Phyllisann Wood 76, Tahoe Ridge
Phyllisann Wood 76, of Tahoe Ridge passed away at her home Aug. 10, 2017.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia assisted the family.
Joyce Hanson, 68, Orofino
3/24/1949 -- 7/25/2017
It is with a heavy heart that we lose Joyce Hanson. Joyce was born to Norris and Nadine (Bowler) Hengen in Lewiston, ID and lived near Orofino since the age of five. She has two brothers, Jim and Alan Hengen. Joyce's mother was previously married and Joyce has three half-brothers, Tom, Don and Roy Clay. Nadine died when Joyce was 10. A few years later Norris married Laverne Hanes, and Joyce gained two stepbrothers, Gary and Ron Hanes.
Joyce enjoyed and did quite well in school excelling in chorus, art, 4-H, and loved being with her friends and going to dances. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1967. That same year she married and was with Ronald Harvey through 1984, having two children, Darcey and Ron, Jr.
Joyce's first job was at the A&W. Then she started bookkeeping, boarding dogs, dog obedience classes, janitorial work, selling pet food, and a job she loved assisting local farmers and ranchers at the Ag. Stabilization and Conservation Service (Farm Services Agency). While with ASCS Joyce also assisted with computer training and became an officer of the statewide employee association.
In 1987, Joyce married Bruce Hanson of Orofino and gained two stepdaughters, Raen and Jamie.
Though dementia may have diminished Joyce's faculties late in life, her mind from a young age was sharply attuned to understanding business and an ability to keep a tight bottom line. Very much like her love for family and animals, Joyce often helped others with record and bookkeeping. Joyce gained a respect for business from her father, Norris, who was a realtor, escrow broker, and owner of multiple rental properties before his passing.
Joyce lived on her father's ranch most of her life and had a place in her heart for any animal, which they sensed. Once an animal came to the ranch, she wanted it there for the rest of its life. She preferred being at home with family and pets than almost anywhere else. Besides milking cows, raising sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs, training horses, and numerous pets, she spent over 40 years showing and breeding Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Irish Wolfhounds.
Joyce attended the national specialties for each of the parent clubs of her dog breeds. She raised, showed, and retired many champions for herself and others. She was a part of the Wolfhound club of America, Orofino Dog Fanciers, AKC, county employee association (secretary), Search and Rescue, Bernese Mountain Dog parent club, Great Dane parent club, American Quarter Horse Association, and 4-H leader to name a few.
Joyce had many passions that she excelled at to include being an accomplished artist. She felt a kinship and appreciation for people who created or crafted with their hands. She loved her work job at the ASCS office, life on the ranch and her family.
If not for a back injury that limited her mobility, Joyce had plans for many more things in life, including doing more sketches, painting, crafts, gardening, fishing, camping, traveling, animal behavioral training and studying veterinary medicine. Her home was always filled with her personal artistic touch, pets, plants and love. She cherished all her friends and relatives and would spend hours on the phone when they wanted to visit.
After a 3-year battle at home with dementia, she spent the last year at a memory care community. Joyce passed away at the community early morning on July 25, 2017. The staff always shared stories of how encouraging and fun Joyce was with the residents; helping them. Joyce was in every moment a tough lady and yet loved to laugh. She appreciated a good joke, always used humor to aid tough times, and her smile radiated beyond just passion and caring but into her life every day despite pain or lost faculties.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce Hanson of Orofino; her daughter, Darcey (and Richard) Shank of Hayden; her son, Ronald Harvey, Jr. (and Kim Harvey) of Spokane, WA; stepdaughters, Raen Hanson (and Luke Clinkenbeard) of Spokane, WA, and Jamie Hanson of Post Falls; her brother, Alan (and Carol) Hengen of Orofino, and stepbrothers, Gary Hanes of Boise, and Ron Hanes of Orofino, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Joyce was preceded in death by her mother; father; step-mother; brother, Jim Hengen; and half-brothers, Tom, Don and Roy Clay.
A graveside service for Joyce will be Sunday, 13 August at 1 p.m. at the Sanders Cemetery adjacent to the Wells Bench Community Church, five miles north of Orofino. A celebration of life will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church on Riverside at 3 p.m.
Joyce loved living flowers but in appreciation for the love of animals and honoring her wishes, in lieu of sending flowers please take the time to donate to a local animal rescue shelter or some organizations mentioned that Joyce loved and supported or help in fighting Dementia.
American Brain Foundation-Fight Dementia
Clearwater County Sheriff's Search and Rescue
Clearwater Humane Society
Photo: Joyce Hengen Hanson
Dr. Robert D. Hill, 81, formerly of Orofino
Dr. Robert D. Hill, long time physician of Orofino, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the age of 81.
Doc Hill touched many lives in the 26 years he served the area from 1968 to 1994. He delivered over 1,000 babies, including his own children and many of their friends.
He worked long hours and spent many nights in the emergency room tending to the sick and injured. He recruited other doctors and served for a while as president of the hospital medical board.
As the son of a Silver Medal Olympian, Bob followed his sport-loving cowboy-heart riding rodeo barebacks while attending college before joining the Army where he finished his undergraduate degree.
He then completed his medical training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His personality and charisma afforded him an uncanny ability to gain respect and work with even the most challenging of personalities in hospitals and offices.
Although he always claimed to be a cowboy before doctor, he is especially remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, and honesty while working with this community. He loved living in the area, as it suited him for his passion of fly-fishing, camping, reading, golf, and flying his airplane over Idaho's beautiful rugged terrain.
Bob also practiced in Creswell, OR, and the State Penitentiary in Boise, before retiring in Powell Butte, OR, and marrying his high school sweetheart, who preceded him in death.
Doc is survived by his two daughters and son, Amber, Melissa, and Brian.
Photo: Dr. Robert D. Hill, MD
Marie Sewell, 82, born at Teakean
Marie Sewell, of Lewiston, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 23, 2017, at age 82.
She was born Clara Marie Preussler on Aug. 16, 1934, in Teakean, Idaho. She began calling herself by her middle name at an early age and insisted others call her by that name as well.
On Feb. 14, 1950, she married Johnnie Sewell and became a homemaker. He passed away on Nov. 20, 2001. She also was preceded in death by an infant son in October 1950 and her parents, Merton and Olive (Herring) Preussler.
Marie is survived and will be missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jan Sewell; grandchildren, Amber and Jerad Estus and David and Brooke Sewell; and great-grandchildren, Jalen, Jameelah and Mekhi. She also is survived by her sister, Marilyn (Ed) Glaze; brothers, Melvin, David, Marvin and Darrell (Teresa) Preussler; sister-in-law, Laura Sewell; brother-in-law, Leonard Peterson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
At her request, there will be no memorial service. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and cremation has taken place.
Photo: Marie Sewell
Walter 'Wally' Owen Schenk, 89, former Orofino music teacher
Walter Owen Schenk (Wally) listened to "Taps" for the final time on July 16, 2017. He was 89 years old. He took his final bow, leaving a legacy of leadership through music to thousands. He was born March 9, 1928, in Minneapolis, MN, where he grew up and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1946. After high school, he joined the Army and played in the Army band in Italy during the time of the occupation after World War II. He later followed his passion for music and studied at the University of Minnesota and The MacPhail School of Music, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Music Education. While attending college, he met and married Sharley Mae Linker in 1949.
Wally's first teaching job took him to Bonner's Ferry where he taught music to grades 1-12, and he was active in local civic organizations. Building an impressive curriculum, his band was honored by playing at a local railroad station when President Truman made a stop there during his campaign. Wally moved his family to Orofino in 1954 where he taught band and choir and received recognitions which resulted in invitations for his band to play for events and parades all the way to Creston, Canada.
In 1967 Wally moved the Schenk family to Clarkston, WA, to teach middle and high school band, as well as the high school flag team. He increased the high school band from a 30- to 90-piece concert and marching band, which won many honors and awards over the years.
Wally was loved by countless fellow teachers, musicians, and students. It is estimated that over 15,000 students were involved with his music programs over his 39 years of teaching. As a mentor, he inspired many students to pursue careers in music as teachers and performers.
Wally loved the outdoors, especially camping, backpacking, hunting, and fishing. One of his favorite camping spots was the Buffalo Hump area of Idaho, and he looked forward to meeting his buddies at the cabin in Pierce every year to go elk hunting. Wally and Shar were also avid golfers and were members of the Clarkston Country Club and Quail Run Golf Course. Wally derived a great deal of pleasure from his participation in many civic bands and orchestras over the years, including the well-known "big band" dance band known as "The Gentlemen of Note."
Wally is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Sharley Mae Schenk, and five children: Nancy Hartill (Howard), Larry Schenk (Martina), Janis Blayer (Jeff), Deborah Baker (Larry), and Peggy Chapel (Lee); nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Marvin Schenk of Minneapolis and nephews Chris, Nick and Anthony Schenk.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1115 13th Street in Clarkston, with a reception at the church to follow. The public is invited.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Lewis Clark Community Concert Band, PO Box 1481, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photos: Walter 'Wally' Owen Schenk
Charlotte L. (White) Moon, 89, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Charlotte was born June 7, 1928, in Orofino, to Charley R. Baker and A. Louise (Sheridan) Baker. She went to heaven on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, surrounded by all her children and other family.
Charlotte, the oldest of five children, spent her first nine years in Pierce. Her father died when she was almost six years old, leaving Louise to raise the family through the Depression years. The family moved to Orofino and settled in the area called "Jingle Town." After a few years, Charlotte's mother purchased a rooming house in town as both a business opportunity and a family home. Charlotte enjoyed growing up in Orofino, especially the opportunity to roam the hills around town with her brothers and sisters.
Money was hard to come by during the Great Depression. Charlotte developed a strong work ethic as she grew up. She fondly remembered the summer when she was 16 and "flunkied" at Potlatch's Logging Camp 52 near Headquarters. Through school and college, she almost always had a job, including being a waitress in high school and making sandwiches to sell in her college dorm. She took this hard-working approach through her life and into her 20-year career at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, from which she retired in 1993.
The impact and lifelong consequences of not attending school past seventh grade made her mother encourage Charlotte to get a good education. She learned the lesson well, graduating from Orofino High School in 1946 - "Once a Maniac, always a Maniac." She then enrolled at the University of Idaho, going from Maniac to Vandal. While attending the UI she lived at Ridenbaugh Hall, the women's cooperative dorm. She liked living there because many of the women were from Orofino, and she made numerous lifelong friends. At Idaho, she completed her degree in education and went on to teach for a number of years before "taking a break" to raise five children - all of whom she considered smart and one she thought was good-looking.
After graduating from college, Charlotte moved to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, where she started her teaching career. She met George O. White, and they married in 1954. George and Charlotte made their home in the Orchards, raising their five children (John, Shanon, George, Joseph and Mary). Times in the White household were not always easy, but Mom always made it a priority to show love and affection to her family. Charlotte's children will always remember and appreciate her faith, positive approach to life and the twinkle in her eyes as she shared her sense of humor and quick wit. She kept these traits to the end of her life. While in the hospital, days before she died, she heard someone say there was a policeman on the floor. She replied, "Someone should help him up."
George died in 1988, and in 1997 Charlotte married Rulon Moon. They were married for 17 years, living in Clarkston. During their marriage, they enjoyed wintering in Arizona, camping and spending time with Charlotte's family. They also cherished their visits with Rulon's children (Steve and Holly Moon, Sandy Lee, Tami Moon and Kathi and Mike Decker) and grandchildren. Rulon passed away in 2014.
In her last three years, Charlotte lived in the Lewiston Orchards, both at her own home and later at Brookdale Assisted Living. During this period, she really appreciated her time with family. She was always happy to see and talk with any and all of us - the more the merrier. And if someone brought her a caramel sundae, you were her favorite.
In addition to George and Rulon, Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pat Polillo of Foster City, CA, and Emma Moon of Tenino, WA; and brothers, Robert "Bob" Baker of Lewiston and Bruce Baker of Anchorage, AK.
She is survived by children John White and his wife Allison, Shanon Jones and her husband Ray, George White and his wife Lisa Donahue-White, Joe White and his wife Michelle, and Mary Uhling and her husband Mike. She has 13 grandchildren: Eric Sprenger, Lane White, Lake White, Luke White, Kirsten White, Joshua White, Nathan Jones, Rachel Jones, Jenny Uhling, Jackie Uhling, Jessica Uhling, Caidan White and Benson White.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Charlotte at 10:30 a.m. Monday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. Lunch will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Idaho Foodbank or the Salvation Army.
Photo: Charlotte L. (White) Moon
Helen Bryant Vannoy, 98, Lewiston
Eva Helen Bryant Vannoy passed peacefully at her home in Lewiston July 20, 2017 after courageously dealing with a long illness. Helen was born April 16,1919 in Orofino, ID. to Andrew Hamilton Bryant and Mamie Sumpter Bryant. The family lived in the Glenwood area, and she was the third of four children. While a high school senior and a short time after graduation from Orofino High School, Helen worked as a waitress in Malloy's House of Sweets in Orofino.
Helen married Ocie Vannoy on Dec. 19, 1938 in Orofino. The couple lived on a rental farm of approximately 1,000 acres near Cavendish, farmed by Ocie and his brother, Allie Vannoy. Helen often prepared meals for farm crews in a house with no electricity, indoor plumbing, or telephone. There were many stories of critters, snakes, ornery horses and mules, and having to make do with little. Helen related that the early days of farming had been a hard life, but it had been a good life.
Helen and family attended the Cavendish Methodist Church, a log church built by the community in the late 1930s. She was blessed through her church involvement over the years both spiritually and socially.
In 1946, Helen and Ocie purchased a farm property nearby where they lived and farmed until retirement in1981. They continued to live at Cavendish until 1995 when they moved to Lewiston. Helen has been blessed with wonderful and caring friends who have assisted her for several years allowing her to remain in her home.
Helen had many interests including gardening, crocheting, fishing, camping, boating, and travelling with a camp trailer. The Vannoy's spent many winter months in Yuma, AZ. living in their trailer, and later in a home they purchased there. Helen has been an avid fan of Gonzaga basketball for many years and never missed watching a game on TV.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ocie in 2007; brothers, Delbert Bryant and Faye Bryant; and a sister, Neva Wilson.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Sandra Enger and husband Darl of Missoula MT, and her son, Robert and wife Marolyn of Greenville SC, and five grandchildren; Susan Hawkins and husband Jeff of Nampa, Joseph Vannoy of Kirkland, WA, Todd Vannoy of Redmond, WA., Mike Enger and wife Debra of Walla Walla, WA, and Michelle Snobar and husband Sam of Seeley Lake MT, and 10 great grandchildren. There are several nieces and nephews in the Lewiston area as well as her sister-in-law, Edith Vannoy, and dear friends, Carley and Don Lawrence.
A special 'Thank you' to the wonderful physicians and nurses at Saint Joseph Oncology, doctors Eggleston, Kumar and Flinders, for all the kind and special care.
A graveside memorial service will be announced in the Lewiston Tribune, and will be held when relatives living out of town are able to attend.
Memorials can be sent in Helen's name to the Orofino Methodist Church, PO Box 424, 337 College Ave., Orofino ID 83544, and specify they are for the Cavendish Methodist Church.
Photos: Eva Helen Bryant Vannoy
Edith Blewett, 91, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Edith Keturah Blewett died Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Lewiston, at age 91.
She was born to Loyal V. and Zoe (Anderson) Mattoon on April 3, 1926, in a farmhouse near Gifford, the youngest of six children. The family moved to Mohler, Idaho, when she was 4 years old. She was asthmatic from birth, and the family soon moved again to Kamiah in search of a better climate for her. A short time later, the Mattoon family moved to a small side-hill farm between Kamiah and Kooskia.
Quoting Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life," her saintly mother taught her to be "up and doing."
Mom graduated from Kooskia High School in 1944 and went to work as a telephone operator in Grangeville. There she caught the eye and the heart of Herbert Calvin Blewett, who had just been honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Herbert and Edith were married Aug. 22, 1946, at her parent's farm between Kamiah and Kooskia, mom holding a beautiful bouquet of gladiolas. Herb and Edith followed Dad's job with Washington Water Power and made their homes through the years in Grangeville, Lewiston, Orofino, Pierce, Craigmont and Clearwater. Along the way, the couple welcomed a daughter and five sons who were her joy.
Mom was happy. To some, crawling in a hot, old one-seat pickup with two adults and several kids might not appear to be an occasion for fun, but Mom made it so with a wink, a joke, a song or an elbow deftly thrown. Until long after they were grown, her kids didn't even know that she was "scared to death" of lightning storms. We all grew up loving thunder and lightning because she made it fun to watch the crack and hear the rumble. Mom was happy, and it was contagious.
Mom could cook - really cook. In today's world, they would have called her a chef. We called her Mom. Some of our best memories are of sitting around the family table with heaps of venison steak seasoned "just right," piles of mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh salads and vegetables and new things she would try - and always a cake or pies. The latter might not make it to dinner if they fell into the hands of her hungry sons, just home from the fields; but then Mom didn't care. Mom was happy.
In addition to raising six children, she managed a garden, sometimes larger than an acre in size. Her older children helped with the milk cow. In older days, she washed our clothes outside in a tub washer with a hand-wringer, but could still manage to whip up a cake so good that the neighbors wanted to find a reason to come visit. An entire generation of Cub Scouts have lost their den mother.
In the 1970s, with her children mostly grown, Mom took work outside the home, and did so successfully. She was secretary in the Highland school system and was well-loved. She received a framed recognition for her stellar service. She was the secretary/bookkeeper at Hewson Brothers in Grangeville and assisted her family members in that same capacity for several ensuing years.
Herb and Edith retired in 1982 to their little ranch on Wall Creek near Clearwater, and in later years moved to Lewiston. They loved to travel around the lower 48 and to Alaska in their motorhome. They were faithful Yuma, AZ, "snowbirds" each winter.
Mom was a Daughter of Rebekah of the International Order of Odd Fellows and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She could play a mean hand of pinochle. She liked to fish, but usually was at the campfire working the griddle and Dutch oven. She was still driving a car a month before her death. She didn't let any grass grow under the tires, but never had a traffic ticket or an accident in her entire life, except once when a pack horse jumped off a cutbank through the roof of her Model A Ford. She used to laugh about it. Mom was happy.
Mom's love of Jesus Christ was the first priority in her life. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. One of her greatest joys was to listen to her son preach, and she tried never to miss a service.
Mom was greatly beloved and is sorely missed, but she made deep "footprints in the sands of time," in which we "shall take heart again."
Edith was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Herb, whom she missed desperately; by her beloved grandchildren, Jared Bret Lunders and Lisa R. Paul; her parents, Loyal and Zoe Mattoon; sisters Lavene Z. Manes and Doris May Haight; and brothers E.V. Mattoon and Paul Mattoon.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara Brown, of Lewiston; her daughter, Lexie (Delbert) Lunders, of Grangeville; , James (Janet) Blewett of Lewiston, Robert (Lila) Blewett of Lewiston, Donald (Carla) Blewett of Grangeville, Ron (Melynda) Blewett of Lewiston and David (Rebecca) Blewett of Meridian; 20 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren on the way.
A private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blessed Hope Assembly of God Food Bank, 1033 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Edith Keturah Blewett
Arlee Buford Head, 80
Arlee Buford Head passed away in peace Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, less than a week after his 80th birthday. He was surrounded by his four children.
Arlee was born to Harvey and Daisy (Johnson) Head on July 9, 1937, in Moscow. He attended school in Deary and graduated from Deary High School in 1955. After high school, he served with the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1958, with tours of duty in the Philippines and Guam.
He was skilled as a welder and fabricator, as a sawyer, a logger, and as a road builder working around the Northwest, primarily in the areas of Kendrick and Orofino. He was especially proud of the beautiful red-and-white logging truck he owned and operated in the late '60s and '70s, which he kept in pristine condition. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and taught his children to love the mountains and beauty that surrounded them in Clearwater County and beyond. He raised sheep and was a devoted shepherd and horseman. He rode horses as a boy on their Deary ranch and had a horse all through his life.
Arlee and Wanda Elizabeth Munck were married Dec. 19, 1958, in Clarkston, WA, and began raising their family in Lewiston. They were founding members of Faith Tabernacle Church in Lewiston. In 1972, they built their family home and ranch on Angel Ridge outside of Peck. Arlee's four children grew up there, and the family was part of the United Brethren congregation at Cream Ridge and Riverside Assembly of God in Orofino. Arlee and Wanda divorced in 1982.
Arlee married Ruth Hull in 1995 in Hamilton, MT. They later moved back to Idaho and were together on their ranch in Southwick until Ruth's passing in 2005. Ruth had a way of bringing out the very best in Arlee, and their families rejoice that the two are reunited in heaven.
Arlee will be remembered for his tough exterior, humor and strength, but also for his humility and heart for Jesus. He was known for his sense of humor, for having the "gift of gab" and he made friends everywhere he went. Arlee had a twinkle in his eye, a warm smile and a warm heart that was hard to forget. He drove gravel truck and lived on his ranch until the day in July 2011 he had his stroke and was moved to the Idaho State Veterans Home. He made many friends there, though he could no longer talk. He had a way of communicating with his eyes and expressions, and his love for his family and for Jesus sustained him until the end.
He is survived by his children and their families: Connie (Rodney) Hallen of Asotin, WA, and Vicki (Will) Gertje, Douglas (Colleen) Head and Steven Head, all of Clarkston; along with his stepchildren and their families. Arlee also had five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who will remember him fondly from the many stories told about their grandpa. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth Head and sister Wilma (Head) Goertzen.
The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bridges Church in Lewiston with the Rev. Jack Pea officiating. A covered-dish dinner will be held following the service. Burial will follow at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Deary. Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends are welcome to send donations in Arlee's memory to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Arlee Buford Head
Rodney George Clark 'Frogman', 69, Elk River
The world lost a great man and heaven gained another angel. On July 9, 2017, Rodney George Clark 'Frogman', passed away peacefully at his home in Elk River with his loving wife by his side.
Rod was born Dec. 10, 1947 in Lewiston to Homer Marion and Elsie Mae Taylor Clark, who have opened their arms to welcome him into heaven. Also meeting him is his beloved father-in-law, Raymond Jack Cole.
Rod graduated from Lewiston High School in 1966 and joined the United States Navy. After completing boot camp, Rod was accepted into the Navy SEAL Training Program in Coronado, CA. Rod went to Vietnam in 1967, where he did two tours as Special Forces Navy Seal. Among his many duties, he specialized as a frogman. After his discharge from active duty, Rod served in the Naval Reserves until 1971.
After Rod returned home, he worked at the Blount Bullet Factory and Pepsi Cola Warehouse. He then took a job with the City of Lewiston where he worked his way up to Street Maintenance Supervisor, retiring after 25 years and made his home in Elk River.
One of Rod's most rewarding jobs was aiding the Idaho State Police as a SCUBA diver, helping families recover their loved ones and vehicles from the Clearwater and Snake rivers. Rod's passions in life were fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and most of all he loved to ride his Harley. When Rod wasn't enjoying the outdoors, he loved to sit and read books by his favorite author, Harold Robbins. His two favorite companions, 'Gizmo' and 'Chewy' could always be found by his side.
For the first time since coming home from Vietnam, Rod found peace when he met Greta Cole, also a military veteran, who soon became his best friend and wife in 1991. It was obvious to those that knew them, they were destined to be soul mates. Rod and Greta were each other's partners in life's adventures. She was his 'biker-babe' and caretaker until the end.
Rod found an even deeper peace and place of belonging when the CVR (Combat Vet Riders) Motorcycle Club found him in 2005 and opened their hearts and arms to him. He knew from that day forward, he would never have to look over his shoulder again. He knew his military brothers and sisters would have his back until he joined his SEAL Teams again in heaven.
Rod is survived by his wife Greta at their home in Elk River, his sons, Troy Clark, Steven Bellavance, Bryan May, Chad Clark, Sean Clark and daughters, Karen Richardson, Honey Lynn Sychtysz, Rhonda Clark and Traci Clark. He is also survived by his brothers, Gary (Bunyan) Clark, Terry (Butch) Clark, Jerry (Buzz) Clark, Craig (Smokie) Taylor, Mark Clark, Larry Clark and sisters Tana Abbott and Judy Bigalow.
Rod has too many grandchildren to name, all of which he loved and enjoyed spending time with, some of whom gave him the joy of great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Naomi Inez Cole.
A memorial service and celebration of Rod's life will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 15 in Elk River at Merrill Park. Chaplain Richard 'Precious' Hemming and President 'Taz' of the Combat Vet Riders along with the Navy Honor Guard will conduct the service. A covered dish lunch will follow at the Gazebo at the Park.
In lieu of flowers, Rod requested donations be made to the CVR Motorcycle Club, PO Box 11162, Spokane Valley, WA 99211 or at their web site, www.combatvetriders.org.donation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.
Photos: Rodney George Clark 'Frogman'
David Lee Braun, 74, Orofino
David Lee Braun, 74 a lifetime resident of Orofino, ID passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
Dave was born Feb. 1, 1943 to Carl P. Braun and Gladys Albers Braun. He attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School in 1961. He married Jeanette Sue Haney on May 4, 1968.
Following high school Dave worked in the woods for several years, prior to being injured in an auto accident in 1969 that left him paralyzed and wheelchair bound. He later obtained his Real Estate license and worked for Clearwater Realty for many years. He was involved in numerous subdivision development sales and primarily specialized in land sales.
He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Gladys Braun; a brother Richard and a sister, Kathy.
He is survived by his wife Sue, brother-in-law Jim Haney; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
At his request, there will be no services. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
A Very Special Thanks to Carl Cook and Dewey Stewart for their help with everything!
Donations can be made to the charities of your choice in Memory of Dave Braun.
Terry Charles Weeks, 58, worked at Dworshak Hatchery
Terry Charles Weeks passed away Tuesday, July 4th 2017 at his home on Tahoe Ridge near Kooskia.
Terry was born on April 20th 1959 in Grangeville, Idaho. He grew up in Kooskia and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in 1977, where he enjoyed playing basketball, tennis and working at the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery in the summers. After high school, he attended the welding program at Lewis Clark State College, then worked for the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery shortly before logging for Pierson Enterprises for several years.
He married Jamie McKenzie and became a father to Matt Weeks in 1981. His first daughter, Jessica, was born in 1983. In 1985, he joined the Army after recovering from a logging accident. He attended training at Fort Leonard Wood, and was stationed in Heilbronn, Germany as a Combat Engineer. His second daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1988 in Stuttgart, Germany. He returned home shortly after the end of the Cold War and fall of the Berlin wall, completing his enlistment and earning an honorable discharge from the US Army. He transferred to the Idaho National Guard and served for several years afterwards. He was very successful in the Army and was always proud of his military service.
After returning to Idaho, he lived in Kooskia with his family and worked at the lumber mill in Kamiah for a short time before starting what would be his career in fisheries at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery as a Maintenance Mechanic. His son, Jordan, was born in 1994.
