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 Concepción, 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 ½ 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 fiancée, 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 protégé 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
Margaret M. Herndon, 94, formerly of Orofino
Margaret Martha (Hall) Herndon passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Life Care Center of Lewiston. Two of Margaret's nieces, Suzan and Barbara, were with her.
Margaret was the oldest daughter of Samuel and Martha Hall. She was born July 27, 1920, in Culdesac. Her brother and sisters were Bill, Alice and Frances Hall. They grew up on their family farm in Culdesac. Samuel and his brother farmed about 800 acres. After their father passed, Margaret stayed home to help her mother with the farm and her younger sister, Frances. Her brother Bill went into the service and her sister went to Seattle with a bus full of young women to work at Todd Shipyard during the war.
Margaret had one son, James Carlisle, when she met and married Leslie Herndon, who had five children. Together they raised six children. Leslie was a farmer and rancher in Culdesac, Grangemont and Orofino. They had horses, cattle, chickens and more on the ranch. They had about 4,000 acres in different areas. Margaret loved to plant a garden every year. She raised vegetables and fruit that she could can for the winter.
Margaret moved to Lewiston in 1984-1985 after Leslie passed on Aug. 7, 1983. She started a new life without Leslie, living in the city, where she experienced a different kind of life than on the ranch. Margaret had neighbors next door and across the street. She could go to restaurants and stores that were a block away. Margaret had a large fenced backyard for entertaining. She loved having family and friends come over. She enjoyed the fair in the summer. She would enter some of her favorite flowers to be judged. She loved anything to do with family. She enjoyed looking up family history and she kept newspaper clippings of all the family. She would help others with newspaper clippings when they needed them. She had lists of illnesses, deaths, births and pictures of most of the family.
Margaret was involved in many organizations: wounded warriors, garden clubs, craft clubs and the veterans' hospital. She made dozens and dozens of cookies and lots of chili for chili feeds. She volunteered to go early to every event to make coffee so it would be ready, even though she never had a cup. Margaret would drink tea. She enjoyed working during the elections and helping her neighbors get signed up to vote in Grangemont. She was involved with her church, Lewiston Foursquare Church. She enjoyed visiting with people and doing many things to help others.
Miss Kitty was Margaret's companion. Miss Kitty was the only animal that was able to live in her home with her. Miss Kitty showed up at her door one rainy day all wet. Margaret said she brought the cat in to dry her off and feed her. When she put her outside, Miss Kitty stayed right there. She wasn't going anywhere. After a while Miss Kitty became Margaret's cat. Miss Kitty was always by Margaret's side. Margaret has many nieces and nephews near and far. Margaret's brother Bill and many family members have served in the military. She is very proud of them.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Herndon; parents, Samuel and Martha Hall; son, James Carlisle; brother, Bill Hall; sister, Alice Hall Gaudio, stepchildren, Merle and Mick Herndon.
She is survived by her sister, Frances Hall Nelson; stepchildren, Gladys Kendrick and John and Don Herndon; and her sister-in-law, Gladys Hall.
Margaret's funeral will be held at noon Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory in Lewiston. Burial will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
Photo: Margaret Martha (Hall) Herndon
Charles R. Frakes, Sr., 84, Orofino
Charles R. Frakes, Sr., 84, of Orofino passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Bill J. Owen, 85, Lenore
Bill J. Owen, 85, of Lenore, passed away on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Grayce L. Downing, 65, Pierce
Grayce L. Downing, 65, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 at her residence in Pierce.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Harold 'Bud' D. McDougall, 69, born in Orofino
Harold (Bud) McDougall passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Lewiston, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and other ailments. He was 69 years old.
Bud was born May 2, 1945, in Orofino, to Dale and Ernestine (Dolly) McDougall. He attended many different schools in Idaho and Montana, graduating from Superior High School in 1962.
After two previous marriages that ended in divorce, Bud met Gloria, the love of his life, in Norman, OK, in 1980. Shortly after they wed, he moved their blended family back to Idaho. In October of this year, Bud and Gloria celebrated 34 years of marriage.
Bud was a very hard worker and very much enjoyed working with Gloria in her court reporting firm, Clearwater Reporting. His support and dedication to her throughout the process of owning and operating the business was invaluable. He loved the closeness of working together with his spouse.
Bud was a very gifted artist. He also loved camping, hunting, fishing, bowling and cooking. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Bud is survived by his wife, Gloria McDougall of Clarkston; his son, Jeff McDougall; daughter-in-law Elizabeth McDougall; and grandchildren Adessa, Margo and Kate of Lewiston; his daughter, Beth Thomson; and granddaughter Cameron of Mountlake Terrace, WA; his daughter, Amy Wilkins; son-in-law, Donnie Wilkins; and grandchildren Xander, Kyler and Sylvia of Post Falls; his daughter, DaLynn Nickell; and grandson, Julian of Missoula, MT.
Bud was preceded in death by his stepson, Jason; mother, Dolly Reed; and his father, Dale McDougall.
Please join the family for a memorial service at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Orchards Nazarene Church, 347 Thain Rd. in Lewiston. Pastor Curt Blackwell will officiate. The family will gather after the service for dinner at Antonio's, 1407 Main St., and everyone is welcome to join.
Photo: Harold 'Bud' D. McDougall
William H. McKinnon, 86, Orofino
William H. McKinnon, 86, Orofino passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arraignments.
Devann M. Maurer, 17
On Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, our sweet baby girl, Devann Marie Maurer, 17, of Lewiston, passed away.
Devann was born Dec. 2, 1996, to the proud parents of Dan and Amber Maurer and big brother DJ. Devann was in the midst of her senior year at Lewiston High School. Prior to her time at LHS, she attended preschool at Lapwai, elementary school at both Centennial and McSorley, and then her junior high years were at Jenifer Junior High, all in Lewiston. She also was taking many classes through Lewis-Clark State College and had the goal of one day working in the medical field. She had most recently been honored by an Upward Bound Scholarship through the University of Idaho Extension to help with her college fees.
She was an active, vibrant and fiery little redhead with the smarts and academics to match. Dare challenge her, and it only fueled her competitive spirit to succeed. In addition to her internal fortitude, she had a heart bigger than any I have known. She took the time to always be grateful for others and always looked to make new acquaintances. She was a great coach. Whether teaching her little sister, Dayvee, how to read and write, play soccer, or helping others on the soccer field, she naturally loved to share and help others succeed.
Devann's favorite hobby was soccer, although she loved fishing, four-wheeling and camping. Hanging with her buds in the trenches of the soccer field was her thing. Unfortunately, she was smaller than she knew. She suffered two ACL reconstructive surgeries at 14 and 15 years of age, both after she made Olympic Development teams. During her first recovery, while in physical therapy, she suffered from a kidney failure episode. Most kids would have given up, but it truly only motivated her. She worked harder than ever to overcome her setbacks and made it back to her varsity team for both her junior and senior seasons of high school. Although she decided to retire, her skills and grit had been noticed by some colleges, and that made her feel accomplished.
She also participated in the Distinguished Young Woman program for Lewiston. She said it was a wonderful experience and she found a new, amazing set of friends. She was looking forward to the program this year and highly encouraged other girls to participate. She was voted most inspirational by her teammates this past season in soccer and was also voted to receive the Spirit of the DYW program of 2013.
Her most special relationship was with her baby sister. You can rarely find a photo of Dayvee in it without her big sister there. She loved her sister more than anything. Her mother was her best friend, where she could find comfort and solitude. She and her older brother shared their same redheaded humor. She was also very connected to her Grandma Candy, and we find peace knowing she was welcomed with warm and open arms. Devann, we all love you to the cabin moon.
Devann is survived by her brother and sister, DJ and Dayvee; mother and father, Dan and Amber; grandparents Earl Maurer, Don and Betsy Fisher of Lenore, and Neil Anderson of Polson, MT; aunts and uncles, Bob Maurer and Juanita Picard-Harris, Dori Anderson and Rob Reed of Clarkston, WA, Jason and Cari Castle of Fort Benning, GA., and Brian and Stephanie Stachofsky of Clarkston; cousins Aaliyah Maurer, Joe Vallee, Brenden Reed, Tucker Wilson, Michael Maurer, Zac Maurer, Paige and Meagan Stachofsky, and Kaci, Jordan and Hanna Castle.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Candace Maurer; uncle Charles Maurer; great-grandfathers Gordy Anderson, Robert Willer and Fred Maurer; and great-grandmother Gratia Willer.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston. A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hills Drive, in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Devann Maurer Memorial/Scholarship Fund at any branch of Potlach No. 1 Federal Credit Union, or online at gofundme.com/h9zmgg.
Photo: Devann Marie Maurer
Larry Arnold Blenden, 78, formerly of Orofino
Larry Arnold Blenden passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at the age of 78.
Larry was born May 18, 1936, in Greer, to Marvin and Lela Blenden. He was the eldest of four children.
Larry graduated from Orofino High School. He married Sue Hutchinson on Jan. 9, 1954. They spent most of their married life in Orofino, where they raised five children. Larry was a mill worker for Ahsahka Lumber Company and Potlatch Forests Inc.
Larry was a member of the Orofino Volunteer Fire Department and Orofino Celebrations Inc. (OCI) as well as a Little League coach. His favorite things included hunting, fishing, bowling, winning at cards and telling tall tales. What he loved most of all was his family. He lived and breathed to make them laugh, smile and help with any harebrained scheme. He was a strong, generous, happy man.
While he is no longer here with us, he is surely overjoyed to be reunited with his beloved wife, Sue; son Mike; and grandkids Justin and Jessica; as well as his parents and many friends.
Larry is survived by his children, Gary (Syl) Blenden of Austin, TX, Karen (Tom) Freeman of St. Maries, Lori Blenden of Lewiston, and LeAnn (Sean) Brennan of Las Vegas, NV; daughter-in-law Colleen Blenden of Lewiston; brother Ron (Marie) Boyer of Post Falls; sister, Peggy (Mike) Dimmick of Troy; and sister, Jackie Firestone. He is also survived by many grand- and great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life at noon Tuesday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave. in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.
His struggle is over, but his impact on our lives is not. Until we meet again.
Photo: Larry Arnold Blenden
James Spencer, 83
Jim Spencer, beloved husband, dad and grandpa, lost his brave battle with cancer Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, with family by his side. He was 83.
Dad was born March 17, 1931, in Troy. He was the middle of three sons of Herbert and Phoebe Johnson Spencer. He graduated from Troy High School in 1949 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He was stationed in Anchorage, AK, and honorably discharged in 1953.
After returning home, he was reunited with the love of his life, Judy Asplund. They were married Aug. 22, 1953, at the Nazarene Church in Troy. In 1955, they moved to Spokane so dad could continue his education studying mechanics at Spokane Vocational and Tech. After graduating in 1958, they moved back to Troy.
Next to our mom, dad's other love was driving a truck. He started his career driving for Carl Carbon and Sons and then went on to drive for Poppie Corp, Cay's Rock Crushing, and eventually retired from North Idaho Crushing. It was a career that spanned more than 50 years!
Dad was happiest when he was outdoors. He loved to take his family on camping trips and cut firewood every fall. He was a member of the Moscow Post of the American Legion. Dad was a hard-working family man who loved us as much as we loved him. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy, at the family home; two sons, Forrest Spencer of Uniontown and Keith Spencer and his wife Colleen of Elk River; daughter Lisa Gludt and husband Doug of Lewiston; brother, Richard Spencer of Troy; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Bill.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service per dad's wishes.
Our family would like to thank the staff of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph Cancer Center for the wonderful, compassionate care our dad received throughout his illness.
Donations may be made to St. Joseph Cancer Center or a charity of one's choice.
Photo: James Spencer
Leonard Tracy Teed, 61, Weippe
Leonard Tracy Teed, 61 of Weippe passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at his residence in Weippe.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Norman Riddle, 87, formerly of Orofino
Norm passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, of natural causes at 87 years of age. A true Idaho innovator and individual, he was born in Meridian, Idaho, on Sept. 29, 1927 to Voyne and Bernice Riddle and was the youngest of two boys.
Norm grew up and was schooled in Mountain Home, Idaho, and joined the U.S. Army in 1944. After his discharge, he married Patricia Kimball in 1949. After the births of his sons, Michael and Douglas, the Riddles moved to northern Idaho during the lumber boom in Grangemont, above Orofino. He worked on log trucks, eventually building his own. Norm was a gyppo logger.
Because of his great love for tinkering, he and a partner started a saw shop in Orofino, selling and repairing motorcycles on the side. Norm saw the future in that and moved to Lewiston to start Lewiston Saw and Cycle. This was the first Homelite dealership in Lewiston, and it also sold various motorcycles. During this time, Norm and Patricia welcomed children Marty, Becky and a surprise late daughter, Leslie.
Motorcycles were the craze in the late 1950s and early '60s, and Norm was racing, winning and placing in the most prestigious Northwest races. Norm was always seeking new things to try, and when he saw the new line of motorcycles from Japan, he jumped on the opportunity to open the 29th Honda dealership in the U.S. He took it upon himself to convert the Honda into a trail bike, something not available anywhere in the world. He designed all of the accessories to bolt on, and thus started an aluminum welding and fabrication shop, Western Alloys, to build all of these parts. Soon, Honda dealerships all around the U.S. were ordering parts from him to add onto their bikes. In 1961, Norm sold so many bikes that Honda brought him to Japan to honor him and other large dealers. By the next year, Honda came out with most of Norm's innovations on their new trail bikes.
In 1965, Norm and boat marine owner Chuck Cassell decided to go deer hunting in Hells Canyon. With their sons, both named Doug, and two Honda bikes in the back of Chuck's 19-foot fiberglass inboard/outboard boat, they went into Hells Canyon. Upon the return, Norm's gears were turning, "I want a boat." This started a new chapter in his life. He would be boating on that river for many years to come, becoming a guide, fishing, hunting, holding tours and building a lodge in the upper depths of the canyon in the 1970s.
In the 1960s, Norm was commissioned by Valley Boat to build aluminum jet boat hulls for the Potlatch Forest log drives on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. After that, he was contacted by the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Game as well as other river outfitters to build these new aluminum jet boats. In 1968, Norm started Weldcraft Custom Boats, which quickly grew in business. He sold his Honda shop to Roger Becker, one of Norm's mentored friends. Near this time, the lodge went up at Kirby Creek on the Snake River, which encouraged him to design and build a better boat to reach the depths of Hells Canyon. He started Snake River Outfitters, Rafting, and Jetboating. By 1978, Norm desired to be on the river full time and opted to sell Weldcraft to his son, Doug.
In 1982, Norm met and married Edie and gained another son, Mike Milano. They ran the Kirby Creek Lodge until retirement in 1997. Norm and Edie were inseparable for 32 years and lived an even busier retirement. Riding four-wheelers became a passion. He and Edie were active in the Northwest All-Terrain Vehicle Club. He always had a project or invention he was working on, and was frequently busy at Doug's boat shop with special projects. He was also one of the founders of the Northwest River Runners, along with Rich Rogers and Barry Barnes. They worked to keep the river open to multiple uses for all, against the U.S. government. Norm lived and worked at what he loved. If you were on any of his many outings, you were always having fun.
Norm is survived by his wife, Edie; children, Mike (Tracy) Milano of Palouse, Mike (Nicki) Riddle, Doug (Mary Lou) Riddle, Marty Riddle, Becky (Barry) Fagan, all of Lewiston and Leslie (Chuck) Jausoro and former wife, Pat, both of Walla Walla; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren with one on the way. In addition, Norm is survived by his valued four-wheeler friends, Jack Mann and Jim McIver; and jet boating friends Ernie Heimgartner, Dave Medlock, Mike Rector and Roy Lombardo; and his other son, Randy Olmstead.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Clarkston Event Center, 841 Sixth St.
Photo: Norman Riddle
Harriette (Hanna) Kamp, 79, formerly of Orofino
(Word was received this week of the passing of Harriette (Hanna) Kamp in April)
Harriette (Hanna) Kamp passed away March 31, 2014 in Spokane, WA.
Mark and Amber (Bach) Hanna welcomed their first of three children, Harriette Amber, on Sept. 29, 1934 in Orofino. Harriette was a natural leader from an early age which led to her involvement in baton twirling, playing baritone saxophone in band, and field hockey in her college years. Her energy was insurmountable; she was a powerful influence for many during her 79 years.
After she graduated from Orofino High School in 1953, she attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, receiving her bachelor's degree with emphasis in physical education and biology. She was active in the university's Delta Delta Delta Sorority and the Catholic Newman Club. One day she saw "this handsome older man across campus," Donald A. Kamp of Harrison, ID, and in 1957 she married him in Kellogg, ID. Together the couple taught at Kellogg High School. The pair was well known for their partnership on the ballroom dance floor. In the years that followed, they moved to Walla Walla, WA where Harriette continued to teach at the high school level.
When their first child, Kaye, was born, Harriette chose to stay home to care for her and the twins, Brian and LouAnn, born two and a half years later. The family enjoyed years of camping throughout the Northwest and Canada. Harriette was a highly involved parent serving as a Camp Fire Leader, a member of the district Camp Fire Outdoor Committee, and joining her son on Boy Scout hiking and camping ventures sometimes as the only mom amongst the dads and sons.
She returned to school attending Fort George Wright College where she received a Master's degree in General Science. She continued her teaching career when her twins were in high school teaching wilderness survival at Gonzaga University. Harriette was best known for her ballroom (social) dance programs at Gonzaga University and Spokane Falls Community College for three decades influencing countless Zags and Spokanites to "trip the light fantastic." Even though Ginger Rogers could "do everything Fred Astaire did except backward and in high heels," Harriette could whip anyone into shape to "dance with thestars."
She became the first female Moose Lodge Member in Washington State. Harriette was a devout member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Catholic Parish.
Harriette will never be forgotten for her infectious laugh, boundless energy, compassionate devotion to her family, and her zest for life.
Harriette is survived by her children: Kaye, Brian (Catherine), and LouAnn (David); grandchildren: Vaughn, Kara, Megan (Michael), Hanna, Bobby (Vanessa), Michael (Beth), and Bryan; one great-grandchild, Arianna; one brother, Mark (Linda) Hanna of Orofino, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald A.; parents, Mark and Amber Hanna; and her sister, Helen Ann Herndon. Visitation was held on Friday, April 11, at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home (2203 N. Division) with a Rosary following at at Assumption Parish. A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, April 12, also at Assumption Parish.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gonzaga University's Donald A. Kamp Memorial Mathematics Scholarship (https://www.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/University-Relations/Giving/Donor-Appreciation/NamesThatLive.asp). To view Harriette's online memorial, please visit www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements entrusted to Hennessey-Smith Funeral Homes.
Photo: Harriette (Hanna) Kamp
Geraldine Faye Meisner, 76, Orofino
Geraldine Faye Meisner, 76, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Susan Lee Goetz, 67, Orofino
Susan Lee Goetz of Orofino passed away in Pullman, WA on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, from her battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's). She was 67.
Susan was born in Weippe on Oct. 12, 1947 to Gordon and Lillie (Snyder) Thiessen. Susan was raised in Weippe and worked for C-PTPA (Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association) in the summers as camp cook and other odd jobs in the logging communities. Her senior year of high school the family moved to Orofino.
She enjoyed cheerleading throughout high school and was Clearwater County Fair Lumberjack Queen her senior year before graduating from Orofino High School in 1965.
Susan moved to Moscow, Idaho in fall 1965 to attend the University of Idaho. She started working for the University part time while taking classes and later retired from the University with 33 years of service. She worked for the College of Education, the College of Mines and Earth Resources and ended her career as a management assistant for the Wilderness Research Center in the College of Natural Resources.
After retiring from the University, Susan and David purchased the White Pine Motel in Orofino and have lived there the past 13 years.
She married David L. Goetz in 1977 and made their home in Moscow, where they raised three daughters together. Susan enjoyed being involved in all her daughters' activities for band and sports. She volunteered her time in the elementary school classrooms, chaperoned many band trips to festivals and classroom field trips and was active with the Moscow Bear Boosters for many years. Susan made it a priority to attend every sporting event and band concert and always emphasized the importance of education.
While her daughters were in school, Susan's home was often the gathering place for most of the volleyball or basketball team at any given time and always a place the neighborhood children would congregate, as she had a way of making everyone feel welcome and enjoyed having company.
The family has fond memories of camping trips, especially around Dworshak, and traveling to be with family for the holidays, sporting events and other special activities; however, her favorite pastime for the last 10 years was spending time with her grandchildren.
Susan was preceded in death by her brother, Tony Thiessen. She leaves behind her parents, Gordon and Lillie Thiessen; her husband of 37 years, David Goetz; her daughters and their spouses, Toni and Dan Broyles, Tami Goetz and Jen Jackson, and Courtney and Geoff Soderquist; grandchildren Natalia and Eric Soderquist; and her sister, Sylvia Peters, in addition to nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Susan has requested not to have a formal memorial service. Condolences can be sent to the family at P.O. Box 1190, Orofino, ID, 83544.
Photo: Susan Lee Goetz
Martin Douglas Heieren, 27, OHS graduate
Martin Douglas Heieren, 27, of Clarkston, WA, and his daughter, Neveah Davenport, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.
He was born to Douglas and Donna Heieren on March 1, 1987, in Orofino. Martin graduated from Orofino High School and worked as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Lewiston Fire Department.
