoeller and his wife Kathy of Orono, ME, Ron Schilmoeller and his wife Jeanne of Remsen, IA, Leon Schilmoeller and his wife Jan of Cottage Grove, MN, and Bob Schilmoeller and his wife Ruth of Burnsville, MN.; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
A funeral Mass for Gordon will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Lung Cancer Alliance or St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Hospice.
Photo: Gordon Donald Bunch
William 'Bill' Moscrip of Lewiston passed away peacefully Saturday, July 18, 2015, at his property in Elk River.
Bill was born Oct. 21, 1940, in Whitelake, WI., to Kenneth and Evelyn Moscrip. He grew up at Pierce. He married Elaine Dickinson of Pierce on Aug. 6, 1960. She was the love of his life. They lived in Pierce and later moved to Lewiston in 1964.
He worked at Pacific Fruit and Produce at Lewiston and Food Services of America of Spokane, WA, until he retired in 2000.
Bill enjoyed their property at Elk River, riding four-wheelers and celebrating happy hours around the campfire with family and friends.
Survivors are sister, Mary Helgerson (Bob); brother, Jack Moscrip (Dorathy); daughters,Cindy Wilcoxon (Larry), Laura Lumley (Dave); and sons, Joseph Moscrip (James Robinson-Moscrip), Kent Moscrip and Michael Moscrip (Kathy). Also included are 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
No services are planned at the request of the deceased.
Photo: William 'Bill' Moscrip
Philip I. Tetwiler, loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, from injuries sustained from a fall while working in his yard.
Phil was born to Glen and Beulah (Wolfe) Tetwiler on Sept. 29, 1943, in Clarkston, WA. He lived and attended school in Asotin, WA, until his graduation in 1961. While in high school, he worked as a mechanic for Dick Hollenbeck.
Phil promptly joined the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country for 22 years. He was an avionics expert of F-111 Aardvark fighter jets, and reached the rank of master sergeant. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He was stationed at Geiger Field in Spokane, McChord Air Force Base in Washington, Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford and Royal Air Force Lakenheath in England. He served a year in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was often sent around the world for his advanced diagnostic skills.
In 1962, he met and married the love of his life, Carolyn (Hatleberg), and they started a family. He loved his family very much, and one of his greatest joys was playing with his sons and later, grandchildren.
Upon retirement in 1983, he moved back to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and worked for several auto dealerships as a service writer. He taught a vocational technical course at Lewis-Clark State College and was always eager to share his mechanical knowledge. He loved to help family, neighbors and friends repair cars, boats, mowers or anything they required. Dad loved helping his father-in-law harvest wheat and working on his farm equipment. His last position was at ATK as a CFAA set-up.
Phil loved to problem-solve and to work on engines and electronics. He enjoyed swimming in his pool and working in his yard. He was active all his life. He played pickleball regularly and medaled at the Idaho Senior Games. He visited 25 countries in his work and travels.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Hal; and sister, Jackie Needles of Missoula, MT.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; sons, Craig and Michael; grandchildren, Kyle, Megan, Heather and April; and great-grandchild, T.J. He is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth and Jerry.
Dad was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
Geraldine J. Rebel, 74, Weippe
Geraldine Jane Metzger was born on Feb. 6, 1941. She passed away on June 21, 2015. She was born in Glen Ullin, ND to parents Christ and Elizabeth Metzger. She was from a large family of eight brothers and five sisters.
She married Albert Rebel on March 29, 1958. They had 6 children together: Calvin, Connie, Clara, Clinton, Colette and Corey. She had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Geraldine was a very loving and caring person. She treated you with respect and always had extra room at the dinner table for someone who needed it. She always said if you leave hungry it was your fault. She enjoyed preparing home style meals for the Senior Center in Weippe.
Her smile was contagious. She loved cheering a person up. She loved card games and Yahtzee.
She follows in death her parents, eight siblings and her daughter, Clara Rebel DeGregario.
A Memorial Service will be held on Aug. 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the I.O.O.F. Hall building in Weippe. We hope to see all there who loved and miss her.
Photo: Geraldine Jane Rebel
Betsy Marie Castle-Fisher, 62, passed away with family and her very special friend, Cindy Rode, at her bedside, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 29, 1953, in Polson MT, to Donald and Dorothy Beebe. She graduated from Polson High School in 1971.
Betsy spent the majority of her career working in the medical field. She loved working with the elderly and mental health patients. She was loving, compassionate and received so much gratification from caring for her patients.
Betsy married Neil Anderson of Polson in 1971 and had two daughters, Dori and Amber. Betsy and Neil later divorced.
She met James Castle from North Carolina, and they were married in 1975, and they had a son, Jason. Her daughter, Stephanie, joined the family in 1989 to make it complete.
Betsy moved back to the Northwest in 1980 so she could be closer to her family. In 2009, she married Donald Fisher of Burien. Don brought two sons to the marriage, Brad and Michael. Betsy and Don found their dream home in the Freeman Creek area. She loved being closer to her children and grandchildren.
Betsy loved more than anything to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoyed camping, 4-wheeling, fishing, bowling, shopping, gambling, photography, making crafts, sewing, decorating and working on her retirement home with her loving husband, Don.
Betsy is survived by her husband, Donald Fisher of Lenore; daughters, Dori Anderson, Amber Maurer (Dan) and Stephanie Stachofsky (Brian), all of Lewiston; son Jason Castle (Cari) of Florida; and brother Mike Beebe (Kimmi) of Washington. She has 10 grandchildren, who were the joy of her life: Tucker Wilson, Brendan Reed, DJ, Devann and DayVee Maurer, Paige and Megan Stachofsky, Kaci Willoughby, and Jordan and Hanna Castle. She also had many friends and family that she loved dearly. We thank you all for being that piece of Joy in her life.
Her children thank her for being a great mom and loving us unconditionally. We will miss her smile, her laugh and her goofy sense of humor but mostly how she made each of us feel so very loved in our own special way.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Donald and Dorothy Beebe; sister, Becky Beebe; and her granddaughter, Devann Marie Maurer.
The most important thing to remember in life is to "Enjoy the Journey."
We love you to the cabin moon and back.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Abundant Life Church, 1483 16th Ave in Clarkston, WA.
Photo: Betsy Marie Castle-Fisher
Joyce Ann Larsen, 78, former Orofino teacher
Joyce was born to John L. Schulze and Ruby B. Stewart Schulze on Nov. 23 1936 in Houston, TX. Her early years were spent in Texas, growing up riding horses and other activities that fit her tomboy nature. After graduating from the San Marcos Baptist Academy in 1955, she attended Southwest Texas State College, also in San Marcos, TX. While there, she met and married Robert D. Larsen, with whom she had two children, Desiree and Daniel. Joyce's studies in San Marcos culminated with her receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, graduating in 1960.
After the couple both finished their studies in San Marcos, they moved briefly to College Station, TX, and then to Holden, UT. Joyce started teaching in Fillmore, UT, a nearby town, and taught second grade there for six years. After a move to Salt Lake City, UT, where the couple divorced, Joyce's love of nature and her sense of adventure took her and her children to Idaho, where she would live and work the rest of her years.
Joyce fell in love with the area along the Clearwater River the first time she drove along its waters and interviewed for a teaching position in both the Orofino and Grangeville school districts. Upon her return to Salt Lake City she found out she was hired, but the position was in Pierce. Without ever laying eyes upon or setting foot in the town, she accepted the position and promptly set upon the task of moving. Shortly thereafter, Joyce and her children arrived in Pierce not knowing where they would live. An easy decision followed, as the only housing immediately available in Pierce was an old log cabin with oil and wood heat, along with a leaky roof.
Within the year, she and her family had settled into life in Pierce, as well as a more comfortable house, along the way meeting many people who would become cherished lifelong friends. Joyce taught for 7 years before moving to Orofino, where her passion for teaching kept her busy for another 23 years.
Continuing her own studies for effectiveness, she received a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1982. Along with teaching children daily, Joyce also taught GED classes in the evenings for people of all ages, helping them grow through knowledge. She was a member of many organizations and received numerous awards for her efforts. Joyce retired in 2001, moving to Twin Falls in order to spend time with her grandchildren.
Joyce was confirmed into the Lutheran Church in 1976 and maintained her membership throughout her life, playing the organ for many a service. She loved nature, snowmobiling, pinochle, ancient history, bowling, raising roses and helping her dear friend cook for their campsite along the Lewis and Clark trail. An ardent lover of animals, she always had cats and adored their company throughout her life.
Joyce is survived by her brother William (Laverne) Schulze of Conroe, TX; her children, Desiree (Breck) Glassinger of Jerome and Daniel of Kenai, AK; along with her grandchildren Benjamin of Jerome and Jessica of Boise. Also surviving is a beloved aunt, Mildred Weeks, of San Antonio, TX.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2055 Filer Ave. East in Twin Falls with Pastor Roger Sedlmyer officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran School, 2055 Filer Avenue East, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.
Photo: Joyce Ann Larsen
Violet Lanora Robson Bruce, 99, Orofino
On Jan. 31, 2015, our matriarch Violet Lanora Robson Bruce lost her battle with a bout of pneumonia. Violet was a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a mentor and a friend whose positive influence extended far beyond her blood relatives. Just 17 days earlier, she had celebrated her 99th birthday and appeared to be the picture of good health. We are confident she now abides with our Lord and Savior. Mom spent her final days on this earth undergoing definitive medical care at the Clearwater Valley Hospital. Mom loved this hospital for the great care they had given her during other medical episodes. She felt a unique confidence in her family physician, Doctor McGrath.
Violet was born on Jan. 14, 1916, in Colorado Springs, CO, to Harry and Molly Robson. The second daughter of five children, she was raised in the shadow of Pike's Peak in the area surrounding Lake George, CO. Most of her first 18 years of life were spent on a cattle ranch just a few miles west of Lake George at an elevation of over eight-thousand feet. Even with the harsh climate typical of high-altitude Park County, her family was able to maintain a herd of 100 beef cows by supplementing their own land with Forest Service leases for additional grazing and hay.
Completing a respectable education during the first half of the 20th Century in the rural Mountain West was a difficult task at best-then add in the effects of the Great Depression. For Violet, graduating from the eighth grade was as big a deal if not bigger than completing high school would be now. In sparsely populated Park County, the importance of Eighth Grade Graduation warranted a special student assembly at Fairplay, the county seat. Violet continued her quest for knowledge by completing her freshman and sophomore years of high school at Lake George with much of her studies completed through correspondence. In order to benefit from a more comprehensive school setting, Violet moved to Denver, CO, for her junior year. Little did she know how important the year 1937 would be in her life-history.
Breaking the bond with the ranch at age 19 ignited a spirit for travel that Violet carried to the very end of her life whether to visit family or friends as far away as Florida or Alaska. During that summer of 1937, Violet joined her Cousin Ruth for a trip to Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. Their object was to visit Violet's father's sister, Aunt Isabelle and auntie's husband Bud Dawson. During the early part of the 20th Century, Uncle Bud had been a fur-trader in the Yukon but had settled down to running the general store in Hazelton during the 1930s. Most of the trip was by Greyhound Bus. Their route of travel took them from Colorado to Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington before entering Canada. Violet and Cousin Ruth returned to Denver in late summer where Violet continued schooling and worked at the Olin Hotel as a dining room waitress. The Olin had accommodations for students and employees to room and board in the upper stories.
During the Canada trip, a young man boarded the bus in Utah and took a seat behind the girls-directly behind Violet. This was the beginning of a life-changing event. That man was Arlen Norris Bruce, a college student from the University of Wyoming, on his way to ROTC summer encampment at Fort Wright near Spokane, WA. Small talk during the bus trip and an exchange of addresses led Arlen to follow-up with a letter later in the summer to begin their whirl-wind romance. Arlen also visited Violet in Denver during Thanksgiving and, together, they planned their marriage to take place at a friend's house in the Denver area the day after Christmas 1937. The Olin Hotel gifted them with an overnighter in the Honeymoon Suite, a real privilege for two cash-strapped students. In the days after their marriage, Violet and Arlen visited with Violet's parents in Lake George. However, they established their home in Laramie, WY, where both maintained their pursuit of higher education.
Violet enrolled in the Secondary Training School at the University of Wyoming to complete her junior and senior years of high school. In this university-town setting, Violet began to demonstrate a talent for drama. She performed a key role in "Betty's Degree," a noted two-act college play by Alice Gerstenberg. From this performance came her selection to the Senior Play committee. She was also active in the Girls Athletic Association.
After a long and arduous process that stretched from high in Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Wyoming's university town of Laramie, Violet finally finished high school. She graduated June 7, 1939 from the Secondary Training School. Violet's commencement speaker, Professor Wilson O. Clough father of Violet's classmate Mary, challenged their graduating class that, "We shall need individual intelligence, imagination, courage and recognition of superior achievement." As the world prepared for global war, he "? urged courage to risk free inquiry and free exchange of ideas for the sake of democracy." Professor Clough "?pled for the essential equality of men to a right to be free of gross exploitations, and from the 'arrogances of power by individuals who claim for themselves what they deny to others.'" Violet took these thoughts and values to heart.
Two days before Violet's graduation, Arlen had received his bachelor's degree in Agriculture from the U of Wyoming. Seven years and thousands of miles of travel would elapse before Violet completed her bachelor's degree at the same university in 1946. In the interim, she would gather enough credits for a triple-major.
Following graduation, Arlen went to work for the Department of Agriculture in their eradication effort of black-stemmed rust in wheat throughout areas of Colorado and Wyoming. Because Arlen was traveling so much, Violet pursued one of her dreams-work a summer job in the area of Yellowstone National Park so she could enjoy this marvel of nature. She found a job near the East entrance as a hotel hostess and spent her every spare moment exploring the nearby park.
In 1940, with war brewing on the horizon, the country called up its reserve military officers for a "year of special training." Violet and Arlen moved to Auburn, AL where Arlen trained at nearby Fort Benning, GA, with the 2nd Armored Division. As a prot?g? of then Colonel George S. Patton, Arlen not only trained under his command at Fort Benning but would later fight under his command in North Africa. Violet seized the opportunity to advance her education by enrolling as a freshman at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn. Her studies were in science and literature. She was selected as a member of the Oracles, a freshman honor society organized for the purpose of promoting higher scholarship among the freshmen coeds.
At the conclusion of a year of active duty, Arlen was discharged back to reserve status. With the country in a heavy state of flux, Violet and Arlen decided to take up house trailer (mobile-home) living to stay ahead of the instability facing those associated with the military. Their little caravan included a 1941 Mercury sedan equipped with coil over-load springs and a towing hitch adequate to pull a 26-foot house trailer. While in reserve status, they toured the East Coast taking up residence in Virginia near Washington D.C. where Arlen found a job entailing survey work for the construction of the Pentagon.
With the advent of World War II, Arlen was recalled to active duty at Fort Knox, KY. Violet and Arlen packed up their house trailer and relocated to Fort Knox. By this time, Violet was carrying a child. Arlen was assigned to the 1st Armored Division. At Fort Knox, he participated in training maneuvers to prepare for deployment to Ireland to stage for Operation TORCH, the Allied invasion into North Africa.
Arlen deployed from Fort Knox in the spring of 1942. With the help of Arlen's parents, Violet relocated her car and house trailer to Laramie, WY, to be with family and continue her education. She remained there until her husband returned from combat duty. Shortly after arriving in Laramie, she gave birth to her oldest son, Trelawny, on May 25th. Arlen would not see this son until after the son's second birthday because half-a-continent away Arlen and the other members of the 1st Armored Division were preparing to ship-out at Fort Dix, NJ. In the fall of 1942, Violet enrolled as a sophomore at the University of Wyoming. She was selected as a member of the Varsity Villagers, a local organization made up of girls living off campus in Laramie or elsewhere. Their purpose was to represent a model for women students of the university by maintaining high standards of conduct including high scholastic achievement. Violet continued her studies at the university through the spring of 1944 when military demands required a return move to Fort Knox.
