Francis L. Huntley, 77, formerly of Orofino
Francis Huntley passed away at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, March 7, 2019. He was born in Cottonwood, Idaho on July 30, 1941 to Guy and Ada Huntley and spent most of his life in the Central Idaho Area.
After graduating Cottonwood High School in 1959, he worked two years as a seasonal worker for the U. S, Forest Service.
On Dec. 7, 1961 he joined the United States Marine Corp. He saw duty at NAS Cubi Point, during the Cuban missile Crisis, and from 6 March, 1964 to 6, July 1965 he was deployed to DaNang, Vietnam with the First Marine Squadron.
After returning to the United States, Francis, reenlisted on 29 Dec., 1965 and returned to Vietnam assigned to the 1st Marine Air Wing, DaNang. In February 1967 he extended his tour of duty for six months. He returned to the States in September of 1968 and was stationed in Texas and Arizona and on 30 April, 1973 was retired disabled.
During his military career, Francis received the following commendations: National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal with device, the RVN Cross of Gallantry with palm, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, a Presidential Unit Commendation, and the Good Conduct Medal with two stars. He also, unofficially, received a pair of wings for flying twice the speed of sound in the back seat of an F4B fighter.
After his service years he lived in San Diego, CA and Boise for several years, before returning to Cottonwood in 1986, where he worked locally as a bartender. This was followed by an interest in computers which led him into building web pages. He moved, with his oldest brother, Albert to Orofino, Idaho in 1995 where he built web pages for various businesses in that locality.
In search of a warmer, dryer climate, Francis, moved to Las Vegas in 2017, where he lived until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings; brothers Albert, Dawn, Myrick, Leland, Raymond and his sister Marguerite.
He is survived by his brothers, Les, of Lewiston, James of Grangeville, and John of Middletown, DE, and his cousins, Linda and Steve of Las Vegas, who faithfully looked after him.
A grave side service will be held in Cottonwood at a future date.
Photo: Francis L. Huntley
Robert Lee Hutchins, 74, Kamiah
Robert Lee Hutchins of Kamiah, Idaho, joined the angels in Heaven on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Bob was born May 5, 1944, in Sonora, CA, to Wilger and Vera Adams Hutchins. He attended school in Sonora and later joined the U.S. Navy. Bob was married to Sandra Williams and they had four children, Sandra Lee, Christine Louise, Lucille Marjory, and Christopher Allen. After Bob and Sandra divorced Bob and his girls moved to Idaho where he met Patricia McPherson and her daughter Fay LaRae. Bob and Pat blended their families and spent many happy years together.
Bob was a retired logger. He worked for many years in the Kamiah-Kooskia area and then he worked for Columbia Helicopter where he traveled all over the west. Bob and Pat also owned the Kooskia Inn for many years and when Bob was laid off from logging you could find him working there.
When Bob finally retired from logging and moved back home to Kamiah, he dedicated 10 years of outstanding customer service to the Nez Perce Tribe Gaming Enterprise, It'se Ye Ye, Casino, as a floor person. Bob made many more friends at the Casino.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Bill. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his sisters, Karen, Diane, and Linda; his daughters, Sandra, Chris (Darren), LaRae (Kelvin), Lucy; and his son, Christopher. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Harry, Eben, Kasha, Brandon, Robert, Cassie, John, Caiden, Joshua, and Macqoy. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren with twins due in June. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved him dearly.
Cremation has taken place with Trenary Funeral Home handling the arrangements and the family will have a Celebration of Life later this spring.
Photo: Robert Lee Hutchins
Michael L. 'Mick' Wilhelm, 61
Michael L. 'Mick' Wilhelm, son of Les and Lil Wilhelm, began an adventurous journey Sept. 29, 1957, in Dickinson, ND, only to have the adventure end suddenly in a terrible accident on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Lewiston.
Mick's tales compare to those of Pecos Bill. He was a true modern-day cowboy with his life's accomplishments including bull riding, rodeo clown, bull fighter, wilderness hunting guide, horse trainer, cutting horse rider, farrier, carpenter and oil field hand. His hunting and trapping skills were learned from his grandpa, Mickey Transtrom, his twin uncles, Bob and Bill, and older brother Rick.
Living by the Golden Rule, Mick put his family and friends first, filling the elders' freezers with meat. Mick loved to make his Cowboy Cookies, which were delivered to loved ones near and far. Unexpectedly, little care packages from Uncle Mick would show up at the homes of nieces and nephews. Mick's artistic talent came to life in his leather work and furniture made from burls and antlers.
On Jan. 17, 2009, Mick married the love of his life, Pam Krigbaum. Having celebrated their 10th anniversary, retirement was providing them with the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Idaho mountains.
Mick's untimely departure leaves behind his beloved wife, Pam, Lewiston; Pam's daughter, Heidi (Stephen) Tamm, Moscow; three sisters, Rita (Larry) Burr, Halliday, ND, Roz (Bill )Amerman, Forman, ND, and Leslie (Ross) Keltner, Cody, WY; and a brother, Robert (Sallie) Wilhelm, Orofino. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Rick and Jim. Having never met a stranger, Mick leaves behind a large family connected by blood and an even larger chosen family, many of whom considered him a best friend. His generous heart made life a better place.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory. Life celebrations are scheduled for 1 p.m. April 20 at 1838 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, and June 8 in Halliday, ND.
Photo: Michael L. 'Mick' Wilhelm
William 'Bill' Temple Cole, 91, Weippe
William (Bill) Temple Cole 91, of Weippe passed away Monday Feb. 25, 2019 at his home.
Service are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino.
Robert 'Bob' Hutchins, 74, Kamiah
Robert 'Bob' Hutchins, 74, of Kamiah passed away at his home Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.
Service are pending at Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Naomi Lynn Snyder, 73, formerly of Orofino
Naomi Lynn Snyder, of Lewiston and formerly of Orofino, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at age 73.
She was born to Otto Lehmann and Peggy Lee May on Nov. 3, 1945, in Spokane, WA. She grew up in the Tri-Cities, where she attended Pasco High School her senior year, graduating with the class of '64. She was the second-oldest out of four siblings. She worked most notably as a waitress at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Orofino, where she lived from 1987 until 2018, when she moved to Lewiston.
Her first marriage ended in divorce, but yielded her first and only child, Lance Gregory (Austin) Snyder, born Nov. 1, 1965. She moved to Weippe, where she met her husband, Boyd W. Snyder, who helped raise her son as his own. She enjoyed traveling to the Tri-Cities to visit family, playing bingo, collecting bears, crocheting and her grandson, Wayne. Her most recent pastime was enjoying visits and pictures of her great-grandson, Anthony Michael.
Lynn is survived by her grandson, Wayne; his wife, Hannah; and great-grandson, Anthony Michael, Moscow; older brother, Isaac Reese Spicer Jr., Kooskia; younger brother, Curtis Williams, Tri-Cities; baby sister, Jenny Kair, Libby, MT; and several nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and two great-great-nephews - and all the cousins.
She was preceded in death by her son, Lance; niece, Stacy; mother, Peggy Lee; husband, Boyd Snyder; grandmother, Emma Johnson; aunt Margaret and uncle "Red" Welch; uncle Clyde McKenzie; uncles Robert, Charlie and Van and aunt Helen May.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in her honor at 2 p.m. March 16 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3532 Seventh St., Lewiston.
Photo: Naomi Lynn Snyder
William T. Bird, 94, Orofino
William T. "Bill" Bird, of Orofino, formerly Greer, passed away at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. He was 94 years old and ready to go.
He was surrounded with love from his dearest wife of 73 years, to the last nurse/aide who gave him comfort. "Such a sweet, appreciative man", they'd say.
Born May 21, 1924, to Jesse (Jack) and Emma Bird in Stevensville, MT, he was the first of five children. Bill's mother died when he was 12 and "Pop" set about raising his five kids.
In high school Bill went to live with his best friend, Vernon, and his family, the Davenports, easing the burden for Pop.
After high school Bill joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Serving from 1942 to 1945, RDM 2nd Class, ETO, in the Atlantic, USS Frankfurt and trained at Farragut Naval Base in North Idaho. He and Ruth (his wife) attended many happy reunions there over the years. He was discharged from the Reserves as an Aviation Cadet.
After the war, at a basketball game in Hamilton, he met the love of his life Ruth Whitney. His aviation skills came in very handy when Ruth's father moved the family to Orofino, looking for milder winters and a new life. Bill flew to Orofino several times to be with Ruth. It is interesting to remember that in those days before Highway 12 went to Missoula, it was a 10-hour car ride to the Bitterroot Mountains. Ruth and Bill took that long drive to Hamilton, in a snowstorm, to be married December 18, 1947.
By now the Whitney family had settled in Greer where Ruth and Bill moved into the "Bird House" where they lived 65 years of 73 together before moving into Orofino in 2016.
In Orofino, Bill was very active in local and regional endeavors. He was respected as a leader with a good spirit, keen sense of humor and a knack for getting things done. Serving as Veterans Service Officer, Post 3296 Orofino for 10 years was an opportunity to get needed benefits to our Veterans, something very important to him. Bill was County Commissioner 1971-79, County Engineer 1981-86, CEDA (Clearwater Economic Development Association) 1981-86 Chairman 1983-85 and was honored by Clearwater County Democrats for his dedication.
In 2014, he was presented with a Quilt of Valor specifically pieced for him by another good friend, Patty Reggear. He spent his very last days under that quilt…it meant so much to him.
Throughout his life his military service, that which he did on behalf of veterans, his service to his community and region as well as the love of his family, especially the "GRANDS", were his greatest source of pride and joy.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; best friend, Vernon Davenport; beloved sister, Betty Wuori of Montana; and nephew, Leonard Davis that Ruth and Bill helped to raise.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; his dog, Tinkerbelle; two daughters, Kathy (Gary) Breen of Spring Lake, MI and Karen "Bird" (Michael) Goodwin of Orofino; an adopted son, William, address unknown; five grandchildren; Josh (SFC Amanda) Goodwin of Colorado Springs, CO, Caleb Goodwin of Boise, Camas (Doug) Brandt, Indianapolis, Janessa (Jordan), Engelhard, MI and Evan Breen, MI, nine great grands and one great- great grandson. Also surviving are siblings Jack (Virginia) Bird, Ashland, OR, Jim (Gerri) Bird, Orofino, Peggy (Dale) Bobbit, Spokane, WA and many well-loved nieces and nephews! Also, his longtime caregiver, Ginger Arnold of Kamiah and his very special Nick Grimm, who always came when a rig quit!
A celebration of life for Bill will be Sunday, March 3, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with VFW Honor Guard at the columbarium Western Riverside Cemetery. A potluck, program, and sharing will follow at the VFW Post 3296.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the OHS Levon Chase Alumni Scholarship, PO 1592, Orofino, ID 83544 or Clearwater Historical Museum, PO 1454, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: William T. 'Bill' Bird
JoEllen Haney, 76, formerly of Orofino
The world's greatest mom and finder of all things lost has passed. JoEllen Haney passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
She was born December 13, 1942 in Orofino, Idaho to Fern Jane Pollock and Harry R. Pishl. The middle child between older sister, Anne and younger brother, Jim. Her early school years were spent in Orofino, Idaho. In high school she was crowned Lumberjack queen and represented the town of Orofino during Lumberjack days. She went on to receive her teaching degree from Lewis Clark State College and her Masters of Education from Boise State University. JoEllen taught fifth grade for 40 years, most of them being in the Kuna school district, where she was known as a "legend" and everyone's favorite teacher. After her retirement she settled into the lazy days of Agatha Christie novels, lunching with friends and spending time with family.
JoEllen married Thomas Savage and had one child, Tasha Savage. They later divorced. She then married. Bob Haney. Later divorced. Jo is survived by her brother, Jim (Kathy); daughter, Tasha Savage (Jeff Eisenberg); granddaughter, Kelsey Eisenberg (Matt Paige) and her grandson and the love of her life, Benjamin Eisenberg. She is preceded in death by her best friend and sister, Anne Pishl Christensen.
Words cannot describe the feelings of loss we feel for mom. She was strong, independent as hell and her dry sense of humor will be missed. A very special thank you to Dr. Ondrej Choutka and Carin Bohan PA for allowing her to maintain a sense of independence and treating her with respect throughout her illness. We would also like to thank Willow Park Assisted Living for having the most professional and loving staff and 1st choice hospice for their kindness.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at 12 p.m., noon, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Scholarship America.
Photo: JoEllen Haney
Vickie Lee Smith, 66, took classes in Orofino
Vickie Lee Smith gained her angel wings Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Vickie was born Nov. 10, 1952, in Lewiston. Three months premature, she was one of the smallest babies in the country to survive.
Vickie's small size and physical limitations proved to be small obstacles for her huge heart. At an early age, she attended the Idaho School for the Blind in Nampa, along with special education classes in Orofino.
Later in life, she attended adult learning classes at Lewis-Clark State College and for a time she operated a small snack shop called Vickie's Munchie Haven in the Nez Perce County Courthouse. Her independent spirit and can-do attitude let her live a life that many never thought possible.
Vickie was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Burdena Smith; sister, Marjean Russell; and nephew, James Hussey. She is survived by her partner in life's journey, Jay Thornley; Bill and Ellen Smith, Deb and Bruce Johnson, Butch and Teri Smith, Willie Russell; nephews Doug Russell and Tony Smith; and nieces, Reva Monk, Dena Russell, Marie Liddiard, Danielle Hunt, Kim Kernin and Michelle Nick.
A celebration of life will take place in the spring.
Photo: Vickie Lee Smith
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, Woodland
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, of Woodland near Kamiah, passed away Jan. 31, 2019 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA.
Thomas was born in Woodland, Idaho near Kamiah to Shane Bytheway and Angela Whitehead Bytheway. He grew up in the Woodland area on the family ranch, where he could run and explore the outdoors. Living on a ranch requires you to learn many skilled trades. He was an accomplished carpenter, and was learning to weld. He also learned how to make knives.
At the age of nine, Thomas came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
He attended Kamiah Elementary School and Junior High. Thomas was an accomplished wrestler and had been in USA Wrestling for the last five years and just started Junior High Wrestling. He held nine gold medals, four silver medals, and three bronze. Recently he learned to ice skate and wanted to play hockey on the Lewiston team. He also enjoyed basketball.
Thomas is survived by his father, Shane (Carley) Bytheway of Woodland; his mother, Angela Whitehead Bytheway of Lewiston; siblings, Stormy Gleason of Amarillo, TX, Mary (Larry) Leaton of Kamiah, Elisheba Bytheway of Caldwell, Abigail, Zacharias, Sarah, Amos, Andronicus, Susanna, Phinehas, Chloe, William, Shirley, Ember, and Annaleigh all of Woodland; his grandparents Bert and Joyce Bytheway of Amarillo, TX and Bob and Mary Whitehead of Amarillo, TX. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Jodi Bytheway.
A viewing will be held Friday February 8, 2019 at Trenary Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m.
The Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 9, 2019, at The Life Center Church, 4432 U. S. Highway 12, Kamiah.
Photo: Thomas Jackson Bytheway
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, Woodland
Thomas Jackson Bytheway, 12, of Woodland near Kamiah passed away Thursday Jan. 31, 2019 in Spokane, WA.
The viewing will be Friday February 8, 2019 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at The Life Center Church 4432 Highway 12, Kamiah.
Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Doyle Pfefferkorn, 94, Kooskia
Doyle Pfefferkorn, 94, of Kooskia passed away Saturday Feb. 2, 2019 at Life Care Center in Lewiston.
Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Glenna Lee Zagelow, formerly of Headquarters
Glenna Lee (King) Zagelow was born in 1929 to Mary and Herb King in Orofino. She spent her early childhood in Headquarters, ID, and attended school in Headquarters and Pierce. The family moved in 1943 to Lewiston, where she attended school, graduating in 1947.
Following high school, she graduated from Western Union in Santa Cruz, CA, with a degree in telegraphy. She was a lifetime member of the Lewiston-Clarkston Alpha Iota chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, a member of the Women of the Moose and a communicant of the First Christian Church.
Glenna enjoyed tending to flowers in her garden, ceramics, crocheting and home decorating; especially for the holidays.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Charlotte Nash and Edna Kirby; her husband of 23 years, Jim Zagelow; and a son, Larry, who died in 1955.
She is survived by her daughter, Reneé Abbott (Derek Nordio) of Troy; her son, Todd George (Karen) of Buckley, WA; three grandchildren, Evan George of Spokane, WA, and Lauren George and Meghan George, both of Buckley, WA; and her beloved Leroy Cutler of Orofino. Leroy brought her much happiness and joy, and she loved him so and is forever thankful for his love in return.
At Glenna's request, there will be no services.
Photo: Glenna Lee Zagelow
Shelly Jean Irby, 59, formerly of Orofino
Shelly Jean Irby died Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at her home, from complications of heart disease and diabetes.
She was born in Orofino on July 27, 1960, to Alvin G. Irby and Donna L. Dickson Irby.
Shelly attended school in Orofino until her junior year, when she moved to Emmett, Idaho. She graduated from Emmett High School in 1978.
She earned her CNA degree and was a very loving, compassionate caregiver to many clients. She was a friend to everyone she met.
She moved from Emmett to Lewiston in 2001.
Shelly is survived by her mother and stepfather, Donna and Gene Mullikin of Orofino; stepmother, Diane Irby of Emmett; her daughter, Amber Vega, and husband Louis Ortega; three grandchildren, Tristan Vega, currently an exchange student in Peru, and Nikko Vega and Coralee Vega, all of Lewiston; brother, Carl (Jayne) Irby of Emmett; sisters, Susan Irby-Perez, Corie (Marcus) Samson, Kristi Irby and brother-in-law Candelario Perez, all of Lewiston; many nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much; and stepbrothers, Scott (Rachelle) Heilman, Dennis Heilman, Robert Heilman and stepsister, Cindy (Yogi) Young.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Irby; grandparents, George and Edith Irby; Milo Dickson and Lawrence and Cora Hunter; and stepbrother, Justin Mullikin.
A memorial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Orofino Community Church, 14233 U.S. Highway 12, in Orofino. A covered-dish dinner will follow the service.
Burial will be at Wells Bench (Sanders) Cemetery.
Photo: Shelly Jean Irby
Lester 'Sonny' McGee, formerly of Orofino-Peck
Much loved husband and father Sonny McGee passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.
He grew up in the Peck-Orofino area, then joined the U.S. Navy in 1957, serving all over the world, including Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1961.
While in the Navy, he married Sharon Zierlein in 1960. They lived many years in the Orofino area, where Sonny worked in the timber industry until 1985, when he began work for the Idaho Department of Transportation. They lived in Moscow for several years, then he transferred to Golden, Idaho. Both Sharon and Sonny enjoyed the years they spent there until he retired in 2001. They eventually moved to Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his son, Russell Brian McGee; parents, Jack and Irene McGee; and sisters, Lucille Senter, Vivian Snyder, Darlene Ketcham, Dorothy Adams and Lorene Phillips.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Kelli (Gene) Johnson and Kimberly (Scott) Sullivan; sisters, Lois Reagan and Linda Hill; four grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Sonny was a gregarious man who enjoyed good conversation and meeting new people. His hobbies included rock faceting, gold mining and gardening.
Per dad's request, he was cremated and there will be no services.
Photo: Lester 'Sonny' McGee
Jack Mustoe, 87, formerly of Southwick
On Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, Jack Mustoe passed away at age 87.
Jack was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Wallace, Idaho, to Given and Goldie Mustoe. The family moved back to Southwick, Idaho, when Jack was age 1. He attended Southwick Grade School and graduated in 1949 from Kendrick High School, where he played on the championship football team. After graduation, he attended Lewis Clark Normal School until it closed in 1951. That fall he started farming at Southwick.
On Oct. 5, 1951, he married his girlfriend, Betty Lee Colwell. They had one son, Mark. Together they farmed and raised cattle until retiring in 1994. They moved to Lewiston in 2002 and attended the Orchards Methodist Church. Jack always enjoyed fishing, camping, visiting friends and spending time with family. His main passion was farming. His favorite time of year was spring, when he could see the crops begin to grow - Betty recalls that he lost several pocket knives while going up newly seeded rows digging to see if the seed had sprouted.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Mustoe; son, Mark Mustoe and partner Barry James; granddaughter, Marie, husband Tom Linehan; great-granddaughter, McKenzie; and granddaughter Mollie, husband Ross Freeden.
Thank you, family and friends, for your kind thoughts and support.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, and burial will follow at the Southwick Pine Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kendrick Memorial Pool, Southwick Community Center, or a charity of your choosing.
Photo: Jack Mustoe
Frances Marion Pfefferkorn, 87
Frances Marion Pfefferkorn 87, of Kooskia passed away Sunday Jan. 20, 2019 at Lewiston Transitional Care.
The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. A covered dish dinner will follow.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Marvel F. Hathaway, 103, Orofino
Marvel F. Hatha-way, 103, of Orofino, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 of natural causes at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Montpelier, OH, to Bertha and Glen Fast.
Marvel married Richard L. Hathaway on December 21, 1935. They had two sons, John (Jack) R. Hathaway and David L. Hathaway.
Marvel worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's business. She also helped out in the office of the grade school while her sons were in school. Marvel volunteered at the Children's Hospital for many years when she lived in Escondido, CA.
She was a member of the Orofino Rotary Club. Marvel took up Bridge later in life, while living in Escondido. In her younger years she and her husband enjoyed playing golf. Marvel also loved sitting on her deck, visiting and entertaining with her many friends and her adorable cats, Bradley and Sissy. She also enjoyed her Bailey's and coffee, was an avid Cubs fan and traveled to Mesa, AZ, to see her team during spring training.
Marvel is survived by her son David and his wife Diane of Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren Amber (Todd) Oser, Raymore, MO, Vivian (Daniel) McKinney of Independence, MO and Jimi Hathaway, of Warrensburg, MO. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Bailey and Blake Oser and Collin, Corbett and Madelyn McKinney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; son, Jack; and brother, Paul.
Marvel was a well-known presence in Orofino and is leaving her friends with many happy memories.
A celebration of life for Marvel will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. at the Orofino Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 330 Michigan Ave. Memorial donations in Marvel's memory may be made to the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy. 117 Timberline Drive, Pierce, Idaho 83546.
Photo: Marvel F. Hathaway
Virgil Bentley, 94, attended OHS
Virgil Bentley, 94, of Lewiston and formerly of Kamiah, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston, due to age-related causes.
Virgil was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Greenup, KY., to Albert and Tempe (Biggs) Bentley. He attended Orofino High School and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1955 with a bachelor of science in education. He served in the U.S. Army 693rd Field Artillery Battalion, Battery C, in World War II in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1947.
On Aug. 26, 1955, he married Lucille McFadden in Lewiston. They were married until her death on Jan. 21, 1985. He married Wilma Link on May 4, 2004, in Coeur d'Alene. Virgil taught elementary school in Kamiah, Pomeroy and Granger for more than 30 years combined. He enjoyed fishing, camping, thrifting, playing a variety of instruments and satisfying his sweet tooth.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Wilma Bentley, of Kamiah; daughter, Barbara Bentley of Ocean Park, WA; sons, Kellon (Shelly) Bentley of Ocean Park, and Jeffrey Bentley of Lewiston; stepdaughter. Melony (Lance) McRoberts of Lewiston; granddaughters. Samantha Bentley of Sunnyside, WA, Amanda Wickstrom of Vancouver, WA., and Abigail Bentley of Ocean Park; stepgrandchildren, Jordan Ragan of Lewiston, and Logan and Megan McRoberts of Lewiston; and great-grandchildren David Joseph and Avery Lynn Rivera of Sunnyside.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Bentley; wife Lucille Bentley; three brothers; and four sisters.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston.
Donations may be given to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 307, Sunnyside, WA 98944.
Photo: Virgil Bentley
Ronald W. Beck, 79, Pierce
Ronald W. Beck passed away suddenly at home in Pierce, Idaho, Jan. 13, 2019. He was born on Feb 10, 1939 in Orofino, Idaho to Charles (Bill) and Berniece (Lundblad) Beck. >He was raised in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School.
He began working in the woods with his father while in high school and later had his own business, R W Beck Logging. He had six machines at Jaype Mill log yard unloading logs. His machines worked from when Jaype opened until several years after it closed. He finished unloading logs at the Jaype log yard in 2007. He leased out his last piece of equipment, the old 966, until it was sold in 2017 to be used at Bald Mountain Ski Hill.
Ron was a member of the Army National Guard.
Ron was a member of Clearwater County Search and Rescue. He was active in building the S&R building, was camp cook and helped on many of the S&R teams. At the time of his death he was leader of the 4-wheeler team.
For 13 years, Ron was a camp cook and packer for Cayuse Outfitting at Cayuse Creek, in the Kelly Creek drainage of the North Fork. These were his most memorable years and would talk of the many adventures he had while out in the mountains.
Ron was also an avid fisherman. He was looking forward to his first fishing trip of the season in February with his cousin Doug McIver.
He married Bev Lalone Beck Nov. 22, 1968 in Orofino, Idaho. She brought with her three children which Ron treated as his own. Bev died Jan. 14, 2005.
In 1976, he and Bev had a large house built near Revling Siding, outside of Pierce. Ron was always proud of his home.
He met his future wife, Michal Berreth, at a S&R training meeting. They were married April 14, 2006. She brought with her four adult sons, a step daughter and four grandchildren who adored him.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bev; his parents, Bill and Berniece Beck; sister, Nancy Rainville; grandparents, Lon and Georgia Beck and John and Myrtle Lundblad.
He is survived by his wife, Michal; brother, Larry Beck; brother-in-law, Ted Rainville; sisters, Chris Beck and Brenda Beck Baune; sons of the heart, Billy, Tim and John Beck; daughter of the heart, Cathlin McGee; step daughters, Sue Beck Roth, Sharon Beck Martin and Minnie Berreth West; step sons, Randy Beck, Jonathan, Phillip, Charlie and Jason Berreth.
Grandchildren include: Eric Beck, Gregg and Jeff Anderson, Theresa Anderson Koepke, Michael Martin, Michelle Martin, Brittney Berreth Frederickson, Andy Berreth, Emily Berreth Badger, Rachel Berreth Graham, Polina Berreth, Dalton West; and bonus grandchildren, Carl Snyder, Melanie Berreth, and Sebain Hart.
Ron was very close to his step nephew and niece, Mark and Jenna Walton. He considered them as his own children and loved their three children as his own grandchildren. They are Wyatt, Morgan and Lanie Walton.
There will be a public visitation at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held at the Best Western in Orofino at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. Food and beverages will be provided.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Photo: Ronald W. Beck
Kenneth Kay Kidder, 98, worked at Blister Rust camp near Pierce
GRANGEVILLE: Kenneth Kay Kidder of Harpster died Jan, 6, 2019 at the age of 98 at Meadowlark Homes in Grangeville. He was born April 1, 1920 near Gaylord, Michigan to Ray R. and Flo I. Kidder. The family moved to Idaho in 1926
At five years of age he attended first grade in Winchester. In the spring of 1927 the family moved to Grangeville where Ray worked for John Spencer at the "Guernsey Farm". Ken went with Spencer's sheep into the back country east of Grangeville for summer grazing. He worked another summer in a Blister Rust camp near Pierce. He finished his schooling by graduating from Grangeville High School in 1938.
The same year he graduated, the family bought a 172-acre ranch four miles southeast of Harpster at the end of Lee Road. They raised a small herd of cows and sold cream for cash. They raised hay on 39 acres of rough fields using a team and put up loose hay. It was a very fulfilling life before the road was graveled or power lines in and they talked with neighbors using a crank phone over No.9 wire strung in the trees or visited on horseback.
Ken was inducted into the Army July 28, 1942. He spent time in England and France, getting honorably discharged on Oct. 30, 1945.
He returned to the ranch and helped his folks for years and also worked at Idapine Mills for 11 years. Life got even better when he married Linnie Anderson on July 3, 1984. They spent time in town and at the ranch. They enjoyed fellowship with the Evangelical Free Church and meals and dancing at the Senior Center.
Ken was a lifelong fiddle player and used to practice at home listening to CFCN, Canadian radio. Starting in 1966, he and his siblings played music monthly for as many as three nursing homes and two assisted living facilities in Grangeville. His other hobbies were cutting wood, stacking it precisely and rebuilding fence on steep hillsides.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linnie; brother, Jesse Kidder; sister, Eileen Gribble and nephew, Virgil Kidder. Ken is survived by his sister, Angele Hazelbaker (Burt, Lark, Nick); a brother-in-law, Melvin Gribble (Bob, Jim), nieces, Jan, Nancy, Michelle and nephews, Jack and Vaughn (Jesse) and two stepdaughters, Cheryl Spenglerand and Susan Anderson (Linnie). He has numerous other great nephews and nieces who loved and learned from him. He is also dear to the hearts of several neighbors near the Ranch in "Harpster Heights".
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 14.at the E- Free Church, 408 N. College St., Grangeville. Burial followed at the Harpster cemetery. Services are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Dr. Griffiths, The Meadowlark and Syringa Hospital Hospice for their loving care. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Kenneth Kay Kidder
Winifred Hepburn, 89
Winifred Hepburn went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.
Winifred was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Tonasket, WA, to John and Hazel Gillespie. She had three brothers and is survived by her younger brother, Larry Gillespie, of Okanagan, WA.
Winifred was working for Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. in 1946 when she met and married Henry Harrison Hepburn. They settled in Lewiston, where he had his own home construction firm. They had three children. A son, Henry Jr., died in 1983, and she is survived by her daughters, Lin Hepburn Hall of Lewiston and Patricia Marie Jacks of Peck.
While her children were growing up, Winifred was active in PTA, was a leader and then field director for Campfire Girls and taught Sunday school at Orchards United Methodist Church. Winifred went to work for Goodman Oil Co. in 1972 as a bookkeeper and receptionist. She became the credit manager-general manager and assistant to the sales manager as the firm expanded into Washington and Oregon and started a separate fuel transport delivery service. She was with the firm for 19 years.
Winifred's hobbies included reading and gardening. Bird watching was her love, and she traveled to many places in our country where she could "see a new bird." She had leadership roles over the years and remained active in the Priscilla Whitman Mother's Club, the Canyon Birders and Orchard's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed line dancing twice a week.
A celebration of life service for Winifred will be held at 11 a.m. March 2 at Orchards United Methodist Church. There will be a dinner for family and friends after the service at the church.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Photo: Winifred Hepburn
John A. Devlin, 66, OHS grad
John A. Devlin returned to the arms of his Heavenly Father on Friday morning, Dec. 28, 2018. He was 66 years old. Born in Orofino on Nov. 25, 1952, John graduated from Orofino High School and shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served during the Vietnam War as a communications specialist. Honorably discharged in 1976, John then moved to Moscow, where he met and married his eternal sweetheart, Susan Cox. Together they raised their family, teaching faith in God, respect, kindness and service to all, along with a love of nature and outdoor recreation.
John traveled extensively as project engineer with Azimuth Communications. He loved spending quality time with family and also enjoyed taking long rides on his UTV Razor.
John was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Charlie (Toots) Adams; his dad, Motie Gillette; uncle Charlie (Mary Ann) Adams; aunt Bonnie Clay; his biological father, Dick Devlin; and his father-in-law, Ken Cox. John is survived by his loving eternal wife, Susan Devlin; mom, Jeannie (Punch) Deyo; brother, Dick (Patricia) Devlin; sisters, Peggy (Stuart) Curtis and Cheryl Gillette; mother-in-law, Janet, Cox; brothers-in-law, Rick (Jolinda) Cox, Kenny (Tracy) Cox and Danny (Janette) Cox; daughters, Angela (Jesse) Devlin-Whitworth, Corrynne Devlin (Kevin Bleth) and Angel (Shane) Stancell; son, Johnny Devlin Jr. (Shae Austin); grandchildren, Toby McIver, Tiahnna Caren, Kelly Dunham, DJ Clapp, Peyton Dunham, Sadie Devlin and Quinn Devlin-Whitworth; as well as nieces, nephews and best friend, Steve Winkleman.
Viewing was held at the Lewiston Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 836 Preston Ave., Saturday, with funeral services following. Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society in John's name. Condolences may be sent to Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Photo: John V. Devlin
David E. Poncin, 81, worked Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
David E. Poncin, 81, of Grangeville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure.
Born May 15, 1937, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to parents Aleta A Stenner Poncin and Lee Howard Poncin, Dave was the youngest of five children. He gained his work ethic delivering newspapers, working as a sales clerk in a produce market and as an apprentice meat cutter in a small meat market. During his high school summer vacations, he traveled to visit his aunt and uncle in Polson, MT, and was smitten with the love of fishing, hunting and all things outdoors.
With help from his high school English teacher, as a senior Dave applied to work a summer job with the US Forest Service. He was accepted for the job and after graduation in June of 1955 he headed west to work at Headquarters, Idaho as a "Ribes Goon" in the blister rust camps. That fall he enrolled in the University of Montana Forestry School, and the next fall met incoming freshman Emily Laverne Bach. Dave worked his way through college, doing a variety of forestry related jobs including a stint on Mount Jumbo Lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, writing poetry in his letters to Emily during their long summer absence. In 1958 he became a smokejumper - fighting wildfires was always his favorite: as he loved to say, "The pay was poor but the hours were good."
After finishing college together, Dave and Emily were married on Sept. 17, 1960. "We were young when we married and think we grew up together." In August of 1960, he got his first permanent job with the Forest Service in Lincoln, MT. Both of his children, David and Greg, were born during their three years there.
As with most Forest Service employees, Dave and his family moved frequently: from Lincoln, MT to Kooskia, ID in 1964; Libby, MT in 1971; Gardiner, MT in 1976; Eureka, MT in 1978; and finally Dave and Emily moved last to Grangeville in 1983, where they have remained in retirement. During his career, he was a forestry generalist doing many jobs in a District position: timber sale prep and administration, fire control, District Ranger at Gardiner and Eureka, and finally the Fire, Recreation, and Lands Staff Officer on the Nez Perce and then the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Fire Management was Dave's passion; he worked on fire teams his entire career, becoming a National Fire Boss, which during his tenure became known as a National Incident Commander. He led a Type 1 Incident Management Team, one of 16 in the nation, from 1981 culminating with the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, for which he received the United States Department of Agriculture Award for Superior Service.
Dave and Emily valued participating in the communities where they lived, taking on civic responsibilities and volunteering where needed. Because of this willingness to work in the community they had many valuable experiences and felt accepted as a family wherever they lived.
Dave was active in Lions Club International where he served as President of four clubs in communities where he lived. He was also an active member in the Grangeville United Methodist Church, and was President and Board Member of the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce; was on the Syringa General Hospital Board of Trustees and was a Hospital Foundation member. He was honored with the International Lions Club Melvin Jones Award for dedication to community service and was recognized as a Forestry Pioneer by the MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for his cross-boundary work in wildland fire management.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Emily, and their sons, David R. Poncin and his wife Tina and granddaughter Camille, of Pray, MT; and son, Gregory E. Poncin and grandchildren Lavine, Nolan, Akeelah, and Moneque of Kalispell, MT. Also surviving are his sisters Joan Ortmann of Columbia Falls, MT, and Donna Chapmon of Lakeside, MT. He was preceded in death by his mother, Aleta A. Poncin; father, Lee Poncin; brother, Richard Carey, and sister Elaine Miller.
Funeral services are scheduled for Jan. 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Inurnment will be in Helena, MT, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery the following week with a reception following. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials to Syringa Hospice or the Grangeville United Methodist Church.
