Palmer Standford Chase, 91, formerly of Orofino school administrator
Palmer Standford Chase, 91, retired educator and school administrator in Orofino, passed away at Life Care Center in Lewiston on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, with loving family at his side.
He was born on April 5, 1925 at the family home on their farm in Reubens to Charles Irvin and Agnes Joanne (Eikum) Chase. It was Palm Sunday. So, with the encouragement of his paternal great grandmother, Culdice, he was named "Palmer."
His early years were on the farm with two older brothers, Wayne and Levon, and then younger brother Clinton. Farm life and his first horse named "Pet" sparked a lifelong love of horses, gardening and canning fruits and vegetables.
When he was four years old his father, Charles, became sick with Bright's (kidney) Disease and passed away within a year. The family then moved to the Lewiston Orchards, where Palmer attended the Orchard's Elementary School from the first through eighth grade, attended ninth grade at the old Lewiston Junior High, and then at Lewiston High School, graduating in 1943.
His mother, Agnes, raised four strapping boys on her own with Norwegian determination, hard work and an emphasis on a good education. To support the family she received a $25/month Army pension and worked in the fruit farms to make enough money to get by.
The boys were fearless and at age 10, Palmer and brothers would make extra money by topping the trees of fruit (other people wouldn't want to climb that high).
Palmer was a good athlete from the beginning. He played baseball, basketball and marbles. He remembered getting in trouble for playing marbles for "keeps." His principal was Lillian McSorley, who later had the new elementary school dedicated in her name.
Palmer excelled at Lewiston High School as a leader in sports, academics and student activities. He was on the honor roll, lettered in baseball, basketball and football all three years, and was elected Student Body President his senior year. He graduated from LHS in 1943.
WWII was underway, so Palmer enlisted in the Navy V-12 program, but was cut six weeks later due to less than perfect vision in his left eye. He was then drafted by the Army, took basic at Camp Roberts, CA, and quickly promoted to Staff Sergeant while stationed at Fort Sill, OK. Later he was transferred to Fort Knox, KY, as a trainer in field artillery and tanks. He rose to the rank of Master Sergeant and was honorably discharged on Oct. 27, 1946.
Palmer married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Bernice Morgan, on Jan. 1, 1944 in Lewiston. They had two daughters, Charlotte and Cynthia, whom he adored. They made their first homes in Lewiston and then in Clarkston, WA, where they enjoyed riding and raising horses and gardening. He worked for Morgan Bros, Inc. (wholesale supply) for 17 years. The marriage ended in divorce after 19 years.
During this time he was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce serving as secretary, then as president of the local chapter in 1954 and later as Idaho State JC secretary. Palmer was an official for high school and college sports as referee in football and basketball and umpire in baseball.
He served as the Commissioner of Officials and did the scheduling for high schools and Lewis-Clark State College for 30 years (1947 to 1976). Palmer was a member of the Nez Perce County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. They were called out for mounted search and rescues and jail break manhunts. The Posse also rode in parades and performed figure eight in and out precision drill team riding at the Lewiston Roundup with colors.
Palmer made a career change and went to the University of Idaho in September of 1963 to finish his college education. He graduated from U of I with a Bachelors of Arts in Education in 1964. He then went to Graduate School and earned a Master's Degree of Arts in History in 1966.
While living in Moscow and attending the U of I, Palmer married Betty C. Sullivan in June 1965. She was finishing her degree in primary education. Thus began both their careers in education and 50 years of love and devotion. Palmer was hired as a high school teacher in Orofino, where they moved in 1968.
Betty was hired as an elementary school teacher there. Palmer taught high school math, science, history and English for three years, and then was hired as the junior high principal for nine years. He was then hired as District Assistant Superintendent for Orofino Joint School District 171 for 11 years, until retirement in 1988.
Palmer was an active member of the First Christian Church of Orofino. During retirement he volunteered for AARP, the Orofino Senior Center, and helped seniors with income tax filings. He enjoyed gardening and canning fruits and vegetables, bowling with the Senior Orofino Bowlers (the S.O.B.s) and traveling to England, Norway, Hawaii and Alaska. For the last 10 years he was totally devoted to caring for Betty in their home, as she suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Palmer was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers, Wayne, Levon, and Clinton Chase; and his wife, Betty.
He is survived by his daughters, Charlotte (Jay) Henry of Pomeroy, WA, and Cynthia M. Chase-Spilman of Richland, WA; stepsons, Harry C. Sullivan of Bellevue, WA, and John (Pamela) Sullivan of Lewiston; sisters-in-law, Nellie Chase of Orofino and Pat Chase of Bloomington, IN; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren too numerous to list.
The family is holding a public graveside service in remembrance of Palmer at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Normal Hill Cemetery, Division 3, Row 68, in Lewiston. A life celebration will follow at 11 a.m., with a light lunch at the Quality Inn in Clarkston.
Cards and letters may be mailed to the Chase Family, P.O. Box 559, Lewiston, ID 83501. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Photos: Palmer Standford Chase
Charles Taze Leder, Jr., 87
Charles Taze Leder, Jr. passed away at his Lewiston home Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, at the age of 87.
Charles was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Corvallis, OR, to Charles and Mabel (Smith) Leder.
Our dad loved many things, but his passion was playing country western music. He had the gift of playing many different instruments. He played music in a number of different bands; his favorite was with his best friend, Billy Joe, and the Green River Boys.
He also enjoyed working in his woodworking shop and grew the best gardens, with a Master Gardener certification to prove it. He was generous with his harvest and family and friends were the happy recipients.
Dad started his working career as a logger in Moyie Springs, Idaho. He worked for many years in Oregon and Idaho. He loved working in the woods and being in the outdoors. After back surgery, he couldn't work in logging any longer, so he moved to Medford, OR, in 1965, and became employed with Diamond Cabinets and remained there until he retired in 1991.
Charles married Carol Parker in Reno, NV, in 1948. They had four children through this union. They later divorced.
Charles married Leota Cherry in 1964 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Leota had two sons from a previous marriage. After the death of his wife of 38 years, Dad moved to Lewiston to be closer to his family, where he remained until his death.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melville King and Gene Leder; sisters, Edith (King) Ciskowski and Gladys (Leder) Burger; and stepsons, Keith Shipp and Jerry Currothers.
He is survived by daughters, Bobbie (Doug) Grovom of Lenore, Kathy (Lynn) White and Sherrie (Jerry) Wassmuth, both of Lewiston; son, Roger (Ronda) Leder of Clarkston, WA; brother, Hartley King of Bonners Ferry; sisters, Adeline Britton of Grants Pass, OR, and Jane Plemmons of Corvallis, OR; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 1 at Perl Funeral Home and Siskiyou Memorial Park, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Elite Home Health and Hospice in Clarkston.
Photo: Charles Taze Leder, Jr.
Zane Cunningham, 54, formerly of Orofino
In loving memory of Zane Cunningham
Zane was born in Jerome on Jan. 4, 1962 to his very proud parents, Milton and Connie Cunningham. Zane grew up in the mountains of northern Idaho and the state's southern plains with his siblings always nearby. He passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.
He graduated in 1980 from Jerome High School. Zane joined the school's rifle club and soon became an avid shooter, finally gaining his distinguished expert status. This began his lifelong love of target shooting competition and becoming a self-taught gunsmith.
Zane enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting the elusive elk or deer as well as fishing for anything that swims. Berry picking was a favorite past time for an excuse to be outdoors enjoying nature and all it had to offer.
Zane devoted a huge part of his life to his work, mostly in the field of mechanics and becoming an accomplished millright. There was no task that he would not tackle head on and not be satisfied until its successful completion.
Everyone that knew Zane could testify that he had an undying love of his country and energetically pursued and promoted many true patriotic causes. He would never turn down the chance at a debate over politics and philosophy.
Zane met his true soul mate and the love of his life when Vicki Staples walked into his life and became, not only his fiancé, but an immediately loved family member.
Zane was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his sister Valena (Percy) Paine, two brothers, Ryan (Sheila) Roberts, Miles (Dee) Cunningham and his lovely daughters Lori (Jeff) Huber, Billie (Tom) Morissette, Teresa Gunsolus, Shelly (Ric) Trewyn; and his grandkids Noelle (Nick) Stoflet, Bret and Corey McDowell, Jessica Buchanan, Michael and Amanda Morissette, Cassidy Gunsolus, and Kirsten Nebrigich.
Zane, you left this world way too soon with numerous questions unanswered and many stones unturned. May you find eternal peace as those who love you hold forever to your memory.
A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino Aug. 11, 2016 at 10 a.m. There will also have memorial service in southern Idaho at a later date.
Photo: Zane Cunningham
Bill G. White, 85, Dent, Orofino
Bill G. White was born Dec. 10, 1930 to Jess and Mildred (Crawford) White in Sweetwater, ID, and passed away Aug. 6, 2016 at the age of 85 at the North Idaho Veteran's Home in Lewiston.
Bill spent his youth in the Sweetwater area until his parents moved to Dent where he was raised on what is now known as Dent Acres. He attended school at the country school on the North Fork, riding his horse with his sisters to school. While in high school at Orofino, he would spend the week at relatives or friends homes and return to the family farm at dent on weekends. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1950 and went to work driving supply truck for Potlatch.
Bill served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in several locations including Anchorage, AK.
He married Billie Mae Herres March 2, 1952 in Orofino. They had a long and beautiful marriage with many happy memories. They were blessed with three daughters - Lolli, Rena and Dorothy (Dot). Although short periods of time were spent in logging camps, they lived most of their entire marriage life in Orofino, in two homes.
Bill was a logger, river guide, fire patrol office on Dworshak and many other jobs in the outdoors. He loved fishing, hunting, growing tomatoes and times spent in his front lawn with his neighbors.
He was the last founder member of Clearwater County Sheriff's Posse, now called Search and Rescue, the Jeep Club in the 1960s and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Bill is survived by his three daughters - Lolli White and Steve of Willits, CA, Rena (Rockie) Jacobsen of Kamiah, and Dot (Randy) Strom of Mississippi. He leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
The Memorial Service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday Aug.10, 2016 at the Orofino VFW Hall. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery. There will be a covered dish dinner at the VFW Hall after the services.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Photo: Bill G. White
Keith K. Vaughan passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center due to heart failure.
He was born in 1934 to Maude and Forest Vaughan in Everett, WA. They moved to Cardiff, Idaho, when he was young and then moved to Headquarters, where his parents worked for Potlatch Forests Inc. He grew up in the "Circle" at Headquarters and attended Pierce schools and graduated from Pierce High School in 1952. He met Ramona (McDonald) Llewellyn and in 1954, they were married in Lewiston. By 1961, the family consisted of two older daughters, Kathie and Susan, and two younger sons, Scott and Kris. They lived in Lewiston until 1963 and within one year had lived in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Keith was a "gypo" logger and went where the work was. He lived in St. Regis, MT, for three years before moving back to Pierce.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman as well as a great mechanic and all around "fix-it man." He made his living hauling logs but could do anything he put his mind to. In 1972, Keith, Ramona and the boys moved to Superior, MT., where he lived for 43 years. In early 2015, the family moved him to Serenity Place in Lewiston so he could be closer to his daughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maude and Forest Vaughan; his wife of 52 years, Ramona; an infant son, Bryon Keith; his brothers, Norman and Joe Vaughan. Survivors include children Kathie (and Glen) Smith of Lewiston, Susan (and Mark) Snider of Clarkston, WA, Scott (and Bridgette) Vaughan of North Pole, AK, and Kris (and Doreen) Vaughan of Superior, MT.
Cremation has taken place, and there are no services planned.
Photo: Keith K. Vaughan
E. Elaine Watson, 85
E. Elaine Watson, 85, of Melrose, went to be with her Lord and Savior late Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from congestive heart failure. She was born Oct. 17, 1930, to Earl Clary and Ethel Ferrell Clary at the family home in Roswell, Idaho.
Elaine married Milton Bruce Watson of Melrose on June 28, 1953. They lived and worked the Watson family farm together until his passing Dec. 15, 2010.
Preceding Elaine in death were her parents; siblings Ruby, Warren, Leonard, Dale, Ken and Martha; and granddaughter, Jennifer. She is survived by her children, Bruce of Peck and Mary of Lewiston; grandchildren Shandi (Jeff Burchard) of Massachusetts and Chris (Kristen) of Alaska; and great-grandchildren Tristan, Emmalynn, Isaac and Evelyn.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. Burial will take place at the Melrose Cemetery immediately following. A reception will be held at the Craigmont Legion Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Melrose Cemetery District, 27437 Melrose Road, Peck, ID 83545; or the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: E. Elaine Watson
Edna Kirby, 91, formerly of Elk River, Headquarters
Edna was born in Elk River July 28, 1924 to Hulbert Monroe and Mary Ellen (Turner) King. She passed away July 24, 2016.
She spent her childhood in Headquarters and graduated from Pierce High School in 1942, before she moved to Lewiston the same year.
She worked at Freemans Beauty Craft from 1942 to 1945, Weisfeilds Jewelers from 1956 to 1960, the Bon Marche from 1960 to 1970 and then Western Valley Seed Co. in 1970, before retiring in 1982.
Edna was married to Bill McCrery from 1943 to 1982, to Phillip Kirby from 1984 to 1992, and was a companion to Conrad Hesse until his passing. The past few years and at the end, her joyful companion, Dick Young, was constantly at her side.
Survivors include two sons, Mikel L. McCrery of Lewiston and Steven A. McCrery of Seattle, WA; two stepchildren, Shirley A. Leach of Clarkston, WA, and Larry W. Kirby of Seattle; sister Glenna Zagelan of Lewiston; two stepbrothers, Jack Fairley of Orofino and Don Fairley of Lewiston; three grandchildren, Ryan and Rick McCrery of Spokane, WA, and Rachel McCrery of Seattle; and many great-grandchildren.
Edna enjoyed boating, camping, gardening, sewing, bowling and dancing - all fun things. She enjoyed her grandchildren very much and they were the uppermost joy of her life.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home. Please sign the online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Some cute things Edna said before she passed:
"I don't know how much time I have left, you know, I don't want any chitter chatter in my sorrow, I will miss you, I love you so much."
Photo: Edna Kirby
Harold Johnson, 76, formerly of Weippe
Harold Johnson, 76, of Lewiston, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston, from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Harold was born Feb. 15, 1940, in Clarkston, WA, to Francis and Gladys Johnson. After a short stay in Clarkston, they moved back to Weippe for six years. They then moved to Kooskia along the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. He attended Kooskia High School, now Clearwater Valley. Harold played basketball and football and participated in track. His passion was riding anything he could catch: horses, mules, cows and pigs.
After graduation, he worked with his dad at Cory Lumber Co., learning all aspects of the sawmill. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he attended lineman school and became an instructor, teaching lineman school for two years in Fort Gordon, GA. His last year in the Army was spent in Alaska. After the Army, he returned to Kooskia, where he again worked at the Cory sawmill. He also worked for Jim Renshaw packing and guiding elk hunters. From 1964-67, he went to work for the General Telephone Co. in Moscow. In 1967, he moved to Lewiston and went to work for the Clearwater Power Co., retiring in 2002 after 35 years of service. He survived being electrocuted while working for Clearwater Power.
He married Sharon Tribble, which later ended in divorce, and they had one son, Michael. While working at Clearwater Power, he started Lucky Acres fencing, providing portable rodeo arenas all around the Northwest. His favorites were Bill Gates' company picnics at North Bend, WA, and the Northwest Championship bull riding at the Clark County Fair in Portland, OR.
He was involved in many activities over the years, including chariot racing, horse racing, team roping, heading and healing, barrels and pole bending. He joined the Nez Perce County Mounted Sheriff's Posse in 1967, serving in many officer capacities and was a lifetime member. He was active in the Kooskia Saddle Club, 49ers Lewis-Clark Saddle Club, and was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. When not found at Lucky Acres, he was in the mountains with family, friends and the Nez Perce County Mounted Sheriff's Posse.
While setting up a rodeo in Rosalia, WA, he met Betty Berquist. They later became engaged, but Betty's life was cut short, and she passed away in 2001 from cancer. After retiring, he volunteered anywhere help was needed. He turned over Lucky Acres Fencing to Betty's son, Levi.
Two of his favorite animals were his famous horse, Lucky T Devil, and his faithful companion, his dog, Ginger, who traveled many miles with him.
In addition to his son, Michael; he is survived by two sisters, Lucille (Earl) Pepper and Louise (Phil) Crosby; nieces Ann Marie (her children Dustin, Dalton, Dakota), Crystal (Patrick) and Patty (Tim); nephew Kenny (Michelle); and aunt Dorothy.
Viewing will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, located at 1711 18th St., Lewiston.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in the Lewiston Orchards, followed by a celebration of life at the Seaport Room at the Red Lion Hotel.
At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, please consider making any contributions to the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Posse.
Photo: Harold Johnson
Robert S. Brower, 77, Orofino
Robert S. Brower passed away July 14, 2016, at Clearwater Valley Hospital from complications of many illnesses. He was 77.
Bob was born to Marguerite and Leslie Brower at Garner, IA, on June 16, 1939. He graduated from high school in 1957 and attended the University of Iowa where he received a BA in Archaeology. He did post-graduate work at Western New Mexico University and returned to the University of Iowa School of Social Work attaining a Masters Degree.
He practiced clinical social work psycho therapy with adolescents and adults who had been hospitalized with mental health problems.
Bob married the love of his life, Diane Morrison, on Oct. 9, 1965. In 1984, they moved with their three children to Orofino. He worked at State Hospital North until his retirement. Bob enjoyed Orofino and the support of his friends at the Shot Glass. His hobbies included reading, painting and hunting. He also loved his cat, Midnight.
Bob is survived by his two daughters, Melissa and Joy; two sons-in-law, Tim Henning and Ryan Hawkins; and two, grandchildren, Hunter and Brenna Hawkins; along with his sister, Jane Larson and her family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane; his son, Daniel and his parents.
Donations may be made to Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Orofino. Burial was at the Orofino cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory cared for arrangements.
Photo: Robert S. Brower
Robert S. Brower, 77, Orofino
Robert S. Brower, 77 of Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Thursday, July 14, 2016.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Thomas G. Lee 75, Weippe
Thomas G. Lee 75, of Weippe, passed away Wednesday July 13, 2016 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.
A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Marjorie M. Lewis, 98, Orofino
Marjorie M. Lewis, 98 of Orofino, passed away Monday July 11, 2016 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Robert Knapp, 84, born in Orofino
Robert A. Knapp passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from complications of many illnesses. He was 84.