Over his 27 years at the hatchery, he learned the intricacies and complexities of the facility and became close friends with many of his colleagues. He took pride in his work, and spoke often of his family at Dworshak.
Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Weeks; his father, Gale Weeks; his nephew Bryan Johnson; and his brother, Rich Weeks. He is survived by his brother, Butch Weeks and family; sister, Kathy Johnson and family; son, Matt Weeks and wife Carrie; daughter, Jessica Weeks; daughter, Chelsea Weeks; son, Jordan Weeks; and granddaughter, Chloe Weeks.
Terry was an outdoorsman at heart. He loved spending time in the mountains; hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and camping. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, mischievous smile, and hearty laugh. He would go out of his way to help anyone in need, and was a very patient father. He will be dearly missed.
There will be a service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday the 12th of July 2017 at Trenary Funeral Home at 18 1st Ave, Kooskia, with a covered dish dinner to follow at the Life Center Pentecostal Church at 69 US 12, Kamiah.
We love you Dad, thank you for always being there for us.
Photos: Terry Charles Weeks
Steven Osburn, 60, formerly of Weippe
Steve was tragically taken from us too early in a vehicle accident on July 6, 2017, near Pateros, WA.
He was born to Donald and Della (Hartwig) Osburn on Dec. 26, 1956, in Cottonwood.
He graduated from Highland High School in Craigmont in 1975, and went to work farming and driving logging truck for Osburn and Son's Logging.
Steve married Sherry Solberg and they had two sons, Chris and Cody. This marriage later ended in divorce. Steve later met and married the love of his life, Gayle Westhoff, at their Weippe house in 2010.
Steve took great pride in being an owner and operator of Don Osburn and Son's Logging and later Osburn and Son's Logging; driving logging truck for 26 years. Everyone knew him coming down the road by the "OZZIE" on his truck's bug shield. He later worked for Truss Systems and was well known for the locations he could place his truck to set the trusses off. When Truss Systems relocated, Steve went to work for Atlas Sand and Rock, driving dump truck.
Steve loved camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends. He enjoyed snowmobiling and tinkering on any machine to achieve full power potential. He will always be remembered as a super nice guy who would do anything for anyone, and his capability to make anything run. He loved his life with Gayle and their beautiful new home that he helped build. He also enjoyed caring for his two dogs and cat. Steve's granddaughter, Taylor, held a special place in his heart. He loved going to, and watching, everything she was involved in, as well as her coming down to stay with him.
Steve is survived by his mother, Della of Craigmont; and nine siblings, brothers, Lonnie (Glenda), Danny, Tony (Debbie), sisters, Trish (Ted Wicks) and Lana (Gary Fonnesbeck) all of Lewiston; brother, Richard and sister, Julie (Ernie Steckman) of Winchester; brothers, Jerry (Teri) and David (Tammy) of Craigmont; son, Chris (Michelle) of Lewiston; son Cody (Jill) of Nezperce; and stepson, Shane Doyle (Kellie) of Great Falls, MT. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Taylor Osburn, of Craigmont. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and more family and friends than we are able to list.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; grandparents, Carl and Edith Osburn; and grandparents, George and Mary Hartwig.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, at the Craigmont School Gymnasium. There will be a covered-dish gathering immediately following at the Craigmont Legion Hall in Craigmont. Please come and share a favorite "Steve" story. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lewis Clark Animal Shelter, Lewiston.
Photo: Steven Osburn
Irma Wise, 96, former Orofino, Weippe teacher
"Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling and falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living." Psalms 116:7-9
Irma was born Aug. 29, 1920, to Luella L. (Thurston) and Fred E. Baugh in Cayuga, IN, one of seven children. Before she was two years old, the family moved to South Wenatchee, WA, where she spent her growing-up years. She attended elementary school in South Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1938. Singing was always her passion, and she was involved with music in various ways all of her life.
Irma attended Eastern Washington College at Cheney, WA, for three years. There she met the love of her life, Donald Wise. They were married Sept. 13, 1942. She began teaching in Weippe in 1957 and in 1963 she completed her Bachelor of Arts in education after returning to school several successive summers. She taught for a total of 17 years, including at Kamiah, Orofino and Weippe.
Irma passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Living Spring Residential Care, where she had been a resident, taken care of by a loving staff, for just a few months. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; special daughter, Katie Jubinville; and all six of her brothers: Arthur, Leslie, Norbert, Odin, Fred and Norman. She is survived by her three children, Duane (Laurinda) Wise, Joy (Rick) Cook and Diana (Jim) Mickelson; special son, Devis (Sylvia) Jubinville; their exchange student, Jon Kuman of Norway; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters-in-law, Nearine (Deede) Baugh and Faye Baugh; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Irma was always busy in her church - she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and participated in women's church groups. She was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teacher's society. Her volunteer work included crafts and reading at the Cottonwood prison, crafts with developmentally challenged people in Clarkston, WA, Meals on Wheels for 10 years and various activities at the Idaho State Veteran's Home.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Irma's name.
Photo: Irma Wise
Clayton Everett Dugger, 64, Freeman Creek
Clayton Everett Dugger, 64, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home in Freeman Creek.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder, 87, Orofino
Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder, 87 a longtime resident of Orofino passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
He was born Feb. 18, 1930 in Orofino to Eldon and Rosella (Parkins) Snyder. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years in the service. During his time in the service he was trained as a photographer and after the service he went to the Seattle Photographer School. Morie joined Snyders' Inc. and worked at the clothing/sporting goods store for 35 years until his retirement.
He was a photographer, a member of the Clearwater County Search and Rescue, longtime Elk Lodge member and Moose Lodge member. Morie also enjoyed singing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Karaoke night.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Rosella and lifelong friend Mary Pittman.
He is survived by his brother Elbert and wife Angie, two nephews, seven cousins, two great nieces, one great nephew, two great-great nephews and all the many friends he left behind.
Morie Snyder's funeral service will be Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Maurice 'Morie' E. Snyder
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, Orofino
A memorial service will be held for Doris Joanne Hutchinson at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, at Lodge at River's Edge, 615 Main in Orofino.
She passed away March 30, 2017.
Larry Rynearson, 79, Orofino
Larry L. Rynearson passed peacefully Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home at Lewiston.
Larry was born to Emmett and June (Bullock) Rynearson on Aug. 12, 1938, at Stites. He started out his early life living with his family on the Selway River across from Johnson Bar. He started his school years in Benton City, WA, where his father went to work at Hanford. The family eventually moved back to the Selway area and Larry attended school at the "Pete King" schoolhouse up the Lochsa River.
His family moved again in 1950 to Lewiston, as his father worked on the construction of Potlatch Forests Inc. Larry attended Lewiston schools up until 1955, when the family moved to Syringa, where he went until his senior year and graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia in 1956.
After high school, Larry worked at various logging and construction jobs. He worked for various auto dealerships in Lewiston as a mechanic and service writer. They had two sons born while living in Lewiston: Tim was born in 1968 and Scott in 1971. Larry moved his family upriver around 1973 and to Montana for a short period of time while he drove his own grain truck. They moved back to Syringa in the spring of 1978 and he opened his own mechanic shop there. In 1981, Larry and family moved to Kamiah, where he owned and operated Larry's Syringa Auto Service, finally settling in a home and shop in Pine Ridge subdivision.
Larry and Paulette divorced in 1991 and he remained in Kamiah, where he met Nancy Ryle. They moved to Culdesac in 1996 and were married in August of 1998 at Coeur d'Alene. After Nancy passed in 2006, Larry moved upriver back to Kooskia, where he lived until 2011, later moving to Orofino, where he lived until the spring of 2017.
Larry was a big auto enthusiast to say the least and had many adventures and fun with his rigs. He also loved hunting and fishing, which started when he was young and living upriver. There are many fond memories of pack trips with his father and brothers, as well as friends and other family members.
Larry is survived by his two sons, Tim (Debbie) Rynearson of Orofino and Scott (Jenny) Rynearson of Post Falls; stepdaughter, Renee Ryle (Taka) of Japan; brothers, Dean (Janet) Rynearson of Sandpoint and Steven (Jan) Rynearson of Clarkston, WA; granddaughters, Ashley Rynearson, Sierra Rynearson and Savannah Rynearson; great-grandson, Coltan Terras; stepgrandson, Javon Gibson; nieces, Jenny Estlund, Heidi Van Dyken and Nicole Anderson; and nephews, Ty Rynearson and Nick Winburn.
Larry was a very social person throughout his entire life and had many friends who he considered to be family as well and thought very highly of all of them. He always had a smile on his face and especially enjoyed a good cup of coffee and conversation.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Photo: Larry L. Rynearson
Boyd Eberhardt Jr., 74, formerly of Lenore
Boyd Eberhardt Jr. was born Sept. 17, 1942, in Lewiston. He passed peacefully at home, going to join the Lord on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Boyd was a kind-hearted man who was always there for anyone who needed him.
He attended grade school in Lenore and graduated from Lapwai High School in 1960. After high school, Boyd enlisted in the U.S. Army and achieved the position of Army Airborne Paratrooper Specialist 4, from 1960 to 1963. When he was discharged, he lived in New York for a year, but missing his home, returned to Idaho. He moved to Lewiston and began working at Potlatch Forests Inc. He took pride in his career and his many years of service at Potlatch.
During this time, he married Lynette Wilson in 1967, and they divorced in 1969. He married Patricia Estell in 1971. They divorced in 1973. In 1974, he married the love of his life, Regina Dasenbrock-Calene, his wife, partner and friend the rest of his life. In 2001, after 36 years of service, he retired as a senior machine tender on No. 1 paperboard machine. Boyd filled his time outdoors in his beloved Northwest for the first three years of his retirement.
To help fill his hours, in 2004 he began working part-time as a dealer exchange driver for Kendall Auto. He greatly enjoyed his work transporting vehicles everywhere from Montana to Southern California. Boyd immaculately restored a 1968 Mercury Cougar and thoroughly enjoyed showing it at local car shows, winning numerous awards. He was a longtime member of the Lewiston Catholic community, belonging to the Knights of Columbus. He also was part of the American Legion and the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club. He retired finally in 2012, pursuing hunting, fishing and wood cutting, often with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Regina; a son, Kevin Calene; and four daughters, Teresa Stephenson, Patricia Offt, Brydget Forest and Heather Taylor. He had 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He also is survived by two sisters, Shirley Morgan and Sarita (Bob) Linkhart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Joyce Eberhardt; and his brother, Troy Eberhardt; as well as his brother-in-law, Dave Morgan.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Greencreek Cemetery in Greencreek. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints Catholic Church.
Photo: Boyd Eberhardt Jr.
Nadene Jones, 95, Orofino
Nadene Francis (Gustin) Jones, 95, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017. She was born April 20, 1922, in Clarkston, WA, to Lillie and Claude Gustin. After a very short battle with cancer, Nadene joined her beloved family who passed before her.
Nadene grew up near Waha in the Flat Iron area, learning to ride horses, hunt and shoot with her dad. Riding a horse to Waha School was a daily event, and she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1940.
She was introduced to Melvin Jones by her brother Bill, and they married on Sept. 10, 1941, in Corvallis, OR. While Mel was serving during World War II, they lived in Seattle, WA, and Paris, TX. After the war, they moved back to Lewiston, where they raised their five children.
In her younger years, Nadene worked at several Safeway and Albertsons stores. Nadene and Mel followed the construction of many northwest dam projects, and she worked the guard station on the Chief Joseph Dam. They made their permanent home in Orofino in 1966. Nadene was a 4-H leader and a member of the 49r's Saddle Club for many years. She raised, trained, showed and rode many horses in her lifetime, but the Arabian was her favorite. She was especially proud of the leather side saddle that she rebuilt and her leather tooling.
Nadene was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and she enjoyed making ceramics for family and friends in her own little shop at the house. Gardening was a passion and everyone benefited from the jams and pickles. Nadene guarded her property with an eagle eye and shotgun, thus the naming of Shotgun Lane for her address.
Nadene is survived by Carolyn (Ray) Antonsen, Karen Capper, Alan Jones, Kim (Pam) Jones, Kevin (Ginger) Jones; grandchildren Elton Jones, Kyle Jones and Sheri Weaver; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Charlotte, and husband, Mel.
Please make any memorials to St. Joseph Family Hospice in Lewiston. A celebration of Nadene's 95 years will be held at later this summer.
Photo: Nadene Francis (Gustin) Jones
Beverley Swanson, 92, born in Orofino
Beverley J. Swanson, whose voice, commercial sales, and writing talent were hallmarks of her treasured days at KRLC radio station, Lewiston, in the '50's, '60's and '70's, died May 30, 2017 in Westborough, MA. In 2015, she moved to be closer to family and gained many new friends with residents and staff at Whitney Place Assisted Living and Beaumont Rehab facility there.
She was born Jan. 25, 1925 In Orofino, to Emma Phillips Dresser, a seamstress, and Hugh Burford Dresser, a lumberman. Except for the last two years in Massachusetts, she lived her life in Lewiston. She traveled to Mexico, England, where she visited the Burford estate, her father's namesake, and to Ireland, but always called Lewiston her happiest place, her home. Three siblings preceded her in death: Beryle Scherfenberg of Spokane, WA; Philip Dresser of San Diego, CA; and Donald Dresser of Medford, OR.
Beverley's paternal grandfather, Edward Dresser born in 1858 in Carlinville, IL, was a horse trader and had the first lumberyard in Lewiston (located on the current site of Hahn Supply). Her paternal grandmother, Emma VanArsdale also of Carlinville, had the same first name as her own mother. Her maternal grandparents, Phoebe James (family lore had her related to Jesse James), and George Washington Phillips, were born and raised in Sprague, WA. George was an early railroad man; the locomotive he engineered now sits in Locomotive Park in Lewiston.
In 1944, she met and later married Art Swanson, a Spokane native, who retired from the Lewiston Post Office in 1970. They had two daughters, Dawn Swanson of Seattle, and Carol Isvak of Westborough, MA. They made their home in Clarkston where the girls went to school. In 1959, Beverley worked part-time demonstrating and selling food products at local grocery stores. As the story goes, she presented Van Camp green beans to the then owner of KRLC, Don Thomas. She said, "These are the only canned beans with no strings and they are cheaper by the case!" One case later, and a meeting with Art to discuss a sales job at the radio station, and she was on her way to a radio and public relations position lasting more than 20 years.
Beverley's early history includes recognition by her first-grade teacher for her natural ability to sing, dance, and perform. Her first stage appearance was at Lewiston's Masonic Lodge on Main Street at the age of six. With no formal training, except voice lessons, Beverley wrote and broadcast her way to successive regional awards and recognition for commercial journalism. Sales and advertising were in her blood and her voice was perfect for the radio! "Mad Men" would have taken notice of her drive and competitive spirit at a time when women in the field would have been an anomaly. A flair for the dramatic and artistic abilities influenced and punctuated nearly every element of her life since then.
Lucy Rice, a former colleague now of Sales Sense, Portland, OR, who considered Bev her mentor, said upon learning of her passing, "She was one of the most creative people in the last 100 years".
Beverley's commercial writing was recognized by the National Federation of Press Women (1971 Journalism Award), Idaho Press Women, the Inland Empire Press-Radio-Television (radio production commercials), the Spokane Press Club, the L-C Kiwanis Club, where she was included in the Foremost Women in Communications 1969-70, plus many other distinctions for sales and advertising work.
Photo: Beverley Swanson
Roy Dee Fonnesbeck, 75, Orofino
Roy Dee Fonnesbeck, 75, passed away at his residence in Orofino.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
John Michael Apfelbeck, 86, Peck
John Michael Apfelbeck of Peck, ID, 86 passed away June 2, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino.
He was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Colby, WI, to Leo and Hilda (Ohlinger) Apfelbeck. John grew up in Colby, WI where he attended school. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Guam from 1951 - 1952. He married Carol J. Nielsen in April 1955 and later divorced in 1991. They raised their four children in Wausau, WI where he drove long haul trucks for Wausau Papers and later Schneider transport. John retired in 1993 and moved to Idaho. He met and married Wanda Head in October 1997 until present.
John was a member of the St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. He was also an active member of the Eagles and the Senior Center in Orofino.
John is survived by his wife, Wanda (Head) Apfelbeck of Peck; four stepchildren, Connie (Head) and Ron Hallen of Lewiston, Doug and Colleen Head of Lewiston, Vicki (Head) Gertje of Lewiston, and Steve Head of Lewiston; four children, Fay Lippert, of Wausau, WI; Penelope and Gregg Thompson of Ankeny, IA; Neal and Cami Apfelbeck of Poulsbo, WA and Amy Nielsen of Morton, WA; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Leo and Hilda Apfelbeck; two brothers and seven sisters.
A Rosary recitation begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino, ID with Father Sipho Mathabela, OSB officiating.
Memorial Donations can be made in John M. Apfelbeck memory to: St. Theresa's Catholic Church P.O. Box 1169 Orofino, Idaho 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: John Michael Apfelbeck
Fern Marie Burger, 89, formerly of Orofino
Fern Marie Burger passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Spokane Valley, WA, after a brief illness.
Fern was born June 28, 1927, in Avon, SD, one of 12 children. She married Robert Burger in 1952 and they had two sons, Richard and William.
She moved to Orofino with her husband Bob in 1965 so Bob could work on Dworshak Dam. After the dam was complete, he retired and the couple moved to Lewiston to enjoy the retired life.
Fern enjoyed taking care of her home, crocheting, camping and hanging out with friends and family. In 2012, Fern and Bob moved to Spokane Valley to be closer to family.
Fern is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bob; son Bill of Spokane; two daughters-in-law; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. Fern will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Funeral services for Fern Marie Burger will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., in Lewiston.
Photo: Fern Marie Burger
Henry 'Hank' Hiller, 77
Henry 'Hank' Hiller passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017, from lung cancer.
He was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Pomeroy, WA, to Edward J. and Blanche C. Hiller. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane, WA, in 1957, and he served with the U.S. Army in Germany from January '62 to January '65.
Henry and Lynda Myers were married Oct. 30, 1965, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston, WA, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii and back in October 2015. After a long and varied work career, Henry finally retired for good in April of 2012. They then moved to Walla Walla, WA, in July of that year.
Hank is survived by his wife, Lynda, at Walla Walla. There were no children. He also is survived by brother Jim (Lee) Hiller of Spokane; sister Barbara Carlton of Dayton, WA; sister-in-law Kathy Shepard of Clarkston; former brother-in-law Lee Berndt of Weippe; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife's parents and brother-in-law Bill Carlton.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, with the Rev. Pat Wolf officiating. Lunch will follow at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston. Burial will take place in the family plot at the Catholic cemetery in Pomeroy at a time to be determined.
Photo: Henry 'Hank' Hiller
Eleanor R. McKnight, 97
Eleanor R. McKnight, 97, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Lewiston.
She was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Grand Forks, ND, to G.E. Rolf and Ellen Flynn Rolf. Several years later, the family moved to Duluth, MN., where she attended schools and graduated from Central High School in 1938. She then attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and studied to become a medical record librarian and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942.
Eleanor worked in hospitals in New Haven, CT., Nashville, TN., and Alameda, CA. Then she worked in Washington, DC, for the U.S. Public Health Service as a public health analyst.
In July of 1945, while working in California, she met her future husband in San Francisco while he was serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. She married Milan "Mac" McKnight on Feb. 7, 1948, in Valentine, NE. In June of that year, they moved to Fresno, CA, where her husband taught high school for five years. Next, they moved to San Jose, CA, where her husband was a teacher for 29 years and she was a homemaker. In 1982, they retired and moved to Lewiston.
She and her husband were members of several organizations in the valley. They also traveled to many western states and enjoyed fishing local streams and reservoirs.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Towne of Lewiston; a son, Bob McKnight, and wife Kathy of Orofino; grandsons, Tom McKnight of Moscow and Dan McKnight and his wife Tonya of Niceville, FL; great-grandchildren Storm, Skylar, Alisha, Xavier, Tyler, Tia and Addison; and sister-in-law Jessie Rolf of Tulsa, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mac; brother, Bill Rolf and wife, Virginia; brother, Bob Rolf; and an infant great-granddaughter.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the chapel of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Memorials can be made to Holy Family School in Clarkston. WA, or the Salvation Army in Lewiston.
Photo: Eleanor R. McKnight
Jessie Eloise Smith, 89, Weippe
Jessie Eloise Smith, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Lewiston on May 30, 2017 she was 89 years young.
Jessie was born Sept. 14, 1927 in Greer to Walter and Edith Kingen. She was raised on the family farm in Fraser and attended school at Cottonwood School of Fraser and Weippe High School. During World War II she worked as a flunky for Potlatch Forest Inc. at Headquarters.
On May 31, 1946, she married Albert Smith. They lived in Weippe until 1960 when they moved to White Sulfur Springs, MT, where her husband worked in logging. He passed away in 1969 and she moved back to Weippe.
In January 1970, she went to work for School District #171 as a kitchen manager at Timberline, a job she held for 15 years. She worked the next 25 years as a live-in care giver in the Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow, Pullman and Colfax area. Retiring at the age of 80.
Jessie then travelled throughout the United States and Canada, especially in Alaska. She loved the rodeo and attended the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas many times as well as Cheyenne, Calgary and Alberta, Canada.
She loved music and played the piano since childhood. She enjoyed her bowling for many years and she was an avid Bingo and Pinochle player right up to the time of her death. She also was a life time member of the Rebekah Lodge in Weippe and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Ron and Vickie of Weippe and Darold and Anita of Weippe; daughter, Linda and Earl of Potlatch; two step daughters Nita and Ginny; her oldest grandchild, Sheila Miller, who she raised from infancy; and her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; her parents, Walter and Edith Kingen; four brothers, Kenneth, Donald, Dean and Ray; two sisters, Viola Borders and Fern Wilson; and one grandson.
A Graveside Service will be held celebrating Jessie's life at the Weippe Cemetery on Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. Jessie would like all donations sent to Crossroads Hospice and Caregivers Charitable Foundation at https://crhcf.org.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Photos: Jessie Eloise Smith
Clarence Victor Henderson, 74, Orofino
Clarence Victor Henderson, 74, Orofino, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Orofino.
He was born June 26, 1943 in Andaeko, OK, to Mildred Epperly and Olaf Henderson. He married Sylvia York in 1985.
Clarence was an automotive machinist, an emergency medical technician in Bridgeport, WA and worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WWP. He was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy for six years.
He enjoyed fishing and automotives.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Joan Henderson; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Celebration of the Life of Papa will be held June 11 at Evans Campground in Evans, WA. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Clarence Victor Henderson
Rose Buchert, 78, Orofino
Rose Buchert, 78, Orofino, died at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, on May 25, 2017.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Samantha Shea Fignani, 23
Samantha Shea Fignani, age 23, of Kooskia, was taken from us on Monday, May 22, 2017, in Orofino. She was a loved daughter, sister, mother and friend. Her sweet smile and infectious laugh will be missed dearly.
Samantha was born in Lewiston on Dec. 24, 1993 and grew up in Kooskia, where she resided with her family for the better part of her childhood.
Samantha was preceded in death by her sister, Randi Nicole Broncheau, and her grandfather, Pete Olsen.
She is survived by her daughters, Diamond Rain and Mia Willow; her siblings, Kora Fignani, Colten Fignani, Tamika McMillian and Mike Fignani; her parents, Consuelo Augie and Nick Steiger, and Mike E. Fignani; her grandmother, Patti Rae Trachell; her great-grandmother, Delores Willig; as well as a vast group of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services for Samantha will be held at the Life Center in Kamiah, U.S. Highway 12, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Immediate family members viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All other friends and loved ones are welcome to come say goodbye at 1 p.m. during the Celebration of Life.
Photo: Samantha Shea Fignani
Frank Morford, 95, logged out of Elk River
Frank Morford went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Frank was born Oct. 21, 1921, to Fannie and Herbert Morford, one of 11 children. He grew up on a farm outside of Notus, Idaho. He served in the U.S. Marines for four years during World War II. In November of 1945, he married Billie Totty, and they were married for 72 years.
Frank worked as a logger out of Elk River from 1953 until the family moved to Lewiston in 1971. He then worked for the city of Lewiston Parks and Recreation for a time and later at the transfer station until he retired in 1988. He was active in, and a member of, Orchard Community Church for 42 years. Frank also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Billie; daughters, Diana Alexander (Doug), Carol Chambers and Susan Tibbs (Kenneth); six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Photo Frank Morford
Jim Goetz, 67, Orofino
Jim Goetz passed away at his home in Orofino on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Jim was born Nov. 18, 1949, in New London, WI, to Leonard and Evelyn Goetz. He attended school in Manawa, WI, and played drums in the school band and wrestled.
As a child he loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He had many great times throughout his life with family and friends in the great outdoors.
While attending college in Oshkosh, WI, he started to work part-time at Shopko. This was the start of long career in retail, which meant relocating many times to open new stores.
He lived in Marshfield and Appleton, WI. He also lived in Boise and in Sandy, UT, while opening Shopko stores throughout the west. After retiring in 2007, Jim relocated to Orofino.
Jim met his wife, Nancy, while working at Shopko. They were married June 15, 1973. Jim shared his good work ethic and his love for the outdoors with his three sons and one daughter. He was blessed with four beautiful granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson.
Jim was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Jim loved football and was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan.
Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Chris (Brittany), of Orofino; son, Nick, of Missouri; son, Andy, of Missouri; daughter, Julie (Steven), of Georgia; granddaughter, Nemiko, and great-grandson, Phoenix, of Utah; granddaughters, Ava and Ella, of Orofino; granddaughter and grandson, Breanna and Nathan, of Georgia; and sister, Kathy, and brother, Tom, of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Wanda.
Father Sipho officiated the Celebration of Life Mass at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino on May 22.
Photo: Jim Goetz
Lucille Marie Preussler, 88, Teakean
Lucille Marie Preussler passed away at age 88 on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Clarkston, WA, from complications from hip surgery.
Lu was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Presque Isle, WI., to John and Margaret (Eleam) Anderson. She was raised there and attended school in Presque Isle.
She married Alvin E. Schultz on Sept. 29, 1945, in Ironwood, MI. He passed in 1974. Lu came out West in 1977, and she married Marvin Preussler on Oct. 6, 1979, at Cream Ridge, Idaho.
Lu was a longtime resident of Teakean and Kendrick, where she was a homemaker and served as a church secretary, a job she also had done in Michigan.
Lu is survived by her husband, Marvin Preussler; sisters, Beverly Pearcey and Dorothea Gerovac; brother, Frank Andersen; children, Alvin L. (Sandy) Schultz, Marie (John) Fink and Deborah (Tom Pedersen) Arnestad; daughter-in-law Colleen Schultz; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, neighbors and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin E. Schultz; sons, Edward and Timothy Schultz; and siblings, Sam, Bob, Mildred, Mary, Doris and Betty Lou.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Assembly of God Church, 208 W. Main St., Kendrick, with her husband, the Rev. Marvin Preussler, officiating.