Martin took great pride in being a part of the Lewiston Fire Department family. He worked hard for many years to earn a position as a full-time firefighter and EMT.
Martin shared an uncommon bond with many childhood friends from Orofino. Their presence in his life was of great importance to him; they were his buddies.
Martin had a big heart, humor and he loved children. He would do anything for anybody and often did. Martin had an uncanny ability of making others feel important and loved. He was easy to work with, because he made others laugh. Like his father, he collected trucks and enjoyed tinkering on them. Martin had a set of rules all his own. Wherever he was, there was laughter and fun; we will miss him very much.
Martin is survived by his significant other, Ashley Davenport of Clarkston; father and mother, Douglas and Donna Heieren of Orofino; siblings Christopher and Brittany Heieren, Kirsten Heieren, Marc and Abby Luckstead and Jacky Heieren; grandmother, Neva Ennes; uncle, Richard Heieren; nephews, Johnathan, Jaydon, and Kane; and uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends who loved him.A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. Memorial contributions can be made in Martin's name at Potlatch Credit Union.
Photo: Martin Douglas Heieren
Nevaeh Rae Grace, along with the loved one she called daddy, Martin Heieren, were tragically and suddenly taken to be with our Lord. She was born Sept. 2, 2010, and passed Nov. 1, 2014.
Her amazingly infectious personality touched us all and will live in our hearts forever. Nevaeh and Auntie Meghan loved spending weekends together, going to the park and some orange sorbet. She enjoyed being outdoors playing, boating, camping and fishing with family.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandma, Dorothy Francis; and grandma, Glenda Lawen.
She is survived by her mother, Ashley Davenport; grandparents Ed and Tami Ellis and Dave and Lila Davenport; uncle, Justin Davenport; auntie, Meghan Ellis; great-grandparents, Bill Francis, Karen Kelley Stevens, Jim and Connie Spitzer and Dan and Marie Davenport.
An open viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. Memorial services will be held at noon Friday at Crosspoint Alliance Church, located at 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. Burial services will follow at Clarkston's Vineland Cemetery, with a reception to follow at Crosspoint Alliance Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nevaeh's Fund at gofundme.com/glcffp8 or Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union.
Photo: Nevaeh Davenport
LaVelle M. Hinman Amos passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Kindred Care in Lewiston. She was 97.
LaVelle was born March 18, 1917, in Rathdrum, Idaho, to Owen and Hazel (Pierce) Hammond. She was raised with her sister and brothers in Deary and graduated from Pierce High School. LaVelle married Strut Hinman in July 1939, and he passed in 1962. They had two sons, Larry and Monty. The family moved to Lewiston in the mid-1960s, and she worked for and retired from Nez Perce Tractor. In October 1985, she married Edwin Amos. He passed in December 2007.
Lavelle is survived by her son, Larry Hinman; daughter-in-law, Renate Hinman; grandson, Dean Hinman; and great-great grandsons, Clay Hinman and Chad Dunkel; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands; son, Monty Hinman; granddaughter, Debbie Hinman Dunkel; one sister and two brothers.
Cremation has taken place, and interment is scheduled at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. Mountain View Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Photo: LaVelle M. Hinman Amos
Clara Helm, 81, formerly of Orofino
Clara Helm, 81, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully Oct. 20, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Clara was born March 13, 1933, and grew up on a farm in South Dakota. She attended a country school near the family's farm, where she graduated from the eighth grade. She made her way to the Northwest by joining her sister in Bremerton, WA.
After making her way to the Northwest, she met Guy Helm. They later married and made their home in Orofino. Guy and Clara welcomed two sons, Kenneth and Allan. Clara worked as a waitress in Orofino. Clara and Guy later divorced, and at this time she and her two sons relocated to Lewiston. Clara put herself through school, where she earned her licensed practical nurse degree from the nursing program in 1964, at what is known today as Lewis-Clark State College. She worked as a licensed practical nurse for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center upon graduating, and retired in 1998. She took much pride in her profession as she loved taking care of her patients. Following retirement, Clara was honored by the nursing program at LCSC, where they now award the top licensed practical nurse students in Clara's name. She enjoyed ceramics, crafting, quilting and spending time with her family.
Clara is survived by her two sons, Kenneth (Rosemary) Helm and Allan Helm; two grandsons, Kyle (Lindsey) Helm and Jared Helm; and two great-grandchildren, Grady and Madelynn Helm. She is also survived by two sisters, Irene Greenwalt of Spearfish, S.D., and Emmie Dillon of Bremerton.
She was preceded in death by parents John and Mary (Wannamaker) Krogman; four brothers; and seven sisters.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive, Lewiston. A luncheon will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cardondelet House through the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Foundation, Cardondelet House, P.O. Box 816, Lewiston, ID 83501. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. You can view the online memorial and sign the guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Photo: Clara Helm
Alvin LeRoy Howerton, 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep Oct. 20, 2014, at home. He was born to Harold E. and Emma K. Heese Howerton on Feb. 20, 1938, at the White Hospital in Lewiston.
He attended high school in Kamiah and Culdesac. After graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Philippines and Hawaii from 1956 to 1959. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3913. On a blind date he met and then married Lillian Marie Cochran from Orofino on April 22, 1960. They lived in Lewiston and Orofino before settling in Kendrick to raise their family.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; their children, Lora Howerton, Duane and Cheryl Howerton and Teresa Atkinson; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Stanley D. and Pam Howerton; three nephews; and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Karla Howerton.
He created lifelong memories with his kids and grandkids though sports, hunting, fishing and his love of the outdoors. Over the years, he worked for United Freight Lines, Holsum Bakery and Pepsi Bottling Co.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Orchards United Methodist Church, 213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kendrick-Juliaetta Ambulance Service or a charity of one's choice.
Photo: Alvin LeRoy Howerton
Helen Marie (Koren) Byers, 74, formerly of Southwick
Helen Marie (Konen) Byers passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Oct. 16, 2014, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, nearly two weeks after the death of her husband, Kelvin Byers.
Helen was born to Sylvester J. Konen and Mae Ann (Riley) Konen on Aug. 20, 1940, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Helen had two other siblings who have also since passed, Joseph and Richard Konen. The Konens farmed in the Tammany Creek area for several years prior to moving to Cedar Ridge near Southwick. The Konens later moved to Lewiston, where Helen graduated from Lewiston High School in 1958, and later that year married Kelvin.
Helen was a hard-working, devoted, spirited and family-loving woman. She loved life and church. Helen was well-known for her cooking and how clean she kept a house. She also loved to travel, swim, fish and spend time at the cabin. She loved to work in her flower garden.
Helen is survived by her two children, Larry Byers and Tammy McKeirnan; son-in-law Dan McKeirnan; and her two grandchildren, Danielle McKeirnan and Matthew Byers.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston. A graveside service will follow. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photos: Helen Marie (Koren) Byers
Eva Mae (Howard) Fay, 92, Orofino
Eva Mae (Howard) Fay of Orofino passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at the Avalon Care Center in Clarkston, WA, after a long illness. She was 92.
Eva Mae was born Jan. 9, 1922 at Dent, and grew up on her parents' homestead in the area of the North Fork of the Clearwater River. She had a sister, Nona, and a brother, Harry.
After her first marriage, Eva Mae spent a short time living in California and then in Plummer; otherwise, her adult life was spent in the Orofino area.
In 1940 she married Oscar M. Denney, and from that union came one daughter, Rosetta. The marriage ended in divorce.
In 1950 she married Alvin L. Fay, and from that union came a daughter, Irene, and a son, Gary.
During her lifetime Eva Mae enjoyed her family and friends. She worked hard her whole life at various jobs. She was a waitress, cleaned houses, and worked her way up from a dish washer to head cook at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She retired in 1984.
Eva Mae enjoyed housework and television (especially movies with a happy ending), and some soap operas and game shows. She loved to go fishing, and told of times when she and Alvin (Cub) and another friend hiked to Skull Creek and caught big fish. During that time the area was only accessible by walking.
Eva Mae loved her flowers, especially begonias.
She was stricken with Alzheimer's, and only thanks to the care of her husband (while he was alive) and her son, and a caretaker (Gwen), was she able to stay home.
After falling and injuring her hip, she went to a nursing home.
Eva Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Alice Howard; her husband, Alvin Fay; sister, Nona Criswell; and brother, Harry Howard.
She leaves behind her daughters, Rosetta Christopher of Powderville, MT, and Irene Dowd of Clarkston, WA; a son, Gary Fay of Orofino; and two grandsons, her great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Mom often said she wanted to go home, and asked, would we just take her there? It is our wish that she is home now, with loved ones that passed before her.
We will miss her just the same.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at Melrose Cemetery, near Gifford.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photos: Eva Mae (Howard) Fay
Mikray G. M. Moser, 19
(Sept. 28, 1995 - Sept. 30, 2014)
On a rainy day in September 1995, God blessed our family with a unique and pure soul, Mikray George Morris Moser. From the beginning, he was always climbing to new heights. He would climb doorjambs, then trees. As a toddler, he was under the constant supervision of his sister, Mallori, which would cause a disturbance as he did not always want to go where she thought he should. Just prior to his second birthday, he was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that required a bone marrow transplant. His sister stepped up and gave him what he needed. He never slowed down.
Upon starting the first day of kindergarten, while his mother had concerns, in true form, Mikray turned before leaving and gave her a thumbs up - just as he did on his graduation day. He has always been a fighter, not one of those who caused trouble. The one that fights for good, he was the red Power Ranger or the Robin Hood in video games. Against his mother's pleas, he liked war and battle games.
Mikray loved playing soccer and would play both seasons in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, even with a broken arm. When you're blessed with a father of 6 feet 7 inches, Mikray grew tall. He played basketball into high school, but jumping was what he really liked. He had great practice as our family went through two trampolines. He would jump from one piece of furniture to another; jump over fences or onto buildings. So when track season came, he joined the team in all the jumping events.
Mikray was a member of 4-H. He took market lamb and horse projects. He came away with knowledge, public service and many friends. Mikray enjoyed cars, engines and motorcycles, and any medium that can be tinkered with, disassembled and reassembled. Like many young men, it gave him freedom. He had a 1970 Nova as a project car. Many plans were made about how to finish it. He ended up driving a Firebird his senior year. Learning seemed easy for Mikray. He rarely studied but graduated with honors. His senior project was to build a fast gaming computer at reasonable cost. True to form, two hours after parts arrived, Mikray had his computer built at one-third of the cost. He planned on getting a computer engineering degree through the U.S. Air Force until he was diagnosed with cancer last October.
Mikray had a sense of humor that he shared. He avoided negativity. He considered himself a Christian, a shy person and a man of few words. Mikray shared himself to his close friends. During this last year, Mikray showed everyone including his family how to live. Not one complaint or self-pity did this man give. He looked for a better world and never gave up hope.
He is survived by his parents, Morla and Mike; sister, Mallori; grandparents, Morla Rice, Eldon (Velma) Rice, and Marilyn Moser; uncle and aunt Mark and Lisa Moser; cousins Haylin and Mikayla Moser; and close friends Garett Uhlorn, Jacob Mellick, Teno Murillo and Taylor McConnell.
Please make any memorial donations to the Jackson Pay It Forward Foundation.
A celebration of Mikray's life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sweeney Track at Vollmer Bowl on Normal Hill in Lewiston.
Photo: Mikray George Morris Moser
Kelvin Ray Byers, 76
Kelvin Ray Byers passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, Sept. 27, 2014, on the 56th anniversary of marriage with his surviving wife, Helen. He was 76 years old. They raised two children together in Lewiston, Larry Byers and Tammy McKeirnan.
Kelvin was born to Delbert and Emma (Perry) Byers on Sept. 26, 1938, in Avon, along with his twin brother, Melvin. They would later be joined by the birth of their sister, Judy Enger. The Byers family grew up in the Avon, Deary and Bovill area, and all the siblings went to Deary High School.
Kelvin worked at the Idaho Transportation Department for 36 years and retired when he turned 55. His favorite hobbies included boating, fishing, gardening, woodworking, traveling and spending time with his wife up at the cabin on the Freeman Creek area of Dworshak Lake.
Kelvin was a hard-working, honest and family loving man. He had a good sense of humor and was well liked by many who he came in contact with in his life. He is well known for his quick wit and boastful laughter. He especially adored his grandchildren, Matthew Byers and Danielle McKeirnan. He also enjoyed working on projects with his son-in-law, Danny McKeirnan.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Helen M. Steiner, 84 Orofino
Helen M. Palmer, was born Dec. 25, 1929 in Denver, CO to Anna and OB Palmer, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 27, 2014.
Helen and her parents moved to Orofino in 1935, and later living in Kooskia and then Weippe where she spent most of her youth and graduated from Jr. /Sr. High school. While in school, Helen was very sports minded. She played softball as catcher, pitcher and first base, basketball as first string guard and ping pong where she was champion for three years. Between sports and school, Helen also worked on the green chain for Battles Saw Mill in Weippe.
Other jobs she held included service station attendant, assistant postmaster, private ironing and accounting. The family then moved to Orofino and then to Seattle, WA, where Helen worked as a banker. She met and married Dallas Seaver in 1950 and they moved to Indiana. They had two girls, Darla and Janet. This marriage ended in divorce and she moved back to Orofino, where she met an old acquaintance, Lee Steiner, from her early school days in Grangemont. Helen and Lee married in 1958 and they had two sons, Randy and Terry. Helen also acquired two stepchildren, Brock & Teena, who she thought of as her own. Lee passed away at the Veteran's Home in Lewiston on Jan. 1, 2005.
In Orofino, Helen worked at Hanson Garage and for Clem Secaur Accounting at tax time. She went to work for Hans Wetter Insurance and was still there when Hans left and Earl Picket took over. Then Greg Kimberling bought it from Earl and she worked for Greg until retiring due to her health issues. She also owned and operated a ceramic shop with the help of her daughter Darla for 14 years. Helen loved her family very much and enjoyed having them around.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ralph and grandson, Travis Leddige.
Helen is survived by her children: Darla and Mike McGee, Janet and Tim Overman, Randy Steiner, Terry Steiner, Brock and Liz Steiner, and Teena and Rod Gortsema and 11 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.
Helen was an amazing woman-a true angel from God. He saw how tired she was and took her home. She was loved so much and will be truly missed. We love you Mom!
Photos: Helen M. Steiner
Frances I. Wilson, 86, formerly of Bobbitt Bench, Orofino
Frances I. Wilson, age 86, died peacefully with her family by her side Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.
Frances was born the daughter of Pink and Freda Greer on March 20, 1928, in Lewiston. She was the youngest of five children. Prior to graduating from Clarkston High School in 1946, she grew up on the Bobbitt Bench near Peck. In 1948, Frances married Gerald (Jerry) Wilson in Orofino. They started their married life in Peck, where daughter Marilyn was born in 1950 and son Gale was born in 1952. Jerry commuted to Orofino, where he worked for Stoddard Electric as an electrician. Soon after the birth of Gale, they moved to Orofino, where Jerry continued to work as an electrician while pursuing his love of flying on nights and weekends as a backcountry bush pilot. Flying was the love of Jerry's life, and Frances was there to provide support on the homefront. Always striving to be the perfect wife, and the perfect mother, she did everything from raising two children to providing lighting with the headlights of her car for Jerry's nighttime landings. She always prioritized the importance of family first. Her job was to take care of the family, and she did it well.
In June 1959, the family moved to Lewiston, when Jerry purchased interest in Hillcrest Aircraft Company.
Frances loved her home, with gardening and cooking being of great importance to her. Many have been the recipients of Frances' garden vegetables, homemade bread and pies. She loved to bake, and Jerry always enjoyed the bottomless chocolate chip cookie jar.
In an effort to keep the neighborhood up to her standards, she started purchasing houses as they came up for sale. This eventually led her into a full-time job managing several rental homes, with Frances doing all the upkeep for the houses and the yards, including mowing the lawns. Always energetic, always organized and always project-driven, Frances could accomplish more in any day than most anyone.
Frances and Jerry always had a love for Clearwater County, so in 1967 they purchased property on Eureka Ridge, where they enjoyed many happy times. The family still owns this property today.
Exercise was always a part of her day. She started going to aerobic classes when they first became popular in the 1980s, and continued until 2012.
Frances was baptized in the Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church, and always maintained a love for that church. When she moved to Lewiston, she became a member of the Lewiston Seventh-day Adventist Church and was a dedicated and active member there for 56 years. Jerry and Frances enjoyed many summer Sunday afternoons playing golf at the Clarkston Golf and Country Club. Her golfing interest continued on to include many early morning golf games with the Tuesday morning 9 Holer Group.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, in 2000; brothers Burel and Raymond Greer; and sisters Vretta (Sis) French and Nadean McKelway.
Frances is survived by son Gale, with wife Cindy, of Lewiston; daughter Marilyn, with husband Phil Stonebraker, of Clarkston; and grandchildren Greg Stonebraker, with wife Tiffany, of Seattle, Jeff Stonebraker, with wife Sarah, of Seattle, WA, Keith White, with wife Chrissey, of Lewiston, and Charli Coldiron, with husband Luke, of Moscow. She has eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1212 19th St., Lewiston. Memorial donations may be made to Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, 500 Eighth Ave., Lewiston; Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church, 46418 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino; or Beacon Christian School, 615 Stewart Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Frances I. Wilson
Barbara Irene Opdahl, 75, Pierce
A memorial and celebration of Barbara Opdahl's life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Faith Lutheran Church, 611 S. Main St., Pierce. Inurnment will be at Pierce Cemetery after the memorial service, followed by a potluck luncheon at Pierce Community Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Barbara's family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
Barbara Irene Opdahl, 75, Pierce
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." 1 Peter 5:10
On Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, Barbara Irene Opdahl, 75, passed from this world of physical challenges to her glorious eternal home.
Barbara was born in Albert Lea, MN on Nov. 25, 1938 to Marvin "Tim" and Irene (Reim) Ramsdell. She grew up in Alden and graduated from Alden High School in 1956. In 1957-58 she attended Hamilton School of Business. She married her childhood sweetheart, Harlan Opdahl, on Jan. 17, 1959. A vacation trip west with Harlan resulted in their move to Idaho in 1965.
Barbara worked at Pierce schools from 1966 to 1971, and then she went to work for the US Post Office from 1971 to 1988. Along the way, Barb, Harlan, Harlan's brother, Duane, and wife, Vi, partnered up to form Triple O Outfitters. Barb was chief cook and ultimate hostess for bear and elk hunters and Lewis Clark trail riders. Her sourdough pancakes, huckleberry desserts, and camp potatoes were legendary. Her enthusiasm for the outdoor life was contagious, as was her smile.
Barbara was an active community member. She served on the Pierce Library Board, was a 4-H Leader, a member of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, Gem Community Board Member, Clearwater Basin Collaborative member, Potlatch Advisory Committee, and served on the Idaho Travel Council. Barbara was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church and served in various capacities, including teacher and council member.
Barbara personified the spirit of hospitality. She loved to camp, hunt, snowmobile and embroider. She also loved to cook. Family and friends were always welcome at the Opdahl home, especially around meal time. The entire time her children attended school, each teacher enjoyed a pan of her cinnamon rolls at Christmas. They were so well loved that she continued the tradition for staff even after the youngest graduated. Barbara never missed an opportunity to make new friends. Her faith and devotion to God were the center of her life.
Barbara is survived by four children, Gwen and Bob Schryver of Farmington, NM, Jim and Linda Opdahl of Payette, Diane and Mike Snyder of Baker City, OR and Sharon and Darrin Hartwig of Lewiston; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 1 sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Duane Mutschler of Stillwater, MN; brother-in-law, Richard Borge of Alden, MN; three sisters-in-law, Jean Ramsdell of Burnsville, MN, Violet Opdahl of Lewiston, and Gloria Peterson of Albert Lea, MN; and numerous much loved nieces and nephews. Rod McKuen once said that strangers are friends you haven't met yet. Barbara lived that philosophy every day. Her group of friends continued to grow until the day of her passing.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan; parents, Marvin "Tim" and Irene Ramsdell; a daughter, Katherine; brother, Marvin "Ed" Ramsdell; and sister, Betty Borge; two brothers-in-law, B. Duane Opdahl and Russell Peterson.
A memorial and celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Faith Lutheran Church, 611 S. Main St., Pierce. Inurnment will be at Pierce Cemetery after the memorial service, followed by a potluck luncheon at Pierce Community Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Barbara's family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, P.O. Drawer C, Pierce, ID 83546 or ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) 2134 Canyon Creek Road, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: Barbara Irene Opdahl
Barbara Irene Opdahl, 75, Pierce
Barbara Irene Opdahl, 75, Pierce, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at her daughter's home in Farmington, NM.
Services are pending with Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.
Fred Fee McFall, 67, Ahsahka
Fred Fee McFall, 67, Ahsahka, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at his residence.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Murray Eugene Cram, 92, Orofino
Murray Eugene Cram best known as 'Gene' was born April 3, 1922 in Orofino Idaho to Ira L. Cram and Jessie Bonner. He was their only child.
He passed away peacefully at the age of 92 at St Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on August 30, 2014, from multiple complications due to age.
Gene was proud that he lived his entire life in Clearwater County, mainly in the Pierce and Orofino areas.
Gene served in the US Army in WWII (World War II) and then he worked as a logger.