Bob was born to Mary and Oak Knapp of Colville, WA, on Sept. 2, 1931, at Orofino. He moved with his family to Rexford, MT, where he attended first through eighth grade. After a few more moves, the family moved back to Colville, where he graduated high school in 1949.
Bob attended the University of Idaho for a semester before being drafted into the U.S. Army for the Korean War. After the war, he was given an honorable discharge, but continued his service in the 118th Brigade of the Idaho National Guard. He retired from the guard on Jan. 22, 1996, as a sergeant E6.
On Aug. 29, 1959, Bob married Lori Ryker. They later divorced. He married Darlene Powell on June 9, 1972, in New Meadows, and they were married 44 years at the time of his passing.
Bob worked at Potlatch Forests Inc. for 25 years and retired from there in 1997.
Bob is survived by his wife, Darlene; children, Cassie (Doug) Smith, Ed (Jill) Knapp, Paul (Carla) Knapp; stepchildren, Chris Mulkey and Carla (Steve) Maxwell; grandchildren, Leslie, Andrew, and Kendra Knapp, Matt Mulkey, and Necole Kendall; stepgrandson, Jeremy Powers; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Mason Kendall and Breea Lynn Kendall; as well as brother, Hugh (Myrt) and Neal (Vicky) Knapp; and sister-in-law, Diane Knapp.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Lloyd, Frank and Jerry Knapp; and a stepgranddaughter.
At his request, cremation has taken place and Merchant Funeral Home has been assisting the family.
Photo: Robert A. Knapp
Harriet Lee (DeForest) Kalm, 55, born in Orofino
Harriet Lee (DeForest) Kalm was born Jan. 27, 1961, in Orofino, to Joyce S. Payton and Gerald Lee DeForest. She passed away Friday, July 1, 2016, at home.
Harriet was raised in Lewiston. She worked as a day care owner and certified nursing assistant.
Harriet is survived by her two children, Robert Mayer and Tara Mayer. She was preceded in death by a sister, Liz, and her parents.
Coffee will be served at 5 p.m. Monday at Beachview Park in Clarkston to celebrate her life.
Donations would be appreciated to help with cremation at the law office of Bill McCann, 1027 Bryden Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Harriet Lee (DeForest) Kalm
Florecene Gertrude Kress, 95, formerly of Pierce
Florecene Gertrude Kress, 95, died Thursday, June 30, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Florecene was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Indianapolis, IN, to Arthur and Irma Court. They had seven children. The family moved from Indianapolis to Pierce for a short time, and then moved to Clarkston, WA, where she attended school and graduated from Clarkston High School in 1939. After high school, she moved to Portland, OR, to work at the Swan Island Shipyard. She worked there for three years before moving back to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
She met Wendell Kress and they were married on Aug. 17, 1947, in Pullman, WA. They made their home out of the schoolhouse that Wendell attended located on Coyote Grade. They welcomed their only child, Sandra, in 1958.
Wendell and Florecene made their living farming, ranching and raising acres upon acres of fruits and vegetables to supply the many fruit stands they operated in the valley. Wendell passed away in 2004.
Florecene was a collector of many things. She loved stamps, salt and pepper shakers, jewelry, rocks and animals. She and Wendell also loved to fish and camp. There were many good times spent up on the Bungalow with family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Maggi (Tony) of Lewiston; granddaughter, Jenny McDaniel (Robert) of Lewiston; grandson Josh Maggi of Moscow; great-grandsons, Logan Maggi of Moscow and Elliott McDaniel of Lewiston; sister, Wanieta Simmons of Fort Jones, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wendell Kress; brothers Hollis, Laurence, Alva and Clyde; and a sister, Florence Lockwood.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Normal Hill Cemetery. Rev. Curtis Blackwill from the Orchards Nazarene Church will officiate the service.
Florecene will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Helping Hands, as she was a great animal lover.
Malcom's Brower-Wann is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Florecene Gertrude Kress
Gale L. Briggs, 92, formerly of Orofino
Gale L. Briggs, 92, of Harrison (Carlin Bay), passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016. He was born on Feb. 21, 1924, in Lewiston to Garry Briggs and Nell Chase Briggs.
Gale grew up in Orofino and later in Seaside and Corvallis, OR. He attended Oregon State University until he was inducted into the Army in 1943. A veteran of World War II, he served with honor as a paratrooper in the 13th Airborne Division in Europe. After the war, Briggs returned to Corvallis, where he worked in his family's restaurant. He quickly noticed whom he termed "the prettiest waitress there", and later married that young woman, Phyllis Renner of Carlin Bay.
He began his career as an airplane mechanic with Trans Ocean Airlines. In 1954 he moved to Seattle, WA, to work for West Coast Airlines, retiring after a 30-year career. He and Phyllis relocated to the Carlin Bay area. Briggs became known for his ability to build or fix anything. All he needed to hear was "it can't be fixed", and he would find a way to get it done (sometimes just to prove that he could).
Briggs loved North Idaho, and he became very close to Phyllis' family. He cherished the hunting and fishing trips taken with her brothers Gerald, Cliff (Duane), and Kenny Renner.
He introduced the first chain saw to the area. He established telephone service between family members, using surplus military handsets. He built a log house, and built a home for his retirement with Phyllis. He reconstructed an old Ferrari that was nothing but parts in boxes. He rebuilt numerous airplanes that had been involved in crashes.
He was preceded in death by Phyllis, his wife of many years; and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Patty Briggs; his daughter, Janet Briggs; his daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Joe Rush; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside Memorial Services with Military Honors will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2016 at Riverview Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene.
His family wishes to acknowledge with gratitude the caring part that Hospice of North Idaho played in Gale's last days and peaceful departure.
Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d' Alene Chapel & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.
Photo: Gale L. Briggs
Jerry Rowland, 72, formerly of Orofino
Jerry Rowland passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones in his home, his place of solace and comfort. He was 72.
Jerry was born on Jan. 3, 1944 to Archie and Lucille Rowland in Orofino, where he lived until 1980. Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Jenifer Kay Parks, on Aug. 22, 1964. They enjoyed a 51-year marriage and raised two sons, Jason Alan (Angie) and Jarod Thomas.
While in Orofino, Jerry worked as the produce manager at the local IGA. When he wasn't working, you would find him on the golf course or refurbishing an old truck. Jerry loved classic cars and old country music ("King of the Road" was a particular favorite). Jerry moved with his family to Burbank, WA in 1980. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his boys' sporting events, you would often find him on the Burbank football field running chains and cheering on his boys.
Jerry was proud of his sons and in later years he enjoyed creating wood working projects with Jarod and trading jokes with Jason.
For many years Jerry worked for and retired from Food Services of America. He had a reputation with his customers as well as friends and family of always having a joke ready to keep you smiling. Jerry's sense of humor was renowned, and his ability to hit the punch line in just the right way kept all who knew him laughing long after we said our goodbyes.
Jerry was a beloved grandfather to Spencer, Sydnee, and Parker (Jason), and Olivia, Kendyl, and Zane (Jarod). They will miss his teasing and sharing Oreos with him.
Jerry was loved by many, including his best friend and brother in-law, John Link; sister in-law, Judy Link; brother in-law, Jim Parks (Sharon); brother in-law Ray Parks; nieces Chris Jacobsen (Jim), Monique (Link) DesChane (Michael), Coleen (Link) Spratt ( Don), Jody and Jamie (Jim Parks), and Amy Smith (Ray Parks); and nephews, Toby and Tyler Rowland (Frank Rowland), Jeff Parks (Jim Parks), and Mike Corder (Doris Perkins).
Jerry made a lasting impression on his great-nieces and nephews Savanna Spratt, Garren, Brynne and Preston DesChane, and Jamie Jacobsen. To them he will always be "Superman."
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Doris Perkins and Mildred Ferguson; and his brother, Frank Rowland.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Columbia Memorial Chapel in Pasco, WA.
Photo: Jerry Rowland
Owen Otho Sexton, 92, Dworshak Dam construction worker
Owen Otho Sexton passed away Friday, June 10, 2016, at his home. He was 92.
Owen was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Cushing, OK, to Harrison F. and Myrtle (French) Sexton. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. After receiving his discharge, Owen met Roseta Ruth Manley at her birthday party and the couple married three months later. They were married 54 years and raised three children together. Ruth passed away in 1999.
Owen began his career as a miner in Nevada and later worked as a cement finisher and contractor, including on Dworshak Dam and the fish hatchery below it. He also ranched and farmed on Kidder Ridge near Kamiah. Owen always loved his peanuts.
Owen is survived by his daughters, Wanda (Jerry) Dunn and Faye Parks; brother, John Paul Sexton; very best friend, Jonna King; sweetest best friend, Josephine; brother-in-law, Jack Manley; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; son, Owen Sexton Jr.; four brothers; and five sisters.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the German Lutheran Cemetery near Kamiah.
Photo: Owen Otho Sexton
Clel Fay, Orofino
Clel Fay, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
Mountain View Funeral Home and Crematory, Lewiston, has been entrusted with arrangements.
LenaBelle Morgan, 94, formerly of Cavendish
LenaBelle Morgan passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living in Lewiston at the age of 94.
LenaBelle was born to Charles and Lucille (Thornton) Hoffman on April 25, 1922, in Leland. She grew up on the Hoffman family homestead in Leland and attended grade school there, and later attended high school in Southwick.
She married Donald Morgan on Nov. 3, 1939, and the couple lived in Leland briefly prior to moving to Cream Ridge to farm.
In 1953, they moved to Cavendish and farmed there for 29 years, also farming her parents' homestead at Leland for 22 years. They retired in 1982 and moved to Kendrick in 1993. Don passed away in 1994. In 1998, she moved into her condo in Lewiston.
LenaBelle enjoyed playing piano all her life and played at the Lewiston senior citizens meal site and at several retirement homes, including Brookdale, where she later lived.
A heartfelt thank you to the very special staff at Brookdale for the wonderful and loving care given to our mom.
LenaBelle is survived by her daughter, Janet (Ralph) Colwell; daughters-in-law, Shirley Morgan and Linda Morgan; grandchildren Becky (Kyle) Johnston, Steve (Sandy) Colwell, Brad (Jan) Colwell, Scott (Tona) Morgan, Ron (Melissa) Morgan and Mike (Amy) Morgan; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Coby, Cruz, Donald, Dallas, Kyle, Allison, Lauren, Erin, Blake, Drew, Laynee, Sam, Ashley and Brenden; and great-great-grandchild, Logan; as well as two nephews and five nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; sons, Roger, David and Douglas; her parents, Charles and Lucille Hoffman; sister, DonnaLee; and brothers, Delbert and Earl Hoffman.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston, with the Rev. Jack Pea officiating. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home has been assisting the family with arrangements.
Photo: LenaBelle Morgan
Mary Anita Hood Ripley, 92, formerly of Orofino
Mary Anita Hood Ripley died peacefully, surrounded by her four loving sons, on Thursday, June 9, 2016, of causes related to age at the Royal Plaza Retirement Center. She was 92.
Born April 17, 1924, in Kansas City, KS, she was the daughter of Charles Berry Hood and Annie Smith. After graduating in 1942 as valedictorian from Olney Springs High School in Colorado, Mary headed for Sedalia, MO, the very next day. In October 1943, she began working as a supply and assistant voucher clerk, supervising six employees at Sedalia Army Air Field in Knob Noster, MO, which is now Whiteman Air Force Base. This was a civilian position, but she did wear a military uniform. She ordered Pratt-Whitney airplane engines and was also responsible for tracking all incoming, outgoing and resident aircraft.
In February 1944, Mary met a young World War II C-47 U.S. Army Air Forces pilot named Bud Ripley at a dance at the Bothwell Hotel in Sedalia. Mary received a porch swing proposal from Bud in May 1944, and they married on Aug. 10, 1944. Three days later, Bud headed for the European theater of operations.
In 1945, Bud received orders for the Pacific and was in transit when Japan surrendered on Sept. 2. Mary, with 4-month-old son Mike, started heading to Idaho around Sept. 25 by plane, bus and automobile from Sedalia. After staying the night with her beloved aunt Mabel Smith Norris in Kansas City, KS, Mary and Mike boarded a United Airlines flight to Denver but were grounded because of iced wing tips. At the stopover hotel, a soldier asked to hold Mike, telling Mary he was the father of a child he hadn't held yet. When Mary returned to the Denver airport, another soldier helped Mary with her luggage and baby Mike, saying he hoped someone would help his wife if she faced a similar situation. After arriving in Pocatello from Salt Lake City by bus, Mary discovered there were no hotel rooms because of a convention. A pilot from Empire Airlines found Mary, offered his room to her and said that he would sleep in his office. Bud made reservations with Empire Air to get Mary and Mike to Lewiston and Mary and Mike were off again, where they met Bud and Fred Gritman to continue by car to Orofino.
Mary and Bud settled in Orofino as they began raising four sons. They also moved to Coeur d'Alene for a short period in 1949-50 for work reasons before returning to Orofino. In the early '60s, Mary began work as an accounting clerk for the U.S. Forest Service in Orofino, and stayed very busy with boys in school, little league baseball and other activities. In 1968, Mary and Bud moved to Coeur d'Alene, where Mary continued her federal government employment for many years at the Bureau of Land Management's district office there. After Bud retired from 39 years at GTE, they moved to Lewiston in 1986.
Mary was a steady and loving sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend, grandmother and great-grandmother, with a very sweet disposition, quiet courage and dignity. Family was important to her. Mary was no stranger to hardship, as she was the oldest of three children who lost her mother at the tender age of 3. At the age of 11, Mary was reunited with her sister Ruth, who was 10 years old at the time. For Ruth, her sister Mary was "the only mother I ever had." For more than 40 years, Mary enjoyed a close relationship with her mother-in-law, Effie Jo Ripley.
Mary thought it was important to take responsibility for who and what you are and that experiences make a person stronger. Photogenic without fail, Mary was a fantastic cook. Mary's family fondly remembers many delicious meals over the years. Her fried chicken, spaghetti sauce, Swedish meatball and coconut cream pie recipes are legendary. Skilled at cultivating beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, Mary also cultivated many strong lifelong friendships wherever she lived. As a sophisticated seamstress, Mary once sewed Levi's for a Barbie doll. At one time, she managed eight home fish aquariums, which gave her great joy. Mary loved to craft, camp with family and play solitaire.
Mary's legacy will endure, as she shares a birthday with her oldest grandson, Chris. Her granddaughter Angie and great-granddaughter Emma both bear strong resemblances to her. Chris' daughter Lainey Marlis is also named in memory of Bud and Mary's infant daughter, Marlis Kay, tragically lost at age 2 days in 1949.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years, Herbert "Bud" Ripley; infant daughter Marlis Kay Ripley; her brother, Roy Alexander Hood; her sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Ripley Durant and husband X.E. "Bus" Durant; and her brother-in-law, Roland Lunde.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Hood Lunde of Corona, CA; and four sons, Mike Ripley and wife Sharon of Lewiston, Richard Ripley and wife Jill of Spokane, WA, Dan Ripley of Bellingham, WA, Cheryl of Post Falls and Jeff Ripley of the Tri-Cities, WA. Mary is also survived by seven grandchildren, Carrie and Chris, Angela and Molly, Tyler and Sam, and Chelsey; as well as 10 great-grandchildren. Ruth's daughters, Mary's nieces, also survive her; as do Christine Lunde Weir and husband Doug of Phoenix, AZ, and Diana Lunde Parks and husband Mike of Moreno Valley, CA.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.
The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation, directed to Obstetrics, at 301 Cedar St., Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Mary Anita Hood Ripley
Mary Helen (Jones) McArthur, 87, formerly of Pierce
Mary Helen (Jones) McArthur went home to God on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the age of 87.
She was born in Craigmont on the stroke of midnight Sept. 23, 1928. Her parents were Plennie H. Jones and Hattie S. (Presnell) Jones. She was the eldest of seven children. She attended school in Pierce and Lapwai and had to quit after the eighth grade to take care of her younger siblings.
She married Wesley H. Hunter. They had three children, Donavon H. Hunter, Bruce E. Hunter (stillborn) and Laurella J. Hunter. They divorced in 1968. On Sept. 26, 1968, she married Norman D. McArthur. They had a daughter, Marlynn M. McArthur.
Mary worked at a blister rust camp as a cook. When she lived in Stites, she took care of some of the children in town and was a barkeep until she moved to Lewiston. She then went to work at Potlatch Forests Inc. in the cafeteria as a cook. Then she went to work at Head Start as the third cook. Later, she became a homemaker. In 1969, she and Norman adopted her sister's son, Phillip Leroy Jones.
She is survived by her son, Donavon H. Hunter and his wife Chris of Stites; her daughters, Laurella J. Miller and her husband Wayne of Newburg, OR, and Marlynn M. McArthur-Dexter and her husband Lee Dexter of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren; nine-plus great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and family friends.
She was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents; all of her siblings; two sons; and a granddaughter.
A memorial will take place and will be announced later. She has been cremated. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home has been assisting the family. Please sign the online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please help the family on final finances.
Photo: Mary Helen (Jones) McArthur
James Bruder 65, Kamiah
James Bruder 65, Kamiah, passed away Monday June 13, 2016 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA.
Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
Maryln Lane, 76, Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah
Maryln Lane, 76, Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah, passed away June 9, 2016 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
Keith Herring, 88, formerly of Orofino
Keith Herring went to be with the Lord Monday, June 6, 2016, at his home at Guardian Angel Homes.
He was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Clarkston, WA, to Elza and Mary Herring. He made his home in Orofino with his family.
Keith married Eva Stout on May 1, 1948. Keith worked at the Potlatch sawmill as a sawyer, retiring after 34 years.
He loved to fish and spent years fishing in Alaska for salmon. He also enjoyed his cabin at Dworshak Lake. The highlight of his life was snowmobiling with his friends, especially Speedy and Dot. Traveling in his Dodge pickup truck and trailer was also a joy for Keith.
Keith served in the U.S. Navy on the oil tanker USS Severn. His ship was at the atom bomb testing in the Marshall Islands.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jean Ring; son-in-law, Bill VanThiel; granddaughter, Joy Noel Michaels; brother, Delbert Herring; and sisters, Elaine, Bernetta and Elva.