Please sign the online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Lucille Marie Preussler
Mary Jane Peterson, 89, Orofino
Mary Jane Peterson, 89, Orofino, passed away peacefully, at Clearwater Valley Health and Rehab, in Orofino Saturday May 20, 2017.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Boyd William Wood, 75, Lenore
Boyd William Wood was born in Moscow, Idaho to Verla and William Alfred Wood on Sept. 6, 1941 making a family of four with his older brother Deryl Edwin Wood. Boyd reached the age of 75 and passed peacefully at his home in Lenore on May 15, 2017.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. May 19, 2017 at CrossPoint Alliance Church 1330 Powers Ave. Lewiston. Pastor Paul Smith will conduct the service. A reception will follow at the Lenore Community Center on U.S. Highway 12 at 2 p.m. Friday. A private family burial will occur at a later date in Elwood Cemetery at Texas Ridge.
Boyd graduated from Lewiston High School May 28, 1959. After graduation, he went into the Navy. During his enlistment, he was trained in San Diego, CA. Upon completing his training as a radioman, Boyd was stationed in Adak, AK, also on the U.S.S. Everett F Larson, and the U.S.S. Harry E. Hubbard. He was discharged Jan. 23, 1964.
Carol Ann Farrington married Boyd Aug. 30, 1963 in Lewiston at the Orchards Community Church. They were married for 48 years. During their married life, they moved many times for employment in floor covering and farm chemicals. They moved from Lewiston to Denver to Portland, OR, and back to Lewiston. When he accepted work in Moscow, the family moved to Genesee. Boyd and Carol lived in Genesee from 1977-2003, finally settling in Lenore from 2003 until the present. Along the way, they had four children, Bill Wood, Kim Moser (Paul), DeLayne (Dee Dee) Wood and Duane Wood (Jeannie).
Fishing, hunting, camping and growing a garden to harvest and enjoy were some of his favorite hobbies. Though he said he would not grow a garden this year, he had already planted tomatoes because he just couldn't resist. Boyd would never refuse a piece of huckleberry pie.
Boyd is survived by his four children as well as grandsons Jared Wood (Shoshana), Ian Klippenstein (Ruth) Steven Wood (Elizabeth) and Elijah Moser and granddaughters Shandra Duncan (Matt), and Valorie Marubahi. He also leaves behind two great grandsons, Brodie and John; with two great granddaughters on the way Ariel and Ruth. Boyd is survived by his special friend and partner of the last five years, Barbra Felton.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, brother and wife.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lewiston Class of 1959 L.I.F.E. Scholarship fund 3317 12th St. Lewiston, ID, 83501 or the Lenore Community Center, LCAC P.O. Box 21 Lenore, ID 83541.
Photo: Boyd William Wood
Harry E. Owen, 89, attended school in Peck
Harry E. Owens, 89, Grangeville, died in a single-car accident on Idaho Highway 13 near Stites on Thursday, May 11, 2017.>Harry was born May 11, 1928 in Spokane, WA, the second son of Charles E. and Pearl Tumelson Owens. He attended schools in Peck, Hayden and Grangeville, graduating from Grangeville High School in 1946.
Following his graduation, Harry moved to Lewiston to work at the mill. He married Marietta Huffman, also of Grangeville, on Dec. 7, 1947 in the Grangeville First Christian Church. After a few months in Lewiston, the couple returned to Grangeville, where he began working at the Post Office. In 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force. Over the next four years, he was stationed at bases in Texas, Florida, and Georgia. During this time, their sons, Randy and Mike, were born.
After his discharge from the military in 1955, they returned to Grangeville, where he resumed his career at the Post Office. In 1957, he joined the Army National Guard unit in the Grangeville area. Daughter, Sandi was born in 1958, followed by youngest daughter, Leann, in 1961. Later that year, Harry's local guard unit was called to active duty at Fort Lewis, WA, where he was stationed for one year. In 1965, Harry attended helicopter flight schools in Texas and Alabama. Upon returning to Idaho, he transferred from the local National Guard engineering unit to the 116th Armored Cavalry, Boise. He retired from the National Guard in 1988.
In 1975, Harry became a fulltime rural route carrier for the Post Office, which he continued until his retirement in 1983. During this time, he also drove school bus between Grangeville and Slate Creek. In 1986, Harry was elected Idaho County Commissioner, a position he held for the next 16 years.
Harry was an active member of the Grangeville Christian Church until the time of his death. He was a dedicated member of Mount Idaho Lodge #9 A.F and A.M, and Mountain Queen Chapter #11, Order of the Eastern Star, and held memberships in several other Masonic bodies, including York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Cryptic Masons, Red Cross of Constantine and Knights Templar.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Patricia, son Randy, and wife Marietta.
He is survived by his older brother, Lee (Roberta) of Lewiston; youngest sister, Shirley Hunter, of Lewiston; son, Mike of Grangeville; daughter, Sandi Wheeling and her husband, Richard, of Boise; daughter, Leann Owens and her husband Kurt Spracher, of Idaho Falls; grandchildren, Sarah Owens, Dylan Owens, Jeremy Yuill, Jameson Spracher, J.C. Spracher, Jeff Spracher, Tyler Wheeling, Laura Wheeling, and Ryan Wheeling.
A viewing will be held Friday, May 19, 2017, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. A Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017. at 1 p.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church with Pastor Tom Helmick to officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences for the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Spokane Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204, or a charity of your choice.
Photo: Harry E. Owens
Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly, 95, formerly of Orofino
Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly, 95, a resident of Lewiston since 1957, passed away peacefully Monday, May 8, 2017.
She was born July 11, 1921, in Moscow, to Thomas and Effie (Juhnke) Jabbora, the third of 10 children. She attended kindergarten through second grade at St. Rose's Catholic School in Moscow and moved with her family to Orofino in 1927.
While living in Orofino, Katherine taught herself to play trombone, violin and piano. She played basketball and was the first female drum majorette at Orofino High School, graduating in 1939.
She attended Lewiston Normal School (Lewis-Clark State College) from 1939 to 1941, majoring in education. She taught for two years in Kooskia before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1943. During her years of service, she was stationed at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Totten, NY. She obtained the rank of sergeant first class, giving her the lifelong nickname, "Sarge." During her service, she met the love of her life, Robert J. Reilly, who would throw snowballs at her window to get her to have breakfast with him on Sunday mornings. They fell in love, and she married her Irishman on June 16, 1951, at Fort Devens, MA. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Japan, where she was honorably discharged in 1953 as they welcomed their first son, Robert. The family moved to the Presidio in San Francisco and had their daughter, Kay, in 1956. They resided in California until 1957, when her husband was transferred and served in the Korean War. At that time, the family moved to Lewiston and welcomed their third child, Richard, in 1958.
Katherine was employed at the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District (LOID) from 1958 to 1963. During this time, she went back to school to renew her teaching certificate and graduated in 1963. She taught for 28 years at Tammany Elementary School, primarily teaching the third grade. During this time, she touched many students' lives, and throughout the rest of her life, she was fondly remembered as "Mrs. Reilly, my third-grade teacher." Katherine frequently was recognized by her former students - they would catch up on their lives, reminisce about their days at Tammany and acknowledge how much of an impact Katherine had on their lives. She retired from teaching in 1991, and even after retiring she continued to substitute teach and enjoyed nurturing her grandchildren's lifelong love of learning.
She did have fruitful retirement years. She went on many trips with her children and grandchildren, including Maui, HI, Disneyland, the Oregon coast, Texas, Laughlin, NV, and Las Vegas. She celebrated her 87th birthday fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska. In addition to traveling, she loved playing pinochle, dancing, playing her organ, going to the casino, gardening, painting and fishing.
In 2004, Katherine was nominated and included in the World War II Women's Memorial by one of her former students. In 2012, she saw the memorial in person when she traveled on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, DC. She was celebrated by civilians from coast to coast and met young women in the service, for whom she paved the way and served as inspiration.
She was an active member of the Lewiston Catholic Community and a member of the American Legion Post No. 13.
Katherine is survived by her children, Bob (Anna Maria) Reilly of El Paso, TX, Kay (Sherman Fike) Reilly Packer of Lewiston, and Dick (Karen) Reilly of Meridian. She also is survived by her brother, Richard (Bertha Mae) Jabbora, of Bellingham, WA; sister Dorothy (Jerry) Johnson, of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Mary Packer, Krisi Packer, Kimberly (Henry) Funk, Matt Reilly, Iris (David) Marston, Spencer Reilly and Maegan (Will) Krahn; and great-granddaughter Brynn Krahn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Effie (Juhnke) Jabbora; her husband and best friend of 45 years, Robert J. Reilly; brothers Joseph Jabbora, Pat Jabbora and Fred Jabbora; and sisters Mary Crabb, Virginia Bradley and Joan Eikum.
A funeral and rosary will be held Saturday. The rosary will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Catholic services at 10:30 a.m. at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., in Lewiston. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. Katherine always loved hosting friends and family, so please join us to celebrate her wonderful life.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lewiston Independent Foundation for Education (L.I.F.E.), 3317 12th St., Lewiston, ID 83501; or www.life-inc.org.
Photo: Katherine Elizabeth (Jabbora) Reilly
Edward John Galloway, 70, Lenore
Edward John Galloway, 70, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home on Freeman Creek.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel caring for arrangements.
Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo,, 87, Orofino
Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo, age 87, passed away peacefully on May 4 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, due to heart complications. Mary Lou was born in Lewiston on Oct. 14, 1929 to Orofenia Hand and Rasmus Rasmussen. She was the youngest of seven children. Mary Lou was born prematurely weighing just 3 pounds 8 ounces and arrived at the beginning of the Great Depression.
Mary Lou grew up in Peck and attended schools there and in Orofino. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1948 and later graduated from the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in 1952 and became a Registered Nurse.
On Aug. 28, 1950, she married her childhood sweetheart, Bud Deyo. Bud and Mary Lou worked side by side in several business ventures, including the highly successful D&K Logging Company. Mary Lou managed the bookkeeping and office duties while raising a family with four children. The Deyo household was always busy with business, kids, school and church events, and family celebrations. Bud passed away in 1978 in a logging accident and Mary Lou later moved to Lewiston and lived there for over 20 years. She moved to Orofino in 2014 to be closer to family.
Mary Lou was always active in the community. She was a church school leader and a 4-H leader for over 25 years. She taught local youth everything from Bible verses to child care to motorcycle safety. Mary Lou took great joy in the hundreds of young people she was able to work with. She served as the Mayor of Peck along with being involved in the League of Women Voters, Hospice, the Peck Methodist Church, the Peck Cemetery Board, and many other local activities. Mary Lou was a true community activist before most of us understood what that was.
The crowning achievement of her dedication to the community was the completion of the Deyo Reservoir in 2013. Mary Lou's vision of turning an old mill pond and sawmill site near Weippe into a fishing reservoir and recreation area for the public to use are now a reality. Her donation of land along with nearly two decades of work helped create a destination that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Mary Lou was a wonderful gem, bolstered by her strong faith and political views, allegiance to sports teams, sincere interest in people, positive attitude and sharp wit. Most of all she took great pride, joy and interest in her family. She kept track of each family member (and their friends) and cheered for them every step of the way. She will be greatly missed by all.
Mary Lou is survived by her four children, Mike (Joanne) Deyo of Orofino, Barbara Deyo of Portland, OR, Brian (Penny) Deyo of Peck, and Joe (Jodie) Deyo of Spring Hill, TN, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband Bud and her six siblings including Owen Knowlton, Edward Knowlton, Melva Cain, Alice Wargi, Alta "Bet" Spear, and Lester Rasmussen.
A celebration of life for all to attend is being planned in June. One of Mary Lou's long standing final requests to everyone was to, "Plant a tree for me." The family suggests any memorials be made to the City of Peck Cemetery at P.O. Box 105, Peck, Idaho 83545 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Photo: Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo
Gary L. Edmonson, 77, born in Orofino
Gary L. Edmonson went home to our Father on May 3, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born Jan. 5, 1940, to Myrtie Zann Edmonson and Hope Lavina Adamson at Orofino. He grew up in Lewiston. Prior to graduating high school, he entered the U.S. Navy on Jan. 9, 1957. He was stationed on the USS Missouri throughout much of his military career. Upon discharge in December 1960, Gary returned to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and remained there until his passing.
He married Virginia Willis, and they had four children together. He later married Janis Hogaboam, having two children. Then on June 30, 1967, Gary married the love of his life, Roxie (Rice) Bayless, who brought two children to the relationship. Together they presented to this world one child, which completed their family structure of nine. He was a strong father figure and outstanding provider throughout their 50 years of marriage. Most would struggle with this size of family - however, not Gary. He thrived on the love he created for each and every one of his children.
Gary shared his ethic of hard work throughout this working career from the Idaho State Highway Department to the City of Lewiston. Here he held positions as a construction supervisor, street superintendent and retired as their construction coordinator.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, but his passion was painting wildlife. The day after retirement, he and Roxie left Lewiston to enjoy the rest of their lives in Dixie, Idaho. The one-room cabin he had built soon became a much larger structure to accommodate his family and friends. These gatherings became his fondest memories. They lived there for 18 years. He had turned his lifelong dream into a reality.
He was preceded in death by his father, Myrtie Zann Edmonson; parents Melvin and Hope Schlieper; sister Patricia Engle; brother Robert; son Dennis Bayless; and grandchild Kami Edmonson.
Gary is survived by his wife, Roxie; his children, Terri (Mike) Small, Martin, Pamela, Rory, David (Tracy), and Jerry Edmonson, Lenny (Trudy) Bayless and Cary (Theresa) Edmonson; daughter-in-law Marcie Bayless; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral service for Gary will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston, 1711 18th St., followed by a gathering at 1 p.m. to celebrate Gary's life at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Lewiston, 1304 Main St.
Family suggest memorials be made to the Dixie Community Center in Dixie, Idaho, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Photo: Gary L. Edmonson
Dorothy L. Bryant, 82, formerly of Orofino
Dorothy Lee Bryant passed away Sept. 18, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, CA, at the age of 82.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1934, in Orofino, to parents Delbert and Grace Bryant. She spent her childhood years in Orofino with her brother, Larry Bryant.
Dorothy was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, a bird lover and a gifted gardener. She obtained her real estate brokers license and enjoyed being a realtor for many years in California.
Dorothy believed, though, her most important responsibility was being a mother to her five children. We were blessed to have such a wonderful mother.
Dorothy is survived by her five children; Dick and Debbie Brandt, Kathy and Smokey Green, Carl and Vanissa Brandt, Larry and Pam Brandt, and Julie Brandt; her brother and his wife, Larry and Sandy Bryant; aunts, Edith Day and Helen Vannoy; grandsons, Jeff Brandt and Eric Brandt, Corey Patton, and Cody Green, who recently passed away; many cousins that were devoted friends throughout her life; as well as childhood friend, Mona Noble.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, Delbert; mother, Grace; and stepfather, Roscoe Morton.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Sanders Cemetery, 1221 Lower Wells Bench Road, Orofino. It will be followed with a luncheon at the High Country Inn, 70 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, to celebrate and share fond memories of her life.
Photo: Dorothy Lee Bryant
Marilyn Gertrude LaPointe, 75, Orofino
Marilyn Gertrude LaPointe, 75, Orofino passed away at Living Springs Residential Care, Lewiston on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Peggy Lou Mercer Phillips, 83
Peggy Lou Mercer Phillips, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation in Grangeville, Idaho. She was born Jan. 17, 1934 in Graham, North Carolina to the late Agnes Ruth Campbell and Thurman Lofton Mercer.
Peggy attended school until graduating from Summer High School in 1952. Peggy began her business career with Jefferson Standard Insurance Company. On Nov. 20, 1954, Peggy married the love of her life, David Phillips in Greensboro, NC. They moved to California and started their family. David worked as a machinist and Peggy was in charge of the house. Raising seven children and having many other kids from the neighborhood over kept her very busy.
Peggy served as church treasurer at First Southern Baptist Church in Culver City for 18 years. She joined the Culver City California Gideon Auxiliary in 1994 and was an active member until her death. Their desire to be near their children brought Peggy and David to Kamiah where they retired.
Peggy is survived by her husband David Phillips of 62 years; her daughters, Kathy (John) Gunter of Clearwater, Diana (Tom) Upton of Orofino; sons, David Keith Phillips of CA, Gary Phillips of West Palm Beach, FL, and John Phillips of Orofino; sisters, Ruth (Leonard) Oliver of Greensboro, NC and Norma Ingram of Thomasville, NC. She is also survived by 11 grandkids: Kameron and Kristin Phillips, Tina (Paul) Lane-Cavallo, Jay Lane, Holly Lynn Caruso, Jason Lama, Jeremia Phillips, Peggy Ann Milburn, Crystal Stancliffe, Justin Upton and David Upton; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Peggy was preceded in death by her father Thurman Mercer, mother Agnes Mercer and by her sons James and Tony Phillips.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 108 Pine Rd., Kamiah. Rev. David M. Hunt of Kamiah, officiating. Burial will follow church service at Clearwater Cemetery, in Clearwater. A dinner will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to; Gideon Intl., Alzheimer's Assoc. or Breast Cancer Research in memory of Peggy M. Phillips.
Photo: Peggy Lou Mercer Phillip
Carol Jean Lyons, 83, Weippe
Carol Jean Lyons, 83, Weippe, passed away at her residence on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
A Graveside Service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Roger Konkol, 74, formerly of Orofino
Roger Konkol, 74, husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, teacher and dear friend to all, died on April 11, 2017 at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.
Roger was born in Stevens Point, WI, on May 18, 1942 to the late Andrew and Bernice Konkol. The family initially moved to a remote area called Cow Creek, near Orofino, in 1947, where they started the Konkolville Lumber Company. Roger graduated from Orofino High School in 1960. He attended the University of Idaho and was a member of the TKE Fraternity where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Education in 1964, and went on to earn his Masters in Education in 1969. Roger moved to Boise, where he began his career with the Boise School District at East Junior High School as a history and PE teacher. On June 6, 1970, he married Georgia Horner. Roger and Georgia enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with their family.
Roger retired in 1997 after 32 years with the Boise School District as a Humanities Teacher at Hillside Junior High. He spent his summers painting houses with two other good teaching buddies to supplement their salaries. Roger enjoyed his winters of retirement in sunny Mesa where he played golf, tennis, pickle ball and poker on a daily basis.
Roger is survived by his wife of 46 years, Georgia Konkol; their daughters, Tiffany Wilson and son-in-law Scott Wilson, Camille Wegner and son-in-law Greg Wegner; his grandchildren Kaleb Fleenor, Hadley, Brodie and Tucker Wilson, McKenna and Hayden Wegner, his brothers Donald, Ralph, Andrew (Andy) Jr.; his sisters Gerri Bird, Carol Ponozzo, Lavern Duman, JoAnn Glasgow; many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and an abundance of friends.
Roger truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures. An avid sportsman who loved golf, tennis and jogging, his real and abiding passions were his family and friends. Roger sought to instill in his family a zest for life, a commitment to family, friends and community, and the power to see the positive in everyone and everything - every day.
Roger's life would seem too short to some, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile, infectious laugh and humungous heart brought so much joy to everyone's lives.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the family, friends and neighbors for their support in his final days. If you'd like to donate in Roger's memory, donations may be made to the Idaho Foodbank where Roger volunteered his time.
A Celebration of Life honoring Roger will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Stonehouse at the Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise. Appetizers, dessert, beer and wine will be provided. Casual attire.
Photo: Roger Konkol
Gretta J. Anderson 94, Kamiah
Gretta J. Anderson 94, Kamiah, passed away Thursday April 13, 2017 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Graveside services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooksia.
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, 81, Orofino
Doris Joanne Hutchinson, a lifelong resident of Orofino, died March 30, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital surrounded by her daughters. She was 81.
Joanne was born July 21, 1935 to Stan and Alice Shriver in Orofino. From an early age, Joanne began playing the piano. She inherited her talent and love of music from her father and began playing at the Methodist Church by age 10. Through the years, Joanne had accompanied the high school choir and soloists, played at music festivals and the Orofino Community Choir, as well as numerous city events and festivities.
She married John Hutchinson on June 23, 1951 and they raised three daughters, Shelley, Sandy and Susan.
Joanne was secretary at Orofino High School for 30 years. She always told us that it was the "best job in town" and loved working with the kids and staff. She touched the lives of many students over several generations. Joanne had a great sense of school spirit and community pride.
In her later years, Joanne loved traveling and visiting her children and grandchildren in various parts of the country and Europe. She also took several cruises with good friends here in Orofino. She joined PEO and was proud to be a part of such a wonderful group.
In 2005, mom was featured in "A Hometown Story" in the Clearwater Tribune. It was a great article about her life and roots here in Orofino. We would like to include the last few paragraphs that sums up so much about our mom.
"Music touches us throughout our lives from babies' lullabies, school concerts, graduations' Pomp and Circumstance, celebrating new life together at weddings, and wishing fond farewells at funerals. It moves us and encourages us, triggers memories and soothes us.
In a world where there is increasingly less and less we can count on, the beautiful music of Joanne Hutchinson, like the Clearwater River, remains a constant and lasting part of our lives."
Besides the many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews, Joanne leaves behind, she is survived by her daughters: Shelley (Frank) Coppel of South Carolina; Sandy Severson, Portland, OR and Susan (Matt) Turner of Orofino. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Tyler Severson and Jordan Severson, both of Portland; Jason Bruns, Denver, CO; Kali Turner, Seattle, WA; Jack Turner, Corvalis, OR; and a brother, Jim (Monica) Shriver of Nampa.
In lieu of flowers, Joanne had requested donations to the OHS Alumni Scholarship fund and Orofino/Peck United Methodist Churches.
A memorial service will be held in late June when all the family can attend.
Photo: Doris Joanne Hutchinson
Richard C. Field, 68, Orofino
Our father, grandfather, and brother, Richard Charles Field, 68, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at home in Orofino, surrounded by his family. In the weeks prior to his passing, Dick was surrounded by people he loved most.
>Richard was born in Orofino on Aug. 2, 1948, to Charles and June Field. The youngest of three children, he and his sisters were raised in Orofino, where he graduated as a Maniac in 1966.
After graduation, he went to the University of Idaho to play baseball. After completing a year and a half, he enlisted in the Navy in February 1968, where he served in San Diego, CA, and Hawaii as a Torpedomen 2nd Class, until he left in September of 1971.
In May 1975, Richard married Teena Steiner and that relationship produced two children: Misty Lee and Kacy Charles. During that time, he worked various jobs in the logging industry where he became "a jack-of-all-trades, master of none."
In 1989 he started college and finished with a teaching degree from Lewis-Clark State College. After a short stint of substitute teaching, he found his calling as a Road Maintenance Supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement on Christmas Eve 1997.
Before his passing, he had several things he wanted included in his obituary, beginning with his children. "I did leave the world a better place; I have left behind Misty and Kacy. Both smart, hard-working, well-adjusted, and independent thinkers; they don't always see eye to eye, but don't say anything bad about one unless you want deal with the other.
"I leave behind two grandchildren, Brandon is the athletic one and Rayce is the brains-smarter than me AND his mother put together."
Richard is survived by his children, Misty (Shaquille) and Kacy (Je'Neen); grandchildren, Brandon and Rayce; sister, Judy (Gary) Foust; and many nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Jack Stone; nephews, Bill Stone and Dan Fertakis; and his grandparents.
As he would say, "I did not set the world afire, but I made many friends and a few enemies along the way."
Per his request, a memorial gathering will be determined at a later date.
Photo: Richard C. Field
Cleo Gillespie, 98, formerly from Sunnyside/Lenore
Cleo Gillespie passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Royal Plaza Care center in Lewiston.
Cleo J. (Jenkins) Gillespie was born in Nezperce on Dec. 31, 1918, to Elma and James Jenkins. She had seven brothers and sisters. She attended school at Nezperce and Sweetwater. The family moved to Lenore, where she met Clyde, and they were married May 16, 1938, in Lewiston.
They lived on the family farm at Sunnyside/Lenore. Mom was a stay-at-home mother. Her interests were growing flowers - mostly roses - gardening, crocheting doilies, quilting and embroidering pillowcases, as well as raising her flock of chickens.
In 1974, Dad retired from the Ahsahka lumber mill and farming. They moved to Lewiston in 1976 to enjoy town living. Clyde passed away Feb. 8, 1998.
Through the years, they faithfully attended Cream Ridge Church near Lenore and the Orchards Nazarene Church in Lewiston.
Her survivors include children, Clyde J. Jr. (Nila) of Puyallup, WA, and Carolyn J. Turner (Dale R.) of Lewiston; one sister, Ruby Roberts; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter, Charlotte Choate, and one grandchild.
There will be no memorial service, at her request.
Photo: Cleo Gillespie
Wendall 'Hap' Jonas, 82, formerly of Headquarters
Wendall 'Hap' Jonas, 82, passed away peacefully March 21, 2017, with loving family at his side. Hap was born in Albuquerque, NM., on Feb. 15, 1935, to Jesse and Amy Jonas. He was one of eight children, so needless to say it was a lively household and their lives were full of many adventures. Some of his fondest adventures were with his brother, Morris. They kept their mother on her toes and the birds hiding. Hap loved being a part of this large family.
Hard-working, fun, sunny disposition, loving and mischievous are just few adjectives to describe him. He appropriately got the nickname "Happy" as a kid, which was later shortened to Hap and remained with him all his life.
He met Margie Reedy in Durango, CO., and they were married Nov. 28, 1953. He and Margie created their own lively household by having seven children and that same adventurous life with 20-plus moves and everything in between. This made for a colorful life, one full of living and loving. They were young parents at the ages of 18 and 15 and did the best they knew how. In his eyes, his most esteemed accomplishment of his life was being a father. He loved his children fiercely and unconditionally. When they needed him, he was always there.
Hap held many jobs throughout his lifetime, and he most assuredly was a jack-of-all-trades. There wasn't a job or skill he couldn't master. These jobs took the family to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho and finally, Washington. Of all the jobs, he worked to support his large family, logging was his favorite. Some of his fondest memories were of living in Headquarters and logging and camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater area. Hap was proud and blessed to have worked many jobs with his sons. He was a proud and longtime member of the Teamsters. He attributed his long life to hard physical work and maintaining an active lifestyle. Hap moved from Idaho to the Seattle area in 1989 and worked in construction until his retirement in 2000.
Margie and Hap separated in 2002. He met Verla Morrison and they shared 10 wonderful years together. During this time, he came to know and accept Christ. Hap and Verla were very involved in their church. He discovered his calling of giving to others and enjoyed spending many holidays serving meals at the food bank and homeless shelter. He was known for his chili and never missed the opportunity to fix up a large pot to share.
Hap is survived by his sons, Rod (Tina) Jonas of Asotin, WA, Steve Jonas of Lake Stevens, WA, Shannon (Suzie) Jonas of Camano Island, WA, and Eric Jonas of Santa Fe, NM; daughters, Pamela (Bart) Richter of Auburn, WA, and Audra (Dave) Forsman of North Pole, AK; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Jennifer; his brothers; and a sister.