Emily, David, and Greg extend their deep appreciation to the staffs at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane for their inspirational care and compassion to all of them during Dave's illness.
Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfunerahome.com.
Photo: David E. Poncin
Lester D Zimmerman, 77, born in Orofino
Surrounded by his family, Lester D. Zimmerman, 77, passed away on Dec. 18, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT. Les was born to Ellen Cooper-Zimmerman on Nov. 17, 1941 in Orofino. Family was everything to Les; he was raised by a loving mother and grandmother until, in 1953, his mother met Kenneth Zimmerman who became Les's adopted father.
In 1962 Les married the love of his life, Donna Nelson. Together they raised four children. Over the years, he worked for Anaconda, Champion, US Plywood, and Stimson Lumber to provide for his family. Les was a kind-hearted soul that enjoyed spending time with his family and telling stories. He was always there to lend a helping hand and was known as a jack of all trades. He was a gifted mechanic with a mind that could take apart and fix anything.
Les is preceded in death by his wife, Donna; mother, Ellen; father, Kenneth; and his daughter-in-law, Lisa. He is survived by his four children James (Julie), David (Tricia), Sherie Leese (Rod) and Mike (Kris) along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his three brothers Danya, Steve, and Doug.
We hope that you will help us celebrate Les's life at Garden City Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. Burial will take place at Missoula City Cemetery at 2 p.m.
For further information, see: https://memorials.gardencityfh.com/lester-zimmerman/3680107/service-details.php.
Photo: Lester D. Zimmerman
Alan Michael 'Mick' Landmark, 75, Kamiah
Alan Michael (Mick) Landmark, age 75, passed peacefully on Dec. 21, 2018, following a courageous battle with a brain tumor. Mickey was born the second of three sons to Chris and Jessie Landmark on the family ranch in Glenwood, Idaho, on Sept. 21, 1943. Mick's childhood was filled with hunting and fishing with family and friends, logging with his father, and attending the one-room Glenwood schoolhouse until eighth grade. Adventures to Buffalo Hump, Pete's Forks, Lolo Creek and down to the Maggie were cherished by all. Freshman year of high school forced the bashful boy off of the hill for the first real time. It was quite the change for the "skinny" 200-pound freshman. It didn't take long for Mickey to become accustomed to the big city life in downtown Kamiah. He developed a love for people at this early age, and enjoyed BS-ing with anyone and everyone every chance he got his entire life. Mick could turn a five-minute walk to the post office into a three-hour gab session like no other. Excelling in football, basketball, and track, he graduated a Kamiah Kub in 1961. In the fall, he headed south as a 17- year-old freshman to Boise State Junior College on a football scholarship, starting a lifelong passion for the game. Mick was so shy that on the first day of practice he got in the very back of the equipment line, and by the time it was his turn they had ran out of helmets with facemasks, and his teammates laughingly called him Jim Thorpe. Mick jokingly said the shape of his nose never recovered. The following year he received a full football scholarship to Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. He was a three-time all-American pulling guard, and was honored to be inducted as an Eagle into the college football hall of fame and to earn his degree in History. He loved his time at Eastern, cherishing the friends he met as an Eagle to the very end. (Mick would want everyone to know: EWU vs NDSU, FCS national championship game on Jan. 5, go Eagles!). Not ready to hang up the cleats quite yet, he spent the next 10 years of his life in the Continental Football League, in the Canadian Football League, and as a collegiate coach. He also taught History to middle schoolers in Norfolk, VA.
Ending his football and teaching careers in the mid-70s, Mick returned to the Kamiah and began his career as an insurance agent. While on one of his "post office walks" to the Syringa Bar in 1978, he met the love of his life, Vikki Young. From day one, Dad was in love with his Kamiah girl, sparking a marriage only scant weeks later that lasted 40 years. Mick and Vikki made Kamiah their lifelong home, eventually starting and running Mick Landmark Agency together and raising their two children, a son Zack and a daughter Lindsay. Mick was an amazing and supportive father. He never missed yelling at a ball game, looking after his children's friends as if they were his own kids, and peppering everyone with a hundred questions every time he had the chance. Mick instilled within his children a love for the outdoors, an appetite for knowledge in all forms, camping, hunting, fishing, both kinds of music (country and western), cutting wood, sports, and anything and everything to do with Glenwood.
A few years later Mick became a grandpa for the first time, and he now has seven grandchildren that he adored. He was a big teddy bear that prized every second he spent with them. Mick and Vikki enjoyed traveling the world together following their kids and grandkids. Frequent trips to the East coast and Europe to see everyone were highlights for Mick. Barely able to walk and ailing from the brain tumor, Mick once traveled across the country with his grandson to attend Pee Wee football practices. Daily deliveries of popsicles and maple bars to the grandkids in Glenwood became the norm (much to momma Jackie's dismay).
Mick was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Jessie. He is survived by his loving wife, Vikki of Kamiah; his son, Zack and daughter-in-law Jackie and grandchildren Logan, Laney, Lawson, Liam, and Ledger of Kamiah; his daughter, Lindsay and partner Emil and grandchildren Finn and Ethan of Zurich, Switzerland; brothers Denny of Kamiah and Jimmy of Evansville, IN; and many cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the St Catherine's Catholic Church in Kamiah at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will take place after the funeral at the Kamiah Hotel Bar & Grill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Mick Landmark to the Kamiah School District, 1102 Hill Street, Kamiah ID 83536.
Photo: Alan Michael 'Mick' Landmark
Andrew Hudson, 83, formerly of Orofino, Weippe
Andy passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at age 83. He had an adventurous life and was fulfilled with the love of friends, family and adventure.
He was born Nov. 3, 1935, in Grangemont, Idaho, to Harry and Beatrice Hudson. He grew up in the middle of 10 siblings, eight brothers and two sisters. His brother, Sam, has many stories to tell about the escapades of their youth.
At age 18, Andy married his first love, Barbara Thomason. Together they had three children, Ron, Diana and Andrea. Through Andy's desire to provide for his family and love of the outdoors, he started logging. This career choice suited him well and he was successful. He resided in Orofino until his divorce in 1970.
Andy then moved to the Weippe area to continue logging and building his own company. During this time, he was married to Marsha Snyder and then Mary Jo Ebert. Andy loved people and they loved him. He had a smile and a twinkle in his eye that drew others to him. He was fun-loving and generous to others.
In 1998, he decided to try something new and spent two years in Russia managing a remote Russian logging camp (using a translator). He returned home with many stories of his adventures with his crews, translator and bodyguard. After his return to the states, he continued logging for a while, tried a new business venture at the Royal Room in Cottonwood, and finally settled into retirement.
Andy spent his retirement on Kidder Ridge above Kamiah taking care of the cows of his lifelong friend, Marty Thompson. He found happiness in the simple life of mending fences, cutting firewood and taking in the beauty of the outdoors.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Beatrice; his siblings, Charles, Tom, Lee, Lou, Frank and Ed Hudson; his daughter, Diana Brown; and his grandsons, Chance Crow and Brad Kinzer.
He is survived by his son, Ron Hudson, and Michelle; daughter, Andrea Kinzer and Kirk; son-in-law Chuck Brown; grandchildren, Erika La Vella and Mike, Jeremy Kinzer and Steph, Caitlin Brown, Randy Hudson, Michael Mullen and Melissa; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Sam Hudson and Dorothy, Joe Hudson and Colleen; sisters, Ella Stout, Laura Chatham and George; as well as many nephews and nieces.
A celebration of Andy's life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Orofino, 330 Michigan Ave.
Photo: Andrew Hudson
Linda R. Fanning, 78, formerly of Pierce
Linda R. Fanning, age 78, of Payette and formerly of Pierce passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at a Boise hospital.
Arrangements are pending with Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.
Wayne Charles Matthews, 64, Pierce/Weippe
Wayne C. Matthews was born July 11, 1954, to Charlie and Alice (Maxine) Matthews in Orofino and was raised in the Pierce/Weippe area. Wayne fought a fearless three-year battle with cancer and was called home Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. He never let his diagnosis stop him from doing the things he loved. He worked on projects, fished and hunted until he was physically unable to and attended events for his grandkids. Wayne will be cremated to get "the last burn on cancer."
From a young age, Wayne enjoyed the outdoors and camping, hunting, tinkering on motors, and going shooting on the back roads of the woods he was so familiar with. Rocky Ridge Lake, Lacy Meadows, and Musselshell Road were favorite destinations for spur-of-the-moment drives with the love of his life, Hilda.
Wayne attended Timberline High School and started driving log truck at 18. There was nothing he couldn't do at a logging site. Wayne drove cross-country for 12 years in his own truck, driving the lower 48 states and parts of Canada. Once he sold his truck, he worked for a number of logging outfits and taught anyone willing to learn, a multitude of skills; he also attended the University of Alabama at Mobile to become a natural gas technician. Wayne could drive anything that moved including cranes, excavators, backhoes, loader trucks and of course, a log truck. He took a break from logging to learn hot-tar roofing and laid roofs on many popular Las Vegas Casinos. Wayne lived in California, Missouri, Nevada, and a few other places in between but his heart was always in Idaho, so in 1995 he moved back.
Wayne married Wanda Lyons and was blessed with two boys, Richard and Robert. He was married also to Genevieve (Penny) Wayman and again, was blessed, this time with a daughter, Kristina. His third marriage was to Hilda Kauffman, with whom he obtained a bonus daughter, Betsi, and had one more daughter, Danielle. Wayne was often seen with a smile on his face. His family is only one reason he had that big smile and bellowing laugh. He loved his grandkids with his heart and soul and enjoyed taunting, teaching and playing with them and any other kid who came around.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Hilda Matthews; brothers, David (Sandy) Matthews and Tom Matthews; children, Richard Matthews, Robert Matthews, Betsi (Jason) Rowden, Kristina (Mario) Morales and Danielle Kauffman (Joe Gehring); grandchildren, Amy, Emily, Robert, Oliveah, Leo, Carlos, Nevaeh, Zora, and Jarrett plus one more on the way for Danielle. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, including his niece Karen Matthews-Hirschkorn, with whom he has always had a special bond.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Matthews; mother, Alice (Maxine) Matthews; sisters, Elaine McGlothen and Linda Easom; brothers, Gene Matthews and Fred Miller and his beloved dog, Holly.
Those he leaves behind will forever miss his laughter, Dutch oven breakfast potatoes, limitless knowledge and kind heart. We are forever grateful to have known such a genuine man of true grit and determination.
A potluck celebration of life will be held at noon on Dec. 15 at the IOOF Hall/Rebekah Lodge at 113 Main St., Weippe. Casual attire, please dress as Wayne knew you.
Wayne's family would like to thank Syringa Hospice staff and special thank you to Teresa who Wayne became very attached to. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up at U.S. Bank under Wayne Matthews to assist Hilda with his health care and funeral costs.
Photo: Wayne Charles Matthews
Allen D. Reichenberg, Sr., 81, Pierce
Allen D. Reichenberg passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, from cancer at his family home in Pierce, surrounded by his loved ones. Allen lived a wonderful, full life. He was born to Jack and Laura Grace (Bellas) Reichenberg on March 31, 1937, at the hospital in Kamiah, where he grew up.
Allen served as boiler tender on the USS Kearsage CVA-33 in the U.S. Navy from May of 1954 to 1958. During the Korean War he helped in the evacuation of South Korea.
He married the love of his life, Rozella Faye Woods, in 1956. He took his new bride with him to Bremerton, WA., and they started their family in July 1957 with their first-born daughter, Kim Faye. They added to their family with the birth of a son, Allen Jr., in June of 1959. He later moved back to Kamiah after his discharge to be near family and friends, when a surprise addition to their little family, a daughter, Coy, was born in 1962.
He worked in the saw mills until becoming a police officer for the city of Kamiah, a job he enjoyed until he heard of the logging boom in Pierce, where he moved his family in 1965. Allen worked as a truck driver, hauling logs for various logging companies in the Pierce/Weippe area (Rosie worked in the Potlatch Jaype Mill) carving out a good living for his family. In 1980, Allen heard of a job opportunity as a mechanic up north in Alaska. He enjoyed Alaska for the great adventures of fishing and drove down the Alcan Highway twice to Idaho. We all loved hearing his ice fishing stories and near boating collapses, to catching the "Big One" that got away. We all enjoyed his halibut that he sent home for us on occasion.
Allen was best known for his love of horse trading. He loved trading, and that took him from Kooskia all the way to Lewiston. If he could find a good trading partner, he was in heaven wheeling and dealing a good trade out of them. Rosie used to tease him by saying, "If we weren't married, Allen, you would trade me off!" He would just nod and say, "You're probably right, Rosie."
Pierce was his hunting and fishing paradise, and there was no other place he wanted to be. He was probably best known for his love of the game of pool. He won many tournaments in Pierce/Weippe area. Even while in pain, he managed to score a "win" about a month before his passing.
Allen excelled at many things in his life. He won an Idaho state truck driving competition in Coeur D'Alene in 1978. A highlight during that event was meeting and talking with Gov. Cecil Andrus, who presented him with a silver ax for winning the competition. Allen took home many trophies from Pierce's 1860 Days competitions in the 1970s and 1980s.
He, along with many of his friends, worked on the last log drive before they filled in that area with what is now known as Dworshak Reservoir. To honor him and his co-workers, a painting was placed on a gazebo in Pierce of the last log drive as homage to the making of the Dworshak Reservoir.
Allen was a modest man who tried to help those in need in his community. He gained many friends along the way in his life's journey, and those friends have been greatly appreciated by his family for their love and support.
Allen is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosie, at the family home; daughter, Kim Sharp of Port Angeles, WA.; son Allen Reichenberg Jr. of Pierce; daughter Coy (son-in-law Terry) Gibbar of Lewiston; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and services will be held at a later date.
Photo: Allen D. Reichenberg
Melvin Earl Bryant, 84, former long-time Orofino resident
Melvin Earl Bryant, 84, former longtime Orofino resident and currently of Spokane, WA, was born July 1, 1934, in Nezperce, to Roy Walter and Madge "Lois" Reinhardt Bryant.
He graduated from Kamiah High School in 1952 and from the University of Idaho in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture.
He was a Lieutenant in the United State Marine Corps. His officer training school was at Quantico, VA,. from 1957-1958, and going from there to El Toro, CA, to serve between 1958 and 1959.
Melvin married Peggy Webb on June 13, 1957 in Nampa, ID. They had two daughters, Laura Marie Bryant Johnson and Joanne Arlene Bryant Moulten.
Melvin was an active member of Masons (50 years), Kiwanis, Eastern Star, Orofino Merchants, Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Marine Corps League, the Clearwater County Fair Board, and "FTD". He was an Eagle Scout.
His interests included gardening and woodworking.
In 1959 he had a partnership with Dean Toogood in the Orofino Flower Shop/Riverside Nursery. He became the sole owner of Orofino Flower Shop and Garden Store in 1965, retiring in 1999.
Melvin is preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, in 2008 and his daughter Laura Marie in 1991.
Melvin married his special love number two, Donna Anderson.
Mel is survived by daughter Joanne (Ron) Moulton. Also, Donna's children, Toni Dumas-Anderson, Charli (Troy) Kasper, and Darin (Kim) Anderson and families; Teri Turner, and Debra (Mike) McIntyre. Grandchildren include: Sara (Ken) Couinard, Laura and Trevor, Chris (Alyssa) Johnson, Zayden and Kaylee, Kelley Moulton, and Rawley Moulton. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Patty (Gordon) Tiegs and family, and many cousins.
Services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations in Mel's name may be made to a charity of your choice.
Melvin will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Photo: Melvin Earl Bryant
Marsha Paulsen Godwin, 68
Marsha Paulsen Godwin, 68 passed away at her home in Kamiah, ID on Nov. 22, 2018. Marsha was born in Idaho Falls, ID on March 18, 1950 to Herb and Iona Paulsen of Arco, ID. She attended school in Arco, and went Idaho State University where she earned a Secretarial Degree.
She married Daryl "Butch" Godwin on Jan. 2, 1971 in her family church in Arco. They moved to Kamiah, ID in the spring of 1972. Marsha and Butch shared a child, Ryan Godwin.
She worked at Cloningers Market. Most recently (for many years) she was the secretary for Dabco Logging. She retired at the end of last year.
She enjoyed bowling, riding her horses and being a part of the Gold Trail Wranglers. She was very dedicated to creating beautiful quilts for family and friends. She was a part of North Idaho Quilters that traveled all over to share and work on various projects and spoke of all the cool places and people she got to share that experience with.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was loved by many.
She leaves behind her son, Ryan Godwin; daughter-in-law, Jamie Godwin; grandson, Kevin Godwin; granddaughter, Emma Godwin; twin brother Mark (Sherry) Paulsen; and older brother, Ray (Linda) Paulsen. She also had four "adoptees" who called her Grandma Marsha (Hali, Ryle, KC and Libby). She had many wonderful nieces and nephews, sister and brothers-in-law she loved dearly. She was blessed to be loved by her numerous friends and family. She left us too soon, but will never be forgotten.
Her services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, U.S. Highway 12, Kamiah. A dinner will follow at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Bishop Rick Brazell and Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, ID.
Photo: Marsha Paulsen Godwin
Clarence H. Butler, 98
Clarence Helon Butler, 98, Kuna, passed away at his home of natural causes on Nov. 18, 2018. Clarence was born Dec. 7, 1919 in Ogden, UT, to Harvey Jonathan Butler and Mary Van Kampen Butler. He was the oldest of six children and grew up in Marriott, UT, with his parents and siblings.
On Dec. 17, 1941, just 10 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Clarence married Lucile Parker in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had planned to marry in the spring of 1942 but with the war looming he said to Lucile that being drafted was inevitable so they married shortly thereafter. Two years later he was drafted and served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Europe during World War II, where he received a medal for heroism in 1944.
After the war ended, Clarence and his dad came to Idaho to purchase a farm, and he has lived on that farm since 1946. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially with his dad, brothers, and later his sons and grandchildren. His family enjoys many fond memories of camping trips on Idaho lakes. The grandchildren still reminisce about those experiences.
Clarence was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. He was a devoted husband and father and was always concerned about his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters and one grandchild. He is survived by his wife Lucile, sons; Clarence Kent (Noraye) Butler, Dale Thomas (Kathryn) Butler, David Gene (Sherry) Butler, Michael Lee (Nancy) Butler; daughters; Alayne (Terry) Chadwick, Linda Kaye (Blake) Dilworth; 18 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Friday Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 3305 W. Kuna Rd, Kuna. A public viewing will be held prior to the services from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service at the Kuna Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at ZeyerFuneralChapel.com.
Mary Ann Thompson, 68, Pierce High grad
On Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, our loving mother lost her long battle with cancer.
Mom was born Aug. 18, 1950, to Mel and Merrie Richards in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She was the second born of seven children.
The family moved in 1952 to Pierce, where she spent her entire childhood and early adulthood. She was among the last graduating class of the old Pierce High School in 1969.
In 1969, she married Terry Thompson in Pierce. They welcomed their first child, a son, Russell Blaine Thompson, in 1969. Then in 1974 they welcomed a daughter, Brandie Lynn Thompson (McCorkle). The marriage later ended in divorce.
In her early years she worked for the Forest Service planting trees next to her mother, sisters and really good friends. In 1980, Terry and Mary Ann moved to Lewiston, where she spent the rest of her life. Our mother was a very devoted, loving and supporting mother, grandmother and friend. She always worked extremely hard for her family; she always put them first. She absolutely adored her three granddaughters, Amanda, Kylie and Katelynn.
For the last 15 years, she worked at Avalon Progressive Care in Clarkston, WA, as a certified nursing assistant and supervisor alongside her best friend, Carol Gallas. Our mother was a caregiver to many at work and outside of work.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and her sister, Dione Martin.
Mom enjoyed riding with Steve on their Harley, riding four-wheelers and pretty much anything outdoors. But she got the most enjoyment spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Mary Ann is survived by her son, Russell Blaine Thompson (Susie) of Lewiston; daughter, Brandie Lynn Thompson (McCorkle and significant other Josh Anderson) of Lewiston; and three granddaughters, Amanda Merrie Thompson of Spokane, WA, Kylie Ann Ongstad of Portland, OR and Katelynn Marie McCorkle of Lewiston. She also is survived by her brother, Doug Richards, of New Plymouth, Idaho; sisters, Sue Clark of St. Maries, Charolette Maki of Pierce, Linda Watkins of New Plymouth, and Frances Jeter of Pierce; her partner and best friend for the last 18 years, Steve Galles; too many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins to list; and her two best friends, Vicki Norton and Carol Galles.
Per mom's request, she was cremated and there will be no service. There will be a private family gathering at a later date.
God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So, He put His arms around you and whispered, "Come with Me." With tearful eyes we watched you slowly fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we would not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, your hard-working hands put to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.
Photo: Mary Ann Thompson
Kraig Earl Burch, 57, Orofino
Born on June 20, 1961, in Orofino, Idaho, Kraig Earl Burch departed from this life on Sept. 11, 2018, riding on a chariot across the heavens on his next journey to serve as a warrior for the Lord.
Since childhood Kraig had always loved the outdoors and was always ready to go either fishing or hunting. Kraig was a proud Boy Scout in local Troop 566 and lettered in sports during junior high school. Quite naturally, Kraig worked for several years in the woods as a timber faller. Later in life, Kraig attended college at the University of Idaho and attained distinction as a student of the year.
Like his great-great grandfather Burch, who was a preacher, Kraig loved his God and loved his Bible. Throughout his life Kraig did his best to rise above the bad in order to try to see the good in people, humanity and the world. Often to his own detriment, Kraig knowingly placed his concern for others before concern for his own self. His compassion for true friends and family knew no bounds. He routinely sacrificed himself so that others for whom he cared could prosper. His humble heart teemed with an understanding, a spirit and a deep emotion which Kraig revealed to very few.
His favorite subject in school was Idaho history and Kraig always earned an "A". When meeting newcomers to the area, Kraig enjoyed telling about the local history of the Nez Perce Tribe along the banks of the Clearwater River, how Chief Twisted Hair had camped at the mouth of Jim Ford Creek and how he was raised and lived where Twisted Hair had camped. As Kraig's family would later learn, Kraig also liked to introduce himself to the people he met not as "Kraig Burch," but more simply as "Kraig Red Hair."
A graveside service will be held at Sanders Cemetery on Wells Bench to honor the man and the warrior at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Directly following the service, an informal gathering for all of Kraig's family and friends will be held at the Orofino Yacht Club in downtown Orofino.
Photo: Kraig Earl Burch
Doris Tackett Wyatt, 90, formerly of Weippe
Doris Tackett Wyatt passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at the Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston, shortly after celebrating her 90th birthday with family and friends. Doris Tackett was born Oct. 8, 1928, on a farm in Bonnerdale, AR, to Joseph W. Tackett and Effie Johnson Tackett. After graduating from high school at Mount Ida, AR, in 1947, she met and married John P. Wyatt, her husband of 63 years, who passed away in 2012. The newly married couple moved to Weippe in 1949, where John and Doris raised seven children. They moved to Lewiston in retirement in 1992.
Doris was an avid gardener and quilter whose gardens and canning skills were recognized in local newspapers, and whose artistic quilts raised substantial sums in Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation auctions. She was active for more than 20 years in the Weippe chapter of the Daughters of Rebekah service organization, leading the chapter for a number of years. John and Doris were both proud Truman-era Democrats, and she lived the Rebekah's creed of friendship, love and truth. She truly believed that love is a most precious gift - the more you give, the more you receive. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Sexton and husband Bill of El Dorado Hills, CA and Cathy Beach and husband Ted of Burbank, WA; and five sons, Bruce Wyatt and wife Jan of Lewiston, Tom Wyatt of Lewiston, John Wyatt and wife Sue of Weippe, Jeff Wyatt and wife Roseanne of Ashland, OR, and Joe Wyatt and wife Fran of Reno, NV. Her sister, Shirley Johns, resides in Hot Springs, AR and her brother, Fairrel Tackett, lives in Federal Way, WA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Wyatt, and five brothers: Cecil, Jake, Jewel, Burleigh and Denver Tackett. Eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren will miss their loving grandma, her warm embraces and her wonderful pies.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God." - Romans 8:38.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home & Crematory. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Guardian Angel and Dr. David Martin for their care and comfort.
Photo: Doris Tackett Wyatt
Nick Nicolls, age 91, Orofino
Nick Nicolls, Orofino, passed away peacefully Oct. 21, 2018 at the home of his daughter in Lynnwood, WA, being much loved and cared for.
Nick was born to parents Elmer and Dora Nicolls in Walthill, NE, where he lived until he was five years old. The family moved to Southern Idaho where Nick spent the majority of his life with the exception of a few years back in Nebraska.
He lived in Boise for many years where he worked as a gas tanker driver and operated an excavation business to pay the bills but his first love was always farming.
He delivered gas to Central Idaho and loved the county so much that in 1998 he moved to Orofino. In 2000, at 73 years of age, he met and married Barbara Wyatt. They shared their lives together raising cattle on Grangemont Road until Barbara died in April 2014.
Nick moved into town and lived in Brookwater Park until it was necessary that he move to Lynnwood for the last two weeks of his life.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents; his four sisters, Elma, Thelma, Norma and Eula; his dear friend, Jody Fye; and his wife, Barbara, who was the love of his life. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Dorey and Daniel York; granddaughter, Holly, her two sons Morgan and Cody; a step grandson, Michael, his wife, Monica, and their daughter, Mazzy. He is also survived by nieces, Leona, Judy, Elva and Carol Ann; a nephew, Monty; and many great nephews and nieces. He also had made many dear friends in Orofino, but his dearest friends were Dennis and Janet Weaver and Ace Eshelman who, in his last few years, helped him in so many ways.
Thanks go to his many kind neighbors at Brookwater Park, A Compassionate Care and Orofino Meals on Wheels who all made it possible for him to stay independent in Orofino as long as he did.
There will not be a service but there will be a gathering for remembrance of Nick on Nov. 17 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the event room in Fiesta en Jalisco, 203 Johnson Ave., Orofino. All who knew and loved Nick are welcome.
Photo: Nick Niccolls
Phyllis J. Collins, 75, formerly of Headquarters
Phyllis Jean Collins passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at her home in Clarkston, WA. She was born March 10, 1943, to Philip and Irma Abell in Portland, OR. The family had moved there to work in the shipyards during the war. Later they moved to Headquarters, Idaho, where Phyllis attended school in Pierce. In 1955, the family moved to Clarkston, where Phyllis graduated high school in 1961. She attended Eastern Washington State College for a time.
Phyllis married Joe Collins on Dec. 17, 1966, and they set up house in Lewiston. Looking for greener pastures, they moved to Kennewick, WA, in 1979. Phyllis did accounting for a car dealership in the Tri-Cities, then retired to care for Joe when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After Joe passed away, she moved to Clarkston to be closer to her family.
Phyllis was a voracious reader with a particular fondness for history, historical fiction and westerns. Her bookcases were always full and visitors rarely left without a book in hand. She was also the family genealogist, and she enjoyed sharing her research as well as the stories she picked up along the way.
Campouts with the family and Joe's ham radio club were among her favorite activities, as well as adding to her extensive collection of bird figurines.
She is survived by her mother, Irma Abell of Lewiston; her brothers, Gene (Sharon) Abell of Lewiston, Phillip Abell of Sandpoint, ID, and Stephen (Pat) Abell of Sandpoint; one aunt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank her neighbors and friends for their assistance and the kindness they showed Phyllis over the years.
A celebration of Phyllis' life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Phyllis Jean Collins
Frank B. Olander, 84, worked on Pierce Road
Frank B. Olander was born March 16, 1934, at Gordan, NE, to Hillard "Ole" Olander and Mary V. Parrill. He moved to Buhl, ID, at age 6, and went to school in the Buhl School through the eighth grade. He worked for Aslett Construction on the road in Pierce and on the prairie in the early '50s. He met Bernadette Beckman in Cottonwood during the fall of '52. They were married Feb. 13, 1953.
Moving to Arco, ID, and then to Buhl, he farmed with his father and worked on an Angus beef farm. He moved to Lewiston in September 1954 and worked for Potlatch for 10 years. He then transferred to Dunclick Block Co., and then to the Idaho Transportation Department as mechanic and shop supervisor for 28 years, retiring in 1996.
Frank is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bernadette; four sons, Terry (Peggy) of Lewiston, Allen of Lewiston, Bryon (partner Linda) of Spokane, WA, and Scott of Lewiston; brothers, Dean of Idaho Falls and Vernon (Shirley) of Twin Falls; six grandkids; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Marie (Glen) Clark, Doris (Don) Achenback and Clarence (Sherri); and granddaughter, Ronda Bacon.
Frank bowled for 58 years, mostly at Orchard Lanes. Hunting with all his boys was the highlight of his life, as well as camping and fishing and celebrating the holidays with family and friends. He was a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach and even tried his hand at boxing with James Grow.
Arrangements are with Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston. A celebration of life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Lewiston Eagles, 1304 Main St., Lewiston.
Photo: Frank B. Olander
Paul A. Orton, 63, Pierce/Weippe
Paul A. Orton, of Lewiston, passed away unexpectedly from health-related issues at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA, on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. He was surrounded by family and friends as he peacefully passed away.
Paul was born June 1, 1955, to Senes and Margaret (Ellen) Orton, in Lewiston. He grew up in Lewiston and graduated in 1974 from Lewiston High School, where he excelled in machine shop. Many of his most fond childhood memories were of time spent exploring and riding motorcycles and snowmobiles near the family property on the American River outside of Elk City, and taking vacations with his grandparents.
Paul married Anita Packwood on Jan. 21, 1984. Together they had two sons, Troy and Kyron. He was determined to be the best father he could be, and he was, not only to his own, but to their friends. He was always proud of the fact he was able to be home for his boys every day when they got home from school. He loved all kids, and they loved him.
In his younger years, Paul worked for a brief period at a logging camp outside of Elk City. He held various jobs at Clearwater Paper for more than 27 years, and in May 2002 he decided to turn his hobby of auto body repair and painting into his full-time job. He spent every day during the summer of 2002 with his boys before losing his youngest son, Kyron, in an accident in August 2002. This was an extremely difficult time in his life, which was made somewhat easier by spending time with a beautiful baby girl, Kasi Bly, whom he considered his granddaughter. She is now 16 years old, and he was looking forward to teaching her how to drive a stick shift.
Paul restored, repaired and painted many vehicles, motorcycles, farm trucks, semis - you name it, he did it ... over the years. He was very proud of the antique pedal car and Jeep he restored for his grandchildren. He also used his talents to restore a large vintage park model trailer complete with solar power, which the family used on their 14-acre property in the Pierce/Weippe area. Paul was extremely artistic and could make or fix anything using his hands. His love for drawing has been passed on to his son and grandchildren. He always had more than enough projects going on. He was currently restoring Jeeps for his grandchildren and rebuilding a 1941 Indian military motorcycle.
He had two grandfathers who were instrumental in his desire to be the best grandfather he could be. He became Papa Paul to two beautiful grandchildren, Kayden and Kinley, and they were his world. He loved to spend time with them, teaching and loving on them any way he could. He helped care for them from the time they were born until they began school full time. He loved to cook for them, went on field trips and often spent time at the school having lunch and playing with them and their friends on the playground. He and Anita traveled wherever Kayden's basketball and baseball took them. Papa Paul always entertained the little sisters of the traveling team players.
Paul and Anita were able to take various vacations over the years, including family trips to Orlando, FL., Las Vegas, and Mexico, a Caribbean cruise and Mariners spring training in Arizona. He also enjoyed going to Mariners games over the years in Seattle with his sons and grandchildren. He and Anita enjoyed concerts together and had attended many within the past few years.
He also loved taking trips with his friends as captain of his boat through the dam locks to watch boat races in the Tri-Cities. Several times he went on weeklong four-wheeling journeys with friends over the Darby (Montana) trail. Paul also loved animals and had two special Shar-peis over the years.
Paul was outgoing and always had a story to tell. He was also the chef of the household and loved to spoil his wife by having dinner ready, along with an occasional breakfast in bed.
Paul is survived by many who loved him very much and will miss him dearly. In addition to his wife, Anita, he is survived by his very special son, Troy (Jamie Burman), and grandchildren Kayden and Kinley Orton and Kasi Bly. He also is survived by his mother, Ellen, brother Duane (Nancy) and sister Sena Orton. Paul also leaves behind his mother-in-law, Winnie Packwood; brothers-in-law Bob Packwood (Tina) and Gary Packwood (Pat); and sister-in-law Lori Landrus (Ron). He also is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews who all loved him very much. Paul is also survived by many special friends.
He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Kyron Paul Orton; his father, Senes Orton; father-in-law, Bob Packwood; and his grandparents.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at New Bridges Community Church, 2102 Eighth St., in Lewiston, with the Rev. Brad Bramlet officiating. There will be a covered-dish meal at the church following the service. While there is no obligation, please feel free to bring a dish to share.
Memorials may be made to the Willow Center for Grieving Children; Jackson Baldwin Foundation; New Bridges Community Church; or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be made to the family by signing the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Paul A. Orton
John Martin Garrison, 74, Orofino
He fought that good fight, didn't he? Away but near, into that light; always the light.
John Martin Garrison passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at home, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 74. John was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Nampa to Shirley Eugene "Nig" Garrison and Carol Lucy (Young) Garrison.
John was the only son in a family of three girls and much beloved by them all. John attended Nampa High School, graduating in 1962. He excelled at baseball and especially enjoyed spending time with his father. John graduated from Brigham Young University with a pre-med degree in 1966, and completed his post-graduate work at the Allied Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He completed his physical therapy residency at the University of Oregon Medical School in 1969, before beginning his career as a physical therapist at St. Luke's Hospital, Boise.
In 1979, John and his family moved to Orofino, where he was employed at Clearwater Valley Hospital as physical therapist and would later begin his own private practice, which flourished for more than 25 years. He enjoyed his job and especially all the kind and interesting people he met. He sold his practice in 2014, and spent retirement with his children, grandchildren, friends, family and always working on various "projects."
John enjoyed reading and writing poetry, coaching his son's Little League games and restoring classic cars. He was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2017, and truly did fight the good fight and saw it through until the end, never losing his sense of humor and perspective. He was a busy, hardworking and knowledgeable man who devoted much of his time and love serving his family, friends, patients and anyone else in need.
John married Olivia Medicus on June 19, 1965, in Medford, OR. Their 42-year union produced eight children. In what is one of the best love stories, the couple later remarried on Nov. 17, 2017. John will be lovingly remembered by his children: Tiffany Garrison Shriver; Gretchen Kirkman (Jeff); Jessica Tyson (Tony); Jordan Garrison (Amy); Paige Garrison; John John Garrison; Mackenzie Garrison; Whitney Garrison and Dylan Garrison. John and Olivia share 25 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, with many other loved nieces and nephews.
John is survived by his one and only true love, Olivia; along with his mother and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. The family appreciates the kindness and care received by John from family, friends, medical teams and special thanks to Hospice of Lewiston.
At John's wishes, there will be no service; a private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice of Lewiston.
Photo: John Martin Garrison
Dean Simler, 93, Kamiah
Dean Simler, 93, Kamiah, ID, died Oct. 26, 2018 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, ID.
A Celebration of Life, Time of Sharing and Potluck Fellowship dinner will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at the Kamiah Senior Center, Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, ID, is assisting the family.
Gertrude Ring, 98, Orofino
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, Gertrude Ring, left us to join her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.