He is survived by his wife, Eva; daughters, Lynn VanThiel and Nancy Herring; son-in-law, Gene Ring; sister-in-law, Jo Herring; grandchildren, Laurie VanThiel of Seattle and Keith (Shay) VanThiel of Italy; adopted daughters, Karol Moore and Kathy Goldner; half-brothers, Clyde Herring, Albert and Arthur Herring; half-sister, Irma Mann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Keith was a member of the Orchards Church of the Nazarene; he wouldn't miss a Sunday and was proud of his job as usher.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, with a covered-dish dinner to follow at the Orchards Church of the Nazarene, 347 Thain Rd.
Memorials may be made to the Orchards Church of the Nazarene building fund, 347 Thain Road.
We would like to thank Guardian Angel Homes (Liberty House) and Dr. Michael Baldeck for loving Keith and taking excellent care of him, above and beyond all the way!
Photos: Keith Herring
Steven 'Steve' Munstermann was born Jan. 31, 1948, in Lewiston, to Bill and May Munstermann. Sunday, June 5, 2016, Steve passed away unexpectedly at his home in Culdesac. He was 68 years old.
Steve attended Culdesac High School and received his General Educational Development diploma from Lewis-Clark State College. He married his high school sweetheart, Margery Hammond, on Aug. 16, 1965. They celebrated their 50th anniversary this past August.
Steve started working for the Camas Prairie Railroad in 1966. He worked on railroad bridges between Culdesac and Grangeville. He held many positions over his 26-year career for Camas Prairie Railroad. He was a foreman of the bridge crew; machine operator, including the dozer, speed swing and snow plow; and then rail yard switchman. Steve enjoyed spending winters in Jaype, removing snow from the tracks between Orofino and Pierce.
Steve is survived by his wife, Marge; daughters Debbie (John) Marker and Ann (Mike) Weber; four grandchildren, Victoria (Adam), Blake, Steven and Christopher; and two great-grandchildren, Quincee and Brayson. He is also survived by his siblings, Lui, Gary and Elaine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and May; brother, Mike; and an infant sister.
His favorite place was his cabin in Elk City. He loved his time spent in the mountains, whether riding all-terrain vehicles, looking for animals, or hunting and fishing. Steve also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, bowling, hunting, fishing, trap shooting and trail riding on his ATV.
Steve was a very generous man. He loved life and was quick to share a story. Steve loved his family deeply. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed supporting all of our area's youth, attending events in rain, shine and even snow. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He seldom missed any of their activities. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched. A remembrance of his life will take place at a later date. Please sign the online guest book at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Steven 'Steve' Munstermann
Crissy A. Hendren, 18, Orofino
Crissy Ann Hendren, of Orofino, was born Sept. 3, 1997, to her parents, Michelle Hamilton and Randy Hendren. She was raised in both Clearwater County and Alaska, a place closer to her heart where she still has many friends.
Crissy gained her angel wings on Saturday, May 28, 2016, along with her very close childhood friend, Hunter Skiles. She is now reunited in heaven with her great-grandfather, Howard Walker (Grandpa Pops), grandfather Marvin Dale Hendren (Grandpa Shorty), great-grandparents Dick and Ivy Isiacson, uncle Rex Hendren, cousin Juan Ascencio, and two of her most beloved horses, Diamond and Breeze, the loves of her life.
After being forced to leave public school and start home school due to suffering from a severe concussion in 2014, Crissy completed home school and achieved her G.E.D. from Lewis-Clark State College in 2015.
She spent most of her free time outdoors. She loved hunting, fishing, and camping. If she wasn't doing any of those, you could probably find her out in the pasture with her animals.
At a very young age, Crissy discovered her lifelong passion to ride and caretake for her horses, or as she liked to call them, "big, hairy, four-legged, humans." She was proud to be called the Wild Weippe Rodeo Queen in 2014, and attended every rodeo and parade that she could possibly get to.
Crissy had big dreams to travel and explore the world. Being the social butterfly that she was, she was eager to meet new people and learn about different cultures. With an extremely outgoing and adventurous spirit, Crissy had the intent to live every day to the fullest.
Most people knew her as the "life of the party." She always walked into the room with a big smile, and a positive attitude, in hopes to enlighten everyone around her. She never wanted to see someone down, and did her best to make anyone's day.
She was willing to do anything asked of her, or give up anything she had, with no complaint nor hesitation. Her heartwarming personality, generosity, and her kind soul will never be forgotten. Even at the young age of 18, her memory will live on, through the countless lives she has touched.
Crissy is survived by: her parents, Randy Hendren and Michelle and Mike Hamilton; grandparents, Jim and Mary Leuty, Grandfather Fred Walsh, Grandmother Jean Isacson, Great-Grandmother Rose Mary Walker, and Step-Grandmother Angie Martini; and her brothers, Alec, Skyler, Axel, and Elliot.
Crissy is also survived by three very special nephews, Eli, Carter, and Jayce; niece, Rylee; and Crissy was very excited about the upcoming arrival of her new niece to be, Jayde Hendren.
Crissy is also survived by her cousin, Savannah Walsh, who she loved like a sister and has been her best friend since birth. Crissy is also survived by many very special cousins, aunts, and uncles. Her Uncle Mike was another father to her.
She left behind so many loving family members and wonderful friends, who have numerous memories to share and much to celebrate for having known her.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Crissy Hendren's memorial fund at P1FCU.
Please join us for the celebration of life, themed "Crissy's Last Ride," Friday night of the Wild Weippe Rodeo Weekend. More information will be available at a later date.
Photos: Crissy Ann Hendren
With enormous sorrow we would like to let you know that Arthur Brice Kasper passed away at 3:30 pm Friday, June 03, 2016, at the age of 83. He now rests safely in the arms of our Savior.
The following is a blend of loving words from his children:
He was a man of tremendous resourcefulness, well rounded in ability and drive, a faithful provider, and a pillar of his family.
In his prime he loved to hunt, but mostly he was an inveterate builder.
I never saw him as happy as when he was on a piece of heavy equipment, forming the earth to his satisfaction.
Like many men of his era, Dad mastered many trades, but most of his working life was spent as a heavy equipment operator, and later he specialized in the electrical field. Active in his local church, Dad was known for his boisterous teasing and wearing his trademark yellow measurement suspenders. Upon saying good-by he would remind you that God is always good, all the time! He was a capable welder, mechanic, carpenter, mason, and electrician.
In my entire life I have never saw him overwhelmed, nor at a loss, no matter the scope of the project which he undertook.
Dad was well known for his work ethic, hard physical labor was his way of life. I often wondered why he did so but later came to understand that was the only way he knew how to live. Through the years Mom and Dad designed and built several of their own homes. The most recent was a beautiful two-story log home with a full basement, built just south of Weippe, ID. It reminded me of a hidden lodge. Our parents put their life's savings into this work. Mom decorated it with paintings handed down from her mother and her own renowned Brazilian Embroidery work that dad would frame for her. Our sister, Lonita, had created several pieces of art, which were proudly displayed. They enjoyed the yard work, gardening, working in the orchard and of course Dad sure enjoyed his huge shop, dozer, excavator, tractor and all his other "diesel toys". The two of them just made the place beautiful with roses, rhododendrons, every berry imaginable, and flowers of every hue. It was devastating when they were evacuated during last year's terrible fire season, thinking they would soon be able to come home again. The fire burned their home along with everything they owned, the mementoes of the years together and the dreams they had of living out their lives in the quiet splendor of their canyon.
Life has a way of focusing everyone on what is precious and what in the end are only possessions. So it is now that I share with you the precious purpose of this life well lived by my father. On an occasion after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Dad told me he had tried to show us kids how a Christian man should live, and now he intended to show us how one should die.
I know he loved the Lord and was tender toward the gospel. I know, like myself, he experienced the wonder of grace in a much deeper way then he was ever able to express it. Dad was far from perfect, yet he knew that he had a perfect Redeemer. Dad knew that his life belonged to God, not him. His reliance was in the Savior's ability to fulfill the plan for his life, not through his own efforts, which are subject to human frailties and destined for disappointments. It is only because of God's finished work on the cross, and His ability to perform the needed work in our lives, that we have this Blessed Hope.
Our Dad was born July 13, 1933, on the family farm in Lookout, CA. His mother, Edith Ilos Enright Kasper, and his father, Fred Brice Kasper, his brothers, Bill Enright and Jack Enright, his sisters Patsy Hillis and Thressa Agee, preceded dad in death.
Surviving Dad are his two brothers, Vernon (Vickie) Kasper of Medford, OR and Melvin (Linda) Kasper of Weed, CA, as well as our mother, Donna May Engebretsen Kasper. Married for 62 years, mom and dad devoted their lives to one another and raised five children, Richard (Betsy) Kasper of Kerns, UT, Philip (Shirley) Kasper of Cortez, CO, Lonita (Fred) Larson of Riverton, UT, Sam Kasper of Orofino, and Rebecca (Galen) Beesley of Moscow.
Just one month before his 84th birthday at 3:30 my dad made his journey to sit at the Master's feet. It goes without saying that he will be missed. One of my favorite memories is him calling my children "George". It didn't matter which child but they would then spend time filled with smiles and giggles trying to get papa to say their right name. Goodbye for now Daddy. I am glad that you are pain free and know you will be looking down on your family.
As I close this obituary, please know how blessed we are as a family. How grateful we are to God for giving us this man to be our dad. How remarkable is His grace for allowing him to be with us for so long. How excited we are that He will be watching for each of us at the gate of glory to show us the sights of heaven, and we will see our dad once again.
Our appreciation is extended to all of you who have provided support to our parents over these last difficult months. Thank you for remembering our mother in prayer, the empty place in her life is profound, and we grieve not only for our own loss but for her quiet suffering. We rest, knowing God's Grace is sufficient. The world is diminished with his passing.
His funeral is Saturday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Home in Orofino. Those who would like to attend are welcome.
Photo: Arthur Brice Kasper
Carl H. Peterson, 91, Orofino
Carl H. Peterson, 91, Orofino passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, in Orofino.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Jerald Dean 'Jerry' Swain, 69, sometimes of Dent
Jerald Dean 'Jerry' Swain passed away peacefully, losing his nine-month battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, and reuniting with his parents. He was born April 20, 1947, in Lewiston, to Wallace 'Bill' Swain and Mary Newland. As a toddler, Jerry contracted polio and spent a lengthy time in the hospital. Jerry's mother passed away a short time later, in December 1954. He was also preceded in death by his father, grandparents and a baby brother.
As a teenager, Jerry gained wisdom, respect, responsibility and discipline through the Boy Scouts, achieving the Order of the Arrow. While attending Clarkston High School, Jerry became a meat cutter at PayLess Grocery. As time went on, after his 1965 graduation, he was a journeyman meat cutter with Tenderlean Meats and Meats Inc. Later, he took a turn driving with Rainier Shows, mastering the ladder game. Truck driving kept Jerry on the road hauling livestock, logs, grain, dry goods and produce.
If he wasn't driving a truck, he was driving, tinkering and showing his classic cars, in particular his Mustang and Triumph Spitfire. Always working hard, if not on the road, then up at his "cabin" in Dent. There he could be found cutting and splitting wood, weed trimming, gardening or working on the cabin. He was a dedicated and relentless steward of his 20 acres of woodlands surrounding the cabin, always creating barriers for fire protection. Rarely sitting still, Jerry filled his free time with fishing, hunting, riding all-terrain vehicles, jet skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, prospecting and searching for the perfect stones. Jerry could often be found shooting his bow around the archery course on the Dent property. The past couple of years, Jerry started making and bottling wine.
Jerry was a friend to all; generous to a fault - whether you met him five minutes ago or 30 years ago, he would be there to help. Known as the "Lone Stranger" to CBers on Channel 19, the truckers' channel, Jerry was a member of the North American Sideband Club and the Yankee Bravo Sideband Club. He was a former member of both the Clarkston Moose and the Clarkston Eagles.
Survivors include siblings, Dan (Jorja) Swain, Marie (Steve) Dodson, William 'Bill' Swain, and Steve Swain (and partner Candy Hachmann); son, Jeremy Schuit; nephews and nieces, Brad (Judy) Swain, Stephanie (Gary) Ramer, Rod (Jana) Knight, Randy (Rhonda) Knight, and Steven D. Swain; grandchildren, Kyron and Madison Schuit; and former wife, Sandra Ross; and stepchildren, Jon and Camille.
The family wishes to thank Palliative Care at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Elite Hospice, and give very special thanks and kudos for the wonderful, warm and loving care provided to Jerry by the team at Riverview Residential Home and Care, especially Michelle and Casey.
Jerry requested that no services be held, although to be remembered on his birthday of 4/20 or every day at 4:20. Gone 10-7. Let this trucker roll. 10-4.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements. A private remembrance will be held at a later date.
Photo: Jerald Dean 'Jerry' Swain
Hunter C. Skiles, 21, Pierce
"Life brings so much yet takes it away so suddenly. And, at the time of death what we are left with is shared friendship and memories." - Byron Pulsifer
Hunter Caleb Skiles, 21, of Pierce, died Saturday, May 28, 2016 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
He was born Feb. 9, 1995 in Lewiston, to Tony Skiles and Melissa Adair Quigley. He attended Pierce Elementary and graduated from Timberline High School in 2013. He was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in Pierce.
Hunter was employed by Joe Hall Ford in Lewiston. Always a friend and willing to help anyone in need, Hunter had a heart of gold and was a person who knew no stranger. As a little boy, he spent many hours with this dad flying remote control airplanes.
He loved riding bikes, motorcycles, camping, skiing and hunting. These lifelong activities provided him and his friends and family many memories and much storytelling.
Hunter is survived by: his parents, Tony Skiles of Pierce and Melissa and Gib Quigley of Orofino; and his sisters, Tori and Mara, both at home. He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Vickee and Bennie Gockley of Joseph, OR, and Lanny Adair of Lewiston; and his paternal grandparents, Cathy Skiles of Lewiston and Gene and Carrie Skiles of Weippe.
He is also survived by many friends who loved him like a son and brother.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Timberline High School, 22869 Hwy 11, Weippe.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Clearwater County Search and Rescue Dive Team, P.O. Box 724, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Hunter Caleb Skiles
Amber May (Wiswell) Thomas, 27, formerly of Weippe
Amber May (Wiswell) Thomas earned her angel wings the evening of Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 8:15 p.m. in Lewiston, with her family by her side. Amber was born May 18, 1989, to Rick and Fay in Portland, OR. Amber was later raised in Weippe.
Amber was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She loved the outdoors and the summer season. Her children and family meant the world to her, and she cherished every moment spent with them. Amber's heart was truly made of an abundance of love and affection, making it incredibly easy to adore her. She could light up a dark world with her unforgettable smile.
Amber is survived by her husband and love of her life, Josh Thomas; three beautiful children, Kendyl Grace, Kenzie Fayth and Emmitt Glen, all of Lewiston; mother, Fay (Stephen) Leto of Weippe; father, Rick Wiswell of Clarkston, WA; sisters, Amanda (David) Wiswell of Lewiston and Sueann Rebel of Clarkston; grandfather, Glen Hibbs of Kamiah; five nieces and nephews, Braxten and Zayda of Lewiston. Elizabeth, Wesley and Jesse of Troy; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved her unconditionally. She'll truly be missed by all who knew her.
Amber is reunited with her grandmother, Gail Hibbs; and brother, David Hibbs.
Amber's family will be holding a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Asotin Community Center, 305 First St., Asotin, WA. There will be a covered-dish dinner immediately following Amber's memorial service; please bring a side dish and lawn chair.
Photo: Amber May (Wiswell) Thomas
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, our beloved mother and Oma passed away peacefully at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston, surrounded by her family.
Kathy was born Feb. 2, 1942, in Butte, MT, to Katherine and William Wafstet. She grew up in Butte and Missoula, MT. She graduated high school from Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula, and attended the University of Montana in Missoula, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacology. Kathy was a well-known pharmacist in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and on the Camas Prairie. Some of the places you may have met mom over the years and gotten your prescriptions filled include: Indian Health Services, Craigmont Pharmacy, The Owl Drug, Low Cost Drug, Wasem's Drug, Adam's Pharmacy and Asker's Pharmacy.
On Aug. 28, 1965, in Missoula, Kathy married Rutger (Roger) van Houten in Missoula. Over the years they made their home in Missoula, Butte, Orofino, and finally settled in Lapwai, where they raised their three children.
Mom enjoyed crocheting, making latch hook wall hangings, traveling, which included several trips to Europe, and spending time with the grandkids and great-grandkids. She was very fond of animals and had pets most of her life.
Kathy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, parents and niece, Courtney. She is survived by her three children, Joanne Bonn (Joseph) of Grangeville, Karla Lancaster (Geoff) of Lewiston, and Michael van Houten (Angel) of Cottonwood; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Monica Wafstet-Solin (Kim); and brother, Daniel Wafstet (Elona), both of Spokane, WA; brother, Robert Wafstet (Margaret) of Missoula; and brother, Timothy Wafstet (Cindi) of Sequim, WA.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Joseph's Family Hospice and Palliative Care Services, and the staff at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation Center and Royal Plaza Retirement Center for the care and friendship you have shown our mother over the past three years. The support and care you have given mom and her family is greatly appreciated.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Family Hospice and Palliative Care Services; or a charity of your choice in Kathy's memory.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Church, 1483 16th Ave., in Clarkston. There will be a potluck luncheon following the service.
Photo: Katherine R. van Houten
Marvin William Rockefeller, 80, Lenore
Marvin William Rockefeller, 80, of Lenore, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, with his wife Linda by his side.
Marvin was born June 23, 1935, in Wayne, MI. He graduated from Bad Axe High School and joined the U.S. Army. After serving his country overseas in Korea, Marvin returned to the states.
Marvin married Linda Brown on July 3, 1969; they were married 47 years. Marvin is survived by his wife; daughter, Shaney Rockefeller; daughter and fiancé, Jamie Rockefeller and Andy O'Neill; sisters, Norma Freytag (Bill) of Florida and Debra Zawada (Jeff) of Portland, OR; brother-in-law, Steve Brown (Kathy); and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Marvin worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for more than 50 years and retired from Rowand Machinery of Spokane, WA. He loved his family, friends and neighbors as well as fishing, boating, woodworking, playing cards and pulling practical jokes. He was always willing to lend a hand where needed, cook for the community and make people laugh.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Cottonwood Creek Community Church. A luncheon will be held at the Lenore Community Center following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Lenore Community Center, Cottonwood Creek Community Church, or the charity of your choice.