A service will be held at 4 p.m. April 1 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your local food bank or serve a meal in his honor. A celebration of life along with a potluck will follow the service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., in Lewiston.
Photo: Wendall 'Hap' Jonas
Donna Statler, 65, formerly of Orofino
Donna passed away peacefully March 19, 2017, at her home in Lewiston.
Donna Mae Statler was born June 21, 1951, in Richmond, IN, to Hubert and Iva (Phenis) Burelison. Her father's sister, her aunt Bettie Burelison Brant, was on her first day of work as a nurse's aide in delivery and helped to deliver her and took good care of Donna's mom. Donna joined a large family already filled with her father's children and her mother's children from previous marriages.
Donna lived in four states by the time she was finishing third grade, and the family moved into Kankakee, IL. She worked at St. Mary's Hospital as a teen, then at the coupon sorting tables for General Mills in Kankakee.
Donna married Dave Statler and they had one daughter, Sarah. She was proud to have married a college man, and in 1970 the Statler family moved to Missoula, MT, where Donna worked at the University of Montana kitchen, allowing her husband to graduate college in 1972.
Donna divorced in 1982 while living in Orofino and moved to Lewiston, where she soon started college at Lewis-Clark State College and Sarah started ninth grade. Donna graduated from college with a degree in special education and was accepted into the Peace Corps. In July 1989, Donna moved to Belize, completed six weeks of training, then swore in to serve her country as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Lucky Strike Village in Belize as a teacher trainer. She soon fit into the village, making friends and learning about the new culture. Though she left Belize in 1991, she continued to return many times to visit friends. Her two years in Belize changed her life.
Before she left for Belize, during her college years, she accepted a job with the Northwest Children's Home. When she returned to Lewiston in 1991, she was offered a job teaching at Hopper House, one of the units at the home. She never dreamed she would enjoy working with teen boys but soon fell into a routine and spent her final years of teaching, at Hopper House.
When Donna returned to Lewiston in 1991, it was just in time to meet her granddaughter, Tiffany Statler. Donna, Sarah and Tiffany loved to travel and took many trips all over the U.S. One time they went all the way to the Mississippi coast, and several 5,000-mile trips followed. One long trip Donna and Sarah took was all the way back to West Virginia where her grandmother, Grace Scruggs Phenis, was born.
They often visited friends Donna had made while serving in the Peace Corps in Belize. As a matter of fact, Donna became the "secretary" for the group and spent time keeping everyone connected, initially with letters to all and eventually with email and Facebook.
Just a year before she retired from teaching, she married Brian Hensley on March 1, 2001 (National Peace Corps Day). They had been together for 18 years at this time. They were settled into Lewiston and again her dream came true - to stay home and enjoy life.
Donna and Brian loved to travel and took many trips around the states and a special trip to Ireland in 2011. They flew to Ireland for a month of travel and some family research. Donna's fraternal grandmother was a McGuire, and she was so excited to travel with the family back to Northern Ireland and find the Maguire Castle, where it all started.
Brian had seen the world, but Donna wanted him to see the states, so upon Brian's retirement from the Forest Service, they started to travel within the states. From Donna's brother in Florida, to Peace Corps friends in Santa Fe, NM, and more - they enjoyed many 5,000-mile trips around the states.
One year, they went to Canada to see Niagara Falls, upstate New York, on what Brian called the Dead Presidents Tour, as they saw presidential libraries and burial places and homes.
Donna was always interested in the family tree as Sarah's kindergarten teacher in Alexandria, VA, asked that Sarah build a family tree. Donna knew little more than her grandparents, and while talking with her father, she realized that the Burelison line was not traced back as far as her great-grandparents. This started her on a journey that never ended. No one realizes the money, time and energy she spent, building all the family trees. Sadly, she never found her great-great-fraternal grandparents, but many believe they have to be connected to the Burlison/Burleson families out of Texas. Who knows?
Donna had an affinity for staying in touch and sent out hundreds of annual letters and stayed connected with elementary friends from Kankakee, and friends in all the states she had lived. Her home was always a welcome place for friends and family, and she has many guest books filled with lovely notes to prove it. Her door was always open, and people loved to spend a few days in Lewiston with Donna and Brian.
Many family members preceded her in death: parents Hubert (1987) and Iva Burelison (2012); brother Bob Burelison (2010); twin sisters Bonnie Lou and Connie Sue (1953); older sister Phyllis Fraker (2001); younger sister Donella Stone (2013); Donna's brother, Glen Burelison, who passed in 2016; as well as many other family members and close friends, too many to mention but not to be forgotten.
In Lewiston she leaves husband Brian Hensley; daughter Sarah Statler; and granddaughter Tiffany Statler. A special daughter in Coeur d'Alene, Tami Fruin, and her family survives. Also surviving are siblings Larry, Anita, Susie, Tom, Duane (Toby); two stepbrothers; and two very special aunts and one uncle.
In 1995, Donna started the Donna Statler Scholarship Fund at the high school in the village where she lived while serving in Belize. Donations would be appreciated. Checks can be made to King's College, with DSSF placed at the bottom of the check and mailed with an airmail stamp to King's College, P.O. Box 290, Belize City, Belize, Central America.
Please add a note as to how you know Donna and the school secretary will see that you get a receipt. These students pay a large fee in order to attend high school. Donna would be happy if you just smiled at someone today and went out of your way to make a difference in this world. No service was requested - spend a day with someone who needs you.
Peace, everyone. Rest in peace, Donna.
Photo: Donna Statler
Robert Wayne Tyson, 70, former Orofino music teacher
Robert Wayne Tyson lived a full and blessed life from April 20, 1946, until March 16, 2017. Bob loved life and lived it fully, always giving 110 percent of himself in everything he did.
Bob was born to Guy Tyson and Gladys Pierce Tyson Yearout in Spokane, WA, and attended school and graduated from St. Maries High School in 1964. Because of his love of music and talent with most any musical instrument, Bob went on to finish his bachelor's and then master's degrees from the University of Idaho in music education in 1969 and 1974.
Bob started his career by sharing his love of music with the young people in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and surrounding area at Tammany Elementary and Middle School, as well as schools in Craigmont, Cottonwood, Culdesac and Orofino. While in his early 30s, Bob played the piano and organ at the First Baptist Church in Lewiston, which is where he met the love of his life and his best friend, Faye Sorrell Strickfaden Tyson. She had two young children, ages 8 and 10 (which somehow didn't scare him off), and they were married June 30, 1979.
Bob and Faye were members of Valley Christian Center for 25 years, during which time Bob was a choir director, usher, leader of the evangelism program, youth group chaperone and Royal Rangers teacher. Bob had a huge heart and love for people and very much wanted them to know the love of Jesus. He and Faye went on several mission trips to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Czechoslovakia, where he shared the message of God's great love for all of us. CrossPoint Alliance has been their church home for the past several years.
After retiring, Bob found a new love and passion - fitness and cycling. On a beautiful, sunny day, he wanted nothing more than to be on his bike riding up a hillside or along the river. He loved cycling, pushing himself further, faster, climbing higher. He had a great group of friends in his "cycling family," with whom he enjoyed riding, but he also enjoyed the solitude of his bike and a hilly road. Bob was a personal trainer at Gold's Gym and then at Anytime Fitness, where he recently became a certified spinning instructor. Bob passed away doing what he loved - riding a bike.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Faye, who was his best friend and the joy of his heart for 37 years; the children he inherited but loved as his own, Cary Strickfaden Dingman (Tom Seale) and Evan Strickfaden (Courtney); his grandchildren, whom he loved to tease, teach and love, and whom he prayed for daily, Cami Strickfaden McArthur (David McArthur), Josh Dingman, Kaci Strickfaden and Emilee Dingman; and his beautiful new great-granddaughter, Sadie Ruth McArthur, who was born just two months ago.
Bob was a generous, caring man who loved his family, friends and people in general. He wanted everyone to know and share the love he had for his Lord, Jesus Christ. We can just picture him riding his new bike along the levee of the River of Life in heaven with his Savior.
A memorial service to celebrate a life well lived will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. As Bob had a special place in his heart for young people, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to YoungLife, 923 Sixth St. No. 2, Clarkston, WA 99403.
Photo: Robert Wayne Tyson
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Orofino
Rudolph Henry Lange was born April 14, 1923 to Rose D. and Rudolph Lange in Denver, Colorado. He went to be with our Lord on March 14, 2017 in Orofino, Idaho.
Rudy grew up on the old family farm in Elizabeth, CO, until he was 14 years of age at which time the family moved to California. He graduated from Santa Maria Union High School in 1940. He then moved to Long Beach, CA. Shortly after, at the age of 21, while being a city transit bus driver, he met a 16-year-old, named Peggy Lou, soon thereafter they married. From this union three boys were born, Robert (Bob), Gerald (Jerry), and Donald (Don).
Dad was a skilled commercial and domestic mechanic. He enjoyed tinkering with anything that had an engine, never stopping until it worked properly again. One of dad's favorite pastimes was fishing. He loved to share his big catch with the grandkids. Road trips in his RV, camping, hunting, gardening and just being outdoors (campfires and s'mores) brought him much joy.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph Heinerch Lange and Rose D. Gayefski Lange; wife, Peggy Lou Lange; son, Jerry Lange and sister Orielda Sherman.
He is survived by two sons, Bob Lange, Don (Frances) Lange; grandchildren, Josette Lange, Diane (John) Talley, Darla (Mark) Torres, Jared (Amanda) Lange, Alicia (Javier) Concepcion, and Celina (Dan) Reynold; and 14 great-great grandchildren and lots of extended family.
Memorial contributions may be made to NOSDA in care of Clearwater Valley Hospital or a church of choice. Dad's final care will be provided by Pine HIlls Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.. at First Baptist Church, Orofino. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate. Everyone is invited to a potluck luncheon to follow at the church.
Photo: Rudolph Henry Lange
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Peck
Rudolph Henry Lange, 93, Peck, passed away March 14, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel are Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Michael P. Mitchell, 91
Michael P. Mitchell, a lifelong Lewiston resident, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Hospice facility in Boise.
Mike was born June 5, 1925, to George and Loretta Mitchell. He attended elementary school at St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Lewiston and St. Joseph's Military School in Belmont, CA He was active throughout his youth, delivering newspapers, serving as a batboy for the semi-pro Lewiston Indians, serving as a floor commander in military school, and winning a Golden Glove in boxing while attending military school. In 1940, Mike moved back to Lewiston and his family to continue his high school education. After high school, he spent three years in the U.S. Navy as a machinist. In 1945, his ship was in the port of Japan when the treaty was signed to end World War II.
When he returned from the Navy, Mike attended the University of Oregon, receiving a degree in journalism. After graduating, he returned to Lewiston and joined his father in managing Mitchell Distributing, a beer business his father had started after prohibition. In 1962, the company became the local distributor for Coors beer, and what started as a one-man operation had grown to six full-time employees.
When he moved back to Lewiston after college, in addition to taking over the family business, Mike also started dating the love of his life, Arlene R. Harvey - also a lifelong Lewiston resident. Knowing that Arlene worked at the local swimming pool, Mike would drive by in his red convertible with hope of getting the chance to talk to her. His persistence paid off, and on May 5, 1950, the two were married in Lewiston. Together they had three daughters. As a family they shared many fond memories skiing in McCall during the winters and swimming in the family pool at their home on Skyline Drive in the summers.
Never one to sit idle, in 1968 Mike entered politics and was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives. After one term in the House, he moved to the Senate in 1971, serving six terms and running unopposed five times. While serving in the Legislature, he served on numerous committees. In 1982, after an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor, he served as legislative liaison for Gov. John Evans. In 1987, he became chief of staff for Gov. Cecil Andrus and served in that capacity until 1991. Mike served on the Idaho Transportation Board, spent three years as interim director of the Idaho Department of Correction and also served on the State Board of Education.
In 2002, he jumped back into the political arena when another candidate withdrew from the election. Although he entered the race late, he pulled off an upset, beating a four-term incumbent. He was re-elected to his final term in office in 2004. During his final term, he served on the House Health and Welfare Committee and the joint budget committee. He also spent two years on the Education, Resources Conservation and Transportation and Defense committees.
Mike spent nearly 40 years in public service in Idaho. During that time, he and Arlene made lifelong friends and traveled to many parts of the world. More recently, Mike also was active in the Nez Perce County Democratic Party, was a member of the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, served on the Lewiston Parks and Recreation board and was an honorary member of the 148th Field Artillery Battalion.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughters, Chris and husband Ron of Spokane, WA, Cori and husband Mark of Boise, and Molly and late husband Mike of Pasco, WA. He also is survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Mitchell family would like to sincerely thank the caring staff at the Veterans Administration Hospice and all of the very special family and friends who are too numerous to mention who have always kept us in their thoughts.
Mike's memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints Parish in Lewiston, with burial following at Normal Hill Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a gathering at All Saints Parish social hall. Memorials in Mike's honor may be made to Nez Perce County Democratic Party, Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department or the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation.
Photo: Michael P. Mitchell
Ethel Elsie Tobin, 86, OHS graduate
Ethel 'E' Tobin was called home to the Lord on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Spokane, WA.
Born Dec. 4, 1930 to Harry and Daisy Hatch in Orofino, Idaho. Ethel was known by many as "E" and in her childhood years as "Sis." Everyone who knew her would describe her as a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend.
She grew up on the family farm in Grangemont, Idaho with her sister Dolores "Dee" McIntyre and brother, Dwane "Sonny" Hatch. She attended elementary school at the Grangemont School House and graduated from Orofino High School in 1948.
She moved to Lewiston to pursue her passion in nursing. She graduated as a R.N. from St. Joseph School of Nursing in May, 1951.
She was employed at the Pediatric Clinic for Dr. Mannschreck and Dr. Olson. She then worked at the Lewiston Orthopedic Clinic before retiring after 36 years of nursing.
She met the love of her life, James "Jim" Tobin and they married on Sept. 4, 1955 in Lewiston where they resided together for 60 years. During this lifelong commitment, she made their home a place where you always felt welcome and never left hungry.
Throughout E's life, she enjoyed bowling, fishing, water skiing, camping, gardening and animals. She especially loved her horse, Bailey. She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks and volunteered at the First United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents, Daisy and Harry Hatch and her sister, Dolores 'Dee' McIntyre.
E is survived by her two children, Carrie Ann Beloit and her husband, Tom, Trudy Bayless and her husband, Lenny; grandchildren, Leslie, Justin and John Beloit, Stephanie and Brenna Bayless; great grandchildren, Grasyn and Bentley Beloit, granddaughter-in-law Heidi Dunn and many nieces and nephews.
For those who knew 'E' or had the great opportunity to meet her, all quickly realized what a special person the Lord had lent us. She impacted and touched the hearts of many and continued to do so up to the moments of her passing. Our lives have changed forever because of her and the unconditional love she so openly shared was endless.
A memorial service to celebrate E's life will be March 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lewiston, 1906 Broadview Dr.
Family suggests memorials may be made to Lewiston Humane Society or the charity of your choice.
Photo: Ethel Elsie Tobin
Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan, 82, formerly of Pierce
Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Royal Plaza. She was 82 at the time of her entering into the kingdom of heaven.
She was born to Burt and Emma Taylor. She grew up in Asotin, along with 10 other siblings. After graduation, she married Wade Murrill. They later divorced. They had one daughter, Rose Murrill. She then married Joe Vaughan and moved to Pierce, where they lived until 2011.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Rose (Ron) Dammon; grandsons, Shain Dammon (Tess Haefer) and Barry (Stacy) Dammon; five great-grandchildren; three stepchildren; brothers, Clarence and Wayne Taylor; sisters, Adaline (Don) Hendrickson and Lois Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation, 2870 Juniper Drive, Lewiston.
Photo: Gladys (Taylor) Vaughan
Harry Curtis Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino
Harry Curtis Walrath, 79, passed peacefully Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston, surrounded by his family.
Harry was born June 17, 1937, in Orofino, the son of Theodore and Margaret Dickinson Walrath. After graduating from Orofino High School, he attended the University of Idaho and later entered the U.S. Army. Harry was the third-generation owner of the family insurance business, Walrath Insurance Agency, which he managed for 31 years.
In 1979, Neal Johnson joined the agency. Neal and Jeannie Johnson were good friends as well as business partners. When Harry was appointed commissioner of Insurance for the State of Idaho by Gov. Cecil Andrus, Harry and Dorene sold the business to Neal and Jeannie and moved to Boise. For the past six months he lived at the Idaho State Veterans Home, where he enjoyed visiting with other veterans and teasing and joking with the staff.
Harry was always very active in many organizations. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Calam Temple Shriners, Free Mason, Elks, Jaycees, Rotary, Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Orofino Business Association and even Costco. He was a volunteer on the Orofino Fire Department and was both an emergency medical technician and a level-four trainer. He was a timer for many years at Orofino Lumberjack Days. While his kids were in school, Harry could be seen running the chain at football games, running the clock or keeping score at basketball games and timing at swim meets. After retirement, he and Dorene lived in Fairbanks, AK, where he volunteered for the Arctic Winter Games. After moving back to Idaho, he spent time volunteering at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Harry is survived by his wife, Dorene; daughters, Lorrie Scoles (Ted) of Hoonah, AK, and Casey Youngberg (Scott) of Anchorage, AK; and son, Michael Walrath (Gail) of Boise. He has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margot Davis.
Services and a celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the EMS at Clearwater County Ambulance, P.O. Box 1347, Orofino, ID 83544, which was near and dear to Harry's heart.
Photo Harry Curtis Walrath
Tamara Clark, 57, Orofino
Tammy loved large, and in turn was loved even larger (if that is possible). She had the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 our most beautiful wife, adoring mother, loving grandmother, and true friend won her two-year battle with multiple myeloma to become our guardian angel.
She was born to Judith and Arthur Henson on June 12, 1961, in Orofino, and entered life with a zest that she was known for by everyone.
Tammy was an Orofino Maniac through and through, not only attending school in Orofino but also supporting her own children and other children by heart in all events Maniac.
She was the neighborhood mom, coach, and advisor, who kept all our childhood memories alive. She raised a village-literally-as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and motivator.
She brought people together. She valued her friendships and made everyone feel like family. Tammy was the ultimate party planner and always the center of all activities.
Her cooking was a staple-no one could replicate her potato salad, taco feeds or Thanksgiving spreads. Look out, Costco, here she comes. She loved asking questions, which we would often try to limit, to no avail.
After loving work as Manager at the local Serv-A-Burger, working for the city of Orofino, School District 171 office, and the Idaho Department of Labor, Tammy found a home at the U.S. Forest Service as a Human Resources Specialist. She was an extremely dedicated hard worker who always fit in wherever she worked.
Tammy loved her job at the U.S.F.S. and even spoke of going back to work during her final weeks in care.
She enjoyed volunteering her time for many various activities, including C.C.D., Orofino Planning and Zoning, coaching both softball and volleyball, and coordinating the annual Father's Day Softball Tournament before her illness.
Tammy did what she loved, wore what she wanted, and wasn't afraid to dance even when people were looking.
Those who knew her, knew well of our affection for her Tammyisms, for example: fallieoffiosm my legs feel like noodles, yo ho, hubba dubba ding ding, and one of our favorites, go big or go small. She was a free spirit and just didn't care what others had to say.
Tammy is survived by her Hot Stuff, James; Favorite Son, DJ; Beautiful Daughter, Jessica; Favorite Son-in-Law, Patrick; Sister by Heart, Robin; and her most beautiful legacy, her granddaughter, Miss Stella Lynn.
She always held a special place in her heart for her many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also a surrogate mother to so many others, including her nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Tammy's life will occur on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at the Best Western Lodge in Orofino. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any written memories or descriptions of Tammy's character and personality. These will be compiled into a remembrance book for her granddaughter, Stella. Letters can be brought to the service or mailed to: Jessica O'Shaughnessy, 1106 Alder Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Let everyone know what they truly mean to you. Let them know you appreciate them, love them, and are thankful for them. Aspire to live your life like our friend, Tammy Clark. 'We are proud of you!'
Photo: Tamara Clark
Leslie W. 'Les' Heywood, 83, Weippe
Leslie W. 'Les' Heywood, 83, died March 5, 2017 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Les was born on July 24, 1933, the last of eight children born to Bert and Theda Heywood. Les grew up on the Heywood Ranch and attended school in Weippe.
Les started working in the logging industry at the of 16. He worked for various logging operators including JE Hall, finishing his career with RF Coon Logging, Inc. where he started in 1973, working until 2008. He was 74 when he retired. He also worked in the Sunshine Mines in Kellogg. Les was known as being a hard worker and could do almost anything in the woods.
Les married Clairrene Steadman Sept. 15, 1959 at Coeur d'Alene. Together, they raised two children, Leslie W. (Rocky) Heywood, Jr. and Lori McMillen.
In Les's younger years, he enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool. He brought home several trophies. He also loved snowmobiling, camping, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids.
Les was a very caring and loving person to his family and friends. He often visited loved ones and friends when they were sick, in the hospital or care centers.
He accepted Jesus Christ into his life in 2015 and was baptized in February of 2017.
Les is survived by his wife, Clairrene of 57 1/2 years; his son, Rocky (Sharon) Heywood of Napavine, WA; and daughter, Lori (Mike) McMillen of Weippe; grandchildren Chelsey (Josh) McMillen, Brandon (Anka) McMillen, Adrienne (Steve), Mercedes, Jordan and Darin; 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, George, Clyde, Harry, Jim, Lucille, Betty and Fay.
A memorial service and potluck will be held Thursday, March 16, at the Weippe Community Hall at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Weippe Community Hall, P.O. Box 351, Weippe, ID 83553; New Life Fellowship Church, Box 484, Pierce, ID 83546 or the charity of your choice.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Leslie W. 'Butch' Heywood
Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin, 72
Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin was born in Albany, OR, on April 25, 1944 to Leo Ivan Godwin and Elva M. "Sis" Sink Godwin. He died at the age of 72 in his home on March 2, 2017.
He was self-employed with his trucking business, Godwin Trucking. His wife, Marsha, is the Dabco office manager, and she also kept books for their family business.
He attended school in Kooskia, Idaho and graduated from Clearwater Valley High. He was married to his wife Marsha Paulsen on Jan. 2 of 1971, in her family church in Arco, Idaho.
Butch served in the army for several years. Part of that time he served in several locations overseas. Butch enjoyed traveling to many areas and even skied in the Alps. Butch's service time was a very important time in his life. He remained in close contact and involved throughout the years with his military family and friends.
When Butch started dating Marsha, he was working at the race track in Idaho Falls on the weekends as a pitman for his best friend, Dusty. At that time, he also worked at the lumber mill in Arco during the week. They married shortly after meeting and Butch was soon employed at Arlo Lott Trucking. In the spring of 1972 they moved to Kamiah and he began working at his dad's cedar mill. After that he bought a self-loader to start his own trucking business. Later on, he bought a chip truck. He was always busy hauling something or working on his truck.
Butch was an active member of the Eagles Club and loved to play poker. He was also in the bowling league in Kamiah for many decades. He loved to play pool and golf. He was a friend to all and liked a good time. Butch could visit and hangout like a teenager. He loved working in his shop and especially on his trucks. He even found and restored Marsha's first car, an Oldsmobile, and gave it to her as a surprise. He loved spending time with his family and going camping, fishing, and hunting. He often traveled and visited friends. He would go on annual trips to Arizona to visit with many different friends.
He left behind his wife, Marsha Godwin, of 46 years; his son, Ryan Matthew Godwin, and Ryan's wife Jamie of Boise, ID. He had two grandchildren Kevin (22) and Emma Godwin (13). He also had four "adoptees" (Hali, Ryle, KC, and Libby) who called him Grandpa Butch. He had a sister Donita (David) Powers of Orofino, and his brother Rick (Opal) Godwin of Myrtle along with many nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed and had many close friends who he loved dearly. He left us too soon, but will never be forgotten.
Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be at 1 p.m., Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, U.S. Highway 12, Kamiah, Idaho. Reverend Luann Howard will officiate. A covered dish dinner will follow at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho.
Photo: Daryl Lee 'Butch' Godwin
Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman, 87, formerly of Orofino
Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman, 87, of Pullman, WA, passed away March 3, 2017 at Regency Assisted Living in Pullman, WA.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Pullman Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1055 NE Orchard Dr.
Dee was born Feb. 12, 1930 in Salt Lake City, UT, to L. Vern and Ethel (Rowe) Bland. She grew up in the Los Angeles area until moving to Southern Utah at the age of 10. Dee was active in school activities including playing on the basketball team.
Dee was always community and service oriented wherever she lived. An accomplished seamstress Dee was known for her vast creativity. In 1995 Dee came to the Lewiston/Pullman area becoming active with the local humane society, the Unity Church in Lewiston and the LDS Church in Pullman. She was awarded Citizen of the Year for her extensive community service while living in Orofino.
Dee moved to Pullman six years ago and soon after began a morning routine with hot chocolate and the newspaper at Dissmore's IGA where she made many lasting friendships. Dee was a caring person who always was willing to reach out to others and suggest a natural remedy for whatever ailed them.
She is survived by her daughter, Angela Johnston, of Hillsborough, NC; her son, Zane Mangum, of Arizona; sister, Vivian Hansen; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roy Mangum; an infant son and two brothers, Ralph and Frank Bland.
Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial donations are suggested to the local Humane Society.
Photo: Delores E. 'Dee' Bowman
Dr. Kay Miller Rusche, 66, formerly of Orofino
Dr. Kay Miller Rusche ended her seven-year battle with ovarian cancer at home with her family. She was 66 years old.
Kay was born to Lois and Earl 'Red' Miller and lived until age five in Orofino and Culdesac, where her father taught and served as superintendent. The family then moved to Berkeley, CA, while her father pursued his doctorate. After several short stops around the Bay Area, the Millers settled in Mill Valley in Marin County, CA. Kay graduated from high school there and then attended the University of California San Diego, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1972. She worked for a year at the Scripps Institute and entered medical school the next year.
Kay was a stellar student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and graduated in 1977 with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Her husband, John Rusche, was a classmate, and they were married in St. Louis on Sept. 11, 1976. Washington University was - and is - known as a research school, and Kay was encouraged to specialize. Thankfully, she realized the gifts she had were best used in family practice. Her partners and patients are grateful for her decision.
After medical school, Kay and John were resident physicians at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where they learned a lot about medicine and Southwestern culture. The Rusches arrived in Lewiston in 1980. They bought a house with a great view of the confluence, and the yard and the house were dearly loved and tended well by Kay.
Caitlin arrived in 1985, and Kay responded by modifying her practice to stop obstetrics. She knew that being on call for a delivery (and having a husband on call as well) was not conducive to having an infant. Caitlin remembers doing hospital rounds with her mom.
Many of her patients showed gratitude for her manner and care, from potholders to scarves, from laudatory newspaper columns to plants for her garden - and one very special birdhouse condominium. Gardening, especially roses, occupied her free time. John always said it was good that one of them enjoyed it. She also was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed the camaraderie of her book club.