Gertrude was the youngest of five children born to Ben and Molly Murray on Nov. 12, 1919 in Teaken, ID. She lived her entire life in Clearwater County.
When Gertrude was only a year old, her father Ben passed away suddenly. Molly moved her young family to Cavendish, where Leonard, Mabel, Acy and Gertrude attended school. Gertrude was not very fond of going to school. Her sister Mabel loved to share how she would have to drag Gertrude to school only to have her go back home once she got there. Mabel would then have to go home, get Gertrude and bring her back to the one room school house.
Gertrude graduated from the eighth grade and began working for area farmers cooking and cleaning. She also worked as a cook in logging camps and at the Potlatch Mill in Lewiston. It was there that Gertrude became very good friends with Ruby White. Ruby introduced Gertrude to her brother Sturlie. Gertrude and Sturlie were married on April 25, 1943. They had one child, Karen. Sturlie passed away suddenly on Dec. 31, 1952.Now faced with raising a daughter on her own, Gertrude went to work for The Corner Store which later became Glenwood IGA. She retired from the
IGA in 1969 after 24 years. A fellow co-worker introduced Gertrude to Carl Ring, an operating engineer in Orofino working on the construction of Dworshak Dam. Gertrude and Carl were married on Sept. 6, 1969. Carl passed away in 1973.
Gertrude was very active in the Rebekah Lodge, serving as Nobel Grand twice. She was a member of the Sod Busters Garden Club and a long-time attendee of the First Christian Church in Orofino. Gertrude was actively involved with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, volunteering at the senior meal site in Orofino weekly for many years.
Gertrude loved to travel. She took many trips with her brother, Acy and sister, Mabel. Mabel and Gertrude also traveled with their good friends Jerry and Audrey Crownover to Branson, MO, Hershey, PA and quite a few trips to Canada. Gertrude and her good friend Pat Danner also took a cruise to Alaska. Her favorite trips were camping, fishing and huckleberry picking with her family. Gertrude was very proud of her trip into Fish Lake on the back of the 4-wheeler at nearly 80 years of age. Many summer weekend evenings were spent with Gertrude, Mabel, Sara and Nathan taking drives to look for deer.
Gertrude was preceded in death by both her parents, all of her siblings; and husbands, Sturlie and Carl. She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Larry) McKinley of Craigmont; grandchildren Sara (Charlie) Hill of Lewiston, Nathan (Savannah) McKinley of Panama City Beach, FL and five great-grandsons, Allen, Randy and Dillon Hill of Lewiston and Kannon and Kayden McKinley of Panama City Beach, FL.
The family would like to thank the staff of both Brookside Landing and Clearwater Health and Rehab for the extraordinary care and love they showed our mother/grandmother over the last few years.
A private graveside ceremony will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at the Orofino Cemetery for family and close friends. A memorial will follow at 11 at the First Christian Church located at 515 Michigan Ave, Orofino.
Helen Foster, 80, Lenore
Mrs. Helen Foster passed away at her residence in Lenore, on Oct. 22, 2018. She was 80 yrs. of age.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
John K. Lagerquist, 85, Orofino
John Lagerquist died Oct. 18, 2018 at Clearwater Heath and Rehab. In Orofino. He was born Nov. 13, 1932 in Ashville, NC, to Edward and Grace Lagerquist.. He lived in Oteen, NC until he was 14, when the Blueridge Parkway bought their property. They moved to Redlands, CA where he graduated from high school in 1951.
He received an associate degree from Whitworth College in Los Angeles, CA, and returned to Redlands to work at Security Bank.. He and Barbara (Bobbi) Fauth were married in 1955, and lived in Mentone, CA, for 10 years. Their children David and Patricia were both born while they lived there.
In 1963, John went to work for the Department on Defense in San Bernardino, CA, and in 1965 relocated to the Air Station in El Segundo, CA, and his family moved to Redondo Beach, CA. John was able to take advantage of several opportunities, including a year in Saigon, five years in Riyad, Saudi Arabia and 2 ½ years in Brindisi, Italy. Bobbi was with him on the last two, and they traveled to many countries.
In 1990, John retired and he and Bobbi found a wonderful home in Orofino. In September of this year they celebrated 63 years of marriage. John was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees), Clearwater Hospital Auxiliary and was an associate member of the Marine Corps League.
His parents and one brother preceded him in death. John is survived by his wife, his two children, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. Memorials may be sent to Ascension Lutheran or the Clearwater Senior Citizens.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Ruth Bernadine Lightfield Aram, 100, formerly of Orofino
Mother, Grandmother, Mom
Ruth Bernadine Lightfield Aram, 100, passed away peacefully in her sleep Oct. 16, 2018, at Golden Girls Retirement Center in Lewiston. She was born May 12, 1918, in Cottonwood, to Ben and Martha Lightfield, and was the youngest of four children. Her father was a lumberman, and she lived her early years with her family at various logging operations, chiefly at Craigmont and Orofino, moving back to Cottonwood around 1928, where she graduated from high school. She vividly remembered the Wall Street Market crash and The Great Depression. In 1944, she graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Business Administration, then enlisted in the Coast Guard and served at Coast Guard Headquarters, located in lower Manhattan.
After being discharged in 1946, she returned to Lewiston to resume her seven-year, on-again, off-again romance with James S. Aram, a Lewiston real estate broker and half owner of the Ford Tractor Agency. Ruth and Jim were married at St. Stanislaus Church on Nov. 24, 1946, and made their home in Lewiston, except for a short time in the Boise Valley. In 1950, she received a degree in education from Lewis-Clark State College, but did not work outside her home. She enjoyed being a homemaker and had many interests, including reading, gardening, cooking and sewing, genealogy, a study of history and politics, playing bridge, entertaining, having house guests and singing in the St. Stanislaus Church choir. She loved to travel and made several trips abroad with Jim. Together they were great sports fans and attended many ballgames. Organizations to which she belonged to were the Nez Perce County Republican Women's Club, St. Mary's League, Women of Lourdes, Catholic Daughters of America, P.E.O. Sisterhood and she was n St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Associate member.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Ben and Martha Lightfield; and brothers Robert, Mark and Bill. Ruth is survived by sons, Vance (Patti) and Thomas (Beth); grandchildren Angie Yochum (James), Marci Walker (Peter), Kristina Henriksen (David), Phillip Aram; and five great grandchildren.
Ruth has been cremated, and at her request the family will hold a private graveside service on Saturday, Oct. 27. This will be followed by a public celebration of life for friends and family at 1 p.m. at the Hells Canyon Boat Club, located at 2550 Riverside Drive, Clarkston, WA.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in her name to either St. Vincent De Paul in Clarkston, or the All Saints Catholic School in Lewiston.
Photo: Ruth Bernadine Lightfield Aram
Perry Dale Gilbert, 84, of Orofino
Perry Dale Gilbert, 84, Orofino, found peace Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Perry was born Jan. 16, 1934, at home in Greenville, TN, to parents Floyd and Nancy Etta (Franklin) Gilbert. Knowing he wanted to serve his country and leave the family dairy farm, Perry was granted permission by his mother to enter the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. He served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1982. During his military service, he completed a tour in the Korean War, where he suffered a gunshot wound to his left flank. But with his strength and determination, Perry immediately returned to active duty. Perry loved the Marine Corps and serving his country, and he was proud to be an American. He completed three tours of duty in Vietnam and retired with 30 years of service to his country.
Perry married Sandy Lee Broadwater on July 9, 1977, and gained two daughters. Together they had a daughter, Teresa Ann Gilbert. Perry was a wonderful father, loving husband and excellent provider.
Perry did not like sitting down or sitting still; after his military retirement he worked for Mitsubishi Bank in Escondido, CA. After visiting close family friends and falling in love with the wilderness, he relocated his family to Orofino in 1989. Perry went to work for the U.S. Forest Service at the Lochsa and Powell ranger stations. He enjoyed his 10-day stretches in the woods with his pack mule team clearing trail, observing wildlife and fighting fire. A few of Perry's favorite places included Stanley Butte and Seven Devils. After 15 years of service, Perry retired from the Forest Service and began providing property maintenance at several of Paul Pippenger's businesses in Orofino. Perry was a diligent, responsible and dedicated employee and enjoyed his work until his retirement in June 2017.
In addition to working, Perry enjoyed being active. In California, he played competitive softball, coached daughter Teresa's fast-pitch softball teams and fished off the Carlsbad Pier in Oceanside, CA. He loved bowling, participated in several leagues, competed in local tournaments and bowled several perfect games (300). He frequently took Sandy fishing at Winchester Lake and Campbell's Pond. He loved animals and wildlife, and there were many family pets (dogs and cats) throughout the years. Perry enjoyed feeding the squirrels peanuts and watching the turkeys and deer pass through the yard.
Perry is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughter, Teresa Gilbert, and her spouse, Merrie Fleming, of Clarkston; WA; grandson, Justin Mellick of Clarkston; sister, Elsie; brother, Fred; and niece, Francis of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Orofino, with a hot covered dish-dinner. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Perry's honor to the VFW Harold Kinne Post 3296.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 3C nursing staff at SJRMC for taking such extraordinary care of Perry. Your kindness and compassion were life lines when we needed it most.
Photo: Perry Dale Gilbert
Barbara Martin, 91, formerly of Weippe
Barbara Jean Bennett Martin was called home to heaven on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at age 91. She moved to Brookdale Lewiston on Sept. 26.
Barbara was born July 26, 1927, on the Weippe Prairie, to Willetta (Cleek) and Earl Bennett. She was joined by a sister, Garnet, eight years later. Barbara attended Weippe schools, graduating as valedictorian in May 1944. She married Everet Harvey Martin on Nov. 26, 1944, in Orofino, before he was drafted into World War II. When he returned, they made their home in Weippe for 70 years, until they moved to Lewiston in 2014 to be closer to their two children, Carrie (Gurgel/Goodwin) and Ken Martin.
Barbara was employed as assistant postmistress in Weippe from 1944 until 1948. She returned to full-time employment in 1971 as bookkeeper/secretary for Hutchin's Lumber Mill. She retired in 1997 after 26 years. Both Barbara and Everet were active in many Weippe community activities, including Weippe Senior Citizens, Hilltop Theatre Group, Camas Festival and Weippe Library. Even in retirement, Barbara was bookkeeper for Weippe Library and Hilltop Heritage Society. Her most memorable theater performance, fondly recalled by many, was as lead in Barefoot In The Park.
All who knew Barbara will remember her love and wonderful care of animals, especially cats. She had a great knack for being thrifty, for finding jewelry that exactly matched her "outfit," and for seeing the humor in everyday situations. While she was always humble, her many talents and gifts included praying and encouraging others to know the Lord. She was aware from a very young age of a strong desire to attend church and study God's word, which she did her entire life. She was a true Christian friend to many.
She was also extremely well-informed regarding current affairs and politics. Should you ask, she could explain accurately and in detail the workings behind current affairs. She was definitely a progressive woman in her thinking and behavior.
Barbara was precise in almost everything she did. As a young homemaker, she would measure flour for baking in an aluminum 2-cup measure, carefully leveling the flour and vigorously tapping the bottom with her knife to make certain all the flour was out. It was quite a laugh for all when her husband, Everet, pointed out that there were quite a few dents on the bottom of the cup, making it less than perfectly accurate.
Barbara is survived by her children and their spouses: Carrie Gurgel/Rich Goodwin and Ken/Sue Martin; and 7 grandchildren, Jason Gurgel, Matthew Gurgel, Jolene Ford, Jesse Gurgel, Danelle McLaughlan, Tim Martin and Lisa Earle. She also is survived by 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Everet; parents, Willetta and Earl; sister, Garnet (Cole); and great-grandson, Mason.
She was a member of St John's Lutheran Church in Clarkston.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarkston, with a light lunch following. The family suggests memorials to your local Humane Society or St. John's Lutheran Church.
Photo: Barbara Jean Bennett Martin
Joan Katherine Peterson, 86, formerly of Headquarters
Joan Katherine Peterson was born May 31, 1932, in Spokane, WA, to Ben and Marcella Gaffney Marsh. She attended school in Headquarters through the sixth grade. After that, her family moved to Lewiston, where she continued her schooling and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1950. She then attended Lewis-Clark Normal School (LCSC). She worked at Marsh's Restaurant in Headquarters and at the Owl Drug in Lewiston prior to her marriage. After her marriage, she worked at home taking care of her seven children.
As a teenager, Joan lived in Lewiston and spent summers in Headquarters. At age 16, she met Ed Peterson, who was working in the logging camps near Headquarters. After a mostly long-distance relationship where Ed made a 200-mile round trip to court her, they were married Oct. 6, 1951. They made their home in Clarkston, WA, where they raised their family.
Joan loved to dance. She enjoyed family gatherings, watching movies and "The Big Bang Theory," collecting dolls and going to lunches with the Headquarters group. She volunteered at the LCSC day care for several years. She was a great storyteller who had the best sound effects when telling them.
Her sense of humor kept us all laughing and she often cracked herself up with her own jokes. She had a wonderful singing voice and would sing while she worked around the house.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; parents-in-law Jim and Nova Delaney; her sister, Sally Bowlds; brother, Donnie Marsh; and son-in-law, Dan Porter.
She is survived by her children, who feel blessed to have had the best parents: David, Bobby, Diane Porter, Roger and wife Marlene, Nadine and husband Ty Walters, Julie and husband Jerry Rogers, and Dale and wife Christine. Also surviving are her brother, Larry Marsh, and his wife, Marilyn; 9 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
At Joan's request, there will be a private family service followed by a celebration of her life at Beachview Park from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Bring a chair and memories to share.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Zeus' Friends Lost and Found Pet Network.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Doctor Deshpande and staff at Tri-State Wound Healing, Doctor Ozeran, Prestige Care and Rehabilitation and Tri-State Memorial Hospital ICU for their loving care of our mom.
Online condolences may be sent to vassar-rawls.com.
Photo: Joan Katherine Peterson
John J. Georges, 88, Orofino
John J. Georges, 88, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Coeur d'Alene.
He was born April 11, 1930.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Bonita J. Clay, 84, Orofino
Bonita J. Clay, 84, Orofino, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 in Orofino.
She was born June 14, 1934.
A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Alfred Kohl, 94>Al was born in Merwin, MO, to Max and Lydia Kohl on Dec. 9, 1923. He joined siblings Max, Henry and Elsie. When Al was 4 years old, his father moved his family to Iowa, where he started farming. Al attended a one-room country school for his eight years of schooling. After this, his father took him out of school to help on the farm.
At age 20, Al was drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he studied photography on his own time. Due to this experience, Al started to volunteer on a hurricane patrol squadron in Miami. For the next two years he flew as a photographer taking pictures of the inside of hurricanes. After almost four years, Al took his discharge and followed the construction trade from Florida to California to Alaska. He then settled in Clarkston, WA.
In Clarkston, Al met and married Reta Williams. They had four children, Gayle, Linda, Jeannine and Anita. After 21 years of marriage, Reta passed away.
In 1983, Al took early retirement from Potlach Paper Mill after almost 32 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling the Western states, Alaska and Canada. For the last five years, Al was assisted by his loving niece, Delores Millington.
Al was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; his sister; and his daughters, Gayle Lashly and Linda Kohl.
Al is survived by his daughters, Jeannine Kohl and Anita Reed, as well as three nephews, two nieces, three grandsons, two granddaughters and numerous friends.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Photo: Alfred Kohl
Raymond Hobbs, 82, formerly of Weippe
Raymond L. Hobbs passed away at his home in Clarkston, WA, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at age 82. He was born at Barrhead, Alberta, Canada, on July 27, 1936, the first child of Cyril and Opal (Hutchins) Hobbs. During the early years, he lived and worked on the family farm that his grandfather had homesteaded in 1910, in the small community of Meadowview, Alberta.
In 1953, the family moved to Weippe, where his mother had relatives. Raymond's first job there was as a meat cutter at the H&W Mercantile.
He later worked in retail furniture, appliance and TV sales. Since this was the beginning of the TV era, he helped his uncle, Eldon Hutchins, in building and maintaining the first TV cable systems in the area.
In January 1957, he married his wife of 61 years, Geraldine Goss, and shortly thereafter they moved to Lewiston, where he worked for the Farm and Garden Supply Store. This led to his lifelong career in the farming supply business, primarily in the Portland area. In 2002, he retired from Garden Distributors Northwest as purchasing and operations manager in Portland, OR. In 2004, he and Geraldine moved to Clarkston. They enjoyed 13 winters in Yuma, AZ.
Ray is survived by his wife at the family home; two daughters, Kathy Edwards of Kennewick WA, and Debi Hobbs of LaCenter, WA.; one son, Ed Hobbs, and wife Janet of Tualatin, OR.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Ida Goss of Sandia Park, NM; and brother, Herbert Hobbs of Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Thelma (Wilson) Nyland; brother, Fred Hobbs; father-in-law, Donald Goss; and son-in-law,Carl Edwards.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Morgan and staff at St. Joseph Cancer Center and Elite Home Health and Hospice for their care and kindness during his illness.
A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel in Lewiston.
Photo: Raymond L. Hobbs
Douglas Bruce Crockett, 70, Orofino
Douglas Bruce Crockett, 70, Orofino, the beloved father of Sara and Dinah Crockett and brother of Jim, Steve, and Joe Crockett, passed away at the beginning of October 2018 at peace and without suffering.
Doug was born in Orofino in April 1948 to John and Margaret Sothern Crockett. He is survived by his three brothers, two daughters and their mother Gail Crockett, a granddaughter Viola Schuehly, and a grandson Harley Pennington.
Doug's Great-Grandparents, William Warrick and Mary Susan Slavens Crockett, and Grandfather, Oren Crockett, settled at a homestead on Crockett Bench off Gilbert Grade in 1901. Oren and his son John ran Crockett's Hardware and Furniture in Orofino for many years.
Doug graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Physics in 1970 and a Master's Degree in 1972 from the University of Idaho in Moscow.
While at the U of I, he was a member of the marching band and played the tuba and trombone.
After graduation, he moved to Torrance, CA, and worked for the Howard Hughes Aircraft Company in the design and manufacture of military and commercial electronic equipment.
Following his work at Hughes, he returned home to Idaho and became a partner in Orofino Builders Supply.
In the 1990s, Doug started a second career as a computer repairman, learning to install hardware, and program software from scratch. In this role, he provided his services (often free of charge or in trade for cookies) to individuals in the community and several local institutions including Harper Chiropractic Clinic, the Clearwater Memorial Pubic Library, KLER Radio, and the Clearwater Historical Museum.
He was an active member of the Orofino Kiwanis Club for many years as well as a member of the board. He was a Friend of Bill W. for more than 20 years.
Doug was an avid hunter and fly fisher, and loved to spend time in nature - he described Idaho as a paradise he never tired of exploring. He was always interested in the world around him, learning the technical and common names of the plants around him and loved to name and locate the constellations in the clear Idaho night sky while sitting around the campfire in the mountains. He was admired by those who knew him for his honesty, strong sense of ethics, quiet dignity, and quirky sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends within the community.
The family particularly wishes to express their gratitude and acknowledge to two of Doug's close friends, Dennis Harper and Steve Calhoun, for their help and support throughout this time.
Cremation has taken place, and a family memorial is planned for the summer of 2019 at the family ranch in Lowell, a special place where Doug spent many happy times with his family from his early childhood up until the present. A get-together for friends to remember Doug is planned for this coming mid-November.
Please contact Sara firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library (CMPL) Foundation, Inc. by visiting their website: http://www.cmplfoundationinc.org/.
Photo: Douglas Bruce Crockett
Donna Raboin, 75, born in Orofino
Cedo returned to our creator Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, surrounded by her family and relatives.
She was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Orofino to Lucille R. (Moody) and Frank Raboin. Cedo is survived by her daughter, Montia Rosalee Celine Juel Raboin-Smith, her partner, Wus Gone, and his son, Harley Gone, and her beloved grandson, Michael E. Wilson Jr. (Ciarra Greene) and great-grandchildren Elias Wilson, Tanner H. Wilson and Kemina M. Wilson. She is survived by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews too numerous to name, whom she cared for and loved as they in return.
Cedo attended school in Craigmont, where she resided until moving to Lapwai around 1967. She was married to Francis Smith in 1968, and they later divorced. Later she married Reggie Van Pelt and they moved to Mission, OR. They later divorced. Cedo returned to Lapwai.
Cedo worked for the Nez Perce Tribe as a Head Start aide, for which she was ideally suited due to her love of children. Later on, she worked as a surveillance officer for the NPTGE after it opened. She took her responsibilities seriously, and thrived in that position.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and Frank Raboin; her brothers, Arlie J. and Arthur (Nubs) Raboin; and sister, Vickie Raboin.
At the time of her passing, Cedo was residing at the Lifecare Center in Lewiston. While at the center, and after her recovery from her last fall, Cedo helped in the kitchen. That was totally within her character; being helpful, loving, kind and caring. There was nothing she wouldn't do for her family and all of the children she cared for all her treasures in heaven, of which there are many, too numerous to count. She was our "treasure".
She was an avid Wildcat fan and Seahawks fan. She could be seen yelling from bleachers/stands for all players, mainly her grandson.
Arthur Riley, 76, U.S. Forest Service
Arthur H. Riley, 76, of Clarkston, passed into rest in the comfort of his home on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, of natural causes.
Born Dec. 2, 1941, in Centralia, WA, to Flora Hill Riley and James H. Riley, he was the youngest of four children. He enjoyed a childhood in small-town life with his siblings growing up. "Art" attended Pierce High School and graduated in 1959. He was fortunate enough to have found and married his high school sweetheart, Roberta, on Aug. 13, 1960. They went on to have three children, Kenneth "Tony", Linda and Douglas.
Upon graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and after his honorable discharge he returned to his family, taking up work with the local saw mill. Later, an opportunity arose to work for the U.S. Forest Service. He worked on the Clearwater, Nez Perce and Lolo national forests, where he specialized in management and suppression of wildland fires, both land and aerial.
Art also served as an EMT (emergency medical technician) for the Salmon River/Riggins area, playing an instrumental role in getting their EMS program started, which became the foundation of many larger programs. In his later years, he went to work for Twin City Foods in Lewiston. When the facility closed, Art retired to enjoy life.
Art is survived by his two sons, Kenneth "Tony" (Aurora, James, Doug) and Douglas (Jennifer, Naomi, Forrest "Kodi," Donnie); grandkids, Melissa, Robert "R.B," Zach and their families; including special bonds with his great-grandsons; two sisters, Meredith and Beverly, as well as many nieces and nephews. Art had a profound love for his family and the many friends who had become like family.
Art was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta, daughter Linda, both parents, and brother James.
A graveside service is expected to be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. Following services, family and friends are invited to share light refreshments with the location to be announced at the service.
Photos: Arthur H. Riley
Darrel Brown, 77
Darrel Schmidt Brown passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Lewiston. Darrel was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Rosalia, WA., to Robert and Lillian Brown and was the oldest of nine children. He graduated from high school in Rathdrum, Idaho, where he met and married Barbara Asher in 1959. They traveled the Northwest, working for the railroad before settling in Seattle, WA, and working for Boeing and Continental Can. In 1970, they moved to Moscow, where he worked for the University of Idaho as a machinist, retiring there after 29 years.
Darrel was an outdoorsman all his life. He enjoyed camping, hunting and hiking with his family. He became an avid golfer in retirement and moved to Clarkston, WA, to enjoy the year-round golfing.
Darrel is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; his daughters, Shelley (Curt) McLam and Julie (Jim) Daehn; his grandson, Pat (Kaitlyn) McLam; brothers Kenny, Dennis and Larry; and sisters, Betty, Patsy and Kathy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Nancy and Bonnie; and grandson, Sam McLam.
A memorial service for Darrel were Saturday, Sept. 29, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Clarkston.
He will be laid to rest at Elk River at a later date. Contributions in Darrel's memory may be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1115 13th St., Clarkston, WA 99403.
Photo: Darrel Schmidt Brown
Ellis 'Gene' Horyna, 79, Orofino and Lewiston
Ellis 'Gene' Horyna passed away at his home Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at age 79. He had congestive heart failure and other health related issues.
Gene was born Dec. 30, 1938, to Arthur and Margaret Horyna in Lewiston.
As a child he lived briefly in the Gifford/Reubens area, and as a teenager lived for approximately a year in Phoenix. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1957 and continued to live between Lewiston and Orofino for the majority of his life.
At age 18, he went to work for the Camas Prairie Railroad, where he worked until retirement, except for serving between approximately 1964 through 1966 in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed primarily in Okinawa, Japan. He grew up during hard times and knew what it was to work for what you got; Gene overcame a lot of adversity.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Elbert; a half-sister, Elaine and a nephew, Monty.
He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews, including Mark (Roseann) Granlund of Orting, WA, Rodney (Li) Granlund of Virginia Beach, VA, Ronda Granlund of Clarkston, WA and their mother, Rose Marie Granlund.
Gene enjoyed the simplicity of life. He was a lifelong learner and routinely went to the library to read, attended health-related seminars and workshops, and readily shared the information he learned with others. Gene was a hard worker who enjoyed outdoor work and gardening as a hobby. He enjoyed attending senior events, including taking occasional sightseeing excursions out of town. Gene also honored and cared for his mother, Margaret, while she was living.
There will be a graveside service at Lewiston's Normal Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, with the Rev. David Knittel officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.
Photo: Ellis 'Gene' Horyna
Barbara E. Maple, 78, former of Orofino
Barbara E. Maple, 78, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at her home in Lewiston.
'Barb' was born to Robert H. and Leora Walls in Wallace, Idaho, where she was raised with sisters Joanne, Marilyn and Robyn. Besides the Silver Valley, she lived in Libby, MT, Idaho Falls, Orofino and Lewiston since 1982.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Bill and Rose Phillips; her grandchildren, Stacey Hall, Charles Hall, Monica Hall and Adam Phillips; as well as a great-grandson, Romeo.
Barb was married for 36 years to the love of her life, Richard L. Maple.
She graduated from Wallace High School, where she was a member of Girls State, and she received her master's degree from the University of Idaho. She had retired from Lewis-Clark State College and was a longtime member of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O. Sisterhood). She was the anchor of her family, a loving friend and devoted member of her church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Hospice, 1250 Idaho St., Lewiston.
A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the Lewiston First United Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive. A reception will follow at the church.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Barbara E. Maple
Mildred Snider, 88, born in Elk River
Mildred Irene Snider passed away at home Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Clarkston, WA, at age 88. She was born to Boyd and Dorothy (Lansbury) Byers at Elk River on July 2, 1930. They moved to Lewiston in 1940.
She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1948.
She married Leo Snider in 1949. He survives her at their home in Clarkston.
She worked briefly at CCI Ammunition in Lewiston and many years at the Diamond Shop.
In her younger years, she enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and traveling.
She is survived by her brother, Alan (Peggy) Byers of Lewiston; sons, Mark (Sue) Snider of Clarkston and Craig (Jill) Snider of Puyallup, WA; grandchildren, Jamie Cunningham (Brandon) of Clarkston, Justin (Zené) Snider of Olympia, WA, and Julie (Brett) Schoenberg of Kent, WA; and six great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarkston.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Wayne and Boyd Byers.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1122 Diagonal St., Clarkston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church or hospice care.
Photo: Mildred Irene Snider
Dr. Maurice Masar, 85, Orofino
Dr. Maurice Masar, 85, Orofino, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sept. 9, 2018.
Born Dec. 19, 1932 in Hanford, CA, Maurice was raised in Caldwell, ID, by his parents, Paul and Margaret Masar, with his six brothers (Paul, Phillip, Jim, Jerry, Pat, and Joe).
After high school graduation, Maurice enlisted in the United States Navy, beginning a career that spanned over three decades. After time spent as a boatswain's mate and tuba player in the Navy, he earned his Doctorate in Medicine and a commission as a Navy doctor serving in both the active duty and reserve forces. He served during the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War, and commanded a naval field hospital for 3½ years, retiring with the rank of Captain. Maurice was a Life Member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the Reserve Officers Association.
Although Maurice's time in the Navy took him around the world, he is best known locally for his service to the people of Clearwater County, Idaho, beginning in 1972. As a physician, general surgeon, and later as county coroner, Maurice's impact on the medical and emergency response community was significant. He owned the Orofino Masar Clinic, and practiced for many years at both Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino and St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. He was instrumental in starting Clearwater County's ambulance service when he trained the first EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class in 1972; it was one of the first EMS systems in Idaho. He was a member of the Clearwater County Ambulance Board, the Licensing Board for Idaho Nursing Homes, the Clearwater County Child Abuse Task Force, and the Washington Physicians Health Program. He was an EMT instructor, and served as Medical Director for Back Country Medics, Medical Director for Kamiah Ambulance Services, Chairman and Trustee of the Clearwater County Hospital Board, and Medical Director of Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation.
Beyond his military and medical service, Maurice was most proud of his family-beloved husband to Margaret for 59 years, and father to his four girls: Margaret Louise, Patricia, Caroline, and Catherine. He loved spending time at home with his family and for many years he raised sheep, geese, and ducks, and was a beekeeper.
Maurice's interests were far-reaching and he had an insatiable curiosity. He was a voracious reader, lamp collector, thrift store shopper, and accomplished acoustic guitar player, and enjoyed travelling with Margaret. He was an active member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church.
Maurice is survived, and will be missed dearly, by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law (Geoff, Randy, and Rick), grandchildren (Natasha, Stephen, Emma Louise, Emryk, and Eileen), brothers, and a large extended family.
A memorial service will be held at St. Theresa's Catholic Church on Sept. 29, 2018 (10 a.m. rosary, 10:30 a.m. Mass).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation, St. Mary's/Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation, Washington Physicians Health Program, or the Matt Talbot Center in Seattle. The Masar family would like to thank the staff at Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation and Clearwater Valley Hospital for their care and concern.
Photo: Dr. Maurice Masar
John 'Jack' Julian Dahl, 81, formerly of Orofino
Dec. 21, 1936 - Sept. 15, 2018
John 'Jack' Julian Dahl of Middleton, formally of Orofino, passed away Sept. 15, 2018 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Nampa. He was 81 years old.
Jack was born Dec. 21, 1936 in Virginia, MN, to Julian and Elsie Dahl. When Jack was 12, he moved to Orofino with his parents and younger brother, Bob. His father became foreman of the Clearwater Tribune with Jack following in his footsteps in the printing business.
In 1957 Jack married Janice McArthur. They had three children, Julie, Kathleen and Jay. Janice lost her battle with cancer in 1972.Jack's second marriage was to Becky White Nunnelley. Becky had one son, Kevin, whom Jack adopted. Becky was at Jack's side when he took his last breath. They were married for 45 years.
Dad wrote in his autobiography that he was always able to make friends easily. He mentioned too many close friends from "back in the day" to list, but we know them all well. He listed gardening as one of his hobbies but it was more like yard perfecionist. He was a regular on the golf course and enjoyed hunting with his bird dogs. He was a dog whisperer. Dad was always singing whether he knew the words or not! He loved music and was still singing in his hospital bed in his final days.
Jack is survived by his wife Becky, daughters Julie Dahl (Kenny Anderson) and Kathleen (David) Rosencrantz, both of Boise, sons Jay (Dawn) Dahl of Rapid City, SD and Kevin (Ellie) Dahl of Caldwell. Jack had 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Grandpa Jack will be missed by all of his family.
A memorial service will be held on Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. and is under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell.
Photo: John 'Jack' Julian Dahl
Walter Lee Forge, 89, Lewiston and Freeman Creek
Walter Lee Forge passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at his home in Lewiston. Walt was born in Clarkston, WA, on July 7, 1929, to Harold and Ada Forge. He spent his younger years in Clarkston and graduated from Clarkston High School in 1947. Walt played football and basketball for the Bantams and enjoyed many fun times with many classmates who continued to remain close for years. He joined the U.S. Army, serving two years.
He returned to the valley, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Jean Young. They were married Dec. 12, 1952, in Spokane, WA. Together they had three sons, Hal "Hoover," Steven "Bones" and Dan "Boone". Walt worked hard all his life to provide for his family, sometimes working two to three jobs at a time. He worked briefly for Potlatch but quickly moved on to be a truck driver, first with a mail route between Lewiston and Spokane, and then to what seemed like his calling, distributing beer. The majority of his working life was spent as the co-owner and manager of P&F Distributing for Budweiser, Miller and Lucky Lager beer. Walt retired in 1991.
Walt was loved by so many in the beer industry, especially by his employees. He was also known for his love of people, infectious laugh and ability to make friends with everyone. Walt whistled and sang "do-ta-do" all his life. The only time he got riled up was when one of his teams, especially the Mariners, was not winning. He was truly the happiest person one could know, always laughing, singing, giving "smooches" and hugging everyone.
Walt and Barb enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. to many Budweiser beer conventions. They also loved watching their sons and grandkids play sports wherever it took them, including American Legion and College Baseball World Series trips in Tennessee, New Hampshire and Missouri, an NCAA basketball tournament in New Mexico, Las Vegas for AAU basketball and many places throughout the Northwest. The past few years, he loved going to Vegas to watch Gonzaga play in the WCC basketball tournaments and trying his notorious bad luck on the blackjack tables. He also loved to travel to the Oregon Coast with all of his family, making it a tradition for many years. He thought there was nothing better than clam chowder at Mo's restaurant in Florence, OR.
After retirement, he took up with his "Golf Buddies" several times a week, lighting up the golf course with their numbers and having the most fun on the 19th Hole. As the years went by, the golfing waned, but the friendship and fun continued, meeting regularly at Bryden Canyon Golf Course for breakfast and "rolling the dice" for who paid. Walt swore he ended up with the bill more than most.
In 1981, Walt and Barb established a beautiful family cabin at Freeman Creek. His greatest joy was having all of his family and friends gather together, celebrating holidays, family reunions, fishing, snowmobiling, anything as long as he was surrounded by family. One of his last outings was a weekend trip at the cabin, blueback fishing with his three sons.
Walt's legacy is the love that he had and showed for his wife, his boys and their wives, grandkids, family and all of his close friends. He was truly loved in such a special way by so many. He will long be remembered by the deep expression of love and joy for life that he demonstrated in so many ways to so many. The family is so thankful for all of Walt's friends and family that came to say their goodbyes and share stories with Walt in the last two months, including several visits from his nephew, Greg, and nieces Shelley, Terry, Cindy and Jennifer from out of town. We also thank his special friend, Vera Walker, for her companionship, support and devotion to Walt. His immediate family, including most of his grandkids, gathered to surround him with love, day and night, until he left us peacefully. It meant so much to Walt and the family. We also thank Sister Margie Schmidt and the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice staff.
Walt was preceded in death by his father and mother; all five of his siblings, Elsie, Genevieve, Bud, Eva and Ernie; and his wife, Barbara. He is survived by sons Hal (Terrie), Steven (Kathy) and Dan (Brenda) Forge, all of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren, Chad Williams, Nick Williams, Bryce Forge, Hali Forge, Matthew Forge, Meagan Forge, Taylor Forge, Brett Forge, Kendall Forge and Parker Forge; and 8 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, with a celebration of life service following at 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel Seaport Banquet Room, 621 21st St., Lewiston. Please join the family for a luncheon and sharing at the Seaport Room following the service. Visit the online guest book at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 911 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204, which was a special place for Walt as his son, Steven, received care there when he was a small child.
Photo: Walter Lee Forge
Sandra Kay Enger, 73, formerly of Cavendish
Sandra Kay Enger, 73, joined her Lord at her home in Missoula, MT, on Aug. 29, 2018 after courageously fighting cancer for 20 years.