Photo: Marvin William Rockefeller
Eddy Francis 'Ted' Leonard, 83, born in Weippe
Eddy Francis 'Ted' Leonard, 83, of Lewiston, slipped away from us on the morning of Saturday, May 7, 2016, of complications following surgery in Coeur d'Alene. He was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Weippe, to Fred Merven Leonard and Cora Inez (Centers) Leonard. The family later moved to Oroville, CA, and San Francisco, before moving to Lewiston in 1944.
One of Ted's first jobs was as a paperboy at age 10 in the business district of downtown San Francisco. After moving to Lewiston, Ted took another paper route and also set pins at the bowling alley on Main Street. He said he had to be quick because those old guys didn't give him much time to set pins and jump back up out of the pit before the ball came flying down the alley.
Ted graduated in 1950 from Lewiston High School, where he lettered in track and football. After graduation, Ted took a job at Potlatch Forests Inc. until he enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 11, 1953. Following his basic training at Camp Roberts, he went to Fort Ord, CA, for his schooling. After that, he was posted to Camp Chaffee (now Fort Smith), AR., as a supply clerk armorer-artificer, repairing all company weapons. Several months later, he applied for a transfer to Europe, and was assigned to Hanau, Germany, where he served until his discharge on May 6, 1955.
Upon returning to Lewiston, Ted resumed his job at PFI, where he stayed until his retirement in June 1994, for a total of 44 years. He worked in various departments, starting out on the lumber side, moving to the paper side and finally as an oiler. Whenever someone remarked about the "stinky" mill, he would reply, "Smells like money to me."
On Jan. 23, 1959, Ted married Virginia (Thompson) Hasfurther in Clarkston, WA, and became an instant father to her two daughters. A son and two more daughters were born in the next nine years. The term "step" was never used - all five kids were "his," and he would just grin and keep silent if someone referred to him as Mr. Hasfurther.
Ted was an avid fisherman and hunter and taught himself to tie flies. It was always a point of pride when one of his flies fooled a big lunker to bite. It didn't matter if the fish weren't biting or the deer and elk didn't show, any day on the river or in the woods was a good day. In later years, when he had to give up scrambling over river rocks, he settled for the concrete pier in East Lewiston, Mann Lake or Winchester Lake, but these were good days, too, especially his final trip in mid-April with his son-in-law, John. He patiently shared his fish slaying skills with his loyal fishing buddies - his kids and grandkids. Another fishing buddy was family friend, Scott Kress.
Camping was another of Ted's early passions, and he instilled the love of the outdoors in his children and grandchildren. Family camping trips to the Lochsa River, Weitas Creek, Kelly Creek and Washington Creek provided the source for many funny stories and memories. Ted was a longtime member of the American Legion Post No. 13 in Lewiston and the National Rifle Association.
Honorary pallbearers are his nine grandsons, Ken Tannahill, Tim Tannahill, Marc Rinard, Brian Boles, Cameron McCamey, Zach Leipheimer-James, Nick Eberle, Jacob Leonard and Ethan Leonard.
Ted is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia; and five children, Maurine (Tom) Hoffman of Olalla, WA, Colleen Hasfurther of Port Orchard, WA, Thomas (Jill) Leonard of Wenatchee, WA, Jill (John) Nock of Culdesac and Jan Eberle of Lewiston; and one brother, Mervin "Mike" Leonard of Orofino. In addition to the grandsons named above, there are six granddaughters, Richelle Nichols, Tiffany Tannahill, Erin Sutton, Sarah Walters, Megan Hardin and Hannah Eberle; as well as 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two infant brothers, Wilford Warren and Henry William; a brother, Richard "Dick" Leonard; sister, Cora May Cantonwine; infant grandson, Brian Rinard; and two beloved nephews, Richard "Rick" Leonard Sr. and Greg Holben.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
The family wishes to thank Drs. Hoopman, Mills, Burnett, Strait, Cook, Joshi and their associates, the many registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and other caring staff at Kootenai Health who provided excellent care to both Ted and his family during his hospitalization. A special thank you to the ladies of The Walden House, your caring and compassion were a true comfort during this stressful time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Walden House, 705 W. Emma Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, or a charity of your choice.
Dad, we know that you're fishing to your heart's content and Pete-dog is by your side. We hope the cheeseburgers are big and juicy. We're not giving you away; we're just loaning you.
Photo: Eddy Francis 'Ted' Leonard
Raymond Peter Sullivan, 77, Dworshak Dam project worker
Raymond Peter Sullivan, 77, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Royal Plaza in Lewiston.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Janice; his four children, Kristina (Dan) Demaray of Billings, MT, Karla Sokolowski of Lawrenceville, GA, Kathy (Stephen) Wimer of Seattle, WA, and Kurt Sullivan of Spokane, WA; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister JoAnn Bull of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; and sister, Kathy Paul.
Raymond was born July 20, 1938, to Mildred (Oien) and Raymond C. Sullivan in Potlatch. After his parents divorced, he moved to Spokane, where his mother remarried Chester Bull. The family moved to Lewiston when he was in grade school, and he eventually graduated from Lewiston High School as the president of the class of 1957. At the same time as he attended high school, Raymond started work at the age of 14 as a shop boy at Lewiston Plumbing, where he would begin to learn the trade that would take him through his lifelong career. He was initiated into the Local No. 44 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union in Spokane as a journeyman in June of 1959.
In February, Raymond celebrated 58 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Janice (Smith). Raymond kept busy with family and work but also enjoyed his time participating in a bowling league, softball team, and being a "pit crew" member of his brother-in-law's stock car racing team. For a number of years he was also a member of the American Legion Baseball Committee. While living in Lewiston, he worked on the Dworshak Dam project, the coliseum at Washington State University, several jobs at Potlatch Forests Inc., to name a few. In 1974, his job took him and his family on a journey across the country, starting in Billings, MT, then Atlanta and eventually circling back to the Northwest to Spokane, working as a plumber/steamfitter for large construction as a supervisor. He retired in 1993 after moving back to the Lewiston area.
Raymond and his wife, Jan, were avid golfers and built their retirement home near Quail Ridge Golf Course and played often, either with each other on "couples" or Ray, with his great friends and golf buddies, the "Grumpies." His favorite place was his garage, where he would putter around building and repairing. His piece de resistance was his fancy stocked golf cart.
The family would like to express its thanks to the care staff at Prestige Rehabilitation, Tri-State Memorial Hospital and Royal Plaza.
A private family celebration will be held at a future date.
Photo: Raymond Peter Sullivan
Willard J. Thompson, long-time resident of Grangeville and Idaho County, Idaho, passed away at Grangeville on May 8, 2016. He was 90.
Willard was born to John and Mary Rodgers Thompson in Klamath Falls, OR, on April 29, 1926. He was one of 10 children born to John and Mary. John was from the Whitebird, Idaho, area on the Salmon River, and the family moved back to Whitebird when Willard was very young.
Willard attended schools at Whitebird and Grangeville. He joined the Navy on May 25, 1944, where he served aboard the USS Admiral R. E. Coontz in the Pacific in WWII (World War II). He said the Coontz was a new ship commissioned for service during the war. He was dumfounded that at the end of the war the ship sailed to New York where the crew was told it was to be scuttled and destroyed. Willard received an honorable discharge from the Navy as a Seaman 2nd Class on May 21, 1946, when the ship arrived in New York. Upon his discharge he made it back home in just four days by hitchhiking all the way. He would remember that in those days people traveling by car would stop to give a hitchhiking serviceman a ride as far as they could. They were then dropped off to be picked up by another traveler grateful for the men's service to their country. One of Willard's treasured belongings was a Quilt of Valor for World War II Veterans he was presented with in 2012.
Willard and Rose Cash were married in Craigmont, Idaho, on April 12, 1952. They were a loving, (and fun-loving) couple who enjoyed their time together, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002. They have two sons, Blake Scott and Donald Vance, who they shared their love and support with. Their sons remember with pride and appreciation the respect their parents showed to one another, and the love they all shared as a family.
Willard was a hard and conscientious worker, whose passion was driving 18-wheeler trucks. He spent many years driving for Arlie Haener of Grangeville, and worked for other employers as well. He owned and operated his own logging truck for several years and also owned Willard Thompson Logging Company for a period of years in the late 1970's and 1980's. Although "retired", he continued to drive truck for others when asked, even when he was in his 80's.
Willard is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Blake and Joni of Orofino, Idaho; Don and Debra of Grangeville, grandsons Jeremy, John, Tucker and Brian, and seven great-granddaughters. He is also survived by a brother, Joe Thompson, of Grangeville, and a sister, Doris Bronkhorst of Sunnyside, WA, as well as many nieces and nephews from both his and Rose's sides of the family.
Willard will be greatly missed at future family reunions, holidays and special events. He loved family get-togethers very much, and would often say he believed a person should attend as many family gatherings as possible and be with family as much as they could, stating nothing was more important than family.
Willard was predeceased by his wife Rose in October 2002; his mother and father, Mary and John Thompson; sisters, Edith Taylor, Irma Zumwalt, Betty Neilsen, and Alice Cramer; and brothers, Harold, Cecil, and Floyd (Tommy) Thompson.
At his request, there will be no funeral service for Willard. He has been cremated and his ashes will be buried next to his wife, Rose, at the Mount Idaho Cemetery. His sons and daughters-in-law plan to have a gathering for his family and friends to meet in remembrance to him and the pleasure it gave him to see those he cared for share time together. They hope it can be arranged for sometime in June to coincide with a trip planned by his sister. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home.
Christine Nora Koppang Boehler, 62, OHS grad
Christine Nora Koppang Boehler passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Lewiston, surrounded by family. Chris was born Nov. 24, 1953, in Spokane, WA. She moved to Orofino in 1968 and graduated from Orofino High School. "Once a Maniac, always a Maniac".
Chris and Tim Boehler refreshed their friendship in 1997, fell in love and married July 17, 2004. They lived in Lewiston and enjoyed gardening, canning and camping together.
Chris is survived by three children, Jenny Skelton (Donnie), Jaime Ewing and Wesley Ewing (Teri); 13 grandchildren, Victoria, Bailey, Madison, Shaye, Sydney, Dawson, Sawaya, Sayq'is, Del Rae, Allyson, Solara, Garrett and Deakin; one great-grandchild, Kendrix; one sister, Cathy Rickel (Ken); and one brother, Marc Koppang (Kolleen).
Chris was preceded in death by her father and mother, Mick and Marianne Koppang; and a niece, Lindsay Rickel.
There will be a celebration of life at 10 a.m. May 14 at Sunset Park, 2602 11th Ave., in Lewiston. We will have a covered-dish lunch so please bring a dish to share, a lawn chair and most important - a story about Chris to share.
Photo: Christine Nora Koppang Boehler
Jerry Cebula passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016. Family and friends from all over the country surrounded him with love to help him begin his new journey. He was 74 years old.
Jerry is survived by his son, Travis; his brothers and sister, and his partner, Sarah, as well as countless dear friends and family members from as far away as Australia.
His most memorable characteristic was his sense of humor, always at play, and it will be missed at local organizations like the Canyon Birders and Kelly Creek Flycasters. Cebula family reunions will never be quite the same without him. He had a gift for focus, which other people always appreciated - especially when he used that focus to turn otherwise dire circumstances to laughter.
He grew up in Goodland, KS, with his siblings, Robert, Willie, Stan and Janice, and his parents, Tom and Stella. The family remains close-knit to this day, with regular get-togethers enjoyed by three generations. His nieces and nephews particularly enjoyed his company.
On the family farm he learned to love the many faces of nature and found joy in fly fishing, bird watching, hiking, hunting, gardening and any excuse to spend time outside. He moved to Lenore in 1993 to enjoy such enthusiasms full-time after retiring from a career wherein he manufactured glass eyes for taxidermists. At that time, Lenore was a less bustling place than it is today. So, it was also his original intention to find solitude in his new surroundings. But this priority rapidly flew by the wayside as he met more and more remarkable people in the community. These folks ended up becoming his dear friends, friends that stayed by his side regardless of how difficult the circumstances became during his illness. He fell in love with Sarah Walker, and she changed his life for the better every day he knew her.
For the last several years he has been a long way from alone.
His passing was quiet and entirely without pain - one final light in the string of exemplary care he received throughout the course of his illness.
We would like to specifically reach out to all of his caregivers at St. Joseph Hospital and Cancer Center: Dr. Jones, Dr. Morgan, Dr. Kumar, Dr. Shah, Jennifer, Dean, Dolly, Naomi, Amy, Becky, Kara, Elizabeth, Allie, Sarah, Sara, Kim, Kasie, Karen, Rae, Tammy, Alexis, Judy, Tamara, Jennifer, Andi, Kristen, Jenny, Shari, Leann, Gina, Linda, Carolyn, Chelsea and Fran. You are all amazing people, and we are grateful to you. We never would have made it through this without your infinite care, generosity, gentleness and humor.
Sarah and Travis are planning to hold a celebration of life in the Lewiston area in the near future; details still to be determined. But until then, may the sun shine and the warblers keep singing from all the treetops.
Photo: Jerome J. 'Jerry' Cebula
Jackie was born January 14, 1933 in Kamiah, Idaho to 'Jack' and Laura Reichenberg. She passed away May 5, 2016 at home in Nampa, Idaho.
Jackie lived most of her life on the Camas Prairie until moving to Nampa, Idaho in 2014 to live with family due to failing health.
Jackie was a member of the Grangeville Christian Church as well as several clubs and organizations.
She worked for many years as a Nurses' Aid and Central Supply Technician at what is now Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville. She was a farmer's wife preparing meals for hired hands and working in the fields (driving truck). She had passions for animals, cooking, crafts including needlework, crocheting and ceramics and playing pinochle.
Because of her caring for people she was always there to help those who were less fortunate.
Jackie is survived by her daughter, Susan Tisdale (Jerry) of Nampa; brother, Allen (Rosie) of Pierce; grandsons, Brian and Kevin Spengler both of Kuna, Idaho; step-sons, Jerry (Beth) and Jim Karr of Las Vegas, NV, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.
Jackie is preceded in death by her parents: and spouses, Harold Rencehausen, Lester Crea and Ted Karr, as well as her brother, Bill Reichenberg (Marilyn) and her sister, Marie Bothum (Ron).
As per Jackie's wishes, graveside services will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Prairie View Cemetery with Pastor Tom Helmick of the Grangeville Christian Church to officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to http://www.blackmerfuneralhome.com .
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in her name to Grangeville Animal Ark, telephone number 208-983-0366.
Photo: Olivia 'Jackie' Karr
Margaret A. (Calfee) Randall, 95, formerly of Orofino
Margaret A. (Calfee) Randall was born the summer of 1919 near Lewistown, MT, to Violet Astor and Wirt Lee Calfee. Shortly afterward, her family moved to Revere, WA, where her father worked on the railroad. This is where her youngest brother, Lee Jr., was born. This is where her grandfather was buried, which is now marked by four pines in a farmer's field near St. John, WA.
Margaret started school in Coolin, Idaho, where her family lived on the Warren homestead in a log cabin. The one-room schoolhouse, where she studied by lantern and huddled by a wood-burning stove in the winter, is now a civic center. Many decades later she would attend grange meetings in the same schoolhouse, but with one addition, electric lights and indoor plumbing.
Margaret's brother graduated from the little schoolhouse at Coolin in 1930. About the same time, her mother decided she was going to leave her husband. He had gambled away the money her mother had saved to get a doctor's care for one of her sons, who died in her arms on the train ride to Spokane, WA.
Margaret, her brothers, Bernard and Wirt Lee Jr., and her mother moved to Moscow. Her mother bought a house, which she made into a boarding house. The house and Daisy, the dairy cow, were across the street from the University of Idaho, next to Paradise Creek and next door to the university steam plant. Eventually, her mother owned a restaurant near the Kenworthy Theatre. Margaret worked there as a waitress when she wasn't going to school. Margaret graduated from high school in 1938. About this time, she met Frank O. Randall Jr. Frank was the head usher at the Kenworthy and going to school at UI. Margaret moved to Seattle in September 1939 to start nursing classes at Columbus Hospital. Frank pursued her, with help from her youngest brother, Lee. Frank wooed Margaret with fancy dinners, dancing and biplane rides late at night. When Frank proposed to Margaret in 1941, Margaret said yes, on condition that he would take her to Priest Lake, Idaho, every year. They got married on Mother's Day, May 11, 1941, at a relative's farm house outside of Pullman. Frank kept his Priest Lake promise to Margaret for more than 50 years.
After Frank graduated from UI in '42 and got his CPA, Margaret and Frank moved to Spokane. Margaret worked for Dr. Moon, a dentist. Frank worked for an accounting firm. He had taken a pay cut when he left Moscow, so they didn't have much money during the war years. For entertainment, Margaret and Frank would walk from their apartment to downtown Spokane to go dancing. Margaret loved to dance.
Frank and Margaret couldn't have children. But luckily Margaret and Frank found a woman who wanted to put her soon-to-be-born child up for adoption.
Three days after I was born, Margaret and Frank moved to Orofino. Margaret was now a new mother and housewife. Frank had a new accounting job with the White Pine Lumber Co.
In Orofino, Margaret created a lot of special memories for me. The smell of baking throughout the house; helping her grind the week's leftovers into hash; making "woman haters" T-shirts for myself and my neighborhood buddies; making me go to the neighbors to buy back the canned fruit she had made and I had sold; encouraging my artistic bent with private lessons, even though when I was younger I had painted my white shoes forest green, along with the clothes in the washer and laundry sink; ringing Grandma Calfee's school bell to bring the neighbor kids and I off the hill for dinner.
Margaret created more memories during my school years in Lewiston. She helped a Hungarian bride new to our country learn English, to shop for the best prices and to drive a car. She hiked with me to the top of a Selkirk mountain to remind me what it is to be humbled by the vastness of God's creation. She reminded me that God wasn't just in a church, but it was also in a giant cedar grove. We would sit at the lake's edge during northerners and let the waves crash over us. When I was 18 and worked in the woods, Mom was there beside my hospital bed when I woke up from my tree-inflicted coma. She knew when to let go, but she was always there.
While Frank and her were retired at Priest Lake, she helped found the Lamb Creek Library and volunteered as a part-time librarian. She also helped the U.S. Forest Service found the Priest Lake Museum. During retirement she enjoyed playing golf, playing bridge, going on trips to a reunion in the Smoky Mountains and a Cherokee Reservation (her grandmother was Cherokee), trips by paddlewheeler up the Mississippi and with a bush pilot into Alaska. In other words, Mom liked people and she liked to travel. Each trip added at least one couple to their Christmas mailing list.