After retirement, he delivered the Lewiston Tribune to many of the local residents of Orofino and really enjoyed this job.
Gene's hobbies were camping, hunting, fishing and working on cars.
Gene married Carolyn Magney (Maggie Cram) on March 4, 1960; together they had two daughters, Becky and Shelli.
Gene had two sons from a previous marriage, Michael Eugene Cram (deceased) and Danny Turcott (Alaska).
Gene's long time friend Bill Roupe was like son and brother to the family.
He has three grandchildren Michael L. Cram (Peck), Amanda Cummings (Orofino) and Robbie Cummings (Moscow) and two great grand children.
Gene was deeply loved by his family. He will be truly missed.
The family appreciates everyone's prayers and thoughts during the past month.
No service will be held, due to his request.
Photo: Murray Eugene Cram
Russell B. Duff, 82, Orofino
Russell B. Duff, 82, Orofino, passed away Aug. 28, 2014 in at his home in Orofino. He was born Oct. 20, 1931.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
James H. Gray, 79, Orofino
James H. Gray, 79, Orofino, passed away August 26, 2014 at Orofino. He was born Sept. 7, 1934.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
Anne R Childress, 81, Orofino
Anne R. Childress, 81, Orofino, passed away Aug. 25, 2014 in Orofino. She was born April 4, 1933.
No services are planned at this time.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Robert D. Lawson, 94, Pierce
Robert D. Lawson, 94, Pierce, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at his home in Pierce. He was born Oct. 27, 1919.
Funeral Services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.
Clayton V. Ahlstrom, 49, Weippe
Clayton V. Ahlstrom, 49, Weippe, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. He was born Jan. 28, 1965.
Services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Bonnie Lynn Thomas Ogden, 64, Cavendish
Bonnie Lynn Thomas Ogden was not only a mother and a wife, but also a friend. Most everyone who she met became a friend after a short period of time.
Bonnie was born Oct. 28, 1949, in Kirkland, WA. Her parents were Helen and William (Bill) Thomas. She was the youngest of four children.
She met her husband, Mike Gary Ogden, in the summer of 1968. They were married in September of that year. They enjoyed their new life together, and in 1973 their first child, Clint Ryan, was born. Daughter Christine Nicole soon followed in 1976. There were not many things that Bonnie was unable or unwilling to do, from taking the children to soccer practice, to helping them learn to swim. She felt if they could do it, she wanted to learn also, so she could share that experience with them. This included skiing, snowmobiling, riding dirt bikes, boating and of course enjoying the wonderful campfires that we all loved so much. She helped build the cabin in Cle Elum where she and Gary (Mike) lived for 10 years. There she cooked on a wood stove and used only propane lights as the light source. After moving from the cabin, she designed and helped build their current home in Cavendish.
Bonnie enjoyed sewing and quilting. She completed many quilts that were given as special gifts to family or friends. She also enjoyed helping others learn more about sewing and quilting. Gardening was one of the things she liked to do. Her flowers were always happy and she canned many jars of vegetables. Bonnie's homemade salsa was one of the best, along with her dilly beans, which everyone liked.
Bonnie is survived by her husband and her two children, Christine Lewis and Clint Ogden. She also has four grandchildren, Jarod, Erica and Jillian Ogden and Rory Lewis. She also is survived by her sister, Jeannie Howard; and brother, Larry Thomas. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Bill and Helen Thomas; and also brother, Tom Thomas.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Southwick Bible Church and officiated by Pastor Charlie Olson. Donations can be made to the Southwick Bible Church or a church of your choice. A luncheon will follow.
Bonnie would like to give a big hug to all the ladies at Southwick Bible Church for the direction given her and the faith that was bestowed.
Bonnie will be greatly missed.
Photo: Bonnie Lynn Thomas Ogden
Carl Day, 94, Orofino
Carl passed away July 29, 2014, at Lewiston Care Facility Rehab Center following hip surgery. Carl resided at Brookside Senior Retirement Center, Orofino.
Carl was born the fourth child of five to Orba and Carl Day Sr. on Dec. 28, 1919, in Nora, NE. The family moved to Republic, KS, and then settled in Declo, Idaho, for Carl's school years. Carl grew up on a farm and was involved with farming/ranching most of his life. He also worked in the timber industry and as a dispatcher at Kimberly Clark Paper Co. in Anderson, CA, for many years. Carl lived in Lakeview, OR, Cottonwood, CA, Anderson, CA, Redding, CA, and Orofino. Carl treasured his friends, and had many in each location.
Carl married Mary Thompson in 1946, and they had two children, Diana and Denny. Carl was also the proud grandfather of Spencer Graham, Haily Graham, Cora Beld and Leota Day. Carl married the "love of his life," Dottie Meyer, in 1966, and they were married until she passed away. Carl also helped raise Dottie's two youngest sons, Auggie and Kenny Meyer.
Carl enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He also followed his favorite sports teams on TV. Carl played on athletic sports teams in school, and also when he worked at the mill. He was a great Little League coach and taught his children to ride a horse, sportsmanship, and never missed a school activity if either of his children were performing.
Carl had a great sense of humor and believed in staying active. Carl will be greatly missed as he was a loving son, husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.
Carl is survived by his son, Denny and his wife Derry; his daughter, Diana and her husband Greg; his grandchildren; his sister, Marian McKenzie and husband Ken; as well as two stepsons, Dennis and Orville Meyer; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Dottie; former wife, Mary; his parents, Orba and Carl Day Sr.; his sisters, Leota Mulkey and Grace Jacobs; brother, Bill Day; as well as his stepsons, Kenny Meyer, Auggie Meyer, Adrian Meyer and Steve Meyer.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at his church, the Orofino Community Church, located at 14233 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino. All who knew Carl are welcome and invited to attend.
Photo: Carl Day
Elwin L. Hutchins, Weippe
A viewing will be held for Elwin L. Hutchins on Friday, Aug. 8 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Weippe Wesleyan Church. A Service will follow at the Weippe Mini Park at 11 a.m. with a Celebration Potluck Dinner.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Clara Marie Degregorio, Weippe
Clara Marie Degregorio of Weippe passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Rudolph 'Rudy' Wade Knapik, Sr., Orofino
Rudolph 'Rudy' Wade Knapik, Sr. of Orofino passed Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Elwin L. Hutchins, 77, Weippe
Elwin L. Hutchins, 77, Weippe, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
June Eileen Cook Judd, 88, formerly of Fraser
June Eileen Cook Judd, beloved mother, grandmother, teacher, and civic leader, passed away due to complications from a fractured hip on July 28, 2014 at North Idaho Hospice House, surrounded by her three children.
The oldest of five children raised on a farm during the Great Depression, June experienced economic hardships and learned to work hard and be frugal. She also learned the value of community service and caring for others. In addition to participating in civic activities she and her family were regularly inviting people in for a meal or asking someone who might be alone to join the family for holidays and special occasions.
June grew up determined to have a stable family life, provide a good home for her family, and stay close to her extended family. In addition to her devotion and love for her family she was committed to her faith and church, the State of Idaho, and the University of Idaho--alma mater to her and most of her family. She loved camping, picnics, picking huckleberries, drives in the mountains, games, dining out and any activities with her family. She sought continual learning and was an avid reader of five regional newspapers.
June was born March 2, 1926 at Lenore, Idaho to Boyd and Bina Cook. She advanced quickly through the local grammar school and at age 12 she moved to Lewiston to attend high school, where she worked as a nanny for her room and board. June was largely self-supported for the rest of her 88 years. She transferred to Lapwai High School for her senior year, graduating in 1942, and then attended Lewiston Normal School (now Lewis-Clark State College) for one year.
Due to WWII (World War II) teacher shortages she began teaching in 1943 at age 17 at the one- room Fraser School near Greer, Idaho where the teacher also had to make fires in the stove, haul water from the well, prepare a hot lunch dish, handle the janitorial duties, in addition to teaching grades 1-8. She boarded with local farmer and school board member Lawrence Judd and his wife Bell, where she became best friends with their daughter, Verla, and met her future husband, their son Harry. June remained close to the Judd family after transferring to teach at a school in the Lewiston Orchards in 1945. She and Harry started dating in the fall of 1948 and were married on June 14, 1949 (Flag Day so Harry would always remember his anniversary).
June and Harry made their home in Lenore, Idaho where June taught at the one- room school and drove school bus while Harry taught vocational education to veterans. In 1950 the family moved to Orofino, Idaho, where daughters Elaine and Maureen were born. The family moved to Moscow, Idaho and lived in "Vets Village" while Harry attended the University of Idaho on the GI Bill. After Harry's graduation the family moved to Asotin, WA for nine months where Harry taught vo-ag and chemistry at the high school. This nine months living less than a mile into Washington was June's only time living outside the State of Idaho. June and family moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in 1955 where Harry went to work for the University of Idaho Cooperative Extension Service (County Agent). June was a busy homemaker, plus was active in the Sandpoint Methodist Church and the Sandpoint community. Son Norman was born in 1958.
In 1959 Harry became the lead Extension Agent for Benewah County and the family moved to St. Maries, Idaho. June was the model housewife-tending the house, gardening, cooking great meals, canning/freezing, sewing not only her children's and her clothes but also drapes for the new house. She was active in the Community Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon and an Elder; led 4-H groups for her children and other youth in the community; and participated in several civic organizations.
June returned to teaching full time in the St. Maries Schools when Norman started school and taught there from 1969 to 1990. Putting together a mix of summer school, workshops, and short courses from the University of Idaho, she finished her four- year degree and graduated with a BS (Bachelor of Science) in Elementary Education in 1972. After Harry passed away in 1974, June continued her education in the summers and graduated with a Masters in Reading Education from the University of Idaho in 1982.
June retired from teaching in 1990 and that same year was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives, serving for 10 years to 2000. During that time changing district lines had her at times representing areas as far north as Hope and Priest River and as far south as Riggins, Idaho and generally from the Washington to the Montana borders. June's political alignment came out of her background with farmers, loggers, millworkers and miners when the Democratic Party represented their interests. She was a conservative "Reagan Democrat." June rose to the position of Assistant Minority Leader during her time in the Legislature. June was especially proud to sponsor and gather the legislation to fund Idaho's portion of the WWII memorial in Washington, DC honoring the veterans and service of her generation.
Following her time in the Legislature June remained active in politics and many civic organizations. Among the civic organizations are PEO, Hughes House Historical Society, Camera Club, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce. June lived in St. Maries for 53 years until she moved to Garden Plaza Retirement Center in Post Falls in October 2013.
June was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lewis Judd; her father, Boyd Levi Cook; her mother, Bina Caroline Raby Cook Eberhardt; step fathers, Herman Eberhardt and Walter Eberhardt; her step mother, Ella Cook; brother, Lawrence Cook; sister, Evelyn Cook Calvert; and two grandchildren, Noelle Judd and Joshua Judd.
June is survived by her daughter, Elaine White Harris (Duane) of Spokane Valley, WA, grandson, Ryan White (Jenn) of Virginia and step grandchildren, Katie Harris of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Matt Harris of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Maureen Edwards Wagner Martin (Don) of Coeur d'Alene, grandson Shawn Edwards of Tacoma, WA, granddaughter, Brook Edwards (Eli Meyer) of Eugene, OR, great-grandson, Ari Edwards-Meyer and step grandchildren, Jamie Young (Will Young) and Aaron Martin; son, Norman Judd (Lynda) of Spokane, WA, and granddaughter, Christianna Judd. In addition she is survived by brothers, Joe Cook (Wanda) of Lewiston, Idaho and David Cook (Marcia) of Las Vegas, NV, brothers-in-law Golan Calvert of Lewiston, and Bill McKinnon of Weippe, ID, plus numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
The family wishes to thank the many people who helped June stay in her home for so long, including Phu and Ahn Cong, Dale and Robin Baerlocher, John and Ruby Flerchinger, George and Delores Collinge, homecare workers from North Idaho Partners in Care and many others in the St. Maries community. The family also thanks Hospice of North Idaho, the staff of Hospice House at Hummingbird Fields and the staff of Ivy Court for their care in June's final days and efforts to make her comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Judd Family Memorial Scholarship Fund at the St. Maries branch of US Bank that will fund scholarships to the University of Idaho; the Fraser Community Center, care of Donna Brown, 2310 Cottonwood Road, Orofino, ID 83544, or Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835.
There will be a viewing Thursday evening July 31 from 5-7 p.m. at Hodge Funeral Home, 138 South Eighth St., St. Maries. There will be a Celebration of June's Life 11 am, Friday August 1, 2014 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 1100 West College Ave., St. Maries followed by a luncheon in the church social hall. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday Aug. 2, 2014 at the Fraser Cemetery along Highway 11 near Orofino.
Following that service there will be a lunch gathering at the Fraser Community Center, formerly Fraser School, where June started teaching in 1943. - See more at: http://www.hodgefuneralhome.com/obituary/June-Eileen-Judd/St.-Maries-ID/1405310#sthash.nRTaqT0I.dpuf.
Photo: June Eileen Cook Judd
William Chester Barnett, 82, Orofino
William Chester Barnett, 82, Orofino, passed away July 27, 2014 in Pullman, WA.
Memorial Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for the arrangements.
Theresa A. Grossklaus, 61, Orofino
Theresa (Terri) Bingham was born Nov. 18, 1952, to Charles and Mary Bingham in Pasadena, CA. She lived with her parents and two brothers in San Gabriel, CA, for 17 years, and attended Catholic elementary and high schools in Alhambra, CA. She was devoted to God and the Catholic Church, spending years as a Sunday school teacher and the head of the church library. Terri rests peacefully now in the hands of her Lord and Savior.
Her dream of attending the University of California at Los Angles was fulfilled in 1970, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. While at UCLA, Terri met Robert (Bob) Grossklaus, and they were later married in 1974. Terri then attended Mount Saint Mary's College and graduated with a degree in nursing. From Los Angeles, they moved to Arizona to work for the Indian Health Service and the Papago Tribe. Hoping to buy a home and start a family, Bob and Terri moved to Lewiston, where Terri started working for the North Central Idaho Health Department as a school nurse for four years.
Terri wanted so much to be a mother that when she had the opportunity, she became a full-time mother to their three children, Carla, Kevin and Angela. She devoted her life to raising kids and being a supportive wife. Some of her favorite times were the family vacations they took every year.
Her favorite pastime was reading, averaging at least one book a week. Even as a child, she would visit the library every day in the summer. It was this love of knowledge that fueled Terri's one true profession, she was a lifetime student, always taking classes at Lewis-Clark State College, Gonzaga University and enrolling in numerous online courses to satisfy her thirst for knowledge in a variety of subjects.
Terri also enjoyed quilting, gourmet cooking and participating in numerous church activities. Many people remember Terri as a quiet, compassionate wife and mother, and a friend to all.
Terri and Bob were divorced in 2013, at which time Terri moved to Orofino and found her niche at St. Theresa's Catholic Church. She died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Orofino.
Terri is survived by her children, Carla Kucirek (Adam) of Omaha, NE, Kevin Grossklaus of Lewiston and Angela Richards (Cole) of Denver, CO. She is also survived by her brothers, Mark Bingham (Vickie Olson) of Pasadena and Chris Bingham (Pamela Gibson) of San Gabriel.
A personalized vigil for Terri will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lewiston, and a traditional funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, also at St. Stanislaus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints Catholic Parish.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Photo: Theresa A. Grossklaus
Helen Bringman Glover, 86, Kooskia
Helen Bringman Glover, 86, Kooskia, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her home.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Myrtle A. Matson, 98, born in Orofino
Myrtle A. Matson passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her residence in Lewiston. She was 98.
Myrtle Matson was born April 18, 1916 in Orofino to her parents Albert and Ida (Swenson) Stamper. At a year, old Myrtle went with her family to Weiser, they then moved to Tamarack eventually returning to Orofino when Myrtle was 8 years old. She attended the Orofino area schools.
Myrtle worked in the cookhouse at the Cow Creek Mill and in the bakery in Orofino. She married the love of her life Ed R. Matson in 1937. After her marriage, she became a homemaker devoting herself to raising her children. After her children were grown, she worked in several clothing stores as a clerk.
She attended Orofino Community Church on Riverside until she moved to Lewiston in 2006, She helped in 4-H with her three children and was a Cub Scout leader for her youngest. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, camping, fishing, hunting and huckleberry picking.
Myrtle is survived by her daughter, Geralden (Matson) Russell of Orofino; her son, Don Matson of Lewiston; eight grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; some great-great grandchildren and a few great, great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ida Stamper; her husband, Ed Matson in 1981; her son, Gerald Matson in 1986; and her brother and sisters.
A Funeral Service for Myrtle Matson will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino with burial to follow at Wells Bench (Sanders) Cemetery.
Don passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, of natural causes, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Don was born Dec. 29, 1918, to William C. and Charity (Tinney) Squires in Topeka, KN.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 as an Army quartermaster, master sergeant. He was in World War II, serving in Australia, New Guinea, Japan and the Philippines.
On May 29, 1943, he married the love of his life, Hilda Cathleen Erwood, in Melbourne, Australia. In 1945, he was discharged from the service and moved with his wife, Cathy, to Los Angeles, CA, where they had their first child, Carl Squires. They later moved to Orofino, where their daughter, Terry Squires, was born in 1949. In 1955, he moved his family to Lewiston, where he was self-employed in construction as a cement finisher.
Don enjoyed playing cards, painting, woodwork and researching family history on his computer. He also enjoyed following his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting events throughout the years. He was their biggest fan!
In their early retirement years, Don and Cathy enjoyed traveling in their motor home to Arizona in the winter months.
Don is survived by son Carl Squires of Clarkston; WA; grandson, Don Squires, and wife, Laurie, of Winchester; granddaughters, Kassi Smith of Lewiston, Sarah Randall and husband, Blake, of Lewiston, Summer Hepburn and husband, John, of Lewiston, Holly Miller and husband, Charlie, of Lewiston; along with 15 great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Charity Tinney Squires; wife, Cathy Squires; daughter, Terry Squires Smith; two brothers; and five sisters.
The family would like to express deep gratitude to all the staff at Life Care Center of Lewiston for their outstanding care and support.
A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarkston Event Center, 841 Sixth St., Clarkston.
Photo: Don Squires
LeRoy 'Joe' Barden, 91, Kooskia
LeRoy 'Joe' Barden, 91, of Kooskia passed away Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Theodore Roosevelt Crabb, 92, formerly of Orofino
Theodore Roosevelt Crabb, 92, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at his home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Ted Crabb was born May 28, 1922 in Orofino to Jarrett and Stella (Kight) Crabb. He attended schools there, graduating from Orofino High School in 1940 and the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1942.
Ted was a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II from Dec. 18, 1942-Jan. 5, 1946 in the Signal Corps maintaining the Army trucks. He spent 57 days on the Island of Okinawa during WWII. After his discharge, he worked for 2 years as a mechanic at the Chevy Garage in Orofino. From 1946-1967, he farmed 200 acres of a 400 acre farm in Orofino, raising cattle, clover, wheat and barley. After he moved to Sandpoint, he worked for the State Employment Service from 1968-1984 when he was forced to take a disability due to a heart attack.
He was past commander of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and was Mr. VFW Man of the Year in 1961-1962 in Orofino. He was also past exalted ruler of the Elks and past president of the Eagles. He and his late wife, Nancy, were members of the North Idaho Rainbow Chasers. He played drums at dances with a group of friends for years and was a master card player, loving the thrill of the game. Relatives remember being skunked by him many times over the years. He also restored old cars, finishing one for each of his children and step-children before his death.
Ted was first married to Lola Albers and had two children: Carla (Steve) Laws of Lenore and John Crabb of Anchorage, AK. They divorced and he married Anne Hoiseth who was the mother of his son Jarrett Crabb of Sandpoint. Their marriage also ended in divorce.
He met his soul-mate Nancy (Perry) Chapin in 1980 while he was playing at an Eagles dance and they dated for two years before they married on June 16, 1982 in Coeur d'Alene. They both loved music, fraternal organizations and both had a great sense of humor. Nancy passed away in January 2010. He gained the respect of his three step-children: Dean (Terri) Chapin of Woodland, CA, Darrell (Christell) Chapin of Twin Lakes, Idaho and Russell Chapin.
Ted died early the morning of July 8, 2014 at his home in Bonners Ferry after a short bout with cancer. Besides his children and step-children, he is also survived by grandchildren: Heather Sparano and Ryan Laws, Cory Crabb, Christopher Chapin, Cody Whitman, Bryce Chapin, Ryan (Breanne) Chapin and Courtney Chapin and great-grandchildren: Nicole Sparano, Joe Sparano, Owen Chapin and Madison Chapin.
Funeral services will be held on July 14, 2014 at Coffelt's Funeral Chapel in Sandpoint at 2 p.m., with Chuck Wigton, officiating. Friends may call at Coffelt's Funeral Chapel on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of services A reception will be announced later.
Photo: Theodore Roosevelt Crabb
Margaret Williams, 84, Pierce
On Thursday, July 3, 2014, as loved ones gathered around her hospital bed and gave her a tender farewell, Margaret E. (Maggie) Williams, 84, a longtime resident of Pierce, took her last earthly and belabored breath. We know in our broken hearts that she fought the good fight but as her respiratory health became further diminished, it was evident that she could hold on no longer.