Sandy was born July 1, 1945 to Ocie and Helen Vannoy in Orofino. She grew up on the family farm in Cavendish. She met and married Darl Enger in Orofino on June 18, 1966. They lived for almost 20 years in Ketchikan, AK, where Sandy loved to go out on the boat on a sunny day and just relax while Darl fished for halibut. Even though she only fished a couple of times, she holds the family record for the largest halibut, 144 pounds.
When they moved to Missoula, Sandy looked forward to camping with friends and family. They usually camped within 100 miles but as far away as Colorado, South Dakota, and Fort Murry in Northern Alberta, Canada.
Sandy had a great number of friends that she loved to play games and pinochle with, and has always enjoyed helping others. We will forever miss her kindness, giving spirit, her love and joyful smile.
She is survived by her husband, Darl K. Enger; brother, Bob (Marolyn) Vannoy of Greenville, SC; son, Mike and wife Debra Enger of Walla Walla, WA; daughter, Michelle and husband Sam Snobar; and four grandchildren, Daniel Enger, Adam Snobar, Brian Snobar, and Haley Snobar.
Sandy has been cremated and will be buried in a shared urn at Sunset Memorial Gardens. No service is planned as a renewing of vows with family and friends occurred on June 18, 2018.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Photo: Sandra Kay Enger
Barbara H. Murphey, 81, formerly of Kelly Creek
Barbara H. Murphey lost her three-year battle with uterine cancer on Aug. 25, 2018 at Bishop Place Assisted Living in Pullman, WA. She was 81.
Barbara was an extremely intelligent, nurturing, and thoughtful person, beloved by all. She walked through this world with inspirational grace and unconditional love. She worked hard to support her children and was gifted as an artist; one of her favorite mediums was watercolor. Barbara was an accomplished seamstress, a clever designer and a stained glass maker. She was an excellent cook, as artistic with flavors as she was with visual media.
Barbara was born on July 7, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA, to Frederick and Dorothea (Fischer) Uecker. As a child, Barbara stood out in many ways. She was advanced to second grade midway through her first grade year due to academic and social maturity. She skipped fifth grade altogether, graduating from high school at age 16. She had reached her full height of 5 feet 8 ¾ inches by the time she was in sixth grade, making her very easy to spot in old class photos!
Barbara had two younger brothers, Freddy and John. A job change for her father moved the family to St. Clair Shores, MI, during her early high school years. While in high school she excelled academically, was in the honor society and was the editor of the class yearbook. Upon graduation, she attended Capital University in Columbus, OH, transferring to Michigan State prior to her sophomore year. During her junior year there, she married her first husband and high school classmate Bill Holman. Daughter Kim was born during her senior year in time to attend Barbara's graduation with high honors and a degree in Special Education.
In 1958, she and Bill moved to Idaho to begin Bill's career with the U. S. Forest service. In 1959, the family moved back east to Virginia for a two year assignment in the U.S. Army. Son Bill was born at Fort Lee, VA, in 1960. In 1961 the family moved back to Idaho, initially residing in a two-room cabin (a far cry from a Philly row house!) at the Kelly Creek ranger station. Daughters Karen and Susan were both born in Orofino in 1961 and 1963, respectively. The family moved to Kooskia, Idaho, in 1964. Barbara and Bill divorced in 1967 and Barbara began her career as a special education teacher. She earned a Master's in Education degree from the University of Idaho in 1971.
In 1971 Barbara married Carl H. Murphey, adding stepchildren Pat, Pam and Matt to the family. Daughter Jami was born at Cottonwood, Idaho in 1973. The family moved to Moscow, Idaho in 1974, where Barbara took a position in the College of Education at the University of Idaho. In 1976, she accepted a position at the Coeur d'Alene Tribal School at Desmet, Idaho, where she worked as a Title I coordinator, special educator and special services coordinator. In January of 1986, Barbara accepted a job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in their Lapwai, Idaho office as an education specialist. In this position she supported special education programs at tribal schools in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Barbara took great pride in seeking to provide education to all, particularly students historically underserved.
Barbara retired in 2001 and that same year she bought a small home on Main Street in Kendrick, Idaho, so she could be near daughter Jami and her family. She enjoyed retirement, spending time with grandchildren and participating in community clubs and projects including the publishing team for the KJ7 community newsletter, the KJ Art Commission, co-founder of the book club, Book Prowlers, the Hill and Valley Garden Club and Friends of the Juliaetta community library. Barbara was very fond of the Kendrick-Julietta community.
Barbara is preceded in death by brothers Freddy and John and husband Carl. In addition to her children and stepchildren, she is survived by 13 grandchildren and fourteen14 great-grandchildren.
Her family is very thankful for the amazing support that she received in her final days, in particular from the staff of Bishop Place and from Kindred Hospice of Pullman, WA.
A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kendrick Grange Hall. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman has been entrusted with arrangements. The family suggests memorial donations to any of the Kendrick-Juliaetta community clubs or projects, or to the Friends of Hospice.
Photo: Barbara H. Murphey
Glenn Strang Bowman, 92, formerly of Pierce
Glenn Strang Bowman (age 92) died peacefully in his sleep at Meadowlark homes in the early morning hours on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Our family and friends lost our strong, yet gentle Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and buddy.>Glenn was born on a cold winter day on Feb. 20, 1926 at Loudonville, OH, to Ray and Eula (Strang) Bowman. Ray drove truck for Ohio Gas Company. Dad was an only child and was raised in the small town of Danville, OH. As a young boy, he amused himself by playing with friends, cousins, pet dogs, and his Schwinn bicycle. He spent quite a bit of time on his Grandma Sara's farm and loved helping her take care of the cows, goats and chickens.
At Danville High School, he played clarinet, sang in the choir and participated in class plays. He was a member of the German Lutheran Church. In his yearbook, his classmates said of him, "At sports Glenn does not participate, but at reading books he's first rate." Another quote said, "He is thoroughly mixed and firmly set."
After graduating from High School, Dad joined the US Army and guarded German prisoners of war at Camp Blanding near Jacksonville, FL, from 1944 to 1946.
Under the G.I. Bill, he enrolled at Defiance College in Ohio and attended for three years. Dad wanted to see the world, so did not complete his college tenure. For the next few years, he traveled around the United States doing odd jobs and learning about the history of the U.S.
When he returned to Ohio, he met Doris Swank through his first cousin. She was employed at the Army Depot in Mansfield and Dad worked there as well. After three dates, he proposed, and she accepted. Glenn and Doris were married June 4, 1955 at Mansfield.
Their first child, Shawn, was born in October 1956, followed by their second son Paul in May 1958. During Dad's travels in the U.S., he was particularly fond of Idaho. He packed up the Bowman family and drove out to Pierce, Idaho where a summer job with the U.S. Forest Service awaited. Mom was pregnant with Laura and she was born in August 1960. Dad also worked as a substitute German and typing teacher at Pierce in the winter months.
Dad was offered a job with A&F in Grangeville where he delivered dry goods to resident homes. He moved the family to Grangeville. Third son Mark was born in November 1962. When a full-time job with the lumber mill in Grangeville was announced in 1965, Dad was hired.
Those are the facts. What we (his children) would like to share is why we thought our Father was the best all-around Dad. He taught us the true meaning of an honest, hard day's work. Dad worked for 22 years at Wickes Forest Industries, which later became IdaPine Mills and never missed a day of work. He worked night shift, day shift and overtime. He worked in freezing temperatures in the winter with only a roof over his head and two walls for shelter. In the summer, the job was a sweltering site for Dad and his crew mates to perform their work.
Many times, especially around Christmas, the mill laid Dad off and things would be a bit tough. But, his hard-earned wages brought enough money in to feed us very healthy meals, clothe us, pay for braces and art lessons for his daughter, and sports equipment and musical instruments for the boys, and an occasional small token of appreciation for my equally hard-working housemother.
Although exhausted from his work at the mill, Dad found time to play tennis, take us hiking, swimming and sledding. He taught all of us how to drive in the Chevy station wagon on the back-country roads surrounding Grangeville. He taught the boys how to hunt. Together with our Mother, they took us to church, gave us a good education, raised a huge garden and taught us how to be good citizens.
After retiring from the mill, Dad tended to the fruit trees and flower garden with Mom, mowed a half-acre of lawn, split and stacked firewood, plus did most of the cooking and baking to give Mom a break from all those years she handled these tasks. He also worked under the Older American program with the Nez Perce National Forest for two years assisting at the warehouse.
He was a strong man and survived two rounds of prostate cancer, including radiation and chemo. Our family would like to thank Dr. Jones and Dr. Medenci who helped to assure that Dad had another five years with us.
Dad and Mom celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 2015. Mom became ill and Dad could not provide the medical care she needed, so they sold their house on E Street that they lived in for 50+ years. After living with their daughter for a short time, they moved to Meadowlark Assisted Living Home. Mom passed away in March 2016.
Dad stayed at Meadowlark for a year and when his daughter retired, he moved in with Randy and Laura. We had a wonderful year with Dad, until he was diagnosed with diabetes. He also was developing dementia. Due to his additional medical needs, doctors recommended that he move back to Meadowlark where he received the care he needed.
Glenn is survived by his sons Shawn (Kathy) in Asotin, WA; Mark (Anna) in Puyallup, WA; and daughter Laura (Randy) Smith. Son, Paul passed away in May 2017. Dad has 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Thank you, Dad, for showing us the rewards of a good day of hard work, sprinkled with a solid education, a dash of discipline and a whole lot of love.
At his request, cremation has taken place, with Blackmer Funeral Home handling arrangements. Our heartfelt thanks to Meadowlark staff and residents for caring for Dad and being his friend. And to Syringa Hospice for their tender love and care in his final months.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Dad's honor for family and close friends in September in Pierce.
We miss you buddy!
Photos: Glenn Strang Bowman
Lawrence G. Larsen, Jr., 85, Weippe
Lawrence G. Larsen, Jr., 85, Weippe, passed away Aug. 17, 2018, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
He was born Nov. 7, 1932.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Ardis A. Fugate, 66, Pierce
Ardis A. Fugate, Pierce, passed away Aug. 16, 2018 in Orofino.
Ardis was born March 3, 1952.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
June McCollister, 97, Orofino
June McCollister passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Orofino at the age of 97. June was born in Lakewood, OH, June 19, 1921, to Harry Walter Huffman and Wanda Siech Huffman. She joined an older sister, Laurinda.
Two significant early experiences shaped June's talents and skills. June was her dad's "boy" and learned to make things and how machines worked. She was also introduced to the world of art as she studied and drew at the Cleveland Museum of Art. June was at the top of her high school graduating class and faced life with optimism and a sense of adventure.
As a young adult June was traveling and working with two best friends. They came to Idaho. In 1943, June met Charlie "Red" McCollister when she was working for six weeks in the Potlatch cookhouse at Camp 54 out of Headquarters. Red proposed, knowing that she would be leaving shortly. They wrote letters. She chose him. June and Red married on May 10, 1944 in Lewiston, and enjoyed 65 years of married life. They had three children, a son, Jim, and daughters, Patty and Sandra.
Red and June lived in Headquarters, on Canyon Creek, back to Headquarters, then to Pink House in Orofino, and later, Lewiston. June created kindergarten at the Potlatch company school in Headquarters when she recognized that children could benefit.
June's skills and talents led her to designing, remodeling, and decorating. She designed and built knotty pine cabinets for the kitchen at Pink House, with a just-the-right-height baking center with flip top storage in the corner. She painted Pink House pink. June could operate a skill saw, reupholster furniture, and float and tape sheetrock.
June's theory was "just go to the library and look it up." For a time, June worked as the public librarian of Orofino with a special interest in children's library use. She later worked as an elementary school aid.
June had a deep interest in watercolors of merit. June's watercolors reflected her confidence and willingness to learn. Based in drawing skills, as well as color and design theory, June's work capably records the region, the river, the landscape. June was an active member in the Clearwater Art Association.
There were many family activities, camping trips, going to the ocean, and driving kids to and from their activities. June had faith in her kids and bolstered them as needed.
June was also a serious bridge player and always enjoyed a game and her bridge buddies. Red and June had fun with camper club, square dance and dance club. In retirement they traveled to Arizona, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and China.
June is survived by her son, Jim McCollister of Orofino, her daughter, Patty Pabst and son-in-law Rob of Camas, WA, and her daughter, Sandra Goffinet and son-in-law John of Orofino. June's grandchildren are Meridee Pabst and husband Dave Hajek of Washougal, WA, Alison Pabst of Seattle, Ross Finlayson of Seattle, and Matt Finlayson of Vancouver, WA. June's three great-granddaughters are Lily and Jayla Finlayson and Lainey Hajek.
June was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Wanda Huffman, her husband, Charlie "Red" McCollister, and her sister, Laurinda Taylor.
June is also survived by her companion and friend, Maggie Cram, who helped care for her and brightened June's mornings the past few years.
The family thanks the staffs of Brookside Landing and Clearwater Health and Rehabilitations for their kindness and skillful support as June enjoyed her later years.
Cremation has taken place with a memorial for both June and Red to take place in the future.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends of the Library in Orofino to support art learning in Clearwater Memorial Public Library's annual Summer Reading Program. As June said in 2017, "Libraries are such a good thing to be interested in."
Photo: June McCollister
Carl W. Thornton, 81, Orofino
Carl W. Thornton, 81, Orofino, passed away Aug. 15, 2018 in Orofino.
He was born Oct. 20, 1936.
Memorial servicse are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Julie M. Cahala, 67, Weippe
Julie M. Cahala, 67, Weippe, passed away Aug. 9, 2018, at her home in Weippe.
She was born March 14, 1951.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is caring for arrangements.
Shirley Finke, 79, Orofino
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of a great loss to our family. Shirley Bullock Finke was called away from this earth on Friday, Aug. 10. She had been suffering from congestive heart failure and COPD for an extended period of time and her frail body finally gave up the fight.
Shirley was born on Nov. 13, 1938 to Joe and Juanita Thompson Bullock. After losing both parents to illness at a very young age, Shirley was raised by her grandmother, Velma Tull. Shirley has two sisters, Sandy Coon and Jody (Jerry) Reike.
She married Jim Finke in 1954 and spent her entire life in Orofino with her husband and children close by. She and Jim had three sons, Corby (Kelly), Terry (Jan), and Randy.
Shirley's first passion was her family. She and her husband, Jim, enjoyed a marriage that spanned 58 years. There was never a holiday or a family gathering that her home was not a hub of hospitality to celebrate the event. She loved caring for her family and making her home a beautiful place to be.
If you could not find her at home tending to her flowers, working in the yard, or babying the tomatoes and cucumbers in her garden, chances were that you could track her down at the golf course. She enjoyed a love for the game for many years until her health prevented her from playing.
Though Shirley was a woman small in frame, she was large, strong and powerful in her ability to protect and to nurture those whom she loved. Not only those born naturally to her but additionally, those who would come under her wing because someone that she loved showed up with someone that they loved. Her circle of surrogate grandchildren grew with every new friend that her kids, her grandkids, and dare I say, even her great-grandkids dragged through her door.
Shirley was blessed with eight grandchildren. Justin Brazeau, Melissa (Wade) Finke, Wendy Finke, Scott (Codi) Bowles, Cory Bowles, Christy Finke, Heather Finke, and Megan (Chad) Arnzen; followed by 12 great-grandchildren. Malia, Chandler, Joci, Peyton, Iris, Pearl, Ethan, Trenton, Tabitha, Reece, Kade, and Dylanie.
Shirley was preceded in death by her dear grandmother Velma Tull, her parents, Joe and Juanita, her niece, Traci Coon Kalamon, and by Jim, her beloved husband of 58 yrs.
At Shirley's request there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers we would suggest that a donation be made to the Grammy Tammy Foundation at our local LCCU Credit Union. When making the donation please make note that it is in honor of Shirley Finke.
Photo: Shirley Bullock Finke
Mary Margaret 'Maggi' Alsager, 69, formerly of Orofino
Mary Margaret Alsager Frye passed away at home Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, with her husband, Ron, and family by her side.
Mary Margaret "Maggi" was born May 11, 1949, in Moscow, to Melvin J. Alsager and Cecelia Walsh Alsager, and joined her 2-year-old brother, John, at home. She was a 1967 graduate of Moscow High School and graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane in 1970. Maggi married William B. Ross on June 6, 1970, in Moscow. While Bill attended the University of Idaho, Maggi began her nursing career working for Dr. Al Frostad, a pediatrician in Pullman. They moved to St. Louis in 1972, and Maggi was employed at St. John's Medical Center as a burn unit nurse. Relocating to Los Gatos, CA, in 1974, Maggi began as a staff nurse at Alexian Brothers Hospital (San Jose), and moved into nursing administration and became the director of nursing at the hospital. Divorced in 1977, Maggi continued living in Campbell and was very involved with community groups, including the Sunnyvale Sunrise Rotary Club, where she was elected the first female president. In her free time, she enjoyed hosting dinner parties for a friendship group of 12 in San Jose and treasured those long-term friendships.
In 1990, a reconnection with Ron 'Simon' Frye, a high school sweetheart, found her returning to north Idaho. They were married at Lake Tahoe on Dec. 7, 1997. Maggi picked the Pearl Harbor date for their marriage so Ron would always remember. After living in Orofino, they relocated to Lewiston and their present home. Maggi was very devoted and committed to helping others in her community, focusing her efforts especially on Willow Center for Grieving Children and suicide prevention, education and support groups. Along with these activities, over the years she worked full time at Valley Medical Center, Idaho State Hospital North, North Central District Health Department, and the Idaho Transportation Department. Maggi retired from ITD as the district business manager in October 2017.
Maggi was always giving and doing for others. Even in illness, she thought of family and friends before herself. Her granddaughters consider her the greatest Nana in the world. Maggi and Ron enjoyed ski vacations, golf, camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and travel, and they always included family and friends in their adventures.
Maggi is survived by her husband, Ron; and his daughter, Jana (Jeff) Bronson; granddaughters, Hailey and Jaicey Pollilo; Jeremy Frye and granddaughter, Savannah; her brother, John Alsager; nieces, Kali (Brad) Williams and son, Max, Kari Alsager and sons, Konnor and Parker; and nephew, Simon Alsager.
Maggi was preceded in death by her parents; her nephew, Sven Alsager; and her mother-in-law, Helen Frye.
The family appreciates the help of Kindred Hospice and especially thanks Kay and Samantha for their loving care of Maggi.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. Condolences may be shared at email@example.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Willow Center for Grieving Children in Lewiston or Jackson's Pay It Forward Foundation.
Photo: Mary Margaret 'Maggi' Alsager Frye
Eugene 'Woody' Bausch, 74
Our Woody lost his four-year battle with cancer Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, 2018, at home, surrounded by family.
Woody Bausch was born Nov. 8, 1943 in Lewiston, to Dan and Ruth Meadows Bausch. He lived in the LC and Clearwater Valleys attending schools in Lewis-ton, Juliaetta, and Orofino. He grew up loving the outdoors of Idaho, hunting, fishing and camping. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1962. He at-tended the University of Idaho.
During the summers of his college years he worked for the forest service on fire crew working his way up to crew boss. He graduated with a degree in music ed-ucation in 1967 fulfilling his lifelong love of music.
He began his teaching career in Weippe and Pierce, producing superior bands. He married Tam Judy in 1968. They later divorced.
In 1973, he headed to Petersburg, AK, to accept a teaching job. He stayed five years, coming back to Orofino in 1978 to teach for one year. In 1979 he headed back to Alaska, to Haines this time, to again teach music.
There he met Colleen Bieleski, who taught fourth grade. They married in 1983 and he gained a five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter along with his wife. In 1985, they added a son, making their family complete.
Woody retired in 1992. In May of 1993 he traveled to Africa on a photo safari. Colleen retired in 1993 and they moved their family south to Orofino where they lived until 2016. During that time, he pursued his love of photography producing many beautiful images and producing and selling a book of his favorite photos he had taken of the Clearwater region. Woody also made and sold notecards and postcards, took senior and wedding pictures during his time doing photography.
Woody started directing the Orofino Community Choir after moving to the area and continued to do so successfully, sharing his love of music with the choir members and the community for 20 years. They produced a CD of spiritual songs during that time.
In September of 2016, health forced a move to Lewiston. Woody was diagnosed with esophageal and liver cancer in 2014. The cancer moved to his brain in 2015. He endured three and a half years of treatment before he ran out of op-tions. He fought the good fight for four years.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen at the family home; son, John (Crystal) of Ev-erett, WA; daughter, Lisa (David) Morse of Moscow; son, Max Bausch of Lewis-ton; grandsons, Elijah Morse, and Mason and Sawyer Bausch. Brother, Dennis (Kim) Bausch of Boise and sister, Sandy (Ed) Butler of Hope, and Uncle Leo Bausch of Lewiston, also survive him. He also has numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Dan Bausch.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at Cross Point Alliance Church, 14th and Powers, in Lewiston, at 11 a.m. Potluck dinner will follow at the church after the service. A private burial will be held at Normal Hill Cemetery lat-er in the afternoon.
Donations can be sent to ICare in Orofino, Lewiston Fire Department, or SJRMC (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center) Hospice.
Photo: Woody Bausch with grandsons (from left) Elijah Morse, Sawyer Bausch and Mason Bausch.
Eugene 'Woody' Bausch, 74, formerly of Orofino
Eugene 'Woody' Bausch, 74, of Lewiston and formerly of Orofino, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at his home.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Moses, 31, Kamiah
Thomas Moses, 31, died Aug. 6, 2018 at his Kamiah, Idaho home.
7 Drums Ceremony for Thomas Moses will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 at the Wa A Yas Community Center in Kamiah.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho is assisting the family.
June McCollister, 97, Orofino
June McCollister, 97, Orofino, passed away Aug. 1, 2018 in Orofino.
She was born June 19, 1921.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Leland "Lem" E. Mitchell Sr., 68
Leland 'Lem' E. Mitchell Sr. went to be with his ancestors on Monday, July 30, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 8, 1950, to Claire Johnson and Ed Mitchell.He attended Lapwai High School and graduated in 1969. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and boxing. As a proud member of the Nez Perce Boxing Club he went undefeated, winning various tournaments and the Idaho State Golden Gloves in 1967.
After high school, he was drafted by the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. He was located at Fort Lewis, WA, and Fort Carson, CO. He married Sylvia Penney on Aug. 21, 1971, at Mason Butte, Idaho. They resided in Glasgow, MT, for a short period of time, then returned to the Lapwai area to raise their four sons.
Being a skilled, hard worker, he provided for his family working many jobs, starting from his early days in forestry, on to truck driving for Lime Stone Enterprises, and construction. With his love and pride for the Nimiipuu people and land, he joined the National Park Service as a ranger and interpreter. He was stationed at Spalding, Big Hole and Lolo Pass. He also showed great passion working for the Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Program at Imnaha, Dworshak, Kooskia and Clearwater.
In his later years, he decided to attend Lewis-Clark State College to finish his education. Due to his health, he was a semester short of receiving a bachelor's degree in Native American studies. Growing up with his friends, who were like brothers, they competed in baseball with the Stroken Tetokens, in softball with "The Boys" and Blue Mountain Bombers, in basketball with the Nez Perce Nation, Thunder Hill Rainbows, Spin City, and The Renegades. With his experience, he went on to coach youth baseball and basketball. One of his highlights was winning the B.A.A.D. Tourney (Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs) three years in a row. With the next generation, he took joy in watching his grandchildren, Victoria and Silky Smooth, and Lydell and the Warriors, traveling the Pacific Northwest to basketball tournaments.
Recently, he was honored by the Chief Looking Glass Band at the Chief Joseph Memorial Powwow with a Pendleton blanket.
More than anything in this world, he loved to spend time with his family: his wife, four sons, grandchildren and great-grandson. He showed them how to live in harmony with Mother Earth. He taught them all of the sacred places in the mountains and rivers, to hunt, gather and fish. Being a strong, spiritual man, he shared his knowledge of his ancestors through storytelling and the way of the sweat lodge.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lucy and Bill Johnson; his parents, Claire Johnson and Ed Mitchell; and his sister, Marta Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Mitchell; children, Leland (Sonya) Mitchell Jr., Casey (Joni) Mitchell, Robert Mitchell and Bradley Mitchell; brothers Robert (Ruby) Lopez, Jack Mitchell, Ed Mitchell of Portland, OR., Ed Mitchell of Coeur d'Alene, and Dave Johnson; sister, Naida (Frank) Flores; grandchildren Victoria (Levon) Konen and Lydell Mitchell; and great-grandson Cash Konen.
The dressing and viewing were held Wednesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. Open denomination services will follow at 6 p.m. at the Pi Nee Waus in Lapwai. Wahlasut services to follow at 7 p.m. Sunrise burial was held at 7 a.m. Thursday at Webb Cemetery.
Photo: Leland 'Lem' E. Mitchell
Patricia A. Allen, 81, Orofino
Patricia A. Allen, 81, Orofino, passed away July 24, 2018 at Life Care Center in Lewiston.
She was born Feb. 21, 1937.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
John G. Kinsall, 75, Orofino
John G. Kinsall, 75, Orofino, passed away July 22, 2018 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
He was born Aug. 25, 1942.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Darlene Bacon, 87, formerly of Pierce, Headquarters
Darlene Rose Bacon was born Nov. 16, 1930, in Portland, OR, the eldest of the three children of Charles F. Bacon and Celia S. Morton. She died Thursday, July 19, 2018.
She lived with her family in Parma, Pierce and Vancouver, WA. She completed high school in Pierce in 1949 while living in Headquarters with her uncle and aunt, Lewis and Edith Bacon. She recently resided at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lewiston, and for a short time at Winston-Salem, NC, but she had lived in Clarkston, WA, since her retirement in 1998.
Darlene married Donald Thornton in 1949. They lived in Pierce, Enterprise, OR., and Lewiston. They had two daughters and four sons. The marriage ended in 1976.
She graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, and with a master's degree in social work in 1979. In 1983, she became the first director for the Center For New Directions at Lewis-Clark State College. For the remainder of her career, she was a geriatric social worker in hospitals and nursing homes in Klamath Falls, OR, Gresham, OR, Dayton, WA, and for the state of Washington in Mount Vernon, WA. Returning to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley to retire, she worked part time for Area Agency on Aging in Lewiston.
She maintained social relationships with her Pierce High School classmates, as well as with Headquarters neighbors of times past, meeting regularly for lunch with both groups. She was a member of the Social Concerns Committee and of St. Mary's League, both of St. Stanislaus Church. She had a lifelong interest in live theater and became involved in several productions at Lewiston Civic Theatre following her retirement. She belonged for many years to the book club at the YWCA and was a member of the Red Hat Society. One of her greater pleasures was participating in the Tuesday Stitchers Quilting Group made up of members of Seaport Quilter's Guild.
Darlene is survived by one brother, Les G. (Connie) Bacon of Longview, WA; children, Debra M. (Dan) Emerich, Douglas R. Thornton, Dane L. (Toni) Thornton, Donalee T. Wilkinson and Daniel J. (Lori) Thornton; grandchildren, Audrey and Amy, Russie, Jarod, Luke, Dustin, Rain and Shane, Jason, Jessie, Caitlin and Michael, Damian, Jordan and "bonus grandson" Kyle; and several great-grandchildren and numerous cousins. Many years of special memories are shared with Shirlee Hennigan, Joan Peterson, Kelle Thornton and Dan Riggs.
She was preceded in death by her son, David Thornton; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Thornton; son-in-law, Barry Wilkinson; and brother, Charles F. Bacon.
Darlene is a communicant of Holy Family Catholic Church.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1109 Chestnut St., Clarkston, with burial to take place at Vineland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the parish hall.
Photo: Darlene Rose Bacon
Clifford Zierlein, Jr., 63, Orofino
Clifford Zierlein, Jr., 63, Orofino passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Orofino.
Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home.
Wanda Head, 84, Peck postmaster
Wanda Elizabeth (Munck) Head passed away in peace Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Life Care Center in Lewiston, at age 84. She was surrounded by her children.
Wanda was born Dec. 27, 1933, in Orofino to Oscar and Anna (Olsen) Munck. She attended school in Orofino and in 1952 graduated from Orofino High School, where her mother, her siblings and four children also graduated.
After high school, Wanda worked as a waitress and as a bakery clerk. She married Arlee B. Head on Dec. 19, 1958, in Clarkston, WA, and they 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. Their four children grew up there, and the family was part of the Cream Ridge United Brethren Church at Cavendish and Riverside Assembly of God in Orofino. The couple divorced in 1982.
Always hard-working, Wanda began her career at the Peck post office in 1974 and retired as its postmaster in 1998. She enjoyed this job, one block away from her house, where she was able to keep in touch with her community as they each came to pick up their mail. Wanda also was a leader for many years in the Big Canyon 4-H Club and took every opportunity she could to serve her community. We are forever grateful to the close neighbors and friends in Peck who watched over Wanda as her health began to fail.
Wanda married an old high school friend, John Apfelbeck, in 1996, in Orofino. He joined Wanda at her home in Peck, and they enjoyed more than 20 years together. John cared for Wanda at their home until 2014, when she moved to Brookside Landing care center in Orofino. Wanda moved to Life Care in Lewiston in 2016, and Johnny passed away in June of 2017.
Wanda often was quiet, but she had a great network of friends who were very dear to her. She will be remembered by many for her quick wit and dry sense of humor, and her love for music and family. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She enjoyed traveling and went to many Postmaster's Association meetings across the country. Wanda also participated in a bowling league in Orofino for many years and enjoyed many friendships with bowling mates. She achieved a lifelong dream in 2001 when she traveled to Denmark with her siblings to visit relatives and learn about their heritage.
She is survived by her sister, Myrna Ely of Pierce; sister-in-law, Doreen Munck of Athena, OR; and eight nieces and nephews. Wanda's surviving children and their families are: Connie (Rodney) Hallen of Asotin, WA, and Vicki (Will Marks) Gertje, Douglas (Colleen) Head and Steven Head, all of Clarkston; along with her stepchildren and their families. Wanda also had 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Jake Scarborough; husband, John Apfelbeck; her siblings, Ernest Lee Munck, Elvin Munck, Anna Lee Munck Moore and Tom Munck; and nieces and nephews Laurie Shelton, Tom Ely, Kevin Ely, Bonnie Bates, Bill Hatten, Robert Munck and Larry Munck.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Orofino United Methodist Church, 337 College Ave., Orofino, with the Rev. Fred Browning officiating. A covered-dish dinner will be held following the service. Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends are welcome to send donations to Life Care Center Memory Care, in Lewiston; or to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Photos: Wanda Elizabeth (Munck) Head
Opal White, 90
Opal White passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018, from lung cancer. She was 90 years old.
Opal Arlene Teasley was born May 28, 1928, to Edith (Butler) and Earl Teasley, of Fountain, CO. She spent her first 15 years in Colorado, and the family moved to Lewiston in 1943. She worked at the C.O.D. Laundry, Smith's Frozen Foods, Mark Means dry peas and she waited tables for Alice Tobin at Jean's Lunch.
Opal married Glenn R. White on June 20, 1948, at Lenore. They both attended business college shortly after their marriage. Their daughter, Patricia, was born in 1951, and a son, Patrick, was born in 1952. After the children graduated from high school, Opal waited tables at the Chicken Broaster. She later worked at Potlatch Forests Inc. to help with their college expenses. After 10 years at Potlatch, she then traveled with her husband for the next 20 years while he was the inspector for new water and wastewater plants. They attended many Hellcat Army reunions during those years. They became members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Lewiston in 1968 and attended other churches during their travels.
Glenn passed away in 2000. In her later years, Opal visited the Orchards Community Church with Patty and her granddaughter, Ginger. She helped Ginger financially with her college living expenses, and kept in touch with old friends, bringing encouragement and laughter. She felt blessed with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Patrick White of Alaska; daughter Patricia White of Lewiston; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Earl Teasley, Frank Teasley and Bob Teasley; and her sister, Ruth Erickson.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. July 21 at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Opal Arlene White
Margaret Jean Calland Fine, 94, Orofino
Margaret Jean Calland Fine was born on Sept. 27, 1923 in Orofino. She began life on the Calland Homestead in Grangemont. Margaret attended school for the first eight grades at Grangemont and rode horse back to and from school with her older brother Charlie. Eventually, little sister, Corrie joined them, three on one horse.
The Calland family loved living in Grangemont in their log cabin that her father, Cal built. The siblings shared many wonderful memories through stories of their adventures in the meadows and woods.
Margaret moved to Orofino to complete high school and lived with her aunts and uncles. One of her first jobs was at Swanteks Drug Store, at the soda fountain. She loved Orofino High School and made many lifelong friends there and at her various jobs.
After high school Margaret went to work for PFI (Potlatch Forests Inc.) as a flunky (cooks helper) in the logging camps out of Pierce. She shared so many interesting stories about those years.
Eventually, she went to work in a camp out of Waha and that is where she met "Mr. Handsome", Deryl 'Dude' Fine. They were married in 1943, shortly before Dude left to serve in the Army during World War II. After Dude's return, they lived in and around the Clearwater Valley, finally settling in Orofino.
Margaret worked for the telephone company for many years, back when it was a switchboard operation, and then went to work for Stoddard Electric until retirement at the age of 75.
Margaret wrote and self-published two books about her life in Grangemont and one book about her experiences as a flunky for PFI. She wrote these books for her family but they became so popular that she sold many copies.
She was a great storyteller and would entertain her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on road trips.
Margaret was very social, loved entertaining, playing pinochle, going to Grangemont for picnics, dancing the night away, family holidays and dining out with friends.
Margaret is survived by daughter, Julie Burkey (Ralph); son, Dan L. Fine (Paul); grandson, Chad Burkey (Chantil); grandson-in-law, Dan Hanson; four great-grandchildren, Blade and Tymber Burkey, Paige and Lane Hanson; sister, Corrie Shriver; special friend, Doug McWhirter; cousin, David Johnson and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents the J.J. Callands; husband, Dude Fine; brother, Charles Calland; and recently, beloved granddaughter, Casey Hanson.
The family will hold a memorial for Margaret in the fall. Donations in her name can be made to the Orofino Methodist Church, 337 College Ave., Orofino, 83544, Harold Kinney VFW Post Women's Auxiliary, 330 Michigan Ave. or the charity of choice.
Photo: Margaret Jean Calland Fine
Rue M. 'Rick' Davis Jr., 77, Dworshak Dam worker
Rue M. 'Rick' Davis, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, unexpectedly at his home, at the age of 77.
Rick was born on April 25, 1941, in Ontario, OR., to Rue M. Sr. and Mary Rose (Palumbo) Davis. His early childhood was spent in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah, following construction jobs with his family. He graduated from Manila High School in Manila, UT, in 1961.
He was married to Diane Benedict in 1963, and from that marriage his daughter, Lyn, was born. They later divorced, and he married Karen P. (Charpentier) Maxey in 1977, and they had two daughters, Jenni and Marci. Rick and Karen were getting ready to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary.
Rick worked construction jobs ranging from diesel mechanic to welder and heavy equipment operator. He was proud of his work on Dworshak Dam, the Alaskan pipeline and eventually owning his own backhoe and construction company, R & K Construction.
After many years in the construction field, he began rebuilding the crane for the Port of Clarkston, WA, in the mid-1980s. His position was elevated to port manager, and he continued his work there until his retirement in 2006. He was then elected as a port commissioner, a position he served in until his death.