After two-years of combat duty in North Africa and Italy, Arlen had been offered the option to return to the states to train replacements. Arlen jumped at this opportunity to reunite with Violet and the son he had not yet seen--to erase forever Violet's senior quote from Secondary Training School, "It's a Lonely Trail When Traveling Alone." Violet and Arlen were again assigned to Fort Knox, where Arlen served out the remainder of the war effort training new troops. While at Fort Knox, Violet and Arlen welcomed their second son, Theron, who was born Oct. 19, 1945. Yes, Violet and Arlen continued to live in that 26-foot house trailer.
With the close of the war, Arlen returned to reserve status. The family's first priority was for Violet to complete her Bachelor's degree at the University of Wyoming. In the spring of 1946, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree under UW's College of Liberal Arts.
Now Violet, Arlen and their two boys could begin living civilian life in earnest. Before settling in Orofino, the Bruce family ventured to such places as Littleton, CO, Hazelton, British Columbia, Wilbur, WA, and Grangeville. In Hazelton, Violet and Arlen not only assisted with the store, the same general store Violet visited in 1937, but also expanded their activities. This included Violet teaching school in Hazelton and Arlen serving as the foreman for the nearby Elliot Ranch.
To get to Hazelton, Violet and Arlen pulled their little house trailer behind their Mercury sedan out of the United States and up the Fraser and Thompson Rivers following a gravel and dirt trail that is today's Cariboo HIghway. Violet summed up the Canada experience: "We had an awesome two years in the North Country even though confined to the small living space of a single-axel house trailer!"
However, both Violet and Arlen contracted viral hepatitis and, in addition, Violet contracted amebic dysentery. These medical circumstances coupled with the uncertainty of future employment caused the Bruce family to leave Canada in July 1948 and move on to 'greener pastures' back in the United States. The mobility of the house trailer was working as well in civilian life as it had during the military years. The first stop was Wilbur, WA. Arlen had always wanted to work in a wheat harvest and the area around Wilbur offered that opportunity. At the conclusion of the wheat harvest, Arlen needed some follow-on work to keep bread on the table. Power City, a firm out of Spokane that constructed electrical transmission lines, had a job opening. They were in the process of bringing rural electrification to the Pacific Northwest. Arlen hired on which eventually took the family to a construction project near Grangeville. Violet, Arlen and family were within one step of their final destination."
After the power-line construction project, Violet and Arlen elected to remain in Grangeville because Arlen had landed a job as Assistant County Extension Agent for Idaho County. That job led to selection as the County Extension Agent for Clearwater County; finally, the last move for the house trailer was from Grangeville to Orofino. Arlen served as County Agent for 10 years.
In 1960, Violet and Arlen started full-time ranching with a dairy and poultry operation up Orofino Creek near Orofino and Violet became known as the illustrious "egg and milk lady" of Clearwater County. David Johnson, a retired reporter for the nearby Lewiston Tribune, best summarized those farming years and Violet and Arlen's independent nature in a January 11, 1979 Classified News article titled "The egg lady and the milkman." Johnson stated, "Violet and Arlen Bruce have been selling farm-fresh eggs and milk to residents of the Orofino area for 19 years. They say their customers judge their products, not the government." Violet and Arlen shared a wonderful life together on the ranch. Arlen passed away in July 2002. Violet continued to reside at the ranch until her death. Grandson Jason's comments best summarize the ranch experience. He was scouting out a fishing hole in the nearby creek when he offered the following reflection, "Grandpa and Grandma sure knew how to choose the perfect place to live!"
In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Violet actively participated in the community and church. Her faith played an influential role with several townsmen reporting their first exposure to Christianity was through Violet and her yellow 1955 Mercury station wagon packed full of kids on their way to Sunday school. She also served as a teacher's assistant for the primary grades at a local Christian academy.
Violet's immediate surviving family includes her sons/daughters-in-law T.J. and (Suk) Bruce, Orofino; and, Theron and (Coral) Bruce, Peck; one niece, Margaret Greaves, Tacoma WA; seven grandchildren, T. Jon Bruce, Carmichael CA; Jeremy and (Krista) Bruce, Wasilla AK; Cicely and (Nathan) Bernard, Yachats, OR; Jason and (Trisha) Bruce, Washington, DC; Soo Lee Bruce and (Tate) Smith, Lewiston; Jarel and (Megan) Bruce, Saint Maries; and Louise and (Travis) Allen, Antigo WI; and, her 10 great-grandchildren: Taylor, Sydney, Jerron, Rachel, Hannah, Mason, Sawyer, Mia, Wyatt, and Reece. The only comparable surviving sibling from Violet's family by birth or marriage is her 91-year old sister-in-law (Arlen's sister) Ruth Ellis of Santa Paula CA. Violet and Ruth nurtured a sisterly friendship that spanned more than seven decades. Of her many surviving nieces and nephews by marriage, three were constant pen-pals through her latter years--Lavada Bishop, Olivia La Tellier, and Bonny Stroud. Violet was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, Albert and Bill Lafferty and Harry Robson, a sister Eliza Lafferty, and a grandson, Todd Bruce.
A memorial service will be held for Violet Lanora Robson Bruce on July 18, 2015, 10 a.m., at the Church of the Nazarene in Orofino. A fellowship, which will include finger foods, will immediately follow the service.
Memorial donations may be sent to the "Arlen Norris and Violet Robson Bruce 4-H Club Scholarship" in care of the Clearwater County University of Idaho Extension Office, 2200 Michigan Ave., Orofino ID 83544.
Photos: Violet Lanora Robson Bruce
Boyd 'Bud' R. Jordan, 97, born in Weippe
On July 1, 2015, Mr. Boyd 'Bud' R. Jordan went to be with our heavenly Father. He was born Dec. 10, 1927, in Weippe, to Okie and Virginia Jordan, the last of 11 siblings.
He learned to play the guitar at an early age and later had a band called Buddy Jordan and the Valley Rhythm Boys.
Bud served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer in Germany and France, where he became fond of riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles and continued to ride for many years. In 1956, he met and married Ruth Adair. They were married 56 years and had a long, good life together. He was a member of the Eagles and a generous donor to charity. Bud was also a Teamster member. He also loved to golf and went every day as long as he could.
Bud was preceded in death by 10 siblings and is survived by his wife, Ruth Jordan; two sons, Lanny and Danny Adair; and several nieces and nephews.
Photo: Boyd 'Bud' R. Jordan
Terry L. Morgan, 64, Orofino
Terry L. Morgan, 64, of Orofino passed away at his residence on Monday, June 22, 2015.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Frances A. Barstow, 80, formerly of Orofino
Frances Arlene McCoy Barstow died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Generations Assisted Living and Wellness in Rathdrum, Idaho, surrounded with love. She was 80 years old.
Frances was born to Lawrence Edward and Mary K. Nolan McCoy on Sept. 12, 1934, in Torrington, WY. She grew up in Paradise Valley north of Riverton, WY, and graduated from Shoshone High School in 1952.
She worked as a telephone operator in the 1950s, where she met and married Henry S. Hall in November 1956. Together, they had four daughters. By 1958, they moved to the Orofino area where she worked as a homemaker. They divorced in 1978. In the 1970s she worked for the Ponderosa Restaurant as a server and part time for a real estate appraisal office. In 1979, she started her career with the Clearwater National Forest, until her retirement in 1996.
Frances later married Rex M. Barstow in September 1990. Together they enjoyed wilderness jam sessions, camping, dancing, community concerts, playing cards, traveling and visiting friends and family. In 1998 they moved to Lewiston. She was a member of the Catholic faith and assisted with various committees. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and New Comers Club. She had a passion for sewing and made family members their treasured quilts.
Frances was a kind, loving and caring person who would reach out to folks and help those in need if she could. She had a welcoming smile and never knew a stranger.
She is survived by her husband, Rex of Lewiston; sister, Louise Oberlie of Lander, WY; children, Connie Davis of Coeur d'Alene, Frances "Bo" Flatt of Lewiston, Rose "Posie" Mary LaDow of the Tri-Cities, Anne Jernberg (Steve) of Battle Ground, WA; stepchildren Ben (Janet) Barstow of Palouse, Linda (Jeff) Eaton of Fishers, IN, LeeAnn (Shawn) Nilsson of Lewiston; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held with a rosary at 10:30 a.m. and funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., in the Lewiston Orchards. Interment will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston, with a luncheon afterward at the church. Please sign Frances' online guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Photo: Frances Arlene McCoy Barstow
Colene Catherine Carlson, 92, Orofino
Colene Catherine Moore was born in Portland, OR, on July 20, 1922 to William Perry (Bill) and Katherine Ann (Kate) Schilling Moore. Grandpa always called her 'Connie', we were never quite sure why. Grandpa always adored his only child and perhaps even spoiled her a bit. Little Connie was a pretty blonde child with her Dad's Irish sparkle in her eyes. Colene was an avid reader. This love of reading continued throughout her life. She attended elementary school and then Jefferson High School where she graduated in 1940. Colene then attended business school and after graduation worked as a secretary in downtown Portland for Ray Smythe.
She met her future husband, Alfred H. Luedeman, Jr., in her church youth group when still in high school. Alfred joined the Navy after high school. Mom joined the Coast Guard after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Mom served as a yeoman working in Personnel Palm Beach, FL, from Oct. 18, 1943 until Oct. 20, 1945. After discharge, she and Al were married. They had two daughters, Renne' Susan and Ann Catherine. The family moved a few times after Al graduated from college. The marriage ended in 1955. Colene later married Larry Bowman in Spokane, WA, April 9 1961. They had two daughters, Shawn Lori and Jody Lynn.
Colene moved to Orofino in 1999 to be closer to her to oldest daughters. She loved our little community and was very happy here. Mom broke her hip in November 2013. After her hospital stay, it was necessary for her to move to the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. The staff at the Veterans Home were wonderful. They took such good care of her. We could not be more thankful.
Colene was a very generous, kind and non-judgmental person. She would help anyone in need to the best of her ability. She was a devoted supporter of the Methodist Church. She really adored animals and gave to the ASPCA and the local animal shelter. She had a bright and cheerful demeanor and everyone she encountered received a cheerful word from her.
We were lucky to have such a wonderful Mother and even though she lived a good long time, it is still very hard to say goodbye. So, we will say so long, until we meet again.
Colene is survived by her four daughters, Renne' Tiffany, Phoenix, AZ, Annie Lozar (Ed), Orofino, Shawn Lieper (Scott), Spokane, WA, and Jodi Caldwell in Texas. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Clearwater Humane Society in her honor.
Photos: Colene Catherine Carlson
Barbara Ilene Schwartzkopf, 76
Our wife, mother, grandma and "GG," Barbara Ilene Schwartzkopf, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015, as a result of injuries she received after being struck by an all-terrain vehicle May 30. She was doing one of the things she loved most: being in the mountains and riding with her husband on their ATV quad. She definitely had a love for being the adventurous one!
Barbara was born 76 years ago to Ralph Wheeler and Eda Marie (Dammon) Mehl on March 30, 1939, in Lewiston. She was the middle daughter of Ralph and Eda. The Mehl family lived in Lewiston, Hermiston, OR, Redondo Beach, CA, Pasco, WA, and then moved back to Lewiston.
Barbara met the love of her life, Charles (Bud) Schwartzkopf, in Orofino in 1955. They began dating in 1956 after Bud moved to Lewiston. In December 1956, Bud proposed to Barb by asking her "if she would like to write his last name for the rest of her life." Bud and Barb were married in a garden wedding on July 6, 1957, in Lewiston. They lived in West Seattle for the first three and a half years of their marriage. Bud and Barb have two daughters, Cindy and Terri, who they raised in Lewiston.
Barbara started working at a dry cleaner business for DECA while still attending high school. She then began her working career in the office at Twin City Foods in Lewiston. The majority of her career was spent working for the Teamsters Union for more than 15 years. Barbara also worked for Nick's Welding and Potlatch Corp. She retired in 1994 at the age of 52.
Barbara enjoyed working as a volunteer for the city of Lewiston voting sites during elections after her retirement. Bud and Barb spent the first few winters of their retirement in Arizona, but realized that spending that much time away from their children and grandchildren, especially during the holidays, was not what they wanted to do long term. Family was a very important part of Barb's life! She will be especially remembered as always being willing to help out family and friends whenever she could at a moment's notice. She had a love of people and never knew anyone as a stranger!
Barbara had many joys in her life, including camping, boating, four-wheeling, playing card games with friends, working on crafts and attending card-making classes. She hand-made beautiful note cards that she gave as gifts and sent to friends and family on birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. And she loved watching her soap operas! One of the biggest joys, though, was her six grandchildren. She loved being part of their lives and spent numerous hours sitting through tennis matches, basketball, baseball, football and soccer games. She was also "GG" to her three young great-grandchildren.
Barb had 58 wonderful years of married life with Bud that were full of adventures, and he survives her at their family home, along with their beloved dog Rocko. Also surviving Barbara are her daughters, Cindy O'Harra (Larry Kom) in Lewiston and Terri Richards (Dave) in Moscow; sisters Verla Thrall (Ron) and Sandra Roberts (Max); grandchildren Chad Spears, Sarah Klein, Taylor O'Harra (Ashleigh Reller), Amanda Parkins (Lane), Drew O'Harra and Blaine O'Harra. Barbara has three beautiful great-granddaughters, Tabby Holum, Teagan O'Harra and Baileigh Parkins. Barbara is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as great-nieces and nephews.
Welcoming her into heaven are her parents, Ralph and Eda; mother-in-law Beulah Schwartzkopf; and father-in-law Ralph Schwartzkopf.
A service celebrating Barbara's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Congregational-Presbyterian Church, 709 Sixth St., Lewiston. Taken too soon from us, her family will greatly miss her! Barb's family invites you to join them for her celebration of life and dinner following.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mom's name to a favorite charity or Life Flight Network.
Photo: Barbara Ilene Schwartzkopf
Colene Catherine Carlson, 92, formerly of Orofino
Colene Catherine Carlson, 92, former Orofino resident passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Idaho State Veteran Home in Lewiston.
No service is planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Gerald E. 'Gene' Eikum, 87
Gerald E. 'Gene' Eikum, age 87 passed on June 6, 2015 to join others who have since completed their stay in this world. The second child of John and Esther Eikum was born on a small farm north of Genesee, Idaho on July 27, 1927.
He spent the early years as a farmhand working for his uncles. He graduated from Genesee High School in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was discharged shortly thereafter as the war ended.
He married Marilyn Edwards in 1948. Two sons were born of this marriage which later ended in divorce.
He married Linda Arnot in 1981 and spent time with family at home, camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and travelling.
Gene retired from Potlatch Corporation in 1992 after 41 plus years of service, retiring as Manager of the Fiber Procurement Department.
Gene and Linda spent the next few summers traveling the western world with many memorable trips, ending with a trip to Australia.
Gene is survived by his son, Steve, and wife, Debbie above Orofino; their son, Brandon, Jennifer and their two children Brandon, Jr. and Olivia; son, Jerry, and wife, Cindie in Lewiston and their two children, Tara and her husband, Nathan Tumelson, and their children, Joshua and Grady Tumelson; and son, Tyler; Linda's children, Mark Arnot, and his daughter, Cassidy, and Lori Ayres and husband, Mike, and her sons, Parker and Palmer, and step-daughters, Jenn and Ann Marie all of Lewiston.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother Leon, and is survived by siblings, Rex and John and Yvonne Pegg, and Rowena Henry.