When Frank and Margaret started to have medical problems, they became more dependent on others. It was my turn to take care of them. They moved into Spokane to an apartment at the Academy. Later, Dad had more serious medical problems, so they moved to Evergreen Estates in Clarkston, WA.
When Dad died, Margaret wasn't able to make the arrangements nor take his ashes to Kalispell, MT, to be buried with his family. It was my honor to do so. At Dad's memorial dinner her friends, past neighbors and family came from far and near to share lots of good memories that Mom helped to create. Later, because of her dementia, we moved Mom to the Royal Plaza in Lewiston.
Thanks for the love, patience and memories, Mom. I thank God you were my mother. Love you. Your son, Ged.
Margaret passed away in her sleep Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Royal Plaza. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Nancy Kay; and granddaughter Amanda Nicole. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeramy Jason; and her husband, Frank O. Randall Jr.
There will be no funeral. Margaret's ashes will be spread at Priest Lake, her first love. A memorial meal will be arranged at another time.
Photo: Margaret A. (Calfee) Randall
Alfred 'Jay' Kessinger, 75, Orofino
Jay Kessinger, 75, of Orofino, passed away in his home on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, surrounded by his nine children.
Alfred "Jay" Kessinger was born to Eugene and Ruby Kessinger on Sept. 5, 1940. He grew up in Heyburn. In 1966, he married DonLina Lund in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jay moved his family to Orofino in 1968, where he established his family, professional, and community roots.
Jay earned a Bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and a Master of Social Work at the University of Utah. He then began his work at State Hospital North, where he dedicated his career to his patients and colleagues.
He was held in high regard as a leader and a therapist in the local community and throughout the state. His character and integrity were valued by all who knew him. His dedication led to his appointment as administrator of State Hospital North in 1998, where he continued his commitment to mental health.
Jay was a committed husband, father, and grandfather. After DonLina's passing in 2008, Jay found time to publish two books, actively engage in family history work, and devote more time to his passion for fishing.
He continued to give much of himself to his children and grandchildren. His feelings of adoration for his 37 grandchildren were matched only by their feelings for him.
Jay was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young man, he served two years in the Eastern States Mission. His church service continued throughout his life.
Jay served in many capacities, including bishop, stake high councilor and prison branch president. He was actively serving as a chaplain at Clearwater Valley Hospital until shortly before his death.
Jay's life was defined by service, selflessness, and sacrifice. His sense of humor, quiet confidence, and compassion were defining characteristics of his life. Jay will be missed by all who knew him.
Jay is survived by his nine children: Melanie Richardson (Lonnie) of Lewiston; Donette Hope (Stanley) of Port Angeles, WA; Darcell Myers (Brett) of Pullman, WA; Shannon Landrith (David) of Laytonsville, MD; Jason Kessinger (Julie) of Orofino; Michael Kessinger (Jennica) of Lewiston; Randon Kessinger (Rosie) of Nampa; Stephen Kessinger (Amber) of Lewiston, ID; and Kimberly Domeny (Tyler) of Boise. He is also survived by 37 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, DonLina, his parents, and his brother, Melvin. He is survived by seven siblings: Neil, Leon, Donna Henley, Larry, Jim Southern, Wayne Southern and Kirk Southern.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13610 Fremont Avenue, Orofino, with burial following at Riverside Cemetery. The public is welcome to attend.
Public viewings will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, and at 10 a.m. at the church preceding the funeral.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Photo: Alfred 'Jay' Kessinger
Edward Douglas Arnot, 35 of Orofino passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016.
He was born Sept. 21, 1980 in Clarkston, WA, to Edward R. Arnot and Alexandrina (Sandy) Arnot. He attended and graduated from Orofino High School. After school Edward found work as a landscaper and in construction.
Edward D. Arnot is survived by his parents, Edward R. and (Marilyn) Arnot and Sandy and (Kenny) Weller; brothers, Andrew S. Arnot and Jeff Arnot and sisters, Jennifer M. Arnot and Lisa Arnot.
He was preceded in death by grandparents: Merle & Florence Arnot, Troy, ID; and Douglas & Janet Hawthorne, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A Memorial Service will be held, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Orofino, Idaho.
Memorial donations can be made in his name to the St Joseph Cancer Center c/o St. Joseph Foundation P. O. Box 816 Lewiston, ID 83501.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Photo: Edward Douglas Arnot
Leslie Ray Mullikin was born March 5, 1937, in Orofino, Idaho, to Margaret and Alvin Mullikin and passed away April 26, 2016, at his home, in Emmett, Idaho.
Leslie grew up in Orofino and attended Orofino High School, where he was awarded an official "O" in football. After he graduated, he left to work on a dam near Noxon, MT, where he met the love of his life, Mildred Raynor. On June 7, 1958, Leslie and Mildred, whom he affectionately referred to as Sam, were married in Wenatchee, WA. Shortly after that, he was drafted, and they moved to Hawaii. Dad would often joke about how he took Elvis Presley's spot in the Army.
In 1962, they moved to Walla Walla, WA. In 1963, their daughter Deborah was born. His son, Samuel Allen, was born on March 20, 1975, at Saint Luke's, in Boise.
In 1965, they moved to Boise and lived in the North-end for over 40 years before moving to Emmett. He worked as a cement mason, building various dams, and many buildings in downtown Boise. He was a very creative man and loved wood working. His main passion was the mountains where he loved to fish, camp and hunt. The whole family spent almost every weekend up in the mountains.
Les was proceeded in death by his parents; his wife, Millie (Sam), of 54 years; and his grandson, Stephen. He is survived by his brother, Lyle Mullikin, and his wife, Lura; his daughter, Debbie Mullikin; and his son, Sam Mullikin. He will be missed by those who knew him best.
Photo: Leslie Ray Mullikin
Fredrick Dale Curfman, 81, formerly of Orofino
Fredrick Dale Curfman passed on to his eternal rest Monday, April, 25, 2016, of natural causes, at the age of 81.
Dale was born April 20, 1935, in Orofino, to George and Beatrice (Herriman) Curfman. He grew up in the Orofino and Lewiston areas, but left high school in the 10th grade to enter the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1955, Dale married Norma Kerr on May 29, 1955. The couple had four daughters.
Dale started his career with Zirbel Transport, which led him to start his own business as the owner/operator of Curfman Trucking. He later sold his business and went to work for Steelman-Duff, retiring in 2006.
Dale was active in many local organizations, including the Elks and Eagles lodges, the Crankers Antique Car Club and the Lewis-Clark Four-Wheelers. He also sponsored many league softball teams when he owned Curfman Trucking. Dale also enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.
Dale is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Curfman; daughters, Eva (Brent) Ahern, Teresa (Mike) Grothe, Lori (Monte) Curfman-Spence, and A'Dell (Jon) Coe, all of Clarkston, WA; as well as seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Naomi Curfman.
At Dale's request, no services will be held.
Photo: Fredrick Dale Curfman
Clarice Arlene Baumchen Lloyd, 94, pastured Orofino Nazarene Church
Clarice Arlene Baumchen was born Feb. 11, 1922, at Boise. Her proud parents were Jacob and Annie Baumchen.
She attended both grade school and high school in Boise and graduated from Boise High in 1939. She then entered Boise Junior College and graduated in 1941. Clarice went to work for the Idaho First National Bank in Boise in July 1941 and worked there as a secretary until December 1947.
On Feb. 1, 1946, she married William Elzer Lloyd of Little Rock, AR, at Boise. They would be married for 54 years, until his passing in February 2000. From 1948 to 1958, Elzer and Clarice pastored Nazarene churches in Leavenworth, WA, Orofino and Dayton, WA. Clarice was often at the piano or singing because of her musical gifts.
In August 1958, Clarice went to work at the Idaho First National Bank in Lewiston and worked there until she retired in April 1977.
Clarice was an avid "sale shopper" and loved to go and look for specials. For a number of years, she would walk the mall almost every morning.
Clarice was blessed with, and is survived by, three children, Ronald W. Lloyd of Clarkston, WA, Janice C. Bashore of Clarkston, and Stanford J. Lloyd of Kennewick, WA. In addition to her three children, Clarice is survived by eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Clarice's viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, and she will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. Friday at the Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. The Rev. Mike Richardson of Valley Christian Center will officiate at the service.
Photo: Clarice Arlene Baumchen Lloyd
Mark Rist, 62, formerly of Lenore
Mark Donn Rist was born on August 19, 1953 to Donald and Dorothy Rist, in Lake Arrowhead, CA, joining his only brother, Gary Rist. Mark's early years were filled with the wonders of childhood, from days sailing Lake Arrowhead with his Dad, to riding stingray bikes with all the neighborhood gang, skiing in the winter, or hiking down to the hot springs in the summer. Mark's mother, Dorothy ran the Ski Chalet and his father, Don, owned the candy store in the "old village" where Mark worked during his childhood and young adulthood. Additionally, Mark worked for the ski lodge, the Lake Water District and later ran his own successful carpet cleaning and restoration business. Mark's fondest memories were of his life in Lake Arrowhead.
Mark married Lori Rist and moved to Northern Idaho where their son, Aaron Rist was born. Lori, Mark and Aaron established River Medicine Farms and raised prize winning Suri Alpacas in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Mark earned his Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Washington State University and served many different human services roles eventually becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Among his many passions, Mark loved to whitewater kayak, camp, play the guitar, soak in hot springs, and spin a good story or two. Mark was well-read and wrote beautifully, enjoyed political punditry, all forms of science, studying the dynamics of the universe and mastering the daily challenges of technology.
In 2003 Mark was remarried to Leslie and they relocated to Post Falls, Idaho and then to Lenore, Idaho in 2006 where Mark accepted a position as a clinical therapist serving rural clinics in several small Idaho towns. In 2012 Mark and Leslie relocated to San Diego to pursue better job markets, but in 2014 Mark returned to Lewiston to accept a position as a Clinical Director at Clearwater Counseling, where he was serving until the time of his passing.
Mark is survived by his son, Aaron Rist, brother, Gary Rist, wife Leslie Rist, ex-wife Lori Rist, nephews, Damien and Quinn Rist, and niece, Chana Rist.
Photo: Mark Donn Rist
Betty B. (Crawford) Chase, 89, Orofino
Betty B. (Crawford) Chase of Orofino gently passed into her eternal rest after 89 years of life while holding the hand of Palmer, her beloved husband of 50 years, and surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Betty was born Aug. 2, 1926, in the small town of Dalhart in the Texas panhandle, to Clarence Boofer "C.B." and Olivia (Wilson) Crawford. Her dad owned an oil distributorship and gas station in Dalhart.
Betty's family growing up included her half-sister, Phyllis Lorrain (Bobby), and her adopted nephew and niece, Bill and Editha Crawford. They grew up with her during the Great Depression, and she remembered the many displaced men - young and old - who rode the railroad through Dalhart. Some would stop by their gas station looking for work, and they would provide meals to help them on their way to find work out west. Betty was outgoing, friendly and confident throughout her life.
When World War II was underway, she was a senior at Dalhart High School and Betty went to dances at the U.S. Army Air Forces training camp, where she met Frank W. "Sully" Sullivan, who was a radio operator school instructor. They became engaged, and after Betty graduated from Dalhart High School, they were married on June 18, 1944, in Gulfport, Miss., right before Sully flew to England to join a B-17 bomber crew.
After the war, they moved to Idaho in 1946 so Sully could join his aunt and uncle, Harry and Blanche Christy, as an insurance agent at American Insurance. They raised two sons, Harry C. Sullivan and John B. Sullivan. They divorced after 19 years of marriage in January 1964.
Betty married Palmer S. Chase in June 1965, while she was living in Moscow and attending the University of Idaho to finish her degree in primary education, graduating in 1966. Thus began both their careers in education and 50 years of love and devotion. Betty was hired as an elementary school teacher and Palmer as a high school teacher in Orofino, where they moved in 1968. She was a beloved elementary school teacher for 22 years, until retirement in 1988.
Betty was an active member of the First Christian Church of Orofino and involved in the P.E.O. and Hit and Miss clubs. During retirement, she enjoyed gardening and canning fruits and vegetables, bowling with the Senior Orofino Bowlers (the SOBs - ha!), traveling to England, Norway and Hawaii, and volunteering for AARP and the Orofino Senior Center.
Although heavily touched by Alzheimer's disease in her last years, she remained pleasant and loving. She was able to stay at home in the tender care of her husband until the last two months of her life. Our sincerest appreciation to the extraordinary staff in the Memory Care Unit of Life Care Center in Lewiston for their tender and loving care.
Betty is survived by her husband, Palmer S. Chase of Orofino; brother, Bill Crawford of Dalhart, TX; sons, Harry C. Sullivan of Bellevue, WA, and John B. Sullivan and wife Pamela of Lewiston; stepdaughters, Charlotte and husband Jay Henry of Pomeroy, WA, and Cynthia Chase-Spilman of Richland, WA; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren too numerous to list.
The family is holding a public graveside service in remembrance of Betty at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Normal Hill Cemetery, Division 3, Row 68, in Lewiston.
Cards and letters may be mailed to Palmer Chase, care of Life Care Center, 325 Warner Drive, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Betty B. (Crawford) Chase
Devearl Barker Pugmire, 101
Devearl Barker Pugmire passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, April 13, 2016. He was in his 101st year on Earth and lived a lifetime of happiness and joy. There to greet him at the door of the spirit world were his wife, Maxine; his daughter, Connie; and all his brothers and sisters and many friends. He outlived all of his siblings and ancestors by passing the 100-year mark in 2014.
He was born Oct. 6, 1914, at Meadowville, Rich County, Utah. Meadowville is on the south end of Bear Lake. Devearl was the second of eight children of Justin Gerald Pugmire and Clara L. Zina Barker. He married Maxine Denney on her 18th birthday, Oct. 13, 1939, at Salt Lake City, UT. The couple lived in Union, UT; Los Angeles, CA; Lakeside, CA and Eugene, OR; Seattle, WA; Medford, OR, and, for the later years of his life, in Lewiston.
His family comes from Northern England and dates back to the 1600s in Cumberland. They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and settled in Salt Lake City in the mid-1800s.
Devearl loved four things: family, Scouting, missionary work and fast cars. He also liked "Gunsmoke," the Seattle Mariners, Gonzaga basketball and playing Phase 10 cards. You could often find him working in his garden and caring for the corn, Brandywine tomatoes and raspberries.
Devearl has 78 descendants: 6 children, 19 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. Oh, how he loved them. His latest family member is Scarlett, who arrived four days before his passing. His children include Kathy (Jim) Waldron of Weippe, Denney (Barbara) Pugmire of Payson, UT, Connie (Ray) Lauritzen (deceased), who greeted him in the spirit world, Kent (Shannon) Pugmire of Draper, UT, Kevin (Kathie) Pugmire of Boise and Kaye Pugmire of Lewiston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America; any local church missionary program; or the Lewis-Clark State College Senior Nutrition Program, 1424 Main St., Lewiston, ID 83501. Funeral arrangements are being made by the Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. The services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Lewiston Second Ward Chapel at 3810 16th St., on Ripon Avenue. His body will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery at 3521 Seventh St. in Lewiston.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Photo: Devearl Barker Pugmire
Barbara Sue Crawford, 74, Ahsahka
Barbara Sue Crawford, 74, Ahsahka, and formerly of Weippe and Umatilla, OR, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
There will be a private family inurnment at Woodlawn Cemetery, St. Maries. In honor of Barbara's memory, friends and family are invited to meet at 10 a.m., Friday, May 20 at the Ponderosa Restaurant for a no host brunch. Please RSVP Phyllis at 208-816-6595 by May 10. Cremation was under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Barb's family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
Barbara was born on Nov. 1, 1941 to Charles Harrison "Harry" and Edna Lee (Butler) Burton in East Chicago, IN. In 1944, she moved with her family to St. Maries where her father worked for the railroad. She attended school in St. Maries. Barb married Albert Charles "Abbie" Crawford on June 12, 1958; they made their home in St. Maries.
Work led them to live in Weippe where they raised their four children; residing there for over 20 years. Barb was a stay at home mom until after all her children were in school, she then took a janitorial job at Timberline High School and then at Pierce Middle School for a few years. Her mother came to live with them in the early 1980's; this is when she started her career as a home caregiver.
When there was a down turn in the logging industry, Abbie found work with NACA, Inc. out of Hermiston, OR in 1987 driving truck; he later transferred to the Ontario, OR branch as a long haul truck driver. They moved to Umatilla, OR about 1992 where Barb continued to live after Abbie passed away in Nov. of 1996, working as a caregiver for many families, as well as continuing to take care of her mother until she passed away in September of 2003. About 2009 she moved to Ahsahka to be near family. Barb continued to work as a home caregiver until a week before her death. Her people were very important to her and she cared deeply for them all and was fearlessly loyal to them.
Much can be said about this feisty, stubborn woman! She loved her grandchildren and they could do no wrong in her eyes. She was a hard worker, loved to laugh and joke, loved Pepsi, liked to read romance novels, play electronic solitaire, enjoyed camping, gambled when she could, and would help anyone who needed it. A favorite pastime was listening to the police scanner. Barb (Daisy Mae) and Abbie (Lil' Abner) were members of the Clearwater Valley CB club for many years. She will be missed but never forgotten.
She is survived by her brother, Paul 'Punky' Burton (Marie) of Fernwood, ID; her daughters, Phyllis Crawford (Jim Dodge) of Ahsahka, Tina Tropf (Jeff Kubal) of New Plymouth, ID, and Barbara Ann "Barbie" Palmer (Kevin) of Clearwater, ID; her son, Jason "Jay" Crawford and his fiancée, Joyce Withey of Stites, ID; her grandchildren, David Crawford (Sarah McReynolds), Deanna Hess, Grant Hess, Brent Hess (Amanda McColloch), Derek Tropf and Aaron Tropf; and 11 great grandchildren with one on the way. She is also survived many of her children's friends who she loved and considered them as her adopted children.
Barb is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Edna; her husband, Abbie; her sister, Carolyn Burton; a brother, William "Bill" Burton; a granddaughter, Kyra Hess; and her faithful doggy companion, Chico.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all for the endless care and compassion toward our loved one during her time in the hospital. Thank you Dr. Petersen, Dr. Katzman and Dr. Danke, the many wonderful nurses and CNA's, as well as the housekeeping staff for ensuring comfort and peace to our family and Barb.