Maggie was born on June 8, 1930, in Port Orchard, WA, the second of four children born to Alfred and Bertha Mae Cann. She grew up and attended school in Clarkston, WA, before the family moved to their Kendrick farm in 1943. In February of 1948, at the age of 17, she moved with friends to Pierce, where she met her first husband, Melvin Dahl. They were married at Cardiff's Spur in July of that year and lived at the Musselshell until moving into Pierce in 1954. They raised four daughters together there and throughout this time she was a homemaker, restaurant worker, bartender and business owner. Mel died in February of 1982.
In May of 1992, Maggie married the second great love of her life, Wally Williams, in Lewiston. She and Wally enjoyed their life in Pierce and loved supporting the community, the school, Timberline High School sports and watching baseball together, even though it was often on separate TVs! They moved to Lewiston in the fall of last year; however, Maggie was a Pierce girl to her core and her heart never left her cherished hometown.
A strong woman, she was dedicated to her family and friends. If she loved you, you knew it and she would defend you to the end. Maggie had many opinions that she often shared and a sweet side that was appreciated by anyone who knew her. She was Wally's biggest cheerleader in any endeavor he undertook, and they had a lot of fun together. They doted on their animals, Miss Kitty and their special little dog, Ali. She enjoyed "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," and rarely missed a Mariners game on TV. She recently attended LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) World Series games with Wally, even though it was somewhat of a struggle for her. A special memory was attending a Mariners game in Seattle and seeing their anniversary wish on the reader board at Safeco Field; and being the 2001 grand marshals of the Pierce 1860 Days parade. We are so happy that just days before her death she enjoyed another Cann/Osborn family reunion and was able to visit with family members from afar.
Maggie is survived by her husband, Wally; and daughters, Nancy and Lonnie Cowger of Pierce, Linda Smith and Randy McKinnon of Weippe, Debbi and Mike Duffy of Lenore, and Traci Tolle and Tony Kast of Clarkston. Her older brother, Don Cann, of College Place, WA, also survives her. Her grandchildren include Tami LaDoux of West Richland, WA, Kelly Cowger of Pierce, Brandi Smith, Sunny Haynes and Michael Tolle, all of Lewiston, Jakki Smith of Loon Lake, WA, and Kylee Tolle of Clarkston. Left behind are nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews. Her bonus family includes five stepdaughters: Sheila Struck of Vancouver, WA, Rona Hall and Barb Robertson of Bonners Ferry, and Tiny Bowling and Verna Soyk of Lewiston, along with numerous stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Dorothy Rider and Alice Mehl, and her son-in-law, Jack Smith.
We invite all family and friends to join us as we celebrate the life of our feisty, resilient, beloved wife, mom and grandmother at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Pierce Community Center. We will gather in her honor to pay tribute to this special lady with laughter, music and the sharing of memories. We are so happy she is no longer suffering and is now taking big, deep, easy breaths in heaven!
Photo: Margaret Williams
Gerald T. Blattler, 77, owned bird sanctuary near Southwick
Gerald (Jerry) T. Blattler died peacefully Saturday, June 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He endured a long illness. Jerry was 77.
Gerald was born Nov. 13, 1936, in Hartford, WI, to Norman and Evelyn Blattler. He had two younger brothers, Jack and Gene. The family moved to Lake Julia, WI, where Jerry enjoyed roaming the outdoors with his faithful dog, Butch.
Jerry graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1954.
He met Celeste Rose Stefonek through friends on July 7, 1956. They married Aug. 24, 1957, at St. Kunegunda's Catholic Church in Sugar Camp, WI. They lived in Rhinelander until 1963.
In hopes of living in a milder climate with a longer growing season and more abundant hunting and fishing, Jerry, Celeste and their two sons, Brad and Glen, moved across the country to Lewiston. Gerald continued employment in the paper industry at Potlatch Forests Inc. when it opened in 1963. Two children, Laura and Stuart, were born in Idaho. Jerry was an incredible wing-shot and enjoyed pheasant hunting near Lapwai. Gerald's love of nature expanded to ownership of his own 20-acre bird sanctuary near Southwick. He very much enjoyed his new life in Idaho.
In 1947, at age 11, Jerry pestered his mother for the book, "Birds of America." Its cost was an astounding $11.95. In the years since, he had absorbed every paragraph and photo. The book was in tatters. As a birthday surprise in 2013, his son Glen combed eBay and located a pristine copy to replace the well-read and well-loved book of his father's youth.
Jerry worked for the Lewiston School District, rising through the ranks to custodial supervisor and retiring in 1996 with 30 years of service. During his retirement, he and Celeste enjoyed many years at their cabin near Southwick.
Jer is survived by Celeste, his wife of 56 years; children, Brad (Debra) of Lewiston, Glen of Seattle, Laura (Darrel) Pallaske of Spokane and Stuart of Portland, OR; grandson Christopher Wilkins of Moscow; and brother, Jack (Karen) of Avondale, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gene.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church, 1519 Ripon Ave., Lewiston, followed by a luncheon sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary.
Special thanks to Celso Chavez, M.D.; Richard Felt, M.D.; Jane Fore, M.D.; John Ho, M.D.; Michael Minick, M.D.; Michael Parent, M.D.; Luke Pluto, M.D.; Terri Smith, certified nurse practitioner; Lincare; and the staff of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
Photo: Gerald T. Blattler
Alma Mae Lawrence, 80, Southwick
Alma Mae Lawrence was born May 29, 1934, to Lars and Anna Handeland, in Bellingham, WA. She passed away peacefully at her home in Southwick, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Alma grew up on a farm in Saxon, WA, near the Nooksack River. She graduated as Valedictorian from Mt. Baker High School, Deming, WA in 1951. She attended college at Western Washington College, studying education. While Alma worked for the Seattle Gas Company, she met Albert Lawrence, and after a year of courtship, they married on June 29, 1957. The newlyweds soon moved to Idaho where they farmed and raised their three children.
Alma was active in the Southwick Homemakers Club. She was a member of Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Alma enjoyed teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and singing in the Cameron Choir. She loved the challenge of working crossword puzzles, solving riddles, and playing the game Upwards. Alma enjoyed her tradition of putting together a jigsaw puzzle each New Year.
Alma was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters and brother-in-laws, June and Bob Lee; Laura and Walt Walters; and two grandsons, Douglas, Jr. and Casey Lohman.
She is survived by her husband, Albert; her sister, Bertha (Don) Koplitz; her children, Earl (Sandy) Lawrence, Amy (Dave) Perry, and Bonnie (Ken) Miller; her grandchildren, Jaclyn Lohman, Valerie (Gary) Hutchison, BreeAnna and Garrett Perry, Ryan and Brian Lawrence, and Angela and Kenny Miller; and her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends in America and Norway.
Alma's funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church on June 28, 2014 and her committal service will follow at the Southwick Cemetery. Everyone is invited to a luncheon at the Cameron Church directly following the burial.
Memorial donations may be given to the Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 12633 Cameron Rd., Kendrick, ID 83537; or a charity of your choice.
Photo: Alma Mae Lawrence
Lyle Edward Main, 87, Orofino
Our beloved husband, brother, father, grandpa and friend, Lyle Edward Main passed away Sunday at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 87. His wife and daughter were at his side.
Lyle was born March 16, 1927 in Evansville, WY, to Jesse and Katherine Main. He was raised by his father and mother, Elvira Main. The family moved to Payette in 1943 and Lyle attended school in Fruitland.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and served in Korea before he was honorably discharged in 1949. After that he did some ranching in Oregon before going to work as a long haul and log truck driver in the northwest U.S. He retired in 1986 after almost 40 years as a truck driver.
In 1949 Lyle married Betty Briggs and they had two children.
He and Marge Frazier Clark married June 21, 1976 in Payette. They met at a friend's barbecue. They spent 20 years in Yuma, AZ while they traveled and she worked at the hospital as a nurse. They were blessed with many, many friends. They moved to Orofino in May 2006 to be near his brother Jesse. Marge went to work for Brett Pippenger at Clearwater Crossing RV Park as manager.
Lyle was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296 in Orofino. He was also a member to the Elks Lodge and American Legion in Yuma, as well as the Moose Lodge in Clarkston, WA.
He loved dancing, Karaoke, riding dune buggies and his family and friends. Lyle was a 'megaload' information follower and loved to see the big rigs roll past his window which overlooks U.S. Highway 12.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Darlene Johnson, Helen 'Dolly' McFarland, Beverly Figero and Valerie Main; and brothers, Danny Main, Ronnie Main and Lloyd Main.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Marge Main; children, Loretta Rowell, Welton, AZ, Lyle 'Red' Main, Orofino, Phillip Frazier Main, Orofino, and Debbie Clark Wobig, Keizer, OR; siblings and spouses, Jesse and Ethel Main, Richard and Margaret Main, Loretta Main, Darrell and Sandy Main, Virginia and Dale Anderson, Myrna Shaw, and Keith and Nelda Main; grandchildren, Donald, David, Charity and Kimberly; great grandchildren, Manuel, Melinda, Miranda, Marcus, Taylor Dawn and Donovan.
Among the special people who became like family, are Brett Pippenger and Lisa Ponozzo who helped and cared for him so many ways.
A graveside service with military honors by the VFW will be held Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Stanton and Ruth Walker will conduct the service. Honorary pallbearers are Keith and Darrell Main. A potluck will follow at the Orofino City Park at 2 p.m. for family and friends. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an account set up at Lewis Clark Credit Union that will help defray funeral expenses.
Photo: Lyle Edward Main
Sherry (Mallory) Takala, 76, formerly of Orofino
Sherry (Mallory) Takala began her life adventure on May 26, 1938, in Logan, Utah. She grew up on a farm caring for animals, but discovered early her love for painting and art in all mediums. In adulthood, she moved to Nevada and worked as a showgirl, keno writer and pit boss while raising her two children and painting on the side whenever she could. Eventually she left Nevada to pursue her love of painting and the wilderness.
Being a gypsy at heart, she moved throughout all of the Western states. The job she was most proud of was that of a battered women's counselor at the YWCA. Finally she met the love of her life, Steve Takala. She followed him in his job and eventually up to Alaska, where they mined for gold in the Porcupine and also converted an old Navy landing craft into a very unique bed and breakfast/fishing tackle store/art gallery in Haines, AK, called "Noah's Art." Later, after returning to the lower 48 and Steve's death, she took to the road again in her motor home searching for yet new adventures. She landed for short visits in Lava Hot Springs, Orofino and Kamiah, making many friends and learning new skills such as ham radio operation, which came in handy while working with the Idaho search and rescue crews.
Sherry was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Adlissa Mallory; her brother, Brett Mallory; and by her beloved husband, Steve Takala.
She is survived by brothers Kim, Cleve and Ronnie Mallory; and by sisters Vicki Wolfsen and Lara Coley. She is also survived by her daughter, Kathleen; son-in-law Lloyd Gilman; and their children, Tawnia, Tennille, Zack, and Porsha; and by great-grandson Clark "Super Baby" Gilman; and also by her son, Bill Carver; daughter-in-law Cindy; and grandson James Carver. She is also survived by many friends, students and followers of both her mystical and art talents and training.
There will be a covered-dish celebration of life from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Community Center located at 549 Fifth St.
Photo: Sherry (Mallory) Takala
Keith L. Hall, beloved husband of Dona W. Hall, passed away June 9, 2014, as the result of a fall at his home. Keith was born May 13, 1930, in Union, OR, to Ehrman Keith Hall and Lois Ellen (Gamble) Hall.
Keith was briefly married to Virginia Sabey in March 1949. They had a son, James Raymond Hall. They divorced in December 1949. Keith married the love of his life, Dona Waneta (Phillips) Hall on April 6, 1952, in Las Cruces, NM. To this union were born Jerry Lynn, Karen Kay and Edwin Keith Hall. Keith and Dona were married 62 years at the time of his death.
Keith served his country from May 7, 1951, to June 1955 in the U.S. Army, when he was honorably discharged at Fort Bliss, TX. After serving his country, Keith worked on construction, driving various pieces of heavy equipment, and finished his career working in production and maintenance jobs in sawmills. He retired from Potlatch Corp. (now Clearwater Paper) in 1992.
Survivors mourning his passing are his wife, Dona W. Hall; his children and their spouses, Jerry L. and Marcy Hall of Fries, VA, Karen Kay and Don Weza of Clarkston, WA and Edwin K. Hall of Lewiston. Also surviving are Keith's eight grandchildren, Jenny, Will and Faye, Joe and Ashlynn, Jeremy and Cara, Joshua and Tara, Michelle and Teddy, Jarad and Gina, and Ashley and Kelly; 16 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Grandpa loved and was loved by them all. Sisters and brothers surviving are Connie and Jack DiGiovanna of Union, OR, Rex H. and Mary Hall of Bend, OR, Raymond (Jay) and Kathy Breshears of Brookings, OR, and Sally A. Kelly of Peck. Keith enjoyed a large, wonderful family, and sister and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, co-workers and friends too numerous to mention here now, but the family thinks of them at this time of loss and sadness.
Preceding Keith in death are both of his parents; his special dad, A. Raymond Breshears; his son, James R. Hall; his sisters, Bette M. Lowe, Velna M. Parker, Eolyn Rose and Karen Kay Hall; and many beloved aunts and uncles.
Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. June 28 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Keith L. Hall
Carol Louise (Forsman) Bloodsworth, 65
Carol Louise (Forsman) Bloodsworth, age 65, died June 8, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston after a long fight with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Carol was born June 26, 1948, to Alvin and Loretta Forsman in Cottonwood. She was raised outside of Keuterville, graduating from St. Gertrude's Academy in 1966. She followed her sister, Marlys (Forsman, Hargens) Seubert to South Dakota shortly afterward. Carol was married to Evert Comstock of Miller, SD, from 1967 to 1984 and together they had three girls, Lisa (Dudley "DJ") Mechels of Manhattan, KN, Wanda Jean (Mark "Oz") Osborne of Black Hawk, SD and Christy Comstock of Lewiston. Carol had four grandchildren, Brooke and Brandon Mechels, Hallie Osborne and Adrianna (Anna) Comstock.
Carol married Jimmy Lee Bloodsworth of Peck in 2001, making their home in Lewiston. They enjoyed many years of gardening, fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles. Some of her fondest memories were picking huckleberries with Rose (Rosie) Hawk and Marlys, canning with Christy and Anna, and four-wheeling, camping, playing pinochle and cutting wood with Terry and Donna Mayer, Paul and Mae Eckman, Vic and Maryls Seubert and Tim and Sally Seubert. Carol graduated from licensed practical nursing training in 1980 and spent 23 years serving the profession in geriatrics.
Carol is survived by siblings, Marvin Forsman of Elk City, Victor Forsman of Lewiston, Marlys (Victor) Seubert of Lewiston, Wayne (Twyla) Schnider of Ferdinand, Earl (Erb) Schnider of Cottonwood and Phyliss (Chuck) Pottala of Grangeville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Loretta Forsman; twin brothers, Dale and Dennis Forsman; brother, Eugene (Geno) Schnider; sisters-in-law, Connie (Marvin) Forsman and Wilma (Erb) Schnider; and niece, Marva Jean Murphy.
Not only did Carol enjoy the great outdoors, she loved gardening, sewing, woodworking and needlework. Although Carol enjoyed many hobbies, her legacy and passion was quilting. She started quilting in the early 1980s and continued until her death. She spent countless hours quilting in her basement with her best friend and sister, Marlys. One of Carol's proudest accomplishments was teaching her 80-year-old friend, Rosie, to quilt.
Memorial donations may be accepted at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., in the Lewiston Orchards.
Photo: Carol Louise (Forsman) Bloodsworth
Jane Martin, 87, born in Southwick
On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Jane Martin passed away peacefully at her Clarkston, WA, home at the age of 87. Jane was retired and worked many jobs in her life. She was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Southwick. Her loving parents were Alexander Lawrence and Sarah Richie Lawrence.
She met the love of her life, Calvin Martin Jr., in Lewiston. They were married and spent a lifetime of happiness and joy. They had two daughters, Judy and Becky.
Jane worked at Safeway for a number of years before she retired. But before that, she worked in the orchards down the river and also, growing up, she worked alongside her folks at their family farm in Southwick.
Growing up on a farm gave her a green thumb. She loved her flowers and no matter where she went, it seemed like she always would buy a new flower. Even if it was in poor shape, she said she would have to save it. She also enjoyed fishing in her youth. She and Cal would go fishing with her folks and take their two daughters along too.
Jane attended Southwick School until her senior year, when the school was closed down, and then she rode the bus to Kendrick, where she graduated. She loved to play baseball and also participated in boxing.
Jane was a kind, gentle soul. She was, to everyone who knew her, not just a mom, a granny or a neighbor, she was a best friend. She was giving, honest, hardworking, had a great sense of humor and could make anyone smile, as she had a beautiful smile herself.
Jane is survived by her daughters, Judy Long and Becky Martin of Clarkston; her granddaughters, Janie Steele, Andrea Long and Tessah Martin; and three great-grandkids, all of Clarkston; her sister, Lois Thompson of Shoreline, WA; brother-in-law Vern McMillon of Shoreline; and her cousin, Albert Lawrence of Southwick.
Jane was preceded in death by her folks, Alexander and Sarah Lawrence; her husband, Calvin Martin; sister, Doris McMillon; her son-in-law, Dennis Long; and her granddaughter, Holly Cooter-Martin.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 23, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Jane Martin
Cora Lee Sammons, 88, Orofino
Cora Lee Sammons, 88 of Orofino passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Diane Beryl Olson, 77, Orofino
Diane Beryl Olson, 77 of Orofino passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lucille 'Fay' Parris, 72, OrofinoLucille 'Fay' Parris, 72 of Orofino passed Friday, May 30, 2014 at her residence at Brookside Landing in Orofino.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Yvonne A. Burke, 66, formerly of Greer
Yvonne A. Burke, 66, a resident of Clarkston, WA, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, while surrounded by her family.
Yvonne was born June 10, 1947, in Idaho. Her parents were Ray and Della Galarneau. Yvonne had one sister, Terrie, and one brother, Russ. She spent many of her early years growing up in Greer.
She attended school in Orofino and graduated from Nezperce High School. Not long after graduating, she married Edward Barbee. They were married for close to 20 years and had two boys, Kevin and Michael; and one daughter, Michelle. Yvonne later met her second husband, Andrew Burke. They had one daughter, Kayla.
Besides raising two families, she enjoyed working at Macy's and retired from there later on in life. She valued physical fitness and health throughout life, and in her late 30s she competed and placed in multiple body building contests. She enjoyed attending church, and making her home a beautiful place to spend time watching Mariner baseball games. She enjoyed making her yard a sanctuary where she could spend time relaxing, watching her grandkids climb trees, sitting on her bench swing, and just enjoying life and nature. She had a knack for interior decorating, and would spend endless hours finding treasures in antique stores.
Among other things, Yvonne was driven, strong-willed, capable, audacious and independent. She was also caring, nurturing, honest and genuine.
Yvonne is survived by her husband, Andrew Burke; daughter, Michelle and her husband, Michael Kelley Jr.; daughter, Kayla Burke; and son Kevin Barbee and his wife Shelley. Her grandchildren include: Sierra Kelley, Kendra Kelley, Dylan Barbee, Jordan Barbee; and one great-grandchild, Bryson Barbee. Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Della Galarneau; and her son, Michael Barbee.
Donations may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church or the Holy Family Catholic School in Clarkston.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1109 Chestnut St., Clarkston. A reception will immediately following the service.
Photo: Yvonne A. Burke
Daniel H. Telecky, 86, Pierce
Daniel Harold Telecky, age 86, of Pierce, Idaho died at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation facility, May 24, 2014.
He was born July 10, 1927 in Silver Lake, MN, to Emil and Ella Telecky. Dan attended and graduated school in Waitsburg, WA. Later he enlisted in the Army and became a tank destroyer operator during World War II. Dan worked in the woods as a timber faller for much of his life and was highly respected by his peers. He looked forward to the days hunting and fishing, and enjoyed the freedom of the great outdoors.
He married Patricia Young, Sept.15, 1951. Together, they had three sons and a daughter.
He is survived by sons, Bob Telecky of Rock Springs, WY, William and Sue Telecky of PeEll, WA, and Brent and Traci of Orofino; grandsons, John, Sonny and Michael Telecky; granddaughter, Jessie Telecky; and great granddaughter, Emmalee Telecky.
He was preceded in death by his father Emil Telecky; mother, Ella Telecky; wife, Patricia L. Telecky; daughter; Denise K. Telecky; and brother, Leonard Telecky.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 12 p.m. at the Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Daniel Harold Telecky
Daniel Harold Telecky, 86, Orofino
Daniel Harold Telecky, 86 of Orofino passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 12 p.m. at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Clarabell Judd Brown, 91, Fraser
Our beloved Mother, Clarabell Judd Brown, passed away on May 20, 2014 at the age of 91.
She was born to Lawrence and Bell Judd on August 16, 1922 at Fraser, Idaho, in the Reed House, where her grandson, Cory and his family now live. She lived in Fraser her entire life until moving to Brookside assisted living on March 8, 2011.
She attended the Fraser one-room grade school and graduated from Weippe High School in 1940. She was active in 4-H as a girl and as a teenager, she won a trip to Portland, OR and Chicago, IL for her achievements. She remained active in 4-H and was a leader for 25 years, seeing that her children won many awards and trips during their 4-H years. After high dchool she worked at S.S.S. (Draft Board) in Orofino. Clarabell joined the Fraser Grange when she was 14 as a Charter Member of Fraser. The "Get Together Club" started around 1941. She was also an extension member.