Cremation has taken place with a memorial service to be held at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home on Friday June 12 at 11 a.m.
Photo: Gerald E. 'Gene' Eikum
Betty M. (Mattson) Lyda, 87, Orofino
Betty M. (Mattson) Lyda peacefully passed away Monday, June 1, 2015, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation, with her family at her side.
She was born the fifth child of seven to Robert E. Mattson and Bessie (Yunek) Mattson on Aug. 6, 1927, at Ogema, WI. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Orofino, where Betty attended school. On Jan. 15, 1948, Betty married Jesse A. Lyda on the doorsteps of the courthouse in Lewiston. They made their home in Orofino and raised their sons, Ronald and Gregory.
Betty loved life in general and shared her home and adventures with extended family and friends. Hobbies were painting, sculpting, crocheting, bowling, gardening, rock hounding and playing cards. Betty and Jesse enjoyed and were avid in fishing, hunting and as horseshoe pitchers.
She was preceded in death by Jesse, her husband of 62 years; parents, Bessie and Robert; siblings, Marie (Mattson) Cochrane/Evert, Roy Mattson, Clarence (Frenchy) Mattson, Gilbert Mattson and Jerry Mattson.
She is survived by a sister, Mary Mckenzie of Boise; and daughter, Jolene of Nashville, TN; as well as Betty's children, Ronald G. Lyda and Gregory D. (Sandy) Lyda of Orofino; her only grandchild, Kaden C. Lyda; and three great-grandchildren, Kaarleigh, Breeze and Jansen of Lewiston.
A celebration of life will be planned at a future date.
We, the family, would like to thank the staff and management of Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care of our beloved Betty. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to the Clearwater Health and Rehab Activities Fund, 1204 Shriver Road, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Betty M. (Mattson) Lyda
Stanton Jay Wiggins, 62, formerly of Clearwater County
Stanton Jay Wiggins, 62, of Lewiston, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at home, surrounded by his family.
Stan was born Dec. 6, 1952, in Council, Idaho, to Norman and Bernice (Gilbert) Wiggins. He spent his formative years on the ranch in Midvale, Idaho, in the care of his loving grandparents, Joseph and Dollie (Nelson) Wiggins. Stan often recalled many fond memories of life on the ranch, as well as the valuable lessons he learned and unforgettable stories of the mischief and ill-advised decisions of his youth.
In June 1974, Stan enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed basic training at Fort Polk, LA. Stan served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Infantry, Third Battalion, 60th Infantry in Fort Lewis, WA, for the remainder of his active duty military career. In 1977, Stan was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
Stan married Lisa Starr Schlader in Weippe on Jan. 6, 1979. They had two sons and later divorced.
Stan began his law enforcement career in 1978 with the Pierce Police Department. When he arrived in Pierce after accepting the job, he hadn't yet made any plans for housing. Consequently, he spent the first several weeks living out of one of the jail cells before finding a more appropriate place to rest his head. Two years later, Stan accepted a position with the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office as deputy sheriff. In 1983, Stan became an Idaho State Police trooper and spent the next 26 years serving the community and protecting Region 2 highways until his retirement in 2009. While with the Idaho State Police, Stan was an accomplished crash reconstructionist, a safety education regional officer and a child passenger safety technician, often performing community outreach programs.
A kind and generous man, Stan was always willing to help others in their time of need. He loved and cared for animals, was passionate about muscle cars and collecting antique firearms. He was a man of unbreakable faith. He was a loving and devoted father, and cherished spending time with his grandchildren.
Stan is survived by his two sons, Jay Wiggins and his wife Tara of Filer, Idaho, and Scott Wiggins and his wife Gretchen of Hayden, Idaho; five grandchildren, Blaine, Kadance, Jonathan, Carys and Lachlan; sister Kami Faulkner of Beaverton, OR; brother Ted Faulkner of Clarksville, TN.; and his faithful partner, Robin Vonk of Lewiston.
A celebration of life and visitation service will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mountain Time Saturday at the Midvale Community Baptist Church, 280 E. Bridge St., Midvale. Burial services will begin at 2 p.m. at the Eastside Cemetery in Midvale. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.
Photo Stanton Jay Wiggins
Bennie 'Ben' Wolfe, 97, Weippe and Orofino
Bennie 'Ben' Wolfe passed away on May 21, 2015 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino
The last child of Herman and Bertha Wolfe of the Glenwood community near Kamiah has gone to rest on May 21, 2015 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino of natural causes related to age. Bennie 'Ben' Wolfe was born on April 1, 1918 at his home in Glenwood, near Kamiah, to Herman and Bertha (Preifer) Wolfe who came to Idaho in 1914 from Menomonie, WI. He attended his school years in Glenwood.
Ben served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Field Lineman and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. He met his wife while he worked making cedar products near Musselshell Meadows with his brother Fred and Eva Wolfe.
He married Edna Jane White on Oct. 1, 1938 and lived in Glenwood to be near Bennie's parent's house. They moved to Orofino, so Edna and their two children Donald and Patricia could be near Edna's parents while Ben was in the Army. After Ben was discharged, they moved to Weippe where they made their home for the next 60 years while raising their four children. During that time, he worked as a tree faller for Nelson, Fromelt and Miller logging companies. He rode the train to logging camps throughout the area. When he wasn't working in the woods he spent his time raising hay and cattle
In retirement he spent time raising a garden and flowers with his wife Edna. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. In the late 1990s, Bennie and Edna moved to Orofino where he enjoyed gardening and attending senior citizens. Dad was a very loving and responsible man who always made sure that his family was taken care of.
Survivors include: a daughter, Linda Hutchins and husband, Larry, of Weippe; a brother-in-law, John Olson of Gillett, WI; nieces, Brenda Woods, Verla Wilsey, Judy Brown, Maida Dundas, Karen Watts, Delora Salee and Lori Olson of Appleton,WI; nephews, Tim Warner, Ray West, Bob and Kyle Woods and Stev Olson of Appleton; six grandchildren, Mark Hutchins and wife, Tina, of Weippe, Melody Hutchins of Missoula, MT, Josh Hutchins of Weippe, Denise Snyder, Kendle and Terri Snyder and Kerrie Snyder. He is also survived by several great grandchildren: Nathan, Isaac, Enjoli, Josh and John, Kyle Miller of Weippe, Christopher Allen of Missoula; two great- great grandchildren, Brenna and Jaden Snyder.
Bennie was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Alvena, Ann, Minnie and Rose; four brothers: Bill, Fred, Hank and Art; a son, Donald Lee Wolfe and daughters, Patricia and Penny (Wolfe) Snyder Ross.
A visitation will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial will be at the Weippe Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in caring for arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum or a charity of choice.
"He is now released to be with his family and friends who have gone before him" - Unknown
Photo: Bennie 'Ben' Wolfe
John 'Jack' Francis Farrow, 72, formerly of Orofino
John 'Jack' Francis Farrow passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 21, 2015, due to complications following surgery.
Jack was born March 19, 1943, to Charles and Anabel Farrow in Orofino, Idaho. He attended local schools in the area including Orofino High School where he was a proud "Maniac" playing football and participating in track and field events. Following high school, Jack worked as a mechanic at the local Chevron Station and Barnett Thompson Chevrolet. Jack spent time as a surveyor for the Forest Service until 1964 when he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard where he would spend the next 34 years serving his country as an engineer, mechanic and supervisor including a tour in Vietnam.
It was in high school that Jack met the love of his life Mary Michele Farrow (French) and they were married in 1965. Together they had two sons while living in Orofino, Charles Mark and Scott Allen, before relocating to the Idaho Falls, Idaho, area where they would have one daughter, Dawn Michele, and twin boys John Aaron and Jared Wade.
While in high school, Jack liked to own and build different high performance cars and use them to cruise the "Gut" with friends and race against other local enthusiasts. His passion for engines made him a highly respected mechanic in the area and ultimately became a major part of his career.
Jack was an avid outdoorsman and loved to camp, fish, hunt and golf. Some of his greatest memories were formed at "Fish Camp" near Henry's Lake where his family and friends visited every Memorial Day for over 30 years. Over the years many families (and sometimes strangers) participated in the event and learned how to fish this lake from Jack. The friendships he created on these outings will last longer than a lifetime.
The Farrow family lived in the same home and near the same neighbors in Idaho Falls for over 40 years. Jack was a great neighbor lending a helping hand and watching out for the general welfare and safety of those around him.
Jack is survived by his sister, Beverley Latham (Kyle) of Orofino; brother-in-laws, John French of Aurora, CO and Martin Stout of Orofino,; sons, Mark Farrow (Monique) of Boise; Scott Farrow (Donna) of Moscow; John Farrow (Stacey) of Idaho Falls; and Jared Farrow (Jodi) of Nampa; eight grandchildren: Rachael, Tyler, John, Hailey, Rayce, Taylor, Hayden and Sydney and one great grandchild, Harper, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Anabel Farrow; brother, Charles "Leroy" Farrow; sister, Charlene Stout; daughter, Dawn Michele Farrow and his lovely wife, Mary Michele Farrow.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Rd. in Idaho Falls. The family will visit with friends on Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services, both times at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Ammon Cemetery where military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
A celebration of his life will follow at the Idaho Falls Elks Lodge, 640 East Elva Street.
Photos: John 'Jack' Francis Farrow
Clarence Edward Seidel, 95, lived at Teakean Butte
Clarence Edward Seidel passed away Sunday morning, May 17, 2015, from complications of a stroke. He was 85. It was a gentle passing, with nearly his entire family by his side.
Clarence was born June 9, 1929, in Ellis, KS, the youngest of four children to Frederick and Carrie (Honas) Seidel. His parents came to the United States from Austria in the early l900s as young children through Ellis Island. They settled in Ellis, in a largely German-speaking community. His mother and father both worked for the railroad. He was a switchman and she cleaned rail cars. They moved to Pocatello in 1935, when Clarence was five. He was the first to learn English in school. In later years, he would call his mother in Pocatello every Sunday afternoon. If she switched to German during the conversation, so would he.
Growing up in Pocatello, he was a Golden Gloves boxer, and later moved to Chicago as a professional boxer. His career was short-lived in Chicago, where he had his jaw broken in his final bout as a professional. He said he was known as "The Canvasback Kid," as he said he spent most of his time in the ring on his back. After he returned to Idaho, he worked briefly at the copper mine in Anaconda, MT, but left to go to back to Chicago to attend the Coyne School to learn electrical wiring.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 and served a tour in Korea. He met Darlene Hickman while home on leave. They met as their mothers worked together. They were married March 2, 1951.
He began working for Idaho Power as a lineman. He then went to work for Bonneville Power Administration. This took his growing family to Paul, ID, to Snohomish, WA, and finally to Lewiston in 1972, putting in the power lines for Bonneville Power across the Lewiston Hill from Dworshak Dam. He retired from Bonneville Power in 1992.
He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and had pet nicknames for each. He especially loved the time he could spend with family on his 20 acres on Teakan Butte near Cavendish. He was a jack of all trades, and unlike many, was a master of all. He was always there to help his family and friends. If someone had a problem, it was always: "Call Grandpa, he will know."
Clarence was a talented musician as well, and played the accordion in a country western band at the old Oasis Club in Pocatello, a place he once described as "a honky-tonk you had to fight your way into, and fight your way out of." He also was in the house band at the Paradise Club in American Falls, ID. His musical genes were passed on to his sons, Cody, Kelly and Randy, and he was known as the father of the Seidel Brothers Band. His daughters, Charlene, Cheryl and DeeAnn, can't carry a tune in a bucket, however.
After he retired, he and Darlene finally had time to travel and spent many happy trips with their daughter, Cheryl, and son-in-law, Joe Dickenson, traveling in their motor home to such destinations as Canada, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Oregon Coast.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Pauline; and brothers, Bill and Paul.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Darlene; and his children, Charlene (Jim) Collier, Cody (Cindy) Seidel, Kelly Seidel, Jan Webb, Cheryl (Joe) Dickenson, Randy (Nancy) Seidel and DeeAnn (Gary) Eberhardt. He is also survived by his beloved 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. We will all miss you, Dad.
Clarence was a devout communicant of All Saints Catholic Church. A rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the All Saints Building Fund or the Alzheimer's Society.
Photo: Clarence Edward Seidel
Christopher Mathews, 55, formerly of Orofino
Christopher Wayne Mathews passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015. He was 55.
Chris was born to Peter Wayne and Sharon Sandra (Jared) Mathews on Christmas Day 1959 in Orofino. He grew up in the logging camps of the North Fork at Camp 14. Peter was a logger and then got into the powerline trade, so the family moved all over the Northwest before settling in Lewiston, where Chris finished high school.
He entered the U.S. Marines on his 17th birthday in 1977 and served his hitch. Chris was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was discharged in 1981 and married Julie Ament in 1982. The couple produced two beautiful boys, Corey and Jake, and the family moved to Spokane, WA, for work. In 1995, they moved back to Lewiston. Chris was hurt at work, and the last years of life he was on medical disability.
Chris enjoyed telling stories, hunting and fishing and was an avid reader. He was always at the NAIA World Series with his boys and friends. He would drop everything to hitch a ride on a fishing boat. Though his medical problems required him to stay at home often, he never lost the adventuring spirit, even if only from home.
Chris is survived by his sons, Corey and Jake Mathews; brother, Joe Mathews; and sister, Michelle Milton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Julie.
In lieu of services, the family will hold a wake and covered-dish lunch at 9 a.m. May 23 at Spalding Park. It is a covered-dish, so bring food, drinks and stories. In lieu of flowers, make a donation in Chris' name to the Clarkston American Legion.
Photos: Christopher Mathews
Berniece Myrtle Beck, 94, Orofino
Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Berniece Myrtle Beck, entered into rest May 6, 2015 at her home with family by her side.
She was born in Spirit Lake on April 25, 1921 to Elmer and Myrtle Lundblad. They moved to Elk River when Berniece was three and there welcomed a sister, Dona Jo. Berniece finished the sixth grade in Elk River. The family moved to Orofino in 1934.
Berniece met Bill Beck in Orofino and after he finally got Berniece's attention, they were married in the Orofino Nazarene Church on June 18, 1938. This union of love brought five children to the marriage, Ronald, Larry, Crystal, Brenda and Nancy.
Berniece and Bill made their home in the Chases Flats area of Orofino in 1946, at that time it was known as wilderness area. She resided there until her passing.
With no modern luxuries, Berniece carried her role as homemaker and mother to an expertise. In the early years, her husband owned a logging company in Pierce, which kept him busy away from home, leaving a lot of responsibility on Berniece. She did whatever it took to keep the household running while Bill was at camp. Berniece was not afraid of work or challenges in life. She handled them with grace and dignity.
Berniece was a member of the First Christian Church. She was proud of her yard and found joy working in it. She loved to quilt with the girls from Lura's Fabrics and made several quilts for the family. Berniece enjoyed helping people and was active as a volunteer with the Hospice home care. She learned to line dance with a group of seniors and enjoyed that very much.
Berniece is survived by her sister, Dona Jo McKinney; her children, Ronald and Michael Beck, Larry and Becky Beck, Crystal Beck, Brenda and Robin Baune, Ted W. Rainville, 8 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.
Berniece was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Beck; daughter, Nancy Rainville; grandson, Teddy Rainville and great grandson, Tanner Whitney.
Her celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. May 16 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery followed by a potluck at the First Christian Church.