To honor Barb's memory, donations may be made to Clearwater Humane Society, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83655.
Photo: Barbara Sue Crawford
Judy Frizzell Nuxoll, 68, Greencreek
Judy Frizzell Nuxoll, 68, Greencreek, passed away Monday April 11, 2016 in Dallas, TX.
Funeral Service and Celebration will be 11 a.m. Saturday April 16, 2016 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah. Interment will follow at Pinegrove Cemetery in Kooskia followed by a covered dish dinner at the Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Mabel M. Schneider, 85, formerly of Lenore, Orofino
Mabel M. Schneider, age 85, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016, in her home surrounded by her children. Mabel was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Chadron, NE. She was the second child of Walter and Hazel Russell.
Mabel moved with her parents and two sisters to Lenore when she was seven years old. Her mother passed away three months later during childbirth. The family continued to live on the farm. Mabel attended a one-room school at Lower Cream Ridge in Lenore. She attended high school in Lapwai, graduating in 1948.
She worked as a nurse's aide for the Sisters of the St. Joseph Hospital in Lewiston. Mabel and Dearl Schneider married Feb. 14, 1949. They were blessed with four children. The family lived in Lewiston until 1956, when they returned to Lenore and bought the family farm.
Dearl passed away in 1981, and Mabel moved from the farm and began a new chapter of her life by attending Walla Walla Community College in 1982. She was 50 at this time. She received her licensed practical nurse degree and lovingly worked at Tri-State Convalescence Center for 111/2 years. She retired in 1997.
Mabel worked for a time at State Hospital North in Orofino. She served as a 4-H leader and was a member of the Lenore Willing Workers Club. Mom was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church beginning in Cavendish and later the Lewiston First United Methodist Church. She was active in United Methodist Women, was a Sunday school teacher, facilitated bereavement dinners and Bible school snacks, as well as many organizations such as RSVP (the Retired Senior Volunteer Program). She enjoyed volunteering in the sewing room with the St. Joe's Women's auxiliary group, elementary reading programs, making grilled cheese sandwiches for the Boys and Girls Club of Lewiston, visiting the elderly and knitting many hats and mittens for children through RSVP. One of the highlights in mom's life was being an active part of her weekly prayer group. Special appreciation goes out to these fine ladies as they made sure mom was able to remain part of their group after her heart attack in 2012.
Mom's hobbies included knitting, crocheting and walking. She loved spending time with her family. She loved travel, and among many trips, a highlight was traveling to Europe and a Panamanian cruise with her friends.
Mabel is survived by her youngest sister, Gladys Hall; three daughters, Cherryl Ramsay, Cynthia McCabe (John), and Janine Weiss (Ken); and son, Wayne Schneider (Joann). She leaves behind six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many treasured friends.
Proceeding her in death were her parents, Walter and Hazel Russell; her baby brother, Walter K. Russell Jr.; baby daughter, Gail Schneider; and baby granddaughter, Heather Schneider.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home. A viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley, 1021 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501; or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 25 W. Nora Ave., No. 100, Spokane, WA 99205; or St. Joseph Family Hospice, 1250 Idaho St., Lewiston, ID 83501.
A special heartfelt thank you to St. Joseph Family Hospice for helping us fulfill mom's desire to stay in her home. Thank you, Dr. Greggain for providing excellent loving care to our mother; she trusted you implicitly. And thank you to her cherished friends who continued to visit mom through this time. Your kindnesses will be remembered always. Our mother Mabel was one very special gift. We shall miss her.
Photo: Mabel M. Schneider
Richard James 'Dick' Adams, 90, formerly of Elk River, Pierce
Richard James 'Dick' Adams, 90, of Lewiston, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA.
Dick was born July 8, 1925, in Elk River, to Harry and Mabel Adams. He spent his childhood in Elk River, where he participated in all sports and played in the high school band and orchestra.
When the U.S. became involved in World War II, he enlisted in the Navy in order to accompany two older friends who were drafted into the service. He took basic training and graduated with honors from radio school and was held as an instructor. His requests for a more active role in the war were eventually granted, and he served aboard an APA attack transport ship, which carried troops to land in the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan.
Upon leaving military service, Dick attended the University of Idaho and worked for the U.S. Forest Service during the summer. He married Joan C. Nilson of Troy on July 2, 1950. They lived in Moscow and Pierce before moving to Lewiston in 1953, where he began his career at Potlatch Forests Inc., initially in the pulp and paper division as a shift worker. He also served for a time as president of the Local Paperworkers Union. After earning a correspondence degree, he donned a necktie and moved to the corporate side as an accountant, retiring in 1986.
In Lewiston, he was active in Boy Scouts and Babe Ruth League baseball, and served as president of the Orchards Parent-Teacher Association. Dick served as a volunteer for the Lewiston Orchards Volunteer Fire Department for 16 years. He also served on the Lewiston City Council from 1974 to 1978, the last two years as mayor of Lewiston. He was active for many years in the Robert Newell Masonic Lodge AF & AM and was a past master. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club and Lewiston Urban Forestry and served on the boards of the Normal Hill Cemetery and the Lewiston Orchards Sewer District.
Dick was an amateur radio operator and an avid reader, especially enjoying books about the war and local history. In his last several years of declining health, he spent many hours a day reading. He especially enjoyed getting calls from the ladies at the library when a new book on World War II arrived. He took an interest in cooking after retirement, which was much appreciated by wife Joan, as she was still working full time. Dick enjoyed music, especially swing and big band music, and played drums in the local Friddle Band with his two sons in the 1970s. Dick and Joan enjoyed dancing at the local clubs during those years. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching and animals. He looked forward to visits from his "grand dogs" Abby, Lily and Muki.
Surviving are his wife, Joan; daughters, Janet Everheart of Port Orchard, WA, and Cheryl (Stan) Otto of Lewiston; and sons, Brian Adams of Reno, NV, and Jeffrey (Kristin) Adams of Kirkland, WA. Also surviving are grandchildren Rachel Riddle and Mason Riddle of Lewiston, Kimberly Everheart of Kirkland, Troy (Abbie) Everheart of Port Orchard, and Jack and Carson Adams of Kirkland; step-grandchildren Aimee and Eric Otto; and great-grandchildren Kayli, Reid and Ella Everheart of Port Orchard.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Gregory Everheart; and brother, Robert Adams.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 3434 Sixth St., Lewiston, with burial to follow at Normal Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter.
Photo: Richard James 'Dick' Adams
Deborah L. Reece, 59, formerly of Orofino
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Orchards Methodist Church for Deborah Lynn Ennes Reece, who passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016, following a courageous battle with metastatic colon cancer. There will also be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Friday at Cavendish Cemetery.
Debbie was born Feb. 27, 1957, in Wichita, Kan., to Merrill Eugene and Neva Lenora Shelby Douglass. The family moved to the Los Angeles area, where her parents divorced and Debbie was adopted by her stepfather, John Francis Ennes. The Ennes family lived in Farmington, N.M., Sparks, Nev., Orofino and Kamiah.
After graduation from Kamiah High School, Debbie attended beauty school and worked as a beautician in Lewiston. She married Lethco John "L.J." Reece on Aug. 23, 1975, in Orofino, and they made their home in Lewiston, where he was employed in ammunition manufacturing. After the birth of their son, Aaron Daniel, she stayed home except for several years when she was a merchandiser.
Debbie was a member of River City Church. She enjoyed keeping computers operating efficiently for extended family members. She had many cyber and Facebook friends and was noted for her skills in the kitchen. She had an extreme love for animals and supported several animal rescue organizations.
She is survived by her husband, L.J. Reece; son Aaron; mother Neva Ennes; sisters Donna Heieren and Anne Townsend; and brother David Ennes.
She was preceded in death by her fathers, Merrill Douglass and John Ennes.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph Family Hospice, P.O. Box 719, Lewiston, ID, 83501; or Helping Hands Rescue, P.O. Box 1975, Lewiston ID, 83501.
Photo: Deborah Lynn Ennes Reece
Jack B. 'Sam' Trail, Jr., 56, attended school in Pierce
Jack B. 'Sam' Trail Jr. entered into rest Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Sam was born Nov. 20 1959, in Clarkston, WA, to Jack B. Trail Sr. and Josephine "Lolly" Jackson. His bloodline was part of the McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe and the Nez Perce Tribe.
Sam was raised in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and attended school here and in Pierce. He always considered the valley his home. When he was a young man, he became interested in martial arts and competed and won many medals. Sam also was taught at a young age to hunt and fish from his father and his uncles. His favorite places to be were on the mountains and the river. Sam was an artist in drawings and in his bead work. He made his livelihood landscaping yards and was referred to others because of his meticulous work.
Sam had four children, Sam Trail, Tyran Paine, Tyson Paine and David Trail. His adult children and his 14 grandchildren were the light of his life and were always near and dear to his heart. He loved cooking and baking for special occasions and holidays for his grandchildren.
He is survived by his father, Jack B. Trail Sr. of Lewiston; his children, Tyran Paine (Eli) of Clarkston, Tyson Paine of Clarkston and David Trail of Bremerton, WA; his siblings, Tammi Trail of Spokane, WA, Patricia Hume of Rathdrum, and Jackienna Hopkins of Lewiston; and his stepmom, Patricia Pablo of Kamiah. He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Sam Trail; and his mother, Josephine "Lolly" Jackson; as well as his stepdad, Speedy Atkinson.
Funeral services are being held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pi Nee Waus Community Center in Lapwai. Burial will follow at the Sweetwater family plot.
Special thanks and love to Tyran and Tyson Paine, Landy and Paula Paine for taking such good care of Sam in his last days. We will always remember you with love, Sam.
Photo: Jack B. 'Sam' Trail, Jr.
Donald Leroy Ingram, 88, formerly of Orofino
Donald Leroy Ingram passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Life Care Center of Lewiston. He was born Dec. 16, 1927, at Russell, Idaho, to William and Bessie Ingram. He attended school in Nezperce. The family later moved to Harmony Heights near Orofino.
Donald served as staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for three years during the occupation of Japan.
He and Helen Jewell were married in 1949 and they lived most of their married life in Lewiston.
Donald enjoyed fishing, hunting and all outdoor activities. In his younger years, he was active in the Orofino Veterans and in the Lewiston Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; his daughter, Linda Trimp; son Brian and wife Gail Ingram; as well as granddaughter Marie Teslow and her husband, Jacob; and great-granddaughters Taylor and Peyton Teslow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Philip; and sister, Lovetta.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be a family memorial later.
Photo: Donald Leroy Ingram
Arnold E. 'Gabby' Hooper, 83, Orofino
Arnold E. 'Gabby' Hooper, 83 of Orofino, passed peacefully through the gates of heaven after a brief but courageous battle with cancer on March 12, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Arnold Hooper was born to Bazel and Gracie (Cook) Hooper on March 7, 1933 in Caney Fork, NC where he was raised with his five sisters and two brothers. Arnold attended school in Jackson County, NC. He enlisted in the Army from 1953 to 1955 where he served during the Korean War and was stationed in France and Germany.
In 1955 Arnold moved to Skagit County where he made his home in Lyman, WA. There he met Mae Dorsey and they were married in 1956. They had four children and later divorced. He was a logger by trade and worked in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. He retired from logging in 1985. He also worked in the mines in California in the mid-60s. He married Selah Russell in 1986. They made their home in Sedro-Woolley, WA. They later moved to Orofino in 1992. Dad was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunting with his hounds. He also enjoyed gardening and raising the BEST tomatoes around, which he always shared with family and friends. He also enjoyed feeding the deer and wild turkeys off his back deck.
He is survived by his sons, Bill Hooper, Sedro-Woolley, WA and Chuck Hooper, Concrete, WA; daughter, Becky and Steve Johnson, Bow, WA; stepson, Gary and Rose Russell, Alger, WA; sister, Eudean Tuttle, MO; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; a good friend, Curtis Price and companion, Darlene Mathis.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bazel Hooper and mother, Gracie (Cook) Hooper; four sisters and two brothers, his wife, Selah Hooper; daughter, Crystal (Hooper) McNeill; grandson, Beau Hooper; stepson, Ron Russell; and step-grandson, Joe Russell.
Arnold had the gift of gab and had many friends and never met a stranger. He loved his family above all else. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral Service will be held at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
Photo: Arnold E.' Gabby' Hooper
Clinton R. Frederiksen, 77, Lenore
Clinton R. Frederiksen, 77, of Lenore, left this world peacefully the morning of Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. At the time, he was residing at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino after a brief stay at Clearwater Valley Hospital in late November.
Clinton was born July 24, 1938, to Svend "Swen" Auge Frederiksen and Wanda Marie Daniels-Frederiksen at the old Burns Hospital building in Orofino. He was later joined by his sisters, Anna Jo and Erleen, whom he loved dearly. The family resided in Orofino. After the separation of his parents, his mother remarried and he was blessed with his little brother, Don.
He attended school in Orofino until it interfered with his social life, and he went to work and bought his new red 1955 Mercury.
He married Elaine Gleason, and they had one daughter, Joleen. The couple later divorced. Clinton met and married the love of his life, Carrol Rose Anderson, on April 30, 1966. Together they had two children, Debra Rose and Ronald Svend.
They raised their children on a small farm near Cavendish.
He was a very hard working man and started working at a very young age. He was the pride and joy of his aunts and his uncle. With his uncle Erle Daniels, from the time he was able, he would be on the dozer with him and learned what would become his trade, dozer operator.
He was one of the best dozer operators around and would operate in places a lot of people couldn't. He worked for Hall Logging, William Cummings, the Clearwater County Road Department, Potlatch Corp., and then for Musselman Construction, where he worked many years. There are many, many great stories that he would tell of him and the Musselman crew.
He had a special bond with all of them and truly cared about each of them. Any one of them who worked there with him will also let you know that his stories were by no means short, nor was one detail ever left out. After Musselman Construction went to equipment sales, he worked for Quad-Cities Construction, Steelman-Duff, Nezperce Construction and Debco.
Because of the nature of his work, it meant a lot of time away from home. During the summers, this would be some great camping trips for the family. Carrol and the kids would spend fun-filled days playing in the creeks, and after work would usually drive to a fishing spot or just drive to get water somewhere - which normally had to be a very narrow steep road with minimal places to turn around.
He was known for his mechanizing skills and his great ability to weld. He taught many young people the art of welding, including his son, many of the young men he worked with - and not to say the least, his grandsons.
Clinton and Carrol raised their children together and had a wonderful home for them.
They were very special grandparents to five very lucky grandchildren, Clinton Garrett, Jordyn Stalnaker, Olivia Frederiksen, Abigail Frederiksen and Jarryt Stalnaker. Each one of them held a special place in his heart. He would tease them like no other, but they all knew that with each tease it only meant he loved them even more.
He spent many shop hours with the boys teaching them many different things from very young ages. The girls and their grandpa were very close and they always made sure he had his Woodlot burgers and his pie when they would visit. Grandpa also had a 'treat' stash in his toolbox in his pickup truck that only they knew about.
Clinton was a great son, brother, husband, father and grandpa, and is already deeply missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunts and uncles, Elaine Mathison, Erle Daniels, Vivian Lambert-Stewart and Chris Frederiksen; and his brothers-in-law, Leonard Davis and Delbert Anderson.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Carrol; daughter, Joleen; daughter, Debbie and husband, Norman Stalnaker of Orofino; son, Ron of Monroe, WA.; sisters, Anna Jo Davis and Erleen Mannlein, both of Boise; and brother, Don Wood of Lewiston; as well as his grandchildren, Clinton Garrett of San Antonio, TX, Jordyn Stalnaker of Lewiston, Olivia Frederiksen of Monroe, WA, Abigail Frederiksen of Moscow, and Jarryt Stalnaker of Orofino.
He also has his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Pete and Reuby Curfman and Mark and Debbie Anderson, all of Orofino, along with numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.
The service was held Friday, March 4, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial followed at the Teakean Cemetery on Yenni Road.
Photo: Clinton R. Frederiksen
GRANGEVILLE--Doris Bowman, 83 our loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Syringa Hospital.
Doris Ann Swank was born April 19, 1932 at Mansfield, Ohio to Owen and Alberta Swank. She attended grade and elementary schools at Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield High in 1950 with honors. She was very proud of her straight A average throughout high school, particularly in Latin. Doris had high hopes of attending Ohio State University when her father passed away when she was 17. He was her best friend and as a teenager, she often assisted him at his mechanic shop.
She decided to forgo college and get a job to help support herself and her Mother, so she took the Civil Service test and was selected to work at the Army Depot in Mansfield. She deployed shoes to military personnel all over the world. She was a GS-7 when she left her career at age 23. And all because she met this tall, dark and handsome man named Glenn Bowman. After just three dates, Glenn and Doris were married on June 4, 1955 in Loudonville, Ohio.
In October 1956, they welcomed their first son Shawn into their world. Second son Paul soon followed and was born in May 1958. They made their home in a new log cabin on Holiday Hill. Mom was busy raising kids, as well as goats and chickens, while Dad drove truck for Ohio Gas Company.
Dad had visited Idaho in his bachelor days and they spent their honeymoon at Jackson Hole, WY. Being a fan of the wide, open west, Dad convinced Mom (who was pregnant with a third child) to pack up the boys and move to Pierce. Daughter Laura was born in August 1960.
Dad worked on a Forest Service crew and Mom tried her best to get over the culture shock of moving from a large city to a small town in the north Idaho woods. A job opportunity at IdaPine mills came up in 1962, so the Bowmans packed up and moved to Grangeville. Son Mark was born in November 1962.
Dad and Mom lived in the same house on E street in Grangeville for 50 years. Mom kept a huge garden, canned everything and always put a healthy, delicious meal on the table. She also grew fruit trees and had a gorgeous flower garden each year.
She also enjoyed community service and was den mother for the Boy Scouts, a Sunday school teacher, and assisted at the voting polls during election years. She really had a ball collecting for the census in 1970, and had a huge route in many small communities surrounding Grangeville.
Mom loved sports (from her Ohio Buckeyes days) and encouraged her children to be athletic, as well as educated. She attended all of their music concerts and sports events.
She did the crossword puzzle every day for as long as we can remember (in red ink). She could whip anyone at Scrabble, and was fond of a good round of gin rummy cards with Dad and her friends and family. She was a wonderful artist and painted many watercolor paintings and colored pencil drawings.
Mom was a giver and she gave to family and friends generously, especially her time helping out by babysitting young ones, and assisting wherever needed.