During his life, he was actively involved in many community groups. He served positions on the Clarkston Chamber Board, Rotary Club, Washington Public Port Association and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. He loved classic cars and was a member of Valley Corvette Club and Finest '50s and '60s.
Rick was a proud member of the Nez Perce Masonic Blue Lodge, the Scottish Rite Bodies and was a Calam Shrine Past Potentate. He was passionate about the brotherhood of the Masonic Order and the Shrine Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Davis; three daughters, Lyn (Tom) Patton, Jenni Lund and Marci Davis; grandchildren, Cheyna Beckworth, Hayley (Travis) Smith, Hunter Patton, Lucas Patton, Karsyn Lund, Cooper Lund and Makayla Jones; two great-grandchildren; sister, JoReen (John) Givens; sister and brother-in-law, Linda (Dave) Bundy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Rue M. and Mary Davis; and mother-in-law Effie Faller.
A funeral Mass was held Tuesday, at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Clarkston. A Masonic memorial ceremony and interment at the Holy Family Columbarium followed. A celebration of Rick's life was then held at a luncheon at the parish hall on site.
Photo: Rue M. "Rick" Davis, Jr.
Margaret J. Fine, 94, Orofino
Margaret J. Fine, 94, Orofino, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements.
Fred Carroll Miller, 75, Pierce High School grad
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Fred Carroll Miller passed at his home. He fought a short but rugged battle with liver cancer. Fred was born Oct. 14, 1942, in Aberdeen, WA, to Fred Carl Miller and Alice Maxine (Hansen) Miller. He had one sister, Elaine Miller.
Fred, with his mother and sister Elaine, lived in western Washington after his parents' divorce. His mother married Charlie Matthews, and the family moved to Pierce in 1948. Fred and Elaine then got more siblings: Wayne Matthews, David Matthews, Linda Matthews and Thomas Matthews.
Fred "Killer" Miller, as he was fondly called, graduated in 1961 from Pierce High School. He usually referred to his alma mater as PU (Pierce University).
After graduation, he married Beth McIntosh and inherited four stepsons. Fred and Beth were blessed with a son, Fred Carroll Miller Jr. Sadly, Baby Fred passed when he was a month old. Beth and Fred later divorced.
Fred found his friend, Donna Birch, and they were married in 1962. Donna had three sons: Terry, Mike and Mark. They divorced some years later, but still remained friends (These stepchildren were not mentioned in the list of surviving and deceased loved ones because up-to-date information was not available).
From an early age, Fred was destined to be in the logging world. He drove truck before he had a commercial driver's license when he was recruited by a local logger. He worked for Potlatch after graduation, then found a logging job with (Chuck) Carlson Logging; his next logging job was with Trammel Logging; and he finally was employed by Finke Logging, operating all the equipment, including driving log truck, but ultimately, he was a skilled loader. His goal was to work until he was 70, which would have been October 2012. In September of that year, he suffered a disabling shoulder injury that ended his career with Finke, but he accrued more than 39 years with them.
In 2007, Fred met Julie Weissenfels and they were married in 2011. They made their home in Orofino until August 2013, when they moved to Clarkston. Fred won the admiration and respect of Julie's children and their families. They called him Pops.
Fred was fondly called Freddy, Killer or Mr. Nice by his friends. He would meet with his friends at Deano's in Orofino every day he was not working. When he moved to Clarkston, WA, the meetings continued on a weekly basis with the Pierce boys (his classmates and friends).
Fred was preceded in death by his father, Fred; mother, Maxine; sisters, Elaine Miller McGothen and Linda Matthews Easom; stepmom, Ruby Miller; stepdad, Charlie Matthews; and stepson, David McIntosh.
Fred's surviving family are Julie, his wife; brothers, Wayne Matthews (Hilda) of Grangeville, David Matthews (Sandra) of Anchor Point, AK, and Thomas Matthews of Anchor Point; stepsons, Jon VanHouten of Troy and Andy VanHouten of Asotin; WA; stepdaughter, Rebecca Johnson of Everett, WA; as well as stepsons, Harry McIntosh of Lewiston, Clifford McIntosh of Kalispell, MT, Richard McIntosh of Weippe; and uncounted grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Please watch the newspaper for details.
Photo: Fred Carroll Miller
Casey Lynn (Jacobsen) Hanson, 49, born in Orofino
Casey Lynn Hanson, 49, a resident of Viola, passed away on Monday July 2, 2018 at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow.
Casey was born on a beautiful summer morning, Aug. 12, 1968, in Orofino. She spent the first six years of her life in Orofino then moved with her Mother to Boise where she attended grade school. The family including her wonderful step father Ralph moved to Lewiston for a time and Casey played the flute at Jennifer Junior High. The family, now including her little brother Chad, then returned to Boise where she graduated with honors from Boise High.
In the spring of 1987 she started at the University of Idaho earning two Bachelors of Science degrees and a minor in five years. While attending her last year in college she met Dan Hanson and they got married on Jan. 27, 1993 in Moscow with a wedding service on May 22 in Orofino. Casey started her career working in the Alumni Office at the U of I while Dan finished school and she continued on this professional path to be a very accomplished fund raiser in multiple roles for the U of I and WSU in Pullman, WA. She loved the University and truly enjoyed working with Alumni and CEO's and making many lifelong friends all over the states of Idaho, Washington, and California. At the time of her death she had just transitioned from the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to the Director of Development for the College of Education at the U of I.
Casey always wanted a horse and she finally got her dream when her Grampa Dude gave her Elito, a beautiful chestnut Arabian gelding. Elito had been abused and it took a lot of work but they bonded and he was truly her horse. As a college graduation present her parents gave her a golden palomino gelding, named Spook. They were a treasured part of her life for 30 years.
Casey was blessed with two children: a daughter, Paige 17, and son, Lane 15. They were the light of her life. Casey protected and nurtured Paige and Lane with all she had. Casey infused her children with a zest for life and adventures.
Casey loved to travel and go on adventures. She would decide on the destination and would plan the trip for months ahead of time. Thanks to her hard work the family had many wonderful trips all over the US and even a magical trip to Europe visiting 17 countries. Casey's last adventure was last August, a day trip to Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon with her beloved family.
Survivors include her husband, Dan Hanson at the Viola home; son, Lane Hanson; daughter, Paige Hanson, both at the Viola home; mother and step-father, Ralph and Julie Burkey, Star; mother and father in-law, Doriene and John Morton of The Dalles, OR; grandmother, Margaret Fine, Orofino; brother, Chad Burkey (Chantil) and their family, Shoshone; three step-sisters, Amy Clawson, Lori Cannon and Tiffiny Burkey all of Portland, OR; her sisters-in-law, Shelly Schwers (Jeff), Pam Watson (Jared), Becky Durant (Eric),Chelsea Hanson. Casey is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 322 E. Third Street, Moscow, with Rev. Debbie Sperry and Pastor Kathy Kramer officiating.
Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, WA is caring for the family. You are invited to leave online condolences and order flowers for the family at www.kramercares.com.
Photo: Casey Lynn Hanson
Kyle Roe Wetmore, 47, Orofino
Kyle Roe Wetmore, 47, Orofino, was shaped and enriched by the north Idaho woods. His favorite moments were spent with friends and family there, or fishing in his boat on the Clearwater River.
Kyle passed away in the early morning hours of June 12, 2018. Cancer took a husband, father, son, brother and dear friend.
He was born Nov. 4, 1970, about as far from Idaho as possible, in Asmara, Ethiopia. At the time, his parents, Jeanne Jones Harriman and Ron Wetmore, lived in Khartoum, Sudan. They flew to a U.S. Army base there for his birth, because of the marginal medical facilities in Khartoum. When word was sent back to friends in Sudan, his name was misunderstood to be "Cairo Kid." They were greatly relieved at subsequently learning that he was in fact Kyle Roe (nicknamed Kyro).
When his parents returned to the U.S. two years later, Kyle then grew up in rural Avon, and graduated from Deary High School. He starred for the Mustangs in both football and basketball. Bringing in the firewood, mowing an acre of lawn and tossing bales for the neighbors during haying season were some of the activities that developed the work ethic which came to characterize him.
He attended the University of Idaho, largely paying for his own education by working in the woods during the summers. Ignoring the advice of his parents to "pursue any career besides forest management," he settled in the College of Natural Resources, where he made the dean's list as an outstanding scholar, graduating with his degree in forestry.
This career was a natural fit for him. Kyle loved the woods and everything associated with that lifestyle. Lifelong loves were hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and snowmobiling, looking for morel mushrooms as well as antler sheds.
All of these activities paled in comparison to the love he had for his wife, Jennifer. Kyle and Jen met at a Wetmore family reunion in 2000. She was there because of her previous close ties with other Wetmore families in Washington. They were married in 2002. Meeting at the reunion has become a running family joke.
With their marriage, Kyle gained a family, as Jennifer had two previous children, James and Cheyenne. Soon there were two more: Katie and Luke. Kyle loved all of his children and enjoyed sharing with them his knowledge and experience of the woods and river.
Kyle worked for several natural resource companies, including Reggear Tree Farms, Plum Creek Timber, Potlatch Corp. and Three Rivers Timber. In 2009, he began work as a forester for Idaho Forest Group (IFG), where his career flourished. He was a valued member of the timber procurement team for the IFG Grangeville and Lewiston sawmills. He was known for high-quality work and he earned the respect of IFG colleagues, state of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service foresters, and the many logging and forestry contractors with whom he worked in the industry. He was a board member of the Intermountain Logging Conference, the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association and the state implementation committee for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. He was also IFG's program manager for the initiative.
Idaho Forest Group became family to Kyle and Jen, and they are forever grateful for the kindness shown during his long battle. Kyle's entire family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the incredible gifts of their love and support.
During his illness, Kyle received hundreds of prayers and gifts. In his final days, he was able to see how very many lives he touched, by the many, many friends and family that surrounded him. He was well loved, and in his own words, he "had a good life".
Kyle is survived by his wife, Jennifer; and children, Katie and Luke; his stepchildren, Cheyenne and James; his parents, Ron (Judith) Wetmore and Jeanne (Peter) Harriman; his sister, Shana (Curt) Codr; nephews, Westin and Kaiden Codr; and extended family.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Kyle's life will take place at 2 p.m. July 7, at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino.
Photo: Kyle Roe Wetmore
Judy Dammarell, 76
1/8/1942 - 6/22/2018
We could list where she was born, where she lived throughout her life and where she worked. None of that would truly describe what kind of person she was. We could use all those loving adjectives that are commonly used to describe a loved one who has passed, but it still wouldn't give a true sense of her.
She lived her life with the concern and welfare of everyone else ahead of herself, so I think she would be pleased with this.
She married Bob Britton when she was 17 years old, and went on to have five daughters: Myrna Dammarell, Tina Province, Toni Larreau, Shirley Tannahill and Belinda "BJ" Fisher.
She dedicated her life to her marriage and the raising of her kids. Her marriage to Bob may not have lasted a lifetime, but his love, admiration and respect for her did last her lifetime. That is a testament to her in itself.
Later she married Ed Dammarell. They, several years later, also divorced, then both eventually went on to live at Life Care of Lewiston. Up to the end of his life, you could see Ed watch her from across the room and see the devotion and love for her in his eyes. Another life, forever touched by her. Ed brought much more to her life when they married. His son, Vern Dammarell, was adored by her from the moment she met him and he would forever thereafter be her son. Coincidentally, Vern would go on to become the love of her daughter, Myrna's life. She also acquired two daughters from that marriage: Charlotte Roberts-Candia and Sissie Olson. We say daughters because that's what they were to her. People use the term "stepchildren" or call it a "blended" family. Not so with her. When she embraced you with her love, you knew it was real and you knew it was forever.
She had sons-in-law throughout her life, but none of them thought of her as "mother-in-law". She was Mom. There is one exception, Hugh Tannahill, husband to daughter Shirley. He may be a son-in-law, but more than that, she always said if her daughter hadn't married him, she would have stole him for herself.
To the end, her entire life revolved around her family. Everything she was, everything she did, everything she gave, was for them.
To the end, she had such courage and held tight to her faith.
So, rest in peace, momma; soar the heavens with your daughters, Tina and Toni. We know you will continue watching over your family here.
She was preceded in death by mother, Shirley Frost; father, Abel Anthony; brothers, Robert, George and Dick Anthony; and daughters, Tina Province and Toni Larreau.
She is survived by brother, Jim Anthony; daughters, Myrna Dammarell (Vern), Shirley Tannahill (Hugh), Belinda Fisher (Dana), Sissie Olson and Charlotte Roberts-Candia (Armando); son-in-law, Mark Larreau; grandchildren, Shane Huffman (Laura), Michelle Brown (Omar), Chad Dammarell (Victoria), Fallon Province, Calem Woerman, Jessica Vasquez, Edie Stephens, Chrystal Smith (Joe), Erica Fisher, Melinda Fisher, Ben Olson, Nathan Cone and Justen Roberts (Jessica); and great-grandchildren Brielle, Olivia and Cody Huffman, Orion Brown, Axel Dammarell, Phineous Woerman, Ricky, Cynthia and Nicole, Blake and Mariah Smith, Elisio Perez, Taylynn Sperber, DJ Harris, Justice, Javoni, Tayshaun and Lina Cone, and Jasmine, Jayden and Juel Roberts.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Weippe Cemetery.
Photo: Judy Dammarell
Ida Pixley, 83, Orofino
Ida Pixley, 83, Orofino, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Orofino. She was born Aug. 13, 1934.
A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Don Raymond Cook, 74, Orofino
Don Raymond Cook, born April 14, 1944 in Jackson County North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2018 of pancreatic complications.
Don first came to Orofino in 1963. He worked at State Hospital for a couple of years and a short time at Jaype Plywood Mill before going to work for Oud Hardware. He worked there until the Ouds sold out to Abram's with whom he worked until they closed. He then went to work for Orofino Builders Supply for whom he worked for many years until he retired.
Don was very community minded and quite the craftsman. There were not many things he couldn't fix and take care of. He was also the sole caregiver of his wife, Jeanine, for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanine, of 54 years, adopted daughter, Belinda Wynn; grandson, Joe Wynn and granddaughter, Michelle Wynn of Orofino. Cousins, Carl Cook of Orofino and Jim Cook of Pierce also survive him, as do brothers Frank, Reese and Doyle Cook all of North Carolina. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
At Don's request, cremation has taken place and a potluck/memorial service is planned for June 30 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Riverside.
Photo: Don Raymond Cook
William E. Nousiainen Highly, 88, formerly of Orofino
William E. Nousiainen Highly passed away June 13, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
Bill was born July 17, 1929 to Leo and Bertha Nousiainen. He was the oldest of five sons.
He graduated from Trout Creek High School in Michigan in 1947. He served in the United States Air Force from 1947-1950. In 1953, he traveled from Trout Creek, to Orofino with Bruce McLaughlin where he made his home and cut timber for Ponozzo Brothers. Over the years he was business partners with Zane Wilcox, Ben Lougee, and Bill Deyo. Later, he started his own logging business which he operated for many years. He also operated a dairy and cattle ranch.
In 1955, he married Lula Beck. They had three children. They later divorced. In 1974, he married Helen Williams. They divorced in 2002. He met his longtime partner Audrey Grove in 2006. He formed a close relationship with Audrey and her family.
Bill started each day playing cards with his friends Roy, Larry, Art, Bud, Bob, and Butch. Over the years he raised draft horses for logging, pulling contests, and parades. He also enjoyed falling trees and cutting firewood until diagnosed with cancer last year.
Bill is survived by son, Robert Highly of Troy; daughters, Teresa Steadman, Diane (Joe) Lenz of Culdesac, Gail (Dean) Taylor of Vancouver, WA, Cherie (Tom) Shearer of Tualatin, OR; brother, Robert (Kathy) Nousiainen of Bruce Crossing, MI; sisters-in-law, Alberta Nousiainen, and Barbara Nousiainen; Audrey Grove and her children, Dawna (Joe) Lenz, Rick (Kelly) Grove, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, Rick Highly, parents, Leo and Bertha Nousiainen, brothers, Lloyd Nousiainen, Ron Nousiainen, Gordon Nousiainen; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Nousiainen.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake, WA. 99022.
Photo: William E. Nousiainen Highly
Rodney Wayne Grant, 47, Walrath Insurance Agency
How do you start? How do you do someone's life justice, especially someone who had such an amazing strength of character and complete selflessness all wrapped into one? How do you do that? I guess you start at the beginning.
Rodney Wayne Grant, of Lewiston, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, as a result of a tragic automobile accident on his way home from work to his family. Rod was born Nov. 12, 1970, in Lewiston, to Ann (Reichlin) and Vergial Grant. He was the eighth of 10 children. He was raised in Nezperce, where he graduated in 1989. After high school, Rod continued his education at the University of Idaho, where he bumped into Noelle Harman (literally), and from there the rest is history.
They were married June 3, 1995, and Rod's devotion to Noelle and his family never changed. He and Noelle celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary three days before his death. Rod and Noelle made their life in Lewiston, where he worked at Rogers Motors until he had the opportunity to work in the field in which he went to school for at Regence. He worked there in information technology for 16 years. The past 5 years, Rod was with Walrath Insurance in Orofino. In 1999, their first child and only son, Lane, 19, was born - followed by Rod's three little ladies, Sammi Jo, 16, Karleigh, 12, and Jaidyn, 11.
Family meant everything to Rod. His joy in life was making them happy and spending every possible minute with them. Rod and Noelle would travel hundreds of miles to attend not only every one of their children's sporting events, but nieces and nephews as well. The family enjoyed boating and camping, and Rod, with a smile on his face, would pack everything for their outings, including the kitchen sink, so that everyone had a good time. He coached his kids' basketball and soccer teams and even became their 4-H leader. It was apparent to all that he was not just a father to his own children, but a father to all the friends of his kids as well. Quick to deliver a lasting nickname, his compassion for their friends will be remembered and cherished always. Rod's heart and love were matched by his work ethic and willingness to do absolutely anything for everyone who needed an extra hand. For those who had the blessing to know and be a part of Rod's life, his smile and humor remain firmly in our memories. If you weren't smiling when you came in to Rod's presence, you certainly were when you left. The impression and impact he left after just a short visit is nothing compared to the impact he had on all of us.
A tribute to Rod would not be complete without these words that come directly from his wife,Noelle:
"When Rod and I started dating, it was easy and simple. We had the same goals, beliefs and values. Upon taking our compatibility test as part of our engagement preparation, we only had one answer that was not the same as each other. The priest said he would have thought we had cheated if he hadn't supervised the test. Mom always told me to marry someone I truly 'liked' as much as I loved because there will be times when the romance fades and you need a true friend to see you through the difficult times. I had that in Rod. And as our family grew we were a true team, with Rod as our MVP; and without him we can't help but feel incomplete.
"He was the most devoted dad and husband we could have ever asked for. He would have moved heaven and earth for us, if possible, and we know if anyone could have survived his accident, it would have been him. Rod was so hardworking and selfless, and he loved unconditionally. The man knew no stranger and was the very first to step in to lend a helping hand - to take on the task no one else wanted - and did it with a smile on his face. Rod was big and loud with an even bigger heart to go with it. He did everything at full throttle - work, play, pulling into soccer field parking lots (Comin' in hot!), whatever he did, he gave it 200 percent.
"When trying to put perspective on this whole crazy mess, the only way to 'rationalize' the situation is to put a quality measure on it. Rod was definitely a rare gem as a husband and a dad; whereas some people get cubic zirconias or even gravel for many, many years. If given the choice, we would never trade our diamond in the rough for anyone - we simply had the best.
"We will do our best to honor you and follow your example. But give us time and a little guidance please - you're a tough act to follow. We love you."
Rod is survived by his wife, Noelle, and their children, Lane, Sammi Jo, Karleigh and Jaidyn. He also is survived by his parents, Ann and Vergial Grant of Nezperce; his nine siblings, Kevin (Lisa Johnson) Grant of Meridian, Julie (Dan) James of Walla Walla, WA, Aimee (Chris) Braun of Boise, Ron (Kari) Grant of Visalia,. CA, Doug (Misty) Grant of Nezperce, Alan (Andrea) Grant of Bristow, Va.,VA, Kelly (Elton) Hochhalter of Boise, Kristi (Craig) Sunada of Pearl City, HawaiiHI, and Greg (Heidi) Grant of Boise. Rod's father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Marilyn Harman of Cottonwood, also survive him; along with Noelle's grandmother, Stella Harman of Anchorage, AK; and her siblings, Nikki (Tony) Havens of Lewiston, Andy (Stacey) Harman of Asotin, WA, and Pepper (Kim) Harman of Cottonwood. Rod also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews who will forever miss his presence in their lives.
Noelle and her kids would like to thank the numerous friends and family who supported them and helped with the recovery efforts. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Rusty Bentz, Terry Jackson, Dave Bream (Bus Driver Dave), Jim Pope and Gary Peters.
A rosary will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will be held afterward at All Saints Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Rod's name be made to All Saints Catholic School, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, where all of Rod's children attended, and where Jaidyn will graduate next year.
The following was written by someone Rod and Noelle considered family - their kids' second mom:
My heart is truly breaking
As I write this poem today
Photo: Rodney Wayne Grant
Charles 'Charlie' Gibson Bennett III, 80, formerly of Pierce
Charlie passed away on June 13, 2018, surrounded by members of his loving family. Charlie was born on Feb. 7, 1938 in Longbranch, NJ to Lisette Personius Bennett and Charles Gibson Bennett II and spent his youth in New Jersey, Vermont, Idaho and Montana, following his father's career in the timber industry (C.G. Bennett Lumber Co.).
Charlie graduated from Montana's St. Regis High School in 1957 and then enrolled at the University of Montana where he pledged the Sigma Nu Fraternity and played catcher for the varsity baseball team. Charlie was named All Skyline Conference in the spring of his freshman year and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1958. He played summer Triple A ball, however, an injury prevented him from pursuing a professional baseball career and he returned to Montana to continue his education. While at Montana, Charlie made many life-long friends among his fraternity brothers and teammates. He graduated from Montana in 1961 with a BS degree in Business Administration.
In 1962, Charlie married Patricia Mary Honeycutt in Missoula, MT and together they celebrated 56 years of love, commitment and partnership. Charlie and Pat had two daughters: Mary Pat and Ann. Charlie worked for the Bennett Lumber Company and the Burns-York River Lumber Company while living in Montana. In 1966 He joined Potlach Corporation in their plywood division and worked for the next 35 years in Pierce. He held several positions during his long career, including Department Foreman, Personnel Manager and ultimately, Plant Superintendent, retiring in October of 2000.
Following retirement from Potlatch, Charlie and Pat moved to Boise to be close to his children and four grandchildren. Charlie worked as a supervisor for Ada County for 8 years and continued "playing" with daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
Those who knew Charlie best would recount three defining qualities: first was his devotion to his family; second was his love of sports, the outdoors and adventure; and third was his unique ability to make others feel special, important and interesting no matter who they were. On that last dimension, Charlie made it a point to listen, remember and relate to those he touched and in so doing always demonstrated a real and deep interest in others. Charlie always made people feel like they mattered. Those three qualities were perpetually on display in the intertwining community, social and athletic circles that Charlie traversed.
Charlie loved to ski and as a member of the Bald Mountain Ski Club. He headed the ski racing program and started the High School Cup racing series which culminated in an event at Brundage Mountain with racers from Oregon and Idaho. He later coached the Timberline High School racing program for several years and was an active supporter of Bogus Basin and Brundage Mountain.
Always involved in baseball and later softball, he formed, coached and played on semi pro baseball teams and fast-pitch softball teams in Montana, Idaho and Washington. He shared his passion for each game by coaching girls' softball teams for his two daughters and also coaching the American Legion baseball team for Timberline High School.
Charlie also founded and coached a youth swimming program and actively participated in organizations like Toastmasters and the Orofino Golf Club. Charlie loved hiking in the North Idaho mountains, often with Pat, Mary Pat and Ann. The Mallard Larkin Wilderness Area and the Little North Fork were among his favorites. Charlie summited several notable peaks including Mt. Adams, Mt. Borah and the Grand Teton (twice). A bicycle enthusiast, Charlie participated in several biking events including the Tour d'French road bike race, Moscow to Coeur d'Alene century ride, the Lewiston Hill Climb and the White Bird Hill climb. In addition, he and his sister Eleanor rode the 220-mile Tour of the Swan River Valley multiple times.
Charlie and Pat played many rounds of golf at Plantation CC, even in the winter, which often meant skiing in the morning and golfing in the afternoon. He usually skied 80 days at Bogus Basin with friends and family and also made frequent trips to Brundage, Baldy, Targhee and Vail. He always skied with his girls and was very involved in his "grands" racing programs at Bogus and Brundage. He practiced baseball with his grandsons Derek and Paul Michael from the T-ball years through their high school seasons and was their most ardent supporter for football games and track meets. He and Pat followed their granddaughter Ali's golf career from age 8 to age 23 and spent many fun hours watching their granddaughter Lizzy play club soccer and high school soccer.
Charlie was an active member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat, his daughter, Mary Pat Thompson, his son-in-law, Roger Thompson and his former son-in-law, Paul Dewitt. Charlie's greatest joys were his grandchildren, Ali and Derek Thompson and Paul Michael and Lizzy DeWitt. He is also survived by his sisters, Lisette Carter of Great Falls, MT, Eleanor Bennett of Whitefish, MT and Alice Thompson of Las Vegas, NV; and several nieces and nephews. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lisette and his beloved daughter Ann. We rest easy knowing Charlie is in their loving care and warm embrace.
His funeral will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at The Cathedral of the Rockies located at 717 N. 11th St. Boise. A private committal will be held at Dry Creek Cemetery.
Condolences - In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to many of the following charities of your choice: Ann DeWitt Memorial Accounting Scholarship at University of Idaho, The Idaho Humane Society, University of Montana Business School, Missoula, MT.
Condolences may be made at www.bowmanfuneral.com.
Photos: Charles 'Charlie' Gibson Bennett III
Judy Ann Rasmussen, 78, born in Elk River
Judy Ann Rasmussen passed away peacefully Friday, June 8, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. She was 78.
Judy was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Elk River to Bob and Viola Brown. She was raised in several northwestern towns and was the youngest of three children. Judy graduated from Lewiston High School in 1958 and worked at Cox's Grocery Store, the Lewiston Drive-In Theatre and Orchards Elementary School.
Judy met Bill Rasmussen, the love of her life, and the two were later married. The couple lived in Alabama and Texas before returning to Lewiston in 1962. It was there that they started their family in 1965.
One of Judy's favorite places on Earth was Priest Lake, Idaho. She spent countless summers at the lake with her treasured friends and family. She enjoyed having people over and was the ultimate hostess. She loved to crochet, sew, needlepoint and many other arts and crafts. In short, Judy was an amazing homemaker and enjoyed every minute of it.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; brother, Gene; and sister, Bernie. She is survived by her children, Dean Rasmussen of Cashmere, WA, and Dawn (Tod) Burr of Lewiston; three granddaughters, Madison, Shaye and Abigail; one great-grandson, Evan; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Prestige Care of Clarkston, WA, and her great-niece, Susan Pedersen, who was her daytime caregiver during the last two years. And, finally, the amazing friends and neighbors of Judy who meant so much to her.
At Mom's request, there will not be formal services. However, in lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Idaho Food Bank in her name.
Photo: Judy Ann Rasmussen
David Mullikin, 85, formerly of Orofino
David Bryan Mullikin, 85, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, at his home, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was born on March 30, 1933, to Alma Pearl (Beck) and Bryan Neville Mullikin.
He attended schools in Orofino and Seattle.
He joined the U.S. Air Force at age 19 and retired at the rank of master sergeant in 1975, after 23 years of service. He later worked as a mechanic and delivered oil for Bartholomew Oil Co. and Thiessen Oil Co. He continued to work as a mechanic for many years after retiring.
He married the love of his life, Sheila Anne Callahan, on Feb. 13, 1960, while stationed in England. They were married for 52 years; she passed away in 2012. They had four children and seven grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons, David N. (Shannon) Mullikin of Lewiston, Bryan C. (Karen) Mullikin of Clarkston, WA, and Thomas P. (Carmen) LaMontagne of Lewiston; his daughters, Elizabeth Nicholson of Clarkston and Jennifer R. (Vince) Leighton of Long Beach, CA; his grandsons, Jeremy Nicholson of Clarkston, Grant Mullikin of Boise, Joel Mullikin of Lewiston, Brady Mullikin of Clarkston and Alex Mullikin of Clarkston; his granddaughters, Erika Mullikin of Boise, Kate Mullikin of Lewiston, Cassie (Jeremy) Haynes of Boise and Leslie LaMontagne of Boise; his great-grandchildren, Harper and Hunter Haynes of Boise; his brother, Gene (Donna) Mullikin of Orofino; his sister, Joanne (Jim) Montambo of Orofino; his brother-in-law, Bob Gecich of Lewiston; his cousin, Nick Partee; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Bryan Mullikin; and his wife, Sheila A. Mullikin.
A rosary was held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, also at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Lois Elaine Foster, 49, born in Orofino
Lois Elaine Foster, born Aug. 23, 1968, to Harold Leroy West and Loretta Simmons in Orofino, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018, at her home, in the company of her husband of 31 years, Lester A. Foster.
Lois loved everyone in her life. She especially enjoyed spending time with her fur babies. She loved going on long drives, looking at wildlife and scenic views. She was a loving soul who would help anyone in need. Along with her husband, Lois lived for her three boys, Jesse (Crystal), Ryan (Rachel) and Trey; and her three beautiful grandchildren, Charles, Christopher and Cassidy; along with their mother, Lorisa Mount. Lois also had a niece, Angela West, who she loved as one of her own. They were all the light of her life.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Leroy West.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of life from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Lewiston Community Center.
Photo: Lois Elaine Foster
Janice Swatman Gray, 74, formerly of Orofino
Janice Swatman Gray passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Janni was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Orofino, to Jess Edward and Dorothy Wilson Swatman. She grew up in Orofino and went to school with the class of 1961. Her older sister, Dolly, was supposed to be in charge of her, but usually didn't know she was gone until after she'd jumped the train to Headquarters.
She met Clair in a Kamiah dance hall through a mutual friend, Jack Adams. They were married Dec. 1, 1962, in Wallace. They were a pair, spending their lives making memories with no regrets. Always an antagonist, Janni never turned down a chance to win a good argument with him, even if she knew she was wrong.
Janni was fun. She was adventurous and never afraid of anything. Whether she was camping, fishing, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers or just floating the river with family and friends, she enjoyed being outdoors. She loved her family, but really loved being a grandmother. Her grandchildren spent time with her making memories at the farm.
She had many friends, but her lifelong friends were Kathy and Hez. They loved to play guitars and sing together. Always with a beer. They were the life of the party.
Janni is survived by her husband, Clair; children, Kelly Gray, Cully Gray (Danita), and twins Casey Gray (Cindy) and Kim Graham (Mike); sister, Dolly Cooke (John); and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A private family burial will take place. There will be a celebration of life with a covered-dish dinner at 11 a.m. June 16 at the Pink House Hole in Orofino.
We would like to thank Royal Plaza and the ER staff at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Storms never last, Momma.
Photo: Janice Swatman Gray
Lavila 'Wink' Tolonen, 87, Weippe High graduate
Wink passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 16, 2018, just three weeks after her 87th birthday party and celebration and two days after spending Mother's Day with her children and close friend, Pat Cane.
Wink was born April 22, 1931, to Edward and Ruth Smolinski in Orofino. She grew up in the Fraser area and graduated from Weippe High School in 1949. She then graduated from the Lewis-Clark Business College and began working in a Lewiston bank. Later, in 1950, she married Cecil Farrell. They had two sons. That marriage ended in a divorce.
In 1964, Wink met Jerry Tolonen while they both worked at Blount in Lewiston. They married in late 1965 and had a daughter in 1967. Jerry died in 2010. Most recently, she spent a lot of her time with Pat running around town and traveling the area, including visits to Weippe. She enjoyed playing cards and keeping up with her friends and many family members.
Wink is survived by her children, Mick and Mary Farrell, Ron Farrell and Karen and Justin Bolen; as well as, seven grandchildren, Michael Farrell, Shelley Bradly, Dan Farrell, Steve Farrell, Rob Farrell, Graeson Bolen and Dyllan Bolen; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack and Glen Smolinski. By her request, there will be no actual service, but the children are planning a gathering for a later date. Mom will be forever loved and in our fondest memories.
Photo: Lavila 'Wink' Tolonen
Weskeyne 'Sandy' Crawford, 75, formerly of Headquarters, Orofino
On the afternoon of Thursday, May 17, 2018, Sandy passed away peacefully of natural causes at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was surrounded by friends and family. Sandy was born in Wallace, Idaho, on July 7, 1942, to Wesley Franklin Barker and Vera Maxine Doverspike.
Sandy grew up in St. Maries, Idaho, where she attended school until the 10th grade. At the age of 63, Sandy achieved her GED, an accomplishment of which she was very proud.
She married her soulmate of 57 years, Allen Crawford, on Feb. 3, 1960. They raised three children in Headquarters, Idaho, where she was a cook for the Potlatch Corp. In later years, she and Allen moved to Orofino, where she worked and retired as a cook at Orofino Headstart. She loved all of the children she served. In fact, she always had a favorite each year.
She enjoyed camping and fishing on the North Fork. She even had a secret fishing hole. Known as the General Store, if you ever forgot an item, she was always prepared with what you needed. She loved spending time with, and cooking for, her family and friends.
Sandy is survived by her spouse, Allen N. Crawford; sons, Allen "Buster" N. (Joya) Crawford and Dimond L. (Sherry) Crawford; sisters, Skip Shaw and Sharon Staneck; niece, Cindy (Jim) Rogers; grandsons, J.J. Ausman, Derik (Lacie) Crawford and Eric Burnet; granddaughters, Rickelle Ausman, Holly Hall and Sarah Pflug; nine great-grandchildren; and best friends, Nancy and Lonnie Cowger. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Audrey Ausman; sister, Colleen Kay Winter; and special friend, Nancy Johnson.
A celebration of life will be with family and friends on Memorial Day weekend at the Wye Landing in Headquarters.
Photo: Weskeyne 'Sandy' Crawford
Melissa Pierce, 56
Melissa Marie Pierce passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Lewiston from complications of autoimmune disorder and cancer. She was 56.
Melissa was born Nov. 18, 1961, in Moscow to Lowell and Nancy (Kovar) Messley. She attended Clarkston, WA, schools, graduating in 1980 from Clarkston High School.
Melissa married Glenn Pierce on May 1, 1982. They had one daughter together. In 1991, they moved to Southwick and lived there until 2004, when they moved to Lewiston.
She enjoyed camping, hunting, four-wheeling and horseback riding. She also loved her granddaughters and spending time with her family and friends, as well as shopping, crafting, amusement parks and her pets.
Melissa is survived by her ex-husband, Glenn A. Pierce; mother and stepfather, Nancy and Tom Lightfield; father, Lowell Messley; daughter, Tia (Russell) Norland; granddaughters, Annabelle and Isabelle Norland; siblings, Michelle (Darrel) Aherin and Erik Messley; stepsister, Theresa (Travis) Blofsky; sister by choice, Stephanie Paffile-Rudd; and daughters by choice, Jaycee Paffile-Cook and Jerrica Paffile-Rosenau. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Selma and Edd Kovar, and Walter and Gladys Messley.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 840 10th St., Clarkston, with the Rev. David Carrington officiating. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to St. Joseph Foundation, P.O. Box 816, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston has been assisting the family. Please sign the online guest book and leave a memory at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
Edward P. Driskill, Sr., 70, former ICIO staff member
Edward P. Driskill Sr. passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home in Lewiston, after a brief battle with cancer, with his wife and son in attendance.