She will be greatly missed.
Photos: Berniece Myrtle Beck
John Dahl, 37
John Dahl passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, surrounded by the people who knew and loved him the most. He was 37 years old.
John was born March 31, 1978, in Moscow. John moved to Burns, OR, with his family, where he attended and graduated high school. John was a naturally gifted athlete who excelled in basketball, baseball and football. John was a varsity letterman in each sport and was named "most promising freshman" in basketball during ninth grade. John loved sports and anyone who ever played a game of one-on-one with him can attest to his skill and competitiveness. During his high school years, John met the true and only love of his life, Mattie. They were married Feb. 7, 2004, and had two beautiful children together, Maci and Zachary. John's greatest joy in life was his children. He was a wonderful father and wanted nothing more than to spend every minute with them.
John loved the outdoors and the Oregon Coast. He often four-wheeled and rode motorcycles throughout his life. John was also a sports fanatic, especially when rooting for his beloved San Antonio Spurs.
John is survived by his parents, John and Judy of Lewiston; children, Maci and Zachary of Portland, OR.; brother, Bill and family of Burns; brother, Sandy and family of Weippe; as well as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. John will be forever missed, but never forgotten. We love you, "Bug!"
The family suggests memorials to the American Kidney Foundation.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. May 30 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston.
Please sign the online guest book at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: John Dahl
Angela June Miller, 16, Orofino
A Child of Mine
by Edgar Albert Guest
I will lend you, for a little time,
Our precious angel, Angela June Miller, was taken back to heaven on Thursday, April 30, 2015. She brought so much joy to her parents, Ken and Bonnie Miller, when she was born on Oct. 5, 1998, in Orofino, their hometown.
Angela's energy level reached full speed by the time she learned to walk and climb. She sported matching dresses that her mother sewed for their special occasions. Grandma Toots and Aunt Lori Jo made sure Angela's bathroom drawer was well stocked with all sorts of makeup, fragrant lotions, and perfumes. When her brother, Kenny Wayne, arrived at the home front, Angela's role as big sister allowed her the opportunity to practice the caring and compassionate traits her parents showed her. She lovingly encouraged him.
Angela's childhood days were enriched, by experiencing the thrill of her father's logging operation, with its big machines and loud buzzing chainsaws. Her cousins and friends always had fun-filled adventures when spending time with Angela, no matter which season of the year. Those memorable days included fishing, boating, riding horses, spoiling her cats, driving the Can-Am, snowmobiling, going to motocross and motorcycle races, digging snow tunnels, building a humongous snowman, checking for surprises in the mailboxes at Grandma Alma and Grandpa Albert's farm, celebrating holidays, attending music concerts, and traveling on family vacations.
Angela's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed when she was 14. Angela cared deeply for the young people in her community, often lending a helping hand, encouraging, and nurturing. She participated in the Ascension Lutheran Youth Group.
Angela's projects in 4-H included Babysitting, Know Your Government, Cat, Rabbit, and Swine. Last fall, she received Grand Champion in Quality on her pig, Harley. Angela played soccer, softball, volleyball, and threw discus and shot put in track. Her favorite high school activities were singing in the OJSHS (Orofino Junior/Senior High School) choir, participating in the OJSHS Blue Crew and cheerleading. Angela was so pumped when her 2015 Cheer Team won their district championships and was extremely honored to represent her school at the state competition in Boise.
Angela leaves, for now, many wonderful school mates and friends. Please know that you all enhanced her quality of life. Angela's love extends to her enriching teachers, kind mentors, and positive coaches. You helped her become a well-rounded person. Angela was a 4.0 student. She was looking forward to pursuing a degree at LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) to become an Elementary P. E. teacher upon graduating from high school in two more years and had already picked out some college credited classes to complete this fall.
Angela is survived by her loving parents, Ken and Bonnie Miller; brother, Kenny; grandmother, Laurella Miller; grandfather, Albert Lawrence; great-great aunt, Edna Storey; great aunts and uncles, Bertha (Don) Koplitz; Darrol (Joyce) Frazier; aunts and uncles, Lori Jo (Dale) McLean; Earl (Sandy) Lawrence; Amy (Dave) Perry; cousins, Colleen (Justin), Kaiden, Kailie Hall; Clayton McLean; Ryan and Brian Lawrence; Jaclyn Lohman; Valerie (Gary) Hutchison; and BreeAnna and Garrett Perry, and numerous other cousins from the Saxon River and beyond.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, George and Margaret Miller, Albert and Mabel Frazier; Oscar and Mary Lawrence, Lars and Anna Handeland; grandfather, Kenneth Miller; grandmother, Alma Lawrence; great aunts and uncles, June (Bob) Lee; Laura (Walt) Walters; and cousins, Douglas, Jr. and Casey Lohman.
Angela's celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. at the Orofino High School gymnasium Saturday, May 9. Everyone is invited to share in a potluck luncheon at the adjacent school cafeteria directly following the service.
Memorial donations may be given to a charity of your choice, or to the Orofino Jr/Sr. High School Angela Miller Scholarship Fund, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino, ID 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Angela June Miller
Robert Allen Dahl, 75, OHS graduate
Robert Allen Dahl - beloved friend, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle - died peacefully at home in San Francisco, CA. on Saturday, May 2. Born Nov. 24, 1939 in Virginia, MN, he was respected and admired for his intelligence, positive outlook and wonderful sense of humor. He was elected president of the student body at his high school in Orofino, Idaho and participated in sports and other activities, including honor roll. He graduated in 1957.
Bob was graduated from the University of Idaho Business School in 1961 and also received his ROTC Lieutenant's commission at that time. When the Berlin Wall went up in August 1961, Bob went off to Germany, where he spent the next two years. While there he met his future wife, Theresa Mark Dahl, who was a teacher at the Illesheim Post American School. They were married at St. Francis Xavier Church in San Francisco, CA, on Jan. 4, 1964.
Bob's business career began in November 1963. He was a lending officer and vice president with Bank of America for 28 years and credit examiner and vice president at Wells Fargo Bank for 12 years. He and his family spent nine years in England with B of A, where they formed many lasting friendships. While in Europe, they traveled to Norway, and became personally acquainted with Bob's Norwegian relatives. Bob's work with B of A gave him the opportunity to travel all over the world, and his work with Wells Fargo involved travel all over the United States, but his heart was always in San Francisco. The Dahl family home here was a destination for childhood friends from Idaho, Army friends from his time in Germany and local friends from B of A and Wells Fargo.
Bob is survived by his wife, Terry, daughters, Jennifer Dahl and Sandra Dahl Finnegan (Stephen); granddaughter, Catherine Rose Finnegan; brother, John Dahl (Becky); and many nieces, nephews and cousins in Idaho, South Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, California and Florida. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Julian and Elsie Dahl of Orofino, Idaho.
The Dahl family wishes to thank Reliable Caregivers and all of the doctors, nurses and staff at the CPMC Hospital and ER, the Sutter Nurses AIM program, Sutter Hospice at Home program, and all of our friends, who were so very kind and helpful over the years. The battle against cancer is a tough one, but the support we received from everyone kept Bob fighting and living his life fully for the 15 years after the diagnosis.
The Rosary Vigil will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Memorial Mass on Friday May 15, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Dominic's Church, 2390 Bush Street, San Francisco 94115. Inurnment in St. Dominic's Columbarium will follow.
Photo: Robert Allen Dahl
Jeanette Gorman, 65, Orofino
Jeanette Gorman, 65, Orofino, passed away at home on April 21, 2015 of pancreatic cancer.
I lived a rich and full life always filled with family, friends and a lot of fun. After my diagnosis someone asked what was on my bucket list. I honestly answered, "Nothing" because I always did the things I wanted to do when I wanted to do them. I'm thankful I didn't postpone life.
My greatest source of joy, amazement and pride are my two sons, Quinn Patrick Costello and Alex Joseph Gorman. They continuously taught me how to love, how to learn and how to laugh. I am so fortunate to have them as sons but, more importantly, to have them as my closest friends.
I was born in Chicago, but our family moved to the Kansas City area when I was 2. My mom and dad worked multiple jobs to support me and my three siblings. My sister, Barbara, passed away in 2000. My two brothers, Mark and Paul, possess the best senses of humor, and I'm lucky we formed a perfect team, working closely together these past years to care for our mom, Agnes. I am the luckiest sister in the world.
After graduating from the University of Kansas, I moved to San Francisco for two years, to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains for one year, to Boston for two years then to Boise for 15 years before finally moving to Orofino 20 years ago. My dream was to live in a mountainous area surrounded by pines. I found my paradise.
I met Patrick Costello while at KU. We were together for 27 years. He was a good partner and husband, and an excellent father. Although we parted company in 2001, we have remained good friends along with his caring wife, Donna Kay Fladager.
My current husband, Dave King, lit up my life with his sense of humor and continual optimism. He has always taken good care of me in sickness and in health. Our camping trips, our champagne toasts, his little mountain hideaway, his Arizona family and his bright smile enriched my days beyond measure.
Prior to retirement, I always worked for non-profit organizations. For 19 years I thoroughly enjoyed working as community relations coordinator for Clearwater Valley and St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics. I was fortunate to have meaningful jobs and considered my co-workers and community members to round out my circle of friends.
One of my life's passions was traveling. I backpacked solo in Europe for five months, biked in China, trekked in Peru, visited wineries in Argentina, walked through rainforests in Costa Rica, visited Joanne in Kathmandu and Prague, stayed with Alex's host family in Tokyo, traveled in Thailand, paddled kayaks with Cindy in the Sea of Cortez and explored Machu Picchu with Quinn. My domestic travels were great adventures, too, especially Dave's and my two winter sojourns to the Southwest in our little camper.
The time from my diagnosis until the time of my passage was helped and handled with extreme dignity and constant compassion by the staff of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center hospice program. I can't thank them enough. If you'd like to make a donation in my name please consider them or the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Auxiliary or Foundation. All work together to ensure better health in our community.
Throughout my life I have gathered friends and refused to let them go. I have friends I've known since childhood, high school and college and from every place I've lived or worked. My family and my friends have always filled my life with what is most important: laughter and love and unquestioned support. Thank you for making my life full to bursting every single moment. Smile when you think of me. Let there be tears only of happiness when we think of how fortunate we are to have met. Lives may end but relationships endure forever.
There will be a memorial celebration for Jeanette at Orofino City Park on June 14, 2015 beginning at noon followed by a potluck picnic. Everyone is welcome.
Photo: Jeanette Gorman
Ron Purcell, 78, OHS graduate
Ron Purcell, 78, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from respiratory failure.
Ron was born in Pomeroy to Frank Purcell and Doris Earl on May 10, 1936. Ron's parents moved to Peck, where he attended school, graduating in 1954 from Orofino High School.
Ron married Shirley C. Mullikin in Colfax, WA, on May 6, 1955, and together they had six children and family became their life. Ron was a hands-on dad who coached his sons in football, helping his children with their fair projects and taking the family on many camping trips and vacations that the children still talk about. In 1955, they moved to Clarkston, WA, and Ron began his long career with Potlatch Forests Inc., now known as Clearwater Paper; he retired in 1994. After retirement, Ron continued working doing transports for All Ways Transportation and exchanging vehicles for Hertz.
In 1963, Ron and Shirley became foster parents and amazingly to this day they continue to open their home to children in need.
Ron and Shirley had many adventures together traveling throughout the United States, with most trips including some of their children and/or extended family. Their motor home became the "Aunt" mobile as Ron and Shirley would take Ron's aunts on many of their travels. One of the things that Ron and Shirley looked forward to was their yearly National bowling trips, which included family and friends and were held throughout the United States. Ron enjoyed cooking, camping, fishing and any event in which his grandchildren participated, but most of all he loved being with his family.
Ron is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Steve (Mary Lea) Purcell and Kevin (Mary) Purcell; daughters, Carol Rogers, Pam (Mitch) Benedict and Patty (Mark) Besst; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; as well as his brother, Bill (Shirley) Purcell, and sister, June (David) Leeper.
Ron was preceded in death by his daughter, Christy DeBoer; his parents, Frank Purcell and Doris Earl Burch; and brothers, Lee Purcell and Earl (Buck) Purcell.
Please join the family at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, for a celebration of life dinner at the Holy Family Parish Center, 917 Chestnut St., Clarkston.
Memorials donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Photo: Ron Purcell
Goldie Muriel (Eberhardt) Byrne, 97, Lenore
Goldie Muriel (Eberhardt) Byrne went to be with her Lord and Savior at age 97 on Saturday, April 18, 2015. She died peacefully in her sleep and will be missed by all who knew her, but especially her surviving family: daughter, Carol Byrne; granddaughters, Kristin Eis (Jeff Eis) and Rachel Byrne; sister, Grace Elaine Eberhardt; and great-grandsons, Alex Byrne, Paul Byrne, Ashlyn Byrne, Franklin Eis and Jackson Eis.
She was born Oct. 13, 1917, and attended school at Lenore. Schooling was cut short because of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which left her hospitalized at Boise for surgery and rehabilitation. After recuperating from her illness as best she could, she worked as a registered cosmetician at Mounce Beauty School, retiring in 1944.
Goldie married Paul M. Byrne on Feb. 2, 1942, at St. Stanislaus Church. They were married 61 years, until Paul passed away in June 2003. While they were married, she went with Paul on his tour of duty in the United States and enjoyed traveling after her husband's retirement many years later. She had three children; the oldest, Paul Byrne Jr., passed away in 2014. Their second child, Rebecca Ann Byrne, died shortly after birth in 1946. Carol Byrne was their youngest child and currently resides in Seattle near her daughter and grandsons. Goldie had three granddaughters and five great-grandsons.
She enjoyed being with family and friends and spent her time sewing and crocheting and reading her Bible. She had a green thumb and could bring any plant back to life. Her backyard was filled with roses and all sorts of beautiful flowers. She had a generous soul and gave her time and love easily to those who needed it.
Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Paul M. Byrne; her parents, Herman and Grace Eberhardt; her brothers, Joseph Eberhardt, Albion Eberhardt, Colby Eberhardt and Walter Eberhardt; sisters, Mary (Eberhardt) Herning, Gertrude (Eberhardt) Gentry and Bonnie (Eberhardt) Burke; her son, Paul M. Byrne Jr.; and daughter Rebecca Ann Byrne.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston. A graveside burial will follow. All are welcome.
Photo: Goldie Muriel (Eberhardt) Byrne
Simon 'Ty' Tyler Wyatt, 88, Orofino
Simon 'Ty' Tyler Wyatt, age 88, died peacefully on April 18, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino. His service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church, 215 115th St. in Orofino, Friday, April 24, at 11 a.m.
He was born in Enid, OK, the son of Simon Wyatt and Clara Pope Wyatt on Dec. 3, 1926. Growing up in Garber, OK, he worked as a young man on local farms, helping out at cattle auctions and at a butcher shop. He was actively involved in 4-H and enjoyed showing livestock. He made lifelong friends whom he faithfully stayed in touch with up until a month ago.
After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy in 1944. He served aboard a troop carrier stationed in Bremerton, WA. After he was discharged, he returned to Oklahoma. One night Ty came to pick up his date and she was sick, so he turned to Arlene and asked her if she wanted to go dancing. Married Aug. 7, 1948, they have been dancing for over 66 years. Three children survive him: Lowell Wyatt of Parker, AZ, Deborah Haverman (Richard) Orofino and Bradley Wyatt of Austin, CO.
While in Oklahoma, he worked as a cigarette salesman and insurance agent. Later, the family moved to Culver City, CA, and he worked at Smart and Final as a store manager. He worked on weekends to be back to farming. He retired from being a store manager in 1978 to live his dream to have an orange grove. Ty and Arlene enjoyed those days ranching and selling antiques on the weekends over on the coast. He made various ranch investments and sold land through the years.