We will miss this dear, special lady (and yes, she was a true lady). And we will always love you, Mom!
Doris was preceded in death by her father and mother, and her brother, Richard. Surviving is her devoted husband, Glenn at Meadowlark homes, Shawn and Kathy Bowman of Asotin, WA., Paul Bowman, Laura and Randy Smith of Grangeville, and Mark and Anna Bowman of Puyallup, WA., 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held for Doris on March 12 at Oscar's in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Many, many thanks to all the doctors, nurses, caregivers and EMTs who gave Mom such special care and attention during the last few months of her life.
Special thanks to Diane Walker, helpers and residents of Meadowlark homes for their love, care and friendship to both Mom and Dad.
Photo: Doris Bowman
Howard 'Gene' Averett, 89, formerly of Orofino
Gene, beloved husband, father and friend to many, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016.Gene was born Aug. 13, 1926, in Weiser. His parents were Wallace and Nellie Averett. He had an older brother, Wallace, and two younger sisters, Doris and Mildred.
Gene attended school in Weiser and served in the U.S. Army. He was a World War II veteran. He also worked in the cattle and sheep industry.
Gene married Betty Lyle in 1952. He worked for the mill in Weiser and for several years for Morrison-Knudsen and traveled to several locations. In 1963, Gene and Betty moved to Orofino and later retired to Kendrick.
Gene was preceded in death by his son, Scott, who passed March 6, 2014; as well as his parents; brother, Wallace; and sister, Mildred. Gene was a character and he will be sorely missed. May your memory be eternal.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. A reception will follow at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Orofino. Donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3913, P.O. Box 14, Kendrick, ID 83537.
Herbert S. 'Bud' Ripley, 92, formerly of Orofino
Herbert Stratton 'Bud' Ripley died peacefully Friday, March 4, 2016, of causes related to age at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 92.
Born Sept. 8, 1923, in Orofino, he was the son of Herbert Fisher Ripley and Effie Josephine Johanson. After graduating from Orofino High School in 1941, Bud was hired by White Pine Lumber Company as a mill hand. In June 1942, he was hired by the U.S. Forest Service as a fire guard to protect forests, suppress fires, maintain lines, trails and conduct road work, with some time spent at Bertha Hill Lookout near Headquarters in earlier summer duty. He was one of the first people to have personal items stolen by the Ridgerunner. In October 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Forces as a second lieutenant, heading to Washington State College in February 1943 for pre-flight training. He graduated in only two months. Bud earned his wings at La Junta Army Flying School in La Junta, CO, specializing in two-engine pilot school, graduating in February 1944.
While receiving operational flight training for troop carrier command duty near Sedalia, MO, Bud met Mary Annita Hood at a dance at the Bothwell Hotel in Sedalia. They later married on Aug. 10, 1944. Three days later, Bud headed for the European theater of operations, arriving at Welford Park, England, after piloting a Douglas C-47 with stops in Indiana, Maine, Canada, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland before arriving overseas.
During his active service as a C-47 pilot in World War II, he was assigned to the 9th Army Air Force, 435th Trooper Carrier Group, 75th Squadron. Bud flew 17 combat missions including the battles of Northern France, Southern France, Market Garden, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Bastogne, Rhineland and Central Europe. His duties as a C-47 pilot participating in aerial flights included dropping paratroopers into combat zones, towing gliders, delivering supplies to troops (Sky Train), evacuating wounded soldiers, ferrying officers, transporting prisoners of war and sometimes landing on airfields under enemy attack. He received an Oak Leaf Cluster on May 21, 1945, for exhibiting superb airmanship in the continuous delivery of essential supplies to Allied armies against the enemy and in the air evacuation of wounded. During the Battle of Ardennes, the 435th delivered vital combat supplies to the 101st Airborne at Bastogne.
As part of Operation Varsity on March 24, 1945, he was part of the largest airborne operation in history, with Bud dropping part of the 9th Airborne across the Rhine while towing double gliders, the first time that had been done in combat. This operation involved a 500-mile Sky Train of C-47s dropping an estimated 40,000 troops north of Wesel, the first push into Germany.
After receiving an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant with two Oak Leaf Clusters, five Bronze Stars, the Army Air Medal and Presidential Unit Citation Bars, Bud made his home in Orofino with Mary. Bud was hired by Interstate Telephone Company, which was a subsidiary of General Telephone Corporation in the late 1940s. He transferred to Coeur d'Alene with General Telephone in 1968, retiring in 1986. After retirement, Bud and Mary moved to Lewiston.
Bud was a skilled woodsman, mechanic, carpenter and excellent cook, famously known for anything sourdough, homemade noodles and campground hashbrowns. His favorite place on Earth was camping on the Lochsa River. Many happy memories as a family were spent there over many years and several generations.
Bud was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, dedicated to his family, as well as a fine friend. A man of good cheer, he was full of humor and never passed on an opportunity to pass along a funny story or witty remark.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Marlis Kay Ripley; and his sister, Mary Ellen Ripley Durant and her husband X.E. "Bus" Durant.
He is survived by his bride of 71 years, Mary Hood Ripley of Lewiston; and four sons, Mike Ripley and wife Sharon of Lewiston, Richard Ripley and wife Jill of Spokane, WA, Dan Ripley of Bellingham, WA, and Jeff Ripley of the Tri-Cities, WA. Bud is also survived by seven grandchildren, Carrie and Chris, Angela and Molly, Tyler and Sam, and Chelsey; as well as 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home at 1711 18th St., Lewiston.
The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to the Orofino Fire Department, P.O. Box 1028, Orofino, ID 83544. The Ripley family has a long history of firefighters, including three generations in Orofino. Bud's dad was a two-time fire chief with long tenures at the Orofino Fire Department.
Matthew Alan Triplett, 34, Orofino
Matthew Alan Triplett, Orofino, resident went peacefully to heaven on Feb. 28, 2016 for a joyful reunion with all his grandparents. He was 34 years old. He was born Aug. 24, 1981 in Lewiston, son of Ross Triplett and Heidi Boyd-Grantham. He moved with his mother to Spokane, WA, for most of his school years, where he attended Gonzaga Prep; later moving back to Orofino where he graduated from high school as a proud Orofino Maniac. He attended the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington State University.
Matt was a gifted, witty writer with a great wry, dry sense of humor. He had the kindest, most generous heart and was fiercely loyal to those he loved. He always kept his word and had lifelong friendships to show for it. Matt's love for animals matched his love for people and he was never happier than with his dogs and cats. He grew up surrounded by his favorite pets, and once even drove three hours to say goodbye to his beloved Basset Hound. His sensitivity and intuition were amazing, and those who knew him well felt his spirit was with them even when he was far away. Matthew adored his beloved wife Mallory, fast cars, his mom and dad, his grandma's cinnamon rolls and Jesus. He was often brave and courageous in the face of adversity and had a strength of character that is rarely found.
He was currently working with his father for Tripco, Inc., driving a truck while learning the ropes of the family business. He loved it when a job took him to beautiful, peaceful surroundings where he could relax and enjoy the scenery. As a child, Matthew looked forward to fishing with his maternal grandpa and riding through the woods with his paternal granddad. He was cherished by both his grandmothers, and loved to be with them just talking or playing games. He was an expert at great bear hugs, and gave them out generously. Matt was a lover of words and deep thoughts; he enjoyed discussing, debating and trying to solve life's mysteries with his mom and close friends.
He is survived by Mallory, who was the love of his life; his three precious dogs, Ella, James and Sookie; his mother, Heidi Boyd-Grantham and her husband Donald of Denver, CO, his father, Ross Triplett and his wife Joy, of Orofino; his mother-in-law Holly Jones; his father- in-law, Terry Hanna; his aunt, Lisa and uncle, Jack Luiten; uncle Doug Boeff, aunt Betty and uncle Jim DeMain, aunt Kay and uncle Leroy Arneson; and his cousins, Kari, Dawn, Brooke, Kyle, James, Drew, Lindsey, Lindsay and Jesse. Family was very important to him, and he was deeply loved by all.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Matthew Alan Triplett
Philip L. Guilfoy, 87
Philip L. Guilfoy, 87, was born March 4, 1928, in Bovill, to Leo P. Guilfoy and Elizabeth Helmer Guilfoy. He passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, of a heart attack.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Guilfoy in 1983 and Louise Guilfoy in 2015; along with his parents; his brother, Thomas Guilfoy; and his sister, Eileen Guilfoy Stauff.Phil attended school in Lewiston and Bovill, graduating in 1946. He attended the University of Idaho, and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was a 65-plus-year member of the Moscow Elks Lodge. Phil was a private pilot with more than 3,000 hours of flight time. He was a past president of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Idaho Independent Agent's Association.
He worked for Colonial Construction and was a bookkeeper for the Potlatch logging operations in Bovill, Elk River, Clarkia and Avery, Idaho. He was office manager for the Potlatch Mercantile.
In 1954, he started a career in the insurance business. Guilfoy Insurance had offices in Moscow, Troy and St. Maries, and he retired in 2004.
Phil is survived by his daughters, Christine Cardenas (Rodolfo) and Julie Guilfoy (Pat); son Gene Guilfoy (Tonna); and six grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Church in Moscow. Lunch will be served at St. Mary's Parish Center following the service.
Donations may be made to the St. Mary's Catholic Women's League, P.O. Box 9106, Moscow, ID 83843; Troy Historical Society Building Fund, P.O. Box 351, Troy, ID 83871; or the University of Idaho College of Business.
Interment will be at a later date.
Photo: Philip L. Guilfoy
Gerald Lee Henson, 75, Orofino
Gerald Lee Henson, 75, Orofino, passed away Feb. 23, 2016.
A Celebration of Life is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Madeline Umphenour, 80, formerly of Orofino
We lost our Mother, sister, and dear friend Madeline Umphenour Feb. 17, 2016. She was at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. She was 80.
Madeline was born July 16, 1935 in Orofino, Idaho to Norma (Hill) and Leon Marshall. She attended school in Greer, Bovill, and graduated from Orofino High School.
Madeline was a self-taught accomplished musician and could play many instruments. She played in many bands in her younger years and was the pianist for the Kamiah Bible Church for 50 years.
Madeline married Clark Umphenour Nov. 23, 1955. They had five children.
Madeline was a wonderful cook and shared her pies and cookies with many. She retired from the Grangeville Nursing home as a Nutritional Dietician and cook.
Madeline had a strong faith in God and loved the Church family, especially Pastor Sam and his wife Joy.
Madeline was preceded in death by her first born infant son, Ronnie; her husband, Clark; her parents, Leon and Norma; her brother, Richard Marshall; and sister, Penny Coon.
Madeline is survived by her sons, Floyd and Mark of Weippe, and Jerry of Kamiah; daughter, Mary Ann Connerly of Kamiah; brother and sister in law, Floyd and Dianne Marshall of Winchester; brother in law, Kenny Coon of Orofino; 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 20 in Kamiah. Arrangements were entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Photo: Madeline Umphenour
Raymond G. Speer, 89
Raymond G. Speer passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at Royal Plaza Heath and Rehabilitation Center, three weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
Ray was born March 12, 1926, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Vernon D. and Ruth Nelson Speer. He attended grade and junior high schools in Cedar Falls, and the family moved to Lincoln, NE., in 1941. Ray graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy, spending 20 months training to be a Navy pilot. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska and later completed his education at Washington State College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in hotel administration. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
After graduation in 1948, he located in Seattle, WA, and was employed in the hotel and restaurant field for three years. In 1949, Ray married Jean Christenson in Seattle. They divorced in 1971. He moved to Lewiston in 1951 and entered the family business, Speer Inc., an ammunition reloading component manufacturer. He remained with the company for 24 years, and was president and general manager when it was sold to Omark Industries.
In 1975, he married Barbara Church Titus of Lewiston. Ray was devoted to Barbara and all their children and they spent many good times together. On Ray's 80th birthday, they all assembled in Lewiston to celebrate the occasion. Many memorable times with family were spent at Ray and Barbara's Coeur d'Alene lake front house, where they enjoyed boating, sailing and fishing. Ray and family also frequently vacationed at the Speer family's rustic cabin in the pines at Wallowa Lake, OR.
Ray led an active business, civic and travel life. The Speer firm was a charter member of the Idaho Employer's Council, of which Ray was an early president. Also, he was a charter member and president of the National Reloading Manufacturer's Association as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was a member and past chairman of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center board and served on the board of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Foundation. Ray was elected to the Lewiston City Council in 1976 and served as chairman of the airport commission from 1982 to 1987. He was an active member of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, was a past president and received a chamber of commerce "Hall of Fame" award in 1993. He served on the board of directors of the North Idaho Children's Home from 1981 to 1983. He was a member of the Lewiston Rotary Club from 1982 to 1998. Ray was a member of the Lewiston First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, sang in its choir, served on several church councils and was chairman of the trustees.
Ray has traveled extensively for both business and pleasure. As an instrument-rated pilot, he logged more than 2,000 hours contacting customers throughout the United States, Canada and Alaska. He made several trips to Europe, negotiating agreements with foreign manufacturers for ammunition products sold by Speer in the U.S. Big game hunting was important to the ammunition business, and Ray participated in hunts for elk, deer, bear, moose, javelina and antelope throughout North America. He took a stone sheep, in the Cassiar Mountains of northern British Columbia, which remains a Boone and Crockett listing. His more strenuous activities were necessarily curtailed after he underwent coronary artery bypass surgeries in 1971 and 1985. His hobbies and activities included photography, video recording, music (vocal and organ), handyman projects, gardening, traveling and sightseeing. He played frequent organ programs of traditional and contemporary music at several retirement complexes in the Lewiston area.
Survivors include a son, Paul and wife Janice of Memphis, TN, son Neal and wife Lori of Kirkland, WA., and daughter Lorraine and husband Doug, also of Kirkland; two stepdaughters, Cristina and husband Robert Vale of Woodside, CA, and Molly and late husband Gunnar Jensen of Weippe; sisters-in-law Patricia and husband Bob Rugg and Marcella and husband Mel Olsen; grandchildren Amanda, Carolyn, Lisa, Tessa, Jonathan, Trayton, Shayna and Harrison; great-grandchildren Emma and Isabella; plus several nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara; son, Gary; sisters, Edna and Virginia; brother-in-law, Forrest Luthy; and grandson, Shelby.
At his request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorials be sent to the First United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Photo: Raymond G. Speer
Mary Ellen McCammon, 89, formerly of Elk River
Mary Ellen McCammon passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Genesee. She was 89.
Mary Ellen was born May 15, 1926, in Spokane, WA, to Bessie Pearl Crawford and George William Schmaltz. She attended grade school in Elk River and graduated from Moscow High School. She also attended Lewis-Clark State College and received her teaching degree.
Over the years, Mary Ellen owned and operated Mary Bess Pies for a time before going to work for Owl Pharmacy and Stillings and Embry Florist. She was a Lady of the Elks, and a member of the Presbyterian Church and Community Church.
Mary Ellen is survived by her children, Linda Lohman, Robert (Tina) Zinn Jr., Greg (Betty) McCammon, Dianne Landreth and partner Dave Dewolf, Marilynn (Martin) Hallberg, and Paula McCammon and partner Joshua Topp, and Mark McCammon and partner Lila Walker; as well as 19 grandkids; and 24 great-grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert McCammon in 2010; and grandson Bradley McCammon.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Community Church in Genesee. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a hospice or an animal shelter of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Malcolm's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.
Photo: Mary Ellen McCammon
Donald Joy Vigue, 81, born in Orofino
Donald Joy Vigue, 81, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the Idaho State Veterans Nursing Home in Lewiston. He was born to William H. Vigue and Emily Vigue Salsman on Sept. 9, 1934, in Orofino, and was the youngest of seven children. Don loved his family, fishing, writing poetry and country music. He sang and played guitar around the country and dreamed of making it big. He had several careers and traveled to many places around the world.
Don, "Sonny," grew up in Bovill and enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old. He was assigned to the USS Renshaw for three years. When he returned home, he spent time working alongside his older brothers, Bill and Pete Vigue, logging in Idaho and Montana, and was part of the Clearwater River Log Drives between 1956 and '58. Don enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for 21 years. He served three tours in Vietnam and multiple tours stateside and in Europe. During his military career, he received several awards for valor and service to his country. Upon retirement, he had achieved the rank of chief warrant officer (CW-3). In 1979, he and his family moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where he worked for A.M. General Corp. and later Oshkosh Truck Corp. until he retired and moved back to his beloved Idaho in 1994.
Don married his surviving wife of 44 years, Charlotte Steward Vigue, on May 19, 1972. He is survived by his daughter, Leeann Vigue Esser and husband Kevin of Coeur d'Alene; son James Allen Vigue Sanneman of Bowling Green, OH; sisters Opal Vigue Anderson of Deary and Geraldine Vigue Hall of Moscow; five stepchildren; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will always remember the twinkle in his eye as he told stories or sang songs around the campfire. We're left with both humorous and heartfelt poems he'd written throughout the years and for that, we'll be forever grateful. You served your family and country well. Rest in peace, soldier.
No services will be conducted, and cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Photo: Donald Joy Vigue
Jacob Miller, 63, formerly of Orofino
Jacob Dean Miller passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston of cardiac arrest. He was 63 years old.
Jacob was born April 11, 1952, in Anaconda, MT, to Jacob Miller and Cecilia Peltier. He spent the first 28 years of life in Anaconda where he graduated high school and then worked for Anaconda Smelter from 1970 to 1980. Jacob and Roxie Wood were married on June 7, 1975, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Anaconda. The couple had three children together.
The family moved to Orofino, where he worked as a maintenance worker at Dworshak Dam and for the fish hatchery from 1981 to 1984. They then moved on to Ketchikan, AK, where he worked for Ketchikan Pulp in a variety of positions, including millwright, maintenance inspector and welding shop lead. They moved to Lewiston in 1990, where he remained until his death. During this time, Jacob went back to college and received his associate degree from Lewis-Clark State College in computer-aided drafting; he maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Jacob was an avid fisherman. He proudly displayed the 32-inch steelhead that he caught, which hung on his wall for many years. He also enjoyed hunting and often went for weeklong hunting trips with his friends. He enjoyed woodworking and crafting gifts for his friends and family. He was a talented handyman who could fix almost anything, and he also enjoyed gardening.