Ed was born Sept. 3, 1947, in Wilmington, DE., to James and Doris Driskill. He lived there a limited time on a country ranch. He moved often as a child, spending time in Colorado and eventually settling in Salt Lake City, UT, where he graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1966 as a National Merit Scholarship finalist in art.
After graduation, Ed joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was stationed in Long Beach, CA, and Antarctica. He served until he was injured in a freak accident that led to an honorable discharge in 1969. During his time in the service, he earned two awards: The National Defense Service Medal and the Antarctica Service Medal, both in 1967. After his service, he attended Weber State College under the G.I. Bill, where he played football and earned an associate degree in business management in 1974.
After graduation, Ed was married and started a family in Salt Lake City. Following his divorce, he met Diana Lee Jahn at the Deseret Press, where they were both employed, and they were married Jan. 21, 1976. Ed and Diane came to Moscow to visit his sister, Dee Driskill (former mayor of Moscow), and they fell in love with the Palouse and moved to Moscow in August 1977. Their son, Edward P. Driskill Jr., was born shortly after. Ed worked for various auto dealerships in the area before settling into a sergeant role at the Idaho Department of Correction in Orofino, where he worked from 1991 until his retirement in December 2009. He went on to work part time at the Lewiston Tri-State Outfitters.
Ed had numerous outdoor hobbies, including hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid bowler and especially enjoyed bowling with his wife and son. He and Ed Jr. went on to earn a second-place finish at nationals, which provided Ed Jr. with a college scholarship. Ed and Diane were members of the Eagles Lodge in Moscow for more than 15 years. Ed enjoyed coaching his son and other young men in Babe Ruth baseball. His joy in watching his son compete in sports was matched only by later watching his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Doris and James Driskill, along with his aunt, Julia Van Pelt.
Ed is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diane Driskill; his sister, Dee Driskill, and her husband, Peter, of Gig Harbor, WA; his brother, Darrell (Charlene) Driskill of Arvada, Colo.CO; and his son, Ed (Kelly) of Moscow, and their four children, Ava, Jack, Jemma and Henry. He also is survived by his three children from his first marriage, Allison, Spencer and Michelle, and numerous grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Lewiston Orchards. The memorial service will be at 10 a.m., with a reception immediately following. Friends and family are welcome to join. There will be a family graveside service to follow.
Phone: Edward P. Driskill
Mildred McCollum, 95, formerly of Weippe, Pierce
Millie McCollum, age 95, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Lakeside Residential Care, in Winchester.
Millie was born Jan. 21, 1923, to Albert Mead and Buena Vista (Snyder) VanDevender in Weippe. She attended school at the O.K. School, located on the rural, Three-Mile Road area, and also Weippe High School.
Millie and Otis Lloyd McCollum were married June 28, 1941. Soon after, they moved to Pierce, where they raised their family. While in Pierce, Millie was active in her church and the PTA. The entire family was active in skiing at the Bald Mountain ski area. They also enjoyed camping and fishing.
In 1968, they moved to Weippe, where they owned and operated a gas station and garage. In 1989, Otis and Millie moved to Clarkston. Millie was a member of the Banana Belt Fiddlers, the Washington Old-Time Fiddlers and the Down Home Music Makers. Music was her passion.
Otis passed away Jan. 28, 2005.
Millie is survived by her three sons, Bill (Marlene) of Weippe, Dennis (Judy) of Pierce and Gene (Cheri) of Lewiston. Her only daughter, Sherrie (Ralph) McKinnon, passed away in 2010. She also is survived by 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and her brother, Harry VanDevender.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Mildred McCollum
William C. Squires, 88, former ICIO staff member
William C. Squires passed peacefully Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Lewiston. Bill was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Kooskia, to Oran and Hilda (Wagner) Squires, and was raised on Harris Ridge until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.
He married Donita R. Lane in 1949, and they had four children: William C. Squires Jr., Sonja M. Squires (Peer), Rhonda J. Squires (Dickson) and Kenneth L. Squires.
Bill would spend the next 20 years serving in many of the states, England and in the Vietnam War.
After his retirement from the service, Bill worked at Lewiston Pre-Mix, state of Idaho and the Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICIO). Bill was very active until ill health finally forced him to slow down.
Bill loved hunting, fishing, camping and boating, and spent many fun-filled days with family and friends. He also was a very competitive master card player, playing double deck pinochle, poker and old poop.
Cookie and our little brother, Jeffrey Squires, were welcomed by all to the family in 1981, when Jeff was 8 years old. Bill loved the family reunions, which were started in 1956, and have continued every year since.
Bill is survived by his five children; sons-in-law Tim Peer and Tim Dickson; brother Robert Squires; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by parents Oran and Hilda Squires; brothers Gene and Les; sisters Darlene and Dixie; and daughter-in-law Kathy Squires.
There will be two memorials for Bill. The first one will be at 11 a.m. June 9 at the Kooskia Community Center (covered-dish). The next memorial will be July 28 at the annual Squires family reunion, at Wilderness Gateway Campground on the Lochsa River.
Photo: William C. Squires
Brian McGoldrick, 98, Orofino
Brian McGoldrick, age 98, passed away on May 8, 2018 at the veteran's home in Boise.
Brian was born on Jan. 31, 1920 in Fallon, NV to James and Marie McGoldrick. He spent his early years farming his family's land. In November of 1941 he joined the Army Air Corp and he served his country until Dec. 1945 in both England and California. He achieved the rank of Sergeant.
At the end of the war, Brian entered a Regional Vocational School program in Weiser, where he learned sheet metal work. He apprenticed in Walla Walla, WA, and it was there he met and married the love of his life, Marie. In 1954, Brian had the opportunity to buy a small sheet metal shop in Orofino. He owned and operated McGoldrick Sheet Metal until retiring in 1983.
Brian was very active in the Orofino community where he lived until February 2017. For decades and as long as his health allowed, Brian was a devoted and active member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church. He was also a member and leader in many organizations including the Lion's Club; VFW Post 3296 where he served as chaplain for several years; Knights of Columbus and past president of the Clearwater Historical Society. During the 1990's he delivered Meals on Wheels.
While Brian enjoyed all of his service activities, his hobbies and lifelong friends brought him particular joy. Brian was an avid bowler, fisherman and he and Marie loved camping with their friends. He rediscovered a love of music and began taking vocal and piano lessons while in his 80's, performing and dancing at the Wilderness Gateway jam sessions. He also looked forward to the twice weekly luncheons at the senior center.
Brian is survived by three loving sons, Jim, Steve and Don. Steve's wife Denise, their two sons, Brandon (wife Emily and children Maria, Eve, Alaia) and Ryan (wife Melinda and son Theo) and Don's wife Velma will also greatly miss Brian. Brian spent his last year in the Idaho State Veterans home so he could be near his son and grandsons.
Brian was pre-deceased by many he loved including Marie, his wife of 63 years. His stepson Bill died in 2014. His brother Frank died in 1944 and his sister Mary Steele died in 1988.
Services for Brian will be at St. Theresa's Catholic Church on Friday, May 18, with Rosary at 8:30 a.m. and Mass at 9 a.m. There will be a brunch at 10:15 a.m., also at St. Theresa's.
Photo: Brian McGoldrick
William James Kauffman, 89, born in Orofino
William J. Kauffman, 89, died peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Born Feb. 28, 1929, in Orofino, Bill was raised in Pierce, Grangeville and Lewiston.
After high school Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He married his childhood sweetheart, Bonnie Zumwalt, in 1950. They raised three boys while he worked as a freight agent for the Camas Prairie Railroad in depots up and down the rail line.
Bill loved camping, card games, fishing and many kinds of sports. He valued his friends and continued to charm people up until the end. He was gentle and humble.
Bill is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons, Neil, Doug and Dave Kauffman; daughters-in-law, Glen and Delores Kauffman; and many grandchildren and step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Barbara Kauffman.
A remembrance of life is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 12 in the garden of Guardian Angel Tudor House, 2223 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
The family wants to sincerely thank the management and staff at Guardian Angel Homes for the exceptional care they gave Bill.
Brycen George, 23, Kamiah
Brycen George, 23, Kamiah, died April 26, 2018 in Boise.
A private burial will be held Friday. A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m., Saturday May 5, 2018 at the Life Center, Hwy 12, Kamiah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Mythella Jane Blake, 94, Orofino
Mom went to sing with the angels on April 9, 2018. She finally received her heart's desire, to go home after several months of struggle.
Mom was born in South Whitley, IN, to Harry and Mary Baublet on Sept. 19, 1923. She was the third oldest in a family of eight.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings; Lillian, Carl, John, Gail, Paul, and Ernest, her husband Ed and her son John.
She is survived by her sister, Doris of Wabash, IN; her sons, Jim (Shirley) Spokane Valley, WA, Jay (Tracey) Orofino, daughter-in-law Jane, Mesa, AZ; grandchildren, Amanda (John) Mesa, Colleen (Josh) Lewiston, Jared (Dynae) Clarkston and Chantel of Orofino; great grandchildren, Kaylyn, James, Lewiston; Jordan, Mesa and Andyn, Clarkston, as well as many nieces and nephews across the country.
Mom went to Anderson College in Indiana after her sister Lillian signed her up. It was there she met a quiet and kind of shy young man from Idaho named Edwin. They married on June 14, 1947, and then came west to meet Ed's large family in Walla Walla, WA. They weren't done with school so they had to go back and finish. In the meantime, Dad sold the Nash and bought a '47 Harley. Mom really loved Dad and climbed on the back of the bike for the trip back to Anderson.
After graduation they moved to Missoula, MT, where their three sons were born. A change in jobs with the Forest Service brought the family to Peck in 1963. In 1970, after buying land from Aunt Thelma, the family moved to Orofino.
Mom really loved to be busy doing something. She received her teaching degree and substituted in Peck and Orofino elementary. She then started working for the postal service and retired after 15 years, never taking a sick day. Mom loved anything to do with sewing, embroidery, quilting or just patching holes. Gardening and canning also took up much of her time. Picking berries of all kinds was one of her great loves, I think the illusive huckleberry was number one.
She really loved to sing, doing many solos in church, and singing with the Orofino Community Choir for many years.
Mom's greatest love of all was Jesus and working in the church. She led music, taught Sunday school and was church treasurer at the First Church of God. She and Dad also spent many Sunday afternoons visiting the residents at Clearwater Health and Rehab.
Mythella lived a long and wonderful life with more stories than I can write down or paper will hold. Her greatest desire is that everyone comes to know Jesus as their personal Savior so they join her and sing with the angels.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the First Church of God located at 280 107th St. in Orofino.
Photo: Mythella Jane Blake
Traci Brown, 61
Traci Brown 61, of Deary passed away Thursday April 19, 2018 at Tri-State Hospital in Clarkston, WA.
The Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. Interment will be at Harpster Cemetery. A covered dish dinner will follow at the Harpster School House.
A. LeRoy Anderson, 96
Gone home to be with Irene, "the love of his life," April 24, 2018.
LeRoy was born in Agatha, Idaho, March 24, 1922, to Art and Madge Anderson. He graduated from Lapwai High School.
He married Irene McKinnon on Feb. 19, 1992, in Grangeville. They moved to the Cougar Ridge Area in Lewiston in 1998.
He worked as a machinist and auto mechanic in Craigmont, running his own shop. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix.
He attended the Trinity Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ernie Anderson; his sister, Betty Jacobs; and his daughter, Janet Bovey. He is survived by his son, Bob (Sue) Anderson of Boise; son-in-law Dwight (Dode) Bovey of Lewiston; his sisters, Rachel (Gene) Bonnalie of Orofino and Anna Mae Woodland of Sandpoint; grandsons, Roger Bovey of Grandview, WA, Bruce Bovey of Lucile, and Melvin Bovey of Twin Falls; granddaughter, Misty Mitchell of Nampa; and one great-granddaughter.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston on Wednesday, April 25, at 11 a.m.
He loved the Lord.
Photo: A. Leroy Anderson
Sallie Jeanne McHargue, 81, formerly of Orofino
On Friday, April 13, 2018, the day after her 81st birthday, Sallie Jeanne McHargue passed on while surrounded by her family in Lewiston. Sallie was born in Lewiston on April 12, 1937, to Cleo McHargue (Williams) and Earl 'Mac' McHargue. She spent most of her childhood in her beloved Elk City with her grandparents, Joe and 'Mae' Williams.
Sallie's love of horses - cultivated by her grandparents and older brother, Bob - led to many adventures on horseback with her cousin (more like sister), Noel Leonard (LaPlante), frequently with her younger brother, Mike, in tow. She attended school in Elk City and Lewiston, graduating from Lewiston High School. After business school in Spokane, WA, she began working for law offices in Lewiston and eventually Grangeville.
Her desire to work in the outdoors spurred a long career with the Forest Service, beginning with the Nez Perce National Forest in Grangeville, then the Clearwater National Forest in Orofino, and finally the Challis National Forest in Challis and Salmon, Idaho. Some pride points from her career include being one of the early women pioneers in the male-dominated forest industry, ranging from leading a women's tree-planting crew to her survey work as a civil engineering tech, culminating in her work in fire as a renowned dispatcher.
Sallie loved nature, especially gardening, wildlife and anything related to horses. She enjoyed family road trips, bowling, dancing, live music and trying new foods. She was preceded in death by her brothers, David and Robert McHargue, and both her parents. She is survived by her two sons, Mike (Sherrie) Bigsby and Kelly Bigsby; three daughters, Jamie McHargue, Ross (Dennis) Coulter and Casey Fisher; her brother, Mike McHargue; cousin, Noel LaPlante; sisters-in-law, Mary and Jayne; and many grandchildren.
In accordance with Sallie's wishes, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please send any pictures, recollections or stories of Sallie to Ross Coulter at 2313 First Ave. N., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Sallie Jeanne McHargue
Mary Ralston Pearsall, 93, formerly of Orofino
Mary Ralston Pearsall, formerly of Orofino, quietly passed away from natural causes in Colville, WA on Jan. 28, 2018 at the age of 93. She spent most of her life living in the Orofino area. She was born in Weippe on May 3, 1924 to John and Beulah Ralston. She also lived in Grangemont and Kamiah.
She graduated from Orofino High School where she met and married Richard Earl Pearsall at 18 years old. They moved to Seattle with best friends- Morris and June Adams. Dick and Morris both joined the Army during WWII while Mary and June stayed in Seattle to work for Boeing helping to rivet together the Boeing Bombers.
Mary later joined her husband and for the next three years they traveled to various Army bases in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Their daughter Luana was born in 1944 and son Jim was born in 1946 after they moved back to build a home and settle in Orofino.
When her children were in high school, Mary went to nursing school to become a licensed practical nurse. She loved her job working at the local hospital--especially attending to the new born babies.
She joined the Church of Latter Day Saints with her children in 1954 and it was a constant blessing to her for the rest of her life. She had a great appreciation for nature and the beautiful outdoors of Northern Idaho and enjoyed many camping, fishing, and hiking trips. Her main hobby was Art so she took lessons in Oil, Watercolor, and Sketching and won several ribbons at the Clearwater County fairs.
She lost her beloved husband Dick to emphysema in 1980 and spent many winters after that traveling to Arizona and Southern California to enjoy the sunshine and visit with friends and family. She was married a second time briefly to local Orofino resident Alvin Bloodsworth until his death.
Mary is survived by Don and Luana (daughter) Walker and grandchildren: Brad Walker and Taja Walker Bourgeau, and Jim (son) and Linda Pearsall and grandsons: Jay Pearsall, Brian Pearsall, Grant Pearsall and 14 great grandchildren. She will be missed!
A memorial service will be held at the LDS church, Orofino 13610 Fremont Ave. in Orofino on Saturday, May 5, at noon.
Photo: Mary Ralston Pearsall
Glen Wortham Hillman, 83
Glen Wortham Hillman, 83, of Silverton, Idaho, peacefully passed away on April 18, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society in Silverton. He was born Jan. 21, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA. Glen was the son of Wortham and Jennie (Dyck) Hillman.
Glen attended schools in the Los Angeles area.
Glen served in the U.S. Postal Service, working in California, Texas, and Nampa, Idaho, until he retired in 1998. Glen married Carla (Bradley) Alexander on November 25, 1994 in Payette, Idaho. He moved to the Silver Valley in 1994, while still maintaining a part-time residence in Orofino. Glen had many hobbies including collecting guns and shooting, model trains, mountain biking, ATV-ing and had a special love for cats.
Glen is survived by his three step-children Charles Alexander of Spokane, WA, Robin (Willard) Schremser of Pinehurst, Idaho, Dara Bebee of Pinehurst; three grandchildren, Darla Arosco, Jennifer Webb, and Michael Nichols; and 2 great-grandchildren Noah Werk and Isiah Webb. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wortham and Jennie; his wife, Carla; and one granddaughter, Jessica Case.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Orofino.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Cat Wranglers, P.O. Box 995, Osburn, Idaho 83849. One may sign Glen's online guestbook at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com.
Shoshone Funeral Services and Crematory Kellogg, Idaho is entrusted with cremation services.
Photo: Glen Wortham Hillman
Gary M. Ogden, 71, Cavendish
Gary Mickeal Ogden passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, from pancreatic cancer.
Born Aug. 29, 1946, to Harrison and Ruby Ogden, Gary grew up on the farm near Cavendish with his two sisters, Barbara and Pat. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany, the Vietnam War and as a member of the National Guard.
He married his beloved wife, Bonnie Ogden, in 1968. They raised two children and were members of the Eagles. Gary retired from Safeway after 25 years and moved from Kirkland, WA., to Cle Elum, WA., where he had an excavation business for 10 years. Gary and Bonnie moved back to Cavendish, where they enjoyed farming, fishing and friends.
Gary's enjoyment's included fishing, camping, skiing, riding dirt bikes, snowmobiling and much more. He shared these adventures with family and friends, teaching others to enjoy life and have fun.
He is survived by, and greatly missed by, his two children: Christine Lewis and her husband, Steve, and Clint Ogden and his wife, Becky; his four grandchildren: Rory Lewis, and Jarrod, Erica and Jillian Ogden. He also is survived by his sisters, Barbara Marvin and Patricia Ogden. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Teakean Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the graveside service at the Southwick Bible Church. Salads and desserts are welcome.
Photo: Gary Mickeal Ogden
Violet Treib, 86, formerly of Orofino
Violet L. Treib went to be with her savior Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Cascadia Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Lewiston, of causes related to age.
Violet was born to Vivian and Albert Truax on Sept. 15, 1931, in Adams County, ND. She attended North Lemmon and Lemmon schools in North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively. Violet married John P. Treib on Sept. 12, 1951, at McIntosh, SD. They lived in Lemmon and Pierre in South Dakota, Sidney and Kimball in Nebraska, and Lewistown and Stanford in Montana before moving to Orofino in 1967 to work on the dam.
Violet and John together had five children: Douglas, Linda, John, Alan and Sandra. She was a member and faithful servant of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 40 Years. Her hobby was embroidery. She made pillow cases for each of her children and grandchildren.
Violet was preceded in death by her husband, John Treib; her infant daughter, Sandra; her son, Douglas; her parents; and sister, Arlene Bucklin. She is survived by her children, Linda (Lonny) Erickson of Lewiston, John (Teresa) Treib of Clarkston, WA, and Alan (Chris) of Kennewick, WA. Violet also is survived by one brother, Alvin (Arlene) Truax of Pierre; and many nieces and nephews. She has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family.
A viewing is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a graveside service at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston. A reception will follow at the Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge in Lewiston.
Photo: Violet Treib
Frank 'Bucky' Dale Agost, 89, formerly of Pierce
Frank 'Bucky' Dale Agost, age 89, passed away in his home in Kamiah Idaho on April 10, 2018 from cancer. He was born on March 22, 1929 in Longview, WA, to Floyd and Isabelle (Baney) Agost.
Bucky lived in Hollywood near Pierce in a tent for his first several years. He then moved to Lewiston, where he lived with his father, Floyd, and stepmother, Margaret 'Smokey' Agost. He moved back to Pierce at age 12. Bucky was always a good athlete, playing varsity basketball at Pierce High School, where he graduated in 1947. After high school, he boxed under his trainer and good friend, Glen Northcutt.
Bucky was very talented, using his mechanical skills to fabricate many inspired products in both his trucking business and personal life. He logged for 43 years and ran a hunting camp during winter months for a number of years. He even tried his hand at owning and operating the Timber Inn in Pierce for two years.
In 1952, Bucky married his wife of 66 years, Juanita Mae Munds. They had two children, Dale Floyd (deceased 1972) and Debra Louise. Bucky and Juanita moved to Kamiah, ID in 1975. He and Juanita loved the outdoors and could often be found on a hillside picking huckleberries or mushrooms, four-wheeling, or hunting.
Bucky is survived by his daughter, Debra, and her husband, Evan who live in Gig Harbor, WA; three grandchildren and their spouses (Jona Durousseau and Dane McTear of Roy, WA; Jason and Sarah Hansen of Tacoma, WA; and Christopher Burk and Jessica Hoefle of Gig Harbor, WA. Bucky has seven great grandchildren: Tiara Durousseau (deceased), Shane Durousseau, Damien McTear (Jona); Eli and Toby Hansen (Jason); Hayden Ondell (stepdaughter) and Hudson Burk (Chris).
He was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to many. He will be dearly missed. The family plans to have a celebration of life in early summer for family and friends.
Photo: Frank 'Bucky' Dale Agost
Ronald Gene Blakesley, 76, Orofino
Ronald Gene Blakesley passed away at home on March 1, 2018, after four years of quarreling and fighting with multiple myeloma. Born on December 27, 1941 in Lovell, WY, to Geraldine Emerson and Elmer E. Blakesley, Ron grew up primarily in Oregon Basin, WY, where he was introduced to playing with radios. He spent his junior and senior high school years living in Cody, WY, graduating from Cody High School in 1960, and in January 1961 started school at the National Electronics Institute in Denver, CO.
After graduating and marrying his first wife, Barbara Ashton, he went to work for military contractors specializing in missile systems around the west. In 1965, Ron joined the Navy, serving as an Electronics (Communications) Technician on the Bryce Canyon, a destroyer tender. After his discharge in 1969, Ron worked for Collins Radio in Orange County, CA, then Hathaway in Denver, CO, where he met and married his second wife, Terri Gross Kennedy. In 1972, he went to work for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dworshak Dam in Orofino. He retired from Dworshak in 2000.
Ron loved working with radios and electronics all his life. He enjoyed employment in an industry where he, "could play during the week as well as weekends." Since retirement, he traveled, hiked to mountain-tops, and enjoyed his hobby, "playing with radios." He installed a 63 ft. tower in his yard and talked to people around the world in English and Morse code. He maintained a mountain-top repeater and traveled to Ham festivals around the west to find "treasures" and connect with friends who shared his passion for radio.
Ron is survived by his partner of 17 years, Sheila Noall of Lewiston; two daughters, Pennie (Kirk) Morgan, Cody; Tracy (Kevin) Graffis, Lewiston; son, Mike Kennedy of Lewiston; six grandchildren; and sister, Marlene (Mike) Thiel, Powell, WY. He was preceded in death by his parents; second wife, Terri; and son, Wade Kennedy.
Per Ron's wishes, there will be no memorial service and his ashes will be placed at the top of Carter Mountain, WY, near the old radio towers, where he will have a good view and great reception.Photo: Ronald Gene Blakesley
James Thomas, 95, Orofino
James passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2017 at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston, where he has resided the last several years. He was 95.
James was born May 20, 1922 to James and Margery Thomas in Kentucky, and his adventurous life began just a few months later when his family and extended family uprooted themselves and headed west to southern California.
Growing up in Riverside and Covina with a hard-working father, an artistic mother, and two adoring younger sisters, he thrived in a creative environment and succeeded in school, winning a scholarship to USC. His education was interrupted by World War II, when he joined the Army Air Corp and became a co-pilot, navigator on B-17 bombers, running 35 missions across the English Channel from England to Germany, earning the rank of First Lieutenant. His time in the service engendered a lifelong love of flying.
He continued his education after returning home after the war, graduating with a bachelor's degree. He entered the world of aeronautical engineering, becoming a designer; married Elaine Kramer, and became the father of four children: Wendy, Jamie Robin, and Teresa.
Loss struck the family when Jamie passed away from an irreparable heart condition. This tragedy traumatized the marriage, but hope returned when, two years later, a brand new baby brother was adopted into the family - James Martin Thomas.
Dad was a devoted family man, not just to his nuclear family, but to his parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, Air Force buddies and fraternity brothers. Lively get-togethers were frequent. Hilariously themed neighborhood parties were hosted.
He went deer and wild boar hunting with his brother-in-law and friends - not with guns, but with bow and arrow. He made his own arrows. He rebuilt car engines, re-upholstered furniture, painted, sculpted, photographed, constructed. He even built his own airplane. He introduced bows and arrows and handguns to his children, along with rigorous safety training. He was a father figure and advisor when the sisters brought home potential boyfriends.
After his marriage dissolved he moved to Idaho to be near his one living sister, Athalie, and her husband George, and to start a new life. He was unbelievably fortunate to find a wonderful woman with whom to share it, Barbara Cramer. Not only did she welcome him with a loving heart and open arms, her children, Rick, LeLonnie, and Stan, and grandchildren made him a complete and integral part of the family. His new grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him a double portion of joy and delight.
Jim and Barbara took full advantage of their retirement years, traveling around the U.S. by car. Traveling to Hawaii several times, and to England. They used to say to their kids, "We're spending your inheritance!" With one mind we all responded back: "Go for it!" They had a lot of golden days and years together.
In the last few years, things began to slow down. The vile thief, Alzheimer's began to encroach on Dad's mind, stealing away his cognizance and putting the family beside themselves. The one bright aspect to this wretched condition was that he became sweeter and jollier. He finally had to go live at Guardian Angel Homes where all the caregivers in Timber House took loving care of him over the years.
He was never very alone! Barbara and her family were frequent visitors, taking him on drives and picnics in the parks around Lewiston and Clarkston. He enjoyed watching the waterfowl on the river and in the ponds, and the beautiful trees and flowers when they were in bloom. And of course, the weekly visits to DQ! His children, although they live far away, visited as often as they could. Their visits were always a joyous time, filled with much fun and laughter. His nephew Arnold was devoted to his Uncle James.
Dad has left behind a family of too many to name who loved him, delighted in him, and will miss him for the rest of their lives.
A Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m., the United Methodist Church in Orofino.
Memorials may be addressed to: Orofino United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Orofino, ID 83544 or Orofino Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 1317, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: James Thomas
Kathleen Ann Tinsley, 65, Orofino
Kathleen Ann Tinsley passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from complications related to her battle with acute aplastic anemia.
Kathy was born Aug. 12, 1952, in Newport, WA, the third of five children raised by Donna and Leroy Brillon. She grew up in north Idaho before moving to Pierce, where her father worked at the Jaype plywood mill. This is where she met her high school sweetheart, future husband and love of her life, Mike Tinsley. Kathy and Mike were married Aug. 27, 1971, after Kathy graduated from Timberline High School.
Mike and Kathy lived in Pierce, where Mike worked for Potlatch Forests Inc., both in the plywood mill and their logging operations. In 1976, they were blessed with a son, Paul. Mike and Kathy were nomadic, loving to see new places and things. They lived in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Georgia before retiring in Orofino two years ago. Kathy would go back to the Oregon coast at the drop of a hat - loving to visit her son, grandson and daughter-in-law, as well as seeing the coast. The ocean was where she could always "reset and refresh" when things were bothering her.
Kathy's loves were her friends, her family, camping, fishing, the Pacific Coast and card games. She was a fierce competitor at pinochle and cribbage and was known to be a gracious winner, although sometimes not so gracious at losing. We loved her for that.
In her later years, and especially when living away from her family, Facebook became another love of hers. She said that Facebook allowed her to keep up with all of her friends and family, as well as vicariously enjoy what they were all doing.
Kathy is survived by her mother, Donna Derrick of Orofino; her husband, Mike of Orofino; her son, Paul Tinsley, his wife, Casey, and their son, Brady, of Woodburn, OR; her sister, Christine Alcock, and her husband, Chris, of North Bend, OR.; her brother, Nick Brillon, and his wife, Melinda, of Cottonwood; her sister, Karen Howell, and her husband, Eddie, of Orofino; and her sister, Linda Bolen, and her husband, Loren, of Pierce. She was preceded in death by her father, Leroy.
Kathy is being cremated and requested that no service be held.
Photo: Kathleen Ann Tinsley
Violet Juran, 98, born at Elk River
Violet passed away Friday, April 6, 2018, at Wedgewood Terrace at age 98. On the day she went to heaven, the violets were blooming.
Vi was born Jan. 8, 1920, at Elk River, the second of five children born to John and Ida Smithwick. The family later settled on a farm north of Genesee, where Vi developed her strong work ethic. She helped with all the farm chores and even worked with her dad splitting cedar shakes and posts.
She was a student at the one-room Lone Star School near Cordelia, graduated from Genesee High School in 1937, and attended the University of Idaho.
Vi had many jobs in her early years, including as secretary at Boeing in Seattle, WA, and as legal secretary for Ed Butler in Moscow. Later in life, her favorite job was secretary to the director of vocational education at Lewis-Clark State College. She retired from LCSC in 1985.
Vi married Lonnie Juran at the Juran family farm Sept. 20, 1941. They lived in Seattle at the beginning of World War II, eventually returning to Idaho and settling in the Lewiston Orchards. After 72 years of marriage, Lonnie passed away in 2014.
Vi is survived by her daughters, Donna (Jeff) Johnson and Karen (Dennis) Thorson of Lewiston. She also is survived by her sister, Bonnie (Vince) Dressel of Lewiston; her four grandchildren, Jared (Casey) Johnson of Lewiston, Derek (Tiffany) Johnson of Genesee, Kirk (Taiya) Johnson of Kamiah, and Cori (Dick) Straw of Lewiston; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Etta Taylor Smothers and Betty Osmundson; brother, Bobby Smithwick; and her favorite grand wiener dogs, Pete, PJ and Gus.
Our mom, grandma, and GG was a wonderful cook, grew beautiful flowers, and could sew anything from suits to baby clothes, wedding dresses and quilts. She was always working but no matter how busy she was, she was never too busy to help us with anything. In her memory, cook your family and friends a huge dinner (and do not forget the dessert) or teach a child how to sew or raise a garden.
Our mom is in heaven fixing the flower beds, canning the extra fruits and vegetables, or on the porch having coffee with our dad.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wedgewood Terrace and Royal Plaza for the wonderful care they provided for Mom. You are angels on Earth.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
Photo: Violet Juran
Joyce Crawford, 86, Kooskia
Joyce Crawford 86, of Kooskia passed away Friday April 6, 2018 at Guardian Angel Home's in Lewiston.
Service are pending. Arrangements are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Margo Aragon Herrington, 59, formerly of Orofino
Margo Aragon Herrington, at age 59, continued her adventurous journey from this life to the next Monday, April 2, 2018. Her death was due to colon cancer.
When she was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, 1959, her paternal grandmother, Chole Romero, said, "it was raining and the birds sang in the trees." Her parents, Evelyn Cruz Gomez Aragon and Raul Aragon, spent a few more years in Tinseltown, working and going to school, and then moved back home to Imperial Valley, CA. The community had many colorful nicknames, and Margo's favorite was "Shake and Bake" because of the many earthquakes and frequent summer temperatures of 120 degrees or higher.
Margo attended local elementary schools and graduated from Central Union High School, home of the Spartans. Due to the fine instruction, leadership and camaraderie, those four years helped shape Margo's interest in modeling, broadcasting, writing, traveling, learning new languages and community service. She attended Imperial Valley College and San Diego State College, but decided to give modeling a serious try before graduating. Although she modeled sporadically throughout San Diego, she moved to Los Angeles to see if she would find more work. While she did print work and modeled for shops, this career didn't fulfill her as much as she hoped. When her family friends retired to Orofino she decided to visit them.
In 1980, she saw the Snake River and Clearwater River drainage for the first time. Right then and there she decided to pack up her things in Los Angeles and move to Idaho. It seemed everything Margo had ever wanted to do happened in Idaho. She graduated from Lewis-Clark State College and immediately attended Bennington College, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in writing. During this time, she was also a KLEW-TV broadcaster and host of "Northwest Morning".
In 1997, Margo and Horace Axtell published their book, "A Little Bit of Wisdom: Conversations With a Nez Perce Elder," with Confluence Press and publisher James Hepworth. It was a memoir that transformed the lives of Margo and Horace. Suddenly everyone wanted to meet Horace and Margo and know more about Horace's life. They were invited to speak at events across the country. One memorable occasion resulted in an invitation to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Ketchum, Idaho, in September 2005. Margo, Horace and his wife, Andrea, sang a walasat (Nez Perce traditional belief) song for His Holiness and the audience. Both spiritual leaders also met face to face and "it was a highlight that I will never forget," said Margo. Their collaboration, friendship and kinship (Margo called Horace "toota," which means daddy in the Nez Perce language) continued until his death in 2015. Horace, Andrea and their children became Margo's family.
Horace and Margo also translated the oldest book in the Pacific Northwest, "Nez Perce's First Book: For Children and New Beginners." Margo also wrote for other publications including Idaho Magazine.
Margo also served on the board of several local, state and regional organizations. Additionally, she worked at the University of Idaho Press, Community Action Partnership, Walla Walla Community College and Northwest Indian College.
Horace and Andrea also were responsible for Margo meeting John B. Herrington, the world's first indigenous astronaut. While he was on his cross-country bicycle ride from Cape Flattery, WA, to Cape Canaveral, FL, in 2008, John stopped to see his friends and colleagues, Horace and Andrea. Their daughter, Kay, asked Margo to set up some media events and show him around the area. After three days, they fell hopelessly in love. At the end of John's bicycle ride, he proposed to Margo at Cape Canaveral's countdown clock. They were married twice in 2009; once in California and once by Horace in a Nez Perce ceremony in Joseph, OR.
Margo and John's marriage brought two adventurers together, and their married life was just as exciting as one could imagine. They worked together, met famed lunar astronauts, rafted several rivers in Idaho, Alaska's Arctic, the Grand Canyon, traveled the country and Europe, developed interesting projects, and loved each other more than words could say.
Margo's first two marriages - to Douglas Tyler and Robert E. Kinney - ended in divorce. Her marriage to David G. Sears was a beautiful and happy one. He died in January 2004.
Having a strong spiritual life was important to Margo, and she is forever grateful to Zona and Fred Bowen, and Horace and Andrea Axtell for teaching her and imparting their knowledge to a lifelong learner.
Margo is survived by her dear husband, John; brother Eric (Sacha); siblings-in-law James (Jo) and Jennifer (Mark); several stepchildren; her dear nieces, Diamond and Heaven; and many more nieces and nephews, beloved aunts, uncles and cousins; a sweet grandson, Brogan; the entire Axtell family; and devoted friends and neighbors whose love was shown on a daily basis.
A dressing service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Malcolm's Brower-Wann. A walasat service will be held starting at 7 p.m. in the Pi Nee Waus Community Building in Lapwai. Burial will be the next morning at 8 a.m. Friday at Normal Hill Cemetery. A dinner will follow burial at the Pi Nee Waus Community Building.
A celebration of life will be held at Clarkston's Quality Inn the third weekend in April and in San Diego at a later date.