He was an active life-long member of the Lutheran Church. He served as church treasurer, taught Sunday School and was a great supporter of education. He always said the greatest gift our country had to offer to everyone was a free education. He was an avid reader and his favorite books were James Michener. He loved watching sports: football, basketball, baseball and golf.
In 1991, they purchased a summer home in Orofino to be close to family and grandchildren. Ty spent many a summer enjoying his boat and catching kokanee on the Dworshak with his daughter and her husband, Dick. He retired from farming in 2008 due to shingles and they moved to Idaho permanently. He was a great advocate for shingles vaccines. If you haven't had one, get it tomorrow.
Ty loved Arlene and his family. He valued his heritage. He was known for great stories about his family and farming. He came from a large family and could spin stories about all of them and his many friends all over the country. His fishing stories seemed to get better all the time. Ty never knew a stranger and liked to learn something from them.
In addition to Arlene and children; he is survived by two sisters, Carol Reim in Garber, OK and Jane Kapka in Enid, OK. He is also survived by grandaughters: Targhee Haveman (Ivar Hilestand), Julie Ann Alsdorf (Joel), Lisa Wyatt: Harmony (Haveman) Weinberg (Andrew) and Emily Sanchez (Alvin) and six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He was lovingly cared for by the staff and nurses and CNAs at Clearwater Health and Rehab. He was tenderly cared for the last few months also by Compassionate Care folks. We can't express enough heartfelt gratitude for Ty's care and the supportive care for our mother and family.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 3296, PO Box 1270, Orofino, ID or Ascension Lutheran Church.
Photo: Simon 'Ty' Tyler Wyatt
Fern L Kingen Wilson, 77, Orofino
Fern Lucinda Kingen Wilson, 77, of Orofino passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, after 28 years of battling breast cancer.
Fern was born Oct. 26, 1937 in a cabin on the Ahsahka grade to Walter and Edith Ownbey Kingen. She lived in the Fraser, Weippe and Orofino area all of her life. Fern went to school in the Cottonwood schoolhouse in Fraser until it burnt to the ground in 1948. She then went to school in Weippe and graduated in 1955.
Fern married Keith Wilson August 10, 1956 in Weippe. They made their home in Fraser and Weippe. In their earlier years dad had two stud trucks. Mom would run the stiff boom shovel and drive one of the trucks, with us kids sitting beside her. She was a very hard worker. They later divorced.
She loved to play softball and volleyball in her earlier years. She drove school bus for 20 years. In 1985 she bought the Homestead Lounge in Orofino and ran it for 27 years. She wasn't a drinker so this was an amazing project for her. She loved to play and sing music so there was always a jam session going on in the bar. If not there she would find one to go to. She enjoyed her music the most of anything and the people that she played with.
During all of this she battled breast cancer, not letting the chemo every three weeks stop her from doing anything. She floated the Colorado River in a raft twice and never knew how to swim. She went to Belize and numerous times to Mexico. She loved traveling there. Many kids called her house home, from nieces and nephews to us kid's friends. Everyone was welcome.
Fern is survived by her sons Gerald and Gary Wilson of Orofino, Kelly Wilson and Sybil Alhstrom of Weippe and daughter Beverly and son-in-law Bruce Bower of Weippe; and her sister Ione Smith. Grandchildren: Brian Bower and wife Brandi, Travas Davis, Aron Wilson, Kelsy Eden and husband George, Hayden Wilson, and Dylan Wilson. Great grandchildren: Star, Lily, Brynlee, Deegan, Somer, Cyrus, Wyatt, Scarlet, Aries, and Rylan, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Edith Kingen; brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Dean and Roy (Pete) and sister Viola Borders.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Fraser Cemetery at 11:00 am. There will be a potluck dinner to follow at the White Pine Rebekah Lodge in Weippe.
Donations and memorials can be made to the White Pine Rebekah Lodge, PO Box 236, Weippe, ID 83553 or to the place of your choice.
Photo: Fern Lucinda Kingen Wilson
Judy Danner, 57, Kamiah
Memorial Services for Judy Danner, 57, who passed away Saturday April 11, 2015 at her Kamiah Home will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Life Center, U.S. Highway 12, Kamiah. Pastor Kelly Lineberry will officiate.
A covered dish dinner will follow. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho is assisting the family.
Lonnie Ray Broadwater, 84, Orofino
Lonnie Ray Broadwater, 84, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at his home in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Judy Danner, 57, Kamiah
Judy Danner, 57, Kamiah, passed away Saturday April 11, 2015 at her Kamiah home.
Funeral Arrangements are pending at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
Mary Elizabeth Thornton, 80, formerly of Pierce
Mary Elizabeth Thornton left this world and entered eternity with her Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday April 1, 2015. Her death resulted from complications after a recent fall.
Mary was born on Dec. 27, 1934 in El Cajon CA. She was the youngest daughter of Loyd and Edna Bowman. In 1950, she met Harold in San Diego, CA, and they were married soon after.
Early in their marriage, Harold brought Mary to Pierce, ID. At that time, Mary was a city girl and was not impressed with the little mountain town, so they returned to El Cajon. They stayed there for many years and raised three children: Terry, Judy and Leon.
Harold's work took them to Heber City, UT in 1974 (one step closer to Idaho). Then in 1976 they made their final move to Kamiah. This was home, and their place on the hill was always open and inviting. Mary loved having company and you could count on a hug, a great meal and of course playing a game of cards. She loved all kinds of card games and taught all her grandkids how to play. Rarely losing a game, we often wondered if there was something a little shady going on but deep down we knew she wouldn't really cheat. Would she?
Mom had always been social but when she moved to her apartment at Burkhart she really blossomed. She volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce and senior center. Played cards and dominos several times each week, visited with her neighbors on a regular basis and belonged to two Red Hat groups. All those activities kept her active and lively right up to the day of her fall.
Mary is survived by her three children, Terry (husband Andy) Rybicki, Judy Arnzen, Leon Thornton; 8 grandchildren; Joseph, Renee, Krista, Tracee, Brett, Jeffrey, Jesse, James; 3 bonus grandchildren, Travis, Charity, David; 13 great grandchildren and four bonus great grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Harold, parents Loyd and Edna, sisters Mae, Rosey, and Dorothy.
A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Friday April 17 at 2:00 pm. There will be a potluck reception and Celebration of Life following the service at the Senior Center in Kamiah.
Photo: Mary Elizabeth Thornton
Nancy Jo Cahill, 57, Weippe
Nancy Jo Cahill passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015.
She was born to Kenneth and Emily Chapman on July 2, 1957, in Orofino. She was a graduate of Timberline High School in 1975 and married her high school sweetheart, John Cahill, on Jan. 1, 1977. They made their home in Weippe to be near family and friends and to soon start a family of their own, first with Annie and then Jacob.
While Annie and Jake were growing up, her house was always open to all of their friends. The home was somewhere anyone could go to be cared for, fed, given a cup of coffee, or just to visit. One of her great sources of pride was the talents and accomplishments of her grandchildren. Grandma Nancy was their biggest fan! She loved spoiling them and enjoyed throwing tea parties for them whenever they were around. She was also an avid gardener. The things in life she enjoyed the most were picking huckleberries, scrapbooking and quilting with friends, camping, creek fishing with her father, mushroom hunting and spending time with family - which included long conversations on the phone with her sisters.
Nancy's careers included homemaker, Weippe Public Library librarian and hair stylist. She not only enjoyed doing this work, but loved the opportunity it gave her to interact with the members of the community she loved so much.
Nancy leaves behind a loving family, including her husband, John Cahill; father Kenneth Chapman; her daughter, Annie Cahill and future son-in-law, Chris Jammerman; her son, Jacob Cahill and daughter-in-law Christina; grandchildren Leighton, Landon, Raegan and Bridger; sister, Jane Brown and husband. Larry; brother-in-law Robert Goodall; 11 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Emily Chapman; sister Margie Goodall; and brother Roger Chapman.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Weippe Cemetery. A celebration of life dinner at the Rebekah Lodge in Weippe will immediately follow.
Photo: Nancy Jo Cahill
Mary E. Thornton, 80, Orofino
Services for Mary E. Thornton, 80, of Orofino will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino at 2 p.m.
Ira 'Ike' Fackenthall, 92, Ahsahka
Ira 'Ike' Fackenthall joined Mom at the square dance in the sky Thursday, April 2, 2015. Dad was born on the Freeman Creek homestead Sept. 8, 1922. He was the youngest in the family of Harp and Icyminda (Turnbull) Fackenthall.
He started school at age 4 at Southwick, graduating in 1940. After graduation, he joined the US Coast Guard which lead to his learning to drive '18-wheelers' to transport supplies. When he got out of the US Coast Guard, he used his education money from the service to pay for an auto body repair course.
He was introduced to Bonnie M. Borland by his sister, Phoebe, when he lived in Sandpoint. Love blossomed and they were married May 13, 1950. After their marriage, the moved to Bovill , then to Ahsahka where Dad worked at the Ahsahka Mill. When the mill closed, he worked at the pole yard at Ahsahka until it closed, then worked at Jaype Mill loading logs on train cars. Dad retired and started working again for the Corps of Engineers driving fish truck and running heavy equipment to dip 'trash' out at Lower Granite Dam.
He enjoyed working with heavy equipment and slowly added to his numerous 'toys'. Dad was an avid fisherman and hunter. He brought the first 'Tote Gotes' back home from Utah to use when hunting and of course for the kids to ride down on the flats for entertainment.
Dad shared his enjoyment of working with wood. He made numerous rolling pins, lazy susans, shelves and bowls. He enjoyed giving them away as fast as he made them.
About 1962, Dad and Mom started square dancing and continued making friends throughout the years until they retired from dancing about 2006. Dad had built a garage for the car and jeep, little did he know the vehicles would only be parked in it once before it was converted into the 'dance barn'. Many a square dancer spun and twirled in the barn over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie; siblings, Tom, Phoebe, Senft and Erle; son, Michael, one grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children Diane Shamion, Daniel Vogel (Sue, Susan Showers, Judy Graham (Darrell), Marilyn Fackenthall, Minda Stamper (Dave), 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
April 11, 2015 we will have a celebration of Dad's life in his 'dance barn' in Ahshaka at 1 p.m. He loved sharing stories about the early days on the North Fork. Please bring your memories of Dad and share with us.
No flowers please. We would like for you to donate to the Clearwater Historical Museum or to a charity of your choice in memory of Dad.
We love and will miss you greatly Dad.
Photo: Ira 'Ike' Fackenthall
Beverly Gibbons, 75, Orofino
Beverly Gibbons, 75, of Orofino passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Kindred Health Care in Caldwell.
Arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Ira Fackenthall, 92, Ahsahka
Ira Fackenthall, 92, Ahsahka, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth Thornton, 80, Kamiah
Mary Elizabeth Thornton, 80, Kamiah, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lois Norton, 86, Orofino
Lois Norton passed away suddenly and peacefully Monday, March 9, 2015, at her home in Orofino, Idaho, with her son Mike at her side.
She was born Lois Elaine Gray on Dec. 3, 1928, in Boise, Idaho, to Floyd Oren Gray and Gladys Marie West Gray. She was one of six children and the eldest daughter.
Most of her early life was spent in the Boise Valley where she attended local schools.
In 1945 her parents bought a ranch on Clear Creek several miles from Kooskia, Idaho, where she continued her schooling and graduated from high school. On Dec. 3, 1946, she married Emery Ray (Ray) Norton in Asotin County, WA. She and Ray spent 50 years together until his death in 1996. The first years of their marriage were spent on a ranch on Clear Creek. They lived for a short while in Kooskia, and then later in Kamiah, Idaho, before finally settling in Orofino in 1959.
Lois was a busy mother of seven children and also helped raise two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was an excellent homemaker and seamstress, sewing most of her daughters' clothes and some shirts for her sons.
In 1969 she went to work for the Clearwater County, Idaho, Sheriff's Office. During her years there she worked as dispatcher, jailer, bailiff and civil deputy. Many in Clearwater County probably remember her as the "driver's license lady." She finally retired from the sheriff's office completely when she was almost 70.
Lois and Ray spent many weekends trailer camping on the Lochsa and Selway Rivers with their two youngest daughters, Mary Ann and Joellen and later with their many friends. They also took the trailer to Washington and the Oregon Coast. They traveled to the East Coast to visit their daughter, Elaine and her husband, David and were shown many sites there. This served to whet Lois' appetite for travel. Lois was born with a sense of adventure and she indulged it by taking almost semiannual trips abroad throughout her 60s and 70s. She traveled from Mexico to Scotland, to Egypt, to China and places in between. She often traveled with her daughter, Elaine, sometimes with her son, Tim and his wife, Kathy, and once with her daughter, Kathy. She usually took tours, but she had no fear of traveling alone. She also found time to visit her children in Oregon, California, Idaho, Canada or wherever they were at the time. Every place and everything was interesting to Lois.
Lois learned to play bridge while she was in her 30s. In recent years she returned to playing bridge and spent many enjoyable hours playing and made some new friends. She also enjoyed her time spent at the senior center.
Lois loved to read and learn new things. She enjoyed culture. She and her dear friend Alice Hardy attended many cultural events together over the years.
Lois was an active, intelligent and interesting woman up to the end and will be greatly missed.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; son, Kevin; brothers, Neal, Wayne and Rex Gray; and sister, Donna Gray Sarbacher.
She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Gray Walker of Post Falls, Idaho; and brother-in-law, Ralph Norton and wife Beverly of Heppner, Oregon. She leaves behind her son, Mike Norton of Orofino; daughter, Kathy Norton and husband Jim Peart of Council, Idaho; daughter, Elaine Norton and husband David Archambault of Sausalito, Calif.; son, Tim Norton and wife Kathy Steinbruecker of Orofino; daughter, Mary Ann Norton of Portland, Ore., and daughter, Joellen Norton and husband Bill Accola of Sherman Oaks, Calif.
She also leaves behind the following 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. These are Eric Norton and daughter Avery of Boise, Idaho, Melanie Norton, daughter Maddie, both of Lewiston, Idaho, and Nathan Norton of Orofino, Julia Peart, her husband Jason Carlson and son Tommy of Clarkston, Wash., Livia Peart of Lewiston, Geoff Peart, his wife, Klara and son, Robbie of Brno, Czech Republic, Hannah Archambault and partner Blair of Northhampton, Mass., Kane Steinbruecker and partner Nicki of Orofino, Cody Steinbruecker and wife Ashley of Orofino, Devon Norton and partner Barbara of Seattle, Wash., Emily Reinhold of Portland, Ore., Will Accola and Sam Accola, both of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Lois leaves many nieces and nephews in addition to her immediate family.
In accordance with her wishes there will be no memorial service for Lois. A large family gathering is planned for the summer and her life will be celebrated there.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Orofino Senior Center or to a charity of your choice.
Photos: Lois Norton
Phyllis J. Stalter, 76, formerly of Orofino
Phyllis Joy (Keener) Stalter, age 76, a longtime Lewiston-Clarkston Valley resident, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, from cancer. A celebration of Joy's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive in Lewiston, with a graveside service to follow at the Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 Seventh St., Lewiston.