Clarabell married Marvin C. Brown, the boy next door, whom she first met in the one-room Fraser school when she was in the third grade. They married in Orofino on Oct. 23, 1943 and were happily married for 29 years. Marvin did some logging when they were first married, but they spent all of their life farming in Fraser until his death on Nov. 20h, 1972. They raised four children, Nancy, Danny, Robert and Neil. Clarabell and Marvin were very supportive and involved with their children's many activities as they were growing up including sports, scholastics, 4-H, cheerleading and music.
Clarabell remained on the farm until March of 2011. She enjoyed her grandchildren, and their many visits to the farm. She enjoyed her flowers, reading, playing the piano and crossword puzzles. She loved to travel and took many trips with the Banana Belt Senior Citizens. She spent many hours' playing cards with family and friends, winning most of the time. As a sports fan, she particularly enjoyed following Gonzaga College Basketball, the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks.
Clarabell is survived by her children and spouses Nancy and Ed Borders, Danny and Donna Brown, Robert Brown and Neil and Sherri Brown. Grandchildren, include: Russell, Anita, Brad, Cory, Kevin, Derek, Danette, Kyle, Kirby, Scott, Conner, Sydney, Garrett, Josh, Jessica and Ashley. She had 23 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Brown and siblings Verla McKinnon, Harry Judd, Claude Judd and Marie Green.
Services will be held May 27, at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. There will be a Grave Side Service immediately following at Fraser Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a dinner at the Fraser Community Center. Donations may be made to Fraser Community Center c/o Donna Brown 2310 Cottonwood Rd., Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Clarabell Judd Brown
Kenneth Allen Woodin passed away May 16, 2014, at home in Lewiston, after a long struggle with liver cancer.
He was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Athol, Idaho, to Hugh and Estella Foote Woodin. He spent his younger years in the Coeur d'Alene area. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954. He met his future wife, Sharon Gundlach, while stationed in Sacramento, CA, and they married in 1958. Their son, Steven, was born in 1959 in Sacramento, and their daughter, Sheryl, was born in 1961 in Aurora, CO. He left the service in 1962 and returned to Idaho. They made their home in Clarkia for many years while he became a "jack of all trades." He worked in all aspects of the timber industry; along with being a mechanic, truck driver, auto body repairman, and he even owned his own car lot. During this time, they lived in Fernwood, St. Maries, Aztec, NM, Lenore and then settled in Lewiston.
His hobbies included hunting and fishing, and his favorite pastime was attending gun shows, where he thoroughly enjoyed the buying and selling of guns or anything related to them.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by a twin sister, Judy (Tom) Giacobello of Kaneohe, HI; a brother, Lynn (Bertie) Woodin of Deary; his son, Steven (Cheri) Woodin; his daughter, Sheryl (Rodney) Boller, all of St. Maries; and grandchildren Nicole (Casey) Huffaker of Lewiston, Alisha (Reese) Woodin of Hauser Lake, Mike (Mallory) Boller, Vanessa (Darrin) Jackson, Holly Jo (Josh) Shea and Lexi (Ryan) Borbour, all of St. Maries. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston was in charge of cremation. At his request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston, Idaho 83501.
Photo: Kenneth Allen Woodin
John Clayton Kayler, 85, Lewiston
John Clayton Kayler passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.
John was born on Nov. 1, 1928 to James H. and Harriet Benscoter Kayler in Winchester. He grew up on the family farm on Angel Ridge in Peck along with his brother, Marion, and sister, Josephine. He attended school in Peck and Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 1947.
After graduation, he attended the University of Idaho and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. During the summer of 1950, he enlisted in the army. After his discharge, he returned to the U of I in 1952 and graduated in 1953 with a degree in Dairy Science.
While in college, he met Beverly Jo Benson. They were married in 1953 and went to live at Peck where he joined his father and brother in the family farm and dairy. There son, James Frank (Jeff) Kayler was born on 1954. In 1957, the family moved to their current home along the Clearwater River.
In 1968, John and Beverly started Fantasy Farms Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm, which became a tradition for many area families as they selected a special tree for the homes during the holidays. In 1997, John and his son, Jeff, began designing and constructing Kayler's Bend Golf. It opened to the public in September of 2000.
John was active in many projects and organizations, including the Inland Empire Christmas Tree Association and the Idaho Nursery Association. He was instrumental in raising funds for the Peck Park and the restoration of the Peck Cemetery. He was one of the first shareholders at the Orofino Golf and Country Club and was an active member for many years. As their former Little League coach, John was always proud of his Peck Wildcats.
John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marion Kayler and his wife, Helen; sister, Josephine Duff; grandson, John Robert Kayler; and his nephews James L. Gilbert and Jerry Conley.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly; his son, Jeff and daughter-in-law, Treva; and grandson, Brian. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Gene Duff, brother-in-law, F. Thomas Benson (Patricia); nieces, Janet Conley and Susan Kayler-Daley (Bill); and nephew, Jack Gilbert (Patricia) and their families, and Dixie Gilbert and family, along with several cousins.
John was a very special person and left a wonderful legacy of memories to all he loved and knew. Memorials may be made to the Orofino High School John R. Kayler/Loose Change Scholarship Funds at PO Box 82, Peck, ID 83545.
A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: John Clayton Kayler
Our beloved mother, Gladys Marie (Humphrey) Greene, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Guardian Angel Homes. Generously sharing her kind and loving heart with us for 92 years, she made this world a better place.
Gladys was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Lewiston, to Perry and Rona (Barker) Humphrey. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1939 and earned her teaching certificate at Lewiston State Normal School (LCSC). She taught school in Idaho Falls, Elk River and in Lewiston at both Webster and Tammany.
In 1945, she was swept off her feet by a handsome young lieutenant who had just returned from piloting 52 missions in Europe. Gladys married William A. (Bill) Greene, and over the course of the next few years they lived in Florida, New Mexico and California while he completed his service. Once they returned to Lewiston, Gladys used her artistic and creative talents as she set about making a home for Bill and the six children who followed. A devoted and fun-loving mother, she taught all of her children to have empathy for others and to always look on the bright side. For Gladys, the glass was not just half full, it was overflowing. She frequently counted her blessings and appreciated the full and rewarding life she and Bill created together.
An outstanding cook, Gladys baked and decorated wedding cakes for family members, made delectable hors d'oeuvres, and pounded many a deer steak into a tender delight. She even made her own tortillas long before the days of fast food and corn chips. Gladys was the consummate hostess at their home in Tammany, where she oversaw 4-H, bridge, pinochle and birthday parties, as well as many a family reunion.
Bill and Gladys moved to Spokane, WA, in 1976. During those years, they traveled to Spain, Fiji, Brazil, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and various parts of the United States. Together they enjoyed golfing, gardening, sharing family time at their lake cabin and playing cards with their many friends. They returned to their hometown in 2001.
Gladys is survived by three sons and three daughters, Bill (Crystal) Greene of Twin Falls, Jim (Ana) Greene of Sudan, Africa, and Washington, D.C., Don (Lisa) Greene of Seattle, WA, Jan (Gene) Golla of Lewiston, Barb (Eric Abbott) Chamberlain of Seattle, and Julie (Ian Walt) Greene of Friday Harbor, WA. In addition, she leaves 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and her brothers, L. Grant Humphrey and Wayne E. Humphrey.
Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Mountain View Funeral Home, with memorial services immediately following at 11 a.m.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Guardian Angel Homes. Your loving care these past 10 years is appreciated more than we can say.
The family suggests memorials in her name to Northwest Children's Home or any organization that is dedicated to children. You honor Gladys through kindness to others, by counting your blessings and by enjoying each day.
Photo: Gladys Marie (Humphrey) Greene
Monty Ross Smith, 40, Orofino
Monty Ross Smith passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, as a result of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. He was 40.
Monty was born June 7, 1973, in Lewistown, MT. Within nine weeks of his birth, he became the son of proud parents, Vickie and Robert Smith, joining his brother, Donald Smith.
Monty's bubbling personality was a breath of fresh air with lots of sunshine. He loved people and enjoyed making them laugh. This was demonstrated by a life rich in friends.
He attended Hyshom Public School and Forsyth High School. He was an avid golfer and excelled in drama, speech, and choir. He started working at a young age taking on many jobs including maintenance on school buses, waiter at M&M Pizza in Forsyth, MT, convenience clerk at V-1, bartender, and ground keeper at the Forsyth Country Club. Despite his busy schedule, he always made time for his friends, bowling and golfing.
After graduation he went to May Technical College in Billings, MT, where he earned a diploma in radio and television broadcasting. His voice was heard on KKBR radio station in Billings, MT, KIKC radio station in Forsyth, MT, and later at a KTRZ radio station in Riverton, WY.
Fate called him to Orofino, where he made his home until his death. He worked at M&M Pizza, Barney's Sooper Market, and N&N Machine, where he was employed at the time of his death. Everywhere he worked he made more friends.
Monty was active in Alcoholics Anonymous and was dedicated to the program. He spent much of his past time helping many people while healing himself. He regularly reached out to prisoners and was proud to sponsor new members. He loved riding his Yamaha motorcycle with members of the fellowship who gave him the nickname "Dirt Bag."
On June 6, 2005, he married Holly Stanton. Two years later, he became a father to Ian Daily Smith, who he loved dearly. The couple divorced in 2010. For four years after, he pursued a relationship with Jesse Noah and her four children, Caleb, Hannah, Gavin, and Bailey. In the last thirty days of his life his love interest was Cynda.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Robert Smith; his grandfather, Wilbur Smith; and his beloved granny, Dixie Kenney. He is survived by his son, Ian Smith; mother and stepfather, Vickie and Dennis Krause; Papa, Dennis Kenney; grandpa and grandma, George and Ina Haines; and brother, Donald Smith. He was loved and will be missed by several other family members and friends.
A celebration of Monty's life will be held on his birthday, Saturday, June 7, at the Day Use Area of Dent Acres. Details will be announced closer to the event. Monty was proud to be sober, so that is how we will be celebrating his life. Please, no alcohol.
In memory of Monty, a trust will be established at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, ID 83544, for his son, Ian Smith.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shriner's Children Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607-1460.
Photo: Monty Ross Smith
It is said that our parents' last great lesson to us is to show us how to die. Our beloved mother, Alice Hendren, completed that lesson for us as she left this world with grace, peace and dignity on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at her daughter's home in Lewiston.
Alice Lucile Keough was born March 15, 1924, to Thomas H. and Martha Owings Keough at the family home near Kooskia, one of 13 children. She attended schools in the Clear Creek/Kooskia area.
On March 8, 1946, she married her one great love, Ira R. (Bob) Hendren, who was serving in the U.S. Army. The couple had a daughter, Jeanne, later that year. In 1947, she and her infant daughter went via ship to join her husband in post-war Japan. After returning to Kooskia, they had three more children, Robert, James and Bonnie. During their 59-year marriage, they lived in the Kooskia area, with exception of a few years in Weippe, and Winnemucca, NV. For years prior to her husband's death, she assisted him in their recycling business.
Alice spent her life caring selflessly for her husband and children. She derived great joy from cooking for friends and family. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, canning, fishing and going to the casino. She treasured her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a variety of nieces and nephews. She was recently able to enjoy a 90th birthday picnic attended by many of them.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, Roy, Gene, Albert, Elmer, Joe, Frank, Walt, Fred, and Ray Keough; sisters Mae Manau, Ruth Lange and Mamie Kaufman. She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Gill (spouse Sam) and Jeanne Laws; sons Bob Hendren (spouse Mary) and Jim Hendren; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
At her request, there will be no funeral. Her ashes will be mixed with those of her husband and dispersed per her wishes by family this summer. Memorial suggestions include St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice, Helping Hands (Kamiah), or an organization of choice.
Rest in peace, Mom. We will all miss you.
Photo: Alice Hendren
Albert Condrey passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, surrounded by loved ones at Tri-State Memorial Hospital.
Albert was born Jan. 14, 1929, in Pierce, to Albert Kelly and Marguerite Condrey. He attended schools in Lewiston and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was on leave in Japan when he met the girl of his dreams. He returned to Japan and married Keiko in Kobe, Japan, in January 1954.
He worked for more than 40 years as a lumber grader at Potlatch. He attended church at Clarkston Assembly of God. He enjoyed reading his Bible and loved to pray for people.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Keiko, of 58 years; sisters Ruby Price and Shirley Cook; and brother Kenny Reeves.
He is survived by his sister, Jean Leonard; children Mark Condrey, Donna Hoppe Browne and Angela Denny; numerous nieces and nephews; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral arrengements are being handled by Mountain View Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Wedgewood Terrace and the Idaho State Veterans Home for their care and service.
Photo: Albert Condrey
Rulon Moon, 83, husband of Charlotte Moon, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Rulon was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Fairfield, Idaho. He graduated from Camas High School in 1948 and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Helena. After his service duty, he married Maureen (Emma) Moon, who passed away in 1995. They moved their family from Idaho to the Olympia area in Washington in 1960, where he led a successful career in the lumber and sawmill business. He later married Charlotte White and resettled in the Lewiston-Clarkston area.
A person of high integrity and character, Rulon's family was an important, meaningful part of his life. Throughout his life, he enjoyed woodworking, rock collecting, jewelry making and studying history.
He leaves behind four children, Steve Moon (Holly) of Beaverton, Ore., Sandy Lee of Boise, Tammy Moon of Renton, Wash., and Kathi Decker (Mike) of Tumwater, Wash.; his stepchildren, John White (Allison) of Mount Vernon, Wash., Shanon Jones (Ray) of Orofino, George White (Lisa) of Morrison, Colo., Joe White (Michelle) of Lewiston and Mary Uhling (Mike) of Lewiston; his grandchildren, Frank, Kelly and Stacy Moon, Christopher and Brian Decker, Kirsten and Josh White, Nathan and Rachel Jones, Caidan and Benson White, Eric Sprenger, Lane, Lake and Luke White, Jenny, Jackie and Jessica Uhling; and two great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all.
A service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday St. James Catholic Church, 1519 Ripon Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Rulon Moon
Debra Widmier entered into heaven from a sudden illness April 30, 2014, at the age of 50.
She was born Debra Lynn Paul July 20, 1963, to Ralph and Sandy Paul in Grangeville. She grew up in surrounding areas and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1981. She went on to become a teacher for two years in Boise. She later returned to Lewiston, where she went to school to become a cosmetologist.
Debbie married the love of her life, David Widmier, July 16, 1988. They were soon blessed with three beautiful children, Levi, Anthony and Sabrina. Debbie worked in Lewiston as a beautician and then moved to Winchester, opening her own shop, Doo's by Debbie, in 2004. She loved all her clients very much.
She enjoyed the eight years she spent on the Highland School Board. She loved to do freehand art and painting, too. She did many crafts and art paintings for all her family and friends. She spent every year contacting and planning so her family could enjoy annual reunions and barbecues. She believed with all her heart to endure life, you had to have your family. She also enjoyed watching her grandbaby, Izzy. She did not have many regrets in life and spent every day loving those who were close to her. She was the most positive, loving, giving person we have ever known. Family was the most important thing to her, always putting her whole family's needs above her own. Even though she endured years of excruciating pain, she never complained. If Debbie ever thought you needed something, if she had it, it was yours. She loved to laugh, wore the prettiest smile and never let anyone leave without a hug. If she could say one last thing, it would be "Love each other with all your hearts because in the end that's all that will matter." She will be forever missed, and we'll all love her very much.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Widmier; her three children, Levi and Megan Widmier and her precious grandbaby, Izzy, Anthony Widmier and Sabrina Widmier; stepson, Courtney and Kristin Widmier of Mandeville, LA; father and mother, Ralph and Sandy Paul of Reubens; grandmother, Bea Phelps of Reubens; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Dori Paul of Peck and Allen and Tina Paul of Lenore; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather and grandmother, Clifford and Mildred Paul; great-grandmother, Jessie Olney; and stepson, Cyrus Widmier.
A memorial account has been set up at Cottonwood Community Credit Union in Craigmont under the name Deb Widmier.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. May 17 at the Winchester Community Center, followed by a covered-dish dinner.
Photo: Debra Widmier
Steven C. Nygaard, 61, Orofino
Steven C. Nygaard, 61, Orofino, passed away April 21, 2014 at his home in Orofino.
He was born April 26, 1952.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Edith Clark Christensen, 89, Orofino
Edith (Clark) Christensen passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Saturday, May 3, 2014. She died due to complications of a short illness and age. Edith was born on Feb. 21, 1925 in Blackfoot to parents, George Hammond and Louise (Parker) Clark. She met her future husband, Rexford Dewey Christensen, the day she was born when he and his mother walked down the street to visit newborn Edith and her mother. Edith spent her entire childhood and youth in Blackfoot and married Rex on Nov. 3, 1944 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Edith was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many church capacities particularly in the Relief Society program. She served with Rexford in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission. Later the couple served as ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Edith took great delight in baking bread and then sharing the beautiful loaves with neighbors, friends and those in need. She was known by friends and family as a great cook. No one left Edith's home hungry. She was known for her great acts of charity to others. Members of her family seldom, if ever, left her presence without hearing her say "We sure do love you." Edith also enjoyed reading the doctrinal and historical literature of her Church.
During her married life she and Rex moved frequently until they settled near Los Angeles, CA where Rex worked. The couple returned to their native home of Blackfoot in 1984; and subsequently moved to Orofino to be near family.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her daughter LaRae Call; her seven sisters, Hulda (Ezra Leland, "Lee") Nichols, Leah (Alvin Clarence) Nichols, Fern (Dean) McClellan, Daveen (Stanley Gould) Dye, Phyllis Empey (Chris Lorenzo) Poulson, Vera (Ellis Hughes) Oram, Ora (Dale Owen) Hardy; her two brothers, Howard George (Modine) Clark and Reed Parker Clark; grandson, Rick Douglas LeBaron, great-great grandson, Logan Isaac LeBaron and great-great granddaughter, Emary Acosta.
She is survived by son-in-law, Lynn Call of North Ogden, UT; daughter, Annette (Douglas Cleon) LeBaron of Orofino; son, Kevin Dewey (LeeAnn) Christensen of Twentynine Palms, CA; 16 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Orofino LDS Church building at 13610 Fremont Ave. A public viewing will take place at the church one hour prior to the services.
Photo: Edith Clark Christensen
Lowell Nathan Hunter, 91, formerly of Orofino
Memorial service and Celebration of Life for Lowell Hunter, 91, will be held Wednesday, May 7, at 9 a.m. at the Idaho State Veterans' Home, 821 21st Ave. in Lewiston. A private family burial will follow at a later date at Weseman Cemetery near Orofino. The date had previously been listed in error.
On April 28, 2014, Fred Arlan Day passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from a sudden heart attack. He was surrounded by his loved ones. Fred was 70 years old.
Fred was born Dec. 24, 1943, to Winnie and Chester Day in Longview, WA. He was the fourth of five children. Fred was raised in California, the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and Culdesac, where he graduated in 1961.
After high school, he worked out of Weippe as a logging truck driver for a short time before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 21, 1963, and served his country for six years. Fred received a Three Star Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. He was stationed on board the USS Marion.
After his military service, Fred worked as a truck driver. In 1980, while hauling logs off of Mount St. Helens, he mentioned that it only took three logs to make one full load. Fred drove a logging truck in Alaska as well. Fred worked for DeAtley for many years. Illness forced him to retire in October of 2000. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, playing cards, especially the Friday night pinochle games with Thelma and John Fales, and reading Western books. Landon Ahlers, his grandson, was the light of his life over the past three years. Fred was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association.
Fred was married to Joan Swafford. The marriage ended in divorce in 1994.
On July 3, 2000, Verla Uptmor-Ahlers and Fred Day were married. They had 14 happy years together.
Survivors include his wife Verla Day; his mother, Winnie Day; brothers, Floyd Day of Clarkston and Wayne Day of Craigmont; sister. Lorraine Holder; brother-in-law, George Haskill; stepdaughter, Susan Swafford; stepsons, Jeff Ahlers and his wife Heather Ahlers, and Jeff Swafford. He is also survived by nine step grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his father Chester; sister, Dorothy Haskill; his stepdaughter, Jane House; and stepson, Brian Swafford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston with viewing from 11 a.m. Friday until the time of service.
Burial will follow at the Keuterville Cemetery with Deacon Fred Schmidt officiating.
Photo: Fred Arlan Day
Lawrence 'Larry' Arneson, 92, Orofino
Lawrence 'Larry' Arneson, 92, passed away April 29, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Health and Rehab in Orofino.
Larry was born to Adolf and Laura (Nigard) Arneson on Aug. 12, 1921 in East Fork Pine Creek, Kellogg Idaho. He grew up in Kellogg, until graduating from high school. Larry's father one day said, "I guess we should go to Moscow and enroll you in college." Larry argued that the family could not afford to send him to college, but his father told him not to worry, they would find a way. This always stayed with Larry.