Her major joy, however, was her practice, her patients and their families. She had a special interest in developmentally delayed adults, in helping them and their families. There was no stronger advocate for those "other-abled" individuals. During the course of her medical career she also served as the Tri-State Memorial Hospital chief of staff, on several St. Joseph's medical staff committees, on the Board of Valley Medical Center, as the president of the Idaho Academy of Family Practice, and as a volunteer physician at the Snake River Community Free Clinic. She also was involved in numerous community organizations, including the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation Board, the Girls Club, as the Twin County United Way campaign chairwoman in 2000, the Tsceminicum Club, and Friends of the Lewiston Library.
Her ovarian cancer slowed her down only slightly, and she returned to full-time practice after each surgery or chemotherapy course until she retired from Valley Medical Center Family Practice in May 2015 after 35 years of practice.
She is survived by Dr. John Rusche, her spouse; daughter, Caitlin Rusche; and Lois Miller, her mother. Her kind and gentle heart will be missed by thousands of patients and families in our community.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston. A celebration of her life of giving is being planned for later this spring. In lieu of flowers, Kay would have encouraged a donation to the Snake River Community Clinic, 215 10th St., in Lewiston.
Photo: Dr. Kay Miller Rusche
Agnes Jewel Vaughan,83, OHS graduate
Agnes Jewel Vaughan passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 83 years old. She was born to Pearl and Orval Choate on July 30, 1933, in Teakean, Idaho.
Agnes graduated from Orofino High School at age 15, then attended Lewiston Normal School. She married her childhood sweetheart, Ronald Vaughan, in 1950.
Ron and Agnes had two children, David and Susan. They moved to Spokane, WA, in 1966 and returned to Lewiston in 1991. In 1970, Agnes returned to business college and worked at Pacific Trail as office manager.
Agnes was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed making things special for her family, especially during holidays. Her grandchildren remember her as a great cook and candy maker, a skill she learned from her daddy. She sang with her sisters and played the piano, instilling a love of music in her children. She was a devoted grandmother, even taking them with her for a Bloomsday run. She loved to sew, crochet and hand quilt, making many beautiful gifts for her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald and sister, Alda McIver. She is survived by her sister, Alice Damman; son, David Vaughan (Maxine); daughter, Susan Vannoy (Stan); grandchildren, Niki, Kevin, Zoey and Luke; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, with burial following at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
Photo: Agnes Jewel Vaughan
Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland, 58, Orofino
Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland, 58, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at her home after fighting a 6 1/2-year battle with cancer.
She was born June 15, 1958, in Clarkston, WA, to Ronald Adams and Joanne Jurgens Adams. She was raised in Headquarters and graduated from Timberline High School in 1976. She went on to college at Lewis-Clark State College and earned an associates degree in graphic arts i 1978. She graduated from LCSC with an Education degree and teacher certification in 1997. She taught at Orofino Elementary School from 1998-2010. Rhonda also taught with the LEAP (Learning Enrichment After-school Program) from 1997-1998.
Rhonda married Ron Norland Nov. 21, 1982 at the Cavendish Methodist Church in Cavendish.
She was a member of the Idaho Teachers Association, PTSA, Clearwater Youth Alliance and participated at the Orofino First Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald 'Bud' Adams. She is survived by her husband, Ron Norland, Orofino; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Ronatta Norland and their son, Nathaniel of Orofino, son and daughter-in-law Russell and Tia Norland and their daughters, Annabelle and Isabelle of Orofino; brother, Craig Adams, Billings, MT; mother, Joann Adams, Orofino; and children of choice, Jacob Lott and his wife Mandy and their daughter, Swayzi Lott of Clarkston.
A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Orofino with Rev. Clarence Howard officiating.
The family suggests memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Rhonda Lynn Adams Norland
Lyle W. Eacker, 87
Lyle W. Eacker, 87, died Feb. 10, 2017, at the Idaho State Veterans Home.
He was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Bartlett, NE, to George and Christie Eacker. The family came to Idaho when Lyle was two years old. He attended school in Deary.
He later went to work at a logging camp, Camp X. At 18, he went into the Army and fought in the Korean War. He was in the service for three and a half years.
In 1954, he came back to Idaho and married JoAnn May in Troy. They were sweethearts for 62 years. He worked at PFI for 35 years, retiring in 1990.
Lyle and JoAnn had two children together, Charlene and Jeff.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, animals of all kinds and he square-danced for 30 years. He was a self-taught harmonica player and entertained the family for many years.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughter, Charlene (Michael) Yonemitsu; son, Jeff Eacker; three grandchildren, Drew (Johanna) Barker, Kyle (Nikki) Barker and Brandon (Taylor) Eacker; and four great-grandchildren, Isaac, Lydia, Myles and Ellie; many nieces and nephews; and his favorite horse, Pepsie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Wayne Eacker, Carroll Eacker and sister, Margie.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston.
Because of all the kindness bestowed upon us throughout this journey, we want to inspire each and everyone to take time to show that same kind of love, grace and kindness to another person today, all in celebration of and honoring Lyle's life.
Photo: Lyle W. Eacker
Harry C. Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino
Harry C. Walrath, 79, formerly of Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Marcia L. Johann, 72, Orofino
Marcia L. Johann, 72, Orofino, passed Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital with her people by her side.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Darlene Orma Treib, 79, Orofino
Darlene Orma Treib, 79, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Roger Allen Green, 64 of Orofino
Roger Allen Green, 64, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Gary Lee Ross, 56, Weippe
Gary Lee Ross, 56, Weippe, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at his home.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Ken Swart, 71, Orofino
Ken Swart was born on Oct. 1, 1945.
His son, Justin, was with him when he passed away Feb. 4, 2017 in Coeur d'Alene. He also has a son, John Swart.
He and Sandy (Hirsch) Swart were married about 20 years. He was married previously to Candy and Mary.
Besides his sons, Justin and John; Sandy survives him, as do step-children, Joey, Kristen, Andy, Paula and Michelle.
Ken was a gentle man who was very highly skilled with his hands and also a cowboy. He was always good with horses. He also owned his own garage door company and construction company. He built a lot of things.
He was also well loved by everybody in his family. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he didn't live the Mormon way.
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Pierce
Willis L. Wagner, 94, beloved Father, Grandfather, and friend, from Pierce, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Willie was born Dec. 27, 1922, in Menomonie, WI, to Charles and Adeline Wagner. The family moved to the Kamiah area when he was a small boy. Willie later graduated from Kamiah High School in 1940. He met and married Luella Hemphill, and they moved to Lewiston. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, he had his own country and western band called the Sunset Trail Riders. He continued to play music at jam sessions and camp-outs on the Lochsa, for many years. Willie and Luella gave birth to their first son, Lyle Willis Wagner, whom died as an infant. In 1944, they welcomed their second son, Louis Alan Wagner. They later moved to Pierce, where he was co-owner of Pierce Auto Supply with Carl and Jim Finke, and Luella died there in 1981.
Willie met and married Louise Wilson in 1981. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, riding four-wheelers, playing music, drinking coffee and socializing with family and friends. Willie and Louise remained married until Louise's death in 2009. In 2012, Willie moved into the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston.
Willie was preceded in death by Luella, Lyle, Louise; brothers, Arn, Melvin, Lester, Leonard; and sisters, Mary and Alma, and many friends. He is survived by sons, Alan, Marvin, and Wayne; daughters, Judy and Linda; 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Willis L. Wagner
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Orofino
Willis L. Wagner, 94, Orofino, passed away Feb. 7, 2027, in Lewiston. He was born Dec. 27, 1922.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Preston E. Fowler, 9, Peck
Preston Eugene Fowler, age nine, Peck, passed away in a tragic accident in Peck on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
It was a cold fall day on Nov. 21, 2007 that Preston came into this world in Lewiston, born to Dustin and Carisa Fowler. He instantly warmed our hearts, and our precious boy joined his older brother, Elijah, at home.
Preston was brought up in Orofino and Peck and had attended Peck Elementary School since first grade. He was enrolled in the third grade. Preston was a happy boy and had an easygoing spirit. He liked helping in the garden, planting and picking vegetables.
Preston loved the water. He spent countless hours on Big Canyon Creek, swimming and spending time in the creek with his dad, Elijah, and his cousins.
He also enjoyed the times he spent going to the beach with his mom and brother. Preston looked forward to camping and fishing, and he made trips with family to Tunnel Pond, Campbell's Pond, and Winchester Lake.
He played baseball in Orofino for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He was a natural horseman and his grandma's riding partner. His love of animals was well known by all, and it did not matter what kind of animal it was.
Preston brought great joy and love to the hearts of his dad, mom, brother, extended family, and friends. We will miss him every day, especially his precious smile and endearing hugs. Preston will forever remain in our hearts.
He is survived by his parents, Carisa Blanchard Fowler of Clarkston, WA, and Dustin Fowler (Christy) of Peck; his brother, Elijah Fowler of Peck; maternal grandparents, Ellen Hopper (Mike) of Clarkston, and Bill Blanchard of Lewiston; paternal grandparents, Ken and Lori Fowler of Peck; paternal great-grandparents, Dale Fowler of Peck and Dale (Carol) Jennings of Lenore; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his great-grand father, Jerry Blanchard; and great-grandmothers, Jean Fowler and Katherine Jennings.
Funeral arrangements are pending and a memorial service date and time will be announced next week.
Photo: Preston Eugene Fowler
Kenneth A. Swart, 71, Orofino
Kenneth A. Swart, 71, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Coeur d'Alene. He was born October 11, 1945.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Theresa Paul, 73, Kooskia
Theresa Paul, 73, Kooskia, passed away Friday, Feb, 3, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
John Walter Brandt, Jr., 86, born in Orofino
John Walter Brandt, Jr. (Grampa John) passed away Monday, January 30th, 2017 at the age of 86. He was born March 8, 1930 in Orofino, Idaho at Hayden's House by a midwife to Bessie Johnson Brandt and John Walter Brandt, Sr. (Walt).
John grew up around the family logging and sawmill business of his grandfather, Charles (Ginpole) Johnson. John's parents and several aunts and uncles worked together in the operation. They lived in logging camps near the jobs and Orofino or Pierce was home during the off season. Some of John's earliest memories were of life in the camps riding on the work horses and "helping" his aunts in the cookhouse. He saw the early Caterpillars and chainsaws come into the woods; but as he grew up, worked mostly with his dad building and operating the sawmills. He became a Boy Scout at age 13 in Orofino and rose through the ranks to Eagle Scout at 19. Later he was cub master and scout master in the Kooskia area.
In 1944 Walt was hired to finish and operate a sawmill in Kooskia owned by Leonard Floan. That mill burned down and Leonard hired Walt to build a new one at the mouth of Clear Creek. Walt and Bessie bought a house in Kooskia and John finished high school there graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1948. He attended the University of Idaho and NICE (now Lewis-Clark State College) and in 1950 married his high school sweetheart, Norma Hosig. Their honeymoon was spent hauling lumber from the mill to Orofino. They built a house together in Kooskia near his parents where Norma still lives. His oldest son John III (Lucky) was born in 1951 and his daughter, Amron (Amee) Coulter was added in 1953. Son Skipper appeared in 1964.
John continued to work for his dad building a mill on the Southfork River in 1950 thirty miles south of Kooskia. This mill burned in 1951, and John began running a mill in Kooskia for George Cory. In the later 50's he went back to the woods first with his dad and brother, Dean, and then for Leonard Floan, first driving logging truck and later as a woods boss after Burl Lange left. In 1961, that company, Loggers, Incorporated, was sold to Dabco and John finished his logging career running a loader.
In 1961 Ernest Hartman, owner of Stites Hardware, asked John, "Why don't you buy me out so I can retire?" Ernest made the deal one that John and Norma could not refuse. On Jan. 1, 1962, they became owners of the business which is still family owned, currently under management of son-in-law, Daniel Coulter.
John learned to fly at age 16 and helped build the airport at Kooskia where he made the first landing in Walt's Fairchild 24 airplane. Later he became a commercial pilot and flight instructor and taught many people to fly including both of his sons. He was also an instrument instructor and had multi-engine, seaplane, glider, and helicopter ratings. He enjoyed flying summer fire patrols for the Forest Service for several years.
John was a master at many things. He could and did run and mechanic on almost any kind of machine from movie projectors to heavy construction and logging equipment. Nothing was too small or too big. He designed and built all the hardware store buildings and several houses doing all the work with help from family. He was the architect, concrete man, mason, carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer, carpet layer, drywaller, and whatever else was needed.
He was a fire fighter for Kooskia and Stites for over 50 years, serving as Kooskia chief for about 10 years.
In 1974, he became a grandfather and thereafter claimed that as his new "rank". He referred to himself as Grampa John and the name stuck.
He ran a roller skating rink in Kooskia during high school and then much later in Kooskia and Kamiah. He loved to skate with his kids and grandkids and often skated to work and back between Kooskia and Stites.
He served on the Kooskia City Council, the Syringa Hospital Board, the Idaho County Planning Commission, the School Board, and at the time of his death was a member of the Idaho County Republican Central Committee. He was a very proud conservative Republican and worked diligently to keep building permits and other government BS out of our lives. He was a big fan of Ronald Reagan and was an early strong supporter of Donald Trump.
As his health was failing he said he had to live long enough to see Hillary defeated and Trump become President. He made that goal.
Family and his love of work meant everything to John, but in 1989 while roller skating in Lewiston he met his 2nd love, his partner, Lynn Churchill. We loved twirling and dancing down the streets in parades on skates and were married in 2003.
John is survived by his ex-wife, Norma, his 2nd wife, Lynn Churchill; his children, Lucky (Nancy), Amee (Daniel), and Skip (Pia); his grandchildren, John IV, Jody, Robert, Alana, Andrea, Kylee, and Nicholas; and his great grandchildren, Codi, Jordan, Kieran, Sierrah, Phoebe, Austin, Cason, William, Nora Jo, and Aubrey. Also, surviving John are his brother Dean (Judy) and sister Elaine Pelton.
When travel conditions have improved a celebration of life will be held.
Please make any memorial donations to the Kooskia-Stites Fire Department, PO Box 126, Kooskia, ID 83539.
Photo: John Walter Brandt, Jr.
Melvin E. Amos, 87, Dworshak Dam worker
Melvin E. Amos, 87, of Lewiston died Thursday, Jan 26, 2017, at Guardian Angel Homes.
He was born in Hagerman, Idaho on Aug. 12, 1929 to Elda and Ernest Amos.
In 1949, he married Mary Ruth Johnston at St. Maries, Idaho. He then enlisted in the army and served in Korea. When he returned home he went to work at the lumber mill. In 1959, the family moved to Hayden Lake, Idaho where he went to work at the lumber mill in Coeur d' Alene. Mel then passed the carpenters exam in 1965 and the family moved to Cusick, WA. He went to work on the Metalline Falls dam. Mel had only been working on the dam a few months when he had an accident. His safety harness failed and he fell 125 feet down the penstock. Expecting to find his body, his coworkers found him looking for his hammer.
In 1966, the family moved to Lewiston. Mel worked on the Little Goose, Lower Granite and Dworshak dams. When those dams were finished, he was a superintendent on many large construction projects including the Emergency room at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
After retirement, he kept busy doing remodeling work for friends and neighbors. He and Mary also enjoyed traveling around the country.
Mel is survived by his daughter, Kathy Grant; son-in-law, Richard; grandsons, Jeffrey and David of Culdesac; granddaughter, Amy Berger (Derek ) and step granddaughter Calista of Clarkston, WA.
He was proceeded in death by his son, Scott; his wife, Mary; his brothers, Lyle and Charles and his sister, Aline Horine.
A memorial service will be held, Saturday, Feb 4 at 1 p.m. at the Guardian Angel Homes barn, 2421 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Melvin E. Amos
June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl, 87
June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl passed away at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. She was born July 5, 1929, to Therlo and Holly Curtis in Dupree, S.D.
The family moved west, and in 1943 arrived in Lewiston. She finished school and in 1947 married her high school sweetheart, Billy Jim Hart. Bill and June were active in the first stock car racing association and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Air Posse.
The family enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and most outdoor activities. June's hobbies also included sewing, painting and rock collecting. For a short time, she worked in real estate, and after moving to Sweetwater in 1965, she worked as a school secretary and teacher's aide at the Lapwai Upper Elementary School. In 1980, Bill was disabled and June became his full-time caregiver.
They joined the Sea Port Good Sam Club and traveled with them for many years. Bill passed away in 1999, and June became active in Family Hospice, RSVP and the Senior Nutrition Program. Although her family was the greatest pleasure of her life, she very much enjoyed volunteering and helping others. It was during this period that she rekindled a friendship with George Hasenoehrl, and the two were married Nov. 17, 2006. She and George traveled a great deal and enjoyed wintering in Yuma, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy, and sister Maxine.
She is survived by her husband, George Hasenoehrl of Lewiston; brother, Roy (Joanie) Curtis of Molalla, OR; daughter, Carolyn (Rick) Kidwell of Elko, NV; and sons, Billy Hart of Pierce, Michael (Star) Hart of Sweetwater, Tim (Gloria) Hart of Sweetwater and Dan (Susie) Hart of Bonners Ferry. Her family also included 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all.
A rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston, with services to follow at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center hospice care.
Photo: June Curtis Hart Hasenoehrl
Vernon 'Crow' Kennedy, 88
Vernon 'Crow' Kennedy, 88, of Stites passed away at his home Saturday Jan. 21, 2017.
The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Life Center Church, 4432 U.S. Highway 12. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. A fellowship covered dish dinner will follow services at Gospel Lighthouse Church in Stites.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is handling arrangements.
Frederick Hobbs, 74, formerly of Weippe
Fred Hobbs peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after a long and courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. His family and his hospice nurse were at his side.
Fred was born Sept. 14, 1942, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Cyril C. Hobbs and Opal M. (Hutchins) Hobbs. He spent the early years of his life on the family farm in Alberta. In 1953, the family moved to Weippe, where he grew up surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins and attended Weippe schools. While very young, he began working at a service station after school and on weekends. He continued working in the service station for several years after completing high school.
In 1966, he moved to Lewiston and worked for Coleman Oil Co. for a while, then managed a Union 76 station in Moscow until 1974. After that, he had several jobs but primarily became a truck driver in Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lewiston. He hauled mail from Lewiston to Spokane, WA, and Pasco, WA, until his retirement.
At age 17, he was stricken with polio. After a stint in the hospital and a month at the Elks Rehabilitation Center in Boise, he was able to walk with crutches. After a total of about six months, he threw the crutches away and never looked back. Even though the effects of polio limited his physical ability, with great determination he was able to overcome them or limit them until later in life.
He enjoyed many outdoor activities, such as snowmobiling, skiing behind a car, sledding, "Jeeping" in the back country and camping. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling and camping in a recreational vehicle.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Thelma (Wilson) Nylund. He is survived by brothers, Raymond Hobbs and wife, Geraldine, of Clarkston, WA, and Herbert Hobbs of Lewiston; nieces and nephews Bonnie Hunt, Wayne Wilson, Bev Dobrinski, Tina Bowman, Christopher Hobbs, Ed Hobbs, Kathy Edwards, Debi Hobbs, Melanie Pichette, Amy Bare and Mark Hobbs. He also is survived by stepfamily, including sister-in-law, Shirley Hamilton and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express its sincerest appreciation to those who cared for Fred with great compassion and love: Dr. Jones, nurses, social workers and staff of St. Joseph Hospice (especially nurse Sandy), St. Joseph Pastoral Care, St. Joseph nurses and staff who cared for him while in palliative care, and last but not least, his in-home caregivers provided by Care Connection of Lewiston. They all became his friends.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation, please consider St. Joseph Family Hospice, P.O. Box 719, Lewiston, ID 83501.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Photo: Frederick Hobbs
Carla A. Hillman, 80, Peck
Carla Ann Hillman of Peck, Idaho joined her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. She was 80 years old.
Carla was born Jan. 24, 1936, to Henry Kowitz and Iona Bradley in Salmon, Idaho. She had one brother, Lylie Black.
Carla married Glen Hillman in December of 1995, and lived at their family home in Peck.
Carla enjoyed her flowers, and spent a lot of time going through seed catalogs. She loved all animals and donated to the ASPCA.
A cup or dish from a thrift store brought her great joy! She enjoyed detective programs, watching movies, reading, gardening, and her family.
Carla is survived by: her husband, Glen; her son, Charles Alexander of Spokane, WA; her daughters, Robin Schremser (Willard) of Pinecreek, ID, and Dara Bebee of Pinehurst, ID; grandchildren, Darla Webb and Jennifer Webb, both of Kellogg, ID, and Mike Nichols of Seattle, WA; and her great-grandchildren, Isaiah Webb and Noah Werk.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jessica Case.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at First Baptist Church in Orofino, located at 291 118th Street on Riverside. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate.
Arrangements are in care of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory of Orofino.
Photos: Carla Ann Hillman
Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman, 65, 1969 OHS grad
Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, under a full moon, at Kindred Transitional Care Center in Lewiston at the age of 65, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Trudy was born May 17, 1951, in Lewiston, to Frank and Louise 'Jo' Schoeffler.
She grew up in Orofino and graduated high school in 1969. Trudy was diagnosed at the age of 20 with MS and was a kind and loving person with a strong will and personality who was determined not to let it slow her free spirit down.
Trudy met and had many friends over the years. She eventually settled in the Pierce/Weippe area and lived there prior to the death of Dan, her partner of 25 years, in 2015.
Trudy is survived by her mother, Louise "Jo" Schoeffler of Lewiston; sister Cheri Robinson of Lewiston; daughters Tonya (Bob) Jensen of Lewiston and Tara Freeman of Belgrade, MT; and grandchildren Mikel and Morgan Jensen and Dillon, Kailee and Jordan Freeman.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Schoeffler, and long-time companion Dan Keller.
The family would like to thank the staff of Kindred Care for making Trudy's stay there as comfortable as possible.
At Trudy's request there will be no service, and family will have a private celebration in the summer.
Photo: Trudy Kim (Schoeffler) Freeman
Milton Miller 'Milt' Wilson, 81, Weippe High School grad
Milton Miller "Milt" Wilson was born Oct. 23, 1935, on the family ranch just outside of Weippe. He passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Life Care Center in Lewiston, from complications of a stroke, at age 81.
This 10.5-pound bundle of joy was delivered to Laurence and Nora Mae Wilson. Milt had two older half-brothers, Dale and Elmer. His childhood was spent following his dad and learning the work on a farm. He cut down trees with a cross-cut saw, milked cows (which he didn't enjoy) and farmed and logged with a team of horses alongside his father. In school, he was a member of the football team, band and drama.
After graduating from Weippe High, with no money to attend college, he resorted to reading, mostly mechanically-oriented books (which helped him get a job at a sawmill at O'Mill, Idaho). He became very knowledgeable in the field of steam. In 1965, his steam skills were used at the new Potlatch-Jaype Mill between Pierce and Headquarters, where he was head of the boiler plant. He continued as foreman of the boiler plant until he retired in 1993.
Milton and Thelma Hobbs were married and had four children - daughters Beverly Dobrinski (Bill) of Vancouver, WA, Bonnie Hunt (Bruce) of Lewiston, and Tina Bowman of Vancouver; and son Wayne C. Wilson of Lewiston. Their marriage ended in divorce. Milton later married Karen Wilsey of Clarkston, WA. Karen and Milt were married for 25 years and enjoyed traveling to Yuma, AZ, avoiding the Pierce winters. They also enjoyed the sun with many old and new friends who were snowbirds. Their marriage also ended in divorce.
Milt had a love for flying and dreamed of becoming a pilot and owning his own plane. This dream came true in 1980, when he enjoyed flying his own plane. He enjoyed going for drives, whether close to home or traveling across the United States. His one big dream was to travel again to Alaska. He had everything he needed to go except a co-pilot. He was always reading about his hobbies: engines, cars, hunting, guns and travel destinations, to name a few. He also loved to ride his all-terrain vehicle on the backroads around Pierce.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Milt always thought of Pierce as his home, hoping to live out his final years there. Even after he had a few strokes that set his health back some, he would return to Pierce. Dementia finally made it unsafe for him to remain in Pierce, so he resided at Life Care Center of Lewiston, where he passed away on Jan. 4, 2017, with family at his side. Up until a week prior, Milt had been giving the staff a run for their money, or moola, as he would always call it. The family wants to thank the staff at Life Care for all their care and love for Milton and our family. As difficult as it was the past two years, we always felt your loving care. His friends and neighbors in Pierce and Weippe also are greatly appreciated for all you did for him.
There will be a graveside service later this spring at the Weippe Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest beside his parents. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Milton Miller 'Milt' Wilson
Patricia George, 85, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah
Patricia George, 85, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah passed away Friday Jan. 6, 2017 at Royal Plaza Health and Rehabilitation.
The Rosary will be 10 a.m. and Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah. Interment will follow at Kamiah City Cemetery. Following the services a meal will be provided by St. Catherine's Altar Society at the church.
Services are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Margaret Jane 'Midge' Wilson, 93, Orofino
Margaret Jane 'Midge' (Baugh) Wilson was born in the family home near Arrow Junction on March 9, 1923 to Simon and Nannie Baugh and passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab on Jan. 3, 2017 due to age related issues.
She was the sixth and final child in the family. Because she was quite small as a child, her father called her Midget, later on shortened to Midge. As a child, the family moved to Teakean where she started school. She may have been the teacher's pet, because she was allowed to help older students with their work. When she was in the third grade, the family move to Orofino where she was placed in the fourth grade, thus covering two grades in one year.
A few years after her mother passed away, Midge moved to Nezperce to live with her older sister, Pearl, who was managing the Nezperce Hotel. She had her own room at the hotel and worked part time as a maid. As a high school student, Midge won regional competition in Algebra and typing. She could type at a rate of 55 correct words a minute on the old manual typewriters. During her junior and senior years, Midge worked as a student aide in the superintendent's office. After graduating from Nezperce High School in 1940, Midge attended a business school in Lewiston. She then went to work for the US Forest Service as a secretary in the supervisor's office of the Clearwater National Forest when the office covered the top two floors of the post office.
On June 10, 1941, Midge married Bernard 'Barney' T. Wilson in Lewiston, but they made their home in Orofino where he worked for BJ Carney Pole Company. Four boys would round out their family, Bernard Allen 'Buster', Simon George 'Skip', Victor James 'Jim' and Michael Jack 'Jack'. The family moved to Riverside in 1947 where Midge resided until her passing. Much of the early years on Riverside were spent keeping the boys in line as their father worked in the woods and was gone during the week. She began working part time at Riverside Lanes and would remain there until she retired at the age of 84. Midge was very actively involved with the Lewiston Clarkston Bowling Association where she held many offices and was on the board of directors for many years. Midge managed the annual tournament at Riverside Lanes for years. She won a number of trophies and awards as well as traveling to tournaments throughout the northwest with friends.