Joy was born June 2, 1938, in Westport, OR, to James (Harvey) and Bettie Puryear. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Pendleton, OR. When Joy was 12, the family moved to the Camas Prairie, where the family owned and operated a dry cleaning business in Cottonwood. She graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1956. On June 15, 1957, Joy married Elvin Keener, and from then to 1964 they lived in Cottonwood, Grangeville and Orofino. In 1964 they, along with their four children, moved to Lewiston. Joy made Lewiston her home for 37 years. After Elvin's death in 2000, Joy met and married John Stalter on May 11, 2001. At that time, they moved to Clarkston, WA, and have made it their home for the past 14 years.
Joy loved to clean her home, so much so that after her last child entered school, she began sharing her passion with others. She worked in many of these families' homes for decades, and through her work became an important and much-loved part of many families' lives here in the valley. She loved what she did so much that her goal was to not retire until she was 75. She was just one year shy of that goal.
Joy was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. In her younger years, she was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, LCO Ladies Bowling Association and Bryden Canyon Ladies Golf Association. She loved to play games with family and friends and for many years was a member of a Bunco Club started by her sister Shirley here in the valley.
Survivors include her husband, John Stalter of Clarkston; three daughters, Linda Rape and husband David of Lewiston, Sandra Jones and husband Thomas of Kirkland, WA,, and Teresa Cole and husband David of Clarkston; one son, Paul L. Keener and wife Carrie of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way; 3 stepchildren, Scott Alexander, Scarlett Noemi and Charles Gregory; 4 stepgrandchildren; a sister, Shirley Jones of Puyallup, WA; and a brother, Ron Puryear and wife Georgia Lee of Spokane, WA.
Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin Ray Keener; grandson, Jerome Calkins; a brother, Dale Puryear; and both of her parents, Harvey and Bettie Puryear.
Photo: Phyllis Joy (Keener) Stalter
Charlotte May Williams-Baumgardner, 90, formerly of Cavendish, Headquarters
Charlotte May Williams-Baumgardner was born in Ethel, WA., on Jan. 1, 1925, to James Williams and Edith Wilson-Williams-Moore. She married Elmer L. Baumgardner in Lewiston on April 27, 1940.
Charlotte, in addition to being a homemaker, cooked for up to 30 hired men and her family of four children while Elmer ran a sawmill operation out of Cavendish, Idaho, in 1952 on what is now the Dworshak Reservoir site. After selling out his sawmill holdings, they moved to Headquarters, contract logging for Potlatch Corp. Elmer and Charlotte retired from the logging business in 1976. Charlotte then carried the Idahoan Newspaper from Moscow, across Fix Ridge and through the Kendrick and Juliaetta area for another 11 years until her eyesight began failing, at which time she retired. She is a member of the Eastern Stars in Kendrick.
Survivors include: daughters, Charline Strohm (Carl) of Genesee and Betty Lettenmaier (Fred) of Southwick; and sons, Jerry and Larry (Boone) Baumgardner, both of Juliaetta. She has one sister, Jean LaBelle, of Lewiston. She has four grandchildren, Jeanette Weidig of Southwick, Darlene Heath (Gordy) of Southwick, Shelley Ensley (Clay) of Post Falls and Sirena Lawrence (Shawn) of Clarkston, WA. Charlotte also has eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; her mother, Edith Moore; her father, James Williams; her first born son, Tommy; and two brothers, Volney (Buck) and Norman (Bill) Williams.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Photo: Charlotte May Williams-Baumgardner
Mary Bonner, 76, Pierce
Mary Bonner, country born, was called home to be with her Savior and loved ones, Feb. 18, 2015 at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation--Aspen Park, in Moscow.
She was born April 25, 1938 to Bill and Adelina (Miller) Beyer, between Pierce and Headquarters, Idaho. She attended elementary school at Headquarters Independent School. Howard Bradbury was the Potlatch foreman at that time.
Mary graduated from Pierce High School in 1956 and married Emmett Lee Bonner in Pierce Oct. 31, 1956. She was the mother of 15 children, 9 boys and 6 girls and also one deceased at birth in 1961.
Mary was a member of the First Protestant Church of Pierce for over 50 years. She was the Sunday School Superintendent from 1964-1969, Ladies Missionary President 1974 and Ladies Missionary secretary in 1968. They bought a freezer for people on the Island of Tristan da Cunha. She held many children's meetings after school, was a Bible school teacher and helped at the Black Bear Youth Camp. She was also an ordained minister of the First Protestant Church in Pierce.
Mary was a writer, wrote many journals and sent many letters to the editor of the Clearwater Tribune in Orofino and did the Pierce news for a time.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Lee Bonner, 1996; a son Curtis, 2012; and brother Carl Beyer, 2008.
Mary is survived by a sister, Elsie Bonner (husband Frank) of Kamiah; her children, Lee Bonner (wife Robyn) Pierce, Lisa Kroupa (husband Gary), Spring Creek, NV, Barbi Jared (husband Tom), Weippe, Billi Cooper (husband Dave), Weippe, Martin Bonner (wife Lynnette), Everett, WA, Peter Bonner (wife Rene), Lewiston, Stephen Bonner (wife Lory), Pierce, Cameron Bonner (wife Chantal), Ventura, CA, Austin Bonner (wife Amy), Stafford, VA, Guy Bonner (wife Eva), Weippe, Susan Bower, Post Falls, Debra Bonner, Lewiston, Jessie Litchfield (husband Charlie), Des Moines, IA, and Emmett Lee Bonner II (E.J.) Bonner (wife Amy), Orofino. She had 50 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino will be in charge of arrangements. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at Cook's Cemetery, located off Upper Fords Creek Rd., in Orofino. A reception for family and friends is to be announced afterward.
Memorials can be sent to Black Bear Youth Camp, P.O. Box 216, Pierce, ID, 83546.
Photos: Mary Bonner
Myrtle H. Weller died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Kindred Care Center in Lewiston. She was 100.
Myrtle was born Jan. 2, 1915, to Grover T. and Myrtle Hackwith at Krembling, Colo. Her father was foreman for several large cattle ranches.
They lived in Middle Park, CO, to North Park, CO, to Steamboat Springs, CO. At age 13, the family moved from Steamboat Springs to Winchester, where they farmed. On Oct. 13, 1934, she married Harold J. Weller.
Upon their marriage, they farmed an adjoining farm to her folks' south of Winchester. It was while living and working on this farm that Erma Janice, Orien LeRoy, Lloyd Harry, Linda Lee, Alice Rae and Kenneth Joe were born. In November 1946, they moved down to a farm on Sunnyside Bench. It seemed anything could grow on this farm. Myrtle loved gardening. There were at least three huge gardens, lots of fruit and berries of which she canned each summer. Boy, could she bake bread. On Feb. 2, 1956, her seventh child was born, Ivan Harold. In 1962, they moved to Grangemont.
Myrtle worked at State Hospital North while at the Grangemont ranch. In 1969, they bought a ranch outside Elgin, OR. Myrtle worked at a nursing home in La Grande, OR. Because of Harold's failing health, they sold the Elgin ranch and moved to Enterprise, OR, where she worked at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. In 1979, they returned to Idaho to live on their son Kenneth's ranch until Harold's passing. She then moved about to be near one of her children from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
She loved to crochet and made and gave away hundreds of scarves and lap robes. She taught Sunday school and 4-H and started a cradle roll in every church she was active in, for infants to 4 years old. She loved to sing, especially with all her children gathered around her. She maintained and did her own business until the last year and a half of her 100 years. She had her 100th birthday party this Jan. 3, given by her children and friends, which she talked about for days.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Weller; her parents, Grover T. and Myrtle Hackwith; her brothers, Wilbur, Keith, Glendall, Grover and Emerson Hackwith; and sisters, Oris Haworth and Margret Wilson.
She is survived by her sister, Irene Young of North Carolina; children Janice Pfliiger of Newberg, OR, Orien Willer of Freeman Creek/Lenore, Lloyd Weller of Craigmont, Linda Brown of Rufus, OR, Alice Ray of Kamiah, Kenneth Weller of Orofino and Ivan Weller of Tenino, WA; and lots of grand- and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. Graveside services will be at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens with a covered-dish dinner to follow.
Photo: Myrtle H. Weller
Loraine W. Carbury-Noakes, 81, Orofino
Loraine W. Carbury-Noakes, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
She was born July 9, 1933, to Edward and Emma (Toews) Lemky at Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Crooked Creek School, and attended one year of college at Bryn Athyn New Church College in Bryn Athyn, PA. She married John H.V. Carbury on Feb. 22, 1957, at Grande Prairie and they divorced in 1978. She married Everett Noakes Jr. on March 29, 1980, in Wenatchee, WA. Loraine lived in Coeur d'Alene from March 1960 to March 1980, lived in East Wenatchee, WA from March 1980 to 1989, then lived in Orofino from 1989 to 2015. Prior to March 1960, she lived in Grande Prairie. She was a lifelong member of the The New Church, based in Bryn Athyn.
She is survived by her husband, Everett Noakes Jr. of Orofino; sons Edward Carbury (Elaine) of Huntington Beach, CA, and Norman Carbury Sr. (Samantha) of Elko, NV.; daughter Valerie Kugler of Orofino; sister Lavinia Scott of Crooked Creek, Alberta, Canada; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Emma (Toews) Lemky; grandson, Jacob Carbury; infant great-grandson, Michael Stearns; and brother, Wilfred Lemky.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the First Christian Church in Orofino, with Pastor Clarence Howard officiating.
Photo: Loraine W. Carbury-Noakes
Roy J. Brooks, 94, Orofino
Roy J. Brooks of Orofino passed away on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Roy was born in Fort Benton, MT, on Oct. 16, 1920, to Roy A. and Merle Banks Brooks. At the age of three, his family moved to Idaho, eventually settling in Orofino. He attended all twelve grades of school there graduating in 1939 where he had been involved in sports, band, and the press club. He attended Hemphill Welding School in Los Angeles, CA. While he was working as a ship fitter helper in Bremerton, WA, he enlisted in the Navy in June, 1942. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Independence and served the rest of World War II in the south Pacific as a metal smith 1st class.
Upon his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Orofino and worked for Harris Snider as a carpenter. Later Roy became a building contractor and eventually incorporated excavation and concrete products into his business.
Roy married Gladys Jewell Meeks on April 8, 1946. Along with work, they enjoyed traveling to Roy's ship reunions in many places across the U.S. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and stamp collection. He was an active member of the Jaycees, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Orofino Rotary Club. He volunteered in various community projects. He was creative and made many things for their home. Some of their most treasured times were spent with their family at their cabin on their forested acreage on Upper Fords Creek.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Earlene. He is survived by his wife, Gladys; his sons, Forrest and his wife, Lou, Alan and his partner, Barbara Bear, Charles; and his daughter, Kelly Reggear and her husband, Mike. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren: Jenifer, Doug, Joe, Aaron, Ryan, and Nicole Brooks, Amanda Sobrevilla, Mitch and Kaitlyn Reggear, and Tami Pease. He is also survived by twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Private services will be held at Weseman Cemetery at 11 on Friday, Feb. 20.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Orofino Rotary Club Scholarship Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 887, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Roy J. Brooks
Zella L. Cantrell, 62, Orofino
Zella L. Cantrell, 72, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.
She was born Feb. 1, 1943.
Funeral services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Roy J. Brooks, 94, Orofino
Roy J. Brooks, 94, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.
He was born Oct. 16, 1920.
Private family services are planned. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Robert Graham, 72, formerly of Orofino
Robert Graham, 72, of Bella Vista, AR, passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at home surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 18, 1942.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Bryan Graham, of Wasilla, AK and William Graham of Eagle River, AK, their wives and five grandchildren.
There will be no memorial service per his request. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AK.
Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
Phillip Arland Frazier Main, 50, Orofino
Phillip Arland Frazier Main, 50, Orofino, passed away Feb. 7, 2015 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
He was born Sept. 27, 1964, to Arland and Marge Frazier in La Grande, OR. Phillip graduated from Lewiston High School in 1981 and entered the Army National Guard where he operated heavy equipment. He served from 1981-1987. During his time in the National Guard, he served with his uncle, Keith Main. After discharge he became a long haul truck driver until he retired due to his health.
Phillip loved the outdoors and activities such as camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and water skiing. He also enjoyed car racing and football. He moved to Orofino in 2008 and was a member of the Orofino Tabernacle Church.
Phillip was preceded in death by his father, Arland Frazier; his father, Lyle Main; David Clark; and grandmothers, Georgia Frazier and Ruby Garfield.
He is survived by his mother, Marge Main, Orofino; brothers and sisters, Loretta Main Rowell, Arizona, Lyle L. 'Red' Main, Orofino, Debbie Clark, Baker City, OR, Mark Clark, Pocatello; nieces and nephews, Donald Ennis, David Fullenwider, Charity Fullenwider, Kimberly Fullenwider Amaral, Robin, Amanda, Jamie, Billy, Chris and Sarai. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and great nieces and nephews, as well as local and far flung friends.
He had a special bond with his sister, Loretta Main Rowell and spent special time with his aunt and uncle, Ethel and Jesse Main.
The family would like to especially thank Brett Pippenger and Lisa Ponozzo for their help and care after Phillip came to Orofino.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Orofino Tabernacle Church with military honors. Pastor Stanton Walker will officiate. A potluck luncheon will follow.
Photo: Phillip Arland Frazier Main
Alice Evelyn Hutchins went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Guardian Angel Home in Lewiston. Mom was born October 16, 1922 in Sterling, CO to Earl and Kathleen (Bond) Galer. She had a younger brother Jack Galer.
The family moved to Weippe so her dad could get a job with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). Her mother Kathleen and a couple of her friends started the Pilgrim Holiness Church. Alice joined the church when she was nine years old. She was the only living charter member left. She taught Sunday school, VBS (Vacation Bible School), she was the president of the Missionary Society and superintendent of the Sunday school.
Alice met Lawrence Hutchins at the Pilgrim Holiness Church and they married in Aug. 2, 1940. They had been married for 67 years before Lawrence passed away Dec. 2, 2007. Alice and Lawrence had a son, David (Larry) Lawrence Hutchins and a daughter Lois Evelyn Aeschliman.
Mom was a stay-at-home mother. She enjoyed doing things with the family. She had many hobbies. She enjoyed sewing quilt tops for the church Missionary Society that the women put together to give new brides and grooms, missionaries and those in need. She liked crossword puzzles, crafts, scrapbooking, painting and drawing. Alice loved going camping, fishing and taking trips with the family.
Alice is survived by her son, David (Larry) and wife Linda, daughter, Lois and husband Gerald Aeschliman, grandsons: Tim and Brian Aeschliman, Mark, Josh and granddaughter, Melody Hutchins. Alice has nine great-grandchildren: Nate (Melissa), Austin (Kara) Aeschliman, Tiphanie and Saundra, Mike (Sommer), Neil, Nick Aeschliman, Kyle Miller and Christopher Allen; and three great-great-grandchildren Haylee and Allan Aeschliman and Tatum Villa.
Alice was proceeded in death by her husband Lawrence, father and mother, Earl and Kathleen; brother, Jack Galer and granddaughter Mary Sue Aeschliman.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Weippe Wesley Church with burial to follow at the Weippe Cemetery. There will be a dinner following the burial at the Wesleyan Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be sent to the Weippe Wesleyan Church at Box 208 Weippe, ID 83553 or a charity of your preference. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory caring for arrangements.
Photos: Alice Evelyn Hutchins
William Ray 'Bill' Reece, 89, formerly of Cavendish
A celebration of the life of William Ray 'Bill' Reece, 89, will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Orchards United Methodist Church. He died Feb. 6, 2015 at Guardian Angel Homes of Alzheimer's disease.
Bill was born at Cavendish, ID April 4, 1925, the youngest son of Lethco James and Georgia Cleo McGuire Reece. He attended elementary school at Cavendish, riding a horse with his two brothers from his home in Teakean, and was in the last class to graduate from Southwick High School in 1943.