Larry enrolled at the University of Idaho and pursued a degree in Forestry. He loved the outdoors and working with the land. He was an active member of the 1941 summer camp along with Frank Dillion, Dick Campana and Bob Stillinger. In March 1943, he was called away from the U of I and into service and stationed at the Army special training camp in Laramie, WY. There he met and later married his wife, Eleanor. Larry and Eleanor married on a three-day pass in Kentucky in 1944. During World War II Larry served his country in the European Theatre with distinction in the 285 Engineering Battalion with a rank of Sergeant acting as a foreman construction engineer. After the war, Larry and Eleanor returned to Moscow where he then finished his degree.
In 1948, Larry went to work for Potlatch Corporation and stayed for 37 ? years. He spent that career as a Forest Engineer responsible for the transportation system in the Headquarters Region. They lived and made their home at Headquarters from 1948 - 1975, and then moved to Kamiah. Eleanor passed away in 1999. Larry later remarried Anne Graft of Kamiah in 2010.
Larry was a life member of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5407 in Kamiah. He always remembering his father's words and Larry was a proud University of Idaho Alumni, member of their Gold Circle Gift Society and sponsor of the Lawrence and Eleanor Arneson College of Natural Resources Scholarship, doing for others what his father did for him.
Larry is survived by his wife Anne Arneson of Kamiah; sons, Robert Arneson of Beaverton ,OR, Alan Arneson of Orofino, Mark and Jan Arneson of Maryville, IL; Dennis and Debbie Arneson of Woodstock, GA; daughter, Connie and Tony Nelson of Shelby, NC; step-daughter, Arlene Thomas; niece, Gayle of Spangle, WA and seven grandchildren: Jay, Cory, Libby, Dennette, Deyna, Bryon and Tara; and three great-grandchildren.
Larry was preceded in death by his first wife Eleanor Arneson; parents, Norman and Laura Arneson; and sister, Norma Cooke.
There will be a graveside funeral service Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lewiston. A memorial service will follow at the Kamiah Faith Lutheran Church located at 6th and Idaho Street at 3 p.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Lawrence 'Larry' Arneson
Lowell Hunter, 91, formerly of Orofino
Lowell Hunter joined his family in Heaven on April 24, 2014. He has been living at the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston for three and a half years, under the care of the wonderful and loving staff.
Lowell Nathan Hunter was born on June 25, 1922 in Russell, Idaho to Milton and Frances Fannie Hunter. He was the middle child of nine. He worked on the farm and enjoyed hunting to help fill the family table. He spent four years in the Army Air Corps, receiving training as a gunner and driver. He drove for several different colonels and generals. After World War II ended, he returned home on the train to the folks' ranch up on Eureka Ridge, overlooking the North Fork of the Clearwater River. He worked in many positions in Clearwater County as deputy sheriff, school bus driver, digger for the local funeral home, saw mill worker for Ahsahka Mill and Potlatch Corporation, retiring after 25 years there.
Lowell met his future bride, Dorothy Marie Powell, at the Clearwater County Fair. They married in 1956. Together they built their home from scratch downtown on Orofino Creek behind the Junior High. They lived there for over 60 years. They raised two daughters, Karen Elaine Hunter of Lewiston, and Nancy Lee Ann Hunter of Columbus OH.
Lowell is survived by both daughters; his grandchildren, Carmine Jackson of Orofino, Anthony Johnson and Wyatt and Meagan Johnson of Fort Bragg, NC, and Seth and Candis Johnson of Beaufort, SC, and three great grandchildren: Avabelle, Keagan and Trevor, of whom he was extremely proud.
Memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Idaho State Veteran's Home at 821 21st Avenue, Lewiston, ID in the Activities Room. A private family burial will follow at a later date at Weseman Cemetery in Orofino.
Photo: Lowell Nathan Hunter
Patricia Woolstenhulme, 74
Patricia Woolstenhulme, 74, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
At her request, no service will be held at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
John H. Timperley, 95, Weippe
John H. Timperley, 95, Weippe, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Earl Pickett, 78, formerly of Orofino
Earl Pickett, of Spokane Valley, WA-formerly of Orofino- passed away with his loved ones by his side on April 17, 2014. Earl was born May 12, 1935 to Calvin and Julia Pickett in Barnston, NE. He served in the Air Force as a radio technician at Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake, WA until 1956. He moved to Orofino and married Yvonne Keltner in 1957.
During his career years, Earl worked for the Camas Prairie Railroad, the Ahsahka planer mill, the U.S. Post Office, and owned his Farmers Insurance Agency for 27 years. Civically, Earl was a County Commissioner for Clearwater County, served on the Idaho Counties Risk Management board and the North Central Board of Health. In Orofino he served as a volunteer E.M.T. (Emergency Medical Technician), Back Country Medical Rescue member, participated in the Jaycees, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis, Eagles, OCI (Orofino Celebrations, Inc.) and the Iguanas club. He was also involved in Meals on Wheels while living in Spokane.
Earl lived in Orofino until 2002 when they moved to Spokane Valley, WA, to be close to family. He is survived his loving wife of 56 years, Yvonne. He is also survived by daughter, Erlene; son, Randy, and his wife, Donette, and granddaughters, Alexandria and Samantha, Spokane, WA; son, Mike and his wife, Linda, and grandchildren Madison and Lucas from Overland Park, KS; and his sister, Waunita Mayhew, Kearney NE. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Father and brother Kenneth Pickett.
The inurnment will be held at the VA cemetery, Medical Lake, WA, June 20 and a celebration of life will be held in Orofino on June 21 with details to follow. In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family asks that you give your time or money generously to Meals on Wheels or the organizations of your choice. We look forward to sharing time together with friends in Earl's memory on June 21 in Orofino.
Photo: Earl Pickett
Rosalie (Cermak) Oxford, 75, formerly of Orofino
Rosalie Joy Oxford was born in Lewiston, Idaho on May 17, 1938, the first child of Ruth Prudence Jay and William Cermak. She passed away Feb. 20, 2014, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Rosalie grew up in Idaho, Pennsylvania and Washington. She attended Pittwood School on Eureka Ridge, Orofino Junior High and was graduated from Orofino High School in 1956. She was working in California when she met Neal Oxford, who was stationed at Coronado Naval Base near San Diego. They married in 1960 and raised a family together until his death in 1986. Many of those years were spent in residence in Orofino.
Rosalie had lived in or traveled to many locations in her life, including most of the states in the U.S., and into Canada and Mexico. A move to Illinois two decades ago brought her closer to family. However, she remained interested in news from Idaho, and was a regular reader of "Window on the Clearwater." She particularly enjoyed the "Orofino Trivia" challenge.
Rosalie drew strength and pride from her Mayflower heritage and her great-granduncle's efforts fighting for the North in the Civil War. A fond memory was when the Mayflower Society in Chicago sang her "Happy Birthday" at their annual luncheon the day she turned 70.
Well-known as a family story-teller, Rosalie loved language and incorporated a rich vocabulary into her daily life. She was passionate about learning new things and appreciated genealogy, history, psychology and fringe science. Rosalie was talented in the creative arts, including writing, painting, sculpture, and crochet. She was an inventive cook who loved nature and gardening.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Neal; and younger brother, John. She leaves behind a sister Lynn, of Orofino; sons, Jefferson and Royce; daughters, Mariah, Lea-Rose, and Naidra, as well as 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Rosalie was thoughtful and enjoyed acts of kindness toward others, including those she did not personally know. She relished making others laugh, and felt it a kindness to ease the burden for her caregivers through humor during her final days. As she was saying her last words - "I love you" - to her daughters, a new doctor came in the room. She made everyone laugh by announcing, "And I love you, too!"
In memorial, the family thanks you for doing something kind for someone else, for spreading the laughter and joy that are part of Rosalie's legacy. Condolences may be sent to: Oxford family, P.O. Box 1068, Galesburg, IL 61401.
Photo: Rosalie Joy Cermak Oxford
Chris Dupea, 49, formerly of Orofino
Chris Dupea, 49, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, of organ failure at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow.
Chris was born Feb. 16, 1965, to Bob and Diane (Benscoter) Dupea at Orofino.
Chris graduated from Orofino High School in 1983, and then attended the University of Idaho for three years. Later, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served eight years.
He returned to Orofino and worked for the Idaho Department of Correction. In 2011, he transferred to a unit in the Boise Valley. Recently, because of his declining health, he moved to Clarkston, WA.
He is survived by his parents, Bob and Diane Dupea of Moscow; sons, Kyler Dupea of Moscow and C.J. Krei of Lewiston; his brother, Tim and wife, Kathy, of Salem, OR.; as well as grandchildren Jace and Hayden Krei of Lewiston; and his best friend, Chris Snyder; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He will be sorely missed and was deeply loved. At Chris' request, there will be no service. Memorial donations can be made to the John Kayler Loose Change Scholarship Fund, care of Orofino High School, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino, ID., 83544.
Like Chris always said, "No worries, guys!"
Photo: Chris Dupea
Kim Yvonne Smith, 51, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home.
Kim was the youngest daughter born on Sept. 22, 1962, in Orofino, to the late Harold and Helen Smith. Kim graduated from Lewiston High School in 1981.
Kim followed her passion of cooking by working various jobs, including at Lewiston's Royal Plaza, where her love of Halloween brought much joy to their residents. Each year for all 31 days in October, she would dress up in a different costume each day. As the month progressed, so would the costume's creativity and difficulty level. Later, she worked at Orofino's Dining on the Edge.
Kim is survived by her two daughters, Christine (Sean) Stubblefield and Jessica Smith of Lewiston. She is also survived by her older brother, Herman Smith; and older sister, Cheryl Bynum; and one grandson.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 26 at the Teeweepuu Community Center in Orofino, located on U.S. Highway 12 one half-mile past Orofino on the left side. Immediately following the memorial service will be a covered-dish dinner. The family requests that those attending bring a side dish if possible. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a donation fund at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union.
Photo: Kim Yvonne Smith
Jack Nightingale, 98, Fraser
Jack Nightingale, 98, of Orofino (Fraser) passed away April 15, 2014, from causes related to age.
Jack was born June 1, 1915, in Walla Walla, WA, to Wallace and Nora (Nan) Nightingale. The family lived in the Walla Walla area until 1920, when they moved to Craigmont.
Jack helped on the family farm and attended Craigmont High School, where he graduated with honors in 1935.
Jack and his older brother, Jesse, were drafted into the 15th U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942. They spent four years overseas in Europe, North Africa and Italy during World War II. Jack was honored to serve his county and proud of his military service.
After discharge from the military, Jack continued to help on the family farm, and later he and his brother Jesse formed Nightingale Bros. Farming.
In 1969, Jack, his mother and father moved to the Fraser area, where he continued to farm and ranch. There, he cared for his parents until their death. Jack took great pride in his crops and cattle, and continued to farm until his retirement in 2000.
Jack enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. He had a special talent for restoring antique furniture. Jack was a prince among men. He loved and cared for his family his entire life. Those of us who were privileged enough to be influenced by Uncle Jack as we grew up are truly blessed.
Jack is survived by his sister, Wanda Isabelle (Belle) Thomason of Craigmont, and numerous nieces and nephews. His mother, father, brother and two sisters preceded him in death.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. A gathering to celebrate Jack's life will immediately follow at Darren and Wendy Tolman's residence, 2009 Ripon Ave., Lewiston. All are welcome to attend.
Photo: Jack Nightingale
Arlene Nelson, 72, formerly of Weippe
Arlene was born Aug. 6, 1941, and died of lung problems March 30, 2014, at the age of 72. She spent her first three years on a small farm near Weippe. She and her younger sister moved with their parents, Harold Chapman and Phyllis (Bowlin) Chapman, to Osburn where he worked in the mines.
The parents divorced, and Harold remarried and had three children named David, Donna and Gary, who is deceased. Phyllis moved with her daughters to Anchorage, AK, in 1954, a 28-day trip on the Alaska-Canada Highway. Arlene married Neil Nelson, who died from a heart attack in his 30s. Arlene never remarried and raised their two sons as a single mother, working many different jobs.
She is survived by her sons, Gregory Nelson of Lewiston and Douglas Nelson of Clarkston, WA; her sisters, Dianna Kirkland of Clarkston and Donna Marie Zoller of Sundance, WY.; and her brother, David Chapman of Huntley, MT.
Arlene was very talented in oil and tole painting, crocheting and knitting. We treasure these items even more now that she has passed to a better place.
Mountain View Funeral Home and Crematory handled arrangements.
Photo: Arlene Nelson
Albert G. Carr, 92, formerly of Orofino
Albert G. Carr, a powerful man of God, went to be with Jesus on April 11. He was 92 and resided in Cleveland, TN.
Albert was born on Dec. 7, 1921 at Upper Fords Creek near Orofino to Gordon and Ada Carr. The family resided at the Carr ranch.
His early childhood included working on the family farm, going to school on Upper Fords Creek, and often walking or riding horses to Orofino.
Albert met the love of his life, Clella Millage, at the county fair in Orofino. They were married on April 25, 1940 and were nearly inseparable for the next 74 years. The couple left the large ranch to begin their life together. After spending time at various locations discovering Washington and Idaho in what they affectionately called the "Chevy Hotel", the couple purchased a home in Pierce and had three daughters.
Albert worked hard to provide a comfortable living for his family. He held several positions in the logging industry in North Idaho, before starting his own business. He continued to farm and later managed the Carr ranch.
Albert came to know the Lord when he was 41. Eight years later he and his wife began a ministry and opened Mount Hephzibah church in Weippe. After 17 years, they moved to Lewiston and opened Seaport Full Gospel church. They spent 8 years in Lewiston before moving to Cleveland, TN where they later retired.
As a pastor Albert officiated hundreds of weddings, funerals, and children dedications. He often served as a teacher, mentor and guest minister for churches in his community. Albert and his wife traveled around the world to places like Austria and the Ukraine spreading the gospel.
Albert lived a full life. He loved spending time with his family. This included camping, hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries, riding horses, and vacationing to Alaska, Canada and Mexico.
Throughout his life and even in retirement, Albert was truly exceptional. His bold character and direct style of communication, combined with his passion for teaching people about Christ allowed him to preach to anyone he met. Those who spent time with him, even for a short period of time, knew he genuinely cared for you. People would say "spending time with Albert makes you feel like you want to be a better person."
Albert was known by everyone to be patient, kind and filled with love, joy and patience. He was loved immensely by adults and children alike as he played and sang with little ones on his knee, shared stories filled with his laughter and could always be trusted at his word. He lived every day as the perfect example of a loving and devoted husband.
Albert is survived by his wife Clella; daughters, Lavonne Love (Jim), Levita Carr (Chester), Lorena Parker (Steve) and Helen Hoyt (Brent); 19 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; nieces Marvell, Louise, Loraine, Wanda, Darla and nephews, Melvin and Delbert.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Daniel; sister, Violet; grandchildren, Clella and Delta; great-grandchild, Travis, and great-great-grandchild, Dillon.
A service to celebrate Albert's life was held at Trinity Chapel at 2779 APD 40, Cleveland, TN on April 15. Interment followed at the Cohulla Baptist Church Cemetery.
Jim Rush Funeral Homes took care of arrangements.
Photo: Albert G. Carr
Claud E. Umphenour, 81, Weippe
Claud E. Umphenour, 81, Weippe, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Lewiston.
He was born Jan. 30, 1933.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Woodland Cemetery near Kamiah.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dale 'Shorty' Hendren
There will be a graveside service held for Dale "Shorty" Hendren Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia at 11 a.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Barbara J. Wyatt Nicolls, 78, Orofino
Barbara Jean Wyatt Nicolls, 78, of Orofino, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino.
She was born Aug. 19, 1935 to Fred and Josephine Kern in Lewiston. The family lived at Craigmont until 1943 when they moved to Culdesac. She met Gerald (Jerry) Wyatt at a community dance and they were married on June 14, 1952, in San Diego, CA. They lived at Webb Ridge until moving to O'Mill near Orofino in 1959. In 1964 Jerry and Barbara moved to Grangemont Rd. outside of Orofino, where they made their family's home. Jerry passed away on July 15, 1997 after 45 years of marriage. Barbara remained at the family home until December 2013 when she moved into Clearwater Health and Rehab.
On Nov. 22, 2000, Barbara married Carroll (Nick) Nicolls. Nick remains at the family home.
Barbara enjoyed being a homemaker, mother, and grandmother. She worked at various place as a cook, including Orofino schools and Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA) at Boehls Cabin. She later went into the catering business with partner Linda Brewer and they opened "Two Spoons Catering".
Barbara loved spending time with her family. Barb and Jerry spent many years playing music at local establishments and at jam sessions. She loved to dance and play music. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, berry picking, crocheting and gardening.
Barbara is survived by her husband Nick Nicolls of Orofino; her daughters, Judy Reilly (Jim) of Orofino, Susan Martin (Bruce) of Lewiston, Terry Wyatt of Clarkston, and step-daughter, Dory York (Dan) of Seattle. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Wyatt; son, Steven Wyatt; granddaughter, Echo Bradley; her parents; and sisters, Anna Christensen, Leona Claus, Kathleen Picavet; and brother, Lloyd Kern.
There will be a memorial service at the VFW in Orofino on Friday April 11, at 2 p.m. with potluck to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Barbara's name to Clearwater Health and Rehab, 1204 Shriver Rd, Orofino, ID 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.Photo: Barbara Jean Wyatt Nicolls
Larry Leonard, 76, Orofino
Larry Leonard, 76, Orofino, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino. He and his wife, Patsy Wright Leonard, are 1955 graduates of Orofino High School.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Howard G. Stolte, 80, Peck
Howard George Stolte entered into the loving arms of Jesus on March 30, 2014. He was born March 20, 1934, at Summit (near Gifford) to William G. and Christina Munsterman Stolte at the family home. He grew up near Gifford, the oldest of four children. He was a big brother to Lester, Jeanette and Stanley. He attended Fairview School for grades one through seven, Gifford School for grades eight and nine and graduated from Reubens High School in 1952.
He met Jeanette Alice Springston at a square dance. They became smitten and were later married Nov. 18, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewiston. They shared a marriage filled with love, faith and happiness. Together they shared in the ups and downs of farming and ranching. They have two daughters, Valerie Jean and Carmen Renee.
After high school, Howard worked for local farmers Howard Pea (his namesake) and Clifford Coon before working for Coon and Graham logging. On Dec. 5, 1956, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and spent 18 months in Korea. After his discharge, he worked for Potlatch Forest Industries in Lewiston before farming for Clifford Coon of Peck. He took over working the Coon farm in 1974 and continued farming until 1997. Howard loved working the land and watching a seed turn into a crop that could feed a community. He also raised Black Angus cattle, and spring was always a special season at the ranch as they watched all of the new calves arrive.
Howard was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Gifford, but since he was very young has been a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church at Gifford. He served as Sunday school teacher and held different offices in the congregation at Good Hope over the years and could often be found working on various projects at the church. Howard enjoyed woodworking, fishing, reading, local history and mostly visiting and spending time with his family and friends and doing anything he could to make their lives better.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette, at their home in Peck; daughters Valerie (Mike) Bettinson of Richland, WA, and Carmen (Dave) Petersen of Lewiston; four precious (princesses) granddaughters, Brittany Petersen, Chelsey Bettinson, Alisha Bettinson and Molly Petersen; two brothers, Lester (Linda) Stolte of Sublimity, OR, and Stanley (Ritaann) Stolte of Vacaville, CA; one sister, Jeanette Totten of Fresno, CA; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who were special to their Uncle Howard.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Hope Lutheran Church at Gifford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Good Hope Lutheran Church or a charity of one's choice.
Photo: Howard George Stolte
Donna M. Jackson, 79, formerly of Orofino, Weippe, Fraser
Donna M. Jackson passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014. at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA, of complications related to cancer. She was 79 years old.
Born to Lola and Forrest Hayes on Aug. 12, 1934 in Orofino, Donna grew up and attended school in Weippe, graduating from high school in 1952. On Oct. 16, 1952, she married Bill Jackson at the farm in Fraser where they made their home for the next 60 years. Donna and Bill moved to Lewiston in March of 2013. The couple had three children; Sherry, Dianna and Dennis.
Donna was a homemaker and devoted farm wife. She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, baking and sewing. She was well known for the delicious meals that she prepared for the Jackson hay hands, her family and friends. She worked side-by-side with Bill in the fields, driving grain truck during harvest season. She was often found helping Bill in the feed lot with the cattle they raised together. She volunteered in the local 4-H club and was active in community clubs and events.
The greatest joy of Donna's life was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She had a great sense of humor and taught all of her grandchildren the importance of learning to 'take a tease'. She had a love for animals and no animal went cold or hungry if they were lucky enough to find themselves at her door.
Donna is survived by her loving husband, Bill of Lewiston; daughter, Sherry Schlader (husband, Larry) of Fraser; daughter, Dianna Funke (husband Bill) of Lewiston; son, Dennis Jackson (wife Candy) of Orofino; brother, Jim Hayes of Council Bluffs, IA; brother-in-law, Mick Jackson of Weippe; grandchildren, Heather Haworth, Chad Koppel, Dustin Rodgers, Mackenzie Jackson, Makayla Jackson, Kimberly Jackson and Alexis Jackson; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Claire Koppel, Whitney, Mallory and Sophie Haworth, Ciarra and Hailey Rodgers; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dick; granddaughter, Morgan; and nephew, Rick.
A special thanks to Dr. Fisher and the staffs at Royal Plaza and Tri-State Memorial Hospital for their compassionate, loving care.