Margo dearly loved the mountains of Idaho and supported SBFC's efforts to protect and preserve this pristine environment. Literature and art also were her passion, and telling the stories of Idahoans was one of her greatest pleasures.
Photo: Margo Aragon Herrington
David E. Leeper, 79, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
David Leeper went to his heavenly home Thursday, March 29, 2018, at his home in Clarkston, WA.
He was born Aug. 20, 1938, to Emmett and Reva Leeper in Orofino.
He lived on the family farm at Angel Ridge. The family moved to Lewiston to care for his grandfather. David attended school in Lewiston, after his grandfather's death the family moved to the Orofino area. David attended Orofino High School.
In 1955, he joined the U.S. Navy. After his discharge, he returned home. He met and married Marjean Smith and they had three children. He rejoined the Navy and he and Marjean later divorced.
In 1970, while home on leave, he met his soulmate, best friend and love of his life, June Purcell Reagan. They were married in 1970, and he became the instant dad of her five children and they had a son.
After David was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Pierce, where he worked for Ray Coon Logging until his health forced him to leave the woods. He and June obtained their log-scaling license. They worked for Idaho Forest Industries, in Priest River until they retired. They then moved back to the valley.
David Loved to camp, fish the lakes, play golf, sit by the campfire and spend time with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Burrett Fergson; brother Paul Leeper; and daughter Janice Hurst.
He is survived by his wife, June; sons Brad (Denise) Leeper, Ron (Earlene) Reagan and Doug Russell; daughters Peggy DeYoung, Cheri (James) Baxter, Lisa Wilson, Reva Monk and "DD" Russell; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and his best four-legged friends, Troy and Max.
At David's request there will be no service, but a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the family.
Photo: David E. Leeper
Everet H Martin, 91, formerly of Weippe
Everet Harvey Martin was called home to be with his loving Savior on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at age 91. He was receiving hospice care for cancer at Lewiston Transitional Care Center.
Everet was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Carson City, ND, to Leo and Christine (Zeller) Martin. The family moved to Weippe when Everet was age 8, where they owned and operated a restaurant and gas station on the corner in Weippe. He was always proud to tell that he came home from third grade and told his mother that he had found the girl he was going to marry. It was Barbara Bennett. They were married Nov. 26, 1944 in Orofino.
During World War II, Everet was a senior at Weippe High. He knew he would certainly be drafted on his 18th birthday in Dec. 1944. So, he did three things to prepare. He and Barbara married in November. He took extra credits so that he could graduate in May 1944 - with wife Barbara accepting his diploma. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The day he turned 18, he left for basic training in San Diego. He served on a yard tug boat in the Philippine Islands and was honorably discharged in May 1946, with the rank of Electricians Mate 3rd Class. He returned to Weippe, where he and Barbara made their home for the next 70 years. They have two children, Carrie and Kenneth.
Everet supported his family by working in Weippe saw mills. At Schmidt Brothers Lumber, he started out on the clean-up crew, advancing to the position of head sawyer for 13 years. At Hutchins Lumber Inc. he was the head saw filer for 27 years until retirement in 1992. As head filer at Hutchins, Everet (like other filers) struggled with band saws that could not be filed to readily cut frozen logs in the winter. He perfected a new technique of filing saws for frozen timber which increased lumber production during winter months to be almost equal to production in summer months. It was truly an amazing new technique, which Everet shared with other saw filers and always gave credit to God for giving him the solution.
Everet always considered Weippe the "best place on Earth to live". He owned and operated Martin's Gun Shop. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting elk and deer, fishing in the many creeks around the area and camping with family and friends. His greatest love was backpacking with pack goats. His love of God's creation and the outdoors was evident when he shared stories.
Everet was a member of many community and professional activities. He and wife, Barbara, participated in many fun-loving "Haw Hee" productions by the Hilltop Civic Group. He was on the Weippe City Council for many years and also served as the Weippe water/sewer manager. He served as both vice president and president of the Intermountain Saw Filers Convention. He was a lifetime member of the Hilltop Heritage Society and Museum, serving as president for many years. He was always excited to procure local items for the museum and even happier to personally give tours of the museum. In 2001, Everet headed up Weippe citizens to sponsor the First Annual Camas Festival, which 16 years later still occurs each May.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Orofino, serving on the church council as treasurer for many years. He became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarkston, WA, when he and Barbara moved to Lewiston in 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Lewiston; and his children, Carrie Gurgel (Rich Goodwin) and Kenneth (Sue) Martin, all of Clarkston. Everet has 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His namesake, Everet David Martin's arrival is expected soon, becoming great-grandchild number 12. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Christine; his sister, Arlene Caton; and a great-grandson, Mason.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1107 14th St., Clarkston. The family suggests memorials to Weippe Hilltop Heritage Society/Museum or St. John's Lutheran Church. Prayers, condolences and memories will be cherished at the book of memories at www.merchantmemorialgroup.com.
Photo: Everet Harvey Martin
John Robert Jenkins, 75, formerly of Orofino
John Robert Jenkins, age 75, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, under the care of his wife at their residence in Lewiston. He was born, Sept. 5, 1942 in Little Rock, AR. At 3 years old he moved to Orofino with his parents Edna and Roy Jenkins. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1960, where he was voted best dancer.
He joined the U.S. Air Force at 17 and served for four years mostly in Germany. He married Joyce Nassin and they had two daughters, Kimberly and Marnie. They later divorced.
He worked for Connecticut Northeast Utilities for 35 years as a project manager. He retired and moved to Maui, HI, to be with his children and grandchildren. In Maui, he pursued his love for golf by working at Gold Emerald Golf Course in Wailea, HI.
He met and married Debbie Gadiana in 2009. He became step-father to Aya. In 2016, John and Debbie moved to Lewiston to be closer to the rest of the family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Audrey Wermers. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Jenkins; daughters, Kimberly (Isaac) Rachinski, Marnie Jenkins, Aya Gadiana; brothers, Mike (Pidge) Jenkins, Ed (Liz) Jenkins and Doug (Kathleen) Jenkins; sisters, Jody (Alyn) Domschot, Barbara Loftis, Jan (Rick) Wade; three grandchildren, Taylor, Deacon and Emily; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. A reception will follow downstairs in Little Flower Room.
Photo: John Robert Jenkins
Walter A. Mallory, 101
Walter A. Mallory, 101 - a son, a brother, a husband, a brother-in-law, our dad, an uncle, a grandpa and a good friend - has left this world for a better place where he can see, hear and move about in the care of the Heavenly Father.
He died Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Living Spring Residential Care Center in Lewiston.
He was a longtime employee of Potlatch Corp., working for more than 40 years serving in various administrative and managerial capacities, and retiring in 1981.
He was born Jan. 1, 1917, at Deary to Leslie T. Mallory and Carrie La Bolle Mallory. He graduated from Deary High School in 1935. While in high school, he worked summers for the U.S. Forest Service blister rust crew, and for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Idaho in 1940. While attending college, Walt worked summers for Potlatch with a railroad construction crew at Camp 32, near Bovill, at Headquarters with a logging railroad survey crew, and with the USFS at Powell Ranger Station manning a lookout above the Lochsa River. After graduating, he applied to Potlatch for a permanent position and was hired effective May 20, 1940, and assigned as a camp clerk at Camp 24 Headquarters, Idaho. The next summer he was camp clerk for the crew constructing the Long Creek flume at Camp X.
While in college, Walt enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and in the fall of 1941, contemplating that he soon may be called to active duty, he was transferred to the Lewiston office and was assigned to the purchasing department. He was called to active duty soon after Pearl Harbor and served more than four years with the U.S. Army during World War II, including time as a battalion adjutant of a truck outfit operating convoys in the China-Burma-India theater and over the Ledo-Burma Road.
While in the service he met Alice Blaskowsky from Olympia, and they were married at Petersburg, VA, on July 14, 1944.
On his release from active duty, Walt and Alice returned to Idaho and his employment with Potlatch. After a short stay at Lewiston, he was assigned to the Potlatch mill office, where he served as cost accountant and office manager.
During his career with Potlatch, they resided 11 years at Potlatch, seven years at Kamiah, as mill manager, and the balance at Lewiston in various positions including chief accountant, Clearwater logging manager, and acquisitions and allocations manager.
He was active with the Boy Scouts in troop and Lewis-Clark Council activities, for which he was awarded the Silver Beaver. He served on the school board at Potlatch and as the chairman of the Kamiah School Board, the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, the North Idaho Chamber of Commerce and as the president of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association.
He was a Mason, holding dual membership in Kamiah Lodge No. 56 and the Nez Perce No. 10 AF&AM, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite, a Calam Shriner, and a life member of the Lewiston Elks. He enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, Lewis-Clark State College and University of Idaho sports, and family activities.
He is survived by two sons, Jim Mallory and wife Sheri of Weippe, and Jerry Mallory of Lewiston; one daughter, Patti Amos and husband Bruce of Lewiston; one sister, Mildred Meserve of Spokane, WA; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; an infant sister, Irene; and a special friend, Vivian Scoville of Lewiston.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
At his request, no services will be held. His ashes, along with Alice's, will be buried at the Elwood Cemetery on Texas Ridge near Deary at a later date.
Photo: Walter A. Mallory
Lynn B. Card, 80, Orofino
Lynn B. Card 80, of Orofino passed away Saturday March 24, 2018 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino.
Arkley Ed Derrick, 93, area lumberjack
In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 17, Arkley (Arkie) Ed Derrick, 93, passed peacefully through heaven's gates. Arkie was born May 27, 1924 in Burns, OR, to Floyd and Amanda Derrick. In 1949, he married Delores Carlson in Council, ID. For a short time, Arkie and Delores lived in Lewiston, then a few months later, they moved to Pierce, where they made their permanent home. This is where their children, Dena and Kenneth would join the family. Arkie and Delores divorced in 1971.
Then in 1974, Arkie met and soon married the love of his life, Donna Pearce. The couple resided in Weippe, for a few years and then moved to Orofino permanently.
Dad was one of the last true lumberjacks from Pierce. He began his logging career by hauling lumber from Troy, OR to Lewiston up and down a very narrow and windy Rattlesnake Grade. For close to 50 years, he sawed, skidded, drove logging trucks and operated all types of heavy equipment constructing logging and access roads in the rugged Clearwater forests. If you have traveled on roads throughout the Clearwater drainage - no doubt you traveled on one of Arkie's roads!
In the early 1950's he worked alongside Eldon Hutchinson and Ray Norton to construct the electrical equipment and cable line construction necessary to receive and amplify the first television signals sent out of Spokane, WA. TV Cable systems were built in Orofino, Weippe, Pierce and Headquarters by this communications pioneer team. This landmark event led to the purchase of the Pierce TV Cable system, which he and Delores maintained and operated until their divorce in 1971.
Arkie also worked with a small group of men to develop the Bald Mountain Ski area. As a charter member of the Bald Mountain Ski Association, he worked endlessly with others constructing, maintaining and expanding the ski hill. He also served as a ski instructor for new skiers. The Derrick family could always be found traversing down the hill during the winter months!
Time in the beautiful mountains of Clearwater County was Dad's favorite pastime. He spent endless hours walking through the forests hunting, but really, he was just enjoying the beauty of God's creation. He was also an avid fisherman. He especially liked fishing on the Dworshak Reservoir for Kokanee. Steelhead season was a favorite time also - and he seldom did not bring a "big one" home for dinner. His fishing expertise was well known and often sought after by his fishing friends.
Arkie was the epitome of the song "Humble and Kind". He loved his family deeply. This love drove him to work endlessly, in often difficult situations, to provide for those he loved. He also cared for his friends and neighbors and would be there for them when he could. His life was filled with determination, kindness, and modest living. Those that called him husband, dad, and gramps were blessed by the life lessons he taught them.
Arkley's survivors include his wife of 43 years, Donna Derrick; his daughter, Dena Thornton (Richard) (Spokane, WA); his son, Ken Derrick (Tammy) (Battle Ground, WA); step-children, Christine Alcock (Chris) (Northbend, OR); Kathy Tinsley (Mike) (Orofino); Karen Howell (Eddie) (Orofino); Linda Bolen (Loren) (Pierce) and Nick Brillion (Melinda) (Cottonwood). Fifteen grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild loved "Gramps" deeply.
At Arkie's request, there will be no memorial service. A private spreading of his ashes will occur later this summer.
The family would like to give a special thank-you to Dr. Phillip Peterson, Brookside Landing and Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care of Arkley. He was truly blessed by the love shown to him by all of you.
Photo: Arkley Ed Derrick
Joe C. Ingram, 82
Joe C. Ingram passed away on Friday, March 23, at his home in the Lewiston Orchards. He was 82 years old. Joe was a husband, father, brother, son and a good friend. He served 23 years in the United States Air Force, working communications in Strategic Air Command in Labrador, California, Germany, Belgian Congo, France, Florida, Philippines, Colorado and Hawaii.
Joe was serving in the Air Force when he met Millie in Sacramento, CA. He charmed her with his big blue eyes, smile, deep voice and perfectly polished and shined shoes. They shared a typical military family life, traveling the world and enjoying every minute of it.
After retiring from the Air Force, Joe started in the car business, and for the next 35 years sold a car to almost everyone in Lewiston. His diligence and commitment to his customers earned him a great reputation.
Joe did not have any nicknames, but if you were in a crowd of his friends and someone said, "The Grouch," you knew immediately who they were speaking of. Joe was an excellent card player, avid fisherman and a persistent golfer.
Joe was baptized in 1969 and found comfort and guidance in the scriptures.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Edith of Ojia, CA; and his brothers, Leonard and Bert Ingram. Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Millie; three children and their spouses, Tony and Kathy Ingram of Lenore, Joice and Chris Cary of Liberty Lake, WA, and John and Andrea Ingram of Moscow. His is also survived by seven grandchildren: Andrew, Daniel and Matthew Ingram, Jacey Harder and JoAnne Eppers, and Erin and Jill Ingram; and three great-grandchildren, Eliza, Eva and Harrison Joe. He is also survived by his brother, G. Duane Ingram, of St. Maries.
A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Vasser-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Joe C. Ingram
Arnold E Wilson, 81, formerly of Weippe
Arnold Eugene Wilson, 81, loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather went home to His Heavenly Father on March 10, 2018, after a series of setbacks following a traumatic brain injury in August 2011. His devotion to his family and his faith in God supported him in these struggles as well as throughout his life. He was deeply respected by all who knew him, but never took himself too seriously, sharing his great sense of humor in a light-hearted approach to each day.
Arnold was born to Lyle and Viola Wilson on the Weippe prairie on August 27, 1936. He attended school in Weippe, graduating from Weippe High School in 1954 where he was in band and on the boxing and basketball teams.
Following high school, Arnold served in the Army National Guard. He was called up for active duty during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and reported to Fort Lewis in Washington.
Arnold married the love of his life, Sharry (Finke) Wilson, on October 28, 1962. Arnold and Sharry were blessed to have a large and loving family including four daughters, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (with another to arrive in April). Arnold raised his family with unconditional love, supporting each one with everything he had to give. He was his daughters' fiercest protector and champion.
Arnold was probably best known as a hard-working man who never complained. Arnold worked at Hutchins Mill and then as a logger for Finke Logging, bucking logs on the landing until age 71. He worked with some of his best friends in the mill and logging including Everett Martin, Don Webster, Tom Jared, and Fred Miller. He also farmed with his Dad and on his own property in Weippe, raising cattle and good timothy hay. He continued to deliver horse hay to customers until age 75.
Arnold loved the outdoors. He took his family camping and fishing and taught them all to ride horses, motorcycles, four-wheelers and snowmobiles and how to drive cars when the time came. He drove kids and their animals in trailers all over supporting their 4-H and rodeo royalty pursuits. He loved to laugh and sing along to classic country songs. He didn't attend church regularly but demonstrated his faith by reading God's Word in his home and using biblical principles as part of his parenting advice.
Arnold is survived by his four daughters: Debra (Pat) Purdy, Sarah (Everett) Weeks, Pamela (Ed) Mattson, Amy (Moises) Barona, thirteen grandchildren: Mitchell (Leah) Hinkle, Alicia Hinkle, Doniel Haskins, Gabriel (Angel) Barona, Anna, Lydia, Mady, Isaac, Leandro, Nathaniel, and Elijah Barona, Nicole and Christian Purdy; two great-grand-children, Alana Hinkle and Anthony Barona, as well as two sisters, Edith Chapman and Ione Wilson, and one brother, Lonnie Wilson.
Arnold's life will be celebrated on June 15, 2018 in Weippe. The family will publish details for the celebration closer to that date. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted at: http://www.allvalleycremation.com/obituaries/Arnold-Wilson-2/.
Photo: Arnold Eugene Wilson
Bernadine E. Fuchs, 104, formerly of Peck
With tears and heavy hearts, our family announces the passing of a sweet and gentle lady. We are sure she would find the fuss over her now unnecessary; but forgive us, Bernadine - fuss we must.
Bernadine Elizabeth Mosman was born Oct. 10, 1913, to Albert and Mary (Wissink) Mosman, in Uniontown, WA. The birth was touch and go. Bernadine's grandmother administered too much ether to Bernadine's mother, who was "out cold" during delivery. The guardian angel's work had to start immediately.
Bernadine's calling in life was that of a nurturer. Being the oldest of six children, her calling began at a very young age. Even as children, their mother's health was a big concern, and Bernadine became a second mother to the younger children. Life in that era was hard and many responsibilities were taken on by the children, as in many families. As a result, the "greatest generation" emerged. Life was not all work, and oh, did they have fun along the way. The family farmed just outside of town. The children attended school in Uniontown. Oftentimes after school the children would sit in the pews at St. Boniface and watch artisans (some local) do the finishing artwork in that beautiful church.
When Bernadine was 14, the family left Uniontown and moved to Central Ridge up the grade from Peck, where they continued farming. After the move, Bernadine did not continue in school, as responsibilities at home took up more and more time. She was very shy and was relieved she did not have to start over in a new school.
When she was 18, she moved to Lewiston and started working at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She lived in the nurses' quarters, where she tediously ironed uniforms and bedsheets, and starched and ironed all the nurses' caps. Needless to say, she never liked ironing after that. It was at the hospital where she first laid eyes on this handsome young man walking down the hall. "Tall, dark and handsome" was wearing a cowboy hat. She and her co-worker thought he "looked like a movie star". Leonard Fuchs was his name and he also worked at the hospital. They were married Sept. 14, 1938. They settled in Clarkston, WA, in a two-bedroom house. When the family with five children outgrew the house, Bernadine and Leonard purchased a lot and had a larger home built, also in Clarkston. They worked side by side doing whatever finishing work they could do to save money. That was in the mid-'50s. Bernadine, along with her son, Robin, continued to live in the house until her passing.
Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; sisters, Loretta Fox and Jean Wemhoff; and brothers, Ray and Clarence Mosman. She is survived by her beloved sister, Stella Harman of Anchorage, AK; her daughters, Patricia (Larry) Remacle of Cottonwood, Sylvia Weissenfels of Kendrick, and Chere' (Jim) McKelway of Lewiston; sons, Michael and Robin Fuchs, both of Clarkston; Remacle grandchildren, Chuck, Kristine, Heidi, Aaron and Rachel; Weissenfels grandchildren, Rick, Bob, Kevin and Scott; McKelway grandchildren, Brennan and Chelsea; Fuchs grandchild, Erica; 28 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Bernadine was a faithful servant to her Lord Jesus Christ. She religiously attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston until she could no longer do so.
After her husband Leonard's death in 1984, she had to take on more of the role and responsibilities providing for her special-needs son, Robin. Her love and devotion to him was unwavering. Her biggest concern was taking care of him, and we always believed this gave her the inner strength to carry on. Bernadine loved her family very much. Thanksgiving was always a special occasion and a time when she was always the last to come to the dinner table. She made sure that everyone had what they needed before she sat down. Most precious of all were her children. Later in her life they supplied the love and support she and Robin needed. After she broke her hip at age 101, her independence came to an end and her children maintained their 24-7 care. People often wonder what the secret to a long life is: Active life style? A healthy diet? Good genes? It has to be more than that. Perhaps a recipe for Bernadine was first a special bond and devotion to God, and second a limitless love for her family.
A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 917 Chestnut St., Clarkston, with a rosary recited at 10:30 a.m. and a Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston.
Photo: Bernadine Elizabeth Mosman Fuchs
Dick Wurth, 85, formerly of Orofino
Dick Wurth, 85, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston from complications of Parkinson's disease. Dick was born Sept. 21, 1932, to Fred and Rose (Custer) Wurth.
Born in Lincoln, IL., during the Depression, Dick was number seven of nine kids. In his early teens, the family moved to San Diego, CA, where Dick graduated high school. After high school, during the Korean War, Dick served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA., where he served as a drill instructor. After his service in the military, he went to work for the Fish and Wildlife Service in White Salmon, WA, where he met and married his wife of 54 years, Charlotte Bebbington. Dick and Charlotte then moved to Burns, OR, before settling in 1969 in Orofino, where Dick worked for the fish hatchery and eventually retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as maintenance supervisor at Dworshak Reservoir in 1990.
Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman, and spent most of his retirement fishing and spending time with his family. He also loved to build and remodel homes.
Dick is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlotte; daughter, Julie Craven (Jim); sons, Thomas (Dedra) and Raymond (Renee); grandchildren, Carter and Cassidy Wurth, Brittney Wurth and Annie Craven; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Cards and condolences can be sent to the Wurth family at 3428 15th St. No. 19, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Photo: Dick Wurth
Lorraine Gertrude Korlaske (Daniels), 90, formerly of Orofino
Lorraine G Korlaske died at the age of 90 on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in the Pacific Care Nursing Home, Hoquiam, WA.
She was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa with six siblings.
Lorraine was married to Harold Korlaske on July 4, 1946 and raised their son, Gerald Korlaske, in Orofino.
She moved to , WA, and then settled in Hoquiam, WA, where she lived out her life as a devoted Jehovah's Witness.
Lorraine was very creative with photography and very talented as an artist. Her family remembers her most for her creative fun loving and caring personality with no shades of grey. She was known by family most by her nick name of Tube.
She is survived by brother, Gene Daniels of Des Moines; sister, Dorothy of Oregon; a son, Gerald Korlaske of Hoquiam, WA; granddaughters, Crystal Ellis and Leanna Korlaske of Spokane, WA; and great granddaughter, Dezirae Fichte of Kennewick, WA.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at the Hoquiam WA. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell's Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, WA.
Photo: Lorraine Gertrude Korlaske
Steven D. Johnson, 78, Weippe High School grad
Steven D. Johnson, 78, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Lewiston, with his family by his side. He was diagnosed with cancer nine months ago and continued to live every day to the fullest, with quiet strength and deep faith.
Steve used to say he was "born and raised in a sawmill," but his actual birth took place Nov. 14, 1939, in Orofino. His parents were Hjalmar and Myrtle Johnson of Weippe.
Throughout his life, Steve worked as a millwright and mechanic at various mills, but he got his start at the family operation in Weippe. His father knew Steve was cut out for the industry when the boy successfully delivered his first load of logs at age 12.
In 1958, Steve graduated from Weippe High School. A year later, he married the love of his life, Sherry L. Armitage, on June 3, 1959, in Clarkston, WA. Together, they raised three sons and a daughter who brought him much joy and happiness. Sherry survives him at the Lewiston home they bought 50 years ago as a young, married couple.
Steve was a gentle, kind man who loved his family, logging, cattle, hunting, fishing and working on cars. A natural-born mechanic, he could fix just about anything and enjoyed taking on projects, big and small.
He was a longtime Jehovah's Witness who served with the Orchards congregation. It made him happy to share the Bible's message with others. He leaves behind many friends and family members who admired his calm, steadfast demeanor. He will be remembered as one of the best; a truly great husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jimmy, Tommy and Eddy.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children and their spouses: Garrett and Polly Johnson of Coeur d'Alene, Lane and Alisa Johnson of Lewiston, Scott and Lorena Johnson of Hayden, and Lana and Rich Sager of Colville, WA; grandkids, Rachell, Aaron, Joscelyn, Jordan, Jesse, Blaine, Cole, Brandon, P.J. and Chelsee; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Betty and Bill Cole of Weippe, P.L. and Doris Johnson of Lewiston, Clayton Johnson of Weippe, and Gene and Kelly Johnson of Grangeville.
A celebration of Steve's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the former Daily's Bakery building, 700 Sixth St., Clarkston.
Photo: Steven D. Johnson
Dorothy Lorraine Luffman, 93, Orofino
Dorothy Lorraine Luffman, a long-time resident of Orofino, passed away peacefully on her 93rd birthday, Thursday, the 22nd of February, 2018, at Clearwater Health and Rehab, Orofino.
Born in 1925 in Salem, ID, to James Ervin an and Gladys Almina (Allen) Olsen, she was the fifth of eight children. Her early years were spent in southern Idaho.
At a young age, she married Wilford Dixon and together, they had two sons, Larry and Blair. Dorothy spent time in California raising the boys while Wilford was away at war.
Dorothy later married E.W. 'Jake' Jacobsen and moved back to Idaho. Together, they had three sons, Kelly, Rockie and Kevin, and one daughter, Crystal. They lived in southern Idaho several years, then Lewiston, ID, for a short period before settling in Orofino. Around 1960, they purchased a home on Orofino Creek, which Dorothy called home for over 50 years.
While waiting tables at a local restaurant, Dorothy met Ray Luffman and they were married. She helped raise two of Ray's children and was called 'Mom' by the rest of his children. Dorothy and Ray were both hard workers, spending their time making and selling firewood and corn, which she grew in her impressive garden. Dorothy and Ray were sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple. After Ray's passing in 1990, Dorothy continued to get her own firewood in, with help from friends, grew her garden and even worked cleaning a local bank into her 70s.
Dorothy was never an idle person. If not working outdoors, she was canning, doing needlepoint, crocheting, sewing or making a quilt. There always seemed to be a quilt on her frames in the living room, which her grandkids loved to use as a fort or hiding space. Many family members and friends have been blessed to have one of her prized quilts gifted to them.
After joining her for one trip to the woods to pick huckleberries, you knew that if you were invited again, you should plan an all-day trip and bring a sandwich. If there was a berry left on the bush, Dorothy stayed and picked it. She loved huckleberry picking.
While in her 80s, Dorothy remained independent and continued to gather her own firewood, leading to a fall which injured her back and made her realize a slower lifestyle. As time went on, additional accidents made it necessary for her to move to Brookside Landing assisted living in Orofino. In March 2012, she moved to Clearwater Health and Rehab where she lived until her death. While at CH&R, Dorothy kept busy with her serger and sewing machine, even doing mending for some of the staff. She also enjoyed Bingo with Charlene and the gang.
Dorothy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding many callings, helping on service projects and she and Ray were custodians for many years. Many of the youth revered her and knew to mind their Ps and Qs in the church halls. She was affectionately called 'Grandma Dorothy' by many members of the church.
Dorothy was preceded in death by he parents; husband, Ray; and five siblings. She is survived by sons, Larry Dixon, Blair Dixon, both of California; Kelly Jacobsen of California, Rockie Jacobsen of Kamiah, ID, Kevin Jacobsen of Culdesac, ID; and daughter, Crystal Dupont of Hawaii; as well as several of her Luffman kids. She leaves grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, too numerous to list.
Her funeral will be Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the LDS Church in Orofino at 10 a.m. with burial at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston, ID, at 2 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.
Photo: Dorothy Lorraine Luffman
Thilo Francis Edmonson, 89, born on Upper Fords Creek near Orofino
Thilo Francis Edmonson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Brookdale Assisted Living, in Lewiston. He was born June 17, 1928, on Upper Fords Creek near Orofino, to Marion Elmer Edmonson and Margaret Ann Nette. Being one of a set of triplets, quite amazing in 1928, Francis and his sisters, Elizabeth and June, at the age of 84, were recognized as the oldest living triplets in the state of Idaho.
The family lived on Upper Fords Creek through his early childhood. They moved to Weippe, then to Riverside near Orofino, then to Pierce, where he graduated from high school. He went into the U.S. Army in January 1951, and served in the Korean War for nine months. He recalled the difficult 16-day trip to Korea in an over-crowded ship approximately 800 feet long. He was in the Army for two years and finished as a corporal.
In 1958, Francis went to work at Potlatch Forests Inc. in Lewiston. He worked in the sawmill, at the pond, and on the slope until 1963, when he suffered a back injury. He then went to work for Naslund Disposal, where he worked for 13 years. His years of physical work ended when he had a serious injury to his hand and lost a finger. He had saved enough to invest in real estate in north central Idaho. Managing this real estate allowed him to become semi-retired. Francis was always kind-hearted and often befriended those with few or no friends.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June McCollum; and his brother, Marion Edmonson. Survivors include his sister, Elizabeth Kiblen; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Special thanks to the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living for their care in Francis's final years and to his longtime friend, Elizabeth Gribble.
A celebration of Francis' life will be held at a later date.
Photo: Thilo Francis Edmonson
Randy Roy Steiner (AKA Schtein), 56, Orofino
Randy Roy Steiner (AKA Schtein) of Orofino went to walk with the angels on Feb. 15, 2018.
Randy was born on March 12, 1961 to LeRoy and Helen Steiner and was raised in Orofino his entire life. After graduating high school, Randy attended one year of college at North Idaho College and then transferred to the University of Idaho where he studied landscape architecture, interpersonal communication and computer science. Being an avid golfer, his dream was to one day design a golf course. In 1984 an accident left him paralyzed but that didn't keep him down. He went on to teach golf to the local high school students as well as help assess facilities that needed to be more handicap friendly.
After college, Randy worked several years for the US Forest Service in Human Resources and as a computer specialist. Randy was very involved with the Rotary Club, but also spent most of his time with OCI (Orofino Celebrations, Inc.). Some of his duties with OCI included: Past President, was a member of the board since 1990 and served on their PR committee, helped with the log show announcing which he was a chairman as well as well as many other achievements.
When Randy wasn't working, he most enjoyed being on Dworshak Lake on his Pontoon boat with his dog and friends.
Randy was one of the biggest Green Bay Packer fans you will ever meet. He was a team shareholder and had the pleasure of seeing his team play with one of his favorite quarterbacks, Brett Favre.
He is survived by his three sisters, Janet (Tim) Overman, Darla (Mick) McGee, Teena (Rod) Gortsema, all of Orofino and his brother Terry Steiner of Hayden, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Brock Steiner and his nephew, Travis Leddige.
There will be a public viewing at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Friday, Feb. 23 from noon until 5 p.m. with the funeral to be held later on March 2 at 11 a.m. There will be a potluck to follow at the VFW in Orofino. Please come and help celebrate a life well lived.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino will be in charge of the arrangements.
Photo: Randy Roy Steiner 'Schtein'
James Archie Martin, 78, former Elk River mayor
James Archie Martin, 78, of Elk River, Idaho passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 9, 2018.
Born Aug. 3, 1939 in San Jose, CA, he was the son of the late Archie Martin and Jessie Gilmore Martin.
Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marsha Martin; two sons, Jim and his wife, Patti of Unalakleet, AK, Jeff and his wife, Brenda of Pullman, WA; a daughter, Jeana Thomas and her husband Steve of Lewiston; as well as a brother, Charles and his wife, Dorothy of Eugene, OR; and eight grandchildren.
Jim had a lifelong love of the outdoors. He was a logger for nearly 45 years, starting in Western Oregon shortly after graduating from Elmira High School in 1957. He moved to Idaho in the early 1970's, eventually settling in Elk River. He logged the upper St. Joe and later the Floodwood in North Central Idaho. Jim hunted and fished extensively. Later in life he looked forward to his annual fishing trip to Alaska in the summer and to setting up elk camp in the fall. After retiring he continued to spend nearly every day outside. He cut firewood, picked huckleberries and mushrooms, and looked for animals in his side-by-side.
Jim believed in community service. He started as a school board member in Oregon. After moving to Elk River, he served on the Elk River School Board, the Recreation District board and as a city councilman. He was mayor of Elk River for the last 25 years, retiring in January of 2018. Jim loved promoting Elk River. He and Marsha, as well as their close friends Curt and Shelley McLam, were heavily involved in fundraising for the annual fireworks show in Elk River. They could be seen hosting ATV/UTV (all-terrain-vehicle/utility-terrain-vehicle) Poker runs and working the hamburger stand at local events. Jim was very involved in the Search and Rescue organization, often taking the lead in locating missing persons.
An informal celebration of life will take place at the Elk River Community Bible Church on Saturday, Feb/ 17, at 1 p.m. A luncheon for friends and family will follow at the Elk River Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elk River Fireworks Fund, the Elk River Emergency Fund or the Elk River Fire Department Building Fund.
Cremation has taken place and burial will take place later this year.
Photo: James Archie Martin
Dustin Wayne DeCann (Dusty), 42
Dustin Wayne DeCann (Dusty), 42, Moscow, passed away suddenly on Feb. 7, 2018. He and his family had recently moved to Moscow from Nampa to be closer to his sister/best friend and family.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Orofino. A potluck dinner will follow the service.
Dusty worked as a car mechanic, but was known to be a jack-of-all-trades.
Dusty is survived by his wife, Brenda; children, Hunter, Malachi, Willow, and Jace DeCann and Sydney Norma; father, Wayne DeCann,; and siblings. Aaron DeCann, Bryan DeCann, Amber Taylor, Trent DeCann, and Emma Jackson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda White.
Dusty will be remembered for his contagious and quirky laugh, and his kindness and willingness to help others, even when he had little. His children were his whole world and anyone who knew him knows he would do anything for them.
Photo: Dustin Wayne DeCann (Dusty)
Herbert 'Hud' McCartney, 69, Elk River
Herbert 'Hud' McCartney, age 69, Elk River, passed away at his residence on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Hud was born Sept. 9, 1948 in Youngstown, OH, to Herbert and Adair McCartney two minutes ahead of his twin brother, John. In his youth, Hud could always be found outdoors rather than being cooped up inside the house. In high school he was a star athlete in both football and wrestling.After high school Hud enlisted in the United States Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He was always an avid hunter and fisherman while working as a carpenter and also a truck driver but always dreamed of moving west. In 1989 he packed up and moved to Montana to live and work for outfitters in the wilderness, where he became well known for his guiding skills.
In 2003, Hud and wife Connie bought the Elk River Lodge and General store in Elk River, during all of which he still continued to take family and friends on many outdoor adventures. Through all of this somehow the mountain man became an integral part of the small community, joining the volunteer fire department, backup ambulance driver and a member of search and rescue team. The word on the street was if you needed help of any kind - go find Hud.
Hud is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Connie McCartney, children, Tonya (Paul Arthur) Delphous, Elk River, Chad (Meri) Delphous, Oak Harbor, OH., Rhonda Bliss, Oregon, OH., grandchildren: Trevor (Erin) Delphous, Tyler Delphous, Tiffany Delphous, Amber Delphous, Jessica Delphous, Christie (Greg) Clinton, Walker Bliss, Mason Bliss, great grandchildren: Ayla Delphous, Izzy Delphous, Chloe Stryhas, Sydney Tymiak, Calista Clinton, Elijah Clinton, Harmoni Clinton; brother:, John (Lisa) McCartney, Deerfield, OH; sisters,: Jackie (Don) Lowery, Muldrow, OK, Sharon (Bob) Bailey of Deerfield, OH, along with several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Hud's Life will be held Feb. 18, 2018 at the Elk River Community Center from 1-3 p.m. with a luncheon to be served. Those giving a memorial contribution may wish to consider: Elk River Emergency Fund or the Elk River Fire Dept. Building Fund.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pine Hill Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Orofino, with Marsh & Marsteller Funeral Home Luckey, OH assisting with the arrangements. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at www.marshfuneralhomes.com.