At the age of 10, he was shot in the leg by a man with an "unloaded" gun and spent a year in the Shrine Hospital in Portland, OR. This made him "unfit" for military service so he spent World War II helping to build tankers for the Navy in shipyards near Portland. Following the war, Bill was a baggage handler for Greyhound in Portland and then returned to Teakean, ID and worked as a truck driver and later, jammer operator for Lewis Porter Logging.
On the death of his father in 1950, he took over the farms of his parents and grandparents and went into the cattle business with his brother, Jim. When the Cavendish Teakean School was built be added school bus driver and janitor to his duties. He later added more farm land in Melrose to his operation.
In 1953 he married Harriet Lee Walrath in Orofino and they bought a house in Cavendish near where he farmed. They retired in 1988 and soon became snowbirds, spending winters in Apache Junction AZ. In 2004 they moved to Lewiston. The couple enjoyed many trips to Hawaii, fishing and camping in the summer with family and Fine Gold Campers, and boating on Dworshak Reservoir. Bill was beef superintendent at Clearwater County Fair, a member of the 4-H livestock sales committee, a 4-H leader, and 6th degree Grange member, serving as Master of both Evergreen and Clearwater Pomona Granges. Bowling and coasting in the snow were favorite winter time activities.
He received county honors for his conservation farming, and he and Harriet were named Grand Marshals for Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet, Lewiston; his son and daughter, L.J. Reece (Debbie), Lewiston, and Becky West, Kennewick, WA; grandsons, Aaron Reece and Clint West (Alissa); great grandchildren, Allyn and Rex; sister-in-law Juanita Reece, Lewiston. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rachel Ann, and brothers, James and Ernest.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204; or Orchard United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Photo: William Ray 'Bill' Reece
Cookie was one of 10 children born Dec. 5, 1941 in Lewiston to Helen Walker and Kenneth Wymer. She attended school in Weippe.
She passed away Jan. 31, 2015.
She married Ken Lautenschlager in March 1960. They had three children, Paula Lautenschlager, Mona Kiely and Ken Lautenschlager. The couple later divorced. She married James F. Fazenbaker in 1965. This marriage also ended in divorce.
Cookie was a certified nursing assistant, a homemaker and a foster parent. She loved country music and was proud to have met several country artists while living in California. She lived with her grandmother for many years. Cookie was a member of the First Christian Church.
Cookie was preceded in death by both parents; her sisters, Judy and Sharon; her brothers, Thomas and Marvin; and daughter Paula.
She is survived by her daughter, Mona; son Ken; three sisters; one brother; foster son Stephen VanZant; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She will be loved and missed by so many.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, Clarkston. Pastor David Carringer will officiate. A dinner will be held at the church following the service.
Merchant Memorial Group is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Carol Fazenbaker
Wanda Arlene Lugar passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Royal Plaza nursing care facility in Lewiston. She was 89.
She was born March 3, 1925, in Elk River, to Henry H. and Vivian Pearl Davis Dickamore. She lived her first nine years in Elk River, where her father owned an auto garage. When the Potlatch mill shut down, the family packed up and moved to Lewiston in the spring of 1934. The family eventually settled into the brick house at the end of Fifth Street in the Orchards, which held many happy memories for Wanda.
Wanda attended Lewiston High School and graduated with honors in 1943. She married Robert G. Bailey Jr. and worked in the University of Idaho president's office. During this time she helped edit the book "River of No Return" written by Bob's father. She always said his parents were so good to her. They later divorced.
She married Clarence M. (Bud) Lugar on Dec. 9, 1948, in Lewiston. Wanda was totally dedicated to her family, but when all three of her children were finally in school, she decided it was time to go to work. Her first job was at St. Joseph Hospital as a bookkeeper responsible for balancing the books each night. She was typically able to get all the accounts to balance by 1 a.m., but there were some nights when she wouldn't get home until the children were heading off to school because an account refused to balance. After two years at St. Joseph, she took a position in the registrar's office at Lewis-Clark State College. Including the time she spent working at UI and LCSC, Wanda worked a total of 27 years for the state of Idaho, retiring in 1988.
After leaving LCSC, she busied herself with taking care of Bud, the apartments and chatting with everyone in the neighborhood. And people loved visiting with her. It wasn't unusual for an old friend from high school days to drop by the house and visit for hours.
Wanda loved to go camping and spend time outdoors, always with a beloved dog by her side. Whether it was at her brother Don's cabin on Chatcolet Lake, on a jeep trip deep into the Clearwater forest, or huckleberry picking at one of her special spots, she just couldn't get enough of the Idaho backcountry open air.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Don Davis and Clair Henry Dickamore; and husband, Bud.
Wanda is survived by her three children, Mark (Diane) Lugar of Spokane Valley, WA, Connie (Dick) Andrews of Lewiston and Larry (Carol) Lugar of Boise; five grandchildren, Benjamin, Jacob and Zachary Lugar, Wendy Yochum (Trent Hollingsworth) and Jennifer Varney Owen (Robert); and three great-grandchildren, Tatum, Lily and Brian. She was also survived by Bud's son, Fred C. Lugar of Gold River, CA; and his six children and many grandchildren.
Wanda spent her last four years at Royal Plaza. Her family wants to extend its deepest thanks and gratitude to the Royal Plaza staff for making sure she had an enjoyable and fulfilling life during those most important years.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is handling the arrangements. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Normal Hill Cemetery. A family gathering will follow at her granddaughter's house at 134 23rd Ave. in Lewiston.
Photo: Wanda A. Lugar
In loving memory
Edward T. Radtke, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at his daughter's home in Lewiston.
He was born April 5, 1938, to Herbert and Lilia (McDonald) Radtke in Spokane, WA. He served in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge because of severe asthma. Ed married Barbara Weeks on July 9, 1958, in Kooskia. Barbara died in July 2008.
Ed worked at the Jaype Mill in Pierce until his retirement. He had a strong Christian faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; and son Edward O. Radtke.
Ed is survived by his partner of three years, JoAnn Thoulion; and his daughters, Lorrie and Ted Smith, Debra and John Adams, and Lilia Kennedy, all of Lewiston.
Cremation has taken place and, at his request, there will be no services.
Photo: Edward T. Radtke
Violet Robson Bruce, 99, Orofino
Violet Robson Bruce, 99, passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is taking care of arrangements.
Willa May Lowary, 97, Orofino
Willa May Lowary, 97, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Kermit Eugene Perkins, 94, Orofino
Kermit Eugene Perkins, 94, passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino.
Services will be held Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at Fraser Cemetery at 11 a.m. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Pamela M. (McLaughlin) Clift, 66, was relieved of her pain and joined her Heavenly Father after a valiant battle with her failing health on Feb. 1, 2015 in Post Falls at North Idaho Advanced Care Hospital.
She was surrounded by her family and embraced in love as she was received into Heaven. Pam was born Oct. 18, 1948 in Ontonagon, MI, to Bruce and Marguerite McLaughlin. Pam's family relocated to Orofino in November of 1952. Here Pam planted her roots attending Orofino Schools for 12 years, graduating from Orofino High School in 1966. During high school Pam worked at A&W as a carhop and volunteered her time as a nursing assistant at State Hospital North, where she cared deeply for each and every resident.
After high school, Pam attended Lewis Clark Normal College and Gonzaga University majoring in education. Pam met Robbie Clift in Lewiston in August 1968 and they went on to marry Feb, 15, 1969 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church. Pam went on to work at Hayes Grocery to develop a new bakery, where she discovered her talent for baking and cake decorating. She went on to make many beautiful wedding cakes throughout her life. She also sat on the board and planned the Mid-Summer Cruz for 12 years.
Pam is most famous for her kindness and caring during her employment as a teacher's aide, playground teacher and twirling, drill team and dance coach, in which she dedicated her life for over 30 years. Pam always found the best in others, lifting them up and encouraging them without judgment. Pam touched more children in this community then one could ever know.
Oct. 17, 1981 Timberly, Pam's only child was born. From this day forward, Pam lived every moment following Timberly and celebrating her many talents in dance and sports. Oct. 22, 2010, Rumor Cruz Clift, Pam's only grandchild was born; Pam loved her more than life and Rumor loves her "GA."
Pam was preceded in death by her father Bruce McLaughlin. She is survived by her husband Robbie Clift, daughter Timberly Clift and granddaughter Rumor Clift of Orofino, mother Marguerite McLaughlin of Orofino, sister Cindy Francisco (Jerry) of Paul, brother, Mick McLaughlin (MaryAnne) of Orofino, and many cherished nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all of the dancers, twirlers and children of Orofino who filled Pam's life with happiness and pride. We would also like to thank all of Pam's friends who supported her through her many health trials as well as the coaches and friends who assisted her over the years. Pam is now leading a dance in heaven, saying "one more time," and will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, Pam would like donations to be made to the Orofino VFW (P.O. Box 326 Orofino, Idaho 83544) to thank them for the free use of their facilities over all of the years. Funeral Services will be held at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 446 Brown Ave Orofino, on Saturday Feb. 7, 2015 with the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Mass to follow at 10 a.m.
Photo: Pamela M. McLaughlin Clift
Dorothy Warren, 90, formerly of Weippe
Our beloved mother, Dorothy Elaine Warren, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Prestige Care Center in Lewiston.
Dorothy was born July 11, 1924, to Raymond F. and Margaret VonBargen Crea, at Clarkston, WA. She was their fifth child. Dorothy received her education at Columbus School House followed by Grangeville public schools.
She married Leo H. Poxleitner on June 27, 1942. After their marriage, they lived at Weippe until Leo was drafted into World War II. She returned to her parents' home on the family farm outside of Grangeville until she had an opportunity to join him in Medford, OR, while he was stationed at Camp White. Shortly after, they returned to Idaho and lived on the Crea farm, where Leo worked until his death.
Dorothy was a fabulous cook and baker and maintained a large produce garden on the farm, canning large quantities of the food raised every year. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family. She spent many years operating a dry cleaners both in Grangeville and Lewiston.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Joan Greer and Norma (Larry) Wemhoff; son, Philip (Jean) Poxleitner; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and her very close friend, Roger Verner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Poxleitner (1972); and a second husband, Irv Warren; one grandson, Brian Wemhoff; and son-in-law, Lyle Greer. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Raymond and Margaret Crea; two brothers, Lester and Allen; and three sisters, Verna, Hazel and Ella Mae.
Dorothy was a kind, loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Mountain View Funeral Home, on the corner of Seventh St. and Cedar Ave. in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dorothy's name may be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital.
Photo: Dorothy Elaine Warren
Nancy Bergles, 100, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Nancy passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Lewiston, at the age of 100.
She was born Aug. 17, 1914, in St. Maries, to William and Rovena Warren. She was one of five children. Her family moved quite often, so she only attended school through the eighth grade. At a young age, Nancy worked for families in Spokane, WA, in their homes. Her family settled in the Harvard area, where she met and married Ray Johnson. They had one daughter, Helen. They lived on their farm until 1962, when Ray passed away. Ray's brother Jake, who was living with them, moved to Potlatch and Nancy worked in Moscow.
She married Frank Bergles in 1967. He worked for Potlatch Corp. in the woods and they lived in Pierce. After retirement, they moved to Orofino, where Frank passed away. Nancy moved to Lewiston in 2011 to be near her daughter.
Nancy enjoyed knitting, crocheting and all kinds of puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother and one grandson, Mike Whitney.
Nancy is survived by her daughter, Helen Whitney; grandson Bill Whitney and his wife, Mary; and two granddaughters, Lezlie Whitney and Kellie Tomlinson, both of Lewiston.
There will be a graveside service at a later date.
Photo: Nancy Bergles
Our dear mother, grandmother and best friend, Florence A. Adair, 91, a longtime resident of the Lewiston Orchards, went home to her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.
Florence was born April 30, 1923, in Spring Valley, SD. She was the sixth child of eight born to Leslie (George) and Sofia (Poulsen) Brink. The family moved to Washington in 1929 when Florence was 6. As a child, Florence attended schools in Elberton, WA, and Onaway.
In 1940, Florence met and married Frank (Jay) Rogers in Pierce. Frank and Florence had five children: four boys and one girl. They lived in Kansas, Missouri and Oregon, and, after World War II, they moved back to Idaho, where they were later divorced.
Florence married the love of her life, S. Robert Adair, on July 9, 1956, in Orofino. They made their life and their home on 2 acres in the Lewiston Orchards. They enjoyed spending time together in their fruit and vegetable gardens, riding horses, camping, hunting and fishing. In later years, they would play rummy to see who had to cook breakfast. They celebrated their 25th anniversary at their home in 1981, surrounded by family and friends. Robert passed away in 1994. Florence loved and missed him every day.
Florence worked at several jobs during her life. She worked in a tent factory sewing canvas sides during World War III. She worked as a pantry cook in the kitchen at St. Joseph Hospital. She worked as a cook at the Lewiston Hotel. Florence sold Avon for more than 20 years, saying that she loved to get out and visit people. It was in 1958 that Florence decided to go back to school and fulfill her childhood dream of being a nurse. She graduated in 1960 with her Licensed Practical Nursing degree. She worked as an LPN at St. Joseph Hospital and several local nursing homes until her retirement in 1985.
Florence became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1950. She was a member the rest of her life. She worked in the local ward genealogy department and she did visiting teaching. When the time came that she didn't drive anymore, she would write letters and send church articles to her five ladies every month. She would always include an uplifting saying or poem that she had read that month. Florence had a strong love for her family and friends. She did not know the meaning of "ex" or "stepchild." Every person who passed through her door felt her love. She has a large family of her own, but she always had room for more. In 1975, her family expanded again to include the Hiwaymen Motorcycle Club. These "boys" became her sons, their families were her family. The Hiwaymen M/C joined family gatherings at her Lewiston home, while Florence and Rob spent many summers with these men on the Selway River. They called her "Mom" and she loved them dearly.
Florence is survived by her sons, Micheal (Diane) Rogers of Cascade and Denny Adair of Lewiston; her stepdaughters, Roberta (Donald) Young of Pasco, WA, and Joy Garrick of Plummer; her sister, Cecilia (Snookie) Wilmes of Plummer; 17-plus grandchildren; 31-plus great-grandchildren; 20-plus great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Florence was preceded in death by her husbands, Frank Rogers and S. Robert Adair: her sons, Robin Rogers and Richard (Dick) Rogers; her daughter, Nancy (Kay) Gordon; her grandsons, Scott Rogers and Randy Adair; her brothers, George, Jess, Edward and Dale Brink; and her sisters, Gladys Brink and Marie (Sis) Jones.
Services for Florence will be Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2nd Ward Building, 3810 l6th St., Lewiston. Open viewing is at 11 a.m., with services staging at noon. Graveside service will follow the memorial at Mountain View Cemetery. Public viewing is open 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Photo: Florence A. Adair
Lowell Ward Bashaw, 90, Orofino
Lowell Ward Bashaw, 90, passed away Friday Jan. 23, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino.
Arrangements are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Mary Margaret Tritica, 93, Orofino
Mary Margaret Tritica, 93, passed away Saturday January 24, 2015 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino.
Arrangements are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
John 'Jack' Donahue, 83, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
John 'Jack' Donohue passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Lewiston, with family by his side. He was 83.
Jack will be remembered as a loving husband and brother, a proud dad and grandpa, a true patriot, a loyal friend, and one heck of a card-player.
Jack was born the second of four children in Draper, WI, to parents Robert and Erma Donohue. When Jack was six years old, he moved with his family to Pierce, where he graduated from high school in 1949.