Midge had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed hearing and telling jokes of various color. She was an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying baseball and basketball, as well as bowling. She was a big fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and stayed with them when they moved to Los Angeles. From the time the boys were in Little League through high school, Midge could be counted on to take a load of baseball players in the family car to out of town games. She was an excellent cook and provided holiday meals for the family into her early 80s.
Midge was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Nannie Baugh; her siblings, George Baugh, Pearl Aiken, Paul Baugh, Ruby Philpot and JT Baugh; her husband, Barney; and her two sons, Buster and Jim. She is survived by sons, Skip and Jack; 6 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Photo: Margaret Jane 'Midge' Wilson
Todd Alan Fisbeck, 43, 1991 OHS grad
Todd Alan Fisbeck passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, after a courageous eight-month battle with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He was 43.
Todd was born Sept. 19, 1973, in Grangeville, to Chuck and Ginger (Trautman) Fisbeck. He attended school in Orofino and graduated as a Maniac from Orofino High School in 1991. He then attended Lewis-Clark State College and received a degree in diesel mechanics.
Todd married Tina Soule on Aug. 14, 1993, in Orofino. They had two children together, Caleb in 1996 and Chantel in 2000.
Todd worked for Clearwater Paper for 17 years and more recently for MHGC Inc. in Clarkston, WA.
Todd was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being in the outdoors. He had a love for life and always put a smile on everyone's face. If you were ever in need of help, he would drop whatever he was doing to help you. He never met a stranger.
Todd is survived by his children, Caleb and Chantel; mother and stepfather, Ginger and Rodger Leach; father and stepmother, Chuck and Sharon Fisbeck; sister, Christy Randall (Lee Wallace); nephew, Devin Randall; very special friend, Monica McCann; grandmothers, Lily Riechers and Edna Fisbeck; and many aunts; uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Earl Trautman and Elmer Fisbeck; an uncle, Cliff Trautman; and an aunt, Bonnie Cook.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bridges Church, 2102 Eighth St., Lewiston, with the Rev. Brad Bramlet officiating. A covered-dish dinner will follow in the basement of the Moose Lodge, 814 Sixth St., Clarkston.
Please make any memorial donations to Snake River Community Clinic, 215 10th St., Lewiston, ID 83501. The family would like to make a special thank you to Charlotte Ash and her crew at the clinic.
Please sign the online guest book and leave a memory at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Todd Alan Fisbeck
Lester S. Norland, 89
Lester S. Norland, 89, Lewiston, passed away Dec. 26, 2016 in Lewiston.
Services are to be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Richard J. 'Dick' Noble, 69, formerly of Orofino
Richard John 'Dick' Noble died peacefully in Seattle, WA, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, after a short battle with cancer. He was 69.
Dick was born in Orofino on Nov. 7, 1947. He was the third of four children of Emery and Nancy Noble, both of whom preceded him in death.
Having been born in Orofino, Dick was a lifelong proud Maniac. Dick attended public schools in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School in 1966. He was a gifted athlete and competed in football and track. He set several Orofino High School records in the high and low hurdles and qualified for the Idaho State High School Track meet in his junior and senior years.
He also served in several positions of Orofino High School student government, including Student Body President. Always a rascal, Dick's high school career also included some less dubious distinctions and a suspension or two.
Despite his less notable escapades, Dick's athletic prowess and involvement in high school government earned him an athletic scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania where he competed in crew and football. Crew became a lifelong passion, and he was an oarsman until his ability to row was curtailed by his illness.
In later life Dick also became a passionate bicyclist, and used this as his primary mode of transportation in his adopted home of Seattle, WA.
Although Dick did not complete his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he eventually received a degree in Accounting from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. Dick spent many years in Arizona working in various occupations. While in Arizona he had a loving relationship with Patty Kennedy, and developed a long relationship with her son Luke Kennedy, a relationship that lasted until Dick's passing. Patty preceded Dick in death.
Dick was intelligent and physically gifted; however, his lifelong battle with depression and self-medication was a continuing detriment. He was good-hearted and befriended many people, many of whom were in the most need of friendship.
His greatest asset was a strong and loving heart, an asset that served him well until his death. He was also an incurable, but harmless, flirt, even with the nurses as his cancer overcame him. He was the kind of man who actually owned a pair of blue suede shoes, attended Woodstock, loved the Grateful Dead, and had a recipe for ceviche at the ready.
Dick would want everyone to know that he worked on the last Potlatch Corporation log drive on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, living on the "wanigan" working as a log jockey, a testament to his physical prowess, and one of a small and ever dwindling fraternity.
A varied occupational history spoke to his talents as well as his whimsical personality. His resume includes working in a lumberyard and on an Alaskan fishing boat, and as a beekeeper, an artist's model, and a driver/bodyguard for an escort service. He was a voracious reader until the end, consuming fiction and non-fiction alike, and passed on many books without thought of their return, only the enjoyment that others would receive from reading them.
Dick is survived by his partner, Nancy McNichols, in Seattle, as well as three siblings: his sister, Mary, and her husband, Cameron, of Eagle; his brother, Charlie, and his wife, Ellen, of Hailey; and a brother, Bruce, and his wife, Peggy, of North Bend, WA.
Dick had a special relationship with his niece, Kimberly; and nephew, Shawn, whom he taught to row.
His loving niece, LeAnn Sanders, precedes him in death.
Dick was quick to recite the accomplishments of those he loved, and would enthusiastically assist one in need at a moment's notice.
At Dick's request, no memorial service will be observed. For those who knew him, please share an anecdote with others whether they knew Dick or not, for there were many adventures and escapades in a life well lived.
Photo: Richard John 'Dick' Noble
William D. Gladhart, 76, Orofino
William D. Gladhart, 76, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Memorial Service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is cring for arrangements.
Charles A. Roughton, 82, Orofino
Charles A. Roughton, 82, Orofino, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, in Seattle, WA. He was born June 1, 1934.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
William F. Niemela, 74, Orofino
William F. Niemela, 74, Orofino, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was born May 9, 1942.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Mary Hill, 95, formerly of Orofino
Mary Josephine (Herbig) Hill, 95, passed away suddenly and peacefully on Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, 2016, at Royal Plaza Retirement Center in Lewiston.
Mary was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the middle of nine children born to Helen and Roy R. Herbig. When she was age six, the family moved west to Montana, finally settling in Missoula. MT. Mary excelled in high school, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and sang in the school choirs, cantatas and plays. After graduating, she joined her two older brothers who had formed a big-band-type orchestra, where Mary was the female vocalist. They played several venues around western Montana. She loved being a part of that orchestra and singing on stage. World War II broke out and her brothers and the other men of the orchestra were called to military service.
Mary met Stanley P. Hill at one of the dances where she was singing. They married on June 15, 1941, in Missoula. They had a long, happy life together. Their first child, daughter, Lynn, was born in August of 1943 in Missoula. Six weeks later, Stan was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving at Amarillo Air Field, TX. Mary joined him there in early 1944. She worked as a secretary on the base until the war was over and they returned to Montana.
In January of 1954, their son, Gregory, was born in Missoula. The family moved to various locations in the Pacific Northwest for Stan's work with federal agencies. In late 1957, they moved to Orofino, where Stan worked for the U.S. Forest Service. They lived there for more than 30 years until they both retired and moved to Lewiston.
Mary was the secretary at Orofino Junior High School for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed that. She always told the students she was going to write a book some day about all of their antics at the school. When she retired, the students gave her a blank journal and told her to start writing. She decided she might get sued if she truly told some of the stories, so the book was never written.
She was a member of the Orofino Community Choir, the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, and she enjoyed working at the polling center in Orofino during many local and national elections. She also liked to be out on the boat on Dworshak Lake or in the woods gathering pine cones with her good friend, Ruth Farbo.
Mary was happy living at Royal Plaza and appreciated all that everyone there did for her. She enjoyed seeing old friends from Orofino who also lived there. She especially loved the musical programs put on by Mark, the activities director. Our family wishes to thank everyone at Royal Plaza for taking such loving care of Mom.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of more than 65 years; beloved daughter-in-law, Jan Jones Hill; grandson-in-law, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Yockey; and seven of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her younger brother, Don Herbig of Klamath Falls, OR.; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Greg Frey of Loveland, CO; her son, Gregory of Lewiston; granddaughters Jacci (Darren) Dyer of Grayland, WA, Kelly Frey of Austin, TX, Tamara Yockey of Washington, DC, and Trisha (Todd) Kramer of Longmont, CO; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and a few cousins.
Cremation has taken place at Mountain View Mortuary in Lewiston. A private family celebration of Mary's life will take place in the spring. In her honor, we ask that you support your local schools in any way you can, and be as cheerful and loving as our mom was.
Photo: Mary Josephine (Herbig) Hill
Duane Chilberg, 75, C-PTPA fire warden
Duane Chilberg, 75, a lifetime resident of Kendrick, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, of a massive stroke at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Born on Aug. 30, 1941, in Kendrick to Robert and Dorothy Candler Chilberg, Duane attended school at the Cedar Ridge schoolhouse and was a 1959 graduate of Kendrick High School. For several years, he worked for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, serving as a fire warden for the Mason Butte area, Boehls Cabin and at Elk River. He also spent time as a logger and was a lifelong rancher. He loved life on the farm on Cedar Ridge and wouldn't have it any other way.
His biggest joys were visiting with friends and telling stories. He loved history, especially of the Kendrick area, and was a wealth of information. He didn't know a stranger and loved them all.
He was a member of the Gold Hill Church and served on the board of directors. He was married to Danielle Granger, who passed away in 2011.
He is survived by brothers, Alan of St. Maries and Skip (Janell) Chilberg of Deer Park, WA; sister Darlene (Ed) Reid of St. Maries; children, Theresa (Bill) Parker, Ray Burdick, Yvonne Newberry and Marie Avalon; grandchildren, Amanda and Devan Fritzsche, John and Jessica Leder, Anthony Burdick and Nicholas Wright; and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his companion, Cari Myers, and friend, Becky VanDyke.
The family would like to thank Cari and Devan and our Cedar Ridge and Gold Hill family for all the help and support.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Gold Hill Church, with dinner following at the community hall. Memorials may be made to the Gold Hill Church and Community Fund, care of Jeanette Cuddy, 2064 Elk Lane, Kendrick, ID 83537.
Photo: Duane Chilberg
Ernest 'Corky' Campbell, 65, Dworshak Dam worker
Ernest 'Corky' Campbell Jr., 65, Clarkston, WA, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston of a heart attack.
Corky was born June 8, 1951, in Miller, SD, to Ernest Avon and Dorothy Alice (Shumaker) Campbell. He attended school at McCool and Ohio Township schools in Hand County, SD.
He moved to Clarkston when he was 15 and worked construction on Dworshak Dam. He also worked for Poe Asphalt, Jamar Inc. and numerous other companies during his career. Corky was a member of the Local 238 Union and did ranch work in Idaho and Washington.
He attended the Cowboy Church in Lewiston, where he enjoyed the Christian Balladeers. In his younger years, he also participated in rodeos as a team roper and bulldogger.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Campbell; siblings, Jimmy Ray (Gail) Campbell, Dennis Dale Campbell and Deanna LaVonne (Daniel) Bartkowski; four nieces; three nephews; close friend, Hazel Fuller and good friend, Emily.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Avon Campbell Sr.; grandparents, Orville C. and Elizabeth Campbell, and Howard and Elizabeth Schumaker.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh St., Clarkston. The Rev. Mike Warwick of New Spring Missionary Baptist Church will officiate at the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston.
Photo: Ernest 'Corky' Campbell
Eva Maria Mohr Paulucci, 84, formerly of Orofino
Eva Maria Mohr Paulucci, 84, a longtime resident of Lewiston, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at Guardian Angels Homes.
Eva was born Jan. 21, 1932, to Adolf and Irmgard Mohr in Ratten, Austria. At age 17, she graduated from school and within a year she was put on a train and traveled through Europe to eventually immigrate to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Eventually, her parents immigrated to Canada to be with her.
In Calgary, she met her husband, Giacobbe "Jack" Paulucci, and on May 9, 1953, they were married. Between 1955 and 1961, they had four children. They immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Orofino for a short time before moving to Lewiston.
Eva got a job at St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital, where she worked in the business office. She and her husband opened Paulucci's Men's Wear and Tailor Shop, where she helped run the business by doing all the bookkeeping. In 1986, they sold the men's clothing store to their son John and daughter Evelyn, and it has been owned and operated by John for more than 20 years. They soon bought out Gregson's Shoe Store and renamed it Paulucci's Shoes, where Eva continued to do bookkeeping.
Eva loved to work outside. She kept busy in her garden and yard and enjoyed sitting out on their balcony with her grandchildren and husband watching the dozens of birds eating in the numerous bird feeders surrounding their house. She loved cooking and especially baking. There was never a time that you didn't smell something wonderful cooking or baking coming from the inside of their home when walking in. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, who would spend many nights a week with her, helping her in the yard or house or helping them cook. We all knew her to be an excellent cook.
Eva also painted; she started when she was very young and continued into her adult years. She especially loved to write poems and sometimes submitted them to the Tribune's Golden Times section. Eva loved reading and crocheting. She traveled back to Austria often with her husband and they also would go to his native country of Italy.
Eva was a devout Catholic her entire life. She loved being in church surrounded by the many friends she had made.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marina. She is survived by her husband, Jack; son, John (Jennifer) Paulucci; daughters, Evelyn (Mike) Duncan and Pitzi (Doug) Smith; and eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
The rosary and a funeral Mass were held. at St. Stanislaus Church, 633 Fifth Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Eva Maria Mohr Paulucci
Ray Lewis Clark, 64, 1970 OHS grad
Ray Lewis Clark, 64, a resident of Pendleton, OR died Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at his home.
Ray was born Sept. 25, 1952, at Tri State Hospital in Clarkston, WA, to William and June Clark. He was raised in Orofino. He played football and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1970. Ray loved to hunt, fish and anything that put him in the mountains.
His first job was fighting fire for C-PTPA at the age of 16. He soon started his career in logging. He worked all aspects of the logging industry from driving log truck, heavy machinery and working as a faller.
On Dec. 31, 2000, he married Trudy Lay in Pendleton.
Ray is survived by: his wife of 16 years, Trudy Clark; children. Shawn Hoerner, Christopher Clark, Damion Clark, David Clark, Alan Cronan, Martine Desler, Shawn Desler, Crystal Harsin, Chad Harsin and B.J. Harsin; brother, Steve Clark; sister, Sharon Waterhouse & brother-in-law Kim Waterhouse; a niece, Raichelle Steiner Barton and family; 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
No services will be held. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.
Ray will be remembered for his kindness and patience. He will be extremely missed.
Photo: Ray Lewis Clark
Bruce Leonard Boyer, 62
Bruce Leonard Boyer, 62, passed peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in the comforts of his home. Bruce was a loving and devoted family man, kind and gentle in ways unimaginable and patient to the very end. He will be greatly missed by many.
Bruce was born on July 22, 1954, to Jack and Lola (Anderson) Boyer in Lewiston. At the age of 4, he moved with his parents and sister, Terry, to a small ranch on Lyle Gulch near Lapwai and began cultivating his love of farming. Before Bruce had even turned 5, he was driving tractor and learning the value of a hard day's work.
Bruce attended school in Lapwai, graduating in 1972. While there, he proudly represented the Wildcats while participating in football, basketball and baseball. Following a long day of school and practice, you could find Bruce helping his mother at the family restaurant, Dairy Delight (now Donald's Diner). Bruce loved to tell stories of his purposely made lopsided, non-servable ice cream cones just so he could have a treat. When he wasn't at school or working, you could find him running amok with his best buddy, Dick Alfrey. Following his graduation from Lapwai High School, Bruce continued his education at Lewis Clark State College, where he received an associate's degree in Auto Mechanics in 1974.
A good man can only be made better with the love of great woman. On Jan. 10, 1976, Bruce married his one true love, Shirley Butler. Together they shared almost 41 years of happiness and created a home in the Gifford area, and were joined by their four children: Michael, Sarae, Lance and Bryce. Bruce was extremely proud of the family he created. The lessons he taught and the love he gave were effortless. He was a true family man.
Aside from his family, farming was Bruce's life passion. He worked his craft in the Gifford and Lenore areas for more than 40 years. The past few years he has been farming with Eugene Butler, whom he considered his brother. He loved the green fields of spring, the amber waves of early summer, and harvest at summer's end. Before heading for the fields in the morning, and for a brief period each afternoon, Bruce also wore the hat of a Culdesac School District bus driver, doing this for more than 20 years. The children who rode his bus became his own, and the lifelong friendships he created were invaluable. For a period of six to seven years, Bruce also enjoyed running his own business - American Hood Cleaning. Here, he employed and continued to mentor many young people from the Culdesac area.
At the time of his passing, Bruce was the longest standing member of the Nez Perce County Fair Board - proudly serving his community since 1993.
If you mixed Bruce with a group of boys and a baseball diamond, magic happened. When it came to coaching the sport, his talents and knowledge were immeasurable. He spent many hours at the Culdesac baseball field coaching his own children and members of the Culdesac Wolves high school teams, as well as Babe Ruth. In recent years, he enjoyed mentoring and watching his grandchildren learn to love the game. Bruce was also an avid golfer. We are sure he has already sunk that hole-in-one on Heaven's most glorious course.
His beautiful spirit will forever be cherished by those who survive him: his wife, Shirley, of Gifford; daughter, Sarae of Lewiston; sons, Michael (Andrea) of Lenore, Lance (Karen) of Lewiston and Bryce (Marissa) of Aurora, CO; parents, Jack and Lola Boyer of Lapwai; and his sister, Terry Whipple of Lewiston.
He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kailee, Preston, Taylor, Morgan and Olivia Boyer and his great-grandson Zaiden. He will also be greatly missed by Bryan Farrell and Moritz Richter, who considered Bruce a huge father figure in their lives.
A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Culdesac High School gymnasium. Please bring your favorite story or memory of Bruce to share. It can be written for someone to read, if you are unable to share in person.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bruce Boyer Fund at any Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union.
Photo: Bruce Leonard Boyer
Harry L. Cummings, 93, Orofino
Harry Lee Cummings was born May 4, 1923, in Orofino, the son of Clay Christopher and Elizabeth Ann (Whitworth) Cummings. He died Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in his hometown, surrounded by the hills and beside the river he loved so much.
When he was just 15 months old, Harry survived the car crash that took the life of his father. Growing up in Orofino, Harry spent his time enjoying the outdoors as well as finding various ways to help support his family during the Depression years.
When he was just 14, he began working the bean fields on Central Ridge. Beginning his sophomore year of high school, he went to school in the mornings and apprenticed in a plumbing shop afternoons, learning the trade.
Summers of Harry's late teen years were spent working in the woods, fighting fire and manning lookouts for the CTPA (Clearwater Timber Protective Association) and later the U.S. Forest Service.
In February of 1943, Harry was inducted into the Army. He did his basic training in Texas, and then volunteered for paratrooper training at Fort Benning, GA, where he joined the 101st Airborne Division.
He took part in the invasion of Normandy on D-day, the invasion of Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium. He was wounded twice, in Holland and at Bastogne.
Returning home following the war, Harry worked in the woods and for the U.S. Forest Service as a smokejumper and a squad leader in Montana and Oregon.
In the fall of 1947, he met Mary Lou Hansen, from Seattle, WA, who had come to Orofino to visit with a friend. On June 9, 1948, he and Mary Lou were married. Daughter Christine was born in August of 1949 and son John in May of 1952. He started his own plumbing and heating business soon after their marriage.
In 1962 he was offered the chance to go back to work for the Forest Service as Fire Control Officer at Canyon Ranger District on the North Fork of the Clearwater.
While working at Canyon, he also became a Class I fire boss out of Missoula. After retiring from the Forest Service in 1980, Harry went to work for the C-PTPA (Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association) doing special projects.
Harry is survived by: his wife of 68 years, Mary Lou; his daughter, Christine (Dan) Miller of Moscow; his son, John (Karen) of Burley; and his grandchildren, Matt Miller, Ann Miller Hewitt, Jennifer Cummings Thompson, Kirsten Cummings Curtiss, and John Richard Cummings.
He is also survived by: six great-grandsons, Ryan Miller, Cameron, Keaton, and Daniel Hewitt, and Grant and James Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill; and his sister, Betty Jane.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, 939 Michigan Ave., Orofino. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Cold Spring, KY, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
John Herndon, 93
John Wesley Herndon, 93, of Culdesac, passed on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The world has lost one more member of the greatest generation. John's community has also lost a living treasure and example to the meaning of perseverance, honor and dignity.
Born Oct. 3, 1923, the second child of six to Leslie Drew and Grace Ellen (Tupper) Herndon, John came into the world without record of a proper birth weight; the scale only went to 13 pounds. Raised in Garden Gulch and on Tom Beall Road, John rode horseback with his siblings to a one-room schoolhouse on Cottonwood Creek. He later attended school in Culdesac, played trumpet in the high school band and was a proud high school graduate.
After school, he made his life's work the family business. Farming, cattle and logging in Grangemont with his father and later his son, he expanded the enterprise to include a successful and productive sheep herd. When work didn't require his immediate attention, John supported his son's competitions in motorcycle hill climbing and later motocross racing.
He was a passionate hunter and fisherman, who loved God's Earth and streams and the solace it offered. His travels took John to the Northern Canadian Territories, countless states and close to home in the Buffalo Hump region. John was especially fond of his pack mules and long trips into the mountains with fellow adventurers.
When the long, arduous hunts became too strenuous, John turned his interest to black-powder shooting. He was active in the local and regional competitions and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. The passion was further embraced with the authentic garb, made by his own hands, of a suit made of moose hide, laced together with strips of hide as thread and deer antler buttons. John also skillfully fashioned his own pattern to create Hudson Bay-style coats from wool blankets. Some he made to sell, some he wore for the shoots and others became cherished gifts.
A very private man, John enjoyed conversation and the company of interesting people. Other than gardening, John's other pastimes included making sure the local food bank benefitted. John made the daily pilgrimage to the Waffles N' More where, literally, everyone knew his name.
John was preceded in death by his son, Larry "Joe" Herndon; brothers Merle, Don and Lewis (Mick) Herndon; and sister, Doris Meacham. He is survived by granddaughters Shannon Herndon of Lewiston and Taylor Stipe of Polson, MT; and a great-grandson; as well as sister, Gladys Kendrick of Tacoma, WA; sister-in-law, LaVerne Herndon; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston, WA. A reception will follow immediately at the Quality Inn in Clarkston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or the Culdesac Gem Community Fund, P.O. Box 45 Culdesac, ID 83524.
Photo: John Wesley Herndon
Rosie Pakkala, 76, OHS grad
Rosie Marie (Grasser) Pakkala, 76, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA.
The loving wife of Michael Pakkala for 21 years and mother to Mikela Bryson, Rosie made her home in Clarkston.
Rosie was born May 11, 1940, to Melvin and Verle (Knutson) Grasser. She was predeceased by her father and her sister, Myrlejean Montambo.
Rosie graduated from Orofino High School. A pretty and popular student, Rosie was chosen queen of Lumberjack Days in 1958. She graduated with a two-year degree from Boise College in 1960 and earned a bachelor of science from University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1964.
Rosie worked as a secretary for insurance companies in Brea, CA. She married David Bryson and they moved to Las Vegas, NV, where they owned and managed a retail clothing store. That marriage later ended in divorce.
Rosie returned to her hometown Orofino, where she rekindled a friendship with her high school classmate, Michael Pakkala. They fell in love and married on April 7, 1995.
Rosie and Mike were long-standing members of the Crankers Club, a social organization for owners of antique cars. Rosie also enjoyed collecting dolls and traveling. She was an accomplished pianist, starting lessons when she was four years old. Playing music was a lifelong love of hers.
Rosie is survived by her husband, Michael Pakkala; daughter, Mikela (Peter Glasser) Bryson; mother, Verle Grasser; brother, William (Beth) Grasser; stepdaughters, Kathryn Cummings and Christine (Cameron Stracher) Pakkala; three grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh, St., Clarkston.
Photo: Rosie Marie (Grasser) Pakkala
Phillip L. Groseclose, 83, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Lewiston. He was born in Moscow on June 20, 1933, to Lewis 'Lude' and Pearl Groseclose. He lived with his parents on the farm in Southwick, Camas, WA, and then Juliaetta, where he attended the Juliaetta school.
In the early '60s, he worked the night shift at the Juliaetta sawmill. He also was caretaker at several cemeteries in the Kendrick-Juliaetta area. He raised Hereford cattle with his father on the Little Potlatch Creek.
He grew watermelon and cantaloupe, of which he took great pride. He could always be found out hoeing the big garden, keeping it meticulously weed free. He raised various breeds of chickens and roosters.
A man of few words, he was a good listener and had a memory like a steel trap. At family gatherings when we couldn't remember a name or date of someone or something, we just asked Phillip and he would have the answer.
Phillip was preceded in death by his father, Lude, who passed away in 1992; and grandparents Sherman and Daisy Winters, and Jim and Susan Kimberling Groseclose.
He is survived by mother, Pearl Groseclose; sister, Geneva Davis; brother, Larry Groseclose (Janice); nieces, Denise Hall, Dezra Marcell, Melissa Groseclose and Alicia Groseclose-Lobb; nephew, Ryan Groseclose; and their families; and several cousins, including Willi Swanson, whom he was especially fond of.
There will be a family graveside service at the Juliaetta cemetery.
Photo: Phillip L. Groseclose
Known to friends and family as 'Rusty', this Irish beauty was born with red hair and bright blue eyes on March 23, 1925, to Frank and Maggie (Skelton) Howerton of Lapwai. She grew up in the surrounding area including Lookout and Reubens and attended school there.
As a 14-year-old teen, Rusty worked as a cook's assistant at a shearing camp, and it was there that she met Wayne Stickney. He spent most of his time hiding out in the cook shack to get away from all the men who were chasing him for the pranks he pulled. Little did she know that this crazy 19-year-old would be her future husband.
That summer, Rusty became a heroine when she saved her eight-year-old brother, Mike's, life. She was afraid of the water so was on the beach at Copey's swimming hole in the Clearwater River when brother Pat came running up to tell her that Mike had gone under and hadn't come up. She started screaming and cousin, Clayton Zolber, dived in to get Mike. They were caught in a whirlpool and it kept sucking them down. Clayton kept hold of Mike, but could only get his own head out before they were pulled down again. Two other boys, who were down the beach heard Rusty screaming, came running and dived in. The three of them together were able to get Mike to shore. He wasn't breathing, but Rusty had just taken a Red Cross safety class and knew exactly what to do. She started administering first aid, putting him on his stomach and pushing on his back, counting and pushing again. Every time she pushed, the water would gush from his mouth. Finally, he sputtered a bit and finally came around. They were all in trouble when they got home, and their mother found out they had gone to the river when they were supposed to be at Lapwai Creek.
Later, Rusty quit school after her freshman year at Lapwai High School, which she always regretted, but being a hard worker and excellent employee, Rusty could always find work. She worked as a waitress at Copey's near Spalding and several restaurants in Lewiston. Other jobs included telephone operator and working at the Chinese gardens near Spalding. Her Chinese boss had difficulties with the English language and called her "Ledhead."