Jacob is survived by his wife, Roxie Miller; children, Bradee (Jason) Achziger, Jacob Miller, and Carrie (Craig) Ziegler; grandchildren, Jayde and Abbey Achziger; and siblings Cindy Lasalle, Tony Miller, Eyvette Miller and Maryemma Woodhull.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Blake Miller; and grandparents, St. Pierre and Lucy Peltier, and Alexander and Christine Miller.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A viewing will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by a Catholic service at 10 a.m. at the Mountain View Funeral Home chapel. Services will conclude with a graveside service.
Photo: Jacob Miller
Beverly L. Adams, 82, Orofino
Beverly L. Adams passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Lewiston, at the age of 82.
She was born Beverly Lorene White on Jan. 14, 1934, in Nampa, to Hazel and Forrest White. Siblings included Raymond, Kenneth, Maxine, Frankie and Junior (Richard).
Beverly married Robert Franklin Adams on Sept. 7, 1956. Bev and Frank adopted Earl (Tinker), Glenn and Earlene over the following seven years. While Frank worked as a machinist for Alph Johnson and Potlatch, Beverly held various jobs, including as a waitress at Konkolville and a cashier at Glenwood IGA. She also owned a small business, Adams Upholstery, for several years. Bev and Frank proudly raised their family near the old Adams homestead on Grangemont Rd.
Bev enjoyed fishing. Prior to Dworshak Dam being built, that meant fighting the brush along Whiskey Creek for trout or fishing for steelhead on the North Fork of the Clearwater. When Dworshak Reservoir came along, a 12-hour day chasing kokanee was not an uncommon event. She loved camping at Dent or Granddad Bridge and spending days at a time fishing with Frank and her children or anyone else she could convince to go out on the water. Bev and Frank had many great road trips in their motorhome until Frank's death in 1991.
Beverly also enjoyed water skiing, bowling, hunting, playing cards, cheering on her children or grandchildren at sporting events, and going to the casino. She held leadership positions in lodge and the Eagles.
Beverly is survived by children Earlene Reagan (Ron) in Lewiston and Glenn (Patricia) in Moscow, as well as grandchildren Greg and Kelly Pedersen, Derek and Darci Reagan, and Haley and Billy Adams; niece Carol Adams (Tim); brother-in law Jim Adams (Rose); sister-in-law Donna Ersham; and nephew Miles White.
Special thanks to Tim and Carol Adams, who spent so much time with Beverly over the past few summers, and mom's great friends, Sue Duff, Wendell and Judy Stark, neighbor, Betty and fishing partner, Kathy Shawver. Thank you to Denice Hodges and Ali for the care, attention and patience they provided over the past couple of years, and to the amazing staff of St. Joseph Family Hospice.
Cremation has taken place and per mom's request, no formal service is scheduled. Donations can be made in Bev's name to St. Joseph Family Hospice, P.O. Box 719, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Beverly L. Adams
Patricia 'Pat' Rukavina Gibbs passed away Feb. 5, 2016, in Lewiston, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, with her loving family at her side.
She was born on April 13, 1944, at Ontario, OR, to Emil 'Rukie' and Josephine 'Jo' Webb Rukavina. Pat attended schools in California and Idaho, graduating from Pierce High School in 1962. Shortly thereafter, she married Eugene Dyer at Pierce and moved to Boise to live with her new husband. Together they had two sons, Tim and Dale Dyer. While living in Boise, Pat enjoyed babysitting for others and cleaned commercial buildings for a living. They divorced in 1974, and Pat and sons moved back to Pierce, where she worked at the Headquarters Café for a short time and then at the Pierce Drug Store.
After a short marriage to Larry Bossard ended in divorce, she met and married her soul mate, Bruce Gibbs, who was a loving stepfather to Tim and Dale. They lived in Clarkston, WA, and shared 28 years of marriage before Bruce passed away in June 2006. They enjoyed growing huge tomato plants that stood taller than the two of them.
Pat, Bruce and the boys loved boating, fishing and camping together. In addition, Pat enjoyed crocheting and making crafty things. Over the years, she had several faithful poodle companions that she spoiled and loved very much. These dogs never really knew they were dogs, as they were always treated as well as any human companion. Fonzi passed away a few weeks before her death, and her little Gabby Abby will live out her days with family as she has arranged.
While living in Clarkston, Pat worked as a housekeeper at the Sacajawea Lodge for about 10 years, and then as a very talented upholsterer at Duckworth Boats and Renaissance Marine for about 20 years, until she retired in 2010.
Pat's health had been declining for the past few years. Most recently she fought a courageous battle with lung cancer, which was in remission, but with COPD and weakened heart valve issues, just breathing was a constant struggle for her. She was very brave right up to the final moments of her life.
She will be missed greatly by her surviving family and friends, which include: her two sons, Tim (and Chana) Dyer of Moscow, Dale (and Stacey) Dyer of Clarkston; grandsons Jesse Dyer of Denver, Sean Dyer of Moscow and Corey Dyer of Clarkston; most recently added family members, a granddaughter, Lauren Sechrist and great-granddaughter, Isabella Dyer of Clarkston; a brother, Michael (Mick and Ruby) Rukavina of Weippe; a sister, Gloria Baugh, of Orofino; nephews, Blain Graening and Christopher Rukavina; and a niece, Mackayla Lyons.
She was preceded in death by husband Bruce Gibbs, parents Rukie and Jo Rukavina, and a sister, Beverly Jean Rukavina.
Visitation will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St. (and Cedar), Lewiston. Services will be at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Jack Pea officiating. Another opportunity for viewing will follow the service. There will be refreshments provided. In lieu of flowers, please donate in name of Pat Gibbs to: Jackson's Pay it Forward Foundation. Please be sure to sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Patricia 'Pat' Rukavina Gibbs
Richard 'Dick' L. Spence, 81, former Jaype worker
Richard 'Dick' L. Spence of Woodland, Idaho passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. He was 81.
Richard was born on Sept. 13, 1934 in a small mining town in the Mojave Desert to Clifton "Chick" and Peggy Spence. He was the oldest of four boys. The family moved to Bimrick Creek on the Lochsa River where Chick worked on the construction of U.S. Highway 12, and then moved to Boise from 1941-1946. Richard and his family moved to Kamiah, Idaho in 1946, and he graduated from Kamiah High School in 1953. After high school, he attended Boise Junior College, now Boise State University, for one year before joining the military. Richard was in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959.
During his service, he was stationed on the USS Kearsarge, an aircraft carrier in Hawaii as well as Adak, part of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
Richard married Audrey E. Finney on November 26, 1959, and they made their home in Woodland. Richard worked at Twin Feathers mill in Kamiah for a short time, and then ran his father's saw shop in Kamiah from 1961 to 1965. Richard started working at Potlatch's Jaype Lumber Mill outside of Pierce, Idaho on July 7, 1967, and retired from the mill in 1998. He was well known for his love of practical jokes and playing tricks on his coworkers and bosses alike.
Richard is survived by his son, Brian Spence of Olympia, WA; and his daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Kevin Cameron of Lewiston; five grandchildren, Amanda (Thomas) Hahl of Pasco, WA, Colby (Scotty) Cameron of Asotin, WA, Jaycee (Trey) Nielson of Lewiston, Tanner Cameron of Lewiston and Danielle Cameron of Lewiston. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren with a seventh born on Feb. 1, and an eighth on the way. His three brothers survive Richard as well, Clifton Spence of Newman Lake, WA, David Spence of Lewiston, and Roger Spence of Hayden. He is also survived by two nieces, Cammie Meeds of Clarkston, WA, and Mary Jo Penberthy of Moscow, and a nephew, Justin Finney and his wife Amy of Clarkston, whom he thought of as his own children, as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; Audrey, his wife of nearly 54 years; and his nephew, Wayne Finney.
Richard was a fun-loving, kind hearted, generous man who made many friends no matter where he went. He was well known for his jokes and stories, and knew more about classic cars than most people. His love of cars carried through until the day he passed, with several car magazines by his hospital bed. Richard will be greatly missed by everyone fortunate enough to have crossed his path.
Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Northwest Children's Home in Lewiston or the Animal Ark in Kamiah.
Photo: Richard 'Dick' L. Spence
Gary Ralph Bond, 73, formerly of Pierce
"Gary Bond has moved on and will be starting a new strip in another realm. I hope the timber stands there are big, straight, tall and sound - just like Gary - when he stood on this Earth. I hope that the ground is gently sloping with good long lays for that big wood he will be putting down on it. But, I suspect that he will go out of his way to find the toughest part of the strip to open up and leave the gravy and easy pickin's for those of us who will be following him along in due time."
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, Gary Ralph Bond passed away at Tri-State Memorial Hospital. Gary was born April 15, 1942, in Lewiston, to Ralph and Hazel (Snyder) Bond.
Gary was raised on a farm near Lenore. He attended school in Lapwai until his senior year, when he transferred to Lewiston High School. Those many years living and going to school on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation gave him knowledge and background on the Nez Perce's way of life that gave him the inspiration for his books. Immediately following graduation from high school, Gary joined the U.S. Army Reserves and reported to basic training in Georgia. Upon his return, he married Connie Little in December 1960, and they made their home in Clarkston. They had four children, Lori, Brian, Dave and Curt. The marriage later ended in divorce. Gary subsequently married Patti Reece, then Jenny Chicarelli, and Di Utgaard; they all ended in divorce.
Gary was a very intelligent and talented man, working various jobs throughout his life - from being a mechanic on race cars in California, gold mining in South America, to owning a gas station in Midvale, Idaho. Mainly though, Gary was a forester for most of his career. He was a sawyer in Pierce for more than 25 years. Later in life, he worked for Columbia Vista and finished there as general manager. After leaving Columbia Vista, he opened his own company as a consulting forester and mainly pursued helicopter logging while working throughout the Northwest.
He retired at age 63 and moved to Winchester, where he began his writing career. He wrote and published three books, with a fourth book in the works when he passed.
Gary loved history and the forests; all of his books were historical fiction. He was extremely proud of his lineage and heritage. While retired, he was working on his genealogy, tracing his family roots in Missouri and West Virginia to out West. His parents were early homesteaders on Crystal Creek and he was a master storyteller of historical family life events with his children and grandchildren. The annual dove hunting trip he took with his sons and grandsons to southern Idaho the first of September was a highlight every year, and they always started planning it at least five months in advance. He was very civic-minded and followed our national and local politics avidly (vote Republican). While living in Pierce, he served on the city council and ran for mayor.
Gary is survived by his daughter, Lori DeCicio of Spokane; and granddaughter, Katie Underhill and her husband, Rick, of Batavia, NY; grandsons, Drew Snow and his wife, Brandi, and Nathan Snow of Spokane, WA; son, Brian Decicio of Riverton, WY; and grandsons, Jonathan, Jimmy and Joey Decicio of Sacramento, CA, Matthew Brunelle and his wife, Karissa, of Auburn, WA, Zachary Decicio of Riverton, WY; and granddaughter, Jennifer Marshall and her husband, Caleb, of Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan; son, Dave Bond and his wife, Amy, of Lewiston; grandsons, Thomas Webb and his wife, Trina of Reno, NV; granddaughter, Afton Bond and her husband, Zac Ankney, of Lewiston; and grandson, Tanner Bond of Lewiston; son, Curt Decicio of Juliaetta; and grandson, Brendan Decicio of Provo, UT. He is also survived by his sisters, Jeannie Himmelright and Riva Bursch, and her husband, Gene, all of Spokane; as well as six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Hazel Bond; and sister, Edna Foss.
Gary is also survived by his faithful canine companion, Maggie.
Gary requested that no formal services be held, but having a celebration of life would be acceptable. The family will have this celebration starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Lewiston. It will be a covered-dish dinner of food and stories. Any memorials may be sent to Helping Hands in Lewiston in Gary's name. Please sign online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
"He left a legacy that will become a shared memory with those who have gone before him."
Photo: Gary Ralph Bond
George A. Schaff, 83
George A. Schaff, age 83, died of natural causes on Jan. 25, 2016 at the 3 o'clock hour of Mercy in Kamiah with his family by his side. He was born at Nezperce, ID on Feb. 22, 1932 to Innocent Schaff and Louise (Fuchs) Schaff. He attended parochial school through eighth grade and graduated from Nezperce High School in 1950. In 1952, he entered the US Army and served in the Korean War until 1954 where he earned the National Defense Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a Bronze Star for his service. He was also awarded a "quilt of valor" in 2015. George married and had four children with Donna Adams. They divorced and in 1975, he married Lois Seubert-Arnzen, a widow.
He had a long career in the grocery business and car sales until retiring in 1993. George was a Kamiah Community supporter and was instrumental in starting the annual Kamiah "swim team" Crab Feed. He also was a staunch supporter in the building of Kamiah's St Catherine's Catholic Church. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Gun Club in Kamiah. In 1998, he and his wife moved to Lewiston, where they were members of All Saints Catholic Parish.
George was an avid bridge player and along with his wife, Lois, they made a "real team". He and his wife did extensive travelling and were privileged to see Pope John Paul II during a tour of Europe. They also were "snow birds" for 10 years and enjoyed motor-homing many miles throughout the country and Alaska.
After moving to Lewiston, he quickly made friends for early morning coffee. Nearly daily he visited the elderly and veterans. He had a real gift of compassion and communication in spending quality time with those who were unable to get out and about.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lois; children, Bob Schaff (Melanie) of Athol, Jan Schaff of Lewiston, Sherry Arnzen Martin (Don) of Lewiston, Chris Schaff of Clarkston, and Brad Schaff (Stephanie) of Kamiah and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also surviving him are siblings, Margaret Zenner, Betty Gamel and Ray Schaff.He was preceded in death by two daughters, Lori and Julie; his parents, Innocent and Louise Schaff and sister, Catherine Baerlocher.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah with visitation and viewing beginning at 9 a.m., rosary at 10:30 a.m., funeral Mass at 11 a.m. followed by a meal in the church dining area. Internment will take place at the Nezperce, Mount Calvary Cemetery at 3 p.m. Father Joseph Schmidt will preside over George's final celebration of life. Trenary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donations can be made in George's name to Idaho Catholic Charities or the Kamiah Gun Club (Glenn Hibbs).
Photo: George A. Schaff
George Schaff, 83
George Schaff, 83, Lewiston, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at the Schaff Ranch near Kamiah.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah. Visitation will be at 9 a.m., with Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m.
Dinner will be in the church basement and burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Nezperce.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooski.
Monty Lee Teed, 65, formerly of Weippe
Monty Lee Teed passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, after a very long-fought battle with multiple medical issues.
Monty was born March 24, 1950, to Rosemary Hunt Teed and Ralph Sanford Teed Jr.
Growing up, Monty attended schools at Winchester and later graduated from Weippe High School in 1968. After high school Monty attended Bartlesville Wesleyan College in Oklahoma, where he played football. The following year, he returned to Idaho and attended Lewis-Clark State College. It was at LCSC that Monty met the love of his life, Marla Sue Snyder. On Aug. 7, 1970, Monty and Marla were united in marriage and made their home in Weippe, where Monty built their family home. Monty was proud to have two sons, Garren and Kelly Teed.
Monty worked at Hutchins Lumber in Weippe. His hobbies included woodworking, and he followed in the family tradition of being an avid hunter and fisherman. In later years, Monty and Marla moved to Lewiston, where Monty had a wonderful talent in gardening. He could grow anything.
Monty is survived by his beloved wife, Marla; sons, Garren (Melissa) Teed of Lewiston and Kelly (Marcie) Teed of Bonney Lake, WA; and grandchildren, Riley, Keiana and Jamie Teed. He is also survived by three sisters, Lorinda Wise, Wendy Teed and Tammy Wells; and sister-in-law, Fay Teed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lorraine Hutchins; and brothers, Milo, Preston and Tracy Teed. He was also preceded in death by his in-laws, Louie and Dorothy Snyder, with whom he had a close bond.
Monty was the most gentle and kind man, loved by all. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union in care of Marla Teed.
Photo: Monty Lee Teed
Clarence Lloyd Cook, 87, formerly of Lenore
Clarence Lloyd Cook left his worldly home on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. He was the second of five children born to Lloyd J. and Murriel A. (Onstott) Cook on March 21, 1928, at his maternal grandparents' home in Kendrick.
He then returned to his farm home at Lenore that had been homesteaded by his paternal grandparents and began a lifetime of love of the land. He loved all aspects of farming. He especially loved his "girls" - his cows. He rode his horse bareback with a piece of baling twine to check his cows. In later years, he drove to the field, stopped his pickup and called his cows to him.
He saw haying change from shocking hay by hand and a horse-drawn hay wagon to round bale, spike and feeder.
He grew up with cousins on the farm who were very close and remained so through life. His extended family was large, and holidays were observed with huge gatherings.
He began school at the Lower Cream Ridge School, riding horseback to school with his sister, Vivian. After eight years he attended high school at Lapwai High School with the class of 1946, and drove the school bus his senior year.
He attended what is known now as Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho. He returned to what he loved - the farm, where he stayed the rest of his life except for serving in the U.S. Army for two years, 1953 to '55, and one year in Lewiston when his oldest daughter was born. He returned to Lewiston in 2012 when his health was failing. He was a hands-on father before it was in style and had a close relationship working with his daughters and son. They turned many a bale, always toward you, watching for rattlesnakes. He killed many of them, but the 13 rattlesnakes and a button snake were his best.
He spent many hours helping his daughters with their 4-H projects, even swallowing hard and having sheep. His son had the largest watermelon and squash several years at the Nez Perce County Fair.He and Marylou Wolf were married on Aug. 2, 1953, in her parents' home at Lewiston, and they celebrated 62-plus years of marriage. To this union were born three daughters who survive him, Karen (Mike) Hoggarth, Yvonne Cook and Holly (Frank) Waters; and son Kevin Cook; along with six grandsons; one granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Cook; brother-in-law Deral Springer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed playing pinochle for years with local couples and at the International Order of Odd Fellows Hall in Orofino with friends Dwain and Adah Space. He liked to attend car shows, auction sales, coffee with friends, day trips with his family with lots of scenic routes and was a champion huckleberry picker. But his greatest joy was being with his family and friends and just visiting.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Vivian Ward, Dorothy Springer and Kathleen Cook; and brother, James Cook.
Celebration of life services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Malcolm's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Joe Thometz Memorial 4-H Scholarship fund, Nez Perce County Extension, 239 Idaho St., Lewiston, ID 83501; the Gina Quesenberry Foundation, P.O. Box 506, Lewiston, ID 83501; or the charity of your choice.
Photo: Clarence Lloyd Cook
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