In 1951, Jack volunteered for the Army with his dear friend John Loseth by his side. Jack served in Korea and Germany before earning an honorable discharge in February 1954.
That summer, Jack was driving down the road in Orofino, with John Loseth once again by his side, when he saw the love of his life, Betty, for the first time. Watching her walk along the side of the road, Jack knew before they ever spoke a word that Betty was the one for him.
Jack always believed that anything worth doing was worth doing now, and worth doing right. So, true to form, he married Betty just a few short months later and spent the next 60 years loving her with all his heart.
In 1956, Jack and Betty had their first son, Tom, followed shortly thereafter by Mike and Pat.
Jack worked as a meat cutter at the Orofino IGA before deciding truck driving was in his blood. In 1967, Jack and Betty moved their three boys to Lewiston, and Jack got a job with Star Motor Freight, where he dedicated 26 years as a loyal worker and member of the Teamsters Local 690.
Jack and Betty's long-awaited daughter, Jacki, was born in Lewiston in 1969.
Jack retired in 1993, and enjoyed working in the yard, spending time in his shop, and traveling and camping with Betty.
When the grandchildren started to arrive, Jack became known as 'Poppy'.
Poppy helped them study their times tables on a crib board. He taught them that the gas tank runs just as well on the top half as the bottom, you never bend the cards, and you treat the things you own well, and the people you love even better.
He led by example-not through grand gestures that win occasional applause, but through small kindnesses that make an everyday difference to the people who need them.
Jack was a member of the Orchards United Methodist Church, the Lewiston Elks, the Clarkston Moose, and the Lewiston VFW.
He could be found most Wednesdays washing dishes after senior meals at the church, and once a month having lunch with lifelong friends known as "the Pierce bunch".
Jack's most treasured memories were time spent with Betty, their children, children's spouses and grandkids, his brothers and sister and their families, and his many good friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, brother Art, brother Bob and his wife Lila, brothers-in-law Pete and Mick, and many good friends.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; their four children and spouses; sister, Pat, and her husband, Norm; brother-in-law, Bill, and his wife, Sandy; sister-in-law, Penny; nine grandchildren and their spouses; five great grandchildren (with two more on the way); several nieces and nephews; many good friends; and a lifetime of joyful memories and valuable lessons that will live on.
A celebration of Jack's life will be held at Orchard's United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Avenue in Lewiston, on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the Jackson Baldwin Pay It Forward Foundation (jacksonspayitforward.com) or the Orchards United Methodist Church in Lewiston (208-743-9201).
Photo: John 'Jack' Donahue
Florence (Flo) Irene Weber, 99
Florence (Flo) Irene Weber, 99, of Lewiston, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Lewiston.
Flo was the first child born to Morton Fredrick Jones and Vera Pearl Williams Jones on Feb. 4, 1915, in Sifton, WA.
She grew up and attended schools in Everett, WA, and the surrounding areas. She was a resident at Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston for several years.
Flo married Melvin E. Wierman in Everett on June 4, 1938. For a brief time they lived in Snohomish, WA, before moving to Yakima, WA and eventually to Goldendale, WA, where they resided for 32 years. Three daughters were born to this marriage, Jeanette, Patricia (Patty) and Baby Marilyn. In 1968, Melvin and Flo were divorced.
On Dec. 15, 1970, Flo married Lawrence Weber in Yakima. Lawrence died in 1988. That same year, Flo moved to Clarkston, WA and then to Lewiston to be closer to her daughters and their families.
Flo enjoyed family gatherings, covered-dish meals, taking trips, camping, picking huckleberries and attending Lewiston Faith Tabernacle Church. She also enjoyed crocheting, quilting, embroidering and numerous crafts. She was a former member of the Rebekahs and the Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include one daughter, Patty, her husband, Dan Goodrich Sr., and a son-in-law, LeRoy Jeter, all of Pierce; as well as nine grandchildren: Dan Goodrich Jr. of Pierce, Ray and LeAnn Goodrich of Lewiston, Mel and Marlene Goodrich of Lewiston, Lisa Goodrich of San Jose, CA, Mike and Shirley Jeter of UT, Steve and Francie Jeter of Pierce, David Jeter of Clarkston and Randy Jeter. Flo is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Morton and Vera Jones; brothers and their spouses, Ralph and Marie Jones, Willie and Ethel Jones, William Jones, Elmer and Ruth Jones, and Donald Jones; sister, Violet and Clarence Winkley; husbands, Melvin Wierman, and Lawrence Weber; daughters, Jeanette Wierman Jeter and Baby Marilyn Wierman; grandson, Robert A. Goodrich; granddaughters, Tanjee Snyder Goodrich and Monica Jeter; and great-grandson, Andrew Dwight Jeter.
A memorial service will be conducted at noon Saturday at the Pierce Community Center.
Photo: Florence (Flo) Irene Weber
Correction: One of the survivors listed for Harold William Anderson was misidentified. His name should be listed as Donald W. Jennings. It has now been corrected.
Harold William Anderson, 93, Orofino
Harold William Anderson, 93, Orofino passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
He was born in Buffalo County, SD, March 20, 1921, to Harry Anderson and Grace Marshall Anderson. He graduated from Gann Valley, SD High School in 1939. Harold married Margaret Elaine Wellner Dec. 8, 1943 in Stephen, SD.
Harold worked as a rancher in South Dakota until 1966 when be started working for Jaype mill out of Pierce. He worked there until 1986 when he retired. He was a rancher for 40 years. He also worked at Big Bend Dam at F. Thompson, SD, for 5 1/2 years before moving to Idaho.
Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially horses. As a kid he earned spending money breaking horses. In later years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Grace Anderson; his wife, Margaret E. Anderson and sisters, Dorothy Etbauer and Ethel Mebius.
Survivors include: daughters, Sharon (John) Anderson, Orofino, Sally Anderson, Anchorage, AK, Cindy (Craig) Dennis, Orofino; son, Clayton B. (Sandy) Anderson, Boise; grandchildren, Brandy Wyatt, Justin Wyatt, Craig B. Anderson, John W. Anderson, Tom W. Mathews, Donald W. Jennings, Joshua T. Jennings; 15 great grandchildren and a special friend, Carol Young.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Brookside Landing, 431 Johnson Ave., in Orofino. Harold especially liked red, so feel free to wear red or western attire.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Harold William Anderson
Elise K. (Tourtellot) Perkins was born on February 23, 1917 at Little Falls, NY, to James E. and Elise (Scrafford) Keeler. She married Lloyd E. Tourtellot on June 8, 1935 in Clifton Park, NY, where they resided for many years.
Elise worked for the General Electric Company at the Knolls Research Lab as a secretary and retired in 1972. She and Lloyd moved to Upper Lake, CA, later that year and resided there until 1978. Lloyd passed away in 1978 and Elise remarried the following year to Walter Perkins of Bradenton, FL. She lived in Bradenton with Walter until he passed away in 1996. Elise continued to live there until recurring health problems necessitated her to move to Orofino in May of 2002 to be closer to her only son. She maintained her independence and was a resident of Brookside Landing until July of 2013, when she needed more care and was moved to Clearwater Health and Rehab.
She is survived by her son, Lloyd and his wife Lenora Tourtellot of Orofino, step grandchildren, Carlos and wife Karen Hope of Pierce, Charles and wife Barbara Hope of Anderson, CA, Curtis Hope of Tulsa, OK, and Chris Hope of Smyrna, GA, and many step great and great-great grandchildren.
No services are planned as per her request. Interment will take place in Upper Lake, CA, where her husband Lloyd is buried.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Elise K. (Tourtellot) Perkins
Elizabeth June Ellis Berghammer, 83
Elizabeth June Ellis Berghammer was born June 7, 1931, just outside of Moscow, to Walt and Olive (McLean) Ellis. June was the third of six siblings. She passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Guardian Angels Homes in Lewiston with family at her side at the age of 83 from complications associated with Alzheimer's and dementia.
June grew up at Wilma, attending the one-room schoolhouse there through the eighth grade, when her big brother Walt Jr. began taking them across the river in a rowboat to attend Clarkston High School. Eventually the family moved to Clarkston, and she graduated in 1949 from Clarkston High School. She was an active member of the 49ers class reunions until declining health made it impossible for her to attend. She so enjoyed the monthly luncheons with the 49ers.
Following high school, June worked at the logging camp - Camp 61 above the Weippe and Headquarters area - as a camp flunky/waitress. While there, June met Raymond H. Berghammer who also worked at Camp 61. Ray had come from Wisconsin to work in the woods. They married Aug. 29, 1950, and subsequently had five children, three boys and two girls. They had been married 64 years at the time of her passing.
June worked as a grocery clerk after the youngest child started school. Her first clerking job was at Clarkston Heights Market, followed by Seventh Street Grocery, Hays Produce and Midway Grocery. She could count change like no other and was an expert at bagging groceries correctly (and certainly not afraid to tell you if you did it wrong).
Early in her adult life, June became an avid bowler, carrying more than a 170 average most of the time. She was often on the valley's top 10 women bowlers list and bowled at the national level for more than 25 years. She loved traveling all over the USA to bowl with her bowling team and loved the traveling as much or more than the bowling. When she returned from a trip, she had souvenirs, stories and many pictures but seldom told you what she actually bowled.
June had a green thumb for flowers in the house or out in the yard. She knew all of their names as well as when and where they should be planted. She brought home every type of flower, vegetable, bush or tree from Hays Produce over the years.
June loved to paint, taking lessons from Sherry Takala, Judy Fairley and many other instructors with the Valley Art Center. She became proficient in oils, acrylic and watercolors and enjoyed painting in all three mediums. All of her kids have their favorite paintings, but none of them received her artistic talent.
June made quite a hobby out of attending country western concerts. She collected souvenirs such as magnets, key chains or pictures from each of the more than 90 artists whose concerts she had attended. She was known to drive 150 miles at the last minute to watch a concert if the opportunity arose.
June enjoyed participating or watching her kids and grandkids in any of their various activities. June could be seen at everything from ball games and bowling to horse events. She was a lifetime member of the Lewis-Clark Saddle Club and Lewiston-Clarkston-Orofino Bowling Association. When June wasn't busy with her other myriad interests, you could find her reading one of the many books from her extensive book collection.
She is survived by her husband, Ray, who still resides at the family home; as well as daughters, Pat (married to Mark Bogar) and Judy (married to the late Rod Marshall), both residing in Asotin, WA; and sons, Mike (married to Belva), residing in Clarkston, and Max (married to Debi), residing in Phoenix, AZ. Surviving siblings all reside in Clarkston: Frank (Butch) Ellis, Tom Ellis and Marilyn (Jody) Miller. June is also survived by seven grandkids: Nathan (Jamie) Bogar, Brandon (Jennifer) Bogar, Zach Berghammer, Jaimie Berghammer, Jessica Berghammer and Taylor (Megan) Lodge as well as "adopted" grandson, Sole (Carolyn) Farr. She is also survived by seven great-grandkids, Janie, Jewel and Jade Bogar, Cortney Bogar, Olivia Lodge, Danielle and Noah Katelynn Berghammer; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding June in death were her parents; her oldest brother, Walter M. Ellis; older sister, Louella (Wally) Hammett; two nephews, two nieces; and one son.
Memorials may be made to Valley Art Center or the Lewis-Clark Saddle Club, both in Clarkston, or a charity of choice.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Living Heritage Church, 2534 Appleside Blvd., Clarkston.
Photos: Elizabeth June Ellis Berghammer
Dale Herbert Scott, 90, formerly of Orofino
Dale Herbert Scott, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Kindred Care in Lewiston.
He was born Oct. 11, 1924, to Herbert Arthur and Ruth Marie (Millering) Scott in La Grande, OR. He attended school in La Grande and Pendleton, OR., and graduated high school in Ontario, OR, in 1942. He went to the state track meet in 1942, competing in the high jump. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1946. After discharge from the service, he started work for the Railway Express Agency from 1946 to 1949, and then worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Ontario.
He married Arlene McDole on Feb. 14, 1949, in Ontario. They moved to Orofino in 1953 to work for the Camas Prairie Railroad as a cashier/clerk; he worked in that capacity while Dworshak Dam was being built and retired in 1983 as an agent at Orofino. They lived in Orofino for 59 years until moving to Lewiston in 2012 to be closer to family.
He spent years remodeling, practically rebuilding their house. He also spent hours in his basement woodshop making bowls, candle holders and furniture for family and friends. Besides woodworking, he also had a love of the woods, spending time on their property on Upper Fords Creek clearing brush, cutting firewood and building a cabin. Mom and Dad had many good memories of "up on the hill." He loved their dog, Beara, always calling her "woof woof," and feeding her way too many cookies and even feeding her his own food when Mom wasn't watching. His face lit up when Beara would jump up on his lap and lick him. And, of course, his eyes lit up whenever his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids came to visit.
Dale was a member of the Clearwater Valley Eagles from 1983 to 2012, and served as president and secretary. He also bowled at Riverside Lanes in Orofino from 1960 to 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, Rick (Lucille) Scott of Spokane, WA, JoAnn Coon of Lewiston, and Linda (Craig) DeMoss of McCall; five grandchildren, Jason (Andrea) Scott, Justin (Tasha) Scott, Jolene (Mike) Lohman, Cory (Dessie) Coon and Sara (Ed) Mudgett. He also had seven great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Dale was preceded in death by his sister, Lawanna Ruth Scott; brothers Richard E. Scott and Raymond D. Scott; and his parents.
At his request, no services are planned.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to a charity of one's choice.
Anna C. (Claribel) Rugg, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston where she had been living for four years. Prior to her admission to the veterans home, Claribel lived for more than 50 years with her husband, Billy Rugg, on Alder Ave. in the Lewiston Orchards.
Claribel was born Dec. 26, 1924, in Southwick, the daughter of Frank O. Wittman and Lydia Thomas Wittman. She was the only girl and had eight brothers. She attended Grinolds School for two years. Her family moved to Cavendish in 1932, and Claribel finished her schooling and graduated from Southwick High School in 1942.
She worked at various locations during the war years, Twin City Foods in 1942 with her friend Vivian Rugg (now Martin), Potlatch Forests Inc. in 1943, Manchester Biscuit Co. in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1944, and Sears in Spokane, WA, in 1945.
She returned to the Cavendish area in 1946.
On Jan. 14, 1950, she married Billy J. Rugg in Lewiston. She was a homemaker all their married life. She loved cooking and camping. She especially loved playing cards and games with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and anyone who loved cards like she did.
Claribel will be remembered for many things, including the huge variety of Christmas cookies and candies that she made for friends and family each year, and a whole wall of her kitchen dedicated to salt and pepper shakers, hundred of them. Members of the family often brought her back a new set, or two, when they went on a trip.
She was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish. She also was a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly (KOPS) for many years, until becoming ill in 2010.
She is survived by her son, Frank (Lyne) Rugg of Lewiston; daughter, Janet R. Garcia of Kamuela, Hawaii; brother, Francis Wittman of Lewiston; granddaughters, Mary (Brandon) Ray of Lewiston, Brenda (Bob) Mahal of Lewiston, Nichole (Chris) Weyerts of Clayton, WA, and Jesse Garcia of San Diego; grandsons, Josh (Cory) Ehlert of Sparks, NV, and Tyler Ehlert of Chesapeake, VA; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; a son, Jack Oscar Rugg; granddaughter, Tracy Rugg; and son-in-law, Robert Garcia.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston, followed by a blessing graveside and burial at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A social gathering will follow in the community room of Mountain View Funeral Home at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Anna C. (Claribel) Rugg
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