At the age of 16, Rusty moved to Portland, OR, to live with her brother Bill. She applied for a job at Montgomery Ward in their mail order department, telling them she was 18. She went through the training before her age was discovered and the manager really chewed her out when she found out Rusty was underage. However, she was allowed to continue working there since she was doing such a good job.
Then later that year, her friend Cappy Mills, 19, came and talked her into going to Maupin, OR, to work at the Rainbow Cafe that Cappy's brother and a partner owned. They let the two girls manage the cafe, doing all the cooking and everything required in running a restaurant. The two girls did an excellent job and business was thriving. Rusty went home for a visit and while she was there, the restaurant owners got in a fight and closed the place. She came back to find the restaurant closed and there she was, dead broke and no job. She immediately applied at another restaurant in town but it burnt down a week after she started. Fortunately, the owner bought the Rainbow Cafe and she worked there for a long time.
On July 7, 1945, Rusty married Wayne Stickney in a ceremony at the courthouse in Lewiston, with her sister Peggy Copenspire and friend Elva Lewis in attendance. Wayne, who was on leave from the U.S. Navy, took her back to Mare Island, CA, where he was stationed, and introduced her to all his buddies who soon found out what a great cook she was. Almost every day, one of them would show up at the door with a fistful of money for her to buy groceries to cook dinner for them, which always made her laugh.
After Wayne's discharge from the Navy later in '45, the couple moved back to Lewiston and Rusty settled into her role as wife and stay-at-home mom when daughter Patricia was born on March 3, 1947. Six months later, they moved to Stites, where Wayne accepted a job as a tire man for Potlatch Forests Inc.
The family grew when Rusty gave birth to twins Danny and Diana on April 14, 1949. She almost lost her life when her blood pressure became dangerously high, and the doctor tried everything he knew to bring it down without luck. Her family was called to come quickly as she wasn't expected to live. Fortunately, she rallied and would live to see her 91st birthday.
Rusty had her hands full with newborn twins and a two-year-old. When asked if Wayne was much help around the house, she said, "No, and there were times when I really needed it."
In 1952, the family moved to a ranch on Tahoe Ridge east of Kooskia. While Wayne was at logging camp all week, Rusty did all the work a ranch requires - milking cows, feeding livestock, doctoring sick animals, tending baby chicks and bottle feeding bummer lambs and newborn calves.
Rusty was a craftsman who could paint a house, lay linoleum, tile a tabletop, recover furniture and even built an enclosed porch on the old farmhouse with the help of her good friend, Cleo Feight. She loved sewing, needlework, board games and reading books of all genres. She made clothes for her family and created beautiful crocheted doilies and afghans.
Throughout their childhood, she was "super mom" to her children, making sure they had three home-cooked meals a day, doing laundry with a wringer washing machine and clothesline, keeping a spotless home and always putting her family first.
After their children were grown, Wayne and Rusty moved several times before retiring and settling in Lewiston.
In 2014, Rusty's kidneys began failing and in January 2016, at the age of 90; she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She decided to forgo cancer treatment and dialysis and on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, she took her last breath at the Golden Girls Residential Center.
Rusty was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Bill, Laverne, Glen, Mike and Pat Howerton; and her sisters, Betty Randall, Peggy Kunze and Myrtle McKenzie.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne Stickney; children, Pat and husband Doug Roberts of Lewiston, Danny Stickney and wife Donna of Weippe, and daughter Diana Miller of Clarkston, WA; a sister, Dee Harrington of Lewiston; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to extend a huge thank you to all the Elite Hospice employees who were so kind to Mom these past months, and especially to Pat Fowler and her staff at Golden Girls who made Rusty's last week comfortable and provided meals, prayer, compassion and support for the family members who were keeping vigil around the clock. No words can express the magnitude of our gratitude.
There will be no services at Rusty's request, but the family will hold a celebration of her life on March 25, 2017, at the Lewiston Community Center. Cards and condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 202, Clarkston, WA 99403.
Photo: Maxine 'Rusty' Stickney
Harry Lee Cummings, 93, Orofino
Harry Lee Cummings, 93 of Orofino, passed Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Glen Edward Smolinski, 80, born in Fraser
Glen Edward Smolinski, 80, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 21, 2016, in Post Falls.
Born in Fraser, on April 11, 1936, to Edward and Ruth Smolinski, he and his siblings, Jack and Wink, enjoyed many childhood memories at their home at the top of the Greer Grade.
Glen attended school in Fraser, Cottonwood School (in Fraser), and Weippe, graduating in 1953. On June 8, 1955, he married Carrol Lutes at the Methodist Church in Lewiston. Their love of 61 years has set a great example for their children.
Glen loved the outdoors and pursued his career in the lumber and logging industry. He enjoyed working at lumber mills, but finished his career driving logging truck. If not working in the woods, Glen was scouting for huckleberry patches, mushrooms, or the next Christmas tree. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pinochle, watching all sporting events, specifically the Yankees. Glen spent numerous hours following his kids, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends throughout their sports careers. After spending the first 76 years in the Weippe-Fraser community, he and his beloved wife, Carrol, moved to Post Falls in 2012 to be closer to family.
Glen is survived by his wife, Carrol; sister, Lavila "Wink" Tolonen; daughters, Carla (Bob) Hartig, Becky (Bryan) Higgins, Michele (Paul) Good, and son, Mike (Kathy) Smolinski. He is survived by numerous grand and great grandchildren who have many fond memories of Grandpa Glen.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack (2011), and a daughter, Denise Rae (1958).
There will be no service at his request. A private family graveside service will be held at Fraser Cemetery at a later date.
Photo Glen Edward Smolinski
Brent Dale Richardson, 51, Orofino
Brent Dale Richardson, 51, Orofino, died Nov. 22, 2016 in a vehicle accident near Ahsahka. He was born Dec. 12, 1964 to Dale and Brigitte (Woeller) Richardson in Moscow.
He met Wendi Liebhart, the best thing to ever happen to him, and they married Dec. 29, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.
Brent graduated from Orofino High School in 1983 and went on to University of Idaho where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in business and operations management with an emphasis on quality control, production and inventory planning, accounting. He was a logging contractor at the time of his death.
Prior to being a logging contractor, he worked as a bear guide on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, a fish buyer, an equipment operator for Ray Moss Logging, assistant foreman for Dragnet Fisheries of Kenai, equipment operator and timber feller for Alvin Zierlein Logging and a mechanic at Orofino Saw and Cycle.
He is survived by his wife, Wendi Richardson of Orofino; son, Joe Richardson, Moscow; father and mother Dale and Brigitte Richardson, Orofino; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Kristal Richardson, Las Vegas; and nephews, Lucas and Zachary Richardson, Las Vegas.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joe and Bertha Richardson, and his maternal grandparents, Anna and Leo Woeller.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge in Orofino. Pastor Terry Gugger will officiate. The family suggests donations to the Brent Richardson Memorial Charity Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Brent Dale Richardson
Genell Hansen, 81, passed away on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA, from complications related to pneumonia.
Genell was born on June 20, 1935, in Eden, Idaho, to John and Dorothy (Stinnett) West. She attended Eden Elementary and Hazelton High School. She also attended high school in Weippe.
Genell married Harold E. Hansen on Jan. 31, 1953, in Lewiston. She held various jobs throughout her lifetime, including for the Lewiston Telephone Co., Lewis-Clark Hotel and JC Penney. She also worked with her husband running Hansen's Painting. Harold passed away in 1991, and following his death she continued running the business until she retired in 2001.
Mom and Dad enjoyed fishing in their boat he named after her, the "Nellie Bell." They also enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Anatone, WA, with family. She loved the holidays with her kids and grandkids, and Friday night poker with the family. She was an avid gardener, even canning green beans before going to work at JC Penney in the morning. She loved her grandkids so much. She always said she wished she had them first. She enjoyed traveling with her partner, Jim, to Mexico and other places. They also enjoyed simple things like driving into the mountains looking for deer.
Genell is survived by her children, Doug (Francse) Hansen, and Debbie (Dick) Coyle, both of Clarkston, WA; grandchildren, Michelle (Ron Phillips) Hansen of Clarkston, Angie (John) Eastman of Clarkston, Geoff (Sarah) Hansen of Hayden, Tyler (Tania) Hansen of Denver, Drew Hansen of Spokane and Garret Hansen of Clarkston; step-granddaughter, Amy (Tom) Saunders of Meridian; brother, John (Mellisa) West Jr. of Lewiston; sisters-in-law, Rachel Lewis of Spokane and Betty Lou Strine of Orofino; life partner, Jim Griffin of Clarkston; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Rockie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Hansen; her parents; brother, Billy Ray West; infant brother, Bobby Lee West; and great-granddaughter, Kacie Hansen.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 829 15th St., Clarkston; or Helping Hands Rescue, P.O. Box 1975, Lewiston.
Please sign the online guest book and leave a memory at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
We love you, Mom, and we will miss you always.
Photo: Genell Hansen
Joseph Louis Soderberg, 84, formerly of Orofino
Joseph Louis Soderberg was born June 25, 1932 in Orofino to Louise and Paulmer Soderberg, and passed away on Oct. 28, 2016 from complications of a bacterial blood infection, after 13 days of awesome care at RiverBend Hospital.
Joe spent his childhood and then graduated from high school in Orofino. During high school he lettered in football, baseball, and basketball; and was named to the all-state football team in his junior and senior years. Joe then attended the University of Idaho on a football scholarship, and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, and as a First Lieutenant in the US Army. A football injury his sophomore year ended his football career but even worse, ended his shot at professional baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies had approached him as a high school senior but his father insisted he get a college degree. Joe met and fell in love with Eleanor Long during college and they married in September 1954. Their first son was born at Fort Hood, TX, followed by their second son at Fort Polk, LA. After his army duty, the family moved to Edina, MN, where he worked for a wholesale lumber company. During their 11 years in Minnesota they added two sons and two daughters to the family.
In the summer of 1967, Joe moved his family to Eugene, OR, and became a partner in Lumberman's Buying Service. He embraced Eugene and all that it offered. He played tennis, golf, handball, and racquetball. At various times he served as President of the Downtown Rotary Club, Eugene Swim and Tennis Club, and was on the board of the YMCA. Joe also belonged to the Eugene Country Club, Toastmasters, and was instrumental in organizing SHO for the Hult center and the Churchill Booster club. Perhaps his proudest times were spent fundraising for the Hult Center via chair memberships, the Rotary's Cuthbert Amphitheater project, and the YMCA. He started a long-lasting monthly poker club with friends; and had a regular group for Monday night tennis and for two- or three-a-week midday games of racquetball at the DAC, of which he was a charter member.
Following his retirement in 1997, Joe and Ellie took an eight-week motor trip around the United States and fell in love with Sedona, AZ. They moved there in 1998 and built a home on one of the red rock slopes, and completely loved it for seven years. While in Sedona, Joe was an active member of the Rotary Club, the Sedona Arts Foundation, and the Men's 20-30 Club. He also worked for a start-up winery as their marketing manager. In 2006, Joe and Ellie moved to Paso Robles, CA. During their eight years there, Joe drove a van for small group tours to the many wineries in the area, and worked in the tasting room at one of the premier makers of Cabernet Sauvignon. His wine knowledge was amazing and the family loved calling him their favorite wine snob. In the spring of 2013, it was time to come back to Eugene to be nearer three of the children. Joe always said, "It was good to be home". In addition to wine, another of his passions was attending three or four days each spring watching Cactus League baseball games in Phoenix with family--and sometimes friends joined in the group.
Joe is survived by Ellie, his wife of 62 years; his brother, Stan Soderberg (Issaquah, WA); children, Craig and Sally Soderberg, Douglas Soderberg and Ryan Colburn (Portland), Lynn Soderberg and Dave Leonnig, Paulmer Soderberg and Kristin Foss (Palo Alto, CA), Karen and Damon Hardin, and Joel and Lori Soderberg (Edmonds, WA); and grandsons Drew, Tristan, Ransom, and Clark Soderberg, and Dylan George.
A celebration of life will be held at the Downtown Athletic Club on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 1-3 p.m.
Photo: Joseph Louis Soderberg
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Nov. 6.
Florence May Neumayer, 92, Orofino
Florence May Neumayer, 92, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Gene Arlene Wyatt, 92, Orofino
Gene Arlene Wyatt, 92, Orofino, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in caring for arrangements.
'Jim' James Edward Knapton, 80, formerly of Pierce
'Jim' James Edward Knapton, 80 of Stites, Idaho passed away Monday Nov. 14, 2016 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, WA.
Jim was born July 28, 1936 in Pittsville, WI, to Keith and Ruth (Phillips) Knapton.
While still a young boy his father decided to "sell the farm" literally in a big auction and move to Pierce. Jim grew up in the mountains around Pierce but wanted to explore the world, so the best way to do that was to join the service of this Great Nation. In 1955 he joined the US Navy and started a career.
On Nov. 5, 1957 he married the love of his life Rose Mary Stewart at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Being a military family they were able to see most of the United States together. He was stationed at Charleston, SC., Key West, FL., San Diego, CA, Kodiak, AK., Washington DC, and Maryland, Virginia, to name a few.
They were in Virginia Beach, VA, when Jim retired in February of 1974 and he said they were moving to Idaho. It took two days to sell the house and he took his family to the place he loved most, the Mountains of Idaho. They settled in Grangemont outside of Orofino. Jim worked at the local lumber mills until he retired from Potlatch in Pierce. Rose and Jim eventually wanted to get out of the snow of Grangemont, so they settled in Stites.
Jim loved spending time with his family and friends. Fishing, hunting and camping were a few things he enjoyed. He also liked to read a good book, learn and discuss history, and reload ammunition. He loved serving his country and was a proud member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5407.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Ruth Knapton; his wife of 57 years, Rose Knapton; a son, Dwayne Knapton; and infant daughter, Clydina Knapton.
Jim is survived by his son, Willis Knapton of Lewiston; a daughter, Marlys (George) Moore of Stites; granddaughter, Xan Knapton of Kamiah; grandson, Chris Moore of Stites; grandson, Robert Williams (Latisha) of Grand Island, NE; great granddaughter, Isabelle Rose Williams of Grand Island, NE; and great granddaughter, Haylee Rae Knapton Davis of Kamiah.
The Memorial Service with military honors was at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5407 Hall in Kamiah. Inurnment will be at the Pierce Cemetery at a later date.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho assisted the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at trenaryfuneralhome.com.
Photo: 'Jim' James Edward Knapton
James 'Jim' Knapton, 80
James 'Jim' Knapton, 80, Stites, died Nov. 14, 2016 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, WA.
Memorial Service with military honors will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5407 Hall, 3376 Tamarack, Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia is assisting the family.
Willard Elvin Dickamore, 91, born in Elk River
Willard Elvin Dickamore passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at his Lewiston home. He was 91.
Elvin was born on April 9, 1925, in Elk River to Russell and Wilma (Springston) Dickamore. He was a lifelong resident of the Lewiston area, and operated heavy equipment and did custom haying for several years. Once he retired, he continued to fish and hunt.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty; daughter Margo Lynn Arzen; and mother Wilma Kincart. He is survived by his sons, Craig Dickamore and Chris Dickamore; brother Robert Kincart; grandchildren Bob McHargue, Raechel Irby and Brittni Schliesman; and Courtni Evjen, Shawn Arnzen and Loni Reed; and seven great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 Seventh St., Lewiston.
Photo: Willard Elvin Dickamore
Sandra 'Sandy' Mae Heinrich, 76, Weippe
Sandra 'Sandy' Mae Heinrich, 76, passed away Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from complications of long-term illness. Her family was by her side.
Sandy was born Aug. 21, 1940, to Ken and Helen Mosby in Brewster, WA. She was raised on family homesteads in the Okanogan Valley and graduated from Okanogan High School in 1957 and Washington State University in 1964. Growing up, Sandy was involved with 4-H, Rainbow and Okanogan Eastern Star chapter. Her passion for 4-H carried forward and she was active as a leader and community leader for many years. After teaching in Tonasket, WA, and Okanogan, WA, Sandy and her husband Bill of 56 years moved to Weippe in 1970. Sandy spent years as a teacher at Timberline High School, Pierce Elementary, and Pierce/Timberline Middle School from 1970 to her retirement in 2004.
During her teaching years, Sandy, known to many as Mrs. H, was actively involved in a variety of school organizations, such as drama club and yearbook adviser. She was passionate about creating hands-on, interesting learning experiences for her students. She was also a voracious reader and loved to write letters and notes, always thinking about making someone's day better, even during her illness.
Sandy always felt the most "at home" in the mountains. She helped her husband Bill and his business partner Rob Smith run their successful big game outfitting business for more than 34 years.
Sandy was an accomplished horsewoman, and she and Bill raised and trained many horses and had various farm animals. She occasionally rescued and released injured or abandoned wild animals, too.
Sandy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill Heinrich; sister, Mary Lou Mosby of Malott, WA; daughters, Diane VanCorbach and husband Van of Weippe, and Doreen Breish and her husband Kurt of Garden Valley, Idaho; and three granddaughters, Kristina VanCorbach, Mikayla Compton and Nicole Feigt.
No services will be held for Sandy. To celebrate Sandy's life and her love of teaching, the family has set up the Sandy Heinrich Memorial Scholarship Fund. Memorial donations can be made in care of the fund at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union (P1FCU), 1167 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544; or Idaho Youth Ranch at www.youthranch.org.
Photo: Sandra 'Sandy' Mae Heinrich
Edith May (Beenders) Garten. 97, formerly of Headquarters, Orofino
Edith Garten, 97, passed away peacefully on Oct 30, 2016. Edith was born on May 3, 1919, to Frank and Mary (Gehrke) Beenders at the family farm six miles southwest of Nezperce, Idaho. She was the youngest of three children (Dorothy and Roy). Edith attended the Evergreen School for grades 1-7, which was across the road from her family's farm. She graduated from Nezperce High School on May 29, 1936 and went on to the University of Idaho. Edith graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in home economics in July 1940. She went on to teach at Elk River High School, where she also served as the sophomore class advisor.
Edith married Wilber (Sam) Garten on Nov. 2, 1940 in Coeur d'Alene. Edith and Sam had two sons--Roy and Jerry--and lived in Headquarters, Idaho, until 1962. Edith and Sam lived in Orofino until 1999 and then moved into the Wedgewood Terrace assisted living facility in Lewiston. Sam preceded her in death in 2003. Edith moved to the Boundary Extended Care Facility in Bonners Ferry in 2014.
Edith is survived by Roy Garten of Enterprise, Oregon; Jerry Garten of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, at 11 a.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Edith May (Beenders) Garten
Nannie Bessie Carrico, 97, Orofino
Our beloved mother, Nannie Bessie (Kelley) Carrico, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at home because of heart failure. She was 97.
Nannie was born July 1, 1919, in Nobility, TX, to Marshall T. Kelley and Nannie May (Gentry) Kelley. In 1925 her family moved to Idaho, where she attended her school years in Orofino. She married Fred Carrico in 1937. They were married 54 years. Fred passed away May 12, 1991.
Nannie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Norman; two daughters, Marilyn and Rosalee; and one grandson, Johnny.
She is survived by daughters Carlene Tyler, Nancy Graham, Crystal Stafford and Vickie Wilson; and one son, Michael Carrico. Nannie also has 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She had been a member of the Blue Bell Rebekah Lodge for 50 years, former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Red Hat Ladies Club and Eagles.
Nannie enjoyed country music, singing, dancing, family and dinners at the Orofino Senior Center, visiting with her dear friends.
Services were held Monday, with viewing at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Graveside services were at the Weseman Cemetery, a reception followed at the Orofino Senior Center.
Mom, we want to thank you for your tender love and guidance that has shaped our lives. We will miss your life's stories, wonderful sense of humor, great love of family, friends and music. Our lives will be forever empty with your passing.
Photo: Nannie Bessie Carrico
Edward Heinecke, 69, born in Orofino
Edward Heinecke, 69, passed away Sept. 23, 2016 in a logging accident in Yreka, CA. Edward was born in Orofino, Idaho on May 12, 1947. He was a man of high intelligence and excelled in school. He enlisted in the military when he was 18 and was a member of the Idaho National Guard. He married at 21 and had five children. He was a beloved member of Rivers of Joy congregation, a deacon and elder and a member for 50 years.
His main occupation was logging, he was a well known and well respected cutter of old growth trees. In 2005, he became a licensed real estate appraiser in Washington and specialized in divorce and estate properties. He received an associates degree from Columbia College in Longview.
He had many interests. He enjoyed playing chess, hiking and especially loved hunting. He was an avid hunter of large and small game. He just enjoyed immensely being in the out-of-doors.
He was beloved by his siblings and members of his church. He never wanted praise but would do anything for a person in need. He cared especially for the elderly. He would drive all the way across the country to be there for his family or friends. He cared more deeply than most and worked harder than almost any man, still cutting timber in his late 60s. He gave most of his money away to those he felt were in need.
His parents, Julius and Bertha (Mae) Heinecke precede him in death. He is survived by his siblings, children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.
Photo: Edward Heinecke
Don Gentry, 84, formerly of Sunnyside Bench
Donald, of Deary, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at Kindred Care and Rehab in Lewiston, and went to be with his Heavenly Father.
He was born April 17, 1932, to Avery and Alma Goeckner Gentry in Cottonwood. He and his family moved to Sunnyside Bench, Lenore, where they farmed until finally settling in Lewiston, where Don attended and completed high school.
He worked at Potlatch Forests Inc. until enlisting in the National Guard on May 1, 1951. After basic training in Colorado Springs, CO, he was deployed to the 7767th Tank Training Center in West Germany and served in the Allied Occupation Forces until returning stateside and being released from active duty on Dec. 2, 1952.
He met and married Darlene D. Litchfield on Sept. 14, 1951, in Clarkston, WA, before deploying overseas. A daughter, Dreama Kay, was born to them March 17, 1954, in Colorado Springs.
He is survived by his daughter, currently living in Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Donna; and his wife, Darlene.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.
Photo: Donald Gentry
Robert E. Marsh, 90, Orofino
Lifelong resident of the Orofino area, Robert Edward Marsh, passed away on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family he loved and that loved him.
Bob was born Sept. 6, 1926 in Los Angeles, CA, to Robert Georges and Mary Auverna "Harris" Marsh.
Bob's mother's family homesteaded in the Grangemont area. When Bob was a little boy, the family lived in California, Washington and returned to Idaho and the Grangemont area. Bob's mother passed away and Bob and his brother Bill were fostered in Grangemont by Fred and Hazel Frear.
Bob was schooled in Grangemont, graduating from Orofino High School in 1944.
He then entered the service during WWII as a 2nd Class Gunner's Mate on LST 892, completing his basic training from Farragut Naval Training Station. He received the following medals during his time in service; one star for Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign, American Area Campaign, WWII Victory medal and a Philippine Liberation Medal.
After his honorable discharge in June of 1946, he took advantage of his GI bill and took forestry classes in Seattle for six months, then returned to Grangemont, where he worked in the woods as a logger.
In early 1948 as the young man was spinning "cookies" in Orofino and showing off in his car, he caught the disdain of a young woman by the name of Evelyn McKinney who was with her friends and asked "Who is that crazy fool?" The response was "Robert Marsh."
This encounter started the wild romance that lasted 68 years. They lived in O Mill for a short period and then bought the old Hudson place homestead, invested in Herefords, and farming equipment.
Needing a new tractor in 1956, Bob went to a dealer in Lewiston. Not only did Bob bring back a tractor but word that there was a baby girl coming to the home that needed a family. They adopted the baby girl and named her Connie.
In 1970 they sold the farm, and bought the Orofino Creamery and Feed Store, which was later named M Diamond Tack, Feed & Seed.
Dad decided to try his hand at retirement, which lasted a short time as he needed to work. He felled trees, cut yew wood, then ended with cleanup at the Konkolville sawmill until he was 83.
The last seven years was spent with his family camping, picnics, and dinners. He was the best family man. He loved and supported them all.
Bob had many interests besides hunting and fishing. He was involved in the beginnings of the Clearwater Sheriff's Posse, Orofino Gun Club, Idaho Cattleman's Association, the Pine Grange at Grangemont, the VFW Post # 3296 and PLAY (Public Lands Access Year-round).
Bob is survived by his wife and daughter at the family home; grandchildren and their families Ken Marsh, Lisa Marsh, daughter and son Kara and Bruce Miller, Catrina and JR Jenks, son and daughter Bryer and Hally, Melissa Marsh and Jordan Delgado, sons and daughter Keane, Kai, Kave, Kedri, Craig Marsh and daughter Dawsyn, Kenzie and Ally.
Also one sister, Gladys Bridges, Seattle; many nieces and nephews, one maternal cousin Ken Harris, Orofino, all survive him.
He was preceded in death by siblings Helen Halton, Bud Marsh, Howard Marsh, Bill Marsh, Virginia Dunlap, Geraldine "Geri" Thomas, and Linda Nelason. Also his parents Robert George Marsh and Verna Harris Marsh; foster parents Fred and Hazel Frear and one great-great granddaughter Haven Miller.
A service will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. at the Orofino VFW with potluck to follow. Family will provide turkey, ham and refreshments, please bring a covered dish to share.
Cremation has taken place and ashes will be taken to Harris Marsh Memorial Cemetery in Grangemont next summer.
Photo: Robert Edward Marsh
Nannie Bessie Carrico, 97, Orofino
Nannie Bessie Carrico, 97 of Orofino passed away at her residence Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
There will be a viewing on Monday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with a Graveside Service to follow at 1 p.m. at the Weseman Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Mitchell Billy Gene Ewing, 61
Mitchell Billy Gene Ewing, 61, of Harpster passed at his residence Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Jeshurun Hopper, 35
Jesh was born March 9, 1981. She was an amazing wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, she lost her long battle with depression.
She was unfailingly generous, loving and kind. She was so beautiful inside and out. She was a true friend to many and she took all her friendships to heart.
She enjoyed riding four-wheelers and RZRs on any sand dune she could find, fishing with all of her friends and refurbishing antique furniture. She was also co-founder of Hopper's Pizza, building it from scratch to three successful stores where she always greeted customers with a smile.
She is survived by her husband and soulmate, Charlie of Lewiston; her parents, Tobiah and Adar Israel of Goldendale, WA; brother, Aaron (Elena); sister, Elah; and brother, Asa and his partner Christy Callaghan and their son, Rowan Silas Callaghan; their fur-babies, Buddy and Mavvy; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was loved by so many and will be missed by us all.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Goldendale Grange Hall, 228 E. Darland Dr., Goldendale, WA. All are invited to stay after the service for a covered-dish dinner.
Any donations can be made in her honor to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or an organization of your choice.
Photo: Jeshurun (Israel) Hopper
Robert Edward Marsh, 90, Orofino
Robert Edward Marsh, 90 of Orofino, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 at his residence.