Photo: Herbert 'Hud' McCartney
Alexis Bittleston, 37, born in Orofino
Alexis Graham Bittleston of San Jose, CA, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, from complications from a blood disorder. She was 37.
Alexis was born June 24, 1980, in Orofino, to Susan Elaine Graham and Cyrus Ray Bittleston. She was an avid pet lover, animal rescuer and did volunteer work at local pet shelters. She loved gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
She worked as an administrative assistant for Snow Bittleston CPA Inc., and as a caregiver for Glenndine Graham, her grandmother.
She is survived by mother, Susan Graham Bittleston; father, Cyrus Ray Bittleston; stepfather, Gregory Wilson Snow; brother, Kermit Charles Graham; grandmother, Glenndine Graham; and grandfather, Oliver Bittleston.
She was preceded in death by grandfather, Donald Lee Graham; and grandmother, Blanche Bittleston.
A memorial service was held Thursday at Merchant Funeral Home, Clarkston, WA.. Shannon Profit of Clarkston was the officiant.
Photo: Alexis Graham Bittleston
Edward E. Berg, 76, Pierce
Edward E. Berg, 76 of Pierce passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was born to Ernest E. and Maxine E. (Thorson) Berg on March 22, 1941 in Fort Collins, CO.
His family moved to Caldwell where he went to school and graduated in 1959. He met and married the love of his life Linda (Walters) Berg on Aug. 14, 1964. They had two children together; a daughter, Catherine Berg and son, Edward Berg.
Edward worked for the Federal Highway Administration formally known as the Bureau of Public Roads from high school graduation until Aug. 1976; when he began his career with the U.S. Forest Service as an Engineering Technician. He also joined and served in the Idaho National Guard from 1964 until 1970.
Ed served on the Board of J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum in Pierce. After retiring from the USFS, he pursued his hobbies of woodworking, prospecting for gold and fishing, particularly for steelhead. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and most especially his two grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife Linda Berg of Pierce; son, Edward Berg, daughter-in-law Kylie, grandson, Chase Berg; and granddaughter, Katherine Berg all of Post Falls, and his sister, Juanita A. (Berg) Chrz and her husband Bill, and nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents Ernest and Maxine Berg; and his daughter, Catherine Berg.
A Memorial Service will be held for Ed Berg, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino, followed by a gathering at the Pierce Rec Center.
Photo: Edward E. Berg
Joan Ann (Green) Kroupa, 78, formerly of Orofino
Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend too many passed away peacefully on Jan. 31 in Elko, NV at age 78.
Joan was born Sept. 8, 1939 in Orofino to George and Gretta (Martin) Green. She married Frank 'Dale' Kroupa in June 1967 and they made a home on Gilbert Grade, farming and raising cattle.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by: a brother, Tom (Diana) Green of Bothell, WA; a sister, Diana Schoeffler of Lewiston; a son, Gary Kroupa (Lisa and grandson Aaron age 13) of Elko, NV; a son Stacy Kroupa (granddaughter Madisyn age 6) of Elko, NV; and a daughter, Jodi Nelson (Eric and grandsons Hunter age 9 and Maddox age 6) of Wheat Ridge, CO.
Joan attended grammar school at Orofino Elementary and high school at what was most recently known as the Orofino Junior High School. She graduated in 1957 and attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, WA.
Joan spent her entire career working at Clearwater Valley Hospital - first hired as a receptionist in 1961. She retired from CVH as the assistant administrator in September 1997. Joan received an award from the State of Idaho for her 36 years of service; she was extremely proud of this recognition.
Joan was an amazing cook. She shared her love with people by feeding beloved family members, cherished friends, and countless baseball/softball team members and twirlers. Joan never forgot to mail the perfectly selected card in recognition of birthdays. She shared her best wishes for many a new graduate, new baby or newlywed near and far.
Always quick to give a hand to anyone in need, Joan took pleasure in helping others. She was fond of quick-witted humor and enjoyed the company of many friends - new and old - over her 78 years. She was easily in the running for biggest fan' of both the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, along with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. A handwritten note found in her belongings said, "Come my friend grow old with me; the best is yet to come."
Please join the Kroupa family in a celebration of Joan's life at the Best Western in Orofino on Friday, Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; lunch will be served.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 301 Cedar St., Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: Joan Ann (Green) Kroupa
Paul F. Muhonen, 84
Paul Muhonen, beloved father and husband, passed away peacefully on Jan. 27, 2018. Paul was born in Lake Fork to Alexander and Martha Muhonen on June 17, 1933. He had two brothers, Dan and Jim and two sisters, June and Ruth, as well as five half-brothers and two half-sisters who preceded him in death.
Paul attended Norwood School in Lake Fork for his first three grades. His family moved to Boise in 1943 at Paul's age nine. There, he attended Longfellow School, North Junior High, and graduated from Boise High in 1951. While in high school, he worked at J.J. Newberry store and was assistant manager at Intermountain Theatres.
He joined the Navy in 1951 and was in the service for four years. He achieved the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer He attended the University of Idaho and graduated in 1959. He married Marvel Grasser in 1957 who was also attending U of I at the time. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage last September.
Paul worked for IBM as an engineer for 32 years and was President of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International in Pocatello. The Muhonens resided for 24 years in Pocatello and later relocated to his childhood home of Boise. He was also PTA President of Pierce Park School in Boise. He took an active part in the education of his children.
Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marvel, 10 children, Gregory, Michael, Christian, Anna, Tamara, Stephen, Timothy, Martina, Rachael, and Serena; 27 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
The family celebrated a living memorial with dad on Jan. 21, 2018, where he was honored for his military service and was presented with a Quilt of Valor. A memorial will be held this summer at his wife's Orofino ranch. He left a lasting legacy and will be greatly missed.
Photos: Paul Muhonen
(Published in Idaho Statesman on Jan. 30, 2018)
Clarke H. Burnham, 91, Orofino
Clarke H. Burnham passed away on Jan. 30, 2018 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was surrounded by his family and holding the hand of his beloved wife of 68 years, Fran. Clarke was 91 years old.
Clarke was born March 29, 1926 to Curtis and Goldie Burnham in Aberdeen, SD. He attended school in Aberdeen and joined the Army two days after graduation. After his honorable discharge from the Army he attended college in Wahpaton, SD.
He and Frances Barbara Leff were married in 1949. They raised five children; Jim, Rick, Roger, Dale and Denise.
He moved his family to Lewiston in 1963 and then to Orofino in 1964. Clarke was very active in Orofino, participating in OCI (Orofino Celebrations, Inc.) for 20 years and becoming a member of the JayCees. One of his most proud achievements was founding the Orofino Rotary Club and participating in the many civic projects of the Rotary Club. He was Rotary President and also served as a District Governor where he and Fran traveled to Australia and New Zealand.
Clarke was a contractor all of his adult life and built many homes in this area. He was the proudest of two of his volunteer accomplishments, the ManiYAC Teen Center and the Nez Perce Tribal Church in Ahsahka.
Clarke and Fran enjoyed camping, square dancing, traveling, margarita parties and neighborhood gatherings. In 2000, Clarke's world changed when Fran was injured in a fall and became disabled. Clarke became her 24-7 caregiver doing so for 17 years. In 2017 Fran moved to Clearwater Health and Rehab Center. Clarke rarely missed a day visiting her, sitting by her side for hours every day.
Clarke was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his eldest son, Jim and his grandson JaySon. He is survived by his wife, Fran, of Orofino; his sons, Rick (Janet) and Roger (Ellen) of Orofino, Dale of Spokane, WA, and his daughter, Denise of Boise. He has 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Dad was a proud, hardworking and honest man. He always gave back more than he received and couldn't have been a better role model. His contributions to his community are a living reminder of his generosity. Following his example, his children continue to give back to the community through volunteer work and service organizations. We loved him and will miss him; rest in peace Dad, you deserve it.
At Clarke's request cremation has taken place; a Celebration of Clarke's Life will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
Memorials may be made in memory of Clarke to the Orofino Rotary Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 482 Orofino, ID 83544.
Photos: Clarke H. Burnham; An early company truck
Rex A. Harris, 66, served with Orofino National Guard unit
Rex A. Harris passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. Rex was born April 4, 1951, in Kendrick to Virgil and Hulda Harris.
The family moved from Southwick to Lewiston in 1954. Rex grew up in the Lewiston Orchards and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1969.
Rex served in the Orofino unit of the Idaho National Guard from 1971 to 1977.
Rex and Karen Merritt were married Jan. 7, 1989, in Coeur d'Alene. They had no children of their own but served as the "best uncle and aunt" to their many nieces and nephews. Some of the younger ones received special toy boxes made by Uncle Rex.
Rex began his career while in high school working for Red Able, Bill Skelton, S&H Contractors and Albright's operating backhoe. He joined the Operating Engineers Local 370 and began operating earth-moving equipment. He finished his career of "moving dirt" as a foreman with Steelman-Duff Inc.
Rex "played hard" during his life and enjoyed many good times and adventures.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, at their Clarkston, WA, home; brothers, Wayne (Kaye) Harris, Doug (Sharon) Harris and John (Debbie) Harris; sisters, Valerie (Howard) Guenther and Verna (Gary) Wessels; brother-in-law George Brocke; and sister-in-law Delores Harris. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Hulda Harris; brother, Jerry Harris; and sister, Helen Brocke.
Karen and the family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Tri-State Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for their excellent care of Rex during the last days of his life. A very special thank you goes to Bill, Pete and Teresa of the Asotin County Emergency Medical Technician Unit.
Celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston. Lunch will be served.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to K-J Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 182, Kendrick, ID 83537; Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter, 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501, or a charity of choice.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.
Photo: Rex A. Harris
Edward Elmer Berg, 76, Pierce
Edward Elmer Berg, 76, Pierce, ID, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino, ID Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory caring for arrangements.
Gordon Courtney, 71, formerly of Peck
Gordon was born May 13, 1944, in La Grande, Ore. His family lived in Troy, Ore., for a few months before moving to Peck when he was 3 months old. At age 15, his family moved to Lewiston, and he later graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962.
Gordon met his lifelong sweetheart at Lou's Drive-In. Her name was Marla Miller. He asked her out to a movie and their romance led to their marriage in 1963. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage.
Gordon and Marla had three children: Mark Courtney of Grand Rapids, MI, Kristi Wear (Roy) of St. Maries, and Shane Courtney (Michelle) of Lewiston. They have three grandchildren: Courtney Wear, Cody Wear and Katelynn Courtney.
Potlatch Corp. was Gordon's first job, and he worked on the log pond and as a purchasing agent.
In 1985, he purchased a shoe repair business and titled it Gordon's Shoe Repair. This lined up with his passion for leather craft and other craft-based skills. He made many friends in that shoe shop and it became the place to go for custom hand-crafted goods.
Gordon received Jesus into his life at age 28 at Orchards Community Church. He served as a Sunday school teacher, vocal soloist, bus driver and church deacon. He attended Tammany View Baptist Church. He always loved to tell people about Jesus and how they could have a relationship with Him.
He battled lung cancer for five years and passed away at his home Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Marla; and brothers Lawrence Courtney (Rita), Dale Courtney (Marlene) and Gene Courtney (Vickie).
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Tammany View Baptist Church, 3732 20th St., Lewiston.
Photo: Gordon Courtney
Clarke H. Burnham, 91, Orofino
Clarke H. Burnham, 91, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Memorial services are being planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Diana L. (Hudson) Brown, 59, born in Orofino
Diana L. (Hudson) Brown passed on the 29th day of January 2018.
In asking for input from Diana's loved ones and friends, there was a consensus in their observations about how Diana's smile would light up a room and she always had a positive attitude toward anyone or any task.
She was an excellent cook and loved to host a party. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and was always worried about the health of the meal she was providing to her family. Instead of shying away from the holidays, she embraced them, from having great Fourth of July parties to Christmas decorations at both her home and cabin.
When you were with Diana, she always made you feel special - she was a hugger. She loved her snow and water skiing. She had a zest for life that was infectious to everyone around her. She never judged you.
She was willing to try new things from a polar bear plunge in 2016 to taking firstt place in her class at the Seaport River Run, or riding in the I Made The Grade event. She loved to exercise and simply was not a complainer. She was an avid reader. You may have seen her running or walking with her dog, Ally, both of whom were loving and bonded with the other.
The old saying of "Don't be sad I'm gone; just be glad I was here." applies so well to Di.
Diana and her daughter Caitlin were bonded together in a manner that was special, warm, caring, and deep. After Diana was diagnosed with cancer, Caitlin was always there for her, four or five phone calls a day was not unusual as Caitlin monitored Diana's well-being.
Diana was born on June 7, 1958, to Barbara Thomason Hudson and Andrew E. Hudson in Orofino, Idaho.
After Diana moved to Lewiston in 1972, and she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1976.
She continued with her education and attended and graduated from Fashion Merchandising school in Seattle, WA. She also attended and graduated first in her class from airline school in Miami, FL.
She began working in human resources for Gator Intermodal and Lewis-Clark Motors, and then went on to obtain her college degree in human resources in 2005, the same year she was diagnosed with cancer and accepted her degree at the graduation ceremony in between chemo treatments.
Diana continued with her private enterprise, giving businesses human resource guidance and advice, and then was adjunct professor for human resources at Lewis-Clark State College where she received the Outstanding Faculty award for the Business Division.
Diana took great pride that she was a nontraditional student of LCSC where she graduated cum laude and was able to carve out a profession for herself.
She was not an athlete growing up but turned herself into one. She took up biking and participated in seven sprint triathlons. Over the years she participated in Lewiston Service League, Crazy Ladies Bike Group Investment Club, PTA President, cancer outreach programs, and spoke to cancer groups as to how she battled it and dealt with it in her life. When she was receiving treatment at Virginia Mason in Seattle, she would receive treatment in one department and then volunteer in another. She was such a great volunteer that they offered her a paid position to head the gift shop in the hospital.
Medical providers and friends would refer women to her that had been diagnosed with cancer who were scared and felt alone in their fear. After meeting with Diana, regardless of their diagnosis, they took strength and motivation from what Diana had been faced with, and they saw how she battled it and continued to survive in a most gracious manner.
Diana loved to travel; she, Chuck and Caitlin visited London, Paris, Prague, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Vienna, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, as well as Alaska, Canada, and many cities in the United States. She also traveled with friends to Cyprus, the Spanish Mediterranean, Mayorga, Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Mekong, Laos. She minored in Spanish in college and ventured out for self-study in Costa Rica and Mexico where she went by herself and lived with families trying to immerse herself in the language.
Diana and her family made many trips to the Hawaiian Islands, loved the people, ocean, and beauty. Diana and Chuck celebrated their 30th anniversary with a trip to Stockholm, Sweden where she became enamored with the culture, the society and even the pickled herring.
Diana was tough and ornery when it came to battling the cancer but was kind, loving, sweet, fun and giving when it came to dealing with others in her life.
After being diagnosed with advanced stage IV breast cancer in 2005, at which time she was given approximately 12-24 months to live, the lesson that Diana has for all women is that the battle against breast cancer is from the neck up and not by the body on its own.
She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Brown; her daughter, Caitlin Brown, of Seattle; her mother, Barbara Jerdee, of Lewiston; her sister, Andrea (Kirk) Kinzer, of Lewiston; her brother, Ron (Michelle) Hudson, of Gresham, OR; her father, Andrew E. Hudson, of Lewiston; and her niece Erika LaVella, nephews Jeremy Kinzer, Michael Mullen, and Randy Hudson.
She was preceded in death by her son, Chance; her maternal grandparents, Byron and Pauline Thomason; her paternal grandparents, Harry and Beatrice Hudson; and a nephew she loved so much, Brad Kinzer.
Everyone loved her beautiful and infectious smile and loved to be in her presence.
Special thanks has to be given to Caitlin Brown, Barbara Jerdee, and Andrea Kinzer for the intense loving support they gave her during the final years, months, weeks, and hours of her life.
Services will be held at Valley Christian Center 3215 Echo Hills Dr., Lewiston; at 11 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2018. Please make any memorial donations to The Diana Brown Endowed Scholarship at Lewis-Clark State College which is structured for scholarships to be given to those who have been affected by cancer, either directly or by close loved ones.
Photo: Diane L. (Hudson) Brown
E. Gregory Munson, 70, Orofino
Greg Munson, 70, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Jan. 21, 2018 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino, ID, he had been battling various health issues over the past few years.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1947 in Ogden, Utah. The family moved to Sacramento, CA where dad graduated high school then attended C.O.S. in Weed, CA with honors. After graduation he served in the Navy as an air traffic controller on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Vietnam War.
Greg married Colleen Shannon in 1973 and they began their life together in Weed, CA. In the early eighties dad became owner and Broker of Century 21 in Yreka, CA. He was a very intelligent, hardworking, driven entrepreneur. He was a major factor in the development of Lake Shastina Golf Course, one of the original owners in the Golf Club and was the general manager there for 11 years before starting his next adventure in a computer programming company.
Dad had a big heart and loved to make others laugh. He dearly loved his family and was always there for anyone who needed help. Everyone who knew dad considered him a wonderful friend, family member, or boss. He never let his illness get him down but tried to always uplift those around him with his jokes. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Genett Munson, and brother Jeff Munson.
He is survived by his daughters, Michelle (David) Crawford of Orofino, ID, Erin (William) Rocha of San Diego, CA, brother Brad Munson of Weed, CA, six grandchildren, Rileigh and Grayden from Orofino and Jade, Jesse, Christian, and Justin of San Diego.
As per his request there will be no service but a family gathering at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, ID.
Photo: E. Gregory Munson
Shirley (Lathrop) Bott, 81, Orofino
Shirley (Lathrop) Bott, 81, passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.
A Funeral Service for Shirley will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Gregory Munson, 71, Orofino
Gregory Munson 71, of Orofino passed away Sunday January 21, 2018 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Arrangements are being made through Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.
Arlie J. 'Short' Armitage, 83, formerly of Southwick
Arlie J. 'Short' Armitage passed away Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman, WA. He was a quiet, unassuming man and a non-judgmental listener to his many friends.
The last of eight children, he was born Feb. 9, 1934 to Rachel Ann (Hayward) and Thomas Jefferson Armitage in Southwick, Idaho where he lived nearly all his life.
He completed eight years of school at Southwick and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1952. On April 1, 1953 he married Priscilla Benscoter and they had two children, Nick Ellis in 1956 and Tammy Lynn in 1959.
Short worked as a sawyer in the woods and farmed with his father until taking over the family farm when his father retired, later farming with his son, Nick. He was a farmer/rancher whose heart was in the woods, and he loved making firewood and posts in the winter. Always an avid reader and especially in his later years, he read boxes and bags of books supplied by his friends and family. He also served on the Southwick Cemetery board of directors for 46 years.
Arlie was preceded in death by his son, Nick in 1991; brothers, Elbert, Ross, Mick, Rollin and Jay Armitage; and sisters, Naomi Cuddy and Doris Mustoe. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Priscilla; daughter, Tammy and son-in-law Glenn Ford of Woodinville, WA; and granddaughters Amber Ford of Los Angeles, CA, and Jenny Ford of Moscow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Juliaetta/Kendrick Ambulance Fund or your favorite charity.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan 26, at 11 a.m., at the Church of The Nazarene, 1400 E 7th St., Moscow. Please send condolences or sign the online guestbook at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Photo: Arlie J. 'Short' Armitage
Bob Allen, 89, formerly of Pierce
Bob Allen, 89, formerly of Pierce, passed away from heart failure Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
He was born April 19, 1928, in Lewiston, to Percy and Frieda Allen. He was raised most of his younger years in Stites and Harpster. After losing his father at age 12, he soon quit school and went to work. He worked on various ranches in the area. He went to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a packer in the late '40s in the Buffalo Hump area. He loved his mules, horses and being outdoors.
He joined the U.S. Army, and he served in the Korean War. After being discharged, he came home to Stites, where he married Lois Schneider. He learned how to operate dozers in the woods, thus starting his career working in the woods for Potlatch Forests Inc. He worked out of Headquarters for nearly 40 years. Bob and Lois moved to Headquarters, then Pierce, where they started a family. They had two children and were later divorced.
On Jan. 24, 1969, he married the love of his life, Jeanette Dennison Schrempp. They lived in Pierce, then moved to the Pierce-Weippe divide, where they built their home. They later moved to Lewiston until Jeanette passed away in August of 2012. Bob then moved to Orofino to Brookside Landing Assisted Living facility.
Bob and Jeanette were avid basketball supporters, going to most of the games in the area. They served as grand marshals for Pierce 1860 Days and Weippe Rodeo. Bob was the founder of the J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum. He and Jeanette worked many hours getting the museum up and running. He served as president at Bald Mountain Ski Area for many years.
Survivors include son, Sam (Chris) Allen of Weippe; daughter, Becky (Terry Jackson) Brotnov of Syringa, Idaho; stepson, Terry Griner of Troy, MT; stepdaughter, Claudia Decker of Lewiston; stepson, Bob (Ann) Schrempp of Spokane, WA; eight grandkids; numerous great-grandkids; and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Priscella Petersen and Alexandria Davis; brothers, Morris Allen and William Allen; a stepson, Edward Allen; and wife, Jeanette Allen.
Many thanks to the staff at Brookside Landing for taking great care of Dad.
A memorial service for Bob will be held sometime in the spring at Pierce, with a graveside to follow at the Weippe Cemetery.
Photo: Bob Allen
Dolly Olson Lear, 95, formerly of Orofino
Dolly Olson Lear passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation, in Clarkston, WA, of age-related illnesses. She was 95.
Dolly was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Spokane, WA, to Bjorn Olson and Annie Gigstead Olson. She was raised in Spokane, graduating from John Rogers High School.
She and George Fredrick Lear Sr. were married in July of 1941 in Newport, WA. They moved to Orofino in 1948 and had three children together. George passed in October of 1962 in Orofino. Dolly and the children moved to Newport, WA, in 1971, and in 1972, Dolly wed George's older brother, Alfred LeRoy 'Poly' Lear, in Newport. He died in August of 1991 in Newport.
In 2002, Dolly moved to Clarkston to be closer to her family. In November of 2017, she took up residence at Prestige Care in Clarkston.
Dolly was an accomplished swimmer and diving champion. She was proud of her many diving medals. She also was a volunteer for both the Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Center and a member of the First Baptist Church in Newport.
Survivors include children, Helen Lucille Hyatt and her husband, Rich, of Toledo, WA, and George 'Fred' Lear and his wife JoAnn of Pendleton, OR; stepdaughters, Luella Paddack of Tigard, OR, Carol Hamilton (Jerry) of Coos Bay, OR, Diane Morrow (Jim) of Hillsboro, OR, and Sandra Madson (Wayne) of Colville, WA. She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Fredrick Lear Sr. and Alfred LeRoy Lear; and daughter, Patricia Ann Weza.
Graveside services were held Monday at Normal Hill Cemetery. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photo: Dolly Olson Lear
Daddy went to heaven Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at his home in Juliaetta. He was a son of the South, born in Shelby, Miss.., to Mr. Woodrow Isaacks and Mrs. Vera (Beck) Isaacks. He was raised on the family farm, with four brothers and two sisters: Wesley, Jerry, Jimmy, Lindel 'Poo', Phylus A. Jordan and Betty J. Michell.
He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara A. Burchfield, and they started a family. He was a father to three children, Lisa Isaacks, Crystal Michella Fleming and Seth Ryan Isaacks, an honored father-in-law to Eric D. Fleming and a proud grandpa to Eric D. (Jr.) and Tasha R. Fleming.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. There was never a problem that daddy couldn't fix. He loved his family, friends and long drives down an old country road. He lived an adventurous life, leaving those remaining here with some of the "greatest" stories ever told. Daddy was a Southern gentleman, loved by many and missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Best Western in Orofino. It was dad's and the family's wishes that any memorial donations go to the Wounded Warriors Project or local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Photo: Donald Isaacks
Roger G. Currin, 72, formerly of Orofino, Weippe
Roger was born to Walter 'Hap' and Helen Dennis Currin on June 10, 1945, in Orofino and passed away Jan. 11, 2018.
He graduated from Weippe High School in 1963, then joined the military. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. During this time, he served in Turkey and France.
He married Inge T. Koller on Oct. 22, 1963, in Petersburg, VA. At this time, he worked in logging for a short while in Headquarters, Idaho. He attended Lewis-Clark Normal School and received an associate's degree and a Bachelor of Arts in police science. He began his career as a police officer in Coeur d'Alene in 1970. He worked at the Lewiston Police Department from 1970-77. He went on to become a detective and later attended training at the FBI academy at Quantico, VA, and became a member of the LPD's SWAT team.
He was hired at Potlatch Corp. in 1978, and after a few years he was head of security for Potlatch Corp. Northwest. After leaving Potlatch, he worked for the Lewiston School District for 11 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Catherine Kopczyski.
He is survived by his wife, Inge; his son, Christopher (Cindy) and grandsons, Evan and Race; daughters, Shannon Kenyon and grandsons, Douglas (Allie) and John (McKenzie), and Sheila Rae Fuchs (Andrew) and grandson, Zachary and Matthew; sister, Judy Bown; one niece, four nephews; and his faithful dog, Schatzie Web.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please give to any veterans' services.
At Roger's request, cremation has taken place and no public memorial is planned.
Photo: Roger G. Currin
Helen Ruth Ingram, 90, formerly of Orofino
Helen Ruth Ingram passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was born July 24, 1927, in Kamiah, to Robert and Ruth Jewell. When she was eight years old, the family moved to Orofino, where she went to school, graduating from high school in 1944.
In 1949, she married Donald Ingram of Orofino, and they lived most of their married life in Lewiston.
Helen was interested mainly in her family, but liked volunteering, especially at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She also enjoyed volunteering and raising money for the March of Dimes. She loved to crochet and gave many beautiful items to friends and family.
She is survived by son, Brian and wife Gail; her granddaughter, Marie Teslow and husband Jacob; great-granddaughters Taylor and Payton Teslow; and her sister, Gladys Brooks, of Orofino.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; daughter, Linda Trimp; and sister, Bobbie Beck.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be a family memorial later.
Photo: Helen Ruth Ingram
William G. Ankney, 84, Dworshak Hatchery worker
Bill Ankney, 84, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. Bill was born Feb. 19, 1934, to Albert and Bessie (Bonnalie) Ankney in "that old house along the crick in Sweetwater." His memory will live on from all the stories of the Ankney boys and their antics (from outhouse tipping to stealing one of Mom's chickens to have her cook for their dinner.)
Bill grew up in Sweetwater and attended school in Lapwai. He worked for farmers in the summer and loggers in the Pierce area during the winters, digging out trees. He worked until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in February 1953. His basic training was at Fort Lewis, WA, and he was stationed there until his discharge in February 1955.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Bill worked for Erbs Hardware and Highland Market as a meat cutter. In March 1955, he married Carol Miller. They had three daughters: Laura, Cindy and Marilyn.
In 1958, Bill and Carol moved their family to Tacoma, WA. Bill worked for Boeing building KC-135s. He and Carol later divorced.
In 1959, Bill worked briefly as a correctional officer in Lompoc, CA. In 1960, he married Colleen Morrison in Tacoma. Colleen had three children from a previous marriage: Bruce, Dorothy and Suzanne. They moved to Culdesac, and in 1961 they had their daughter, Delta. During this time, he worked for Howard Logging in Winchester. He then worked for Good Year Tire Co. in Lewiston.
Colleen passed away in 1972. Later, he worked various jobs in Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho, primarily for Fish and Game, which included three years at the Dworshak Fish Hatchery.
In 1974, he married Patricia Martin. Pat had four children from a previous marriage: Kathy, Ila, Rick and Kim Ankney. Together they had a son, James.
Bill loved camping, fishing, hunting and sightseeing in the mountains. He enjoyed spending time at the American Legion and organizing fundraisers.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Bessie Ankney; brothers Dale and Bob; and sister Merle Ulber.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Assembly of God, located at 400 N. U.S. Highway 95, Lapwai, Idaho, next to the Lapwai High School running track. The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the church, and the American Legion Post No. 13 of Lewiston will provide an honor guard outside the church directly after the service that will include taps and passing of the flag to the family. This will be followed by a fellowship potluck dinner from approximately noon to 2 p.m. in the church community dining room.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Legion Post No. 13, P.O. Box 683, Lewiston, ID 83501; or the Idaho State Veterans Home Food Drive, 821, 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501-6392. Both of these organizations were close to Bill's heart, and he spent countless hours volunteering to assist their efforts.
Photo: William G. Ankney
Clayton Cross, 85, born in Orofino
Clayton Lee Cross Sr. was born June 12, 1932, in Orofino, and died at age 85 of natural causes Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Clarkston, WA.
He was born to Harvey D. Cross and Hazel Monroe. Clayton's early years were lived in Orofino and in Buhl, Idaho, where while in church he met the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Patricia Yvonne Shaver Cross. They had four children and raised them in Orofino, Lewiston and Spokane, WA.
Clayton was a logger in Orofino until he moved to Lewiston, where his career in baking began at Holsum Baking Co. After attending the American Institute of Baking and Technology in Chicago in the early '60s, he moved his family to Spokane, where he worked for Wonder Bread and fulfilled the position of superintendent. After he retired from Snyder's Bakery in 1983, he went on to become a baker's consultant for W.E. Long Co-op and traveled the United States and Canada.
In their retired years, Clayton and Yvonne spent many winters in Lake Havasu, AZ, and summers as camp hosts at Chief Timothy State Park managing the Alpowai Interpretive Center outside of Clarkston. Clayton never knew a stranger. He always had stories to tell from the good ol' days. He loved to listen to old country music and was a great dancer. He had a laugh that was boisterous and infectious and a growl that was cantankerous and ornery. He was very handy and loved making things from wood, particularly furniture and canes. He had a passion for handling and knowing everything about rattlesnakes. He loved fishing, hunting, boating, camping, traveling and the years he spent as a Shriner.
Clayton was a father of four children: Vicki Yvonne Timmerman of Chico, CA, Diana Lee Kimrey of Spokane (deceased), Janice Twila 'Cookie' Genasci of Yelm, WA, and Clayton Lee "Chip" Cross Jr. of Fairbanks, AK. Clayton was the grandpa of 15 grandchildren: Baby Girl Shippy (deceased), Shelly (deceased), Trisha, Lisha, Korey, Dana, Tina, Shon, Corina, twins Christy (deceased) and Misty, Nikki, Travis, Tonya, Michelle and Ben; 31 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister: Doug Jones, Twila Olin and Jim Jones. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Cross, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and two brothers: Jack and Harmon Cross.
Clayton was an avid supporter of Boys Town as they were a positive influence in his childhood. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Boys Town Nebraska - a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving children and healing families by caring for homeless children - in memory of Clayton Cross. Clayton's close friends and family gathered on Dec. 27 to celebrate his life.
Cremation was performed by Merchant Funeral Home. Please visit the online guest book at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
Photos: Clayton Lee Cross, Sr.
Beatrice Phelps, 90
Beatrice A. Phelps, 90, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Lewiston.
Bea was born June 24, 1927, to Sam and Sarah (Ward) Mace. She married Charles W. Andrews, and the couple had one daughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Paul, and grandsons Tony and Allen Paul. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Debra Widmier.
A celebration of life will be held later in the spring. Condolences may be sent to Sandy at Hidden Village No. 5, Bass Lane, Orofino, ID 83544.
Photo: Beatrice A. Phelps
Agnes Alice Lancaster, 86
Agnes Alice Lancaster, 86, of Lewiston, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. She was born Aug. 26, 1931, to Elizabeth Reed.
Agnes married Spencer 'Doc' Lancaster on Feb. 21, 1951.
She is survived by her grandson, Damian Spencer Lancaster. She was preceded in death by daughter Kimberly Kay Lancaster; and her husband, Spencer 'Doc' Lancaster.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Orofino Cemetery. The service will be officiated by Chuck Powell.
Photo: Agnes Alice Lancaster
Virginia Lea Barnett, 82, formerly of Weippe
Virginia Lea Barnett, 82, of Lewiston, went to be with her Lord on Jan. 3, 2018, at her home.
Virginia was born May 29, 1935, in Kendrick, to Ronald Wolfe and Pearl Johnson Wolfe. She attended Troy High School.
She married Jake Floch on Oct. 4, 1957, in Lewiston. They later divorced in 1964. She later married Albert Barnett on April 10, 1964. Albert died April 25, 1996.
Virginia ran a day care facility in Weippe until she retired in 1996. She then moved to Lewiston, where she remained for 17 years.
She was a member of the House of Faith in Lewiston.
Virginia is survived by daughters, Juliann (Daniel) Cattron of Lewiston and Sharon Alviar of McCleary, WA.; sisters, Evelyn (Carl) Dalberg of Bonners Ferry and Alice Roberts of Athol; her grandchild, Joanna Cattron of Lewiston; and great-grandchild Shawntell Cattron of Lewiston; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Barnett; parents Ronald Wolfe and Pearl Johnson-Wolfe; and sister Wilma Pochart.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home, 3521 Seventh St., Lewiston, followed by a gathering at the House of Faith, 2502 16th Ave., Lewiston.
Photo: Virginia Lea Barnett
Norma May Fauver, 96, formerly of Pierce
Norma May Fauver, 96, passed away Jan. 2, 2018, of natural causes, at Living Spring Residential Care of Lewiston. She was born March 28, 1921, to Sanford and Sarah Davis Larson, at Jerome.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lavar, Orville and Len Larson; and sisters, Delisle McCollum and Othella Hamrin. Also preceding her was her husband, Lloyd; daughter, Jean; and sons, David and Jeff.
Norma spent her childhood in Pierce and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1939. Her family moved during World War II to Seattle, WA, where her brothers worked in the shipyards and she worked in a shoe store. Norma's family moved back to Lewiston at the end of the war, and it was during this time she met and married her first husband, Karl Taylor. They welcomed a daughter, Jean Ann. They divorced, and Norma married Lloyd Fauver in December of 1949 in Lewiston.
Lloyd adopted Jean and together they had seven additional children: Jean (Stan) Wilson, Michael (Donna) Fauver, David Fauver, June (Andy) Bible, Janis (Bob) Whetstine, and Tom, Jim and Jeff Fauver. She was a proud grandma to seven grandchildren: Lance (Judy) Wilson, Jennell (David) Reece, Jaime (John) Southmayd, Cyndi (Brett) Steele, Samantha (Jason) Donat, Candace (Jeremy) Pauley and Nathan Fauver; as well as 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Norma was a stay-at-home mom who was always busy caring for her children, including a special-needs child, and then for her grandchildren.
She loved baking for her large family and her children's friends. She is still remembered by a few of these friends for her cookies. Some of her grandchildren nicknamed her "Grandma Cookie." In later life, she loved to read, especially Danielle Steele books. At 90 years old she learned how to operate a Kindle Paperwhite, which was a lot easier for her to hold.
During the past year, Norma was a resident of Living Spring Residential Care, Lewiston. She loved living there, where she felt at home. Thanks to Pat Fowler and her family and staff who always treated Norma with love, dignity and respect. Thank you also to the hospice team from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, who helped make her final days peaceful.
Norma was cremated and a remembrance of her life will be held in the spring.
Memorial donations should be made out to Tri-State Hospital Foundation.
Photo: Norma May Fauver
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