A service honoring Donna's life will take place Wednesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, followed by a dinner at the Fraser Grange Hall. Memorials may be made in Donna's honor to the Weippe Ambulance Fund or the Clearwater Humane Society.
Photo: Donna M. Jackson
Al was called home to the Lord March 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
He was born Aug. 24, 1934, in Orofino to Margaret and Lee Lang. He graduated from Potlatch High School in 1952, and then from Lewis-Clark State College in 1969. He and Nevalon Thompson were married Feb. 19, 1965 in Lewiston.
In 1970, he started teaching fifth- and sixth-grades at Asotin Grade School. He coached high school football and track, and seventh- and eighth-grade basketball. During the summer months he spent many wonderful times with his family while sawing in the woods.
Al attended CrossPoint Alliance Church in Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carol Sykes; and brothers, Melvin Lang and Ellis Lang.
Al is survived by his wife, Nevalon Thompson Smith Lang of Lewiston; his daughters, Linda Lang Boyle of Seattle, WA, and Janice Lang Ferrell (Garth) of Denver, CO; his son, Kent Lang (Paula) of Lewiston; his sister, Pauline Boller of Potlatch; his brother, Allen Lang of Lewiston; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
His gentle spirit will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave. in Lewiston.
Memorials in Al's name may be made to CrossPoint Alliance Church.
Photo: Alfred Lang
Fred Anthony Jabbora, 84, formerly of Orofino
Fred Anthony Jabbora passed away peacefully March 14, 2014, with his family at his side.
Fred was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Orofino to Effie Juhnke Jabbora and Thomas Jabbora. Fred was involved in football, boxing and the radio club. He was a charter member of the Hi Sports school paper, pep band and the yearbook. Fred graduated from Orofino High School in 1948 and worked for the Camas Prairie Railroad before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Fred was stationed in Korea as a railroad telegraph operator from 1951 to 1953. While stationed in Korea, he would travel to Japan to visit his sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Bob Reilly. Fred was known as "The Littlest Sergeant in the Army" and "Idaho." Upon his honorable discharge, Fred returned home to work for the Camas Prairie Railroad. He married Rose Elizabeth (Betty) Drake on Aug. 21, 1955.
In his earlier years, Fred broke horses; drag raced and drove race cars with Ernie Church.Fred worked at the Camas Prairie Railroad as a telegraph operator at Orofino and then in Lewiston. He worked at the Culdesac depot as the depot agent and telegraph operator and transferred to Craigmont in 1969. When the Craigmont depot closed in 1976, he transferred back to Lewiston. Fred retired from the Camas Prairie Railroad in 1991 after more than 40 years of service. Fred was also the city clerk for Culdesac.
Fred and Betty made their home at Culdesac from 1956 until 1976 before moving back to Lewiston. Together they enjoyed huckleberry picking, bowling, playing cards at the pinochle parties and square and round dancing with the Twin City Twirlers and the Square Devils. He was also involved with the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post No. 13, the Elks No. 896, Toastmasters and AARP Alive at 55. Fred was past exalted ruler for the Elks. He was treasurer and then post commander for American Legion Post No. 13 and vice-commander for the state of Idaho for the American Legion. He lived a life full of love and fun, spending time with his family, traveling and attending meetings with his many clubs.
Fred enjoyed taking month-long vacations with his family. We would visit family, tour the dams in the Northwest, Glacier National Park, Portland, OR, and Yellowstone National Park and traveled with the square dancers to Wallowa Lake, OR, and Creston, Canada. Fred also enjoyed traveling to Jackpot and Reno.
Fred ran for state representative in 1968 and 1970 and ran for the state Senate in 1972. Fred belonged to the Nez Perce Republicans. He loved watching his grandchildren grow up.
He is survived by his children, Betty Ann and Randy Peters of Lewiston, Fred and Patti Jabbora of Spokane, WA, John and Rheanda Jabbora of Anatone, WA, Sue and Dan King of Lewiston, and Katie and Tom Lightfield of Texas; grandchildren, Karen, Michelle, Josh, Thomas, John, Rheanda, Leah and a baby grandchild due this summer; siblings, Katherine Reilly of Lewiston, Dorothy and Jerry Johnson of Las Vegas, and Dick and Bert Jabbora of Bellingham, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents, Thomas and Effie Jabbora; brothers, Joseph and Pat; sisters Mary, Joan and Virginia; and a grandson, Jacob Jabbora.
The rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with the funeral at 11 a.m. Graveside services will follow immediately after the funeral, with a luncheon afterward at St. Stanislaus Parish Center.
Photo: Fred Anthony Jabbora
Rowena June Nelson, 91, formerly of Peck, Pierce
Rowena June Nelson was born June 20, 1922, to William and Alice (Sanford) Millage at Nezperce, and passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, in Lewiston. She grew up in the Nezperce area and married Loren F. Bolen Sept. 1, 1940. They resided in Peck for a time and had a son, William. The couple moved to Pierce and a son, Loren, was born. Bolen died in March 1951.
Rowena married Albert Nelson Sept. 1, 1951. The couple resided in Pierce and had a son, Darvin. Albert passed away in 2001, and Rowena moved to Lewiston a few years later.
Rowena was a homemaker and particularly enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. Her pie-making skills were well-known and enjoyed by friends and family through the years. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed going to yard sales with friends and having friends over for coffee and a good visit.
She was preceded in death by brothers Clair, Curtis, Virgil, Larry and John Millage; and sisters Verla and Hester.
Sons William and wife Darlene, Loren and wife Linda and Darvin and wife Ronda survive Rowena. She has one surviving sister, Clella Carr. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service in her honor will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at House of Faith, 2502 16th Ave., Lewiston. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Rowena June Nelson
Betty McClain Carr, 82
Betty McClain Carr, 82 of Kamiah, Idaho died March 5, 2014 at Clearwater Health & Rehab in Orofino.
Betty was born April 29, 1931 in Lakeside, CA to Doug and Fanny McClain. Betty grew up on a dairy farm. Betty graduated from Grossmont High in El Cajon, CA. She attended San Diego State College achieving her teaching certificate.
Betty married Lloyd "Bud" Carr October 8, 1960. While Bud built homes and was a rancher, she taught school at Lakeside for 20 years and then for another 20 years near Klamath Falls, OR. When she retired they moved to Kamiah.
Betty belonged to Jobs Daughter and Eastern Star, she played the piano, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Doug and Fanny McClain and a brother, Jim McClain.
Betty is survived by her husband, Bud Carr at their Kamiah home; son, Will (Donna) Carr of Alabama; daughter, Denise Carr of Arizona; grandson, Duke Carr of Alabama; and granddaughter, Bethany Williams of California.
Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Community Presbyterian Church in Kamiah. Inurnment will follow at the Kamiah City Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Photos: Betty McClain Carr
Eunice Weaver, 79
Eunice Carol Weaver died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Kindred Care in Lewiston. She was 79.
Eunice Carol Deyo was born Dec. 27, 1934, to Leonard Clifford and Essie Ione (Goffinet) Deyo in Lewiston. She attended schools in Lewiston.
She has two sons, Rob (Bernie) Koppel of Lewiston and Mike (Diane) Koppel of Rosalia, WA. She married Larry Weaver Oct. 3, 1981. Euny was a member of Eagles Lodge Women's Auxiliary in Lewiston and enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking, snowmobiling and spending time with friends and family at Elk River.
Euny worked at J.P. Plywood Mill from 1965-1973 and One Hour Martinizing in Lewiston for about five years.
In addition to her sons, she is survived by her husband, Larry; brother, Pat Deyo of Poulson, MT; grandchildren Chad (Heather) Koppel of Lewiston, Kelli Jo (Daniel) Broeckel of Farmington, WA, and Shane (Samantha) Koppel of Seneca, OR; six great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time. A memorial dinner will be held at a later date at the Lewiston Eagles.
Photo: Eunice Weaver
Kenneth Ray Wilson, 62, formerly of Weippe
Kenneth Ray Wilson, Kendrick, passed away at home on Feb. 22, 2014. Ken was known by most as Kenny or Bushwhacker, was beloved by many and will be terribly missed.
Kenny was born May 16, 1951 along with his twin sister, Cathie Fay, to Lloyd and Louise Wilson in Clarkston, WA. He grew up on the Weippe Prairie and enjoyed all the simple joys of childhood with his siblings and friends. Kenny graduated with the last class at Weippe High School in 1969 making his mark as a Weippe Gorilla in football and basketball. He was always proud of the fact that they were state champions in both basketball and football in 1969.
He was the quarterback of the football team, and the spirited smirky grinning point guard for the basketball team. He spent summers of his youth working in the hay fields for Bill and Mick Jackson, enjoying the delicious meals prepared for hay hands. Upon graduation, he attended Lewis Clark State College for one year, before returning to Weippe.
June 20, 1970, Kenny and Jeanne Snyder were married in Weippe. In 1972, their daughter, Nicole Marie, was born and the family moved to Lewiston. In 1975, Shane Michael joined the family, after the tragic death of Kenny's twin sister, Cathie and her husband, David Powell. He spent his work career as an equipment operator, working on the construction of the Lewiston Levee and at various dams.
In 1977, Kenny began is 37-year career with Steve Henderson Logging, first operating a line -machine and shifting to loader operator for most of those years. He had many fond memories and stories of the truck drivers that worked with him through the years. He took great pride in his work, and expected the same from his fellow workers, who saw his gruff exterior at times, but also his willingness to be a caring friend. He had many true friendships, including the friendships made through work.
Kenny was an avid hunter, enjoying hunting camp with his hunting buddies and his family. Favorite camps were at Fish Creek and Smith Ridge. Other hobbies were fishing (usually kokanee fishing at Dworshak Lake), four-wheeling with family and friends, hosting many Texas hold-em poker parties, cheering for Jeff Gordon on Nascar race days, riding and caring for his beloved horses. He was a life-long LA Dodgers fan.
His most cherished activities were attending his grandkids' sports activities, and he was a familiar face at games.
Due to work commitments Kenny missed a lot of his children's activities, and was happy to be able to attend the grandkids' games. Kenny and Jeanne worked closely together on their home and small acreage, and he felt blessed to has some special neighbors that all looked out for each other.
Kenny had his fourth ankle surgery in December and was two weeks from being able to walk again, pain free. Saturday morning while getting ready to attend and Idaho Vandal basketball game, he collapsed and our world changed in an instant. Kenny had retired, somewhat reluctantly, but was excited for camping and fishing, and spending quality family time. No words can explain the loss of this caring, loving man, gone in an instant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sister, Cathie; and his father and mother-in-law, Dean and Irene Snyder.
He is survived by dozens of loved ones, friends and family, whose hearts are broken by his sudden passing. Survivors are his wife, Jeanne at home; daughter, Nicole Konen of Moscow; son, Shane Wilson and wife Tammy of Defiance, OH; Cade Konen of Moscow, and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Linda and husband Len Spreiter of Juliaetta; brothers, Marvin Watts and wife Karen of Weippe and Wayne Wilson and wife Cindy of Meridian., brother-in-law, Mike Snyder and wife Brenda of Orofino and sister-in-law, Wilma Hartig and husband Gary of Lewiston; two aunts, Josephine Jorgensen and Debbie Kluss. He also had many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.
His brother, Wayne Wilson, says, "There are certain things a man can't take with him, and for Kenny, it is his legacy. Kenny was a faithful husband, father brother, son, grandfather and friend. And I challenge anyone to show me a man with a greater heart, and a greater work ethic than his."
Kenny's daughter, Nicole, says "Words cannot describe the love shared between my Dad and Mom. If there was ever an example of one person completing another, this was the case."
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, or the Clearwater Humane Society, if you wish to do so.
Photo: Kenneth Ray Wilson
Marvin Leonard Henson, 88, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA.
He was born Jan. 29, 1926, at Chaonia, MO, to Aaron Henson and Margot (Holsouser) Henson and was the third of eight children. When he was a youngster, the family moved from Missouri to Coos Bay, OR, and then to Dent, were he completed his eighth-grade education.
On April 8, 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Isherwood DD 520 - a Fletcher Class destroyer - which was hit by a kamikaze April 22, 1945, in the invasion of Okinawa. More than 80 men were killed, wounded or missing. He was honorably discharged from the Navy May 21, 1946.
He and Ila Ann Wilkins were married Aug. 31, 1946, a marriage that lasted for the next 66 years. Over this time he worked in sawmills as a millwright or foreman moving around the Northwest, living in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missoula, MT, where he spent 17 years as a millwright for Lousiana Pacific until his retirement in 1991.
His first son, Buddy, was born July 22, 1947, in Myrtle Point, OR; his second son, Darel, was born Sept. 7, 1949, in Moscow.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ila; brother, Aaron Joeseph Henson; sister, Beaterice Rode; brothers, Chuck Henson and Art Henson; and sister, Margot Rode.
He is survived by his sons and their wives, Buddy and Alice Henson and Darel and Barbara Henson; brothers Melvin Henson and Jerry Henson; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Juliaetta Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Idaho State Veterans Home or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Photo: Marvin Leonard Henson
Kenneth R. Wilson, 62, Kendrick
Kenneth R. Wilson, 62, Kendrick, passed away at his home on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
There will be a Memorial Service held Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.
Floyd E. Goedde, 90, worked on Dworshak Dam
Floyd E. Goedde passed away Feb. 16, 2014, at Kindred Health Care in Lewiston. He was 90 years old.
Floyd was born to A.T. and Mary (Clute) Goedde on Sept. 9, 1923, in Butte, NE. He worked as a diesel mechanic in several cities across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. He worked in the construction of Dworshak and Lower Granite dams.
Floyd married Karen Nelson, with whom he had four children. He was a very loving father and grandfather and had many wonderful friends. Later in life he married Patricia Eckerman.
His favorite pastime and hobby was his horses, owning 32 head at one point in time. He enjoyed raising and breeding quarter horse paints. He was an active member in the Shriners and Masons for many years.
Floyd is survived by his four children, Glen and Clara Goedde, Lila Hart and Mike Kiefer, Brian and Cheryl Goedde, and Janet Sarbacher, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lois Truman and Ella Mae Harris; and brothers, Chuck and David Goedde.
Memorial services will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, with a luncheon to follow.
Photo: Floyd E. Goedde
John Robert Maloney, 80, Pierce
A memorial service for John Robert Maloney, 80, Pierce, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
He passed away Jan. 10, 2014 at Kindred Care in Lewiston.
Jeanne Ellen Wessels, 80
Jeanne Ellen Wessels, 80, of Lewiston, died Feb. 12, 2014, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Lewiston.
She was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Cottonwood to Fred and Helen Willenborg. She graduated from St. Gertrude's Academy in Cottonwood.
Shortly after graduation, she met and married Joe Wessels on Sept. 13, 1952. They lived on the family farm in Greencreek, where they raised six children.
Jeanne was a housewife and mother while on the farm, always raising a big garden to feed their six kids. They moved from the farm in the early '80s. Shortly after that they moved to Lewiston. She worked as a social worker for the state of Washington for a number of years until she retired. After retirement, she continued to work as an in-home caregiver for the elderly until health forced her to fully retire.
She was an avid reader of mystery books, sometimes reading two or three books a week.
Jeanne is survived by her six children, Miki (Ed) Wemhoff of Cottonwood, Cheryl Reed of Clarkston, WA, Gary (Verna) Wessels of Orofino, Jack Wessels of North Dakota, Ron (Rhonda) Wessels of Lewiston and Terri (Kirk) Williams of Clarkston; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Peggy (Vern) Uhlorn of Ferdinand.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents, Fred and Helen Willenborg; her grandparents, August and Elizabeth Seubert; two grandsons, Neil Allen and Phillip Wemhoff; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Photo: Jeanne Ellen Wessels
Robert J. Eisele, 75, helped with construction of Dworshak Dam
Robert John 'RJ' Eisele, 75, passed away Feb. 5, 2014. He was born April 23, 1938, in Madison, WI, to Don and Agnes Eisele. He was the third child of seven siblings.
His family moved to Lewiston in 1943. RJ attended grade school at St. Stanislaus Catholic School and Webster Elementary. A cute, smart girl in class named Lovetta caught his eye, and years later she would become his wife. They both graduated from Lewiston High School in 1957. RJ and Lovetta Rae Drevlow were married later that year on Sept. 21, 1957. They soon started their family, and over the next few years had four daughters; Margaret (Peggy), Lori, Karlene and Pam.
RJ began his career as a union electrician as an apprentice at John's Electric in 1957. He spent 10 years working on the construction of Dworshak Dam in Orofino, commuting back and forth each day during those years. He worked on many other projects throughout the years in Lewiston, Pullman and even North Dakota. He was a proud lifelong member of IBEW Union Local 73. He retired in 2000.
RJ was an avid sports fan. He faithfully attended the Lewis-Clark State College National Association Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) baseball tournament each year. He was a loyal Washington State University Cougar Football season ticket holder and even traveled to California to watch them play in the 1998 Rose Bowl.
RJ was a regular on the local auction circuit and could be counted on to always find something interesting to purchase for himself or some lucky recipient.
RJ was a devoted family man and most comfortable when surrounded by his family. Many good times were spent together during annual family vacations that included his daughters and their families. He finally received some male companionship with the arrival of his eight grandsons, in addition to his three beautiful granddaughters. RJ had a unique relationship with each of his grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events and other activities.
RJ and Lovetta created an open and inviting home where everyone always felt welcome. They hosted many family events and holiday parties for family and friends. His grandchildren and their friends were also frequent visitors, and he always enjoyed their company.
RJ had a quick wit and always enjoyed a good debate, which usually included some trademark RJ saying that would go on to become common lingo for the family. He liked to portray a tough exterior, but once you got to know him, you discovered he had a passion for wanting to help people and generously shared his time and money with those in need. He was a lifelong member of St. Stanislaus Church and a generous supporter of St. Stanislaus School.
RJ always had a twinkle in his eyes and a mischievous grin. He truly enjoyed life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Agnes Eisele; and sisters, Mary Ellen Ellenwood and Suzanne Foster.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lovetta Eisele; four daughters, and their spouses, Peggy and Dwight Hagihara of Pullman, WA, Lori and Mark Williams, Karlene and Rich Young, both of Lewiston and Pam Eisele and Tim Flippin of Tacoma, WA; and grandchildren, Phil, Scott and Allison Hagihara, Bo, Amy and Lane Williams, Tyler, Kayla and John Young, and Aaron and Nick Jones. He is also survived by brothers Jim Eisele of Spokane, WA; Bud (Marge) Eisele, Pat (Marcy) Eisele and Rick (Rita) Eisele; all of Lewiston. And was affectionately known as Uncle R to many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at St. Stanislaus Church, 633 Fifth Ave. in Lewiston. The rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. and Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Contributions can be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic School.
Photo: Robert John 'RJ' Eisele
Charles 'Charley' Andrew Linja, 78, formerly of Orofino
From lakes to rivers to mountains, Chuck lived a tremendous and adventurous life. Charles Andrew Linja, 78, passed away in Coeur d' Alene on Jan. 21, 2014. Born in copper country in Laurium, MI, to William (Eino) and Saima Linja on Feb. 8, 1935, he grew up speaking English and Finnish around Calumet in the UP of Michigan. He graduated from Doelle High School in Tapiola, MI, in 1954 and married the love of his life Jean Pohjola Oct. 5, 1957. He served our country in the Army in Germany. He spent time on ships on the Great Lakes and in deep underground copper mines. Four boys were soon born within five years in Laurium. Then making a major life decision, Chuck and Jean moved west with their very young four boys in tow, three still in diapers in 1964.
Stopping first in Butte, MT, Chuck moved the family throughout the northwest mining and dam building as he was a skilled diamond driller. Chuck was hard-working and eventually settled the family in Orofino in the 1970's while working on Dworshak Dam and finally added a cherished daughter to the gang in 1975. Thereafter and as opportunity arose, he worked on the Alaska pipeline while living in camps and on other major projects. After saving some money, he decided to shift gears and bought a restaurant (Topper) in Coeur d' Alene moving the family right along. As the kids grew, he and Jean eventually bought the Sunshine Inn bar, restaurant and motel in Kellogg in the Silver Valley in 1984. Chuck flourished as an entrepreneur and always provided a hand to a friend or anyone needing help. After operating the Sunshine Inn for over a couple decades, he retired in Coeur d' Alene and focused his life on family and grandkids who really supercharged him.
Chuck did a lot of things and made you smile, laugh and cry. He loved to sing silly songs, many in Finnish, play the harmonica and say outrageous things firing everyone up. When around, you always knew it. He certainly had a little bit of outlaw in him as his family can attest. Chuck was also an avid poet, writing hundreds of poems straight from the heart. He was a fervent hunter and had an amazing gun collection. Best times were always with family and friends on the river, at hunting camp, in the woods and up in the mountains. He loved his pets and his long-time friend Skye. Chuck was also a 'hugger', so if you knew him or met him, then you hugged him.
Chuck is survived by his wonderful wife of 56 years, Jean Linja of the family home of Coeur d' Alene; sons, Charles "Pat" (Jeanette) Linja of Pasco, WA, Greg (Teresa) Linja of Kellogg and Rod (Sue) Linja of Boise; daughter, Tiffany (Travis) Curtis of Coeur d'Alene; 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; his sister, Arlene Kela of Hancock, MI; several nieces and nephews and many, many relatives and friends whom he considered family. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his infant brother, Richard Linja; his son, Scott Linja; and his beloved dog, Skye.