There will be a Celebration of Life held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. with potluck to follow at the Orofino Veterans of Foreign Wars building.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
William Weinmann, 83, born in Peck
William 'Bill' Weinmann passed away on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at 83 years young.
Bill was born to Charles and Mary Weinmann on Dec. 9, 1932, in Peck. He was one of seven children. He was raised in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School. He then joined the U.S. Army and made the rank of sergeant. When he returned to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, he worked for Potlatch Forests Inc., and went to school to earn his teaching degree. He taught elementary school in Oregon and coached many sports teams, which was a lifelong passion for him. He then became a Realtor until he retired.
He married Marjorie Hendrix and together they had two sons and he was a loving father to her children. He had a second marriage to Jackie Kopczyinski that ended in divorce. He then married Mary Jane, to whom he was married at the time of his death.
Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; a daughter, Vickie Rogers of Colville WA; a son, Tom and wife Joane Weinmann of Bend, OR; a son, Derek and wife Celeste of Lewiston; and a daughter, Wendy Williams. He had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews that he greatly loved. Family was very important to Bill, and he will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by wife, Marjorie; his beloved son, Cris; brothers, Chuck and Doug; and two sisters, Kathleen and Delores.
Bill will be missed by many. He was active in church, gardening, singing, theater and traveling. He loved sports and was a huge fan until his death.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Orchards Community Church in the chapel.
Photo: William 'Bill' Weinmann
Ron Reed, 73, formerly of Weippe
Ron Reed was born July 18, 1943, in Orofino, to Erma Marie Smith-Reed and James Robert Reed while they lived in Weippe at the time. With the death of his father in 1945, his mother moved the family to Lewiston.
Ron lived in Lewiston all his life except for a four-year tour in the U.S. Navy, where he was a petty officer third class and served as a Spec. 4 in the Idaho National Guard.
In 1963, he met his soulmate, Carol A. Carpenter, at his sister's wedding to her brother. After his discharge in 1964, they were married. Ron and Carol were married 51 years.
He loved the combat arts. He trained in judo and boxing in Honolulu in the early 1960s. He spent his entire life training and teaching karate and kung-fu. As he put it, 'anything that hurts'. He was a black belt in three karate systems - kung-fu, goju shorie weapons and judo. He was a grandmaster 10th-degree black belt (KyoShi). He won several hundred awards in Idaho, Washington, Nevada and Oregon state titles, and in 1990 he won the Northwest Senior Black Belt title.
He worked for the Lewiston Post Office from 1967-2000, when he retired. After retirement, he was a deputy coroner, a job he didn't miss after a year. He volunteered for the Community Action Food Bank for eight years, and filled in as a relief guard for Homeland Security for seven years at the Lewiston and Walla Walla Social Security offices. He was elected to the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District Board of Directors, serving one term.
He enjoyed tormenting his two cats, Tilly and Milly, as well as sitting at the Lewiston Starbucks drinking coffee and BS-ing with his friends. His wife and youngest granddaughter often accompanied him. In the summer he always grew a large garden that he shared with his many friends. He always said "If you can't eat it, why grow it?"
He also enjoyed going to Strike and Spare with his wife and youngest granddaughter. He loved how Lynsee was his own personal driver when she came to visit him. Ron and Kaelee loved to go to the shooting range and sit in Starbucks reminiscing on the good ol' days. Lynsee and Kaelee both love their grandfather so much and will always remember him sitting in his recliner in his Crocs and yellow shirt with a big smile and toothpick hanging out of his mouth.
He loved and adored his wife and two gorgeous granddaughters, Kaelee and Lynsee Reed, and grandson Aiden. He was very proud of his two sons, Lee, who is a police officer, and Wes, a nurse.
He spent many years at his house and acreage out on Powers Ave. His life was full and happy and he has no regrets about anything. Life was good.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston. There will be an informal gathering at the Reeds' Lewiston Karate School, 2110 Powers Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Ron Reed
Vern John Welter, 83, formerly of Orofino
Vern John Welter, 83 of Missoula passed away on Sunday, September 25 at his home with his family by his side.
He was born Dec. 21, 1932 to Nicholas and Elizabeth Welter in Stayton, OR, and baptized into the Catholic church on Christmas day. As a child growing up, his family moved several times before settling in Colton, WA, where he graduated from high school in 1951. He was an exceptional athlete, participating and lettering in football, basketball, baseball and boxing.
Vern served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a paratrooper and a graduate of the first Special Forces brigade that became the Green Berets. After leaving active duty, he moved to Pullman, WA, where he met Evelyn Behler. The two were married on July 28, 1956 in Ferdinand, ID.
The couple lived in Pullman where Vern began his 32 year career with the US Postal Service in 1958. He advanced in his career becoming Postmaster in Lacrosse, WA, and Orofino, where he served for 9 years prior to his retirement. He also served as Interim Postmaster in both Pullman and Colfax, WA. He was a former Vice President of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of--the Parish Council at St. Theresa's Church and President of the Orofino Kiwanis Club.
While in Pullman, Vern was active in the Catholic Church and instrumental in establishing the Pullman chapter of the Knights of Columbus, serving as the chapter's very first Grand Knight. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and served as Team Manager for the Pullman American Legion Baseball team for many years.
Vern and Evelyn moved to Missoula 17 years ago to be closer to family. He has been an active member of the Missoula community, volunteering for many years at St. Patrick Hospital and the Missoula Food Bank. He also volunteered for the Poverello Center, the J Missoula Symphony Association, and Montana Lyric Opera.
He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 60 years; his son, James and family (Leslie) Amber and Ashleigh Welter; his daughter, Patricia and family (Bob) Coby and Katy Clay; two brothers, Don and Marvin Welter and a sister, Darlene Meyer.
Vern was kind, patient and most importantly, a good man. His family will miss him forever.
Services will be at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Missoula. Rosary was Oct. 5 and the Funeral Mass on Oct. 6. Burial will be Friday Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Ferdinand, ID Cemetery with Vern receiving full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a mass be said for Vern. This is easily done through the Seraphic Mass Association, by using their website seraphicmass.org. Condolences for the family may be left at www.gardencityfh.com.
Photo: Vern John Welter
Katherine Bonner-Bande, 23
Kati was born June 1, 1993, in Edmonds, WA, to Misty Bonner. They moved to Lewiston in 2001, and she graduated from Lewiston High School in 2011. Kati was attending Lewis-Clark State College and working toward a degree as a paralegal.
Kati worked as a manager at IHOP and also worked for UPS, at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston, WA, and most recently at Hardware Brewing Co. in Kendrick.
She was a member of Gateway Church and in high school went to state with her team for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
Kati is survived by Misty Bonner, "momma"; Terry Bonner, "papa"; brother, Kurtis "Kurty" Bonner; fianc? and his son, Eric and Spencer Siegler; uncles and aunts, Rick and Tedi Warren, and Terry S. and Jenni Bonner; and cousins, Arica Bryan, Heather Bryan, Samantha Warren, Shaylie Bonner and Trey Bonner.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Patti Jean Bonner; aunt, Cody Lynn "Coders" Bonner; and great-grandparents, Emmett C. and Clara Bonner, and Frank "Ted" and Betty Smith.
A celebration of Kati's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hills Drive, Lewiston, with the Rev. Tim Bonner officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Cook Cemetery in Orofino, with a reception to follow at Orofino Tabernacle.
Donations may be made to a memorial fund in Katherine's name at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union branches.
Please sign the online guest book and leave a memory at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
We love you baby, and will never forget how you lived and loved. - Your family.
Photo: Katherine Bonner-Bande
Paul A. 'Mack' Deeds Jr., 75, Dworshak Dam worker
Paul A. 'Mack' Deeds Jr. passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at the Idaho State Veterans Home.
Mack was born Aug. 26, 1941, in Fortuna, CA, to Paul A. Deeds Sr. and Zola B. Mead. He graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1960. He then enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1960, where he became a corporal E-4 and received the rifle expert badge and the Good Conduct Medal (First Award).
Paul and Janet were married Nov. 10, 1964, in El Cajon, CA. They moved to Southwick in 1971 so that he could work on the Dworshak Dam. He had a passion for the outdoors, reloading ammunition, storytelling, demolition derby and all sports.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Merrit Deeds.
Mack is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Jay Deeds, Wayne Deeds and Melodie Deeds-Carson; siblings, Donna Hamilton, Anita Tock, Duane Martin and Raymond Martin; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life and covered-dish dinner will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Kendrick Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. A memorial will be held at a later date to accommodate out-of-town family and friends. Donations can be made for funeral costs at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union under Paul Deeds Donations.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home has been assisting the family.
Photo: Paul A. 'Mack' Deeds Jr.
Glen Kenneth Shirk, 75, Pierce High graduate
Glen Kenneth Shirk, 75, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at his Lewiston home of complication of cancer and diabetes.
He was born Aug. 3, 1941, at Colfax, WA, to Kenneth and Ann Shirk. He lived at Uniontown; Kettle Falls, WA; Webb Ridge south of Lewiston and for a short time at Stites before moving to Headquarters.
Glen graduated high school at Pierce in 1959. He married Betty Smith of Pierce on Oct. 22, 1960. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1959. Most of his years in the Army were spent as a senior aircraft repairman as a helicopter mechanic. He was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone; Guatemala; Fort Ord, CA; Fort Sill, OK.; Germany; two tours in Vietnam; Fort Rucker, AL.; Savannah, GA; MacDill Air Force Base, FL; and Hawaii. He retired with the rank of first sergeant. His awards included National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service bars (four), Master Aircraft Crewman Badge, Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Mechanic Badge with Bar, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Joint Service Medal and Air Medal.
After retirement from the U.S. Army in 1980, he moved his family to Lewiston where he started a business, Plowboy Custom Tractor, which he operated for 20 years. He was known throughout the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley for his dependable service. After his wife Betty passed away, he closed the business and retired.
Glen then married Patricia Crocker of Kooskia. The couple spent their time residing back and forth on Clear Creek and Lewiston. Glen found contentment in maintaining both places. He was the fix-it man. He spent many hours lawn mowing and irrigating their acreage.
Glen enjoyed camping in his fifth-wheel camper. It would be hard to beat the campsites he set up with all the luxuries, which he called "real camping." Dutch oven cooking was one of his favorite things to do. Also anyone who had the pleasure of eating one of his tasty omelets would want another the next time around.
After he purchased an all-terrain vehicle Ranger, he loved exploring the local mountains, trails and lookouts with ground guide Pat by his side. What good times they had.
His indoor hobby was watching big-screen TV, especially the Military Channel.
Glen was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty; his mother and father; sister, Carol Lallatin; and his son, Robert.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Denise Donovan of Lewiston; a sister, Edna Weed of Soldier's Meadows; his stepchildren, Pamela Crocker-Smith of Clarkston, WA, Tony Crocker of Kooskia, and Mark Crocker of Missoula, MT, several nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
His family would especially like to thank Glen's lifelong friend, Jack Pease and his wife Mary for all the love and support over the years. Jack has been there forever for Glen, so much so that they called themselves brothers.
At Glen's request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston, followed by a military burial at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens on Seventh Street in the Lewiston Orchards. A covered-dish dinner will follow at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston.
Sharon Kay Parks, 69, Cavendish
Sharon Kay Parks passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at her home. She was 69.
Sharon was born Feb. 2, 1947, in Lewiston, to Dorothy (Maxwell) Bobbitt and Bill Slasor. After their divorce, Dorothy married Emil Bobbitt.
Sharon went to Lewiston schools and moved with her family to Orofino when she was in high school. She married Jim Parks on Sept. 12, 1964, at the Methodist Church in Orofino and the couple made their home in Lenore.
She delivered papers for the Lewiston Tribune for a time and worked for bakeries in Orofino. Sharon also worked at Costco, providing samples for patrons, and also at Sunrise Homes as a manufactured home detailer.
Sharon loved cooking, baking and crafting. She also loved camping and fishing, but most of all she loved taking care of her family.
Sharon is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jim Parks; children, Jody Brashear, Jamie (Bob) Kimberling, Jeff (Danna) Parks; grandchildren, Lucas, Whitney, Madison, Courtney, Austin, Mackenzie, Josh, Brooke; great-granddaughter, Lily; and her sister, Cathy Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Emil Bobbitt; and father, Bill Slasor.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Orofino Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at 330 Michigan Ave.
A potluck dinner will follow at the VFW Hall.
Photo: Sharon Kay Parks
Ramona M. Hammond, 85
Ramona M. Hammond passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at her home, with her husband and family by her side. She had a strong faith and personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ to guide her on this last journey.
Ramona was born Sept. 25, 1929, in Fiddletown, CA, to A.H. and Mary L. Deaver. She grew up there and graduated from Amador High School in Jackson, CA. She married Floyd Hammond on Oct. 11, 1947, in Reno, NV, and the couple had two children. The family moved from Fiddletown to the Dent area on the North Fork of the Clearwater River in 1960. They also lived in Riggins where they owned and operated Lariat Drive Inn, and in the Lenore and Peck areas before moving to Lewiston in 2014.
Ramona was a member of the Assembly of God Church and the Nazarene Church in Orofino, and Blessed Hope Assembly of God in Lewiston.
She enjoyed camping, watching wildlife and going for drives to the old Dent homestead. She loved her grandkids and, oh my, the greats too.
Ramona is survived by her husband of 68 years, Floyd; daughter, Sandy (Bill) Wheeler; grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Wheeler, Dale (Amanda) Wheeler, Wade (Stacy) Hammond and Nathan (Kim) Hammond; great-grandchildren, Brett, Ryan, Josh, Mariah, Emilee, Devinee and Alexis Wheeler, Steele and Brooke Hammond and Kristi, Gage and Kara; daughter-in-law, Kathy A. Hammond; and sister, Dianne Frutos; as well as three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Beverly Viara; and son, Robert L. Hammond in 2000.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Blessed Hope Assembly of God, 1033 Burrell Ave., Lewiston. The Rev. Jim Blewett will officiate.
The family suggests that any memorial donations be made to St. Joseph Hospice, the Lewiston Fire Department or a charity of your choice. Mountain View Funeral home has been caring for the family.
Photo: Ramona M. Hammond
Lois Norma Reinhardt, 88, Orofino
Lois Norma Reinhardt passed away quietly in her sleep Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Norma was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Sidney, NE, to Herman and Ruby Treinen.
Norma was married to James Fredrick Reinhardt on Aug. 21, 1978. They were married 13 years before his death on Aug. 19, 1991.
Norma grew up on a farm in Nebraska and started riding horses when she was three years old. She told many interesting and funny stories about life on the farm.
Norma started teaching at Orofino High School in August 1966. She retired from teaching in January 1991. She continued substitute teaching until Jan. 26, 2010.
Norma taught English, speech and drama. In speech, she always said to a student, "You own that two feet of floor that you are speaking from. You need to speak with confidence." Her drama program was one of the best in the state. Her drama program won many regional and state championships. Norma touched many lives in the Orofino school system. She was a stern disciplinarian but always fair. She was a respected educator in the community. Her students loved her and respected her.
Norma loved to entertain and put on many parties. Her parties were well-known in the community. She especially enjoyed Christmas and New Year's Eve parties.
Norma's other interests were playing cards and golfing. She was also a member of the Ladies Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary and the Orofino women's golf association.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Ruby Treinen; and her husband, James.
Norma is survived by her son, Dennis William Reinhardt and his wife Ann of Bahrain; and her grandson, James Fredrick Reinhardt and his wife Sarah of Provo, UT.
Norma wanted this to be printed in her obituary:
"Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without the effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death, but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for the interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well." - Henry Scott-Holland
Photo: Lois Norma Reinhardt
Sharon Kay Parks, 69, Orofino
Sharon Kay Parks, 69, of Orofino, passed away at her home Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Elvin 'Pfeff' Pfefferkorn, 71, former Orofino teacher, coach
Elvin 'Pfeff' Pfefferkorn was born Nov. 20. 1944 in Grangeville and left us much too soon on Sept. 13, 2016 in Lewiston.
Elvin attended school in Kooskia, graduating in 1963. After graduation he attended Lewis Clark State College pursuing a degree in education. During college, Elvin married Carolyn Davis, and they started a family soon after, Jana born in 1964, Brad in 1965 and Ty in 1974.
Elvin was first hired to teach sixth grade in Orofino and the family moved there before the 1967-68 school year. Pfeff taught PE for many years, starting in the early 70s. He moved back to fifth and sixth grade later in his career. Pfeff was blessed to have a job he loved, he enjoyed working with the kids and helping them excel. Soon after moving to Orofino, Pfeff became an assistant football coach, for 20 years, and later coached track and field. His summers were busy with a summer track program where he took athletes all over the country as well as traveling to Korea, China and Australia. Pfeff started officiating at track meets working his way up to the National Championships and in 1996 was asked to officiate at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
After retiring from teaching in 2000, Pfeff moved back to his hometown of Kooskia and became a member of the Kooskia City Council and Commissioner for Kidder Harris Road District. He also got back to coaching helping with track, specifically the pole vault. He was coaching cross country right up to the day he went to the hospital.
Pfeff is survived by his daughter Jana; son, Brad (Alisa); ex-wife, Carolyn; grandchildren, Aliesha, Sharesa and Jerred; also sisters, Peggy Fitting, Leah Laufenberg (Dave); and brother, Verle (Colleen), many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son, Ty; and his parents, Dorrence and Devota Pfefferkorn.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Clearwater Valley High School gym in Kooskia at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up in Pfeff's name at Umpaqua Bank.
Photo: Elvin 'Pfeff' Pfefferkorn
Elvin L. Pfefferkorn, 71, formerly of Orofino
Elvin L. Pfefferkorn, 71 of Kooskia, Idaho died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation in Lewiston.
Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
Ilene M. Trumble, 78, Orofino
Ilene M. Trumble, 78, Orofino passed away Sept. 12, 2016 in Orofino. She was born May 4, 1938.
Services are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.
William Ray Barteaux, 74, Weippe
On Aug. 26, 2016, a fine man passed from this Earth. Some of us were fortunate enough to spend at least some of our time here with him.
William Ray Barteaux was born to Lee W. and Alma Rae Barto on July 28, 1942, in Gordon, NE, the eldest of three children. After his father was discharged from the U.S. Army Air Forces, the family moved to Kansas City, MO. They lived there until 1954, when, at the age of 12, Bill moved with his parents to Kitsap County, Washington. Bill started junior high in Port Orchard, WA, that fall. He left South Kitsap High School prior to graduating and joined the U.S. Army. After his time in the service, Bill picked up civilian life again in the Port Orchard area.
Bill started working at the age of 13 as a mechanic, and was still at it more than 60 years later. He ultimately returned to education, completing high school and earning his diploma. Later, he attended college and earned a degree in industrial arts.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brother, Jim Barto, formerly of Meridian. He is survived by his sister, Jacki Masters of Manchester, WA.
Bill was blessed with a large family. Family members include his beloved wife, Sheila, his constant and faithful companion during the 22 years preceding his death. Sheila is still a resident of the town of Weippe, where they lived together until his passing. The list of family members includes nine children and stepchildren, 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Of these, he was preceded in death by son, Jonathan; stepdaughter, Johnna; grandson, Nathan; and granddaughter, Annastasia.
Bill Barteaux was forged into the man he ultimately became through the hardships and trials he faced in his life. He was tempered by the love and support of his family. In him, this process produced a man who was intelligent, wise, compassionate, capable beyond compare and talented in more ways than can be listed. He was always a man you could count on to get things done. And he did so.
Bill never met a person he wouldn't help if that person was willing to help themselves. Toward that end, he was active in the communities he lived in. He stood as a champion of the things he believed in and lent himself vigorously to bringing them to life and sustaining them. Among his accomplishments and contributions was his near-lifelong membership in Alcoholics Anonymous. Sober for 43 years, he either built or helped build and then helped sustain AA clubs in any community he lived in. Bill was a charter member of the Northwest Gold Prospectors Association. He was a member of the Hilltop Players theater group in Weippe, where he lived. Bill was active in local politics, serving as city council member, member of several advisory groups, and president of the Hilltop Senior Citizens Center. More than any singular thing that could be identified or labeled, though, Bill Barteaux was a constant resource for those around him. He indefatigably went out of his way to help others.
Bill Barteaux was 10 feet tall and bulletproof. Everyone who knew him knows that. But that isn't who he really was. He was a kind and caring man who gave everything he had to those around him. The world is a lesser place for his passing.
A celebration of Bill's life and covered-dish lunch will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Senior Center in Weippe.
Photo: William Ray Barteaux
Charles James Reed, 79, of Lewiston, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at his home.
Charles was born Nov. 22, 1936, to James Robert and Erma Marie Reed in Orofino. He was the oldest of seven children. The family moved to Lewiston in 1945, and he attended Lewiston schools until joining the U.S. Navy in 1954, completing his service in 1957.
On June 4, 1958, he married Ruth Joan Coy. Together with their four children, they enjoyed time camping, gathering firewood and fishing.
He worked for the Potlatch Forests Inc. sawmill as a sawyer for 40 years until he retired at age 62. After retirement, he worked part time at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens until his health started declining.
He enjoyed spending time in his shop on various projects with his toys (tools). He also enjoyed hanging out at Rosauers having coffee and doughnuts with his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Don (Vicki), Duane and Gregg (Jane); daughter, Tammy (Ron) Sorensen; grandsons, James, Nicholas (Katie), Ken and Charlie; granddaughter, Molly Sorensen; and great-grandchildren, Eden, Dominic, Scarlette, Isabella, Tobias, Brooke and Ignatius. He is also survived by brothers, Ron (Carol) and George (Linda); and sisters, Jan (Donald) Kee and Connie Yoeman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Cleo Graybill and Dorothy Perkins.
There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Photo: Charles James Reed
David Welch, 78, worked for Potlatch at Headquarters
David Edward Welch passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at home of natural causes. He was 78.
Dave was born Nov. 13, 1937, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Madge (Wandall) and Raymond Welch. The family moved to Lewiston in about 1947, and Dave attended Lewiston schools, graduating from Lewiston High School in 1956. He went to work for Potlatch Forests Inc. tagging trees near Headquarters. He married Karen Stewart in 1960, and the couple had a daughter together. They divorced in 1963. In 1965, he worked for Ponderosa Paper Mill in Flagstaff, AZ, and then for Garden State Paper Mill in Pamona, CA, from 1966 to 1999, when he retired.
Dave married Nancy O'Brien on Nov. 28, 1975, and the couple celebrated 40 years of marriage. The couple moved to Lewiston in 2000.
Dave loved to do motorcycle desert racing in Southern California, where he won some trophies in his early years. He was also religious about watching NASCAR racing. He and Nancy enjoyed traveling on their motorcycle across the Western United States.
Dave is survived by his wife, Nancy, at their Lewiston home; stepchildren Carla Braswell and Scott Braswell; five stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Welch; and daughter, Tracy Matthews.
As his request, no services will be held. Please sign the online guest book at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: David Edward Welch
Nellie Rose Nelson Scoles, 86, Orofino
Nellie Rose Nelson Scoles, 86, a lifelong resident of Orofino, passed away peacefully Aug. 24, 2016 at Pullman Regional Hospital. She was born to Caleb "Theodore" and Ethel (Dailey) Nelson on Sept. 20, 1929 in Orofino.
As a little girl Nellie grew up with three sisters and a brother, Irene, Marie, Alice "Jody" and Albert, Nellie being the second oldest. Growing up she learned how to can fruit and vegetables, which came in very handy when raising her own family. She was also very proud of her heritage, being half Swedish.
Nellie met Raymond George Scoles, her future husband, while working as a waitress at the Bakery. They married June 14, 1947 and soon after she graduated from Orofino High School in 1948. Together they raised their five children, John, Ted, Steve, Jim and Deena, living 64 loving years together before Raymond passed on February 16, 2012.
Through the years, Nellie had various jobs including, a waitress at The Fountain (The Ponderosa), a home maker, book keeper and dental assistant for Dr. Robert J. Kinney. She also, tried her hand as a volunteer EMT for a short while.
Nellie had many past times including crafts, especially crocheting. She also liked having a cat or dog (sometimes both) around the house. Having babies to take care of made her feel young, she said. It didn't matter if it was her children, nieces and nephews or grandchildren.
Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; father and mother, Caleb "Theodore" Nelson (Orofino), Ethel Mae Dailey Nelson McDaniel (Clarkston), sister and brother-in-law, Irene Nelson McClain and Alan McClain (Clarkston) and brother, Albert Nelson (Faye "Babe" Logan Nelson) (Orofino).
She is survived by her children, John Scoles (Orofino), Ted and Lorrie (Walrath) Scoles (Hoonah, AK), Steve Scoles (Orofino), Jim and Kristi (Stewart) Scoles (North Pole, AK) and Deena Scoles (Moscow). She is also survived by her sisters, Marie Nelson Thompson and husband Robert (Clarkston) and Alice Parsons (Orofino), also numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Following the service she will be laid to rest with her loving husband, Raymond at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. Remembrances may be mailed to the Scoles Family at: P.O..Box 624, Orofino, ID 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Photo: Nellie Rose Nelson Scoles
Ruth (Rhoads) Stroup, 42, Timberline graduate
Ruth (Rhoads) Stroup, 42, passed from the arms of her family into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Ruth was born the second of twin girls on Feb. 7, 1974, at Orofino. She graduated from Timberline School in 1992 and Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) in 1997 with a degree in Christian education.
She married Dennis Stroup on June 21, 1997. They pastored in Sundance, WY, Rapid City and Redfield, SD, and then came back home to Weippe. Ruth put her degree to work in home schooling their three children, something of great importance to her, and she left plans for it to continue in her absence.
Ruth was involved with many areas in the community, especially with her children - Lego League, 4-H and library activities. She became an emergency medical technician (EMT) and volunteered with the Clearwater County Ambulance Service. She assisted her husband in pastoring the Orofino Church of the Nazarene, where she made many new friends.
Ruth is survived by husband, Dennis; and three children, Andrew (17), David (15) and Anna (14); her grandmother, Ruth Dabritz of Portland, OR; her parents, Nicholas and Ronda Rhoads of Weippe; brother, Carl Rhoads (Amy) of Lemoore, CA; sisters, Deborah Crenshaw (Greg) of Laveen, AZ, and Esther Berrey (Phil) of Vancouver, WA; and half-sister, Nancy Sanchez (Brent) of Monroe, WA. Also surviving are nieces and nephews Kourtney, Klayton, Karson and Krysta of Lemoore, Adrienne and Addison of Laveen, Reese and Ruby of Vancouver, and Elizabeth Davis of Sundance. She is also survived by her cousin-as-close-as-a-sister, Chris Harris, as well as other loving cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws.
Ruth was preceded in death by grandparents, J.D. and Iris Rhoads, and Robert Dabrit;; aunt, Rachel Dabritz; and niece, Kylie Rhoads. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Weippe Cemetery. Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. the same day at the Weippe Wesleyan Church.
Photo: Ruth (Rhoads) Stroup
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 fianc?, 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 fianc?, 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 fianc?e, 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 Caf? 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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