Funeral Services were held in Kellogg with Rev. Art Fleming officiating. Interment was held at the Greenwood Cemetery of Kellogg next to Scott.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Shoshone Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 884, Kellogg, Idaho 83837.
Shoshone Funeral Chapel of Kellogg was entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Photos: Charles 'Charley' Andrew Linja
Frank A. Klement, 75, formerly of Orofino
CORVALLIS, MT - Frank A. Klement, 75, of Corvallis died unexpectedly at home on Feb. 2, 2014, after six months of failing health. He was 75 years of age.
He was born April 9, 1938 in Hearne, TX. He graduated from Hearne High School in 1956. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1960 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After college graduation, he began his career of over 32 years with the U. S. Forest Service, in the Engineering Department. During those years he worked on the Clearwater, Bitterroot, Lewis and Clark and Deer Lodge National Forests and Region 1 in Missoula. Shortly after beginning his Forest Service career in Orofino, his National Guard troop was called up for the Berlin Crisis.
He married Lois Mueller in Missoula, MT on Dec. 27, 1964. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. In 1966, they moved from Orofino, where Brenda was born, to Hamilton, MT, where Karen was born. After being transferred to Missoula, they raised the girls in the Florence area for 19 years before moving to Butte, MT, where Frank retired in 1993. They then moved to their present retirement home in the Corvallis area in 1996.
Frank was one of those persons who could do almost anything. Woodworking, drawing house plans, doing electrical wiring projects, fixing all sorts of things around the house, making and repairing clocks, putting in a lawn irrigation system, planting trees - to mention a few. He was a quiet-type person with a "quick wit". He loved music - particularly western and gospel. He liked the bagpipes and knew a lot about classical music. The Statler Brothers were favorites for years. He thought the reruns of "Hee-Haw" and the "Gaither Hour" were the best TV programs on today.
He didn't like to fly (and that started in the days before September 11th). So, he and Lois would take long driving trips. He would use state roads and back roads and go through the towns, driving on Interstates very seldom. He drove every mile himself. He thought Ford trucks were the best. He liked guns and bird hunting; squirrel and deer hunting in the younger Texas years. He was very knowledgeable about World War II. Omar N. Bradley was his hero. He did not like plumbing projects. He did not like being asked his "level of pain" at a medical center. He was always proud to be a Texan, but never wanted to move back.
He leaves behind: wife, Lois; daughter, Brenda (Sam, Keiandra, Keimarya) of Canton, GA; daughter, Karen (Kristopher) of Billings, MT; brother, Louis Klement of Troy, TX; several nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Alan Mueller of Missoula. Two brothers preceded him in death.
Memorials may be sent to the Daly Hospital Intensive Care Unit Fund at 1200 Westwood Drive in Hamilton.
A memorial service celebrating Frank's life will be held Saturday Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Corvallis Methodist Church, Eastside Highway and Cemetery Road, with Pastor Dusty Williams officiating.
Daly Leach Chapel is in charge of arrangements: dalyleachchapel.com.
Photo: Frank A. Klement
Mimoza E. Sevostianova, 65, Lenore
Mimoza E. Sevostianova age 65 of Lenore passed Jan. 31, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
John Robert Maloney, 80, Pierce
John Maloney passed away at Kindred Care in Lewiston, Idaho from cardiac arrhythmia at 5:20 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2014.
John was born Feb. 25, 1933 to Lafte and Elizabeth Maloney on their farm on White River in Pine Log, AK. He came from a family of 10 siblings. He went to school at "Pine Log". He was an excellent basketball player in all his years of school. He graduated at Rogers High School.There was always work to do on the farm, milking cows and farming, making cedar posts and white oak staves for staves on barrels. John did a lot of this. Hunting and fishing were fun things they did in their spare time.
He joined the Navy and graduated from medical school in St Albans, NY. He received an honorable discharge and went on to Oregon and worked in the logging industry. He worked at Martin Brothers Box in Oakland, OR where he met the love of his life, Betty Sistrunk. They were married and inseparable doing everything together, for over 60 years and raising three wonderful children.
They moved to Arcata, CA where he went to work for Arcata Plywood. There he loaded and unloaded trucks of veneer and plywood. John also had a poker room at Toby and Jacks as an extra job. They then moved to Cloverdale, CA for one year then onto New Waverly, TX and helped the plywood mill there get started. John and Betty moved to Idaho to work at Potlatch Jaype Mill until his retirement in January of 1997. Since then until 2007, he logged with Ed Randal.
Outdoor life was for John. He was the happiest on his bike riding the back roads, always with his wife or grand kids. There is not a road or trail John didn't go over. He loved the forest and being out in it whether for leisure or mushrooming, horn hunting, picking huckleberries or a winter's wood. He loved hunting on the Snake and Salmon rivers with his friends or kids and his dog Lucky.
John was lots of times giving of himself, helping others and was happy to do so. He walked in the Path of Righteousness proudly.
John belonged to the Orofino ATA Trap Club where he shot at most of the area trap shoots and had shot at Canada's Invitational shoots. He had a passion for trap shooting and won at least three trips to Ohio plus the times he went on his own. He had an average score of 95 to 100 most of the time. He passed on his love of trap shooting, teaching his daughter and two of his grandsons. Shooting was an enjoyable sport and he started at Fraser with the Randals and their group.
He is survived by his wife Betty Sistrunk Maloney of 60 years; two children: Gary Maloney Redding, CA; Joan Beebe, Missoula, MT; six grandchildren, Alison Beebe, Portland, OR; Mathew Beebe of Missoula, MT; David Beebe, Dallas, TX; Kevin and Jennifer Josephson, Rathburn, ID; Christopher and Trisha Josephson, Sandpoint; Jonathan and Kristen Rouleau, Rathburn, ID; two great-granddaughters Jade and Taylor Josephson Sandpoint, ID; siblings: William Maloney, Cassville, MO; Mike Maloney Tulsa, OK; Cleo and Dorothy Shephard, Cadet, MO; Mildred Hicks, Pea Ridge, AK; Mary and Mitchell Adkins, Mt. Home, AK and Hugh (Cisco) and Roberta Maloney, Seligman, MO and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Lafe and Elizabeth Maloney; daughter Amy Rouleau; three brothers: Floyd Maloney, Pat Maloney and Laurence Maloney.
John's Memorial Service will be held Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: John Robert Maloney
Frances V. Cole, 84, born in Orofino
Frances V. Cole, 84, of Pullman passed away on Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 at Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman, WA. Private family graveside services will be held at the Pullman Cemetery.
Frances was born on Nov. 10, 1929 at Orofino to Guy and Kathryn (Theu) Sargent. She met Harvey G. Cole and they were married in Orofino on July 17, 1948. She worked as a lab technician for Washington State University as a lab technician in the primate lab. She also catered food for the Clints & Lam Auction Company for many years.
Frances is survived by her husband Harvey G. Cole of Pullman; sons, Harvey A. Cole of Pullman and Christopher G. Cole of Colton, WA, as well as four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings.
Scott Wilson, 38, Stites
Scott Wilson, 38, of Stites passed away Jan. 21, 2014, at his home.
A memorial and celebration will be held at 11 Saturday, Feb.1, at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
Timothy 'Tim' Armstrong, 66, Kooskia
Timothy 'Tim' Armstrong, 66, of Kooskia passed away Jan, 18, 2014, at his home.
A service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Miles Gustavson, 59, OHS teacher
Miles Gustavson was a beloved brother and uncle, 59 years old and a long resident of Kooskia. He is survived in life by one brother, Roy Gustavson; and two sisters, Mavis Wallace and Bob and Betty Beckman. Many of his nephews and nieces and cousins remain residing in the great northwest.
He was born in Cottonwood on May 17, 1954, having lived a full life passing on January 20, 2014. He was preceded in his death by his father, George A Gustavson; mother, Anna Marion Gustavson; and one brother, John George Gustavson.
During his many years he was an educator of the Industrial Arts, and of Secondary Schools, enhancing the lives of his students while they were in his teaching career. Most recently, he taught at Orofino High School.
Previous to teaching his service encased the military in both the Idaho National Guard and attendance of the ROTC, Air Force for many years.
While enjoying the many and diverse friends he traveled often and enjoyed the outdoors. With his four- wheeler roaring and a buzz, it took him on many an adventure in the mountainous area of his home and beyond. A smile was usually lighting his face as music and dancing brought him great joy, and he could be caught lifting a song uninhibited.
Celebration in memorial of his life will be Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Kamiah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following the service there will be a graveside burial at the Pinegrove Cemetery.
Photo: Miles Gustavson
Carol Marie Lane King, 75, formerly of Idaho
Carol Marie Lane King, a Pendleton, OR resident passed away Thursday, Ja. 16, 2014, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA. She was 75 years old.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 25, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Carol King may be made to the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter (P.A.W.S.) and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.
Carol was born June 8, 1938, in Pendleton to Vernon and Marie (Weltzin) Lane. Carol spent most of her early life in Portland, OR, where she attended schools, graduating from Washington High School. Carol married Carl King in Pendleton. The couple moved to Idaho where they made their home. Carol spent much of her adult life in Idaho. Following the death of her husband Carol returned to Pendleton where she remained until her passing. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton where she loved to meet her Lutheran World Relief Quilters group every Thursday morning. Carol was very artistic and enjoyed making all kinds of crafts while enjoying television programs.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Carl King; her parents, Vernon and Marie Lane; and her brother, Ronald Vernon Lane. She is survived by: first-cousins, Jerry and Peggy Lane and Jerry and Ruth Weigand; close friends, Bill, Barbara and Jennifer Snyder, Yvonne Rasmussen, as well as close friends in Idaho, and other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Photo: Carol Marie Lane King
Lorena F. Shinn, 93, taught at Teakean
Lorena F. Shinn, 93, was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Bonners Ferry to Joe and Goldie Neumayer, and died Jan. 13, 2014, at her home. After graduating from Bonners Ferry High School, she went to college at Lewiston State Normal School (now Lewis-Clark State College). She taught in White Bird and Teakean before moving to the Lewiston schools in 1943, where she taught at Webster, Orchards and Garfield elementary schools.
She married Marion Shinn in 1945, when he returned from military duty after World War II. They lived in Pullman, WA for two years while Marion attended Washington State University, then returned to Lewiston in 1948 and have lived there since then. When the children were young, and Marion was a chemistry teacher at Lewiston High School, they spent their summers in Glacier National Park, where Marion was a park ranger. After Marion became the dean of Vocational Education at Lewis-Clark State College in 1965, she joined him on many business trips to all parts of the United States. After his retirement in 1981, they traveled for pleasure to more than 60 countries and enjoyed presenting travelogues to many community groups.
Volunteering was an important part of her life. She was a member of the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary for 15 years and served as president for two years. She assisted with the Alumni Association at Lewis-Clark State College when the organization was first formed. She was active in the Orchards United Methodist Church, volunteered at the Lewiston City Library and helped deliver food in the senior nutrition program for a dozen years. She was an avid gardener and sharing flowers and vegetables with friends and the community was one of her greatest joys. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts and cooking.
She is survived by her husband, Marion; son, Philip of Lewiston; daughter, Donna Loucks (Bryon) of Centralia, WA.; brother, George Neumayer (Lee) of Boise; sister, Phyllis Wester of Spokane, WA; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Orchards United Methodist Church, the Shinn Scholarship Fund at Lewis-Clark State College, Nez Perce County Historical Society or city of Lewiston Library Foundation.
Photo: Lorena F. Shinn
A Graveside Memorial Service for Freda Jean Aiken (Sept. 8, 1933 - Dec. 28, 2013) will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the North Fork Presbyterian Cemetery, Ahsahka, Idaho. Officiated by Pastor Mary Jane Miles.
A longtime resident, Barbara Jean Church Speer, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston.
Barbara was the third child of Mike and Mary Cassetto Church, born in a home delivery on July 18, 1927. She was baptized into the Catholic faith at the old Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 23rd and Main streets, where she sang in the choir in her teen years.
She attended the Garfield Grade School. Barbara participated in school activities in her junior high and senior high years and held many offices. In her senior year she was elected class president and was later chairwoman of all-class reunions, with the help of Ruth Bailey Polumsky. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart School of Nursing and attended classes at Gonzaga University, receiving her registered nurse license in 1948. Returning to Lewiston, she was employed at St. Joseph's Hospital, now St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, where she worked as a pediatric nurse and worked during the polio epidemic in the early '50s. Before retiring, she worked for E.G. Hoffaman, M.D., for many years.
She was a member of Idaho Nurses Association, volunteered for the American Red Cross and was a member of the Lewiston Jaycettes and St. Anne's Guild at St. Stanislaus Church. After retiring in 1980, she became a member of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, serving for 31 years. In 1950, she married Wallace E. Titus. The marriage ended in 1972. She married Raymond G. Speer on Feb. 12, 1975.
Much of her early retirement was spent traveling around the U.S. and Canada, as well as the Caribbean, Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
Barbara spent many summers entertaining family and guests at their vacation home on Lake Coeur d'Alene and their cabin at Wallowa Lake, OR. She enjoyed reading, gardening and relaxing with crossword puzzles.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Raymond; two daughters, Christina Vale (Bob) of Redwood City, CA, and Molly Jensen (Gunnar) of Weippe; and three stepchildren, Paul Speer (Janice) of Memphis, TN, Lorraine Speer Rough (Doug) and Neal Speer (Lori) of Kirkland, WA. Other survivors are her grandson, Harrison Vale, and granddaughter Shayna Dole; and six step-grandchildren, Amanda, Carolyn, Lisa and Tessa Rough, and Jonathan (Tammy) and Trayton Michutka Speer (Brenda); sisters, Pat (Bob) Rugg in North Carolina and Marcella (Mel) Olsen of San Jose, CA; sister-in-law Grace Church of Lewiston; and many nieces and nephews and their families. She had a special love for the Church children, Dena (Mark), Doug (Mary), Dave (Laurie), Duane (Brynn) and Dan (Tami); and close friends Naomi, Jackie, Karon and Ruth.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a grandson, Shelby Dole; a brother, Dwight Church; a sister, Helen Hagadone; and a stepson, Gary Speer. Barbara was always a people person who had many friends whom she thought highly of.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Cremation has taken place. At her request, no services will be held.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association National Headquarters, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718-3208.
Photo: Barbara Jean Church Speer
Gregory Steven Challinor, 50, Orofino
Gregory Steven Challinor of Orofino passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, on the four-year anniversary of the death of our beloved son, Tyler Steven Challinor. Greg's death was the result of a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 12. Greg was 50.
He was born on July 17, 1963, in Bonners Ferry to Betty and James Challinor and was raised in Libby, MT, where later he was blessed with two wonderful children, Skye and Tyler. He then met the love of his life, Linda, and they got married in 1998 in Roy, UT.
They moved to California, where his beloved children, Kross and Karli, were born. He was working in construction management when he became ill, and they moved to Orofino. He bravely survived a 10-year battle with cancer.
Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellevue University in Nebraska and was currently working on his master's degree.
Greg loved to hunt and fish, a passion which he passed on to all of his children. He loved being with his family and helping others. He was currently involved in NOSDA (No One Should Die Alone).
Greg is survived by his wife, Linda Challinor, Orofino; children, Kross and Karli Challinor, both of Orofino and Skye Hall (Steven) of Couer d'Alene and grandchild, Jaiden; his mother, of Columbia Falls, MT; brothers, Jeffrey (JoAnna) Victor, MT, and Scott (Wendy), Creston, MT; sister, Jamie Crowell (Vince) Columbia Falls; and many nieces and nephews who loved him.
He was preceded in death by his father, James; his son, Tyler, and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a lunch to follow at the Orofino National Guard Armory, U.S. Highway 12.
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been started in the Challinor family name at Lewis Clark Credit Union.
Photo: Gregory Steven Challinor
Robert Lewis Martin, 96, formerly of Orofino, Cavendish
Our earthly father, Robert Lewis Martin, is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father. He quietly and peacefully passed temporarily away from us at 3:40 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at the age of 96, with his family at his side. His quiet but powerful life has left a most remarkable impression on innumerable persons, but none so great effect as in the lives of four little girls he chose to take as his own.
He was born Nov. 20, 1917, in Warba, MN, to Clemet A. and Grace (Mollins) Martin. The family moved to Wenatchee, WA, when Bob was in fourth grade and he attended schools in Wenatchee, Hermiston, OR, and Sedro-Woolley, WA, and college at Walla Walla University. A day after Pearl Harbor, Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he attended Surgical Technician School, served four years as a medic and was honorably discharged in January 1946. He received a Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theater Service Medal and Asiatic Pacific Service Medal.
On Nov. 10, 1956, Bob married Charlotte D. Widdows, who had four little girls ages 3-8. Bob's self-sacrificing, steady, dedicated, committed life proved to be the redeeming grace needed for Charlotte and her girls. His daughters have many fond memories of him that speak of his upright and unique character. Bob had a strong faith and was a dedicated member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He served as elder for many years in the Mount Vernon, WA, and Orofino churches. He kept the churches and church schools warm by providing wood and keeping the fires going. He always had a large garden and loved to share the produce with all his family, friends and neighbors.
Bob worked at the Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley from 1948-1973. He received his licensed practical nursing degree in 1959. He worked at the School for the Deaf in Vancouver, WA, from 1973-74. Then Bob and Charlotte moved to Cavendish, where he worked for his brother-in-law, Loren Stentzel, on his wheat farm from 1975-1977. They then moved to Orofino, where he worked in the Clearwater Valley Nursing Home until he retired in 1981.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte D. Martin.
Bob is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Judith and Douglas Way of Tillamook, OR, Sherri and Dennis Walley of Federal Way, WA, Kathryn and Gary Anderson and Robin Surprise of Lewiston; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Ruth Stentzel.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated and compassionate staff at Serenity Place and St. Joseph Family Hospice for their loving care and support in his final days.
The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Crematory, Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Seventh Street and Cedar Avenue, Lewiston.
Memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Family Hospice at 1250 Idaho St., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Robert Lewis Martin
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston for Diane Marlene Eldridge, 72, who passed away Jan. 3, 2014 at her home in Clarkston, WA.
Diane was born April 5, 1941, to Thomas E. and Dorothy Bateman King at Kendrick. She lived near Southwick and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1959. She married Leonard Eldridge and they spent their early years at the University of Idaho and Washington State University while he earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine.
They lived in Montana and later became partners in the Lewiston Veterinary Clinic, where she worked before they sold their interest in the business. Diane also worked at the Lewiston Livestock Market. She was past president of Nez Perce County Cowbells, a Nez Perce County 4-H leader and held membership in both the Idaho and Washington State Cattlemen's Associations.
Her hobbies included gardening, camping, fishing, carpentry, woodworking and genealogy.
Diane is survived by her husband, Dr. Leonard Eldridge of Clarkston; daughter, Jennifer Eldridge of Clarkston; son, Kenneth Eldridge of Evergreen, CO.; sister, Sarah Swartz of Seattle; stepfather, Harold Silflow of Lewiston; grandsons, Maxwell Eldridge of Evergreen and Thomas Eldridge (Emma Hayward) of Surfer's Paradise Beach, Australia; future great-grandson, Elijah Eldridge; and mother-in-law, Marjorie Eldridge.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heifer International Project www.heifer.org or Washington State Cattlemen's Association, PO Box 96, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
Photo: Diane Marlene Eldridge
Robert M. Donohue, 76, former Orofino school superintendent
Robert M. Donohue, 76, Lewiston, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center due to complications of Parkinson's Disease.
He was born Oct. 30, 1937 to Robert and Erma (Crawford) Donohue at Pierce. He graduated from Orofino High School, attended Lewis Clark Normal School from 1956-1957, Eastern Washington University Cheney, 1957-1959 and University of Guam 1968-1970. He married Lila Rae Packer Aug. 17, 1959. Lila died Jan. 10, 2008. Bob was a teacher at Clearwater Valley School District, George Washington High School in Guam, Kamiah High School Principal, Mullan School District Superintendent and Orofino School District Superintendent where he retired in 1993.
Bob was a Clearwater Hospital Board Member, member of the Catholic Church, Idaho State School Superintendent's Association and a member of the Elk's. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.
He is survived by his daughter, Cathleen Donohue; sons, Joseph Donohue and Russel Donohue; sister, Patricia Cooper (Norm); brother, Jack Donohue (Betty); grandchildren, Neil Haley, Katie Haley and Audrey Donohue and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila; father and mother-in-law, Connie Packer and Audrey Packer; brother, Art Donohue; and parents, Erma and Robert T. Donohue.
A funeral service will be held Fri. Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at Malcolm's Brower Wann Funeral Home with burial to follow at Normal Hill Cemetery. A dinner will be held at the Clarkston Event Center, 841 6th St.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Parkinson's Foundation or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank all of Bob's caregivers for their excellent care.
Photo: Robert M. Donohue
Robert M. Donohue, 76, formerly of Orofino
Robert M. Donohue, 76, Lewiston, and formerly of Orofino, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2014.
Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at Malcolm's Brower Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. Burial will follow at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. At 4 p.m. there will be a reception at the Clarkston Event Center, 841 7th St., Clarkston, WA.
Amado J. Cruz, M.D., 86, Kamiah
Amado J. Cruz, M.D., 86, Kamiah, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood.
Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
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